Spa City must have more accountability

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Again, it was the public policy be “dammed” when it came to the city’s long-standing regulations requiring all developers to pay into a city fund designed to help with long term water infrastructure improvements.One year later, it was the scheme to swap a downtown city-owned parking lot for construction of a new EMS station on the city’s eastern ridge. Even in the face of strong public criticism, it was the City Council’s sheer ambivalence toward good public policy that almost lost the city a key Broadway parking lot and with it nearly $700,000 in value. What proved to be salvation for the city and its taxpayers, last year the New York State Attorney General blocked the transaction as being illegal.It’s time to turn the page and adopt a new City Charter for Saratoga Springs. Vote “yes” on the new mayor/ manager/ city council form of government.Thomas G. McTygueSaratoga SpringsThe writer is a former Saratoga Springs commissioner of public works.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% My decision to support the proposed changes to the Saratoga Springs City Charter should come as no surprise to those even paying minimal attention to the goings-on within City Hall over the past several years.What used to be a system of political checks and balances within city government no longer exists.City Hall has morphed into a system of self-preservation among a three-person majority alliance on the City Council. The result has been a series of bad public policy decisions that have cost our city dearly.Four years ago, it was the city water connection fee scandal, whereby this “working majority” simply protected the Department of Public Works commissioner in his hour of need when caught giving the store away.last_img read more

Los restaurantes y bares de Pennsylvania deben proteger a los trabajadores y clientes durante la pandemia de COVID-19

first_imgLos restaurantes y bares de Pennsylvania deben proteger a los trabajadores y clientes durante la pandemia de COVID-19 July 01, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Safety La guía exige el uso de máscaras y el 50% de la ocupaciónLa Administración Wolf recordó hoy a los residentes de Pennsylvania los requisitos establecidos para que los restaurantes y bares protejan la salud y la seguridad de los trabajadores y clientes debido a la COVID-19.“A medida que continuamos haciendo de la salud y la seguridad públicas una prioridad, también es importante que tomemos las medidas necesarias para que los residentes de Pennsylvania puedan frecuentar los negocios de manera segura”, dijo el Gobernador Tom Wolf. “Los restaurantes y bares ofrecen a las familias y amigos un lugar para reunirse y socializar mientras disfrutan de la comida y la bebida, y queremos asegurarnos de que los dueños de los negocios y el personal tomen las precauciones adecuadas para proteger a los trabajadores y a los clientes. Hemos establecido una guía con requisitos cruciales para ayudar a mitigar la propagación de la COVID-19 para que estos negocios puedan permanecer abiertos”.Según el Proceso de reapertura de Pennsylvania del Gobernador, en la fase verde del plan de reapertura del estado, los restaurantes y los bares pueden abrir con una ocupación del 50%.La guía para la industria de restaurantes de Pennsylvania fue desarrollada junto con la Asociación de Restaurantes y Hospedaje. De acuerdo con la guía, todas las empresas y empleados de la industria de restaurantes y negocios minoristas de servicios de alimentos deben hacer lo siguiente:Exigir a todos los clientes que usen máscaras al entrar, salir o desplazarse de algún modo en el restaurante o en el negocio minorista de servicios de alimentos. Las cubiertas faciales se pueden quitar mientras están sentados.Dejar al menos seis pies entre los grupos de personas en las mesas o colocar barreras físicas entre los clientes que deben sentarse espalda con espalda. Si las mesas u otros asientos no son móviles, se debe dejar una separación de al menos seis pies.Siempre que sea posible, alterne las estaciones de trabajo para evitar que los empleados se paren uno al lado del otro. Cuando no sea posible una separación de seis pies, considere poner en práctica las opciones de espacio que incluyan otros esfuerzos de mitigación con una mayor frecuencia de limpieza y desinfección de superficies.Establezca un límite para el número de empleados en espacios compartidos, incluso en áreas de descanso y oficinas, para mantener al menos una distancia de seis pies.No use mesas compartidas entre varias personas o varios grupos a menos que los asientos se puedan organizar de modo de mantener una distancia de seis pies entre ellos.Capacite a todos los empleados sobre la importancia y la necesidad de una mayor frecuencia del lavado de manos, el uso de desinfectante para manos con al menos 60% de alcohol y brinde instrucciones claras para evitar tocarse las manos con la cara.Asigne empleados para supervisar y limpiar con frecuencia las áreas de alto contacto mientras el negocio funcione.Coloque guías físicas, como cinta adhesiva en el piso o en las aceras y señalización en las paredes para garantizar que los clientes permanezcan al menos a seis pies de distancia en las filas, al esperar asientos o en la fila para ir al baño.Todas las empresas deben seguir las guías de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) y del Departamento de Salud respecto del distanciamiento social y la limpieza.Ningún negocio tiene la obligación de realizar operaciones en persona y no debe hacerlo si no puede seguir las guías vigentes.A medida que la administración Wolf supervisa detenidamente los indicadores de salud pública, el cumplimiento estricto de la guía es crucial para evitar la propagación y la necesidad de restricciones más estrictas.La administración también apoya las protecciones más estrictas de los gobiernos locales para los trabajadores y clientes de los establecimientos de servicio de comidas, como las medidas tomadas esta semana por los condados de Allegheny y Philadelphia.La Oficina de Control de Bebidas Alcohólicas de la Policía del Estado de Pennsylvania (BLCE, por sus siglas en inglés) comprobará el cumplimiento en los locales autorizados para garantizar que se cumplan los requisitos de la guía. El incumplimiento de las medidas puede significar una citación de la BLCE, una multa de hasta $1,000 y la posible suspensión y/o revocación de la licencia de venta de bebidas alcohólicas.Obtenga más información sobre la respuesta a la COVID-19 de la Administración Wolf en http://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/.View this information in English.last_img read more

APG increases Vesteda stake as institutions eye Dutch housing

first_imgThere is renewed attention on the Dutch residential market after prices started to recover, and the government has sought to shake up a rental market long dominated by housing associations.New rules introduced in January are expected to force housing associations – which control approximately 90% of the rented sector – to focus on social housing and open the PRS sector to private and institutional investors.The regulated rented sector – where rents are controlled – has been largely liberalised for tenants paying €700 and above per month.Mark Frequin, director-general for housing and building, told delegates the changes were part of a number of measures intended to liberalise the PRS sector in the Netherlands.Wienke Bodewes, chief executive at Amvest, which manages a number of institutional residential funds in the Netherlands, said there were some 400 housing associations.“The challenge will be to form new portfolios” for institutional investors, he said, because many of the housing associations are small, and portfolios coming to the market could be fragmented.It was also noted during discussions that some housing associations might sell social housing assets, potentially in “packages” mixed with non-regulated assets.Bodewes said most investors would focus on core and core-plus residential investments, but he said there could also be an opportunity for value-added strategies in this area.He said this would be “the exception”.When asked, Kanters did not rule out APG investing in the regulated part of the rental market, although he said social housing assets were more challenging to underwrite and any investment would need to compensate APG for the added risk.APG has recent experience of investing in a mixture of regulated and non-regulated rental assets in Finland, having bought a 22.8% stake this year in Finnish company SATO.It has been building up its exposure to the UK PRS sector, investing in existing assets through Grainger and providing capital for Delancy to develop new homes.It has also been providing construction financing for PRS through LaSalle Investment Management.Kanters said APG was seeking to increase its 18% weighting to residential real estate to meet its target allocation of 25%.A spokesman confirmed APG would close on a deal on Monday to increase its stake in Vesteda.The portfolio of Vesteda used to be owned directly by ABP – the largest pension fund in the Netherlands and APG’s biggest client – before it sought to become an entirely indirect investor.APG’s latest investment marks a reversal of its strategy to decrease its stake in Vesteda.The spokesman said: “We are looking into making further investments in the Dutch residential sector.” APG is increasing its stake in Vesteda and likely to be among investors taking advantage of deregulation in the Netherlands to snap up housing assets.The Dutch pension fund asset manager will close on a deal on Monday to increase its €1.05bn interest in the housing fund by a further €30m.Patrick Kanters, managing director of global real estate and infrastructure, told a delegation in London this week that APG was looking to make further investments in Dutch housing, potentially through other platforms.Kanters, who was speaking at a Holland Property Plaza Symposium at the Dutch Embassy, said APG could look to invest in private-rented residential (PRS) being offloaded by housing associations.last_img read more

UK roundup: Cold-calling ban comes into force

first_imgJohn Glen, economic secretary to the UK treasury department, said: “Pension scammers are the lowest of the low. They rob savers of their hard-earned retirement and devastate lives. We know that cold-calling is the pension scammers’ main tactic, which is why we’ve made them illegal.”People who have received such calls should report the company to the Information Commissioner’s Office, Glen added. A government ban on companies making unsolicited phone calls about pension products has come into force from today.Firms found guilty of “cold calling” individuals could be fined up to £500,000 (€555,000) under the new law. The UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has estimated that fraudsters stole an average of £91,000 per victim in 2018.FCA-authorised staff, pension managers and trustees are not affected by the ban. However, some experts have warned of the ban’s limitations. Alistair Wilson, head of retail platform strategy at Zurich, said: “Even with the protection of the law, consumers can’t afford to let down their guard as pension fraudsters are likely to evolve new tactics to sidestep the ban. Overseas calls are not covered by the clampdown, presenting a potential loophole for scammers operating from overseas.“For the ban to be effective, it needs to be backed by a vigorous and ongoing awareness raising campaign. This will help to hammer home the message to consumers that any call they receive about their pension out of the blue is a scam.”Local authority funds urge regulatory rethink on dataThe Local Government Pension Scheme’s (LGPS) Scheme Advisory Board has urged the Pensions Regulator not to bring formal action against local authority schemes that are lagging behind on data and administration improvements.In a letter sent to TPR late last year, advisory board chair Roger Phillips highlighted that LGPS staff were “often facing serious difficulty in fulfilling all their statutory responsibilities to the highest possible standard against financial constraints and stringent recruitment and retention policies”.TPR has been clamping down on data quality and record keeping in recent months, while LGPS funds have struggled to collect information from all affiliated employers. The London Borough of Barnet was fined £1,000 for failings in this area in 2017.However, Phillips urged TPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb to “work jointly” with the LGPS “in communicating any lessons learnt from your engagement with a selected number of LGPS administering authorities to the scheme as a whole”.“We see this as an alternative to enforcement action against any of the selected funds that you consider to be non-compliant with your codes of practice,” Phillips added. “The board is clear that the threat of enforcement action would not be helpful in creating an environment where administering authorities can be fully open and willing to resolve any shortcomings identified by your casework teams.”last_img read more

Schlumberger Wraps Up Seismic Survey for Roc Oil in Malaysia

first_imgSchlumberger informed that WesternGeco has completed a hybrid seismic acquisition survey using their newly deployed multipurpose vessel (MPV) WG Vespucci. The 340 km2 3D seismic survey was acquired offshore Sarawak, Malaysia, for Roc Oil using a triple source array with simultaneous recording by ocean-bottom nodes and a towed-streamer spread, all from a single seismic vessel, the company said.The WG Vespucci MPV acquired the ocean-bottom seismic (OBS) data required around existing platform obstructions supplemented by streamer seismic data.“Providing a hybrid OBS and streamer acquisition option with our multipurpose vessel versus a traditional OBS or towed streamer survey gave the customer a versatile and cost-effective solution to better fit their specific challenges and budget,” said Maurice Nessim, president, WesternGeco, Schlumberger. “This industry-first acquisition underscores our commitment to offering our customers innovative approaches to offshore seismic acquisition challenges.”last_img read more

COURT RULES: Monday is Election Day in Nevis

first_img 19 Views   no discussions NewsRegional COURT RULES: Monday is Election Day in Nevis by: – July 9, 2011 Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Photo credit: Nevisblog.comCHARLESTOWN, Nevis, CMC – High Court Judge Mario Michel Friday ruled that the election in Nevis on Monday can go ahead after the main opposition Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) had sought unsuccessfully to stop the poll.The CCM had filed an application for an injunction to stop the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) poll on Monday.CCM leader Vance Amory had also sought to get the names of persons whom he claimed had been removed off the list reinstated.““What we’re seeking to do is to protect the interest of 300 voters who have been summarily removed from the voter’s list and we have asked the court for an order that these votes be restored to the list for the purpose of the July 11 election,” said Opposition leader Mark Brantley ahead of the court ruling.Justice Mario had agreed with the attorneys the Supervisor of Elections, Leroy Benjamin, the Nevis Registration Officer, and the Attorney General Patrice Nisbett, who is also a candidate for the incumbent Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) that the court had no power to cancel the election since the NIA had already been dissolved.Amory’s application had also sought to have the Court order the restoration of his name to the Voters’ List. But attorneys for the respondents claimed that Amory’s request was erroneous since his name had never been removed from the list.They circulated the Voters List showing Amory’s name and urged the Court to award costs against the CCM leader.Meanwhile, Justice Michel upheld an application by five voters that their names be reinstated on the Voters List.At least 7,000 persons are eligible to cast ballots in the election in this Leeward island of 12,000 people.In the last NIA election, the NRP won three of the five seats ending the CCM’s three-term rule under Amory in 2006. Tweetlast_img read more

Crosstown Classic Results

first_imgOn Tuesday, the Batesville Middle School 7th graders competed in the Crosstown Classic. The Bulldogs won one game and lost one game. In the first game, Batesville defeated Benjamin Rush Middle School by a score of 55 to 32.It was a very great offensive game for the Bulldogs and it was very balanced scoring. Pros Moorman led the way for Batesville scoring 11 points, followed by Calvin Sherwood with 9 points, Damon Grieshop with 7 points, RJ Powell with 6 points, Mason Barker and Trey Peters each scoring 5 points, Jaden Peetz with 4 points and Bristol Davies, Matthew Meyer, Nathan Villani and Austin Cornn each scored 2 points.In the second game, Batesville was defeated by Jennings County by a score of 42 to 30. Batesville hit a wall in the second game only scoring 5 points for the entire 1st half. The second half was much better for the Bulldogs but in the end it was not enough to dig out of the hole they were in. In this game, Batesville was led by RJ Powell with 9 points, Calvin Sherwood with 8 points, Trey Peters with 5 points, Mason Barker, Pros Moorman and Jaden Peetz each with 2 points and Austin Cornn with 1 point.After the Crosstown Classic, Batesville now has a record of 5-8 on the season. The Bulldogs will next be in action on January 7th when they play at Brookville Middle School.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Luke Williams.The St Louis 7th Grade Basketball team played in the 3rd Annual Cross-Town Classic Tournament on Tuesday and came away with a 2nd place finish as they fell to the Jennings County Panthers in the championship game by the score of 42-41 in overtime.The Cardinals got to the championship game by beating Connersville 30 – 23 in their first game and then beating North Decatur 40-14. Jennings County beat Benjamin Rush in their first game and then beat Batesville Middle School in their second game.It was a tough loss for the Cardinals as they fought back from a 5 point half-time deficit to tie the game up in regulation and go into overtime. In the second half, St. Louis got some big 3 point baskets from Kurt Siefert and Wil Freeland along with some key buckets on the inside from Sam Voegele and Lleyton Ratcliffe. In over-time, the Cardinals quickly jumped out to a four point lead but could not hold on to it as Jennings County fought back and then hit a shot with just seconds remaining in the game to win it.The Cardinals were led by Sam Voegele with 12 points, Lleyton Ratcliffe 10 points, Kurt Siefert 9 points, Andrew Oesterling 4 points, Riley Schebler and Wil Freeland both had 3 points. On defense, the Cardinals were led by Sam Voegele who controlled the boards as he pulled in double digit rebounds.The St Louis 7th Grade team record now stands at 18-2.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.Batesville 8th grade Crosstown Classic Results:  1st Game, Batesville beats Benjamin Rush 29 to 26.Batesville Scoring-Seth Gausman 9pts; Colt Meyer 5 pts; Cory Ralston 2 pts; Dempsy Bohman 11 pts; and Jake Cruse 2 pts.“Coming off the break and being an early morning game you could see that both teams were kicking off some rust. Hence the low score. But it was good to see us battle it out and get the win.”  Bulldogs Coach Chris Bradford.2nd Game, Jennings County defeats Batesville 49 to 45.Batesville Scoring-Seth Gausman 10 pts; Shane Meer 2 pts; Colt Meyer 18 pts; John Thompson 2 pts; Dempsy Bohman 12 pts; and Jake Cruse 1 pt.“Not a very good start for us defensively, but shots were falling for us on the other end, so that kept us in the game early. Costly turnovers led to Jennings County transition buckets, and we dug ourselves a 15 pt deficit with 6:00 to go. We played with urgency in those final minutes to climb back into the game and get it within 2 pts with 3 seconds remaining. Jennings County sank 2 crucial free throws to seal the victory.”  Bulldogs Coach Chris Bradford.last_img read more

Barcelona rule out Ansu Fati exit

first_imgTeenage forward Ansu Fati will not leave Barcelona this summer as the club view him as being ‘non-transferable’, report Diario Sport.Advertisement Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBest Car Manufacturers In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… It is said that Borussia Dortmund had identified the teen to replace Jadon Sancho, whom they expect to leave this summer – while there was also interest from the Premier League in England.The Blaugrana believe Fati will play a part in the club’s first-team squad for the rest of this season and going into the future under boss Quique Seiten.The Catalan giants confirmed in December that Fati had signed a new contract through until 2022 with an improved release clause amid a fast start to life in the first-team.The 17-year-old forward, who is the youngest player to score for Barcelona in La Liga, will remain with the Catalan giants through until June 2022 – renewing his previous deal by two years. Read Also: Messi expresses heartbreak over Copa America postponementFati – born in Guinea Bissau, who now has Spanish nationality and also qualifies to represent Portugal – scored and assisted on his first start for the Blaugrana in their 5-2 win over Valencia in September and his level of performance has generated a great level of excitement.Fati has also become a Spain Under-21 international in recent months after his nationality papers were processed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds return for spring show at Las Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – The half-mile Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts a pair of $750 to win events for IMCA Modifieds on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 28 and March 1.Features pay a minimum of $75 to start with $50 paid to non-qualifiers. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region and Nevada State points will be awarded both nights.There is a $25 entry fee each night. RACE­ceivers and transponders are required.World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and West Coast USAC Sprint Cars are also on the mid-week card. Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. both days.last_img read more

$250 Sunoco bonuses highlight features at three Nebraska venues this week

first_imgIMCA will announce mid-week before the dates bonuses are to be awarded at each track. VINTON, Iowa – The paydays get even better this week for a trio of IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature winners.  Friday night the bonus moves to Boone County Raceway in Albion. The final bonus of the weekend will be presented Saturday night at Off Road Speedway in Norfolk. Sunoco bonuses are being presented at IMCA Late Model sanctioned weekly tracks this year. Drivers are eligible for only one bonus during the 2020 racing season. If the feature winner is a previous Sunoco winner, the bonus moves to the next eligible position. center_img 2020 winners have been Jeff Aikey at Independence Motor Speedway, Matt Ryan at 34 Raceway, Joel Callahan at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway, Eric Pollard at 300 Raceway, Justin Kay at Davenport Speedway and Dalton Simonsen at Marshalltown. It begins Thursday evening at U.S. 30 Speedway in Columbus as the IMCA Late Model winner pockets an extra $250 courtesy of Sunoco Race Fuels.last_img read more