Howe school needs its own parking lot

first_imgGarner and Baker avenues, near the Plum Street intersection, have cars parked in front of our houses all day long.Wintertime creates an even bigger problem, with snowbanks making parking on the street more difficult.  There’s a fire hydrant in front of my house. Just about daily, I’m telling someone not to park there; it’s illegal.Some people argue. Most move. One man told me he had to park there because he had to talk on his phone. I do believe parking in front of hydrants is something that only emergency vehicles are permitted to do.  The school should provide adequate parking for all it employees. We want our streets back.Winifred BalzSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, music Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRegarding the Howe Magnet Elementary School parking issue: What were they thinking?  Last year, the school was shut down for major renovations.The one thing they didn’t do was to make a bigger parking lot for their staff and support personnel. So the staff (and support staff) park all over our neighborhood. They park on Plum Street — so it’s not a two-way street most of the day, as it becomes too narrow for cars to pass.  last_img read more

Gardermobanen on track to open next year

first_imgINTRO: Rails are going down on 66 km of new line that will put Oslo’s Gardermoen airport within 19min of the city’s central station when it opens on October 4 1998BYLINE: Arne SvensøyNSB Gardermobanen ASAS CIVIL WORKS approach completion on the new railway being constructed between Norway’s capital and the new national gateway airport at Gardermoen, tracklaying is in full swing using Plasser’s recently developed SVM1000 machine. This self-contained unit carries with it all the track components and machinery necessary to place assembled track on the sub-ballast, ready for ballasting, lifting and tamping to the final level and alignment.When the Storting (Parliament) decided in October 1992 to build a completely new airport almost 50 km north of Oslo, an integral part of the plan was a dedicated high speed rail link that is expected to carry 50% of air passengers and 40% of staff working at Gardermoen, amounting in all to some 25 000 rail journeys per day.Both projects are scheduled to open on October 4 1998. In fact, the railway is due to be completed by April 1 1998, allowing six months for commissioning and trial running so any problems can be sorted out before the opening.The new railway is 66 km long and is electrified at 15 kV 162??3Hz, and double track except for 3·5 km close to the junction at Eidsvoll with the existing Norwegian State Railways trunk line to Lillehammer and the north. The tracklaying contract was awarded to Banverket Industridivisionen, a subsidiary of Sweden’s state-owned rail infrastructure authority. It covers a total of 130track-km and allows the contractor to chose the method of working within guidelines covering quality and tolerances.Construction and subsequent operation of the airport line has been entrusted to NSB Gardermobanen AS, an NSB subsidiary, which was established in November 1992. NSB Gardermobanen supplies rail and other material to Banverket at no cost, and specifies time windows within which each section of track must be laid to fit the overall programme.High quality trackThe 16 three-car EMUs ordered from Adtranz Norway for the dedicated airport service will operate over much the new line at 200 km/h, but the track, signalling and catenary are designed to allow speeds in the 220 to 230 km/h range and must therefore be laid – and maintained – to high standards.Each EMU has 175 seats, and six-car trains carrying 350 will run in peak hours. They will run at 10min headways between Gardermoen and the rail-air terminal at Oslo Sentral, with alternate trains calling at the important junction of Lillestrøm. The non-stop trains to Sentral will continue for a further 27 km to Asker, west of the city, calling at four stations on the way. This will widen the range of destinations linked directly with the airport to cover 70% of the air passenger market. After 19.00 and at weekends, airport trains will run at 20min intervals between Gardermoen and Asker calling at Lillestrøm. The time from Gardermoen to Sentral will be 19min non-stop (156 km/h average), or 22min with one stop at Lillestrøm. In addition, there will be at least one inter-city train every hour calling at Gardermoen. These will run the full length of the new line including the 19 km between the airport station and the junction with the northern trunk line at Eidsvoll.The new line starts at Etterstad, 2·5 km to the east of Oslo Sentral, and takes a direct course in tunnel through a mountain barrier to Lillestrøm, where a major transport interchange is being constructed around the existing station. Lillestrøm is the only intermediate station between Etterstad and Eidsvoll where trains will be able to switch between the old and new lines. Among other benefits, this connection will allow Oslo – Stockholm services to use the shorter route through the 13·8 km Romeriks tunnel, which is due to be holed through this month.North of Lillestrøm the new railway follows the same general route as NSB’s main line through Kllast_img read more

Mortgage stress down in Queensland but up across Australia

first_imgFewer Queensland homeowners are suffering mortgage stress.MORTGAGE stress is on the decline in Queensland as all other state and territories see an increase in homeowners defaulting on their mortgages. The latest mortgage delinquencies map from Moody’s Investors Service showed the number of mortgages more than 30 days in arrears in Queensland had dropped from 1.69 per cent to 1.62 per cent in the year to November 2018.The report attributed the fall in mortgage stress in Queensland to a growing state economy, up 2.9 per cent in the year to December 2018, and a 5.8 per cent increase in the average Brisbane income in 2018. In comparison, Brisbane house prices increased 0.3 per cent in the same time. However, the number of Queenslanders feeling mortgage stress was above the national average of 1.58 per cent, as well as above ACT (1.11 per cent), New South Wales (1.19 per cent), Tasmania (1.32 per cent) and Victoria (1.39 per cent). Moody’s senior analyst Alena Chen said the decline is mortgage stress in Queensland was thanks to its diversified economy compared to other resource-rich states, but she was cautious about predicting a continuation of the trend.Ms Chen said Moody’s predicted an increase in mortgage stress across the nation in 2019. “We do expect arrears to increase over the next year but because the GDP is below trend but still good and the employment rate is at an historical low, we think arrears will continue to remain low on average,” she said. Queensland’s best performing region was Brisbane west where only 0.81 per cent of borrowers suffered from mortgage stress while in Brisbane’s south and inner city that number was only slightly higher at 0.95 per cent. At the other end of the scale, mortgagees in the Queensland outback were under the most mortgage stress (4.96 per cent) with Townsville (2.88 per cent) and Mackay (2.64 per cent) rounding out the bottom three. Ms Chen said this was to be expected. “This a trend we see consistently in terms of capital city performance compared to rest of the country,” she said. “Capital cities outperform regional areas due to stability of jobs and diversity of industries in inner-cities.” The postcode with the lowest mortgage stress was Ormiston (0.06 per cent), followed by Auchenflower (0.15 per cent) and Chelmer (0.23 per cent).More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoQueensland’s best performing postcodes for mortgage stress4160 Ormiston 0.06 per cent4066 Auchenflower 0.15 per cent4068 Chelmer 0.23 per cent4179 Lota 0.24 per cent4035 Albany Creek 0.30 per centQueensland’s worst performing postcodes for mortgage stress4815 Condon 5.34 per cent4825 Alpurrurulam 5.30 per cent4812 Currajong 3.76 per cent4285 Allenview 3.51 per cent4650 Aldershot 3.25 per centlast_img read more

Funding for Tweed River and Terranora Inlet Dredging Announced

first_imgMinister for Lands and Forestry, Paul Toole, together with Tweed MP Geoff Provest, announced earlier this week that the navigation channels at the lower Tweed River and the Terranora Inlet at Tweed Heads would be subject to a $1.8 million dredging program.At the ceremony, the minister said that the NSW Government committed the funding as part of its Coastal Dredging Strategy and the Dredging Priority Waterways on the North Coast program.“This is a significant investment for the region and will ensure the channel remains safe and accessible for the many recreational and commercial vessels that travel through the area,” Mr Toole said.“Dredging coastal river entrances provides a direct benefit for boating safety and the economy through maintaining access to waterways for both commercial and recreational boaters.”The lower Tweed River and Terranora Inlet are important waterways to the region and this work will help maintain safe navigational channels for both locals and visitors to the area, Tweed MP Geoff Provest said in its announcement.Work is expected to begin this month and finish around mid-October, in time for the summer boating season.Around 25,000 cubic meters of sand will be dredged from the lower Tweed River and an additional 58,000 cubic meters from the Terranora Inlet.The dredged sand will be dewatered and used to nourish Kingscliff Beach, with this work being done in partnership with the Tweed Shire Council which is completing other beach protection works.[mappress mapid=”24164″]last_img read more

Barcelona beat Getafe to end struggles on the road

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi wins court case against cycling company over logo Barcelona ended a string of bad results away from home with a 2-0 win at Getafe on Saturday in the La Liga.Strikes by Luis Suarez and Junior Firpo either side of halftime gave the Spanish champions their first win of the season on the road, although they finished with 10 men after Clement Lenglet’s dismissal.It was Barcelona’s first win in their last nine competitive games away from Camp Nou and it eased the pressure on coach Ernesto Valverde.Barca moved provisionally into second with 13 points from seven matches, one behind leaders Real Madrid who face Atletico Madrid later Saturday.“Lately teams have made a lot of chances against us but today they didn’t make so many,” said Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, whose pass set up Suarez for the opening goal.“I think in some moments we used our experience, which is important. In the end you have to stick together and know how to defend.“I’m happy I could do something for the team (setting up Suarez) and take three points back to Barcelona.”The Catalans were without captain Lionel Messi and teenager Ansu Fati as well as winger Ousmane Dembele who suffered a thigh injury before the game.Getafe attacked boldly from the start, looking to test the nerve of the Spanish champions, while Carles Perez and Suarez came close at the other end.Ter Stegen made a fine save to keep out Angel Rodriguez as the hosts threatened at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.Barcelona’s German goalkeeper then played a crucial role in the opener, charging out of his area to regain possession before lofting a fine pass over the top of the defence for Suarez.The Uruguayan coolly lobbed Getafe goalkeeper David Soria to send Barcelona ahead in the 41st minute.Firpo doubled the lead four minutes after halftime, tucking home from close range after Perez’s effort was only parried by Soria.Lenglet was sent off in the final stages for a late challenge which earned him a second yellow card, while Angel missed a late chance, allowing Barcelona to keep their first clean sheet in La Liga this season. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Clement LengletFC BarcelonaGetafelast_img read more

Yobo relishing new challenge

first_imgJoseph Yobo is enthused by the challenge of helping Norwich steer clear of relegation after returning to the Barclays Premier League. “I want to go to the World Cup. I want to perform at the highest level. “Pushing myself and also understanding the situation Norwich football club are in is extra motivation for me. “I’m excited about it. Sometimes you get too comfortable because maybe the team is winning every game. “Here I have to do well for myself and I have to make sure the team gets out of trouble.” Yobo could make his debut on Saturday against title challengers Manchester City, particularly as Norwich are already short in defence and Ryan Bennett (thigh) faces a fitness test having been unable to take part in training this week. The 33-year-old, who has made just two appearances for the Turkish side this season, added: “They’re a great team. They have great players. “Hopefully if we can put ourselves together as a team we can surprise people. Come Saturday anything can happen. “If I’m called upon I’ll do my best and make sure I’ll get the job done. “I came here to help this team. It’s been a long time since I played right-back, but I can always do a job.” Yobo is untainted by the 7-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium in November in a performance Canaries boss Chris Hughton described as his side’s worst of the season. Norwich responded to the humiliation by winning three of the five games that followed, but have one win in 11 games in all competitions since beating West Brom on December 7. Hughton thought his side deserved to win at Cardiff last weekend, but former Norwich goalkeeper David Marshall was in supreme form in the Bluebirds’ 2-1 win. The Canaries boss is concerned more with building on the Cardiff display than reflecting back to the City loss. He said: “We were hurting and we were hurting for a while from that game (the City loss). “We did respond and we responded in a good way. We know what can happen if you have a really bad day against that kind of quality. “Our level of performance in the last game was good, (but) it didn’t get us the result we wanted. “We have to make sure our performance lends more to the performance that we had against Chelsea at home, Manchester United at home, than the disappointed we had away in Manchester.” Although Norwich lost 3-1 to Chelsea and 1-0 to United, Hughton hopes a similar performance can provide a welcome victory. “We know it’s a tall order because of the form that they’re in,” added Hughton, who watched Chelsea end City’s home supremacy on Monday. “And sometimes, when perhaps nobody expects you to get a result, that’s the ones that are most pleasing. “We’ll certainly be giving everything for that to happen.” Hughton is remaining optimistic and is ignoring the fact 15th-placed Norwich are two points clear of the relegation zone in a congested battle between 11 teams to avoid the drop. He said: “We’re three points away from 10th place. There are four teams that are on the same points as us. “We want to be looking upwards, not downwards. We have to make sure that we come up with the goods to be able to do that.” Press Association The Nigerian defender, who spent much of his career at Everton, signed on loan from Fenerbahce and is keen to make an impression at Carrow Road. “It was easy for me (to choose Norwich) – I like challenges,” Yobo said. last_img read more

Ramsey talks up Gunners’ title bid

first_img Press Association Aaron Ramsey feels Arsenal are ready to build on FA Cup glory and challenge Chelsea for the Barclays Premier League title next season – even if they do not invest in summer reinforcements. Ramsey says he does not expect that to happen – “every club brings in new faces and a few leave” – and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin are among those who have been constantly linked with summer moves to the Emirates Stadium. But Wales playmaker Ramsey insists the current Arsenal squad is in rude health after winning the FA Cup for the second successive season last weekend. “Even with this group of players now I believe if everyone was fit in the season we would have a great opportunity of competing for the Premier League,” Ramsey said. “This team has come on a lot over the last few years and if we can get off to a good start next season we will challenge. “The club is in a good place where they can afford not to let players go, we’re building on this team rather than seeing players leaving. “It is a nice feeling and means that the group can stick together. The understanding is there already, so it can only get stronger.” Champions Chelsea finished 12 points clear of third-placed Arsenal, but the Gunners were the form team after Christmas and there is growing belief in north London that they can turn cup success into the club’s first title triumph since ‘The Invincibles’ remained unbeaten in 2003-04. Arsenal will also have the benefit of avoiding a Champions League qualification match in August and Ramsey believes going straight into the group stages of the competition will help Arsene Wenger’s side hit the ground running. “At the beginning of the season you’re still getting your fitness levels up and those first few games are quite tough,” said Ramsey, mindful that Arsenal have had tiring trips to Turkey at the start of the last two campaigns. “If you sandwich a few Champions League fixtures in between them, that’s maybe too much for certain players at that time of the season. “So it’s important to go through to the group stages without having that knock-out game to qualify. “The good thing for us is not to have those games and hopefully that gets off to a very strong start.” Ramsey acknowledges he had a disrupted season because of injuries but he still managed 33 starts and 10 goals in all competitions, and Spanish champions Barcelona have reportedly been tracking him. But the 24-year-old says he was frustrated by finishing the season out wide on the right rather than in his favoured central position – and admits he has spoken to Arsenal boss Wenger about it “a few times”. Ramsey will be restored to the centre for Wales’ crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium in Cardiff next Friday and he feels that is where he can hurt opponents. “It’s where I play my best football and I’m very happy playing back in the middle for Wales,” said Ramsey, who was talking at an event with Vauxhall, the Wales team sponsor. “I had a chat with him (Wenger) a few times and he said it was temporary. “But I can time my runs into the box better in the centre. “When you’re wide you’re taught to try and get in at the far post so the ball doesn’t go straight across, but from that central position you can use your instinct where to go. “I know in pre-season I’ve got to work my socks off to get back in the centre. “The manager felt he needed me out wide for the back part of last season and I’ve had an effect on games out there. “But I’m looking to play in the centre and I’m confident in my ability that I can do that and win my place back there.” :: Astra. Made for Britain. In Britain. Vauxhall proud sponsor of the Wales team – for more news, views and football competitions go to www.vauxhallfootball.co.uk last_img read more

Tennis News India set to announce Davis Cup squad on THIS date

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kolkata: Pakistan-bound Indian Davis Cup squad will be announced by August 5, more than a month in advance for the September 14-15 Group I Asia/Ocenia fixture in Lahore, AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee said here Sunday. No Indian Davis Cup squad has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964 and in that tie, held in Lahore, India had won 4-0.”We will announce the squad by August 5. The squad will be more or less the same (that played against Italy). It’s all about rankings,” Chatterjee told PTI.”The visa procedure for Pakistan is lengthy and we will soon start the formalities,” he added.Chatterjee said India No. 1 Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan are most likely to be the singles one-two choice with Yuki Bhambri and Sumit Nagal injured, while Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan will be the doubles pair. Non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi and coach Zeeshan Ali, whose contracts had ended with India’s 1-3 loss to Italy in the Davis Cup Qualifiers at South Club here in February this year, are all set to continue for this Pakistan leg.”We have not yet discussed (their replacements) and they will travel to Pakistan,” he said. The tie is slated at the grasscourts of Pakistan Sports Complex in Islamabad and the winners will make the 2020 Qualifiers. India are 20th in Davis Cup rankings, way ahead of 37th placed Pakistan and hold an all-win 6-0 record, of which two came on grass. “We have a far superior team. We won’t have any issues playing on grass,” Chaterjee said as India prepare to take on Pakistan 13 years after they defeated them 3-2 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. On the diplomatic tensions, he said: “It’s been going on for 100 years but it’s Davis Cup not a bilateral fixture.”If we do not go citing security or political reasons, the ITTF has every right to relegate us or even impose a ban,” he said, citing the example of Hong Kong who had refused to play an away tie in Pakistan and they were not only fined but also relegated to a lower division.”AITA is satisfied with the security promised by its Pakisan counterparts and we are all ready. This is a Davis Cup and not a bilateral tour so there would not be any issues.” In their last Davis Cup fixture, Pakistan had suffered a 1-4 defeat to Uzbekistan to miss out on a place in the World Group play-offs. last_img read more

Pakistan hopes World XI series will herald return of international cricket

first_imgBy Mubasher Bukhari and Saad SayeedLAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan will host a World XI cricket team for three T20 matches starting today and hopes the series will herald the return of international cricket to the country, eight years after a militant attack on a Sri Lankan team bus.The star-studded series to take place under tight security will be closely monitored by other cricket boards and if all goes well Pakistan expects to host Sri Lanka and West Indies this year, Pakistan cricket board chairman Najam Sethi said.Pakistan has only hosted one international series since militants attacked the bus in Lahore in 2009, wounding six players and killing two civilians and six security officials.In March, calls for the return of international cricket picked up steam after the final of the domestic T20 Pakistan Super League, featuring high profile foreign players such as World Cup winner Darren Sammy, was held in Lahore.“It’s a great opportunity to showcase Pakistan,” Sethi told Reuters, adding that these matches could revive cricket in the country. “This is a momentous occasion.”Over 6 000 police officials and paramilitary officers have been deployed around the stadium, according to provincial government spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan.“A foolproof security plan has been devised for the protection of the teams and spectators,” he said.Attacks in Lahore have become less frequent in recent years but security remains high as Pakistani Taliban and other militants groups remain active. A Taliban suicide bomber killed 25 people in July in an attack that appeared to target Lahore’s police force.The streets of Lahore were swathed in posters of the visiting players and advertisements for the matches. Long queues formed at vendors across the city and many fans were turned away as tickets were sold out.”I am very excited,“ Lahore resident Qasim Ali Shah told Reuters. ”I have bought a ticket, an expensive one, and will go to watch the match.Local television channels had pre-match footage on a constant loop, showing players arriving for practice at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.For young fans and many players on the team itself it is one of the first times they can experience a high-profile match on home turf.Pakistan’s cricket board has shouldered the expense of hosting matches in Dubai since the 2009 attack and lost considerable revenue in fees and other expenses.“Dubai has proved to be a very expensive venue and my sense is we will cut our costs by 50 percent when it comes back to Pakistan,” Sethi said.Cricket board spokesman Amjad Bhatti said an estimated 90 percent of tickets had been sold.“I wanted to watch all three matches but could not get tickets,” said aspiring cricketer Rameez Sindhu.World XI squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Samuel Badree, George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliot, Tamim Iqbal, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Imran Tahir, Paul CollingwoodPakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wkp.), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan, Sohail Khanlast_img read more

Demerara dethrone Berbice to take HiH 50-over title

first_imgHOSTS Demerara snatched victory and in the process dethroned defending champions Berbice in the final of the Hand In Hand 2019 Under-19 Inter County 50-Over Tournament which ended yesterday.Played at the GCC ground, Bourda, Berbice opted to bat after they won the toss against Demerara, but eventually lost by five wicketsHowever, the Berbice batsmen failed to live up to expectations, as Demerara produced exceptional bowling performances to fold Berbice at 115 all out in their allotted 50 overs.Opening batsmen, Kevlon Anderson topscored with a watchful 33 runs off 65 balls, complemented by one 6 and one 4, and undefeated Seon Glasgow 21, inclusive of a boundary.Deonauth Persaud who caught in an attempt to hit a maximum, made 14 with one 4, before he was sent on his way by Qumar Torrington.The Demerara bowlers tormented the remaining Berbice batsmen, to induce a low and highly probable manageable victory target for Demerara.Daniel Mootoo limited Berbice in their pursuit of achieving a mammoth total, by grabbing 4 wickets for 32 runs with support from Ashmead Nedd and Joel Spooner who earlier picked up 2 wickets each.Demerara in reply, batted confidently to gain victory by six wickets.Sachin Singh capped the top score for Demerara with a brilliant 48 off 43 balls, in which he hit four 6s and two 4s, but was eventually dismissed, caught by Gevon Schultz.Alphius Bookie added 30 off 48 balls as Nedd and Andrew Samaroo ended unbeaten with a closing partnership of 17 runs, which was enough to secure victory for Demerara, as they finished on 116 for 5 off 28 overs.Individual awards went to:Junior Sinclair – Most Valuable Player with 374 runs,11 wickets and four dismissalsJunior Sinclair- Player with the most runs, standing at 374Kelvin Umroa with 26 wicketsMavendra Dindyal with Most Dismissals , a total of fiveDaniel Mootoo – Man of the Match awardlast_img read more