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Questionable savings from charter change

first_imgRe Oct. 15 letter, “Kelly supports better Spa City government”: Jeff Altamari, the architect of the Saratoga Springs Charter Commission’s misleading financial analysis of the proposed charter, may know Wall Street, but he doesn’t know Main Street. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mr. Altamari’s confidence in the savings he claims will accrue from a change to a city manager form depends heavily on the elimination of the four existing commissioners and the five full-time deputies.This assumption is especially stunning, since for all the interviewing, they like to say they did, the commission never talked to the deputies to find out what they do. Curiously, they haven’t actually eliminated these positions in the charter, but provided that the deputies will “serve at the pleasure of the City Manager.” (Section 8.09.)Mr. Altamari displays no understanding of how civil service and public employee unions figure into the elimination and reconfiguration of work responsibilities. City Hall isn’t the corporate world, where jobs are eliminated and employees assigned new responsibilities at the discretion of the boss.He and the Charter Commission and their supporters may find they are in for sticker shock when the true value of the work the deputies do is assigned to a new and more expensive civil service positions by the new city manager.Jane WeiheSaratoga Springscenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Indonesia hits consecutive record highs in coronavirus cases

first_imgThe government’s latest data reveal that Indonesia recorded 4,634 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total tally to 262,022. The number of fatalities stands at 10,105, while the number of recovered cases amounts to 191,853.Indonesia’s previous highest one-day spike was recorded on Wednesday with 4,465 cases.Read also: ’COVID-19 is real’, govt says as public denial persistsThe task force’s spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito has blamed ignorance among the public for causing the widening virus transmission as people have neglected to abide by health protocols by maintaining safe physical distancing and wearing face masks, among other requirements.“We see that more and more people have started to neglect the health protocols as time goes by. They seem to have no empathy for COVID-19 victims,” Wiku said in his daily press briefing on Thursday.The task force has consequently initiated so-called “behavioral change” units to work together with the authorities in reinforcing the need to adhere to health protocols in society.According to worldometers.info, Indonesia has the second-highest number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, just below the Philippines, which has recorded more than 296,000 cases.Topics : Indonesia’s one-day increases in COVID-19 cases have continued to hit consecutive new highs in the past few days as the country has constantly recorded more than 4,000 new infections each day.According to data released by the national COVID-19 task force, the country’s coronavirus infections first topped 4,000 cases on Saturday, followed by bleak records that continued to be broken over the past four days.The country had never seen a daily increase above 4,000 prior to mid-September.last_img read more

Origin closes A$1.6bn Lattice Energy sale

first_imgSydney-based Origin Energy, the holder of a 37.5 percent stake in the Australia Pacific LNG project, has completed the A$1.59 billion ($1.24 billion) sale of its conventional upstream oil and gas business, Lattice Energy, to Beach Energy.To remind, the deal was announced back in September 2017.“After adjusting for settlement of the acquisition by Lattice Energy of Benaris’ interests in the Otway basin (A$190 million), transaction costs, adjustments and taxes, the balance of the sale proceeds will be used to close out of oil forward sale agreements (A$266 million) and pay down debt (approximately A$1 billion),” Origin said.As a result of this transaction, Origin expects to record accounting charges of approximately A$220 – $240 million, primarily comprising a non-cash post-tax impairment charge of $170 – $180 million as a result of recognising Lattice Energy earnings from 1 July 2017 up to the 31 January 2018 completion date, it said.last_img read more

Marriage Is Good for Couples’ Finances. Are You and Your Spouse on the Right Track?

first_imgTime.com 23 August 2016Family First Comment: “People who never married are at 3.3 times greater risk of experiencing “negative wealth”—that is, having debt that exceeds their assets—compared to continuously married individuals, the study found. And people who are separated or divorced have between a 2.2 and 3.0 greater risk of experiencing negative wealth than people who stayed married.”People who are married are in better financial shape than others when they reach their fifties. Tell us your stories and advice about working as a team.Money can tear couples apart, but those who stay together tend to amass more wealth than those who never marry, who divorce, or who live together without marrying, new research finds.“Married people do better,” says Amelia Karraker, assistant professor at Iowa State University and co-author of a recent working paper on marital histories and financial security in midlife. Specifically, people who stay married to their first spouse enjoy higher net worth on average.The Iowa State study looked at people’s finances when they hit the 51-to-56 age bracket, a point in midlife when income and assets frequently peak and retirement planning needs to be in high gear. People who never married are at 3.3 times greater risk of experiencing “negative wealth”—that is, having debt that exceeds their assets—compared to continuously married individuals, the study found. And people who are separated or divorced have between a 2.2 and 3.0 greater risk of experiencing negative wealth than people who stayed married.READ MORE: http://time.com/money/4455829/marriage-good-for-couples-finances-tell-your-story/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Ramp Closures on I-74 at SR 1

first_imgSt. Leon, IN—Ramp closures are scheduled today and tomorrow on I-74 Eastbound at S.R. 1 (Exit 164) in Dearborn County for milling and paving. The good news is, U.S. 52 reopened on Friday near New Trenton. Motorists may use U.S. 52 at Exit 169 or S.R. 46 as alternate routes.last_img

VP of NRA says he is being extorted, pressured to resign

first_imgLaPierre wrote that the letter in question “would contain a devastating account of our financial status, sexual harassment charges against a staff member, accusations of wardrobe expenses and excessive staff travel expenses.”He added that after the call “others informed me that I needed to withdraw the NRA lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen or be smeared.”LaPierre also wrote that North said that Ackerman McQueen would not send the damaging letter if he resigned his Executive Vice President position.North, who became NRA president a year ago, will have to stand for reelection when his tenure expires on Monday. The fight between LaPierre and North is reportedly in connection to a feud between the NRA and Ackerman McQueen Inc., its advertising firm, whom the NRA has filed a lawsuit against earlier this month.In the lawsuit, the NRA is claiming Ackerman McQueen declined to provide records supporting its billings, while the advertising firm slammed the lawsuit as “frivolous” and “inaccurate.”The NRA’s suit also claims that its request for details regarding Ackerman McQueen’s contact with North is being roadblocked.North hosts a documentary program on NRATV produced by Ackerman McQueen.Ackerman McQueen paid North millions of dollars annually for the documentary program but only three episodes have been produced, prompting the NRA to question why it is paying the advertising firm “in light of these production shortfalls,” according to LaPierre.In his letter, LaPierre went on to discuss an alleged  phone conversation between North and a senior NRA staffer this week in which North said Ackerman McQueen was devising a letter to the board that would be “bad for me, two other members of my executive team and the Association,” according to the Wallstreet Journal.Here is the real meat of Lapierre’s letter. pic.twitter.com/VPHmYJhbHj— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) April 26, 2019 A potential scandal may be in the midst for the National Rifle Association (NRA) following a reported blow out between the executive vice president and the president of the association.Wayne LaPierre who is the Executive Vice President of the NRA is claiming that he is being blackmailed by the President, Oliver North, to resign over his allegations of financial misconduct.The bombshell accusation was detailed in a letter from Mr. LaPierre, dated April 25 and addressed to members of the NRA Board.BREAKING: NRA chief Wayne LaPierre claims he’s being extorted and pressured to resign by NRA President Oliver North, over allegations of financial improprieties. https://t.co/Xb7iRAecGj via @WSJ pic.twitter.com/jFHgXxZbEv— Mark Maremont (@MarkMaremont) April 26, 2019last_img read more

Governor DeSantis Announces Removal of Thousands of Burmese Pythons from the Everglades

first_imgTallahassee, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis announced and applauded the efforts of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to remove more than 3,600 invasive Burmese pythons from South Florida’s Everglades System.This month, FWC’s Python Action Team reached a major milestone of removing 1,000 Burmese pythons from the wild in Florida. The removal of these 1,000 snakes compliments the more than 2,600 pythons removed by the SFWMD’s Python Elimination Program.“I’m proud that our recent efforts to expedite the removal of invasive Burmese pythons from the Everglades are yielding results,” said Governor DeSantis. “The removal of more than 3,600 pythons by FWC and the South Florida Water Management District is an important milestone in this fight and demonstrates that our policies are working. Together, we will continue to build on this success and do all we can to preserve and restore our environment.”On August 7, Governor DeSantis joined FWC and the SFWMD to announce new efforts to remove pythons from the greater Everglades. The Governor directed FWC and the District to increase collaboration on a number of initiatives, including training programs, research, education campaigns and incentives for veterans to remove pythons.The SFWMD’s Python Elimination Program and FWC’s Python Action Team were created in March and April of 2017, respectively. Both programs were designed to further engage qualified individuals with python control efforts. In recent months, FWC has doubled their number of Action Team contractors, significantly increasing the number of pythons that have been removed.The FWC Python Action Team’s 1000th python was captured by Tom Rahill and the Swamp Apes Team in the Chekika region of Everglades National Park. It measured in at 9 feet, 5 inches long and weighed 23 pounds. The Swamp Apes Team is a group dedicated to serving U.S. veterans through serving the wilderness.“Removing thousands of snakes has certainly been a team effort! With the support of the Governor, we have been working with our partners with the South Florida Water Management District as well as the National Park Service to help us gain access to Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve, both national treasures,” said FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton. “We have also been fortunate to have U.S. heroes from veterans’ groups helping to lead the charge.”“Governor DeSantis brought new energy and bold leadership to Florida’s python program,” said SFWMD Executive Director Drew Bartlett. “We join our partners at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Everglades National Park in celebrating more than 3,600 pythons removed from the Everglades. Together, we’re all working to restore the Everglades and combat the harmful pythons that hurt Florida’s native wildlife.”“The dedication of Tom Rahill and the veterans of the Swamp Apes is commendable,” said Pedro Ramos, superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. “Not only do their consistent efforts remove countless invasive snakes, but the captured pythons also provide our biologists and our USGS partners opportunities for research so that we can seek new methods to control their population.”To learn more about FWC’s Python Action Team and the SFWMD’s Python Elimination Program, visit https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/python/action-team/ and https://www.sfwmd.gov/our-work/python-program.last_img read more

Students make app to show activities in LA

first_imgMarshall School of Business senior Josh Gorokhovsky and his cousin Jeffrey Morgenstein launched their app Oust in the Apple App store this summer, creating a real-time market platform of activities to do and places to go for Angelenos.The process to create Oust has been in the works since 2013. Morgenstein, a UCLA alumnus, taught himself how to code and created the program for Oust from scratch. Gorokhovsky has focused on the design of the app, from the initial sketches on paper to developing the app design for the iPhone screen.“How Oust looked in sketches on paper to what it is now is day and night,” Gorokhovsky said. “This, the way Oust looks now, is probably the 80th design.”The idea for Oust was created as a solution to the boredom Morgenstein and Gorokhovsky faced while trying to decide what to do in Los Angeles. There was no simple solution that recommended specially curated activities. Sites such as Yelp require users to know what to search for beforehand. Sites such as Groupon give ideas of different activities but can’t guarantee a good vendor or experience. Gorokhovsky and Morgenstein felt they needed to create Oust to fill that void.“Oust is a one-stop shop to figure out what you want to do. The best part about it is that most people haven’t heard of these activities,” Morgenstein said.Gorokhovsky manually created the special curation of activities and places. The duo hopes to create an electronic mechanism to implement crawlers in order to help Gorokhovsky with his curation process.“I find the places through a curating process that I’ve developed,” Gorokhovsky said. “Right now, it is all manual, and I’ve put the leg work in to find all these vendors.”The automatic system that Morgenstein plans to create will enable the crawlers to cross reference various activity based blogs to curate activities.Morgenstein and Gorokhovsky prioritized making the activity feed for users personal through the curation process. Oust uses data from Facebook and tracks the user’s preferences made within the app to create an experience tailored to each user.“Ideally the app is like your best friend that knows what you like already,” Morgenstein said.Gorokhovsky said he utilized the lessons he has learned and friends he has made at Marshall to create Oust.“I took a lot of entrepreneurial classes that sort of gave me a leg up, especially with taking calculated steps and moving fast while I do it,” Gorokhovsky said. “Before I would see the problem and try to solve it on paper instead of just actually doing something about it.”Gorokhovsky and Morgenstein have been working on the next steps for Oust. They plan to phase out vendors’ abilities to submit real time deals for customers on the same night on the app to drive business with potential customers. They also plan to partner with specific vendors to create the Oust Experience, which would be achieved through Oust forming partnerships with specific vendors and paying through the Oust app ahead of time.The founders of Oust hope to have created an app that USC students will find useful and fun.“We are working right now to secure more places around USC for students to go to, and we hope we can get some Trojan support,” Gorokhovsky said.Alexis Hunter, a senior majoring in psychology, said she enjoys the app because of its efficiency.“The interface is really great. It’s always good to have a pretty design and they do that well. I like the function too,” Hunter said. “If I can find something that is both cheap, and I could do it right now, I think that is the best selling point.”Nicolette Canale, a senior majoring in biological sciences, said she appreciates the way Oust gives users a new way to make the best use of their time in Los Angeles.“I think it’s really good that it’s real time,” Canale said. “When people are bored the first thing you do is scroll through your social media so if Oust taps into that boredom they could get a lot more people into the app.”last_img read more

Syracuse completes California sweep with 4-1 win at Pacific

first_img Published on August 31, 2015 at 6:06 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ The No. 4 Orange (3-0) finished its California road trip with a 4-1 win over Pacific (1-1) to sweep all three teams it played.For the third game in a row, Syracuse struck first and pulled ahead early. Alma Fenne notched her first career goal off of a penalty corner 19 minutes into play. Emma Lamison followed Fenne with a goal of her own just 50 seconds later. Following a Pacific turnover, Lamison moved the ball past two defenders into the circle, shot and scored to make it 2-0.The Orange and Lamison scored once more in the first half after the junior forward found the back of the net from the left side to give her team a 3-0 lead heading to halftime.Syracuse controlled play in its first two games and Monday was no different. The Orange outshot No. 6 Stanford, UC Davis and Pacific by a combined 28 shots. On Monday, SU dominated those scoring attempts in the first half, 10-6, but Pacific finished with the same number of shots, 13, for the game. Syracuse held a 6-3 advantage in penalty-corner attempts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse rounded out its scoring with an Alyssa Manley goal after she assisted on two scores in the first half.What would have been back-to-back shutouts for SU were spoiled by a goal from Pacific’s Leah Cofer when she redirected an Ali Campos shot past goalkeeper Jess Jecko. The goal came with under five minutes remaining in a game that wasn’t in doubt.Syracuse opens its home season on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Massachusetts at J.S. Coyne Stadium. Commentslast_img read more

Internationals all fancy Presidents Cup crack at US captain Woods

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 19th November, 2019 10:14 IST 10 months ago Rohit Sharma congratulated by Sourav Ganguly for 100 T20I appearances Written By Last Updated: 19th November, 2019 10:14 IST Internationals All Fancy Presidents Cup Crack At US Captain Woods Woods will be playing captain when he leads the star-studded United States against the Internationals skippered by Ernie Els in the biennial team match-play READ | Kiren Rijiju: ‘We Will Form A Committee For Sports Code’Woods will be the first playing captain since American Hale Irwin in the inaugural 1994 Presidents Cup after giving himself a wildcard following his record-equalling 82nd US PGA Tour title in Japan last month. He spearheads a formidable team that features the three of the world’s top four golfers in number one Brooks Koepka, third-ranked Dustin Johnson and number four Justin Thomas. Els has a relatively inexperienced team looking to win the event for only the second time in its 25-year history. Their sole win came at the same Royal Melbourne venue in 1998. “It depends on the situation of the match. It depends how the picks go too, we alternate, so Tiger could choose who he wants to play against. There’s no real control there.”  “The American team look like a bit of a juggernaut but we’ve got a good young team,” Ogilvy told reporters at the course on Monday. The Presidents Cup will open with five fourball matches on Thursday, followed by five foursomes on Friday. There will be four foursomes and four fourballs on Saturday with 12 singles to round out the competition on Sunday. READ | Charles Oliveira Brags About Winning Future UFC Fight With Khabib NurmagomedovREAD | UFC: Nate Diaz Roasted By Former British Champion With Mike Tyson Reference Post UFC 244 WATCH US LIVE “But Cam and Leish, they have really stood up the last couple of years and they are so bought into this. Cam is bouncing out of his skin. We have 12 great players, they all have a case. “The Americans are in a sweet spot of form but if you watch the Ryder Cup, they are very beatable if you play well. I see no reason why we can’t pump them,” he added. WE RECOMMENDcenter_img 9 months ago On this day in 2013, Sachin Tendulkar’s 22-yard journey came to an end in his own backyard 9 months ago Relive Mitchell Johnson’s terrorizing spell four years after he called it quits “This is a tough place for them to play and Ernie is historically great around Royal Melbourne so he’s got a lot of wisdom and the players want to win for him. COMMENT 9 months ago Indian women beat West Indies by 7 wickets in 3rd T20I, seal series “Jason (Day) can clearly hang with Tiger and go down the stretch with him,” Ogilvy, who with Els was a member of the losing International team at Royal Melbourne in 2011, told the Melbourne Herald Sun. Every member of the Internationals team wants to take on Tiger Woods at the Presidents Cup, with assistant captain Geoff Ogilvy suggesting Australians Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith and former number one Jason Day are frontrunners. Woods will be playing captain when he leads the star-studded United States against the Internationals skippered by Ernie Els in the biennial team match-play showdown at Royal Melbourne from December 12-15. Australian Ogilvy, who played in three Presidents Cups, said all of the 12-man had put their hand up to face the 15-time major winner but favoured one of his fellow Australians to take on Woods.READ | Alex Marquez To Join Brother Marc At Honda MotoGP Team FOLLOW US LIVE TV Press Trust Of India 9 months ago Simon Taufel feels Pink ball will present a challenge for both teamslast_img read more