Schenectady County DMV service leaves much to be desired

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Schenectady County Department of Motor Vehicles should be ashamed of itself. The lines are constantly out the door here compared to Troy, which also has a high volume of people. The new building is great for the people who have to sit in there for three to five hours, where for most part other departments are not only quicker in what they do for a living, but seem much more polite than the individuals who have their heads in their laps texting while dealing with you. Their operation moves slow and the workers are constantly leaving their desks for 10-15 minute bathroom breaks from what I was told. Along with that, there are 11 teller windows, but only half of them are being used. It makes no sense to me or other people that these windows don’t have employees working them. Common courtesy is one thing, but when you’re blatantly texting while a customer is in front of you, I find that to be rude and a waste of time. While recently visiting the Schenectady County DMV, a friend of one worker came in, and not only did the worker come out into lobby to meet and greet their friend, she advanced her number so she was called within five minutes of being in building. The friend of the employee walked out all in smiles, while the rest of the people in the place were pondering whether their number would ever be called. That smile was the only one I saw in my three hours at your local DMV.Nicholas SilverioNiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectlast_img read more

Planting right crops may prevent elephant-human conflicts: Expert

first_img“We can serve both animal conservation and economic interests hand in hand by growing the right commodity crops,” he said.“The people on the eastern coast of Aceh, for example, grow patchouli plants, which are disliked not only by elephants but also wild boar”.Patchouli oil is a popular essential oil and extensively used in the perfumery industry. It has no synthetic substitute so there is high demand for it, and Indonesia is one of the major producers of patchouli oil.Beside patchouli, other recommended crops are oranges, limes, lemons and cloves.“Hopefully more people are willing to plant these commodities, but of course, each community has a different preference. The commodity must suit the community’s needs,” Wahdi said.Read also: Innovation needed to end human-elephant conflict in Sumatra, says WWF IndonesiaThe International Union for Conservation of Nature changed the population status of the Sumatran elephant from “endangered” to “critically endangered” because nearly 70 percent of its habitat has been destroyed in the past 25 years leading to human-elephant conflict and the loss of more than half of the elephant’s population in one generation.The Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) recorded 170 conflicts between humans and elephants from 2012 to 2017, in which 54 elephants died and 19 people were injured.Topics : Aceh is home to the largest population of the critically endangered Sumatran elephants. More than 500 individuals of a population of around 2,500 of the elephants native to Sumatra Island live in the province.Read also: Elephant found dead, mutilated in RiauAs the largest land mammals that live in herds, elephants need abundant natural food. Therefore, the animals need a vast natural habitat as their home range.Wahdi said people should learn from the history of the Aceh Sultanate, which gained wealth from the export of pepper and nutmeg and at the same time, nurtured coexistence with elephants because the animal did not eat the crops. As elephant-human conflicts continue to be reported in Sumatra amid massive deforestation that prompts the critically endangered species to go to plantations and human settlements to find food, an expert has suggested that planting the right crops may prevent such conflicts.Wahdi Azmi, director of the Aceh Conservation Response Unit, which aims to care for the elephant population, said Sumatran elephants were not familiar with oil palm fruit in the past.“But ever since the loss of their habitat to plantations, the fruit is what is available to them and they find it palatable. They raid oil palm plantations because they like eating the fruit,” he said during a virtual discussion on Friday.last_img read more

Chelsea star Billy Gilmour hails impact of Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas on his development

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 25 Apr 2020 8:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.2kShares Advertisement Advertisement Comment Gilmour has burst onto the season this season (Picture: Getty Images)Chelsea wonderkid Billy Gilmour has hailed the ‘incredible’ ability of former teammate and Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas, who he admits has taught him valuable lessons early in his career.The 18-year-old has turned heads with a string of standout displays this season, most notably in the Blues’ 2-0 FA Cup win over Liverpool in March, where he marked himself as one of the rising stars at the west London club.Gilmour made the switch from Rangers to Chelsea in 2017, where he kept a close eye on ex-Blues midfielder Fabregas in an attempt to try and emulate his style.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe teenager told BT Sport: ‘We had to analyse our own game and then compare it to a player. I thought I would do Fabregas. Growing up, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas were the type of players I would base my game around, how I play.‘Fabregas’ one-touch play and playing around the corner, how he could get out of tight areas, it was incredible. ‘There was no better player to pick and when I came into first-team training a few times when he was there, it was great to see him.‘I could watch him in training and see how he put it into a game. I was trying to take some of that stuff from training with him and take it into my game.’ Fabregas spent five seasons at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)When asked which of his current Chelsea teammates he looks up to, Gilmour highlighted fellow midfielders Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.He added: ‘In training, I am always watching them and trying to copy what they have been doing.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘They have been brilliant with me off the pitch as well. They are always talking to me, just asking about my upbringing, what it was like at Rangers and getting to know me as well as me getting to know them.‘They are helping me out. It’s quite surreal. They are top players and I train with them and play with them week in, week out. It is something I can only dream of.’MORE: Frank Lampard holds talks with Dries Mertens over Chelsea transferMORE: Chelsea target Andre Onana hints at transfer after appearing to say goodbye to AjaxFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Chelsea star Billy Gilmour hails impact of Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas on his developmentlast_img read more

Brisbane’s most ‘in demand’ suburbs revealed

first_imgThis house at 31 Ivy St, Indooroopilly, in on the riverThe modern, three-level riverfront house sits on a 1091 sqm block just 6kms from the city.Mr Adcock said Indooroopilly would be a suburb to watch in 2019. The view from 219-221 Latrobe Terrace, PaddingtonIt is eclectic, charming and iconic, and now Paddington can claim its spot as Brisbane’s most in demand suburb.New data from realestate.com.au has found that the inner ring suburb recorded an average of 4884 views per property listing last year — the highest number in Brisbane. It was followed by Indooroopilly (4648) and Windsor (4486).And with its median house sales price of $1.15 million — half of that in Paddington in Sydney at $2,317,500 — interstate buyers, in particular, are getting some serious bang for their buck in Brisbane’s Paddington. But you had better act fast. Houses in Paddington spend a median time on market of just 26 days — 10 days less than the Greater Brisbane average. Ray White agent Mathew Abboud has a four bedroom home at 110 Lower Cairns Terrace on his books for offers over $1.15 million — bang on the suburb’s median house sales price. They then bought it from him, spending 14 years renovating it, with the couple and their three sons living in the downstairs granny flat during the major renovation. This house at 219-221 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, has been completed renovated and the results are spectacularThe 1950s era house has been architecturally-designed and extended, and has its own dense rainforest backyard complete with private walking tracks.Owner Angie Ryan said the house was to be demolished, but in the end they decided to give it a new lease on life. And the results are spectacular. The features of this property at 110 Lower Cairns Terrace are typical of the older homes in the sought-after suburb. True to the heritage character of Paddington, it has VJ walls, pressed metal ceilings, breezeways, ornate cornicing and stained glass windows.The owners have lived at the property for three decades but are looking to downsize — typical of the area. At the other end of the spectrum is 219-221 Latrobe Terrace, which is listed for offers over $3 million.Called Ohana, the renovated, five bedroom house sits on a 890 sqm block just 3km from the city. “Paddington is a great place to live, with op shops and high-end shops, cafes, it is close to the stadium, the city, public transport,” he said.“The buyers we are seeing are mostly young families, professionals like doctors, renovators, and the majority are locals or coming out of Sydney and Melbourne.“A lot of the people who have been in the suburb for a long time are now selling up, and there is a new wave moving in.”The second most “in demand” suburb was Indooroopilly, where Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige has 31 Ivy St on the market for $3.95 million. MOST IN DEMAND BRISBANE SUBURBS OF 2018 (Source: realestate.com.au) HOW 219-221 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington“We love it and thought we would be here for ever but things change and we wanted to be closer to the boys school,” she said.Speaking of Paddington, Ms Ryan said the “eclectic” suburb was, in her opinion, undervalued.“You look at places like New Farm where they have had huge rises, but Paddington has gone up steadily, and is still a good mix of people,” she said.“It offers inner-city living, we could walk to Suncorp Stadium, town, and there are great restaurants and coffee shops.”The Ryan house is listed with Belle Property New Farm agent Ivo Kornel. 31 Ivy St, Indooroopilly.”It is a lovely, leafy suburb full of families, close to good schools, and walking distance tio Indooroopilly Shopping Centre,” he said.“There is good public transport, and a lot of high-end homes.”Mr Adcock said a lot of the buyers he was seeing were expats returning to Brisbane from overseas or interstate, and Asian buyers looking to be close to good schools and the university.“It is all about supply and demand and there is usually not enough supply but plenty of demand,” he said.The third most in demand suburb was Windsor, according to realestate.com.auRounding out the top five suburbs for property listing clicks were Coorparoo (4473) and Red Hill (4421). “I know lots of people just pull a house down but I didn’t want a contemporary Paddington box house,” she said. The house started out as offices belonging to her husband Michael’s father, and then it was converted in to two flats.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agolast_img read more

Real estate expert Tom Panos reminds agents ‘storms pass’

first_imgTom Panos gives advice to real estate agents on how to weather the tough times. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEANTOWNSVILLE real estate agents have been reminded that bad times don’t last forever, at an industry breakfast last week at The Ville Casino.More than 70 local agents attended the exclusive seminar to hear from real estate expert, trainer and founder of Real Estate Gym, Tom Panos. He shared his tips for industry success, advising agents about how to grow clientele in a downturned market, and use branding to capitalise on opportunities. Mr Panos told agents it was important to remember that during the tough periods, everyone was on the same playing field, using the recent flood event as an example.“Everyone is going to go through bad things in life whether it’s professional or personal, but what you need to keep in mind is that what’s coming is better than what has gone,” Mr Panos said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Tom Panos gives advice to real estate agents on how to weather the tough times. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEAN“Your current situation is not your final destination.” Mr Panos also encouraged agents to embrace marketing in all its forms, without leaving out any mediums that could reach potential vendors or buyers.“Traditional media like print advertising and the classic signboard work well but they should also be used in combination with digital, not in isolation.”He added that agents should be careful not to get complacent when they’re doing well. “Nothing breeds failure like success.’ “When people are winning, they often stop doing what made them successful in the first place, and they become over-confident.”“My advice is to go to bed each night as if you’re not on top on the ladder, even if you are.”last_img read more

Equinor sells Norwegian field stake in further push to focus portfolio

first_imgNorwegian oil and gas giant Equinor has signed an agreement with PGNiG to sell its non-operated interests in the Tommeliten discovery on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) for $220 million.Equinor said on Thursday that the Tommeliten Alpha is a gas/condensate discovery that was made in 1976.Through this transaction Equinor will divest its 42.38% interest in the Tommeliten Unit (PL 044 TA) and 30% interest in PL 044 in the North Sea. Both are operated by ConocoPhillips.Back in 2015, ConocoPhillips reportedly decided to cancel the development project for the Tommeliten Alpha discovery amid low oil prices.Net recoverable resources in Tommeliten Alpha are 52 million barrels of oil equivalent, Equinor said.“Equinor is committed to transforming the Norwegian Continental Shelf for decades to come. Realizing this ambition requires prioritization. We are selling this asset, so we can direct our efforts towards priority projects and assets that create higher value for us,” says Jez Averty, senior vice president for operations in the southern North Sea.Closing is subject to approval by PGNiG’s Supervisory Board and customary conditions, including partner and authority approval.This transaction follows Equinor’s sale of its operated interest in the King Lear discovery to Aker BP for $250 million on October 15.last_img read more

NPFL: Rivers United gun down Flying Antelopes

first_imgRelatedPosts NPFL: Coach Dogo leaves Sunshine Stars NFF sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table Rivers United again reject Point-Per-Game format A gutsy second half performance by Rivers United proved decisive in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Enugu Rangers as the Nigeria Professional Football League entered match day four.Bakary Bamba and Malachi Ohawume scored for United, while Ibrahim Olawoyin’s consolation was sandwiched in between the host’s goals.United dominated a largely one-sided first half that saw Rangers manage a single goal attempt, a 30-yard free kick by Isiaka Oladuntoye in the 39th minute, hit more in hope than expectation.The home side should have taken the lead in the 29th minute after some inspired work by Ishaq Rafiu down the flanks but Fortune Omoniwari’s goal bound effort from eight yards was somehow kept out by the Rangers goalkeeper, Seidu Mutawakilu.United were not deterred by that outstanding stop by the Rangers keeper and continued to step on the accelerator.Sustained pressure unsurprisingly led to mistakes at the Rangers rear as a goal-bound Ifenyi Onyeali was brutally upended in the box in the 31st minute with the referee, Nura Abubakar, quick to point to the spot.Reliable midfielder Bamba is a cool customer from 12 yards and he promptly stepped forward, picked his spot precisely with frightening force into the corner with Mutawakilu going the right way, but finding the venom behind the strike too hot to handle.It represented his second goal of the season, after he scored, also from the spot, against Heartland FC, at the same venue on match day two.United should have added two more goals before the interval but Fortune Omoniwari and Cletus Emotan wasted glorious identical opportunities when it seemed more difficult to miss.Rangers made sure United rued those missed chances as they restored parity with their first real attack of the game.Olawoyin displayed the typical poacher’s instinct as he stabbed home from close range after United uncharacteristically failed to clear their lines from a corner.That goal acted like a shot in the arm for Rangers who suddenly looked a side reborn, first to ever second ball and menacing on the break, while United on their part looked jaded and shell shocked.Rangers could have taken a shock 2-1 lead moments later when the usually-reliable Abiodun Akande performed an uncharacteristic howler when trying to play out from the back but his blushes were spared by the referee’s whistle for a foul on Rangers’ Chiamaka Madu.Then came the turning point in the game, a moment of genius from the bench as the technical manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma threw on striker, Ohawume in the 73rd minute.Ohawume scored with his first touch in the Rangers box, less than two minutes after coming on, a deft chip worthy to win any game.It proved to be a moment of redemption for the attacker who had goals controversially disallowed in Kano against Pillars on match day one and against Heartland in Port Harcourt on match day two.To their credit, Rangers never gave up as they pushed the hosts hard in the closing stages in search of the equalizer.  United however defended brilliantly while controlling the rest of the game and creating several dangerous moments of their own in a high-octane contest that will live long in the memory of all who witnessed it the Yakubu Gown Stadium, Port Harcourt.Rivers United have now climbed to ninth on the log with five points from four matches while Rangers dropped to 12th on the log with four points from the same number of games.Rivers United will now make the trip to Warri to face Wolves on Sunday as the competition enters match day five. Tags: Flying AntelopesIbrahim OlawoyinnpflRivers Unitedlast_img read more

Lowry aiming to upset McIlroy

first_img Twelve months ago, top seed Luke Donald lost to bottom seed Ernie Els, the same happened to Steve Stricker against Ross McGowan three years ago and, in between, Lee Westwood was knocked out in the second round by Nick Watney. Lowry, winner of the 2009 Irish Open when still an amateur, was in line to face Tiger Woods until Swede Fredrik Jacobson, in the field as the replacement for injured Brandt Snedeker, finished joint third at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. “I suppose I would rather (play) Rory,” Lowry said before knowing which of the two superstars it would be. I would be intimidated if I played Tiger. Since I started golf it’s always been Tiger who’s been the greatest. Standing on that first tee against him would be nerve-racking. “I’d enjoy playing Rory and there probably is a bit of pressure on him, what with the change of clubs and having not played for a month since missing the cut at Abu Dhabi.” But Lowry also told the Daily Telegraph: “Rory is Rory – he’s still the best in the world. It’s funny, we’ve never played against each other before, despite coming through the amateur ranks together. “The way I look at it is that, whoever I play, I’ll have nothing to lose and everything to gain. This is going to be a great experience and a great chance to prove myself against the best. “If I play my best golf I’ll have a really good chance of beating whoever I’m up against. I’ll tell myself that I came up against the best in the Irish Open (McIlroy was in the field) and a nobody – and I managed to win that.” Press Association The world number one, who was out of sorts with his new Nike clubs in Abu Dhabi last month, has chosen the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson for his second appearance. Shane Lowry, a team-mate of McIlroy when Ireland won the European amateur title six years ago and stablemate now, is his opponent in Wednesday’s opening round at Dove Mountain. Sixty-seven places separate them on the world rankings but McIlroy, runner-up to Hunter Mahan last year, needs to be on his guard on a day that also sees a clash between the two other Irish golfers in the field – Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington. center_img Rory McIlroy lasted only two rounds in his first tournament of the year, but his return to action this week could be even shorter.last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane replaced, Steve Smith to captain Rajasthan Royals

first_imgRajasthan Royals have won only two out of the eight games in IPL 2019 and they will have to win the remaining games in order to have a chance of reaching the last four. A loss against Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh stadium could signal the end of their playoff hopes. Rajasthan Royals have endured a tough time at home in IPL 2019, winning just one game and losing four in what was once their fortress of Sawai Mansingh stadium.Smith’s one-year ban ended in March and he was included in the 15-man Australian cricket team squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Smith, along with David Warner, who was also banned for the ball-tampering scandal have both been included. Warner has been in great form for Sunrisers Hyderabad, smashing a century against Royal Challengers Bangalore.Rajasthan Royals are currently in seventh spot with just four points from eight games. Chennai Super Kings are on top of the table. A win for Smith’s side against Mumbai Indians will keep their playoff hopes alive. Rajasthan Royals are the inaugural IPL champions, having won the title in the first edition of the tournament in 2008. highlights New Delhi: Steve Smith will lead Rajasthan Royals for the remainder of the 2019 Indian Premier League, replacing Ajinkya Rahane. Rajasthan Royals take on Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh stadium and theywill be hoping to win all their remaining games in order to have a chance to reach the playoffs. Speaking about the appointment, Rajasthan Royals head of cricket Zubin Bharucha said, “Ajinkya is and will always be a true Royal. He led the team to the play offs in 2018 in a very challenging scenario and that will go down as one of the great comebacks of the IPL. He remains a key part of our side and leadership team and will extend support wherever required to Steve. Steve is one of the most innovative and successful captains in the world, in all formats of the game. We are confident he can lead the Royals to success.”Rahane led Rajasthan Royals to the playoffs in IPL 2018 which was their first season after they were banned for two years along with Chennai Super Kings for the spot-fixing scandal. For Smith, this is a comeback of sorts after he missed the previous season and was stripped of captaincy due to the ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March 2018. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Rajasthan Royals have won only two matches in eight IPL 2019 games.Rajasthan Royals are currently in seventh spot in the points table.Steve Smith missed IPL 2018 due to the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.last_img read more

Boeheim discusses great shooters at college, NBA levels

first_img Published on March 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jim Boeheim has had plenty of good shooters during his days at Syracuse. During the last decade alone, he’s coached Gerry McNamara, Andy Rautins, Eric Devendorf and James Southerland.In his mind, Trevor Cooney fits right in with that group — and he proved why in the Orange’s second-round NCAA Tournament win against No. 14-seed Western Michigan on Thursday. During his slump that’s lasted the better part of two months, he’s never been afraid to shoot the ball.“I like the ones that don’t think much, or maybe can’t think much is even a better description, because they just forget things,” the SU head coach said. “They forget what happened or what didn’t happen. They just get the next shot. And the best shooter, those are the guys.”Maybe Cooney won’t go off like he did against the Broncos on Saturday when No. 3-seed Syracuse faces No. 11-seed Dayton, but he won’t hesitate to pull the trigger.In the college ranks, that’s what makes a great shooter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It just spaces the floor a bit when I’m making shots and defense has to come out on me when I’m out there,” Cooney said after the Orange’s win over WMU. “It opens up other lanes for other people.”It’s not like in the NBA, where shooters are supposed to be automatic — they just need to be confident and keep the defense honest. There are no Reggie Millers, Boeheim said, who even on their worst nights will hit 4-of-10 from beyond the arc.Coaching the United States at the Olympics, Boeheim got to watch Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant rarely miss in shooting drills.“College kids, if they make 10, we call them great shooters,” Boeheim said. “These guys make 19 out of 20 like 10 times. If Kevin Durant makes 15 out of 20, well, look at the ball because there’s something wrong with the ball there.”Great college shooters have the same confidence as the NBA’s best, but the difference becomes repetition. The best NBA shooters “shoot the same shot every time,” Boeheim said.When shooters struggle, it’s when their feet are moving too much or they’re sliding into their shot. Cooney has gotten most of his looks while curling around screens, but when he gets good, set shots he tends to make them.“I’m very confident when we get him good shots, he’s going to make them,” Boeheim said. “I’m very confident in that until the game’s over and he doesn’t.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more