Trump, GOP commit a special robbery

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLines from an old Woody Guthrie song seem to apply to the tax bill recently passed in Congress. Speaking of different forms of thievery, the song goes:“Yes, as through this world I’ve wandered I’ve seen lots of funny men; some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.”With our dear Donald signing the tax bill, we have a perfect example of fountain pen robbery. The thieves are some of the rich and very rich, including many members of Congress.The victims are the rest of us.Arnold SeikenSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

Hectare of luxury living

first_img349 Bridgeman Rd, Bridgeman DownsBuilt in 1975, this home is in immaculate condition.Owners Rose and Michael McKergow purchased the property at 349 Bridgeman Rd, Bridgeman Downs, in 2003.The home at 349 Bridgeman Rd, Bridgeman Downs.Mrs McKergow said the couple weren’t actively looking for a new home, but when she spotted the property in the Chronicle she knew she had to have it.“I came and saw it, and fell in love,” she said.“And that was that.”Inside 349 Bridgeman Rd, Bridgeman Downs.Mrs McKergow said it was the position that she loved the most.“It’s very elevated,” she said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“We’re right at the top of a hill, away from the main road. It’s secluded and surrounded by lush greenery.”Inside 349 Bridgeman Rd, Bridgeman Downs.The main home is on a single level and has a large formal living room, open-plan kitchen and dining room, study, two bathrooms and four bedrooms, including master suite with walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite. There is also a laundry and garage connected to the main house via the extensive wraparound veranda.Inside 349 Bridgeman Rd, Bridgeman Downs.There is also a self-contained cottage on the property which has three bedrooms, a bathroom, bar and living area.The property also has a gazebo, fish pond, swimming pool and manicured gardens.Mrs McKergow said her family spent a lot of time in the garden.The home at 349 Bridgeman Rd, Bridgeman Downs.“It’s so lush and private, it’s like you’re in your own little world,” she saidMrs McKergow said the home would suit those who enjoy gardening and outdoor living.“There are so many wonderful spots to just sit and take in the surroundings,” she said.Mrs McKergow said she was going to miss the home immensely.It’s a bit of a shock to be selling,” she said.“This is definitely a house that you never want to leave.”last_img read more

Trafigura Steps into Petrochemicals Market with Altis

first_imgCommodity trading company Trafigura Group has entered into a joint venture agreement with trading and logistics company Altis Group International in an effort to create a commodity petrochemical trading business, with a focus on bulk liquid chemicals.The joint venture has been formed between Trafigura and senior executives from the petrochemical trading industry, including the current management team of Altis.It will include two new trading entities – the already existing Altis Group International for the US, based in Houston and Altis International (Singapore), which will have a branch office in Geneva.Trafigura senior managers Chris Clarkson, Head of Gasoline Trading and Tom Jay, who until recently headed the Deals Desk for refined metals, bulk and concentrates, will join the boards of the new venture.“We believe that the time is right to start exploring the potential of this market,” Tom Jay said.“The market for petrochemicals is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, with Altis well placed to capture a share of this market,” he added.The new venture will be led by a team of industry veterans with more than 100 years of combined relevant experience, according to Trafigura.“The new global venture with Trafigura will be transformative not only for Altis and its employees but for all of our commercial partners. Teaming up with Trafigura will accelerate our growth and ability to expand our trading reach globally,” Jeff McNear, President of the Altis Group International management team, explained.Formed in 2014, Altis focuses on the trade of bulk liquid chemicals. Active in the petrochemical markets on a worldwide basis, with expertise in handling shipping and logistics for a wide range of chemicals, the employees and commercial activities of Altis will transition into the US-based and international companies and serve as the trading platform for the new venture.Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials — including oil and refined products and metals and minerals.last_img read more

Former Dolphins Player Arrested During Breonna Taylor Protest

first_imgA suspected drug dealer who police arrested on a separate warrant that same night was the target of the raid.Her killing sparked nationwide protests, in addition to a bill calling for the statewide ban of the controversial no-knock warrants.Officers reportedly used a battering ram to get through the door of her home.Reports say that Stills had a Wednesday morning court appearance on a felony charge of intimidating a participant in the legal process and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.He is considered one of the NFL’s outspoken advocates for social equality, inclusion, and mental health. Police in Louisville, Ky., arrested former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills during a protest this week for Breonna Taylor, according to reports.Stills played four seasons with the Dolphins, before being traded to the Houston Texans before the 2019 season.The 28-year-old receiver and 86 others were taken into custody late Tuesday on felony charges for the protest.They reportedly marched to the home of Daniel Cameron, the Kentucky Attorney General, where they demanded action against the officers who killed Taylor earlier this year.Taylor was fatally shot eight times by officers on March 13, as officers were serving a warrant at her home.“Good trouble” with my brothers and sisters- organized by @untilfreedom.Arrested for peacefully protesting. While Breonnas Taylor’s murderers are still out on the street.#ArrestTheCops #JusticeForBreonna#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/GmJUjl7Ezv— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) July 15, 2020last_img read more

Possible Mayweather-McGregor bout ‘a joke’ – Alvarez

first_imgBy Larry FineNEW YORK, USA (Reuters) – A possible bout between Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor is getting lots of buzz but two fighters that are getting in the ring said the crossover tilt would be a black eye on boxing.Irishman McGregor has been challenging Mayweather to a fight for months but the two have yet to reach terms while both have been doing their part to drum up interest with plenty of back and forth in the media.“It’s a joke for boxing if that happens,” two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez, who fights fellow Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas in May, told Reuters on Tuesday.Mayweather, who retired in 2015 after compiling a perfect 49-0 record, has said he would require a guaranteed $100 million to make the fight with McGregor happen.“It is a businessman fight,” Chavez said during Tuesday’s promotion stop in New York for the Cinco de Mayo weekend bout with Alvarez on May 6. “I like to fight a serious fight.”Famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach believes the much-hyped Mayweather-McGregor showdown will happen and that he may get involved himself.Roach, who prepared Manny Pacquiao for the “Fight of the Century” against Mayweather, said in an appearance on The MMA Hour show on Monday that the 12-time boxing champion visited his Wild Card gym and told him that he will fight McGregor.“According to Mayweather, yes. He told me he would fight him. Everything is pointing in that direction right now,” said Roach, who added that he would consider training McGregor if asked.“I think Mayweather is the favourite, yes, but I wouldn’t count anyone out. Because (McGregor) throws, he throws hard and he’s not afraid to throw.”last_img read more

Transfer defensive end Jeffrey Gunter changes mind, commits to NC State

first_img Published on February 26, 2019 at 11:46 am Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Former Coastal Carolina defensive end Jeffrey Gunter announced on Tuesday he’ll be attending North Carolina State via Twitter. Fifteen days ago, Gunter had tweeted that he’d be transferring to play at Syracuse. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Gunter received two Division I scholarship offers out of high school: Coastal Carolina and NC State. The Durham, N.C. native will play about 30 minutes down the road from his hometown in Raleigh. Since enrolling at CCU, Gunter gained 50 pounds, from 205 to 255. Last fall, Gunter recorded 49 tackles, including 14 for a loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter playing two seasons at Coastal Carolina, Gunter will need to sit out the 2019 season at NC State before having two seasons of eligibility remaining for 2020 and 2021. Syracuse is slated to host the Wolfpack in 2020 before playing at NC State in 2021.Gunter initially chose to leave CCU because “all of the people who recruited me left,” he said. With his decision to go to NC State, Syracuse will bring in three new defensive ends for next season, all out of high school: Andrew Tuazama, Ishmael Goulbourne and Steven Linton. I’m coming home! Blessed to say I’m committed to NC State pic.twitter.com/ebFDOKj4BS— #94 (@jgunter94) February 26, 2019last_img read more

Evans feeling positive before practicing for second straight day

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Wednesday wasn’t the first time wide receiver Lee Evans tried to get back to the practice field since being sidelined following the Week 2 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 18.But his response to working out was far better this time around, providing optimism that the 30-year-old could make his return to action against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. Evans said he did not experience any setbacks in his first practice since Oct. 12. After last practicing on the Wednesday leading up to the Ravens’ meeting with the Houston Texans, Evans did not respond well and hadn’t attempted to participate until making his return to the practice field on Wednesday.“It went well,” Evans said before taking part in his second straight practice on a rainy Thursday afternoon. “It was the best I felt in awhile, so we’ll try to build on that [Thursday]. We’ll do a little bit more today and see what happens. Yesterday was positive.”Evans might find himself battling for a starting position once he returns to action since rookie Torrey Smith has made a name for himself by catching the game-winning touchdown in Pittsburgh and making the critical catch to set up the deciding field goal in the closing seconds against Arizona two weeks ago. The Ravens could elect to limit Evans’ reps — even in games — to protect his injured left ankle and to allow him to re-establish himself in the Baltimore offense before regaining a starting position.The former Bills receiver is still listed as a starting receiver on the Ravens’ official depth chart.“It definitely feels good,” Evans said. “It makes you feel like a football player again — get out there, put the pads on, and run around a little bit. We still have a hill to climb, but it’s good to get that step out of the way and still be able to progress forward.”Center Matt Birk (neck) returned to practice after being the only player on the 53-man roster not to participate in Wednesday’s practice. Left guard Ben Grubbs was also practicing for a second consecutive day and was not even listed on the official injury report for Wednesday.However, the news wasn’t all good as safety Ed Reed, linebacker Terrell Suggs, and linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (concussion) were not spotted during the opening portion of practice open to the media. As of Wednesday, Ayanbadejo had not been cleared for contact, and the special teams standout practiced on a limited basis.last_img read more

Martha Bissah powers to national 1500m victory

first_imgOlympic gold medalist,  Martha Bissah, last Saturday thrilled fans at the El-Wak Stadium in Accra as she won the 1,500m race at the Interplast-Sea&Shore National Circuit Championship in a time of 4m 37s.The championship, which formed part of the Ghana Athletics Association’s programme for athletes ahead of the upcoming All Africa Games (AAG) in Brazzaville, saw Martha beating Beatrice Konama (4m 44s) and Hawa Combat (4m 34s).In the men’s 200m final, Shepherd Agbeko clocked 21.30 seconds to defeat Bright Tsitey (21.75 sec) and Stephen Opoku (21.77), while Prosper Goku maintained his record as the local best in the 3,000m division, triumphing again after his earlier heroics at similar competitions in Sunyani and at Akatsi.Safia Bright failed to maintain her winning streak in the women’s 100m final at Akatsi, losing this time to Dorcas Gyimah in a very close race.Sakat Lariba won the women’s 5,000 metres after clocking 17m 30s minutes to beat Millicent Boadi (17m 35s) and Elizabeth Azuure (17m 40s).In other events, Robertson Tay won the men’s discus and Mary Zuta emerged winner in the women division, while Diana Tetteh triumphed in the 100m hurdles. In a post-event interview with the Graphic Sports, national athletics chief, Prof. Francis Dodoo, charged the athletes to use the competition to make a mark for themselves.–last_img read more

Property tax limits under debate in Iowa legislature

first_imgDES MOINES — Republicans in the House and Senate have drafted bills they say will “slow down the growth of property taxes.”Six years ago, Iowa lawmakers cut commercial and industrial property taxes by 10 percent. This year, GOP Senators have proposed limiting tax increases on all classes of property to no more than three percent.“Commercial/industrial taxpayers continue to see a lot of increases. We’re concerned about those increases,” Nicole Crain said this week during a senate subcommittee meeting. “We really think that putting a cap on local governments is a way to help control some of those increases that we’ve seen.”According to Matt Steinfeldt of the Iowa Farm Bureau, property tax payments in Iowa have doubled since the year 2000.“The total of property taxes collected this year will be over $5.75 billion,” Steinfeldt said. “The growth of property taxes is outpacing the economy. It’s outpacing Iowans’ ability to pay.”Critics say the limit will restrict the ability of growing communities to pay for needed infrastructure and services. Ames Mayor John Haila told senators there’s “amazing” expansion in his city’s research park.“As we continue to grow, we need a fourth fire station. We can bond for it, but it’s going to cost us $1.3 million for the fire fighters to fill it every year,” he said. “If this bill goes through and the cap goes through as it is, we won’t be able to do that.”Brett Barker, the mayor of the city of Nevada, is also chairman of Story County Republicans. He told legislators their proposal may have unintended consequences.“Ultimately cities aren’t created equally. We all have different challenges. We all have unique situations and I think local officials are most in tune with our communities,” he said. “We hear them.”Republicans in the Iowa House have a property tax plan that addresses any increase above two percent. Citizens would be able to petition for a referendum if a city council or county board of supervisors proposes increasing property taxes by more than two percent.last_img read more