Hope the city has a plan for baseball field

first_imgOn Oct. 10 I had an opportunity to address the Schenectady City Council with regards to the mayor’s proposed capital budget. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion More specifically, I addressed the $600,000 being invested in the Central Park A Diamond — as I learned that night, also known as Buck Ewing Field.The mayor and council members John Polimeni and Vince Riggi noted it’s an investment in America’s pastime, a source of revenue and part of the bigger picture.OK. But who’s going to maintain the new artificial turf field, schedule the tournaments and make sure this field doesn’t meet the same fate as its predecessor? Volunteers? What’s the plan?I can only hope the mayor and City Council are equally as generous when it comes to organic community-inspired investment opportunities such as the miracle on Craig Street and professional cricket fields in Schenectady.Chad PutmanSchenectadycenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionslast_img read more

Tax office, MIND ID ink stage-2 deal on syncing income tax data

first_imgThe Taxation Directorate General of the Finance Ministry has signed another major state-owned enterprise (SOE), mining holding company MIND ID, to its flagship integrated tax data system.The tax office finished the initial stage of migrating MIND ID to the system in August, allowing it to monitor the miner’s sales and purchases as well as automatically process its tax payments.Read also: Indonesia introduces tax data integration system to boost transparency “Once those two SOEs are finished, we can [proceed] with MIND ID,” he said.MIND ID is the parent company of five mining SOEs, including diversified miner PT Aneka Tambang and gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia, which will all be integrated in the tax office’s data system.Read also: Meet the man who brings big data to Indonesia’s tax officeDozens of SOEs have joined the tax office’s integrated data system to varying degrees, including 98 SOEs that have joined its electronic filing system.Iwan added that 22 other SOEs had signed up to join the integrated system within the next two months.“No more basic problems like [misplaced] documents. Unnecessary costs due to administrative errors can be reduced,” said MIND ID president director Orias Petrus Moedak.Topics : “We want to make an environment where tax just happens,” digital transformation director Iwan Djuniardi of the tax office said on Sept. 4 during the livestreamed signing ceremony.Tax data integration project lead Dedi Arianto of MIND ID said at the same event that under the latest deal, the tax office and the holding company would continue to the second stage of data integration to sync income tax (PPh) data.Dedi noted that state-owned telecommunications holding company Telkom and state-owned energy holding company Pertamina were currently pilot testing the second stage of data integration.Pertamina was the first to sign up to the Taxation Directorate General’s integrated tax data system, which was introduced in 2018 to improve transparency in taxpayer data.last_img read more

ING pension fund slashes allocation to return portfolio

first_imgSince 2014, ING staff have accrued pensions through the new ING collective defined contribution scheme.The pension fund’s official coverage ratio was reported at 145%, while the average for Dutch pension funds last year was 108%.Thanks to an additional contribution from the employer, as well as a full hedge of the interest risk on its liabilities, the scheme’s coverage increased by 17 percentage points over 2014.Last year, the ING scheme adjusted its targets after surveying its participants on their risk appetite.The survey showed they preferred certainty on their nominal pension over full indexation. The new target places the odds that its funding will fall short of 109% within a year, based on market rates, at less than 1%.It also stipulates that the probability the scheme will miss its indexation target of at least 80% of the consumer index within a 15-year period should not exceed 30%.The pension fund said its goals should be achievable if its ‘market funding ratio’ is approximately 130%, and 70% of its assets are invested through its matching portfolio. The remaining 30% should be placed in its return portfolio, consisting of credit, equity, property and private equity.The pension fund said it reduced its equity allocation from 20% to 16% and its interest hedge from 105% to 92.5%.It also plans to increase investments in inflation-linked bonds and swaps. ING’s €29bn pension fund in the Netherlands has scaled back its return-portfolio allocation by 15 percentage points, from 45% to 30%, in favour of its fixed income allocation.The pension fund hopes to achieve an indexation of 80% of the consumer index.The move, cited in its annual report for 2014, bucks the norm, as many other Dutch pension funds are planning to increase their equity allocations for higher returns.However, the Pensioenfonds ING differs from the average pension fund in that it has been closed to new entrants.last_img read more

Three Gold Coast houses up for grabs with weird and wonderful baths

first_img 1029 Edgecliff Drive, Sanctuary Cove Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The bath inside this home is a little bit cheeky.It could make for some romantic nights.The tub in this Sanctuary Cove house is both sexy and glamorous thanks to a see-through facade.Hopefully no one unexpected walks in while you’re having a dip in the square-shaped bath, which is surrounded by windows so you can soak up the scenery while you’re at it. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe four-bedroom house is on the market with a $2 million price tag through Matt Gates of Ray White Prestige. 2107 The Circle, Sanctuary Cove Just how crazy can a bathtub be? Just you wait and see.THERE are plenty of funky features that can come with a house — be it a cool pool, fun-filled rumpus room or nightclub-worthy bar.But how do you feel about a crazy bath? Some Gold Coast residents have stepped it up a notch to ensure their home’s bathrooms aren’t just a stock-standard offering.Here are the three wackiest baths in houses that are on the market and coincidence or not, they are all on the northern Gold Coast.center_img This mega-mansion has a unique bath inside! Get ready to kick back and relax.If kicking back in style surrounded by bubbles and a glass of champagne sounds like your perfect way to unwind, you’ll fall head over heels for this bath. The high heel-shaped golden bath, which was imported from overseas, is just one of the many funky features of this six-bedroom Sanctuary Cove house. The property is reserved for the well-heeled buyers, with a previous asking price of almost $10 million attached to it. It is currently listed without a price guide through Alex Phillis Real Estate’s Alex Phillis and Kevin Fan. 1110 Beechwood Drive, Hope Island The colour of the tub inside this property might surprise you. Don’t get green with envy.For those who aren’t afraid of a splash of colour, the green spa bath in this Hope Island mansion could be for you. Stairs step up to the large tub, which has green hand rails and windows to match. The bath is in an ensuite that’s part of the main bedroom, which occupies the entire top floor of the four-bedroom home and is the perfect addition to the room’s sauna and private balcony. Hope Island Resort Realty’s Wendy Hickey is marketing the property. last_img read more

GDPR: Updated privacy notice

first_imgYou are probably aware of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will come into effect on May 25th.  In a nutshell it means your personal data will better protected, hence increasing your privacy.We have always cared about your privacy and will continue to do so in all our future activities. That is why we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use (from May 25, 2018, in compliance with the GDPR, that protects your privacy rights.In our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Use you can read how we collect and use your data. We recommend you read these documents.These updates will take effect for both new and existing users. By continuing to use our platforms, you agree to these updated terms.Please feel free to contact us with any further questions in regards to the GDPR.Thank you for using our platforms and we hope to welcome you soon again.last_img read more

Norsepower makes its rotor sails tiltable to overcome height restrictions in navigation

first_imgHowever, the routes involve navigating under multiple bridges and powerlines which require the technology to have a tilting function. Based on the analysis of the ship’s routes, Norsepower estimates that its technology would be able to achieve a carbon emissions reduction of 25% for this vessel. “We are delighted to be working with SEA-CARGO, not only as they are keen to demonstrate their commitment to maximising the propulsive power of wind to reduce emissions, but also for their cooperation and innovation in making tilting Rotor Sails a realisation,” Tuomas Riski, CEO, Norsepower, said. Preparations for the retrofit on the SC Connector are currently taking place with the installation scheduled for Q4 2020, Norsepower said. “With a growing international focus on reducing CO2 emissions and other gases/particles – the ability to harness wind to generate energy, reduce fuel consumption and emissions is a natural next step for the maritime transport industry,” Ole Sævild, Managing Director, SEA-CARGO, added. The SC Connector, a 12,251 gross tonne (GT) Ro-Ro cargo vessel operates in the North Sea, which allows for some of the most favourable wind conditions for Rotor Sails. Developed in tandem by the two companies, the 35m high and 5m wide Rotor Sails are able to tilt to almost horizontal when required.   The agreement also heralds the installation of the world’s first tiltable Rotor Sail, an innovation that has resulted from the need to adapt the technology to the sailing requirements of the ship.center_img It is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor, a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to thrust a ship. “Rotor Sails are particularly well suited to Ro-Ro vessels and working with SEA-CARGO to deliver a tilting Rotor Sail ensures we are providing an adaptable solution which fits with particular vessel requirements, specifically demonstrating vessels with height restrictions to benefit from the Rotor Sail solution.” “The goal of this project has been to design more environmentally friendly vessels by combining several existing technologies. In good wind conditions, the sailing hybrid vessel will maintain regular service speed by sail alone.” The Norsepower Rotor Sail is fully automated and detects whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel and emission savings, at which point the Rotor Sails start automatically. Finnish cleantech company Norsepower and logistics provider SEA-CARGO have inked a deal to install two of Norsepower’s largest Rotor Sails onboard the SC Connector, a side door Ro-Ro. It can be fitted on both new ships and those already in operation.last_img read more

Stoke confirm boss tested positive for coronavirus

first_img The Potters were due to ramp up their return to action in a friendly against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men. But the game was called off with a member of the Stoke squad, now confirmed to being former Northern Ireland boss O’Neill, returning a positive test for the virus. A club statement read: “Stoke City can confirm that manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus following the latest round of testing on Monday (June 8). “O’Neill had tested negative in the previous five rounds of testing. “He will now follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation, whilst continuing to be in regular virtual contact with his coaching staff and players. “Assistant manager Billy McKinlay will take charge of training as the Potters prepare for their game against Reading on June 20. “The club will be making no further comment on this matter.”Advertisement Stoke have confirmed boss Michael O’Neill tested positive for coronavirus just minutes before the cancelled friendly against Manchester United. Promoted ContentLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet Man Utd were hoping to host Stoke at their Carrington training ground ahead of the Premier League’s proposed return to action on June 17. The Red Devils had taken part in an intra-squad friendly over the weekend – and Tuesday night’s game would have been the first involving another team since March. On Tuesday evening, United confirmed none of their players had been put in danger. Players began to arrive around 10am and Stoke’s star arrived separately by car – as had their United counterparts. Once the news came through the game was immediately called off and boss Solskjaer instead organised an intra-squad practice game. read also:Etebo completes Getafe Switch It is understood that none of the Stoke players went into any areas where their Premier League opponents were based due to protocols set in place. The Stoke players immediately left Carrington without ever coming into contact with United players. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Manchester United will reinforce squad in January – Solskjaer

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United will try to sign one or two players in the January transfer window to improve their chances of finishing in the top four, but will not spend big on transfer fees and wages, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.United are 12th in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s home game against league leaders Liverpool after a poor start to the season that has been further disrupted by injuries to key players.Solskjaer sanctioned the departures of forwards Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the close season without reinforcing United’s attack and the Norwegian also has goalkeeper David De Gea and midfielder Paul Pogba out injured.“We’re looking at one or two new signings. We’re one or two players light.“If the right ones are available in January then we might do something. If not, these players will give everything (for a top four finish).“I’m not going to go down the route of bringing players in on big contracts and fees if they’re not the right ones for the whole group and for the future.“The money is there to strengthen in January and in the summer,” Solskjaer said.United started the season with a 4-0 win over Chelsea but have scored five goals in seven league matches since and Solskjaer said an injury to forward Anthony Martial, who has not played since August, was a factor in their struggles.“There are many reasons, but one of them is injuries to Anthony. Creating chances has been a challenge for us with teams dropping deep.“But we’re practising patterns every single week. When we get the players fit.“I’m going to make Marcus and Anthony score those scruffy goals, as that’s what I did,” the 46-year-old former United player said. Tags: Manchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

Bruce: Next game bigger than final

Press Association Hull boss Steve Bruce has labelled Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Leicester a bigger game than last season’s FA Cup final. Livermore is available once again, but James Chester will sit out against Leicester after collecting his fifth booking of the campaign at Sunderland. Meanwhile, Nigel Pearson admits Leicester need new blood to aid their relegation fight – ahead of the crucial showdown. The Foxes boss insists his players can survive but wants signings in the January transfer window. He said: “I recognise we need to try and strengthen in certain areas. The players we already have here will probably benefit from additions to get the best out of here. “The one thing we don’t have in abundance is Premier League experience and know how. You can have an opinion of games just by team sheets. We need to supplement what we have – ability, commitment and desire. “We’re just missing an ingredient to win points – sticking it in or keeping it out. What we have to do in the mean time is keep going. Results like Spurs test the mental resolve of everyone. “We want to say we’re that close, we made a side that have unbelievable options all sorts of problems. I know they left relieved and saying they’d have taken a point. “We need ingredients and in the mean time we need to stay in touch.” Pearson spent just over a year as Hull boss after leaving Leicester in 2010 before returning to the King Power Stadium in 2011. “I’m fine with going back as long as our players perform,” said Pearson, who is without the suspended Jamie Vardy. “I don’t think I am totally unpopular there, I actually thought I did a decent job given the circumstances I worked under. In terms of how I left, these things happen. I made a decision that I thought was right at the time. Managers are not always going to be universally popular. “So if I get a bad reception, I get a bad reception. It’s not about me, it’s about the team. ” The Tigers host Nigel Pearson’s strugglers at the KC Stadium buoyed by their 3-1 Boxing Day win at Sunderland – a first league win in 11 attempts since October 4. That lifted them out of the bottom three and six points clear of the rock-bottom Foxes, but Bruce knows there is still much work to be done if they are to drag themselves out of a relegation fight and for that reason, a showdown with one of their closest rivals represents an even more important occasion than the club’s trip to Wembley in May. He said: “That’s what it means to me. Nigel will want to turn us over. It’s a bigger game for me than the cup final because if we turn them over to go nine points clear of them at the halfway stage, it’s a big turnaround to be caught, huge. “As we’ve seen, it’s been difficult enough to win one or two games, let alone turn around a three-game swing. “We are there [at the bottom end of the table] ourselves. We have only been four years in our history in the division, so we are going to be in and around it, but we always expected to be. “The league is starting to take shape. Halfway going into January, the teams you would think were going to be at the top are there – there are one or two surprises like there always is. “The teams at the bottom, I could have told you the bottom eight going into January – I might not have got it the right way around, but we have to accept that we are going to be one of them.” The victory was all the more remarkable as it was achieved without the services of suspended midfield duo Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore and with Bruce’s multi-million strike-force of Jelavic and Abel Hernandez starting on the bench. Asked if that had been something of a gamble, the manager said: “Jelavic has done fantastically to even get back playing because when he did damage his knee – and let’s be fair, he has had a cartilage operation which used to finish people 25, 30 years ago – he got back within six weeks. It’s been a struggle for him, but he has got himself back on the pitch. “Hernandez, sometimes if you pay a lot of money for a striker from abroad, you have got to give them time to adjust, and he will be a really good player, so no, it wasn’t a gamble because I didn’t think Jelavic was right, and of course we play two games in three days, which was obviously on my mind too.” read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img June 28, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSAP source: Yankees vs champ Nationals in DC on opening dayUNDATED (AP) — Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in an opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park. NASCAR-POCONOJones dodges wrecks to win 1st career Truck race at PoconoLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Brandon Jones surged down the final two laps to win a wreck-filled Truck Series race in the first of three NASCAR races Sunday at Pocono Raceway. The Truck race was rained out Saturday, forcing the move to early Sunday. Jones won his first Truck race in 46 career starts and in his first start since last season.Jones had a quick turnaround Sunday, starting seventh in the Xfinity race, the second event of the day. That is being followed by the Cup Series race. Kevin Harvick is trying for Cup victories on consecutive days at the Pennsylvania track.center_img A person familiar with the game says the Yankees and Nationals are set to meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there hasn’t been an official announcement. The New York Post first reported the matchup.Cole started the previous game played at Nationals Park. He pitched the Houston Astros past the Nationals 7-1 last October for a 3-2 edge in the World Series. Major League Baseball will start a 60-game season on July 23 or 24. The schedule is still being worked out — there could be a game or two on the first day of play, or a full slate.In other baseball news:— The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field. The Rangers said no one will be allowed back inside without receiving a negative test for the coronavirus. The club is set to begin another round of training at the ballpark next week. The team said pandemic protocols are in place for front office employees at the new ballpark that’s set to open when the season begins. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more