via New York DEC / Facebook.ALLEGANY – The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding visitors to state parks and other natural areas to pick up after themselves.via New York DEC / Facebook.The reminder comes in response to community concerns about increasing amounts of litter left behind by visitors to state parks.“During the State’s ongoing response to COVID-19, New Yorkers are desperate for a chance to get outside, change up the scenery, and get a breath of fresh air. It’s great that so many people are enjoying the outdoors this summer, but it’s disheartening to see litter and garbage left behind,” State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos said in Saturday press release. “It’s a simple fix. Whatever you bring in with you should leave with you as well. Play Smart * Play Safe * Play Local this summer and follow the principles of Leave No Trace.”Litter isn’t just an eyesore- it poses a danger to wildlife and the state’s delicate ecosystems. Here are some tips to Leave No Trace:Carry out what you carry in.Don’t leave trash, food, gear, or any other personal belongings behind.Trash your trash- use designated receptacles when available or carry your trash in a small bag so you can throw it out at home.Never put trash in outhouses or porta-potties.Use designated bathroom facilities when available.If traveling, use the rest areas closest to your destination before you arrive.Learn how to dig a cat hole (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-Ej5m6gr1U) and properly dispose of your human waste for the times when nature calls and a bathroom is not available.During the COVID-19 public health crisis, take extra precautions when picking up trash you find on the trail.Wear gloves and make sure to hand sanitize when you are done. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
The home at 17 Girrah Street, Brendale.A RESIDENTIAL enclave in Brendale with elevated home sites has been uncovered by affordability-driven buyers, according to LJ Hooker Albany Creek sales consultant Wayne Cornell.“They’ve been selling pretty much under 10 days there. We’ve been getting quite a few groups through the open homes and we’ve been getting multiple offers as well,” Mr Cornell said.Mr Cornell said 17 Girrah St, Brendale, which sold on November 7 for $457,000, demonstrated the level of demand.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The home at 17 Girrah Street, Brendale.“We took it to the first open home and we had 15 groups come through,” he said.Mr Cornell said the home sold just a few days after listing.He said a mix of first and second homebuyers dominated this patch of Brendale.“Because the prices are getting a bit higher in Albany Creek, some buyers are looking to Brendale. There are approximately 180 homes in that little area there and it’s a secret pocket,” he said.“You can see golf course views from some of the houses and you can also see some city glimpses as well.”Mr Cornell said he was looking forward to a strong market in 2018.
He was speaking at a press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (February 27), following the conclusion of the 7th Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Governors’ Meeting. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the policies and programmes carried out or contemplated by the Government are in the best interest of the citizens. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the policies and programmes carried out or contemplated by the Government are in the best interest of the citizens.Mr. Holness cites the proposed implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS) as one such project.He was speaking at a press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (February 27), following the conclusion of the 7th Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Governors’ Meeting.Noting the issue of trust resonating with some persons about how personal data collated under NIDS will be handled, Mr. Holness gave the assurance that there will be “nothing nefarious to, in any way, erode the privacy of the citizen”.“Many issues arise when we start to enter upon the conversation about giving every citizen an identification. It means that the Government will have to collect information about every citizen, (and) we acknowledge that many of these concerns are legitimate,” he said.The Prime Minister said, however, that the Government is duty-bound to act responsibly, scrupulously and with integrity to ensure that the citizen’s well-being is safeguarded in whatever endeavour is carried out.“So whether it is in national security, justice and supporting the judiciary… (providing) housing and facilitating land settlement, increasing the efficiency of the public, the speed at which we do business, (or) giving the citizen an identity, the Government is acting in the best interest of the citizen. What we are trying to do is strengthen Government so that we can better serve you,” Mr. Holness said.The IDB conference, which was held under the theme ‘Jump Caribbean’, focused on how best the region can strategically embrace the reality of the digital revolution.Importantly, the IDB wants Caribbean partner states to tap technology and apply innovative methods as a means to solve problems, improve productivity, generate employment and advance development.IDB President, Luis Alberto Moreno, headed the visiting team of Bank officials attending the conference, which also saw the affiliate Governors of several territories participating.They included representatives from The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.Also attending were global business leader, Sir Richard Branson; and former President of the Republic of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves. The IDB conference, which was held under the theme ‘Jump Caribbean’, focused on how best the region can strategically embrace the reality of the digital revolution.
Kolkata: A huge amount of money has been recovered from Kolkata on Monday evening. The person who was carrying the money, identified as Koushik Nath, was arrested.According to sources, before the 5th phase of the Lok Sabha elections, the special branch of Kolkata Police was alerted that antisocial elements may cross Ganga using ferry services and roads to reach Kolkata, after before and on the day of the poll. Based on the alert, senior officials of Kolkata Police had decided to keep a close watch on the Howrah-Kolkata bordering areas. As a precautionary measure, a good number of police personnel were deployed to keep a strict vigil on the ferry ghats and other places, using which antisocial elements could have gone out from Kolkata and come from Howrah. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the special naka-checking, many persons were intercepted and questioned. Special teams comprising plain clothed police personnel also patrolled the areas to locate any suspicious movement. While doing so on Monday evening, a team from Hare Street police station noticed a person standing at the Esplanade bus terminus with a laptop bag, which seemed suspicious as it looked overstuffed. When some police personnel asked him to stop, Nath reportedly did not respond to their calls and behaved as if he did not hear anything. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen Nath did not stop walking despite repeated calls, some police personnel went to him and asked him to show the contents of his bag. He refused and when police personnel tried to get hold of his bag, Nath allegedly tried to flee from the spot with his bag. However, as he was surrounded by the sleuths from Hare Street police station, he was trapped and was detained immediately. During a subsequent search of his laptop bag, sleuths found bundles of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes. Wasting no time, Nath was taken to the police station. After counting the bundles, sleuths found that he was carrying Rs 30 lakh. Nath was interrogated about the source of the money and to whom he was about to deliver it. Sources informed that the accused had stated that he was from Burdwan and he was to deliver the money somewhere in East Midnapore. As the 6th phase of the Lok Sabha elections is scheduled to take place there on May 12, it is suspected that the money was supplied to use illegally during the election. He has been arrested and the information of recovery of money has been passed on to the Income Tax department and Election Commission for further action.
Freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) celebrates after a point during a match against Wisconsin at St. John Arena on Nov. 2. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is off to Manhattan, Kansas, for the first round of the NCAA tournament, and its first opponent is the same team that handed the Buckeyes an early preseason defeat.At 6 p.m. on Friday, OSU and the Missouri State Bears will face off for the second time this year — but this time around, the stakes are much higher. One team will keep its dreams of a national championship alive, while the other will leave empty handed. On Sept. 9, it was the Bears who locked down the tight, five-set win in front of a home crowd and gave OSU its second loss on the season. The Buckeyes finished off their regular season with two consecutive wins, while Missouri State split 1-1 with a win over Illinois State and a loss to Wichita State.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the match against Missouri State will be the culmination of all the work his team has put in thus far. “This is where all the days in the gym and all the stresses and all of the good memories, all of those things you keep in your backpack — you use them now,” he said. The Buckeyes have made numerous changes since their last encounter with the Bears, and the team is hopeful the new strategies will pay off. “We’ve definitely improved our offense, and I think throughout the season, we’ve run a lot of defensive systems and offensive systems,” said junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer. “I think this versatility allows us to change and adapt in situations where they might be beating us in one area.” Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes added that OSU has stopped relying on one or two of its hitters, which has diversified offensive options. Hughes has also seen more attacking opportunities with the increased role of fellow setter, senior Abby Fesl. Hughes joined senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe on Tuesday on the Big Ten’s All-Conference teams; Sandbothe received first team and Hughes earned honorable mention. A goal the team set at the beginning of the season was to advance to the Final Four match of the tournament, which will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus this year. But if you ask them about that target right now, it’s the furthest thing from their minds. “We’re not talking about it. (We’re) focusing on one game at a time and that’s Missouri State coming up next,” said Hughes. With tournament play soon to be in full swing, every team will be fighting for their existence. One loss and it’s game over for the season. Carlston said the Buckeyes have been preparing for this pressure long before the tournament brackets were even released. “We’ve had practice and we’ve talked a lot about sense of urgency and treating every match we’ve played for the past three or four weeks as if it is our last,” he said. For Schirmer, she’s acknowledging the gravity that Friday will bring, but said playing with high risks comes with the territory of playing the sport.“Especially now, it’s like any day could be your last day, and I think that’s scary but at the same time that’s really cool because we’re fighting for our lives,” she said. “That’s what makes playing volleyball so exciting.” The first serve between the Bears and the Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. on Friday in Manhattan and can be viewed on ESPN3.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell shoots a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAfter an 84-75 loss to No. 19 Michigan Tuesday night, the No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) will head on the road for a Monday night game against No. 14 Maryland (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten). In the last matchup between the two teams, the Buckeyes upset the No. 2 Terrapins 98-87 at the end of the regular season last year. In recent years, Maryland has been the Big Ten’s powerhouse, winning the conference the past two years. Though this year’s Terrapin team lacks the star-power of recent years, Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff stressed his team’s need to be prepared for another top-25 team.“They’re good, they’re talented, they’re well coached, they’re used to winning,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “They have an expectation to win. They’re gonna be ready. We’ll have to be really good on Monday.”The Terrapins have won 14 of their last 15 games with the lone loss coming Jan. 11 against the Michigan State Spartans.Redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper said the team will need to come in with the same level of intensity if it hopes to come away with a win against the Terrapins, like it did last year.“The amount of focus that we had, the amount of intensity and effort we brought, all of us that played that game we just brought it,” Harper said. “We played together, our chemistry was great and we really wanted to win. We have to approach this upcoming game the same way we approached it last year and make sure that we’re doing everything we have to do to get the win.”Maryland sophomore guard Kaila Charles, who leads her team in scoring with 17.1 points per game, must pick up the workload offensively. The Terrapins’ second-leading scorer, sophomore guard Blair Watson, suffered a torn ACL in a January practice that will force her to miss the remainder of the season. Watson was averaging 13.8 points per game prior to the injury.The Terrapins’ depth has helped them absorb the loss of Watson this season. Maryland has six active players who put up at least 10.5 points per game, and would have been seven had Watson not suffered a season-ending injury.This game will have major implications on which team takes the edge in the Big Ten. Ohio State and Maryland are tied for first atop the conference and both are the only teams with one loss. Conference control is not McGuff’s main focus, though.“I just think it’s about us being prepared for this game and putting our best foot forward here, as we saw Tuesday anything can happen,” McGuff said. In the Big Ten there’s a lot of parity this year. We need to take this game first and go from there.”The Buckeyes will need to find a way to put up points on a night when the 3-pointer does not fall. While they were aggressive and hit 17-of-22 free throws the previous game, they shot 36 percent from the field, which hindered their second-half productivity. McGuff said he would like to see his team stay patient, even when shots aren’t dropping for the team. “One, continue to take good shots no matter what,” McGuff said. “Two, just continue to work [on it]. I think we’ve, knock on wood, done a better job recently getting some balance in our offense, scoring a little bit more around the basket and I think we need to continue to do that.”
Ohio State freshman defenseman Madison Bizal makes a move against a Minnesota State defender on Oct. 12. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli made headlines for the second straight week after she was named WCHA Goaltender of the Week for her performance against No. 3 Minnesota. Braendli and the No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team took on the Gophers in a top-five matchup last week. After losing the first game 3-0, the Buckeyes came away with a strong road victory by a score of 3-2 in Game 2. Now, Ohio State (6-2-0, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) will attempt to ride that wave of momentum this week when it continues its road stretch and travels to Canton, New York, to face No. 10 St. Lawrence (3-4-1). “That’s what you need to do, you need to build momentum and learn from some of the mistakes we made throughout the weekend,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “We need to build off the good we created. Taking three points from a No. 3 team in the country was huge at their rank nonetheless.” While the Saints are not as highly ranked as Minnesota, the Buckeyes will still be faced with another tough opponent. The Saints are fresh off a win against No. 2 Clarkson, the defending national champion and the team that beat Ohio State in the Frozen Four last season. “What’s nice is there is parity in the country right now,” Muzerall said. “Every team is putting up a good battle and is making the league and the NCAA fun to watch. We just need to focus on the things that we do very well and drive a little more offensively and then buckle down defensively and be more intelligent.” The team defensively has little to worry about with Braendli stepping in and making a name for herself only five games into her college career, winning WCHA Rookie of the Week two weeks ago and now Goaltender of the Week. In her five games played, Braendli leads the WCHA with a .950 save percentage. “It’s really awesome having someone as solid as her backing the net,” redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne said. “She got the chance to play and capitalized on the opportunity. She’s done amazing and we’re lucky to have her.” Offensively, Ohio State has a little bit of work to do. St. Lawrence allows 1.88 goals per game, and the key to victory for the Buckeyes will be a fast and aggressive offense to create scoring opportunities. But St. Lawrence scores the fifth-fewest goals per game in the NCAA at 1.50 per game. Ohio State sophomore forward Emma Maltais has as many points as the Saint have goals all season.“Defensively, St. Lawrence is a very good team,” Dunne said. “The challenge is on us to create offense and to score off the opportunities we make and continue to capitalize on the chances we get.”The Buckeyes travel to play against St. Lawrence at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kristina Antoniades, a family lawyer, blasted Qantas airline earlier this week on Facebook for “blatant homophobic” behaviour.“We had just as much right to be seated together as the married couple”The woman, who was travelling business class with her female partner Merrin Hicks and their daughter, was asked to switch places with a married couple not once, but twice.Ms Antoniades had booked three seats for the flight from Brisbane to Melbourne online, on the same row, separated by an aisle. Ms Hicks, however, was paged to customer service during boarding time, only to be told she was being moved to a different row.She refused and the company reissued the initial boarding pass. Once they were in the air, they were again approached by another member of the staff. “I thought that would be the end of it but once the plane took off the flight manager asked why Merrin was seated next to the man and his wife seated behind them,” Antoniades wrote.“I again advised the flight manager that we were a family and wanted to be seated together. She asked me why I had taken it upon myself to move the wife away from her husband.“I advised her that we were in our designated seats, equally as entitled to sit together.”The cabin manager asked to see their boarding passes, she wrote, and questioned why they hadn’t allowed the other couple, aged in their 70s, to sit next to each other.“I have never experienced such blatant discrimination,” the woman continued.A Qantas spokesman said staff had contacted the passengers to explain there were two requests from other passengers, stating that the airline which “celebrates diversity of staff and passengers was disappointed to read of the experience”.“We completely understand that it can be frustrating to be asked to change seats when you have already chosen where to sit,” he said. “In this case, Kristina, her partner and their daughter travelled in the seats originally assigned to them while the other couple were sat separately.”Meanwhile, in a gesture of goodwill, the customer service manager contacted Ms Antoniades offering her extra frequent flyer points.Source: ABC, Herald Sun
Parma have officially completed the signing of Mattia Sprocati from SS Lazio.The midfielder will join up with the newly promoted Serie A side on loan but the club have option to make the deal a permanent one. Sprocati signed a new five-year deal with the eternal city club back in June, after spending time on loan with Salernitana, which also owned by current Lazio president Claudio Lotito.“S.S Lazio announces it has sold the player Mattia Sprocati to Parma Calcio 1913 on loan with an option to buy,” a brief statement on the Aquile’s website confirms, as quoted by Football Italia.Parma’s coach is delighted after Sunday’s win Manuel R. Medina – September 2, 2019 According to Parma manager, Roberto D’Aversa, the team played well even after having so many difficulties in the first half of the match.Sprocati was on Parma’s books from 2012 to 2015, but he never made an appearance and was released when the club went bankrupt. The Ducali also confirmed the signing of Alessandro Deiola from Cagliari on a straight loan deal.Parma are back in the top tier of Italian football after suffering relegation to the Serie C, the third-tier of Italian football after the club went into administration due to bankruptcy.