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Hybrid estate agents – if you can’t beat ’em, might as well join ’em?

first_imgHome » News » Hybrid estate agents – if you can’t beat ’em, might as well join ’em? previous nextProducts & ServicesHybrid estate agents – if you can’t beat ’em, might as well join ’em?New deal between software giant Reapit and OneDome opens door to ‘plug and play’ hybrid service for estate agents.Nigel Lewis27th April 201802,201 Views For the first time since the tech revolution began traditional estate agents can take on Purplebricks, YOPA and the other hybrid estate agents with a ‘plug and play’ service available through the UK’s largest property software suite.Agents who use Reapit can effectively become hybrid agents after the London-based software firm signed a deal with digital tools developer OneDome.OneDome’s services, including those for creating online valuations, property viewings and a hybrid sales and lettings management platform, are now plugged into Reapit’s portal RPS Digital.This deal enables traditional agents to offer a Purplebricks-style fixed-fee hybrid estate agent service into their existing model via their Reapit subscription.“We have always sought to focus our integration efforts on tools that will help drive growth and deliver operational savings to our clients,” says Reapit’s CEO Gary Barker (pictured, left), whose company won a technology Gold awards at last year’s Negotiator Awards.“Our own digital offering has been hugely popular since its launch and the OneDome tools offer a great synergy that will enhance what our mutual clients will be able to offer their own customers via their websites.”OneDome claims the deal has other benefits. This includes eliminating the need for data entry because client information is gathered by OneDome via agent website or portal enquiries and inputted automatically into Reapit, a process that is already GDPR-compliant.The deal between the two tech firms also marks another step towards the digitisation of the sales and lettings process, the two companies claim.“We offer agents technology, to win, qualify and nurture new business,” says OneDome CEO Babek Ismayil (pictured, left).“This partnership ensures that our consumer-facing tools work efficiently with the agents’ in-house systems and, with less administration, they can provide even better customer service.”gary barker hybrid agents OneDome Purplebricks hybrid estate agents online agents property software Reapit Babek Ismayil YOPA April 27, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Love leads to losing friends

first_imgFalling in love will cost you two close friends, an Oxford University study has found. Participants in the study were asked how many people they had lost from their inner core of friends after entering a relationship. Men tend to have around four or five ‘close’ friends, while women have five or six – but on average, people saw their core group of friends reduced to three once they were caught up in love, said the survey lead by Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary anthropology professor at the University.“What I suspect happens is that your attention is so wholly focused on the romantic partner you don’t get to see these other people that you did before and those relationships deteriorate,” said Professor Dunbar.last_img read more

Where the wild things are — now that humans are locked down

first_imgAs COVID-19 lockdowns forced billions indoors, wildlife came out to play in many parts of the world. Sightings have been reported of coyotes roaming through San Francisco, dolphins frolicking along Istanbul’s shores, and wild goats wandering the streets of a North Wales town.And researchers have been watching. One group of experts recently coined the term “anthropause” to describe the global slowdown of human activity during the pandemic and noted the conditions could produce critical insights into human-wildlife interactions.“Coordinated global wildlife research during the anthropause will make contributions that go well beyond informing conservation science — it will challenge humanity to reconsider our future on Earth,” wrote the team of researchers led by Christian Rutz, 2019–2020 Grass Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, in a recent article published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. The paper amounts to a call to study humankind’s impact on wildlife using data collected during the pandemic, and suggests such research could yield “opportunities to reinvent the way we live our lives, and to forge a mutually beneficial coexistence with other species.”Rutz, a biology professor at the University of St. Andrews and a leading expert on animal tool behavior and crows, co-launched the global research initiative this spring during a Radcliffe fellowship. Shortly after returning to his home in Scotland in March (several months earlier than planned due to the pandemic) Rutz and several fellow biologists began discussing via email how they could take advantage of the pause in human movement to study its effects on avian, marine, and terrestrial wildlife.,As the president of the International Bio-Logging Society, a group of wildlife biologists from around the world who track animal movements and activity patterns using tiny attachable electronic tags (so-called “bio-loggers”), Rutz knew he and his colleagues had a unique chance to gather key data, so they made an appeal to the society’s roughly 1,000 international members.“We went into lockdown, but all the while these little tracking devices kept recording data for a large number of animals,” he said. “We realized that there was an opportunity to use these tracking data from before, during, and after lockdown to gain unprecedented insights into human-wildlife interactions.”In their article, Rutz’s team defined their plan, urged relevant authorities to allow scientists to continue their research during lockdown, and encouraged leaders of local animal tracking projects and owners of high-quality human mobility data to join their global collaboration.Soon they had more than 300 responses from colleagues tracking everything from small garden birds to massive whales. “The last numbers I’ve seen indicate that we’ve been offered data for 180 species across 279 populations from all around the globe,” Rutz said. “This provides an opportunity to go beyond anecdotal observations and to look at broader patterns across species, ecosystems, and geographic regions.”Images have flooded social media in recent weeks offering glimpses of how animals are responding to having fewer humans around. Dolphins have been seen swimming in Italy’s Gulf of Trieste; pumas on the streets of Santiago, Chile; and jackals in parks in Tel Aviv, Israel, in broad daylight. But other animals appear to be facing serious threats due to the lockdowns. According to reports, monkeys and seagulls that survive on scraps of human food in some parts of the world are going hungry, and the temporary shutdown of wildlife reserves has heightened the poaching threat to endangered animals such as rhinoceroses and elephants.Rutz said scientists have long studied human-wildlife interactions but have struggled to understand whether animals have been most affected by human infrastructure, such as buildings and roads, the physical presence of humans in their midst, or a combination of both. The anthropause has given scientists the chance “to get precisely at that question because, for the most tragic reasons, humans were briefly taken out of the equation,” said Rutz.The current closure of large parts of society has returned the world to levels of human mobility observed only a few decades ago, added Rutz, allowing researchers to study how even small shifts in human behavior might have a dramatic beneficial impact on species around the globe.,“Nobody is asking for humans to stay in a state of permanent lockdown,” said Rutz. “Humans will go about their lives. They will want to travel, and they should travel. But we anticipate that there will be opportunities to make relatively minor changes that have significant impact to, for example, how we lay out and operate our transport networks — roads on land and vessel routes at sea. If we find through our replicated analyses, across different species and regions, that a particular way of arranging traffic routes is really bad for animals, we can make concrete proposals for improvements.”The research could also have dramatic implications for a world battling a deadly virus that likely originated in bats before spreading to people. Rutz thinks the project could help shed light on the transmission of viruses from animals to humans.“I definitely think that the more we understand about the movements and activity patterns of wild animals, especially across species and habitats, the more informed models will be that describe the potential spread of diseases,” said Rutz. “Our project gets at the heart of what happens at that human wildlife interface, which is, of course, key to understanding how diseases may jump from animals to humans.”Although the global impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented in modern times, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster and its effects on the surrounding wildlife hint at the kind of results Rutz and his team might find. For years, scientists studied wild animal populations from the exclusion zone, the approximately 1,600-square-mile area around the plant in northern Ukraine that was permanently evacuated of its more than 100,000 residents after one of the plant’s reactors melted down in April 1986. In a 2015 study, researchers reported finding an “an abundant mammal community after nearly three decades of chronic radiation exposures” and suggested that prior to the accident, “mammal population densities were likely depressed due to hunting, forestry and agriculture.”“This is a research opportunity that has come about through the most tragic circumstances due to COVID-19,” said Rutz. “But we feel, as a research community, that it is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss. We will be able to learn some important lessons going forward, not just for wildlife conservation, but also for planning our own future on this increasingly crowded planet.”last_img read more

Clipper Race Update: The Southern Ocean Dell Latitude Rugged Race

first_imgThis is the fifth in a series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. You can find the first post from Samantha Harper, and the most recent post from Marek Omilian, on Direct2Dell. For more background on Dell’s involvement, read our initial blog about this exciting race here.The legendary Southern Ocean gave us a run for our money in Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race. The first few hours of out Cape Town harbour were met with poor winds and tricky sailing which saw us, Dare To Lead, and Sanya Serenity Coast pull away from the fleet. Sanya Serenity Coast continued to lead as the first night progressed and held a 100+ nautical mile lead from then until nearly the end – but more on that later!Less than 24 hours into the race, we received the sad news that CV24 (Greenings) had run aground. Many of our team had trained with Greenings crew and their skipper Andy – all great sailors and great people. As we were racing, we were spared from seeing photos and videos of that beautiful boat washed up on the beach in the immediate aftermath – a sad sight to behold. Fortunately, all crew came away from the incident unharmed and have since then been assigned to other boats, including ours. We look forward to sailing with our two new crew additions, Matthias and Jenny, during the All-Australian Leg 4.The next two weeks tested the mettle of even the hardiest and most experienced sailors on board. Instead of the downwind surfs that the Southern Ocean is known for, we sailed upwind, the boat beating along the entire time. No smooth ride for Dare To Lead! Some of the fleet went more north, others headed more south, but no one could escape the relentless wind conditions and progress was slow across the board. The ‘Rugged Race’ lived up to its name! Our boat clocked a wind speed of 74 knots during one bad squall, which might be a fleet record. One of our spinnakers did not survive the race – blown apart by a surprise wind gust.“As the medic on board, I was a bit apprehensive starting this leg, given the complete remoteness and isolation we would face being at the bottom of the world…ShareAs the medic on board, I was a bit apprehensive starting this leg, given the complete remoteness and isolation we would face being at the bottom of the world, with no possibility for evacuation in the event of disaster. I’m happy to report all CV25 crew escaped relatively unscathed. Lots of mysterious bumps and bruises, a few epic falls around the cockpit in rough seas, but nothing an icepack and some ibuprofen couldn’t handle. Team Garmin had a crewmember fall ill with an abdominal problem – their impressive rescue effort in conjunction with the Australian Navy can be seen on the Clipper Race website and is worth a look!The final week of the race saw the fleet picking up speed as wind conditions became more favourable. News of a fatality on team GREAT Britain shocked the fleet, and in the last few days, our team focus became more on finishing the race safe and healthy as opposed to pushing our limits racing. Despite the tragedy, GREAT Britain found themselves in a favourable pocket of wind while many of us were stalled in a ‘wind hole’ and arrived in second place. They dedicated their victory to their fallen teammate.Despite the 5000+ nautical mile distance, the boats arrived in quick order. Anticipating a sixth place finish, Dare To Lead was shocked to see Sanya Serenity Coast creeping up on our AIS (Automatic Identification System, kind of like a close proximity boat radar) during the final day. They had seen their massive lead evaporate due to bad winds and were giving 110 percent to catch up. We held them off until the final sprint to the finish when they managed to squeak past us on the final tack. A 200m margin, or 57 seconds after 26 days at sea. As gutted as we were, it made for thrilling racing and crazed viewers at home!The upcoming All-Australian Leg 4 will feel like a pleasure cruise compared to what the Southern Ocean has thrown at us. Many thanks to Dell Rugged for their continued support of the race. The next Leg will see us take part in the legendary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day, and for many of us from the Great White North, a first Christmas in the summer heat! Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for a Leg 4 wrap up in a few weeks! About Samantha Harper, crew member, Dare To LeadSamantha is a 37-year-old doctor from Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The Dell Latitude Rugged laptop was made for people like Samantha; when she is not sailing 40,000 nautical miles around the world on board Dare To Lead, Samantha splits her time between working in remote communities as a GP, and pushing herself to the limits mountaineering and running ultra-marathons (she has done the infamous Marathon des Sables, a 250 kilometre race in the Sahara Desert, five times). However, the Clipper Race is Samantha’s first sailing experience, and after initially considering only doing three legs, she signed up for the whole circumnavigation, knowing that once she started, she wouldn’t be able to stop until she completed and experienced the entire thing.last_img read more

GRC aspires to redefine campus dating culture

first_imgThe Gender Relations Center (GRC) intends to spend the first week of December redefining the dating culture at the University of Notre Dame through constructive conversation, social media campaigns and featured speakers.“Notre Dating Week is a way to remind college kids that there’s a fun place between the ‘ring by spring’ and casual hookup mentalities,” junior Annie Kuster said.Kuster, an anthropology and international economics major, is one of the coordinators of this year’s event, as well as a peer educator at the GRC.“The GRC and FIRE Starters (GRC peer educators focused on Finding Identity, Relationships and Equality) want to debunk this myth that you have to already be boyfriend/girlfriend-dating to go on dates,” she said. “A lot of the week is just a focus on what it means to be in or start a healthy relationship of any degree.”Another FIRE starter and coordinator, senior Amanda Peña, said she is excited to see how students respond over the course of the week to the events, most of which focus on breaking the ice and moving beyond the so-called friend zone.“There seems to be a culture on campus where students feel there are only two options when it comes to relationships: super serious or some vague, undefined fling,” Peña said. “This week, I think the GRC is hoping to open up the dialogue about the different levels of building relationships — from new friendships to getting students comfortable with the language of dating to entering and maintaining healthy relationships.”To supplement the week’s events, the GRC will keep a blog all week proposing some creative and primarily off-campus date ideas for prospective couples, junior Connor Hayes said.“One of my favorite parts of the week is the date blog run by a few FIRE Starters at the GRC,” Hayes said. “… Given that most students rarely think to go on dates off-campus, I think the blog could be a really unique resource for students.”Hayes said he joined the GRC as a FIRE Starter hoping to change the dialogue after noticing a general unwillingness to talk about gender and sexuality issues on campus.“Notre Dating week, I think, helps create a dialogue on campus surrounding these issues, or at the very least encourages people to begin critically thinking about the relationship culture on campus,” Hayes said.Regina Gesicki, assistant director of Educational Initiatives at the GRC, said she is particularly excited to attend a talk on “the friendzone” tonight at 8 p.m. in 106 O’Shaughnessy.“This interactive talk presented by Emmanuel Cannady of the Gender Relations Center will provide an opportunity to think about common personal and social barriers to dating that might exist at Notre Dame,” Gesicki said. “Students who attend will have a chance to debunk well-worn myths and misconceptions about dating in general and specifically at ND.“Yes, it’s a challenge, and it can be awkward, but it’s important to have authentic conversations about this topic if we’re going to change the dating climate on our campus.”Tags: dating culture, Fire Starters, friend zone, Gender Relations Center, GRC, hookup, peer educator, relationships, Ring by Springlast_img read more

Attract Winter Whitethroats

first_imgA little-known fact is that whitethroats like to bathe andflutter their wings in dewy grass. If you want to see the earlymorning sun catch a shower of sparkling dewdrops, leave a borderof unmowed grass at the edge of your thicket. It’s a sweet, clear, somewhat sad whistle. You hear it first inOctober, or maybe November. Its maker is a somber-colored birdwith a back patterned like dead leaves and grasses. When you hear the whitethroat call, you will know that harshwinter weather is closing in on the northern nesting grounds. Thewhite-throated sparrow is one of our winter residents — ashort-distance migrant. If you want to feed your whitethroats, scatter a handful of prosomillet or small sunflower seeds in the weeds. As spring spreads northward, whitethroats will move north withit. Most will move out in March or April. The very last ones maylinger into May. Most appear in October. More arrive in November. The laststragglers come in December. Let your thicket grow. Careful, though — don’t pruneanything–let the plants blend together and interlace andinterlock. This way the sparrows will feel secure from attackfrom above. While some of our summer resident birds, like the buntings andtanagers, are heading for the tropics, the short-distancemigrants are arriving. Here they will stay until spring when theyreturn to their summer homes. Pick an out-of-the-way place where you do nothing. If weeds don’tmake you feel guilty, select a place just outside a window with aview from your favorite chair.center_img If so, you will have few resident whitethroats. Whitethroatsdon’t like civilized landscapes. If you want to make a winteringground for whitethroats, you need to do less work. Whitethroats don’t need a feeder. They prefer to feed on theground in the security of their thicket home. The boldest oneswill come to a feeder near your window. One of my fall pleasures is to go outdoors on a clear, still,sunny morning and hear the call of the white-throated sparrow. If you don’t hear the whitethroats’ winter call, maybe you’re notdoing the right things in your garden. Is your garden beautifully tended with large areas ofsmoothly-mowed lawn? Did you rake your leaves? Is your mulchevenly spread under well-pruned trees and shrubs? Are you awell-ordered neatnik with your dead zinnias already pulled anddiscarded to make way for winter pansies? Let wild weeds grow. If you don’t have any wild weeds, you canimport some goldenrods, wild blackberries, and wild vines andgrasses. A hawthorn would be nice. Almost every thicket in the Southeast has its winter quota ofwhite-throated sparrows. The same little groups return to thesame thickets winter after winter.last_img read more

NY Trooper Arrested for DWI Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An off-duty New York State police trooper has been accused of driving drunk, crashing into a patrol car driven by a fellow state trooper and trying to flee the scene in Lakeview.Brendan Murphy was driving a Honda eastbound on the Southern State Parkway when he rear-ended his colleague’s marked vehicle, which was stopped on the right shoulder near the exit for Eagle Avenue at 4:35 a.m. Sunday, police said.The trooper whose car was struck got out to interview the driver and returned to his patrol car to call for backup when the 28-year-old Bronx man drove off before being pulled over 200 feet away, police said.Troopers smelled alcohol on Murphy, who failed sobriety tests and was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent, more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent, police said.The trooper who was struck was taken to Mercy Hospital in Rockville Centre, where he was treated for a minor back injury.Murphy was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a personal injury auto accident. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Aug. 4.Murphy, who is assigned to Troop F in upstate Liberty, was suspended from duty, police said.last_img read more

7 Pets That Will Make Your Home Complete

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Not sure what to do this weekend? Why not pop into your local shelter and adopt a new best friend? Animals across the Island are waiting for their new forever homes, why not open your heart and home to one today!Available for adoption at the Little Shelter in Huntington:MurryMeet Murry! Murry is an 11-year-old Poodle mix who is always eager to make new friends. Don’t let his age fool you, he is a spunky boy who loves affection and is known to do a little “hop” dance when staff and volunteers play with him.Murry loves going on walks and exploring new areas. After a fun afternoon of making friends and going for walks, Murry loves to snuggle with his favorite people and get treats. Better scoop this sweetheart up fast!Sugar CookieSugar Cookie is literally as sweet as they come! This gorgeous gal is a 6-to-10-year-old spayed female. She one of the sweetest little ladies you will ever meet.Unfortunately for Sugar Cookie, some mean person abandoned her nearby but luckily, she now has the chance to find her true forever family, one who won’t let her down again. Come get yourself a Sugar Cookie today!AstraeaThis strikingly beautiful gal is Astraea, a friendly little lady who came to Little Shelter in February of 2017. Her age is unknown, but she certainly looks and acts like a youngster. Astraea is a friend to all.She loves her fellow felines, but she also loves her human friends. Astraea would be a great addition to any loving family. Keep her safe and warm and she will be yours forever. Come meet this beauty today!For more information on adopting Murry, Sugar Cookie or Astraea, call the Little Shelter at 631-368-8770, or visit: 33 Warner Rd. in Huntington.Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington:Aretha and FranklinLooking for a pair of soulful friends to fill your heart and home with music? Aretha and Franklin (reference #BF1454/55) are worth a little respect! This bonded pair were rescued locally and given the time they needed to get used to humans.At just 1 year old, they are now ready for the big stage: Your home. You can find them frolicking with feline friends in the shelter’s cage-free cat Habitat.Franklin likes to greet visitors and chase feather toys with the other cats, while Aretha prefers napping in cat trees and gazing out windows. The sound of a rustling bag of treats grabs both of their attention, and when the room is quiet, they are each ready for some tender moments with trusted humans.The ideal home for these siblings is one with children 12 and up and adults with cat experience, willing to usher them into the world of a loving home, their very first real one. They are very easy to fall in love with. You better think about it—Aretha and Franklin are ready to be yours!For more information on how to adopt Aretha and Franklin, please send an email to [email protected] for adoption at The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:BerthaTo know Bertha (reference # 180063) is to love Bertha. Just look at her beautiful face! Bertha was found as a stray from Plainview and is as sweet as can be.Unfortunately for Bertha, her owner never came, but now she is ready to start a new chapter in her life with a new forever family. Bertha is a 5-year-old, domestic short-haired female. She is spayed, up to date on all vaccines and is now micro chipped.This girl would make a great addition to any home. She is very affectionate and loves to talk, too! We hope that someone will see her and come to the shelter to meet Bertha, she is one awesome girl.For more information about adopting Bertha, please call the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter at 516-677-5784.Available for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh:Roxy ReinaStaff and volunteers have already fallen head-over-heels for Roxy Reina! This gorgeous 5-year-old blue nose came to the shelter as a stray in January 2016. She was returned to her owners, only to be surrendered back in December 2017, with another dog, Leyla! Poor Roxy Reina!It’s certainly time for this gal to find a forever home that will appreciate her. Roxy Reina is very sweet, a little shy and submissive when meeting new people, but oh so delicious.As per her previous owner, she is house trained, is playful and friendly. She lived with young kids, but due to her nervousness here right now, she is being recommended for older kids.If you are interested in adopting Roxy Reina, call 516-785-5220, visit at 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email at [email protected] always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!last_img read more

SUNY Broome facing dozens of job cuts

first_imgFull state funding isn’t looking likely, as the state is forced to cut back in many areas to make up for losses during this pandemic. The school is also awaiting an update on how much it will recieve from the county budget. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Dozens of jobs at SUNY Broome are on the line as the community college anticipates state and county budget cuts. Stay with 12 news as we learn more about this developing story. Drumm said they will have a clearer picture in the coming weeks as the school talks with state and county leaders about potential budget cuts. “There would have been gosh, two or three dozen job cuts just based on our enrollment decline projected, but already in the works based on attrition,” said Drumm. “Beyond that we’d have to have probably full state funding.” This comes as the school already faces financial struggles from declining enrollment, which 12 News first reported last year. SUNY Broome President Kevin Drumm said dozens of jobs were already going to be reduced since the number of students enrolled dropped, but it would take millions in funding to ensure more jobs aren’t on the line. last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Jan. 15

first_imgHelp others live by donating blood“The things we do so that others may live” is the understated motto of the United States Air Force Pararescue Service, heroes among heroes.It also characterizes the selflessness of the men and women who donate blood products and register as organ donors. These personal gifts of life are the ultimate expression of individual commitment to the health and welfare of society.Rapid advances in medical science are subjecting the supply chain to stress which may jeopardize the ability to provide a time sensitive perishable product in a moment of urgency.The system is overly reliant upon a minority of Americans who voluntarily step up on a regular basis to keep supplies flowing. One never knows who will be in dire need now and where one donation will make the difference.There is still time to make a New Year’s resolution that is realistic and easy to sustain. I am a registered organ donor and recently topped off 21 gallons of blood. Like fellow donors, I do it without expecting recognition or reward. There are the incidental benefits of blood pressure monitoring and blood screening that may detect issues requiring further examination.In closing, I wish to thank current donors who know their decision is appreciated beyond words by grateful beneficiaries and their families. Please continue to encourage others to join in the effort to provide a second chance at life.Mark RahnScotia National Grid must hear all voicesI must communicate my displeasure, at the very least, regarding the National Grid tactic of trying to shut people up who disagree with its expansive plans. This has degenerated into a case of one of the biggest and most powerful companies in New York state basically attempting to push through its agenda for its E37/Albany Loop fracked gas pipeline proposal by any means it can.National Grid does not have the right to try and invalidate our filed E37/Albany Loop testimony with the state Public Service Commission (PSC) or that of several others who are in opposition to this project, while it is being properly vetted.Apparently, National Grid’s game plan at this point is to attempt to keep others who disagree with out of the formal deliberative process.Based on past experience, we know that they also prefer to limit full discussion by having only one public hearing and then expect to go on their monopolistic way.Those days are over. We are fed up with having environmental policy take place behind our backs simply because “we” don’t have the money and lawyers that they do.We out here will continue to fight this and other battles like it.We hope that the PSC will see fit to address the practice  of “bullying” by National Grid and set the record straight for all to see.Kenneth ScallonNassauMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right way Able-bodied people should have to workMr. Leon’s short and concise letter on Dec. 16 (“Nations like America take care of the poor”) was wrong. Wealthy, compassionate, civilized nations do not deprive those that cannot take care of themselves of food stamps.There is nothing wrong with expecting able-bodied people to work for their food. President Trump is requiring people that are not disabled, seniors or single parents to get a job. The people Mr. Leon is referring to are poor because they don’t work.We live in the greatest country on the face of the Earth. No other country is even a close second. What makes us great is anyone can get a job, especially now, if they want one. I, for one, am tired of paying for able-bodied people to stay home and wait for the check. We give people food, pay for their rent and subsidize their utilities when many are able to work. But the Democratic Party has made it too comfortable to live off the rest of us.One of the first things Obama did as president was remove the work requirement for welfare. He just perpetuated the problem.What makes us the greatest is not the “things” we give people; it’s the chance we give people to make something of themselves.Dave EdwardsHalfmooncenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDiscipline starts at home with parentingThe headline in the Jan. 12 Sunday Gazette reads “Parents voice school safety fears.” I had to wait 30 days to tell my answer to this ongoing problem, of which politicians and the superintendent will not talk about. That is, it starts at home.These kids needed and need strong discipline. They don’t have it or will not have it. So, if these so-called parents will not do it, then turn it over to teachers and principals — and no complaints about it. You expect schools now to raise your kids, feed them, clothe them and provide supplies.Well, let them do discipline. If you have to have police walking halls, so be it. You the people let it get to this. Now pay the piper and get with program. This is chaos, brought on by liberals and socialist Democrats in charge. Are you hearing me politicians?Al MarvellScotialast_img read more

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