School superintendents and principals who blocked the March 14 student memorials to Florida shooting victims should be ashamed and embarrassed. They have forgotten the most basic goals of education, especially at the high school level, which include helping students understand issues in the world they are growing up in, to be involved students in their communities, and to exercise their right to vote every year of their life.In schools such as Niskayuna and Schenectady, school leaders worked with interested students to develop a meaningful memorial activity with well-organized plans. Schenectady’s program was so powerful and well done it commanded the lead story spot in the local news coverage. School leadership and the students are to be commended for the memorial they held.RICHARD TERRYSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Hope Island’s median house price has grown by $470,000 since 2014.The median house price in Hope Island climbed the most since 2014, jumping 90.4 per cent to $991,000, according to CoreLogic. That’s a gain of $470,000 in five years. Tallebudgera Valley trailed, notching 63 per cent growth followed by Mermaid Beach, Palm Beach and Coomera, which all recorded more than 50 per cent growth.Real Estate Institute of Queensland Gold Coast chairman Andrew Henderson said the five suburbs offered something for everyone. “Palm Beach and Mermaid Beach would be there for the lifestyle and Palm Beach has seen a massive amount of redevelopment,” he said. “Coomera would be on there due to affordability and Hope Island, being exempt from FIRB (Foreign Investment Review Board) approval, would be a huge attraction for overseas residents. “Tallebudgera Valley attracts people looking for a tree change.” Real Estate Institute of Queensland Gold Coast chairman Andrew Henderson. Picture: Jerad WilliamsAs for where to buy to secure big gains in the next five years, Mr Henderson suggested looking south or to the top five areas’ sister suburbs.“Neighbouring suburbs are often the next suburbs to see the price growth,” he said. “The southern market offers a lot of attraction, especially with the airport proximity. “Currumbin Valley will offer that tree change and run off the back of the benefits of the growth in Tallebudgera Valley. “The most value for money is a place like Upper Coomera, being a neighbour suburb to Coomera. I think that’s where the current opportunities present themselves.” To be celebrating big house price gains in 2024, buyers have been told to look at the top five area’s sister suburbs.Professionals Vertullo Real Estate agent Mark Carew sells and lives at Hope Island and said his home had nearly doubled in price. “I have lived there for nearly 20 years, in both resorts (Hope Island and Sanctuary Cove) and my homes have appreciated a lot,” he said. “The resorts are running out of the land and people are seeing they need to get in now, otherwise they might miss out. “Stock is limited at the moment as people do see the growth and a lot of sellers have been holding back as the growth is still climbing year-on-year.” Hope Island joined the million-dollar club last month but latest CoreLogic data shows its median house price has since dropped slightly. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenWhat is a sister suburb? 02:03 WHERE YOU SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT A HOUSE FIVE YEARS AGO 1. Hope Island Growth — 90.2% 2019 median — $991,000 2014 median — $521,000Difference = $470,000 2. Tallebudgera Valley More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoGrowth — 63%2019 median — $1.17 million 2014 median — $718,000 Difference — $452,000 3. Mermaid Beach Five Gold Coast suburbs have notched impressive median house price growth in the past five years.HOMEOWNERS who bought in five Gold Coast suburbs five years ago will be rejoicing after the areas notched huge gains to house prices. And for those who wish they could turn back time, they might not have to look too far to be celebrating their investment in 2024. MORE NEWS: The mansion house hunters can’t get enough of Growth — 55.7% 2019 median — $845,4002014 median — $543,000 Difference — $302,400 5. Coomera Growth — 58.8% 2019 median — $1,397,500 2014 median — $880,000Difference — $517,500 4. Palm Beach Despite notching impressive growth, Coomera’s median house price was still in the more affordable price bracket and sat below the Gold Coast’s overall median of $650,000. Ray White Pacific Pines agent Sebastian Ross said nearby suburbs might be the next areas to mirror what had been happening at Coomera. “Oxenford and Pacific Pines offer really good value for money for first-home buyers all the way up to people who want property with nice views,” he said.“That pocket has some really good growth to do and Parkwood is another really big one to watch.” MORE NEWS: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Pink’s holiday house for sale Growth — 52.8%2019 median — $549,9852014 median — $360,000Difference — $189,985
…motion in National Assembly not reflective of Guyanese beliefs ‒ PPPThe use of the National Assembly, Guyana’s highest decision-making body, to honour the People’s National Congress (PNC) former Member of Parliament, who was convicted in the United States of plotting to blow up the John F Kennedy International Airport, is another act of betrayal of democracy and the rule of law.This is according to the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) which in a stinging statement on Saturday evening said the move by Government to pass such a motion is clearly not reflective of the will of the people of Guyana.“Guyanese are known as peaceful and law-abiding citizens, at home and abroad,” the PPP said.Convicted terrorist Abdul KadirThe Party in condemning the motion that was passed in the National Assembly on April 26, stating that the People’s National Congress (PNC) has a” history of honouring and exonerating violent criminals. Linden “Blackie” London whose reign of terror ended when he was killed in a shootout with law enforcement services of Guyana, was honoured by PNC leaders, who infamously draped Blackie’s coffin with Guyana’s national flag, the Golden Arrowhead. In addition, the five prison escapees who wreaked havoc and were responsible for murder, mayhem and an unprecedented crime wave, were dubbed ‘freedom fighters’ by many leaders of the PNC.”Junior Agriculture Minister Valarie PattersonThe Party added that the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry, during which the father of a sitting Minister was its lone Commissioner and the brother of another Minister its legal counsel, was aimed at “exonerating” Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins. All of these actions show a pattern of association and glorification of homegrown terrorists.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland“The use of a Parliamentary Resolution is now an indelible stain on our people and national character that will not easily be forgiven or forgotten by those who have suffered at the hands of international terrorism,” the Party added.In 2010, former Guyanese parliamentarian Abdul Kadir was convicted and sentenced to life for plotting to blow up the JFK airport in the United States (US). Today, the coalition Government’s decision to pay tribute to him in the National Assembly is attracting much criticism.On Friday, the convicted terrorist was lauded by the Guyana’s coalition Government – A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change – as a “great man, a stalwart; a bold and courageous man.”President David GrangerAt Friday’s sitting of the National Assembly, where the Opposition PPP was not present, controversial former Housing Minister, now Minister of Rural Agriculture, Valerie Patterson-Yearwood tabled a motion – Sympathy on the Death of Abdul Kadir, former Member of Parliament.