Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Kings Park woman has been indicted on upgraded charges that include vehicular homicide for allegedly driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a 59-year-old man in Smithtown two months ago.Natalia Simons pleaded not guilty at Suffolk County court Wednesday to that count and 11 other charges, including vehicular manslaughter, assault, reckless driving, speeding and failure to maintain lane. She was initially charged with driving while intoxicated.Prosecutors said the 36-year-old woman was driving a Nissan Rogue northbound on Route 25A when her vehicle crossed over into the opposite lane of traffic and struck a southbound Toyota Camry shortly after midnight Friday, March 13.The other driver, Larry Garwood, of Island Park, was taken to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The victim was employed at the hospital as a radiology supervisor.Judge Fernando Comacho set bail for Simons at $50,000.
BEFORE: Aerial image of Upper Coomera taken in June 2017. Picture: Nearmap. BEFORE: Aerial image of Ormeau Hills taken in May 2010. Picture: Nearmap. AFTER: Aerial image of Mango Hill in June 2017. Picture: Nearmap.North Lakes also saw the highest number of house sales in the Brisbane region during the year to April 2017, with 445 houses changing hands, according to property data firm Corelogic.The median house price in the suburb is $475,000 and home values have grown more than 10 per cent in the past five years.Mr Matusik said he wasn’t surprised North Lakes was the fastest growing region in Queensland.“It’s simply that it’s a very large parcel of land,” he said. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE “The developer has a masterplanned estate which they make sure is run like a business. Every year they make sure there is enough supply to cater for the market.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMr Matusik said the suburb was appealing to many people because of the infrastructure it now had, such as a Westfield shopping centre, a train station, and the likes of Costco and Ikea.“It’s got those things that come with growth and further that growth.”The Gold Coast is also experiencing speedy growth, with Ormeau-Oxenford the eighth fastest growing region nationally with growth of 28.5 per cent between 2011 and 2016, according to the latest Census.This area includes the suburbs of Pimpama, Ormeau Hills and Upper Coomera, which is a hotspot for urban development. Aerial image of North Lakes taken in June 2017. Picture: Nearmap.AERIAL images of Queensland’s fastest growing suburbs show the amazing pace of urban sprawl on the fringes of Brisbane and the Gold Coast in just five years.The shots, from aerial imagery company Nearmap, show how green space and waste land has been engulfed by building in areas such as North Lakes and Ormeau-Oxenford.North Lakes is the fourth fastest growing region in the country, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, expanding by nearly 40 per cent in five years.This area is about 28km from the Brisbane CBD and includes the suburbs of Mango Hill and Griffin.It’s made up mostly of newly developed housing and a big source of jobs is the North Lakes Business Park, which is being built in the area.The suburb’s population grew by 38.8 per cent from 51,568 to 71,560 people.The booming suburb on Brisbane’s northern fringe gained another 2216 residents in the 2016 financial year — bringing its population to 30,772, according to research by Michael Matusik, director of independent property advisory Matusik Property Insights. AFTER: Aerial image of Pimpama taken in June 2017. Picture: Nearmap.The population of Ormeau-Oxenford has grown 28.5 per cent from 94,056 to 120,883.Mr Matusik said Pimpama’s population was growing at a rate he didn’t believe was sustainable.“It’s a reflection of where land supply is on the Gold Coast at the moment and I think that will calm down,” he said.“But if the Gold Coast is going to continue expanding, those areas will become more like North Lakes in due course.” $5.5b surge in apartment pipeline Buyer pays millions in cash in ‘crazy’ deal Furnished flat less than $40,000 BEFORE: Aerial image of Pimpama taken in November 2011. Picture: Nearmap. BEFORE: Aerial image of Mango Hill taken in May 2011. Picture: Nearmap. AFTER: Aerial image of Ormeau Hills taken in June 2017. Picture: Nearmap.It comes as research released recently by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre reveals increases in housing stock in Brisbane has been insufficient to match the city’s population growth.The report also found all capital cities are failing to provide enough affordable options to manage the country’s housing crisis.But it did find monthly unit approvals surged ahead in Brisbane between 2006 and 2014, which supports current apartment oversupply concerns. AFTER: Aerial image of Upper Coomera taken in June 2017. Picture: Nearmap.
The fact that Jamaica returned from the recent Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a paltry medal haul of two was unspectacular, but not unexpected. For to the keen observer, Jamaican junior athletes have long misunderstood the significance of international events except for the much revered annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia. So it was with much delight that we noted the charge from new Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) boss Christopher Samuda, his CEO Ryan Foster and head coach David Riley to their affiliates to start placing greater emphasis on preparing athletes for international competition. Condition athletes for international events Samuda told the media: “Going forward the respective sports are going to have to look at their calendar of events, and the coaches in particular. When we have international events such as the Youth Olympics you have to condition your athletes for the international stage. “We have done it at the regional level, we have done it at the local level, that is a novelty for us. What we must do is to concentrate on transitioning out athletes to the international stage; there’s nothing like a Youth Olympics 100m title. You go down in the annals of world history.” Aim for optimal performance He added: “So we have to get together, yes, the JOA has a responsibility. But the individual sports associations and federations must look seriously at their calendar in the interest of their athletes and see how best they could make the adjustment to ensure that they get the optimal performance on the international stage for their athletes.” At the recent Youth Olympic Games, Ackera Nugent won a bronze medal in the women’s 100 meters hurdles and Antonio Watson copped silver in the men’s 200 meters. Foster supported his boss. “The international stage is where it is and the Jamaican track and field calendar does not stop at CARIFTA Games or the Penn Relays, this is the international level and we should be training our athletes not just for these competitions, but even out of competition for conditions such as these because when they do transition into becoming professionals this is what they will be facing on a daily basis on the Grand Prix stage. Place more emphasis on coaching“So while we commend them, because the conditions are really bad, we need to place more emphasis at the coaching level and as administrations in ensuring that our athletes transition on the world stage.” Riley, who coaches at Excelsior High School, noted that while the frigid conditions affected “Peak performance”, prioritizing was the real issue. “There’s no question as to the competence of our coaches and their ability to get the athletes sharp and ready, it’s sharp and ready for which meet. And that will vary depending on the philosophy of the coach or the philosophy of the program that the athlete is a part of, whether they want local glory (whether), they want regional glory or international glory; that is where the whole issue is.” Instigating the necessary changes Well said gentlemen, but now you have to follow up by instigating the necessary changes because clearly inadequate preparation played a huge role in the below par performance of some of these athletes. How else could one explain the dismal performances of Calabar High School’s Evaldo Whitehorne, who entered the 400m event with a time of 47.15 seconds, but stopped the clock at 51.55 seconds in his Stage One heat? Or Vere Technical High School’s Daniella Deer, who entered the 400m event with a personal best of 53.06 seconds, but somehow registered a pedestrian 1:00.12 minutes in her Stage One heat? We concede that the weather conditions at the end of the South American winter was not ideal for sprinting and came at a time that was really the end of the athletics season for those from the northern hemisphere. But that is not an excuse to underperform if they were properly prepared. It is full time the handlers of our elite athletes, particularly their coaches, realize that regional and global successes have far greater reach than those achieved at the much hyped Boys’ and Girls’ Champs. Problematic IOC formatBut even as we chide those in charge of our elite athletes for their lack of vision, it would be remiss of us not to express our frustration with the powers that be at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the format adopted. Apparently for track and field events the winners are arrived at not necessarily for the one who ran the fastest time or measured the longest or highest distance, but on the aggregate times/distances of the two events. And based on how some of the Jamaican athletes performed in their Stage One heat, they either weren’t aware of or didn’t remember the format as they never gave everything in their Stage One heat. But why tinker with and employ such a format if the IOC is preparing these athletes for senior competition? Why not employ the traditional means to determine winners? Then we are told that neither the local governing body, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, nor that of the others, selected the teams, but rather the regional body, North America, Central America and Caribbean. Do they know the athletes better than the local bodies? One explanation is that at this level the selection process, which is akin to an invitation, and the format employed, were to foster the “Spirit of competition”. But don’t they want the same “Spirit of competition” at the senior Olympics? It’s time to have one common format throughout the various age groups at IOC events. That would make the transition easier for all athletes. Think on these things IOC