Letters to the Editor for Monday, June 24

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAOC, climate change case deserve respectIn response to Ray Weidman’s June 12 letter, “Don’t believe Dems’ climate change scam,” climate change has been occurring for “thousands” of years. However, to call it a “scam” by Democrats is an ignorant conspiracy theory not backed by fact.Climate change is substantiated by scientific data, although its impact is debatable amongst the experts in the field.Mr. Weidman’s insult of “AOC” is unfounded, also. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a remarkable individual who has numerous accomplishments. She should not be identified as just “a bartender.”According to her biography, in high school, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez came in second in the microbiology research project at MIT. In honor of her efforts, MIT named a small asteroid after her.In both high school and college, she received honors, fellowships and positions of distinction.During college, she was also an intern for Sen.  Kennedy working with immigration/foreign affairs issues.She graduated cum laude from Boston University majoring in international relations and economics.After college, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez held many professional positions. She started a publishing company. In addition, she worked 18-hour shifts as a bartender/waitress to save the family home from foreclosure after her father died.There are more reasons why Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was elected to the position she now holds. She, along with the topic of climate change, deserve respect.We should not “catch the Trump plague” of name calling, degradation and conspiracies before the facts.Karen A. ZimmersNiskayunaNisky must address political attacksI moved to Niskayuna with my family in 2001 and have fallen in love with our beloved community. Unfortunately, the political attacks during the last two local school board elections have made me sick.In 2015, some bad actors launched a vicious attack on three school board candidates, through an anonymous website and mailer. In 2019, a very similar anonymous mailer attacked another school board candidate. And most recently, we learned about fraudulent, political Facebook advertisements.I’m not disputing the outcomes of any election. But I’m very concerned about these events.Anonymous political attacks are dishonest and wrong. They undermine healthy political discourse and violate the intent of the New York State Fair Campaign Law. They are toxic to our community and our faith in fair and transparent elections.Our town is under attack by what is probably a very small group of dishonest and cowardly bad actors. I ask our elected local officials to consider the following:1. Revise the Town of Niskayuna Code of Ethics to make it clear that these types of anonymous and vile political attacks are not acceptable. And empower the Niskayuna Ethics Panel to investigate and enforced this rule;2. Pass a new town law to make anonymous political attacks in all local elections (including school board elections) illegal and punishable by the criminal code;3. File a claim with local law enforcement to investigate the fraudulent, political Facebook advertisements.Jon LemelinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

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Thousands protest against Kremlin in Russian far east for fourth weekend

first_imgThousands of people marched in the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday for the fourth weekend in a row, protesting at President Vladimir Putin’s handling of a local political crisis.Residents of Khabarovsk, around 3,800 miles (6,110 km) and seven time zones east of Moscow, are unhappy about the July 9 detention of the wider region’s popular regional governor, Sergei Furgal, who was arrested on murder charges he denies.His detention, which his supporters say was politically motivated, has triggered weeks of street protests, creating a headache for the Kremlin which is trying to troubleshoot a sharp COVID-19-induced drop in real incomes and keep a lid on unrest as the economy stutters. City authorities estimated around 3,500 people had taken part. Some local media put the number at around 10,000 or higher, but said the crowds were smaller than one week ago.The protests have highlighted anger among some in the far east over what they see as policies emanating from detached Moscow-based authorities on the other side of the country.Supporters of Furgal, the arrested governor and a member of the nationalist LDPR party, feel he is being belatedly punished for defeating a candidate from the ruling pro-Putin United Russia party in 2018. The Kremlin says Furgal has serious charges to answer.Such sustained demonstrations are unusual for Russia’s regions, as is the fact that the authorities have not yet moved to break them up.Putin has named a new acting governor, but protesters say he has no connection with the region and have called on him to step down too. Topics : Sheltering from sporadic and heavy rain beneath umbrellas, protesters chanted “Freedom!” and “We came here of our own will.”One banner read “Russia without Putin” and protesters chanted “Putin resign!”Read also: One sole Russian region says ‘nyet’ to Putin, defying the KremlinMany held up placards in solidarity with the arrested governor, reading “I am/We are Sergei Furgal”. Some marchers wore face masks with the same slogan.last_img read more

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On “Jobs that Pay” Tour in Scranton, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Budget Investment in Pennsylvania’s Economy

first_imgOn “Jobs that Pay” Tour in Scranton, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Budget Investment in Pennsylvania’s Economy SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 08, 2017center_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Scranton, PA – Governor Wolf today toured Signallamp Health, LLC in Scranton and hosted a roundtable discussion with Signallamp employees and local leaders focused on budget initiatives that will support a new way for Pennsylvania’s economy and job creation. Signallamp is a healthcare technology startup that provides chronic care management services, and recently established a facility in downtown Scranton that will 69 new jobs over three years with the help of state funding through the Governor’s Action Team.“When Signallamp and the Governor’s Action Team first started discussing this project, one of the key factors that attracted us to this company was their dedication to expanding and creating jobs right here in downtown Scranton,” Governor Wolf said. “That dedication was extremely important to us, because one of my highest priorities is making sure that we are investing in companies, and areas, that are bringing jobs back to the areas that need them.”In March 2016, Signallamp Health received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $75,000 Pennsylvania First program grant and $54,650 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of NEPA, the Lackawanna County Office of Planning and Economic Development and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.The way we finance healthcare is increasing the burden on physicians to simultaneously control costs and produce better outcomes. To help meet this obvious challenge, Signallamp partners with providers to bring additional clinical capacity, preventative care and IT to allow physicians to address the needs of a larger number of their patients outside of the office setting,” said Signallamp Health co-founder and CEO Drew Kearney. “Signallamp is grateful for the economic development programs available in Pennsylvania. Partnerships with the Governor’s Action Team and Lackawanna County and investments from Ben Franklin Technology Partners, has allowed us to more aggressively hire and train our workforce — creating family sustaining jobs here in Northeast PA.”Governor Wolf’s budget continues to invest in 21st century manufacturing, workforce development and training programs while also implementing new safeguards to ensure taxpayer dollars for economic development projects are spent appropriately and intended outcomes are met.Governor Wolf plans on investing in job creation by:Partnering with the commonwealth’s research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.Creating a new apprenticeship grant program to ensure workers can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.Investing $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant program to partner with technical programs and community colleges to develop new training programs that align with their workforce needs.Signallamp Health is serving physicians across northeast Pennsylvania, including The Wright Center for Primary Care — a thought leader in primary care delivery and innovation — by providing telephonic Chronic Care Management (CCM) services via experienced Registered Nurses to Medicare beneficiaries on behalf of their primary care physicians.For more information on Signallamp Health, visit www.signallamphealth.com.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit www.newPA.com.last_img read more

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Gold Coast Deputy Mayor Donna Gates’ Pimpama property listed with “development potential”

first_imgDeputy Gold Coast Mayor Donna Gates. Photo: Jerad Williams Deputy Mayor Donna Gates has her Pimpama investment property on the market.GOLD Coast Deputy Mayor Donna Gates is selling her Pimpama investment property through her real estate agent son.Marketed as “development potential” there is scope for the buyer to build a five-storey unit block with the 818sq m property zoned special residential.Cr Gates said while the property was “a little way off” its development potential, Pimpama had experienced some of the strongest growth on the Coast in recent years.“Pimpama was always intended to be council’s biggest district centre,” she said.“The property is ideally located just off the M1 and will be close to the new district centre which starts construction next year. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago40 Pimpama-Jacobs Well Rd, Pimpama.Cr Gates said choosing her son Matt Gates, who works for Ray White Prestige Gold Coast – Surfers Paradise, to market the property was a no-brainer.The four-bedroom Queenslander house offers dual accommodation options with three bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, and living spaces upstairs and a separate self-contained apartment downstairs.“We lived there for four years and loved it,” Cr Gates said.“At the time it was overlooking cows and the grazing land. It’s actually a lovely old family home. If the property sells it will enable me to purchase a single-storey house on the northern Gold Coast.” The property is going to auction on April 13.center_img 40 Pimpama-Jacobs Well Rd, Pimpama.last_img read more

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Main Beach mansion with outside-the-box design is in a ‘league of its own’

first_img41 Rankin Pde, Main Beach has hit the market. An outside-the-box design sets this Main Beach mansion apart from its neighbours. And if you have 10 cars it might be the property for you, with the basement garage offering an abundance of space for your wheels. Built just a year ago, the luxury listing at 41 Rankin Pde doesn’t skimp on anything. Every room has unique elements … “It was a vacant block and was good to come back and build in the same street as a lot of our original neighbours were still here. “It’s a unique little spot on the Gold Coast — I don’t think you can find anywhere better.” Plenty of spots to spread out and relax. Mr Abberton said the couple was selling the three-bedroom house to embark on another project interstate. “We haven’t spared on any of the expenses and used nothing but the best in the way of quality finishes,” he said. A nice spot to read a book or two. Pre-auction offers are being considered. … and a sense of space. Ray White Surfers Paradise agent Jackson Paradise, who is marketing the property, said the 761sq m house would head under the hammer within a couple of months. The owners are considering pre-auction offers. “I haven’t seen anything like this on the Coast, it’s in a league of it own,” Mr Paradise said. A contemporary design is on show. The contemporary design features double height voids, massive glass windows, funky pendant lighting, a library, media room, wine cellar and a lift, which services all three levels. MORE NEWS: Main Beach penthouse breaks multiple property records Owners Jennie and Tim Abberton enlisted architect Peter Hockley and interior designer Sandra Dunne to build the lavish abode.“We have been in Main Beach for over 40-odd years and owned several properties. We have even lived in the same street,” Mr Abberton said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 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 MORE NEWS: Landmark Tamborine Mountain estate hits the market The luxury listing. last_img read more

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Bakker Sliedrecht Makes TSHD Schenge Energy-Efficient

first_imgBakker Sliedrecht has won a contract to make the new trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Schenge energy-efficient. The Sliedrecht based electrical drive specialist will supply and install a shaft generator on the main engine, aimed to generate the electricity for the entire dredging installation. As a result, the ship works more efficiently, needs less maintenance and has an optimized lay-out.The Schenge, owned by Faasse Groep, has a hopper capacity of approximately 2600m³, divided over two holds so that it can carry two types of product.For the electric drive of the dredging installation and jet pumps, a shaft generator with matching frequency drive from Bakker Sliedrecht is added, which is connected to the existing main engine by means of a new PTO shaft. The vessel has an adjustable propeller (CPP).According to Bakker, because the main engine runs at a low load for propulsion during dredging, this power can be used for the electrical dredging installation.Converting general cargo vessel to hopper dredger at Holland Shipyards GroupAfter a comprehensive acquisition period, Faasse Groep and Holland Shipyards Group have come to an agreement on the conversion of former general cargo vessel Mandeo into the trailing suction hopper dredger Schenge.Holland Shipyards Group was contracted to convert the vessel hopper, build a jointly designed dredging system and execute various other works on board.The conversion is in line with the Faasse Groep’s expansion plans, and will aid in the consolidation of its position in the raw materials market.After her completion in 2020, the vessel will be deployed for sand extraction in the North Sea.Image source: hollandshipyardsgroup.comlast_img read more

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Aqueos Corp wraps up CVOW subsea job

first_imgThe scope consisted of trenching the HDD pull in conduit, installation of sealing flanges, pull-in monitoring operations and protecting the HDD exit site by installing 45t of washed local gravel. CVOW, developed by Ørsted and Dominion Energy, will comprise two Siemens Gamesa 6 MW turbines installed some 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The 12 MW project is expected to provide the operational, weather, and environmental experience needed for the 2.6 GW development in the adjacent 112,800 ha lease site, expected to be operational by 2026. “We capitalized on our years of experience in the oilfields of the Gulf Of Mexico,” said Allan Palmer, Aqueos Director of Civil and Military Services. Aqueos Corporation has completed a diving contract at the 12 MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project. Aqueos said it had deployed an IMCA compliant diving system and personnel onto a 175’ class lift boat to support the work. “The project execution by our experienced personnel using an Aqueos owned IMCA compliant diving system resulted in a successful project, completed as planned and on time. As a Virginia State approved marine construction contractor, we look forward to serving our wind farm clients in the future.”last_img read more

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Young: ‘Inter can win at least one trophy’

first_imgFormer England international, Ashley Young, has claimed Inter are capable of winning ‘at least one trophy’ this term but still believes the Beneamata can double down. Ashley Young and Christian Eriksen know what it’s all about to play in a fierce derby match The Nerazzurri sit eight points behind league leaders Juventus with nine games remaining and have regained confidence after back-to-back wins against Parma and Brescia. But Young points out that there are two titles on offer, as Inter face Getafe in the last 16 of the Europa League. “We hope to end the year by winning a trophy,” Young told Sky Sport Italia. “Next year is the future and we want to win now. “It’s better if we can do it immediately, that’s our target. We are in the running for both the Scudetto and the Europa League. We have the chance to win at least one trophy. “I’m convinced we can conquer them both. There’s the possibility to win in Europe.” Young has praised the quality in place at San Siro and expects to play to go all the way in the Europa League. “We are a great team with fantastic players, ready to do our best. We get along off the pitch, that’s an aspect that increases the chances of winning. “When the Europa League starts, I’m sure we will play to win.” The former Manchester United player has pointed out the ‘tactical’ differences in Italian football but claimed he jumped at the ‘opportunity’ when Inter came for him. read also:Ashley Young in line for new Inter Milan deal “The Italian League is more tactical than the Premier League. It’s a fantastic tournament that I have followed for many years. “Coming to Inter was an opportunity, as soon as I heard about the possibility, I replied: ‘Of course, where do I have to sign?’ “I was looking forward to starting training with my teammates and playing games.” Antonio Conte has brought five players from the Premier League since he arrived at the Giuseppe Meazza and Young has highlighted the former Chelsea coach’s ‘passion’ for the game. “He’s a coach with a lot of quality and passion for football, you see him on the sidelines.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

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Cardiff chief nears debt solution

first_img Tan revealed he has held talks with Hammam, who he invited to Cardiff’s home game with Bolton in April to witness the club receiving the Championship trophy, and is hopeful a deal can be struck soon. Should negotiations conclude successfully the Malaysian said he would convert the substantial amount he is owed by the club into equity. “We are talking to Sam Hammam to try to resolve the Langston issue,” Tan told a press conference at the University of South Wales in Treforest, where he received an honorary doctorate. “I have been talking to Sam. We have been friendly, talking. I like to regard Sam now as my friend and we will come around and resolve this. We are, I think, days away from an agreement.” Tan added: “We are days away from an agreement and then we can convert all the loans to equity. That will make us much more secure and hopefully debt free, which is good. That’s my goal – to make the club debt-free, so that the club won’t be under any threat and after that we just have to manage it prudently, run it like a business.” Tan, however, was also critical of a section of the club’s support. Some fans remain unhappy at the move to change the colour of the club’s home shirts from blue to red. The Malaysian has called on all supporters to get behind the club, but suggested he would be willing to walk away if enough fans opposed his running of the club. He said: “I want to be here for as long as I am very welcome. If too many fans show we are not welcome, maybe you will have a new owner. But right now my experience is we are very welcome. We need the fans to support us and not be negative or disruptive or unnecessarily criticise us too much.” He added: “I’m disappointed that after 51 years of not being in the top-flight that there are still some fans who don’t think we have done a good job. I may say maybe they are not grateful so that part is disappointing. But like anything in life in democracy you won’t have 100 per cent support.” Tan also confirmed Cardiff have reached an agreement with FK Sarajevo of Bosnia to work together to develop young players, talks over a similar link-up are also reported to have been held with Croatia’s HNK Dubrovnik. The debt to Swiss-based financial company Langston, of whom former Bluebirds chief Sam Hammam is a representative, was taken out in 2004 and is believed to be worth £24million. Cardiff’s most recent financial figures showed the club are £83million in debt. Press Associationcenter_img Cardiff owner Vincent Tan claims he is close to reaching an agreement with creditors Langston Corporation which could help the club become debt free.last_img read more

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Orca Activists Mark 50 Years Since Miami Seaquarium’s Lolita Capture

first_imgHe acknowledges that Lolita looks healthy, but has been trying to repatriate Lolita to her home waters in the Pacific Northwest. To that end, Garrett reiterates his call for Lolita’s release from the Seaquarium.“It makes us angry, it makes us sad,” Garrett says after seeing images of Lolita in a small tank at the Seaquarium. “It just makes us want to bring her home.”Orca Network executive director Susan Berta explains that the group has been holding vigils to mark Lolita’s capture for decades.“Of course, this year is different,” she says, adding that the virtual event allowed more people to participate.Among those who appeared in the video were Native Americans from the Lummi nation. They hold orcas sacred and are calling for the the release and return of Tokitae to her home aters.However, the Seaquarium says Lolita is best cared for in their hands.In an email to The Seattle Times last week, curator emeritus Robert Rose said the care Lolita has received at the Seaquarium for five decades is a “testament to the excellent care she receives daily from our animal and veterinary care staff.”Rose said relocating Lolita to the Pacific Northwest could endanger her. He also advised the activists to concern themselves with the addressing the plight of the critically endangered Southern Residents. Orca activists in Washington State on Saturday held a three-hour Zoom gathering in order to mark the 50th anniversary of Miami Seaquarium killer whale Lolita’s capture.Lolita, who had been named Tokitae by Native Americans, was estimated to be four years old on Aug. 8, 1970, when her captors in planes and boats used explosives to round up her family pod in the shallow waters of Penn Cove in Puget Sound, northwest of Seattle.The orcas were encircled with nets, at which point the men used sticks to separate the youngest orcas from their mothers.Five of the orcas drowned in the process, while a total of six other young orcas, including Lolita, were taken.It is believed that during the 1960s and 1970s, roughly four dozen South Resident orcas were captured and sold to marine parks.Washington State outlawed the capture and trade of orcas in its waters in 1976.Lolita is the only captured Southern Resident orca that is still alive.“It’s momentous, it’s amazing that she is still there, still alive,” says Howard Garrett, co-founder of Orca Network.Aug 8, 1970 Southern Residents were brutally kidnapped in Penn Cove for life in captivity. Lolita/Tokitae/ Sk’aliCh’elth-tenaut somehow remains gentle, graceful, patient. After 50 years of servitude she deserves to retire. We you Toki -we’ll never give up until you are home! pic.twitter.com/qMRdC6RvBA— Orca Network (@orcanetwork) August 8, 2020last_img read more

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