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first_imgOnline lettersCommenters to online letters who fail to follow rules against name-calling, profanity, threats, libel or other inappropriate language will have their comments removed and their commenting privileges withdrawn.To report inappropriate online comments, email Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at mmahoney@dailygazette.net.More from The Daily Gazette:Everything new from The Daily Gazette Sunday, Oct. 11Capital Region COVID-19 Tracker for Friday, Oct. 16, by countyCapital Region COVID-19 Tracker for Monday, Oct. 12, by countyEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census What has happened to the America we grew up in? Does anyone wonder why Congress has not stepped up to enact legislation that would permit the president to step in and quell these uprisings?Why do the majority Democrats in the House of Representatives, including Paul Tonko from the 20th District, refuse to address this issue? One can only conclude they wish to put partisan politics ahead of the safety of law-abiding citizens.We need representatives in Washington with some common sense and appreciation for the role of law enforcement in maintaining a civil society. What we witness every day on TV is not protesting. Protesting does not include bricks, bats and Molotov cocktails. America needs fresh leadership, a person who has the trust of law enforcement, someone who brings some good old-fashioned common sense to Congress.We need Liz Joy to represent us in Washington. To represent our values, the values of the unborn and the values of America. Please look over her platform and vision of what America should look like and if you agree her ideas sound like your ideas, consider voting for America, vote for Liz Joy.Michael GlennSchenectadyIdeas for coping with virtual schoolDavid Childs’ concerns in his Sept. 22 letter (“How will poor pay for internet service?”) are justified, as are those of others regarding “virtual schooling.”It’s fair to say nobody was ready with a plan when COVID-19 closed schools. With due respect to the professionals, as a one-time teacher I wonder how I would cope with the task; call it “brainstorming the problem” if you will.One thing I am sure of, given the collective brain power in the Capital District: We can get the job done. Here are my ideas:Commandeer regular television time in lieu of laptop computers. Kids all know how to run a TV. Dedicate each one-hour time segment to one grade, or two grades combined.Teach that which is teachable under the conditions. Defer subjects that are unsuited to teaching in the virtual classroom. There is more, by far, to be learned in life than there is time to teach it; time for some of that when kids are back in school.Read, using text-on-screen.Sing, as the ABC’s song. Music embeds in memory and mobilizes memory later, suiting complexity to age. Show illustrated “how it works” films.Include geography. Presenting pictures from around the world makes it actually enjoyable.Talk. Recognize our newest residents by learning a few foreign language expressions.Include general knowledge. Brief students on the news of the day.Let’s hear some more ideas.Christopher G. MacDermotSchenectady Court justices need to have term limitsInstead of doing the honorable thing and leaving office while she was of sound mind and body, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hung on until she was clearly too physically and mentally decrepit to sit on the bench.While I have no hard evidence to prove it, I believe that in her final years on the bench, she did no more than to pen her name on opinions that were written by her faceless, nameless and unaccountable law clerks and this is exactly what we should not expect from a Supreme Court Justice.It’s bad enough when elected officials want to hang on to their office until they are carried out feet first, but at least the voters can term limit them by voting them out of office.Supreme Court justices and lower federal court judges get lifetime appointments and are essentially accountable to nobody.They can only be removed by impeachment in the House (majority vote), followed by a trial in the Senate and then conviction/removal (two-thirds supermajority vote).For a sitting Supreme Court justice, this has happened only once since the founding of the United States, and the justice was not removed.For these reasons, members of Congress and the Judicial branch need to be term-limited by an Article V convention of the states to amend the Constitution.And the sooner the better.Charles F. HeimerdingerEdinburgTrump’s Christian backers deny beliefsTo Christians who support President Trump: You claim to be pro-life but support a U.S. president who failed to warn us, lying, and continuing to discourage us from taking precautions, packing his unmasked supporters into his rallies while he stands safely distant.He is primarily responsible for 200,000 American deaths, with the toll constantly rising. Isn’t “Thou shalt not kill” one of the Ten Commandments?You claim to follow the teachings of Jesus, who suffered the little children to come unto him.Yet, you would support one who has separated over 2,300 children from their parents, placing them in cages. Is this something Jesus would do? Trump’s only use for the Bible is as a prop, holding it upside down in front of a church.You claim to be patriotic. Yet, you would vote for a man who has never voiced any criticism of Putin, our most dangerous enemy who has placed a bounty on the heads of American fighting men.Trump is a draft-dodger who has called our fallen heroes “suckers” and “losers.” And he won’t admit Russia is actively working on his behalf in this election.In voting for Donald Trump, Christians are denying everything they claim to believe.Richard W. Lewis, Jr.GlenvilleAll Americans’ votes should be equalIn his Sept. 20 column (“Fix the Electoral College, don’t replace it”) John Figliozzi offers his proposed solution, distributing each state’s electoral votes proportionally and illustrates that unfairness will continue until we establish a national popular vote.Figliozzi’s proposal addresses the issue that most states receive little attention during the general presidential election because of partisan lean. The general election ignores New Yorkers because Democratic candidates have won our state resoundingly since 1992.While Figliozzi’s solution puts each state in play, it leaves another problem with the Electoral College unanswered: the disproportionate power of smaller states. Because each state has as many electors as members of Congress, smaller states possess more electors per voter. This is because each state has two senators, regardless of population.There were 472,000 people of voting age for every electoral vote in New York; there were 144,000 in Vermont. Figliozzi’s solution keeps New Yorkers’ votes one-third as powerful as Vermonters’. That’s unfair.No matter how you slice it, anything but a national popular vote gives certain Americans more power than others. Yes, Mr. Figliozzi, let the candidates speak to us all, knowing that everyone’s vote will matter. Let’s also make sure that each American’s vote carries the same weight.Eli BashantBallston SpaJoy will be a fresh voice in Washingtoncenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLet moderator turn off Trump’s soundWhat happened to the customary decorum and civility that were the expected norm during televised presidential debates?It was obvious that there was no respect shown by President Trump to former Vice President Biden or moderator Chris Wallace.Mr. Wallace had the most unenviable job of trying to discipline President Trump.If this is the level of disrespect Trump showed to a conservative moderator, can anyone imagine how he would behave toward the moderator of the next two debates?I have a simple solution: Provide the moderator with the ability to turn off Trump’s microphone after his allotted two minutes.Barbara DworkinSchenectadylast_img read more

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first_imgQatargas delivered the first LNG cargo to Singapore onboard the 266,000 cbm Umm Slal in March last year.The Singapore LNG terminal, owned and operated by Singapore LNG Corporation, began operations in May 2013 with two storage tanks and an initial throughput capacity of 3.5 million tonnes per annum.The third tank and additional regasification facilities have been completed and are now operational, increasing the throughput capacity of the LNG terminal to 6 Mtpa.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, March 26, 2014; Image: SLNGlast_img read more

first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard yesterday reported it was responding to a vessel collision 18 miles south of Pascagoula Sunday evening.Map by VesselfinderWatchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a hailing mayday at 10:40 p.m. from a 74-foot shrimping vessel 18 miles south of Pascagoula, Mississippi.The vessel reported colliding with a 130-foot offshore supply vessel, the Gloria May. All three crew on board the shrimper successfully entered into their life raft and were subsequently picked up by the Gloria May, the USCG said in a statement.Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Pascagoula responded in a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium to provide assistance.The shrimping vessel has sustained significant damage and has approximately 10,000 gallons of diesel and 200 gallons of oil on board. The Gloria May reported minimal damage and no injuries have been reported from either vessel.“The cause of the collision has yet to be determined, however, the Coast Guard will begin an immediate investigation,” said Lt. j.g. Bradley Parker. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident. [mappress]August 25, 2014last_img read more

first_imgSolicitors are reporting a less turbulent renewal round for professional indemnity insurance this year as the deadline approaches, although prices have risen steeply for some mid-sized firms. Hilary Underwood, chairwoman of the Sole Practitioners Group, said there have yet to be any complaints from members struggling to secure insurance – in marked contrast to the previous two years. ‘Last year our PII committee was overrun and there were lots of people struggling, particularly those in conveyancing,’ she said. ‘But it’s been much quieter in terms of enquiries from panicking firms. We’ve yet to see the stressful calls of past years.’ Martin Ellis, a director of broker Prime Professions, agreed that 2011 has been less difficult for most firms, with new entrants to the market offering more choice. He said: ‘In terms of price, rates for the large firms have stayed the same, but mid-sized firms with certain insurers have seen their premiums as much as doubled, although they were probably too low in the first place.’ There are lingering concerns over some firms that have been fighting to get out of the assigned risks pool and have accepted premiums from new and untested entrants to the market. Elliott Vigar, head of regulation at the Law Society, said: ‘It would appear this renewal season is less frantic and perhaps less painful than last year. ‘There appears to be relatively aggressive new writing at a very competitive price on risk that other insurers would not be inclined to do. ‘They have provided a considerable lifeline although there is some concern about their durability in the market. We don’t seek to regulate or benchmark insurers, but they are FSA-approved so they can write business.’last_img read more

first_imgKey decision makers in the industry take part in an independently verified process for the AFSCAs that comprises both a nomination and a voting round. Readers of the magazine Cargonews Asia nominated Rickmers-Linie. The award could not have come at a more appropriate time, as Rickmers-Linie has just launched a new service, linking North Asia with South America and the US East Coast, thus providing more flexibility and space to Asian shippers.last_img

first_imgThe role and conduct of solicitors involved in legal proceedings following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster will be investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulator announced today. However it said it has yet to receive any formal complaints about the conduct of solicitors involved in Hillsborough legal proceedings. In a statement today, the SRA said its decision follows last week’s report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, ‘which identifies serious concerns’. Samantha Barrass, the regulator’s executive director, said: ‘We have considered the material in the public domain, including the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report, and have decided to begin an investigation. The issues arising from the report impact on the public’s confidence in the legal profession and we will undertake a thorough investigation of those issues. ‘The first step is to begin a detailed review of all relevant evidence arising from the report and from the various proceedings.’last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI, Florida –For the first time in almost…well…forever, New York, the city that never sleeps, is in a coma—save for the ubiquitous sounds of ambulances transporting COVID-19 patients. Time Square is a veritable ghost town and the subway is empty…and clean. New York’s Javits Center, usually bustling with thousands of people attending trade shows and conventions, is now a 1200-bed emergency field hospital. Nothing’s the same.There are no sunbathers on Florida’s South Beach, or cruise ships sailing into its ports—except for the Holland America’s Zaandam and Rotterdam hovering in its waters with hundreds of sick passengers waiting to be rescued. To boot, Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a stay-at-home order in the state.The Caribbean, the heartbeat of the region, is rendered quiet without events like Jamaica carnival, and in most countries there, only essential services are permitted. Coronavirus cases are rising and the economic fallout is taking its toll.Meanwhile, Italy—the center of Catholicism—is on total lockdown and Pope Francis’ Holy Week and Easter services, which used to attract tens of thousands of people, will happen without public participation.Airports and seaports are bare, hotels are empty and cruise ships are docked, while trains, buses and other modes of transportation are mostly halted.Colleges, schools, government offices, restaurants, and other businesses are closed or barely operating and people are being encouraged or ordered to stay at home.This coronavirus pandemic has forced the proverbial wheels of production to a halt, and—like it or not—we’re all living in a virtual reality.With people working from home and parents homeschooling their children, the internet has become more of a lifesaver than we’ve ever imagined. College students are continuing their courses online, with professors conducting classes virtually. There are eLearning programs for high schools, middle schools, and even kindergarten. Children, especially those with autism, cerebral palsy and other disabilities, who depend on various therapies are unable to go to therapy clinics and many have opted out of in-home therapies as a safety measure. Teletherapy is now how a large number of these children are receiving well-needed services, using platforms such as Doxy, Facetime, and Google Hangouts.Medical patients with non-life-threatening conditions are getting diagnoses and treatments from their doctors through virtual programs like Teladoc…because getting up close and personal can bad for your health.In the traditional media space, hosts on set adhere to social distancing guidelines and are sitting farther apart from each other…others are working from home studios. In fact, we’ve seen more journalists and pundits’ living rooms on TV than on a Property Brothers marathon. Yes, we continue working, having virtual meetings, having church services online or through conference calls. Families living oceans apart or a few blocks away are updating and checking in on each other on social media, through video chats and other communication apps.We are coping…and surviving…by virtue of our online capabilities, using laptops, tablets or cellphones. At a time when “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” seems to be the new anthem, we are closer than ever, through this virtual world.last_img read more

first_img Share Share LocalNews Proper documentation of emergency response required by: – June 17, 2013 Share Fifty-four emergency responders participated in the two week trainingCountry programme specialist for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Dominica has made an appeal to emergency responders to implement a documentation system when they have attended to an emergency situation.Shirley Augustine made this suggestion while addressing the closing ceremony for 54 participants in a Mass Casualty Management and Emergency Care Treatment training for emergency responders and health officials last week. “It is important that you document the condition in which you received the patient and how you delivered the patient, because in the event somebody wants to take legal action against you and the person has decided that the ambulance driver was responsible, what do you have to show,” Mrs Augustine posited.While she acknowledged that the emergency responders’ priority might be to transport the patient to the hospital as quickly as possible, she said, “you have to think of yourself”.Mrs Augustine noted that because Dominica’s population is becoming litigation conscious, all first responders need to prepare themselves. Peter Burgess of the Barbados Defense Force facilitated the training“People might come up and say it’s because of the neglect that you did not do what you were suppose to, but then how could you do what you were supposed to do if you never had any training?”Mrs Augustine is hopeful that Mass Casualty Management and Emergency Care and Treatment will be included in the training program for both fire and police officers before entering the service. Meanwhile, Mrs Augustine’s suggestion was endorsed by the facilitator of the two week training program, Peter Burgess of the Barbados Defense Force. “There has to be a clear level of handing over and taking over of a patient between the hospital staff and the EMS staff, and that this something you need to work on as a matter of urgency because there has to be a handover and a signing for patients, “he explained. One of the trainers of the workshop.He said the inclusion of standard operating procedures is critical for emergency response. Mr Burgess called for a multi-sectoral approach to emergency training and rescuing. “It is very important that you do have ambulance protocols and that it is implemented. There needs to be a better dialogue between the hospital staff and the nurses, and the EMS personals from the fire department bringing patients in, he said.The workshop was aimed at improving the island’s response to emergencies. The 54 participants were taught the requisite skills for assessing and caring for patients at the scene of an accident or catastrophe during the first few minutes following any emergency or disaster.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 44 Views   no discussionslast_img read more