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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Sept. 3

first_imgPhoto of child, cow painted a pictureThe photo on the front page of the Aug. 29 Daily Gazette could not have been more perfect. Photographer Peter R. Barber captured the little girl and the cow in a scene that could have been a Norman Rockwell painting. Kudos to Barber’s sharp eye.Daryl KosinskiFultonvilleProgressive-liberal policies hurt citiesHaving been educated in biological sciences, I find it astounding that we have typhus breakouts in areas of our country due to humans living, sleeping and drugged-out on sidewalks, lying in their own filth, feces and drugs. Good Lord, typhus is a deadly disease that was last rampant 60 years ago in the unsanitary Nazi concentration camps, spread by lice and fleas. One might assume this is in some rural area of mid-America.However, it turns out to be in our major, most beautiful cities. Los Angeles (with nearly 60,000 homeless people without shelter at any given night); San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; and Baltimore to name a few. What do these all have in common? Their governments are all proud bastions of progressive liberalism.Is this the “shining beacon” the Democratic Party promises if elected?  And what have the fathers of these cities been doing?In June in L.A., a press conference was held on the steps of city hall and instead of addressing this man-made disaster as promised, council members mugged for the cameras and bashed President Trump.Somehow fixing the homeless or waste problem is not on their docket; apparently the more pressing issue of ‘politically correct’ labeling of felons is, since this is what they spent their time legislating.I’m tired of the self-aggrandizement of the progressive liberals at the expense of the safety of our citizens and country.If the Democrats cannot see the destruction of their policies on our country, they do not deserve to serve. Dr. Arthur SalvatoreSaratoga SpringsGrateful for care of Ellis Hospital staffOn Aug. 24, I had to make an emergency trip to Ellis Hospital.The staff, Dr. Robert Dachs, and the attending physicians went above and beyond to keep me comfortable. The nurses and doctor checked on me continuously. I have nothing but respect for all of them.Words cannot express my gratitude for the care and attention that I received. I would highly recommend Ellis Hospital for any kid of medical emergencies or otherwise.Helen TatarekSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMake statue garden in SchenectadyIt seems a horrible waste of time, and money, but I do feel the incompetence involved in the removal, storage and secret relocation of the Statue of Liberty replica rises to the level of an impeachable offense.Put the Lady back, sweep away the offenders and let’s get back to good, sound, reasonable governance for the people.While they’re at it, they could relocate the statue of Tubman and Seward and the statue of Edison and Steinmetz to Liberty Park also. Give Schenectady a statue garden to brag about.Dick CurtisScotialast_img read more

COVID-19 cases spike in US Midwest as deaths reach over 180,000

first_imgSeveral US Midwest states reported record one-day increases in the number of new coronavirus cases on Thursday as nationwide deaths from the virus topped 180,000 and officials braced for the possibility of another surge with school openings.Meanwhile, the governors of several states said they would not reduce testing as recommended the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a change many health officials say was based on political pressure and not science.Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota all recorded on Thursday the biggest one-day increases in new infections since the pandemic started. Topics : Nationally, metrics on new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and test positivity rates are all declining but there are emerging hotspots in the Midwest.North Dakota, where cases rose 30% last week, reported a record 333 new cases on Thursday. Neighboring South Dakota, where cases rose 50% last week, reported a record 623 new infections.Infections have been rising since an annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota drew more than 365,000 people from all over the country from Aug. 7 to 16. The South Dakota health department said 40 cases have been traced to the Sturgis rally.Iowa reported 1,288 new cases on Thursday after seeing infections rise nearly 7% last week. Minnesota reported 1,154 new cases and saw its new cases rise 4% last week, according to a Reuters analysis. Cases are also rising in Illinois.center_img Minnesota’s health department said 265 of the new cases were due to delayed test results from one lab and the backlog would affect future reports as well.Health experts have warned there could be another surge in cases across the United States as schools reopen and colder weather forces more gatherings indoors.This week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said people exposed to COVID-19 but not symptomatic may not need to be tested.That contradicted earlier guidance from the CDC, shocking doctors and politicians and prompting accusations that it may have been based not on sound science but on political pressure from the administration of President Donald Trump.California, Connecticut, Florida, Texas, New Jersey and New York all plan continue to test asymptomatic people who have been exposed to COVID-19.The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut slammed the CDC’s move as “reckless” and “not based on science,” and said they would not change testing guidelines in their states.The CDC and Department of Health “have not shared their scientific rationale for this change in policy, which substitutes sound science-based public health guidance with the president’s misinformation,” they said in a joint statement.”This type of robust testing by our states has been a key factor in our success so far to flatten the curve in the tristate area.”On Wednesday, the top US government infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, told CNN he was having surgery during discussion of the change and expressed worry about the CDC’s move.The World Health Organization said, resources permitting, people exposed to the novel coronavirus should continue to get tested even if they do not show immediate symptoms of infection.US confirmed cases are now over 5.8 million – the highest total in the world. The US death toll is also the world’s highest.On a per capita basis, the United States ranks 12th in the world for the number of deaths, with 54 deaths per 100,000 people, and tenth in the world for cases, with 1,774 cases per 100,000 residents, according to a Reuters analysis.last_img read more

More new units have been built than houses for the first time

first_imgHollie Taylor and Glenn Mackay surveying a mock-up of the new Fabric development at Brisbane blue chip suburb Teneriffe. Picture: Jono Searle.HIPSTERS and families throwing in the towel on the ‘white picket fence’ helped drive record completions for apartments – beating houses for the first time on record. And with a major lifestyle shift and affordability issues continuing across the major capitals, the signs were that the trend could be expected to continue for some time.Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics quarterly building activity data found that more new units were completed (28,527) than new houses (28,102) over the three months of the December quarter. GET the latest real estate news from The Courier-Mail free and direct to your inbox CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said unit completion growth hit a record 26.1 per cent compared to new house completions which were up just 0.7 per cent.“This marked the first quarter on record where more new units had been completed than new houses.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoPointcorp project, Fabric at Florence Street, Teneriffe.Mr Kusher said unit completions could “remain high for some time given that there are still many houses and units under construction” which together have averaged 43,497 a quarter in the past five years.The latest CoreLogic Property Pulse found while nationally the surge was at record levels, there were signs of a slowdown in the number of units being built in Brisbane and Melbourne.“Clearly we are seeing the market responding to the heightened level of dwelling construction over recent years,” Mr Kusher said. HOUSING led economic miracle Real estate agent Hamish Bowman of Ray White New Farm said the shift in buyer demographic and their priorities was inevitable across the inner-city.“We have known for several years that this dynamic would eventuate,” he said.“House owners are now putting artificial grass over real grass so they don’t have to maintain it. People are time poor. People want to entertain themselves in their down time.”Buyers Hollie Taylor and Glenn Mackay were among those who preferred an apartment over a house, buying into Fabric, Teneriffe, which is expected to begin construction shortly.The eight level development was expected to have 73 apartments designed to fill a need for “select, contemporary, amenity-rich residences”, according to developers Pointcorp.last_img read more

IPE Views: Growth will be everywhere, just not where I am

first_imgNow, while this sentiment from many of Europe’s, and the world’s, pension fund advisers is very positive, there are elements to the collective thought process that are concerning.High above any other is the sentiment for one’s own home market. For all regions, including the aggregate of local sentiment, the percentage of respondents suggesting their local economy would grow in 2014 fell in comparison.While a common British saying – the grass is always greener on the other side – may explain the respondents’ thought process, it does not excuse it.As 63% remained optimistic, there is also the one-third of respondents that said weak economic growth and conditions were still the biggest risk to investments.Some 71% of the respondents – 61 percentage points higher than any other asset class – also feel equities will provide the highest returns in 2014.The majority of respondents said they anticipated a financial bubble being created in their local markets over 2014. However, they expectedly split on deciding where. Asia Pacific was the exception, where 52% said the bubble would be created in real estate.All of this gives an insight into the effects that undue optimism, market crowding, sentiment following and disregard for the absence of fundamentals and facts can have on investors.The expected growth in equities is the most concerning, possibly due to the fact that what we are seeing in markets is what we have all seen before.With 71% of advisers believing equity markets will grow, investors will duly allocate swathes of finance towards the asset class.However, taking the UK stock market, for example, its high this year is still 85 points below its previous 6865.86 high seen in 1999, at the height of the dot.com bubble.Many market commentators have suggested that high will be trodden into the past as the FTSE breaks the 7,000 mark later this year, or even the 7,500 mark.However, among all of this, and among the respondents to the survey, is the sometimes reckless approach to being sucked into positivity, and this is positivity without basis.The UK economy is still smaller than its peak in 2007, as is much of Europe. Yet equity markets in both the UK and the euro-zone are on full alert for allocations, with almost little consideration for how companies will react to inevitable rate rises.As long-term investors, pension funds should try and avoid being swept up in market sentiment, and be wary of bubbles.If sentiment cannot collectively show where growth will come from, then sentiment should not be dictating allocations. The CFA Institute’s latest survey once again shows that even investment professionals are not immune to behavioural economicsThe latest version of the CFA Institute’s Global Market Sentiment Survey once again shows how even investment professionals are susceptible to the clear callings of behavioural economics.The survey, conducted by more than 6,000 of the institute’s members worldwide, found positive sentiment was on the up in all regions.Some 63% of the financial analysts who took part in the survey were swayed by positive market reactions in 2013, and said 2014 would see the global economy expand.last_img read more

First residents in Gold Coast’s Vue Terrace Homes will live and work in the community

first_imgSam and Jess Burke will live and work at Vue Terrace Homes.“Jess and I are both very approachable, friendly people, we want to build the kind of community we would like to live in because we will be living here too.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe Burkes are part of management rights operator TDK, who purchased the management rights to Vue Terrace Homes for $5 million last year.Construction of stage one in the development has recently finished and included its resort-style pool and recreation deck as well as its displays.The elevated community is at the gateway to Robina City Parklands in the heart of Robina, which is due for a multimillion-dollar transformation into the Gold Coast’s ‘Central Park’. MORE NEWS: What the Coast’s property market will look like in a decade Artist impression of the interiors in Vue Terrace Homes.Robina Group sales manager Azura Griffen said more than $110 million in terrace homes across the project’s four stages had sold so far.“We now have just a few built homes available for sale settling this year and our off-the-plan stock, which is settling next year, is also moving fast,” she said. Artist impression of Robina Group’s Vue Terrace Homes community.BUYING in Robina’s $170 million Vue Terrace Homes development was more than a lifestyle change for Sam and Jess Burke.It was also a career move for the couple who are the community’s resident managers.They were the first to receive the keys to their new three-bedroom, two-bathroom terrace home, which has an adjoining office so they have a base to manage the community from. “What appealed to us about Vue Terrace Homes was the prospect of building a community from the very beginning, quite literally from the ground up given we’ve moved in as it continues to come to life around us,” Mr Burke said. MORE NEWS: QLD suburb tops the nation Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Bibby carries out decom project in Gulf of Mexico for Shell

first_imgBibby Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea, has completed a contract with Shell Pipeline, a subsidiary of Shell Oil US.Bibby said on Monday that, through an alliance with US diving company Aqueos Corporation, it completed a subsea decommissioning project in the Gulf of Mexico utilizing its diving support vessel Bibby Sapphire.The company added that the Bibby Sapphire was equipped with an SMD Quasar work class ROV to disconnect a previously decommissioned eight-inch oil export pipeline from a hot tap tee installed on the Amberjack Pipeline.During the 16-day campaign, Bibby also removed the connecting subsea tie-in assembly, 353ft below sea level.Fraser Moonie, Bibby Subsea president and managing director, said: “Securing this contract was a direct result of our strategic alliance with Aqueos, and we are delighted to have been selected to execute this project; it is an example of the commitment and capability that the teams possess, and builds on completed work from earlier this year.“It reinforces Bibby Offshore’s successful and long-standing track record with the leading international oil company, in a highly competitive marketplace.”last_img read more

Trelleborg buys Signum Technology

first_imgImage courtesy of TrelleborgSwedish engineering company Trelleborg has, through its Industrial Solutions business area, acquired engineering group Signum Technology and its units Gall Thomson, Klaw LNG, Klaw Products, and Vee Bee Filtration. The acquisition of Signum, which provides safety-critical solutions for flow control applications, including Marine Breakaway Couplings (MBCs) and safety solutions for LNG transfer systems, adds a new level of functionality to Trelleborg’s product portfolio and increases its service offering across its business units, the company said in its statement.The move is part of Trelleborg’s strategy to strengthen its position as a system provider in key oil and gas market segments, such as ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore LNG transfer, it said.Signum Technology is headquartered in Wiltshire, England, and has three manufacturing sites in the UK and service centers around the world.Sales for the group totaled approximately £35 million (EUR 40.7m) in 2018.last_img read more

August 9, 2018 Police Blotter

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2 killed, 2 injured in Belle Glade shooting

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after two people were killed and two others were injured in a shooting in Belle Glade.The shooting occurred Wednesday evening along Martin Luther King Blvd.Deputies responded to a report of shots fired around 8:30 p.m.The first deputies on scene found a man with multiple gunshot wounds in the street.He was transported to the hospital where he did shortly after.Deputies found three other victims being treated at Lakeside Medical Center, two of which had gunshot wounds.One of the two victims later died..The third victim was injured after being struck by a car fleeing the scene.The victims have not been identified, and a motive has not been established at this time.last_img read more

History Maker Shola Shoretire

first_imgHe beat the previous UEFA Youth League mark of Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar, who in turn succeeded Real Madrid Iker Casillas as the youngest to appear in the Champions League.The youngster, who is eligible to play for Nigeria but has caught the eye of England youth team selectors, got a pat on the back from team-mate Angel Gomes, who has already made his senior United debut.The forward tweeted: “2-1 win to finish the group unbeaten. Great result! Also a massive shout out to all the debutants and 14 yr old Shola making his debut.”The prodigious Shoretire travelled with Manchester United youngsters to their training camp in Austria.Shoretire is only 14 but United coaches have recognised his outstanding potential by including him in a squad mostly made up of Under-18 and Under-23 players in Obertraun.Academy head Nicky Butt is in Austria with the youngsters as the club considers possible replacements for U18 coach Kieran McKenna along with U23 coach Ricky Sbragia. Shoretire, who featured at the Milk Cup two years above his age group last year, will likely play for the U15s in the upcoming season but his latest recognition could convince United coaches to hand him an early academy debut.The diminutive Shoretire can play on the wing or up front and is described as an ‘exceptional’ talent. The teenager is eligible to represent Nigeria but Shoretire has already been invited to train with England’s juniors.Manchester United Under 19s completed a convincing comeback against Valencia to round off their UEFA Youth League group stage undefeated and Shola Shoretire made a little bit of history as well.The Red Devils went into the game against Group H’s bottom side at Estadio Antonio Puchade with four wins and a draw behind them.It was the hosts, however, who came flying out of the blocks and enjoyed the lion’s share of both possession and chances in the opening exchanges.That pressure led to the opening goal after United failed to clear a cross into the box and were punished by Jordi Escobar, who slotted home to put the hosts one up.Nicky Butt’s side then survived a few close shaves including a goal-line clearance from Dio McGhee as Valencia piled the pressure on.But the visitors found their feet and began to look more assured as the half wore on.Then, Tahith Chong — last year’s winner of the Jimmy Murphy Award burst clear before his attempt on goal was saved, the deflection, however, fell kindly to Nishan Burkart, who chested down and finished well to restore parity.Almost immediately after United found themselves in front.Aidan Barlow collected Largie Ramazani’s cross before ghosting past the Valencia defender and converting his one-on-one chance.Phil Neville’s son, Harvey, was brought on in the second half to try to see out the gameButt then called on his former team-mate’s son as he introduced Harvey Neville, son of United legend Phil who used to be on the books at Valencia when his father and uncle Gary were coaches there, in the second half.Shoretire was then introduced in the 74th minute and, in doing so, made history as the UEFA Youth League’s youngest ever player at just 14 years and 314 days and also United’s youngest ever player at this age level.The diminutive midfielder helped United see out the rest of the game as they finished eventual 2-1 victors in Spain to top the group.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Blazing the TrailEngland-born Nigeria’s Shola Shoretire came off the bench on Wednesday afternoon as Nicky Butt’s side beat Valencia to become youngest-ever UEFA Youth League playerNicky Butt’s United came from behind in Spain to top their group and continue their unbeaten run in the competition with goals from Nishan Burkart and Aidan Barlow cancelling out Jordi Escobar’s opener for the hosts.Shoretire was sprung from the bench in the 74th minute, making history as both the UEFA Youth League and United’s youngest-ever player at this level, aged just 14 years and 314 days.A diminutive winger, Shoretire is eligible to play for Nigeria and has already been invited to train with England’s youth sides after impressing above his age over the past two years.He is highly regarded at Old Trafford, and was part of this summer’s U18 and U23 pre-season training camp in Austria.The winger, just 14 years, 10 months and 10 days old, made his debut in the 2-1 win over Valencia – and is also believed to be the youngest player the Reds have fielded in an official youth team league or cup match.last_img read more

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