Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 8

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLook for ways to reopen librariesI agree with Carter Dibble, the 9-year-old writer in the May 4 paper (“Don’t let covid take away our libraries”) concerning the Schenectady County Public Library. Why not reopen the library, have books reserved online, with curbside pickup of materials?Use the existing collection boxes outside the buildings for returns. There is no need for users inside the buildings. Everyone can be socially distant and wear masks, including staff. Let’s look for ways/reasons to start up again.Terry KoskowskiNiskayunaThanks to nurses for all that you doHappy Nurses Week. This week is a small recognition to all nurses who work on behalf of our nation and world health. Nurses are the largest member of the health care interprofessional team.There are more than 3 million nurses in the United States and more than 300,000 nurses in New York State. They run toward fire; they are on duty 24/7 in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, schools, homes, businesses and of course, public health. This pandemic health care challenge makes people and potential patients appreciate the work of these women and men. As a nurse educator, I am proud to be a part of this courageous, fearless, “essential” professionals.Thanks to nurses for all they do every day.Nancy Michela, RNBurnt HillsLet’s see Cuomo’s plan for the state Gov. Andrew Cuomo likes to say, “show me a plan.”Show me a plan to open up businesses. Show me a plan for social gatherings and ball games.I have a question for Mr. Cuomo, do you have a plan for reducing the size of the state government? Get rid of the pork and freebies?Do you have a plan that you are not going to raise taxes and fees?The New York government was $6 billion in debt before the virus hit us.Do you have a plan to keep property values stable? Do you have a plan to fix our roads and bridges? A plan to keep school taxes down?Do you have a plan to stem the flow of people fleeing the state for a better quality of life?Well Mr. Cuomo, do you?George LymanHalfmoonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.Foss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionslast_img read more

Platinum Driveline Welcomes Product Development Analyst

first_imgPlatinum Driveline has announced the addition of Vivien Palacios as the company’s product development analyst. Palacios will be responsible for new product development, existing product expansion, product life cycle review and vendor relations.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementPalacios comes to Platinum Driveline after immigrating to the U.S. from her native country of Peru. She brings with her a fluency in Spanish and recent experiences in multiple aspects of international trade. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Missouri.Located at Platinum’s new St. Louis headquarters, Palacios reports to Platinum Driveline CEO Robert Insalaco. “Vivien’s strong international knowledge and organizational skills will be key additions to our ever-expanding product offerings,” said Insalaco.last_img read more

Shire Oak to Host Event about Dean Quarry

first_imgShire Oak Energy will host a drop-in exhibition about their plans for Dean Quarry on Wednesday.The event will be held in St Keverne Parish Hall between 2pm and 8pm.The company is intending to reopen the quarry in the Lizard to take advantage of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon development.Namely, the quarry will provide 1.5 million tons of rock which will be used in Swansea Bay to create a 9.5 kilometre breakwater forming a lagoon of around 11.5 square kilometres.In recently-published Autumn Statement, UK government said it will start closer discussions with Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd to establish whether a potential tidal lagoon project at Swansea Bay is affordable and value for money for consumers.UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “Tidal energy is a huge opportunity for Britain. Tidal lagoons alone could provide up to 8% of our power needs, replacing foreign fossil fuels with clean, reliable home-grown electricity.“That’s why we’re showing investors and developers that we’re serious about tidal lagoon potential and have started in-depth discussions for what could become the world’s first tidal lagoon.”[mappress mapid=”14931″]Press release; Image: cornwalllast_img read more

Sampson adds Arocs

first_imgThe 155-tonne Arocs 3363S was supplied by dealer City West Commercials in October 2014, and has been busy with a contract that involves transporting fabricated sections and components for the new Royal Navy aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, from Babcock’s Appledore facilities in Devon to Scotland.Mercedes-Benz says that the all-steel sprung double-drive unit is ‘exceptionally robust’ due to its high-strength, reinforced frame. The vehicle also features a 16-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmission and Turbo Retarder Clutch, and is capable of handling and delivering some 3,000 Nm of torque.”The truck is not on heavy duties every day and given the diverse nature of our work the versatile turbo clutch suits us very well,” said company owner Nick Sampson.”It certainly contributes to economy by offering the fuel efficiency of a conventional clutch for normal operations, but also delivers the performance of a torque converter for when we need to pull a piece of construction equipment at 70 or 80 tonnes up a steep bank.”  www.nicksampson.comwww.mercedes-benz.comlast_img read more

Sarah Fox receives much-needed upgrade

first_img 1 of 4 Members of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, staff at Sarah Fox Childrens Convalescent Hospital, ward councillor Anthony Moses, and mini mayor, Siyabulela Mamkeli, all attended the official hand-over ceremony. The Sarah Fox Children’s Convalescent Hospital’s milk room and mothers’ room were given a much-needed refurbishment, thanks to an international Christian-based organisation.Members of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in the Western Cape did the official handover of this initiative, on Saturday March 18. The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem is an international self-governing and independent body with its own constitution. Its members are all of the Christian faith, and are in good standing within their denomination.The much-needed upgrade could not come at a better time, as the milk room, where 300 milk formula bottles are prepared every day, was condemned by the Department of Health.Professor David Beatty, a representative of the board of Sarah Fox, expressed his gratitude at the formal handover ceremony.“I am overwhelmed by the generosity and diversity of the people in the Order. This hospital serves children in need, and food and sterility and milk are critical. Historically, we never had mothers here. “Therefore, the mothers’ room is groundbreaking. Children need their mothers, and there is a philosophy that it is easier for staff to do their work in some ways, when mothers are here. We want to thank you for taking this on, and assisting on an ongoing basis,” Professor Beatty said.Tamra Capstick-Dale, who heads up the Order in South Africa as its Grand Bailiff, said during the handover that the money needed for the upgrade was raised through crowdfunding on social media.She added that Sarah Fox and Christine Revell Children’s Home, are the two institutions that the Western Cape chapter of the Order supports. She thanked father-and-son team Tim and Shaun Moffitt for their contribution in making the upgrade possible.“Our next project would involve the upgrade of the play area outside,” Ms Capstick-Dale said. The Order, with its current membership of 7 000, dates as far back as the year 125 BC, and its traditional humanitarian activities are in the field of leprosy.From the First Crusade the Order protected the weak and helpless. This continuing concern with the care of the people in need made it a Hospitaller Order as well as a military one. Members of the Order, small in numbers by comparison with other such organisations, form a world-wide body dedicated to the ancient Hospitaller chivalric mission. Dr Gio Perez and Michael Allen unveiled the plaque. Members of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, staff at Sarah Fox Childrens Convalescent Hospital, ward councillor Anthony Moses, and mini mayor, Siyabulela Mamkeli, all attended the official hand-over ceremony.center_img Nurse Salome Phillips, who has worked at the hospital for 38 years, is overjoyed about the new milk room. Will Carter, the Western Cape Commander of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, and the Grand Bailiff, Tamra Capstick-Dale, at the handover of the refurbished milk room and mothers room at Sarah Fox Childrens Convalescent Hospital.last_img read more

Government lawyers criticised over killer’s CD damage claim

first_imgThe Government Legal Department has been criticised by a district judge for its ‘extremely limited assistance’ to the court in a prisoner’s claim for damages.Kevan Thakrar, who is serving a minimum of 35 years for three murders, sought £543.16, as well as general and aggravated or exemplary damages for damage to his property.He claimed that in the course of being moved from one prison to another in 2013, his stereo was broken, a number of CDs were damaged beyond repair, and four of his books were lost.Thakrar also complained that an order he placed in the canteen at HMP Woodhill (pictured) on 10 June 2013 was never fulfilled and that the money concerned was never refunded.District judge Hickman, sitting in the County Court at Milton Keynes, said Thakrar did not rely on legal aid to bring his claim and that lawyers were not involved on his side.However, his judgment states: ‘Where one party is represented and the other is not, it is generally considered to be the duty of the legally qualified advocate to assist the court even against his own client’s interest.‘I have received submissions from the Government Lawyer’s Department (sic) on behalf of the ministry [of justice]; I regret to say that I have found them of extremely limited assistance because they lacked objective discussion either of the law or of the evidence.’Ruling on the CDs, Hickman said Charlotte Capes, of the Government Legal Department, had ‘gone to the trouble of ascertaining what she says is the cost of replacing these items via Amazon’.But Hickman was ‘somewhat troubled by her statement that “when it is not clear which album the claimant is referring to within the list annexed to his particulars of claim I have searched for the relevant CD listed on his property card or found a similar title” – either she has found the appropriate item or she has not.’The judgment states that Thakrar has previously brought proceedings against the MoJ and its predecessors in relation to the loss of or damage to his property in prison. ‘Mr Thakrar complains that after his previous claim against the ministry he was “smeared” by the then secretary of state for justice with the intention of discouraging him from making any claim in future,’ Hickman states.‘The ministry’s lawyers respond to this in indignant terms suggesting that the allegation is “scandalous and an abuse of process”.‘A more measured response would perhaps have been to observe firstly that it is difficult to “smear” a person who is a convicted multiple murderer and secondly that the allegation is beside the point because not even Mr Thakrar suggests that what has happened to his property, then or now, took place with the personal approval of the then minister.’Hickman said Thakrar might have been on ‘stronger’ ground ‘had he drawn attention to the apparent culture of non-compliance on the part of the ministry’.For instance, according to the judgment, the canteen order was placed on 10 June 2013. The MoJ refunded Thakrar £31.81 on 14 January 2015.Hickman awarded Thakrar £1,000, inclusive of any compensatory award. He added: ‘Some would say that the fact that a claim of this kind can be dealt with at modest cost through the county court system is a good advertisement for the civil justice system of this country.’A spokesperson for the Government Legal Department said: ‘We received the judgment today and are now considering it in detail with the National Offender Management Service.’A spokesperson for the Prison Service said it ‘robustly’ defends claims made against it ‘where evidence allows’ and has successfully defended two-thirds of prisoner claims over the last three years.‘We are currently considering this judgment and whether there are grounds to lodge an appeal,’ the spokesperson said.last_img read more

Solicitor hiked hourly rate tenfold as property deal stalled

first_imgA solicitor who failed in his undertaking to help facilitate a property transfer – then hiked his hourly rate tenfold to £450 when the transaction threatened to go wrong – acted unreasonably, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has found.Waheed Rahman, of Swindon firm Legal Companion Solicitors, pursued an ‘obstructive’ course of conduct, increasing his charge for additional work from his initial estimate of £190, to an invoiced charge of £4,459.The tribunal found Rahman sought to take unfair advantage of the party being charged, undermining public trust in him and the wider profession. He was suspended from practice for six months but his penalty was suspended for two years. Indefinite conditions were placed on his practising certificate and he must pay £15,000 costs. The tribunal heard that Rahman, a solicitor for 10 years, acted for his client in a transfer of equity and re-mortgage, with a licensed conveyancing firm acting for the building society involved in the transaction. When that firm made a mistake over piece of administrative work, Rahman notified it about the error but acted to prevent them from registering anything. He then invoiced the firm for ‘legal fees’ requesting payment before he would act to allow registration.Rahman, representing himself, denied acting improperly and submitted a 54-page document to the tribunal which included wide-ranging counter allegations. He said the other firm had made 15 mistakes in the run-up to completion and he was acting in his own client’s best interests. He had not intended to prevent registration of the legal charge, but was concerned to prevent the other firm registering what he regarded as deficient and inaccurate documents.  The tribunal said Rahman was professionally obliged to comply with the terms of his undertaking, and it was unreasonable to threaten to refuse to deal with another regulated firm. While some proportionate charge for additional work was reasonable, the level of fees and absence of meaningful explanation was not.  The tribunal noted the ‘extremely positive’ character references offered in mitigation, Rahma’s compliance with SRA instructions, and unblemished record.last_img read more

PlayRenfe wi-fi offers live TV on the move

first_imgSPAIN: Prior to its launch on high speed services between Madrid and Sevilla on December 5, national operator RENFE is testing from November 4 a beta version of PlayRenfe, its new on-train wi-fi platform which combines satellite and 4G. As well as internet connectivity, passengers will be able to enjoy live TV on the move in what RENFE says is a world-first for the railway industry.Having awarded a contract to Telefónica in November 2015, RENFE is now working with the telecommunications company and rolling stock suppliers Alstom, Siemens and Talgo to equip all four classes of high speed trainset. The aim is to roll out PlayRenfe over the rest of the high speed network during 2017, when the national operator will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of Spain’s first high speed line, between Madrid and Sevilla, on April 14 1992.As well as antennae for 4G-LTE and satellite, trains are being equipped with routers, servers, access points and two internal antennae per car. Infrastructure work to equip 1 600 km of high speed lines includes providing coverage in 75 tunnels.Accessing PlayRenfe by means of an app for smartphones and tablets or on their laptops via the dedicated website, passengers will be able to enjoy a range of personalised content including films and e-books, as well as information on products and services in what RENFE sees as a new ‘market place’ in which to meet its customers. Access to the new service will be free for members of RENFE’s loyalty programme and passengers in first class, otherwise costing €2 for a basic package on one device or €4 for the premium package on three devices offering faster speeds and live TV.‘PlayRenfe is more than wi-fi’, said Acting Development Minister Rafael Catalá on November 3. As part of RENFE’s digital transformation strategy, it would offer ‘exclusive content for every type of passenger and new services’, he added.last_img read more

Gabon senate votes to decriminalise homosexuality

first_imgKenya’s Senate votes to uphold governor’s impeachment Gabon lawmakers vote to decriminalise homosexuality Gabon lawmakers vote to decriminalise homosexualitycenter_img A man wears an LGBT tie.(Photo: CGTN/Joni Els) A man wears an LGBT rainbow tie.(Photo: CGTN/Joni Els)Gabon’s Senate voted on Monday to decriminalise homosexuality, the president’s office said, in a landslide result that will make the country one of the few in Africa to reverse an earlier ban on same-sex relationships.Under a 2019 law, Gabon was one of 73 countries or jurisdictions around the world, including more than two dozen in Africa, that criminalise sex between men and sex between women.The move by the government to reverse part of the law barely a year after it was voted in, has sharply divided opinion and sparked intense debate on social media in the central African nation, where homosexuality is still broadly seen as a taboo.The government did not explain why it decided to revise the law.Nevertheless, the bill won the support of lawmakers in the lower house last week. While in the Senate, it “was adopted with a large majority of 59 votes”, Jessye Ella Ekogha, a spokesman for Gabon’s presidency, told Reuters. It will now be ratified by President Ali Bongo, he added.Bongo’s wife, Sylvia, has voiced support for the bill, saying the ability to love freely without being condemned is a fundamental human right.Ahead of Monday’s vote, some senators expressed their disapproval. “My religious convictions, my education and the vision I have for my country do not permit me to accept such an abomination,” said Senator Jean-Christophe Owono Nguema.Relatedlast_img read more

New Antennas Support EMF Radiation Measurements to Ensure Compliance

first_imgAnritsu has expanded its Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Measurement System with the introduction of isotropic antennas that provide frequency coverage from 9 kHz to 6 GHz. Compatible with certain LMR Master™, Spectrum Master™, and Cell Master™ handheld analyzers, the new antennas support measurements of EMF radiation to ensure wireless networks are in compliance with various national standards for personal safety established by government regulatory authorities.The two isotropic antennas employ tri-axis sensors with an integrated RF switch device, microcontroller and memory. Each of the three sensors is positioned orthogonally inside the antenna housing to transmit/receive a spherical radiation pattern so all radiation is measured at the antenna’s geographical position, regardless of the direction in which it arrives.Operation is simple and straightforward, as the RF switch, microcontroller, and memory inside the antenna are controlled by firmware in the Anritsu handheld analyzer via a USB cable. Once all three probes are switched precisely by the microcontroller, a composite RMS calculation is made.Anritsu also offers a third isotropic antenna with frequency coverage of 0.7 GHz to 6 GHz. It is designed for operators who conduct measurements in the cellular band.The EMF Measurement System is easy to use, as numerous automated features enable field technicians to do their job quickly and more efficiently. Integrating the antennas and EMF option into a compatible LMR Master, Spectrum Master, or Cell Master allows users to make radiation power measurements in spectrum analyzer mode. Narrowband or wideband field strength measurements can be made across the frequency range of the spectrum analyzer and isotropic antenna being used. Additionally, EMF testing can be conducted on demodulated signals in various cellular channels, including LTE, TD-LTE, and W-CDMA standards.last_img read more