Residents at Yates  should be grateful

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re May 24 column, “Yates Village residents concerned about changes,” by Sara Foss: I have to comment on the piece regarding Yates Village changes concerning the residents.  When the women Sara interviewed had children they couldn’t afford and went on public assistance, they forfeited control over their housing. Instead of complaining on a “sunny May afternoon,” they would do better to be working or attending school. There are programs for that. But I guess it’s easier to be on social services and to find fault.  Sometimes life is about choices, and theirs don’t seem to be working too well for them.If the residents there don’t feel in need of the planned improvements, save the city and taxpayers the money. Or spend it elsewhere. Meanwhile, they should be thankful that their housing isn’t just being provided, but upgraded, because in some societies, they would be living on the street.  Jillian St. ThomasSchenectadylast_img read more

Equinor awards Hammerfest LNG modification FEED deal

first_imgThe deal, awarded by Equinor on behalf of the Snøhvit Unit partners, is connected to the Snøhvit Future project. Given FIDs and regulatory approval Equinor and partners have the possibility to exercise for each sub-project an option for engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI), that is included in the FEED contract. The FEED contract has an estimated value of NOK 140 million ($15.9 million), Equinor said in its statement. The FEED work will cover two sub-projects under the Snøhvit Future development: onshore compression and Hammerfest LNG electrification. Equinor and partners are working towards two final investment decisions (FIDs) for the subprojects in the second half of 2021. The first sub-project involves the construction of an onshore compression station at the Hammerfest LNG plant. As the pressure in the wells on the Snøhvit field decreases, there will be a need for pressure support to maintain plateau production at the plant. The second sub-project is related to investigating electrification of the Hammerfest LNG plant to minimize the Snøhvit carbon footprint. By replacing current gas turbines with power from shore, it may be possible to reduce CO2 emissions to near zero. Equinor and partners plan a concept select decision for the electrification scope at the end of 2020, the statement reads. Hammerfest LNG plant. (Courtesy of: Øivind Haug / Equinor)center_img “Snøhvit Future is a complex project that will require large modification work at the Hammerfest LNG plant. By awarding the FEED contract to Aibel we enable continuity and experience transfer. Aibel knows the plant well, having provided maintenance and modification services there since the production start in 2007”, says Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor chief procurement officer. “With the Snøhvit Future project we aim to ensure further value creation from the Snøhvit field and to deliver on our ambitions for emission reductions in Norway. The Snøhvit field contains enough gas to maintain production beyond 2050”, Trond Bokn, acting senior vice president for project development in Equinor, said. Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor tagged Aibel for the Hammerfest LNG plant modification front-end engineering and design (FEED) job. The onshore compression station would be expected to contribute to an increase in the recovery factor from the Snøhvit field. Equinor and partners plan a concept select decision for the compression scope during autumn 2020. The Snøhvit Unit partners are Equinor Energy as operator, Petoro, Total E&P Norge, Neptune Energy Norge and Wintershall Dea Norge.last_img read more

Executive secretary filing out after 25 years with IMCA

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – IMCA’s longest tenured employee will end one career and start another on Nov. 26. Executive Secretary Rick Haefner will retire after more than 25 years with the sanctioning body. He’ll trade scheduling, record-keeping and correspondence chores for time with grandchildren, a honey do list, travel and plenty of golfing and fishing. “I’ll miss the people here and a lot of the people I’ve worked with in my 25-plus years at IMCA,” he said. “Meeting and making friends with so many different people from across the United States is what I’ve enjoyed most about working here.” IMCA had just four other full-time employees when Haefner punched in for his first day of work on March 3, 1989. He was in charge of points and membership, in a position created because of the amount of time his co-workers spent on the road and out of the office. There were 85 sanctions – 59 of them for Modifieds – at tracks in 15 states when Haefner started at IMCA. “The computers we were using then were rudimentary at best. Back then, if you needed to know something you usually had to look it up on paper in a file,” he said. ‘Everything can be done so much more quickly now because of computers, the internet and email, but it’s still very complex because of how many more tracks and how many more drivers there are now.” Seven thousand-plus drivers contended for the 406 track championships bestowed by IMCA this season. “We always hoped IMCA would grow like it has,” noted Haefner. “Those numbers have been years in the making.” He helped with tech inspection at his first Super Nationals – the IMCA staff was still operating out of a single motor home then – and after a stint as publicity director and newsletter editor, Haefner took over as executive secretary in September of 1991. “That’s when I started traveling more, especially to newly-sanctioned tracks. I’ve visited 100 or so different tracks,” said Haefner, also director of IMCA’s Winner Series for Stock Cars from 1994-2001. “I also attended driver and promoter meetings, trade shows and banquets.” The addition of home office staff and the hiring of regional directors resulted in Haefner staying closer to home. While handling much of the day-to-day IMCA correspondence, he’s been a regular contact for promoters and other track officials and had resumed updating the IMCA website this summer. While his former co-workers make final plans for the national awards banquet, Haefner and his wife Shelly will spend their first Thanksgiving weekend with children and grandchildren since 1988. “We appreciate everything Rick has done for this company,” said IMCA President Kathy Root. “He’s been a valued employee and more importantly a good friend to many in the automotive racing industry.”last_img read more

Supreme Court sets aside life ban on Sreesanth

first_img… asks BCCI to reconsider punishmentTHE Supreme Court has set aside the life ban imposed on former India fast bowler S. Sreesanth for his involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case, it was confirmed on Friday.The court also asked the Board for Control of Cricket (BCCI) in India to consider a fresh punishment for the former India pacer within the next three months. The court, however, rejected Sreesanth’s plea that he should not be punished at all because he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case.While the BCCI argued that the ban imposed was “fully sustainable in law”, Salman Khurshid, Sreesanth’s lawyer, told the two-member bench – comprising Justices Ashoka Bhushan and KM Joseph – the only fault the pacer had committed was to not disclose the wrongdoings to the board.“Life ban given to Mohammed Azharuddin (former India captain) was overturned. Pakistan’s Salim Malik got a life ban but it was overturned.Hansie Cronje was given life ban but he died in a plane crash when proceedings were not closed,” Khurshid had argued. “If at all he is guilty of anything, it is for failure to disclose about fixing, etc, despite having knowledge. That will make him guilty only of the least punishable offence. There is nothing on record to warrant a lifetime ban.”On October 2017, a division bench of the Kerala High Court had re-imposed the life ban on Sreesanth after a Petition from the BCCI. Earlier, a single-judge bench of the court had revoked the ban and had ordered BCCI to lift the ban.In May 2013, Sreesanth, who was playing for Rajasthan Royals, and his teammates Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested by the Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing controversy that shook Indian cricket.All three players were later banned for life by the BCCI. In 2015, Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan were cleared of spot-fixing charges after a Delhi trial court found that there was no prima facie evidence to prove that they had been involved in any wrongdoing and also insufficient evidence under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).Sreesanth had also argued that the inquiry team formed by BCCI had submitted the final report without giving him a chance of a hearing. (Cricbuzz.com).last_img read more

Boxer Deepak wins silver, Balaji claims bronze in Military World Games

first_img LIVE TV 11 months ago Wrestling Rankings: Deepak Punia becomes World No.1 in 86 kg category 10 months ago Dream11: GIB vs POR team predictions, analysis and squad updates Written By First Published: 27th October, 2019 08:45 IST WE RECOMMEND Indian pugilist Deepak won silver while tennis player N Sriram Balaji claimed a bronze medal in their respective events at the ongoing seventh Military World Games on Saturday. Deepak had to settle for the silver in the men’s light fly weight (46-49kg) category  after losing 0-5 to gold medallist Zhussupov Temirtas of Kazakhstan in the final. Balaji then added to India’s tally by outclassing Uzbekistan’s Fomin Sergey 6-2 6-3 in the men’s singles bronze medal contest that lasted one hour 19 minutes.However, there was no luck for middle distance runner Jinson Johnson as he finished fifth in the men’s 1500m final with a timing of 3:49.34s. The gold, silver and bronze in this event went to Poland’s Rozmys Michal (3:46.33s), Morocco’s Ouladha Hicham (3:46.44s) and Lewandowski Marcin of Poland (3:46.61s) respectively. India also missed a medal in the men’s 4x400m final after the quartet of Kunhu Muhammed Puthanpurakk, Santosh Kumar Tamilarasan, Jabir Madari Palliyalil and  Muhammed Anas Yahiya finished fourth with a timing of 3:06.81s Press Trust Of India 11 months ago Laal Kaptaan’s new trailer introduces Sonakshi, Zoya and Deepakcenter_img FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 27th October, 2019 08:45 IST Boxer Deepak Wins Silver, Balaji Claims Bronze In Military World Games 27-10-2019 08:31Indian pugilist Deepak won silver while tennis player Sriram Balaji claimed a bronze medal in their respective events at the seventh Military Wo COMMENT 10 months ago Boxer Deepak loses final in World Military Games, questions judgement WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago Deepak Malik: Details of the contestant’s appearance on Indian idol 11last_img read more

Jamaica’s Master Blender Joy Spence to speak at JWOF Empowerment Conference…

first_imgJoy Spence, OD, CD, the first woman to achieve the position of Master Blender in the spirits industry globally, will share her story when she appears as the guest speaker at the Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon.This high achiever joins a notable list of empowering women who have graced the JWOF conference stage sharing the hills and valleys of their climb to such prestigious positions.This is the sixth anniversary of this vibrant women’s organization continuing the mission of empowering women through mentorship and education.The event continues to attract large numbers of professionals, students, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs as March is celebrated as International Women’s Month.Joy Spence is the first woman in a traditionally male-dominated position since joining Jamaica’s Appleton Estate, as Chief Chemist in 1981.Her passion for the art of creating rum-blends was inspired by her predecessor and mentor Master Blender, Owen Tulloch, who retired, then paving the way for her appointment as Master Blender in 1997.However, in this position, Spence said that she faced little resistance within her own company, when given the appointment.With the major task for creating new rum blends, her responsibility is to ensure that all Appleton Estate rum blends meet the high standards that consumers have grown to love and expect – ensuring the quality and consistency of existing blends, creating new blends and monitoring the Company’s inventory of aging rum stocks.She has been named The Creator of Fine Rums and Spirits as over the last 20 years, Joy has created some of the finest rums that the world has ever seen.Most recently, Joy created the Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend which was released in 2017 to mark her 20th Anniversary as Appleton Estate’s Master Blender.  This rum was voted Rum of the year 2017 by Liquor.com.  The Appleton brand continues to do well on the international market.Empowerment ConferenceThe 5th Annual Empowerment Conference will take place on Saturday March 23rd, 2019, at Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132)The one day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and wraps up at 4:00 p.m.Scheduled events will include a panel of mentors, a silent auction, a day long shopping gallery with unique items, a signature to JWOF events.Powerful Women….Next Generation Scholarship LuncheonFive graduating high school seniors will be awarded the JWOF annual renewable Powerful Women….Next Generation scholarships at the Awards Luncheon.Since its inception in 2014, one awardee has completed an Undergraduate programme in Criminal Justice and Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).JWOF Empowerment Conference PanelistsCorporate leaders, entrepreneurs and community leaders will form two panels as they share varied experiences and insights in Transformation and Mentoring.  We will be transformed by the stories related by nutrition and exercise guru, Kamila McDonald; Chief Executive Officer, LASCO Chin Foundation, Professor Rosalea Hamilton; performing artist/writer/producer, Debra Erhardt; and merchandise executive, Sasha Dunn Belizare.The annual conference highlights the culmination of support for upcoming powerful young women.last_img read more

GFA Elections: Dr. Tony Aubyn, Frederick Acheampong make it as Premier League clubs elect reps for GFA Exco

first_imgAshantigold Chief Executive Frederick Acheampong and Medeama Board Chairman Dr. Tony Aubyn have both been elected on the Ghana Football Executive as representatives of the premier league clubs.The duo will be joined by Berekum Chelsea executive Nana Oduro Sarfo, Kotoko CEO George Amoako and Bechem United chief Kingsley Osei Bonsu.AshGold CEO, Frederick AcheampongHearts of Oak’s Frederick Moore and Aduana Stars’ Albert Commey were the two to miss out.At the end of a very competitive poll, the results were:Dr. Tony Aubyn- 14 votesFrederick Acheampong- 11 votesGeorge Amoako- 10Kingsley Osei Bonsu 10Nana Oduro Sarfo- 9Frederick Moore- 8Albert Commey- 7The new GFA ExCO has five spots for Premier League teams with the Division One League getting three spots.In all, a total of 11 places will go the reps of various entities such as the Premier League, Division One, Women’s Football and the Regional FAs.last_img read more

Clippers’ Doc Rivers talks about Daryl Morey, ‘tough issue’ of discussing China

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates The uniforms are intended to celebrate the spirit of L.A. street culture and West Coast hip-hop. There are slight touches of the Clippers’ traditional colors of blue and red.On social media, fans weighed in, comparing this season’s “City Edition” design to the motif used in the video game “Grand Theft Auto” and remarking on the players who made the cover: “Shamet making the cover is awesome. And the jerseys? (Fire emojis),” tweeted @Albeanu.Shamet thought so too: “Pretty clean,” the second-year guard said of the uniforms.And of his place on the cover? “Pretty cool. It’s kind of funny, because it looks like I’m like photo bombing in the back,” Shamet said.Not everyone loved the look, and they expressed themselves freely online: “It’s way too plain, need more design on the sides. It’s just a White Jersey with a fat Black stripe down the side with ‘Los Angeles’ in a gta type font thinking that will save it. Best thing about it is the shoulders blue and red on each side,” tweeted @ClipperCam.The Clippers will debut the new uniforms at home on Nov. 22 against the Houston Rockets and then wear them again another 16 other times throughout the 2019-20 season, including on Christmas against the Lakers. “I don’t know, I didn’t pay much attention to it other than what (Daryl Morey) said,” said Rivers, who then added for the first time, “And he was right in saying that.”A Clippers spokesperson clarified that Rivers again was referring to Morey’s right to express himself.“But there’s consequences to every action,” Rivers continued. “I’ve been saying that as well. It’s a tough issue clearly.”Rivers first addressed the topic with reporters on Oct. 8, after the Clippers’ first practice in Playa Vista following their return from Hawaii, where they opened training camp with preseason games against Morey’s Rockets and the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association.“I don’t make much of it,” Rivers said then. “I didn’t know enough about it, so first thing I did today was I went online and I started reading about the whole thing. That will be a topic for our guys, though, that we’ll talk about.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 LOS ANGELES — The tweet was sent on Oct. 4; the questions kept coming Oct. 15.On Tuesday in El Segundo, LeBron James found himself defending the neutral stance he took Monday night with his first comments about the China controversy ignited by the seven-word tweet from Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.Later at USC, Doc Rivers fielded another query about the situation as he prepared to introduce his freshly superstar-infused roster to fans at the team’s annual open practice at Galen Center, where the crowd audibly, delightedly hung on each of Kawhi Leonard’s shots and the “home team” won the two-quarter contest 46-44.But before his team began its scrimmage, the Clippers’ veteran coach responded much like he has since the brouhaha began. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img And they’ll keep talking about it.NEW-LOOK CLIPPERSThe Clippers inspired some rich discussion of their own Tuesday, when Sports Illustrated’s NBA Preview issue appeared with six Clippers on its cover – decked out in new “City Edition” uniforms.Kawhi Leonard and Paul George stood front and center, flanked by Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell. The headline: “Welcome to the Reinvention: Inside the Clippers’ extreme makeover.”It was a significant platform to debut the new white-and-black “City Edition” jerseys, designed in collaboration with world-renowned artist and L.A. icon, Mister Cartoon, feature “Los Angeles” in an Old English font across the chest.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

“Sarajevo“ and “Zeljeznicar“ shared Points in the Eternal Derby

first_imgIn the biggest football derby of the BiH Premier League, FK Sarajevo, as the first-place team, hosted FK Zeljeznicar, that has one pointe less than Sarajevo before the last two rounds of the BiH Premier League. After 90 minutes, the match at the stadium Asim Ferhatovic Hase finished without goals, 0:0.The eternal rivals played their 105th league derby in front of more than 20.000 fans. Sarajevo started offensive in opening minutes, and Nemanja Bilbija had the first half-chance but shot outside the goal from 18 meters.On the other side, the top scorer of the BiH Premier League, Rijad Bajic, tried to threaten the goal of Sarajevo, but his shot has been blocked.Sarajevo had the biggest chance in 27th minute when Benko tried with the bicycle shot, but Antolovic defended great.There were several opportunities for both teams, but the result remained unchanged. The match was finished with the result of unpopular 0:0 with which Sarajevo remained at the first place.There two more rounds until the end of the championship. In the next round, Sarajevo will be guest to Vitez, after which it will host Sloboda from Tuzla.In the 28th round, Zeljeznicar will host Travnik, and in the last round will play against Celik at Bilino Polje.(Source: klix.ba/ Photo: oslobodjenje.ba)last_img read more

KDOT announces resurfacing project of U.S. 81 from Harvey to Botkin in Wellington

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Should have been in the last project. Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments From left at the KDOT ceremony at the council chambers announcing the project are: Ron Seitz, Chief of Bureau of Local Projects; Wellington City Mayor Roger Stallbaumer; Mike King, KDOT secretary; and Jerry Younger, KDOT Deputy Secretary.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The city of Wellington has obtained $725,000 in state grants through the Kansas Department of Transportation to reconstruct U.S. 81 from just south of Harvey to the Botkin interchange.The project is slated sometime during the years of 2016 and 2017, said Ron Seitz, KDOT Chief of Local Projects.The U.S. 81 project will extend south of the Harvey intersection and end at Wellington’s southern most street. Once completed, U.S. 81 will have completed road reconstruction from Botkin to A Street including the rebuilt Vandenburgh Ave over the past five years.The resurface project will have a new concrete pad and striping and is budgeted for $1,03 million. The city’s contribution to the project is $280,698.The U.S. 81 reconstruction is one of 46 projects that will improve intersections and road deficiencies in Kansas cities selected for funding through two KDOT programs.Seventeen cities will receive a combined total of approximately $9 million in state funding under the Geometric Improvement program. And, 29 cities will receive a combined total of about $5.4 million under the City Connecting Links, also known as KLINK, program, which funds improvements to state highways that extend through cities.Under the GI program, a city contributes up to 25 percent of the project cost based on its population. Cities under 2,500 in population aren’t required to provide a match. GI projects typically improve drainage, capacity and intersections, add turning lanes and more.KLINK projects involve maintenance work such as resurfacing and are funded up to $200,000.“These programs are very popular with Kansas cities, and every year we receive many more requests for projects than we can fund,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King.“As a result, funding for the GI program next year will be increased by $2 million, for a total annual commitment of $8 million. And, to catch up with inflation, the maximum state contribution per project under the KLINK program next year will go up 50 percent to $300,000.”The maximum state contribution for a GI project will be increased to $1 million.Cities selected for the GI program and the maximum state contribution include:Seneca, $400,000; Silver Lake, $125,000; Clifton, $700,000; Grandview Plaza, $650,000; Russell, $650,000; Hoxie, $700,000; Sharon Springs, $50,000; Baxter Springs, $650,000; Ottawa, $400,000; Hutchinson, $65,000; Wellington, $725,000; Dodge City, $600,000; Elkhart, $500,000; Leavenworth, $750,000; Osborne, $700,000; Brownell, $700,000; Independence, $650,000.Cities selected for the KLINK program and the amounts awarded include:Emporia, $200,000; Alma, $180,106; Oskaloosa, $144,407; Atchison, $200,000; Lawrence, $200,000; Concordia, $200,000; McPherson, $151,148; Clay Center, $200,000; Junction City, $200,000; Moundridge, $200,000; Abilene, $200,000.Coffeyville, $149,999; Pittsburg, $167,592; Independence, $185,184; Parsons, $200,000; Hoisington, $146,081; Lyons, $200,000; Larned, $200,000; Pratt, $160,800; Great Bend, $169,418; Hutchinson, $170,277; Sterling, $200,000; Wichita, $200,000;Winfield, $200,000; Caldwell, $200,000; Wellington, $200,000; El Dorado, $200,000; Garden City, $173,931; Ness City, $200,000.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more