Therefore, I was shocked by the mean-spirited attack on her intelligence, integrity and work ethic featured in an Oct. 25 letter in The Gazette.I don’t know the legacy left by the former town board member who authored such a baseless attack on Councilwoman McGraw, but I know Denise. She has addressed potholes, yard debris, water and sewer issues, the building of new playgrounds and the creation of new sidewalks and paths with more enthusiasm than anyone can imagine.She still found time to run the town pool swim team, raise tens of thousands of dollars for the Crandall Foundation for those living with cystic fibrosis, help Proctors earn a tax credit that enables our community to launch national tours of hit Broadway shows, and fight human trafficking.Now that Denise and I are about to send off to college those long-ago kindergarteners, I want to thank her for being such an extraordinary public servant and role model for my children.Maureen McGuinnessNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? In September 2005, I met Niskayuna Town Councilwoman Denise Murphy McGraw. We were both mothers of kindergartens anxious about what was in store for our girls.Since that time, Denise has been a significant presence in my life, the lives of my children, the culture of our community and the successfully running of the town of Niskayuna. She’s the hardest-working person I’ve ever met. I once wondered out loud, “When does she sleep?” Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Can’t embrace friends and family these days? Hug a tree instead.That is the message Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority is spreading on social media to try to help people overcome the sense of detachment that coronavirus social-distancing rules can bring.”In this unpleasant corona period we recommend to people around the world to go out to nature, take a deep breath, hug a tree, express your love and get love,” Orit Steinfeld, the authority’s marketing director, said in Apollonia National Park. At the park, about 15 km north of Tel Aviv, tree-huggers such as Barbara Grant heeded the advice during a tour arranged by the Authority.”The most basic human need is for connection, for touching, for hugging,” she said, lamenting that, as a health precaution, she can’t hug her grandchildren.Also out in the park, Moshe Hazan said he wanted to widen his embrace beyond his partner, Pat Arthur, who accompanied him to the forest.”We are not hugging too many people these days – not our children, not our grandchildren – and hugging a tree is quite a nice thing to do,” Hazan said.After flattening a coronavirus infection curve in May, Israel has experienced a spike in new cases over the past several weeks.Protective masks are mandatory outdoors and Israelis are advised to avoid close physical contact with elderly relatives, with visits at nursing homes held only in the open air.Israel’s tree-hugging campaign follows a similar endeavor launched in April by Iceland’s forestry service. Topics :
Offshore drilling contractor Valaris, formerly known as EnscoRowan, has been awarded new contracts and contract extensions for its rigs, with associated revenue backlog of $84 million. Rowan Gorilla VI in the Port of Rotterdam; Photo by: Alf van Beem; Source: Wikimedia – public domainValaris said in a statement on Monday that six of its rigs had won new contracts and extensions subsequent to filing the company’s most recent fleet status report on July 25, 2019.The contract for semi-submersible Valaris 8505 (Ensco 8505) with Eni offshore Mexico has been extended by three wells, with an estimated duration of 225 days from February 2020 to September 2020.The jack-up rig Valaris JU-290 (Rowan Viking) has been awarded a contract to provide accommodation services with Repsol offshore Norway that is expected to start in September 2019, with an estimated duration of 130 days.The contract for the jack-up rig Valaris JU-248 (Rowan Gorilla VI) with Shell offshore Trinidad has been extended by one month from September 2019 to October 2019.The contract for the jack-up Valaris JU-247 (Rowan Gorilla V) with Total in the North Sea has been extended by eight months from March 2020 to November 2020.Furthermore, the contract for the jack-up Valaris JU-117 (Ralph Coffman) with an undisclosed operator offshore Trinidad has been extended by two wells, with an estimated duration of 60 days from December 2019 to February 2020.Finally, the jack-up rig Valaris JU-87 (Ensco 87) has been awarded a one-well contract with McMoRan Oil & Gas in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico that is expected to start in August 2019, with an estimated duration of 30 days.In related news, the law firm Pomerantz has recently filed a class action lawsuit against Valaris, alleging that the drilling firm has misled investors.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Sunday Star Times 13 May 2012New Zealand women are more than four times more likely to drink alcohol during pregnancy than mothers in the US, and twice as likely to drink heavily, a soon to be released study will show.Health professionals are being trained in how to prevent and detect drinking during pregnancy, as foetal alcohol spectrum disorder rates look set to soar.The study of about 100 lower socio-economic women by Auckland University psychological medicine department senior lecturer Trecia Wouldes, showed about 51 per cent of the women drank during pregnancy, about 10 per cent of them heavily so.The developmental psychologist said in the US a study of a similar group of women showed only about 13 per cent were drinking, about 5 per cent heavily.It’s estimated that about 80 per cent of women of child-bearing age in the wider New Zealand population drink before they know they are pregnant.From the point of pregnancy recognition, about 27 per cent continue to drink some alcohol, and about 10 per cent continue to drink heavily or binge drink.http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/6911332/Foetuses-abused-in-the-womb-study
Share 4 Views no discussions LocalNews Tourism Minister calls on stakeholders to ensure products are of good standards by: – March 12, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet Tourism Minister Ian Douglas.As Dominica gets set to host the Australia and West Indies cricket teams in the third Digicel Cricket Test Match at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium, Tourism Minister Ian Douglas has appealed to service providers to ensure that the services they offer are of good standards.The game which is scheduled to run from the 23rd to 27th of April is expected to attract thousands of visitors from across the world to Dominica.Douglas announced that his Ministry will engage stakeholders in discussions with on how to enhance the tourism product.“This 5 day event will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to engage in revenue generating activities, but the extent of our success will depend on the standard of our products and the level of services that we offer”.Douglas also pledged his ministry’s commitment to liaise with other stakeholders in ensuring that the five day cricket event is a success.“As a collaborating partner through the Discover Dominica Authority, we will endeavor to mobilize all our stake holders in the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) to ensure that all the necessary requirements within our control are in place for this spectacular and important event”.He says in preparation for the event “a survey of readiness and availability of rooms is being conducted”.Douglas also appealed to the public to consider making their homes available to the visitors through a home stay initiative.“Rooms include all available rooms not just those in the vicinity of the games, since it is possible to transport visitors quite comfortably to and from the city over the 5 days. There is also the possibility of home stay initiative”. Dominica Vibes News
BATESVILLE, Ind. – The final collection of large trash items in Batesville this year is Saturday, November 8.Citizens with Rumpke service are encouraged to set their disposable items out the evening before to ensure they are picked up.Acceptable items include:– old clothing– furniture, bedsprings, mattresses, etc.– old rugs, carpet pieces– rubber hose– appliances (as in washers, driers, etc.)– wood (bundled 4 feet long or shorter, 75 lbs. maximum)– insulation– all cans or buckets, totally cleaned and dry– paint cans (must be dried paint) Unacceptable items include:– No electronic devices containing mercury (as in TV’s, computers, microwaves, cell phones, etc.)– No building and construction materials (bricks, etc.)– No remodeling materials (interior/exterior)– No landscape materials– No car body parts including wheels and tires– No steel or metal framing– No tree limbs, grass clippings or leavesRefrigerators, AC units, and freezers are required to have a sticker on them showing that the CFC’s was removed by a certified person. This includes units without the compressors in them. If there is no sticker, your unit will be rejected.TV’s, computers (& monitors), microwaves, VCR’s, and all other electronics can be dropped off at Batesville’s Waste Water Treatment Plant, 25019 Underpass Road, Monday-Friday, 8 am – 3 pm. Please register at the office prior to unloading.
United thought they had pulled off a major coup by signing Falcao from Monaco on deadline day, but so far the Colombian has not lived up to his star billing. Thanks partly to injury, Falcao has struggled to find form and has scored just once in 11 appearances. “I feel ready for the moment that the team needs me. Whenever I have the opportunity to come on I try to do my best for the coach and I try to help the team.” When asked whether he had spoken to manager Louis van Gaal about his lack of playing time, Falcao said: “We talk a lot. “He has a philosophy that I respect. I have had an injury, and I have had to wait for the opportunity to play. “I am not playing many minutes at the moment but I am sure that there will more opportunities to play.” The professional way in which Falcao has dealt with not being part of the first team has brought praise from team-mate Juan Mata, who has also struggled to hold down a place in Van Gaal’s starting XI. “He is training very well, he is waiting for his opportunity like the great professional he is, like the great team-mate he is,” the United midfielder said. Falcao suffered a serious knee injury in January which ruled him out of the World Cup, but he insisted recently that his fitness troubles were down to a calf problem he suffered after receiving a kick in training. The United board are convinced the player will do everything he can do regain his match sharpness in the coming weeks. One senior United source recently said he believed Falcao had a similar work ethic to Cristiano Ronaldo and that the Colombian would “run through brick walls” for the club. Falcao hopes he will soon reach peak fitness and start repaying the club for the money they have invested in him. “I’m almost at 100 per cent now, let’s see wait and see what the decision of the coach is, when he wants to use me more,” said Falcao, who is one of the top earners at the club. Robin van Persie has scored four goals in his last four games and Wayne Rooney is starting to show good form while Van Gaal has shown a lot of faith in 19-year-old forward James Wilson. Falcao acknowledges he faces tough competition to earn a regular starting berth. “We have a group of strikers who are very good and that’s good for everyone,” he said. “That means there is always a level of competition between us, healthy competition, and obviously I am very happy with how the team is doing.” Radamel Falcao would love to stay at Manchester United but admits a permanent move to Old Trafford is likely to depend on how much he plays from now until the end of the season. Despite his struggles, Falcao is keen for United to exercise their option to buy him for £43.5million. The former Porto striker concedes his chances of remaining at Old Trafford hinge partly on the amount of playing time he gets for the remainder of the campaign, though. “I am very happy in this city, in this club and I am enjoying it here. I really want to stay,” the United striker told Press Association Sport. “From my point of view, I’d like to carry on but obviously I have to analyse the situation, see if I play more and see what decision the board takes.” Falcao has not started a game since he scored his only United goal against Everton on October 5. A calf injury ruled the player out for a month but since he returned he has made three brief appearances off the bench, the latest one being a 12-minute cameo in the 3-0 win over Liverpool which kept United third in the table. The striker, who cost Monaco £52million when they signed him from Atletico Madrid 18 months ago, admits he would prefer to play more, but is willing to be patient. “Every footballer wants to play, no one is happy when they are not playing, when they are on the bench, but whenever I am given the opportunity, whether it be for five, 10, 20 or 90 minutes, I have to give my best,” he said. Press Association
“It was high intensity in the first half and we frustrated them. They were probably shocked by the problems we caused them.” Robert Huth (calf) and Andy King (hamstring) are major doubts for Leicester while David Nugent (calf) is out, but Jeff Schlupp (calf) is available. Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is available after his return from suspension. The Frenchman has sat out the last two games following his second dismissal of the season at Liverpool on April 13, and his presence in the squad could hardly be more timely with the Magpies having lost each of their last seven games. Sissoko could be joined by defender Paul Dummett following his recovery from a knee problem, while midfielder Siem de Jong, who scored on his return as a substitute against Swansea last weekend after an eight-month lay-off, got 90 minutes under his belt for the club’s Under-21s on Tuesday. Newcastle head coach John Carver has set his players a four-point target to secure their Premier League status. The Magpies head for in-form Leicester on Saturday having been marooned on 35 points since February 28, seven fruitless games ago, and although that at one stage looked to be comfortably beyond the clubs battling for survival at the foot of the table, it now appears that will not be the case. Carver said: “We need four points. That’s what’s in my head at the moment. Leicester had four wins in the row, Sunderland did that last year, so you’ve got to set the bar a bit higher. “There are one or two tough games for the sides at the bottom, so four points would be ample.” Collecting those four points from as many remaining fixtures against the Foxes and West Brom and West Ham at home either side of a trip to struggling QPR, might not sound particularly taxing. However, Newcastle having managed to take only nine in total from the 45 they have contested under Carver’s charge, and they need a drastic improvement in that situation if they are to steer themselves into calmer waters. By contrast, Pearson’s men have put together a blistering run with Wednesday night’s home defeat by champions-in-waiting Chelsea ending a sequence of four successive wins which dragged a series of other clubs into the fight against the drop. Carver said: “Absolutely, and let’s include ourselves in that. I said this two weeks ago. I said two weeks ago we were in a scrap and a fight, and we are, and we know that and the players know that. “If they want to retain their Premier League status, they’ve got to do something about it, we’ve got to do something about it.” The Foxes host the Magpies on Saturday after their four-game winning run was ended by Chelsea on Wednesday. The 3-1 defeat left them a point above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Press Association A fine performance, despite defeat, was overshadowed by Nigel Pearson calling journalist Ian Baker an “ostrich” and “stupid” after he was asked to clarify what criticism of his players had upset him this season, although the boss has since apologised. Leicester will move just a point behind Newcastle, who have lost their last seven games, with a win and James insists the Foxes will take the game to the visitors. “It is another big game but for the past three or four weeks every game has been a cup final,” the midfielder told the Leicester Mercury. “We have come out and prevailed and hopefully we can do it again against Newcastle. They are right in it again and they know they will come here and be in for a very tough game. “We will still bring the same intensity on Saturday, without doubt. The adrenalin will kick in and the amount that is at stake will get us through it. We have a great set-up in terms of recovery. All the sports scientists will look after us and we kick on again on Saturday. “It was another plucky performance against Chelsea but the situation is exactly the same. We just have to get on with it. “They had three chances and took all three. We were in the game all through and showed a lot of character. “We didn’t sit back, we just played our own game, as we have been doing for the past few weeks. We will continue to do that. Matty James warned Newcastle that Leicester are ready to return to winning ways and drag them further into relegation trouble.
The Cherries boss has vowed to stick to the style which delivered the Championship title and promotion to the top flight last term, beginning when his men meet Villa at Dean Court on Saturday. “We feel the team’s ready. Now we’ve just got to go out and prove that we’re good enough,” Howe said. “I’m not saying we’re going to score 98 goals, but we’re certainly going to go at it the same way in terms of how we approach the games. “We’re going to be brave and we’re going to try to take games to teams. That’s our way, that’s what we’ve become accustomed to, that’s what our players expect us to do. “To veer away from that format I think would be foolish on the back of all the success we’ve had. “We know it’s going to be tough, we know it’s going to be harder, we know there may be some bumps in the road for us. I think we’re prepared for that.” Villa are expected by many commentators to be fighting to stay in the Premier League this season, along with Bournemouth. Howe believes Tim Sherwood’s side are strong, though. “They’ve had to sell a couple of players but I think they’ve invested very wisely,” Howe said. “I think the players they’ve brought in are very good. I think Tim’s an outstanding manager. He proved that at the back end of last season. Eddie Howe has told his Bournemouth players to prove they are good enough for the Premier League in Saturday’s season opener with Aston Villa. “We’re under no illusions. Although they’ve lost players they’ve reinvested, their squad is very strong. We expect a very difficult first game.” The Cherries have also invested well, signing nine players, including Lee Tomlin and Max Gradel this week. Howe said: “It’s going to be probably my hardest team selection I’ve ever had to make. Everyone wants to play the first game. For me it’s not such a big deal.” Asked what would constitute success for Bournemouth this term, Howe said: “Improvement. Improving the team, improving the players and improving the performances. That’s how we measure where we are. “We certainly did that last season and we’re going to expect the same again.” Press Association
(SPORTSMAX) – Having completed an unprecedented ‘triple-triple’ at Rio 2016, Usain Bolt is in contention for a sixth IAAF World Athlete-of-the-Year award.Usain Bolt headlines the list of male nominees for the 2016 IAAF World Athlete-of-the-Year award.Jamaican sprint icon Bolt completed an unprecedented ‘triple-triple’ by winning gold in the 100 metres, 200m and 4x100m relay for the third successive Olympic Games at Rio 2016.The 30-year-old, set to retire after the World Championships in London next year, could take the accolade for the sixth time in his career on December 2.Bolt will have to depose 2015 winner Ashton Eaton, who successfully defended his decathlon gold in Rio.Other male Olympic champions on the 10-man shortlist include Mo Farah, David Rudisha, Wayde van Niekerk and Thiago Braz da Silva.For the women’s award, two-time gold medallist Elaine Thompson will be among the frontrunners.The Jamaican will hope to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the award in 2013 and with whom she took silver in the 4x100m relay in Rio.Caster Semenya, Almaz Ayana and Anita Wlodraczyk will also be in the running having impressed at the Games.