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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Jan. 25

first_imgThe efforts to keep our schools safe came one step closer to home, as reported by the Jan. 12 Gazette (“Parents voice school safety fears.”) It is a given that that parents, teachers and school administrators have the responsibility to make student safety a number one priority, not just part of an agenda and paying it only lip service, as public concerns were aired in a December school board meeting.While attempting to solve this dilemma, parents, teachers and school administrators had to endure pernicious twaddle from self-styled student “activists” who have never been in front of a class nor understood the dynamics of teaching, who prattle on with such useless advice as, “If you teach our children that they are valued, that they are people, that they are human beings, and that we love them, they will show up to be loved.”I was an educator and I deeply resent the inference that I was a nanny as well.I suggest that I was charged to teach young people; loving them was never part of my job description.Today’s “children” do not suffer from a lack of love.Rather, they suffer from a lack of discipline, which at one time came from the home, and have no need for any more excuses, no matter how eloquent, mitigating their behavior.The school’s task is to keep children safe.When we have successfully completed this task and the children feel safe, it stands to reason that they will learn.Michael G. DeckerSchenectadyThe writer is a retired Schenectady High School teacher.Is Congress worthy of your mountain?In the Bible, Psalm 15 starts with a question: “Lord, who may live on your holy mountain?”As I read it, I was struck by how much we would be blessed if those we elect to serve on our own Capitol Hill might be possessed of those same qualities.Katie FinneganMiddle GroveStart investing now to secure your futureI graduated high school in 1969.I bought myself a red convertible for $2,000.Had I instead invested that $2,000 in a total stock market fund and added just $2.50 per day, that little pile would now be worth over $1 million today.The moral of the story is simple. To accumulate large sums of money, one must start early, save steadily and let time and compounding do the magic for you.For those who feel the market is risky, I assure you that saving money in a lock box is much riskier.Instead of $1 million, your coffee can, lock box, mattress, whatever, would have just over $50,000. The other $950,000 in compounded earnings would be lost to you forever.Albert Einstein once said compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. He said it is the eighth wonder of the world. It is something you should know about early in life.Don’t wake up 50 years from now and wish you did.James PavoldiDuanesburg Work harder to make  pensioners wholeThe state of New York and St. Clare’s Corp. (aka Albany Catholic Diocese) agreed to the closure of St. Clare’s Hospital in 2007 with a promise to make our pensions whole. The promise was broken, and we are not looking for a handout.Fiduciaries made some serious miscalculations for the amount needed to make our pensions whole, and St. Clare’s pensioners are paying the price for this enormous mistake by facing a bleak financial future — and as a result having to sell our homes and inability to stay afloat paying bills.As directed by the state in 2007, The Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century (known as the Berger Commission) mandated closure of Bellevue Hospital and consolidation of Ellis and St. Clare’s Hospitals; this mandate never happened. Instead, Ellis Hospital took over St. Clare’s Hospital, Bellevue remained open, and an agreement was made by the state and St. Clare’s Corporation/Albany Catholic Diocese to make St. Clare’s Pensions whole; this never transpired.In the last 14 months, we have tirelessly made strong efforts to have our voices heard by telling our personal stories; appearing in TV interviews; received support from local newspapers, politicians, AARP and TV stations; held meetings; attended rallies and court appearances; had numerous meetings with Bishop Edward Scharfenberger and politicians, and many other efforts.Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Bishop Scharfenberger — let’s work together to make our pensions whole so we can have some dignity and security in our retirement.Patricia PangburnSchenectadyThe writer is a St. Clare’s pensioner. Criticism of Polimeni a sign of hypocrisyRegarding the Jan. 15 Gazette article “NAACP calls for city to employ diversity training:” It is beyond ridiculous that Schenectady City Councilman John Polimeni’s minor speech gaffe caused such a stir.Mr. Polimeni nearly used the term “colored” before immediately correcting his own wording. But his message was that the council is “very fortunate” to have diversity of race and gender.Why would he make this statement if he was racially biased?Several meeting attendees called for city officials to receive “diversity training,” despite diversity being the very thing Mr. Polimeni praised.Members of Schenectady NAACP addressing city officials by reading the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is completely illogical, as Dr. King’s agenda was the exact opposite of today’s “tolerant” left.If meeting attendees strictly followed Dr. King’s vision of abolishing recognition of race, the word in question wouldn’t have even come up, let alone the controversy that followed.The most blatant hypocrisy of all comes in the fact that the word “colored” is right in the name of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). The term under scrutiny is used prominently by the organization scrutinizing it.Mr. Polimeni’s intentions were clear, but intentions no longer count for anything on the political left.David NosekGlenvilleSenators should have to explain voteThe impeachment trial of Donald Trump in the United States Senate is not about whether he held back military aid to the Ukraine for “dirt” on Joe Biden.The trial is not about whether he prevented key witnesses to the event from testifying.The overwhelming evidence indicates that he did both.Rather, the trial is about whether his actions, either one or both, meet the constitutional criteria for impeachment.Each senator has taken a sworn oath to being impartial. An impartial informed decision requires all the evidence to be examined.It’s a travesty of justice to deny new discoveries from being introduced.To make the trial result even more legitimate and accepted, every senator, not on a tribal basis but on an individual basis, should explain the reason for their vote on impeachment.Charles RiellyAltamontPoliticians must put end to sex traffickingNew York City is a major sex trafficking destination in the world.When will politicians stand up and put an end to this?Question: What sort of ‘man’ enjoys sex with a ‘girl’ (or could be a boy) who was gang-raped as part of the ‘on the job training?’Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Paul Tonko, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are AWOL on this matter. Republicans do not exist on this issue either. They are spineless.Silence is golden for politicians on the sex trafficking matter. Why?Pride without honor exemplifies politicians in Washington and Albany. Congress turns a blind eye toward sex trafficking.They do have time to schedule hearings on cheating in professional sports while Albany worries about plastic bags. Silence of the lambs is how some ‘live.’Edmond DayRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18center_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSchool task: Teach, keep students safelast_img read more

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Mr. Jerry Len Earl

first_imgMr. Jerry Len Earl, age 68, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on July 20, 1949, in Rushville, Indiana, the son of the late, Frank H. and Gertie E. (Dance) Earl. He was raised in Vevay, Indiana where he was a 1968 graduate of the Vevay High School. Jerry was inducted into the United States Army on August 27, 1970, in Louisville, Kentucky. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter M-16 and Good Conduct Medal. Jerry transferred to the Army National Guard with the rank of Specialist 4th Class on February 27, 1972 at Fort Lewis, Washington. Jerry re-enlisted on April 23, 1973, in Louisville, Kentucky and was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 4th Class on April 23, 1974. Jerry re-enlisted on April 24, 1974, in Louisville, Kentucky. He received the Good Conduct Medal with bronze clasp (4 loops), National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Expert Badge Rifle M-16, Expert Badge Hand Grenade and the Mechanic Badge. Jerry was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant on October 4, 1983. Jerry served in the army for ten years and six months. Jerry was united in marriage on March 5, 1973, in Springfield, Tennessee, to Deborah Freudenbers and they shared over 20 years of marriage together until Jerry’s passing. Jerry was a former Security Guard in Cincinnati, Ohio until he became disabled. Jerry resided most of his life in the Vevay community. He enjoyed tinkering with cars, socializing with friends, playing guitar, watching movies, martial arts and being with his sons. Jerry passed away at 1:04 pm, Thursday, October 19, 2017, at his son’s residence in North Vernon, Indiana. Jerry will be missed by his life long companion, Deborah (Freudenbers) Earl of Vevay, IN; his sons, Frank Harold Earl and his wife: Jennifer of North Vernon, IN and Wayne William Earl of Vevay, IN; his sister, Linsa Barrett and her husband: Phil of Eustis, FL and his two-nieces.He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank H. Earl, died April 5, 1960 and Gertie E. (Dance) Earl, died April 24, 2003.Graveside services will be conducted Friday, November 10, 2017, at 10:00 am, at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 North Gate Road Madison, Indiana 47250. Full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 & the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the cemetery.Friends may call 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. Jerry Len Earl Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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SINN FÉIN HAIL GREEK ELECTION VICTORY FOR ANTI-AUSTERITY SYRIZA

first_imgSinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty has congratulated the Greek anti-austerity party Syriza on its success in today’s elections. Deputy Doherty said the victory for Alexis Tsipras’ party offers a real change for Greek citizens and an opportunity for progressive change in Europe.Speaking this evening Deputy Doherty said: “Exit polls from today’s Greek election show that Syriza is now the biggest party and Alexis Tsipras looks set to become the new Prime Minister. “I want to congratulate Mr Tsipras and his party on this stunning victory which will bring real change for the people of Greece and brings an opportunity for progressive change in Europe.“Syriza has promised to renegotiate Greece’s debt if it wins the election and to call for a European Debt Conference which would be in Ireland’s interests also.“Enda Kenny bluntly rejected the idea of a debt conference when asked about it by Gerry Adams in the Dáil last week.“Ireland should not be dependent on Greece to propose something which is so obviously in our interests. “If Enda Kenny and his government are not going to stand up for Irish citizens then they should remove themselves from office and allow the people to elect a new government that will.”SINN FÉIN HAIL GREEK ELECTION VICTORY FOR ANTI-AUSTERITY SYRIZA was last modified: January 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:anti-austerityelectionGreeceSinn Feinlast_img read more

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IT Poll: Is the Java Dynasty Seeing the Beginning of the End?

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img We ran two stories earlier today on the state of Java and its complex partner ecosystem. We looked at a report from Forrester analysts John R. Rymer and Jeffrey S. Hammond. Last year, Forrester analyst Mike Gualtieri put it more bluntly in a blog post: Java Is A Dead-End For Enterprise App Development.But considering that last week we ran a post called “COBOL’s Not Dead,” there’s still clearly a potential for a long and healthy life for Java. The report Rymer and Hammond specifically write that their report is not an obituary. There’s also the chance Oracle will get its act together and keep Java relevant for a long time to come.But it’s clear that Java’s grip on the enterprise is loosening. Are you starting to look at, or use, alternatives to Java? Tags:#enterprise#Trends Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Tilt-Shift: Free After Effects Template

first_imgOur friends at MotionArray.com are giving away a tilt-shift effect FREE template for After Effects!Tilt-shift, when done by a skilled hand, can be a really impressive effect.  In the last few years, with the proliferation of DSLRs, we’re seeing tilt-shift video effects pop up more and more.  For high quality examples of tilt-shift videos check out our previous post on 12 Exceptional Tilt-Shift Videos.For those unfamiliar, tilt-shift is a photo/video effect that gives scenes the appearance of miniaturization through selective focus (created by specialized lenses, post-production focusing or a combination).  For more on the history and technical aspects of tilt-shift check out this Wikipedia entry.So, how can you create a Tilt-Shift effect?  For After Effects users, a new template by MotionArray.com gives you the tools to create this effect easily.  The FREE After Effects template provides modifiable parameters to customize the effect for your project – blur, rotation and amount.Check out the video below to see an example of this free After Effects template in action or head on over to MotionArray.com to get the template file!  *Note: You will need to sign up for the MotionArray email list to access the free files.last_img read more

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PETA asks for illegal slaughterhouses’ closure

first_imgPanaji: The People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has urged States and Union Territories (UTs) to follow the action taken by Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan governments to shut down illegal slaughterhouses.The organisation, along with others, has filed a series of petitions in the Supreme Court and other courts between 2004 and 2017 against illegal treatment of animals during transport and slaughter. In a statement issued on Friday, it claimed that in addition to ordering a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses, the apex court called upon States and Union Territories (UTs) to set up enforcement committees to monitor treatment of animals that are used for meat and leather. However, it said most States and UTs had failed to report to the court about the compliance action taken by them.Shambhavi Tiwari of PETA India said they have urged States and UTs to close down slaughterhouses that aren’t licensed and which continue to use cruel practices that are prohibited by law, as per the SC order.The organisation had earlier written to the Central government, State governments, and UTs, urging them to immediately implement provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011, pertaining to establishment and functioning of slaughterhouses. They say there are still many unregistered slaughterhouses in the country.“It has been estimated that there are more than 30,000 illegal, unlicensed slaughterhouses in India, although, cruelty to animals is also rampant in licensed facilities,” the statement read. “To make matters worse, the leather industry has no system in place to ensure that skins are not obtained from illegal slaughterhouses.”The organisation had also asked for implementation of provisions of Central Motor Vehicles (Eleventh Amendment) Rules, 2015, which provides for special requirements in motor vehicles that transport livestock. Nikunj Sharma of PETA said, “[Slaughterhouses] continued to use general vehicles for transport of animals or did not bother to take permissions needed from municipal authorities for special vehicles.”The organisation said that during various surprise inspections carried out by the authorities, in presence of PETA India and People for Animals’s activists, “huge atrocities, showing unlawful cruelty to animals” were noted as being common even at modern facilities. It also claimed that a legally required facility, which renders animals unconscious before being slaughtered, was not being carried out on sheep or buffaloes.Call for veganismPETA India has urged people to go dairy-free as well by drawing their attention to the beef industry’s link with the dairy industry.The organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, Poorva Joshipura, is of the opinion that people who do not want to support animal suffering must decide to live a vegan lifestyle. She said, “At most slaughterhouses, workers hack animals’ throats with dull blades. Skinning and dismembering often begin while they are still alive, and in full view of other animals.”PETA India aims to remind people that killing animals for food and leather contributes to water pollution, land degradation, and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, it said that consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy foods contributes to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.last_img read more

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‘Khadse has cleared an acid test’

first_imgSenior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Tuesday congratulated former Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, claiming that he had received a clean chit in an alleged land grab case, prompting speculation of his return to the Cabinet.“We are happy Mr. Khadse has cleared an acid test. He plays a key role in the functioning and development of the BJP,” said Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil. Mr. Patil did not comment whether Mr. Khadse would make a comeback to the Cabinet ahead of next year’s elections.Mr. Khadse’s sharp criticism of his own government, such as exposing the ‘rat scam’ in Mantralaya, has cornered the BJP. He has also indicated his discontent with the party leadership. Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders have hinted that they will welcome the “strong” OBC leader if he chose to quit the BJP. Sources within the BJP said the decision on Mr. Khadse’s return is with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. A senior leader, on the condition of anonymity, said, “One should realise that the actual ACB report has not been made public. If [the CM] has to take a call to induct him in the Cabinet, the entire report will be analysed to avoid any embarrassment in future.” Activist Anjali Damania said on Tuesday that this is an example of how the BJP saves its corrupt ministers. “I had given all the proof in the Bhosari land case to the ACB on August 17. Despite this, if the ACB has given him a clean chit, I will challenge it in the Bombay High Court,” said Ms. Damania.last_img read more

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Lululemon profits increase to 944 million in Q3 despite Ivivva closures

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Lululemon Athletica Inc. says it earned $94.4 million in its third quarter, up from the $72.3 million it made the year before.The Vancouver-based apparel company says its earnings per diluted share amounted to 71 cents per share, compared to 43 cents per share in the third quarter of 2017.According to Thomson Reuters Eikon, Lululemon beat analyst expectations, which suggested the company would report a $92.5 million profit.Lululemon says its total net revenue increased by 21 per cent to $747.7 million and was primarily fuelled by the opening of 38 new stores across Asia, Europe, Canada and Australia.The increase in net revenue was partially offset by a decrease of $9.3 million, caused by the foreign exchange rate and the closure of 48 of its Ivivva brand stores.Meanwhile the company’s e-commerce efforts netted it $476.9 million, compared to $425.1 million the year before.last_img read more

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Survey of manufacturing executives shows lower economic optimism for 2019

first_imgTORONTO — A new survey shows business optimism for the year ahead among Canadian manufacturer executives is lower than it was a year ago as trade issues weigh.The survey, conducted by RK Insights, showed that 30 per cent of the 501 respondents were optimistic about business prospects for 2019, down from 44 per cent who were a year earlier.It showed that 18 per cent of the senior executives were concerned about business prospects for the year ahead, but that 51 per cent were cautiously optimistic in a similar level to last year.The survey, conducted in August and Sept. before a new North American trade deal was signed, showed an increase in concerns about the effects of U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies.Sixty-five per cent of respondents were very concerned about U.S. protectionism, up from 54 per cent last year, while 61 per cent were very concerned about Trump’s impact on bilateral relations, up from 45 per cent.The survey, conducted on behalf of Plant Magazine, has a margin of error of about four per cent, 19 times out of 20.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Former firefighter with PTSD sues Syncrude over suspended benefits dismissal

first_img“But if you flip that switch that many times, it gets stuck on and you’re always at that level of agitation or awareness.”Swan was on his day off in Kelowna, B.C., in May 2016 when he got a call from work telling him to get back to Fort McMurray, where a fierce wildfire was rapidly spreading.Unbeknownst to him at the time, his PTSD was in full force.Swan was assigned to watch over a pharmacist who stayed behind during the city-wide evacuation to fill prescriptions. Swan said he would have been better off keeping busy fighting the blaze. Swan has also complained to the Alberta Human Rights Commission.The allegations against Syncrude have not been proven in court and the company has not yet filed a statement of defence.Swan, 44, began working for Syncrude in 2002 as a heavy equipment operator at its vast mining operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta. In 2007, he joined the company’s fire department, which sometimes responds to calls in the surrounding community.“I was really good at it and loved it,” Swan said in an interview, a black lab named Jack who he’s training to be a service dog, at his feet.Swan said his PTSD built up over time and there was no single event that triggered it. On the job he had to deal with anything from injuries and illnesses to an explosion on site, he said.He said his adrenaline would ramp up every time and it was like flipping on a light. CALGARY, A.B. – A lawsuit filed by a former firefighter and paramedic against Syncrude Canada claims the oilsands giant wrongfully denied him benefits and fired him after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder related to his job.Mike Swan is seeking damages for lost compensation and benefits, improper paycheque deductions and in lieu of reasonable notice, says a statement of claim filed Dec. 19 in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.The suit is also asking for “moral or aggravated damages for bad faith throughout the employment relationship” as well as punitive damages.center_img “I remember feeling like I was vibrating, like there was nothing worse to me than not actually fighting the fire, and sitting in that parking lot just breathing smoke in.”Swan said the tipping point was when his then-fiancee left him, telling him she never knew what would set him off. His captain found him crying by an ambulance at work and suggested he get help through a company program.“It was useless. They wanted me to eat a salad and get some sleep.”His own psychologist, saying he’d likely had it for years, diagnosed Swan with severe PTSD in March 2017.At first, Swan thought he’d be back on the job after a few weeks.But the following May, his psychologist recommended he get full-time treatment, so he went off work.The statement of claim says Swan received the proper benefits and compensation until October 2017, when a mix-up at the Workers’ Compensation Board led to him losing a week of benefits and top-up pay.Then, in February of 2018, Syncrude told Swan he had to return to work within a week, even though his care team and the WCB did not think he was ready, the lawsuit claims. The statement of claim alleges his benefits and top-up payments were again suspended and improper deductions were made from his paycheque.The suit is seeking a declaration that Syncrude’s actions amounted to constructive dismissal.Syncrude fired Swan on Sept. 20 in what the lawsuit claims was wrongful dismissal.Company spokesman Will Gibson declined to comment on Swan’s specific case, but said “Syncrude values and supports its employees.”Swan said his disputes with Syncrude have worsened his mental health at a time when he should have been focused on getting better.He said he’ll never work as a firefighter or paramedic again because of his condition and he’s exploring retraining options through the WCB.The ordeal has ruined him financially, he added. His sister, with whom he’s been living in Calgary, has set up a GoFundMe page to help with legal and medical bills.“Think about every mental-health campaign that’s going on right now. What are they telling us? Put your hand up. Ask for help,” he said.“I asked for help. I’m still asking for help.”last_img read more

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