first_imgBy Dialogo December 20, 2010 I GIVE THIS ARTICLE A ZERO, IT OFFERS NO SOLUTIONS OR ANY BENEFITS. IT ONLY LEAVES US WITH ANOTHER Madagascar SOLUTION; let’s put in some brain power and don’t stop until we understand the language of mother nature, in the meantime let’s be conscience of the fact that there, as in Biafra, they live the happiest because they have what they actually need. If you want to share in this happiness with them, be with them if only in your thoughts. The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, strengthened the Government of Haiti’s ability to detect earthquake activity by funding five new seismometers. The surveillance network transmits timely information through the internet on seismic activities in Port-au-Prince and regions to the North. The seismometers, which detect and measure movements in the earth’s surface, will replace the temporary surveillance equipment provided by the U.S. Government immediately after the earthquake. The Bureau des Mines (Haitian Bureau of Mines) will also receive technical training and logistical assistance to improve seismic surveillance. By funding the new seismometers, the U.S. Government delivers on an agreement it made with Bureau des Mines earlier this year. “Instead of just giving the Government of Haiti data on seismic activity, we’re giving them the tools to do it themselves,” said USAID/Haiti Mission Director Dr. Carleene Dei. “This is what we mean when we say we’re supporting the Government of Haiti’s plan to build back better.” A 7.0 earthquake wracked the Port-au-Prince region on January 12, 2010. It killed 230,000 people and displaced another 1.3 million. Tremors continue to rattle buildings in the area. The seismic surveillance station will monitor the Port-au-Prince and Northern regions, but an expanded network could cover more regions in the future.last_img read more

first_imgThe Board of Legal Specialization and Education’s strategic communication campaign to raise awareness among consumers and lawyers about the merits of board certification is now in its second year.This year’s plan will include redesigned certification promotional materials, more outreach to young lawyers, a Bar Annual Convention professionalism CLE seminar, and more interaction with consumer reporters statewide, according to Lisa Garcia, the public relations consultant hired to implement the plan.Garcia said the campaign uses certification program funds and is based on research about attitudes and opinions related to certification.The Bar’s Public Information Department supervises the plan, and its implementation tactics complement overall Bar communication strategies as approved by the Board of Governors Communications Committee.“The Florida Bar’s certification program consistently has been recognized nationally for its leadership and vision,” said Florida Bar President Alan Bookman, a board certified real estate attorney. “I commend the BLSE for its efforts to expand and improve this valuable program.”Garcia said a key component of the campaign is certified lawyer speaking engagements at inns of court, voluntary bars, and community and civic meetings. Resources and marketing materials, including Capstone, a bi-monthly e-newsletter containing news and resources for certified lawyers, are posted at floridabar.org/certification. Garcia also will continue to generate consumer-news stories featuring certified lawyers in the state’s media outlets and certification will have a greater presence at Florida Bar meetings.BLSE research shows that lawyers with six to 16 years of Bar membership are most likely to seek board certification.Young Lawyers Division President Jamie Billotte Moses has supported the BLSE’s efforts to reach that target audience by including certification information in the YLD’s Across the Bar newsletter and helping raise board certification’s profile at Practicing With Professionalism seminars and basic level CLE courses.“I believe board certification is a good way for a young lawyer to level the playing field when competing for new clients against older or more established attorneys,” Moses said. “That is why the division leadership is doing what it can to educate young lawyers about the certification process.”For more information about the certification plan or if you are a certified lawyer who is not receiving Capstone, contact Garcia at (850) 561-5769 or lgarcia@flabar.org. April 15, 2006 Regular News Campaign to boost awareness of certification enters second yearcenter_img Campaign to boost awareness of certification enters second yearlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York David PapikA man has been accused of going door-to-door asking residents in his hometown of Farmingville for donations to a fictitious fundraising walk benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.Suffolk County police arrested David Papik on Wednesday and charged him with scheme to defraud.Police said the 33-year-old man knocked on doors on Lidge Drive last week and collected donations until a victim who donated $10 researched the event and called police after she discovered the walk did not exist.Papik was arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.Sixth Squad detectives ask anyone with information on this scheme, or victims to call them at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Accuweather.comLong Island is under a winter storm warning as four-to-eight inches of snow began falling early Monday morning and is expected to continue through the evening, disrupting school, business and travel.The warning, which is in effect through 7 p.m., means snow-covered roadways and visibilities of a quarter mile or less will make travel dangerous, according to the National Weather Service.“Only travel in an emergency,” Upton-based NWS meteorologists said in a statement. “If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”The flakes were falling at a rate of one-to-two inches an hour before 9 a.m. The storm is disrupting much of the Northeast, creating travel delays just as those in town for the Superbowl are trying to get home.The wet snow, unlike the fluffy stuff that fell on LI last month, is expected with this storm to bring down tree branches and power lines, causing outages. This type of snow is also more difficult to predict accumulation amounts for, experts say.Another storm is forecast to bring another one-to-three inches of the white stuff Tuesday night into Wednesday, according to NWS.And then this weekend, more snow is expected starting Friday night, possibly through Sunday.Nassau County Non-Emergency Hotline:  1-888-684-4274Suffolk County Non-Emergency Hotline: 631-852-COPSPSEG Long Island’s Customer Service line at 1-800-490-0075last_img read more

first_imgRecently, I had to get a decent volume of personal documents sent to someone. I called my local big box office supply store to find out how much it would cost to fax the materials.Their first question was, “Is it long distance?”Thankfully I was sitting when I got that query since I’m sure if I was standing I would have been picking myself up off the floor. Long distance was extra.But that wasn’t the end of it. I went in to sort out an alternative and I was going to scan the items and email them. I went to pay and I was told I needed to put up a $5 deposit – not toward the cost of my project, but a vague $5 fee that would be credited back to me in a couple days.My point here is, there were so many points during this consumer journey where I was getting the clear message that this company was more concerned about itself far more than the needs of their customers.What’s more, it proudly announced that it was sticking to a business model that was outdated with the advent of the mobile phone. Holding my money for 2 days for no particular reason? These types of policies don’t inspire much brand loyalty.Now, your CU might not have the latest or greatest tech or the fanciest buildings but the one essential thing you do have control over is showing your members that you are there for them.You need to make it clear you understand that if it wasn’t for them, you would not exist.Advocacy doesn’t need the latest and greatest fintech tools. But if you have an advocacy-focused organization, then fintech can take it to another level. One of the greatest strengths of CUs is the fact that they are (or should be member focused). And this is the key ingredient for competing against larger institutions that may have more bells and whistles, but a less personal touch.Finding ways to leverage your core advocacy role with technology is where CUs can make a huge leap in growing their base and increasing their business.As the old Texas saying goes, “It ain’t the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”By leveraging your core competency for advocacy with new tools, you have a powerful advantage of building an experience that is member-oriented and member-focused, rather than the top-down ‘customer service’ of larger institutions.Take advantage of it. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Gregg Early Gregg is the Strategic Content Director at Geezeo, Digital content development and content strategies for Geezeo’s numerous clients in the Personal Financial Management (PFM) and FinTech sectors.Building the bridge … Web: www.geezeo.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s been more than four decades since I graduated from the bankrupt New York Military Academy, which was just sold after a bidding war to a China-based investor on Wednesday. For six years I’d attended this private boarding school in Cornwall-on-Hudson, some 60 miles north of New York City. I’d been exiled up there by my father, a lawyer and institutional fundraiser, who had abandoned his enthusiasm for Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy, an educational scheme directed by spirit voices, and had become convinced by Fred Trump, his business acquaintance, that a military immersion was just what I needed to flush all that spiritual nonsense out of my system.Before I entered military school I spent the summer at the Atlantic Beach Club on Long Island, where the Trumps were also members. Donald, taking the part of an older brother, taught me daily to play Canasta and other card games. But once the school year began, Donald was already in the upper school, while I was in the junior building. We did pass each other occasionally and would talk between roll calls. Throughout my acquaintance with him, he was always kind, though he never laughed at my jokes.Donald Trump in his New York Military Academy uniform. (Handout: Sandy McIntosh) NYMA had a long tradition of hazing. Without being specific about just what conduct that word permitted, the official cadet regulation book mentioned that prestigious schools and societies encouraged the practice as a rite of entry into their privileged worlds.In practice, hazing at the military school was conducted by both adolescent cadets and our adult supervisors. In their first year, cadets were subjected to ritual “New Guy” rules, which included recitations on demand of silly rhyming formulas for telling time or listing the supposed functions of a cow, throwing oneself against the wall to make room for an Old Guy to pass, or even belching on command.In the students’ later years, it included more serious ritual hazing applied as punishment for disciplinary infractions or poor grades. One of the most feared tasks required those about to be hazed to appear in the basement shower room, where the 10 or 15 shower heads would be blasting hot water, which created a steamy fog that burned the throat. The unfortunate cadets would have to appear in their heavy-padded winter dress uniforms. They would stand at rigid attention with their arms raised parallel before them, balancing their eight-and-one-half pound M1 rifles across their arms. After 10 minutes, the M1 seemed to weigh 50 pounds. Anyone dropping his rifle was taken into the next room to be physically reprimanded.Hazing at NYMA reached its climax in my time on the 75th anniversary of the school’s founding in 1889, with a reporter from The New York Times attending. On the eve of that celebration, the cadet captain of the feared “E” Battery proceeded to punish one of his charges by flogging him repeatedly with a heavy metal chain. In the middle of the night, the cadet who had received the beating went AWOL. He escaped the school grounds and found his way to a hospital, which treated him and called his parents, who called the State Police. As a result, the adult staff, including the Commandant, the Dean and even the Superintendent, were forced to resign, effective immediately.My friends at home on Long Island wondered why I didn’t quit the place. I’m not sure why I stayed; it was a kind of grudge match I was playing, daring myself to hang on and graduate. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, I couldn’t help but notice, was swanning his way through the years, becoming captain of both the football and the baseball teams, and in his last year, attaining the highest cadet rank, First Captain. At the same time he maintained the hazing tradition of those beneath him, while seeming untouched by it from above. I see a continuity between the old school ways and his present political activities, in which he encourages his Republican adversaries to haze one another while he remains elusive, barely touchable. Though mostly concerned about my own mucky survival, I watched Donald maneuver the adults, getting them to do things his way—a manipulation I would have had no idea how to perform. The furthest I got was to be labeled a suck-up when I imitated Donald’s methods.Eventually, not through military merit, but through whining and complaining, I rose to a rank in my senior year that allowed me to live somewhat independently outside the hazing culture. Perhaps I owe this to Donald.In any case, I swore I would never donate a cent to the military school. And I suspect that it was this attitude shared by other graduates that doomed the place. I remember a letter to the alumni scolding us for failing to donate, as grateful alumni of other boarding schools always did. And now I can say that one of my wishes has been granted: I have survived the existence of NYMA, which filed for bankruptcy in March. At the announcement of its closing there was news that an Upstate Chasidic community might take it over. Now, Chinese investors have staked their claim. One way or the other, it makes me neither happy nor sad. There is a rule in the buying and selling of all kinds of property, that once the deal is done you never turn back to look at it. There are no second thoughts. I once again reflect on Donald Trump, who, when asked to donate 7 million dollars to keep his Alma Mater afloat, refused unemotionally, considering it to be merely a bad investment.===Sandy McIntosh has published 11 volumes of nonfiction prose and poetry. He has been Creative Writing professor at Hofstra University and published in The New York Times, Newsday, The Nation, the Wall Street Journal, American Book Review, and elsewhere. He has been managing editor of Long Island University’s Confrontation magazine, Marsh Hawk Press will publish his memoir, “A Hole In the Ocean: A Hamptons’ Apprenticeship” in early 2016. View image | gettyimages.comlast_img read more

first_imgGov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, who has addressed hate crimes on multiple occasions, cited the Patchogue incident as he called upon local officials to speak out against alleged hate crimes.“I call on all public officials, of all parties, and indeed, all people everywhere, to denounce and repudiate these expressions, and to pledge to punish to the full extent of the law anyone engaged in such acts,” Cuomo said in a statement. “To remain silent is to engage in a dangerous new permissiveness that threatens our American way.”Just this week, the FBI released its hate crimes report for 2015, which showed a 67-percent increase in attacks on Muslims. Hate crimes across the board spiked 6 percent.Following last week’s election, a Muslim high school teacher in Georgia said she received an anonymous letter in which the cruel author suggested she hang herself by her Hijab—a traditional Muslim head cover. The ominous letter was signed “America!”Featured photo: Anonymous letter left with Muslim public school teacher in Georgia. (Courtesy: Facebook) Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York “Heil Hitler!”That’s the virulent greeting an Asian-American woman walking with her 6-year-old child received last week as they trotted along a pedestrian crosswalk in Stony Book.In another incident, a man driving his car in East Northport shouted “f@#king wetback”—a derogatory term for immigrants, but reserved mostly for Mexicans—at a Hispanic man, veering off the road and nearly hitting him.“Get the f@#k out!” the man allegedly screamed. “Trump is president.”These are just two of the more than 400 complaints made to the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) since the Nov. 8 election of Donald Trump. The president-elect had been accused during the campaign of making Islamophobic, racist and xenophobic comments. At the outset of his campaign he referred to Mexicans as “rapists” and “murderers,” proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, which he later changed to “extreme vetting,” a Muslim registry, and questioned the ability of a judge of Mexican heritage to oversee a case involving Trump University, which Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called the “textbook definition of a racist comment.”SPLC, an anti-hate organization, provided the Press with the Long Island complaints—both of which SPLC has is trying to corroborate. However, the Press has confirmed a third reported incident that occurred the day before Election Day. Long Island has a history of playing host to Nazi-sympathizers, most notably at Camp Siegfried in Yaphank during World War II, where thousands openly glorified Nazism and paraded down streets named after Hitler and the mass-murder’s sinister cohorts.“When Jewish blood drips from the knife,” kids dressed in Hitler youth garb would sing, “then will the German people prosper.”KKK fliers popping up on Long Island is not a new phenomenon. Similar leaflets appeared in Westhampton Beach in July, and prior to that, in Wantagh and Rockville Centre.When pressed by 60 Minutes on Sunday during his first post-victory interview, Trump said he was “surprised” by the spate of hate incidents. In response, he told those attacking people to “Stop it.”“Since Donald Trump won the election we’ve seen an alarming number of hate-based incidents occur throughout the nation, some of which are no doubt stemming from Trump’s hate-filled campaign,” Heidi Beirich, director of SPLC’s Intelligence Project, said in a statement.On Friday, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Justice Department is investigating whether any of the recent incidents violate federal law.“We will continue to enforce our nation’s hate crimes laws to the fullest extent possible,” Lynch said in a statement. “We will continue to uphold our conviction that all men and women deserve to lead lives of safety and dignity.”center_img In that incident, a 17-year-old Manhasset High School student hurled the “N” word at a black student and allegedly threatened her with a photo of a gun, according to the complaint made to SPLC. The student was arrested three days later. A spokeswoman for the Nassau County District Attorney’s office declined to provide details of the altercations, but the charges—two counts of harassment, the first, based on “race/religion” and the second, “communicate a threat” via “phone/computer/mail”—match the description of the complaint. Manhasset School District Superintendent Charlie Cardillo has not responded to multiple requests for comment.Complaints of harassment and ethnically or racially motivated hate crimes across the country have put communities on edge, including in New York, where a swastika and the word “Trump” were spray-painted on a wall at SUNY Geneseo. Although only some of the incidents mention Trump or his surprise victory explicitly, the spate of verbal or physical attacks has evoked fears among minority groups that a segment of the population has been emboldened by Trump’s campaign rhetoric.As of Thursday, SPLC has received 437 complaints nationwide regarding hate incidents.The Anti-Defamation League is also monitoring hate crimes stemming from the election.“Sadly, the contentious tone from the 2016 election has translated into a moment of ripeness for the haters to deface properties across the country with some of the most unsettling anti-Semitic and racist imagery,” Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, said in a statement. “We must not let this troubling trend of hate define our society, which means that the onus is on our community leaders, religious clergy, elected officials and others to remain vigilant, report incidents when they surface, and make clear that this level of vitriol will not be tolerated.”In Patchogue on Thursday, residents found fliers on parked cars from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, featuring a drawing of a hooded-Klan’s member, bookended by the words: “Our Race Is Our Nation.” A Suffolk police spokeswoman said the Hate Crimes Unit concluded there was nothing criminal about the fliers.last_img read more

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first_imgRomanian oil company OMV Petrom has completed the removal of the Gloria platform from its production location in the Black Sea offshore Romania.Gloria platform; Source: OMV PetromOMV Petrom said it would decommission the Gloria offshore platform in the Black Sea back in May 2019 after the platform had reached the end of its economic lifetime limit following more than 40 years in service.In an update on Tuesday, November 19, OMV Petrom said that the Gloria platform was transported to Agigea harbor in Constanţa and that this was the first removal of an offshore production platform in Romania.The platform was used in oil and gas production operations in the Sinoe field in the shallow waters of the Black Sea.This marks the end of a 40-year-long history as a drilling and production platform in the Romanian Black Sea and the first decommissioning operation in Romania.“We will continue to operate the other six offshore production platforms, which provide over 16% of the Group’s production,” said Peter Zeilinger, member of OMV Petrom Executive Board responsible for Upstream.The production from the Sinoe field is currently suspended, and the wells remaining on the wellhead platform are preserved in safe conditions.OMV Petrom contracted GSP Offshore, a Romanian company, for the removal services. The solution consisted of reinstating the platform jacking system, positioning the Gloria platform on a cargo barge (GSP Big Foot2), and transporting it to the shore. OMV previously said that GSP would be paid 5 million euros for the removal work.The Gloria platform was the first offshore drilling platform in Romania. It was commissioned in 1976 and was built based on a license from Offshore Co., USA. In 1980, the Gloria platform completed drilling at Lebada 8 – which became the first commercial offshore hydrocarbon discovery in Romania.Between 1976 and 1986, Gloria operated as a drilling rig, drilling 17 wells with a total accumulated length of approx. 50,000 meters. Between 1987-1998, Gloria was used as a production platform for the first developed Romanian offshore field – Lebada East.Since 1998, the Gloria platform has been located in the Sinoe field, approximately 30 km from the shore, in a water depth of around 40 meters, and was used as a production platform. Its accumulated production over the last 20 years is equivalent to over 20 million car refuels and the energy for heating 170,000 homes.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.last_img read more

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs started off the season facing off against the Union County Patriots in the summer heat.The Bulldogs started off the scoring just 3 minutes into the match. Johnathan Lynch crossed the ball in and JJ Kuisel headed it in near post. The next goal came with 34.31 on the clock when Lynch took a corner kick and Dominic Butz finished off of a header. 33.46 JJ Kuisel sprinted in and tapped the ball past the keeper to Michael Ripperger for a shot into the net. 31.00 Ian Powers took a corner kick and Evan Vogelsang placed it past the keeper. 30.13 Gus Cooper played a ball down the center to Michael Ripperger who was able to dribble the ball in and score. Moments later the game came to a halt, when JJ misstepped and went down breaking his arm. The game continued after the ambulance took him for help. 2.41 The Patriot keeper came out of position after a distribution mistake and Oscar Camarena took advantage of a goal. 1.34 Kavin Saravanan played the ball into Zach Harmeyer who dribbled in and cut across the keeper then finished in the back of the net. First half ended 7-0.The second half opened with a goal at 35.07- Johnathan Lynch crossed in and Michael Ripperger volleyed in for the final goal of the match. The Bulldogs out possessed and defended the Patriots for the shut out in Nate Slavin’s first game as keeper returning from injury.Next game will be home against Rushville.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.last_img read more