Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Dec. 12

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDo we really need a review of flushing standards?The review of toilet flushing regulations demanded by President Trump because, 1) they were an Obama-era regulation and thus inherently flawed, and 2) that “people” are flushing their toilets “10 to 15 times as opposed to once,” is not based on reality. I’d like to know this: Have any official, credible and unbiased studies, or even a single such study, been submitted to support such bizarre, fictional claims?Even in the 60s and 70s, depending on the quality of toilet engineering, manufacture and local water supply, reasonable people flushed more than once occasionally. When I first heard about the Obama administration’s proposed toilet waterflow regulations, I was skeptical whether they could be achieved without necessitating multiple flushes more often.The amount of water used by toilets and urinals in this country is truly mind-boggling. Water is life.Our species is truly insane to needlessly continue to “flush it down the toilet.” However, modern engineering, in my personal experience, has met the challenge.The last toilet I installed in my basement uses a fraction of the water used by my previous toilet and cost around $50. We will face increasing water shortages and higher water costs in the future unless we conserve it. For the sake of our survival, we should not abandon real achievements based on the behavior of some politician’s “imaginary friends.” Sensibly, my new basement toilet has two buttons, appropriately and sensitively labeled, the use of which I will leave to the reader’s imagination.Bruce PettitJohnstownSmart Cities preserve valuesUpper Union Street in Schenectady has what we consider a well-preserved mixed use/mixed occupancy community, with pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly sidewalks and streets. However, McDonald’s is proposing a project that includes the demolition of an existing long-term clothing store building, replacing it with additional parking and an additional drive-thru for its Dean and Union street location.This project is kitty-corner from a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru that has currently added to traffic congestion and standing vehicles on Dean and Union Street sidewalks, creating two hazardous pedestrian/bicycle obstacles. In addition, Bruegger’s bagels allows 4-car parking access across the street from what will potentially be the third curb opening for the proposed McDonald’s double-drive-thru project, which in our opinion tips the scale for this project in terms of pedestrian and traffic safety.Our understanding of Smart City growth is a plan that seeks to conserve historic streetscape buildings, preserve community customs and values, and not separate housing, business, recreation, education, industry and government. If Schenectady is seriously considering a plan to pursue a smarter, safer and more sustainable city, as was demonstrated at the Smart City open house, smart growth cities do not demolish buildings, replace them with parking lots and alter the streetscape to accommodate automobiles.This project will be presented at the City Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, Room 110. Now is your time to voice your concerns.Gary J. Lessard, P.E.Donna M. LessardSchenectadylast_img read more

Women’s basketball overcomes “bumps and bruises” to defeat DePaul

first_img Related Stories As seniors lead freshmen, underclassmen return favorGallery: Syracuse beats DePaul 84-80 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse women’s basketball puts down DePaul 84-8o Tuesday. The Orange hopes to take the momentum into their match-up with No. 3 UConn and continue to stay healthy into the weekend. Commentscenter_img Published on January 16, 2013 at 1:04 amlast_img

Lowry 12 off lead at Bridgestone Invitational

first_imgThe Offaly man, who won this tournament last year, is 6 over.William McGirt has a 3 shot lead on 6 under.last_img

Black figure skating duo first in Olympic history

first_imgMAKING HISTORY—France’s Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur perform their pairs free program during the figure skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Feb. 15. They are the first Black pairs skating team to compete in the Olympic Games. (NNPA)—Many viewers in the African-American community took an interest in the Winter Olympics to follow Black speed skater Shani Davis. But they had another reason to tune into the Winter Games this year. French pairs skaters Yannick Bonheur and Vanessa James made history on Feb. 21 when they became the first Black duo to participate in Olympic figure skating competition. The pair teamed up two years ago after Bonheur split up with his former skating partner, Marylin Pla. The 27-year-old athlete then placed an advertisement online for a replacement. According to the Canadian-born James, her aunt saw it and convinced her 22-year-old niece to team up with Bonheur.“It’s destiny and I’m very happy about it,” Bonheur told reporters. “There’s the grace and beauty of Vanessa and then my athleticism. And the fact that we’re both Black brings a pleasing visual harmony.”The pair traveled to the United States in August 2009 to train with famous Russian coach Sergei Zaitsev in Indianapolis. They earned their way to the Olympics by winning the French nationals, and now they’re ready to leave their mark on international history.“This is just the beginning. We want to make a name for ourselves so that they’ll remember us for next season,” Bonhuer told reporters. “We want to climb the ladder to show that Black skaters can stand on the podium.”last_img read more

BSE IPO Details you need to know about listing of Indias first

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Friday filed documents with capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for its upcoming initial public offering (IPO). Shareholders of the BSE will be partially selling their stake via the offer for sale (OFS) route for a sum in the range of Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 1,300 crore.The 141-year-old stock exchange — which is also Asia’s oldest and has about 9,000 shareholders — received the Sebi’s in-principle approval in March this year and shareholders’ nod at its annual general meeting held in June this year.The decision to file the IPO papers was taken by the BSE at its board meeting held on Wednesday, PTI reported.The pre-conditions of the OFS were conveyed to the shareholders two months ago.”You could participate in the IPO by selling your Equity Shares as part of the Offer for Sale and you can avoid the lock-in of your Equity Shares for one year from the date of allotment/transfer of Equity Shares in the IPO,” the BSE said in a communication on July 5 to its shareholders. “Furthermore, subject to applicable law, the total size of the IPO shall be up to 30%, of the post-IPO issued equity share capital of the Exchange,” it added.The National Stock Exchange (NSE) is also planning to list its shares on the exchanges. Highlights of BSE (extracted from its annual report for 2015-16):5,911 — number of companies listed on the exchange (equity and debt) as on March 31, 201611th — in the world in terms of number of trades12th — in the world in terms of market capitalisation13 subsidiary companies (direct and indirect), two joint ventures and one associate company In December 2015, the exchange signed an agreement with the India Bullion and Jewellers Association (IBJA) for setting up a spot bullion exchange, the first of its kind in India.9,007 — total number of shareholders of the exchange7,991 — number of shareholders who are individualsTop 10 shareholders include Deutsche Boerse AG, Singapore Exchange Limited, Caldwell India Holdings Inc., Atticus Mauritius Limited and Acacia Banyan Partners Limited, LIC, SBI and Bajaj Holdings.last_img read more

Senate GOP Health Bill Seeks To Hobble Obama Law Full text of

first_imgRead the full text of H.R. 1628, “American Health Care Act of 2017,” below: Share AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellThe Latest on Senate Republicans’ health care bill (all times local):11:35 a.m.Democrats are roundly criticizing the Republican plan to scrap the Obama health care law.Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the Senate floor Thursday moments after the GOP’s 142-page discussion draft was posted online. Republicans had been briefed on the plan behind closed doors.Schumer says, “We live in the wealthiest country on earth. Surely we can do better than what the Republican health care bill promises.”House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assails the GOP bill as a tax break for wealthy Americans. The bill would eliminate the requirement that Americans buy insurance or face a tax penalty.___11:20 a.m.President Donald Trump is expressing hope that the Senate will pass a health care plan “with heart” following the release of a Republican plan to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health law.Trump says at the start of a White House event on technology he is hopeful Congress will get something done on health care “with heart.”The president spoke shortly after Senate Republicans released a 142-page draft of their bill to get rid of much of the Obamacare law.The bill faces broad opposition from Democrats. But Trump says that Republicans would love to have Democratic support.___11:18 a.m.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is praising the Republican plan to scuttle the Obama health care law, arguing it’s the right alternative to a “failed” Obamacare.Moments after the 142-page discussion draft was unveiled, McConnell spoke on the Senate floor, renewing his criticism of the seven-year-old law.He outlined the GOP plan that would cut Medicaid, slash taxes and waive the requirement that Americans purchase health insurance.Senate Republicans had been briefed on the plan earlier Thursday.Emerging from the session, McConnell did not answer when asked if he has the votes to pass the GOP proposal. A vote would occur next week after budget analysts assess the package.___10:56 a.m.Senate Republicans have released a 142-page draft of their bill to eliminate much of the Obama health care law.The measure would cut and revamp Medicaid, the health care program for lower-income and disabled people.It would repeal tax increases Obama’s law imposed on higher-income people and medical industry companies to pay for expanded coverage. And it would end the tax penalty Obama’s statute imposes on people who don’t buy insurance — in effect, ending the so-called individual mandate.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate next week. But its fate remains uncertain.It faces uniform Democratic opposition. And at least a half-dozen Republicans — both conservatives and moderates — have complained about it.___10:20 a.m.Senate Republicans are holding a private meeting to hear from leaders about their long-awaited plan for eliminating much of President Barack Obama’s health law.Lobbyists and congressional aides say the Senate bill would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and rescind tax increases that Obama imposed to help pay for his law’s expansion of coverage.Republicans plan to make their plan public later Thursday.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell developed the bill behind closed doors. The measure represents his attempt to satisfy GOP moderates and conservatives who’ve complained about the measure.McConnell hopes to push the measure through the Senate next week. But it remains unclear whether he will have enough votes.___3:50 a.m.Senate Republican leaders are ready to release their plan for rolling back much of President Barack Obama’s health care law.Congressional aides and lobbyists say it would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase tax increases Obama imposed to help expand coverage.The Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is unveiling the measure after weeks of closed-door meetings that angered Democrats and some Republicans.It represents the Kentucky senator’s attempt to quell criticism by party moderates and conservatives and win the support he needs in a vote he hopes to hold next week.The measure would drop the House’s waivers allowing states to let insurers boost premiums on some people with medical conditions.The sources are describing the bill on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to make the disclosures.last_img read more

From Buff Stadium to The World Series A Look Back at Houstons

first_imgballparksofbaseball.comColt Stadium, the home of Houston’s first Major League team, the Colt .45’s. Listen 00:00 /19:35 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img Share The Astros return host Game 3 of the American League Championship Series today with the series tied 1-1. As the Astros strive to defend their first-ever championship, you could argue that we’re currently living in the golden age of Houston baseball. And while this is a great time to be a baseball fan in this city, Houston has had a rich history with the game, as we discussed earlier this year with Houston historian Mike Vance.He’s written two books on the early days of Houston baseball – Houston Baseball: The Early Years 1861-1961 and Houston’s Sporting Life: 1900-1950.In the audio above, we revisit our conversation with him from July of 2018 about the Buffaloes, the Colt .45s, and the city’s love of Dizzy Dean.last_img read more

Opportunity 100000 Innovation into Action Challenge

first_imgThe Innovation into Action Challenge is open to entrepreneurs and small organizations worldwide. Advertisement The US Global Development Lab, DAI, the Innovation Program of Montgomery County, Maryland, and Global Accelerator Network have partnered to create the Innovation into Action Challenge to move development innovations and innovators from prototype to real-world application.The Innovation into Action Challenge is open to entrepreneurs and small organizations worldwide to help them access donor-funded projects and critical support services in the following focus areas:Governance and Services: Fostering dialogue between governments and citizens.Workforce Development: Equipping young people with skills and ways to connect to the labor market.Data Analytics: Improving monitoring, service delivery, and impact of projects related to health, education, energy, water, and sanitation.Knowledge Management: Facilitating learning and collaboration among development partners.Climate Adaptation: Helping monitor and respond to changes in the environment.Agriculture: Improve and secure food production and distribution.Applications are due by February 29th, and three winners will receive a tailored package of support designed to accelerate their innovation’s deployment in the field, including $20,000 in funding, mentoring to refine the product or service, and matchmaking with one of DAI’s projects.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Download our PC Tech Android App and keep updated on the move.last_img read more