Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Feb. 8

first_imgReasons for leaving state are obviousSen. Jim Tedisco and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara are interested in finding out why so many New Yorkers are leaving.Why bother with a survey or forming committees to find the causes?Rather, step back, look at the overall picture and use some common sense.The reasons are obvious-high taxes, loads of regulations, out-of-control spending on social benefit programs and education that produces disappointing results at best. So, in summary, what we have are the people that are filling the money pot leaving and those taking from the money pot staying.Common sense tells us that if spending, taxes and regulations are not reined in quickly, the money pot will soon be empty.Will the last person to leave turn the lights off.Gerald DeAngelusSchenectadyBloomberg is best chance to beat TrumpLike many people, I initially dismissed the idea of just another rich white guy entering the presidential race.However, in the meantime, it has become crystal clear that the Trump dictatorship has got to be defeated if we have any hope of saving the Constitution, the environment and the America the world used to admire.My sister posted a link to mikebloomberg.com and I was amazed at how many of his intelligent proposals aligned with my thinking.Is Bloomberg the perfect candidate? Of course not; there isn’t one.The bottom line is he can win, even if he becomes only a transitional, pivotal historical chess piece that can end the chaos and restore common sense, truth and dignity to our leadership.Trump both hates and fears Mike Bloomberg. Enough said.Virginia NewtonBurnt HillsDemocrats prove they’re unfit to leadI would like to thank the Democratic Party for proving to each and every American why they cannot be trusted to lead, run, facilitate, be in charge of or have the responsibility of taking control of our money to equally distribute. How did they prove that? They can’t even facilitate their own caucus. They are the ones hiding in the shadows, using progressive companies that are back by powerful Democrats.If nothing else that the ‘do nothing’ Democrats have done or not done so far does not shake you, this should.Denise CrisciScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right way Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBeware of Stefanik and Trump policiesIt is apparent that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (with the blessings of her dark lord) enjoys roiling in the sewage of lies and falsehoods.Beware of a person who received money from Pharma and votes on your health care.Beware of a silvery tongued harpy shrill that gleefully caters to the self-interests of the wealthy and connected.Beware of someone with presidential aspirations that endorses on national TV that breaking the law is OK for elected officials.Beware of the philosophy of right wing white nationalist, climate-change deniers, racists, war mongers, isolationist, xenophobic  haters of equally applied law.These are the tenets of President Trump and his religious sect that is the present Republican Party.There is nothing in their world ideology that protects those who are not them.Beware of the hypocrisy of a representative who exploits veterans by pinning medals on them while doing nothing for their health or their families’ health.Their mantra is: I got mine…You get yours. Exactly the same thing Cain said to God:” Am I my brother’s keeper?” Apparently not to Elise and her ilk.Robert JewellMorrisonvilleNew Yorkers need a right to fix productsWe agree with your Jan. 28 editorial; New Yorkers want the right to repair their electronics.The typical American household has 24 electronic devices, like cell phones, laptops, desktop computers and gaming consoles. In 2020, U.S. consumers will spend more than $150 billion buying electronic products. When they break, which they inevitably do, we’re forced to pay the manufacturer a lot for repairs, or more likely toss them and buy a new one.This lack of choice means that New Yorkers spend more than we need to on costly repairs or replacements. And we create a lot of toxic electronic waste that ends up in landfills and incinerators or shipped to poor countries for “recycling.”But New Yorkers prefer to fix their electronics. A study released by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) shows that 4.3 million unique visitors from New York went to the do-it-yourself website iFixit.com in 2018 to get information on how to fix things like cell phones and laptops.The problem is manufacturers don’t want to give up product information and parts to let consumers or local repair shops do the work, they want monopoly, not competition.Legislation sponsored by Senator Neil Breslin (S.6309) and Assembly member Donna Lupardo (A.7416-A) would break manufacturers’ stranglehold by requiring that they make available diagnostic equipment, repair information and spare parts for electronic devices on a fair basis. This will give consumers a choice, save them money and protect the environment.That’s a right we can all get behind and the right thing to do.Karen BedoyaAlbanyThe writer is a NYPIRG policy associate.last_img read more

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FCA’s Sergio Marchionne In Poor Health, Will Not Return To FCA

first_imgDuring the course of this past week, unexpected complications arose while FCA Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne was recovering from surgery. According to a report from FCA, Marchionne’s condition has worsened significantly in recent hours. As a consequence, Marchionne will be unable to return to work.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe board of directors of FCA, in a meeting today, expressed its sympathies to Marchionne and his family and underlined the extraordinary contribution, both human and professional, that he has made to the company in these years.Mike ManleyThe board resolved to accelerate the CEO transition process that has been proceeding over the past months and has named Mike Manley as CEO. The board will therefore propose to the next shareholder meeting, to be called in the coming days, that he be elected to the board and serve as an executive director of the company.In the meantime, in order to provide for his full authority and operational continuity for the company, the board has, with immediate effect, granted Manley all the powers of CEO. He also will assume responsibility for the NAFTA region.Manley and his management team will proceed with the implementation of the 2018-’22 business plan as presented on June 1 of this year, a plan that will further assure FCA’s strong and independent future, the company said.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibit

first_imgOn Saturday, March 9, Guild Hall in East Hampton held the private member reception for the opening of its “81st Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition.” Guild Hall curatorial assistant Casey Dalene was the organizer, and the installation was designed by museum director and chief curator Christina Strassfield. The guest juror, Jocelyn Miller, is the assistant curator at MoMA PS1. Over 400 works in all media competed for prize awards in nine categories. Sharelast_img

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Horizon Pulp & Paper sees high export demand

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Adjudicator’s fees and failure of consideration: Systech vs Harrington

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

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Making BIM work for existing buildings

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Georgia Ports Authority Selects Lynch as Chief Operating Officer

first_imgLynch has more than 20 years of terminal operations management experience in several East Coast locations. He comes to the GPA from Global Container Terminals, where most recently, he served as vice president managing design and implementation of the significant expansion of the Bayonne, N.J. terminal.Prior to joining Global Container Terminals, Lynch worked for Sea-Land, Inc and APM Terminals for a combined 16 years holding various positions during his tenure.As Chief Operating Officer, Lynch will be responsible for sustaining the profitable growth and development of GPA’s operations, while maintaining world-class operating standards.last_img

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PCN duo ships to the UK

first_imgThe shipment consisted of a Q1000 LARS jet trencher, as well as various accessories and parts. The consignment was first transported by road to the Polish Port of Gdynia, before being shipped to Portland in the UK.With a total weight of 240 tonnes, the cargo comprised several out-of-gauge units, which required extensive planning from 3p Logistics and Kentco Logistics. www.3plogistics.plwww.kentcologistics.comwww.projectcargonetwork.comwww.cargoequipmentexperts.comlast_img

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AAL in ship shape

first_imgThe yachts – the largest of which was 32 m long – were transported from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA) to Southampton (UK) and Antwerp (Belgium). The cargo covered an area of 2,500 m squared aboard the 31,000-dwt vessel.Marc Willim, general manager of AAL’s chartering department said: “38 yachts with an average length of 16 m on deck requires well-planned stowage engineering and lashing, a first-class crew and a very special ship.”He added: “At a time when the global shipping community is concerned about the ability of multipurpose carriers to deliver service and schedule integrity, this sailing examples AAL’s own boosted frequency through the USA.“In a boost to the region’s shippers, in June we have multiple multipurpose vessels calling US West Coast, Gulf and East Coast ports and ready to serve market needs.”Dave Holley, ceo of Peters & May, added: “Moving this many yachts in one go is always full of challenges and we are very careful which carrier we choose for such a voyage.”www.aalshipping.comwww.petersandmay.comlast_img read more

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Partner profits flat at Hogan Lovells

first_imgProfits per equity partner at international firm Hogan Lovells remained flat last year on a 6% increase in turnover, according to figures released today.In the year ending 31 December the firm’s revenue increased from $1.82bn (£1.45bn) in 2015 to $1.92bn (£1.53bn), a 5.7% increase. Profit per equity partner was $1.252m (£924,000) compared to $1.250m (£817,000) in 2015. Globally, this equated to a 0.2% rise. However, because of currency fluctuations, UK partners enjoyed a 13% rise.The firm said it pays in local currency but that fluctuations are ‘ironed out’. Measured in sterling, the firm’s overall revenue increased by 20% from £1.19bn in 2015 to £1.420bn in 2016.According to the firm, the ‘clear impact’ of currency exchange rates can be clearly seen. Had exchange rates remained constant, the firm says it would have seen an overall revenue increase of 7.9%.The firm used the average exchange rate of £1 = $1.36. For 2015 the exchange rate was £1 = $1.53.London and continental Europe accounted for 41% of the firm’s total billings.Across the firm’s five practice groups, corporate represented approximately 32% of total billings. Intellectual property media and technology accounted for 10% of overall revenue.Steve Immelt, Hogan Lovells chief executive, said: ‘2016 saw us deliver a solid performance and we achieved growth of 4.9% in our billable hours compared to 2015, reflecting good levels of demand in a relatively flat and uncertain market for legal services.’last_img read more

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