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  • Three Wise Women a better alternative

    first_imgIn recognition of women finding their voices and the holiday season, I submit this thought:Three Wise Women would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, brought practical gifts and there would be peace on Earth.Suzanne SchuffertScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: 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, Opinionlast_img

  • Rotterdam shuttles to handle 1m TEU/year

    first_imgIF ROTTERDAM has become the focal point for chartered intermodal shuttle trains around which the European Union’s first Freightways are to be constructed, NS Cargo has been a willing and enthusiastic partner in ironing out the obstacles.Bas C van Nes, NS Cargo’s Director, Combined Transport, says that ’rail’s share of containers moving through the port has grown from 10% to 16% in the last five years, and is expected to top 20% when the Betuwe line is completed around 2005 (RG 7.96 p428). Given that the total number of containers passing through Rotterdam is growing at 6% a year, this means that by 2005 more than 1 million TEU/year will be handled by the two existing intermodal rail terminals, plus a new one which is expected to open in around 2000.’It is a measure of the sheer scale of the Europoort docks lining the south bank of the River Maas between the city of Rotterdam and the North Sea that the existing rail terminals are 40 km apart. Nearest to the city is RSC Rotterdam, which opened in 1994 and is operated by Rail Service Center Rotterdam BV. At the far extremity of the port, on reclaimed land that was open sea 15 years ago, is the Delta Terminal operated by Europe Combined Terminals BV which services the expanding Maasvlakte docks complex. The Delta Terminal became operational in 1984.Both terminals have four parallel tracks under the cranes where trains up to 700m long can be loaded. The normal length is 30 to 40 wagons, each with space for 60ft of containers; a typical train conveys 60 TEU. Delta Terminal handles about 60% of Rotterdam’s intermodal rail movements, and on a typical weekday it despatches about 20 trains to destinations as far away as Malazewicze on the Polish frontier with Belarus. Last year 248 000 TEU were transferred by the two gantry cranes, all of which were deep sea boxes. Transfer between the quays, where ships carrying up to 8000 TEU can now berth, and the rail terminal is by multi-trailer road trains carrying 10 TEU.About 60% of the 20 daily trains serving Delta call in at RSC to off-load some boxes, and then call again on the way out to collect the second part of their intermodal cargo. Being in the older part of the port, RSC is a smaller site of 11Ha, with stacking space limited to 1000TEU.Ton Meyerink, RSC Operations Manager, explains that ’we typically handle 20 trains in and out, three-quarters of them calling on the way to or from Delta Terminal to discharge or pick up loads. But unlike Delta, RSC handles continental traffic as well as containers coming off ships plying North Sea routes, so we are equipped to handle swap bodies and piggyback trailers. In addition, RSC handles all of the dangerous cargo for which rail is preferred because it is safer then the roads.’As the freight arm of Netherlands Railways, NS Cargo’s role is to operate all of the trains, many of which are chartered shuttles. As van Nes points out, ’NS Cargo is itself a partner in NDX and other intermodal operators such as ERS and Optimodal Trailstar which are actually running shuttles out of Rotterdam today.’Although no date has been set, NS Cargo will soon face competition from open access freight operators under EU Directive 91/440; van Nes says ’two companies have been licensed to carry freight, including Lovers Rail, but I would be surprised to see a start-up this year. Without a base load, it is difficult to be profitable when your trains are only running two or three days a week.’Intermodal is vitally important to NS Cargo, accounting for 6 million out of the 21 million tonnes hauled in 1996. More than 70% of this intermodal tonnage moved across the German or Belgian frontiers.NS Cargo still acts on behalf of the eight shuttle operators working trains out of Rotterdam in terms of providing locomotives and crews, plus wagons if required, and negotiates with the other state railways for traction, timetable paths and tariffs. While the Germans use tariffs to favour Hamburg, van Nes says DB is ’coming to terms with the new competitive environment … I see positive signs of a change in attitude here.’France is a different matter since ’apart from Lille and Metz, no shuttle services are able to run on SNCF tracks’ – van Nes attributes this isolationism to shuttles out of Rotterdam ’being seen by the French as a threat to Le Havre and Fos.’Port Railway upgradingNS Cargo also represents the interests of freight train operators in developing infrastructure to handle the massive expansion of intermodal throughput that is coming. To connect properly with the Betuwe line at Kijfhoek marshalling yard alongside the trunk line between Rotterdam and Dordrecht, the 48 km Port Railway is to be heavily upgraded and electrified at 25 kV 50Hz.By 2010, the Port Railway is expected to be carrying over 300 trains a day of which about half will be intermodal; there are, of course, numerous connections into docks handling bulk cargoes. Around 70% of the Port Railway, which was opened in late 1960s to serve the Maasvlakte reclamation, is only single track, and this must be doubled. Additionally, the 3 km Botlek tunnel has replaced the busiest of the four lifting bridges over navigable waterways, which was already creating an operational bottleneck. The total cost of the Port Railway upgrading is put at 1·1bn guilders.At the far end, there are plans for a third major intermodal terminal with up to 20 parallel tracks under the cranes. This will not be far from the Delta Terminal, and may even replace it. Stacking will be remote from the new terminal, and containers will be brought in for loading at exactly the time needed in a precisely controlled operation. oCAPTION: Bas C van Nes, NS Cargo’s Director, Combined Transport, is in the front line as Europe’s biggest container port prepares to put a higher proportion of boxes on railCAPTION: Two established intermodal terminals are to be supplemented by a third highly-automated facility with up to 20 parallel tracks served by an electrified, double-track railway with a key lifting bridge replaced by a tunnellast_img read more

  • UK leader promises M&A veto for Pensions Regulator

    first_imgUK prime minister Theresa May has promised to give the country’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) the power to veto mergers or acquisitions if they threaten the solvency of a connected pension scheme.In a press release on the ruling Conservative Party’s website, the party said that “any company pursuing a merger or acquisition valued over a certain amount or with over a certain number of members in the pension scheme would have to notify the Pensions Regulator, who could then apply certain conditions”.“In short we will tighten the rules on pensions during takeovers, and increase punishments for those caught mismanaging schemes,” the statement said.May recently called a general election for 8 June this year, and the UK’s political parties have already begun their respective campaigns. Today’s statement reflected proposals from the Work and Pensions Committee – an influential cross-party group of politicians from the UK’s lower house – published at the end of last year, following feedback from TPR.Pensions minister Richard Harrington subsequently addressed the idea of expanding TPR’s powers as part of a consultation on reform of the defined benefit system.The regulator’s powers were called into question last year during its investigation of the BHS pension scheme. The UK high street chain was sold in 2015 for £1 by the Arcadia group, owned by Sir Philip Green, while the scheme was left with a shortfall of more than £500m (€592m). Sir Philip subsequently struck a deal with TPR to contribute up to £363m to the restructuring effort for the pension scheme.The Conservative Party’s statement said: “In recent years, the employees of large, household-name companies have found their pensions put at risk by the irresponsible behaviour of their bosses. But responsible companies managing their pension scheme in the right way have found their competitive position suffer from that same behaviour.”The party added: “In cases where there is no credible plan in place and no willingness to ensure the solvency of the scheme, the Pensions Regulator could be given new powers to block a takeover. This would include the power to issue punitive fines for those found to have willfully left a scheme under-resourced.“If fines proved insufficient, the company directors in question could be struck off for a period of time and a new offence could be introduced to make it a criminal act for a company board to intentionally or recklessly put at risk the ability of a pension scheme to meet its obligations.”last_img read more

  • PHOTO: Jan De Nul Wraps Up Race Bank Export Cable Installation

    first_imgJan De Nul Group has completed the installation and burial of the export cables for DONG Energy’s Race Bank offshore wind farm in the United Kingdom. Jan De Nul installed two export cables of 70 km and linked the two offshore substations with an interconnector of 6 km.To execute the nearshore works in the Wash, Jan De Nul developed and built the low ground pressure cable installation and burial tools Sunfish and Moonfish.Both machines were deployed from Jan De Nul’s cable installation barge DN120. Offshore cable installation vessel Isaac Newton played a key role in the cable installation and jointing works as well as in the cable burial works with onboard trencher UTV1200 across the shallow Docking Shoals.David Summers senior project director for DONG Energy said, “Race Bank has challenging seabed conditions along the offshore export route and the cable installation was identified as one of the key risks to project success. Jan De Nul rose to the challenge applying their considerable engineering capability to the problems, especially in the nearshore. They have done a done a really great job.”last_img read more

  • Franklin County Sheriff: Arrest Numbers Up In August

    first_imgBROOKVILLE – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department released the monthly activity report for August.Last month, deputies increased drunk-driving enforcement efforts which led to eleven arrests in August for suspicion of intoxicated driving.Additionally, there were ten charges for drug-related activity and a total of 77 arrests made last month.There were 47 arrests made in July.Deputies had 15 percent fewer calls for service last month, with the agency receiving 755 calls compared with 891 in August 2013.There was an average of 50 prisoners housed in the jail throughout the month of July and there were 121 civil process papers served.last_img

  • Today is a Beat the Peak day for SEI REMC

    first_imgVersailles, IN —South Eastern Indiana REMC would like to remind customers that today is a “Beat the Peak” day from 5 to 8 pm.  Beat the Peak is a voluntary program of Southeastern Indiana REMC designed to encourage members to reduce their energy usage during peak demand periods. You will not see a credit on your bill for conserving energy nor will you be charged more for power if you do not conserve. This is a voluntary program, which benefits all Co-op members.Currently, 66% of the REMCs operating cost is for the wholesale power we purchase from Hoosier Energy. If we all work together to help reduce the demand during peak times, we can reduce the REMC’s power costs. Because Southeastern Indiana REMC is a not-for-profit utility, those savings are passed on to you in the form of affordable rates.Peak demand periods occur when the demand for electricity is the highest – weekdays June-August, 5-8 p.m. and December-February, 7-10 a.m. and 6-9 p.m. During these peak periods, the co-op is charged a higher cost from our power supplier, Hoosier Energy. If we can all work together to reduce the demand, we can reduce the REMC’s power costs and minimize increases you may receive on your bill.How the “Beat the Peak” program works:Members need to Text #BeatThePeak to 22300 to opt-in to receive text only alerts or subscribe to receive notifications via phone, email, and text. SEIREMC will send a text message” BEAT THE PEAK ALERT” to notify members of the date and time of the anticipated peak period. Members, in turn, reduce energy consumption during the peak period.last_img read more

  • Team leader Nixon looking to finish UW career strong

    first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoHe might not be putting up eye-popping stats each night. He probably wouldn’t be considered the face of Wisconsin basketball in any shape or form.But Ray Nixon represents what every coach craves; a selfless leader who simply knows how to win.”I just think he’s the ultimate team player. He does whatever needs to be done to win,” said UW assistant coach Gary Close. “He’s been a part of some terrific basketball teams that have won a lot of games, have won championships, and what better way to be remembered [than] as a part of a winning organization.”In a season with many ups and downs, Nixon has been — as the Badgers’ lone senior — awarded the label of experienced leader who can be looked at for guidance on the court.With guys like forward Alando Tucker and guard Kammron Taylor, a pair of Badgers putting up at least 15 points a game, Nixon has not been responsible as a primary ball-handler or frequent shot-taker.Yet according to Close, this fits the senior guard just fine.”If you’re a selfish kind of player or if you’re out for yourself, than that might bother you,” Close said. “But he knows that, hey, Alando’s got this role and Kammron’s got that role, and this is his role. This is the way he can help the team be successful, and that’s what he does.”While there’s not much to write home about with this season’s statistics — Nixon is averaging 6.1 points, as well as 1.6 rebounds and assists each — he has been a durable, reliable guard who can shoot the 3-ball with consistency and has the ability to offensively explode from time to time.”I’ve tried to be more aggressive,” Nixon said. “Our team has been struggling a little bit lately, so it’s a necessity for guys to step up now; I’ve figured out how to take on that role.”Nixon has certainly paid his dues prior to this year, in which he’s started all of Wisconsin’s 24 games so far. Following a freshman year in which he played in 17 games, Nixon saw over 11 minutes per game in 64 contests over the next two seasons as the first option off the bench for head coach Bo Ryan.”[As] a starter, I get more time to be on the court, where I can produce more for the team,” Nixon said. “I get the change to make more positive things happen.”UW’s 72-43 victory over Penn State marked Nixon’s 100th career game, a testament both to Ryan’s trust in the senior and to his stellar conditioning.”He’s waited for his time to play more extended minutes, patiently, and without any qualms, so to speak, and that’s character,” Close said. “Those are the kind of guys you like being around and coaching.”One of the bright sides of Wisconsin’s recent struggles has been watching Nixon grow into a greater offensive threat over the past month. Since Jan. 14, Nixon has scored 13 or more points four times in nine games, compared to hitting the double-digit mark just twice in his previous 15 games.”That’s what you like to see in your seniors, seeing them step up and improve and make some plays,” Close said. “Hopefully that will continue, and it wouldn’t surprise me.”Close added that Nixon has maintained his status on the squad as the ultimate team player, even with his recent scoring success.”He’s doing that within the framework of what we’re trying to do, he’s not going outside of what we’re trying to do, and that gets back to his unselfishness,” Close said. “I think that’s his real character strength, he just wants to win.”While it might be a stretch to consider him a realistic NBA draft pick for the 2006-07 campaign, Nixon says he isn’t worried about the future, and won’t be until his job as a Badger has ended.”I’m just thinking about finishing the rest of the season,” he said. “If all that stuff comes afterward, then hopefully it will be something good, but I don’t look that far ahead.”While he didn’t spell out any specific goals, Nixon said there is still much to be accomplished as UW heads into the homestretch of his final college season.”It’s still a race right now, any team [in the Big Ten] can win on any given day, so we just need to keep that style as a team and not as individuals, and I think we can go far.”last_img read more

  • Cotton, Providence’s miserable shooting performances feed ugly loss to Syracuse

    first_imgFrom the second seat on the Providence bench, Bryce Cotton gazed dejectedly onto the court, where the final seconds of a hopeless game melted away.He closed his eyes. He shook his head. He opened his eyes. His head kept shaking.Hard as he tried, Cotton failed to rid himself of the sickly feeling that accompanies unmet expectations. The Big East’s leading scorer managed just 10 points after pouring in 24 against Syracuse more than a month earlier.“That’s as bad as we’ve played all year,” said Providence head coach Ed Cooley.Cotton’s struggles embodied those of his team in a sickening 84-59 loss to No. 8 Syracuse that featured a 27-point halftime deficit and a miserable collective shooting effort. The Friars peppered the court with open shots gone awry, wasting good ball movement in the process, and suffered their most lopsided loss of the season after shooting 34.8 percent from the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThey left easy points on the board from both inside the 3-point arc and beyond it, exiting the Carrier Dome with a performance Cooley said taught his players to “burn the tape and keep moving.”Things looked grim for Providence from the game’s opening possession. Vincent Council sliced into the defense and dropped a perfect bounce pass to his teammate Kadeem Batts, only to watch him bungle a point-blank layup.And that was just the start.The Friars missed 12 out of 14 shots to close out the first half, falling helplessly behind as Syracuse surged in the opposite direction. A game that was tied 12-12 became a 27-point laugher, as Providence repeatedly misfired while the Orange just couldn’t miss.“In the first half, they got four open shots and they missed them,” Boeheim said. “We got four and we made them. That’s 12-0. It could have been the other way and it would have been a different game. We were a little bit fortunate that they missed some easy shots.”Adding to the Friars’ frustration was the schism between their quality of play on Wednesday and on Jan. 9 in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Providence shot 50 percent from 3-point range in a single-digit loss to Syracuse last month, fueled by a “scorching” start from Cotton, as Michael Carter-Williams put it, who finished with 24 points on 7-for-10 shooting.But Cotton missed two days of practice leading up to Wednesday’s game, and the shots that typically fall for the player averaging 20.4 points per game suddenly would not. His first shot of the game clanged off of the back iron from behind the 3-point line in the left corner, and his only points of the first half came on a beautiful layup in transition set up by a diagonal bounce pass from Council.That was as pretty as it got for Cotton and the Friars in a game they will soon want to forget.“We always had a hand in his face,” Syracuse guard Brandon Triche said. “He might have had the same shots, but it was not in the rhythm of the game.”Cotton’s teammates — a group Triche said consists of only a few “actual scorers” — were unable to pick up the slack. So, by the time Cotton finally hit a 3-pointer two minutes into the second half, his team trailed by 25. And by the time he hit another, the margin was the same with 3:24 remaining.“We wanted to make sure we didn’t give him open looks,” Boeheim said. “And we did a good job with him.”Cooley took him out with 1:10 remaining, and a slow jog toward that second seat on the bench began. The frustration of a sluggish performance weighed on Cotton, especially as he crossed midcourt, where three more Syracuse walk-ons prepared to take the floor.The starters for both teams finished the game seated on the bench. But for very different reasons.“They played a really good game, and we played a really bad game,” Cooley said. “The combination turned out to this result.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 21, 2013 at 12:43 am Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Related Stories ‘BRING ON GEORGETOWN’: Syracuse routs Providence 84-59 ahead of rivalry matchup with HoyasGallery: Syracuse beats Providence 84-59last_img read more

  • USC football, men’s water polo pause workouts after positive coronavirus tests

    first_imgAll USC athletic workouts have been conducted outdoors and without contact, in accordance with Pac-12 and public health guidelines. Testing conducted between July 18 and Aug. 21 yielded one positive coronavirus case among 654 tests of student-athletes taking part in on-campus workouts as part of USC’s three-phase return-to-campus plan for football, soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s water polo and men’s and women’s basketball. USC football players practice last October. Workouts were halted this week due to positive coronavirus tests. (Daily Trojan file photo) “We have effective mitigation strategies in place,” Athletic Director Mike Bohn said, adding that workouts are being halted “out of an abundance of caution.” USC’s football and men’s water polo teams will halt their workouts until at least Monday after eight student-athletes between the two sports tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a Wednesday USC Athletics press release.  All eight student-athletes who tested positive are currently isolated. Athletes in the two affected sports will be tested again this week. Contact tracing suggests that the virus did not come from athletic activities but rather from off campus amid a recent increase of coronavirus cases in the USC community. Forty-three off-campus students have tested positive for the virus, in addition to three in on-campus housing. There had been no positive tests in the last three weeks prior to the Wednesday announcement.last_img read more

  • How ‘D’ SU Tailgate Party became one of Skytop’s largest tailgates

    first_img Published on September 17, 2019 at 2:03 am Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrew The bologna was burning. As Syracuse fans strolled into the “D” SU Tailgate Party zone, John DeMetro Sr. turned toward the grill and sensed it, too. His son, John DeMetro II, flipped over every slice and tried to salvage what he could, but they had blackened too much.“Uh oh, Johnny,” DeMetro Sr. called out.“Yeah, I’m gonna do a new round,” DeMetro II said.He swiped all 12 patties off with a New York Giants spatula, grabbed another handful and lined them up. Bologna is the instrumental part of the Skytop Sandwich — which also includes coleslaw and french fries — that they first attempted before SU’s 2015 loss to then-No. 25 Pitt. And last Saturday, they had a record number of tailgaters to feed.For the past five years, DeMetro Sr. has gradually developed one of the largest tailgates in the Skytop parking lot on Syracuse University’s South Campus. Many times, he’ll arrive at 6 a.m. to set up, but for the Clemson game last Saturday, he arrived the night before and slept over in a trailer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis youngest son, Kyle DeMetro, joined the operation in 2016, and the trio formed an unofficially-combined tailgate around two years ago. Together, they’ve transformed a blue Ozark Trail canopy and two chairs into a racing trailer and tailgate that attracts even Syracuse football parents seeking a relaxed environment on game days.“You come up here and there’s not a lot of conversation around your son: how well he played, how well he didn’t,” Kevin Coleman, father of senior defensive lineman Kendall, said. “We just want to hang out with some fans and be friends and have some fun.”Will Fudge | Contributing PhotographerThe DeMetros estimate that between 150 to 200 fans enjoyed their Caribbean cookout and Skytop Sandwiches on Saturday, before Clemson handed SU a 41-6 loss in front of a sold-out crowd. Once the bologna is done, two slices of Italian bread are stuffed with meat, coleslaw and hand-cut fries. Fans can stop there, or continue inside a silver racing trailer, where tables are lined with various chips, dip and dishes brought by other tailgaters free of charge.For the other nine months of the year, Kyle uses that trailer for dirt modified racing, a hobby of his for the past eight years. On the upper corner of the trailer, his engraved signature and the block number “15” signifies its other job. Kyle traveled to the Brewerton Speedway in Fulton, New York and couldn’t come to some SU games in the past because of it. If he did, they’d tailgate on Saturday, unpack it all Sunday for Kyle’s night race and then load it all up for the next SU home game. But this year, he blew out his car’s engine so there won’t be any overlapping.DeMetro II — who lives in Connecticut, three and a half hours away from DeMetro Sr. and Kyle in Utica — drives north on Friday nights to help his dad set up the next morning, often arriving six hours before game-time to prep. For the Clemson game, however, DeMetro Sr. figured the crowd would be one of the largest yet. He drove up Friday night and slept inside the trailer on a reclining, metal yard chair without the cushions.Early Saturday morning, he lugged the equipment out and began to piece together the staple scene in the Skytop lot. The green entrance mat with a football field printed on it. The beer cooler consisting of SU players’ numbers so parents can write their son’s name underneath. Over the years, the tailgate has become so popular that the DeMetros set up two canopies instead of one. “We thought it would maybe dwindle down, especially when some of the parents’ players graduated,” Kyle said. “But it seems like they’re telling freshmen parents and their friends.”The three recalled that their first tailgate in 2015 was small, and they served meatballs. From there, DeMetro II ran a Twitter account and DeMetro Sr. handled a private Facebook group — used for the privacy of the SU football parents — to promote the event. The DeMetro motto: As long as you’re a Syracuse fan, you’re welcome.“Some of the old times before we had the trailer, it was so cold we had tarps around canopies, taped together, bungee-corded together,” DeMetro Sr. said.Since the tailgate merger two years ago, the menus have become increasingly exotic. Saturday was Caribbean. Next week, it’s seafood boil with crab legs. Then, steaks. Many of the other DeMetro dishes have names inspired by current and former SU players — like Coleman’s Catch of the Day — a tribute to the players they’ve gathered to watch for five years.Will Fudge | Contributing PhotographerAs Saturday afternoon passed 3 p.m., the scent of Skytop Sandwiches filled the air and a roasted pig was flipped to crisp the skin. DeMetro II rattled off the names of dishes as he stood by the grill. If he ran out of fries, there’d be a whole bag of potatoes ready to slice. More bread was in the trailer. He had enough supplies to get through the afternoon, even as people continually filed in.Many who return are regulars, but some, like parents of football freshmen, came for the first time. They grabbed a six-pack of beer, wandered around and joined the parent’s list with the DeVitos, Colemans, Blacks, Heckels and more.“It’s been a lot of fun,” DeMetro II said, pausing to flip bologna slices on the grill. “We never thought we’d have…”He trailed off and swung his eyes left. A small line had formed, and two people called out for a pair of Skytop Sandwiches.“All right,” DeMetro II shouted back, “I’m just waiting for the fries.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more