Singer/song-writer Lee Greenwood recorded so elegantly “God Bless the USA.”On my mind constantly are the veterans of this United States of America.So exquisite Lee Greenwood wrote the lyrics.The Stars and Stripes flying, the National Anthem playing, leave no void of what we so fortunately have and are responsible for preserving.When the world is evaluated, the United States of America, though not perfect, is the best in the world.Les HassanEsperanceMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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Atlantic Pumps Ltd. announced recently that a new multi-million pound marine aggregates dredger will include two of their built-up SlurryPro 6×4 centrifugal pumps.The CEMEX UK Marine dredger, which has recently been named ‘CEMEX Go Innovation’, is being built by the Dutch conglomerate Damen Shipyards Group.The vessel is the first in the next generation of environmentally designed dredgers and is designed to extract sand and gravel from the sea bed up to depths of 55 meters, including in the challenging conditions experienced in the North Sea.Atlantic Pumps’ Business Development Manager Ryan Hall commented, “Damen were particularly taken with the wear life achieved by SlurryPro pumps and the fact that Atlantic Pumps are the preferred pump supplier to CEMEX in the UK.”“Previous experience of supplying pumps to dredgers in the same application in the UK also allowed us to guide Damen in their choosing of the pumps” said Ryan. “SlurryPro pumps can be found on a number of dredgers in the UK including the Southampton-based vessel ‘Clarissa’ which is owned by Aggregate Industries and on a vessel owned by CEMEX UK Marine – also based in Southampton.”Talking about the inclusion of the two 6×4 SlurryPro pumps on the marine aggregates dredger, Atlantic Pumps’ Managing Director Andy Smith said “As CEMEX’s key pump partner in the UK it is fantastic to have been able to be part of one their largest investments of recent years. It is a demonstration of the benefits of our global reach and being able to support their ongoing needs – ensuring minimal downtime with our rapid spares backup.”The delivery of the ‘CEMEX Go Innovation’ has been scheduled for late 2019.
Stuff co.nz 24 August 2016Family First Comment: Some superb comments from someone who knows! People aren’t “crying out in pain from their deathbeds”, says a palliative care doctor against voluntary euthanasia.Amanda Landers, chair of The Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, told MPs on the first day of a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia that pain is “completely subjective”.“Sixty per cent of New Zealanders have chronic pain … I had a hip operation recently and I have hip pain right now and I’m pretty sure my teenagers suffered during their teens for about five years.”When questioned whether that was “unbearable pain” by National MP Jacqui Dean – Landers responded, “isn’t it?”Landers submission against giving people the choice to die is borne out of her own experience dealing with about 5000 deaths in palliative care throughout her career.“In my job I have a lot of people asking me about euthanasia. When they say that to me I say, you’re so brave but why do you want that?. We dig down … almost everybody changes their mind in my experience.”She said those who didn’t change their mind about wanting to end their life shouldn’t be given the option.Her comments were in direct contrast to those of Matt Vickers, husband of Lecretia Seales, who fought on her deathbed for the right to choose to die.Vickers asked that the inquiry “have an open mind” and consult with experts overseas.As for the submissions from organisations, such as Care Alliance and Family First, he said the “truth about end of life practices” wouldn’t be found there.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/83492246/matt-vickers-calls-on-mps-to-have-open-mind-about-euthanasia
On April 24, DOH Region 6 reportedthree patients who recovered from COVID-19 – a 44-year-old male from Jaro,Iloilo City (Patient No. 17); 66-year-old female from Kalibo, Aklan(Patient No. 24); and 40-year-old male from Kalibo, Aklan (patient No. 32). * 75-year-old male from BacolodCity (Patient No. 6) Here’s the breakdown of cases: * 52-year-old female from Pavia,Iloilo (Patient No. 38) Yesterday afternoon, however, DOHreported one more mortality from COVID-19 in the region – a 63-year-old malepatient from Roxas City, Capiz. * Iloilo province – 20 In Case Bulletin No. 30 released onApril 25, the 10 cases to have successfully beaten SARS-CoV-2, the virus thatcauses COVID-19, were the following: * Aklan – six * Bacolod City – nine * 31-year-old male from Zarraga,Iloilo (Patient No. 59) This brought to 24 the total number ofCOVID-19 patients who have overcome the disease in the region. All these patients tested negative forSARS-CoV-2 virus in their second and third tests, said Dr. Renilyn Reyes, headof DOH-6’s public health program development cluster. These four positive cases brought to62 the total number of COVID-19 cases inWestern Visayas. * 48-year-old male from Bacolod City(Patient No. 26) ILOILO City – Ten more personsdiagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recovered from the illness,the Department of Health (DOH) reported over the weekend – so far the largestnumber of patients to have recuperated from the viral disease in a single dayin Western Visayas. * 41-year-old male from Lambunao,Iloilo (Patient No. 28) * 65-year-old female from Bacolod City(Patient No. 62) This brought to nine the number of deathsdue to COVID-19 in the region. * Guimbaras – zero Themost common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Olderpeople, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure,heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness./PN * 50-year-old male from Pavia, Iloilo(Patient No. 37) * 69-year-old male from Pandan,Antique (Patient No. 61) Patient No. 41 died at The MedicalCity in Molo, Iloilo City on April 24. Somepatients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat ordiarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some peoplebecome infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. In COVID-19 Case Bulletin No. 31released yesterday, April 26, DOH-6 reported four new cases. These were thefollowing: They were placed on quarantine. LATESTCOVID-19 POSITIVE CASES * Antique – 11 Mostpeople (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing specialtreatment, according to the World Health Organization. * 25-year-old male from Roxas City,Capiz (Patient No. 33) * Capiz – five * 69-year-old male from Pandan,Antique (Patient No. 39) * Iloilo City – seven * 48-year-old male from Lambunao,Iloilo (Patient No. 30) * 39-year-old female from Lambunao,Iloilo (Patient No. 27) * 70-year-old female from Lambunao,Iloilo (Patient No. 29) * 56-year-old male from Pandan,Antique (Patient No. 60) * Negros Occidental – four
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launched an investigation on June 26 into cases of alleged sexual assault of three university students, making USC one of over twenty schools to come under scrutiny for its response to sexual violence.The investigation, which came after students filed a federal complaint on May 22, will seek to determine whether or not the university violated students’ civil rights under Title IX, a federal law against gender discrimination.Protest · Members of the Student Coalition Against Rape (SCAR) protest USC’s handling of rape allegations at the Campus Center. – Photo courtesy of Kyle Nicholson OCR guidelines state that all complaints must be filed within 180 calendar days of the alleged discrimination. In an email to the Daily Trojan, Title IX Coordinator and Office of Equity and Diversity Director Jody Shipper said that once a complaint is accepted, the OCR will work with the school to get information about the allegations before reaching a final conclusion.“We have always worked collaboratively with the Department of Education, and plan to do so in any future cases filed,” Shipper said.Sexual assault, as defined by section 11.53 of the SCAMPUS Student Guidebook, is “non consensual actual or attempted intercourse, sexual touching, fondling and/or groping.” The same classification is applied to rape when “vaginal, anal or oral penetration takes place without the consent of the person penetrated.” In both cases, SCAMPUS states that culpability is not diminished when the perpetrator is intoxicated or under the influence of illegal or controlled substances.In light of the launch of the federal investigation, students in the university’s Student Coalition Against Rape (SCAR) held a news conference on July 22 to publicly detail their complaints. The conference was led by 23-year-old Tucker Reed, a student who filed a sexual assault complaint last November before publicly naming her alleged rapist via her blog in March.“I blogged openly about the details of my rape and the university’s abuses,” Reed said at the conference, “and watched as my inbox filled with messages from fellow students who had experienced the same injustices and the same silencing.”SCAR Co-Founder and Title IX complainant Alexa Schwartz said that it was only until they came together that they realized they all shared the same grievances.“We are a group of survivors and allies who have seen a lot of wrongdoing in a particular department,” Schwartz said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “We don’t have a vendetta against USC as a whole, but in order to raise attention to this we had to do what we had to do because our voices weren’t being heard.”Schwartz said the goal isn’t to eliminate the university’s party culture, but rather to make it more safe.“This isn’t about taking away people’s fun. It’s about recognizing that if you’re not creating a safe environment for people, that’s not fun for anybody,” Schwartz said.The university released a statement July 22 confirming that it had been notified of the complaints of Title IX violations and the subsequent investigation by the OCR.“The university is strongly committed to upholding all aspects of Title IX,” Shipper said in the statement. “The opening of an investigation is an expected step in the process, and the OCR states that ‘opening the allegations for investigation in no way implies that OCR has made a determination with regard to their merits.”Four days later, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett issued a statement to the USC community reaffirming the university’s zero tolerance policy on issues of sexual misconduct.“In light of recent news stories about an inquiry by the OCR concerning the cases of three USC students, I am writing to underscore what our university does to protect our campus community in this realm,” Garrett said in a statement.Garrett also addressed inaccuracies in the media’s reporting.“There are not 100 students who have complained to the federal government about the process, as some have claimed,” Garrett said. “Instead, a student alleged that USC had not responded appropriately in 16 cases; the OCR accepted three of those cases for further investigation.”Comments allegedly made by a Dept. of Public Safety officer to Ariella Mostov, a senior majoring in writing for screen and television, also sparked media attention. According to a report by the Huffington Post, Mostov said that campus police dismissed her claims of rape because “her alleged assailant did not orgasm.”DPS Chief John Thomas dismissed the alleged comments, reaffirming that DPS takes all reports of sexual assault very seriously.“A student who filed a report of sexual assault with DPS alleged in the press that an officer made an extremely offensive comment and failed to follow proper protocol,” Thomas said in a statement issued July 26.Due to the ongoing investigation, both DPS and the Office of Equity and Diversity denied further comment. Follow Yasmeen Serhan on Twitter @YasmeenSerhan
The world’s highest-earning female athlete also faces a ban from the sport as a result of traces of meldonium being found in a sample given at the Australian Open.Tennis correspondent with BBC and BT sport Alistair Eakin says Sharapova has some more explaining to do.
Maria Sharapova is through to the third round of the U-S Open in New York.The Russian wildcard, who is playing in her first Grand Slam tournament since a 15 month doping ban, came from a set down to beat Hungary’s Timea Babos.Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both aim to reach the last-16 of the Men’s Singles today. The world number-one goes up against Japan’s Taro Daniel while 19-time Slam winner Federer faces Mikhail Youzhny in the second-round.
Share Karl EngströmNext generation betting app Kwiff has launched its first UK media campaign ‘It’s Perfectly Normal’ seeking to boost coverage of its ‘super charged’ odds services.The surreal campaign has been developed by London creative agency Droga5, who detailed to marketing news sources that it wanted to create a ‘new tone’ for betting adverts which face a number of messaging/promotional restrictions.Launched this week, Kwiff’s ‘It’s Perfectly Normal’ has been branded as the betting sector’s ‘strangest, yet most artistic advert of all time’.As creative lead Droga5 has been praised by marketing news sources Adweek and Campaignlive featuring Kwiff’s advert amongst this August’s best creative work.Karl Engström, CEO and Founder of Kwiff backed the campaign detailing that it was the perfect creative, for his company to announce itself to market.“For us, as a young company with big ambitions to disrupt a very competitive industry, we knew from the start that we needed to create not only an amazing product experience but also tell our story in a way that cuts through and makes people think,”“‘It’s perfectly normal. Until its kwiffed!’ truly tells our story about how we offer a product that delivers. But we add a magical twist, when you least expect it we might reward you with an almost abnormal experience of thrill.”Kwiff – It’s perfectly normal. Until it’s kwiffed. (FATHER & SON )Kwiff – It’s perfectly normal. Until it’s kwiffed. (BEDLAM – full) StumbleUpon Share Submit