Wind. Strong ocean breezes have been known to blow away tents. While it’s entertaining to watch others tear down the beach trying to retrieve a tent that’s halfway to Europe, your girlfriend might not be all that amused if it’s her tent. Bring long stakes that will penetrate deep into the sand and hold your tent in place. The wind can also make it difficult to light a stove. Bring a screen for cooking. Also bring pots with lids that fit well to keep your food from being especially crunchy. Biting Insects. Many beach campsites come with their own army to welcome you – armies of horseflies and mosquitoes. But swarms of biting insects don’t have to ruin your beach camping trip as long as you’re prepared. Many swear by heavy industrial strength DEET. Some super resilient beach bugs bite through clothing and tents. Consider buying repellent for nylon and cotton. Citronella torches work well around the campsite and burning sage in a campfire helps to repel bugs.Enjoy the surf!Mountain Mama Dear Mountain Mama,I love the outdoors; my girlfriend loves the beach. She’s never camped before, but I’ve talked her into going beach camping with me. Any tips to make beach camping more enjoyable?Thanks,Beach BumDear Beach Bum:There’s nothing more romantic than the ocean lulling you to sleep and watching the sunrise over the ocean the next morning. Your girlfriend is sure to fall in love with camping as long as you plan ahead for the elements. Beach camping requires the right gear to protect you from the sun, wind, sand, and biting insects.Sun. It sounds silly to say, but make sure to apply sunscreen fifteen minutes before getting to the campsite, even on cloudy days. Cover your feet, ears, and top of your head. Nothing ends the fun of beach camping faster than sleeping on sunburned skin. Most beach campgrounds have little to no natural shade and many find the sun unrelenting. Plan ahead and bring your own source of shade. A screened tent is a nice option, providing a reprieve from the sun and bugs. Sand. Speaking of sand, it gets everywhere when camping at the beach. I’ve never been accused of being a neat freak, and even I insist on bringing a small broom to sweep out the tent. Bringing a ground cover that’s bigger than the tent also provides a make-shift area for wiping the sand off feet before entering the tent. Keeping the tent sand-free goes a long way toward keeping the peace at the beach.
MELLON UNITED NATIONAL BANK in Miami recently helped fund an Equal Justice Works fellowship through The Florida Bar Foundation that represents low-income Haitian immigrant women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Pictured from the left are Dwight Hill, executive vice president of Mellon United National Bank; Sabrina Salomon, the Equal Justice Works fellow who works through the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center in Miami; and Mario Treba, president of Mellon. Mellon United December 15, 2004 Regular News
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For the majority of my work life, if business were disrupted for some reason and employee’s were to stay at home, I either a) received a call from a fellow worker or b) was told to call into an “employee hotline“.Obviously (for those who know me) as a deaf person I experienced high levels of stress when this happened since those two tools required something I didn’t have (hearing). But I wasn’t the only one frustrated over the years!The reliance on just a call tree/voice recording process is often complicated by:Distortion of the message as it was passed along from person to person AND/ORReliance on a single technology (voice recording) and possible single-point-of-failureThankfully our options have changed significantly over the last 5-10 years and have resulted in improved communications during events for all parties! continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Discover just announced that it is eliminating all fees on its checking and savings accounts, as well as its CDs and money market accounts. Discover’s customers will no longer pay maintenance fees, overdraft charges, stop-payment fees, and more. Even checks are free.Discover will charge no deposit account fees whatsoeverDiscover is eliminating fees on all of its deposit accounts, including checking, savings, CDs, and money market accounts. This means there will be no maintenance fee associated with any of the accounts, nor will there be any charges for overdrafts, excessive withdrawals, or stop-payment requests.Just for a bit of context, the average checking account in the U.S. comes with a maintenance fee of about $13.50. And while there is usually some way to eliminate the monthly fee — such as by maintaining a certain minimum balance, directly depositing a certain amount of money, or using their debit card for a certain number of purchases — many people simply can’t make it happen month after month.While monthly fees are still very much alive among major banks, it’s become quite common for online-only banks to offer no maintenance fees on their online checking accounts. That said, the elimination of all deposit account fees is a rarity. For starters, the elimination of overdraft fees is welcome news. The average overdraft in the U.S. for branch-based checking accounts is well over $30 (Discover’s fee was previously $30), so this could be a money-saver for many people. continue reading »
Back in March, Davis was laid off. “Honestly, in comparison to other jobs that I’ve had yes, it was something that I very much enjoyed,” she reflected. “There are worse things that can happen, I mean I could be sick, I could have a family member that was sick, you could have a family member that you lost due to the pandemic.” “It was par for the course for a pandemic,” she explained. Gwen Davis was approaching a year working for Maines Paper and Food Service Inc. on the Broome Corporate Parkway in June of 2020. Davis added she may go back to school and pursue a degree in meteorology. Then, Monday, she learned she wouldn’t be coming back. However, she was left with some hope for a return, explaining she was told, “If it does come down to it we will bring you back once everything has cleared up.” And, is thinking of those in a more difficult situation than her own. “I’d rather this happen now, than a few more months down the road thinking oh hey great I’m going to get my job back and then find out oh really I’m not.” Contrary to her circumstances, however, Davis is choosing to view her situation as glass half-full. (WBNG) — An Endicott woman reflected on her job with Maines Paper and Food Service amid recent employee changes instituted by the company. Davis said she’s looking at her circumstances as an opportunity for something new. “You have more than enough time to go ahead and build something new in the time period of this pandemic.” “Don’t get me wrong, I love the company, I love working for them, it was a very positive atmosphere, it was family-like, I would have preferred to have a call or a letter saying that yes it was an official termination, instead of it just kind of appearing on my Facebook feed and saying hey breaking news, Maines is, there was more than what met the eye basically,” explained Davis.
Broome County said while no one will be turned away at the sites, there will be a separate process for people without a mask. The state has also advised sites to have hand sanitizer available, as well as wipe down the machines throughout the day. Broome County has narrowed down the total number of polling sites this year from 108 to 34. The board of elections said this is because of expected lower turnout. This means that where you voted last year is likely not the same place you will vote this year. (WBNG) — Tuesday, June 23 will be the first time Southern Tier residents head to the polls in person since the coronavirus began, and there are some new rules in place you should know before you leave the house. If you are going to vote in person, every voter will be required to wear a face mask, for early voting or day-of. The state board of elections has advised counties to provide PPE when possible, but best to bring one with you. All school board and budget votes took place by absentee voting this year, so you may be more familiar with this method. In Broome County, the board of elections said it sent absentee applications to all registered primary voters back in May. If you took advantage of this, you may submit your absentee ballot at any point up to election day. However, the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot has already passed. If you missed out on absentee ballots, you can still vote early and avoid the crowds. In Broome County, you can vote early at the Oakdale Mall and the Broome County Public Library through Sunday. First and foremost, the state board of elections is encouraging people to use alternative methods of voting rather than in-person voting on election day. These options include absentee voting and early voting. You will not be screened at the polls for COVID-19 symptoms according to the state, so if you are feeling sick in any way, you are asked to stay home.
The State Inspectorate closed over 20 restaurants contrary to the instructions of the Ministry of Tourism and the decisions of the Civil Protection Headquarters
“Yesterday, state inspectors banned work for 30 days and sealed over 20 restaurants in Zagreb, Rijeka and other cities for issuing food in front of restaurants. Tekka, Rustica, Čingač and many others were closed. This process will cause several hundred more unnecessarily lost jobs”Said Vedran Jakominić, member of the Board of Directors of GLAS PODUZETNIKA and Vice President of the National Association of Caterers. The time has long come to reset the entire State, let alone after this crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. To avoid a potential lawsuit, I will write a review on this topic, when the emotions calm down a bit. And Jakominić rightly asks: Entrepreneurs, do you feel protected? Do you feel calm and secure when representatives of the inspectorate, tax administration, customs or representatives of the Ministry of the Interior come to your premises? When they come to your shabby offices where you spend most of your working day and do your best to do everything by law, do you book by regulations? Do you feel safe and protected when you need advice, suggestion, or when reading laws that concern you? Do you have the peace of mind that, when you do all the best you know, in accordance with everything you have managed to find out, when representatives of the Government come, who are there to ensure the functioning of society on our behalf, to correct you where you are wrong, refer you to protocols and procedures and clarify unknowns?We long for Croatia 2.0. in which the job of the state and its bodies is to perform the joint affairs of its citizens, in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia and for the benefit of all its citizens – equally, concludes Jakominić. For further interpretation in accordance with the actions of the inspectorate contrary to such a recommendation of the COMPETENT MINISTRY, the CZRH Headquarters did not respond to inquiries from the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association, despite the fact that the coordinator of the Headquarters was Mr. Karas on April 02.04.2020, XNUMX. stressed the importance of a clear and unambiguous interpretation, and that he would ask the Headquarters to do the same. So, all the mentioned restaurants acted on the instructions of the Ministry of Tourism and respecting all safety protocols, and we have documented correspondence for that. Why are we asking for this? Because they acted contrary to the instructions of the competent ministry and because they did not report the possible incorrect interpretation of their superior ministry, requested correction and informed people who risked their health in the field by acting contrary to the expert instructions of the epidemiological service. Because they either arbitrarily punished in this insane situation, or if they didn’t, they allowed thousands of restaurant workers across the country to work outside the safety conditions provided for them by the expert team of people managing this crisis. We insist that all sentences imposed in these and such situations be annulled immediately, and that the facilities be provided with safe operation. We also demand that public sector officials include a novelty in their actions, which is working in harmony and cooperation with entrepreneurs, and not harassing, humiliating and punishing people who not only feed the private sector, but also fill the state coffers. in a statement by the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association. Immediately after the CZRH decision was made, an inquiry was sent to the address of the Ministry of Tourism related to this situation, and an official response was received at 15:20 pm on March 19.3.2020, XNUMX. year reads: “The customer can pick up the ordered food in person on the doorstep of the facility or in its immediate vicinity. ” Voice of Entrepreneurs Association: We ask that inspectors respond to such actions away from serviceThe Voice of Entrepreneurs Association hereby requests that in accordance with the interests of our country, inspectors responsible for such actions and their superiors who gave them such a task be removed from office, and that they be assigned to jobs according to their real abilities or finally share the fate of those in whose interest work and to become part of unemployment statistics. The conclusion is that the formation of the Inspectorate, which jointly took over the inspection activities instead of the competent ministries, was a hasty decision for which no competencies were provided, since the Inspectorate acts contrary to the only valid interpretation of the competent ministry, which is superior to the inspectorate. After the establishment of the inspectorate, it was promised that before its entry into force, all relevant regulations would be clearly stated on their website – however, that promise was not fulfilled! It is promised that the advisory role will first be occupied, which will warn first! “In the most difficult moment for small entrepreneurs, the inspectorate does just the opposite and adds a new layer of insecurity to the tray of perpetually exposed entrepreneurs. We are facing a gradual normalization with additional conditions. Can we trust the Inspectorate to ensure uniform and clear treatment in the best interests of all citizens – even those who pay taxes? To comply with all available information, a “reward” of 30 days of closed facility and an as yet unknown amount of the fine will follow! ” Jakominić points out Article 49 of the Croatian Constitution states: “Entrepreneurial and market freedom are the foundation of the economic structure of the Republic. The state ensures all entrepreneurs an equal legal position on the market. Monopolies are forbidden. The Republic encourages economic progress and social well-being of its citizens and takes care of the economic development of all its regions.” Yesterday, over 20 restaurants in the entire territory of Croatia were closed for 30 days due to the issuance of food in front of the facilities or which was taken to the car. Insights into the minutes of the State Inspectorate, the decisions state that Article 9a of the Law on Catering Activity has been violated, ie that it is a matter of ‘Acting contrary to the decision of the CZRH Headquarters’. I don’t know how to write this article without using a whole range of derogatory words, because in the current situation, for someone to take the right to interpret the laws as he wants, despite the instructions of the MINT and the decisions of the Civil Protection Headquarters, it really is for the category: Is this possible? The state inspectorate banned the operation and sealed over 20 restaurants, thus directly ignoring the recommendations of the Ministry of Tourism. Photo: Pexels.com
On June 26, New York state voters will have an opportunity to cast an important primary vote for our representation in Congressional District 21 for the 116th Congress. There are many qualified candidates on the Democratic side, but one has set herself apart as most deserving: Tedra Cobb.Considering the many reasons to choose a candidate, these stand out: integrity, energy, intention, leadership and experience. Tedra Cobb is the only candidate who matches all criteria with a record of elected public service and bipartisanship.Unlike our current representative, Elise Stefanik, Cobb has lived in the district for decades, raised a family and started a business, all the while serving her community. With a pubic record of accountability, Cobb’s supporters in her home county of St. Lawrence enthusiastically embrace her candidacy, providing us with the largest number of petition signatures of any Democratic congressional candidate in this race –which bodes well for the election win in the fall.Tedra Cobb embodies the independence, grit and kindness of the North Country. Her election effort has exhibited the leadership necessary to bring the district the kind of candidate we deserve: one who listens, one who is accessible to the constituents and one who is representative of our best selves. It’s for these reasons that I ask you to vote for Tedra Cobb to represent the people of Congressional District 21.Julie A. WashSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
INTRO: A five-year development programme culminated in Britain’s infrastructure company Railtrack officially receiving the first fleet-build Stoneblower from Pandrol Jackson on June 13. Maintenance contractors are eager to receive further Stoneblowers to help them meet demands for high quality track at affordable cost. Andrew Hellawell saw the first machine in actionON JUNE 13 RAILTRACK took ownership of its first track maintenance vehicle. Despite being charged with maintaining Britain’s railway infrastructure, on the post-privatised railway it is the infrastructure maintenance companies who own and operate track machines. Until then, Railtrack owned only de-icers and similar units.Arrival of Stoneblower 1 does not mark a change in Railtrack policy, but the culmination of work by Pandrol Jackson in developing Stoneblower under an agreement which demanded completion, commissioning and testing to Railtrack’s exhaustive Group Standards before delivery. For Pandrol Jackson this was a high risk project for a demanding customer, but also one with great potential.Pandrol Jackson was selected by competitive tender in 1992 (RG 8.92 p501) to carry out development work for a production unit with the former Network SouthEast civil engineering department, building on the PBI 84 prototype developed by Plasser and BR Research. Reorganisation of the British railway industry for privatisation saw newly-created Railtrack ratify the original agreement. BR and subsequently Railtrack was not liable to make any payment until performance targets could be seen to have been met. Stoneblower was to be able to maintain all track qualities under a tight performance specification for reliability, availability and output.Even before SB1 was in Railtrack ownership, Pandrol Jackson began work on two more machines. These should be available by the end of this year, with the rest of the £21m fleet of eight Stoneblowers to be delivered by the end of 1998. An option for three more is expected to be exercised shortly.Different approachThe aim of the Stoneblower programme was to find a way of improving on traditional methods of tamping. In particular, solutions were to be sought to the problem of ’ballast memory’ – the tendency of track to deteriorate rapidly back to its pre-tamped condition – and the creation of dirt in the ballast through the action of conventional tampers.Tampers operate by lifting the track and then using tines to compress the ballast into the void under each sleeper. In doing so the ballast chips are forced against each other, breaking off pieces which add to the amount of dirt in the trackbed – reducing the effectiveness of the ballast for support and drainage of the track. Each tamper pass can generate as much as 4 kg of dirt per sleeper. The effect of ballast memory amplifies this problem. While the ballast may be temporarily arranged to support the sleepers, it doesn’t take many passing trains to shakedown the substructure, and with the reduced volume of effective ballast available this means that the track soon requires expensive reballasting or at least ballast cleaning.Giving ballast amnesiaIn contrast, Stoneblower works by adding new material where required, overcoming the ballast memory effect. Ballast damage is cut to a small fraction of that generated by tamping, because the existing ballast is left largely untouched.Before treatment begins, Stoneblower passes over the section of track to be treated at 16 km/h, taking detailed alignment measurements (top and level). The data is processed by an on-board computer which runs Automatic Track Alignment (ATA) software developed by British Rail Research. A new track design is computed and displayed to the operator, and if accepted Stoneblower begins automated track treatment. Using a touch-screen interface, the operator can specify limits on changes to the existing alignment which might be imposed by the need to maintain track centre under catenary, or around level crossings.Stoneblower then executes its treatment pass, in the reverse direction to its measurement run. The track above pairs of sleepers is raised, and stone injection nozzles pushed down through the ballast. Small stone chips up to 20mm grade are drawn from a hopper at one end of the unit, and blown through the nozzles into the cavity under the sleeper, and the track is then lowered into its new geometry.Forces exerted on existing ballast are much smaller, resulting in generation of fewer fines. Typically 10 passes by a Stoneblower would result in less than 5 kg of dirt, while 10 tampings would damage up to 40 kg of ballast.The process of sequencing onto the next sleepers is automatic, with an output rate of over 350m/h. This is currently of the order of that obtained from tampers running ATA, but is expected to improve with time to about 440m/h. This means that about 4 km could be treated in a single shift.Better afterlifeThe true measure of the effectiveness of a treatment is not how fast it can be executed, but how long the effects last. This is where the Stoneblower process shows its potential most clearly. Treating a poor section of track with a tamper could improve the top’s typical standard deviation from 1·94 to 0·82, but following the resumption of traffic it could be back to 1·95 within just nine weeks. A similar section of track treated by the Stoneblower improved from 2·08 to 1·17, and took three years to deteriorate down to 2·10 (Table I).Not all track conditions can be treated economically by Stoneblower. Rectification of long-wavelength vertical geometry would require impractical quantities of stone chippings, and there are limits on the amount of track lift that could be achieved – probably no more than 40mm.Spinoff benefitsThe most obvious advantage of overcoming ballast memory is the extension of time between maintenance work. More durable track geometry will cut the number of track possessions required, and thus the impact of engineering work on timetables. However, if sections of track which are presently deemed as ’untampable’ can have their speed restrictions lifted, there are knock-on benefits to the whole railway network through reduced wear and tear, and faster schedules.Reducing ballast damage has great economic benefit. About half of the damage to ballast comes from track maintenance work, a quarter from traffic, and the remainder from atmospheric action or material spillage. Initial results from Stoneblower suggest that the reduction in ballast damage is sufficient to cut the total by 50% – in effect doubling ballast life. Indeed, the places where tamping is at present needed most frequently are those where the greatest improvement is shown (Table II).For a network with many secondary lines, such as in Great Britain, Stoneblower offers particular advantages where traffic levels do not warrant the cost of full trackbed reconstruction. Problem sections can be brought back to ’as new’ condition inexpensively, and without relaying or reballasting. In demandAs owner of SB1, Railtrack is now in the difficult position of deciding which of its infrastructure maintenance contractors can use it. ’Stoneblower is so good that as there is only one machine, everyone wants it; the others whinge when they can’t have it’, remarked Railtrack’s Director of Civil Engineering Nigel Ogilvie.One contractor has an advantage. During privatisation the former Network SouthEast Civil Engineering department, which sponsored early Stoneblower development, became part of Amec Rail. With it went the engineers involved, and so Amec continued as a consultant on the project, completing development and testing trials for Railtrack, and providing crew for SB1.Amec Rail’s project manager Paul Strange explained that great attention was given to ensuring the crew achieve the best performance from Stoneblower. Psychometric tests ensured people with the right aptitude for particular on-board functions were chosen. The crew consists of a captain, technician and maintainer, who work as a team following a plan-do-review approach.Amec also examined operational issues, which have resulted in the machine being a self-contained unit designed for servicing ’in the field’ rather than in workshops, and with only basic requirements for stabling points where ballast chippings and fuel can be loaded.Where next?Pandrol Jackson, Railtrack and Amec Rail are confident that Stoneblower will live up to the high expectations it has raised. When further machines arrive in Britain they will be in great demand from track maintenance contractors. They also expect international interest, and are confident that the option for three extra Stoneblowers will be taken up, even if these machines don’t remain in Railtrack ownership in the long-term.Five years of development have produced what Pandrol Jackson’s President & CEO Alex Zaydel describes as ’probably the most sophisticated piece of maintenance machinery out there’. With Railtrack acceptance achieved, Pandrol Jackson can examine the international market.There may be scope for bigger, faster, more complex machines able to treat switches and crossings, or a need for a simpler, cheaper Stoneblower. Development will be driven by maintenance contractors aiming to cut the whole-life cost of good quality track. oCAPTION: The most expensive shovel in the world. Stoneblower automates the age-old function of lifting and packing under sleepers, but addition of material to an already compacted formation gives longevity to the new track geometryCAPTION: The work-head (inset) includes a rail/sleeper lifter, and nozzles which are pushed down through the ballast (main picture). Stone chippings are blown out through the side of the nozzle into the void under the sleeper before the track is lowered into placeCAPTION: Top and alignment are measured in detail, giving data which allows Stoneblower to design the new track profileStoneblower is a self-contained unit, carrying up to 16 tonnes of ballast chippings in a hopper. A boom-mounted grabber allows the operator to refill on siteTABLE: Table I. Variation in standard deviation Tamper StoneblowerPre-treatment 1·94 2·08Post-treatment 0·82 -After 5 days 1·45 -After 9 weeks 1·95 1·17After 22 weeks – 1·18After 59 weeks – 1·52After 3 years – 2·10TABLE: Table II. Ballast cleaning frequencyWith tampers With Stoneblower18 months 3 years12 months 3 1??2 years6 months 5 1??4 yearsReader EnquiryNumbersRailtrack 121Pandrol Jackson 122Amec Rail 123Stoneblower technical specificationDesign output m/h 440Gross weight tonnes 113Maximum axleload tonnes 18Length m 32·2Maximum speed km/h 100Engine Cummins KTTA19CPower rating hp @1950rev/min 700Auxiliary electrical output kW 28Track lifting mm 0 to 80Track slewing mm 0 to 40Minimum working radius m 150Fuel capacity litres 4500Stone capacity tonnes 16Stone usage tonnes/km 4 to 7Stone chipping size, max mm 28Index time (sleeper pair) sec 3Blowing time sec 0·3 to 11Stone delivery kg 0·5 to 22
Osgood, In. — Osgood American Legion Post 267 will hold an ATV Poker Run Saturday, August 19. Registration begins at 11 a.m. in Legion Park on U.S. 421, ride begins at noon. The ride begins and ends at the park with, stops to be determined.The $25 fee will help toward the purchase of a bus to transport the Milan Chapter of the Navy Sea Cadets. The fee includes one passenger, additional passengers are $5. For more information please call 812-498-2997.