By RICHARD NEBELLos AlamosI noticed from the recent Post article on the Black Lives Matter protest (link) that they read the names of black individuals who died in police custody.I have a few questions for the BLM protestors.Was Rodrigo Garcia on the list? He was an unarmed suspect in a stolen SUV. The police shot at him 82 times, and hit him in the head 7 times. He now has the functional capacity of a 5 or 6 year old.https://www.abqjournal.com/1328176/city-pays-out-3-75-million-in-2015-police-shooting.htmlWas Kenneth Ellis on the list? He was an Iraq war veteran with PTSD. He was holding a gun to his own head outside a convenience store when police shot him in the neck killing him.https://www.abqjournal.com/344029/city-would-pay-8m-to-settle-ellis-shooting-case.htmlHow about Mary Hawkes? Was she on the list? She was shot in the back and killed by police during a foot chase. The police officer claimed she aimed a gun at him. Neither her DNA nor her fingerprints were found on the gun and the ballistics indicate that the officers account of the shooting was implausible. His lapel camera was also disconnected.https://www.abqjournal.com/610827/albuquerque-reaches-settlement-in-lawsuit-over-james-boyds-death.htmlWhat about James Boyd? Was he on the list? He was a schizophrenic homeless man who was carrying two knives in a standoff with police. As he started to surrender, police escalated the situation and shot him to death.https://www.abqjournal.com/610827/albuquerque-reaches-settlement-in-lawsuit-over-james-boyds-death.htmlSo why weren’t these people on the BLM list? Probably because three of the victims were white and the fourth was Hispanic. They don’t fit the narrative being promoted by Black Lives Matter. Also, these incidents didn’t happen nationwide in some far off cities. They happened in Albuquerque in the past 6 years. The taxpayers in Albuquerque paid out $21.7 million in damages for these 4 incidents alone.https://www.petedinelli.com/2019/06/18/four-cases-21-7-million-paid-for-apds-excessive-use-of-force-and-deadly-force-64-million-for-42-police-officer-shootings-in-10-years-apd-evolves-with-casa-reforms-training-and-incre/So, if you think that “white privilege” protects white people from excessive use of force by the police, you are woefully mistaken. If racism were completely eliminated, we would still have this problem. There is more here than racism.So what is going on? It may be that this has been going on all along and we’re just seeing more of it on camera. Another possibility is that it is the result of the increasing militarization of police departments since 9-11. I suspect it is some of both.Last week PBS ran a show on D-Day. They interviewed soldiers who had been there and one of the things they asked them was what scared them the most. The answer was the same from all of them: It was letting their fellow soldiers down. Soldiers don’t fight for their country. They fight for each other.While this is fine for the military, it isn’t acceptable for police departments. Their job is to protect and serve the public, not to fight for their fellow policemen. The fact that three policemen stood by nonchalantly as George Floyd was killed speaks volumes.Since 9-11 police have been receiving military-style tactics training (SWAT, for instance) and military equipment. This includes AR-15s as well as armored vehicles. The next time that the BLM people meet with the police chief, they should ask him about this.Does the LAPD have AR-15s squirreled away in the LAPS schools? If they do, do they have policies/training in place to prevent their officers from spraying a lot of bullets around a crowded school? Do they really need firearms with high capacity magazines and armor piercing bullets?The BLM people should also ask the chief what types of firearms the police are carrying in their patrol cars. AR-15s work fine for taking down multiple shooters, but they probably aren’t appropriate for a traffic stop. Do the police have armored vehicles? What other military equipment do they have?Finally, the James Boyd case has some cautionary warnings about police reform. After the shooting, the district attorney charged two police officers with murder. Neither was convicted, but the police department quit cooperating with the district attorney. She and her staff were barred from attending police meetings on subsequent police shootings and policemen quit showing up for trials. Crime soared.Police reform has a lot of potential perils if it isn’t done correctly.
There is no shortage of companies angling to get a piece of New York State’s lucrative offshore wind energy goals.On February 14, the deadline for the latest round of proposals, a whopping 18 plans were submitted to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated that NYSERDA approve at least four projects this year, with an eye on producing 9000 megawatts of offshore energy for the state by the end of the decade.Liberty Wind, a venture by Vineyard Wind and Anbaric, turned in perhaps the most specific and ambitious, giving the state options of 400, 800, or 1200-megawatt wind farms initially. The 1.2-gigawatt project — which the company said is the most cost-effective option for New York ratepayers — would be one of the largest offshore wind projects in the world and would make a major contribution to Cuomo’s objective of developing nine gigawatts of offshore wind energy to supply New York.That proposal is the subject of an accompanying article in this week’s Independent.Ørsted, which bought a 50 percent stake in Deepwater Wind late last year and sold portion of that stake to Eversource just last week, is already in the process of trying to get approval for its 130-megawatt project to come ashore in Wainscott.Equinox Wind submitted a sparsely detailed proposal for up to 2000 megawatts. Other proposals came from Atlantic Shores and Offshore Wind. Sunrise Wind, said to be another Ørsted/Eversource project, will be located within 30 or so miles off Montauk Point. Deepwater critics fear the company will turn East Hampton Town into a distribution center, funneling offshore power west.Liberty Wind promises “substantial economic development and job creation benefits to New York,” because foundational components will be fabricated at a port facility in the Capitol Region and transported down the Hudson River to the project site in the Atlantic Ocean. Liberty Wind’s turbines will be located in federal waters 85 miles away from the nearest New York shore, officials said. It will hook up to “an existing Long Island substation” that has yet to be revealed.“Our team’s extensive offshore wind experience from around the world and nearby in New England, where we are building the nation’s first utility scale offshore wind project, allows us to deliver the best project for New York,” said Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind. None of the proposals pinpoint exactly how or where the offshore power will make landfall. Two environmentally fragile locations in East Hampton Town are the only locales specifically earmarked to accept the offshore email@example.com Share
Between the three of them — that is James Benard, Michael LeClerc, and Bosco Michne, who make up the mostly-instrumental, mostly-jazz trio The Unsung Heroes — there is at least a Eubie Blake’s lifetime worth of musical experience.“I’ve been playing since I was like five years old,” Michne said. “My whole life.” The other two have similar timelines. Michne, the guitarist, like Benard (drums) and LeClerc (bass), frequently sits in with other local singer-songwriters and their bands. All three are pinch-hitters of extraordinary versatility.“We cover local gigs, but our original music is mostly instrumental,” said LeClerc.And it’s a pretty far cry from most of the sets they sit in on, which are usually of the rock/blues variety. Their own album, which was recorded at Cynthia Daniels’s Monk Music Studios in East Hampton, is jazz lounge music at its finest, a combination of bossa nova rhythms with complex fretwork, “a combination of jazz, rock, and Latin grooves,” LeClerc said.“If we showcase our music, like we have at the Talkhouse or the Sag Harbor festival, it’s this stuff,” said Benard. And they will be doing just that at the Sag Harbor American Music Festival at 4 PM on Saturday, September 28, when they play in front of Provisions.“I’m a jazzer,” Benard said. “I mean, I was born and bred on rock and roll, but you start by listening to Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin, and then you hear Chick Corea and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the fusion bands of the ’70s. You hear the drumming and you think, ‘I want to play like that!’”So how did the three of them find out this common interest and form The Unsung Heroes? LeClerc laughed. “It was actually at a senior citizens’ luncheon that I was asked to provide a band for,” he said. “I was playing with a Southern rock band at the time. And then I remembered, years back, James and Bosco and I would just sit around with ‘Real Book’ charts” — compilations of jazz standards — “and I thought, ‘Let’s put a little trio together.’ And then we just kind of kept going.”Michne came up with some originals, then Benard, then LeClerc, “and then it just grew from there,” LeClerc said.What inspires them? Apparently, from their answers, basically everything from jazz legends to hard rock to funk and R & B.“We’ve been sidemen for a long time,” Michne said. “We sub for musicians who can’t make it, so you’ve got to play everybody else’s tunes, and classic rock tunes, which we like, but we’ve been playing for the last 50 years.”So as a sort of antidote, “we get together in Bosco’s little studio,” Benard said, “and we just kind of mess around with anything. These guys are great because I can just say, ‘Let’s try something in a nine-time signature, here’s a beat,’ and they’ll just start playing stuff. There’s no limits, no boundaries.”“You’re not restricted by any parameters,” LeClerc added. Michne agreed, “With so many gigs, you need to work within the box,” he said. “And I was looking for a creative outlet, so that when I did these cover gigs, I could play by the rules, and work within the parameters, without getting bored or frustrated or whatever. I’ve known Michael and James forever, and I knew they liked the same kind of stuff.”They jam, tunes evolve, and ideas come.To get a dose of cool, follow The Unsung Heroes on their Facebook firstname.lastname@example.org Share
Let’s finish up on the Lights and Shapes section of the Rules and be armed with the knowledge of what the merchant sea captain is saying to us…What did we say we are going to focus on? We will focus on the primary commercial applications of the Rules:What Does Rule 28 Say?Rule 28 is about the Shapes and Lights that a vessel “constrained by her draft” uses to proclaim that she is drawing pretty much all the water there is – so don’t even think about her moving out of the channel for you. The Shape is a cylinder (think “beer can”) and her Light, in addition to running lights consistent with her length, is 3 all-around red lights in a vertical row. And guess where there are no rights to proclaim you are “constrained by draft?” In the Inland waters…where generally the shallowest waters are…go figure!What Does Rule 29 Say?Rule 29 is about the Shapes and Lights that a vessel carrying a “pilot” uses to proclaim that she is involved in “pilotage.” First, there is no Shape. Her Light, in addition to running lights consistent with her length, is two lights in a vertical line near or at the masthead – white over red (the opposite of the Fishing Light “red over white, we be fishing tonight.”) Her Sound, by the way, is 4 short blasts on the whistle – “Pilot aboard, Stand well clear.”What Does Rule 30 Say?Rule 30 is about the Shapes and Lights that a vessel “at anchor” or “hard aground” uses to say “I’m staying right here…” With respect to a vessel hard aground, she really is “staying right here” because, unlike a vessel at anchor, she will not swing down wind when the wind shifts.A vessel of 50 meters or greater and at anchor must display two white all-around lights – one in the forepart of the vessel and high enough so that is well above the second all-around white light at the stern. In lieu of the fore light, she may display 1 “ball” as her Shape. If she is 100 meters or greater, she must also use her working lights to illuminate her decks between the anchor lights or shape and anchor light. Vessels less than 50 meters (that would be us…) need only use the 1 all-around light at the stern…Hence, our stern poles with the white all-around light…If she is hard aground, in addition to the anchor lights prescribed above, she must display two red lights in a vertical line (thus declaring herself a “NUC – Red over Red, the Captain is Dead!” or 3 balls in a line.) “Balls! Balls! Balls! I’m stuck!” The vessel less than 12 meters is not required to display her ignominy.Btw, when is a vessel at anchor NOT required to display and Shape or Light in that regard? When she is in a special anchorage “designated by the Secretary.” Why? Everybody is at anchor!What Does Rule 31 Say?Rule 31 is about the Shapes and Lights for a vessel that is in reality a seaplane (but afloat.) These “vessels” get a “pass” to a certain extent because they also have light requirements associated with their primary purpose – an aeronautical craft. So, she “shall exhibit Lights and Shapes as closely similar in characteristics and position as is possible.” Is it very hard to figure out that a sea plane is indeed a seaplane and not a boat? I hope not… “WIGs” or hydrofoils are also subject to Rule 31.SummaryWell, we’re closing in on the last of the Rules. I hope these columns have made them easier to understand and to understand the “whys and wherefores” too!If you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go directly to the D1SR Human Resources Department, which is in charge of new members matters, at http://join.cgaux.org/ or, for NY/CT/North NJ/western VT, go directly to DSO-HR and we will help you get in this thing . . . Share
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LNG World News Staff; Image: Inpex After we brought you the most viewed videos on LNG World News in 2014 we continue the review with articles that attracted the most readers. Five articles that attracted the most attention in 2014 on LNG World News are:Fluor wins Gate LNG expansion contractFluor was awarded a contract by Gate Terminal, a unit of Dutch Vopak and Gasunie, to design and build an LNG break bulk terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.Inpex floats FPSO hull for Ichthys LNGInpex of Japan launched the hull of the FPSO facility for the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG project from the dry dock at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.Qatar to Convert Q-Max Vessel to Use LNG FuelQatari shipping company Nakilat and Qatari LNG producers Qatargas and RasGas have agreed with engine manufacturer MAN Diesel and Turbo to convert a Q-Max vessel to use LNG as an alternative to heavy fuel oil in the main engines.LNG Tanker Al Gharrafa Collides with Boxship in Malacca StraitQ-Flex LNG carrier Al Gharrafa, operated by OSG Ship Management (UK) Ltd, and boxship Hanjin Italy collided in the morning of December 28, 2013 in the Malacca Strait between Batam and Singapore.Louisiana LNG Energy FEED contract goes to BechtelLouisiana LNG Energy has selected Bechtel to provide front-end engineering and design for its mid-scale LNG export terminal currently under development in Louisiana.
Lloyd’s Register North America said it has teamed with Penn Oak Energy Corp to help companies raise capital and mitigate the technical risks associated with retrofitting ships fuelled by LNG. Ships that are fuelled by LNG can greatly reduce operating costs while meeting stricter environmental regulations, LR said in a statement.Historically, the leading expense for ship operators is fuel and personnel. The challenge to building these new ships has been that shipowners are unwilling to invest in LNG-fuelled ships if supplies of LNG bunker are difficult to obtain, but that has started to change as more LNG facilities are built. LR’s LNG Bunkering Infrastructural Survey 2014 indicates that major ports around the world are either planning for, or are anticipating, the wide-scale development of LNG bunkering. The other challenge for shipbuilders is the large initial capital costs to build these new ships.“LNG as a fuel has emerged as one of the most considered choices for a new generation of vessels. The infrastructure to support this new class of ships has started to mature, and we have seen great strides in companies willing to convert their existing ships to this new fuel or constructing new ships in the U.S. Emission Control Areas,” said LR’s Rafa Riva, Marine Business Development Manager.Through this new approach of project finance methods Penn Oak is able to apply its expertise to the financial structuring of LNG conversions for the maritime industry. Penn Oak Energy intends to add value to ship-owners and their fleets is through a fuel procurement agreement, where they can spread the cost of the LNG conversions and the upfront capital requirements for these conversions over the life of the project.LR as a classification society will provide training on the key practical aspects of modern LNG carriage by sea and risk management services to support safe LNG bunkering, as well as support the new fleet of gas-fuelled ships – and help them to operate safely and efficiently. LNG World News Staff; Image: Penn Oak Energy
His erstwhile foe the litigator, Can’t resist a smirk As Tesco, Halifax and AA Queue up to nick his work He labours long and tirelessly For fees almost archaic And all the Law Gazette does Is call his job ‘prosaic’ Conveyancing Winter’s coming soon We’re left out in the cold The high street practice doomed to die Its death knell has been tolled But just when all seems doom and gloom And not much else to talk about The banks are back in trouble again Ten million’s just gone walkabout Alas, the poor conveyancer, Universally reviled His PI premium escalates, It’s ages since he smiled The Poor Conveyancer The Gazette caught it in the neck recently for describing conveyancing as ‘prosaic’. Suitably contrite, we issued a challenge to solicitors of a poetic bent to disprove that provocative description in verse. Martin Smith of Borehamwood has duly obliged: Their cut price schemes are put on hold ‘We’ll leave it for a while’ And then before you know it Conveyancing’s back in style The phones begin to ring again House prices start to rise The high street practice reappears Before your very eyes So when you’ve got a house to sell Or a pied-à-terre to let You might just need our expertise Don’t write us off just yet! Don’t denigrate conveyancers They’re jolly useful chaps They guide you through the jungle Avoiding all the traps We won’t Martin. A bit dodgy on the scansion here and there but, all in all, a game effort and you certainly rose to the challenge. You can keep your Pam Ayres…
Thanks to Martin Szajnar for sending in this snap – although he might want to give it to the local neighbourhood watch. As he points out: “Any more pressure and he’ll be done for breaking and entering.”