Sam Rockwell, Leslie Bibb’s Relationship Timeline

first_imgBibb explained that the duo went on a date a week later and she told the Fosse/Verdon actor that she wasn’t interested in anything serious. “I think three weeks later, I was, like, ‘I love you so much,’” she said.The couple’s relationship has continued to thrive as the duo costarred in numerous films. They both appeared in 2010’s Iron Man 2, 2015’s Don Verdean and 2017’s The Dark of Night.- Advertisement – Ride or die! Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb’s relationship has flown under the radar for years — and there are no signs of it fizzling out.The pair have been inseparable for more than a decade after meeting in the lobby of Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, California, in October 2007 — while Rockwell was filming Frost/Nixon and Bibb was waiting to have dinner with friends.- Advertisement – “It was weird,” the Iron Man actress told Rosie O’Donnell in March 2012, noting she’d never dated someone famous before Rockwell.The GCB alum joked that the pair “met in the most cliché place” but instantly had a connection.“I just smiled, and he smiled at me, and I thought, ‘Oh no, what’s that?’” she recalled. “Sometimes you just get struck.”- Advertisement – Through it all the lovebirds have gushed about each other and their separate successes, walking side by side at awards shows and movie premieres.After winning the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards trophy for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Rockwell exclusively told Us Weekly what he loves most about Bibb.“She’s my beloved,” he said in January 2018. “She keeps me laughing and we take care of each other. She’s really talented and funny herself. She reminds me of a young Mary Tyler Moore.”Five months later, the Vice actor revealed how the pair keep their relationship going strong after more than 10 years together.“We have a two-to-three-week rule and then we see each other,” he told exclusively Us in June 2018. “Then you get too independent if it’s four weeks, five weeks.”The Oscar winner noted that he and the Crossing Jordan alum work as a couple, because they “have a sense of humor” and “we just look after each other.”Scroll down to relive Rockwell and Bibb’s relationship over the years. – Advertisement –last_img read more


Tomatoes suspected in Salmonella outbreak

first_img Salmonella was found in an unopened bag of Roma tomatoes from a Sheetz Gas Station store in Greencastle, Pa., the Pennsylvania Department of Health said in a news release today. Jul 16 FDA news release Jul 19, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Salmonella was found in Roma tomatoes from a convenience store chain suspected as the source of an outbreak of salmonellosis in three states, Pennsylvania health officials announced today. See also: The FDA said the Sheetz chain has stores in Virginia and eastern Ohio as well as the states mentioned, often along interstate highways.center_img The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported Jul 16 that 57 cases of salmonellosis may be linked with food bought at deli counters in Sheetz Gas Station stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia between Jul 2 and Jul 9. “The tomatoes were distributed by Coronet Foods of West Virginia,” said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. “We will continue testing other samples collected to help ensure that the outbreak is not linked to other sources.” Wolff said Sheetz voluntarily pulled “all products in question” from its stores after notification of the potential problem. The Department of Health said it would conduct tests to identify the Salmonella strain.last_img read more


Adenovirus vaccines said to offer hope for fighting flu pandemics

first_img The results showed that the experimental vaccine effectively protected mice “from H5N1 disease, death, and primary viral replication” after exposure to “antigenically distinct strains of H5N1 influenza viruses,” the authors write. “This strategy has the advantage of inducing strong humoral and cellular immunity and conferring cross-protection against continuously evolving H5N1 viruses without the need of an adjuvant,” they add. The authors write that their results indicate that widespread use of adenovirus-based vaccines in poultry would probably help stop the spread of highly pathogenic avian flu. And in the case of a human flu pandemic, they add, “an adenovirus-based vaccine could be utilized to complement traditional inactivated influenza virus vaccine technology, which is still the primary choice,” despite the limitations of egg-based production. Hoelscher MA, Garg S, Bangari DS, et al. Development of adenoviral-vector-based pandemic influenza vaccine against antigenically distinct human H5N1 strains in mice. Lancet 2006 (published online Feb 2) [Abstract—access requires free registration] Feb 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A pair of new studies suggest that influenza vaccines based on adenoviruses, one of the causes of the common cold, may offer major advantages in the quest for protection from flu pandemics. In both studies, scientists manipulated adenoviruses to duplicate a key protein (hemagglutinin) found in H5N1 avian flu viruses and then injected the engineered viruses into mice. The vaccines generated an immune response that protected the mice when they were exposed to high doses of H5N1 viruses, including strains that did not precisely match the strains from which the hemagglutinin was derived. In one of the studies, the vaccine also protected chickens. The reports raise hopes that pandemic flu vaccines could be produced in cell culture, saving time compared with the months-long process of growing them in chicken eggs. In addition, because the experimental vaccines seemed to offer broader protection than conventional egg-based vaccines do, it may be possible to produce and stockpile a pandemic vaccine in advance instead of waiting until a pandemic virus emerges, the reports say. However, the vaccines have not yet been tested in people. In the Pittsburgh study, researchers engineered an adenovirus to duplicate hemagglutinin from a 2004 Vietnam strain of H5N1 virus. They injected this into mice and then exposed them to an H5N1 virus 70 days later. The mice were fully protected by the vaccine, which generated both hemagglutinin-specific antibodies and a cellular immune response. In the CDC-Purdue study, researchers made a vaccine consisting of a nonreplicating adenovirus containing the hemagglutinin gene from an H5N1 virus identified in Hong Kong in 1997. One group of mice was injected with this vaccine, while other groups were injected with saline solution or one of two other control vaccines. Gao W, Soloff AC, Lu X, et al. Protection of mice from lethal H5N1 avian influenza virus thorugh adenovirus-based immunization. J Virology 2006 Feb;30(4):1959-64 [Abstract] “Our findings as well as those from other adenovirus-based vaccine studies support the development of replication-defective adenovirus-based vaccines as a rapid response in the event of the pandemic spread” of avian flu, write Gao and colleagues in the Journal of Virology. The researchers also took blood samples from the vaccinated mice and assessed the serologic response to three different H5N1 viruses—the 1997 strain used in the vaccine, plus 2003 and 2004 strains from Hong Kong and Vietnam, respectively. The experimental vaccine produced a “significantly high” antibody response to the 1997 virus but weaker responses to the other two viruses. See also: To assess cellular immune responses, the researchers measured the generation of CD8 T-cells in the vaccinated mice. Mice that received the experimental vaccine had a three-fold to eight-fold higher frequency of CD8 cells than those that received control vaccines, a significant difference. The experimental vaccine was also tested in chickens by giving them a single subcutaneous dose and exposing them to H5N1 virus 21 days later. The immunized chickens were fully protected, while a group of unvaccinated chickens all died. The other study was conducted by a team from the University of Pittsburgh, the CDC, and the US Department of Agriculture’s Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, with Wentao Gao as the first author. “This approach is a feasible vaccine strategy against existing and newly emerging viruses of highly pathogenic avian influenza to prepare against a potential pandemic,” states one of the reports, published online by The Lancet. “This approach also provides a viable option for potential vaccine stockpiling for the influenza pandemic.” The report was prepared by a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Purdue University, with Mary A. Hoelscher as the first author. Four weeks after their second injection, the mice were given high doses of one of two H5N1 virus strains, including a Hong Kong 1997 strain (but not the same one as used to make the vaccine) and a 2004 variant from Vietnam. All the mice that received the experimental vaccine survived with minimal illness as measured by weight loss. The study’s senior author, Suryaprakash Sambhara of the CDC, said the adenovirus-based vaccine can be made much more quickly than conventional flu vaccines, according to a Reuters report published today. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center news release read more


Bird flu reaches Slovakia; human tests so far negative in India

first_imgFeb 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – H5N1 virus has been found in wild birds in yet another European country, Slovakia, while tests of samples from 95 people in India have revealed no cases of avian influenza so far, according to reports today.India’s health services director, R.K. Srivastava, announced that all but one of 95 samples from residents of the Navapur area had tested negative, and the remaining sample was being tested further, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. Navapur is the site of India’s first avian flu outbreak, in poultry.India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has told the World Health Organization (WHO) that no human cases have been found so far, the WHO said today.However, “it was not clear if samples from a 27-year-old poultry worker from Gujarat state, said to have died of respiratory disease on 17 February, were among those tested,” the WHO said.Indian officials quoted in news reports yesterday had spoken of “a distinct possibility” that human cases would be confirmed.Meanwhile, Indonesia has reported anther probable human case. Local tests of a 27-year-old woman from East Jakarta were positive for avian flu, said Hariadi Wibisono of the health minstiry, as quoted in a Reuters report yesterday. He said she died Feb 20 at Sulianti Saroso Hospital in Jakarta.Hospital spokesman Ilham Patu said the woman had had contact with sick chickens in her neighborhood, Reuters reported. If her case is confirmed by further tests, it will be Indonesia’s 27th case and 20th fatality.In Slovakia, authorities said the H5N1 virus has been found in a duck and a falcon that were found dead Feb 20 at Bratislava and Gabcikovo, according to an AFP report today. Slovakia is bordered on the south by Hungary, which confirmed the virus in wild birds earlier this week.Slovak Agriculture Minister Zsolt Simon said the Slovak Veterinary Office detected the virus and that samples have been sent to the European Union’s (EU’s) avian flu reference laboratory in Weybridge, England, for confirmation, according to AFP.Slovakia set up protection surveillance zones around the sites where the birds were found, in accord with EU requirements, the story said.Other EU members that have reported the virus in birds this month are Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, and Hungary.In France today, the agriculture ministry reported that an H5N1 outbreak is suspected on a turkey farm near where two infected wild birds were found earlier, according to another AFP story. If confirmed, it will be the first H5N1 outbreak on a European farm.The virus was detected in two chickens in Austria yesterday, but the birds were in an animal shelter, according to news agencies.The suspected French outbreak was on a farm with 11,000 turkeys in the Ain department in eastern France, authorities said. They said that high mortality among the turkeys was noticed this morning, and all the birds were to be slaughtered this afternoon, AFP reported.Samples from the turkeys have been sent to a government lab in Brittany, and results are expected tomorrow, the ministry said.Yesterday the European Commission approved limited poultry vaccination in France and the Netherlands. For example, vaccination was approved for free-range laying hens in the Netherlands as an alternative to bringing the birds indoors, according to Eurosurveillance Weekly.Also yesterday, Russia announced plans to vaccinate all barnyard fowl located along bird migration routes, according to AFP. Plans call for immunizing the poultry before the spring migration.While avian flu spreads across Europe, it continues to generate concern in Africa as well. Yesterday the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), worried that the poultry outbreaks in Nigeria could lead to a “regional disaster,” said it was advising the Nigerian government to plan a vaccination drive.”The movement and trade of poultry have strongly contributed to the further spread of the virus,” said Joseph Domenech, FAO chief veterinary officer. “The government has taken the right measures such as culling in outbreak areas and biosecurity controls, but the authorities are facing immense difficulties to enforce controls.”Considering the possible widespread entrenchment of the disease in poultry, FAO is advising the government to prepare for a targeted vaccination campaign. Culling and the application of biosecurity measures alone may not stop the spread of the virus.”A vaccination campaign will require “several thousand” veterinarians and support from international donors, the FAO said. Nigeria has about 140 million poultry, with 60% of them in backyard flocks, the statement said.Yesterday the WHO said Nigerian officials had confirmed H5N1 outbreaks on commercial poultry farms in four states, Kano, Plateau, Katsina, and Bauchi, and in the Abuja area. Possible outbreaks in other states were under investigation.The first outbreak in Kaduna state began on Jan 10, “raising the possibility that earlier human exposures and cases may have occurred in that area and elsewhere,” the WHO said. The agency said four suspected human cases of avian flu, including one fatal case, were being investigated.The statement said little was known about the possible presence of the virus in small backyard flocks, which poses the greatest risk of human infection.See also:Feb 23 WHO statement on situation in India 22 WHO statement on Nigerian situation 22 FAO statement on control efforts in Nigeria Weekly report on avian flu in wild birds and vaccination plans read more


Jalapenos eyed in Salmonella outbreak probe

first_img Based on information from 645 patients, at least 130 people were hospitalized, according to the CDC update. The outbreak has spread to 40 states and the District of Columbia, though many of the cases occurred in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Illinois. The most recent illness onset date is Jun 26, which is 6 days later than was listed in the CDC’s previous update and a sign that the outbreak is ongoing. See also: Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Jul 4 that it had linked another death to the outbreak, which involves the relatively rare Salmonella enterica Saintpaul strain. The man, from Texas, was in his eighties. (In earlier updates, the CDC said salmonellosis might have contributed to the death of a Texas man in his sixties who died of cancer.) Some infectious disease experts have criticized the FDA and CDC response to the outbreak, saying that poor communication with state and local health departments and missteps with case-control studies have hobbled the investigation. Last week the FDA said it was tapping into a larger laboratory network to speed the lab investigation. The CDC said in a Jul 4 update on the investigation that the identification in Texas and other states of many clusters of patients who ate at the same restaurants has led the agency to broaden its investigation, though tomatoes are still strongly linked to the illnesses. Also, the CDC said one ill person with salmonellosis matching the outbreak strain has been identified in Ontario, Canada. The patient said he or she had traveled to the United States and got sick upon return to Canada. According to unnamed sources who are familiar with the probe, investigators are looking at jalapenos as a leading suspect in the outbreak, the Wall Street Journal reported on Jul 5. Investigators are also considering cilantro and Serrano peppers, two other produce items that are commonly served with fresh tomatoes in Mexican cuisine, sources told the newspaper.center_img Jul 4 CDC update Today health inspectors on the Mexican border planned to begin stopping and checking shipments of ingredients common to Mexican food coming into the United States, according to Tommy Thompson, former US secretary of health and human services, CNN reported on Jul 4. Thompson told CNN he had been told about the plan. Glen Nowak, a CDC spokesman, told the Journal that the agency is focusing on 29 clusters linked to restaurants, most of which serve Mexican food and are not part of national chains. The outbreak, which began in early June, prompted federal health officials to advise consumers to avoid eating raw red round, Roma, or plum tomatoes from growing areas that had not been cleared by investigators. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not found Salmonella Saintpaul in any of the tomato samples it has tested. Jul 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Federal investigators are eyeing jalapeno peppers as the possible culprit in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has now sickened 943 people in 40 states and involved at least one death.last_img read more


Published results of the research “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia – TOMAS Summer 2017.”

first_imgToday, the results of the research are in the Ministry of Tourism “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia – TOMAS Summer 2017.” presented by the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, the Director of the Main Office of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić and the project manager “TOMAS Summer 2017″ at the Institute of Tourism, Zrinka Marušić.The research was conducted by the Institute of Tourism from July to October 2017 in seven coastal counties, covering 67 major places along the coast and on islands on a sample of 5.950 respondents from 18 emitting markets. Through this research, data on the socio-demographic structure of guests, characteristics of travel and stay in the destination, consumption and guest satisfaction with our tourist offer were collected and analyzed.”Through this research, we gained insight into the opinions of guests about our tourism products, the motivation of their arrival and their consumption, which is extremely important to us for the preparation of future programs and activities. I am extremely glad that these results confirmed that our activities so far have contributed to positive steps in the development of Croatian tourism, that guest consumption is increasing and that Croatia is not only recognized as a destination of sun and sea but also of great importance gastronomy, active vacation and other selective forms of tourism. This research is a good indicator of how the perception and attitudes of tourists are changing very quickly and that is why it is necessary to continuously improve and adapt to market needs in order to ensure long-term success in tourism.”Minister Cappelli pointed out.”The obtained research results will be used in further design and implementation of key activities related to strengthening the national tourist brand of the country, and we received quality information that will be extremely useful to us in the Croatian National Tourist Board, but also to colleagues from the tourist board system. , marketing and PR activities. Insight into the motivation, attitudes, demand, but also possible criticism of our guests allow us to more precisely and concretely create and direct our promotional activities to precisely targeted guests in accordance with their preferences. These results show how fast the trends in tourism are changing and how important it is to follow these dynamics in order to maintain a competitive position on the world tourist map.”, Said director Staničić, noting that today the basic sources of information are the Internet and social networks, as well as special modern digital projects in which Croatia does not lag behind but imposes trends, which is confirmed by the award-winning eVisitor system.”The results of the TOMAS research and the resulting trends clearly indicate the importance of continuous monitoring of guest profiles, their consumption and satisfaction in order to, on the one hand, monitor the effects of their activities, and on the other hand identify potential challenges in time and really manage tourism development in Croatia.. “Believes the director of the Institute of Tourism Damir Krešić.Compared to 2014, the average daily consumption of tourists increased by 19 percent The results of the survey conducted in 2017 showed visible changes in the attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia compared to 2014, when this survey was last conducted. The average daily consumption of tourists according to the survey is 79 euros per person per night which represents a growth of about 19 percent compared to 2014 when it was 66 euros. In the structure of average daily expenditures, 49 percent refers to the accommodation service, 17 percent to the food and beverage service outside the accommodation service, and 34 percent to all other services. While expenditures on accommodation increased by about 7 percent, expenditures on all other services increased by 33 percent, ie the importance of non-accommodation consumption increased. On average, guests from the USA (158 euros), Great Britain (139 euros), Spain (126 euros), Russia (121 euros) and guests from Scandinavian countries (119 euros) spent the most.When it comes to guest structure, research results show how it is average age of tourists visiting Croatia 41,5 years, of which 54 percent are tourists aged 30 to 49, 19 percent are younger than 30, and 27 percent are older than 50. Compared to 2014, the share of tourists with a monthly household income of more than 3.000 euros has increased significantly (from 26 percent in 2014 to 40 percent in 2017). Most guests come accompanied by a partner (48 percent), followed by arrival in the family circle (38 percent) and then with friends (10 percent), and this is also the first time since the research that arrival with a partner has become the most common form of arrival when it comes to escorts.The share of ‘new’ guests has increased significantly, ie those visiting Croatia for the first time (from 18 percent in 2014 to 33 percent in 2017) It is still the most common means of arrival in Croatia by car (78 percent) ), but aircraft use is growing (from 11 percent in 2014 to 15 percent in 2017), and the share of bus arrivals is falling (from 7 percent to 4 percent).Enogastronomy, sports, health and other forms of tourism are increasingly important motives for the arrival of guestsAlthough vacation at sea (passive vacation) motivates more than half of all guests (55 percent) to come to Croatia, its importance has significantly decreased compared to 2014 (from 75 percent to 55 percent), while on the other hand increasing importance when choosing Croatia as a destination, they have gastronomy and motives related to active holidays. Experience and experiences (31 percent), gastronomy (29 percent), getting to know natural beauties (26 percent), entertainment (24 percent), sports and recreation (20 percent) and a number of other motives such as wellness (8 percent) appear as a motive for coming. percent), health reasons (7 percent), etc.The main source of information is the Internet, on which 44 percent of guests rely (44 percent in 2017 compared to 30 percent in 2014). The Internet is followed by the media through which information is collected by 25 percent of tourists, recommendations from relatives and friends (24 percent) and previous stay (18 percent). Every second guest book accommodation directly with the accommodation facility, and 38 percent use the services of a travel agency when booking accommodation. Also, the share of guests who book accommodation in advance increases; the share of guests who use the services of a travel agency increased by 12 percentage points, and by 8 percentage points of those who book accommodation directly with the accommodation facility. The share of those who book accommodation more than three months before departure is growing.Croatia is ahead of the competition in the quality of accommodation and catering offer, the beauty of the landscape and cleanliness and safetyAccording to the respondents, the best rated elements of Croatia’s offer are the beauty of nature and landscape, the kindness of the staff in the accommodation facility, personal safety, the convenience of spending a family vacation and the atmosphere (‘atmosphere’). At the same time, these aspects of the offer, along with the quality of the accommodation and catering offer, are elements by which the respondents gave better marks to Croatia than to competing destinations such as Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey, France, Greece, Slovenia, Montenegro.Attachment:PRESENTATION TOMAS SUMMER 2017 ENTIRE RESEARCH TOMAS SUMMER 2017last_img read more


Mali Lošinj declared the European Island of Sports 2020.

first_imgphoto: Mali Lošinj Tourist Board During its stay on Lošinj, the commission gained an insight into the entire sports infrastructure of the island, and in addition to the fields, it was crucial to show that a large number of islanders of different ages spend their free time doing various sports activities. The highlight of the event, along with the official presentation of the candidacy at the Museum of Apoxyomenos, was the presentation in the sports hall in Bočac of all sports clubs and associations that are professionally or recreationally engaged in sports. After the evaluation committee of ACES Europe (president Gian Franco Lupatelli, secretary Hugo Alonso, Bilyana Mircheva, Lukas Vorel Adams and Danilo Montanari) visited the island of Lošinj from 28 to 30 May 2019, when, on the occasion of Sports Day, the entire the sports offer of the island and all sports clubs and associations, the official confirmation has arrived that Mali Lošinj has won the title of European Sports Island for 2020.           “Many thanks to all sports clubs, all institutions and individuals who participated in the celebration of World Sports Day and thus helped us in our candidacy for the European Sports Island 2020. Winning this title is a great opportunity to position and brand the entire island of Losinj as a sports destination, with easier availability of significant European funds for further investments in sports and sports infrastructure, ie the construction of a new sports hall, football field, swimming pool and bicycle paths. Our island has a long sports history, numerous national team members and champions in various sports, each success contributed to winning this title”, Said Mayor Ana Kučić. center_img Gian Francesco Lupatelli, President of ACES Europe, emphasized that the association has the honor of declaring Lošinj the European Island of Sports in 2020. Mali Lošinj is an excellent example of a city that shows how to involve all residents in sports, and thus actively participates in raising the quality of health of all residents, their education and raising self-esteem, which are the basic goals of ACES Europe. The award ceremony will take place in November this year, in Brussels at the European Parliament, when the European Capital of Sport for 2023 will also be declared. Namely, in 2020 it will be Malaga, in 2021 Lisbon, and in 2022 The Hague.last_img read more


Austria partially lifts travel warnings for parts of Croatia

first_imgReturning from these counties to Austria will no longer require a COVID test or mandatory self-isolation. See more information on the pages Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria. As of tomorrow, Austria will partially cancel travel warnings for some counties in Croatia. Namely, as of October 17, 2020, a level 4 travel warning for Brod-Posavina County, Istria County, Koprivnica-Križevci County, Osijek-Baranja County, Šibenik-Knin County, Varaždin County and Zadar County. last_img read more


Letters to the Editor for Monday, Jan. 27

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWestinghouse long overdue for a statueTrains were crashing. Brakemen on moving cars were losing life and limbs, until 22-year-old George Westinghouse, in 1868, invented an ingenious system.It allowed the engineer with a lever to safely apply brakes to all cars. The Westinghouse Air Brake remains the global standard.George Westinghouse grew up in Schenectady. He learned invention, manufacturing and marketing in the family Westinghouse Agricultural Works. He served as a shipboard engineer during the Civil War, attended Union College and launched a career with 300 patents and creation of 60 companies. He was scrupulously honest and fair with admiring employees.After Thomas Edison invented the electric light in 1879, he provided DC electricity to nearby customers. George Westinghouse designed lighting for Chicago World’s Fair and an AC system.It transferred high voltage electricity over long distances, starting with Niagara Falls to Buffalo. Westinghouse current continues to power the world.Analyzing the Westinghouse transformer-based AC system required new mathematics, for which Charles Steinmetz gained fame as the Wizard of Schenectady. He also created the electrical engineering program at Union College.Citizen Brian Merriam self-initiated nicely lighted statues of Thomas Edison and Charles Steinmetz on Erie Boulevard, with sponsorship by the Chamber of Commerce. Brian is now leading a team for a George Westinghouse statue for the empty adjacent plaza. A small portion of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding can make it an overdue reality.Frank WicksSchenectadyCome together to help pensionersIn the normal stimulus and response of life, there is a generally held convention that one good deed deserves another. Those who give help in a time of need deserve help if the tables turn.It is, therefore, time for the people of Schenectady to recognize and support the 1,100 retires of Saint Clare’s Hospital who served this community for decades and are now in need of help themselves.Over one year ago, they were informed that their retirement fund had failed and that they would not be receiving their pensions.As a result of the pension fund failure, the retires are now enduring severe financial hardships.Many are experiencing limitations to medical care and even nutrition. Some have died waiting for a resolution to this pension tragedy. Unfortunately, the search for a solution to this terrible problem has no end in sight.There are many and complex reasons for this catastrophic situation. However, one thing is certain: the retirees of St. Clare’s Hospital are not responsible for the failure of their pension fund.Every individual citizen, service group, fraternal organization and church group should speak out and demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, our legislators, church leaders and former fund managers come together to find a solution to this unnecessary suffering.Apathy in this situation is not an option. We, the citizens of Schenectady, are either part of the solution or we are part of the problem.William M. Vacca, MDNiskayunaThe writer is former chief of medicine at St. Clare’s Hospital.Inaction on climate will make it worseI am a volunteer for Citizens Climate Lobby, a nonprofit organization devoted to addressing the issue of climate change.With so many of the recent climate-related stories pointing to the worsening of climate change around the world (the brush fires in Australia, record heat in parts of Europe, the rapidly accelerating melting of large glaciers — just to name a few), it can be frightening to turn on the news nowadays. In fact, with some climate scientists saying that the worst effects of climate change cannot be avoided no matter what steps we take to address the problem, it can be tempting to ask the question, “Why bother if there is no hope?”Even if the worst effects of catastrophic climate change seem likely, doing nothing is simply not an option.Just about any step we take to mitigate the worsening of carbon dioxide levels or the rise of global temperatures would be beneficial for our children and grandchildren. The air would be cleaner, storms would be less severe, diseases would not spread as quickly, and world economies would not be crippled as quickly. If these seem only like holding actions, maybe so. But you never know when the political will to take effective corrective action will emerge or when new technologies might give us renewed hope. We simply cannot allow our planet to deteriorate unchecked. Doing nothing is not an option.Ross LenetGuilderland Use caution when visiting MontrealJust a heads up to those traveling to Montreal, Canada.My daughter and I traveled to Montreal recently and parked in an outside small parking site in Old Montreal.Unfortunately, while seeing Notre Dame and having lunch in a very busy area with lots of people walking around and high rises all around us, her Jeep truck was broken into by the back-passenger window. An iPad, very expensive camera, insulin and other medicines were stolen.City police came, and we have a number of the incident. We went to Home Depot and bought tape and plastic to fix the window.Upon leaving Canada, talking with the officer at the New York border, we told him what took place in Old Montreal. He stated to us that it happens all the time and that Canadians are targeting trucks and New York State vehicles. Yes, we should have booked our hotel and dropped off everything first (lesson learned) and then proceeded to our venture in Old Montreal. It has been suggested that you rent a car if you are going to Canada, especially Montreal, by border patrols. Take heed all. It really spoiled our weekend and has left me feeling very angry.Deborah BowdishSchenectadyCuomo doesn’t care about New YorkersGov. Andrew Cuomo should stay in Puerto Rico and take the Democrats with him (Assembly and Senate). They can have full control there. The laws that are being passed in New York are so far of the rail that they’re killing this state.He should have never gotten a third term; you talk about obstruction and abuse of power. Instead of taking care of this state’s needs, our tax dollars are going elsewhere. New York was once a leader of industrial states, and our ports were doing well with imports and exports. Even the Port of Albany was doing well.Our economy was high due to construction, factories like GE, Ford, Bendix, Barkley Home products, Alco products, Bear Manning, paper mills, CDTA, taxi companies, downtown stores, Sears, Woolworth, Rudnick’s, outlets, soda shops for kids, Ellis Hospital, St. Clare’s Hospital, Bellview Hospital, carpet mills, auto dealerships, etc.What do we have today? Nothing. Cuomo doesn’t care if we have jobs or safety for our kids in school or for a safe state.He lets criminals out of jail to repeat their crimes and wants to disarm the law-abiding citizen.Would you say he has a mental capacity to be a leader? I don’t think so. All of the hunters in this state supported conservation when they bought a firearm, ammo for hunting, target- and competitive shooting. Without the hunters, who is going to take care of our wild animals and keep our woods safe?Claude Rizzicone, Jr.SchenectadyAlbany Civic Theater deserves coverageThe Gazette proclaims itself to be “The Voice of the Capital Region.”Albany has a major role in there being a Capital Region.Albany Civic Theater is in Albany, but The Gazette is too busy, understaffed or whatever else their excuse is for not reviewing Albany Civic Theater’s performances.Consider that Albany Civic Theater has already presented two terrific shows this season.Another, “American Soldiers” coming up starting Jan. 31.Will The Gazette find another excuse for passing on this Albany Civic Theater play, too?John DanielsDuanesburg More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.HIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needlast_img read more


Cable company moves to Research Park

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