TRD Tips: Selling luxury real estate during a pandemic

first_img“The home has become more important than ever and will be more important than ever,” real estate agent Lauren Muss told The Real Deal in October when discussing the promises and possibilities of putting older homes on the market during the pandemic.A top broker at Douglas Elliman, Muss has grossed $6 billion in sales throughout her career. She recently sat down with TRD editor-in-chief Stuart Elliott to talk about the challenges and opportunities of selling luxury apartments during a pandemic.For every person fleeing to Miami or the Hamptons, she says, there are just as many New Yorkers who are here to stay — and are using the drop in prices as a chance to upgrade to new, bigger apartments.“People are here, people realize we’re going to be fine,” she said.Watch the video above to learn more.Read moreDouglas Elliman’s Lauren Muss gives tips on how to show a $20 million co-opWATCH: Lauren Muss on the virtues of being “the third broker” Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsBrokersLuxury Real EstateResidential Real Estatecenter_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Relativistic microburst storm characteristics: Combined satellite and ground-based observations

first_imgWe report a comparison of Solar Anomalous Magnetospheric Particle Explorer detected relativistic electron microbursts and short-lived subionospheric VLF perturbations termed FAST events, observed at Sodankyl Geophysical Observatory, Finland, during 2005. We show that only strong geomagnetic disturbances can produce FAST events, which is consistent with the strong link between storms and relativistic microbursts. Further, the observed FAST event perturbation decay times were consistent with ionospheric recovery from bursts of relativistic electron precipitation. However, the one-to-one correlation in time between microbursts and FAST events was found to be very low (similar to 1%). We interpret this as confirmation that microbursts have small ionospheric footprints and estimate the individual precipitation events to be <4 km radius. In contrast, our study strongly suggests that the region over which microbursts occur during storm event periods can be at least similar to 90 degrees in longitude (similar to 6 h in magnetic local time). This confirms earlier estimates of microburst storm size, suggesting that microbursts could be a significant loss mechanism for radiation belt relativistic electrons during geomagnetic storms. Although microbursts are observed at a much higher rate than FAST events, the ground-based FAST event data can provide additional insight into the conditions required for microburst generation and the time variation of relativistic precipitation.last_img read more

Trans Mountain expansion project construction accelerating

first_imgBefore the end of 2020, construction is expected to be underway across the entire line The Trans Mountain Pipeline connects Canada’s Alberta oil fields to the Pacific coast (Credit: Trans Mountain Corporation) With a new year ahead of us and recent court decisions announced, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project is accelerating. Work is well underway with pipe in the ground and terminal construction in Alberta, and significant work ongoing at the Burnaby and Westridge Marine Terminals in British Columbia. Before the end of 2020, construction is expected to be underway across the entire line.“Today, we have more than 2,900 people working on the Project and that number will grow significantly in the months ahead. With 65 per cent of the detailed route approved, and a process established by the Canada Energy Regulator for the remainder in progress, the path forward is clear. Construction is accelerating and we’re very excited to be delivering this important Project and on our commitments to Canadians, our customers and communities,” says Ian Anderson, President and CEO of Trans Mountain Corporation.The Trans Mountain Corporation Board of Directors recently approved a Project cost estimate of $12.6 billion to bring it into service by the end of 2022. To date, the company has spent $2.5 billion in respect to the Project, which includes the impact of delays and the resulting additional regulatory process. It is anticipated that an additional $8.4 billion will be spent to complete the Project, plus $1.7 billion of financial carrying costs. The company has also recommended to the Government of Canada in its capacity as owner and lender, a further $600 million reserve for cost impacts beyond the control of Trans Mountain. This cost will be presented to the Government of Canada as part of the process to obtain the necessary funding of the Corporation’s capital needs. This estimated cost of the Expansion reflects today’s realities of enhanced environmental protections, security, quality assurance and Indigenous inclusion, and is based on reasonable assumptions, including the completion of regulatory approvals, permits and route hearings.The Corporation’s projected earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) are expected to be at least $1.5 billion in the first year of the Project’s operation and expected to grow annually. These projections are underpinned by long-term contractual commitments covering 80 per cent of the system’s 890,000 barrels a day of capacity.The board also affirmed that this Project remains commercially viable, and that Canada’s overall investment in Trans Mountain remains on course to generate a return at commercial levels.The Project is also expected to drive significant economic benefits for workers, businesses and Indigenous communities across Alberta, British Columbia and the country. At peak construction, there will be approximately 5,500 workers employed in communities along the construction corridor in Alberta and British Columbia. Trans Mountain is prioritizing and maximizing Indigenous, local and regional hiring to the greatest extent possible. Canadians will also benefit from the economic and tax contributions made by the Project once it is in operation. Communities along the construction corridor will benefit from significant tax dollars, which are anticipated to exceed $52 million annually, contributing to these local communities’ ability to meet their respective social, economic and development goals.“Today’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project has seen significant changes, enhancements and improvements since it was originally envisioned in 2009, and first introduced to the public in 2012. The Project has set new standards for Indigenous participation and inclusion – with 58 signed agreements worth over $500 million. The Project reflects the input and feedback from thousands of Canadians and incorporates the very best safety and environmental protections. From the installation of state-of-the-art leak detection and monitoring technology, route adjustments to avoid sensitive areas, tunneling versus trenched crossings, to installing more valves and ground water monitoring stations, Canadians will be proud to know that Trans Mountain has established the very highest benchmark for the development and construction of a major energy infrastructure project,” says Anderson.Canadians will benefit from the economic and tax contributions made by the Project once it is operation. In addition, Trans Mountain will make payments to the British Columbia government of between $25 million and $50 million annually, for a total contribution over a 20-year period of up to $1 billion. These funds are to be used by the B.C. Clean Communities program to fund local, environmental projects everywhere in British Columbia.Trans Mountain will continue to provide updates on its construction activities as the Project proceeds. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

OUR OBSERVATIONS OF LAST NIGHTS COUNCIL MEETING

first_imgTODAYS “READERS FORUM”Here are some things we have observed about last night’s City Council meeting that we think deserve some discussion.What do you think about these things?  Tell us what you think about this or anything else. We want to know what is on your mind.OUR OBSERVATIONS OF LAST NIGHTS COUNCIL MEETINGCouncil President Missy Mosby make motions while chairing the meeting.  We hear that this may not be permitted under Robert’s Rules of Order.Mosby provided no opportunity for healthy discussion or respectful disagreement from the public at the end of the meting.The obvious “RUBBER STAMPED” voting of 9-0 on every issue on the agenda except one.There was only one dissenting vote cast by a Councilor in last nights Council meeting. That was Connie Robinson , who replied “Nay” to the question about whether or not Evansville should give up its equity in Buckner, and Kennedy Senior Citizens housing in order to get HUD money to update them.  Robinson ascertained that there would no longer be an age limitation on residents of the EHA apartment towers that are now limited to seniors citizens only  Her concern was its possible that I U Medical students could qualify to live in these newly renovated apartments.Two of the ordinance changes proposed by President Mosby for allowing funds to be transferred between accounts without prior Council approval and the one concerning the public comments on questions before Council were not taken up last night.Dan McGinn did take time to praise DMD Director Kelly Coures for finding more “lost” money hiding in the DMD coffers. Maybe Coures and City Controller Russ Lloyd should engage in a “job swap” because it looks like Kelly is a lot better finding cash than Russ.As the meeting closed, Councilwoman Michelle Mercer  told Council that she will be sharing information she learned about the wonderful success of Fort Wayne’s Headwaters Park with City Council and the Mayor. Apparently she feels that the task of selling Robert’s Park to the public has fallen on shoulders  She feels that the plans for Roberts Park should be patterned after Headwaters.Please tell us what you think about these things or share your thoughts on whatever you’re thinking about in our  todays “Readers’  Forum”.FOOT NOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Wednesday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS” posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: If the election was held today for the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional seat who would you vote for?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

David Byrne Breaks Down Groundbreaking ‘American Utopia’ Tour In New Interview

first_imgDavid Byrne spent much of his 2018 back on the road with a ground-breaking world tour themed around his latest solo album, American Utopia. The former Talking Heads singer wowed audiences and skeptical fans—including this one—with a show that broke all the rules of contemporary rock/pop performances and how well artists labeled under “classic rock” are supposed to move and sound in their twilight years. Byrne appeared and sounded ageless when he came to New York’s Forest Hills Stadium this past September, even though his 144-date tour was in its latter half by then. Yet Byrne showed no signs of tour fatigue thanks to the looseness and non-traditional on-stage formatting of his show. Byrne has since released a six-track EP titled The Best Live Show Of All Time, comprised of soundboard recordings during the tour. David Byrne recently spoke about the tour in a new interview with NME, whose review of his American Utopia tour was the inspiration for the live EP’s title. In the interview, he discusses his audience’s initial reactions, as well as what he feels this album cycle’s lasting legacy will be. Here are five unique takeaways from the honest new interview. 1. Fans Were Slow To Pick Up On The Tour Theme At FirstThe most noticeable part of Byrne’s American Utopia tour wasn’t necessarily the music, but rather the unique stage setup. Byrne and his band removed any on-stage equipment and stationary instruments for an open, mobile-friendly arrangement. Experiencing a concert on a completely bare stage took some time for audiences to grasp at first. “Would an audience like the results? Impossible to predict,” Byrne said about his fans’ uncertain reception to his new show format. “When we started touring the show I could sense that audiences were trying to figure out by the second or third number, ‘Is this what it is? Do I like it?’ By the fourth number it seemed they’d decided they did like it, as well as being pleased at an artist respecting them enough to offer them something entirely new.”2. Finding A Balance Between Order And Improvisation Was KeyThe performance with Byrne and his band featured constant movement. Some of it seemed erratic and unplanned, while other moments of the show were carefully and impressively choreographed.The relaxed fluidity of the band members’ personal and group movements allowed the show to feel like it wasn’t necessarily 100% planned out ahead of time, which is exactly the theme Byrne was going for with his production. “I too have seen shows that were overly choreographed or staged and the humanity got drained out,” Byrne mentioned of his love for planning versus spontaneity. “It’s a balance then – never lose sight of the humanity and life, but use staging etc to actually bring out more levels and depth in the material. Lastly, the choreography we do is accessible – except for a few of us, the rest don’t do anything an ordinary person couldn’t do. That helps it be relatable I think.”Related: David Byrne To Release ‘True Stories’ Complete Soundtrack For First Time Ever3. David Byrne Has His Own Favorite Shows Of 2018As 2018 drew to a close, many fans and media outlets took the end-of-year opportunity to look back and share their favorite concerts and performances of 2018. Byrne’s tour found its way onto a number of those “Best of 2018” lists, but like any music fan, he had his own favorites to pick from, and they’re much more relatable than one would imagine from a brilliant mind like Byrne’s. “I haven’t seen as many as I usually would,” David Byrne admitted when asked about the best shows he saw this year. “Performing doesn’t give one too many nights off. I saw Janelle Monae in Austin: amazing. Young Fathers at a festival: great live show. My own performance joining Choir! Choir Choir!. Beyonce’s video at Coachella.”4. He Called Janelle Monae To Ask About Performing “Hell You Talmbout”Speaking of Janelle Monae, Byrne used one of her more emotionally-charged songs, “Hell You Talmbout”, throughout his tour in hopes of sharing her message of social alertness. Byrne was asked about whether or not he had any concerns about performing the song aimed at unapologetically addressing police brutality, but for Monae, the subject never seemed to be out of bounds in terms of a white man relaying a message from black voices and communities.“I wrote to Janelle asking the same thing. Her response was encouraging – she says the song is for everyone. Without her thumbs up I wouldn’t have done it – and not sure I would have done it with a band less diverse than we are.”5. American Utopia Just Might Come To BroadwayWith the financial and artistic success of Byrne’s album and incredible tour performance, fans and media alike have speculated as to whether or not Byrne—a well-known New York City resident—will bring the show to the bright lights of Broadway. After all, fellow classic rock aritsts like Bruce Springsteen have earneda nice payday and some rest from not having to tour with their own theatrical productions. When Byrne was asked about the possibility of setting up an American Utopia residency in New York or London’s West End, he hintingly replied, “We’re looking into it.” [H/T NME]last_img read more

YMCA of the USA/HSPH initiative increases physical activity levels in youth

first_imgA Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) youth fitness and nutrition initiative conducted with the YMCA of the USA was found to effectively boost physical activity levels and time spent doing moderate and vigorous exercise among children 5-11 years of age enrolled in after-school programs at YMCAs in four U.S. metropolitan areas, according to a paper published in the March 2012 print issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.Children in the Y after-school programs implementing the intervention showed improvements in physical activity levels with an additional 10 minutes each day of overall physical activity and an additional five minutes each day of vigorous physical activity compared to youngsters in control programs, said senior author  Steven Gortmaker, professor of the practice of health sociology at HSPH and director of the HSPH Prevention Research Center.In this evaluation, Gortmaker and his colleagues evaluated the impact of the intervention at 16 YMCAs and 16 YMCA program controls. Staff set goals for health promotion at their sites and used an evidence based curriculum called Food and Fun After School (www.foodandfun.org) to connect with families and help children develop healthy habits. The intervention was directed to all children attending the after-school programs, not just those who were overweight. The children’s progress was tracked over five days using an electronic device called an accelerometer that tracked their activity levels. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Easter Food Safety

first_imgSaladsIn the South, Easter is often the time when the first homemade potato and pasta salads of the year hit the table. Coleslaw is also popular this time of year. Then there are those family-favorite salads that might include gelatin, cream cheese and cut-up fruit or vegetables. Today, many cooks are getting creative with all kinds of prepared vegetable and/or cooked grain side dishes.These creamy, tangy, cool and colorful treats are a great part of Easter dinners and potlucks, but people need to remember that any salad or side dish that contains pastas, potatoes, cooked grains or cut-up vegetables needs to be handled safely. Follow the same rules as for Easter eggs and Easter ham — food items should not be on the counter, table or anywhere at room temperature for more than two hours total. Any foods that have prepared ingredients, or those needing refrigeration before using, should also be handled following the same refrigeration rule.For more information about keeping your Easter meals safe, visit www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/food. HamHam is a classic staple at many Easter feasts. Here are some of the most common types of ham and how they should be handled.Fully cooked/spiral cut: These preprepared hams are readily available in grocery stores and specialty retailers. These hams can be served cold or reheated, but if reheated, the temperature should reach at least 140 F. Ham should not sit out after cooking for more than two hours.Uncooked, fresh ham: This uncooked cut of ham should reach an internal temperature of at least 145 F. This temperature should be reached by cooking it in an oven at 325 F or higher for 22 to 40 minutes per pound, depending on cut and size, according to www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/hamcookingchart.html. Easter is right around the corner, and while this holiday can mean different things to different people, many celebrate it with egg dyeing, Easter egg hunts and family meals.That means food safety needs to be part of these springtime traditions too.It’s important to consider how dyeing eggs or leaving food out might affect how edible these Easter goodies actually are. University of Georgia Professor and UGA Extension Food Safety Specialist Elizabeth Andress has some tips for keeping Easter healthy and happy.   Dyeing eggsThe best dyed egg results come from careful preparation and a watchful eye. When you place your eggs in the water to boil, place them very carefully so that you don’t crack them. Eggs should be boiled for about 12 minutes to ensure they are fully cooked.If you plan on eating your eggs, it is crucial to use only food-grade dyes. Eggs may be left out for short time, but Andress warned that eggs should not be left unrefrigerated indefinitely.“All perishable foods should be limited to a total of two hours in what we call the ‘temperature danger zone’ of 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit,” she said. “That includes time during preparation, serving and the time until it is ready to put back in refrigeration.”Easter egg huntsEaster egg hunts are one of the most fun and kid-friendly traditions surrounding Easter. Searching for brightly colored dyed eggs is traditional, but using plastic eggs filled with yummy treats is a great alternative. That way there will be no ruined eggs or unfound ones left to rot in your yard.If you are planning an Easter egg hunt with candy or other little treats, make sure to set it up shortly before the hunt begins. You do not want to leave candy in plastic eggs outside for too long, as it may attract unwanted pests.Always make sure to hide eggs in safe spaces that are free of pesticides, chemicals, fertilizers and any other outdoor hazards to food.For an egg hunt with “real” eggs, follow these simple tips.Hunt eggs for two hours or less — limit the hunt to one hour if the outdoor temperature is 90 F or higher.Only hunt eggs with uncracked shells that have been refrigerated.Hide eggs in areas that are clean and not highly susceptible to bacteria.Wash and refrigerate found eggs at 40 F or below if they are going to be eaten.Eggs must be eaten within seven days of cooking.last_img read more

Sunscalding

first_imgEven with the welcomed rain Georgia farmers experienced this week, sunscalding on certain fruits and vegetables remains a concern as producers continue with this year’s harvest, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Andre da Silva.When temperatures are high and the sun is able to shine for weeks at a time with very little cloud cover, which had been the case in mid-to-late May, certain crops are vulnerable to developing sunburnt conditions — notably watermelons, tomatoes and bell peppers.“The sun has definitely been too aggressive for some of our vegetable crops, especially with bell pepper, tomato, and watermelon. Growers have been asking for products to protect their crop from the sun,” da Silva said. “Unfortunately, there is not much research on this topic for us to make a recommendation. However, the first UGA research trial is being conducted this season.”Watermelons are most susceptible to sun damage if they endure a prolonged dry period. Without moisture, the vines will begin to wilt and the fruit will be more exposed to the sun. When watermelons burn, the rind will appear yellow, rendering the crop unmarketable.“Growers that need to exercise the most precaution are the watermelon growers who are using plastic mulch with overhead water application. If they haven’t been applying enough water, they will see their plants shrink. It’s hard for the root systems of those plants to get the water that the growers are applying,” da Silva said.If watermelon producers can protect their crop from the sun, they’ll extend their harvest window into late June and around July 4 when watermelons are at peak demand and prices for farmers are at their best.“We don’t expect temperatures to get this hot, this early,” da Silva said. “We need a little bit of rain every day with a little bit more clouds to avoid future sunburning, and then we’ll have good soil moisture.”Prior to the June 8 weekend, the last substantial rainfall in south Georgia was during the weekend of May 11. According to the United States Drought Monitor, (www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu) drought conditions are considered moderate, though da Silva believes they’re still likely much worse. Along with fellow UGA vegetable scientists Bhabesh Dutta and Stormy Sparks, da Silva has traveled across south Georgia to survey the damage inflicted by the weekslong drought.“If growers hadn’t been pumping up their irrigation this spring, they could very easily lose their crop this year,” da Silva said.Direct contact of fruit to sunlight can cause blossom end rot disorders. Previous research trials from da Silva and colleague Tim Coolong on the UGA Tifton campus showed that fertilizer strategy, mainly those consisting of calcium nitrate, is key to reducing blossom end rot, a calcium-related disorder that affects mostly peppers and tomatoes. For up to date information about weather events in Georgia, see the UGA Weather Network website at www.georgiaweather.net.last_img read more

Brazilian Navy Participates in Operation Obangame Express 2017

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo May 19, 2017 Brazilian Navy Oceanic Patrol Ship Apa (NPaOc Apa, per its Portuguese acronym) moored at Rio de Janeiro Naval Base at the beginning of May, after taking part in Operation Obangame Express 2017. The exercise, held in the Gulf of Guinea from March 20th to 31st, brought together U.S., South American, African, and European service members for the purpose of promoting maritime security against piracy, drug and arms trafficking, kidnapping, and illegal fishing in the region. NPaOc Apa was not selected by accident. It has two motorboats that conduct boardings and rescues for injured people and makes aircraft landings and take-offs possible with a resupply system for operating with aircraft on board. According to Brazilian Navy Major Jonathas Moscoso de Campos, commander of NPaOc Apa, another highlight is the weapons system, equipped with state-of-the-art optronics using night vision (infrared), with built-in search radar, a 30mm cannon, various machine guns (25mm, 12.7mm, and 7.62mm), and an autonomous range of up to 5,500 nautical miles. “Within the Brazilian Navy, these features make the NPaOc Apa ideal for this kind of operation,” he said. This is the fourth time that the Brazilian Navy takes part in this exercise, which has taken place annually since 2010 and is organized by the U.S. Navy. The Brazilian Navy took 122 service members aboard for the training. For Maj. Moscoso, the operation was a success. “For us, the mission started back on February 22nd when we left for the gulf, and it ended only on May 15th, when we arrived home,” he said. While in transit to the area of operations, teams were trained on methods for carrying out boardings. “We never know the exact moment when we will need to act, and for that reason, we must always be ready. The ship, when underway at sea, creates an excellent training opportunity,” Maj. Moscoso explained. “Lowering a motorboat with a crew inside, and with the ship rocking back and forth is not as simple a task as it seems. It’s a very good thing when we can train our crew for this,” he said. Aboard the Brazilian ship, according to Maj. Moscoso, were service members from Admiral Marques de Leão Training Center who are in charge of courses on naval patrolling, and from the Combat Divers Group, who are specialists on boardings. “The presence of these service members allowed for a singular training opportunity for our crew during the mission’s 83 days,” he stressed. Service members conduct drills during exercise The military exercise was held over 11 days in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, which covers nearly 3,400 miles of coastline, divided among 12 countries (Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Annobón, and São Tomé and Príncipe). NPaOc Apa took part in 13 missions during Obangame Express 2017. Maj. Moscoso said that it was possible to observe the techniques used by partner nations. “Brazilian teams were able to be aboard the ships of other nations to observe the procedures being carried out.” Lieutenant Junior Grade Danilo Silveira Miranda, who is in charge of systems onboard the NPaOc Apa, participated in Obangame Express for the first time. “I was able to witness how much our Navy contributes to providing security in the area of the Gulf of Guinea, as well as having been the first time that I had the opportunity to visit some of the African countries that we passed through, such as Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Cameroon, Ghana, and Senegal,” he said. During the exercise, service members from participating nations simulated real-world problems faced in the region in order to test their response capabilities, said 1st Lt. Silveira. “Our ship simulated being a fishing vessel under suspicion of carrying drugs. A Congolese Navy patrol ship carried out an interrogation procedure by radio with NPaOc Apa, and then initiated a mock boarding,” he said. Congolese service members boarded the suspect ship to seize illicit items without the offending vessel being able to get out of the situation. “After finding the alleged illegal materials, the vessel would have been seized, if that had been a real situation,” explained 1st Lt. j.g. Silveira. But in that phase of the operation, the simulation is paused so that the executed procedures can be evaluated and the actual training can occur with the goal of improving operations. According to Maj. Moscoso, in addition to these technical and professional improvements in combating piracy, drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegal fishing, and arms trafficking, Obangame allows for the strengthening of ties between nations. “It even makes it possible to increase Brazil’s visibility on the African continent, as well as other countries such as the United States, Canada, and France,” he stressed. During the exercise, service members interact with each other. “Participating as foreign observers aboard the NPaOc Apa were two service members from Namibia, one from the United States, one from Cape Verde, five from Portugal, and one from São Tomé and Príncipe,” said Maj. Moscoso. And in the training area allocated to the Brazilian Navy, the Angolan and Congolese navies were also present. Training importance The Brazilian Navy vessel covered a total of 3,255 nautical miles during the 11 days of the exercise, and 12,611 nautical miles when considering the entire mission, including deployment. For Maj. Moscoso, this type of training generates a learning process for everyone involved in the maritime interdiction operations, as well as contributing to the training of the African navies, so they can be effective in their fight against the ongoing threats in the Gulf of Guinea region. The gulf exercise trains service members on how to act in patrol operations in Brazil as well. “Here we don’t have issues of piracy, human trafficking, or the hijacking of vessels. But activities such as illegal fishing, drug trafficking, and smuggling can happen in our Exclusive Economic Zone, and this exercise contributes to training our force to fight those illicit activities,” Maj. Moscoso stressed. One of the main challenges in this type of mission is the logistics aspect because of the time away from the base. “In getting the ship ready, for example, we had to bring a refrigeration container on board to expand our food storage capacity,” he concluded. For Lt. j.g. Silveira, being away from his family was the hardest part. “It’s great to be at sea, in operations, but there is nothing better than coming back home with the feeling of having done your duty,” he concluded.last_img read more

Mets deserve better placement in Sports

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The baseball season is in full swing now, and as I read the sports section, it just saddens me. Last I knew, the New York Mets were also a major league team, as are the New York Yankees. I realize the Mets are not as popular as the Yankees, and I have many friends that are Yankee fans. But the Mets actually posted a 9-1 record on April 10. In the April 11 sports section, that didn’t even make the front page. Really? When they went 10-1 on April 11, the April 12 article for that game didn’t even make the front page.I understand that local high school sports should probably get a shout-out. But I, as a proud Mets fan, felt that this milestone, which might be trivial to some but not to me, should have made the front page, not page 6. Thanks for listening.Trish HarringtonSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musiclast_img read more