LARSO News:The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) senior centers in Los Alamos and White Rock are supporting Red Nose Day.Red Nose Day is a national campaign with the mission to end child poverty by funding programs that keep children safe, healthy and educated. Since its debut in 2015, the organization has raised $200 million and positively impacted more than 25 million children in America, and around the world.This year, Red Nose Day is Thursday, May 21. In the midst of what LARSO does for seniors, for one week it will be collecting food for local kids for Red Nose Day. Donation boxes are placed at each senior center with the hope that funds will be collected to help lighten the load for community grandparents raising their grandchildren.For information, call LARSO at 505.662.8920.
Cuomo protecting his friends, donorsOur feckless governor has been complaining about the emergency situation created by the coronavirus — a terrible tragedy and at this point not an easily solved problem.Many have died, especially the elderly. President Trump sent provisions to open a medical center in the Javits Center. This facility was hardly used and has already been closed.Gov. Cuomo had hospitals sending back patients to nursing homes. Now in the new New York state budget, there is a provision that nursing homes cannot be sued for corona infections.The budget should be called a gift to my friends and donors.Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga SpringsSchool closures hit working familiesWhile Gov. Cuomo is reimagining education, maybe he could also imagine exactly how a single working parent with school-age children, or a two-working-parent family with school-age children, will be able to go back to work while schools and summer camps are closed until at least September.Many of these families are behind on their bills right now.Should they also have to pay the high cost of daycare, assuming they can actually find space in a facility? This while paying outrageously high school taxes, plus taxes going for school aid?The bottom line is many working people won’t be able to go back to work until schools are reopened. Wrap your imagination around that, Gov. Cuomo.Timothy J. O’NeillScotiaWhere was Biden’s accuser years ago?I couldn’t agree more while reading Marilyn Vitch’s May 14 letter (“Convenient timing of Biden accusation”), which brought something to mind.Why didn’t she come forward with this so-called accusation when he was vice president?Again, why now. Money talks.L. M. AlfanoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kids Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWho’s responsible for high food pricesA month ago, I paid less than a dollar for a dozen eggs at a discount market. On April 27, a dozen eggs was selling for $3.49. This is gouging, but by whom? Are farmers dumping eggs? Or are middlemen or supermarkets raising prices? And what agency stamps out gouging?David ChildsJohnstown
U.S. Auto Parts Network, an online provider of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories, has announced the appointment of Aaron Coleman as CEO and director, effective immediately.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementColeman, 42, has served as president of U.S. Auto Parts since October 2016 and chief operating officer since September 2010. Prior to that time, Coleman served as executive vice president of operations and chief information officer of U.S. Auto Parts from April 2008 until September 2010, and before that, as senior vice president at Blockbuster from July 2007 to April 2008. He joined Blockbuster as vice president in March 2005.Shane Evangelist, who served as U.S. Auto Parts CEO and a director since 2007, submitted his resignation to the board and strongly recommended that the board implement its succession plan and name Coleman as CEO.“The U.S. Auto Parts Board unanimously concluded that Aaron is the right choice to lead U.S. Auto Parts. Aaron’s nine years of service to U.S. Auto Parts have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does,” said Robert Majteles, chairman of the board. “We are also grateful for Shane’s service to U.S. Auto Parts and we want to thank Shane for his strategic vision and leadership, which has helped shape U.S Auto Parts as a leader in its industry. His contributions will be felt for many years to come.”Advertisement“I am proud to lead a great team and company with a clear focus on creating value for our customers, employees and shareholders,” said Coleman. “Our previously issued guidance remains on track and provides us with a strong foundation upon which to build from here. We are excited about our long-term strategic plan and believe our market opportunity will continue to grow.”
Exploration & production company Primeline Energy has received support from a group of Chinese banks amid the company’s ongoing arbitrations with Zhejiang Gas and CNOOC over a contract for the sale of gas from a field offshore China.Primeline informed on Monday that the group, made up of China Development Bank, China Export and Import Bank, and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, has agreed to materially adjust the company’s capital repayments schedule and to reduce the company’s interest rate margin over 6 month LIBOR on its outstanding $232 million loan facility to support the company during arbitrations.Earlier this year, the company warned it might face default under its project finance loan with the group of banks.As previously reported, Zhejiang Gas, the buyer of the production from the company’s LS36-1 offshore gas field allegedly refused to offtake the contract quantity and pay the price as set out in the LS36-1 gas sale contract shortly after the field started commercial production, due to dramatic changes in the market.Thus, the company has received substantially lower cash flow than forecast and has faced challenging financial conditions. The company seeks to recover the substantial amounts outstanding due to it because of the disputes with Zhejiang Gas relating to the gas sales contract, and with CNOOC and its subsidiary relating to the gas sales contract implementation and petroleum contract. Each are the subject of current arbitration procedures.However, Zhejiang Gas argued earlier this year that Primeline had had no jurisdictional basis to initiate the arbitration proceeds against Zheijang, as the gas sales deal is between Zheijang and CNOOC, and not between Zheijang and Primeline. This prompted the court to put the dispute on ice until it resolves the claim launched by Zheijang.The E&P company also said on Monday that the amendments to the syndicate facility have deferred $36 million of capital repayments over the 12 month period that were previously due. The company has thus fully met the November 2016 repayment in the adjusted schedule and the loan service is maintained as normal.The syndicate has also reduced the company’s interest rate margin from 470bps to 335bps over 6 month LIBOR from November 2016 until disputes are resolved.
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Three of the cranes are being towed to Tenerife using Wagenborg’s newest pontoon Wagenborg Barge 11, while the remaining two cranes will be towed on a hired pontoon, CC Atlantique, to the Polish port of Gdynia.SPMTs, equipped with specially designed beams, were deployed to load the cranes one-by-one from the quayside onto the pontoons, before the huge units, weighing around 1,500 tonnes each, were fastened onto the barges ready for shipment. www.wagenborg.com
Is the Church of England taking a consistent moral line over gay marriage? At one level it would be nice to think so. While I do not share the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage, no one is truly comfortable with tales of parents feigning faith to obtain a church school place for their children. And as the established church, people of little or no faith expect the CofE to deliver the ceremonial venues and figures of English public life as if the church were a bit like the National Trust – there just to keep bits of England looking and feeling the same. Too often, I think, the CofE’s moderate position, as compared with some churches, is mistaken for a lack of conviction or theological coherence among practising Anglicans. Viewed like this, there is nothing wrong with the CofE taking a view. But there are reasons why it sounds wrong. It does not chime with the way I have seen the church approach marriage. I am thinking of the way the CofE has tended to handle weddings in general. The church contends that the proposed law would compel parish vicars to perform same-sex weddings, even if the vicar disagreed with same-sex marriage (based on the current right of all to be married in their local parish church), Thinking about the 25-plus Anglican weddings I have attended as an adult, I can in fact think of only one that was held in the couple’s local parish church. Of course many were marrying (after years of cohabitation) at a church near the bride’s parents’ home, but still, one needs the connivance of a vicar, or the official permission of the CofE, to do that. Even for a bride who has not lived at her parents’ home for a decade or more, the fact that the couple are often not practising Christians is another reason to seek a non-local venue. Or, also known, the ethos of their local parish church does not best match their faith, so the church to which they have ties – and where they choose to worship – is two miles, not two streets, away. So the CofE’s connivance or permission in varying the ‘parish church’ scenario is routine. But this most elastic of ‘rules’ is now being held up as a show-stopper for a piece of equal rights legislation. But the objection does not reflect practice. It is clearly common for couples marrying in a CofE church or chapel to seek out a venue that suits the serious commitment they are making for matters of faith, geography, emotional ties, aesthetics, practicality or theological sympathies – or a combination of some or all of these considerations. (On the evidence of my circle, the couple have mostly not disappointed the church’s expectation of their commitment – of the 25, I can currently list only one divorce.) It comes down to this – I cannot honestly see why same-sex couples, planning a Christian marriage ceremony, will behave any differently. Is it honestly the CofE’s official contention that a gay Christian seeks out and joins a congregation who will be viscerally antipathetic to their sexuality? Or that anyone, of whatever sexuality, wishes to have their promise, ‘all that I have I share with you, all that I am I give to you’, blessed by a vicar who they know to be opposed to their union? For church and state – subtly wedded as they are in this country – surely it is possible to find a way to make the proposed legislation work?
Moulin Rouge! The Musical will open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London in March 2021.Produced by Global Creatures, the production is currently wowing audiences on Broadway in New York.“After ten years in development, and following the fantastic response to Moulin Rouge! The Musical in New York, we are thrilled to be sharing this musical with audiences in the UK. We can’t wait to bring the show to London!,” said producer Carmen Pavlovic, Global Creatures.Enter a world of splendour and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular… Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical.The musical, which features a lavish, immersive set, follows aspiring writer Christian and dancer Satine as they fall in love. But pressure mounts on Satine as her boss, Moulin Rouge owner Harold Zidler, relies on her to appease the Duke of Monroth, whose money will keep the establishment running.It brings to life Baz Luhrmann’s iconic film, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. It will be directed by Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Tony Award-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher). The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie and also includes recent hits released since the movie premiered 18 years ago.Moulin Rouge! The Musical has a book by John Logan (Tony Award for Red, three-time Academy Award nominee, including for Gladiator and The Aviator), choreography by Sonya Tayeh (Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner), and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).The design team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award winner Derek McLane (sets; his credits include Beautiful – The Carole King Musical), Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber (costumes; credits include The King & I, for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Costume Design), two-time Tony Award nominee Justin Townsend (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound), Drama Desk Award winner David Brian Brown (wig and hair design; credits include Come From Away) and Sarah Cimino (Make-up design). Casting is by Pippa Ailion.Moulin Rouge! The Musical is currently playing on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre where it opened to widespread critical acclaim on 25 July 2019. Further productions have also been announced for Australia and a North American Tour.For further information head on over to moulinrougemusical.com.
Tropical Storm Isaias is forecast to approach the east coast of Florida within the next 48 hours as Puerto Rico battles with life-threatening flash flooding and gusty winds from the storm. Isaías’ center will make landfall today in the Dominican Republic and be in the Southeastern Bahamas by early Friday. The storm will move over the central Bahamas Friday afternoon and be near the northwestern Bahamas or south Florida late Friday evening. Multiple power outages were reported across Puerto Rico last night, with at least 96,000 customers without electricity. Tropical Storm Isaias is packing 60 mph sustained winds as of 11 a.m. today and is about 100 miles southwest of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the National Hurricane Center said. Photo via wptv weather All state-supported COVID-19 testing sites in Florida will close as of 5 PM on Thursday due to the threat of the storm. The sites will remain closed until they are safe to reopen, with all sites anticipated to be reopened at the latest by 8 a.m., Wednesday, August 5. Tropical Storm Isaias is the earliest storm to begin with an “I” on record. The previous record was set on August 7, 2005, part of the busiest season to date. So far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard, Fay, Gert and Hanna also set records for being the earliest named Atlantic storm for their alphabetic order.