No appetite for specs

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Shocked

first_imgAfter 25 years, it’s time for Karen and I to replace a lot of the stuff in our house, and we’ve come to realize that to be truly happy, we are someday going to go broke trying to bring things up to speed.The electric stove is the latest, after finally recovering from a devastating disaster with the electric dishwasher. And, I can assure you, the fridge is banging and snorting like it’s close to checking out, too.Actually, this is the second stove this week. One showed up last week with a flattop and mirror finish. You had to go through a ritualistic cleaning process every time you cooked. You needed a Zamboni to get the thing shiny again.Regular readers know that on the rare occasions Karen cooks, the amount of edible material is pretty much evenly split between the pan, the stovetop, and the floor. She insisted we get a stove like the one we had, with coil tops. “I loved our gas stove!” she exclaimed.Well no, it was electric, but I’m getting off point.The two guys arrived from the appliance store and spent a half hour drilling. I have no idea what they were drilling, but eventually they came in with the stove. But when the guy plugged it in, sparks flew and he looked, briefly, like an X-Ray.“It’s because your house is old,” he said after his wits came back to him.This is the Hamptons. I grew up in Sag Harbor. Every house is old. There are houses that were built before electricity and they have functioning ovens now. My last house ran on whale oil, for chrissakes.“I need to borrow a drill,” the bigger of the two guys said.Oh boy.Many of you know tools are not among my collectibles. I have marbles. I have comics. I have shells.“And a magnetic drill bit.”“Hon, do I have a decent drill bit in my underwear drawer?” I asked Karen.“I seriously doubt it,” she replied.As regular readers know, my toolbox is a bit lacking. I have a hammer that seems to be at opposites of a nail: the two never seem to strike each other. I have obsolete items like those Cablevision coaxial couplets from 20 years ago, the ones that screw in one way and screw out the opposite way.I used to play with them like a Rubik’s cube while I watched my antenna-mounted TV.I hemmmed and hawed. “We could probably jury rig some marbles,” I offered hopefully.The two delivery guys weren’t laughing at my jokes. I was their first stop, and obviously no one clued them in about the trade traffic. They were already two hours late. “Maybe it’s in my Spider Man PJs?” I asked Karen.Time was wasting. Karen had to go to work. I had to go to work. By this time, the entire back of the stove was off. The guys, all of us, were cursing, each in our own language. It made me realize that through all of life’s hardship, men of all races and creeds can find solace in the fact that we can insult our mothers with impunity.Oh yeah, when we turned it on, the circuit breaker blew. That always inspires confidence.It’s been two hours. The thing is still hot. “Can I cook on it?” Karen asked.“You can’t cook on anything,” I answered honestly.“I was going to surprise you!” What, with a house fire?As far as Karen goes, she never likes anything new. “I smell gas,” she keeps saying.When I was little, the kids were so skinny my mom actually let us hold hot dogs over the gas stove to pretend we were camping out just to get us to eat. Then she would have to clean the thing by hand. If Karen ever tries that, we’ll be cleaning Karen off the stovetop.So, here’s the thing. Karen is planning on cooking me dinner one night next week. It’s a huge secret but I hear her on the phone, getting prepped by her friends, the ones that actually can cook.“OK, two eggs . . .” I’ll hear her repeat, ear to phone.“Do I crack them open?”“Yes, we have flower.”“Preheat the oven to 4000 degrees?”That’s when my heart stood still. “I want to cook it on the open flame, just like when Rick was little. How do I make the stove top flame up?” she asked our neighbor. The woman moved yesterday. She smelled gas.rmurphy@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Indiana Oxygen wins Image of Welding Award

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Boats sail through Jaxport

first_imgThe boats, each of which weigh around 25,000 lb (11.3 tonnes) and measure 45 ft (13.7 m) long, sailed along the St. Johns River from St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka to Jaxport.Portus’ stevedores lifted each boat from the river before loading them one-by-one onto Thorco Shipping’s multipurpose vessel Thorco Copenhagen.The boats are being shipped to Maracaibo, Venezuela, where they will be used to transport oil refinery employees to and from offshore oil rigs.Watch a video of the move below:   www.jaxport.com/heavyliftwww.portus-us.comlast_img

Joyce Krane places Liebherr order

first_imgThe crane will be used for Joyce Krane’s quayside operations in Dampier, Western Australia. Joyce Krane’s 64-tonne capacity version is capable of handling offshore support equipment as well as standard 20 ft and 40 ft containers.The new LiDAT smart application will also be installed on the LHM 280 model. The app supports port terminals in analysing and optimising cargo handling processes that are performed by Liebherr mobile harbour cranes.The crane will arrive in Dampier beginning of 2019.joycekrane.comwww.liebherr.comlast_img

Society tackles ‘false impressions’ over MoJ engagement

first_imgPlanned legal aid cuts pose ‘significant risks’ to the stability of the criminal justice system, the Law Society has stressed in a letter from the chief executive to ‘correct any false impressions’ over its stance on the government’s proposals.In an open letter to the profession, Desmond Hudson acknowledged the ‘clearly expressed’ opposition of the profession to the cuts and the criticism made of the Law Society’s engagement with the Ministry of Justice.Hudson said: ‘Many of our members would have preferred us to take a much more oppositional stance, refusing to engage, standing firm, just saying no, and supporting direct action. There is no doubt that the Society could have made itself more popular by taking such an approach.’ But he said the Society cannot see any path that would have achieved a better outcome, other than engaging with the ministry.Hudson said he understood the profession’s view and did ‘not dismiss it lightly’, adding that the Society had given a ‘lot of thought’ to its strategy.Highlighting the imbalance of power between the Society and the government, he said: ‘It is important to remember that the ministry is free to set both the strategic direction and the detailed arrangement for criminal legal aid.’He said the Law Society had presented ‘all available arguments’ as to why fee cuts were not the best way to achieve savings, stressing that the it could not require the ministry to accept its arguments and adding that maintaining current fee levels would not have been supported by a majority in parliament.Hudson said the profession had been ‘admirably united’ in its opposition to price-competitive tendering (PCT), but had not been united in proposing any ‘positive alternative agenda’, the absence of which, he said, enabled the lord chancellor Chris Grayling to ignore its opposition.In contrast, Hudson said the Law Society had suggested an alternative, which had ‘secured the crucial breakthrough’ in persuading the MoJ to ditch PCT and consult on the proposed new contracts.Acknowledging that the profession’s opposition to the MoJ plans had been a ‘necessary backdrop’ to the ‘progress’ made, he stressed ‘it is engagement that has secured the changes’.While the resulting proposals – for a two-tier contract model for own-client and duty solicitor work and more procurement areas – he said were not the Society’s ‘preferred approach’, Hudson said the he believed it was ‘the best settlement that was realistically achievable in the circumstances’.The Society, he said would have preferred a single-tier structure of contracts that included duty solicitor work, but he said the MoJ suggested ‘procurement law problems’ with the approach, which the Society’s lawyers indicated were ‘not entirely fanciful’.Hudson reiterated that the Society ‘unequivocally’ opposes the ‘damaging’ fee cuts and stressed that the Society’s agreement with the ministry’s ‘framework’ does not include agreement as to the detail of fee structures.He flagged up two ‘major concerns’ with the fee structures proposed – the national fixed fees that could result in 40% cuts in some areas, and the flattening of fees for magistrates courts irrespective of whether there is a guilty plea or a trial, and insisted that the society will be making representations to the MoJ.Hudson urged solicitors to alert their local MPs but also importantly, the government, via their consultation and via the Otterburn survey. Respondents to the latter are guaranteed anonymity but the Society believes a large number of responses will require the government to seriously consider the resulting evidence about the financial impact on firms.He told solicitors that they still face an ‘incredibly tough future’, but assured them that the Society will continue ‘seeking improvements in the proposals’.Meanwhile, following a request by the House of Commons justice select committee, the Society has revealed that its draft response to the government’s ‘Next Steps’ consultation warns of ‘significant risks’ posed to the stability of the criminal justice system. The response echoes the points made in Hudson’s letter.Commenting on the changes, Law Society president Nicholas Fluck said: ‘Before taking the risk of proceeding with fee cuts, the ministry must be very sure that the solicitors and their firms are on a robust enough financial footing to withstand this.’last_img read more

Sam Hunt debuts acoustic version of current single Hard to Forget

first_imgSam Hunt has released an acoustic version of his current single Hard to Forget.The new version strips out the vocal sample of Webb Pierce’s classic There Stands the Glass but retains the ear-catching melody. Take a listen to the new version below:Hard to Forget is taken from Sam’s current album Southside, which topped the charts on its release. It follows his number one hit Kinfolks and the record-breaking Body Like a Back Road.Southside is the long-awaited follow-up to Sam’s monster 2014 debut album Montevallo, which has been certified 3x Platinum in the US. The album also features the releases Drinkin’ Too Much and Downtown’s Dead.Sam was recently forced to cancel his upcoming Southside tour due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic after originally delaying the start of the tour.last_img read more

“Caribbean Saturdays” radio programs move back to WZAB 880AM

first_imgSouth Florida’s popular Caribbean Saturdays radio programming is moving back to WZAB 880AM effective today, January 6th. With programming from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., the shows bring a comprehensive weekly selection of news, music, sports and entertainment specific to the Caribbean diaspora.Programming schedule:Don Daly & Rosie with the Caribbean Upliftment Program from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm;The Caribbean Connection with Mike Andrews, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm;Caribbean Riddims with Eddy Edwards, Cleve Osborne & Gillian Smart 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm; andFlorida Caribbean Sportsline hosted by Oliver Solomon from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.The programs were previously aired on WHIM 1080 AM, however that station was recently sold and will be converting to a Spanish Christian radio format.WZAB’s coverage includes the areas of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and the Bahamas. The popular radio shows can also be accessed online at www.880thebiz.com.last_img read more

Botswana explores mankind’s cradle to boost tourism

first_imgFocus on famous sandwich to boost Morocco tourism After news broke out late last year that the cradle of mankind is located somewhere in the Makgadikgadi pans in the central part of Botswana, the Southern African nation intends to encourage research on the subject to boost its tourism industry.Public relations officer in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Daniel Moatshe, said as part of the activities aimed at encouraging researchers and scientists to conduct research on the origins of humans in Botswana, the Southern African nation will start hosting the ground breaking Seminar of the Makgadikgadi Human Origins on 28 February in Maun.Moatshe said the seminar, which will focus on encouraging human research in the Makgadikgadi, will feature a presentation of the genetics study and how the Makgadikgadi was identified as the cradle of modern humans by world renowned geneticist, Professor Vanessa Hayes.Professor Hayes is a researcher with the Garven Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, and works with other respected scholars in a multi-disciplinary research. Organisations involved in the business of promoting Botswana researchers, academia, heads of diplomatic corps, will attend the seminar.In an article published in the respected journal, Nature, in October 2019, Hayes demonstrated that genetic studies point to the Makgadikgadi as the cradle of modern humans and that the area is pivotal in the out of Africa Evolutionary study. Her research has elicited world attention and spotlight on the Makgadikagadi’s aesthetic.Moatshe said the Makgadikgadi already has a unique sentimental visitorship that is attracted by the vistas and endless expanse of the Makgadikgadi pans.“The recent publication by Professor Vanessa Hayes, pointing to the Makgadikgadi as the cradle of all humankind, will add impetus to the value of the landscape,” he said. He added that it would also bring much needed spotlight on the Middle Stone Age archaeological relics in the area whose date coincides with that proposed by Prof Hayes as the period when the Makgadikgadi began to dry and about when the populations began to disperse from Makgadikgadi.“This gives an opportunity for the revitalised branding of the Makgadikgadi as a cradle and a fresh tourism trail that will highlight key sites that will illustrate the brand,” said Moatshe.He further stated that the Cradle of Human Kind boost will attract second time visitors and calls for organised and refreshed packaging of trails, information boards and new brochures as well as empowered guides and community trusts.Reports indicate that the idea of the origins of modern humans is a topical and controversial one despite the fact that it is acknowledged that humans originated in Africa some 200 000 years ago.Before the recent announcement, it had always been believed through archeological and paleontological research that humans originated in the East African Rift Valley region.However, current research findings have used a different methodology which used mitochondrial DNA to trace the origins of mankind.This is the first time that this method has been used and they have been murmurs of disapproval from some in the scientific community.Prof Hayes’s study focused on contemporary Southern Africans and show the geographical isolation of Khoe San descendants south of the Zambezi River.In seeking a more specific location of the homeland for all modern humans, the study has narrowed in on northern Botswana.Related Botswana offers tourist visa-on-arrival to boost businesscenter_img Could Kenya be the Cradle of Mankind?last_img read more

DLP hopeful for Salybia outlines major plans

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNewsPolitics DLP hopeful for Salybia outlines major plans by: Dominica Vibes News – November 24, 2014 Tweet Share 204 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share DLP hopeful for the Salybia constituencyDominica Labour Party (DLP) hopeful for the Salybia Constituency, Cassius Darroux says the amendment of the Carib Reserve Act is top on his agenda if he becomes the next parliamentary representative. Darroux told a DLP rally to endorse his candidacy in Sineku on Sunday, 23 November 2014, the name change from Carib to Kalinago will take effect under his reign as parliamentary representative. “One of the first items that I will take up in Parliament is to amend the Carib Reserve Act to change the term Carib to Kalinago”.“As we look with great anticipation to the future development of the people we must break free from the colonial yokes that Columbus placed on us,” Mr Darroux said. He described the Kalinago people as “courageous and proud” with a very rich heritage.“We refuse to be called by the name by a man who was lost at sea and should be convicted for crimes against humanity who decided to call us Caribs,” Darroux said. He said the re-establishment of trading opportunities between the Kalinago Territory and the French territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique is also among his priority areas.“We are excited about the prospects of once again trading with ur neighbors and we are grateful for the assistance that will be given to us by the Labour Party government in the form of an appropriate vessel to help our farmers and artisans sell their crops and crafts in our neighboring French islands, this will rekindle our spirit of adventure and put Euros in our pockets,” he said. Meanwhile, Darroux announced that he has received approval from government to declare September 19th as the official Kalinago Day in memory of fallen Kalinago heroes. “We are very pleased that come September 19th, Dominica, the Caribbean and the rest of the world will be paying tribute to the Kalinago people”.“The Dominica government under the visionary of the leadership of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has seen it fit to declare and recognize this day as the official Kalinago Day in memory of our fallen heroes,” Mr Darroux said.last_img read more