Stop blaming flight attendants

first_imgMy daughter is a flight attendant for United with over 20 years experience and has many tales to tell about demanding, disrespectful and rude passengers. I’m sure the cartoon was meant to refer to the recent passenger complaints about their treatment on flights. Perhaps these passengers should spent some time acquainting themselves with the airline and FAA rules about passenger behavior, carry on baggage, and animals. Do what you are asked to do by the attendants — take you seat, have your child sit in his/her assigned seat with restraint attached (not on your lap), baggage in the overhead compartment, no concealing of small dogs or pets in your carry on baggage, etc.The flight attendants are not there to harass you. The attendants are required to undergo extensive training to insure the safety of you and your fellow passengers. If your failure (or ignorance) to obey the rules or attendant instructions cause you to be inconvenienced or removed from the flight, learn a lesson — duh.How smart is it to hide a small animal (dog) in your carry on bag, have it put in the overhead compartment, have the animal suffocate and then blame the airline for causing the animal’s death. Really?Stop blaming the flight attendants who are doing their job to protect you and your fellow passengers. You can always drive, take a train or boat — consider the safety and comfort of your fellow passengers (and also yourself).FRANK LONGORotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Is your March 17 cartoon on the Opinion Page meant to depict a “witch” or “tramp” as a United Airline flight attendant? If so, it’s highly offensive. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

US tops 3 million known infections as coronavirus surges

first_imgIn Texas alone, the number of hospitalized patients more than doubled in just two weeks.The trend has driven many more Americans to seek out COVID-19 screenings. The US Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday it was adding short-term “surge” testing sites in three metropolitan areas in Florida, Louisiana and Texas.In Houston, a line of more than 200 cars snaked around the United Memorial Medical Center as people waited hours in sweltering heat to get tested. Some had arrived the night before to secure a place in line at the drive-through site.”I got tested because my younger brother got positive,” said Fred Robles, 32, who spent the night in his car. “There’s so many people that need to get tested, there’s nothing you can do about it.” The US coronavirus outbreak crossed a grim milestone of over 3 million confirmed cases on Tuesday as more states reported record numbers of new infections, and Florida faced an impending shortage of intensive care unit hospital beds.Authorities have reported alarming upswings of daily caseloads in roughly two dozen states over the past two weeks, a sign that efforts to control transmission of the novel coronavirus have failed in large swaths of the country.California, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas on Tuesday shattered their previous daily record highs for new cases. The biggest jumps occurred in Texas and California, the two largest US states, with more than 10,000 each. About 24 states have reported disturbingly high infection rates as a percentage of diagnostic tests conducted over the past week. Dean Davis, 32, who lost his job due to the pandemic, said he arrived at the testing site at 3 a.m. Tuesday after he waited for hours on Monday but failed to make the cutoff.”I was like, let me get here at 3, maybe nobody will be here,” Davis said. “I got here, there was a line already.”In Florida, more than four dozen hospitals across 25 of 67 counties reported their intensive care units had reached full capacity, according to the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration. Only 17% of the total 6,010 adult ICU beds statewide were available on Tuesday, down from 20% three days earlier.Additional hospitalizations could strain healthcare systems in many areas, leading to an uptick in lives lost from the respiratory illness that has killed more than 131,000 Americans to date. At least 923 of those deaths were reported Tuesday, the biggest single-day toll since June 10 but still far fewer than the record 2,806 tallied back in April.A widely cited mortality model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projected on Tuesday that US deaths would reach 208,000 by Nov. 1, with the outbreak expected to gain new momentum heading into the fall.A hoped-for summertime decline in transmission of the virus never materialized, the IHME said.“The US didn’t experience a true end of the first wave of the pandemic,” the IHME’s director, Dr. Christopher Murray, said in a statement. “This will not spare us from a second surge in the fall, which will hit particularly hard in states currently seeing high levels of infections.”’Pressure on governors’President Donald Trump, who has pushed for restarting the US economy and urged Americans to return to their normal routines, said on Tuesday he would lean on state governors to open schools in the fall.Speaking at the White House, Trump said some people wanted to keep schools closed for political reasons. “No way, so we’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.”New COVID-19 infections are rising in 42 states, based on a Reuters analysis of the past two weeks. By Tuesday afternoon, the number of confirmed US cases had surpassed 3 million, affecting nearly one of every 100 Americans and a population roughly equal to Nevada’s.In Arizona, another hot spot, the rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive rose to 26% for the week ended July 5, leading two dozen states with positivity rates exceeding 5%. The World Heath Organization considers a rate over 5% to be troubling.The surge has forced authorities to backpedal on moves to reopen businesses, such as restaurants and bars, after mandatory lockdowns in March and April reduced economic activity to a virtual standstill and put millions of Americans out of work.The Texas state fair, which had been scheduled to open on Sept. 25, has been canceled for the first time since World War Two, organizers announced on Tuesday.In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine said the state was ordering people in seven counties to wear face coverings in public starting Wednesday evening.Topics :last_img read more

Vinales wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as Bagnaia crashes

first_img“Amazing job this weekend, we prepared really good… Pecco [Bagnaia] was really fast. I tried to save the tyres for the last 10 laps and started to push at the end of the race,” Vinales said.”After he made a mistake, I tried not to crash and take the maximum points. It feels fantastic, I’m very happy… we need to continue like this because we have a lot more potential.”Bagnaia was denied the chance to start at the head of the grid despite setting a record lap on Saturday as he exceeded track limits and the Italian hit the tarmac on lap 20 after losing control of his bike at turn six.Seven-times MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi, who was chasing his 200th podium finish, crashed at turn four on the second lap in tricky conditions following earlier rain.Also enduring a disappointing afternoon was South African Brad Binder, winner of the Czech Grand Prix, who suffered an early crash.The first seven rounds of the COVID-19-hit season have produced six different winners, with Quartararo taking the opening two races in Jerez, Spain.Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso finished eighth to cling on to the world championship lead with 84 points, a point ahead of Quartararo and Vinales. Topics : Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales claimed his first win of the season in the Emilia Romagna MotoGP at Misano World Circuit on Sunday, after race leader Francesco Bagnaia of Pramac Racing crashed with seven laps remaining.Pole-sitter Vinales got off to a slow start but finished strongly to clock a time of 41 minutes, 55.846 seconds and beat fellow Spaniard Joan Mir of Suzuki by 2.425 seconds.KTM rider Pol Espargaro was moved up to third to make it an all-Spanish podium when Petronas Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo was handed a three-second penalty for exceeding track limits.last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp drops Fabinho selection hint ahead of Arsenal showdown

first_img Comment Jurgen Klopp drops Fabinho selection hint ahead of Arsenal showdown Fabinho replaced Virgil van Dijk at half time in Liverpool’s 7-2 win at Lincoln (Picture: Getty)Asked if his positional switch was a long-term answer, the Liverpool boss told Sky Sports: ‘What do I know? ‘We have to make sure we have centre halves when we play football and Fabinho can obviously play the position very well, he’s fit and that’s good, so he gets minutes, that’s good for him.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Joe [Gomez] should be back in training tomorrow [Friday], I hope so and the situation could look slightly different. ‘But he is doing really well, if he plays like he played against Chelsea he can play as a centre half, 100%.‘If somebody else plays as a 6, he has another position.’MORE: Jurgen Klopp rates Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota’s Liverpool debutsMORE: Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool setting up Arsenal clash after Lincoln thrashingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Sep 2020 8:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.3kShares Fabinho’s versatility represents a major plus for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp admits Joe Gomez’s likely return to fitness ahead of Monday’s heavyweight Premier League clash against Arsenal is likely to impact on his team selection and Fabinho’s involvement in particular. The Brazil international started the season in his customary role at the base of Liverpool’s midfield, but was deployed at centre-half at Stamford Bridge last week in the absence of Gomez.Fabinho gave an assured performance and helped tame the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz as the Premier League champions coasted to a 2-0 victory against Chelsea. The 23-year-old replaced Virgil van Dijk at half time in last night’s 7-2 Carabao Cup win over Lincoln last night and again looked comfortable at the heart of Liverpool’s defence. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThiago Alcantara’s arrival from Bayern Munich last week has handed Klopp another standout midfield option and the Liverpool manager admitted Fabinho’s versatility could be vital to his hopes of enjoying an extended run in the first XI. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Townsville residents are sitting on property gold after Adani coal mine approval

first_imgDavid and Louise Fellows are looking to sell their Bushland Beach home following the approval of the Adani mine. Picture: Evan MorganTheir daughter, Daisy Wolf, who is helping her parents with the sale, said they had been waiting for the right time and the announcement changed everything. Adani cleared the last hurdle last Thursday when the Queensland Environment Department approved the company’s groundwater management plan. Waterfront development hits the market David and Louise Fellows are looking to sell their Bushland Beach home following the approval of the Adani mine. Picture: Evan MorganTOWNSVILLE property prices are expected to soar with homeowners ready to sell and investors predicted to pounce in the wake of Adani receiving the green light for its Carmichael Mine.Bushland Beach homeowners David and Louise Fellows will now put their house on the market earlier than planned after the Indian mining giant was finaly approved last week after nearly a decade.MORE NEWS Tradie saves his way to four investment properties by 22 MORE IN REAL ESTATE High flyer beach pad at Pallarendacenter_img Supplied image of Brenden Dousling, Allan Skillings, Ted Pham, Greg Bennett, Ally Foley and Mick Heap at the Adani Carmichael mine site where construction has begun.“We had a real estate agent out to the house on Wednesday,” Ms Wolf said. “Now that Adani has been approved I think prices will be best in a year’s time.“We probably would have put it on the market in a few years, but now we have decided we will do it sooner because we think we will get the most for it then.”REIQ regional director Damien Keyes said he expected property prices would increase with the demand at the beginning of next year, on the back of the building ramping up at the Galilee Basin mine site. “The approval of Adani will make our region in particular of importance to out-of-town investors.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 REIQ regional director Damien Keyes. Picture: Evan Morgan“I think that towards the back end 2019 the volume of sales will start to lift and in the New Year we will start to see the median property price in Townsville start to rise,” Mr Keyes said. “Conditions are pretty perfect for investment in Townville at the moment.”Propertology’s head of research Simon Pressley said demand for housing in the region would also come from infrastructure projects like the $30 million port project. In this year’s budget the State Government announced it would be spending more than $930.7 million on regional infrastructure, which will create more than 3200 jobs.Combined with a pipeline of other projects in the works, the next few years should be particularly positive for North Queensland.“Projects like the new military training facility, the waterfront development, the port masterplan, Haughton pipeline, Kidston renewable energy project, and a few mining projects including Adani are good for the region,” Mr Pressley said. Propertology’s head of research Simon Pressley.“Propertyology expects further job creation to help boost local confidence along with Townsville’s demand for housing.“Rental vacancy rates are tight, interest rates are the lowest seen for generations, the Federal Government’s new first homeowner scheme is a ripper, and yields are strong for investors.” Ray White agent Julie Mahoney, said buyers were quick to put their money where their mouth was, which is a good sign for the future. “Five out of five properties sold under the hammer on Tuesday night,” Ms Mahoney said. “I’ve seen mostly owner-occupiers in the market and people buying for re-sale and subdivision purposes in the future.“Townsville is fast approaching a ‘normal’ market and the announcement of massive projects and the Adani approval has signalled confidence and the promise of numerous job opportunities.”REMAX agent Michelle Hyde also said she has seen an increase in buyers on the market since the federal election. “I think the local economy is on the up again.” Ms Hyde said.“Recently I’ve been getting multiple offers on the properties I’m marketing and that’s something we haven’t seen for quite some time in Townsville.”last_img read more

Innovacorp invites ocean energy start-up bids for COVE

first_imgNova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization Innovacorp has launched a call for ocean energy start-ups to join its technology incubator inside Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE).Under its Start-Up Yard at COVE call, Innovacorp is inviting early stage ocean technology companies to apply for a prize of C$25,000 in non-dilutive funding and access to mentoring, workspace, workshops and experts.Start-Up Yard is the incubation facility and accelerator at COVE. It helps early stage ocean technology companies commercialize their products and services and succeed in the global marketplace. It offers programs, incubation space and services, funding, shared equipment, expertise and mentoring.It also partners with post-secondary institutions to help drive commercialization of ocean technologies.The Start-Up Yard is targeting applications from energy, marine transportation, fisheries aquaculture, marine defense & security, and marine tourism sectors.Entrants must be a start-up based in Nova Scotia and must be pre-revenue or in-market with sales of less than $1 million per year to be eligible to apply for the call which runs until March 16, 2018.last_img read more

Tourism is sensitive business – labour commissioner

first_imgLocalNews Tourism is sensitive business – labour commissioner by: – March 19, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Labour Commissioner Matthew Leblanc.Labour Commissioner of Dominica, Matthew Leblanc has described the tourism sector as sensitive business which he believes is “indeed critical” to the development of Dominica.Leblanc who was the featured speaker at the 3rd Bi-Annual Meeting of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association last week, deliberated on “Labour Laws and its effects on Tourism Stakeholders”.According to Leblanc, while efforts are being made to promote Dominica’s tourism product, their efforts might be “futile” if stakeholders “do not work together in the creation and sustenance of the enabling environment”.“The tourism association can’t do it alone, we need on board all the hoteliers, restaurant owners, bar attendants, bar men, secretaries, receptionists and the security officers,” he said as everyone must get involved.“We need everyone to be sensitized to be educated and to develop and nurture the culture of a high quality service that we could speak of a product that is unique, that is distinct, that is special and that is superior because those who do it do it in an environment that is healthy, sane, humane and understand the purpose for which they do it”. He also explained the importance of good working conditions and respect for employees which will provide a “decent” environment.“For us at Labour Administration work is a question of human dignity that must be based on conditions of social justice, mutual respect and we believe that decent work will generate decent income for decent persons in decent communities and we will have decent families and a decent country. So it is very important for us to promote labour laws, labour policies and labour regulations and to encourage the strict adherence as much as possible to the law”.Leblanc also noted that employees should be treated as an equal human being although his role is different from that of the employer.“The one who works is also a human being and it is understood and promoted that one who is employed is an equal human being he just has a different role and his role he must conduct and carry out in an atmosphere that is equal. No longer can we consider ourselves as employers as the capitalist as those who have the bank accounts and the business establishment as superior to the worker”.He believes therefore that employers should “partner with the worker, respect the worker, and acknowledge the importance of the result of the work of the worker”.Matthew also noted that employees and employers alike should “honor the work of those who fought so hard to ensure that persons were treated as humans in the workplace”.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share 136 Views   one commentlast_img read more

UEFA ‘to request £275m compensation’ from clubs to postpone Euro 2020

first_imgUEFA will reportedly demand around £275million compensation from its clubs and leagues in order to postpone Euro 2020 by a year in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Euro 2020 was due to start on June 12 and was planned to take place in 12 host cities, with the semi-finals and final at Wembley culminating on July 12. UEFA 2020 is in major doubt amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak (Image: 2020 SOPA Images) But the tournament is now in severe doubt as countries all over the continent go into lockdown to counter the pandemic. Most leagues in Europe have postponed all top level football until at least April 4 but this date is expected to be put back as the virus shows no sign of subsiding. A crisis meeting will be held today to discuss the matter further but most believe Euro 2020 will be rescheduled for either December or more likely next summer. But according to The Athletic, UEFA chiefs will demand massive compensation in order to move the tournament, a figure that they say is the estimate it will cost to do so. Most leagues see their priority as being able to finish their own domestic competitions before playing any international football. The report claims that most governing bodies in each country retain hope that their competitions can still be finished in May and June. Other options on the table include extending the action into July or later — which could cause huge complications around player contracts that expire on June 30 — and introducing play-off systems. By close of play today we will have found out much more in terms of what the plan of action may be. The talks, which will comprise of several different meetings, will take place using videoconference facilities. The first meeting involves UEFA officials, the ECA and EL boards and a representative of players union FIFPro. Wembley is due to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 Read Also: IOC set for crisis talks as fears grow for Tokyo Olympics It will be followed by another meeting between UEFA and its 55 member associations, including the English FA. The completion of the Champions League and Europa League competitions will also be discussed in today’s meetings. Whatever happens it is highly unlikely that a concrete plan to play football matches will be drawn up, such is the uncertainty over the matter at the moment. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature LookBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Stunning Wedding Looks From Around The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?last_img read more

UWF Women’s Soccer blanks Georgia Southwestern 8-0

first_img Share UWF Women’s Soccer blanks Georgia Southwestern 8-0 Aug. 26, 2007Box ScorePensacola, Fla. – The Lady Argos regained their relentless ball control offense to cruise past Georgia Southwestern on Sunday, following their opening season loss to the defending National Champions Metro State on Friday. The Argos controlled the game from the beginning and got off 15 shots in the first half to none for Georgia Southwestern. The great defense and attacking offense continued in the second half, as the Argos kept the Hurricanes from getting any shots on goal.Coach Joe Bartlinski was very pleased with the performance, especially with the defensive effort. “This (Georgia Southwestern) is a team very capable of scoring and we didn’t allow a shot; basically everybody stepped up today.” Georgia Southwestern scored against Metro State in their opener and nearly had a couple other goals, which really shows how well the Argos played to prevent them from getting any shots on goal.While most people watching the game might think that it was the UWF offense that controlled the game, Coach Bartlinski was clearly most pleased with the defense, and that of course gives the offense great chances to attack.Dernelle Mascall (So. / Trinidad) got the scoring started at the 34 minute mark in the first half, with a shot off a cross pass from Laurel McKenzie (Fr. / Harvest, Ala.), and then concluded her evening by scoring with a dazzling one on one move with the goalie to put UWF up 6-0. That goal gave her a hat trick of three goals for the afternoon. Mascall and teammate Anastasia Prescott (So. / Trinidad) played with the Trinidad National Team and missed some of the Argos preseason, and Coach Bartlinski felt she had a `coming out performance’ and her legs looked real strong for everything she had been through lately.McKenzie followed her assist on the first goal, to take a breakaway pass from Naila Owens (So. / Jacksonville, Fla.) to score the second first half goal at 42 minutes, and the Argos lead 2-0 at the half. Owens then scored her own goal one minute into the second half off a long pass from Jodi Galucci (So. / Stuart, Fla.). Galucci would get two more assists before the game ended. While Georgia Southwestern worked very hard to stay in the game with the Argos, it was clear in the second half that they just were worn down by the superior intensity and nifty footwork of the Argos. Anna Kaye Logan (Fr. / Bradenton, Fla.) and Alex Avram (Fr. / Hoover, Ala.) also scored goals for the Argos in the second half on route to the 8-0 win. The great defensive effort was primarily the work of Prescott, Lura Carter (Jr. / Tallahassee, Fla.), and Marie Hastings (Sr. / Gainesville, Fla.).The win evened the Argos record at 1-1, following the opening season loss to Metro State. Coach Bartlinski was not disappointed with the first game loss, as he felt that the game was closer than it appeared, and the difference was a couple headers that Metro won and the Argos just missed. With the win today, Bartlinski was real pleased to see his team do some of the things they had been working in practice. “We worked our flanks (wide play) real well, and ran some of our set pieces just as we prepared, and that was great to see today.”West Florida played 16 kids in the first half and their depth may become important as the season moves on. Overall the Argos played 20 kids in the match, and with a young team that has room to build, the game experience is great, especially with top ranked teams on the schedule.The Argos travel this next weekend to play against St. Leo on Sunday at 12:30 pm. UWF played St. Leo twice last year, with both matches ending in a tie. The second match up was in the Regional semifinals, and the Argos won the match in the penalty kicks following the regulation tie. Coach Bartlinski is looking forward to the match and explained that, “we will have to match their (St. Leo ) intensity, they are a highly spirited team,” so it should be another great test for the young Argos. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

Hughes, Randy

first_imgRandy (Randolph Joseph) Hughes, 63, of Sunman, IN passed into eternity peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. He was born February 7, 1957 in Lawrenceburg, IN to Gerard and Alice (Wuestefeld) Hughes of New Alsace, IN.As a young boy Randy was active in scouting and CYO activities. At the age of 18 Randy was paralyzed in a swimming accident that changed his life forever. In his adult years Randy did not let his disability slow him down. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, horseshoes, golf, playing cards, and watching his favorite IU Hoosiers. Randy was always willing to learn new things and help others along the way including the pride and joy of his life, granddaughters Lyvia and Nataly.Randy was very active in the Sunman area. He was a charter member of the Sunman Jaycees and later went on to serve as their president and treasurer. Randy was involved in many other organizations at different capacities including Sunman Fish and Game Club as President, Sunman Fireman Festival Chairman, North Dearborn Legion SAL (452), and Batesville Eagles.Randy will be missed by his son Christopher Gerard, his daughter-in-law Rachael (Doll), and granddaughters Lyvia & Nataly; mother Alice Hughes of New Alsace; brothers Larry of New Alsace and Tom (Debbie) of Batesville; sisters Pam Hoover of Napoleon and Judy (Ted) Meyer of Batesville, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Gerard (Jerry) Hughes, brother-in-law William Gary Hoover, and nephew Tyler Hughes.Visitation for Randy will be held at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home on Saturday, May 9 from 2:00-4:30 with a funeral service beginning at 2:00. A mass and graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations will go towards funeral expenses and any excess funds will be donated to the Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund. Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home is honored to care for Randy and his family. Please visit to offer online condolences.To keep everyone safe & healthy, and in order to comply with COVID-19 guidelines, a maximum of 25 people will be allowed in the funeral home at one time. Funeral home staff will be assisting with this so that everyone has a chance to pay their respects in a safe and reverent manner. There will be an outdoor gathering space for those waiting to go inside. If you wish to bring a lawn chair and mingle with family and friends at a safe distance, you are welcome to do so.last_img read more