State is leading by example on gun laws

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As we have seen time and time again, guns can do great harm when they end up in the wrong hands. The gun enthusiasts of New York state have demonstrated that they take seriously their responsibility of gun ownership. Most gun owners I know lock their guns and ammunition away when not in use, teach their children safe gun-handling and hunting skills, practice with their guns and abide by the state laws put in place.After reading John Cropley’s Oct. 15 Gazette article, “N.Y. is home to low gun death rates,” it also sounds like New York state shop owners are doing their part as well.The article states that shop owners inspect their merchandise when it arrives to make sure it conforms to state laws, complete necessary paperwork and offer more safety classes and marksmanship training. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?center_img Mr. Cropley’s article also notes that the police are busy doing their job enforcing the Safe Act regulations. From 2013 to Sept. 2017, there have been 17 arrests for failure to register legally owned assault rifles, 123 arrests for possession of high-capacity magazines, 816 arrests for illegal possession assault rifles and 338 arrests for illegal possession of fully automatic weapons. When you think of the damage that can be caused by just one automatic weapon with high-capacity magazines, these arrests are even more impressive.The cooperation between gun owners, shop owners and law enforcement has helped to make New York one of safest states in the nation when reviewing firearms death rates. There were 144 fewer firearms deaths in 2014 than in 2005 in New York, and our state has the fourth-lowest death rate from firearms in the nation.There’s much more to be done to continue this trend.The mental health component and the need to improve the nation’s ability to do background checks are two areas in need of significant improvement. I feel that New York state citizens have set an admirable example as to how reasonable gun laws, and gun ownership, can co-exist.ROBERT KARANDYBurnt Hillslast_img read more

Men’s hockey: Tony Granato’s hockey journey comes full circle

first_imgThere aren’t many people who have more experience and exposure to the game of hockey than Tony Granato.He has skated with Wayne Gretzky, and coached legends like Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy. But he has not only dealt with stars, he has been one himself. He has seen it all in the industry as a player and coach, being injured, traded, fired and promoted.So where else is there left for him to go? For Granato, the answer is the place where it all started: Wisconsin.“I get the opportunity to come back to the program that means a lot to me and gave me a chance to have a life after college,” Granato said. “I never really left the program.”From Downers Grove, Illinois, Granato came to Wisconsin as a freshman student athlete in 1983. He played all four years of his college career in red and white and eventually landed himself a spot in the UW Athletics Hall of Fame. Granato had success every year he was at Wisconsin, but his final season as a Badger was the most impressive campaign by far.In his senior season, Granato netted 28 goals and dished out 45 assists, finishing with a career high 73 points. Over his four-year stint as a Badger, he totaled 100 career goals and 220 assists, ranking third and fourth respectively in the program’s history. He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award his senior year and finished as a two-time All-American. Granato undoubtedly made a mark on Wisconsin hockey.Following his college career in Madison, Granato’s next stop was the Big Apple after the New York Rangers selected him 120th overall in the 1982 National Hockey League draft. He continued his prolific play in New York, scoring 36 goals in his rookie season, which still stands to this day as a Rangers’ team record.After two years with the Rangers, he headed to Los Angeles where he would spend seven years playing alongside arguably the greatest hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky. In the Los Angeles Kings’ playoff run to the 1993 Stanley Cup finals, Granato recorded 17 points in 24 games. It was a fitting performance to tie the bow on his best year as a professional, headlined by 82 regular season points.In 1996 Granato headed to San Jose to play for the Sharks in what would prove the final stop in his 13-year career as a player. Five years later, he retired after the 2001 season.In 2007, Granato traded his jersey for a suit and made his return to the ice as the assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche. There he would coach hockey greats such as Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy, while bouncing back and forth between the head and assistant coaching positions.“I think the biggest thing [in coaching in the NHL to college hockey] is the fact that the recruiting side of things has so many more things involved that are more than just coaching,” Granato said. “You have to be good on the practice side of things and the administrative side of things.”Two years later, he was fired as the Avs’ head coach, but he wouldn’t be out of hockey for long. Later that year he signed on as the assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who were led by star center forward Sidney Crosby. By the time 2014 had rolled around, he left Pittsburgh for Detroit to claim his last assistant coaching position with the Red Wings.Now in 2016, his hockey journey has ultimately come full circle, returning to where it all began at UW.“When I came here I knew I wasn’t just coming here to coach a team,” Granato said. “I didn’t realize all the things that come along with it, and every one of them is exciting. It’s being part of somethings that’s bigger than just coaching hockey; it’s being party of a community, a university and the city of Madison.”For someone with such an incredible career as a player and a coach, some might find it incredibly challenging to leave the top of their profession. Granato, however, is a fan of opportunity and loves Madison for what it is — a place he has viewed as a second home that gave him the chance to pursue his professional career.Madison is also the home for many of his family members too, including his brother Don Granato, who returned to Wisconsin to coach alongside his brother this year as well.“When the opportunity presented itself to get the chance to work with Mark and Donny and come back here and be a part of this staff and part of this athletic department, I said ‘Why wouldn’t I?’” Granato said.The Wisconsin coach has his work cut out for him in his pursuit to bring the Badgers back to their winning tradition. The team has won only 12 games in the last two seasons, but Granato is optimistic and ready to get to work.For Granato, that even means taking classes at UW to finish off a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies. In order to keep a head coaching job in college hockey, the coach must have a degree or be able to complete a degree within a 12 month period.Badgers look to begin Granato era on a high note against WildcatsThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will kick off their 2016-17 season in Green Bay Friday and Saturday for Read…After Wednesday’s practice before his first regular season game as the Badger’s head coach, Granato shared some of his thoughts on upcoming challenges.“I think there’s a lot of pieces in place, the group that was left here has a lot to offer … I think we’re going to have a really exciting team to watch,” Granato said.There’s no doubt that coach Granato will put everything he has into the team that helped him become everything he is today. It’s hard to argue with a list of accomplishments and success in the hockey world as long as Granato’s, but what separates him from other coaches is his dedication, knowledge, and most importantly, his passion for the team and city that he loves.last_img read more

Glamorous flying

first_imgRemember when everyone dressed for the occasion and flying was glamorous?And the occasion – flying – was very special and extremely expensive with a return trip from London to Australia costing a whopping 55 weeks average weekly earnings.It was the province of the super-rich, glamorous movie stars, top business executives and of course politicians who never had to worry about paying!So the passengers for a flight look more like models on a catwalk as you had no idea who you would run into – Charlton Heston, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck or John Wayne to name just a few.Pearls, hats, fur coats and corsages were the order of the day for ladies while expensive Italian suits were standard attire for men.See the way we used to entertain ourselves in flight.And the mode of transport was typically the great Douglas piston engine airliners of the day. Up until the early 1960s more people traveled on Douglas commercial aircraft than all other types combined such was the popularity of its aircraft designs. However, Boeing had its superb double deck Stratocruiser and Lockheed its sleek Constellation with the triple tail that kept competition keen.And there were no aerobridges you walked out on the red carpet and up the stairs into your luxurious cabin where there was no such thing as cramped seating.Even in the new tourist class (economy class), introduced in the early 1950s, there was loads of legroom.But the downside was that the planes of the era were extremely noisy and vibrated thanks to the reciprocating piston engines.And the planes flew at about 25,000ft, often in bad weather, so the ride more often than not was very bumpy. Air sickness was a common problem despite what the publicity videos touted.Interestingly introducing tourist or economy class wasn’t easy!Pan American’s President Juan Trippe launched one of the first real no-frills services known as, “tourist class” between New York and San Juan in September 1948.The airline used DC-4s in a five-across arrangement, adding 19 seats to increase capacity to 63. The cabin crew was reduced to one and only soft drinks were served, while boxed dinners could be purchased before departure.The fare was $75 one-way compared to the normal $133 and within five months of the introduction of the service, passenger numbers had trebled.These services were extended to most South American destinations, with governments keen to make travel more affordable. By 1951, tourist class flights accounted for 20% of air travel on those routes.But on routes to Europe, Trippe needed to get the approval of the airline cartel, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), plus a host of governments that controlled the major European airlines. This proved to be a marathon effort that took four years.However on 1 May 1952, a DC-6B “Clipper Liberty Bell” operated the first tourist class flights between New York and London. The one-way fare had been set at $270 compared to $395 for first class. The lower fare was achieved by upping the seating from 52 to 82 and the tourist section was five across rather than four. But tourist class passengers still retained the generous 40-inch (101cm) seat pitch, compared to today’s standard of 32-inches (81.28cm).Tourist class was an instant hit. Traffic doubled within a year and the service was extended to Paris, Rome, Brussels, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Glasgow. By 1954, tourist class was available on all Pan Am routes and most routes around the world.The effect of the fares was stunning, with traffic increasing by 37% in 1955 on the North Atlantic. In that year, (system-wide) 62% of passengers were traveling on tourist tickets.AirlineRatings.com has acquired a special collection of color images of the era and some of these have been restored by experts such as Christian Bryan of Oregon in the United States.In some cases, many hours of work was required to bring the faded and distorted colors back to their former glory.last_img read more

Australian Open updates extreme heat policy with 10-minute breaks allowed

first_imgPlayers in the men’s draw at the Australian Open will be allowed 10-minute breaks during matches as part of an updated extreme heat policy at the year’s first Grand Slam.Melbourne Park regularly sees days of scorching weather and organisers have come under fire from players who have complained of health and safety risks under the previous heat regime.Tennis Australia said it would introduce a new “Heat Stress Scale” at the January 14-27 tournament after conducting research with thermal experts at the University of Sydney.The scale ranges from one to five, with one denoting “temperate playing conditions” and five triggering the suspension of play, the governing body said in a statement on Saturday.Men will now join women in being permitted 10-minute breaks during extreme heat conditions, tournament director Craig Tiley said.”In the men’s singles a 10-minute break will be allowed after the third set when a four (4.0) is recorded on the AO HSS (heat stress scale) prior to or during the first three sets of the match,” TA said.When the scale reaches five, the tournament referee can suspend matches on outside courts and decide to close the roof on the three show-courts, Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena, which was formerly known as Hisense Arena.The updated policy also introduces 15-minute breaks for wheelchair players.Also Read | Roger Federer warms up for Australian Open with some tennis on the sandAlso Read | Rafael Nadal excited about new season following quick recovery after knee surgeryAlso See: Roger Federer’s 2018 Australian Open victoryadvertisementlast_img read more

Cabinet Approves Contract for the Construction of Building to House Cross Roads Tax Office

first_img Cabinet has given approval for the purchase of land at a cost of $229 million, located on the grounds of the Nuttall Memorial Hospital, for the construction of a building to house the Cross Roads Tax Office and other Tax Administration of Jamaica offices.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid made the announcement during a post-Cabinet Press briefing held at Jamaica House on August 29.Regarding the development of Port Royal, Senator Reid said further to prior decisions of April 23, 2018 on the acquisition of leasehold interest in the unexpired 35-year lease agreement between the Commissioner of Lands and Morgan’s Harbour Limited, Cabinet has agreed to the acquisition of nine acres of land, rather than the original 14 acres.He noted that these additional acres fall on Lots 96 and 127, part of Port Royal known as Red Land and Green Land (Old Coaling Station/Wharf) in the parish of Kingston.“This is being done for the development of Port Royal by the Port Authority of Jamaica and the Urban Development Corporation. This will be undertaken by the National Land Agency utilising the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act,” Senator Reid said.He added that community consultations have been ongoing in respect of this proposed development. Story Highlights Cabinet has given approval for the purchase of land at a cost of $229 million, located on the grounds of the Nuttall Memorial Hospital, for the construction of a building to house the Cross Roads Tax Office and other Tax Administration of Jamaica offices. center_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid made the announcement during a post-Cabinet Press briefing held at Jamaica House on August 29.last_img read more

Murray rates Cincinnati singles comeback OK despite defeat

first_imgCincinnati: Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said he “did OK” in his first singles match in seven months — a 6-4 6-4 loss to Richard Gasquet at the Cincinnati Masters here. “I don’t really know what I was expecting, to be honest,” said Murray on Monday, sidelined since January by a career-threatening hip injury. “I did OK. There were a lot of things I would like to have done better in the match, but you also have to be somewhat realistic in terms of what you can expect, in terms of how you actually play and hit the ball.” Murray said he “felt fine, physically,” during the match. “My legs were a little bit heavy at the end of the match. When Richard drop-shotted me, there were a few times I didn’t even run to the ball, didn’t react to it. That’s nothing to do with my hip, that’s just me not running for a ball.” Murray hadn’t played a singles match since a five-set first-round exit at the Australian Open, where he tearfully acknowledged he feared his career was over. Since undergoing right hip resurfacing surgery on January 28 he has slowly fashioned a return. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMurray has been playing doubles for the past two months, winning at Queen’s Club in London with Feliciano Lopez. Gasquet, however, was too strong for the 32-year-old, who won the title in the US Open warm-up in Cincinnati in 2008 and 2011. Gasquet, who had groin surgery in January, ended a five-match skid against the Briton, now ranked 324th. Murray opened the game with a double fault, and his forehand into the net gave Gasquet a match point that the 56th-ranked Frenchman converted when Murray sent a service return wide to end the match after 96 minutes.last_img read more

Gold gains sheen crosses Rs 30000 after six weeks

first_imgOdissi exponent Reela Hota (third from left) during “Jewels of Exotica” press conference in Bengaluru, on April 4, 2017.IANSGold prices reclaimed the Rs 30,000 level after almost six weeks in India on the back of strong global cues and brisk buying by Indian jewellers ahead of the marriage season. In the Delhi bullion market on Saturday, gold gained Rs 200 to close at Rs 30,000 per 10 gm. Silver prices however declined by Rs 100 to end at Rs 41,700 per kg.Gold prices had last closed above Rs 30,000 on March 4 at Rs 30,100 per 10 gm but then dropped to Rs 28,850 on March 10.Gold imports are on the rise in India after a long period of decline. In March, imports of the yellow metal jumped 329 percent to $4,177 million from $973 million in March 2016, according to provisional data released by the commerce and trade ministry a few days ago.In the preceding month, gold imports had gone up by 147 percent to $3.48 billion from $1.40 billion in February 2016.In January, India had imported gold worth $2.04 billion, marking a fall of 29.94 percent from $2.91 billion in January 2016. On Friday, gold stocks remained range-bound on the stock exchanges. While Titan ended almost flat at Rs 479, PC Jeweller gained 0.23 percent to close at Rs 422 and Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri ended 0.71 percent higher at Rs 85.TBZ will be opening its 33rd India store on Sunday at Jamnagar, Gujarat. Gold purchases are subject to increasing restrictions in India as part of the government’s efforts to restrict cash transactions. The Narendra Modi government capped cash transactions at Rs 2 lakh with effect from April 1 this year.As of Friday (April 21), TCS maintained its position as the most-valued company in India, despite losing Rs 3,280.76 crore to end with a market capitalisation of Rs 4,55,405 crore. TCS was followed by Reliance Industries (Rs 4,55, 105 crore) and HDFC Bank (Rs 3,83,549 crore). A sales person shows a gold ring to customers at a jewellery showroom during Dhanteras, a Hindu festival associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, in Ahmedabad, India, October 28, 2016.Reuterslast_img read more

Twopronged approach to boost power infra in South 24Parganas

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has taken up two-pronged approach to enhance infrastructure creation and also to reduce the loss caused due to tapping in various parts of South 24-Parganas.The WBSEDCL also aims to increase of service connection in the district. A holistic approach has also been adopted for the transformation of the whole region. South 24-Parganas is the biggest district of West Bengal with 9960 sq km area. WBSEDCL is the only licensee, except a small part of Garia, to provide power to 1.63 million customers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe district is having five sub divisions, 32 blocks, five municipalities, 40 police stations, 312 gram panchayat and 1,971 villages. WBSEDCL has 48 33/11 KV sub-stations, 136 power transformers with 936 MVA capacity, 133 33 KV line, 261 11 KV line, 15,072 distribution transformers with total capacity of 962 MVA to cater power to all households of this district. Considering such vast area, providing service connection to all, maintaining uninterrupted quality power service at every corners of the district with safety and Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateconsumer satisfaction is really a challenge, a senior WBSEDCL from South 24-Parganas said. The WBSEDCL has stressed upon enhancing distribution utility and to ensure connection to all consumers, proper meter reading and billing. If these things are followed properly, the losses will come down automatically. Timely generation of notice and disconnection of default consumers will also add value to it, the official said. Substantial ATC loss reduction has been noticed in South 24-Parganas Region in past 8 months. ATC loss has been reduced from 49.14 percent to 46.24 percent i.e. 2.9 percent. Although in LT part (without bulk), loss has been reduced by 3.72 percent. The official said they had introduced around 1,30,000 connections throughout the district in 8 months. He also pointed out meetings were held to hear the problems directly from station managers and act accordingly. There are some issues, including shortage of contractor manpower. “But, as a whole, it is not at all a problem. I just redistribute manpower and materials, including metres, and other materials from one part to another. Of course, computerised material management helps me a lot to find out where the actual materials are. Help of higher authorities in generation of work order to ensuring availability of meters and materials has also made this huge work a great success,” the official said.last_img read more

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5 ways to reduce App deployment time

first_imgOver 6,000 mobile apps are released on the Google Play Store every day. This breeds major competition among different apps that are constantly trying to reach more consumers. Spoilt for choice, the average app user is no longer willing to put up with lags, errors, and other things that might go wrong with their app experience. Because consumers have such high expectations, developers need to find a way to release new updates, or deployments faster. This means app developers need to keep the deployment time low without compromising quality. The world of app development is always evolving, and any new deployments come with a risk. You need the right strategy to keep things from going wrong at every stage of the deployment process. Luckily, it’s not as complicated as you might think to create a workflow that won’t breed errors. Here are some tips to get you started. 1. Logging to catch issues before they happen An application log is a file that keeps track of events being logged by a software, which includes vital information such as errors and warnings. Logging helps in catching potential problems before they happen. Even if a problem arises, you’ll have a log to show you why it might have occurred. Logging also provides a history of earlier version updates which you can restore from. You have two options for application logging: creating your own framework or utilizing one that’s already readily available. While it’s completely possible to create your own, based on your own decision about what’s important for your application, there are already tools that work effectively that you can implement for your project. You can learn more about creating a system for finding problems before they happen here: Python Logging Basics – The Ultimate Guide to Logging. 2. Batching to identify errors/breakdowns quickly Deploying in batches gives developers much more control than releasing all major updates at once. When you reduce the amount of change taking place in every update, it’s easier to identify errors and breakdowns. If you update your app with large overhauls, you’ll spend countless hours hunting where something went wrong. Even if your team already utilizes small batch updates, you can take steps to make this process easier through automation using tools like Compuware, Helpsystems or Microsystems’ Automation Batch Tools. Writing fresh code every time you need to make a change takes time and effort. When you have an agile schedule, you need to optimize your code to ensure time isn’t spent on repetitive tasks. Automated batching will help your team work faster and will fewer errors. 3. Key Performance Indicators to benchmark success Key Performance Indicators, also known as KPIs anticipate the success of your app. You should identify these early on so you’re able to not only recognize the success of your app but also notice areas that need improving. The KPIs you choose depend on the type of app. In the app world, some of the most common KPIs are: Number of downloads App open rate New users Retention rate Session length Conversion rate from users to customers Knowing your KPIs will help you anticipate user trends. If you notice your session length going down, for example, that’s a good sign it’s time for an update. On the other hand, an increase in downloads is a good indicator that you’re doing something right. 4. Testing Finally, you’ll want to set up a system for testing your app deployments effectively. Testing is important to make sure everything is working properly so you can quickly launch your newest deployment without worrying about things going wrong. You can create sample tests for all aspect of the user experience like logins, key pages, and APIs. However, you’ll need to choose a method (or several) of testing that makes sense based on your deployment size. Common application testing types: Functionality Testing: This is to ensure the app is working on all devices. Performance Testing: With this test, several mobile challenges are introduced like poor network coverage, and less memory that stress the application’s server. Memory Leakage Testing: This step checks for optimized memory processing. Security Testing: As security becomes a greater concern for users, apps need to be tested to ensure data is protected. The good news is much of this testing can be done through automated tools. With just a few clicks, you can test for all of the things above. The most common automated testing tools include Selenium, TestingWhiz, and Test IO. 5. Deployment tracking software When you’re continuously deploying new updates for your app, you need to have a way to track these changes in real-time. This helps your team see when the deployments happened, how they relate to prior deployments, and how they’ve affected your predetermined KPIs. While you should still have a system for testing, automating code, and tracking errors, some errors still happen since there is no way to prevent a problem from happening 100% of the time. Using a deployment tracking software such as Loggly (full disclosure, I work at Loggly), Raygun or Airbrake will help cut down on time spent searching for an error. Because they identify immediately if an error is related to newly released codes, you can spend less time locating a problem and more time solving it. When it comes to your app’s success, you need to make sure your deployments are as pain-free as possible. You don’t have time to waste since competition is fierce today, but that is no excuse to compromise on quality. The above tips will streamline your deployment process so you can focus on building something your users love. About the Author Ashley is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion in providing creative solutions for building brands online. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches. Read Next Mastodon 2.5 released with UI, administration, and deployment changes Google App Engine standard environment (beta) now includes PHP 7.2 Multi-Factor Authentication System – Is it a Good Idea for an App?last_img read more

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