View post tag: fighter USA: Austal Completes R&M Work on “Sea Fighter” (FSF 1) View post tag: work View post tag: News by topic View post tag: FSF 1 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Austal Completes R&M Work on “Sea Fighter” (FSF 1) View post tag: R&M Industry news View post tag: sea View post tag: completes View post tag: Navy March 15, 2012 View post tag: Austal Austal USA, in conjunction with prime contractor, BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Alabama, has completed a 4-month drydock and shipyard availability for the “Sea Fighter” (FSF-1) based out of Panama City, Florida. The “Sea Fighter” is an aluminum catamaran operated by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) that has been used to test technologies for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) programs.Under a very aggressive schedule, Austal workers installed a new Counter Measure Washdown (CMWD) System to help keep future Naval combatants operational in a nuclear, biological or chemical battle-space. Other Austal work items included the modification of ballast tanks and the installation of water jet skirts on both hulls. Austal’s pipe department installed a fuel centrifuge piping system into the ship which will allow the crew the opportunity to remove fuel contaminants. Other work items included the manufacture of aluminum ladders and work platforms for the water jets, along with repair of the aluminum hull. This work was completed on time and on budget.Austal also provided technical support during successful sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. The “Sea Fighter” (FSF 1) left Mobile, Alabama, to head for its homeport in Panama City, Florida, on the 27th of February.Austal USA’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Rella said, “The successful completion of the “Sea Fighter” availability speaks to the inherent advantages of utilizing the subject matter expert for repair and maintenance of the type of vessels they build. It was rewarding to see both shipyards work together in Mobile exploiting the synergies of our two side-by-side facilities. We hope the Navy will consider Mobile-based shipyards teamed with Austal USA for future support of the Navy’s repair and maintenance activities.”“One of the ways to obtain growth in tough economic times is through teaming and partnerships,” said Vic Rhoades, Director and General Manager of BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Alabama. “Today’s completion of the “Sea Fighter” project is a shared success and a tribute to the highly-skilled men and women of both BAE Systems and Austal USA. The vessel spent a total of 91 days at BAE Systems’ facility, including 72 days on dry dock. This project is a testament to both companies’ commitment to generate additional business opportunities in the Mobile area.”Austal USA is a full-service shipyard offering design, construction and high-speed vessel service and repair. As Austal USA continues to expand its service and repair capabilities, the company is well positioned for new business with engineering, test and trials capabilities, and a new waterfront facility all co-located on the Mobile Bay waterfront.Austal is currently under contract with the U.S. Navy to build nine 103-meter JHSVs under a 10-ship, $1.6 billion contract and three 127-meter Independence-variant LCS class ships, two of which are a part of a 10-ship, $3.5 billion contract.For the LCS and JHSV programs, Austal, as prime contractor, is teamed with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. As the ship systems integrator, General Dynamics is responsible for the design, integration and testing of the ship’s electronic systems including the combat system, networks, and seaframe control. General Dynamics’ proven open architecture approach allows for affordable and efficient capability growth as technologies develop.These two contracts will require Austal to increase its Mobile, Alabama workforce to approximately 4,000 employees in order to fulfill the contract requirements. “With almost ten percent of these workers expected to reside in the neighboring states of Florida and Mississippi,” said Austal USA President and COO, Joe Rella, “we are proud that Austal is an engine of regional growth for the Gulf.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 15, 2012; View post tag: Naval Share this article
By Matt KoellingTo last fifty years in the music business, you must develop an ability to overcome adversity. Veteran Worchester, England-bred singer-songwriter/guitarist Dave Mason is no exception to this rule. A mostly miserable, wind-whipped and rain-soaked Monday night in Ocean City, which briefly resulted in a power outage for an entire block of Boardwalk that included the Music Pier, put those hard-earned survival skills to the test once again. Come rain or come shine, in darkness or light, the show, as they say, must go on.You may know Mason from his work as a founding member and lead guitarist of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Traffic. Or perhaps from his platinum-selling solo debut album, 1970’s Alone Together. Maybe you came on board further down the line, via the late 70’s pop-rock radio smash “We Just Disagree”. Mason penned “Feelin’ Alright” at 19 while in Traffic, which Joe Cocker soon reinterpreted into the iconic classic that remains a classic-rock radio staple to this day. He played 12-string on “All Along the Watchtower”, plus sung background vocals on “Crosstown Traffic” on his friend Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland album. He was an original member of Derek and the Dominoes, toured as a part of Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, with Eric Clapton, while both played on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. Michael Jackson duetted on his 1980 single “Save Me”. Mason briefly joined Fleetwood Mac for the writing, recording and touring of their 1995 album Time.But enough listing of his rock bona fides or past triumphs. This is a tale of Mason’s talents and resiliency being on full-display Monday. As show time approached, it was raining so hard, with clouds so ominous, that visibility on the 9th Street Bridge was virtually a guessing game. The only pedestrian on the ramp leading up to the Music Pier was a policeman, seeking shelter from the storm, underneath the storefront awning outside Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy. The woman working the Music Pier box-office window joked that she didn’t expect a lot of walk-up business this evening. Yet once inside, it was revealed that there wasn’t much need for it anyway. The crowd, most of whom had presumably purchased tickets in advance, were already filling up the room to near capacity and seated by 7:30.Mason and his band went to work shortly thereafter. He began on his acoustic guitar, firing off four songs (“World in Changes”, “Can’t Stop the Worrying, Can’t Stop the Loving”, “Just a Song” and “Waiting on You”) off the aforementioned Alone Together, before breaking for a moment and addressing the audience. “Good evening folks, it’s nice to be here…nice to be anywhere, as a matter of fact” he quipped, before launching into a fifth number from his debut, “Sad and Deep as You”.The melancholy of that number might’ve led to Mason remarking “I know, I know, it’s Monday, right”, to which a voice in the crowd audibly shouted “Every day is the 4th of July!” towards the stage. Mason, gamely ready to partake in repartee, offered back, “Okay, Okay, every day is my birth day”, before grabbing his Fender Stratocaster to add some more electricity to the proceedings with his takes on Traffic’s “Rock and Roll Stew” and “The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys”. In between the two cuts by his former band, Mason explained to the audience “Both of these were part of Traffic A.D. That’s right ‘After Dave’. So, I figure I can do what the hell I want with them”. That he did. “Low Spark” in particular, eschewed the jazzy foundation of the piano-driven Winwood-led version that most classic-rock fans remember, for a more guitar-driven blues-shuffle, including a wah-wah flexing extended guitar solo, with that song’s trademark piano lick appearing only once, just before the song’s instrumental coda.Backed by a crack four-piece band that featured Alvino Bennet on drums, Johnne Sambatero on guitar/vocals and Tony Patler on keys/vocals while playing the bass parts on piano, Mason deftly displayed his facility on his chosen instrument. “I started playing guitar when I was 14. Seemed like a good idea, everybody else was doing it. All I wanted back then was a red, Fender Stratocaster…Girls? Eh. I was far more interested in getting that red Strat. But what I found out later, was that if you get that red Strat, and learn to play it well…the girls do follow, it’s true”.This was one of several examples of Mason deploying his deadpan-delivery and wry sense of humor, which his gathered fans seemed to greatly appreciate. After a fiery finish to “Only You Know and I Know”, a Mason minor hit that went on to become a #2 pop hit for Delaney and Bonnie, the first standing applause break of the evening arrived. “NOW it doesn’t feel like Monday anymore”, joked Mason, before offering a story about George Harrison bequeathing him his first sitar but then lamenting “only my dumb ass didn’t keep it, but hey…all things must pass”.The Dave Mason Band was just hitting the first chorus of the set-closer “Feelin’ Alright”, when the Ocean City Music Pier lost its speakers and the lights. An audible groan of shocked disappointment rose up in the room. Taking a peek out of the windows to the boardwalk, it was apparent that the power outage extended out to the entire block. Music Pier staff and promoter Bob Rose soon filtered out onto the stage to confer with the band. A few patrons began milling outside to go do their own reconnaissance. Most audience members, including Dave Galbreath, who has “been coming to Ocean City all my life” and had seen Dave Mason four other times at the venue, instead took a faithful wait-and-see approach. The faith was rewarded when, about 10 to 12 minutes after the stoppage, lights began popping back up along the storefronts on the boardwalk and subsequently inside the music hall. “Let’s try that again” said Mason, as he cued his bandmates to take it from the top. This time, they made it thru the song’s rollicking conclusion before needing to stop.With the lights onstage dimmed and the crowd now standing in unison, the audience who had waited patiently through the interruption now clamored for an encore. Mason and company returned to the stage shortly thereafter to give a double-dose of what the people wanted, in the form of “We Just Disagree” and finally the Traffic classic “Dear Mr. Fantasy”. A little over two hours of stage time, with a few minutes of unplanned break, had now left most concert-goers feeling fully satiated. But for those who wanted more, they received word before “Mr. Fantasy” that the merch table had been moved inside to the back wall of the Music Pier and that any customers interested could find him back there, post-show, where he promised to “sign stuff, take pictures, shake hands and kiss babies” for as long as they desired.True to form, as the hall began to empty out, filing out in the most inclement night of weather the shore has experienced this summer, Mason could still be seen in the back of the hall doing just that. This is his livelihood. He didn’t arrive here, five decades after his mystical travels began, without being prepared to handle some of the snags for which there’s no real way to prepare. Despite flooding in the streets, lightning flashing outside, or a loss of lighting inside, Dave Mason remains ready to sing a song, play guitar and make it snappy, in hopes of making sure the paying customers go into that dark night, feelin’ alright.
United Biscuits’ (UB) Christmas TV debut for its McVitie’s Victoria biscuit selection will kick off on 4 December.The company, which has just been sold to Turkish food group Yildiz Holding for £2bn, has made an investment of £1m that will see the popular branded biscuit assortment featured in a 60-second advert during high-profile programmes for the three weeks leading up to Christmas Day. The advert is an extension of the ‘sweeet’ animal family debuted earlier this year in the McVitie’s master brand advertisements.A longstanding consumer favourite, McVitie’s Victoria returns to shelves this season in a new hinged box, designed to give a more modern and premium feel. Following UB’s investment in packaging technology, the revised format will also contain two re-closable individually-wrapped foil film trays as well as weighing in 200g heavier at 700g (RSP £10).Meanwhile, McVitie’s Penguin brand has also tapped into the John Lewis Christmas advert, and has created a Monty the Penguin-inspired ‘tearjerker’ advert using the hashtags #MontyThePenguin and #sweeet. Its ‘sweeet’ campaign also uses animals to help its products appeal to children.Sarah Heynen, marketing director for sweet biscuits at UB, said: “The launch of McVitie’s Victoria onto our TV screens this Christmas marks another momentous occasion for McVitie’s at the end of what has been a highly successful year for the brand.“Although we are keeping the stars of the campaign under wraps, we hope our customers will be as excited as we are to see the debut of Britain’s best-loved biscuit assortment on TVs in homes throughout the country. We expect a positive response from consumers following the success of the McVitie’s ‘sweeet’ TV campaign earlier in the year so will be working closely with our retail customers to ensure they can meet anticipated demand.”Private equity fund business Blackstone and PAI Partners handled the deal with international biscuit manufacturer Yildiz Holding, which already owns chocolate brand Godiva.If you havn’t seen the infamous John Lewis Christmas advert yet, which inspired UB’s penguin campaign, then watch it below.
A demonstration will take place outside Ginsters manufacturer Samworth Brothers’ head office in Melton Mowbray, according to the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).BFAWU regional officer George Atwall said its members, as well as those from unions Unite and the Trades Union Congress, local councillors and members of parliament are likely to be present at the demo on 26 June, to highlight their concerns about workers’ pay and conditions. In April the company found itself at the centre of a row about pay and conditions, allegedly made to offset the National Living Wage, after Channel Four news claimed to have seen company documents concerning the cuts. The move comes as Samworth Brothers, the manufacturer of Ginsters, said it had concluded its consultation with employees about a “more balanced and equitable pay structure”. It said it would be investing £5m in its pay bill each year over the next three years.Samworth Brothers said in a statement: “This has been a collaborative process, during which we have continued to listen to and act upon feedback from our staff consultative committees.”But at a meeting of BFAWU last week, Atwall said workers had asked for a breakdown of where the £5m a year was being spent: “No matter how many nice-sounding words Samworth Brothers use to dress up their continuing attacks on our members pay and conditions, there can be no doubt that, from start-to-finish, the entire consultation process has been a farce.”
Today, the upcoming third annual Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival annouced the highly anticipated lineup for the event’s annual all-star jam session, dubbed the “PowWoW!” In addition to the session’s previously announced maestro–the one and only Snoop (Doggy) Dogg, this year’s Okeechobee PoWoW! will be held down throughout by the best backing band in the business, the legendary Roots crew.A long list of artists from the worlds hip-hop, funk, soul, and beyond will join Snoop and The Roots onstage throughout the jam, including the “Queen of Funk,” Chaka Khan. Rounding out the stacked PoWoW! lineup will be young hip-hop superstar Joey Bada$$, Big Gigantic saxophonist Dominic Lalli, exceptionally talented New Orleans’ multi-instrumentalist Trombone Shorty, and organ guru Cory Henry (formerly of Snarky Puppy). Of course, as is customary for the Okeechobee PoWoW!, additional surprise guests are sure to make appearances during the set as well.Last year’s collaboration with Solange, Michael McDonald, Gallant, Griz, Allen Stone, Vulfpeck, Eric Krasno, members of Lawrence & more reimagined McDonald and Kenny Loggins‘ hit “What A Fool Believes” and much more. At the inaugural Okeechobee weekend in 2016, Miguel and Win Butler of Arcade Fire, along with John Oates (of Hall & Oates), Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Kamasi Washington created their own versions of David Bowie’s “Fame” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling”.Located in the heart of Florida, sitting between Miami, Tampa and Orlando, Sunshine Grove spans across 800-acres of pristine grasslands, clear lakes, and exotic tropical woodlands. The diverse, multi-genre festival celebrates the start of Spring with both world renowned and on the rise performers, art installations, yoga, meditation, local culinary treats and more.As Okeechobee Festival enters its third year on the heels of two sold out weekends in 2017 and 2016, respectively, it has quickly grown to be the largest independent festival in the Southeast and the first major destination of the festival season.Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is set to take place from Thursday, March 1st – Sunday, March 4th at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, FL. To purchase your weekend ticket for Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, head to the event website.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian military official said Israel fired surface and air missiles at targets in southern Syria, causing only material damage. The official said the late Wednesday attacks prompted Syrian air defenses. The unnamed official said the Israeli attacks came in from over the Golan Heights but didn’t identify what the target was. Residents in the capital Damascus reported hearing the sound of explosions. State media said the explosions in Damascus were those of the Syrian air defenses responding to the incoming missiles. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes targeted a military post for government troops and allied Iranian militias in rural Quneitra province.
Two years after the beginning of World War II, the Axis threat made itself felt under the waters of the South Atlantic. German and Italian submarines operating in the region conducted a series of torpedo attacks on Brazilian merchant vessels, forcing President Getúlio Vargas to declare war on Germany and Italy, on August 22, 1942. Four days later, a Vultee V-11 plane from what was then Gravatai Air Base (today’s Canoas) attacked a submarine 50 miles from Ararangua, off the coast of Santa Catarina state. The Air Patrol was consequently the leading actor in Brazil’s first military action, off the country’s south coast, in the largest conflict of the twentieth century. Over 60 years have gone by since the end of World War II, and in the same region, at any hour and in the area’s typical severe weather conditions, there is always a maritime patrol aircraft ready to preserve Brazil’s sovereignty in its territorial waters. The 2nd Squadron, 7th Aviation Group, is headquartered at Florianopolis Air Base. The Phoenix Squadron is the only Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Air Patrol unit based in the southern part of the country. It is equipped with P-95B Bandeirulha aircraft, the patrol version of the EMB-110, a domestically developed airplane manufactured by Embraer. With a range that has been extended to over seven hours, thanks to the incorporation of fuel tanks into the wings, the Bandeirulhas have an area of responsibility that encompasses 3.5 million km² of Brazil’s territorial waters, soon to be extended by another 950,000 km², the area known as the Blue Amazon. At the same time that the Government announces the discovery and exploration of important petroleum reserves in the pre-salt region, international greed for these areas also increases. On the other hand, more than 90 percent of Brazilian trade passes through the country’s territorial waters. Protecting these maritime routes and this submerged wealth is something that makes the Air Patrol more and more important every day. The P-95B Bandeirulha aircraft had their baptism of fire in 1982, when Brazil leased two aircraft on an emergency basis, at Argentina’s request, to counter the threat posed to the Falkland Islands by the British fleet. In this conflict, they operated as part of the Exploration and Reconnaissance Squadron between May and June of 1982. These aircraft can be armed with SBAT-70 rockets mounted on four pylons installed at fixed locations under the wings. Due to their low performance, in the event of war the Bandeirulhas would not engage in direct combat against military targets, since they are only able to launch rockets against small enemy patrol ships and merchant vessels or serve as command, control, and electronic warfare aircraft. Their main task consists in interdiction and combat support. The P-95B, through the powerful search radar installed in its nose, can detect, locate, identify, and vector fighter-plane attacks on surface targets. This command-and-control task has been constantly performed in support of air-surface exercises by Air Force A-1 (AMX) fighters and Brazilian Navy A-4 Skyhawks. With the support of the onboard secure signals espionage, attack, electronic warfare, and electronic espionage systems, the aircraft may be used as a communications and control center for combat operations at sea. By Dialogo October 04, 2011
Throughout life there are situations – life events – where money plays a significant role in the decision-making process, and a positive resolution is dependent on the availability of funds. In certain cases, where the resolution requires more money than what may be available, an already stressful situation can feel frustrating and overwhelming. But what if a financial institution knew their member personally, and was willing to take a look at special situations to see if they could lend a hand (or money) to assist that member? Take a chance on a member with a long standing history and make a difference to them? This is the embodiment of the Credit Union Difference.Credit unions have long prided themselves on having personalized relationships with their members, sharing affinities based on education, occupations and the community. Recently, some credit unions have been going above and beyond in their traditional lending practices when looking to meet some of their members’ financial needs. They have started offering smaller, more express and niche-type loans, often stemming from the needs within the community it serves. These smaller loans, while not typical, are creating positive results; building both loan portfolios and member appreciation and loyalty.A recent article from creditunions.com outlined some of the more unique lending strategies being offered to members at a growing list of credit unions. Lending strategies were implemented after a need was identified within their community and member base. Loans were granted for life events such as adoption, the path to citizenship, environmental initiatives, and to help meet the needs of a union worker just joining and learning their trade. Some CUs have even begun to offer an alternative for those dreaded payday loans, where the borrower usually has no viable alternatives and is stuck paying a huge amount of interest and fees. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dania Buchanan Dania Buchanan is Head of SmartVault and has served in leadership roles since the company was founded in 2008. In her current role, Dania is responsible for the culture, vision … Web: https://www.smartvault.com Details Growing your credit union’s membership and revenue is an ongoing challenge. This is especially true given the dynamics of the current business climate such as: increasing pressure on net profit margin due to diminishing revenue opportunities; rising expenses related to operations, compliance, and technology expenses; and a highly competitive landscape which makes attracting and retaining members difficult and costly.How can your credit union facilitate growth despite these fundamental market challenges? An important strategy for credit unions that are focused on driving growth and overcoming environmental business issues is the implementation of a digital document and information management platform. Let’s take a closer look at the specific key growth opportunities provided to credit unions by the use of this technology and the available solutions:1. The ability to efficiently and profitably expand your service area. Credit unions across the country have significant market competition from other financial institutions and financial service providers. However, recent changes to the Field of Membership rules allow credit unions to expand the size and geographic characteristics of the populations they serve. These changes offer growth opportunities to credit unions if they can efficiently serve more members, particularly those in rural areas. However, in order to capitalize on such opportunities, the advantages of implementing a cloud-based document and information management platform across all areas of a credit union must first be realized. Without these efficiencies in workflow, elevated member service via collaborative information sharing and e-signature capabilities, and the benefits of remote staffing made possible by a digital document and information management platform, serving an expanded market area efficiently and competitively it is not possible.2. Increased throughput of loan applications and member onboarding documentation. By its very nature, the right digital document management and information management workflow platform will enable your credit union to process more revenue-generating loan applications, retain existing business, and onboard new members faster. In comparison, credit unions trying to meet these goals and manage operational processes using traditional on-site paper-based workflow or maintain asynchronous documents using slow, on-site servers coupled with storage on local machines are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to increasing their capacity for handling new business and effectively welcoming and serving new members.This is because working in the cloud enables a completely different and higher level of workflow efficiency, speed and security capabilities. For example, using a cloud-based document management system allows your credit union to adapt its workflow to meet increased volume generated by new business by setting up the structure of electronic files to be accessible by all pertinent departments, individual staff members as well as specific members to expedite processing. This technology also allows for all documentation requests and exchanges as well as required signature execution to be handled electronically. Another key benefit of a cloud-based document management platform which expedites the processing of transactions and member services is the ability to facilitate customized alerts and notifications which can be created for individual users further elevating efficiency and the client experience while reducing operational and human resource expenses.3. Reduction of overhead costs freeing up operating capital and increasing net profit margins. In addition to enabling opportunities to achieve market expansion, using a cloud-based document management solution eliminates the expense and ongoing maintenance costs of maintaining an on-site server as well as providing inherent FINRA compliant features, thereby reducing compliance costs. This also eliminates the need to maintain a costly IT infrastructure because it meets the need for file encryption and other security requirements. Thus, the implementation of this technology creates significant relief of overhead costs and eases the downward pressure on your credit union’s net profit margin.4. The attraction of top-tier talent with remote work and access capabilities. Another often overlooked need connected to credit union growth is that of having additional staff. Hiring the best possible staff will allow your organization to increase its operational bandwidth while performing at a higher level. Using a cloud-based document and information management platform to enable remote work functionality allows your credit union to give employees the capability of performing all of their duties remotely. This not only saves money on office space and costly third-party systems such as a VPN, GoToMyPC or a hosted desktop environment, it also boosts productivity and allows your credit union to choose from a larger and more diversified pool of talent, rather than being limited by geographical constraints. Being able to have your key employees work effectively on a completely remote basis is also an increasingly important employee incentive and can help your credit union attract and retain top-tier talent.Choose the right digital document and information management partner to help you leverage growth opportunities. In today’s business environment choosing the right digital document management solution is a fundamental driver of strategic credit union growth. Beyond the immediate benefits of cost and workflow efficiencies that implementing a cloud-based document management platform provides, the long-term growth opportunities made possible are an even greater incentive for doing so. While there are many cloud-based document management and information workflow systems available, your credit union should consider the overall feature and benefit set of any platform in the context of its ability to offer the maximum benefits of this type of technology. Fuel your credit union’s growth with cloud-based document management.Cloud-based document management platforms must be deployed strategically and as efficiently and effectively as possible in order for your credit union to fully realize all of the opportunities and advantages available. This requires the full support of a vendor as an implementation partner. SmartVault helps credit unions leverage the benefits of overhead cost savings, workflow efficiency and new growth potential with a seamless, smooth and fully supported onboarding and implementation process. Regardless of the document management platform you choose, be sure that the vendor is willing and able to provide unlimited, customized support.
The ones that she’s able to save depend on the number of foster homes she has, and right now CDHA is in desperate need of kind, compassionate and able people to fill the void.Are you a kind, compassionate, tolerant dog lover who could help them?So many of us have so much to be grateful for, and this is one way to give back for all that we have been blessed with.If you can help, you can go to CDHA.com or contact Jennifer Politis at 518-664-3450 or 518-369-4482.Martha WinstenGansevoortMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThere are so many little dogs on death row at this moment. The head of the Capital District Humane Association (CDHA), Jennifer Politis receives pictures of these desperate little dogs, who just have a day or so left unless Jennifer is able to let the shelter holding them know that she will be able to rescue them from certain death.