Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLegislators must agree on limo regsThe Assembly and Senate should have been working together this session to get important limo safety measures signed into law by now.A number of bills were passed in each house that can prevent tragedies and save lives.We cannot forget the tragic crash in Schoharie that claimed the lives of 20 people, deemed the worst transportation disaster in nearly a decade.These bills are important to the families that lost loved ones in that crash and they are important to me. Session may have ended, but I’m ready to keep working and do whatever it takes to get this done.The Assembly and Senate must come together to get these bills signed into law, they simply cannot wait any longer.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer represents the 111th Assembly District in the state Legislature.Base immigration on merit, the lawSeventy-five years ago, on D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history had 175,000 Allied soldiers landing on the beaches in Normandy. This year we have an invasion expected to be six times larger, with over 1 million immigrants at our country’s southern border.The Democrats choose to do nothing to end this crisis, indeed for months even proclaiming there is no crisis. It is a crisis that is costing every taxpayer. The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates state taxpayers spent $44.4 billion on illegal immigration education alone.That was in 2017, and the cost will undoubtedly go up much more because family groups bring in more children. That is only one cost and does not include non-monetary costs such as crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.As the son of immigrant parents, I’m a firm believer that immigration is good for our country, so long as it’s legal and merit-based.William F. MalecGalwayClimate, health care are at a crisis levelAfter watching the Democratic debates for president, I generally felt the candidates offered no leadership, direction or urgency on climate change or universal health care.We heard that climate change was the biggest “existential” threat to humanity. Instead of using, “existential,” the candidates needed to cut to the truth and say, “Your children and grandchildren are going die if we don’t make sacrifices now.”I have followed climate change reporting for years, and sadly believe it’s already too late.But, I also believe, “It’s not over ‘til it’s over.”So, if we are going to try, we have to get dead serious right now.As far as universal health care, the way “Medicare for all,” was dismissed and demonized shows that the Democratic Party is still concerned more about the insurance companies than the health of the people.I witnessed a longtime friend leave a hospital because he was afraid of the medical bills. A week later, he was dead. While people debate ideology on capitalism and socialism, others with actual and acute problems die.As inaction on climate change and health care continues, the elected officials who could address these problems and chose not to are murderers.I believe the one candidate that truly takes these issues seriously and has the apparatus behind him to bring him victory and affect future change is Bernie Sanders. I don’t believe the other leading contenders take these issues seriously and remain loyal to their big donors. Rich Moran, Jr.ScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Xhaka captained Switzerland in Copenhagen (Picture: Getty)Xhaka, who wore the captain’s armband in Copenhagen, was one of Switzerland’s better players – but the midfielder was universally trolled for a moment in the second half which also involved ex-Arsenal team-mate Lichsteiner.AdvertisementAdvertisementHoping Xhaka brings this thing of beauty to the Premier League…@akhifc pic.twitter.com/wkYK4yaCh7— follow akhifc (@wasakhifc) October 13, 2019 Comment And another completely necessary angle of the routine…It’s a real shame we didn’t get more Swiss genius like this at Arsenal with Xhaka and Lichtsteiner. pic.twitter.com/yUA6IMmuEa— Dylan Walsh (@dylanwalsh_) October 13, 2019 Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner ridiculed over comedy free-kick routine Metro Sport ReporterSunday 13 Oct 2019 7:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement Kasper Schmeichel produced a string of fine saves before Denmark’s late winner and Vladimir Petkovic reserved special praise for the Leicester goalkeeper after the final whistle.‘If it wasn’t for their goalkeeper, we would have scored three goals,’ the Switzerland manager said.‘It was still a good performance.‘We can take that into Tuesday’s game against Ireland.’MORE: Harry Redknapp backs Tottenham to finish third in the Premier League after shaky start Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner invented a brilliant free-kick routine during Switzerland’s defeatArsenal players past and present Stephan Lichtsteiner and Granit Xhaka produced the most bizarre free-kick routine of the season during Switzerland’s 1-0 defeat to Denmark.Yussuf Poulsen struck late on in Saturday evening’s Euro 2020 qualifying match to put Denmark level on points with the Republic of Ireland (12) at the top of Group D.Christian Eriksen produced another below-par display after a disappointing start to the season with Tottenham, but popped up when it mattered to assist Poulsen at the death.Third-placed Switzerland now face an uphill battle in qualifying for next summer’s tournament ahead of their clash with Mick McCarthy’s side in Geneva on Tuesday evening.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement
Greece-based shipping firm Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) has agreed to acquire up to seven dry bulk carriers from Germany’s Erck Rickmers (E.R.) Capital Holding.The company has inked an en bloc definitive agreement with entities affiliated with E.R. to acquire three firm operating dry bulk vessels within 2018, and four optional operating dry bulk vessels in 2019.The bulkers in question are ER Bourgogne, ER Brandenburg, ER Brighton, ER America, ER Bayonne, ER Borneo and ER Buenos Aires, all of them constructed in 2010.“I am very pleased that Star Bulk is acquiring a high quality, modern fleet from E.R. in a structured transaction that combines attractive prices with flexibility for the company. We are excited to expand our footprint in the Capesize segment, especially in a period that the dry bulk market is tightening,” Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk, commented.Subject to agreeing a three party novation agreement with charterers and E.R., any charterparties existing at the time of the deliveries of each of the vessels shall be novated to Star Bulk, the company said.As informed, the first three vessels will be acquired for an aggregate of approximately 1.34 million common shares of Star Bulk and USD 41.7 million in cash. The cash portion of the consideration for these vessels will be financed through proceeds of a new five-year term loan of USD 41 million from a major European commercial bank. Following the consummation of the first acquisition, E.R. will own approximately 1.45% of SBLK common shares.In relation to the remaining four ships, the sellers have granted four call options to Star Bulk Carriers for an aggregate exercise price of USD 115.39 million or USD 28.85 million per vessel, to be exercised on April 1, 2019.Concurrently, the company has granted four put options to E.R. with an aggregate exercise price of USD 105.39 million or USD 26.35 million per vessel exercisable by E.R. from April 2, 2019 to April 4, 2019, in the event that the company does not exercise the call options. The aggregate exercise price of the call and put options is payable in either, 2/3 cash and 1/3 common shares of Star Bulk, or 100% cash, at the option of the company.The number of consideration shares related to the second acquisition to be issued to E.R. will be determined by the net asset value of the company.“It is also with great pleasure to welcome a prominent ship owner, Mr. Erck Rickmers, to our shareholder base and believe that this transaction validates once again Star Bulk’s ability to use our shares as currency in accretive acquisitions for our shareholders,“ Pappas added.The deliveries of all seven vessels remain also subject to customary closing conditions, including the novation of any existing charter parties of the vessels.The company expects to take delivery of the first three vessels in Q4 2018, while the remaining deliveries, subject to the exercise of the call or put option, are expected to take place between early April and mid July 2019.Following the acquisitions, Star Bulk will have a fleet of 115 vessels with an aggregate cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 13.39 million deadweight tons and an average age of 7.5 years.
President John Dramani Mahama and the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, yesterday went to the residence of Mrs Theodosia Okoh at Kanda in Accra to personally apologise to her for the botched renaming of the National Hockey Pitch after the late President John Evans Atta Mills.Also in the President’s entourage was the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah.A Deputy Minister of Information and Media Relations, Mr Felix Ofosu Kwakye, confirmed the visit to the Daily Graphic.Mrs Okoh was said to have been overwhelmed by President Mahama’s visit to her house and the rendering of the apology.She saw the visit as a privilege, considering the fact that the President had already rendered a public apology to her for the mistake.The nonagenarian was said to have accepted the apology of President Mahama and the AMA Chief Executive. The National Hockey Pitch was named after Mrs Okoh, a former national hockey star, who also chaired the National Hockey Association.Last week, Mr Vanderpuije announced that the AMA had renamed the pitch in memory of President Mills.The decision to rename the hockey pitch to coincide with the first anniversary of the demise of former President Mills attracted criticisms from many quarters.In her reaction to the name change, Mrs Okoh described the decision as very painful because it was done without any consultation with her.The Presidency then stepped in to stop the renaming of the pitch. The Chief of Staff, Mr Prosper Douglas Bani, directed Mr Vanderpuije to reverse the decision.Information released to journalists at the Flagstaff House said the Presidency was not aware of the decision to change the name from ”Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium”, and had directed a reversal of the decision.Addressing a non-denominational memorial and thanksgiving service to round off activities marking the first anniversary of the death of President Mills in Cape Coast last Sunday, President Mahama described the renaming of the national hockey pitch after the late President Mills as a ”sad mistake” and apologised to Mrs Okoh for the act.”I wish as President to express our regret as a nation to our grandmother, Mrs Theodosia Okoh, for any emotional trauma she might have suffered as a result of the mistake of renaming of the National Hockey Pitch,” he was reported as saying.President Mahama said President Mills was a modest man, and indicated that Prof Mills himself would not have accepted the renaming of the hockey pitch after him if he were alive.