Baffled by extra pay for weather work

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe current dysfunction in Washington is surely enough for all of us to question the mental capacity of some of our leaders, not the least of which is our president. That said, I now have to question the mental capacity of our elected officials here in Schenectady.Why would anybody in their right minds agree to pay our fine sanitation workers an additional $2 per hour from December to March? In my research, I have yet to find any other public or private entity that increases pay based on weather. When a person applies for a job picking up our trash, are they not aware that it gets cold in the winter? What happens if the temperature reaches 62, as it did a few weeks ago? Does the employee then forego the additional $2? Are they paid the additional $2 for the four holidays during this period, or for sick time used, or for vacation time taken? This is opening the proverbial Pandora’s Box. Who’s next to request weather pay? Our code enforcement folks? Our traffic department who may want to forgo issuing tickets from December to March? Mr. Mayor and city council, what were you thinking in approving such an indefensible contract concession?My wonderful Gazette delivery lady is out at 4 a.m. every morning doing what she agreed to do, deliver the paper whatever the temperature, without being paid extra because it’s cold.Next time we have an election, let’s screen the candidates to ensure that their brains function with some modicum of intelligence.James BrodieSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentslast_img read more

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Scottish Mutual pays £38m for Chelsea block

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Shanghai stocks extend losses on killer virus fear

first_imgMainland Chinese stocks fell more than two percent at the start of trade Tuesday, extending the previous day’s massive losses as the number of deaths from the coronavirus rose to more than 400 and those infected broke 20,000.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.23 percent, or 61.34 points, to 2,685.27 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, dropped 3.48 percent, or 56.04 points, to 1,552.96.In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng Index added 0.51 percent, or 134.68 points to 26,491.66.Topics :last_img read more

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‘It’s like the Pentagon’: New ministry’s control center to improve agriculture data collection

first_img“So this room will be like the Pentagon in the United States. We wage ‘the war’ from here,” added Syahrul, referring to the US Department of Defense headquarters building.The AWR will help provide more accurate data as the ministry has long dealt with data that conflicts with data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS) and agricultural associations. The differences oftentimes trigger debates about whether or not Indonesia needs to import certain agriculture products.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil and House of Representatives Commission IV chairman Hasan Aminuddin, among other officials, also attended the launch.”If this is managed well, we won’t have to make a fuss over rice imports or any other imports,” Luhut said. Topics : The Agriculture Ministry rolled out on Tuesday a new control center dubbed the Agriculture War Room (AWR) to better track data and survey crop productivity.The AWR monitoring system will generate information on paddy fields, the fertilizer supply and harvest areas using advanced technologies like satellites, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence.”With this instrument, we want agriculture to be more advanced, independent and modern to attain satisfying results,” Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said during the system’s launch.last_img read more

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Boeing set to get blame in Ethiopian report on crash of 737 Max

first_imgThe NTSB has received a copy of the draft interim report, spokesman Eric Weiss said. The safety board can’t comment on the contents of the draft, Weiss said.A Boeing spokesman declined to comment on the draft.The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement it can’t comment before the report is released. The FAA isn’t a direct participant in the accident investigation, but is providing technical support under the NTSB because it certified the plane.The Ethiopian Transport Ministry and Ethiopian Airlines didn’t immediately respond to messages left after business hours.Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 suffered a malfunction to a sensor moments after liftoff. This triggered a safety feature known as Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System or MCAS that was programmed to automatically lower the nose and activated about 80 seconds into the flight.A preliminary report released by the Ethiopian investigators last April made clear that the MCAS system played a role in the accident. But it also said that pilots had let the plane fly too fast, which made it more difficult to control.The pilots began a Boeing procedure to disable MCAS, but apparently reactivated the system shortly before the plane entered a steep dive, according to the preliminary report.A committee of the US Congress released preliminary findings from its investigation on Friday, blasting US regulators and Boeing for a series of design and safety blunders.The 737 Max’s design and development “was marred by technical design failures, lack of transparency with both regulators and customers, and efforts to obfuscate information about the operation of the aircraft,” the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said in a summary of preliminary findings from its nearly yearlong probe of the aircraft. Ethiopian crash investigators have tentatively concluded that the crash of a Boeing Co. 737 Max last year was caused by the grounded plane’s design, according to a draft report that’s being circulated to participants in the probe.The conclusions, which say little or nothing about the performance of Ethiopian Airlines or its flight crew, have raised concern with some participants in the investigation, according to three people familiar with the situation.The Ethiopian draft contrasts with conclusions by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee after a prior 737 Max crash in October 2018. Indonesian investigators cited multiple factors in the accident, including the plane’s design, poor maintenance and the pilots’ actions. Rather than release a full report, the Ethiopian Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau plans to publish an interim update before the anniversary of the March 10, 2019, crash.The conclusions, which include recommendations, are only in draft form and could be altered before release, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter. It’s possible the US National Transportation Safety Board could request changes to the report or offer a dissenting opinion.Under United Nations provisions, other nations participating in an accident investigation should get 60 days to comment on a final report. The Ethiopian report wasn’t sent out for comment until about a week ago, according to one of the people involved.The provision doesn’t apply to an interim report, but they typically don’t include formal conclusions about the cause.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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