Unless You Have It, Stop Complaining

first_imgLike everyone else in lockdown, quarantine, solitary confinement, I was bitching last week because the damn internet went down and the TV was on the fritz. And in that moment, I thought about a family I’d read about that morning in which four people had contracted the novel coronavirus. I felt sudden shame. They were no longer here in this wonderful thing called life to complain about the internet being down. I felt like an ingrate, a spoiled idiot to be complaining about something called Wifi, which didn’t even exist for the first two thirds of my life. And which now in too many was controlling my life and made me think life without it was somehow unlivable. As tens of thousands of people had died from COVID-19. The shame fades fast, of course, as later in the day I found it impossible to get through to unemployment as my main job had been shut down. Ten minutes on the phone stretched to 26 and 40 and 60 and 88 before I was disconnected. I was tempted to smash my $800 iPhone off the wall as a solution to my aggravation over a $500 check. And then, because the internet was back, I read about poor souls who had waited that long for an ambulance in this pandemic as their loved one gasped with this insidious virus that is consuming the best of us like a bad science fiction movie out of the 1950s. I had to stop again to count my blessings in this time of Last Rites mumbled to the dying through masks. Lady Luck is blowing on your dice, Hamill, I said to myself. You have a brother out in a southern California desert who survived Vietnam in the 173 Airborne during the Tet Offensive who also beat the side effects of PTSD and Agent Orange and who now saw the national COVID-19 dead exceed those killed in Nam. He phoned the night before to say not only did he and family test negative for COVID-19, but they just survived an Eight Count of a damned earthquake and seven aftershocks that turned their home into a fun house. I made myself a cup of green tea, binge-watched “Bosch” on Amazon till the sun came up, turning my clock upside down amid the serpentine plotlines of serial killers, kidnappings, and sex trafficking from the brilliant pen of Michael Connelly (who learned his writing craft as a police reporter in the daily newspaper business.) I realized one simple truth in the Age of the Plague: Unless you have the virus, stop complaining.Real Horror StoriesOn Facebook and Twitter, across social media and in news stories, people moaned of the horrors of being sequestered like a mob jury. Religious groups in Brooklyn openly defied social distancing to attend the funerals of religious leaders who had died from — this is the killer — COVID-19. I read of funeral parlors stacking COVID-19 fallen cadavers in U-Haul trucks. “And those right-wing loonies with semi-automatic rifles stormed the state house in Michigan should  be allowed to go out and kill each other with high-caliber COVID-19, which sounds like a new gun-fetish rifle. One nursing home in Brooklyn took out 55 coronavirus corpses, men and women who’d survived the Great Depression, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, both Gulf Wars, Polio, and AIDS. Now they were carried out of this faceless human warehouse, a waiting room for eternity, because of a virus that should have been stopped much earlier except for political arrogance and incompetence starting at the top. My rage bubbled. I ran out of F-words as fast as supermarkets were running out of another F-word called food. Then my sister-in-law of my oldest brother texted me to remind me that five years ago, after a major health scare, my brother had been sent to that same hell hole nursing home by a doctor from a Manhattan hospital. After one visit to this dump, we had my brother delivered home in an ambulette. I realized in that moment that I had way more to be thankful for than to curse. If you don’t have the bug, don’t complain. The real horror stories come in torrents. There was one about a Holocaust survivor who had lost her family in the Nazi camps who made it to New York where she married another Holocaust survivor and started a beautiful family and a successful real estate business and made a life on Earth after a childhood in Hell. Then she broke a hip, wound up in a rehab center, and the little girl who had survived the clacking echoes of Nazi jack boots was taken when a silent killer virus crept into aging lungs. So, when I got pissed off that the check I was expecting didn’t arrive in the morning mail, I felt shame. When I heard that the family of a childhood pal named Philly McNiff, a burly Local 40 iron worker and union officer had received news that he had succumbed to COVID-19 at 65 just as Philly was discovering that the third act of life called grand-parenting took you to greater heights than connecting the crazy high iron on the skyscrapers of Manhattan. And here I was complaining that I ran out of coffee.Rage Against LonelinessOn that same day I heard from all four of my kids and three of my grandkids and all of them were virus free in the beautiful boredom of hibernation. In these days of lockdown, people bicker and fight, rage against loneliness, pace the floor or jog the rooftops, or do pushups and drink beer and text with separated lovers and make the highlight of their day viewing the fireside chats of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who brings a rare dose of sobering truth, facts, and guarded hope into the lives of otherwise rudderless New Yorkers. You feel good for an hour. And then you realize you are out of soup, tuna, and paper towels, and you curse circumstance and providence and your inner spoiled brat feels sorry for yourself. Then you hear the story of the selfless ER Dr. Lorna Breen who worked her heart out to save the lives of strangers in the scourge, every fading heartbeat, every last gasp of patients taking a piece of her with them to the makeshift morgues. Dr. Breen caught COVID-19, fought it like a samurai, beat it, and regained her physical health. And went for a rematch in the ER until other doctors realized that the virus had also infected her soul. Dr. Breen had taken too much punishment, seen too much human suffering, and was sent home. She drove south to the home of her parents where she took her own life. And here I am, healthy in lockdown, complaining that the heroic meal delivery guy from the struggling pizzeria is late? For shame. If you don’t have the virus, stop complaining. Every single member of my immediate family was healthy, even my 85-year-old brother who left his house three times a week to receive dialysis — because the alternative would be formaldehyde — in a hospital filled with COVID-19 patients. And my 80-year-old recently widowed sister who has a great son, daughter-in-law, and two terrific grandkids to love and live and laugh for.  How the hell can you complain about anything if you and your family are healthy? Especially when you think of the families of the 37,000 people in Suffolk County alone who have contracted this lethal virus? Yes, being locked up is a colossal pain in the butt. But thousands are still sick with COVID-19, and hundreds more are still dying every day. So, I keep reminding myself that if you don’t have the coronavirus, stop complaining. And count your damned blessings.denishamill@gmail.com Sharelast_img read more

LNG – A cool, commodity gas on the move

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Exclusive interview: Chart explains BAHX and significance of FLNG

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DSME Selects Rockwell Automation’s Integrated Safety Solutions

first_imgDaewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), a South Korean shipbuilder, has awarded a $6.7 million+ order to Rockwell Automation. Rockwell Automation will deliver fully integrated safety solutions for Transocean, a leading international provider of offshore contract drilling services for energy companies, and an important DSME customer.Rockwell Automation will employ its large-project delivery management expertise to provide its PlantPAx™ Integrated Control Power and Safety Solution with the AADvance™ process safety system.The contract covers deliveries to four new Transocean drill ships, with options for six more ships. It follows a $6 million+ order from DSME to Rockwell Automation for four new offshore drill ships in 2011.According to DSME, Rockwell Automation offers a complete portfolio of offshore solutions, and a proven, robust system for DSME to improve its system availability and enhance the safety systems for offshore applications, including drill ships and rigs.“We’re confident that Rockwell Automation will deliver and commission integrated information, control, power and safety systems needed to complete this important project for Transocean, based on their expertise to design, develop and deliver automation systems for the offshore industry,” said a DSME spokesperson.“This win is significant because it demonstrates our outstanding ability to deliver control and safety solutions for offshore vessels and drilling rigs,” said Terry Gebert, vice president and general manager, Rockwell Automation Global Solutions. “Our experience and domain expertise in the oil and gas industry, as well as our global engineering resources, will help DSME and Transocean develop and maintain productive, safe and sustainable operations.”Deliveries are scheduled for early 2014. All key solutions are scheduled for completion by June 2014 for the first vessel, and by October 2015 for additional three vessels.[mappress]Press Release, September 4, 2013last_img read more

Mersey advice beat

first_imgLiverpool Law Society is to help local authorities and academics draw up guides to accessible legal advice in Merseyside, after hosting a summit to find solutions to the ‘devastating’ impact of spending cuts on access to justice.The summit was attended by 33 representatives of local authorities, independent advice agencies, local universities and lawyers.The ‘comprehensive mapping exercise’ will be completed before the next summit meeting in July. The society will be contacting firms across Merseyside urging them to get involved.last_img read more

High Court misses out on French bank fraud dispute

first_imgThe Rolls Building has missed out on hearing a high-profile international dispute after French bank Société Générale (SocGen) and the Libyan Investment Authority settled their legal battle centring on allegedly fraudulent trades.The Libyan Investment Authority had sued SocGen in a case concerning five trades that took place between 2007 and 2009.The case was due to be heard in the English High Court but in a statement yesterday both organisations said a settlement had been reached. Terms of the settlement are confidential.A spokesperson for SocGen said: ‘SocGen wishes to place on record its regret about the lack of caution of some of its employees. SocGen apologises to the LIA and hopes that the challenges faced at this difficult time in Libya’s development are soon overcome.’The LIA’s claim, which was for an estimated $1.5bn (£1.2bn), was over the payment of $58m by SocGen to a Panamanian-registered company, Lenaida. At the time Lenaida was controlled by Libyan businessman Walid Giahmi.Giahmi’s lawyer, Mishcon de Reya’s head of fraud defence Kathryn Garbett, said her client, who has been ‘completely exonerated’, had been subject to serious allegations involving bribery and intimidation for the past three years.‘Throughout this period, we vigorously defended the allegations, which amounted to nothing more than a baseless conspiracy theory: they should never have been brought at all.‘During the course of the proceedings, Giahmi provided full disclosure of all of his financial records and telephone communications dating back to 2006, which showed no illegal payments at all. Giahmi is relieved that these proceedings have come to an end.’The LIA was set up in 2006 as Libya’s status from a pariah state was being lifted. The LIA was represented by specialist disputes firm Enyo Law while SocGen was represented by international firm Herbert Smith Freehills.last_img read more


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInParents of primary school children in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to return the flu vaccine consent forms within seven days to ensure their child is covered from flu this autumn.All primary school children in Dumfries and Galloway are being offered the vaccine as part of the flu immunisation programme for children, which was introduced last year and resulted in more Scots than ever before receiving the best defence against flu. Uptake figures for the region show that 79% of children in Dumfries and Galloway were vaccinated against flu in 2014 and even more children are expected to be vaccinated this year.Parents of primary school children in Dumfries and Galloway are being encouraged to look out for their child’s consent form which has been sent home in their school bag, and are being asked to return it within seven days. No child can be vaccinated without parental consent.Around 400,000 primary school pupils across Scotland will be offered the free flu vaccination this autumn.The flu vaccination is a simple nasal spray that’s quick and pain free.  With children being up to three times more likely to be ill with flu than adults, it is important to protect youngsters from the dangers of flu and reduce the risk of flu being spread to others. The Scottish childhood flu immunisation programme, which involves the vaccine being offered to 2-11 year olds, is expected to eventually prevent an estimated additional 200 deaths per year and 1,100 hospitalisations.Nigel Calvert, Immunisation Co-ordinator for Dumfries and Galloway, said: “It is vital for parents to return the flu consent forms within seven days to ensure that their child gets vaccinated against flu. This form has will be sent home in their child’s school bag, alongside detailed information about the flu vaccine.“The vaccination programme will be rolled out in schools across Dumfries and Galloway this autumn and only children who have been given consent to be vaccinated will receive the vaccination.“Flu can lead to serious health problems in children, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and middle ear infections. The flu vaccine is the best way to safeguard children and I urge parents to ensure that their child is covered from flu this winter.”Dr Nicola Steedman, Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: “Flu can hit children hard, which is why we’re appealing to parents who have children of primary school age to look out for the flu vaccination consent forms which will be arriving home in school bags from the start of the new term.“Even healthy children can become seriously ill from flu and the vaccine not only helps protect them, but it also helps stop the spread of the virus.“I’d like to reassure parents that the vaccine has an excellent safety record and was given to more than a quarter of a million children in Scotland last year.  Even if your child received the vaccination last year, it’s important they get it again this autumn as flu viruses can change.“The programme will help protect more people than ever before from flu which is why it is important that parents return the consent form to ensure that their child is covered. The vaccine offers the best defence against flu this winter.”Find out more about the flu vaccine for children at immunisationscotland.org.uk/childflu or call the NHS inform helpline on 0800 22 44 88.last_img read more

New Triumph Daytona 765 Prototype Spotted

first_imgThis report and pictures originally appeared in MCN. Please click on this link https://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/new-bikes/triumph-daytona-765/ for the full info and more pictures.MCN spied a new Triumph Daytona 765 undergoing tests.Although the supersport market isn’t as boisterous as it was, fans of the Triumph Daytona wept when the model’s production ended in 2016. The manufacturer then launched the Street Triple 765 line-up to replace the 675 version, but there was no Daytona.However, hopes rose again when Triumph announced and later revealed their Moto2 engine based on the Street Triple’s. Many had thought this was the giveaway to seeing a new Daytona.Triumph Moto2 PrototypeYet, the factory neither confirmed nor denied if a new bike is on the way, despite Triumph’s Chief Product Officer saying that it’ll be foolish not to consider the possibility given their involvement in Moto2. The keyword however, is demand. Why produce something for which there are very limited buyers?Until now.According to MCN, these pictures were shot in Spain last week. Judging from the pictures, everything seems to look the same as the Daytona 675R, apart from the solo seat and lack of passenger footpegs.On the other hand, the engine covers unmistakably belong to the 765cc engine. It would do the Daytona great service if they adopt some of the engine parts from the Moto2 engine, turning the bike into a racier model than the Street Triple.We don’t see the instrument panel in these pictures, but MCN says it should be a TFT screen like the Street Triple RS’s. Six-axis IMU-based lean sensitive traction control and cornering ABS should also be in the offering.As for the chassis, the front forks look like they’re Öhlins NIX30 forks, while the rear shock ought to be an Öhlins TTX. The front brake calipers are the latest Brembo Stylema units, like those fitted to the Ducati Panigale V4/V4 S.When can we expect the new Triumph Daytona 765? Best guess would be at the end of this year, since the Euro5 regulations begin in 2020.Source and photos: https://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/new-bikes/triumph-daytona-765/–Ads– Many had hoped Triumph would produce a new Daytona given their involvement in Moto2. A Triumph Daytona 765 prototype was undergoing tests.center_img The prototype looks the same as the previous Daytona 675 but with a new engine and suspension.last_img read more

Indians, Giants reportedly interested in Minnesota’s Brian Dozier

first_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 CLEVELAND– The Minnesota Twins are reportedly still interested in selling as the trade deadline looms, and the Indians may be interested buyers.According to Mike Berardino, Twins beat reporter for the Pioneer Press, Minnesota is interested in trading second baseman Brian Dozier. Both the Indians and the San Francisco Giants have been scouting Dozier, according to his report. Ashley Bastock Related TopicsBrian DozierCleveland IndiansMinnesota TwinsMLBSan Francisco Gians Dozier is slashing just .226/.307/.409. His numbers aren’t that far off from the Indians current second baseman Jason Kipnis (.219/.306/.362). If the Indians did land Dozier, it may potentially push Jason Kipnis into the outfield rotation, where the team is in desperate need of some help due to injuries. Kipnis played in the outfield towards the end of 2017, and during the Tribe’s ALDS series against the Yankees.Dozier has recorded 14 total homers in 54 games at Progressive Field, his most at any away ballpark.The 31 year old is making $9 million dollars this year on an expiring contract. The Indians have also reportedly expressed interest in Texas outfielder Joey Gallo.last_img read more