New approach to inspections needed

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI don’t understand the way the city of Schenectady handled, or failed to handle, the building at 104 Jay St. that burned down, causing several fatalities. Saratoga Springs has a different approach. I own a commercial property in Saratoga.It was built in the 1950s. Fifty-five years after it was built, the state Department of Health mandated that I, the owner, install two fire doors off the boiler room, install a check valve in the sprinkler system to prevent backflow, and install a fire alarm system. The fire alarm system was to include a control panel, backup battery, heat sensor, sprinkler flow sensor and a pull station.   I submitted a design. I coupled the fire doors into the fire alarm system, whereby alarm activation automatically closes the fire doors. The Health Department made several design comments, which were then resolved. The system was installed and operational a few months later. It’s inspected annually. Who inspects it? Not the building inspector. Every year, I’m required to hire a private firm that does such inspections.Results are available on-site and are submitted to the local government agency. The inspecting firm can resolve any issues on the spot, since they also do installations. In fact, every year, I’m required to have five separate inspections, not one of which is done by the building inspector.What is inspected and who inspects? Rooms — fire departments; boiler, fire alarm system, sprinkler system and fire extinguishers — a private firm.If you think about it, the more trained people conducting inspections, the less likely something will be missed.Dick ValeSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stoplast_img read more

Camden offices: Prime doesn’t pay

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Housing group finds home in private sector

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South coast industrial rents remain stable

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Holding the middle ground – Capital investments

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Ilva begins assault on UK market in Thurrock

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The man who said no to buying the Millennium Dome

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Trump mocks ‘communist’ Bernie and ‘Sleepy Joe’ before Iowa

first_imgDonald Trump is known for mocking his political rivals, and the eve of the Democratic Party’s Iowa caucuses gave him fresh ammunition.”I have little nicknames for all of them,” the US president told pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity, the night before Democrats vote for their nominee in the Midwestern state, to officially start the presidential election season.Senator Bernie Sanders holds a narrow lead among the Democratic contenders. She is “not true to it,” Trump said, before returning to “crazy Bernie” — a moniker Trump has regularly used for Sanders.The Democrats are “now sort of rigging the election against him,” the president said.Joe Biden, over whom Sanders holds a narrow lead, makes Trump “think of sleepy.””I just watch him. He’s sleepy. Sleepy Joe,” said Trump, repeating a sobriquet he has previously used for Barack Obama’s former vice president.As for former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, he is “very little.””You know, now he wants a box for the debates to stand on,” Trump said of his fellow New York billionaire.”There’s nothing wrong. You can be short… He wants a box for the debates. Why should he be entitled to that?”Bloomberg’s team fired back at Trump’s comments.”The president is lying,” said campaign spokeswoman Julie Wood in a statement. “He is a pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan.”Topics : “I think he’s a communist,” said Trump, for whom name calling and character smearing are an integral part of his campaign for re-election in November this year.Trump added: “I think of Bernie sort of as a socialist but far beyond a socialist.”Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist.”At least he’s true to what he believes,” Trump said, in contrast to Senator Elizabeth Warren, Sanders’ fellow progressive in the race.last_img read more

‘Aku tresno Indonesia’: MotoGP champion Rossi, Vinales spoils fans in meet-and-greet

first_imgMultiple MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi and his teammate at Monster Energy Yamaha, Maverick Vinales, spoiled their Indonesian fans as they greeted them with local phrases at a meet and greet event in Jakarta on Tuesday.“Aku tresno Indonesia,” Rossi said, repeating after the event’s master of ceremonies, to fulfill the requests of fans who cheered upon hearing him. Tresno is a popular Javanese word that means “love”.A three-minute video uploaded on YouTube showed Rossi and Vinales were accompanied by Yamaha Factory Racing managing director Lin Jarvis and the president director of PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM), Minoru Morimoto. Topics : During the event, Vinales also expressed his love for Indonesia while considering Indonesia as an important country for his career in MotoGP.The Spaniard admitted he was glad to be able to take the time to travel to Indonesia in the midst his MotoGP pre-season activities.“Most of my fans are from Indonesia. It’s really special to come here. We’re working our maximum because we want to batter the title,” said Vinales, with a fan in the audience shouting: “Gas pol!”“We will try to win it. As you said, gas pol,” he threw a fist in the air and the fans cheered in the background. “Gas pol” is Indonesian slang popular among youngsters that means going at full speed.One of Rossi’s fans, Andika Maulana, said he was beyond happy to meet his idol at the meet-and-greet event.“The most memorable thing was when Rossi won the 2009 world race. I just hope Rossi can continue [to win] in 2021,” Andika said, as quoted by tempo.co.Last season, however, Rossi slumped to seventh place, 37 points adrift of Vinales, who finished third.This season opens in Qatar on March 8. Before the premier race, Rossi and Vinales are to attend the launch of the 2020 MotoGP team in Sepang, Malaysia on Thursday and the pre-season tests on Friday to Sunday. (syk)center_img The event was attended by dozens of racing fans to witness the launch of the Yamaha Racing Indonesia team.Italian racer Rossi enters his 15th season this month as a racer of Yamaha Factory Racing in the MotoGP class before being replaced by Fabio Quartararo, who is to be Vinales’ partner next year.“Thank you for the amazing support. It’s always great and fun,” Rossi said.last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia to mend contract scheme to boost green energy projects

first_imgForgot Password ? Topics : Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Renewable energy players are warmly welcoming two proposed changes in a regulation heralded as game changers for the green energy sector.Such players cheered when a government official announced the proposed changes in a discussion in Jakarta on Wednesday, which include the introduction of a feed-in-tariff (FIT) pricing policy and the decompulsorization of the build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) contract scheme.The former guarantees fixed electricity rates for small renewable power plants and thus it ensures certainty of financial returns. The second proposal eliminates a scheme deemed harmful for the bankability of a renewable project.“There will be a FIT scheme. It assures steady prices,” said the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s electrification director general, Rida Mulyana, at the discussion, “Second: BOOT schemes will no longer be compulsory.&… Indonesia energy renewable-energy contract-scheme Energy-Mineral-Resources-Ministry investor bankability Google Linkedin Log in with your social accountlast_img read more