Headlines for Tuesday July 31 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines for Tuesday July 31 2012

Jul 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

A HEADWIND IS DEFINED AS A WIND THAT BLOWS AGAINST THE DIRECTION THAT A SHIP OR PLANE IS MOVING IN. AND IN STEERING THE SHIP OF STATE, PRESIDENT OBAMA WARNED MONDAY THAT MORE ECONOMIC HEADWINDS ARE TO COME FOR THE UNITED STATES OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. AS RECENTLY AS EARLY JUNE, THE PRESIDENT USED THAT SAME WORD — HEADWINDS — TO DESCRIBE WHAT MAY LIE AHEAD FOR THE NATION ECONOMICALLY OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. QUOTED AT A CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISER IN NEW YORK MONDAY, OBAMA SAID HE DIDN’T THINK THAT THE EUROPEANS WOULD LET THEIR CURRENCY UNRAVEL BUT ADDED THAT MEMBERS OF THE EURO ZONE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE SOME DECISIVE STEPS TOWARD ADDRESSING THIER CHRONIC DEBT PROBLEMS. THE PRESIDENT SAID BOTH HE AND TREASURY SECRETARY TIMOTHY GEITHNER ARE SPENDING TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF TIME TRYING TO WORK WITH THE EUROPEANS IN HELPING TO RESOLVE THEIR CURRENT ECONOMIC CRISES, WHICH INCLUDE NOT JUST DEBT, BUT THE MUSHROOMING LABOR SCANDAL INVOLVING SOME OF BRITIAN’S LARGEST BANKS.

MITT ROMNEY IS CONTINUING A TRIP ACROSS EUROPE AND IN WARSAW, A CAMPAIGN PRESS SPOKESMAN ON ROMNEY’S OVERSEAS JUNKET HAD AN ANSWER FOR REPORTERS WHO SHOUTED QUESTIONS FROM BEHIND A ROPE LINE WHILE TRAVELING IN A MOTORCADE WITH THE CANDIDATE AT PILSUDSKI SQUARE (NOT while boarding a plane as earlier) IN THE POLISH CAPITOL. RICK GORKA WAS HEARD TO SAY “SHOVE IT” AND ALSO SUGGESTED THEY KISS HIS POSTERIOR, IN SO MANY WORDS. GORKA DID LATER OFFER AN APOLOGY FOR THE RESPONSE, BUT THAT INCIDENT SERVES TO ILLUSTRATE THE STRAIN ON ROMNEY AND HIS CAMPAIGN BECAUSE OF REACTIONS TO SEVERAL STATEMENTS HE’S MADE SO FAR DURING THE TRIP. FIRST CAME ROMNEY’S REMARKS IN LONDON ABOUT THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE 2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS. THEN CAME A COMMENT TO THE EFFECT THAT CULTURE WAS TO BLAME FOR A GAP IN ECONOMIC OUTCOMES BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS THAT CAUSED MORE CRITICISM. THINGS HAVE TAKEN A TESTY TURN AS REPORTERS CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON QUESTIONS ABOUT STATEMENTS THAT ROMNEY MAY WISH HE NEVER HAD SAID. ON THE MATTER OF HIS ASSERTION ABOUT CULTURE AND ECONOMIC SUCCESS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, MR. ROMNEY CALLED REPORTS ABOUT WHAT HE SAID A “GROSS MISCHARACTERIZATION.” GORKA’S RESPONSE TO THOSE POLISH REPORTERS CAME AT A SENSITIVE LOCATION, WARSAW’S TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER.

NEW YORK CITY HAS BEEN NO STRANGER TO BLACKOUTS. BUT WHETHER FROM 1965, 1977 OR MORE RECENTLY IN 2003 NONE OF THEM CAN COMPARE WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLOBE IN ASIA. AS OF TUESDAY ACROSS VIRTUALLY HALF OF THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT THERE ARE NOW 600 (M) MILLION PEOPLE WHO HAD RELIED ON ELECTRIC POWER AND ARE WITHOUT IT IN WHAT MAY ALREADY BE THE BIGGEST EVENT OF ITS KIND, A WORLD RECORD THAT IS STILL BEING SET. THIS NEWEST BLACKOUT HAS CRIPPLED INDIA’S NORTHERN AND EASTERN POWER GRIDS WITH THE NORTHERN GRID THE FIRST TO GO EARLIER ON MONDAY. THE SHEER SCOPE OF THE BLACKOUT AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS CAN BE MEASURED BY THE FACT THAT MORE PEOPLE ARE BEING AFFECTED IN INDIA BY THE BLACKOUT AS THERE ARE IN ALL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES COMBINED.

HEARINGS BY THE COMMITTEE OF ORANGE COUNTY LAWMAKERS INTO THE GOVERNMENT CENTER AND THE COUNTY’S OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE VACANT BUILDING BEGAN MONDAY AND WILL RESUME THIS MORNING. YESTERDAY’S FIRST DAY OF TESTIMONY FEATURED, AMONG OTHERS MARCO PEDONE OF ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS. THAT’S ONE OF THE COMPANIES HIRED BY THE COUNTY TO ASSESS THE CONDITION OF THE 42-YEAR-OLD STRUCTURE. PEDONE’S AREA OF EXPERTISE LIES IN THE AREA OF THE BUILDING’S INTERIOR WHERE CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN RIPE FOR THE FORMATION OF MOLD ESPECIALLY SINCE MORE WATER BEGAN TO ENTER PARTS OF THE BUILDING COMPLEX FOLLOWING HURRICANE IRENE AND TROPICAL STORM LEE NEARLY ONE YEAR AGO. AL FUSCO OF FUSCO ENGINEERING, ANOTHER FIRM ENGAGED BY THE COUNTY TO SIZE UP THE SITUATION AND OFFER POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS OF THE BUILDING ALSO TESTIFIED MONDAY. F-E-M-A’S REPORT ON THE CONDITION OF THE GOVERNMENT CENTER CAME UP DURING MONDAY’S PROCEEDINGS. IT WAS THE SUBSTANCE OF THE FEDERAL AGENCY’S REPORT WHICH WAS AT ISSUE MONDAY; THE ALLEGED SUPPRESSION OF THAT F-E-M-A REPORT CAME INTO PLAY WHEN EXECUTIVE ED DIANA’S 75 (M) MILLION PROPOSAL FOR BUILDING A NEW GOVERNMENT CENTER FAILED TO GET THE NECESSARY TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY VOTE FOR APPROVAL. THAT AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTS PROMPTED THE LEGISLATURE TO GO DOWN A PATH NEVER BEFORE TAKEN IN UNDERTAKING NOT ONE, BUT TWO PARALLEL INVESTIGATIONS. THE OTHER, OF COURSE DEALS WITH THE VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME.

IMPROVEMENTS AND UPGRADES NECESSARY FOR CONVERSION OF ROUTE 17 TO INTERSTATE 86 IN SULLIVAN AND ORANGE COUNTIES ARE FAR FROM COMPLETE AND ARE RUNNING BEHIND THEIR ORIGINAL SCHEDULE. IN PREPARATION FOR THE DAY WHEN THAT WORK IS COMPLETE, SOME INTERSTATE SIGNAGE HAS ALREADY BEEN ERECTED ALONG LOCAL STRETCHES OF THE HIGHWAY. FOR THE PURPOSES OF A NEW STUDY OF THAT REGIONAL CORRIDOR, THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS STILL REFERRING TO THE ROAD AS ROUTE 17. AND INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC WILL BE OFFERED AT A WORKSHOP SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY EVENING AT ORANGE-ULSTER BOCES IN GOSHEN. FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW, THE GROWTH EXPERIENCED IN ORANGE AND SULLIVAN COUNTIES COMBINED WITH THE ANNUAL SUMMERTIME EXODUS OF CITY DWELLERS TO THE CATSKILLS HAS PROMPTED MANY CALLS FOR AN ADDITIONAL LANE TO BE BUILT IN EACH DIRECTION OF TRAVEL ON ROUTE 17 ON ORDER TO BETTER ACCOMMODATE HIGHER VOLUMES OF TRAFFIC. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE 17/86 CORRIDOR IS ONE OF THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY. WEDNESDAY’S PUBLIC WORKSHOP BEGINS AT 6 P.M. AT THE ORANGE-ULSTER BOCES CAFETERIA ON GIBSON ROAD IN GOSHEN.

STATE POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A NEWBRUGH MAN, 46-YEAR-OLD VICTOR GARCIA ON A CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AS GARCIA IS SAID TO HAVE TRIED TO ROB A TAXI DRIVER IN THE CITY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING IN NEWBURGH. GARCIA WAS HELD WITHOUT BAIL ON THE FELONY CHARGE AND HAD A COURT APPEARANCE SCHEDULED MONDAY. GARCIA WAS ADDITIONALLY CHARGED WITH MARIJUANA POSSESSION BY STATE TROOPERS AT MONTGOMERY.

TOURIST PROMOTION EFFORTS ARE IN NEED OF SLOGANS. AND FOR THE NEARBY CATSKILLS, THERE’S AN EFFORT TO FIND A NEW, AND Hopefully EFFECTIVE SLOGAN FOR THE REGION THAT’S SOMETIMES DEFINED VARIOUSLY AS AN AREA IN SULLIVAN COUNTY WHERE LEGENDARY HOTELS AND RESORTS ONCE FLOURISHED AND/OR THE MOUNTAINS TO OUR NORTH AND WEST ANS WELL AS THE STATE PARK WHICH SURROUNDS THEM. AFTER SIFTING THROUGH 3,714 SUBMISSIONS FOR A SLOGAN THE CATSKILL PARK RESOURCE FOUNDATION HAS COME UP WITH FIVE FINALISTS FOR A NEW SLOGAN. THEY ARE, “THE CATSKILLS:PEAKS OF PERFECTION;””THE CATSKILLS:ALWAYS IN SEASON;” “THE CATSKILLS:TIME FOR AN ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT;” “FIND YOURSELF IN THE CATSKILLS” AND “THE CATSKILLS:SO NEAR, YET SO FAR OUT.” THE WINNING SLOGAN AND THE RECIPIENT OF A 15-HUNDRED DOLLAR PRIZE WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON AUGUST 25TH.

***

Headlines provided by Bob Schaeffer for WALL Radio 1340 AM
Mark West in the Morning with Bob Schaeffer and Chris Mitchell

Share





Tags: , ,

Comments are closed.