Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re March 7 article, “Ex-inspector cleared of major counts”: [Kenneth] Tyree’s getting away with homicide in the Jay Street fire sets an interesting precedent.Defendants can plead ignorance, based on the fact that they weren’t properly instructed. I can just hear the defense counsel now: “Your Honor and members of the jury, no one taught my client how to properly use an AR-15, therefore, he’s not guilty of killing all those people.”The jury’s decision is pathetic.Arthur HombachSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy
The European Union has formally approved €2.5 million for the international project seeking to develop a standardized model for the renewables-based decentralized hybrid energy systems for remote off-grid communities.The funding to be delivered through Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) program, part of the European Regional Development Fund, represents 60% of the €4.2 million total project budget.The Low Carbon Off-grid Communities (LOGiC) project will incorporate decentralized hybrid energy systems combining different types of renewables, such as tidal, wind and solar PV with each other as well as with battery storage.Three remote areas, including Texel Island in the Netherlands, Orkney Islands in the United Kingdom, and Gimbweiler in Germany, will act as the pilot locations and real-life testing grounds for the new hybrid energy systems.The decentralized hybrid renewable energy systems are expected to lead to a reduction in carbon emissions and help provide a reliable and local power supply for remote local communities.Thijs Pennink, Director of the Dutch Regional Development Agency North Holland North (NHN) which is leading the project, said: “The combination of different energy generators in one system on this scale has not been shown before in North-West Europe. The project fits perfectly with the ambitions of the North Holland North region to contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition.”Hans van Breugel, CEO of Dutch tidal turbine manufacturer and project development company, Tocardo International, which is also one of the partners in the project, said the LOGiC initiative presents an opportunity for the company to install a tidal turbine in combination with sun, wind and storage in smart energy networks.Aside from NHN and Tocardo, seven other partners will work together on this project, including Hochschule Trier IfaS; Stichting Offgrid Test Centre; les îles du Ponant; Aquatera; Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE); Verbandsgemeinde Birkenfeld, and the waterboard Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier.The LOGiC project will initially last until March 2020 and will aim to gain widespread support in local communities of North-West Europe, as well as backing from politicians, academia and businesses.As an integral part of the project, NHN will therefore launch a ‘Community of Practice’ to collect feedback from all stakeholders and share best practices on decentralized renewable hybrid energy systems, which in turn will be included in the final model developed by the project, the NHN informed.
Robert Runcie Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) for excellence in budget presentation during the 2016/17 fiscal year.This is the 22nd consecutive year the District has been recognized with this award.The Meritorious Budget Award promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and enhances school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing and presenting the school system budget. The award is conferred only on school districts that have met or exceeded the program’s stringent criteria, following a rigorous review by professional auditors.“We are honored to be recognized with this prestigious Meritorious Budget Award,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We are extremely proud of our Finance and Budget staff members for their hard work and achievements in managing the budget process and maintaining a high level of transparency.”The award represents a significant achievement in adhering to the principles and standards of ASBO International’s Meritorious Budget Award criteria, and reflects a commitment to fiscal integrity and high-quality financial reporting.ASBO International is a professional organization of 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote high standards of school business management, professional growth and the effective use of educational resources.
Another seven days fly by in esports. The week started slow in terms of industry news but picked up as time went by with some noteworthy announcements on Thursday and Friday to beckon us into the month of June.The most discussed news item of the week will undoubtedly be Riot’s decision to offer costly franchise spots in the NA LCS. Elsewhere, Las Vegas has paved the way for esports betting with the Senate Bill 240, Thorin became an ambassador of ESP (Esportspools) and mouz signed up its second big name sponsor in as many weeks in the form of Vodafone. There was also a partnership agreed between BT Productions (part of BT Sport) and London based creative agency Attention Seekers which will see far more esports and gaming content arriving on BT in some form and at some point. Remember, you can sign up to our esports industry newsletter, the ESI Dispatch here, for a once weekly report to ensure you never miss a trick. Riot offer franchise spots for the NA LCSRiot announced details of its plans to franchise spots in its NA LCS series this week. These slots are worth $10m (£7.7m) a go for exisiting organisations, giving the reports of Overwatch League slots a run for their (incredible amounts of) money. This model will not go live until 2018 and there will be a revenue share clause. Another notable and impressive stat is that players will see a minimum salary of $75,000 (£58,000). The players too will have an opportunity to share in the league’s revenues, and there’ll be a Players’ Association. Read all about it here. Thorin becomes an ambassador of ESPEsports historian and expert Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields became an ambassador for ESP, an esports focused fantasy and betting operator. The Canadian company has been in business since 2015 and is looking to expand its offering in esports betting.Thorin said of the partnership: “I am very excited to work with ESP moving forward. There are many shady betting sites trying to enter the esports space. However, ESP is nothing like that. They make sure everything is done by the book, ethically, and they care about the safety of the users. ESP’s product is very well cut, and I am looking forward to using it myself.”Find out more here. Vodafone announced as head sponsor of mousesportsAfter an exciting announcement last week in which it was revealed that mouz had got Dr.Pepper on board, this week saw an even more impressive achievement. With the help of JvM Sports Agency, the head sponsor of mousesports will henceforth be none other than Vodafone. You can read about it here. The same colours means it’s an ideal fit and a huge company to sponsor the German organisation in which is arguably the biggest fortnight it their history. “In Vodafone, we have found a strong and attractive brand that shares our passion and wants to shape the growth of mousesports and esports together. Connectivity is the lifeblood of esports and we are glad to not only have gained the best, but also the internationally most renowned partner”, commented mousesports CEO Cengiz Tüylü.Las Vegas and Senate Bill 420There has already been some, very limited, regulated esports betting taking place in Las Vegas to date. That could all be set to change after Brian Sandoval, Nevada State Governor, signed a bill (Senate Bill 420) which essentially paves the way for esports betting to be legalised in the state.This is no great surprise considering the amount of casinos making their move into esports in the past six months. Read all about it here, and more information on why it’s a very exciting time for esports in Las Vegas right now. BT Productions agrees partnership with Attention SeekersFollowing its coverage of FIFA on BT Sport, the channel isn’t satiated. BT Productions has agreed a deal with creative agency Attention Seekers which’ll bring more gaming and esports content to BT Sport. The agency, which has previously worked with the likes of EA and Xbox One, will work in BT’s Stratford studio and look to put together a series of programmes focused on gaming and esports. No more specifics have yet been revealed about the content. Phil Tucker, Attention Seekers Founder commented: “We are great admirers of BT’s forward thinking as evident from its approach to sports broadcasting and firmly believe this partnership will deliver programming that will position gaming as part of the mainstream entertainment mix, be it pro-esports, competitive gaming or entertainment based Gaming formats.”The full story can be accessed here.