whatsapp Monday 20 December 2010 9:04 pm National Grid expects record gas usage to ease this week More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org THE NATIONAL Grid has reassured customers that gas and electricity supplies are more than enough to meet demand, despite record usage yesterday forcing it to issue a supply alert.The utility issued a gas balancing alert for yesterday and today, which allows its to redirect power from industrial users to help fuel homes and switch electricity generation from gas to other fuels in an effort to keep a constant power supply. This is the first such alert to be issued as early in the winter as December.Demand for gas is thought to have passed 468m cubic metres (mcm), slightly above forecasts on Sunday of 465.8mcm and well above the previous record of 465.5mcm seen in January this year. The National Grid said usage was likely to be slightly less today and for the rest of the week, as companies start to close down for Christmas. “A gas balancing alert is a routine market tool and should not be a cause for concern,” said network operations director Chris Train.Utility firms Centrica and National Grid helped push the FTSE 100 up 0.3 per cent yesterday to 5,891.61. KCS-content Share whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCute Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL
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Scout Association launches first appeal in 10 years The Scout Association is encouraging all King Scouts, Queen Scouts and Good Service Award holders, to consider making a donation to the Appeal. Each person that donates will have their name included on the Scouting Roll of Honour and will also receive a Certificate of Contribution. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 13 May 2003 | News Ten years on from the Promise Appeal, the Scout Association is launching its Windsor appeal.The Chief Scout has instigated the Windsor Appeal to raise money for a lasting gift for St George’s Chapel Windsor. The Chapel holds a special place in Scouting history; in 2004 it will be 70 years since King George V granted King’s Scouts the honour of parading in St. George’s Chapel. The Chief Scout George Purdy, CBE said: “Our Patron, Her Majesty the Queen has welcomed the offer of a lasting and public expression of gratitude at St George’s Chapel from Scouting to acknowledge the Movement’s special relationship with the Chapel. The money donated to the Windsor Appeal will result in something that Scouters will be proud of.” Advertisement Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 48 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Reports News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Journalists working in the Palestinian territories are exposed to two different kinds of threats: from the Israeli army and, of late, from the various Palestinian factions. A Reporters Without Borders delegation visited Israel and Gaza from 4 to 7 December to learn more about the plight of journalists in the Gaza Strip. PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Organisation to go further RSF_en RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists December 28, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Palestinian journalists caught in the Gaza crossfire Follow the news on Palestine News Related documents rapport_en_md.pdfPDF – 317.45 KB Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today released the report of a visit it made to Gaza and Israel from 4 to 7 December to investigate the disturbing situation of journalists working in the Gaza Strip, to meet with the authorities and to propose ways of improving the security of the media.Palestinian and foreign journalists working in the Palestinian territories are exposed to two different kinds of threats, one from the Israeli army, which has been responsible for many acts of violence against the press since 2000, and more recently from the various Palestinian factions that do not hesitate to target media that criticise them. The Gaza Strip has become the scene of especially violent inter-Palestinian clashes this year. The tension between Hamas, the ruling Islamic party that won the elections at the start of the year, and Fatah, President Mahmoud Abbas’ party, has led to a political stalemate that has paralysed Palestinian institutions. The split within the government has inevitably had repercussions on the street, and journalists are no longer safe.Representatives of all the Palestinian factions and the Israeli army profess a desire to respect press freedom and the work of journalists, but the statistics belie their claims. This year alone, the Israeli army attacked or threatened 16 journalists and wrecked the premises of three news media, while Palestinian militants caused damage to seven news media by setting them on fire or smashing equipment, and attacked at least four journalists. Six foreign journalists have also been kidnapped by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.Reporters Without Borders believes that the safety of journalists will never be taken seriously until the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli army decide to apply the law by bringing those responsible for crimes against journalists to justice. Systematic investigations must be carried out, the findings must be published and those found guilty must be punished.Reporters Without Borders also proposes the creation of a distinctive sign so that journalists can be more easily identified. The organisation is normally opposed to the use of signs that could mark journalists out as targets. Identifying oneself as a journalist in Iraq or Afghanistan significantly increases the risks to which one is exposed. But in some cases it could provide additional protection in the Palestinian Territories, where journalists face a regular and professional army. Reporters Without Borders therefore proposes to rapidly bring together Palestinian and Israeli journalists, politicians from both camps and Israeli military officials to discuss this question and find a solution that would reduce the risks to which journalists working in the Palestinian territories are exposed.It is also vital that all Palestinian factions should quickly agree on a joint statement calling for both local and foreign journalists to be respected. The opening-up of the state-owned media – the news agency WAFA and the radio and TV broadcaster PBC – to all Palestinians regardless of their political affiliation are also essential conditions for improving press freedom. Lastly, the creation of a regulatory body would help control the excesses of media used as propaganda outlets by certain factions. Professionalising the media and giving them a universally-recognised status would also help to combat the stigmatisation of journalists, who are often branded as “traitors to the nation” as soon as they try to stand back and put some distance between themselves and the political parties.Entitled “Palestinian journalists caught in the Gaza crossfire,” the report is available on the Reporters Without Borders website (www.rsf.org). May 16, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more
By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 WhatsApp WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial will force the Senate to decide whether to convict him of incitement of insurrection after a violent mob of his supporters laid siege to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. While Trump’s acquittal is expected, Democrats hope to gain at least some Senate Republican votes by linking Trump’s actions to a vivid description of the violence, which resulted in five deaths and sent lawmakers fleeing for safety. The House impeached Trump on Jan. 13, one week later. Trump’s lawyers say the trial should not be held at all because the former president is now a private citizen. They argue that he did not incite the violence when he told his supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn his defeat. A look at the basics of the impeachment trial: HOW DOES THE TRIAL WORK? As laid out by the Constitution, the House votes to impeach and the Senate then holds a trial on the charge or charges. Two thirds of senators present can convict. The House appointed nine impeachment managers who will present the case against Trump on the Senate floor. Trump’s defense team will have equal time to argue against conviction. The chief justice of the United States normally presides over the trial of a president, but because Trump has left office, the presiding officer will be Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who is the ceremonial head of the Senate as the longest-serving member of the majority party. Once the senators reach a final vote on the impeachment charge — this time there is just one, incitement of insurrection — each lawmaker will stand up and cast their vote: guilty or not guilty. HOW LONG WILL THE TRIAL LAST? Likely more than a week. The agreement between Senate leaders provides for up to 16 hours for both prosecutors and the defense to make their arguments, starting Wednesday, with no more than eight hours of arguments per day. Later, there will be time for senators to ask questions, and there could be additional procedural votes. Under the agreement, the trial will open Tuesday with four hours of debate on whether the trial is constitutional. The Senate will then vote on whether to dismiss the charge against Trump. If that vote fails, as expected, the House managers will begin their arguments Wednesday and continue into Thursday. Trump’s lawyers are likely to begin their arguments Friday and finish Saturday. That almost certainly means a final vote on Trump’s conviction won’t happen until next week. Trump’s first impeachment trial, in which he was acquitted on charges that he abused power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate now-President Joe Biden, lasted almost three weeks. But this one is expected to be shorter, as the case is less complicated and the senators know many of the details already, having been in the Capitol during the insurrection. And while the Democrats want to ensure they have enough time to make their case, they do not want to tie up the Senate for long. The Senate cannot confirm Biden’s Cabinet nominees and move forward with their legislative priorities, such as COVID-19 relief, until the trial is complete. WILL THERE BE WITNESSES? It appears unlikely, for now, though that could change as the trial proceeds. Trump himself has declined a request from the impeachment managers to testify. While Democrats argued vociferously for witnesses in the last impeachment trial, they were not allowed to call them after the GOP-controlled Senate voted against doing so. This time, Democrats feel they don’t need witnesses because they can rely on the graphic images of the insurrection that played out on live television. They also argue that the senators were witnesses themselves. If the managers do decide they want to call witnesses, the bipartisan agreement for the trial allows them to ask for a vote. The Senate would have to approve subpoenaing any witnesses for the trial. WHY TRY TRUMP WHEN HE IS OUT OF OFFICE? Republicans and Trump’s lawyers argue that the trial is unnecessary, and even unconstitutional, because Trump is no longer president and cannot be removed from office. Democrats disagree, pointing to opinions of many legal scholars and the impeachment of a former secretary of war, William Belknap, who resigned in 1876 just hours before he was impeached over a kickback scheme. While Belknap was eventually acquitted, the Senate held a full trial. And this time, the House impeached Trump while he was still president, seven days before Biden’s inauguration. If Trump were convicted, the Senate would take a second vote to bar him from holding office again, Schumer said Monday. Democrats feel that would be an appropriate punishment. In response to GOP efforts to dismiss the trial, Democrats argue that there should not be a “January exception” for presidents who commit impeachable offenses just before they leave office. They say the trial is necessary not only to hold Trump properly accountable but also so they can deal with what happened and move forward. “You cannot go forward until you have justice,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week. “If we were not to follow up with this, we might as well remove any penalty from the Constitution of impeachment.” HOW IS THIS TRIAL DIFFERENT FROM TRUMP’S FIRST TRIAL? Trump’s first trial was based on evidence uncovered over several months by the House about a private phone call between Trump and the president of Ukraine, as well as closed-door meetings that happened before and afterward. Democrats held a lengthy investigation and then compiled a report of their findings. In contrast, the second trial will be based almost entirely on the visceral experience of a riot that targeted the senators themselves, in the Capitol building. The insurrectionists even breached the Senate chamber, where the trial will be held. The fresh memories of Jan. 6 could make it easier for the House impeachment managers to make their case, but it doesn’t mean the outcome will be any different. Trump was acquitted in his first trial a year ago Friday with only one Republican, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, voting to convict, and there may not be many more guilty votes this time around. In a test vote Jan. 26, only five Senate Republicans voted against an effort to dismiss the trial — an early indication that Trump is likely to be acquitted again. WHAT WILL TRUMP’S LAWYERS ARGUE? In a brief filed Monday, they argued that the trial is unconstitutional, that Trump did nothing wrong and that he did not incite the insurrection during his Jan. 6 speech to supporters. While the House impeachment managers say Trump is “singularly” responsible for the attack on the Capitol, Trump’s lawyers say the rioters acted on their own accord. They suggest that Trump was simply exercising his First Amendment rights when he falsely disputed the election results and told his supporters to fight — a term they note is often used in political speeches. The brief goes after the impeachment managers personally, charging that the Democrats have “Trump derangement syndrome,” are “selfish” and are only trying to impeach Trump for political gain. There was no widespread fraud in the election, as Trump claimed falsely over several months and again to his supporters just before the insurrection. Election officials across the country, and even former Attorney General William Barr, contradicted his claims, and dozens of legal challenges to the election put forth by Trump and his allies were dismissed. WHAT WOULD ACQUITTAL MEAN FOR TRUMP? A second impeachment acquittal by the Senate would be a victory for Trump — and would prove he retains considerable sway over his party, despite his efforts to subvert democracy and widespread condemnation from his GOP colleagues after Jan. 6. Still, acquittal may not be the end of attempts to hold him accountable. Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, floated a censure resolution after last month’s vote made clear that Trump was unlikely to be convicted. While they haven’t said yet if they will push for a censure vote after the impeachment trial, Kaine said last week that “the idea is out there on the table and it may become a useful idea down the road.” ——— Associated Press writers Eric Tucker and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report. 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By News Highland – September 3, 2013 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North News Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry New car sales in Donegal were up 5% in August while sales are down 9% for the year Twitter WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Previous articleDeputy McConologue slams Labour Party ‘plans’ to reduce school chaplaincy servicesNext articleMaas to Ardara road blocked as lorry transporting turbine leaves the road News Highland Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 77 new cars were sold in Donegal in August, compared to 73 last August, an increase of 5%. For the year however, new car sales were down 9% on last year (1,570 v 1,729)Nationally, new car sales were up again in August. 3,698 cars were sold, compared to 3,092 last August, an increase of 20%.Alan Nolan, SIMI Director General:With the momentum from July carrying over to August, and the introduction of the new number plate, we are pleased with the increase in sales in August. July and August accounted for 22% of new car sales so far this year, compared to just 10% for the same period last year, so the new plate is spreading sales, which was the main aim of its introduction.”Despite the increase in the last 2 months, the year as a whole is down nearly 8%. 68,544 new cars have been sold so far this year, compared to 74,234 last year. In this context, it is important that any Budgetary measures assist retail business including the Motor Industry.“With the Budget only 7 weeks away, we’ll be asking the Minister to construct a Budget that encourages consumer spending and we will be putting forward proposal onincentives that will help increase new car sales and their associated tax revenues.” Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
iStock(CHICAGO) — A Jane Doe, who suffered “barbaric brutality” and was found dead in a Wisconsin cornfield 20 years ago, has now been identified and authorities say her suspected killer is in custody.The “brutally abused body” of 23-year-old Peggy Lynn Johnson was discovered on July 21, 1999, in a cornfield in the town of Raymond, about 75 miles north of Chicago, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.The young woman was unidentified until now.Johnson had been brutalized “by many means” over a long period of time, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said at a news conference on Friday. “The utter barbaric brutality inflicted on this young woman is something that none of us will ever forget.”According to the criminal complaint, her body “appeared slightly malnourished” and “had several suspicious marks, burns, abrasions and lacerations throughout.” She had blunt trauma to the head, post-mortem broken ribs, a broken nose, bruises and swelling from infection.Her cause of death was ruled homicide “by sepsis pneumonia as a result of infection from injuries sustained from chronic abuse,” according to the criminal complaint.Earlier in the ’90s, Johnson was about 18-years-old, cognitively impaired and on her own when she went searching for help at a medical clinic in McHenry, Illinois, the sheriff said. There she met Linda Laroche, a registered nurse, who recognized her disability and took her into her home, Schmaling said.Johnson, who was never listed as a missing person, lived in McHenry with Laroche for the last five years of her life, Schmaling said.“There she suffered long-term and horrific abuse at the hand of Linda Laroche,” he said.But, the suspect in the Jane Doe case was unknown for two decades. Then this September, Racine County investigators received a tip from saying Laroche “was telling people that she had killed a woman back when she lived in Illinois,” according to the criminal complaint.Investigators spoke with one of Laroche’s children and learned Laroche took Johnson in to work as a nanny and housekeeper in exchange for a place to live, the criminal complaint said.Investigators learned “Laroche was verbally and emotionally cruel” to Johnson, “at times screaming at her like an animal,” the criminal complaint said.Laroche allegedly slapped her in the head and face and allegedly stabbed her in the head once with a pitchfork, the criminal complaint said.“At times when not working for the family, Peggy would be made to sleep and stay in a crawl space under the home,” the criminal complaint said. Laroche’s former husband spoke with investigators this month and recalled that the last time he saw Johnson at their home, he found her “lying on the ground lifeless,” the criminal complaint said.He told investigators that his wife said Johnson “had overdosed and she was going to take her away from their house so they would not be involved,” the criminal complaint said.Investigators interviewed Linda Laroche this week during which she admitted to abusing Johnson. But “Laroche claimed that Peggy would steal, have men come to see her at their house, and that she would go into the crawlspace of their house to steal medications,” according to the criminal complaint.Laroche said one day Johnson was holding pills before she fainted. Laroche, a registered nurse, told investigators “she thought about calling an ambulance but didn’t,” the criminal complaint said.Laroche said Johnson eventually woke up and she “decided she couldn’t handle Peggy anymore and took her to a phone booth at a nearby gas station,” the complaint said. Laroche told investigators Johnson called her grandmother and she then “turned [her] over to her grandmother,” the complaint said.“When confronted with the fact that Peggy’s grandmother had been interviewed by police and said she had never met Laroche or her husband, Laroche later changed her story and admitted that she was not sure who the person was that she left Peggy with,” the complaint said.In another interview this week, Laroche changed her story, admitting to driving Johnson to Wisconsin, the complaint said.“Laroche admitted to letting Peggy out of the car in a rural area and leaving her by the side of the road,” the complaint said. “Laroche asserted that Peggy was not injured at all when she dropped her off and that something must have happened to her after she dropped her off.”Laroche was taken into custody Tuesday in Florida for Johnson’s murder, the sheriff said. She has waived extradition and will soon be transported to Wisconsin, he said.Johnson’s family was found and her identity was confirmed through familial DNA testing, according to the criminal complaint. Arrangements will be made for Johnson to be laid to rest as her true identity and buried alongside her mother, the sheriff said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Pensions Green Paper will fail to tackle £2.7bn savings shortfallOn 7 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The Government’s pensions Green Paper will do little to combat the £27bnsavings shortfall, warn employment specialists. The document, published just before Christmas, outlines government plans tosimplify occupational pensions to cut costs for employers, simplify the taxregime for pensions and allow people to work while receiving their occupationalpension. But, the Work Foundation is not convinced the proposals will help to closethe gap between what pensions are worth and what people will need to save fortheir old age. A spokesman called for greater protection for people in finalsalary pensions. The foundation wants people who work beyond 65 to be given rights for unfairdismissal and redundancy prior to 2006’s age discrimination legislation. The TUC, Unison and Amicus are disappointed the document does not seek tomake employers’ pension contributions compulsory. The TUC’s Brendan Barbersaid: “The case for compulsion is now overwhelming.” Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Towers Perrin criticised the documentbecause it lacks detail and involves lengthy consultation before any of itsproposals are introduced. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
The four pieces of legislation are:House Bill 1230 would provide $5 million for school safety that Holcomb had requested during the session. The bill would allow school corporations to obtain funding advances of up to $500,000 for school security equipment and capital purchases, but total advances are not allowed to exceed $35 million.Senate Bill 242––now House Bill 1242 because it will start in the House––is a tax bill which would have exempted trucks, pavers, vehicle parts and fuel purchased by a hot mix asphalt company from Indiana’s 7 percent sales tax.House Bill 1315 would establish a process to single out struggling schools. It would allow the state to take over the Gary and Muncie community schools, and it authorizes a $12 million loan to the Muncie school corporations.House Bill 1316 will update the state’s tax code to comply with recent federal changes.House Bill 1457 will make technical corrections to legislation passed this year.Delaney said the legislation regarding the Gary and Muncie schools is punitive, not legislative.“Every school district in the state ought to be concerned that if they somehow offend the supermajority either because of real economic problems or because of mismanagement that their school district will be brought before the General Assembly and subjected to punishment,” he said.Rep. Melanie Wright, D-Yorktown, said until it’s understood why these school corporations are struggling, the problem will continue. She said the legislature needs to look at how property tax caps, changes to the complexity index and school choice have affected school corporations.“We’ve never really looked at the impact of those three things separately, let alone how they interact,” Wright said. “I think part of that is playing out in some of our school systems, and I think until we look at the larger vision of why is this problem happening, I think we’re bound to see it repeating.”Lawmakers will meet on Monday to review the agenda for the special session.FOOTNOTE: Abrahm Hurt is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail May 14, 2018 By Abrahm HurtTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Democrats are worried that the May 14 special legislative session is undemocratic by not involving Hoosier voices.“My fundamental problem is this is being handled in an amazingly undemocratic fashion,” said state Rep. Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis. “How can we consider legislation without testimony, without committee hearings and without the possibility of an amendment?”Lawmakers will meet at the Statehouse on May 14 for a special one-day session to act on bills that legislators failed to pass before the end of the regular session. Republican leaders in the House and Senate, who hold supermajorities, have said they want to limit the work to a single day where they will tackle tax and education bills.While the Democrats have expressed their concern, Indiana Republicans have said the bills already had a public testimony, gone through committees and been amended. They have said the bills will be exactly the way they looked the night of March 14 when the regular session ended.“With the exception of a technical corrections bill recommended for adoption by the Legislative Services Agency, the four other bills will be eligible for a final vote in the same form they were in on the last night,” House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said. “This process will complete our work just as it should have been with the limited expense to the taxpayer.”The estimated cost for the special session is $30,000 per day with legislators receiving a daily expense stipend of $173 as determined by the federal government.The proposed legislation, motions and fiscal notes for the bills being considered were released to the public April 30.“We are delivering on our pledge of full transparency and openness with regard to the special session,” Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said in a statement. “I’m hopeful that this will help facilitate an efficient process when we gather on May 14 to complete our work on these important issues.”
Dear Editor:I have always had a rational view of what is best for Hoboken. Working in New York, I see how trans-Hudson commuters must navigate through increasingly crowded mass transit systems which have reached capacity, with systems failing frequently, causing frustrating delays and detours due to technical problems that affect the PATH, NJ Transit and buses. As a commuter, I must depend upon these transportation systems to survive.I want NY Waterway to utilize the land that they purchased last November, 2017 at the old Union Dry Dock site for the maintenance of a ferry fleet that carries 30,000 commuters every day because I believe in their taking advantage of a site that has been a working waterfront for over a 100 years. NJ Transit depends upon NY Waterway as a partner in providing the commuting options for daily travelers to get to their jobs because so many things can go wrong for thousands of commuters in New Jersey that they must rely upon each other. The old Union Dry Dock site is the most perfectly readily equipped and centrally located piece of land for the ferries to effectively continue to serve commuters in our densely populated Hudson County as well as help out in emergencies along the New York skyline.Much has been said of a study done in 2009 to find the best location for a ferry business that requires riparian rights since a ferry system’s whole existence depends upon docks and deep water to exist. But that study was done nine years ago and many of the places listed as possible sites for NY Waterway are no longer viable since they have developed in other directions as waterfronts developed rapidly for luxury waterfront housing so that the once plentiful number of docks that dotted the Hudson River has disappeared forever. Hoboken already has 21 parks in our mile square town and much available park space along our waterfront. We must look at the reality that the land in question is in private hands and the City of Hoboken cannot take possession of something that the Governor of New Jersey and New Jersey Transit know is needed for mass transit operations. Hoboken has antiquated infrastructure that must be addressed with monies we have yet to find. We do not have the tens of millions of dollars that would be required to add another park to our town. NY Waterway has offered to provide a waterfront walkway across its property so that a proper balance between an operating ferry system and a continuous public access to Hoboken’s waterfront can be achieved. Their maintenance facility in Hoboken, being close to all its ferry terminals, will efficiently serve the commuting public, while being a necessary partner to the other modes of transportation that New Jersey offers to the public. The Governor and NJ Transit both know that NY Waterway needs to obtain the necessary permits to begin operations along Hoboken’s waterfront. There is no other workable site for the ferries to go.Mary Ondrejka