City Island Issues

Category

Voting rights and wrongs

Problem

We can not attract great programs on the cheap. This is important to keep in mind when discussing the public sector and all services provided, except maybe for defense spending, where waste is out of control, while huge contractors continue to earn big bucks.

Li Fi > Wi Fi

Solution

Li-Fi is the faster, more secure cousin of Wi-Fi Wireless. The Internet is about to reach lightspeed, literally. it's 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.

You'll be hearing more about Li-Fi wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using visible light communication VLC. With scientists achieving speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab using Li-Fi earlier this year, the potential for this technology to change everything about the way we use the Internet is huge.

ISLAND CURRENT

Announcement

ISLAND CURRENT FLEET UPDATE

Author: Capt. Chris (captchris@islandcurrent.com)
We have been fishing everyday with multiple boats. The porgy fishing has been good with some exceptional days in between. There are still some quality sea bass mixing into the catch. Pool fish has ranged from 3 to 3 1/2 pounds daily. Sailing everyday at 8 AM for PORGIES & SEA BASS.

Price Was Wrong

Other

Tom Price, Trump's US Secretary of Health had one priority, to Repeal and Replace #Obamacare, which is what the president promised to replace it with #Trumpcare. The Secretary vowed to dismantle the health reform law that his predecessors spent years implementing.

He is an orthopedic surgeon who may have put his foot in his mouth while he decried ACA aka Obamacare was a threat to the quality and the affordability of American health care.

USA TRIPLE THREAT

Problem

Almost half of the population of US, including our largest cities face serious floods caused by a “triple threat” of sea-level rise, storm surge and heavy rainfall, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

The combination of these phenomena can potentially result in “compound flooding” that can devastate several low-lying, densely populated coastal areas inside the country.

This is the first scientific study to explore the connection between the primary and secondary effects of climate change. This means that without a drastic rise in sea levels, frequent severe floods and storms will bring the effects of climate change right into coastal cities, where nearly 40 percent of the American population now lives.

Since 1880, global temperatures have risen by 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit. And, over the last 100 years, the global average sea level has risen by seven inches. This increase is likely to accelerate as Antarctica’s floating ice shelves continue to melt.

WAR ON HEROIN

News

NY Governor Cuomo today signed into law a series of bills to help address the growing heroin and opioid epidemic, as well as prescription drug abuse, in New York State.

Included in the legislation:

New programs and insurance reforms to improve treatment options for individuals suffering from heroin and opioid addiction;

Measures to strengthen penalties and put in place additional tools for law enforcement to crack down on the distribution of illegal drugs;

Provisions to ensure the proper and safe use of naloxone; and

This Week in Her and History

News

This Week in History, Dec 1 - Dec 7

Dec 01, 1955
Rosa Parks lights a spark. In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks is jailed for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man, a violation of the city's racial segregation laws. The successful Montgomery Bus Boycott, organized by a young Baptist minister named Martin Luther King, Jr., followed Park's historic act of civil disobedience.
"The mother of the civil rights movement," as Rosa Parks is known, was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1913. She worked as a seamstress and in 1943 joined the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. According to a Montgomery city ordinance in 1955, African Americans were required to sit at the back of public buses and were also obligated to give up those seats to white riders if the front of the bus filled up. Parks was in the first row of the black section when the white driver demanded that she give up her seat to a white man. Parks' refusal was spontaneous but was not merely brought on by her tired feet, as is the popular legend. In fact, local civil rights leaders had been planning a challenge to Montgomery's racist bus laws for several months, and Parks had been privy to this discussion.

Dec 02, 2001
Enron files for bankruptcy. On this day in 2001, the Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history. An energy-trading company based in Houston, Texas, Enron was formed in 1985 as the merger of two gas companies, Houston Natural Gas and Internorth. Under chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay, Enron rose as high as number seven on Fortune magazine's list of the top 500 U.S. companies. In 2000, the company employed 21,000 people and posted revenue of $111 billion. Over the next year, however, Enron's stock price began a dramatic slide, dropping from $90.75 in August 2000 to $0.26 by closing on November 30, 2001.

Dec 03, 1947
A Streetcar Named Desire opens on Broadway. On this day in 1947, Marlon Brando's famous cry of "STELLA!" first booms across a Broadway stage, electrifying the audience at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre during the first-ever performance of Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire. The 23-year-old Brando played the rough, working-class Polish-American Stanley Kowalski, whose violent clash with Blanche DuBois (played on Broadway by Jessica Tandy), a Southern belle with a dark past, is at the center of Williams' famous drama. Blanche comes to stay with her sister Stella (Kim Hunter), Stanley's wife, at their home in the French Quarter of New Orleans; she and Stanley immediately despise each other. In the climactic scene, Stanley rapes Blanche, causing her to lose her fragile grip on sanity; the play ends with her being led away in a straightjacket.

Dec 04, 1991
Hostage Terry Anderson freed in Lebanon. On this day in 1991, Islamic militants in Lebanon release kidnapped American journalist Terry Anderson after 2,454 days in captivity. As chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press, Anderson covered the long-running civil war in Lebanon (1975-1990). On March 16, 1985, he was kidnapped on a west Beirut street while leaving a tennis court. His captors took him to the southern suburbs of the city, where he was held prisoner in an underground dungeon for the next six-and-a-half years. Anderson was one of 92 foreigners (including 17 Americans) abducted during Lebanon's bitter civil war. The kidnappings were linked to Hezbollah, or the Party of God, a militant Shiite Muslim organization formed in 1982 in reaction to Israel's military presence in Lebanon. They seized several Americans, including Anderson, soon after Kuwaiti courts jailed 17 Shiites found guilty of bombing the American and French embassies there in 1983. Hezbollah in Lebanon received financial and spiritual support from Iran, where prominent leaders praised the bombers and kidnappers for performing their duty to Islam.

Dec 05, 1945
Aircraft squadron lost in the Bermuda Triangle. At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19 take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg that would return them to the naval base. They never returned. Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been flying in the area for more than six months, reported that his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position was unknown. The other planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. Radio facilities on land were contacted to find the location of the lost squadron, but none were successful. After two more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20 p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel.

Dec 06, 1884
Washington Monument completed. On this day in 1884, in Washington, D.C., workers place a nine-inch aluminum pyramid atop a tower of white marble, completing the construction of an impressive monument to the city's namesake and the nation's first president, George Washington. As early as 1783, the infant U.S. Congress decided that a statue of George Washington, the great Revolutionary War general, should be placed near the site of the new Congressional building, wherever it might be. After then-President Washington asked him to lay out a new federal capital on the Potomac River in 1791, architect Pierre L'Enfant left a place for the statue at the western end of the sweeping National Mall (near the monument's present location).

Dec 07, 1941
Pearl Harbor bombed. At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II. With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security at the important naval base at Pearl Harbor. It was Sunday morning, and many military personnel had been given passes to attend religious services off base. At 7:02 a.m., two radar operators spotted large groups of aircraft in flight toward the island from the north, but, with a flight of B-17s expected from the United States at the time, they were told to sound no alarm. Thus, the Japanese air assault came as a devastating surprise to the naval base.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE??

News

It's like the James Bond Movie, From Russia with Love.
Russia and Crimea tied the knot, but they forget to get registered at the courthouse in Ukraine. Instead, Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders decided to sign an official adoption treaty with the consent of parliament.

Ukraine got rid of its president, followed by Crimea voting to become independent from Ukraine, signaling that it wanted to go back to Russia. The West began imposing sanctions to get Russia to back off. So this has turned into game of political musical chairs.

NYPD BLUES

News

New York City has agreed to pay nearly $18 million for the arrest, detention and finger-printing of lawful protesters during the 2004 Republican National Convention the largest protest settlement in history.

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed the first cases following the Convention and has been central to the legal challenge to the NYPD's actions.

Listen and Learn

Solution

Everyone should work to master the art of listening. If you tend to zone out when someone else is speaking, or you notice that people don't often choose you as a confidant, it's time to start practicing the skill of listening.

Taking an active, engaged approach to listening improves your relationships and enrich your personal and professional experiences. Learn how to listen with undivided attention and respond in a way which indicates that you were actually listening. This will undoubtedly engage others.