USA: CBG Systems Nabs JHSV Flight Deck Contract

first_img Equipment & technology Share this article CBG Systems, an Australian based specialist in the marine insulation and lightweight passive fire protection, announced that in addition to its ongoing contracts for the JHSV platform it has now secured a contract for the insulation of the flight deck of the next 7 JHSV vessels (Hulls 633 to 639) with the US Navy.The scope of works includes the supply and installation of its Lightweight Stainless (LWS) System for passive fire protection. The LWS provides weight savings when compared with conventional insulation systems, low glare for safe helicopter landing, excellent finish and easy maintenance which translates into significantly lower maintenance and operating costs to the ship owner and operator while maintaining the highest standards of fire protection integrity.The system is an iteration of CBG’s newly developed Rapid Access Navy–30 (RAN-30) which was specifically developed for application on navy ships and tested to withstand hydrocarbon fires and shock in accordance with US Navy standards.[mappress]Press Release, December 5, 2013; Image: CBG Systems December 6, 2013center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: CBG Systems Nabs JHSV Flight Deck Contract USA: CBG Systems Nabs JHSV Flight Deck Contractlast_img read more

Oxford to hold citizens’ assembly on climate change

first_imgOxford City Council has announced it will establish a citizens’ assembly to consider the climate emergency, the first of its kind in the UK. The move is part of a broader effort by the Council to improve sustainability in Oxford. Since voting to declare a climate emergency in January, it has announced over £80 million in initiatives to help reduce carbon emissions in the city. The council is collaborating with many other organisations, including Oxford University. It is also a member of Low Carbon Oxford, a network of 40 organisations which is seeking to reduce citywide emissions by 40% of 2005 levels by 2020. Oxford University has been contacted for comment. Gordon Mitchell, Oxford City Council’s Chief Executive, said: “The urgency in the need to act on Oxford’s carbon emissions was underlined by the City Council’s unanimous vote this year which declared a climate emergency and called for the setting up of a citizens’ assembly to help us consider additional measures and make recommendations for our city. Taking this forward is one of the Council’s key priorities for 2019.” “Throughout all of this, we will continue to loudly voice concerns to Government. We need more funding and, like other cities and councils, Oxford can only truly become Zero Carbon if and when the Government ensures the electricity in the grid is 100 per cent clean, and we will go on making that case. “The City Council has spoken truth to power on the issue of climate justice before, voting in a landslide to support the divestment of the county’s pension fund in October and declaring climate emergency in January. “Yet again, Oxford city has established itself as leagues ahead of University of Oxford, which won’t even budge its oily, gassy endowment from climate-destructive industries. “Anyone looking at politics now can see new thinking is needed. We need deep constitutional reform nationally, but, in the interim, our country’s well-run cities can try out new forms of engagement. Setting up a Citizens’ Assembly could be the path to consensus on climate change here and, crucially, a much-needed model for doing politics better everywhere else.” A step in this direction was taken when Anneliese Dodds, MP for Oxford East, raised the citizens’ assembly in Parliament on Tuesday. She asked that Claire Perry, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth in the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, visit Oxford to see the city’s approach to environmental issues. Hayes, who proposed the citizens’ assembly, continued: “The city council is responsible for just one per cent of Oxford’s carbon emissions. That’s why it’s crucial that the Citizens’ Assembly makes proposals for the whole city. Our partners are taking action with us and under their own steam, and Oxford’s Citizens Assembly will galvanise them to do even more even faster. Julia Peck, from the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign, said: “OCJC heartily welcomes this move by the Oxford City Council to establish the first Citizens’ Assembly in the UK on climate and a just transition, with the hope that it will result in a radical Green New Deal for our city – and pressure for the Oxfordshire County Council to finally divest the county pension fund from fossil fuels. The assembly, which will meet for the first time in September, will involve a randomly-selected representative sample of Oxford citizens. It will help consider new carbon targets and additional measures to reduce emissions. Writing in the Oxford Mail, Labour Councillor Tom Hayes, Board Member for Safer, Greener, Environment, explained why he believes the assembly is so important. He said: “Some may ask why Oxford needs a Citizens Assembly. We already have one in the form of the council itself. But, for the city and your council to become Zero Carbon while struggling under austerity and cuts, councillors will have to make hard and divisive choices, so I want to ensure a real representation of viewpoints gets heard, not just the usual green viewpoint. “I want to ensure we don’t create greater inequality or poverty in Oxford. Left in the hands of others who won’t factor in such risks because they don’t listen to a broad range of viewpoints, environmental policies, done badly, may worsen inequality.” The money will go towards projects such as improving electric vehicle charging facilities and upgrading public transport, as well as supporting bringing zero-emission taxis to Oxford. Its recommendations will help the council decide their policies on the adoption of carbon targets. The assembly will look at the results of research the Council will commission on developing options and timescales for carbon reduction across the city, including ways to improve housing and transport sustainability. “The University implemented a symbolic blacklist on direct investments in coal and tar sands in 2015, moving £0 and ignoring the rest, and washed its hands of the is- sue. This is an ugly separation of town and University, where an elite institution clings to profit while the residents around it are doing the work to imagine a new, fossil-free world.” A spokesperson for Oxford Climate Society said: “We’re very pleased to hear the council has decided to take further its commitment to climate change action and hope councils across the country will follow their lead. Whilst the announcement gives us reason to be optimistic, we hope it only represents the first step towards a similar approach on a national scale.” last_img read more

Four reasons to watch the Baking Industry Awards 2020

first_imgAre you ready for the Baking Industry Awards 2020?Taking place via an online ceremony on Wednesday 20 January at 18:30, the awards celebrate the best and brightest the industry has to offer. To watch the awards, visit that isn’t enough to tempt you, here are four more reasons to tune in:Come together as an industryWe might not be dressed in our finest tuxes and gowns sipping fizz at the Royal Lancaster, but that doesn’t make the celebration any less special.“The baking industry has gone above and beyond to keep the nation fed in 2020, so we want to shine a spotlight on all of the hard work and offer an evening of celebration,” explains British Baker editor Amy North.“The 2020 awards represent a new approach, but our mission remains the same – to reward the people, products and businesses who make this industry so special.”Find out who the winners areWant to know which of our finalists is taking home the trophy?The secret garden-themed broadcast will see the winners revealed in 13 categories including Rising Star, Baker of the Year, Supermarket Bakery Business of the Year and Bakery Innovation.“We’re so excited to reveal the winners,” says North. “The calibre of entries was outstanding, so our judges had some tough decisions to make.“Make sure to reach out and congratulate the winners and finalists afterwards. That email or message will be even more meaningful as we can’t pop a celebratory bottle of fizz in person.”Learn from your peers’ successUncovering the inspirational stories behind the people, products and businesses shortlisted for the Baking Industry Awards is not to be underestimated.Here lies a wealth of knowledge when it comes to facing, and overcoming, challenges, grasping new opportunities and adapting to customer needs.Take the Out of Home Business of the Year category, for example. Finalists Broken Clock, Costa Coffee and The Little Kitchen have all had to adapt to a new way of working as the pandemic and consequent lockdowns meant it wasn’t ‘business as usual’.Enjoy the entertainment stylings of Alexander ArmstrongYour host for the BIAs 2020 is Pointless presenter and Classic FM host Alexander Armstrong.As an actor, writer and singer, Armstrong is one of the most accomplished and recognisable hosts in the country. He is one half of Armstrong & Miller, writing and starring in the comedy sketch show with fellow actor and university friend, Ben Miller. He is also the co-host of the popular quiz Pointless, has presented Have I Got News For You more times than any other guest host.“Alexander Armstrong is an excellent choice for the Baking Industry Awards. He brings personality, a smattering of comedy and even some musical entertainment in the form of a song,” adds North.last_img read more

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James Shares Passionate New Single, “Here In Spirit” [Listen]

first_imgMy Morning Jacket fans only have a few more weeks to wait until their lead singer’s solo album is released! Jim James will share Eternally Even on November 4th, and has already released one single from the album – the ever-relevant protest song “Same Old Lie.”Today, James has released the second track from the new album. Titled “Here In Spirit,” the new song plays off of similar themes of social justice, as it encourages individuals to speak up for their ideals even if they can’t attend every political event. He wrote the song after attending a rally in Los Angeles, one day after the tragic night club shooting in Orlando, FL.“I was feeling so utterly gutted that things like this keep happening,” says James in a statement. “It’s a song about speaking out and trying to be there for people in spirit even if you can’t be at every rally and battle. We have such a duty to speak out for equality and for each other. I will always lend my voice to whatever the civil rights issue is of the day, to whomever needs the most help and love.”Check out “Here In Spirit,” streaming below. You can see more info about Eternally Even , as well as the lyrics to “Here In Spirit,” below.“Here In Spirit” LyricsNO COMPROMISE…BUT WILLING TO SACRIFICE.BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT.GO ON AND BE WHO YOU ARE.GO OUT AND GET WHAT YOU WANT…FULL OF LIFE.THE STONE IS THROWN….IT’S COMING FAST…THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW…IT’S CRASHING THRU THE GLASS…NOW WE’RE DOWN ON OUR KNEES PICKING UP THE SCRAPS…WHATEVER IT TAKES WE’RE GONNA BUILD IT BACK.IF YOU DON’T SPEAK OUT – WE CAN’T HEAR IT.OUR LOVE IS ALWAYS HERE – HERE IN SPIRIT.AND ALL THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE – HERE IN SPIRIT.NO COMPROMISE…BUT WILLING TO SACRIFICE.IF THE MEANS TO AN END’S IN SIGHT – AND ONCE THE WORK IS DONE –GO CELEBRATE WHAT YOU LIKE…GO ON AND DANCE THRU THE NIGHT…GO ON BE ONE WITH THE LIGHT – FULL OF LIFE.THE STONE IS THROWN….IT’S COMING FAST…THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW…IT’S CRASHING THRU THE GLASS.NOW WE’RE DOWN ON OUR KNEES PICKING UP THE SCRAPS…WHATEVER IT TAKES WE’RE GONNA BUILD IT BACK.IF YOU DONT SPEAK OUT – WE CAN’T HEAR IT.OUR LOVE IS ALWAYS HERE – HERE IN SPIRIT.AND ALL THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE – HERE IN SPIRIT.AND DONT YOU KNOW YOU CAN CALL ON ME (HERE IN SPIRIT)Eternally Even Art + Tracklisting1) Hide in Plain Sight2) Same Old Lie3) Here In Spirit4) World’s Smiling Now5) We Ain’t Getting Any Younger Pt. 16) We Ain’t Getting Any Younget Pt. 27) True Nature8) In the Moment9) Eternally EvenJim James Fall Tour Dates9/28: Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA9/29: Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA9/30: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, San Francisco, CA10/1: The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA11/15 & 11/16: Boston, MA @ Royale11/18: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philly11/19: Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre11/20: New York, NY @ Terminal 511/22: Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle11/23: Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium11/25: Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater11/26: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre11/27: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater11/29: Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant11/30: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown12/01: Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater12/03: Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre12/05: Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre12/06: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo12/07: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre12/10: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl12/11: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee12/13: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live12/14: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues12/16: Houston, TX @ House of Blues12/17: New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre*support by Twin Limb on all dates (except Fillmore SF)last_img read more

Tool Is Officially In The Studio Working On Their First New Album In 12 Years [Photo]

first_imgAt this point, we’ve all seen the periodic updates on Tool’s follow up album to 10,000 Days (2006). At times discouraging, at other times encouraging, progress on the new Tool release has been inching along for the past few years. Plans became more concrete when frontman Maynard James Keenan revealed plans to reunite with his bandmates in the studio to record music he’d been working on. At that point in February of this year, he had finished writing the words and melodies to all but one of the new tracks, according to Consequence of Sound. Then, guitarist Adam Jones chimed in that recording of the new album would happen in March.Only a week into March, and it’s all confirmed. Yesterday, Jones posted a short video clip from a studio on Instagram with the caption, “Day 1.” Today, Jones posted a photo that confirms audio engineer “Immortan Evil Joe Barresi,” who mixed Tool’s 10,000 Days, as the man behind the console for the recording session. Marking the first new music since that 2006 album, Jones joked in the post: “Our first choice was Phil Spector – but he has other conflicting work obligations.”So there you have it, folk–Tool is officially in the studio working on their first new album in 12 years.last_img read more

BRO ATHLETES: Chris Hipgrave Wins Powell River Regatta

first_imgThe next day we hoped on our bikes to explore the Wilderness Road which was originally built by Daniel Boone in 1775 to connect the interior of the country with the populated coastline via the Cumberland Gap. The road exits the Park and travels east on a gently rolling trail traveling past fields of bison, other cattle and open pasture, but all the time the presence of the tall Cumberland Mountain looms over your left shoulder. We ended up at the reconstructed Martin’s Station which was a frontier fort of critical importance. Following a very educational visit thru Martin’s Station we continued on to the Wilderness Road’s terminus just beyond Caylor before the inevitable race back to the vehicle broke out.I’ve already committed to returning to the incredible Powell River Regatta and the beautiful Cumberland Gap National Historic Park next year—if not sooner—after such a fun filed weekend of adventuring. Following an invitation to participate in the inaugural Powell River Regatta in Tazewell, Tennesse, my wife and I decided to make a weekend out of it and explore the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park—an area new to both of us.The Powell River Regatta turned out to be a gem of a race. Turning into the race venue at the Well Being Conference Center in Claiborne County, you pass deep green pastures peppered with boulders, herds of curious cattle, and aging log barns barely standing.The conference center itself was a well manicured facility almost completely surrounded by the Powell River. I hosted a forward stroke clinic for the race participants through the NOC Paddling School and the Well Being Conference Center the evening before hand, giving us all a chance to get a feel for the river and the challenges it could hold.The race would be 12 miles down the Powell River and would include numerous rapids in a spectacular setting. The Powell is hugely important as it’s one of only two undammed and free flowing headwater basins of the Upper Tennessee River system. It was also designated by the EPA as the “second most biologically diverse aquatic system in the nation.”The race itself was incredibly well run, and the river never disappointed. The whitewater was just challenging enough for those of us that decided to race composite boats, while the scenery and water clarity kept your visual senses on overload.The 1 hour 27 minutes of racing seemed to be over before I knew it, and my performance was good enough to secure the overall win with my wife taking the same honors in the women’s race. By the end of the day, the Powell River Regatta had become my new favorite race because it ticked all the right boxes in terms of venue, organization, competition, and community. I am confident that Claiborne County is onto a winning combination that will result in this event becoming massively popular in the future.After refueling at Angelo’s in the Gap and getting caffeinated at the Gap Creek Coffeehouse in historic downtown Cumberland Gap, it was time to start exploring Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. This park is of National significance as it was one of the few natural breaks in the Appalachian chain used by wildlife, the native Cherokee indians, and then the settlers as they started migrating West. The towering broken limestone bluffs around the Gap makes the area feel more like the Colorado Rockies than the Appalachians.martinstationlast_img read more

The future of credit union IT security and compliance program management? It’s in the cloud…

first_imgIn recent years, organizations of all types, most notably within financial institutions, have started to transition from a reactive, scenario-based form of IT Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) management to specialized, regulation-based approaches which create holistic and realistic views of the overall IT environment. The antiquated, reactive approach to IT GRC management has proven to be unsustainable in its focus on the “here and now” instead of developing an ongoing picture of a credit union’s information security and compliance program status. In parallel, market researchers have noticed a growing adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS), or cloud-based, platforms in IT GRC management. These platforms replace decentralized methodologies so that organizations can stay ahead of potential problems using a more focused and agile approach that fully integrates with previously established systems and workflows.Regulatory compliance and overall risk management are two universal focuses of all credit unions; yet not all credit unions have wholly integrated compliance and risk management initiatives into their established information security, or IT GRC, programs. Compliance does not imply reduced risk nor does risk management ensure compliance to regulations, so historically, the two have been considered separate challenges for credit unions to overcome. A strategic approach considers both factors as part of the credit union’s universal information security posture and allows the institution to identify and maximize its assets.Risk and Compliance Silos are Destined to FailIn a traditionally reaction-based information security management program, compliance with regulating bodies cannot easily be viewed in the context of day-to-day security practices. Often, especially in small to medium-sized credit unions, compliance verification efforts are initiated when the organization must become compliant with certain regulations, perhaps after regulators have deemed the credit union not in compliance and issued fines. Unless a credit union can afford to perform ongoing internal audits or compliance analysis, maintaining compliance is not part of day-to-day operations.Similarly, a reaction-based approach to overall security management will result in a decentralized compilation of documentation and scenario-specific risk management exercises to plan for various theoretical disasters. Practices and procedures are executed to mitigate hypothetical threats and, depending upon the size or structure of the organization, solutions vary from situation to situation. Moreover, compliance with regulating bodies may not be intentionally considered during the development of these operations.A Unified Approach for Sustainable Program ManagementAnalyzing information security risk and compliance management simultaneously will allow your credit union to build an information security program that is sustainable, consistent, efficient and agile. Encompassing information security and compliance management requires stakeholders and decision-makers across the institution (from the highest levels of executive management and risk managers to IT operations, internal auditors and compliance officers) to leverage a single set of data across their unique initiatives. The data collected from this approach can range from policies describing the institution’s overall security posture, to detailed vulnerability information or specific compliance citation attestation, tracking and reporting.When so many organizations have become accustomed to retaining disjointed documentation and scenario-specific protocols to address company-wide IT GRC challenges, how can a major program reform such as this be accomplished?”Cue, “The Cloud”Cloud-based IT GRC platforms offer dynamic management solutions for credit unions of all sizes because, by design, they must be customized and individualized to meet the needs of a variety of IT environments. The benefits of cloud-based IT GRC systems become evident soon after deployment.Cloud-based applications are designed to quickly and easily build information security programs via a shared workspace which multiple users may authenticate to and work within collaboratively. Since most users simply need access to the web to begin working in a cloud environment, these platforms can be integrated into a credit union’s existing IT environment with little to no change in the company’s infrastructure. The collaborative nature of cloud-based workflow makes way for comprehensive IT GRC programs within credit unions of all sizes because employees become equipped to contribute to the centralized, company-wide application.These emerging platforms inevitably eliminate redundancy or gaps in workflow, replacing decentralized security-program-related efforts. Although credit unions may develop infinitely different IT GRC management plans based on unique needs, well-maintained cloud-based solutions provide the medium for automation of information and fastidious tracking of both day-to-day and grand-scale operations so that accurate and up-to-date data is available for those who need it, from auditors, regulators, or internal management. By delegating the responsibility of IT GRC program development, maintenance, and management within a centralized user interface from which all employees may contribute, maintaining the program becomes integral to day-to-day operations.The result of this implementation is increased awareness of the credit union’s IT GRC plans and procedures and a secure credit union from the inside, out. Cloud-based IT GRC software is fast becoming the future platform of credit union IT security management because, ultimately, secure and agile IT environments liberate credit unions to more intelligently focus company resources towards improving member services and satisfaction. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Madeline Domma Madeline Domma is a Product Specialist at TraceSecurity, a company which took feedback from credit unions and small businesses to build a cloud-based information security program service specifically for this … Web: Detailslast_img read more

You’ll never get rich from a job

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson covers consumer financial news for, offering readers tips on budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals, and developing a healthy relationship with money. She is co-founder of … Web: Details Jobs provide a sense of security. You can plan a budget around a paycheck, employer-paid health insurance provides a medical safety net, and a 401K helps secure your retirement.But if you dream of becoming rich, and really living the American dream, your job isn’t going to get this job done.That’s because when you work at a job, you’re trading time for money. You work an hour, and you get paid for that hour. The problem is, it doesn’t matter if you earn $15 an hour or $150 an hour, there are only so many hours in a day. That limits how much money you can make. Fortune 500 CEOs who earn millions of dollars a year get rich, sure, but they’re the exception. The vast majority of Americans can only dream of achieving a middle class lifestyle at best by working a job. It’s not some vast conspiracy at work. Companies have a financial obligation to their bottom line and their investors to pay employees the lowest possible salary the market will allow. That’s Business 101.So how do you get rich? By creating a side gig in your spare time that can earn revenue without requiring you to work hours for dollars.Technology has enabled people all over the world to launch online, automated businesses that sell content – ebooks, online courses and instructional videos – that earn them money without requiring eight hours or more every day for the rest of their lives. Make no mistake, these businesses require plenty of work up front and a willingness to learn new skills. However, with a modest investment, the right strategy and a can’t-lose entrepreneurial mindset, anyone can create and execute a successful online business.Think you have nothing to offer? Think again. Self-made millionaire Jeff Rose, best known for his blogs and and his best selling book, Solder of Finance: Take Charge of Your Money, got his start when he posted a YouTube video showing step-by-step instructions on how he taught his 5-year-old daughter how to tie her shoes. Rose didn’t invent a new way to teach kids; he simply researched shoe-tying methods online until he found one that seemed simple enough his daughter could learn it.To date, that video has been shared nearly one million times. It was a lightbulb moment for Rose, and the rest is history.The key to building a successful online business is finding your niche. The internet and social media are overcrowded with life coaches that offer the same, general service. Don’t make that mistake. Instead, find something specific you can do well – like teaching your kid to tie her shoes – and build from there. If you’re a teacher, maybe you’ve discovered a sure-fire method to teach basic algebra or how to write an essay. If you’re a fireman, you probably know exactly what families need to keep on hand to escape from a house fire or survive a natural disaster. Police officers are needed to create materials to teach people how to survive a live shooter situation. The possibilities are endless!Ask your friends: What do I do better than anyone else that I could teach them? The answer may surprise you, but it could be the one big thing that makes you rich.last_img read more

Open Bionics x Konami Venom Hero bionic arm is designed for below-elbow amputees » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – The Open Bionics x Konami Venom Hero bionic arm provides mobility for below-elbow amputees, and thus, can change people’s lives. It’s compatible with adults and children with upper limb amputees, and even eight-year-olds can wear it. The bionic arm’s design is based on Venom Snake—the protagonist of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The character wears an iconic red and black version. Although the fictional character’s arm comes with weapons attached, the Hero Arm doesn’t. And if you’d prefer to experiment with different designs, you can. Open Bionic uses 3D printing and scanning to custom-manufacture each Hero Arm. This feature allows you to accessorize it with magnetic clip-on covers. Overall, it’s a life-changing wearable to provide lower-arm movement.last_img read more

State needs to go all in on ethics reform

first_imgYou know how when you have so much on your plate, you’re paralyzed into procrastination and inaction? The outcome of all this is like that.Well, here’s a simple solution to the vexing problem of which solution to enact. One solution is to take the uncertainty and confusion out of what ethics reforms to support and what not to. One simple way to ensure that every loophole is plugged and every opportunity for nefarious characters to steal money and give favors at the public’s expense is taken away.Do them all.All those ethics reforms mentioned above?Do. Them. All.No more wringing of the hands over which solution is best. New York state corruption and unethical conduct is so expansive and unpredictable that it needs every single reform it can get its hands on. It needs one comprehensive package of reforms that covers every conceivable scandal and opportunity for malfeasance.Give the watchdog agencies all the power and teeth they need. Expand FOIL and expose government contracts and economic development projects to full public scrutiny. Limit outside income for legislators. (Maybe give them their pay raise as an incentive.) Close the LLC loophole. Limit government access of lobbyists. Impose term limits on leadership positions in the Legislature. The works. Take all the proposals and cover every possible scenario.If you don’t support this one comprehensive reform package, then you don’t really support ethics reform in New York state government. And therefore, you support the continuing pattern of corruption that plagues state government, gives power to individuals who are highly connected at the expense of those who aren’t, and promotes further mistrust among the citizens.To get the public’s attention and give the politicians something to put in their campaign literature, we’ll call this omnibus anti-corruption bill something catchy like “The Big Sweep” or “The Clean House Bill” or some other household-cleanliness-related metaphor.No more arguing over individual solutions that never go anywhere.Do them all and just get it done.The public will thank you. And you won’t have to waste time again coming up with a new rescue plan each time somebody else in state government goes up the river.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Editorial, OpinionAfter each corruption trial involving someone in New York state government, the politicians hem and haw over the best ways to end this particular bit of wrong-doing. For one trial, the response might highlight the need for an overhaul of our campaign finance system. Another might spotlight the specific need for LLC reform, which would limit the ability of campaign contributors to sidestep regular campaign contribution limits to funnel large contributions through limited liability corporations.When lawmakers use their law firms and businesses to funnel business to friends, business associates and family members, the politicians propose limiting outside income for legislators.When powerful lawmakers like Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leaders Dean Skelos and Joe Bruno get convicted of using their powerful offices to enhance themselves and those close to them, the politicians blame it on longevity. So they propose term limits on leadership positions or on legislative terms of office to prevent individuals from becoming too powerful.When state lawmakers hide pet projects in the state budget without providing a line-item listing, the voices call for expansion of the state’s Freedom of Information Law.When someone is able to dodge existing ethics rules for long periods of time undetected, like the recently convicted Joseph Percoco in a bribery scheme, they propose putting more teeth into government watchdog organizations like Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) to ferret out the really sneaky folks.Or they propose a combination of one or more solutions, whichever fits the crime du jour.Then after throwing out the various proposals, they do what they always do. They declare that the ethics problem in question is either isolated to one individual or is too broad to cover all the potential violations. So they do nothing at all. That’s Albany at work.Let’s take Percoco as an example of how all this goes down.Percoco was a longtime trusted ally of Gov. Andrew Cuomo who was convicted Tuesday of two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of solicitation of bribes or gratuities for helping his corporate interests get special attention from the Cuomo administration. In return for using his access and influence, Percoco received more than $300,000 in bribe money, prosecutors alleged.Albany’s reaction was predictable.After sleeping on his response, the governor preposterously claimed Wednesday he didn’t know exactly what Percoco was up to while hanging out in the governor’s office all those years. He said he thought Percoco was doing “transition work” related to the governor’s re-election campaign and called Percoco’s illegal actions “an aberration.” In other words, it’s not a problem with the system; it’s a problem with this one guy. Now that he’s been ferreted out, the problem has gone away.Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie had a similar reaction, saying a broad brush shouldn’t be applied to all government officials and that the fact that Percoco was convicted of violating a law was an indication that a legislative solution wouldn’t have prevented this ethical lapse.Cuomo’s political opponents see all this corruption as a reflection of Cuomo’s personal lack of ethics and control over his administration.And good-government groups see this conviction, along with all the elements of corruption and unethical conduct that were exposed during Percoco’s trial, as further evidence of a more pervasive problem that needs a broad menu of reforms.last_img read more