As summer progresses, the early blooming flowers have gone to seed, much to the delight of the finches. Photo by Ken HansonPine siskin devouring one of its favorite seeds, those of the tall phlox. Apparently, there is some debate about who has first dibs. Photo by Ken HansonPine siskin on a bending Gaillardia (Blanket flower) plant, pulling seeds from the seed head, even before they are barely ripe in a garden in Barranca Mesa. Photo by Ken HansonHummingbirds find flowers in bloom all summer long. Photo by Ken HansonHummingbird living the sweet life. Photo by Ken Hanson
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CHANTILLY, Va. – William “Bill” Gager has announced he will retire from his position as president of the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) on Dec. 31. During the past 35 years, Gager has made significant contributions to the success of APRA, principally guiding the evolution of the association and fully aligning the needs of the membership with the association. Under his leadership, the staff of APRA has organized major events for its membership including the annual International BIG R Show and Exposition, regional technical clinics, educational seminars, forums and plant tours, as well as implemented popular business management and savings programs such as the Reman ToolBox, AutoBulletins.com, AutoElectricPro.com and BuyReman.com. Gager has also been instrumental in leading the association’s lobbying efforts on behalf of its membership. Whether addressing the IRS on the core valuation issue or working to pass tax credit legislation through Congress, Gager has consistently been the voice of remanufacturing. Gager has used his knowledge of the industry to help educate congressional leaders about the importance of remanufacturing and the benefits from both a labor and environmental standpoint. As a labor-intensive industry, remanufacturing provides jobs while contributing to a greener environment – as Gager would say, “a win-win for everyone.” His dedication and drive within the organization has always been his commitment to the membership of the APRA, and how to best support them as they adapt to a challenging economy and ever-changing government regulations. In 1989, Gager, along with Fernand Weiland, created the APRA European Division. This division thrives today with its strong membership of OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies, along with private, well-established remanufacturing companies. The APRA European Symposium has become a “go-to” event for companies doing business in Europe and continues to serve as a forum for new technologies and innovative thinking. And, APRA has been actively involved as a primary sponsor of the ReMaTec Show since it was first launched in 2001. Another of Bill’s numerous achievements was in 1994 when he joined with the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) to create the PAACE Automechanika Show in Mexico City. This became Mexico and Central America’s most important automotive aftermarket trade show. Gager’s international efforts continue today with the forming of the APRA Asia-Pacific Division. Gager has been a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Automotive Equipment and Capital Goods of the U.S. Department of Commerce for a number of years, where he has represented the viewpoint of the remanufacturing industry. APRA thanks Bill Gager for his immense support and dedication to APRA and the remanufacturing industry. His legacy is undeniable and his warm smile and optimism are lasting impressions. When asked about his 35 years of service, Gager said, “I’ve had the good fortune to work in such an authentic industry where the people you meet are sincere and willing to share what they know.” Gager has fostered the environment where “APRA members are colleagues, not competitors,” and for that the association and his staff will be forever thankful. APRA will be sponsoring a retirement breakfast for Bill during the BIG R Show in Las Vegas, Nov. 2-4 at the Tropicana Hotel. We look forward to all of his many, many friends being there to wish him well in his retirement. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
Share Plum Island has always had an air of mystery about it. The beautiful spit of land off Orient Point is home to the controversial Animal Disease Center. It was also used as a bargaining chip by Clarice Starling in Thomas Harris’s “The Silence of the Lambs.” Nelson DeMille used the location for his eponymous book in the mid-’90s.But there is an even deeper, darker story buried on the island, which has only recently been unearthed by author, journalist, and lawyer Marian Lindberg of Wainscott — the birth of homophobia in the U.S. military. Her newly-released book, “Scandal On Plum Island: A Commander Becomes The Accused” (East End Press), details the 1914 trial and ultimate discharge for “immoral conduct” and “homo-sexualism” of a distinguished Army Commander, Benjamin Koehler, stationed at the island’s military base.“The captain wore a see-through dress. No dispute about that. Even the captain admitted that in a certain light, guests at the party could see the outline of his body through the muslin shift. Months later, a lawyer would press for details: Was the dress tied at the waist? What color and length were the captain’s socks? Did others treat him ‘as if you were a woman’?”This kicks off Lindberg’s book, which includes colorful characters of the day, along with a detailed portrait of Koehler and his trial, and the military history of Fort Terry on Plum Island.A talk with Marian Lindberg this week revealed how this story came into her life.How did you end up going down this particular rabbit hole and at what point did you realize, “There’s a book here,” rather than an article or series of articles?Since 2005, I have been on the staff of The Nature Conservancy, based in East Hampton, mostly working on land preservation deals. Helping to preserve Plum Island after the Plum Island Animal Disease Laboratory moves to Kansas in 2023 is one of my assignments. It was in that context that my then-colleague handed me a copy of “A World Unto Itself: The Remarkable History of Plum Island” in January 2016.I took the book home and read much of it that night. The chapter about Major Koehler, written by Amy Kasuga Folk, intrigued me immediately. The journalist in me wondered why I had never heard of such a significant, early case in LGBTQ history that had happened nearby. The lawyer in me wondered about the legal details of the case, as Amy, a historian, came out on the side of Koehler’s innocence but had not analyzed the case from a lawyer’s perspective. And the feminist in me was struck by a case in which 16 male accusers were said to have lied.This was the year before #MeToo became a force, but there was plenty of sexual misconduct being written about and I have long been interested in sexual harassment and sexual abuse issues. I thought it was interesting that here, in 1913-14, 16 men were accused of being untruthful when reporting allegations of sexual groping by Ben Koehler.So, several cylinders were firing. I thought from the start that Koehler’s story merited a book. I called Amy (nervously, as we were strangers) and asked whether she planned to do anything more with the material. She said, “Like what”? I said, “Like a book.” She said she might like to but doubted she would have time in the near future to pursue it, so she said I should go for it.I’m grateful to Amy. She shared some documents and photos with me, read a draft, and has been a great ally in getting this story of injustice fully investigated and told. The more I started researching, the more I was hooked, especially after I spoke to Koehler’s grand-niece (she lives in California) and learned that the story had cast a shadow over the family, yet they knew few of the details.One has only to be familiar with Oscar Wilde, and other persecuted homosexuals of that time, to know that homosexuality was frowned upon, if not illegal. What about Koehler’s story did you find particularly egregious or shocking?Actually, attitudes toward homosexuality are much more complicated. For example, close male friends held hands in the 1800s and this was not stigmatized. Wilde was convicted of sodomy. There was no allegation that Ben Koehler engaged in sodomy — the allegations concerned groping — so anti-sodomy laws did not apply. There was no law banning homosexuality per se at the time.The federal government did not begin taking action against perceived homosexuals as a class until 1909. The Immigration Bureau was the first federal agency to do so. I can’t say for a fact that the 1914 case of Ben Koehler was the first domestic prosecution of a senior military officer for alleged homoerotic acts, but I am not aware of an earlier one.Part of what made the story fascinating to me is the emergence of the hyper-aggressive standards of masculinity after the Spanish-American War (1898). In part, men’s policing of other men’s sexuality arose as a result of denigrating the feminine — in women, and in themselves — and this, in turn, arose as pushback to women’s greater participation in public life in the 1890s and a sense by some, such as Theodore Roosevelt, that American men were becoming too soft in the 1890s for their own and the nation’s good.The changing standards of manliness in the 1890-1920 period are not only interesting, but relevant to the coded concerns with “manliness” (and glorification of strength defined as physical power and dominance) that still exist in our politics and social life. I found many aspects of the case egregious. There was terrible abuse of power by a senior official in D.C., and I was able to document the creation of fake evidence. The claims were fantastic on their face. The “double life” theory was carried to an unbelievable extreme based on innuendo and speculation as to how “male degenerates” would behave.I grew enormously as a person both in self-knowledge and in compassion for people as different as an army officer born in the 19th Century and present members of the trans community. Our current ideas of gender norms are socially constructed to the disadvantage of fully human men, women, relationships, and society. I also saw the lesser-known sides of a number of famous people, both good and bad, from Roosevelt to Susan B. Anthony (related by marriage to the Koehler family). Going back in time and seeing well-known people and events from unconventional angles was fun.Did you ever feel, while you were writing, that Benjamin Koehler’s spirit was with you? Maybe that he felt exonerated?Who among us has never felt misunderstood or misperceived? That is a way in which all of us can relate to Ben Koehler. I related to him in addition because of some similar traits. I also felt part of his purpose in my life was to help me understand military people better, including my father, who was a captain in WWII but started out as an enlisted man (which I discovered by requesting his records after his death.)I liked Ben’s independent, educated sister who lived with him on Plum Island and whose letters, given to me by her granddaughter, made a big difference in my understanding of the case and of Ben. Who knows, there may be an official request for a pardon in the offing. One reader did say it was too bad Ben didn’t have me as his lawyer!What do you hope to accomplish with this book? Is there anything besides telling a good story?I’ve written it as a fast-moving story. Nelson DeMille said it reads like a legal thriller. My aim was to reach a broad audience (though there are 50 pages of end notes for people who like a more scholarly approach). Readers are free to reach their own conclusions, but I hope the book leads to greater tolerance of people who seem different — for whatever reason. The book shows the harm that can come from stereotyping based on superficial features.Also, as it is Pride Month, my book can also be seen as an offering of allyship to the LGBTQ community.“Scandal on Plum Island” can be found at www.eastendpress.co, at local bookstores, and online. Lindberg will join Canio’s Books via Zoom on Friday, June 19, at 6 PM. Log onto www.caniosbooks.com for the link.
With still over five months until it opens, Oceanology International 2016 (OI) being held at ExCeL London, Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 March 2016, is well set to be a record-breaker. It has already matched the size of OI 2014 and, with hundreds of additional metres on reserve and due to be confirmed soon, the 2016 event will be the biggest OI of all time.“We are delighted that OI still boasts such great support and engagement from the global industry and immensely proud it is coming together en masse to make this the biggest event in OI’s history,” says Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions.“Over 8,000m2 has already been sold to 326 exhibiting companies from 32 countries. It is always good news when returning exhibitors take more space and this has been the case with over a hundred exhibiting companies.“And, we are delighted to welcome 59 new exhibiting companies. No doubt when the names of companies sharing booked stands start to emerge we will find there are even more suppliers dipping their toes into the OI ‘water’ for the first time.“We welcome Fugro, Teledyne, Keller and IXBlue as sponsors of key elements of next spring’s show, which is held in partnership with The Society for Underwater Technology, and with the Hydrographic Society UK, IMarEST, IMCA, the Marine Technology Society, and the Society of Maritime Industries as endorsing organisations.”Image:
There was more than enough entertainment, and the jumping castles were among the favourite activity for the younger children. Shirlene Peplow, seated, was treated to a special birthday party by her parents, Hilda and George Peplow, back. Shirlene Peplow, seated, was treated to a special birthday party by her parents, Hilda and George Peplow, back. The family of Shirlene Peplow, from Bridgetown, ensured a memorable 50th birthday party for her, when they invited children from their community to be part of the celebration. Ms Peplow is mentally disabled and doctors told her parents, George and Hilda Peplow, that she would not live beyond her teens. It is for this reason, that her family celebrated all her milestone birthdays. For her 21st birthday party, Ms Peplow had a weekend-long party and when she turned 40, her parents gave her a big bash as well. This time around, it was decided to have something for the children in the community, as that is where she grew up and everybody knows her. Her niece, Shahiema Schuller, said there was plenty of treats, games, a live band and even a dance competition for the little guests. “All in all, it was a great event that brought the community members together. An event that had not only attracted the children, but the older generation as well – and all this to do something special for a special lady,” Ms Schuller said. 1 of 2
The government today signaled a long-awaited reform of divorce laws by potentially removing the element of fault from the process. Justice secretary David Gauke confirmed his intention that couples wishing to divorce should benefit from a less confrontational process under proposals subject to consultation. A new notification process will allow people to notify the court of the intent to divorce, whilst removing the opportunity for the other spouse to contest it. Other proposals include retaining the sole ground for divorce: the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage, and removing the need to show evidence of the other spouse’s conduct, or a period of living apart. Gauke said: ‘Marriage will always be one of our most important institutions, but when a relationship ends it cannot be right for the law to create or increase conflict between divorcing couples. That is why we will remove the archaic requirements to allege fault or show evidence of separation, making the process less acrimonious and helping families look to the future.’ The consultation also seeks views on the minimum timeframe for the process between the interim decree of divorce (decree nisi) and final decree of divorce (decree absolute). Ministers say this will allow couples ‘time to reflect’ on the decision to divorce and to reach agreement on arrangements for the future where divorce is inevitable. Changes to divorce laws have long been campaigned for and were brought into focus by Owens v Owens earlier this year, when the Supreme Court ruled that a 68-year-old woman should remain married to her husband against her wishes. The Family Law Act 1996 allowed for no-fault divorce provided couples had taken part in compulsory information meetings. However, the legislation was not commenced by the Labour government that took office in 1997. At present, divorcing couples are forced to blame each other for the marriage breakdown on the grounds of ‘unreasonable behaviour’, adultery or desertion, or prove they have been separated for a minimum of two years – even if the separation is mutual. If the divorce is contested, and a spouse cannot prove ‘fault’, then couples currently have to wait five years before a divorce is granted. Mark Harper, partner at London firm Hughes Fowler Carruthers, said: ‘It has taken 22 years since the last unworkable no-fault divorce law for the government to accept the need for further reform. ‘This will save 65,000 or more divorcing couples each year from having to prove fault to get a divorce, which will mean a better and more amicable start to those proceedings.’ The consultation closes on 10 December.
VIBRATION: The passenger areas of rolling stock can be isolated from vibrations caused by underfloor or roof-mounted equipment such as air-conditioning units using the Isotop DZE Railway spring and damper developed by Getzner Werkstoffe.This has a height of 45 mm and can be optimised to reduce the propagation of structure-borne noise from loads of 50 to 1 000 kg. ‘For HVAC units, we can guarantee an insulating effect up to 12 dB higher than when using rubber-metal products’, says Product Manager Thomas Gamsjäger.The stainless steel housing and end-to-end axle can withstand strong horizontal forces such as those from emergency braking, while the weather resistance and low settling behaviour offer a longer service life than rubber-metal elements. ‘Our materials are used in railway infrastructure where a life expectancy of up to 50 years is required’, explains Gamsjäger. ‘We are more-or-less able to rule out brittleness or hardening with crack formation and undesirable settling.’Isotop DZE Railway can also be used to protect sensitive components in units and switch cabinets, or for transporting goods which are sensitive to vibration and impact.
SPAIN: A series of high speed test runs using ETCS Level 2 were made over the 111 km section of high speed line between Zamora and Pedralba de la Pradería in Galicia on May 15-19. A Class 112 electric trainset made a series of trips under simulated operational conditions, while two Talgo Class 730 electro-diesels made test runs passing each other. Normal and degraded operating conditions were also replicated. The maximum line speed is 350 km/h; the Class 112s have a maximum commercial speed of 330 km/h while the bi-mode Talgos are limited to 250 km/h.Testing of ETCS between Olmedo, Medina del Campo and Zamora is now complete, and authorisation for driver training is expected shortly. The route is also equipped with ADIF’s domestic ASFA Digital train protection system.The opening of the line from Zamora to Ourense is expected before the end of the year, and would complete the long-planned high speed corridor linking Madrid with Santiago de Compostela.