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BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 16, 201 1 Page 1 5 Editorial {Continued from A recent Wall Street Jour- nal article reports (I con- dense) that China sent its first aircraft carrier to sea, a defining moment in its ef- fort to become a top tier na- val power that seeks to chal- lenge U.S. military su- premacy in Asia and protect Chinese economic interests that now span the globe. The carrier, based on an empty hull bought from the Ukraine, sounded its horn three times as it plowed through the fog around the northeastern port of Dalian to begin its first sea trials, according to a Twitter-like service by the state run Xingu news agency. The vessel, far from opera- tional, has a new engine, radar, guns and other equip- ment, and for the present will be used mainly for train- ing fighter pilots who must learn to take off and land on a moving deck. China has tried to play down its significance, say- ing, "There should be no ex- cessive worries on China's pursuit of the carrier, it will not pose a threat to other countries." The vessel nonetheless sends a powerful message both to China's domestic au- dience, for whom a carrier has for decades been equated with national strength, and to the United States and its regional allies, many of whom are embroiled in ter- ritorial disputes with Beijing. It is the most .potent sym- bol yet of China's long-term Page 3) tween an ascendant China, bent on reclaiming its his- torical role as a global power, and a debt-ridden United States that wants to retain the military supremacy it has wielded in Asia since 1945. Human Events reports China is sending misleading messages about its massive military buildup. China's recent edition of its defense of white paper claims to promote transpar- ency in its defense planning. Nevertheless, the paper's messages are not supported by the facts. Included in the 30-page defense white paper are: Consider China's anti- space weaponization view has not stopped it from develop- ing its own space weapon. The white paper makes no mention of China's success- ful 2007 direct-ascent anti- satellite (ASAT) weapons test, which destroyed its own satellites in space. The test raised questions about China's capability and intention to attack U.S. sat- ellites, according to Congres- sional Research Service report. Even though China is a signatory to various nonpro- liferation treaties, it is ar- guably the world's biggest supplier of WMD technology, providing nuclear and mis- sile related technology to Pakistan and missile re- lated technology to Iran. As Nile Gardiner, a Wash- ington based foreign affairs desire to deve!op the pgwe,r..analyst and political c0m- both to deny U.S. naval ac- cess to Asian waters and to protect its global economic interests, including ship- ping lanes in the Indian Ocean and oil sources in the Middle East. Its launch is thus seen as a milestone in relations be- LEGAL NOTICE B & B TOWING 50-R MOONEY STREET CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138 617.347.9104 TO: ERNIE NICKOLE 819 BROADWAY SAUGUS, MA 01906 B & B TOWING -IAS HAD IN THEIR POSSESSION YOUR 1996 DODGE VIN #1 B3BR65E5TV100299 SINCE JUNE 9, 2011 AFTER DUE NOTICE THIS VEHICLE HAS NOT BEEN CLAIMED. THIS VEHICLE WILL BE SOLD AT PRIVATE SALE IF NOT CLAIMED IN 21 DAYS., MICHAEL SORRENTINO OWNER Run dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23/11 LEGAL NOTICE B & B TOWING 50-R MOONEY STREET CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138 617-347-9104 TO: JAMBULAT TKHILAISHVILI 95 GROVE STREET W. ROXBURY, MA 02132 B & B TOWING HAS HAD IN THEIR POSSESSION YOUR 2002 MERCEDES BENZ VIN #4JGAB54E92A363729 SINCE MAY 17, 2011 AFTER DUE NOTICE THIS VEHICLE HAS NOT BEEN CLAIMED. THIS VEHICLE WILL BE SOLD AT PRIVATE SALE IF NOT CLAIMED IN 21 DAYS. MICHAEL SORRENTINO OWNER Run dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23/11 mentator who frequently appears on American and British television and radio, including Fox News Channel, CNN, BBC, Sky News and NPR, wrote, "Is President Obama the weakest Com- mander-in-Chief in U.S. history?" Without equivocation, the answer is a resounding YES! I have seen estimates that the administration is con- templating 50% cuts in the military budget. The American people must rectify this affliction in 2012; this nationwill not survive another four years of this administration, eco- nomically, defensively or both. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 Docket No. WO1102426DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING LAN K. KWOK vs. DANNY ANH LANG To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has fired a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for Irretrievable Breakdown. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: I.an K. Kwok, 136-04 Cherry Ave. #4E, Flushing, NY 11355 your answer, if any, on or before October 18, 2011. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to tile a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. WITNESS, Hon, DENISE L. MEAGHER, First Justice of this Court. Date: August 10, 2011 Stephen G. Abraham, Register of Probate Run date: 9/16/11 EXTRA In nln00 by Sal Giarratani Pitching for Tim On Friday, September 30 at Freeport Hall in Dorchester, family, friends and neighbors will be supporting Tim Burke and his par- ents, Mary and Charlie, as Tim battles leu- kemia. The benefit will run from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Come in baseball attire. Help Tim's team spread the word and invite your friends, too. For more information, call 617- 268-7717. If .unable to attend you can make a donation to The Tim Burke Leukemia Fund, P.O. Box 35124, Brighton, MA 02135. Did You Know? The Arizona Diamondbacks' pitching staff this year leads the majors with 51 hits and 30 RBIs. The Shutout Phillies The Phillies recently threw back to back shutouts against the Cincinnati Reds on August 30 and 31 and now have 19 shut- outs this season, most in the majors. Another Spahn and Sain Duet Back when I was a toddler, the Boston Braves had two of the best pitchers in base- ball in Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain. They even had a team song: "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain." Today, the two best pitching duos are with the Phillies. There's Roy Halladay, who at this writing is 16-5 with a 2.47 ERA, and there's Cliff Lee with a 15-7 record with a 2.59 ERA. Howie Long, Pro-Football Hall of Famer recently appeared at the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club where a plaque honoring Long's football career as defensive end for the Oakland Raiders was unveiled. Long was born and raised in Charlestown and remains proud of his Townie roots. Howie Long met up with the Post-Gazette's Sal Giarratani, whose family roots are also in Charlestown, while at the reception. (Photo by Kevin Kelly) Urn, Mr. President (Continued from Page i) We do not need to go down that same road again. What part of "it did not work" don't they understand? People, wake them up! Worst of all, the president's proposal added complexity to the already insane com- plexity of the current tax code, and it did not remove on e ounce of uncertainty about future taxes and regu- lations, which are kill- ing economic growth and jobs. Unfortunately, about 40 percent of the public be- lieves the president is doing a good job. That percentage will probably go up for a few days because that same group does not know the dif- ference between a speech and a real plan. That's sad, because it means they do not have a clue about the dangerous economic and world situations we face as a nation. As long as the president continues to propose the same disjointed and decep- tive ideas for more govern- ment spending with a few tax trinkets, I will con- tinue to propose my bold plan for real economic growth and jobs creation. It's based on sound economic principles and historical re- suits. (www.hermancain.com) The 9-9-9 plan! A 9 percent business fiat tax * Gross income less all investments, all purchases from other businesses. And no double taxation of dividends. A 9 percent individual income fiat tax Gross income less chari- table deductions. A 9 percent national sales tax This significantly ex- pands the tax base which helps everybody. The 9-9-9 plan has the fol- lowing advantages: It is fair, revenue- neutral, transparent and efficient. Zero tax on capital gains and repatriated profits. Replaces the payroll tax, and eliminates the death tax. Saves taxpayers 8430 bil- lion in annual compliance costs. It eliminates the uncer- tainty holding this economy down. Mr. President! More speeches, more spending and more tax trinkets are not a bridge to solving America's economic prob- lems. It didn't work before. Let's try something new. The 9-9-9 plan is new. Copyright 2010 The North Star National. All Rights Reserved. LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSE'I-rS PORT AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. A289-$1, FYl1-13 CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION/TESTING SERVICES. The Authority is seeking a qualified Consultant to provide construction inspection/testing services on an on-call, as-needed basis: The Consultant shall provide laboratory services to perform construction materials testing and inspection in support of the Authorlty's construction program. The Consultant shall demonstrate its ability to manage costs effectively and shall be experienced in providing similar on-call services. The Consultant must be able to work closely with the Authority and other interested parties in order to provide Such services in a timely and effective manner. The work may be performed at any or all of the Authority's facilitiesincluding but not limited to Logan International Airport, Hanscom Field, Worcester, Port of Boston and other Maritime facilities. The Scope of Work shall include complete laboratory, field and plant inspection capabilities related to (1) bituminous concrete, (2) Portland cement concrete; (3) soils; (4) structural steel and welding; and (5) paint. Such inspections shall be performed in accordance with ASTM, FAA, AASHTO, AWS, NACE, ACI, PCI and/or other appropriate specifications and standards. All testing and inspections shall be done under the direction and management of the Authorlty's QA Manager. The Consultant ! shall be required to provide vehicles and ol)erators with appropriate insurance coverage and shall be capable of being licensed and badged to allow for access to all of the Authority's facilities. The Authority expects to issue a contract in an amount equal to $ 200,000. However, the Authority reserves the right to select more than one consultant if it deems it is in its best interest to do so. The amount of any individua I contract(s)is not guaranteed but shall not exceed $200,000. The services shall be authorized on a work order basis. Each submission shall include a Statement of Qualifications that provides detailed information in re- sponse to the evaluation criteria set forth below and include Architect/Engineer & Retated Services questionnaires SF 330 with the appropriate number of Part IIs. W/M/DBE Certification of the prime and subconsultants shall be current at the time of submittal and the Consultant shall provide a copy of the W/M/DBE certification letter from the Supplier Diversity Office, formerly known as State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) within its submittal, The Consultant sha]} also provide litigation and legal proceedings information, signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, in a separate sealed envelope entitled "Litigation and Legal Proceedings". See www.massport.com/ doing-business/Pages/CapitalProgramsResourceCenter.aspx for more details on litigation and legal proceedings history submittal requirements. Each Submission shall be evaluated on the basi s of (1) current relevant experience for similar projects, (2) experience, geographic location and availability of the Project Manager and other key personnel, (3) experience and expertise of subconsultants, if any, (4) previous teaming experience of the prime and its subconsultants, (5) demonstrated ability to respond in a timely manner, (6) cost management capabilities, (7) M/W/DBE and affirmative action efforts, (8) familiarity with the Authority's facilities, (9) current level of work with the Authority and (10) past performance for the Authority, if applicable. By responding to this solicitation, consultants agree to accept the terms and conditions of Massport's standard work order agreement, a copy of the Authority's standard agreement can be found on the Authority's web page at www.massport.com. The exception to this standard agreement is the insur- ance requirements as follows; (1) $1,000,000 of automobile liability and (2) $1,000,000 of commercial general liability. The Consuttant shall specity in its cover letter that it has the ability to obtain requisite insurance coverage. Submissions shall be printed on both sides of the sheet (8 1/2" x 11"), no acetate covers. Ten (10) copies of a bound document and one PDF version on a disc each limited to: 1) an SF 330 including the appropriate number of Part IIs, 2) no more than 3 sheets (6 pages) of information contained under SF 330 Section H addressing the evaluation items (except for the litigation and legal proceedings history), and 3) no more than 5 sheets (10 pages) of other relevant material not including a 3 page (max.) cover letter, covers, and dividers. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceed- ings history in a separate sealed envelope as required, shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, P.E., CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 NOON on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the Massachusetts Port Authority; Logan Office Center; One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S; East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submission, which exceeds the page limit set here or which is not received in a timely manner will be rejected by the Authority as non-responsive. Any information provided to the Authority in any Proposal or other written or oral communication between the Proposer will not be, or deemed to have been, proprietary or confidential, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to persons who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required by M.G.L.c.66. All questions relative to your submission shall only be directed to Catherine Wetherell, Deputy Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, at (617) 568-3501. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY DAVID S. MACKEY INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 9/16/11