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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 29, 2013 Page 13 NEWS =B RIEFS (FROM ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHERPUBLICATIONS) Compiled by ~io Z. Suttafuoco WHEN STERILIZATION FAILS, WHO IS LIABLE, HOW AND WHY? The_ pre-surgical procedure of sterilization performed at a hospital in the town of San Danilele Del Friuli, in the province of Udine, wasn't successful. Now the hospital is liable for all the expenses incurred and for also taking care of a newborn baby. It was the case of an unplanned preg- nancy that had ended up in Court with a unanimous, expected outcome: a victory for the mother who had already delivered five children and wanted to stop any future "pro- duction!" The case had begun four years earlier when the woman from the Friuli Region, had decided for the surgery, which didn't result as expected. When she found out that she was pregnant, with her sixth baby, the woman decided to keep him, but at the same time she went to the Tribu- nal (Superior Court), in the town of Tolmezzo (province of Udine), and sought 150,000 euro for the baby's support, until he reached an economic independence. The sentence didn't fail her. Her lawyer, Paolo Persello, explained that the Court rejected the hospital's thesis which was based on the fact that the mother had signed her consensus to allegedly agree to the hospital's view that there would be some negative, risky outcome in performing the surgery! HOW TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET. The best way to lose weight is to follow a balanced diet. Of course, it is essential to control the appetite too. It is common knowledge that there are several kinds of food that are regarded as 'hunger stop- pers', which are useful to lessen the appetite that needs to be controlled whenever it is necessary to follow during diet- ing. It is, however, difficult to choose the kind of food to take when there are no clear indications. They may also not be necessarily 'nutritious', thus leaving the body deprived of essential nutrients. The first indications are that most 'greens' can enrich the diet especially when used with other ingredients that are useful to our system. For decades the 'Gurus' of diets have recommended the use of cucumbers in weight-loss diets, claiming that they burn calories. In real- ity this theory is correct, for a cup of chopped cucumbers contain an inadequate daily amount of iron (5%), calcium, iodine, potassium, magnese, vitamin B and C that the body needs. Here comes the best substitute: not the iceberg one but the Romaine one which is rich in potassium, fiber, vita- min A and C. Buon Apl~ctite! THE 'SICK' LADY UNMASKED BY FACEBOOK! A lady allegedly afflicted by a rare pathology was supposed to spend a lot of time in bed. She didn't show up at her job for six months, and a medical prognosis justified the public assis- tance. Her devious plan didn't last long. The ever-vigilant Fiscal Police (Guardia di Finanza) discovered a list of 'evening parties' on Facebook, which she organized at a discotheque. The Police quickly discovered that the imagi- native lady was actually defrauding t~e State. This is one out of a thousand cases that are a daily discovery by the Authorities. The Berlusconian Philosophy of 'Government' is alive and well! Fully Insured Lic #017936 Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs @ f Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone EVENT DATE/TIMI 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. ,Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) We all remember it, right? "Four score and seven years ago ..." Well, I heard President Obama is penning his own Gettysburg Address and it starts off, "Four score and seven people ago just got on the Obamacare website for their overpriced new health insurance option." Whose Kids are They Anyway? Down in Tennessee in a local public school system, the superintendent of schools and principals began a new system for,parents collecting their kids after school. Par- ents must line up their ears and wait for their children to walk over to the line. No one apparently is allowed to cut the line of ears not even a walking parent. A dad was told he could not bypass the line of ears to get his kid which sounds pretty dumb to me and reportedly to the par- ent. The cops were called and the dad was arrested for dis- turbing the peace. His wife filmed the whole episode and is now planning to sue the school system and the police officer in question for violat- ing his constitutional rights and I might add what about filing kidnapping charges too? What bothers me even more is that so many parents just lined up their cars like a flock of sheep. Quote to Note Our government works for us and not the other way around. This Rep Has Gotta Go A first term Republican Tea Party Congressman Trey Radel from Florida was re- cently caught in a drug sting by Washington, DC police. Lucky for him, it is a misde- meanor in the Nation's Cap- ital. Had he been busted in Florida it would have been a felony. He has decided to take a leave from his job. He needs to resign as a congress- man and just disappear being the #$%@^ that he appears to be. I guess the Chris Ford bacteria has spread down to the states from Toronto. Knockout Game and Cage-fighting Dads When was the last time you read "Lord of the Flies"? It was required reading for me back in high school. A bunch of kids are lost on a deserted island and quickly turn from human beings into a pack of animals. The strong and ruthless quickly take control of weaker members of an island tribe. The strong rule and the weak become victims of animalistic preda- tors. Starting to sound like modern-day government, huh? There are reports that in cities from Chicago to Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to New York City, young gangs of thugs are playing the "Knockout Game" where they prey on unsuspecting strangers. They attack and try to knockout Victims with one blow to the head to win the game. What hap- pened to morals? We are looking like those kids on that island that become subhuman. Then of course, things also don't make sense when soccer morns are getting replaced by Cage- fighting dads who think their little children should learn the art of cage fighting. What happened to basketball or softball as outlets? Society is getting desensi- tized by all the violent im- ages around us. Attacking and hurting people and call- ing it a game is taking us closer and closer to an island where only power prevails and where victims await their punishment and predators laugh. Editorial (Continued from Attitudes on the team and within the football fraternity are split, with many of the Dolphins' black players even defending Incognito and criticizing Martin for break- ing a code of silence. Some of this may be due to the fact that, as a Stanford grad and the son of Harvard-educated parents, Martin doesn't fit the traditional tough football player mold. "To African Americans on the Dolphins, Martin was a 6-foot-5, 312 pound oddball because his life experience was radically different from theirs," Jason Reid wrote recently in The Washington Post. "It's an old story among African Americans. Too of- ten, instead of celebrating what makes us different and learning from each other, we criticize more educated or affluent African Americans for not keeping it real." How this turns out is anybody's guess. What con- cerns me more than the incident's particulars is the larger message it sends about setting and honoring racial and other boundaries of respect in the schoolyard, at the workplace, and in pub- lic discourse. Nearly every state has mandated measures to pre- vent bullying in our schools and more attention is being paid to cyber bullying. But name-calling still too often takes the place of civil discourse in public deba~es. "Attack ads" have becorm a staple of political campai~cns and the "comments" secton on many newspapers md blogs are filled with hatfful speech. In addition, according to the Workplace Bullying In- stitute, about 35 percent of U.S. workers say they are bullied on their jobs. As the NFL and the Miami Dolphins decide the fates of Richie Page 3) Incognito and Jonathan Mar- tin, we must all ask our- selves: Is America becoming a nation of bullies? Marc Morial is the president and CEO of the National Urban League and the former mayor of New Orleans. Reprinted from OtherWords LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting system and integration services for MPA CONTRACT NO. L1227-$1 - SYSTEM INTEGRATION SERVICES MASTER BUILDING CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HVAC. The Authority is seeking a qualified vendor to implement a Master Building Control System at Logan International Airport. The Vendor shall have proven experience in the provision and installation of an enterprise building control management system, and integration of the system with legacy building controls. The Vendor must be able to work closely with the Authority and existing Building Management Systems in order to provide such services in a timely and effective manner. The Authority maintains a large campus of buildings at Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA. The Airport is currently equipped with a myriad of legacy building control systems and devices that have been installed over time. The Authority is undertaking a program to integrate existing building HVAC controls into a campus-wide Master Building Control System (MBCS) in order to improve energy efficiency, increase effectiveness in monitoring and controlling HVAC components, and standardize Massport's hardware and controls management system software onto a modern technology platform. The move to a comprehensive MBCS will be a multi-phased effort. The submission shall be evaluated on basis of the MBCS Integrator's qualifications, proposed software product, and cost. Refer to the full RFP for complete evaluation criteria. The full RFP will be available to interested parties beginning Thursday, December 5, 2013, by contacting Colleen LaGrasso at Submissions shall be printed on both sides of the sheet (8 1/2" x 11"), no acetate covers. Provide ten (10) copies of a bound document and one PDF version on a disc. The document shall be limited to 20 sheets double-sided (40 pages) exclusive of cover letter, price proposal, resumes, SDO certification letters, covers, and dividers, The Vendor shall also provide an original and ten (10) copies of litigation and legal proceedings information, signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, in a separate sealed envelope entitled =Litigation and Legal Proceedings". See;buslness/Pages/ CapitalProgramsResourceCenter.aspxfor more details on litigation and legal proceedings history submittal requirements. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceedings history in a separate sealed envelope as required shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submission which is not received in a timely manner shall be marked by the Authority as late and may not be considered. Massport will seek to hold all RFP's and subsequent submissions in confidence, to the extent consistent with applicable law, until a final decision has been made or the selection process is terminated; Proposers are advised, however', that pursuant to M.G.L.c.66, all materials received by Massport which fall within the definition of "public record" as set forth in MG.Lc.4.7, cl. (26), shall be disclosed by Massport upon request. The procurement process for these services will proceed according to the following anticipated schedule: Solicitation: Release Date December 5, 2013 Deadline for submission of written questions December 30, 2013 - 12:00 Noon Pre-proposal Conference January 7, 2014 - 11:00 A.M. Official answers published (Estimated) January 14, 2014 Solicitation: Close Date/Submission Deadline January 28, 2014 - 12 Noon Oral Presentations and tour of MBCS reference Week of February 24, 2014 site (Estimated) Times are Eastern Standard Time (US). Questions may be sent via email to CPBidOuestins@massprt'cm subject to the deadline for receipt stated in the timetable above. In the subject lines of your email, please reference the MPA Project Name and Number. Questions and their responses will be posted on Capital Bid Opportunities webpage of Massport http://www'massprt'cm/ding'business/layuts/CapitalPrgrams/ default.aspx as an attachment to the original Legal Notice and on Comm-PASS (www.comm-pass. corn) in the listings for this project. MASSACHUSEI"FS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 11/29/13 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM