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October 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAssisted suicide laws do more harmOn Nov. 9, The Daily Gazette carried an article on suicide prevention that stated “America’s suicide problem has now reached crisis levels. Every year since 1999, the country’s suicide rate has increased, climbing 33 percent in the past two decades.”Despite such alarming increases, our governor promotes the physician-assisted suicide bill A.2694/S.394, to make things even worse. Using an argument of false compassion, he would allow sane persons with a short time to live the opportunity to voluntarily end their own lives.Assisted suicide laws are extremely dangerous and an affront to doctors who are in the business of healing, not killing. Insurance companies like assisted suicide because a death pill is much cheaper than nursing home care.Greedy relatives don’t want to see their inheritance frittered away on huge medical bills.While euthanasia laws always start being very restrictive, they soon expand to include comatose and disabled persons. Already in Canada, Judge Christine Baudouin has ruled that their euthanasia law is too restrictive and must not deny a “right to die.” New York state should learn from the Netherlands, where minors are allowed to choose suicide. These laws always follow a known progression: first voluntary, then involuntary, finally court mandated.Remember Terri Schiavo, Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans, among many others. We don’t want to see that happen here.Gov. Cuomo and legislators, please do not support any euthanasia bills. Don’t throw gasoline on the suicide fire we are trying to extinguish. Keep this camel’s nose out of the tent.Wendell NeugebauerBallston SpaGrateful for help with in key in stormOn Dec. 1 the day of the big snowstorm, I went to the Balltown Road, Niskayuna Hannaford. It was not snowing when I (an elderly woman who has trouble walking) went in to shop.When I went out to go home, it was snowing so hard and the snow was accumulating fast. In the parking lot, I tried to get into my car, but my automatic key fob would not work.  Snow was accumulating fast on me and my many packages.A wonderful young woman, Sara, and her teenage daughter, Sofia, took charge to help me.They did not leave me alone until they knew I was safe and could get home.These angels took me back into Hannaford where Raymon J. and his associates were very helpful in finding the correct battery and fixing my key fob to work.With the key fob fixed, Sara and Sofia got me back to my car, cleaned off the snow that accumulated and got me on my way. My thanks to Sara, Sofia, Raymon J. and associates.Patricia DeSimoneNiskayunaUrge modifications to McDonald’s planWe are writing to express our concerns regarding the plan to construct a new McDonald’s on Union Street and Keyes Avenue.We moved to the Upper Union Street area precisely because it is a walkable community. The new McDonald’s design will make it harder to walk on Union Street, reduce shopping choices (eliminating two storefronts) of the Simon’s building, and take a viable commercial building off the tax rolls.This may make it harder for the businesses and taxpayers to fund services needed to keep the business district successful.We are concerned about the plan to add a second drive-through window, and a second vehicle “exit” (which people will use as an entrance, too). This would remove a number of existing on-street public parking spaces and, more importantly, present dangers to walkers. Increased traffic is of concern.When asked, the developer was unable to estimate a traffic count.This district is already congested. We have seen the impact of a poorly planned project in the same area with Dunkin’ Donuts.There are already backups on Dean Street.Other concerns have been voiced by local residents at recent 12309 meetings. We believe that this project needs to be significantly rethought and ask that 12309 residents reach out to the city Planning Commission on or before Dec. 18, when the plan comes before the commissioners, as well as contact our elected city council members to ask that the current McDonald’s plan not proceed as presented.David BacheldorLaurie BacheldorSchenectadyThe writer is an officer for the 12309 Neighborhood Association and vice president of SUN (Schenectady United Neighborhoods). More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: 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?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Demand fuels need for pipeline approvalsLast month, the gas utility National Grid announced that since it is facing potential peak-hour supply shortfalls in New York and New England due to regulatory holdups of pipeline projects, the utility would truck in compressed natural gas to serve as a backup during peak periods.Last month, PSE&G and New Jersey Natural Gas warned New Jersey’s state Board of Public Utilities that they might not have sufficient pipeline capacity to meet customer demand on the coldest winter days by as soon as the winter of 2020-21.This is absurd. Our existing infrastructure is already insufficient to meet New York’s needs.One in four households uses fuel oil for heat in the winter, and 40 percent of the state’s electricity is powered by natural gas.Utility companies are warning us that without new pipelines to alleviate the limited gas supply, the problem will only get worse.We need to stop playing politics, cut out the stall tactics and allow pipelines like the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project to move forward.Wendy HijosAverill ParkThe writer is the New York Director, Consumer Energy Alliance.Seek out ways to improve gift givingHow can we create a kinder, more sustainable holiday experience? Let’s start with gift giving.Giving an experience means so much more than a tangible gift. Concert tickets, a trip to a museum or time spent together are all great options. Give a gift that brings joy to others. Lend a small sum through a micro-financing organization, such as to give people in underdeveloped communities a chance to break the poverty cycle.Or donate a farm animal through Heifer International to a rural family in need. Homemade gifts pack meaning.Make homemade cookies, a hand-knit hat, or a scrapbook from a shared vacation to show your love. The thought really does count.When purchasing an item, positively impact a life with a sustainable purchase. Think about the person who made that item by seeking out fair trade options.Wrap gifts thoughtfully with vintage newspapers, a reusable storage box or a pretty basket. Or use beautiful scarves or vintage shirts as wrapping. When food is the focus, trim the trappings by choosing organic, locally sourced, veggie-focused ingredients. Also, making conscious choices about quantity ensures less food waste.To travel to your loved ones, opt for the train or car-sharing whenever possible. If you must fly, help lighten that plane by packing less, choosing fewer stop-overs and purchasing the carbon-offset for that plane ticket. As we move through the New Year, these changes can help us to rethink our consumptive ways and focus on stepping greenly in all we do.Caroline BrooksScotiaTake action to save the fish populationIt’s estimated 1 trillion to 3 trillion fish are killed by humans per year. A world without fish? Some think it’ll happen.You’ll deplete the world’s resources at some point. They’ll have to decide what to do with the massive super trawlers that sweep the ocean floor clean. This is worrisome. The problems are too many people eating too much fish, and technology. Since people with power have shown no urgency with this crisis, expect it to continue, regardless of what happens with 2020’s elections.Colin YunickCharltonlast_img read more

October 6, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img25 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach sold for $6.5 million.THE heat has stayed in the property market with two $6 million sales netting sellers $1 million-plus profits.In Mermaid Beach, a Gold Coast buyer paid $6.5 million for a 1970s beachfront shack on Millionaires’ Row.In 2015, the two-bedroom home on a 607sq m block at 25 Hedges Ave sold for $5 million.Kollosche Prestige Agents principal Michael Kollosche said the new owners planned to demolish the house and build their dream home.“We had a fair bit of interest in it but it just took a while to transact,” Mr Kollosche said.The property also changed hands in 1996 for $1.2 million and again in 1998 for $1.4 million.Mr Kollosche said stock levels were the tightest he had ever seen.“There’s been lots of strong sales in Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters, the beachfront and riverfront and it looks like we will continue to see this.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago20-24 Oatland Esplanade, Runaway Bay sold for around $6 million.On the northern Gold Coast, a triple waterfront block at Runaway Bay sold for around $6 million to a Chinese developer.In 2010 the same block sold for $4.75 million.Ray White, Sovereign Island agent Alex Phillis said 20-24 Oatland Esplanade was a prized location.“You have views across the Broadwater that extend to Wavebreak Island and over to South Stradbroke Island and of course it’s in a quiet cul-de-sac street,” Mr Phillis said.“Having the canal behind it makes it the ultimate block on the Gold Coast.“You could build three mansions there or an exclusive four-level apartment building.”The land was on the market for $6.9 million.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45SITTING at the start of Cairns’ growing southern corridor, White Rock is perfectly positioned to take advantage of a host of new infrastructure coming to the region in coming years.With its safe and friendly neighbourly vibes and access to great schools, White Rock is very popular with young families.And, despite being on the southside, it is still close to the city and several prominent schools meaning the affordable suburb appeals to families through its convenience.Schools within the suburb’s vicinity include Trinity Anglican School, White Rock State School, St Mary’s Catholic College, St Gerard Majella Primary School, Woree State School and Woree State High School. There is a kindergarten and childcare centre in White Rock. Trinity Anglican School has been located at White Rock for 35 years. From the top of its purpose built STEM facility, the view of the actual White Rock and surrounding landscape is spectacular.Principal Paul Sjogren said there were benefits to being located at White Rock.“Being on the southside of Cairns has its advantages; with easy access to Innisfail and Mission Beach areas while still being 15 minutes out of Cairns City. We have a wide range of great local shops and food outlets, and can be self-sufficient,” he said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThe nearby suburbs of Woree, Bentley Park and Mount Sheridan offer general shops but the closest major shopping centre is at Earlville, about eight minutes’ drive north, and offers large grocery outlets, speciality stores and a cinema complex.As well, an emergency operating theatre will be part of a new $25 million medical centre built to service Cairns’ southern suburbs.The Queensland Government unveiled plans for the Cairns Southern Corridor Medical Centre in April this year and the construction contract for which is expected to be awarded within the next financial year.It will be designed to be used as a temporary emergency response facility in the event of a natural disaster, if services become interrupted at Cairns Hospital.last_img read more

September 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img April 16, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain is helping to provide meals for medical staff combating the coronavirus outbreak. Up to 1,200 meals per day are being prepared in the kitchens of the Parc des Princes in western Paris. They are then delivered by volunteers from the Street Food en Mouvement (Street Food on the Move) association.Volunteers from the association have used the stadium kitchens since April 9. Four trucks have been used to take more than 5,000 meals to seven hospitals.Every day a team of 12 delivers a full meal outside hospitals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the hospital workers are “true heroes” who should continue to be applauded.___ The Latest: PSG helping to provide meals to medical staffcenter_img Associated Press More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Published on April 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse running back Jerome Smith and linebacker Marquis Spruill modeled Syracuse’s new uniforms in Destiny USA on Wednesday before sharing updates on their interactions with NFL teams.Smith, ranked the 26th-best running back in the draft class by and projected as a fringe pick, said he’s worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles and is in discussions with other teams.“I met with a lot of teams at the (NFL) Combine,” Smith said. “I didn’t take any private trips, but I met with a lot of teams at the Combine.”After a disappointing performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, Smith elevated his stock by running around a 4.6-second 40-yard dash time at SU’s Pro Day on March 26.Spruill, who was not invited to the Combine, said he’s worked out for the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots in Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe also visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and has been getting phone calls from many other teams.At SU’s Pro Day, Spruill said he’s been pitching himself as a versatile player with the speed to play nickelback and the hustle to play on special teams.In speaking with teams, he said many have discussed using him in multiple roles.Said Spruill: “I think it just depends on the team’s needs. Right now everybody still sees me as a linebacker, but some teams see me as a nickel linebacker.” Commentslast_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCorey Marquetti | Daily TrojanThe Weinermobile made an appearance on Trousdale Monday afternoon and gave out 350 hot dogs along with whistles, stickers and postcards to students. Students were able to receive a free hot dog if they showed either a receipt from one of USC hospitality’s venues, downloaded the Tapingo app or liked the USC Hospitality Facebook page.last_img

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHey, Trojan fans — do you remember where you were when you found out that your favorite football team would be banned from the postseason for the next two years?It happened around mid-day on June 10. Midwesterners and West Coasters, you probably found out right around lunchtime on that Thursday from — well, you know.East Coasters, you might have been on your way home from a stressful New York City internship or settling in for what you expected to be a nice, peaceful dinner at home.Well, whenever and wherever it was that you heard the news, I’m willing to bet that it’s probably not a happy place for you  anymore — and with good reason. But for those of you who wonder if the Coliseum will take on the same hellish attributes, I’m here to say you can safely hold on to some hope.Here’s the thing: Upon examination, the sanctions aren’t as extreme as they seem.The postseason in college football is completely different than the postseason in college basketball. On the basketball court, a postseason ban could mean a loss of seven games; on the gridiron, it can’t possibly mean more than one.In that same vein, you could very well argue that the self-imposed one-year ban for the basketball team in January was a stricter punishment — at least from the players’ perspective.Yes, football’s two-year ban technically makes the next two seasons meaningless for the Trojans, with a national championship out of the question.But other big goals are possible. It’s not like the Trojans are banned from winning all their games. And a 13-0 season would surely be regarded as an indubitable success for the 2010 Trojans, BCS bowl game or not.It’s all about perspective, really. A 13-0 — or 12-1, even — season is unlikely for this team. But, truthfully, those records weren’t going to be likely even if USC had come away scot-free from the whole Reggie Bush debacle.And here’s the other thing. If you ask first-year coach Lane Kiffin what he thinks the implications of the NCAA-imposed sanctions will be for the future of the USC football program, he’ll minimize them.If you ask rival coaches what they think the implications of the NCAA-imposed sanctions will be or what the future holds for the USC football program, they’ll maximize them.Kiffin might or might not be many  of the things that he is believed to be by many members of the public — a good coach, a bad guy and all that stuff.But he is definitely one thing: a good recruiter. The man — and his lead assistant, defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron — can recruit with the best of them.And they are very, very familiar with how to minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths.That’s what the semi-immediate future of the football program (think 2011 and beyond) will come down to. Given a significant headstart of sorts, will other teams in the conference and the nation be able to out-recruit Kiffin, Orgeron and company?Maybe, but maybe not.The loss of 10 scholarships a season — bringing the allotted total down from 25 to 15 — beginning next August and continuing until the 2013 season will be significant, yes.But deadly?No.How many scholarship players do you think the Trojans have in the class of 2014?Fewer than you think — 18. And only 17 have actually enrolled at the time this article was published.So you’re telling me, essentially, a loss of two December or January games and nine or so recruits over the next three years will mean the death of the USC football program.Sounds a little extreme when you put it like that, doesn’t it?Much more likely than complete implosions are a couple 11-2 or 10-3 seasons for the next two or three years and a return to glory by about 2015.The University of Miami had similar sanctions placed on its football program back in 1995. The Hurricanes won a national title just six years later, in 2001. That’s entirely possible for the Trojans.In the meantime, you’ll have to deal with some taunts from your Pac-10 school-attending friends and some smaller crowds at the Coliseum for the Washington States of the country, but it’ll be over before you know it.Seriously.“Looking Past the X’s and O’s” runs every other Friday. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Pedro at read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgUPDATED: Oct. 8, 2018 at 12:10 a.m.As a small child, Elizabeth Jamison roamed the sidelines of her mother’s ultimate frisbee games.  Her mother, Alicia Shultz, played in various ultimate tournaments and taught her the basics of the sport. Throughout Jamison’s time in high school, they played in local social and women’s leagues together, and while she’s glad Jamison picked up the sport, Shultz never pushed her to play. Jamison found a passion for the sport on her own.  “She always wanted me to (play) it,” Jamison said, “but I was actually planning on going to school for music, so all my time (in high school) was towards music stuff. So, she definitely established my love for it, but then I came back to it because of my own love.”Jamison’s first experience with competitive ultimate came her sophomore year at SUNY-ESF when she joined Fox Force Seven, the Syracuse women’s ultimate frisbee team. Now, as a senior, she’s one of two captains on the team and handles scheduling, payments and practices, among other things. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter a freshman year in which her former roommate and close friend Miranda Ciardulli described Jamison as being in the library all the time, the pair discovered Fox Force Seven through an event called “Discology.” Ciardulli thought they should go to the event, not Jamison.Both enjoyed the event and joined the team, and while it was Ciardulli’s first time playing, Jamison already had an advantage on many of the players. Summer leagues and learning from her mom aided Jamison. In the first month after she joined the team, she was one of three new players invited to play with the team in a tournament.“The normal way you throw a frisbee is the backhand, and then there’s a flick (forehand),” Ciardulli said. “Usually, people who are just learning cannot throw that for their life, but she could already throw it, and she could play, and her flick is just amazing, so people would be like, ‘Oh my God.’” Jamison still had adjustments. College ultimate was faster and more strategic. In higher levels of the sport, there are two positions – cutters and handlers – and they function akin to quarterbacks and wide receivers in football. Jamison handles for the college team and cuts for her club team. More fluid than football, ultimate players don’t run individual plays or wait for a whistle. Instead, it flows more similar to a soccer team advancing the ball downfield with the only difference being a player with the frisbee can only advance it by passing. For the last two years, Jamison has spent her summers playing for Boomslang, a club frisbee team located out of Albany. There are four main leagues for ultimate in and around Jamison’s hometown of Schenectady – competitive, open competitive, social and women’s. Boomslang reaches beyond local competition, hosting tryouts for prospective players and competing against teams from beyond central New York. At the end of their season, club teams play in both sectional and regional qualifiers leading up to the national tournament, which Jamieson has yet to make with Boomslang. Beyond the results, the increased activity with the sport has brought her closer to her mother. It’s their main topic of conversation when they’re around each other, and Shultz goes to most of Jamison’s games. Jamison’s co-captain, Megan Kirby, said that Shultz is often her daughter’s biggest critic and always pushes her to play better.“I’m so lucky,” Jamison said. “I don’t have many friends in the ultimate community who can go out and throw with their mom or play with their mom, so it’s fantastic.”  The same passion that has kept Shultz around the sport for more than 20 years has carried over to Jamison. She hopes to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of ultimate players as was once done for her. “Because ultimate is a relatively new sport and most people don’t know much about it,” Jamison said, “I want to foster the community, especially in high schools and getting women involved at younger ages.”  CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Elizabeth Jamison was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error.  Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm Contact Arabdho: | @aromajumder center_img Commentslast_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgLast Updated: 24th December, 2019 19:28 IST Russia Plans To Compete In Tokyo Under National Flag After WADA’s 4-year Ban The Russian Olympic Committee said Tuesday it expected that Russian athletes would take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games under the National Flag Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Press Trust Of India The Russian Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that it expected that Russian athletes would take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games under the national flag despite a four-year doping ban. “The Russian Olympic Committee is a rightful member of the Olympic movement,” its president Stanislav Pozdnyakov told reporters after a meeting.’Made a decision not to agree'”Therefore we have every reason to believe that we will put together a team for Tokyo and do everything in our power for this team to perform under the Russian tricolour.” The World Anti-Doping Agency on December 10 banned Russia for four years from major global events, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, over manipulated doping data. WADA accused Moscow of falsifying data from a doping testing laboratory that was handed over to investigators earlier this year.READ | Odell Beckham Jr Addresses Helmet-throwing Incident Against The Baltimore RavensRussia has said it would contest the ban, with President Vladimir Putin slamming the sanctions as politically motivated. Speaking on Tuesday, Pozdnyakov confirmed that the Russian Olympic Committee would support the decision of its supervisory board to defy the WADA ban. Last week RUSADA anti-doping agency said it had “made a decision not to agree” with the four-year ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision.READ | Rafael Nadal Deeply Hurt After Manacor Mayor Accuses His Tennis AcademyThe decision will have to be communicated to WADA before the end of the month, triggering the appeal process in the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. Under the sanctions, Russian sportsmen and women will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but only as neutrals and if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what WADA believes was a state-sponsored system of doping.READ | Benoit, Karlovic, Kohlschreiber To Play In Tata Open MaharashtraREAD | LeBron James And Stephen Curry’s Rivalry Is Reportedly ‘pretty Real’ COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 24th December, 2019 19:28 IST WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

August 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgGhana U17 assistant coach Isaac Opeele Boateng has replied his critics following the team’s disappointing campaign at the African U17 Championship.Opeele has been pilloried for talking much and doing very little as a coach due to his media job.The former Asante Kotoko coach is a columnist in the state-owned Graphic Sports Newspaper and also a pundit on radio and television.Opeele has been tagged as boastful and disrespectful to other coaches in country in most of his post-match analysis in the media.His critics have questioned why he did not put his knowledge on tactics and techniques to good use at the tournament in Morocco.But the Mourinho-esque character has sent a stinker to his detractors in his response. “It’s just jealousy. I am still the special one of Ghana football,” Opeele told Asempa FM.“I’ve heard people say I am a talkative but I will still talk because that gives me money, it helps me to feed my family.“I can never be intimidated; I will be who I am because that’s how God created me. I will never change.“I’ve changed so many things in coaching in the country; I’ve forced coaches to talk about system and tactics after games rather than thanking God, and am proud of that.”Opeele has coached a lot of clubs in his young coaching career including Tudu Mighty Jets, defunct Kessben FC, Sekondi Hasaacas and Asante Kotoko.last_img read more