Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 9

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionUnwanted gifts can hurt environmentDid you know that many perfectly good returned online products are actually sent directly to landfills instead of being repackaged for sale?Due to the ease of free online returns, we’re tempted to buy more than needed and then return the wrong sizes, etc.The problem is the companies then need to inspect the item for potential damage, and it’s cheaper to just throw the item away than foot the bill for inspecting the product.Did you spill on it? Did you wrinkle it? Is there hidden damage? It’s easier just to trash the item than to actually put it back on shelves.Reports in France and Germany, for example, show new items, including diapers, toys, washing machines, smartphones and furniture, are simply being destroyed.Some of the European countries are now working on banning the destruction of unsold goods.So what can we do? Be a smart consumer. Look at the company you’re supporting. How do they handle returned merchandise? Talk to them. Companies listen to their customers. Encourage them to donate and recycle returns.Some companies such as Best Buy, Dell, and REI actually sell refurbished and returned goods deeply discounted. Rethink how much you purchase. Do we need so much “stuff?” Donate or swap items instead of sending them back to the retailer. Items can find a way to a good home instead of a landfill this way.Caroline BrooksScotiaLove doesn’t justify assisting in murderIn response to Jill McGrath’s Dec. 26 letter (“Don’t discount love in assisted suicides”), my response is that her ex-husband would not qualify under the pending bill because he can no longer freely choose suicide. The legislation would have to be expanded to allow another person to request his suicide.For any person to request death for another is akin to contract murder, and the bill title should first be changed from physician-assisted suicide to physician-assisted murder.As a young child, I lived under a dictator who instigated the killing of millions of people in order to cure what he perceived to be societal ills. This must never, ever happen again. Yet, in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lauded abortion expansion act does exactly the same: one person can decide the killing of another innocent human life.Love of a terminally suffering person can never justify the act of killing him. The correct response is to provide care and pain-killing medicines to alleviate the pain.For heaven’s sake, we are talking about a human being here, not an injured horse being put down at the Saratoga Race Course.Wendell NeugebauerBallston SpaHonesty needed in recalling of historyKaren Cookson’s Dec. 29 essay raises the question of what making America great should look like. But I am afraid her praise of a pre-Colombian world doesn’t quite work.She describes a peaceful paradise where natives lived in harmony with nature. Nice, except any Comanche raider or warrior in the Aztec, Mayan or Inca empires would laugh at the idea of a peaceful world.Cookson asserts “once our world was at peace, rich and clean and we could ahead to a good life.” Well, no. Until a century ago, we could look forward to short, impoverished disease-filled lives with high infant mortality, famines and no way to deal with natural disasters. Living “in harmony with nature” largely means being at the mercy of nature.It helps to be honest about the past we want to recapture.David OchsePorter CornersMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Retired couple keen to snap up big home on small block

first_img7 Marshall Avenue, Seven Hills.A retired Brisbane couple have forked out more than $1 million for a newly built home on a tiny 305sq m blockClass Real Estate selling agent John Kubatov said the couple paid $1,030,000 for the property at 7 Marshall Ave, Seven Hills. Mr Kubatov said he was surprised at the high level of interest in the home, which was built on a small block of land. The layout of the house was a drawcard.Mr Kirk lives next door and said he had watched the house being built from the get-go.Mr Kubatov received several offers on the property and said the new owners had attended almost every open home. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Inside the Seven Hills home.“The drawcard was that it was a high quality build,” Mr Kubatov said.“The layout worked really well. The location was good, it’s in a quiet street and you can walk to the coffee shops – it’s got that nice village feel to it.”The four-bedroom, five-bathroom architecturally design property was owned by Stuart Kirk, a project property development manager for SK2. last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers look to take home WCHA’s ‘Wilma’ for third year straight

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will head to the Land of 10,000 Lakes compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Final Face-Off tournament this weekend.The tournament starts Saturday afternoon for the Badgers (29-2-4-0, 22-2-4-0 WCHA) when they take on University of North Dakota (16-15-6, 11-12-5 WCHA) at 2 p.m. CT.This weekend is a single-elimination tournament for the Badgers, so every moment counts. The Badgers have a successful record so far this season, and currently have a 4-0 record against North Dakota’s Fighting Hawks.Women’s hockey: Badgers make easy work of Minnesota State in first round of WCHA PlayoffsThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin Badgers are off to a hot start in the WCHA Playoffs yet again. The Badgers Read…The WCHA tournament will take place in Minneapolis again this year and features the top four teams in the WHCA. The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and the University of Minnesota, Duluth join Wisconsin and North Dakota to fill out the rest of the tournament’s roster. All four teams will battle it out to claim the WCHA conference championship.Minnesota’s flagship university and Duluth face off Saturday night at 7 p.m. Whoever wins this game will then go on to play the winner of the Wisconsin/North Dakota matchup.Wisconsin has managed to hold the WCHA championship title, affectionately called “Wilma” by the players, for the last two years. In the past, the Badgers have faced the Fighting Hawks in the semifinal round of the tournament and have usually come out with a win.The real challenge for UW would come during Sunday’s final. If the Badgers make it to this round, they must face either the Gophers or the Bulldogs to bring Wilma back to Madison for a third straight year. Both of these Minnesotan teams have shown to be a challenge for Wisconsin, and they will be even tougher this weekend.Women’s hockey: Nurse wins offensive player of the week against Minnesota StateThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s Sarah Nurse won WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors in a weekend Read…Both the Gophers and the Bulldogs have handed Wisconsin a loss this season. They have both shown to be incredibly tough opponents with a pool of talented forwards and defensemen, which will make UW’s task that much harder.During the 2016 Final Face-Off, the Badgers barely managed to slide past the Gophers — a 1-0 score determined the winner that day. Every goal counts in this tournament, and the team that manages to produce quality scoring opportunities should find themselves holding Wilma high in the air Sunday afternoon.After this weekend, the Badgers are back to a best-of-three playoff schedule, taking on a ECAC competitor to see if they are headed back to the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament. Wisconsin’s first-round opponent will not be announced until after this weekend’s tournaments have finished.last_img read more

Clippers secure No. 2 seed with victory over Denver Nuggets

first_imgThere was something to play for Wednesday, all right — certainty, certainly. And history too.The Clippers’ 124-111 victory over Denver gave them definitive possession of the Western Conference’s second seed, the best regular-season finish in franchise history.It also solidified a first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks next week and made real the possibility that they could meet the Lakers in the conference finals.That all counts for something, but not as much those outside the team might expect. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “We still in the journey. We just got to keep enjoying each day and the process.”Neither the Clippers (48-23) nor the Nuggets (46-26) were in a rush early in Wednesday’s possible second-round Western Conference playoff preview.But with Patrick Beverley (sidelined with a left calf strain that could keep him out into the playoffs) providing commentary from the Clippers’ bench, L.A. revved up after halftime, quickly erasing an eight-point deficit to tie it at 63 and pouring in 40 third-quarter points.Denver responded with its own run to close the third quarter, pulling back in front 92-90. But by the time there was just more than 3 minutes left, the Clippers’ lead was 115-103 and they’d just about parked themselves in spot No. 2.George led the Clippers with 27 points in his sixth consecutive 20-plus point game. In the process, the Palmdale native eclipsed 13,000 regular-season points for his career. In so doing, he became one of 22 active NBA players to accomplish the milestone and one of four active players with at least 13,000 points, 4,000 rebounds, 2,000 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,500 3-pointers.Leonard was also among the five Clippers in double figures with 26 points, his 11th consecutive game with at least 20 points, equaling the third longest such streak of his career.And Lou Williams’ acclimation to bubble play continued: He finished with 23 points and 7 assists — marking his 18th game this season with at least 20 points and 5 assists off the bench, best in the NBA.Rivers said this week that if Harrell is available Friday, he’ll most certainly participate in the final seeding game before the playoffs. But on Wednesday, without the Sixth Man of the Year finalist once again, starting center Ivica Zubac continued to shine. In 21 minutes, Zubac had 15 points and 12 rebounds.The Clippers’ victory Wednesday without Beverley, Landry Shamet (left foot sprain) and Harrell — who is self-isolating following his return to the bubble late Sunday — was a characteristic outcome for a team that’s played with a full lineup only 11 times this season, and gone 10-1 in those contests.But Rivers said his squad wasn’t of the mind to dwell on the regular season that was, because they’re thinking ahead.“It’s funny,” Rivers said. “I didn’t mention that we secured the 2 seed. I don’t think anybody in the locker room talked about it. We really don’t care.“Like, we want to win it all. We got to improve as a team. We know that. We have work to do. But we’re going to the playoffs with that mindset. That’s the only thing that matters right now for us.”Related Articles PreviousLos Angeles Clippers’ guard Paul George (13) controls the ball while defended by Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Paul George, right. bumps fists with head coach Doc Rivers after defeating the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against Torrey Craig #3 of the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 12, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 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(Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Paul George (13) controls the ball while defended by Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Paul George, right. bumps fists with head coach Doc Rivers after defeating the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Paul George, right. bumps fists with head coach Doc Rivers after defeating the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Expand“It doesn’t mean a lot,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said, via Zoom. “Listen, with the injuries that we’ve had this year and all the other stuff, for us to be a 2 seed says that we’re pretty good, right? Everyone has done a hell of a job to keep this thing going.“Now let’s hope we can get healthy, get Trezz (Montrezl Harrell) back hopefully the next couple of days, and go from there.”The Clippers locked their gaze on the grand prize on July 5, 2019, at the moment Kawhi Leonard agreed to sign with the team knowing that Paul George would be arriving with him, via trade.Wednesday’s result more than a year later, as the a long, strange NBA season moves toward its finale in a closed campus at Walt Disney World Resort, it’s a significant step toward the real purpose, Leonard said.“It’s a great accomplishment,” said Leonard, who earned his second NBA Finals MVP award last season, when he led the Toronto Raptors to the title. “For me and Paul and the rest of the guys that was here, them being the eighth seed last year, us coming into a new system, able to play that well together our first year under all these circumstances. 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Tuka could win the first Medal at the World Championship?

first_imgArticle about the participants of the World Championships in Athletics, scheduled from the 22nd to 30th of August, was published on the webpage of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and Amel Tuka will be representing B&H on this competition.According to the article, Tuka is the greatest discovery of this season, and he currently holds the record of the season on 800 meters, which he ran for 1:42.51 in the Diamond League in Monaco.Tuka, who works with Italian coach Gianni Ghidini, has very good chance to win the first medal at the World Championships, as stated in the article.Nijel Amos from Botswana was mentioned as the main competition. Tuka surpassed him just before the end of the race in Monaco. David Rudisha from Kenya, who is not back to his top form since his injury in 2013, was mentioned as potential competition as well.Qualifying races at 800 meters are on the program on the first day of the competition on the 22nd of August, the day after are the semi-finals and the final race will take place on the 25th of August, at 2.55 p.m.The race will be broadcasted on the FACE TV. (Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img read more