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

Newly-built beach apartment to be given away

first_imgHouse hunters and sellers have been given the chance to bag a luxury beachside apartment without paying a cent for it.Real estate group Century 21 has announced that it will give away a brand new Sunshine Coast apartment worth $400,000 to a lucky family or individual in the market to buy or sell a home anywhere in the country.To be eligible to “win” the unfurnished two-bedroom property near Kings Beach in Caloundra, Queensland, interested parties have to request a free market appraisal through the group or attend one of its open homes.In demand: The most popular apartment developments A two-bedroom apartment in a new housing complex will be given away.Those who sell their properties through Century 21 or use its property management services can also be entered into the draw for the property, which will be finished construction in June 2017.The winner will not be required to pay stamp duty costs on the home, but may have to stump up other buying costs such as conveyancing fees, depending on how they wish to conduct the transaction.The company is giving away an additional $20,000 in cash if the winner is referred by a friend.Century 21 chairman Charles Tarbey says the competition intends to get would-be home buyers and sellers more involved in the property market.The apartment will be completed in 2017.Trendy: Brisbane residents fall in love with apartment livingNational sales trends show more sellers and buyers are sitting on the fence than they were last year.More than 6% fewer properties changed hands in Sydney over the past year, while turnover sank roughly 6% in Adelaide, 15% in Perth and 30% in Darwin, according to Core Logic RP Data.“There are thousands of Australians looking to transact property at the moment and we thought this competition may give them an added incentive to explore their options,” Tarbey says.The Sunshine Coast unit will suit someone looking for a home, holiday property or investment, Tarbey adds.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoThe unit will be in a block with 39 other apartments.Growth: Brisbane market in upswingThe apartment is part of a new development called Ocean Verge, a seven-level block of 40 units being constructed by Murphy Builders at the site of four former housing blocks purchased in 2014.The location is within walking distance of Kings Beach, a renowned surfing location, as well as the nearby Moffat Beach. The median price of units in the area is $378,000.The competition closes next March. The winner will be announced April 28.This story was originally published on the Daily Telegraphlast_img read more

Little Bulldog Academy Preschool registration open for 2019-20

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville Primary School will offer the Little Bulldog Academy Preschool to children who are at least four (4) years-old on or before August 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. No early entrance requests will be accepted for this program.Little Bulldog Academy Preschool is a full-day program, 180 days a year, following the BCSC school calendar. The full-day program will follow the Batesville Primary School’s schedule beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. Please note: BCSC transportation is not available for students enrolled in this program. You can pick-up your student in front of BPS at 3:00 p.m. Childcare is available from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Batesville Primary School each day Batesville Community School Corporation is in session for a fee of $3.00 per day.For more information and to download the information form and financial agreement click here. There also provide a “Frequently Asked Questions” document for more information. Registrations are not final until the $100 registration fee is received at Batesville School, 760 State Road 46 West, Batesville, Indiana 47006. The day a family hand delivers the registration fee; we will also need for families to bring an original birth certificate and immunization records. If applicable, families should also bring official court custodial paperwork. We will receive and enroll the first twenty-four (24) registered students. After the 24th registration is received we will place the remaining families on a waiting list.BCSC is moving to online registration for the 2019-2020 school year. Parents are encouraged to monitor email once finalizing and paying their registration fee to secure their spot. More information will be sent to incoming Little Bulldog Academy Preschool parents when the online registration portal opens.Individuals with questions may contact Batesville Primary School at 812-934-4509.last_img read more

Saints claim strong interest in job

first_img Press Association “A club does not invest in 20 recruitment people if it doesn’t want to improve or have ambitions to play European football, so we have all of these people employed which is a clear example of what we’re trying to do.” Krueger highlighted the importance of Saints moving “swiftly” in appointing a new manager but promised not to rush the situation. Murat Yakin and Ronald Koeman are the current bookmakers’ favourites to take the St Mary’s hot-seat. Former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is also thought to be in the running but Gus Poyet has ruled himself out of contention after signing a new deal with Sunderland. So far no outstanding candidates have come to the fore in terms of succeeding Pochettino, but fans’ favourite Matthew Le Tissier laughed off suggestions the club will go into meltdown. “This football club has sold a lot of good talent and people have written us off before,” he told Press Association Sport. “We keep producing players and if you lose a couple, we’ve got players that can come through and take their places. “If we do lose a couple, we’ll have a lot of money there to go out and spend, so I think, for me, if you appoint a decent manager who is going to use the money wisely, then I don’t see any reason why we can’t have a similar season to last season. “We’ve been doing it for years, back to Alan Shearer’s time. I remember people back then saying, ‘You’ve sold Shearer, you’re going to get relegated’. I don’t go with the whole meltdown, panic thing.” The former Argentina international’s 16-month reign at St Mary’s came to an end on Tuesday when he penned a five-year deal to fill the vacancy at Tottenham. Pochettino’s departure has raised questions over the direction of the club and future of a number of Saints’ players, such as England internationals Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana. However, chairman Krueger insists players will only leave on their terms and that the club’s recruitment process is already gathering pace. “We have the highest quality managers in Europe knocking on our door,” Krueger said. “We also have the highest quality available players and their agents knocking on our door. There’s a lot of exciting people that want to come here. “Right now, the focus is on people leaving, but that’s normal news broadcast. Behind the scenes there are many people interested in what we’re doing here. “I believe the fact there’s so much interest in our manager and our players is also a sign that we’re doing the right things here in Southampton. “Les Reed [Saints’ football director] is inundated right now with managers who are interested in taking this club forward and I believe we’re in the strongest position that this club has ever been in.” Saints have 20 people working full-time on scouting and recruitment, all of whom are targeted on bringing the best staff and players to the club. “This same group was involved with finding Mauricio Pochettino, and they were involved out there searching and recruiting profiles which they continue to do because that’s their job,” Krueger said. Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger claims they have been inundated with calls from some of the “highest quality managers in Europe” and that the club are in their best-ever position despite Mauricio Pochettino’s exit. last_img read more

McIlroy looking for Sydney repeat

first_img Press Association The 25-year-old had to wait until December to win his first tournament of 2013 at Royal Sydney, denying home favourite Adam Scott the triple crown after the Masters champion had won the Australian PGA and Australian Masters. Twelve months on McIlroy returns to Sydney – albeit a different golf course – already thinking about completing a career grand slam in the Masters next April and brimming with confidence. “This year has been full of ups and downs, mainly ups, which is a great thing,” said McIlroy, who won the BMW PGA Championship in May just days after calling off his wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. “I learned a lot from it and I feel like I came through this year stronger and wiser, and I can go into 2015 in a much better place. I’m happy with the success that I’ve had and I feel like there’s been a lot that I’ve learned this year, as well, and that’s a great thing going into the future. “This week’s a big week. I want to go down there and play well and do a good job with defending my title. After that I’ve got a pretty busy week. I’m not playing golf but I’ve got a few other commitments and things to do. “But I’ll have a little bit of downtime over Christmas and New Year, which will be nice. I’ll start practising again early on in the new year and getting ready for Abu Dhabi.” McIlroy has now spent a total of 56 weeks as world number one during his career and feels he has finally come to grips with the responsibility which accompanies such a lofty position. “I used to be uncomfortable,” added McIlroy, who is in his fifth spell at the top of the rankings. “You get to the point where there’s added scrutiny and there’s added criticism or whatever it is. “But I learned to deal with it. It’s just part of the title now, world number one. That’s what it comes with. I’ve become comfortable with it. “I’ve spent more than a year of my career at world number one, so if I’m not used to it by now, then there’s something wrong. I obviously enjoy it. It’s where I want to be. I want to be the best player in the world and I want to keep it for as long as I possibly can.” Rory McIlroy will look to successfully defend the title which kickstarted his resurgence at this week’s Australian Open in Sydney.center_img Given the world number one’s brilliant performances this year, which brought major victories in the Open and US PGA Championship and two other wins, it is hard to believe just how bad 2013 was in comparison. McIlroy struggled to adapt to his new equipment, fell out with his management company and walked off the course during his defence of the Honda Classic, not to mention labelling his own play “brain dead” when missing the cut in the Open at Muirfield. last_img read more

Simba Renews Contract with Super Eagles

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has described Simba Group as a worthy partner in the journey to make Nigerian football fulfilling for players and fans.According to NFF President, Mr Amaju Pinnick, who spoke at the contract renewal signing ceremony between Simba Group and the federation in Lagos over the weekend, the commitment of the company to the development of Nigerian football and the Super Eagles is worth emulating.Simba Group, distributors of TVS tricycle and motorcycle, extended its contract with the NFF for two years as the “Official Motorcycle and Tricycle of the Super Eagles” at a ceremony in Lagos on Friday. Pinnick described the contract renewal by Simba Group as epochal as it marked the first time a partner was desirous to have its contract renewed before expiration.He therefore commended Simba Group for believing in the NFF and the Super Eagles. “We are happy that despite the man-made turbulence of recent time, companies like Simba have done their due diligence and concluded with a strong belief in the NFF,” he said.The NFF President added: “We are very happy to renew this contract with Simba for the next two years. I thank the Simba Group very profoundly. They will never regret their continuous belief in the NFF. We will do everything in ensuring that they have the desired leverage.”Pinnick said the NFF was particularly delighted that despite the critical and dicey time for Nigerian football, “Simba, a company that has an untainted image, can say that it wants to partner with us. That goes to confirm that they believe in our integrity, probity and transparency in doing things.”Speaking for Simba Group, Mr Mahendra Pratap, Business Head-Simba TVS assured NFF that the company was committed to working together with the NFF to help develop football further in the country.He stated: “Like all of us here in Nigeria, we at Simba TVS are extremely passionate about football and proud of our Super Eagles. We are delighted to be extending this partnership, which will enable us work closely with the NFF, the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons.”He reminisced that as the “Official Motorcycle and Tricycle of the Super Eagles, Simba TVS played its part during major football events for the nation. “Fans will recall the ceremonial escort TVS keke gave the national team as they departed for the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 and several other occasions,” Pratap further said.Simba Group Head of Marketing, Mr Karthik Govindarajan added that Simba was in a joint journey to further develop football in Nigeria together with the NFF. “Like every Nigerian, we are proud of our footballers. And that is why we have been supporting them for the past two years. We are very happy to renew this agreement and partnership. It’s our passion for Nigeria and its football that makes us not to just support from the stands,” he further said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wenger Defiant as City Closes in on EPL Title

first_imgArsene Wenger insisted he was still the right man to turn around Arsenal’s fortunes after a 2-1 loss to Brighton yesterday saw the Gunners suffer their fourth straight defeat in all competitions.Successive 3-0 reverses by Manchester City, the first in the League Cup final and the second in the league, could be explained in part by the dominance of Pep Guardiola’s runaway table-toppers, but the losses to Ostersunds in the Europa League and to Brighton verged on embarrassing.City won 1-0 at home to Chelsea later on Sunday, with Bernardo Silva scoring the decisive goal, as they moved a commanding 18 points clear of the chasing pack.First-half goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray put south coast club Brighton in command and, although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back before the break, that was as good as it got for the Gunners.Arsenal’s eighth loss since the turn of the year left their hopes of a top-four finish in tatters, with Wenger admitting it was “already gone” even before the Gunners were left 13 points adrift of the leading quartet.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kylian Mbappe Wins Golden Boy Award

first_imgPSG and France striker Kylian Mbappe has won the 2017 Golden Boy award.The 18 year-old beat Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, and fellow French international Ousmane Dembele to the award which recognises the best Under-21 player in Europe during a calendar year.Mbappe was one of the star figures for Monaco last season, scoring 26 goals and providing 14 assists, as The Red and Whites cruised to their first Ligue 1 title since 2000. His goals in the Champions League also helped Monaco reach the semifinal for the first time since 2004.His exceptional performances earned him a loan move to PSG where he’s scored four times in all competitions already.Mbappe succeeds Renato Sanches who won the award last year.RelatedLigue 1 Review: Mbappe Brilliance Leads PSG Past GuingampAugust 19, 2018In “Europe”2018 Golden Boy Award: Mbappe Headlines 100-Man ListJuly 2, 2018In “England”Modric, Mbappe And Others Win World Cup AwardsJuly 15, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more

Ball Street takes the Tipster Challenge at Cheltenham

first_imgShare ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles RankTipsterRace WinsPoints In the penultimate week of action in the Tipster Challenge 2016/17, sponsored by Betting Gods, Ged Colleypriest from Ball Street has made his play for glory at Cheltenham.The Partnerships Director for Ball Street, a network of influencers for sports on social media channels such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, has provided tips for today’s seven-race card.Colleypriest will be going up against the sixth placed Stephen Harris from bettingexpert, and the experts from Timeform, who sit in 17th place with an average of 3.19 points over 25 weeks.____________________________________2:05bettingexpert: Coastal TiepHas been highly tried in four starts over hurdles so far and might have more improvement to come now the ground has quickened up.Timeform: William HenryThe lightly-raced William Henry was last seen when runner-up in a Grade 2 over this C&D in January so is clearly the one to beat back down in class.Ball Street: SolighosterNot the prettiest hurdler but seems to have an engine.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: Voix D’EauComes from a yard in terrific form and had excuses when disappointing last time out in a huge field.Timeform: Village VicHe has an excellent record around here, and may prove difficult to peg back in this smaller field.Ball Street: Thomas Crapper                                                                                                                          Impressed here before and the Crapper tends to be where my bets have ended up recently!____________________________________3:15bettingexpert: DrumcliffHas shaped well in two handicaps so far (tapped at 2m at Musselburgh) and has potential to do better.Timeform: Divine SpearHas built up a very solid record in handicaps this term, and given he is unexposed over this sort of trip, could easily have more to offer.Ball Street: ItsafreebeeDisappointed last time out but could bounce back this time.____________________________________3:50bettingexpert: SpookydookyCould bounce back to form now with Jonjo now in terrific form and drying ground to suit.Timeform: Doing FineBack on track for this yard, finishing runner-up in all three starts, but shaping as though a return to this sort of test would suit at Wincanton last month, he is taken to deservedly resume winning ways.Ball Street: Any CurrencyWon this last year and fancy it for back to backs.____________________________________4:25bettingexpert: Baron du PlessisHas a career record of 0 from 12 but has shaped well in defeat of late and can provide the red-hot Ian Williams yard with another winner.Timeform: Max ForteFourth in an Ascot handicap in February that has thrown up a host of subsequent winners and there is a good chance he’ll be one himself here.Ball Street: Max ForteForm seems to be strong based on Ascot showing.____________________________________5:00bettingexpert: Mick ThonicHas run three times for Tizzard (all at this venue in warm company) and can get off the mark getting 8lb from Marracudja.Timeform: MarracudjaThe race revolves around whether Marracudja returns to the sort of level he achieved when winning a brace of novice events in the autumn.Ball Street: MarracudjaLooked good here in Autumn and has shown promise against some strong horses.____________________________________5:30bettingexpert: Copain De ClasseHas potential now going handicapping from a very fair opening mark and can improve past some rivals who are now much higher up the weights.Timeform: Copain De ClasseQuickly resumed winning ways returned to a sound surface at Wincanton last month and he remains with potential back in a handicap.Ball Street: Copain De ClasseAnother promising Nicholls horse. Think he can repeat his win last time out.____________________________________Where will Ged Colleypriest enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? 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On the eve of Shohei Ohtani’s evaluation, Angels hoping for good news

first_img Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Since then, the Angels have allowed Ohtani to take one-handed swings and to stand in against a pitcher throwing a bullpen session, both steps aimed at keeping him fresh as a hitter.Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that they still aren’t sure what Thursday’s evaluation will show.“Hopefully we’ll get some good news,” he said. “I do think he’ll swing the bat before he’s ready to pitch, but that’s just my feeling. We’ll wait for our medical staff to give us direction and determine what the next step is.”Related Articles Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros BOSTON — The day before the Angels are expected to get an update from doctors on Shohei Ohtani’s recovery, there was continued hope that he will be able to come back this year as a hitter.General Manager Billy Eppler said on MLB Network Radio on Wednesday that Ohtani could be cleared to hit, as long as there is evidence that his sprained ulnar collateral ligament has healed enough so that hitting won’t create any long-term risk to pitching.“If he was solely a DH, he would have been cleared right away,” Eppler said, “but because you are wanting that ligament to heal, to get that impact he brings on the mound, you want to – I don’t want to coin it the danger zone – but you want to get to the point where you are feeling that area has plenty of time to scar and heal. That’s what the three-week prescription is for, to buy you that time of scarring and healing.”Three weeks ago, when the Angels announced that Ohtani had undergone stem-cell therapy and a platelet-rich plasma injection, Eppler said this injury wouldn’t have been an issue if he’d only been a hitter.last_img read more