PHOTOS: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Pack Port City Music Hall For Fantastic First Night

first_imgOn Saturday night, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong played the first show of their sold-out two-night stand at Port City Music Hall this weekend. By the time Vermont jam band Swimmer opened the show, the room was already filling up. By the time Pigeons came on it was as crowded as the Portland, Maine venue could possibly manage, the audience fully invested and singing along all night.The band responded in kind with a fantastic show including highlights like an inverted “Psycho Killer” (Talking Heads) segment sandwiched inside a “J-Town” jam and a cover of The Lion King‘s “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” that recalled their Disney-themed 2017 New Year’s Eve performance, cleverly dubbed “DisNYE.” The entertaining covers came among fantastic renditions of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong favorites old and new like “Porcupine”, “Walk Outside”, “Henrietta”, “Su Casa”, “Whirled”, “Julia”, “Whoopie”, “Avalanche”, “Landing”, “CWA”, and “Bad For You”. The band finally finished out strong with a marvelous “Horizon” and a set-closing “Ocean Flows” before putting a bow on the performance with a “Dawn A New Day” encore.Below, you can check out a full gallery of photos from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s first of two Portland performances below courtesy of photographer Victor Brazen.For a full list of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Pigeon Playing Ping Pong | Port City Music Hall | Portland, ME | 4/14/18Set 1:PorcupineWalk OutsideJ-Town > Psycho Killer* > J-Town >>Henrietta >>Su Casa >>WhirledJuliaSet 2WhoopieAvalancheLanding > Drums >Just Can’t Wait To Be KingCWA >>Bad For YouHorizonOcean FlowsE. Dawn A New DayNotes:* InvertedSold Out showPigeon Playing Ping Pong | Port City Music Hall | Portlant, ME | 4/14/18 | Photos: Victor Brazen Load remaining imageslast_img read more

It starts with education

first_imgTeaching “isn’t rocket science,” said David J. Johns. “It’s harder.”Addressing an Askwith Forum on “Closing the Gap: African-American Educational Excellence,” Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, challenged his audience to tackle that difficult work. He called for honesty and rigor from educators, the community, and institutions like the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).Speaking in HGSE’s Askwith Hall on Tuesday night, Johns opened with a moment of silence for the slain Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., as well as other young African-American and Latino victims of violence, then dove right into the problems faced by many members of the African-American community.“It should not be the case that in America a child’s opportunity is determined by ZIP code or genetic code,” he said, quoting a line from the initiative that both President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have used. The program Johns leads is the newest of six such educational initiatives, he explained, describing it as “unapologetic and as intentional as we can possibly be” about leveling the playing field.How to achieve that was the subject of his engaging 50-minute talk, which was followed by a question-and-answer period. To begin, he said, educators need to have an accurate perception of the issues faced by students of color.“Children, especially disadvantaged children of color, are especially resilient — but they shouldn’t have to be,” he said. Discussing the hurdles faced by many students, he described poverty, hunger, and homelessness. “Children experience events that would break the average adult,” he said, asking his audience to imagine coming into school after missing a night’s sleep or even after witnessing a murder.Babies, Nerds, and Tweets | Harvard Graduate School of EducationDavid Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, shares solutions and strategies for closing the achievement gap in communities across the country.On Wednesday morning, about 200 Harvard students and others convened in front of University Hall in protest of the Missouri legal decision not to indict the former police officer who shot Brown dead.In his remarks, Johns also warned his listeners about the dangers of accepting and perpetuating negative images. Illustrating his point with slides and video of often very young African-American scholars and entrepreneurs — such as Thessalonika Arzu-Embry, who received her bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University at 14, and Moziah Bridges, who founded Mo’s Bows, a handcrafted bow tie business, at age 9 — Johns said, “There are still students who show up, face those barriers, and stand out anyway.”To begin to engage the problems and the stereotypes, Johns called for open discourse. Often, he said, that means “speaking truth to power,” calling out racism in all its forms and demanding opportunities and resources. “This is difficult work,” he acknowledged. “People don’t like to talk about race. They don’t like to talk about class. They don’t like to talk about the convergence of the two.”It also means being candid with young people and, perhaps most important, listening to them. Following a video of 11-year-old Marquis Govan testifying before the St. Louis County Council about the dearth of people of color on the police force and in other neighborhood roles, Johns noted that children are “asking us to care,” to demonstrate “that we see them, that we’re going to be honest about the mistakes that we’ve made, and that we’re going to support them.”Focusing on the role of educators, Johns emphasized three key points. Learning, he said, starts at birth, and families must be engaged in prenatal and early childhood care. “Why are we spending all this time trying to play catch-up?” Literacy, he continued, is vital, and must be supported and encouraged within families and communities. “If I can read, then everybody I know should be able to read.”He added that post-secondary success must be celebrated and supported “from birth.” Simply getting into a college is not enough, he stressed, and educational institutions must try harder to support students all the way to degree or certificate.The challenges, Johns acknowledged, are vast and need to be faced on a societal level. “Imagine,” he asked his audience, “how different our country would be if we celebrated half as much the people who choose educational achievement as those who dribble balls or sing songs.”Repeatedly, Johns returned to the role to be played by his audience — largely graduate students in education and teachers — with encouragement for their daunting task. “You all are the chosen ones,” he concluded. “Take care of yourself as you continue to do this work, because it’s not going to happen overnight. It’s valuable, and it’s essential.”last_img read more

Daily life and death on the U.S.-Mexico border

first_imgIeva Jusionyte has always been drawn to border tensions. As a graduate student, she went right to the heart of the drug and human smuggling nexus of Puerto Iguazú, a town at the tri-border area of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, to research how the media reported on crime. While there, she developed a deep interest in the experiences of firefighters and rescue workers, and later, in the U.S., trained to become a certified emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, and wildland firefighter.Most recently, Jusionyte embedded herself at the U.S.-Mexico border for a year, using her technical skills to help first responders on both sides of the divide. She reasoned that firefighters and EMTs would face many of the human consequences of national security policy on a daily basis.In Nogales, Ariz., she volunteered as an EMT with the suburban fire department, responding to 911 calls — whether for a wildfire or for a critically ill or wounded person. Across the border in Nogales, Mexico, she delivered first aid to injured migrants and deportees on a bench in a soup kitchen, which also served as a humanitarian and legal center.The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCIF) spoke with Jusionyte, an assistant professor of anthropology and of social studies at Harvard, about her work and forthcoming book, “Threshold: Emergency and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border,” which brings together the experiences of the first responders and residents of the local border communities, to take stock of the real-life impact of U.S. national security measures.Ieva Jusionyte with two Mexican firefighters during the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe celebrations in Nogales, Mexico, on Dec. 12, 2015.Q&AIeva JusionyteWCIF: Do Mexican and U.S. emergency responders on both sides of the border work together?IEVA JUSIONYTE: At the border, everyday life unfolds on a binational scale. Mexican and American first responders go back and forth regularly and rely on each other to do their jobs. When it comes to saving lives, it is as if the border did not exist for them. Sometimes emergency workers on both sides were family members. For them it is one community split in half by the border wall, which is an inconvenience but does not cut the strong ties that hold the community together. As you go further north, the sentiment toward Mexico is more negative. The fire departments, which are predominantly white, don’t work with Mexican first responders.WCIF: What kinds of emergencies require joint efforts?JUSIONYTE: Some migrants decide against climbing over the wall and try to cross under it instead, through the drainage tunnels that go under the U.S.-Mexico border. Mexico is uphill, upwind, and upstream from Arizona. Because of how Nogales was haphazardly built, when it starts to rain in Mexico, some streets turn into rivers, and the water overflows the drainage tunnel. There are a lot of situations when people get carried away in these washes, or arroyos, that flood the tunnels. The powerful current sweeps them away from Mexico and carries them to the United States. So emergency responders do binational rescue operations to find people; they begin searching on the Mexican side and continue into the U.S. Sometimes they save a life, but more often they only recover a body further downstream.In addition to rescues from the wash, emergency responders go out in the desert to find people who are lost and who don’t even know which side of the border they are on when they call 911.WCIF: After working for a year in this region, you conclude in your forthcoming book that the border wall is being used as a weapon. Can you explain this?JUSIONYTE: The focus of my work is actually how the terrain is being weaponized to enforce U.S. immigration policiesIn 1994, the U.S. Border Patrol created a strategic plan based on the concept of “prevention through deterrence.” The idea was to make the transit corridors in major urban areas, like Nogales, Tijuana-San Diego, or Ciudad Juárez-El Paso, extremely difficult to cross. They militarized the towns by increasing the length and the height of the fence, building surveillance and lighting systems, and really concentrating all the border enforcement there so that the only option would be for migrants to go through remote desert terrain in Arizona or California, or cross the Rio Grande in Texas, which is very dangerous. It’s written in the plan that violence and injuries would increase, and that would deter people from coming.,WCIF: So the desert became part of the deterrence strategy as well?JUSIONYTE: The farther away you go from the urban areas, there is nothing but desert with mountains and steep ravines. The international boundary there is marked by a four-strand barbed-wire fence and Normandy barriers, which are crisscrossed beams that stop vehicles, yet people can cross there very easily. But it is so far away from settled areas that the natural environment will kill you if you are unprepared. It’s impossible to carry enough water for that kind of journey. Unable to call for help, migrants are also often assaulted; women are frequently raped. Many people do make it across, however, and that’s why they keep coming.WCIF: What are the most common types of injuries you saw?I’ve met migrants in the desert who got lost and were trying to find the Border Patrol because they wanted to live. When the smugglers take them across they are told it’s a few hours to Phoenix, when it actually takes three to five days just to reach Tucson. They don’t have maps and there’s no cellphone signal. The people whom I’ve met were very, very dehydrated. Such dehydration can lead to heat stroke, or hyperthermia. More often it results in kidney failure. People who walk in the desert usually have blisters that make it difficult to carry on with the journey. In winter, with temperatures at night falling to below freezing, dehydration makes migrants susceptible to hypothermia. There are snake bites, too, but those are rare. In the desert, most people die due to exposure to extreme heat. But sometimes it is hard to tell; by the time they are finally found, they are reduced to skeletal remains.WCIF: How do people breach the wall in the urban areas?JUSIONYTE: Most people pay for a trip “up the ladder” on the Mexican side. Then they need to slide down on the other side and it’s quite high, 20-plus feet.YouTube is full of videos of drug smugglers with backpacks who slide down very efficiently. But some people climb up and then see that it’s too far to the ground and become afraid to slide. There have been cases where — because the migrants have already paid for the service, or it will be paid by the family members only if the person ends up on the U.S. side of the border — they are forcibly pushed down. If they were pushed, they usually have leg or ankle fractures, and because of the height of the fall, injuries to the spine are also likely. I interviewed a trauma surgeon who has treated many injured migrants. There were some who landed on their heads and died instantly.,WCIF: How has the back-and-forth movement of Mexican migrants changed in the past two decades?JUSIONYTE: It became more difficult to cross in the mid-1990s, and even more so after 9/11. In 2006, the Secure Fence Act mandated the building of essentially what we have now, 700 miles of border fence, which includes both pedestrian and vehicle barriers.Prior to this time, many migrants would come to the U.S. to work temporarily just for one agricultural season or perhaps a couple of years in the construction or service industry and then take their earnings back to their hometowns. When they needed more money, perhaps to pay medical bills or to send a child to school, they would return, knowing that U.S. employers were eagerly waiting for cheap migrant labor. It was cyclical migration. But many of those people are now stuck here, on the U.S. side, and not going back because they fear that with security buildup they would never be able to return to the U.S. for another labor season. They stay here, send money back, and, when they can, save enough to pay a “coyote” to bring their spouse or their children to live with them here. I’ve seen many women crossing the border, sometimes with small children, when it used to be primarily young men coming for work.WCIF: Besides work, what are the other reasons for wanting to cross into the U.S.?JUSIONYTE: In the last few years, we’ve seen many people from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras fleeing violence and crime. Some of them are asking for asylum, which means that instead of crossing the border illegally, they present themselves to the Border Patrol and wait for their cases to be heard at the court.WCIF: Has the border strategy been successful, in terms of in deterring Mexican migrants?JUSIONYTE: Recent data show that there are now more Mexicans leaving the U.S. than coming here. But I’ve always been skeptical about statistics since they are notoriously ineffective at estimating activities, such as unauthorized migration, which depend on avoiding being seen and known by the state.WCIF: Would you advocate taking the border away? What would happen?JUSIONYTE: You don’t need a wall or a fence on the border. People have no urge to leave their homeland, to risk their lives in order to live on the margins of society in a foreign country. If given a choice many would prefer to stay in their community. If they could get a temporary work permit, it would enable them to go for a short time and then return home, as long as movement is possible, much like between the countries in the European Union and the U.S. and Canada.This has been edited for length. To read the full story, visit the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs website.last_img read more

Memory Centric Architecture Vision

first_imgTo address these new optimized acceleration devices we need to bring them into  the memory/cache domain of the CPU If you’re in enterprise tech, then you know that the pace of digital transformation is driving technologies, architectures, and solutions to new heights. There is enough new “stuff” going on to make your head spin.  All these changes are driving the industry toward revolutionary architectures as the evolutionary past is simply not keeping up. In this blog, I hope to explain the challenges that are driving the industry toward a Memory Centric Architecture (MCA). Market DynamicsThe industry’s current evolutionary journey is not providing the necessary technology to tackle big challenges ahead – we are swimming in data, billions of IoT devices are coming on line, with machine learning and cognitive computing finding their ways into business results.At the same time businesses are learning that data has an intrinsic time-based value – meaning that the value of the insights gained from the data quickly declines. Take your time on a web retailer: taking too long to piece together who you are, what you like, where you live, who your friends are, what you bought last time, and what your friends bought can result in a missed opportunity for a directed product marketing advertisement leading to a purchase versus an empty shopping cart and ultimately you moving on to a new website.At the technology level, the systems we are building through continued evolution are not advancing fast enough to keep up with these new workloads and use cases. The reality is that the machines we have today were architected five years ago, and ML/DL/AI uses in business are just coming to light, so the industry missed a need. Most of the problems above need a balance between data access and computational horsepower. But the data access is unstructured and data is movement intensive versus computational intensive – simple operators versus complex operators – one taxes memory and the other the CPU.Below is a historical view of standard 2-socket servers the industry has been building since 2003 (per core view):While there won’t be a test at the end, the key points you should take away are:Core counts continue to rise (that’s good – Moore’s Law is ok)Memory Capacity per Core is flat (Moore’s Law for DRAM is kind of keeping up)IO bandwidth per core has been on a downward trend over the last five years (and PCIe Gen4 is a ways out)Memory bandwidth per core has been shrinking for the last seven years (nothing new over the horizon at present – just more channels and pins)Memory latency per core has been rising over the last eight years (not good considering time value of data)The other challenge facing the industry is performance gains delivered by Moore’s Law. Remember, Moore’s Law is about transistor per unit area doubling rate, not performance. It just so happens in years past the two were on the same path. With the advent of multicore the rate of performance gains has dropped from 52%/year to 22%/year according to “Computer Architecture, A Quantitative Approach by Hennessy and Patterson” –the de facto standard for Computer Engineering textbooks.  But still, 22% is quite good – we keep getting more cores and the cores themselves keep getting slightly better. However, the systems they are attached to (memory & IO) are not keeping up.Hence you see the industry trying to adopt all kinds of acceleration technology optimized for these new workloads, and to compensate for reduced performance CAGR. System designers are now challenged on how to add GPUs, FPGA, Smart NIC, Smart Memory, machine learning ASICs and so forth into systems that were not optimized for them.So we have a system out of balance on the memory front, and the computational performance CAGR rate has fallen off at the same time all these new use cases for big data, machine learning, cognitive computing, IoT, and advanced analytics are on the rise. Add composability, rack scale architectures, and storage class memories and we have a system that can’t keep up through evolutionary change. Revolutionary steps need to be taken.To add fuel to the fire we have the notion of composable infrastructure and the value it can bring to IT via more dynamic and agile infrastructure to line up with these changing workloads. For many vendors, marketing hype is way ahead of the reality of the hardware architecture required to pull off real composability. I have written a couple of blogs that argue we have some real challenges ahead to create new hardware and software to pull off full composability:A Practical View of Composable InfrastructureReality Check: Is Composable Infrastructure Ready for Prime Time?Gen-Z – An Open Fabric Technology Standard on the Journey to ComposabilityIt’s pretty clear we have 2 major problems to solve in today’s architecture: Memory Tier To address memory performance challenges we need to create tiers of different classes of memoryMemory semantics need to be extended to rack level to make systems truly composablecenter_img Performance The storage industry has done a wonderful job of providing storage tiers. One could argue maybe too good of job. Below is a view of Past, Present, and possible Future storage tiers. Good news is the future outlook is on track to simplify this a bit.On the memory front, the picture is much bleaker…it’s DRAM or NOT DRAM. It’s easy this way, but doesn’t scale well. The problem as outlined above shows that the DRAM-only approach can’t keep up with emerging use cases. And if you think about it deeper, we can control thread priorities at an application/operating system level but not down to the DRAM access level. That means when your highest priority thread runs on Core1 and some background thread runs on Core18 they actually get the same priority access to the most congested part of the system – DRAM.What we need in the future looks like the pyramid below. Start with highest performance On Package Memory (small, high bandwidth, low latency, expensive) and build up to greater capacity, slower, and lower cost memories. But it has to be done in the native language of the CPU – namely load/stores. CPUs only know how to do load/stores, they don’t know anything about TCP/IP, SCSI, iSCSI and so forth.Industry Teams UpThat is the backdrop that has led 50+ tech titans to recognize the architecture issues we face today and join forces on Gen-Z, CCIX, and OpenCAPI. It’s pretty interesting to see Dell EMC, IBM, HPE, Huawei, Lenovo and others all in the mix together, not to mention CPU/GPU vendors AMD, IBM, ARM, Qualcomm, Cavium, Nvidia, and so on.Another interesting observation about Gen-Z, CCIX, and OpenCAPI is that they are all truly open standards – anyone can join, contribute, influence, and adopt. There is a lot of IP these companies have thrown into the mix to advance the industry rather than keeping them locked away in proprietary systems.So, how do they all relate?CCIX and OpenCAPI will help the performance of these new specialized accelerators to bring them closer to the CPU/Memory domain. They will allow acceleration devices (GPUs/SmartNICs/FPGA) to access and process data irrespective of where it resides, without the need for complex programming environments. This ability to access data coherently dramatically improves performance and usability. They both also push the bounds of IO technology from today’s PCIe Gen3 8Gbpps to 25Gbpps and prepare the industry for higher speeds to come. They will also enable new innovations by enabling more flexibility for attachment of Storage Class memories and bridging to new busses like Gen-Z due to being memory semantic based.Gen-Z is an open systems interconnect designed to provide memory semantic access to data and devices via direct-attached, switched, or fabric topologies. Not only is Dell a member but also president of the Gen-Z consortium. Gen-Z provides memory media independence for emerging storage class memories and opens the door compute in-memory concepts. Gen-Z also pushes the bounds of IO technology to 25Gbpps and scales beyond the node to enable true rack scale composability.Putting it all togetherThe future is bright. The industry is on a journey of open – Open Compute, OpenStack, Open vSwitch, Open Networking. Open source will be adopted more than ever for machine learning, deep learning, cognitive computing, IoT, and so forth. CCIX and OpenCAPI aim to create an open IO ecosystem for advanced acceleration devices. By combining CCIX/OpenCAPI with Gen-Z we’ll be able to create memory tiers and finally tackle composability at rack scale. The industry is working together to accelerate innovation for solving real world problems today, and in an open way that paves the way for the problems we cannot see yet. In my almost 30 years in the industry, this collaboration between peers is the greatest I have ever seen. It’s quite encouraging and exciting to see revolutionary architectures emerge to solve real world problems.In my next couple of blogs I’ll continue to detail how this will play out and how Dell EMC will lead this transition.last_img read more

Man Arrested Following High Speed Chase Overnight

first_imgStock Image.JAMESTOWN – A Town of Gerry man was arrested following a high speed chase overnight that started in Jamestown.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reports they were assisting Jamestown Police by locating a suspect vehicle involved in an altercation just after 11:45 p.m.Deputies located the suspect vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed away from the city on Allen Street.Upon trying to stop the vehicle the suspect, later this identified as Aaron Monroe, 32, allegedly failed to comply with lights and sirens and increased his speed. The pursuit continued in the Towns of Ellicott, Poland, and Gerry. The pursuit eventually come to a stop in the Town of Gerry after spike strips were deployed.Upon further investigation deputies alleged that Monroe was operating the vehicle while intoxicated.Monroe is charged with DWI, DWI per se, fail to comply, speed in zone, refusal of pre screen breath test, fail to stop at stop sign, passed red signal, failed to use designated lane, improper signal and fail to keep right.Monroe was later issued tickets to appear and turned over to Jamestown Police to answer charges for the alleged altercation incident. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Adcock, Silverstein honored for their public service work

first_img Adcock, Silverstein honored for their public service work Adcock, Silverstein honored for their public service work June 1, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img This year’s winners of the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Public Service Award were honored during a recent ceremony in the Great Hall at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. The award honored outstanding contributions to public service, the justice system, and the community.This year’s awards were presented to Louie N. Adcock, Jr., and Murray B. Silverstein.Adcock has been president, chair, or director of more than 15 community service organizations during the nearly five decades that he has been a lawyer. He presently works as trustee with the All Children’s Hospital Foundation and is on the board of the All Children’s Health System and Bay Area Legal Services. He has contributed to the legal community as St. Petersburg Bar president 1977-1978; Executive Committee, Board of Governors 1983-1985; convention chair, The Florida Bar Annual Meeting 1984; candidate for president of The Florida Bar; chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, 1992-1993; and president of The Florida Bar Foundation 1990-1991.Silverstein is currently president of the Community Law Program, Inc., an organization providing pro bono legal services, and is on the executive committee of the All Children’s Hospital Development Council. He has published numerous articles in the local press about the indigent health care tax and consumer information for healthcare, and has prosecuted consumer fraud cases. Silverstein has served on the editorial board of The Florida Bar Journal & News, and is a member of several sections of The Florida Bar, including the Pro Bono Service Awards Committee, Board of Governors, and Business Law Section. He has been a member of The Florida Bar’s Public Member Screening Committee, Board of Bar Examiners Screening Committee, and Special Commission on Lawyer Regulation.Last year, the honor was awarded to Tampa criminal defense attorney Rochelle Reback and Carlton Fields attorney Sylvia Walbolt.Stetson established the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Award in 1990. Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., the award’s namesake and its first recipient, is the past president of the American, International, and Florida Bar associations.last_img read more

NAFCU needs members’ RBC comments by April 3

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU issued a Regulatory Alert yesterday on NCUA’s second risk-based capital proposal and is asking members to provide their input to the association by April 3. The proposal would set RBC requirements for “complex” federally insured credit unions.The Alert notes that NAFCU is “very concerned about the proposal’s impact on credit union capital buffers. Despite NCUA’s claim that only a limited number of credit unions will be impacted, this proposal would force credit unions to hold hundreds of millions of dollars in additional reserves to achieve the same capital cushion levels that they currently maintain.”The Alert continues, “NAFCU strongly believes this rulemaking is unnecessary and will only impose more regulatory burden on an already extremely well-capitalized industry.”Comments will be due to NCUA 90 days after the proposal’s publication in the Federal Register.NAFCU is reviewing all aspects of the proposed rule. On Tuesday, NAFCU released its new member-only risk-based capital calculator with a feature that NCUA doesn’t include on its own version: five-year forecasting based on estimated return on assets and asset growth rates. continue reading »last_img read more

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