Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Feb. 10

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRepublicans also not putting America firstMr. Homan’s Feb. 3 letter should have been entitled “Politicians are not putting America first” and not just single out the Democrats.I’m a registered Republican, and I wonder why is it when a Trump Republican cult member makes an argument such as his, they never present the fact that the Republicans and Mr. Trump had control of both the Senate and the House for the past two years and they didn’t pass a single piece of legislation to give Mr. Trump his precious wall or any immigration reform.He asks why the Democrats all supported border security previously, including a wall, but oppose it now? He conveniently forgets that the bipartisan bill in December that included all these things was not signed by Mr. Trump.He also notes Democrats are importing more low-income persons illegally. And just how are they doing this importing? By not voting for a wall that persons can climb over or tunnel under?And then he goes even further by saying the Democrats can’t stand to see Trump win to fulfill his campaign promise. Are you referring to the promise he made on numerous occasions that Mexico would pay for the wall?Mr. Homan, if you want to put America first, why don’t you write to Mr. Trump and request he use his emergency powers to combat gun violence in Chicago and other parts of America?Mike NorrisDelanson Consider impact of negativity to TrumpYour opinion page is hurting this country. It’s all negative with the Trump administration. You’re not the only newspaper doing this unfortunate reporting. If we put one of these crazy liberals as president, we can kiss this country good-bye. I know this letter is going to be laughed off until it hits you personally. Please think of your children.Joseph ParilloBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes I’m appalled that Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed the Reproductive Health Care Act.With this act, you are becoming the killer of thousands of unborn babies. This is truly a genocide against the human life — the weak, the handicapped and the poor —  starting with the womb, where life is created. The RHA was concealed in false propaganda. This act does not help women. It does the opposite. What’s next? Are we going to start selective breeding through involuntary sterilization because you have judged individuals physically or mentally unfit to reproduce? How far are you willing to go, governor? Babies, who are precious and innocent, have now become “undesirables” in New York state. A child in the mother’s womb isn’t even considered a human being anymore. My mother delivered me eight weeks early. Was I not considered a child to you? Are you not going to stand up for the unborn? No one has the right to kill a child in the womb or out of the womb. Just as Abel’s blood cried out to God for revenge (Genesis 4:10), so does the blood of the innocent babies cry out to God and demand justice. The Lord will be the one who will avenge these heinous sins. What you do to one of them is inflicted upon us all. It is truly a sad time for the state. I pray for you because Jesus tells us to pray for those who persecute us. God have mercy on us.Eva LoucksBallston Spa Legal pot. Gambling. Is prostitution next?Now that we are moving forward to legalize recreational marijuana and expanding gambling, the time is right to add the world’s oldest profession to the list: prostitution. Consider the following:The governor has said he isn’t legislating morals or religion; everyone has a fundamental right to decide what they want to do with their own bodies; current laws have a greater impact on minorities; state regulation and rules will make it safer for those involved; and the state will enjoy a new stream of revenue. Who can be against this?Jim VincentNiskayunacenter_img What is the cost of not building the wall?Ken Bress’ Jan. 19 letter illustrates poor calculation in the cost of building “the wall.” But can Ken calculate the cost of one human life affected by opioid addiction or myriad felonies (too heinous to mention here) perpetrated by illegal immigrants?Eric R. AlmondScotia Cuomo endorses the legal killing of babieslast_img read more


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first_imgThe hosts finally got into the win column.After three straight losses, the Trail Allstars used a nine-run fourth inning to outlast Forest Hills 15-11 at the 2012 B.C. Little League Championships Tuesday at Andy Bilesky Park in the Silver City.The Allstars pounded Forest Hills pitching for eight hits including a home run by Derek Green.Brendan McKay of Trail and Quinn Hall of Nelson also homered for the Allstars. Green was the winning pitcher for Trail while Ethan Nelson-Hunt took the loss.Trail finished the game with 15 hits.White Rock leads the standings with a 4-0 record.Vancouver’s Dunbar and Hastings are tied for second at 3-1. The Trail Allstars and Beacon Hill are tied for the final playoff spot, each with a victory in four starts.The two teams meet in what should determine the final playoff spot in the four team semi final tonight at 5 p.m. at Andy Bilesky Park.Friday is semi final day with the two winners meeting for the B.C. Title Saturday at noon.The winner represents the province of BC at the Canadian Championships, August 4-11 in Edmonton, Alta.last_img read more


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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2015)–Recent Grade I stakes winner Stormy Lucy heads a full field of 14 fillies and mares three and up in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes, to be contested at 1 1/8 miles over the Santa Anita turf.Off at 65-1 in Del Mar’s one mile turf Matriarch Stakes Nov. 29, the Ed Moger, Jr.-conditioned Stormy Lucy paid a whopping $132.80, as she was guided to perfection from off the pace in a field of 14 by Kent Desormeaux.Owned by Moger’s brother, Steve, Stormy Lucy, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Stormy Atlantic, notched her first-ever Grade I win in the Matriarch and she’ll seek her third win from 11 tries over the Santa Anita lawn on Sunday. With a 7-1-2-1 mark at the Frankel distance, Stormy Lucy will hope for a lively pace with Desormeax again engaged.Originally trained by Seattle-based Frank Lucarelli, Stormy Lucy was sold privately to Lucarelli’s high school classmate, Steve Moger, following a win in Santa Anita’s Grade II Santa Ana Stakes 11 starts back on March 16, 2014. One of the hardest knocking mares on the West Coast the past two years, her overall record stands at 31-8-2-5, with earnings of $771,700.Maryland-based trainer Graham Motion will be well represented in the Frankel by a pair of Eastern shippers, Grade I winning Peace and War and recent Grade III winner, Rusty Slipper.A winner of the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Alcibiades Stakes over a wet fast surface at Keeneland on Oct. 3, 2014, Peace and War is a deep closer who has been winless in seven subsequent starts. Owned by Qatar Racing, Ltd., the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by War Front is winless from two lifetime starts on grass and may prefer a change of surface if the weather dictates.Motion’s Rusty Slipper, a 5-year-old mare by Lemon Drop Kid, comes off a stirring come-from-behind tally in the Grade III, 1 3/8 miles (turf) Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar Nov. 21 and will cut back a couple furlongs in distance for the Frankel. Owned by RMJ Stables, she has two thirds from five starts in Arcadia, and has one win from three tries at the Frankel distance.Team Valor International’s Three Hearts, who opened up by six lengths after the first half mile in Rusty Slipper’s Red Carpet Handicap win, tired late to finish third, beaten 3 ¼ lengths. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Three Hearts, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Hat Trick, is 7-1-2-2 at 1 1/8 miles on turf and will hope to ration her speed as she cuts back in distance.An impressive turf allowance winner in her last two starts, Fox Hill Farms’ Glory, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Tapit, has good tactical speed and could prove dangerous as she seeks her first graded stakes win for Jerry Hollendorfer.The complete field for the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Nancy From Nairobi, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; Three Hearts, Joe Talamo, 119; Alexis Tangier, Gary Stevens, 119; Rusty Slipper, James Graham, 124; Star Act, Kieren Fallon, 119; Peace and War, Joel Rosario, 117; Stormy Lucy, Kent Desormeaux, 124; Fresh Feline, Victor Espinoza, 119; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 121; Sweet as a Rose, Brice Blanc, 119; Gender Agenda, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Glory, Mike Smith, 117, Honey Ride, Abel Lezcano, 119, and Gas Total, Flavien Prat, 119.                First post time on Sunday, Day Two of Santa Anita’s 63-day Winter Meet, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. MARYLAND-BASED MOTION SHIPS IN WITH GRADE I WINNER PEACE AND WAR & RUSTY SLIPPERlast_img read more


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first_imgAs the North West Breast Cancer Ball marks its 10th anniversary next week, the team at Letterkenny University Hospital’s Breast Centre have revealed how the proceeds have directly benefitted local women in the past decade.Money raised at the social fundraiser has been used on internationally-regarded research, improved diagnostics, patient comfort and community care.Dr. Manvydas Varzgalis, consultant breast cancer surgeon, said contributions have been ‘invaluable’ in improving treatments at the North West Breast Centre. He is encouraging anyone thinking about supporting the Breast Cancer Ball to go and get the last remaining tickets: “Definitely go to the breast ball, you improve the outcomes for Donegal women. You improve the diagnostic outcomes and, if they develop cancer, you improve the treatment options, especially from a surgical point of view,” he told Donegal Woman.Manvydas Varzgalis – Consultant Breast Surgeon at Breast Centre North WestThe special anniversary ball takes place on Friday 29th November in the Silver Tassie Hotel. Over €17,000 was raised at last year’s star-studded event and it is hoped that this year will be as much of a success.Up to 3,000 patients are seen at the Breast Centre North West each year. Sadly for 100 of those women, an assessment will result in a cancer diagnosis.The good news is that funding for breast cancer research has significantly reduced mortality rates globally. In Donegal, proceeds from the charity ball pay for research nurses and student fellows, who publish papers each year.  Because of the research funds, Dr. Varzgalis said the surgical outcomes and diagnostics of breast cancer have already improved for patients, while self-audits in the Breast Centre are used to improve the quality of the unit itself.Research studies carried out in Letterkenny have produced internationally-regarded papers, the findings of which are often put into practiceA recent study looked unnecessary biopsies, Dr Varzgalis said: “Our audit showed that we could select patients who wouldn’t benefit from biopsies and we are trying to implement and improve that in our practice.”Another direct result of the research is that it has enabled improved surgical planning. “We are doing more breast-conserving surgery,” Dr Varzgalis said.“We have learned to remove bigger lumps and still avoid mastectomy, and that involves a lot of surgical planning and special software.” The advancement means that breast-conserving rates are 72% in Letterkenny, above the international standard of 60-70%.Pink examination gowns at the Breast Centre North West are supported by the Breast Cancer Fundraising BallBreast Centre North West has a good reputation for research, Dr Varzgalis said, which helps to attract skilled doctors. “You always want to attract good doctors, and it is important that they have the ability to do research projects. If the unit can offer them you have the ability to attract stronger doctors,” Dr Varzgalis said.The surgeon’s message to women, particularly older women, is to check themselves and ‘be paranoid’. “I notice elderly patients in their late 70s or 80s are ignoring the symptoms. Although in a patient of that age, the breast cancer is not aggressive but unfortunately it’s picked up at quite late stages,” he said.“We advise for all patients to examine themselves and be paranoid and if you notice anything go to your GP and they usually refer to the Breast Unit.”Dr Manvydas Varzgalis – Consultant Breast Surgeon at Breast Centre North WestAs the Breast Unit team looks forward to benefiting from another Breast Cancer Ball, Dr Varzgalis said they are all very grateful to the organising committee for their hard work. “Contributions from the breast ball and from Donegal people to the breast unit is invaluable,” he adds.Tickets are almost sold out for the North West Breast Cancer Ball at the Silver Tassie Hotel Letterkenny – but there is still time to get a ticket.With adaptive adventurer and cancer survivor Nikki Bradley as special guest, Noel Cunningham as MC and entertainment from the Bentley Boys, it promises to be a moving and enjoyable event. Other special guests will include Dragons’ Den investor Ramona Nicholas and RTÉ presenter Áine Lawlor.North West Breast Cancer Ball 2019 Ambassador Nikki BradleyTickets are 50 euro, and include a sparkling wine reception, a splendid five course meal with wine, dancing to the band, followed by a disco. An exciting auction and raffle will be held thanks to generous sponsorship from the business community in Donegal and further afield.Tickets are available at the Silver Tassie Hotel by calling 074 91 25619.Why not make a night of it? Accommodation – B&B is currently available at the special rate of €40 per person sharing at the Silver Tassie, just ring 074 91 25619 to book.Visit the North West Breast Cancer Charity Ball 2019 Facebook page for more.10 years of Breast Cancer Ball donations ‘invaluable’ to North West centre was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dr. Manvydas VarzgalisNorth West Breast Cancer Ballnorth west breast centreSilver Tassie Hotellast_img read more


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first_img Wit … The 49ers made a statement Sunday night — and a lot of people across the nation watched them make it.NBC reported Monday that the prime-time game between the 49ers and Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara drew an average audience of 21.3 million viewers. That ranks as the best “Sunday Night Football” Week 12 viewership since 2015, when Denver and New England met. It also was easily the most-watched prime-time program of the week on any network.Related Articleslast_img


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first_img10 December 2010 South Africa’s new national space agency will coordinate the country’s major space projects, promote space science research, develop related engineering and technological capacity, and devise and implement a national space programme. South Africa has some of the best space infrastructure in Africa, and is already heading some notable space projects, including Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array, the Southern African Large Telescope, and the SumbandilaSat satellite. The South African Space Agency (Sansa) will become the umbrella body that coordinates all these projects, while integrating the country’s existing science and technology institutions, such as the Satellite Applications Centre run by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research at Hartebeesthoek, west of Pretoria.Space industry ‘big business’ Speaking at the launch of the agency and the National Space Strategy in Johannesburg on Thursday, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said the space industry had enormous potential for growth. Space science and technology were significant contributors to sustainable development on the African continent, and the South African Space Agency had a crucial role to play in this, Pandor said. Growing South Africa’s space capabilities would not only be of huge value to the scientific community in the southern African region, but would also help in addressing the challenges of health care provision, water resources, agricultural mapping, and urban planning and communications. The South African Space Agency would help develop a formal space programme over the next five years, Pandor said. It will promote research in the areas of astronomy, earth observation, communications, navigation and space physics, while growing scientific, engineering and technological competencies through human capital development and outreach programmes.Boosting South Africa’s international profile The agency will also promote cooperation on space-related projects between South Africa and the international community, with an eye to fast-tracking South Africa’s role in international space activities. At Thursday’s launch, Sansa signed memorandums of understanding relating to data access with Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research and the China Centre for Resources Satellite Data and Application. According to the International Astronautical Federation, there are about 74 companies that trade in the aerospace and defence sector in South Africa. The federation will hold its 62nd International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town in October 2011 – the first time the event will take place on African soil. In September, the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town was chosen to host the International Astronomical Union’s Office for Astronomy Development, which will play a key role in taking astronomy to the developing world. South Africa beat about 20 countries in its bid to host the office, which will play a central role in coordinating and managing International Astronomical Union educational activities, as well as in recruiting and mobilising volunteers. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more


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first_img7 February 2012While sipping on bottled water has become something of a lifestyle statement, a survey has revealed that most South Africans are happy with the high quality water that comes straight from their taps.The survey, conducted by the Water Research Commission and South African Local Government Association between March and May 2011, investigated urban South Africans’ perceptions of the quality of their water and the factors that influence these perceptions.It found that 81 percent of urban South Africans from all income levels perceive their tap water to be safe to drink. This concurs with international studies which found that most people in countries with a reliable water supply perceived tap water as having a low safety risk.South African water institutions are considered to provide some of the highest quality of drinking or potable water in the world.The survey covered adults aged 16 years and older from all race groups. A random sample of 2 437 urban households was drawn.Younger people more positiveThe study also found that women were significantly less confident about the safety of tap water than men. Women were also more likely than men to boil or filter drinking water, and more inclined than men to drink only bottled water.Younger people between the ages of 16 and 34 were more positive about the safety of drinking water than older people.Consumers in the metro municipalities perceived their tap water to be significantly safer to drink than consumers in other urban municipalities.Consumers in eThekwini Metro (Durban) had the highest consumer confidence in the safety of their tap water, whereas consumers in Mangaung Metro (Bloemfontein) had the least confidence.Consumers of non-metro municipalities in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces had the lowest confidence in the safety of their tap water.Factors influencing perceptionsThere was a wide range of factors which determined consumers’ perceptions about the safety of drinking water, the main ones being the appearance of the water, its taste and smell, and people’s bodily reactions to it.A very small percentage of the population based their perception of the safety of tap water on what they heard or read in the media.The leader of the survey, Dr Sarah Slabbert, said: “Although the scope of this study was small, it provides a baseline within which to compare future studies.“It also gives the water sector and its stakeholders an understanding of how South Africans perceive the quality of drinking water. The findings have several implications for policy, management and further research.”The director for water use and waste management at the Water Research Commission, Jay Bhagwan, said the perception that tap water was clean and safe to drink and regularly tested was a major indicator of good municipal service.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


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first_imgEverything is possible. Even what you believe to be impossible.It’s possible that you can make a difference in someone’s life. Even someone who seems like a hopeless, hard case. It’s possible that today is the day their life turns around, and it’s possible you are the catalyst.You can turn your life around. It’s possible that you can turn 179 degrees and move forward in a very different, infinitely more positive direction than the one in which you were just heading. Why not 180 degrees? Because no one is good enough to produce 100% error.The relationship that isn’t what you want it to be can be all that and more. It’s possible to ask for forgiveness, to give forgiveness, to ask for a do-over, and let bygones by bygones. No matter what happened, it’s possible to forge a new relationship on the ashes of one that wasn’t what it should have been.It’s possible that you can start your own business. You can go out and create something that people will buy from you. It’s even possible to scale that business beyond anything anyone can right now imagine. It’s possible the doubters have you all wrong. Even if you are one of the doubters.Doubling your income is possible. So is doubling the amount of meaningful work you produce. It’s possible to sell your art, and it’s possible to start everything over again from scratch. Going back to school is possible, and so is starting the career you’ve always wanted, even if you have heretofore believed yourself too old.It’s possible to be grateful for what you have, even the things for which you don’t believe gratitude is due or necessary. It’s possible to have a positive, optimistic, future-oriented disposition that infects those around you.All the things you believe are not possible, are possible for you. You are surrounded by overwhelming evidence that this is true. All you have to do is decide and act, and everything is possible. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more



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first_imgRead Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Netball match between Philippines vs Thailand at Juara Stadium Bukit Kiara during 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 on 15 August 2017. Photo by Azli Wahab | MASOC.KUALA LUMPUR—It has been a long learning curve for Philippine netball team.Embraced by local team officials as a sport where Filipinos could excel—given its resemblance to basketball—the Nationals have yet to come up with a decent showing, let alone a win here in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT “The skills set if very similar, that’s why we get players from basketball,” said Philippine netball chief Dr. Charlie Ho.But unlike in the sport where the country is considered a royalty, Philippine netball has been the runt of the litter, losing on Wednesday to Brunei (69-32).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNational team coach Angelina Fedillaga acknowledged the tough field which the Philippines had to contend with in the meet.“It was been a worthy experience for the players and a learning curve before we play Singapore,” said Fedillaga. After placing 8th in AVC, PH aims for better finish in SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The Philippines was to take on regional superpower Singapore Thursday night, and host Malaysia Friday. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more


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