Letters to the Editor for Monday, Sep. 23

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSupport efforts to battle depressionWe are on a journey to find effective ways to treat depression.There are so many unturned stones and my hope is that research may provide answers and cures.In June, I was one of about 300 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention volunteers who “stormed” the hill in Washington to tell our stories so that our representatives will remember and act. The three-digit suicide hotline was one of the asks we had last year in D.C. and now that is going to be a reality, which will save lives.These changes combined with more open discussions about depression and suicide are making a difference.No longer can we view depression as a moral shortcoming that can be remediated by pulling one’s self up or snapping out of it. Depression is an illness, not unlike cancer or heart disease and it is just as deadly.We must remember that to shame those who suffer with depression is not unlike blaming someone who has cancer, we would not think of doing that and we should not think of blaming those who suffer from depression.Team Lasky has raised over $16,200 for the AFSP. I proudly support them, and you can, too. You can donate to Team Lasky at AFSP.org/Rita.Joann Perillo-LaskySchenectadyBe vigilant against terrorist ideology Regarding Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (NY-D) comments about Sept. 11th that “some people did something.” This was the worst attack on American soil in history with over 3,000 dead.Please read the book “Between Heaven and Ground Zero” by Leslie Haskin, who shares the shock and pain and hell of that day.“At one point there was a woman burned to the bone,” she trembled uncontrollably as her skin melted from her body. What kind of motherless soul can so easily and savagely murder thousands and proclaim it to be in the name of righteousness?Radical Muslim terrorists, that’s who. We must never forget, and we must always be hypervigilant against this ideology.We must teach this history in schools. Osama Bin Laden in his book taught there will be a thousand years for revenge.Arlene ShakoSchoharieCDTA should use, or lose, parking spotsAll along Route 50 in Ballston Spa, there are designated bus stops for CDTA. If you park in them you will get a ticket. But CDTA buses never use them. They stand in traffic (regardless of the amount of traffic they back up).They must believe that it would take too much effort to pull back into traffic. If the CDTA does not want to use them, take them out. Or is CDTA just too special?John WhiteBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Philips pension fund underperforms benchmark but bolsters coverage ratio

first_imgThe Philips scheme has divided its assets into a return portfolio and a liability-matching portfolio of fixed income investments in order to finance its liabilities, including a long-term inflation target of 2%.Its return portfolio – consisting of equity, property, emerging market bonds and high-yield credit – is meant to bolster the pension fund’s financial buffers, finance its longevity risk and account for excess inflation.Last year, the liability-matching portfolio returned 13.6%, while the return portfolio returned 11.4%.Philips Pensioenfonds’ 106% coverage ratio is now 2 percentage points over the minimum required level, but 1 percentage point short of its required financial buffer.The pension fund said it would only consider granting indexation once its coverage exceeded 107%.The Philips scheme has 14,130 active participants, 59,275 pensioners and 32,900 deferred members. The €14.7bn Dutch pension fund of electronics giant Philips saw its coverage ratio increase to 106% over the third quarter on the back of a 0.6% return on investments and a widening discount rate.It said the 3.6% result on its 30% return portfolio more than offset the 0.7% quarterly loss reported over the same period on its 70% liability-matching portfolio.The pension fund attributed the performance of its return portfolio in particular to rising equity markets and indirect property holdings, which represent 52% and 15%, respectively, of the portfolio.However, it also noted that the 3.6% return still underperformed its benchmark by 0.3 percentage points, due mainly to poorly performing emerging market bonds, which make up 11% of the portfolio.last_img read more

Children admit addiction to smartphone porn

first_imgDaily Mail (UK) 8 May 2012Elementary school children are developing addictions to online pornography in a worrying trend that some scientists believe is on the cusp of becoming a national epidemic. Several studies have discovered links between viewing online pornography and problems including social isolation, performing badly in school and behavioral issues. Seven out of ten teenagers have viewed pornography on the Internet with boys at greater risk than girls, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in California….The growing problem puts pressure on the U.S. Government after a UK campaign for automatic blocks on porn and introduction of web filters to make adults who want to view pornography ‘opt in’. The increasing accessibility to smart phones and laptops has led to a surge in numbers of children coping with porn addiction, according to an Australian addiction specialist Robert Mittiga. He said that in some cases children were even watching pornography at school and sharing files with classmates.Only 3 per cent of pornographic websites require proof-of-age before granting access to sexually explicit material, and two-thirds do not even include any adult-content warnings. Under-18s can also often be mistakenly exposed to adult sex sites as email spam. Mr Mittiga warned that children were ten times more likely to develop an addiction than adults and that getting hooked could potentially escalate into criminality.The New Hampshire study of 500 students revealed worrying trends. Researchers were in particular concerned about the exposure of young people to deviant sexual behavior online. In boys, repeated viewing of violent sexual imagery threatened to link between pornography and sexual aggression.British prime minister David Cameron has intervened to insist a default block on porn in the UK, deactivated only when users make an active choice to have it switched off, is put back on the table.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2141247/Children-aged-8-addicted-Internet-pornography.htmlSchoolkids log on to sex sites as new technology puts porn in their pocketsThe Sunday Mail 6 May 2012Experts have warned of an increase in porn addiction in children as a new generation wired to smartphones and laptops have 24-hour access to hardcore material…. Mr Mittiga said some porn merchants were targeting kids by making pornography featuring cartoon and children’s book characters. Mr Mittiga said he had personally treated children as young as 14 for porn addiction and some young addicts spent up to 10 hours a day viewing explicit material.http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/sunday-mail/primary-children-viewing-sexfilms/story-e6frep2f-1226347675313last_img read more

La Liga: Chukwueze’s Villarreal beat Levante to continue UCL push

first_imgSamuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal moved to within two points of the Champions League places with a 2-1 win over Levante at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday evening.Advertisement The hosts took the lead when Gerard Moreno found the bottom corner 10 minutes into the first half. Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?The Best Cars Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Costly Liquids In The World Levante were level not long after the break when Carlos Clerc’s low cross was met by Borja Mayoral at the back post.center_img Loading… Read Also: Ighalo reveals who he will dedicate every goal scored at Man UnitedFive minutes later, Javi Calleja’s side regained the lead as Moi Gomez squeezed his shot past Aitor Fernandez from the edge of the area.The victory sees Villarreal close the gap between them and Atletico Madrid in fourth place to just two points, while Levante stay in mid-table.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

AquaTrojans Win At Connersville Invitational

first_imgThe East Central AquaTrojans remain perfect on the season after competing in the 2017 Connersville Invitational on Saturday.Girls Scores:  East Central 360; Connersville 278; Centerville 242; Hagerstown 174; Lawrenceburg 96; New Castle 9Boys Scores:  East Central 390; Connersville 253; Hagerstown 166; Centerville 165; Lawrenceburg 143; New Castle 103A special congratulations to Kyra Hall for setting the 100 Backstroke school record.  Her time was 1:03.65.  The record was previously held by Alexis deLong.Invitational Winners include:  Boys 200 Medley Relay (Jacob Weber, Klay Shipman, Jackson Ketcham, Alex Ketcham); Grace Crane-200 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly; Ethen Witte-200 Freestyle; Alexis deLong-200 IM, 100 Freestyle; Jackson Ketcham-200 IM, 500 Freestyle; Jacob Weber-100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke; Alex Ketcham-100 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke; Mackenzie Schantz-500 Freestyle; Girls 200 Free Relay (Grace Crane, Kyra Hall, Olivia Nixon, Alexis deLong); Boys 200 Free Relay (Jacob Weber, Chandler Witte, Jackson Ketcham, Alex Ketcham); Kyra Hall-100 Backstroke **NEW SCHOOL RECORD**; Girls 400 Free Relay (Grace Crane, Kyra Hall, Olivia Nixon, Alexis deLong); Boys 400 Free Relay (Mason Key, Ethen Witte, Matthew Badinghaus, Chandler Witte).The AquaTrojans look to remain conference champions as they compete next in the EIAC Swimming and Diving Championships.GO AQUATROJANS!!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

Heineken Shares Football Drama with Champions League Â

first_imgPremium lager brand, Heineken, will continue to share the drama of the UEFA Champions League to football fans in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt for the rest of the 2017/2018 Champions League season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Premium Lager beer, Heineken, has continued to share the drama of football with fans across the country via its exclusive UEFA Champions League viewing experiences. Last Wednesday, Heineken transformed the Tak Klub House, Abuja and Ember Creek, Victoria Island, Lagos, into enviable premium viewing centres for Nigerian fans to enjoy the the Liverpool versus Manchester City and Barcelona against Roma matches. These matches were broadcast live to venues filled with excited football fans.The stunning night began with fun games, great conversations and laughter as guests flooded the centres to watch their favorite teams vie for a chance at the coveted UEFA Champions League trophy. Football fans were treated to exhilarating quizzes to loosen them up in anticipation of the adrenaline packed matches. Chilled glasses of Heineken were circulated among the excited crowd as they waited for the first half to begin.The fans who were amped up from the first half, relaxed with fun games and quizzes at half time. As some fun-seeking fans went forward to participate in the thrilling quizzes, delicious small chops and cold glasses of Heineken were served to the guests who watched on. Branded prizes were handed to the excited winners of the quizzes and games.last_img read more

Annenberg breaks ground on new facility

first_imgJoey Kaufman contributed to this report. USC hosted the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday of the Wallis Annenberg Hall, marking the launch of a $150 million fundraising initiative.Breaking ground · USC administrators and supporters of the new Annenberg building mark the start of construction Thursday of the 88,000-square-foot, five-story Wallis Annenberg Hall. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanThe hall will be located next to the Pertusati Bookstore at the corner of Childs and Watt ways, and is scheduled to open in the fall semester in 2014.A $50 million lead gift for the 88,000-square-foot, five-story building was donated by Wallis Annenberg, chairman of the board of the Annenberg Foundation and the longest serving trustee on USC’s Board of Trustees. The hall will provide innovative technology and facilities to prepare students for an industry that is becoming more reliant on digital media.“All the spaces have been carefully designed to be connectors and not containers, to be inviting and transparent, to encourage those passing by the building to enter the building to experiment to collaborate, to innovate and to learn,” said Dean Ernest Wilson III of the Annenberg  School for Communication and Journalism. “It’s designed to tear down the old media silos of print and broadcasting and web so it presents a converged newsroom that the students will understand. So when they get real jobs in the real world, they will have that unique experience.”The money raised will go toward supporting new projects for the new Annenberg building, including new technology enhancements, scholarships and fellowships. The new building will include a 20,000-square-foot newsroom that will publish student work across multiple platforms, a multistory digital media tower showcasing live student programming and a 360-degree assignment desk that will help facilitate the work of all Annenberg organizations while bringing the work of print, online, web and radio together.USC hopes the new building will continue Wallis Annenberg’s love for journalism and further her feeling of the field’s importance in society.“To share the compelling story of our daily lives, modern journalists must be equipped with all of the technology skills and the ethical principles to do their jobs and to do this well,” President C. L. Max Nikias said during the ceremony. “Wallis Annenberg has long recognized that it is not merely enough to train journalism students how to talk about a particular subject. She understands that they must also be given a deep knowledge of the very latest digital technologies, and that’s why it’s so important for us to have this new building to house our journalism programs and to provide the state of the art laboratories and equipment that will allow them to experiment, learn and succeed.”In a move announced in May, Annenberg laid off nine employees as part of a restructuring effort. The action led to some speculation that the cutbacks were made to save money for the new building. But, the cutbacks were not related to the building project, Geneva Overholser, director of the School of Journalism, told the Daily Trojan. The cuts, instead, were made as part of an attempt for the Annenberg School to “achieve savings in the wake of fiscal headwinds,” she said.The funds for the building project came directly from donations, Overholser said.Students who attended the ground breaking supported the new building, excited it would provide a beneficial experience for everyone, no matter the major.“It will be a great, completely high-tech space for people to come together and create ideas, discuss ideas and facilitate them and watch them come to reality,” said Eric Lavis, a graduate student studying communication management.Jenna Kovalsky, a senior majoring in public relations and international relations, said she felt proud to see the beginning of a building that would focus on bringing students together.“I think this is an exciting time for Annenberg,” Kovalsky said. “We’ve always prided ourselves on being innovative so having this new space will be another opportunity for us to bring students together and collaborate and improve the field of journalism and communication.”Faculty members are also looking forward to the improvements the building will have for the classrooms and the Annenberg organizations. They hope features like the converged newsroom will have a positive impact on changing the way student organizations will report and distribute news.“The infrastructure of the school is catching up with the reality on the ground,” said Marc Cooper, associate professor of Annenberg and director of Annenberg Digital News (Neon Tommy). “That new infrastructure is going to be very useful for us and it’s also going to move all of the Annenberg media ahead because it’s going to force us to work more closely with each other, which we have already started to do but this will finalize it.”last_img read more

Kiladanagan overcome Kilruane in North Championship

first_imgFive minutes into the second half and the sides were all square at 10 points a piece before Kildangan’s Johnny Horan scored the side’s second goal and after a floury of points on both sides it ended Kiladangan 2-15 to Kilruane’s 1-11EarlierTemplederry recorded a 2-13 to 1-11 point victory over Burgess while Borrisoleigh overcame Toomevara 0-20 points to 12.And on Saturday it ended Nenagh 0-20 Roscrea 2-11. It’s down to the last four in the North Senior Hurling Championship following last’s night’s victory of Kiladangan over Kilruane McDonaghs.Kilruane got off the blocks first in their clash in Dolla clocking up two points through Cian Darcy and Darragh Peters followed by Niall O’ Meara goal with just five minutes on the clock17 minutes in Kiladangan got their first point of the match through a Darragh Egan free and then Tadhg Gallagher hit the back of the Kilruane net five minutes later and at half time were trailing 1-04 to 1-06.last_img read more

Yahoo DFS Picks Week 16: Daily fantasy football lineup advice for GPP tournaments

first_imgWEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerNFL DFS Week 16: Yahoo GPP Lineup PicksQB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs @ Bears ($34). The Bears aren’t intimidating enough to worry about when Mahomes is only the sixth-highest priced QB on the slate and just played maybe his best game of the season in a winter wonderland.RB Saquon Barkley, Giants @ Redskins ($29). Barkley showed off some of his patented agility and power in Week 15, and it led to his biggest fantasy day of the season. We’ll bank on the breakthrough continuing in another nice matchup. WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB Kerryon Johnson, Lions @ Broncos ($15). Johnson (knee) needs to be activated off Injured Reserve for this play to work, but he’s likely to, and if he is, that’s a lot of talent to bet on at a value price. If Johnson remains out, Wes Hills (or one of Miami’s Patrick Laird or Myles Gaskin) can slot in here.WR Tyreek Hill, Chiefs @ Bears ($29). No reason not to take the huge-upside stack of Mahomes and Hill, no matter the opponent.MORE WEEK 16 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWR Anthony Miller, Bears vs. Chiefs ($16). We’ll stack this game a bit, too, with an upside receiver on the other side who has earned Mitchell Trubisky’s trust. Miller will get plenty of opportunities in this contest.WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! CashWR Greg Ward, Eagles vs. Cowboys ($12). Ward’s performance with no Alshon Jeffery (foot) and Nelson Agholor (knee) in Week 15 doesn’t seem fully captured by his price here. If he can repeat even two-thirds of his Week 15 outing he’ll return value.TE Jacob Hollister, Seahawks vs. Cardinals ($19). Yeah, this is chalk. But it’s also fairly priced chalk at a position where it’s tough to count players outside the top tier. This isn’t guaranteed points, but it’s more guaranteed than we’ll get lower down the board. If you’re reading a daily fantasy football picks article for Week 16, maybe you were just knocked out of the fantasy playoffs. But it can get better, and that’s what this Yahoo GPP lineup is here to try and accomplish. You might’ve been knocked out by Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill, but now you can play them as part of a DFS stack.Dalvin Cook’s injury was a crushing blow to our otherwise decent lineup in Week 15. We got what I think was our first defensive touchdown all year when the Buccaneers took one in for six. We also had the right sense about O.J. Howard’s usage, although it didn’t pay huge dividends. There’s definitely a case to be made to go back to the Howard well in Week 16 (although that’d have to be on a Saturday slate). MORE WEEK 16: Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsFLEX Julio Jones, Falcons vs. Jaguars ($30). Jacksonville made Derek Carr’s receivers look good at times, and none of them are Julio Jones. He’s as reliable as some of the top running backs in terms of finding his way to production nearly every time on the field.D/ST Indianapolis Colts vs. Panthers ($16). Kyle Allen had NFL RedZone’s Andrew Siciliano begging for Will Grier to play all of Week 15 Sunday. Either of those guys would be just fine as turnovers and sacks waiting to happen against the Indy defense.last_img read more

Actress Felicity Huffman hopes to return to acting after college admissions scandal

first_imgEntertainment Tonight is reporting that Desperate Housewives star, Felicity Huffman wants to return to acting next year after she pays her dues for her part in the college admissions cheating scandal“Like everyone else, Felicity is staying home with her family and quarantining,” a source told ET. “She continues to be very involved with the charities involving prison reform and The Teen Project. Once COVID settles, and as she has said in the past, she will continue the work past the completion of her community service hours. Felicity is also hopeful that she’ll be able to return to acting early next year.”Huffman was indicated in the scandal where several high profile people used their influence and money to get their children and other relatives into colleges that they may not have gotten into on their own.She has since served 13 days behind bars and began one year of supervised release. She is also facing a $30,000 fine and must complete 250 community service hours.last_img read more