Safe injection sites make no sense

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe city of Philadelphia is opening up some places for people to go who are suffering with drug addictions; places where those addicted to drugs can partake (shoot-snort-base etc.) without being harassed. The theory is that while there, in a controlled environment, they can also seek treatment for their addiction. Interesting. I’m not a fan, but I am open to the idea of trying it with men who have victimized woman and who suffer with sexual addictions. Why not open some spaces like prostitution houses, where men can utilize the service and then seek treatment for their sexual addiction while they are there? You can also go one step further and have a staff of ministers praying for them and the sinful roots. How does that sound?Yeah, it sounds as ludicrous as the first idea does. You can’t reinforce bad behavior at the same time you are reinforcing good behavior. It doesn’t work in parenting and it won’t work here either.John GentileDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Gold Coast prize home winner excited with million dollar win

first_imgWhat a view! Jennifer O’Dowd won this yourtown prize home.A $15 TICKET has turned into a multimillion-dollar prize home package for a Gold Coast resident.Jennifer O’Dowd was living in temporary accommodation when she received the life-changing call, that her single entry into yourtown’s Gold Coast hinterland prize home was the winning ticket. yourtown’s latest prize home at Miami. Entries close Nov 8.A million dollar Miami abode with sea views is yourtown’s latest prize home. The three-bedroom apartment on Kratzmann Ave has a 180 degree ocean vista stretching to Coolangatta and North Burleigh. Jennifer O’Dowd won this yourtown prize home at Tamborine Mountain.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoMs O’Dowd said the 1.1ha property, that features a media room, spa, fire pit, and sweeping views of the Gold Coast skyline and ocean, was her “dream space”.“Now I live mortgage-free in a beautiful sunny house and feel set up for retirement! Buying my ticket has changed my life but I’m glad to think I helped others in some way as well.”Money raised from yourtown prize homes helps tackle youth issues. The yourtown prize at Tamborine Mountain.The charity has provided youth training and employment, parent education, homelessness accommodation, and counselling through its national Kids Helpline service. yourtown’s latest prize home at Miami. Entries close Nov 8.The prize includes a $100,000 gold bullion, and $86,000 of furniture.yourtown CEO Tracy Adams said the odds of winning are some of the best in Australia.“Whether your ticket number comes up or not, you still win by giving young people a chance of a brighter future,” Ms Adams said.Tickets are $15. Entries close November 8. The prize will be drawn on November 10. yourtown’s latest prize home winner Jennifer O’Dowd pictured with customer experience manager Jo Kerr, head of marketing and fundraising Tracey Gillinder and prize property supervisor Geoff Coppin.The pattern designer had relocated to Queensland from Victoria four years ago, to help her arthritis.“I couldn’t believe it. I had only just gone on a rainforest walk at Tamborine the week before and thought, ‘it’s so peaceful and serene, I’ve come home’, but never thought I could afford a property here,” Ms O’Dowd said. The prize included a three-bedroom house at Tamborine Mountain, $118,000 worth of furniture and electrical appliances, and a $500,000 gold bullion. yourtown’s latest prize home at Miami. Entries close Nov 8.last_img read more

September unemployment steady in Indiana

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.5 percent for September and remains lower than the national rate of 3.7 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana’s unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for nearly five years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 4,564 over the previous month. This was a result of a 337 decrease in unemployed residents and an increase of 4,901 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.39 million, and the state’s 65.1 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.7 percent.In addition, the number of Indiana’s ongoing regular unemployment insurance claims is the lowest since 1976, when UI claims were first recorded.last_img read more

IMCA approves stock replacement DART cylinder heads in four divisions

first_img“As the country prepares to re-open, we simply cannot have members unable to get parts they need to complete their race cars and compete at sanctioned events,” he concluded.  The IMCA trademark is required on both EQ and DART cylinder heads. VINTON, Iowa (April 27) – IMCA officials today announced the addition of another stock replacement cylinder head available to drivers in four divisions.  The link to order is https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Dart-IMCA-Approved-Cast-Iron-Small-Block-Chevy-Cylinder-Heads,417725.html?sku=91624360-BARE The DART cylinder head will be allowed in Stock Cars utilizing the 500 carburetor option, as well as Hobby Stock and both Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod divisions. “Obviously, this is a result in part of the coronavirus pandemic, which has slowed down an already delayed supply of the EQ cylinder head. They were behind the eight ball to begin with and COVID-19 has only magnified the problem,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “IMCA has been patient, as have our member drivers, who have expressed concern over the supply of cylinder heads.”  DART cylinder head part no. 91624360-BARE with the IMCA trademark on the end cap is now available exclusively through Speedway Motors. Cost is $299.99.  After extensive research and development regarding the airflow capabilities and performance characteristics of this cylinder head, IMCA has decided to permit another stock replacement cylinder head in addition to the already approved IMCA EQ cylinder head.  “As established in our successful lawsuit against Brzezinski Racing Products, the trademark provides IMCA and our members comfort in knowing they are purchasing the correct engine component,” Root said.last_img read more

Roach, Chase shine on final day for West Indies

first_imgCHELMSFORD, England (CMC) – Kemar Roach’s impressive five-wicket haul and Roston Chase’s second half-century, highlighted the final day of West Indies’ drawn three-day first class game against English County Essex here yesterday.Right-armer Roach added two wickets to his overnight tally to end with five for 43 as Essex rallied to declare their first innings on 185 for nine at the County Ground.Paul Walter, at number seven, held the hosts’ innings together with an unbeaten 68 after it tottered at 56 for six in the morning session.Batting a second time, the Windies quickly found themselves in trouble at 30 for three after Walter struck twice with his left-arm seam to leave the innings in strife.But the right-handed Chase carved out his second half-century of the contest with an unbeaten 50 while Shai Hope struck 46, as West Indies ended on 135 for four.Walter (2-14) and 20-year-old seamer Callum Taylor (2-20) both finished with two wickets apiece.Resuming the day on 47 for four after the last two sessions of Wednesday’s second day were washed out, West Indies struck in the fifth over of the day when captain and fast bowler Jason Holder removed Taylor for 13 with the score on 52, caught low down at third third slip by Kyle Hope.Three overs later, left-hander Nick Browne followed in similar fashion, nicking Roach to Hope at third slip, after failing to add to his overnight 16 in the 24 additional deliveries faced.However, Walter and Aron Nijjar, who made 30, propped up the innings in a 50-run, seventh-wicket stand. Walter struck nine fours and a six off 139 deliveries while Nijjar counted six fours in a breezy 37-ball innings.Pacer Miguel Cummins, who ended with two for 43, broke the stand when he had Nijjar caught at slip by Kieran Powell and Roach claimed his five-wicket haul when he had Aaron Beard playing on for 10.On 138 for eight at lunch, Essex fared well afterwards as Walter and Matt Dixon put on a defiant 53 for the ninth wicket to hold up the Windies march.Walter returned to haunt the Caribbean side with the ball again, claiming Kraigg Brathwaite caught at the wicket for two in the second over before bowling Kyle Hope first ball without scoring in his next over.When Powell was taken at the wicket off Taylor for 27 off 26 balls, the Windies were slumping badly but Chase and Shai Hope put on an attractive 82 for the fourth wicket to restore order.Chase faced 80 balls and struck eight fours and a six while Hope’s innings consumed 59 deliveries and included nine fours.West Indies face Kent on Sunday in their second three-day tour match.last_img read more

Men’s golf sits at third after one round in Santa Cruz

first_imgFor the past several weeks, the men’s golf team has held the top spot in the national rankings, and the talented group will look to keep it that way. The No. 1 Trojans are competing against some of the best competition there is at the Western Intercollegiate, which began Monday at the Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, California.Through one round of the tournament, the Trojans stand in third place with a score of 4-under. Pac-12 rivals Oregon and Stanford are currently first and second with scores of -9 and -5, respectively. Oregon’s Aaron Wise is the individual leader after one round with a round score of 63 strokes; USC’s junior Rico Hoey and freshman Justin Suh are tied for the team lead with round scores of 67, followed closely by senior Andrew Levitt with a round score of 68.The Trojans began last month with two consecutive victories in the Southwestern Jones Invitational and the Southern Highlands Collegiate, led by outstanding performances by Levitt and sophomore Sean Crocker. Crocker, who finished second overall at the Southern Highlands Collegiate, earned Pac-12 Golfer of the Month honors after helping the Trojans push past two other top-20 teams in Las Vegas to win the tournament. Crocker also turned in a solid effort at the Goodwin — where the Trojans finished ninth overall — with a 2-over to finish tied for 17th in the tournament to close out the month.Crocker will have to continue to perform well for the Trojans to have a shot at winning the Western Intercollegiate, as the field is among the toughest the team has seen this year. USC is one of six top-25 teams competing in Santa Cruz; their opponents include No. 7 Arizona State, No. 9 Stanford, No. 15 Cal, No. 21 San Diego State and No. 25 Washington. Unranked Oregon, UCLA and Arizona are the Trojans’ other Pac-12 foes in the field, along with Pepperdine, the University of Texas at El Paso, Hawaii and UC Irvine.For any of the teams to win the tournament, they’ll have to tackle the challenging course at Pasatiempo, which was designed by Alister MacKenzie, the same architect who created the master-class links at Augusta National. USC has seen success at the Western Intercollegiate in the past, winning the tournament six times, but the Trojans haven’t finished first as a team since 1995. The last time a Trojan captured an individual victory was Sam Randolph’s win in 1986.“Like Augusta, the greens are a big part of the challenge at Pasatiempo,” head coach Chris Zambri said. “In addition to the greens, there are many large trees that need to be avoided.”Zambri, who is at the helm of the USC men’s team for his tenth season, has led the Trojans to a successful season thus far with a roster that features both veteran leadership and young talent. In addition to Levitt and Crocker, Zambri will also look to Hoey and sophomore Jonah Texeira to contribute in a big way to the team’s total score. On Feb. 10, Hoey was named to the Ben Hogan Award watch list for the second consecutive year; the Hogan Award is collegiate golf’s equivalent of the Heisman. Crocker’s name also appeared on the list this year for the first time.“As the season approaches the end, it is very important that everyone is playing well,” Zambri said. “We are good enough that if everyone is playing like they can play, we can compete to win every tournament we play.”The “everyone” Zambri refers to also includes Suh and Ryan Slater, each of whom has finished in the top 15 at least once this season. It’s easy to think of golf as an individual sport, but winning collegiate tournaments takes a collective effort, which the Trojans have been able to successfully put together several times this season. The team has finished in the top 10 at each of their nine tournaments this season, with their lowest finish coming in the Goodwin two weeks ago.USC will finish the month of April with the Pac-12 Championships, but the Western Intercollegiate is essentially an identical preview of the postseason tournament. The Trojans will face off against nearly all of their conference opponents in Santa Cruz, enjoy a few weeks off preparing for the postseason, and then meet up with Arizona State, Stanford and Cal, among others, once again in Salt Lake City beginning April 29.For now, the Trojans have their sights set on winning in Santa Cruz.last_img read more

Courtside: Newest proposal is the wrong answer to NFL’s diversity problem

first_imgBut if only that proposal didn’t bring about its own set of problems in addition to the ones it was meant to address. Because a system in which people of color are treated as tokens is absolutely the wrong way to go about improving diversity, and that’s exactly what the proposal would create.  He’s 100% right. He proposes players take matters into their own hands and refuse to sign with teams that don’t extend enough opportunities to people of color. Once owners feel the financial ramifications, they’ll hopefully change. Knowing the general greed of NFL owners and their valuation of money above all else, he’s probably right about that as well, though it is an unfortunate reality that money is the only way to inspire such change.  The list goes on and on. You get the point — nobody likes it. Rob Parker, a Black sports journalist for TV20 Detroit and a contributor to Fox Sports 1’s talk show “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed,” weighed in as well: “Somehow, NFL executives think it’s fair to put capable black coaches in the unenviable position of appearing as though they’re not actually qualified, but have their jobs just because of the improved pick.” The issue is that each time a person of color is hired, each time they’re given authority, the narrative surrounding the hire will be the same: “Well, are they really qualified, or do they just want a better draft pick?” Of course they’re fucking qualified. That shouldn’t even be a question. The NFL shouldn’t give anyone a reason to ask it.  The proposal comes just a few months after Goodell voiced his dissatisfaction with the NFL’s Rooney Rule during Super Bowl weekend in Miami. The rule, which requires teams to interview at least one underrepresented candidate for head coaching and football operations jobs, clearly hasn’t had its desired effect: Marginalized groups make up four of the NFL’s 32 head coaches — one of those four being Lynn — and two of 32 general managers. There are ways to go about improving the NFL’s diversity without systematically rewarding teams for taking advantage of people of color, and ideas such as Parker’s are a perfect example. The league is trying to get to the right destination, but the road there — at least the one outlined Friday — is undeniably the wrong one. Dez Bryant, a Black free agent wide receiver, retweeted a tweet from Bleacher Report announcing the proposal and remarked, “I’m going to act like I didn’t read this smh.”  On Friday, ESPN NFL reporter Jim Trotter reported that the league was proposing rule changes that would boost a team’s third-round draft pick by six or 10 points if it hired a person of color as head coach or general manager, respectively. It also provides a five-spot jump in the fourth round of the draft before that coach or general manager’s third season with the team, should they be retained that long. Parker raises another interesting issue worth considering: “It’s crazy to think that despite playing football at such a high level, making up roughly 70 percent of the players in the league, that owners would have to be enticed to want black people in their organizations.” I get what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is going for, and I believe his intentions are good.  Louis Riddick, a Black former NFL player and current on-air talent for ESPN, added his own thoughts: “If these policies are implemented, the first day I walk into the building, I know people with that organization would wonder: ‘Did he get this job because he’s the best man for the job, or did he get it at least in part because it gives us a big break in the draft?’ On the first day of the job, that team would be undermining its own hire by injecting doubt in the minds of the people who work in the building. Is that how you really want a GM to start off his career?” Hell, it might even decrease the number of people of color in prominent roles. Every owner will know that the narrative described in the former half of the previous paragraph will persist; they’ll know that hiring a person of color will lead plenty of fans to scrutinize the organization for using a person of color as a mere tool for obtaining a better pick. Even if that’s never the case, teams won’t want that perception to exist in the first place. So, they may avoid it altogether. While diversity is something that the league and its respective teams should value, it’s not something that should be achieved through incentives. In fact, that runs counter to the very point of diversity in the first place. Hires will no longer be about increasing African American representation in positions of power; they will be about generating the false notion that the league and owners value diversity when, in reality, there are tangible rewards to be reaped off the backs of the marginalized people in these leadership positions. People of color will inevitably be seen as simple figureheads exploited by teams to boost their chances at a sought-after prospect in the upcoming draft, rather than someone qualified for doing the job well. Lynn’s opposition of the proposal hardly scratches the surface of the near-universal disapproval from Black people both inside and outside the league.  Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn summed it up nicely Friday: “I think sometimes you can do the wrong thing while trying to do the right thing.” Goodell knows this is a problem — especially in a league that comprises more than 70% Black players — and at least his new proposal, an addition to the Rooney Rule, seems to acknowledge that the original version isn’t the answer.  The tangible effects of the rule change will admittedly be minimal. Teams won’t all of a sudden put someone in prominent organizational roles with tons of power just to improve their mid-draft position by a few slots in hopes of landing their preferred backup quarterback if they feel that a particular coaching candidate isn’t right for the job. But that’s not the issue.  Nathan Ackerman is a rising junior writing about sports and sociopolitics. He is also a managing editor of Summer Trojan. His column, “Courtside,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

Gabriela Knutson’s career ends with 1st round loss in NCAA Individual Championships

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Gabriela Knutson took 15 measured steps to the net where Stacey Fung was already waiting. Syracuse’s only NCAA singles tournament participant shook hands with Fung, bypassed the chair umpire and high-fived Shelley George softly — all for the last time. Syracuse’s stalwart for the last four years was eliminated. An unseeded Fung dominated Knutson from start to finish, cruising to a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship on Monday morning. Knutson lost her final four career matches, all in straight sets. She finished the year 16-11 in singles overall, the second fewest number of wins in her four years at SU.There were flashes throughout the first set of what the Czech senior has done all season at the first singles spot for Syracuse. Her flat groundstrokes matched with a deft touch at the net propelled her to as high as No. 13 in the ITA rankings. She had numerous ranked wins this year, including two against top-five opponents. Her backhand power was unmatched on Monday by Fung, and her forehands kept the Washington senior moving laterally until she no longer could chase down each ball.All too often, those moments were accompanied by unforced errors preventing Knutson from developing a steady rhythm. Her return game struggled as she sent forehand after forehand careening into the net, passed the baseline, or wide of the singles line. With Fung serving for the match, Knutson gifted three unforced errors for three match points. In all three rallies, Knutson was the aggressor and in control. But at crucial moments, like on a backhand approach shot, she couldn’t convert.Her body language, normally fiery, was muted. After a backhand winner, a loud “Come on” carried across the six courts at the USTA National Campus. It had come from two courts beside where Knutson was playing. Even after a forehand winner, Knutson gestured with her arms in front of her, speaking to herself instead of celebrating the point.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe final rally lasted just three shots. Knutson sent another forehand into the net, and in just over an hour, Fung ended the career of Syracuse’s first singles All-American since 1995. Knutson packed her bags and slung it over her right shoulder as she followed Fung off the court. Comments Published on May 20, 2019 at 12:36 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more

Juve snatch Serie A lead from Napoli with dramatic win

first_imgSubstitute Simone Zaza scored a dramatic goal two minutes from time to give Juventus a 1-0 win over Napoli on Saturday as they snatched the Serie A lead from their opponents with a 15th league win in a row.The game, which began with Napoli two points ahead of Juve, appeared to be petering out into a goalless draw when the shaven-headed Zaza found space on the edge of the area, burst forward and fired a left-foot shot past Pepe Reina.Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci was also at the centre of the action after he collided with team mate Sami Khedira early on, made a crucial interception to prevent an almost certain Napoli goal and went off injured after halftime.Napoli had won their last eight games and boasted the league’s most prolific attack with 53 goals but veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon barely had a save to make as Juve’s defence, the stingiest in the championship, prevailed.Juan Cuadrado tested Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina for the first time after 13 minutes with a long-range shot and Paul Pogba curled a free kick narrowly wide from nearly 30 metres. A Napoli goal looked on the cards when Elseid Hysaj’s cross appeared to be heading straight for Higuain, unmarked in front of goal, but Bonucci came from nowhere to stick out his leg and deflect the ball out for a corner.A moment of brilliance from Pogba nearly unlocked the Napoli defence on the hour as he controlled the ball on his chest and slipped the ball inside to Dybala, whose shot flashed over the crossbar.An anti-climatic stalemate appeared likely until Zaza, heavily criticised for recent performances, produced his moment on inspiration.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Surgeon says Neymar’s recovery is ‘going well’

first_imgNeymarParis, France | AFP | Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said on Tuesday that Neymar’s recovery from foot surgery “is going well”, as the star forward bids to be fit for the World Cup in Russia.Lasmar, who operated on Neymar on March 3, said he speaks “two or three time a day” with the physiotherapists working with the Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain player.“For now, everything is going well, they tell me every detail of Neymar’s recovery,” Lasmar told French sports daily L’Equipe.“They are working hard and in a very professional way so that he can return as quickly as possible and, above all, so there won’t be any further problems for his foot or posture.”He added that he planned to reassess the injury in mid-April. Neymar, who missed Brazil’s 7-1 semi-final thrashing on home soil by Germany through injury four years ago, is key to his country’s hopes at this year’s World Cup, which starts on June 14.At the time of the operation, Lasmar said Neymar would be out for between “two-and-a-half to three months”.The 26-year-old, who joined PSG for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) from Barcelona last year, suffered a fractured bone in his right foot last month in a match against Marseille.Record five-time winners Brazil open their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in Rostov on June 17, ahead of further Group D matches with Costa Rica and Serbia.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more