Criticism of Trump is completely valid

first_imgRe Jan. 19 letter, “Criticism of Trump is off base, unfair”: Liberals do get it, but we can see by who you voted for that you don’t. Trump’s straight talk, as you call it, is gibberish. Sadly and more importantly, it’s very dangerous, Trump is the new Comedy Central. Get a grip. Or better yet, move down to D.C. and help your guy, who is failing on all fronts. It seems you forgot the disaster of an economy President George W. Bush and lying Vice President Dick Cheney handed to President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009. Americans with brains didn’t. That why President Obama was re-elected by more then 50 percent, and that percentage has not happened since Reagan.You also seem to have forgotten the saved economy Obama handed to the Mr. “I-haven’t-done-a-thing-but-tweet,” you elected on Nov. 8, 2016. Hillary Clinton was the smartest, most experienced person this country has had in our modern era to run for president. You said it well. Yes, we the people are fed up — with Trump.Diane Sanders HombachSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Offices: Laudable Leeds

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Governor Wolf Announces Start of $49 Million Pittsburgh Area Lead Line Replacement Project

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) completed settlement today on a $49 million construction project to replace drinking water lead service lines in the distribution systems of the Morningside, Homewood, Perry, Mount Washington, Southside and Greenfield neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh.“We are pleased to be able to help the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority proceed with this important project,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “By helping the authority rebuild its water system with innovative financing, we are keeping our citizens healthy, supporting viable communities, and restoring and protecting the quality of life that will sustain Pennsylvania for future generations.”The PENNVEST Board of Directors unanimously approved funding for this project October 17, 2018. Funding is in the form of a $35.4 million low-interest 1 percent loan and a $13.6 million principal forgiveness loan. The money used for this project is from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund, capitalized through the Environmental Protection Agency.“We’re extremely grateful for the support from the PENNVEST Board, Governor Wolf, DEP, our local legislative delegation, and Mayor William Peduto that helped make this award a reality,” said PWSA Executive Director Robert Weimar. “The combination of PENNVEST grants and low-interest loans will reduce the burden placed on our ratepayers to fund this critical public health initiative in Pittsburgh.”Work includes replacement of 2,800 residential public lead lateral connections, including 2,400 private lead service lines (LSL) in the city. Private portions of LSL replacement will remain under PWSA control for the life of PENNVEST financing, through a customer agreement. Full line replacement is being done to protect customers from increased lead levels associated with partial line replacement. Costs are based upon bids received.For more information, visit or call 717-783-6798. Governor Wolf Announces Start of $49 Million Pittsburgh Area Lead Line Replacement Project March 08, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal 4 January 2019Family First Comment: “The number of Americans who use cannabis heavily is soaring. In 2006, about 3 million Americans reported using the drug at least 300 times a year, the standard for daily use. By 2017, that number had increased to 8 million.”And the link to violence including family violence should cause NZ to pause and think.www.VoteNo.nzAs legalization spreads, more Americans are becoming heavy users of cannabis, despite its links to violence and mental illnessOver the past 30 years, a shrewd and expensive lobbying campaign has made Americans more tolerant of marijuana. In November 2018, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational cannabis use; New Jersey and others may soon follow. Already, more than 200 million Americans live in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. Yet even as marijuana use has become more socially acceptable, psychiatrists and epidemiologists have reached a consensus that it presents more serious risks than most people realize.Contrary to the predictions of both advocates and opponents, legalization hasn’t led to a huge increase in people using the drug casually. About 15% of Americans used cannabis at least once in 2017, up from 10% in 2006, according to the federal government’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. By contrast, almost 70% of Americans had an alcoholic drink in the past year.But the number of Americans who use cannabis heavily is soaring. In 2006, about 3 million Americans reported using the drug at least 300 times a year, the standard for daily use. By 2017, that number had increased to 8 million—approaching the 12 million Americans who drank every day. Put another way, only one in 15 drinkers consumed alcohol daily; about one in five marijuana users used cannabis that often.And they are consuming cannabis that is far more potent than ever before, as measured by the amount of THC it contains. THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for the drug’s psychoactive effects. In the 1970s, most marijuana contained less than 2% THC. Today, marijuana routinely contains 20-25% THC, thanks to sophisticated farming and cloning techniques and to the demand of users to get a stronger high more quickly. In states where cannabis is legal, many users prefer extracts that are nearly pure THC.Cannabis advocates often argue that the drug can’t be as neurotoxic as studies suggest because otherwise Western countries would have seen population-wide increases in psychosis alongside rising marijuana use. In reality, accurately tracking psychosis cases is impossible in the U.S. The government carefully tracks diseases such as cancer with central registries, but no such system exists for schizophrenia or other severe mental illnesses.Some population-level data does exist, though. Research from Finland and Denmark, two countries that track mental illness more accurately, shows a significant increase in psychosis since 2000, following an increase in cannabis use. And last September, a large survey found a rise in serious mental illness in the U.S. too. In 2017, 7.5% of young adults met the criteria for serious mental illness, double the rate in 2008.None of these studies prove that rising cannabis use has caused population-wide increases in psychosis or other mental illness, although they do offer suggestive evidence of a link. What is clear is that, in individual cases, marijuana can cause psychosis, and psychosis is a high risk factor for violence. What’s more, much of that violence occurs when psychotic people are using drugs. As long as people with schizophrenia are avoiding recreational drugs, they are only moderately more likely to become violent than healthy people. But when they use drugs, their risk of violence skyrockets. The drug they are most likely to use is cannabis.The most obvious way that cannabis fuels violence in psychotic people is through its tendency to cause paranoia. Even marijuana advocates acknowledge that the drug can cause paranoia; the risk is so obvious that users joke about it, and dispensaries advertise certain strains as less likely to do so. But for people with psychotic disorders, paranoia can fuel extreme violence. A 2007 paper in the Medical Journal of Australia looked at 88 defendants who had committed homicide during psychotic episodes. It found that most of the killers believed they were in danger from the victim, and almost two-thirds reported misusing cannabis—more than alcohol and amphetamines combined.The link between marijuana and violence doesn’t appear limited to people with pre-existing psychosis. Researchers have studied alcohol and violence for generations, proving that alcohol is a risk factor for domestic abuse, assault and even murder. Far less work has been done on marijuana, in part because advocates have stigmatized anyone who raises the issue. Still, there are studies showing that marijuana use is a significant risk factor for violence.A 2012 paper in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, examining a federal survey of more than 9,000 adolescents, found that marijuana use was associated with a doubling of domestic violence in the U.S. A 2017 paper in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, examining drivers of violence among 6,000 British and Chinese men, found that drug use was linked to a fivefold increase in violence, and the drug used was nearly always cannabis.Before states legalized recreational cannabis, advocates predicted that legalization would let police focus on hardened criminals rather than on marijuana smokers and thus reduce violent crime. Some advocates even claim that legalization has reduced violent crime: In a 2017 speech calling for federal legalization, Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said that “these states are seeing decreases in violent crime.”But Mr. Booker is wrong. The first four states to legalize marijuana for recreational use were Colorado and Washington in 2014 and Alaska and Oregon in 2015. Combined, those four states had about 450 murders and 30,300 aggravated assaults in 2013. In 2017, they had almost 620 murders and 38,000 aggravated assaults—an increase far greater than the national average.Knowing exactly how much of that increase is related to cannabis is impossible without researching every crime. But for centuries, people all over the world have understood that cannabis causes mental illness and violence—just as they’ve known that opiates cause addiction and overdose. Hard data on the relationship between marijuana and madness dates back 150 years, to British asylum registers in India.Yet 20 years ago, the U.S. moved to encourage wider use of cannabis and opiates. In both cases, we decided we could outsmart these drugs—enjoying their benefits without their costs. And in both cases, we were wrong. Opiates are riskier than cannabis, and the overdose deaths they cause are a more imminent crisis, so public and government attention have focused on them. Soon, the mental illness and violence that follow cannabis use also may be too widespread to ignore. —Mr. Berenson is a former New York Times reporter and the author of 12 novels. This essay is adapted from his new book, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence,” which will be published by Free Press on Jan. 8. read more

2012 Calypso finalist to challenge non-finalist at this year’s Testing the Best Competition

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share 2011 new comer Black DiamondThe annual Testing the Best Calypso competition, now in its 5th year has taken on a new format as the 2012 Calypso finalists will challenge the non-finalist.The show which is organized by the Marriage Engaged Encounter of the Catholic Church pairs calypso singers who must sing each other’s song.The Calypsonian who performs their colleague’s song the best is adjudged the winner.For the last four years, the Calypsonians were given the opportunity to dip and sing whichever Calypsonian’s name they received. However, this year that format has been abandoned as the organizers announced a new format at the launching on Thursday evening.One of the organizers, Alvin Knight told the launching that they are presenting a different show dubbed “Challenging the Best”.“Five of the 2012 Calypso non finalists;, those who thought that they should have made it to the finals will be challenging five of those who actually made it to the finals. It’s going to be a tag team between finalists and non-finalists and in the middle of that refereeing the tag team showdown will be the powerful Young Bull”.2011 Calypso Monarch Tasha PThe non-finalists who have agreed to participate in this year’s event are Beno, Comforter, Lugars, Hunter and Black Diamond.Those finalists who have agreed to participate are Web, Tasha P, Explosion, Checko and Karessah.Hunter will sing Explosion’s song, Beno will sing Tasha P’s song, two 2011 new comers Black Diamond and Checko will face each other, Comforter will sing Karessah’s and Mighty Lougars will Web’s song.This year the finalists from the Show Down Mas Camp; Dice, Soul Puss, Vigilante, Sye and Bobb they will not take part in the competition.Dominica Vibes News will seek clarification from the Show Down Mas Camp organizers as to the reason for this decision.The event scheduled for the 2nd of June at the Newtown Savannah.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 28 Views   no discussions LocalNews 2012 Calypso finalist to challenge non-finalist at this year’s Testing the Best Competition by: – April 20, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Arsenal midfielder nears Serie A return

first_imgArsenal are close to letting Lucas Torreira leave London for Fiorentina — but only once a pending loan move for Dani Ceballos is confirmed. The Sun believes that Ceballos is close to sealing a second loan spell from Real Madrid and, should the deal go through as expected, Torreira will then return to Serie A for between £21m-£24m. Torreira struggled to cement a starting place in Mikel Arteta’s side last season, as the Uruguayan made just 17 starts.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The Worldcenter_img Read Also: Juventus trying to skip passport saga with SuarezArteta is keen to raise some cash in an effort to continue to rebuild his Gunners side ahead of the new season, with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partay and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar at the top of his wishlist. Fiorentina are willing to pay £8m for the 24-year-old this season, with the option of a further £16m next summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Man City top players test positive for coronavirus

first_imgManchester City have confirmed that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for coronavirus.Both players will now undergo a period of self-isolation and the club confirmed that neither player is showing any symptoms of the virus. Laporte has reassured fans of his health, tweeting alongside a selfie: “Thanks everyone for your messages, everything is going as well as possible, I am following the protocol for the next few days and I will be back soon take care of yourself.”Though the Premier League returns this Saturday, Pep Guardiola’s side do not play their first game until September 21 when they travel to Molineux to face Wolves, due to their involvement in the latter stages of the Champions League in August.However, City sources have told The Telegraph that they expect the pair to be back in advance of the match against Wolves.The positive tests will be of concern to the Premier League generally though, with the new season starting in five days.City said in a statement: “Manchester City FC can confirm that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for Covid-19. “Both players are currently observing a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine. Neither is displaying symptoms of the virus.“Everyone at the Club wishes Riyad and Aymeric a speedy recovery ahead of their return to training and the new season.”Mahrez, 29, and Laporte, 26, are not the first professional footballers to test positive for the virus in recent weeks.PSG star Neymar last week contracted COVID-19 after a holiday in Ibiza, as did team-mates Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes.Manchester United star Paul Pogba tested positive for coronavirus alongside Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, while meeting up for international duty with France. Chelsea were also rocked by a host of their stars contracting the virus two weeks ago, with six players testing positive.Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori were placed into isolation after a break to Mykynos in Greece.Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Emerson and Michy Batshuayi have also stayed away from Chelsea’s Cobham training base, although it is not known which six players tested positive.Elsewhere in the Premier League, Wolves winger Adama Traore tested positive ahead of joining up with his Spanish international team-mates last Tuesday.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians A total of 14 positive tests were recorded from the 12 Premier League clubs who returned to training ahead of the new season three weeks ago.Tags: Aymeric LaporteCOVID-19Manchester CityPositive TestRiyad Mahrezlast_img read more

Trump Retweets Conspiracy Theory About Epstein’s Death

first_imgPresident Trump retweeted a theory over the weekend from comedian Terrence K. Williams regarding the death of Jeffrey Epstein.According to federal officials, Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death. He had been on suicide watch last month, but was later taken off, a person familiar with the matter reports.A Clinton spokesman responded on Twitter to Trump’s retweet: “Ridiculous, and of course not true – and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?” The 25th Amendment spells out a process for the president’s Cabinet to remove him from office.White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Trump “just wants everything to be investigated.”She also criticized people who she says are “trying to connect the president to this monster from years ago where they are seen dancing in the video,” in reference to an NBC News video of Trump and Epstein attending a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Palm Beach in 1992. Conway adds that those individuals “were actively, I suppose, flying around with this monster on his island…Perhaps there’s a public interest in knowing more about that.”Democratic Senator and Presidential Candidate Cory Booker, of New Jersey, says Trump is “using the same tactics and languages of the Russians, if you look at the intelligence reports about how they’re coming at our democracy.” Booker calls Trump’s actions “dangerous” and says the President has “been using the Clintons as a means for a lot of his false accusations.”last_img read more

Ellsworth High School to sponsor track, soccer, football camps

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School will sponsor track and field, soccer and football camps throughout July and August.Track and field camps will be held via event over the course of July. Camps for high jump, long jump and triple jump will be held July 10-14, hurdles and sprints July 17-21 and throwing, vault, discus and javelin July 24-28.All track and field camps are for students entering grades 5-12 and run from 4-7 p.m. on their respective dates. For more information, contact There will be a $45 fee for all participants.Bootin’ Eagle soccer camp will be held three separate weeks for different age groups. For older students, grades 7-12 will hold camp the week of July 24, and grades 4-6 will hold camp the week of July 31. K-3 camp is the week of Aug. 14. For more information, contact Brian Higgins via phone at 479-5116 or via email at is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFootball camp will be held for students in grades 3-8 from 5:45-7:15 p.m. Aug. 9. Registration for the 2017 season will follow. For more information, contact Duane Crawford via email at read more

National Rugby League agrees player’s pay-cut in Australia

first_imgMELBOURNE: Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL), which currently stands suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic, announced on Tuesday that the players have agreed to 20 per cent pay-cuts for the abridged 2020 season.”The NRL’s new biosecurity measures, and how clubs enforce them, will go under the microscope on Wednesday with the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) confirming players will accept a 20 per cent pay cut and return to training,” NRL said in a statement. Players will be guaranteed 80 per cent of their salary in the 20-round season, which was reduced from 25 rounds due to the impact of the coronavirus. The NRL also said it is “full steam ahead” for its May 28 restart now. “It is full steam ahead for the resumption of the competition on May 28,” Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter V’landys.”All eyes will be on the NRL as the only live sport on television. There will never have been more interest in rugby league than on May 28.” The RLPA said players are “working through individual circumstances of players” in regards to living and personal arrangements ahead of Wednesday’s return to training duties. IANS Read more: Australia cricketer Marnus Labuschagne expresses desire to play T20IsAlso watch: Rupam Goswami in an exclusive conversation with Oineetom Ojah only on Sentinel Assamlast_img read more