Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Aug. 21

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump’s logic fails to address problemsTrump tags people he opposes with an adjective prefix added to their name. How about one for him?His rationalizations for gun violence are: ”Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” And now: “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.” Logic is beyond him, since without the gun, there would be no killing using guns.This faulty reasoning, always put forth by officers of the NRA, causes him not to push to expand the use of background checks and ban assault rifles. Mental illness is a problem. Sixty percent of deaths by guns are suicides. But tracking the mental state of owners of 393 million guns is impossible. The only solution is to drastically reduce the number of guns.Guns are killing people every day. A young boy in New York City, an excellent student, while playing basketball was shot and killed by two other youngsters who were nearby playing with guns. Where are the laws and regulations that would have prevented this? Isn’t Trump’s lack of leadership partially at fault for this and other recent killings?Trump trumpets racial bias, which emboldens white supremacists to shoot and kill as many people of color as possible aided by the use of assault rifles.The destruction and loss of life caused by climate change isn’t admissible by him. He continues to reduce power plant and automobile emission requirements. This will result in thousands of more deaths caused by air pollution.How should we tag him?Dale M. BrownNiskayunaFor humanity’s sake, end detention campsWhile my private summertime is filled with pleasant activities, I have been plagued by the images of immigrant children detained in crowded cages and facilities with inadequate medical care, insufficient food, and squalid sanitary condition, with no towels and toothbrushes or clean clothes.This is not fake news but documented by the United States Government Office of Inspector General after inspecting several Department of Homeland Security detention centers.These reports have been collaborated by doctors, legislators and journalists, and pictures do not lie.Further, mental health officials, and doctors have documented that such experiences for children will result in “lifetime trauma, and disturbed development.”While former administrations have detained and deported immigrants, the Trump administration has added scapegoating, racism and hatred, whipping up irrational anger and hostility toward immigrants. As history has taught us, scapegoating a specific group, usually a minority, is dangerous with ugly and  disastrous results.Let us not forget the lynching of innocent black people and Jim Crow, the detention of Japanese Americans during World War II, the Holocaust slaughtering of 6 million Jews or the massacre of Tutsis in Rwanda, to name just a few horrors of history.To mistreat any minority group,  whether it be people of color, immigrants or Muslims, is dangerous and not compatible with a nation of diversity and democracy. The vilification of any group of people is a denial of their humanity and becomes a rationalization for mistreatment. To deny a human being’s humanity is to deny your own humanity.Close the detention encampments now.Mabel LeonSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: 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 motoristslast_img read more

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Ohioans win national pork industry scholarships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Pork Checkoff has awarded 20 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry’s future human capital. A National Pork Board committee judged the pool of 48 applicants based on scholastic merit, leadership activities, involvement in the pork production industry and the applicants’ plans for a career in pork production. Ohio has four 2019 scholarship recipients.“The Pork Checkoff is proud to support these young people who are showing a real interest in the pork industry as a career choice,” said Steve Rommereim, president of the National Pork Board and a producer from Alcester, South Dakota. “As our industry continues to evolve, we know we will need more qualified young people to take on the various roles in the pork chain. We must support this effort to help ensure the next generation of talent for our dynamic industry.”The 20 student recipients hail from 10 states and 11 universities across the U.S. The 2019 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients from Ohio are: Lucas Buehler, Botkins, Ohio State University; Owen Michael, Sidney, Kansas State University; Mikayla Shanks, McClure, Ohio State University; and Ariel Taylor, Medina, Ohio State University. Each of the Ohio students plans on majoring in animal science.“Recruiting the next generation of thought leaders and decision makers for the swine industry is critical to making continual improvement in how we raise pigs” said Chris Hostetler, Director of Animal Science for the National Pork Board. “The Pork Industry Scholarship program supports students that have made a commitment to the swine industry to pursue advanced degrees in areas of study directly related to pork production.”The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotionand consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management.For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or go to at www.pork.org.last_img read more

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WatchKnow Brings Educational Vids (Plus Games & More) for Kids

first_imgFrom one of the creators of Wikipedia comes a new resource for students and educators: A web-based directory of videos designed to be searchable, reliable, and conductive to better learning for all.According to executive director Larry Sanger‘s blog, WatchKnow is “deliberately flying under the radar now, because we want to make a big first impression — launch should be early this fall… I don’t know if it will be ‘the next big thing.’ Considering how everybody’s trying to make the next big thing, it seems unlikely. But I do hope it will be really useful to school kids, teachers, and parents.”The discovery process for finding truly useful, age-appropriate, and on-topic educational videos online can be time-consuming and painful. WatchNow’s index is organized by topic and searchable, making discovery lightning fast and one-click simple. Although still “very beta,” as we like to say of newer apps with great concepts but under-construction back ends, the site offers a world of potential for tutors, lesson-planning teachers, parents, and students alike.The site focuses on aggregating and organizing rather than hosting videos. The stated goals include providing instant tutoring for students and fresh material for teachers. As the site states, Like it or not, school children in developed countries get a lot of their information from video and also from the Internet. You can complain, or you can deliver knowledge to where they spend their time.” We wholeheartedly agree.Searches on the site yield specific videos as well as topic categories, when applicable. Searches can also be run and results returned for YouTube and other video sites. jolie odell A toolbar feature allows users to add videos instantly from other video sites, YouTube in particular. The site also states, “It will also be possible to drag and drop videos into the Directory, making categorization as easy as possible. We think that the addition of these two tools will make WatchKnow unusually easy to edit.”Other types of media the site will collect include Flash animations, games, slide shows, and other software.We would love to see the site implement recommendations for further reading and watching, and the UI definitely needs work. But the site is young, and being a collaborative, open project, we’re sure that beta testers and other participants will help make the prodcut top-notch by the official launch date. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Video Tutorial: Wave Patterns in After Effects

first_img8Animate the offset from 100 to – 100 over the course of 10 seconds. 7Set the scale to 99. 2Create a new shape layer. Draw out an “S” curve with the pen tool with no fill. Add a linear gradient to the stroke. 1Create a new composition. Create a light grey layer. Create awesome wave patterns using this simple After Effects technique.In this Premiumbeat exclusive tutorial, you’ll learn how create a “stencil-like” wave pattern in After Effects. This tutorial is a great alternative to buying expensive pattern creating plug-ins. The tutorial covers complex shape techniques including:Linear gradient strokesUtilizing patterns create depthUsing a shape layer with a repeaterPrefer reading to watching? Check out the full step-by-step tutorial below.Tutorials such as this one demonstrate a technique that can be applied to a wide array of projects. If you have a unique way of utilizing these techniques please share in the comments below!Click any image for larger view. 4Add a repeater and set the copies to 100. 9Animate the position from 8 to 12 on the x and y axis. 11Animate scale from 101 to 99.center_img 3Set opacity in the middle to be 100% opacity and the sides to 0%. 12Animate the path from an “s”curve to a more simple curve. 10Animate rotation from 1 to 3. 5Adjust the repeater to offset position by 10 pixels on the x and y axis. 6Add a rotation of 2 degrees. 13Fine-tune.last_img read more

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Perkins leads NLEX-SCTEX team in Merlion Cup

first_imgView comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters PBA draft entrant Jason Perkins headlines the roster as he will be backstopped by veterans Pamboy Raymundo and Oping Sumalinog in the seven-team tournament set from September 20 to 24 at OCBC Arena in Singapore.Road Warriors assistant coach Jojo Lastimosa will call the shots for the Philippine team in the invitational.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlso joining NLEX-SCTEX are Cignal’s Jaypee Belencion, Byron Villarias, Alfred Batino, Andreas Cahilig, and Harold Arboleda, as well as former SCTEX players AJ Vitug and Mark Pangilinan from the defunct PCBL.Beefing up the roster will be Maurice Shaw, a 32-year-old big man who is currently suiting up in the Thailand Basketball Super League. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img “These players are part of the NLEX-SCTEX family that will be ready when called up. We are proud to represent the country and the company,” NLEX-SCTEX team manager Borgie Hermida said. NLEX-SCTEX will face stiff competition in the tournament as it will take on 2016 champion Shanghai Sharks of China, hosts Singapore Slingers, Satria Muda Pertamina of Indonesia, Yulon Luxgen Dinos of Taiwan, Jeonju KCC Egis of the Korean Basketball League, and Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League.Last year, star guard Jimmer Fredette towed the Sharks to the title as they beat the Kiefer Ravela-led Mighty Sports-Philippines in the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter winning back-to-back titles in the recently-concluded 2017 PBA D-League season, the core of the Cignal HD looks to make one more run for the crown.Playing under the banner of NLEX-SCTEX, the Hawkeyes will represent the Philippines in the 2017 Merlion Cup in Singapore later this month.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Gilas, Blatche’s China club set for collision course in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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Modi reminds of the past, talks of the future in Rajya Sabha

first_imgHighlights of PM Narendra Modi’s speech in Rajya SabhaPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that cooperative federalism was the way forward to ensure development of the country.PM Narendra ModiSpeaking in the Upper House for the first time, Modi was replying to the debate on the President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to both Houses of Parliament in a joint sitting.At the outset of his speech, Modi set out to demolish questions being raised by the BJP’s rivals. “Questions are being raised how will you do, when will it happen. This is due to the pessimism that has set in the country, but optimism will set in soon,” he assured the House.-Pointing to his victory in the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha, Modi said the mandate of stability is not an ordinary decision by the nation and its people.-Both victory and loss teach you,one must learn from both: PM Narendra Modi -Very soon this season of gloom will descend: PM Narendra Modi-Lessons are learnt in both victory and defeat.-We have to go above mere victory and defeat to take lessons.-Acharya Vinobha Bhave message is important today.-Repeating what was said in the past is futile. Planning for the future is essential.-The West coast and its states are developing fast, the East and itsstates are underdeveloped. Do we want a Mother India whose one hand isweak and the other strong. We need to work toward the development of the eastern states. Development should be inclusive and all-assimilated. We cannot leave the Northeast ignored.advertisement-All colleges go on trips.College tours, at least each college should do a tour of a northeastonce in a while to encourage ecotourism of Northeast. Northeast chiefministers were called by Manmohan Singh. It is not an India of one ortwo, it is ONE India. We need to speak the language of unity. If someone is two in one, it is shortsightedness.-Coastal states development is key to international trade. Our coastal area can be a channel for global trade. In the president’s speech this was mentioned. They need to collaborate with each other. We geopolitically empowered to become a superpower through coastal trade. We can make the model for coastal states in consultation with them.-The Maoist inflicted, landlocked states can be also consulted in the same way for development. In Delhi, to get political mileage we make so many plans, which creates a tension-filled environment. This is regressive.-Our agro-climate zone, each state is mapped according to agriculture zones for different crops. We cannot run this country from Delhi itself, but addressing these zones according to their nature.-Swaraj is precious. I do not have the opinion that the previous government did nothing. We have to overcome the shortcomings if anything was left incomplete. -Good governance. Can we say that a poor person is being heard today? We need Swarajya. We need the governance disease-free, not like diabetes that destroys the whole body.-Our tourism industry is hampered by news of rapes. We cannot do politics over rape, Maoism, crime and murder. There’s no compromise over this. We will work together to remove these ills. Can’t we go beyond politics over these issues?-We should think on how to eradicate corruption. Among the plans to do this, we need to give all equal right to ask question on State policies. Technology is a great tool to remove corruption. A person can track his file online. CCTV cameras are keeping people in check. E-tendering is there, but need to diversify it. The application of CCTV camera to the railways. Heavy punishment for the corrupt will also help.last_img read more

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Shoulder CT scan

first_imgDefinitionA computed tomography (CT) scan of the shoulder is an imaging method that uses x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of the shoulder.Alternative NamesCAT scan – shoulder; Computed axial tomography scan – shoulder; Computed tomography scan – shoulder; CT scan – shoulderHow the test is performedYou will be asked to lie on a narrow table that slides into the center of the CT scanner.Once you are inside the scanner, the machines x-ray beam rotates around you. (Modern “spiral” scanners can perform the exam without stopping.)A computer creates separate images of the shoulder area, called slices. These images can be stored, viewed on a monitor, or printed on film. Three-dimensional models of the shoulder area can be created by adding the slices together.You must be still during the exam, because movement causes blurred images. You may be told to hold your breath for short periods of time.The scan should take only 10-15 minutes.How to prepare for the testCertain exams require a special dye, called contrast, to be delivered into the body before the test starts. Contrast helps certain areas show up better on the x-rays.Contrast can be given through a vein (IV) in your hand or forearm. If contrast is used, you may also be asked not to eat or drink anything for 4-6 hours before the test.Let your doctor know if you have ever had a reaction to contrast. You may need to take medications before the test in order to safely receive this substance.Before receiving the contrast, tell your health care provider if you take the diabetes medication metformin (Glucophage) because you may need to take extra precautions.If you weigh more than 300 pounds, find out if the CT machine has a weight limit. Too much weight can cause damage to the scanners working parts.advertisementYou will be asked to remove jewelry and wear a hospital gown during the study.How the test will feelSome people may have discomfort from lying on the hard table.Contrast given through an IV may cause a slight burning sensation, a metallic taste in the mouth, and a warm flushing of the body. These sensations are normal and usually go away within a few seconds.Why the test is performedCT rapidly creates detailed pictures of the shoulder. The test may help diagnose or detect:A dislocation, fracture, or other shoulder injuryEvaluate the soft tissue such as rotator cuff tendonsAbscess or infectionThe cause of pain or other problems in the shoulder joint when MRI cannot be doneMasses and tumors, including cancerThis test may also help guide a surgeon to the right area during a biopsy in the shoulder area.Normal ValuesResults are considered normal if the shoulder being examined is normal in appearance.What abnormal results meanAbnormal results may be due to:Abscess (collection of pus)Bone tumors or cancerDislocated shoulderShoulder fractureWhat the risks areRisks of CT scans include:Being exposed to radiationAllergic reaction to contrast dyeCT scans do expose you to more radiation than regular x-rays. Having many x-rays or CT scans over time may increase your risk for cancer. However, the risk from any one scan is small. You and your doctor should weigh this risk against the benefits of getting a correct diagnosis for a medical problem.Some people have allergies to contrast dye. Let your doctor know if you have ever had an allergic reaction to injected contrast dye.The most common type of contrast given into a vein contains iodine. If a person with an iodine allergy is given this type of contrast, nausea or vomiting, sneezing, itching, or hives may occur.If you absolutely must be given such contrast, your doctor may give you antihistamines (such as Benadryl) or steroids before the test.The kidneys help remove iodine out of the body. Those with kidney disease or diabetes may need to receive extra fluids after the test to help flush the iodine out of the body.Rarely, the dye may cause a life-threatening allergic response called anaphylaxis. If you have any trouble breathing during the test, you should notify the scanner operator immediately. Scanners come with an intercom and speakers, so the operator can hear you at all times.ReferencesDeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez?s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 17.Perez EA. Fractures of the Shoulder, Arm, and Forearm. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, Pa:Mosby Elsevier;2012:chap 57. advertisementGrainger RG, Thomsen HS, Morcos SK, Koh DM, Roditi G. Intravascular contrast media for radiology, CT, and MRI. In: Adam A, Dixon AK, eds. Grainger & Allisons Diagnostic Radiology: A Textbook of Medical Imaging. 5th ed. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 2008:chap 2.Shaw AS, Dixon AK. Multidetector computed tomography. In: Adam A, Dixon AK, eds. Grainger & Allisons Diagnostic Radiology: A Textbook of Medical Imaging. 5th ed. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 2008:chap 4.Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

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