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Editorial: Be thankful for those who give of themselves for others

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionOn this day of Thanksgiving, many face challenges, meager challenges and challenges so monumental that others among us can’t begin to comprehend how they get by.It’s so hard to be thankful sometimes when it seems the world just keeps pouring it on.But our area is full of people who truly care about others and who sacrifice a bit of themselves to help others in need.Today, for example, there are hundreds of people right in our area who are serving Thanksgiving meals to people in need or people who just need the company. These meals don’t happen on a whim. They take months of planning and organizing and solicitation of volunteers. Someone stood in a hot kitchen and precooked all those turkeys and mashed potatoes and vegetables and pies. They took time out of their evenings and weekends. Other individuals and companies donated the food for the meals, the plates and utensils, the kitchen facilities and the places to hold the meals. Others donated cash to help pay for it.Parents brought their children to help, both to impart on them the joy of giving and to remind them how blessed they are compared to others. Many are taking this Thanksgiving morning to deliver those meals to those who can’t leave their homes, leaving their warm homes for cold cars packed with packages of food.All this giving for just one event.It’s flat-out amazing when you think about what people do around here to help others and to serve their community throughout the year.During the natural disasters in Texas, Florida and the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had people who actually took time off from their jobs and away from their families, got on a plane and went there, helping feed people or provide medical care or assist with the cleanup. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census We have people serving on community boards and school boards and in charitable organizations and hospitals and senior centers and church groups for no pay, no recognition. They probably even have to put up with some grief from people. The jobs are hard, and we know what a sacrifice it can be to serve. The most gratifying high notes in our communities are those involving the acts of young people.College students venture out to help their adopted hometowns, doing everything from organizing and staffing blood drives to fixing up elderly people’s property to raking leaves at the homes of senior citizens to sprucing up historic sites to leaving homemade hats and scarves on trees for the homeless to take.The generation that often gets criticized for its selfishness is in no short supply of individuals willing to invest their time and energy into helping others. Fear not; the future is safe in their hands.Whatever you do in the community, however you serve, whatever big or little contribution you might make to bettering the lives of others, it is appreciated. People’s lives are better for what you do. Your community is better.Today, when we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, let’s make sure we remember to thank the givers. We have people around here who regularly go on missions to other countries to provide needed water, sewer treatment and medical attention.Every day, teams of volunteers go out into the community and rebuild Little League fields, clean up graffiti from bridges and buildings, rake the leaves and mow cemeteries so families can more appropriately honor the people they’ve lost.We have people raising money for victims of tragedies like car accidents and fires for medical care or to help offset the families’ expenses.We have people buying toys for children so they have a nice Christmas and people who organize trucks and volunteers to deliver the presents. We have people who regularly prepare care packages for soldiers serving overseas, giving them a touch of home even though they’re thousands of miles away.Throughout the year, people donate and package backpacks for hundreds of local children who come from impoverished homes, making sure these kids have food and school supplies so they’re at their best to learn.We have people who volunteer on the nastiest nights of the year to staff emergency shelters so that the homeless have a place to escape the cold.We have people with construction skills who donate their time and effort building homes for poor families, allowing them to provide a safe place for their children and have pride in home ownership.last_img read more

Mattel beats sales estimates as bored kids turn back to Barbie

first_imgThe reopening of toy stores is also helping sales, with Chief Executive Officer Ynon Kreiz telling Reuters that only 4 percent of retail outlets, which normally account for about 8 percent of the company’s sales, were closed at the end of June. About 30 percent of Mattel’s retail stores were shut at the end of March.Mattel’s gross sales in North America rose 3 percent in the second quarter, mainly driven by an increase in demand for the various avatars of the company’s iconic Barbie dolls and playsets, Uno playing cards, as well as “Baby Yoda” plush toys.Overall gross Barbie sales increased 7 percent to US$199.3 million in the second quarter.However, Mattel’s net sales fell nearly 15 percent to $732.1 million, as the economic fallout of the health crisis hammered demand in overseas markets.That still beat analysts’ average estimate of $678.5 million, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.Net loss widened to $109.2 million in the quarter ended June 30, from $108 million a year earlier.On an adjusted basis, the company’s loss was 26 cents per share, smaller than the 34 cents per share loss analysts on average had expected.Topics : Mattel Inc beat quarterly sales expectations on Thursday, as its North Americans customers splurged on Barbie dolls and Uno playing cards to keep their kids entertained during coronavirus-induced lockdowns.The toymaker said it was expecting its sales to improve in the coming months, compared with the first half of the year, as concerns grow that schools in many parts of the United States would remain shut, with new virus cases spiking across the country.Mattel’s shares rose about 4 percent in extended trading.last_img read more

Media workers under threat says PRO of Media Workers Association in Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Media workers under threat says PRO of Media Workers Association in Dominica by: – October 13, 2011 Sharing is caring! 55 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Matthias Peltier Jr.Public Relations Officer of the Media Workers Association in Dominica (MWAD), Matthias Peltier Jr told the 6th Biennial General Assembly of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers yesterday that media workers in Dominica are under threat.Mr Peltier said the meeting comes at a time when media workers are under threat by the police and the government.“I want to speak of some of the threats that we face in Dominica; we meet at a time when there are threats by the police to investigate the identity of individuals writing under pen names, we meet also when there are moves by the national radio station to suspend a journalist or journalists for running a story on the opposition or an opposition function, we meet also when government is reluctant to meet with various persons in the press.”According to Peltier, while there is appreciation for the work that media practitioners do within the general public, it believed that the quality of work they provide could be improved.“There is generally appreciation for work done by media people in Dominica; various sectors still recognize the role of the media as crucial in several areas of national development. The public always feel that the media can do more, both the quality and quantity of media content has been questioned by members of the general public and there is growing discontent with the work of the media in Dominica,” he said.Mr Peltier believes that the solution to the public’s criticism of the quality of work which media workers provide is training.“I think key is training. Dominica has a crop of largely untrained journalist and other media workers; they are the men and women fresh out of high school and college they are also the ones most utilized in the media houses covering functions reporting on national issues. These media workers need all manner of training possible to help them better understand the things they cover and why they are in the media most of them don’t understand their role.”He further explained that the working conditions under which media practitioners work must be addressed as well the payment package offered.“Working conditions; newsrooms here are very small, for the most part media workers especially journalists are overwhelmed and under-paid. I’m sure you share the same sentiments all across the Caribbean. Resources and tools for trade are also very scarce.”Peltier however hopes that the meeting would assist in finding solutions to solving ‘our many media problems’.Meantime Peltier explained that the former president of MWAD Thalia Remy had resigned a week ago as she has returned to England but that a meeting will be called soon to revive the organization. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Job prospects dependent on major, minor

first_imgGeorgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce recently released Hard Times, a report on the link between college majors, unemployment rates and earnings, concluding that not all college degrees create equal opportunities after graduation.Though recent college graduates have a 9 percent unemployment rate, the study found some majors offer considerably better employment prospects than others.Statistics from recent college graduates show education, health care, business and professional services industries yield the lowest unemployment rates, whereas unemployment is highest in architecture, humanities and liberal arts majors.Carl Martellino, executive director and associate dean of the Career Center, said this study does not change the way the Career Center advises students because the economy is always changing.“The economy goes up and down, and each [major] gets its turn,” Martellino said. “That statement regarding high unemployment rates for architecture majors may change a year from now, so it’s hard to pick one major and look at economy at one point in time.”Martellino said students’ anxieties about job security is not new, and the important thing for students to focus on now is getting job experience as soon as possible through internships.“What is important are internships, where students take their experience from the classroom and gain writing, analytical and critical thinking skills,” Martellino said.Lori Shreve Blake, director of Alumni Career Services, said this information should not change what students should consider when choosing their major, although it should encourage them to further research their interests.“For students struggling with their major, we [first] ask what their interests are and then give them information and research guides to look into different industries,” Blake said.Blake suggests Hoover’s Online Vault, which provides detailed descriptions of corporations. Students can access it through ConnectSC, the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook and USC’s net dictionary.“Students need to research the profession and talk to the alumni who are in those jobs, and the Trojan Network database has more than 8,000 alumni who are willing to talk with students about careers,” Blake said.Some students, however, still feel anxiety about entering the job market after graduation.Myrna Ayoub, a senior majoring in architecture, which has a 13.9 percent unemployment rate, credits USC with teaching her technical skills and helping her get internships every summer. On the other hand, she said she is not sure if she will be employed when she leaves college.“I feel prepared, but the economy is not prepared to take all of us,” Ayoub said. “We have all the tools, but there aren’t enough jobs to support everyone coming out.”Vidal Woods, a freshman majoring in international relations, which has a 4.8 percent unemployment rate, said he worries about whether he will get a job that is high-paying enough after graduation.“USC offers plenty of opportunities to students for internships and connections with people in the work force,” Woods said. “What I would be worried about is salary — not will I get a job, but will I make enough money to survive on my own.”Other students said they are confident about with their ability to get a job given their choice of major.Catherine Barth, a sophomore majoring in kinesiology, which has a 1.8 percent unemployment rate, said she chose her major because health workers are always needed, and she feels secure because USC has connections with local hospitals.“As a pre-health major, I feel really secure,” Barth said. “The reason why I chose USC was because it is so connected with this area in [Los Angeles], such as the Los Angeles Hospital.”Barth said she thinks she will have job opportunities when she graduates.“USC has prepared me coming out of college with job opportunities and connections,” Barth said. “USC has the most competitive programs in the nation and going out into the real world, students are recognized for being a pre-med major at USC — employers recognize the name.”Despite the new information regarding majors, Blake said employers are now looking to hire more than ever, and they are coming to USC to seek future employees.“The economy is getting better and USC is the university of choice for many companies,” Blake said. “Companies come unsolicited to us and they come for one reason: because we are USC.”last_img read more

Blake Griffin returns to lead the Clippers to rout of reeling Lakers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersClippers guard Austin Rivers left the game with a strained right Achilles tendon late in the third quarter and needed assistance getting to the locker room. He was ruled out for the rest of the game and his status for Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets was uncertain.Meanwhile, the Lakers lost their fifth in a row as their desperate search for a higher level of play continued, one day after they held a team meeting in lieu of practicing Thursday. Lonzo Ball didn’t play for the third consecutive game because of a sprained left shoulder.Brandon Ingram started in place of Ball at the point guard position.Kuzma did play after he was listed as questionable because of a right quadriceps contusion. He rebounded smartly from a 4-for-24 shooting performance in the Lakers’ loss Wednesday to the Memphis Grizzlies, scoring 13 points on 6-for-14 shooting.Julius Randle started and scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes after playing only 11 minutes Wednesday. Randle started 73 of 74 games he played last season with the Lakers, but his role hasn’t been what it was, one of many issues swirling around the Lakers in 2017-18. PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. (7) drives to the basket against LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) is fouled as he drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) and teammate forward Julius Randle (30) in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives to the basket against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) misses a basket against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives to the over Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in the first half of a NBA Basketball game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, sits on the bench with teammate guard Josh Hart (5) in the first half of a NBA Basketball game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) and teammate forward Julius Randle (30) in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton in the first half of a NBA Basketball game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin shoots a free-throw against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) scores past LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) scrambles for the ball against LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) and teammate DeAndre Jordan (6) in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LA Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives to the basket against the LA Clippers in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, sits on the bench with teammate guard Josh Hart (5) in the first half of a NBA Basketball game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) is fouled as he drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) and teammate forward Julius Randle (30) in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin prior to a NBA Basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin prior to a NBA Basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. (7) drives to the basket against LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) is fouled as he drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) and teammate forward Julius Randle (30) in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 19LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) is fouled as he drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) and teammate forward Julius Randle (30) in the first half of a NBA Basketball game at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin ended his 14-game layoff because of a sprained left knee with a determined charge to the basket and two free throws after he was fouled in the opening seconds of the Clippers’ 121-106 wire-to-wire victory Friday over the Lakers at Staples Center.Griffin dunked to cap a fast break a few minutes later as the Clippers rolled to an early double-digit lead. Then he shoved the Lakers’ Brandon Ingram violently to clear space for himself for a drive through the paint. Then he took a hard tumble into the basket support after Kyle Kuzma fouled him.And so it went in Griffin’s first game since he was injured in the closing minutes of the Clippers’ victory Nov. 27 over the Lakers. He would finish with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 32 minutes, a welcome return for the resurgent Clippers, winners of four of five.Lou Williams added 23 points, making 13 of 15 free throws. Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 20 points.The Clippers rolled to leads of 9-0 and 19-3 in the opening minutes and there was zero period of adjustment to Griffin’s return to the lineup needed. The Lakers looked as if they had just been introduced to each other minutes before the opening tip.Griffin unleashed a month’s worth of pent-up energy in the early going, scoring seven points and grabbing two rebounds in eight minutes before getting a rest. The Clippers were on their way to a 35-22 lead by the end of the first, the most points they scored in an opening quarter this season.By halftime, the Clippers led 62-48, losing some of their focus in the closing minutes of the half after leading by as many as 18 points. Randle helped to keep the Lakers within striking distance with 13 points and four rebounds in the first half.The Lakers started the third quarter with a strong push, drawing within 62-55 after Kuzma hit a 3-pointer. Rivers countered with a 3 on the next trip to push the Clippers’ lead back to 10 points, where it had been since the early minutes of the game.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Alleged plot to shoot President

first_img– Minister HarmonPresidential security has been beefed up following allegations that a group of high-profile individuals are planning to shoot President David Granger should he step out of his secure zone in one of his public outreaches; and the Guyana Police Force has been assigned to thoroughly investigate this report.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, confirmed on Thursday that Government is very much aware of such a plot, and he said the security presence around the Head of State has been reinforced. The information, he said, has been culled by the police from an ongoing investigation, and advice is being sought from the police legal advisor.“Since it is one of these ongoing investigations, I don’t think we are at liberty to disclose in any greater detail the nature of that investigation,” Harmon said as he responded to questions at a post-Cabinet media briefing; but he expressed confidence that the security service being provided to the Guyanese Head of State would be well able to keep him and all ministers safe.“I want to re-emphasise that security is not something that we play with; it is something that the professional people know what they do. They put measures in place, but sometimes you….find that security runs against presidents who are popular and want to embrace the people, as our president is,” he said.Guyana Times understands that some high-ranking police personnel may be part of the plot, but Harmon has said he is not aware of such information; what he knows has been provided by the police administration.The probe was launched following the recent revelation of a young man who appeared on a local televised interview claiming that he had been offered some $7 million and a high profile weapon to assassinate the President.last_img read more