7 May
2021

Fake Zoopla invoice payment phishing email circulating, agents are warned

first_imgEstate agents who list their properties with Zoopla are being warned to stay vigilant after a phishing email began circulating yesterday sent by criminals hoping to dupe companies into parting with their cash.The email, which is similar to those some agents have received in the past, look credible at first glance and are branded twice with the Zoopla logo. They also feature the portal’s real customer support number and email address.But the text urges agents to pay three outstanding invoices for services supplied by Zoopla and click links to documents hosted on a dubious-looking website for Antarctic exploration enthusiasts, www.waponline.it.Agents are asked to pay their outstanding invoices to ‘ZPG Ltd’ via a European HSBC bank account, funds which they are clearly unlikely to ever see again.But although the links within the email go to what appears to be the Zoopla Pro login page, in reality it’s a cloned version designed to trick agents into revealing their login details.The scammers will then login into an agency’s Pro account and harvest sensitive data.Agents should watch out for emails with the subject line ‘Zoopla Invoices from Zoopla Property Group’ flagged up as urgent within their inboxes.The agents who sent us the email, who doesn’t wish to identified, says they believe the scammers are targeting agents via their social media profiles.“We’re aware that online fraudsters are targeting portal users with phishing emails in an effort to get them to share login details. The security of our agent partners is a key priority for us and regularly share with them advice on how to keep their businesses secure. If any agent does have concerns they can contact their Account Manager who will be happy to help them,” says a Zoopla spokesperson.The fake emailphishing email Zoopla June 11, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Fake Zoopla invoice payment phishing email circulating, agents are warned previous nextRegulation & LawFake Zoopla invoice payment phishing email circulating, agents are warnedCredible-looking emails asking agents to pay outstanding invoices to an HSBC account are designed to also dupe agents into revealing their Zoopla Pro account logins.Nigel Lewis11th June 202001,508 Viewslast_img read more

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4 May
2021

BAE Systems Awarded Further Sub Works

first_img View post tag: americas View post tag: USS Vermont View post tag: submarine BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is being awarded a $26,7 million firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract for the manufacture and delivery of propulsor and tailcone for Virginia-class submarines SSN 792 (USS Vermont) and SSN 793 (USS Oregon). This modification is for the manufacture and assembly of the fixed portion and partial rotating portion of the Virginia-class submarine propulsor required to support construction of SSN 792 and SSN 793.Most of the work scope will be performed in Louisville, Kentucky, and is expected to be completed by May 2017.[mappress mapid=”16170″]Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems Awarded Further Sub Works View post tag: USS Oregon View post tag: Naval View post tag: BAe Systemscenter_img Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic June 8, 2015 BAE Systems Awarded Further Sub Works Share this articlelast_img read more

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3 May
2021

Assistant STUNT Coach

first_imgPosting Details Open Date12/11/2019 Supervisory Responsibilities Education and/or Experience Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents Optional DocumentsCover LetterResumeOther DocumentOther Document 2Other Document 3Other Document 4 Under general supervision, assists in coaching duties for STUNT thesport at California Baptist University. Assists with aspects of theprogram that primarily include game day preparation andperformance, recruitment, practice organization, training and/orstrength training for athletic competition. Help with the formationof a STUNT program by performing the following duties. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Classification Title Other Knowledge Skills and Abilities * Do you attend church regularly?YesNo Open Until FilledYes State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; or one totwo years related experience and/or training; or equivalentcombination of education and experience. This position could be responsible for assigning work and/or givingdirection to part-time Student Workers, in order to complete officework assignments.center_img If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) Remove from Web Special Instructions to Applicants Posting NumberS783P Nondiscrimination Statement Quick Link to Postinghttps://jobs.calbaptist.edu/postings/5374 Other duties may be assigned.1. Understand and agree to abide by the mission of CBU and the CBUAthletics Department.2. Assists head coach in organizing, preparing, and conductingindividual and team practices, training, and competition usingsound principles and judgment consistent with the philosophy of CBUAthletics.3. Assists with establishing a competitive STUNT program to beimplemented in the 2020-21 academic year.4. Assist in recruiting of a competitive roster of 25student-athletes to compete on the STUNT team by Spring 2021, and40 student-athletes to compete by academic year 2021-22. Follow upwith qualified student athletes by phone, e-mail or through oncampus visits. Within the framework of CBU, USA Cheer and NCAApolicies, recruit prospective student-athletes who are of the levelnecessary to be successful academically and athletically.5. Assists with the design of workout programs and trainingroutines to improve athletic performance.6. Assists as directed with implementing and supervising athletictraining, strength and conditioning workouts; provides technicalsupport and training to athletes, as appropriate to thesport.7. Assist in coaching all sport practices throughout the season,taking attendance at all practices.8. Assist in planning the training of the team for season.9. Motivate team for maximum performance by utilizing motivationalphilosophies that meet the needs of the students and that areconsistent with the CBU Athletic Program philosophy.10. Display good sportsmanship in relationship with students,staff, officials and opponents as consistent with NCAA and USACheer policies regarding the principle of sportsmanship and ethicalconduct.11. Maintain up-to-date information of sport regulations, rulechanges, CBU and USA Cheer policies.12. Effectively manage time in a demanding work environment andRespond to all administrative correspondence in the requestedtimeframe and attend all staff meetings.13. Students will receive instruction and spiritual guidance thatwill lead to positive values, acceptable behavior, andself-discipline consistent with the philosophy of athletics at CBU.14. Adhere to all institutional, conference, USA Cheer and NCAAby-laws and regulations.15. Ensure the physical, emotional, and social welfare ofstudent-athletes.16. Establish and ensure a safe environment forstudent-athletes. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able toperform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Knowledge of coaching theory and techniques. Abiltiy to travel, including domestic/international air travel,and work nights/weekends. Knowledge in the care and prevention of athletic injuries. Ability to be a positive reqresentative of the University at alltimes. Skill in the use of personal computers and related softwareapplications. Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions andjudgments on sensitive, confidential issues. A thorough knowledge of: Business English and arithmetic; generaloffice methods, procedures and practices. Ability to plan, develop, and coordinate multiple projects. Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties ofthe position. Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impartconfidential information. Ability to gather data, compile information, and preparereports. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability towork effectively with a diverse faculty, staff and studentbody. Ability to supervise and train staff, including organizing,prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. Strong organizational skills and detailed oriented. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to coordinate and organize meetings and/or specialevents. Knowledge of standard budgeting and expenditure controlprocedures and documentation. Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost controlprocedures. Ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines andprocedures. Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials. Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions andjudgments. * Are you a Christian?YesNo Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). 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20 Apr
2021

Pop-up bakeries to target depression

first_imgAn initiative has been launched to open pop-up bakeries across the UK to help people suffering from depression.According to The Guardian, London, North Yorkshire, Derby, Glasgow and Cardiff will all host the Depressed Cake Shop next month, with all proceeds donated to mental health charitiesOrganiser Emma Thomas, who recognises that while there is no scientific research to suggest baking cures depression, the activity is therapeutic and can be very beneficial to some people.Thomas said: “Baking is creative and instantly rewarding. I’ve realised that cake gets people talking and the Depressed Cake Shop hopes to get people discussing mental illness and supporting mental health charities.”The cakes sold in the pop-up shops will be made by amateur bakers, many of whom will have experienced or been affected by depression at some point. Thomas added that future work could see her organising baking therapy sessions across the UK.Chartered psychologist Dr Caroline Schuster commented: “Cooking and baking can definitely help lift mood, as many patients who have come through my clinic door will attest to. There is the creative side to culinary activity that gives people an outlet for self-expression.“Usually there is a social side to most food-related activities, so being and talking about something together fosters a sense of belonging, striving towards a unified goal. There is also a certain catharsis or relief of emotional tension that can come with cooking/baking. And there is the intense focus on one thing: this is often good as it helps us exclude unwanted or bothersome feelings and thoughts.“I can imagine pop-up bakeries being a real hit with many people and I am sure they will help not only those suffering from depression, but many more with stress-related problems.”last_img read more

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1 Mar
2021

Following path of genetic footprint

first_imgAn international team of researchers studying DNA patterns from modern and archaic humans has uncovered new clues about the movement and intermixing of populations more than 40,000 years ago in Asia.Using state-of-the-art genome analysis methods, scientists from Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have found that Denisovans — a recently identified group of archaic humans whose DNA was extracted last year from a finger bone excavated in Siberia — contributed DNA not just to present-day New Guineans, but also to aboriginal Australian and Philippine populations.The study demonstrates that contrary to the findings of the largest previous genetic studies, modern humans settled Asia in more than one migration. According to David Reich, a professor of genetics at HMS, “Denisova DNA is like a medical imaging dye that traces a person’s blood vessels. It is so recognizable that you can detect even a little bit of it in one individual. In a similar way, we were able to trace Denisova DNA in the migrations of people. This shows the power of sequencing ancient DNA as a tool for understanding human history.”The patterns the researchers found can only be explained by at least two waves of human migration: the first giving rise to the aboriginal populations that currently live in Southeast Asia and Oceania, and later migrations giving rise to relatives of East Asians who now are the primary population of Southeast Asia.The study also provides new insights about where the ancient Denisovans lived. According to Mark Stoneking, a professor at the Max Planck Institute who is senior author of the paper, Denisovans must have inhabited an extraordinarily large ecological and geographic range, from Siberia to tropical Southeast Asia. “The fact that Denisovan DNA is present in some aboriginal populations of Southeast Asia but not in others shows that there was a checkerboard of populations with and without Denisova material more than 44,000 years ago,” he said. “The presence of Denisovan genetic material in some but not all the groups there can most easily be explained if Denisovans lived in Southeast Asia itself.”The findings appear on Sept. 22 in The American Journal of Human Genetics.This research builds on previous work by Reich and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute, in which they analyzed an ancient pinky bone uncovered by Russian archaeologists in the Siberian Denisova Cave in 2008. The Max Planck Institute team led by Svante Pääbo sequenced the bone’s nuclear genome, and Reich led the population genetic analysis using algorithms that he and colleagues developed.Reporting December 2010 in Nature, the team identified Denisovans as a distinct group of archaic humans (hominins) who lived more than 30,000 years ago and contributed genes to present-day New Guineans. The researchers concluded that Denisovans were neither Neanderthals nor early modern humans, though they shared a common ancestry.This paper helped fill in some empty pieces in the evolutionary puzzle that began after early humans left Africa and reinforces the view that humans have intermixed throughout history.Genetic footprintsThe new study was initiated by Stoneking, an expert on genetic variation in Southeast Asia and Oceania who has assembled diverse samples from that region. The study takes a closer look at the Denisovans’ genetic footprint. The researchers analyzed DNA from dozens of present-day populations in Southeast Asia and Oceania, including Borneo, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Polynesia. Some of the data already existed, and some were newly collected for the study.Their analysis shows that, in addition to New Guineans, Denisovans contributed genetic material to Australian aborigines, a Philippine “Negrito” group called Mamanwa, and several other populations in eastern Southeast Asia and Oceania. However, groups in the west or northwest, including other Negrito groups such as the Onge in the Andaman Islands and the Jehai in Malaysia, as well as mainland East Asians, did not interbreed with Denisovans.The researchers concluded that:• Denisovans interbred with modern humans in Southeast Asia at least 44,000 years ago before the time of the separation of the Australians and New Guineans.• Southeast Asia was first colonized by modern humans unrelated to present-day Chinese and Indonesians, and that these and other East Asians arrived in later migrations. This “southern route” hypothesis has previously been supported by archaeological evidence, but has never had strong genetic support.Investigators from the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Germany, India, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, and the Netherlands also contributed. This study was funded by the Max Planck Society and the National Science Foundation HOMINID program.last_img read more

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1 Mar
2021

Harvard men’s basketball moves past Cincinnati, 61-57

first_imgSPOKANE, Wash. — Siyani Chambers scored five of his 11 points in the final 1:58 to lift the 12th-seeded Harvard men’s basketball team to a 61-57 win over fifth-seeded Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.With Thursday’s win, Harvard improves to 27-4 overall, setting a new program record for wins in a season. The Crimson also becomes the first Ivy League team to win an NCAA tournament game in consecutive seasons since Princeton did so in 1983 and 1984. For full coverage of the game, including a video recap.Harvard will now face No. 4 Michigan State on Saturday at 8:40 p.m. EST live on TNT. For coverage of Saturday’s game, visit the Crimson’s Tournament Central website.last_img

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20 Dec
2020

Security Forces Conduct Offensive; Neutralize Taliban IED Facilities

first_imgBy Dialogo November 19, 2010 I really liked the articles about the IEDs. I understand how critical the artifacts problem is in Afghanistan, because I have a good friend from my Control Risk days who is working there. I fear that, sooner than we think, we might find one of those on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. After all, criminals could see how society reacted to the terrorist acts and can use even more sophisticated techniques. Since December, criminals have already “left behind” explosives in places with a lot of traffic just to send authorities a message. I fear the day they might actually detonate them. Afghan and coalition forces destroyed multiple Taliban improvised explosive device facilities in the Khash Rod district, Nimroz province. The security forces cleared personnel from the area before calling in an air strike to destroy the isolated compounds to ensure the facilities would not be re-utilized to store or produce IEDs. The joint security teams discovered the facilities during a series of operations lasting from the early hours of yesterday morning through this morning. “The offensive operation was conducted to flush out enemy fighters and deny them sanctuary,” according to U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. “The insurgents have historically gone underground during the winter months while relying on foreign fighters to continue the fight. We’re not about to allow them that luxury.” The compounds, which included nine separate structures, were being used as active IED facilities where Taliban members stored IED-making materials and trained local and foreign-fighter recruits on emplacing IEDs. The security force discovered two dozen bags of ammonium nitrate, multiple large IEDs, homemade explosives, recoilless rifle rounds and opium during the operation. The security forces also targeted two known Taliban leaders during the offensive active in the IED facilitation network in the area. The joint security teams searched more than 70 buildings as they conducted the operation throughout the day. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully before searching the compounds. The joint teams peacefully detained numerous suspects based on initial questioning at the scene. “This operation was successful on several levels,” Torres said. “Not only did we interrupt further IED training in this area without any casualties, but we destroyed an array of IED-making materials as well. This time of year is a holy period for the Afghan citizens; anything we can do to further their safety during the Eid holiday is a win.” No women or children were injured or detained during this series of operations. The security members did not fire their weapons, nor was anyone injured during the extensive operations.last_img read more

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18 Dec
2020

LIRR Trains to Greenport Extended Through Thanksgiving Weekend

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Rail Road trains to Greenport will continue through Thanksgiving weekend instead of Columbus Day, allowing weekend warriors another six weeks to enjoy harvest season in North Fork farm country.MTA officials announced Monday that Greenport service will also start in early May instead of Memorial Day. May to November service is a change from the Memorial Day to Columbus Day schedule the LIRR set for the Greenport line to cut costs during a budget crisis three years ago.“Fall has become a very popular season on the North Fork,” said LIRR President Helena Williams. “We’re glad we can provide the extra service for our customers,”The East End and the North Fork especially are destination in autumn as day trippers flock to farm stands and wineries across the region.The added trains include a 10:35 a.m. or 3:37 p.m. eastbound train from the Ronkonkoma station to Greenport and a 1:11 p.m. and 6:11 p.m. westbound train back.For more information on LIRR service, call 511 or visit the LIRR’s website at www.mta.info/lirr.last_img read more

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18 Dec
2020

Hampton Bays Woman Killed in Head-on Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 47-year-old woman was killed when a PSEG utility truck crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and crashed head-on with the SUV she was driving in Flanders on Thursday, police said.Barbara Tocci of Hampton Bays was driving her Ford Explorer northbound on Flanders Road when a southbound GMC utility truck collided with her SUV near the corner of Spinney Road, Southampton Town police said.Tocci was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted.The PSEG truck driver, 53-year-old Michael Pepe of Bayport, was taken to Peconic Bays Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Both vehicles were impounded while the investigation is continuing.New York State Police Forensic ID and Collision Reconstruction Unit investigators responded to assist Suffolk County District Attorney’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau detectives.No criminal charges are expected to be filed, police said.Southampton Town Detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-702-2230.last_img read more

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20 Oct
2020

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Jan. 12

first_imgCervical cancer screening is covered for women with health insurance, including Medicaid and plans available through the New York State of Health. If you have insurance, talk to your doctor about cervical cancer screening. If you’re uninsured, call the Cancer Services Program today at 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) to find out if you qualify for free cancer screenings. In Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties, you can call (518) 841-3726 for more information.Suzanne HagadornAmsterdamThe writer is the Program Coordinator, CSP of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties. Include population in climate change fightIt appears that climate change is finally accepted by the majority of Americans, except for Republicans who persist in being climate deniers. However, the GOP and its party’s supporters are not the only people who resist taking decisive action on climate change. The recent reports generated by both the Fourth National Climate Assessment, compiled by 13 U.S. government agencies, as well as the publication from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, failed to mention overpopulation as a major contributor to climate change.Despite the growing momentum supporting remedial action regarding climate change, overpopulation remains the unaddressed 800-pound gorilla in the room.  To further enhance confidence in our elections, voting rights need to be restored.  New national automatic voter registration and early voting are a must. As well, restoring the Voting Rights Act and ensuring election security will go a long way in building faith in our election systems.HR-1, Rep. Stefanik, will help curtail the criminal acts of corruption in our elections. Why won’t you vote for it?Larry FineGreenfield Cuomo belongs in jail, not governor’s officeI have listened a lot to what is basically the governor of New York City pontificating on many things. No doubt in my mind that Andy does not give a tinker’s damn about the rest of the state except to tax it to death to pay for a lot of his progressive nonsense. He most certainly has a way of maneuvering tax money around to satisfy his whims. The reasons why New York state is declining are many, and he has the audacity to say it’s our weather. Well, yes, the weather does contribute somewhat to the exodus, but there are many other factors in play. We get severely worked over and subject to the whims and laws of what are the problems and lifestyle of New York City. It’s a shame that a few square miles at the mouth of the Hudson River rules (aka ruins) this whole large state. Sell hiking passes for Adirondack peaksThe Adirondacks High Peaks are justifiably popular. Overuse has caused trail erosion and parking problems. Rescues are increasing. There aren’t enough rangers. A paid trail-pass system can help.Last fall, my wife and I visited the Gaspe region of Quebec and hiked in Gaspesie National Park. The park, like the Adirondacks, is a vast and beautiful mountainous area popular with hikers. Two visitor’s centers sell park passes and sell and rent hiking supplies. Staff assist visitors with trail- and weather information. The park charges $8.60 Canadian (about $6.60 U.S.) for an adult day pass. Seasonal passes are available. It’s an honor system, but a ranger may ask to see your receipt. Being caught without a trail pass could result in a fine. Expand technology for border securityAs of late there has been considerable debate between the Democratic leadership in Congress and President Trump about the use of a “wall” vs. the use of technical measures to provide border security. For once, I tend to agree with the Democrats. For centuries, castle walls and walled cities were used with great success to protect insiders against invaders. With the advent of gunpowder and cannons, however, the effectiveness of walls was significantly reduced.And over time, the effectiveness of technical measures has greatly increased. Over a century ago, during World War I, it was proven beyond a doubt that well-placed barbed wire, backed up by well-placed machine guns, could be extremely effective in repelling even the most massive of attacks of unarmored infantry. Let doctors help terminally ill to dieWhile you focused on key issues in Jan. 9’s Daily Gazette editorial, there’s another issue that deserves attention in the state Legislature at this time. That is the right to determine the terms of one’s own death.Confronting mortality is uncomfortable, but it’s inevitable. At this time, seven states and the District of Columbia have laws which permit PAD (Physician Aid in Dying) under certain conditions. People facing terminal illness and pain/suffering find comfort in knowing they can control their final days. As a volunteer for Final Exit Network, I have heard horror stories of prolonged and needless suffering.A bill to bring PAD to the citizens of New York has been in committee for several years. It’s time for that bill to come out of committee and before the Assembly and Senate. It has many protections, including requiring a diagnosis by two physicians of  someone having less than six months life expectancy. For those who support this final right, contact your state Assembly person and state senator in support of Medical Aid in Dying — Right to Die Bills. The right to control your own body at the end of life is the last civil right.Eleanor AronsteinSchenectady The silence of climate experts and most environmental groups about overpopulation is baffling, given their apparent commitment to preventing the destruction of our planet, including the demise of humans along with other species. Fear of offending others appears to be the most likely reason to avoid discussions about procreation. This avoidance will only hamstring efforts to address our climate crisis.Every individual should assess the “need” to reproduce and choose to remain child-free or to adopt children. For the sake of our children and the dwindling number of species which share our planet, we should place population stabilization as a primary means to mitigate climate change, along with other synergistic efforts to reduce carbon emissions. We all need to have the courage to begin discussions about this issue or ignore it at our own peril.Doreen HarrisScotia No reason not to test for cervical cancerYou may have heard that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. You may have also heard the news that cervical cancer screening guidelines have changed. And while this is true, the underlying message remains the same: Women ages 21 to 65 should get screened to prevent cervical cancer or catch it in the early stages when treatment is most effective.Women without health insurance are much less likely to be screened (71 percent) when compared to women with health insurance (88 percent). The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties can help. The CSP offers free cervical cancer screening to eligible, uninsured women, ages 40 and older. The program also provides free breast cancer screening to women 40 and older and colon cancer screening to uninsured men and women age 50 and older.  No need for a border wall; impeach TrumpI’ve been quiet for some time now in regard to the border wall. I had depended on it being built and have invested heavily in two companies, namely the Gill Co. and the Robbins Co.Gill is the maker of pole vault poles and the Robbins Co. handles tunnel-boring equipment. It just seems unfair that because of many sane people, they have put the kibosh on erecting the wall. It’s also so disturbing that four of our past presidents all told Mr. Trump it was a good idea. How do I know this? Because Pinocchio Trump said so. Is there no hope? Oh yes, impeachment.Please let me wake up from this two-year nightmare!Richard Moran Sr.Scotia Clinton Foundation is owed its due respectBill Denison’s Dec. 31 letter took Gazette editors to task for reporting that the Trump Foundation was a sham. Mr. Denison stated that they should also declare the Clinton Foundation a sham. Like so many Clinton deriders, a little unbiased research might separate facts from innuendo.  The state should establish a visitor’s center in Keene Valley to supplement the Adirondack Mountain Club visitor center at Adirondack Loj. Both places can provide trail information, offer maps, sell clothing and equipment, provide weather information and sell passes. Like a fishing or hunting license, being caught without a pass would result in a fine.In addition, trail heads should have informative signs that explain how long it takes an average hiker to reach various destinations and provide warnings about appropriate equipment and hazardous weather.Such a system could reduce rescues by dissuading unprepared or inexperienced hikers from going beyond their ability, equipment or supplies. The fees could raise funds for trail maintenance and more rangers. It would improve the Adirondack High Peaks visitor experience.William NechamenSchenectady But then the invaders at our southern border don’t seem to have access to cannons, at least not yet. And machine guns can be somewhat indiscriminate about whom they repel. So maybe a wall would be best after all.Jim MoorheadScotia Although the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has been extensively investigated for claims of improprieties during Hillary’s tenure as secretary of state and run for president, no major fault could be found.In 2015, CharityNavigator suspended rating the BHCCF for a 10-month investigation due to reported concerns, but followed up with a 4-star, (highest) rating with a “low concern” declaration. Other prominent websites have given the BHCCF excellent ratings, e.g. CharityWatch: A, (A+ highest), GuideStar: “platinum.”You can search the BHCCF in websites such as Wikipedia, PolitiFact and FactCheck.org to learn more. Unlike Trump’s now-legally defunct foundation, the Clintons have raised billions of dollars over the past 20 years that have been used for humanitarian projects throughout the world, too many to list here. Recent news has exposed the questionable, at best, accomplishments of Trump’s “charity.” Fact-finders have found no indications that, as Mr. Denison claims, the Clintons have enriched themselves financially from donations. It’s about time the Clinton Foundation is recognized for what it accomplishes to enrich humankind.Wayne VirklerRexford I know for a fact the SAFE Act he pushed through in the middle of the night has contributed to a lot of people leaving. Another is having to put up with his arrogance and extreme narcissism. The taxes imposed, and in my humble opinion wasted, on a lot of things is another biggie. Seeing so many of his friends and associates brought up on charges also tells a tale. Seeing him in cuffs, doing a perp walk into a courtroom, will bring a big smile to me and many other upstate subjects. They caught Rod Blagojevic of Illinois and there are still some open prison cells.David DeMarcoHadley Legalizing pot will have consequencesI’m writing to you with grave concerns about the legalization of recreational use of marijuana.As a healthcare professional I feel that it’s my obligation to share the knowledge in professional, scientific literature about the use and abuse of marijuana. In my opinion, marijuana isn’t only a frequent gateway drug, but a dangerous and harmful substance to the human brain.Recent research indicates that marijuana has major deleterious effects on neurophysiology (brain functioning). Neuroimaging studies show abnormally low blood flow in multiple brain regions in marijuana users. Reduced global cerebral blood flow was observed in the brains of 982 marijuana users, while cerebral blood flow was normal in healthy controls. This reduced blood flow was noticed particularly in the hippocampus, a brain area vital for memory and learning.Other studies have had similar observations suggesting that the hippocampus actually shrinks with marijuana use. Bill will curb abuse of money in electionsMoney talks. We want to hear what it says before we vote. Disclosing their tax returns will tell us volumes about a candidate.Stopping corruption and other criminal acts in government is my objective. This is a crime bill that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik should support.HR-1, a bill now before Congress, will create elections that are more fair and honest. Those who have nothing to hide will not worry about hiding. They will relish and allow the light of this bill to shine on the campaign finance, ethics and voting rights. Money talks, so knowing the source of it for political organizations (the Disclosure Act) and political ads (the Honest Ads Act) is important to voters.Our electoral system is disregarded by a majority of our populous and disrespected by many more because of the private money involved. HR-1 will help even the money playing fields by allowing for modified publicly financed elections. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFix rough crossing on Putnam RoadThe Putnam Road railroad tracks have been terrible going over. Your car rocks back and forth. They fixed it two years ago, shutting down the road for a week. It was just as bad when it was done. I broke car springs on it at a cost of $450. Now it’s worse. I wrote about it to two of our local politicians, but apparently it wasn’t something they were interested in. The only reply I got was mail to vote for them. Why can’t they make it like the tracks on Burdeck Street? What about emergency vehicles going over it on a call? If it’s an ambulance, the patient will probably get whiplash. How about fixing this right for a change?Dayton SkellySchenectady The day-to-day, practical meaning of these results is that marijuana users, regardless of age, are more likely to have difficulty with memory and learning, which would also result in poor judgment and decision-making and lack of motivation. Not to be minimized are the effects of coordination, reaction time and a host of other motor-coordination functions. Marijuana use over time may actually be a significant harbinger of brain damage.The last thing we need in New York, or America as a whole, is a majority of the population being continuously high and persistently inert and unmotivated to do anything but continue to get high.Dr. Frank W. Isele, Ph.D.Saratoga SpringsThe writer is a licensed clinical psychologist. Climate change bigger threat than refugeesPresident Trump would have us believe that migrant families seeking refuge from violence in Central America constitutes a crisis that threatens the existence of our country, warranting emergency funding of billions of dollars to build a wall along our southern border. If only he and other elected officials would recognize that climate change is a much bigger threat to the future of our country and spend as much time and money to end the burning of fossil fuels in America.The impacts of climate change on our infrastructure, economy and public health warrant immediate action by elected officials and all of us. Bipartisan legislation to place a fee on production of fossil fuels and distribute the money collected as a “dividend” to the American people (“Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act”, H.R. 7173) is a good start. But don’t hold your breath waiting for the Trump administration to address climate change (even though that might reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere). Instead, individuals can take action now by voluntarily reducing their own consumption of oil and gas through energy conservation, carpooling, choosing renewable energy sources, driving high-MPG vehicles and divesting personal investments from fossil-fuel companies. All of these actions will help stimulate innovation, efficiency and create jobs in the renewable energy industry.Bryan SwiftAltamontMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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