Many reasons not to admire Trump

first_imgThe April 15 letter, “Efforts to impeach Trump based on lies,” stated that we don’t recognize all of Donald Trump’s accomplishments. This is my assessment: I don’t like his tone of voice, his vocabulary or the words he uses, and he’s immoral and prejudiced.I hate to say this, but I’m ashamed of him. My moral values are different than his.CONCETTA CANNIZZARONiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

Organization creates, screens films by cancer patients

first_img“Film can change people’s lives,” said Eleanor Cho, who started the club Spotlight On Hope at USC because of her conviction in the power of film. Through various workshops, the club teaches cancer pediatric patients and their families how to create stop motion animation.Maansi Manchanda | Daily TrojanOn Thursday, Cho and the club screened 10 films, which were all produced by workshops from the organization. They were screened on Thursday at the School of Cinematic Arts. The filmmakers watched their own movies on the big screen and participated in a Q & A session afterward.Spotlight On Hope Film Camp was originally founded at UC Riverside. Cho, a senior majoring in film and television production, brought the organization with her when she transferred from UC Riverside to USC.“I remembered how Spotlight on Hope provides free film workshops for pediatric cancer patients and their siblings,” Cho said. “I really wanted to bring that to USC.”Spotlight on Hope launched its first workshop at UCLA back in 2013 when the organization’s original founder Cassie Nguyen, a pediatric brain cancer survivor, brought the idea to Think Ten Media group, an organization that aims to create media projects that inspire change.Nguyen said she initially started the organization because she knew how important it was for cancer pediatric patients to have opportunities to be social with family and friends. “I was diagnosed with cancer when I was 16,” Nguyen said. “Having friends, going shopping and going to the movies are so important to you as a teenager. When I was just in the hospital, I couldn’t be around my friends because I was fighting for my life.”When Nguyen recovered, she said she was motivated by her experience to start Spotlight On Hope. At first, the program focused on giving pediatric cancer patients a place to socialize. But as she continued conducting workshops, she realized the workshops improved participants’ mental wellness as well. “Spotlight On Hope gives kids the opportunity to explore their imaginations,” Nguyen said. “The program offered me a way to escape into the make-believe world.” Currently Spotlight On Hope at USC is trying to expand so that it can host workshops in hospitals, Cho said. The organization wants to help all children with chronic illnesses, not just those with cancer diagnoses. “I think art in general can change people’s lives for the better,” Cho said. “Just the process of imagining something and bringing it into reality is transformative. Knowing that you have the ability to bring things to life is really amazing.”last_img read more

STS secures European expansion through BetConstruct deal

first_img Submit Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 STS has become the first Polish bookmaker to extend its reach across Europe after securing a deal with software developer BetConstruct for both sports betting and gaming content.BetConstruct will provide its sportsbook product – as well as those for esports, live and RNG casino, virtual sports and statistics – to enable STS to expand into the UK, Germany, Norway, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar, Malta and Latvia.Mateusz Juroszek, STS CEO, said: “STS is the undisputed leader of the Polish bookmaking market. After the success of the company in the country, it’s time to start operations in Europe. “Our many years of experience gained in the country is a unique know-how that will allow us to gain a wide range of new customers, so our goal is to take advantage of the significant competitive edge given by BetConstruct solutions.”Vigen Badalyan, Founder and CEO of BetConstruct, commented: “STS is the first Polish bookmaker to expand its gaming audience to the European region. For the company to conquer the new markets, we guarantee full compliance with the regulated markets and an excellent performance of our comprehensive solutions.”Thanks to numerous investments in the development of the betting offer, modern technologies and new functionalities for its users, STS has increased revenues more than tenfold over the last six years – from PLN 220 million to PLN 2.41 billion. Currently, STS has over 47% share in the Polish bookmaking market, with 80% of turnover generated online, through applications dedicated to Android and iOS, a website and mobile version.Juroszek added: “In the first stage of our presence abroad, we want to focus on 2 million Poles who are abroad. Our brand awareness among these people is extremely high, so our goal is to take advantage of this significant competitive advantage.” Related Articles Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

Energy-Saving Clothes Dryers Hit U.S. Markets

first_imgSeveral advantages over conventional modelsConventional dryers heat air inside a drum to drive moisture out of clothes. With most models, the moist, humid air is vented to the outside, which also takes some conditioned air from inside the house with it. So there’s a double energy penalty — high power consumption to run the dryer, and additional power to heat or cool inside air to replace what’s been lost.In Whirlpool’s heat pump clothes dryer, a refrigeration loop condenses the moisture picked up from the clothes and routes it to the same drain used by the clothes washer. Heat from the process is recirculated back to the drum. While the dryer has to be connected to a drain, it is not vented to the outside, so it can be installed in more places than a conventional dryer can.The design has won the EPA’s Emerging Technology Award, and earlier this month picked up an Innovation Award at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.According to Whirlpool, the dryer uses up to 73% less energy in its “Eco” mode when compared to a pre-2004 conventional dryer. The Super Efficient Dryer Initiative estimates that heat-pump clothes dryers are 50 percent to 60 percent more efficient than conventional models.The HybridCare has three speed settings — Eco, Balanced and Speed — with average drying times of about 60 minutes, according to the company. A 1,300-watt heating element kicks in when the Speed cycle is selected. The company also says the dryer operates at lower temperatures than a conventional dryer, so it’s not as tough on delicate fabrics.It’s not clear whether the LG dryer is vented to the outside or taps into the washer drain like the Whirlpool model does. Those details aren’t posted at the company’s web site, and the company didn’t respond to queries. Clothes dryers are the energy hogs of home appliances, accounting for 6 percent of total residential energy use and costing U.S. consumers $9 billion a year in power bills. Dryers use more electricity — an estimated 900 kilowatt hours a year — than either a refrigerator or a clothes washer.Homeowners in Europe have long had access to dryers that use heat-pump technology instead of electrical resistance elements or gas burners to dry clothes. And now two manufacturers, Whirlpool and LG, are rolling out heat-pump clothes dryers for U.S. buyers.Whirlpool’s 7.3-cubic-foot HybridCare clothes dryer is similar in size to conventional dryers on the U.S. market (although larger than most European models). The HybridCare comes with a suggested retail price of $1,799 in white, more than four times the cost of a base model Whirlpool available at Lowe’s.LG Electronics says that its Eco Hybrid heat-pump dryer, also with a 7.3-cubic foot capacity, was the first dryer in the U.S. to combine conventional vented drying with heat pump technology and uses about 50 percent less electricity than a conventional electric dryer. It sells for about $1,700.last_img read more