Fresh Ideas To Spoil Mom This Mother’s Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As a thank you to everyone’s favorite superheroine, we’ve compiled a list of smart, fun, practical and elegant gifts that will show mom just how much you care and appreciate how she always saves the day. PETAL PUSHERS“The Best Mom Ever” box contains gorgeous pink peonies, relaxing bath bomb and orange burst gummies created by luxury gift company Bouquet Bar. Build your own custom gift in a designer box at a price that is right for you, $54.99-$214.99 at bouquetbar.com. Enjoy 10 percent off with special discount code: LIP10.DATE NIGHTBook those dinner reservations! UrbanSitter, a babysitting app and trusted source that helps parents with their childcare needs. Purchase a gift card and users can join by using the promo code METIME to redeem a $50 credit at urbansitter.comTHANKS FOR THE MEMORIES Boombox Memory Boxes are a special keepsake to treasure filled with custom-printed messages and photos created on 5-by-7 cards and placed  in a decorative box  of your choice. Prices range from $100  to $295. Available at boomboxgifts.comONLY THE BESTMom can indulge  in a luxurious spa day with a gift card to The Red Door Salon & Spa. Now through May 13th get up to $100 bonus spa dollars when you spend $350  or more. For more information on the Mother’s Day promo , visit TheRedDoor.com.STEP IT UPIt’s the new heel in town: “Ruth” by True gault, a  slingback shoe that is one of the hottest styles  for spring/summer  and offers a custom fit through its 3D imaging technology. There are 20-plus styles and hundreds of leathers to choose from, $250-$350.  Available at truegault.comJEWELRY THERAPYThis organic three strand diamond ring will not disappoint. Set in 14 karat yellow gold, $2,895 at fortunoff.com.DRINKS NOT INCLUDEDThis wide-brim  HAPPY HOUR straw hat by Hat Attack says what we are all thinking, $100. Available at  hatattack.comKEYS TO SUCCESSInspired by vintage typewriters and crafted with ultramodern features is the POSH AZIO Retro Classic Keyboard, available in different leathers or wood with three frame styles.  The USB model, $189.99 and Bluetooth model, $219.99. Available at aziocorp.comMOMUSCRIPT  Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History’s Mightiest Matriarchs is a celebration of motherhood and female achievement by Jason Porath, a former Hollywood animator and outspoken feminist who lobbied to make animated films more pro-women, $24.99. Available at rejectedprincesses.comFEM-AID RescueHer Kit is the perfect backup when you break a break a nail or smudge your makeup.  Thirty-four essentials include  cosmetics, personal care and beauty items in a compact bag that can easily fit in the car or be worn, $49.95. Available at rescueher.comTHIS GIFT’S A GODSENDLet mom feel divine with The Green Goddess Box by Box Fox that promises to help mom relax and recharge. Some treats included are a journal with brass pen, a cup of tea, chocolates, bath salts and mint foot soak, $170 at shopboxfox.com.last_img read more

Holocaust memorial is too controversial

first_imgJeff Wilkin’s article of May 16 regarding the Holocaust issue in Niskayuna, now over seven months old and showing no evidence of abatement, is entirely and delightfully objective. Virtually all ramifications are well addressed in a thought-provoking manner.This issue, which has been under intense public and media scrutiny, is now extremely contentious and divisive, as demonstrated at the Niskayuna town public hearing and board Meeting in April. I am proud to be Jewish and have visited the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and now support it financially, because I believe in its excellence and historical importance. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I do not believe that the proposed memorial for Niskayuna is necessary or appropriate for the town.I firmly believe that the contention that has predictably ensued and increased is sound evidence that the issue be resolved as quickly as possible by a town vote, as mentioned in the article.Even good ideas that are particularly divisive may be allowed to be forgotten so that peace is restored and animosity resolved.The fact that a powerful Albany law firm has been hired to assist in pushing it through the Town Board, perhaps against the will of most citizens of the town, says it all.Lyle W. BarlynNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Winning Post: online VIP reliance exposed?

first_img Share Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners kicks off the new year with a look at the use of VIPs by UK licence holders.UK: gambling regulation – online VIP reliance exposed?The Guardian newspaper has received information on the VIP concentration of some apparently leading GB licensees following a Freedom of Information request to the Gambling Commission.The expose has been quickly picked up and widely reported, largely with a view to demonstrating an industry reliance on VIPs and the vulnerability of VIPs to gambling related harm. Unsurprisingly, this is being used by some stakeholders (who typically already have a position) to call for tighter regulation of VIPs, call out the GB licensed sector as ‘bad business’ and drive the agenda for tougher regulation more generally.We have written regularly in the past that there are areas where we see tighter regulation as desirable and there can be no doubt that large elements of the sector have been nothing short of exploitative in certain instances (and sometimes endemically), especially before the tougher scrutiny and tougher rules of recent times. However, this backdrop should not trigger an open season on the sector and the findings of the ‘expose’ need to be set into context. We have three issues with the mainstream reporting of the data expose and how it is being position from a policy perspective – and one recommendation for the sector.First, while there are important discrepancies between the Guardian’s graph and the text commentary that open questions of data integrity, the average VIP concentration of the data provided (9 material operators, albeit one with a very small VIP cohort: likely a fairly representative concentration sample despite big differences in VIP definition) appears to be the top 3% of customers provide 34% of the deposits, with the top 5% generating 60-80% in two instances (the 2% – 83% ratio reported looks a little suspect to us, especially if it is a very big operator, and this split is not reflected in the graph). Even if we factored in the suspect outlier, this would move the unweighted average to 2% of customers generating 34% of deposits.At face value this is a very high deposit (reasonable proxy for revenue) concentration. But is it really, and can we really say that it shows a reliance on VIPs? In the UK, the top 3% of earners represent 12.5% of total earned income (ONS), so a 34% concentration looks higher than that. However, with higher earnings comes exponentially higher disposable income – which the UK’s progressive Income Tax policy is designed to mirror. While figures for the top 3% are not available, the top 1% of Income Tax payers provide 28% of receipts while the top 5% generate 49%. The VIP data is therefore pretty much exactly in line with UK Income Tax distribution.Indeed, if it were not, a case could (and no doubt would) be made that the industry was exploiting the poor… It is also worth considering the number of customers who will have only one or two bets per year (e.g. the Grand National or England in an International football match, or tempted by just one offer) skewing the total number of actives vs. the regular players that make up every operator’s core (and not just in gambling – this is fairly normal for business generally). This issue is not therefore the bald percentages of revenue concentration, however shocking they may look to anyone not familiar with basic concepts of wealth inequality or user concentrations, but whether VIPs can afford their expenditure (i.e. they are from sustainably wealthier cohorts and are not foregoing basic needs): this is an important need for protection but not one that the data is in a position to illustrate at all.Equally, banning VIP schemes would not necessarily reduce this expenditure if it is sustainable, but it may encourage players who like to be treated like VIPs to seek illegal (unrestricted) supply. Undoubtedly, there is a strong logic for regulating affordability and ensuring that loyalty/expenditure is rewarded rather than exploited – betting than the GB regulatory framework does now (the Guardian’s point that seven in ten regulatory penalties have VIP status as a factor is a fair and apposite one) – but this is very different to ‘ban’.There is no data on affordability provided (though it is, rightly, becoming an increasing area of focus for the regulator and industry), but the proxy for harm is the Problem Gambling score. Here, it is reported that of the VIPs which have taken the test (a small sample), 8% are problem gamblers ‘”11 times the rate among the wider public”. Since VIPs are gamblers (by default), comparisons with the ‘wider public’ are pretty meaningless when considering the additional harm that being a VIP might entail vs. being an ordinary remote gambler. Here, overall scores are 3.7% for sports (with a very long tail of occasional use due to the skew of big sporting events) and 8.5% for casino (with more concentrated play). Given that VIPs are (very) likely to fit into the regular player category, the casino benchmark would be the most sensible proxy regardless of product and here VIPs are bang in line with overall averages. Is this figure too high? Almost certainly; but does VIP status suggest an increased risk of harm? – not on the evidence provided when properly analysed (again, this is also dangerous – some VIP schemes almost certainly have been or are inappropriate in the nature of their inducements, but these issues get shown up and dealt with through granular analysis, not sweeping statistics – policy should be the same, in our view).Finally, this data is not collected through Annual Assurance Statements and while the Gambling Commission, as a public body, is bound by FOI requirements, many operators are likely to be wondering how the Guardian knew to ask for this ‘secret report’ after providing sensitive data. Equally, a one-newspaper expose is bound to have the mixture of sensationalism, selective disclosure (deliberately or just editorially) and data discrepancies we can see here. Such exposes are a great way to shape popular opinion and the opinions of lawmakers or other stakeholders who prefer to grandstand on perceived issues rather than to understand and seek to solve real ones. Whatever the source and motives of the directed fire, the result was very predictably ill considered sensationalism and much bandwagon jumping – not conducive to the kind of debate Britain needs to shape its review of current gambling legislation, but very helpful to those with a pre-conceived view.Our recommendation to the industry is simple. The gambling industry has historically been very poor at understanding and explaining its own data other than within the narrow operational context of product, marketing and retention. Every board member who has not previously asked about revenue concentrations, affordability and the suitability of VIP schemes should probably feel a little embarrassed. Every executive who cannot explain the revenue concentrations or specific business practices they shed light on in a measured and convincing way, knowing that harm is being mitigated as much as possible, should be more than a little embarrassed. These figures only have the power to shock if they make the industry look guilty and historically the industry has tended to look as guilty as a Christmas puppy sitting next to a mess on the carpet at practically every disclosure. Until the industry can own its data and harm-mitigation reality – which means really understanding and facing up to the issues which offering gambling products can cause (not sitting in an operational bunker and/or relying on PR), sensationalist press exposes will land policy blows – however, half-baked they may be. Winning Post: UK gambling feels the ‘Noyes’ with SMF report August 10, 2020 Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020last_img read more

Local Teen Who Shares Name with Parkland Shooter is Changing Identity

first_imgA South Florida teenager is about to change his name, which he shares with the defendant charged in last year’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.Ivonne Moran, the mother of Nikolas Marciel Cruz, says that her 18-year-old son is tired of being confused for Nikolas Jacob Cruz, the 20-year-old who is accused of killing 17 people and injuring an additional 17 at the school in Parkland. Moran adds that reporters called their house after the shooting thinking that her son was the killer.She explains that her son has high-functioning autism and wants to have a different name for his upcoming college career.He has applied to change his name to Nikolas Rene Moran.last_img read more

Leafs pound defending KIJHL champs 12-0 at the NDCC Arena

first_imgOnce could be considered a fluke.But two double-digit wins in a row . . . now that’s some serious hurt the Nelson Leafs are putting on the Beaver Valley Nitehawks of late.The Nelson Leafs put a good old fashion, out behind the barn, whipping on the defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs, pounding the Hawks 12-0 in action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The win was the third in row for Nelson over the Hawks — the last two wins coming by a combined score of 22-3.“No I never thought I’d be on a team from Nelson that would beat Beaver Valley that bad,” said Nelson native Linden Horswill after the double-digit beat down, Nelson’s six straight victory.“They lost a couple of players to Trail (of the BCHL) and (forward Dallas) Calvin wasn’t playing tonight but we got a couple of quick ones and kind of kept on going.”Two of those quick ones came off the stick of former Nitehawk Jacob Boyczuk while Cole Arcuri scored the other to give Nelson a 3-0 lead after one period.In the second the Hawks had a chance to cut into the lead as Nelson was penalized twice giving Beaver Valley a two-man advantage.But Cody Boeckman stood tall in the Leaf nets allowing his mates the chance to turn the tables on the Hawks, scoring five times in the final half of the frame to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Nelson kept on the pressure in the third scoring four more times, including a shorthanded tally by Colton McCarthy.“We just kept the pressure up . . . keep moving are feet and get their goalie moving side to side kind of opened it up a bit,” Horswill, who chipped in with a goal himself, explained.Boyczuk finished the game with the hat trick while Aaron Dunlap finished with a pair.Greg Nickel, Matthew Naka, Dustin Reimer and Bryce Nielsen also scored for Nelson.McCarthy and Carsen Willans each finished the game with three assists while Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dallon Stoddart, in his first game back for the Leafs after spending time in Manitoba playing Junior A hockey, added a pair of assists.The Leafs out shot the Hawks by a 33-9 margin as Boeckman out dueled Beaver Valley backstop Zack Perehudoff between the pipes to register the win.Nelson, improving to 12-5-1, retains its Murdock Division lead over Castlegar by two points.The Rebels blasted Grand Forks 8-0.The Leafs return to the rink Sunday for an afternoon tilt against the Sicamous Eagles.Sicamous is 9-2-2-2, good enough for second spot in the Doug Birks Division behind North Okanagan.The same Eagles are in Fruitvale Saturday for a date against the Hawks.last_img read more

Nelson fighters shine at Griffins Boxing Card

first_imgNelson Boxing Club fighters took their skills on the road to compete at the Griffins Saturday Night Boxing Card in North Vancouver.Coach Jesse Pineiro said the card was an opportunity for the local boxers to gain some valuable experience. “I’m very proud of how our fighters conduct themselves in and out of the ring,” Pineiro said following the event.“They showed skills, heart and sportsmanship as always and putting our club on the map.”Results had Brayden Hellekson drop a close decision to Robert Machikyan from Nanaimo while Jesse Lyons fought a great exhibition match against National Champion Ali Reza.“Jesse used his reach and movement and looked very sharp against Reza,” Pineiro said.The final Nelson bout had Max Berkeley gains some good experience during an action-packed bout against Aaron Madriaga from North Vancouver. This was a 12-year-old initiation bout for both fighters.last_img read more

Mora picks up first-ever win against Butte as Corsairs open conference play with a victory

first_imgButte Valley >> Coming in, the Butte College men’s basketball team had never lost to a Justin Mora-led team at College of the Redwoods. Mora and the Corsairs finally found the right ingredients capable of dropping Butte coach Russ Critchfield and the Roadrunners, winning 80-73 on the road in the Golden Valley Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Cowan Gym. Butte falls to 12-7 and 0-1 in the GVC, while Redwoods (7-9, 1-0 GVC) at least temporary moves a game up on the …last_img read more

Bird Development in Stunning Video

first_imgThe orchestration of a bird from egg to chick is shown in astonishing detail by Illustra Media.While the Editor is on travel, we bring this informative and educational video by Illustra, found on The John 10:10 Project.A BIRD IS BORNThis short film, along with dozens of other stunning productions, are easily shared on social media. Visit TheJohn1010Project.com for a list of available films, and consider subscribing and supporting the project as they plan and produce additional films like this.(Visited 418 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

R200m plan to unite SA’s textile industry

first_img At the end of the initial five-year plan, he said, “the industry should have created between 7 000 and 8 000 jobs, as well as seen an active participation of about 600 newly formed small, medium and micro enterprises”. SAinfo reporter 27 June 2014 South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry has approved a R200-million grant and a five-year plan for the establishment of the Southern African Sustainable Textile and Apparel Cluster (Sastac), in a bid to improve the industry’s competitiveness while uniting it under an umbrella body. Making the announcement on Monday, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the initiative sought to build the capacity of South Africa’s industry to supply local and international consumers with “fully traceable sustainable apparel and household textile products”. This would include supplying textile and apparel products that adhered to the 100% local content requirement for procurement by local government. Davies said the cluster would work to maximise production and beneficiation using local raw materials, “starting with cotton and then broadening its scope to include all other natural and synthetic fibres”, while incubating opportunities for small business participation and job creation throughout the value chain, “from farm to retail”.center_img The cluster would work with retailers to help the government with tracing goods and overcoming non-compliance within the industry. Heinrich Schultz, the newly appointed manager of the cluster, told The Star newspaper that Sastac would oversee about eight existing sub-clusters across the industry, helping to “mend a highly fragmented industry”.last_img read more

Meet the 2015 Ohio FFA Convention Student Reporters

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal are excited to announce yet another year of exceptional student reporters to help bring you live coverage of the 87th Ohio FFA State Convention, April 30th and May 1st at the Ohio Expo Center. They’ll be reporting alongside our staff and offering a view of convention from a member’s perspective, all while learning valuable communication skills and having fun in the process. Stay tuned to www.ocj.com for the latest updates from Ohio FFA.Here are this year’s student reporters:Taylor CasterTaylor Caster is a member of the Clyde FFA Chapter. She is currently a sophomore at Clyde High School and serves her chapter as its junior president. She’ll be serving as president next year. Taylor has participated in various CDEs such as Parliamentary Procedure, Agricultural Sales, Dairy Judging, and Public Speaking. Outside of school, she is involved with the Riley Booster 4-H Club serving as reporter, Jr. Fair Board and Jr. Leadership Club. Taylor also loves to show livestock at the Sandusky County Fair, this year she plans to show Market Lambs, Hogs, and Turkeys. She is also serving as 2014 Sandusky County Fair Lamb & Wool Queen. Taylor hopes that this experience will enhance her speaking ability and allow her to broaden her horizons as she begins to take on new challenges.  Jarrett CrowthersJarrett Crowthers is a freshman member of the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA Chapter. He is currently serving as the 2015-2016 Chapter Secretary. Crowthers this year had the joy of winning the state Public Speaking contest. Outside of FFA, he has participated in school plays and musicals, show choir, and has actively raised animals. He’ll be showing cattle and rabbits at this year’s Butler County Fair. Jarrett hopes to meet new people and make new friendships from the student reporter experience.    Libby HoslerLibby Hosler is a member in the Chief Logan FFA Chapter. She serves as the chapter reporter and is involved in a wide variety of Career Development Events. A junior in High School, Hosler is a class officer, member of student council, National Honor Society, and the Varsity Cross Country, Track, and Cheerleading teams. Her agricultural interests include raising market goats and rabbits for the fair.     Evan SmithEvan Smith is returning to offer his skills and talents as a Student Reporter for the second year, having been a reporter at the 2014 Ohio FFA State Convention. He hopes to bring some new experience to the reporting team. After last year’s convention, Evan began a student internship at a local radio station, reporting on the five FFA chapters in his home county. Smith is currently a junior at Canal Winchester High School, but is a member of the Bloom-Carroll FFA Chapter. Evan took second in the state at Extemporaneous Public Speaking this year and will be receiving his State FFA Degree the convention. He would like to someday attend The Ohio State University, but is still undecided on a major.last_img read more