Look at how society supports the sex trade

first_imgIn response to Bob Belive’s April 15 letter, “Consider what Stormy does”: It’s beyond ironic that he urges us to completely disregard her because of how she earns her pay, yet he admits to having made a living off her trade by renting “adult” films from his video store. Does the same standard apply to him, then? Is he not worthy because he, too, profited from sex?It’s time, folks, to stop the holier-than-thou rants and look inward to see how our society supports sex trade in all its forms; porn, jobs in return for sexual favors, hush money paid for silence. As long as women can make money off sex, and men in powerful positions pay for it, the sex industry will thrive. As long as men denigrate women in the sex industry and those women who enjoy or promote their own sexuality, men will claim innocence and misogyny, and sexism will reign.Time’s up. The lens has found a new focus.CINDY BUKOFF FLEISCHERDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:Local movie theater operators react to green lightSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Dyche desperate to strengthen squad

first_img “The only over-lying marker that usually gets any deal done is money, we all know that. We will put good resources into certain areas and certain deals, but there is a limit. “The club’s future is important, not just the immediate future on the pitch.” Burnley are arguably bigger outsiders than they were when they reached the Premier League for the first time in 2009, a stay that lasted only one season. They begin their campaign by welcoming Chelsea to Turf Moor a week on Monday, allowing ‘the Ginger Mourinho’ to pit his wits against the real thing. Dyche knows his team will be written off before they have started but he is confident they have the right formula to surprise people. “We were underdogs last year and I think we got used to that,” said the 43-year-old former defender. “It can bring freedom. There’ll be an expectation from us, how we perform and how we go about it, but from the outside arguably we’ll be deemed probably one of the biggest underdogs there’s been in the Premier League for a while. “But we do know the underdog story. There’s not many, if you actually analyse underdog stories, that are by chance or luck. “So at the same time as being an underdog, we like to think there’s a way we go about our business that will give us a chance to do well and be competitive and win football matches.” Sean Dyche estimates he has made 500 phone calls this summer as he attempts to create a squad capable of staying in the Barclays Premier League. Dyche, who refused to comment on reports linking the club with Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury, said: ” It’s a challenge. “Some of it is intriguing to know what’s out there, what we can do and what we can’t do, and it’s annoying sometimes because there’s things you want to get pushed through and they drag and drag and drag, and we’ve had that on a few different situations. “We work hard. I reckon I’ve made 500 phone calls over the summer to managers to agents to coaches, background on players etc. And that’s just me, that’s not counting my staff, the recruitment side of things. “We keep looking and we keep searching for the ones that are appropriate and that can help us to enhance our chances of doing well this year. “We need more strength in depth but that doesn’t just come with anyone, we have to also make sure there’s some quality and talent there otherwise it would be counter productive. “There’s not a definitive number. I doubt we’ll hit 25 senior players, but we definitely want to enhance the numbers. “If we had the finance we’re spending now in the Championship, that would give us a real competitive edge. In the Premier League, we all know what it’s like. The numbers are vast, e ven for players who you wouldn’t recognise as being market leaders, but they move for very big fees and very big wages. “You could get frustrated by it but what’s the point? That’s not going to get any deals done. Press Association Dyche led Burnley to promotion from the Sky Bet Championship in May despite the Clarets having one of the smallest squads in the second tier. He has so far added goalkeeper Matt Gilks, midfielders Steven Reid, Matt Taylor and Michael Kightly and forwards Lukas Jutkiewicz and Marvin Sordell, but hopes to boost the numbers further before the end of the month. last_img read more

Atwood, Lamar host Central Ark.

first_img February 4, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCentral Arkansas (7-15, 6-5) vs. Lamar (11-11, 5-6)Montagne Center, Beaumont, Texas; Wednesday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Rylan Bergersen and Central Arkansas will face T.J. Atwood and Lamar. The junior Bergersen is averaging 16.4 points over the last five games. Atwood, a senior, has scored 22 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 14.6 over his last five games. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Atwood, Lamar host Central Ark.center_img Associated Press STEPPING UP: Atwood is averaging 15.8 points and 6.7 rebounds to lead the way for the Cardinals. Davion Buster has complemented Atwood and is accounting for 15.1 points and two steals per game. The Bears are led by Bergersen, who is averaging 15 points and 4.9 rebounds.TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: The Bears have scored 81.5 points per game and allowed 78.4 points per game in conference play thus far. Those are both solid improvements over the 68.8 points scored and 94.8 points given up per game to non-conference foes.BRILLIANT BERGERSEN: Bergersen has connected on 22.5 percent of the 111 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 10 of 25 over his last five games. He’s also converted 68 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Lamar is 0-9 this year when it scores 62 points or fewer and 11-2 when it scores at least 63.STREAK STATS: Lamar has lost its last four home games, scoring an average of 62.8 points while giving up 71.3.DID YOU KNOW: The Lamar defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 24.9 percent of all possessions, which is the 13th-highest rate in the country. The Central Arkansas offense has turned the ball over on 23.1 percent of its possessions (ranked 339th among Division I teams).last_img read more

SC St. seeks revenge on Morgan State

first_img February 16, 2020 SAVVY SENIORS: Morgan State’s Stanley Davis, Troy Baxter and David Syfax Jr. have collectively accounted for 45 percent of all Bears points this season, although the trio’s production has fallen to 28 percent over the last five games.STEPPING IT UP: The Bulldogs have scored 74.3 points per game against MEAC opponents so far, an improvement from the 63.5 per game they recorded against non-conference opponents.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Rayshawn Neal has been directly responsible for 41 percent of all South Carolina State field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 20 field goals and 14 assists in those games.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Bears have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Bulldogs. South Carolina State has 32 assists on 83 field goals (38.6 percent) across its previous three games while Morgan State has assists on 29 of 57 field goals (50.9 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Morgan State is ranked first among MEAC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 34.2 percent. The Bears have averaged 12.6 offensive boards per game. SC St. seeks revenge on Morgan State Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMorgan State (13-14, 7-5) vs. South Carolina State (11-12, 6-5)Smith-Hammond-Middleton Center, Orangeburg, South Carolina; Monday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Morgan State goes for the season sweep over South Carolina State after winning the previous matchup in Baltimore. The teams last met on Jan. 6, when the Bears outshot South Carolina State from the field 45.8 percent to 36.7 percent and had five fewer turnovers en route to the 77-63 victory.center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Steve Hawkins – 30 Years of Goldsmithing for Kluh Jewelers

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by L. Jeanette Strole Parks for Kluh JewlersSteve Hawkins has been the Kluh Jewelers Goldsmith for over 30 years.The South Sound has both big and small jewelry stores; some are tucked inside malls, and department stores, some are national chains, and a few are family owned shops. While most of them offer repairs, cleanings and custom work, Kluh Jewelers in Lacey has an added advantage for discriminating shoppers; they are proud to have had the same in-house goldsmith for thirty years. That’s right, Steve Hawkins actually works inside the four walls of the store to ensure that the highest quality of attention and care is given to your jewelry. If you happen to be shopping at the South Sound Center store, you might even catch a glimpse of him hard at work behind the windows in the back corner.Hawkins is a craftsman who not only loves what he does, but with such longevity at the family-owned jewelry store, there is an extra level of trust added. Matt Kluh speaks fondly of his working and personal relationship with Hawkins. “Steve is good at his job, treats each piece like it’s his own, and cares about his customers. But he’s also a really nice guy.”The advantages of an in-store goldsmith are numerous. Kluh outlines the whole process of what you can expect when you leave a jewelry item for repair with them. “When a customer brings in a piece of jewelry, we inspect it from top to bottom. We want to be sure to fix everything that is needed to end up with a excellent finished repair. After inspection, the jewelry is photographed and entered into our computer system. Next, the jewelry arrives at my bench. It is inspected again, cleaned and work performed. After the work is finished, the item goes through 2 steps of polishing, an ultrasonic cleaning and finished with a blast of steam. The jewelry is inspected again for quality control and is ready to return to its happy owner.” Most other shops in the area not only send your jewelry out for repair, which means trusting a shipping service with your valuable heirloom or jewelry, but on the receiving end, the goldsmith might be handling jewelry from multiple original stores, which means there is also a higher risk of items becoming lost, damaged or misplaced in the process. So leaving your repairs at Kluh’s immediately gives the customer built-in security. “We know what you left with us, and what we are doing with it.”Hawkins first became interested in the 7,000 year old art of goldsmithing after taking a jewelry making class in high school. Citing his teacher as a source of inspiration, he launched himself headfirst into the world of jewelry making right after high school. “At the age of 18 I went to work at a wholesale trade shop in Spokane where I was paid to learn. My persistence landed me the job because I bugged the daylights out of them knowing this was what I wanted to do.”For one and a half years at that first trade shop job, he did nothing but polishing. As he quips, “My fingers were raw but as soon as the calluses formed I was off and running.” After a total of four years as an apprentice he spent an additional six years of ‘tipping’ (adding new prong-tips to hold gem stones in place) and assembly line jewelry making, “with twenty-two bench jewelers each performing one specific task in building a new piece of jewelry.” He explains that in today’s market, having a whole row of goldsmiths working on an assembly-line piece of jewelry would still be considered a “custom piece of hand made art. Most new pieces from the U.S. today are complete when cast and many include the stones being set in the casting process.”When he came to Kluh’s thirty years ago, he established himself as one of Thurston County’s most reputable goldsmiths very quickly. He had just moved from Spokane to the Olympia area, when he had a chance to get in with the Kluh family. “Story has it that Greg Kluh (Matt’s father) had been toying with the decision of putting a goldsmith in the Lacey store (which at the time was in the heart of South Sound Center mall). Coincidentally I walked in having just moved and the rest is history.”For someone who primarily works on standard gem-stone tips and other repairs at his station five days a week, he also finds a great deal of joy in crafting one-of-a-kind pieces occasionally. “When I‘m allowed the luxury of time and I get to use my imagination to create a piece for a friend or family member. I get to see these pieces again and again and know the joy it brings to someone I care about.”Knowing that his customers are often leaving precious family heirlooms in his care, Hawkins feels extra pleased when he is thanked for a job well done. “It’s a great profession and I still love it as much as I thought I would when I was pestering that trade shop in Spokane to hire me. It takes a lifetime to learn this craft. I’ll never know it all.”He also feels very much like the atmosphere and environment at Kluh’s is like being part of a big family. “There’s a personal touch, so all of us that work there aren’t just a number, we’re part of the Kluh family.”Of course, Hawkins has other hobbies, including playing drums, ukulele and guitar, and listening to music from the 1960s and 70s. “Goldsmithing can be monotonous so the variance of what I do outside of work is a good thing.”He foresees himself being a goldsmith even in the afterlife. “I know I will continue my craft in Heaven because is written in the Bible that the streets are paved with gold and foundation stones are made of precious gems, but in the meantime, as long as I’m physically able I’ll keep on keepin’ on.” Of course, he figures that with the rainy cold winters eventually becoming more disagreeable to him, he might have to eventually do his smith-work “in a warmer climate or perhaps in a little grass shack on the beach.”But until he heads to a tropical isle for retirement, you can trust him to handle your most precious jewelry repairs right in the place where he has been the last thirty years.last_img read more

Mason Health Announces Hire of Primary Care Manager Kelly North

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Mason HealthWith the Grand Opening of Mason Clinic scheduled for Friday, February 21, and Mason Clinic opening for services on Monday, February 24, Mason Health continues to create new jobs to meet the health care needs of our growing district. Mason Health is pleased to announce the hiring of Kelly North as the new Primary Care Manager. North will oversee primary care services at Mason Clinic and Hoodsport Family Clinic.“I love the community rural health setting,” she said. “What I love about Mason Health is that it is rural health care. It’s a small-town feel, but it operates like a professional hospital.”North is a Washington native who joined the Mason Health team on Nov. 25. Her medical career began in high school in Everett, where she worked part-time in a medical office (as well as part-time serving ice cream at Baskin Robbins). She explored Certified Nursing Assistant programs, but eventually worked for 24 years with the Western Washington Medical Group, working her way up to the role of Practice Administrator.North moved to Port Angeles in 2011 and worked for eight years as a Clinic Manager with Olympic Medical Physicians, where she oversaw the managements of the general surgery, women’s health and walk-in clinics. She set the schedule for employees and providers, and was also involved in the interviewing and hiring of clinic staff and new providers.North is in the process of buying a home in Shelton. She loves to travel and spend time with her two grandchildren, as well as her boxer Jakobi.“At Mason Clinic, I am looking forward to standardizing some workflows between the clinics,” she said.Mason Clinic will open on Feb. 24, with primary care, orthopedics, walk-in and laboratory services. To stay up-to-date on clinic moves and service updates at Mason Clinic, visit www.masongeneral.com.Mason Health, Public Hospital District No. 1 of Mason County, is certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. Mason Health now offers 3D Mammography Services.  For more information on 3D mammograms or to find a health care provider, visit www.MasonGeneral.com.last_img read more