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

INDOT orders State Road 46 bridge to close near Batesville

first_imgBatesville, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Transportation has closed State Road 46 West of Batesville. Crews have begun to make structural repairs to the bridge over Little Laughery Creek and will finish later this summer. During the closure heavy traffic will be required to use State Road 229, I-74 and Decatur County Road 850 East.Inspectors recently determined an additional support was needed in the center span in order for the bridge to remain safe.INDOT engineers are currently developing a project that would rehabilitate or bypass the historic bridge as part of the transportation improvement plan.last_img read more

Boars Head auditions and rehearsals announced

first_imgCutline: Boars Head guests in 2017 were protected by well outfitted guards. Pictured left to right: Kyle Tobeck, Ddoug Obermeyer, Daniel Eckstein and Jerry BennettBatesville, In. — Performers, vocalists and anyone who would like to usher in the Christmas season with song is encouraged to join the Boars Head Festival. Sponsored by the Batesville Area Arts Council (formerly RAA), the festival is the perfect way to ignite the holiday spirit.Auditions and sign-ups for actors, individuals and families will be Wednesday, Oct. 17 and Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6:30-7:45 at the Meyers Building, 502 W. Pearl Street. There are four speaking parts. They include two heralds, St. Nicholas and a Head Angel. A reading will be provided for actors who wish to audition for speaking parts.The adult choir, open to high school aged vocalists and older does not require an audition. Participants must report to Holy Family Church in Oldenburg on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Bill Rethlake will provide schedules and music. The choir will practice Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.The Children’s choir is available for fourth through eighth graders. They will meet Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Batesville Middle School music room. Vocalists interested in a solo may stay after practice to audition.The Boars Head show dates are Friday, Nov. 30 at Batesville’s Tree Lighting and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. during Oldenburg’s Holidays Under the Spires.For more information please email [email protected] or  812-374-2037 or [email protected] or 812-212-0789.last_img read more

President Mahama promises five new stadia

first_imgPresident of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama has promised to build five new stadia if given the mandate for the second time.The President is bidding for a second term as the nation prepares for the upcoming general elections in December.The flagbearer of the ruling National Democratic Congress(NDC), in his manifesto launch on Tuesday evening, revealed the party is keen on improving the current state of sports in the country by constructing five new, ultramodern sports stadiums.He noted that the facilities will be constructed in the Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahofo, Volta and the Eastern regions.The aforementioned regions cannot boast of a state-of-the-art stadium. The President went on to reveal his plans to refurbish the Azumah Nelson Sports complex in Accra, which has been deteriorating for many years. “We will refurbish the Azumah Nelson Sports complex, formerly Kaneshi Sports Complex. In addition, we will build five new stadia at the Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo, Volta and the Eastern Regions,” the President stated.Ghana currently has five national stadia in Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi and Cape Coast with the Accra, Takoradi and Tamale Stadiums in a poor state.last_img read more

Fred VanVleet injury update: Raptors guard cleared for Game 5 of NBA Finals

first_imgFred VanVleet is ready to make his return, but he’ll look a little different when he does.The Raptors guard has been cleared for Monday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors but will wear a mouthpiece when he takes the court. VanVleet was left with blood streaming down his face in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Game 4 victory after he took an inadvertent elbow from Warriors guard Shaun Livingston.He was clearly dazed on the play and received seven stitches but did not have a concussion, adding Sunday that he hasn’t suffered any symptoms of a concussion since the hit.He did, however, say the facial swelling is bothersome and has left his sight “a little blurry” and his eyes “watering a little at random points.” Other than that, he’s feeling fine.”No symptoms, no concussion,” VanVleet said. “We have great doctors … they’re very annoying. They make sure we’re in the right state of mind before we go out there.”I’m not trying to be a martyr out here. They can give my tooth back. You’re not going to get knocked around like that if you don’t stick your nose in there sometimes. It was an unfortunate play, but it happens. It’s basketball. If you haven’t got your eye cut up or got hit in the mouth a couple times playing basketball then you might be playing it the wrong way.” “I’m a gambler. I gambled and sometimes it comes back to bite you in the butt,” VanVleet said following Sunday’s practice, via The Canadian Press. “All kids out there, wear mouthpieces. It was a weird play and I took an unfortunate shot. Now I will be wearing a mouthpiece for as long as I can manage it.”I’ll probably throw it (away) at some point, but I’m going to try.” Related News VanVleet, 25, has averaged 12.8 points, three assists and 1.5 steals off the bench in the postseason. He posted a playoff career-high 21 points Friday.Toronto, up 3-1, will have a chance to close out the series at home and stop Golden State from winning its third straight championship and fourth in five years.Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.center_img Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star (calf) listed as questionable for Game 5 Raptors’ Fred VanVleet gets seven stitches after face bloodied by Shaun Livingston elbowlast_img read more

Cowboys vs. Bears player prop bets, picks for ‘Thursday Night Football’

first_imgElliott only ran the ball 12 times against Buffalo on Thanksgiving, and Garrett has been criticized for that decision. However, it’s unlikely he changes tack against Chicago’s run defense. The Bears’ front seven has done a great job of stopping running backs in their tracks, so the under is a good bet for Elliott.David Montgomery over/under 58.5 rushing yardsChicago’s run game has been ineffective for most of the season. The Bears have tried to fix it with a revamped offensive line and new running backs, but this team continues to be one of the worst in the league when it comes to moving the chains on the ground. Chicago is averaging a scant 3.4 YPC, and Montgomery is the Bears’ leading rusher with 594 yards on the season.Montgomery has only carried the ball 20 times or more in a game twice this season, so workload shouldn’t be a big factor when considering this prop. His best games have all come against relative weak front sevens, and Dallas is much stronger up front than most of the teams he has succeeded against this season. That makes the under a relatively decent bet for Montgomery too. Here are some other bets to look at when these teams face off tonight.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends from Sports InsiderDak Prescott over/under 277.5 passing yardsPrescott has had a sensational season. He is leading the league in passing yards, proving that he was right to bet on himself in a contract year. Dallas’ signal caller is averaging 334.2 YPG, but he has only thrown for 278 yards or more in a game six times in 12 games.Prescott will be facing a Bears defense that is the fourth best in the league in passing yards per attempt, holding opponents to 6.1 YPA. However, the Bears are unlikely to have starting cornerback Prince Amukamara available due to a hamstring injury, thrusting Buster Skrine into a starting role. Chicago’s stolid run defense is allowing just 3.4 YPC, so it’s unlikely that Ezekiel Elliott goes off against the Bears. That will likely make Jason Garrett turn to Prescott once more, giving Prescott ample opportunity to go over his total. Mitchell Trubisky over/under 234.5 passing yardsOn paper, Trubisky hasn’t appeared to have a bad season. However, if you take out his performances against Detroit and Washington his numbers are atrocious. Without those three games to boost his stats, he has thrown four touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games. Trubisky posted three straight games with less than 200 passing yards prior to the last two weeks, but he is facing a much tougher secondary than either the Giants or the Lions. Dallas is allowing 6.3 YPA, and the Cowboys have a very good cornerback in Byron Jones. Jones is likely to match up with Allen Robinson, taking away Trubisky’s favorite target in the passing game. With Taylor Gabriel out and Anthony Miller struggling in his second season, that makes the under a good bet on Thursday night.WEEK 14 NFL PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadEzekiel Elliott over/under 85.5 rushing yardsGarrett moving away from featuring Elliott in the running game has been a surprising development. Dallas’ head coach is not running Elliott as often as he has in previous seasons, and the star running back has not run for more than 100 yards since he eclipsed the century mark against the Giants a month ago.  The Cowboys are looking to strengthen their grip on the NFC East, and they will be heading to the Windy City to take on the Bears on “Thursday Night Football.”Dallas is a three-point favorite in this game and the total is 43.5, but there are more betting options than just the spread and total for this game.last_img read more