Do part to reduce trash to landfills

first_imgI would like to respond to Ken Kimball’s Nov. 19 letter [“Offer solutions to Colonie landfill issue”].Local landfills are, indeed, close to being full. There are many problems and many solutions that our governments will have to deal with. In the meantime, I would challenge Mr. Kimball and all people to do what they can to help.I recently took a wonderful course through Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County, to become a Master Composter and Recycler.I thought I was doing a great job already, but I learned how much more I can do. So check out your local services (including Cornell Cooperative Extension) and see what you can recycle in your area.Reduce your garbage by composting and buying items with less packaging or packaging that can be recycled. Bring your own container to a restaurant for your leftovers, take reusable bags to the grocery store, and write letters to companies to encourage them to have eco-friendly packaging and practices. These practices won’t solve the problem, but they are a good start.By reducing your waste, the landfills will last a little longer and more permanent solutions can be found.Maggie BrownSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Anderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

New York cats become first US pets to contract coronavirus

first_imgTopics : The departments stressed that while public health officials are still studying COVID-19’s impact on animals “there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States.”Health officials recommend that cats and dogs socially isolate while they learn more about how the virus infects pets. The CDC advises that cats be kept indoors when possible to avoid them interacting with other animals or humans.It says that dogs should be kept on a leash while outside and should avoid busy areas such as dog parks.The CDC also advises people who might have COVID-19 to avoid physical contact with their pet.Earlier this month, a tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo was confirmed to have been infected by a caretaker who was asymptomatic at the time.In late March a pet cat was discovered infected with the novel coronavirus in Belgium, following similar cases in Hong Kong where two dogs tested positive.They were believed to have contracted the virus from the people they live with.More than 15,000 people have been killed by COVID-19 in New York state. The owner of one of the cats had earlier tested positive for the virus before their feline pet started showing symptoms, according to the officials.The other cat lives in a household where no members were confirmed to be ill with COVID-19.”The virus may have been transmitted to this cat by mildly ill or asymptomatic household members or through contact with an infected person outside its home,” said the statement.Another cat in the same house has not shown signs of having the illness, the press release added.center_img Two cats in New York have become the first pets in the United States to test positive for the new coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.The cats live in separate areas of New York state, America’s COVID-19 epicenter, the Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a joint statement.”Both had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a full recovery,” they said.last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Latest news, buzz, reported deals as 2020 deadline approaches

first_imgFor all of the latest trade deadline action, follow SN’s Thursday live blog HERE.With less than 24 hours to go until the NBA trade deadline, there will be rumors flying all around the league, but how many deals will actually be completed?Unlike last season, an Anthony Davis-level star is not available to loom over trade conversations. This Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline is more likely to bring moves involving role players rather than the blockbusters that basketball fans have grown accustomed to seeing. Golden State is moving on from D’Angelo Russell conversations with Minnesota at this juncture, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Warriors have been clear with Minnesota on price point — and Timberwolves, to this point, are not willing to meet it.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 202010:10 a.m. — The Hawks are waiving Chandler Parsons in order to create a roster spot and acquire Clint Capela and Nene from the Rockets as part of Tuesday’s four-team trade.Atlanta is waiving Chandler Parsons and his expiring $25.1M contract to create roster space to complete four-team trade, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 20208:40 a.m. — It appears suitors for Jrue Holiday aren’t prepared to pay the exorbitant price required to pry him away from the Pelicans.New Orleans continues to be content with Jrue Holiday remaining on roster through Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline, league sources tell ESPN. The kind of overwhelming offer it would take to pry Holiday hasn’t surfaced in the marketplace.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 5, 20207:30 a.m. —  Good morning. You missed a 12-player, four-team trade late Tuesday night. Here we go!Rockets receive: Jordan Bell, Robert Covington, Hawks 2024 second-round pick (via Warriors)Hawks receive: Clint Capela, NeneTimberwolves receive: Malik Beasley, Juan Hernangomez, Evan Turner, Jarred Vanderbilt, Hawks 2020 first-round pick (via Nets)Nuggets receive: Keita Bates-Diop, Gerald Green, Shabazz Napier, Noah Vonleh, Rockets 2020 first-round pick TRADE RUMORS: Which players could Lakers target?We shouldn’t rule out the possibility of more “Woj Bombs,” though. It only takes one call from a general manager to get the trade train in motion.Sporting News will help you track all of the trade chaos below. Here are the latest reported deals and speculation ahead of Thursday’s deadline.Latest NBA trade rumors and news(All times Eastern)12:45 a.m. — The 76ers find some depth on the trade market. They will need to waive or send out two players in order to create roster spots for Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III.Warriors are trading Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III to Philadelphia, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 6, 2020Sources: 76ers sending three second-round picks to Golden State for Burks and Robinson.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 6, 202011:20 p.m. — Oh boy. The trade is expanding.Miami, Memphis and Oklahoma City are working on an elaborate three-team deal that would land the Heat both Andre Iguodala and Danilo Gallinari, league sources tell ESPN. Talks are ongoing and could extend into Thursday, sources said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020Here’s one key to getting this three-team deal done and Gallinari to Miami, league sources tell ESPN: Can OKC get Miami to lift the protections on a 2023 first-round pick the Heat owe the Thunder? The pick was originally protected in the top 14.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 202010:05 p.m. — In other news, the Kings and Hawks are doing stuff.Sacrameto is trading Dewayne Dedmon to Atlanta for Jabari Parker and Alex Len, sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me. Atlanta also gets two second round picks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020Sacramento is sending Atlanta a 2020 and a 2021 second round pick in deal, sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 20209 p.m. — Memphis received a draft pick in the initial Andre Iguodala trade, and now it will land at least Justise Winslow in another deal. That’s a nice win for the Grizzlies.Justise Winslow is part of the package headed to Memphis in the Iguodala trade, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 20208:30 p.m. — Wait, Andre Iguodala is heading to Miami AND he got paid? This man knows what he’s doing.Memphis is finalizing sending Andre Iguodala to Miami, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Iguodala is believed to be prepared to play for the Heat.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 6, 2020Memphis has agreed to a deal to send Andre Iguodala to Miami, league source tells ESPN. Iguodala agreed to trade and has agreed to a two-year, $30M extension with Miami.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020Source: Andre Iguodala and Miami’s two-year, $30M extension has team option in second season (2021-22).— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 6, 20208:15 p.m. — Yeah, the Heat might be really going for the Eastern Conference crown.Pat Riley clearly sees an opportunity to make a run with these Heat: Riley has been working to trade for Memphis’ Andre Iguodala AND Oklahoma City’s Danilo Gallinari, league sources tell ESPN. Talks are ongoing.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 20207:55 p.m. — The Pistons and Suns haven’t made progress on a potential Luke Kennard trade. Eh, whatever. Holler over if you guys are going to do something.Detroit’s discussions with Phoenix on a Luke Kennard trade have reached an impasse, league sources tell ESPN. Sides unable to agree on protections for a Suns first-round pick that would have been in the deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 20207:35 p.m. — To borrow some words from Russell Westbrook, “Ah, that’s pretty interesting!” Stay tuned.Miami and Memphis are in advanced discussions for Andre Iguodala to land with the Heat, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 6, 2020Yahoo Sources. The Los Angeles Lakers have ventured down all avenues — including a last Hail Mary attempt — to seek a path to Andre Iguodala, but it is becoming apparent that Miami has Memphis’ attention right now.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 6, 20207:15 p.m. — D’Angelo Russell isn’t involved, but we could see a couple Warriors sent to new teams before the deadline.The Warriors are expected to hold Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks out of tonight’s game in Brooklyn in anticipation of trading one or both before Thursday’s 3 PM ET deadline— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 6, 20205:30 p.m. — Let’s get a little Lakers guard action going. Well, sort of. Nothing feels imminent as of Wednesday night.The Lakers inquired about Dennis Schröder as they look to fortify the PG position leading up to the trade deadline, sources told ESPN. The conversation did not go very far, as OKC — currently the No. 7 seed in the West — were not looking to move him without a hefty return.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 5, 2020Multiple teams are inquiring about the availability of Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 5, 20205 p.m. — Another wing player hits the market. Kelly Oubre is averaging a career-high 18.5 points per game and shooting nearly 35 percent from 3-point range for the Suns.The Suns are fielding trade calls on Kelly Oubre with 22 hours and change to go before the NBA trade deadline, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 5, 20204:15 p.m. — So, this isn’t exactly trade news, but … is everything OK in Philadelphia?Al Horford asked if players need to called out:”There’s some stuff going on in our locker room, and we’ll keep that internal”— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) February 5, 20203 p.m. — The Timberwolves aren’t the only team interested in D’Angelo Russell. (Again, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he stays with the Warriors.)The New York Knicks continue to pursue Warriors’ star D’Angelo Russell, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. So far, Knicks haven’t offered packages that would close gap on Golden State’s price point.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 20202:40 p.m. — Houston isn’t done just yet. The Rockets are close to acquiring a center, but who could they be targeting?Source: Rockets closing in on a deal for a center, currently talking to two Eastern Conference teams. In addition to a center, they are willing to take on additional salary in exchange for assets.— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) February 5, 20201:20 p.m. — After firing team president Steve Mills, the Knicks have softened their stance on Marcus Morris. A Lakers deal could be in play with Kyle Kuzma at the center of a trade package, but as SNY’s Ian Begley reports, we’re far from anything being finalized.Worth noting on Knicks-Lakers trade front: in conversation between the two teams that took place before yesterday, Allonzo Trier and Alex Caruso were among the players brought up, sources say. Talks didn’t advance at that point. More here:— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 5, 202011:15 a.m. — While D’Angelo Russell has been one of the bigger names thrown around in trade talks, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he stays with the Warriors past the deadline. There is always a chance the Timberwolves re-engage if they are in Russell-or-bust mode, but that doesn’t seem to be the case as of Wednesday morning.last_img read more