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Resolve to give more to others this year

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionEvery year, thousands of people set out to make a New Year’s resolution. Here is a different thought and a different direction we should all try. Instead of giving up chocolate, fatty foods or maybe something as little as how much television we watch, let’s try a different approach. Let’s just give. We can get caught up in our busy schedules and at times lose our focus on what is really important. Let us take the time to think of all who are around us. Even if it’s something as simple as holding a door open, picking up something that someone has dropped, or just being polite by saying hello, there are all kinds acts that can make a difference in a person’s day. When we go home, let us think of our husbands, wives, children, parents or whoever else may be there. Instead of having our own favorite meal, maybe we could consider what others might like instead. Another nice gesture would be to clean up after dinner instead of having someone else do the task. I could list a hundred different ideas on what kind of thoughtful acts we could perform, but that’s up to the individual.The important thing is to think of others. Do no wait, because there’s going to be a time when our loved ones will not always be here. So during the new year, put others first and remember that it’s much better to give than to receive.Sean DefresneAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Leclerc extends Ferrari deal until 2024

first_imgLeclerc came through the Ferrari Driver Academy and is the junior driver to German Vettel, whose contract at Ferrari ends after the 2020 season.“With each passing race this year, our wish to extend our contract with Charles became ever more self-evident and the decision means he will now be with us for the next five seasons,” said Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto.“It demonstrates that Charles and the Scuderia have a firm future together.“Charles has been part of our family since 2016 and we are more than proud of the results we are achieving with our Academy.“We are therefore very pleased to be able to announce that he will be with us for many years to come and I’m sure that together, we will write many new pages in the history of the Prancing Horse.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Charles LeclercMilan, Italy | AFP | Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc confirmed on Monday he has extended his contract with Ferrari until 2024.“Extremely happy to announce that I will be staying with Scuderia Ferrari for five more years,” the 22-year-old said on Twitter.The 22-year-old, who joined Ferrari in 2016, has impressed in his first season alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.Leclerc had seven pole positions and two wins at the Belgian and Italian Grand Prix.“I’m so grateful to be driving for such a team,” said Leclerc.“I’ve learnt so much during this first year with the team and it is a great starting point to build a strong relationship for the years ahead.”last_img read more

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Singh Brar comes out on top in marathon playoff at Berkhamsted

first_img England boy international Jack Singh Brar laid down a marker for the season by winning the annual Berkhamsted Trophy after a marathon three-way playoff at the challenging Hertfordshire venue. For the second successive year, extra time was needed after Singh Brar (image © Tom Ward Photography)  finished the 36 holes on 140, two under par, tied with Norfolk’s Luke Johnson and Gary Oliver from Essex. All three had par fours at the opening two playoff holes, the first and 18th, but when they returned to the first Johnson’s three putts meant goodbye. Back to the 18th, both Singh Brar and Oliver hit the green in regulation but after Oliver secured another par, Singh Brar rolled in his 11-foot birdie putt for victory. At 16 years and almost five months, the Hampshire lad is believed to be the youngest ever winner of the trophy, which bears the names of such former winners as Sandy Lyle, Luke Donald and Gary Wolstenholme. But he wasn’t overawed by his success. “It’s a good start to the season for me and will give me more confidence for my next event,” he said. “I didn’t do anything special today, just played good golf but there is still room for improvement.” With the players enjoying the sun on their backs at last but still with a chilly wind, Singh Brar shared the lead at lunch with Josh Loughrey and Sam Robertshawe after a four-birdie 69 but had to settle for a level-par 71 in the afternoon. And that included a 25-footer at the last to make the playoff. Johnson did the same in a second round 69 but 36-year-old Oliver, a reinstated professional and Essex county player, was perhaps the surprise packet. But he deserved to make the playoff after returning a best-of-the-day 68, matched by Woburn’s John Kemp. Northumberland’s Alex Dixon might also have made the playoff but his birdie putt on the last green finished alongside the cup for a 70 and 141. The afternoon was also marked by a hole-in-one from Sam Whitaker of Blankney Golf Club in Lincolnshire who sank his four-iron tee shot at the 184-yard fifth hole. It was the second ‘ace’ of his career but his first in competition. But the day belonged to Singh Brar, an under 16 cap for England before stepping up to boys level in last year’s Boys Home Internationals in Ireland. He has also made his mark this year in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, finished runner-up in the Faldo Asian Grand Final in China and qualified for the match play in the recent French International Boys Championship. Not only that, it was his first visit to Berkhamsted. Leading final scores: 140 J Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor 69 71, L Johnson (King’s Lynn) 71 69, G Oliver (Hainault Forest) 72 68 (Singh Brar won playoff at fourth extra hole) 141 A Dixon (City of Newcastle) 71 70, J Loughrey (Wrag Barn) 69 72 142 S Dodds (Coventry) 72 70, A Chesters (Hawkstone Park) 70 72; 143 C Shinkwin (Moor Park) 73 70 8 Apr 2013 Singh Brar comes out on top in marathon playoff at Berkhamsted last_img read more

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Add Color to your Landscape at The Plant Place

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by The Plant Place NurseryNow is the time to add color to your landscape.  Here are some of the lovely things we recommend at The Plant Place Nursery.  All of these plants are currently available at the nursery retail lot on 3333 South Bay Rd. NE Olympia, WA 98506.  Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am-5:30 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.We also carry bare root fruit trees: apple, pear, and cherry.Plants pictured include Japanese Maple, Daphne, Lonicera, Barberry, Katsura Pieris, Heuchera, Ceanothus, Rhododendrons, Wallflower, Euphorbia, Salvia, Grasses, Viburnum, Lithodora, Lilac, Mexican Orange, Vine Maple, Vaccinium, Creeping Phlox, Ash Leaf Spirea, Euonymus, Dappled Willow, Hosta, Heather, Brunnera, Hellebore, Oxalis, Columbine, and Pulmonarialast_img read more

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Here’s a rounds up of the fashion hits and misses of the week

first_imgFINE FLAIR:Chic and simple does the trick for Neha Dhupia who was recently spotted in this military collar anarkali ensemble by Shantanu & Nikhil. The delicate embroidery on the edges of the garment are wonderfully balanced with the gold buttons in front. Dhupia wears it well with hair tied back in a knot, sporting a middle parting and wisps on the side. Additionally, the light smokey eyes, deep maroon nails, and nude lipstick fall well within the colour palette of the dress. As for accessories, the plain black knot clutch from Bottega Veneta and a statement ring complete the look well.Photo : Mail TodayQUIRK CALLING:How adorable does Taapsee Pannu look in these custom-made sari pants by Delhi-based brand Aapro Label. The printed ensemble has been paired well with a casual black t-shirt that boasts a smart peter pan collar and loose sleeves. A black sling bag, reflector mirror aviators and soft orange coloured lipper work.Photo : Mail Today Also Read: Sunny Leone’s short skirt belongs in the early 2000s, and it should stay therePARDON THE PINK:Ouch! While our eyes recover from this disaster on Deepika Padukone, take a lesson, dear readers, on what not to do when colour-blocking pink with red. Firstly, take a pick between making a statement with the fit or the colour -don’t try and mix a slouchy shirt and illfitted trousers with contrasting hues. Secondly, temper down the shade of the shoes from a shiny silver to beige, like the designer Prabal Gurung had originally intended on the runway. Lastly, remember to smarten-up the look with accessories in solid hues like black, white or oxblood red to ensure you don’t look like you’re trying too hard.advertisementPhoto : Mail Today HAPPY AND HOW:Yellow continues to be the season’s favourite, and when it features botanical embroidery, it turns into a double-winner. Shraddha Kapoor looks elegant in this dress from Grassroot by Anita Dongre, with its autumn-perfect tan coloured belt. Take inspiration from her look by pairing a full-sleeve mustardhued dress or cardigan with a scarf or blazer with a flora and fauna print. Coordinate the ensemble with accessories in brown, black or muted hues like pastel pink, purple or cream. Skip on wearing silver shoes like Kapoor has, but take a cue from her fresh face and deceptively basic makeup.Photo : Mail TodayAlso Read: Kareena Kapoor in this smokin’ hot gown is reliving her Don 2 daysPITCH BLACK:A plain black dress needs hints of drama to elevate it, and Ileana D’Cruz does well in this design by Anamika Khanna. The one-shoulder dress features a ruffled flower on the front, and an embroidered belt that lends it a formal air. The fitted jacket with tassel hanging from the cuff is perfect for chilly nights, and her straight centre-parted hair keeps the overall style on-trend. Golden stud earrings look dressy without taking attention away from the creation, as do the metallic Christian Louboutin heels.Photo : Mail Todaylast_img read more

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1st ODI: Martin Guptill century helps New Zealand to 8-wicket win vs Bangladesh

first_imgBrief Score: New Zealand (233/2) beat Bangladesh (232 all out). Martin Guptill 117*, Henry Nicholls 53, Ross Taylor 45*, Mahmudullah 1 for 27 and Mehidy Hasan 1 for 42 (SCORECARD)Martin Guptill carried his bat for 117 as New Zealand eased to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh on Wednesday in the first of three one-day internationals.Bangladesh was bowled out for 232 in 48.5 overs after batting first on winning the toss. New Zealand surpassed that total at 233-2 with 33 balls to spare.Guptill locked in his place in the New Zealand squad for the World Cup in England later this year with a confident, match-winning century from 116 balls which included eight boundaries and four sixes. While his selection might have been automatic in the past, Guptill was under pressure after a recent run of low scores.He made 138 in his first ODI innings of the season against Sri Lanka, returning to the New Zealand team after a long injury break. But he didn’t score more than 15 in his next seven one-day matches against Sri Lanka and India and also lost the chance to press his World Cup selection claims when he missed New Zealand’s T20 series against India with a back injury.SUPERB CENTURY!Martin Guptill cruises past triple figures, his 15th ODI century off 103 balls.NZC LIVE CARD | https://t.co/tx0FubEP6n #NZvBAN pic.twitter.com/Bkh4g6vxyiBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 13, 2019On Wednesday, he demonstrated an ability to anchor an innings, in which he hit a six from the penultimate ball of the match to tie the scores.advertisement”It feels nice but I think the most pleasing thing was the way the guys really restricted Bangladesh up front with the ball,” Guptill said. “We made them tough to get away and losing four wickets in the top 10 is hard to come back from.”Henry Nicholls also made a strong claim to World Cup selection as an opener, as well as for his ability lower in the order, with 53 in a 103-run opening stand with Guptill.Nicholls was promoted to open during the India ODI series when Colin Munro failed to make a substantial score and was dropped, just as he has been left out of the first two matches of this series.The New Zealand selectors had been anticipating a Guptill-Munro opening partnership, expecting it to provide the aggressive beginnings which were to be a key part of New Zealand’s World Cup strategy. Now it seems Guptill, Munro and Nicholls will be chosen to give New Zealand flexibility at the top.Bangladesh lost the first ODI against New Zealand by 8 wickets#BANvNZ pic.twitter.com/te1vgAeIYeBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) February 13, 2019Earlier, Trent Boult and Matt Henry cut through the Bangladesh top order, taking advantage as the ball swung and seamed early to leave the tourists 42-4, then 94-6.A record 84-run partnership between Mohammad Mithun (62) and Mohammad Saifuddin (41) – the largest for the eighth wicket in one-day internationals for Bangladesh – allowed the tourists to pass 200 in what were generally good batting conditions.Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said his team lacked preparation in New Zealand conditions.”We were struggling during the batting time,” Mashrafe said. “They bowled well but I think we just lost too many,” early wickets.”We can’t make excuses but in these conditions you need at least a week to adjust everything.”Also Read | Dravid effect: Like India, Pakistan wants former cricketers for coaching juniorsAlso Read | Pakistan can beat India and end World Cup jinx in England: Moin KhanAlso Read | Vijay Shankar making a strong case for 2019 World Cup berth: L Balajilast_img read more