The only solution is to ban assault rifles

The only solution is to ban assault rifles

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe mass shootings using assault rifles (ARs) continue. The mass shootings in Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Nevada and California have resulted in 190 deaths and many more wounded. All are equally tragic. In 1994, a law was enacted that prohibited the manufacture of ARs for civilian use, but it allowed manufacture for law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, this law expired in 2004 and there was no effort by Congress to extend it. Thereafter, AR manufacturing surged. In 2012, in response to the Sandy Hook shooting of children and their teachers, a bill entitled The Assault Weapons Ban similar to the 1994 law was introduced. The NRA condemned this bill and the Senate rejected it by a vote of 60-40. So now there are as many as 15 million civilian-owned ARs, and the number continues to grow.Certainly, a law like that proposed in 2012 should be enacted. But what should be done about the 15 million already manufactured and sold?To think that mental health expansion, which is worthwhile, will solve the problem alone is naive. This is because it would be impossible to find, evaluate, treat and monitor all those of the 15 million that might be thinking of using their ARs to kill. And, as we have seen in the past, the tracking of those individuals who are known to pose a threat is prone to human error. The only solution to this horrific problem is to ban ARs from our civilian population. People’s lives are at stake. Congress must act.Dale BrownNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Russian church leader tours Moscow with holy icon to halt coronavirus

first_imgMoscow, the epicentre of Russia’s coronavirus outbreak, has been in lockdown since Monday and many regions across the country have since imposed similar measures.Russia has reported 4,149 coronavirus cases and 34 deaths.Some Orthodox priests have taken to helicopters or planes with icons, flying above some Russian regions while singing and praying in the hope of halting the virus. Topics : Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russia’s influential Orthodox Church, drove a holy icon around the streets of Moscow in a procession of cars on Friday, as the country fights to halt the spread of the coronavirus.The icon of the Virgin Mary was driven 109 kilometers in a procession of sleak black cars shown on state television and was brought to a cathedral in Moscow for a service.Patriarch Kirill has said he would use the drive to pray for the end of the coronavirus outbreak and appealed to Russians to respect and follow restrictions introduced by the authorities to stem the contagion, Interfax news agency reported.last_img read more

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Pompeo says Trump to act on Chinese students

first_imgTopics : The United States will take action to prevent alleged espionage by Chinese students, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, ahead of an expected announcement by President Donald Trump.Trump earlier said that he will hold a press conference Friday about China amid soaring tensions between the two powers, including over the status of Hong Kong and the novel coronavirus pandemic.Asked about a report in The New York Times that Trump was considering throwing out thousands of graduate students, Pompeo said that Chinese students “shouldn’t be here in our schools spying.” Asian American activists have long voiced concern that the targeting of Chinese students impacts their own community, with US citizens of Asian ancestry coming under unjustified suspicion.”This isn’t a red scare, this isn’t racist. Chinese people are a great people,” Pompeo said when asked about the concerns.”This is like the days of the Soviet Union. This is a communist, tyrannical regime that poses real risk to the United States,” he said.Trump, in remarks to reporters, declined to preview the press conference on Friday but said, “We’re not happy with China.”The press conference will come two days after Pompeo certified to Congress that Hong Kong was no longer autonomous from China, as promised by Beijing before Britain handed over its colony in 1997.China has been pressing forward the drafting of a security law that Hong Kong activists say will end freedoms enjoyed in the financial capital, which was rocked by months of pro-democracy protests last year.Washington and Beijing are already clashing over responsibility for the extent of the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China but has spread worldwide and caused devastation in the United States. Domestic critics accuse Trump of mismanagement and say that the 100,000 US deaths and massive unemployment were the result of a slow, patchy federal response to the virus’ spread across the world’s biggest economy.But Trump blames the crisis on China and for a long time insisted on calling the COVID-19 sickness the “Chinese virus.” He has threatened to cut off US funding for the World Health Organization, accusing the UN body of bias toward Beijing and assisting in a cover-up.center_img “We know we have this challenge. President Trump, I am confident, is going to take that on,” Pompeo told Fox News, while declining to say if action would be announced on Friday.”We have an obligation — a duty — to make sure that students that are coming here to study… aren’t acting on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said.The New York Times said that the Trump administration was considering annulling visas for thousands of graduate students linked to China’s military.The move would be certain to draw criticism from universities, which rely increasingly on tuition from foreign students — of which China and India are the largest sources — and have already been hit hard by the COVID-19 shutdown.last_img read more

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Ocean Yield Provides Financing for NAT’s Suezmax Trio

first_imgNorwegian shipowner Ocean Yield has inked a deal to acquire Nordic American Tankers’ (NAT) three Suezmax newbuildings with ten-year bareboat charters to NAT. Ordered by NAT in October 2016, the crude tanker trio is currently under construction at South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). NAT paid 30% of the contract price for each vessel on contract signature.Under the new deal, Ocean Yield will pay USD 43.2 million per ship after seller’s credit. As explained, the net purchase price constitutes 77.5% of the gross purchase price, which is equal to the yard contract price.The 157,000 dwt vessels are scheduled for delivery in June, August and October 2018. NAT will buy back the vessel at the end of the ten-year charter, but also has the flexibility to acquire the vessels from Ocean Yield after year five and seven.“It is exciting to do business with Ocean Yield, which is 66% owned by Aker ASA. We are pleased to have secured solid long-term financing for the three newbuildings with such good companies,” Herbjørn Hansson, Chairman & CEO of NAT, commented.“This transaction fits well with our strategy to invest in modern vessels with long-term charters,” Lars Solbakken, Ocean Yield ASA’s Chief Executive Officer, said.last_img read more

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Ethicists Argue for Acceptance of After-Birth Abortions

first_imgEthicists Argue for Acceptance of After-Birth AbortionsThe Blaze 27 Feb 2012Two ethicists working with Australian universities argue in the latest online edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics that if abortion of a fetus is allowable, so to should be the termination of a newborn.Alberto Giubilini with Monash University in Melbourne and Francesca Minerva at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne write that in “circumstances occur[ing] after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.”The two are quick to note that they prefer the term “after-birth abortion“ as opposed to ”infanticide.” Why? Because it “[emphasizes] that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus (on which ‘abortions’ in the traditional sense are performed) rather than to that of a child.” The authors also do not agree with the term euthanasia for this practice as the best interest of the person who would be killed is not necessarily the primary reason his or her life is being terminated. In other words, it may be in the parents’ best interest to terminate the life, not the newborns.The circumstances, the authors state, where after-birth abortion should be considered acceptable include instances where the newborn would be putting the well-being of the family at risk, even if it had the potential for an “acceptable” life. The authors cite Downs Syndrome as an example, stating that while the quality of life of individuals with Downs is often reported as happy, “such children might be an unbearable burden on the family and on society as a whole, when the state economically provides for their care.”http://www.theblaze.com/stories/ethicists-argue-in-favor-of-after-birth-abortions-as-newborns-are-not-persons/http://www.news.com.au/national-news/abortion-outrage-mums-should-be-allowed-to-terminate-newborns-say-australian-academics/story-e6frfkvr-1226286841396last_img read more

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Dominica government offers assistance to families affected by Tropical Storm Ophelia

first_img 175 Views   2 comments Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore has reported to the media that residents along the country’s west coast who were affected by Tropical Storm Ophelia in 2011 will from Tuesday receive some assistance from the government.Flooding caused in Massacre due to Tropical Storm Ophelia in September, 2011Blackmoore announced that over 100 residents will receive financial assistance following the September 28th flooding which caused severe devastation to their property.“Persons who have been affected would have to go to the Ministry of Community Development and pick up a letter. They would use that letter to go to the National Bank and collect their money.”He has also cautioned that this should be “done in a civil manner” one which he said is “consistent with our behavior in Dominica”.Blackmoore further explained that however that because of the number of families which are in need of assistance it is not possible to meet the total loss of each family. Flooding in Massacre, in September 2011 “There are some persons who were assessed who might not be on the first list but the supplementary list is being prepared. We want to advise people to start to collect their letters by Tuesday. It is assistance, not compensation.”The Minister warned that his government is making an effort to assist these families which should not be mistaken as compensation.“Government has no legal obligation to give people financial assistance when these natural disasters take place but in a spirit of the fundamental principles of the Dominica Labour Party that is grounded in assisting people, we believe that it’s within our mandate to do so.”He said the government, because of its concern about “the social displacement of a number of families the damage that was caused to public infrastructure” saw it necessary to step in and assist these families. Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dominica government offers assistance to families affected by Tropical Storm Ophelia by: – March 6, 2012last_img read more

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Messi left out of Barcelona Copa del Rey tie against Ibiza

first_img Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique will also be rested for the tie away at the third division club, while Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez are both absent through injury. It is just the second time this season that Messi, 32, has been rested. He missed five league games at the start of the season with injury problems but has been involved in every game since, with the exception of December’s Champions League dead rubber against Inter Milan. The Barca captain has scored 17 goals in his 21 appearances in all competitions, including the winner against Granada on Sunday when new coach Quique Setien took charge of the team for the first time. However, he won’t get the chance to add to his tally in Ibiza, with Setien opting to rest some of his more senior players ahead of Saturday’s La Liga game away at Valencia.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearFascinating Ceilings From Different Countries5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Lionel Messi has been left out of Barcelona’s squad for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey round-of-32 game against Ibiza. Barca B players Abel Ruiz and Chumi come into the squad, while Frenkie de Jong returns from suspension and Riqui Puig keeps his place. The Blaugrana trained on Tuesday in horrific conditions as Storm Gloria sweeps Spain’s east coast, but the club do not anticipate any problems with their flight to Ibiza, which is scheduled to leave on Wednesday morning local time. Reas Also:Messi can be cloned, says European scientist This season’s Copa del Rey takes on a new format, with every round until the semifinal now a one-off encounter, as opposed to a two-legged tie, with the team from the lower division handed home advantage. Barcelona have won the Copa 30 times, more than any other side, and have qualified for the final in each of the last six seasons. Last year’s loss to Valencia ended a run of four consecutive cup wins FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Extension granted on land purchase for possible 4th port

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN—Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced today that the state has extended the option to decide if it will purchase land near Lawrenceburg that could be the site of the state’s fourth port.The Ports of Indiana entered into an agreement in September 2017 to purchase up to 725 acres of land that was formerly the American Electric Power plant. That option was set to expire June 30.The option has been extended by six months to enable the seller, Tanners Creek Development, LLC, to complete its environmental remediation plan for the site and submit it to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. If the Ports of Indiana decides to move forward, the total cost for the land and equipment would be approximately $8 million.Indiana has three state ports locations in Jeffersonville, Mount Vernon, and Burns Harbor/Portage. Indiana’s ports contribute over $7.8 billion per year to the state economy and support nearly 60,000 jobs.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Volleyball Team Place 3rd At Greenfield-Central

first_imgThe Varsity Lady Bulldogs traveled to Greenfield-Central to compete in an 8 team tournament. We had a good run at it. The only match we lost was to New Haven who ended up in second place while the Bulldogs took third.The Dogs defeated Anderson, Daleville, and Edinburg to end the day 3-1. Congratulations to Senior Macy Prickel who made the all-tournament team for the second year.  Other notable players were Regina Gerstbauer who was 42 for 46 serving with 34 points and 3 aces, Laney Walsman was 31 for 32 with 23 points and 6 aces, and Kylie Laker who was 33 for 37 scoring 23 points and 4 aces. The offense was led by Macy Prickel and Katie Bedel while a great defense display was put forth by Nikki Fox.  It was a team effort with all eleven girls seeing playing time.Our next match is Tuesday, Oct. 1, against the Franklin County Wildcats.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kateri Paul.The Batesville Volleyball C Team traveled to EC for their EIAC Tournament on Saturday.  Placing 4th after some really close matchups wasn’t a bad way to end. Game one was against Lawrenceburg where we lost in 3 games.  Scores were 20-25, 25-23, and 16-14.  Serving for us during these were Sophie Lee with 10pts 3 aces, Kaitlyn Sarringhaus with 8 points 3 aces, Megan Raab with 6pts 1 ace, Kennedy Westrick with 5pts, Faith Tekulve with 4pts, and Brayleigh Patterson with 3pts.  Came down to a missed serve and a few unforced errors on our behalf. Match up 2 was against Rushville where we won in 2 games.  Scores were 25-17 and 25-19.  Serving for us strong were both Kennedy Westrick with 10pts 2aces, and Kaitlyn Sarringhaus with 10pts 2aces also. Match up 3 was against FC for the Pool 2 placements (3rd and 4th) where we lost in 3 sets.  Scores were 25-19, 18-25, and 15-13.  Where a call was made that took our wind out of the sails and we just couldn’t pull those 2 pts off. We played a great days worth of volleyball and are excited to match up with FC again on Monday night.  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Erin Trenkamp.last_img read more

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Bluebirds fans fear Mackay exit

first_img Press Association Sport understands Mackay will not resign from his post, despite seeing one of his most-trusted aides suspended and subsequently placed on gardening leave, but the move has put his position under scrutiny. Cardiff’s Malaysian owner Vincent Tan has handed Moody’s duties on an acting basis to 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov. Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust has expressed concerns Malky Mackay may leave the club following the removal of head of recruitment Iain Moody, and called on the club to clarify the manager’s position. Press Association Apsalyamov is thought to be a friend of Tan’s son and appears to have no previous experience in football. He joined the club in February but his name does not appear on a list of key staff members on the club’s official website. Tan previously caused consternation among Bluebirds’ fans by changing the club’s playing kit from blue to red and heavily altering their crest in 2012. It has also been reported Tan asked Mackay to resign on Tuesday, Cardiff were unavailable to comment when contacted by Press Association Sport on the subject. And the Supporters’ Trust are concerned the club could lose their highly-rated and popular Scottish boss. Chairman Tim Hartley said: “Fans will be concerned with the recent behind-the-scene developments at Cardiff City which appear to put into question the future of our manager, Malky Mackay. “Supporters are surprised that who appears to have little hands-on experience has been put in charge of transfers at the football club. “Fans want Malky Mackay, who has done a fantastic job as manager taking the club to the Premier League, to remain at Cardiff City. “We don’t want to see any action taken to undermine his position as manager and Cardiff City’s efforts to have a successful first season in the top division. “There are fears that the current developments could drive Malky into the arms of another Premier League club and that would be hugely damaging for the Bluebirds. Malky is a talented manager who has huge respect among the fans for what he has delivered. “Fans deserve a clear statement on the position from the club on what has been happening and Malky’s position needs to be made perfectly clear.” last_img read more

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