The failure of the Air Force to report the conviction of the gunman in the Sutherland Springs shooting underscored the holes in the system.That Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a fierce opponent of most gun control, is helping lead the effort is seen as boosting its prospects.Of course, neither of these modest measures would be sufficient to address gun violence.Congress should reimpose the ban on the military-style semiautomatic guns that have — even without bump stocks — become the weapon of choice of mass killers.This week the Supreme Court let standa Maryland law banning the sale of these weapons.Hopefully that will encourage more states to take similar action while they wait for Congress to do its job.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Even the National Rifle Association said the accessories should be subject to regulation.But the momentum for action was short-lived, the NRA’s seeming support was a subterfuge, and Congress has failed to act, saying the matter was better left to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Never mind that agency says it lacks authority under the law to do so.Some states and cities are trying to fill the gap.Massachusetts this month became the first state to ban bump stocks since the Las Vegas massacre, and several others are considering similar restrictions.“We’ve come to the conclusion that Congress just won’t act on this issue, gun control, so we’ve decided to try to do as much as we can on a state level and on a state-by-state measure,” said Massachusetts state Rep. David Linsky, D.The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Dec. 6 on rules regulating firearm accessories, but prospects for action before Congress adjourns are not seen as good.Gun-control advocates are more hopeful about legislation advanced by a bipartisan group of senators that would require federal agencies and states to improve their reporting of criminal offenses and other information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post.A loophole in federal gun law allowed the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting to modify his weapons to perform like machine guns.A lapse in the national instant background-check system allowed the gunman in Sutherland Springs, Texas, to purchase his weapon despite what should have been a disqualifying conviction for domestic violence.Congress has before it sensible solutions to address both problems.Will it enact them this time or, as after other tragedies, fold under the pressure of the gun lobby?After a gunman in Las Vegas killed 58 people and injured hundreds on Oct. 1 by using bump stocks to spray bullets into a crowd listening to country music, congressional action seemed almost certain.Bipartisan support emerged for legislation to ban the devices, which essentially circumvent laws banning automatic weapons made or imported after 1986.
I recently read in The Gazette that City Council President Ed Kosiur wanted to charge sports groups over $200 for each police car that has to be called to a playing field due to a disturbance. Well, I’d love to see the bill he’s readying for the Rivers casino.The recent melee saw at least 10 police vehicles respond to yet another riot situation in the casino, one in which a police officer was assaulted. How much can the city charge for that, Ed? The assailant had the officer in a headlock. Maybe $50 more? Glenville, Scotia and Rotterdam police and the county Sheriff’s Office also had to respond. What about their cut? The total bill for Rivers casino should be at least $10,000. This could more than the $6,000 it was fined by the state for underage gambling.Back in 2015, Roger Hull was 100 percent correct when he came out against the casino, citing police overtime, quality of life, social ills, redistribution of income and bloated estimates of tax cuts and casino revenue-sharing with the city. Our mayor, when not out keeping our garbage safe from women, touted all the benefits gambling would bestow on the Electric City. What I believe we now have is a casino teetering on lawlessness.Thanks to one-party autonomous rule, Ed Kosiur and the Schenectady Dems have hip-checked Leesa Perazzo to the sidelines as they prepare to replace McCarthy in 2019 and tell you who your next mayor will be. But you can act like a bully and harass as many women as you like when there’s no chance of being held accountable at the ballot box. Wake up, Schenectady. Democracy can thrive here if you let it.GRAHAM HIGGINSSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
4 Stubley St, Wavell Heights. Picture: realestate.com.auBeing so young they couldn’t be on crutches, and the stairs proved too much for a wheelchair, so it was into a rental property – and they never returned.Mr Booth said they had now bought and settled in New Farm, and with that home also requiring a major renovation, decided to sell Wavell Heights to help fund it. The four-bedroom home will be auctioned at 11am today. It is being marketed through Josh Brown at Ray White New Farm.The property is spread over a 612sq m parcel of land, has a pool and manicured gardens and a water feature. Tim and Alana Booth with their daughters Olivia, 10, and Claudia, 8, are auctioning their house inWavell Heights. Picture: Tara Croser.Tim and Alana Booth built a dream home for their family at Wavell Heights, but circumstances meant they only had a small window of time to live in it.The couple were living on the coast when they bought 4 Stubley St as an investment, with what Mr Booth called an “old banger’’ of a house on it.“It was somewhere we thought we would like to live in the future,’’ he said. 4 Stubley St, Wavell Heights. Picture: realestate.com.auBefore they made the move back to Brisbane they thought about renovating the house, but realised it was too far gone to do that and instead engaged an architect and designed their dream home, moving in after a nine-month build.Calling it home at the start of 2015, the family spent most of the year there until, on a Japan ski trip, both daughters broke bones – one a leg, the other an arm.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago 4 Stubley St, Wavell Heights. Picture: realestate.com.auThe overhanging garden covering the entrance leads to double-height ceilings.There is an entertaining balcony.On the southern side of the living space, an outdoor entertainment deck overlooks the pool area. A kitchen is designed as a central part of the living area, with integrated fridges, dishwashers, touch-activated cabinetry, an induction cooktop and walk-in butlers pantry.Each of the four bedrooms has ducted airconditioning, ceiling fans and data points, and is wired for TV.
More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Ray White agent Nicky Faulks, who has sold 14 houses in Kirwan in the past year, said the location attracted buyers.“It’s a very family-friendly area with parkland and a variety of shops,” Ms Faulks said.“There have been a lot of new estates proving popular in Kirwan, and it’s one of the largest suburbs in Queensland. The volume of sales has also increased over the last year.”Ms Faulks sold a house at 3 Overton Circuit in Kirwan earlier this month. Townsville residents sitting on property gold The buyers, Belinda Tavendale and her daughter Abigail, purchased the home at auction for $400,000, which is above the median house price in the suburb. Other areas in Townsville where buyers are looking for houses are Kelso, Bushland Beach, Douglas, Annadale and Burdell — all of which saw more than 70 houses sold in the year to May. Suburbs such as Cape Cleveland, Homestead, Mutarnee, Pinnacles and Woodstock saw only one house each sold in the year, which is likely a result of low stock. “I would say they are areas that don’t turn over a lot of houses,” Ms Faulks said. “Residents there tend to hold onto their properties for a long time.” This house at 3 Overton Circuit in Kirwan sold at auction earlier this month for $400,000.KIRWAN is a favourite suburb among home buyers, with the area selling the highest number of houses in Townsville in the year to May. According to data by CoreLogic, a staggering 236 houses sold in the suburb during this period, with the median house price at $305,000. Houses in Mount Louisa were also in high demand with 103 houses selling in the suburb over the same period. MORE NEWS Vendors note upbeat mood MORE NEWS
A fire broke out onboard a Panamax bulk carrier while the ship was sailing in the Gulf of Aden.The incident involving the 82,600 dwt BW Acorn — operated by Denmark’s BW Dry Cargo — occurred in the morning hours of January 24.At the time of the incident, the bulker was en route to the Suez Canal.The ship’s crew members managed to put the fire out several hours later.“There was a fire onboard BW Acorn today, which was contained within the engine room. Our Captain and crew are safe and accounted for, and no injury was reported,” a BW spokesperson confirmed to World Maritime News, adding that the incident is now under control.“We will launch a full investigation the cause of the incident; and our immediate priorities are the safety of our crew and responders on the scene, and minimizing any impact on the environment.”Built in Japan in 2010, BW Acorn flies the flag of the Isle of Man. BW Acorn, previously known as Meteor, became the first ship in BW Dry Cargo’s fleet when the company was founded in 2016.World Maritime News Staff
Acculturated.com 22 June 2016Family First Comment: Fascinating study…“…the findings are only a surprise if you, like Adam Taylor, ignore a crucial factor: religion. The chart of violence against women published by Gracia and Merlo is like a track of the least religious to the most religious countries in Europe. According to The New York Times, Denmark and Sweden are “among the least religious nations in the world.” Poland, which scores very low on the domestic violence scale, is a stronghold of traditional Catholic belief.” Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported on a study that reveals that European countries with the best record of gender equality also have the highest rate of domestic violence against women. In what is called “the Nordic paradox,” Enrique Gracia of the University of Valencia and Juan Merlo of the University of Lund found that Denmark, Sweden and Finland have higher rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women than countries like Poland, Croatia and Slovenia. Perhaps you might think that women in liberal countries are less repressed and thus more free to report violence against them, skewing the numbers upward. But as the Washington Post notes, “Gracia and Merlo consider this possibility but don’t seem to find it convincing.”Washington Post reporter Adam Taylor was baffled by the findings: “This may come as a surprise. You might well expect better gender equality to mean less violence against women. To add to the intrigue, when you look at European countries with relatively low levels of gender equality—Italy or Greece, for example—they seem to have lower levels of IPV.”But the findings are only a surprise if you, like Adam Taylor, ignore a crucial factor: religion. The chart of violence against women published by Gracia and Merlo is like a track of the least religious to the most religious countries in Europe. According to The New York Times, Denmark and Sweden are “among the least religious nations in the world.” Poland, which scores very low on the domestic violence scale, is a stronghold of traditional Catholic belief.Although it’s rare to find this acknowledged in mainstream media, and despite what liberals think, traditional religious beliefs, particularly traditional Christianity, provide a level of love, support, and mutual respect that the secular state cannot replace. Orthodox religious observance in a place like Poland inculcates in men the idea that their wives and girlfriends are their partners in a sacramental journey that has been ordained by God.It seems like every few months a study emerges that reveals that religious people are healthier, happier, live longer lives and even have better sex than secular liberals. For a few seconds the media expresses surprise, then they go right back to pushing the old narrative—religion is oppressive, people of faith are narrow-minded, etc.As far back as 2006, Patrick Fagan of the Heritage Foundation observed:“A small but growing body of research has focused on the links between religious practice and decreased family violence. For example, men who attended religious services at least weekly were more than 50 percent less likely to commit an act of violence against their partners than were peers who attended only once a year or less. No matter how the data were analyzed, regular attendance at religious services had a strong and statistically significant inverse association with the incidence of domestic abuse. Similarly, after controlling for all other factors, [one researcher] found that of all groups studied (unaffiliated, active conservative Protestant, active mainline Protestant, nominal conservative Protestant, and nominal mainline Protestants), religiously active conservative Protestant men were least likely to engage in domestic violence.”READ MORE: http://acculturated.com/liberal-secular-countries/
35 Views 3 comments Share Share Tweet LocalNews Coast Guard interceps vessel ‘Don Julian ARSH 6686’ by: – May 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Don Julian ARSH 6686 intercepted this afternoon by Coast Guard Officials.This vessel was intercepted by the Coast Guard and brought to shore about half an hour ago.There are at least six individuals who appear to be non-nationals on the vessel.It is unclear at this time whether any illegal substances were found on the vessel however, Dominica Vibes News will provide more information as it becomes available.Dominica Vibes News
Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Layou River after flash flooding last week Thursday.Three companies have been contracted to undertake the dredging of the Layou River, as government seeks to put measures in place to revert it to its natural state.Heavy rainfall associated with the passage of a tropical storm in July caused the collapse of the Matthieu Dam in Layou triggering an overflow and subsequent rise in the Layou River bed.Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmore is reporting that government has engaged a number of heavy equipment operators to undertake the project.“We have received approximately nine proposals for persons who want to go into the river and extract sand from the river. We want to see serious extraction of the sand. Persons have to be able to demonstrate their ability to do that because it’s a lot of sand,” he said.According to Blackmoore, three companies have been selected to engage in the work.“We have received the proposals and they will start the actual dredging of the river. Most of the persons have proposed that the dredgers have the capacity to dredge 50 pounds per hour,” he said.He says contractors have been given two weeks to begin mobilization of the project.“We are aware that we cannot continue having excavators in the river. We have been trying to get the rivers back to its natural state. They have been given two weeks to mobilize,” he said.Dominica Vibes News 64 Views 2 comments Share Share LocalNews Three companies contracted to dredge Layou River by: – October 26, 2011
Emelyn Estando-Tano, officer-in-chargeof PESO-Tubungan, said 775 Grades 10 to 12 students of Tubungan National HighSchool and Lanag Norte National High School participated in the event. Aside from the military service, thestudents were guided on a career that matches their skills, and availabletraining provided by the Technical Education and Skills DevelopmentAuthority. (With a report from PNA/PN) “The Air Force unit also has theirexhibit of K9 dogs for the students to be given the idea of the opportunitiesin the government service,” Tano said. “We are guiding them (students) becausewe want them to become productive members of the society. If the other group(CPP-NPA) conducts recruitment among our youth, we are here to intensify alsoour recruitment for them to have a better future through having the rightcareer path,” she said in a phone interview on Monday. Students in Lanag Norte National HighSchool come from far-flung villages, which she said are most vulnerable torebel recruitment. 1st Lt. Ferdinand De Vera, CommandingOfficer of the 61st Infantry Battalion’s Bravo Company, gave a lecture onleadership skills and career opportunities in the Philippine Army. This, after the municipality ofTubungan’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and the Municipal Task ForceTo End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) joined forces for the firstCareer Guidance Employment Coaching and Campus Peace and Development Forum inWestern Visayas held at Tubungan National High School Gymnasium on Friday. “The PESO is not only a bridge from theapplicant to the employer, but can also bridge peace and development to ouryouth. We are also strengthening our partnership with the Department ofEducation to prevent rebel recruitment among our youth,” Tano said. Tano said students were asked to wearattire that reflects their dream job, and noted that there was a number of themwho wore the uniform of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). ILOILO – Students in the municipality of Tubungan look forward to awide range of career choices, and being a member of the Communist Party of thePhilippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) is never an option. Also a member of Tubungan’s MTF-ELCAC,Tano said there were records of rebel recruitment of students as young as 13years old in the town.
“Forthe longest time being gay is associated with cowardice when in fact it is thebravest thing one can do for oneself. Coming out as gay in a countryfraught with discrimination, bullying, gender-based violence, and stigma is anact of courage. ‘Inagi’ is now about standing up for equality and not asign of cowardice,” according to Iloilo Pride Team./PN “Konang korte mag inagi kag magpalagyo (Ifcourts become feeble and cowardly) then you are opening the whole situation forpeople to take the law into their hands,” said Treñas, a lawyer. “Ang bilog nga syudad apektado dasun ga-inagipa ang iban nga korte (The whole city is affected while some courts aretaking their time). Indi pwede ‘na (Thisis not acceptable).” “Thisself-criticism shows at least a sensitivity that is evident of a move to makeIloilo a safe space for all,” according to the group. Iloilo Pride Team, an LGBTorganization, “accepted with warm hearts” the mayor’s apology. Itwas a manifestation of the long history of patriarchy in Philippine society andpolitics, the group added. The city government has been “highlysupportive” of the community’s activities, he stressed. The use of the word “inagi” in aderogatory manner, it added, mirrored “the common perception that wavering,vacillation or non-action is similar to being gay.” Acknowledging his gaffe, Treñasstressed, “I express my utmost apology to the LGBTQ and to everyone who wereslighted by my statement. Rest assured that I and the city government alwayshave the best interest of the LGBTQ community at heart.” Realizing the blunder, Treñas stressedit was not his intention to offend members of the LGBTQ community. MORE Power secured a 25-year powerdistribution franchise here in February. But PECO, whose franchise expiredearly this year, questioned the constitutionality of MORE Power’s franchise.The case is now with the Supreme Court. On the other hand, MORE Power filed an expropriation case to take overPECO’s power distribution system. The Regional Trial Court Branch 35, however,suspended the proceedings last month. Appealing for speedy resolution to thecases PECO and MORE Power filed against one another, an exasperated Treñas saidon Monday, “Indi pwede ang korte maginagi (courts can’t be sissies). They will have to decide one way orthe other.” ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñasapologized to the community of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, andqueer for his “insensitive” choice words in comments made on the legal battlebetween rival power distributors Panay Electric Co. (PECO) and MORE Electricand Power Corp. (MORE Power). “In my passion to protect people’sinterest against this power struggle that continues to affect Ilonggos, I havebeen insensitive in my choice of words that seemingly discriminated the LGBTQ,”the city mayor said in a statement yesterday. In fact, he said, the city governmenteven established the LGBTQ Office at city hall to address the special concernsof the community. Members of the LGBTQ community quicklyblasted Treñas on social media. During an ambush interview withjournalists on Monday, Treñas warned of dire consequences if the uncertainty onthe power distribution here lingers indefinitely. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN