Concealed carry laws are unsafe

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Rep. Elise Stefanik is a co-sponsor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which allows someone with a concealed carry permit issued in their state to carry such weapons across state lines, regardless of stricter requirements in other states.  The shooter in the New Mexico High School killings on Dec. 7, 2017, legally obtained his 9mm Glock handgun (New Mexico is a so-called “shall-issue state), and had no criminal or mental health record. He was another in a long line of disgruntled young men (he reportedly said “Life sucks.”) who have committed mass shootings.The Violence Policy Center has documented 29 mass shootings since 2007 where the perpetrator was a licensed concealed carry permit holder. Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health, as well as recent research by the National Bureau of Economic Research (June 12, 2017, published paper), have found significantly higher violent crime rates in “shall-issue” states compared to “may-issue” states like New York, where the process to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon is discretionary. The 2015 CDC statistics on firearm mortality showed New York as the third-safest state (4.2 deaths per 100,000 population), while “shall-issue” states are much more unsafe. (New Mexico had 18.6 deaths per 100,000 population, for example.)Stefanik’s proud legislative accomplishment would, for example, let a 17-year-old walk around our cities with a concealed loaded handgun. And there’s nothing law enforcement could do about it, thanks to Stefanik.Richard HoffmanEastonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Protect her precious pension

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UK COVID-19 death toll topped 38,000 as of early May: Official data

first_imgThe United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll topped 38,000 as of early May, including suspected cases, by far the worst official toll yet in Europe, according to official data published on Tuesday.The Office for National Statistics said it recorded 34,978 COVID-19 related deaths as of May 1 in England and Wales.Adding previously released data from Scotland and Northern Ireland, the toll stood at 38,289 as of May 3, according to Reuters calculations. Topics : While different ways of counting make comparisons with other countries difficult, the figure confirmed Britain was among those hit worst by a pandemic that has killed more than 285,000 worldwide.Ministers dislike comparisons of the headline death toll, saying that excess mortality – the number of deaths from all causes that exceed the average for the time of year – is more meaningful because it is internationally comparable.The figures on that front painted a grim picture, albeit improving slowly.The ONS said it recorded 17,953 deaths from all causes during the week ending May 1. While a decrease for the second week running, this was 8,012 more than average for the time of year. last_img read more

Hong Kong leader returns Cambridge fellowship over rights row

first_imgHong Kong’s leader says she has “returned” her honorary fellowship to a Cambridge college after a row over whether the finance hub’s academic freedoms are being suppressed as authorities crack down on pro-democracy opponents.Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she was cutting ties with Cambridge’s Wolfson College after it began looking into the state of academic liberty in Hong Kong.Lam said she was “deeply disappointed by the college smearing a person on the basis of hearsay instead of facts”. “Therefore I can hardly convince myself to maintain any relation with Wolfson College,” she wrote on Facebook late Saturday alongside a photo of herself in leafy Cambridge.Wolfson College said it had recently raised concerns with Hong Kong’s leader about “her commitment to the protection of human rights and the freedom of expression”.Its governing body had been due to consider Lam’s fellowship next month but would no longer do so now that Lam had returned the honor.Lam, a pro-Beijing appointee, was one of a number of Chinese and Hong Kong officials sanctioned by the United States after Beijing imposed a sweeping security law on the semi-autonomous city in late June. The law ramps up the Chinese Communist Party’s control over the finance hub and in the weeks that followed some two dozen pro-democracy supporters have been arrested under the new powers, including the owner of a Beijing-critical newspaper.Others have been disqualified from standing in local elections while libraries and schools have begun pulling any books deemed to breach the law.Three well-known academics also lost their jobs because they had been previously jailed for leading pro-democracy protests.Read also: Hong Kong to offer free coronavirus testing for all residentsHong Kong has some of Asia’s best universities, but declining political freedoms have rattled many as China vows to rein in campuses and instill more patriotic education.Wolfson College had been under pressure to rescind Lam’s honorary fellowship since last year.In November three members of Britain’s House of Lords called for the move over Lam’s response to months of huge and often violent pro-democracy protests.Beijing introduced its security law to end that movement and restore stability, describing it as a “sword” hanging over the heads of its critics in the city.In her Facebook statement, Lam — who previously studied at Cambridge University — said she had written to Wolfson College last year and last week to explain her administration’s stance on the protests.She denied suppressing freedoms.”Regarding such groundless accusations, I wanted to dismiss them with a laugh,” she wrote.Topics :last_img read more

British WTO candidate woos Europe with job promise

first_imgA Briton seeking to lead the World Trade Organization vowed Thursday to hand a top WTO post to a European, even though lingering Brexit resentment is likely to deny him much EU support.Liam Fox, Britain’s first post-Brexit international trade secretary and one of five candidates remaining in the race to head the WTO, told reporters that if he wins he would appoint a European as his main advisor.”If I become director-general, my chef de cabinet will be a European,” he told a virtual briefing. “For some, the issue of Brexit is hugely important, with a very small number believing that the United Kingdom should be punished for leaving the EU by not getting backing for any international job,” he said.The EU, which on Thursday launched legal proceedings in response to the British government’s attempt to overturn parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, has yet to say who it backs in the WTO race.Five become twoBesides Fox, there is one other man, Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri of Saudi Arabia, and three women – Amina Mohamed of Kenya, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria and Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea – still in the running.But next week, the initial pool of eight candidates to replace Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down as the WTO director-general last month a year ahead of schedule, will be whittled down again, with just two remaining after a second elimination round.It remains unclear whether the WTO members will ultimately agree on another leader from Europe.There is no requirement for a regional rotation of the WTO chief position.But there have been calls for an African to finally get a shot at running the organization, which has counted three director-generals from Europe, and one each from Oceania, Asia and South America since its creation in 1995.The WTO aims to select a winner in November, but some have voiced fear that increasing politicization of the WTO, which relies on consensus to reach decisions, could draw out the process.Whoever is handed the job in the end will be taking over an organization mired in multiple crises, and struggling to help members navigate a severe global economic slump triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.Topics : This, he said, was because if he, as a European, were to win, Europe would automatically lose one of the four deputy director-general positions that it currently holds due to regional balance requirements.He stressed the need to ensure an “inclusive” cabinet at the top of the global trade body, adding that “we need to be clear from the outset that we will have to act as a global team if we are to deal with some of the very profound issues that face us today.”Fox meanwhile acknowledged that some European Union countries were unlikely to back a pro-Brexit British candidate amid continued anger over Britain’s decision to leave the bloc.  Read also: Indonesia wants future WTO chief to support multilateral trade, developing countrieslast_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino has already endorsed Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal move

first_imgAdvertisement Mauricio Pochettino believes Mikel Arteta will be a ‘great’ manager (Getty)Mauricio Pochettino has already predicted that Mikel Arteta will become one of the best managers in football as the Spaniard closes in on a move to Arsenal.The Gunners held talks with Arteta on Sunday evening after the team’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium, and understands that the club’s hierarchy are now confident that an agreement can be reached with the 37-year-old within the next 48 hours.Pochettino, who was sacked by Tottenham in November, was also in the running for the Arsenal job and didn’t rule out a move to Spurs’ north London rivals when asked about the position earlier this month.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Arteta is now favourite to land his first managerial position having been Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City since July 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Dec 2019 3:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Comment Mauricio Pochettino has already endorsed Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal movecenter_img Arteta has been Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Man City since July 2016 (EPA)Asked if one day Arteta will be a top manager, Pochettino replied: ‘Yes of course, he’s going to be.‘He’s top, a top personality, character.‘I think he has the qualities to be one of the best.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Mikel Arteta held talks with Arsenal on Sunday (AMA/Getty Images)Questions have already been raised over Arteta’s suitability for the role due to his lack of experience in comparison to other alternatives including Massimiliano Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti.But Pochettino, who played alongside Arteta at Paris Saint-Germain, has already claimed that the Spaniard is destined for the top.‘He was very young when I played with him at Paris Saint-Germain, he was 17 years old when he arrived and he was brilliant,’ Pochettino said in an interview with Sky Sports in February.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He was brilliant not only because of his talent but his maturity on the pitch, to be a leader, his knowledge about football surprised me as he was a young player who had a capacity to talk in the same level as a 30-year-old player.‘For me, he’s going to be one of the best coaches when he decides to be a coach.‘He has the capacity to be one of the greatest coaches in football, for sure. Advertisementlast_img read more

Forum reveals ROV remote piloting capability

first_imgThe concept of remote piloting was proven by Forum 2010 when the company operated its TXLX Workclass ROV in its test pool at Kirkbymoorside, UK from a TXLX Console located in Florida, USA. However, continued development in software efficiencies which reduce the effect of network latency coupled with increased availability and reliability of the global 4G network has now allowed Forum to offer remote operations on its full range of ROV systems. Forum’s ICE & subCAN remote operations suites provide a robust means of piloting vessel or platform-based systems from an onshore control facility via a wired, 4G or satellite connection. “Remote operations can reduce the number of personnel offshore, particularly during complex processes or technical procedures which may require a specialist to be deployed. The capability also aligns strongly with industry drives to reduce carbon footprint and deliver safe, efficient operations.” The system upgrade components are manufactured and delivered from Forum’s UK facility in Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire. The onshore hardware replicates the offshore HMI hardware and GUI so controls will be immediately familiar to operators. The Onshore Control Module provides a local hub for power and data connections. Existing offshore control station hardware can be upgraded to allow remote control and monitoring of power systems. The Offshore Control Module interfaces with the upgraded hardware providing control and monitoring via the existing ICE/subCAN network. A key-switch, in conjunction with the software, ensures secure control of hand-over between offshore and onshore stations. Kevin Taylor, Forum’s vice president – subsea vehicles, said: “Forum has a strong reputation globally for manufacturing high quality, robust ROVs and associated auxiliary products for a number of industries ranging from oil and gas to renewables, defence, mining and telecommunications. This additional and important feature is part of our continued product support and development across the entire range. The ICE & subCAN control software applies enhanced position control when a compatible DVL and gyro are fitted to the ROV. Forum Energy Technologies has developed and demonstrated the ability to remotely operate Workclass and Observation Class, Perry and Sub-Atlantic, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) between an offshore vessel and a remote location. Remote Control capabilities demonstrated were camera and light controls, manifold power on/off, depth and gyro power, pan and tilt controls, manipulator controls, ROV thruster controls, auto heading controls. At that time, internet speeds were much slower than today resulting in high latency telemetry which the control system software was not equipped to counter. last_img read more

Woman conceived in incestuous rape: ‘every child should be given a chance’

first_imgLifeSite News 4 June 2013Kristi Hofferber has always known she was adopted. At three days old she was welcomed into the loving home of her parents, who were unable to have biological children. She was an only child, and her parents felt no need to hide the adoption, as they knew adoption wasn’t something to be ashamed of. And Kristi wasn’t ashamed, but she was worried that if she looked for her birth mother, it might hurt her parents in some way. So for years, she denied that she had any desire to find her birth family.“I had a wonderful childhood. My parents gave me everything I needed. Many adoptees have a desire to know more. I did have that desire,” she says, “I finally decided it was the right time to look further into my adoption and I tried to do it without telling my adoptive parents, and that didn’t work out in my favor. I wasn’t able to get any information and I knew, at the same time, that I wasn’t doing it the right way, that I should be honest with my parents. So I asked them for information and they were very upfront. The answer I got was difficult to hear.”Kristi’s parents told her that when she was thirteen a newspaper article had been run about a court case in which a woman was pressing charges against her own father for years of rape. Kristi’s parents recognized the woman’s name as Kristi’s birth mother because although it was a closed adoption, her parents received paperwork from the birth mother’s attorney that had included the birth mother’s name. Kristi learned that there had been six children created over the years of incest. One died due to physical abuse causing Kristi’s mother to miscarry. Another four were terminated through abortion in order to cover up the incest. And a sixth child was placed for adoption. It seemed likely that Kristi was that child and that she had been conceived through incest.…About abortion in cases of incest, Kristi says:I truly feel that no matter the circumstances surrounding the conception of the child, the child should not be punished for the crime of the father. And I truly feel that when someone says (abortion should be illegal) except in cases of rape and incest that exactly what’s happening. The child is being punished for the crimes of the father, and not given the life that the child deserves. Especially coming from the place I am, I truly feel like every child should be given a chance at the life that they’re given. read more

Defense Requests to Delay Parkland Shooting Trial, Judge Refuses

first_imgThe defense team for confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz insisted to the judge on Wednesday that they are not ready to go to trial in January, and said it is possible they might not participate in the proceedings.Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer responded that the trial has been a priority for all of the parties involved, and said she would maintain the current trial date.Cruz was not at the hearing, as his attorneys waived his presence. He faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.Defense attorney David Frankel told Scherer, “I don’t think there’s any way that we’re going to be ready for trial on January 27, or anytime near that.”Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill, who is also representing Cruz, explained that the defense team still has a few hundred witnesses to potentially interview. She added that her team is waiting for the Florida Supreme Court to address their appeal of one of the judge’s rulings. That issue could determine whether the defense chooses to pursue an insanity defense.Frankel says the defense may not participate in a trial, which could lead to appeal issues, if they lack sufficient time to prepare.McNeill plans to file a motion soon to move the trial date.Judge Scherer responded that the case had received special priority by everyone, including the Public Defender’s office. She continued, “Not every case has that many lawyers. You all need to do your best. Whatever you have to do, you need to get it ready.”Frankel explained after the hearing, “Believe me that we’re sensitive to the people in the community and we’re working towards just trying to get ready and get it done. What we really want to do is avoid not doing it right the first time, and forcing the community to have to go through it again a second time.”One of the factors that is expanding preparation time is the likelihood that the trial will have a second death penalty phase.The defense told Scherer again on Wednesday that their client is willing to plead guilty in exchange for receiving a life sentence.However, prosecutors remain committed to pursuing the death penalty.“This could be over tomorrow,” Frankel says. “It’s just a question of the death penalty.”Judge Scherer ordered the defense to develop a list of its potential witnesses. She set another status hearing for November 18.last_img read more

Steinbauer contributes under radar

first_imgTara Steinbauer’s personality and playing ability can bedefined by her contributions to the Wisconsin’s 82-62 victory over ClevelandState last Friday.While senior Jolene Anderson made the highlight reel,scoring a career-high 37 points, Steinbauer flew under the radar with littlerecognition, contributing nine points and eight rebounds, while helping herteam with unexpected matchup problems.While her contributions were key in the opening game,Steinbauer still wants her role to expand.”Here, I’m good, but my teammates are great,” Steinbauersaid. “Every day at practice I’m working 10 times harder just to be as good asmy teammates. I just want to be able to compete at the level they set before meand being able to compete at a higher level.”Coming out of Bloomington (Minn.) High School as the top-rankedpower forward according to the 2006-07 Minnesota High School Girls BasketballGuide, Steinbauer came in with highhopes, both for herself and from her Wisconsin teammates. However, her ability to act as a leader on the floorprompted several players to notice her hardworking mentality that makes otherplayers on the floor better, more effective athletes.”We worked out over the summer, and you could just tellright away that she was going to be a leader for the team,” sophomore forwardMariah Dunham said. “She even got me to work harder, making sure that we didour workout, and sometimes you don’t want to do it.”While her minutes were mostly insignificant during the twopreseason games, if anything she has worked harder and has become a betterplayer as a result.Her performance against Cleveland State is an indicationthat she has stepped her game up and is doing what it takes to become a moreformidable force on the court.”Against Cleveland State, she was a key reason why we won,”Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. “We needed a presence inside, we neededto go small, and she answered the call. With Tara, every day she’s gettingbetter.”Despite that recognition as a leader by her teammates, hermodesty has not changed, and it has made her a more diligent worker.”It’s a huge honor to be called a leader by other people onthe team, especially your mentors,” Steinbauer said. “I just go out and give mybest and try to be a leader. I just try to do my best on and off the court.”Steinbauer also has found the transition from being a starin high school to a subordinate in Wisconsin a valuable learning experience,gaining as much from the upperclassmen as she can. While it has been adifficult one, the jump to the college game has made her a better player.”It was really hard at first getting acclimated into thecollege game, but I’m really starting to get the hang of it,” Steinbauer said.”I’ve just been going to the gym, getting the extra hours in. Getting to playin the games has really helped my confidence, and I think that was the hardestpart about playing in this environment.”While she found the transition difficult, her coaches and teammateshave been amazed at her natural playing ability, work ethic and personality,which are not particularly common among most athletes.”She’s absolutely delightful,” Stone said. “She has a greatpersonality, she’s a team builder, and she’s jumped in and made an impact rightaway. She’s tough as nails inside. She posts up strong and can finish.”When you’re a good listener and fast learner like her andyou can see your mistakes and correct them right away, you’re going to keepgetting better.”Steinbauer knows that to continue establishing herself as apresence for the Badgers, she has much to learn. That means the hard work thatgot her to this position must continue so she can be an important part of theteam in the future.At this point, maybe only her humble nature could detractfrom her push to succeed and make the coaching staff give her more time on thefloor.”I never think that I should play more or that I’m notgetting what I deserve,” Steinbauer said. “Every day I just go out and give itmy best. If that means that I get more minutes, then great, but I know thatthere will come a time in the season when I’m going to get two or three minutesa game. If that’s the case, then I just know that it’s another person’s time toshine, and I’m fine with that.”While she has been humble personally and apt on the court,Steinbauer’s ability to make other players better defines who she really is.”It’s people like Tara that push you to do the things thatmake you a better player,” Dunham said. “And that’s why she’s great, and that’swhy she’ll keep getting better.”last_img read more