Shooting might be tipping point on guns

first_img5) In contrast, the first President George Bush showed courage and patriotism.As a volunteer teenage combat pilot, he was shot down and rescued at sea.He resigned his NRA membership when its original mission of responsible gun ownership was replaced by fringe group agendas. President Bush also called for a kinder and gentler nation.It’s the antithesis of the fear-mongering NRA.Frank WicksSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash The slaughter of 17 in a Florida school may be a tipping point. Major companies are suddenly dropping National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsements.A new generation of politicians might find the following to be a winning combination.1) Declare the NRA to be a terrorist organization. It enables assault weapons for mass killings of increasing frequency. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img Meanwhile, repeated carnage in Australia has been stopped with buybacks.2) Claiming the Second Amendment allows assault weapons is ludicrous. A one-shot musket and bayonet were the weapons of our Founding Fathers.3) Debating age for ownership, banning bump stocks, background checks and arming teachers are red herrings.Responsible assault weapon ownership is an oxymoron.Anyone wanting one should be judged as too dangerous to have one.4) Samuel Johnson observed that patriotism is the refuge of scoundrels. Assault weapons are for cowards and fake patriots.The flag-waving NRA leader and the president of the United States both found ways to avoid military service.last_img read more

PREMIUMModified mosquitoes bring much hope in dengue-endemic Indonesia

first_imgLinkedin Topics : Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Google In Indonesia, where dengue remains endemic, recent trial results suggesting that releasing mosquitoes carrying a certain bacteria could lead to a 77 percent reduction of dengue cases have brought much hope.Researchers from the World Mosquito Program (WMP) of Australia’s Monash University, along with Indonesian partner Gadjah Mada University (UGM), have deployed Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes in Yogyakarta as part of a randomized controlled trial that started in 2017.Wolbachia is a bacterium that competes with viruses like dengue, making it harder for viruses to reproduce inside mosquitoes, thus reducing their ability to transmit dengue to humans. The bacteria naturally exists in 60 percent of insect species, but not in Aedes aegypti, the main transmitter of dengue and several other viruses.The researchers announced recently that the trial results had shown “a 77 per… Facebook #dengue dengue dengue-fever Wolbachia-carrying-mosquitoes mosquito health #health #COVID19 COVID-19last_img read more

Gov. Wolf, National Advocates Push for a Fairer Probation System

first_img November 18, 2019 Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release,  Prison Reform Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Deputy Secretary of Corrections Christian Stephens and national criminal justice reform advocates today in the Capitol Rotunda to push for commonsense probation reforms that address probation sentences and probation lengths.“Despite recent progress, Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system is still failing in some areas,” Gov. Wolf said. “Probation should assist Pennsylvanians with creating stability in their lives and instead, our excessively long sentences and cumbersome rules are causing Pennsylvanians to lose their jobs, employers are losing much-needed workers, families are losing support systems, and taxpayer money is being wasted on a system that is not improving lives or recidivism rates.”According to the Department of Corrections, one in 35 adults in Pennsylvania is under some form of post-incarceration supervision and that number has increased while the state’s crime rate has decreased. Pennsylvania is one of just eight states where probation can last up to the maximum sentence of an offense.Gov. Wolf encouraged the end of the practice of forcing Pennsylvanians to spend decades jumping through hoops and putting people into jail for minor probation violations like missing an appointment; to institute hard caps on the length of time a person can be on probation; and to find fitting, productive responses, like connecting people to treatment when they fail drug tests.“We have the opportunity to positively change the lives of millions of Pennsylvanians through criminal justice reform,” Gov. Wolf said. “And we already have – through bipartisan initiatives like the Clean Slate Law. I’m having some great discussions with members of the legislature on the best next steps, and I’m optimistic that by working together, we can create a fairer criminal justice system that gets Pennsylvanians back on track to productive, successful lives.”Last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced its participation in a Safe Streets & Second Chances reentry initiative aimed at reducing recidivism, which aligns with the governor’s criminal justice reform ideals. The DOC has been working with researcher Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis from Florida State University to provide access to inmates from four state correctional institutions in Western Pennsylvania who were interested in participating in the pilot program.The 5-Key Model used in the Safe Streets & Second Chances model is a departure from some reentry models that are predominantly deficits-focused. This model focuses on the strengths and psychological well-being of formerly incarcerated individuals to ensure they will remain crime-free and contribute positively to society. Research indicates that a focus on strengths and well-being best maximizes public health and public safety.In addition to Dr. Pettus-Davis, Gov. Wolf was joined by Safe Streets & Second Chances Advisory Council Chair Mark Holden, Right on Crime’s John Koufos, Sen. Anthony Williams, Rep. Jordan Harris, and other legislators and criminal justice reform advocates.“We need an effective criminal justice system which protects people, preserves public safety, respects human dignity, and removes barriers to opportunity for people reentering society to have real second chances,” Mark Holden said. “The research of Safe Streets & Second Chances has found that we get better outcomes when we work together for bipartisan solutions to critical problems like housing, employment and probation reform in Pennsylvania. We look forward to working with Governor Wolf, the legislature and all constituencies to ensure that commonsense smart-on-crime and soft-on-taxpayer policy solutions are achieved for the Keystone state.”“Probation reform and smart criminal justice reform consistently lead to safer communities, and we are excited to see bipartisan innovation in Pennsylvania,” said John Koufos. “Our partners look forward to working with the Legislature as they release a probation bill before this session expires that will make Pennsylvania safer and more prosperous. Technical probation violations have been estimated to cost Pennsylvania taxpayers $100 million per year but are not making Pennsylvanians any safer. Pennsylvania is charting a new course by fixing this system, and we thank the legislature and the governor for working together on this critical issue.”“There are positive, commonsense changes that we can make to the probation system to balance the needs of those who have served time and are working to be part of our society again with the needs of our community and victims to be kept safe,” Rep. Sheryl Delozier, legislation co-sponsor, said.“Criminal justice reform is the civil rights issue of our time, and it’s an honor to stand with Governor Wolf whose support is invaluable,” legislation co-sponsor Rep. Jordan Harris said. “Our probation system is broken and rather than helping people get back to leading a productive life, it’s entrapping them like quicksand. I’m confident we can bring about real change for Pennsylvania and I look forward to continuing to work with Representative Sheryl Delozier as well as democrats and republicans across the aisle who recognize that probation reform is necessary to move Pennsylvania forward.”“At the end of the day, our role as elected officials is to make life better for the people of the commonwealth and that means providing more opportunity, less government, and safer neighborhoods,” said Sen. Camera Bartolotta, legislation co-sponsor. “Criminal justice reform helps achieve all three of these goals. That is why I am proud to be a prime sponsor of Senate Bill 14, legislation that will help reform our overly burdensome probation system from one that too often traps people in a cycle of incarceration, to one that offers opportunity and a path to a better life.”“We’ve worked for over a year with partners representing a wide array of ideologies in support of achieving long-overdue reform to our community supervision system,” legislation co-sponsor Sen. Anthony Williams said. “I look forward to continuing that work and getting a bill that ensures equitable and fair probation supervision to Governor Wolf’s desk early next year.” SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Gov. Wolf, National Advocates Push for a Fairer Probation Systemlast_img read more

13-yr-old wonder-kid dreams Manchester United

first_img It is understood that a number of teams in France are also keeping a close eye on the talented youngster. But he has admitted that it is his dream to play for the Red Devils in the Premier League. “My dream club where I wish to play for in future is Manchester United like Odion Jude Ighalo. “My qualities as a striker; speed, strong, technique. Read Also:Europa fallout: Ole promises to give the players enough time to get themselves together “I need to improve my left foot, my finishing in front of goal and maturity in my game. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 13-year-old forward models his game around Romelu Lukaku and wants to follow in the footsteps of Odion Ighalo. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are the favourites to sign the youngster Akinleye has been in incredible form for French third-tier side Quevilly-Rouen Metropole this season. Manchester United and Aston Villa are among the clubs that have indicated their interest in signing him.Advertisement Manchester United target, Daniel Akinleye, has admitted it is his dream to play at Old Trafford. Loading… Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

Pentagon chief calls VFA termination ‘unfortunate’

first_imgU.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper calledthis decision “unfortunate,” saying it would be a move in the wrong directionat a time when Washington and its allies were trying to press China to abide by“international rules of order” in Asia. The decision, sparked by the revocationof a U.S. visa held by a former police chief who led Duterte’s bloody war ondrugs, could complicate U.S. military interests in the Asia-Pacific region asChina’s ambitions rise. Given the importance of the alliancewith the Philippines in broader U.S. strategy, Washington hopes the decisionwill be reversed or delayed before it takes legal effect in 180 days. (Reuters) MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterteannounced on Tuesday the termination of a two-decade-old Visiting ForcesAgreement with the United States (VFA), delivering on threats to downgrade analliance important to U.S. interests. “The president will not entertain anyinitiative coming from the U.S. government to salvage the VFA, neither will heaccept any official invitation to visit the United States,” Panelo said. Panelo said Duterte’s decision was aconsequence of U.S. legislative and executive actions that “bordered onassaulting our sovereignty and disrespecting our judicial system”. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper. AP It would also limit Philippine access toU.S. training and expertise in tackling Islamist extremism, natural disastersand maritime security threats. The mercurial Duterte, who has clashedwith the US over several issues, decided to pull the plug on the troop rotationpact with the former colonial ruler to enable the Philippines to be moreindependent in its relations with other countries, his spokesman SalvadorPanelo said.last_img read more

EPL: Watford hold Tottenham Hotspur

first_imgRelatedPosts Watford appoint new head coach EPL: Watford battle Gunners for survival Premier League: Our survival in our own hands — Coach Troy Deeney missed a second-half penalty as Watford drew 0-0 with Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash at Vicarage Road. The Hornets captain had the chance to send his team ahead in the 70th minute of the contest but saw his effort saved by Paulo Gazzaniga as the points were shared in the early kickoff. The result has seen Watford – now unbeaten in their last five league matches – move above West Ham United into 16th position in the Premier League table, while Spurs climb into seventh, eight points off fourth-placed Chelsea. Tottenham had a shout for a penalty inside the first minute following a scramble inside the Watford box, but neither the referee nor VAR were interested. On the break, the hosts had a half-chance through Gerard Deulofeu, although the attacker’s effort was always moving wide of the post. An open start also saw Son Heung-min find space inside the Watford box in the third minute, but the South Korea international was closed out before he could release a shot. Erik Lamela had the away side’s first attempt of the match in the seventh minute, although the Argentine’s effort from outside the box never threatened to trouble Ben Foster between the sticks. Spurs, backed by a vocal away support, were the side making the early running at Vicarage Road with Giovani Lo Celso in particular impressing in a slightly withdrawn position. Lucas Moura was again through the middle for Jose Mourinho’s side with Son, Dele Alli and Lamela in close support, but Watford were defending well as they continued to resist the early pressure. The Hornets had a chance of their own in the 17th minute when Ismaila Sarr found space inside the Spurs box, but the attacker curled his effort over the crossbar under pressure. Nigel Pearson’s side had another opportunity to cause the visitors a problem three minutes later when Japhet Tanganga felled Sarr, although Nathaniel Chalobah’s free kick from a dangerous position was disappointing. There was a stoppage in play around the 30-minute mark with referee Michael Olivier needing a replacement receiver from the fourth official, which just interrupted a flow of Tottenham pressure. Foster had to keep out a curling effort from Lamela as the away team carved out a half-chance, before Deeney and Deulofeu threatened for Watford moments later down the other end of the field. Gazzaniga then had to palm clear a dangerous cross from Chalobah as Pearson’s side forced the issue with the first half approaching its final 10 minutes. Lucas had a brilliant chance to send Tottenham ahead in the 38th minute when he broke into a one-on-one with Foster, but the experienced goalkeeper was on hand to make a brilliant save. Son then volleyed over the crossbar from distance before Deeney headed into the arms of Gazzaniga down the other end as the two teams headed down the tunnel at 0-0 following an open first 45 minutes of action. Neither manager made a change at the interval, meaning that Tottenham’s new signing Gedson Fernandes remained on the bench with Harry Winks and Lo Celso again in the middle of the park. Watford had a huge chance to take the lead early in the second period when Abdoulaye Doucoure broke into Tottenham box after smart work from Sarr, but the midfielder could not turn home from close range. Sarr had a chance of his own moments later after Deeney won a header inside the penalty area, but the 21-year-old missed the post as Spurs survived another dangerous moment. Mourinho’s team had a clear opportunity in the 53rd minute when Son picked out the head of Alli from a cross, only for the England international to send the ball over the crossbar. Chances were arriving at both ends and Deeney had one deflected wide of the post in the 55th minute with both defences coming under pressure at the start of the second period. There was a full-blown scuffle just before the hour as Doucoure clashed with Jan Vertonghen; VAR had a look at a possible red card for the Watford midfielder, but the incident ended with yellow cards being produced for both players. Son broke clear moments later as Spurs had the chance to take the lead, but the South Korean fired over the crossbar with the score level entering the final 30 minutes. VAR had a look at a possible penalty in the 64th minute following a deflected strike from Lamela which led to more anger inside the stadium, but play was allowed to continue. Referee Oliver pointed to the spot in the 69th minute, though, with the ball striking the arm of Vertonghen inside the box. VAR agreed with the match official’s decision, but Deeney saw his penalty saved by Gazzaniga. The pressure on Spurs was relentless, though, and Mourinho responded by introducing Inter Milan-linked attacker Christian Eriksen in place of Alli, who had struggled to make his mark at Vicarage Road. Sarr struck wide of the away side’s goal in the 78th minute before Pearson made his first change of the match, introducing Roberto Pereyra for Chalobah. Meanwhile, Fernandes was introduced for his Tottenham debut in place of Lo Celso. Lamela fired wide of the Watford post five minutes from time as both sides looked for a winner. Tottenham thought that they had scored in stoppage time when a scramble inside the home team’s box led to the ball moving towards goal off the foot of Lamela, but debutant Ignacio Pussetto managed to clear before it crossed the line. Next up for Watford is a trip to Aston Villa on Tuesday night, while Tottenham face a home game against basement side Norwich City one day later.Tags: Paulo GazzanigaTottenham FCTroy DeeneyWatfordlast_img read more

Clarke spitting mad with Popov

first_img Popov faces a three-match ban as a result of the incident, which came early in the second half after he had exchanged angry words with Spurs defender Kyle Walker. Clarke confirmed disciplinary action will be taken against the Macedonia international, adding that his dismissal played a large part in Albion’s 1-0 defeat at The Hawthorns. “The game changed with the sending-off. I’m absolutely disgusted with Goran’s behaviour,” Clarke said. “One of the group has let the players down. It changed the whole complexion of the game. It’s difficult enough in the Premier League playing against 11 players, especially when you’re playing against Tottenham. “There’s no excuse for that. There’s no place for it in life, never mind on a football pitch. “I would like to think that at some stage he will apologise. As always there will be disciplinary procedures taken against the player but they’ll remain in-house.” A second-half goal from Gareth Bale earned victory for Spurs, who are now only a point behind third-placed Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas echoed Clarke’s sentiments. “It’s difficult for the ref, but Popov did what he did and Walker did nothing to react,” he said. “It’s difficult to assess but I think Mark Clattenburg made the right decision. It’s horrible and nasty.” West Brom head coach Steve Clarke slammed defender Goran Popov following his sending-off for spitting, admitting he was “absolutely disgusted”.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Rohit Sharma blasts 25th century, equals Sourav Ganguly’s mark of three tons in World Cup edition

first_img New Delhi: Rohit Sharma continued his magnificent run in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as he blasted his 25th century and third in the tournament to keep India in the hunt in their chase of 338 against England in the clash in Edgbaston on Sunday. Rohit had smashed centuries against South Africa and Pakistan in the 2019 tournament but he had endured a tough run in the last couple of games, falling cheaply in the games against Afghanistan and West Indies. Rohit is now joint-second in the all-time list of most centuries in a single edition of the tournament, with Kumar Sangakkara creating a record four consecutive centuries in the 2015 edition of the tournament.Rohit was given good support by Virat Kohli, who blasted his fifth consecutive fifty but fell for 66. Kohli and Rohit shared a partnership of 138 after they had lost KL Rahul for 0 in the third over bowled by Chris Woakes. India would be hoping to create history in the game against England as India attempt the highest successful chase in the history of the World Cups. The highest chase in World Cups is 329 which was achieved by Ireland against England in Bangalore during the 2011 edition.However, on 102, Rohit looked to launch a slow, full off-cutter outside off from Chris Woakes but ended up edging it Jos Buttler the keeper as India suffered a jolt in their chase.Earlier, Virat Kohli stamped his consistency with yet another solid knock. In October 2018, when he had played 205 innings, he had reached 10000 runs during the series against West Indies. Eight months later and 17 innings later, Kohli blasted a further 1000 runs as he continued to enhance his reputation as the ultimate run-making machine in the world.Kohli is already the fastest to 8000, 9000 and 10,000 runs in ODIs and he added yet another feather to his cap with his entry into the 11000. Rohit reached his milestone by cutting Shadab to the deep point fence for a single to bring up his century off just 85 balls. Rohit continued to rake in the records as he broke Virat Kohli’s mark of the highest individual score in World Cups against Pakistan, which was 107 in the 2015 World Cup in Adelaide. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightscenter_img Rohit Sharma smashed his 25th century.Rohit smashed tons against Pakistan and South Africa.India are one win away from sealing a semi-final spot.last_img read more

Syracuse loses to Duke in ACC tournament quarterfinals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 21 Syracuse (21-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) fell, 68-46, to No. 13 Duke (26-4, 13-3) Friday night in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina. Alongside just nine points from Alexis Peterson and 13 from Brittney Sykes, an 18-point performance from Gabby Cooper wasn’t enough. The 46 points were a season low.The first half was tightly contested, and the Orange entered halftime down just 29-26 after Duke guard Kyra Lambert hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send the Blue Devils into the locker room with the lead. Cooper paced the Orange with 12 first-half points, but Peterson and Sykes shot just 4-of-17 from the field, as the conference’s two leading scorers entered the locker room with 10 combined points.For the Blue Devils, Oderah Chidom and Lexie Brown combined for 15 first-half points on 6-of-9 shooting, and Duke’s three-two and two-three zone pressured SU into a number of unwanted shots for a majority of the half.“The three-two zone is gonna give you shots in the corner, but you gotta knock them down,” Hillsman said. “We got looks, but we gotta make shots.”The second half was even worse for the Orange from the field, shooting just 21.6 percent on 37 shots. Sykes and Peterson added just 12 combined points to their first half tally, and Cooper cooled off from 3, adding six points in the final half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPeterson finished the game with a shooting percentage just above 19 percent. Hillsman attributed it to Duke’s presence at the top of the key on pick-and-roll plays, which didn’t allow Peterson to drive to the hoop. He said the Blue Devils were also running a “good scheme” on the Orange’s ball actions.“It’s not the result you want,” Hillsman said. “We shot 23 percent, and the key for us is making shots.”Brown finished with a game-high 22 points for the Blue Devils, followed by  Kendall Cooper and Chidom with 12 and 11, respectively. The Blue Devils had 18 turnovers on the night, and since SU was unable to convert at the hoop, the Orange failed to initiate its press for most of the game.Isabella Slim started and played 33 minutes for SU, but failed to score a single point all game.The lone bright spot for SU came in the form of Cooper, whose 18 points sat one-shy of her career-best point total. Hillsman said that Cooper’s future is “very bright”, but in a game where Peterson and Sykes failed to carry their weight in the scoring column, even one of Cooper’s best wasn’t enough for SU.“Give Duke a lot of credit, they played solid and they stayed consistent to their game plan,” Hillsman said. “We just got unraveled.” Comments Published on March 4, 2017 at 1:07 am Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edulast_img read more

Beach volleyball looks to finish perfect season

first_imgComing off a solid road victory up at Stanford on Tuesday, the No. 1 USC beach volleyball team (26-0) is back home and ready to wrap up the regular season as it hosts a pair of California teams for two dual matches on Thursday afternoon. The Trojans will put their 56-match winning streak on the line when they welcome No. 5 Long Beach State and Cal State Bakersfield to the friendly confines of Merle Norman Stadium, where USC has won its last 12 straight matches. Furthermore, the Trojans will look to win their 88th dual in their last 90 tries.Senior All-Americans Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, the first pair in NCAA history to reach 100 wins together (123-4 overall, .968), headline the current undefeated Trojan squad at the top court after setting a national record with 103 consecutive victories from April 2, 2015 to April 8, 2017. The two veterans have the benefit of experience on their side, having played together at court one since their sophomore years. However, the other four USC pairs have all had to adjust to new partners in 2017, with 14 different lineup changes being used throughout the season due to various injuries. But with a team as deep as USC’s, Hughes knows how big of a luxury it is to have players on the roster that can come in and step up when called upon.“I’m not surprised at how well our team has adjusted,” Hughes said. “I think that’s a big thing for us this year — we have depth from top to bottom, from our ones to our fives and even our exhibition pairs. People are working really hard in practice and pushing each other to get better, and that has been great for us as a whole.”The Trojan depth has been on full display so far this season despite the lineup changes, with three different USC pairs notching at least 20 wins this season. One of those successful pairs is the tandem of juniors Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer at the No. 5 spot. With a 28-3 overall mark together on the season and a 24-1 record in dual matches, Belton and Kremer will look to extend their own winning streak to 10 consecutive matches with two wins on Thursday. Finally, the No. 3 pair of junior Terese Cannon and senior Nicolette Martin have posted 24 overall wins (seven losses) with 21 of those coming in dual play. In total, six pairs have recorded at least 11 wins overall this season.last_img read more