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

2019 Six Nations: In-form England to face ‘greatest Welsh side ever’, Eddie Jones says

first_imgThat impressive performance followed a win over reigning champions Ireland in Dublin in England’s opening game of the tournament, but Jones is mindful that another stern test awaits in the Welsh capital on Feb. 23.A much-changed Wales outfit equalled the longest winning run in their Test history with their 11th straight success over Italy in Rome on Saturday and Jones acknowledged England must not let their standards slip.”There’s a lot more in this team and we understand that and we’re committed to being the very best we can be,” Jones said at a news conference. “When we get back together on Wednesday we’ll start the process of how we can get better again.The #GuinnessSixNations table after two rounds.Discuss… pic.twitter.com/pGKtcBIoxo— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 10, 2019″We’re playing the greatest Welsh side ever; we’re going to have to be at our absolute best,” Jones said. “You know you’re playing against a Warren Gatland side. He’s been at the top of the tree in European rugby for the last 15 years, through his club and country and the [British and Irish] Lions.”You’re playing against a tough, physical team. They contest hard at the breakdown. You’ve got to earn every point against them. We’re looking forward to going down there. Should be fun.”May’s hat trick came inside the opening 30 minutes as England constantly exposed space behind France’s back-line with a kick-chase tactic.”Jonny May’s like when you go to the park and you see someone with a tennis ball and they throw it, the dog runs 100mph and chases it and brings it back — he does that pretty well,” Jones added. Is #MOTD on tonightSurely Jonny’s hat-trick will kick off the show … pic.twitter.com/wFhJzuKzas— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) February 10, 2019With Henry Slade’s try on the stroke of half-time, England had already secured a bonus point.Two further scores — via a penalty try and Owen Farrell — followed early in the second period but neither team registered a point after the 56th minute.”The second half I thought our performance was even better,” Jones said. “Even though we didn’t score as many points, our focus and our discipline to keep France scoreless was outstanding.” Eddie Jones has warned in-form England they must be prepared to face the best Wales side in history in Cardiff later this month.England moved back top of the Six Nations table with a 44-8 annihilation of France at Twickenham, with wing Jonny May scoring half of their six tries on Sunday.last_img read more

Sorry Sharks fans, keeping Erik Karlsson in San Jose is going to be hard

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)MONTREAL — Erik Karlsson is going to be hard to keep in San Jose, adding to the pressure the Sharks are under this season to finally win the Stanley Cup.When Sharks GM Doug Wilson acquired Karlsson on the eve of training camp, conventional wisdom suggested the Sharks would have the inside lane in the race to sign the two-time Norris Trophy winner when his contract expires after this season. NHL players who move …last_img

Why Warriors don’t plan on making any roster changes before playoffs

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — The Warriors are favored to win their fourth NBA championship in five years for a simple reason. They have five All-Stars in Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins. So it is not exactly surprising the Warriors do not forsee any roster changes before the postseason starts in almost two weeks.“We’re not looking to …last_img

Thousands of Dinosaur Tracks Found in Alaska

first_imgNearly inside the Arctic Circle along the Yukon River, thousands of dinosaur tracks have been found – one of several surprising discoveries about dinosaurs.The facts:  Live Science and Alaska Public published the story; see also NBC News.  The tracks are in the form of “casts” in which cemented mud formed within the hollowed-out footprints.  A great diversity of dinosaur types were found during a 500-mile expedition along the Yukon River. Some of them show claw marks at the tips of the toes.  In addition, the area yielded fossils of “a lot of plant fossils, leaves from broad-leaved trees and different types of conifers.”  In some places, the explorers were able to find 50 specimens in 10 minutes.  None of the local villagers were aware of the tracks.  “This and all of the other material that we found was just a complete surprise, because no one expected anything like this was out there,” Pat Druckenmiller, curator of earth sciences at the Museum of the North, said.The interpretations:  The discoverers believe the tracks are 25 to 30 million years older than other tracks found in Denali National Park and along the Colville River in Alaska, which are considered 65 to 80 million years old.  The tracks are believed to be from both carnivores and herbivores, some from ankylosaurs.  The discoverers say Alaska was farther north when the tracks were made, but was in a warming period at the time.  Druckenmiller commented that a find of this magnitude is rare in the 21st century.Other dinosaur newsVirtual reality:  Science Daily reported that a re-analysis of Psittocosaurus dinosaur skulls shows that three ‘species’ are actually one.  They looked different because of the way they had been buried and compressed in the strata; they were “apparent” species, not “biological” species.  A member of the Penn State team said, “how an animal’s body was crushed as it fossilized – from the top, from the side or twisted – could lead to inaccurate species determinations.”Evolving reality:  PhysOrg announced, “Research is challenging basic assumptions about dinosaurs—and greatly expanding the number of known species.”  Within the city of Edmonton, Alberta—a hotspot region for dinosaur remains—students from the University of Alberta are unearthing bones from a dozen species of dinosaurs in a fossil graveyard.Work by researchers based at the U of A has challenged many basic assumptions about dinosaurs—proving that some had feathers and that even the giant predators sometimes travelled in herds—while greatly expanding the number of known species and, occasionally, even pruning and grafting the dinosaur family tree.Nothing more was said about the feathers in the article, except an illustration of Anchiornis fully fledged out with colorful feathers and a caption that said U of Alberta paleontologist Phil Currie helped identify them.  What the article doesn’t say is that Anchiornis was discovered in China, not in Canada.It’s so, so, so very important to learn to distinguish the facts from the interpretations.  Evolutionists toss around millions of years like confetti, merely assuming that natural selection will use all those years to create amazing and wonderful creatures.  They’re basically stuffing their ignorance into vast dark spaces of unobservable assumptions.This last article was very misleading.  It said scientists “proved” dinosaurs had feathers, sneaking in a bird from China!  Even Wikipedia says the one pictured is a bird: “As in other early paravians such as Microraptor, Anchiornis had large wings, made up of pennaceous flight feathers attached to the arm and hand (as in modern birds) as well as flight feathers on the hind legs, forming an arrangement of fore and hind wings.”  This was no dinosaur!  We have skin impressions from many dinosaurs, and they were scaly, not feathery.  The fuzzy impressions around some dinosaur fossils could be flayed collagen, some researchers believe, disputing the notion they are “protofeathers.”  True flight feather impressions are only found on fossil birds.As usual, none of the articles discussed the most dramatic discovery about dinosaurs of the last century: soft tissue in dinosaur bones.  Have you seen dinosaur hunter Jack Horner’s response to Mary Schweitzer’s surprise discovery of stretchy blood vessels and red blood cells in a T. rex bone?  Watch it on a 60 Minutes episode on YouTube.  It says a lot about human nature when facts confront belief.  In CMI’s documentary, The Voyage that Shook the World. Phil Currie remarked that scientists tend to see what they expect to see,and can miss seeing unexpected facts right before their eyes.  It has happened to him, he said.Since Schweitzer’s spectacular, surprising, “impossible” announcement, other soft tissue remains have been found in dinosaur bones even older.  Mark Armitage just published a paper about osteocytes and other bone cells he found in a Triceratops horn using electron microscopes.  Nobody had found this material before, because scientists just “knew” dinosaur fossils were too old to leave any tissue remains.  Some of the Colville River dinosaur remains were found unfossilized.  Mummified dinosaur skin has been unearthed.  Some dinosaur remains contain carbon-14.  Any one of these finds should be impossible for millions of years.  The reasonable interpretation is that the dinosaurs perished catastrophically not that long ago.  In spite of multiple falsification-scale anomalies, the Darwinian story of dinosaur evolution over millions of years survives, a testimony to the power of academia’s chosen belief in secular naturalism, buttressed by a fawning, obedient press. 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Bhisho Airport gets R100m boost

first_img2 August 2007The airport runway at Bhisho in the Eastern Cape will be closed for the next six weeks as the airport undergoes a R100-million upgrade, as the province seeks to maximise the facility’s economic potential.The upgrade is being funded through the province’s Department of Roads and Transport, with all upgrades expected to be complete by March 2008.The project as so far provided more than 100 jobs for people from surrounding villages, while more people will be needed as the project progresses, the department said in a statement this week.“The project derives from the Blue Skyway Aviation Strategy, which was unveiled by the [provincial Transport Department] in 2006, in an effort to maximise the potential of the Bhisho and Mthatha airports and bring new life to the rural airstrips within the province,” the department explained.The strategy aims to improve usage of the province’s airports, reduce government involvement in the operation of airports, and involve the private sector, especially small, medium and micro enterprises, through outsourcing services or as airport management.The province has already convinced the South African Police Service Air Wing to relocate to the Bhisho Airport, while the Port Alfred-based 43 Air School is declared its intent to expand to the airport and has started assisting in re-commissioning refuelling facilities.The first 14 students from the air school are expected to relocate to the airport within the next two months.Air BP has also started refurbishing the fuel depot at own costA new R5-million fire tender was brought in from overseas, and firemen at the airport already completed a course to use the new vehicle. The main intention is to increase the emergency capacity of the airport and improve its grades from two to four, the department said.The department said that the Bhisho Airport had been earmarked for international flights during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with state-owned South African Airways and other airlines expressing their interest in using the airport.At the same time, the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has appointed consultants to conduct a feasibility study on the upgrade of the Mthatha Airport.That feasibility study has been completed and forwarded to consulting engineers for final costing.“We have purchased two large airport fire tenders for the Mthatha Airport and we will apply to upgrade our license with the South African Civil Aviation Authority from four to six, which will enable bigger aircraft to land there,” the Eastern Cape’s Department of Roads and Transport said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 16, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A better weather pattern will begin to emerge over the state today. After yesterday’s wintry mess, we should see some improvement almost immediately today. Yesterday’s main surprise was the northern extent of sleet and ice. While we expected a rain-snow mix, and by association some potential ice in the south and central, seeing ice all the way north where we saw it was a bit of a surprise. However, as sun comes out today, even if it is interspersed with clouds, we should see ice melt in many areas. Temps likely do not move in a major way today, although we should see some slight warming in southern Ohio.A weak clipper like disturbance moved across the northern plains yesterday, and toady will meander through the upper Midwest, down to the I-80 corridor. This weekend that weak system will continue to move south and east. This will spread more clouds into the state for the both Saturday and Sunday. However, we still think that precipitation will not be an issue, as the system still looks to be dying as it arrives. With cold air in place, it would not take much to have a flurry develop, but we think those chances are small. We won’t rule out a flurry or two on Sunday, mainly over the northern half of the state, but coverage will be 20% or less. This really is a non-issue, and we should not see any significant threat to a drier pattern. Sunshine is back for next week, and we keep dry weather in here for Monday through Thursday. There will be no problems anywhere in the state for Thanksgiving travel, and temps will even start to climb by Thanksgiving Day. This will be our best dry window, and our best opportunity to get harvest finished before thanksgiving.We are keeping a chance of rain in the forecast for next Friday, but we may have to delay it slightly, seeing showers more in the afternoon and evening. Moisture totals remain unimpressive, at a few hundredths to .3” over about 70% of the state. Next Saturday is dry, and then moisture returns for Sunday the 25th. This moisture may linger in to the very early morning of the 26th. We are looking at rain (scattered showers) giving .25”-.5” over 60% of the state. Temperatures will be above normal. The map at right shows temps compared to normal next Sunday afternoon.The extended forecast keeps one threat of rain for the 28th and 29th. The rest of the period is dry. For the 28th-29th we see .25”-.5”. Coverage can be nearly 90% of the state. That system remains on track to bring all rain, as temps remain above normal. However, behind it, colder air starts to race back in. We should be back below normal over the region as we transition into early December.last_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: Living in a Glass House

first_imgLive at the International Builder’s Show Clear, translucent, and layered wallsLiving Light’s north and south walls are layered with glazing in unconventional ways. Each wall is actually a double façade: on the outside, a single fixed pane of tempered R-1 glass sits on shock-absorbing mounts; on the inside, R-11.4 triple-pane windows, some of which are operable, sit in wood-veneered aluminum frames. Transparent glass dominates the south façade while translucent glass dominates the north façade, although the operable-window areas on each will be about the same.One basic aim is to provide abundant daylighting for the structure and maximize passive solar gain when it’s needed in the winter. But the walls actually are as much about shading as they are about flooding the house with light. An automated, horizontal-blind system sandwiched between the inner and outer glass walls controls the amount of light let into the conditioned space. And as the blind slats warm up in the sun, a ventilation fan directs air to an energy-recovery ventilator to harvest the heat. The space between the inner and outer windows also is equipped with hidden electric lights whose automated operation is coordinated with that of the blinds to smooth transitions from daytime to night and back. MORE INFORMATIONLiving Light Team Web pageDOE Web page for University of TennesseeGBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon In addition to the energy-recovery ventilator, the HVAC system includes two ductless minisplit heat pumps. Team Tennessee says the house is designed for “young professionals with an average income of $100,000 working in the vibrant design, science, and technology industries of Nashville, Tennessee.” But after the Decathlon, it will hit the road rather than the real estate market, embarking on what the team had dubbed the Tennessee Tour. After that, it will serve as a laboratory for new technologies and collecting performance data. University of Tennessee’s Living Light is among the 2011 Solar Decathlon’s more straightforward expressions of form and function, with heavily glazed north and south walls and a compact, steel-framed rectangular shape that allows it to be lifted onto a set of truck-trailer wheels, coupled to a road tractor, and hauled down the highway like a moving van.In designing Living Light, its first Decathlon entry, Team Tennessee said it was inspired by Cherokee shelters in East Tennessee and the cantilevered barns of Appalachia, where both winter and summer include challenging weather conditions. But the team also focused on how the home’s simple shape could be exploited to make the most of its passive solar and daylighting potential.The house is 750 sq. ft. – notably smaller than most homes in the 2011 competition, where the limit on interior space is 1,000 sq. ft. The east and west ends, which contain the mechanical cores, feature R-30 stud walls. The 10.9-kW rooftop array is horizontal, and the white reflective roof under it is nearly so. The array, in this case, uses a copper indium gallium diselenide thin-film absorber wrapped inside cylindrical modules to capture sunlight from all directions.last_img read more

Durant said to sign two-year deal with Warriors

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The 28-year-old Durant is expected to have an annual salary of between $25 million and $26 million.BACKSTORY: Durant to stay with Warriors but West joins ClippersFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Warriors came to terms with point guard Curry on a five-year, $201 million contract on Saturday.READ: $200-million man: Curry inks ‘richest’ deal in NBA history—report Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer to sign with the Warriors.He played a key role this season in leading Golden State to its second National Basketball Association championship in three years over the Cleveland Cavaliers.In this year’s NBA finals, Durant averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists as the Warriors won the series in five games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Roach mulls retirement for Pacquiao Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img MOST READ What ‘missteps’? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Kevin Durant. GETTY IMAGES/AFP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors have agreed on a two-year contract worth about $53 million in a move that comes two days after they came to terms with superstar Stephen Curry.Durant, who is an unrestricted free agent, will have a player option on the second year, American sports broadcaster ESPN reported on Monday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

August 5 2008 Welcome to Group Motion Dance wo

first_imgAugust 5, 2008 Welcome to Group Motion Dance workshop participants. Group Motion Company is a professional dance theater ensemble of versatile artists, melding dance, theater, music and visual arts into a provocative and innovative performance experience. The group from Philadelphia has held one-week workshops at Arcosanti, starting about 20 years ago. Group Motion was originally founded in 1962 as Gruppe Motion Berlin, a chamber dance company evolving from the Mary Wigman School of Dance. In 1968, under the direction of Brigitta Herrmann, Helmut Gottschild, and Manfred Fischbeck, the company relocated to Philadelphia and was quick to receive critical success – making historic appearances at Judson Church in New York in 1968 and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 1969 and joining the NEA touring program in the 1970s. Group Motion came under the sole artistic and executive direction of Manfred Fischbeck in 1989 and has continued to develop within the forefront of contemporary dance, working with nationally and internationally known choreographers and artists and creating a substantial body of more than 45 dance theater pieces. The company began a world-wide touring program in the mid-1990s and has since taken its repertory to France, Argentina, Japan, Germany, Cyprus, and Taiwan as well as to locations throughout the United States. Group Motion has also continually expanded its scope as a performing arts organization, with its performance series, workshops, and co-creation of the Kumquat Dance Center. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more