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Stats show we do need more gun laws

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion How many of the firearms in these categories are semi-automatic rifles, if any, isn’t clear.Based on the complete statistics that Mr. Kingsley chose to cherry pick, one thing is crystal clear: 9,616 murders, or 71 percent of the murders committed in this country in 2015, were committed by people with guns, and that percentage has been slowly but steadily increasing, up from 67 percent in 2011.These are the statistics that are used by someone trying to prove that we don’t have a gun problem and “more gun laws are not a solution we need.”Really?George FerroSchenectady  More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? After reading Don Kingsley’s March 19 letter, “More gun laws are not a solution we need,” I feel compelled to respond to his total misrepresentation of facts.Mr. Kingsley uses the FBI-published statistics on murder in the United States to make his point that guns, specifically semi-automatic weapons, are not a problem.The only statistic he gives regarding firearms is that 252 murders were committed by rifles. Here are the complete statistics as listed on the FBI site: Total murders committed in 2015 — 13,455. Of those murders, 9,616 (more than 71 percent) were committed by firearms.The breakdown of firearms used is as follows: handguns, 6,447; rifles, 252; shotguns, 269; other guns, 171; firearms type not stated, 2,477.  Mr. Kingsley assumes that “rifles” used are semi-automatic, but makes no mention of the “other guns” used and “firearms type not stated,” or more than 27 percent of firearm murders.In fact, he makes no mention of any murders committed by firearms other than rifles.last_img read more

Match-maker agent finds perfect match online

first_imgSitting on the junction of several canals, 21 Constance Court, Newport has a pontoon with high-mast access to Moreton Bay.THERE were no open houses and less than 10 private inspections but the $1.465 million buyer of 21 Constance Court, Newport found the house online.The inground saltwater pool at 21 Constance Court, Newport.One Agency Redcliffe-North Lakes agent Stephan Siegfried said as many as a quarter of all prestige canal properties in Newport are sold without an online campaign and often because of the specific needs of buyers and sellers.“We always hit our VIPs first before a property comes to market,’’ Mr Siegfried said.“There’s always a good number of people looking, the canal market is quite a small market.”But he said an online campaign can be very useful.<<>>More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“I always like to market so we don’t miss anyone, and with Constance Court, it was an interstate buyer (from Sydney) whose first introduction was through the marketing of that property online.“If we didn’t market that one, we wouldn’t have found that buyer.”<<>>The four-bedroom, two-bathroom property on 800sq m was built in 2001 and had a 32m canal frontage with a pontoon and high-mast access to Moreton Bay.The theatre room at 21 Constance Court, Newport.There was a purpose-built library and theatre room and alfresco area with covered balconies.It is not unusual for a VIP open house on a canal property to attract up to 12 clusters of potential buyers, Mr Siegfried said.last_img read more

TPT Declares Force Majeure at Richards Bay Terminal

first_imgSouth African terminal operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has declared Force Majeure at its terminal facilities in Richards Bay following the strong storm that hit the region on Tuesday, October 10.TNT said that the decision was made due to the damage caused by extreme weather conditions which have impacted terminal operations.“These unforeseen incidents are beyond the control of TPT and TPT has no option but to invoke the provisions of the force majeure clauses in TPT’s commercial agreements and Standard Trading Terms and Conditions,” the terminal operator said.“Any claims arising herefrom will, therefore, be dealt with as such in terms of the applicable contractual agreements and Standard Trading Terms and Conditions.”The Richards Bay terminal, handling bulk and break bulk cargo, is situated in KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal South African province, which has been declared a disaster area by Premier Willies Mchunu after the storm that devasted parts of the province.The “mega storm” has caused severe damages to local roads, bridges, and utility infrastructure, according to local media.The heavy weather has seen winds reach the strength of up to 50 knots South Westerly at peak in places, and heavy rain causing flash floods.The Port of Durban was forced to shut down operations to marine traffic as several vessels got grounded, including one containership that drifted into the mouth of the port, blocking its entrance.Based on the latest update from Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), progress has been made in clearing obstructions from the seabed of the port, bringing safety of navigation of vessels to 95%.Previous reports indicated that there were about three containers believed to have been lost into the water with the exact position unknown, posing a danger to navigation within the vicinity.“The latest results of the sounding surveys that were conducted indicate that there is no obstruction on the seabed that could pose risk to navigation along the Durban Container Terminal: Pier 1. However, sounding surveys are still in progress along the C-Shed area and in the interest of ensuring safe navigation of vessels, vessel movement is still suspended in this area,” the port authority said.Recovery operations and supporting terminal operators to restore normality are still underway.last_img read more

LTO STEPS UP ‘COLORUM’ CRACKDOWN: Heavy penalties await erring operators, drivers

first_img* for vans – P200,000 ILOILO City – As All Saints’ Day (Nov.1) and AllSouls’ Day (Nov. 2) draw near, the Land Transportation Office (LTO)in Western Visayas is stepping up its campaign against “colorum” vehicles.These are unregistered or franchise-less vehicles that operate like publicutility vehicles (PUV). * a PUV operating differently from itsauthorized denomination (ex. those approved as school service but operating asUV express, or those approved as tourist bus transport but operating as city orprovincial bus) * revocation of the registration ofall authorized units (entire fleet) of the operator * for sedans – P120,000 * for motorcycles – P6,000 LTO Region 6 deployed personnel tovarious transport terminals and highways as early as Oct. 22 to apprehendcolorum vehicles aside from checking the road-worthiness of all PUVs, accordingto Rizza Otayde, spokesperson of the regional office. * for buses – P1 million Drivers of colorum vehicles would beissued with Temporary Operators’ Permit (TOP). Under this JAO, a vehicle is colorumunder the following circumstances: Operators and drivers of colorumvehicles face stiffer penalties under Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No.2014-01 of the Department of Transportation. LTO-6 observed that colorum vehiclesusually operate during special occasions when lots of people travel. * disqualification of the operator –in case of a corporation, all its stockholders and directors – from operatingany kind of public land transportation * a PUV with suspended or cancelledCertificate of Public Convenience (CPC) and the Decision/Order of suspension orcancellation is executory * for trucks – P200,000 * a PUV with expired CPC and without apending application for extension of validity timely filed before the Board The penalties spelled out under JAONo. 2014-01 for the first offense are the following: PENALTIES “LTO-6 director Roland Ramos stressesthe importance of safe travel this Halloween. The public should avoid colorumvehicles. Since these vehicles are not registered and insured, kon ano ang matabo sa dalanon wala gidlagson sa ila,” said Otayde. * for jeepneys – P50,000 Aside from the fine, these colorumvehicles would also be impounded for a minimum of three months, said Otayde. * a private motor vehicle operating asa PUV but without proper authority from the Land Transportation Franchising andRegulatory Board (LTFRB) * blacklisting of all authorized units(entire fleet) of the operator from being used as PUV * a PUV operating outside of itsapproved route or area without a prior permit from the Board or outside theexceptions provided under existing memorandum circulars For the second offense, the penaltiesare the following: * revocation of all CPCs (entirefleet) of the operator COLORUMIF… Pursuantto Memorandum Circular No. 515-2004, TOPis used in LTO apprehension of all violations and it is strictly required to beissued to the apprehended driver/operator at the site and time of apprehension. In determining the frequency ofoffenses, the LTFRB counts offenses against operators and not against aparticular motor vehicle or CPC. “Mostly, sila nagagwa kon kaagahon and like sining Undas, nagahingalit,”said Otayde. Hence, the second apprehension of avehicle belonging to the same operator, regardless of whether the first andsecond vehicle apprehended are included in the same or different CPCs, shall becounted as second offense. Also, if a private motor vehicleoperating as a PUV but without proper authority from the LTFRB is apprehended,the LTFRB shall, in addition to the abovementioned fines, impounding andpenalty, disqualify the registered owner – in case of a corporation, all itsstockholders and directors – from operating any kind of public landtransportation. Otayde saod LTO is also continuouslyenforcing Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code andespecially its provision against overloading./PNlast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Outlast Lady Tigers In 2-OT

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs improved to 4-3 on the season and 3-1 in the EIAC after a 2OT Shootout win over the host Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers. In the first half, both teams battled for possession in the middle of the field for most of the game. Both defenses held strong and the goalkeeping was phenomenal for both sides. Lawrenceburg was able to take 7 shots in the half as Olive Cerniglia made 3 saves. Batesville had possession in their offensive third but just couldn’t connect that last pass to lead to goal. Ellie Cassidy had the best chance of the half with a rifled free kick that one bounced the keeper as she bobbled the shot initially but was able to get on top of it as the Batesville forwards crashed the goal. In the second half, both teams mounted several attacks and ended the half with 4 shots a piece. Batesville’s best chance came in the middle of the half as Lauren Gutzwiller got free on the left side and tried to chip the keeper as she came out for the breakaway but the shot sailed just over the top of the goal. Lawrenceburg hit a deep free kick and had another driven shot that Cerniglia was able to make quality saves on to keep the game scoreless. After two 7-minute overtime periods, the score remained knotted at 0. It was time for a penalty shootout and both teams have been in this position already this season. Lawrenceburg went first and drilled the shot into the side net. Liz Heidlage stepped up for Batesville and Lawrenceburg’s GK was able to push the shot into the post and the shot bounced out. Cerniglia came up big to turn the momentum back to Batesville as she got her hands on a high shot and pushed it over the bar. Ellie Cassidy stepped up and drilled a shot into the back of the net to make it 1-1 after 2 shooters. Cerniglia came up big with a diving save on Lawrenceburg’s 3rd PK. Carlie Werner confidently stepped up and shot it opposite of the keeper and into the side net. After another Lawrenceburg make, Olivia Knueven looked to put Batesville up 3-2. She did just that as she slipped the ball just inside the post. Lawrenceburg’s 5th and final shooter was in a must make situation and her shot ricochet off the crossbar. Coach Hartman commented on the team shutout saying, “It was a great team defensive effort to keep the shutout in regulation. Olive was a force in goal both during regulation and PK’s coming up with huge saves.”Batesville will be back in action at home on Thursday as they take on the Columbus East Lady Olympians. The JV game will start at 5:30 with a varsity kickoff around 7:00. The JV girls soccer team faced off against the Lawrenceburg Tigers Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs took an early lead with a long shot by Allie Savage from Maggie Weberding. Shortly after Savage’s goal, Bella Britch scored with a well placed shot assist coming from Jade Kopp. Batesville went into half time leading 2-0. The Tigers came out with a vengence and scored a quick 2 goals. The Bulldogs responded with a goal from Laney Flynn assisted by Britch, who kept high pressure and won the ball from the Tiger’s defense. Unfortunately,  Batesville tired out and lost their marks a couple times. This allowed Lawrenceburg to score two more times, taking the score to 4-3. The Bulldogs fell to the Tigers at the end of regulation time. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.last_img read more

Cardinals Hoops Results

first_imgThe SLS 7th Grade Boys Basketball team opened their season against Franklin County on Tuesday, November 5th.  The boys played a hard-fought game but ended up losing 27-18. The Cardinals were led in scoring by Henry Wanstrath with 6 points, followed by Adam Meer and Sam Laloge with 4 points, and Ryan Duerstock and Max Amberger with 2 points each.  Duerstock led the team in rebounds with 6 while Amberger and Laloge each had 5.  Wanstrath, Meer, Laloge, and Duerstock each recorded a steal as well. The boys are back in action on Thursday, November 7th when they take on Jac-Cen-Del at home.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.The St. Louis Cardinals 5th/6th-grade boys hosted their first games of the season on Tuesday, November 5th. The 6th-grade boys came up short with a final score of 53-28. Scoring for SLS were Jaiden Kuria with 12pts, Caleb Mohr with 8pts, Aiden Griewe with 4pts, and both Ben Griewe and Jack Freeland getting us 2pts each.  Defensively Tyler Reder had a great game, and Jaiden Kuria had 2 great blocks.  The boys really did well for their first game and grew as the game progressed. We play again on Thursday at St. Mary’s Greensburg.  Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.last_img read more

SWAN Congratulates New Sports Minister, Reels out Expectations

first_imgA statement issued by the National Secretariat of SWAN and signed by the Deputy Secretary General, Babafemi Raji, noted that over the years, the fortune of Nigeria in international championships have continued to dwindle due largely to lack of concerted effort to discover budding talents that abound in the length and breadth of the country.“SWAN believes that Nigeria deserves more than what the country is getting from sports in view of the abundance of natural talents in practically every field; hence our hope that you will give priority to grassroots sports.“Equally of importance to SWAN is the regrettable state of federal government-owned sports facilities; we make bold to say that they are mostly in dire need of rehabilitation, especially the pitch of the now Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, where it is evident that anthills are freely springing up due to lack of maintenance.“The recent embarrassment the country faced after the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) allegedly diverted about $135,000 the world athletics body IAAF mistakenly paid to it, is yet to abate, just as athletes representing the country at international championships were thrown out of their hotel accommodation amidst cases of unpaid allowances and corruption in the sector.“SWAN equally expects that the yearly allocation to the sports sector from the Federation Account will significantly improve, because sports is a huge industry, that if well programmed has the potential to meaningfully engage a lot of the teeming youths.“SWAN will be ready to support you push for an increase in the allocation that comes to the Ministry, by engaging relevant government agencies both at the Executive and Legislative arms.“SWAN is also looking forward to the enactment of a workable national sports policy that will enable every sport to grow, and the creation of an endowment fund for our sports heroes; as well as, an environment that will encourage private sector investment.“SWAN advocates the upgrading of the National Institute for Sports (NIS) to a degree awarding institute as well as the establishment of a university for sports with campuses across the country.“As an association, we express our readiness to work with any progressive idea you bring to the table, in addition to performing our responsibilities as watchdog of the sports sector, through constructive engagements,” concludes the SWAN statement.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has congratulated the newly appointed Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, describing his appointment as well-deserved.“His appointment as Minister of Youth and Sports represents a new frontier in the administration of sports in Nigeria and one that is expected to usher in dynamism, resourcefulness and focused leadership.“As the umbrella body of all sports journalists in Nigeria, affiliated to the Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS) and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), SWAN calls on the new minister to give every sport adequate attention, unlike some of his predecessors that focused mainly on football to the detriment of others.last_img read more

Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about North Carolina State

first_imgComing off a 54-0 blowout loss to No. 3 Clemson, Syracuse (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) hosts North Carolina State (4-5, 1-4) Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Wolfpack is coming off a 24-20 loss to then-No. 19 Florida State. The Orange goes up against FSU next week.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.All-time series: N.C. State leads, 8-1Last time they played: The Wolfpack beat the Orange, 42-29, in the penultimate game, one that wasn’t particularly close. Syracuse trailed 42-16 with 11:58 left in the fourth quarter, before scoring two garbage time touchdowns with under three minutes left in the game. Eric Dungey sat out the game with an injury. Zack Mahoney started and went 10-for-21 for 152 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.Both Steve Ishmael and Brisly Estime were ejected from last year’s game due to unsportsmanlike penalties. Two days later, it was announced that then-head coach Scott Shafer was fired and would coach his and SU’s last game of the year against Boston College.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe N.C. State report: Defense is the strength of this team as it sits just outside the Top 25 (26th) in total defense, and a majority of that comes from its ninth-best run defense (the passing defense is just 92nd in the country). Safety Josh Jones is among the ACC’s leaders with 84 tackles.If Dungey plays, that actually plays to the Orange’s advantage since running the ball has been a problem this year while passing has produced big games.The Wolfpack’s defensive strengths mirror the offensive strengths. Starting quarterback Ryan Finley ranks second to last in the ACC in passing yards. Running back Matthew Dayes ranks third in the conference in rushing yards, with 831.Daily Orange File PhotoHow Syracuse beats N.C. State: An active, healthy Dungey would help. But even without him, the Orange has a decent shot here. As long as SU’s strong receivers win their matchups, moving the ball should be fine. The key thing is which SU defense shows up. If it’s the one that competed against Boston College and Virginia Tech, the Orange should be fine. If it’s the one that showed up last Saturday in Death Valley, it’ll be a long afternoon.Stat to know: 4 — the Wolfpack lost four games this year by one score, including three of their last four.Player to watch: Matthew Dayes, running back, No. 21Dayes, one of N.C. State’s best all-time running backs, has 167 carries this year, nearly half of the Wolfpack’s total carries. His 831 yards ranks third in the conference, and he averages 5 yards per carry. Comments Published on November 10, 2016 at 11:13 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Bermuda reports a decline in gun related crimes

first_imgBermuda National Security Minister Wayne Caines HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC – National Security Minister Wayne Caines says gun related crimes declined by nearly 45 per cent in 2018.Caines, releasing the official figures on crime here, said that there were 27 incidents last year which involved a firearm, were believed to involve a firearm, or where a firearm was recovered.He said the corresponding figure for 2017 was 49, and in 2016 it was 82.According to the figures, Bermuda recorded three firearms-related fatalities and injuries last year, down from nine in 2017 and 14 in 2016.  Last year four people were murdered here.Serious assaults also showed a drop at 32 last year — down from 37 in 2017 and 46 in 2016. Arrests for violent crime were up to 24 in 2018, from 22 in each of the two previous years. The figures were included in an update on anti-gang initiatives.Caines said that the government had devised a “thorough, multi-pronged and disciplined plan” to tackle gang violence in Bermuda.“I have complete confidence in its success. We are steadfast in our belief, that if we are to see an end to violence in Bermuda, our community must rise and play a part in the process. Let’s stop assigning blame and start working together to change the lives of our most vulnerable citizens,” Caines added.last_img read more

Stern Test For Top Challengers As Hamilton Start Japan GP in Pole

first_img“I was very much on it,” said Hamilton. I didn’t make one mistake and each lap got better and better. It’s been 10 years trying to get that pole position!” Lewis Hamilton was fastest in qualifying this morning in Suzuka and that ensures that he will Start tomorrow’s race in Pole position for the first time in his career.The Briton also posted a record lap time of 1:27.319 which is 1.5 seconds quicker that Micheal Schumacher’s record lap 11 years ago to set a new fastest lap record in Formula 1.Pole position in Suzuka also means Hamilton has now claimed pole position at least once in his career on every circuit presently on the Formula 1 calender. “I tried everything on that last lap as I knew I had to take a bit more risks, it didn’t work,” said Vettel, who trails Hamilton by 34 points in the standings. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will start the race tomorrow alongside his Mercedes rival despite finishing almost half of a second behind the W08.Mercedes Valterie Bottas actually finished second in qualifying but will start from seventh as he was one of five drivers who were handed grid penalties. The Red Bull pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen also benefit from Bottas’ demotion and will be on the second row with Ricciardo slightly edging the young Dutchman who was champion in Malaysia last weekend.McLaren’s Fernando Alonso finished in tenth just above his team mate Stoffel Vandoorne but he was also handed a grid penalty after his car was massively overhauled on Friday night leaving the youngster as McLaren’s major hope of scoring points on Sunday.The Japanese zooms off in Suzuka 6am Sunday morningRelatedlast_img read more