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MessageMe test on Oct. 7

MessageMe test on Oct. 7

first_imgOn Thursday (Oct. 7) the Harvard MessageMe emergency notification system will be tested. All MessageMe registered subscribers will receive a test message between noon and 1 p.m. The test message will be delivered as a text message, email, and/or voice mail message depending upon the delivery method selected by each subscriber.  No action will be required as a result of this test. Any and all emergency test messages can and should be deleted.For more information, to sign-up up for service or update your information, visit the MessageMe website.last_img read more

Amber Dawn Malone

Amber Dawn Malone

first_imgAmber Dawn Malone, 35, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, IN.She was born February 3, 1981 in Cincinnati, Ohio, daughter of Kathy Burgess Hollin.Amber loved being with family, especially with her niece Alexis.Surviving are her mother, Kathy (Rich) Hollin, step dad, Jerry Ochs, brothers, Timmy (Angie) Ochs and Danny Ochs, nieces, Alexis Harrison Ochs, Piper and Mya Ochs as well as several aunts and uncles.Friends will be received Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 7:00 pm with Pastor Eddie Richardson officiating.Contributions may be made to help defray funeral expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Red Force, Hurricanes left frustrated as final day abandoned

Red Force, Hurricanes left frustrated as final day abandoned

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Both Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Leeward Islands Hurricanes were left frustrated after rain, resulting in an impaired outfield, forced the abandonment of the final day of their third round game in the Regional Four-Day Championship here yesterday.Umpires carried out a number of inspections but any hopes of action at Queen’s Park Oval were dashed as the outfield remained unfit for play, and officials eventually called time on the encounter about an hour into the final session.All told, only 92 overs were possible in the game. Friday’s opening day was completely abandoned, only 57 overs were sent down on the second day while Sunday’s penultimate day saw only 35 overs bowled.Red Force, sent in by Hurricanes, were set to resume on 287 for eight, in an innings where opener Kyle Hope stroked 86 and debutant left-hander Isaiah Rajah got 69.Captain and part-time slow bowler Kieran Powell finished with three for 29 while off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed two for 73 to move to 19 wickets for the season.For their efforts, Hurricanes picked up 5.2 points while Red Force ended with five points.last_img read more

Illini faithful lack creative flair

Illini faithful lack creative flair

first_imgThere’s just something special about going home: seeing the family, going grocery shopping, doing laundry, sleeping in your own room.But there’s a different home Badger fans are looking forward to returning to next weekend: sections J through P. After a pretty shaky effort last week in Champaign against the Illinois “I-L-L-I-N-I!” coming back to Camp Randall Stadium can’t come soon enough for the one-time fifth-best team in the nation. And while members of Bret Bielema’s squad surely need to come back to their sea of red, it’s those of us who went to watch them play the Illini who can’t wait to jump around once again. Seven friends and I were among the delegation of Badger faithful to drive the most boring stretch of highway down Interstate 39 through the Land of Lincoln consisting of fields of nothing. We blasted “On Wisconsin” upon entering Champaign in hopes of intimidating the enemies as much as possible.The next morning, we got up and made our way to a Memorial Stadium under renovation. With sleepy, quiet Illinois fans surrounding us, we naturally high-fived every Badger fan we saw, sharing pride in our team.But there was just something about these Illini fans that was a real downer. With high expectations over the rowdiness of Camp Randall, I expected to hear some of the best Illinois had to offer.And it wasn’t much. The big sea of bright orange started off on Wisconsin’s first third down of the game by clapping in syncopation with their hands over their heads. This continued on every Badger third down of the game.Mildly amusing.Then, during the 4th quarter, the student section jumped to the left and right — not around — to the tune of Rocky and Bullwinkle’s Dudley Do-Right. They might have done it a second time, but I was too busy watching Tyler Donovan throw his second interception that I wasn’t paying attention.Finally, throughout the game, the student section would yell “I-L-L” and the rest of the crowd would respond “I-N-I.”“Hey, you can spell!” my friends and I yelled.And that was it. Unless I missed something — which is entirely possible — there were three cheers the entire game. Thank God I go to Wisconsin. The trip to Illinois made me and my friends appreciate what being a Wisconsin Badger is all about. I know this might warrant a big Full House “awww” after saying it, but it’s the truth. While profanity has caused UW a bit of trouble in the past and some unruly fans can be an embarrassment, the passion of Wisconsin’s student section is something to be proud of. Between jumping around, singing “Build Me Up Buttercup,” rowing, doing the wave and counting Bucky’s push-ups for every point we score, the Badger enthusiasm is clear.“Hey, you can count!” an I-L-L-I-N-I fan yelled after we finished counting in Champaign. “Between our reading and your counting, we’ve got everything covered.”And that was as much wit as Champaign had to offer. The joy of being in Wisconsin’s student section is enough proof of Wisconsin’s pride, but Badger fans have also historically traveled with their team in the masses. Between dedicated students and passionate alumni, thousands of people traveled to Pasadena for the Rose Bowls in 1994, 1999 and 2000, to Orlando for the Capital One Bowl the past two years and even this year, to Las Vegas for the UNLV game. And with today’s generation, the sea of red always means a full sea of red. The attendance at last Saturday’s game at Illinois was about 58,000, which was the “second sellout in a row,” the announcer proclaimed. I can’t remember the last time Camp Randall wasn’t sold out for a football game. The passion for Badger athletics isn’t limited to football, either. The Athletic Department announced that Wisconsin’s hockey attendance last year was the most in the NCAA and even beat out several NHL teams. At the end of the day, fans of Wisconsin athletics have been, are and always will be passionate about their teams.So next Saturday, I’ll throw on my Bucky T-shirt, go into the stadium, listen to Gary Cannalte’s game day forecast, watch “Ask the Badgers” and witness the Badgers get another win on the season.The best part, though: Next week I get to walk down Regent Street to get to the game instead of driving through fields of nothing.Tom is a junior majoring in journalism. If you would like to complain to him about the Illini, he can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY DECEMBER 30, 2016

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY DECEMBER 30, 2016

first_imgOUTSIDE GOOD DRAW FOR JIMMY BOUNCERJimmy Bouncer tries to remain perfect over Santa Anita’s main track when he runs in Saturday’s Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs.The five-year-old Square Eddie gelding trained by Doug O’Neill for Reddam Racing won two sprints on the dirt course in 2014.“He’s undefeated on dirt here and he landed a good post,” O’Neill said. “It’s a small field and a Grade III in our own back yard. I think he’s got a good chance.”The Midnight Lute, named for 2007 and 2008 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner: Tough Sunday, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; St. Joe Bay, Kent Desormeaux, 9-5; Navy Hymn, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Jimmy Bouncer, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2. HAIL CAESAR, HALTS RUN AS TRAINER ON MONDAY            Caesar Dominguez, a mainstay among Southern California-based trainers going on four decades, will saddle his last horse Monday when he sends out Ladies Man.“That will be the last horse I’ll run for a while,” the personable and always upbeat 67-year-old El Paso native said Friday morning at Clockers’ Corner.“I don’t know if I want to say I’m retiring or I’m just taking a break, but in the meantime, I am taking a break, maybe call it semi-retired. I want to stay in racing because I love it, so I’ll try being a jockey’s agent, and if it works fine, if it doesn’t work, I still have my clients and horses in New Mexico, and I can always bring them back for Del Mar.“But as of right now, I’m going to take a break from training, but I have not talked to any jockey about taking his book. If someone comes along and looks good enough, I’ll stick around. If not, and nothing develops for two or three months and I decide I don’t want to be a jockey’s agent, I’ll resume training.“My tack and equipment will be in storage and I have six babies in New Mexico (with younger brother, Henry), so I could bring them in, but as of right now, my heart is set on being an agent. I only have two horses left. One runs today (5-2 morning line choice Really a Gem in the eighth race) and the other, Ladies Man, is entered on Monday.“I’ll give those horses to a trainer who worked with me for a long time, Walther Solis. Hopefully, whatever rider I get can ride them.”It’s not that Dominguez is hurting for money. “I just want to stay in the game and have something to do,” he said.As a trainer of quarter horses, Dominguez won more than 1,200 races and more than 100 stakes. He was that industry’s Trainer of the Year in 1989 and won seven Grade I events with Takin on the Cash, winner of the $500,000 Kindergarten that year and Sophomore Champion in 1990. Caesar’s uncles trained quarter horses in Texas and New Mexico, and he began working for them at age 10 in 1959 at Sunland Park. He moved to California in 1966.He saddled five stakes winners in 1992 at Fairplex, matching his 1991 output, and captured his first Thoroughbred training title. He tied with three others for the Fairplex crown with six wins in 1998.His first graded stakes win with a Thoroughbred came in 1993 when $10,500 yearling buy Fit To Lead won the Grade II Santa Ynez by 5 ½ lengths at 8-1 under Corey Nakatani. MIDNIGHT STORM THRIVES ON PRESSUREBreeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate, poised to supplant reigning king of the handicap ranks California Chrome, has been entered to face four rivals in the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on New Year’s Day.Whether he can match or surpass California Chrome in popularity remains to be seen, but at least one trainer opines that Arrogate may not have a walk in the park despite his 1-5 morning line odds set forth in the San Pasqual by line maker Jon White.That would be Phil D’Amato, who trains versatile speedster Midnight Storm, a graded stakes winner on turf and dirt coming off a smashing 7 ¾-length victory in the 1 1/8-mile Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar on a “good” main track Nov. 27.Midnight Storm, a six-year-old full horse by Pioneerof the Nile out of the Bertrando mare My Tina, was ridden by Mike Smith in the Native Diver, but since Smith is committed to Arrogate, Rafael Bejarano pilots Midnight Storm in the San Pasqual.“I’m going to leave it up to Rafael and go from there,” D’Amato said when asked about strategy, adding, “I’ll tell you one thing; the more pressure I put on this horse, the more he thrives. I’m expecting a big performance out of him.”The field for the San Pasqual, race eight of nine: Prospect Park, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; Accelerate, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Midnight Storm, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; and Arrogate, Mike Smith, 1-5. D’AMATO SEES A ‘BIG PERFORMANCE’ VS. ARROGATEMOKAT ON OUTSIDE LOOKING IN FOR AMERICAN OAKSSHIRREFFS: BOBBY FRANKEL ‘CARED FOR HIS HORSES’JIMMY BOUNCER DRAWS WELL FOR THE MIDNIGHT LUTEDOMINGUEZ TO TAKE TRAINING BREAK AFTER 39 YEARSMASSIVE TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER HITS $361,436 MOKAT HAS THE RIGHT STUFF FOR GRADE I OAKSMokat drew the extreme outside 13 post position for Saturday’s American Oaks, but Richard Baltas feels it won’t be a major factor for the three-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo in the Grade I race scheduled for a mile and a quarter on turf.“I don’t think it’s going to hurt,” the trainer said. “If they do come down the hill it will be a little tricky. But I’m more concerned about the rain and whether she’ll like soft turf.”Mokat was wide finishing sixth in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Keeneland last out on Oct. 15, but won the Grade II San Clemente going a mile from post eight and was second by a half length from post nine in the one mile Jimmy Durante two years ago.“The course at Keeneland was deep but not soft,” Baltas said. “Mokat galloped well this morning going a mile on the training track, so she’s coming up to the race the right way.”The field for the Oaks: Lady Valeur, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Stays in Vegas, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Dreamarcher, Luis Contreras, 30-1; How Unusual, Alex Solis, 30-1; Cheekaboo, Mike Smith, 8-1; Sassy Little Lila, Luis Saez, 9-2; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Queen Blossom, Joel Rosario, 9-2; Mrs. Norris, Victor Espinoza, 30-1; Sheeza Milky Way, Brice Blanc, 12-1; Dynamic Mizzes K, Corey Nakatani, 30-1; Barleysugar, Tyler Baze, 12-1; and Mokat, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1. CLOSING ‘BEST GAME’ FOR KERI BELLE IN SATURDAY’S FRANKELJohn Shirreffs expects Keri Belle to return to her best style when she runs in Saturday’s Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on turf.A six-year-old daughter of the Bobby Frankel-trained Empire Maker, Keri Belle prompted the pace in the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar last July, but otherwise has shown her best form stalking or coming from well off the pace.“She’s a closer,” Shirreffs said. “That’s her best game. When she was on the pace in the Yellow Ribbon, there wasn’t much speed in the race.”Owned and bred by Jerry and Ann Moss of Zenyatta fame, Keri Belle won the Grade III Megahertz by a nose at a mile on turf almost a year ago, on Jan. 16, 2016, but usually earns a piece of the purse with a 4-3-2 record from 19 starts.Shirreffs had the utmost respect for Frankel, who died in 2009.“My best remembrance of Mr. Frankel,” Shirreffs said, “was his absolute care of his horses. He’s a guy who really cared about their well being. That always stood out, to me.“When I would see him at the trainers’ stand at Hollywood Park, it was intimidating for me to approach him. It was like going to Mt. Olympus.”The Frankel, race four of nine: Keri Belle, Nelson Arroyo Jr., 6-1 Frenzified, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Arles, Joel Rosario, 9-5; Pretty Girl, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1; Ryans Charm, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Goodyearforroses, Corey Nakatani, 6-1; and Into The Mystic, Flavien Prat, 6-1. Sweet Charity was scratched. FINISH LINES: With no one hitting the Pick Six the first two days of the meet, a two-day carryover into Friday stands at a whopping $361,436. The Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover is $77,450. The total Pick Six pool today is expected to near $1,500,000 . . . Tony Matos, agent for Martin Garcia, will also represent Santiago Gonzalez effective with the new condition book due out next Wednesday . . . Rafael Bejarano has been suspended three days (Jan. 2, 6 and 7) for causing interference on Dabster, resulting in a disqualification from first to fourth in Monday’s third race . . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their pick of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest.-30-last_img read more

JUST 40 TURN UP FOR PROTEST – MINISTER VARADKAR MEETS THEM

JUST 40 TURN UP FOR PROTEST – MINISTER VARADKAR MEETS THEM

first_imgJUST 40 people turned up to protest at a visit to Co Donegal by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar last night – but that was more than turned up for the Fine Gael function, protestors claimed.Organisers said they were “happy” with the turn-out saying more than 60 were there.Varadkar – called the Irish Maggie Thatcher by opponents – met protestors to discuss their concerns before joining around 40 Fine Gael supporters at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny. Gardai were out in force – 20 were on duty – but were not needed as the protest passed off peacefully.One of the protestors, Ryan Stewart, said he was glad to have had the chance to tell Deputy Varadkar about how the austerity measures were hitting Co Donegal.He has written a separate piece for donegaldaily.com here https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/02/25/exclusive-protestor-who-met-minister-varadkar-writes-for-donegaldaily-com/Local Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh was among party supporters from Letterkenny and Milford who were at the event which continued until after midnight.   JUST 40 TURN UP FOR PROTEST – MINISTER VARADKAR MEETS THEM was last modified: February 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JUST 40 TURN UP FOR PROTEST – MINISTER VARADKAR MEETS THEMletterkennyRyan Stewartstation house hotel letterkennylast_img read more

Fee cuts pull call centre investors

Fee cuts pull call centre investors

first_img7 September 2007The offer of discounted telecommunications prices has lured three foreign call centre companies to commit to investments worth around R400-million that will create up to 10 000 new jobs in South Africa, Business Day reported this week.Department of Trade and Industry director-general Lionel October told Business Day that one of the three unnamed firms – two European and one US-based – would be setting up an operation running to a few thousand seats, while the other two would set up 500- to 600-seat centres.According to Business Day, the government had finally, after months of negotiations, reached agreement with state telecoms company Telkom on a “developmental pricing model” for the country’s business process outsourcing (BPO) sector – although Telkom had not released details of the agreement.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said in March that South Africa was looking to its BPO sector to help drive economic growth, and would be offering investors incentives in the form of start-up and expansion grants and reduced telecommunication fees.BPO involves relocating certain business processes that are usually performed in-house by a company to a third party service provider, such as customer care or call centres, to carry out the services on behalf of the concerned company.Traditionally, countries such as India and the Philippines have led the way in servicing markets for the United States and Britain, among other countries. South Africa is quickly catching up, however, thanks to a range of factors working in its favour.South Africa is mainly targeting clients from the UK, Europe and the US due to closer cultural ties, use of the English language and, in the case of Europe, being in a similar time zone.BPO is considered a key sector under the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), which seeks to achieve an annual economic growth rate of 6% between 2010 and 2014, in order to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Mpahlwa said in March that the sector had the potential to create up to 25 000 direct and 75 000 indirect jobs, and contribute about R7.95-billion to the country’s economy, by 2009.“In the first six months of 2006, South Africa created 3 000 jobs in this sector. Based on this evidence, we are of the view that we should achieve our targets of 100 000 new jobs by 2010,” he said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Using exotic woods to tackle poverty

Using exotic woods to tackle poverty

first_imgThese delightful apple-shaped laundrybaskets are made from the invasivepoplar vine. Trendy decor items include delicately carvedlamp bases and stools made of solid blocksof jacaranda wood.(Images: Wetherlys)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jane ZimmermanKhumbulani executive director+27 011 781 6752• Roshnee PillayPR manager, Wetherlys+27 10 2012392 or +27 82 654 1531RELATED ARTICLES• New wine label protects trees• Adopt a tree in Africa• Environmental activist laid to rest• Ghana’s world first in legal timberChristel JordaanCrafters in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces are using alien wood to create high-quality home décor items – and ease the burden of invasive trees on South Africa’s natural environment.The Khumbulani Craft initiative, a non-profit company established in 1999, has about 400 crafters on its books.Building on the meaning of the organisation’s name (khumbulani is isiXhosa, meaning “to remember”), these skilled workers use their knowledge of traditional crafting to earn an income for themselves and their families.In so doing they ensure that ancient art forms and techniques will be passed down and remembered by future generations.Crafters are also trained in basic business skills, which help them to run their businesses more efficiently, and are educated in care of the environment.The group recently broke into mainstream retail when Wetherlys, an upmarket seller of furniture and accessories for the home, launched a new collection which includes items from the Khumbulani range. Each piece is individually made and is entirely unique.Exotic woods decorate the homeBecause most of the crafters live in the far rural areas where transport is often unreliable, Khumbulani’s own field traders take the orders and necessary raw materials to them, and later bring the finished goods to the organisation’s Johannesburg offices for cataloguing, packaging and distribution.Products available include items made from volcanic stone found in the North West province; Ilala palm products; beaded products; home textiles; and Christmas decorations.The wood collection includes head rests; spoons and servers; stools; and handmade laundry baskets. They are created from indigenous and exotic tree species such as jacaranda.According to Mandla Nkoana, Khumbulani’s Mpumalanga field manager, jacaranda wood is currently popular in the décor industry.This, he said in a statement, is because it is easy to work with, has a light, pleasing colour and a fine grain, and dries relatively quickly. The fact that it’s an exotic species is even more advantageous.Helping the environment and alleviating povertyThe crafters get their jacaranda wood from Trans African Concessions (Trac), a company that develops, maintains, and rehabilitates the N4 highway between Pretoria, Komatipoort in Mpumalanga and Maputo in Mozambique. This route is known as the Maputo Corridor.Khumbulani struck a deal with Trac whereby jacaranda trees that were harvested as part of the company’s environmental management strategy, were donated to the crafters to help them fulfil the sizeable Wetherlys order.“We are grateful to Trac for donating the wood because it fits in well with our vision of producing environment-friendly crafts,” said Nkoana.“And we are grateful to Wetherlys for placing one of the largest retail orders that Khumbulani Craft has acquired to date.”For indigenous trees, Khumbulani runs a tree-planting programme which aims to restock indigenous trees used by the wood carvers. This also applies to other indigenous species such as Ncema grass, used to make traditional Zulu baskets.last_img read more

Liberal firearms bill attacked by both gun owners and shooting victims

Liberal firearms bill attacked by both gun owners and shooting victims

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government tabled a proposed new bill Tuesday to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms, only to find itself under attack from both sides: gun owners wary of burdensome regulation and shooting victims who say the bill doesn’t go far enough.Gun retailers would be required to keep records of firearms inventory and sales for at least 20 years under the legislation introduced in the House of Commons. The proposed measure is intended to assist police in investigating gun trafficking and other crimes.The legislation would also require the purchaser of a hunting rifle or shotgun to present a firearms licence, while the seller would have to ensure its validity.“What’s the point of having a licence if no one ever checks it out?” said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. “The process for doing so will be efficient and straightforward.”In addition, the bill would expand the scope of background checks on those who want to acquire a gun. Instead of just the five years immediately preceding a licence application, personal history questions would cover a person’s entire lifetime.While crime rates in Canada have generally been declining for more than two decades, offences involving firearms have become more prevalent, especially since 2013, the government noted. “Gun-related homicides, domestic and gender-based violence involving guns, criminal gang activity and gun thefts are all up significantly.”Goodale has already devoted more than $327 million over five years, with $100 million a year thereafter, to address criminal gun and gang activities.The government says the new legislative proposals emphasize public safety and effective police work, while respecting law-abiding firearms owners.The move to require commercial retailers to keep sales records would reinstate a measure that existed from the late 1970s until 1995, when a previous Liberal government ushered in universal registration of firearms — essentially replacing the store ledgers.The Conservative government dismantled the controversial long-gun registry, which had come to symbolize wasteful inefficiency for many firearms owners.The National Firearms Association accused the government of trying to revive the registry through the proposed record-keeping provisions. “This is a return to universal registration,” said association vice-president Blair Hagen.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bristled at such a suggestion.“We committed to not restore a long-gun registry and we’re not restoring a long-gun registry,” Trudeau said. “It’s that simple.”Federal officials pointed out that most retailers already keep sales records for liability and insurance purposes, and to inform customers of product recalls.“Their records would be private, not accessible to governments, but police would be able to gain access, given reasonable grounds and with judicial authorization as appropriate,” Goodale said.The bill would repeal some measures passed by the previous Conservative government.For instance, it would roll back some automatic authorizations to transport restricted and prohibited firearms, such as handguns and assault weapons. Under the bill, owners would need a permit to transport such guns, except when taking them to a shooting range or home from a store.The bill also proposes restoring the authority of RCMP experts to classify firearms without political influence, repealing cabinet’s authority to overrule Mountie determinations.The Conservatives said the bill does nothing to fight gang and gun violence in places like Toronto and Surrey, B.C.“Liberals cannot be trusted when it comes to firearms legislation because they fail to tackle criminals who use guns to commit violent crime; meanwhile, they treat law-abiding firearms owners as criminals,” Conservative House leader Candice Bergen and party public safety critic Pierre Paul-Hus said in a joint statement.“Conservatives will adamantly oppose any attempt by the Liberals to create a new long-gun registry.”Coalition for Gun Control founder Wendy Cukier called the bill “an important first step” that responds to the desire of most Canadians for strict measures. “While much of the focus has been on handguns, a rifle or a shotgun in the hands of angry or disturbed individuals can also have tragic consequences.”Survivors and families of three mass shootings in Quebec said the bill includes the bare minimum to technically fulfil only some of the Liberal election promises on firearms.Meaghan Hennegan, who survived a deadly shooting at Montreal’s Dawson College in 2006, said the group was especially disappointed with the failure to address the legal availability of assault rifles.“The weapon that was used to shoot me and many other of my classmates is more easily accessible today. This is totally messed up.”Goodale highlighted four additional ideas for further discussion:— Tougher after-hours storage rules for commercial outlets, after two dozen guns were stolen in Saskatchewan by snipping a cable;— The appropriateness of manufacturers’ advertisements that glorify violence and simulate warfare;— Whether provinces should consider requiring medical professionals to advise authorities of people with diagnosed conditions, including mental illnesses, that are likely to put the lives of others in danger;— A possible means to identify large and unusual gun transactions that could point to gang activity or trafficking.Toronto Mayor John Tory welcomed the notion of “further strengthening the rules to keep guns off our streets.”“It is long past time to take bold action to fight domestic gun trafficking,” he said.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Dicks to stop selling assaultstyle rifles in its stores

Dicks to stop selling assaultstyle rifles in its stores

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Dick’s Sporting Goods will immediately end sales of assault-style rifles in its stores and won’t sell guns to anyone under 21 years old following the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.Dick’s Chairman and CEO Edward Stack said on “Good Morning America” Wednesday that after the shooting the company “felt it needed to do something.”Stack says that the gunman, Nickolas Cruz, had purchased a gun at a Dick’s store, but not the one used at the school shooting, even though all existing rules were followed. Stack says that the system that’s in place won’t stop sales to dangerous people and said lawmakers must do something.Stack said Dick’s is prepared for any potential backlash, but will not change its policies on gun sales.last_img read more