Return of Donald Marshall Jrs eel nets recall days of historic fishing

first_imgHALIFAX — The recovery of eel nets that helped recast Aboriginal rights to earn a living from fishing is bringing back powerful memories for those touched by their story.Donald Marshall Jr. was charged with three counts of violating federal fisheries laws when he and his former partner Jane McMillan set the nets near Pomquet Harbour, N.S., in 1993.The seizure — and the storage of the gear in an Antigonish fisheries office — took Marshall all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, where a ruling upheld treaties from 1760 and 1761 that said Mi’kmaq can earn a moderate living from hunting and fishing.However, Marshall died in 2009, at the age of 55, unaware the nets were still locked away.They were first noticed by Sana Kavanagh, a fisheries scientist at the Confederation of Mainland Mi’kmaq while she was doing a tour of a federal office earlier this year — which led to Fisheries and Oceans Canada sending the nets back to Marshall’s family.McMillan says when she attended the recent 20th anniversary of landmark legal decision, it was deeply moving to see and touch the nets that had once had been at the centre of a “happy and challenging” time of her life alongside Marshall.Jeff Ward, the director of the Heritage Park, says when he saw the photos of the nets on Sept. 14 and received notice they would be returned, he felt like he’d “discovered the Holy Grail.”Marshall, well-known for having been wrongfully convicted of murder in the early 1970s and himself the son of a Mi’kmaq grand chief, had become an eel fisherman in hopes of living a quiet life.He and McMillan had bought the nets in 1993 after a year of saving their money, she recalled.According to McMillan’s recently published book “Truth and Conviction: Donald Marshall Jr. and the Mi’kmaq Quest for Justice,” when a fisheries officer asked Marshall for his licence on a clear morning in August 1993, he replied, “I don’t need a licence. I have the 1752 treaty.”In addition, Marshall later informed fisheries officials that the chief of the Paq’tnkek Mi’kmaq had granted him permission to fish for eels in the waters near Antigonish.However, after Aug. 24, 1993, when Marshall sold about 463 pounds of eels for $1.70 per pound to a New Brunswick buyer, the fisheries officers swooped in and took all of his gear, and laid the charges.McMillan, now a professor of anthropology at St. Francis Xavier University, said it devastated their ability to earn a living, and set off the “public, expensive and lengthy” court battle that started on Oct. 17, 1994 in a provincial court.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 6, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

JewishMoroccan Heritage Caravan Unprecedented Step by Modern Morocco Azoulay

first_imgCasablanca – Unprecedented, responsible and symbolic by modern Morocco, the gesture by the Mimouna-Club Student Association made all Moroccans proud of the rich diversity of their heritage, said, on Wednesday in Casablanca, King Mohammed VI ‘s advisor André Azoulay.Speaking at the Casablanca stopover, Azoulay underlined the spontaneous, voluntary and pioneer aspect of the initiative undertaken by the organizers.Nobody suggested or asked them to form an association and go look for the Jewish chapter in our book history, the King’s advisor, noted. The New York Times was the first leading media outlet to comment and commend this step which it deemed would encourage the western world to be more cautious in making snap judgments towards the Arab-Muslim world, he recalled.last_img

Bruised bullied Badgered Buckeyes return home battered

Not only did Ohio State leave Madison, Wis., emotionally scarred, suffering its first loss of the season Saturday, but the Buckeyes also left physically scarred, with fewer healthy bodies than when they arrived. OSU’s already-limited defense has become further depleted because of injury. Leaving possibly the biggest void in the OSU defense is the loss of senior linebacker and leading tackler Ross Homan. Coach Jim Tressel said Homan will likely miss the next couple of weeks because of a foot injury suffered at Wisconsin. Already plagued with injuries this year, the defensive backfield has taken another hit with the loss of Tyler Moeller’s replacement, Christian Bryant, who will be out for at least this week’s contest against Purdue. “He had an infection last week, and we thought we had it under control, and he played a little bit in the game, and then he had a not-very-good reaction to it on the plane ride back,” Tressel said. “He’s been over at Ohio State Medical Center trying to get it under control, and I don’t know all the whys and the wherefores and whatnot, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be out of there until late this week.” As far as who will step in during Bryant’s absence, Tressel said he wasn’t sure yet but suggested a few possibilities. “Without having sat in the defensive room and talked about it with them, you have a couple different ways you can go,” he said. “Jermale Hines has played a lot of nickel, which would probably put (Aaron) Gant in the game. Nate Oliver was your No. 2 nickel all spring and all season until he got hurt, and he’s back healthy … or you can do what Iowa does. Iowa plays nickel with their base people.” Also on the defensive side, linebacker Dorian Bell remains out after suffering a concussion against Indiana. No matter who is in there, Tressel expects them to perform. “We’ve got to have someone ready. That’s why you get to practice Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and have walkthroughs on Friday,” he said. “If you want anyone to care that you’ve had three guys in your secondary hurt, you’re coaching the wrong sport at the wrong school because we’ve got to be ready.” Facing adversity Coming off its first loss in nearly a year, OSU is looking to pick up the pieces from its lackluster performance at Wisconsin last week, and Tressel said that loss will serve as a real test for his team. “We’ve always talked about leadership and maturity and that it’s not really tested until those adverse moments,” he said. “I think you’ll see a good demonstration of our level of maturity and leadership and so forth, and I have confidence we have the right kind of people.” With the loss behind them, the No. 10-ranked Buckeyes turn their sights to the conference-unbeaten Purdue Boilermakers. And although the Bucks once again find themselves attempting to bounce back from a difficult mid-season conference defeat, Tressel said that how his guys respond will say a lot about this team. “We told our guys countless times that there are 10 teams that want one thing for sure and that’s for Ohio State not to be the Big Ten champions, and that’s real,” Tressel said. “And now let’s see how you can handle it, and we’ll get a little glimpse of that at practice, but the real look at it will be Saturday and then the following Saturday and the following.” Continuing special teams woes After making strides in the right direction in recent weeks, OSU kick coverage took another step in the wrong direction at Wisconsin as the Badgers set the tone early, returning the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. “The bottom line is that when you’re covering kicks, there are no excuses,” Tressel said. “They don’t care if you get pushed in the back, grabbed, held, thought you should have gone around it, you thought the ball was going here or there. You have to fit. And just like when you’re playing defense, you have to fit. Kickoff, you have to fit from 70 yards away. Defense you have to fit from the line of scrimmage. We just didn’t fit.” Although the botched kickoff coverage is a point of concern for Tressel, he said it certainly did not cost his team the game. “Please don’t paint the picture that us having the kickoff taken back lost the game,” he said. “We still had 59 minutes and 48 seconds, so we had plenty of time to make up for that, but we’ve got to get better at that.” Defensive struggles The Badger ground game, at times, gave the Buckeyes fits. OSU allowed a 100-yard rushing performance for the first time in 29 games, as John Clay rushed for 104 yards. As questions continued to arise about OSU’s defensive performance, Tressel said the team’s depth at defensive line isn’t what it has been in recent years. “Are we as deep and can we rotate as much as when we had … (last year) you had Thaddeus (Gibson) and you had Lawrence Wilson, you had Doug Worthington, you had Todd Denlinger, you had Rob Rose?” Tressel said. “Those guys all were the rotators last year and they’re rotating elsewhere right now. But that’s where we are.” Despite lacking line depth, Tressel said the younger guys are continuing to come along, and his goal is for them to improve as the season progresses. Not the same Pryor OSU has become accustomed to Terrelle Pryor lighting up the score board, so the junior quarterback’s struggles Saturday seemed a bit uncharacteristic of his season thus far. And although there were passes Tressel said Pryor would probably like to have back, he was pleased with his signal caller’s effort. “I think he played extremely competitively,” Tressel said. “As far as competing and wanting to do anything he could do for the good of the team, he would have gone down to cover kickoffs if you let him, that’s just his nature. “I don’t know what else you can ask of a guy (except) to leave it on the field, and he left it on the field.” read more

Arsenal in talks for Lucas Torreira of Sampdoria

first_imgArsenal are currently in negotiation talks with Sampdoria for midfielder Lucas Torreira and an agreement is close.The Gunners are believed to have offered £26.5m (€30m) in instalments for the 22-year-old, rather than agreeing to pay his £22m (€25m) release clause in one lump sum, according to Sky SportsTorreira broke into the Uruguay squad this year and is currently with the national team as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He joined Sampdoria in the summer of 2015 from fellow Italian side Pescara and has gone on to make 74 appearances.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Sampdoria midfielder played 38 times and impressed, scored four times as Sampdoria finished 10th in Serie A, last season.Arsenal have already made one new signing since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger, with right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner joining on a free transfer from Juventus but they improved their contract with Ainsley Maitland-Niles this afternoon in a long-term deal.last_img read more

England can be proud – Drogba

first_imgDidier Drogba has told England to be proud of themselves.Former Chelsea striker has urged Gareth Southgate and the England team to be proud of their achievements at this year’s summer World Cup in Russia.England will be competing for third-place against Belgium on Saturday after they were defeated by Croatia in their semi-final clash on Wednesday.But Drogba who is working as a pundit for one of the British broadcasters believes England should be proud of their performance at the tournament.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I think the country can be proud of their achievement, this young generation have done a very good job. Of course it’s disappointing to get this close and fall short but they can look forward with hope.” Drogba said, according to  Sky Sports.“I was impressed with fans and the fantastic atmosphere they created all through the tournament. I’m also glad that Young players like Loftus-cheek and Rashford were able to play at the World Cup.Drogba played in three World Cups for the Ivory Coast which including his last one in Brazil.last_img read more

Matteo Politano cant wait for his first Derby

first_imgInter winger Matteo Politano “can’t wait” for his first Derby della Madonnina in an Inter jersey.He states that one can breathe the derby in the air.” The match will kick off on Sunday at 19.45 UK time and Politano has this following to say:“I am really excited and can’t wait for Sunday to come,” the former Sassuolo winger told Inter TV via Football Italia.Prade revealed Fiorentina wanted to sign Suso and Politano Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Fiorentina sporting director explained what players his team wanted to acquire but couldn’t, including Suso from AC Milan and Matteo Politano.“You can breathe the derby in the air. I’m so proud and am so fired up to get on that pitch. We’re coming off a good period of form and so are Milan. I expect a balanced game, but as with all derbies, there’s never a favourite.“Our fans are exceptional, they always pack the stadium and we are proud to represent all those people. We hope to make them proud of us in return on Sunday.”It could be tough set of games coming up for Inter, as they will face Barcelona in the Champions League and Lazio in Serie A.last_img read more

San Diego History Center and Mesa College open Fashion Redux 90 Years

first_imgSan Diego History Center and Mesa College open ‘Fashion Redux 90 Years of Fashion’ exhibit 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsFashion-forward trends come alive this spring by looking back on 90 years of San Diego fashion.On March 3, 2018, the History Center & Mesa College School of Fashion and Design open the exhibition Fashion Redux: 90 Years of Fashion at the History Center in Balboa Park.The exhibition—free with Give Forward* admission—features historical garments from the History Center’s extensive textile collection paired with garments inspired by history and created by Mesa College fashion students. The exhibition also features a live fashion show in late April 2018.“This is going to be a really fun and informative exhibition,” mentioned Susan Lezear, fashion professor at Mesa College. “Our students are excited to have this kind of exposure and are confident the visitors who see this exhibition will learn something about the fabulous fashion trends that have characterized various eras in San Diego’s past. They will also get an intimate, up-close experience by hearing the stories of the students’ journey from concept to completion.”The exhibition will include an interactive learning space giving visitors the chance to become familiar with fashion techniques and fabrication. A live fashion demonstration station will be activated by San Diego Mesa College students who will provide a glimpse inside their creative process.Programming surrounds the exhibition as well, with the premiere event, the Fashion Redux Grand Reveal, taking place on April 26, 2018 from 6pm-8:30pm. The evening features a chic reception, fashion show of student garments set inside the spacious exhibition, a lecture by fashion expert, Susan Lazear, followed by the announcement of the live voting for the coveted People’s Choice Award.“The History Center’s costume collection includes garments from the late 18th century to the present,” said History Center curator Kaytie Johnson. “Many of the pieces in the collection are singular in that they can be directly attributed to San Diegans, and show lifestyles in San Diego over time.” Allie Wagner, Allie Wagner Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 7, 2018 March 7, 2018last_img read more

Police need help identifying a man who punched a woman in Gaslamp

first_img Posted: March 7, 2019 Police need help identifying a man who punched a woman in Gaslamp District KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Police reached out to the public Thursday for help in identifying a man seen in surveillance video punching a woman in the Gaslamp District.The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Sixth Avenue and E Street, according to San Diego Police Department Sgt. Dan Brinkerhoff.A man was arguing with his fiance near the intersection when a woman intervened and confronted the man in an attempt to stop the argument, Brinkerhoff said.The woman said she was calling 911, then the man punched her in the face before fleeing the area, the sergeant said.The man’s fiance remained at the scene, but refused to provide any identifying information on the man, Brinkerhoff said.He was described as a 6-foot-2 black man around 50 years old who weighs around 245 pounds. He was last seen wearing a brown suit with a cream- colored shirt.Anyone with information regarding the identity or location of the man was asked to call Brinkerhoff at (619) 744-9510 or send him an email at dmbrinkerhoff@pd.sandiego.gov. center_img Updated: 5:32 PM KUSI Newsroom March 7, 2019last_img read more

The Latest Capital budget falters again in Alaska House

first_imgMajority lawmakers needed support from minority Republicans to reach the 30-vote threshold required to access the constitutional budget reserve fund, which the capital budget would use. A similar vote Sunday failed by five votes. Monday’s vote was 29-7 vote, with five minority Republicans voting in favor and four with excused absences. House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, a “no” on that provision Sunday, voted “yes” Monday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska Legislature (all times local):11:55 a.m.The Alaska House has failed by one vote to approve funding for a state infrastructure package. GOP Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, who is without a caucus, also voted in favor. House Majority Leader Steve Thompson says lawmakers could later move to rescind their action and take another vote. The measure previously passed the Senate.last_img read more

Esquire Cares Part I

first_imgI wrote a while back that most magazines were not particularly concerned with that ambassador to the reader, the table of contents page. Still true—but Esquire is an exception to the rule. TOChinations at the magazine predate January’s redesign—the book has a history of putting collaged, structuralist, and sometimes even more whimsical arrangements on its contents page. One (from late last Fall) put content in the form of an array of cubes—it looked more like a recent NYT infographic than anything else. Stunning and inefficient, that version took four pages rather than the usual two.None of the magazine’s recent contents pages are your parents TOC, into which text is unceremoniously poured and routinely formatted. As a whole the pages vary in interest (to my mind the “issue map” version [above, bottom] is a hum-drum take on old gimmick of previewing spreads—first done (I think) by Talk) but as a group they delightfully show the potential of the page.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Buy Jandos new book!]last_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of September 30, 2018:Address: 23 Burt RoadPrice: $486,000Buyer: Melissa HebertSeller: Caitlin M. AhernDate: 10/3/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 26,136sfAddress: 5 Dexter StreetPrice: $385,000Buyer: Angely RiveraSeller: Anthony Lesperance & Susan A. LesperanceDate: 10/3/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 9,583sfAddress: 25 Dorchester StreetPrice: $470,000Buyer: Sadie Sherman & William ShermanSeller: Cheryl Cwiekowski & Daniel CwiekowskiDate: 10/5/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 20,038sfAddress: 14 King StreetPrice: $730,000Buyer: Nicole M. Boyer & Jeffrey T. BoyerSeller: 3 Holly Street LLCDate: 10/3/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,019sfAddress: 25 Lowell Street, Unit 2Price: $160,000Buyer: SST Unique Realty LLCSeller: Kenneth B. McCowanDate: 10/1/18Use: Office CondoLot Size: 0sfAddress: 45 Marcia RoadPrice: $525,000Buyer: Michael J. Silverstro & Greta SilverstroSeller: Frank MatareseDate: 10/4/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 23,522sfAddress: 39 Marion StreetPrice: $302,000Buyer: Elm Tree Development LLCSeller: Mararet Funk Est. & Robert G. Peterson Sr.Date: 10/4/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 19,166sfAddress: 16 Salem StreetPrice: $289,900Buyer: DSM Mangano Home BuildersSeller: Daniel J. Blackwell & Suzanne M. BlackwellDate: 10/1/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 9,148sfAddress: 5 West StreetPrice: $400,000Buyer: Joseph A. TrioSeller: Geraldine E. RossDate: 10/5/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 39,204sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

Hyundai Xcent Launched In India Price Feature Details

first_imgHyundai’s much anticipated Xcent sedan launched in India with price tag starting at 4.66 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The Xcent, which made its first appearance at the recently concluded Delhi Auto Expo, is a sub-4 metre compact sedan and is offered in both petrol and diesel variants in India. It is the company’s first offering in this segment and will challenge India’s best selling cars like Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift Dzire and the upcoming Ford Figo Concept car.The bookings for the new Xcent will start from Wednesday.Built on the Hyundai’s Grand i10 hatchback, the Xcent share similarities with its small car Grand i10 and reaches Indian market in three trims- Base, S and SX. The sedan comes with slew of features like steering-mounted audio, rear AC vents, 1GB hard drive for the 2-DIN music system, push-button start, electric rear view mirrors, Bluetooth controls and a cooled glove-box.On the safety front, the new Xcent offers standard dual front airbags on the SX trim and ABS option in S and SX variants.Under the hood, the petrol variant of the car comes with the same 1.2-litre kappa 2 motor, which powers the Grand i10 hatchback and the diesel model is powered by 1.1-litre diesel engine. These engines are mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.While the Base trim petrol is priced at  4.66 lakh, the diesel comes with a price tag of  5.56 lakh. The S petrol costs  5.32 lakh and the S(O) petrol is priced at  5.57 lakh.The top SX petrol variant comes at a price point of  6.22 lakh and SX diesel costs  7.13 lakh .The SX (O) petrol variant is available at  6.47 lakh ,while the diesel is priced at  7.38 lakh .The pricelist of the Hyundai Xcent (ex-showroom Delhi):Petrol VariantsXcent Base model : 4.66 lakhXcent S : 5.32 lakhXcent S (O) : 5.57 lakhXcent SX : 6.22 lakhXcent SX (O) : 6.47 lakhAutomatic VariantsXcent Petrol S (O) : 6.28 lakhXcent Petrol SX (O) : 7.19 lakhDiesel VariantsXcent Base model : 5.56 lakhXcent S : 6.23 lakhXcent S (O) : 6.48 lakhXcent SX : 7.13 lakhXcent SX (O) : 7.38 lakhlast_img read more

Did IBM fire 100000 employees in last few years just to look

first_imgLast month, IBM sacked more than 2,000 employeesCredit: ReutersIn a shocking revelation by a former vice president in an ongoing age discrimination lawsuit, International Business Machines Corp (IBM) has laid off as many as 1,00,000 employees in the last 7 years. The deposition further said that IBM took the step to enhance its appeal towards millennials and look “cool” and “trendy” as Amazon and Google. It is to be noted that the Armonk-based IT giant is facing several lawsuits accusing it of sacking older employees, including a class-action case in Manhattan and individual civil suits filed in California, Pennsylvania, and Texas.In a statement, IBM said, “The Company hires 50,000 employees each year, and spends nearly a half-billion dollars on training our team. We also receive more than 8,000 job applications every day, the highest rate that we’ve ever experienced, so there’s clear excitement about IBM’s strategy and direction for the future”.As per a report published in Bloomberg, IBM’s revenue has been shrinking since last seven years. In order to cut down on costs, the company has fired thousands of people in the US, Canada, and other high-wage markets. At the end of the year 2018, IBM’s workforce has slumped to its lowest point in six years with 3,50,600 employees globally which is 19 percent since 2013. michiganmodern.orgThe latest revelation by Alan Wild, former vice president of human resources in one of the lawsuits, claimed that IBM sacked 50,000 to 1,00,000 employees in just the last several years. In a submission to the court Wild said IBM face huge recruitment problems and with the objective to show that IBM was not “an old fuddy-duddy organization” and show itself as “as [a] cool, trendy organization” like Google and Amazon, the company sacked older employees. The document further added that following this strategy, IBM fired Texas-based Jonathan Langley, 61 after 24 years of his services in the company who filed a case. IBM filed a motion requesting the court to dismiss his case, in turn, Langley’s lawyers filed an opposition to that motion.Last month, IBM sacked more than 2,000 employees. The company had said, “We are continuing to reposition our team to align with our focus on the high-value segments of the IT market – while aggressively hiring in critical new areas that deliver value for our clients and IBM.”last_img read more

White House NRA Congress Agree On Regulating Bump Stocks

first_imgTwitter users @ReutersBump stocks effectively turn semi automatic weapons into fully automatic.The National Rifle Association announced its support Thursday for regulating “bump stocks,” devices that can effectively convert semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons and that were apparently used in the Las Vegas massacre to lethal effect. It was a surprising shift for the leading gun industry group, which in recent years has resolutely opposed any gun regulations. Immediately afterward the White House, too, said it was open to such a change.The NRA announcement followed comments from leading congressional Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan that Congress should take a look at the devices, which were little-known even to gun enthusiasts prior to Sunday’s bloodbath. A gunman pumped bullets from a casino high-rise into a crowd of concertgoers below, killing 59 and wounding hundreds, apparently using legal “bump stocks” to increase firing speed from his semi-automatic weapons.“The National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law,” the NRA said in a statement. “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response, “We welcome that and a conversation on that. … It’s something we’re very open to. It’s something we want to be part of the conversation on going forward.”President Donald Trump had discussed the issue with lawmakers on the way back from visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday, according to Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nevada, who traveled with the president aboard Air Force One.“Bump stocks” originally were intended to help people with limited hand mobility fire a semi-automatic without the individual trigger pulls required. They can fit over the rear shoulder-stock assembly on a semi-automatic rifle and with applied pressure cause the weapon to fire continuously, increasing the rate from between 45 and 60 rounds per minute to between 400 and 800 rounds per minute, according to the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who introduced legislation this week to ban them.The government gave its seal of approval to selling the devices in 2010 after concluding that they did not violate federal law.The endorsement from the NRA and congressional Republicans for a change in law or policy to regulate guns, however narrow, marked a shift. Inaction has been the norm following other mass shootings, including the Sandy Hook, Connecticut, massacre of schoolchildren five years ago, last year’s bloodbath at the Pulse nightclub in Florida, and a baseball field shooting this year in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise came close to death. Sharelast_img read more

If You Want An IUD Take Note Of Trumps New Birth Control

first_img Share Most employers are likely to continue paying for birth control for women. But there are exceptions. Science Photo Library/Getty ImagesThe Trump administration has made a number of changes to health policy in the past two weeks, raising questions about how consumers will be affected. Will the new rules for birth control coverage affect access to an intrauterine device? Might an association health plan help bring down costs for workers at small businesses? And if you’re healthy, doesn’t a short-term health plan that is cheaper than marketplace coverage make sense? Here are some answers to those questions.IUDs are expensive. Will they be unaffordable under the new contraceptive rules announced by the Trump administration? Should people make an appointment to get one now before employers change their minds about coverage? There is probably no need to rush out to your doctor’s office to get an IUD, but you should keep an eye on this issue.Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, most health plans are required to cover all methods of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration without charging women anything for them. Religious employers and some private employers with strong religious objections are exempt from the requirement, but it’s a pretty limited group. Or it was until the Trump administration issued new rules during the first week of October that open the door for many companies or nonprofit organizations with religious or moral objections to contraception to stop offering it.“These new exemptions are sweeping,” says Adam Sonfield, a senior policy manager at the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization. Essentially, any employer will be able to claim an exemption from the birth control coverage requirement, he says, and there are no provisions to appeal it.What is not at all clear, however, is how many employers will take advantage of the new rules. The administration says it expected the number to be small, probably just the companies that had brought suit against the old rules.Even before the ACA passed, many plans covered contraception. They didn’t necessarily cover all FDA-approved methods, however, and women typically had to pay a share of the cost.Several states have laws that protect birth control coverage, says Mara Gandal-Powers, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. Some require that if a plan offers prescription drug coverage, for example, it must cover contraceptives. Others have adopted the ACA rules that require coverage of all FDA-approved methods without cost-sharing. But those laws would not apply to employers that pay their employees’ health care claims directly rather than buy state-regulated insurance.The protection from cost-sharing is key, experts say, especially for highly effective methods like the IUD, which might cost $1,000 upfront.“Even if you’ve met your deductible, if you have 20 percent coinsurance, that’s $200, and for many people, that’s not feasible,” Gandal-Powers says.If your employer does decide to stop providing insurance coverage for contraception, in most cases, plans have to give workers 60 days’ advance notice of the benefit change, giving you time to get that IUD if you decide to.Association health plans, which the Trump administration is encouraging, seem like kind of a good idea. If more small companies band together, won’t that make coverage cheaper? President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that directs several federal agencies to consider proposing rules that, among other things, would allow more employers to buy health insurance through associations.If you’re young and healthy, getting coverage through an association health plan might indeed be cheaper. But you’ll likely forgo consumer protections that are required for plans sold on the individual and small-group markets, says Kevin Lucia, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms.Plans currently sold in those markets have to cover 10 so-called essential health benefits. Association health plans would likely sidestep that requirement. (However, implementing federal rules for these plans will take the administration some time, so it’s not clear if or when they might be expanded.)“If you don’t cover maternity, mental health or hospitalization, the premiums are going to be lower,” Lucia says.The administration’s press release about the executive order says that employers couldn’t exclude any employees from joining association health plans or “develop premiums based on health conditions.”But association health plans have been known to use many strategies to cherry-pick employers with healthy workforces, Lucia says.“The risk is that each individual small-employer’s rates would be separately determined based on its employees’ medical claims, potentially splitting the market into employers with sicker workers and those whose workers are healthier,” he says.Short-term plans are cheaper than Obamacare plans. If people don’t have pre-existing conditions and are willing to pay the penalty under the law for not having minimum coverage, what’s the downside? Trump’s executive order that encouraged the expansion of association health plans, discussed above, also aims to expand the availability of short-term plans. Under Obama administration rules, the coverage period of short-term plans was limited to less than three months. This executive order proposes to expand that, perhaps to just under a year.In addition to not covering pre-existing conditions, short-term plans often exclude certain types of coverage, such as prescription drugs and maternity, and impose dollar limits on coverage. The maximum out-of-pocket spending limits are often higher than coverage in a marketplace plan too.The potential downside is the possibility that you may develop a medical condition or have an accident that requires expensive medical care while you’re covered under this plan, experts say.“If the reader has a car accident, the insurer wouldn’t renew the policy,” says Timothy Jost, a professor emeritus of law at Washington and Lee University in Virginia who is an expert on health law. “If coverage is terminated, you’re not eligible for a special enrollment period [on the exchange]. So you could just get marooned.”Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Follow Michelle Andrews on Twitter: @mandrews110Copyright 2017 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Louisville Falls at Virginia Tech

first_img Next Game: at Virginia Tech 3/31/2019 | 1:00 p.m. NOTES: The fourth inning brought five more runs for Virginia Tech who capitalized on four hits and an error to bring the score to 10-1. A walk and an error put runners on for Kelsey Bennett’s three-run homer. A double and a single set up Meredith Slaw’s two-run double. Story Links Preview Live Stats The University of Louisville softball team fell 10-1 in five innings to No. 24/19 Virginia Tech in the second game of an ACC series Saturday afternoon at Tech Softball Park. The teams will meet in the rubber game Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior Sidney Melton went 3-for-3 with a double and sophomore Kyra Snyder connected on a home run to lead the Cardinals 22-11, 4-4 ACC) at the plate, but errors combined with a powerful Hokie offense proved to be costly as Virginia Tech (29-5, 9-2) evened the series. Sophomore Kyra Snyder smashed a solo shot over the left field fence to put the Cardinals on the scoreboard in the fourth.  center_img Matchup History Virginia Tech 10 – Louisville 1 Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Senior Megan Hensley (9-1) took the loss after giving up five runs, one earned, on five hits in 1.1 innings of work. The series between Louisville and Virginia Tech is now tied at 7-7. Snyder pushed her hitting streak to five games and has reached safely via a hit or walk in eight straight contests. Melton is currently on a five-game hitting streak. Freshman Rebecca Chung leads the team with a .351 batting average and 23 RBIs. After a scoreless first inning, the Hokies used four hits and two errors to put up a five-spot in the second. Jayme Bailey’s leadoff home run put Virginia Tech on the scoreboard. A walk, an error and a hit loaded the bases to get the home half of the inning started. A defensive miscue, followed by a walk and back-to-back singles extended the lead to 5-0.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Desert Snake Hears Mouse Footsteps with its Jaw

first_img However, snakes do have an inner ear and a cochlea, and scientists have observed the animals react to auditory stimuli. But exactly how snakes hear without external ears is still unclear. In a new study, physicists Paul Friedel and J. Leo van Hemmen from the Technische Universitat Munchen in Germany and biologist Bruce Young from Washburn University in Kansas have presented a model of how the horned desert viper Cerastes cerastes hears – with its jaws.While the jaw-hearing method is widely known, the new research uses naval engineering techniques to explain how vibrations from the jaw travel through the head and give rise to sounds in the animal’s brain. The scientists also explain one of the more intriguing parts of jaw-hearing, which is that the snake’s left and right sides of its jaw can move independently in order to localize a sound’s source, such as the location of a mouse’s footsteps.“Up to now, no one has ever pondered the fact that snakes could use jaw-hearing in stereo,” Friedel told PhysOrg.com. “This is, however, crucial, since stereo hearing is essential for locating a sound source. We have thus explained how jaw-hearing can actually be very informative for the snake, and not simply a system signifying that ‘something is there.’”As a mouse skitters across the desert sand, its footsteps create surface waves (specifically, Raleigh waves) with a wavelength of about 15 centimeters and amplitude of the order of 1 micrometer. These surface waves are similar to water waves, in the sense that the sand particles (modeled as a continuous medium) carry out an elliptic motion. The wave velocity of the ripples is about 45 meters per second. The frequency of the waves peaks between 200 and 1000 Hz – which falls squarely into the snake’s optimal sensitivity for frequencies of around 300 Hz. When the horned desert viper has its jaw resting on the sand, the vibrations from the mouse footsteps pass underneath both sides of the jaw. The vibrations travel through the snake’s head through two bones – the quadrate and stapes – and then stimulate the cochlea. The snake’s auditory system can sense jaw movement down to angstrom-sized motions (on the order of a single atom). The scientists determined that the lower jaw amplitude is about half that of the 1-micrometer incoming surface wave – plenty large enough for the snake ear to detect with efficiency. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Bats evolved diverse skull shapes due to echolocation, diet Just a few decades ago, some scientists doubted that snakes could hear at all. Snakes lack an outer ear and external ear openings, making it difficult to understand how the reptiles receive acoustic vibrations.center_img Citation: Desert Snake Hears Mouse Footsteps with its Jaw (2008, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-02-snake-mouse-footsteps-jaw.html The horned desert viper rests its head on the sand to listen for prey. A sand surface wave moves the left and right sides of the jaw independently, and the vibrations travel to the quadrate, stapes and inner ear. Image source: Friedel, et al. From the cochlea, the auditory signals are relayed along axonal delay lines to a set of topographically organized map neurons in the brain. The researchers modeled this neuronal network, where every map neuron is tuned with microsecond accuracy to a specific “interaural time difference,” or the time difference between signals received from the left and right sides of the jaw. When a map neuron fires, it corresponds to a specific input direction, enabling the snake to localize its prey with stereo precision.The hearing model gives strong support to snakes’ unusual way of hearing, showing that the technique is not only possible, but is also a highly efficient survival mechanism. As Friedel explains, the jaw-hearing method offers some advantages compared with the conventional hearing method using outer ears.“This has to do with the so-called impedance matching problem,” he said. “If air-born sound arrives at a tissue surface, most of the energy will be reflected. This is because the acoustic impedance (which is a measure of how ‘easily a sound wave can be generated’) of air is much smaller than that of tissue (or the inner ear). To solve this problem, the mammalian middle ear possesses three hearing ossicles that transfer the sound from the tympanic membrane through the inner ear. The snake does not have a middle ear with three ossicles, but by using the jaw-quadrate-stapes pathway, the problem of impedance matching is avoided.”More information: Friedel, Paul, Young, Bruce A., and van Hemmen, J. Leo. “Auditory Localization of Ground-Borne Vibrations in Snakes.” Physical Review Letters, 100, 048701 (2008). Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

Scientists discover fractal pattern in Scotch tape

first_img Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The findings could help scientists better understand the cause of the X-rays generated from peeled tape, which is thought to be associated with the surface roughness of the tape. Information about the tape’s surface roughness could also be used to explain the maximum emitted photon energy of the tape.The scientists also suggested that, by understanding the tape’s surface roughness after peeling, manufacturers could build in a specific roughness during the production process that could stabilize the adhesion, resulting in tape that can be used multiple times without losing its adhesive properties. Peeling at low velocity results in a rough surface, while peeling at high velocity results in a smoother surface. Scientists found that both surfaces exhibit unexpected fractal scaling properties. Image credit: B. N. J Persson, et al. (PhysOrg.com) — Clear cellophane tape – which can be found in almost every home in the industrialized world – may seem quite ordinary, but recent research has shown otherwise. In 2008, scientists discovered that, when peeled, Scotch tape produces X-rays that are strong enough to image the bones in a human finger. In a new study, scientists have further investigated what happens when clear tape is peeled, and found that the tape’s surface roughness displays a fractal pattern. The findings may lead to a better understanding of the processes involved in peeling, the origin of the X-ray emission, and in the design of better tape that can be reused repeatedly. Citation: Scientists discover fractal pattern in Scotch tape (2010, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-scientists-fractal-pattern-scotch-tape.html These images show the surface profiles of the adhesive side of peeled tape, obtained with the use of a white-light interferometer. A-D show a smooth surface due to fast peeling, while E-H show a rough surface due to slow peeling. A, B, E, and F are at low magnification, while C, D, G, and H are at high magnification. Image credit: B. N. J. Persson, et al. Explore further More information: B. N. J. Persson, et al. “Surface roughness of peeled adhesive tape: A mystery?” Europhysics Letters, 92 (2010) 46001. DOI: 1209/0295-5075/92/46001 Finding rough spot in surface measurement This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The study’s authors, Bo Persson from FZ-Julich in Julich, Germany (who was also a coauthor of the X-ray study), Alexander Kovalev and Stanislav Gorb from the University of Kiel in Kiel, Germany, and Matthias Wasem and Enrico Gnecco from the University of Basel in Basel, Switzerland, have published their results in a recent issue of Europhysics Letters.In their study, the scientists used a white-light interferometer as well as an atomic force microscope to look at the tape’s sticky surface after it had been peeled off a hard substrate. They found that slowly peeling the tape leaves behind a rough, white surface on the soft rubber adhesive layer (the white color is due to the large light scattering from the rough surface). On the other hand, peeling the tape more quickly leaves behind a smoother, transparent surface (transparent because there is less light scattering from the smoother surface).In addition, the scientists were surprised to find that both the rough and smooth surfaces exhibited fractal scaling properties over a wide range of length scales, with a fractal dimension that is typical for surfaces produced by crack propagation. The scientists did not expect this result because of the influence of the surface free energy. That is, elastically soft solids such as the tacky rubber adhesive should deform at short length scales in order to reduce the surface free energy. This should result in a much smoother surface at short length scales (or high magnification) than would otherwise be expected. This effect had already been observed in a different context, but could not be detected on the rubber film of the peeled tape.last_img read more

Put your thinking cap on and type with your mind w Video

first_img More information: www.intendix.com/ Since the system only requires the movement of the eyes in order to function it could be used by people with severe spinal cord injuries or other conditions have the rendered arm movement and vocal cord use impossible or impractical. The device, which has been named intendiX, was shown off at Cebit.Labs. For those of you who are not familiar with the event Cebit.Labs is a section of the Cebit trade show that is devoted exclusively to showing off research projects. Citation: Put your thinking cap on and type with your mind (w/ Video) (2011, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-cap-mind-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further CeBIT 2005: Sound Added to Text Messages for Talking Images IntendiX features a tight-fitting skull cap that has a number of electroencephalograph (EEG) electrodes attached to it. These are the Wet style of electrodes, so they do require a gel to function properly, though there is a dry version of the cap in the works. There is also a pocket-sized brainwave amplifier, and a Windows-based application that is designed to analyze the brainwaves received and translate them into letters on the screen. The setup can be connected via a Bluetooth wireless signal. Currently the fastest in-lab time has been .9 of a second per character, but that is after the users have been trained on the system. Untrained users testing the device have been a slow as 40 seconds per character. No word yet on when the device will be available to the public. (PhysOrg.com) — Guger Technologies, an Austrian-based company, has developed a computer interface that can work directly with the human brain. The interface allows a user to “type” short messages by staring at letters on the screen. Those messages can then be translated with text to speech software, giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves, a funky, robot voice. If speech isn’t on the users mind the messages can be sent the same way any other text would be over the web. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more