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Share on WhatsApp Topics England are hosts but this Cricket World Cup belongs to everyone Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Andy Bull Share on Messenger Chris Woakes insisted England did not suffer a car crash against Pakistan after the 14-run defeat that proved an early World Cup setback and left two players lighter in the pocket.Both Jason Roy and Jofra Archer were docked 15% of their match fees as Eoin Morgan’s side collectively lost their cool and delivered a ragged fielding display at Trent Bridge. news “You get back on the field, put in a hard shift and practise some of the things you didn’t get right,” said Woakes, who also claimed three for 71 with the ball. “By no means was it a car crash but [fielding] was the difference.“You doff your cap because Pakistan had a tough game against the West Indies. But the way they played against us showed why they won the Champions Trophy in 2017.” Hide Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Roy was punished for an “audible obscenity” after a misfield in the 14th over, while Archer’s sanction resulted from the fast bowler showing dissent in the 27th over when a short ball was given as a wide by the square-leg umpire.Both incidents were relatively minor – Roy’s drop off Mohammad Hafeez on 14, before he went on to top-score for Pakistan with 84, was far more costly – but they still summed up England’s frustrations on the day.Morgan bemoaned his side’s attitude while Woakes, relatively faultless himself after holding an English record four catches, believes the only remedy is to train harder before they take on Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday. Cricket World Cup 2019 Since you’re here… England cricket team England’s shock loss, cricket feuds and scoring with pasta – The Spin podcast Reuse this content Listen Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Was this helpful? Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Support The Guardian Share via Email Show Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Cricket Share on Pinterest Despite a slightly withering appraisal after the match, Morgan rejected the suggestion that the vocal Pakistani support in the ground affected his players. Woakes put a finger to his mouth in the direction of one supporter after his first catch but claimed it was merely in jest.He said: “It was just a bit of banter really. I was copping a bit of abuse, as you do from the opposition. It was quite friendly. A little ‘shhh’ is just a bit of banter. I always do it with a smile on my face.”While Morgan went unpunished for England’s over-rate – they finished the first innings 19 minutes after the cut-off but saw this fall within the allowances – Pakistan did receive a sanction, with Sarfaraz Ahmed docked 20% of his match fee and 10% for his players after being deemed one over short.
zoom The Supreme Court of Costa Rica has ruled in favor of the Costa Rican Government and APM Terminals in an appeal filed by the port workers union against the 33- year concession contract for the new Moin Container Terminal (TCM) in Limon on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.The deals has been in court for almost three years after workers filed an appeal against it in 2011.Paul Gallie, Managing Director of APM Terminals for Central America, said that “the new Moin Container Terminal is a project of the Costa Rican State which will promote the country´s global competitiveness and the socioeconomic development of the province of Limón, which is why this verdict motivates us and strengthens our confidence in the judicial system.”According to Gallie the TCM will be available to take full advantage of the economy of scale provided by the new-Panamax container vessels of up to 13,500 containers, vessels of up to five times larger than those which can be serviced in the country today.APM Terminals was contracted by the State and port authority, JAPDEVA, for the design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance of the new Moin Container Terminal.This project, which is designed with a surface area of 80 hectares, 500 m off the coast of Moin, 1500 m of berth, 9 STS gantry cranes and 39 yard cranes, in addition to a 2.2 km breakwater, allowing 24 hours / 7 days a week / 365 days a year operation, will be wholly owned by the State of Costa Rica.The TCM is a key component of JAPDEVA’s master plan to modernize the Caribbean port complex of Limon/Moin, including a cruise ship terminal, a general cargo terminal in addition to the expansion of the petroleum terminal managed by RECOPE, the latter already underway.In September, APM Terminals delivered to the environmental agency, SETENA, the final extensive information annex requested by the institution in order to complete the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment process. SETENA’s final ruling is expected by the end of October.Press Release
Quarante-trois emplacements à l’échelle de la province ont été choisis pour offrir un programme de prématernelle aux enfants de quatre ans à partir de cet automne. « Pour la première fois, les familles néo-écossaises auront accès à un programme gratuit de prématernelle pour les enfants de quatre ans, affirme Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Cet investissement appuiera l’avenir de nos plus jeunes Néo-Écossais et permettra aux familles d’économiser des milliers de dollars en frais de garderie. » Au cours de la première année du programme, 50 classes seront créées à 43 endroits à l’échelle de la province. Les endroits ont été choisis en fonction du plus grand besoin, y compris les endroits où il y a peu de services ou aucun service agréé de garde d’enfants et les endroits où des espaces dans les écoles étaient disponibles. Le gouvernement provincial continuera d’ajouter des classes de prématernelle dans la province au cours des quatre prochaines années. Christine McLean, professeure adjointe en études des enfants et des jeunes à l’Université Mount Saint Vincent, souligne que les résultats des recherches sont clairs en ce qui a trait aux avantages de l’apprentissage axé sur le jeu. « Les jeunes enfants tirent avantage de programmes d’apprentissage précoce axé sur le jeu et approprié du point de vue du développement, déclare Mme McLean. Par l’apprentissage axé sur le jeu, animé par des éducatrices qualifiées de la petite enfance, les jeunes enfants ont l’occasion d’acquérir des compétences dans les domaines de la littératie, de la numératie, de la socialisation et de la maîtrise de soi, ce qui contribuera à leur réussite scolaire future. » Le programme de prématernelle appuiera l’apprentissage et le développement précoce des jeunes enfants en les préparant à réussir à l’école et dans la vie. « Nous croyons fermement dans un partenariat entre la maison, l’école et la communauté en ce qui a trait au développement des enfants, affirme Gary Adams, directeur général du Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Ce partenariat est essentiel pour faire en sorte que nos élèves reçoivent le soutien et les programmes dont ils ont besoin pour réussir dès un jeune âge. Le programme de prématernelle appuie cet objectif et s’ajoutera aux efforts de notre personnel. Les élèves de notre conseil scolaire et de toute la province tireront grand profit de ce programme, et nous avons hâte d’accueillir les jeunes de la prématernelle dans la communauté scolaire en septembre. » « Le programme d’apprentissage précoce à l’école élémentaire Jubilee a aidé mes enfants à grandir du point de vue social, souligne Jessica Wolstenholme, parent. Le programme a aidé mes enfants à rencontrer d’autres enfants avec qui ils fréquenteront l’école et à former des amitiés. Il est merveilleux pour les enfants d’être inclus dans l’environnement scolaire d’une façon qui n’est pas aussi structurée qu’à l’école. » Elle souligne qu’elle prévoit inscrire sa plus jeune dans un programme de prématernelle lorsqu’elle aura quatre ans. Mme Wolstenholme indique également que le fait que le programme soit offert gratuitement signifie que les familles qui ne sont peut-être pas en mesure de payer des frais de garderie pourront offrir cette expérience à leurs enfants. Pour des renseignements sur l’admissibilité et sur les endroits où les programmes de prématernelle seront offerts, et pour inscrire vos enfants en ligne, consultez le www.ednet.ns.ca/pre-primary (en anglais seulement). Les parents peuvent également inscrire leurs enfants par téléphone en composant le numéro sans frais 1-833-424-2084.
Shipley said that some hackers will go to extreme lengths to steal personal information.“We’ve seen hacks in the last two years of Android phones that use facial ID, that if someone can get enough photos of your face and can actually 3D print a head and unlock your phone.”He said the best way to ensure your data is to check the user agreement before downloading these kinds of apps.Shipley warns other nefarious activities hackers can do include selling your search history and your location to other companies.“A lot of companies trade data, almost like trading baseball cards like kids, and because they can sell it, they didn’t violate the spirit or terms of your agreement, but it certainly wasn’t what a lot of people thought was going to happen with their data.”Overall, issues like this can pose serious problems in the future.“People’s photos being used to create fake social media profiles that look more real and authentic or to make a copy of your very own social media profile to then target your friends and family with a variety of different scams and attacks.” CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Chances are, some of your friends are looking a bit older thanks to FaceApp which has already taken the internet by storm.The app uses photos from your phone to show what an older or younger version of yourself could look like.FaceApp launched last year and allowed you to see yourself as the opposite gender.https://t.co/Td4MhrMRf0— FaceApp (@faceapp_ai) February 16, 2018One cybersecurity expert, however, is warning these fun apps can come with consequences.David Shipley with Beauceron Security said that while the product may be advertised as ‘free’, it’s your information that’s the real price. He noted that even a picture of your face can do plenty of damage.“It can be used to identify you and unlock things like your smartphone or other things and you want to make sure you protect your identity.”
OTTAWA — The Canada Border Services Agency says it is plans to amend bid documents looking for stunt-actors to clarify that they may get punched or kicked during training with new recruits.The agency posted bid documents online Monday looking for a company to supply actors for its training centre in Rigaud, Que., between Ottawa and Montreal.The documents outline how the stunt actors will act out as many as 15 situations a day to help the agency assess the skills of new border agents, and warn that people hired should expect to be handcuffed, thrown, held down using “pain compliance techniques,” and hit by trainees’ fists, feet or batons.A spokeswoman for the agency says the request for proposals, as the document is known, will be amended to let professional stunt actors know “there is a potential risk … of physical contact that cannot be entirely mitigated.”Hiring the dozen or so actors expands a pilot project the CBSA launched in May to replace instructors with professional stunt-actors during training sessions.The CBSA won’t say what the budget is for the year-long contract on offer, citing the ongoing bidding process that closes in early September.The Canadian Press
Rabat – Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will offer ten flights to Dakhla a week, starting from September.In a statement by RAM, the company announced they would add a further two flights a week to the current number of eight, which has been in place since May 30.Flights will take place on a Boeing 737-800, which has 160 seats, 12 of which are business class. The company announced that from September, there will be 3,200 seats each week. The 2,960 seats flying economy each have a fixed price of MAD 1,000 one-way, whilst the 240 seats in business class will cost MAD 2,000 each.In RAM’s statement, the company said that the increase is the result of an agreement between the airline and the region of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab, which has “a view to contributing to an economic and touristic boom of the region.”
While President Maithripala Sirisena had looked to follow the Philippines in his ‘war on drugs’ Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today proposed following the Philippines model for rice farming.Wickremesinghe said that the Philippines has found a system where less water is used for rice farming. He said that Sri Lanka must also look at following a similar system.The Prime Minister said that the Government will look to modernise the rice farming industry in the near future. The Prime Minister was speaking at an event held in Anuradhapura today which was also attended by President Maithripala Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette)
Sears Holdings to close more U.S. stores, including 28 Kmart locations by The Associated Press Posted Aug 24, 2017 6:06 am MDT Last Updated Aug 24, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sears Holdings Corp. says it will close even more stores in the United States following declining sales and heightened competition in its fiscal second quarter.The retailer has been trying to cut costs by closing stores, including 180 this year, and already had plans to cut another 150 stores. It now plans to shutter an additional 28 Kmart stores.Illinois-based Sears Holdings reported that its second-quarter loss narrowed to $251 million, or $2.34 per share. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $1.16 per share.Revenue fell 23 per cent to $4.37 billion in the period. Sales at stores open at least a year, a key measure of a retailer’s health, dropped 11.5 per cent.In March, Sears Holdings said there is “substantial doubt” it could continue as a viable concern, with intense pressure coming from companies like Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon.com. It has insisted that its actions to turn around its business should help reduce that risk.Its Canadian affiliate, which has a common major shareholder, also said there was “significant doubt” about its ability to continue on June 13. Sears Canada then sought court protection from creditors on June 22.Sears Canada is in the process of closing 59 stores and cutting 2,900 jobs nationally while simultaneously looking for fresh investors and buyers for some or all of its business under supervision by the Ontario Superior Court.Sears Holdings, which owns a minority stake in the Canadian company, said Thursday that it has used about US$605 million of its $1.5 billion revolving credit facility due in 2020. Its cash balances were $442 million as of July 29._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on SHLD at https://www.zacks.com/ap/SHLD
The USU Eastern Psychology Club recently hosted its annual dance benefit. Local dance and cheer studios were invited to perform for an audience on Friday, March 1 on the university’s campus.The psychology club has hosted this fundraiser for a number of years and have always appreciated the dancers, as well as their teachers, for taking time to showcase their talents at this event.
Week by week, season by season, competition by competition, always the same names. Professional career in handball lasts much more than 10 or 20 years before, but it is a real challenge to stay at the TOP until the end. Most of the players aren’t capable to stay on the level which they had before 35, but they put efforts until the final day. That isn’t a case with goalkeepers, who are still remarkable and the hardest question is “How long they could extend it?”.Thierry Omeyer celebrated his 41st birthday on November 2, just few days before PSG Handball goalie had another outstanding performance to reach EHF CL BEST 7 of Round 6. It is still unknown whether “Titi” will continue career after June 2018, will he stay in Paris or try something new, but whatever he decides, he will be remembered as one of the greatest every, perfect until the last day of career.Same as Arpad Sterbik, the hero of RK Vardar Skopje success in Cologne last May, when Macedonians wrote the best chapter of sports history of the whole country by winning EHF Champions League. Despite some statements that RK Vardar Skopje will be his last station in career at the end of contract in 2018, when Arpad will be 39, he decided to continue with Telekom Veszprem until 2020!Mattias Andersson is still number 1 in SG Flensburg Handewitt. When Swedish “monster” is in mood, German team looks unbeatable for the most of European TOP teams. The 39-years goalie got replacement in national team (Palicka and Appelgreen), but also in the club (Buric and Bergerud), but he can easily play in any TOP team.Same as Slawomir Szmal (39). Member of PGE Vive Kielce will finish his career at the end of contract with Polish champions next summer, but experienced Pole is still capable to be the best on the court. In some points of career and life, people decide to change their priorities, even their performance is still outstanding and it looks that they can be on the level for some years more.It is hard to predict who will, among younger goalkeepers, keep the highest possible level in ages of Omeyer and his generation, but at least, younger colleagues have role models, who one career has to look like from the beginning to the end. Arpad Sterbikhandball goalkeepersMattias AnderssonSlawomir SzmalThierry Omeyer ← Previous Story Magdeburg wants to host EHF Cup Final4 2018 Next Story → 3 MONTHS WITHOUT ACTIVITIES: Slavisa Djukanovic is out of hospital
Stay on target Caught on Camera: Copperhead Snakes Mate on Bike TrailSecond 18-Foot Python Caught in South Florida New Jersey herpetologists made a “double trouble” discovery when they spotted a young timber rattlesnake with two heads in the woods.The rare reptile, which had two heads, two flicking tongues, and four eyes, was found by Dave Schneider, who works for the Herpetological Associates of Burlington County, and another employee in the Pine Barrens, a dense forest area in New Jersey, WLNE-TV reported.Schneider was one of the two workers named Dave who spotted the venomous snake, and he said they named the 8-to-10-inch long reptile “Double Dave.” According to Schneider, double-headed snakes may have trouble surviving in the wild because they sometimes slither at slow speeds and can be easily caught by predators.A close-up of Double Dave’s two heads. (Photo Credit: 6abc Philadelphia / YouTube)Schneider and his colleague took the double-headed rattlesnake to their workplace to provide it with food and shelter. Both hope that the reptile’s digestive system is in good shape and that it can grow at the facility.More on Geek.com:Watch: ‘Dancing’ Timber Rattlesnakes Discovered By Tennessee HikerWatch: Enormous Snake Sets Off Doorbell Camera at Virginia HomeAirline Passenger Abandons Pet Snake at TSA Checkpoint
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) – A new project is being considered in Balboa Park and it aims to remove parking from some museums in the park, including in front of the new Comic Con museum.The goal is to replace the parking spaces with more green spaces throughout the park.Some estimate that the park has $250 million in deferred maintenance, and critics of the new parking plan say that should be the focus.Councilmember Mark Kersey spoke to KUSI’s Dan Plante about the situation. Posted: August 14, 2019 August 14, 2019 New Balboa Park project could eliminate significant amount of parking KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom,
A defense attorney for a former Skyview High School science teacher told a judge Thursday that the sexual relationship between his client and a 17-year-old girl was consensual.Only Washington’s abuse of trust statute, which applies to teachers having sex with students, made it a crime.“If he had not been in that position, we would not be here,” defense attorney Gerry Wear said.To that, Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick said: “If he wasn’t in that position, the likelihood of this occurring wouldn’t have been there, either.”The judge then sentenced Nathan J. Botnen, 33, to 18 months in prison for the ongoing sexual relationship he had with a student during the 2007-2008 school year.Botnen pleaded guilty Dec. 2 to two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.Melnick agreed with Deputy Prosecutor Jeff McCarty’s recommendation for the midpoint of the standard sentencing range of 15 to 20 months, calling Botnen’s actions “disturbing.”The relationship included trysts that occurred at the victim’s home, the teacher’s home and at school. Citing an instance where the two were purported to have had sex in a remote stairwell of the school, where Botnen knew there were no security cameras, Melnick said Botnen showed bad judgment.
Like 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Sons of Italy held a fundraiser dance on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall.This “Dancing Through The Decades” event included a DJ, dancing, raffles, prizes, coffee and dessert.Proceeds from the event benefited “Gifts of Love,” a charity that provides diapers to parents who cannot afford them. Attendees were also encouraged to donate diapers at the event.Below are photos from the dance courtesy of Wilmington Sons of Italy member Lennie Malvone. Click on each image for a larger view. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Sons Of Italy To Hold Dance Fundraiser On March 9In “Community”COMING SOON: Wilmington Sons of Italy & WHS Band Parents To Hold Huge Yard Sale On September 7In “Community”Wilmington Sons of Italy & WHS Band Parents To Hold Huge Yard Sale On September 7In “Community”
Nampally: Advisor to State Government for Minorities Welfare AK Khan, along with TS Haj Committee Chairman Mohammed Masiullah Khan and TS Wakf Board Chairman Mohammed Saleem, inspected the premises of Haj House in Nampally, as part of the preparations of Haj camp 2019 in July. Speaking about the Haj-2019 preparations, AK Khan said that special arrangements are in progress and would be completed as early as possible. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Even this year, committees such as Section Committee, Accommodation Committee and other committees will be formed to ensure hitch-free accommodation and other services for pilgrims. “If there is a need of extra staff, the officials will be deputed from the Minority Welfare Department. Even this year, the Haj Committee will ensure that the arrangements are upgraded, as it has been the case for the past 4 to 5 years. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Best arrangements will be made and we shall ensure that no Haj pilgrim feels inconvenience during the short stay,” AK Khan said. While emphasizing the quality of the services by TS Haj Committee, he said that the embarkation point in Hyderabad has remained the number one, and that it is being acknowledged by even by the Central Haj Committee and Ministry of Minority Welfare. Advertise With Us AK Khan lauded the special arrangements made by the Chairman at TS Haj Committee, Masiullah Khan, who upgraded the washrooms and hired a function hall for the attenders of the Haj pilgrims in the previous year, which he said will be continued even this year. Abu Talha Amjed, member of TS Haj Committee and other officials were also present on the occasion.
The Afghan Taliban attacked more than a dozen checkpoints over six hours in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 22 police and wounding 15, officials said on Tuesday, as militants killed eight soldiers in the west in a growing insurgency.Government forces killed 45 insurgents and wounded 35 and none of the police checkpoints was captured in the overnight attacks, officials said.“Our forces resisted until they received reinforcements and air support,” said Zia Durrani, spokesman for Kandahar’s police chief. “The Taliban were defeated.”The Taliban told reporters by WhatsApp that they killed 43 police and members of a militia and destroyed 13 armored vehicles.The insurgents often exaggerate battlefield casualties.The Taliban, fighting to restore Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster by US-led troops, also attacked Bala Boluk, in the western province of Farah, on Tuesday, killing eight soldiers and wounding three, according to the provincial government.The government’s control or influence over the country has fallen to just under 60 percent, down six percentage points from last year, according to the United States’ Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
Share AP Photo/David J. PhillipPolice cars are parked outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Texas has more than 1.2 million licensed handgun owners who can openly carry their weapons in public. The state hosted the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting two weeks ago. And until Monday, the governor’s re-election website was raffling off a shotgun.Guns are so hard-wired into Texas culture that last week’s deadly rampage at Santa Fe High School is considered unlikely to result in any significant restrictions on access to weapons in the Lone Star State.Republican Gov. Greg Abbott reacted to the killings of eight students and two teachers by calling for a series of roundtable discussions on school safety, starting with one on Tuesday in Austin. He said last week that he wants to find ways to keep guns away from those who pose an “immediate danger to others.”But the state’s 20-year dominance by the Republican Party all but guarantees the meetings will be dominated by calls to boost school security and “harden” campuses — an idea backed by the NRA — instead of demands for gun restrictions, said Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University.That’s in sharp contrast to the response to the Feb. 14 shooting rampage at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead. Three weeks after the bloodbath, Florida politicians defied the NRA and passed a gun control package after a lobbying campaign led by student survivors of the attack.“The difference in Texas is the Republican Party is in complete control. It is unchallenged at the state level,” Jillson said. “Even the young people from Santa Fe are not full-throated advocates of gun control to keep the children safe.”In fact, at a church service Sunday, Santa Fe High student Monica Bracknell, who survived the shooting, told the governor the attack should not be turned into a battle over gun control.“People are making this into a political issue,” she said. “This is not a political issue. It’s not a gun-law issue.”Similarly, Santa Fe High sophomore Zach Muehe tweeted over the weekend, “Santa Fe High School DOES NOT SUPPORT GUN CONTROL!”Sentiments like those could give Abbott political cover if his roundtable discussions don’t lead to major changes.Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is jailed on murder charges in Friday’s attack. Authorities said the Santa Fe High student opened fire with his father’s shotgun and .38-caliber handgun.Gun control advocates around the country have long pressed for such measures as expanded background checks and a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, but such measures would probably have had no effect on the Santa Fe High shooting.Abbott has said he wants the roundtable discussions to include lawmakers, educators, students, parents, gun rights advocates and survivors of the November church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that killed two dozen people.Abbott and Texas Republicans have embraced a steady relaxation of guns laws in recent years. Since 2013, Texas has reduced the cost and hours of training needed to be licensed to carry a handgun, allowed “open carry” for handgun license holders, and allowed concealed handguns in college classrooms and dorms.In 2015, Abbott tweeted that it was “embarrassing” that Texas lagged behind California in gun sales. In 2017, he bragged about his accuracy with a pistol at a shooting range.On Monday, Abbott’s re-election campaign scaled back its shotgun raffle in the wake of the Santa Fe shooting, replacing it with a raffle for a $250 gift certificate. A photograph of the governor aiming a shotgun was removed.After the Florida tragedy, President Donald Trump organized discussions on how to prevent school shootings and at least mentioned the idea of limiting gun sales, though little concrete came out of those. Abbott so far has committed to even less.Texas holds primary runoffs Tuesday, meanwhile, and the Santa Fe shooting is not expected to be a deciding factor in any major race, just as the Sutherland Springs massacre barely registered as a campaign issue before last week.And it’s not just Republicans. Former Dallas County Sherriff Lupe Valdez, who is favored to win Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial runoff and face Abbott in November, has called for stricter background checks and closing of the so-called gun sale loophole.But she was quick to add: “That doesn’t mean I’m against guns. I’ve worn a gun over 40 years. It means I’m against stupidity.”Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, a lawyer who is favored to win a runoff for the Democratic nomination in a potentially flippable, Republican-held congressional district in Houston, not far from where Friday’s shooting took place, also refrained from criticizing Abbott for not doing more than organizing discussions.“I hope that these discussions move us closer to real reform,” Fletcher said Monday. “Our lives depend on it.”
Explore further A trio of researchers, one with Bloorview Research Institute in Canada, the other two with the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands, has found that human laryngeal muscles are less well developed than articulatory muscles. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, Michel Belyk, Joseph Johnson and Sonja Kotz suggest that differences in the two muscle groups explains why people are better at whistling than singing. Singing in the brain: Songbirds sing like humans Journal information: Royal Society Open Science © 2018 Phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Laryngeal muscles found to be underdeveloped compared to articulatory muscles, explaining poor human singing (2018, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-laryngeal-muscles-underdeveloped-articulatory-poor.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. More information: Michel Belyk et al. Poor neuro-motor tuning of the human larynx: a comparison of sung and whistled pitch imitation, Royal Society Open Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171544AbstractVocal imitation is a hallmark of human communication that underlies the capacity to learn to speak and sing. Even so, poor vocal imitation abilities are surprisingly common in the general population and even expert vocalists cannot match the precision of a musical instrument. Although humans have evolved a greater degree of control over the laryngeal muscles that govern voice production, this ability may be underdeveloped compared with control over the articulatory muscles, such as the tongue and lips, volitional control of which emerged earlier in primate evolution. Human participants imitated simple melodies by either singing (i.e. producing pitch with the larynx) or whistling (i.e. producing pitch with the lips and tongue). Sung notes were systematically biased towards each individual’s habitual pitch, which we hypothesize may act to conserve muscular effort. Furthermore, while participants who sung more precisely also whistled more precisely, sung imitations were less precise than whistled imitations. The laryngeal muscles that control voice production are under less precise control than the oral muscles that are involved in whistling. This imprecision may be due to the relatively recent evolution of volitional laryngeal-motor control in humans, which may be tuned just well enough for the coarse modulation of vocal-pitch in speech. Humans, it has been noted, are not naturally good singers, though some are noticeably better than others. But humans are pretty good at whistling, the researchers with this effort found, at least when compared with singing ability. This, they suggest, is because the muscles that control the mouth are more developed than those that control the larynx, in an evolutionary context.The researcher wondered why highly trained singers, such as opera stars, are unable to match the precision of even the most basic of musical instruments. To find out, they recruited 34 volunteers, some of whom self-reported as able to sing, and some who thought otherwise. Each was asked to sing melodies created by a computer and also to sing a scale of notes that went from the lowest they could utter to the highest. Each was then asked to repeat the experiment, but instead of singing, were asked to whistle the notes. A computer was used to analyze all of the notes to judge how precise the volunteers were.The researchers report that all of the volunteers were better at staying on key while whistling than when they were singing, though they also noted that those better at singing in key were also better at whistling in key than those who were poor singers. The researchers also found that the volunteers more often went flat when singing and sharp when whistling.The researchers suggest their results indicate that the muscles that control the larynx are less developed than those that control the lips and jaws, which strongly impacts precision. This, they further suggest, is due to the more recent evolutionary development of the larynx muscles. Our ancient ancestors, they note, were likely whistlers, like modern apes.
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