New Brunswick introduces exotic animal legislation after boys deaths

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick is introducing new legislation to regulate exotic animals, four years after two young boys were killed by an African rock python.Four-year-old Noah Barthe and his six-year-old brother, Connor, died after the python escaped its enclosure while they slept in a family friend’s apartment in Campbellton in August 2013.Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet said Tuesday the new Exotic Animals Act will strengthen safeguards for public safety and human health, and the health and safety of native species and their habitats.“Chances are, if the legislation had been in place in 2013 we would not be here today,” said Bruce Dugan, chairman of the province’s Exotic Animal Task Force, which in 2015 recommended the government review existing laws.Better communication between different agencies and regular inspections would have made the difference, he said.“There are going to be instances where things slip through the cracks no matter how much legislation, regulation and enforcement you have in place, but in this particular case I don’t think we’d be here today if the legislation had been in place in 2013,” Dugan said.African rock pythons were not allowed in New Brunswick at the time without specific permits. Savoie did not have one.The python was kept in a large enclosure within the apartment of reptile store owner Jean-Claude Savoie, where the Barthe brothers were attending a sleepover. Last November, a jury found Savoie not guilty of criminal negligence causing death.The python escaped by travelling through a ventilation duct and dropping into the living room where the boys slept. A pathologist said the boys died of asphyxiation, and each was covered in puncture wounds from snake bites.The snake was about 3.7 metres long and weighed about 24 kilograms.The boys had spent the day petting animals and playing at a farm owned by Savoie’s father. An expert testified at Savoie’s trial that snakes become more aggressive when they detect possible sources of food — and an attack would have been unlikely had there been no animal smells on the boys.Campbellton Mayor Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin said Tuesday her community on the province’s north shore suffered an emotional blow with the boys’ deaths, and the new legislation will help.“It’s just nice to know that their death isn’t in vain — that the government did take it seriously, and they acted. We can’t go back. We can’t press rewind, but we certainly can make it better to go forward,” she said.She said there are a lot of mixed emotions.“We were torn between having lost children and having lost a community member. We were all aware and we were all guilty to know that, that place was there. We were bringing our school children there. Then all of a sudden we had to be mad at this gentleman for operating this. It’s a little of both,” Anglehart-Paulin said.Dugan, of the Magnetic Hill Zoo, said the government has completed 14 of the task force’s recommendations, and is in the process of acting on 13 more, leaving just two outstanding.The proposed legislation will regulate the import, possession, sale, public display, propagation, export and release of exotic animals.The province will compile a list of exotic animals not requiring a permit, and all others will require one through the Department of Energy and Resource Development.Doucet said the legislation’s definition of exotic animal will include certain fish, wildlife and invertebrates such as scorpions and spiders.He said the legislation, which will include fines of up to $20,000, will be introduced in the coming days. Exotic pet owners would have a year to comply.last_img read more

Baseball Is Overrun By Adam Dunns

Giancarlo StantonMarlins60841596.8 With baseballs flying out of big-league parks at an unprecedented rate — and batters getting rung up at a similarly historic clip — it’s a safe bet that Dunn’s brand of baseball is here to stay, at least for the time being. That means we’ll get to see more of both the highs and lows that come when a player swings as hard as he can and hopes for the best.As for Dunn’s view of the generation of hitters he helped spawn? In his interview with Crasnick, even Dunn himself was skeptical of an entire lineup of batters who hit like he did.“Everything evolves, and this is the era we’re in,” he said. “People see if you hit homers and drive in a lot of runs, you’re going to get where you need to get financially. Does it help a team if you have a couple of those guys? Yeah. But if you have nine of them, it’s going to be tough.” The Adam Dunn Club, class of 2017MLB hitters on pace for at least 25 home runs, 70 walks and 150 strikeouts in 2017, as of Aug. 20 Khris DavisAthletics43742121.9 Sources: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com Joey GalloRangers46762003.8 Domingo SantanaBrewers26751802.1 Eric ThamesBrewers35821681.8 Justin UptonTigers34711735.9 Some of these players count among baseball’s very best. Despite his recent slump,2Don’t say we didn’t warn you! New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge — whose 6-foot-7 frame brings to mind a right-handed version of the 6-foot-6 Dunn at the plate — ranks fourth this season in wins above replacement (WAR)3Using an average of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com versions of the metric. and is still in the American League MVP conversation. Likewise, Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton are probably the front-runners for MVP honors in the National League — each projects to finish with around 150 whiffs, a minor footnote in their otherwise sparkling stat lines.Simply striking out a ton doesn’t automatically disqualify a player from being considered great anymore, as opposed to in the olden days when there was a stigma attached to strikeout kings. But some hitters can still overdo it; in fact, there are some legitimately bad ballplayers in the Adam Dunn Club these days. A year after Milwaukee’s Chris Carter smashed 41 home runs while playing what was generally agreed to be mediocre baseball,4As if to confirm this, Carter promptly got himself designated for assignment by the Yankees twice in two weeks this season. five of the 14 players tracking for membership in the club are also on pace for fewer than 2.0 WAR, which is generally the benchmark for a worthwhile major-league starter. One — Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays — is headed for a 26-homer, 91-walk season that will also likely be below the replacement level, quite possibly earning him the worst Dunn Club season in history. (And this is to say nothing of the further proliferation of Dunn-“lite” players such as Milwaukee’s Keon Broxton, for example, who check off the home run and strikeout boxes but don’t even draw enough walks to join the club.) When Adam Dunn came to the plate, he would pretty much always do one of three things: He would strike out; he would walk; or he would hit a baseball some 400-odd feet. With his propensity to produce these so-called “three true outcomes” — the three types of plays in which fielders play no role — the former Cincinnati Reds outfielder known as “Big Donkey” was the poster boy for a new generation of batters who swung for the fences and didn’t mind a strikeout or two (hundred).But he didn’t aim to be at the forefront of one of baseball’s most pervasive 21st-century trends.“You would think I would have gotten used to striking out and sucking. It devastated me every single time,” Dunn told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in July. “At the time, I didn’t really pay attention to [strikeouts, walks and home runs]. I never looked at myself as that low-batting-average guy, but I kind of morphed into it. I always thought one day I would wake up and the old Adam would be back and we would roll.”Whether he meant to be or not, Dunn was always a harbinger of where the modern ballplayer was headed. And for better or worse, today’s game is filled with more Adam Dunns than ever before.In 2002, Dunn’s first full season in the big leagues, only three other players — Derrek Lee, Mike Cameron and Pat Burrell — joined Dunn with at least 25 home runs, 70 walks and 150 strikeouts. (Dunn went on to meet those thresholds nine more times, easily giving him the all-time mark for that kind of season.) But this season, an MLB-record 14 hitters are on track to meet those criteria. The kind of player who was once an oddity now has a place in nearly half of the league’s lineups.Dunn wasn’t the first hitter to specialize in excluding fielders from the action. Washington Senators outfielder Don Lock became the 25/70/150 club’s first member in 1963, and the Giants’ Bobby Bonds hit those marks in back-to-back seasons in 1969 and 1970. From then on, there was typically at least one Dunn-style slugger in the majors, and a variety of guys earned the label, including Greg Luzinski, Dave Kingman and Rob Deer.1All numbers prorated to a 162-game season. But their approach was also seen as a curiosity at best — and a liability at worst. “[Kingman] is regarded by many as one of baseball’s bad jokes, a flashy player but ultimately a loser,” Jonah Keri wrote in “Baseball Between The Numbers.”By the time Dunn hit the scene, however, the sabermetric movement was gaining popularity, and strikeouts were becoming more acceptable, as long as players offset them with power and patience. Likewise, teams were beginning to seek out hard-throwing pitchers with high K rates, creating a perfect storm of aligned incentives that helped lead to today’s three true outcomes-heavy game. So, from Dunn and a handful of others at the dawn of the 2000s, the number of hitters who take his approach — we’ll call guys who hit those 25/70/150 benchmarks members of the Adam Dunn Club — has only grown in recent seasons: Jake LambDiamondbacks35891632.9 Steven Souza Jr.Rays33841844.8 Paul GoldschmidtDiamondbacks381051507.2 Jose BautistaBlue Jays2691166-0.8 PRORATED THROUGH 162 GAMES Mark ReynoldsRockies34761791.3 PLAYERTEAMHOME RUNSWALKSSTRIKEOUTSWAR Wil MyersPadres31711891.1 Miguel SanoTwins37722263.4 Aaron JudgeYankees491192207.3 read more

DJ Summer Camp finds talent supports Youth

first_img Related Items:Caribbean House Evolution Experience, DJ summer camp, John Sivalas, Ted Baylet “Hi, my name is Faith, and I like performing because it was actually my first time d-jaying for real.  And it was actually very fun, i’ve never gotten an opportunity like that before.”   – Faith Somewhere Café on the Beach, was the grounds for the grand finale, where the junior DJ winner got to execute her skills; 10 year old Faith spoke to us at the cheque presentation.  It is a great story and you can see more of it in our new season of Turquoise Morning which begins in a few weeks.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Caribbean House Evolution Experience and John Sivalas hosted the event. It was a cheque for $7,500 and was presented to Roxanne Wake Forbes, Director of the Youth Center by Ted Bayley of Somewhere and on behalf of Caribbean House Evolution. “I want to thank the kids from the youth center for coming and participating each of the last two years, it’s been wonderful having them on board.   As Mr. Sivalas commented, Somewhere’s Cafe’s goal like his is to bring all communities together.”  – Ted Bayley Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 6, 2016 – Summer break is over for students as the first day back to school for many was marked yesterday and over the break, Magnetic Media met some really cool kids who participated in a DJ Summer camp which also reaped a pretty penny for the Edward Gartland Youth Center.  “I feel that everywhere I go I want to make it more accessible to everyone, but as a base of house music, that we can maybe mix it up and make our own Caribbean house music that doesn’t really exist anywhere.”  – John Sivalaslast_img read more

City Council approved commercial flexibility code change to increase housing

first_img 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) – The San Diego City Council recently approved the 12th update to a code that updates include flexibility options for residential developments requiring commercial use on the ground floor of buildings.The code change would help eliminate blight caused by empty storefronts and quickly produce additional housing units on the ground floors of many buildings, according to Councilmember Scott Sherman.“Commercial flexibility provides building owners more options to better utilize their space by converting blighted empty space with much needed housing units,” said Councilmember Sherman. “While this is another step in the right direction to fix our housing crisis, much work needs to be done.” Posted: July 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom City Council approved commercial flexibility code change to increase housing July 25, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

This festive season go for paper jewellery

first_imgDo you flinch at the thought of wearing artificial jewellery due to allergies? Paper jewellery can be your answer, says an expert.Beauty expert lists the reasons why one should go for paper jewellery:Non-allergic: Many of us have sensitive skin which is allergic to metal jewellery. Paper jewellery comes to the rescue of such women. There is no dearth of options for ornaments which can be made as paper jewellery – earrings, bracelets, brooches, and neck-pieces. Apart from just paper, beads, crystal, kundan, Swarovski and stones are used for adding beauty to paper jewellery to. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCreative designs: Bringing out the creative side in you, paper jewellery turns out to be comparatively prettier than the normal one. Applying a bit of perfume on your paper jewellery is surely going to turn more heads than you ever expected. So, spray your favourite perfume every time you go out wearing these pieces.Eco-friendly: Paper jewellery can also be made using recycled paper. Recycling  saves a lot of paper, and prevents the environment from being polluted.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEconomical option: It is less on price and light on weight. And, of course, one can always think about throwing the paper jewellery after it get worn-out or in case you get bored using it. Poppy make-up: Remember to complement your use-and-throw ornaments with apt make-up. So, adorn your lips with poppy shades like cherry red, tangerine, marsala and other poppy shades with similar coloured jewellery. Make sure to keep your eye make-up light by solely lining it with a white-liner. Or you can match your eye-shadow colours with same coloured paper jewellery pieces in turquoise blue, emerald green, and khaki etc and team it with subtle lip-colours to look classy yet natural.last_img read more