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    New gun-control legislation needs to control replica guns to keep Canadians safe

    New gun-control legislation needs to control replica guns to keep Canadians safe

    by Blake Brown. Originally published on Policy OptionsMarch 23, 2021 The Liberal government’s new firearms-control bill, C-21, has received a frosty reception from both proponents and critics of gun control. Advocates argue that allowing municipalities to regulate handguns would create an ineffective patchwork of regulations. They also object to allowing owners of semi-automatic assault-style rifles to retain their newly prohibited weapons. Amid these significant points of debate, a seemingly minor reform, aimed at tightening the law banning replica firearms, has generated considerable outrage for its possible effect on the “airsoft” industry. Airsoft guns shoot

  • Intelligent Design and the Restoration of Story
    History, Nature & Environment

    Intelligent Design and the Restoration of Story

    Jonathan WittMarch 17, 2021 In a previous three-part article (here, here, and here), I explored how Darwinian materialism has degraded the arts — the narrative arts in particular. But there is hope. Modern science has uncovered breathtaking evidence of design in nature — in the exquisite nano-technology of even the tiniest single-celled organisms, in the delicate fine-tuning of the cosmos (without which organic life would be impossible), and at countless points in between. Celebrating this growing evidence of intelligent design (ID) can help rescue the arts from the nihilism and ugliness they have descended into in

  • Registration is now open for both programs
    Leisure

    Vancouver Parks and Recreation sets dates for spring break day camps, outdoor youth soccer

    Posted by ClarkCountyToday.comMonday, March 1, 2021 Registration is now open for both programs VANCOUVER – Vancouver Parks and Recreation is ramping up youth recreation programming under Phase 2 of the state’s Healthy Washington reopening plan with full-day spring break camps and the launch of the outdoor youth soccer season. Registration is now open for both programs. Spring Break Day Camps will run April 5-9 for campers ages 6 to 12 at both Firstenburg (700 N.E. 136th Ave.) and Marshall (1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.) community centers. Day camp hours are 8 a.m. to

  • 21 Rural Residents Train in Community Forest Management in Grand Gedeh
    Nature & Environment

    21 Rural Residents Train in Community Forest Management in Grand Gedeh

    By Judoemue Kollie -February 24, 2021 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) have concluded a Community Forest Management Planning workshop in Konobo, Grand Gedeh County, that trained 21 community members on forest enumeration techniques to properly manage community forests. The training workshop took place recently in Zhia town, Grand Gedeh County. The team, led by the REDD+ National Project Coordinator, Saah A. David Jr. and the FAO’s Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), Jonathan Roberts, was joined by Isaac Kannah and John Negatus Wright both

  • Study highlights the role of forest fuels amid a warming climate
    Nature & Environment

    Study highlights the role of forest fuels amid a warming climate

    JANUARY 14, 2021by Kat Kerlin, UC Davis California’s drought of 2012-2016 killed millions of trees in the Sierra Nevada—mostly by way of a bark beetle epidemic—leaving a forest canopy full of dry needles. A study published from the University of California, Davis, and the U.S. Forest Service helps answer concerns about what effect de In the study, published in the journal Ecological Applications, scientists found that the presence of recently dead trees on the landscape was a driver of wildfire severity for two large fires that occurred toward the end of the drought: the 151,000-acre Rough Fire in 2015 and the 29,300-acre

  • Fire Away: Science Writers Tackle the Biggest Lingering Questions on CZU, SCU Wildfires
    Nature & Environment

    Fire Away: Science Writers Tackle the Biggest Lingering Questions on CZU, SCU Wildfires

    By Silicon Valley Newsroom/ January 14, 2021 Last summer’s wildfires had Silicon Valley glued to its screens to track multiple blazes as they encroached from different directions. Visibility and air quality dropped as a thick cloud of smoke settled over the valley. By August 20—just four days after the first of thousands of “dry lightning” strikes sparked hundreds of fires across Northern California—the SCU Complex Fire prompted evacuations in the East San Jose foothills, on its way to ballooning by 40 percent the next night to an incredible 230,000 acres. Meanwhile, the CZU fire was devastating

  • Rivers can change colors as time passes, and this is linked to ecosystem health
    Nature & Environment

    Rivers can change colors as time passes, and this is linked to ecosystem health

    Some US waterways have become greener and others yellower, but overall many have changed. by Fermin KoopDecember 22, 2020 Rivers can appear to have different colors, from blue to yellow, which is connected to water quality and the amount of sediments, algae, and dissolved organic carbon in water. But this can vary over time, with one-third of large rivers in the United States having changed their color over the last 35 years, according to a new study. Rivers are among the most degraded ecosystems on earth. Water quality is affected by human activities such

  • Climate Action: It’s time to make peace with nature, UN chief urges
    Nature & Environment

    Climate Action: It’s time to make peace with nature, UN chief urges

    2 December 2020 The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has described the fight against the climate crisis as the top priority for the 21st Century, in a passionate, uncompromising speech delivered on Wednesday at Columbia University in New York. The landmark address marks the beginning of a month of UN-led climate action, which includes the release of major reports on the global climate and fossil fuel production, culminating in a climate summit on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Nature always strikes back Mr. Guterres began with a

  • Health Matters 11/20: Opening the Door to Communication with Young Children
    Health

    Health Matters 11/20: Opening the Door to Communication with Young Children

    By Chelsea DeMaio, L.C.S.W.Submitted Content -November 18, 2020 Getting your children to talk to you can sometimes feel harder than getting them to eat their vegetables or brush their teeth.https://24a10252fda57e275096847d2beffb0e.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html But creating an environment in which your children feel safe to express their thoughts and feelings is just as important to their well-being as helping them with their school work. And opening the door to communication when children are young can help keep it from being slammed shut when they reach adolescence. Six Levels of Validation

  • Julius Caesar ‘Assassination Coin’ Brings Nearly $4.2 Million, Sets Antique Coin World Record
    Antiques

    Julius Caesar ‘Assassination Coin’ Brings Nearly $4.2 Million, Sets Antique Coin World Record

    NOVEMBER 3, 2020 LONDON & SARASOTA, FLA. – A previously unrecorded example of a valuable ancient “Ides of March” gold coin commemorating the assassination of Roman dictator Julius Caesar in 44 BCE sold for $4,188,393 on October 29. Authenticators in the United States and United Kingdom who verified its authenticity predicted it would sell for millions more than a London auction house’s conservative £500,000 estimate. “I’m not surprised it set a world record as the most valuable ancient coin ever sold,” said Mark Salzberg, chairman of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation in Sarasota, Fla., the company