House committee considers LaFaves pneumatic air bow legislation

first_img26Jan House committee considers LaFave’s pneumatic air bow legislation State Rep. Beau LaFave shows the House Natural Resources Committee the ease with which someone with a physical disability can use a pneumatic air bow. The first-term representative from Iron Mountain has introduced legislation allowing pneumatic air bows to be used for hunting in Michigan.State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain recently testified before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of his legislation allowing the use of pneumatic air bows for hunting in Michigan.Pneumatic air bows function similarly to crossbows in that arrows are loaded one at a time, the bow is cocked and then fired with the pull of a trigger. Unlike a crossbow, it uses compressed air to launch the projectile, a useful feature for hunters with disabilities.“Crossbows and compound bows require quite a bit of strength to cock,” LaFave said. “Pneumatic air bows take strength out of the equation, offering people with physical limitations a safe, reliable and humane way to kill deer.”LaFave, whose personal experiences have made him a strong advocate for people with disabilities, said he introduced the bill after being approached by a local woman with a passion for bow hunting who now has multiple sclerosis.“She has never been a rifle hunter, she’s never going to use a shotgun, she’s just not interested in that type of hunting,” LaFave said. “Unfortunately, her disabilities now prevent her from being able to do the thing that she loves. This legislation would allow her the opportunity to get back into the woods and take back part of her life that she’s been missing out on due to physical limitations.”LaFave’s bill would direct the Natural Resources Commission to consider allowing licensed hunters to take game with pneumatic air bows during any open season in which a firearm may be used. Additionally, an individual with a disability and a permit would be allowed to hunt with a pneumatic air bow during bow season.House Bill 5180 remains under consideration by the House Natural Resources Committee.### Categories: LaFave Newslast_img read more

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Carl Icahn Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has sol

first_imgCarl IcahnBillionaire investor Carl Icahn has sold more than half of his shares in streaming site Netflix in deals that have pocketed him more than US$800 million (€584 million).According to an SEC filing issued yesterday, Icahn sold 2.98 million shares – around 5.1% of his 9.4% stake – over 12 days beginning October 10. The deals are worth a cumulative US$819 million, representing a 457% gain on the US$58 a share price he paid for 5.54 million shares just 14 months ago.Icahn – an activist investor who has memorably clashed with the likes of Jon Feltheimer at Lionsgate – said that “when you are lucky and/or smart enough to have made a total return of 457 per cent in only 14 months it is time to take some of the chips off the table”.“I want to thank [CEO] Reed Hastings, [chief content officer] Ted Sarandos and the rest of the Netflix team for a job well done. And last but not least, I wish to thank Kevin Spacey [star of Netflix original House of Cards],” he added in the filing.Netflix this week affirmed it was planning to double spend on originals and had moved past 40 million global subscribers.Icahn Enterprises retains a 4.5% share in the company and said in a press release it believed the streaming service was still “undervalued”. It would be “reasonable” to expect Netflix subscription price point of US$7.99 a month to increase to US$9.99 over the next five years, the filing claimed.Furthermore, even with expenditure set to rise by as much as US$1 billion annually as Netflix moves further into originals, “the [company’s] operating leverage would still be impressive, adding US$3.3 billion to domestic contribution profit”.Icahn also predicted that international growth would drive Netflix’s growth going forward. “Because Netflix launches its product in each territory with a robust service, it must spend on the completion of this product, and the marketing of it, in advance of signing up new subscribers, which is why we expect the international segment to continue losing money in the near term.“However, as these international markets mature, we expect that the aggregate international operating profits will actually exceed the domestic.last_img read more

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Durkan expresses frustration over waiting time sta

first_img Durkan expresses frustration over waiting time statisticsFOYLE MLAMark H DurkanSDLPWaiting Time Statistics “They are family, friends and loved ones whose lives have been put on hold while they wait for appointments. “I hear from people day and daily who are struggling as they wait, or their appointments are continually put on hold.“If nothing changes, things will only get worse. “The SDLP has always been consistent in calls for the transformation of the Health Service and if we are to tackle them at their core, we must have an overall transformation of our Health Service.“Without transformation, we will continue to fail patients and fail staff. It is absolutely imperative that we have a functioning Assembly and Executive with Ministers in place to tackle these issues head on,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan expresses frustration over waiting time statistics was last modified: August 31st, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has expressed his continued frustration at the quarterly North of Ireland Waiting Time Statistics.The figures show that 32.1% of patients were waiting more than 52 weeks for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment.Said the Foyle MLA: “It is immensely frustrating to once again see that waiting times are continuing to deteriorate. The figures for this quarter show that over 275,000 people were waiting for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment, 2.2% more than at March 2018 and 4.3% higher than at June 2017. “Despite hard working staff who constantly go above and beyond, we continue to be in a situation where people are waiting much longer than they should for an appointment.“Over 88,000 patients waiting more than 52 weeks for a first consultant-led appointment. “The knock-on effect of delays in first appointments leads to further delays down the line for treatment and operations.“We must remember that each of these statistics is more than a number. ShareTweetlast_img read more

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