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Comfort animal craze is turning air travel into a zoo

Comfort animal craze is turning air travel into a zoo

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — When next you shoehorn yourself into one of America’s ever-shrinking airline seats, you might encounter a new wrinkle in the romance of air travel.You might be amused, or not, to discover a midsize — say, 7-feet long — boa constrictor named Oscar coiled contentedly, or so you hope, in the seat next to you.Oscar is an “emotional-support animal.” He belongs to the person in the seat on the other side of him, and he is a manifestation of a new item, or the metastasizing of an old item, on America’s menu of rights.Fortunately, the federal government is on the case, so you can relax and enjoy the flight.The rapid recent increase of emotional-support animals in airplane cabins is an unanticipated consequence of a federal law passed with the best of intentions, none of which pertained to Dexter the peacock, more about whom anon. In 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development told providers of public housing that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) mandates “reasonable accommodations” for persons who require “assistance animals.”The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 allows access to animals trained to provide emotional support. Federal guidelines say airlines must allow even emotional-support animals that have a potential to “offend or annoy” passengers, but that airlines are allowed to — let us not sugarcoat this — discriminate  —against some “unusual” animals. Studies have purported to show that people living with pets derive myriad benefits, including lower cholesterol.A Washington Post report says “horses are used to treat sex addiction.” Thank you, Post, for not elaborating.But the proliferation of emotional-support animals suggests that a cult of personal fragility is becoming an aspect of the quest for the coveted status of victim.The cult is especially rampant in colleges and universities, which increasingly embrace the therapeutic mission of assuaging the anxieties of the emotionally brittle.There, puppies are deployed to help students cope with otherwise unbearable stresses, such as those caused by final exams or rumors of conservatism.George Will is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Southwest rather sternly says that passengers accompanied by emotional-support animals had better have papers from credentialed experts certifying “a mental or emotional disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — Fourth Edition.”But the DSM already accords the status of disability to almost every imaginable human trait or quirk and is eager to imagine new ones.Delta experienced a nearly one-year doubling of what it delicately calls “incidents” (urinating, defecating, biting).“Farm poultry,” hedgehogs and creatures with tusks are unwelcome on Delta, which is going to be alert regarding the booming market for forged documents attesting to emotional neediness.The Association of Flight Attendants is pleased, perhaps because one of its members was asked to give a dog oxygen because the dog’s owner said it was having a panic attack.Now, let us, as the lawyers say, stipulate a few things. Quadrupeds, and no-peds like Oscar, have done a lot less damage to the world than have bipeds, and often are better mannered than many of today’s human air travelers.Animals can be comforting to anyone and can be therapeutic to the lonely, the elderly with symptoms of senescence, and soldiers and others suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.center_img Yet a New York photographer and performance artist named, according to The Associated Press, Ventiko recently was denied the right to board her Newark-to-Los Angeles flight with her “emotional-support peacock,” for whom Ventiko had bought a ticket.And there is a 29-year-old traveler who insists that she cannot “think about life without” Stormy, her emotional-support parakeet. So, if Oscar’s owner says Oscar provides support, and the owner lawyers up.In contemporary America, where whims swiftly become necessities en route to becoming government-guaranteed entitlements, it is difficult to draw lines.Besides, lines are discouraged lest someone (or some species?) be “stigmatized” by being “marginalized.” The line JetBlue has drawn dehumanizes snakes. Yes, they are not technically human, but don’t quibble.Anyway, soon enough there will be a lobby (“Rights for Reptiles”?), and lobbies are precursors to entitlements.JetBlue is attempting to fly between the Scylla of passengers discomforted by a duck waddling down the aisle (even though it is wearing a diaper; this has happened more than once) and the Charybdis of animal advocates who are hypersensitive to speciesism, aka anti-pet fascism.JetBlue says that “unusual animals” such as “snakes, other reptiles, ferrets, rodents and spiders” are verboten, even as emotional-support animals.last_img read more

Peace defends Irvine appointment

Peace defends Irvine appointment

first_img Peace said: “We went through a lengthy interview process. “We had about 40-odd people, shortlisted to about seven, went down to a shorter shortlist and the more you see of people, the more you get to know them, the more you get more impressed or the less you’re impressed. “Alan came through that process very strongly and ended up as our first choice. “You might say that it was a difficult one given the reaction but we’ve tried to make the right decision from the club’s point of view. “We have a coaching ethic here. We feel that he fits the bill for us. “We ended up with two very good candidates (Irvine and Sherwood) and when you look at them side-by-side the whole board went with Alan. It was unanimous.” Albion’s announcement last Saturday that Irvine would be coming in as Pepe Mel’s successor on a 12-month rolling deal has drawn a negative response from some Baggies fans, and talk has emerged of an organised protest against the appointment being planned. Irvine, who has not held a senior management position since early 2011 and never one in the Premier League before, called on West Brom supporters to give him a chance at his official unveiling on Wednesday. Press Association And Peace, quoted by the Birmingham Mail on Thursday, said: “People have their say but we have to make the right decision for the football club and not be swayed by what other people think. “If you ask a lot of people who they’d have in the job they’d be split anyway. “You can’t always make the easy decisions. You have to make the right decisions. “As a board we made a unanimous decision that we think is right for this football club. We now have to try and get players in and get people behind us. “We think we can give ourselves a good chance of having a good season. Alan speaks well, his philosophies are good and we are confident people will buy into that. We have made the right decision for the club – we really do believe that.” Tim Sherwood, who guided Tottenham to sixth in the Premier League last term before being sacked, had appeared to be West Brom’s first choice to take over as their head coach and has claimed he was offered the job but turned it down. There has been an emphasis from Albion, meanwhile, on the coaching credentials of Irvine, the academy chief at Everton prior to this job and also Toffees number two between 2002 and 2007 before stints as boss at Preston and Sheffield Wednesday. And Peace insists the Baggies board regarded Irvine the best option after assessing the 55-year-old Scot and Sherwood “side-by-side”. West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace is confident the “unanimous” decision of the board to hire Alan Irvine as the club’s new head coach was the right one.last_img read more

Fort Pierce police officers shot at over the weekend

Fort Pierce police officers shot at over the weekend

first_imgThe Fort Pierce police department says officers were shot at while conducting a traffic stop.The incident was reported around 3:00 am on Sunday in the 500 block of Orange Avenue.Officials say that during the traffic stop, the passenger of the vehicle exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.In the process of attempting to evade authorities the suspect then fired several shots at officers prompting them to fire back.The suspect then barricaded himself in a nearby building where he shot himself, according to police.The suspect was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is now listed in critical condition.None of the officers were injured in the shooting. They have since been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol in police-involved shootings.last_img

And,They’re Off!

And,They’re Off!

first_imgBy John BurtonMonmouth Park opens May 12 for its 67th seasonOCEANPORT – Those celebrating the start of a new racing season at Monmouth Park acknowledge, it’s been a tough year already.“It’s been quite a challenge,” said Dennis Drazin, the lawyer representing the New Jersey Horsemen’s Association, which will be operating the track.Drazin of Red Bank took the opportunity at a press conference and celebration prior to this week’s opening day to offer a brief overview of the struggle to ensure that the track, now under private sector ownership, would continue to operate.“You don’t know how close we came to shutting down Monmouth Park,” Drazin said.Drazin represents the association, which has control of the track through its management company, Darby Development LLC.The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operated the track since 1985, had been in negotiations for some time, looking to hammer out a deal with the horsemen’s association that would allow the track’s continued operation. Gov. Chris Christie has said the state should get out of the racetrack business as tracks continued to see attendance dwindle and revenue decline. There had been widespread speculation that the track would close if no deal were struck.Among some of the hurdles that had to be jumped was getting support from the various entities needed to operate the track so plans could move forward, Drazin said.The track has been undergoing some aesthetic renovations in preparations for the season.“We haven’t been able to do all the renovations we wanted to this year,” Drazin said.In the future, he said, there will be a miniature golf course and a boardwalk-like attraction. The association plans to reconsider building a water park attraction.The strategy is to make the racetrack more of a family destination.“All of this is vital for the future,” Drazin said.Among the immediate changes for the season will be to catering and food service. “I don’t want to be critical,” Drazin said. “But we needed a change.”BAM Management, LLC will be responsible for food service this year with executive chef Erik Weatherspool, who gained some notice by winning on The Food Channel show Chopped.“We’re changing a lot of things,” the chef said.Weatherspool worked for about a decade at Joe and Maggie’s Bistro, Long Branch, and owned and operated Bistro 44, in Toms River. “The food will speak for itself,” he said.One of the big questions involves whether other types of gambling will be allowed at racetracks, Drazin said. That won’t likely happen for “five years, at least.”The reason is the Christie administration is working to revitalize the Atlantic City gaming industry, he said.“The future may very well include gambling in the northern part of the state,” but for now, “We need to focus on the revenue stream we have,” Drazin said.“We have to focus on the competitive product we have here at Monmouth Park.”Joseph Irace, Oceanport Borough Council president, who was on hand for the conference and luncheon said, “I think it’s a big positive,” what is going on at the track.“I see more excitement than we’ve seen in the last few years,” Irace said.The track is important for Oceanport, as it contributes about 28 percent of the town’s tax base and is its largest employer. Horse breeding is an important part of the county’s heritage and economy, Irace said.As for the horses, Mike Sedlacek, a trainer and owner of six thoroughbreds from Florida, said he has been spending the last few years running his horses exclusively at Monmouth Park, and living in Howell for the season.“I like Monmouth and was a little nervous,” about its prospects, he said. “Where would I go now?”last_img read more

Portland State freshman Taylor shoots for Big Sky Monday

Portland State freshman Taylor shoots for Big Sky Monday

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsNelson’s Lauren Taylor hopes to build on what has already been an amazing season on the links at Portland State when the Vikings begin play Monday in the Big Sky Conference at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.Taylor joins Viking teammates junior Tiffany Schoning, sophomore Britney Yada, senior Kalyn Dodge and senior Alexia Brown at the 54-hole championship tournament.The winner of the tournament advances to an NCAA Regional on May 5-7, likely the West Regional at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, WA.”We have a game plan for the golf course and must commit to that and play one shot at a time,” said Portland State head Coach Kathleen Takaishi on the university website.”The team is confident going into the week, but knows it has to execute once again.”Taylor, 19, already won two tournaments this season on the Big Sky circuit in California — Cal State Fullerton Folino Invitational and UC Irvine Anteater Invitational.Those accomplishments did not go unnoticed as the Granite Pointe golfer last week earned Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year accolades — the first freshman from Portland State to claim the honour.Taylor, a graduate of L.V. Rogers High School, also was named to the All- Big Sky Conference Team with Schoning and Yada. Dodge was named to the second team.All-Conference honors are based on Golfstat.com national player rankings.Taylor’s scoring average of 75.80 is the best ever by a PSU freshman. She also tied a school scoring record for a 36-hole tournament with an even par 144 at the Folino. Taylor, a former star on the West Kootenay and B.C. Junior Golf circuit, is a two-time Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week.The Big Sky Conference tournament starts Monday and runs through Wednesday with 18 holes of play each day at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ, a par-72, 6,162-yard course. Portland State won the 2010 Big Sky Conference Championship by two strokes over Sacramento [email protected]last_img read more

H View escape with draw

H View escape with draw

first_img “We came not to lose and having drawn the game I think a point is good enough,” Bernard said. “I lift my hat to all the players and I give them credit for playing hard from start to end. Apart from that it was a great game and we look forward to moving out of the danger zone,” added Bernard. He had Johnson to thank, as the keeper made some fantastic saves to deny Allan Ottey and Dwayne Ambusley. His dive to the right to stop a rare attempt at goal for the MBU captain was the pick of the lot and highlighted Harbour View’s confidence as the match wore on. Slavisa Bozicic, MBU’s Serbian technical director, decried his team’s many missed chances, stating his players were unlucky not to score, but vowed they will rebound in their next outing. “We had many chances to score but just couldn’t hit the target today. It was an otherwise good match. The opposition played hard and the result, although we would have preferred a win, is not a bad one,” said Bozicic. WESTERN BUREAU: Harbour View FC returned to capital city Kingston following a morale-boosting 0-0 draw yesterday at Wespow Park, the home of Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United (MBU). Down in the doldrums of the league table, Harbour View had a superb game from goalkeeper Joel Johnson, who made four spectacular diving saves late in the second half to deny MBU the win. The visitors were left to complete the game with 10 players, after Ricardo Harriott was issued a second caution for a crunching tackle on forward Dino Williams in the 67th minute. Williams had earlier picked up his customary caution also, when the referee booked him for lashing out at his marker. But the striker did have an early chance in the sixth minute in an otherwise cold display, but Joel was in the right place to scoop the ball up. Harbour View, sitting last in the table with three points, stemmed their tide of losses with yesterday’s draw. They previously recorded a single victory and three straight losses. However, they will feel they are on the right track, following the draw at MBU, as mentioned by coach Ludlow Bernard. GREAT GAMElast_img read more

12 of the World’s Spookiest Caches

12 of the World’s Spookiest Caches

first_img SharePrint Related12 Geocaches Guaranteed to Give You GoosebumpsOctober 26, 2015In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”It’s the Spookiest Time of Year — Manunka Chunk Tunnels (GC82B5) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 23, 2013In “Community”Tips for a Spooky Geocaching HalloweenOctober 27, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Loading… Share with your Friends:Morelast_img

A Visual History Of The Photograph [Infographic]

A Visual History Of The Photograph [Infographic]

first_imgWe are in a new era of photography. The Mobile Revolution has fundamentally changed the nature of how photos are taken, where they are taken, by whom they are taken and, most importantly, how often they are taken. People now take photos of everything and share them to other phones, social media sites and all over the Web. You could argue that the rise of Facebook was predicated on photos and Instagram is now the de facto photo app for millions of would-be photographers. The photo has come a long way. From the camera obscura of French inventor Nicéphore Niépce in 1822 to the daguerreotype from Louis Daguerre in 1837, the “Brownie” camera around 1900 and later the invention of the Polaroid in 1947. Photo quality has increased as cameras have become cheaper and more widespread. One of the first camera phones came from Kyrocera in 1999 and by the mid-2000s, almost every flip phone on the planet had a decent camera attached to it.How Smartphones Changed PhotographyThe smartphone has caused another paradigm shift for photography. Not only can the masses take lots of pictures, they can take good pictures – and look at them as well – right on their mobile devices. Before smartphones, many people actually used to print their photographs.The rise of Apple’s iPhone can correlated to its attention to detail in its camera hardware and software approach. Samsung’s BlackJack released in 2006 had a decent camera (even if it was running Windows Mobile CE). Nokia has recently made camera quality a priority with its PureView camera phone and features like Carl-Zeiss optics in its Lumia series.What The Hell Is An “Ultrapixel?”Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC wants to remind people that it has also been on the forefront of camera technology. In the infographic below, HTC outlines the history of the camera and its own contribution to the Mobile Revolution. The HTC Incredible was one of the first smartphones with an 8-megapixel camera. HTC thinks it is on the cusp of the next great iteration of smartphone photo technology. Its newest smartphone, rumored to be called the M7 and scheduled to be announced on February 19th in New York, is said to have a “4-ultrapixel” camera with an entirely new photo experience. What the heck is a 4-ultrapixel camera? Who knows. I will be on hand for HTC’s announcement later this month and will be sure to figure out if the manufacturer’s claims hold any water.Check out the infographic from HTC below. Do you buy a smartphone based on its camera capabilities? Let us know in the comments. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#HTC#mobile photography#smartphones The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Philippines wins first ever SEA Games ice hockey gold

Philippines wins first ever SEA Games ice hockey gold

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: PH bet Beram makes it two golds The Philippines ice hockey team celebrates a goal during their Ice Hockey round robin game against Malaysia during the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYThe Philippines swept its way to the Southeast Asian Games’ inaugural ice hockey gold medal Thursday night.READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of IndonesiaADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The PH ice hockey team nipped Thailand, 5-4, in a tense final to seal the country’s 15th gold medal in a historic undefeated run.READ: SEA Games: PH stays unscathed at 2-0 in ice hockey FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Filipinos beat Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia before frustrating the Thais, who managed to close in at the end of the second period despite an early deficit, in the last match.READ: SEA Games: PH beats Malaysia on penalties, takes shot at ice hockey Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Majority of the team are homegrown talents who learned to skate at SM mall rinks, which has existed in the Philippines for two decadesThat worked to the Filipinos’ advantage in the SEA Games ice hockey tournament, which was also played inside a mall in construction in Kuala Lumpur.Members of the team are Benjamin Jorge
 Imperial, Carl Michael Montano, Daniel 
Pastrana, Francois Emmanuel Gautier, Javier Alfonso 
Cadiz, Gianpietro
 
Iseppi, Jan Aro
 Regencia, John Steven
 Fuglister, Georgino
 Orda, Jorell Crisostomo, Jose Inigo Anton 
Cadiz, Joshua 
Carino, 
Julius Frederick Santiago, Lenard Rigel II

Lancero, Miguel Alfonso Relampagos, 
Miguel Serrano, Paolo
 
Spafford, Patrick Russell
 Syquiatco, Paul Gabriel Sanchez and Carlo Martin Sison 
Tenedoro. Head coach is Daniel Brodan. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES The Philippines got an early 4-1 lead but Thailand refused to go away and cut it down to one in the second.After a scoreless third period, Niko Cadiz struck goal no. 5 with eight minutes left to play as the Filipinos held on to the win.Ice hockey was played for the first time in the regional sporting meet.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA GamesIt was quiet a debut for the nation’s hockey team, which was only assembled a few years ago.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Chaos ensues as McIntyre wins NXT title in NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III

Chaos ensues as McIntyre wins NXT title in NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III

first_imgMOST READ It was supposed to be a crowning moment for the returning McIntyre, who made his comeback to the WWE umbrella after getting released in 2014. He survived a pair of Glorious DDTs from Roode and reversed the third before hitting the Claymore for the three-count.Unfortunately, his triumphant celebration was ruined after the Cole, O’Reilly, and Fish crashed the party and asserted themselves as the new force to be reckoned with in NXT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingO’Reilly and Fish earlier made their presence felt as they made a post-match attack after SAnitY dethroned the Authors of Pain to win the NXT Tag Team Championship.Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe have just dethroned the defending champions after they hit a tandem neckbreaker on Rezar, before the indy duo left all of the competitors in a pile of heap. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the night’s other matches, Asuka continued her 504-day NXT Women’s Championship reign as she survived a game challenge from Ember Moon, working on her challenger’s left arm all match long before submitting her with the Asuka Lock.Aleister Black also topped Hideo Itami in a highly physical matchup, which ended after the Dutch star nailed his Japanese foe with the Black Mass.Andrade “Cien” Almas won in the night’s opener after his valet Zelina Vega threw a #DIY shirt on Johnny Gargano, providing the distraction which led to the Mexican star hitting La Sombra on his opponent.ADVERTISEMENT PH finishes 4th in men’s water polo (From left to right) Bobby Fish, Adam Cole, and Kyle O’Reilly made immediate impact at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, attacking newly crowned NXT Champion Drew McIntyre. Photo by WWE.comDrew McIntyre finally realized his potential after winning the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III Sunday (Manila time), but that may have come with a price.The Scottish star emerged as the biggest target in the locker room, which led to former Ring of Honor champion Adam Cole making immediate impact as he, alongside fellow independent standouts Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, attacked the newly crowned champion after his grueling match against Bobby Roode.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more