Iguanas, Nude Beaches Under Debate as Florida Legislature Returns This Week

first_imgThe Florida Legislature will have quite the workload when its 60-day session begins on Tuesday. Goals will include passing a budget expected to top $90 billion dollars; lowering the cost of health care; preventing blue-green algae; and increasing teacher pay.Our state’s lawmakers will also consider measures that include banning iguana breeding, protecting nude sunbathers, banning sunscreen bans, giving hunters a sales tax break on guns and ammo, and making shelter animals the official state pet.The full Senate will take up a bill that would prohibit local governments from banning sunscreens, while a House committee considers their version of the bill. That piece of legislation is a reaction to Key West recently banning the sale of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate, which some researchers say could harm coral reefs.Republican Senator Rob Bradley, who is sponsoring the bill, says the research has not been proven and that residents and tourists in the Sunshine State should use sunscreen.He adds, “That science is lacking in rigor. What science is clear and indisputable about is the case around using sunscreen to protect against skin cancer.”Conversely, environmentalists say other sunscreens are available that do not contain the chemicals in question, and that places like Key West should be able to do whatever is necessary to protect the reefs that drive tourism.Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Jason Pizzo plans to introduce a bill that would exempt people on clothing-optional beaches from being punished under a current law that prohibits people from publicly exposing their genitals.Another Senate committee will look Democratic Senator Gary Farmer’s proposed legislation, which calls for a ban on possessing, importing, selling, bartering, trading or breeding green iguanas or black and white tegus.While the Senate considers placing new restrictions on gun sales, Republican Senator Debbie Mayfield will ask for a one-day tax holiday for hunting and fishing. It is intended to exempt sales tax on rifles, shotguns, ammunition, crossbows, spearguns, hunting tents and fishing equipment.A House committee will debate a bill that could result in the creation of the Statewide Office of Resiliency and the Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force.Governor Ron DeSantis believes that sea level rise is a problem the state needs to address.If the bill ultimately becomes law, the Department of Environmental Protection would then be required to act on any recommendations the Sea-Level Rise Task Force makes.last_img read more

Cricket summer camp underway at DCC

first_imgA NUMBER of youngsters yesterday kick-started the annual Cricket Summer Camp, facilitated by National coach Garvin Nedd at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground in Queenstown.Roughly over 70 youngsters, ages 10 and 16 were placed into three groups under the watchful eyes of Nedd and former Guyana/West Indies batsman Travis Dowlin as they seek to learn the fundamentals of cricket over the next few weeks.Speaking about the opening day of the camp, Nedd said he is elated at the turnout because this is the foundation they use to take players forward into the future.“I’m targeting the younger players, the ones who are now starting their cricket careers with some batting, bowling and agility work,” Nedd pointed out.Nedd said that he expects more students to jump on board as the camp progresses and thanked Dowlin for being a part of the camp.Meanwhile, Dowlin in an invited comment said that he was happy to be assisting Nedd and giving back to the club and the sport which gave him everything.The camp continues today at 09:00hrs and registration is $2 000 per child. (Rajiv Bisnauth)last_img read more

Syracuse dropped by reigning champion and No. 2 Clarkson, 4-1

first_img Published on January 30, 2018 at 9:47 pm Contact Anthony: amkhelil@syr.edu UPDATED: Jan. 30, 2018 at 10:45 p.m.In Syracuse’s 15 previous matchups against Clarkson, the Golden Knights owned a 13-1-1 record over the Orange. Syracuse hosted Clarkson earlier this season, falling to the Golden Knights, 5-0, at Tennity Ice Pavilion. SU’s only win against CU came back in 2010 in a 3-1 victory.Syracuse (9-16-1, 8-5-1 College Hockey America) traveled to Potsdam to play the reigning national champion and No. 2 Clarkson (24-3-1, 14-2 Eastern College Athletic) on Tuesday night, losing 4-1.Clarkson outshot Syracuse 34-27 on the game. The Golden Knights got on the board first, as Clarkson’s Michaela Boyle scored a goal at the 11:34 mark of the first period. CU tacked on another goal at the 2:16 mark of the first as Loren Gabel netted a shot past Abbey Miller.SU’s lone goal of the game came at the 14:07 mark of the second period, as Stephanie Grossi scored her seventh goal of the season. With the goal, Grossi moves into a tie for first place with Melissa Piacentini on the Syracuse career points list, with 112. Grossi’s success against the Golden Knights comes as no surprise as Grossi now has a goal and two assists in her career against Clarkson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLess than two minutes after the Orange scored its first goal, the Golden Knights were quick to answer, as Boyle scored her second goal of the game. Clarkson’s fourth goal of the game came late in the third period, ensuring its victory.The Orange proved stout on its penalty kill, not allowing a goal on the Golden Knights’ two power play opportunities. In its last game against conference foe Mercyhurst, SU gave up three power play goals. Abbey Miller continues to be a solid backstop in the net, saving 30 shots, despite giving up four goals in the loss.The Orange does not play again until next week, when it travels to take on in-state rival Cornell on Feb. 6.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Potsdam was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more