Loading …Follow us on Twitter. Do you like the name change of the Wichita airport to Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport? Yes. It’s a name that represents Kansas well. No. What was wrong with Mid-Continent Airport? I think it would have been better served as Robert Dole Airport. I like Dorothy Lives Here Airport. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Live Well · 282 weeks ago Never really understood what Wichita was trying to gain from changing the name of their airport???? And then to throw five parties that cost over $250K, seems rather ridiculous. Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down I like Ike · 282 weeks ago Mid-Continent sounds like Nothing here airport Report Reply 1 reply · active 282 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 282 weeks ago It’s Kansas. There is nothing here. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
The Asthma Society of Ireland is today warning asthmatics and hayfever sufferers to take precautions as pollen levels begin to rise. Pollen counts will be high throughout the week due to the warm and humid weather.The Asthma Society of Ireland is advising all people who have asthma and hayfever to make sure they follow their top tips to ensure they do not suffer a fatal asthma attack. Some of the tips on surviving hayfever this season are to keep your windows shut in your bedroom at night, stay indoors on days when the pollen is high, put vaseline around your nostrils on high pollen days and to minimise your contact with pets that have been outdoors as they are likely to be carrying pollen. The Asthma Society has teamed up with Dyson Ireland to launch its Pollen Tracker on asthma.ie. The tracker provides an update of pollen levels across the four provinces each day, and a predictor of the pollen levels for the following day. Some of the common hayfever symptoms are a runny nose and nasal congestion, watery, itchy, red eyes, frequent sneezing, fatigue and many more. Irish woman Niamh O’Halloran, who suffered a near-fatal asthma attack because of her hayfever, said, “Most of my friends with hayfever experience the itchy watery eyes, runny nose and itchy throat, etc. But for me, as I have asthma and hayfever, symptoms can be a lot more serious. In my teenage years, I suffered an asthma attack because of my hayfever which nearly took my life and left me in hospital for over a week. Niamh also said that “Today, I make sure to take my anti-histamines, along with all my asthma medications as part of my Asthma Action Plan. I find the Asthma Society’s Pollen Tracker an excellent tool which allows me to prepare and take precautions on any day when the pollen count will be high.”Dr Marcus Butler, Medical Director of the Asthma Society, said, “Managing asthma becomes more difficult over the summer months as the nice weather brings a long and sharp increase in the pollen count. Research suggests that up to 80% of people with asthma notice a worsening of asthma symptoms due to allergies such as pollen, as their bodies trigger an allergic reaction. It is vital that all asthma patients with pollen or grass allergy have an Asthma Action Plan and prepare for the hayfever season to limit its effects.”If you have any questions on managing your, or a family member’s asthma and/or COPD, call the Asthma Society’s free Joint Asthma and COPD Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64, where you can talk to a trained respiratory nurse about getting your hayfever symptoms in control. High pollen levels prompt health warning from Asthma Society was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
25 August 2014The Springboks retained their lead at the top of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship after unconvincingly edging Argentina 33-31 in Salta on Saturday.The Pumas will look back on the test as a big opportunity missed to record their first victory ever over the Springboks. Had they won, few would have said they did not deserve it.‘They played some great rugby’Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, however, looked back on the match as another important win for his charges. “All credit to Argentina, though,” he said. “They’ve been together for a month and you could see that today as they played some great rugby.“We don’t want to say every week that we’ve shown great character, but we’ve now won nine out of our last 10 away games, and I think the guys have shown that they know how to win.“At one stage, we were down and out and the team came back. We know there are a lot of areas we have to work on, but we’re still in this competition.”Dominating scrumArgentina came out of the blocks at speed, with their set scrum worryingly dominating the South African pack and winning a number of penalties.They also showed a willingness to move the ball through the hands and out wide, a more extravagant approach than one has traditionally seen from the South Americans, and were rewarded with three tries to backline players Manuel Montero, Tomas Cubelli and Joaquin Tuculet.Argentina dictated matters in the first 25 minutes of the contest to race into a 13-6 lead, but South Africa pulled it back to sneak in front 16-13 at the break. After the restart, the Pumas again took it to the Boks and powered into a 28-16 lead. Victory appeared to be within their grasp.Strong showing from the benchHowever, it was not to be as the Springboks, aided by a strong showing from their bench, finished strongly to claim a come-from-behind victory. It, maybe, had more to do with Argentina’s anxiety about finally beating South Africa, given their poor past record, rather than the men in green and gold’s excellence.Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks and Marcell Coetzee dotted down for the Boks, while Handre Pollard added a conversion and three penalties, with Morne Steyn knocking over a further two conversions and a penalty, with the three-pointer, which came in the 76th minute, proving the match decider.‘A much better team than their world ranking’“I’ve said it before, but I really think Argentina is a much better team than what their world-ranking of twelfth shows, and they showed it again today,” said De Villiers after the match.“We’re happy that we could pull it through, but it could’ve gone either way.”He also paid tribute to the impact of the Springbok substitutes. “That is not saying that the players who started did badly, but our bench, whom we see as impact players rather than replacements, certainly made an impact today and that is probably where the difference was,” De Villiers explained.Forthcoming fixturesThe Springboks’ next outing is against Australia in Perth on 6 August, followed by a clash with New Zealand on 13 September in Wellington. The All Blacks thrashed the Wallabies 51-20 on Saturday to move within a point of South Africa at the top of the standings.Despite the ferociousness of the contest in Salta, the Boks have only one big injury concern and that is tighthead prop Frans Malherbe, who suffered a right ankle injury, which forced him from the field late in the match.He will see a specialist in Cape Town before a decision is made on his fitness and a possible replacement.
Almost all of BarkBuddy’s one- and two-star reviews complain about the Facebook requirement. A Requirement That’s Too In Your FacebookChris O’Brien, the communications director for Bark & Co., the company behind BarkBuddy, told me that Facebook login won’t be mandatory forever. The company plans to add email registration and the option to share via text message and Twitter in a future version. Facebook registration, however, will be a part of the preapproval process for adoption when the company implements that option, O’Brien said. Lyft, the on-demand taxi service, relies on Facebook to verify the identities of drivers and passengers. The company wants to make sure drivers and passengers can recognize each other so no one gets into the wrong car. The company initially only used Facebook to verify the identity of users, but has since implemented an option that lets users connect with their phone number and email address.It’s likely BarkBuddy aims to use personal information in a similar way to determine whether or not a person can provide a good home for a pet. That’s not likely to please users who say they don’t want to have a Facebook account in the first place.See Also: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power The FutureSo relying on Facebook to provide companies with accurate personal information is part of the problem. As people are increasingly wary of sharing their real identities with companies like Facebook and Google, the rationale for app developers to rely on those giants for to manage users’ identities becomes flawed.Facebook recently launched a beta version of “Anonymous Login,” an option that lets people use their Facebook accounts to log into an app without revealing their names or other personal information. The problem: Even though applications won’t know your identity, Facebook will still be able to tell which applications you’re using.It’s not services like BarkBuddy that people worry about as much as the disconcerting idea that social behemoth Facebook has access to virtually any app, and the data stored there. We’ve started to move away from Facebook for messaging, relying on apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp instead. Perhaps the same erosion is happening with all of the apps in Facebook’s orbit.BarkBuddy facilitates pet adoptions, a serious business that seems like it ought to require far more than a Facebook account to verify whether someone is responsible enough to own a pet.For users who don’t connect with Facebook, Lyft now asks people to upload a Lyft profile image, rather than pulling it from their Facebook account—which very well might serve up a political protest symbol or a cute baby pic as a real photo. And the app could use other data from people’s phones, like location history and contact information, to get a sense of whether they’re a trustworthy passenger. Lyft may have thought it needed Facebook when it launched, but it’s clear it can get by without it now.It’s understandable that some applications need your real identity in order to operate. But by conflating “real identity” with a Facebook account, companies alienate a set of users who don’t want Facebook to know which applications they’re using. In order to appeal to the largest possible audience, app developers are going to have to offer alternatives to Facebook, and let people decide for themselves whether they’re comfortable with Facebook knowing every little icon they tap on their phone.Update 10:13 a.m. : An earlier version of this story did not mention Lyft’s option to login with a phone number and email address.Lead image by Found Animal Foundation; other images via BarkBuddy and Apple For years, Facebook users and app makers had an understanding: Use your account on the social network to log in, and we’ll all save a little time. The price seemed acceptable—even if Facebook was the ultimate winner, gaining insights into both consumer behavior and the mobile-app economy.Now a growing sense of Facebook fatigue seems to threaten that balance, with users lashing out at apps that stick to Facebook for logins.Barking Mad At FacebookBarkBuddy is all about man’s best friend—not Facebook friends.One new application, BarkBuddy, aims to make it easier for dogs to get adopted, and for humans to find a new best friend—but some people think it’s getting a little too friendly. The app, currently available for iPhones and iPads, requires a Facebook account and active location services before it shows users dogs in their area. The overwhelmingly negative comments on the App Store page echo the same thing: Requiring Facebook to use the application is bad. See Also: Facebook Is Trying To Integrate With EverythingBarkBuddy is an app you want to love (and it does have some five-star reviews along with one- and two-star pans). The application uses an interface similar to dating app Tinder. It lets you swipe left if you’re not interested in the dog shown, or right if you want to add the dog to your favorites. (After trying it a few times, I can tell you that it’s really hard to swipe left on any of them.)The app’s design isn’t the only way in which it resembles dating apps. Like Tinder, BarkBuddy requires a Facebook account to log in. But that doesn’t make sense: While Tinder, the dating app BarkBuddy emulates, uses your Facebook account information to match you with friends of friends, dogs can’t even have Facebook profiles. And users may not feel comfortable with a stranger working at a shelter reviewing their Facebook account as part of the adoption process. While BarkBuddy might be a cute way to save some animals’ lives, that’s not enough of a justification for some people. selena larson Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#BarkBox#BarkBuddy#Facebook#Login#Lyft#Required#Tinder Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology owen thomas Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#api#APIs#Apple Health#Body#digital fitness#exercise#fitness#fitness apps#health#Health Graph#HealthKit#Jason Jacobs#MyFitnessPal#quantified self#RunKeeper#Strava#workouts ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.There’s a lot of enthusiasm about Apple’s newly announced HealthKit software, especially from the makers of fitness apps and connected devices.I hate to throw everyone into the locker room and turn the cold-water faucets on full blast, but someone’s got to do it.Here’s an example of the hype that’s getting thrown around:“HealthKit appears to be a great platform that Strava can use to serve our global community of athletes with more insight about their athletic performance.” —Strava strategy VP David LorshAppearances aren’t everything. The bottom line is that HealthKit is largely geared around delivering very basic vital statistics to medical personnel, and its nutrition- and activity-tracking features are rudimentary at best.That will limit the adoption of HealthKit to a fairly small set of users intensely interested in tracking vital signs. As Google and Microsoft have found through their past misadventures in online health, that market just isn’t very broad. It’s not clear to me why Apple thinks putting this data on your smartphone will change consumers’ minds.Meanwhile, apps like MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, and MapMyFitness will keep ingesting massive amounts of data from their tens of millions of users (who have both Android and iOS phones)—and sharing it broadly through their well-established application programming interfaces. The data they collect about calories in, calories out, and types of activity, may get fed into HealthKit. But because HealthKit’s data types are so limited at present, any useful analysis that helps guide people to better health decisions will have to happen outside of Apple’s health universe. Apple executive Craig Federighi shows off an app using Healthkit at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference.Down In The DocumentationThere’s no need to speculate about what HealthKit can or can’t do anymore. The details are all in the documents Apple has published, as well as a presentation Apple engineers delivered at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week.It’s clear that Apple had a hard decision to make on what data types to include. Should HealthKit support a wide variety of medical, health and fitness apps, and risk making choices that conflict with developers’ preferences or medical experts’ ideas of what data is most valuable? Or should it focus on a narrower set of uses, and risk disappointment when consumers realize it can’t store the information they’re most interested in?The decisions Apple made, though, don’t really fall towards either extreme. In the end, they’re just confusing.Apple, for example, supports a host of options for taking your temperature from your eardrum to your rectum:HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocation HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationArmpitHKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationBody HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationEar HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationEarDrum HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationFinger HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationForehead HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationGastroIntestinal HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationMouth HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationOther HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationRectum HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationTemporalArtery HKBodyTemperatureSensorLocationToeIt’s also got a wide variety of nutrients available for recording. It tracks steps, flights of stairs climbed, and Nike’s proprietary NikeFuel measure for activity. It can track the number of times you’ve fallen and your inhaler usage.Where Apple falls far short, at least in terms of the concepts built into HealthKit, are the useful details of what we eat and how we work out.There are some basic features for food logging, but there doesn’t appear to be a concept of timing for food consumption, for example, or support for grouping food items into meals. It’s also not clear what kind of food database Apple might tap to match food items to standardized calorie and nutrition information. MyFitnessPal users accustomed to its very rich food-tracking capabilities will be sorely disappointed by anything built purely with HealthKit.In exercise, HealthKit appears to count numbers of activities and the energy burned in performing them, but that’s it. You can’t even compare that to RunKeeper’s very well-developed Health Graph application programming interface, which has an extensive software vocabulary for cardio and strength training.Our Prescription For HealthKit: An Intensive Training ProgramI asked RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs for some perspective on what it takes to build a sophisticated interface for connecting health and fitness apps, since his company did exactly that back in 2011 with the introduction of the Health Graph.Jacobs says RunKeeper realized that it was best off building apps for consumers, rather than trying to build what Jacobs calls “middleware” for other app developers. It recently introduced a new activity-coaching app called Breeze alongside its eponymous fitness-tracking app.“It’s really hard, so I wish them luck!” Jacobs told me. “If [Apple’s] not successful, it doesn’t hurt us. If they are successful, it should help us.”That’s broadly true, I believe, for most of the apps in the fitness category. HealthKit may help them simplify some aspects of data entry, but it’s far too underpowered and unsophisticated to do much on its own.How Apple Can Slice Up Our DataThe one thing that’s intriguing about HealthKit is its ability to consolidate and reconcile overlapping data from multiple sources. In a WWDC presentation, Apple software engineer Justin Rushing showed how HealthKit could take step data from two different apps, sort it by time periods, and based on the preferences of the user, eliminate redundant data.That would be great for someone like me, who’s constantly trying new apps and devices which often track the same kinds of statistics, like hours of sleep, steps walked, and even heart rate during a workout. I use MyFitnessPal and connect it with apps like RunKeeper, Pear Sports, and Jawbone Up.Here’s an example of how Apple’s HealthKit sorts out conflicts in fitness data.That’s valuable to me because I now rarely have to log a workout in one app and then record it again in another app. The challenge comes when the Up counts the number of steps I take during a run while RunKeeper logs the same activity and estimates calories based on mileage and speed—and they both feed MyFitnessPal data that not only overlaps but often disagrees.As we add sensors and apps that can passively track our activity, the problem of data overlap will only grow. HealthKit will have to rapidly add more data types and get better at understanding the relationship between steps, calories, and activity, though—otherwise its abilities to reconcile data won’t keep up with the demands of consumers or developers.It’s important to recognize HealthKit as it exists today as a beginning, not an end, to Apple’s presence in the health and fitness world. There are some valuable things it can bring—things as simple as letting users update their weight once and have that information flow to all available apps. I typically have to enter my height, weight, sex, and age every time I sign up for a new app. A central storehouse for that information just makes sense.I’d be happier, though, if that storehouse weren’t so tightly tied to a particular device. As we enter a world of wearables, our devices will increasingly talk directly to servers over the Internet—the cloud, in other words—without the mediation of a smartphone. Smartphones and tablets will be access devices where we can review and analyze this data, but they don’t need to be the central hub.I can understand why Apple, which makes its money selling mobile devices, would favor a device-centric approach. I’m just worried that it won’t give HealthKit a very long lifespan.Photo by Shutterstock; screenshot via Apple What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts
VANCOUVER – Despite “polluter pay” laws in Canada, local governments and agencies are still waiting to recover costs incurred during two significant fuel spills off British Columbia’s coast.The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Aquarium are collectively waiting on nearly $700,000 in losses related to a 2015 leak of bunker fuel, while the Heiltsuk Nation in Bella Bellla continues negotiating over $200,000 in repayments for its response to a tugboat that ran aground in 2016.Transport Canada, which oversees spill response, said in a statement that under the current regime, ship owners are strictly liable for spills — up to a limit based on the size of the vessel — and all vessels must have insurance for oil pollution damages.The government also maintains a Ship Source Oil Pollution Fund to compensate Canadians, including businesses and local governments, when costs are beyond what a ship owner covers or when the source is unknown.In the days following the 2,700-litre fuel leak in Vancouver’s English Bay, Transport Canada claimed the bulk carrier ship the MV Marathassa was the source.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said in a statement that the Canadian Coast Guard spent more than $2.4 million in its response to the leak.That money was repaid by the federal pollution fund after the government and vessel owner “were unable to come to an agreement in a timely manner,” the statement said.The City of Vancouver said it spent $500,000 on staff salaries, equipment costs and third-party groups to help in the cleanup.Spokesman Jag Sandhu said the city asked for compensation from the ship’s owner but has since filed a claim with the federal pollution fund.Peter Ross, a scientist with the Vancouver Aquarium, said roughly $180,000 was spent on environmental testing when little information was being released immediately after the fuel spill.The aquarium draws water from English Bay, Ross said, and staff were concerned that the fuel posed a risk to its wildlife.“We basically acknowledged it was going to be expensive but it was really an exceptional circumstance where we couldn’t really worry about the money at that point, we had to know whether our collection was at risk,” he said.Ross said the tests found fuel reached beaches in Porty Moody, roughly 12 kilometres away, and mussels collected in English Bay had taken up oil.Ross said the aquarium was negotiating compensation with the owners of the Marathassa and had been offered about 20 cents for every dollar spent, which he called unacceptable.“These are not damages we’re inventing out of emotional trauma or anything, these are damages associated with direct costs, direct financial outlay and liability associated with the incident,” he said.Lawyer Peter Swanson, who is representing the vessel, declined to comment on the ongoing negotiations, which he said are confidential.Alassia NewShips Management Inc., the operator of the Marathassa, also declined to comment.The Marathassa is facing 10 environment-related charges in B.C. provincial court, including allegations it violated the Fisheries Act and the Canadian Environment Protection Act. Hearings are scheduled through to May.Alassia faces similar charges, but a B.C. Court of Appeal decision earlier this year determined the Greek company has not been properly served a summons, preventing allegations from going ahead.In Bella Bella, a community of 1,600 people along B.C.’s central coast, the Heiltsuk Nation said it’s still working to recover $150,000 paid out in its response to the spill of 107,000 litres of diesel and 2,240 litres of lubricants from the Nathan E. Stewart in Oct. 2016.Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett said $100,000 went to resources such as offices, boats and staff while $50,000 went to monitoring and testing at the site.Slett said the nation was communicating with vessel owners Kirby Offshore Marine, based in Houston, but nothing had been settled.Kirby did not respond to requests for comment.Slett said the community continues to feel the effects of the spill, its commercial clam fishery remains closed and they are concerned about other affected species.“We’re doing some testing with the purpose of understanding the health of the resources and the ecosystem and the safety of consuming the resources,” she said, adding the ocean is considered the nation’s “breadbasket.”Slett said the Heiltsuk is gathering materials for a possible legal claim against the company.“We didn’t expect it would take this long and we didn’t expect that there would be issues with them paying for their own costs for a spill they were responsible for in Heiltsuk territory,” she said.Vancouver lawyer Christopher Giaschi, who specializes in maritime and transportation law, said the two cases appear to be exceptional and the legal framework is effective, with most claims involving small spills resolved within a year.Transport Canada said in a statement the new Oceans Protection Plan will strengthen the current system by allowing unlimited compensation from the federal pollution fund, amending the tax paid by industry to increase the fund when depleted, and speed up access to that money for responders and communities that need it.But Ross said the aquarium’s experience has been “demoralizing” and he hopes the incident is not reflective of the shipping industry.“What does it say about any tanker coming in and out of Vancouver?” he said. “What does it say when we have a 3,000-litre spill and the responsible party fights tooth and nail and then ends up offering one quarter of what the damages are? I don’t know. It’s absolutely beyond me.”—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the Heiltsuk Nation was owed $200,000.
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HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut businessman who prosecutors say led the IRS on a “wild goose chase” by avoiding paying more than $4.8 million in federal income taxes has been sentenced.Federal prosecutors say 58-year-old David Adams was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford.The Old Saybrook man pleaded guilty last year to multiple offences including tax evasion and making and subscribing a false tax return.Prosecutors say Adams engaged the IRS in the decades-long chase to avoid paying taxes as far back as the 1980s.Officials say Adams hid $4.7 million in profits after selling his stake in an online floral business in 2011. Prosecutors say Adams lied to IRS officers and filed fraudulent returns.Adams has been ordered to pay back taxes including interest and penalties.The Associated Press
Christchurch: New Zealand’s prime minister vowed Saturday to toughen the country’s gun laws after revealing the alleged shooter behind Christchurch’s mosque attacks had legally bought the five weapons, including two semi-automatic rifles, used in the massacre.The nation’s firearms laws are lax compared to neighbouring Australia, which enacted a strict gun control regime in the wake of a similar massacre in 1996.Jacinda Ardern said 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant obtained a “Category A” gun licence in November 2017 which allowed him to purchase the weapons used to mow down worshippers in two Christchurch mosques. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangSome of the guns appear to have been modified to make them more deadly, she said, adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.”The mere fact… that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I’m committing to that,” she told a press conference.”I can tell you one thing right now — our gun laws will change.”Ardern confirmed that the suspected gunman and two associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies for extremism. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: Trump”I have asked our agencies this morning to work swiftly on assessing whether there was any activity on social media or otherwise, that should have triggered a response. That work is already underway,” she said.The head of the New Zealand Police Association, Chris Cahill, welcomed Ardern’s comments and said previous attempts to introduce gun controls had failed partly because of diehard opponents to reform.”I believe many New Zealanders will be aghast that in our country someone can amass a cache of weapons like that discovered in this Christchurch tragedy,” he said in a statement. “There is no place in the upcoming debate for the radical gun lobby which has made its presence felt in previous attempts to make our country safer.”He highlighted the “bitter irony” that the alleged Australian shooter would not have been able to buy the same weapons in his home country.At least one of the weapons used by Tarrant was reportedly an AR-15 — the same semi-automatic rifle used in a number of mass shootings in the United States, including the 2012 Sandy Hook school killings in Connecticut.Families of the Sandy Hook victims were recently given the green light to sue US gunmaker Remington for knowingly marketing a military grade weapon that is “grossly unsuited” for civilian use and has become the gun of choice for mass killings.But despite the horror of the Christchurch shootings, some local residents who AFP spoke with Saturday warned against any drastic moves on gun control.”Let’s hope there are no knee-jerk reactions,” said Matthew Simmonds.”Just because a lot of people are killed on the roads we don’t ban cars.There needs to be a proper investigation.”New Zealand tightened its gun laws to restrict access to semi-automatic rifles in 1992, two years after a mentally ill man shot dead 13 people in the southern town of Aramoana.But subsequent efforts to tighten the laws, including a ban on semi-automatic weapons, have stalled in parliament.Anyone over 16 can apply for a New Zealand firearms licence, valid for 10 years after completing a safety course and a police background check.Most guns do not require registration under New Zealand’s Arms Act and police do not know “how many legally or illegally owned firearms there are in New Zealand”, police said last year.In 2014, police estimated there were up to 1.2 million legal firearms in civilian ownership, or around one for every four members of the public — twice the per capita number of guns in Australia.Separate “endorsements” are required to own semi-automatic weapons, as well as pistols and other restricted weapons but police and firearms experts have pointed to several loopholes.