Volume 6 Issue 5a_Sun Bay Paper

From Island to Bay, News at Sea Level Volume. 6 Issue No.5 On Vacation? Take us home with you! Read our digital Flipbook version at www.SunBayPaper.com Oct. 2, 2020 - Oct. 15, 2020 The proposed legislation, the “Combat- ting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforce- ment Protection Act,” creates new criminal offenses and increases penalties for those who arget law enforcement and participate in violent or disorderly assemblies. “Our right to peacefully assemble is one of our most cherished as Americans, but throughout the country we’ve seen that right being taken advan- tage of by professional agi- tators, bent on sowing disorder and causing may- hem in our cities,” said Governor DeSantis. “I will not allow this kind of vio- lence to occur here in Florida. The legislation an- nounced today will not only combat rioting and looting, but also protect the men and women in law en- forcement that wake up every day to keep us safe. I look forward to working with the Florida Legisla- ture next session to sign this proposal into law.” “Peaceful protest- ing is a constitutional right, but looting and disorderly rioting are not,” said Sen- ate President-Designate Wilton Simpson. “We will continue to stand with our brave law enforcement of- ficers as they protect and serve. This bill is a way to ensure that all Floridians can live in a safe and se- cure environment. I com- mend Governor DeSantis for his commitment to pub- lic safety.” “Violence and de- struction are the tools of We know sport is good for the body, it also seems to be good for the brain. By evaluating memory per- formance following a sport session, neuroscientists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) demonstrate that an intensive physical exercise session as short as 15 minutes on a bicycle improves mem- ory, including the acquisition of new motor skills. How? Through the action of endo- canabinoids, molecules known to increase synaptic plasticity. This study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, highlights the virtues of sport for both health and education. School programs and strate- gies aimed at reducing the ef- fects of neurodegeneration on memory could indeed benefit from it. Very often, right after a sporting exercise -- espe- cially endurance such as run- ning or cycling -- one feels physical and psychological well-being. This feeling is due to endocannabinoids, small molecules produced by the body during physical exertion. "They circulate in the blood and easily cross the blood- brain barrier. They then bind to specialize cellular receptors and trigger this feeling of eu- phoria. In addition, these same molecules bind to receptors in the hippocampus, the main brain structure for memory processing," says Kinga Igloi, lecturer in the laboratory of Professor Sophie Schwartz, at UNIGE Faculty of Medicine's Department of Basic Neuro- sciences, who led this work. "But what is the link between sport and memory? This is what we wanted to under- stand," she continues. To test the effect of sport on motor learning, scien- tists asked a group of 15 young and healthy men, who were not athletes, to take a memory test under three c4di- tions of physical exercise: after 30 min- After Tuesday night's fiery presidential debate that regularly saw President Donald Trump and Democratic nomi- nee Joe Biden interrupting and speaking over each other, the Commission on Presidential Debates says it is considering changes to the structure of fu- ture debates. In a Wednesday state- ment, the commission said it wanted a "more orderly discus- sion." "The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors televised debates for the benefit of the American electorate," the commission said. "Last night’s debate made clear that addi- tional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more or- derly discussion of the issues. The CPD will be carefully con- sidering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly." In a year when Zoom and other video-conferencing calls replaced in-person meet- ings to help contain the spread of COVID-19, social media was flooded with suggestions that the debate moderator be able to "mute" a candidate's mi- crophone when the other has the floor. The commission did not address that specific option in its statement. But it did thank moderator Chris Wallace for his handling of the debate. "The Commission is grateful to Chris Wallace for the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate and intends to ensure that addi- tional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates," the statement said. Dan McCaleb The Center Square Commission on Presidential Debates Considers Structure Changes After Tuesday's Free-For-All Absentee ballots are being distributed to Floridi- ans this week. And on those ballots – along with several federal, state and local of- fices – are six amendments to the state constitution. Pro- posed amendments require 60% voter approval to pass, thus permanently changing the state's constitution. Legalese can be cumbersome, so before you cast your vote – just as we have in previous elections – we are breaking down the six constitutional amend- ments in Florida, letting you know who supports or op- poses them and what they mean for you. Here’s a look at the constitutional amendments up for a vote this election cycle: AMENDMENT 1: Citizen- ship Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections What it says: “ This amend- ment provides that only United States Citizens who are at least eighteen years of age, a permanent resident of Florida, and registered to vote, as provided by law, shall be qualified to vote in a Florida election.” AYES vote means: You support changing the text of Florida’s Constitution from “every citizen” to “only a citizen of the United States who is at least eighteen years of age and who is a permanent resident of the state, if registered as pro- vided by law, shall be an elector of the county where registered.” ANO vote means: You sup- port the current text of the constitution, which states “Every citizen of the United States who is at least eight- een years of age and who is a permanent resident of the state, if registered as pro- vided by law, shall be an elector of the county where registered.” ARGUMENTS AGAINST: There is no clear opposition to the amendment, most likely because it has no legal impact on the voting process in Florida since noncitizen voting is illegal in Florida. ARGUMENTS FOR: Anonymous donors are funding a group called Florida Citizen Voters, who got the amendment on this year’s ballot. According to the group’s chairman, John Loudon, the group believes the amendment is necessary to ensure noncitizens can’t participate in elections. AMENDMENT 2: Raising Florida’s MinimumWage What it says: “Raises mini- mum wage to $10.00 per hour effective September 30th, 2021. Each September 30th thereafter, minimum wage shall increase by $1.00 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour on September 30th, 2026. From that point for- ward, future minimum wage increases shall 6 Amendment Proposals on FL. Ballot... Why You Should Care? Cont. pg 6 Cont. pg 15 Cont. pg 6 Governor DeSantis Stands With Law & Order Sport And Memory Go Hand In Hand Chris Wallace