View Comments A new popular pair is coming to Oz! Broadway veteran Carrie St. Louis (Rock of Ages) and former O-Town member Ashley Parker Angel will star as Glinda and Fiyero, respectively, in the North American tour of Wicked. St. Louis and Angel will join the production on November 26 in Norfolk, VA. Wicked is currently playing at the The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT through November 23. A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous characters: the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good. The show follows the tale of green-skinned Elphaba through the life-changing events that eventually label her “wicked.” Fun for the whole family, Wicked’s Grammy-winning score features songs like “The Wizard and I,” “Popular” and “Defying Gravity.” St. Louis most recently appeared on Broadway in Rock of Ages as Sherrie. Her other theater credits include Justin Love and The Fix. Angel appeared on Broadway in Hairspray as Link Larkin. He also starred on ABC’s Making The Band, which chronicled the formation of his multi-platinum recording group O-Town, and MTV’s There and Back, which documented the release of his debut solo album Soundtrack to Your Life. In addition to St. Louis and Angel, new castmembers for the tour will include Kristine Zbornik as Madame Morrible and John Davidson as the Wizard. They join a cast that features Laurel Harris as Elphaba, Emily Behny as Nessarose, Michael DeVries as Dr. Dillamond and Lee Slobotkin as Boq.
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Naomh Columba 11.10.2011Well done to our seniors, who picked up two all-important points on Sunday last, with a home win over Bundoran. This Sunday sees us contest the County Intermediate Championship Final: Naomh Columba v Naomh Náille, Sunday, October 16th, Páirc Thír Chonaill, Donegal Town, 4pm. Please get out in force to support the lads, and best of luck to all involved. Hard luck to our reserves, who exited the championship on Saturday last, losing out to Carndonagh in the semi-final. Their league game v Bundoran was cancelled on Sunday. Maidin Chaife: the club will host a charity coffee morning in the clubhouse this Saturday, October 15th, from 11am until 2pm. All proceeds are in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. We would really appreciate any donations of baked goods, and these can be left in the club kitchen on Saturday morning. Please come along & support this worthy cause. Also, we will have club flags, car flags, hats & wristbands available to purchase on Saturday morning, in preparation for Sunday’s final. Buíochas: many thanks to everyone who attended last Sunday’s underage presentation night. Thank you in particular to Patrick Mc Brearty, who made the presentations on the night. A special word of thanks also to Garda Odie Mc Bride, who sponsored the under 8 medals for the occasion. Míle buíochas. Coláiste na Carraige: at the time of going to press we had word of an under 16 school fixture, v Abbey Vocational School, on Friday, October 14th. Please check locally for further details re time & venue, and best of luck to the lads. Scór na nÓg: Naomh Columba will take part in the regional heats of Scór na nÓg this Saturday, October 15th, in Gleann Fhinne. We were awaiting further details at the time of going to press, so please check facebook for bus times etc. We hope to see a good gang from the club travel to support our young people. Ádh mór guys! Cúrsaí lotto na seachtaine seo caite: Uimhreacha 5-15-18-30. Duaiseanna Aitheantais: €50 Anne Byrne, Teileann€30 Breid Kennedy, Mín an Aoire. €20 Joe Joe Boyle, Mín na Croise. €20 Bríd Ní Bheirn, Málainn Mhór. €20 Nicole Cunningham, An Charraig. Duaischiste na seachtaine seo ná €5300.GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTES was last modified: October 11th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTES
Miss Earth Fire Milanie Cilliers Congratualates Sibongiseni Buwa and Lindiwe Khumalo from Ekuthuleni Primary School School. (Images: ABI Schools Recycling Programme)The Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) Schools Recycling Programme has rewarded primary school pupils for collecting recyclable waste. Their efforts have helped to cut the effects of pollution countrywide.Aimed at changing the mindsets of children, who are to inherit South Africa, the recycling programme awarded learners from Ekuthuleni Primary School in Ntuzuma in KwaZulu-Natal for their ongoing dedication to cleaning up their communities and collecting recyclable waste.More than 640 tons of recyclable material – PET bottles, cans and paper – were collected this year by participating schools. This has saved about 4 340 cubic metres of landfill space and more than 1 250 tons of carbon from being emitted into the air.RECOGNISING DEDICATIONHaving collected a total of 27 604 kilograms of recyclable waste over the course of 2015, Ekuthuleni Primary School ranked first among participating schools around the country and walked away with the R50 000 cash prize.This money will go towards improving the school’s infrastructure to further enrich the pupils’ learning experiences and increase their productivity.After putting in a good shift throughout the year, Motjibosane Primary School from Temba in Hammanskraal came second. Pupils at this school collected 22 561 kilograms of waste. They were followed by the team from Siphosethu Primary School from Ntuzuma in KwaZulu-Natal, who amassed just under 15 000 kilograms of recyclables.This year the programme introduced its Directors Award to recognise exceptional commitment and dedication to the Schools Recycling Programme. The first recipients of this award as well as the R50 000 cash prize were teacher Regina Rathethe and the Boikgantsho Primary School team.ABI’s sustainable development manager, Gaopaleloe Mothoagae, said the company valued innovation and developing sustainable solutions.ABI Schools Recycling Awards – Winning School Ekuthuleni Primary from KwaZulu-Natal receiving their accolades.SCHOOLS RECYCLING PROGRAMMEFor the past five years the programme has looked to involve children as active participants in waste management and open their eyes to the importance of recycling by introducing the concept to them in a school environment.By informing children at an early age about the impact that waste has on the environment, putting an emphasis on plastics in particular, the programme hopes to encourage awareness of proper waste management among youth.“So we gave a lot of thought to how best we could recycle PET bottles in particular to obtain a lasting environmental impact. We realised that meant engaging with schoolchildren, thus getting tomorrow’s citizens on board now, and linking the entire recycling initiative to empowerment.”At first the programme involved 40 schools from across the country; since then, more than 400 000 children have become involved from 404 schools around South Africa, most of which are located in townships and rural areas.Each school taking part is asked to collect a minimum of 1 000 kilograms each month and those that go beyond this target then enter in the running to win monthly prizes and ultimately the grand awarded, which was won by Ekuthuleni Primary School this year.The programme’s widespread influence is a result of its approach of combining education about waste management with a range of fun activities in the schools’ specially developed recycling curriculum to teach life and natural sciences.“We are changing the mindset of an entire generation in order to change the way our society manages waste,” explained Mothoagae.COMBATING UNEMPLOYMENTVarious aspects of the programme were created in a way that would ensure it was self-sustaining and could provide jobs to some of the country’s many unemployed.This year the programme appointed 24 recycling representatives from areas near schools to liaise with participating schools and ensure the smooth running of the recycling initiative.Explaining the position that ABI has taken to making a positive impact on the areas in which their programme is involved, Mothoagae said the company was “determined to make a lasting impact by combining responsibility for the environment with a social good.“That’s the only way we will save our planet.”
Johannesburg’s Sacred Heart College has a long history of opening its doors to the most vulnerable children. Under the apartheid regime it educated children of all colours. Today, as home to Three2Six, it offers refugee children the chance of an education they may otherwise be denied.Like their pupils, teachers at Three2Six were once refugees themselves. Their common history makes it easier to build trust and understanding between pupil and teacher. (Image: Three2Six)Sulaiman PhilipThe administrative office of Three2Six, a foundation school for refugee children, is up a steep flight of stairs. With its door wide open, you can hear the students of Sacred Heart College exuberantly head to waiting cars or to extra-murals.Esther Munonoka, co-ordinator of the school, is disturbed by a tentative knock and timid voice. The former teacher, and refugee from Rwanda, excuses herself and talks calmly and peacefully to the young girl, whose unease melts away. Munonoka speaks whisper soft but confidently as she explains the challenges and successes of the programme, which is now entering its tenth year.Named for the hours the school runs, Three2Six offers refugee children the opportunity to get an education. It is designed as a bridge for refugee children before they enter the South African education system. Students at Three2Six are tutored in three foundation courses – English, maths and life skills – up to Grade 6.Munonoka explains: “We want to prepare our children to enter government schools. We give them a grounding that allows them to integrate into schools in their own communities.”Classrooms buzz with languages from across Africa – smatterings of Shona, French and Swahili – until classes begin. Pupils who have been at the school longer encourage newer children to speak English only. The teachers, all of them refugees, are able to help pupils overcome language and cultural barriers.Munonoka describes her charges as friendly, responsible and hardworking. To casual observers other adjectives come to mind: resilient, wary and aware. For them South Africa, and Sacred Heart, represent something we take for granted. Normal and safe, a place where they are free to learn, released from the fear of roaming bands of armed men. It’s a place that allows them to be children again.Some of the students may be undocumented, but Munonoka will not say. Or care. Unless the students and their parents want them to know. When they are in the classroom, the teachers teach. However, Three2Six does offer help, where it can, to families to get their immigration status legalised.For many, Sacred Heart is a safe zone, but Three2Six staff are well aware of the fears that drive life outside its gate. Whenever there is violence directed at immigrant communities, Munonoka and her staff are upsettingly conscious of it. The classes are small, so when even one child stays away, it is painfully obvious.Violence, sadly, is nothing new to many of the children who attend Three2Six. “Speaking generally, our children and their parents are escaping war, genocide, and persecution. They are looking for something we take for granted, an opportunity to learn. Some have walked from the DRC or crossed from Zimbabwe. We take the trust they put in us, to look after their children, very seriously.”At Three2Six refugee children get the chance to be kids again. (Image: Three2Six)For immigrant children, Three2Six is the lodestar. They attend religiously and parents are involved despite their circumstances. Administrators lament that their success has made them a choice for South African parents eager for their children to benefit from the educational grounding.“We have had some scary experiences because we won’t take in South African citizens. Our argument is the government is required to provide for the citizens of this country. We see ourselves as a partner of the government to help with a problem – we have an overwhelming number of refugees – that has overwhelmed them.”Hunger is also commonplace among the 275 children that Three2Six educates, with 300 on their waiting list. As Munonoka points out: “You can’t learn if you’re hungry.” The school provides students with a meal a day and has, over the course of its existence, served more than 350,000 meals.Sacred Heart College supplies school uniforms to the children. Often the uniform is among the few items of clothing the child possesses. (Image: Three2Six)A history of caringGiving Three2Six a home fits in with Sacred Heart’s long history of social engagement. In 1976, in defiance of the apartheid government, the school opened its doors to all races. It has been a beacon whose identity is wrapped up in its social justice activism.Colin Northmore, head of Sacred Heart College, explains that Three2Six would not exist if not for the work done by Bishop Paul Verryn at Johannesburg’s Central Methodist Church in 2003. “He called me and asked for help with the children who had taken refuge in the church after the first wave of xenophobia. We tried to help, we tried to do some teacher training, we tried to help with some of their other initiatives but they all collapsed.”While he takes as gospel the morality of doing something, Northmore believes that the work of the Central Methodist Church failed because there was no long-term plan in place. “At the time one of our brothers (Sacred Heart is one of 403 Marist Brothers schools spanning the globe) from Brazil was passing through and spoke about a programme they were running. They had a fee-paying school in the morning and a fee-free school in the afternoon and an adult education programme in the evening.“One of the defining features of that school was they did not use the same staff. All of these ideas coalesced and led to us asking: where is the social injustice in Johannesburg. That’s where Three2Six was born.”Reaching outThe project helps documented and undocumented migrants who would otherwise struggle to gain access to education. Northmore stresses that the programme is not a school but a bridging programme. He believes South Africa’s future is best served by allowing migrants to integrate into society.“We are not best served if migrants lock themselves in their own enclaves, or if South Africans build walls around themselves. We do not benefit from one another if we lock ourselves away out of fear or a lack of understanding.”Building understandingIf there was criticism, Northmore explains, opinions were quickly changed as children began playing and talking to each other. Understanding grew as Three2Six children were made to feel welcome on the bucolic grounds of Sacred Heart. “Our afternoon children are encouraged to use the sports fields as well, to be normal kids, to laugh and play. To have a normal childhood.”Watch: Precieuse: a refugee’s story. An animated biographical story created by the children of the Three2Six school at Sacred Heart CollegeNorthmore believes the well-heeled students of Sacred Heart have benefitted as much as the refugee children they have welcomed into their world. Kindness and respect, he believes, triggers understanding and opens up the possibility of transformation on both sides.“My parents are very proud of this project. The mothers of my day school noticed that some of our students weren’t eating their meals; they were packing them up and taking them home. So they started a food parcel project that now feeds a hundred families every month.”Now in its tenth year, Three2Six has spread to two other campuses and has been nominated for a JFK Humanitarian Award. The programme, one of a handful across the globe, is being recognised for its work in solving a growing problem – migration and how to accommodate refugees in an urban setting.“It’s a significant intervention into this problem in the world. How do you accommodate people moving to cities? And Three2Six is one small part of the answer to that question.“You need to understand something about Sacred Heart. We are one of the most diverse communities you will find. We are trying to fulfil the dream of what South Africa could become. My children already engage with difference.”What Munonoka, Northmore and the children of Sacred Heart and Three2Six have created is a community committed to embracing and celebrating all that makes us different.
He inched out of a melee of engineers and mechanics clad in a famous deep green, out from a jungle of wires, cables, car parts and computer equipment, out over the boundaries that separate the impossible from the possible. One cautious but steady right turn out of the Jaguar Racing,He inched out of a melee of engineers and mechanics clad in a famous deep green, out from a jungle of wires, cables, car parts and computer equipment, out over the boundaries that separate the impossible from the possible. One cautious but steady right turn out of the Jaguar Racing Formula One garage at a racetrack called Silverstone, in the UK, under the kind of sun that warms his home town of Coimbatore, and Narain Karthikeyan had driven straight into the pages of Indian sporting history.Being the first Indian to drive an F1 car is like being the first Indian to step on the moon. Every steering wheel costs $25,000 (Rs 11.5 lakh), team budgets flutter at $80-100 million (Rs 368-460 crore) a year, Porsches and Ferraris ease their way past giant lorries that carry the race equipment around the world and diners in the hospitality “motor homes” recall meetings with the late King Hussain of Jordan and discuss the benefits of signing up popstar Robbie Williams for some Grand Prix publicity.It is not a world for timid spenders or weak hearts. It is a world dominated by European wealth and tradition. The way in is through a very strongly guarded door. Karthikeyan, India’s most successful race driver whose helmet carries the blue “chakra” of the Indian flag on its crown, has got a foot in. “Narain’s obviously got the talent and it’s a significant day for him. So far it’s gone well,” remarked Bobby Rahal, ceo and Team Principal of Jaguar Racing.advertisementRahal exudes the aura of glamour and high technology that is F1, the very peak of the motor racing world. It can intimidate any outsider, why only a first-time test driver: a few rows down from the Jaguar “paddock” where Karthikeyan ate cereal for breakfast before the test, so did world champion Michael Schumacher and his closest competitor, the Finn Mika Hakkinen. Just before he pulled out for the first time ever in a F1 car, the vehicle that exited before him belonged to veteran driver Jean Alesi.But Karthikeyan, 24, an incongruous wisp of a figure amidst heavy machinery, has spent more than eight years in motor racing and knows where everything finally comes to a head: behind the wheel of a machine only 22 men in the world are allowed to race, on tracks that test ability and nerve and strength. In F1 testing, there are no rehearsals, no simulations. All a test driver can do is get briefed, get in, sit down and drive. The car is connected in no less than 100 places to computers in a hushed, air-conditioned it truck back in the paddock that monitors every change in the car. That is all that is silent about the science.When an F1 engine revs up, it is as though an angry beast were beginning to howl at being caged. Once on the track there is a gunshot of defiance when it shifts down a gear to take a corner and the scream down the straights is every driver and team’s call to attention. A few laps around Silverstone and Karthikeyan’s Jaguar – a 2000 model – was howling, shooting and screaming with the rest of them.NO LIMITS: Karthikeyan is aiming to become one of the 22 who get to drive F1 carsAn F1 test though is not merely about flamboyance and speed. “We don’t want him to be breaking world records in a test, it’s not about that,” said Jaguar Racing spokesman Nav Sidhu, a British Asian who moved to the team six months ago. “It is about the smoothness with which he drives, how quickly he adapts and most importantly how well he understands the machine. Everything that Narain does today will be noticed, not just by our guys, but by everyone in every pit. If people want to know how he did, they’ll give us a call,” Sidhu told India Today.The business of getting just a test drive with a F1 car is linked with networking, management and contacts. Karthikeyan’s current test was part of a contractual agreement leveraged by one of his sponsors, Ford India, when he signed on with Stewart Racing (an arm of Jaguar Racing) in the F3 season in 2000 after coming up through the ranks in Asia. Karthikeyan’s manager Steve Robinson who manages F1 phenomenon Kimi Raikkonen told India Today, “We aim to have Narain into a Formula One team – if not to drive then definitely a test drive by the next season.”The “Formula” refers to the specifications and regulations – minimum weight, size, engine displacement, among others – used to categorise single-seaters race cars in a world inhabited by engineers wearing oversized headphones and earmuffs, smouldering women in spandex carrying umbrellas (genus: “Pit Babes”), scuttling pit crew and adoring fans.advertisementRacing a Formula machine is not like a Sunday spin in your Zen. A driver sits in a single seater like you would in a tub, legs stretched out, his feet ready to tap dance on the accelerator and brake pedals, upper body and arms ready to absorb the kind of non-stop bone-jarring impact that Lennox Lewis could inflict for two long hours. Cars scream down the track at 300 kmph and then brake for corners at 40 kmph before stepping on the gas again. The sudden acceleration could snap your neck and it creates G-forces (the force exerted by gravity) that fighter pilots deal with. “You can face up to 4.5 Gs in some races,” says Karthikeyan. That is four and a half times your body weight bearing down on you so that moving a finger is like lifting a barbell. Karthikeyan weighs in at 55 kg (“it’s not a handicap, Alain Prost was world champion and he only weighed about 60 kg”) and admits he was not one for pumping weights but quickly hired a personal trainer, Gerry Convey, a few years into pro racing.The real business is negotiating the car through a maze of machines, looking for the opening to overtake, working out the most precise line with which to take a tricky corner, all the time keeping an eye in the rear-view mirror for the man behind. He could be craftier, he could be quicker, he could be crazier. Race car driving is the walk on the fine line between calculation and creativity, inspiration and insanity, the walk sometimes between life and death. Or as former world champion Graham Hill, father of Damon Hill, put it, “like balancing an egg on a spoon while shooting the rapids”.From the moment he watched a video of the 1989 Formula One World Championship season as a 12-year-old in Coimbatore, Karthikeyan has chased his impossible dream: “For me it was always Formula One or nothing.” Nothing was always an easier option. Do you know what it’s going to cost, his father G. Karthikeyan would ask and the son would say he would find the sponsors. Who’s going to give money to a 16-year-old nobody? Someone. Don’t you know Indians only race and rally at home? Not this one. “To be honest, if we’d been given a choice, we wanted him to do his MBA and join the family business in textiles,” says his father. “We’ve learnt from him about attitude.”Click here to EnlargeInitially the family indulged their second child, though his mother Sheela is still too anxious to watch him race. Narain has an elder sister Deepika who he says understands him best and a younger brother Rajeev who has no love for race cars. His father first built the nine-year-old a go-kart using a 50 cc moped engine and paid $8,000 (around Rs 3.5 lakh) to enrol him in prestigious Elf-Winfield at the age of 16. Once the coaches – who had seen Alain Prost, Alesi and Damon Hill drive in their youth – told the Indian family that this was a special talent, Karthikeyan’s dream went into overdrive.To compete a driver has to pay a team to sign him on. The sums begin at Rs 30,000 per race for the Indian Formula Maruti to Rs 60 lakh per year for a Formula Asia Car, pound 3,50,000 pounds (Rs 2.3 crore) a year for the Formula 3 class in Britain and $1.2 million (Rs 5.5 crore) in Formula Nippon. Karthikeyan’s current ride with Formula Nippon team excite Team Impul has been subsidised because of his past results. But he still has to pay $3,00,000 for the ride, the expenses now taken care by his sponsors, including Kingfisher, JK Tyres, Ford India, which stepped in two years ago, Amaron and for the first time, to everyone’s amusement, a clothing company called Triad. Only when a driver graduates to Formula One does he get paid for the privilege of driving.advertisementIn 1995, the first year Karthikeyan raced in Formula Asia, it was in a second-hand car, his team consisting of one engineer, no spare engine or spare gear box. “I look back now and think it was ridiculous,” says his father. But he put bigger teams to shame. It was his foot on the bottom rung of the ladder. “When I went to England as Formula Asia Champion, they said so what? It means nothing.”In 1999, Karthikeyan raced for Carlin Motorsport set up by Martin Stone and Trevor Carlin and Vicky Chandok, a friend of Karthikeyan’s family and head of the Wallace Sports and Research Foundation, an arm of JK Tyres involved with R&D in motor sport technology. He beat current F1 drivers Jenson Button and Luciano Burti and finished sixth overall, winning two races in England, another first for an Indian. Pushed by Ford India, he was able to move on to the high-profile Stewart Racing (the F3 arm of Jaguar) with whom he shared mixed luck and mixed vibes in 2000, finishing fourth overall. Ford India md Phil Spender says, “Indian drivers are an unknown quantity in Europe but Narain’s been pioneering in that way.”Sanjay Sharma, head of JK Tyres Motor Sports division, says Karthikeyan’s success has changed the way the world of motor sport looks at an Indian drivers. “They look at us now and say, oh Indian team-Narain!” Parthiva Sureshwaran, 20, who has graduated from the Formula Asia series, now races for ME Motorsport in F3 in the UK. Karun Chandok, 18, won all his first four Asian Formula 2000 races in his maiden season. Of the top four places in the current Asian Formula 2000, three are held by Indian drivers, Chandok, Asif Nazir and Kaushik Harita.Which way Narain Karthikeyan’s career goes from this day on is immaterial. In the history books he will always be the boy who dared. The one who stood at the lip of a great chasm and looked not below but ahead. And leaped.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa boss Smith denies Chelsea want Abraham recall: I’d be amazedby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith says he would be surprised if Chelsea ended Tammy Abraham’s loan prematurely. Reports have claimed 21-year-old could be recalled by Chelsea and then loaned out to a Premier League club, with Wolves particuarly interested in signing the England international.Given Abraham has scored 16 goals for Villa this season, Smith insists the Blues are happy with the striker’s progress.”He’s enjoying himself as a person and developing as a player,” said Smith. “All three parties (Abraham, Chelsea and Villa) seem very happy with what’s going on.”There will always be speculation but I’ll be amazed if he, Chelsea or ourselves would want to upset that.”
IG/collegegamedayJoey Galloway is one of the best wide receivers to ever play at Ohio State. From 1991-1994, Galloway put up 2,085 total yards from scrimmage and scored 23 touchdowns, per sports-reference.com. He also did some damage in the return game, averaging 25 yards on kick returns during his career and scoring a touchdown as a senior. Today, he’s back in Columbus, and he got in some work with quarterback-turned-receiver Braxton Miller.New WR @BraxtonMiller5 gets in some work under Buckeyes legend Joey Galloway’s guidance. https://t.co/sq6pFh0QcT— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 10, 2015Obviously things are much easier against air, but it looks like Miller has soft hands, and is adjusting well to the move.
WASHINGTON — The Latest on the Trump administration’s move to ban bump stocks (all times local):3:55 p.m.The National Rifle Association is “disappointed” with the Trump administration’s plan to outlaw bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire continuously.Spokeswoman Jennifer Baker says the Justice Department should provide amnesty for gun owners who already have the devices.The Justice Department says the attachments will be banned beginning in late March under a law that prohibits machine-guns. The new rule reverses a 2010 government decision that found bump stocks didn’t amount to machine-guns.Baker says the regulation “fails to address the thousands of law-abiding Americans” who followed the government’s previous guidance.Bump stocks became a focal point in the gun control debate after they were used in the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern U.S. history.__12:25 p.m.The Trump administration has moved to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, and has made them illegal to possess beginning in late March.The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine-guns, according to a senior Justice Department official.Bump stocks became a focal point of the national gun control debate after they were used in October 2017 when a man opened fired from his Las Vegas hotel suite into a crowd at a country music concert below, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.The Associated Press