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Uruguay green lights first national market for legal pot

Uruguay green lights first national market for legal pot

first_imgNZHerald 11 December 2013Uruguay’s Senate has approved the world’s first national marketplace for legal marijuana, an audacious and risky experiment that puts the government in charge of growing, selling and using a drug that is illegal almost everywhere else.The vote was 16 to 13, with the governing Broad Front majority united in favour. The plan now awaits the signature of President Jose Mujica, who wants the market to begin operating next year.Two-thirds of Uruguayans oppose a government-run marijuana industry, according to opinion polls. But Mujica said he’s convinced the global drug war is a failure and feels bureaucrats can do a better job of containing addictions and beating organised crime than police, soldiers and prison guards.“Today is an historic day. Many countries of Latin America, and many governments, will take this law as an example,” cheered Sen. Constanza Moreira, voting with the Broad Front majority.Uruguay’s drug control agency will have 120 days, until mid-April, to draft regulations imposing state control over the entire market for marijuana, from seed to smoke.Everyone involved must be licensed and registered, with government monitors enforcing limits such as the 40 grams a month any adult will be able to buy at pharmacies for any reason or the six marijuana plants that license-holders will be allowed to grow at home.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11170740last_img read more

Early childcare services red-flagged

Early childcare services red-flagged

first_imgNZ Herald 20 April 2015Children in early childhood education may have been placed at risk of developmental damage after the Government’s continued focus on driving up participation despite sector-wide concerns about quality.The Education Ministry, the Education Review Office and advisory groups all believe there are quality issues in New Zealand and recently urged Education Minister Hekia Parata to work to raise standards.Successive reports to the minister warned that poor care was harmful – particularly for babies – and could have long-term effects on learning and behaviour.A Herald investigation has found there were 150 services reviewed by the ERO in 2014 alone that required “further development” or had to have a supplementary review; 30 were on provisional licences.“If you can’t provide quality care, let alone education, it is damaging. The research says there is no point of early childhood education unless it’s quality. These children would be better off in their own homes.”The most serious issues included a lack of supervision, poor management, no police vetting of staff, a lack of cultural response, and limited knowledge of the curriculum and child development.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11435235last_img read more

Behanzin trial delayed till September 16th, 2011

Behanzin trial delayed till September 16th, 2011

first_img Tweet LocalNews Behanzin trial delayed till September 16th, 2011 by: – June 17, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! 20 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share HE Liverpool congratulates Tiyani Behanzi. Photo credit: dominica.gov.dmA trial to determine whether former Magistrate Tiyani Behanzin should have been called to the Dominica Bar Association has been delayed till September 16th.Behanzin had taken court action against former Attorney General (AG) Francine Baron-Royer for not following through on an alleged promise to admit him to the bar.The trial was supposed to have been heard on Thursday but was adjourned to allow solicitors for the AG more time to file affidavits in response to Behanzin’s claims.The former Magistrate was disappointed with the postponement.Behanzin was appointed Magistrate by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) based in St. Lucia and was granted a two-year contract by the Dominica government, but his employment was terminated in March 2011 when his contract was not renewed.Without being admitted to the bar, Behanzin will not be eligible to practice law in Dominica. He can only do so if granted an exemption from the government.  In that regard, he is seeking this waiver based on experience, qualifications and the legitimate expectation from the alleged promise. Disclosure was ordered to be filed by June 23rd and witness statements by July 22nd, 2011.  Each side will have the opportunity to present three witnesses for cross examination during the trial.Affidavits from the AG solicitors are to be filed in 14 days. There was no agreement as to costs.The trial is estimated to last one day.Behanzin was represented by Attorney Don Christopher.Levi Peters is the current Attorney General.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Tropical wave has 80% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone

Tropical wave has 80% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone

first_img 10 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Tropical wave has 80% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone by: – July 27, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share A tropical wave near the Yucatan Channel has a 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone within 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center said.“A tropical depression could develop later today” as it moves west-northwest near 15 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Centre said this morning in an advisory at 7:48 a.m. Barbados time.“Interests in the northeastern Yucatan peninsula as well as the central and western Gulf of Mexico should monitor the progress of this system,” it said.An air force reserved hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system later today.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Ulster too good for Blues

Ulster too good for Blues

first_img Fly-half Paddy Jackson outkicked Blues full-back Rhys Patchell to give the visitors a half-time lead, before tries by second row Dan Tuohy – his third in as many games – and replacement fly-half Ian Humphreys confirmed their superiority. The Irish province came into the game as the league’s top try and points scorers and soon added to their overall tally when Jackson, making his first PRO12 appearance of the season, kicked a straighforward penalty. A series of misdirected passes by the Blues allowed Ulster to gain territory and it needed a fine tackle by Patchell to deny replacement Craig Gilroy. The visitors then spread the ball left and Tommy Bowe trotted over, only to be called back when Scottish referee Neil Patterson ruled Humphreys’ looped pass had gone forward. Tremendous Irish defence held the increasingly desperate Blues at bay and eventually drove the home side back into their own 22, where a flat pass by Gareth Davies was spotted and intercepted by Humphreys, who strolled over and converted his own touchdown. A supremely efficient Ulster performance saw them claim a 26-9 victory at Cardiff Arms Park and condemn the Blues to a second home Guinness PRO12 defeat in six days. Ulster were grateful to new South African full-back Louis Ludik for a vital tackle on Alex Cuthbert after the Wales winger picked up a loose ball with an open field in front of him. It needed further good defence from an attack initiated by lively home scrum-half Lewis Jones to restrict the Blues to a Patchell penalty. Jones’ speed in harassing opposite number Paul Marshall at a scrum earned another penalty, which Patchell landed from wide out to put the Blues ahead. However, Italy number eight Manoa Vosawai was a little too keen to get involved minutes later, giving Jackson the opportunity to bring Ulster level – and Jackson was able to restore his side’s lead when Blues centre Gavin Evans was guilty of obstruction. Despite commendable attempts by both teams to keep the ball moving, there were far too many errors and another soft penalty allowed Patchell three more points before Jackson kicked his fourth to ensure Ulster were ahead at the interval. Patchell was wide from the halfway line and then spilled a quick line-out with an overlap outside him. The resultant scrum provided Ulster with another penalty, but Jackson, too, proved fallible from long distance. The visitors then spurned an easier kick to go to touch and their gamble paid off when Marshall put lock Tuohy through a gap and under the posts for the game’s first try, improved by Jackson. The Blues had an immediate opportunity to grab a try of their own, but Patchell’s final pass was slightly behind Richard Smith and the winger was unable to hold on with the line just five yards away. Press Associationlast_img read more

Jaguars Franchise League 3-Day Tournament……

Jaguars Franchise League 3-Day Tournament……

first_imgECD complete comprehensive win over West BerbiceBy Rajiv BisnauthWEST Berbice’s batting collapsed for the second time in two days,as East Coast Demerara crushed them by an innings and 11 runs in their round-four game of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Jaguars Franchise League Three-day competition,yesterday at the Enterprise Busta Sports Club ground.The visitors, following on by 177 runs, were bundled out for 162 in their second innings, 55 minutes before the tea interval.Defeat was always on the cards for West Berbice,after being dismissed for 160 in their first innings in reply to the hosts’ total of 346;and then being forced to follow on.Needing to bat for the entire final day,it was always going to be a tall order, despite having all ten wickets in hand.The visitors, who resumed on 9-0, were 177 runs shy of making the hosts bat again.West Berbice’ embarrassment could have been far worse,had it not been for Leon Andrews, who top score with 91.Their nemesis proved to be the hosts’ spinners,who crippled the innings with nine wickets between them. Kamesh Yadram was the chief destroyer with 3-23, while Chanderpaul Hemraj (2-13), Steven Sankar (2-33),and Vivian Albert (2-37), were the other successful spinners.However, the visitors’ demise was set in motion when they lost five wickets in the morning session,to crash to 109-5.The visitors suffered their first blow in the third over of the morning,when Avishkar Sewkarran, unbeaten on four overnight, was bowled by Albert after adding just two runs.Leon Andrews, unbeaten on three at the start, then put together 52 runs for the second wicket with Brentnol Woldford,before the latter was run out for 15.From a position of 68-2, West Berbice slipped to 82-5. Arthley Bailey was caught and bowled off Albert without scoring, while Kamesh Yadram and Chanderpaul Hemraj accounted for Sherwyn McPherson (2),and Andrew Dutchin (2).However, Andrews stood firm at the other end, and by the interval had progressed to 69 in the company of Kevin Jawhair, who was on 12.After the interval,West Berbice lost their last five wickets for just 56 runs. Both Andrews and Jawhair (12),went off the bowling of Sankar, while Sherwyn Mc Pherson (7) and Keyron Fraser (6) were removed by Yadram. All told, Andrews stroked six fours and three sixes in his innings of 91 that lasted 227minutes,in which he faced 156 balls.Hemraj sealed the emphatic win when he accounted for Brandon Bess (9).Over at the Tuschen ground, the West Demerara and Upper Corentyne match ended in a draw.Play commenced at 12:30 hrs on the third and final day due to a wet outfield. West Demerara elected to bat first after winning the toss and declared their innings on 107/7.Upper Corentyne then made a sporting declaration by closing their innings at 10/2 after Romario Shephard and Raymon Reifer claimed a wicket each in their first over.West Demerara, seeking quick runs in their second innings declared on 72/2 off 9.5 overs leaving Upper Corentyne with a target of 170 off a minimum of 22 overs. Raymon Reifer was not out on 45 with 2 fours and 5 sixes.Upper Corentyne then struggled to 53/4 when bad light stopped play. Skipper Rajiv Ivan was not out 24. Keshram Seyhodan and Raymon Reifer had 2/11 and 2/15 respectively.The fifth round is scheduled for September 23-25, with Upper Corentyne playing Essequibo at Port Mourant, East Bank Demerara opposing West Berbice at Everest, Lower Corentyne facing off with East Coast Demerara at Albion,and Georgetown clashing with West Demerara at GCC.last_img read more

The Latest: Italian players attack daily temperature checks

The Latest: Italian players attack daily temperature checks

first_imgThe Latest: Italian players attack daily temperature checks ___3 p.m.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned.Abe says there were no discussions about postponing or canceling the games during talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, who suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics because of the spread of the coronavirus. Abe says Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee, adding: “We have to overcome the spread of the infection and want to hold the Olympics and Paralympics as planned.” Associated Press The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 24-Aug. 9, and the Paralympics Aug. 25-Sept. 6.Abe says the virus outbreak has not reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe.___1:40 p.m.Super Rugby organizers have decided to suspend the competition indefinitely after the weekend’s games because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the players’ association notes that “some clubs” are bringing in players to train in small groups, “or, even worse, for daily checks of their temperature.”Italy is the European country hit worst by the virus, where the number of virus cases climbed to over nearly 20,000, with more than 1,000 deaths. The government in Rome has ordered an unprecedented lockdown, ordering businesses to close and restricting people’s movement.The lockdown has suspended all sports in the country through at least April 3.The players’ association says that forcing players to leave their homes “is a shamefully irresponsible act,” adding that if it’s being done just to receive a refusal by the players in order to cut salary payments “it means that we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel of dignity.”The players’ association has been at odds with clubs over the virus for weeks, first arguing for the games to be stopped before the government-issued suspension on Monday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times UK):3:50 pm.The Italian soccer players’ association says it is “saddened and outraged” that clubs are still calling on their players to attend training sessions. 10:45 a.m.Two more Fiorentina players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club physiotherapist.The top-tier Italian league soccer team tweets that defender and club captain Germán Pezzella, forward Patrick Cutrone and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli “are in good health at their homes in Florence.” They were tested after “showing some symptoms.”The club had already announced on Friday that 20-year-old striker Dušan Vlahović tested positive.With Cutrone and Pezzella added to the list with Vlahović, there are now nine Serie A players who have tested positive. The others are Daniele Rugani of Juventus plus five Sampdoria players: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby. Serie A is suspended until at least April 3 as part of a nationwide lockdown in Italy intended to contain the virus.Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 12:45 p.m.The Edinburgh Marathon has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The race was due to take place on May 24, but organizers have announced it will be postponed.Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday, ___ March 14, 2020 SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere rugby body that runs Super Rugby, says Saturday the tournament will be off for the “foreseeable future.” The decision was prompted by the New Zealand government’s directive that people entering from trips overseas, including returning New Zealand citizens, would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday.That would make Super Rugby untenable, with the tournament featuring teams from five nations, including five from New Zealand, and involving regular travel between countries. Teams from Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina also compete in the competition, which runs from January through to June. ___last_img read more

Chelsea Welcome Big-spending Everton to London

Chelsea Welcome Big-spending Everton to London

first_imgChelsea won both games against the Toffees last season by a combined 8-0 scoreline, including winning 5-0 at Stamford Bridge in November.Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas returns from suspension. But defender Gary Cahill is still banned following his red card against Burnley on the opening day of the season. Everton have doubts over both Idrissa Gueye and Sandro Ramirez and will be without Davy Klaassen for their trip to Chelsea.Gueye missed Thursday’s win over Hajduk Split as a precaution with a hamstring problem, while neither striker Sandro (heel) nor midfielder Klaassen (foot) played either, the latter having already been ruled out of a return at Stamford Bridge.Boss Ronald Koeman’s midfield options are limited as Morgan Schneiderlin is suspended, with the France midfielder joining James McCarthy, Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolasie (all knee), Seamus Coleman (broken leg) and Ross Barkley (hamstring) on the sidelines.Chelsea have won seven of their last 10 Premier League meetings with Everton, including both in 2016-17 (W7 D1 L2). Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 22 home Premier League games against Everton since a 1-0 loss in November 1994 (W12 D10). Only against Tottenham (25) are they on a longer unbeaten Premier League run at Stamford Bridge.Indeed, this Everton run of 22 games without a victory at Chelsea is their longest away winless run at another club in the Premier League. Only against Leeds (36 games between 1953-2001) have they had a longer away run without a win in league history.Wayne Rooney will be looking to score in three successive Premier League appearances for the first time since January 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Everton face their second tricky away day in just under a week when they travel to Chelsea sunday in the Premier League. Ronald Koeman’s team grabbed a 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Monday Night Football while the reigning champions picked up a dramatic and morale-boosting 2-1 victory at Tottenham.That three-point haul came after an opening-day reverse at home to Burnley. Chelsea have not lost consecutive home Premier League games since November 2011 when they were managed by Andre Villas-Boas.last_img read more

Athletes in Arms: Individuals should not be blamed for the mistakes of leaders

Athletes in Arms: Individuals should not be blamed for the mistakes of leaders

first_imgWhen I hear the word “baseball,” particularly MLB, all five senses are activated in my memory. What could be more endearing than the smell of sausages and beer mixed with a cacophony of screaming adults? Although I cherish my memories of baseball, that’s all it is to me now: just memories.  The same can be said for our country. Individuals should not be blamed for the spread of a virus. Yes, some people continue to be excessively irresponsible. But our country’s decision makers who failed to exhibit leadership when it was needed the most are the real cause of the pandemic’s consequences. When it mattered most, leaders decided that it would be too much to prevent an outbreak, so now we are stuck not knowing what to do next. Back in March 2016, Bryce Harper, then playing for the Washington Nationals, was criticized for saying, “Baseball’s tired. It’s a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself. You can’t do what people in other sports do.” The league has made efforts to speed games up to make watching them more appealing, but MLB has still seen declines in both TV ratings and attendance since the early 2000s. The league clearly shows that it has recently shifted its focus to the fan experience, but now in the face of the pandemic, that shift has left no room for consideration about its players and staff. Going into the 2020 season, MLB’s priorities were still stuck on getting fans to the ballpark instead of the safety of players, and now the league must work to correct itself. Baseball, traditionally known as “America’s pastime,” has struggled in recent years to find the energy it once created in the country. This year threw MLB a curveball, and the league now sits in between a rock and a hard place, asking itself: What are franchises yearning for more energy supposed to do in a pandemic? On the other hand, many countries — just like the NBA — invested heavily in safety protocols. Citizens took these precautions seriously and listened to informed advice from national leaders. Unsurprisingly, these investments were effective and countries have begun to recover.  Now the United States, like MLB, is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Fortunately, MLB may just be losing millions of dollars. The United States, however, has lost nearly 200,000 lives.  “If there’s any group that understands the seriousness of what we’re dealing with, it’s our group, because we’ve seen how it’s gone through our clubhouse,” Derek Jeter, Chief Executive Officer of the Marlins, said to The New York Times. “It comes down to discipline. I don’t think there’s any secret formula for a team to be successful through this. You have to be extremely disciplined.”center_img In MLB, however, players are feeling the effects of the league’s lack of precaution and preparation. The league failed to see how important investing in sanitation resources is to continuing a season without a hiccup. Now, because of the attitude of league officials and the shortcomings of MLB’s policies to protect players, ball clubs are frustrated with the consequences of positive cases. Just on the Miami Marlins alone, 17 players have tested positive for the coronavirus this season.   The discipline in the league should not be on players but on club owners, managers and franchisees — the people making decisions. The players continued their lives like every other American but with more traveling and social interaction. These players were not afforded the option to work from home or in a bubble, so blame should not be placed on them if the coronavirus spreads throughout the league.   Like MLB, the United States had more than adequate time to respond to the threat of the coronavirus and build a plan around it. However, it refused to invest the resources needed and left decisions to be made by individual citizens. Now, individuals are being held responsible for the recklessness of their elected leaders.  In just under three months, the NBA was able to approve a $170 million “bubble” to continue the season that had been shut down in March. MLB had not even started its 2020 season, giving the league ample time to coordinate a strategic effort to hold a season and keep players safe. The bubble has proven to be successful for the NBA, which enters its seventh straight week without a player testing positive for coronavirus. Because of the NBA investing in the safety of its players and the players’ compliance with strict guidelines, the season has resumed without much issue.  MLB is struggling to grow, especially compared to the NBA. It should have looked to the NBA for a way in which to progress into current times. Instead of being proactive to prevent complications from the pandemic, MLB gives the impression that it was just going to be reactionary once an issue arose. Hopefully, when the time comes, the NFL goes in the direction of the NBA and not MLB — the latter has proven to be the wrong route.last_img read more

Golden moment for Rachel Ryan

Golden moment for Rachel Ryan

first_imgThe Templemore athlete took Gold in the 400 metres to take Ireland’s first track & field medal of the games in Los Angeles.All in all it was a great day for the Irish as eleven medals were shared by three Irish gymnasts who all basked in the glory of their achievements at an outdoor award ceremony.last_img