Military Caregiving Virtual Learning Event #3 – Mark Your Calendar!

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on October 21, 2016. Certificate of Completion Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will provide a Certificate of Completion following this session.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on Empowering Caregivers and Families. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices. VLE Session #3: Empowering Caregivers and FamiliesJoin the MFLN Military Caregiving team as we continue learning new skills and strategies for improved communication in times of crisis in the final session of our three-part Virtual Learning Event (VLE) beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 26. In session three of the VLE entitled, Empowering Caregivers and Families, we will provide an in-depth look at effective practices for communicating sensitive topics. Highlighting real-life challenges and solutions, case studies, practices from the field and a panel of professionals will be employed in addressing some of the most pressing communication issues military helping professionals face.The VLE is centered on the theme of Sensitive Topics in Caregiving: Tough Questions and Complex Answers. Our goal with this VLE is to address military family service providers’ tough questions with our expert presenters’ complex answers. If you missed VLE Session #1 (Interpersonal Relationships) or VLE Session #2 (Crisis Communication) it is still not too late to participate and receive continuing education credit or a certificate of completion.We hope you join us for the final session of the 2016 VLE, October 26th. To learn more about this VLE and previous sessions, click on 2016 MFLN Military Caregiving VLE.last_img read more

‘Where are CM, AAP leaders, Maliwal now?’

first_imgLeader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta on Wednesday demanded registration of an FIR against Somnath Bharti, even as Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari questioned the party choosing to remain “mum” over the AAP MLA’s use of “uncivilised and objectionable words” against a female TV journalist in Noida. Mr. Gupta said, “Where are the Chief Minister [Arvind Kejriwal], the AAP leaders and Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal who clamour for women’s rights now? What action has she [Ms. Maliwal] taken against Mr. Bharti so far? We demand an FIR be registered against him for using vulgar and abusive language against a female TV anchor, and strict action against him by the party.” ‘Fake chilli attack’The AAP, Mr. Tiwari said on Wednesday, had immediately blamed the BJP for the “fabricated chilli powder attack” on Mr. Kejriwal outside his office in the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday but chose to remain “mum” over the Somnath Bharti incident.Mr. Tiwari said Tuesday’s “attack” on the Chief Minister belonged to its “very old modus operandi” aimed at “getting sympathy” before the elections.“When I learnt about the [chilli powder] incident on Tuesday, I strongly condemned it via the digital platform within 15 minutes. But after the AAP held the BJP responsible for the incident, it is now necessary to reveal the modus operandi of Mr. Kejriwal, who runs the party with money earned by sinful acts,” Mr. Tiwari said at a press conference here.“This method of getting sympathy [employed by Mr. Kejriwal] is very old. Whenever the Lok Sabha or Assembly elections are to be held, such incidents happen with him,” he added.For instance, the North-East Delhi MP argued, before the Assembly elections on November 18, 2013, a man threw black paint on Mr. Kejriwal; before the Lok Sabha elections on March 5, 2014, somebody threw stones at his car; on March 25, 2015, ink and eggs were thrown at him in Varanasi.Similarly, on March 28, 2014, Mr. Kejriwal was slapped in Haryana; and on April 4, 2014; April 8, 2014; December 26, 2014 and before elections in four States on January 17, 2016, ink and eggs were thrown on the Chief Minister, the Delhi BJP chief said.“The Chief Minister has staged this fabricated attack to divert attention from the fatal attack on me by AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan and the use of objectionable words by Mr. Bharti against a female journalist,” Mr. Tiwari alleged.While Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia held a press conference soon after the alleged attack on Mr. Kejriwal, where the BJP was blamed for it, he “remained mum” on the “insult to a female journalist and the daughter of the country” by Mr. Bharti, he added. AAP, Maliwal reactMeanwhile, the AAP said later that it disapproved of Mr. Bharti’s alleged behaviour. “Mr. Bharti should not have talked the way he did on television,” AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said.In a late tweet, Ms. Maliwal said: “I strongly condemn Somnath Bharti’s mysoginistic and shameful statements against a female reporter. I believe NOIDA Police has filed an FIR in the matter. Law shall now take its course. I strongly feel people in public life should control their anger! [sic].”last_img read more

Publico nails winner as Wangs-Letran shocks Che’Lu-San Sebastian

first_imgPBA IMAGESRey Publico nailed the game-winning basket as Wangs Basketball-Letran pulled the rug from under Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian, 83-82, Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Publico recovered the looseball off of a Jeo Ambohot fumble then, hit the undergoal stab with 4.1 seconds left to win it for the Couriers, who remained undefeated at 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The Scores:WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 83 — Quinto 21, Ambohot 14, Calvo 13, Publico 12, Mandreza 7, Muyang 6, Fajarito 3, Batiller 3, Balanza 2, Trinidad 2, Balagasay 0, Taladua 0.CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 82 – Calisaan 21, Bulanadi 15, Jeruta 13, De Leon 12, Batino 11, David 5, Ilagan 5, Calma 0, Costelo 0, Faundo 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.Quarters: 24-14, 41-41, 54-71, 83-82. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:16Binibining Pilipinas winners, groups, celebrate World Smile Day with children01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA volleyball: CSB stays in semis hunt, ends Arellano’s unbeaten streak His basket capped a huge fightback by the Couriers, who climbed back from a 19-point hole, 73-54, with 9:47 remaining in the fourth quarter.“Actually, that was the designed play We wanted Jeo to get the lob pass, but their defense was ready. The ball was fumbled and the ball got to Rey,” said coach Jeff Napa of the go-ahead bucket which put his side upfront.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBong Quinto uncorked 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to spearhead the rally, while also grabbing 12 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.Ambohot also plucked a double-double with 14 markers, 10 boards, two dimes, and two blocks, while JP Calvo shot 3-of-5 from downtown to collect 13 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Publico scored six of his 12 markers in the payoff period. He also grabbed six boards in the victory.Wangs-Letran used a blistering 25-5 run to chip away the deficit and grab the 79-78 lead to set up the pulsating finish in the final two minutes.Despite the win, Napa doesn’t want the Couriers to be blinded by their current standing.“It doesn’t mean that we’re playing good. We’re just glad that some of the players kept on fighting. The heart of a Letranite was there. We never gave up,” he said.Michael Calisaan topped the Revellers (1-1) with 21 points and six rebounds in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Former India cricket captain Pataudi passes away

first_imgFormer India cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who was suffering from lung infection succumbed to his illness on Thursday.Earlier in the day he was admitted to the ICU at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, where his condition was stated to be critical.Seventy-year-old Pataudi was admitted to the hospital last month following severe lung infection.After investigations, he was found to be suffering from interstitial lung disease, a condition in which the passage of oxygen to the two lungs is less than normal.He was being closely monitored by a team of pulmonologists and critical care specialists, the bulletin said.Pataudi, regarded as one of the finest Indian captains, played 46 Tests for the country, scoring 2,793 runs for an average of 34.91 with an unbeaten 203 being his highest score.In all, he smashed six centuries and 16 fifties in his career.last_img read more

PT Usha Mistaken for Sania Mirza on Sports Day Poster in Andhra Pradesh

first_imgVishakhapatnam: In a gaffe that left the city red-faced, the organisers of National Sports Day celebrations here mistook PT Usha for tennis star Sania Mirza and erected a poster with a photograph of the latter bearing the name of the legendary athlete.The poster, put up near the Submarine museum on Beach Road, went viral on social media as people were left in splits. It also underlined the lack of basic awareness. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had announced cash awards for sportspersons who won medals at the national level in the name of ‘YSR Kreeda Protasahakalu’ and it was also decided to organise functions on the occasion of National Sports Day.But the howler left everyone embarrassed as it soon caught the glare of the public and was shared heavily on social media. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. athleticsPT Ushasania mirzatennis First Published: August 30, 2019, 10:43 AM ISTlast_img read more

Match-fixers should be banned for life, says Alastair Cook

first_imgEngland captain, Alastair Cook says anybody found guilty of match-fixing should be banned for life. However, speaking ahead of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, Cook said he would have no problem facing Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir, who returns to Lord’s next month for the first time after serving out a five year-ban over his spot-fixing role in 2010. England host Pakistan for a three-Test series in July and Stuart Broad has also added that there would be no animosity towards Amir from the English players but said that the Lord’s crowd could be a different story. “If you are caught match-fixing you should be banned for life,” Cook said.  “The punishment should be that hard because we have to protect the integrity of the game. That’s not to say Amir shouldn’t come back, because the rules were different, but from my point of view the punishment should be harsh enough to deter people from doing it – but that’s if I had any say. “Amir has served his time, he was punished for what he did and quite rightly so because we have to protect the integrity of the game, but I have no problems in playing against him at all.” Cook, who recently went past 10,000 Test runs, was part of that infamous Lord’s Test in 2010 when Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were caught in a sting operation accepting money to bowl no-balls.  However, Amir returned to international cricket recently after serving his five-year ban and six-month jail-term. The left-arm pacer has been included in Pakistan’s Test squad for the England tour and might get to play on the same ground, if his visa gets granted. Pakistan play the first Test against England at Lord’s on July 14.advertisementlast_img read more

Who Will Step Up in Marcell Ateman’s Absence?

first_imgLast week we learned that wide receiver Marcell Ateman will likely be out until at least the start of conference play. Ateman’s injury is an obvious loss for the Cowboys, as the senior was coming off of his most productive season and many fans expected big things from him in 2016. With his absence, there are plenty of other receivers who could see increased time on the field, but here are the three most likely to take his place until he returns.Chris Lacy Chris Lacy has excellent Ateman-like size for an outside receiver at 6-3, 205 lbs and has plenty of experience; the junior has played in every game but one in the last two seasons. He hasn’t had a high level of production, but he has shown potential.He started last season against Kansas, and although the Jayhawks aren’t exactly a football powerhouse, Lacy had an excellent performance, recording four receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Lacy will have the opportunity to harness this potential and have a coming out party in Ateman’s place.Jhajuan Seales 20133957114.63 20122939413.62 20141827815.43 SeasonRECYDSAVGTD 20151832117.82 20149576.30 SeasonRECYDSAVGTDcenter_img SeasonRECYDSAVGTD Austin Hayes has neither the production nor the eye-popping athletic ability of a superstar wide receiver, but he has been a consistent rotation player since his redshirt freshman season in 2012. Hayes has also been praised for his versatility, and has played both in the slot and on the outside for the Cowboys.Hayes knows the system just as well, if not better, than any other receiver because of his experience in the OSU offense. While he might not rack up a ton of yardage, he is someone that the coaches can depend on. Hayes has only seen one touchdown reception in the past three years. Things could be evidently different in 2016.Who do you think should start in Ateman’s place? Leave your opinions below in the comments!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 2015222009.11 Jhajuan Seales heads into his final season as an experienced receiver who has had a respectable, yet inconsistent, career. The redshirt senior has seen levels of high production, yet has been held back by his off-the-field troubles and Whataburger nap escapades.The player has undeniable talent, though.He showed his capability as an underclassman and his freshman year is still his most productive season. Only James Washington averaged more yards per reception in 2015. Seales has proven his deep-threat ability; if he can stay out of trouble off the field, he will have a chance to have his most fruitful season yet.Austin Hayes 2013188.00 2015812015.02 201444711.80last_img read more

Colin Tizzard has Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River top of Festival trio

first_img Read more Share on WhatsApp Horse racing Facebook “Elegant Escape is a stayer – you can’t get away from that – while Thistlecrack won a World Hurdle, and he’s a brilliant horse. Keeping him sound has always been the issue but he’s fine at the moment and he’s done all his work and won’t need much more. We’ll let them run and see which one’s the best.”Tizzard had saddled 42 losers in a row at the Cheltenham Festival before two – Kilbricken Storm, in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle, and then Native River came along in the space of 45 minutes last year. He will have other fancied runners at this year’s meeting, including Fox Norton, a likely runner in the Ryanair Chase, and Elixir Du Nutz in the opening Supreme Novice Hurdle, but with Presenting Percy, the favourite, weak in the market having failed to run over fences this season, a second Gold Cup is an increasingly realistic prospect. “I’m adamant we should celebrate at the time, not go home and start again,” Tizzard said here on Monday. “Let’s stay at Cheltenham and see if we can’t drink them dry and have some fun, and we did. We went to the owners’ and trainers’ bar and got the champagne out and had 50 bottles. We had to go on to that pink stuff in the end but at that time of night it all tastes the same. You must enjoy it. It was a wonderful time in our lives and you might think it’s going to happen [again] but it might not.”Native River is the third-favourite to defend the Gold Cup in the latest ante-post betting, behind Presenting Percy, last year’s RSA Chase winner, and Clan Des Obeaux, who took the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day. The bar manager at Cheltenham might still be advised to order an extra case or two of champagne, though, as Tizzard will also saddle both Thistlecrack, a former King George winner, and Elegant Escape, the Welsh National winner, on 15 March.All three looked fit, fresh and ready for the challenge as they paraded for the cameras in warm sunshine here on Monday and, while their trainer is well aware that the betting favours Native River, all three will go to Cheltenham with a realistic chance to win.“The betting says that one has got a better chance than the others and the betting is the weight of opinion, so you can’t get away from that,” Tizzard said. “My opinion is that Native River has probably got the better chance but the other ones, on their day, are in a race after all and, if everything went right for either of the other two, they’d have a chance. Native River leads all the way to win Gold Cup at Cheltenham Festival Thistlecrack news Show Cheltenham Festival “I might come over as if I’m pretty cool about it but it’s lovely to be playing in this game and at this level as well,” he said. “It’s everyone’s dream just to have a runner in the Gold Cup. I was a farmer for 25 or 30 years but the cows have left now and this has taken over full time. It had been the focus for the last 10 years, I used to say that the cows were a safety net but they were a lead weight holding us back, I think. Dairy farming got us to where we are now and I won’t knock it but we haven’t got to do that now and we’ll do this as best we can.“I went to the market last Friday and bought 49 beef cattle so we’re carrying on farming, but you haven’t got to milk them 720 times a year. In the summer, they’ll look lovely and I can drive around and look at them when I’ve not got much else to do.” Thank you for your feedback. Horse racing tips Pinterest Share on Facebook Was this helpful? Reuse this content Share via Email Share on LinkedIncenter_img Support The Guardian Leicester 2.00 Northern Beau 2.30 Cuddles McGraw 3.00 The Last But One 3.30 All Is Good 4.00 Midnight Mustang 4.30 Brave Jaq  Ffos Las 2.10 Urtheonethatiwant 2.40 Top And Drop 3.10 Baratineur 3.40 Khage 4.10 Gone Platinum 4.40 King Roland Catterick 2.20 Trapper Peak 2.50 Dagian 3.20 Louis’ Vac Pouch 3.50 Shaman Du Berlais 4.20 Fifty Shades 4.50 It’s All About Me (nb)   Wolverhampton 5.00 Sharp Operator 5.30 Bay Of Naples 6.00 Lucky Lodge (nap) 6.30 Juanito Chico 7.00 Ulster 7.30 Vin D’Honneur  Cheltenham Gold Cup Talking Horses: Losing toxic fixed-odds profits a wake-up call for racing Colin Tizzard Since you’re here… Twitter Cheltenham Festival 2019 Colin Tizzard made the most of his first success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last season, when Native River outstayed Might Bite in the mud after a duel around two circuits of the track. Hide Read more Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Quick guide Tuesday tips Share on Messenger Native River, Thistlecrack and Elegant Escape, left to right, pictured at Colin Tizzard’s yard on Monday. Photograph: David Davies/PAlast_img read more

It will take all 11 players to stop Messi – Caballero

first_imgChelsea v Barcelona It will take all 11 players to stop Messi – Caballero Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 09:48 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Willy Caballero Getty Images Chelsea v Barcelona Chelsea Lionel Messi UEFA Champions League Barcelona Premier League The Blues stopper will be on the bench against the Catalan giants but he offered advice on how to stop his compatriot in Tuesday’s game Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero won’t play against Barcelona on Tuesday, but he still offered his advice on how to stop his countryman Lionel Messi.The Blues go into their huge last-16 first-leg tie with renewed confidence after winning their last two games, but will still rank as underdogs against Spain’s leading side. AdChoices广告The 36-year-old goalkeeper found himself on the winning side against Barcelona while lining up for Manchester City in the Champions League group stage last season, and offered his advice for stopping Messi and Co.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He’s unpredictable. When you are watching a game on TV the commentator might say, ‘He’s going to do this or that’ but the reality is he is capable of doing things even better or faster or more unpredictable than people think,” Caballero said after his saved penalty helped Chelsea to a 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge. “It is very hard work to control him but it doesn’t come down to a goalkeeper but the whole team. It is the coach who will decide how to plan for the game. Moreover, having players like Pedro or Cesc [Fabreas] who have played there [at Barcelona] we don’t need to discuss too much their style.”Without doubt for those of us that have played in La Liga we know more than enough about this team, it goes without saying what this team can do.”It doesn’t matter if they change players or coaches, their way of playing remains the same, but it also means the way of causing them problems remains the same.”It’s just a memory [beating Barca with Man City] and for sure I will be on the bench come Tuesday so maybe I can tell them what it’s like to beat Barca.”last_img read more

Jamaican Philanthropist Receives PM’s Medal of Appreciation

first_imgStory Highlights “My passion is for my country and my people; I have been afforded a number of privileges, and I can’t help but extend some of those privileges to individuals who are in need of it,” says Philanthropist Beverly Ford. She was speaking to JIS News after being awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica during a ceremony held on April 25 at Jamaica House. “My passion is for my country and my people; I have been afforded a number of privileges, and I can’t help but extend some of those privileges to individuals who are in need of it,” says Philanthropist Beverly Ford.She was speaking to JIS News after being awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica during a ceremony held on April 25 at Jamaica House.A total of 65 persons were honoured for significant contributions to the economic, cultural and social development of the country or to Jamaicans in the diaspora.Mrs. Ford received the special recognition for her years of service to various Jamaican community associations in Houston, Texas, as well as outreach to Jamaicans at home.“I am pleased to be recognised in this way,” she told JIS News.Born in Manchester in 1948, Beverly Ford learned very early, the importance of discipline and generosity from her guardian, who was a respected nurse in her community of Maidstone in the parish.She later spent the majority of her childhood years in Montego Bay, St. James, attending the Montego Bay Senior School which subsequently became the Montego Bay High School.Mrs. Ford left the country for Washington DC in the United States in 1976 where her new life as wife and philanthropist began.“I married my husband Dinsdale Ford, who was an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, and began managing his clinic,” she explained.The couple relocated to Houston, Texas, in 1980, where Mrs. Ford became involved with the Jamaica Foundation of Houston.She became actively involved in organising fundraisers to help Jamaicans at home and in Houston.In the aftermath of Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, Mrs. Ford spearheaded a fundraiser that provided trailer loads of medical supplies, food and clothing to Jamaica.She also helped to organise fundraisers for the Jamaica Library Service, Cornwall Regional Hospital, Spanish Town Hospital and the Spanish Town Infirmary.Mrs. Ford used every opportunity, as she planned these events, to showcase Jamaica’s rich culture and heritage as well as expose areas of tourism, trade, the arts and technology as part of Jamaica’s national development.She has remained committed and passionate about promoting Jamaica and serving the Jamaican community as is evidenced by the number of projects she has spearheaded over the years.She has served as Honorary Consul of Jamaica in Houston, Board Member of the Houston International Festival and the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, President of the Jamaica Foundation of Houston, among other roles.Among the many accolades received, Mrs. Ford was recognised by the Consulate General of Jamaica, Miami, for outstanding community service (2008).She was also honoured as one of the pioneers in the Jamaican diaspora as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Jamaica’s Independence across the diaspora.“My desire is to be able to keep helping people until my eyes close. That gives me joy and fulfilment,” Mrs. Ford told JIS News. Mrs. Ford received the special recognition for her years of service to various Jamaican community associations in Houston, Texas, as well as outreach to Jamaicans at home. last_img read more

BC government invites public to share views on marijuana rules

first_imgVANCOUVER – A Vancouver councillor says it may take years, but he can see the day a craft cannabis industry emerges in British Columbia, with smoking lounges in the city allowing people to responsibly sample strains of specially cultivated marijuana.“It wasn’t long ago there was a government monopoly on beer and craft beer was illegal,” Kerry Jang said. “Now what do we see? We see a huge market for craft beer. We see responsible usage. We see breweries, brew pubs that didn’t exist before. Why not with marijuana?”Jang made his comments Monday at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention where the province announced a five-week public consultation process on the future of cannabis.The government wants to solicit input from residents as well as local government, First Nations and industry on how it can best protect children, keep roads safe after the federal government legalizes marijuana on July 1.Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said while the timeline imposed by the federal government is tight, the public must have a chance to propose ideas and raise concerns.“The best public policy isn’t imposed from up above,” he told reporters. “The best public policy is made when there’s a sense that people understand the questions … and they feel they’ve had a say.”The consultation process is scheduled to last until Nov. 1 to allow the B.C. government time to draft regulations ahead of the spring session of the legislature, which must happen in order to have a law in place by next Canada Day, Farnworth said.Federal legislation has yet to be finalized, but the provinces will have the power to regulate the retail sale of marijuana and to upgrade traffic safety laws to protect people on the roads from cannabis-impaired drivers.Farnworth said some elements of the provincial regulatory framework will have to be universal, such as the distribution model and the minimum age of consumption, but it must also give municipalities room to manoeuvre based on the wishes of local residents.“I don’t see any reason at all why we have to have a one-size-fits-all approach in terms of retail distribution in British Columbia,” he said.Jang agreed, adding the province will benefit from the experiences of Vancouver and Victoria in regulating the industry. He said he supports the government’s outreach plans.“My initial response when I talked with minister Farnworth was, ‘Gee, pinch me. Wake me up. Is this really happening?’” Jang said.Perry Kendall, B.C.’s chief medical officer, spoke earlier Monday to convention delegates about his work with the national task force on legalizing and regulating marijuana, and about the challenge of striking the right balance.Kendall spoke of how health experts concerned about the impact of marijuana on developing brains urge a minimum age of 25, but that kind of policy would relegate a significant number of young users out of reach and into the black market.Provinces have put pressure on the federal government to push back the July 1 timeline, echoing public health and safety concerns raised by police agencies and youth health experts.Ontario became the first province to release details of its plans to regulate cannabis, saying it will impose a minimum age of 19 for consumption, restrict sales to certain government liquor stores and limit pot use solely to private residences.Alberta is partially through its own public consultation, while Quebec’s wrapped up earlier this month.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Canopy Growth plans 40000squaremetre pot production facility in Denmark

first_imgODENSE, Denmark – Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) plans to establish a 40,000-square-metre cannabis production facility in Odense, Denmark to cater to the Scandinavian country’s medical marijuana patients.The new facility comes under a joint venture announced in September between Canada’s largest licensed marijuana producer and European hemp producer Danish Cannabis ApS, called Spectrum Denmark.The companies say the production facility in Denmark’s third-largest city is expected to have more than 125 staff and serve approximately 60,000 patients.Some 30,000 square metres of existing greenhouse infrastructure could be converted as soon as early 2018, subject to regulatory approval and licensing, the companies say.While Spectrum Denmark goes through the process of getting its license for production, it expects to import cannabis products from Canada.This comes as Canopy and other Canadian marijuana companies look to increase their international footprint to benefit from future growth in countries such as Jamaica, Germany and Brazil.“The Danish market is a stable, attractive market for a number of strategic reasons,” Bruce Linton, chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth said in a statement. “In Denmark, we see a strong pharmaceutical industry with an equally strong research tradition as well as a skilled labour pool and attractive energy rates.”last_img read more

Saudi Cleric Issues Fatwa Forbidding Entertainment and Sports Journalism

Rabat – A prominent Saudi Arabia cleric has whipped up controversy this Friday, by issuing a religious ruling forbidding entertainment and sports journalism.Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for journalists to report on entertainment and sports, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munjid replied as saying that “it is forbidden because entertainment and sports journalists waste their lives in worldly things with no avail to their religion.”According to Saudi daily Al Watan newspaper the prominent sheikh argued that entertainment and sports reporters invest their time in what will not avail them in the afterlife. Mohammed Saleh al-Munjid went on to add that entertainment reporting is more sinful than sports reporting. He pointed out that entertainment journalists spend their lives following artists and dancers, making their sins greater.Meanwhile, he said that it is permissible to reporters to specialize in military, politics or economics.This fatwa provoked swift responses from Twitter users writing in Arabic and identifying themselves with Arab names. Saudi twitter users already lunched a hashtag in Arabic, mocking the fatwa and the prominent sheikh.“We are longing to see another fatwa that forbids football players to waste their time in games,” a twitter user identified as Abou Adil wrote.Bandar Sikt, another twitter user said: “Fatwa has become just like Oxygen for them (Saudi clerics)… They cannot breathe without issuing a new fatwa.”This not the first time Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munjid issues a controversial fatwa. Earlier this year, he made the headlines worldwide, sparking controversy, after he issued a fatwa forbidding snowmen.Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid said “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun.”Sheikh Munajjid argued that to build a snowman was to create an image of a human being, an action considered sinful under the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

COPE report submitted legal action sought on Arjuna

The Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) submitted the report on the alleged Central Bank bond scam to Parliament today.The report recommends that legal action be taken against former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran over the bond scam. COPE chairman Sunil Handunneththi presented the report to Parliament when the House met today. Handunneththi said that the final report was not changed from the original document despite some divisions in the COPE committee. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Government will respect the report and proposed that it be sent to the Attorney General for further action.The joint opposition called for a debate in Parliament on the contents of the report. Wickremesinghe said the Government is ready to debate the report once it is printed. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Chinas January trade soars exports up 25 per cent imports 28 per

China’s January trade soars; exports up 25 per cent, imports 28 per cent BEIJING, China – China’s trade growth surged in January but much of the increase was driven by the traditional Lunar New Year holiday.Exports soared 25 per cent over a year earlier, up from the previous month’s 14.1 per cent, as companies rushed to fill orders before shutting down for up to two weeks, data showed Friday. Import growth rocketed to 28 per cent, more than quadruple the previous month’s 6 per cent.China’s trade growth has rebounded in recent months in a sign of economic recovery but longer-term trade measures are likely to show lower growth than January’s double-digit increase.“Seeing the underlying trend is a little difficult. Nevertheless, the data were above expectations and seem generally positive,” said Moody’s Analytics economist Alaistair Chan in a report.Last year’s Lunar New Year shutdown began in January, leaving fewer work days and boosting this year’s figures by comparison. This year’s holiday falls entirely in February, which will make this month’s trade look unusually weak.Once holiday distortions are factored out, trade growth for the full quarter should be in high single digits, said Goldman Sachs economists in a report.China’s economic growth ticked up in the final quarter of last year from a three-year low. Analysts say a recovery in the world’s second-largest economy still is shaky and will be too weak to drive a global rebound without a turnaround in the United States and Europe.The World Bank and private sector forecasters expect economic growth of about 8 per cent in 2012 and about 7.5 per cent this year. That would be stronger than the West and Japan but China’s weakest performance since the 1990s.A slowdown in Chinese demand could hurt trading partners from Africa to Australia to Brazil where exports of oil, iron ore and other raw materials to China’s factories have fueled an economic boom.Beijing is pinning its hopes for recovery on government-driven investment and domestic consumer spending that is rising but not as fast as authorities want. Officials warned last year that global demand was so weak that trade would contribute little or nothing to overall economic growth.The country’s global trade surplus in January was $29.2 billion. Exports were $187.4 billion while imports totalled $158.2 billion.Analysts warn China’s recovery could be vulnerable if trade weakens or the government fails to pump enough money into the economy through investment. Societe Generale said last month there still is a chance of a “hard landing” this year, with growth dropping below 6 per cent — dangerously low for China.“A deceleration is likely by the end of the year if further stimulus measures are not forthcoming, which they probably won’t because of latent inflation pressures,” said Chan of Moody’s. “Exports are expected to record moderate growth as the global economy recovers.”___Genneral Administration of Customs of China (in Chinese): www.customs.gov.cn AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2013 12:34 am MDT read more

Hudak wants Ontario distillers treated the same as wineries brewers

Hudak wants Ontario distillers treated the same as wineries, brewers TORONTO – An Opposition member of the Ontario legislature wants to change the province’s “antiquated” liquor laws so small distillers are treated the same as craft brewers and wineries.Former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak says there are dozens of wineries in his Niagara-area riding that can sell a glass of VQA wine to people who visit for a tour, and craft breweries have the same option for their customers.But Ontario’s “backwards and outdated” liquor laws prohibit distillers from selling customers a drink on site, even though they can sell them bottles of their alcoholic products at the on-site store, said Hudak.“You can pull off the highway and buy some of the products, but if you want to get a Manhattan with one of those local ryes, they are prohibited by law from doing so,” he said in an interview. “When it comes to brew pubs and wineries, of course you can buy a glass.”Hudak said he was surprised to learn distillers can’t sell customers a mixed drink.“They can add in some local products to make it a very interesting experience for the guest, and spin off sales for local farmers through the mixed drinks,” he said.Hudak said Canadian distillers are the third-largest purchasers of food-quality grain, buying 225,000 tones a year, along with 105 million bushels of corn — about 2.2 per cent of Canada’s total annual output — for the production of distilled spirits.Provincial law also forces small distillers to ship their products to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario for distribution to bars and restaurants, but wineries and brewers can deliver directly to bars without going through the LCBO.Hudak said a friend with a restaurant about five minutes’ drive from the Dillon’s Distillery in his riding can’t get direct delivery of their products for his customers.“They have to ship it to Toronto to the LCBO warehouse which then delivers it to the restaurant, and that’s an anachronism,” he said.A distiller keeps about $10 from a bottle of gin that retails for $33.50 at the LCBO, and Hudak said there should be a “stepped” taxation system that lowers what he calls the “punishing government mark ups” for the smaller distillers.There’s been an explosion of small distillers in the United States, and Hudak is worried Ontario’s liquor laws are discouraging a similar growth in the sector here.“It’s a punishing tax and the result is small ones won’t grow and hire more people, and other start-ups will never happen,” he said. “We made changes that allowed direct delivery of wine to restaurants. Why can’t we do the same for distillers?”The LCBO said it expects the “emerging trend of craft distillers” to attract more consumer interest and sales of local Ontario products, and is looking for opportunities to highlight their products.“We are also working on enhancing the on-shelf presentation and visibility for Ontario craft spirits in addition to incorporating education on this emerging industry to our staff and customers,” said LCBO spokeswoman Christine Bujold. “The LCBO further supports local craft distilleries through programs designed to help small Ontario distillers sell their products to bars and restaurants.”The Ministry of Finance declined comment on Hudak’s proposed changes because of an ongoing court case involving a Toronto distiller and the LCBO.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2016 5:15 am MDT Last Updated Jan 30, 2016 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Netflix still piling up viewers — and big programming bills

Netflix still piling up viewers — and big programming bills SAN FRANCISCO – Netflix is pulling in new viewers and award nominations in droves, but the online video service still faces a long-term problem: Its acclaimed programming line-up is costing far more money than what subscribers pay for it.That hasn’t been a big issue so far, thanks to investors’ willingness to accept scant profits in exchange for robust subscriber growth.Netflix delivered on that front again Monday, announcing that it added 5.2 million subscribers in the second quarter covering April to June. That’s the largest increase ever during the period, which has always been the company’s slowest time of year.Wall Street rewarded Netflix by driving up its stock by more than 10 per cent to $178.30 in extended trading, putting the shares on track to hit a new high in Tuesday’s regular trading.INTERNATIONAL COSTSThe Los Gatos, California, company now has 104 million subscribers worldwide. For the first time in its history, most of those subscribers (slightly more than 52 million) are outside the U.S.That milestone could further complicate Netflix’s cost issues, since the company will need to keep creating more shows that appeal to the unique interests of viewers in countries such as Japan, India and Indonesia.“It is going to be imperative for them to have more locally produced content,” says CFRA Research analyst Tuna Amobi. “They can’t afford to pursue a ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy.”As part of its efforts to boost its profits, Netflix is becoming more aggressive about dumping shows that aren’t drawing enough viewers to justify their costs. In the second quarter, Netflix jettisoned both the high-concept science fiction show “Sense 8” and the musical drama “The Get Down.”In a Monday letter to shareholders, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made it clear that the company plans to exert more discipline in the future. So far, Netflix has renewed 93 per cent of its original series, much higher than the historical rate of traditional TV networks.“They are becoming more like any other Hollywood studio and paying more attention to the economics of their shows,” Amobi said.PROGRAMMING COUPSThe subscriber growth further validates Netflix’s decision to expand into original programming five years ago. Two of its longest running shows — “House of Cards” and “Orange Is The New Black” — recently launched their latest seasons.Those two series, along with new hits like “Master of None” and “13 Reasons Why,” helped Netflix easily surpass the average 1.8 million subscribers it has added in the second quarter over the past five years.This fall, new seasons of two other hits, “Stranger Things” and “The Crown,” are due. Those two series accounted for about a third of the 91 Emmy nominations that 27 different Netflix programs received last week — more than any other TV network except its role model, HBO, which landed 111 nominations.CASH BURNBut the success hasn’t come cheaply.Netflix is locked into contracts requiring it to pay more than $13 billion for programming during the next three years, a burden that has forced the company to borrow to pay its bills.After burning through $1.7 billion in cash last year, Netflix expects that figure to rise to as much as $2.5 billion this year. It’s continuing to invest in more original programming amid increasing competition from the likes of Amazon, Hulu and YouTube.“We have a long way to go to please more and more members,” Hastings said Monday during review of Netflix’s second-quarter results.Netflix expects to be spending more money than it brings in for several more years. It posted a more detailed explanation about its negative cash flow to give investors a better grasp of its programming expenses.Hastings on Monday described the negative cash flow as “an indication of tremendous success,” reasoning that Netflix wouldn’t be able to finance new programming if it wasn’t attracting so many new subscribers.Netflix is still profitable under corporate accounting rules, although its earnings remain puny by Wall Street standards. It earned $66 million on revenue of $2.8 billion in revenue during its latest quarter.Netflix could make more money by raising its prices closer to the $15 per month that HBO charges for its streaming service, but the company has said no increases are planned in the near future. Netflix’s U.S. rates currently range from $8 to $12 per month. by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2017 3:11 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Netflix logo is displayed on an iPhone in Philadelphia, Monday, July 17, 2017. Netflix’s shows are pulling in new viewers and award nominations in droves, but the online video service is burning cash at a furious pace to support production. Netflix, Inc. reports financial results, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) read more

Crump scores careerhigh 25 Georgia beats Texas Southern

ATHENS, Ga. — Tyree Crump scored a career-high 25 points, Nicolas Claxton added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Georgia had little trouble beating Texas Southern 92-75 on Monday night.Derek Ogbeide added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Rayshaun Hammonds finished with 14 points to help the Bulldogs (5-3) win their second straight.Derrick Bruce scored 17 points, and Jeremy Combs added 15 or Texas Southern (3-6). The Tigers have dropped two in a row against Power 5 conference opponents since upsetting then-No. 18 Oregon last week.Crump’s straightaway 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs their first 20-point lead midway through the second half and he added his career-best fifth trey to make it 81-66 at the 4:56 mark.Georgia looked sharp throughout as first-year coach Tom Crean tries to move his team past disappointing performances last month in losing consecutive games to Clemson and Georgia State.Claxton and Jordan Harris each hit two of the Bulldogs’ 11 3-pointers, but it was Georgia’s front line that made the biggest difference. With 6-foot-11 Claxton, 6-9 Ogbeide and 6-8 Hammonds collapsing on Trayvon Reed, Texas Southern’s 7-2 centre wasn’t the same force that scored 23 points and had nine dunks in the Oregon win.Reed finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, but he was outmatched midway through the second. Claxton was defending Reed tightly enough that he couldn’t pivot and decided to feed Devocio Butler for a layup. Claxton turned toward the basket to swat Butler’s shot away and begin Hammonds’ drive down the floor for a quick 3 that made it 59-42.BIG PICTUREFirst-year coach Johnny Jones has put Texas Southern through a tough early schedule with trips to Baylor, Gonzaga, Iowa State and San Diego State. Facing tough competition will likely help the Tigers when their Southwestern Athletic Conference schedule tips off next month, but they will need Reed to be at his best if they are to advance to the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in the last six seasons. He wasn’t a force at Arizona State after picking up two fouls in the first 93 seconds.Crean was pleased to watch his team not let up in the second half to keep Texas Southern from making a run. Georgia took the lead for good midway through the first on Harris’ 3, beginning a 33-15 run that ended on Teshaun Hightower’s 3 at the 1:59 mark. The Bulldogs led 52-35 at halftime and were never threatened in the final 20 minutes.UP NEXTTexas Southern: Hosts Concordia on Saturday.Georgia: Hosts Arizona State on Dec. 15.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25George Henry, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State womens soccer falls to Michigan State 21

Then-OSU freshman forward Nichelle Prince makes a pass during a game against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25, 2013. OSU won 2-1 in OT.Credit: Lantern file photoIn a hectic final minute of play, the Ohio State women’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss against Michigan State, 2-1, on Thursday.The Spartans got on the board during the opening minute of the game after junior forward Allyson Krause put in a rebound that slipped past the hands of redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick.OSU tried to respond in the 19th minute with a strike from freshman midfielder Nikki Walts but redshirt-senior goalkeeper Courtney Clem made a diving save to maintain the lead. The Buckeyes came close again in the 43rd when junior forward Katelyn Kraft missed a 15-yard shot wide left.Michigan State held on to enter halftime with a 1-0 lead. The Spartans also held a 10-9 lead in shots while the Buckeyes had a 5-3 lead in shots on goal.OSU came into the second half looking to tie the score but struggled against the Michigan State defense. Sophomore forward Nichelle Prince almost tied the game in the 75th minute but Clem deflected it off the crossbar.In the final minute, a foul against the Spartans gave the Buckeyes a chance with a penalty kick. Senior forward Kayla Varner struck the ball past Clem to even the game, 1-1.Seconds later, senior forward Paige Wester stunned the Buckeyes with a header off a cross from freshman forward Jamie Cheslik. The last-minute shot gave Michigan State the 2-1 victory.OSU ended the game leading 18-17 in shot attempts and 10-5 in shots on goal. The team fell to 5-8-2 overall and 2-5-2 in Big Ten play.Up next for the Buckeyes is a trip to play against No. 24 Michigan.“Obviously we always want to win the Michigan game,” freshman midfielder Sydney Dudley said. “It would be a big momentum booster and also just get our mentality right.”The team is looking forward to the game for the atmosphere surrounding the rivalry and will try to avenge a 2-0 loss against the Wolverines from last season, senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said.“It’s always fun playing Michigan,” Gruber said. “It’s a good environment there and there’ll be a lot of fans and it’ll be fun.”“It’d be a nice little revenge after losing to them there last year,” Varner said. “It’d be nice to go into their home stadium and beat them.”“We thought that we were done with our season after that so that feeling we do not want again,” Gruber added.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Wolverines on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

Scottish Labour suspends entire council team over coalition with Tories

first_imgKezia Dugdale visiting a food bank during campaigningCredit:Getty ruth davidson Ruth Davidson said Kezia Dugdale would rather prop up the SNPCredit:PA Kezia Dugdale Speaking in Glasgow earlier Ms Dugdale said the deal was rejected by the party executive because “they didn’t believe there was enough evidence within the proposals put forward that there would be no compulsory redundancies and there would be no end to austerity”.Callum McCaig, SNP candidate for Aberdeen South, said the coalition was “shameful behaviour” from Labour, although his party also went into local council coalitions with the Conservatives before the recent election.He added: “They can no longer call themselves a party that supports public services, given this anti-democratic pact with a right-wing Tory party obsessed with austerity and cuts.” Kezia Dugdale has been accused of “showing her true colours” after suspending her entire team of Labour councillors in Aberdeen for entering a coalition with Conservative members to keep the SNP out of power.The Scottish Labour leader said she had suspended all nine member of the party’s group to protect its “values” because the Tory deal would mean imposing further austerity.But Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, said the unprecedented move showed Ms Dugdale would rather prop up the SNP in the country’s councils than work with “pro-UK colleagues” to oust the Nationalists.Following the suspension, she tweeted a tongue-in-cheek welcome to the “@ScotTories/independent coalition working hard for people across the granite city”.Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, tweeted that it was a “total shambles” and said the suspensions did not change the fact that “these councillors have used Labour votes to give Aberdeen a Tory council”.center_img Ms Dugdale said: “Labour values must always run through any deals in local government.“The hundreds of thousands of Scots who vote for us have the absolute right to expect us to defend local services against cuts and properly fund the services that so many people rely on such as education and care for the elderly.“Labour cannot do any deal with another party if it would result in further austerity being imposed on local communities.“Tory austerity risks hurting so many families in Aberdeen, and the Labour Party simply will not stand for that.”Ms Davidson pointed out that Labour and Conservative councillors had previously formed the Aberdeen City administration and claimed that as soon as the SNP came under pressure, Ms Dugdale “couldn’t wait to help them out by propping them up in local government”.She added: “She really is lost. No wonder Scottish Labour is continuing its death spiral.”The deal saw Labour members team up with 11 Tory councillors and three independents to form an administration that would lock the SNP’s 19-member group out of power. Ms Dugdale’s decision to rule out a deal with the Tories – but not the SNP – appears likely to haunt her during the next three weeks of the General Election campaign. It was even more extraordinary because Labour and the Tories have been in coalition together in Aberdeen for almost all her time as leader. The two parties were also in discussion about forming the administrations in several other council areas following this month’s local government elections, which saw the Conservatives overtake Labour following a surge in support. The electoral system used meant no party in any of Scotland’s 32 councils won a majority. But Labour said the group was suspended for breaching party rules after the Scottish executive committee decided on Tuesday to “reject a proposed power-sharing deal in Aberdeen with the Conservatives and independents”.The Labour members went ahead regardless, with the party’s Barney Crockett being elected Lord Provost and Cllr Jenny Laing being named council leader.Ms Dugdale then imposed a 5pm deadline, calling on them to stand down from the multi-party arrangement, and when they failed to do so each councillor was told they had been suspended from Scottish Labour pending investigation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more