Cannabis referendum up in smoke?

first_imgNewsHub 5 May 2016Family First Comment: Good!“Cannabis Party leader Julian Crawford says the vibe he’d got from Labour leader Andrew Little was that he “sounded positive” the idea of a referendum was being progressed by Labour.”They call it ‘dope’ for a reason :)Labour is rubbishing claims it is backing a referendum on decriminalising cannabis, following a statement from the Cannabis Party.Cannabis Party leader Julian Crawford says the vibe he’d got from Labour leader Andrew Little was that he “sounded positive” the idea of a referendum was being progressed by Labour.Mr Crawford says he’d had several informal meetings with Mr Little including running into him in public places and during his recent trips to Oamaru and Dunedin.“We came up with the idea to start with at the Cannabis Party AGM, and we looked into the idea of a citizens-initiated referendum, but realised it would require a lot of signatures and wouldn’t be binding, so we turned our attention to a Parliamentary-created referendum which can be binding. We passed that on to Labour,” he said.He believes the issue of decriminalisation and medical cannabis would bring a lot of “disenfranchised voters” back to Labour.“He said he is in favour of the idea, but I’m unsure about whether he’s got the backing of his colleagues, certainly some of the meetings we’ve had with other Labour MPs they’ve been a bit reluctant so there seems to be a bit of a delay getting it to the ballot.”The Cannabis Party was encouraging the party and also providing them with information on how the decriminalisation law was working in the US state of Colorado.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/cannabis-referendum-up-in-smoke-2016050512#axzz47QlPYWCwlast_img read more

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Legalisation of cannabis will be bad for New Zealand’s young and impressionable

first_imgWhaleOil,co.nz 22 October 2017Family First Comment: Not often we quote from ‘WhaleOil’ (for good reason!) but this guest post is excellent…“What does a referendum do? Whatever the outcome, it instantly gives weed legitimacy in the eyes of these young and impressionable people.”www.saynopetodope.nzI can only say that this state of affairs makes me incredibly sad. We are going through a monstrous situation with a teenage granddaughter who got introduced to weed at 13 yrs old by a social miscreant. Despite showing texts from her phone to the Police proving that the 45 yr was supplying her, nothing “can be done”. Apparently, she has to be the one to make the complaint!The effect has been to make an incredibly smart, conscientious young lady into a confused, unreliable, dropout, who also now considers thieving to pay for the drugs as legitimate. Who knows what occupation will come next to feed the habit.What does a referendum do? Whatever the outcome, it instantly gives weed legitimacy in the eyes of these young and impressionable people.Our conversations with many professionals working with young people is that weed is incredibly bad. They are ALL dead against any lessening of laws for what is called “recreational use”. It is NOT recreational, it is destructive. Let’s get the language right here.What I see in the press so often is people addicted to weed trying to explain that it is harmless. In my experience that is just as bad as an alcoholic extolling the virtues of booze.The fact that it comes from a plant that grows easily is no justification for indiscriminate use. Nature provides us with all our drugs, whether directly from the plants, or via processing, but it is up to us to use them wisely.READ MORE: https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2017/10/legalisation-cannabis-will-bad-young-impressionable/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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FIFA Ranking: Nigeria drops by one spot, now world 35th

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland Nigeria’s Super Eagles have dropped by one spot in the FIFA World ranking for the month of October to now place as world 35th country.In the ranking table from the world football governing body, FIFA on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1,481 points as against 1482 recorded in September.However, in spite of the drop, Nigeria still occupy the third spot in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who are placed 20th and 29th with 1,546 and 1,495 points, respectively.On the global scene, although, 184 recent international matches have left their mark on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, those at the very top remain unaffected by the movement around them.Belgium (1st, unchanged) still leads the way from France (2nd, unchanged) and Brazil (3rd, unchanged), although top-ten rivals Uruguay (5th, up 1), Croatia (7th, up 1), Argentina (9th, up 1) have at least edged closer to the summit.But the most significant rises are to be found further down the Ranking, where the in-form quartet of Ukraine (22nd, up 3), Japan (28th, up 3), Turkey (32nd, up 4) and Russia (37th, up 5) are among the more notable climbers.Jumps of 10 or more places have also been made by a clutch of teams outside the top 50, namely Nicaragua (137th, up 11), South Sudan (162nd, up 11), Barbados (160th, up 10) and São Tomé and Príncipe (180th, up 10).And there is fresh celebrate, too, for Kosovo (114th, up 5), who can again reflect with pride on their best Ranking position to date. Tags: FIFAlast_img read more

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McIlroy struggles as McDowell prospers

first_img Press Association “It’s a lot of fun,” McDowell said, despite having to pay playing partner Garcia for a bet made on Manchester United’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid. “You are playing against the best players in the world and in a no-cut scenario it’s important to get up to the business end of things as early as you can in the week because you can quickly lose your way in this event and be out with the dead men early on Saturday and Sunday. “That’s not where you want to be, you want to get off to a fast start and be in there tussling for the lead and I am very pleased with that opening effort.” The same could not be said of McIlroy, although the world number one at least lived up to his promise to grind out a score when not playing well after walking off the course after playing eight holes in seven over last Friday. McIlroy, who is an approximate 18 over par in 2013, told Sky Sports 3: “It was a bit of a struggle to be honest. I hit some good shots, I hit some not-so good shots. As I have been saying all week this is a work in progress, I am staying patient and I have another three rounds to work on it more and shoot a few good scores. “It was nice to sneak in a couple of birdies in the last three holes and make it look somewhat respectable, even though everyone seems to be going pretty low out there; it was a day where it was perfect scoring conditions. “I wasn’t putting as much pressure on myself and that’s why I didn’t get as frustrated. If I had played like that last week I would have been not so happy but I understand it’s a work in progress and hopefully it will come together soon.” McIlroy struggled to an opening 73 in his first appearance since controversially withdrawing from the Honda Classic last week midway through his second round. But the 23-year-old’s good friend and Ryder Cup partner Graeme McDowell carded a six-under-par 66 to join Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia and Fredrik Jacobson at the top of a world-class leaderboard, with Peter Hanson and Phil Mickelson among those one off the lead and the likes of Ian Poulter and defending champion Justin Rose a stroke further back on four under. center_img All eyes had been on Rory McIlroy in the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but it was another Northern Irishman who claimed a share of the lead in the £5.8million event in Miami.last_img read more

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Inmate dies after being beaten while handcuffed by Florida corrections officers

first_imgAuthorities in Orlando are currently investigating after an inmate was beaten to death while in handcuffs by a corrections officer.The death of 51-year-old Christopher Howell at the Lake Correctional Institution was reported on Monday by the Miami Herald.According to the Miami Herald who spoke to inmates and one officer , Howell was handcuffed in his cell when he refused a command. He was then beaten by an officer as two other officers watched but did not intervene.The Florida Department of Corrections declined to comment on Howell’s death and the ongoing investigation, however, they did report that Howell was pronounced dead at the hospital on Friday and that the officers involved where placed on administrative leave.“Any employee found to have acted inappropriately or illegally faces disciplinary action up to and including dismissal and arrest,” the agency said in a statement Friday.Howell’s arrest affidavit reported that the 51-year-old was “disabled” with a “juvenile disposition,” and that he had been serving a four-year sentence for stealing four cell phone chargers and an $8 folding knife.He was charged with theft and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.last_img read more

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Three debutants in Dover’s 23-man squad for Grenada friendly

first_imgNINETEEN-year-old full-back Terence Vancooten, who plays for Stevenage Football Club in the English Football League Two, along with Nicholas Peters (Mabaruma, Region 1) and Frank Parks (Guyana Rush Saints FC, Region 9), will make his international debut after being named in coach Wayne Dover’s 23-man squad to tackle Grenada on Saturday at the Kirani James Stadium in St George’s.Terence VancootenSeventeen overseas-based players were called by Dover, who said the squad represents “mixture of youth and experience and is a good sign of the changing of the guards in the not-too-distant future especially with the addition of new players.”In preparation for the match, Dover had shortlisted 26 local-based players for a period of encampment, but in the case of Peters and Frank, the two, according to the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), were selected based on their performance at the just-concluded Indigenous Heritage Games and the Charity Match involving a GFF President’s XI and an Indigenous All-Stars which was played last Sunday.The Hinterland players, Dover said, “warranted their immediate call-up” based on the skills displayed, adding, “Parks is no stranger to the national set-up. He played with the junior team and demonstrated the potential to be a top player. He has a football background as all of his siblings represented Guyana and were outstanding.Peters is a solid defender who showed he can handle players, the likes of Gregory Richardson. He showed all the attributes that a central defender has to possess.”Walter Moore, who plays with FF Jaro in the Finnish professional league, will be making a return to the Golden Jaguars from retirement after signalling his desire to retire last October following the Caribbean Cup game.Among those included too is 19-year-old goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle (Barnet FC) who made his debut almost one year ago in the Caribbean Cup game against Suriname in Paramaribo. He also played in the game against Jamaica in Guyana but missed the game against Martinique.Neil Danns, 34, who made his international debut for the Golden Jaguars against Grenada in 2015, will make his return to the team after missing the Caribbean Cup. In his four outings for Guyana, the midfield player Danns scored three goals and is considered an ‘important’ piece for the team.Defender Warren Creavalle who features in the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS) with the Philadelphia Union, will also be joining the team for another outing with the Golden Jaguars. So too is Englishman Samuel Cox, who usually wears the captain’s armband.Technical Director of the GFF, Ian Greenwood, believes the composition of the squad shows “how serious the GFF is taking this fixture and using it as a building block for 2018 when the CONCACAF League of Nations is officially launched.”The Golden Jaguars begin their encampment in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday and will travel to Grenada tomorrow in preparation for the International Friendly on Saturday.SQUAD: Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Andrew Durant (GK), Adrian Butters, Samuel Cox, Gregory Richardson, Neil Danns, Warren Creavalle, Nicholas Peters, Frank Parks, Jake Newton, Christopher Bourne, Emery Welshman, Shaquille Agard, Curtez Kellman, Anthony Benfield, Maliek De Freitus, Jeremey Garrett, Walter Moore, Terence Vancooten, Cashion London, Sheldon Holder, Ralph Parris and Brandon Beresford.Dover will have former National captain Charles Pollard as his assistant, while Eon DeVeira will serve as the goalkeeper coach, Lyndon France – physical trainer Denzil Hernandez – physiotherapist Trevor Burnett and the team’s manager is Rawle Adams.last_img read more

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No. 4 Syracuse stymied by No. 3 North Carolina in the 2nd half in 12-11 loss

first_imgKayla Treanor bolted into the offensive zone searching for an open teammate ahead, fresh off one of Syracuse’s 12 draw controls. Following a quick, sweeping pass, Riley Donahue found herself with the ball on the fast break as the Orange trailed, 4-2, with just under 22 minutes remaining in the first half.The sophomore took three hard steps looking to continue the high tempo movement, but instead decided to pull back and slow down the attack. Stick in her right hand, Donahue motioned her teammates with her left to slow down, work the ball around and get a good look at the goal.But instead of finding a clean opportunity, midfielder Taylor Gait turned the ball over and the Tar Heels had spoiled another potential scoring chance.“I just think we tried to slow our game down,” Donahue said. “I think if we had kept our pace up, maybe we would’ve kept (the scoring) going.”No. 4 Syracuse (12-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) scored six additional first half goals to take a lead against No. 3 North Carolina (12-2, 6-0 ACC) 8-7 at halftime. The attack sputtered to a halt in the final 30 minutes, however, tacking on just three goals as the Orange fell 12-11 Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDonahue netted four goals, three in the first half, and didn’t think the tempo directly affected the scoring clip as the team actually tallied 17 shots in the second half and 28 total.“We had plenty of good shots,” said head coach Gary Gait. “They played the same defense in both halves and just looked to help, but we just couldn’t put the ball away.”Treanor, Halle Majorana, Donahue and Nicole Levy all found relative success in the first half with movement and distributing accordingly between each other, the key cogs in the attack. Syracuse’s eight first-half goals came on just 11 shots.Responding to the Orange’s lead, North Carolina goalkeeper Megan Ward entered the game in relief of Caylee Waters. Just two and a half minutes into the second frame, the Tar Heel defense allowed Treanor to bully her way past the North Carolina defense and score her first goal of the day, a score that gave her 363 points and made her the No. 2 point-scorer in program history.“You play to win games,” Treanor said. “We didn’t win today so (the point record) doesn’t really matter.”Ward answered the charge of shutting down the third-best offense in the ACC. Donahue added another score to give Syracuse a 10-7 lead with over 26 minutes remaining, but four quick saves in the next five minutes made it clear Ward was meant to persevere.Ward’s feet moved quicker. She anticipated and stopped shots that the Orange had seen find the back of the net all season long. Ward’s seven saves not only dwarfed Waters’ two first half stops, but gave North Carolina a fighting chance to mount a comeback.“(Ward) got in our shooter’s heads a little bit,” Gait said. “She made a couple saves early and we missed the net a bunch and didn’t put it in.“She was a game-changer today.”The 10 goals remained on the scoreboard as the Tar Heels climbed back into the game, goal by goal. Treanor managed to score her second goal of the game to bring Syracuse within a single score, but an 11 stayed on the Carrier Dome scoreboard until the final buzzer sounded.Following Treanor’s goal, North Carolina dominated possession and Syracuse managed only two shots, one of which Ward stopped. After a promising first 30 minutes, Syracuse simply faltered in the second half due to an inability to finish.“Some of our shots didn’t go in. We had a lot of opportunities,” Donahue said. “…If we had finished more, it would have been a different outcome.” Comments Published on April 16, 2016 at 4:25 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Tuchel favourite to take over Southampton

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Tomas Tuchel is the bookies’ favourite to take over at Southampton.Last season’s beaten EFL Cup finalists sacked Claude Puel last night after just a solitary season in charge at St. Mary’s.Under his guidance, Southampton finished a respectable eighth in the Premier League last season.last_img

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Irish pro team basking in Vuelta glory

first_imgIreland’s Nicolas Roche is 17th overall. The peloton head back into the mountains for today’s 18th stage at the Vuelta a Espana.Ireland’s team Aqua Blue will be hoping to build on yesterday’s historic stage win for their Austrian rider Stefan Denifl.Chris Froome holds a 1 minute 16 seconds advantage over Vincenzo Nibali in the leader’s red jersey.last_img

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Bernard Hopkins to fight Bukom Banku in Ghana

first_imgBoxing fans in Ghana and Africa at large may witness arguable the biggest boxing bout ever to happen on the continent  as negotiations are currently underway between the Ghana Boxing Authority( GBA) and  IBF, WBA, IBA light-heavyweight world champion Bernard Humphrey Hopkins, Jr. to stage a fight in Ghana by the close of the year.Hopkins(55-6-2, 32 KOs) at 49 became the oldest boxer ever to win a world title, defend a world title and also unify a weight division after beaten Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan for the WBA and IBA light-heavyweight titles on April 20.The GBA is in talks to sign an agreement with the camp of the American boxer Bernard Hopkins to mount the ring with the most popular boxer in Ghana, Isaac Braimah Kamoko aka Bukom Banku.Speaking on Asempa “Sports Heroes” programme, the Chief Executive Officer of Ambition Boxing promotion and doubles as Executive Member of Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) Alhaji Toffic confirmed the bout negotiation.“I can confirm that we (GBA) are making arrangement with the camp of Bernard Hopkins to fight Bukom Banku for world title fight in Accra. We’ve already started from the top and gotten positive feedback from team Hopkins”. He added. Meanwhile Bukom Banku and Ayittey Powers will clash on 16th April, 2014 ahead of the proposed Hopkins bout.last_img read more

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