Berkshire Hills Bancorp and Rome Bancorp announce preliminary results of merger consideration

first_imgBerkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (Nasdaq: BHLB) and Rome Bancorp, Inc (Nasdaq: ROME) today announced the preliminary results of elections made by Rome Bancorp, Inc stockholders as to the form of merger consideration to be received in the pending merger of Rome Bancorp with and into Berkshire Hills Bancorp. The election deadline for Rome Bancorp stockholders to have made merger consideration elections in connection with the proposed merger expired at 5:00 p.m., EDT, on March 18, 2011.Of the approximately 6,777,551 shares of Rome Bancorp common stock outstanding as of March 18, 2011:The holders of approximately 5,043,184 shares, or 74.4%, elected to receive Berkshire Hills Bancorp common stock;The holders of approximately 710,243 shares, or 10.5%, elected to receive cash; andThe holders of approximately 1,024,124 shares, or 15.1%, submitted elections expressing no preference as to the form of merger consideration or did not make a valid election.Under the terms of the merger agreement, 70% of the outstanding shares of Rome Bancorp common stock at the time of the merger will be exchanged for shares of Berkshire Hills Bancorp common stock, and all remaining outstanding Rome Bancorp shares of common stock will be exchanged for cash. Each Rome Bancorp share exchanged for stock will receive 0.5658 shares of Berkshire Hills Bancorp common stock. Each Rome Bancorp share exchanged for cash will receive $11.25. Stock consideration was oversubscribed by those participating in the election. As a result, stockholders who elected to receive cash or who did not submit a valid election form will receive all cash consideration. Stockholders who elected to receive stock will receive both stock and cash.After the final results of the election process are determined, the actual merger consideration, and the allocation of the merger consideration, will be computed using the formula in the merger agreement and will be based on, among other things, the actual number of shares of Rome Bancorp common stock outstanding immediately prior to the closing date, the final results of the election process and the value of Berkshire Hills Bancorp common stock for the five trading days immediately prior to the date the merger becomes effective. A press release announcing the final merger consideration will be issued after the merger is completed.A more complete description of the merger consideration and the proration procedures applicable to elections is contained in the proxy statement/prospectus dated January 28, 2011 and mailed to Rome Bancorp stockholders of record on or about February 2, 2011. Rome Bancorp stockholders are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus carefully and in its entirety. Copies of the proxy statement/prospectus may be obtained for free by following the instructions below under. “Additional Information About the Merger and Where to Find It.”Berkshire Hills Bancorp and Rome Bancorp expect to complete the merger on or about April 1, 2011. The proposed merger, which was approved by Rome Bancorp stockholders on March 9, 2011, remains subject to the receipt of final regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.BackgroundBerkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank ‘ America’s Most Exciting Bank(SM). The Company has $2.9 billion in assets and 42 financial centers in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. Berkshire Bank provides 100% deposit insurance protection for all deposit accounts, regardless of amount, based on a combination of FDIC insurance and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). For more information, visit www.berkshirebank.com(link is external) or call 800-773-5601.Rome Bancorp is a publicly held, one-bank holding company whose wholly-owned subsidiary, The Rome Savings Bank, maintains its corporate offices in Rome, New York. Rome Bancorp, Inc. is incorporated in the state of Delaware. The Rome Savings Bank, regulated by the Office of Thrift Supervision, operates five full-service community banking offices in Rome, Lee, and New Hartford, New York. Rome’s primary lines of business include residential real estate lending, small business loan and deposit services, as well as a variety of consumer loan and deposit services.Forward Looking StatementsThis news release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 about the proposed merger of Berkshire Hills Bancorp and Rome Bancorp. These statements include statements regarding the anticipated closing date of the transaction and anticipated future results. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words like “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” and “intend” or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could” or “may.” Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results include delays in completing the merger, difficulties in achieving cost savings from the merger or in achieving such cost savings within the expected time frame, difficulties in integrating Berkshire Hills Bancorp and Rome Bancorp, increased competitive pressures, changes in the interest rate environment, changes in general economic conditions, legislative and regulatory changes that adversely affect the business in which Berkshire Hills Bancorp and Rome Bancorp are engaged, changes in the securities markets and other risks and uncertainties disclosed from time to time in documents that Berkshire Hills Bancorp files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Additional Information About the Merger and Where to Find ItIn connection with Berkshire Hills Bancorp’s proposed acquisition of Rome Bancorp, Berkshire Hills Bancorp has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC containing a proxy statement/prospectus dated January 28, 2011, which has been mailed to Rome Bancorp stockholders. Investors are urged to read these materials, and any other documents filed by Berkshire Hills Bancorp or Rome Bancorp with the SEC, because they contain or will contain important information about Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Rome Bancorp and the merger. The proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials, and any other documents filed by Berkshire Hills Bancorp with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov(link is external).SOURCE Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. PITTSFIELD, Mass. and ROME, N.Y., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

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Long Island Farmers’ Markets 2016

first_imgMORE: Nothing like a summer concert at Jones Beach. Here’s our complete list of performers MORE: Why didn’t we think of this? Learn how an online farmers’ market delivers fresh produce Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Farmers markets are getting down to business across Long Island. Here is our annual list, which will be updated as new dates and locations are added. Did we miss one? Let us know! There’s nothing like fresh food brought from the field right to your kitchen table.Amityville: 9/11 Memorial parking lot, Route 110. Fridays, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. June 3 through September. 455 Albany Ave. Thursdays, 3p.m.-6p.m. June 30-Sept. 29. Village Hall parking lot located at 21 Ireland Place. Fridays, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. June 3-Nov. 18Babylon: Train station parking lot. Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 3-Nov. 22Bay Shore: The Community Band Shell on Main Street. Fridays, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. May 20-Sept. 23Bellport: 471 Atlantic Ave. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 7-Oct. 29Bethpage: 326-328 Broadway. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23-Nov. 19Bridgehampton: 151 Mitchell Ln. Fridays, 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. May 20-Sept. 30Commack: 74 Hauppauge Rd. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 30-Oct. 27Deer Park: Tanger Outlets at the Arches. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 4-Nov. 5East Hampton: Nick & Toni’s parking lot, 136 N. Main St. Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 27-Sept. 2 Great Neck: 125 Community Dr. Sundays, 9 a.m.-1.p.m. July 10-Oct. 30Greenport: 2nd and South Streets Lot near IGA. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 28 to October.Hampton Bays: St. Mary’s Church, 165 Ponquogue Ave. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 28-Sept. 3Hempstead: YALE Child Care Center 160 Baldwin Rd. Wednesdays, 3:30pm-6:30 pm June 29- Sept. 28Huntington: Route 25A, East of Route 110 North. Sundays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 29-Nov. 20Islip: Town Hall parking lot, 655 Main St. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 28- Nov. 18Kings Park: Municipal Lot 25A on Main Street, across from fire department. Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 5-Nov. 20Long Beach: Kennedy Plaza, 1 W. Chester Street. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4-Nov. 23Malverne: Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s, 480 Hempstead Ave. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 4th-Oct. 8thMattituck: Harbes Farm 715 Sound Ave. Open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.Montauk: Village Green on Montauk Highway across from Chamber of Commerce building, Thursdays, June 9-Sept. 1 and Fridays, Sept. 9-30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.Mount Sinai: Rose Caracappa Senior Center, 739 Rte. 25A. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 4 to Oct. 29.Nesconset: 127 Smithtown Blvd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 4-Nov. 16New Hyde Park: Municipal lot across Village Hall, 1441 Jericho Tpke. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 4- Nov. 24Northport: Cow Harbor parking lot on corner of Main Street and Woodbine Avenue. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. June 4-Nov. 19Patchogue: 7-Eleven parking lot, 225 E. Main Street. Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 8-Nov. 4Railroad Station Parking Lot. Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 12-Nov. 20West of Route 112 on Montauk Highway. Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 17th-Nov. 4Port Jefferson: Steam Room parking lot at corner of Rts 25A and 112. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 8-Sept. 29Port Washington: Town Dock on 247 Main Street. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. June 11-Oct. 29.Riverhead: Reopens Fall 2016. Date to be announced.Rockville Centre: Railroad Parking Lot No. 12 at corner of Long Beach Road and Sunrise Highway. Sundays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 29-Nov. 20Rocky Point: Depot Park at corner of Prince Road and Broadway. Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 29- Nov. 20Roslyn: Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searingtown Rd. Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 1 -Nov. 23Roosevelt: Family Health Clinic parking lot, 380 Nassau Rd. Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 10-Oct. 30Sag Harbor: Corner of Bay and Burke Streets. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 21-Oct. 29Seaford: East end of railroad station parking lot on corner of Washington Avenue and Sunrise Highway. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 28-Nov. 18Sea Cliff: 253 Glen Ave. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 2-Oct. 29Shelter Island: Haven’s House Museum and Grounds, 16 S. Ferry Rd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 28- Sept. 3Southampton: 25 Jobs Lane. Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 29-Oct. 9Southold: North Fork Table & Inn parking lot, 57225 Main Rd. Fridays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. May 27-Sept. 2Westhampton Beach: 85 Mill Rd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 7-Nov. 26Wyandanch: New Shiloh Baptist Church, 221 Merritt Ave. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. July 9-Oct. 8-Compiled by Ana Borutto,Alure cube,Alure cube East Meadow: 832 Merrick Ave. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 20-Sept. 30East Setauket: 93 North Country Rd. Fridays, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. May 13-Oct. 28Elmont: 2150 Hempstead Tpk. Tuesdays, 10am-1pm June 28-Sept. 27Farmingdale: Village Green on Main Street. Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. begins June 5.Flanders: Crohan Community Center, 655 Flanders Rd. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 2-Oct. 15.Freeport: Freeport Recreation Center, Merrick Road. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 9-Oct. 29.Garden City: 101 County Seat Dr., behind Supreme Court. Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7-Nov. 22last_img read more

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Find out how the Black Egg made a revolution in tourism

first_imgEight years ago, the group purchase market opened in Croatia, which later experienced its expansion through various versions and similar portals, and finally consolidation in the market.Today, the strongest site for group shopping on the Croatian market is undoubtedly Crno Jaje, which, despite its later entry into the market, with its proactive and different business philosophy and promotion, literally swept the competition and today has over 250.000 newsletter users, which is a powerful and efficient sales tool. . What is interesting to me personally is the fact that Crno Jaje introduced a small revolution in tourism, especially when we talk about the promotion of continental tourism, the sale of tourist packages in the pre- and postseason and cooperation with hotels, which is not based on cheap packages.The above facts are more than enough reason to talk to Hrvoje Bujas, the founder and owner of Crni Jaj, who points out that Crno Jaje is not synonymous with cheap accommodation but as an excellent channel for promotion and sales. “We were recognized by the strongest hoteliers in Croatia, and that fact only shows that Crno jaje is not a synonym for cheap accommodation, but as an excellent sales channel and a smart modality of work for the largest hoteliers. They know when, how and how to use Black Egg as a sales platform. ”Bujas points out and adds that they cooperate with Valamar, Maistra, Toplice Sv. Martin, Supetar Waterman Resort and many others.At the mention of group shopping the first association that binds is cheap accommodation, and he would never connect three-, and especially four- and five-star hotels, to cooperate with the group-buying platform. But, as Bujas himself points out, hoteliers have found their niche, a niche that works great as a sales channel, especially in the pre- and post-season. “No one can fill a hotel in seven days like we can, there is no tool on the market other than Black Egg. Our strength lies in the trust and strong customer base. We have over 250.000 newsletter subscribers who have been loyal customers for the last six years, and this is not a database that has been purchased, but has been built day by day for the last six years. “Emphasizes Bujas.Ok, great, but what does it look like in practice, I wondered out loud, and Bujas speaks like a sleeve, a concrete example of the last collaboration that was sold out in a couple of days during our conversation. “Recently, in cooperation with Toplice Sv. Martin worked on a special project “Međimurje and Dalmatia” with which we created a special content and experience, three days, ie two nights, on the basis of half board for two people. On Friday there was a Međimurje dinner and music, and on Saturday there was a Dalmatian dinner and the guest was the klapa Iskon. What is the power of Black Egg is exactly this – in just three days we sold out 110 hotel rooms. Find me which sales channel and marketing campaign can sell out 110 rooms in three days. We work with all hotels, and it is interesting how we sell 4 and 5 star hotels better, not the cheapest accommodation. What has proven to be very successful is that we are working on a practical turnkey system – promotion, sale and collection of funds and the transfer of funds to the hotel”Bujas points out and adds that hoteliers have long understood the values ​​of Crni Jaje and that Crno Jaje is not a group purchase from seven years ago, but a new modality of fast, efficient and quality filling of capacity.And I have to admit that he dispelled all my doubts and in fact it was only then that I realized the true concept of Black Egg, and that is fast and efficient sales. Because selling 100 nights in three days is more than an impressive success. Also, what is positive and systematic, that through the campaign in the above-mentioned cooperation with the Spa Sv. Martin was not selling accommodation, but content and a special whole experience. We all know that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but diverse, quality and primarily authentic content, especially when we talk about the pre- and post-season as well as continental tourism. People do not travel or come to destinations for accommodation, but for content.And this is where we come to a great link, which came to me in an interview and a deeper story about Crni Jaj as a platform for the promotion of destinations in the pre- and post-season, and especially in continental tourism. Also, Crno Jaje has definitely started and raised some destinations in the continent such as Baranja, Lika, Zagorje, etc.… „Eight years ago, practically no people were travelers, except for ski trips and larger European cities. In general, I think that people traveled about 10-15 percent, and by entering the market of group travel portals and the arrival of a new pricing modality, especially adapted for continental tourism and the Adriatic in the pre- and postseason, Croats became travelers again. travel more and more around Croatia. So we’re talking about continuous growth over the past eight years, and I can say that there’s been one complete change within people’s positioning. People really want to escape from Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, ie big cities during the weekend and go somewhere. “This is exactly the niche we missed – domestic visitors and domestic consumption, because they are the base for the pre- and post-season, and especially for continental tourism. And when we talk about weekend travel, then it is ideal for people to go by car to closer destinations, primarily in Croatia, which are within 100 to 200 kilometers. Thus, it is most ideal for someone from Zagreb to go by car to Slavonia, Zagorje, Gorski Kotar, Međimurje on weekends… so go in a circle where you are with the car within two hours of driving. “It is in this field that we have done a great deal, thanks to our partners from the continent, from larger to smaller, who have recognized the power of the Black Egg precisely to create the motive of coming and filling accommodation. One critical mass was gained for continental tourism to show its “teeth”, and Crno jaje has been and will remain a great promoter of continental tourism since day one.. Personally, I think that only through Black Eggs did they practically invent some destinations. Over 2.000 coupons were sold for our partner in Lonjsko polje, which is a phenomenal result, and I would certainly highlight the excellent cooperation with Baranja, Međimurje and Gorski Kotar, where we sold thousands of coupons. “Certainly, in Crni Jaj, like all other continental destinations, we can look forward to the introduction of the so-called Cro cards that are just aimed at developing tourism and increasing consumption on the continent. Of course, Cro cards, whenever they are implemented, are expected to be a good step forward this year, but as a one-time solution and without a clear strategy for the development of continental tourism, there will be no long-term success or quality development of continental tourism.Currently, there are two proposals on the “table”, the first that the employer pays the employee five, and the second 10 thousand kuna. It is important to emphasize that 50 percent of the funds from the card would go to accommodation, 25 to 30 percent would go to catering services, food and drink, and the rest of the money could be used for museums, wellness and similar facilities. So a Cro card would be another bank card to which the employer would deposit money. Of course, those employers who want it, because otherwise there are no sanctions, and the state would return the same money to the employer through tax relief in the amount of 25 to 100 percent of the amount paid.So, I certainly support the introduction of Cro cards, although it is not yet defined how and under what conditions, which will significantly affect the success of the whole story.It is interesting that over 1.500 coupons – arrangements in Croatia were sold through Crni Jaj in January alone this year, the validity of which is until April 01. We are talking about the zero season or before the season.In my free judgment, and in accordance with the offer of domestic travel agencies, Crna jaje can certainly be declared a travel agency that sells the most domestic travel to domestic tourists (not counting the peak season)..But let’s go back and go a little deeper into Black Egg, how the modality of working with Black Egg actually works. As Bujas points out, there are three models of cooperation, and the best one is partnership, when they agree on the best possible campaign through communication. “The basic model of cooperation is when the partner exclusively wants to promote an action that he has designed, defined and arranged, and he wants to promote it through the Black Egg. We believe that the best modality of cooperation is always the partnership, where together we agree on the best possible campaign. We know what our 250.000 customers really want, when and at what prices, and we certainly aim for each partner to be satisfied with the collaboration and the overall campaign. In addition to our channels, from the web, social networks and newsletter database of 250.000 users, we also cooperate with the leading national TV company, Nova TV and Dom TV, which has a reach of about a million people a day. There are 10 to 15 spots of 25 seconds a day, and we offered our partners a share in that segment, so they get 5-6 broadcasts on a daily basis. We usually do a 14-day contract, so the partners get over 50 broadcasts in two weeks, and when they turn it into money, it is worth about 20.000 euros of media space on television alone. The third modality is an additional TV special where we shoot a special TV clip lasting 1 minute and this video is played up to 5-6 times a day, but we do such campaigns for clients with higher accommodation capacity. “Bujas saidA number of hotels have been working successfully with us for years, adds Bujas, and Crno Jaje is an ideal tool for hotels to generate demand and fill hotels in the pre- and post-season and for special promotions and sales, ie filling accommodation in 15 to 20 days. ” When we talk about the Adriatic, especially in the pre- and post-season, we are one of the strongest tools to create the motive of arrival and fill the capacity in the period when there are no tourists. It is difficult to expect that foreign tourists will come in February or March in a larger number, and there is a focus on domestic visitors. For example, last year, when we organized the New Year’s Eve for the first time on Brač in Supetar, where everything was closed at that time and there were no programs or visitors, we managed to fill Supetar Waterman Resort completely through the campaign. And not only that, the result was that restaurants, cafes and other facilities were opened in Supetar, thanks to the occupancy of the hotel and Crni Jaj. So, Supetar was alive in that period, and until a year or two ago there was nothing. It is proof that a quality story can be made even out of season. ” Bujas proudly points out, and I have to admit he has something to be proud of, and that is exactly the best proof of the efficiency of the whole platform, like it or not.Finally, Bujas emphasizes that no agency can offer and ensure the sale, ie filling of accommodation in such a short time. “In general, I think that at this moment we are the only ones who can place and sell a tourist product in 7 to 14 days, all thanks to a strong overall campaign and our positive image. ” concludes Bujas.All in all, Crno Jaje is an ideal and efficient tool for selling accommodation in a short time, not only targeted, but also when a hole has occurred during the season and hoteliers are left with a couple of empty rooms during the week during the peak season. sell. The only thing I can conclude for the end is how Crno Jaje definitely made a small revolution, especially in continental tourism, as well as the sale of content for the pre- and post-season.Opportunities are around us, use Black Egg for your tourist stories and don’t forget. You have to sell content, authentic content, not accommodation.last_img read more

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“Really scared” says Kilian, Bundesliga’s first coronavirus case

first_imgTopics : “If I had stayed alone in Paderborn I would have gone to hospital,””I can now talk from experience. I’m a sportsman and in form, but I had to fight a lot against the virus. For the people who already have health issues, it could put their life in danger.”As of late Sunday, 55 people in Germany have died of the disease with 18,610 recorded cases and Chancellor Angela Merkel was in quarantine after meeting a doctor who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Earlier in the day Merkel announced a ban on public gatherings of more than two people and further infection control measures. The first Bundesliga player to test positive for coronavirus said on Monday he had been “really scared” as he suffered from the illness.Paderborn’s Luca Kilian, 20, was the first case of COVID-19 in the German top-flight, which has been postponed until at least April 2 due to the pandemic.The Germany Under-21 international had missed seven matches since suffering a muscle injury in late-January but his club’s last match was the March 6 loss to Cologne.center_img “It started on March 10 with a little bit of irritation in the throat. The day after I had a headache but I kept training” he told newspaper Westfalen-Blatt”On March 12 I had the first of my hot flushes and a day later they were really strong. Fever and strong shivers. It was then I started being really scared for the first time.”It took four days for the fever to drop, and after that I felt better every day,” he added.Defender Kilian, who joined the league’s bottom club from home town side Borussia Dortmund at the start of the season, was able to return home to his family to be taken care of by his mother, a nurse.last_img read more

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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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