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Greens promised referendum on personal cannabis use – Ardern wants national discussion

first_imgStuff 20 October 2017Family First Comment: “Conservative lobby group Family First was already preparing to rail against the prospect of a referendum. National director Bob McCoskrie said it would be running a “nope to dope” campaign.”Incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will work with her Cabinet and take advice before holding a referendum on legalising recreational cannabis.She said her Executive would decide when the referendum went ahead and was personally open to the discussion. Ardern said there was a need to balance overly harsh criminal sentencing with the drug’s capability to cause harm.Conservative lobby group Family First was already preparing to rail against the prospect of a referendum. National director Bob McCoskrie said it would be running a “nope to dope” campaign.“Legalising marijuana and the rise of Big Marijuana is the wrong path if we care about public health, public safety, and about our young people.There are too many health risks including the effect of marijuana on cognitive ability, cardiac function and psychosis,” he said.READ MORE: referendum: What it could mean for stonersNZ Herald 20 October 2017A public referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use will be held by the 2020 election as part of the agreement between the Green and Labour parties.Legalising cannabis has been a key policy for the Green Party for the past 20 years.But what changes will Kiwis be voting on when it comes to the cannabis referendum?Legalise cannabis for personal use:According to The Green Party, its drug law reform policy indicates that it aims to make cannabis legal for personal use, including possession and cultivation of the drug.However, it is unclear whether selling cannabis would be legalised.Age restriction on cannabis use:The Greens have made it clear there a legal age limit for personal use of cannabis will need to be introduced, although the age is yet to be set or agreed upon.Driving under the influence of cannabis:The current law around driving under the influence of cannabis will be replaced with one that is based on cannabinoid levels that correlates with impairment.Similar to alcohol breath testing, drivers cannot get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle if they are over the legalised limit of cannabinoid levels.Legalising medical cannabisThe Greens want to remove penalties for anyone with a terminal illness, chronic or debilitating conditions who grows, possesses and uses cannabis products for therapeutic purposes as long as they have the support of authorised medical practitioner.Make licensed medical cannabis products more accessible:The proposed policy would look to accelerate the process by which medical cannabis products are licensed. The move would direct MedSafe to consider the use of category-based classes common compositions of medical cannabis products.They want to lower the barriers for manufacturers to submit new cannabis products for funding to Pharmac so that evidence can be quickly gathered and distributed if approved.Before racing ahead with the referendum, they want to assess evidence from overseas jurisdictions where legal cannabis is sold to determine the best model for New Zealand.“While waiting for broader law change for cannabis, remove penalties for any person with a terminal illness, chronic or debilitating condition to cultivate, possess or use cannabis and/or cannabis products for therapeutic purposes, with the support of a registered medical practitioner”, the policy said.READ MORE: read more

Southern Oklahoma says OK to IMCA Modifieds

first_imgARDMORE, Okla. – Nine dates for IMCA Modifieds are on the 2018 schedule at Southern Oklahoma Speedway.The division runs both nights of Southern Oklahoma’s season-opening IMCA Weekend Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10.Friday night events will also be held April 20, May 18, June 1 and 15, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region or Razor Chassis South Central Region, Allstar Performance State and track points will be awarded all nine nights. The track champion earns bonus points applicable toward national and regional standings.“We’ve been a Modified track since Day One and I’ve been approached for years by IMCA drivers who wanted to race here,” said promoter John Webb. “I’m a Modified driver myself and I’m glad we can give these guys a place to race. I can promise them that we’ll give them a good track to race on.”IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars following the Sprint Series of Oklahoma, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Southern SportMods also travel to Ardmore for the big March lidlifter.Sanctioned Stock Cars and Southern SportMods run Saturdays at Southern Oklahoma through Sept. 15. Sprint series events are also scheduled Fridays April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14.“We’ve run Fridays once a month for the last two years,” explained Webb. “RaceSaver Sprint Cars have been very popular here.”last_img read more

MBB : FINALLY FAB: Melo becomes difference-maker against SJU to propel Orange to Big East semifinals

first_img Published on March 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm NEW YORK –– Selected the Big East’s Preseason Rookie of the Year in this very venue five months ago, Fab Melo was expected to walk the walk. He was supposed to strut just like this at Madison Square Garden in March. Head higher than anyone else’s, chest out.And after a tumultuous rookie regular season, Melo was finally the hero Thursday. In No. 11 Syracuse’s gritty 79-73 win over No. 17 St. John’s in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, Melo displayed a confident cadence after every big play he made, walking tall between possessions.Knowing he can play this well on this stage allows his teammates, such as Kris Joseph and Rick Jackson, to believe SU (26-6) can now take the next step with the NCAA Tournament approaching. And knowing he has the complete backing and confidence of his veteran teammates means the world to Melo.‘Now the players are starting to trust me,’ he said.In a back-and-forth quarterfinal, fourth-seeded SU defeated fifth-seeded St. John’s (21-11) thanks to crucial late-game plays from Melo. They were unexpected acts of maturity from the first-year player, as he finished with 12 points on perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field. He also provided a cog in the middle of the SU zone after a first half during which St. John’s big men bullied the middle of the Orange zone and led 37-32 at halftime.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut paramount, in the moments that mattered, Melo became that hero the Big East’s head coaches predicted he would be back in October.‘Couldn’t ask for anything else out of him,’ said Melo’s partner down low, the senior forward Jackson. ‘I’m happy for him. I think he works hard. People criticize him and want him to be something they want him to do. But as a big guy, it takes a lot of work to just come in and be a big threat.’The quarterfinal win propels the Orange into a semifinal matchup Friday at 7 p.m. against No. 9 seeded Connecticut. The Huskies knocked off top-seeded Pittsburgh in Thursday’s opener. SU defeated then-No. 6 Connecticut 66-58 in Hartford, Conn., on Feb. 2.But on Thursday, the glory was all Melo’s. For the maligned freshman that struggled to run up and down the court with the SU transition offense all year, this was vindication after a lost regular season. Throughout the game, Melo exhibited the moxie to score. One of his staunchest critics and loyal supporters, SU head coach Jim Boeheim, spoke highly of the plays Melo made late.‘Those were not easy plays,’ Boeheim said. ‘He ducked under the one, and the other one he caught and finished. I mean, he made a couple of really good offensive plays out there.’The end of the game was Melo’s best stretch. With SU trailing by one at the 3:41 mark of the second half, Melo found himself in the middle of the Red Storm matchup zone. He wafted in the middle of the zone late in the shot clock, unexpectedly received the ball, and hit Jackson wide open down low for a bucket to give SU a 68-67 lead.‘Fab went high and he was looking around, looking around,’ Jackson said. ‘I just went box to box and he just found me.’Fifteen seconds later, Melo drew an offensive foul on Justin Brownlee. He once again walked tall ahead of everyone else the other way.And with two minutes left – fresh out of a timeout– Melo sealed an SJU defender, corralled a pass, and hit the game-clinching layup. SU then held a 74-70 lead with 32 seconds left thanks to another mature play from Melo, this time on an up-and-under pump-fake layup. Moments later, Melo jetted up the court again. Only this time, sprinting. Having just sealed the game by playing ball-pressure defense on a Dwight Hardy 3-point attempt, the 7-footer bounded toward the SU student section, screaming in elation. His brother in arms – fellow freshman center Baye Moussa Keita – pounded his chest from the sidelines in salute. Another freshman, Dion Waiters, pounded Melo’s chest to congratulate him.Why not? After the turmoil of his rookie season, Melo had his first coronation in the same place he was lauded when the Big East season began in late October.‘People had big expectations for me, but I had my expectations,’ Melo said. ‘I knew I wouldn’t come here and be one and done, and everybody was saying that. I have only been playing basketball for five years. I knew, coming here, it would be hard to adjust. I just have to take my time to play my game.’ Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse forces 23 turnovers in 89-79 win over Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With 25 seconds left and Boston College trying to cut Syracuse’s lead into two possessions, BC guard Makayla Dickens saw an open teammate streaking to the hoop. The Eagles would’ve had a wide-open layup, but Dickens’ bounce pass skipped out of bounds. That play was one of the Eagles’ 23 turnovers — seven more than SU forces on average — which SU turned into 22 points. Syracuse’s new-look lineups and active guards in the press led to its 89-79 win over the Eagles (12-10, 5-6) Thursday night in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Orange (11-11, 5-6 Atlantic Coast) led the entire game after a quick 1-0 deficit and Teisha Hyman, starting in place of a sick Gabrielle Cooper, tied her career-high with 16 points to go along with point guard Kiara Lewis’s 23. Entering Thursday’s matchup, Syracuse had lost three of its past four games and struggled to score early throughout the month of January and into February. Prior to playing the Eagles, SU had hit 20 first-quarter points just twice in that span. Seven, 10, and 11-point performances in first-quarters dug holes for the Orange. But against Boston College, Syracuse used a new starting lineup and unusual five-player combinations to build an 11-3 lead halfway through the first. Along with Hyman — typically used in the sixth-man role — graduate transfers Brooke Alexander, Whisper Fisher and Elemy Colome played more minutes than usual. And their experience paid off. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 2:56 remaining in the first, Colome grabbed a steal by midcourt and skipped an over-the-head bounce pass to Alexander in the corner for a 3-pointer. Later, Alexander drove along the baseline and found Fisher by the free-throw line for a short jumper. The Orange’s 22 first-quarter points were the most since Jan. 2 against Florida State, and they entered the second frame leading by five. On the first play of the second quarter, the trio continued to contribute. Colome caught an entry pass on the block before finding Fisher on the other block with a quick touch-pass for an easy layup. Later in the quarter, the usual starters — and Hyman — returned. Sophomore guard Emily Engstler blocked a Boston College jumper from the outside, collected the rebound and pushed the pace. As she crossed half-court, Engstler (nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists) found junior Digna Strautmane with a cross-court pass for a transition 3. A minute into the second half, Syracuse extended its lead to 14 with an Engstler 3 off two offensive rebounds. Hyman kept SU in front by taking a steal at half-court in for an and-1 layup on the fastbreak. Even though Boston College won the third quarter, 27-23, SU forced seven turnovers and scored 10 points off them. The Orange would force eight more in the final frame, controlling the game’s pace. With 3:48 remaining, Engstler gathered the ball at the top of the key and found Hyman on a backdoor cut for a reverse finish. The bucket put SU up 10. Another Hyman score kept BC at bay, and the Eagles would never get within two possessions of SU again. Comments Published on February 6, 2020 at 9:37 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

McDowell finishes 3rd at RSM Classic

first_imgThe Portrush man carded a 3-under par final round of 67 to end the weekend on 15-under. However, a flawless round of 64 saw Kevin Kisner claim a six-shot victory from Kevin Chappell on 22-under.last_img

Manchester United legend Giggs turns 40

first_imgTwenty-five years ago TV cameras didn”™t capture every moment of significant football action but we should be thankful ITV sent a crew to Anfield to film the final of the Granada Schools Cup in 1988.For the record, Salford beat Blackburn 3-2 with a winning goal coming in extra time at the Kop end. It was the second successive year that Blackburn had lost in the final but in the dressing rooms and indeed the boardroom that night nobody really talked about that.Instead they talked about Ryan Wilson, the 14-year-old who had won the game for Salford. He didn”™t score but his leggy, direct running provided the assists for each of his team”™s goals.“Had our scouts known about him, we would definitely have tried to sign him,’ said Liverpool chief scout Ron Yeats, who presented the trophies that night.Young Wilson, of course, was the teenage footballer who was to become known as Ryan Giggs. Wilson was his father”™s name, Giggs his mother”™s maiden name.If you watch footage of that night at Anfield, Giggs is instantly recognisable. The upright gait, the way he seems to glide over heavy turf, the unwillingness to fall over. A brief post-match interview is amusingly characteristic, too. ‘I was supposed to play for United under-15s tonight but I wanted to play here as the pitch is better,’ he says with a glint of mischief in his eye.Giggs was always a bit of a comic, a dressing-room mimic. He still is. He was always a natural, easy footballer, too. Some players look as though they work hard in thrall of their art. Giggs never had to.Today he is 40 years old. Still he plays on and we should all be thankful. The Welshman is a link to the past, not only in the way that he plays but the simple, uncomplicated way that he has always viewed his career.He could have left United on a number of occasions. Italy always attracted him. Fundamentally, though, he never really wanted to.I am not fortunate enough to say that I saw him play regularly at the start. Those who did were never in doubt. ‘His was a God-given talent,’ was the succinct summation of the great United youth coach Eric Harrison.Happily, though, I have watched him closely over the last 13 years, principally with United but also, for a time, with the Wales national team. It sounds simplistic, but he hasn”™t changed much. His football has morphed, of course, as time took away his searing pace, but little else has.There is no point pretending that revelations about his private life didn”™t surprise everybody when they emerged in 2011.Briefly the skies above him darkened. Some suggested that his hair greyed overnight.He snarled at me in the interview area after the Champions League final of that year ”“ upset at my newspaper”™s coverage of the scandal ”“ and I wondered if that signalled the end of a working relationship. At the start of the following season, though, our paths crossed in a corridor at Goodison Park and a smile and nod of the head indicated that perhaps all would be well.That, in many ways, has been the essence of Giggs, as a player and a person. Uncomplicated and remarkably real for a bloke who has spent 25 years in an industry designed for fakery.Several years ago, for example, when Giggs was suffering at the hands of a Stretford End that believed his time was up ”“ proof that it wasn”™t all easy street for Giggs at Old Trafford ”“ one journalist wrote a piece suggesting he deserved better.The very next day, Giggs called him. ‘I just wanted to say thanks,’ he said.Proof, then, that some footballers do hear the murmurings from the terraces and, indeed, that some haven”™t lost their grip on their manners. Giggs will play his share of games this season. United”™s manager David Moyes continues to need his dexterity, his experience and his calm. It will be on the coaching fields that we will grow used to him over the years, though, and he will be valuable, there, too. He has always been an easy communicator.A career that started as a substitute in a game against Everton in March 1991 has not brought Giggs everything he desired.He never played for Wales at a major tournament and the night Mark Hughes”™ team lost at home to Russia in Cardiff in a Euro 2004 play-off second leg will perhaps always stay with him. He missed an open goal that night, too. Further proof that he was always human.Few will ever touch us the same way, though. It has always been hard not to like him. Even the great patriarch Sir Alex Ferguson couldn”™t stay angry with him for long.Having received a mouthful from Giggs during a game at Watford back in 2006, Ferguson delivered a typically unflinching appraisal of his team”™s performance in the dressing rooms at Vicarage Road. As he went to march out of the room, though, his features softened as he turned to Giggs and said with a smile: ‘And you… don”™t ever speak to your grandad like that again!’last_img read more

Fear of losing to Portugal triggered appearance fee row

first_imgCommunication Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Ibrahim Sannie Daara has pointed out that the fear of losing to Portugal triggered the Black Stars’ agitation for the payment of the appearance fee in Ghana’s ill-fated World Cup campaign in Brazil.“If they were to lose the game against Portugal, they will not get the [appearance] money again,” he reiterated the players’ fears.Ghana needed to beat Portugal to sustain the hope of qualifying for the next round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.The Black Stars lost to old foe, United States and drew with Germany. With one point after two games, a victory would have pushed their points tally to 4.But off the pitch, the players were getting impatient over their appearance fees, Sannie Daara told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Thursday.The appearance fees are monies paid to players for featuring in the World Cup. Sannie explained that just as artistes take their appearance fee before performing, the agreement was to pay the Black Stars players before the World Cup games began. “Promises kept coming [that] the money will be here today, it will be here tomorrow”, the players kept tossed about, Sannie Daara confirmed.With a crucial game against Portugal ahead, the players feared that government’s promise to pay them the fee would never materialize if they lost the match.“The current players are taking the cue from what happened in the past”, he said.Despite wonderful exploits in the past, promises made to Ghana’s football players such as winning bonuses were often unfulfilled. The players in Brazil became “so fixated in getting money”, the Director said.Some players, he said, refused to train two days before the match if they were not paid. Government eventually airlifted $3million to the players in Brazil – a trip televised on Brazilian TV networks. The move to airlift cash to Brazil caused international headlines of embarrassment.The Black Stars helped themselves out of the World Cup after defender John Boye scored an own goal.Ghana lost 2-1 to Portugal to sign off a plagued participation in the games.last_img read more

Izet Hajrovic is the second most Valuable UEFA European League Player

first_imgIzet Hajrovic, BiH national player and footballer playing for Dinamo Zagreb, is currently the second most valuable UEFA European League player.Playing for Dinamo, Hajrovic scored three goals this season: in the first round, they beat Fenerbahçe with 4: 1 with two goals of BH players, and in the second round, Dinamo won Anderlecht with 2: 0.According to current statistics, the most useful player is Kai Havertz, footballer playing for Bayer Leverkusen, who also scored three goals, but has one assist.Just like Hajrovic, striker Munas Dabbur playing for Salzburg, scored three goals, and Leo Jaba scored two goals and two assists among currently the most useful players.Newly elected BiH’s national team selector Robert Prosinecki has not yet called Hajrovic to play for the national team, but he said that he and other players will be called in November when the BiH national team will play a match against Austria.Hajrovic started his professional career at Grasshopper, before joining Galatasaray in 2014. Six months later, he moved to Werder Bremen. In 2015 he had a loan spell with Eibar. Eventually, he signed for Dinamo Zagreb in 2018.A former Swiss youth international, Hajrovic even made his senior international debut for Switzerland, only to switch his allegiance to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013 and make over 20 caps since. He represented the nation at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.last_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: Matthew Stafford, Mark Andrews, Trey Burton affecting Week 4 start ’em, sit ’em calls

first_imgMORE WEEK 4 DFS: Top values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderIs Vance McDonald playing Monday night?After missing practice all week, McDonald (shoulder) is “doubtful” for Monday night’s game against Cincinnati.The recently acquired Nick Vannett will likely start in McDonald’s place, but he’s not a recommended fantasy option. WEEK 4 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIs Matthew Stafford playing Week 4?UPDATE: Stafford is officially ACTIVE.Stafford (back) was downgraded to “limited” in practice on Friday, but Lions beat writer Kyle Meinke reported Friday that the veteran QB is expected to play against the Chiefs on Sunday.Stafford has been up and down this year and failed to take advantage of a favorable Week 3 matchup in Philadelphia. Detroit figures to either be in a shootout or playing catch-up against the Chiefs, which should lead to big stats for Stafford, but this injury doesn’t help his outlook. He’s a borderline QB1 this week.WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endIs Mark Andrews playing in Week 4?UPDATE 2: Andrews is officially ACTIVE.UPDATE: Ravens coach John Harbaugh “expressed confidence” Andrews will play in Week 4, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.A foot injury has plagued Andrews all year, and it looked to be worse than usual when he missed practice on Thursday. But the breakout TE returned to practice on Friday and said he’s “feeling good and excited to play the Browns” in Week 4.Based on that, it’s tough to imagine Andrews sitting against Cleveland, and as long as he’s active, he should be in fantasy lineups. If he is a surprise scratch, Hayden Hurst would likely see more targets with Nick Boyle continuing to function as the primary blocking tight end.WEEK 4 DFS LINEUPS:DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPTrey Burton injury update UPDATE: Burton is officially ACTIVE.For the second straight week, Burton (groin) is “questionable”, but there are very few updates about him. That means he’s “questionable” in name only and fully expected to play Sunday against the Vikings. Burton has done next to nothing in his two games this year, so you might not be worried about him anyway. Because the Bears kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET, make sure to have a backup ready from the late/prime-time games if you were counting on Burton. Mark Andrews has been one of those weekly “questionables” who didn’t cause fantasy football owners to frantically search for updates on Sunday morning because they knew he was going to play, but it sounds like he’s more of a game-time decision in Week 4 than in past weeks. Matthew Stafford’s back is also a concern considering he reportedly played part of last year with tiny fractures in his back. Trey Burton is another regular on the injury report, but with TE such a mediocre position, his active/inactive status could factor into more than a few start ’em, sit ’em decisions this week. We’ll be here all morning and afternoon updating this article, so check back or follow us on Twitter (@SN_Fantasy). For the latest on banged-up WRs Terry McLaurin, Julian Edelman, and Chris Godwin, click here; for updates on injured RBs Rex Burkhead, Devin Singletary, and Rashaad Penny, go here; for Melvin Gordon’s Week 4 status, check here; and for the Week 4 weather report, click here. (All links coming soon)last_img read more