Mike Yardley: Legalising cannabis ‘not in the public interest’

first_imgStuff co.nz 22 August 2016Family First Comment: A superb read. “The NZ Drug Foundation has steadily become a strident proponent for law reform, to the point that they now sound more like glorified pushers, campaigning for “the removal of criminal penalties for drug use, possession and social supply.””Exactly!  If a referendum was held on legalising cannabis for personal use, would you support it? You’d have to be off your scone.The New Zealand Drug Foundation (NZDF) has been crowing about the results of its self-selecting poll, indicating broad public support for decriminalising cannabis for personal use.The NZDF has steadily become a strident proponent for law reform, to the point that they now sound more like glorified pushers, campaigning for “the removal of criminal penalties for drug use, possession and social supply.”Prime John Key deserves credit for doubling down and refusing to budge.As does the Labour Party, despite momentarily flirting with the notion of a referendum recently.Unsurprisingly, the Green Party, which has long been over-populated by potheads, is itching for grow-your-own personal supply to be legalised.According to the United Nations, New Zealand has one of the highest rates of cannabis users in the world, with 9-14 per cent of Kiwis routinely getting wasted, four times the global average.The NZDF argues it’s a complete waste of “hundreds of thousands of police hours” trying to enforce the law, criminalising and imprisoning Kiwis for low-level possession.Just because tens of thousands of Kiwis choose to smoke dope in defiance of the law, is not a compelling reason to legitimatise their lifestyle. Forty-two per cent of front line police officer hours are consumed on dealing to family violence.If you apply the extreme, absurd and self-serving logic of the legalise lobby, the police should surrender to family violence too, because so many Kiwis are indulging in this sick and twisted national sport.Ditto for child abuse, tax evasion, drink-driving, shop-lifting, or any other social scourge you care to name.Two per cent of Kiwis have graduated from the gateway drug of cannabis to become meth-heads. Should we adopt a similarly defeatist attitude to methamphetamine’s legal status too?Clearly, more focus is rightly being placed on not just treating illicit drug use as a criminal issue, but a health issue.According to Treasury, only 6 per cent of cannabis users are collared by the police. The overwhelming majority of those who are sprung for possession, aren’t imprisoned.The police have increasingly adopted are far pragmatic approach, deploying pre-charge warnings and diversion instead. But recidivist and unrepentant users are convicted. The police don’t actively target low-level cannabis users.Being charged for possession generally only comes about as a consequence of being arrested for higher-level offending, like burglary.The other great myth peddled by the legalisation lobby is that cannabis use is a victimless crime.As the National Committee for Addiction Treatment points out, 55 per cent of our prison inmates are cannabis dependent. It fuels crime.And we’re all paying the price for cannabis dependence through its devastating impact on mental health.Is it really just a coincidence that Northland, our cannabis capital, also has one of the world’s highest rates of schizophrenia?The insidious prevalence of cannabis-induced schizophrenia, psychosis, depression and anxiety is undeniable. As is slothfulness.Of the 200,000 working-age and able bodied Kiwis drawing a benefit, what proportion would rather have a joint, than a job?Never before, have we had more taxpayer-funded treatment service providers. But only the individual can summon the will to start transforming their life. They need to be vigorously encouraged to take those steps.Globally, it’s been a long-established ploy by the likes of NORML (the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) to cynically hitch medical marijuana to the same wagon as recreational drug use, to soften up the public to complete capitulation.Liberalising the law to help terminal patients in pain access products like Sativex​ is one thing. But rolling over on recreational drug use is not in the public interest.http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/83410482/Mike-Yardley-Legalising-cannabis-not-in-the-public-interestlast_img read more

Fine Foods Inc joins Yum! worldwide fight against hunger

first_img Share Staff members of Fine Foods Inc and the Dominica Infirmary making donation to the Infirmary this morningFine Foods Inc, franchise holder for the KFC and Pizza Hut Delivery brands in Dominica, has joined the World Hunger Relief effort initiated by franchisor YUM! Brands- With the local fundraising campaign set to run for the month of October and with 70% of the money raised benefiting local organizations Grotto Home and the Infirmary.The annual World Hunger Relief campaign of YUM! Brands is the world’s largest private sector hunger relief effort to raise awareness, volunteerism and funds to benefit the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) and other hunger relief agencies. KFC and Pizza HUT Delivery are among five of YUM! Franchised Restaurants worldwide, which participate in the World Hunger Relief project.Since the project was launched in 2007, more than one million YUM! Employees, franchisees and their families have volunteered more than nine million hours to aid hunger relief efforts in communities worldwide. The effort has raised US$36 million for the WFP and other hunger relief organizations and is helping to provide approximately 160 million meals andsave the lives of about 4 million people in remote corners of the world where hunger is most prevalent.KFC’s own efforts toward hunger relief have been ongoing for most of its 5 years under Fine Foods Inc. This includes providing sustained feeding support to the Good Will Primary School Feeding program. KFC has also included support for community interests who regularly solicit assistance for meals for their fundraising efforts and community projects.At today’s (October 20th) announcement, Fine Foods Inc/KFC Marketing Manger Juliet Martin expressed gratification that YUM! has agreed for Fine Foods Inc/KFC Dominica to retain 70% of what is collected through the campaign, so that assistance could be provided for hunger relief projects in Dominica. Every person in Dominica can also make a contribution in the fight against hunger by visiting their local KFC and Pizza Hut Delivery restaurants, and making a cash donation during the month of October.In addition Fine Foods Inc will donate a sizable food hamper to 9 different organizations in Dominica who daily feed the less fortunate in our society. These organisations are: Grotto, Infirmary, Chances, Operation Youth Quake, House of Hope, Home for the Aging Portsmouth, Home for the Aging Mahaut, Alpha Centre, Goodwill Primary School’s Feed Program. Dominica’s own hunger issues have also been increasing in the current challenging economic climate.Press Release Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews Fine Foods Inc joins Yum! worldwide fight against hunger by: – October 20, 2011center_img Share Share 53 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

4 more OFWs flunk virus test; WV’s COVID-19 cases rise to 97

first_imgOn the other hand, the test results of the most recent (May 9) batch of repatriated Ilonggo overseas workers were yet to be released. This brought to 27 the number of repatriated Ilonggo overseas workers who have the virus, and to 97 the region-wide COVID-19 cases, according to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 yesterday. * Iloilo City – 16 People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth./PN Also, according to DOH-6, 38 patients have recovered while 10 died. * Negros Occidental – two Twenty-five cases (26 percent) have severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) while 15 cases (15 percent) showed mild cases of infection, added Pulmones. These four OFWs are currently in isolation at quarantine facilities in this city and Negros Occidental. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. * Antique – 14 * Iloilo province – 18 * 23-year-old male from City Proper, Iloilo City (Patient No. 96) Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, chief of DOH-6’s Local Health Support Division, said majority of the region’s COVID-19 patients were asymptomatic or not showing signs and symptoms of the disease. * Capiz – five * 50-year-old male from Molo, Iloilo City (Patient No. 94) * 45-year-old male from Talisay City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 97) In Case Bulletin No. 46 released yesterday, DOH-6 further disclosed that 14 of the cases were in hospitals, five on home quarantine while 30 were in quarantine centers of local government units. * 30-year-old male from La Paz, Iloilo City (Patient No. 95) * Guimaras – zero * Aklan – six Here’s the breakdown of the 97 cases as of May 11: * repatriates – 27 (Aklan, one; Antique, three; Guimaras, two; Iloilo province, four; Negros Occidental, five; Bacolod City, two, and Iloilo City, 10) “Of the 97 confirmed cases, 57 were asymptomatic or 59 percent of the total,” said Pulmones. ILOILO City – Four more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who recently returned to Western Visayas tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The four OFWs – and the 23 positive others – were part of the over 260 Western Visayan overseas workers who returned to the region on April 9, 28 and 29. They were the following: * Bacolod City – ninelast_img read more

More County Tourney Thoughts

first_imgOn Friday I listed some of my thoughts on the reduced attendance at the Ripley County Tourney games.  Another thought on why the attendance is lower today could possibly be the number of games involved and the fact there are two tournaments in one–a boys tourney and a girls tourney.  This causes people to be out multiple school nights if they want to attend all sessions of the tourney.  In fact, if your son/daughter is a reserve or freshmea player, you have those games now as part of the tournament.  So I guess technically we have four tournaments going on in the same week.  In its heyday, the Ripley County Tournament was strictly a boys varsity tourney.  No one wants the other kids excluded today, but it is a reality in the attendance figures.  Added to the problems of the last several years is the weather postponements that have thrown the tournament into a tizzy.  It snowed in the old days, but no one had county road bans and schools were always in session.  People plowed through the snow and went to the game.  So when it is all said and done, we still may have close to the same number of people attending the games, but they are spread out through four tournaments!last_img read more

Sen. Jean Leising has bills pass committee

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Two bills authored by State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) passed the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development.Senate Bill 86, which would require elementary schools to add cursive writing to their curriculum, passed by a 8-1 vote.Cursive writing was a curriculum requirement until 2012.Committee members also passed Senate Bill 87 by a vote of 7-3.The bill would require all public and nonpublic accredited schools in Indiana to use letter grades when evaluating students in third through 12th grades.Leising says that words on report cards such as mastered, progressing, and not mastered, are sometimes hard to understand, and an A to F grading scale would make it clear for parents to track their children’s  progress.SB 86 and SB 87 will now be considered by the full Senate.last_img read more

Outbreak sees fewer cases, in more locations

first_imgA viral outbreak that began in an on-campus residence hall last Wednesday has spread to off-campus housing, although the University says that the number of reported cases has decreased over time.In a press conference on Thursday, Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry offered more information on the source of the infection and the ways it has spread throughout the USC community. Although exact numbers are not available, LAist reported that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has recorded 103 cases since Oct. 26. Carry said that the number of students coming to the Engemann Student Health Center has decreased each day since the start of the outbreak, but that there could be many students who have not reported symptoms.“The outbreak started in New North, Marks and Pardee, but what we have seen is the numbers decreasing in those residential halls, and a trickling of incidents happening off campus,” Carry said. “We’re seeing more cases on the Row, and in the apartment complexes nearby. Students are mobile, they’re hanging out with their friends, and now we’re seeing more cases off campus.”Carry also said that when the Engemann Student Health Center first began receiving a high volume of students with flu-like symptoms last week, USC worked with the health department to determine the cause of the outbreak. As a result, they ruled out the possibility that the disease was a food-borne illness, and dispelled rumors that the infection came from a residential dining hall. “Our health officials came into EVK the first thing following the outbreak and found that everything in EVK was done in top-notch hygiene — nothing was wrong with the cleaning procedures in the dining hall,” Carry said.While Carry said that tests are still being conducted to determine the particular strain of the virus, LAist reported that according to the health department, the outbreak is currently being investigated as an incidence of norovirus, a type of gastrointestinal infection commonly known as the “winter vomiting disease.” Carry also offered options for students coping with the GI virus and discussed steps the University has undertaken to try to curb the outbreak.“We have installed more hand-sanitizing stations across campus as well as in residence halls,” Carry said. “In our residential halls, we also now have the option for students to have their meals delivered to their rooms if they are not feeling well. If an off-campus student is on a meal plan in a reasonable distance, we’ll also be able to deliver. Our primary tool in dealing with virus outbreaks, however, is communicating with students.”Carry also said that in affected residence halls, bathrooms are being cleaned every hour and employees are wearing gloves to minimize students’ possible contact with the virus. According to Carry, the main source of the rapid spread of the GI virus is the fact that students are not taking the precautions to keep themselves clean.“Essentially, it’s passed by students touching each other, sharing items and not washing their hands,” Carry said. “For any of the flu viruses, our best advice is to isolate yourself, wash your hands, don’t share food and let the symptoms reside over 12-48 hours. So we’re asking students, if you’re feeling nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, isolate yourself, because when students stay isolated, they help keep the Trojan Family safe.”On Wednesday, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Quick sent a memorandum to all USC faculty informing them of an outbreak of gastrointestinal virus on campus. Quick emphasized the importance of helping students make up missed work and providing resources for them to work on while absent.“I am asking all of you to be aware that students may miss class due to this illness and to advise students in your classes to return to their residence halls if they are sick,” Quick wrote. “The recommendation is that students experiencing symptoms wait a full 24 hours after symptoms subside before returning to class or social activities. Please show consideration to students who have missed classes due to this illness.”last_img read more

Hammond’s ‘Give Away Budget’ triggers further ‘nightmare’ for UK gambling

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit This afternoon, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered the UK’s ‘final budget before Brexit’, promising a ‘big give away’ for UK public services and healthcare.Prior to publishing the 2018 Budget, political commentators expected Chancellor Hammond to deliver a fiscal plan which would support PM Theresa May’s autumn declaration that the ‘era of austerity was coming to an end’.Presenting the 2018 Budget, Chancellor Hammond stated that the Conservative government was fully committed to delivering its funding pledge of a £20 billion cash boost for the NHS.As anticipated by industry leadership, Hammond’s increased public expenditure would see the UK gambling sector hit once again with increased duties.Outlining its 2019 tax plan, the UK Treasury will increase Remote Gambling Duties from 15% to 21% on ‘online games of chance’, a figure that has been labelled as a further ‘nightmare scenario’ for industry stakeholders.“I can confirm that we will increase Remote Gaming Duty on online games of chance, to 21 percent in order to fund the loss of revenue as we reduce FOBT stakes to 2 pounds,” Hammond told parliament.Preparing for future duty impacts, industry leadership will likely seek for a clear definition on categorising ‘online games of chance’.The Treasury would later confirm through a policy document that it would implement its long-awaited FOBTs stake reduction on October 2019, alongside the introduction of its increased RGD charge. UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more

French Open 2019: Roger Federer into second round with straight-set win

first_imgRoger Federer made a winning return to the French Open with a dominant first-round victory over Lorenzo Sonego.The Swiss 20-time Grand Slam winner, playing at Roland Garros for the first time in four years, beat the Italian 6-2 6-4 6-4.He arrived to a standing ovation on Philippe Chatrier court and left with the crowd on their feet in delight.The 37-year-old will play German lucky loser Oscar Otte, ranked 145th in the world, in the second round.Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber said the pain from an ankle injury was “not my excuse” after her shock first-round exit at the French Open.The German fifth seed lost 6-4 6-2 to world number 81 Anastasia Potapova.The three-time Grand Slam champion said she “did not have much expectation” after pulling out of the Madrid and Rome clay tournaments this month.Elsewhere, Spanish 19th seed Garbine Muguruza came from a set down to beat American Taylor Townsend 5-7 6-2 6-2.Muguruza was broken for a second time late in the first set by the world number 83 but breezed through to win the next two sets in the first main draw match on the new Simonne Mathieu court.The 2016 French Open champion will play Sweden’s world number 172 Johanna Larsson in the second round, following her victory over Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova.Russian Potapova, playing in her first French Open, faces Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic next. Source: BBClast_img read more

Eric Abidal back in France squad after liver transplant

first_imgEric Abidal and Samir Nasri were both recalled to the France team for the first time in over a year on Thursday as coach Didier Deschamps named a 23-man squad for a friendly match against Belgium in Brussels next week.Abidal, 33, joined Monaco in July after Barcelona opted not to renew his contract and won the last of his 61 caps for Les Bleus in February 2012 before undergoing a liver transplant that sidelined him for just under 12 months.“He joined Monaco and he got through the pre-season quite well. I followed the warm-up matches, where he was very much at ease. He has international experience, he’s been through several competitions,” said Deschamps, explaining his decision to recall the defender.“He’s played 61 times for France. In relation to that and the need for players with international experience, after discussing with him at length his state of mind regarding his selection, I took the decision to recall him.”Nasri, 26, last turned out for France at Euro 2012, after which the Manchester City midfielder was banned from the national team for three matches following a spat with a journalist following the quarter-final defeat to Spain.Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, a member of France’s triumphant under-20 World Cup side this summer, was also called up for the first time. Squad:Goalkeepers: Mickael Landreau (Bastia), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)Defenders: Eric Abidal (Monaco), Gael Clichy (Manchester City/ENG), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle/ENG), Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ENG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal/ENG), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto/POR), Adil Rami (Valencia/ESP), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal/ENG)Midfielders: Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Josuha Guilavogui (Saint-Etienne), Geoffrey Kondogbia (Sevilla/ESP), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Samir Nasri (Manchester City/ENG), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle/ENG), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/ESP), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal/ENG), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich/GER)last_img read more