Stuff co.nz 6 April 2016Family First Comment: No kidding!!! We already knew that.As we have repeatedly said, medicinal cannabis is being used by many groups as a smoke screen for full decriminalisation of marijuana and other harmful drugs.Former union boss Helen Kelly has spoken out about her “political motives” for applying for medicinal cannabis.Kelly’s oncologist, Dr Anthony Falkov, who applied and later withdrew an application to the Ministry of Health for a non-pharmaceutical grade cannabis product, told the ministry he believed Kelly was making a “political point in trying to seek medicinal cannabis”.Kelly stands by that and says the comment isn’t a criticism of her as she discussed her motives with Falkov.“He’s a very good person and it was unfortunate he got dragged into it.”“People said, why are you doing this when you’re getting what you need – I said, well there’s people who aren’t getting what they need.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/78587383/helen-kellys-medicinal-cannabis-application-was-driven-by-political-motives
InternationalLifestylePrintTravel American Airlines accidentally sends wrong plane to Hawaii by: Associated Free Press – September 14, 2015 259 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — American Airlines accidently sent the wrong plane across the ocean from Los Angeles to Hawaii, a company spokesman confirmed to AFP Sunday.In the August 31 incident, first reported by transportation blogger Brian Sumers, a plane that was not authorised to fly long distances over open water made the flight — albeit safely — to Honolulu.American Airlines spokesman Casey Norton said they were still looking into how the mix-up happened.He emphasised that the plane that made the trip, an Airbus A321S, is the same plane as the one that was supposed to make it, an Airbus A321H, aside from having an “ETOPS” certification, which requires the plane to carry additional equipment.“It has the same engine, same fuel tanks, same range,” Norton told AFP, but, he said, the A321H has extra medical oxygen — different than the oxygen masks that drop from the ceiling — in case of an in-flight medical emergency and an additional fire-suppression canister.Planes that are flying over water in an area where they will be more than an hour from a possible landing area are required to carry that precautionary equipment and the ETOPS authorisation certifying they are on-board, he said.He said the Federal Aviation Administration was “immediately notified” of the incident when the company realised it had happened and that they have revised their software to “properly identify the correct aircraft are operating the correct routes.”Norton said he was not aware of similar past incidents at American or other airlines. Share Share Tweet
Mr. Alwin Bully. Photo credit: flickr.comRegional Cultural Icon Alwin Bully has been named among 20 outstanding Caribbean nationals to receive honorary degrees from the University of the West Indies.Bully, who will receive a doctor of letters degree on October 15th– told an interview with the media that he was surprise he received the news.“I never really did my work with the intentions of receiving accolades from anyone. I do my work because I feel that it’s necessary. Receiving an award like this is like icing on the cake because when you want to do work and get a job done that is already rewarding enough. I feel very proud and happy and very honored,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Tweet 82 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary Alwin Bully surpised at UWI’s upcoming degree by: – May 27, 2011 Share
TABLE TENNISChairman of ITTF Nomination Committee, Wahid Enitan Oshodi, has said that for African players to comfortably test might against their Asian and European counterparts, there is the need for them to up their game by competing in several competitions across the globe.Speaking against the backdrop of African players’ performance at the 2019 ITTF World Championships held in Budapest, Hungary, Oshodi said: “The performance of the African players has been quite fair. “We were hoping for better results but they have had to contend with difficult draws and players recovering from injuries. The performances need to improve so we can challenge the top Asian and European players,” stressed the former president of Nigerian Table Tennis Federation (NTTF).He however commended Aruna Quadri who is still recovering from a hamstring injury but worked hard in getting to the round of 32 before going out in a closely contested match against the overwhelming favourite and World No 1 Fan Zhen Dong.“It was a great performance. The young Nigerian former Junior Champion Ajoke Ojomu also showed great promise in her first world championship. She showed all the qualities needed to play at this level. Now she must add more hard work to her undoubted talent. The African female champion Dina Meshref also played well.”Oshodi further observed that for African players to medal in global tournaments, there must conscious efforts by coaches to acquaint themselves with modern techniques in the sports.“We must get our players playing more regularly against the best players in the world. Our coaches need to learn the latest techniques. We need more exposure for them and for the players. We need to get our players on the World Tour Circuit. This means money and they need more sponsorship and funding. We have all witnessed the vast improvements made by Aruna Quadri, Olajide Omotayo and Omar Assar since they started playing regularly on the tour. You play against the best in the world and learn from them. The support Aruna Quadri has received from Baba Ijebu Bet has helped him in no small way to ensure he attends tournaments and pay for the extra coaching that is needed at this level. Others need to emulate this,” Oshodi concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Broward County Jail inmates who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are reporting alarming conditions, according to the county Public Defender’s Office.The issues were raised in a letter dated Friday to Sheriff Greg Tony from Public Defender Howard Finkelstein and his chief assistant, Gordon Weekes.“We are in receipt of very disturbing information regarding the treatment of persons in the Broward County Jail who have been diagnosed with COVID-19,” Finkelstein and Weekes write.Given that there is “uncontroverted medical opinion that jails are incubators for COVID-19 because of the inability to socially isolate and provide adequate opportunity for handwashing,” the pair are asking that Tony arrange for testing for every jail employee and inmate.“Without testing, COVID-19 will quickly spread throughout the jail and your staff will become more fearful and less able to do their jobs,” the public defenders wrote.They also asked that inmates who are diagnosed with the virus or are exhibiting symptoms be closely monitored by medical personnel “at least on an hourly basis.”Inmates who are being represented by the Public Defender’s Office have reported that they are not being checked. The letter adds that two inmates in a “COVID-19 unit” at the jail were “spitting up blood” and that “requests for water and care were ignored.”In order to receive medical attention, they wrote, one of the inmates blocked a cell window to prompt a guard to come to the unit. Meanwhile, others intentionally caused toilets to flood to attract attention.When deputies entered the unit, guards were “physically and verbally aggressive and threatening.” One inmate reported that a guard pointed a Taser toward the chest of another inmate who has heart trouble, and a second guard allegedly pointed a Taser at a different inmate’s head.Gerdy St. Louis, public information officer at the Sheriff’s Office, said via email that the agency follows guidelines from the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding inmate testing.Inmates who test positive for the novel coronavirus are medically isolated, treated and monitored according to those guidelines; in addition, inmates who show “signs of acute symptoms” are transferred to a hospital.As of Saturday morning, St. Louis said, 14 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Ten of them were in custody as of midday Sunday, two have been released, one is now negative, and one of them passed away in a hospital.The jail population has been reduced due to coronavirus concerns. As of Saturday, there were 2,860 inmates, down from 3,591 on March 1.Visitors and volunteers are currently banned from visiting jails, while staff and inmates are screened before entering the facilities. All new inmates are screened for coronavirus risk factors.St. Louis said her agency has not received the Finkelstein-Weekes letter. “It appears media received the letter before we did, as I am not aware of anyone who has received it. We have heard of similar allegations from the Public Defender’s Office that were looked into and found to be completely without merit. We will review the allegations outlined in the letter and provide the Public Defender’s Office with a response,” St. Louis wrote.The Finkelstein-Weekes letter was also copied to county commissioners, the chief judge and the county administrator.Finkelstein, who is serving his fourth term as the county’s elected public defender, is not running for re-election, and is instead supporting Weekes as his replacement.
JOCKEY QUOTESPACO LOPEZ, ROH H, WINNER: “Peter told me he’d like me to be third or fourth early. He’s like a machine. You could see going to the three eighths, he was just cruising. He loves to run and I had a whole lotta horse the whole way. He definitely ran as good today as he did in the Breeders’ Cup. He was just incredible.“He’s a machine bullet that horse. Today he jogged unbelievable like always, and he’s great, it’s a was little into the race and I thought he was going too fast today, he’s like a machine, he was flying that horse today.“It’s such a pleasure to be here at Santa Anita.” TRAINER QUOTESPETER MILLER, ROH H, WINNER: “He’s a pros pro and you know he’s a Lebron James of sprinters.“We’re gonna try Dubai again hopefully we can get it right this time. In the words of Chick Hearn, ‘He’s as cool as the other side of the pillow,’ so nothing bothers him, me on the other hand I don’t ship so well, but he’s an unbelievable horse and I just thank Gary and Amy for allowing me to train him.“He’s something else, he’s a thing of beauty. Watching the race, I was not happy with Paco, because I thought he was too close, but he knew better. He’s a machine and I’m running out of superlatives.”DID ROY H RUN AS WELL TODAY AS HE DID IN THE BREEDERS’ CUP? “The track’s been playing (slow) and he was just cruising…He runs today in 1:08 and four (fifths)…I hope he didn’t run too fast. There’s two big sprint races every year, Dubai and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (at Santa Anita Nov. 2). Those are the two we’re running in.”OWNER QUOTESGARY HARTUNIAN (ROCKINGHAM RANCH), ROY H, WINNER: “I gotta start working out with Roy because he’s running circles around all of us here. You know I thought he might set a track record today the way he looked yesterday. You know he just found a perfect match, Pete Miller is a great sprint trainer and Roy H may go down as one of the better sprinters ever.“Win, end of the story, we never even had the other conversation, were out here to win, that’s it. You guys do a great job and Santa Anita is one of the greatest places you can come.”NOTES: The winning owner is Rockingham Ranch and David A. Bernsen LLC.Owner Gary Hartunian, center, celebrates in the winner’s circle with jockey Paco Lopez, left, and actor Billy Gardell, right, after Roy H’s victory in the Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO
The team left Madang yesterday by bus to Lae. They will leave for East New Britain today where the 9s tournament will staged.Coach of Maprik United and former Agmark Gurias player, Bradley Simon said his team has been hard at training and are looking forward to the challenge.“The boys had a training session at Divine Word University on Wednesday afternoon and the boys are ready to go against the best.“We will have the weekend off after a week of travelling and we’ll be back in training on Monday leading up to the tournament weekend.“My boys are very relaxed. Most are young and the main thing is to be calm and just expose the raw talents that has been hidden for years,” said Simon.The NGI Super 9s will run from January 20-22 at Kalabond Oval. Twenty teams will take part in the tournament.
Michael Andrew celebrates after winning the men’s 50-meter freestyle final at the U.S. national championships swimming meet Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)IRVINE, Calif. — Michael Andrew is swimming in deeper waters now, having qualified for his first major international senior meet with a breakout performance at the U.S. national championships.Andrew earned his fourth victory, upsetting current world champion Caeleb Dressel and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nathan Adrian in the 50-meter freestyle on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT “Already being on the team there was no pressure, I could race completely free,” Andrew said.He also won the 100 breaststroke and titles in the 50 breast and 50 butterfly at the meet that determined the U.S. roster for next month’s Pan Pacific championships in Tokyo.Dressel finished in 21.67, while Adrian was third in 21.85. They were the only men under 22 seconds in the 50 free final.Simone Manuel won the women’s 50 free to go with her earlier title in the 100 free.“There’s a lot of aspects in both my races that I can improve going into Tokyo,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES “My lucky number is four,” Andrew said, noting it signifies the fastest qualifying lane. “I felt like it would be a nice way to end nationals with four titles.”Andrew, who turned pro five years ago at age 14, outdueled Dressel in the closing meters to touch first in 21.49.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m superstoked with the time and for the entire nationals,” Andrew said. “It’s been incredible.”Andrew punched the water with his right hand and then raised both arms in the lane next to Dressel. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Olympic silver medalist in Rio got to the wall first in 24.10, bettering the U.S. Open record of 24.13 set by Cate Campbell of Australia in May 2008. Manuel’s time also took down the 10-year-old meet record of 24.25 by Dara Torres and it was fourth-quickest in the world this year.“That’s cool,” Manuel said of the records.Olympian Abbey Weitzeil finished second in 24.63. Margo Geer was third.Geer was third in the 100 free and Weitzeil was fourth.Kathleen Baker won her third individual event, racing to victory by 1.11 seconds in the 200 individual medley.Baker led all the way and won in 2 minutes, 8.32 seconds, lowering the U.S. Open record of 2:08.66 set by Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in 2015. Her time in the four-stroke event was also the fastest in the world this year.Baker qualified to swim three individual events at Pan Pacs after setting a world record in the 100 backstroke and tying for first in the 200 back.Olympian Chase Kalisz won the men’s 200 IM in 1:55.73, fastest in the world this year.The men’s 800 free title went to Zane Grothe in 7:44.57. He broke the U.S. Open record of 7:46.78 set by Connor Jaeger in 2013. Open-water Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky was a distant second in 7:47.51.Ashley Twichell won the 1,500 free by 6.88 seconds over Ally McHugh. Twichell touched in 15:55.68, the only woman in the final to break 16 minutes. McHugh was timed in 16:02.56. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UAE develops jiujitsu as national sport, holds major event in Tokyo
0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate Whyvonne Isuza’s goal against Burundi during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Dec 14- Whyvonne Isuza’s 95th minute curling effort from inside the box saw Kenya’s Harambee Stars sail into the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final after beating Burundi 1-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.On an afternoon that Kenya’s performance was wanting, Isuza handed Stars the last laugh, scoring five minutes into the first period of extra time off a Samuel Onyango assist. For most part of the match, Burundi was the better team creating more chances, but it was the hosts who got luckier as they keep the hunt for a fifth CECAFA crown.The Burundians boasting a strong squad including the returning Abdul Razak Fiston who had been in Angola to negotiate for a transfer started strong.In the 10th minute, Patrick Matasi was called into his first save of the tie, tipping the ball over from a curling corner taken by Shasir Nahimana.Harambee Stars winger Ovellah Ochieng strolls forward against Burundi’s Moussa Omar during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFour minutes later Musa Mohammed was forced into a goal-line clearance after Shabaan Hussein headed in from a Laudit Mavugo cross with keeper Matasi already beaten.Burundi continued to dominate, knocking the ball around with ease while Kenya struggled to keep possession. The usual fast movement the players have been accustomed to over their past four games was a far cry against Burundi.In the 28th minute, Shabaan had a shot fly over from distance after gliding his way smoothly past Kenyan markers on the right before shifting to a favorable shooting position.Towards the end of the half, Dennis Sikhayi made a superb tackle inside the box to deny Nahimana who had broken into the box from a Fiston ball on the left which had left Matasi for the dead.In the second half, Burundi continued to dominate and just two minutes in, centre back Moussa Omar saw his header off a Kwizera corner drop just wide at the far post.Kenya v BurundiThere were back to back chances in the 65th minute, first Matasi doing well to get behind a shot from Mavugo while on the counter launched, Ovella’s shot from the right went straight to the Burundi keeper.Stars were dealt a major blow with skipper Musa Mohammed limping off injured and in his place came Duncan Otieno who was slotted straight into defense, away from his usual preference in midfield. George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo was also substituted for Kepha Aswani.Harambee Stars striker Kepha Aswani vies for the ball against Burundi goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAswani had a chance five minutes to time when he met a long throw from Wesley Onguso, but the effort went over with the keeper off his line.Another injury blow was meted on Kenya with Oburu limping off injured and replaced by Onyango.Onyango proved his worth five minutes into the first period of extra time, slicing in a low cross from the left and Isuza curling in the ball from inside the box unmarked.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
From news services For a year, the American men quietly took the criticism. They weren’t any good. They’d be lucky to qualify for the Beijing Olympics. They were little better than backups to those guys who won the silver medal in Athens. How’s this for an answer: A fourth-place finish at the World Gymnastics Championships that could have been even better on Thursday in Stuttgart, Germany. If not for two falls off the high bar, the U.S. men would have been the bronze medalists. Not bad for backups. “Obviously, we showed today we have the talent,” captain David Durante said. “We’re definitely not backups. We’re definitely guys who can step out on the floor with anybody in the world. And 11 months from now, we’re going to be a team that’s going to scare other teams.” Although the Americans finished almost 10 points behind the Chinese, nobody else got close to the defending world champions. China breezed to its third straight title – and seventh in the last eight world championships – by an almost five-point margin over Japan. But with 272.275 points, the United States was only 1.25 points behind Germany. Memorabilia A rare Honus Wagner baseball card has been sold for a record $2.8 million, just over six months after it was bought for a then-record $2.35 million. Referred to as the “Mona Lisa” of baseball cards, the almost mint-condition collectible – released in 1909 by the American Tobacco Company – was sold by Brian Seigel of Las Vegas to an unidentified Southern California collector in February. SCP Auctions was a minority owner, but David Kohler, the company’s president and CEO, said that’s no longer the case. Kohler said the new owner wishes to remain a private collector for now, but might identify himself at a later date. The sale was completed last week. Basketball Kobe Bryant received a tribal headband from a Taiwanese teenager in Taipei who benefited from the NBA star’s donation of a basketball court to his mountain village. Xiao Fen told Bryant that since the Lakers guard donated the court during his first visit to Taiwan last year, his play had improved significantly. “I was only averaging about five points a game before the court was built,” the junior high student. “But now I’m scoring in double digits.” Bryant donned the headband, a gift emblematic of leadership in the tribe, one of 13 recognized aboriginal groups in Taiwan. Bryant watched a film about the court, constructed in an abandoned building. ETC.: Not long after inducting its newest class, the Basketball Hall of Fame will take a road trip. The “Hoop Hall Experience” kicks off a 30-city tour Nov. 2 in Knoxville, Tenn. and continues through December 2008, giving fans an opportunity to view basketball history without traveling to the game’s birthplace in Springfield, Mass.The tour, called HHX, was to be announced this morning at the Hall of Fame, with the induction ceremony set for later in the day. Horse racing The much-delayed return of Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches has one more week to go. As expected, the first filly in 102 years to capture the Belmont won’t run in Saturday’s Ruffian Handicap at Belmont Park but is set for the Gazelle Stakes a week later. The 3-year-old filly, who is 5-0 in 2007, spiked a fever and missed a workout Aug. 27, then put in a five-furlong workout last Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. Rags to Riches was back at Belmont on Wednesday. “The Gazelle makes more sense because it gives her another week of work,” trainer Todd Pletcher said in a story posted on the Web site of Bloodhorse.com. “It really wasn’t a hard decision, and I think it is fine. It was nice to have another option, and now it gives us six weeks to the Breeders’ Cup, which works.” Soccer Fenerbahce’s Edu Dracena and Sporting Lisbon’s Gladstone will replace injured defenders Alex and Alex Silva for Brazil’s upcoming exhibition games against the U.S. and Mexico. Olympics China marked the start of the one-year countdown to the Beijing Paralympics with a pledge to make the city “barrier-free.” Beijing urban planning official Cao Yuejin said a drive to remove obstacles for disabled people had been stepped up ahead of the games, which follow the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Cycling Spanish rider Oscar Freire won the sixth stage of the Vuelta in a sprint finish in Logrono, and Vladimir Efimkin retained the overall lead. Freire finished the flat 114.5-mile leg from Reinosa to Logrono in northern Spain in 4 hours, 24 minutes, 10 seconds. The Rabobank rider edged Spain’s Koldo Fernandez of the Euskaltel team and Italy’s Angelo Furlan of Credit Agricole, both clocked with the same time. Jurisprudence An appeals court in Denver revived a lawsuit by two women who claim they were gang-raped at a University of Colorado football recruiting party, ruling there is evidence the alleged assaults were caused by the school’s failure to adequately supervise players. The ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which sends the case back to the trial court, said there is evidence the university had an official policy of showing high school recruits a “good time” and that it showed a “deliberate indifference” to any known sexual harassment. In a written statement, CU said: “The university does not have a policy that would place any of its female students at risk of assault; in fact, it has stringent policies prohibiting sexual harassment and sexual assault.” The women said they were raped at an off-campus party for football players and recruits in 2001. No one was criminally charged with sexual assault, but the lawsuit sparked a scandal over CU’s football recruiting practices that led to broad reforms and a shake-up of the university’s top leaders. ETC.: Duquesne forward Stuard Baldonado, suspended from school Wednesday after being charged with drug violations, was arrested near the campus again hours later that day on a misdemeanor drug charge. Baldonado, one of five players shot on campus a year ago this month, was initially arrested Friday and charged with criminal conspiracy involving the manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance. He was indefinitely suspended from the university and the basketball team on Wednesday after school officials reviewed the situation. … A prostitute who was with former Villanova basketball star Howard Porter on the night he was beaten aided and abetted his killing, according to a criminal complaint released in Minneapolis. Porter, 58, died May 26, a week after he was found unconscious in a Minneapolis alley. Tonya Evette Johnson, 33, is charged with second-degree murder for her role in Porter’s death. She told authorities that she was walking near her St. Paul apartment when she approached Porter for a “date.” Johnson said she brought Porter to her apartment to exchange sex for money and crack cocaine when four masked men rushed in and beat him, according to the complaint. Johnson told police she knew one of the men was Rashad Arthur Raleigh, 29, who has been charged with second- degree murder. Television The Big Ten Network reached an agreement with satellite TV provider Dish Network, expanding the reach of the new channel. The number of households with the network nationwide will initially increase from about 17 million to 28.5 million. In the eight states with Big Ten schools, the number will increase from 3.5 to 6.2 million. Quotable Former welterweight champion Shane Mosley, who will fight Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto where he is loved in New York: “I love Puerto Rico and I love Puerto Ricans. But on the night of Nov. 10, I have to do what I have to do, and I will be victorious. Nothing will keep me from my goal of being the best welterweight out there for this decade.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!