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Kate Hawkesby: Drug Foundation cannabis survey shouldn’t be trusted

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 21 February 2020Family First Comment: Spot on! “Two independent surveys recently showed support for cannabis reform dropping to 39 percent, and yet the Drug Foundation.. an organisation propped up with government funding, with vested political interests acting as a lobby group for reform, magically produce a new survey showing support for it increases to 50, ‘when people are more informed’. What does that mean? More informed by a certain bias? Well yes.We had the Drug Foundations Ross Bell on earlier in the show, claiming a study they’ve done, with questions commissioned by the Helen Clark Foundation showing support for cannabis legalisation at 50 percent.Here’s my problem with that – two independent surveys recently showed support for cannabis reform dropping to 39 percent, and yet the Drug Foundation.. an organisation propped up with government funding, with vested political interests acting as a lobby group for reform, magically produce a new survey showing support for it increases to 50, ‘when people are more informed’.What does that mean? More informed by a certain bias? Well yes.According to the Foundation, ‘more informed’ means telling people about the controls and rules in the draft legislation, but does not include giving real life examples like the recent spike in the black market in Canada, and the huge problem with crime and the increase in youth use and addiction rates in Colorado.That’s not what the Drug Foundation regards as ‘informing’.And by the way, whose doing the educating and informing campaigns on our drug reform?The Drug Foundation’s one of them. They’re currently advertising a campaign organiser job touting ’30 weeks to win on cannabis’ at 72 grand a year (pro rata).READ MORE: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/early-edition/opinion/kate-hawkesby-drug-foundation-cannabis-survey-at-odds-with-independent-surveys/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Olympic Entertainment announces full Belarus exit as company deals with Riga restrictions

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Updating the market, Estonian gambling operator Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) has completed the liquidation of Belarusian subsidiary Olympic Casino BEL as the company completes its full Belarus exit.Issuing a short corporate statement, OEG governance detailed that its market exit would have no impact on its group performance and that the firm had no remaining interest or assets in the Belarus gambling sector.In 2016, OEG governance disclosed that the company would withdraw its market operations from Belarus and Poland due to unfavourable business and tax conditions. In its full-year 2016 financial statement OEG accounted a €9 million cost for withdrawing from the markets.The announcement of its full Belarus exit, follows this month’s news that OEG has been forced to restructure assets within the Latvian capital city of Riga, as the Riga City Council has banned all gambling parlours and premises from operating within its ‘historic city centre’.Riga City Council has given gambling operators until 2022 to close affected premises, of which OEG currently operates seven slot parlours within the area.At Present OEG operates 54 casinos in Latvia, the revenues before gaming taxes of the Latvian subsidiaries of OEG amounted to €66.2 million and operating profit to € 24.1 million in 2016, with its Latvian operations currently employing circa +900 staff members. Share Share OEG revises Lithuania profile to counter ‘aggressive taxes’ November 29, 2019 Related Articles OPTIMA: Taking an operator-led approach to R&D April 12, 2019 FavBet’s Alex Hleb deal: “When contract is just a piece of paper” June 19, 2020last_img read more

Virginia vs. Oregon: Picks, predictions for March Madness Sweet 16 matchup

first_imgThese Cavaliers have one of the top NBA prospects in college basketball, sophomore wing De’Andre Hunter, as well as a skilled veteran backcourt and a powerful, deep frontcourt. They are great at both offense and defense, not just the latter.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​They even get the only remaining double-digit seed in the field, the Oregon Ducks, for their round of 16 matchup.It could not line up better for them. But this is still the NCAA tournament, and elimination is still only 40 minutes away for everyone involved.Oregon, No. 12 seedCoach: Dana Altman (30 years, nine at OregonOverall record: 25-12Scoring leader: Louis King (13.4 ppg)Rebounding leader (King 5.6 rpg)Assists leader: Payton Pritchard (4.6 apg)Famous non-athlete alum: Actor Ty BurrellVirginia, No. 1 seedCoach: Tony Bennett (13 years, 10 at Virginia)Overall record: 31-3Scoring leader: De’Andre Hunter (15.2 ppg)Rebounding leader: Braxton Key, (5.5 rpg)Assists leader: Ty Jerome (5.3 apg)Famous non-athlete alum: Actress Tina FeyBest individual matchupHunter vs. King. Hunter has blossomed into one of the most dynamic and versatile players in college basketball. King was an elite recruit who has developed into a highly productive freshman. King is two inches taller at 6-9, and he is deployed mostly in a matchup-zone type of defense. But it’s likely Hunter will be handed the assignment of containing King, who has scored in double figures in every March elimination game the Ducks have played. King is 15 of 30 from long distance in those games and went 32 minutes or more in the past five. Hunter has become a more featured part of UVA’s balanced offense as well, with five 20-point games over the past 12.MORE SWEET 16 PREVIEWSUNC-AUB | UK-UH | MSU-LSU | ZAGS-FSU | PURDUE-UT | UM-TT | DUKE-VTMost eye-popping statVirginia ranks 353rd in tempo among Division I teams, according to KenPom.com. That’s out of 353 teams. The Cavaliers average 71.6 points per game because they are highly efficient when in possession of the ball. They are the second-most efficient offense, behind Gonzaga, which by the way, ranks first among all teams in tempo. There are those who become impatient with Virginia’s overwhelming regular season success and lack of postseason excellence to accompany it.In fact, some of Virginia’s teams since its 2014 breakthrough have not been ideally constructed to succeed in the NCAA Tournament. This one is. Virginia wins if …The Cavaliers can find a workable solution for the Oregon zone, which has produced victories in 10 consecutive games and has held three straight opponents to 54 points or fewer. Virginia has the shooters and the patience to find its way through.Oregon wins if …The dynamism of King and 6-9 Kenny Wooten causes UVA more problems than anticipated. Virginia is a very capable offensive team but did have some problems against the electric athletes deployed by Duke. Are we comparing Oregon in anyway to Duke? Well, just one way. And no, King is not Zion Williamson or even RJ Barrett. But if you’re trying to concoct a scenario in which the Ducks might find a way to pull this out, the Ducks’ length and quickness would certainly be a prominent aspect of that.MORE: Why your team won’t make the Final FourSweet 16 pick: Virginialast_img read more

MLB would ‘benefit’ from mercy rule, Yankees manager Aaron Boone says

first_img“It is not fun to obviously put a position player in that situation,’’ Boone said. “For Ford and some of the guys it is fun, but sitting in my chair, you worry about hurting someone, and sitting there getting kicked in the mouth is no fun. I am sure there is something to that question.’’ There is no mercy rule in MLB, but New York’s Aaron Boone thinks one being implemented might be a good thing.The Yankees manager shared his thoughts on the idea Friday when addressing the 19-5 loss his team suffered at the hands of the Indians on Thursday. “It’s not fun to have to put in a position player”Aaron Boone discusses a mercy rule and how it could prevent injuries/bad situations during blowouts pic.twitter.com/EB6woa1GbN— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) August 16, 2019“I think there would be a benefit to that,’’ Boone said. “You would probably eliminate a lot of the unwritten rules, people running or swinging. It would be like, if you get to this point after seven innings or whatever, there might be something to that and worth exploring.’’Some of Boone’s frustration stems from the fact he had to use DH Mike Ford on the mound for two innings against Cleveland. He’d rather avoid position players pitching. Related News Luke Voit injury update: Yankees first baseman (hernia) shares target return windowcenter_img New York is comfortably leading the AL East with an 82-42 record. It has a 10 1/2 game lead on the second-place Rays. The Yankees have the best record in baseball (alongside the 82-42 Dodgers) and likely have plenty of meaningful baseball ahead. They’ll have to settle with no mercy rule for at least the rest of 2019 though. Fernando Tatis Jr. injury update: Padres’ star rookie (back) likely done for season, manager sayslast_img read more

24th Annual retreat was an eye opener for Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Director

first_imgSpecial to Sumner Newscow — Thirty people from across the state met at The Barn Bed and Breakfast Inn near Valley Falls as part of the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s 24th annual Retreat for Rural Leaders.  Annarose White from Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau/Kansas Wheat Festival was one of the participants.The retreat is designed to provide community leaders and rural advocates a positive environment of support, idea-sharing, solution-making, and networking in order to re-energize for the work back home and the year ahead.One of the goals was to begin forming the plan about what would replace the Kansas Sampler Festival in 2018.  Foundation director Marci Penner said, “I think you could say that we’re all excited about the next iteration of promoting Kansas.  We have a little more work to do before sharing the ideas but people should be confident that it’s going to be exciting.”The group brainstormed a new way to recognize community volunteers and doers and also helped think about possible solutions for individual’s issues.The group spent several hours exploring downtown Holton before visiting the five-million dollar health and fitness facility in Netawaka. A trip to the Banner Creek Observatory and Science Center was the final stop.White said, “I was most impressed by the community of Holton. Their downtown business district surrounding the community courthouse square was at 100 percent capacity.” The group provided the community and chamber in Holton with feedback from their experience. White said, “The entrepreneurs in the community of Holton have restored building facades, turned unused second floors into loft apartments. The owners talked with sounds like they have a great relationship with the City of Holton and have great pride in their downtown business community.”The next event staged by the Kansas Sampler Foundation will be the March 7 Big Rural Brainstorm which will feature civic engagement.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down BusyBetty · 238 weeks ago We are fortunate to have such an active and proactive chamber in Wellington, KS. Keep up the great work! Report Reply 0 replies · active 238 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Uganda dominates 2018 World Mountain Running Championships

first_img Tags: World Mountain running championships Three of Uganda’s runners on the podium after a race in Andorra on Sunday (photo by Agencies)The 34th World Mountian Running championships in Andorra will always be remembered much for Uganda’s dominance of the event.Out of a possible 12 medals, Uganda took home eight which is over the average number.How Uganda managed the fate:The Junior races started into an immediate steep climb followed by a forest trail leading to the final steep kilometers.  In the junior women’s event it was a close battle amongst 3 nations for much of the course but over the final kilometer where it flattened slightly, Uganda arrived with 2 runners on the podium in Risper Chebet (1st) and Betty Chebet (3rd) while Germany’s Lisa Oed split them for the silver medal.The Junior men’s race started very fast and over the early stages Uganda pushed hard and ran away with the three podium positions.First home was Dan Chebet, Mathew Chepkurui was second and Oscar Chelimo third. Joe Dugdale was 4th for the UK and he had a close battle with Romania’s Gabriel Bularda.This proved crucial in the team ranking as Joe’s one place higher put the UK into the silver medal in the teams in front of Turkey.  The title being taken by Uganda with the lowest possible points.The Senior Women ran an intriguing race and it was a dramatic title defence for Lucy Wambui Murigi (Ken).  She held on from a fast finishing Maude Mathys of Switzerland and it was Kenya’s Viola Jelegat in 3rd.The men’s battle saw a clean sweep from Uganda. Robert Chemonges, Joel Ayeko, and Victor Kiplangat put on a dominant display.  Joe Gray (USA) went with them early and pulled away from the chasing pack but couldn’t hold the speed of the Ugandans.  Johan Brugge from Norway and the youngster Jacob Aitkin (UK) who is just out of junior ranks put in great performances for 5th and 6th.Comments last_img read more