Meanwhile, the alcohol industry is fighting hard and dirty to keep a local tax off the ballot that would address some of its damage. The Anchorage Assembly will vote on that Jan. 23. The municipality already levies a local marijuana tax. Anchorage Daily News 11 January 2018Family First Comment: 141% increase!“Because it’s legal in the community, I think, the stigma around marijuana use is decreasing,” he said. “The data would seem to say there is increasing use.” By opening marijuana shops all over town, society went from saying marijuana was transgressive to saying it is encouraged. Kids heard that.” www.saynopetodope.nzAlaska’s legalization of marijuana came with a huge spike in suspensions of Anchorage students for using or carrying pot at school.We voted in 2014 to treat marijuana like alcohol. Alcohol destroys Alaska lives and families. Now legal marijuana is starting to do its damage. There’s no research to say why this 141 percent increase happened, but it isn’t because of stronger enforcement or changes in discipline policy, said Joe Zawodny, director of secondary education for the ASD.“Because it’s legal in the community, I think, the stigma around marijuana use is decreasing,” he said. “The data would seem to say there is increasing use.”READ MORE: https://www.adn.com/opinions/2018/01/11/marijuana-school-suspensions-more-than-doubled-after-legalization/ In the fall school semester of 2015, soon after legalization, the Anchorage School District suspended 69 students for marijuana use or possession. The same semester the next year, the number jumped to 97. In the semester that just ended, 166 students were suspended for pot.
23 Views no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday May 18, 2012 by: – May 19, 2012 Share Share **Dominica’s Jazz n’ Creole Sunday May 27th 2012**On Sunday May 27th Dominica will stage the third edition of Dominica’s Jazz n’ Creole, at an inviting casual atmosphere of the historic Fort Shirley in Cabrits National Park, a fantastic venue for hosting such an event. Plans are well on the way to welcome our many visitors and friends who wish to be part of Dominica’s Jazz n’ Creole 2012. The event is held annually on Pentecost Sunday and is meant to attract visitors from neighbouring French islands as well as the wider Caribbean to Dominica and serves as an avenue for showcasing local jazz artists on the island, as well as foreign acts. Several hotels particularly in the north of the island will be offering special packages and rates to Caribbean nationals. Patrons are offered the opportunity to mingle in the relaxing ambience of one of Dominica’s major tourism site attractions. Preceding the main event will be the jazz fringe events at the Anchorage Hotel on Thursday May 24th, Fort Young Hotel on Friday May 25th, River Stone Bar & Grill day time event on Saturday May 26th and the Rosalie Bay Resort evening event on Saturday May 26th. The Discover Dominica Authority and the Dominica Festival Committe welcome everyone to this great event.**Tourism Awareness Month 3Rs Week: Reuse Redue Recycle **As part of Tourism Awareness Month the Discover Dominica Authority in collaboration with the Rotary Club will recognize “No Plastic Bag Shopping Day” on Saturday, May 19, 2012. The objective of the day is to encourage shoppers to take along their shopping bags or baskets to the supermarket which will ultimately reduce the usage of plastic in everyday activities. On the said day shoppers will also be given re-usable bags (while supplies last) to use while shopping at the supermarkets. Participating supermarkets include Save- a- Lot, H H Wilson Supermarket, Whitchurch IGA Supercentre and Breeze’s Mart. The Rotary Club and the Discover Dominica Authority will be donating bio-degradable shopping bags to the participating supermarkets which will be given to their shoppers. The DDA continues to encouraging the public to revert to the old days of using shopping bags and baskets. We need to preserve and protect the environment thus the reduction in plastic bags will help in alleviating future environmental concerns. **Mero Community Tourism Mini Trade Show**The tourism Authority has partnered with the Mero Community Tourism group in hosting the first ever historic Mini Trade Show in the community of Mero on Saturday May 26th. The Trade show will showcase the heritage, products and services of the Dominica Community Tourism Associations around the island. The Dominica Community Tourism Associations Inc. is an umbrella organization of all Community Tourism organizations on island. The mini trade show is an opportunity for the general public to get to know about the concept of Community Tourism in Dominica and to identify opportunities and ways for networking, partnership and even the selling of products and services. This year’s event is the first and the trade show hopes to be an annual event for Community Tourism Service and Products Suppliers to meet and possibly form lasting partnership.**Tourism Youth Congress winner receives prize from AID Bank**The Castle Bruce Secondary School received a $500 cheque compliments the Dominica Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank. This was part of the AID Bank’s sponsorship of the Tourism Youth Congress, held on May 3, 2012. Fourth form student of the Castle Bruce Secondary School Nyana George emerged victorious over nine other competitors. Special Projects and Communications Coordinator at the AID Bank, Mrs. Josephine Dechausay-Titre, congratulated Miss George on having won the local competition and urged her to continue to work hard as she prepares to represent Dominica at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Tourism Youth Congress in October. Miss George will now be recognized as the Junior Minister of Tourism until the next Tourism Youth Congress in May 2013. Last year’s winner of the local Tourism Youth Congress Kitwanie Carbon also won the regional competition organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization. **Dominica and United States collaboration – One Ocean: Building Bridges and Breaking Down Walls through Student Connections**Students from Dominica and the United States are learning first hand that they are all connected by one big ocean through being involved in IFAW’s Floating Classroom Program. The generous grant IFAW gave Hull Memorial Middle school is giving sixth grade science teacher Heather Hughes the opportunity to satellite sessions via Skype from Dominica. Her hope is that through this program the students in both countries will make personal connections to each other and see firsthand that the world is truly a small place. She said, “Caring begins with understanding and hopefully through this program students will not only learn to care for each other, but the animals that make the sea their home.”Forty-two fifth graders from St. Luke’s Primary in Pt. Michelle Dominica and seventy-seven sixth graders from Memorial Middle School in Hull Massachusetts will be the first to be involved in this joint project. Both groups have already participated in two lessons via Skype. Two more Skype lessons are planned for this Wednesday and Friday from St. Luke’s Primary. The lessons being taught include comparing and contrasting the topography of Dominica to Hull, Massachusetts, comparing sand samples, and best of all tracking a leatherback sea turtle! Hopefully, this joint program will benefit both countries and students.Press Release
Indianapolis, In. — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has announced an investment plan for 2019, including a new $1 billion investment in infrastructure projects. The Next Level Connections program will expand broadband services in rural Indiana, grow the state’s systems of trails, create more nonstop international flights, and move up the completion of major highway projects. The state also will continue to pursue building a new fourth water port at Lawrenceburg and expansion of rail projects in northwest Indiana.“Today we’re sending a big message to the world that Indiana is making a huge investment in our quality of life and for those who aspire to join us,” said Holcomb. “We are linking Hoosiers to each other and to the world.”Through the Next Level Connections program, Gov. Holcomb will:Commit $100 million to bridge the digital divide in rural areas of the state. The state will create a grant program to bring high speed, affordable broadband access to unserved and underserved areas of the state.Utilize $90 million to link communities through more hiking, biking and riding trails. The state will initiate a grant program that encourages local and regional collaboration to grow the state’s trails system.Complete major highway projectso Accelerate completion of I-69 Section 6 from 2027 to 2024 ($600 million)o Add new interchanges on U.S. 31 between South Bend and Indianapolis and expand the number of projects that will be completed on U.S. 20 and 30 through 2023 ($190 million)o Focus INDOT resources to clean up the state’s highwaysEstablish Indianapolis as the preferred Midwestern destination by adding more nonstop international flights ($20 million)Complete evaluation of the purchase of land to develop the state’s fourth port on the Ohio River near LawrenceburgPursue federal funding for the West Lake and South Shore rail projects in Northwest IndianaThe Indiana Finance Authority will amend its agreement with the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company (ITRCC), which operates the Indiana Toll Road, to allow ITRCC to increase the toll rates for heavy vehicles by 35 percent, beginning in October. The $1 billion in proceeds from the amended ITRCC agreement will be used to fund planned road projects in the seven Toll Road counties, which will free up INDOT resources to be directed to the Next Level Connections program.As a part of the new agreement, ITRCC will put $50 million into additional Toll Road upgrades, including safety, technology and communications initiatives such as a smart truck parking system and expansion of overhead message boards, cameras and variable speed signs. Over 10 years, by 2025, ITRCC will invest more than $500 million in Toll Road upgrades.“Improvements on the Toll Road, on Highways 20, 30 and 31 will make our roads safer for truck and vehicle traffic alike and enhance economic development opportunities,” said Gov. Holcomb.The toll increase will impact Class 3 and above vehicles. For example, the tolls for a Class 3 vehicle will increase from $16.33 to $22.04 (electronic card) for the entire 157-mile trip. For a Class 5 vehicle, the toll will increase from $44.46 to $60.02. The IFA will consider the agreement at a meeting later this month. With the increase, the rate per mile will remain lower than nearly all other similar roads across the country.“Today, we’re defining Indiana differently than ever before. Next Level Connections is a direct investment in Hoosier infrastructure and quality of life that is essential to take Indiana to the next level,” said Gov. Holcomb.For more information click here. ,
Last night, EC faced off with Lawrenceburg in a non-conference match. ECVB came out victorious with the scores of 25-22, 25-13, 25-19. ECVB vs Lawrenceburg 9-6‘The start of set one wasn’t pretty, but I am extremely proud of this group. They showed some maturity and poise last night being down big from the start. Instead of quitting, they worked together as a team and dug their way back one point at a time. We didn’t lead in the first set until 22-21. The girls worked hard and then took control in set two. We played with more energy which led to consistent execution on our side of the court. In set three it was much more evenly matched for both teams. We went back and forth at the start until we put a couple small runs together to secure the win. This group doesn’t know when to quit and that can be dangerous. Our opponents start to get comfortable with a lead late in the game and then we start to take over. While I’d prefer us to just start strong and hit the gas with the first serve, I’m happy they stayed in and had the confidence to come back in win that set.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker. Varsity is now 9-4 on the season. Next up: Madison at EC Saturday with freshmen at 11, then JV, then varsity.ECVB Freshmen vs. Lawrenceburg Tigers winning 2-1. 25-17, 14-25, 15-8. On Thursday night, the Freshmen Lady Trojans trailed behind the Lady Tigers for more than half of the first set. Slowly but surely the Lady Trojans fought their way back in the first set and capped the set with a victory. Going into the second set they did not play as one and the individualism showed in their efforts causing them to drop the second set to the Tigers. As for the third set they pulled their momentum together and pushed points in increments. I am proud of their fight and never laying down to the competition. ECVB Freshmen is now 4-0 on the season. ECVB JV vs Lawrenceburg Tigers winning 2-1. 9-25, 25-15, 15-12.Even though there is a victory written in the stat book, tonight was a night filled with many lessons from both the coach and player perspective. I am very proud of their fight and diligence to never giving up, but there are still so many areas of play and discipline that is to be coached. ECVB JV did not begin the match to their fullest ability in the slightest, but with a few adjustments, they were able to turn the pace of the game around to their favor. All in all, I am happy with their ability to finish a match and move on from past mistakes. Tonight’s match did not count towards conference so ECVB JV is now 8-1 on the season and 4-0 in the EIAC.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Josie Andres.
Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson will miss Ireland’s entire Six Nations campaign with a dislocated elbow. His club confirmed that Jackson requires surgery to repair the damage, and will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks. Jackson’s absence is a further blow to Ireland boss Joe Schmidt, who must do without Johnny Sexton for the tournament opener against Italy in Rome on Saturday, February 7. The glut of injuries could see Ireland head coach Schmidt pair Ulster’s utility back Jared Payne and Leinster centre Gordon D’Arcy for the upcoming trip to Rome. “Stuart Olding also sustained an elbow injury against Toulon,” Ulster confirmed in their statement. “A scan has confirmed that he has significant ligament damage that will require surgery to repair. He is also expected to be out for between 10 and 12 weeks.” Athlone-born Henshaw, who is viewed as the long-term successor to Brian O’Driscoll, has not suffered long-term damage, but will still have to work hard to face the Azzurri in Rome. Connacht confirmed the 21-year-old will miss Saturday’s European Challenge Cup trip to La Rochelle. “Robbie Henshaw sustained a low-grade ankle sprain during the Exeter game,” read a Connacht statement. “The Ireland international will not recover in time for this week’s game in France.” Long-term absentees Sean O’Brien and Cian Healy are closing in on returning to action, but Leinster have ruled out either facing Wasps in Champions Cup action this weekend. Leinster have tipped the influential Ireland duo, and flanker Rhys Ruddock, to fight to return against the Dragons on February 15. O’Brien is battling back from two consecutive shoulder operations, while prop Healy is nearing a return after a severe hamstring tear. “While Sean O’Brien and Cian Healy trained again this morning, given the nature of the injuries management have decided not to risk either player this weekend,” read a Leinster statement. “Instead the next home game against the Newport Gwent Dragons on February 15 is their focus.” O’Brien and Healy may yet struggle to feature in Ireland’s Six Nations campaign despite nearing playing returns. British and Irish Lions flanker O’Brien underwent shoulder reconstruction after Ireland’s 24-22 New Zealand defeat in November 2013. The joint became infected and O’Brien went back under the knife in October. Loosehead prop Healy is still recovering from a nasty hamstring tear suffered in September. Racing Metro fly-half Sexton is still in the middle of a 12-week stand down after suffering four concussions in a year, but should return in time to face England on March 1. Leinster’s Ian Madigan and Munster’s Ian Keatley will now contend the starting fly-half berth for Ireland’s opening Six Nations clash in Rome. “Paddy Jackson suffered a dislocated elbow in Saturday’s defeat to Toulon at Stade Mayol,” read an Ulster statement. “A scan on Monday revealed that he has an unstable joint and that he will require surgery. “He is expected to be out of rugby for between 10 and 12 weeks.” Ulster centre Stuart Olding will also miss the Six Nations with elbow ligament damage that could see him out for three months. Connacht confirmed a “low-grade ankle sprain” for centre Robbie Henshaw in their weekend European clash with Exeter. The powerful midfielder could yet recover in time for Ireland’s Six Nations opener, but will face a clear fitness battle. Press Association
The Latest: MotoGP’s Spanish GP postponed because of virus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Associated Press It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed.The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria. March 26, 2020 The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended.The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
… Shemaine Campbelle’s 111 off 11 balls in vainLEADING from the front, Stafanie Taylor slammed a blistering hundred to help Jamaica to a comfortable six-wicket win over Guyana in round two of the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup yesterday at the Everest Cricket Club, ground.Taylor’s ferocious 118-ball 119, ensured the visitors overhauled the 242-run challenge from the Guyanese, with 20 balls to spare. Her knock was studded with 16 fours and a six.The win is the second for the tourists while the Guyanese remained winless from their two outings so far.Scores in the match: Guyana 242 all out in 49.5 overs; Jamaica 244-6 in 46.4 overs.Electing to bat, Guyanese captain Shemaine Campbelle played, inarguably, one of the finest innings in the history of Regional Women’s cricket, to lead the hosts to the impressive total.Leading from the front, Stafanie Taylor after reaching her hundred. (Adrian Narine photos)The all-rounder smashed her way to a magical 111 off 118 balls, leaving the visitors’ bowlers in a daze, after the hosts were 57-4, at one stage.The innings could well be termed as one of the best ever played at this level, taking into consideration how the innings unfolded. The Guyanese lost both openers Sheneta Grimmond (3), and Mandy Mangru (11), along with Lashuna Toussaint (0), and Akaze Thompson (2), to leave the hosts in a spot of trouble.However, Campbelle, who hails from the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, remained firm at the other end, to add 48 runs for the fifth-wicket with Shebika Gajnabi (20). The home team then lost Gajnabi, Melanie Henry (0), and Cherry Ann Frazer (1), at 114-7.But an eighth-wicket stand of 98 runs, thereafter between Campbelle and Tremayne Smartt gave the home team the perfect finish.Smartt made an attractive 58 off 64 balls, inclusive of six boundaries. Taylor (3-44) was the best bowler on show for the tourists.The run-chase then started poorly for the visitors, losing Natasha McLean, bowled by Erva Giddings without scoring, but Taylor then partnered in two match-winning stands.First she shared 119 runs for the second wicket with Rashada Williams, who made 47 before she was run-out.The 27-year-old Taylor then accumulated 81 for the third-wicket with Chedean Nation (30). In the partnerships, both Williams and Nation were happy to take the backseat as Taylor, who had got her eyes in, hit the bowlers all over the ground.Barring Giddings (3-39), the rest of the Guyanese bowlers had no answers, as Taylor kept piercing the gaps. The home team’s shoulders dropped as the visitors breached the 200-run mark.Giddings, coming back for her second spell then removed both Nation and Taylor, but by then the victory target was well within reach for the visitors.Jodian Morgan and Chinelle Henry were unbeaten on 19 and 23 respectively. They ensured there were no further hiccups as they garnered the remaining runs with six wickets intact.Guyana’s next game is against the Leeward Islands tomorrow at Enmore while Jamaica clash with defending champions Barbados at GCC ground.
After scoring the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation last month, head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Trojans kicked off spring practice Tuesday at Cromwell Field.USC football faces a season with a lot of excitement thanks to a variety of factors. Five of the much discussed incoming players participated in their first college practice on Tuesday. Sarkisian is also entering his second season after his move from Washington, and senior quarterback Cody Kessler is one of the early season favorites for the Heisman Trophy. All of these factors have combined to generate hope, and some might say the expectation, for a championship season. Despite all the fanfare, however, the team remains focused.“Honestly, I think [the expectations] are irrelevant,” Kessler said. “We’ve got a lot to work on, a lot to improve on and a long way to go to be where we want to be by the time we go into fall camp.”Amid the buzz surrounding the start of spring football, it is easy to forget that USC does not have a game for another six months; Sarkisian stressed that no one on the team is looking that far ahead.“The key for us is to focus on today,” he said. “How are we getting better today individually? How are we getting better today as a team, whether it is physically or mentally?”Breaking Out of the Late-Game FunkNo one who followed USC last season has forgotten the two losses against Arizona and Utah last season, and neither have Sarkisian and the rest of the team. Tuesday’s practice ended with a simulation of the final two minutes of the game, and so will every other practice this spring. The first round went to the defense, which managed to shut down the Trojan offense three times in a row out of five.“Who can we count on?” Sarkisian asked, issuing an early challenge to his team. “Who are going to be the guys who can make plays at those critical moments?”Sarkisian noted that if USC had won those two games, they would have played for the Pac-12 Championship last season.“You think about the ramifications, and of course we’re going to address [the late game struggles] and get better at it,” he said.Replacing Buck AllenLast year’s redshier junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen has left USC for the draft, and though junior Justin Davis had significant playing time last year and is Allen’s most logical replacement, Sarkisian is also keeping his eye on senior Tre Madden.“I forgot how big and physical he is,” Sarkisian said. “He’s a physical runner. I think he and Justin complement each other really well because Justin has got such great speed and cutting ability, and Tre has such a hammer mentality … [and a] high football IQ with his quarterback background in high school and his ability to catch the ball.”The New GuysFive members of the 2015 recruiting class joined the team in time for spring practice: quarterback Ricky Town, linebacker Cameron Smith, offensive linemen Roy Hemsley and Chuma Edoga and wide receiver Issac Whitney, who is a junior college transfer. They made a positive impression on their captain and coach.“The early enrollees and those who were freshmen last year came out today and really competed,” Kessler said.Of course, not everything went right for the newcomers, but that much is to be expected from players competing in their first college practice. For now, Sarkisian was pleased with what he saw.“They just kind of got into the flow of practice, which is about all you can expect them to do day one,” he said. “They flashed in some areas … then they had their moments when maybe they didn’t know the play as well as they would have liked. All in all, for the first college practice for those five guys, it went about as good as it could go.”Quick TakesSophomore tight end Bryce Dixon was absent from practice due to a student conduct issue.Senior linebacker Anthony Sarao was limited in practice with a foot injury. It is not serious, but the coaching staff decided to err on the side of caution.Sarkisian singled out senior linebacker Lamar Dawson, saying that he looked like a “different player” after a great offseason conditioning program.Redshirt sophomore Chris Hawkins, who is naturally a cornerback, spent a lot of time at safety. Sarkisian praised his football IQ and said that safety would best utilize his strengths.After spending last season almost exclusively in the slot, redshirt sophomore Steven Mitchell began to line up more often as an outside receiver, a pattern that Sarkisian said that they would continue to experiment with.
WASHINGTON — With a Friday deadline looming to avoid another partial federal government shutdown, Congressional Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement, at least in principle, over border security.Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican, says he’s hopeful all parties, including President Trump, will be able to agree to the compromise. “Funding the government and securing our border should not be mutually exclusive,” Grassley says. “Shutting down the government is no way to govern. It costs money to shut government down and it costs money to open it back up.”The partial shutdown that started in late December ran a record 35 days and furloughed 800,000 federal workers and forced some to work without pay. Grassley says he’s putting his trust in the conference committee members that the compromise they’ve created will be acceptable and bipartisan.“I’m optimistic that Congress can still get this done,” Grassley says. “It’s in nobody’s interest to shirk the fundamental responsibilities of Congress. I’m also supporting legislation to put an end to government shutdowns once and for all.”Grassley says no official details are being released about the compromise, though reports indicate it includes $1.3 billion to put up 55 miles of fencing at the border, a long way from the $5.7 billion and 2,000 miles of wall the president wanted. With seven months remaining in the fiscal year, Grassley says $1.3 billion is likely all the government can afford to spend on a fence.“Building and putting it in strategic places where it’s really needed to make more efficient use of border patrol where you don’t have fence is a compromise that the president ought to be able to live with,” Grassley says.Reports say the agreement would pay for a fence made of metal slats, not the concrete wall the president was pushing. It would also cut the number of beds in border detention centers from around 50,000 to around 40,000. Grassley says firm details about the proposal will be out soon.
Houston Baptist at McNeese (Saturday Doubleheader)Women’s Basketball: 1 p.m. CTMen’s Basketball: 3:30 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+Women’s – https://sland.social/HBUMCNwMen’s – https://sland.social/HBUMCNm ESPN appsTalent:Lyn Rollins, play-by-playVan Chancellor, analyst Central Arkansas at Abilene Christian (Saturday Doubleheader)Women’s Basketball: 1 p.m. CTMen’s Basketball: 3:30 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+Women’s – https://sland.social/UCAACUwMen’s – https://sland.social/UCAACUm ESPN appsTalent:David Saltzman, play-by-playCandi Harvey, analyst FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference Showcase package continues this weekend on ESPN+, featuring a pair of doubleheaders. The Houston Baptist women’s and men’s teams head to McNeese, while squads from Abilene Christian host Central Arkansas.