Large number of New Zealanders unclear on the health effects associated with cannabis use, new reports says

first_img“But the evidence in these areas is much, much weaker and so it makes it much more difficult to know how do we translate that evidence and apply it to New Zealanders.”READ MORE: “We know a little bit about some things and not much about an awful lot of things, and so as a doctor that’s difficult when we are thinking about cannabis as a medicine,” he told TVNZ1’s Breakfast. An expert who contributed to the report, Professor Giles Newton-Howes says there are a host of unknowns around the impact of cannabis use. TVNZ One News 12 December 2019Family First Comment: “Those at most risk from the effects of cannabis he says are people under the age of 25, pregnant women and those with mental health issues. He says in those under the age of 25, clearly cannabis appears to change the way the brain develops and in pregnant women, cannabis crosses the placenta and will affect unborn babies. From a mental health perspective, if people under the age of 25 are taking cannabis, we increase the risk of problems like schizophrenia or psychosis.”So why isn’t this academic on the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel?!!Views unacceptable?Ahead of next year’s cannabis referendum, a new report has highlighted the many unknowns New Zealanders face ahead of making an informed decision regarding cannabis use.The report out today by the Royal Society Te Apārangi outlines the health impacts of cannabis, the benefits, harms and unknowns. The referendum will take place at the 2020 General Election and voters will be asked: “Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?” Voters will have to give a yes or no answer. “I think there is a lot to learn,” he says. Professor Newton-Howes who works in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago says there is reasonable and high-quality evidence that cannabis-based medicines are useful in two types of rare childhood epilepsies, as well as spasticity and muscle problems associated with multiple sclerosis.He says there might be value in other areas such as nausea and vomiting in HIV and chronic pain conditions.last_img read more

Office of Disaster Management call for strategies to mitigate flash-flooding on the island

first_img Tweet Mr Nathaniel Isaac. (file photo)The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) has said that careful consideration must be given to the amount of money being spent on mitigation compared to the amount spent on response and recovery in the advent of natural disasters.National Disaster Coordinator, Mr Nathaniel Isaac believes that following events like Wednesday’s flash floods, the Office of Disaster Management along with Planning Division needs to put strategies in place to avoid the reoccurrence.A call is being made for corporate companies and citizens to assist those affected by the disaster.“We are asking persons to help those persons who really went through that ordeal; the corporate sector through the Office of Disaster Management can make things available to those persons and we will try our best to get it to them. Our telephone number is 448 7777. As we speak we know that the Local Government Department has moved in quickly to assess the situation and they will determine the persons who are most in need. We are aware that there are about seven persons on the ground and another two might join them this afternoon so we are hoping that by this afternoon we will get a rapid assessment of the situation.”The Office of Disaster Management is admonishing the general public to pay close attention to warnings issued by the Meteorological Office.It is also important for citizens to familiarize themselves with their environment at all times.“Again we want to always admonish persons and we use every opportunity we can to do this. Persons must take account of their environment, you must know where you live, and you must continue to listen to the reports from the officials. Things like meteorology is not perfect science and sometimes you will get warnings; you will get information saying that you will get heavy rainfall, it may not happen but every time you get that information you must react because one day you are going to have to deal with this situation. Again there is going to be some events that you will have to deal with that you may not really get a warning for. So these things are things that persons really need to keep in mind.”A number of local agencies are being commended for their quick response.The Office of Disaster Management is soliciting the continued support of stakeholders in the recovery process. “We want to commend the Department of Local Government. The Office of Disaster Management really play a coordinating role and we depend on our stakeholders and if the stakeholders don’t do what they have to do then everything would be futile. So we want to commend the Department of Local Government; they took persons and District Development Officers and the assistants from different areas in Dominica that were not affected and brought them in to the Mahaut/Massacre area so we could really get a quick assessment of the situation. Based on that assessment, we at the Office of Disaster Management will try and see as much as possible if we can assist those persons.” The Dominica Police Force, the Ministry of Public Works, Local Government and the Dominica Red Cross Association are just some of the organizations that are being commended for their quick response in Wednesday’s disaster.Dominica Vibes News Share 29 Views   no discussions LocalNews Office of Disaster Management call for strategies to mitigate flash-flooding on the island by: – September 29, 2011center_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Solar-powered safety for Haiti

first_img Share 12 Views   no discussions Tweet Share NewsRegional Solar-powered safety for Haiti by: – October 7, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Image via: technorati.comPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Insufficient public lighting is a major concern in Haiti’s camps for earthquake victims, as darkness provides cover for criminals preying on residents. In the months following the quake, as sexual assaults and robberies mounted, some camp managers resorted to curfews to try to curb violence.A green energy project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Global Environment Facility has brought a measure of relief to two of the largest settlements in Port-au-Prince by installing solar-powered street lamps.In response to a request from Haitian authorities, the IDB allocated resources from the project, initially intended to promote the use of solar-powered energy in the countryside, to improving public lighting in the camps, Caradeux and Petionville Club. The IDB and GEF have contributed $1.5 million in grants to the broader green energy project.A Haitian company, Green Energy Solutions, won a contract to install the solar lighting equipment in both camps. Between July and September of this year they put up 68 lamp posts in Caradeux, which has some 40,000 people, and 32 lamp posts in Petionville Club, which has about 25,000 people.Reported incidents of violent crimes started dropping sharply as lamps were installed and lighting conditions improved, according to data provided by the project’s executing agency, the NGO Solar Electric Light Fund.A second phase of the green energy project will be carried out over the next few months, with the installation of photovoltaic systems in 12 hospitals and health posts in southwestern Haiti. As part of the project, local electricians will be trained to be able to maintain and repair solar-powered equipment.“As an engineer, I am enthusiastic about this project because Haiti has a huge potential to harness solar power,” said Kenol Pierre Thys, the IDB’s project manager. “As a Haitian, I am glad this technology is helping improve the living conditions of the people who have suffered the most.”Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Feverish fans fuelled virus at Italy Champion’s League match

first_img Some 4,178 people have died so far in Lombardy, out of a total of over 6,820 in Italy. Gori said he thought the statistics failed to represent the real toll on Bergamo and the surrounding region because “there are certainly many elderly people who died at home, without it having been possible to take them to hospital”. “These people are not included in the official statistics. No tests have been done on them either before or after death”. Spanish club Valencia have said that 35 per cent of their team and staff have tested positive for coronavirus, following the trip to Milan. Ecstatic fans cheering and hugging at the Champion’s League game between Atalanta and Valencia in February boosted the spread of the coronavirus, the mayor of the worst-hit Italian city said Tuesday. Atalanta fans cheer during the UEFA Champions League football match between against Valencia in Milan’s San Siro Stadium on February 19. Bergamo, in the northern Lombardy region, is now Italy’s worst-hit province, with nearly 6,728 infections. Its football team Atalanta had been having a stellar season, with a historic Champions League qualification. Its game against Spanish rival Valencia on February 19 at the San Siro stadium in Milan had been feverishly awaited by fans. Atalanta pulled off a stunning 4-1 victory – each goal met with shouts of glee, fans clutching at each other in excitement. Bergamo Mayor Giorgio Gori told foreign journalists the match was “among the sad explanations” for the high infection rate in the city and wider province. “Some 40,000 Bergamo inhabitants went to Milan to watch the game. Others watched it from their homes, in families, in groups, at the bar,” he said. “It’s clear that evening was a situation in which the virus was widely spread,” he added. But Gori said he didn’t think it was “the starting point”. Instead he believed Bergamo’s troubles began when a patient at the Fenaroli Hospital in Alzano was admitted with coronavirus but it went undetected, allowing him to infect others. Two weeks after the historic match in Milan the curve of the number of those infected in Bergamo began to rise steeply and the town has become the epicentre for the pandemic in Europe. Read Also: COVID-19: Ronaldo donates medical equipment to Portuguese hospitals Atalanta on Tuesday confirmed that goalkeeper Marco Sportiello, who played in Valencia on March 10 as the Italian club qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals, had become their first player to test positive for COVID-19. “Marco is currently asymptomatic,” the team said in a statement. “The preventive quarantine, to which Marco and all the members of the first team had been subjected, will end on March 27.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To DateFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Artlast_img read more

WBA to deal with Odemwingie internally

first_imgWest Brom have confirmed that they will deal internally with striker Peter Odemwingie’s latest Twitter outbursts against the club. West Brom also confirmed that social networking activity is governed by the club’s disciplinary code of conduct. Odemwingie tweeted: “Keeping me on the bench now is worst than what they did to me on the 31st (of January). New advisors told me to say its all my fault cos its better for me. “A normal team will never let a player who acted like I did come back. Why keep me still. If they like they shouldn’t even give me 10 mins to play. “Threatening to ruin my career? Career I closed already last summer? No harm to me.” Odemwingie added: “Want to treat me like an average player. The abuse and praise I get is average? So get some extra from me too. “I am not at peace. Took steroid injections numerous times when team needed me back quick. Commitment still in doubt. “More reasons? Should still stay loyal? Even if it sounds childish. It’s a lot. People I should trust normally hold meetings. Before that I was a proper gentleman in the team and trusted everyone. I tried to leave quietly. Didn’t work.” Odemwingie was disciplined after releasing a series of social networking outbursts against the Baggies in January after they rejected his transfer request. The 31-year-old launched another series of attacks after driving to Loftus Road without permission on transfer deadline day only for the move to QPR to fall through. And on Sunday, the Nigerian international hit out at being omitted from the starting line-up for the past four games. While the majority of Odemwingie’s tweets have since been deleted, an Albion spokesman said: “The club are aware of what Peter has said and we will deal with it internally.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Police steamroll Black Pearl in Corona Invitational football

first_img– wins also  for Northern Rangers, Riddim SquadTHE Corona Invitational Football tournament, organised by the Petra organisation continued on Friday evening with Police FC steamrolling Black Pearl FC.The Police side was in no playful mood as they opened the proceedings at the GFC Ground Bourda, ending the game 12-0.Scoring commenced as early as the 10th minute thanks to Dwain Jacobs, with Keon Duke doubling 10 minutes later to take the score to 2-0.The onslaught didn’t stop there as Quincy Holder (30th), Rawle Thornhill (42nd) and Anthio Wallace (45th) ensured that the score reflected the dominance of the eventual winners.Police resumed their scoring as soon as the second half commenced with Jacobs scoring in the 46th, before Holder completed his brace in the 56th and his hat trick in the 64th.Thronhill scored his second and the team’s 9th in the 65th and the doors were left open with Duke scoring his second in the 67th. Holder scored his fourth in the 68th with Wallace scoring the team’s 12th in the 74th.The second game featured an upset as Northern Rangers disposed of Pele 3-0 with Anthony Sancho netting twice in the 7th and 22nd and Stephon Reynolds scoring in the 36th. The Rangers were up for a serious task and sent a stern warning to those teams in the tournament, as their positivity and build up play allowed their victory on the night.In the third game, it was all Rolex Smith as the Riddim Squad overcame the Santos side in another shock encounter.Santos had no answer for the lone goal that stood in front of them and while they had numerous chances, they were unable to make them count. The next round of matches tomorrow (Monday) will pit Flamingo FC against East Veldt, followed by Camptown FC playing Beacons and Western Tigers playing GFC.last_img read more

AgiproNews’ Italian View: Calcio eagerly awaits the Ronaldo factor

first_img Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Share Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit Italian betting and football stakeholders have suffered a summer of discontent, with no Azzurri representation at Russia 2018 and the new Lega-5Star coalition government implementing a blanket ban on betting advertising and sponsorships across all sports and media formats.Navigating a disruptive summer, Italian betting, media and sports have called for any good news story… Step forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus FC.As world football prepared for its final week of World Cup Russia 2018 play, Turin’s ‘Vecchia Signora’ (Old Lady) shocked global sports securing the services of a 33-year old Ronaldo, executing a Serie A record-breaking €110 million transfer from Real Madrid.The pending arrival of Ronaldo has perplexed all Italian sports stakeholders, as the country and its beloved calcio prepare for its dose of much needed ‘CR7 medicine’.Ronaldo is not only considered a coup for Juventus, but for the whole of Serie A, a league which was once the powerhouse of European football, but which has decayed in its own corruption scandals’ and diminished in its global standing against the might of Premier League and Spain’s La Liga.From a betting perspective, the ‘CR7 factor’ will be welcomed by the new Italian betting faces Betway and Marathonbet who prior to the Lega-5Star blanket ban had signed sponsorship arrangements with Roman football clubs’ AS Roma and SS Lazio respectively.Betway became the AS Roma Exclusive Training Kit Partner for the season of 2020-21, with an agreement that will generate €5 million per season. Marathonbet and S.S. Lazio are yet to be official, however, the club and bookmaker have agreed a shirt sponsorship for the next three years.Both sponsorships will likely be revised due to Lega-5Star advertising/marketing restrictions which will be implemented on Italian football from 15 July 2019.Despite securing a ‘transitional marketing period’ for betting advertisers to fulfil their existing contracts, Serie A officials have deeply criticised Lega-5Star blanket ban, detailing that it was a needless action which will not serve any of its intended purposes.“It would cause competitive disadvantages to the Italian clubs and our teams advertising budget would be redirected abroad. In the 2017-18 season, twelve Serie A clubs have signed a partnership contract with companies of the betting industry, considered the 5th field for investments in the rank of the t-shirt sponsorship in the 6 main European tournaments”.The new Serie A season begins on August 19. Italian sports recognises that the ‘Ronaldo factor’ can’t fix Italy’s complex political dynamics, but the Portuguese starboy might act as a form of nandralone to soothe aching bones following a disruptive summer._______________Content provided by AgiproNews Italialast_img read more

Magnus Carlsen’s reaction to beating Alireza Firouzja underlines fiery fight for chess perch

first_imgMagnus Carlsen seems to sense the growing power of 16-year-old chess phenom Alireza Firouzja and the long-term threat Firouzja poses to his chess supremacy.Their rivalry has exploded lately: No. 1 Carlsen narrowly edged Firouzja in a controversial World Blitz 2019 matchup in which his rival accused him of cheating; Firzouzja returned the favor earlier this month at the Banter Blitz Cup before Carlsen beat him again at the Magnus Carlsen Invitational on Monday. Carlsen’s reaction to this week’s victory over No. 21 Firouzja — who still remains a step behind the world’s best overall — provided a look into the intensity of a one-on-one battle that could define chess in the coming years.”Truth be told, I wanted to crush him today,” Carlsen said in a postmatch interview. “A narrow win wouldn’t make up for the fact that I actually lost to the guy. … The fact that (I didn’t sweep him) pissed me off.”MORE: How chess has carved a place in pandemic timesThe World Blitz 2019 finish established a level of animosity between Carlsen and Firouzja. After Carlsen won via time, Firouzja accused him of speaking under his breath as a means of distraction. Firouzja appealed the decision and video captured him enraged at his appeal being denied.”He was talking,” Firouzja insisted to a judge. “He’s talking during the game. He’s saying something in Norwegian, I don’t know what he’s saying.”Carlsen fell to Firouzja in the Banter Blitz Cup last week — a competition he was considered a heavy favorite to win. The final game of the match is being widely considered an instant classic. Carlsen’s 2.5-1.5 match win against Firouzja on Monday in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, meanwhile, restored his supremacy over Firouzja — for now. It’s an advantage he clearly cares about beyond a one-off round robin tournament triumph.Carlsen is nowhere near ready to cede control of his perch atop the chess world, but Firouzja is on a mission to chase him down.last_img read more

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje set for June ‘Fight Island’ battle, Dana White says

first_imgUFC president Dana White expects a  lightweight unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje to be staged on “Fight Island” next month.Gaethje turned his attention to a showdown with undisputed champion Nurmagomedov after beating Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 last weekend to take the interim title. Conor McGregor called out Gaethje with a social media rant Monday, but White said the Irishman will have to wait.BERNSTEIN: McGregor shows desperation with Twitter rant “Any time Conor McGregor is fighting, it’s exciting, but yeah, I’m very excited for Gaethje vs. Khabib,” White said. “I think stylistically it’s a great matchup. I’m looking forward to it.” Nurmagomedov was due to fight Ferguson in Brooklyn, N.Y., last month, but that battle could not go ahead because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has left the Russian stuck in Dagestan. Gaethje grasped his chance to replace Nurmagomedov and will now get his shot at the undefeated champ.BERNSTEIN: NBA could struggle to pull off what UFC did White said the venue that has been christened “Fight Island” — a secret location off the coast of the United States — remains under construction but should be ready for the pair to lock horns by the end of June.He told ESPN Radio Chicago: “I don’t know if it will be the first one, but it will be on ‘Fight Island,’ unless miraculously the world comes back together faster than I think it’s gonna.”White added: “Hopefully [‘Fight Island’] will be done by mid-June, and I could put on a fight that weekend that it’s done, or end of June.”last_img read more