Mike Yardley: Cynical cannabis referendum from a Government that’s soft on crime

first_imgNZ Herald 19 December 2018Family First Comment: Well said, Mike. “Would legalisation improve the health, well-being and productivity of New Zealand? No, it would not. How could it?”#SayNopeToDopeSo we’ve got a date for a referendum on dope: election day 2020.It will be binding and its timing looks like a canny ploy by Labour and the Greens to mobilise the young, the bums and the wayward to get off the couch and actually vote.Maybe I’m too cynical, but is the cannabis referendum actually being used as bait to try to woo them to the ballot box (and win their party vote too?)There are many pros and cons to legalising cannabis. I accept that. But the bottom line for me is this: would legalisation improve the health, well-being and productivity of New Zealand? No, it would not. How could it?So why legalise it? Why capitulate to the cannabis crowd, just because a few other countries have? Why surrender?Why would we want to throw even more fuel on the fire of our mental health crisis, particularly among our youth? Why add to the scrapheap of wasted lives? I have seen its insidious effects on far too many people I care about. Stolen potential. Broken lives.But there’s a broader theme unfolding here, that spells political danger for the Government. They could cook their own goose.Andrew Little’s happy-clappy Justice Summit set the tone. Look at the firestorm over the Rouxle Le Roux sentence. The mood music is growing louder.This Government is perceived as soft on crime and dysfunction. They want to empty the jails.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12179476&ref=twitterMike Hosking: Stupid, naive drug move bungle of yearNZ Herald 20 December 2018 Were we asleep or does no one care?The headline the Government wanted you to hear was the one about cracking down on peddlers and producers of drugs.Stuart Nash and David Clark, with their best earnest faces on, talked of the scourge of drugs and how they were coming after the bad guys.“Has making drugs a criminal activity worked? No, not overtly successfully, which of course is the government’s argument.But it’s no less successful than domestic violence or dangerous driving, are we making those health issues as well?Part of a government’s role is a top down approach to behaviour expectation, agendas, outlooks, aspirations, and intent for the entire country.If it looks loose at the top, it fast becomes a slippery slope.A society’s success is based at least in part by what is not tolerated, what is not acceptable.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12179487&ref=twitterKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Rowley unofficially launches campaign for 2020 TT general election

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley Sunday night unofficially launched the campaign for 2020 general elections here by comparing the performances of his three-year-old administration to that of the former People’s Partnership administration.A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister Saturday indicated Rowley would deliver an address to the nation that will be broadcast in two parts, but what transpired on Sunday night was a re-broadcast of an event where the prime minister addressed several political and economic issues confronting his administration since it came to office in September 7, 2015.“Mind your Business”In the first section of the broadcast titled “Mind your Business”, Rowley appeared to be setting the agenda for not only the 2020 general election, but also the upcoming Local Government and Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections that are due later this year.He told the nation that when the government came to power in 2015, the revenue from the oil and gas industry was an estimated one billion dollars compared with TT$17 billion in 2014 when the previous government headed by Kamla Persad Bissessar was still in office.He said then the price of a barrel of oil was US$90 as compared with as low as US$28 dollars during his administration’s term.He accused the past administration of providing gas companies with concessions, including complete tax write offs during the period 2013-14 that led to a further decline fin the economic situation and that it had also “wasted” more than TT$29 billion in cash that had accrued from the sale of oil and gas by state-owned entities.Rowley told the nation that projects estimated at TT$12.5 billion, which his administration is now embarking upon, including the construction of hospitals, the purchase of ferries for Tobago, tourism projects, could have been financed under the “cash” wasted by the previous administration.Rowley also defended the decision of his government to allow the Jamaica-based hotel chain, Sandals, to operate here in the next few years, noting that many Caribbean countries are befitting from the presence of the hotel chain.Rowley told the nation that in 2019, his administration has to allocate TT$68 out of every TT$100 to spend on debt payments and public sector wages, salaries and pensions.The Office of the Prime Minister said the second part of the “address” will be aired on television on Monday night.Persad Bissessar: No expectations from Part 2In an immediate reaction to the first broadcast, Persad Bissessar said “we do not expect anything from Part 2 of the Rowley show, and the Prime Minister should have spent his time focusing on viable solutions and a plan to move the country forward.“The country has long lost confidence in the PNM (People’s National Movement) and are crying out for a return to sound leadership and good governance,” she said.Persad-Bissessar is due to meet with members of the main opposition United National Congress (UNC) on Monday with the party indicating that the meeting is part of the preparation for the Local Government and general elections.last_img read more

Leakey Manipulated His Apelike “Skull 1470” toLook Human

first_imgThe skull of an alleged human ancestor Richard Leakey made famous in 1972 was poorly reconstructed, claims a paleoanthropologist who specializes in craniofacial biology.  According to Dr. Timothy Bromage of New York University, Leakey employed nonstandard principles while assembling the bones of his “Skull 1470”, giving the face a flatter, more human-like profile.  Many at the time of the discovery were stunned to find such a human-like face dated to 3 million years ago.  (This date was later revised downward to 1.9 million years.  The skull was later dubbed Homo rudolfensis and considered an ancestor in the direct line leading to modern man, Homo sapiens.)    Employing rules that the eyes, ears and mouth of mammals must bear a precise relationship to one another, Dr. Bromage did his own reconstruction and found the skull “looked more apelike than previously believed.”  The computer-aided reconstruction reduced the brain size to less than half that of a modern human.  He said that the corrected skull has a “surprisingly small brain and distinctly protruding jaw, features commonly associated with more apelike members of the hominid family living as much as three million years ago.”  Dr. Bromage criticized the famous paleoanthropologist, judging that “Dr. Leakey produced a biased reconstruction based on erroneous preconceived expectations of early human appearance that violated principles of craniofacial development…. Dr. Leakey produced a reconstruction that could not have existed in real life.”  The erroneous interpretation, the article states, has been “widely accepted until now.”Source: EurekAlert.  A larger image with caption can be found on Science Daily.OK, let’s see if Leakey will recant.  Let’s see if the textbook publishers will fix the mistake.  His Skull 1470 raised quite a stir at the time and gained Leakey international fame.  Now, it comes out that Leakey’s personal bias dictated how he put the puzzle pieces of bone together.  How much does this go on in the dubious practice of paleoanthropology?  What other instances are out there right now with built-in bias?  Here it is 25 years after the discovery before the truth comes out.  Remember this next time this crowd trumpets some new missing link.  Today’s kids may not know it’s phony baloney till 2032.    Bromage, for all his efforts in exposing Leakey’s bias, is still biased himself.  He still thinks man evolved from apes – just 300,000 years later than the current consensus timeline.  He still tosses around the millions of years and pictures Homo ergaster and Homo erectus belonging to some mythical pathway to man.  He still calls the apes Australopithecus and Paranthropus “hominids” and accepts the Darwin Party premise that we are evolved apes.  Let’s encourage him to keep exposing the bias in Leakey’s skulls.  This should get Leakey mad enough to counterattack by finding the bias in Bromage’s work.  The public will get the message: the tale of human evolution is all bias, all the time.(Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

AB scoops top one-day cricket award

first_img8 October 2010South Africa’s AB de Villiers was justly rewarded for a sensational season when he was named ICC one-day international Player of the Year in Bangaluru, India on Wednesday evening.In 16 ODIs, De Villiers tallied 855 runs at an average of 71.25. His run rate was a very impressive 103.38 runs per 100 balls faced.In those matches, De Villiers, who is ranked the number one ODI batsman in the world, scored four fifties and four centuries.CenturiesHis run of centuries began with 121 against England in Cape Town. De Villiers then scored 114 not out versus India in Gwalior and 102 not out against the Indians in Ahmedabad. He followed that up with 102 against the West Indies in Antigua.After picking up his award, De Villiers told Cricket South Africa: “I’ve really enjoyed this season and it’s great to have been named the ODI Cricketer of the Year.“It’s a World Cup season and a World Cup is something we would love to win and we rate our chances pretty highly”.‘Well deserved’Commenting on De Villiers’ win, South African cricket captain Graeme Smith said: “It is a well deserved reward for all his hard work, dedication and the joy he has brought to cricket fans around the world through his exemplary approach to the game.“He is a player of whom the Proteas and Cricket South Africa are extremely proud.”De Villiers was the only South African named in the ICC ODI Team of the Year.One of the men De Villiers bettered to win the ODI Player of the Year Award was evergreen Indian great Sachin Tendulkar. “The Little Maestro” was, however, named ICC Cricketer of the Year.FinalistHashim Amla was a finalist for the award and also a finalist for Test Cricketer of the Year, but that award went to another Indian star, Virender Sehwag.Amla was named in the ICC Test Team of the Year, along with Jacques Kallis, ranked sixth among batsmen, and Dale Steyn, the number one test bowler in the world for some time now.Ryan ten Doeschate of the Netherlands, who was born and educated in South Africa, won the award for the Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year.A W A R D S Cricketer of the Year: Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Shelley Nitschke (Aus) Test Player of the Year: Virender Sehwag (Ind) ODI Player of the Year: AB de Villiers (RSA) Emerging Player of the Year: Steven Finn (Eng)  Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year: Ryan ten Doeschate (Ned) T20 International Performance of the Year: Brendon McCullum (NZ) Spirit of Cricket: New Zealand Umpire of the Year: Aleem Dar ICC Test Team of the Year (in batting order) Virender Sehwag (Ind) Simon Katich (Aus) Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) Hashim Amla (RSA) Kumar Sangakkara (SL) Jacques Kallis (RSA) Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, capt and wk) Graeme Swann (Eng) James Anderson (Eng) Dale Steyn (RSA) Doug Bollinger (Aus) ICC ODI Team of the Year (in batting order) Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) Shane Watson (Aus) Michael Hussey (Aus) AB de Villiers (RSA) Paul Collingwood (Eng) Ricky Ponting (Aus, capt) MS Dhoni (Ind, wk) Daniel Vettori (NZ) Stuart Broad (Eng) Doug Bollinger (Aus) Ryan Harris (Aus) Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Intel AppUp Java SDK Overview

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid This overview goes into detail about the SDK. It includes the SDK API libraries, the packaging utility for integrating required files and a validation utility for pre-validating runnable JAR files.It also includes a download for the the Intel AppUp Java SDK, the Java IDE plug-in, Java packaging guidelines, submission guidelines, API reference guide for Java as well as developer guides and release notes.Download White Paper PDFIntel AppUp Java SDK OverviewView more documents from ReadWriteWeb. Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#hack#RWHackSponsored center_img Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finleylast_img read more

Military Cultural Road Blocks

first_imgWritten By: Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., MBP Consulting, LLC, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin – ExtensionDriving onto a military base is like driving into another world. You can’t get in without going through security. The base is a community unto itself with restaurants, banks, post office, stores, schools, day care centers, theatres, gyms, and much more. In fact, it’s possible for a military family to never go to local stores or use community resources because the base has everything they need. Military families also rely upon one another and function as a family since they share similar experiences and lives. The military culture builds on being part of a group and not an individual. The military mission or unit’s goals supersede individual goals. The military has its own language, rules, regulations and protocols that shape the service member and their families. They learn to discipline their words and actions, control their emotions and focus on what they need to accomplish. Let’s explore some caregiver issues/concerns where the military culture can create roadblocks.Getting help can have multiple roadblocks for the caregiver including not knowing military terminology, especially if the caregiver is new to military life. Military language can be confusing and takes a while to understand. On top of that each military branch has terms specific for job title, position, location, services, time, resources plus moral codes (U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014, Kuehner, 2013). A caregiver must recognize and understand these new terms and acronyms so he/she can function in the military world while finding supports and services needed for his/her service member, themselves and other family members.The service member’s commander can also be a road block for the service member getting help. The rank of a service member identifies who they report to and their responsibilities. Their commander is an unofficial member of the family. He/she is responsible for making sure the service member is trained, has the equipment they need, and monitors every aspect of the service member’s life. This includes making sure an ill or wounded service member is getting enough sleep, eating well, going to medical appointments and following the doctor’s orders. Problems emerge when the commander, caregiver and service member are not all working toward the same goals. If they aren’t truthful with each other, have unrealistic expectations or aren’t willing to work together then life will become more difficult especially for the caregiver. The caregiver is an unofficial member of the military so is affected by its culture often leading to stress.The service member can create roadblocks. When a service member comes home from a war or conflict they are able to “hold it together” for a while but eventually many can no longer live with what they have experienced and would benefit from assistance. The service member may see getting help as a sign of losing control or being weak. The emphasis in the military on discipline and control is powerful. It implies that service members don’t show emotions, are strong and can handle anything. So, the thought of talking about what they have experienced, done, or seen and sharing these emotions is unacceptable. As a service member, they are in control of what they share when getting help and they have the power to make their life better by confronting what is hurting them. Caregivers can use power and control as motivation to help the service member.Military RulesMilitary rules sometimes get in the way of caregiving. One example is, when a service member does decide to seek help they are the only one who can make an appointment. A caregiver, commander, or unit buddy cannot make an appointment for the service member—only the service member can make such as appointment. Other rules about returning to the unit, medical discharge, financial compensation, and what caregivers are entitled to all create stress as the service member and caregiver move through their caregiver journey adjusting to a “new normal”.A service member’s unit sometimes can be a road block to getting help. The service member may be in a unit that discourages getting help or if they do get help they are afraid their commander or other unit members will find out. When interviewing military caregivers, issues regarding the service member and his/her unit were always mentioned. Wives commented on how the service member wanted to be with their unit more than with his/her family. Military personnel are taught to bond with fellow brothers and sisters as they are the ones who will protect them in any situation. This bond is highly treasured, nurtured, and protected. Regardless of the situation their brothers and sisters will be there for each other and sometimes that is in life or death situations. The unit relationship influences the healing process. If there are positive relationships, unit members are invaluable to the caregiver and can be called upon to assist with caregiving tasks and responsibilities. If the service member does not have a good relationship with unit members additional issues can interfere affecting the service member’s healing process and the caregiver.Core ValuesHonor and integrity are the military’s core values which establish expectations, provide rules of conduct and dominate the service member’s life. When the soldier experiences conflict between their values, expectations and rules of conduct the healing process becomes more difficult. Caregivers can use military values as motivation to help the soldier. Take for example the value of personal courage. It takes courage to admit, confront and learn to manage a medical condition that is life altering. Or the value of loyalty can be used to help a solider seek help and move forward with their condition as they are loyal to themselves, their families and their unit. Military values need to be identified and discussed as to how they assist or hinder the soldier’s healing process and affect he caregiver.Assistance for ProfessionalsProfessionals who work with caregivers have an obligation to help military caregivers understand that caregiving is full of roadblocks, with the military being one. Helping military caregiver recognize military values is vital. They must learn the military’s terminology and realize they are living in a culture that has its own rules, regulations and expectations. The caregiver can appreciate that the military addressing is various roadblocks because past caregivers have been advocates for their service member and themselves. By talking and connecting with other caregivers they will be taking care of themselves. They will recognize that the emotions, feelings, and frustrations they feel are normal as they help their service member heal and together form a “new normal.”To continue the conversation on military culture, join us next week for a three-day virtual conference on ‘Cultural Competency Awareness, Action, and Advocacy,’ starting September 18-29. Conference sessions will address topics such as privilege and power, race, equity, dis/ability, intersectionality, authentic dialog, sexual orientation, gender expression, and health disparities. To learn more or register for this FREE event go to: 2018 Virtual Conference.Resources:Cole, R. F. (2014). Understanding military culture: A guide for Professional School counselors.Halvorson, A. (2010). Understanding the Military: The Institution, the Culture, and the People.Kuehner, C.A. (2013). My military: A Navy nurse practitioner’s perspective on military, culture, and joining forces for veteran health. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners,25,77-83.Department of Veterans Affairs. (2014). Understanding military culture.last_img read more

5 days agoPartizan Belgrade manager Milosevic urges fans to behave against Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Partizan Belgrade manager Milosevic urges fans to behave against Man Utdby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePartizan Belgrade manager Savo Milosevic has urged fans to be on their best behaviour against Europa League rivals Manchester United.The Aston Villa legend, who now manages the Serbian team, said he understands why there might be some concerns ahead of the game.He told The Sun: “Sure, and I, as a former player with friends throughout the world, will do everything to make sure our guests will feel comfortable and to think only of a game of football.”I will say to our fans: ‘A big club, a giant club, is coming to visit us – and we should be honoured to play against Manchester United for the first time since 1966’.”We have to be proud to host the players, coaches, leaders and fans of such a great club.” last_img read more

Video: Duke Unveils 2015 National Championship Banner At Banquet

first_imgDuke basketball's 2015 national championship banner.duke 2015 national championship bannerThursday night, Duke basketball held its annual banquet – an event where the season prior is celebrated and captains for the next season are named. But 2015 was obviously a more special year than usual – the Blue Devils took home their fifth national championship after defeating Wisconsin in the NCAA title game earlier this month. As such, there was a great deal to commemorate.Most notably, the school unveiled its 2015 national championship banner – appropriately while Queen’s “We Are The Champions” was playing in the background.The school has also released a number of other bits of media from the event – including some cool photos of the players posing in their tuxedos.If you’re wondering, Duke named Marshall Plumlee, Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones as tri-captains for the 2015-2016 season.last_img read more

Stars To Perform At Boston Strong An Evening Of Support And Celebration

first_imgTD Garden and Live Nation are proud to announce ‘Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration’ to be held at the TD Garden on Thursday, May 30, 2013.Net ticket proceeds of this historic concert will benefit The One Fund Boston, set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15.‘Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration’ will feature (in alphabetical order) Aerosmith, Jason Aldean, Boston, Jimmy Buffett, Dane Cook, Extreme, Godsmack, The J. Geils Band, Carole King, New Kids On The Block, James Taylor, and Steven Wright. Additional artists will be announced.“Live Nation and TD Garden have hosted thousands of concerts over the years, but none with such a sense of purpose as Boston Strong: A Concert of Support and Celebration,” said Don Law, president of Live Nation New England. “Boston is a city with strong roots, and homegrown artists reached out to us to see what could be done. We are proud to help solidify this huge concert line-up.”“Like so many other proud Bostonians who have been extremely generous, we are honored to step up and do our part to help the victims and their families,” said Donnie Wahlberg, New Kids on the Block. “Hopefully this event will not only raise money, but spirits as well.”“The One Fund event at the Garden this May 30th is destined to be a true Boston landmark. From the promoters to the sound & lights, to the performers and the Garden staff; everyone involved has responded from the heart in a spontaneous and simultaneous desire to be there and to do what we can for the city we love. I am honored to be a part of it, and… I can’t wait,” said James Taylor.“The TD Garden, in partnership with Live Nation, is proud to host to this historic event and raise significant funding and awareness for The One Fund Boston,” said Amy Latimer, TD Garden President. “This is an important community gathering to celebrate the amazing spirit of this city, Boston Strong.”Tickets are priced from $35 to $285. Prices include all fees and service charges. Information on special sponsor tickets which will include commemorative items, reserved parking, and other items will be available on www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com/vip.Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 6 at 10:00 AM. Fans can purchase tickets at www.livenation.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000 or at TD Garden Box Office. In an effort to make sure all net proceeds from ticket sales go directly to The One Fund, all tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster’s paperless ticket delivery. Fans must have the credit card used to make the purchase and a valid, government-issued ID to gain entry. For more information on paperless ticketing, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/paperless.For more information on The One Fund Boston or to donate, visit www.onefundboston.org. For more information on ‘Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration’, please visit www.TDGarden.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more