While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告 College Gameday has decided they will take their talents to Waco next weekend in primetime, so the Cowboys once again are slated to play at 2:30 next week in Ames.Cowboys and Cyclones kick at 2:30 next week on ESPN. #okstate @CowboyFB @OSUAthletics— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) November 8, 2015The game will be played on ESPN. Iowa State is now 3-6 on the season after suffering a 52-16 loss in Norman on Saturday.
Mason Rudolph has beaten every Big12 team except Baylor. He has a chance next week at Boone Pickens Stadium. (8-1 in conf games since ’14)— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) November 15, 20157. With 180 seconds leftHow about this? Oklahoma State has now had four conference games this season in which it has trailed or been tied with less than 180 seconds left. It won them all. [Playoff committee moves them down 22 spots after reading that stat because they didn’t dominate they’re not Ohio State]8. The longest two drivesOklahoma State had a 7:15 drive at the end of the first half and a 6:16 one at the beginning of the second. They ran 30 total plays (more than ISU ran total in the second half), chewed up almost an entire quarter, totaled 180 yards and scored two TDs. YOU WANT B1G FOOTBALL, CFP COMMITTEE, YOU GET B1G FOOTBALL!9. Don’t go down 18Oklahoma State has now come back from 17-point deficits twice this season (Tech, ISU). It has only done so one other time ever (2011 A&M). All of those are tied for the second-biggest comebacks in school history. 4. A Jordan Sterns firstThat game-sealer and season-saver was Jordan Sterns’ first career pick. I would have lost some money betting against that.5. Iowa State drops to 1-61-1Iowa State’s record at home against teams inside the top six in the AP Poll is now 1-61-2. Its only win was in 2011 against Oklahoma State. If it had made that number 2-60-2, I’m not sure I would have been able to handle it. (via Tulsa World)6. Mason Rudolph, better than mostI’m not sure where this puts him nationally, but I can’t think there are many QBs in college football with better career records than Mason Rudolph at 12-1. He’s also beaten every Big 12 team except for Baylor thus far. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mason Rudolph might have had his most underrated performance of the season and OSU ran the ball (sort of!) Here are all the wacky numbers from another thriller on Saturday.1. Rudolph slides to No. 3After throwing for 327 yards on Saturday, now only one person has ever thrown for more yards in a single season than Mason Rudolph has this season. Rudolph now has 3,161 yards on the year which is only surpassed by Brandon Weeden in 2010 (4,277) and Brandon Weeden in 2011 (4,727). Mason Rudolph is really freaking good.2. Chris Carson’s droughtAdChoices广告Carson scored his first rushing TD since … September 19 on Saturday in Ames. That’s pretty wild. The 70 yards he posted were also the most he’s had since that Sept. 19 game against UTSA.3. Emmanuel Ogbah continues to crushNo. 38 had his 11th sack of the season on Saturday. There have been seven double-digit sack season in OSU history, and Ogbah has two of them. On Saturday, he became the NCAA’s active leader in sacks with 26 for his career. He’s fourth all-time on the OSU list. Only Leslie O’Neal (34), Jason Gildon (33) and Rodney Harding (31) are ahead of him.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Remember Bedlam 2013? Yeah, we might get a repeat of that this Saturday night. Now, it’s not going to be that cold, but it’s probably going to be below freezing, and it might sleet or snow.J.W. Walsh, shockingly, said his team won’t be affected by whatever the weather does.“We don’t care what the weather’s gonna be,” Walsh told the O’Colly. “It’s Bedlam. It’s gonna be a lot fun either way. It can be 100 degrees or it could be zero degrees, it’s still gonna be a lot of fun.”AdChoices广告
I’m in the minority here and would start Hill. He looked Joe Randle-like (again, against terrible competition) in Game 1. I would back him up with some combination of Childs and Carson and use Carson more inside the red zone. There’s an outside chance OSU’s offense just wasn’t built for players like Jeremy Smith and Chris Carson who are monstrous but not necessarily explosive. Maybe those two are outliers, but maybe you just need more nimble guys.We were talking about this in our group thread today, but there needs to be a different position altogether created for Barry J. and Jeff Carr. Those guys are incredibly versatile and can do stuff the other three can’t. I’d let Barry J. do everything but sing the alma mater if I’m Gundy and slide Carr in behind McCleskey and Barry as a sort of Tyreek-like weapon.Here are the best comments from Tuesday’s poll.Josiah Meints: Voting with my heart, and my heart says the Son of Sanders.AZ Alum: Tough call. Liked them all and wondering how well it could work with all 5 remaining in the mix. Voted for Sanders but Childs probably had the best single rushing play. Carson and Hill looked impressive too. The real decision might come down to who is best in blocking role from the backfield rather than who looks best with the ball.Mark: Based on what I saw Saturday, and purely based on Saturday, I’d say……. Aw heck, I have no clue, I honestly can’t tell a measurable difference between all four of those choices. Being that Hill is a freshman and ran just as effectively as the others? Maybe he should be the starter since he probably has the most unrealized potential. Well this is certainly not what I expected. Nearly half of Oklahoma State fans think Barry J. Sanders (who rushed for 1 yard on four carries last Saturday against a Division 8 team) should be the starting running back for Oklahoma State. I suppose I should have seen it coming that a majority would vote for someone with the name “Sanders” on the back of his jersey, but 1 yard on four carries is 1 yard on four carries.Justice Hill and Chris Carson came in second and third respectively with around 25 percent of the vote each. I didn’t have room for Jeff Carr because Twitter only lets you put four options, but I presume he would have come in last if he had been included.Here’s a look at the full poll.Tuesday poll question: After Week 1, who should be the starting RB for #okstate? Limited to 4 choices on Twitter.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 6, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I should qualify this post by saying I don’t believe Mason Rudolph will go to the NFL after this season. Head coach Mike Gundy doesn’t believe he should, either. He’s probably right.But ESPN draft messiah Mel Kiper Jr. has Rudolph as his No. 10 QB for the 2017 Draft right now. Every single QB he has listed is either a sophomore or a junior. Here is the full list.*Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina*Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech*Deshaun Watson, Clemson**DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame*Brad Kaaya, Miami (Fla.)*Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma*Luke Falk, Washington State**Wilton Speight, Michigan**Clayton Thorson, Northwestern*Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma StateOne asterisk denotes a junior, and two asterisks denote a redshirt sophomore for the 2016 season.At this time last year, Kiper had some guy by the name of Dak Prescott as his No. 10 QB (gulp) so I don’t want to completely dismiss these rankings, but it’s encouraging to me that Kiper has Baker Mayfield ahead of Rudolph. Why? Well, Baker Mayfield ain’t going to the NFL after this year which tells me Mason Rudolph probably isn’t either.“We haven’t had very many players here I felt like were ready to enter that level of football as juniors,” said Gundy. “That’s including Weeden and Blackmon and Russell Okung. Even though they were great players, I didn’t feel like they were ready for what that level can put out there or put in front of those guys. That’s my opinion.”Here is the thing about Rudolph (and Washington) — they are true juniors. They didn’t get that redshirt freshman year to develop, enjoy college etc. That works in your favor if you’re Oklahoma State or a fan of Oklahoma State football. Still, it’s pretty cool that Rudolph is getting love from Kiper, Todd McShay and others.Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph makes some ridiculously accurate throws outside the numbers along the sideline @Zac_Robinson5#BigTimeThrow pic.twitter.com/Nw0ZKoUwTS— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) November 12, 2016His time in the NFL will come. I just hope it’s in 2018 and not 2017.
Jack Wilshere England ‘need’ Wilshere for the World Cup, says Campbell Robin Bairner 22:02 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Arsenal v Milan England UEFA Europa League World Cup Injuries are the only thing that have held the Arsenal midfielder back in his career, the former Three Lions defender has argued Former Arsenal star Sol Campbell has backed Jack Wilshere for inclusion in England’s World Cup squad.The 26-year-old midfielder has been called into Gareth Southgate’s squad for the first time in two years ahead of friendlies against Netherlands and Italy.Campbell believes that the Gunner is a “wonderful” player and should be someone that the Three Lions should take to Russia in the summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “He’s a wonderful player,” Campbell told Talksport. “The only thing that has held him back is injuries and that’s such a shame, because he’s got great tenacity, great footwork and speed and knowledge.“He’s got great drive and he’s got a good goal in him too.“I’m pleased for him. England need that type of player who can play in tight areas and make thing happen.”However, the former centre-back, who won 73 caps for his country, does not think he is yet at the stage of playing at his best.“Jack needs games. He needs regular games, he needs to build up that stamina and he needs to get that rhythm going,” he said.“If he stays fit all the way until the end of the season he should be in that squad, for sure.”Wilshere has turned out 33 times for Arsenal this season, scoring two goals.His long-term future remains under question as his contract with the club is up at the end of the season. Though the likes of AC Milan and Everton hover, the Gunners are confident he will sign a new deal.
The Saba Shipping’s Mega Star has become the largest ever bulk carrier to call at Dubai’s Jebel Ali port.The 229 metre-long Mega Star was carrying around 79,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel from Turkey, destined for Dubai.Last month, Jebel Ali Port welcomed the first scheduled vessel to call at its new Container Terminal 3. Once fully operational next year, the terminal will add a further 4 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) capacity to the port, taking total handling capacity at Jebel Ali to 19 million TEU.HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said: “Our flagship Jebel Ali Port serves a huge variety of customers, all to the same extremely high standard. The team in Jebel Ali rose to the challenge of handling the biggest ever vessel of its type to visit the port, and I congratulate them on their achievement. Efficiently handling 79,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel at Jebel Ali comes hard on the heels of the new Container Terminal 3 receiving its first vessel. This sends a clear message that we are ready to meet future capacity demands in Dubai, whether containerised or non-containerised cargo.”In the first nine months of 2014, DP World’s UAE terminals handled 11.4 million TEU, representing growth of 12.6% year-on-year.Press Release
zoomThe recently delivered Symphony of the Seas; Image Courtesy: STX France Miami-based cruise liner conglomerate Royal Caribbean Cruises ended the first quarter of 2018 with a further rise in its earnings.RCL delivered a profit of USD 218.7 million in Q1 2018, an increase of 1.9 percent when compared to a profit of USD 214.7 million seen in the same period a year earlier.In addition, total revenues stood at USD 2.03 billion in the quarter ended March 31, 2018, against USD 2.01 billion posted in Q1 2017.As explained, the improvement was mainly driven by better than expected revenue from RCL’s global brands and joint ventures.“We are delighted to report another record breaking quarter and to be driving towards record earnings for the year, above our initial guidance,” Jason T. Liberty, Royal Caribbean Cruises’ executive vice president and CFO, commented. “Revenues continue to excel and expenses, even including some new demand generating initiatives, continue to be carefully controlled,” Liberty added.During the quarter, the company also completed the USD 500 million share repurchase program authorized a year ago.What is more, RCL has increased its forecast of full year adjusted EPS to a range of USD 8.70 to USD 8.90 per share, USD 0.15 above the previous guidance.The company’s 2018 booked position is better than last year’s record high and ahead in both volume and rate.“This year is proving to be another strong year with all our brands firing on all cylinders,” Richard D. Fain, RCL’s chairman and CEO, said.“The market continues to support our growth as our people keep focused on delivering our targets and goals. The strength of this market plus our new ships in 2018 (Symphony of the Seas, Azamara Pursuit, Mein Schiff 1 and Celebrity Edge), position us nicely for 2019 as well,” Fain concluded.
Patna: A month after 153 children died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, six fresh cases were reported in the district on Saturday, leading to panic among health officials. According to District Health officials, two of the six children admitted at the Shri Krishna Memorial College Hospital (SKMCH) are critical. “Four children are undergoing treatment in the general ward, while two are in the Intensive Care Unit,” officials said. Cases of AES declined in Bihar since the arrival of monsoon last month. Till date, 132 children have died of AES at SKMCH and 21 at Kejriwal Hospital in Muzaffarpur. More than 650 cases of AES have been reported this year.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement WHAT WOULD SAL DO? is a modern-day parable of an entitled underachiever who, for the first time in his life, is challenged to be a good person when he discovers he’s the second coming of Christ. The series stars: Dylan Taylor (ROGUE) as the titular slacker Sal; Jennifer Dale (STREET LEGAL) as his mom, the virgin Maria; Ryan McDonald (2012) as Sal’s best friend; Scott Thompson (THE KIDS IN THE HALL) as an ambitious priest; and in a supporting role, LETTERKENNY’s K. Trevor Wilson. Set in modern-day Sudbury, WHAT WOULD SAL DO? comes from showrunner Andrew DeAngelis (MR. D, KILLJOYS), with episodes directed by Samir Rehem (SKINS), and is produced by New Metric Media.WHAT WOULD SAL DO? joins the growing lineup of CraveTV Originals – series available only to Canadian audiences on CraveTV. Recent notable CraveTV Originals include the recently launched OUTSIDERS, the sophomore season of Canadian sensation LETTERKENNY, as well as SHUT EYE, CASUAL, MANHATTAN, and DEADBEAT, among others. WHAT WOULD SAL DO? bolsters CraveTV’s popular Comedies Collection, streaming alongside LETTERKENNY, SOUTH PARK, and ANGIE TRIBECA.WHAT WOULD SAL DO? is acquired by CraveTV from New Metric Media. Series is written, created, and executive produced by Andrew De Angelis and directed by Samir Rehem. Additional writers include Kurt Smeaton, Mark Forward, Alex Levine, Mark De Angelis, and Brandy Hewitt. Executive Producers for New Metric Media are Mark Montefiore and Patrick O’Sullivan. The series is produced by New Metric Media, in association with DHX Media and with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund and Ontario and Federal Tax Credits. CraveTV today announced its third Canadian Original series, the satiric WHAT WOULD SAL DO? From New Metric Media, the producers of CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY, the eight-episode, half-hour comedy, about a slacker who discovers he’s the second coming of Christ, begins streaming exclusively on CraveTV on Friday, March 24, as part of the #iCraveFridays weekly roll-out of new content. WHAT WOULD SAL DO? joins a growing list of Canadian Original series exclusive to CraveTV subscribers, which also includes LETTERKENNY and the upcoming RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE.The series received the following three Canadian Screen Award nominations last week: Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role (Jennifer Dale); Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series (Ryan McDonald); and Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series (Andrew De Angelis)“Andrew De Angelis has created a provocative satire that explores religious themes and contemporary issues,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. “With fantastic performances from an outstanding cast that includes the inimitable Scott Thompson as a conniving priest, we’re thrilled to add WHAT WOULD SAL DO? to CraveTV’s growing list of original series.” Advertisement
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,357.47, down 11.96 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down 78 cents, or 24.45 per cent, to $2.41 on 53.6 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 65 cents, or 6.14 per cent, to $9.94 on 21.2 million shares.Red Eagle Mining Corp. (TSX:R). Metals. Down half a cent, or 25 per cent, to 1.5 cents on 14.2 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Energy. Down 26 cents, or 14.05 per cent, to $1.59 on 8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 89 cents, or 4.15 per cent, to $22.33 on 6.6 million sharesTrevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Metals. Down 7.5 cents, or 14.15 per cent, to 4.55 cents on 6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). The transportation manufacturer announced it will shed 5,000 jobs company-wide and sell off two units as part of a five-year plan to rein in costs, focus on rail and business jets and reduce the net long-term debt of $9 billion. About 2,500 Bombardier workers will be laid off in Quebec and 600 in Ontario, with the 2,000 other cuts occurring overseas. The company said it receive almost $1 billion from selling its Q400 turboprop aircraft program and flight training business.Yellow Pages Ltd. (TSX:Y). Up 18 cents to $8. The digital media and marketing company swung to a profit in the third quarter despite a substantial drop in revenues. The Montreal-based company says it earned $27.1 million, or 89 cents per diluted share for the period ended Sept. 30, compared with a loss of $7.2 million or 27 cents per share a year earlier. The company says its quarterly turnaround was due to reductions in its cost structure, including from workforce reductions, reduced office space, lower overall spending, as well as gains from the sale of assets and a $18.3 million reversal in income tax provisions from previous tax years.Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B). Up 65 cents to $27.23. The media giant says its net income attributable to shareholders increased almost five per cent to $186.7 million in the third quarter on strong wireless numbers and revenue growth. On an adjusted basis, income from operating activities rose 37 per cent to $142 million or 61 cents per share in the third quarter, compared with $103.7 million or 43 cents per share in the third quarter of 2017. Quarterly revenues rose 1.7 per cent year over year to almost $1.06 billion.Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Up 92 cents to $45.93. The telecom company raised its dividend amid a 10 per cent increase in its third quarter profit and a surge in wireless subscribers. The company earned $447 million or 74 cents a share, up from $406 million or 68 cents a share a year ago. Its dividend will increase by two cents to 54.5 cents per share. Telus saw its total customer growth rise to 187,000 and sales from its wireless unit increase by 2.2 per cent, reaching $1.5 billion.
Paris – COP21 and COP22 Presidents, Ségolène Royal and Salaheddine Mezouar, called for continued international mobilization for climate through early ratification of the Paris Agreement.In a letter sent in early August to all the signatory governments of the Paris Agreement on Climate, Royal and Mezouar pointed out that this text will enter into force 30 days after the deposit of the instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by 55 countries representing 55 pc of global emissions, noting that several countries have already done all of these formalities and many others plan to do so soon.Royal and Mezouar also recalled that the UN Secretary General invited heads of State and government to a high level meeting in New York on September 21 on the subject, expressing the hope that this meeting will allow the parties having completed their ratification process to deposit their instruments, the COP21 presidency said Tuesday in a statement. “We sincerely hope that on this occasion, the Parties that are not yet able to deposit such an instrument can engage on a precise timetable for ratification,” they said, forming the hope that the double necessary threshold for the entry into force will be reached before COP 22.
TORONTO — Investors made a cautious return to the Toronto stock market Thursday after two volatile days that saw Canada’s main index lose more than 345 points.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 64.93 points at 15,088.82, making up at least some of the triple-digit losses of the last two days. The loonie was down 0.55 of a U.S. cent at 82.51 cents.The TSX lost 150.05 points Wednesday, led by energy stocks, as investors weighed the potential impacts of the NDP’s majority win in the Alberta election. The party had campaigned on promises to raise corporate tax rates and review the province’s royalty regime.Investors said they were concerned that Canada’s oilpatch, already struggling with low crude prices, could be forced to bear a higher tax burden.Luciano Orengo, managing director and portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management, says the election results are still weighing on the Toronto stock market.“I don’t think it’s a one-day effect,” Orengo said. “The brunt of it took place yesterday. There’s a bit of a spillover today. But then, added to that, you are getting some pressure because of the lower commodity prices.”The June crude oil contract was down $1.99 at US$58.94 a barrel as traders worried about how much oil Iran could produce if sanctions are lifted. The Iranian oil minister said the that if a deal is struck over its nuclear program, Iran could boost oil production to four million barrels a day in under a year, adding to the glut of global supply that has left crude prices under pressure.The June gold contract fell $8.10 to US$1,182.20 an ounce.Meanwhile, better-than-expected weekly jobless claims data, which showed that layoffs remain at 15-year lows, helped New York markets also make up some of the ground lost over the previous two sessions.At least some of the losses south of the border Wednesday were linked to remarks by Federal Reserve Board chairwoman Janet Yellen, who said U.S. valuations were generally “quite high.”The Dow Jones industrial average gained 82.08 points to close at 17,924.06, the Nasdaq advanced 25.90 to 4,945.54 and the S&P 500 was ahead 7.85 points at 2,088.00.Traders are looking forward to Friday’s non-farm payrolls report, which could help the U.S. Federal Reserve determine when to start hiking interest rates.Shares of Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR) surged more than 13 per cent to close at $83.21, after the Canadian auto parts maker reported sales and earnings hit record levels in the first quarter.Magna International (TSX:MG) was up nearly five per cent to $66.78. The auto parts manufacturer reported quarterly results that surpassed analyst estimates, helped by strong demand from south of the border.And shares of Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) surged 6.72 per cent to close at $2.54 after the company announced plans to set up its rail division as a separate, publicly traded company. Bombardier will retain majority ownership.
VANCOUVER — Travis Lane has been growing marijuana since high school, when his first pot plant swiftly withered and died in his bedroom closet. By the time he was 20, he had cultivated a small basement grow-operation.Now in his mid-thirties, Lane owns an online dispensary and runs two 390-plant operations on Vancouver Island. He employs two growers and raises his plants without pesticides or liquid fertilizer.“I don’t want to hide what I do. I’m good at what I do. I’m proud of being good at what I do,” he said. “I’ve been proactive my whole life in trying to move towards a time where I can openly be a cannabis professional.”Lane holds two Health Canada licences for the grow sites, making his pot production legal for medical purposes. But with the federal Liberals committed to legalizing cannabis for recreational use, Lane is among the smaller-scale growers fighting for a seat at the table.The government is still in the early stages of developing the legislation it plans to introduce next spring. Those behind a budding “craft cannabis” movement warn, however, that if the law favours large-scale commercial producers, then jobs and potential tourism revenues will be lost and the black market will continue to thrive.“It’s going to be the National Energy Program all over again, but instead of Alberta and oil, it’s going to be B.C. and cannabis,” said Ian Dawkins of the Cannabis Growers of Canada, referring to the 1980 policy that infuriated Albertans when the federal government tried to gain more control over the oil industry.“You’re talking about economic activity that has sustained communities that have been devastated by the loss of primary industries.”His group, a national trade association representing small and medium-sized pot growers and vendors, recently commissioned a report on B.C.’s cannabis industry. Economist Larissa Flister used Colorado, a similarly-sized state with legal pot, as a proxy to estimate that about 13,700 people have marijuana-related jobs in B.C.It’s a rough figure that’s impossible to verify due to the illegality of the jobs, but several estimates have pegged the value of B.C.’s pot industry at between $2- and and $7-billion.Advocates say they are fighting to ensure that legalization actually recognizes those workers, rather than pushing them further underground.Dawkins pointed to the federal Liberals’ cautious tone, and intense lobbying by large licensed producers, pharmacies and liquor stores, as signs the government could be headed towards a strict regime without space for smaller growers or dispensaries.“If you’re selling cannabis in a liquor store, in this tightly-controlled regulatory environment, you’re not creating tourism. There was no winery tourism in B.C. until they began to de-regulate the winery sector and allow for all these wineries to pop up in the Okanagan,” he said.“Cannabis is no different. No one is going to fly to Vancouver to go to a pharmacy and buy the Budweiser of joints.”The Southern Interior community of Nelson has put forward a resolution asking the Union of B.C. Municipalities to lobby the federal government to share tax revenue from legal marijuana with provinces and cities.Teresa Taylor, a founding director of the Craft Cannabis Association of B.C., warned that if an “elitist” legal system is created, the black market will flourish. She said craft cannabis growers are “ma and pa” farmers who care about producing a high-quality product.“In order for us to continue to have strong local economies, the legislative model needs to include that level of production. I think it would be akin to losing something like the forestry industry or mining or fisheries,” she said.“We depend on this. We need it to stay in place, and not only that, but we need it to be recognized as a valuable and noble agricultural profession.”Vancouver lawyer John Conroy said he believes the Liberals are open to allowing craft growers.He said Canadians have already proven they dislike a system that limits marijuana sales to big companies. In February, Conroy won a constitutional challenge of 2013 legislation that required medical cannabis patients to buy from large licensed producers.Before the 2013 law, patients could obtain Health Canada licences to grow their own marijuana. A court injunction has kept the old program alive for about 28,000 people, including Lane.The Liberals are expected to amend the law to allow for both systems to co-exist by late August.“People have already shown that the licensed-producer process is not working, and voted with their feet, creating the demand for the dispensaries,” said Conroy. “That’ll happen again, if the government doesn’t provide reasonable access.”The Canadian Press
Dear Editor:The media has reported that the Hon. Justice Franklin Holder, in a letter has stated that Guyana’s Attorney General and PNC Party Chairman, Mr. Basil Williams, has shown disrespect in the judge’s courtroom during a matter heard on March 23, 2017.Admonished by the judge, the attorney general responded as follows: “I could say what I want to say and when I want to say it. I have always been like that,” causing the judge to leave the courtroom (see letter by Hon. Justice Franklin Holder to Hon. Chancellor (ag.) Yonette Cummings-Edwards, dated March 24, 2017).The justice went on to note that the attorney general made an incorrect statement about Mr. Anil Nandalall, and that he found the attorney general’s tone and/or behaviour to be “truculent” (that is, confrontational), “highly contemptuous,” and “insulting, disgraceful and calculated to scandalise and lower the authority of the Court in the face of the Court.”One is tempted to argue that Mr. Williams’ behaviour is an attribute of Guyana’s corrupt body politic. However, it ascends further not only a threat to the judiciary but a danger to democracy, in that the attorney general’s behaviour embodies a steadied mindset of being untouchable. A law onto himself.As the judge noted, this behaviour was “calculated” to reduce the Court’s authority. One recalls the past (despite the new narrative of a new PNC) when the PNC flag was flown at the Court of Appeal building to show who had jurisdiction and who did not.Criticize the attorney general but what has occurred is the inevitable result of a national culture including the judiciary that has largely ignored PNC attitudes over the past 20-plus years.These attitudes were repackaged as a celebrated vision in documents such as the Declaration of Vreed-en-Hoop, implying that the PNC did no wrong in the past, and can do no wrong in the present. Nothing has changed. Thus the supposed comment: “I have always been like that.”Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertab Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPM, AG engaging in ‘juvenile antics’ – NandlallMay 7, 2017In “Local News”AG’s ‘threat’ to Justice Holder must not be swept under the carpet- JagdeoApril 10, 2017In “latest news”President says AG need not apologise for remarks to Justice HolderMay 17, 2017In “latest news”
Assistant Commissioner and Crime Chief, Paul Williams believes that he is qualified and capable of acting in the capacity of the new Police Commissioner of Guyana.Crime Chief, Paul Williams“I’m ready for any position. Thirty-one years of service is long and I came through the ranks from a constable to Assistant Commissioner of Police. I’ve walked the ranks, I’ve walked around Divisions, departments, everything, so whatever it is, wherever I’m being placed or whatever challenge comes before me in this Guyana Police Force to serve this nation, I’m prepared for it,” he told media operatives on Monday.When asked directly if he wanted the position, the Crime Chief wittingly commented that he is certain that among the selected candidates, the position would be a goal for everyone.“I think among the eight Assistant Commissioners that would be the desire of all of us.”Nevertheless, he asserted that “the Commissioner of Police is the President’s choice and whatever God says, that’s it. I’m not worried.”It was reported that eight Assistant Commissioners were selected by a panel of three- inclusive of the President, David Granger, Attorney General, Basil Williams and Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan- for the post of a new Police Commissioner.This comes on the heels of former Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud, retiring earlier this year.The nominees have been identified as David Ramnarine, Clifton Hicken, Leslie James, Lyndon Alves, Marlon Chapman, Paul Williams, Nigel Hoppie and Maxine Graham.Ramnarine has been acting in the capacity of the Top Cop for quite some time now and there have been speculations that he may cop the title.In November of 2017, when asked whether Williams is likely to take up the mantle, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who was then acting in the capacity of Public Security Minister, offered no direct reply.Harmon however, had hinted at the possibility of a female assuming the position of Top Cop when he outlined that while there is a line of succession in the Guyana Police Force, female officers are also to be considered when deciding on a Police Commissioner.In so doing, he noted, “You don’t just look at the male ranks in the Police Force, we have female officers as well. And therefore, if it is that a female officer is to be the person, then so be it.”Nevertheless, as mandated by the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, President Granger will have consultations with the Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on the names for Top Cop position and the Deputy Commissioners of Police. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’I intend to appoint a Guyanese’ as Top Cop, says PresidentAugust 9, 2018In “Crime”President had ‘specific reasons’ for not choosing Ramnarine as COP- Opposition LeaderAugust 30, 2018In “latest news”Top Cop appointment “soon” – RamjattanJuly 1, 2018In “latest news”
Michael Mongan (15) was last seen in Clondalkin on Tuesday evening. A man’s body has been found in a house in Rathfarnham. INTERNATIONAL #UKRAINE: A Malaysian passenger plane with 295 people in board has been ‘shot down‘ over Ukraine en route to Kuala Lumpur.#GAZA: Israel has launched a ground operation in Gaza. Earlier today three mortar shells hit Israel just as a UN-proposed ceasefire started.#GERMANY: A German MP faces child porn charges for alleged downloads to his work computer.INNOVATION The government has said today that children under six will have free GP care later this year. The PSNI Chief Constable apologised to the families of the Hyde Park bombing over the ‘failure to secure justice’.Christopher Harney (22) from Roscommon has been missing since yesterday morning. PARTING SHOTAre you feeling ‘gangsta’ this evening?Well now you can vocalise your feelings with the help of Jarule. Political favouritism can now be seen from space. A new study has used light to establish that economic activity gravitates towards the birth places of political leaders. [TheJournal.ie] There is a lot of fog around Dublin today and Met says that it ‘has a mind of its own‘. IRELAND Source: @gizmolg13 via Twitter A space probe has taken images that shows what looks like two separate lumps of rock and ice. [TheJournal.ie] The row between SIPTU and Greyhound has escalated amid claims of ‘harassment and abuse’.
Les hologrammes peuvent désormais bougerUne nouvelle technique d’imagerie a été mise au point pour pouvoir animer des hologrammes en 3D et les transmettre en quasi-direct. Une avancée qui pourrait être appliquée pour des téléconférences en 3D, la médecine, l’industrie, la publicité ou encore le divertissement.Cette technique permettant de transmettre à distance et presque en temps réel les hologrammes, est mise au jour par la revue scientifique Nature qui lui consacre sa couverture. “Nous pouvons enregistrer une image en trois dimensions dans un lieu et la montrer ailleurs, en temps réel n’importe où dans le monde”, se félicite Nasser Peyghambarian, de Université d’Arizona, aux États-Unis, qui a dirigé ces recherches.Cette technique est rendue possible grâce à un écran constitué d’un nouveau matériau polymère capable d’inscrire ou d’effacer rapidement un hologramme. Mise au point en 2008, elle ne permettait alors d’actualiser l’image que toutes les quatre minutes. Désormais, le système est capable “de rafraîchir les hologrammes toutes les deux secondes, ce qui en fait le premier atteignant une vitesse pouvant être décrite comme un quasi temps réel”, s’enthousiasme Pierre-Alexandre Blanche, l’un des principaux auteurs de l’étude. A titre de comparaison, les images diffusées à la télévision ou au cinéma sont rafraîchies cinquante fois plus souvent, ce qui nous permet de les percevoir comme du mouvement continu.Ici, l’image est captée grâce à seize caméras saisissant des vues sous plusieurs angles. Puis elle est encodée sous forme d’hologramme au moyen de deux lasers dont les faisceaux interfèrent, chaque pixel holographique contenant une information 3D sous toutes ses différentes perspectives. La projection de ces images ne nécessite pas de lunettes spéciales, et contrairement à d’autres techniques d’imagerie 3D, l’holographie “permet à l’observateur de percevoir la lumière comme si elle avait été diffusée par l’objet réel lui-même”, soulignent les chercheurs.Pour l’instant, le prototype d’écran utilisé pour projeter les hologrammes ne fait que 25 centimètres de côté avec des images monochromes. Mais une version plus grande, de 42,5 centimètres est actuellement en test. Chirurgie à distance, conférences virtuelles, cartes 3D actualisées presque en temps réel, divertissement, publicité… les applications potentielles de cette nouvelle technique sont très nombreuses.Le 7 novembre 2010 à 13:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le frelon asiatique s’installe sur la Côte d’AzurPas plus dangereux qu’une guêpe pour les hommes, mais redoutable prédateur des abeilles, le frelon asiatique poursuit sa colonisation en France. Présent dans l’Hexagone depuis 2004, il a en sept ans envahi 39 départements.Alors que les abeilles sont déjà victimes d’une inquiétante surmortalité aux origines multiples en Europe et aux Etats-Unis, les apiculteurs du sud de la France voient leurs colonies menacées par le frelon asiatique, Vespa velutina nigrithorax de son nom scientifique. Depuis sept ans, l’insecte a colonisé 39 départements français, suivant une progression régulière de 100 kilomètres à chaque saison, rapporte France Soir. En quelques mois, le frelon venu de Chine a investi sur la Côte d’Azur tout un secteur autour de Carros, Gattières et Saint-Jeannet, précise le site de France 3.Ce frelon repéré pour la première fois en France en 2004, n’est pas particulièrement agressif pour l’homme. Sauf en cas d’allergie, sa piqûre n’est pas plus dangereuse que celle d’une guêpe. Mais l’insecte est un redoutable prédateur pour les abeilles, qui constituent l’essentiel de sa nourriture. Or, il est à prévoir que le frelon poursuive partout en Europe sa colonisation. “La plupart des pays d’Europe ont un risque non négligeable de voir le frelon à pattes jaunes s’y acclimater, avec une probabilité plus forte le long des côtes atlantiques et du nord de la Méditerranée”, a alerté l’entomologiste Claire Villemant dans une étude publiée en juin par le journal Biological Conservation.Alors que les apiculteurs européens s’inquiètent de cette invasion, en Chine, les abeilles ont appris à se défendre contre les frelons. “Elles se positionnent en grappe devant la ruche, puis sautent sur le frelon, l’enserrent et font vibrer leurs ailes de façon à produire de la chaleur. Le frelon cuit et meurt à 45°” raconte Claire Villemant. Mais pour l’heure, en France, les abeilles n’ont pas développé cette technique de défense, et constituent des cibles idéales pour le frelon.Le 24 juillet 2011 à 14:59 • Maxime Lambert
Des papillons hyper-sélectifs quant aux plantes où pondre leurs œufsPubliée le 11 juillet dans PLoS Genetics, une étude internationale a mis en évidence la façon dont la femelle du papillon Heliconius utilise des capteurs gustatifs absents chez le mâle pour choisir la plante la plus nourrissante et la moins toxique, afin d’y déposer ses œufs.Beaucoup de plantes se défendent contre les parasites en produisant des substances chimiques toxiques, ce qui oblige les insectes à sélectionner soigneusement le végétal sur lequel ils vont pondre leurs œufs. D’autant que les larves se nourriront de ladite plante. Le papillon Heliconius a sa façon à lui de procéder.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Contrairement au mâle, la femelle possède, sur les pattes avant 80 sensilles (téguments sensoriels) gustatives. Elle les utilise alors pour choisir la feuille de passiflore “idéale” afin d’y déposer sa progéniture, rapportent des scientifiques de l’Université d’Irvine (Californie). Et ce, au terme d’une étude menée avec la collaboration de l’Institut national de recherche agronomique (Inra) et de plusieurs universités américaines et britanniques.La femelle d’Heliconius est même si sélective qu’elle inspecte un certain nombre de passiflores (des plantes originaires d’Amérique centrale et du Sud) plusieurs fois par jour pour trouver une feuille suffisamment robuste pour supporter ses œufs, non déjà occupée par la progéniture d’un autre insecte et surtout non toxique. Tout ceci grâce à ses capteurs gustatifs qui sont l’expression de gènes très particuliers.”Cette étude est importante pour la compréhension de la coévolution des espèces de papillons et de leurs plantes hôtes. Elle dévoile un nouvel ensemble de gènes essentiels à la survie de l’espèce, et révèle que le comportement du papillon femelle façonne le caractère héréditaire des papillons”, a ainsi déclaré Adriana Briscoe, professeur d’écologie et de biologie évolutionnaire à l’Université d’Irvine. Le 21 juillet 2013 à 15:49 • Maxime Lambert