Existing cannabis law criminalises too many people – says criminal lawyer!

first_imgStuff 16 September 2019Family First Comment: On this basis, we should probably legalise speeding, burglary, and Meth as well.“You still need the coercion of the law to basically give a societal stamp of disapproval.” – Family FirstThe president of New Zealand’s criminal lawyers’ society supports legalising cannabis for personal use and says existing law criminalises too many people.Len Andersen, Criminal Bar Association president, said banning cannabis created demand for more harmful drugs, including synthetic cannabinoids​ which have been implicated in at least 70 deaths.He said prohibition put otherwise law-abiding people who chose to smoke cannabis “in the position of constant illegality.”The association said its membership comprised 700 practicing criminal lawyers across New Zealand.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie, currently running an anti-legalisation campaign, said cannabis’ illegal status kept its use relatively low compared to tobacco and alcohol consumption.He said Family First supported “a level of discretion for police” in possession cases and believed health agencies could help drug addicts.​McCoskrie said that police discretion and incremental increases in available penalties meant low-level cannabis possession was effectively decriminalised anyway.He said Family First polling showed many of its members supported liberalising medicinal cannabis use, but that was distinct from legalisation for recreational use.McCoskrie said even if most voters chose legalisation at the next election, he would keep campaigning for prohibition.“You still need the coercion of the law to basically give a societal stamp of disapproval.”READ MORE: read more

Three bus accident at Fond Baron, Loubiere

first_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Three bus accident at Fond Baron, Loubiere by: – November 21, 2011 29 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet One of the three buses involved in the accident at Fond Baron.Information reaching Dominica Vibes News indicates that there has been a vehicular accident on the Fond Baron highway involving three buses.According to eye witness reports, one bus was attempting to overtake another when it collided with two other buses.It is not clear at this time how many passengers were injured, the extent of their injuries or whether there were any fatalities.Second bus involved in the accident which was carrying six passengers.Dominica Vibes News will attempt to provide further details as they become available.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Nancy Jane Bultman

first_imgNancy Jane Bultman passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The daughter of Chester Riley and Sarah Madge (nee: McClanahan) Bultman was born at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, IN on April 24, 1955.From 2002 – 2019, Nancy lived at the Cardinal Center, a basic developmental group home in Silver Lake, IN.  She worked at the Cardinal Center in Warsaw, IN for several years.  She attended the Center United Methodist Church in Silver Lake.Her family wishes to thank those who worked with her at the Cardinal Center and her Silver Lake community, she called her home.She is survived by her sister, Sandra Dickey (Dale) of Batesville; brother George Bultman (Mary) of Osgood; niece Rebecca Bultman and nephews, Christopher Bultman (Raychelle), Bradley Dickey (Mary), and Benjamin Dickey (Kim); along with great nieces and nephew, Claire Monique Dickey, Aubrey Ellen Dickey and Ian Bradley Dickey.The private funeral will be Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Meyers Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Renick of the Batesville United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will follow at the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Napoleon, IN with her family.The family requests memorials be made to the Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department Building Fund c/o the funeral home.  Online condolences read more

Haspin Acres opens today

first_imgLaurel, IN—Haspin Acres has been granted permission from the Franklin County Commissioners to reopen the park starting today.  The Park will be required to have a limited number of customers and the restaurant is still only open for carry-out meals. All customers to Haspin acres will be required to preregister before being allowed through the gate. Preregistration will be done by emailing with the following information:Please send your pre-registration email to this email address with the following information:Name and phone # for reservationTotal of guests arriving with you16 yrs or older – Adult pricing – # qty _____8 yrs to 15 yrs – Young Adult – # qty ______7 yrs or less – Child pricing – # qty ______**Spectator – 10.00 per day – ABSOLUTELY NO RIDING – CAMP AREA ONLY ____ **          Veterans – receive half off admission pricing for themselves only and must have ID on you – Please notify cashier at the time of admission.Date and approximate time of arrival.Check out date.How many in the group need liability cards? _________ ( See attachment at bottom of email)If you have other persons that will be camping or riding with you, they each need to email their own info – especially if not all arriving at same time. This way they will have all of their own information that is needed for admission.Haspin Acres will return your email with a guest number and some directions to help admission to go as smoothly as possible. They will also attach a copy of the liability form to download, print, and fill out before entry for the admission process.last_img read more

CA Synagogue Received Security Grant Weeks Before Attack

first_imgThe Chabad of Poway synagogue, which was the site of a shooting last Saturday as Passover was coming to an end, had applied for a federal grant to install gates as well as more secure doors for better protection. Although the $150,000 was approved last September, synagogue officials received the money in late March.Rabbi Simcha Backman says, “Obviously we did not have a chance to start using the funds yet.” He oversees security grants for all 207 Chabad institutions in California.The suspect, 19-year-old John Earnest, killed 60-year-old Lori Kaye and injured several others before he was arrested. Earnest has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges.Backman and other Chabad rabbis in California have been asking members who are trained law enforcement professionals to carry their weapons at services since a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pensylvania last October.The City of Poway also gave the Pittsburgh synagogue’s congregation active shooter training.On Saturday, an off-duty Border Patrol agent who attends the synagogue fired at Earnest as he tried to flee, hitting his vehicle. The 20-year-old Poway synagogue currently has video surveillance and spent a $75,000 grant it received nearly a decade ago on a security assessment, 16 cameras, fencing and lighting.It applied for another grant one year ago to upgrade those cameras and make other enhancements. The security grant program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and is administered in California by the state’s Office of Emergency Services.While the synagogue received grant approval in September, a workshop on the required documents was not held until the end of last October. The synagogue then submitted the first documents in early February, according to Office of Emergency Services spokesman Brad Alexander said. The state requested additional information and then issued the money on March 22.According to Backman, the paperwork and approval process typically takes at least one year to complete.New FEMA rules allow grants to be spent on security guards, and recipients can request that existing grants be modified to allow for the addition of guards. Backman says his synagogue will hire guards even if FEMA does not fund them.UPDATED: Border Patrol Agent Shot at Synagogue Suspectlast_img read more

Florida man spit at child who refused to remove his mask

first_imgPolice say a Florida man confronted a child for wearing a mask and then spat on his face when the boy refused to take it off.Treasure Island police say 47-year-old Jason Copenhaver was arrested and charged with simple battery and disorderly conduct.Copenhaver approached the child’s table Sunday and asked the boy to remove his mask. When he refused, police say Copenhaver grabbed the boy’s hand and put his face next to the child’s, telling the boy he now had coronavirus.He told police he’s never been tested for the virus.last_img read more

Chelsea appoint Sarri as new head coach

first_imgMadrid, July 14: English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea on Saturday announced the appointment of Italy’s Maurizio Sarri as new head coach for the next three seasons, after he spent three seasons at Napoli.Sarri, 59, succeeds countryman Antonio Conte, who was sacked after two years at Stamford Bridge, a spell that saw the Blues winning the Premier League title in 2016-2017, but wrapping up last season in the fifth spot, 30 points behind Manchester City, the champions, reported Efe.“I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career,” Sarri said.“I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves,” he added.Although not yet won a major trophy in his coaching career, Sarri has had three successful seasons at Napoli, leading the team to finish runners-up once and third twice in Serie A.The club’s director Marina Granovskaia welcomed the signing: “Maurizio’s Napoli side played some of the most exciting football in Europe, impressing with their attacking approach and dynamism, and his coaching methods significantly improved the players at his disposal.”Sarri’s task in the upcoming season will be leading Chelsea back to the Champions League after the London club had a disappointing fifth-place finish last season. IANSlast_img read more

Wonder horses given superhero treatment ahead of Grand National

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Britain’s Jockey Club has enlisted Marvel comic book artists to give the superhero treatment to some of the country’s all-time wonder horses in a bid to win over a new generation of racing fans.The 24-page book ‘Magnificent Racehorses’, penned by artists from the stable that created the likes of Black Panther and Spider-Man, is being published ahead of Saturday’s Grand National at Aintree.It tells the stories of 10 crowd favourites of the past including three-time National winner Red Rum, super stallion Frankel and Cheltenham Gold Cup great Desert Orchid.“Horseracing is the second biggest spectator sport in Britain and we want to ensure a new generation of fans are constantly discovering the drama and excitement of its stories,” said Jockey Club Racecourses chief executive Paul Fisher.The Jockey Club, founded early in the 18th century, runs Liverpool’s Aintree racecourse as well as other leading venues including Cheltenham, Epsom Downs and Newmarket.Tiger Roll, last year’s National winner on a photo finish, is the 7-2 favourite to repeat the victory at Aintree in a 40-horse field over 30 daunting fences. Last year’s race was watched by an estimated worldwide television audience of 600 million.last_img read more

FIGC sets August 20 as Serie A finishing date

first_img(BBC) – ITALY’S football federation (FIGC) has set August 20 as the deadline for finishing the season, with the new campaign starting on September 1.The current season has been on pause since mid-March because of coronavirus but the FIGC still intends to finish the top three divisions.There are still 12 rounds of matches remaining in Serie A, while four other games are also outstanding.Juventus, chasing a ninth successive title, lead the table by a point.The federation also announced that if any of the top three divisions should restart and then stop again, a shorter alternative of a play-off would have to be devised.However, if it was not possible to complete the season even with play-offs, it would implement a coefficient system.Serie C presents the biggest challenge as it features 60 clubs, divided into three regional groups, with many in difficult financial situations.last_img read more

Nikias to host students for Thanksgiving

first_imgWhile many students will be traveling home to spend Thanksgiving with their families, those who are remaining at USC for the weekend will have the opportunity to spend the holiday with President C.L. Max Nikias and the Trojan Family.Nikias will host a Thanksgiving dinner at the president’s house in San Marino — free of charge — for any student staying on campus for the weekend. It will be the first of its kind hosted by a USC president.A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served along with several vegetarian options, and students will have the opportunity to meet Nikias and his family.“My wife Niki and I, as well as our daughters Georgiana and Maria, will be welcoming the students and I’m sure we’ll have good conversations,” Nikias said. “I love students and I want to connect with them in every way that I can.”Over the next few weeks, the Division of Student Affairs will determine which students will be staying on campus during the holiday weekend in order to send them invitations to the dinner.Students will RSVP on a first-come, first-serve basis to the event, which will host up to 350 guests.The dress code will be semi-formal, and those students who are attending will be bused to and from the president’s house.According to Nikias, his wife originally had the idea to invite students over for the dinner.“We want USC students to understand the warmth of Thanksgiving, and hosting them at my home with my own family seemed like a great way to do it,” Nikias said.Nikias said he hopes that the dinner will give students the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving gathering even if they are not spending the holiday at home.“Niki and I know that many students are not able to be with their families and friends at holidays, and we wanted to provide a way for them to still feel a sense of community,” Nikias said. “Our students come to USC from all over the world, and it’s wonderful to be able to share time with those who don’t have family close by.”Charlie O’Connor, a freshman majoring in theatre, said that the dinner would be a welcome opportunity to spend the holiday with others.“It’s nice of him to host this,” O’Connor said. “I wouldn’t want to be stuck here on my own if everyone else was gone. It gives people a chance to join together.”In addition to providing students with a communal Thanksgiving dinner, the event will also serve to show international students a uniquely American holiday.O’Connor, who is originally from London, said that the idea of Thanksgiving is completely foreign to him and an event like this would most likely help other international students learn about it.“To me, Thanksgiving was always like that episode of Friends I could never relate to. I wouldn’t even know it was happening if I was in England,” O’Connor said. “The dinner will help people to get immersed in it because it’s a very American thing and a staple of American culture.”Nikias believes that the Thanksgiving dinner will be helpful, especially to international students who are experiencing the holiday for the first time.“Many of us have had the experience of being away from home when others are celebrating a national holiday,” Nikias said. “In particular, many of us are new to American culture and traditions. This is a great way to introduce Thanksgiving to those who’ve never celebrated the event.”Cheuk Yi Lau, a senior majoring in communication, said the dinner would be a good chance to connect with the president.“People who can’t go home can feel like USC is their second home at this dinner, and its a good opportunity to talk with the president of USC,” Lau said. “They’ll feel better about not going home for the holiday and students will feel more excited about this dinner.”Correction: 10/13/10: The president’s is located in San Marino, not Pasadena as originally identified. This entry has been corrected to reflect the change.last_img read more