Expert backs MP’s call for rewrite of drug laws

first_imgNewsHub 29 May 2017Family First Comment: Are we missing something here??“United Future Leader Peter Dunne wants drugs like cannabis to be legalised, saying this might actually help cut down the nation’s use.”So an illegal substance becomes legal and freely available, and apparently the usage will drop??And if we increase the speeding limit to 110km/h, everyone will actually drive slower.#saynopetodopeA drug expert is urging the Government to seriously consider an MP’s case for legalising Class C drugs.United Future Leader Peter Dunne wants drugs like cannabis to be legalised, saying this might actually help cut down the nation’s use.“First, we should move to an overall approach similar to the full Portuguese model, where the cultivation and possession of all drugs remains illegal, and all drug users are referred for assessment and treatment,” he wrote on his website earlier this month.“The second stage of the process, when the Misuse of Drugs Act is rewritten, would be to transfer the current Schedule of Class C Drugs from that Act to the Psychoactive Substances Act.”That means marijuana would be subject to the same level of scrutiny as other psychoactive substances, including synthetic marijuana.“The test is evidence based around the risk posed to the user… there are clear controls on the manufacture, sale and distribution of any such products that might be approved.”READ MORE: urges move towards cannabis decriminalisationRadio NZ News 28 May 2017New Zealand should move towards decriminalising cannabis over time, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says.Mr Dunne said he wanted the country to follow Portugal’s model, where the drug was legalised and regulated.The first step would be to treat possession of low levels of cannabis as a health issue, rather than a crime, he said.The next step would be to test the drug and allow it to be sold, but to regulate its sale.“If you moved to a regulated market, and that would be some years away at the very least, then you would have a better control of it.“But you would also have…control of the production and distribution of it, which would mean taking it away from the gangs,” Mr Dunne said. Minister Bill English rejects Peter Dunne’s way forward for weedNewsHub 29 May 2017Standing in Mr Dunne’s way is his ministerial boss – the Prime Minister. Bill English says Mr Dunne is “making a lot of assumptions” about a drug that “does real damage to people”.“We don’t want to encourage open trading in cannabis and a whole industry around it,” he told The AM Show.Mr English says the impact on gangs would be minimal, as they have other criminal avenues to make money, while Customs and police are “doing a much better job now” of intercepting drugs before they hit the streets.Despite his unwillingness to make any changes to drug laws, Mr English does agree with Mr Dunne that the so-called war on drugs can’t be called a success.“It’s failing if one person is having their lives wrecked, or wrecking their family’s lives with drugs. You can never say it’s succeeded – put it that way. There’s always more to do.”Mr Dunne in unfazed by Mr English’s position, saying his own views are not those of the Government.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

7 surprising ways you’re destroying your health

first_img“Woulda. Coulda. Shoulda.” No one wants regrets.As we get older, we realize the importance of the basics: daily exercise, a diet abundant with fruits and veggies, etc. But that’s not all we need to be in prime living condition. Consider this a wake-up call from your future self. Here are seven things you’re doing now that will ruin your health later.Not getting enough physical touchGot hugs? If not, consider the positive effects of physical contact and affection: lowered heart rates, raised oxytocin levels, and heck — it feels good!Game plan: Get a full body massage. Pet your dog. Frequently hold your spouse’s and children’s hands. Hug your loved ones. Cuddle on the couch. Be intimate with your spouse.Not stretchingFlexibility isn’t just for yoga gurus. Stretching brings blood to your muscles and increases joint flexibility. And stretching warmed muscles a couple times a week may help ward off injury. Your future self wants you to remain active lifelong, and stretching may prevent injuries from repetitive activities such as typing, texting and even walking.Game plan: Since improper stretching can do more harm than good, talk to your health provider about how to incorporate stretching into your life.Not forgivingYou were wronged. You know it. God knows it. But not forgiving those who have offended you can be as hazardous to your health as a major stressful event.Forgiveness doesn’t mean that what happened to you is OK. Forgiveness says that you are letting go of any power that the hurt has in your life. “Future you” needs less stress — and so do you.Game plan: Decide to forgive one person today. Pray for him or her. Let go of resentment.Not getting your 7+ hoursLack of sleep isn’t a sign of endurance. It isn’t an indicator of good genetics. Losing sleep because of family obligations isn’t a sign of love for your family. Not getting enough ZZZ’s is just not taking care of yourself. Future you wants you to know that the long-term effects of sleep deprivation aren’t pretty, including an impaired immune system, being more accident prone and weight gain (like any of us want any of that).Game plan: Determine when you need to get up in the morning and then go to bed at least 7-8 hours beforehand. And go ahead and take that nap!Not connecting with othersEmotional connection is a super-vitamin. It heals. It creates positive energy. And it is physiologically necessary. The connection found on your smart phone isn’t going to cut it. We’re talking in person, eye-to-eye contact. In fact, healthy connection decreases the overall pain we experience in our lives. The research is convincing; loving relationships really are the answer. For those of us who are starting to feel the creaks in our bodies, being with those who love us can help us age better.Game plan: To refuel, schedule time daily to spend time with loved ones.Not scheduling preventive visitsWe’ve heard it before: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Though you may be consistent with your annual physicals and bi-annual dental exams, consider the extra ounce of prevention offered by specialized screenings. For most women, mammograms should begin by age 40. For men, prostate cancer exams should begin at age 50. And for all, colorectal cancer screenings should begin no later than age 50.Game plan: Talk to your health provider about your family’s health history. Ask your doctor about screenings for cardiovascular disease, bone mass measurements, diabetes and glaucoma. Don’t overlook symptoms of depression.Not teasing your mindCrosswords, jigsaw puzzles, playing a musical instrument, learning a language or picking up a new skill — these are things that can help challenge and maintain communication between the cells in your mind. Daily mind stimulation keeps your brain strong. Future you wants you to become a lifelong learner, bringing novelties to your synapses.Game plan: Try something new! Challenge your mind.Don’t forget: significant changes happen when you start small — but you’ve got to be consistent. Your future self will thank you! Tweet Share HealthLifestyle 7 surprising ways you’re destroying your health by: – December 20, 2014 258 Views no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Antiqueños will benefit from UHC Law, says PHO

first_imgThe Provincial Health Office is alreadyin the process of forming the Provincial Health Board composed of stakeholdersof the health sector, municipal officials and representatives from theindigenous groups. In a separate interview, meanwhile, Dr.Ric Noel Naciongayo of the Antique Provincial Health Office (APHO) announcedthat this province is one out of the other 33 provinces considered asintegration sites of the UHC Law. It will be implemented in the next six years. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Universal HealthCare (UHC) Law provides for the strengthening of preventive health care andreferral systems, Chief Social Insurance Officer Junie Sabusap said. For those who have less can also availthe benefits, as long as they are registered and have complied with therequirements and their proof of being indigent were properly assessed by thelocal government social welfare and development office, or the hospital socialwelfare service unit if hospitalized. When implemented, the services will beavailable not only to indigents and senior citizens, but also to everyone, includingthe employed sector. Naciongayo is also optimistic that thefunctional health referral system and preventive health care could improve thehealth seeking behaviors of the Antiqueños, as well as ease their burden ofshouldering hospital expenses when admitted. The Primary Benefit Care Package will beenhanced with services purposed towards the prevention of illnesses such as out-patientservices, diagnostic laboratories, healthy lifestyle programs promotion andstrengthening of referral systems. During a radio program, he emphasizedthat the implementation of the UHC will bolster the preventive health care andreferral systems at the local level. However, those who can afford to paywill be categorized as contributing members and will pay the premiumcontribution. Going back, Sabusap urged everyone toregister with PhilHealth regardless of social status and employment, as long asthey are 21 years old and above for them to avail the benefits and privilegescovered by the law. As to maternity health package, majorityof the Rural Health Units in this province are accredited by PhilHealth.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

Three IMCA divisions run every Thursday at Norman County Raceway next season

first_imgADA, Minn. – Three IMCA divisions will run a complete schedule next season at Norman County Raceway. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are on Thursday cards in 2015 from opening night May 7 through the season championship program on Aug. 27. All three classes had run limited schedules during their introductory 2014 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing campaigns at the 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval in Ada.“We had a good response from the drivers this year and our fans liked the better, closer racing in the IMCA divisions,” promoter Jake Bitker said. “I know they will be more cost effective for our drivers.” Track champions will be crowned and bonus points awarded in all three divisions. SportMods join the field for the June 24-25 B-Mod Blitz. Norman County Raceway hosts the Sanders Metal Products Modified Challenge on Aug. 13. Sanctioned Modifieds and Northern SportMods also return to Sunday shows at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, 33 miles south of Ada. Both divisions will also be new in 2015 at North Central Speedway in Brainerd. Modified points earned at all three tracks apply toward Belleville Motorsports North Central Region standings.last_img read more

Gutierrez aiming to make mark

first_img Norwich are certainly in need of reinforcements as they look to pull clear of trouble, with the Canaries in 15th place but only two points ahead of 18th-placed Cardiff after no wins in the last six league matches. Argentina international Gutierrez, who joined Newcastle from Real Mallorca during the summer of 2008, figured only twice for Alan Pardew’s side this season, and hopes he can make an instant impact with chance of regular football at Carrow Road. ”It is an opportunity for me to get back in the game and to try and do my best for the team,” he said on the club’s official website, ”Personally I want to do the right things on the pitch and win my place, and then for the team we want to finish as high as we can. ”It is a tough league, all the games are difficult, but we have a good opportunity.” Hughton is in no doubt Gutierrez’s Premier League know-how can benefit his squad in the challenges ahead. ”Jonas is somebody that will certainly bring experience – he has played close to 200 games for Newcastle, so he knows the Premier League very well,” said Hughton. ”He has been in England for five years, so there won’t be that settling in period that you would have with some other players, and that is important, particularly in January when you need players that can go straight into the squad. ”Jonas can play on either flank and in a central position, so he’s a very welcome addition and we look forward to working with him.” Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is confident his experience can help steer Norwich away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after signing on loan from Newcastle until the end of the season. The 30-year-old effectively took his leave of the Magpies over the weekend, when he posted a series of farewell messages on his personal Twitter account suggesting that his time at the club was over. And he will now link-up once again with Canaries boss Chris Hughton, who was in charge at St James’ Park between June 2009 and December 2010 as he led the Magpies out of the Championship and back into the top flight. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

CDC deactivating emergency response for Zika virus

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control is deactivating its emergency response to the spread of the Zika virus in the US to routine status.The CDC deactivated its emergency response for Zika virus (Zika) to transition efforts to normal program operations on September 29.Emergency Operations Center (EOC)On January 22, 2016, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the devastating effects of Zika virus infection in the US during pregnancy. A team of experts from across the agency, called the Zika Coordination and Operations Transition Team (ZCOTT), will lead the transition from EOC activation to routine, long-term activities and will ensure timely coordination and collaboration on scientific, communication, and policy activities.CDC’s EOC is the agency’s command center for monitoring and coordinating emergency response to public health threats and has been activated previously for events such as natural disasters, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and the 2014 Ebola outbreak, among others.Protecting Americans from ZikaSince the 2016 EOC activation for Zika, experts from across the agency have worked to protect Americans, especially pregnant women, fetuses, and infants, from the emerging virus and its devastating consequences. CDC will continue its work to protect these groups by providing support for healthcare providers as they counsel pregnant women affected by Zika and provide follow-up care to their infants. CDC recognizes the continued need for coordination among federal, state, and local levels to provide services for families affected by Zika and will provide technical assistance as resources permit.Zika threat hasn’t lessened Deactivation does not mean that the threat of Zika has lessened in importance or that people are no longer at risk of infection.Zika continues to be a public health threat in the United States and internationally. Zika is still a risk for pregnant women, and the continental United States and Hawaii will continue to see some travel-related cases as travelers visit countries and territories with risk of Zika transmission.The possibility of local transmission in the continental United States and Hawaii still exists. CDC remains committed to protecting the health of Americans and will continue working to protect the nation from the threat of Zika.As a reminder, CDC recommends travelers to areas with a risk of Zika to take steps to prevent Zika by preventing mosquito bites and sexual transmission of Zika during and after travel. CDC continues to recommend that pregnant women avoid travel to areas with risk of Zika.last_img read more

GHPL Week 12: WAFA drown AshGold, Kotoko beat Bechem

first_imgWAFA gave AshGold a 6-1 mauling on Sunday in Week 12 of the Ghana Premier League. The home side produced their best football performance of the season to leave empty-handed. Konadu Yiadom scored twice with Andrews Ntim, Ibrahim Abubakari, Daniel Owusu and Haruna Mola getting the other goals. Amos Nkrumah’s 38th minute goal was consolation for the Miners.Berekum Chelsea got a 4-2 home win over King Faisal at the Golden City Park. Stephen Amankonah scored twice with Jordan Opoku and Richard Kissi Boateng getting the other two while Osman Ibrahim and Frimpong Boateng found the net for King Faisal.Kotoko came back from a goal down to beat Bechem United 3-1 on Friday at the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday. Hafiz Konkoni gave Bechem the lead in the 20th minute but Kotoko fought back through Martin Antwi and Augustine Okrah’s goals in the 25th and 45th minutes respectively.Isaac Kwain gave Aduana Stars a 1-0 win at Dreams FC on Saturday with his first goal for the Fire Boys. Kwain struck in the 78th minute to hand the visitors all three points on the day.Liberty Professionals beat Karela 1-0 at the Karl Reindorf Park in Dansoman. Elvis Kyei Baffour’s goal was the difference between the two sides on the day.At the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday, Hearts of Oak and Elmina Sharks drew 1-1 after Dennis Mensah and Kofi Kordzi scored for either side.The goalless draws of the round happened when Legon Cities played at home to Eleven Wonders on Saturday and Dwarfs took on Inter Allies in Cape Coast.last_img read more

Stoke 1 – 1 Chelsea

first_imgChelsea’s slim title hopes all but vanished as Stoke City turned in a barnstorming display to earn a point.Jonathan Walters scored a wonderful solo opener, crashing the ball home after running from the halfway line.Didier Drogba deservedly headed the Blues level, meeting Nicolas Anelka’s teasing cross to power the ball in.Both sides twice hit the woodwork, Chelsea through two Drogba shots and Stoke through Marc Wilson and Robert Huth but neither could force a winner.It was Stoke who did most of the pressing after the interval and they will feel aggrieved their dominance did not produce three points and a first Premier League win over the Londoners.The pace and trickery of wing duo Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant was the main threat but the strength of Kenwyne Jones, who led the line brilliantly, laid the platform for the hosts. Stoke will point to at least five excellent openings in the second period, with Wilson’s rasping free-kick and Huth’s towering header, which produced a stunning reflex save from Petr Cech, the closest they came.But substitute Ricardo Fuller also headed agonisingly wide and Penannt had a decent low effort well saved by the Blues keeper.On another day, Chelsea would have been happy with a well-earned point from a pulsating tussle.But Manchester United’s breathtaking comeback win over West Ham in the lunchtime kick-off at Upton Park means the Blues are now 11 points off the pace with only one game in hand and time running out.Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti would have been confident at the interval having seen his side dominate despite the shock of going behind on eight minutes when Walters profited from some hesitant defending by David Luiz to score a wonderful individual effort. The striker cleverly gained possession on the halfway line, raced towards goal, cut inside Michael Essien and crashed the ball low past Cech.Chelsea refused to panic and dominated possession for the rest of the half.Ashley Cole saw his header well saved by Asmir Begovic and Florent Malouda’s well-struck half-volley fizzed wide.Frank Lampard also saw a brilliantly controlled 30-yard volley kept out by Begovic and Drogba blazed wildly over on the volley.The equaliser seemed inevitable and came courtesy of a majestic Drogba header from Anelka’s inviting cross on 33 minutes. Chelsea continued to look the more likely at the end of the half and in the early stages of the second half as the lively Anelka shot wide from 20 yards and Lampard tried his luck from distance.Drogba also clipped the post with a strike across goal but Stoke had a 15-minute spell where Wilson and Huth both rattled the bar and the visitors struggled to get out of their half.Jones fired over after a typical powerful run and the burly frontman headed fractionally wide from a bullet-like Rory Delap throw-in.Chelsea rallied in the closing stages, sensing their title hopes were slipping away.Substitute Fernando Torres almost made an instant impact but his shot was deflected and Drogba rattled the bar following a cute turn. But neither team could force the win.Source: BBClast_img read more

Democratic primary results in Northeast Michigan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. [UPDATED March 11, 12:30 p.m.] — Statewide, the Associated Press has declared Joe Biden as winner of the Democratic primary in Michigan. As of March 11, 12:30 p.m., Biden has 53 percent of the vote and Bernie Sanders has 36 percent of the voteAlpena County: Joe Biden has 58 percent of the Democratic primary vote, Bernie Sanders has 29 percent.Alcona County: The vote for Biden is 63 percent, and the vote for Sanders is 26 percent.Presque Isle County: Biden has 64 percent of the vote, and Sanders has 25 percent.Montmorency County: Biden has 61 percent, and Sanders has 25 percent.Oscoda County: 60 percent in favor of Biden, and 27 percent for Sanders.Iosco County: 60 percent for Biden, Sanders has 26 percent.Ogemaw County: Biden has 56 percent and Sanders has 30 percent.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious School districts are replacing 300 buses across MichiganNext Presque Isle Township Clerk explains why town hall ran out of democratic ballotslast_img read more

Transfer News:Bayern agree Reina deal

first_imgBayern Munich have agreed a deal to sign goalkeeper Pepe Reina from Liverpool, Sky Sport reports.The Spain international, who spent last season on loan at Napoli, will join the German champions as back-up for number-one keeper Manuel Neuer if he passes a medical.A statement on the Bayern website confirmed terms have been agreed with both Reina and Liverpool.And chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, “The player will come to Munich in the next few days for a medical examination and to sign his contract.“He was eager to come to Bayern Munich. He wanted to embark on this adventure even though he knows that, in Manuel Neuer, he has a keeper in front of him who, if nothing changes, will always remain the number one.”Reina, who will turn 32 at the end of August, was a regular at Liverpool for eight seasons before Brendan Rodgers signed Belgium’s Simon Mignolet from Sunderland last summer.last_img read more