Greens secure referendum on personal cannabis use

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 20 October 2017A public referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use will be held by the 2020 election as part of the agreement between the Green and Labour parties.Green Party leader James Shaw said that legalising cannabis had been party policy for 20 years, and the use of the substance should be a health issue, not a criminal justice issue.“The prohibition model hasn’t work, plus it puts the entire trade into the hands of gangs.“If you had a regulated market, the same way we do with alcohol and tobacco, you can control the price, advertising, point of sale, quality, and run full public health education campaigns.”Shaw said public opinion on cannabis use had shifted, and a referendum on the issue by 2020 would be timely.READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/greens-secure-referendum-on-personal-cannabis-use/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Confident Cato eyes medal in Beijing

first_img Still Cato, the fastest Jamaican in the event this year, knows he will face a much greater challenge in Beijing, but it certainly helps that he already faces the world number one (Jackson), two (Dutch) and nine (Jeffery Gibson) on a daily basis in training. He refers to Jackson as a source of motivation and inspiration – there can hardly be any greater impetus to beat him in Beijing. “At this point, it’s really all about execution. Me and my coach have been working closely on that because my main competitors are also my training partners. Jeffery Gibson, Johnny Dutch, Bershawn Jackson all train along with me with the same coach, George Williams,” said Cato. “I’m very close to Bershawn Jackson, he is one of my mentors and motivators. He helped me out a lot from last year into this year with my hurdling. We all motivate each other and push each other to be the best,” Cato added. bigger challenge Fuelled by his recent bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto and his experience training alongside some of the best in the world, Jamaican 400m hurdler Roxroy Cato says he has grown in confidence heading into next week’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Cato clocked 48.72 – the third fastest time he has ever recorded, to finish on the podium in Toronto. It’s a time that leaves him way off the fastest times registered this season, where Bershawn Jackson (48.09) and Johnny Dutch (48.13) lead the world. These are athletes that Cato is extremely familiar with, the pair being his training partners under coach George Williams, and the Jamaican is confident that he has what it takes to test them for medals in Beijing. “First of all, any chance that I get to represent my country is a blessing for me and something I am very thankful about,” Cato told The Gleaner from the team’s training base in Tottori, Japan. “I am in great condition. I have been working very closely with my coach and I am feeling great even though I still haven’t reached my peak form yet for the season.” “I am really looking forward to the competition because, in my eye, the 400m hurdles is an open event right now. There is no one person that is being extra dominant right now and, based on my performance at the Pan American Games, I am very confident and looking forward to a great championships,” added Cato, who finished second at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships. “Getting on the podium and beating some very good competitors was the highlight for me and of course, most of all, coming out without any injuries,” said Cato, underlining his biggest takeaway from his experience at the Pan American Games.last_img read more

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Royals’ Yost: ‘Glad to be alive’ after injury on farm

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost listens to a reporter’s question before a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Yost broke a pelvis and several ribs during a fall on his property in Georgia, Saturday, Nov. 4, when a deer stand he was working on gave way and fell to the ground, Kansas City spokesman Mike Swanson said. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ned Yost spent Monday afternoon in a lounge chair at his farm just outside Atlanta, the pain from a shattered pelvis so unbearable that the only movement the Royals manager could make was to reposition.He was happy for the pain, though. It reminded him he was alive.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Still, he counts himself lucky. The fall could have been fatal, especially if he didn’t have a phone.“It’s pretty rough, you know? I’m in quite a bit of pain,” he said. “You can imagine, there’s no position that’s comfortable to be in right now. I don’t think I’ve left this lounge chair since I’ve been home for more than 5 minutes in two days. Just find a way I can be comfortable and relax, and then try not to move for 10 hours. But by spring training, I should be pretty much full-go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Just over a week ago, Yost was working in a hunting stand on his property when he reached to attach a safety line. The stand somehow collapsed and Yost fell about 20 feet to the ground, and the landing was so hard that he sustained a “massive fracture” to his pelvis and four broken ribs.He also lost so much blood that surgeons later told him he nearly died.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I didn’t understand the gravity of the situation until I was through it,” said the 62-year-old Yost, an avid outdoorsman. “I’m just glad I had my phone, I’ll tell you that.”Yost said he can’t put weight on either leg for at least two months, which means he’s confined to his lounge chair or a wheelchair. There are two rods, some plates and screws holding his pelvis together, and a good number of staples that are helping to keep the incision closed. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img LATEST STORIES But he vowed that by spring training, “I should be pretty much full-go.”Anybody who knows Yost wouldn’t think otherwise.The curmudgeonly manager prides himself on his toughness, a trait he’s instilled in the Royals over the years. It served them well in turning around their fortunes, too, from a sad-sack squad that regularly lost 100 games to a team that went to back-to-back World Series and won the championship in 2015.Still, the injury that Yost sustained tested even his toughness.Yost said his wife, Deb, had left just after noon on Nov. 4 to attend a nephew’s wedding in Alabama, so he hopped in a four-wheeler and headed out on his property. His intention was to check his tree stands and prepare them for winter, and he took care of the first stand without any problems.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Italy keeper Buffon ends international career He drove to a second tree stand and climbed up wearing his safety belt. The stand felt solid at first, but as he reached around the tree to clip in, “it was like a hang-man’s gallows.”“Down I went,” Yost said. “I hit on my right side.”Yost was fortunate that he had his cellphone nearby, and was able to call Deb for help. He’s been in the tree stands before and reached for his phone to find he’d forgotten it, and admits thinking to himself those times, “That is so stupid! What if something happened?”Yost’s wife was able to contact 911, then guide responders to where her husband had fallen. Its remote nature and the severity of Yost’s injury meant a helicopter was needed to get him to the hospital.Once there, doctors resorted to emergency surgery to stop the bleeding, and required eight units of blood to replace what Yost had lost. They also put him in what he described as “really tight compression pants,” and at one point he told the emergency room doctor that “you guys are killing me.”“The guy said, ‘Look, Ned, this is going to save your life,’” Yost said.Yost underwent another surgery the next day to repair the pelvis, and doctors then told him that the fracture was so severe and blood loss so great that 25 percent to 30 percent of similar cases result in death.“I thought I was going to be fine. Ok, my pelvis is broken. I’m a pretty tough guy. I can handle the pain,” Yost said. “I mean, it was a little scary getting on that helicopter because I was in so much pain, getting really, really woozy. But I still felt like I was in great hands.“I’m glad to be alive and I’m glad to be hurting for a little bit.”Yost, the winningest manager in Royals history, is scheduled to have the staples removed next week and follow-up X-rays on his pelvis. The doctors said he’ll be off his feet for two or three months — “For me, it’s probably going to be two,” he said — and then have to undergo physical therapy. MOST READlast_img read more

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