The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, May 16———RCMP MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT AILING, AUDITOR SAYS : The RCMP is failing to meet the mental health needs of its members due to a lack of resources, poor monitoring and meagre support from supervisors, says the federal spending watchdog. While the Mounties were among the first federal organizations to introduce a mental health strategy, they did not make its full implementation a priority, auditor general Michael Ferguson says in a report tabled Tuesday. Some RCMP members even told the auditor that coming forward with mental health concerns led to reprisals from bosses. The findings come one day after a pair of sharply worded federal reviews on harassment in the RCMP called for greater civilian oversight and expertise to ensure the national police force is a healthy and respectful employer. Ferguson’s report says although more than half of members received timely access to the mental health services, one in six members did not. In more than one-quarter of cases, the RCMP did not even have records that would allow the auditor to assess whether members got the help they required.———PASSENGER BILL OF RIGHTS STOPS AIRLINES FROM BUMPING WITHOUT CONSENT: Airlines won’t be allowed to bump passengers from a flight against their will under a new passenger bill of rights introduced Tuesday by Transportation Minister Marc Garneau. That change is part of a package of amendments to the Canada Transportation Act, which also introduces new foreign ownership limits for airlines, requires railways to install voice and video recorders in locomotives and improves transparency and efficiency in the freight rail industry. Garneau promised the bill of rights last month in the wake of widespread alarm after a United Airlines passenger was seriously injured when he was dragged from a plane in Chicago. The minister said there will be minimum levels of compensation for people who voluntarily agree to be bumped from a flight and if airlines can’t get a volunteer, they will have to decide if they want to up the ante to persuade someone to get off. The bill will apply to airlines flying within, into or out of Canada.———AMBROSE BEGINS GOODBYE TO POLITICAL LIFE: Interim Opposition leader Rona Ambrose began to say goodbye to life in politics Tuesday. The longtime Conservative MP, who has led the Conservatives since they formed Opposition in 2015, will resign her seat in the House of Commons when MPs break for summer. She addressed a crowd of MPs and other political watchers Tuesday in Ottawa for a speech on the state of the Conservative Party, what she described as likely her last public speech before she begins her “post-partisan” life. She said serving as an MP has been one of the greatest honours of her life and she is optimistic about the future. The Conservatives are in the midst of choosing a new leader and the winner will be announced on May 27 at a convention in Toronto. Ambrose called the race “competitive,” and noted it’s drawn hundreds of thousands of new members to the party. Ambrose will stay on to help manage the transition before making her way into the private sector, which will include work on public policy files and possibly a book.———TRUMP’S REVELATIONS TO RUSSIA ‘WHOLLY APPROPRIATE,” ADVISER SAYS: The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump’s disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as “wholly appropriate,” as officials tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and concerns from international allies. One day after officials declared that reports about Trump’s discussions with the Russians were false, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president had been engaging in “routine sharing of information” with foreign leaders. Trump himself claimed the authority to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has “an absolute right” as president to do so. Trump’s tweets did not say whether he revealed classified information about the Islamic State, as published reports have said and as a U.S. official told The Associated Press. The official said the information Trump divulged came from a U.S. intelligence partner.———MINISTER ECHOES CONCERNS OF MURDERED, MISSING WOMEN’S FAMILIES: Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says if families of missing and murdered indigenous women have concerns about the national public inquiry, she does too. Bennett was responding to questions about an open letter released Monday by advocates, indigenous leaders and family members expressing their misgivings to the inquiry’s chief commissioner. The group says it is aware the commission faces a difficult challenge, but says immediate action must be taken to prevent damage and shift the current approach. The inquiry — expected to take two years at a cost of $53.8 million — comprises Marion Buller, the first female First Nations judge in B.C., and four other commissioners. The commission is set to hold its first public hearing May 29 in Whitehorse but other community meetings won’t take place until later this fall at the earliest. A spokesperson for the inquiry says the chief commissioner needs to time to carefully consider the contents of the letter before she can respond publicly to the concerns raised in it.———BODY OF CANADIAN KILLED IN SYRIA BACK HOME SOON: The mother of a Canadian man killed while fighting Islamic State militants in Syria says his body will soon be back on Canadian soil. Tina Martino, of Niagara Falls, Ont., says a Kurdish group that fought alongside her son, Nazzareno Tassone, recovered his body and will be arranging to fly it back to Canada in the coming weeks. The 24-year-old died in December while fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. The leader of a Kurdish community centre in Toronto that’s been working with the family says Tassone’s body was recovered on Saturday after ISIL fighters abandoned the site where it was being kept. Martino says she spent the past five months hoping her son’s body would be recovered so she could give him a proper funeral.———TEEN IN LA LOCHE, SASK., KILLING WAS SHOT 11 TIMES: A sentencing hearing for a teenager convicted in a deadly shooting at a school and a home in northern Saskatchewan has been told that one of the victims was shot 11 times. Dayne Fontaine, who was 17, was killed along with his younger brother at a house in La Loche in January 2016. The hearing in Meadow Lake, Sask., has been told that Dayne said: “Don’t shoot me” and “I don’t want to die” before he was shot. His 13-year-old brother Drayden was shot twice in the face and the head. The shooter then went to the high school where he killed a teacher and an aide, and wounded seven other people. The teen has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder. He can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act because he was 17 at the time of the shooting. Two weeks have been set aside to determine if the killer should be sentenced as a youth or an adult.———GREENS PLAN ‘CHESS MOVES’ AFTER B.C. VOTE: While British Columbia’s Liberals and New Democrats are gridlocked as they await the final ballot count from last week’s tight election, the Green party is setting priorities to use the leverage its three newly elected members achieved. The splintered election result could leave the upstart Greens with the balance of power in a minority government, and leader Andrew Weaver is pondering a series of chess moves that could shake the direction of the province. Green party deputy leader Matt Toner says they are looking for specific proposals from the Liberals and New Democrats on electoral and campaign-finance reforms before supporting either party in the legislature. Toner says the Greens want to see firm details of potential co-operation agreements before deciding where to throw their support in what will be a historic period in B.C. politics.———COUPLE SAY AIR CANADA CANCELLED TICKETS HOME: A Newfoundland couple say they were left stranded at an airport in Portugal after Air Canada suddenly cancelled their tickets home. The couple from Conception Bay South say they were forced to book new one-way flights to St. John’s at nearly three times the cost of their entire round-trip fare to Lisbon. Randell Earle says he arrived at the Lisbon airport with his wife for their return flight but was told their tickets were suspended and they could not board the Air Canada Star Alliance flight, operated by Portuguese airline TAP Portugal. The 67-year-old Earle says he called Air Canada from a local pay phone in the airport but was left on hold and then redirected to the airport ticketing counter, where agents told him they could not assist him. The retired lawyer says he was forced to stay overnight in a hotel and spend more than $6,000 on two tickets home, and although he tried to call Air Canada several times and launched a lawsuit in small claims court, he was only reimbursed his out-of-pocket costs after the CBC called the airline for a story.———SNOWBIRDS CANCEL SHOWS OVER TRAINING CONCERNS: Canada’s famed Snowbirds acrobatic flying team is cancelling appearances at a number of airshows in Ontario and the United States so some of its pilots can get more practice. Officials are blaming bad weather earlier in the year for having shortened the team’s training time. The nine-plane team has flown a number of shows this year, including a joint flight with a French team over Parliament Hill at the beginning of May. But Maj. Patrick Gobeil says it was determined that more practice was necessary after some of the planes were seen deviating from their positions mid-flight. As a result, the Snowbirds are pulling out from two airshows later this month in Ontario, and four other airshows in the U.S. The Snowbirds, in their iconic white, red and blue Tutor jets, have been entertaining airshow visitors in Canada and across the U.S. since 1971.last_img read more

NDPs Quebec membership numbers no handicap says candidate Saganash

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Former Cree leader turned NDP leadership candidate Romeo Saganash says he doesn’t believe the absence of an NDP provincial wing in Quebec is a “handicap” in the race to replace party leader Jack Layton who died from cancer in late August.Saganash, a Quebec MP for the riding of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik, announced he was gunning for the NDP leadership Friday.Saganash and Brian Topp, the NDP party president and immediate frontrunner, are so far the only two declared leadership candidates in the race, though several other MPs are expected to join in.In an interview with APTN National News Monday, Saganash dismissed concerns raised by high-profile Quebec MP Thomas Mulcair who said candidates from Quebec were at a disadvantage in the leadership race because the NDP lacked a provincial wing there.Mulcair, seen by many as a top NDP candidate, told reporters Monday that he was holding off declaring his intentions to run because he believed the numbers were against him.Saganash admitted that the newness of the NDP in Quebec and its lack of a provincial base was a “challenge,” but it wasn’t enough to make him back off his leadership bid.“It is definitely a challenge and every challenge brings an opportunity,” said Saganash. “We have our work cut out for us. Definitely it is not a handicap in my view, rather an opportunity.”While the NDP has about 90,000 members, only about 1,600 are from Quebec.Saganash also disagreed with Mulcair’s call for the NDP to launch a membership drive targeting the province. He said the NDP should launch a national membership drive, instead of focusing just on Quebec.Mulcair said thousands of membership cards have been sold in British Columbia, where the party recently went through a leadership race, and in Manitoba and Ontario as a result of provincial elections, giving candidates from there an advantage.Most of the NDP’s membership is based outside Quebec despite the majority of elected NDP MPs coming from the province.Saganash said he plans to raise his profile among party members in the rest of Canada the old-fashioned way.“I’ve learned in the past 30 years that it is a matter of going up to them, visiting them and talking to them,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know who Romeo Saganash is. I think this is a huge challenge that I am willing to take up. It is an important hill to climb.”Saganash resigned as director of government relations and international affairs of the Grand Council of Crees to run in the last election against Bloc Quebecois incumbent Yvon Levesque.During the election, Levesque was forced by his party to apologize after he said that Saganash’s Cree ancestry was a liability with voters in their constituency.Saganash, who is making history as the first First Nations leader to vie for the leadership of a major federal political party, said he was focusing on convincing NDP members to back him because of his ideas.“During the campaign I told the Cree…I am not asking the Cree to vote for me because I am Cree, but for the values I stand for,” said Saganash. “It is a very diversified riding. We have Inuit, Cree and Algonquin, we have Abitibi and James Bay non-Natives. When I said yes to Jack Layton I said yes to everybody, not just the Cree.”Layton died from cancer on Aug. 22.last_img read more

Arcelor paying Rs 39500 cr for Essar Steel not Rs 42000 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: The world’s largest steel maker ArcelorMittal is in effect paying Rs 39,500 crore and not Rs 42,000 crore for buying Essar Steel as the remaining sum is being adjusted towards outstanding of an associate business, senior counsel Kapil Sibal Monday alleged in the NCLAT. Appearing on behalf of Standard Chartered, which is seeking to be treated at par with the secured financial creditor for its claim of Rs 3,500 crore, Sibal said bankers have clubbed Orissa Slurry Pipeline Ltd with Essar Steel in the auction to recover unpaid loans. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraOrissa Slurry Pipeline Ltd, he said, is a separate entity owned by SREI Infrastructure and Essar Steel, and was not part of the original offer to sell Essar Steel. Clubbing it with Essar Steel in the sale would benefit Lakshmi Mittal-run firm. Sibal argued that acceptance of Rs 39,500 crore as the bid amount by the Committee of Creditors (CoC) of Essar Steel, to which Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) was not part, is contrary to the undertaking given by ArcelorMittal to the Supreme Court. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysHe alleged that the truncated CoC of four members privately negotiated with ArcelorMittal to get a Slurry Pipeline, which is not even an asset of Essar Steel. An amount of Rs 2,500 crore, which should have been paid to Standard Chartered, has been diverted to lenders of Odisha Slurry Pipeline India Ltd, which owns the slurry pipeline. Such private negotiations should not have been undertaken by the four members of the CoC, which are to the detriment of the stakeholders of Essar Steel and concern assets of a different company altogether, he said. Standard Chartered had filed a plea in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) opposing a decision by a lower court to sell Essar Steel to ArcelorMittal as it stands to lose a substantial part of loans it had extended to Essar. Standard Chartered is to get just 1.7 per cent of its outstanding claims while the financial creditors were recovering close to 92 per cent of their claims from the sale proceeds. Sibal also questioned the authority of the CoC to distribute money received from the auction of Essar Steel saying it was only empowered to approve or reject a resolution plan. He protested that Standard Chartered was not allowed to be present and become part of voting at the CoC, which comprised lenders for slurry pipeline project also. SCB also argued that profits made by Essar Steel during the insolvency period were being misappropriated by ArcelorMittal. Such funds are otherwise required to be distributed amongst creditors. The NCLAT directed a day-to-day hearing of the case and posted the matter for hearing on Tuesday when Sibal will continue his arguments. ArcelorMittal sought time for its senior counsel Harish Salve to appear on its behalf on May 20 or May 24. The NCLAT had last week sought a response from ArcelorMittal on a petition filed by a majority shareholder of Essar Steel seeking rejection of the Rs 42,000 crore bid alleging that its promoter Lakshmi Mittal hid his association with loan defaulting firms run by his brothers.last_img read more

Football Billy Prices similar decision approaching could turn OSU Oline into nations

OSU redshirt junior offensive linemen Billy Price (54) and redshirt senior Pat Elflein (65) celebrate OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber’s (25) second half touchdown against MSU on Nov. 19. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorBeing a top-tier program in college football, Ohio State under coach Urban Meyer has championed the recruiting trail, making it easier to reload rather than rebuild. The Buckeyes’ offensive line returned just two starters this season, yet has been the force in front of the nation’s ninth-best rushing attack.At this time last year, it was clear to many that Meyer would lose a few of the would-be NFL talents on his roster. However, Meyer received a somewhat surprising pledge from then-redshirt junior offensive lineman Pat Elflein to return to the program for his final season.Elflein has been the soulful, experienced voice of OSU this season that has led the Buckeyes (11-1) to their second playoff appearance in three seasons. On his right shoulder on every snap of the ball is redshirt junior guard Billy Price, who has a similar decision at season’s end.But Price’s return to the program wouldn’t symbolize stability on an inexperienced group, rather it could continue OSU’s mark a dominant force up front in 2017.Price was named a second-team All-American by five different organizations and a first-team All American by the American Football Coaches’ Association. He joined Elflein as the second Buckeye offensive lineman this season to receive first-team honors. Price said if he had it his way, his place in Buckeye Grove, which sits south of Ohio Stadium, would be right next to Elflein.“Buckeye Grove will be blessed to have those two names on it,” Meyer said. “When I’m an old guy, I’ll come back and see my two guys because I love them, and they are great. They are the backbone of who we are and what we do. Zero probability that Ohio State’s where we are without them. On top of that, they’re as good of people as you’ll ever find. Great students, great people, and exceptional leaders.”Elflein’s presence on a young offensive line has undisputedly been the most impactful, but has certainly overshadowed what Price means to the unit. After all, Price was there in 2014, like Elflein, as a first-year starter playing in the national championship game. He was there in 2015 suffering a crippling defeat against Michigan State.Price said Elflein is a gifted athlete and deserves every accolade he receives, including the possibility of another national championship to his record. The same argument could be made for Price.“I was here when we won the national championship a couple years ago and (Price and Elflein) have the experience of actually playing in that game, what it’s like and what it takes to get there,” said junior left tackle Jamarco Jones. “I was a freshman. I was still getting my feet wet and didn’t know what was going on as much. Those guys actually did it so having them on the line is just a tremendous help.”For now, Price isn’t answering questions about whether he will forgo his final season of eligibility. Elflein said he has had talks with Price about his situation and its similarity to his predicament following the 2015-16 season, including the possibility of switching to center.If Price comes back and switches positions, he would be one of four returning starters on the offensive line, including Jones, who has steadily become one of the best left tackles in the country. Redshirt freshman Branden Bowen, redshirt sophomore Brady Taylor and freshman Tyler Gerald have been talked about highly as replacements waiting in the wings. Redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon, who redshirted this season due to a knee injury, will also return vying for a starting position.Oh, and that’s not to mention five-star incoming-freshman offensive linemen Josh Myers and Wyatt Davis joining the Scarlet and Gray in 2017.Price is already comfortable with the leadership role. He said he deleted Twitter off redshirt freshman tackle Isaiah Prince’s phone following the loss to Penn State where Prince was at fault for a large part of OSU’s 11 tackles for loss and six sacks allowed.Price said he still carries lessons from his redshirt freshman year when he struggled his redshirt and the offensive line leaders, Taylor Decker and Jacoby Boren, taught him how to go about business and ignore distractions. If Price returns for his last season in Columbus and mirrors Elflein’s consistently dominant production, the Buckeye offensive line has all-star potential, which starts with Price’s leadership.“You’ve never been told you suck because you’re in high school and you’re around your hometown and people love you,” he said. “But once you come here, the truth comes out. You got beat, you lost. Just get better. That’s what it comes down to.” read more

Bucks sprint past Sparty inch closer to top of Big Ten race

In Ohio State’s loss to Purdue last Wednesday, junior Jon Diebler missed what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer as time expired. Sunday, with just a three-point lead at Michigan State and less than two minutes remaining, the Buckeyes again called on Diebler.This time, he didn’t disappoint. Diebler hit what proved to be a game-clinching 3-point shot in the Buckeyes 74-67 win over the Spartans on Sunday.“I think when you get to this stage and you got two great basketball teams playing, a lot of it comes down to someone making a big play,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “Jon did a great job of spotting up and that was a big shot for us.”Unlike Wednesday night, it was OSU that came out of the gates fast. A 15-0 first-half run gave the Buckeyes an early 23-12 lead, but even with a 13-point lead at halftime, the second half brought exactly what Matta expected. “As I told our guys at halftime, you’re playing one of the best teams in the country, and they are going to make a run at you,” Matta said. “Sure enough they did.”Michigan State came roaring back and took the lead with four minutes to go — the Spartans’ first lead since 12-10 early in the first half. It was short-lived, however, as sophomore William Buford made both ends of a one-and-one with 3:45 remaining, and with the help of Diebler’s 3-pointer, the Buckeyes took back the lead for good. Buford finished the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but it was junior Evan Turner that again led the way for the Buckeyes. Turner, who came into the game battling flu-like symptoms, shook off any sickness and scored a game-high 20 points to go with his 10 rebounds and six assists. His performance Sunday was yet another example of why he is considered a serious contender for National Player of the Year. Though Matta said he doesn’t spend much time worrying about his potential award-winner, he knows how much Turner means to his basketball team.  “I know this: Evan Turner is a great basketball player, he’s a great kid, he’s a great competitor and he’s a great ambassador for the Ohio State University,” Matta said. “Where he stacks up against everyone else I don’t know, but he’s really damn important to me.”The Buckeyes and Spartans, both 21-7 overall, now sit in a tie for second place in the BigTen standings with an 11-4 conference record, one half-game behind Purdue (23-3, 11-3).OSU travels to State College, Pa., to face Penn State Wednesday. read more

Wrestling Bo Jordan defeated in 174 NCAA championship by Penn States Mark

Ohio State redshirt junior wrestler Bo Jordan moved on in the championships bracket at the NCAA championships. Credit: OSU AthleticsST. LOUIS – In a Big Ten finals rematch, Ohio State’s No. 3 174-pounder Bo Jordan lost in the NCAA finals to Penn State’s No. 5 Mark Hall, 5-2.Jordan fought from behind for most of the match, and fans called relentlessly for a stalling call on Hall that would’ve drawn the score even late in the match, but only a warning was given.Ultimately, it wouldn’t matter as Hall got a takedown at the buzzer to widen the gap with Jordan.Jordan, a redshirt junior, was making his first appearance in the NCAA Championship match only weeks after beating Hall 6-4 in overtime for his first Big Ten championship March 5.The loss marks the second for Jordan all season, with the other coming to Cornell’s Brian Realbuto. Jordan avenged that loss by defeating Realbuto in the NCAA semifinals.Hall, a true freshman, upset top-seeded Zahid Valencia from Arizona State – also a freshman – on his way to the finals, and upset Jordan to secure his NCAA title in his first year of competition. read more

Sevilla boss I want Messi

first_imgSevilla manager Pablo Machin is disappointed to have lost out on Mariano Diaz to Real Madrid, but would be happy to have Lionel Messi insteadDiaz returned to Real on Wednesday after an impressive year at Lyon, which saw him score 21 goals.Los Blancos exercised a clause that enabled them to bring back Diaz on a five-year contract for a reported €30m transfer fee.But the Dominican Republic international seemed destined to join Sevilla at one point this summer before Real poached him.Speaking ahead to Sevilla’s Europa League qualifier against Sigma Olomouc, Machin was asked which striker he would like to have in his team now.“Messi! Is it impossible?” said Machin, according to Sport.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Yes. It’s important to retain our sanity about those who could join.“We’re happy with those who might arrive because they’ll make Sevilla greater.”As for their failed attempt to sign another striker in Diaz, Machin said: “I was so excited for him to come here. I don’t usually speak with footballers as others are in charge of that.“The player who does arrive will be a very good player.”Sevilla head into tonight’s return leg at their Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium with a 1-0 aggregate led over Sigma Olomouc.last_img read more

Marcelino Confidence growing at Valencia

first_imgValencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral believes that his side are beginning to show flashes of their form of last season after defeating Manchester UnitedLos Che claimed a memorable 2-1 win over United at the Mestalla on Wednesday night in their final game of Group H in the Champions League.The victory may not have been enough for Valencia to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition, but Marcelino reckons the result has given his players a timely boost.“Whenever you win the mood is different, when players have the perception that they have had a good individual and collective performance you can see that in their looks,” said Marcelino on the club website.“The other day I saw details that remind me of Valencia CF from last season, scoring at the start of the first half or the second.“Undoubtedly, victories produce joy and increase confidence, they show that this team has not forgotten to do things well, it has always been competitive, and with a favourable result we dare to do more things.”Now Valencia’s focus will turn to this evening’s showdown at SD Eibar, where they hope to kick-start their La Liga campaign.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).After finishing fourth last season, Valencia find themselves down in 15th-place with just three wins from 15 games.Although Marcelino knows all to well not to underestimate Eibar, who defeated Real Madrid 3-0 at their home ground last month.“It is clear that it is a very intense team, based its game on playing forward with precision, speed and decision,” said Marcelino.“it is the team that finishes the most in the area, generates many chances of goal and they play in a tough stadium.“We know what the idea and style of the opponent is, and this year we will try to counteract them and win, we have the illusion and the ambition to win.“They scored three goals against Real Madrid and four against Levante UD in their last two home games.”last_img read more

World Wetlands Day Celebrated in TCI

first_img PNP supporter ‘no-show’ at Wheeland Claims & Objections Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Feb 2015 – The Wheeland Pond was cleaned up in celebration of World Wetlands Day; the initiative was led by the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs or DEMA. Outreach Coordinator, Amy Avenant explained in a media release that on World Wetlands Day, which was Monday February 2nd, DEMA was able to visit schools to promote the importance of wetlands and an appreciation of the Wheeland Pond. Working with the Turks and Caicos National Trust, the pond was cleaned up this past Saturday with the help of teachers, students and family members from Oseta Jolly Primary School, Clement Howell High School, TCI Middle School and the FilCom Inc. Individual volunteers from all over Provo also got up early, Amy said, to be there! DEMA also shared some advice on the importance of Wetlands including: they ensure fresh water and replenish ground water, they are a breeding ground for commercially important fish species, they provide vital habitats for migratory birds, wetlands ease flooding and safeguard against drought and they reduce the impact of erosion. Hot PNP race pegged for Wheeland District Related Items:amy avenant, clement howell high school, dema, filcom, Oseta Jolly Primary School, TCI Middle School, wetland, wheeland Recommended for youlast_img read more

Pound hits 6month high as Bremain hopes get last minute boost

first_imgThe pound rose to a six-month high against the dollar early on Thursday after the latest polls supported those in favor of Britain remaining in the European Union, hours before a crucial referendum to decide the country’s place in Europe.Polls by ComRes, conducted for the Daily Mail newspaper and ITV television, and YouGov for The Times newspaper in London showed a last-minute rise in those supporting Britain to remain in the EU.although several poll results have been too close to call a definitive outcome.The pound was up 0.6 percent at $1.4802 after touching $1.4847, its highest since the beginning of the year.A wait-and-see mood was expected to prevail through the rest of the day, dotted by possible bouts of volatility, as the market nervously awaited the British poll results.The polling will take place between 0600-2100 GMT on Thursday, with the results expected early on Friday.”It will be hard for the market move until the poll results are released. The pound obviously will take center stage. But other European currencies and particularly dollar/yen also bear watching as the pair will reflect swings in risk sentiment,” said Shin Kadota, chief Japan FX strategist at Barclays in Tokyo.The dollar was up 0.1 percent at 104.595 yen after moving the previous day in a narrow 104.855-104.310 range.The greenback has sagged against the yen after Tuesday’s testimony by Federal Reserve Janet Yellen was seen to have played down the chances of a U.S. interest rate increase in July.The euro gained 0.2 percent to $1.1324, adding to an overnight gain of 0.5 percent. A slight ebb in prospects of Britain leaving the EU has helped the common currency.The Australian dollar, seen as a rough proxy of risk sentiment, was up 0.2 percent at $0.7514, not far from a seven-week high of $0.7527 scaled overnight.last_img read more

Keep watch on pollstime govt Oikya Front tells editors

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front leaders while exchanging views with the editors of print media in a city hotel on Friday. Photo: UNBMain opposition, Jatiya Oikya Front, has urged the media to keep an eye on the polls-time government for holding a free and fair election. The leaders of Oikya Front made the call while exchanging views with the editors of print media in a city hotel on Friday.“The Front will keep trying so that the election truly becomes free and fair. We’ve identified many steps of the government (over holding the election). The Front expects the newspapers will keep a close watch on them,” said Front leader Kamal Hossain told newsmen after the meeting.“The editors think that we all have to work together to ensure that the people would be able to cast their votes without any fear,” he added.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that they sought cooperation from the editors of national newspapers in ensuring a free and fair election. Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, News Today editor Moslemuddin Ahmed, bdnews24 editor-in-chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi, Dhaka Tribune editor Zafar Sobhan, Holiday editor Kamaluddin Ahmed, weekly Saptahik editor Golam Mortaza, among others, were also present.Apart from Kamal and Fakhrul, BNP senior leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, JSD president Abdur Rab, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, among others, attended the programme.last_img read more

Theatre bonanza

first_imgTheatre lovers, enthusiasts and experts experienced and witnessed a series of plays by well known playwrights, which surely enthralled them and touched their hearts to the very core. A series of plays, namely Rajrakto, Chitrapata, Dopehri and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari was staged as a part of the18th Bharat Rang Mahostsav on Friday in the national Capital.“The first play Rajrakto is based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Bisarjan, Sacrifice and Rajarshi. The play, which was performed by IFTA (Institute of Factual Theatre Arts) Kolkata, has been directed by Debasish Dutta. The background of this play gave an opportunity to the director to explore the nature of terrorist activities in the modern world.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Clinging to the folk vein, Kannada’s famous poet and playwright H S Venkatesha Murthy, had put on stage an imaginary episode that is different from the original Ramayana. The play, titled Chitrapata, has been directed by Manjunath L. Badiger and the performers were a part of a group named Samashti from Bengaluru.When asked about the play, director H S Venkatesha Murthy said: “This play has been inspired by one of the folk poems of Helavanakatte Giriyamma. Our folk artists have analysed The Ramayana and given it their own unique perspective in this play. The play takes a pro-women stance and tries to search for answers to the atrocities being inflicted on womankind through Seetha’s character”, said H S Venkatesha Murthy.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDirected by Pankaj Kapur and performed by Theatron, Mumbai, Dopehri is set in the streets of Lucknow where the haveli of an old lonely woman, Amma Bi, is situated. Pankaj Kapur brings to us her story, reading and bringing alive the characters, stringing us through the emotions and nuances of these characters and the milieu of an old Lucknow. Dopheri is a novella written by Pankaj Kapur and now has been rendered by him on stage as well.The Cabinet of Dr Caligari has been written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayeris and directed by Deepan Sivaraman. The play, which has been performed by Performance Studies Collective group from Delhi, is a contemporary take on the 1920 film by the same name, emerging out of spatial experimentation with a focus on objects, some found and others made.  It is a multimedia performance in which the scenography and dramaturgy emerge together in an attempt to navigate through the run-down warehouse space where the production has been staged. The story of Holstenwall unfolds through multiple layers of visual narratives, slowly peeling off, to keep the audiences at the edges of their seats. “The Cabinet of Dr Caligari offers the possibility of looking into the layers of human mind, always floating rather than certain, and complex in nature. In this performance I attempted to explore the possibility of total theatre in which all the aspects of theatre such as scenography, dramaturgy, actor’s performance come together to make it a ‘total’ experience”, said Deepan Sivaraman, director of the play.last_img read more

Qantas releases more reward seats to Hawaii

first_imgQantas releases more reward seats to Hawaii Qantas Frequent Flyers now have more opportunities to use their Qantas Points on redemption seats for flights between Sydney and Hawaii (Honolulu). From August, Qantas has put the larger Boeing 747 aircraft on the route, replacing the Airbus A330 aircraft which currently flies between the two cities. This means there are additional redemption seats available for booking. Between Sydney and Honolulu there are currently 1,900 Economy, 370 Premium Economy and 200 Business redemption seats available to book as Classic Flight Rewards in each direction between 20 August 2018 and 15 April 2019: that’s an average of 55 redemption seats per week in each direction for Economy, 11 for Premium Economy and six per week in the Business cabin.AVAILABILITY ON OTHER ROUTES There is also good availability of Economy redemption seats on flights to the United States and London between September and November 2018.o Los Angeles has over 10,500 Economy redemption seats available, or 800 per week o San Francisco and Dallas both have close to 5,000 Economy redemption seats available, or 350 per weeko Sydney/Perth to London has over 3,000 Economy redemption seats available, or 250 per weeko London to Sydney/Perth has over 1,500 Economy redemption seats available, or 120per week Availability is current as at 8 August 2018 and only available on selected flights.Comments – to be attributed to Qantas spokesperson“We know our customers love using their Qantas Points to book flights or upgrade to Business.“Hawaii is one of our Frequent Flyers’ favourite holiday destinations so we expect these seats to be snapped up quickly.“Flight redemptions are the most popular way for people to use their Qantas Points, with members using their points to purchase a staggering 4.6 million seats each year for the past five years.”Source = Qantaslast_img read more

OTT technology provider PeerTV has integrated DVB

first_imgOTT technology provider PeerTV has integrated DVB-T2 connectivity to its standard set-top box, following its recent addition of voice control to its HEVC-compatible boxes.PeerTV said its DVB-T2 products are currently being tested by a number of potential customers interested in enabling their users to enjoy both OTT and terrestrial services from the same device.In addition to the DVB-T2 functionality, the PeerTV set-top box can stream video and audio content from IPTV channels, OTT video distribution, VoD stores, external USB hard drives and content stored on a home network.Israel-based PeerTV’s Android-based boxes provide a range of apps. The company has deployed devices to telcos looking to provide Pay TV services as well as operators providing ethnic content in a global, cross-border deployment.last_img read more

Mediaset has claimed that a letter received from V

first_imgMediaset has claimed that a letter received from Vivendi formally calling time on the interim management agreement between the pair implicitly recognises the validity of the April 8 contract struck by the French and Italian companies whereby Vivendi would have taken control of Mediaset Premium.The Italian broadcaster said that the October 18 letter officially notifying it of the end of the management deal was a belated attempt to prevent further damage to the pay TV business, which it said had been paralysed as a result of the uncertainty hanging over its fate.Mediaset has already filed a law-suit claiming damages of €50 million for every month starting from July 25, the date that Vivendi said publicly it did not intend to honour the contract on the grounds that an analysis of Mediaset Premium’s accounts carried out after the deal had uncovered new information about the company’s prospects.Mediaset’s owner Fininvest also sued Vivendi in a separate action for €570 million, which it said represented the decline in the value of Mediaset’s shares since the deal fell apart amid bitter public acrimony between the two former partners.According to Mediaset, Vivendi’s latest letter represents an admission of the validity of the April contract as it only communicated the termination of one of its component parts – article 5.1 – covering the interim management of the company.The latest twist in the saga follows a statement by Vivendi that it was abandoning any attempt to find an amicable solution to the conflict.Vivendi’s decision followed a legal move by Mediaset last week calling for the seizure of 3.5% of Vivendi’s stock. This is the stake in Vivendi that Mediaset says it was promised in exchange for an equal stake in Mediaset allocated to Vivendi as part of the same agreement that would have seen the French media giant take over Premium.last_img read more

Cardinals claim waived Browns OT Desmond Harrison

first_img The Arizona Cardinals successfully put in a claim on offensive tackle Desmond Harrison a day after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns.Because Arizona is first in the waiver claim order, that means the team was able to add the second-year offensive lineman.Arizona released offensive lineman Andrew Lauderdale from the roster in order to make way for Harrison.Harrison was let go after he missed a flight and the first day of Cleveland’s mandatory mini-camp Tuesday, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters. A source told Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot it was “one too many missteps” for Harrison, an undrafted player who started eight games as a rookie left tackle last season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Harrison won the starting left tackle job and started in every game before head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired by the Browns in 2018. He was replaced at tackle by Greg Robinson and never won back the starting role.Related LinksCardinals CB Robert Alford: ‘Time for me to step up’ with loss of PetersonCardinals hope to help Larry Fitzgerald as much as he helps themCardinals’ David Johnson ‘honors’ Carson Palmer with self-made hatVance Joseph: Cardinals defense ‘compliant’; Murphy coming alongThe 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle entered the NFL Draft Combine two summers ago after he put up the second-fastest 40-yard dash time for a lineman at 4.90 seconds.Harrison went undrafted out of West Georgia in 2017 and began his career at Contra Costa Community College. He earned First Team All-American honors there before he joined Texas for his junior season. Harrison was ruled academically ineligible initially but was eventually cleared.He was suspended multiple times at Texas before leaving the program and spent two years away from football prior to joining West Georgia.The Cardinals can at least get a strong look at Harrison as mandatory mini-camp begins on Tuesday.Three of Arizona’s tackles in D.J. Humphries, Marcus Gilbert and Korey Cunningham are all coming off season-ending injuries. Bud Dupree #48 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is held in the end zone by Desmond Harrison #69 of the Cleveland Browns resulting in a safety during the third quarter in the game at Heinz Field on October 28, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The Next Crisis Even with the largest bidder in

first_img The Next Crisis Even with the largest bidder in the world on their side, investors can still panic. That would mean a big drop in asset prices, high-profile bankruptcies, and a new crisis. Things move fast. The feds may step in with more QE buying, but they may be a dollar short and a day late. A 20% drop in stock prices is equal to a loss of about $5 trillion in the U.S. alone. The bond market is roughly twice the size of the stock market, so add a 20% drop there and you’re talking real money – a total loss of $15 trillion… which could easily happen in a few days. Now, imagine a drop similar to the 2008-09 plunge… In round numbers, equities lost 50%. Today, there’s about $60 trillion worth of stocks worldwide, so that would be a $30 trillion loss. If the bond market fell in sync, you’d be looking at another $60 trillion or so… or a total loss of market capital of $90 trillion. What would the feds do? Yes, they would buy stocks and bonds. But they would buy at market prices. Owners would still take big losses. And the feds wouldn’t stop there. We are now almost eight years into the central bank’s various “stimulus” programs; they have coincided with the weakest recovery on record. After taking account of inflation, incomes for most Americans are lower today than they were in 2007. Clearly, reducing the cost of credit doesn’t work – even with yields on roughly $13 trillion worth of bonds in negative territory. Fire Up the Whirlybirds So what’s next? When the next crisis hits, central bankers will rush back into their tool rooms and bring out something new. It will no doubt include “helicopter money.” This is the term economist Milton Friedman used to describe direct giveaways of newly minted money without any corresponding increase in the government’s budget deficit. Huge new infrastructure projects will be announced. Tax credits, tax cuts, minimum guarantee incomes – we don’t know what the feds will come up with. But watch out… With the carrot will come the sticks. The feds will impose measures to crack down on tax cheats, tighten the noose on black-market operators, and shut off funds to causes they don’t like. They’ll use their money helicopters to “drone” you. That is, they’ll make sure you do with your money as they please. Mr. Rogoff’s nutty suggestion to restrict cash could become law. Regards, – BREAKING: Steve Sjuggerud launches new product We just discovered a “backdoor” into the world’s most profitable technology stocks. Most people think you need to get in early to make huge gains in Silicon Valley… but there’s actually a much easier and much more predictable way. Learn more. — Recommended Linkscenter_img Don’t touch Gold until you see this A radical new method for gold investing could make you 5 TIMES more money than bullion… beginning with just 60 cents. Details here. Bill Editor’s note: The “War on Cash” is already in full swing… Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Russia have all banned large cash transactions. The European Central Bank just killed the €500 bill. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers wants the U.S. government to end the $100 bill. Eventually, governments want to eliminate all paper cash. In other words, they want to trap your money in the digital banking system. This will allow the government to track, control, and “tax” your money at will. Now, the average person won’t surrender their financial privacy without a fight. We expect millions of people to pull cash out of their bank account and put it into gold, the ultimate “underground currency.” This could send gold prices through the roof. If you don’t own gold already, we recommend you get started immediately. But first, we urge you to watch this presentation. It explains how to take advantage of a little-known “loophole” in the gold market. In short, we may have found the cheapest way to buy gold coins in America today. Click here to learn more. Editor’s note: Governments have tried anything and everything to stimulate the economy since 2008. They’ve cut interest rates hundreds of times. They’ve printed trillions of dollars. Some governments have even adopted “negative interest rates.” Dispatch readers know these radical measures have failed miserably. But that won’t stop the government from continuing to experiment during the next financial crisis. Today, Agora founder Bill Bonner reveals what the government could do when the next crisis hits. Unlike previous measures, this new policy could directly target the money in your wallet. [This essay was originally published on September 12, 2016, in Bill Bonner’s Diary.] OUZILLY, France – We came back from South America poorer but wiser. For the first time ever, we have had to face the reality of politics; up until now, it was never more than an abstract, theoretical matter. We read about the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the passage of Obamacare. We knew politics was corrupt and repulsive. But except for a brief stint on the board of governors of our local church, we had nothing to do with it. Now the wolf is in our own backyard… so close that we can smell its hot breath and hear the clicking of its pearly teeth as it snaps at our heels. More as it develops… Criminalizing Cash But wait… money sometimes goes “full politics,” too. Take poor Kenneth Rogoff at Harvard. He wants a dollar with a voter registration card, a U.S. flag on its windshield, and a handgun in its belt – the kind of money that supports the Establishment and votes for Hillary. Writing last month in the Wall Street Journal under the headline, “The Sinister Side of Cash,” he noted that “paper currency, especially large notes such as the U.S. $100 bill, facilitates crime: racketeering, extortion, money laundering, drug and human trafficking, the corruption of public officials, not to mention terrorism.” Of course, large notes do make it easier for criminals to operate. Like cellphones. And sunglasses. And automobiles with air-conditioning. But that’s what money is supposed to do: make it easier for an economy to function. You use it as you please. Yes, dear reader, we are back to our regular beat. Money. But what’s this? Finally, we’re beginning to see some action. You’ll recall that the markets have been eerily quiet… with less movement in stocks than we’ve seen in the last 100 years. What gives? Perhaps it was the calm before the storm. The Dow fell nearly 400 points on Friday. We don’t know. It could be the calm before the storm. Or it could be the calm before more calm. How It All Ends There’s something fundamentally tranquilizing about having a central bank that gives out the word that it’s got your back. The Bank of Japan is buying bonds AND stocks (by way of exchange-traded funds)… pushing up prices for both. Under its €1.7 trillion ($1.9 trillion) QE program, the European Central Bank bought so many government bonds, it ran out of new bonds to buy. So, this summer, it added corporate bonds to its shopping list. According to Reuters, it will soon run out of corporate bonds, too. Then it will have to follow the Bank of Japan’s lead… and wade into the stock market… if it wants to keep its QE program going. And in the U.S., the Yellen Fed continues to jive and diddle… teasing investors with the threat of “normalizing” interest rates, but having neither the desire nor the fortitude to act. We’ve been wondering how it ends. Bear markets are facts of life. But if the central bank has set its face to stopping them, then what? Central banks – in the current system – can create unlimited amounts of fake money. They can use this money to buy real financial assets. Theoretically, they could buy all the world’s stocks and bonds. And theoretically, they can leave the feds with almost complete ownership of the planet’s capital. The rich get richer (selling their assets to the feds at inflated prices). The poor get poorer (as the misallocation of capital increases… price signals are distorted… and real wealth is wasted). What goes wrong? Everything. As in politics, the gap between theory and practice is as wide as the Sargasso Sea.last_img read more

How to Solve Twitters Biggest Problems

first_img Add to Queue Twitter January 18, 2017 Columnist at PCMag.com Twitter’s problems stem from being a modern tech company that isn’t growing fast enough. I have two solutions. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Shutterstock Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img 3 min read Enroll Now for $5 –shares There has been a lot of discussion about Twitter lately, most of it negative — it can’t make money on advertising, growth is down and online bullies remain a problem.Meanwhile, Donald Trump tweets daily; more every day since the election. This alone, you’d think, would draw more attention to Twitter and make it more popular. Twitter actually does over $2.5 billion in revenue, but tech companies are supposed to grow like crazy, not freeze up at a mere $2.5 billion dollars, which is ludicrous.   With that revenue, all Twitter needs to do is have a bunch of sales folks sell the ads and a slew of IT guys keep the thing running. That should not cost billions, although it looks like it does.So what’s the solution to this “problem”?When I listen to all the pundits, I see two solutions. The first is never brought up for any other billion-dollar company: stabilization. In other words, do nothing.In tech, there is a never-ending mad dash for growth. It stems from the late 1990s, when one company would replace another after the simplest of stumbles. The financiers, mostly venture capitalists, demanded high performance growth so they could dump the company and do it all over again with some other crazy idea. This is an unnatural way to do business. Most businesses stabilize and become fixtures. Not so with tech, where everything seems like a fad.Online customers can easily drop one thing and flock to another. Thus, Twitter’s $2.5 billion in revenue could drop to a billion — or nothing — almost overnight. It cannot just stabilize and coast for as long as possible, or die a natural death, or morph the way AOL morphed. It is a spawn of the go-go tech grow-like-crazy-or-die syndrome.The irony is that such companies often get acquired by other growth-oriented places like Google or Facebook. What happens then? They slowly die a natural death … usually quicker.Twitter, unlike many of these operations, has a different dimension, though. It’s a kind of public service. It breaks news and can trigger revolutions or protests. It’s casual, too. Twitter is an enjoyable product if you are not attacked by its mad dogs.That’s not to say there aren’t problems with Twitter. There is some sort of corruption with the “Who to follow” recommendations; it seldom makes sense especially for those signing up for a new account. Maybe that’s part of its advertising, although I do not think so. There is a lot of spam. I find fake accounts daily and do not see how they can possibly remain unless Twitter wants phony numbers. That said, its core users seem content.Which brings us to the second solution, which is simple. Do what LinkedIn did and add a premium tier. I’d pay $5 or $10 a year for an upper tier account. There are over 300 million active users. Sell them something! How hard can it be? John C. Dvorak How to Solve Twitter’s Biggest Problems Next Article last_img read more

Governors Veto Stalls Vermont Legislation to Legalize Marijuana

first_img Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Add to Queue –shares Free Green Entrepreneur App Next Article Governor’s Veto Stalls Vermont Legislation to Legalize Marijuana dispensaries.com Voters are far more willing to legalize cannabis than the representatives they elect. Vermont’s movement to become the first state to consider legalizing recreational marijuana without a vote of the people got derailed this week when Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the measure.Scott rejected a bill that allowed for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The measure also created a commission to study how to set up a regulated adult-use marijuana market in the state, with recommendations on how it might work delivered by November.It did not create a regulated adult-use marijuana market, such as voter-passed measures did in eight states, including Colorado, Washington and California (a distinction lost in many media reports). Scott, a Republican, rejected it, anyway. However, he also made it clear he’s not opposed to legalization and left the door open to compromise.The only roadblock to completing a deal will likely be members of his own party.Related: Congressional Cannabis Caucus Unites to Protect Marijuana IndustryNot philosophically opposed.The other eight states to legalize recreational marijuana all did so through a popular vote by the people. Vermont lawmakers wanted to make possession legal through legislation, and also set up a commission that could eventually recommend how the state could create, regulate and tax an adult-use marijuana market.Other states have watched closely how things turn out in Vermont. Some lawmakers in Illinois, for example, are considering introducing similar legislation. Their issue mirrors that in other states – they want the tax money marijuana brings in to help balance the state budget.For Scott, marijuana legalization presents a bit of a legal quagmire. A Republican serving his first year in office, Scott has politicians in his party vehemently opposed to legalized, adult-use marijuana.However, the bill, passed in the Legislature by a narrow margin, had approval of 57 percent of the state’s voters, according to this survey from March.Scott told reporters after his veto of the bill that he is “not philosophically opposed to eliminating the prohibition on marijuana,” he just wants some changes.Related: San Diego Company Bids to Become First Marijuana Business on NYSEFew changes needed.Actually, the changes Scott wants are relatively minor, leading Vermont newspaper the Burlington Free Press to report there might be a deal by summer.Most of Scott’s issues are about kids and time. He wants:Longer sentences for those who use marijuana in front of children or offer it to children, as well as more severe penalties for driving under the influence of marijuanaMore time for the state to study the regulatory structure needed to have a legal marijuana market, perhaps pushing it back to 2019 or beyondThe Vermont Legislature goes back into session in late June and there could be a compromise worked out there. State Sen. Dick Sears, a Democrat, told the Free-Press its “not a slam dunk but it’s possible.”But while Scott has proposed a compromise, his own party may keep it from happening. Rep. Don Turner, a Republican, said the majority of Republicans lawmakers remain opposed to legalization and will not likely change their minds.Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Image credit: Martin Bernetti | Getty Images May 30, 2017 Download Our Free Android App 3 min read Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Guest Writer Cannabis Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more