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first_imgNBC News 3 December 2018Family First Comment: In Colorado, the Drug Policy Alliance found, the number of black juveniles arrested on marijuana charges grew after legalization. In 2016, a Colorado Department of Public Safety analysis found that black people living in that state remained three times more likely than white people to be arrested for selling or possessing marijuana. In Washington state, an ACLU analysis found that in 2014, the first year in which marijuana became available in legal retail stores, a black adult remained three times more likely to face low-level marijuana charges than a white adult. In Colorado, the Drug Policy Alliance found, the number of black juveniles arrested on marijuana charges grew after legalization. In 2016, a Colorado Department of Public Safety analysis found that black people living in that state remained three times more likely than white people to be arrested for selling or possessing marijuana. In Washington state, an ACLU analysis found that in 2014, the first year in which marijuana became available in legal retail stores, a black adult remained three times more likely to face low-level marijuana charges than a white adult.The truth behind those figures is complex, as state legal systems have not fully caught up to the new reality of legalized recreational pot. “Law enforcement officials and prosecuting attorneys continue to struggle with enforcement of the complex and sometimes conflicting marijuana laws that remain,” according to the 2016 Colorado Department of Public safety report. Some of the arrests involve people buying or selling small quantities on the black market, often to avoid new taxes. Public consumption is illegal in many states where recreational, small-scale possession is not. And, many criminal justice reform advocates say that fundamental problems in policing and prosecuting — including arrest goals and individual and institutional bigotry — remain.States have also faced the question of what should happen to people who have criminal records for low-level marijuana offenses that are no longer crimes post-legalization. In Colorado, Washington and Nevada — a trio of early legalization adopters — state officials refused to take up bills or vetoed measures that would have sealed or expunged criminal records of people convicted of low-level marijuana crimes before legalization.In 2017, criminal justice and drug policy reform advocates convinced Colorado lawmakers to pass a bill allowing people convicted of misdemeanor possession or marijuana use to have those records sealed if the case would no longer constitute a crime. The records are not expunged. Oregon did something similar in 2015.In Missouri, which legalized medical marijuana, lawmakers have trimmed the waiting periods for those who want to have their misdemeanor criminal records erased from 10 to three years. In Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont, where minor marijuana convictions can be expunged, people still must initiate and then navigate the process and pay the costs. A drug conviction can make it difficult to impossible to obtain work, student loans and even government-subsidized housing.READ MORE: read more

Duterte lambasts medical workers

September 25, 2020 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_imgDuterte responded to the call of the medical group as he placed National Capital Region, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan under modified ECQ for 15 days starting today. In an address to the public late Sunday night, Duterte said that the healthcare workers could just have written a letter or asked for an audience to request Metro Manila’s enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)  shift instead of going public.“There is no need for you and for the guys, 1,000 of you, telling us what to do publicly. You could have just written us a letter. Lahat naman ng sinasabi ninyo sinusunod namin,” Duterte said. MANILA – While he has approved the grant of additional benefits to them, President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a rant against healthcare workers for trying “to demean the government efforts.” In a letter to Duterte over the weekend, medical groups had pleaded for a “timeout,” asking for a two-week return to ECQ in Metro Manila as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country continued to surge. “Pero huwag kayo magsigaw-sigaw rebolusyon. Sa totoo…Magsabi ka rebolusyon, go ahead, try it. Sirain natin, patayin natin lahat ng mga may COVID. Is that what you want? We can always end our existence in this manner,” he added.“I dare you, do it,” he further said. “I don’t give a fuck if you gather one thousand, two thousand, but bear in mind na kayo mismo ipa-take over ko…tingnan ko kung ano ang lagay ninyo. We are not incompetents here because we are not doctors.”Earlier in his speech, Duterte has approved healthcare workers’ additional benefits like risk allowance for private sector healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients; P10,000 to P15,000 for every healthcare worker that gets sick; life insurance; free accommodation; transportation; and testing./PNcenter_img “I am sure that is not in your heart, I am sure that in your despair, I would like to tell you na ang iyong gobyerno ay hindi nag-iiwan ng mga trabahante. We are doing everything possible to alleviate the situation, to assist our healthcare workers,” Duterte said. “Kung sabihin ninyo you raise the spectacle of agony ninyo, you treat it as if you are about ready to stop work, huwag naman ganon kasi kawawa ang mga kababayan. Sino ang aasahan namin?” he added. He said that while he understands that the health workers are “bone-weary” after several months of battling the infectious respiratory illness but he said that they should not demean the government efforts against COVID-19.last_img read more

Football Friday-Week #4 (9-13)

September 24, 2020 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_imgCountry 103.9 WRBI-The Batesville Bulldogs will be hosting The Rushville Lions in a battle of unbeatens.WRBIRADIO.COM-The East Central Trojans travel to Franklin County to battle The Wildcats.  It’s Homecoming in Brookville.WRBI’s Countdown To Kickoff will be at 6.Other area games.Greensburg hosts Lawrenceburg.South Dearborn hosts Connersville.Milan hosts Eastern Hancock.  Homecoming for The Indians.North Decatur at Knightstown.South Decatur hosts Edinburgh.We will keep you updated with the games tonight.Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell follows the games.last_img

Chelsea doctor did well – Courtois

September 20, 2020 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_img Headway, a prominent charity that supports those suffering from brain injuries, questioned Chelsea’s handling of the situation and whether the Premier League’s new regulations – which dictate players must be substituted if a concussion is suspected – were adhered to. But the 22-year-old, who played 90 minutes for Belgium in their 6-0 European qualifier win over Andorra on Friday, praised the work of his club’s medical staff. “The doctor of Chelsea did well, I think,” Courtois told Sky Sports. “She asked me the questions she needed to ask and I could repeat immediately so I was feeling well and didn’t have to come off. “I didn’t feel I was knocked out but I was hit. I didn’t have a headache or anything, but after a few minutes I felt worse and worse. “Then I started to feel a little dizzy and I couldn’t see the ball any more and there was a little blood coming from my ear. Because I saw trouble, I went off. “I know you have to be careful, but I was not really knocked out.” Courtois underwent a series of subsequent tests in hospital, which forced him to join up with Belgium a day later than the rest of the squad. “I had some neck pains, dizziness, and headaches for a few days afterwards, so that’s why I stayed in England,” he added. “I had neurological tests to see if my brain was responding correctly and, after it was okay, I travelled to Belgium.” Belgium face Bosnia-Herzegovina in their next Euro 2016 Group B qualifier on Monday, with Courtois set to start once more, and captain Vincent Kompany has also been given the all-clear after a knock. The Belgium international suffered the blow in a collision with Alexis Sanchez during the 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge last Sunday, which left him dizzy and bleeding from one ear. Courtois was initially cleared to continue by Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro, but was withdrawn and replaced by Petr Cech more than 13 minutes later after his symptoms worsened. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has defended Chelsea’s handling of his head injury during the Barclays Premier League game against Arsenal.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Reid targeting further improvement

September 20, 2020 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_img Press Association Reid will be the first athlete to represent Ireland in the inaugural event and is one of their best medal chances having climbed to sixth in the latest world rankings. With a place in Rio already almost secured, Reid plans to use the event to minimise the chances of a repeat of the bike fall which cost her any chance of a high-placed finish in London. Derry triathlete Aileen Reid is over her London Olympic agony and intent on building towards Rio next year as she prepares for her Saturday morning start at the European Games in Baku.center_img Reid told Press Association Sport: “London was unfortunate but it was one of those things you have to get over and use to try and turn yourself into a more consistent athlete. “I think the difference between me then and now is I have more experience. I know there will be crashes and sickness and tough times, but it is about how I deal with it and come back.” Reid has more than atoned for her Olympic heartache having rebounded to claim a career-best second place at the 2013 World Series final in the same city. She took fifth in last year’s equivalent event in Edmonton and built up to Baku in impressive fashion with fourth in the World Triathlon Series back in London late last month. Reid added: “My results have been improving all the time but there is no really specific factor – it is just about talking with my coach and learning where to improve. “I’ve always had that belief in myself and it’s all about focusing on the small things rather than the results. I can have my perfect race but I still can’t control what the others can do. “A medal in Baku would really mean a lot to me but it is really also about raising the level of awareness of triathlon in Ireland. I feel less pressure and in good shape to go to Baku and do the best I can do.” Ireland’s 55-strong team for Baku also includes Olympic and five-time world boxing champion Katie Taylor and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Michaela Walsh. In addition, Scott Evans will be top seed in the men’s singles badminton competition having broken into the world’s top 25 for the first time earlier this year. last_img read more

first_img Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Mount Desert Island YMCA Shark Duncan Hetzer swims to a best time in the 100-yard individual medley at the Maine State Swimming Winter Championships at the University of Maine at Orono from March 5 through 8.—JEFF WALLSORONO — Ending the Maine swimming season, the Mount Desert Island YMCA Sharks nabbed a fifth-place overall finish at the Maine Swimming Winter Combined Championships at University of Maine at Orono on March 5 through 8.The boys placed fifth combined, and the girls finished in eighth with their combined score. Both the boys’ and girls’ 10-and-unders came in second place in their age group. The 11-and-12-year-old girls finished in ninth place. In the 13-and-14-year-old group, the girls finished in 15th and the boys placed fifth. Finally, in the 15-and-over class, the girls took 13th and the boys got fourth.For complete story see the March 12, 2009 edition of the Mount Desert Islander. adminlast_img read more

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Biocenter_img BLUE HILL — After opening the season on a difficult course in Aroostook County, a setting closer to home gave Louie Luchini’s Ellsworth cross-country team a bit of a reprieve.On Sept. 12, the Eagles began their 2019 campaign on a hilly, open-air course in Presque Isle. With the wind blowing and grass all throughout the 3.1-mile stretch, the race to the finish line was, by cross-country standards at least, a slow one.When the Eagles competed in their second meet of the year Friday, though, they did so on a Blue Hill course that had none of the aforementioned challenges. With a dirt track covering much of the course, a flat terrain and no wind in their faces, this environment required runners to take a much different approach.“Presque Isle is brutal, and then you come here, and it’s just completely different,” Luchini said. “It’s flat, and you’re going to get a lot of fast times.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSuch was certainly the case in Friday’s George Stevens Academy Invitational, which drew runners from Ellsworth, GSA, Bucksport, Mount Desert Island, Deer Isle-Stonington and Searsport. Even as the waning New England summer cranked out one last hot day, competitors from all six schools posted fasted times on and around the Blue Hill Fairgrounds track.The meet began with the girls’ race, which GSA freshman Thea Crowley won with a time of 19 minutes, 21 seconds. Her time was 31 seconds faster than that of the second-place finisher, Ellsworth senior Caitlin MacPherson.“We knew Thea was fast because she ran against some of the best runners from Orono in her last meet and was right there with them,” GSA head coach Todd Eckenfelder said. “Even as a freshman, she’s the full package already. She’s pretty competitive, too.”Freshmen Casey Carter of Ellsworth and Piper Soares of Mount Desert Island sprint to the finish line during the GSA Invitational girls’ race Sept. 20 in Blue Hill. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThe girls’ team event, though, went to MDI. The post-race awards ceremony was a sea of green uniforms with the Trojans’ Katelyn Osborne, Grace Munger, Olivia Johnson, Callan Eason, Rachelle Swanson taking places 3-7 and Cassidy Hanscom and Piper Soares finishing ninth and 10th, respectively. Ellsworth finished with 46 points to take second, and GSA recorded 87 to place third.On the boys’ side, both the individual and team competitions came down to the wire. The race for first was decided by a mere three seconds with Ellsworth Nick Cormier (16:41) beating out GSA’s Sol Lorio (16:44), and the team event saw GSA finish with 38 points to top Ellsworth’s 42 and MDI’s 48 in a close battle.“There are some really good runners in Hancock County right now, and I think we saw that in both races,” Luchini said. “Some of those races to the finish went all the way down to the finish line, and there were runners from every school who did well.”For Bucksport, Micah Hileman placed eighth in the 64-runner field with a time of 17:30. Henry Penfold of Deer Isle-Stonington finished in 18:10 to place 16th.In all, 38 runners surpassed the 20-minute mark. Even on an ideal course for such fast times, the sheer quantity of remarkable performances surprised even the host team’s head coach.“When we get together every week, we set goals and ask our kids what kind of times they want to run,” Eckenfelder said. “I think every one of our top runners exceeded what their goals were, so I couldn’t be happier.”With runners from every school but Sumner competing, the event was a preview of sorts for next month’s Hancock County championships. Although that meet will be held in Sullivan, competing against fields similar to what they’ll face in three weeks’ time has at least given these runners ideas of what they’ll be facing when that time comes.“It is pretty much going to be the same teams, and it’ll be interesting to see who gets faster and who stays the same,” Eckenfelder said. “This time of year, every team out there knows they have work to do to improve.” Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at read more

first_imgRIOT ACT FOR EPL PLAYERSPlans designed to reduce “intolerable behaviour” by players and managers in English football have been announced.In a statement, the Premier League, English Football League and Football Association said poor conduct has reached “unacceptable levels”. Starting this season, red cards will be issued to players who confront match officials and use offensive language or make gestures towards them.Behaviour within the technical areas will also be more rigorously enforced.Not one player has been sent off in the Premier League for insulting or abusive language towards a match official in the last five seasons.But Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said there has been concern “for some time” that players have been “overstepping the mark”.“It is our collective position that these types of behaviour should no longer be tolerated,” he added.“Things happen in the heat of the moment during fast and highly competitive football. We still want to see the passion fans enjoy and demand, but players and managers have to be aware there are lines that should not be crossed.”Offences which could earn players a yellow cardVisibly disrespectful behaviour to any match official;An aggressive response to decisions;Confronting an official face to face;Running towards an official to contest a decision;Offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures towards match officials;Physical contact with any match official in a non-aggressive manner;A yellow card for at least one player when two or more from a team surround a match official.New red card offencesIf a player confronts match officials and uses offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures towards them;Physical contact with match officials in an aggressive or confrontational manner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Searching for peace around campus

September 17, 2020 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_imgIt’s been very difficult to escape the noise around campus. Although I am a fifth-year senior, I still live on Fahrenbrook; and like most residents of the sophomore-central area, I awaken every morning at 7 a.m. to the sounds of large trucks and construction. Though I have gotten used to the early wake-up call, I still have problems sleeping through sweet drunken anthems of “Living on a Prayer” and kegs being tossed off balconies. There has been little time for peace and solitude. I used to enjoy studying by myself at the Terrace. But recently, other students with similar motives have overtaken the union. I also used to find serenity by walking around campus. But construction has once again made a simple walk very difficult for me to be alone in my thoughts.As a former University of Wisconsin swimmer, I decided to try and find new sports that may provide a peaceful atmosphere. This summer I tried golf. However, my swing is so weak I need a partner to help me find the ball. I even attempted to play tennis by myself with a wall. Please, playing tennis with a wall in the hot humid air of the South isn’t a former athlete’s idea of fun. It was just as exciting as watching last night’s Emmy’s.I guess the one sport that I do miss that provides an ample moment of peace is swimming. Swimming was the perfect sport for me. I never worked up a sweat and got a great workout. It was the only time in my busy day that I could be myself, face down, staring at the bottom of the pool for five hours a day. Yes, 40 other swimmers surrounded me, but it is difficult to communicate underwater.Swimming is a great sport and like most non-revenue sports in the United States it is much under appreciated. Although American swimmers have dominated the sport since the mid-’80s, football, basketball, baseball, hockey and, now, poker have overshadowed it. More Americans participate in swimming than any other sport, yet you’ll usually only see about one competition a year on television. And according to a large amount of foreigners, swimming is the most popular sport to watch in most developed countries. We all know soccer is huge in Europe, but could you imagine 50,000 spectators crowding the stands to watch a swim meet?I miss swimming and I still give swimmers respect. High school and college swimmers wake up every morning at 5:30 to attend a two-hour swim practice, followed by another two and a half hour swim practice every afternoon. Practices are even held on weekends.It is an exhausting schedule, but any athlete would dedicate long hours for perfection. Although athletes spent countless hours training, we seem to only be interested in the dominant sports that make money. Don’t get me wrong, I love football and basketball, but it is often refreshing to watch a soccer or softball game. 84,000 fans can crowd Camp Randall, but why can’t 84 fans watch a swim meet? Two weeks ago, the UW soccer team traveled to Portland to play in the Nike Invitational. 3,000 Pilot faithful were in attendance to witness the match. However, last Saturday, when the Badgers hosted UW-Milwaukee, an approximate 300 authentic fans cheered on the schools. As much dedication as these athletes posses to their sports, we should show them more respect. It’s a shame that we only desire to attend football, basketball and hockey games. Non-revenue sports are just as entertaining as any other sport and most of them here at the UW are among some of the finest in the nation.Since I have been enrolled at Wisconsin, UW head swim coach Eric Hansen and his elite team of coaches have produced one world record holder, one Olympic gold medalist, two Olympians, two national champions and a plethora of Big Ten champions and All-Americans.And that is just the swim team. Head men’s cross country coach Jerry Schumacher in his tenure at Wisconsin has produced one NCAA champion, multiple Big Ten champions and has lead his runners to six-straight Big Ten titles. Not to shabby. Non-revenue sports don’t receive the media attention they deserve, but that matters little. They get respect from Barry Alvarez and the athletic department, which is appreciated. The only thing the teams want now is some respect from the student population.Most non-rev events are held off campus. Swimming and diving meets are contested at the Nat, soccer and track and field competitions are held at the McClimon Soccer Complex, golf is at the University Ridge, softball is played at the Goodman Softball Diamond, tennis matches are at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium and wrestling meets are at the Field House. It’s a far walk to get to most of these facilities, but your attendance will be appreciated. If you need one last motivation to attend a non-revenue sporting event, swimming and diving are the only sports on campus where you get to watch athletes compete in their swimsuits. And did I mention their bodies are also chiseled to perfection? So please show them some love.last_img read more

first_imgSyracuse (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) is in for a second-straight ACC road matchup, this time against Pittsburgh (2-3, 1-1) at Heinz Field.To get the lowdown on the Panthers, The Daily Orange talked with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s beat writer, Brian Batko, about Pitt, it’s running attack, quarterback play and more.Read the full conversation, lightly edited for content and clarity, below.The Daily Orange: What’s the deal with Kenny Pickett?Brian Batko: I think he’s still figuring it out. There were pretty high expectations for him going into this season after the way he finished 2017 — beating Miami — and doing a lot of that by himself, with his feet. So that raised the bar, and now you get into this season and it seems that he’s sort of fallen back to earth a little bit and you’re reminded that he is a true sophomore who has played, this be his what, seventh start?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI thought last week down at UCF was maybe his worst game. The stat line looked not horrendous in the end, but he got a 50-something yard flip forward to Maurice Ffrench for the only offensive touchdown in that game. And it was really one that, UCF had pretty much taken its foot off the gas and Ffrench did most of the work just beating everyone to the end zone. So you take that out and suddenly it’s a pretty miserable stat line. It’s been an up-and-down season for him, but it’s really been mostly down.In three losses especially, well two of the losses, Penn State and UCF, he really struggled. He has some moments against North Carolina, but he’s basically a sophomore. He’s not exactly the season savior that some people hoped he’d be.The D.O.: How key is stopping the run for Syracuse?B.B.: That’s going to be huge. It’s maybe oversimplifying it to say that if Pitt runs the ball well, it will win this game. But it makes all the sense in the world that you want to the responsibility off of Kenny Pickett’s shoulders and off of his right arm and let him handoff, more than have to make plays — that hasn’t been a recipe that has worked in the three losses for Pitt. So if they can come right out and maybe get the ball first, establish that ground game, run it down their throats and smack Syracuse in the mouth a little bit, that could set the tone for Pitt.I think probably the best position group on the field is the backfield. Qadree Ollison is really good, as a fifth-year senior he’s taken a step up. Darrin Hall had some humongous games last year, he’s a senior as well. They need to get the ball to those guys early and often, and really sort of make it a situation where Kenny Pickett can be a game manager rather than have to try to win it himself. Facebook Twitter Google+ The D.O.: Who should Syracuse fans watch out for, other than the two running backs?B.B.: On offense, the receiving core has been suspect for the most part. I mean Taysir Mack has made some really good plays, but I would consider him questionable for this game. He left the UCF game with an injury. So I’ll say someone to maybe keep an eye, their numbers don’t jump out, but could be a big play guy is Shocky Jacques-Louis. He’s a true freshman, he’s the only one who is definitely not going to redshirt for Pitt this year.He brings the speed to the receiving core. They want to get him the ball in space whether it’s on the jet sweep or a little screen or something. So I think they’re going to try to work the ball to him more often, see what he can do. Beyond that, if he can take the top off the defense and give Kenny Pickett a change to take some deep shots, that could open up some running lanes for the backs.The D.O.: Who wins and why?B.B.: I can’t bring myself to pick Pitt to win. Don’t get me wrong, Pitt football is sort of known for being hard to predict and they always seem to do something that catches you off guard whether that’s beating a team that they have no business beating — like Penn State or Clemson or Miami — or losing to a team that really should’ve been a layup, like North Carolina. That said, I guess it wouldn’t shock me if Pitt finds a way to win, but on paper, and just watching what these two teams have done so far this season, I think the Syracuse offense will be too much. Maybe Pitt gets on track a little bit offensively, it’s hard to be worse than what they were against UCF, I’ll say Syracuse covers the three or three and a half point spread and I’ll say something like a nine or 10 point win for the Orange. Comments Published on October 6, 2018 at 11:11 amlast_img read more