Kate Hawkesby: Cannabis referendum – be careful about what and who you are voting for

first_imgNZ Herald 18 July 2019Family First Comment: Well said by Kate Hawkesby..“…But the real danger with decriminalisation is what happens to cannabis production in terms of psychoactive properties. Colorado’s experience is that there’s a spike in these – and that in turn has a dramatic impact on mental health problems.”#saynopetodopeVoteNO.nzI see a secondary school headmaster is the latest to come out swinging against the cannabis referendum.Kieran Fouhy, from St Paul’s College in Ponsonby, believes legalising cannabis when New Zealand already has an issue with alcohol is just asking for trouble. He thinks young people already have enough to contend with.His main concern is younger people won’t respect the age restrictions, they’ll simply access cannabis from older friends.He said: “When you legalise it, you normalise it.”And he doesn’t buy into the Government’s line that it’s a health issue, or that decriminalising it will take it out of the hands of gangs.And I agree, it won’t.I spoke to Colorado’s executive director of the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association, Jo McGuire, a couple of months ago and asked her about whether legalisation had shut down the black market there. She said it didn’t – in fact it exploded it.And the thing about black market cannabis is that it’s higher in THC.Since legalisation there, and bear in mind they are years into this experiment, there’s been a sharp increase in the black market and one of the reasons is personal cultivation in people’s own homes.On top of that, you’ve got the regulatory market struggling to control limits on production, so they over-produce – which also feeds the black market.So not only do people bypass the rules anyway, but you also have other people coming in and monetising the excess. Hence you get a thriving black market, irrespective of regulation.Tax-wise, Colorado’s experience is that for every tax dollar that comes in, they’re spending $4.50.Youth use has increased. One in four employees self-report that they go to work stoned.In essence, Colorado’s still waiting to see any benefits from legalisation, McGuire said.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12250487&ref=twitter  (behind paywall)Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Arlene O. Poltrack

first_imgArlene O. Poltrack, formerly of Stamford, Connecticut passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2020 at The Chateau of Batesville in Indiana. She was 91 years old.The daughter of Leslie and Anna (nee: Meyer) Olmsted was born on June 6, 1929 in Pleasantville, New York.  Arlene married Anthony Poltrack in 1957 and together they raised three boys.The homemaker enjoyed quilting and sewing especially when she could work on projects along with her friends.  For a while she even made samples for a quilting company to use for their advertising.  Most of all Arlene loved spending time with her family and precious grandchildren.She will be dearly missed by her sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Andrew & Kelly Poltrack, Arthur & Louise Poltrack and Les & Alice Poltrack; along with her grandchildren, Sarah, Mary & Kate Poltrack, John & Leigh Poltrack and Anna & Adam Poltrack.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony in 2010 and her siblings, Duncan and Muriel Olmsted.Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, cremation was chosen and the family plans to hold a memorial service for Arlene in the near future.You are welcome to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Arlene’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.last_img read more

Tourney to support playground project

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s 23rd annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament will benefit the Park Street Playground Project.The tournament will be played on Tuesday, June 7, at Kebo Valley Golf Club.Proceeds will benefit the Park Street Playground Project — a venture under the direction of the Bar Harbor (Mount Desert Island) Rotary Club.In 2011, Amy Schwartz established the project hoping to remodel and revitalize Bar Harbor’s public playground. Schwartz’s and Rotary’s mission is to create a safe and accessible outdoor environment, promoting health, imaginative play, and developmental learning for the children of Bar Harbor and neighboring MDI communities.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn 2016, the Bar Harbor/MDI Rotary Club assumed leadership of this community project with the goal of completing it in 2017.“Currently, the playground is old, unchallenging, and not much fun,” said Carrie Jones of MDI Rotary. “Even people who live a block away from the playground drive their families miles away to use playgrounds located in other communities.”So far, about $30,000 has been raised toward the $175,000 project goal.For more information, contact Cathy Planchart at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust at 667-0660, ext. 4655 or visit the “Park Street Playground Project” Facebook page.last_img read more

Pinnick to Commission France, Belgium S’final Tomorrow

first_imgEmbattled President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has been confirmed as the Match Commissioner for the 2018 FIFA World Cup first semi final match between France and Belgium in Saint Petersburg tomorrow. The match will begin at 7pm Nigeria time.The potentially explosive clash at the 67,000-capacity Zenit Arena will be the fifth match Pinnick would commission at the finals in Russia.He remains the only Nigerian involved at such high level of operation at the FIFA World Cup. That match will bring together some of the best artists of the round leather game in the universe at the present, including France’s Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, and Belgium’s Romelo Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.Last Friday in Nizhny Novgorod, Pinnick was also the Match Commissioner of the quarter final clash between France and Uruguay which the Blues won.The NFF boss and Member of the Organising Committee of FIFA Competitions took charge of the group phase matches between Iran and Portugal in Saransk on 25th June (1-1) and between Panama and Tunisia (1-2) also in Saransk on 28th June, as well as the Round of 16 encounter between Sweden and Switzerland in Saint Petersburg on 3rd July (1-0).The newly appointed First Vice President of CAF will also commission the 2018 FIFA World Cup third place match in Saint Petersburg on Saturday. The second semi final will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow (venue of the Final match) on Wednesday, between England’s Three Lions and Luka Modric –led Croatia.A total of 152 goals have been scored in the 60 matches played so far at this year’s World Cup, with four of the knockout round matches (Spain Vs Russia in the Round of 16); Croatia Vs Denmark in the Round of 16); Colombia Vs England in the Round of 16) and; Russia Vs Croatia in Saturday’s last quarter final match, settled only after penalty shootouts.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgThe victorious Termon ladies…you could be a coach to champions tooWITH Termon winning the All-Ireland club title, work is underway on producing the next generation of All-Ireland champions across Donegal.The Donegal Ladies Gaelic Football Association has announced details of a series of courses for the next generation of coaches.All the details are below on how to book your place: Donegal LGFA dates confirmed by the Coaching Officer and approved by Croke Park and Coaching Ireland.****************************************************FUNDAMENTALS COACHING-31st JANUARY.—————————————————————- A Fundamentals Coaching course will take place on the 31st of January from 10am until 4pm, registration will start at 9.45 & course will start sharp 10am. Participants need to be over 16yrs. Venue tbc. The requirement to run this course is 20 min.This Course is a MUST for any person coaching or acting as a mentor with teams/clubs in ladies football clubs in Donegal. Coaching qualification from LGFA are designed specifically to assist and help coaches/Mentors to understand our game better and to know the proper rules! Coaching qualifications from other codes does not cover coaches for Ladies football. This information will be relayed to all clubs and DGL LGFA will expect clubs to comply with his simple rule.****************************************************CLUB MENTORS PROGRAMME 5th FEBUARY.—————————————————————– A club mentors Programme has been organise for the 5th Febuary 7.30pm start,registration 7.15, this is a 3hr course. Venue tbc. The Target group here are All Underage and senior club mentors. Participants must be over 16yrs. The workshop will cover a refresher in rules of ladies football and an overview of Ladies Injury Fund Scheme and general info on proper procedure for participation in our game.This Workshop/Course is covered by County Bye Law and club attendance compulsory!****************************************************The Level 1 Coaching course is – Day 1 February 17, Day 2 March 21. ————————————————————-DGL Dev. Officer Dónal Sharkey can be contacted, [email protected] for further information on these and other courses in the pipeline for 2015.FANCY BECOMING A DONEGAL LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL COACH? was last modified: December 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Coaching coursesDLGFAdonegalLadies gaelic footballlast_img read more