What on earth was Nunberg doing? A few theories

first_imgBy the end, he had suggested that President Donald Trump may have worked with the Russians, dared Mueller to throw him in jail, repeatedly inquired as to what journalists thought his fate might be, and said he thoughtTrump knew about that Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer.Nunberg did no fewer than three separate interviews with CNN, two with MSNBC and several others.So what on earth was all that about?Below are some ideas. (And it bears noting that not all of these are mutually exclusive.)It was an elaborate, Roger Stone-ian showIf there’s one key piece of the puzzle when it comes to explaining the mess that was Monday, it might well have been this: Sam Nunberg is not just some random political operative; he’s a close ally of Roger Stone.Stone is known for bizarre antics that are just as often self-serving as self-destructive. We all react to stress differently.Perhaps Nunberg, who was known for being very freewheeling and open with the media, simply started talking and couldn’t stop himself.Maybe he found himself in a tough spot and his first reaction was to try to talk his way out of it.His comments were targeted at TrumpNunberg’s relationship with Trump is nothing if not complicated.As CNN recaps, Trump has fired him, rehired him, fired him again and sued him for $10 million before the two of them settled a lawsuit over Nunberg’s alleged breach of their nondisclosure agreement. The White House has also been dismissive of Nunberg whenever he has occasionally offered comments it didn’t like.During Monday’s interviews, Nunberg oscillated between saying Trump hadn’t colluded and suggesting he might have had some arrangement with Russia.He at one point said Trump was too smart to fall victim to Russian blackmail, only to later say that Trump “caused this, because he’s an idiot.”He also said that “there is nobody who hates [Trump] more than me.”“I’m not a Donald Trump fan, as I told you before, okay?” Nunberg told CNN. “He treated me like crap.”If Nunberg really does harbor such resentment toward Trump, maybe publicly speculating about Trump having had an arrangement with Russia and having known about the Trump Tower meeting is one final piece of revenge. Coming from someone who has been interviewed by Mueller’s team, that certainly carries some weight.Maybe he wanted to suggest Trump had done something wrong while sounding like he was defending him. Indeed, Nunberg did little to suggest Monday that this wasn’t some Stone-orchestrated scene.He repeatedly talked about how he felt Mueller was targeting Stone for alleged collusion with WikiLeaks, and he repeatedly argued that Stone was innocent.Despite plenty of inconsistencies in his appearances, this was one point he kept coming back to.“I’m not going to cooperate when they want me to come into a grand jury for them to insinuate that Roger Stone was colluding with Julian Assange,” Nunberg told MSNBC. “Roger is my mentor. Roger is like family.” (If you are unfamiliar, I highly recommend Netflix’s “Get Me Roger Stone.”)“Politics with me isn’t theater,” Stone once told the Weekly Standard. “It’s performance art — sometimes, for its own sake.”Rick Wilson tweeted: Or maybe, like former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, Nunberg is truly frustrated by what Trump has done — including to him — and couldn’t help himself.And maybe he even felt that Trump needed some kind of bat-signal delivered through cable news about how much trouble he’s in.He was trying to impeach himself as a witnessThis one comes via Post columnist Ruth Marcus, who says Nunberg has now “successfully destroyed his credibility and therefore his utility as a trial witness for Mueller. Mission accomplished?”Indeed, if Nunberg was trying to look erratic and unreliable on Monday, mission accomplished.But would Mueller suddenly lose interest just because of this performance?Aaron Blake is senior political reporter for The Washington Post political blog, The Fix.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? When New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi reached Nunberg’s mother by accident, she said his mother told her Nunberg was unavailable because “he’s not doing well.”Olivia Nuzzi tweeted:  Categories: Editorial, OpinionFormer Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg had a surreal day Monday.After deciding he wouldn’t cooperate with a grand jury subpoena from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, he went on a media blitz to, well, air some things.Each interview seemed intent upon out-shocking the last. He added in another interview with MSNBC: “I’m not going to go in there for them to set up a case against Roger. Roger did not do anything. Roger and I were treated like crap by Donald Trump, okay?”But even if you grant that this was all some contrived spectacle to assist Stone in some way, that still doesn’t answer how.Refusing to assist Mueller would seem to be help enough; why go on a media blitz saying all kinds of bizarre things? Perhaps this was just performance art for performance art’s sake.He broke under pressureIn one of Nunberg’s later interviews, with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Burnett asked him a question that might have otherwise seemed off-base: Are you drunk? In fact, Burnett didn’t just ask; she said she smelled alcohol on his breath.Nunberg denied he had been drinking and said he wasn’t on anything “besides my meds — antidepressants.”Even separate from that question, though, it was clear Nunberg was under plenty of pressure.That tends to be the case when you’ve got jail time hanging over your head for ignoring a subpoena.last_img read more

Teachers, parents fret over health risks as schools prepare to reopen

first_imgTody Yusuf, 35, said he became worried upon hearing that his child’s kindergarten in East Lampung may soon reopen.The regency is among the few regions that was labeled a “green zone” by the national COVID-19 task force as of June 7, meaning that it has the lowest risk of infection.Tody, who works as an official at the East Lampung Planning Agency, had yet to hear about any updates from the school as of Wednesday, but he said he would check the premises himself during the planned reopening to gauge whether or not to allow his children to go back to school. Around 90 cities and regencies across the nation are considered green zones, Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim said during an online press conference on Tuesday.The number of students in those areas is roughly equivalent to 6 percent of all students in the country, while the remaining 94 percent must continue their education through online learning modules.The minister said schools could be closed again if there was any COVID-19 transmission in the areas, or if the risk status of the area had changed to yellow, orange or red.Nadiem said he would hand over the final say to reopen schools in green zone areas to their respective regional administrations, but added that schools must still fulfill strict requirements and health protocols before they can reopen. All students are also still required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.Read also: School reopening raises concerns as health risks loomDespite the gradual easing of restrictions, people who live outside the designated green zones are worried that the government might be making a big mistake.Adithya Eka Putra, 38, a private sector employee from South Tangerang, said that the reopening plan did not convince him to allow his 5-year-old child to go back to kindergarten, even if officials decided to resume activities.The reason, he said, was that the number of COVID-19 infections was still high in his area. South Tangerang recorded 355 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, the second-highest in Banten province, according to infocorona.bantenprov.go.id.“I would rather have at-home learning until the government can absolutely ensure that the situation is conducive [to going back to school], even though we don’t know when that will happen,” he said.Teachers have also raised concerns.More than half of all school administrators across the country said they were not ready to resume face-to-face learning or usher in the so-called “new normal” period, mostly due to a lack of infrastructure and funding, a recent survey by the Federation of Indonesian Teachers Associations (FSGI) revealed.Read also: Indonesian schools not ready for ‘new normal’: SurveyIn South Tangerang, kindergarten and playgroup teacher Ellisa Tisbiawati, 37, said that building awareness among her students to follow and maintain health and safety measures would be a major hurdle – the younger the student, the more challenging it would be.“That task is hard because many of us parents may get carried away by our busy schedules, while [us teachers] are either overwhelmed or not ready to respond positively or wisely to this situation,” she said.Health experts have also weighed in on the situation, concerned that the government’s decisions may have wider implications than can be predicted.Dicky Budiman, an epidemiologist from Griffith University in Australia, urged the government to delay learning activities at school until the end of 2020.He advised both the central and regional governments to consult the relevant experts should they insist on reopening schools, even for areas that are in green zones.The current zoning system and the data provided were “relatively unreliable”, he said, owing mostly to limited testing capacity preventing any real-time observation.“The fact remains that our situation in the pandemic has yet to reach its peak, and that [effective] control has yet to be optimized,” Dicky said.Instead, schools and the government should still keep the option to learn from home on the table to cater to parents who won’t allow their children to go back to school.Online and long-distance learning or door-to-door teaching in small groups may have their own merits given the circumstances, he said.[RA::Teachers go extra mile to teach students as schools remain closed:https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/06/08/teachers-go-extra-mile-to-teach-students-as-schools-remain-closed.html]Andreas Tambah, an education expert from the National Commission on Education (Komnas Pendidikan), supported delaying the reopening of schools, given the probability that COVID-19 will continue to spread and that some segments of the general population still lack the discipline to follow health protocols.He urged schools to clearly communicate what health procedures would be enforced to appease parents and calm fears over the heightened risk of transmission.“Reopening schools is very risky,” he said. “Family backgrounds vary – some will obey [protocol] while others won’t, but the students will [intermingle all the same].”Forty-five-year-old Eko Purwanto, a civil servant from East Lampung, said he was happy to hear that his children could go back to school, as long as health protocol was observed.“We feel sorry for our children; they say they are already tired of [learning from home], and they always ask me when they can go to school again,” he said. “Indeed, East Lampung is in the green zone, but we don’t know what will happen in the future,” Tody said.His worries echo the concerns of many other parents in Indonesia following the Education and Culture Ministry’s decision to allow a gradual reopening of schools located in COVID-19 low-risk areas beginning in July.According to the ministry’s updated official academic calendar, the 2020-2021 school year will start on July 13.Read also: Indonesia to allow phased reopening of schools in COVID-19 ‘green zones’: Ministercenter_img Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta secretary Saefullah latest high-ranking official to die of COVID-19

first_img“Today, the Jakarta administration lost one of its best leaders […] Pak Saefullah was a good man, a hard-worker, someone who always prioritized completing the tasks assigned to him,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said at Saefullah’s wake at Jakarta’s City Hall on Wednesday.Prior to his passing, Saefullah had been on the frontline, day and night, in the city’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Anies said. He even attended meetings with the governor almost every day.Read also: Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figuresAnies said that on Monday last week, the secretary had to excuse himself from a plenary session with the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) for the first time, saying that he did not feel well, before he was eventually taken to a hospital a few days later. Indonesia has lost yet another senior government official to COVID-19 following the passing of the Jakarta administration’s secretary Saefullah, who has spent the last 36 years of his life working for the capital.Saefullah died at age 56 from irreversible septic shock and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to COVID-19 at 12:55 p.m. on Wednesday at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Central Jakarta.The COVID-19 transmission led to a severe infection of his lung tissue and his whole bodily system, causing irreversible respiratory failure and inadequate oxygen absorption, according to details from the administration. The senior city official had previously received treatment at the MMC hospital in South Jakarta since Sept. 8 before he was transferred to the city’s COVID-19 referral hospital, Gatot Subroto Hospital, on Sunday. Saefullah was buried with COVID-19 protocols at the Rorotan cemetery in North Jakarta on Wednesday. He is survived by his wife and four children.”He was the most active in providing supplements to his colleagues so they remained healthy. The person who always thought of other people’s well-being, is now laid to rest,” Anies said.Saefullah, a Betawi native, was born in North Jakarta on Feb. 11, 1964. He started serving the city in 1984 as a teacher, before rising to become the deputy head of Jakarta’s elementary education agency in 2008 and the head of the city’s sports and youth agency in 2009.He was Central Jakarta mayor from 2010 to 2014 prior to taking the role of the capital’s regional secretary from 2014, serving under three different governors: current President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, his replacement Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and current Governor Anies Baswedan.President Jokowi, formerly Jakarta’s governor from 2012 until he was elected president in 2014, conveyed his condolences on Wednesday in a statement issued by a spokesperson, saying that Saefullah had been “a close friend and colleague”.Ahok, who was previously the deputy governor to Jokowi and took over the governorship from 2014 to 2017, also offered his deep condolences on his official Twitter account on Wednesday, saying that Saefullah had been someone who was “diligent and fast in his work”.Home Minister Tito Karnavian expressed his sympathies on Saefullah’s passing in a statement, which described the latter as not only a good and hard-working man but also a “role model for ASN [civil servants] at the Jakarta provincial administration”.Read also: Office workers unconvinced of stricter curbsHis passing also marked a loss for Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama; Saefullah had chaired the tanfidziyah (executive board) of its Jakarta branch.NU secretary-general Helmy Faishal Zaini said Saefullah had always campaigned for religious tolerance, including through deradicalization measures, as well as mainstreaming wasathiyah (moderate Islam).Saefullah, Helmy said, had been among the few initiators of the first city-owned grand mosque, KH Hasyim Asy’ari Grand Mosque, which is named after the NU founder, in hopes of promoting Islam Nusantara, or Islam of the Archipelago.It was also evident when the city was embroiled in identity politics following the 2017 Jakarta Gubernatorial election.”His [consistency] throughout the administrations of Jokowi, Ahok and Anies showed that, even though [they were] quote, unquote in two opposing camps, he was well-versed in positioning himself,” he said.Indonesia has lost a handful of high-ranking officials to COVID-19, among them mayors and regents, according to various reports, as the disease does not differentiate. Others infected include former and current ministers.Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo is reportedly infected while former deputy minister Dino Patti Djalal has tested positive for the disease. The latter is currently undergoing intensive treatment in hospital.Read also: Former deputy foreign minister Dino Patti Djalal tests positive for COVID-19The Health Ministry reported 3,963 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, a new record high, and 135 new deaths on Wednesday, bringing the tally to a total of 228,993 confirmed cases, 164,101 recoveries and 9,100 deaths.Jakarta, which has seen its new daily cases reaching over 1,000 lately and hospital beds almost fully occupied, has reimposed the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) starting on Monday for at least two weeks.Anies also said the administration would close down a building at the City Hall complex for three days starting on Thursday, after at least two of its workers – one of them in middle management – tested positive, while the others were still awaiting their test results. This protocol follows the city’s PSBB regulation.”I’ve always said to never see COVID-19 deaths merely as statistics and percentages. These are human beings; the husbands, wives, children and fathers to someone,” he said.”I hope that all Jakartans can see this as a lesson that the situation has truly become worrying […] The situation is not one to be underestimated. Someone who’s been on the front line, who always followed the protocols and reminded others to do so, has faced the biggest risk of it [that is death],” Anies said.Topics :last_img read more

Azerbaijan, Armenia on war footing after reports of casualties in heavy fighting

first_imgKarabakh’s leader Araik Harutyunyan told an emergency parliament session in the enclave’s main city of Stepanakert that he had “declared martial law” and a mobilization of all those fit for military service.Armenia said earlier Sunday that Azerbaijan attacked civilian settlements in Nagorny Karabakh including  Stepanakert, with the attacks killing of a woman and child.Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said it had launched a “counter offensive to suppress Armenia’s combat activity and ensure the safety of the population,” using tanks, artillery missiles, combat aviation and drones.”There are reports of dead and wounded among civilians and military servicemen,” the spokesman for the Azerbaijani presidency, Hikmet Hajiyev, said.Karabakh’s ombudsman Artak Beglaryan said “there are civilian casualties” among the region’s population.Ethnic Armenian separatists seized the Nagorny Karabakh region from Baku in a 1990s war that claimed 30,000 lives.Talks to resolve one of the worst conflicts to emerge from the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union have been largely stalled since a 1994 ceasefire agreement.France, Russia and the United States have mediated peace efforts as the “Minsk Group” but the last big push for a peace deal collapsed in 2010.A major confrontation between the ex-Soviet Caucasus neighbors would draw in big regional players Russia and Turkey.Russia called for an immediate ceasefire as did France.”We are calling on the sides to immediately halt fire and begin talks to stabilize the situation,” Moscow’s foreign ministry saidAzerbaijan’s ally Turkey blamed Yerevan for the flare-up and promised Baku its “full support”.”We strongly condemn the attack by Armenia against Azerbaijan,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.”Armenia violated the ceasefire by attacking civilian locations,” he said. The Karabakh leader, Harutyunyan, accused Ankara of sending mercenaries to Azerbaijan.”We have information that mercenaries from Turkey and other countries were airlifted to Azerbaijan,” he said.”The Turkish army is already in Azerbaijan, under the guise of military drills,” he claimed.On Sunday morning, Azerbaijan started “active bombing” along Karabakh’s frontline including civilian targets and in the main city Stepanakert, Karabakh’s presidency said.The rebel defense ministry claimed its troops shot down two Azerbaijani helicopters and three drones.The claims were denied by the defense ministry in Baku which said its forces were responding to an Armenian offensive.Hajiyev said Armenian forces in Karabakh “blatantly violated the ceasefire regime and, using large-caliber weapons, mortar launchers and artillery have launched an intense attack on the positions of Azerbaijan’s armed forces along the frontline.”Azerbaijan’s transport ministry said it has “put restrictions on internet traffic” in order to prevent “Armenian provocations.On Friday, Aliyev accused Armenia of undermining Karabakh peace talks.In July, heavy clashes along the two countries’ shared border — hundreds of kilometers from Karabakh — claimed the lives of at least 17 soldiers from both sides.Raising the stakes, Azerbaijan at the time threatened to strike Armenia’s atomic power station if Yerevan attacked strategic facilities.During the worst recent clashes in April 2016, around 110 people were killed. Topics : Armenia and Azerbaijan put themselves on a war footing after heavy fighting erupted Sunday between Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists claiming military and civilian casualties on both sides, including at least one child.The worst clashes since 2016 have raised the specter of a fresh large-scale war between arch enemies Azerbaijan and Armenia that have been locked for decades in a territorial dispute over Nagorny Karabakh.In a televised address to the nation, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev vowed victory over Armenian forces. “Our cause is just and we will win,” Aliyev said, repeating a famous quote from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s address at the outbreak of World War II in Russia.”Azerbaijani army is fighting on its territory,”  he said.  Both Armenia and the breakaway region of Nagorny Karabakh declared martial law and military mobilization.”Get ready to defend our sacred homeland,” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Facebook.last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf Wishes Pennsylvanians a Happy Kwanzaa (VIDEO)

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter I’d like to take the opportunity to wish those of you celebrating Kwanzaa a very happy holiday.Starting today, Kwanzaa will be celebrated to honor the African heritage of African-American culture in the United States. For one week, many African-Americans across our state will enjoy the holiday by decorating their houses with colorful art, enjoying communal meals, and playing music that celebrate family ties, community bonds, and African-American culture.Kwanzaa is rooted in the African principles of unity, self-determination, collective work, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.I think that all Pennsylvanians can relate to these traditions not only during this week, but every day.The identity of our state and our nation has been shaped by this pan-African culture.When Kwanzaa was established in the US in 1966, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, a celebration of this crucial aspect of our American culture was particularly important. It is just as important to rejoice in these traditions today as it was in 1966.Happy Kwanzaa to you all! BLOG: Governor Wolf Wishes Pennsylvanians a Happy Kwanzaa (VIDEO) Holidays,  The Blog,  Videos By: Governor Tom Wolf December 23, 2015 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Stellar Daisy Sank due to “Catastrophic Structural Failure” of Its Hull

first_imgA catastrophic structural failure of the ship’s hull was the likely cause for the loss of the very large ore carrier (VLOC) Stellar Daisy, that sank on March 31, 2017, according to a report by the Republic of the Marshall Islands.The hull failure probably began in No 2 Port Water Ballast Tank (WBT) of the 266,141 dwt vessel, owned by Polaris Shipping and converted from a very large crude carrier in 2008 under the supervision of the Korean Register.Findings of the report indicate that the structural failure was most likely a result of a combination of factors, including the strength of the ship’s structure being compromised over time due to material fatigue, corrosion, unidentified structural defects, multi-port loading and the forces imposed on the hull as a result of conditions Stellar Daisy encountered between March 29 – 31, 2017.KR noted that it agrees with most of the findings, including that the fatigue cracking was probably undetectable by visual inspection prior to the sinking, but added that there are areas areas of the report that are directed specifically at KR which require further explanation.Material fatigueThe report states that KR’s review and approval of the conversion design was based on the assumption that all of the scantlings, including those from when the ship was constructed as a VLCC in 1993, were as original and did not take into account material fatigue. The basis for this assumption was that the Finite Element Analysis (FEA), which was conducted in accordance with the requirements of the KR Rules for Steel Ships, took into consideration allowable stress, corrosion, and stresses due to local notch effect.KR commented that the report correctly states that the FEA and fatigue strength assessment took into consideration allowable stress, corrosion, and stresses due to local notch effect. This is common practice for many IACS classification societies. An independent review conducted by BSR (Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates) – the third-party hired by RMI to technically review the conversion process – confirmed that KR’s structural analysis was conducted properly.Failure analysisThe findings show that although KR did conduct a failure analysis of the damage to the transverse bulkhead at frame No. 65, it did not conduct a failure analysis after an extensive number of cracks were identified and repaired when the ship was in drydock in 2011, within two years after the conversion was completed. As a result, potential weaknesses with design details were not identified. This is an indication that KR’s monitoring and assessment of the ship’s structural integrity was not as effective as it might have been.The register explained that a failure analysis is carried out at the discretion of the attending surveyor when, in their assessment, a defect or damage is “out of the ordinary” and further scrutiny is required. The RMI report correctly states that a failure analysis of the damage to the transverse bulkhead at frame No. 65 was conducted as it was determined by the attending surveyor to be “out of the ordinary” and similar damage was not found in other parts of the ship. However, the cracks/defects identified and repaired at the time of drydocking in 2011 were determined to be those typically found on board ships of a similar age. Based on this observation, the attending surveyor determined that the cracks/defects were not “out of the ordinary” and as long as proper repairs were performed, a failure analysis was not needed.Reporting to flag AdministrationThe report states that the 2016 RO Agreement between the administrator and register requires that KR immediately inform the administrator of “any dangerous occurrences, accidents, machinery or structural breakdowns, or failures that they are aware of on a vessel.” KR did not inform the administrator of the damage to frame No. 65 in 2016.KR responded that, as stated in the casualty investigation report, a failure analysis was carried out to assess the structural integrity of damage to the transverse bulkhead at frame No. 65, the result of which showed that there was no area of concern and proper repairs were undertaken to renew the damaged part to its original condition. KR also examined the surrounding bulkheads of Stellar Daisy as well as bulkheads on 29 other converted VLOCs to determine if there were any similar defects, concluding that there were no areas of concern. As a thorough inspection and comprehensive repairs were undertaken and KR determined that there was no “dangerous” structural issue that warranted reporting to the flag Administration.However, mindful of the recommendations in the report, the Korean Register said it plans to review its reporting procedures to avoid any future misunderstandings.The 1993-built vessel sank in the South Atlantic Ocean while transporting 260,000 tons of iron ore from Brazil to China. Twenty-two of the 24 crew, that include eight South Korean and 14 Filipino seafarers, went missing from the converted ore carrier.Seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity deployed its search ship, Seabed Constructor, to look for the ill-fated Stellar Daisy on February 8 under a USD 4.3 million contract. Only days after starting the search efforts, Seabed Constructor located the wreck some 1,800 nautical miles west of Cape Town at a depth of 3,461 meter and managed to retrieve its voyage data recorder (VDR).On February 20, the search teams deployed at the wreckage site found bones believed to be from at least one of the missing crew members some 1 km away from the wreck, Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries reported.The search vessel left the site on February 23 headed to Montevideo without recovering the remains, according to the International Stellar Daisy Network.last_img read more

US marijuana use doubles in a decade

first_imgNZ Herald 22 October 2015Nearly one in 10 adults smokes marijuana in the US, a rate that has more than doubled in the past decade as laws and attitudes about pot relax, researchers said.However, experts warned that the rise in marijuana use has also been accompanied by an increase in abuse and dependence.“Based on the results of our surveys, marijuana use in the United States has risen rapidly over the past decade, with about three in 10 people who use marijuana meeting the criteria for addiction,” said George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.“Given these increases, it is important that the scientific community convey information to the public about the potential harms.”Researchers found that 9.5 per cent of adults in the United States smoke marijuana, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry.That has risen from a rate of 4.1 per cent in 2001-2002.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11533492last_img read more

Dominica committed to joining CCJ

first_imgLocalNews Dominica committed to joining CCJ by: – April 3, 2012 Sharing is caring! Dominica will soon join the much talked about Trinidad based Caribbean Court of Justice as its final court of appeal.That’s according to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who confirmed recently that the country is currently trying to iron out some constitutional issues currently affecting the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States.“We took a Cabinet decision in 2005 in the CCJ. We have gone to parliament to recognize the court in its original jurisdiction. We have indicated publicly in government intention in recognizing the court, clearly there is a procedure in the constitution that we have to follow. We have to go to the parliament and we need to get the two thirds in parliament and there is process to the amendment,” he said.The prime minister further explained that negotiations must be conducted with the British government before this could be done.“Critically we have to negotiate with the British to allow us to go to the CCJ, if not we have to go to a referendum,” he said.He said however that Dominica is being held back because it is in a single judicial jurisdiction.“We do not want to create a situation where Dominica goes ahead and the rest would have still been with the Privy Council. This would create challenges,” he said.He explained that a decision at the OECS meeting that all countries must move towards recognizing the CCJ.“The intention is that because of similar provisions, St. Kitts and Dominica should move along together,” he further clarified.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet 8 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

PSG fans hope to upset their heroes in French Cup

first_img Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow MovieWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Biggest Cities In The World So Far7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Captain Johan Roca spent four years in the PSG youth system from 2000 to 2004. “It is very emotional, there’s a lot of memories, but only good memories,” he said. “And I’m a supporter too!” Coach Stephane Cabrelli is even a PSG season-ticket holder. “I’m 52 years old, I’ve been going to the Parc des Princes since I was six,” he said. “The players I support all year round, playing against them, it’s obviously a little bizarre.” The match will be played in nearby Bondoufle where the anticipated crowd of 15,000 will add to the unfamiliarity of the event for the home team. Roca insists he is not very daunted. “We’re here to win,” the captain said. “We don’t have much chance of doing it, we’re not very optimistic, but we’re not going to give up.”Ahead of the big match the amateurs tried to avoid excess over the holiday period while stepping up their training schedule, said goalkeeper Ali Lutumba.They had three sessions in Christmas week and four this week, the last on Saturday at Marcoussis, the nearby French national rugby centre.Neymar was injured in a French Cup match against Strasbourg late last January and missed PSG’s Champions League elimination by Manchester United.Yet, even with the first leg of PSG’s Champions League round of 16 tie against Dortmund coming up on February 18, Roca says he won’t hold back.Read Also: Neymar ‘preparing legal battle’ to quit PSG“We’re going to play the game at 100 per cent, and it’s not this match that will determine whether or not they go far in the Champions League,” he said.For Linas-Montlhery the cup is also a distraction.They have a one-point in lead in their pool in the Paris area, one of 13 zones in the French regional leagues, and the possibility of securing the sole promotion place to the next tier up.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The players of little Linas-Montlhery face a dilemma when they take on mighty Paris Saint-Germain in the French Cup on Sunday. “We can’t injure them, we have the Champions League to win,” said Hermann Colin Kouassi, the left-back for the sixth-tier club. Last year, Neymar went down in the French Cup against Strasbourg. Like most of his team-mates, Kouassi is a diehard PSG fan. The club, where Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele played in his teens, takes its name from neighbouring towns in the southern outskirts of Paris, Linas and Montlhery, which have a combined population of just 7,000. Their normal home ground is 26 kilometres from PSG’s Parc des Princes home, though it is too small to host Sunday’s round-of-64 match. Unless PSG rest their stars, Kouassi could find himself trying to stop his heroes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. “It’s the match of my life, the match of my dreams,” he said.Advertisementlast_img read more

P1.4-M ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgThe minor was turned over to thecustody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development./PN Aside from suspected illegal drugs, aP1,500 marked money and six cellphones were confiscated from them around 11:30p.m. on Monday, the report added. Suspected shabu weighing about 120grams valued at around P1,440,000 was seized from Guiller Patrick Rigor, 27,Kirk Morris Tambiga, 29, and four women identified as Maxim Laurence Bayawa,20, Dobielyn Lebumfacil, 20, Rita Marie Fatima Bocateja, 22, and a 15-year-oldminor, a police report showed.  BACOLOD City – Police arrested two“high-value” drug suspects and four women including a minor in a stingoperation in Barangay 2, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. The suspects were detained in thelockup facility of the San Carlos City police station, facing charges forviolation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002.last_img read more