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

Will Smith becomes third Dodgers rookie in three games to hit walkoff homer

first_imgHe might have struggled to stay awake during the early part of the game when the Dodgers managed just three hits through the first six innings off Rockies starter Antonio Senzatella, threatening to waste a solid start by their own right-hander, Kenta Maeda.Maeda staggered through the first three innings, allowing six hits including a home run by David Dahl in the first and three singles to produce another run in the third. But he escaped a bases-loaded jam unharmed in the fifth and retired the final seven batters he faced in order, completing seven innings for the first time this season.That still left the Dodgers trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh. But an infield single by Max Muncy and a double (his second of the game) by Kike’ Hernandez put the tying runs in scoring position and ended Senzatella’s day.Rockies manager Bud Black pulled Senzatella and brought in Chad Bettis to face Chris Taylor, pinch-hitting for Austin Barnes. Taylor clubbed Bettis’ first pitch, a curveball down and in, into the left-field pavilion for a go-ahead, three-run homer.But Pedro Baez couldn’t protect the lead.After a leadoff single by Daniel Murphy in the eighth, Baez struck out Ryan McMahon and Nolan Arenado. But Tony Wolters doubled into the right field corner and Russell Martin didn’t handle a strong relay throw from Hernandez, allowing Murphy to score the game-tying run.“That one was not an easy play,” Martin said. “It wasn’t as easy as what people might think. It was a strong throw. Nothing wrong with the throw.“If I could go back and do it again, I’d give myself another full hop to give myself time to read the hop. … Sometimes it checks up, sometimes it skips.”All that did was set the stage for the daily heroics.After an infield single and a wild pitch put the winning run in scoring position with two outs, the Rockies intentionally walked Martin, preferring to face the rookie pinch-hitter waiting on deck.“It’s one of those things where there’s an open base,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You know this young player hasn’t been in that spot as many times as Russell obviously has so you just take your chances.”But Smith arrived in LA both sleep-deprived and hot. He hit home runs in six of his last seven games with OKC and hit Scott Oberg’s second pitch out over the wall in right-center field. It was Smith’s third major-league home run (in seven games), two of which have been walkoffs.“I’ve always had a little power that way,” said Smith of the opposite-field homer. “I just feel like my swing is dialed in right now and I’m making good contact on the ball.”One night and about 1300 miles earlier, Smith said he and his teammates watched Verdugo’s 11th-inning home run on television.“I mean, three rookies walkoff home runs three games in a row is pretty remarkable. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does,” Roberts said.“On a championship ballclub for them to really make an impact with us as young players who are very green, I haven’t seen it. It speaks to the players, the coaches, the player development staff. It’s a collective effort by everybody.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith hits a two-run walkoff home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, right, hits a three-run home run as Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters, left, watches along with home plate umpire Paul Emmel, center, during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith (16) celebrates along with Russell Martin, back left, as he rounds first after hitting a two-run walkoff home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith tosses his helmet before scoring after hitting a two-run walkoff home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ David Dahl, left, runs to first as he hits a solo home run while Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, watches during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)A young fan is carted away after being hit with a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, talks with Cody Bellinger after Bellinger hit a fan with a foul ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, left, makes a catch on a ball hit by Colorado Rockies’ Brendan Rodgers as Rockies’ Ryan McMahon runs by during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies third baseman Pat Valaika cannot reach a foul ball that was hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, second from right, celebrates with Matt Beaty, second from right, and Enrique Hernandez, left, after hitting a three-run home run as Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters kneels at the plate during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ David Dahl, right, is congratulated by Daniel Murphy after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ David Dahl, left, hits a solo home run while Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes watches during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Alex Verdugo cannot reach a ball hit for a solo home run by Colorado Rockies’ David Dahl during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies’ David Dahl gestures after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hits a foul ball that struck a fan in the stands during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, right, talks with Cody Bellinger after Bellinger hit a fan with a foul ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers Max Muncy, left, stand with Cody Bellinger, center, and manager Dave Roberts after Bellinger hit a fan with a foul ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith hits a two-run walkoff home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 20Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith hits a two-run walkoff home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Let the kids play, indeed.Before this weekend, no team in major-league history had won so much as two consecutive games on walkoff home runs by rookies. But the Dodgers made it three in a row Sunday afternoon.After Matt Beaty’s game-winner in the ninth inning on Friday and Alex Verdugo’s in the 11th on Saturday, Will Smith came off the bench to hit a three-run pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the Dodgers to a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.“I think Garlick’s gotta be next,” Smith joked, referring to rookie outfielder Kyle Garlick — the only rookie left on the Dodgers’ current roster who hasn’t hit a walkoff home run this season.center_img “We were saying this will probably never be broken.”Before this weekend, there was no record to break.Sunday’s win was the Dodgers’ sixth in a row and completed a three-game sweep of the Rockies. It is the first time the Dodgers have won three consecutive games on walkoff hits since May 31-June 2, 2010 (against the Diamondbacks) — when this weekend’s heroes were still in high school.“Awesome. That was sick. I think we’re all still in shock,” said Chris Taylor who hit a three-run pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning for the other half of the Dodgers’ scoring Sunday. “Three nights in a row. Three rookies. His second. It’s special to be able to do that. I think it takes some serious nerve to calm yourself in those situations and he’s done it twice. That’s pretty impressive.”Promoted by the Dodgers when David Freese went on the Injured List Sunday, Smith started Sunday in Oklahoma City, heading to the airport on a few hours sleep to catch a 6 a.m. flight to Los Angeles. He admitted to grabbing a nap after heading straight to the stadium.last_img read more

Several ALP, LP Stalwarts Join Boakai’s Bandwagon

first_imgMembers of opposition parties ALP and LP pledged their support to the UP campaign. Some fifteen influential supporters of major opposition parties, including Liberty Party (LP) and All Liberian Party (ALP) of businessman, Benoni W. Urey, and Charles Brumskine have pledged their support to the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai. The new Unity Party recruits, many of whom were ranking members of their old parties, have pledged to do all within their power to ensure that VP Boakai, whom they described as the light of the country, is elected at the polls in October.Fifteen ex-members (11 from ALP and 4 from LP) made their commitments to the UP at separate ceremonies yesterday. “We, formerly of the ALP, have come to pledge our support to the presidential bid of the best candidate for this race, VP Boakai,” Mr. Dickson N. Tamba, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues said at a press conference. Tamba is ALP’s former National Assistant Secretary General for Press and Information.“These elections are defining moments for our country because we have not had such a democratic transition in years, and as such the VP is the most qualified to lead this process,” he said.“Today is a historic day for Liberia. Historic because, conscious and patriotic Liberians, having gone throughout every nook and cranny of this Republic, assessed the political and development situations in our country, consulted with our people and having evaluated and soberly reflected on the character traits of all those wanting to become President and Vice President of Liberia, have resolved and declare our support to VP Boakai and Attorney-at-Law, Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay,” he said.Tamba said their decision to cross-over is not only “a pride to us, our families, our friends, political supporters and many followers but also our chiefs and elders of the land who sanctioned it. It is an honorable duty traditionally to listen and yield to the voice of wisdom.“We indisputably share the vision of this winning team to drive a new agenda for Liberia; one that sincerely seeks to put emphasis on all Liberians through inclusive representation without discrimination which will in effect contribute greatly to our national development and reconciliation.“We are aware that a few will call us names but we encourage them to muster the courage to join us because the truth is that this decision is in the best interest of the state and the forward march of our country and people,” he said.He added that “History will be kind to us because this is our testament to the people of Liberia and the world that we stand for peace, stability, development and national unity in our country.“We will work with you – body, mind, and soul from Todee to Barrobo, West Point to Hoffman Station, Careysburg to Edina, Lake Piso to Late Talla, Waum to Konobo, Belle Fassama to Karquekpo, Grandcess to Suehn Mecca, Wayzohn to Webbo, Kpatawee through Gibi and to Cestos to ensure that Ambassador Boakai and Speaker Nuquay of the Unity Party –win this election based on proven records of their high degree of humility, tolerance, wisdom, and ability to unite and lead this country on the path of Peace, Stability, and Development.”From the Liberty Party’s end, (4) District Coordinators of Montserrado County pledged their support to the VP.These Coordinators, who hailed from Districts #4, #5, #6 and #10 made the disclosure last weekend that they have resolved to cross over to the UP. They include Moses P. Tokpah, Washington G. Kartoe, Shadrach Capehart and Ronald J. Fayiah.They indicated that they parted ways with the LP because of its Standard Bearer. “We and our colleagues want to decisively announce to the nation our resignation as coordinators of the largest auxiliaries of Liberty Party for electoral Districts 4, 5, 6 and 10 of Montserrado County,” they said.They alleged that they had been oppressed while performing their respective responsibilities, but did not what oppression they allegedly endured. They also described Brumskine as undemocratic, uncivil who single-handedly drafted the party’s constitution which gives him exclusive power.They also accused Cllr. Brumskine of failing to live up to his many promises “where we have vigorously worked in our various communities recruiting and mobilizing supporters for the LP.“We have realized that the Brumskine-Karnwea ticket does not have any good intent for our country. For instance, look at the case of Cocopa Rubber Plantation. This plantation was intended for the people of Nimba to manage in anyway whatsoever to improve the livelihood of the great people of Nimba, but because of Brumskine-Karnwea’s manipulation, today the Plantation is owned and managed by both of them,” they said.Coordinator Fayiah said he and his colleagues in 2011 joined the political fight against Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to elect Cllr. Brumskine as president, but are glad that that didn’t happen at the time.Meanwhile, a Liberty Party official who spoke to the Daily Observer, denied allegations of oppression, by the defectors, saying: “There is nothing wrong to leave one party for another if you decide to do that, but it is unfair for such people to make up stories against the party they have decided to leave.”He condemned the defectors for their lack of vision and assured them that the Liberty Party is not worried about their decision to leave.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more