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  • NFL, other leagues should dump pot testing

    first_imgSeattle Seahawks’ Jermaine Kearse catches a touch-down pass in front of San Francisco 49ers’ Carlos Rogers during the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)NEW YORK (AP) — Jermaine Kearse smiled before the question was even finished.Should the NFL — and all professional leagues, for that matter — stop testing players for marijuana?“Awww, man, why do you have to put me on the spot like that?” the Seattle Seahawks receiver griped.Persuaded this wasn’t one of those gotcha moments during Super Bowl week, Kearse tepidly came up with a reply.“Whatever is best for the players,” he said.The best thing for players in every league, be it the NFL, NBA, NHL or Major League Baseball, would be to remove pot from the list of banned substances. No one should ever have to endure what Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner is going through.Instead of playing in the biggest game of his life, he’s stuck at home, forced to watch the game on TV like most everyone else, because of a positive test for marijuana. Since he had also tested positive as a rookie back in 2005, not to mention some issues over whether he should have continued to be tested even when he wasn’t employed by an NFL team, Browner is suspended indefinitely and could wind up missing a full season.“If marijuana is legal in some states, I don’t understand how an employer has the right to control what an employee does after working hours,” said Peter Schaffer, Browner’s agent. “It’s just not right.”No, it’s not.Mason Tvert, right, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, prepares to deliver a petition to National Football League headquarters, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in New York. Kevin Fitzgerald, left, director of building security, waits for the handoff. T(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)The NFL Players Association needs to get crackin’ on this issue right away, even as it tries to reach agreement with the league on a matter that has gotten far more attention: testing for human growth hormone, a performance enhancing drug that is difficult to detect.As it stands now, pot is lumped with cocaine, meth, opiates and PCP as a banned “substance of abuse,” even though there’s no evidence to suggest that it’s nearly as harmful as those more powerful drugs. In fact, proponents of legalizing marijuana will insist that it causes fewer problems than booze, and they make a pretty compelling case.In the NFL, the first positive test for any of those drugs requires a player to enter the league’s treatment program. Subsequent violations result in a fine and then a four-game suspension.The NBA’s policy on marijuana is similar: treatment after the first positive test, a $25,000 fine if it happens again, a five-game suspension for the third violation.The NHL’s policy is a bit murky, with league and union officials giving conflicting answers over possible penalties for marijuana use. Essentially, it seems, if a hockey player has “dangerously high levels” of pot in his system during testing — whatever that means — he is placed in the league’s substance-abuse program.The guidelines in baseball are the most convoluted of all, setting different standards for major and minor leaguers. For those on the 40-man roster, the use of marijuana, hashish and synthetic THC is not subject to a suspension, and there have been no announced penalties of any kind for pot use since the Joint Drug Agreement went into effect more than a decade ago. For those with minor-league contracts, a second positive test brings a 50-day suspension, a third violation results in a 100-game ban, and a fourth gets you kicked out of the game for good.The issue of legalizing marijuana has come to the forefront since both Colorado and Washington took that very step, and the Super Bowl has become a convenient conduit for those on both sides of the issue since the AFC champion Denver Broncos and NFC champion Seahawks come from those states. Not far from MetLife Stadium, dueling billboards were put up by supporters and opponents of legalization.Some have dubbed it “The Stoner Bowl,” and even NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has some fun with the issue.“What kind of joint is this?” he joked at his state-of-the-players-union news conference.But there are serious issues that need to be addressed, especially when it comes to studying the medicinal uses of marijuana. There are many who believe it can help players cope with pain in the short term and better deal with the long-range effects of their brutal game. To his credit, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league could consider marijuana as a possible treatment for concussions if there’s science to back it up.“These guys are hurting, they’re in pain,” Schaffer said. “They go through 60 or 70 train wrecks every Sunday.”While most players dodged marijuana questions during Super Bowl week — even the outspoken Richard Sherman — Schaffer has no doubt that a majority would be in favor of dumping pot from the testing program. In fact, he believes that might be a way to break the stalemate over HGH testing — the players could sign off on the league’s proposed policy in exchange for removing marijuana as a banned substance.Former NFL player Brendon Ayanbadejo — best known for his support of gay marriage — said he knew of teammates smoking marijuana right in the hotel before one of his Super Bowls.Most telling, he sounded like it was no big deal.“I would much rather have my teammates smoking weed,” Ayanbadejo wrote on Twitter, “than popping highly addictive narcotics!”___Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963last_img read more

  • Village 35 Placed On Hold Until 2018

    first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – After a slew of dedicated meetings and long nights at town hall over the past year, Middletown’s contentious commercial development has been pushed back yet again.But this time, it’s into 2018.After arguably the shortest meeting between the Middletown Township Planning Board and representatives from Village 35 – the large-scale commercial complex proposed along Route 35 North – both parties agreed to adjourn all hearings on the development until January.The decision comes from a pair of redevelopment decisions made by the Middletown Township Committee over the past four months, Village 35’s lawyer Marc D. Policastro said at an Oct. 4 meeting.In July, the township’s governing body authorized the planning board to look at three specific properties in town as “areas in need of redevelopment” – a state statute creating a more streamlined path for improving conditions of blighted areas. Among those three was the Mountain Hill property, the unofficial name given to the 119-acre parcel, where the 52-acre Village 35 development would be built.Two months later, in September, the township retained three New Jersey-based planning firms to conduct redevelopment investigations into “a number of impending redevelopment projects in the Township that cannot be addressed entirely by the Township’s in house planner,” a resolution at the time said.“We did not seek out redevelopment, just for the record,” Policastro said last Wednesday evening. “It’s the genesis of the township committee.”While it may seem like legal jockeying, an “area in need of redevelopment” designation could change the direction of Village 35 going forward. It would virtually allow the township committee to get their hands on the project and set guidelines – something they would have been unable to do if it continued before the planning board.Regardless of what decision is generated over the coming months, residents say they want a voice in the process. Monica Manning, president of Minding Middletown, the resident group fighting the project, says she would love a seat at the discussion table.“Right now, we’re just waiting to see the redevelopment plan and what’s happening there,” she said. “We’re hoping the traffic is taken very seriously on the project, in terms of whatever redevelopment plan goes there.”As it stands now, the project is a 332,000-square-foot commercial development set along the Route 35 North corridor between Kanes Lane and Kings Highway East. The complex, marketed as The Shoppes at Middletown, spans a half-mile along the highway.Two businesses have signed leases to be tenants at the shopping center. A 152,000 square-foot CMX Cinemas movie theater along Kings Highway East is the first. Then, the big-ticket item: a 130,000-square-foot Wegmans Food Markets, at the southern end of the development.Until Village 35 comes before the planning board again in January, there’s no saying what a new project layout would look like. The same goes for the possible housing complex proposed by Toll Brothers in the rear 66-acre lot it wants to develop on. No residential application currently exists.Yet National Realty & Development Co., Village 35’s parent company, maintains having a Wegmans on-site would not change. An FAQ page on The Shoppes at Middletown website states there’s a “long-term, binding lease agreement” between the two entities to ensure Wegmans will be a tenant.“In the end, we have the right to develop the property, as long as we conform with all the requirements and the codes,” said John Orrico, president of NRDC, in an interview with The Two River Times in May.Nearly two years of meetings have yielded no concrete results on the Village 35 plan. Initially, the planning board wanted to hear both the residential and commercial components as one. Then, in February, the same board decided to split the applications apart. At that point, Toll Brothers had rescinded its residential application of 280 luxury townhomes with an additional 70 affordable rental units. It was being marketed as “Oaks at Middletown.”Village 35 was given two project-specific meetings this year, which they did not attend, and at one point went a five-month stretch where no application was presented. The company was shoring up Wegmans-related site plan changes during that time.But Policastro maintained there’s been no desire to delay the applications any further.“From the private side, we’re getting tremendous pressure to get this through, while being mindful of the concerns of the board and the public,” he told the Middletown planning board. “At the same time, we’re straddling that.”Orrico said in May he anticipated the center may open in 2020 or 2021, and said it would cost between $70 million to $80 million to build.The next Village 35 meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 2018 at Middletown Township town hall, 1 Kings Highway.This article was first published in the Oct. 12-19, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

  • Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Rec Leadership

    first_imgThe LVR Recreational Leadership made a lot of families in Nelson very happy. The class raised close to $2,000 during a Christmas Fundraiser in early December held at the Fairview school. The event, initiated by Grade 12 Leadership student, Taryn Scarff allowed th class to present the Nelson Community Services with a cheque for $1,000 as well as purchase clothes, toys, and blankets for the Nelson Transition House. The class also bought seven people presents from the wish tree at Kootenai Moon.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the class with Team of the Week accolades.  Pictured is Taryn Scarff )holding the cheque along with LVr principal Tim Huttemann, rec leadership instructor Sheri Morrison  and members of the Recreational Leadership 11 and 12 classes from LVR.last_img read more

  • Halfway River Fire Grows 600 Hectares Over The Weekend

    first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Crews fighting the Halfway River Fire faced an uphill battle with hot and dry conditions this past weekend.The fire, which is burning approximately thirty kilometres north east of Hudson’s Hope, grew by 600 hectares on Sunday, and now occupies an area of approximately 2,000 hectares. The 86 firefighters, 5 helicopters, and 3 pieces of heavy machinery have that fire 50% contained right.Fire Information Officer Hailey Williams says that the fire’s spread took it in a north-westerly direction, and that crews have maintained fire guards along the western and south-western flanks which are closest to structures near the blaze. Williams added that crews will continue to maintain these lines, but that high winds forecast for today could push the fire closer to the river.- Advertisement -While no evacuation alert has been posted for the area, Williams says that crews are closely watching the weather, and are working closely with the Peace River Regional District in monitoring the situation in case an alert needs to be put into effect.last_img read more

  • A’s All Star Matt Chapman will face Dad in HR Derby

    first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SEATTLE — When Matt Chapman was last taking swings against his dad, he wasn’t the well-rounded hitter he is today.That’s what got him to his All-Star Game this year. Now, his father will be pitching to him on a far bigger stage than his high-school field back in the Orange County suburbs.Early Sunday morning, Chapman received a text from his agent asking if he’d like to replace the Brewers’ Christian Yelich in …last_img read more

  • What is One Thing Nobody Told You About Being a Family Caregiver?

    first_imgWhat is one thing nobody told you about being a family caregiver? This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on January 13, 2017. When you embark on the journey to be a caregiver of a loved one, there are many obstacles and challenges to face and overcome along the way.Role ShiftBefore becoming a family caregiver you have an established role with your loved ones. You are a parent, spouse, sibling, or child. However, when you become the caregiver you take on a new role that can shift your current role. Although this role shift is often necessary, it can be difficult.If you are caring for your child, you are a parent as well as a caregiver and an advocate. As a spouse to your loved one you are a husband or wife but also a caregiver. Learning to balance the different roles can help you effectively provide care for your loved one while still maintaining your identity as their spouse, parent, child, sibling or even friend.For more information about role shift, explore our ‘Caregiver Identity Discrepancy & Implications for Practice’ course.last_img read more

  • Ranatunga blames Modi for India’s World T20 disaster

    first_imgIn a stinging attack on Lalit Modi, former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has blamed the Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner for the national team’s disastrous show in this year’s Twenty20 World Championships.”India lost the Twenty20 World Cup thanks to Lalit Modi. No one else. Lalit Modi and his IPL,” he said.”When I was playing, there were players who always wanted to achieve something for their country. We used to play for our clubs for no money,” Ranatunga said in a speech to the Oxford Union to be carried in the January issue of The Wisden Cricketer magazine.”It was an honour to play for our country. Not like nowadays,” he added.India, who went into the event as defending champions, couldn’t go past even the first stage when the tourney was staged in England earlier this year.last_img read more

  • Take hot bath 90 minutes before bedtime for super sleep

    first_imgTaking hot bath at least 90 minutes before bedtime is your ticket to sound sleep. Just remember that the water temperature should be around 40-42 degrees Celsius, else you may not get better shuteye. Biomedical engineers at University of Texas-Austin reached this conclusion after analyzing thousands of studies linking water-based passive body heating, or bathing and showering with warm/hot water, with improved sleep quality. “When we looked through all known studies, we noticed significant disparities in terms of the approaches and findings,” said Shahab Haghayegh, lead author on the paper. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”The only way to make an accurate determination of whether sleep can, in fact, be improved was to combine all the past data and look at it through a new lens.” In collaboration with the UT Health Science Center at Houston and the University of Southern California, the researchers reviewed 5,322 studies. Meta-analytical tools were used to assess the consistency between relevant studies and showed that an optimum temperature of between 104 and 109 degrees Fahrenheit improved overall sleep quality. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhen scheduled one-two hours before bedtime, it can also hasten the speed of falling asleep by an average of 10 minutes. It is understood that both sleep and our body’s core temperature are regulated by a circadian clock located within the brain’s hypothalamus that drives the 24-hour patterns of many biological processes, including sleep and wakefulness. The average person’s circadian cycle is characterized by a reduction in core body temperature of about 0.5 to 1 Fahrenheit around an hour before usual sleep time — dropping to its lowest level between the middle and later span of night-time sleep. The researchers found the optimal timing of bathing for cooling down of core body temperature in order to improve sleep quality is about 90 minutes before going to bed. If baths are taken at the right biological time – 1-2 hours before bedtime – they will aid the natural circadian process and increase one’s chances of not only falling asleep quickly but also of experiencing better quality sleep.last_img read more

  • Push for research to cure blood disorders

    first_imgKolkata: In a bid to strengthen collaboration in research and education and mutual exchange of knowledge to cure all blood disorders, the first edition of The HOPE Asia 2019 in the city on Friday.The three-day programme will end on Sunday. “It was a great opportunity for not only haematologists of the country but also budding medical professional to interact with eminent experts from across the world,” said Rabindra Kumar Jena, president of Indian Society of Haematology and Blood Transfusion. “The outreach programme focuses on long term collaboration,” said Professor Gianluca Giadano, Chair EHA Global Outreach Committee. Debasish Bhattacharya, Director of Medical Education, West Bengal and Pradip Mitra, OSD (Research) West Bengal Health Department spoke on the occasion.last_img read more

  • Giampaolo believes Sampdoria can win today against Genoa

    first_imgThe Derby Della Lanterna will be played today in the Italian Lega Serie A and Giampaolo has respect for his rivalsSampdoria and Genoa will face off today in the Derby Della Lanterna in the Italian Lega Serie A.And for Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo, his rivals are to be respected, but he believes his team can win.“The Derby is an important moment for the city and a football match cannot be confused with a real drama,” Giampaolo told Football Italia.“Anyone who has experienced a Derby knows that it is a special night, one that is enjoyable.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“There should still be mockery and healthy competition between the sets of fans because that rivalry is what football is all about,” he added.“In a way, it helps us embrace normality in the city again.”“The lads who haven’t played in it yet do talk to each other, they have video clips to look back on, plus our fans will be sure to show them just what it means when they gather outside the team hotel,” Giampaolo commented.“I don’t want my team to change its approach just because this is a Derby. Determination and aggression are all part of the game, but I want Sampdoria to above all play football.”last_img read more