Hemp bill completes third hearing in Ohio House committee

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural & Resource Law ProgramThe Agriculture and Rural Development Committee in the Ohio House of Representatives completed its third hearing regarding Senate Bill 57 on Tuesday. The bill would decriminalize hemp produced under the regulatory system proposed in the bill. The committee heard testimony from nearly two dozen individuals and organization representatives.None of the witnesses gave testimony in opposition to the bill. Nearly all of the testimony, including the testimony given on behalf of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio Chamber of Commerce, was offered in support of the bill. The Ohio Farmers Union submitted testimony only as an “interested party” rather than as a “proponent,” saying that it supports the principle of hemp decriminalization, but does not believe that the hemp marketing program established in the current version of the bill would be necessary. Click HERE to view the witness testimony regarding Senate Bill 57 on the Ohio General Assembly’s webpage.last_img read more

Kashmiri traders call for shutdown

first_imgTraders in Kashmir have called for a shutdown against the GST regime even as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s government is facing growing opposition to the reforms from political parties and separatists. Two traders’ bodies — the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation and Kashmir Economic Alliance — have called for a shutdown on July 15. A special Assembly session is scheduled to debate the implementation of the GST in Srinagar on that day. “There is consensus among traders on GST being a threat to J&K’s identity,” said the KEA chairman.last_img read more

The part of cricket that’s not spoken of

first_imgYou’re keeping wicket for your first tour match in England. Your next match will be your 150th Test match and you’re hoping you’ll add to your already huge total of 550-plus test dismissals, you need only two more scalps to reach the figure of 1000 international dismissals, something never achieved by any other keeper.In the meantime, your leg-spinner comes on and you move up to the stumps. The spinner immediately troubles the batsmen with his variations and zip. Maybe your concentration lapses, maybe not. Your leggie lets rip one from the back of his hand, it spears back in and the batsman misses it by a house. You’re watching the ball, as you’ve watched, possibly, over 2,00,000 deliveries in your first class career, you’re watching the googly as it cheats your gloves by rattling into the stumps. You’re not watching the flying bail that slices into your eye.People who don’t understand cricket often fail to realise it’s one of the most dangerous sports you can play, if not the most dangerous of all ball games, definitely involving the most dangerous projectile. Cork, string, leather and gut may not sound too lethal in isolation but when combined into a cricket ball they can, and have killed people. In the case of Mark Boucher’s freak injury, the ball created a sub-missile in the bail, but anybody who’s kept close to the stumps knows that the swing of the bat is the second most lethal element after the ball itself – a potential decapitator – while the ball exploding off the bat is third on the list.advertisementPersonalI was lucky I got hit by my first cricket ball when I was only six. I was fielding at something called short leg and the equally young batsman slammed the ball into my forehead at point-blank range. As the doctor stitched me up (three stitches) I asked ‘Am I going to die?’ All the people standing around burst into laughter. I was lucky in two ways: first, the ball we were playing with was really old, with the seams falling apart, and second, it was the year before I was discovered with increasing myopia – in twelve months I was wearing heavy -4.5 specs made from glass that would smash into shards. Had the ball been a bit newer and harder, I would have been seriously injured. If the ball had hit my specs I could have been blinded. Maybe I was actually lucky in three ways. Soon my scar had healed into a slight nick and I had no traumatic associations with the cricket ball.Those damned specs kept me from opting for violence too often (if I took them off I couldn’t see anything, forget about a punch) but they didn’t keep me from cricket and from developing a penchant for keeping wickets standing up to the stumps to all but the most nippy or erratic bowlers. Being a fan of Farrokh Engineer and Gary Sobers, I also internalised (from writing and photographs!) that the fast short ball coming at your face was a gift from the gods, allowing you to play those delicious black sheep strokes, the hook, the pull and the high square cut; as many other ‘batsman’ boys tried to squat in the middle order away from the new ball and fresh fast-bowlers I kept trying to slip myself further and further up towards opening the innings.I began playing regular cricket on the bumpy rock and grass in my local park and at the Calcutta Maidan. When I think of the Russian Roulette bounce of those ‘wickets’, when I remember that each dive for a ball meant scrapes and cuts, I now shudder. At 13, I moved to a boarding school in Rajasthan which had a huge reputation for cricket. Here the grounds were spacious (and scenic) but only slightly kinder to the elbows and knees. We mostly played on matting and this speeded up things while keeping the bounce more even. But even here, till one got to a certain level in the cricket hierarchy, the mats were old and frayed, adding their spice to every delivery. One of my ruthless, wickie’s instructions to bowlers used to be to aim for holes or tufts of loosened weave near the good length spot. When this worked it made life interesting for the batsmen but equally for any keeper standing up.While we might have been fans of Sobers et al, the fate of Nari Contractor – who was disabled when he ducked into a bouncer by the fearsome West Indian, Griffith – was still fresh in our coaches’ memories. In those days, helmets were only worn by racing car drivers and sissies playing American Football, no one could conceive of helmets on the cricket field, so what was drilled into us was: ‘Never ever take your eye off the ball, even when you’re ducking.’ None of the coaches minded that one idiot kid was channelling Wally Grout and also batting at No.3 wearing glasses that resembled the bottoms of soft drink bottles. If Boycott, Lloyd and Gaekwad could do it, why not this boy?advertisementDangerThe headmaster, who had taught at elite schools in Britain, did mind when he noticed and he went ballistic. But such was the power of our cricket coaches that even this fearsome man had to back down when they told him I could handle it. In case this sounds like self-praise or bravado let me be quite clear – it was the worst kind of foolhardiness, boasting about which is almost like bragging about having driven very fast while drunk and blindfolded. I still think of the close calls I had while batting or keeping or just practising and I have to shake off the scenario of the ball smashing into my glasses, blinding me.Of course, I then thought I was indestructible, with the fastest reactions in the world. By the time I gave up cricket at nearly seventeen (no pull to reach the top, Gavaskar and Co rumoured to be anti all players from Bengal and Rajasthan, etc) I had dealt with some reasonably fast bowling for the place and time without any serious injury.ContrastWith contact lenses and cricket helmets both still exotically new-fangled inventions, I suspect I was very lucky I didn’t get to face some sub-Karsan Ghavri or Kapil Dev in club or university games and, having watched Murali bowling at the nets from just behind the batsman, that I didn’t have to keep to some not-that-slow cobra-spinner on a normal pitch.I don’t blame my coaches, not a bit, but the sensibility only came to me when I myself attended a Grade 1 coaching camp in London. The first thing taught was looking out for the safety of the kids, even with tennis and plastic balls. The second lesson was how to approach coaching kids with slight disabilities (as a heavy chashmuddin, I would have been tagged as one). When you introduced kids to proper cricket balls, strict rules had to be followed: they had to be above 11, no child could field closer to the batter than so many feet and that too, always with helmets. New balls only came when you were 12, and by then the batters and keepers were kitted out like Batman. I remember noting the stiff batting, the heavy footwork, missing the suppleness we associate with Sub-Continental or West Indian batsmen. But, looking at Mark Boucher’s sudden finis, I see the sense in it and I yet again thank my stars.advertisement- The writer is the author of The Last Jet-Engine Laugh.last_img read more

Braxton Miller’s Father Refutes SI Report, Calls It A “Backup Plan”

first_imgBraxton Miller talking to Urban Meyer after an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 12: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes talks with Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after their game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Hawaii 38-0. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) braxton miller superdomeTwitter/@Kevin_NoonLast night, Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel broke the news that Ohio State’s Braxton Miller would be switching positions to wide receiver/h-back for the upcoming season. That report has since been walked back by Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer, who said he “hasn’t made those decisions” at this point. Kevin Miller, the father of the two-time Big Ten player of the year, agrees with Meyer’s take. He spoke with The Columbus Dispatch about his son’s potential position switch.“That’s what he wants to do,” the older Miller said of Braxton playing quarterback. “But being a competitor and a team player, if he doesn’t feel that he’s ready for quarterback because of the shoulder, he’s open to doing whatever it takes to get on the field and help the team.”As for playing receiver, Kevin Miller said, “That’s not his plan, but if it comes down to that, he’s already been putting in work. You don’t want to wait until the last minute.”Right now, we know that Miller is discussing the possibility of playing at another position, and is putting in some work at the wide receiver/h-back role. It is still up in the air as to whether or not that becomes a permanent change, but it doesn’t sound like Miller is going to spend his final college season on the sideline, one way or another,[Columbus Dispatch]last_img read more

Feds pipeline purchase helps some Indigenous leaders worries others

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsSome leaders see the Trudeau government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline as an unprecedented “economic opportunity” for Indigenous people.Others see it as a declaration of war.“They don’t care about Indigenous rights, they don’t care about violating Indigenous laws or international human rights,” said anti-pipeline activist Kanahus Manuel, who tweeted as much Tuesday.“What they’re looking at is about money and they’re looking at their pocketbook.”But Allan Adam, chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation near Fort McMurray, Alberta, thinks there’s room for compromise.“First Nations could own a pipeline,” Adam said in a telephone interview.“It opens the door for Crown-Aboriginal relations for reconciliation.”Adam said the government’s decision to buy the pipeline and related infrastructure for $4.5 billion – and spend billions more to expand it through Alberta and B.C. – opens the door for Indigenous development.“That’s the angle I see coming. First Nations leaders have to be open-minded in the broader sense and take every opportunity that comes before them.”Ernie Crey, chief of the Cheam First Nation in the B.C. interior, agreed.“I’m happy it’s getting the green light,” said Crey, who has been outspoken in his support of the project.“We’re interested in taking out a stake in the pipeline.”Of course, not all B.C. chiefs think the same way. Many along the 1,150-km pipeline path support it as a way to deliver Alberta crude to an ocean port and on to foreign markets.But those on the west coast worry about a spill.Woke up this morning to find out I’m a partial owner in some pipeline company. My kids too and my unborn grandchildren. We’re all involved in it I guess. The scary part is that there are people in this country that actually believe this govt is doing a good job. pic.twitter.com/N8fuZUFHiw— Theo Fleury (@TheoFleury14) May 29, 2018“The bands themselves hold jurisdiction over their reserves,” said Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith band near Chase, B.C.Wilson, who spoke against the mega-project on environmental grounds to the pipeline’s private shareholders in Texas earlier this month, says pushing ahead shows Liberal politicians are more interested in creating jobs than respecting Indigenous rights.“The opposition will continue,” she said. “This has been a critically important issue to many of our nations.”Already 200 people have been arrested in varying protests in B.C.My statement on #KinderMorgan: pic.twitter.com/vGuHHp70v7— Perry Bellegarde (@perrybellegarde) May 29, 2018Chief Bob Chamberlin, a member of the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, was even stronger in denouncing the expansion of the pipeline, on which Finance Minister Bill Morneau says construction could begin immediately.“I have a great sense of disappointment in the Canadian government for this decision,” he told APTN News.“It’s clear that there is not consent for this across First Nations’ territory.”Chamberlin and Wilson are executive members of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, which may represent bands with conflicting views but holds unanimous resolutions against growing the pipeline on their lands.“There’s a deeper awareness amongst Canadians now about how this Liberal government has not lived up to the commitments that it’s made,” Chamberlin added.Morneau said his government did not want to own the pipeline long term. He said it would sell to a new owner or owners and invite investors like pension funds and Indigenous groups to buy in.One of those groups is the Métis Nation, said David Chartrand, who praised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his pipeline leadership.“It’s a benefit not only to Canadians but to Indigenous people,” said the president of the Manitoba Métis Federation.Chartrand said deals with pipeline companies can lead to prosperity for Indigenous communities and jobs for the long term in construction and monitoring.In turn, Indigenous people would keep an eye on the environment.“There’s two ways to look at this and people need to understand that,” he said. “It takes resources to rebuild the environment through the tax base.“The money’s not just going to come out of trees.”Still, Chartrand has been called a sell-out in a letter signed by prominent Métis people across Canada.Manuel, whose late father Arthur Manuel is credited with identifying the federal government as an enemy of Indigenous people, says a new owner won’t change what she’s been doing in opposition.“We were going up against Kinder Morgan. Now we’re up against the feds,” she said.#Canada this is a declaration of war against Indigenous Peoples! We will stop this pipeline from crossing our #unceded Secwepemc Territory. #noconsent pic.twitter.com/Mp90bI8149— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) May 29, 2018Adam is taking heat for flip flopping on oil economics but says it makes sense to him. He’s got people who need jobs and others he says are suffering health effects from the product in the ground.“I’ve been chief for 10 years and – if talks go the right way – we need to see some benefits. Maybe let’s take a look at ownership of a pipeline.”But Wilson predicts showdowns along the route that will pit Indigenous people against each other.“There’s a bigger issue here,” she said.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Court cancels Shafats bail in Banani rape case

first_imgShafat AhmedA Dhaka court on Wednesday cancelled the bail of Shafat Ahmed, prime accused in the sensational Banani double rape case, reports UNB.Judge Khademul Kayes of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 passed the order following a petition filed by the state. Later, the court sent him to jail.The court also denied bail to Shafat’s friend Nayeem Ashraf. Earlier on 29 November, the court granted bail to Shafat Ahmed.The court also fixed 6 March for the next date to testify the victim as the today’s recording of testimony was not concluded today.On 6 May last year, a university student filed the case with Banani police station against five persons including Shafat and Shadman Sakif.According to the case statement, Safat and Shadman raped the plaintiff and another woman on 28 March at The Raintree Dhaka in the capital’s Banani area while three others assisted them.The three other accused are Nayeem Ashraf, Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain and bodyguard Rahmat Ali.last_img read more

Pentagon cancels 300m aid to Pakistan

first_imgUS defense secretary James Mattis gestures during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, US, 19 May 2017. Photo: ReutersThe US military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad’s perceived failure to take decisive action against militants, in a new blow to deteriorating ties.The so-called Coalition Support Funds were part of a broader suspension in aid to Pakistan announced by president Donald Trump at the start of the year, when he accused Pakistan of rewarding past assistance with “nothing but lies & deceit.”The Trump administration says Islamabad is granting safe haven to insurgents who are waging a 17-year-old war in neighboring Afghanistan, a charge Pakistan denies.But US officials had held out the possibility that Pakistan could win back that support if it changed its behavior.US defense secretary Jim Mattis, in particular, had an opportunity to authorize $300 million in CSF funds through this summer – if he saw concrete Pakistani actions to go after insurgents. Mattis chose not to, a US official told Reuters.”Due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy the remaining $300 (million) was reprogrammed,” Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner said.Faulkner said the Pentagon aimed to spend the $300 million on “other urgent priorities” if approved by Congress. He said another $500 million in CSF was stripped by Congress from Pakistan earlier this year, to bring the total withheld to $800 million.The disclosure came ahead of an expected visit by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and the top US military officer, General Joseph Dunford, to Islamabad. Mattis told reporters on Tuesday that combating militants would be a “primary part of the discussion.”Experts on the Afghan conflict, America’s longest war, argue that militant safe havens in Pakistan have allowed Taliban-linked insurgents in Afghanistan a place to plot deadly strikes and regroup after ground offensives.Increasing PressureThe Pentagon’s decision showed that the United States, which has sought to change Pakistani behavior, is still increasing pressure on Pakistan’s security apparatus.It also underscored that Islamabad has yet to deliver the kind of change sought by Washington.”It is a calibrated, incremental ratcheting up of pressure on Pakistan,” said Sameer Lalwani, co-director of the South Asia program at the Stimson Center think tank in Washington.Reuters reported in August that the Trump administration has quietly started cutting scores of Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programs that have been a hallmark of bilateral military relations for more than a decade.The Pentagon made similar determinations on CSF in the past but this year’s move could get more attention from Islamabad, and its new prime minister, Imran Khan, at a time when its economy is struggling.Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves have plummeted over the past year and it will soon decide on whether to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or friendly nations such as China.”They are squeezing them when they know that they’re vulnerable and it is probably a signal about what to expect should Pakistan come to the IMF for a loan,” Lalwani said. The United States has the largest share of votes at the IMF.Khan, who once suggested he might order the shooting down of US drones if they entered Pakistani airspace, has opposed the United States’ open-ended presence in Afghanistan. In his victory speech, he said he wanted “mutually beneficial” relations with Washington.A Pakistani official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said he was unaware of a formal notification of the US decision on assistance but said one was expected by the end of September.Pakistan has received more than $33 billion in US assistance since 2002, including more than $14 billion in CSF, a US defense department program to reimburse allies that have incurred costs in supporting counter-insurgency operations.Pakistan could again be eligible next year for CSF.last_img read more

July 4 2003 HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY To this repor

first_imgJuly 4, 2003HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY: To this reporter it seems important to acknowledge the steady, every day persistence in good solid work as the true basis for any independence. Whether the insistence to be free of oppression, or simple daily toil, only consistency in the approach yields any result. Here at Arcosanti our foundry crew is a good example. The production of bells is a tough job, especially in the hot summer month. The foundry crew produces bells five days a week with 3 or 4 heats [bronze pours] every day, molding, pouring, cleaning, drilling and assembling. [Photo & text: sa] Crewmember Jim Huth impresses a design into the silt form. [Photo & text: sa] Design detail. [Photo & text: sa] The crew at work. [Photo & text: sa] Crewmember Melinda Barnadas. [Photo & text: sa] The crew takes turns to pour the bronze. This time Andrew Kle [middle] is guiding the crucible with Melinda tailing. [Photo & text: sa] Tom Sargent and James Moscovic are shoveling, a stand-by security incase any bronze tries to escape. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> The bells get cleaned, brushed and extra flashing is ground away. >>right>> Crewmember Sarah Merando assembles some of the bells. [Photo & text: sa] With beautiful designs and a clean sound, Soleri bells are a trademark all over the world of a courageous endeavor. There is not much romance in a repetative job, but the steady labour of this foundry crew insures in large part the ‘Independence’ to continue a dream, the slow but steady building of Soleri’s ‘Urban Laboratory’ here at Arcosanti. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Rep VanderWallsupported law gives high school students credit for internships

first_img Categories: News,VanderWall News 25Jun Rep. VanderWall-supported law gives high school students credit for internships State Rep. Curt VanderWall today announced a new state law will allow high school students to earn course credit for completing an internship or work-study program, citing the need for expanding education beyond the classroom.“We have to give our state’s future generations more opportunities to learn and gain real-world experience, not just expect success because they completed 12 years of education in a classroom,” said VanderWall, of Ludington. “Whether a student is set to go to college or start a career right after earning their diploma, an internship can be invaluable for deciding what is best for themselves. This will help the students and our local businesses to prepare for their respective futures.”Michigan Department of Education guidelines already allow work-based paid or volunteer internships in grades 9-12, but this new law cuts through the state administrative hurdles by giving the local district board of education authority to approve and oversee the internship for course credit. The new law also protects funding, allowing school districts to count anyone participating in an internship or a work experience program off campus as a full-time student.“Giving local schools more say is crucial because matching the right students to the right program has clear educational benefits,” VanderWall said. “If a high school junior has an interest in being an electrician, how does it not help to spend five hours a week on a construction site while helping a journeyman electrician? That’s on-the-job training and skill development that is not available in every high school. Opening that door is all about opportunities with it being up to the student, their family and the school to work together.”House Bills 4106 and 5676 are now Public Acts 184 and 185, respectively, of 2018.#####last_img read more