Month: July 2019

Taking a further step towards a softer Brexit Kei

first_imgTaking a further step towards a softer Brexit, Keir Starmer has indicated his backing for the free movement of workers as part of the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The Shadow Brexit Secretary has also repeated his view that an Irish ‘backstop’ is now “inevitable” in any Brexit deal.In an interview with Newsnight on Monday evening, Starmer said: “We’re going to need a backstop. Do we have concerns about the backstop? Yes. Do we accept the backstop is inevitable? Yes. And actually, the focus is on that political declaration and answering the question, ‘what should the future relationship with the EU actually look like?’.”But Jeremy Corbyn, as he told Sky and the BBC last week, has agreed with the Prime Minister that the inability to unilaterally withdraw from the backstop arrangement is unacceptable. Theresa May is currently trying to amend the provision, which keeps the Irish border open in the event no trade deal is struck during the transition period.Starmer went on to express a softer position on the question of free movement, one of the four freedoms in the European single market, which Labour vowed to end in its 2017 manifesto. Asked whether Labour would back the ‘Norway Plus’ model, which offers free movement to EU workers but not citizens, Starmer replied: “That would have to be explored.”He added: “I think most people would agree that if somebody is coming to do a job, and it needs to be done, and it’s been advertised locally beforehand with nobody able to do it, then most people say ‘I would accept that’. Most people say that if this is about family reunification… ‘that’s something I can accept’.“And most people, I think, would say if somebody wants to come here to study, and it’s genuine, then of course please come and study. In fact, let’s celebrate that. I actually think we get stuck on the freedom of movement discussion too early.”Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer tells Newsnight the UK should “explore” allowing qualified free movement of workers from the EU after Brexit | #newsnight | @Keir_Starmer— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) February 4, 2019 Tags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Free Movement /Keir Starmer /Brexit /Backstop /last_img read more

LANCE Hohaia made a welcome return from injury las

first_imgLANCE Hohaia made a welcome return from injury last Friday and is now hoping to pick up where he left off.The half-back has undoubtedly had his best season in the Red V to date and that culminated in his telling contribution at Leeds.And now he wants himself, and the team, to kick on.“Our performance wasn’t where it needed be in the first half but we played better in the second to finish the game strong,” he said. “Thankfully, I came through the game well. I worked hard in rehab and I hope that showed on the field. In defence and attack I felt ok and there wasn’t any reaction to the injury.“I snapped two ligaments in the arch of my foot. I could have played against Wakefield but we felt it would be better to rest up another week. I trained with the team for two weeks and that helped me with my confidence.“We all need to stay fit; we’re in a position where we cannot afford any more injuries. I understand I am playing a key role so I want to play as well as I can and do a job for the team.“I came into the year wanting to be consistent and I have persevered, worked hard, listened to the coaches and what they wanted and brought a little bit of my own stuff to my game. I’d like to think I have got the balance and going forward I’d like to keep at a high standard.”Lance slotted back into the stand-off role in a Saints attack restructured somewhat by the loss of Luke Walsh.It’s something he is comfortable with though, as he explained.“It’s nice to touch the ball more often and it suits the team the way we now play,” he continued. “Jordan (Turner) is taking care of the middle, Wello is on the left and I’m on the right. I still feel we can do better and improve though.“Until the end of the season we know we will have tough close matches against good teams. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The chance to win the League Leaders Shield in front of our home fans is good too.“We know people don’t think we can do it, but within the group we truly believe we are good enough to win the title. We will push each other as hard as we can.“It would be nice to tie up the Shield this Thursday, but it can’t distract us from the main goal which is the Grand Final. Ideally, it would be good to win it and then we can focus on the big games in the home semi-finals.“When we played Warrington last time they got stuck into us from the get go and rattled us. We have to be prepared for that to happen again. They are a good side with good forwards so we have to match fire with fire.”Tickets for the match remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

First Team Match

first_imgSaints fell behind to an early Brayden Wiliame try but came storming back with first half tries from Adam Swift, Zeb Taia and Aaron Smith. Second half scores from the returning Theo Fages, Dom Peyroux, Jack Welsby and a hat-trick from Matty Costello secured another two points for Justin Holbrook’s men. Brayden Wiliame did grab a late second before Lewis Tierney scored a further late consolation.Costello, Fages, Alex Walmsley, Taia and Peyroux all returned as Lachlan Coote, Jonny Lomax and James Roby were rested, whilst Tommy Makinson and Luke Thompson joined Mark Percival and Louie-McCarthy Scarsbrook missing out through injury. Morgan Knowles was suspended.The game started with the visitors on top and within the opening minutes Catalans were in at the corner through Wiliame after a Matt Whitley pass out wide fed the winger for an early lead.Saints hit back in the 10th minute after a neat kick through from Peyroux was then kicked on by Kevin Naiqama and  Swift was first to the ball to touch down.Another try quickly followed when Fages put Taia through the gap with a short ball to score and give Saints a 10-6 lead with 20 minutes on the clock. Richardson adding the extras.The impressive Aaron Smith grabbed Saints third try of the game after the hooker powered his way through the Dragons knocking over two Catalans defenders to score under the posts.Catalans did get the last try of the first half after a flowing move on the right edge resulted in Wiliame scoring his second in the corner sending the teams in at half time with the score at Saints 16-10 Catalans.Saints started the second half in a blistering fashion scoring three tries in the opening 12 minutes of the second half  thanks to tries from Fages, Peyroux and Costello.Fages latched on to Richardson’s pass and he avoided the oncoming tackle to score in the corner, before Peyroux got on the score sheet after an excellent offload from Danny Richardson put Swift away down the line before stepping back inside the defender and finding an offload to Peyroux to go over.Costello grabbed his first Saints try of the season after a flowing move from right to left allowed Fages to switch the play with a long ball to Taia, who put Costello in.Catalans pulled a try back on the hour mark after a cut-out pass found Lewis Tierney in the corner.That didn’t stop Saints as we were back on top and in again in a matter of minutes after Welsby latched onto a kick through and scored his second try in as many games.Costello grabbed his second of the game after the centre through the dummy and crashed over before claiming his hat-trick, finishing off a excellent move in the corner as a young Saints go marching on again in front of over 11,000 fans.Match SummarySaintsStarting 13: Jack Welsby, Adam Swift, Kevin Naiqama, Matty Costello, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Danny Richardson, Alex Walmsley, Aaron Smith, Matty Lees, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles, Joseph Paulo.Interchanges: Kyle Amor, Jack Ashworth, James Bentley, Joe Batchelor.Tries: Adam Swift (10) Zeb Taia (23) Aaron Smith (30) Theo Fages (44) Dominic Peyroux (51) Matty Costello (54,71,76) Jack Welsby (67)Goals: Richardson 7 from 9.CatalansStarting 13: Tony Gigot, David Mead, Samisoni Langi, Brayden Wiliame, Lewis Tierney, Sam Tomkins, Matty Smith, Julian Bousquet, Alrix Da Costa, Sam Moa, Mickael Goudemand, Matt Whitley, Remi Casty.Interchanges: Kenny Edwards, Mickael Simon, Jason Baitieri, Sam Kasiano.Tries: Brayden Wiliame (4,36) Lewis Tierney (61).Goals: Tomkins 1 from 3.HT: 16-10FT: 50-14ATT: 11,268last_img read more

Find new shrubs flowers and vegetables at the fall plant sale in

first_imgProceeds from the sale will benefit many educational Pender Master Gardener programs.For more information please call the Tim Mathews, Local Foods/Horticulture Agent at (910) 259-1235. The Pender County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association will hold a Fall Plant Sale, Saturday, September 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hampstead United Methodist Church (15395 US Highway 17 North, Hampstead).- Advertisement – It will include a great selection of nursery and Master Gardener grown shrubs, flowers, and cool season vegetables. Many will be deer resistant, salt tolerant, pollinator friendly, and native plants.This year, customers will also be able to select and purchase plants on-line, from September 22 to October 12, through Gardens-Direct at Online orders placed from September 22 through September 28 may be picked up at the plant sale. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for some plants to spruce up your home or garden this fall, head to Pender County. Visitors will also be able to purchase new gardening items and gently used gardening must-haves. There will be a raffle and a food court.last_img read more

Woman accused of selling prescription pills outside courthouse

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville woman is accused of selling prescription pills to someone undercover in the parking lot of the Columbus County courthouse.Amanda Grant Cartrette was there for a Superior Court hearing on an unrelated matter on March 7. Deputies say Cartrette left her court hearing and met an undercover operative just outside the courthouse. She then allegedly sold Adderall and Suboxone tablets.- Advertisement – Cartrette was arrested Wednesday and is in the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center under a $30,000 secured bond. Deputies say the investigation began from community complaints.Charges:1 felony count of Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance1 felony count of Sell/Deliver Schedule III Controlled Substance1 felony count of Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell and/or Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance1 felony count of Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell and/or Deliver Schedule III Controlled Substancelast_img read more

Recovery effort for missing Fayetteville man continues into day six

first_imgSource: NC Division of Parks BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –  More crews, boats and equipment were still not enough to locate Jesse Sgro. He has been missing in a Bladen County park since this weekend.The parks service tells us there are no new developments or clues in finding Sgro.- Advertisement – Crews from across the state and with the parks service have spent more than thirty hours searching for the 23-year-old Fayetteville man. He was reported missing at Singletary Lake State Park Saturday morning. More than a half a dozens boats hit the water to search for Sgro on day five.However, crews plan to pick up the effort Thursday.last_img read more

Swimmer reportedly bitten by shark on Bald Head Island

first_imgBALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (StarNews/WWAY) — One person was taken to the hospital after a reported shark bite off Bald Head Island Sunday, according to Brunswick County emergency dispatchers.Dispatchers say they received the 911 call at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. A person had sustained what appeared to be a shark bite near Beach Access 42 on Bald Head, dispatchers said. They said the victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, but did not have further information on the victim or the extent of his or her injuries.- Advertisement – WWAY has reached out to the Village Department of Public Safety, but our calls were not returned. We also put in a request for information from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline.last_img read more

Panamas Cortizo wins close presidential race calls for national unity

first_img SharePrint WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img Presidential candidate Laurentino Cortizo of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) waves a flag as he celebrates after Panama’s electoral tribunal declared him as the winner of Sunday’s election with 95 percent of votes counted, in Panama City, Panama May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos JassoPresidential candidate Laurentino Cortizo of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) waves a flag as he celebrates after Panama’s electoral tribunal declared him as the winner of Sunday’s election with 95 percent of votes counted, in Panama City, Panama May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso U.S.-educated political veteran Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo won Panama’s presidential election in an unprecedented close race on Sunday, with the electoral tribunal declaring a winner after 95 percent of votes had been counted.In his victory speech, Cortizo called for national unity, after winning just a third of the votes with the country clearly divided about its choice in the one-round election.“Panama won today, and today more than ever, Panama needs to join forces,” the former agriculture minister told cheering supporters in the midnight speech at his campaign hotel.During the campaign he vowed to clean up politics after Panama’s image was tarnished by a corruption scandal involving Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht, and the Panama Papers leak of millions of documents detailing tax evasion by the world’s wealthy in the nation famous for its canal.“Panamanians don’t want, or merit, and won’t put up with more of the same,” Cortizo added. “The chaos is over. Public funds belong to the public, and they are sacred.”He takes office on July 1 and will have to balance relations with Washington and Beijing, after outgoing President Juan Carlos Varela rankled the United States by formally establishing diplomatic ties with China, now the second largest canal client.Second-place candidate Romulo Roux lagged just two points behind and was reluctant to concede, saying he had found some irregularities in ballots in some voting areas.Varela congratulated Cortizo in a call broadcast live in an apparent bid to show stability after the tight result.No election in the Central American nation has produced such a narrow result since the 1989 restoration of democracy that followed the U.S. invasion to topple dictator Manuel Noriega.The atmosphere had been tense at the hotel where Cortizo’s supporters gathered for hours to await their candidate, holding his Democratic Revolution Party’s (PRD) red, white and blue flags.They broke into cheers of “Nito, Nito, Nito!” after the electoral tribunal called with the news.Roux, 54, who previously worked at the authority that governs the canal and was foreign minister under jailed former president Ricardo Martinelli, posted on Twitter shots of ballot tallies he said were miscounted, as evidence of irregularities he said could change the result.He said his party needed to see all the tallies from across the country before accepting a result, but stopped short of saying he had won.Opinion polls ahead of the May 5 election had given Cortizo a much wider lead, failing to measure the support for a young anti-establishment party whose candidate, Ricardo Lombardo, garnered almost a fifth of votes.Both Cortizo and Roux represent long-established parties.“In part, it’s been a surprise, but in the end, the Panamanian people have made the right decision,” said Tomas Vega, a PRD candidate for Congress.Cortizo, whose children have U.S. passports and who still flies to Austin each year to watch college football team the Texas Longhorns, says he wants to improve ties with the United States.last_img read more

They want to give rights to robots instead to an unborn child

first_imgThe Leader of the Nationalist Party Adrian Delia said that it’s not right that the government wants to give rights to robots, but not to an unborn child.He said this during a political activity organized by Team Start, involving Sliema youth. In this activity, young people had the opportunity to ask questions to the PN Leader and PN candidates for the European Parliament elections.“Young people do not seem interested in politics”The topics mentioned were immigration, labour and the opportunities the European Union offers young people. When Delia was asked about his impressions of the election campaign, he said that he does not think that the campaign is doing well with young people because they don’t seem interested in politics.He said he arrived to the political activity angry because he had previously watched the video of Greta Thurnberg, a young Swedish girl who had told EU politicians they were not taking care of the environment and dealing with climate change.Delia explained that his generation was prepared because the generations before them had taken care to recover from the stark times of war. But according to him, today’s generations were finding everything messed up.“Let’s not fight over the storeys, but see who might be living underground”With passion, he urged young people to fight injustice, saying, ‘Let’s not fight over the floors, but see who might be living underground.’In addition to environmental issues and social justice, Delia referred to abortion and said, ‘No to destruction, yes to life.’ In contrast, he said it is ironic that today ‘we give robots rights but we take the rights of the unborn child.’Concluding, he said that youngsters should get angry and push for change.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

We want to be considered professional equals with Periti – MCAST graduates

first_imgOver 60 MCAST Construction Engineering graduates have called for the role of ‘Site Manager’ to be given professionally equal recognition .The group which states itself to made up of graduated or soon-to-be graduated students of the MCAST course, believes that the public perception of their training and expertise is not as reputed as that of the Perit.Thus their skills and experience still lacks recognition in the construction industry compared to those who pursued a career as a Perit.‘Through the years, graduates and alumni have often experienced or are still experiencing a lack of recognition of skills by the wide spectrum of trades in the construction industry. We often get the feeling that even for the general public, if you are not a Perit, you are an inferior grade role while we all know that for the industry to operate, it needs a spectrum of professional roles in charge of different activities and baring varying responsibilities,’ they state.The writers raised their points in relation to the current discussions over the government’s Legal Notice entitled ‘Avoidance of Damage to Third Party Property Regulations’.‘A manager needs to be on-site for all key decisions’ – construction consultationThe Legal Notice which outlines draft amendments on construction practices also discusses the role of ‘Site Manager.’ They state although the role does not require a breadth of knowledge in architecture but does requires more of a mix of managerial and technical background.However, they state that the role is ‘merely defined as a second in the industry,’ one that holds liability rather than being considered a professional equal, ‘that works hand in hand with the Perit to deliver the project safely and within a mitigated risk environment.’They add that the role of ‘Site Manager’ should instead be considered as a professionalised role with strong structural awareness and site competence.Read more:Updated (1): ‘Public safety is paramount’ – KTPKA hopes draft regulations aren’t superficial attempt to show public that government is taking actionHasty consultation eliminates need to check foundations of buildings‘We feel that it cannot be treated or associated to a skilled tradesperson but a true professional which is highly skilled in understanding structural designs, structural risks on site, subsoil investigations, site logistics and management, excavation practices, problem solving, concrete and masonry works, third party liabilities and many other activities which are required on a normal site,’ they state.Concluding, the 66 MCAST graduates say that they, ‘demand that our skills are truly recognised through a state warrant which thoroughly requires high qualifications and competence, regulated through a review board to grant the status of a professional in line to fulfil the site manager role.’WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Social protection biggest expenditure for government in Q1 2019

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Social protection Programmes and Initiatives continue to be the biggest source of government expenditure in Q1 of the last two years to 2019, new figures show.According to the National Statistics Office, government spending on this area has grown by just over €59m between the first quarter of 2017 and 2019, from €519,624 to €578,630.The current expenditure on projects and initiatives for Social Protection is around 77% greater in expenditure than spending on General Public Services (€117,060), around 83% greater than Programmes and Initiatives supporting Economic Affairs (€69,739) and 80% greater than expenditures on Health (€101,514).In terms of total expenditure, Social Protection accounted for the largest amount in Q1 of 2019, €643,367.Additionally, government expenditure on Education and Health came largely from Personal Emoluments (Pensions and salaries). This accounted for €114,383 for Health and €96,799 for Education.NSO67m deficit in Q1 2019NSO’s figures also show that a deficit was reported in the Consolidated Fund for Q1 2019, taken by year.According to the figures, the government recorded a deficit of just over €-67m for Q1 period, just under €10m less than the deficit than 2018 but almost €65m more than the same period in 2017.The figures show that Total expenditure outweighed Total Revenue by around €67m (Revenue – €1,720,299m / Expenditure € 1,787,702m). Social Benefits and Social Transfers in kind were the highest expenditure for the government, having increased to €441,229m this year since 2017.Likewise, Taxes on Production and Imports and Taxes on Income and Wealth remained the main sources of revenue, €649,804m and €615,005m respectively.NSOGovernment stocks report drop by €79mNSO also states that the value of Malta Government Stocks also reported a drop in value.This is reported to have dropped steadily since 2017 to 2019 (€5,389,324m to €4,891,999m), a reported drop of 79,739mConversely, 62+ Malta Government Saving’s Bonds increased in value since May 2018, rising from 99,477m to 291,475m in May 2019, a reported 191,998m increase.WhatsApplast_img read more

Bakes Nyamishana book rocks Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement Dorothie reviews the newest inspirational novel on the Ugandan scene, ‘TEARS OF MY MOTHER; The Success Story of Nyamishana, the First Female President of Uganda’ written by inspirational author and columnist Robert Bake Tumuhaise.This success story is a story that starts with a scarcity of success!!! A land ravaged by a locust invasion, followed by a famine/drought and filled with emptiness is the backdrop for the launch of the story. In that setting we get to meet Tayebwa, a poverty-stricken good-for-nothing man whose only contribution to society is giving birth to more offspring than he could look after. Among Tayebwa’s children, is Hannah a strong-willed girl who defies her father’s expectations and embraces Christianity, a ‘crime’ for which her father, curses her or claims to have cursed her with barrenness.Despite 40 years of a childless marriage and old age, Hannah longs for and has faith that she will still give birth to a son; and indeed, at an age when her body should not be able to reproduce anymore, Hannah conceives and gives birth. Her joy at this miracle is blighted, however, by the fact that she has given birth to a baby girl and not her long awaited son. – Advertisement – Being the positive-minded person that she is, she accepts her daughter for who she is and names her Nyamishana (a name derived from the Rukiga word omushana meaning sunshine). The journey of Nyamishana and her rise from abject poverty and obscurity to the greatest position in the land amidst overwhelming opposition and a myriad of failures, heartbreaks and disappointments is the subject of this book.The author calls ‘TEARS OF MY MOTHER’, “an inspirational book put in fiction form.” He couldn’t have been more correct. As an inspirational story, ‘TEARS OF MY MOTHER’ speaks to you no matter what you are going through and no matter how bleak your future appears to be. It’s a book that makes you believe the impossible is possible and that miracles still happen even today.As a work of fiction, Bake’s ‘TEARS OF MY MOTHER’, “grabs a hold of you and does not let you go till you reach the last page. The characters are striking, unforgettable and believable; the pace is pretty fast, never dragging; and the laugh-out-loud jokes offer the much needed comic relief in this intense story. Indeed it’s unputdownable, as the publisher says in the cover summary.Bake has created an unforgettable heroine in ‘TEARS OF MY MOTHER’ and my only wish is that the sequel has more than 140 pages, more details, and a more intrusive approach into the minds of the characters.The book is published in Kampala, by WORLD OF INSPIRATION, and will be launched on Wednesday 6th March 2013, 5-9pm, during the AUTHORS’ FORUM, at the National theatre. The launch will feature an inspirational debate in which Patrick Bitature, Fagil mandy, Doreen Ashaba, Patrick Kamara and other shakers, shapers and makers of history engage the public in live debate on ‘THE SUCCESS FORMULA FOR THE 21ST CENTURY’. Gold Tickets: UGX 50,000 and Silver Tickets: UGX 30,000.Copies of this wowlicious book are already being sold at WORLD OF INSPIRATION (Luwum Street, MM Plaza T33). A copy goes for UGX 20,000. For those who need copies or tickets, the lines to call are 0414691495, 0774107287 or 0700487768.This book gives hope that indeed, there is talent in Uganda and in Africa generally. I can’t seem to forget the statement that Nyamishana makes in one of her campaign speeches: “Uganda is a blessed country and I shall treat her as thus. If Jesus, the son of God, took refuge in Egypt, and drank our Ugandan water from river Nile, whose source is in this country, how can we fail to achieve prosperity?”I am also aware that Hollywood has already shown interest in putting Nyamishana’s story on the screen, in form of a movie. We can only cross our fingers. Surely, Uganda is becoming a powerhouse of art and creativity. The drums are beating, let’s dance to the melody.Review by: Dorothie Ayebazibwelast_img read more

BENS BLOG Lets all throw mentalillness under the bus

first_img[dropcap]M[/dropcap]inutes from an urgent meeting between The Guardian and the BBC‎ yesterday:Okay, guys, there’s been a horrific attack in Russell Square. five people have been wounded and one American tourist even killed.The killer had a knife, and like every other such recent international incident; was a Muslim.We can’t possibly bring ourselves to say the last bit publicly, so let’s find a way of completely denying/ignoring the fact.I’ve got a good idea: Why don’t we throw the incredibly serious issue, that mental illness is, under the bus? That way, we can keep the Remain/politically-correct/middle-class-leftie-media dream going. (DON’T WORRY ABOUT OFFENDING EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER BEEN MENTALLY ILL OR WORKED IN MENTAL HEALTH).Over and out, B xlast_img read more


first_imgThere’s nothing like it. After all the talk, Cheltenham 2018 was only hours away, I was on course early for all the build up to the opening day at Prestbury Park. Star Sports were betting in the ring, the rails and the on course betting shop plus on our brand new web site starsports.betPRE-RACING VIDEOSBIG MAC and BEN (part 1)BIG MAC and BEN (part 2)ANDREW ON THE RAILSMARCELLA IN THE RING 1:30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)The anticipation had become almost unbearable on the run-up to the Festival, not least today. Everyone was keen to get the first race underway. As the roar went up the pressure release was palpable, at least on our joint.THE ROAR<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Ben was determined to get Getabird in the book, no monster bets came in but we still had him to the tune of £26k in the Tatts book at the off. We had him beaten over the last but the more likely looking winner Kalashnikov was just winning a cup of tea. Then that God sent hill worked its magic as Summerville Boy pounced to land a 9/1 victory and get us five figures despite laying a hedge bet that took £5k out of the winner right in the hole. Great start.2:10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)Now we were underway, off and running with the punter’s money as a buffer. Ben was screaming to get Footpad as well as offering the forecast option – keeping both clerks under the cosh. They had their work cut out with both Marcella McCoy and Ben Keith calling bets.The bigger punters didn’t steam in which was disappointing but when Ben went 10/11 the jolly in came a £10,000 to £11,000. Shortly after we were made to jump again with a £27,000 – £6,000 Petit Mouchoir. At the off both were bad losers.Turning for home we had no chance, over the last even the hill wasn’t going to save us with cheers of ‘Ruby Ruby’ booming around the ring, Footpad sauntered home and we were already on the back heel.2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3)The ring opened up 5/1 the field in the Ultima. Big handicaps don’t usually attract big punters but liabilities can be huge. They need to come at you though but they stood back for much of the race. We eventually laid a bet of £10,000 – £1,200 Singlefarmpayment then the office called to say they’d laid £75,000 – £15,000 Coo Star Sivola and they were off.It was a fantastic victory for Lizzie Kelly and the Genius Of George Nympton, Nick Williams but an absolute disaster for the firm, especially in a race like that.Losing untold bundles in a handicap isn’t the ideal preparation for the big race of the day. That is doubly compounded when the race harbours one of the bankers of the meeting.3:30 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)Buveur D’ Air opened at a tentative 4/7 as Ben braced himself for the first real monster bet of the day, for surely if there was going to be one today, this race was it.It really was an anti-climax on course, no big bets at all but the office livened things up reporting £8,000 – £12,000 and £8,000 – £14,000 the jolly and £7,500 each way Melon.It’s not a very nice feeling when you have no possible chance jumping the last. The result was an absolute disaster, but there’s always a silver cloud, if a punter had wanted £100k – £140k the winner they’d have got it, so thankfully there were no takers.4:10 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 1)Similar to the Champion Hurdle, the layers priced Apple’s Jade at 4/7, certainly more tentatively given everyone was now doing their cobblers in style. Star Sports gave the punters the option to bet the forecast, it was mission claw back.ANDREW’S MID AFTERNOON UPDATE<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Try as Ben might he couldn’t take a significant bet off the floor for the jolly but still had it a loser for a thick four figures. It was a similar story in the office, worryingly they did lay £80,000 – £20,000 each-way Benie Des Dieux.Brand ambassador Davy Russell almost did the ring a favour when conjuring a cracking run out of Midnight Tour but was run out of it by the absolute disaster each way lump with the favourite beaten. It was a winning race on course but the bigger picture was an absolute disaster, with seemingly no way out.Only five races into the Festival the game is far from over but a degree of stoicism is required to get back on the joint and stuck into the next race. Ben’s a stoic man.4:50 National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)Ms Parfois was the one the punters wanted to be on, backed at 13/2 and clipped a point. Business was notably lighter than previous races though and they hadn’t exactly had the joint rocking.Late money for Jury Duty saw it nudge to market leader at the off.As they were off the office called, we’d laid a £50,000 – £10,000 Rathvinden which made that the absolute bogie whilst Ms Parfois took £10,000 out of the on-course book. I’m not sure that those Gambling Gods were overly happy that Ben suggested that a deity was a bookmaker. They were having their fun today, no doubt chortling as the two battled it out up the hill with the absolute just getting up. Those 000’s were going to take a lot of adding up tonight.5:30 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed)It would be a lie to say heads were not bowed going into the concluding race. You couldn’t really make up the terrible results, even though there’s never a last race the entire team were glad that this one was today’s.There were a few of bets to make us jump, not Ben though, he’d legged it and who could blame him, including a £20,000 – £600 each way Rocklander and £5,000 – £900 Any Second Now and steady money for De Plotting Shed. It was a case of waiting and hoping.Mr Whitaker was a good winner in the book, despite being only 13/2 but Rocklander finishing third just about summed up the day. Tomorrow will be better, won’t it?last_img read more

Rice political scientist available to comment on immigration ruling from Texas judge

first_imgAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice political scientist available to comment on immigration ruling from Texas judgeHOUSTON – (Feb. 17, 2015) – Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available to comment on a Texas federal judge’s decision to halt President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.Jones said the ruling leaves approximately 4-5 million beneficiaries of Obama’s November executive order wondering when, or even if, they will be able to emerge from the shadows and normalize their immigration status in the United States.  “Over the past few months, many of these individuals have been putting together the documentation in support of their applications, which now will remain unsubmitted for at least the near future, if not considerably longer,” Jones said.Jones said that the Democratic spin on the lawsuit is that this is another in a series of actions undertaken by Republicans that adversely affect Latinos, while the Republican spin on the lawsuit is that it was designed to block what they consider to be an unconstitutional abuse of executive authority by Obama.  “This may very well be a case that will go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which means a full resolution could not take place until some point during the first half of 2016,” Jones said.Jones, chair of Rice’s Political Science Department and a fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is a leading expert on Texas politics and has been quoted nationally. He is also an expert on Latin American politics and has authored guest columns on these topics in Texas Monthly and the Texas Tribune.Media who want to interview Jones may contact him directly at 832-466-6535.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more

Happiness Net Worth and Materialism – Chicago News

first_img Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Chicago Happiness, Net Worth, and Materialism – Chicago News RelatedPolitical Turnover, Gaming, and Venture Acceleration – Chicago NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week. Why Economic Crises Trigger Political Turnover in Some Countries but Not Others – Kellogg Insight New research from Northwestern Kellogg Professor of Managerial Economics and Decisions Nancy Qian explores “how much the people of…September 27, 2018In “Chicago”Business School Experts on the Glass Ceiling, and More – Chicago NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week. Here’s a Better Way to Schedule Surgeries – Kellogg Insight Northwestern Kellogg Associate Professor of Operations Chaithanya Bandi and McCombs’ Diwakar Gupta recently published new research that focuses on how hospital administrators can…October 17, 2018In “Chicago”Booth Research Reveals Dominance of Snap Judgement, and More – Chicago NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week amidst the Polar Vortex (stay warm, everyone). Why People Make up Their Minds Sooner Than They Realize – Chicago Booth News More information does not necessarily lead to more informed decisions. New research…January 31, 2019In “Chicago”center_img Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week.How To Be Happy Without Earning More – Booth Business BlogThe University of Chicago Booth School of Business recently published a lengthy profile that explores “hedonomics,” a term that professor Christopher K. Hsee appropriated to use as a “counterpart” to traditional economics, which studies how “to extract more happiness from the existing stuff.”Hsee explains, “Our ancestors had to work to accumulate enough to survive. But now productivity is so high, we don’t need to work so hard for survival.”In 2008, Hsee and his Booth compatriot Reid Hastie “redefined” the term from its original meaning as the “study of ways to interact with machines.” The article explains that “their version of hedonomics is premised on the idea that people don’t need more resources to be happier; they need to use existing resources differently,” such as a child who grows weary of wooden blocks they initially enjoyed. “Hedonomics suggests the child doesn’t need more blocks to be happy; she needs to change how she plays with those blocks.” One component of hedonomics is the “hedonic treadmill,” coined by Northwestern’s Philip Brickman and Lehigh’s Donald T. Campbell, which refers to the psychoeconomic effect of what happens when it “takes more and more things to make people happy.”According to the article, “The hedonic treadmill fires up because people misunderstand what will actually make them happy. [In fact], people gain more happiness when they satisfy their inherent rather than learned preferences—needs rather than wants.”Hsee’s research could be useful in developing countries where the middle class continues to grow and more developed countries where the middle class has begun to diminish, particularly with the prospect of millions of people becoming idle due to automation looming in the background.“You can make idle people happy by giving them a reason to ‘play with the existing blocks’ without accumulating more blocks.”You can read more about hedonomics here.Aric Rindfleisch’s Research Delves Into Reducing Materialism in Younger Consumers – Gies School of Business BlogUniversity of Illinois Gies College of Business Professor of Business Administration and Marketing Aric Rindfleisch, who researches consumer values, recently published a paper in the Journal of Positive Psychology, which presents “strategies for reducing materialism in younger consumers.”According to the Gies School of Business Blog, “The impact of gratitude on adolescent materialism and generosity” has led to two studies that offered “fostering gratitude” as an effective strategy to combat materialism in adolescents.Aric Rindfleisch, Gies College of Business Professor of Business Administration and Marketing“In the first study, children and adolescents with a grateful disposition were less materialistic.” The second study found that ‘gratitude journals’ “significantly reduced materialism and also attenuated materialism’s negative effect on generosity.”You can read more about Rindfleisch’s research here.New Study Contradicts Notion That Electronic Health Records are Driving Doctors to Quit – Mendoza Ideas & NewsNotre Dame Mendoza College of Business Professor of IT, Analytics, and Operations Corey Angst has coauthored a new study due for publication in Information Systems Research, which finds that electronic health records (EHRs) have “increased doctors’ tenure at hospitals.” This discovery stands in direct opposition to certain prominent articles, which assert that EHRs have caused doctors to retire.“The Mobility of High Status Professionals after the Implementation of Enterprise Information Systems, which was coauthored with the University of Minnesota’s Brad Greenwood and McGill’s Kartik Ganju, examines how EHRs affect the “decision of physicians to continue practicing at their current hospital.”Angst says, “Results suggest that when EHRs create benefits for doctors, such as reducing their workloads or preventing costly errors, their duration of practice increases significantly.”“However, when technologies force doctors to change their routines, there is an obvious exodus, though it’s more pronounced with older doctors, especially specialists, and those who have been disrupted in the past by IT implementations,” he adds.Angst notes that “doctors won’t be scared off as hospitals continue adopting new technologies — as long as they’re not too disruptive to routines.”You can read more about the research here. About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer last_img read more

American Airlines Praised for Diverting Flight After Passenger Heart Attack

first_img Share this article US News Pilot called for an all doggy potty parade ?— Lara Diamond Phillips (@laradphillips) February 21, 2018 Show Discussion Share OMG. How scary for his loved ones and the passengers. Do you know – is he going to be OK? I’ll pray so.— Laura Fox Holloway (@l_foxholloway) February 21, 2018 #AmericanAirlines flight 1405 en route to San Diego just diverted to Denver to land after a man collapsed of apparent heart attack. Flight crew were amazing throughout. Pilot just came through to ask if anyone has any questions and to reassure everyone. Great job @AmericanAir— Lara Diamond Phillips (@laradphillips) February 21, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   ANUSHREE MADAPPAAmerican Airlines flight 1405 en-route to San Diego from New York was diverted to Denver after a man suffered a heart attack on the flight on Tuesday evening. The crew and pilot were praised for their skill in handling the situation.Flight 1405 bound from New York on Tuesday evening had to be diverted to Denver when a passenger on board suffered a heart attack. At the time of the incident pilot told Air Traffic Control there was a cardiac incident on the plane and two nurses were working on the patient.A passenger on flight, Lara Diamonds, praised the efforts of the flight crew who she said were amazing throughout the incident, on Twitter. However, many hoped the patient would make a full recovery.Following the incident, the pilot requested the assistance of the customer service to take a dog on board for a walk.“Customer service just came onboard to take a nice man named Andy’s dog off the plane to go to the bathroom,” she said. The incident comes after Instagram model Jen Selter was escorted out of an American Airlinesflight by airport security last month. American Airlines was criticized by the passenger for the way the incident was handled by the crew.  According to the other passengers, the incident that led to Selter’s eviction from the plane was blown out of proportion.The flight bound from Miami to New York, was delayed by more than two hours.Selter said she got up from the seat to stretch her arms when one of the crew members walked up to her and asked to take a seat.“The plane wasn’t taking off. I told him to relax. But he had something against me,” Selter said, Page Six reported. “He was so nasty.”Following the heated argument between Selter and the crew, she was asked if she preferred to leave the flight to which Selter replied “yes” but she said her word was laced with sarcasm.The crew got in touch with the pilot and asked to dispatch security to escort the passenger off the plane.“American Airlines calls the shots,” one of the five security guards who showed up, was seen saying in one of the videos. “They don’t want you to fly on their plane today.”As a show of solidarity when Selter was escorted off the plane, another passenger got up to leave with her saying she “was just standing because [Selter’s sister] and the other passenger went to the bathroom. And then one of the crew members, he just came and started shouting at her, harassing her, it was really bad.”After the incident, American Airlines spokesperson issued a statement saying Selter was escorted out due to a disagreement between her and the crew, but she was offered accommodation and transportation which Selter duly declined to accept.In response to the incident that transpired yesterday, the airlines expressed their gratitude to the passenger for the praise lauded on them.“Thanks for the kind words, Lara. We’re glad to hear our crew and pilot were able to calm everyone concerns,” the airlines said. Displayed with permission from International Business Times American Airlines Praised for Diverting Flight After Passenger Heart Attack By Syndication Partner February 22, 2018 Updated: February 23, 2018 An American Airlines flight was diverted to Denver on Tuesday Feb. 19. The details of the passenger who suffered the heart attack was not disclosed. There was no update on the individual’s current health who was carted off the plane in Denver. I don’t know 🙁— Lara Diamond Phillips (@laradphillips) February 21, 2018last_img read more

Threat Made Against GOP Rep Jason Lewiss Daughters

first_imgRepublican Rep. Jason Lewis said that he was forced to contact police over threats that were issued to him and his family members. (U.S. House Office of Photography) US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Share this articlecenter_img Republican Rep. Jason Lewis said that he was forced to contact police over threats that were issued to him and his family members.“It was serious enough for my office to alert the Capitol Police” in Washington, D.C., Lewis told Fox News on Friday. “It’s becoming very, very dangerous for members of Congress and our families,” he added, referring to the threats.Lewis, of Minnesota, said that his daughters were threatened in messages that were received by his office.“The new thing is that, ‘you’re a bad person because you said something.’ It’s not even about actions anymore. They’re defining speech as a character flaw,” Lewis told the network.The threats, he said, are linked to a hysterical political environment with escalating rhetoric. “Unstable people” are being instigated into making threats—or even acts of violence—by the “new rhetoric from the left,” Lewis said.Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) said he also received threats against his daughters in July, saying that “some of the stuff that has been said has been quite sick,” Fox reported. The number of threats he’s received has increased significantly since the 2016 election, he said. The House Sergeant at Arms said that the total reported threats against members of Congress increased twofold from 2016 to 2017, according to the report.In June, a man was arrested for threatening Rep. Brian Mast’s (R-Fla.) children over the Trump administration’s immigration policy.“I’m going to find the congressman’s kids and kill them,” Laurence Key, the suspect, allegedly stated, according to TC Palm. “If you are going to separate kids at the border, I’m going to kill his kids.” Lawrence Key was arrested for threatening Florida GOP lawmaker Brian Mast in June. (St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office)Key called Mast’s office 478 times, according to a federal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court, the publication reported.Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai, who is a Republican, became the subject of threats, resulting in the arrest of a man in June. “I will find your children and I will kill them,” a man wrote, according to reports last month.Markara Man, 33, was arrested Los Angeles and charged with threatening a family member of a federal official after an FBI investigation, Politico reported.Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) received several threats in recent months. On July 2, Paul stated that a man was arrested after threatening his family with an ax.“This man had threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an ax,” Paul told ABC News at the time.  “It’s just horrendous that we’re having to deal with things like this,” Paul said.Most notably, last year, James Hodgkinson, a left-wing activist, opened fire at a baseball field attended by Republican members of Congress. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) was shot while practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois is seen in this undated photo posted on his social media account. (Social Media via Reuters)About one month before the shooting Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter, wrote on May 22, 2017: “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co” above a petition demanding Trump to be removed. He belonged to Facebook groups such as “Terminate the Republican Party,” “The Road To Hell Is Paved With Republicans,” and “Donald Trump is not my President.” Apple, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.In the incident, Sen. Paul was also “shot at,” he said, ABC reported. “I’ve had a year where it’s becoming more and more aware that we have these real threats out there,” Paul said, adding that he now has security at his side all the time. Share Threat Made Against GOP Rep. Jason Lewis’s Daughters ‘It’s becoming very, very dangerous’By Jack Phillips July 27, 2018 Updated: July 27, 2018last_img read more

Family of Australian Tourist Killed by NY Truck Driver Speaks Out

first_img Share this article US News Family of Australian Tourist Killed by NY Truck Driver Speaks Out By Janita Kan August 13, 2018 Updated: September 4, 2018 Madison Jane Lyden, 23, from Australia, was hit and killed by a truck while bike riding near Central Park on Aug. 10, 2018. (Facebook/Madison Lyden) The grieving family of an Australian woman who was killed while cycling in New York City after being hit by a garbage truck has broken their silence.Madison Jane Lyden, 23, from Geelong, Australia, was sightseeing near Central Park shortly before 5 p.m. local time on Aug. 10 when the accident occurred. She was cycling in the Central Park West bike lane when a car pulled up in front of her, causing her to swerve into the adjacent car lane.She was then hit and run over by the garbage truck. The 23-year-old, who didn’t have a helmet on at the time, as taken to a nearby hospital but could not be revived.Madison’s family members from Lauderdale, Tasmania, spoke to reporters on Aug. 13 remembering the “beautiful girl” who was “loyal and loving.”“Our girl was on the trip of a lifetime and I think she’d only spoken to me on the previous day or the day before and said ‘Dad, can you believe your little girl’s in New York City?’” Madison’s father Andrew Lyden said, reported the ABC.“For her to be taken from us in such a horrific way is gut-wrenching. Words can’t describe how heartbreaking this is.” Her mother Amanda Berry said Madison had just completed four years at university and was applying for masters this year. She was travelling the world with her best friend “having the adventure of a lifetime.”Her twin sister Paige Lyden said she didn’t know “where to begin on what Madison meant to me and our family.”The family has also posted a personal announcement on their family business page to express their sorrow over Madison’s death. Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The garbage truck driver Felipe D. Chairez, 44, has since been charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired, and operating a commercial vehicle with an alcohol reading of 0.04-0.06 per cent or less, reported ABC, citing police.Chairez had spoken to police at the scene of the incident and officers noted that he appeared intoxicated. They later found two empty beer cans in the truck, New York Daily News reported.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the tragic scene on Aug. 10 and told reported that he will make sure there will be a full investigation.“This is another example, from my point of view, of the danger of reckless driving, and we’re going to make sure there’s a full investigation and we’re going to make sure that there are real consequences for anything that happened here that was illegal,” he said, reported Newscorp. “A 23-year-old, that’s very painful.”According to a report by Vision Zero, a program aimed to make streets safer, the number of bicycle fatalities on New York City streets has remained constant with 23 fatalities in 2017 and 18 deaths in 2016. On average, 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed each year in traffic crashes, according to the program.“This status quo is unacceptable. The City of New York must no longer regard traffic crashes as mere ‘accidents,’ but rather as preventable incidents that can be systematically addressed,” the program website stated.“No level of fatality on city streets is inevitable or acceptable.”From Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan Show Discussionlast_img read more

More Accidents Happening in States That Have Legalized Pot

first_img More Accidents Happening in States That Have Legalized Pot By Zachary Stieber October 18, 2018 Updated: October 18, 2018 Share Show Discussion Car accidents are happening more frequently in states that have fully legalized marijuana, according to researchers.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced the finding in two new studies that were set to be released on Oct. 18.“The last thing in the world that we want is to introduce another legal substance where we may be adding to that toll and to the carnage on our highways,” David Harkey, president of the Insurance Institute, told Bloomberg.“With marijuana impairment, we’re just now starting to understand what we don’t know.”The study said that the frequency of collision insurance claims in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington state rose about six percent higher than in nearby states where marijuana is still illegal.A separate study by the institute found a five percent increase in the rate of crashes per million vehicle registrations in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington versus nearby states. Analysts controlled for differences in the rated driver population, insured vehicle fleet, the mix of urban versus rural exposure, unemployment, weather, and seasonality, the institute said.“The bottom line of all of this is that we’re seeing a consistently higher crash risk in those states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes,” Harkey said.driver with marijuana arrested A woman is detained by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer after marijuana was found in her vehicle while entering into the United States from Mexico in San Ysidro, California, on Sept. 23, 2016. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)Marijuana Affects DriversA number of studies have confirmed that marijuana use negatively affects drivers, including causing a slower reaction time when drivers must respond to unexpected events, such as situations where they need to slam on the brakes; causing problems with switching lanes properly; and impaired cognitive performance, according to a review of the research by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration sent to Congress in July 2017 (pdf).According to other studies reviewed by the administration, marijuana is the second most frequently detected drug in crash-involved drivers behind alcohol.Researchers know a lot about the direct link between alcohol and car crashes but are still working on defining the nature and scope of how marijuana contributes to crashes, the report noted.Related Coverage‘We Are Seeing the Ill Effects’ of Pot Legalization, Says Colorado Police OfficerPolice Find Marijuana Growing in ‘Pot Nursery’ Under Toilet Bowl at a BusinessTexas CrashThe institute’s report came just days after the National Transportation Safety Board announced its finding that a crash that killed 12 people in Texas in March 2017 was caused by a 20-year-old driver’s failure to control his vehicle due to using marijuana and misusing prescription medication.The driver swerved his pick-up truck into the opposite lane and caused a head-on crash.Witnesses told authorities the driver had been driving erratically for more than 15 minutes before the crash.Investigators found marijuana cigarettes in the truck as well as drug paraphernalia and prescription medication, and a toxicology test detected THC and clonazepam, a sedative, in the driver’s system.The board called for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help identify countermeasures that can help with the growing problem of drug-impaired drivers on the road, including developing an oral fluid screening device that can be used by police officers during traffic stops.“The pick-up truck driver in this crash made terrible choices with tragic consequences,” said board Chairman Robert Sumwalt. “But the rising tide of drug-impaired driving did not begin with this driver, and it will not end with him. Law enforcement needs additional tools and advanced training to detect impaired drivers before they crash, regardless of the impairing drug they’re using.”From NTD.tvDid you enjoy this article? Continue to read more stories  here. Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article US News QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video last_img read more