Stuff.co.nz – Lynne Bower and Deborah Stevens 6 May 2020Family First Comment: Boom! Superb commentary – which asks the right questions:“Setting aside the obvious question of why are we legalising and making readily available a product that is associated with a number of “harms to individuals, families/whānau and communities”, we need to carefully consider whether legalisation will enable any of the bold claims that are made in regards to promoting the wellbeing of New Zealanders. Firstly, legalisation is not necessary for “raising awareness of the health risks associated with cannabis use” — we can do this without legalisation. Further, there is nothing in the bill that says how “access to health and social services, and other kinds of support for families/whānau” will be improved. Further still, we need only look to other jurisdictions that have legalised cannabis for recreational use to see that eliminating the illegal supply of cannabis, restricting young people’s access to cannabis, and making sure the response to any breach of the law is fair, are unlikely to happen.#saynopetodopeSetting aside the obvious question of why are we legalising and making readily available a product that is associated with a number of “harms to individuals, families/whānau and communities”, we need to carefully consider whether legalisation will enable any of the bold claims that are made in regards to promoting the wellbeing of New Zealanders.Firstly, legalisation is not necessary for “raising awareness of the health risks associated with cannabis use” — we can do this without legalisation.Further, there is nothing in the bill that says how “access to health and social services, and other kinds of support for families/whānau” will be improved.Further still, we need only look to other jurisdictions that have legalised cannabis for recreational use to see that eliminating the illegal supply of cannabis, restricting young people’s access to cannabis, and making sure the response to any breach of the law is fair, are unlikely to happen.Evidence does not support the argument that the black market and its associated gang involvement will disappear with the legalisation of cannabis. In Canada and California, government-authorised sellers are unable to keep up with the newly created cannabis demand, and government prices are higher than those of the black market. The range of cannabis products available is also greater on the black market. Hence, the black market continues to find support and thrives.Although the bill sets the legal age of cannabis use at 20 years, this will not guarantee the safety of younger people. Research has found a significant increase in adolescent cannabis-associated emergency department and urgent care visits following legalisation, with greater numbers of young people requiring treatment for acute medical or psychiatric symptoms following cannabis use.Research from jurisdictions in the USA that have legalised recreational cannabis use also shows that responses to breaches of the law in regard to cannabis are not applied fairly. Minority groups and indigenous people remain disproportionately represented in cannabis-related arrests, contrary to what legalisation proponents suggest.Alcohol and tobacco companies have invested heavily in the newly created cannabis industry overseas. Cannabis is set to be the next addiction-for-profit industry. Given the way in which corporations are already organising themselves for legal recreational cannabis use, we need to ask ourselves: “Who will really benefit from such legalisation?”If we recognise that there are harms associated with cannabis — as we do — then legalisation is not the way to address those harms. A better way forward may be to take the time to explore and publicly discuss the decriminalisation of cannabis, as opposed to its legalisation.Decriminalisation would facilitate the separation of cannabis use from issues of social justice and health, and provide space in which the work of focusing on the wellbeing of New Zealanders can be better addressed. It will be wiser to vote “no” to the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, and instead push for public discussion on the decriminalisation of cannabis.— Dr Lynne Bowyer and Dr Deborah Stevens are co-directors of The New Zealand Centre for Science and Citizenship Trust.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/300005217/better-to-decriminalise-cannabis-rather-than-legalise-it–bill-opponents
A team of four undergraduates from USC’s Marshall School of Business won first place at the National University of Singapore International Case Competition held at the National University of Singapore on Sept. 16, making it Marshall’s second case competition victory in a row.Best-case scenario · Professor Quentin Fleming (center) and the four members of the Marshall case team won first place in Singapore. – Photo courtesy of Marshall The team — seniors Emily Dong, Nikunj Mistry and Calvin Tay, and junior Michelle Li — was one of two U.S. teams at the competition. Their opponents came from 11 different schools and seven countries, including South Korea and Thailand.Members of the team were surprised when they found out that they had won the competition.“We were ecstatic,” said Quentin Fleming, professor of management and organization and the team’s faculty adviser. “It was one of those moments.”Dong, a senior majoring in accounting, said the team didn’t anticipate the win.“We were hoping to place, because we didn’t expect first,” Dong said. “It was a good surprise.”Mistry, a senior majoring in business administration and economics, said the case competition was particularly difficult because students were only given eight hours — as opposed to 24 to 48 hours in other competitions — to read a 20- to 30-page text about a business problem, analyze it and present their recommendations to a panel of judges.“In a lot of case competitions, you know how much time you have and have a chance to prepare before you start the competition, but this time we really had no idea,” Mistry said.The other U.S. team was from UC Berkeley. Thammasat University from Thailand placed second and National University of Singapore placed third.Fleming said that for USC, this win is particularly significant because it shows that Marshall students have a lot of initiative.“They enjoy challenges and really step in and rise to the occasion,” Fleming said.And this has been happening for a while.“Marshall has been winning more than our fair share in the last two and a half years,” Fleming said. “We’ve really kicked into high gear.”This is USC’s second victory at an international case competition since the fall of 2009. Marshall has also consistently done well in other international competitions, Fleming said.USC regularly holds one of the largest case competitions in Los Angeles every spring. About 30 universities around the world attend and the USC team has won that competition.“I don’t think that was really good manners,” Fleming said.
By Vahnu ManickchandIn light of the recent bout of tension between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago over trade issues, the Heads ofGovernment Ministers and other officalsthe two countries have declared their commitment to the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and more specifically its integrated development strategy – Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME), while pressing for much focus to be placed on the initiative to make it more effective and efficient for people in the Caribbean.Delivering remarks at the opening of the 37th Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, which got underway on Monday in Guyana, Prime Minister Andrew Holness pointed out that Jamaica has always been supportive of CSME and undertaken the necessary reforms including changes to its legislation.He said Jamaica now provides a strong, transparent and predictable regulatory environment for those who wish to relocate there for working purposes, noting that this is an integrated pillar for the integration process.“For many, including the man-in-the-street, free movement represents a tangible in which he can benefit from tangibly,” he posited. However, the Jamaican Prime Minister noted that there have been increasing cases of Jamaicans being denied entry and questionable treatment at ports across the region. This, he said, must be urgently addressed in a meaningful way, otherwise, the economic sense of Caricom will be questioned.To this end, Holness disclosed that this matter is being discussed bilaterally and he is encouraged by the responsiveness of the concerns.“We believe that bilateral consultations supported by additional effort in the institution of our community and make the movement of labour equal to that of the movement of goods – a reality that would extend the progress and benefit of the integration effort.”The Jamaican Head of State observed that the region has been lacking in its efforts to strengthen bilateral relations with each other. In this regard, he announced that Jamaica is currently working with Trinidad to establish a joint commission agreement with the aim of developing a mutually beneficial cooperation programme. Similar initiatives will be undertaken with other Member States, the Prime Ministersaid.He further explained that regional integration is not an end in itself but a means to achieving a much broader objective, that is, the economic growth and development of Caribbean countries and the improvement of the lives of its people: “It should allow small economies like ours to overcome regional constraints, build our resilience, and take advantage of new and existing opportunities in the global market place.”Regionally, Holness emphasised that while integration processes like the CSME can deliver economic gains, it must be mindful that CSME as a mere concept cannot deliver these promises. He stressed that as a functional and transformative integration process, CSME can deliver the much needed economic dividends to our citizens.Prime Minister Holness’ sentiments were adopted by Prime Minister of Trinidad Dr Keith Rowley, who in his remarks, requested that integrated development strategy be put on the front burner of discussions during the conference.Rowley outlined that the Region must take ownership of the challenges and opportunities facing the Caribbean and view them as critically matters to be addressed.“In this vain, Trinidad and Tobago has requested that the Caricom put the Single Market and Economy back on the agenda and the deliberations and decision-making should focus on that aspect,” he stressed.The Heads of Government will have a packed agenda for business sessions, today and Wednesday. Some of the major highlights include: regional security, CSME, Border Issues, Correspondent Banking (De-risking), Caricom-Cuba Relations, among other issues in the region.
App Revenue SourcesAnother change from 2010 to 2011 is the shift in app revenue sources. In 2010, the majority of revenue (47%) came from downloads of paid apps. The rest of the revenue was generated by ads (11%), in-app purchases (8%) and upgrades (0.3%). 33.3% of developers surveyed reported they did not monetize their app.However, in 2011, the revenue generated by downloads will decrease, although it will still be largest source at 38%. Other methods including ads (17%), in-app purchases (31%) and upgrades (2%) will increase. Only 13% of developers reported they would not monetize their apps. But when looking at the developers’ 2011 plans, things began to change. Out of 221 responses, 90% said they would be developing for iOS, 73.8% said Android, and both BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 saw major increases, at 22.2% and 24.4%, respectively. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Downloads are also used as a measure of an app’s success, according to 64% of developers. Others measure success by app usage (60%), revenue earned (44%), app store ranking (34%) and the un-install rate (4%). Other data in the report looks at Urban Airship’s platform specifically, asking developers if they used push notifications now, and what they wanted to see the company offer in 2011. For that data and more, you can read the report in its entirety here. Tags:#mobile#Trends Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Portland-based mobile services platform Urban Airship recently released the results of its year-end survey, which asked hundreds of developers about their current efforts and future plans, in order to measure trends in the mobile application development space.According to the developers’ answers, there were some surprising findings. For example, iOS development is expected to drop slightly in to 2011, from 99.5% to 90%, while Android increases from 44% to 74%. Another interesting stat regarding in-app purchases showed a huge jump in developer usage – from 8% in 2010 to 31% in 2011.Development PlatformsThe survey involved 318 mobile application developers, only half of whom use Urban Airship’s mobile platform. Not surprisingly, out of 219 responses, there was a clear developer preference for both the iOS (99.5%) and Android (43.8%) platforms this year. BlackBerry (11.0%), meanwhile, was a distant third. Related Posts sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Buildings have had central heating for only about 140 years, and they have had air conditioning for only about 80 years. For most of human history, people took comfort in winter from a stone fireplace — somewhere to heat up a kettle or warm one’s hands.Once heating and cooling systems were developed, almost everyone wanted them. Why? Because people want to be comfortable.What is comfort? Definitions vary. If you are camping and get caught in a rainstorm, you’ll probably find that a dry sleeping bag in a dry tent is extremely comfortable. If you are spending the day ice fishing, you may find that a plywood shack equipped with a tiny propane heater is extremely comfortable — especially compared to the guy outside who is sitting on a Sheetrock bucket in the wind.ASHRAE has developed a standard (ASHRAE 55) that decrees that heating and cooling systems should maintain a building’s indoor temperature and relative humidity within a comfortable range: not too hot, not too cold, not too dry, and not too damp (see Image #2, below).The Passivhaus standard takes a similar approach, while noting additionally that the interior of a building shouldn’t be windy or drafty, and that the temperature of all of the surfaces in a room (especially window panes) shouldn’t be so cold in winter that radiational effects make people uncomfortable.Standards that define a range of indoor conditions leading to human comfort are useful. All such standards note that not all people have the same ideas about comfort. Human comfort depends in part on whether the person is active or at rest; whether the person is fully clothed or naked; and whether the person is young or old.Even if these factors are carefully controlled, however, humans differ. If two similarly clothed people of…
Touch Football Australia (TFA), as part of our Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has a particular Strategic objective to ‘Substantially Increase Participation to 500 000 verifiable and contactable members’ by 2015.As the constituted national organisation for Touch Football, TFA has subsequent requirements for affiliated members as stipulated in the TFA Constitution. Clause 15 of the constitution outlines details about how an affiliate remains recognised by TFA and simple requirements to remain compliant. A copy of the full Constitution and Strategic Plan can be found on the TFA website – www.austouch.com.au. Relevant to this communication affiliated associations are obligated to keep a registration of all participants within the area or under its representation. The information of participants must be provided to TFA in a recognised national format on a regular basis.The constitution deems participants as a person who regularly participates, including but not only officials, coaches, players or referees in a Touch Football competition controlled, organised or sanctioned by the Association.In addition to constitutional requirements, TFA needs this information as part of covering affiliates and individuals with insurance through the National Insurance Scheme.Recently TFA have updated the membership declaration of the Member Registration Forms, to be current with federal and state legislation.For more information, please click on the memo attached below. Related Files1-_touch_football_australia_membership_registration_procedure_2012-pdfRelated LinksMembership Registration Procedure
Braxton Miller Ohio State TrophiesAfter watching Ohio State’s surprising run to the national championship last year under the guidance of two backup signal-callers, college football fans often forget how much Braxton Miller accomplished when he was the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. Thursday, the OSU senior reminded us all with one Instagram post. Miller, letting the photo do the talking, posted a selfie with a number of the trophies he’s won featured in the background. Check it out: A photo posted by Columbus /O H I O (@braxtonmiller92) on Jun 11, 2015 at 9:46am PDT Miller has won a number of individual awards – including the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football twice each. He may not be done either – he very well could be the starter this fall, if things work in his favor.
The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) has welcomed the community of Gordon Pen, St. Catherine, to its family with the use of the PeaceMobile and Information Village, at an event held today (January 17), at the Eltham Park Primary School and Gordon Pen Football Field in Spanish Town.“The PeaceMobile marks entry into new communities and forms part of the CSJP’s comprehensive public education programme, as it easily galvanizes rapid community support and builds awareness,” said Communications Officer at the CSJP, Leroy Porteous.The CSJP’s expansion into new communities, he said, is being facilitated through a recent injection of 7.25 million Pounds Sterling grant from Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID), and as a result, more than 7,000 young people across the island are set to benefit from the expansion of services under the CSJP.In addition, several government and private sector agencies have partnered with the CSJP, in an effort to bring their services into the communities where residents can easily gain access.Residents of the Gordon Pen community, Mr. Porteous added, have benefitted immensely from the services of these stakeholders, including the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), Tax Administration of Jamaica, National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Restorative Justice, Dispute Resolution Foundation, Community Security and Safety Branch, National Housing Trust and the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning.“As a result of the PeaceMobile and Information Village, residents of the community were able to submit applications for birth certificates, tax registration numbers (TRN), and National Insurance Scheme (NIS) cards,” Mr. Porteous said.He added that the first 100 applications submitted to the RGD would be processed at no cost to the residents.Mr. Porteous also highlighted that the CSJP will be continuing its quest to implement its social intervention programmes in three additional communities by the end of the fiscal year, namely, Central Village and Greendale in St. Catherine, as well as White Hall/Red Hills Road in St. Andrew.The Communications Officer noted that Gordon Pen is the 47th community that it operates in thus far, and that entry into the other communities will bring the total number to 50.The CSJP is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative focusing on building community safety and security, and reducing poverty.