Weed on weed

first_imgDear editor:Re: Will City Go To Pot, Hoboken Reporter, April 22. Our state, along with others, is wrestling with the problem of whether or not to “legalize” pot. The solution is simple. All NJ has to do is repeal the stupid laws criminalizing pot, and the free market, which all capitalists claim to worship, will take care of the rest. Think of the billions of dollars wasted and lives harmed by the incarceration of harmless pot smokers!A hippie friend out West grows weed illegally (he lives on a few acres off the beaten path) and sells it locally. By growing much of his own food, and part-time jobs, and the income from selling pot, he and his wife were able to raise two daughters who have given those grandchildren.He predicts that, like Prohibition when Americans drank more alcohol because it was illegal, and imbibed normal amounts when it became available again, it’ll be the same when cannabis is freely purchasable.Now the illegality of it makes it forbidden and attractive to the young.He says the liquor lobby, who wanted no competition, was behind the “reefer madness” demonization of cannabis for decades. But it is well known that alcohol, not pot, commits violent crimes and highway mayhem. And pot, despite claims by its detractors, doesn’t destroy brain cells, either. This friend, now 78 years old, has smoked pot every day for 50 years, and his mind is as sharp as ever.There’s no need to agonize about “legalizing” anything. Just stop jailing people for growing and smoking it. Better yet, where there’s good old American free market competition, the prices will drop. T. Weedlast_img read more

Carr’s contest

first_imgCarr’s Milling Industries is to sponsor the World Marmalade Festival, held in February. This will mark Paddington Bear’s 50th birthday and is designed to give “the traditional marmalade sandwich a make-over”, said Caroline Dale of Carrs Breadmaker.Bakers have been asked to design a new sandwich filling incorporating marmalade. The top three sandwich fillings will be taste-tested by visitors to the festival at Dalemain Country House, Ullswater, on 7-10 February.The winner, as voted by the public, will win a weekend break for two in the Lake District.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s professor analyzes primary

first_imgJust across the state line, the Michigan Republican presidential primary took center stage as candidates battled for the state’s delegates Tuesday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum emerged as the leading candidates in a tight Tuesday primary, in which Romney edged out Santorum with 41.1 percent of the reported votes to Santorum’s 37.9 percent, according to an Associated Press poll. Sean Savage, professor of political science at Saint Mary’s, said Romney and Santorum’s battle for the lead was a close call. “At the end of last week, according to a composite of different polls, Santorum was ahead by 0.08 percent,” Savage said. “It was that close.” Savage said the economy and the candidates’ electability against President Barack Obama significantly influenced voters’ opinions.  “Certainly the economy was a major issue with the impact it has had on Detroit and the auto industry,” Savage said. “According to exit polls, voters wanted someone who had business and administrative experience [in the private sector], but people also voted for who they thought would be able to beat President Obama, and that was Romney.” Santorum, however, maintained a solid base of loyal conservatives supporters, Savage said. “According to polls from the primary, Santorum had the most support from labor union members, blue-collar workers, evangelicals, voters who saw abortion as the biggest issue and the more loyal conservatives,” Savage said.  Savage said Romney’s level of education and affluence appealed to voters.  Despite the close nature of the race, Savage said a few intangible factors contributed to Romney’s victory, including his personal connection to the state of Michigan.  “Romney grew up in Michigan, and his father [George Romney] had been governor,” Savage said. “And even though Romney lost overall to McCain in the 2008 [primary] election, he won Michigan.” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder endorsed Romney, who led a more organized campaign in Michigan than Santorum, Savage said.  “Santorum would hold rallies and there would be people cheering, but then there was no follow-up with his supporters,” Savage said. “There was no organized way of collecting names, emails and numbers to continue to encourage their support, but Romney’s campaign did not have such organizational problems.” While Romney’s close win in Michigan is influential, Savage said it will not determine who wins the GOP nomination, especially because the candidates still face a long road until the Republican National Convention in August. “Michigan was a close race and a good win for Romney,” Savage said. “However, Romney only has 14 percent of the necessary delegates for the nomination, so there is still a long road ahead.”last_img read more

Hugh’s Back! Jackman to Host Tony Awards for the Fourth Time

first_imgThings are looking up! We can stop crying into our Champagne over Neil Patrick Harris choosing to be a serious Broadway actor (in glitter and fishnets) in Hedwig and the Angry Inch instead of hosting the Tonys because Hugh Jackman is coming back! The Tony-winning Aussie will host the 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8 at Radio City Music Hall. The telecast will be broadcast live on CBS. View Comments Oh, and come on. You know you want to see this again and again! (So good!)center_img This will be the fourth outing as host for Jackman, who won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for The Boy from Oz. He previously hosted the the ceremony from 2004 to 2006, and won an Emmy Award for hosting in 2005. Click below to see the actor tell you the news himself!last_img read more

David Pittu to Star in David Ives’ The Heir Apparent Off-Broadway

first_img Suzanne Bertish Star Files View Comments Related Shows Tony nominees David Pittu and Suzanne Bertish are to star in Tony nominee David Ives’ The Heir Apparent, adapted from the play by Jean-François Regnard. Directed by John Rando, the show will begin performances March 28 at the Classic Stage Company and play a limited engagement through May 4. Opening night is set for April 9. The Heir Apparentcenter_img Ives received a Tony nod for Venus In Fur. The Heir Apparent will feature set design by Tony winner John Lee Beatty, costumes by David C. Woolard, lighting design by Japhy Weideman and sound design by Nevin Steinberg. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014 Joining Pittu (Is He Dead) as Scruple and Bertish (Machinal) as Madame Argante, will be Carson Elrod (Peter And The Starcatcher) as Crispin, Claire Karpen as Lisette, Amelia Pedlow as Isabelle, Dave Quay as Eraste and Paxton Whitehead (The Importance of Being Earnest) as Geronte. Meet young Eraste. He has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée, and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle. There’s just one little problem: the uncle won’t die and he’s bequeathed his entire fortune to a distant relative. Oh, and did we mention the uncle also intends to marry Eraste’s fiancée? What’s a fine 18th-century fellow to do? What else but enlist the aid of his resourceful servant, Crispin, who could “out-Figaro” Figaro.last_img read more

Thirsty soils, streams

first_imgGroundwater decreasingThe normal recharge season for groundwater is over. Sogroundwater levels are expected to keep dropping through summerinto fall.The state’s major reservoirs are in good shape. Levels will beginto drop, though, without adequate rainfall soon.Georgia is now under the normal odd-even outdoor water useschedule. Odd-numbered addresses may water only on Tuesdays,Thursdays and Sundays. Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses maywater only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are nohour limits. The normal odd-even schedule is used whenever the state isn’texperiencing a drought. While conditions are abnormally dry,Georgia is not in a drought. However, proper water use duringabnormally dry times can delay or even prevent the need for morestringent water use restrictions later.Local governments and water providers are authorized to implementmore stringent outdoor water use schedules within theirjurisdictions.Comprehensive updated information may be found at www.georgiadrought.org. Real-time weather conditions, includingsoil moisture balance, may be found at www.georgiaweather.net. Low soil moistureSoil moisture is lowest in the Chattahoochee and Savannah RiverValleys and along the fall line. Only extreme southeast Georgiahas near normal soil moisture for April.U.S. Geological Survey stream gauges are showing low flows acrossthe entire state. Many streams are between the 10th and 25thpercentile for the date. This means that at the 10th percentile,we expect thestream flow to be greaterthan the current value 90 years out of 100 for this date.At the 25th percentile, we expect the stream flow to be greater75 years out of 100.Based on USGS data, groundwater levels were showing good rechargein November and December 2005. However, with abnormal drynessduring February through mid-April, these levels are beginning todrop. By David Emory StooksburyUniversity of Georgia Athens, Ga. — The past six months have been abnormally dryacross the entire state of Georgia.Rainfall during the cool season, October through March, is neededto recharge soil moisture, groundwater, and reservoirs. Becauseof the dry cool season, the soil moisture hasn’t been adequatelyrecharged. As a result, the state has abnormally dry soils andlow stream flows for April. last_img read more

HowellMartin goes head-to-head with Volkswagen

first_imgHowellMartin goes head-to-head with VolkswagenBRATTLEBORO — HowellMartin Marketing & Advertising was one of three finalists in its category in the ninth annual Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) Awards for its design and development of the Real Log Homes® website. The website advanced to the final round from a field of more than 800 contendersmost of which are from Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Londonand was pitted against two Volkswagen sites. The winner in the manufacturing category was the Volkswagen Passat Site, which also won Best of Show.The MITX Awards is the largest and most prestigious competition in the country recognizing the most innovative, effective and compelling achievements in the development of interactive technologies.HowellMartin, and its technology partner Gravity Switch, was recognized with the other finalists at a gala awards ceremony in Boston, where the winners were announced.Its selection as a finalist for the MITX awards was the second time HowellMartin was recognized for its design and technology of the Real Log Homes website. The agency was honored this summer by the 2004 American Graphic Design Awards for excellence in the design of the website, which provided Real Log Homes with essential lead-management tools and brand consistency throughout the companys network of dealer websites.The agency also received American Graphic Design Awards in three other design categories, and earlier this year was honored with a Bronze design award from the international Summit Creative Awards for FiberMarks 2002 Annual Report.Certified brand development experts, HowellMartin works with a broad range of clients to help them develop, re-energize and promote their brands. In business since 1985, the agency offers branding, integrated online/offline strategic marketing, and a full range of design and advertising services.###last_img read more

Optima Computers opens Brattleboro store

first_imgOPTIMA COMPUTERS KICKS OFF HOLIDAYS WITH MAIN STREET GRAND OPENING AND A HOLIDAY GIVE-A-WAYMain Street Location in Brattleboro Offers Convenience to Local Businesses and a Safe Haven for Area KidsBrattleboro, VT Just in time for the Holiday Season 2006, Optima Computers has opened its newest location on Main Street in downtown Brattleboro. The newest Optima Computers retail operation features nearly 5,000 square feet of space that in addition to Optima Computers Sales and Service, will also the include the companys Gaming Zone brand, a favorite destination for many of the areas youths. The addition of this location adds to the Optima Computers locations at 845 Putney Road in Brattleboro and 17 Rockingham Street in Bellows Falls.Were really excited about the opening of our new store on Main Street, said Josh Garza, CEO of Optima Computers. While our Putney Road location is highly trafficked, we believe having a store downtown will provide even greater convenience for users of The Gaming Zone and for consumers during the work week and especially the holidays whether for new systems sales, or for service and repair of their existing systems.The new Main Street location will feature a highly knowledge sales staff backed by certified technicians capable of handling virtually any technology issue. Like the other Optima Computer locations, the new store features the latest laptops, desktops and peripheral products such as digital cameras from brand names like Acer, HP and Nikon in addition to the latest in gaming accessories and software.The new location will also feature The Gaming Zone, a favorite destination among the areas kids and a safe haven for homework or simply having fun video gaming. The Main Street Gaming Zone will replace the Gaming Zone location on Putney Road with greater convenience and features five private rooms where friends can battle one another using the latest computer technology, gaming software and accessories. The new Gaming Zone location is sure the be a hit with Parents as moms and dads can monitor their kids via Optima Computers Auk Eye Network that provides real time, web-based video monitoring in a safe environment staffed by responsible adults. And like the Gaming Zone location formerly on Putney Road, the Main Street location will be available for the ever-popular LAN Parties as well as birthday parties and social events.In celebration of the holidays and the Grand Opening of the newest Optima location, the company will be giving away an Acer Aspire Series 5000 laptop computer with a retail value of $1,199. The drawing will be held on December 23rd during a live remote hosted by Brattleboros WKVT-FM. To enter the drawing, stop by any Optima Computers location and fill out and entry form, no purchase is necessary.The company leased the space directly from the current owners of the Galanes building; no real estate firm was involved and terms have not been disclosed. The law firm of Christopher Duggan represented Optima in the transaction. John Brunelle and Sons of Brattleboro managed renovations of the new Optima and Gaming Zone location.About OptimaSince 2002, Optima Computers has been dedicated to humanizing technology, making it more accessible and helping the customers and clients the company serves harness the power of technology to help realize untapped potential while helping to break down barriers that can exist from living in rural environments. Optima Computers is headquartered at 845 Putney Road in Brattleboro and is one of Vermonts fastest growing local companies. More information Optima Computers can be found by visiting the companys Website at optimapc.com or by calling 802.251.0700.# # #last_img read more

Colombia Fights FARC’s Recruitment of Minors

first_img Recruitment of minors on the rise since 2002 The campaign reaches beyond seminars, pamphlets, and radio and TV commercials. As part of the initiative, the Colombian federal government has trained thousands of members of the Armed Forces in prevention efforts and protocols to be followed when dealing with minors who escaped or were rescued from the FARC. Since the defense minister launched the program, the campaign has reached more than 33,500 people in dozens of high-risk municipalities throughout the country. Colombian military authorities are working cooperatively with civilian agencies to prevent the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from recruiting children and adolescents. The campaign reaches beyond seminars, pamphlets, and radio and TV commercials. As part of the initiative, the Colombian federal government has trained thousands of members of the Armed Forces in prevention efforts and protocols to be followed when dealing with minors who escaped or were rescued from the FARC. In addition to conferences and a broad media campaign that includes t-shirts, pamphlets and radio and television commercials, “Enough, here I am free” also sponsors “Play for Life,” a series of seminars conducted in 14 municipalities to promote sports such as soccer as positive alternatives to drugs and violence. The soldiers took care of her and quickly placed her in the custody of Colombia’s Family Welfare Institute. “Illegal recruitment happens every day,” said Col. Carlos Lasprilla, chief of the Illegal Recruitment Prevention Unit for the Ministry of Defense. “It is a systematic practice for the FARC, the National Liberation Army (ELN) and criminal gangs (BACRIM)”. Soldiers put those protocols to use on October 21 in the Department of Antioquia, where the Colombian National Army engaged in a series of gun battles with FARC operatives. After the fighting, they found a 14 year-old-girl crying next to the lifeless body of a man known by the alias “Chamaría,” who was the leader of FARC’s Fifth Front. The 36-year-old terrorist illegally recruited the girl in 2012, when he removed her from her family. Helping children who once worked for the FARC Soldiers put those protocols to use on October 21 in the Department of Antioquia, where the Colombian National Army engaged in a series of gun battles with FARC operatives. After the fighting, they found a 14 year-old-girl crying next to the lifeless body of a man known by the alias “Chamaría,” who was the leader of FARC’s Fifth Front. The 36-year-old terrorist illegally recruited the girl in 2012, when he removed her from her family. The FARC is the largest terrorist group involved in the recruitment of children and teenagers, but other illegal organizations also target the young. Since 2002, more than 4,000 minors have been linked to illegal armed groups, according to the Group for the Humanitarian Assistance to the Demobilized (GAHD), which is a Ministry of Defense entity. Between 5,000 and 18,000 minors are currently in the ranks of Colombian terrorist groups and criminal gangs, according to estimates by the United Nations (UN). “Minors do not think about risks. The recruiters are taking advantage of that,” said Col. Lasprilla. “In 50 years, the guerrillas have not made one, single gesture towards freeing these children. We must rescue them.” In fact, some FARC fronts rely heavily on minors. For example, about 60 percent of the FARC’s Seventh and First fronts consist of children and adolescents, according to federal government estimates. The FARC, ELN, and BACRIMS are particularly active recruiting minors in Antioquia – the most severely affected department – as well as Guaviare, Tolima, Meta, Norte de Santander, Cauca and Nariño, according to the Ministry of Defense. “These groups have been committing this crime for 50 years now, and unfortunately, these crimes have been invisible,” Col. Lasprilla said. Since the defense minister launched the program, the campaign has reached more than 33,500 people in dozens of high-risk municipalities throughout the country. Since Pinzón announced the program, the Ministry of Defense has organized hundreds of workshops to educate children, adolescents and parents about the false promises of FARC recruiters. FARC operatives often try to lure children and adolescents with the prospect of money, but those inducements are hollow; many end up working in remote camps for little or no money, with little food, and with no opportunities to contact their families. Helping children who once worked for the FARC Through various programs, more than a half-dozen military and civilian organizations are participating in the effort, including the Colombian National Army, the Ministry of Defense, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Police Group to Protect Children and Adolescents, the Family Welfare Institute, and others. Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón launched the initiative in November 2011, when he announced the “Enough, here I am free” program. This is a national campaign to raise awareness about the FARC’s efforts to recruit youngsters. Throughout the country, military and police authorities have made similar rescues of teenagers and children who had been recruited by the FARC. In mid-October, police in the Department of Tolima rescued a girl, 13, and a boy, 15, who reported that they had been physically and psychologically abused during the several months they were with the guerrilla group. And in September, the Army freed five minors from the FARC in the Department of Cauca. The terrorist group had forced one of the minors, who was only 10, to participate in grueling physical training. The FARC is the largest terrorist group involved in the recruitment of children and teenagers, but other illegal organizations also target the young. In fact, some FARC fronts rely heavily on minors. For example, about 60 percent of the FARC’s Seventh and First fronts consist of children and adolescents, according to federal government estimates. The FARC, ELN, and BACRIMS are particularly active recruiting minors in Antioquia – the most severely affected department – as well as Guaviare, Tolima, Meta, Norte de Santander, Cauca and Nariño, according to the Ministry of Defense. Illegal armed groups take advantage of the poverty that thousands of minors and their families endure in rural areas, according to the GAHD. Additionally to promising them money, terrorist recruiters lure children and teenagers with promises of power and material goods that they would otherwise be unable to purchase on their own, such as cellphones and computer tablets. In addition to conferences and a broad media campaign that includes t-shirts, pamphlets and radio and television commercials, “Enough, here I am free” also sponsors “Play for Life,” a series of seminars conducted in 14 municipalities to promote sports such as soccer as positive alternatives to drugs and violence. Since 2002, more than 4,000 minors have been linked to illegal armed groups, according to the Group for the Humanitarian Assistance to the Demobilized (GAHD), which is a Ministry of Defense entity. Between 5,000 and 18,000 minors are currently in the ranks of Colombian terrorist groups and criminal gangs, according to estimates by the United Nations (UN). The FARC, the ELN, and organized crime groups began stepping up their recruitment of minors since about 2002. Some of the FARC’s leaders have established specific goals for the number of children and teenagers they want to recruit, and to meet those quotas they’ll target children as young as 8 years old. Recruitment of minors on the rise since 2002 Illegal armed groups take advantage of the poverty that thousands of minors and their families endure in rural areas, according to the GAHD. Additionally to promising them money, terrorist recruiters lure children and teenagers with promises of power and material goods that they would otherwise be unable to purchase on their own, such as cellphones and computer tablets. By Dialogo December 05, 2014 Colombian military authorities are working cooperatively with civilian agencies to prevent the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from recruiting children and adolescents. “Illegal recruitment happens every day,” said Col. Carlos Lasprilla, chief of the Illegal Recruitment Prevention Unit for the Ministry of Defense. “It is a systematic practice for the FARC, the National Liberation Army (ELN) and criminal gangs (BACRIM)”. Throughout the country, military and police authorities have made similar rescues of teenagers and children who had been recruited by the FARC. In mid-October, police in the Department of Tolima rescued a girl, 13, and a boy, 15, who reported that they had been physically and psychologically abused during the several months they were with the guerrilla group. And in September, the Army freed five minors from the FARC in the Department of Cauca. The terrorist group had forced one of the minors, who was only 10, to participate in grueling physical training. The soldiers took care of her and quickly placed her in the custody of Colombia’s Family Welfare Institute. Through various programs, more than a half-dozen military and civilian organizations are participating in the effort, including the Colombian National Army, the Ministry of Defense, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Police Group to Protect Children and Adolescents, the Family Welfare Institute, and others. Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón launched the initiative in November 2011, when he announced the “Enough, here I am free” program. This is a national campaign to raise awareness about the FARC’s efforts to recruit youngsters. “These groups have been committing this crime for 50 years now, and unfortunately, these crimes have been invisible,” Col. Lasprilla said. The FARC, the ELN, and organized crime groups began stepping up their recruitment of minors since about 2002. Some of the FARC’s leaders have established specific goals for the number of children and teenagers they want to recruit, and to meet those quotas they’ll target children as young as 8 years old. Since Pinzón announced the program, the Ministry of Defense has organized hundreds of workshops to educate children, adolescents and parents about the false promises of FARC recruiters. FARC operatives often try to lure children and adolescents with the prospect of money, but those inducements are hollow; many end up working in remote camps for little or no money, with little food, and with no opportunities to contact their families. “Minors do not think about risks. The recruiters are taking advantage of that,” said Col. Lasprilla. “In 50 years, the guerrillas have not made one, single gesture towards freeing these children. We must rescue them.” Every action taken to benefit youth is welcomed, but as long as there is poverty and marginalization of education, health and employment, there will always be other illegitimate forms of survival. The government must enforce the rights of every Colombian using the public forces in all of Colombia. Please, the channel has been damaged since Sunday and we have not been able to see the news or any programs. All you can see are lines Sadly, the Santos administration and the military forces have knelt before the FARC and outlaw groups. Great for the good job they do in saving human beings Santos subjugated the military forces in order to keep the FARC criminals happy It means to be with family and all together share something very special Congratulations Colombia President Dr. Juan Manuel Santos God the most Holy enlighten the paths of our Colombian army to move forward with the peace process so that the insurgents return to the path of freedom they are human beings to be reintegrated into their families, in their homes in spite of being kept away from the light of hope and its strengthening hope shines to bring back their rights the holy Virgin and the Lord will enlighten them. We are nothing, we are all the same, no to discrimination long live decency and human development of a person’s being. Mr. Alvira talking about the pothole filling machine on the news, I don’t know how supervision works on how it effectively carries out its assigned function, but in April-March 2014 they came to Hwy 8 and 69 and filled the craters and today we again see the deterioration of this highway, more precisely in front of Hwy 8, Num. 69-70 THE COLOMBIAN PEOPLE SHOULD SUPPORT, EXPRESSLY AND TACITLY, THE COLOMBIAN ARMY IN THIS EFFORT AGAINST TERRORISM As long as the media continues to teach youth how those who commit crime do it, youth will continue to learn how to commit crimes…HUMBERTO GUARIN GOMEZlast_img read more

Get ahead of your data and gain more from the cloud

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions are perpetually faced with balancing regulatory requirements, remaining efficient to protect revenue, and satisfying growing consumer demands safely. Working every day with financial institution decision makers, I’ve seen this challenge force credit unions to make difficult, compromised and, often, delayed strategic technology decisions. Meanwhile, CUs’ competition is heating up, making the pressure to prioritize even greater. To respond adequately, credit unions need a data security strategy that is compliant, available 24/7, and meets business continuity objectives, while also responding rapidly and securely to member needs.First, examine your physical and information security measures. Data security involves much more than firewalls and antivirus programs to keep your institution and customers or members protected. Ask yourself, “Do I have the physical safeguards in place to keep my data protected from human and natural incursions?” Your security protocols checklist should include these safeguards: biometric scanning and a PIN for internal system entry; 24/7 recorded, onsite video surveillance; photo ID and security escort for all users; cages and locks for internal equipment; and a photo ID key card badge for employee access. continue reading »last_img read more