News Summary: FDA aims to curb painkiller misuse

first_imgWASHINGTON | SAFE USE: The Food and Drug Administration hopes to reduce fatal overdoses from powerful painkillers by providing more education and training to doctors and patients who use long-acting opioid drugs.LONG-ACTING RISKS: The products targeted by the FDA feature extended-release formulations designed to provide longer-lasting pain relief, but which can be dangerous when used inappropriately.INCREASED EDUCATION: Under the FDA plan, drugmakers will fund educational classes to help doctors, nurses and other health care professionals safely prescribe the drugs. Patients will receive a one-page guide on safely taking their medication.last_img

Colorado stoner resort plans go straight to pot

first_imgDURANGO | A planned pot-friendly ranch resort in southwest Colorado has been snuffed before it opened. The 170-acre CannaCamp resort touted weed-friendly activities such as hiking and fishing.But a deal with the landowner fell through, and the marijuana-tourism company promoting CannaCamp announced Thursday that the resort won’t open after all.The MaryJane Group, which runs marijuana-friendly inns in Denver and Silverthorne, announced that it hopes to find a new home for CannaCamp by 2016. Guests who already booked stays starting at $395 per person per night are being offered stays in the bed-and-breakfasts instead.CannaCamp had a tentative agreement to operate on an existing ranch just outside Durango. But the deal fell through after the CannaCamp announcement last month made international headlines and became the butt of jokes on late-night TV.last_img read more

Extra mile on garbage

first_imgCARDINIA Shire residents are urged to go green next month when dumping their rubbish. Council is encouraging residents to think…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Quick-thinking Kroos helps Real to Super Cup final

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos scored directly from a corner as his side booked their place in the final of the revamped Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia by outclassing Valencia 3-1 on Wednesday.Isco and Luka Modric scored either side of halftime to put Zinedine Zidane’s side further at ease before Dani Parejo converted a consolation penalty for last year’s Copa del Rey winners in added time.Real will meet the winners of Thursday’s semi between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in Sunday’s showpiece at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah.Germany international Kroos caught Valencia’s Jaume Domenech out to open the scoring in the 15th minute, curling a cross towards goal while the keeper was still organising his defence and the ball flew over the line before Domenech could recover.The soft manner of the goal appeared to hit Valencia hard after an even start to the game and Isco put Real further ahead by volleying home in the 39th minute after a sweeping move involving Federico Valverde and Dani Carvajal.Modric killed off Valencia’s faint hopes of a second-half revival, providing a classy finish with the outside of his boot in the 65th minute to completing another incisive Real counter-attack.“We were in complete control throughout the game, we came out with the intention of getting hold of the ball, that’s what we did and our plan worked perfectly,” Real midfielder Casemiro told reporters.The 62,000-capacity arena was around two-thirds full for the first game of the competition, which used to be a two-legged season curtain raiser between the Spanish league champions and the Cup winners but has been given a radical facelift.Spanish soccer federation chief Luis Rubiales spearheaded the changes to the format, increasing the number of teams to four and signing a three-year deal to move it to Saudi Arabia which media reports say is worth 40 million euros annually.last_img read more

Taxing the population

first_imgThe Government is perhaps in the final stages of preparation of Budget 2018, and as expected, citizens and businesses are eager to find out “what’s in it” for them. For example, would it contribute in any way to them having more disposable income to cushion the effects of rising prices? Would it put an ease on the heavy tax burden which currently obtains? Or, in a general sense, would it serve to contribute to the so-called better life, which the APNU/AFC had promised during the 2015 Elections campaign?If one were to go by the last two budgets, there would not be much optimism, as it could be recalled that there were many more negatives than positives for the populace, with both citizens and businesses still finding it very difficult to cope. In fact, there were many proposals in the last budget which militate against society. For example, putting VAT on electricity and water supplies placed additional hardships on poor families. While it may indeed not affect very small families directly, it certainly affects them indirectly, since the businesses from which they purchase will be forced to increase their prices to cover the increased costs.Also, in the last two budgets, there was hardly any provision included that was aimed at stimulating the positive generation of wealth. Areas of wealth-generation were completely neglected or forgotten. For example, agriculture, both small-scale garden farmers and producers of cash crops, as well as the national, economically important sugar and rice industries were literally ignored. It was only recently that a small market for rice was secured. As we have seen over the past year, to diminish or not to stimulate these industries results in unemployment, less money in circulation, and the lessening of a source of foreign exchange.As we had stated before, the makers of governmental policies in respect to agriculture are literally shooting themselves in the foot, and one could only hope that they would awake from their slumber.In other areas of wealth-generation for society, especially mining and commerce, the same trend has occurred.Further, one of the greatest disincentives to wealth generation is massive taxation. This is a fact well known in all societies, irrespective of the political doctrine they follow. In the 2017 Budget, there were dozens of new taxes imposed, and citizens are feeling the squeeze. The Government cannot reasonably expect to fund its operations via revenues from taxes alone; it must focus on stimulating growth and creating the environment for new investments etc.It is of no surprise that, at the recent Business Summit, the Government’s approach to taxation came under heavy scrutiny, with many of the stakeholders calling for a complete review. Of note, too, is that, during the discussions, it was pointed out that most of the measures that had been recommended by the Tax Reform Committee — aimed at ensuring persons have more disposal income and supporting local businesses etc — remain unimplemented.In addition to tax incentives, the committee had recommended the Administration increase the Value-Added Tax registration threshold from G million to G million; reduce the standard rate to 14 per cent; and introduce an intermediate rate of 7 per cent for some types of goods. Increasing the threshold for businesses would mean that, in addition to the reduced tax charged, businesses with a turnover of less than G million would not have to fall into the accounting regime.The Committee had also recommended that education services be exempted from taxation; and 21 items of education materials, including all textbooks, children’s books, dictionaries, pencils, lunch kits and charts, continue to be zero-rated; while others, including recipe books, instructional newsletters and music manuscripts, be charged at an intermediate rate of 7%.These are just a few of the issues which the Government must consider in preparation of Budget 2018. The general feeling is that Government’s tax-oriented approach to growth and policies is among the key factors responsible for the deteriorating economy. If Government is really serious about national development and creating the ‘good life’ for all Guyanese, it must urgently change its policies in relation to the unfriendly, burdensome tax regime, and put systems in place to stimulate real economic growth. In this regard, the 2018 Budget will serve as another test for the Administration.last_img read more

Safari Rally enthusiasts mourn death of former President Moi’s son Jonathan

first_img0Shares0000Jonathan Moi is a renowned driver in the Safari Rally. Photo/TwitterNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 20- Jonathan Toroitich, the son of former President Daniel arap Moi, who was a renowned rally driver in the Safari Rally died on Friday evening.In a statement, his brother Senator Gideon Moi described him as an amiable, social, down to earth and industrious man. 0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) “We are distraught as family and we ask for your prayers and seek your understanding and indulgence to allow us mourn privately,” the Senator said.He however did not divulge details on what caused his death but has committed to keep Kenyans informed on the further arrangements.Jonathan won the 1998 Nyanyuki Rally when it joined the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) for the first time .He was one of the best drivers in the 90’s and was navigated by the late Ibrahim Choge synonymous with EX-Wax Toyota Celica.His contemporary divers were legendary Patrick Njiru, Azar Anwar, Ian Duncan and Paul Bailey.Jonathan also won the Equator Rally in 1997 navigated by Choge.Retired rally driver Jonathan Moi has passed on.. On Easter weekend which was usually Safari Rally weekend during his rallying years.. RIP..— Katami Michelle (@MichKatami) April 20, 2019On Easter weekend, when we’d usually enjoy Safari Rally when it was part of the of the World Rally Championships, Kenya mourns the death of one of the drivers from that era, Jonathan Moi. R.I.P— Celestine Karoney (@cjkaroney) April 20, 2019Easter holidays meant one thing, the Safari Rally.Ian Duncan was also super quick, schooling the WRC drivers.Patrick Njiru, the local hero and Jonathan Toroitich, the most consistent privateer— Übermensch (@Trackmann) April 20, 2019Rest in peace Son of the soil Jonathan Moi. A celebrated Safari Rally driver. So sad#RIPJonathanMoi— Nicholas Kigen 🇰🇪 (@Nicholas_Kigen1) April 20, 2019last_img read more

Liverpool given green light to start Anfield redevelopment

first_img Liverpool’s Anfield ground 1 Liverpool have been given the green light to start redeveloping Anfield.It emerged last week that the club’s proposals to expand their stadium had been recommended for approval by Liverpool council planners.A vote was taken on the scheme on Tuesday after elected members of the planning committee visited Anfield, with the Reds winning planning permission from the city’s council to proceed with phase one of the project – the extension of the Main Stand.In phase two, the Anfield Road stand would be increased, with the project as a whole taking the capacity from around 45,000 to around 58,800.The resolution from members of Liverpool City Council’s Planning Committee to grant planning permission, subject to conditions and legal agreement, was unanimous.Construction work on the proposed Main Stand – during which matches will continue to be played at Anfield – is expected to begin early next year and be complete in time for the 2016-17 season.Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre said: “Today’s approval by the Planning Committee is another step on our journey which we embarked on nearly two years ago.“We received very positive support for our proposals during a public consultation exercise earlier this year and whilst we are delighted about the progress made today, there are still some steps that we need to navigate through in order to give us the certainty that we need to proceed with our expansion plans.”Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, added: “This is a very important milestone in our ambitions to transform the Anfield area, bringing new jobs, investment and housing.“The overall regeneration will see £260million invested in Anfield. Liverpool Football Club’s proposals for the stadium are a key part of this. The club is a major employer in the area and its stadium is a major draw for tourists and visitors.”last_img read more

Wayne Rooney: Jose Mourinho has restored the ‘winning mentality’ to Man United

first_imgManchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes new manager Jose Mourinho has brought a winning mentality back to the club.The Portuguese, who has 17 major trophies on his CV including eight league titles in four countries and two Champions League triumphs with different clubs, replaced Louis van Gaal this summer.Although his predecessor won the FA Cup in his final match in charge the feeling at Old Trafford was the club was lacking the drive previously provided by Sir Alex Ferguson.Rooney said Mourinho’s arrival has corrected that.“It’s always great to get a new manager but when you get someone in the stature of Jose Mourinho he’s great to work under and he’s brought a winning mentality back to the club,” the England captain told Manchester radio station Key 103.“Manchester United as a football club we have to win and we have to deliver for him.“There’s pressure on the players but we’re ready and I think this season we’ll give a real challenge on all fronts.“He’s come in, he’s been great with the players. The training has been hard but enjoyable.“We’re ready, we’re working hard. We know it’s a big season for us.“He’s made, in my opinion, some great signings who have gelled in really well with the squad so it’s exciting times.”The 30-year-old starts the season needing just five goals to break United’s all-time scoring record held by Sir Bobby Charlton but he is already looking at life beyond his playing days.“I’ve started taking my coaching badges now so that will probably take about four or five years to complete,” he added.“Of course I’ve got a lot of experience playing football so I think it would be criminal If I didn’t try and pass that knowledge on so hopefully when I finish playing I can get some role as a manager or coach and try and use the experience I’ve built up over the years.” Jose Mourinho 1last_img read more

Realtors group awards scholarships

first_imgLANCASTER – Greater Antelope Valley Association of Realtors awarded $25,000 scholarships to 18 young men and women. The scholarships were presented at an ice cream social July 18 at the Antelope Valley Inn. “These kids have demonstrated a past academic performance in their schools and commitment toward higher learning, so GAVAR not only wanted to give them a financial boost, but reward them with a celebratory party as well,” said Pamela Vose, the association’s chief executive officer. This was the fourth year for the scholarship program, which since its inception has given nearly $100,000 to students with relatives in the association. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesScholarships of $3,000 each went to Ashley Leon and John O’Connor. Scholarships of $2,500 each went to James Brooks and Jeffrey Galli. Fourteen scholarships of $1,000 each went to Ashlie Carter, Michael Eckman, Joshua Elliot, John Andrew Foss, Felicia Gutierrez, Michelle Healy, Jeffrey Herrera, Elizabeth A. Holland, Jeremy Kleidosty, Christopher Murphy, Cory Nations, Natalie Schaffer, Fatima M. Shanjani and Aaron Stickel. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

#Ask It Results: Which Water Park is Best?

first_imgShare This!Summer can be a brutal time in the theme parks. Aside from crowds, Mother Nature can make you feel like a bug under a magnifying glass with the heat of the relentless sun. Sometimes a day at a water park can be just the cure for that summertime heat. The Orlando area has a variety of water parks to choose from, but we wanted to know which one YOU would choose. Last week, we asked you:Which water park is best?Typhoon Lagoon was the overall winner (with more than 50% of the vote averaged on the blog and Twitter), and it’s hard to go wrong with this as a choice. With its giant wave pool, kids’ area, and waterslides, raft rides, and more, there is something for everyone. Whether your speed is more Crush ‘n’ Gusher or more laid back like Castaway Creek or the new(ish) Miss Adventure Falls, you’ll find plenty of fun in the sun.Blizzard Beach. ©DisneyComing in around 25% of the vote was Blizzard Beach. Perhaps the inclusion of a higher-thrill drop slide in Summit Plummet makes this park seem like it is more for teens and adults than for all ages, but there still is a lot for the whole family to do, including water slides where you can race your family. And yes, don’t forget to get your donuts while you’re there. There are some people who make a trip to the water park for that. (We don’t judge…especially when it comes to donuts.)Rounding up the bottom were Volcano Bay and Aquatica. Volcano Bay had a rocky start (pun intended), and it still is a tough sell that this is Universal Orlando’s third resort. As a water park, however, it has some of the biggest thrills in the area, and it is a visually stunning park. As operational issues get worked out, and as more people visit it during its second year, I would expect that this water park will grow in popularity.Picture courtesy of Sea World.What Aquatica lacks in name recognition and accessibility from a major theme park resort complex (like Walt Disney World of Universal), it makes up for in terms of quality. It has the requisite amount of slides and water play areas, but also neat features like a lazy river that goes “underwater” with views of tropical fish. The all-day dining pass is also a unique option, especially for families with older kids who want to go off on their own.Got any plans to hit the water parks this summer? What’s your go-to spot to stay cool? Let us know in the comments. Stay tuned for our next Ask It question on the blog.last_img read more