Marijuana regulators run low on time and money

first_imgShare this story: Economy | Government | Marijuana | State GovernmentMarijuana regulators run low on time and moneyAugust 12, 2015 by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA Share:Marijuana plant. (Photo courtesy Pixabay)The group setting up Alaska’s rules for commercial marijuana is on pace to finish regulations by a Nov. 24 deadline, but just barely.The Marijuana Control Board is running out of time and money as it builds the framework for legal sales.The board’s five members spent two full days discussing line after line of new marijuana rules with state regulators, lawyers and members of the public. It is not glamorous work developing what could be described as the nitty-gritty particulars of industry regulation. The second day – all eight hours – was dedicated to just one topic area.“And that was basically licensing and fees,” said Bruce Schulte, chair of the Marijuana Control Board, and one of the two appointees representing industry concerns. “It’s all the process and parameters around the licensing and renewals.”Schulte concedes that the Board’s schedule of holding public meetings that share chunks of new draft rules, then switching over to redrafting with public input is not particularly straightforward, though so far it has been expedient.“It’s very confusing,” Schulte said, “I have to make notes myself.”And it’s not just complex, it’s time-consuming. The board got through just one of the three topics it was scheduled to address Tuesday. To make up for that, they agreed to convene again before their planned September meeting. In spite of it, the Board has not fallen behind.“We just had so much public comment to get through on all three of these articles, it was probably optimistic to think we would finish them all,” Schulte said. “But it’s not a problem: we’re still on track.”Meetings, however, cost money, and that is creating some unexpected issues.The Board is supposed to reflect statewide interests, and as such its members reside statewide: from Bethel to Juneau to Fairbanks. While teleconferencing is an option, Board members say it does not work well: it’s slow, they miss out on important facial cues, and one of them can only call in–video isn’t available for him. But the amount of money set aside by Legislators is firmly set.“The budget covered the cost for five meetings in a fiscal year,” said Cynthia Franklin, Director of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board, which oversees its marijuana counterpart. “This is requiring extra meetings. We did not build that into the budget.”The newly added meeting will be at the end of August. Schulte thought it was so important he even offered to pick up the extra expenses himself, using air miles. Ultimately, it is likely to be digital.The state’s latest round of draft regulations is open for public comment on the DCCED website.last_img read more

Large increase in mental health services funding in Laois as demand grows

first_img Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp TAGSMental Health Funding for Child and Adult Mental Health Services in Laois and Offaly has increased by over €1.2 million due to a major increase in demand for services in the area.Jim Daly TD, Minister for Mental Health, held a special meeting earlier this week with the nine Chief Officers of the HSE to review existing CAMHS provision, and to see how this might be strengthened in the future.This initiative by the Minister complements the regular meetings he has with mental health specialists within the HSE.There has been a significantly increased demand on the CAMHS service nationally since 2012.There has, for example, at local level in one area been increased funding for CAMHS for Laois/Offaly from €1.387m in 2011 to €2.528m in 2018.The number of referrals received in this area increased from 167 to 1,044 during the same time period.These trends play out nationally.A focus for the Minister was to discuss possible improvements around referral pathways on CAMHS, including raising awareness among all health professionals involved in this process. The Minister stressed that while there were many good examples of CAMHS operation at local level, there was scope for improvement in examining a standardised approach nationally.This would require, for example, better links with other services such as Disabilities, Primary Care or DBT Therapy. The Chief Officers acknowledged that the recent appointment of around 114 Asst. Psychologists and 20 Senior Psychologists for Primary Care will help clarify roles and responsibilities between that service and CAMHS.The Minister, in his discussions, highlighted the potential of on-going work to introduce as soon as possible a new national contact telephone line for mental health services and a Tele-Psychiatry service. These services should assist in reducing inappropriate referrals to CAMHS and help direct those who have relatively low level mental distress issues to the range of other mental health supports available to young people.DemandsThe Minister said that “emerging demands for mental health services reflects the welcome awareness around Mental Health issues and services generally. We need to ensure the availability of the most appropriate service at the appropriate level for each young person”.“Another issue raised at the meeting was the need for better inter-agency awareness and co-operation, including those in the educational and child care fields, of the role of the specialist CAMHS service,” Minister Daly said.In conclusion, the Minister told the meeting “I am happy to announce that I approved 10 new posts for Advance Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) that will be specifically directed to the CAMHS service nationally.“These new ANPs will play a key role in delivering better service co-ordination where local service pressures are greatest.“I am satisfied from my discussions with the Chief Officers that every effort will continue at CHO level to improve CAMHS services, including having appropriate levels of intervention and maximising the potential for a new electronic referrals system to ensure quicker parental consent, better access and prioritisation of cases,” Minister Daly said.SEE ALSO – Talking music: Transmitter’s Stewart Quinn chats Italia 90, Old Fort and Performing in Laois Twitter By David Power – 12th July 2018 Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Previous articleIn Pictures: Ballyroan and Barrowhouse kids enjoying their Cul CampsNext article€10,000 bursary awarded to Mountmellick woodturner David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Home News Community Large increase in mental health services funding in Laois as demand grows NewsCommunity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Facebook Rugby Twitter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Large increase in mental health services funding in Laois as demand grows Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

Flaherty gets creative in controlling government spending

first_img Government simplifies application for GST/HST credit Share this article and your comments with peers on social media A freeze on government department operating budgets, reducing the costs of civil service benefits and suspension of Defence Department future capital spending accruals is keeping Ottawa’s overall program spending to an increase of just 0.9% in the coming fiscal year (ending March 31 2015), and producing a decline of 0.4% in the following year. But a couple of points should be noted: Related news 1. Suspending Defence accruals is not a reduction in actual spending. The dollars were being accrued for expenditures that the department will have to make in the future. And it makes sense to save these funds gradually rather than have to come up with large sums when they are needed. In this case, it has been determined that Defence would not be spending the $3.1 billion that would have been accrued in this period until after the budget’s horizon of fiscal 2019. 2. The 7.3 billion in compensation costs in fiscal years 2014-2019 also involves a reduction in accruals — specifically the accruals that the government has to make to cover future health-care benefit liabilities. The government wants to move to paying 50% of the cost of retiree benefits for retired federal employees from the present 75% under the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) and to increase eligibility for these benefits to six years of service from two years. The PSHCP agreement is government-wide and is negotiated by a group of representatives from the various unions. The carrot in this process is enhancement of sick days for civil servants, which will be negotiated as each collective agreement comes up for renewal. These were the main spending-related measures. There were also many new spending initiatives but they were very small individually and didn’t amount to much more than $1 billion per year in total. For instance, the budget made a lot of hoopla about “creating jobs,” and there was a separate paper with the budget on the state of the Canadian labour market. However, the net fiscal cost of the measures being introduced is $427 million in fiscal 2015 and $469 million in 2016 — tiny amounts given the projected $251.2 billion in program expenses in 2015. Keywords Budget 2014 Catherine Harris center_img Budget 2014: End of graduated rates for testamentary trusts Budget 2014: Impacts on individuals and small business Ottawa to loosen rules relating to an estate’s charitable donations Budget supports Canada’s ‘Aaa’ rating: Moody’s Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Extra weeks to be added to Covid-19 benefits for workers and parents

first_img Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talks Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Desjardins posted big gains in Q1 Keywords Coronavirus Virtual meetings to continue post-pandemic in B.C. Canadian Parliament Building at Dusk PaulMcKinnon/iStock Jordan PressCanadian Press The federal sickness benefit will be expanded to four weeks from two so workers can stay home if they’re feeling ill or have to isolate because of Covid-19.Employment insurance eligibility is also promised to be stretched to allow people to receive up to 50 weeks of benefits, rather than 26, for any claims filed since late September.The decision comes one day after labour groups warned that Canadians receiving EI or the recovery benefits would begin maxing out their eligibility late next month with job prospects bleak or nonexistent.Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, said the extra weeks should be a major relief for those who worried how they were going to pay their bills, or whether they would be able to stay home if they’re sick.But he suggested the extension may not be enough to bridge to better times. The Liberals may have to revisit the plan just as they did repeatedly with the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (or CERB) last year.Labour groups wanted the Liberals to extend eligibility for benefits at least until the end of the year, which is how long they believe it might take before the workers in hardest-hit industries get back on the job.“The one thing that nobody has been able to predict is when are we going to get to the other side,” Yussuff said.“As the government prepares for the budget, they may yet have to make a further announcement to figure out how we’re going to support people until the job numbers are starting to return to the level they were prior to the pandemic.”Canada’s labour market reversed months of gains in December and January, as lockdowns sent employment rates back to where they were in August, leaving the country short 858,300 jobs of pre-pandemic levels.The government’s most recent figures show it has provided over $11.6 billion through the three recovery benefits launched in the fall to replace the Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit.A further $13.5 billion has been spent on regular EI benefits, with about two million people currently receiving the income support. That doesn’t include special benefits like parental leave.The government estimates the cost to extend the benefits at $6.7 billion, and a further $5.4 billion for EI.“This crisis isn’t over. Neither is our support for everyone,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a press conference announcing the change.Extending the recovery benefits can happen through regulation, which is simpler than the law that needs to be passed to extend EI eligibility.And once changes are made, provincial governments would have to update worker protection rules to accommodate the extra weeks of sickness and caregiving leave. The Trudeau Liberals sought Friday to get ahead of a looming benefits panic, announcing plans to add extra weeks of income support for unemployed workers and parents at home with children because of the pandemic.The government plans to add 12 weeks of eligibility to the Canada Recovery Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit, raising the maximum number of weeks available to 38 from 26. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Apple supplier Foxconn teams up with Fisker to make electric vehicles

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Eagle-eyed gearhead photogs have spied what could certainly be the next-gen Porsche 911 GT3 RS undergoing testing at the Nürburgring in Germany.As a certified member of the Big Wang Gang, any GT3 RS is pretty easy to spot—even when draped in black camouflage. As an even wilder version of the already uncompromising GT3, the RS variant is very likely to have more than a few race-focused body parts and the aforementioned jumbo wing. Taking a close look at this development mule, there are a few telltale RS parts that crop up in the details. These centrally-positioned dual exhaust tips are a hallmark of the model, along with the altered (but hidden under this camo) nose that’s more friendly to the wind for better airflow. The bumper opening is likely to be bigger to facilitate the inhalation of atmosphere, while all manner of addenda will help with downforce. Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | The 2021 Porsche GT3 nailed a sub-7 minute lap at the ‘Ring, roaring across the line and punching a time of 6:59.927. With added power, more downforce, and extra violence, you can bet the next GT3 RS will shave more than a few ticks off that effort. center_img See More Videos RELATED Preview First Look: 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 by  David Booth  | February 16, 2021 RELATED TAGS911PorscheCoupeFlexNew VehiclesGermanyNurburgringprototypeSports carSpy Shotstesting As for powertrain, bank on a naturally-aspirated engine, namely a 4.0L flat-six delivering over 500 horsepower. If history has taught us anything, there’s a solid chance this new RS will deliver at least 20 more ponies than the standard GT3 which presently makes 503 of the finest German horses. Those are race-spec centre-locking wheel hubs, by the way, in case you fancy changing your own GT3 RS tires at home in your own palatial multi-car facility. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.last_img read more

Chancellor’s State Tour along Front Range highlights academic, athletic achievements

first_imgCategories:AdministrationCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The Chancellor’s State Tour traveled 300 miles over two days last week to visit three Front Range cities and share how the University of Colorado Boulder’s academic and athletic successes are tied to their communities.The tour began on June 18 in Pueblo, where Chancellor Phil DiStefano, Athletic Director Rick George, head football coach Mel Tucker and head basketball coaches Tad Boyle and JR Payne met with alumni and fans.George talked about the advancements the Athletic Department has made in recent years, including how the average GPA for student-athletes last semester surpassed 3.0 for the first time.Tucker asked the crowd how many people remembered when the Buffs were the best football team in the country. Dozens of hands went up. “I want you guys to know the players who I’m recruiting feel like we can get back to that level as well,” Tucker said. “When you’re at that level, you’re not just satisfied with going to a bowl game. Are you happy with just a bowl game? No! The goal is to win championships.”DiStefano met with newspaper editorial boards in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. In an editorial published last week, the Pueblo Chieftain praised CU Boulder’s efforts to keep tuition rates flat this year. And the paper called out the campus for its “solid academic programs and community service projects that make the university an asset to our state.”In Colorado Springs, about 80 CU supporters attended a lunch on June 19 to learn more about local connections to the university. DiStefano talked about Colorado Springs native Serene Singh, the university’s first female Rhodes Scholar. The chancellor also recognized Sand Creek High School grad D’Shawn Schwartz for his breakout sophomore season on the CU men’s basketball team. At the end of the event, Tucker participated in a television interview with Colorado Springs TV station KOAA.The final stop on the tour was at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids in Longmont, where 300 CU fans appeared to hear talks from DiStefano and athletics officials. Chip the mascot and the cheer team were on hand to meet fans and sing along with the fight song.Last week’s trip marked the second and final leg of the Chancellor’s State Tour for 2019. In May, the traveling party visited Vail, Carbondale, Grand Junction and Durango.center_img Published: June 24, 2019 last_img read more

One billion people used Facebook in a single day, says Zuckerberg

first_imgHome One billion people used Facebook in a single day, says Zuckerberg Previous ArticleSprint targets AT&T with striking offer for DirecTV subscribersNext ArticleApple lands at wearables number two spot following Watch launch AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 AUG 2015 WhatsApp payments resurfaces in Brazil Saleha Riaz Australia funds regulator to oversee new media law Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Facebookcenter_img Tags Related Facebook trials feature to connect neighbours Author Asia On Monday (24 August), one billion Facebook users, or “1 in 7 people on earth”, logged into the social media website, founder Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post.“When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world,” he said.Reaching more such milestones requires greater penetration by Facebook of countries in the developing world. Partly this will be the responsibility of, which gives free access to around two dozen websites (Facebook being one of them) to people without internet, in countries like Kenya, South Africa, India and Bangladesh.Last month, on’s first anniversary, Facebook said it had worked closely with “more than a dozen” operators across 17 countries on and it is available to more than a billion people.If it wants to keep growing the one billion statistic, it will need to continue to expand the programme.In the meantime, the scale of the social network’s achievement was reflected in a tweet by analyst Dean Bubley: “Facebook’s milestone of 1bn users on Monday is even more impressive if you remember 1.4bn in China can’t get it & another 1bn <15yo [15 years old]”.The company launched Facebook Lite in June, a version of its app for Android users that consumes less data and hence will be suitable for networks in emerging markets.In its Q2 results, Facebook said its monthly active users hit 1.49 billion as of end June 2015, an annual increase of 13 per cent, while mobile monthly active users were 1.3 billion.last_img read more

Ofcom to restrict BT’s involvement in spectrum auction

first_img Related Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Author Richard Handford Home Ofcom to restrict BT’s involvement in spectrum auction BTEEHutchisonO2OfcomVodafone Tags Ofcom wants to bar BT/EE from bidding in part of a forthcoming spectrum auction because the UK regulator is wary of the market leader’s growing dominance.Under the proposal, BT/EE would not be allowed to bid for 40MHz available in the 2.3GHz band.BT/EE currently holds 45 per cent of immediately useable UK mobile spectrum, said the regulator. Vodafone holds 28 per cent, O2 15 per cent and Three 12 per cent, and all have no restriction on their bidding.The regulator is concerned that if the country’s spectrum holdings became further unbalanced in coming years, it could damage competition.Barring BT would rebalance the country’s spectrum somewhat – BT’s holding would fall from 45 per cent to 42 per cent, according to the regulator.As part of the same auction, Ofcom will sell 150MHz in the 3.4GHz band. This spectrum is not immediately available to most mobile devices, but will become so in future years. It is earmarked for 5G across Europe.Because of their lack of immediate availability, BT is free to bid for frequencies in the 3.4GHz band.Ofcom’s auction, which is slated for next year, will significantly increase the amount of spectrum available to the UK mobile industry. The regulator estimates it will increase by nearly one third. The total amount of mobile spectrum will grow from 647MHz to 837MHz.The closing date for responses to Ofcom’s proposal is 30 January, 2017. Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Previous ArticleEC competition chief highlights 5G, IoT patentsNext ArticleItaly sees fallout from Hutch-VimpelCom merger AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 NOV 2016 last_img read more

T-Mobile US “upgrades the phone number” with Digits

first_img Kavit Majithia Author Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade T-Mobile US announced the launch of Digits, a new service that allows its customers to use one number across all their connected devices and the ability to use multiple numbers on a single phone.Digits is available now as an opt-in customer beta before being rolled-out commercially early next year.The first key feature, allowing T-Mobile customers to use their number across phones, tablets, computers and other devices, is hardly new. Apple offers a similar service, albeit limited to its own devices, while AT&T rolled out NumberSync last October, a capability allowing its customers to use multiple devices for calling and texting.At the time, T-Mobile US COO Mike Sievert dismissed its rival’s solution, claiming that it was working on something that will make “AT&T’s solution look small”.T-Mobile’s Digits is the operator’s response to AT&T’s service. Sievert stated the second feature, enabling multiple numbers to be accessed on a single device, is a “breakthrough technology”.The feature enables customers to combine work, home and personal numbers on a single smartphone, with the added advantage of being able to mix, and access, networks from rival operators.“This isn’t the first time you can add extra numbers to a device, but this is the first time you can do it all – multiple numbers on one device and one number on multiple devices,” said Sievert.With the solution, the company said it is addressing 30 million Americans that carry multiple devices, and means people can stop paying for two plans and two times the network access fees – a practice T-Mobile claimed costs US wireless customers an extra $10 billion every year.For businesses, employees can now use “Digits on their personal smartphones – even if those are on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said: “Phones today are nothing like they were just a decade ago, but the phone number has basically stayed the same forever. It’s time to shake things up.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 08 DEC 2016 T-Mobile US chief predicts market rebound Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Tags Related Amazon reels in MGM Home T-Mobile US “upgrades the phone number” with Digits Previous ArticleTech giants team for VR pushNext ArticleSony reveals mobile games for next year DIGITST-Mobile USlast_img read more

Hutchison, Etisalat to merge Sri Lanka operations

first_img Asia Previous ArticleMobile continues to drag on LG earningsNext ArticleSony to reduce smartphone shipments in profit pursuit CK Hutchison hit with $1.2B India tax demand Saleha Riaz HomeAsiaNews Hutchison, Etisalat to merge Sri Lanka operations Related Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more CK HutchisonEtisalatSri Lankacenter_img CK Hutchison set to spin-off European tower assets Hutch Lanka secures 4G rollout funds CK Hutchison and Etisalat announced plans to combine their Sri Lankan operations in a bid to better position them to serve customers in the country.“This transaction is part of the stated strategy of portfolio optimisation of the Etisalat Group,” the pair said in a joint statement, adding CK Hutchison will have the majority and controlling stake in the new entity when the deal is complete.The move will see the number three and four operators coming together. Currently, Dialog Axiata is the top operator in the country, with GSMA Intelligence placing its market share at 45 per cent in Q1 2018.This is followed by Mobitel (24 per cent), Etisalat Lanka (13 per cent), Hutch Lanka (10 per cent) and Airtel (8 per cent).The completion of the transaction is subject to conditions, including regulatory approvals.Local reports state Etisalat’s ten year mobile operating licence in Sri Lanka expires in September. Tags Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 APR 2018 last_img read more