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  • Gov. Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman Renew Call for Legislature to Take up Legalization of Adult-Use Cannabis to Help with COVID Recovery, Restorative Justice

    first_img September 03, 2020 Economy,  Press Release,  Recreational Marijuana Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman today called on the legislature to take up the legalization of adult-use cannabis to help with the state’s economic recovery amid COVID-19. Legalization will also create more outlets for important restorative justice programs in the commonwealth.“Now more than ever, we see a desperate need for the economic boost cannabis legalization can provide. So today I am proposing we legalize adult-use cannabis here in Pennsylvania with a portion of the revenue going toward existing small business grants,” Gov. Wolf said. “Half of these grants would be earmarked for historically disadvantaged businesses, many of which have had difficulties attaining other assistance because of systemic issues.“The other portion of the revenue will go toward restorative justice programs that give priority to repairing the harm done to crime victims and communities as a result of cannabis criminalization.”Lt. Governor Fetterman elaborated on the need for legislative action to provide for much-needed restorative justice.“It has been nearly a year since Governor Wolf and I urged the legislature to act on immediate decriminalization and start the discussion about legalization,” Lt. Governor Fetterman said. “Now more than ever, we must stop prosecuting people for doing something that most Pennsylvanians don’t even think should be illegal.”The governor also mentioned the economic benefits states with legal adult-use cannabis have realized. There are now 11 states plus the District of Columbia with legalized cannabis.“Some states that have legalized adult-use cannabis have received millions in additional revenue,” Gov. Wolf said. “In Washington state, adult-use cannabis brought in $319 million in tax revenue in 2018. In Colorado, that figure topped $266 million, and provided the city of Aurora with $900,000 to open a space for people experiencing homelessness. And these figures don’t count the secondary economic benefits of new businesses opening.”“Communities across our commonwealth are suffering,” said Sen. Sharif Street, who joined the governor and the lt. governor at the event. “Government has a responsibility to provide for and protect Pennsylvanians without cutting vital support systems or levying new taxes during a pandemic. After years of disparate enforcement of marijuana laws, which drives mass incarceration, social justice reform must be central to any policy on adult use. I’m proud to support Governor Wolf in this effort.”The governor, with the realization that standing up a legalized adult-use cannabis program will take time, called on the legislature to take immediate action to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, changing the charge from a misdemeanor of the third degree, which can result in jail time, to a summary offense, which does not.“I stand with the Governor and Lt. Governor in support of legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis because this issue is about far more than money,” said Rep. Jake Wheatley. “This is about criminal and social justice reform and righting past wrongs. It is about creating a flourishing new industry to help keep people safe and educate them on responsible use. Especially during a pandemic, we need to provide every avenue for relief and this one is well overdue.”The governor and lt. governor first called on the legislature to consider adult-use cannabis legalization in September 2019 after the lt. governor completed a statewide listening tour and a report back to the governor summarizing public opinion both on the tour and from tens of thousands of online submissions from Pennsylvanians. The majority of Pennsylvanians favor legalization and from the lt. governor’s report, three actions were outlined: a referendum on legalization, decriminalization and expungement of small possession convictions.Since that report was released, nothing has moved forward in the legislature.With the onset and continued effects of COVID on our commonwealth, on Aug. 25, Gov. Wolf called for adult-use cannabis as part of his broad fall legislative agenda.Along with the call to the General Assembly to pass legislation legalizing the sale and use of adult-use cannabis, Gov. Wolf proposed that a portion of the revenue be used to further restorative justice programs that give priority to repairing the harm done to crime victims and communities as a result of marijuana criminalization.In October 2019, Gov. Wolf, Lt. Gov. Fetterman and Board of Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood outlined how the then-recent expedited pardons process could benefit those who have low-level marijuana convictions by asking the Board to expedite those pardons. However, the governor and lt. governor know there is more to be done.“The time has come to legalize adult-use cannabis in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “It will help our economic recovery, it will help Pennsylvania families and it will help make our criminal justice system fairer.”Ver esta página en español. 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  • Spacious family home, close to the Brisbane CBD, perfect for families

    first_img16 Colthouse Place, Sinnamon Park.Described as spacious and cosy, 16 Colthouse Place, Sinnamon Park, was the perfect family home for owners Fahimeh Motamedi and Reza Hayatbakhsh.They have raised their two children here since early 2009, but are now moving to Sydney.“The first time we came into this house I felt like I’m in love with it,” Ms Motamedi said.Calling the property “spacious” is an understatement. The two-storey brick home has a five-bedroom layout. 16 Colthouse Place, Sinnamon Park.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Ms Motamedi said the parental bedroom suite, with its backyard view, was her favourite spot to get away. “It’s really big,” she said.“Sometimes I just come upstairs and sit on my recliner chair, relax, watch TV, read, have a coffee – especially when it’s raining,” Ms Motamedi said. 16 Colthouse Place, Sinnamon Park. The 3D Diakrit floor plan of 16 Colthouse Place, Sinnamon Park.Ms Motamedi said the locality had been very family friendly too.“You can walk around the riverside or even cycle into the city. It’s very quiet and very relaxing,” she said.“My children love this house. They’re like, ‘Oh Mum, we want to stay here!’ But you know – that’s life. You have to change,” Ms Motamedi said.She said they would be sorry to leave.“Actually, part of me will stay here – my memories are of how I relaxed in this home and how I like it,” she said.“Sometimes you go to houses and you don’t feel its home, but this house, it’s big, but it feels like a home.”center_img 16 Colthouse Place, Sinnamon Park. 16 Colthouse Place, Sinnamon Park.Ms Motamedi said family life revolved around the open-plan downstairs living space. “Where we have our kitchen close and we have our TV there,” Ms Motamedi said.There’s also room for entertaining, with a covered patio leading out onto the landscaped gardens of the 700sq m allotment.last_img read more

  • Ogunbote urges local players to seize Super Eagles chances

    first_img “It is a question of time and we will see to whether the players are of good quality or not. I know the Eagles’ coaching crew would be convinced because we have very good players in the domestic league. “The truth is that before now, the domestic players used to have a lot of publicity at home playing for the national team. But when they are not being considered again, of course, the next thing is to go for trials in Europe on their own. “At least with the new development, the local league players once again have the opportunity to not only sell themselves to the Eagles’ coaching crew but also play their way to clubs in Europe. Therefore, my advice to them is to take this opportunity. “They need to grab this opportunity as long as it is on a level playing field with the foreign-based players and make good use of it. read also:Duru roars: Ogunbote will really transform Lobi Stars “The NPFL players need to know fully well that for them to be part of top-flight leagues in Europe, they need to do more by displacing their counterparts from Europe for Eagles shirts and make it their own permanently. But this can only come through hard work.” Rohr led the Super Eagles to finish third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and will be expected to strengthen his squad with more home-based players during the Afcon qualifiers. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lobi Stars coach, Gbenga Ogunbote, has called on Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) players to seize their Super Eagles opportunities when they come. Gbenga-Ogunbote The national team has been dominated by foreign-based players since the arrival of Gernot Rohr, as the Franco-German tactician claimed the best of Nigerian players play abroad. Heartland goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is the only consistent home-based player in the national team under the 66-year-old. Rohr, who recently signed a new two-year contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has been mandated to watch more domestic league games in order to discover talents for the national team. Ogunbote, who has previously coached Sunshine Stars, Enyimba and Enugu Rangers, has praised the directives and urged the NPFL stars to be ready to compete favourably with their foreign counterparts. “Every player, either home-based or playing abroad has a right to represent the nation as long as he is a Nigerian,” Ogunbote told the Guardian. “The news that NPFL players will be watched during league games is interesting and very good. Before now, the coaching crew of the Super Eagles never had confidence in the domestic league players. Loading…last_img read more

  • Alarm forces evacuation of Decatur County courthouse

    first_imgPhoto: Dopey9928 at en.wikipediaGreensburg, In. — The Decatur County courthouse was evacuated Wednesday after a smoke alarm sounded just after 1 p.mn Sheriff’s deputies and members of the fire department inspected the building and allowed workers to reenter around 1:30 p.m.No damage or injuries were reported.last_img

  • Rodgers sees Liverpool on the up

    first_img Ferguson’s 27-year reign, which will end in retirement this summer, has delivered 13 league titles to Old Trafford. Their success this season was their 20th, taking them further past Liverpool’s previous record of 18 and achieving the Scot’s primary aim all those years ago of ‘knocking Liverpool off their perch’. But with Ferguson out of the picture and David Moyes, who as Everton manager failed to record a league victory at United, Anfield, Manchester City or Arsenal in 11 years, taking over there is a sense there may be a dip in the Red Devils’ success. “It (United) has been a machine which has been working for over 25 years,” said the Reds boss. Press Association “Sir Alex has really put his identity on the club and that has led to success. It will take David time to go in and assess everything but it is a club as stable as any in the world and it is ready-made for him. “There is no doubt he (Ferguson) will be a big miss there because he has been there so many years and been part of the furniture, making the club what it is today. “But (how they react to the change) is up to the rest of the clubs. The spending powers of the teams up there will always make it close. “I can only think of Liverpool – I’ve a big enough job here to get us moving on but I think next year we can do that. “My focus is to try to close the gap. We are bridging that gap slowly this year but hopefully we will take a bigger stride next year. “But the reality is very simple: we are 30 points behind the leaders and 12 points behind fourth place so we have a lot of work to do here. We know it is a long road but we don’t like being second-best and being behind. “We don’t start the season aiming to finish fourth. The aim is always to win the title. A club of this status that is the ultimate objective – but you have to be realistic.” center_img Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects to make a significant move on the top four next season and Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure as Manchester United boss may provide a helping hand.last_img read more

  • MILO Schools Football tournament| Round-of-16 matches commence today

    first_imgCHARLESTOWN Secondary and Golden Grove Secondary will open the Round-of-16 phase of the current Milo Schools Football tournament today.Set for 11:00hrs at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue, the double-header will also feature Cummings Lodge taking on Bishops’ High School.On Sunday, four matches are carded with the opening game featuring East Coast’s Annandale Secondary and East Bank’s Friendship Secondary.Christianburg Wismar Secondary are up next at 13:00hrs as they play Canje Secondary for a spot in the round-of-eight.St Cuthbert’s Mission and Vergenoegen meet at 15:00hrs while the last game of the day will pit President’s College against Queen’s College at 17:00hrs.On Monday at 15:30hrs St John’s College will take on St Stanislaus College while from 17:30hrs Lodge Secondary will clash with Tucville.last_img read more

  • UFC Action to Debut on DStv Soon

    first_imgUFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation, is coming to DStv. SuperSport, The World of Champions can confirm that it has signed a long-term deal with the UFC, beginning in January 2019.With over 40 live events a year and 100 hours of magazine programming, fans across the continent will see the world’s best mixed martial artists regularly appearing on their screens.Household names such as former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor and women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg are popular staples of UFC, but beyond them are a host of up and coming world-class athletes, including South African Don Madge who recently made his UFC debut with an explosive knockout of Te Edwards. “We’re pumped to start broadcasts in January,” said Gideon Khobane, Chief Executive of SuperSport. “UFC consistently delivers high-octane action and cuts across all demographics. It’s a modern sport that understands the need to entertain, which is perfect for SuperSport and an evolving consumer market.”“We have such a strong roster of talented mixed martial artists coming through from across Africa that it is the perfect time for UFC to begin an exciting new relationship with SuperSport,” commented David Shaw, UFC Senior Vice-President International and Content. “The team at SuperSport are committed to building the UFC and we are looking forward to working closely with them in market to achieve our combined goals.”Celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year, UFC has proven a phenomenon since its humble beginnings in the 1990s, securing a place in popular culture due to its high-profile athletes and compelling fights they produce.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Betfred uses Stuart Pearce again for new season football campaign

    first_img Related Articles Submit Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Share Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Bookmaker Betfred has once again turned to former England international Stuart Pearce to be the face of its football betting campaign on Sky Sports.The bookmaker likes the former Manchester City manager’s no-nonsense opinion as it believes he has great credibility from his much-travelled hard-tackling playing career at Coventry, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, West Ham and City. He picked up 78 England caps in  his glittering career that began when he was plucked out of non-league at Wealdstone where he combined his football with his day job as an apprentice electrician. As a manager he’s had spells at City, Nottingham Forest and England under 21s.Pearce said: “This is my third campaign with Betfred, the shoot was great fun, I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to seeing the ads on TV. As for this season I think it could be Manchester United’s to lose, I think  Lukaku was a great signing.”Head of Betfred marketing Gemma Strath believes Pearce is a perfect fit at the world’s biggest independent bookies where boss Fred Done also has an opinion or two.She said: “After working with Stuart for the last 12 months we went out to our customers to get their views – and the vast majority loved him. Our punters think Stuart is a great fit for Betfred. He’s a ‘no nonsense’ kind of guy much like Fred and we used this to fuel our initial creative sessions with Zut Media. Our overarching theme was  ‘Nostalgia’ which positioned Stuart as the ‘voice of truth’ in today’s modern game and I am really looking forward to sharing this campaign with our audience.”Working with Zut Media again, Betfred have created six new TV Adverts plus a wealth of exclusive content that will be shared across its social media channels and in house broadcast channel Betfred TV which is shown across the firm’s large retail estate.Zut Media Producer and Co-Owner Mark Hancock said: “Having Stuart compare ‘old school’ aspects of football with the modern game, then making these comparisons with traditional-versus-modern day betting methods available with Betfred, has made for some very funny Betfred ads.“The shoot was a lot of fun with a 80’s inspired living rooms set, classic retro footballer perms and an iconic ‘brick’ mobile phone. There are also some cheeky references to Stuart’s famous Italia 90 world cup penalty miss. We believe the six adverts really cut through and will strike a chord with modern day fans looking to have a punt when what promises to be an absolutely fascinating new  season kicks off later this month.”last_img read more

  • GPL: Wrap of week 8 matches

    first_imgHearts of Oak Coach David Duncan recorded his first victory since taking charge of the team a week ago after beating Liberty Professionals 2-0 at the Accra Sports stadium in Accra on Sunday.Two second half goals by Robin Gnagne and Ashitey Ollenu handed them all the three points in the Accra derby.This victory marks the Phobians third win of the season and Coach David Duncan’s first in his second game in charge.Champions Asante Kotoko returned to winning ways after last week’s goalless draw with Accra Hearts of Oak in the Super clash.The porcupine warriors for the first time ended Tema youth’s dominance over them at the Tema stadium as they handed them a 2-1 defeat.Kotoko after a slow start have now moved to third on the table and are now a point behind new leaders, Aduana Stars. Ebusua Dwarfs made a triumphant return to their favorite grounds, the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast after completing a 12-match ban from last season.The cape coast based side thumped Berekum Chelsea 4-1 to give their home fans something to cheer about after missing their action in a long time due to their ban.The result will mean lots to them as they jump second on the standings just a point behind leaders Aduana Stars. Chelsea got their consolation through Bismark Idan and the defeat sees the Berekum side slip to fifth on the table.Berekum Arsenal picked their first three points of the season after beating AshantiGold 1-0 at the Berekum Golden City Park.The Gunner’s had gone seven matches without a win but a 31st minute goals by Bright Kukubor earned them their first win of the season which lifts them off the foot of the table to a place from bottom. In other matches played at the weekend, King Faisal and Wa All Stars shared the spoils in their goalless draw at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi while New Edubiase handed RTU 2-0 at the Bekwai Park.SC Medeama’s hopes of returning to the top of the premier league Premier League standings suffered a hit after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Amidaus Professionals at the Tarkwa ParkAduana Stars are now on top of the premier league standings after a 2-0 win over Heart of Lions at the Agyemang Badu Park in Dormaa.last_img read more

  • Eagles’ Doug Pederson: Different game if Carson Wentz doesn’t get hurt vs. Seahawks

    first_imgAsked whether the game would have been different if Wentz was healthy, Pederson told reporters: “It’s hard to say, but I’d say yes if he was healthy. With the game plan we had, I think so, but it’s hard to speculate.”PLAYOFF BRACKET: Divisional matchups, TV schedule for AFC, NFCThe Eagles were hoping Wentz could lead the team deep into the playoffs after he played the entire regular season for the first time since 2016, his rookie year. Wentz suffered major injuries in 2017 and 2018, with Nick Foles stepping up to guide the Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl 52. Sunday’s playoff appearance was the first of Wentz’s career.”I feel for him. I feel bad for him,” Pederson said of Wentz. “I briefly saw him in the dressing room afterwards. I’m disappointed for him. I wanted this for him. A lot of his teammates did, too. So did the team and organization. He’s been through a lot.”Carson Wentz is being evaluated for a concussion because of this play pic.twitter.com/0nuu4cPBRc— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) January 5, 2020The Eagles endured an injury-ravaged season, but tight end Zach Ertz managed to suit up and face the Seahawks despite two non-displaced rib fractures suffered in Week 16.Ertz was rushed to hospital after finding blood in his urine following the injury, but he took the field two weeks later. “It’s been tough. It’s been real tough,” a teary-eyed Ertz told reporters postgame. “It hurts. Been a lot of highs and lows. My faith just kept me through it, kept me grounded. There was a plan for me.”I just wanted it to be black and white, honestly. I took the emotion out of it. I just prayed that I wanted it to be clear. I didn’t want it to be a gray area where it was an emotional decision. When it was unanimous that I was good to play, I knew that there was a plan and a reason, and that’s why I was able to go.””I wanted to play for this city,” Ertz added. “I take a lot of pride [in] playing for my teammates.” Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson believes his team’s NFC wild-card clash with the Seattle Seahawks would have played out differently had quarterback Carson Wentz not suffered a head injury.Wentz exited in the first quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet blow to the back of his head from Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. He was replaced by 40-year-old backup Josh McCown, who made his postseason debut following 17 seasons in the NFL.last_img read more