How, exactly, does the Senate go “nuclear”? If Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch doesn’t get 60 votes this week — the showdown will probably be Thursday — to overcome a Democratic filibuster of his nomination, Republican leaders will likely move quickly to change Senate rules to confirm him without the need for a single Democratic vote.
The change is called the “nu- clear option” because it blows up long- standing rules and bipartisanship in a chamber that has traditionally valued both.
It also is a complicated process that only a parliamentarian could love, the subject of two detailed 2013 reports by the non- partisan Congressional Research Service, which helps members of Congress understand congressional procedures.
CRS based one of those re- ports, from Dec. 6, 2013, on action by former majority leader Harry Reid, D- Nev., who used the nuclear option that year to change Senate rules so lower- court judges and Cabinet nominees could be confirmed by a simple majority, scuttling a Republican filibuster. That move by Reid basically laid out a procedural road map Republicans could now follow to get
their way on Gorsuch.
The nuclear path appears to include nine steps senators would take before finally moving to an up- or- down vote to confirm Gorsuch as the new Supreme Court justice. Republicans could vary these steps a bit, but, based on what Reid did, here’s how the process could go:
Immediately after Gorsuch fails to win the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., could make a motion for the Senate to reconsider that failed vote ( called a cloture vote). His motion cannot be debated and would need only a simple majority of the votes cast to pass, which is key because Republicans hold a slim majority of 52 seats. If McConnell’s motion to reconsider passes, then ...
2. POINT OF ORDER
McConnell could raise a “point of order” basically declaring that it will now take only a simple majority of senators ( rather than three- fifths of the body) to end a filibuster and advance Gorsuch’s nomination to a final upor- down vote.
3. RULING OF THE CHAIR
The Republican senator presiding over the session that day ( and sitting in the big chair at the top of the dais) would rule against McConnell’s point of order because it contradicts current Senate rules. This is all part of a carefully choreographed procedural dance, so McConnell would be expecting this.
4. APPEAL THE RULING
McConnell would then appeal that “ruling of the chair” and ask senators to vote to overrule it.
5. VOTE TO OVERRULE
The Senate would vote on whether to overrule the chair. Once again, Republicans would need only a simple majority to win this vote. If the ruling is overturned, then ...
6. DEMOCRATIC POINT OF ORDER
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D- N. Y., could raise a point of order essentially declaring that the old rules should still be followed and 60 votes should still be required to end the filibuster on Gorsuch’s nomination.
7. RULING OF THE CHAIR II
The presiding officer ( who, remember, would be a Republican) would surely rule against Schumer.
8. VOTE TO OVERRULE II
Schumer could then appeal that ruling and ask for a vote, which he would undoubtedly lose. If the ruling of the chair was upheld, it would confirm the new rule requiring just a simple majority to advance Gorsuch’s nomination.
9. RE- VOTE CLOTURE ( TO END FILIBUSTER)
Finally, the Senate would vote on the cloture motion, which Republicans would be able to pass easily, ending the Democratic filibuster. That would clear the way for an up- or- down vote on Gorsuch.
A cloture vote forces an end to the filibuster but allows for an additional 30 hours of debate before the nomination can come to a final vote. That debate could send the vote to Friday or Saturday, depending on how many hours the senators use up with all of their procedural maneuvering.
The Senate is scheduled to begin a two- week recess on April 10, so McConnell probably would schedule a weekend vote to confirm Gorsuch if necessary before the chamber adjourns.
Pese al interés que tienen en el directorio de Azul Azul por el regreso del futbolista de 25 años al término de este semestre, desde Peñarol aseguran que aún no reciben alguna información formal sobre el retorno de Guzmán.
“No hemos tenido noticias acerca de esa opción, pero el préstamo de nosotros es hasta junio y por eso todavía no sabemos”, apuntó el presidente del cuadro “carbonero”, Juan Pedro Damiani, en conversación con El Gráfico Chile.
Para el timonel del “Manya”, Guzmán Pereira es un jugador fundamental para el equipo, aunque aún no saben cuál será su situación, pensando en que recién se dio comienzo al torneo uruguayo.
“Al principio, a él le costó adaptarse a nuestro equipo, pero hoy es un jugador muy importante para nosotros. Eso sí, de esos temas no puedo hablar mucho, porque recién empezó esto. De aquí a junio se verá”, añadió Damiani.
El actual mediocampista del cuadro aurinegro ha sido titular y ha jugado los 90 minutos en los cuatro compromisos que lleva su equipo en el torneo local.
LOS ANGELES: The accounting firm responsible for tallying Academy Award winners says its team didn’t move quickly enough to correct the incorrect announcement of the best picture winner at Sunday’s Oscars.
PwC says it accepts full responsibility for “the series of mistakes and breaches of protocols”.
The firm says partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed an envelope with the best actress winner to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who were presenting the best picture honour. PwC says Cullinan and another partner responsible for the integrity of the winners did not correct the mistake quickly enough.
The statement apologises to the cast of La La Land, which was mistakenly announced as the winner before the correct winner, Moonlight, was announced.
Moments before he handed out the wrong envelope in one of the worst gaffes in Oscar history, PwC accountant Brian Cullinan tweeted a behind-the-scenes photo of winner Emma Stone holding her statuette. “Best Actress Emma Stone backstage!” the tweet read.
It’s one potential clue in the whodunit after Sunday’s ceremony gaffe.
Cullinan was one of two accountants for PwC tasked with doling out the envelopes containing winners’ names to the presenters. But the envelope that Cullinan gave to Dunaway and Beatty was a duplicate of the previously announced win for Stone, not for best picture.
PwC declined comment that Cullinan’s social-media use may have distracted him. – ANA-AP
MUMBAI: M.S. Dhoni will play under Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the India ODI and T20 teams during the upcoming series against England.
Yuvraj Singh’s form in domestic cricket earned him the selectors’ nod in both formats against the visitors.
Hardik Pandya figures in both squads after satisfying selectors about his fitness, following extensive tests at the National Cricket Academy.
Ashish Nehra is named in the T20 team and one warmup game against the touring side.
Ajinkya Rahane will lead India A in the next match, where Rishabh Pant is the specialist wicketkeeper and Dhoni is a notable exclusion.
National selection committee chairman M.S.K. Prasad said Kohli was in touch via Skype with the senior selectors, assembled at the Cricket Centre, here, before the teams were finalised.
India ODI: Virat Kohli (capt), K.L. Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, M.S. Dhoni, Manish Pandey, Kedhar Jadhav, Yurvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav.
India T20: Virat Kohli (capt), K.L. Rahul, Mandeep Singh, M.S. Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Rishabh Pant, Yuvraj Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey and Ashish Nehra. India-A (first warm-up game):
M.S. Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Mandeep Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma and Siddarth Kaul. India-A (second warm-up
game): Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Rishabh Pant, Suresh Raina, Deepak Hooda, Ishank Jaggi, Sheldon Jackson, Vijay Shankar, Shabaz Nadeem, Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan and Ashoke Dinda.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Storied Lambeau Field was a post-card perfect winter wonderland Sunday when the Texans needed a good bad-weather performance to upset the Green Bay Packers.
The Texans and Packers played in snow, wind and cold. Game-time temperature was 32 with a wind chill of 25.
From the opening kickoff, the Texans were just as desperate as the Packers to emerge with a victory.
After losing 21-13 before a crowd of 77,867, the Texans felt terrible about being 6-6, and the Packers were celebrating the same record.
“Obviously, we’re in a tough stretch right now,” coach Bill O’Brien said about their three-game losing streak. “These last four games are playoff games, and that’s how we have to view them.”
Green Bay won its second consecutive game after ending a four-game losing streak. The Packers love to host games in the snow.
“As a quarterback, you love a perfect environment, but as a football fan and historian, you love games like this,” Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers said after throwing two touchdown passes. “This is Lambeau Field in the winter that we love. It’s a lot easier to throw the ball when it’s snowing than when it’s raining, so that helped.”
The weather caused the Texans to change their cleats and gloves, but they couldn’t change the outcome. Not only did the Texans lose their third consecutive one-score game, they also lost their monopoly on first place in the AFC South.
The losing streak has forced the Texans to share the division lead with Tennessee. If Indianapolis defeats the Jets on Monday night, there will be a three-way tie for first place. The Texans have road games remaining against the Colts and Titans.
“I feel terrible because I feel like those are three games we could have won,” offensive tackle Duane Brown said about the losing streak. “We have to have the level of importance that each of the last four games is a playoff game. We need that sense of urgency.”
The Texans continued their bad habit of blowing games in the fourth quarter. Unlike the last loss to San Diego, this one couldn’t be blamed on quarterback Brock Osweiler.
Osweiler matched Rodgers’ two touchdown passes. He didn’t throw an interception or lose a fumble. As usual, though, the Texans’ offense failed to score more than two touchdowns.
They have scored more than two offensive touchdowns one time — in the overtime victory over Indianapolis on Oct. 16.
“It’s very frustrating,” Osweiler said about not scoring more touchdowns. “We are three or four plays away from changing multiple games. Because of that, I don’t think we can get discouraged.”
While the offense was struggling to score a second touchdown, the Texans played terrific defense for three quarters.
The Packers’ first touchdown was set up when Alfred Blue was stuffed on fourth-and-1 at midfield, giving Green Bay excellent field position.
Rodgers threw his first touchdown pass after he was flushed from the pocket but found Randall Cobb for the 9-yard score.
It was the only touchdown the Texans surrendered until the fourth quarter.
With Lamar Miller playing with sore ribs and rushing for only 22 yards and DeAndre Hopkins dropping two passes, the Texans were still in position to win in the fourth quarter.
Osweiler’s 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ryan Griffin on fourth-and-1 made it 7-7 with 7:32 left in the third quarter.
Defense collapses in fourth
Before the third quarter ended, the Texans blew a chance to take the lead. Osweiler took them to third-and-5 at the Green Bay 36. He threw what would have been a first-down pass, but Hopkins dropped it, forcing a punt.
Shane Lechler’s 34-yard punt left the Packers at their 2-yard line.
Until that point, the Texans’ defense had been outstanding playing without end Jadeveon Clowney and outside linebacker John Simon, not to mention end J.J. Watt and cornerback Kevin Johnson.
Once again, the defense collapsed in the fourth quarter.
Rodgers threw for only 111 yards in the first three quarters. When cornerback Johnathan Joseph left with a rib injury, Rodgers quickly took advantage. He went after cornerback Charles James, who slipped on a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, ending a 12-play, 98-yard drive that gave the Packers a 14-7 lead.
The next time the Packers got the ball, they took over at their 11 and covered 89 yards in eight plays. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski made it 21-7.
Osweiler’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Hopkins and Nick Novak’s missed extra point left them behind by eight and needing to cover an onside kick, which they couldn’t do.
“We know the situation we’re in,” Hopkins said, “but we also know we need to handle our business to stay in first place.”
For anyone who is daunted by the idea of walking into a head shop, Tha Bong Shop is a great option. Focused on building relationships with customers and playing a positive role in the community, the new store at 2921 Cambie Street, in the heart of Vancouver has already seen a warm welcome from neighbouring businesses, and from local residents. Staff are happy to make recommendations based on price point and desired functionality, but more importantly, are always willing to take time to teach these clients how to use the equipment and answer any questions they may have, especially first time medical users. Tha Bong Shop opened its first store in 2012 in East Vancouver, near Boundary Road. Joel Fleming, owner and operator of Tha Bong Shop says, “With the new location in Cambie Village, we hope to reach more toward the downtown core and our customers won’t have to drive so far.” A perfect stop for any glass enthusiast, Tha Bong Shop’s stock extends past the typical smoking accessories. They also carry items like pendants and marbles. Most of the pieces from local artists start at $15 and can go for up to $5,000 depending on the complexity and rarity of the piece. Tha Bong Shop is committed to maintaining a unique glass collection and supporting local artists. Chris Kauhane of Kahuna Glass is a Vancouver based artist whose work is sold across North America, but he enjoys keeping it local. “It’s awesome to be able to drop off pieces in the shop. You get to high five the employees and check out their collection,” Chris says; “Tha Bong Shop sells one of a kind art pieces, not just factory made products.” Chris got started blowing glass in 2008 after being inspired by an artist on Vancouver Island. While living in Hawaii, he learned how to make sharks, whales, turtles, and other sea creatures which now make up his signature style. Other parts of the collection come from artists across Canada and the US, these often being well known artists whose pieces are in demand. One of Joel’s favorite artists is Gnosy Glass of California, who specializes in a piece called a ‘mini milker’. His pieces are highly patterned and very intricate. Many of the pendants and other glasswork exhibit a technique called murrine (also called millefleur, or millie for short) in which rods of coloured glass are melted together in a long tube so that a pattern, such as a flower or a face, is seen when the glass is cut in a cross section. These tubes are then heated and stretched so the image becomes smaller, which leads to a high amount of detail on a small surface. The final pieces are made into polished coins, small rods, or inset within larger glassworks. Once settled into the Cambie Village, Tha Bong Shop hopes to create more gallery space, and are looking to get approval for a glass studio in the shop. Joel explained, “The hope would be that local artists would come and work in the shop, showing the techniques they use. Customers could buy a piece that they saw being made.” “What’s important is that we give back to the community.” Joel says. The shop prioritizes buying pieces from local glass artists and organizing the store such that the local art is showcased. They accept non-perishable items for the food bank in return for a discount off your purchase. “The discount is based on what you bring.”
The hope would be that local artists would come and work in the shop, showing the techniques they use.
it all. She found her way into the punk community, where Bif Naked as we know her started to take shape. Laying the ground work with punk bands Gorilla Gorilla and Chrome Dog, Torbert started to build a recognizable image and reputation as a talented musician and performer.
At the age of 23 she minted her own record label, Her Royal Majesty’s Records, and began turning out hits like Spaceman (1998), Moment of Weakness (1999), I Love Myself Today (2001), and Tango Shoes (2002). Her 2009 album, The Promise, was written and recorded while Torbert was in the throes of treatment for breast cancer, and as a survivor she has become a spokesperson to bring attention to the cause, and strength to those who share her struggle with the disease. Torbert is also well known for her advocacy for animals and her work with anti-poverty agencies.
Like the tattoos she is so well known for, Torbert’s memoir tells her life story.
It is an opportunity for the outsider to share in an intimate conversation about her life and experiences. Candid and honest, Torbert gives read- ers a backstage pass into her life. She shares her trials and tribulations, triumphs and successes, and spreads her humble gratitude in all the simple joys life has to offer, often in the face of adversity.
All fans of Bif Naked, anyone who follows the punk and rock scene of the 1990s, and folks who enjoy a good autobiography will appreciate this book.
I, Bificus is available in the adult biography collection at the Prince George Public Library.
Pot advocates remain defiant after last week’s police raids of weed shops with one Toronto dispensary even vowing to sell marijuana for recreational purposes.
Cannabis Culture, 801 Queen St. W., flung open its doors on Friday — one day after police targeted 43 medical marijuana dispensaries in Toronto.
“We do not want to force people to be sick or to fake illness or to pay a doctor for permission to access cannabis,” said Jodie Emery, a spokesman for the Cannabis Culture brand.
The store on Sunday was catering to the one or two customers who headed through the door every few minutes.
Cannabis Culture is “providing cannabis to anyone who can prove that they’re over the age of 19, as we don’t want to discriminate against the healthy or able,” Emery said.
“We believe everyone does have the right to access cannabis,” she said. “And because cannabis will be legal recreationally in the future, our model should demonstrate what legalization should look like.”
Emery, who’s married to “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery, added “a number” of those operating pot shops that were raided last week are considering opening up again.
“A number of them are planning to reopen and a number of them are choosing to stay closed,” said Emery. “With so many different people involved, they’re all going to choose their own approach.”
In addition to seizing large quantities of dried weed and cannabis-infused edibles, police charged 90 people.
Emery said “a lot” of people are nervous about the idea of re-opening.
“Some landlords have changed locks,” she added. “They’ve already decided just to not let the dispensaries continue because they’ve been threatened with asset forfeiture which is also extremely heavyhanded.”
The Toronto Sun also visited the Canna Clinic, which was doing a brisk business in Kensington Market on Sunday. Employees of the shop, which was not targeted last week, would not provide comment.
A handmade sign declared the place had “No Edibles” on the premises.
Outside, a customer — who didn’t want to give his name — called last week’s police action “really messed up.
“I don’t even know how this one’s still open but I’m sure if it’s up to them, they’re going to close this one too,” he said.
Only licensed producers — authorized by Health Canada — can now legally sell pot to those with verified prescriptions. The medical marijuana is mailed to those with prescriptions.
Toronto Police did not respond to the Sun’s request for comment.
The federal government is pushing ahead with plans to legalize marijuana and not before time. Health Minister Jane Philpott certainly didn’t play down the controversial announcement. She chose a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York regarding drug use and drug-related crime. The timing was more than coincidental. Minister Philpot chose April 20 to reveal that Ottawa plans to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in the spring of next year. Her address coincided with 4/20 – the annual day of celebration for cannabis culture lovers, the so-called National Weed Day. Despite Liberal party promises, the speed towards full legalization is still a pleasant surprise. Many people thought that perhaps the government might first move towards decriminalization – that full legalization was too radical, too quick, too dangerous. But Ottawa decided to move forward as promised before and during the federal election last fall. The legalization issue was really a no-brainer for Justin Trudeau. And it was one of the defining moments for the youthful leader of the Liberal Party as he sought to stake out a legitimate claim to become prime minister. His pledge to legalize marijuana was unorthodox and politically dangerous. It could have backfired and derailed the party’s election hopes. The Conservative government was relentless in its attacks: legalizing marijuana would lead Canadians to cocaine and heroin addiction. But it badly miscalculated the views and sensibilities of Canadians. A majority of Canadians admit they have tried marijuana. What university or college student hasn’t? There are already widespread medical exemptions to use marijuana for pain control and relief. Licences to grow legal marijuana for medical use are nothing new. It seemed silly in this day and age for anyone to have a criminal record for smoking a joint, anymore than having a bottle of beer or a glass of wine. In Vancouver, public use of marijuana is widely accepted and ignored by police. Several U.S. states such as Colorado and Washington, have legalized marijuana, generating millions in tax revenue. The Canadian government is setting up a committee to assist in drafting marijuana rules and regulations. As Minister Philpot said, it’s essential the legislation keeps marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals. The government is wise to take the position that legalization is the best way to protect the country’s youth while enhancing public safety. It’s important that Ottawa gets the legislation right. It must severely punish those who provide pot to minors or drive while under its influence. As Minister Philpott was speaking in New York, a new Angus Reid poll was being released in Canada. It showed that 68 per cent of Canadians feel pot should be made legal, a nine-point increase from a 2014 poll asking the same question. The poll found that 64 per cent of Canadians feel the legalization of weed will do more good than harm in the long run. Canadians are ready.
Международная организация гражданской авиации (ИКАО) объявило о запрете на перевозки литий-ионных аккумуляторов в грузовых отсеках пассажирских самолетов. Данная мера необходима из-за опасности возгора- ния батарей, что может привести к пожару на борту самолета. Литий-ионные аккумуляторы сегодня являются самым популярным в мире типом аккумуляторов. Они используются в мобильных телефонах, видеокамерах, фотоаппаратах, ноутбуках и другой бытовой электронике. Из-за превышения напряжения при заряде аккумулятор может загореться, но производители обязаны встраивать контроллер заряда, чтобы предотвратить подобные случаи. Решения ИКАО — агентства ООН, устанавливающего международные нормы гражданской авиации и координирующего ее развитие с целью повышения безопасности и эффективности, — не являются обязательными к исполнению, однако большинство стран мира обычно следует его рекомендациям. ИКАО уже внесло ясность в свое решение. Запрет не коснется аккумуляторов, находящихся в портативных устройствах, которые разрешается проносить в салон самолета. Так что пассажиров нововведение не затронет. Оно распространяется на коммерческие партии, которые обычно перевозятся в багажных отделениях пассажирских лайнеров, а не в специальных транспортных самолетах. На такой вид транспортировки приходится около 30 процентов поставок литий-ионных аккумуляторов в мире. Все остальное обычно доставляется морем. Исследования, проведенные различными организациями, установили, что литиевые батареи могут самопроизвольно воспламеняться и гореть с температурой пламени до 600 градусов Цельсия, что близко к точке плавления алюминия, используемого в конструкции самолетов. Нагретые батареи выделяют газы, концентрация которых в ограниченном пространстве может приводить к взрывам, способным выводить из строя бортовые противопожарные системы, что чревато пожаром. Эти данные побудили компании Boeing и Airbus объявить в 2015 году, что продолжение коммерческих перевозок литиевых батарей несет неприемлемый риск. По сути, ИКАО просто прислушалось к этим рекомендациям. Организация предлагает разработать безопасные способы упаковки и транспортировки аккумуляторов данного типа, и тогда запрет снимут. Предварительно он будет действовать до 2018 года. Ассоциация производителей аккумуляторных батарей выступила против введения запрета. В ее заявлении говорится, что вводимые ограничения могут привести к значительным перебоям в поставках аккумуляторов, особенно для медицинских приборов. Что касается мер безопасности, то производители батарей строго выполняют все предписания.
It sounds so easy: where something is criminalized that shouldn’t be, just amend or repeal the problematic statute. Simple, stroke-of-a-pen stuff, right? Not with the legalization of marijuana, it isn’t.
The Trudeau government surprised some – and comforted others – last week by handing the pot file to former Toronto police chief Bill Blair. It will now be up to the rookie Ontario MP to stickhandle a blithely phrased, ill-defined platform commitment through the legislative process.
There is much for him to ponder. Here’s a short and by no means exhaustive list of the hurdles: Canada’s commitments to international drug interdiction treaties (legalization may run afoul of these), the wishes of the provinces (who control enforcement), public health considerations (like alcohol and tobacco, pot use raises big health and safety issues) and the need for some kind of regulatory and inspection framework.
And if growing and selling marijuana is to become a legitimate industry, what should it look like? In recent days, The Globe has reported politically connected business interests marshalling forces for a lobbying campaign. No surprise: Court judgments on the legality of homegrown medical marijuana have already complicated the lives of companies chasing that market. Should recreational users be allowed the same privilege in the fashion of homemade wine and beer?
One of the main rationales behind legalization is to cripple the black market. Having a government-run retail monopoly – as has been mused about by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the union representing workers at the Société des alcools du Québec – has a logic to it, but it may also backfire. It needs careful study.
The example of tobacco is instructive. When Canadian sin taxes have gone up, the black market has tended to flourish. Early studies in U.S. jurisdictions that have legalized weed and taxed its sale suggest the illegal trade in soft recreational drugs remains robust. On the plus side, tax revenues are exceeding forecasts.
There are compelling reasons to legalize the production and sale of cannabis. Prohibition has been costly, ineffective and counterproductive. Unfortunately, that’s not the same thing as saying legalization of pot will be cheap, easy and automatically beneficial.
EASILY the most-talked-about event yesterday was not the winning of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines as Miss Universe 2015 but the way her victory was announced, along with the transfer of the crown from Ariadna Gutierrez to her after it rested on Miss Colombia’s head for two minutes. Miss U contests have their own share of bloopers but this one would stand out in its 53-year history.
That was how long it took for the epic error at the Las Vegas beauty pageant to be corrected and yet it could haunt host Steve Harvey the rest of his life.
Who is Steve Harvey? Broderick Stephen “Steve” Harvey, 58, is a comedian, TV host, radio personality and author. He hosts the Steve Harvey Morning Show and the popular “Family Feud.” Since yesterday, though, he has been known and will be remembered as that guy who botched the announcement of Miss Universe 2015 pageant.
He’s probably the most hated man in Colombia now and will be so for some time. He embarrassed Ariadna who was already walking and waving on the stage when her bliss was interrupted with the correction of the error and the removal and transfer of the $30,000 crown to Pia.
Filipinos must also blame Steve for spoiling the most glorious moment in Miss Wurtzbach’s life.
But the Colombians probably hate him more and he should watch his back: Colombian thugs might raise their own version of a “jihad” against him.
Poor Harvey. When he tweeted his apology after the show, he also misspelled Miss Philippines, writing “Miss Philippians” instead. Just like his blooper on stage, the tweet was a “terribly honest human mistake.”
Oh yes, about Pia. She’s the third Filipina to win the Miss U crown. She said during the show that if she’d win, she’d be taking the crown home after 42 years. Gloria Diaz first won it in 1969 then Margie Moran took the crown in 1973.
U.S. presence, Pia
PIA was asked what she thought of U.S. military presence in the Philippines. Her answer, in sum, was “no problem.”
She prefaced that with (1) U.S. and PH having good relations, (2) the U.S. having colonized the country, to this day “we have their culture in our traditions,” and (3) we’re very “welcoming with” the Americans.
Apparently, she didn’t know about the opposition to U.S. military presence that led to the removal of the American bases in 1992 and a divided public o pinion about current moves to adopt an “enhanced” arrangement to allow U.S. ships and troops to stay in the country.
Filipina pageant candidates aren’t briefed about such political questions as the one raised to Pia. They might start revising prep courses soon.
VANCOUVER — The organizer of an annual marijuana protest in downtown Vancouver is blaming the city for an outbreak of violence that led to several protesters being arrested on Canada Day.
Longtime pot activist Jodie Emery said this is the first time in the 20-year history of Cannabis Day that the event has experienced any confrontation with police.
“The city has been so tolerant before,” she said, speaking outside the Vancouver Art Gallery where the protest was being held. “I don’t understand where this is coming from.”
Bystanders said they witnessed officers descend on the gathering of hundreds of people around noon. A scuffle ensued before at least one man was led away in handcuffs.
Angry crowds chanted as they followed the officers around the street corner where they loaded a man into a police van.
Police initially said they had arrested two men but an email sent later in the day confirmed that four people had been arrested and that investigators expected to lay charges against each of them.
Spokesman Const. Brian Montague alleged in a statement that one of the men was “overtly” selling marijuana to minors and that he failed to stop after being warned. “Police specifically informed [organizers] that the open selling or giving away of illegal items to young people could result in arrest,” the statement said. It added that police were especially concerned in the wake of April’s 4/20 marijuana celebrations, which sent 64 people to hospital with symptoms including nausea and heart palpitations.
Officers were immediately confronted and swarmed while trying to carry out the arrest, Montague said.
Joshua Helsdon reported being pepper sprayed while recording the incident on his camera. He described police pulling and choking protesters who had encircled the marijuana vendor in order to prevent his arrest. “I was 15 feet away when they decided to Mace me,” said Helsdon, rubbing his red-rimmed eyes. “It’s unbelievable, unbelievable.”
Cannabis Day has taken place peacefully in downtown Vancouver over the past two decades. In late June, the City of Vancouver sent Emery and her husband — pot activist Marc Emery — a ceaseand-desist letter asking that the event be abandoned because it hadn’t received have the necessary municipal permits. Organizers said they met with city officials and agreed to go ahead with the event on a smaller scale.
Columnist Gordon Clark wrote that scientists tells us that marijuana does not cure diseases. Scientists do not claim that, they actually do not know. There have been nowhere near enough studies done to make any confident claims about what it may or may not cure. Marijuana as a medicine is exceptionally complex with dozens of different compounds acting in concert to produce a wide range of effects.
It is true that when they try and isolate specific single compounds from marijuana the results have been disappointing, but that is not how marijuana works, so these attempts are really not appropriate.
Two things are clear: Marijuana is safe, with no deaths from overdose, and it reduces suffering for many conditions.
Please stop misrepresenting what the medical-marijuana movement is about. There are those who believe it can cure some conditions, but they are on the fringe.
Forman Howes, Vancouver
Science — not folklore, pop culture and politics — should lead the way in reforming marijuana laws. The Supreme Court of Canada took a step forward last week when it ruled medical marijuana can legally be consumed in a variety of ways, not just in its dried form. The case was a victory for Victoria’s Owen Smith, charged in 2009 for possessing pot cookies and other cannabis-infused food.
Before that ruling, the law said marijuana can be prescribed as a medicine, but only in its dried form, which, for most users, would mean smoking it. And yet, no medical textbook, no scientific study, no logical reasoning would ever say it’s a good thing to inhale smoke from burning vegetation into your lungs.
It’s a symptom of today’s reefer madness — a hodgepodge of illogical, inconsistent laws and vastly polarized views on the harms and benefits of marijuana.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose said she was “outraged” by the marijuana decision, saying judges, not medical experts, “have decided something is medicine.”
She should channel her outrage into working toward more sensible laws that decriminalize the use of marijuana. Too many police resources, too much court time and too much public money have gone into enforcing marijuana laws that make criminals out of people who are usually doing no harm, at least not to anyone but themselves.
But Ambrose is right in noting that marijuana has never faced a regulatory approval process through Health Canada.
It’s true marijuana has harmful effects, but far more harm is caused by alcohol and tobacco, substances that are legal but regulated. No death has ever been reported from an overdose of marijuana; death by alcohol poisoning is too common.
That doesn’t mean marijuana is an innocuous substance. Raphael Mechoulam, one of the world’s most renowned marijuana researchers, cautions that prolonged use of high-potency marijuana can change the way teenagers’ brains grow. He told National Geographic cannabis can provoke severe anxiety attacks in some people, and that it might trigger the onset of schizophrenia in people genetically disposed to the disease.
But Mechoulam’s research has done much to advance marijuana as medicine, aiding in treatment of an array of diseases. And certainly, many medical marijuana users have found relief from pain and other symptoms. Still, more research is needed. Let’s not be blind to either the hazards or benefits of marijuana, but decide the issue through vigorous scientific study, not on paranoid myths or wishful thinking.