LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Before flying to Argentina on Sunday night, the Americans gathered in Houston for a few practices. Clinching scenarios weren’t exactly discussed in great detail, and players’ focus was largely kept on Thursday night’s test in La Rioja — where as many as 11,000 Argentines will fill an arena to root against the U.S.“They know where we stand, and they know we’re going to need to win two more games to qualify,” U.S. coach Jeff Van Gundy said.The G League has provided most of the players that the U.S. has used in qualifying so far, and that will be the case again this time with 10 players coming from those clubs. The other two are free agents — Eric Moreland, who appeared in 67 games with Detroit last season, and Zeller, a vet of 406 NBA games with four different teams.Zeller, 28, was waived by Milwaukee during the preseason. He has also played for Boston, Cleveland and Brooklyn during his NBA career. Van Gundy said these two games will be a chance for Zeller to show he belongs back in the league.“Some guys have never been in the NBA and want to get there and other guys like Tyler have been there and want to get back,” Van Gundy said. “For Tyler, it’s important that he show the NBA people that the thing they’re most concerned about, which is probably his pick-and-roll defense, is capable of standing up against NBA competition.”ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ The 7-foot Zeller will likely get matched up plenty Thursday against a familiar face: Longtime NBA player Luis Scola leads Argentina.“It’s a great opportunity,” Zeller said. “We’re going against two of the better FIBA teams in the world on this trip, we get to go compete at a high level and I think everybody here is excited about that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. When USA Basketball resumes its quest to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Zeller will be wearing the red, white and blue in an international game for the first time. The NBA veteran and current free agent is one of the 12 players on the squad for this two-game window of qualifying, which starts with a crucial matchup Thursday at Argentina.“Obviously, I just love to play,” said Zeller, who played for four NBA teams after leaving North Carolina in 2012. “When they called and asked if I wanted to play, I told them I’d love to. Hopefully I can get on an NBA team, play well and somebody will pick me up after. But at the end of the day, I just love to play basketball and I want to go compete for our country and try to get them qualified on this trip.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe U.S. is on the brink of clinching one of the 32 spots for the World Cup, with a 7-1 record in qualifying so far and tied for first with Argentina in Group E of the Americas qualifying. They’re in a six-team division for this round, and the top three finishers in that division are automatically assured of a berth.The U.S.-Argentina winner will have a three-game lead over the fourth-place team with three games left, so Thursday’s outcome looms large. If the U.S. goes 2-0 on this trip — the Americans visit Uruguay on Sunday — the World Cup spot will be clinched. A 1-1 record could assure a spot as well, depending on outcomes of other games in this qualifying window. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo moved to tears in Jerusalem Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this Oct. 12, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks center Tyler Zeller, left, looks to shoot as Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng defends during an NBA preseason basketball game in Milwaukee. When USA Basketball resumes its quest to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Zeller will be wearing the red, white and blue in an international game for the first time. The NBA veteran and current free agent is one of the 12 players on the squad for this two-game window of qualifying, which starts with a crucial matchup Thursday at Argentina.(AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)Tyler Zeller spent the last few weeks waiting for a team to call.His country came through.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments
The Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) on Tuesday presented a lease to the National Toshaos Council (NTC) for a plot of land in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.The land will house the secretariat of the Toshaos Council. The Indigenous leaders, during the 2016 NTC Conference, had requested a plot of land from the Government to construct its long-awaited secretariat.During a briefing handing over ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, Commissioner and GL&SC Chief Executive, Trevor Benn, reminded that the GLSC had expedited the request of the NTC to have the land available.“There has been a lease available since February for the National Toshaos Council,” he said, while addressing the Toshaos and Minister within the IndigenousNational Toshaos Council Chairman Nicholas Fredericks receives the lease from Commissioner Trevor Benn on TuesdayPeople’s Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe at the simple ceremony.Benn also called for greater dialogue between the GLSC and the NTC, noting that that is the only way a number of land-related issues affecting the Indigenous communities could be addressed.“We at the GLSC have an open door policy and we are prepared to work with you to have your issues addressed, we may not be able to do so individually but as a body, I can assure you that we are going to look closely at the land related issues affecting your various communities,” he assured. To this end, Benn also pledged the support of the legal section of the GLSC to assist the NTC on land related matters they may encounter.The Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission and the National Toshaos Council will be working together to identify a larger plot of land for the establishment of a complex that would include dormitories to accommodate Toshaos, conference rooms and other facilities as promised by President David Granger earlier this year.Minister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Valarie Garrido-Lowe praised the GL&SC for expediting the process on behalf of the NTC and also called for a better working relationship between the GLSC and the NTC, stating “That is the only way the matters we hear about daily about your lands are going to be addressed, you cannot have two and three persons sharing different views on aMembers of the National Toshaos Council with Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe and Commissioner of the Guyana Land and Surveys Commission, Trevor Bennmatter and expect that it will be addressed”.She further stated, “Meet with your people, sit as a Council, and then raise concrete issues with the Lands Commission so that those matters could be addressed and be addressed speedily,” the Minister advised.Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Toshaos Council Nicholas Fredericks, expressed his willingness to work hand in hand with the GL&SC to advance the relationship between the two bodies.Fredericks pointed out that in most indigenous communities the burning issue is about land and therefore, he said, the GLSC is a crucial partner in advancing the development of the Indigenous communities. “If we look at most of the Indigenous communities today, one of the most consistent issues is that of land, most persons have issues with their lands and because of this, development is slow in some of those communities because there are not so much you can do on disputed lands,” he reasoned.“So my fellow colleagues we see the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission as a very important partner that will aid in our development and we must be prepared to work with them to have those issues affecting us addressed,” he added.Fredericks also thanked the GLSC for fast-tracking the NTC’s lease, pointing out that it signals the beginning of great things to come for the Indigenous peoples. “So much we can do with our own secretariat, our own land and this is just the beginning of great things to come,” he posited. Toshaos from the various Indigenous communities, raised a number of land related issues with the GL&SC, and the Commission through Benn, promised that those issues will be looked at and addressed once if falls within the ambit of the GL&SC.
The Fort St. John Huskies fell to the North Peace Navigators 5-2. Penalty trouble did in the Huskies as the they fell to third in the league standings with the loss.Fariview doubled up the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks 6-3. The win improves the Flyers record to 8-7, and the Junior Canucks fall to 7-8-1 this season.The final game had the Beaverlodge Blades edging the Slave Lake Wolves in overtime 5-4. The Blades had four players with multi point games. The win put the Blades nto sixth place, two points ahead of the Wolves.- Advertisement –
And then, the Dodgers got involved. Having already lost out in their bid to sign outfielder Alfonso Soriano, who wound up going to the Chicago Cubs, and third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who wound up staying with the Cubs, the Dodgers made a last-minute push for the speedy Pierre – even though he bore no resemblance to the middle-of-the-order power bat they were looking for. Knowing that their last-minute push was almost a too-late push, the Dodgers came up with an offer that blew away anything the Giants were willing to give Pierre. The result was a five-year, $44 million contract that Pierre signed Nov. 24 and a happy home for a guy who has always been one of the game’s happiest players anyway. “The Dodgers were an intriguing team, number one because of the weather,” Pierre said. “But it was also because they had a guy like Rafael Furcal.” Before being traded to the Cubs before last season, Pierre spent three years with Florida, where he and fellow speedster Luis Castillo combined to form a rare but lethal speed combination at the top of the Marlins’ lineup. The result was that the two fed off each other, served as dual catalysts for the Marlins’ offense and played a key role in the club’s run to a World Series championship in 2003. Pierre recognized almost immediately that he and Furcal could form a duo just as dynamic. Add that to the fact the Giants’ offer no longer was competitive, and Pierre was headed to Los Angeles. That left the Giants to sign veteran Dave Roberts, the former Dodgers center fielder and UCLA standout. Pierre and Roberts are similar players. Each one is a left-handed, top-of-the-lineup hitter who possesses little power and a weak throwing arm. Each one uses speed on the bases and in the outfield as his primary weapon. But Pierre is five years younger, a little faster and has a slightly higher career on-base percentage. Roberts, on the other hand, is a whole lot cheaper. The Giants got him for three years and $18 million – just more than half what they were prepared to give Pierre. So, while this weekend’s showdown will feature many subplots – the rivalry, Barry Bonds’ home-run chase, the return of Jason Schmidt (he isn’t scheduled to pitch) – alesser storyline will be the comparison of those two center fielders, which could provide an early indication of which team got the best deal. From his point of view, Pierre clearly got the best deal for himself. “I’m happy here, and that’s the No. 1 thing,” he said. “I knew a couple of the guys who were already here. I just liked the way everybody went about their business in spring training. It’s a good mix of young guys and veteran guys. They welcomed me here. For at least the next five years, and hopefully beyond that, I’m going to go out and play my heart out for the Dodgers organization.” Pierre’s arrival comes at aperfect time for the Dodgers, who are dedicating this season in part to the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier. Although he has a slighter build, Pierre, when viewed from a distance, looks remarkably similar to Robinson in a Dodgers uniform because of the way he wears it: the bottom of his pant legs pulled high on his calves, which not only reveals solid blue socks underneath but also creates a baggy effect in the upper part of his uniform pants. Pierre said while his look goes almost unnoticed and is rarely commented on by others, it is fully intentional. It is his personal tribute not only to Robinson, but to all the players from the old Negro Leagues. “I usually wear my pant legs pulled all the way down in batting practice,” he said. “But when it’s game time, I always pull them back up.” Somehow, that look just wouldn’t have been the same in orange and black. email@example.com (818) 713-3675160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Juan Pierre was always going to be at AT&T Park tonight, patrolling the stadium’s cavernous center field in the opener of a three-game series between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. His first career dance with free agency was always going to bring him here, for the latest renewal of one of the game’s classic rivalries. It’s just that he was supposed to be wearing a Giants uniform. “I don’t even want to get into that,” Pierre said. “They were a team that was talking to me, and I’ll leave it at that.” In fact, by the middle of last November, Pierre’s free-agent flirtation with the Giants had gone far beyond talking. It had almost reached the point of agreement on what reportedly would have been a three-year, $30 million contract.
Winners of a week’s worth of F60 classes at Fit Hub Letterkenny are:1.Michelle Herrity2. Thomas Grant 3. Michael Patrick4. Gemma WylieWinners should contact Kate Meenan at Fit Hub Letterkenny by calling in or calling her on 085 8753926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org COMPETITION: THE WINNERS OF A WEEK OF F60 CLASSES AT FIT HUB LETTERKENNY ARE… was last modified: November 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitionFit-Hubwinners
With less than two weeks to go, the people of Donegal are being asked to sign-up to take part in Darkness Into Light 2015.The annual Pieta House fundraising and awareness event which is taking place in three venues across Donegal including in Letterkenny and in Maghery-Rosses and Donegal Town for the first time.Supported by Electric Ireland, Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning fundraising event which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. You can pre-register for the events at www.darknessintolight.ie. The Letterkenny walk will start at the community centre, with Donegal town starting at St. John Bosco centre and the Maghery walk starting at Maghery community centre.“Darkness Into Light is a truly unique and moving event. The sight of thousands of people in yellow t-shirts walking and running towards dawn is simply extraordinary. The event has turned into a national awareness campaign loved by Irish people everywhere. I’m encouraging everyone to get out and register, don’t let this special event pass you by” said Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House.Darkness Into Light is now in its seventh year and last year’s event attracted 80,000 participants in 39 locations across Ireland, including in London and Sydney.With the number of locations doubling this year, organisers are expecting over 100,000 people to take part. 80 venues will host the event on the island of Ireland and abroad including in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and the USA. While Darkness Into Light raises much needed funds, it is also about awareness, solidarity and local communities. This year, Pieta House is asking those taking part to connect with others at the event. Walkers/runners are encouraged to speak to the person beside them, tell a story or simply say hello, connect and acknowledge one another. Make your presence known.Pre-registration venues for Donegal:Donegal Town: Register at Supervalu Bundoran, Donegal town and KillybegsLetterkenny & Maghery: www.darknessintolight.ieAbout Pieta House Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded in Lucan, Co. Dublin in 2006. With ten centres throughout Ireland, Pieta House provides a professional, one-to-one therapeutic service for those who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm. A doctor’s referral or psychiatric report is not required and the service is completely free of charge. Pieta House has supported 17,500 people, with more than 5,000 of those seeking help in 2014. Pieta House’s vision is to have a centre within 100 kilometres of everyone in Ireland. Pieta House will set up its first pilot service in New York this summer as part of its plans to reach out to Irish diaspora who may be in need of the service. The service will be run from a room within the Irish Immigrant Centre in Queens, one of the main Irish communities in New York. The service is part of the overall plan to expand internationally.Visit www.pieta.ie for more information.STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR DONEGAL’S ‘DARKNESS INTO LIGHT’ EVENT was last modified: April 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
National Geographic News has a report about a new exhibit of dinosaur fossils that have been found in the northern and southern polar regions. These unusual creatures had to survive not only the cold, but also, due to the effects of orbital mechanics, six months of darkness each year. Intrepid explorers in south Australia, northern Canada, Patagonia, Alaska and Antarctica have braved the elements since the 1980s to find dinosaur bones in the extreme polar regions. Their discoveries have changed our conceptions of dinosaur metabolism and the ecosystems in which they lived. Polar dinosaurs include:Hypsolophodontids: “small, speedy, plant-eating dinosaurs that ran on two feet.” They had large eyes, apparently adapted to low light levels, and bones that grew throughout the year, suggesting they were warm blooded. The plants on which they fed apparently did not drop their leaves during the winter.A horned dinosaur named Serendipaceratops arthurcclarkei (no kidding) must have looked like something out of a sci-fi movie. NG claims this is “one of the oldest horned, or frilled, dinosaurs known, which suggests that horned dinosaurs may have originated in the southern polar region.”A sauropod, possibly the largest found in Antarctica, is being analyzed. It was found at 13,000 feet elevation.An allosaurus-like meat eater named Cryolophosaurus ellioti was 22 feet long.The exhibit at Seattle’s Burke Museum is called “Dinosaur of Darkness.”Throughout the world there are mysteries. Fossils give silent evidence of a very different world in the past; a world with polar regions that must have supported lush plant life and rich ecologies of diverse plants and animals larger than those living today. Large redwood stumps have also been found in the Arctic circle (see 03/22/2002 headline), and there are the legendary frozen mammoths of Siberia. This article suggests that “the climate was warmer then than it is now,” but puzzles over the fact that these dinosaurs must have “endured months of darkness and temperatures that plunged below freezing.” For plants to have supported herbivores and carnivores of this size near the poles, it would seem there must have been atmospheric conditions that evened out the lighting and temperature. As for horned dinosaurs originating near the south pole, we laugh, ha ha, at this funny joke.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
24 July 2006Want to help charity, give back to your community, donate skills, time and money and generally change the world – but don’t know where to start? South African philanthropy is now just a click of a mouse away, thanks to Greater Good South Africa. Greater Good raises support for the work of South African charities and promotes a culture of philanthropy in the country, with the ultimate aim of “eradicating extreme poverty in our lifetimes”.Through its comprehensive interactive website, the organisation creates innovative ways for businesses and individuals to help the work of non-profit development organisations of their choice.Greater Good fosters a long-term relationship between people and causes, encouraging donations of money, second-hand and surplus goods, skills and time.In return, it provides details on the objectives, activities and performance of charities, including clear information on their needs. The organisation allows donors to “experience the gift of giving” by providing ongoing feedback on how their contributions have made a difference.Greater Good is sponsored by the Shuttleworth Foundation, Noah Financial Innovation, Cadiz, Deutsche Bank, SAA Voyager, eBucks, American Express and Kaehlo.Its website has a well-stocked community noticeboard allowing charities to request money and services, and donors to offer money, goods and time to specific causes and organisations.Greater Good also runs a number of campaigns with innovative ways of helping charities. Recent campaigns include the Giving Exchange, Teachers Dream, Do It Day and Donate-a-Book.The Giving Exchange“The Giving Exchange aims to raise the bar for giving and receiving in South Africa,” says Greater Good on its website. “The challenge is for South Africans enjoying a 21st century lifestyle to effectively get resources to where they are needed most in our communities.”The Giving Exchange allows ordinary people, businesses and charities to meet and come up with new and effective contributions that involve more than money. It allows causes to access the expertise, skills, talents and resources they need.Some 125 charities are selected – by vote – to participate in Giving Exchange expos, held in major centres. The campaign allows donors to compare and select who to support, based on their own criteria.Teachers DreamTeachers Dream, a partnership between Greater Good and the Shuttleworth Foundation, aims to improve education by connecting donors to educators who need grants for projects that improve education in South Africa.More often than not it is teachers who have brilliant ideas of how to make maths and science come alive, how best to demonstrate life skills, how to show children the geography of the land and how to explore the arts.Exciting and worthwhile proposals – projects, outings, and activities – from dedicated teachers are posted on the Greater Good website. Donors may then contribute to fulfil that dream. Most Teachers Dream proposals require grants of less than R5 000 – time and goods can also be donated.“Many great educator ideas could easily come to fruition with support of relatively small grants,” says Greater Good. “In real terms, it actually doesn’t cost that much to take a class of Grade 4 learners to the planetarium or the Grade 10s to an inspiring exhibition.”At its launch, the Teachers Dream initiative received warm praise from Education Miniser Naledi Pandor.“Teachers Dream is inclusive,” she said. “Its reach transcends geographical space, enabling school communities that are remote or rural to be as connected to South African giving communities as their urban counterparts.“This project will give pupils an opportunity to realise their full potential by exposing them to a variety of career prospects.”An important condition of a Teachers Dream donation is that successful educators report back to funders. They are given a disposable camera to record their dream and post it back along with written feedback. Their report is then posted on the Greater Good website.Do It DayDo It Day takes charity beyond money. Greater Good has set aside 28 October 2005 as the day “South Africans will be rolling up their sleeves and assisting causes to achieve specific one-day projects”.The campaign aims to connect causes to volunteers so they can benefit from work and skills not normally available.In July and August development organisations all over South Africa and submitted one-day projects that need volunteers. Do It Day projects range from developing business and marketing plans to building, renovating and gardening. There’s something for everyone.The Do It Day projects are posted on the Greater Good website, and volunteers can sign up individually or as a team.Projects include an action fun day for Aids orphans, planting a tea garden at the Sparrow Skills Centre, developing a marketing and communications strategy for a positive parenting organisation, and both training in bookkeeping and installing windows and doors for the Siyakhula charity.Donate-a-Book“In South Africa, poverty excludes many children from the enrichment that reading brings,” Greater Good says on its website.“A brighter, better future for all South Africans becomes more likely if we are busy now raising generations of thoughtful, independent life-long learners – and reading is the key to that.”Greater Good encourages online donations to buy books, in support of the work of organisations such as READ, Biblionef SA, the South African Children’s Book Forum and the Athlone School for the Blind Braille Production Programme.Donation vouchers range in price from R50, which buys a book for a pre-schooler, to R5 000 – buying a starter library for a poor school.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Election results are in for 2015. Ohio Issues 1 and 2 have passed while Issue 3 has failed, with nearly two-thirds of voters saying no to 3.The Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Ohio AgriBusiness Association have all chosen to support Issues 1 and 2, and oppose Issue 3. Each issue has implications for Ohio’s rural and agricultural communities and should be carefully considered by voters.Here is more on each issue as summarized by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA).Issue 1Currently, Ohio House and Senate District lines are drawn by a combination of the governor, auditor and secretary of state with input from legislative leaders. This process has led to a vast number of incongruently drawn districts with one-sided political support over the years that are no longer considered to be competitive in the general election.A “Yes” vote on Issue 1 would end this partisan process and restore fair and balanced standards for drawing state legislative districts that are more compact and politically competitive, while ensuring bipartisanship and transparency through the process.The amendment would establish the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission, composed of seven members including the governor, state auditor, secretary of state and four members appointed by the majority and minority leaders of the General Assembly. The dealings of the commission would be done transparently, with required public meetings, display of maps and a public letter explaining any plan (including that none should favor a political party) the Commission adopts by a simple majority vote. The Commission would also be required to split as few counties, municipalities and townships as possible in the redrawing process.If passed, the amendment becomes effective immediately. There is no active or organized opposition. Issue 2A YES vote on State Issue 2 would protect Ohio’s Constitution from monopoly, oligopoly or cartel interests through a constitutional amendment prohibiting special interests from amending the constitution to guarantee financial profits for themselves through preferential tax rates or commercial rights or special economic privileges not available to similarly situated people or nonpublic agencies.A past issue, the effort to legalize gambling in Ohio in 2009, resulted in the establishment of constitutional protection for two companies to own all four current casinos in Ohio. Currently, State Issue 3, as written, would establish similar constitutional protection to 10 vertically integrated companies toward the legalization of marijuana in the state.A YES vote on State Issue 2 would ensure the constitution is used to benefit the broad public interest, and ensure it cannot be abused or corrupted by those interested in obtaining exclusive deals and special commercial benefits.“The constitution should be used to protect the fundamental rights of all individuals, not to guarantee the financial profits of a select few,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “A yes vote would protect free commerce, fair trade and fair dealing in Ohio.”If passed, the proposal would prohibit any proposed constitutional amendment that appears on the Nov. 3, 2015 statewide ballot from creating a monopoly, oligopoly or cartel for the sale, distribution or other use of any federal Schedule I controlled substance, such as that outlined State Issue 3.The state legislature acted nearly unanimously to place Issue 2 on the ballot, and a growing consensus of trade groups and business leaders and editorial boards are lining up in support of Issue 2. Ohio would be the 20th state to adopt constitutional provisions banning monopolies.Issue 3A NO vote on Issue 3 would put a stop to a $1 billion marijuana monopoly granting a small group of wealthy investors exclusive rights to commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes that would also insulate them from any business competition or act of the legislature.If passed, the amendment would grant exclusive rights for commercial marijuana growth and cultivation to 10 self-designated landowners, permit the retail sale of recreational marijuana at approximately 1,100 statewide locations, legalize the production of marijuana-infused products, and allow each person 21 years of age or older to purchase, grow, possess, use transport and share over one-half pound of marijuana at a time.While nearly 75% of registered voters, when polled, say they would support medicinal marijuana, Issue 3 goes well beyond medicinal purposes. It would create 10 grow sites, specifically laid out in the constitution to allow the growers to distribute the product and create approximately 1,100 retail locations across the state that would allow marijuana confections like cookies and lollipops to be sold, and allow an individual to grow up to four plants for personal use. The amendment also prohibits a local jurisdiction from exercising home rule.In addition to the concern that there would be more retail outlets for marijuana than there are current Starbucks or McDonalds locations in the state, there is concern that high limits of personal possession (the equivalent of up to 500 average-sized marijuana joints) and the legalization of confectionary products would result in broad exposure to children and underage students.To date, all support for Issue 3 is coming from the investors in the 10 grow facilities.
Labor unions applaud the changesThe AFL-CIO and the Building Trades Union, on the other hand, welcomed the changes. OSHA estimates that 2.3 million U.S. workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica on the job, including 2 million construction workers and another 300,000 who work in brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing.OSHA says that most employers will be able to limit exposure to dust by using widely available equipment that uses water to prevent dust from becoming airborne or ventilation equipment to capture it. The agency also said that it made a number of revisions in the proposed regulation that lessened the burden on employers. The final rule requires employers to:Provide engineering controls (such as ventilation or water) and adopt work practices to limit exposure.Provide respiratory protection when controls are not capable of limiting exposures to permissible levels.Limit access to areas where exposure to dust is likely to be high.Train workers and provide medical exams to workers who are exposed to high levels of dust.OSHA added that “a table of specified controls” is included in the rule to make it easier for construction employers, especially small employers, to comply with the regulations without having to monitor exposures. This information is contained in what OSHA calls Table 1 in the final rule. For example, when the employee is using a stationary masonry saw with an integrated system that continuously feeds water to the blade (such as a wet saw for tile), no required respiratory protection is required. The rule also spells out requirements for workers using handheld saws to cut fiber-cement board, walk-behind saws, and a variety of other tools and equipment.OSHA spokesman Brian Hawthorne said that the agency heard employers “loud and clear” when they said that they wanted an uncomplicated means of compliance, so OSHA compiled a list of common tasks and how workers should be protected. That list became Table 1.Hawthorne also encouraged employers to contact their local OSHA offices, where they would find staffers “briefed and available” to help them be ready when the rule takes effect in June 2017. The Department of Labor has released long-awaited revisions to rules on worker exposure to silica dust, cutting permissible exposure for millions of workers and setting new requirements for employers.Allowable exposure to silica dust in the construction industry will drop from 250 micrograms per cubic meter to 50 micrograms, averaged over an eight-hour period — a reduction of 80%. The final rule comes in two parts: one for the construction industry, which takes effect on June 23, 2017, and another for general and maritime industries, which kicks in the following year.In addition to limiting exposure to dust, employers will also be required to provide medical exams once every three years for some workers, and to keep records of instances in which workers are exposed to silica.The revisions have been years in the making. Silica dust, which can scar lungs and cause diseases such as silicosis and cancer, is produced in a variety of ways in the construction industry — by workers cutting stone and masonry products, for example, and by those working in some manufacturing jobs that use sand, a National Public Radio report said.More than 2 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to silica dust, and Labor Secretary Tom Perez told NPR that scientists have known for decades that rules established in the early 1970s were too lax.“We’ve known for over 40 years that it needed to be strengthened, and it has taken 40 years to strengthen it,” Perez told NPR of the exposure limit. “Many people who are going to work right now and breathing unacceptable levels of silica dust are in for a brighter future.” The construction industry has opposed changesConstruction trade groups have lobbied against tighter regulations, arguing that OSHA should do a better job of enforcing existing limits rather than put new ones into place. A consortium of trade groups called the Construction Industry Safety Coalition — which includes Associated General Contractors of America, the National Association of Home Builders, and some 20 other groups — claimed that OSHA’s planned revisions would cost the industry billions of dollars more than government estimates.The group said that compliance with the 250-microgram limit would cost $4.9 billion per year, 10 times what OSHA was estimating. In addition, it said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a 93% drop in silica-related deaths between 1968 and 2007, suggesting that new limits weren’t really necessary.In a letter to the Labor Department last year, the group also said that the proposed regulations would reduce the number of jobs in the U.S. by more than 52,700, including 20,800 in construction jobs and another 12,180 in industries that supply materials, products, or services to the construction industry.“Our initial reaction is that this appears to be a lost opportunity to improve workplace health and safety,” Brian Turmail of Associated General Contractors told the website ConstructionDive. “Instead of crafting new and innovative ways to get more firms to comply with the current silica standard, which we know would save even more workers each year, administration officials have instead opted to set a new standard that is well beyond the capabilities of all current air filtration and dust removal technologies.”He also warned that new rules could cause construction delays and and increase construction costs “significantly.”