first_img“We’re concerned about what we’re seeing,” said Matt Moore, senior vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute. “We see strong evidence of an increased crash risk in states that have approved recreational marijuana sales.” While the rising number of crash claims couldn’t be directly linked to marijuana usage, it indicates a strong correlation between the two, the study found. It’s difficult to prove causation, partially because there is not a field sobriety test designed to test drivers specifically for marijuana. Insurance companies have raised distracted driving, road construction and increased miles driven as other possible factors for the rising collision rates.“We’re concerned about impaired driving in general,” Moore said. “Marijuana just layers on top of other impairments like alcohol.”READ MORE: US News 22 June 2017Family First Comment: Do we really want dopey drivers?“We’re concerned about impaired driving in general. Marijuana just layers on top of other impairments like alcohol.” crash claims are on the rise in three states where recreational marijuana use is legal, according to an insurance study released Thursday.The Highway Loss Data Institute found collision claims in Colorado, Washington and Oregon rose 2.7 percent when compared with both their own pre-marijuana rates and crash claims in surrounding states where pot is still illegal.Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use in 2012, opening their first retail stores in 2014 and 2015, respectively. A total of eight states — and Washington, D.C. — have legalized recreational pot sales.Between January 2012 and October 2016, accident claims rose 16 percent in Colorado, 6.2 percent in Washington and 4.5 percent in Oregon, the study found. Insurance industry groups have been closely monitoring claims since 2013, when the number of auto accidents began to rise after more than a decade of steady decline.last_img read more

first_imgManchester City are plotting a move for Besiktas and Turkey winger Gokhan Tore.According to NTV Spor, City will have to pay a fee of around £5m to lure the 23-year-old to the Etihad Stadium.However, Spanish newspaper AS claim that Atletico Madrid are also interested in Tore and have made contact with the player’s agent.Tore spent time with Chelsea’s academy and featured heavily in the Blues’ Youth Cup success in 2010.He joined Besiktas from Kazan in 2014 and has attracted attention with his performances, scoring nine goals and chipping in with 11 assists last season. Besiktas and Turkey winger Gokhan Tore 1last_img

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best known choirs is putting out a call for new singers to join its ranks to mark National Choral Singing Week.The Inishowen Gospel Choir is trumpeting the health benefits of singing in choirs to mark National Choral Singing Week.The event takes place from 10th to 16th October in association with Mental Health Ireland to mark World Mental Health Week Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins. The Inishowen Gospel Choir was established over a decade ago and has become one of the north west’s most popular choirs, singing at events and festivals around the country.The choir attracts people of all different ages and musical experience who share a love of singing and performing.It meets every Monday night at Colgan Hall in Carndonagh at 7.30pm.The choir has a busy schedule of performances through the year, from weddings to festivals, which gives its singers plenty of opportunities to perform. It has performed at festivals from Glastonbury to the Electric Picnic and performed with leading Irish musicians such as Declan O’Rourke and Liam Ó Maonlaí.Musical director of the choir, Anna Nolan, said the benefits of signing in a choir are obvious and people who have not experienced it, and think they would enjoy it, should try it.“Over my ten years with the Inishowen Gospel Choir, I have seen it have such a positive effect on so many people. I have seen it boost people’s confidence, offer a place for friendships to grow and really give people a sense of achievement and general joy. All in all I would wholeheartedly advocate the sentiment that singing is good for your health.”For further information and to get in touch with the choir go to or marks National Choral Singing Week with call for new members was last modified: October 12th, 2016 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)last_img read more

first_img8 November 2007Local diamond cutters and polishers have been given a boost with the launch of African Romance, a Johannesburg-based, majority black-owned gem company looking to establish a luxury African jewellery brand that will rival its foreign competitors.According to Business Report, African Romance spent in the region of R40-million on setting up its five-star facility in Sandton, Johannesburg late last year and on buying over 4 000 rough diamonds, with about 30 of the stones being polished a day.The company is 30% owned by the Gauteng provincial government, and 94% of its staff are black and 41% women. According to the company, its employees include the most experienced black diamond marker in South Africa, as well as the first black woman to operate a laser machine anywhere in the world.According to The Citizen newspaper, while southern Africa accounts for some 40% of world diamond production, most rough gems are sent to the United States, Europe or India to be cut and polished.“We want to create a model that says Africa can do it,” African Romance chief executive Mohseen Valli Moosa told The Citizen, pointing out that South Africa produced 12-million carats of diamonds in 2005, of which only 1% were polished within the country.Moosa told Business Report that despite wages for local diamond cutters and polishers being higher than those in India and China, “beneficiation is viable in South Africa in the long term”.To overcome this and remain viable, he told the paper that African Romance was looking to establish a luxury African brand to rival the likes of French jewellery and watch maker Cartier.“There is a gaping hole in the international brand world for African diamond designs,” Moosa said.African Romance subscribes to the Kimberley Process Certificate Scheme, which seeks to keep illicitly mined and conflict diamonds off the market. Clients receive a guarantee that their diamonds are legitimate and comply with the highest values of integrity and best practice. The South African government has been calling for increased mineral beneficiation within the country to ensure that more value is added to products before they are exported, enabling the creation of more jobs.In October, it was announced that the State Diamond Trader would buy 10% of diamonds mined locally by De Beers before passing them on to local cutters and polishers to add value.The trader, which is expected to supply its clients with rough diamonds by January 2009, will be run on a cost-recovery basis, with the intention of passing profit margins on to its clients.In terms of the value of the agreement, 10% of South Africa’s annual production of diamonds, amounting to around US$1.4-billion, would be about $140-million (about R960-million).All diamonds purchased by the State Diamond Trader will have to comply with the Kimberley Process Certificate Scheme, which seeks to keep illicitly mined and conflict diamonds off the market.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Already good for silver, Delarmino shoots for Muay Thai gold Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups “I guess the boys really want to be in this position, contending for a Final Four (spot),” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya. “Hopefully, everybody will step up so that we’ll have a better chance.”Perpetual Help dropped to 4-8, sharing seventh spot with Arellano, while St. Benilde moved to the brink of early elimination by slipping to a 3-10 card.The Pirates needed a late push to hold off the Altas, who once again drew a big game from Prince Eze, who had 26 points and 20 rebounds.Mike Nzeusseu, CJ Perez and JC Marcelino combined in a strong finishing kick that boosted the Pirates to a first Final Four appearance with five games to spare.Perez sizzled for 21 points, while Nzeusseu added 15 points to match JV Marcelino’s output and Spencer Pretta came off the bench to chip in 12 points, all from three-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READcenter_img Lyceum star CJ Perez (left) and Perpetual’s Flash Sadiwa are left suspended in midair during a loose ball scramble. —AUGUST DELA CRUZMake no mistake about it, Lyceum is far from satisfied from just clinching a Final Four berth in NCAA Season 93.Pirates coach Topex Robinson immediately set loftier goals for his team after a 94-83 whipping of Perpetual Help secured a first postseason appearance on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Pirates still have their work cut out for them if they want to sweep their remaining matches that will actually guarantee a finals berth along with a thrice-to-beat bonus in the championship round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors “If we’re goal-oriented, our goal is not just to make it to the Final Four but we have to go beyond that,” said Robinson, after the Pirates extended their historic run to 13 games.“It (making history) is really important to us, but if we could go further, I guess that’s what we’re aiming for. Again, you cannot be fat and happy just making it to the Final Four.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingLater, San Sebastian continued its Final Four push with a 73-61 drubbing of St. Benilde to forge a three-team tie for fourth spot.Renzo Navarro fired 16 points, while Michael Calisaan chipped in 11 points as the Stags improved to 6-6, tying Letran and Emilio Aguinaldo College. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe sight of Gagan Narang kissing his golden gun is one of the iconic images of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.The Hyderabadi ace shot down four gold medals, then won two silver medals at the subsequent Asian Games and was finally honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna last year.Narang’s journey to the London Olympics began on that fateful August 11 in 2008. As Abhinav Bindra stood on the top of the air rifle podium in Beijing, Narang, who missed out on the final by a point, vowed to match the exploits of his teammate and rival.Following the Olympics, Narang shot a new final world record of 703.5 in the World Cup Finals in Bangkok, including a perfect 600 out of 600 in qualification. This was only broken by Chinese legend Zhu Qinan late last year.Thereafter, medals just kept coming, culminating in a 10m air rifle bronze at the 2010 World Championships in Munich and the rich haul at the back-to-back extravaganzas in New Delhi and Guangzhou. He beat Bindra both times. In fact, had the CWG not been unrecognised by the International Shooting Sports Federation, Narang’s score of 703.6 would’ve been his second world record.Last year, a knee problem limited his participation to just one World Cup, where his performance wasn’t noteworthy. Since then, Narang has been on the comeback trail, but has kept himself among the two best Indian shooter in each of the three rifle events – 10m air rifle (his main event), 50m rifle 3 positions and 50m rifle prone.Narang has been shooting high scores in all the World Cups this year, but a highest position of ninth means he has been keeping some of his energy in reserve. If he manages to give his best in London, he can return with at least one gold medal.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments LATEST STORIES PBA: San Miguel dumps Meralco for back to back wins PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Jitmuangnon then used the third round to put Khaled in his place with aggressive striking the Tunisian had no choice but to focus on defending.Rodtang Jitmuangnon (white) taking on Fahdi Khaled in the muay thai flyweight division of ONE Super Series. #ONEChampionship— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) January 25, 2019In a clash of ONE debutants, Reinier De Ridder ended his fight against Fan Rong early with a first-round submission win in the middleweight division.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Fahdi Khaled (L) vs Rodtang Jitmuangnon in ONE: Hero’s Ascent. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rodtang Jitmuangnon scored a unanimous decision win over Fahdi Khaled in the Muay Thai flyweight division of the ONE Super Series in the ONE: Hero’s Ascent Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Thailand’s Jitmuangnon was aggressive early in the fight, landing his strikes at will and taunting Khaled along the way, which the Filipino fans loved.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The two engaged at the start of the match but it was De Ridder who got into a dominant position when the action got into the canvas.De Ridder (10-0) then positioned himself for a D’Arce choke that put Fan (10-2) to sleep 1:51 into the bout for his 10th straight win.Japan’s Hiroki Akimoto took a convincing unanimous decision win over Australia’s Josh Tonna in the flyweight division of the ONE Super Series kickboxing event.Josh Tonna (left) faces Hiroki Akimoto in the kickboxing event of ONE Super Series. #ONEChampionship— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) January 25, 2019The two started off firing in the first round with both sending each other to the mat to score early knockdowns.It was Akimoto, however, who sustained his offense as he sent Tonna down twice in the third round.To open the undercard, Bangpleenoi Petchyindee Academy took a unanimous decision win over Brown Pinas in the featherweight division in the Muay Thai event of ONE Super Series.Despite being called for two low blows, two in the first round alone, Academy was still able to earn the judges’ nods with a dominant striking display. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Khaled came alive in the second round but Jitmuangnon was quick to recover to end the round with the tempo on his side. MOST READ The Filipino crowd loving Jitmuangnon’s energy and antics. #ONEChampionship— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) January 25, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starslast_img read more

first_imgSergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Man City against ArsenalMartin Demichelis spared Manchester City from a second successive loss by heading in a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.After Sergio Aguero put defending champion City in front in the first half, Arsenal staged a fight-back after the break inspired by Jack Wilshere. The midfielder clipped an equalizer past goalkeeper Joe Hart before setting up Alexis Sanchez for a volley in the 74th minute at the Emirates Stadium.”I am satisfied because I think this year will be very difficult for us to defend our title because all the teams want to beat us,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said, before criticizing referee Mark Clattenburg. “Both goals for Arsenal were illegal goals, both goals were clear fouls.”But City leveled thanks to the hosts’ poor defending in the 83rd when Kolarov became the fourth player in this season’s four league games to score against Arsenal with a header.”We gave away a cheap goal form a set piece,” Wilshere said. “We need to look at that.”Arsenal does remain unbeaten after four league matches, while City, which was beaten by Stoke before the international break, is a further point ahead on seven.Jack Wilshere celebrates after scoring the equalizer for Arsenal against Man CityIt was a day of once-unthinkable debuts. Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time top goal scorer, made his first City appearance at the start of his loan from partner club New York City FC. And Danny Welbeck, a surprise 16 million-pound ($26-million) signing from Manchester United on transfer deadline day earlier this month, led the attack for Arsenal.advertisementOffloaded because United manager Louis van Gaal didn’t rate the striker’s finishing, Welbeck couldn’t complete a week in which he scored twice for England with a goal for his new club.It wasn’t for lack of opportunities, striking wide early on from Mesut Ozil’s cross and hitting the post after lifting the ball over Hart. And, with his last touch before being substituted in the 88th minute, Welbeck missed the target when presented with the chance to win the game.Welbeck had injected pace into the Arsenal attack early on, but it was City which went in front in the 28th after launching a counterattack.Jesus Navas pounced on the loose ball before sending in a low cross that Aguero met after racing past Mathieu Flamini and Per Mertesacker, slotting it into the net.The Gunners rediscovered their verve in the second half, equalizing from a sweeping move – started and completed by Wilshere.Wilshere fed Sanchez, who combined with Ramsey before returning the ball to the England midfielder to clip the ball over Hart at the near post. Pellegrini thought Wilshere should have been penalized for controlling the ball with his hand.Pellegrini then claimed Welbeck fouled Vincent Kompany as the captain headed ball in the build-up to Arsenal’s second goal. The half-clearance reached Wilshere who headed into the path of Sanchez to scoop the ball past Hart.”It showed great character to come back from one down, especially against a top team,” Wilshere said.But Arsenal couldn’t defend Aleksandar Kolarov’s corner, which Demichelis met with a powerful header that Wojciech Szczesny got a touch to, but the goalkeeper could only palm the ball onto the post and into the net.last_img read more

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge visited Brookhill Children’s Centre in Woolwich, UK, this week to learn more about Home-Start and its support for children and families.Duchess of Cambridge visits children at Brookhill Children’s CentreCredit/Copyright:

The Duchess attended a briefing with Home-Start’s Chief Executive and the Centre’s manager, hearing about the work the charity does to support families to cope, improve confidence and build better lives for their children.

Her Royal Highness then attended a coffee morning where she met families who have been supported by Home-Start and listened to their experiences. The Duchess viewed volunteer training session in which volunteers are taught how best to offer practical and emotional support in a family’s home to help children make the most of nursery or school. Finally The Duchess visited the onsite Together for Twos’ crèche to meet families and staff.Duchess of Cambridge visits Brookhill Children’s CentreCredit/Copyright:

Home-Start is one of the UK’s leading family support charities. It recruits and trains volunteers to support parents with at least one child under the age of five. The charity was set up in 1973 and now has 288 local Home-Starts supporting more than 29,000 families and more than 63,000 children each year. One of these isHome-Start Greenwich which has been running since 1993 and last year supported 200 families and 350 children.Across the UK nearly 15,000 volunteers visit families in their own homes – parents supporting other parents in a variety of situations including isolation, mental ill health, bereavement, multiple births, illness or disability. Home-Start volunteers tailor their support to the specific needs of the parents and children of each family they support. Home-Start also runs family groups and social events for families in order to give children the best possible start in life. Home-Start runs four of The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s 24 children’s centres, helping the borough fulfil is aim of providing local support for local families.The children’s centres in The Royal Borough of Greenwich offer a range of services under one roof for young children and their families. Those services include early-years education, childcare, family and parental health services, and employment and training advice for parents. The services are provided by a number of public sector and voluntary sector organisations, and are managed on behalf of the Royal Borough by four commissioned organisations including Home-Start.Home Start chief executive Rob Parkinson said: “People will have felt that their contribution to family support is really valued because of her visit and that’s the most important thing for me.“The Duchess had a nice chat with of a couple of mums and they were able to share their experiences, forthcoming or otherwise.”Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – An association representing some Tim Hortons franchisees says a prominent member has had his licence renewal denied amid ongoing tensions with the company.The Great White North Franchisee Association board says Mark Kuziora was denied a renewal for one of his two Toronto Tim Hortons outlets as an intimidation tactic.Kuziora, who is on the association board, was also named as a plaintiff last year in a lawsuit against Tim Hortons alleging it improperly used money from a national advertising fund.The association, which formed in 2017 in response to what they said was mismanagement from Tim Hortons and parent company Restaurant Brands International, says Kuziora was willing to go ahead with store renovation plans that franchisees have raised concerns about.Tim Hortons says Kuziora has no renewal rights under the agreement for the specific restaurant, and that they regularly add new owners as part of the normal course of business activity.The company and franchisees have been in disputes over a range of issues including cost-cutting measures, advertising, and recently announced plans for renovations that the association says will cost each restaurant owner about $450,000.last_img read more