Medicinal cannabis data limited, report finds

first_imgStuff 17 March 2015A government investigation into the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has found little evidence to support a wider review.Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne called on the Ministry of Health to provide a report, amid growing domestic and international pressure to legalise the drug’s use among certain patients.The report said although some research had found evidence was accumulating to show cannabinoids might be useful to treat some ailments, overall, data was limited.“To date, clinical trials of unprocessed or partially-processed cannabis products have suffered from limited participant numbers and lack of data on long term effects.“Results can’t be compared across trials because they have used different products in different patient groups,” the ministry said.A 2013 review of trials on adults with HIV or AIDS concluded evidence for the effectiveness and safety of medicinal cannabis was lacking.But the report cited “recent developments” in Australia toward allowing the use of medicinal cannabis.Late last year, the New South Wales Government announced A$9 million (NZ$9.3m) to support clinical trials, and the Victorian Government asked the Law Reform Commission to report on options for changes to legislation to allow people with terminal or life-threatening illness to be treated with cannabis.But the ministry here said one of the major challenges to any potential law change would be developing a regulatory regime for the production, manufacture and supply of cannabis to patients. Dunne, who spoke on the topic at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna last week, said the evidence was “underwhelming”.“So I took the opportunity there to discuss with both the United States Federal Director of Drug Policy and Australia’s Assistant Health Minister on the work being done in both countries in the area of clinical trials.“In both cases, the response was similar: it is simply too early to draw definitive conclusions.”The Government would not be changing its stance on the use of medicinal cannabis, but Dunne said it needed to be addressed as and when new evidence emerged.New Zealand already regulates the medical use of one cannabinoid product, but in highly restricted circumstances.That only product available in New Zealand is Sativex, which is unfunded and costs about $1000 a month for patients using it. read more

“Transgender toilets don’t harm” – five reasons that’s false

first_imgDaily Wire 22 April 2016Family First Comment: These are just some examples that have made media attention. There will be plenty more….Here are 5 times “transgender” men abused women and children by exploiting such facilities:1. A Seattle man, citing transgender bathrooms laws, was able to gain access to a women’s locker-room at a public recreational center while little girls were changing for swim practice. In February, The Daily Wire reported that a Seattle man who walked into the women’s locker-room—on two occasions—and began undressing, cited the “new state rule that allows people to choose a bathroom based on gender identity.” You know, those laws the ingenious left has been pushing because of “inclusiveness.”“It was a busy time at Evans Pool around 5:30 p.m. Monday February 8,” reports KING5 News. “The pool was open for lap swim. According to Seattle Parks and Recreation, a man wearing board shorts entered the women’s locker room and took off his shirt. Women alerted staff, who told the man to leave, but he said ‘the law has changed and I have a right to be here.’”Subsequent to this new rule, no one called the police on this man who reportedly came back a second time when young girls were changing into their swimsuits for swim practice.2. A Toronto man claiming to be transgender was arrested and sentenced to jail for sexually assaulting several women in a women’s shelter after he gained access to the shelter and its shower facilitates as “Jessica.”As Life Site notes, “A biological man claiming to be ‘transgender’ so as to gain access to and prey on women at two Toronto shelters was jailed ‘indefinitely’” in early March.Christopher Hambrook, 37, using the name “Jessica,” was able to gain access to Toronto women’s shelters.“Her tights had been pulled down past her bottom and her bathing suit had been pulled to the side,” reads a court document of one of the incidents. “She yelled at the accused, demanding to know what he was doing. He simply covered his face with his hands, said ‘Oops!’ and started giggling.”Per Life Site:Court also heard evidence of Hambrook terrorizing a deaf woman living in the shelter. “The accused grabbed the complainant’s hand and forcibly placed it on his crotch area while his penis was erect,” court heard.The same deaf women reported that Hambrook would peer at her through a gap between the door and its frame while she showered.3. A Virginia man was caught and arrested for peeping on and filming two women and a 5-year-old child in a women’s restroom after receiving entry by dressing in drag.“Richard Rodriguez, 30, filmed a woman in a bathroom stall at the Potomac Mills Mall, Prince William County Police said,” reported NBC Washington. His victim was a 35-year-old woman who was in a bathroom stall when “she saw a bag moved toward her under the stall divider.” According to police, Rodriguez had been filming her.Apparently, when the victim rushed out of the stall to confront the man, he had already moved to another woman just one stall over. “The victim alerted the woman and then contacted mall security of the shopping center on 2700 block of Potomac Mills Circle in Woodbridge, Virginia,” noted NBC Washington.Reports suspect that this was not Rodriguez’s first time peeping on women by dressing himself up as woman to enter a restroom; disturbingly, he likely spied on a 53-year-old woman in May of 2015 and a 35-year-old and her 5-year-old daughter back in October.“Rodriguez, of Fredericksburg, was charged with three counts of unlawful filming of a non-consenting person and three counts of peeping,” reported NBC Washington.4. A Los Angeles man dressed in drag, entered a Macy’s department store bathroom and videotaped women under bathroom stalls. As The Daily Wire reported in late March, charges were filed against Jason Pomare, 33, for allegedly disguising himself as a woman, sneaking in to the women’s restroom at a Macy’s department store and secretly videotaping hours of footage of women in bathroom stalls.Pomare reportedly disguised himself with a wig and fake breasts; he kept his video camera with him in a small purse.The suspect “was charged Tuesday with six counts of unlawful use of a concealed camera for purposes of sexual gratification. After his arrest, investigators said a video camera found in his purse had ‘hours’ of video of women using the restroom inside the store,” reports NBC4 News.5. Two male students were caught at the University of Toronto exploiting “gender-neutral” facilities to peep on women in the shower with their cellphone cameras. As The Daily Wire’s Pardes Seleh reported in October, The University of Toronto had to change their gender-neutral bathrooms back to bathrooms separated based on biology “after two separate incidents of ‘voyeurism’ were reported on campus September 15 and 19. Male students within the University’s Whitney Hall student residence were caught holding their cellphones over female students’ shower stalls and filming them as they showered.”READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

1 dead, 2 wounded in Guimaras shooting

first_imgSibunag police station chief PoliceLieutenant Colonel Maria Rosario Miranda identified the suspect as 29-year-oldJake Gersaniva of the Philippine Navy and assigned in Boracay Island, Malay,Aklan. Homicide and two counts of frustratedhomicide could be the charges Gersaniva would be facing./PN Occenola who was nearby was hit, too. ILOILO City – A senior citizen diedwhile his son and another person sustained gunshot wounds in Barangay Sabang,Sibunag, Guimaras yesterday. Gersaniva was detained at the Sibunagpolice station following the shooting. He could not be reached for comment asof this writing. Roel Tan, 60, died of multiple gunshotwounds while being treated at the Dr. Catalino Gallego Nava Provincial Hospitalin Guimaras. A dispute over a piece of rice landwas believed to have triggered the shooting. From what the Sibunag police so fargathered, the Gersaniva family and the Tan family had a dispute over a ricefarm in Barangay Sabang. A .45 pistol was used on the Tans. The shooting happened at around 12:30a.m. during a chance meeting between the suspect and the Tan father and son infront of a store. There was a heated argument, saidMiranda. “We are looking into this,” Mirandaadded. “The Tans and the suspect were drunk,”said Miranda. His son Reagan, 33, was taken to theWestern Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City for a gunshot wound on the waist.Rene Occenola, 53, was also there for wounds on the left thigh and left arm. The suspect was a member of thePhilippine Navy.last_img read more

2020 Indiana Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Police is proud to partner again in 2020 with the U.S. Department of Justice in promoting the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest.  In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day.  This day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers and all concerned individuals with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority.  It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and loved ones.  It also serves as an occasion to honor those who are dedicated to this very noble cause.  The National Missing Children’s Poster Contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and parents/guardians to discuss and promote child safety.The state winner will receive a national award certificate from the U.S. Department of Justice and their poster will be selected to go to the national judging competition.  The national winner, along with his/her parents and teacher, and the state manager will be invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Missing Children’s Day ceremony.Some important facts about the contest:There is NO LIMIT on the number of posters a school can submit.Only one (1) poster per student is allowed for submission.Students who submit posters MUST be in the 5th grade. Artwork should reflect the theme “Bringing Our Missing Children Home.” This phrase MUST appear somewhere on the poster.The theme may be depicted in the artwork through one or a combination of illustrations and can be created using media such as acrylics, watercolor, pencils, charcoal, magic markers, spray paint, crayons and pastels. Digitally produced images, collages, cut-outs and stamping WILL NOT be eligible for consideration.The finished poster MUST measure 8 ½ X 14 inches.The poster must be submitted with a COMPLETED application, which includes a description of the poster and a brief biography of the artist.All poster contest rules can be found at for submissions from participating organizations to be received by state manager Torie Harris is February 7, 2020.Submissions are to be sent to:Indiana State Police Clearinghousec/o Torie Harris100 N. Senate Ave. N340Indianapolis, IN 46204To learn more about the National Missing Children’s Day Poster contest visit: If ever a child goes missing, contact your local police department or dial 9-1-1.  It is also a good idea to keep an updated picture or cell phone image, and a DNA sample from your child.  For more safety and prevention tips please visit read more

Madison Woman Arrested for Theft from Employer

first_imgMadison, IN— Thursday, Indiana State Police Detectives arrested a Madison, Indiana woman on felony theft charges as a result of an investigation into the theft of money from a Jefferson County, Indiana Orthodontics Office.The investigation by Detective David Makowsky, Indiana State Police Special Investigations Division-Organized Crime and Corruption Unit, began in July 2019 when he was requested to investigate the theft of money from Pawlak Orthodontics in Madison, Indiana. The investigation led to Malinda A. Downey, age 47, who was a 17-year employee of Pawlak Orthodontics. While she was an employee, Downey was responsible for collecting payment from patients and tracking the payments in computer software.An audit of the business determined that between 2014 and 2019, approximately $300,000 of payments were missing from Pawlak Orthodontics. The audit also indicated that additional money had been stolen from the accounts prior to 2014.Detective Makowsky determined that Downey accepted payment from Pawlak Orthodontics patients. She then allegedly deposited part of the payments she received while stealing the remainder.The investigation led to a warrant being issued for the arrest of Malinda Downey on a level five felony charge of theft (over $50,000). She was arrested and transported to the Jefferson County Jail where she was incarcerated.last_img read more

Stephen “Steve” Sembach

first_imgStephen Brian Sembach, 56, of Osgood passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from pancreatic cancer with his family around him.  Steve was born in Decatur County Hospital in Greensburg, Indiana, on Wednesday, October 23, 1963, the son of the late Carl A. and Alvena I. Sembach.  Steve was a 1982 Jac-Cen-Del High School graduate and an Ivy Tech graduate.  Steve worked for Hill-Rom for over 26 years.  Steve attended Bethany Baptist Church where he was a humble servant of God driving the church bus for many years.  Steve loved gardening, always planting and harvesting enough fresh vegetables (especially those beautiful potatoes) to share with family, co-workers, as well as his church family.  Steve loved to hunt and was quite excited to be named in the Fair Chase Magazine of the year having hunted the largest buck in Ripley County, Indiana, scoring in at 194 4/8.  Steve was very proud of his sons and shared his quick wit and values.  Steve worked tirelessly every year since the time he was a youngster at the Sheets’ Christmas Tree farm during the holidays and passed this tradition onto his sons.  Steve was never boastful and quite content to be a homebody.Steve was the proud father of two sons and daughters-in-law: Brian A. (Paige) Sembach and Tyler (Marissa) Sembach; and one grandson, Matthias all of Madison; two brothers: James (Gail) Sembach and Kevin Sembach; two sisters: Bonita (James) Sweeney and Sharilyn (Robert) Shearer; eighteen nieces and nephews.A service celebrating his life will be held 2 PM Friday, June 12, 2020 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor Billy Cloud officiating.  Steve will be laid to rest next to his parents in Mud Pike Cemetery, Osgood, Indiana.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 12 Noon – 2 PM Friday also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Steve to Mud Pike Cemetery.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141.  Please reach out to the family through our website at to leave an online condolence message or memory of Steve for the family.last_img read more

Klopp named manager of the year at LMA Awards

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Jurgen Klopp has been named the League Managers’ Association manager of the year after guiding Liverpool to the Premier League title.The Reds ended a 30-year wait for top-flight glory in a season that also saw them crowned world champions following on from last year’s Champions League success. The award was announced by ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, after whom the trophy is now named.“Jurgen, fantastic,” Ferguson said on Sky Sports. “We speak about Leeds spending 16 years in the Championship, but Liverpool 30 years since winning that league, incredible.“You thoroughly deserved it. The performance level of your team was outstanding. Your personality runs right throughout the whole club. It was a marvellous performance.“I’ll forgive you for waking me up at 3:30am to tell me you have won the league! Thank you, but anyway, you thoroughly deserved it. Well done.”Klopp declared himself “absolutely delighted” to get the award, which he dedicated to his staff. And the 53-year-old said he was honoured to be handed a trophy named in honour of Ferguson.Tags: Jurgen KloppLeague Managers AssociationLiverpoolLMAUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Trojans hurt by errors, bested by Dirtbags at home

first_imgWithin five minutes of the final out of Long Beach State’s 7-1 victory over USC on Tuesday, all 35 players were gone from the field, clubhouse and stadium as a whole.No support · Junior pitcher Brandon Garcia gave up four runs, but was hurt by two errors that led to two unearned Long Beach State runs. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan “I kicked them out,” said USC interim coach Frank Cruz. “They didn’t wanna be here the whole game, why should they wanna be here now.”The first-year coach was understandably unhappy after his team seemed to disappear on him.The Trojans (18-22) recorded just five hits and a lone first-inning run against the Dirtbags (20-18). What drew the ire of the coach even more were the Trojans’ three errors, which led to four unearned runs.“We were not prepared to play,” Cruz said. “That’s all there is to it.”The fifth inning was particularly poor to USC, as the Dirtbags plated four runners to break a 1-1 tie.The decisive inning started with a pair of back-to-back singles off USC junior pitcher Brandon Garcia. A sacrifice-fly brought the first run in, and then things really started to fall apart. USC allowed a steal off second on a botched pitchout.Then with runners at the corners and one out, Dirtbag first baseman Ino Patron slapped a grounder to USC junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa. Instead of getting the sure out at home, Oropesa tried to spin and turn a spectacular double play, but instead threw the ball into left field.After getting an out at home on a fielder’s choice by Dirtbag catcher Mike Marjama, USC looked like it might get out of the jam with just two runs on the board. But Garcia threw away an attempted pickoff attempt, allowing Patron to score from third.The Dirtbags tacked on their fourth and final run of the inning on an infield single.USC actually struck first against the Dirtbags (20-18) in the bottom of the first. Junior catcher Kevin Roundtree walked and stole second. Senior second baseman Joe De Pinto followed with an RBI double to right, and then the Trojan bats fell silent.USC recorded just four more hits in the entire game off six different Dirtbag pitchers, striking out six times.Freshman pitcher Kyle Richter made his third-career start and delivered three strong innings. The young lefty scattered three hits over the three frames before being removed in favor of Garcia following a leadoff walk and single in the fourth.Garcia allowed one of Richter’s baserunners to score, but got out of the fourth relatively unscathed. The fifth, however, was not so kind to him.Following the disaster of an inning, the Trojans made wholesale changes in the sixth, but to minimal avail.Senior second baseman and captain Joe De Pinto dropped a routine fly ball that led to a run to make it 6-1.The Dirtbags tacked on their final run in the seventh without a hit, courtesy of a walk, balk, sacrifice and wild pitch.It’s USC’s first midweek loss in four weeks, and their first multiple-game losing streak since early April at No. 13 California.“We just need to bury the shovel,” Cruz said. “Me yelling at them was gonna do no good. We all just need to forget about it and move on.”It won’t be easy for the Trojans to rebound. They face perennial powerhouse Arizona for a three-game set this weekend in Tuscon, Ariz.last_img read more

BH Team of the Year: Women’s Hockey

first_imgWisconsin’s women’s hockey team was one of the most dominant teams not only on campus, but in the nation, this year. The powerhouse Badgers won their fourth national championship in six years.[/media-credit]Four national titles in six years.While Wisconsin upended No. 1 Ohio State on the football field and the basketball court, its very own No. 1 team brought home yet another national title.Football brought Badger nation back to Pasadena, but unable to bring home a victory its bid for team of the year ultimately fell one game short.In a 41-game season, the women’s hockey team lost only two games and tied two, which were both shootout wins. For the season, the Badgers outscored their opponents 212-70 and attracted more than a total of 52,500 fans to their home games.Without a doubt, the national champions are the team of the year.Led by 2011 Patty Kazmaier award winner (given to the top player in women’s hockey) senior Meghan Duggan, the Badgers quickly became an intimidating force.Beginning the season with an eight-game homestand, UW went 8-0. After losses to conference rivals Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth each one time in the first half of the season, Wisconsin didn’t lose another game and ended the season on a 27-game unbeaten streak.Before the Badgers even made it into the national championship, they played one of women’s hockey’s most unforgettable games. Drawing a crowd of 10,668 fans to the Kohl Center, Wisconsin faced Minnesota and didn’t disappoint, winning 3-1.The players themselves felt the electricity and knew they had witnessed something special. But that game was only the beginning of their ride to another national title.Facing Minnesota once again in the WCHA tournament title game, the Badgers found themselves down 4-1. The game seemed over before the third period even started. Then, something happened that didn’t stop until the final second ticked away in the national championship game. UW came back and pushed the game into overtime, where senior Kelly Nash notched the winning goal. It was one of the few times this season the Badgers had to fight from behind for a victory.Nash’s game-winning goal is one of the main reasons Wisconsin won another national title and is the team of the year. With names like Duggan, Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker, Wisconsin was already full of talented goal-scorers.It wasn’t these front three who made the Badgers so intimidating – it was a team effort.At the end of the season, 15 Badgers, five of whom were defensemen, had at least two goals apiece.Wisconsin didn’t just bring home its fourth national championship – it dominated the ice as a team every game.last_img read more