New Study: Marijuana Impaired Traffic Deaths Doubled in Washington State Following Legalization
Media Release SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) 30 January 2020Family First Comment: No surprises eh“Washington drivers involved in fatal car crashes who tested positive for marijuana increased from 9 percent in the five-year period prior to legalization to around 18 percent in the five-year period after legalization.”#saynopetodopeVoteNO.nzToday, a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found the percentage of drivers in Washington State involved in fatal car crashes testing positive for marijuana has doubled since the state “legalized” marijuana for recreational use in 2012.“Marijuana-impaired driving is rising across all states that have ‘legalized’ marijuana and this study is further confirmation of an alarming trend,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “The marijuana industry, heavily invested in by Big Tobacco, has used irresponsible rhetoric, pushing the narrative that marijuana use is safe, which has led to more people using the drug and getting behind the wheel of a car.”According to the study, Washington drivers involved in fatal car crashes who tested positive for marijuana increased from 9 percent in the five-year period prior to legalization to around 18 percent in the five-year period after legalization. What’s more, the study found that about one in five drivers involved in fatal car crashes in 2017 tested positive for marijuana. According to a 2018 report out of Colorado, marijuana-related traffic deaths involving increased 151% following legalization and more than one in five traffic deaths in the state were marijuana-related, mirroring the results of this AAA study of Washington drivers.“Last year, more than a dozen states rejected legalization, largely due to concerns over drugged driving,” continued Dr. Sabet. “It’s time for lawmakers nationwide to take a deep breath and seriously consider the implications of the further expansion of the commercial marijuana industry.”Health experts fear more stoned drivers are taking the wheel following pot legalizationUSA Today 30 January 2020https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/01/30/marijuana-legalization-may-increasing-number-stoned-drivers/4603105002/
Deer Collisions Jump In The Fall; DNR Offer Tips
Drivers should watch approaching vehicles and observe what may break their headlights beams; it could be a passing deer. This technique allows extra time to slow your speed and be alert for the deer. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up.State Farm released new data showing Indiana ranks 28th nationwide for deer collisions with the chances of a crash as 1 in every 172. BROOKVILLE, Ind. –The annual crop harvest coupled with the beginning of hunting and deer mating season makes deer movement more prominent.Conservation officers say the number of car and deer collisions traditionally increase this time of year.Motorists are reminded to use extra caution when driving in rural areas especially during the pre-dawn hours or the hours just after dusk.The Indiana Department of Natural Resources offers some precautions for area drivers:When possible use high beam headlights at night and be aware that deer could be standing on or near the side of the roadway. Where there is one deer there are often several. Do not assume you missed the deer because more could follow. Watch for reflections from the deer’s eyes. If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch it. A frightened or wounded deer can cause you serious bodily injury. Remain in your car, make sure you and your passengers are safe, and call the police to obtain a crash report for your insurance company. You should report this as you would any other crash.
US Bank to close 7 more locations
West Harrison, IN—U.S. Bank has announced seven more branch closures in the Greater Cincinnati area after closing 6 branches earlier this year. You may recall that the Aurora branch, located on Second Street, closed on March 29.Officials say the closures are due to the company reevaluating their physical footprint, causing them to consolidate branch locations in certain markets. They continued by saying that customers have been notified of the seven locations that will close later in the year.The new closure locally will include the Harrison Remke Office on New Haven Road which is set to close on September 4.
Other Sports Saina Nehwal says playing Premier Badminton League at the end of year affects player’s body
Mumbai: The Premier Badminton League (PBL), starting in Mumbai on Saturday, is being held at the end of the year after a hectic season and at times it does affect the players’ bodies, feels star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal. “Everyone gives their 100 per cent, that’s for sure, and wants to win. But it’s the end of the year and sometimes it gets to the body. It’s not easy for all the players. It’s one of the toughest tournaments, but everyone gives their best,” said Saina at a PBL pre-season 4 media conference. Saina, who would be leading North Eastern Warriors in the nine-team League, was responding to a query whether the players could replicate in the PBL the intensity with which they normally play in the Super Series events. “It’s not the same as a tournament. It is a team event. You enjoy playing a team event. For us it’s sometimes like a festival. We see so many matches. Youngsters also benefit. Badminton is growing now because of the performances (of the top shuttlers) and because of the league,” insisted the 2012 London Olympic Games women’s singles bronze medallist. Reigning Olympic and world women’s singles champion Carolina Marin agreed with Saina. Read More |PV Sindhu credits government support, sponsors for success”The pressure is much different. For us, we have to think about team not ourselves,” said Marin who is to captain league debutantes Pune 7 Aces. National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said the league has helped someone like Kidambi Srikanth over the last three years to improve his game at the international level. Read More |Rathore, Akshay hold live Instagram session, discuss fitness”Take for example Srikanth — the league has helped him. It has helped even (doubles players) Satviksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini (Ponappa) who got a lot of confidence after playing in it. There has been a huge positive response from junior players who have travelled with the teams. So many have benefited from being part of the teams – playing or not playing,” said Gopi. Atul Pande of the franchise league organisers Sportzlive (under the aegis of the Badminton Association of India) said the only window the Badminton World Federation provides them was now (in December).”In Super Series events they (players) have to play a match every day but here it’s usually once every third day. It’s easier on the body,” he explained. He conceded that the franchises were yet to make a profit. “Generally speaking, no. Without prize money no, they are not making money. It’s like so many other leagues. At this point of time the central revenue pool is not enough for the franchises to break even. It takes time to increase the pool,” he said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Yusuf Lists Ezenwa, Odey, 28 Others for CHAN
THE FULL LISTGOALKEEPERS: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC), Okiemute Odah (Lobi Stars), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)DEFENDERS: Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Orji Kalu (Rangers International); Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ariwachukwu Emmanuel (Akwa United); Elisha Golbe (Plateau United); Chima Akas (Enyimba FC); Nasiru Sani (Katsina United), Osas Okoro (Rangers International), Chinedu Ajanah (ABS FC)MIDFIELDERS: Hafiz Aremu (Akwa United); Emeka Atuloma (Rivers United); Raphael Ayagwa (Lobi Stars); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars), Samuel Mathias (El-Kanemi Warriors), Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United), Chiamaka Madu (Rangers International)FORWARDS: Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Prince Aggreh (FC IfeanyiUbah); Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC), Thomas Zenke (Nasarawa United); Austin Oladapo (Gombe United), Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Kingsley Eduwo (Lobi Stars), Sunday Adetunji (Abia Warriors), Ifeanyi George (Rangers International)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eaglesâ€™ Chief Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has invited goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and 29 other players to camp for next monthâ€™s 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying fixture against the winner between Togo and Benin Republic. Togo and Benin Republic will conclude their qualifying fixture this month.Nigeria Professional Football League leading scorer Stephen Odey, Akwa Unitedâ€™s nimble-footed midfielder Alhassan Ibrahim, Elisha Golbe of League leaders Plateau United and Chiamaka Madu of champions Enugu Rangers are also called.Kano Pillarsâ€™ experienced midfielder Rabiu Ali, Mathias Samuel of El-Kanemi Warriors, Nasarawa Unitedâ€™s Thomas Zenke and Sunday Adetunji of Abia Warriors will also report in camp.Nigeria, 2014 bronze medallists, will lock horns with the winner of a preliminary fixture between the West African neighbours, with the first leg taking place on the weekend of 11th â€“ 13th August in either Cotonou or Lome, and the return leg in Nigeria on Saturday, 19th August.
Travelstart, KLM Partner Nigeriaâ€™s Winter Olympics Contingent
Africaâ€™s largest online travel agency, Travelstart and aviation giant, KLM Royal Dutch Airline, will serve as â€œOfficial Travel Partnersâ€ of Nigeriaâ€™s Winter Olympic contingent to the 2018 Winter Olympics, in PyeongChang, South Korea after partnering the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria (BSFN).KLM Royal Dutch Airline, oldest airline in the world still operating will also sponsor the Nigerian contingent to the Winter Olympics.History was made back in November 2017, when the trio of Seun Adigun (Driver), Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga (brakemen) qualified Nigeria, thus becoming the first African team (men or women) to qualify in the Bobsled category.Also making a first appearance at the Winter Olympics is Simidele Adeagbo, who became the first African woman to qualify for the Skeleton category. President of BSFN, Solomon Ogba, applauded Travelstart and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for identifying with the federation.â€œWe salute Travelstart and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for identifying with Nigeriaâ€™s Bobsled Team. It is a novel initiative to partner these history-making Nigerians.â€œThe federation is proud of this development and it can only get better. Be assured that our team is ready to achieve more in PyeongChang. We salute Nigerians for the support so far,â€ Ogba said thursday.BSFN broadcast partner, Kwese, will showcase the Nigerian team on Kwese Free Sports.The Winter Olympics begins on February 9.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
USC pushes for stem cell research
USC’s director of stem cell research Martin Pera released a statement contesting the federal ruling prohibiting the use of federal funds for stem cell research, stating that the discoveries made in the field are critical to many patients.Pera, foundation director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, issued a statement Aug. 24 defending the need of the National Institute of Health to continue funding such research.“This ruling will disrupt or halt important stem cell research programs, and it represents a major setback to the hopes of hundreds of thousands of patients who stand to benefit from the outcomes of this work,” the statement said.In August, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling prohibiting the use of federal funds for stem cell research.“This decision will not only impact ongoing studies, but will also send a very negative message to scientists, particularly young researchers, who have dedicated their careers to pursuing this promising new area of science,” the statement said.USC’s application of stem cell research has pioneered new methods of curing a host of major diseases. In recent months, USC, along with a number of research groups and universities in the United States, has made breakthroughs.Research at the university has led to key discoveries in how heart tissue is formed and how limb growth can be regenerated, among other developments.Still, even among USC students, the issue remains divisive.“On the one hand, I’m disappointed by the ruling because other nations are going ahead with stem cell research at a faster pace and it’s very possible we as a country could be left behind,” said Mark Ojo, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering. “But on the other hand I’m a Catholic and from a personal standpoint I identify with the court’s decision to show a respect for life.”Currently research remains uninterrupted, as the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit placed a stay on the decision pending appeal. The Appeals Court will decide Sept. 20 whether or not to extend the stay or to let it expire.
Vetter-en performance: Wisconsin wins 1st title
MINNEAPOLIS — Before this weekend, there had never been a shutout in women’s Frozen Four history. Now it’s happened twice.UW freshman goaltender Jessie Vetter has played in only 12 games this year and didn’t even make her first start until Dec. 5. Yet it was Vetter who was announced as the starter before Friday’s semifinal and Sunday afternoon’s championship game.The Wisconsin native did not disappoint, as she stopped all 58 shots that came her way this weekend en route to the University of Wisconsin’s first-ever women’s hockey national championship.Following the Badgers’ 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Gophers in the championship game, Vetter was named the Frozen Four’s MVP for her outstanding play on the weekend.”I did not think I would be starting this year,” Vetter said. “I was just looking for a chance to get into the rotation, and I knew that if I worked hard I would get a chance to play. I was just so excited the coaches decided my time was now because I just love these live-or-die games. I thrive on them.”Playing in the Gophers’ backyard at Mariucci Arena, players and coaches alike knew the importance of scoring the first goal and keeping the Minnesota faithful in their seats.”Every time they score, it brings excitement to the building,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “Thanks to Jessie [Vetter], we kept them off the scoreboard and the crowd out of the game. To score the first goal playing in Minneapolis against the Gophers was huge for us.”UW forward Jinelle Zaugg took care of that at just 9:56 into the first period. Zaugg did what she does best, cleaning up a juicy rebound surrendered by UM goaltender Brittany Chartier.”My job a lot of times is to stand in front of the net and screen the goalie and get rebounds,” Zaugg said. “I think we were fortunate to get a good bounce, and the goalie was out of position because it was a great shot from the point, so I just found the puck and put it in the net.”The power-play goal was Zaugg’s team-leading 23rd of the year, and, according to Johnson, gave the Badgers the early spark they needed.”In playoff games, your special teams has to be good, and you have to score what I consider timely goals,” Johnson said. “When you score, it brings energy to your team, and it brings a little excitement to your bench. And, most importantly, it settles you down a little bit.”From that point on, the Badgers never looked back, as senior forward Grace Hutchins deflected a Nikki Burish slap shot over Chartier’s shoulder to round out the first-period scoring. The goal, which came 30 seconds after Zaugg’s, gave the Badgers the second-fastest consecutive goals scored by teammates in Frozen Four history.At 9:08 into the second period, Zaugg added another power-play goal, and with the unflappable Vetter in net, that’s all the Badgers would need to secure their first-ever NCAA title.”It’s definitely much easier staying calm with a three-goal lead, but I knew I just had to stay in the game and just make the saves I needed to make down the stretch,” Vetter said. “I knew my team was going to crash the net and get all the rebounds out of there because we were all defense once we got the big lead.”When time had finally run out, the Badger players and coaches poured onto the ice and celebrated together with the championship trophy. The UW Band played the classics as a strong contingent of Badger fans joined in on the celebration.”I’m just really excited and proud of the young ladies. We talked in September about making a commitment and climbing to the top of the mountain, and we knew there would be hurdles along the way, but we met each one of them,” Johnson said in the postgame press conference. “I told the team before the game that you get an opportunity to play for the ultimate goal, and that’s all you can ask for, and we were fortunate enough to come out and put forth a good enough effort to win.”In Friday’s semi-final game, the Badgers upended the St. Lawrence Saints 1-0 in a battle between two red-hot goaltenders. SLU goaltender Jessica Moffat stood on her head until UW freshman forward Tia Hanson went top corner on a quick snap shot for the game’s only goal. This was Hanson’s second game-winner in as many games.”I was just trying to get a shot on net, and it happened to go top corner,” Hanson said. “After the last game, scoring in the goal in double OT in the quarterfinal, I didn’t think I would score a bigger goal, but this one has to rank right up there.”Vetter again was nothing short of spectacular in the biggest game of her young career up to that point. In the second period, Vetter made unquestionably the save of the weekend, proving luck was on Bucky’s side. After giving up a rebound on the initial shot, Vetter fell backward and swatted the puck out of the crease with her glove hand just before it crossed the goal line.Hours later, the Gophers beat No. 1-ranked New Hampshire, setting up the border battle of epic proportions.The Badgers were successful against Minnesota all season long, going 5-1-0 against the Gophers this year.”We’re trying to make a name for Wisconsin,” Zaugg said. “We said in the locker room that Wisconsin is the new state of hockey.”And with the national championship trophy now resting comfortably in Madison, it’s hard to argue.
Main event: No. 1 Gophers in town
The Wisconsin wrestling team is having one of its best seasons ever and is staring down the No. 1 ranking this weekend. No, the Badgers aren’t the top team, but they get a chance to beat it. Wisconsin will grapple No. 1 Minnesota Friday at the Field House before wrapping up the regular season Sunday against No. 22 Indiana.”Minnesota is no doubt the best team in the nation,” UW head coach Barry Davis said. “They deserve the No. 1 ranking more than anyone.”Feeling a little envious of the Gophers’ position, Davis added, “They are who we want to be. This match is a great chance for us to see where we are at right now.”Minnesota comes into the match with all 10 of its wrestlers ranked individually; 149-pound sophomore Dustin Schlatter and heavyweight senior Cole Konrad, who won individual national championships last season, are ranked No. 1 at their respective weights.Konrad, a native of Freedom, Wis., is currently on a 65-match win streak, dating back to his sophomore year. Normally the challenge to contend with this seemingly unbeatable foe would go to Badger Kyle Massey, but Davis decided otherwise.”After thinking about it, I’m going to save Massey for Sunday,” Davis said.His replacement will likely be redshirt freshman Jordan Hein. In fact, normal starters Collin Cudd (125 pounds) and Trevor Brandvold (184 pounds) won’t be wrestling Friday either. Both Cudd and Brandvold are working on some injuries and Davis wants to hold them out until Sunday as well.Either sophomore Kyle Reeve or redshirt freshman Drew Hammen will wrestle for Cudd and sophomore Justin Peterson will replace Brandvold.The positive side to Cudd’s and Brandvold’s injuries, Davis said, is that it will give the younger guys the chance to wrestle some top-caliber competition.Although not on the match streak of his teammate Konrad, Schlatter is undefeated as well. The sophomore, however, will have his hands full with senior tri-captain Tyler Turner.”It’s going to be a touch match all around,” Turner said. “[Schlatter] is a great wrestler, obviously his record shows it. I just have to go into the match with the right mentality and the right confidence.”If wrestling against the defending national champion isn’t enough to think about, Turner has to turn around and prepare for Sunday’s match against Indiana, which will be his last home meet for the cardinal and white. Turner is the lone senior on the team, and Sunday’s Senior Day will be special.”My mom is probably going to lose it Sunday,” Turner said.The youngest of four, Turner said his parents will know what to expect after watching his three older brothers. Still, he said, they’ve been driving down for every match for the last 10 years.”Sunday will be hard for him,” Davis said. “With his three brothers having gone through and now him the last to go through … it’s going to be emotional.”Looking ahead to Sunday’s dual, Indiana comes into the match 12-4 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers looked impressive last weekend, sweeping the Wolverines of Michigan and Wildcats of Northwestern. The latter team handed Wisconsin its first Big Ten dual loss of the season.”Indiana’s going to be tough,” Davis said. “This is the weekend to see where we stand and to prepare us for the Big Ten tournament. After Sunday, we’ve got two weeks to look at film and fix some things before we head off, and I think this is a great weekend to help us in our preparation.”
Syracuse football recruiting: Class of 2018 quarterback Chance Amie flips commitment to Syracuse, signs letter of intent
Class of 2018 dual-threat quarterback Chance Amie flipped his commitment from Houston to Syracuse and signed his national letter of intent with the Orange on Wednesday, per a Tyler Lee (Texas) High School Football Tweet. Published on December 20, 2017 at 11:36 am Contact Andrew: email@example.com | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+ A Texas native, Amie originally committed to Houston on June 26. Amie took an official visit to Syracuse last week, on December 15.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBy signing his NLI today, Amie took advantage of the NCAA’s new early signing period, which opened today at 7 a.m. The period ends on Friday, Dec. 22 at 11:59 p.m.Amie played at Robert E. Lee High School, where he amassed more than 2500 total yards his senior season (1438 passing, 1066 rushing) and 26 total touchdowns, per 247sports.com. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound prospect has a three-star rating in 247sports’ composite rankings.Amie runs a 4.55-second 40-yard dash to go with a 4.29-second shuttle and a 32.6-inch vertical leap, per his Hudl.com profile.Flipping his pledge to Syracuse, Amie shunned the Cougars as well as scholarship offers from Iowa State, Central Florida, North Carolina and Florida Atlantic, among others. On Tuesday night, 247sports gave a 75 percent chance that Amie stuck with the Cougars.Importantly for Dino Babers and Syracuse, Amie fills the hole at quarterback in SU’s Class of 2018, which had been vacant. Track the rest of the class here. Comments