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first_imgAfter losing four straight games, can the injury-plagued Warriors (12-7) overcome Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers (12-6)?When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA)Projected Blazers starters: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jake Layman, Jusuf NurkicHow the Blazers are doing: After finishing third in the Western Conference last season, Portland looks poised for another top-5 finish this year. Through 18 games, the Blazers boast wins over the Clippers, …last_img


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first_imgDoctors in Missouri face tough times in a state where voters approved medical marijuana. They don’t want to prescribe it.For the Kansas City Star, Andy Marso wrote, “Missouri made medical marijuana legal, but most doctors don’t want any part of it.” (See copy on Medical Xpress).Here are the key take-home points from this report:Kansas City doctors “opposed every marijuana measure on the ballot.”Ethical doctors don’t want to give patients substances lacking standard dosages or purities.Without knowing what the raw plant does for a condition, it’s impossible to measure risks and benefits.Doctors are very much opposed to giving permission for smoking marijuana.In other states, medical marijuana cards often act like permission slips than prescriptions.Shady doctors willing to prescribe medical marijuana cards stand to make a lot of money.The new law puts ethical doctors in a difficult spot when patients want a card with their blessing.Ethical doctors hope that new state guidelines won’t order them to prescribe cards when asked.“Based upon the publicity, individuals will go to their physicians and ask for marijuana, which actually puts physicians in a little bit of a difficult spot because there’s a lack of data to indicate when is a potentially good time, if there is one, to be able to suggest the use of marijuana.”Marijuana research has been hampered because the federal government deems it a Schedule I controlled substance. But it has shown promise in treating pain and psychiatric or neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, and some parts of the plant have already been incorporated into FDA-approved products for treating epilepsy and for nausea caused by chemotherapy.But Mammen said marijuana, like other drugs or even herbal supplements, can interact dangerously with other medications patients might be taking, and doctors also need to be concerned about side effects like vomiting or, for people with mental illness, psychotic episodes.Marso shows what can happen with so-called medical marijuana bills. Jeff Howell, a regulator in Missouri, doesn’t want to see in Missouri what has happened in California: “The important thing for me is that it doesn’t turn into Venice Beach (California), where you have storefronts that say ‘Come in and get your marijuana card.’” That is not responsible medicine.Marijuana is just a plant. So is lettuce. So is stinging nettle. So is poison ivy, castor bean, and hemlock. When Jesus declared all foods clean (Mark 7:19), He was not throwing responsibility out the window. When the Lord showed Peter a vision of clean and unclean animals, including reptiles, and said, “Rise, Peter, kill and eat” (Acts 10), He was not telling Peter to pick up a venomous adder and munch on it. We have to use our brains. The Lord’s point was the the strict, objective Levitical dietary laws for Jews no longer applied to the church. Peter could still eat Jewish food (St. Peter’s fish, for example) if he wanted to, but he was no longer obligated to restrict his diet to foods declared “clean” under the Law of Moses. Evidence and logic will reveal, through experimental science, which plants and animals are healthy and which are not.With this in mind, what about medical marijuana? If it is just a plant, why worry? Aren’t many drugs derived from plants? The reason: plants can be very healthy or very toxic, with a wide range in between. We as consumers of plants have different health challenges, and have different genes and different susceptibilities to side effects. It will take years of clinical trials with many participants to establish statistical significance for conditions that might benefit from medical marijuana. Importantly, those dosages have to be regulated so that pills containing the active ingredients are known in detail, and all side effects accounted for. That has not been the case up till now. In fact, there are concerns that commercially grown marijuana has much higher THC content than the natural plants (THCs are the molecules that cause the mental impairment). That’s why Missouri doctors don’t want to be forced to prescribe it. They don’t know what their patients will be getting.The medical marijuana steamroller would run over ethics if not controlled. Legalization activists are often motivated by their own desire to smoke it without regard for the societal consequences. They use “medical marijuana” as a cover for their own desires. Those desires often have little to do with medical progress, and more to do with personal pleasure at the cost of sound judgment. In fact, many of them want to push cannabis onto other citizens in the form of cannabis-laden snack foods, which unsuspecting consumers might not even know are tainted with THCs, in order to get more people hooked and thereby spread cannabis use throughout society. Shady companies are capitalizing on the marijuana legalization movement, hoping to get rich without regard for their victims, just like others do with alcohol, tobacco, and gambling. A healthy government needs responsible citizens to vote wisely. It should not promote activities that impair logical reasoning, put innocent citizens at risk of car accidents, create unhealthy habits, and potentially cause permanent brain damage in the youth. Freedom should be freedom for good, not license for evil.The day may come when the active ingredients in cannabis become better known, such that pills for certain conditions can be prescribed safely. Most likely, smoking marijuana will NOT be on the prescribed treatment list! But we say, more power to researchers conducting ethical clinical trials. We agree; marijuana is just a plant. It deserves to be studied. Treatments have already shown it can benefit epilepsy in certain cases where nothing else has worked. There may be undiscovered miracle cures for some untreatable diseases. And for patients dying in pain, Proverbs 31:1-9 indicates (by analogy with “strong drink”) that marijuana could be used in such cases. But just as the Bible condemns drunkenness, it condemns getting “high” on anything that robs a person of his judgment or ability to serve God and others. Speaking on our liberty in Christ, Paul said, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything.” (I Corinthians 6:12).  Paul said in II Corinthians 3:17, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,” but in II Timothy 1:7 he tempered that truth with a counterbalance, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”As always, the Bible contains the principles we need to sort through human controversies with godly wisdom.(Visited 429 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_img9 November 2011President Jacob Zuma, speaking at the launch of the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative in Mkhondo local municipality in Mpumalanga province on Sunday, urged emerging farmers to use their farms to help create jobs and alleviate poverty in the country.He told community members that through agricultural projects initiated in the area, people could get jobs and poverty could be alleviated.“If you stand firm and make sure that these projects don’t fail in your hands, poverty can be alleviated and job creation can be high,” Zuma said. “We need to wake up and do things ourselves. Government is here to help you. People must not rely on [social] grants for a living when they have land.”Zuma co-founded the nationwide Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative with KwaZulu-Natal businessman Daebo Mzobe.On Sunday, he visited various agricultural projects that fall under the initiative around Piet Retief, handed over five houses, and also handed over the newly built Ezakheni Combined Boarding School in Donkerhoek. The school will accommodate children from child-headed families.‘Let the supermarkets buy from them’Zuma was accompanied by Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza.He promised that offices of the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative would be built in Mpumalanga soon.“We have taken a resolution to build offices here in Mpumalanga, where Mpumalanga people can access them easily. We want people, including businessmen, to volunteer and boost projects in their communities.“We do not want the community to buy food from supermarkets, but let the supermarkets buy from them.”Mabuza promised that his administration would support the Masibambisane famers by buying food from them.“We will make sure that to sustain these projects, as government, we will buy food and vegetables for schools, hospitals and other government institutions. We will also help process them,” Mabuza said.Five houses handed overA recipient of one of the five houses handed over by Zuma at eThandakukhanya township, Nelisiwe Mbokazi, 37, who cares for 10 children, including six of her own, couldn’t hide her joy when she stepped into the solar-powered house.“This is something I will never forget in my life. I’ve been staying in a shack all my life, but having Zuma give me this house has changed all our lives,” she said. Mbokazi’s house was fully-furnished.Gigaba told the community that his department would spend R1-million electrifying 63 houses in eThandakukhanya township.He said R300 000 would also be spent electrifying agricultural projects that have been initiated in the area to boost their irrigation.“All the aforesaid help, especially the electrification of the houses, will start this week,” Gigaba said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Molde defender Toivo: What Man Utd players can expect from Dempseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Molde defender Joona Toivo is happy for Mark Dempsey over his return to Manchester United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-time assistant has followed the Norwegian to Old Trafford and was back helping out at Carrington for the first time this week alongside Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.”He was really enthusiastic in his coaching. As a person, he has this fire in him – everything is done to the full,” Finland international Toivo told the Manchester Evening News.”I think he is great at creating fighting spirit in the team and encouraging players to be the best they can be. He has a lot of knowledge about football and understands the game really well.”There was a lot of concentration on first touches and observing the play with Mark in training: where and how you took the first touch. He played as a midfielder when he was a player and he often said ‘play what you see’. By that, he also meant to keep it simple and to not try difficult stuff.”He was really like a friend. He’s a guy who loves to tell stories and jokes and loves to make people laugh and play pranks.” last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: After ‘testing’ the potency a backward leader in bringing the vote share of the backward community into its fold, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has again given the baton to lead the party in Bihar to a leader belonging to other backward community (OBC) by appointing three-time Lok Sabha member Sanjay Jaiswal as party’s Bihar unit president.Jaiswal, who has been winning from Paschim Champaran constituency in a row since 2009, is seen as an ideological moderate and he enjoys a non-controversial image. The appointment was made by BJP president Amit Shah. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’As per political experts, the appointment of Jaiswal may help BJP in bringing some harmony in its uneven tie-up with Nitish Kumar-led JD(U). “The recent statements of BJP leaders suggesting Kumar shift the political base from Bihar to Delhi have only brought embarrassment to the party instead of any gain. There are some senior BJP leaders who are eyeing the CM post, which they cannot ‘claim’ until Nitish Kumar is there,” the political commentator said, adding that Jaiswal has the ability to push the party’s agenda as well as safeguard the interests of the alliance partners. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAs the state is scheduled to face the assembly polls later next year, the appointment of Jaiswal is seen as a move aimed at placating backward voters. Jaiswal has replaced Nityanand Rai after the later was inducted into the Modi cabinet as a Minister of State for Home Affairs. Notably, Rai had been asked to hold the post of the state BJP president till the appointment of a new full-time chief. BJP won its 17 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections and JD(U) won 16 seats. The vote share of BJP has also increased in comparison to previous elections under the leadership of Rai. Earlier, Jaiswal’s father Madan Prasad Jaiswal, who was also a doctor, had won the Bettiah Lok Sabha seat for three-time in 1996, 1998 and 1999 polls on BJP ticket. Talking to Millennium Post over Jaiswal’s appointment, Bihar BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand said, “After Nityanand Rai’s successful tenure as a state president, Jaiswal is the next ideologically committed, honest and dynamic new generation leader will continue to expand the party among masses as well as strengthen it at the root level.”last_img read more


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first_imgU.S. stocks remained volatile Monday as the market recovered from sharp losses in morning trading to end with modest gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost as much as 507 points in early trading before ending with a gain of 34.On Monday:The S&P 500 index picked up 4.64 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,637.72.The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 34.31 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 24,423.26.The Nasdaq composite rose 51.27 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,020.52.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks slid 4.99 per cent, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,443.09.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 35.89 points, or 1.3 per cent.The Dow is down 295.96 points, or 1.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 117.13 points, or 1.7 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 92.42 points, or 6 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more


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first_imgKalaburagi (KTK): Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has said Congress veteran M Mallikarjuna Kharge should have been given the top post in the state a long time ago and allegedinjustice was done to the veteran leader. His remarks at a public meeting attended by Kharge comes amidst a bitter spat between the leaders of Congress and JD(S) over the growing demand from a section of the national party’s MLAs that Siddaramaiah be made the chief minister once again. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghKumaraswamy is leading the Congress-JDS coalition government in the state. “Mallikarjun Kharge should have been the Chief Minister long back.. I feel injustice has been done to him.. I would like to clearly say that Kharge has not been given recognition for all the work he has rendered,” Kumaraswamy said at a meeting in Chincholi on Tuesday. Siddaramaiah, Coalition Coordination Committee Chairman, had termed the growing clamour within his party to make him the Chief Minister once again as an expression of supporters’ “affection,” but said he still stood by his word of not contesting the next assembly polls. Chincholi assembly seat is going for by-polls on May 19.last_img read more


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first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has announced that he has signed for LA Galaxy for footballing reasons alone and wants to help the MLS grow during his stay thereThe signing of the football icon has been greeted warmly at the MLS with the president of Galaxy’s parent organisation AEG lauding the Swede as “one of the brightest stars that’s ever played in this market”.Ibrahimovic himself revealed to LA Times that he was lured by the prospect of experiencing a different kind of football in America and is hopeful of making a positive impression with the fans over his style of football.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“After being in Europe, winning 33 trophies, playing in the best teams in the world, playing with the best players in the world, I wanted to come to the US and play my game there,” said Ibrahimovic, according to Manchester Evening News.“I wanted people to enjoy my game there and to win. And I chose the Galaxy to do that. I am ready to go now. First of all, I’m there to play football. I’m not there for something else. My first objective is to play football and do what I’m good at.“I’m excited to come over and to get the experience with the Galaxy and to explore how the football is there. I want to be part of it and make it better.”last_img read more


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first_imgDiego Lopez believes that the upcoming home match will be a crucial one for Cagliari as they are about to face Torino and will try to get away from the relegation zone.Cagliari are just four points above the drop zone and Diego Lopez knows that every single match is a crucial one for them – and he will try to guide his team to the second consecutive victory this weekend.The Cagliari coach spoke about the importance of the upcoming game as he said, according to Football Italia:“There will be a great turnout from the public. We need to respond to the affection of the fans on the pitch.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I know the Cagliari fans well, they are always there in times of need.”“We need to show the crowd our desire to win. We are at home, it’s three important points.”“We can do it with the help of our crowd.”“After Pavoletti’s equaliser, the team won back the ball well and went forward looking for the win.”last_img read more


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first_imgAccording to St. Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick it would be wrong to punish clubs for the misconduct of a couple fans in the stadiumScottish Premier League club St. Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick thinks hooliganism is very bad, but also very difficult to stop.Player Alfredo Morelos was struck by an object in the 2-0 Rangers win in Paisley.“In football, it’s very hard to stop,” Fitzpatrick told BBC Scotland.“We had nearly 7,000 people here on Saturday and you’ve got one or two idiots out of that number.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“How can you punish a club?” he asked.“It’s a problem for wider society. We need to look at how young people are being brought up.”“It’s starting to creep back in and it’s unacceptable,” he commented.“It’s in police hands now. There were a couple of coins thrown, not just at Alfredo Morelos, there was another incident where a coin was thrown at one of our players as well.”last_img read more