Coalition Encourages Quick Food Labeling Agreement in Senate

first_img Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jun 16, 2016 Coalition Encourages Quick Food Labeling Agreement in Senate SHARE Previous articleU.S. Meat Industry Represents $1.02 Trillion in Economic OutputNext articleCoalition Turning Up the Heat on Congress Over GMO Issue Andy Eubank Coalition seeking national labeling lawThere is now less than a week remaining for Vermont’s mandatory on-package labeling law to go into effect July 1. Thursday the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food called on lawmakers to reach a compromise on a national GMO labeling bill. Chuck Conner, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives president and CEO and co-chair of the coalition said negotiations are close to the finish line and he encouraged Senate leadership to finish off the small remaining differences.“We need a win here,” he said. “We need them to finish, turn it back to us to go about the business of having our coalition and the 800 organizations that we represent, look at this and make the case before the Senate and the House that this is critical and has to happen within the next few legislative days here.”Pam Bailey is the other coalition co-chair and president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. She said as of today the state of Vermont alone is effectively establishing national food labeling policy for GMO’s. The effects are already being felt.“Inaction by congress as the Vermont law’s July 1st effective date looms, has already cost our industry millions and millions of dollars. Our coalition has consistently opposed mandatory, on-package GMO labels. We believe these on-package labels don’t provide consumers with any useful information. They will be seen as a warning and they will be used to stigmatize perfectly safe food and beverage products.”Steve Censky, American Soybean Association CEO added there are many benefits to the use of this crop technology.“Ag biotechnology has helped farmers to make both insect pest control and weed management safer while safeguarding crops against disease,” Censky explained. “It has allowed for a significant reduction in the use of pesticides and promoted no-till or reduced till agriculture systems that help preserve topsoil from erosion and enhance water quality.”Leslie Sarasin, Food Marketing Institute president and CEO gave one example of why a national law is needed.It’s not at all unusual for one distribution center to service five or more states. So Vermont’s law and those expected to come from Maine, Massachusetts, and other states in that region, will quickly make New England’s food labeling law so fragmented that a simple granola bar will be required to be labeled 5 different ways to meet the requirements of the various jurisdictions.”The Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food is a broad-based coalition representing the entire American agriculture food chain. It is committed to increasing the public’s understanding about the science and safety of GMOs and advocating for a uniform labeling solution. Their press call Thursday was to ask Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow to come to an agreement quickly, before the Vermont law goes into effect July 1. Home Indiana Agriculture News Coalition Encourages Quick Food Labeling Agreement in Senate Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Deputies Shut Down Final Illegal Marijuana Dispensary

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week The final illegal cannabis dispensary in Pasadena was forced to close on Thursday morning.“This morning Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies evicted employees of the illegal cannabis dispensary known as Kush 20 House at 1644 E. Walnut Street and returned lawful occupancy to the property owner,” said Code Commissioner Jon Pollard.“A locksmith was on site to remove the ex-tenant’s locks and install new locks for the property owner.”The operators of Kush 20 House lost a court battle last week after a judge ruled against an ex parte motion that would have stopped the eviction.The city has fought to close illegal dispensaries for several years On Feb. 6, city officials announced they had closed 23 illegal cannabis dispensary permanently since August 2018.In a 2-1 decision in December, Pasadena’s Code Enforcement Commission formally ordered the closure of Kush 20 House.In 2018, voters passed Measure CC, the city’s highly regulated process which allows only six pot dispensaries — and only one in each of the city’s seven council districts — to operate legally in Pasadena.The measure also requires dispensaries to maintain strict distance limits from schools, libraries, churches and residential neighborhoods. Nearly 200 businesses applied to do business in Pasadena.In June, The Atrium Group, Harvest of Pasadena, Integral Associates Dena, Tony Fong, Sweetwater Pasadena and MME Pasadena Retail were picked from among 122 applicants vying for permission to sell marijuana in the city.So far only Harvey and Integral have received conditional use permits.After Measure CC passed, the City Council banned so-called “nuisance,” or non-permitted dispensaries from applying for business licenses under the city’s cannabis law. Top of the News More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 14 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribecenter_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  News Feature Stories Deputies Shut Down Final Illegal Marijuana Dispensary Locks changed and Walnut Street property returned to property owner By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 1:07 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Homeless groups say not enough done to address housing crisis

first_img LOCAL homeless organisations the Mid West Simon Community and Novas Initiatives say that Budget 2016 does not go far enough to address the current homeless crisis.While both groups welcomed the increase in funding for homeless services, they are disappointed at the omission of rent control measures from Tuesday’s budget.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Jackie Bonfield, general nanager of the Mid West Simon Community said: “We are deeply disappointed that there will not be an announcement of introduction of rent certainty measures today. These measures are essential in light of rapidly increasing market rents to offer tenants greater security of tenure.“That these proposals have been blocked at a time when there is such limited social housing supply is appalling. Without such measures people will continue to find rents unaffordable and will continue to be pushed over the edge into homelessness. Rent certainty would provide the tenant and the landlord with certainty and security with tenancies.”Ms Bonfield was also critical of the government’s failure to increase rent supplement rates.“Our Locked Out report (August 2015) showed that 92 per cent of properties on the market are outside of the reach of people on state rent support. If people cannot afford growing markets rents with the limited state support provided we will continue to see people becoming homelessness and people prevented from leaving homelessness behind. It is almost impossible to find accommodation that falls within the supplement limits.”She also revealed that in the Mid West region this week, there were only nine available properties within the rent supplement limit – one in Clare, four in Limerick and four in Tipperary.A spokesperson for Novas Initiatives welcomed the government’s commitment of €17 million to emergency accommodation and to the social housing construction programme.However they added that it “does little to stem the tide of homelessness right now”.“Without an increase in rent caps and without rent certainty families will continue to be forced into homelessness with little hope of securing family accommodation in the short-term,” added that spokesperson.Referring to the news that NAMA is to provide more than 20,000 new houses over the next five year, Ms Bonfield said: “We have continuously expressed concern in relation to social housing provision that there is just too little happening at far too slow a pace. We cannot tell the men, women and children using our services, trapped in emergency accommodation and people sleeping on our streets at night to wait two years before they will have a home of their own. Local Authorities need to get back into the core business of building and delivering social housing to those who need it most.” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSBudget 2016homelessnesslimerickMid West Simon CommunityNovas Initiatives WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleThe Specks from Glasses IslandNext articleThe world looks different from above John Keogh Linkedincenter_img Print WhatsApp Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsHomeless groups say not enough done to address housing crisisBy John Keogh – October 15, 2015 612 Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories last_img read more

Soggy Bottom SUP Tour: Day 2

first_img Jennings Randolph Lake Mount Storm Second stop – Savage River ReservoirThe rain continued as we headed to SRR, we first checked out the Dry Run launch site, the lake is lowered for the winter season for flood control and was down about 25’ already for the winter season, we decided to check out the other launch site at the upper end of the lake, about half way to the upper launch we turned around, due to the heavy rains, the lake had came up about two feet causing the upper end of the lake to become real muddy. We arrived at the launch near the dam and proceeded down to the water. As we were unloading the boards we were treated to the site of a golden eagle in flight just about the water, this area is know for eagle sightings. The wind was blowing down the lake at about 10+ mph, we headed toward the dam hugging the shoreline, the water was 72 and the outside air temperature was 55. This is a perfect place for mid summer paddle during the busy season at Deep Creek Lake, since this lake does not allow powerboats. The rain picked up and the winds gusted up to 15 mph so we packed up and headed towards our next stop Jennings Randolph Lake. Only drawback to this paddle session was the loss of my thermometer than I placed on my paddle earlier in the day. This is a US Army Corps of Engineers Lake. Savage River Reservoir Area information:Launch sites:Three public launch sites around the lake, these launch site are so what rough and can be long walks to the water during the fall draw down season. No charge to launch (swimming is not allowed at the reservoir)Paddleboard rental nearby at Deep Creek Lake or Bring Your Own Board:  Wisp Resort, Deep Creek Marina, High Mountain SportsNearby lodging: Savage River Outfitters (rental cabins) White Water Sites (camping)Dining options: none, Westernport about 10 minutes away (fast food)Other nearby area activities: Savage River and North Branch of Potomac (fly fishing and white water kayaking on select release dates)Third stop – Jennings Randolph Lake (Maryland side)We arrived at the boat launch on the Maryland side of the lake; there also is a boat launch and beach on the West Virginia side of the lake. The Maryland side launch is real nice and has plenty of length as the fall drawn down season comes into play. This was my first visit to JRL and is sure not to be my last, the water was super clear with 10+’ of visibility and is sure to become one of my favorite paddleboard sites. Due to the mountains surrounding the lake, the lake is somewhat sheltered from most winds, even during this rainy windy day we experienced little wind, the rain even stopped for about 25 minutes to allow us to enjoy a brief rain free paddle session. Along the way to the launch we came upon three different groups of wild turkeys. The lake was down about 20’ feet for the fall drawn down season. The water temperature was 76 degrees and the outside air was 55 degrees. This is a great place to paddle and is undiscovered gem. The rain picked up and we packed up and headed to our last stop for the day Mount Storm.  This is a US Army Corps of Engineers Lake. 1 2 Savage River Soggy Bottom SUP Tour: Broadford Lake Mount Storm Lake Click here to read Day 1“The Deluge Continues” First stop – Broadford LakeThe heavy rain continues with 2 – 4” of rain in the forecast for day two of the tour, we head out around 9am to meet Colin at Trader’s Landing Coffee House to get instructions on how to use the Go Pro video camera, Jeff and I are in need help with all this technology.  Around 11am we arrive at our first stop of the day, Broadford Lake near Oakland, Maryland. This park is operated by the Town of Oakland and is a great place to paddleboard since powerboats are not allowed on this lake; the park has a beach area and boat launch area. We were the only people in the park except for one person getting in a morning walk. It was a cool 52 degrees with heavy rain when we took off on our first paddle of the day, the water was fairly calm, we headed towards the beach area and then across the lake up the right side of the lake, the wind picked up as we made our way back to the launch area. The water was a warm 68 degrees. The rain continued as did the alarm on the Jeep as we were loading up to head to Savage River Reservoir, the electronic key got wet in the rain and then it would not turn off the alarm. We finally turned the alarm off and headed out to our next paddleboard site, before the police arrived to check out the alarm and the crazy people paddling in the rain.Broadford  Lake Area information:Launch site: Boat launch area, $4 park fee per vehiclePaddleboard rental nearby at Deep Creek Lake or Bring Your Own Board:  Wisp Resort, Deep Creek Marina, High Mountain SportsNearby lodging: a couple local motels in Oakland or various lodging options at nearby Deep Creek LakeDining options: Long Branch (wings) Cornish Manor (causal dining) Deep Park Inn (fine dining), Dairy Queen (fast food)Other nearby area activities: Potomac State Forest (hiking)last_img read more

Pain expert: Medicinal cannabis for non-cancer pain based on ‘anecdote’

first_imgStuff 13 May 2017Family First Comment: Yep. Science over rhetoric. “The international data on which one could make an informed decision about the effect of medicinal cannabis on chronic non-cancer pain is in fact very poor. The conclusions have been oversold,”The late Helen Kelly swore medical cannabis was the only thing that kept her pain at bay after cancerous tumours broke her back.Kelly spent her final months battling for better access to medicinal cannabis products, before she died of lung cancer in October last year.Victory came posthumously in February, when it was announced that authority to approve applications from medical specialists for non-pharmaceutical grade medicinal cannabis was passed from Government ministers to the Ministry of Health.But international pain specialist Professor Milton Cohen, from Sydney, has urged specialists not to prescribe medicinal cannabis for chronic pain conditions – such as multiple sclerosis until there’s more substantial evidence.“The international data on which one could make an informed decision about the effect of medicinal cannabis on chronic non-cancer pain is in fact very poor. The conclusions have been oversold,” Cohen said.Cohen presented his view at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists’ (ANZCA) Annual Scientific meeting in Brisbane on Saturday May 13, attended by more than 2000 medical practitioners. Cohen represented ANZCA’s Faculty of Pain Medicine.Cohen was concerned anecdote and “community enthusiasm” had preceded science when it came to prescribing medicinal cannabis for patients who suffered chronic non-cancer pain.It had created a culture of “false hope” about medicinal cannabis as a treatment, he said.“If doctors are to prescribe substances – that is if they are to be available on doctors’ prescriptions – they should be proven substances.“On the basis of what we know about cannabis as a treatment it’s not going to revolutionise the field of chronic pain management.”READ MORE: hope driving claims medicinal cannabis is magic pillScoop Health 13 May 2017‘’False hope’’ driving claims medicinal cannabis is ‘’magic pill’’ for chronic pain reliefPrescribing medicinal cannabis for patients with chronic non-cancer pain is not going to revolutionise their treatment and should not be supported until there is substantial proof of its effectiveness, according to a leading pain specialist.Professor Milton Cohen is presenting Medicinal cannabis for chronic non-cancer pain: promise or pothole? at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) annual scientific meeting in Brisbane on Saturday May 13.“There is no reason to be enthusiastic about cannabinoids in the treatment of non-cancer related chronic pain,’’ Professor Cohen said.‘‘On the basis of what we know about cannabis as a treatment it’s not going to revolutionise the field of chronic pain management.’’Professor Cohen is a specialist pain medicine physician in Sydney and Director of Professional Affairs for ANZCA’s Faculty of Pain Medicine. The Faculty does not support the use of cannabinoids in chronic non-cancer pain ‘’until such time as a clear therapeutic role for them is identified in the scientific literature.’’Professor Cohen said he was concerned that ‘’anecdote and clamour’’ and ‘’community enthusiasm’’ had preceded science on the issue of prescribing medicinal cannabis for patients who suffered chronic non-cancer pain. As a result, a culture of ‘’false hope’’ based on the elusive idea of a ‘’magic pill’’ was driving community misinformation about medicinal cannabis as a treatment for such patients.The Federal government last year legalised a pathway for access of patients to Australian-grown and manufactured medicinal cannabis, subject to state and territory government regulations. In New Zealand, the use of cannabis-based products for medicinal purposes is available only on prescription authorised by the Ministry of Health.‘’It’s a classic example of the cart being put before the horse with a political imperative to facilitate access to an unproven medicine,’’ Professor Cohen said. International studies that have assessed the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis for non-cancer chronic pain have revealed very ‘’modest’’ effects, he said.‘’The international data on which one could make an informed decision about the effect of medicinal cannabis on chronic non-cancer pain is in fact very poor. The conclusions have been oversold,’’ he said.Professor Cohen said the management of chronic non-cancer pain is complex as it required consideration of a range of factors including the medical, physical, psychological and social.‘’We know that chronic pain is a much more complex phenomenon which requires a holistic approach to management that is tailored to the individual’s circumstances. To rely only on medicines is just not going to work.‘’If doctors are to prescribe substances—that is if they are to be available on doctors’ prescriptions—they should be proven substances,’’ Professor Cohen explained.Professor Cohen cited an ongoing study of 1500 people who had been prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain, undertaken by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. Almost half of those surveyed said they had used cannabis for recreational purposes, one in six admitted to using cannabis in search of pain relief and one quarter said they would use cannabis in search of pain relief if they could.‘’We know that cannabis is freely available but we also know that drugs are not the mainstay of managing chronic pain,’’ Professor Cohen said.Professor Cohen said that, given the legislative changes introduced by the Federal government and some states and territories, the introduction of individualised trials of medicinal cannabis for patients with chronic non-cancer pain to monitor and evaluate its effectiveness and adverse effects might be considered. This would require the development of a patient register, similar to an approach introduced in Israel, to ensure that the trial was properly monitored and managed.‘’Given the reality of the situation – these substances are going to be produced in Australia and will be marketed — so there now is an opportunity for individual, personalised clinical studies to ascertain if there is a benefit from this treatment,’’ Professor Cohen said.About FPMThe Faculty of Pain Medicine is a world-leading professional organisation for pain specialists that sets standards in pain medicine and is responsible for education and training in the discipline in Australia and New Zealand. Pain medicine is multidisciplinary, recognising that the management of severe pain requires the skills or more than one area of medicine.Chronic pain affects about one in five people in Australia and New Zealand. Specialists also manage acute pain (post-operative, post-trauma, acute episodes of pain in medical conditions) and cancer pain. read more

GABA halts all ‘non-essential’ at local gyms

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association (GABA) yesterday advised gyms under its affiliation to halt all non-essential activity for the next two weeks.This is to assist in curbing the spread of the Coronavirus. GBA president Steve Ninvalle dispatched a letter to all heads of gyms calling for the immediate halt to sparring and non-essential activity.“With the threat of the coronavirus the executive of the Guyana Boxing Association has put on hold all competitions until further notice. We ask that there be an immediate halt to sparring and non-essential training. The executive wishes to thank all parties for their expected compliance,” the letter to the gym heads stated.In addition, the GBA is forced to postpone the hosting of the CARIFTA Tournament which was scheduled for April 11 to 13 in Guyana, where several Caribbean countries had already signalled their intention to participate.Just recently, the spread of the coronavirus forced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to cancel the AMBC Olympic Boxing Qualifier, billed for Argentina from March 26 to April 3. —last_img read more