Dear Editor,A small number of developed countries have decriminalised marijuana but Guyana being a developing nation is not in a position to do the same. Guyana just does not have the foundation to follow these countries. Guyana is way too poor to handle issues that will become commonplace if this substance is decriminalized. In spite of this, the alliance for change (AFC) has erroneously claimed that relaxing the law on marijuana will slash the prison population. This just doesn’t make any sense. And it does not require a rocket scientist to understand that decriminalising marijuana amid soaring poverty will be disastrous, particularly when considering that the undesired behavioral consequences of this substance will be ignored in the face of lack of resources, lack of education, lack of manpower and massive corruption plaguing Guyana.Decriminalisation will destroy lives which will plunge this country into deeper misery. And problems associated with marijuana will go unaddressed like our problems with alcohol. In this country, a blind eye is largely turned to our problems. To this end, a further understanding of this substance is needed to bring to light its evil effects and hopefully, this will convince the AFC to rethink its position and abandon its push for decriminalisation in a show of respect for the people of this country.Like heroin, alcohol, cocaine, and morphine, marijuana is psychoactive. Like most of these drugs, marijuana is also described as a double edge sword. Marijuana induces both desired and undesired behaviors when its active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) interacts with target receptors widely distributed in the brain. Through its pharmacologic actions, marijuana lifts the mood and it also produces widespread disruption of brain functions which are behaviorally displayed as impaired motor coordination, impaired vision, and impaired judgment. Such impairments lead to a slew of problems including road accidents.To some extent, the undesired effects of marijuana are obviously similar to that of alcohol and are reminiscent of road accidents triggered by alcohol use. Just last year in Washington State in the USA, an 18-year-old died in a road accident and the person responsible had been under the influence of marijuana. The police accidentally came to know this information because of a confession. To date, there is no DUI test available for marijuana. Even during this past week, a supplier of marijuana allegedly forced himself onto a teenager in East Canjie Berbice. These stories attest to the fact that serious problems are associated with marijuana and they are guaranteed to increase if this drug is decriminalized.Marijuana also induces an array of psychological disorders including hallucination, paranoia, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. The AFC must also understand that marijuana even in milligram quantities or less will cause serious problems and marijuana users will be free to engage in poly-drug use which can be deadly and destructive. At this time, Guyana is incapable of handling 100% of problems associated with marijuana. And although Guyana’s oldest sociologist is stationed at the child care agency, there is a failure to connect how marijuana can rewire the developing brain and thus negatively influence behaviors and hurt the welfare of a minor. Under these circumstances, it would be reckless for the AFC to press ahead with its efforts to decriminalize this drug when our country is in no way ready for this.Education on this substance is necessary to overcome inherent problems with overdosing, tolerance, relapse, withdrawal and addiction but is lacking. Further profound stress in this country stands to exacerbate these problems. The AFC must also understand that substance abuse is a very stubborn brain disease to fight, particularly under conditions of poverty. The AFC cannot ignore these problems and blindly press ahead with decriminalization. This is reckless.Last but not least, a lax law on marijuana will encourage the reckless use of this substance like alcohol.I am baffled as to why the marijuana issue is a top priority for the AFC. Guyana has way more pressing issues that need to be addressed and they include suicide, unemployment, corruption, poor health care and crime among a long list of others. Why is marijuana given priority? Where is the logic? This is senseless. If the AFC is seriously interested in reducing the prison population, then it must invest in education. Education is the only effective and reliable way to realize a real reduction in the prison population. And I sincerely hope that the courts will continue to punish those who are in possession of this drug so as to protect lives.Sincerely,Annie Baliram
But the accident occurred as the motorcade was running late for a meeting where the radio host Don Imus was scheduled to apologize to members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team, whom he had insulted with racist and sexist comments. “If it’s a non-emergency situation, we would ask them to obey the traffic laws and the speed laws,” Fuentes said in a late-afternoon conference call with reporters. In New York state, the law allows emergency vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks and ambulances to speed if they are involved in an emergency operation, but does not extend that right to elected officials. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered sirens and lights removed from cars belonging to 250 city officials in 2004, after one of his deputy mayors was repeatedly caught on camera in her official sedan, flashing its lights and blaring its siren to get home quickly from work. CAMDEN, N.J. – In the seconds before Gov. Jon S. Corzine was critically injured in an accident last Thursday, the Chevrolet Suburban he was riding in was traveling 91 miles per hour, 26 more than the posted speed limit, according to a crash data recorder retrieved from the vehicle. State Police Superintendent Joseph R. Fuentes said Tuesday that the trooper driving the vehicle, Robert J. Rasinski, told investigators he had not known how fast he was traveling as he led Corzine’s two-car motorcade, with the vehicle’s emergency lights flashing, from Atlantic City, where Corzine had given a speech, to a meeting at the governor’s mansion in Princeton. But the recorder clocked the speed at 91 mph five seconds before the Suburban collided with a white pickup truck, and 30 mph when it slammed into a guardrail along the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway, the police said. Corzine, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the front passenger seat to the back, breaking his thigh bone in two places, a dozen ribs, his sternum, collar bone and a lower vertebra. He remains in critical condition and on a ventilator after three operations. Fuentes said that troopers who drive the governor and other state officials are given discretion to use the emergency lights and exceed the speed limit in cases of an emergency, and, because of security threats, are advised not to let the governor’s vehicle remain “bogged down in a traffic jam.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
ENTERTAINMENT: Workhouse Theatre Company are holding auditions for their new production SAINT JOAN on Wednesday 30th September at 7.30pm and Saturday 3rd October at 2.00pm.Both auditions will take place at the RCC (Regional Cultural Centre) in Letterkenny. The play will be an Workhouse/AnGrianán co-production and it will be performed in AnGrianán Theatre in January 2016. This will be the company’s third production in recent years after The Weir and Aristocrats.SAINT JOAN was written by G.B. Shaw and is regarded widely as a masterpiece. Workhouse, who are based in Letterkenny, will be re-imagining the classic work and giving it a modern twist.The auditions will take the form of a workshop (approx 90 mins).This is an invitation and an excellent opportunity for all actors (experienced and non-experienced) across Donegal and the North-West to come and audition for a large cast in, what promises to be, a great production of a fantastic play. Celebrating existing and emerging talent. Rehearsals will take place largely in the evenings over November, December and leading up to the production in January.Anyone interested in auditioning is asked to turn up, be there on time and to wear comfortable clothing. All details can be found at www.workhouse.ieTHEATRE COMPANY HOSTING AUDITIONS IN DONEGAL FOR NEW PRODUCTION ‘SAINT JOAN’ was last modified: September 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:EntertianmentFeaturesnews
Arsenal will demand in excess of £42million for star playmaker Mesut Ozil, amid speculation the German playmaker may leave the club in the summer.Ozil is said to be frustrated at the north London club, and those feelings boiled over following Sunday’s 2-0 north London defeat to Tottenham with reports claiming he kicked a door in anger.And now it appears Arsenal are willing to part with the Germany international, and will listen to offers for him in the upcoming transfer window.The 28-year-old is wanted by many top European sides, who are well aware of his current situation at the Emirates Stadium.One of the interested parties is Turkish Super League giants Fenerbache, who have reportedly opened talks with Ozil’s representatives.The midfielder, who is of Turkish origin, has remained coy over his long-term future at Arsenal and is yet to agree a new contract with the Gunners.And according to reports in Turkey, the north Londoners will not hold out for anything less than £42m, if they are indeed forced to part with the German.Ozil is a self-confessed Fenerbache supporter and the club remain in talks with his representatives, as reports over his future continue to dominate the headlines. Arsenal star Mesut Ozil 1
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The women’s wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal staged a protest outside Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s residence here on Thursday, demanding strict action against a Minister accused of sending objectionable messages to a woman government official.Shouting slogans against the Congress government, members of the Istri Akali Dal demanded immediate dismissal of the Minister from the government.The protesters also submitted a memorandum, asking the Chief Minister to ensure a ‘safe workplace’ environment to all women employees.‘Disclose name’Istri Akali Dal, Mohali (Urban), president Kuldeep Kaur Kang said the name of the Minister against whom the allegations have been levelled should be immediately disclosed by the Chief Minister. The memorandum also called for dismissal of the Minister and registration of an FIR against him.In a statement on Wednesday, Capt. Amarinder had said that the matter relating to the reported objectionable messages of the Minister to a woman government official had been taken very seriously and, to the best of his knowledge, resolved to the official’s satisfaction.
An Indian man was deported from Australia shortly after his arrival in the country after child exploitation material was found on his mobile phone. The man, who was not identified, landed in Perth on a Temporary Skilled Graduate visa last week, and was sent back on June 25, perthnow.com.au reported.The 30-year-old Indian man arrived in Australia on board a flight from Singapore. He was stopped at the Perth airport by Border Force officers for a baggage check. The officials inspected his three mobile phones, one of which was found to contain objectionable material related to child exploitation, the report said. The man’s phone was confiscated and his visa was cancelled. He was detained and held at the Perth Immigration Detention Centre before being deported from the country.The man’s removal reflected the absolute commitment of the Australian Border Force (ABF) to prevent the importation of such prohibited material, Mark Wilson, the Acting ABF Regional Commander for Western Australia, said in a statement. “Visitors to Australia engaging in this behavior risk forfeiting their right to be here,” he added.“We also work closely with our law enforcement partners both here and abroad to share information relating to these persons to ensure we are protecting not only Australian children, but potential victims offshore,” Wilson said, according to the report.Wilson added that the border force would follow up with relevant authorities in Singapore, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.ABF officials are authorized to ask travellers for their phones or laptops to conduct a search.The ABF’s powers are “relatively broad,” Zaahir Edries, the president of the Muslim Legal Network of New South Wales, Australia, was quoted as saying by ABC News in an earlier report. “Anything you have on your phone, as a passenger, is open to scrutiny or interrogation by ABF officials,” Edries added.Airport authorities also have the right to seize devices and copy their contents. After examining an item, Border Force officers may copy a document where they are satisfied that the document may contain information relevant to prohibited goods, an offence against the Customs Act or a prescribed Act, or to certain security matters. A “document” includes information stored on mobile phones, SIM cards, laptops, personal electronic recording apparatus and computers, according to information on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.The ABF officers may question travelers and inspect items upon suspicion of breach of immigration, customs, biosecurity, health and national security laws by a person. “For example, objectionable goods, such as child exploitation material, are prohibited from importation into Australia,” the ABC News report had cited ABF as saying. “Our officers are alert to the indicators that persons may be seeking to travel with this abhorrent material both in and out of Australia.” Related ItemsAustraliaDeportationperth
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