Satisfaction rises among Air Canada WestJet passengers says JD Power survey

first_imgMONTREAL – A J.D. Power survey says passenger satisfaction with the performance of Canada’s two largest airlines has grown in the past year.Air Canada enjoyed the largest gain in satisfaction among traditional carriers in North America, rising 25 points to 734 on a 1,000-point scale.WestJet scored 747 in the low-cost carrier segment, up from 736 a year ago.Each Canadian airline ranked third overall in their respective segments.Airline investments in newer planes, handling of luggage and cheaper fares drove a seventh straight year of improved customer satisfaction.Alaska Airlines ranks highest among traditional carriers for the 11th consecutive year, while Southwest Airlines tops the low-cost carrier list for a second straight year.Satisfaction with United Airlines dropped. The U.S. carrier received undesirable global attention after a passenger was dragged off an overbooked flight.The exceptions to improved satisfaction with North American airlines were in the categories of in-flight services, including food, beverage and entertainment systems.The study of business and leisure travellers is based on responses from 11,508 passengers who flew on a major North American airline between March 2017 and March 2018.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)last_img read more

Syracuse profits by handwriting thousands of latetax notes

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. — A city in New York state has found a novel way of motivating residents to pay their back taxes: personal notes handwritten by city officials.The idea stemmed from an experiment on late-tax payments, in which the city of Syracuse partnered with researchers at Syracuse University. City officials wrote and signed thousands of notes by hand, rather than sending standard legal letters demanding payment.The result was the city collecting nearly $1.5 million more than it predicted traditional methods alone would have brought in. University researchers estimate that the personal approach brought in 57 per cent more revenue from delinquent property owners than the city could expect from using more traditional letters.The notes took a less threatening approach, focusing on steps the resident could take to avoid late penalties or legal action. Instead of being addressed “dear property owner,” the notes were all personally addressed to the resident. Each had a brief, handwritten message on the outside of the envelope as well, researchers said.“It’s the kind of positive outcome that occurs when you aren’t afraid to try something new,” Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said in a statement.Collecting late taxes is a big challenge for many cities, which often use computer-generated letters to residents threatening action if the money isn’t paid. The researchers said the experiment could have broad applications to a number of different government services. The researchers said they aren’t aware of any other city in the U.S. using the personalized note method to collect taxes.“These are small, simple changes that can have huge payoffs,” said Leonard Lapoo, a Syracuse professor and director and co-founder of Maxwell X Lab, a behavioural research centre at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.The lab’s managing director, Joe Boskovski, called the experiment common sense, saying treating people as humans can yield results.The findings were first reported by The Associated Press. City officials announced them publicly on Tuesday.David Klepper, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Officials close Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie due to flash flooding

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie has been evacuated and closed until further notice. Many paths are under water and creek banks and slopes are extremely unstable.The public is urged to stay away from the Bear Creek corridor and Muskoseepi Park.Vehicular bridges crossing Bear Creek are safe for travel.Releasing the water at a higher than normal rate through the spillway has protected the dam. It has also lowered water levels in the reservoir but increased water flows downstream. Muskoseepi Park will remain closed until water recedes and a thorough damage assessment can be completed. Pedestrian bridges, paths, creek banks, and other park infrastructure will be inspected for safety before the park is reopened.Crews will be monitoring water levels to protect critical infrastructure throughout the corridor.RCMP and Enforcement Services will be monitoring the park.At this time no properties have been damaged. Residents are asked to obey signs, barricades and the direction of local authorities.last_img read more

TransCanada name change de emphasizes Canada for leery investors analyst

first_img“To suggest one of the biggest corporations in Canada is changing its name to distance itself from Canadian policies? I don’t know that I agree with that when a good chunk of their customers are still Canadian and who they interact with are still Canadian,” he said.There’s good reason for the company to be proud of its Canadian roots, he added, given its place on stock market indexes of Canadian firms and Canada’s reputation versus the United States in Mexico.TransCanada says it has about 7,000 employees in North America, with 3,500 in Canada, 3,200 in the U.S. and 300 in Mexico.It said its new name reflects its diverse business interests in pipelines, power generation and energy storage operations in the three countries. TransCanada vowed to keep headquarters in Calgary and said it plans to continue trading under the symbol TRP on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges if shareholders approve the name change at its next annual meeting.On its website, TransCanada says it was founded in 1951 to develop the TransCanada Pipeline to bring natural gas from Western Canada to eastern customers. The pipeline is now called the Canadian Mainline. “Whether they know us as TC Energy in English, TC Energie in French, or TC Energia in Spanish, the communities where we operate can continue to count on us to follow through on our commitments and live up to our values of safety, integrity, responsibility and collaboration in everything we do.”The name change was announced a day after rallies were staged in cities across Canada in support of northern B.C. Indigenous people who are trying to stop a TransCanada subsidiary from building the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline project through disputed territory.“Some investors have grown leery of investing in Canada. I think this is a way to de-emphasize Canada, quite frankly,” said Jennifer Rowland, a St. Louis-based analyst for Edward Jones, noting delays in building new oil pipelines led to Alberta imposing crude production constraints on its producers.“Removing Canada from its name is a way to remind investors it’s not just a Canadian company, with some of the challenges we’re seeing in Canada.”She said the name change recalls the move by Calgary-based EnCana to rebrand itself with a lower-case “C” in 2010, thus de-emphasizing its Canadian roots.But Calgary-based analyst Matthew Taylor of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co., said he accepts the company’s explanation, adding the move has been talked about for some time.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – A planned move by TransCanada Corp. to change its name to TC Energy will help it attract investors who are “leery” of putting money in anything Canadian given the country’s recent difficulty in building energy projects, a U.S.-based financial analyst said Wednesday.But the company and a Canadian financial analyst disagreed, saying the name change recognizes that TransCanada has grown outside the country, with moves including its recent US$13-billion purchase of U.S. natural gas transporter Columbia Pipeline Group and a growing list of projects in Mexico.“While our strategy and priorities remain the same, we believe the new name will help to further unite our employees and will enable us to better connect with our diverse stakeholders,” said chief executive Russ Girling in a news release on Wednesday.last_img read more

Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchells Ohio State career wasnt supposed to end like

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell backs a defender down during the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Credit: Alyssia Graves: Assistant Sports DirectorKelsey Mitchell always deserved a standing ovation from an Ohio State crowd when her illustrious career came to a close. The three-time Big Ten Player of the Year entered college a year after the Buckeyes went 17-18 and proceeded to lead them to four straight 24-plus win seasons. The greatest scorer in Ohio State history, Mitchell has made more field goals than anyone in program history and more 3-pointers than anyone in NCAA history. She has earned countless ovations for her dozens of accomplishments.So it was no surprise when the crowd at St. John Arena rose to its feet Monday night to send off one of the most accomplished players to ever don a scarlet and gray jersey. However, she wanted anything but the standing ovation St. John Arena gave her with 41 seconds remaining in her team’s game against Central Michigan Monday night. This time, it meant only one thing: Her career was over. When she was asked what passing former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles and becoming the second all-time leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,402 career points, with tears in her eyes, Mitchell only had one thought.“We lost,” she said. “That’s all I can say.”It wasn’t supposed to end like this.The Buckeyes got blitzed from the beginning of the second quarter to the end of the game, eventually falling 95-78. They allowed Central Michigan to bounce back from a six-point first-quarter deficit with a dominant 25-6 second quarter. The Chippewas hit 14-of-27 3-pointers and 25-of-27 free throws during the game. The reverberations of St. John Arena made the several-hundred-person Central Michigan fan section sound like the Chippewas brought the whole university to the stands. The typically lethal offense that usually buoys the Buckeyes was nowhere to be found. Mitchell began the game 4-for-15 and finished with more shot attempts (29) than points (28). In the third quarter, Ohio State finally started to look like it was putting it together offensively, but was no match for the Chippewas’ 7-for-8 third-quarter 3-point performance.Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell waits for an inbound pass in the NCAA tournament game against Central Michigan on Mar. 19 in St. John Arena. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTry as she might, Mitchell could not pull her team back in the game.“We knew that they can shoot the ball, but we didn’t know that they wouldn’t miss,” she said. “You got it within 15, 14, then they said no, we’re going back up 21. And then we missed shots, so it didn’t make it any better.”As Mitchell stood in the corner of the locker room about 50 minutes after subbing out to congratulatory cheers and applause, she began to confront what had happened.“I’m letting it hit me right now,” she said. “We’ve been through so much. It just hurts you. The way you go out and that sensation I had about two weeks ago. So you think you can not only stay on that high horse, but play with the much confidence and play with that much focus.”Just two weeks ago in the locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Mitchell was all smiles. The Buckeyes had just knocked off Maryland in the Big Ten title game. Mitchell was leaning back in a chair with big bags of ice on her knees, resting after playing her third game in three days. In her view, just 10 feet away, sat the conference championship trophy, which her team raised at center court just an hour prior.That is the kind of celebration expected of the second-leading scorer in NCAA history, not one signaling the end of a career after a Round of 32 matchup against a No. 11 seed. Kelsey Plum, Stiles and Brittney Griner, the trio of players who accompany Mitchell in the top-four career scoring ranks, each made the Final Four once.This season was supposed to be Mitchell’s shot.With the Final Four being held in Columbus in a couple weeks, the storybook was sitting on the table, just waiting to be written. Mitchell and the Buckeyes had been bounced in the Sweet 16 the past two seasons, but a veteran-laden squad hoped to march through the Spokane Regional and make the program’s second-ever Final Four with a likely matchup against top-ranked Connecticut.“I think in the back of everybody’s mind, if you’re a part of our program, sees that moment and want to be back here for the Final Four,” Mitchell said. “I don’t think you’re a competitor if you’re not at least thinking about it in the back of your mind.”Instead of the fairy-tale ending, Mitchell’s career abruptly concluded. She quickly had to come to grips with the end of her career, something she always knew would come, but never wanted. Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell takes a shot during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThat meant considering how her 139 games, 4,996 minutes, 1,120 made shots, 497 made 3s, 665 made free throws, 545 assists, 463 rebounds, 214 steals and 3,402 points will be viewed for years to come.Rather than as one of the all-time greatest scorers, Mitchell said she hopes people think of her as someone who built Ohio State into a prolific program.“I want to be remembered for making this program for younger kids that want to come here one of the best in the nation,” Mitchell said. “It’s not only South Carolina, it’s not only UConn. Ohio State is a part of that conversation too. I think we’ve showed people that [there’s] value here.”Just as she had earlier in the night when she refused to consider the accomplishment of becoming the second-leading scorer, Mitchell refused to focus on her individual accolades. Instead, all she said she wants to be remembered for is being a program building block. That has defined Mitchell. Unfortunately for her, so too has her team’s NCAA tournament struggles. This year was supposed to be different. It wasn’t.It will take time for Mitchell, who is notoriously hard on herself, to get over the disappointing season-ending loss. But as one of the greatest scorers in college basketball history who helped put Ohio State on the map and helped win two regular-season Big Ten titles and one conference tournament championship, she has much to be proud of.Every time she attends an Ohio State basketball game again, she will get another standing ovation. But those will not be in response to a historic career coming to a surprising end.They will simply be celebrating the greatest scorer — and arguably the greatest player — to ever lace up sneakers and take the court in Columbus. read more

Joe Barton on his management career

first_imgJoey Barton officially retired from playing football in the summer but has revealed he’d been planning to enter management for years.Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton discussed quitting football and the first steps he took towards management.“For me it has been a case of years of thinking, planning and anticipating what you were going to do coming to fruition,” he told Sky Sports.“And then all those best-laid plans going right out the window!“Everything you think you’ll face you do and then more, but it has been really enjoyable and every day is a real learning experience.“I don’t think anything can ever prepare you for it. It’s a role that varies from club to club and you can have all manner of things going on in any given day.“You really have to think about the ramifications of any decision or any interaction.”LEICESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Joey Barton, Manager of Fleetwood Town reacts during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leicester City and Fleetwood Town at The King Power Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)Joey Barton remembers those four years he played for Newcastle Manuel R. Medina – April 30, 2019 The English midfielder talked how he was signed by owner Mike Ashley and how he was frustrated after a while with the Magpies.It has been a good start to life as a manager for Barton. Fleetwood Town are 12th in the League One table. And the for the rookie manager, it’s been a learning curve as their form has tailed off in the last few weeks.“Getting the job was a case of timing and opportunity,” Barton said. “Fleetwood were changing managers and wanted to speak with me, and I couldn’t refuse that opportunity.“It has been a bit of a baptism of fire because I didn’t really know much about the level and there were a lot of grounds I hadn’t visited before this season.“But it’s the perfect breeding ground for me and a place where I know I can fulfill my potential.“It’s enough out of the spotlight to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, while also not getting too much praise when you do really get it right.”last_img read more

State Regulators Consider Reducing Pacific Halibut Quota Next Year

first_imgThe commission is considering dropping the total allowable catch from more than 42 million pounds this year to 31 million pounds for 2018. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Halbit-quoat-considered-drop.mp3VmJennifer-on-Halbit-quoat-considered-drop.mp300:00RPd In a report presented to the intergovernmental organization at the commisions meeting in November, the reduction was recommended due to low recruitment rates among young halibut populations over the last decade and increasing pressure on the fish stocks. Regulators are considering reducing the amount of halibut that fishermen are allowed to catch along the Pacific coast in 2018.center_img The commission is scheduled to meet in January in Portland, Oregon, to make a final decision. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The International Pacific Halibut Commission is considering adopting a 24 percent reduction to the annual halibut quota for fisheries from Alaska to California.last_img read more

Maer Roshan Named The EIC of Los Angeles Magazine People on the

first_imgHere are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Sophie BushwickPopular Science’s Sophie Bushwick announced that after five years with the magazine, she is leaving her role as DIY editor to join Scientific American as its new tech editor. She begins her new role on Jan. 28.  Longtime Sports Illustrated editor Richard Demak left the magazine after nearly three decades with the brand. Most recently a senior editor and the chief of reporters, Demak left his roles to become an editor for the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers.Carlton Jared Lockett is joining Essence Communications Inc. as its new director of product solutions starting on Jan. 28. Most recently, Lockett served as the senior manager of product marketing for Meredith Digital and in his new role, he will be tasked with leading the marketing and strategy for the company’s advertising product portfolio, including its social and content-to-audio platforms. He will be based in the company’s New York City headquarters.Carlton Jared LockettJoel Shoemaker, a former executive for Pride Media, which publishes Out magazine and The Advocate, is joining LGBTQ+ digital news publisher Q.Digital as its new regional VP of sales. Shoemaker will be responsible for growing and serving the company’s list of integrated advertising partners and will directly report to chief revenue officer Justin Garrett. Shoemaker is bringing over a decade of digital media experience to Q.Digital, including his most recent role of executive director of business development for Pride Media. Prior to that, he served as the VP of the LGBTQ segment for Motivate Inc. and as the SVP of sales, LGBT at iHeartMedia. David Smith was appointed as the managing director, Defense and Government for Breaking Media. Tasked with leading the defense and federal sector based in Washington, D.C., Smith will be responsible for business and product development, brand strategy and sales and marketing, as well as leading the growth of BreakingDefense.com. He will also pursue the relaunch of BreakingGovernment.com. Most recently the president and managing director of Sightline Media Group, Smith also served as the publisher and general manager of defense systems at 1105 Media.  Joel ShoemakerRob McClelland was tapped as the president of Farm Journal Media’s new Data-Driven Performance Marketing division, which combines the company’s Business Intelligence, Digital Solutions and Content Services units. With over 20 years launching and leading technology and service businesses, including serving as the CEO and president of FLM Harvest and SVP of marketing and business development at Adayana, McClelland will be tasked with heading up this new division as well as integrating innovative business strategies. The Insurer, a British-based B2B insurance publication, opened an office in New York and announced two new editorial hires this week. The new branch will be lead by North American editor David Bull, who formerly served as the US editorial director for The Insurance Insider. Working alongside him will be North American associate editor Michael Loney, who is also joining The Insurer from Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc, where he spent over 16 years, most recently as the managing editor of Managing IP magazine.Amber MundingerFormer SVP of live media and strategic partnerships for Rolling Stone, Amber Mundinger, was named the first chief of operations and head of strategic partnerships for the PBS-syndicated TV show “The Artists Den.” According to a report by WWD, Mundinger, who prior to Rolling Stone served as the VP of new ventures and general manager of WWD, was responsible for launching several new business initiatives, including the first live media division of Rolling Stone and WWD’s first awards event. In her new role, she will be tasked with expanding the brand’s reach with artists and fans, in addition to elevating the access to live music events and the show.Vox Media tapped Erica Anderson as its executive producer of content and partnerships for Recode’s editor-at-large Kara Swisher. In this role, Anderson will be tasked with editorial oversight for Swisher’s portfolio of media offerings, including Recode, her podcasts Recode Decode and Pivot, the Code conference series, New York Times opinion and MSNBC contributions and the Revolution series on MSNBC. Anderson was most recently with the Google News Lab where she served as the head of news ecosystem, and has prior experience at both Twitter and the CBS Evening News.Laura E. AdkinsLaura E. Adkins, who spent three years at The Forward, most recently as its deputy opinion editor, is starting as the opinion editor for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) on Jan. 28. Former senior editor for the Weekly Standard, Christopher Caldwell, was tapped as a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, as well as a contributing editor for the Claremont Review of Books. In addition to his new role, Caldwell will continue to write for other publications.Mackenzie Mays is leaving her role as an investigative reporter at the Fresno Bee to join Politico’s newly formed Politico California Pro team where she will cover education and budgets. City Hall reporter Gloria Pazmino is leaving Politico after five years to join NY1 where she will cover politics.Last week, we reported the first editorial hires for the soon-to-be re-launched Gawker, under Bustle Digital Group, which included the appointments of Maya Kosoff and Anna Breslaw as staff writers. In a post on Twitter, Kosoff shared a statement from both Breslaw and herself, which explained that they had left the company, citing concerns about the newly appointed editorial director Carson Griffith.In the statement, which was originally shared with The Daily Beast, they said, “We’re disappointed it ended this way, but we can’t continue to work under someone who is antithetical to our sensibility and journalistic ethics, or for an employer who refuses to listen to the women who work for him when it’s inconvenient,” and stated that they no longer felt they could represent the website. Maer Roshan | Photo credit: Sarah Davidson of Los Angeles magazineLos Angeles magazine named Maer Roshan editor-in-chief for its print edition and LAmag.com.Roshan is bringing extensive executive editorial experience to this role, most recently having served as the chief content officer of FourTwoNine Media. Prior to this, Roshan was the editor-in-chief and CEO of the editorial and creative consultancy Awesome Projects, in addition to having founded several magazines and websites including the iPad magazine Punch!, TheFix.com and Radar, which was named The New York Times’ Launch of the Year in 2002 and has won 19 Webby Awards for RadarOnline. He began his career at age 23 when he launched his first magazine, the LGBTQ newsweekly NYQ, serving as the editor-in-chief for two years before joining New York magazine as its deputy editor for seven years. “L.A. has overtaken New York to become the most dynamic and influential city in America,” Roshan said in a statement. “It’s at the forefront of politics, tech, business, food, art, and fashion. Since the ’60s, Los Angeles has been a stylish, literate, and indispensable guide to the people, trends, and institutions that power the city. I am excited by and grateful for the opportunity to build on that storied legacy and to create a magazine as smart and stylish and provocative as the city it’s named after.” last_img read more

YouTube Kids app draws flak for advertising junk food

first_imgYouTube Kids, an app meant for children under the age of 12, is drawing flak from two advocacy groups for children in the US for carrying advertisements and promotional material for junk food and beverages.According to YouTube Kids policy, paid advertisements of junk food won’t be broadcast on the site. The app is positioned as a space that contains children-appropriate content, but the advocacy groups differ.The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Centre for Digital Democracy have found ads of Coca-Cola, Hershys, Nestle, etc, on the Google-owned app and have registered a complaint asking the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate YouTube Kids.In the complaint, the groups have included screenshots of the ads, promotional videos, or videos with product placement selling Reese’s peanut butter cups, Crunch bars, Hershey Kisses, Nutella, and Pop Tarts, reports Wired.com.CCFC Executive Director Josh Golin said: “Far from being a safe place for kids to explore, YouTube Kids is awash with food and beverage marketing you won’t find on other media platforms for young children.”A spokeswoman from YouTube responded: “YouTube Kids prohibits paid advertising for all food and beverage brands. We also ask YouTube creators to disclose if their videos contain paid product placement or incentivised endorsements, and we exclude those videos from the YouTube Kids app.”She added: “The app contains a wide range of content, including videos with food-related themes, but these are not paid advertisements.”The groups had registered a complaint in April when they found videos with ads included in the reel of the video as it was profitable for video creators to include advertisements. The advocacy groups argue that children won’t have the discretion to distinguish between a video and an ad, and as kids spend more and more time on the Internet today than watching television, which has some guidelines, it becomes a concerning matter.last_img read more

Settlement Agreement Reached in Baltimore Sex Abuse Case

first_imgThe Housing Authority of Baltimore City has reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit that accused maintenance men of demanding sex from at least 19 women before making repairs.Paul T. Graziano, Baltimore housing chief, and Cary J. Hansel, a lawyer representing the women, confirmed on Jan. 4 they reached an agreement for an undisclosed amount of money. It’s pending approval by the court and the U .S. Department of Housing.Settlement talks were held Dec. 14 and Dec. 22. Hansel and Graziano declined further comment.Attorneys for the women say they were denied basic repairs in public housing units because they refused to have sex with handymen.Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Rochelle Ritchie says a criminal investigation into the matter is ongoing. {The AFRO} first reported the allegations last July.last_img read more

Mayor Urges for Cannabis Legalization

first_imgConsumers must be at least 21 and have a government I.D. to enter and make purchases in cannabis establishments.Consumers are limited to a daily purchase of no more than one once of cannabis flower per day, five grams of cannabis concentrate, 16 ounces of marijuana infused edibles or 72 ounces of liquid cannabinoid products.Consumers cannot ingest marijuana in public places, including sidewalks, roadways, schools and parks.Consumers will be able to purchase products online for delivery to a residential address.Consumers are prohibited from smoking at any workplaceConsumers will be taxed 17 percent for cannabis at the point of sale.Cannabis vendors would also have more opportunities, but with rules and regulations.-For a six-month period, vendors who already have medical marijuana licenses will be first to receive applications for licenses for off-premise retailers and cultivators.– Vendors will be offered five types of licenses, which will be valid for three years and renewable based on demand.  The license types include: cultivator, manufacturer, distributor, off-premise retailer and testing facility.– 60 percent of ownership and 60 percent of employers must be D.C. residents.– Vendors must solicit feedback from the public and ANC’s during the application process.– A seed to sale tracking system will be created– D.C.’s medical marijuana program will continue– The Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) will regulate cannabis sales and be renamed the Alcohol Beverage and Cannabis Administration (ABCA).This change comes on the heels of the District opening up medical marijuana dispensaries to patients who are from most states where it’s legal.Last Thursday, Bowser announced that she is permitting more non-resident, medical-marijuana patients to use their cards for access to purchase and consume their medicine. This ruling allows the District to recognize the cards of residents from 27 states, which is an expansion from previously honoring patients from 19 states.  Safety was at the forefront of this ruling as well.“This emergency rulemaking is patient-centric,” said Mayor Bowser in a statement. “It ensures medical marijuana patients from other states can obtain their needed medicine. It will also promote public safety by allowing visitors to obtain their medicine at one of the District’s six – soon to be seven – authorized dispensaries rather than forcing them to go without or patronizing the illegal market.”The new states recognized include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Nevada, New Mexico, New York and Vermont. Other states, including: Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma and West Virginia, are under review.Residents with medical cards from Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington State are already recognized. By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comThe pot possession to prison pipeline has historically affected communities of color and become another factor in inequities faced, but now District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Boswer is emphasizing the need for marijuana legalization and law reform with her campaign #SafeCannabisDC.“It’s time to legalize marijuana. For years, marijuana possession has been a pipeline to prison for people of color. We must replace that pipeline with jobs, equity, and pathways to prosperity,” the mayor wrote on Twitter while promoting a petition for the Safe Cannabis Sales Act.District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is pushing for marijuana legalization. (Courtesy Photo)The Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2019 builds on Initiative 71, which decriminalized marijuana usage in Washington, D.C., and institutes a legal sales and tax program in order to create a safer environment, while also offering clarity on cannabis usage and products.  In addition, the SAFE Cannabis Sales ACT was also introduced to promote and ensure justice and equity, so that the benefits of a legal sales and tax regime could go towards assisting and boosting, versus historically harming, vulnerable communities. The slogan for #SafeCannabisDC is “Safety, Equity, Clarity.”With #SafeCannabisDC the sales and purchase of marijuana would be tracked and taxed, and comes with rules and limitations building on current cannabis laws.  If passed, the Safe Cannabis Sales Act would offer more latitude in how residents can purchase marijuana- with restrictions of course.last_img read more

Mamata congratulates Hasina for landslide victory in Bangladesh

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday congratulated Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on winning a new term with a landslide victory in the country’s general elections. “Heartiest congratulations to Sheikh Hasina on the victory in the Bangladesh general election,” Banerjee said in a tweet. Hasina’s ruling Awami League (AL) party won a landslide of 288 out of 300 parliamentary seats contested in the Sunday election, surpassing its previous election wins and making her the Prime Minister for an unprecedented fourth term. The Opposition alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of jailed former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia took just seven seats and condemned the vote as “farcical” marred by violence, intimidation and vote rigging claims, bdnews24.com reported.last_img read more