From left are Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell, in a July 30, 2014, file photo, and Steelers’ LeGarrette Blount, in a Sept. 10, 2013, file photo, when he was with the New England Patriots. Police have filed marijuana possession charges against Bell and Blount following a traffic stop. Police in the Pittsburgh suburb of Ross Township say a motorcycle officer pulled over Bell’s Chevrolet Camaro when he smelled marijuana coming from it about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/File)Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount apologized last Thursday night concerning the charges facing them for marijuana possession.Bell and Blount were stopped last Wednesday afternoon after a Ross Township police officer allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the Camaro that Bell was driving.Blount had this to say; “I’m sorry for the distraction that I caused my team. I just want to apologize to my team and my coach and my organization for causing that distraction.”Let’s really, really switch gears, no let’s change vehicles for a few hours.If Le’Veon Bell wants to take a toke or two and if LeGarrete Blount wants to bust a “blunt,” well I no longer partake but hey….what the heck.Aubrey BruceI must explain why my attitude toward the “smokers, jokers and real life tokers” is so cavalier. The real reason why I am not trippin, flippin, or hatin toward Blount or Bell is because earlier before my life evolved into “sainthood,” I had a serious “hookah” in my crib as part of my “ganga” arsenal.Yeah, boys’ and girls’ I was once a charter member of the midnight “tokers” club and I did inhale because as much as I had to pay for an ounce of “Acapulco Gold” ya better know it, I was going to inhale. I got mine in along with a few shots of gin. But in the end, I did not hurt anyone but me and I turned out to be okay.But digggg….this. This role model crap is just that. As long as these athletes perform on the field then everyone should shut their freakin mouth.In an article written by Jeff Rosen and Charlie McLravy for today.com published on June 16, 2014 titled: ‘Is your doctor stoned? Physicians with substance abuse problems continue to work.’ The authors expose drug abuse by those that we trust with far more than just scoring a touchdown. This is alleged drug abuse by those whom we trust with our very lives.The authors write that; “We trust doctors with our lives. They’re supposed to take care of us. But physicians are only human. Government studies indicate at least 100,000 doctors — or about one in 10 currently working — is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Some are performing surgeries while stoned, injuring and even killing unsuspecting patients, according to TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen, who found numerous cases of doctors busted for substance abuse.“There are doctors out there right now under the influence of prescription narcotics as we speak, putting patients at risk,” said Dr. Stephen Loyd, a Tennessee doctor speaking from personal experience.“At my worst I was doing 100 pills a day, Vicodin mainly, all while seeing patients,” he told Rossen. Loyd, who has been clean for 10 years said,” it still scares him to think about that period in his life.”Wait a minute, was Dr. Loyd’s quote a misprint? Did he say? “At my worst I was doing 100 pills a day, Vicodin mainly all while seeing patients.” Yes he did. The article goes on to profile another, Dr Get High. “Dr. Christopher Duntsch once billed himself as “the best neurosurgeon in Dallas.” That’s not what many of his former patients think. Jeff Cheney went in for what he says Duntsch told him was a routine back surgery. He woke up partially paralyzed. “It’s my understanding he was under the influence while performing surgeries,” Cheney asserted.Cheney claims Duntsch was stoned while operating on him and removed part of his spinal cord. “He turned me from a strong, healthy man into a crippled man, ”he said.” Where is the discussion around the water cooler about these doctors been fired or suspended?Quit worrying about what penalties the NFL will eventually dish out to LeVeon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. What punishment is the AMA, (American Medical Association) and America going to slap these alleged rogue doctors with for jeopardizing human lives? That is totally, totally freakin insane. eople’s lives, families lives, communities lives are according to Dr. Loyd are continuing to be threatened by “legalized junkies” who have taken the “Hypocritical” oops, I meant to say Hippocratic oath to treat and take care of those who have entrusted them with their lives.These are the scum of the earth armed with white coats and medical degrees and they are getting away with murder and maiming. Wait don’t forget what they do is still less important than scoring the winning touchdown or sinking that victorious three pointer, right? There are no motorcycle cops hangin out like carrion crows at a bird feeder that will ever be given the liberty to barge into an operating room invading the privacy and privilege of doctors and patients, possibly interrupting a life and death surgical procedure to arrest a physician suspected of drug abuse because of the odor of Vicodin.Oh, Charlie Chan so sorry he forget, you can’t smell Vicodin.The way that these legal addicts ingest so-called accepted substances is far more sterile and heinous than two young athletes smoking a joint.DUI? What about PMUI? Practicing Medicine Under the Influence. Oh that’s okay, doctors can handle it because they’re doing it under a controlled environment, right?We trust athletes to provide us with recreation. They’re supposed to fulfill our fantasies us by winning games. But athletes are only human, they want to be happy too. Don’t be greedy pass the joint, my fault. I meant to say pass the Vicodin, that’s legal.(The sources for this story were AP and today.com)Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741 Follow him on Twitter @ultrascribe
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorFormer Nelson Leafs defenceman Geoff Kinrade finished a minus-1 as the Ottawa Senators lost 4-2 to the Montreal Canadiens in National Hockey League pre-season action Friday night at the Bell Centre.The contest was Kinrade’s first taste of NHL pre-season hockey this season. Kinrade is in his second training camp with the Senators after playing last season with Ottawa’s AHL minor league affiliate in Binghamton. Kinrade didn’t play during the Sens 6-2 pasting of Carey Price and the Habs Saturday night in Ottawa.The 6-foot, 195-pound Kinrade logged 13-plus minutes during Friday’s contest. He was whistled for a two-minute minor penalty and recorded one shot on goal.Kinrade, 25, spent the 2009-10 season with the Baby Sens, registering professional highs in goals (seven), assists (20) and points (27) while accumulating 59 penalty minutes in a career-high 76 games.He ranked first among B-Sens and finished tied for 14th in the AHL in plus/minus with a +27 rating. Kinrade is one of 15 defencemen remaining in camp with Ottawa.Ottawa split its first two exhibition games defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-0 Tuesday and losing 4-1 Wednesday. The Sens host Montreal in Ottawa tonight.Kinrade played for the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL before landing a spot with Cowichan Valley of the B.C. Hockey League.He then spent four seasons at Michigan Tech [email protected]
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy labelled Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles an “outstanding player” after the teenager’s performance in the 2-2 draw at Brentford.Maitland-Niles, still only 17, made his debut for Ipswich at Griffin Park after signing on a season-long loan.McCarthy also gave a senior debut to another youngster Josh Emmanuel and the manager was delighted with both players.He said: “Ainsley Maitland-Niles, from walking in the door, is just an outstanding player. He’s a confident lad and a talented boy.“When you sign players, you want them to produce performances and they both did.“Josh has really stepped up this summer. He came back a man.”However, McCarthy was disappointed that two goals conceded in injury time spoiled an otherwise good performance at Brentford.He said: “It’s annoying. We should have won the game. We conceded two really poor goals.“I was really delighted with the way we played, I thought we were terrific. As an away performance, I thought it was excellent. I’m sure their coach is ecstatic, it’s like a win for them.”Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebook
Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Ramón Laureano sensed his breakout was coming after a quiet slump through the A’s first six games of the season.He announced his presence in the seventh game.The A’s center fielder provided a reminder about the type of arm he possesses in the second inning of Monday’s 7-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. Laureano fired a seed from center to home plate to nail Xander Bogaerts trying to score from second base on a …
Earlier this month IBM CEO Sam Palmisano gave a speech in London, in which he discussed IBM’s products and services in the Internet of Things. He also outlined what IBM sees as emerging opportunities for “smart systems” over the coming decade. It was a significant speech, given that IBM has been probably the leading large tech company promoting the Internet of Things up till now. When you consider that trillions of sensors will be deployed worldwide in the coming decade and the interest in Internet of Things from such high-ranking officials as China’s Premier, IBM’s use cases so far and its evolving strategy is definitely worth taking note of.IBM’s ‘Smarter Planet’ campaign and accompanying Tumblr blog have been in operation since November 2008. This strategy is about connecting objects to the Internet and applying intelligence and services on top of that. Palmisano noted one of the key points about Internet of Things early in his speech – it puts computational power into “things no one would recognize as computers.” Things like “cars, appliances, roadways and rail lines, power grids, clothes.” He also mentioned processes and global supply chains, non-sexy markets that have proven to be early commercial successes for the company in Internet of Things. Finally, Palmisano pointed to implementation in “natural systems, such as agriculture and waterways.”He explained that “intelligence” can be gleaned off all of this data, “because we now have the processing power and advanced analytics to make sense of it all.”IBM claims to have developed 1,200 “smarter solutions” so far. Palmisano said that “in four cities where IBM has helped deploy congestion management solutions, traffic volume during peak periods has been reduced by up to 18 percent, CO2 emissions from motor vehicles were reduced by up to 14 percent, and public transit use increased by up to 7 percent.” He listed other examples from healthcare, banking, power metering and retailing. However, Palmisano cautioned that while the “technology may be ready, […] your culture may not be.” He talked about one of IBM’s customers, Rosenau Transport in Canada. That company took over two years to implement a new ‘smart’ trucking system.Another key thing to note about Internet of Things is the sheer volume of data that will flow through the Internet in the coming years. Palmisano remarked that “we are amassing an unimaginable amount of data in the world.” He claimed that in three years time, IP traffic “is expected to total more than half a zettabyte” (which equals a trillion gigabytes).He also said that “all this data is far more real-time than ever before” – which of course is another trend that ReadWriteWeb has been tracking closely.Palmisano didn’t neglect to mention the “disquieting implications” of the Internet of Things. In particular, privacy and security. However, he didn’t give any reassurances on this front – other than to say that IBM is part of several coalitions, such as the Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. He rather blandly added, “they [privacy and security] will require serious consideration and collaborative decision making across all the stakeholders of civil society.”Overall, we continue to be impressed by IBM’s commitment to Internet of Things. It is leading the way in technology and implementation. The privacy implications (in particular) will potentially be a roadblock in some areas, together with the continuing difficulties of implementing technology such as RFID. So it will be interesting to see how IBM deals with those two issues over 2010. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#Trends#web
The world’s best touch footballers will descend on Coffs Harbour from March 7-10 for the 2018 National Touch League (NTL), which includes the annual Elite Eight series, Australia’s highest level of national touch competition.It’s the 50th anniversary of the birth of touch football – the first official competition was held in Sydney in 1968, so it’s a particularly exciting year for the Australian-born sport, which first developed as a training game for rugby league players, to keep them fit in the off-season.Fifty years on, some of those people who started playing way back are still playing, and will be competing at NTL. This NTL will be the first year with a Men’s 60s division – there will be four teams of men aged 60-plus competing, proving that NRL Touch Football is a sport that everyone can play, and that can keep people fit throughout their whole lives.“As well as the thousands of young adult players who will be competing at NTL, it will be fantastic to see the over-60s showing at national level for the very first time the skills and fitness they’ve gained through several decades of playing the sport,” said Touch Football Australia CEO Steve Mitchell.“NRL Touch Football is a game for life,” he added. “Many people in the touch community have played non-stop; others have started in touch, gone on to play in the NRL, then come back to touch football – including rugby league legend Cliff Lyons, who will be playing at NTL this year in the Men’s 55s for the Sydney Scorpions.”Marcus Cato, who is one of these long-time touch football players who will be competing in the over-60s at NTL said, “If you’re looking for endorsements for the game, we’re it! We’ve played for so long and we’re still going.”Marcus CatoDuring summer, Cato plays in an Eastern Suburbs Touch Association competition, and said, “With [mixed-age] park competitions, it can be hard at our age, but we hold our own. We still enjoy the game so that’s why we’re all still playing, and now some of our sons are playing in the same team as us as well. One guy’s grandson is going to join us.“Events like NTL, it’s very social for us, it’s like a weekend away with the boys with touch involved as well. Bringing the over-60s into NTL encourages us to keep going.”There will be a total of 123 teams competing at NTL – 58 women’s teams and 65 men’s teams, including a team coming all the way from Japan to compete in the Men’s T League division.To find out more about NTL and Elite Eight, go to ntl.mytouchfooty.com.To find an upcoming winter NRL touch football competition at a club near you, type in your postcode at touchfootball.com.au/where-can-i-play.Marcus Cato’s summer comp team at Easts
CNN News Editor Joe Sutton and Steve Harvey Intern and Huffington Post Contributor Pavlina Osta will host the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala on October 10.Featuring guests such as Gloria Loring and Mickey Gilley, the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala benefits (100%) the JB Dondolo, Inc. charity. It raises awareness of the charity’s current programs and projects in the local and global community while acknowledging and rewarding individuals and companies for their efforts in the community.The evening will open with star-studded red carpet interviews, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony that is sure to steal your heart.The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala honors individuals through awards in various categories including media partners, social media players, lifetime achievement, humanitarian, champions, best story told, most liked storyteller (writer), and more.The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala is where people from various backgrounds can connect with like-minded individuals for a common and good cause – to support each other and support our community.This event encourages others to keep hope alive and remember that you have the potential to rise and shine. The one thing that your community needs is “YOU”. As with the meaning of “Dondolo,” we need a cane or a walking stick for support. This is not because we cannot walk on our own, but because sometimes we just need its support to move forward. JB Dondolo, Inc. is a non-profit organization that primarily exists to provide charitable services worldwide to impoverished communities. Find out more here.The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala will take place at the Westin DFW Hotel, Dallas Fort Worth, on October 10.You can find out more about Equanimity Magazine here, and to find out more about the event, click here.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – B.C. Premier John Horgan defended his government’s position on the Trans Mountain pipeline Wednesday, hours after Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the federal government is willing to protect Kinder Morgan’s investors.Horgan said he is protecting the interests of British Columbia by joining two legal cases that are already underway over the project and asking the B.C. Court of Appeal whether the province has the right to protect its environment through a permitting system for hazardous substances that are transported inside its borders.“I’m doing what I said I would do, I’m defending the interests of British Columbia,” he said after speaking to the B.C. Tech Summit. “I’m not causing any risks.”Horgan said the province asked the federal government to take part in the reference case to the Appeal Court, but it declined so his government went ahead on its own to determine its position under the Constitution.“These are not overly provocative statements in my opinion, those are the normal course of events working with the rule of law, not allowing Mr. Morneau to determine constitutionality, but the courts.”Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the $7.4-billion pipeline project that would twin the existing pipeline between Burnaby, B.C., and Edmonton. The company wants assurances it can proceed without delays by May 31.Morneau said Ottawa is willing to “provide indemnity” to Kinder Morgan investors to ensure the controversial project is able to proceed.Asked about how Morneau’s statement might impact the future of the pipeline, Horgan replied: “I’m not a seer. I don’t know what the future holds. Mr. Morneau will do what he wants to do.” Horgan later issued a statement replying to Morneau: “The federal finance minister is trying to use our government as an excuse, as the federal government puts taxpayer money on the line to backstop risks to private investors, while completely ignoring the risks to B.C.”B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said Horgan’s approach on the pipeline is now placing taxpayers’ money at risk through the federal commitment.“Instead of the private sector paying to build this pipeline, taxpayers will now be responsible for cleaning up Horgan’s mess,” he said in a news release.“Oil will continue to be shipped by rail through our communities despite the dangers, and tankers will continue to operate off our coasts carrying oil to Washington refineries. While Horgan risks the economic future of B.C. to hold on to power, our province may face the consequences of losing out on opportunity and prosperity.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Province wants to reduce methane emissions by 45 percent by 2025. The Federal Government has a similar reduction target of 40 to 45 percent.Maximilian Kniewasser, director of the B.C. clean economy program at the Pembina Institute, said the regulations do not live up to the B.C. climate plan. “While B.C.’s draft methane regulations are a step in the right direction, they represent a missed opportunity to ensure the oil and gas sector does its fair share — at low cost — to help achieve B.C.’s climate targets by curbing methane pollution. By leaving cost-effective emissions reductions on the table, the proposed methane regulations do not live up to the spirit of B.C.’s ambitious new climate plan, CleanBC.Several environmental groups have said methane pollution is a problem in the Oil and Gas Industry in B.C. Their studies suggested in 2018 that 47 percent of active oil and gas wells in the study area were found to emit methane-rich plumes.The information released by the OGC on Wednesday said the changes include enhancements to requirements for leak detection and repair, designed to ensure leaks are detected and repaired quickly. Additionally, the industry will be required to increase data management and reporting requirements to ensure transparent reporting of industry actions are under development.For more information on the changes announced by the OGC, click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission has introduced new regulations for methane.The new regulations will come into effect on January 1, 2020. The Oil and Gas Commission says the new regulations will reduce methane emissions by 10.9 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent over a 10-year period. The OGC says that is equivalent to removing 390,000 cars off the road each year.The regulations will focus on the primary sources of methane emissions that include pneumatic devices, equipment leaks, compressor seals, glycol dehydrators, storage tanks and surface casing vents.
OSU junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Area. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerA dominant effort from junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe propelled the No. 14 Ohio State women’s volleyball team (21-6, 10-5) to a comeback win against No. 16 Illinois (17-9, 8-7) on Wednesday.Sandbothe recorded her first career double-double on 19 kills and a career-high 11 blocks (one solo), registering a game-high 25 points as the Buckeyes came away with a win in four sets (16-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-23) in St. John Arena to complete a season sweep of the Fighting Illini.“You can’t take points off,” Sandbothe said. “I don’t get the opportunity to be that player and I don’t want to be that player.”Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell also left her mark on the game with 16 kills and 13 digs, her 10th double-double of the season.“It’s a product of the whole team,” Campbell said. “Being able to get a really good dig or setting up a good block makes it easier for us to be able to distribute the ball all over the place.”After missing two games as she continues to deal with a left elbow injury, freshman setter Taylor Hughes returned to the starting lineup and led all players with 47 assists, along with four blocks and three kills.With 14 total blocks, OSU was able to hold Illinois to a .163 hitting percentage for the match. Junior libero Valeria León played a pivotal role in the strong defensive effort, picking up a game-high 19 digs.The Buckeyes also struggled on the offensive end through the first two sets as the Fighting Illini had 10 of their 11 blocks for the game. But OSU came alive in the third and fourth frames with a combined .373 attack percentage and only six errors.Campbell said a win over an Illinois team that came into the contest on a four-match winning streak will help her team’s confidence moving forward after losing four of its last six games.“It feels really good to get a really good win against a really good team, just helping us finish these last few games out strong,” she said.After a three straight games on the road, being back at home also helped the Buckeyes.“We wanted to get back in our house this week,” Sandbothe said. “We’ve got a big week ahead of us to show what we’re about, what we’ve been working hard on all practice last week (and) just bringing that to light.”OSU got into a deep hole early on in contest, finding itself down 9-1 quickly in the first set. Sandbothe tried to get her team back in it with three kills and four blocks, but the Buckeyes could never close the gap to less than five as they dropped the opening frame.That would be the only set dropped by the Scarlet and Gray on the night, however, as they battled back to take the next three. Getting back to the gameplan was crucial in the comeback effort for the Buckeyes.“Our coaches had talked to us about having a fast tempo on our sets and really limiting our errors,” Campbell said. “I think that we gave them a lot of points in that first set.”Sandbothe continued her dominance in the second set, but the result was different for her team as it evened the match at one.She picked up seven kills and her four blocks helped hold Illinois to a .000 hitting percentage for the set. Things were closely contested until the junior went on a tear, as she had a hand in six of eight Buckeye points to fuel an 8-1 run and give her team a 20-10 advantage to put things out of reach.The momentum stayed on the home side in the third set. Led by seven kills from Campbell and five more from Sandbothe, the Buckeyes attacked at a .415 clip and never trailed, taking a 2-1 lead.The Buckeyes found themselves down for much of the deciding frame, trailing by as many as five points, but worked their way back to tie the Fighting Illini at 18.From there, the two teams went back and forth, looking poised to go to extra points with the game knotted up at 23, but a Sandbothe kill and a block by Hughes and senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson ended the match.OSU will be back in action on Saturday when they are scheduled to take on Michigan in St. John Arena. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.