first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ  3 July 2020The Road Transport Forum has sent a warning about the higher risks on roads – and to New Zealand truck drivers in particular – and the danger of higher insurance premiums if cannabis is legalised in New Zealand.Nick Leggett who is the CEO of the Road Transport Forum has written in transporttalk that the Road Transport Forum “believes the Bill, as drafted, gives no consideration to the principle of safety – on the road and in the workplace. We all share the roads – that’s pedestrians, cyclists, car and truck drivers – and everyone wants their loved ones to come home from work each day.”Leggett writes “Already the number of people being killed by drug impaired drivers on New Zealand roads is higher than those killed by drivers above the legal alcohol limit. There have been years and years of media campaigns to stop people drinking and driving, but still they do it. So, what is planned to educate people on taking drugs and driving? Higher risk on the roads automatically means higher insurance premiums across the board – insurance is risk priced and you pay on probability. When households and businesses are already managing tight finances, they shouldn’t be surprised by expenses that should be made clear up front.”SayNopeToDope campaign spokesperson Aaron Ironside says “The Road Transport Forum is right to be concerned. The rights of people to be safe on the road outweighs the right to smoke cannabis. If a person has THC in their system, we don’t want them on the road endangering other drivers and families. Since recreational marijuana was legalised in Colorado, marijuana-related traffic deaths increased 151%, and doubled in Washington state. A quarter of Canadians aged 18-34 have driven after consuming cannabis or have been a passenger with someone who has, and a Colorado survey in 2018 found 69% of marijuana users have driven under the influence in the past year, and 27% admitted to driving high almost daily. A New Zealand study found that habitual users of marijuana have about 10 times the risk of car crash injury or death compared to infrequent or non-users.”Leggett concludes his article with the statement “We don’t want New Zealand’s truck drivers, who are just going about their work delivering all New Zealanders the goods they need, to be the casualty of poorly thought out laws.” READ MORE BACKGROUND & RESEARCH: https://saynopetodope.org.nz/driving-stoned/last_img read more


first_imgBruno Mars performed Friday at USC’s Gearfest 2010: Sex in Public, which was held Friday on McCarthy Quad. The event, which was described as “a portrayal of sexual evolution through fashion,” was hosted by Eva Marcille Pigford, the winner of the third cycle of America’s Next Top Model. Sponsored by Program Board, the event also featured performances by Travie McCoy and Mateo.Heather Lee | Daily Trojanlast_img


first_imgKerry have made five changes, with manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice opting to leave Colm Cooper on the bench as James O’Donoghue returns to the Kingdom full-forward line.Fit-again David Moran returns to the Kerry midfield, while Cooper is joined on the bench by the likes of Aidan O’Mahony, Paul Murphy and Tommy Walsh.Cork have made just two changes from their semi-final win over Clare with full-back Eoin Cadogan and midfielder Fintan Goold returning at the expense of Conor Dorman and Colm O’Driscoll.last_img read more


first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e7/22/cmc-100219-gettyjpg_wn6dfszzaxxi17waklism2w70.jpg?t=-1923431115&w=500&quality=80 I saw the tremendous value of a dual-threat running back early in my NFL front office career in Minnesota, where Chuck Foreman rushed for 1,155 yards and added 55 catches for 567 yards as the lead back on our 1976 Super Bowl team. McCaffrey is that type of special player.PANTHERS vs. JAGUARS PICKS:Pick against the spread | Straight-up predictionMcCaffrey, 23, currently leads the league in rushing with 411 yards and has caught 25 passes for 218 yards. His total of 629 yards from scrimmage, an average of 157.25 yards per game, would equate to 2,516 yards over 16 games.That would top Chris Johnson’s record of 2,509 yards in 2009. Next on the list is Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk at 2,429 yards in 1999 — pretty good potential company for the 2017 first-round pick.McCaffrey is a major reason why the Panthers are still in the NFC mix while missing quarterback Cam Newton. The RB had a career-high 37 touches in Carolina’s 16-10 win at Houston last week; 93 yards on 27 carries and 10 receptions for 86 yards. His 179 combined yards accounted for 60 percent of the Panthers’ 297 total yards.“He’s a great football player,” the Texans’ future Hall of Fame defensive end J.J. Watt said of McCaffrey. “He’s tough, physical, fast, quick. They obviously run their offense through him.”MORE: Cam’s injury forces Panthers’ hand on futureMcCaffrey entered the NFL as the eighth overall pick in 2017, but some questioned whether he could be an every-down back with his 5-11, 205-pound frame. Then-Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman was confident McCaffrey could produce big numbers, helping elevate Newton and the Carolina offense along the way.Gettleman was fired in July of that year, before McCaffrey ever played a down in Carolina, but the running back began to fulfill his former GM’s vision with a strong rookie season. In 2018, McCaffrey added 1,098 yards rushing and 107 catches for 867 yards. He did not make the Pro Bowl in a conference loaded with excellent backs, but given his current pace, it will be hard to keep him out this year.While a Pro Bowl selection is a likely destiny for McCaffrey, his next contract will be an even more interesting story to follow in terms of timing and amount. Due to the NFL being a passing-driven league and the shorter career expectancy for their position, running backs have lagged behind other non-QB positions contract-wise despite how often they handle the ball. The highest-paid backs have started to narrow the gap in the past two years, but Elliott and Gurley, who are both in the $15-million-per-year range, fall $5 million-$7 million per year shy of the top receivers (Julio Jones and Michael Thomas) and close to $10 million behind the best defensive linemen/edge rushers (Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack).McCaffrey’s receiving prowess on top of his rushing skills should lead him to the top of the RB salary list. But can he approach $20 million per year with more than Elliott’s $50 million in guarantees? Will this trend of not paying running backs as much as wide receivers hold him back even when he is so prolific in both the running and passing games? If I were making the call in Carolina, McCaffrey would become the highest-paid running back in the NFL as long as he continues to play at this level.That’s what I expect Panthers GM Marty Hurney would do.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL.center_img The NFL’s best running back through the first quarter of the 2019 season is a player who probably is not the first to pop into people’s minds. He is not Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley or Le’Veon Bell, the three highest-paid backs in the league. He is not Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette or Nick Chubb, who are filling up the stats sheets.He is the Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey, and he is on a pace to break the NFL record for combined rushing and receiving yards. He also might soon top the running back salary chart. Following his third season, McCaffrey will be precisely where Gurley and Elliott were when they got their big extensions. Gurley was coming off 2,093 combined yards rushing and receiving in 2017. Elliott gained 2,001 yards from scrimmage last season, and it took a training camp holdout for him to get his deal done with the Cowboys.At this rate, McCaffrey’s rushing and receiving numbers in 2019 will leapfrog those of the pre-extension seasons for Gurley and Elliott. Unlike Gurley, McCaffrey will have the additional advantage of being durable thus far in his career with no games missed. And unlike Elliott, McCaffrey has no off-field blemishes.It’s also interesting that Newton’s injury status could wind up freeing money if the Panthers decide to move on from the 2015 NFL MVP whose production has declined. While leaning heavily on McCaffrey, the undrafted and low-salaried Kyle Allen has started at QB in the Panthers’ consecutive wins to reach 2-2.If Newton’s injury lingers through much of the season, Carolina could decide to cut him in March with just a $2 million dead money hit, saving $19 million under the 2020 salary cap that could help contribute to a new deal for McCaffrey. The Panthers then could select a QB from a strong draft class and have Allen compete with the rookie.NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020:Panthers keep focus on new-look defenselast_img read more


first_img Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder IN DEMAND REVEALED BIG PRESENTS UP TOP The FA used a lip reader to investigate the remarks and subsequently charged him with using abusive, insulting or improper language.Mourinho had been under intense pressure heading into the match, with reports he would be sacked regardless of the Premier League encounter against the Magpies.United went on to rally from wo goals down to secure a memorable 3-2 victory over the Magpies.Mourinho was given an extension until Wednesday to answer the FA charge and United have decided to challenge it.An independent commission will now decide whether the 55-year-old is guilty of the FA charge.Should he be found to have breached the governing body’s rules, Mourinho could be hit be with a touchline ban. RANKED FAREWELL Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? boost Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January United, meanwhile, have launched a review of their pitchside security protocols after three supporters got onto the field during their Champions League clash with Juventus.UEFA has charged the Old Trafford giants for the “field invasion” during Tuesday night’s Group H encounter, won 1-0 by the perennial Italian champions.Shortly after play got under way, a fan ran across the pitch, with his hand down the back of his trousers, before belatedly being restrained by stewards close to the players.Two further people made it onto the field at the end of the match as they sought to get close to former United hero Cristiano Ronaldo. REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Manchester United are “vigorously contesting” a Football Association charge against manager Jose Mourinho.The Red Devils boss was allleged to have sworn – in Portuguese – into a TV camera following his side’s dramatic victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford on October 6. Latest Manchester United News Mourinho appeared to swear in Portuguese Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won targets 1 deals Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas gameday cracker last_img read more