first_imgYANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her opposition to military rule in Myanmar three decades ago. As the country opened up politically and she became its leader in 2016, Suu Kyi cautioned repeatedly that democratic progress would come only if Myanmar’s powerful army accepted the changes. Her warnings proved prescient. The military detained Suu Kyi and other senior politicians on Monday and said it would rule under a one-year state of emergency. It was a sharp halt in the tentative steps toward democracy by the Southeast Asian nation in the past decade. For Suu Kyi, it was the latest blow in a life spent contending with military might.last_img read more


first_imgSayNopeToDope NZ Media Release 12 June 2020An analysis by the Police Association of the cannabis referendum and the possible legislation that would result from legalisation has raised significant concerns around continued gang presence and difficulties in enforcement.In the article in the June edition of Police News, concerns raised by the Police Association include:Difficult for voters to understand the legislationLimiting potency will simply empower the gangsMixed messaging around enforcementPolice will be open to accusations of bias or inconsistencyHome grows will be difficult to police – and difficult to tell the difference between home grow and dealerThe proposed controls will result in gangs remaining significant playersWith the help of senior lawyers, the SayNopeToDope campaign has also analysed the proposed legislation. Our 4-page summary, Analysis – Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, highlights significant concerns around:home grows, and the large quantities that can be grownconsuming drugs at home in front of children and young peoplehigh quantities of purchase and possessionage restrictions which will be difficult to enforce, as already evidenced by tobacco & alcoholhome production of edibles and dabbing e.g. butane hash oil (already an issue in NZ and overseas)restrictions on potency which will be difficult to enforce and will empower the black marketdifficulties for councils to ban pot shops in their local areasincreased regulation which will mean increased demand for policing (rather than a reduction as argued)education and prevention is mentioned, but only in relation to usesignificant concerns around workplace impairmentcontradicts our SmokeFree 2025 policyThe analysis is also available online https://saynopetodope.org.nz/2020/05/01/control/Coalition member and ex-Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Pizzini says “The biggest irony of the proposed legislation is that cannabis is actually a driver of crime and road trauma. Why would we open the floodgates on a substance that is harmful to young people, workplace safety, and our already overloaded mental health services.”ENDSlast_img read more


first_imgIRVINE, Calif. – Drivers in three IMCA divisions are the beneficiaries of new sponsor CP-Carrillo’s added emphasis on dirt this season.The Irvine, Calif., manufacturer of the Bullet line of pistons and connecting rods gives awards to IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock competitors.“We’re really excited about being involved with IMCA,” CP-Carrillo’s Bryce Mulvey said. “Our pistons really fit these divisions well. All our products are made in America and we already sell a large quantity of them to IMCA customers. We use technology learned over the years to make products that are affordable to the Saturday Night racer.”The national Stock Car champion and top finishing drivers in national Northern SportMod and Hobby Stock point standings competing with claim engines are in line for a complete set of pistons and connecting rods.CP-Carrillo also gives $100 product certificates to second through fifth place finishers in each Stock Car region and to second through fifth place claim engine competitors in the national Northern SportMod and Hobby Stock ranks.Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Those certificates will be redeemable through a nation-wide dealer network that includes local engine builders and auto shops, as well as Speedway Motors, Karl Performance and Day Motorsports.“One of the best things about IMCA is the rules package. It’s good to have the same rules so drivers can race at different tracks and with IMCA they can do that from the East Coast to the West Coast,” noted Mulvey, who piloted a Modified at tracks in California and Arizona during his own career. “IMCA also does a very good job of enforcing their rules.”More information about CP-Carrillo connecting rods and pistons is available by calling 949 567-9000, at the www.cp-carrillo website and on Facebook.“The partnership with CP-Carrillo is one that we’re proud to emphasize as it strengthens our continued commitment to the aftermarket engine industry,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It remains a vital component to the IMCA brand moving forward and hopefully funnels racers to their local engine shops as a result.”last_img read more


first_img Defoe could not believe referee Chris Foy pointed for a corner rather than a spot-kick in what proved a rare attacking moment for Gus Poyet’s men. Sunderland goalkeeper Pantilimon was doing well to keep his side in the game, producing a smart save to deny a low Eriksen strike before using his giant frame to thwart Roberto Soldado. The Romanian bettered those saves when denying a wonderful, goalbound strike from Eriksen, although when Fletcher inexplicably failed score an open goal it looked like the visitors would fail to capitalise. His blushes would be saved, though, as Vertonghen gave away what proved to be a costly free-kick. The centre-back was booked for foolishly scything down Defoe, who looked to have been in an offside position at the start of the move, allowing Larsson to curl home a wonderful equaliser from 25 yards. Spurs desperately tried to regain their lead, which they came close to doing in first-half stoppage time when Harry Kane struck the post. Spurs resumed play in the ascendancy, with Eriksen producing some wonderful skill on the edge of the box before sending a half volley across the face of goal. Nacer Chadli and Kane had efforts blocked as the home side pushed for a goal, with Emmanuel Adebayor brought on in a bid to change the dynamics of the game. It was the Togo striker’s first appearance since November 9 and his introduction in place of Soldado was met by boos from a smattering of Spurs fans. Kane struck wide as Spurs continued to press, with Sunderland’s only noteworthy opportunity a powerful Defoe strike stopped by a timely Eric Dier tackle. The Sunderland new boy was replaced by Graham as the visitors looked for a spark, although Spurs were still on top. Andros Townsend, Danny Rose and Kane were threatening, while at the other end Graham wasted a wonderful chance for a goal after Lloris failed to hold onto Adam Johnson’s initial strike. It was a let-off the hosts made the most of. Townsend squared the ball along the edge of the 18-yard box and Eriksen struck a low effort off the inside of the post to send White Hart Lane into raptures. Lloris again thwarted Graham in stoppage time, producing a fine save, before Vertonghen scored his second on the break – only for it to be ruled out for offside. Mauricio Pochettino’s side had looked like they would be frustrated as wayward finishing and an impressive display from Costel Pantilimon saw them struggle to add to Jan Vertonghen’s early strike, which came via a large deflection off John O’Shea. The Belgium international was soon back at the heart of the action, hacking down Defoe to give former Arsenal midfielder Sebastian Larsson the chance to curl home a wonderful equaliser. That was Defoe’s most telling contribution, as he failed to make Sunderland the sixth club with whom he marked his league debut with a goal. The man who replaced him in the second half, Danny Graham, was twice denied Hugo Lloris – chances which came either side of the match-winning 88th-minute strike by Eriksen. It was a frantic end to a match which saw a goal inside three minutes. A poor Sunderland clearance saw the ball fall kindly for Vertonghen, who showed good feet to make himself space for a strike which found the back of the net following a large deflection off O’Shea. The Belgium international celebrated the opening goal with a Superman pose – although moments later he was very nearly the villain. Steven Fletcher produced a lovely flick into the path of Defoe and the Sunderland new boy turned into Vertonghen, hitting the deck inside the penalty area. Jermain Defoe was unable to continue his remarkable run of marking club debuts with a goal as Sunderland suffered a last-gasp defeat at former club Tottenham. Just 11 months after leaving White Hart Lane for Toronto FC, the 32-year-old returned to his old stomping ground after completing a move to the north-east strugglers on the eve of this match. Defoe received a warm reception in north London but left frustrated, with Christian Eriksen’s late strike – his third in as many games against Sunderland – securing Spurs a 2-1 win in the dying minutes. Press Associationlast_img read more