NOLA Musicians Help Sway City Council To Unanimously Pass Marijuana Reform Legislation

first_imgIn a unanimous voting, the New Orleans City Council has voted 7-0 in favor of supporting reformed legislation on marijuana. The new policies allow officers to issue citations for marijuana possession, as opposed to making arrests or issuing summons to offenders. For first-time offenders, the fine is only $40; a large step up from time spent in a holding cell and/or in court.While officers still have the right to arrest offenders, this new leniency will greatly reduce the number of non-violent drug offenders in the city of New Orleans. The new policy received some staunch report from local New Orleans musicians, including a long list of legends. Kermit Ruffins, Phil Frazier (Rebirth Brass Band), Terrence Houston, Billy Iuso, KC O’Rorke (Flow Tribe), Papa Mali, Eric “Benny” Bloom, Tom McDermott, Meschiya Lake and more all came out in support.“We are are extremely impressed that all seven councilmembers supported this common sense marijuana reform,” said Kevin Caldwell, Executive Director of CommonsenseNOLA, in a piece published on OffBeat Magazine about the vote. “It’s a great day for the City of New Orleans.”This is definitely a step in the right direction, and a great win for the people of New Orleans.last_img read more

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Women already have role in city government

first_imgCharter change supporters have made the argument that a city manager form of government in Saratoga Springs will allow more women to hold political office, ignoring the fact that 85 percent of city managers are men.In Saratoga Springs under our commission form, though:1) Two of the last three mayors of Saratoga have been women; another woman is running for mayor this year.2) Two of the five top office holders in our city are women. 3) Three of the five deputies who are in charge of running the city departments — the layer of our government the charter change people continually denigrate and want to eliminate — are women.Other women have run for office, including a woman who ran for public safety commissioner in the last election cycle.We can always improve, but we have a good record of women involved in our current commission form of government, where top officeholders oversee departments and serve as council members.I’m offended that some charter change supporters think the way to get more women to support the change in government form is to make a dubious, condescending claim that women’s roles will increase.Carol F. ReynoldsSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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No favours in selection, says new Stars boss

first_img“For the future, nobody is sure to be in the selection with me. But, you have some reality in football that if you play for Tottenham sure, you are not far to be in selection and that is true. But, for both local and foreign players, you have to show me on the pitch,” the tactician said.He has also breathed some life to local based players who often feel overlooked in favor of their foreign based colleagues and says he will highly consider them for future assignments.He has at the same time said he will organize a training camp with a group of local players under the help of the local coaches to understand their abilities and open up his exposure to local football.“It is one of the things that Claude (Le Roy) taught me that sometimes you have to believe in the local talent.  In Congo when we reached the quarter final of the Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, we had three of the four defenders being local based. Here, we have a good blend of both foreign and local players so we will get a good team,” the coach further explained.The 45-year old Frenchman was the immediate former head coach of the Congo national team and resigned in March when the interest from Kenya arose.He has worked with his fellow Frenchman Le Roy and also had a stint with the DR Congo Under-20 team.New Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne addresses the press alongside Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa before being unveiled on May 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I am happy to be here because it is a new country with a new challenge. The main reason I agreed to come here is because I saw the potential of the team. I remember because I was the assistant when Kenya drew 1-1 with Congo with Olunga scoring and I saw the behavior of the team was interesting,” the coach revealed.“I have been following the team also and I thought to myself Kenya has real potential,” added the tactician.Migne comes in on a three-year contract which will culminate with the 2021 African Cup of Nations and he has been given a target to get to at least one of those two.His assignment starts with the qualifiers for 2019 with Ghana lying in wait in September.He says there is a possibility of qualifying for the 2019 showpiece in Cameroon and also affirms he is 100 percent confident the team will qualify for the 2021 event.“I am sure we can try and qualify for the next AFCON but for sure, 2021 we have to be there,” Migne said.New Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne gets a signed ball from Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa after being unveiled on May 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It is a shame that you started by losing to Sierra Leone. It is a real problem, but now we have to try and win the remaining games. Ethiopia especially is very important because if we get six points and then get something against Sierra Leone, it can be good,” the coach noted.“I don’t wait to wait for long until 2021 so we will try qualify for this one. We start with Ghana and I know them because we played against them in World Cup qualifiers. It will be a tough match but we will try to get a result especially at home,” he further noted.Having followed the team for a while, he has picked up the team’s defense as an area of concern, noting he isn’t happy with the concession rate.“I need to have these friendly games to meet the players and look at what we need to work on,” the coach further said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000New Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne after being unveiled on May 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 3- New Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has warned players, both local and foreign based, that they have to earn their place in the team and there will be no favors in selection regardless of name or stature. Migne speaking to Capital Sport on the sidelines of his unveiling by the Football Kenya Federation on Thursday morning, said that the door of the national team is open for exit and entrance, but all that will be determined by the performance on the pitch.last_img read more

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‘A lot of people had written him off’ – Tottenham squad delighted by star’s form

first_img Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REAL DEAL Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Sissoko in action once again for France. 4 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Moussa Sissoko charges forward for Tottenham Hotspur against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? And speaking to talkSPORT, Davies revealed his team-mates have always had faith in his ability, despite others calling time on his Spurs career prematurely.“I think he’s been playing very well for us,” the Welsh left-back said.“I spoke to Spurs TV the other day and it’s not just the work he does attacking for us – that’s the freedom the boys get here. deals And despite some initial promise, helping the club claim an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City at White Hart Lane, he had been relegated to joke figure with some supporters.The ex-Newcastle United man’s errant shooting and lack of composure on the ball have caused he plenty of problems during his time in north London. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Latest Premier League Stories REVEALED Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? REVEALED “I think quite a lot of people had written him off at Spurs but I think as a squad we completely had faith in him and now he’s getting the credit and plaudits he deserves.“We’re delighted for him.” huge blow center_img tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sissoko is being back by his team-mates at Tottenham Hotspur. shining whoops Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Tottenham Hotspur star Ben Davies has praised the character of team-mate Moussa Sissoko after his return to form.The France midfielder joined Spurs in 2016 for a much-maligned £30million transfer fee. no dice Now though, he looks to have turned a corner with good displays against Man City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Crystal Palace as Pochettino manages an injury ravaged squad.Meanwhile, he was also given an international recall and played against both the Netherlands and Uruguay while on duty. 4 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January “It’s the effort he [gives] for us defensively, taking the ball from back to front. It’s the power he’s got when he gets going it’s massive for us and it can really take us from defence to attack pretty quickly.”And having experienced teething issues of his own upon joining Tottenham, Davies was full of praise for Sissoko’s resurgence.“It shows a lot of character,” he added. 4 4 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker last_img read more

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