Workplace Drug Use Skyrocketing In U.S.

first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ 26 August 2020New U.S. data released today by Quest Diagnostics has found that rates of marijuana positivity in the workforce have sharply risen both over the last year (2018-2019) and since legalisation was implemented. Furthermore, Quest Diagnostics also reported that workforce drug positivity hit a sixteen-year high in 2019.Marijuana is the most commonly detected substance and has the highest drug positivity rate among all other tested substances across the majority of industry sectors in the U.S. Marijuana positivity has increased nearly 29% since 2015, according to Quest Diagnostics. Among the top-ranking industries for the highest rates of positive marijuana testing, transportation and warehousing was number one with 33.3%. Meanwhile the construction industry had an average of 26.7% positive marijuana testing (Quest Diagnostics, 2018).One in four marijuana users who are employed admit to getting high at work within the past year, according to a new survey of cannabis consumers in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, three states where recreational weed is legal. Workforce marijuana-positivity rates in all “legal” states but one (Alaska) are above the national average (Quest Diagnostics, 2019). Most states that have legalised marijuana show an increasing trend in positivity rates.Insurance claims have become a growing concern among companies in US states that have legalised marijuana because if marijuana use is allowed or drug testing ignored, employers are at risk of liability claims when a marijuana-related injury or illness occurs onsite.“New Zealand employers have every reason to be concerned about attempts to legalise the recreational use of cannabis. The likely increase in marijuana use and acceptance as a result of any legalisation of the drug will lead to a more dangerous workplace, especially in safety-sensitive industries,” says spokesperson Aaron Ironside.Top Increases Since Legalisation to 2019: Nevada: 142% increase since 2016 (1.9% vs. 4.6%)Oregon: 136% increase since 2014 (1.9% vs. 4.5%)Massachusetts: 113% since 2016 (2.7% vs. 3.8%)Washington: 86.3% increase since 2014 (2.2% vs. 4.1%)Colorado: 63% increase since 2013 (1.9% vs. 3.1%)California: 45% increase since 2016 (2.2% vs. 3.2%)Michigan: 44% increase since 2017 (2.7% vs. 3.9)Massachusetts: 40% increase since 2016 (2.7% vs. 3.8) Top Increases 2018 – 2019:Washington: 70% increase (2.4% vs. 4.1)California: 33% increase (2.4% vs. 3.2%)Maine: 28% increase (5.0% vs. 6.4%)Michigan: 21.8% increase (3.2% vs. 3.9)Nevada: 17.9% increase (3.9% vs. 4.6%)Massachusetts: 15% increase (3.3% vs. 3.8%)last_img read more

Patrick John and Phillip White awaiting official statement from FIFA

first_img Share Share Tweet 34 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share LocalNews Patrick John and Phillip White awaiting official statement from FIFA by: – October 27, 2011 President of the Domincia Football Association Patrick JohnOne of ten officials charged for corruption by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football) FIFA’s, ethics committee relating to the cash for votes scandal said he has not yet been officially informed about his charges hence he will not acknowledge it.President of the Dominica Football Association Patrick John were among those charged on Wednesday for breaching rules on ethics in the wake of the corruption scandal that saw Mohamed Bin Hammam banned for life.According to a statement issued by FIFA as reported on Wednesday by the BBC “FIFA’s ethics committee has opened proceedings against 10 more Caribbean football officials, relating to the cash-for-votes scandal. The officials will have their cases heard in mid-November, the world football’s governing body said in a statement”.But John however says that he is very concerned about the fact that the media was informed before him.He said it was “strange that the person being charged was not officially informed by FIFA yet the media has the information before me”.John did not deny being charged but he said in the absence of an official written statement, “I don’t know what I am being charged for, if I am charged or why”.In July, the ethics committee ruled that Bin Hammam had made or offered cash gifts of $40,000 to each of the 25 Caribbean Football Union chiefs at a special meeting in Trinidad in which both men attended.In June, Jack Warner quit as FIFA vice-president and head of the CFU after he was charged with bribery. He claimed there was a FIFA conspiracy against Caribbean football.Vice President of the Dominica Football Association Phillip White who was also charged by FIFA, have not received word from them either.“We haven’t received any word from FIFA yet; we saw it on the internet like everybody else. As soon as we receive word from FIFA we will let everyone know,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Jahlil Okafor Opts to Play for Nigeria at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans center, Jahlil Okafor, has committed to representing Nigeria at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Jahlil Okafor  H/T Bleacher Okafor told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears Sunday night that he will play for the Nigerian men’s basketball team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Drafted by the Sixers in 2015 as a first round third pick, the Center is eligible to play for Nigeria through his Grand Father who hails from Enugu. He had previously represented the USA in the age grade, winning gold medals in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships and 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.Advertisement Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?8 Infamous Mistakes That Cost People Billions7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art The 24 year-old adds to the growing number of NBA Stars likely to compete for Nigeria in Tokyo. Minnesota Timberwolves Forward Josh Okogie made his international appearance for Nigeria at the World Cup in China. Nigeria Basketball Federation also announced the move on social media, Monday, welcoming Okafor’s decision. Read Also:Rivers Hoopers begin Basketball Africa League against Ferroviario Earlier this month the NBBF named former Golden State Warriors assistant Coach Mike Brown as Head Coach of D’Tigers for the campaign in Tokyo. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Sandusky man arrested following threats to law enforcement

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Sandusky man after he made threatening statements to police.Sheriff David Durant said, “This is what happens when you make threats to Law Enforcement.  We will respond swiftly to ensure the safety of the citizens of Decatur County. Simply put, this behavior won’t be tolerated. “Wednesday evening deputies, along with police from Rushville served a search warrant at the home of Steven Gabbard. Gabbard was arrested without incident and is awaiting formal charges.last_img read more

Hidden Valley couple arrested on manufacturing steroids

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN—The Indiana State Police arrested a Hidden Valley couple this week on charges of manufacturing, selling, and distributing steroids after a long investigation.The investigation began as police intercepted a package of materials that are used to manufacture steroids mailed from China. After a warrant was issued, a search of the home found a hidden room with an intricated steroid operation and ventilation system. Additional information was gathered which indicated that Nicholas and Cori Gilbertson were often paid with bitcoins and often distributed nearly $80,000 worth of steroids per month since the beginning of their operation.The couple was arrested on Monday on numerous charges of Dealing Controlled Substances, Possession of a Legend Drug, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.last_img read more

World Cup winner Schuerrle retires at 29

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: Traore withdraws from Spain squad UEFA Nations League: Spain’s Gaya nets late goal to snatch draw with Germany Lebanon names new prime minister Germany’s World Cup winner Andre Schuerrle announced his retirement from football at the age of 29, two days after his contract with Borussia Dortmund was terminated by mutual consent.Schuerrle, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, had one year left on his deal at Dortmund, but the club announced his departure on Wednesday. In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, Schuerrle opened up about the loneliness he suffered as a professional footballer in the last two seasons after he spent a year on loan at Spartak Moscow and another at Fulham.“The decision matured in me for a long time,” Schuerrle said. “I don’t need any more applause.“You always have to play a certain role in order to survive in the business, otherwise you will lose your job and you won’t get a new one.”Since making his debut for Mainz 05 in 2009, Schuerrle made over 370 club appearances and went on to play for Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea and VfL Wolfsburg.He was capped 57 times by Germany and scored 22 goals. Tags: Andre SchuerrleBorussia DortmundGermanyRetirementlast_img read more

Rodgers: We tried to keep Suarez

first_img Press Association The Catalan giants announced on Wednesday that the controversial Uruguayan was “100 per cent” a Barca player, although the striker was conspicuous by his absence at a press conference due to his four-month FIFA ban from all football-related activity after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder at the World Cup. That incident, the third time in Suarez’s career that he had been banned for biting, prompted many in the game to urge Rodgers to get rid of his star forward before the start of the season. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists the club did everything they could to keep hold of Luis Suarez prior to his move to Barcelona.center_img But the Northern Irishman is adamant that the 27-year-old’s exit was more down to his desire to move to Catalonia than his antics in Brazil. “We did everything we could as a club to keep Luis,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “He wanted to go and play in Spain, and unfortunately when a player no longer wants to play for you, we need as a club to look at it. “It was his decision for him to go, he’s gone to Barcelona, a club he wanted to play for and now we’ll move on. “I’m not sure if he would have gone regardless of the World Cup. But I never felt that towards the end of the season, and likewise he never said he would give us another year either. He had obviously signed a new deal so we had that. “But I think we have had great service out of Luis and it’s one that we can’t worry too much about now, it’s done, it’s gone and our focus is here. “There is a lot of work going on with the recruitment team in terms of getting in the right player and I am sure we can identify that. “This club and many other clubs have shown over a period of time you move on, and believe me, it will be a really exciting season for us.” Suarez will be ineligible to play for Barca, who reportedly paid 94million euros (£75million) for his services – or even to train with his team-mates until the end of his ban – unless any appeal lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is successful. last_img read more

Holder takes five to keep ODI series alive

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC) – West Indies stunned India by 11 runs in a bizarre low-scoring encounter here Sunday to snap their losing streak and haul themselves back into the five-match series.All but written off after struggling to an inadequate 189 for nine off their 50 overs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, the Caribbean side bounced back spectacularly to bowl the tourists out for a shocking 178 with two balls remaining.At the heart of the effort was skipper Jason Holder who snatched a career-best five for 27 while fellow fast bowler Alzarri Joseph claimed two for 46.Opener Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 60 – his fourth consecutive score over fifty – while wicketkeeper MS Dhoni chimed in with 54 but none of the other batsmen showed any enterprise.Kyle Hope and Evin Lewis had earlier both top-scored with 35 in a 57-run opening stand, while Shai Hope made 25 and Roston Chase, 24.Seamers Umesh Yadav (3-36) and Hardik Pandya (3-40) hurt the innings with three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav picked up two for 31.The opening stand was a slow one requiring 87 balls and Kyle Hope had struck four boundaries in a 63-ball knock when he holed out to deep cover off Pandya in the 18th over.His opening partner Lewis followed in the 22nd over after counting two fours and two sixes off 60 deliveries when he tugged Kuldeep to Virat Kohli at short mid-wicket at 80 for two.Shai Hope and Chase then added 41 for the third wicket in a promising stand before West Indies suffered a dramatic decline and lost six wickets for 63 runs.For the second straight innings, Chase was deceived in flight and bowled by Kuldeep in the 32nd over and Shai Hope departed to a catch at the wicket, trying to run Pandya down to third man in the 35th over.A string of soft dismissals followed. Holder (11) gloved a leg-side catch behind off Umesh in the 39th over, Rovman Powell top-edged a swing and was caught at point for two in Umesh’s next over before Jason Mohammed (20) picked out point with Pandya in the 42nd over.Tottering on 162 for seven, West Indies then scraped together 27 runs from the last 52 balls, in a meek end to the innings.India started poorly in reply, losing three quick wickets to slump to 47 for three in the 13th over. Shikhar Dhawan (5) clipped Joseph to mid-on where Holder took a simple catch at 10 for one in the third over and captain Virat Kohli perished for three in the sixth over, top-edging a short one from Holder to be taken by wicketkeeper Shai Hope.Joseph then struck again when he had Dinesh Karthik caught at the wicket off a short ball for two, as West Indies took the initiative.Rahane and Dhoni then came together to halt the slide in a 54-run, fourth wicket stand which saw India past the 100-run mark.Right-hander Rahane faced 91 balls and struck seven fours while Dhoni uncharacteristically hit a single four in a 114-stay at the crease.Rahane completed his 18th ODI half-century in the 26th over before departing in the 31st over, caught at the wicket sweeping at leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and with with 15 runs added off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed Kedar Jadjav for 10 to a catch at the wicket to leave India 116 for five in the 36th over.Dhoni and Pandya put on a valuable 43 off 57 balls for the sixth wicket which seemed to be taking India to victory before a clatter of wickets brought West Indies back into the contest.Holder yorked Pandya leg-stump in the 46th and in his next over had Ravi Jadeja holing out in deep for 11 at 173 for seven.India needed 16 runs from the last 12 balls and seamer Kesrick Williams, in only his second ODI, bowled a superb penultimate over which cost just two runs and delivered the wicket of Dhoni – caught at long on by Joseph.And with India requiring 14 required from the final over, Holder performed the final rites with the scalps of Umesh (0) and Mohammed Shami (1) to seal a sensational win.India lead the series 2-1 ahead of the final match at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Thursday.last_img read more

The Latest: Kerber advances at US Open, better than in 2019

first_img August 31, 2020 Associated Press Kerber eliminated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in a nearly empty Louis Armstrong Stadium.Kerber won the 2016 U.S. Open but lost in the first round a year ago. She used to be ranked No. 1 and is seeded 17th in New York.___12:15 p.m.Marketa Vondrousova is the first winner of a match at the 2020 U.S. Open — and of any Grand Slam match since early February. The Latest: Kerber advances at US Open, better than in 2019 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):12:50 p.m.Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber is sticking around longer at Flushing Meadows than she did a year ago.center_img The 2019 French Open runner-up, who is seeded 12th in New York, beat Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-4.___11:20 a.m.Grand Slam tennis is back in action for the first time in nearly seven full months as the U.S. Open gets started without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic.Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion at Flushing Meadows, is facing Ajla Tomljanovic in the first match in Louis Armstrong Stadium. There are about 15 people, including reporters, scattered in the stands of an arena that holds about 14,000.The No. 1-seeded woman, Karolina Pliskova, will face Anhelina Kalinina later Monday in the first match in Arthur Ashe Stadium.Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are scheduled to play at night.The professional tennis tours were on hiatus from March until August because of the COVID-19 outbreak.The last Grand Slam matches were at the Australian Open, which ended in early February. The French Open was postponed from May to late September, and Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II. ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Sports Minister Lifts Okawaraji, Bada’s Mothers with Gifts, Cash

first_imgFirst to receive the minister’s largesse was Mrs Janet Okwaraji, the mother of the late Super Eagles player, Samuel Okwaraji, who got a surprise cash and foodstuff donation from Dare.Samuel, then 25 years old, slumped and died on the turf of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on August 12, 1989 during a World Cup qualification match against Angola.The minister, who was represented by one of his aides, Mr. Bamidele Ajayi, at the home of the late Eagles’ star in Abakpa-Nike in Enugu State, donated various food stuffs and provisions as well as cash gift of N50,000 to the aging lady. The food items donated included rice, semovita and beverages.Ajayi explained that the gesture from the minister was to assist Okwaraji’s aged mother as a mark of honour for the contribution of the former Dinamo Zagreb forward to Nigerian football which remains indelible years after his death.“I have always been drawn to greatness and I admire people who live their lives to elevate the status of their community and nation. Okwaraji was not just a footballer, he was an icon and great patriot.“Samuel Okwaraji was a great professional who redefined football in Nigeria with many young talents benefiting from his ingenuity and sacrifices by re-writing Nigeria’s name in gold in world football,” observed the minister in his special message to the family of the late icon.Responding on behalf of the family, the eldest son of the Okwaraji family, Mr. Patrick Okwaraji, regretted that though their mother was slightly indisposed hence she could not receive the minister’s representative, he expressed the family’s appreciation for the kind gesture from the minister.Patrick said he lacked the words to describe the gesture from a serving minister to lend support to the family after several past attempts had failed.He said: “Sam died almost 30 years ago. Everybody would appreciate if they feel he is worthy to be remembered and appreciated for the little contributions he made even when he died in his prime.“I thank the minister for deeming it worthy to do this. It is very encouraging that this is the first and only minister to support the family to date. We are indeed very grateful. I honestly don’t know what to say other than to say the family appreciates this show of commitment to us which is long overdue.”Similarly, the ancestral home of the late Nigerian quarter miler Sunday Bada in Odomogun Quarters, Ilaere Ogidi in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State also came alive yesterday as his mother, Mrs. Funmilayo Bada, got a soul lifting gift of N50,000 and food items such as rice, semovita and beverages from the sports minister.Mrs. Bada expressed gratitude to the minister for lending support to her, especially on Mother’s Day.She said that she was delighted that the minister deemed it fit to assist her years after the passage of her son. Bada died on December 12, 2011.He was a member of Nigeria’s 4×400 relay team that won silver at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Australia.That silver was eventually lifted to gold following the disqualification of Team USA after one of her quarter-milers tested positive for dope.Until Bada’s death, he was the Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria as well as a serving police superintendent.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Duro IkhazuagbeThe mothers of two of Nigeria’s late sports icons, Samuel Okwaraji and Sunday Bada, have been touched by the magnanimity of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.Both mothers were at the weekend presented with cash and food items by representatives of the sports minister as a show of gratitude for the services rendered to the country by the two late sportsmen.last_img read more