Fatal Road Crashes Involving Marijuana Double After Washington Legalizes Drug, New Report Finds

first_imgForbes.com 31 May 2016Family First Comment: Whoops! This slams the claim that ‘marijuana never killed anyone’!Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, but legal limits for marijuana use among drivers are arbitrary and unsupported by science.Those are the main findings of two new studies that looked at the impact of marijuana on driving safety released earlier this month by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a nonprofit research and education association.One report examined fatal crashes before and after marijuana was legalized in Washington, one of the first two states to permit the drug’s recreational use in late 2012.The researchers found that the percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes who recently used marijuana more than doubled from eight to 17 percent between 2013 and 2014.One in six drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014 had recently used marijuana, which is the most recent data available, the group said.“The significant increase in fatal crashes involving marijuana is alarming,” Peter Kissinger, president and chief executive of the AAA Foundation, said in a statement. “Washington serves as an eye-opening case study for what other states may experience with road safety after legalizing the drug.”READ MORE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2016/05/31/fatal-road-crashes-involving-marijuana-double-after-washington-legalizes-drug-new-report-finds/#1c2cd2cf20c1last_img read more

Stewart to lead Young Windies on southern Africa tour

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Emmanuel Stewart will have five new caps to lead when the West Indies Under-19 squad embark on a tour of southern Africa in July.The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday announced a 15-member squad that will take on South Africa in five Youth One-day Internationals and Zimbabwe in three.“The squad is well balanced with a number of multi-dimensional players which will provide depth in all departments,” said head coach Graeme West.“This team is still very young in comparison with the previous squad, but it’s already a very united group that works well together and has a great desire to learn and improve.”Stewart and vice-captain Kirstan Kallicharran are the only two remaining members from the World Cup-winning squad of last year.The new players are: Trinidad & Tobago left-handed batsman and part-time off-spinner Keegan Simmons, nephew of former West Indies batsman and head coach Phil Simmons and cousin of West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons; Guyanese wicketkeeper/batsman Joshua Persaud, along with pacer Cephas Cooper of Trinidad & Tobago, Darren Nedd from Grenada, and Barbadian Nyeem Young.The remaining eight players were part of the team that played in the Regional Super50 Tournament in January/February in Antigua, including Bhaskar Yadram.The slow bowling all-rounder from Guyana is the only player in the squad that has moved on to make his first-class debut, playing for reigning three-time Regional 4-Day champions Guyana Jaguars against Leeward Islands Hurricanes last April.The WICB said in a media release that the tours were being undertaken as part of the team’s build-up to the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand from January 12 to February 4 next year.“We are going to give 15 talented, young players the opportunity to represent West Indies, experience touring overseas and to play Youth Internationals,” said West.“We learnt a great deal about a number of the players in the WICB Regional Super50. This will be another opportunity to find out which players have the skill-sets to perform consistently at this level and establish who will stand up when put under pressure by quality opponents.”West said the objectives for the tour is to win both series and establish the patterns of play and combinations that will be taken into the World Cup.“We will want to see growth and improvement in every game we play and we will want contributions from all members of the squad, so it will be important that the team acclimatise quickly and get off to a good start,” he said.Squad:Emmanuel Stewart (captain), Kirstan Kallicharran (vice-captain), Te-Shawn Alleyne, Alick Athanaze, Joshua Bishop, Cephas Cooper, Mykile Louis, Darren Nedd, Matthew Patrick, Joshua Persaud, Jeavor Royal, Kegan Simmons, Jeavier Spencer, Bhaskar Yadram, Nyeem YoungITINERARYWest Indies Under-19s to South AfricaJULYTuesday 4 – Tour Match vs South Africa Under-19 XI – Varsity Oval, Durban.Thursday 6 – Tour Match vs Kwa-Zulu Natal Academy – Varsity Oval.Sunday 9 – First Youth ODI – Chatsworth Oval, Durban.Wedbesday 12 – Second Youth ODI – Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg.Friday 14 – Third Youth ODI – Pietermaritzburg Oval.Sunday 16 – Fourth Youth ODI – Pietermaritzburg Oval.Wednesday 19 – Fifth Youth ODI – Chatsworth Oval.West Indies Under-19s to ZimbabweJULYSunday 23 – First Youth ODI – Venue to be decided.Wednesday 26 – Second Youth ODI – Venue to be decided.Saturday 29 – Third Youth ODI – Venue to be decided.last_img read more

Point guard Hughes puts Marquette game behind

first_imgMILWAUKEE — Coming off arguably his worst game of the season— an outing that could only be described as shaky at best — Trevon Hughes knewwhat he needed to do: get back to basics.”We have to control the tempo of this game; we wanted tocome out of it with a win and we wanted to try and get the ball in the postlike we did today,” Hughes said.That simple approach paid off for Hughes Wednesday night, ashe spearheaded Wisconsin’s 61-39 win over UW-Milwaukee with a sharp performance.”I think it’s more how he responded to being a competitiveguy, to wanting to be better and help his team win. … He understands goodversus bad, and I think tonight he had a chance to show that,” UW head coach BoRyan said. “I like the way he bounced back.”For as shaky and rushed as Hughes looked at times againstMarquette, he looked equally in control Wednesday.”That’s from the past game,” Hughes said. “Watching gametape I learned what’s a good shot from what’s a bad shot. As I look at it,every time I went in for a layup I had teammates open. … The movement withoutthe ball is great for this team, and I’m learning that myself.”That control was especially on display in the first half,when Hughes played perhaps his best 20 minutes of the season, scoring 10points, handing out three assists and nabbing two steals.Hughes came out showing no ill effects from his dismalshooting against Marquette — when he made just 4 of 15 attempts (26.7 percent)— and made each of the first four shots he took.After knocking down a 16-footer from the top of the key forhis first basket, Hughes went to work. He used his speed and quickness to findholes in the Panthers’ defense and drive the ball to the hoop. Hughes’ nextthree baskets all came on short bankers in the lane.The sophomore guard would go until 14:20 remaining in thesecond half before he missed a shot, a deep 3-pointer off a Greg Stiemsmascreen.”That wasn’t in my mind,” Hughes said of his poor shootingagainst Marquette. “I had to (get in the lane), that’s my job. My job is to getmy team involved. … That’s why you call it a scouting report. I know that if Ican get in the paint, my teammates will get open and get open shots.”And opposed to how he seemed to force contested shots intraffic in both of Wisconsin’s losses, when Hughes drove and found things notto his liking Wednesday, he was able to stay composed. The point guard finishedseveral drives with pretty dishes to open teammates, and wound up with threeassists for the game.That ability to penetrate caused all kinds of problems forthe Panthers.”It’s either our opponents go at us or they sink in andhelp,” said Marcus Landry, who finished with a game-high 16 points. “If theysink in and help, then we’re wide open on our cuts. Coach says people don’tlike to guard those cuts, so that gives Trevon the opportunity to drive. And ifthey’re trying to guard our cuts, [the lane is] wide open … to get to thepaint and finish baskets.”Always his own harshest critic when it comes to ballsecurity, Hughes was quick to point out he still needs to improve on what heconsiders to be a glaring statistic: his turnovers.Hughes turned the ball over three times on the night, and asa team the Badgers had another 18-turnover game.”I’m not satisfied,” Hughes said. “I had threeturnovers, and as a point guard you’re supposed to control the team.”last_img read more