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On PSU Officer’s Death, Court Orders Power TV to Produce Video

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first_imgBarely a week after Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court ‘A’ denied prosecutors’ request to order Power TV Station to produce the video recording it televised showing the burning to death of Chief Inspector of the Police Support Unit (PSU), Amos Tutu, the Supreme Court yesterday overturned the decision.The High Court took the decision immediately after the Presiding Justice in Chambers Associate Justice Kabinah Ja’neh granted a ‘Writ of Certiorari’ filed against Judge Dixon’s action to the Supreme Court by lawyers representing the government.Certiorari is a writ that seeks judicial review and it is issued by a superior court directing an inferior court, tribunal, or other public authority to send the record of a proceeding for review.Inspector Tutu was allegedly set ablaze on August 13, 2010 on the Capitol By-pass in Monrovia, leading to the arrests of several persons who have been charged with murder. Two of the accused are currently on trial.Tutu was alleged to have shot and killed one Preston Davis, which allegedly prompted a mob action by angry residents, who subsequently overpowered him, poured gasoline on him and set him ablaze as Power TV reportedly recorded and televised the scene of the officer’s death. Prosecutors had asked Judge Dixon to order the station to produce in court the recording of the officer on fire so that it could be used as part of their evidence, but the Judge denied the request. Justice Ja’neh requested a subpoena duces tecum on Power TV as prayed for by the petitioner (prosecutors). A ‘subpoena duces tecum’ is a court order requiring the person named in it to produce certain books, papers, or other tangible items for the court. In reaction Judge Dixon said, “By virtue of the mandate of the Honorable Supreme Court, the First Judicial Circuit, Criminal Court ‘A’ hereby rescinds (withdraws) its two previous rulings on the subject matter of the Writ of Subpoena duces tecum that should have been served on the management of Power TV to produce the video recording/tape showing the burning to death of the PSU officer Amos Tutu on the Capitol Bye-Pass.” He thereafter ordered the clerk to issue a writ of subpoena duces tecum on the management of Power TV to produce the televised recording of the burning of the late Inspector Tutu on February 27, 2010.Judge Dixon ordered the management of Power TV to appear before the court on Thursday, October 1, at 11 a.m. to produce the recording.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lack of Market Hinders Gbedin Farmers

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first_imgFarmers in Gbedin in Nimba County are complaining about the lack of markets to sell their produce, which they say has been an ongoing problem over the years.They also lack adequate farming implements that could enable them to become more productive and increase their harvestsSpeaking to the Daily Observer in Gbedin Town yesterday, the chairman of the Dokodan Farmers’ Cooperative, Jefferson W. Tokpah, said they need necessary implements to enhance their productivity.He said the farmers cultivate rice and vegetables on 164 hectares (410 acres) of land. “We do this with two power tillers and one rice thresher. We have about 250, 000 kilograms of seed rice since December last year, but we do not have buyers. We harvest three times annually and because we do not have buyers, we are unable to produce more,” said Tokpah.An organization called Africa Rice asked them to produce 250, 000 kilograms of seed rice, and although they produced the order, African Rice has never returned to purchase the rice, a disappointed Tokpah narrated. According to Chairman Tokpah, there are about 97 farmers, including 37 females who are unhappy because there is no one to buy their harvests.This reporter visited the Gbedin Camp and saw lots of farming activities going on, including farmers drying rice while others were harvesting and threshing rice.Gbedin is where the World Food Program used to obtain clean rice for distribution to schools across Nimba County, but the rice mill provided by WFP is broken, according to the farmers.Presently, the dam used to supply water during the dry season is also broken, causing flooding in the community when it rains heavily.Meanwhile, the farmers are appealing to the Ministry of Agriculture and other interested wholesale rice dealers to work with them to get their stock of rice sold in order to keep them in business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Renata’s journey started with “Yo I write this thing, y’all want to listen to…

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first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratThere is something unexplainable about the way she speaks, the way she delivers, the way she shares her experiences. I question whether it is the power in her voice, or the ability of her words to soothe the searing pain of open wounds or the way the words just linger after speaking to our souls.For the past two years, her face has been gracing social media sites with her words spreading like wildfire. The name Renata Burnette is synonymous with modern-day Spoken Word Poetry in Guyana. The 22-year-old trailblazer is nothing short of inspiring as she speaks her truth which quite often is something a lot of people run from.Renata, a Communications major at the University of Guyana, never had in mind that her words would have made such an impact on society. Her journey has been, and continues to be, a learning experience for her as she aims for greater heights.After completing her secondary education at the Brickdam High School, Renata decided that she wanted to do CAPE Law and gained admission at the St Joseph High School. As usual, there were days when no teachers were available to teach and during that time students were urged to study or work on their own, but Renata and her classmates used that time for grounding sessions.They would trade advice and have heated discussions along with karaoke among other things. With the majority of students being female, it meant the discussions were almost always centred around relationships. It was during that time she experienced her first heartbreak and to add salt to the wounds the person she was dating almost instantaneously got into another serious relationship.“I felt as though I really couldn’t say how I felt and I started writing and then the words were coming consistently and then it started to make sense. It wasn’t necessarily a rhyme scheme, but it started to make sense because that was exactly how I felt. A day in class when we didn’t have any lessons or any teacher, I told my friends ‘yo I write this thing, Y’all want to listen to it and obviously why not’…they did.”“The first piece I wrote was called “Thank you for hurting me”, because it was like a healing process. It was like you hurt me, I was upset, I was angry, but now I see that you really weren’t meant for me, so thank you for showing me that, but you know, of course, in a way that caused me a lot of pain,” she explained.After hearing what she was capable of, Renata’s friends fell immediately in love with her talent and in an effort to encourage her, they told her to aim high. They encouraged her to shoot for the stars and said that they would be right there supporting her every step of the way. To date, whenever she performs or hosts an event, they are always there in her cheering section, pushing her to achieve every bit of success possible.Renata grew up in a family home at Better Hope on the East Coast of Demerara with her mother and sister. There were other relatives in the house as well. With her sister away at a school that required her to stay on campus and her mother a Sergeant in the Guyana Defence Force, Renata had a lot of free time since she was alone in the lower flat of their home most of the time.That alone time was spent with her numerous male cousins having a grand time. While growing up, despite being very good at Literature and English Language in school, Renata never felt an immediate connection to poetry. It may have been a work in progress, but she never connected the dots until she actually started to dip her feet in the poetry world.Back in high school, while attending mandatory Mathematics lessons, her friend Crystal would be constantly writing several long lines which were not mathematical formulas. Upon inspection of Crystal’s work, Renata thought it was “very sad and painful and deep, but that is how she felt and that was her comfort and I didn’t take heed to it until I started and it was very nice to know that somebody was interested in something I never heard about.”She also draws inspiration from several poets and artists whose work speak of their stories.Renata’s work is heavily influenced by her personal experiences since she does not write without feeling what she is writing.“I always describe myself as a self-sacrifice when it comes to my poetry. I could never write anything that I don’t feel or experience myself, hence I don’t recite other people’s pieces, you know. I have never recited anybody’s pieces. I have never really written anything that I have never experienced myself and to me, that’s how my poetry is because everything for me is personal because that is how I feel.”“Writing about the absence of my father, writing about how my mother saw men, writing about my family, writing about relationships, writing about societal issues and how they are affecting me and the people around me are all the things I felt personally. Things that made me angry, made me sad, made me feel scared and not in control and those were the easiest to write. Putting them down, it was hard because I hardly ever speak of these things because that’s where poetry works for me whereby that was my escape to let all of that out and then recite it in the hope of somebody would benefit from it,” she said.In Guyana, the common view is that a lot of emphasis is not being placed on the development of the creative sector. Renata shares this sentiment since she is of the view that we have failed to create a space where people can come and bask in their own art. She said that the Ministry of Social Cohesion should be placing more emphasis on the holistic development of the creative sector and not just when it sees an opportunity for benefit.last_img read more

FKF locks SuperSport out of Nyayo

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first_img0Shares0000Cameras belonging to Vivid Features who are meant to shoot the game on behalf of Star Times being set up at Nyayo. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, July 3- The battle between Kenya and Ethiopia on Saturday has spilled from the field of play into an all out broadcast war.On the eve of the game, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) officials and police barricaded Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium to allow crew from their new broadcast partners Star Times to rig up to televise the match. This show of brutal force was meant to keep rival South African pay television service providers, SuperSport away from the game venue with police officers manning the stadium under firm instructions not to allow any of their trucks of crew to set up.SuperSport announced Thursday they had acquired rights to beam the match across Africa from Confederation of African Football (CAF) authorised marketing firm, Sport Five.The extraordinary events of Friday are the latest soap opera in Kenyan football that will only end up by embarrassing the nation.Reporters coming to cover Harambee Stars final training sessions were stopped at the gates and asked where they were going before one of the Sports Stadia Management Board staffers told them, “SuperSport people will not be allowed here, things are bad.”“What I know about SuperSport is when their people are told not to come to cover anything here, they won’t come,” the staffer who was baffled by the heavy security presence added.Soon, crew from Vivid Features who are meant to shoot the match on behalf of StarTimes arrived with their cameras and started marking out the positions to rig their equipment under the watchful eye of FKF chief executive, Michael Esakwa and former journalist turned federation media official, Milton Nyakundi.Earlier, SuperSport who announced they would air the game last night confirmed in a statement they had acquired the rights to show it in Kenya and across the continent.“Broadcasting the CHAN qualifiers shows our commitment to the growth of football in Kenya, not just at club level but also with the national team.“Kenyans love their national team and we are making it possible for them to enjoy their favourite players from the Kenyan Premier League do battle on the international stage,” Auka Gecheo, SuperSport East Africa, General Manager, said in the statement.“We know exactly what we are doing, we know what we own. StarTimes is one of the largest cooperates and they know their line. They are not going to pop into other people’s life.“The national team is not about Sam Nyamweya or Robert Asembo (vice president), the national team belongs to Kenya and we are not going to stop our mandate of supporting our national team,” FKF president, Sam Nyamweya said Wednesday when they rolled out their USD5m five-year package in Nairobi.It was at this function where the federation and Star Times boss, Gary Rathbone announced they would air the match.In a series of three letters, CAF had cautioned FKF against violating broadcast rights by engaging partners to air CHAN, AFCON and World Cup qualifiers outside those sanctioned by continental governing body.“Reference to our correspondence dated the 14th of May and in conformity to the provisions of articles 47 of the regulations of African Nations Championships, the television and publicity rights, of matches of the first and second round of preliminaries of the African Nations Championships as well as the final phase belong to CAF and all marketing and television rights of the Orange African Nations Championship, RWANDA 2016 will directly and exclusively be commercialised by CAF,” the CAF letter signed by Marketing and TV Director, Amr Shaheen, read.Amid all this drama, there is a football match to be played with Kenya needing three unanswered goals to progress after Walia Ibex hit them 2-0 in the first leg in Ethiopia.Should the turnaround be completed, Harambee Stars will sail through to the second round of the qualifiers where Sudan await with a ticket to Rwanda 2016 finals up for grabs.0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bill to ban chemicals in toys heads to governor

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first_imgBy Steve Geissinger MEDIANEWS SACRAMENTO BUREAU SACRAMENTO – State lawmakers sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger controversial, landmark legislation Tuesday that would make California the first state in the nation to ban what scientists are calling dangerous chemicals used in baby toys. AB1108, by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, would prohibit the manufacture, sale and distribution of toys and child-care products that contain certain phthalates. The ban would apply to products for use by children under the age of 3. Aides to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he will not make a decision until he has studied the legislation, which follows the recent recall of lead-contaminated toys. Phthalates are a group of chemical compounds, mainly used to add flexibility to plastics, that are being linked to diseases and disabilities. Though there was little debate on the bill Tuesday, the measure squeaked through 21-18 in the state Senate, mostly along party lines, reflecting the heat of the debate between industry representatives and consumer and public-health advocates in earlier committee hearings. Organizations such as the California Chamber of Commerce have joined in suing San Francisco, which enacted an earlier ban on the chemical. The industry maintains that not only does federal law trump state and local regulations in this case, but also that the chemicals have been used safely for four decades. But proponents, including the California Nurses Association, cite studies they say reveal greater connections between exposure to the chemical and human disabilities and developmental diseases. Some studies say that phthalates interfere with the hormone system and have been linked to reproductive defects, premature birth, and the early onset of puberty, which is a cause of breast cancer. Supporters also note that other countries, such as Canada and Mexico, have already banned the chemical and other nations are moving in that direction. A resolution urging the federal government to create a postal stamp in honor of the late L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley alos received the Senate’s final approval Tuesday. The resolution, AJR 20, by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, previously received Assembly approval and does not have to go to the governor for approval. Bradley was the city’s longest-serving mayor and one of the first African-American mayors of a large U.S. City.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Couple to make second try at moving mansion

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first_img• Photo Gallery: Moving a historic home PASADENA – Power couple Ann-Marie Villicana and Robin Saltzer are making a second attempt to move the historic Morris Landau mansion to a prime site overlooking the Arroyo Seco. Stung by widespread opposition to their plans a year ago, the former councilwoman and her restaurateur husband decided not to appeal a Planning Commission decision denying them permission to reassemble the house on their South San Rafael Avenue lot. The couple bought the five-bedroom, five-bath house from Harvard Westlake School for $1 in 2006 and spent $1 million having it cut into 26 pieces and moving it to a storage yard in Santa Clarita, where it remains. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.At 9,855 square feet, the 1936 house, designed by noted African-American architect Paul Williams, was 3,400 square feet too large and five feet too high to meet size restrictions based on lot size and slope. Now the couple has decided to try again. They have quietly submitted revised plans to the city that would reduce the square-footage enough to meet the site requirements. “It’s going through the process,” Villicana said, declining to elaborate on the new application or how the plans would affect the building. “What happened last time was too much,” she said. Villicana, a real estate broker, was referring to the outcry from neighbors and preservationists when the couple applied for code variances from the 2004 hillside ordinance needed to move the house to the upscale neighborhood where her parents live. Many residents who spoke out against the couple’s original project said the city should strictly enforce the ordinance and take a stronger stand against plans that require exceptions. Salzer said the reaction to their 2006 proposal was “so sensationalized” that this time they don’t want to say anything. Salzer, however, did say the new plan “is in total compliance with the hillside ordinance … and we are sure (the house) will be a great addition to the city.” He declined to say if the move signaled a future run for the District 9 City Council seat, since the move would put him within the boundaries of the area now represented by Steve Madison. In a run-off election in April, Salzer was narrowly beaten by Councilwoman Jacque Robinson for Joyce Streator’s District 1 seat. Salzer, long-time owner of Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ in East Pasadena, said the staging area where the house is stored was “perilously close” to this week’s fires around Santa Clarita. “I guess it was divine intervention, it wasn’t impacted,” Salzer said. Stephanie DeWolfe, Pasadena’s deputy director of planning, said the couple’s new plans will go before a hearing officer on Nov. 15. Only minor variances, including the height of the main house and an “accessory structure” on an adjacent lot – made up of pieces originally part of the main house – are being sought, she said. janette.williams@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

2 men accused of arson, charges filed

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first_imgSan Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies arrested Riperti on Tuesday after someone saw him set grass on fire about 6 p.m. at Golden Oak Park near the corner of Archibald Avenue and Sixth Street in Rancho Cucamonga. Sheriff’s officials said the fire was barely smoldering and was easily extinguished. On a video monitor, a nervous-looking Rund sat in a hard plastic chair against a block wall for a video arraignment at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Rund, appearing slim and pale on the monitor, said little except to enter a not-guilty plea and answer a few questions from Judge Margaret Powers in Victorville Superior Court. Dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, bald-headed and wearing glasses, Rund occasionally looked down and away from the video cameras. If convicted, Rund faces up to 10 years in state prison, said Deputy District Attorney Michelle Lauron, who appeared in court. Rund is being held on $750,000 bail. “(Rund) is not currently a person of interest in any other fires in our county,” Lauron said. But she said more charges could be added later, if evidence surfaces that Rund had a role. “The investigation is still wide open,” Lauron said. Rund was on probation in a misdemeanor drug case in Victorville at the time of the alleged arson. He pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in September 2005. The court ordered Rund held without bail in the probation-violation case. Rund is scheduled to return to court 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Victorville Superior Court. Riperti appeared on Thursday afternoon via video in West Valley Superior Court to be arraigned. After entering a not-guilty plea on Riperti’s behalf and appointing a public defender to the case, Judge Raymond Youngquist sat silently reading the charges against the suspect. The judge then quadrupled Riperti’s bail to $1 million, an amount normally reserved for murder defendants and the like. “This is based on what’s been happening in the area at this time,” Youngquist said. “I’m going to keep it at $1 million, at least until I know more about the case.” Riperti, wearing an orange jail jump suit, said nothing during the hearing. The judge ordered him to return to court on Wednesday. Prosecutors said they do not yet know why Riperti set the fire. The enhancement filed against both men – arson during the state of emergency – was created to prosecute copycat criminals who get the urge to light fires when they see other major fires burning around them. Such arsonists take advantage of hazardous weather and limited resources available to respond to the fire, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said. “They’re very sneaky individuals who go about attempting to light fires in those types of environments,” Ramos said. Ramos said investigators are still trying to determine a cause for other fires around the area. If any of them are considered arson, then prosecutors will investigate whether either man is connected. “At this point there is nothing to tie these individuals to those fires,” Ramos said. melissa.pinion-whitt@sbsun.com, (909) 386-3878160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Rund and Riperti are each accused of arson of forest land and an enhancement of arson during a state of emergency. The charges carry up to a nine-year prison sentence. Rund was additionally charged with possessing flammable material or an incendiary device, which prosecutors later said was “a couple of lighters.” Rund and Riperti both pleaded not guilty to the counts on Thursday afternoon. California Highway Patrol officers captured Rund on Tuesday night after he ignited a blaze at Highway 173 and Arrow Lake Road in an unincorporated park area east of Hesperia, sheriff’s officials said. Witnesses saw him squatting down near where the fire started. He then fled the scene on a Honda motorcycle, but a CHP officer in a helicopter later caught up to him, authorities said. Prosecutors came down hard on Thursday against two suspected arsonists accused of setting fires at a time when firefighters were already stretched thin battling other major blazes around the state. John Alfred Rund, 48, of Hesperia and Anthony Riperti, 47, of Redlands ignited small blazes earlier this week amid Santa Ana winds and dry conditions, prosecutors said. Neither of the men is a suspect in any other San Bernardino County fires, including the devastating Slide and Grass Valley blazes. Although the fires allegedly started by the men were relatively minor, prosecutors on Thursday morning hit them with incredibly serious charges. last_img read more

Donegal GAA reveal annual award winners ahead of annual banquet

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first_imgDONEGAL GAA have released the list of their annual award winners ahead of Saturday-week’s County Banquet in Donegal Town.Donegal captain Michael Murphy (pictured) has been named as the Senior Player of the Year.Murphy recently collected his third GAA/GPA All-Star Award – after being previously a winner in 2012 and 2014 – following a stellar summer. Murphy led the way as Donegal retained their Ulster title with an excellent display at Croke Park having earlier won the Division 2 final against Meath.Ladies Football All-Star nominee Geraldine McLaughlin has been named as the Lady Footballer of the Year, while Malachy McCann, the Buncrana manager, is to receive a Lifetime Achievement award.The event is being held by CLG Dhún na nGall in conjunction with the Donegal Ladies County Board. The Donegal Senior squad, Ulster and Division 2 Champions, and the Donegal Senior Ladies, Ulster Champions 2019, will be honoured. Donegal will also honour 2012 All-Ireland winners Frank McGlynn and David Walsh. The winner of the graham Sheamuis Mhic Geidigh 2019 will also be presented on the night. The winner of this award will be announced on RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta next Wednesday.  AWARD WINNERSSenior Player – Michael Murphy (Gleann tSúilí)  Hurler – Jack O Lochlainn (Bun Cranncha)  Grounds – Carndomhnaigh   Advertisement Senior Club – Naomh Conaill  Intermediate – Naomh Naille   Junior – Bun Cranncha   Lady Footballer – Geraldine McLaughlin (An Tearmainn)    Advertisement Gaeltacht – Naomh Columba  Outside Gaeltacht – Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn  Service to Culture Award – Eoin MacGiolla Bhride (Gaoth Dobhair)   Lifetime achievement – Malachy McCann (Bun Cranncha)   Services to referring – Hugo Wallace (An Beart)   Handball Club Award – Odhran McGlynn (Gleann Fhinne)  Overseas/Appreciation Award – Paddy McDevitt (Boston)   Donegal GAA reveal annual award winners ahead of annual banquet was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAAgeraldine mclaughlinMichael Murphylast_img read more

Windsor, London score big in Ontario pot lottery 2.0

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first_imgLondon and Windsor came up big in Ontario’s second legal pot shop lottery, with Windsor seeing its first successful application to sell marijuana and London adding two more.Results of Tuesday’s draw to select pot retailers, the second since recreational marijuana became legal last fall and Ontario began regulating its sale, were announced Wednesday.The big winner was Toronto, with 13 applicants drawn. Southwestern Ontario had 10, including single applications from Kitchener, Guelph, Hamilton, Stoney Creek and Ancaster.London’s two nods promise to bring its total number of licensed sellers to five. The successful London applicants were:Robert Chomiak, who proposes a store in a shopping plaza at 1310 Fanshawe Park Rd. W. and Hyde Park Road, and Noah Soberano, whose planned outlet at 1135 Richmond St. would be steps from Western University’s main gates and the infamous Broughdale neighbourhood. In Windsor, Kyriakos Anastasiadi wants to put a cannabis retail store at 545 Ouellette Ave.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.London seems to have beaten the lottery odds, one industry observer said.“Five would sound like a lot . . . you are a lucky bunch of folks, I guess,” said Michael Armstrong, a professor at Brock University’s Goodman School of Business who studies Canada’s cannabis industry.But will five stores in the Forest City be too many?Not necessarily, Armstrong said.“It means you will see more price competition, maybe,” he said. “It’s the same kind of healthy price competition that will eventually hit the rest of the province, you just might see it first.”Armstrong said the Ontario pot market is far from oversaturated, noting Alberta — a province with 10 million fewer people than Ontario — already has 250 licensed cannabis stores.In all, 42 proposals from across the province were drawn Tuesday, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario said. Once the new stores are approved and open, Ontario will have 75 legal pot outlets.“Longer term, we will see hundreds of stores, it won’t surprise me if Ontario has over 1,000,” said Armstrong, adding the lottery system is in place while the province manages cannabis supply.He expects areas that have been less successful in the draws and have few stores, like Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa, will eventually fill out.Companies and individuals who met pre-qualification requirements joined Tuesday’s draw for a chance to apply for one store. Applicants were required to have a retail location secured, $50,000 in credit and $250,000 in cash.The province said the lottery drew 4,864 eligible expressions of interest.Drawn winners now have until Aug. 28 to apply for a cannabis retail operator licence and a retail store authorization. The commission will then do a full eligibility and licensing review.Eight more licences will be awarded to First Nations applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.The commission stressed it will only license applicants and authorize stores that meet all legal and regulatory requirements.While the lottery winners are expected to open the store at the location stated on their application, a commission spokesperson said applicants could request to operate at a different address in the same region “due to extenuating circumstances.”mamartin@postmedia.com  We want to hear from you Send us opinions, comments and other feedback. E-mail your letter to: lfp.letters@sunmedia.ca (no attachments please) Or go to lfpress.com/letters. Letters should be kept to 150 words.last_img read more

Home James gearing up for the holidays

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first_imgA local volunteer service that helps drivers and their vehicles arrive home safely is gearing up for the holidays.Home James program co-ordinator Jodie Hogg said more volunteers are always needed, but that some have already been stepping up.“We’ve been getting a lot of new volunteers, which is great,” she said, noting it is an important service for community safety.This year, the service – which is free but accepts donations – will run from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31.Home James averages 1,500 to 1,700 rides per year. Last year, $15,208 in donations was collected for charity, including such organizations as youth clubs and sports teams.In its eight years of operation, Home James has provided 4,115 rides to 8,805 people. Volunteers have driven 127,430 kilometres while collecting over $82,000 in donations.A volunteer shift is usually from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., but special arrangements can be made if a person needs to come in late or leave early. A police check is required.For more information, visit www.homejames-ck.ca, or email cddachathamkent@hotmail.catterfloth@postmedia.comTwitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more