WHEN a child’s life may be at stake, we want common sense to prevail and an exception to be made. So of course 12-year-old Billy Caldwell’s cannabis oil, which he so desperately needs to stop potentially fatal epileptic fits, should never have been seized on Government orders. I have not heard anyone dispute this. The Home Secretary Sajid Javid quite rightly stepped in to make sure the boy got back this vital treatment. Sajid Javid says cannabis is set to become legal for medical purposes Obviously, if cannabis has genuine medical benefits, we all want proper, rigorous, scientific research to be done to make it available where there is evidence it brings benefits. I haven’t heard anyone dispute this. But there is a world of difference between medical cannabis oil, which is legal in many countries, and smoking marijuana — and it’s a difference I know too well. For a short while our daughter Lara self-medicated with street cannabis — an entirely … [Read more...] about Writer says Billy Caldwell’s case shouldn’t lead to cannabis free-for-all after the drug left her daughter psychotic
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Robert J. "Bob" Fuss, a veteran radio journalist, died Sunday at his Falls Church, Virginia, home. He was 64. The cause was a rare form of leukemia, his close friend Peter Maer said. Fuss served as a CBS News congressional correspondent from 1998 until his retirement in 2014. His first major assignment for CBS News was coverage of the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. Prior to joining CBS News, Fuss covered Congress for Mutual and NBC Radio for seven years. He previously worked as Los Angeles bureau chief for UPI Radio. He began his professional radio career as a freelance reporter for UPI covering the 1974 Patty Hearst case. He originally aspired to be an attorney but he was attracted to broadcasting at Stanford University's campus radio station KZSU. When California Governor Ronald Reagan launched his 1980 presidential bid, Fuss covered the campaign and went on to report on every presidential election through 2012. Following the disputed 2000 … [Read more...] about Longtime CBS correspondent Bob Fuss dies at age 64
Is it really 15 years ago? Time flies is a bit of a cliche but it really is hard to believe Celtic really did face Porto in Seville. It was a thrilling time for those who follow the Parkhead side. From the brilliant supporter stories, to dancing to the Las Ketchup before kick-off, it was all fun and games until the final result. Martin O'Neill's side side came up short as the Portuguese giants won 3-2, with Derlei poking homethe winner in extra time. Jose Mourinho raced around the stadium at the final whistle as Celtic licked their wounds. They didn't know it at the time but they had been beaten by the finest team in all of Europe and that was proven as the Portuguese side would go on to win the Champions League the following season. The only people more nervous than Hoops supporters were SQA adjudicators as thousands of teenagers headed off to sunny Spain to watch their heroes in the middle of exam season. John Hartson's absence due to a back injury was keenly felt but the players who … [Read more...] about It’s 15 years since Celtic were in Seville but where are they now?
Rightwing activists are launching a nationwide drive to persuade public-sector trade union members to tear up their membership cards and stop paying dues, posing a direct threat to the progressive movement in America. Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal that a network of radical conservative thinktanks spanning all 50 states is planning direct marketing campaigns targeted personally at union members to encourage them to quit. The secret push, the group hopes, could cost unions up to a fifth of their 7 million members, lead to the loss of millions of dollars in income and undermine a cornerstone of US progressive politics. “Well run opt-out campaigns can cause public-sector unions to experience 5 to 20% declines in membership, costing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in dues money. This can affect the resources and attention available for union leaders to devote to political action campaigns,” the internal documents say. The anti-union marketing drive … [Read more...] about Exclusive: how rightwing groups wield secret ‘toolkit’ to plot against US unions
FOURTH ESTATE It’s with a spasm of profits. For a preview of the newspaper industry’s coming death, turn your gaze to Colorado, where the withering and emaciated Denver Post finds itself rolling in profits. The Post’s controlling owner, “vulture capitalist” Randall Smith, has become journalism’s No. 1 villain for having cheapened and starved not just its Denver paper but many of the titles — including the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the San Jose Mercury News and the Orange County Register — that his firm, Alden Global Capital, operates through the Digital First Media chain. At the Post, Smith’s firm cut the newsroom from 184 journalists to 99 between 2012 and 2017, Bloomberg News’ Joe Nocera writes. Over the same time, Smith’s Pottstown Mercury fell from 73 journos to 10 while its Norristown Times-Herald went 45 to 12. And the cuts just … [Read more...] about This is how a newspaper dies