Medicinal cannabis products to be legalised

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Medicinal cannabis products to be legalised by: – July 27, 2018 Share Tweet 23 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share (BBC) Specialist doctors in the UK will be able to legally prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products by autumn, the home secretary has announced.Those that meet safety and quality standards are to be made legal for patients with an “exceptional clinical need”, Sajid Javid said.It follows high-profile cases involving children with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil.Others forms of cannabis will remain illegal.Mr Javid’s decision was made after the chief medical officer for England, Prof Dame Sally Davies, and the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs said patients with certain medical conditions should be given access to the treatments.Their advice was part of a review into medicinal cannabis launched by the home secretary following an outcry over Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley being denied access to cannabis oil.The parents of the boys, who have rare forms of epilepsy, say it controls their seizures.The Home Office recently granted them licences to access the treatments.Mr Javid said: “Recent cases involving sick children made it clear to me that our position on cannabis-related medicinal products was not satisfactory.“That is why we launched a review and set up an expert panel to advise on licence applications in exceptional circumstances.“This will help patients with an exceptional clinical need but is in no way a first step to the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use.”Billy Caldwell’s mother, Charlotte, said Mr Javid’s announcement had been made on her son’s 13th birthday.“For the first time in months I’m almost lost for words, other than ‘thank you Sajid Javid’,” she said.“Never has Billy received a better birthday present, and never from somebody so unexpected…“But, crucially, my little boy Billy can now live a normal life with his mummy because of the simple ability to now administer a couple of drops a day of a long-maligned but entirely effective natural medication.”Cannabis is classed as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it is judged to have no therapeutic value but can be used for the purposes of research with a Home Office licence.The decision by the Home Office will put certain cannabis-derived products into Schedule 2 – those that have a potential medical use – and will place them in the same category as cocaine and heroin, among other drugs.The Department for Health and Social Care and the Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will now develop a clear definition of what constitutes a cannabis-derived medicinal product so they can be rescheduled and prescribed, the Home Office said.In the meantime, clinicians will still be able to apply to an independent expert panel on behalf of patients wishing to access these products.The home secretary said licence fees for applications made to the panel will be waived, and those already granted will not be charged.The home secretary’s decision was welcomed by campaigners and health experts.Donna Kinnair, from the Royal College of Nursing, said the decision was “very welcome”.Dr Tom Freeman, senior academic fellow at King’s College London, said Mr Javid’s decision would have a “substantial impact on research by facilitating the development of safer and more effective medicines”.Former justice minister Sir Mike Penning, who was among those appealing for Alfie Dingley to be given a special licence for medicinal cannabis, welcomed the announcement but said there were still unanswered questions about which treatments would be rescheduled.“Any move to restrict medical cannabis in the UK to a very narrow range of derived products, each requiring full pharmaceutical trials, thereby blocking out the many products available overseas, will lead to great disappointment and be a missed opportunity.”last_img read more

NBA return plans: What to know about 22-team format, standings for 2020 playoffs & more

first_imgThe 14 NBA Lottery teams will be the eight teams that do not participate in the restart of the season plus the six teams that do participate but do not make the playoffs. These teams will be seeded in the lottery and assigned odds based on their records through March 11.NBA standings 2020Below are the current NBA standings in both the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, the former of which includes more competitive teams and therefore will have more teams invited to Orlando.(The teams invited to Orlando for the NBA’s restart are bolded.)Eastern ConferenceMilwaukee Bucks (53-12)Totonto Raptors (46-18)Boston Celtics (43-21)Miami Heat (41-24)Indiana Pacers (39-26)Philadelphia 79ers (39-26)Brooklyn Nets (30-34)Orlando Magic (30-35)Washington Wizards (24-40)Charlotte Hornets (23-42)Chicago Bulls (22-43)New York Knicks (21-45)Detroit Pistons (20-46)Atlanta Hawks (20-47)Cleveland Cavaliers (19-46)Western ConferenceLos Angeles Lakers (49-14)Los Angeles Clippers (44-20)Denver Nuggets (43-22)Utah Jazz (41-23)Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24)Houston Rockets (40-24)Dallas Mavericks (40-27)Memphis Grizzlies (32-33)Portland Trail Blazers (29-37)New Orleans Pelicans (28-36)Sacramento Kings (28-36)San Antonio Spurs (27-36)Phoenix Suns (26-39)Minnesota Timberwolves (19-45)Golden State Warriors (15-50) In the words of ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, “the NBA’s back.”During a Thursday call with commissioner Adam Silver, the league’s board of governors approved a plan that will restart the 2019-20 NBA season in late July. Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association gave their approval Friday in a virtual call. An agreement ends months of uncertainty after the league on March 11 suspended play over health and safety concerns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.The return-to-play plan will send 22 teams to Orlando, Fla., where eight “regular season” games for each of the 22 teams will determine the seeding for a complete, 16-team playoff field. The season will restart July 31, and the NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 12.Below is everything we know about the NBA’s plans to restart its season.How many NBA teams will return to play?22 total teams13 from West9 from EastA total of 22 of the NBA’s 30 teams will be invited to take part in the remainder of the NBA season. In an effort to keep players contained and away from the threat of COVID-19 as much as possible, all of the games — playoffs included — will be played in Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort.From the league: “The NBA and the NBPA are working with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials to establish a rigorous program to prevent and mitigate the risk related to COVID-19, including a regular testing protocol and stringent safety practices. The season restart is also contingent on an agreement with The Walt Disney Company to use Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, as a single site for a campus for all games, practices and housing for the remainder of the season.”As Wojnarowski noted during an interview with Scott Van Pelt on Tuesday night, having to stay and play out the rest of the NBA season in one place is going to be “part of the test for teams to win a championship.”Added Wojnarowski: “While there’s not going to be travel, the playoffs aren’t going to have that grueling nature, but there I think will be a different test of the (mentality) of the players and getting back into physical condition.”Great to have @wojespn join SVP to give us some insight as a lot of people await the new format.— Stanford Steve (@StanfordSteve82) June 3, 2020Joining the 16 teams currently in the playoffs based on NBA standings (more on those later) will be the Pelicans, Trail Blazers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Wizards, the six teams that are currently six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences. That makes a total of 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine teams from the Eastern Conference. This means the seasons for the Hornets, Bulls, Knicks, Pistons, Hawks, Cavaliers, Timberwolves and Warriors have already ended.The NBA season will restart with each of those 22 teams playing eight “regular season” games to determine playoff seeding. There also will be a play-in tournament for the No. 8 seed in either conference, but only if the No. 9 seed is fewer than four games behind in the standings. Otherwise, the No. 8 seed will be safe in the bracket.In a play-in tournament for the No. 8 seed, the current No. 8 seed would need to defeat the No. 9 seed once, and the No. 9 seed would need to defeat the No. 8 seed two games in a row.As for the timing, the first “regular season” games in the NBA’s return will be played July 31, and Game 7 of the NBA Finals (if necessary) is scheduled for Oct. 12.The NBA Draft (Oct. 15) and then free agency (Oct. 18) will follow the completion of the Finals. The 2020-21 NBA regular season likely will begin Dec. 1, 2020.last_img read more


first_imgTwo-time Eclipse Champion Beholder, fresh off a bullet six furlong move under Gary Stevens Friday morning, walked the Richard Mandella shedrow with a rider up this morning at 7:30 a.m.  The 5-year-old Henny Hughes mare, who is scheduled to shoot for a record setting third consecutive win in the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes next Saturday, Sept. 26, was allowed to graze outdoors following her walk under the Mandella shed.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Beholder, who comes of a record setting 8 ¼ length tally versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22, is expected to face off against American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic if all goes well in the Zenyatta.Beholder Link: ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2015)–Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah graced Santa Anita’s main track at 8 a.m. Saturday and with regular exercise rider George Alvarez up, he backtracked to the half mile pole prior to again galloping a strong mile and a half.Idle since running a valiant second in the Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29, American Pharoah has yet to breeze since the race as he’s pointed by Bob Baffert to his career finale–the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.American Pharoah Link: read more

Space Physics and Fables

first_imgPhysics is supposed to be the king of “hard science” because of its precise mathematics, predictability and falsifiability.  When transferred off our planet, however, it seems speculation is the order of the day. 1.  Looney magnets:  According to simple physics, the moon should have cooled long ago, because any internal heat source from its formation was much smaller than Earth’s.  Why, then, did the Apollo astronauts detect magnetism in moon rocks that scientists surmise continued millions of years after its formation?  The most commonly believed theory of planetary magnetic fields requires convection in a rotating molten layer that sets up a dynamo.  New Scientist offered an answer with a Kipling-style headline, “How the cold, dead moon stayed magnetic.”  Reporter Melissa Fellet continued, “A mystery thrown up by the Apollo moon rocks may finally have been solved. How did the moon remain magnetic tens of millions of years after its molten core stopped sloshing?”  Two groups have presented their proposals.  The first is the Washing Machine Theory.  A physicist at UCSB suggested that the moon’s faster spin as it migrated away from the Earth might have sloshed its interior like a washing machine till 2.7 billion years ago, giving it a longer life (and, presumably, whiter whites).  The second is the Impact Theory.  A French physicist thinks large impacts could have jumpstarted the magnetic field for periods of 10,000 years at a time.  An MIT physicist commented that both models offer “a way out of a pretty major conundrum,” but then he threw in another: the fact that some meteorites (presumably chips off the old asteroid) are magnetic, too.  Will the new models help explain how they became magnetized?  Only Kipling could tell. 2.  Antimatter matters:  Another long-standing conundrum in space is why our universe is composed predominantly (actually, almost entirely) of ordinary matter instead of having equal parts of matter and antimatter.  Antimatter is not some weird sci-fi writer’s invention, but simply subatomic particles with the opposite charge, like positrons, counterparts of electrons with a positive charge.  Even the designations “positive” and “negative” are arbitrary human conventions.  According to preferred cosmologies, the big bang should not have favored one over the other.  PhysOrg announced, “Physicists chip away at mystery of antimatter imbalance,” implying the mystery remains unsolved.  “The universe, they concede, has managed to keep its secret for the time being, but they’ve succeeded in significantly narrowing the number of possible answers.”  One physicist acknowledged, “It’s a huge mystery on the level of asking why the universe is here. Accepted physics can’t explain it.”  Another article on PhysOrg discussed efforts in South Korea to solve the mystery by studying neutrino interactions. These explanations are so theory-laden it is hard to tell where the theory leaves off and the data begins.  Consider this excerpt from the last PhysOrg article: The detector target is composed of 10m3 of liquid scintillator developed specifically for this experiment. The scintillator is doped with gadolinium in order to tag neutrons from inverse beta decays induced by the reactor anti-neutrinos. The target is surrounded by layers of other liquids protecting against other particles and environmental radioactivity. The target is observed by 390 immersed photomultipliers, converting the interactions into electronic signals. These signals are processed in a data acquisition system, which is ready to take data over the next five years. So if they find something in the data, how could anyone ever possibly know that it explains the universe?  What are they going to do, run a big bang and create a new universe?  Even if they did, how could they prove the same processes gave birth to ours? Regarding the moon’s magnetic field, the Washing Machine story is clearly contrived to fit uncomfortable data to an accepted belief system.  The Lucky Strike notion is even worse, but is par for the course in planetary science gaming: when confronted with a puzzle, send in an impactor to solve it.  (Try that with your next game of Checkers.)  One rule they will never, ever break is to consider a younger age for the moon. It’s time to introduce a word that will probably be used often at CEH, since it fits all the evolutionary -ologies.  The word is confabulation.  One of its meanings comes from psychiatry: “to replace the gaps left by a disorder of the memory with imaginary remembered experiences consistently believed to be true.”  Another meaning is “filling in of gaps in memory by unconstrained fabrication.”  Consider the applicable “memory” as Darwin’s naturalistic conception of the cosmos, and the fit is perfect.  The word is derived from the Latin fabula, which means “a story” or fable.  Watch for its derivations: confability, confabulate, and “con”-fability, implying a con artist’s ability to put across fables as science.(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How the Cloud Flattens Formats and Changes the Way We Create and Edit Documents

first_imgalex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It’s a gradual move that we see people make to the cloud. It may seem slow at times but it is happening. What moves it along are the incremental changes to applications that make the services just a little bit easier to use.Here are three news items from this week that demonstrate how this shift is occurring. These news items have a common thread. All represent how Web operating systems (OS) flatten document formats for universal use and collaboration.Google Docs Supports 12 New FormatsHeavy Google Docs users know that not all file types can be imported into Google Docs. There’s always some way around the problem but the formatting is usually lost in some manner.Google Docs now supports 12 new file types that should lessen the issue to some extent.The new file types include:Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)Apple Pages (.PAGES)Adobe Illustrator (.AI)Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)PostScript (.EPS, .PS)TrueType (.TTF)XML Paper Specification (.XPS)Turn Your Tablet into a PCThis week, the Laptop Magazine blog reviewed a service designed for the new Honeycomb tablets. Quickoffice for Honeycomb uses the wide screen capabilities of the tablet as it runs the Android 3.0 operating system.The Quickoffice service abstracts the formats in Microsoft Office, allowing documents to be edited on mobile devices. A lot of talk at the Mobile World Congress was about the Web operating system for mobile devices. My view is that formats are an example of the breakdown in hierarchical systems that has lead us to the new Web operating systems such as Hewlett-Packar’s WebOS and the Google Chrome OS.The Laptop blog reviews a few of the capabilities that come with Quickoffice:For example, the file manager which appears when you first launch the app is a three-paned menu with a list of both local and cloud-based storage drive son the left, a list of files and folders in the center, and the files in the currently selected folder on the right.In the Quickpoint presentation editor, a panel on the left allows you to scroll through the list of slides in your presentation and reorder them by tap and dragging. In the Quickword document editor, you can see a list of thumbnails of the next and previous pages while you finger scroll and a context menu in the top bar changes to allow contextual search or formatting when you highlight a piece of text. The Quickpoint spreadsheet editor is also impressive, as it includes 140 formulas built in and the ability to handle multiple worksheets.Crocodoc Launches HTML5 ViewerCrocodoc launched an embeddable HTML5 document viewing and collaboration tool this week. The HTML5 viewer replaces its Flash-based viewer. The company is seeking to disrupt Adobe in the PDF editing and document collaboration space.Adobe is a classic example of a company that can be disrupted in this new innovation cycle. Crocodoc is further extending its reach by offering a new partner program. Yammer, for instance, will be integrating the Crocodoc service into its product.Formats for a Desktop AgeLooking at these announcements, you get the sense of what happens when older technologies become less useful. We talk a lot about the rate of change and how it takes longer than we think for trends to take footing. The online editing space has gone through a number of iterations over the past few years. In the process, the usefulness of services like Google Docs has lead to a shift that is affecting millions of people who just need an easier way to get things done.We will see formats flatten to fit the needs of users who want the simplicity of the Web OS. We’re in a different time now. It’s more about group collaboration than the singular task of creating documents for the purposes of one-way communication. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Music Showcase! Royalty Free Music for Apps & Games

first_imgLooking for stock music for your iOS or Android app? We’ve rounded up 10 great music tracks that will add punch to your apps & games!Add pizazz to your mobile app, game or software with high quality royalty free music.  Check out this collection of Premiumbeat tracks – a diverse selection of themes and styles to complement your software project.  The ideal music for Android and iOS apps (iPhone, iPad).Premiumbeat’s Standard License covers the first 1,000 copies of any application!  Need extra coverage?  It’s easy to upgrade to a Mass Duplication license that will cover you up to 10,000 copies or unlimited.  The sky’s the limit!  Get more info on our licensing here.Need sound effects for apps?  Check out our royalty free SFX collection.Stock music for apps doesn’t have to be boring!   Instead music should bolster user engagement and add excitement    The right music can make all the difference in making your app a success!  Take a listen to these standout royalty tracks for apps or software projects.last_img read more

3rd ODI: England thrash Australia after posting ODI record total of 481

first_imgEngland created history when they blasted the highest total ODI world record in in men’s cricket of 481/6 and thrashed Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. England also took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Australia skipper Tim Paine elected to bowl first and was soon regretting that decision as the home batsmen ran riot against his inexperienced attack.Jonny Bairstow plundered a magnificent 139 off 92 balls while Alex Hales smashed 147 from 92.Skipper Eoin Morgan tucked into the scoring feast with a 21-ball half century — the fastest by an England batsman in ODIs — to become his country’s leading one-day scorer.Also read – England blast 481 vs Australia, record highest ODI score in men’s cricketThe total surpassed England’s previous record 444 scored two years ago against Pakistan, also at Trent Bridge.Australia were never in the hunt once opener D’Arcy Short chipped a catch to Moeen Ali off the bowling of David Willey in the fourth over and Moeen removed Travis Head and Shaun Marsh.Adil Rashid ended with four wickets as Australia were bowled out in 37 overs for 239 — handing England their biggest ever winning margin in ODIs and Australia’s heaviest defeat. REMARKABLE DAYIt was a remarkable day of shot-making by England’s batsmen though as they carved an ODI record 62 boundaries, including 21 sixes. The only disappointment was that they failed to go beyond the 500-run barrier after some late wickets fell.Remarkably England failed to strike a boundary in the last four overs — although the damage to the Australian morale was already done.advertisementAustralia skipper Tim Paine described England’s batting as some of the “best striking I’ve ever seen.””They are red hot at the moment,” he said. “That is as hard a day’s cricket as I’ve had in 16 or 17 years. Today it was a learning experience.”Wherever we put the field they hit the gaps. They are the yardstick of 50-over cricket right now.” FLYING STARTEngland got off to a flying start with Jason Roy and Bairstow offering a sign of what was to come.Bairstow struck three fours off quickie Jhye Richardson’s first over and Roy tucked into Billy Stanlake, pulling him for a six as England reached 38-0 after five overs.Bairstow was dropped on 30 by Marcus Stoinis and that proved extremely costly as he began to pepper the boundary.When Roy was run out for 82 it brought Hales to the crease and he set about the Australian attack with relish, striking 16 fours and five sixes in a sizzling knock.It seemed inevitable England would reach 500 but Hales and Morgan went in successive balls late on as Richardson got some belated reward and the run rate finally dropped.Morgan, who will lead England into a home World Cup next year, said it was a complete display.”There were some outstanding performances and we were relentless both with the bat and the ball,” he said.”It’s certainly a day to be proud. The top three are a huge asset to have. There are two games to go and still opportunities for them to score big runs so hopefully they will continue to be as hungry as they were today.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

23 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde on beating Inter Milan: We must do better

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde on beating Inter Milan: We must do betterby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wasn’t pleased with their performance for the 2-1 win over Champions League opponents Inter Milan.Luis Suarez’s brace saw the hosts complete a second-half comeback after going behind to a Lautaro Martinez strike within the first two minutes.”[Lautaro’s goal] really put the game in their favour and strengthened their situation a lot,” Valverde said.”They’re a powerful team, they’re first in the Italian league [after] winning all their matches. They made our lives difficult, but we were better in the second half.”Barcelona struggled to create many chances in the first half but that changed during the second 45 minutes.”We needed to transform the match going forward,” Valverde noted.”We controlled the play with [Sergio] Busquets, Arthur [Melo], [Frenkie] De Jong, but we didn’t have any space to play.”We needed to be more of a threat in their area and be more decisive in the final third.”They kept us far away from their goal and we were able to come back.” last_img read more

Stratford Festival launches 100million campaign for the new Tom Patterson Theatre

center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: STRATFORD, ON – Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney are excited to announce the launch of The Spirit of the Tent: A Campaign for the New Tom Patterson Theatre Centre. To mark the launch, Ophelia Lazaridis has announced a gift of $10 million. TPT Landscape – Hariri Pontarini Architects TPT Lobby – Hariri Pontarini Architects TPT Model – Hariri Pontarini Architects Garden view – Hariri Pontarini Architects Night view – Hariri Pontarini Architects Stage view – Hariri Pontarini Architects. The $100-million campaign will provide the capital for a stunning new facility, designed by acclaimed architect Siamak Hariri of Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini, along with a fund to support the long-term viability of the centre and the programs it will house.“This is a big day for Stratford,” says Mr. Cimolino. “We are so grateful to Ophelia for coming forward with such a remarkable gift for this important project. The Tom Patterson Theatre is one of our most treasured creative spaces, but one that is woefully inadequate for the calibre of performance and experience our patrons have come to expect. This campaign will allow us to turn it into a facility befitting the founder whose name it bears. Together with our artists, staff and most generous donors, we look forward to rekindling the infectious spirit that Tom Patterson inspired 65 years ago, a spirit that awakened a belief in Canadian creativity and changed the cultural landscape of this country.” Twitterlast_img read more