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Stuff co.nz 11 September 2020Family First Comment: “Legalising cannabis could lead to gangs targeting younger people on the black market, pose major risks to health and safety and be a gateway to using harder drugs. Christchurch Central candidate Dale Stephens said decriminalising the drug and putting an age limit of 20 on its use would see criminals turning their focus towards children if the market for older people disappeared. Stephens, who was a police officer for 20 years and spent four years investigating drug crime, made the warning during a discussion on the forthcoming cannabis referendum with Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson in Christchurch on Friday.”Legalising cannabis could lead to gangs targeting younger people on the black market, pose major risks to health and safety and be a gateway to using harder drugs, a former police officer and current National Party candidate has warned.Christchurch Central candidate Dale Stephens said decriminalising the drug and putting an age limit of 20 on its use would see criminals turning their focus towards children if the market for older people disappeared.Stephens, who was a police officer for 20 years and spent four years investigating drug crime, made the warning during a discussion on the forthcoming cannabis referendum with Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson in Christchurch on Friday.Davidson, whose party is pushing for legal access to cannabis, argued for it to be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal issue.Prohibition had caused “chaos” for decades and Māori and Pacific people were victims of “systemic racism” by being disproportionately targeted over its use, she said.“This is not about voting for whether cannabis exists or not, because it already does,” she said.“Even in the legal and prohibited status it is already in our communities. We need for drugs to be treated as a health issue, not as a criminal issue.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/122743271/criminals-may-target-children-if-cannabis-is-legalised–national-candidateKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Gelber had already declared that spring break was “over” in South Beach during a Thursday news conference.On Friday, Fort Lauderdale’s mayor called a state of emergency in response to the virus, cancelling all city events and meetings for the next 30 days, through April 12.The following events in Fort Lauderdale are postponed:* All meetings of the commission and city boards, including advisory boards, city committees and City working groups;* All special magistrate, code enforcement, board of adjustment and nuisance abatement board hearings;* All homeowner association and civic association meetings held on city property;* All city events and city-approved events; and* All city recreational programs, facility rentals, pools and organized sports leagues. Parks facilities and community centers remain open during normal business hours; however, all programming is postponed.In addition, all organized public gatherings must now be capped at 250 people, says Trantalis.Exemptions include land or facilities owned and managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the state or federal government, as well as hospitals and healthcare facilities.Fort Lauderdale is requiring every public place, including all businesses, restaurants, bars and retail shops, to have alcohol-based hand sanitizer at every entrance. Spring break is officially coming to an end at two South Florida party spots.Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach announced jointly Sunday afternoon they are closing their beaches in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19.Dean Trantalis, mayor of Fort Lauderdale, and Dan Gelber, mayor of Miami Beach, said the two cities developed a plan so that any new rules implemented by one city would not send a crush of spring breakers to the other municipality.“We have to everything we can to minimize crowds and stop further cases of COVID-19,” said Trantalis.He added that Fort Lauderdale Beach will be closed as of today through April 12 from Harbor Drive to north of Oakland Park Blvd.Gelber said South Beach will be closed from 5th St to 15th St. until March 19th. Officials will decide at that time whether the beach should remain closed.He addressed spring breakers descending on South Beach: “You have a mother, you have a grandmother and maybe a great grandmother. That virus can be extremely dangerous to them. We cannot come a petri dish for a very dangerous virus.”The two mayors announced the policy as the number of new cases increased overnight to 109 in Florida, with 36 in Broward.
By Mitch PhillipsCARDIFF,(Reuetrs)-Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in a superb Champions League final full of attacking verve and brilliant goals on Saturday as the Spaniards won the title for the third time in four years and 12th in all.Ronaldo swept in a neat opener after 20 minutes but Mario Mandzukic hit a deserved equalizer for the Italian champions with a spectacular effort seven minutes later.Real, however, took command in the second half and a long-range deflected effort by Casemiro after 60 minutes, a neat finish by the irrepressible Ronaldo and an 89th minute tap-in for substitute Marco Asensio settled one of the most entertaining finals of recent years.It was Real’s 12th title in their 15th final as they became the first team to successfully defend it in the Champions League era. AC Milan were the last team to retain Europe’s top prize when they won in 1989 and 1990.It was heartbreak again for Juventus, however, who were seeking a treble after winning the Italian league and cup. They came away as losers for the seventh time in nine finals having also lost to Barcelona in 2015.Juve conceded more goals on Saturday than the three they had in the 12 games they played to reach the final as a much-vaunted Real attack v Juve defense scenario went emphatically Madrid’s way.It did not look that way initially as Juventus were full of attacking intent in the opening exchanges.Real gradually settled, however, and scored with their first chance after a trigonometric build-up. Ronaldo was at the heart of it, playing the ball into the path of Dani Carvajal who cut it straight back to allow the Portuguese forward to sweep the ball sweetly into the far corner.That made him the second man to score in three finals, after Alfredo Di Stefano, who scored in five in a row for Real in the 1950s, but he was far from done on the night.GREAT GOALThat effort was eclipsed seven minutes later by one of the all-time great final goals.Juve center back Leonardo Bonucci drove a long diagonal ball towards the byline to set off a brilliantly skilful exchange.Alex Sandro reached it and cushioned the ball back across the box. Gonzalo Higuain knocked it back to Mandzukic who took a touch on his chest and leaped, with his back to goal, to connect with a stunning bicycle kick that looped over Keylor Navas.The Juventus fans in the 72,000 crowd erupted, ramping up the atmosphere that was already crackling under the closed stadium roof.It was a different story after the break, however, and Real’s dominance settled the match with two goals in four minutes.Brazilian midfielder Casemiro made it 2-1 when his 30-yard shot took a deflection that wrong-footed Buffon and Ronaldo, the man who loves the big occasion, expertly swept in the third at the near post after a great run and cross by Luka Modric.The goals knocked the stuffing out of Juventus, who ended with 10 men after Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 84th minute – 18 minutes after coming on as a substitute – following a second booking for the mildest of pushes on Sergio Ramos.Ramos’s theatrics were an unedifying moment in a generally uplifting final and fittingly it ended on a positive note when Marcelo charged to the byline and crossed for Asensio to tuck home the fourth.
Top Czech women, including Pliskova and Kvitova are set to play while Jiri Vesely is the highest ranked player in the men’s draw.All the tournaments will be without spectators. The matches will be broadcast on television.MAN CITY OWNERS-BELGIAN CLUBMan City parent company buys Belgian club Lommel SKBRUSSELS (AP) — The owners of Manchester City have purchased a Belgian soccer team on today, adding a ninth club to their worldwide portfolio. Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press May 11, 2020 It says the 2023 event will take place from Aug. 25 through Sept. 10 of that year.Group games will be played in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.The final phase will be played in Manila. It will be the first time that the tournament formerly called the world championships will be played across multiple countries.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Real (RAY’-al) Madrid has become the latest Spanish league club to resume individual training. Players were back in action today at the team’s training center, two months after the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most clubs had already resumed individual sessions. Barcelona restarted on Friday and Atlético Madrid on Saturday. All players were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice. The league says five players on first- and second-division clubs have tested positive. Three staff members have also tested positive.— The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set. Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31. Commissioner Atsushi Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20. Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums.— The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month. The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday.CZECH-CHARITY EVENTPliskova, Kvitova to lead teams in Czech competition PRAGUE (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh) and third-ranked Karolina Pliskova will lead two teams in a charity competition during the coronavirus pandemic.Pliskova’s team will include her twin-sister Kristyna, 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, Tereza Martincová and Nikola Bartunkova.Kvitova’s squad will include Barbora Strýcová, Kateřina Siniaková and Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova.The first of the four tournaments that are part of the competition is scheduled for June 13-15 in Prague.Separately, the first of a series of tournaments organized by the Czech tennis federation is scheduled for May 26-28 in Prague. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-AHLAmerican hockey league cancels rest of seasonUNDATED (AP) — The American Hockey League has canceled the rest of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The City Football Group, which is run by the Abu Dhabi royal family, says it bought second-division club Lommel SK after the team based in the eastern Limburg province had its professional license renewed. Financial terms of the deal have not been revealed.Lommel was sixth in the standings when the Belgian season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The team plays in an 8,000-capacity stadium and its biggest achievement was reaching the 2001 Belgian Cup final.WORLD CUP-2023 DATESFIBA sets dates for 2023 Basketball World CupMIES, Switzerland (AP) — FIBA has set the dates for the next Basketball World Cup. President and CEO David Andrews says, “the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.”The league’s board of governors made that determination in a conference call Friday.The AHL suspended its season on March 12 after the NHL did. The league hopes to be back next season but that is in jeopardy if sports must be played in empty arenas.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The British government has told sports bodies to prepare for the resumption of events in England but not before June and not with fans in stadiums. Sports have been shut down in Britain since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. A government document says Step 2 of the plan for easing the lockdown includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast.” The document states that the resumption cannot happen before June 1.
The No. 16 USC women’s tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 7 UCLA on Friday afternoon in a crucial Pac-10 conference showdown for both teams at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.With Friday’s loss, the Women of Troy (13-8, 5-2) are eliminated from the Pac-10 title contention.UCLA (19-3, 6-1) came out strong, snagging a doubles sweep to start the day off. The Bruins secured an 8-5 win at No. 2 as UCLA’s No. 77-ranked duo of Noelle Hickey and Nina Pantic topped sophomore Alison Ramos and freshman Valeria Pulido.Meanwhile, the other two matches on courts one and three remained close. At the third court, USC’s duo of senior Sarah Fansler and junior Lyndsay Kinstler evened the score after being down 1-3, but couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 9-7.The doubles point was already secured when the match on court one was tied 6-6. From there, UCLA No. 4 pair of Andrea Remynse and Yasmin Schnack put away USC’s No. 55 duo of freshman Danielle Lao and junior Maria Sanchez 8-6.With UCLA up 1-0 heading into singles, the Bruins held the momentum and managed to claim the first set on five of six courts, en route to taking three consecutive singles matches to seal their victory.USC was held to straight-set losses on the back two courts, putting UCLA ahead 3-0, and just one victory away from taking the match from its crosstown rival.No. 24 Ramos was the only player for USC to take the first set from her Bruin opponent, as she cruised to 6-1 on court three over No. 51 Hickey. Ramos beat Hickey in straight sets the last time the teams met.But Ramos couldn’t keep up this time and ended up winning just two games for the remainder of the match. Hickey posted a 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ramos, which gave UCLA the 4-0 lead as well as the secured match.USC earned its sole point of the day with an impressive comeback victory on court four by No. 100 Pulido. Pulido lost the first set rather quickly at 0-6, but won the next two sets in hard-fought tiebreakers.The No. 3 singles player in the nation, USC’s Sanchez was topped by No. 8 Schnack on the first court. Sanchez seemed like she had the upper hand after going up 5-0 in the first set. But from there, Schnack won seven straight games to edge out Sanchez in the first set 7-5. Schnack also won the next set and notched another 7-5 in the second set.The No. 3 match was still under way with UCLA’s No. 26 Remynse and USC’s No. 28 Lao competing in the final singles match of the day. Lao was hoping to avenge her loss to Remynse from earlier this season. Remynse had taken that match clinching point in three sets, when the teams were tied 3-3, which had given the Bruins the win.But yet again, it was Remynse who snagged the victory, polishing off Lao 7-5, 6-1 to close out the match for a dominant 6-1 win for the Bruins.“It was a really tough loss. We were very disappointed, but we know we all tried our best,” Pulido said. “Now, we are just trying to move on and stay positive. We need to stay focused. We can’t let this loss affect our performance for next week.”The Women of Troy head to Ojai, Calif., this week for individual singles and doubles action at the Pac-10 championships. First, they will get to finish their match versus No. 10 Stanford on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Their April 2 match was suspended because of rain.If Stanford wins, the Cardinal will improve to 8-0 and capture the Pac-10 crown. If USC wins, UCLA must face No. 12 California as its April 2 match was also cancelled by rain. If the Bruins win, then it will share the Pac-10 title with Stanford.“We still have a lot left of the season,” Sanchez said. “Everyone is going to go into Ojai working on their game and trying to best prepare themselves for the upcoming NCAAs.”
For Sellas Tetteh, it is semi-finals or nothing.That’s Ghana’s target for the impending Under 20 World Cup.The Black Satellites coach has set the last four as the minimum target the tournament that starts May 30 in New Zealand. But he will have to contend with Argentina, Panama and Austria at the group stage.”My initial target is to be in the semi final then after that we see what happens,” Tetteh tells Joy Sports.”That is our target, but not the ultimate,” said the man who has won gold and bronze in his last two attempts. The former assistant Black Stars trainer was speaking from New South Wales after Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Portugal, which was the team’s final trial match. Tetteh has led the team through months and he insists the readiness regime is almost complete. “We are almost 80 percent ready for the mundial and that is good news but we have to at least manage till we get the best from the squad.””At the moment the conditioning of the players is quite appreciable. They are close to hitting top form,”The Black Satellites are three-time African champions, having previously won in 1995, 1999, and 2009 as well as two-time runners-up at the World Youth Championships – 1993, 2001.Ghana also finished third in 2013. The 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be the twentieth edition of the U-20 World Cup since its inception in 1977 as the FIFA World Youth Championship. The competition will take place for the first time in New Zealand, the third time on Oceanian soil after Australia staged the 1981 and 1993 editions.–
Re-elected Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi has promised to lead the campaign to get the proposed limits on terms of office for football federation heads.Some renowned football administrators, including resigned FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, had suggested term limits for all Fifa executives. The Swiss had mooted for this to encompass member associations and wanted the duration to be a maximum of three terms of four years.Nyantakyi, who begins a third term of office after going unopposed in Tuesday’s elections, has sworn to lead that crusade.“Regarding specific reforms like term limits, I have no objection to that. The FIFA Congress in Sao Paolo and Zurich considered it and it was rejected,” he noted.“This time round most people have seen the need to re-introduce that and I will lead the crusade or campaign for such reforms to be introduced at FIFA, CAF and even at our national association level so when the time comes we will all abide by that.”Nyantakyi made history in 2011 when he became the first incumbent GFA boss to be democratically re-elected for a second term in office. His first election was in 2005 after earlier serving in an acting capacity as chairman for a year.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
The team formerly known as the Redskins are zeroing in on a new name.Washington owner Dan Snyder made it official on July 13, as the team is looking to move on from the offensive, racist and derogatory team name amid financial pressure from sponsors and, equally as important, pressure from Native Americans who wanted the team to abandon the name. View this post on Instagram Mission accomplished, but there could be some time before the Washington NFL franchise settles and unveils a new name. There are some signals that could point to the new moniker, as betting odds, Dwayne Haskins and a mystery man all potentially point to a favorite for a new name: the Redwolves.An Instagram post featuring a mock up of a prospective Redwolves uniform caught the eye of current Washington QB1 Haskins, who chimed in with some positive commentary regarding the unis: MORE: Get the latest NFL betting odds from Sports Insider”Not gone hold you. I can fw this,” Haskins said in a reply on the post. Howl to the #Redwolves? (Concept done by @catchtheblitz)A post shared by Jordan (@redskinstoday) on Jul 10, 2020 at 2:35pm PDTBut that’s not where the only smoke for the Redwolves nickname comes from. Early July 13, Martin McCaulay tweeted that the Washington Redwolves nickname is currently embroiled in a trademark fight, and that should be of intrigue. Time reported “SBJ and the Post both reported a new name wouldn’t be unveiled Monday because the team’s preferred replacement is involved in a trademark fight.” The only name now in a trademark fight is #WashingtonRedwolves Arkansas State Red Wolves v Chattanooga Red Wolves— Martin McCaulay (@MartinMcCaulay) July 13, 2020McCaulay, a 61-year-old actuary who lives in Alexandria, Va., has filed for 44 trademarks since 2016 — many of them possibilities for Washington’s new team name. Team officials would need to come to an agreement with McCauley to transfer the trademark before before using the name. And McCaulay claimed on Twitter that “Redwolves” is the trademark that’s currently in a tiff in court. MORE: Five options for Washington’s new team nameRedskins name change oddsThough the Redwolves nickname seems to be the favorite, there are a number of other names that have entered the betting sphere, if you care to risk some dollars to guess where Snyder and Co. might go with the next name.All odds are courtesy of Sports Insider:Redwolves +150Redtails +300Warriors +500Generals +600Presidents +750Lincolns +1000Monuments +1000Memorials +1200Redhawks +1200Kings +1400Americans +1600Veterans +1800Skins +2000Roosevelts +2200Jeffersons +2500