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The Al-Jazeera bureau chief in Damascus resigned

first_img May 4, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The Al-Jazeera bureau chief in Damascus resigned Organisation Abd Al-Hamid Toufik resigned as Al-Jazeera bureau chief in Damascus after being forced to suspend the station’s activities in Syria at the end of April. RSF_en center_img News Help by sharing this informationlast_img

Aqueous Announces Phish Fenway After-Show At Boston’s Paradise Rock Club

first_imgAqueous is headed to Boston this summer. On Tuesday, the emerging rock band announced their plans to host a show at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA following Phish‘s second night at Fenway Park on Saturday, July 6th.Related: Phish Announces 2019 Summer TourThe show announcement acts as the first summer headlining date for Aqueous, who also have a handful of festival appearances lined up throughout June, July, and August. The band continues their busy tour schedule in promotion of their 2018 studio album, Color Wheel. Following the completion of a successful 2019 winter tour earlier this month, the four-piece rock band also recently played a show in Rochester, NY which featured their first-ever all-improvised set.Aqueous Guitarist Mike Gantzer also recently revived his Green Day tribute project alongside Umphrey’s McGee bassist Ryan Stasik and drummer Kris Myers for an intimate Umphrey’s afterparty in Albany, NY last month.“I’ve always thought of improvisation as a two-way street,” Gantzer recently told L4LM in regards to their all-improv set and how the band approaches spontaneous creation. “The musicians are there creating it, we’re basically feeding off what people are and aren’t responding to. It becomes this push/pull mentality. There’s just this energy getting thrown around in the room and it’s our job to pick up on it and be conduits from the audience and from each other. We aren’t planning any of it, we want it to be completely authentic and I am very excited for that.”Tickets for the July 6th after-show go on sale this Friday, March 22nd at 10 a.m. EST, and can be found here. Tickets to the show, as well as all of the band’s upcoming winter and spring performances, can be found on the tour page of Aqueous’ website.last_img read more

Long Island Welcomes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In Riverhead & Lake Success

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]A[/dropcap]s Dana and Paul Dargan approached the nondescript building housing one of two Long Island medical marijuana dispensaries that opened on Friday, Dana glanced around in both directions and wondered where the protesters were.The Dargans made the short trip from Hampton Bays to Riverhead, curious to check out the Columbia Care facility and pledge their support. On this dreary morning, there were no signs of opponents. The only people mingling in the parking lot were journalists documenting the historic grand opening and patients making their way inside a neighboring doctor’s office. The dispensary wouldn’t be open for business until 1 p.m.Anyone looking for marijuana leaf displays indicating the dispensary’s location wouldn’t find that, either. Unlike the ubiquitous green leaves blaring from outside facilities in California and other states beckoning potential customers inside and inviting awkward queries from tourists, the Colombia Care building possesses an unassuming tan façade and eschews eye-popping pot paraphernalia.The excitement was palpable once people made their way inside, however. The occasion drew Riverhead Town officials welcoming Columbia Care to Suffolk County, medical marijuana activists and residents like the Dargans.“I believe in compassionate care,” Dana, 62, told the Press, as she waited for the facility’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony. “And this is what it’s all about to me.”The waiting room inside Columbia Care’s Medical Marijuana dispensary in Riverhead. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Friday marked the beginning of what many supporters see as the future of healthcare for patients with debilitating diseases who can’t seem to find the comfort they desire. The law covers only a small list of serious conditions, including cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, HIV/Aids, and epilepsy. [FULL LIST BELOW]Eighteen months since the New York State Legislature approved the Compassionate Care Act, Long Island finally opened the doors to its own dispensaries.“We think this is a wonderful opportunity for patients and physicians to really examine and take advantage of a new form of healthcare,” Columbia Care CEO Nicholas Vita told the Press inside the facility Friday morning. Vita offered reporters a tour of the building, though it was a quick one. Patients only have access to a brightly lit waiting room festooned with an oversized photo of a marijuana leaf and a message declaring the facility’s “promise” to patients, and a pharmacy where transactions and consultations occur.For now, patients can only enter the building by ringing a door bell and displaying a state-issued medical marijuana identification, which is then validated by a member of the staff who swipes the card electronically.New Yorkers interested in signing up for the program must receive a prescription from a certified physician and then register with the New York State Department of Health. As of Friday, there were 306 physicians and 465 patients certified by the state, the DOH said.Columbia Care said it was expecting about 15 patients Friday who had signed up for appointments. Over time, the office expects to have normal business hours where patients can walk in without scheduling in advance, Vita said.The medicinal marijuana offered at the Riverhead facility costs between $100-$300, Vita explained. But, he noted, some patients may be entitled to subsidies of 15-20 percent depending on if they live below the poverty line or are on Medicaid.“The goal for us is to make sure no one ever comes and leaves empty handed,” Vita said, inside the pharmacy.“If they want medicine, they should be able to get medicine, and that’s something we have the ability to do.”The law prohibits smokable marijuana. Columbia Care currently offers medicinal cannabis in liquid form, but Vita said he expects to have the drug available as a vapor and pill form in the near future. Columbia Care has three other facilities in the state, including Rochester, Plattsburgh, and New York City.When a patient enters the pharmacy they’ll be able to meet with a pharmacist technician for a consolation. Depending on the severity of their condition, the pharmacist can adjust the prescription, Vita said. Since the process is new for everyone, Vita hopes patients take advantage of the time they can spend with staff instead of walking over to the counter and immediately purchasing the medicine and walking out.“We want to create options,” he said.The program’s rollout did not come without criticism.Count Dana Dargan among the list of people unhappy that the law only includes 10 qualified conditions. She listed her husband Paul’s long litany of medical issues and lamented that although he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from serving in the Vietnam War, he won’t be eligible.“My husband is a Vietnam vet and he’s got a third of a heart, defibrillator, pace maker, five bypasses, nine stints,” she said, rattling off a lengthy list of maladies, which includes a bout with cancer, which he won. “He’s had a lot of health problems.”“I think from the PTSD from Vietnam that he still suffers from—from back when he was 19 in 1968—I think all veterans should be entitled to it who have PTSD,” she said.Donna Schwier of Compassionate Care NY, an advocacy group, said she will continue push lawmakers to change the law so it includes additional conditions, such as PTSD.Still, she firmly believes the list of qualified conditions will only grow as time goes on.“We don’t expect things to happen overnight, at least I don’t,” she said. “But I am optimistic of things going the right way.”For now, though, Schwier is ecstatic for patients with life-altering conditions who are now eligible for treatment.Schwier will also take advantage of the program to help relieve the pain caused by Fibromyalgia, a muscle disorder.“It’s really going to make a difference in those peoples’ lives,” she told the Press. “You’ve got the people with cancer who have no appetite, they’re suffering severe nausea from the side effects of chemotherapy…you’ve got people with Multiple Sclerosis with severe painful spasticity, and the list goes on.”Vita of Columbia Care sees benefits in how New York has adopted the program.“I like the way New York has done this, and the reason why is because patients and physicians will know what the dosing is, they’ll know all of those things they don’t necessarily know in other markets, and if this is supposed to be medicine, those things have to be in place for people to really embrace it,” he said.“Over time I’m sure the program will expand,” Vita continued. “But what we really want to see is sustainable, long-term partnership with the medical community, that’s driven by the physicians and by science.”Eligible Nassau County residents won’t have to travel to Riverhead to seek treatment. Bloomfield Industries also opened its doors to patients on Friday in Lake Success.“Patients suffering from painful and debilitating conditions no longer have to wait for the treatment they so desperately need,” Colette Bellefleur, Bloomfield Industries’ chief operating officer, said in a statement. “Bloomfield is deeply committed to alleviating suffering with safe, cannabis-based medicine distributed in a secure and compassionate environment. We look forward to serving patients in Nassau County and earning a place as a trusted healthcare leader in the community.”For those who can’t find a physician certified by the state, Vita said the company maintains a list of approved-doctors it can share with prospective patients.LIST OF QUALIFIED CONDITIONSCancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathy, and Huntington’s disease.last_img read more

ONP Management Taking Part in Saudi Arabian Floating Wind Project

first_imgHamburg-based ONP Management GmbH has been named the Technical Advisor for the 500MW floating wind project offshore Saudi Arabia being developed by Plambeck Emirates LLC.As reported earlier this week, Plambeck Emirates and Italy’s Saipem signed a Memorandum of Understanding and an exclusive agreement for the development of the 500MW project.Saipem and Plambec will sign the EPCI contract once financial agreements for the project are finalized.The project is part of the 5GW New Wind Market concept proposed by Plambeck to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ONP Management is also Technical Advisor for the remaining 4.5GW capacity.The floating wind project will be a part of the Saudi Arabian government’s policy “Vision 2030”, Plambeck said.last_img

Mourinho: Kane could return for Spurs’ last two league games

first_img Promoted Content33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?Disney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” Characters8 Best 1980s Gadgets That Defined A Decade6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWorld’s Most Delicious Foods7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Read Also: Mourinho opens up on Tottenham Champions League squad decisionsHe has flown to the Bahamas this week for a stint of warm-weather training, amid hopes he could be back soon.His return for the Leicester and Crystal Palace matches would be a boost for Mourinho as he tries to lead Tottenham to a top four finish and Champions League qualification.Tottenham would also hope to still be in the Champions League and FA Cup by the time Kane returns.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tottenham had previously stated they expect the 26-year-old to return to training some time in April despite reports he could be sidelined for six months.However when asked if Kane would play again this season, Mourinho told reporters: “The Leicester match (May 9). Maybe we need that match for something. Maybe we need that match for something.“To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth. Maybe we need that match for something and maybe he can help us in this match. I hope.“There’s no pressure, he keeps going, no setback. I just think that’s my feeling.“It’s better not to put any kind of expectations, any kind of pressure. Let it go and let’s see.”Kane, fighting to get fit for Euro 2020, is a notoriously quick healer and posted a video on Twitter last week of him stretching. Kane is recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his hamstring suffered during Tottenham’s defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day.center_img England captain Harry Kane could return from injury in time for the final two games of the Premier League season, Tottenham Hotspur coach Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Selinsgrove checkers give Duke PASS weekend sweep

first_imgReinhardt and Prutzman held onto second and third.  Reinhardt, making only his second start of the year, led for most of the race although he was chal­lenged early by Kepner. By Frank Buhrman  “The track didn’t slick off quite as much as I thought it would for the feature,” Duke said in victory lane, “so we were a little tight at the beginning, but the longer we ran, the better we got. Those guys started coming back to me a little bit, and my eyes got a little bit bigger, and we went after them, and we were lucky enough to pull it off.”  SELINSGROVE, Pa. (July 27) – Ken Duke Jr. capped a perfect racing weekend with a late pass for the lead and his second straight hometown victory in Saturday’s 20-lap Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature at Selinsgrove Speedway. The Selinsgrove IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win followed Duke’s victory Friday at Clinton County Motor Speedway and was his seventh of the year in PASS competition; he also has won with the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series. center_img The remaining three contenders battled until lap 12, when Duke got around Prutzman for second on lap 12. Once Duke got by Reinhardt he never looked back, stretching his winning margin to 4.035 seconds by the checkered flag.  Feature results – 1. Ken Duke Jr.; 2. Tyler Reinhardt; 3. Keith Prutzman; 4. Devin Adams; 5. Doug Dodson; 6. Dave Brown; 7. Cale Reigle; 8. Dylan Proctor; 9. Larry McVay; 10. Landon Price; 11. Jake Frye; 12. Dylan Shatzer; 13. Dave Wickham; 14. Mike Alleman; 15. Jimmy White; 16. Kyle Keen; 17. Ian Cumens; 18. Dave Graber; 19. Erin Statler; 20. Domenic Melair; 21. Col­ton Hoover; 22. Will Brunson; 23. Dan Leaper; 24. Wally Eshenaur; 25. Josh Spicer; 26. Kruz Kep­ner Ken Duke Jr. completed a weekend sweep with the Saturday night Pennsylvania Sprint Series checkers at Selinsgrove Speedway. (Photo by Christi Baker) “Those guys” referred to in Duke’s comments were polesitter Tyler Reinhardt, Kruz Kepner and Keith Prutzman, who were all involved in the battle for the lead.last_img read more