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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Nov. 16 (JIS): Chairman of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, Dr. Andre Gordon, says the organisation will operate in a completely transparent manner, as it seeks to regulate the local marijuana industry.Addressing a conference on Jamaica’s Cannabis Reforms, at the Swept Away Resort in Negril, on November 14, Dr. Gordon said stakeholders in the industry will be kept abreast of all discussions and decisions, to ensure that there are no grey areas.“Whatever we do that is not sensitive at the moment of discussion or decision will not be kept away from the stakeholders. We don’t expect and will not give anyone the opportunity to have any doubts about how licences are issued and who get licences,” he said.Dr. Gordon emphasised that the guidelines which are used to govern the Authority will be made available to players in the industry, in an effort to keep everyone in the loop.He reiterated that the main function of the Authority is to foster the sector’s growth and development, and regulate the legal marijuana and hemp industry in Jamaica.“This will be done in a manner that is consistent with Jamaica’s international treaty obligations regarding the use and export of narcotic substances. Nothing that we do will contravene our international obligations,” Dr. Gordon assured.The Chairman pointed out that under the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, the Authority has been given the power to issue licences, permits and authorisations for the handling of hemp and marijuana for medical, therapeutic or scientific purposes.Dr. Gordon added that while the organisation has no authority over the religious or sacramental use of marijuana, it will ensure that persons from that sector are given a level playing field on which to participate in a regulated and legal industry.Dr. Gordon informed that three Orders have been issued by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining for the use of marijuana for research purposes and the Authority, by law, will maintain jurisdiction over the drug that is used for research.Meanwhile, the Chairman said it is expected that the final regulations of the Authority are expected to be in place during the first quarter of 2016.“The drafting of the regulations will start this month (November). We have agreed that we will have interim regulations to facilitate research and development work…for the Minister to take to Cabinet before the end of 2015. We expect to have at least the first set of final regulations in place by the end of the first quarter of 2016,” Dr. Gordon said. Related Items:Chairman of the Cannabis Licensing Authority, Dr. Andre Gordon, Negril, Swept Away Resort
Crystal Cruises to offer shorter cruises in 2019 with Crystal Getaways MIAMI — There are nine new Crystal Getaways coming in 2019, with destinations as near as North America to as far as Australia and Indonesia.According to Crystal Cruises, Crystal Getaways are abbreviated segments of existing longer voyages, and will sail in January, February, April and October of next year. Seven of them will sail aboard Crystal Symphony while the remaining two will be aboard Crystal Serenity.Getaways range from six to16 days and explore South America, Australia and Indonesia, the North American Gulf Coast, South Pacific and New Zealand, and South Africa.Both Crystal ships have recently undergone redesigns within the last year that include enhanced butler-serviced penthouses and suites, open-seating dining with new restaurants, new entertainment venues, and enhanced décor in public areas and lounges.Crystal Getaways itineraries include the following:Crystal Symphony January 5: 6 days, New Orleans to Curaçao, WillemstadJanuary 11: 8 days, Curaçao, Willemstad to Recife, BrazilJanuary 11: 10 days, Curaçao, Willemstad to Salvador da Bahia, BrazilJanuary 11: 13 days, Curaçao, Willemstad to Rio de Janeiro, BrazilJanuary 24: 8 days, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Montevideo, UruguayApril 14: 12 days, Cairns, Australia to SingaporeOctober 15: 10 days, Panama City, Panama to New OrleansMore news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Crystal SerenityJanuary 20: 16 days, Honolulu to Auckland, New ZealandFebruary 28: 13 days, Port Louis, Mauritius to Cape Town, South AfricaCruise fares for the new Crystal Getaways start at US$2,560 per suite, with Book Now Savings of up to $1,500 per suite available for bookings by Dec. 31, 2018. Share Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Crystal Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >>
May 31, 2010 [image: The Lean Linear City. designed by Paolo Soleri, 3D rendering by Young Soo Kim. A postcard of this image is now available at the Cosanti and Arcosanti Visitors Centers]. Previous reports on the LEAN LINEAR CITY can be viewed on 4/20/05, 2/6 – 2/8/06, 8/5 – 8/14/09, 11/27 – 12/14/09. This updated and recently completed series of new 3D images will be in this weeks reports, 5/31 – 6/4/10. [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: The Lean Linear City proposal, as shown at the Beijing Center of the Arts exhibition during the exhibition 3 DIMENSIONAL CITY – FUTURE CHINA, Nov. 2009 – Feb. 2010] The text throughout these three reports consists of excerpts from “QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY”, written by Paolo Soleri, 2005. “SOLARE proposes a continuous urban ribbon, designed to intercept wind patterns of the region. It will also be sensitized to the sun’s radiation, both photovoltaic and greenhouse. Thus, energy-wise it is best suited for breezy and sunny regions.” [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: The Lean Linear City proposal, seen here as an extension from an existing city] “Briefly stated, its main characteristics are: A series of continuous sub-ribbons extend as the Lean Linear City develops with time: [A] Two main parallel structures of thirty or more stories extending several kilometers to hundreds of kilometers. [B] A climate-controlled volume constituting the inner park defined by the two structures delineated above, featuring greenhouse in winter and parasol in summer. [C] Two wind generator continua [D] Two photovoltaic continua [E] One greenhouse apron continuum [F] One orchard apron continuum [G] Several logistical bands for local, regional, and continental trains (rail and maglev) [H] Moving walkways, shuttles, and “fast down and out” slides at appropriate locations [I] One water “stream” for the needs of residents and travelers and for recreation. [J] Two delivery and pick up networks [K] Two liquid and solid waste networks.” [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: View of the Lean Linear City proposal with the two linear ribbons connected to a major node] “Following nature’s example, the design and display of the lean urban ribbon connects existing large and small habitats and helps salvage the land from diaspora while in a sustainable fashion reducing waste, pollution, and social and cultural impoverishment. At the lower ends of the greenhouse aprons the short skirt of suburbia develops. The ballerina, the orchestra, and the spectators know the skirt must be a tutu; the shorter it is, the better it allows nature’s grace into its brief proximity. Rigorously contained suburban spread could develop on a fascia no wider than one kilometer, so as to accommodate travel by public transportation, bicycle, and foot. The private automobile would be rigorously confined to auxiliary functions (outings, research, etc.).” [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: In the foreground we see NUDGING SPACE Arcology with the Lean Linear City in the background] “One thing we should label correctly is time pollution, i.e., the daily waste of time due to moving things and people from here to there. The time wasted commuting, for instance, is one of the main time pollutions of affluence and hyper-consumption. Motion implies energy spent, thus commuting is a double slam of time pollution and energy waste, and also threatens the physical and biological well-being of moving organisms. It offers a less than rosy picture of Homo sapiens as “controller of its own destiny.” This report continues on 6/2/10. [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY]
Categories: Bizon News Portrait unveiled for first woman, Native American to serve in Michigan HouseFrom left, Rep. David Maturen, Capitol decorative painter and artist Joshua Risner, Rep. Dr. John Bizon, Sen. Margaret O’Brien and Rep. Amanda Price attend the portrait unveiling for Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson today at the Anderson House Office Building in Lansing.State Reps. David Maturen and Dr. John Bizon today attended a portrait unveiling in honor of Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson, the first woman and the first Native American to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives. The Anderson House Office Building, where the portrait now hangs in the lobby, is named in her honor.“Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson was a political pioneer; she no doubt overcame many obstacles to serve her district at a time when minorities, including Native Americans, were subjected to considerable discrimination,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “She serves as an inspiration to us all.”Anderson was elected by the “Iron District” of Baroga, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties in 1924, just four years after women gained the right to vote. A woman of Ojibwe decent and a former teacher, she was a lifelong advocate for agriculture, education and public health issues.“Michigan has a long history of courageous individuals who fought to improve the lives of others,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “Rep. Anderson’s accomplishments helped pave the way for many others who came after. It is an honor to work in the same chamber she did.” ### 08Dec Reps. Bizon, Maturen honor Cora Belle Anderson
Italian prosecutors in the Mediatrade case – which has already seen the conviction of former prime minister and Mediaset owner Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud relating to the acquisition by of content rights at inflated prices – have called for the court to take into account the aggravating factor of ‘transnationality’, based on alleged fraud having involved actions in a number of countries.The case has seen Mediaset president Pier Silvio Berlusconi and chairman Fedele Confalonieri accused of tax fraud alongside Silvio Berlusconi’s associate Frank Agrama.Prosecutors have alleged that Agrama is involved with an international organised criminal group. If the factor of ‘transnationality’ is accepted the statute of limitations on tax fraud could be extended by two years, from 2017 to 2019.To give the defence time to study the new allegations, the hearing – at which Pier Silvio Berlusconi is due to give evidence – has been postponed to March 13.Berlusconi’s lawyers described the latest development as “amazing” and “devoid of any basis in fact of in law”.Mediaset issued a statement expressing “profound shock” at the latest development. Mediaset maintains that the price of rights “absolutely reasonable” and that Pier Silvio Berlusconi and Confalonieri were not involved in any decision, and that a Rome court had already acquitted Berlusconi and other executives.Mediaset has maintained that it has always acted within the law, notably after the country’s Supreme Court upheld a verdict against Silvio Berlusconi last August that resulted in the latter’s conviction.The court at that time said that the former prime minister had developed an “illegal system” involving the acquisition of TV rights at inflated prices from foreign companies linked to Berlusconi created illicit tax benefits for his companies.Mediaset said at the time that the value of purchases supplied from Berlusconi associate Frank Agrama amounted to less than 8% of its total investment in content.
Investment advice and corporate governance specialist Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has advised Telecom Italia investors not to support Vivendi’s proposal to name four new board members as the French media giant looks to secure a stronger say in how the Italian operator is run. Vivendi currently controls about 20.1% of Telecom Italia. Shareholders in the Italian operator are set to meet on December 15 to consider the French company’s request to extend the company’s board from its current 13 to 17 members that will include Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine, COO Stephane Roussel, CFO Hervé Philippe and consultant Felicité Herzog.A group of Italian and international funds have separately already written to Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré asking him to clarify his purpose in making the request, which would see Vivendi over-represented on the board in relation to the size of its stake.Telecom Italia is the process of converting non-voting ‘savings shares’ to ordinary voting shares, a move that could see Vivendi’s stake diluted significantly.