Cannabis sales soar as Canadians hunker for coronavirus lockdown

first_img“We have noticed an increase in sales in the past few days,” confirms SQDC spokesman Fabrice Giguere, without offering specific sales numbers in accordance with its policy. “The supply is stable, both online and at the branch,” he adds.Another SQDC customer, social worker Kelly Mercer, says she is “not really worried” about the risk of contracting the virus by coming to the store in person, even though nearly 100 cases have been confirmed as of late Wednesday in Quebec, including one death. Nationwide, the count has topped 600 cases, including nine deaths.”As you can see everybody is social distancing, the stores are taking precautions, not handling cash, cashiers are wearing gloves and using sanitizers on their hands. So I feel they are taking as many precautions as anybody could,” says Mercer as she exits the store.”I smoke regularly, just for fun,” she adds. “I just want to make sure I am good for a couple of weeks if my boss gives the word that we’re all going to [have to] stay home.”While SQDC has relied on mitigation measures to reduce the risk, Ontario-based cannabis giant Canopy Growth on Tuesday temporarily closed its 23 Tokyo Smoke and Tweed corporate retail stores nationwide, citing a social responsibility to limit contact between customers.”We encourage people to buy online rather than going to the store,” Jordan Sinclair, vice president of communications for Canopy Growth, told AFP.In Ontario province, the largest market for cannabis in Canada, the company is focused on supplying the Ontario Cannabis Store — a government online portal, which has a mandated monopoly on online pot sales in the province.”The last few days have seen a marked increase in sales volumes at OCS.ca,” said Daffyd Roderick, OCS communications director, citing an 80-100% increase from normal last weekend.”People are stocking up on things that are going to make being at home for a long period of time as tolerable as possible. I think alcohol seems to be fitting into that [category] and certainly cannabis is too,” concludes Jordan Sinclair. He added: “People are making purchases with the assumption that they’re going to have limited options in the weeks ahead.”Topics : To manage stress in the face of the coronavirus pandemic or just to pass the time under quarantine, Canadians and tourists have been lining up for several days at pot shops and flooding online cannabis retailers’ sites to stock up on the mood-altering drug that was legalized here in 2018.In front of the Societe Quebecoise du Cannabis (SQDC) boutique on Sainte-Catherine Street, Montreal’s main commercial drive, a long line has formed before it even opens.”We decided to quarantine, we’re just going to look for ‘weed’ for the 15 days,” says Maureen Duflot, 28. She arrived in Montreal Tuesday evening with her partner on the last flight from Paris before Canada closed its borders to foreigners. Canadian public health authorities have urged travellers to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.”We’ll see how it goes inside,” she enthuses. “People are super nice, there is a great atmosphere, in contrast to the situation now in France.”Canada legalized the recreational use of cannabis in October 2018, becoming only the second country in the world after Uruguay to do so.”There are those who panic, others who are not taking the situation seriously enough. I decided to come and manage my stress by smoking cannabis,” says Michel Benoit, a cameraman who had just learned he would be off work for a period “as a precaution against contracting or spreading the coronavirus.”last_img read more

PREMIUMProlonged pandemic could derail Indonesia’s recovery, ADB, economists warn

first_imgFacebook Forgot Password ? ADB Asian-Development-Bank economic-recovery Indonesia economic-contraction GDP-growth recession COVID-19 pandemic Log in with your social account A prolonged pandemic could potentially harm Indonesia’s economic recovery as the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in the country adds uncertainty, resulting in a weak economic indicator outlook, economists have said. In a recently published report, titled Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) stated that continued disruption from the coronavirus “will have severe implications for growth” for Indonesia, with domestic demand and export prospects dampened as a consequence.“The main risk for the outlook of Indonesia, and also the [Asian] region, stems from the possibility of a prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, which could potentially derail the recovery process,” ADB’s country economist for Indonesia Emma Allen said during a webinar held by the development bank on Tuesday. As of Wednesday, Indonesia had re… Linkedin Google Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Child protection bill passes first hurdle

first_imgOneNews 26 Sept 2013A new bill which would see offenders receive tougher sentences if their crime was committed in front of a child has passed its first reading in Parliament.NZ First MP Asenati Lole-Taylor’s Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill was last night voted on unanimously to the Law and Order Select Committee.The bill would see any crime committed in front of a minor, aged 16 years or under, be an aggravating factor during sentencing.Lole-Taylor said too many children were being exposed to danger, and witnessing a crime could cause a child serious emotional and psychological harm.“The evidence is staggering – 460 children were found at crime scenes between 2010-2011,” she said.“What is more disturbing is that children were present in 37% of P-Labs and 73% of drug houses.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/child-protection-bill-passes-first-hurdle-5591266last_img read more

Man United eye £50m-rated Everton star as replacement for Haaland

first_img Promoted Content9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous ActorsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games? Manchester United have turned their attentions to Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin after top target Erling Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund. Loading… The Norwegian had been rumoured to join up with compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford, but he signed for Bundesliga side Dortmund for a reported £18million. Now, Solskjaer has his eyes on Everton striker Calvert-Lewin, who the Toffees value at £50million, according to The Sun. However, the report details that Everton would be reluctant to let the 22-year-old go.Advertisement Read Also: Everton lead race to sign Real Madrid star for £43m Calvert-Lewin has scored 10 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions this season, including a match-winning double at Newcastle on Saturday. He also scored on Boxing Day against Burnley, in new manager Carlo Ancelotti’s first game in charge. The Everton gaffer is a known fan of Calvert-Lewin, previously saying while Napoli manager, ‘there are a lot of people who have eyes on him.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

New Football Coach

first_imgLast week the Batesville Community School Corporation announced the hiring of Evan Ulery as the new head football coach.  Evan is a 2009 Ball State graduate and has been teaching at Greensburg Junior High.  He has been one of the assistant football coaches at Greensburg since 2012.  Before that, he was an assistant football coach at Wes-Del near Muncie.Evan will have big shoes to fill since Eric Heppner has developed an excellent program at BHS.  Heppner averaged 7+ wins per year for his 20-year career.  I am sure that Evan will be up to the task since he was part of a very good football program at neighboring Greensburg High School.  Good luck, Evan, as you begin this new undertaking.  Your biggest task might be learning to fill a complete interview on Coaches Corner with as few as 2 questions!last_img read more

We must impress our style – Poch

first_img The former Argentina international took over at White Hart Lane earlier this summer on the back of an impressive spell in charge at Southampton, which saw them break into the Barclays Premier League’s top 10. Pochettino takes his squad – which has been improved by the signings of goalkeeper Michel Vorm and defenders Ben Davies and Eric Dier – to West Ham on Saturday, before a Europa League play-off away to AEL Limassol. “It is an important thing to get the three points to start in a good way.” West Ham beat Spurs three times last term, but Pochettino will not read too much into those results. “This is my first season at Tottenham,” he said. “The past is the past. “Of course we need to learn from the past, but anything which happened was last season.” Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris feels the squad are in a positive frame of mind to lay down a marker when the action starts for real following a promising pre-season campaign. “This kind of game is a good test as a first away match, and it’s difficult to look for anything but a victory,” the France captain said on the club’s official website, www.tottenhamhotspur.com. “You always need to have determination, ambition and passion and we have the ambition to go to Upton Park and get three points.” Press Association Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes his team will quickly show their style on the pitch this season to stop his “boring” talk of a change in football philosophy. The Spurs boss accepts it may not be a case of seeing immediate results following a change of direction in the dugout, but is confident the group are willing to take everything on board as they target a return to the top four. “We have to impress our style and philosophy. That sounds boring, maybe, but it is true,” Pochettino said. “This is the most important thing – to create something, to believe – and is the key for the way to success. “This is only the beginning of the season, so we need to improve and put in practice the new philosophy and style. “The players need time, it is true, to improve, to believe and to learn. Then after we will see.” Pochettino, however, understands all too well that patience is not much of a virtue in the English top flight, with Tim Sherwood dismissed earlier in the summer having himself taken over following the unceremonious departure of Andre Villas-Boas last December. “It is important to have a good start, to win the three points,” he said. “There will then be that feeling in the belief of your ideas, that the group is more strong. “We have a very good mentality to play at West Ham, and we are expecting a very tough game. last_img read more

Roger Federer beats Krajinovic in first round of ATP Basel Tennis Tournament

first_imgBasel (Switzerland): Top seed Roger Federer on Tuesday struggled to defeat Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round of the ATP Basel tennis tournament, which he has won eight times.Federer, 37-year-old and the current world No. 3, needed two hours and nine minutes on Tuesday night to achieve his 67th victory in his hometown tournament, where he has only lost nine games and reached eleven consecutive finals, reports Efe news agency.The Swiss star will play in the round of 16 against German Jan-Lennard Struff, who defeated Australian John Millman on Tuesday 7-6 (3) and 6-2.Struff thus prevented a meeting between Federer and Millman and a repeat of the duel of the US Open in which the Australian surprised all and against the odds defeated the Swiss. (IANS)last_img read more

Supreme Ventures joins 1320 heat as official betting partners

first_imgIBET Supreme, a part of the Supreme betting company is the latest entity to join the sponsorship team for the highly-anticipated 1320 Heat International Drag race meet that is being organised by the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC).Billed for the South Dakota Drag Strip on August 25th, the event promises to be a spectacle for both fans and racers.Representative Dustani Barrow acknowledged this, saying that the company is more than happy to support the venture.“We’ll (Ibetsupreme) see you at the drags,” he said when handing over the company’s contribution.Meanwhile, club president Rameez Mohamed told the media that he is pleased to have a company like Ibetsupreme on board with the event.“We cannot thank these guys enough for coming on board with this venture. We want them as a sport betting company to see the potential that motorsport has in their line of work.”A contingent from Trinidad and Tobago has been confirmed to participate while cars from Suriname have also shown interest, but that depends on when the Guyana/Suriname ferry gets back operational.Sponsors include DEL CO ICE, R.Kission Contracting, Deryck Jaisingh Trucking Service and Machinery Rentals, Mohamed’s Enterprise, BM Soat, Prem’s Electrical, E-Networks, Trans-Pacific Auto Sales, Cyril’s Taxi, Blue Spring Water, Choke Gas Station, Miracle Optical, Tropical shipping and Hand in Hand.last_img read more

CWI domestic schedule in ‘jeopardy’ as COVID-19 hits Region

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  (CMC) – Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) domestic itinerary has been put in “jeopardy” following the first reported cases of the coronavirus in the Caribbean, and chief executive Johnny Grave said Thursday a decision would be taken shortly on whether to suspend the schedule altogether.Two cases of the virus – known as COVID-19 – have already been reported in Jamaica while Trinidad, Guyana and St Vincent have all reported a single case so far.But with health authorities anticipating a rise in reported cases and other Caribbean territories on high alert, Grave said it was critical CWI acted swiftly to mitigate against any potential risk to players and officials, and in the best interest of public safety.“Our medical panel is meeting as we speak so they can provide a recommendation on our upcoming tours and series,” Grave told CMC Sports in a telephone interview Thursday.“And it wouldn’t be a surprise to me [if] there is a postponement or cancellation of our events. In the Caribbean now we’ve got cases reported in Guyana, St Vincent and Jamaica.“I’m awaiting news of their recommendations and we’ll take those recommendations immediately to the Board of Directors. We’re likely to host a conference call and ask for support of those recommendations.”Significantly, two matches of the ongoing eighth round of the Regional Four-Day Championship are being staged in affected territories, with Guyana Jaguars hosting Barbados Pride in Georgetown and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force hosting Windward Islands in Tarouba, south Trinidad.And though the round bowled off on Thursday with a match also being played between Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Jamaica Scorpions in Antigua, Grave admitted that uncertainty remained over the fixtures, depending on the recommendations put forward.“The current round of four-day games has started [on Thursday] but I couldn’t really say with any confidence whether those games will be completed because obviously the situation is changing so quickly and we’re monitoring it very, very closely as you would expect,” the Englishman stressed.Several other upcoming domestic tournaments face the possibility of cancellation. The Women’s Super50 Cup is set to run from March 30 to April 11 in Guyana, the boys Under-15 Championship is carded for Antigua from April 11-19 while the girls Under-19 Championship is scheduled for Trinidad from April 7-11.Further, two rounds of the Regional Four-Day Championship still remain, with some matches scheduled for Trinidad, Guyana and Jamaica.Pointing to the entire suite of tournaments, Grave said all could be in danger once instability remained because of the coronavirus.“As for the next two rounds of the [four-day] championship which are the final ones, the women’s Regional Super50 Cup which takes place end of the month in Guyana, our Under-15 Boys regional tournament due to take place in early April here in Antigua and our inaugural Under-19 girls tournament taking place in Trinidad and Tobago in early April, it’s fair to say they are all in jeopardy as to whether they take place or not.”There are also several international series scheduled, with West Indies Women hosting South Africa Women from May 30 to June 10 in Jamaica and Trinidad, and West Indies A taking on South Africa A from June 10 to July 9 in Antigua and Barbados.New Zealand and South Africa’s men’s senior teams are also expected to tour the Caribbean in July and August.Already, the coronavirus has infected over 125 500 people worldwide and resulted in 4600 deaths.It has forced the suspension of the National Basketball League (NBA) and other sporting events in the United States where nearly 40 deaths have been reported.last_img read more