Virginia Governor “Didn’t Know” He Was Posing Next To Willie Nelson’s Weed

first_imgIn one of those “Are you kidding me?” type moments, we look at the recent picture of Willie Nelson and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe that features a container of “Willie’s Reserve” in the middle of the two adults. The picture, posted by Willie’s wife, Annie, with the caption “UH OH Trouble!” went viral after the pro-pot singer and governor sat down for a brief meeting. @PaulBegala @GovernorVA UH-OH Trouble! pic.twitter.com/PRdTFiiM1w— ??6630507 (@BioAnnie1) September 17, 2016Nelson was in town for Farm Aid 2016, another successful affair which featured performances from Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, and more to ‘bring awareness about the loss of family farms and to keep farm families on their land’. The governor was in town and naturally wanted to meet the living legend. The two sat down for a bit on Nelson’s tour bus, where the picture was taken. After the picture was posted, the comments from social media followers came flowing through the floodgates.Brian Coy, a spokesperson for McAuliffe stated, “He was not and still is not aware of whatever was on the table or anywhere around him and wouldn’t know marijuana or related paraphernalia if it walked up and shook his hand….He’s cool, but he’s not that cool.”As is typical with politics, a statement had to be made to clear the air and save face. However, in Gov. McAuliffe’s defense, he has expressed his support for medical marijuana over the years, and recently signed into legislation SB 701, a bill that is essentially acting as a first-step for patients suffering from epilepsy to have access to cannabidiol oils (or CBD’s). The bill requires a second passage in 2017, but unfortunately would still prohibit those with multiple sclerosis and PTSD’s from gaining access as well. So, there is still a long way to go in Virginia, which is historically a tough state on drug offenses. It is a start though!Whether or not McAuliffe was truly unaware that the Godfather of Pot would have the good greenery on his tour bus remains a mystery. Whatever the truth, this picture rocks.[via Richmond Times-Dispatch]last_img read more

Alberta E coli outbreak tied to milk shakes

first_img Fourteen of the 16 people identified in the outbreak had consumed marshmallow milk shakes, Judy MacDonald, MD, MCM, of Calgary Health Region told CIDRAP News today. MacDonald is deputy medical officer of health working on communicable disease control for the agency. The Calgary Health Region traced the outbreak to a longtime employee of Peters’ Drive-In, according to the Calgary Herald. The employee reportedly came to work despite being ill. She made a marshmallow milk shake mix that was served at Peters’ from Apr 22 to 26, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported on May 10. She said the outbreak carries an important lesson about food safety: although E coli infections are usually associated with eating undercooked ground beef, the pathogen can get into other foods if they are handled by infected people. Some of those who fell ill in this outbreak are vegetarians, she added. The worker who made the milk shakes had the first case identified in the outbreak, said MacDonald. She was symptomatic before Apr 22 and continued to work until she was found to have a possible case of E coli on Apr 25. Using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), authorities have been able to confirm that the same strain of E coli infected at least 9 of the 16 people, MacDonald reported. The next week, on May 2 and 3, lab tests showed several more E coli cases, MacDonald said. Because a food worker had already been diagnosed, investigators quickly focused on the drive-in and found links among 15 cases. One case has not been linked to the drive-in, MacDonald said. The CBC reported that three people were hospitalized briefly. A fourth, a 15-year-old named Sara Burgess, had a marshmallow shake on Apr 24, the Herald reported. The next day, she began vomiting and was hospitalized. She developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and has been receiving dialysis at Alberta Children’s Hospital because of kidney failure. She remained in fair to serious condition today, according to MacDonald. May 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Sixteen people have fallen sick and one is hospitalized with Escherichia coli O157:H7, most of them after drinking milk shakes at a popular drive-in restaurant in Calgary, Alta. Dr. Glen Armstrong, head of infectious diseases at the University of Calgary, told the CBC that foodservice workers should stay home if they’re feeling ill. MacDonald said it’s too soon to rule out the possibility of more cases. The drive-in was temporarily closed, but it has been cleaned and reopened, the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper reported on May 7.last_img read more

Gasol claims rare double as Spain beat Argentina 95-75 to win FIBA World Cup

first_imgBEIJING (Reuters) – Spain beat Argentina 95-75 to win the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the first time since 2006 on Sunday, completing a stunning campaign for a squad considered by many to be among the outsiders when the 32-team tournament began.The Spaniards scored first and never relinquished the lead, relying on swarming interior defence and superior rebounding to snuff out the offensive threat of 2004 Olympic champions Argentina.Point guard Ricky Rubio racked up 20 points and three assists and Marc Gasol and Willy Hernangomez swatted three shots each as Spain pulled down 47 rebounds, 20 more than Argentina, en route to a comprehensive victory.For Gasol it was the crowning achievement of an incredible year that saw him win an NBA World Championship with the Toronto Raptors before leading his national team to glory.His 33 points in the semi-final victory over Australia put them in a position to fight for the gold medal, but it was his defence that put them on the top step of the podium.From the opening tip, the 34-year-old dominated the driving lanes to the basket that Argentina had used to such great effect against France, forcing them into outside shots that would not fall.He was equally effective banging under the basket at the other end and, though he made only two of his nine field goal attempts, he hit nine of his 12 free throws to maintain the gap between the two teams.He and Rubio were rewarded for their performances in Spain’s unbeaten run to the gold medal with a place in the tournament’s five-man All-Star team, which was announced after the final, with Rubio named the tournament’s most valuable player.“Right now, we made history, and we were ready for that. We had a great tournament, (but) you’ve got to give credit to Argentina, we had to fight for this win,” Rubio told a news conference.“It’s just amazing how the whole tournament has been us as a team, and you can tell. We weren’t the most talented team, the biggest team, put whatever you want, but we were the team that had the big heart.”There was to be no fairytale ending for the seemingly evergreen Argentinian Luis Scola, whose superb show against France had helped to carry his side into the final.The 39-year-old power forward, his jet-black hair now flecked with grey at the temples, was kept well-shackled throughout, and it was late in the third quarter before he notched up his first point from the free throw line.Spain’s win marked the second time they have won the tournament on Asian soil, having claimed the 2006 title by beating Greece in Saitama, Japan.Earlier in the day, Nando De Colo netted 19 points as France shot 43% from behind the arc to take their second consecutive World Cup bronze medal with a 67-59 win over Australia.last_img read more

USC prepares for the season’s home stretch

first_imgAfter narrowly dropping its fourth game of the year to No. 1 UCLA last Sunday, the No. 3 USC men’s water polo team will try to kickstart a late hot streak against No. 4 Long Beach State on Saturday and No. 12 UC Irvine on Sunday and try to channel the magic of last year’s NCAA Championship team.Italian stallion · Freshman driver Matteo Morelli, who hails from Naples, Italy, ranks third on the team with 32 goals so far this season, including an impressive five-goal performance against Chapman in September. – Brian Ji | Daily Trojan“If we can go 3-0 in the next three games, we’re going to have the same record as last year’s team had going into the conference tournament,” USC head coach Jovan Vavic said. “Considering that we have nine freshmen playing, I don’t think that’s bad. I think how we respond in those three games is going to tell a lot about what kind of a team we have, and I, at this point, still strongly believe we have the best team in the nation.”Last year, the Trojans went 28-4 and swept the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament en route to winning their sixth straight national title. After the Bruins dealt the Trojans their second loss in the 2014 cross-town series by a score of 10-8 on Nov. 2, redshirt junior two-meter Mac Carden looked to last year as a source of motivation.“It was a tough loss [against UCLA],” Carden said. “We knew coming into the season that nothing is easy. Last year we went into the conference tournament in fourth place, and last year we had to overcome some odds, so we expect to do the same this year.”With Saturday’s matchup against Long Beach State marking the final stretch of the regular season, the Trojans seek to execute at a high level  at the end of games — both Carden and senior driver Rex Butler said the team strayed from its game plan in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game. Butler noted the team’s shift in concentration at the end of the loss against the Bruins.“We just need to be more focused defensively,” Butler said. “That game we were just trying to win it with offense, and we made a lot of mental mistakes. We gave up a lot of easy goals in the fourth quarter, and our offense wasn’t working.”The 18-4 Trojans, who are 3-2 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, will emphasize defense as they look to bounce back against the Zacchary Kappos-led 49ers. With a team-high 51 goals on the year, Kappos has helped the 49ers earn an identical 18-4 record in 2014, with a 5-1 conference record. The 49ers’ four losses came at the hands of California (twice), UC Santa Barbara and Stanford, all three of which are ranked in the top 10 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s most recent poll.The Anteaters, meanwhile, are 13-9 overall and just 1-5 in conference play. They’ll head into the matchup coming off a game against UC San Diego the day before, and three straight losses before that. The Anteaters are led by UCLA transfer Lovre Milos, a driver with a whopping 78 goals as of now.This weekend, USC will try to muster the resiliency that has been a theme throughout the year — the Trojans have outscored their opponents 50-23 combined in three games after losses this year.“A special thing about our team is that usually after losses, our coaching staff and our leadership really use that loss to motivate us to train a little harder and be a little more focused,” Butler said. “That’s where that resiliency comes from.”The 12-time Coach of the Year emphasized the importance of keeping these losses from flustering the team as it begins the final stretch this weekend.“It’s a process,” Vavic said. “You look at last year’s [San Antonio] Spurs, you look at last year’s NFL champions [Seattle Seahawks] — adversity is part of life, it’s part of sports. You really can’t labor on mistakes, you need to figure out what really is wrong and why it went wrong. That’s the challenge, and that’s what I love about coaching.”last_img read more