Steelers to unveil Immaculate Reception monument at exact site of catch

first_imgPITTSBURGH —In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the most memorable play in NFL history, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Sen. John Heinz History Center will be unveiling an Immaculate Reception monument near Heinz Field. The monument will be unveiled at a special ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 22, the day prior to the 40th anniversary of the play and the Steelers game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field.The unveiling will take place at the actual site of the “Immaculate Reception,” which is located between Heinz Field and Stage AE.“This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception and it will forever have a place in all of our memories,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said. “Over the years I have had many fans tell me we should do something to commemorate the exact location of Franco Harris’ catch. I am glad we are finally able to get this done with the help of the Heinz History Center and Allegheny Technologies Incorporated.”“Forty years ago, the greatest play in the annals of the NFL helped to shape the Steelers franchise,” said Andy Masich, president and CEO of the Heinz History Center. “The ‘Immaculate Reception’ made history, and now the Steelers Nation can help commemorate the moment-and the exact location-by donating to the special Immaculate Reception monument fund.”In conjunction with the Steelers’ 80th season celebration and the “Year of the Fan,” the team will host an event at Stage AE on Saturday, December 22, following the unveiling of the monument.The event, to be sponsored by ATI, will be open to the public and free of charge.Also, on Sunday, Dec. 23, which is the actual anniversary of the Immaculate Reception, the Steelers will salute Harris and his teammates at halftime of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals.last_img read more

County Commissioners Honor Departing JBLM Base Commanders

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County  Cols. Hodges and Davit recognized for fostering partnerships with neighbor jurisdictions.Thurston County Commissioners issued a proclamation today honoring JBLM Base Commander Col. H. Charles Hodges, Jr. and Deputy Base Commander Col. Anthony J. Davit, who will both be leaving Joint Base Lewis-McChord in August.In today’s proclamation, commissioners expressed their gratitude to Col. Hodges and Col. Davit for their leadership both on base and in the surrounding community, and for their work to reach out to the cities and counties that neighbor the base to build and strengthen the level of cooperation and partnership between the military and the communities where many of JBLM military personnel and their families live.“During their tenure, Col. Hodges and Col. Davit have really made the relationships between the base and the neighboring jurisdictions a top priority,” said Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe. “I would say that the level of collaboration now is at an all-time high because of their efforts, and the positive impact they’ll leave on this community is tremendous.”Col. Hodges said, “It has been an amazing partnership with Thurston County. Three years ago, we didn’t really have a relationship, and today it is so very strong and beneficial.”“We continue to work to keep the relationship strong,” said Col. Davit. “The benefits gained by all parties allow everyone to understand each other’s perspectives. Being able to give back in this way makes a difference in the larger community.”“We have a great relationship with JBLM that is just incredible, and I think a big ‘thank you’ goes to Col. Hodges and Col. Davit for that,” said Commissioner Sandra Romero, who serves on the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership. “The relationship we’ve built has helped the base, and I know it’s helped the county and other jurisdictions, but I think the real winners are the people who live in our communities—the troops, their families, the civilian workers, and even those who are not directly tied to base. We all benefit from a strong base-community relationship.”“Col. Hodges and Col. Davit have laid a foundation for continued success in many areas. Their work has strengthened JBLM’s relationship with surrounding communities, such as recently fighting to keep troop reduction to 1,250 personnel. They also commanded garrison functions, formulating policy and plans for soldier readiness for deployments and redeployments and logistic services to thousands of families who work and reside at JBLM. Thurston County values their leadership, and I thank them for their dedication and professional service.” said Commissioner Bud Blake.Col. H. Charles Hodges, Jr. took command of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in August 2012 and will be retiring from military in August after serving for 30 years in the U.S. Army. As JBLM Base Commander, Col. Hodges is responsible for the general management of the systems and infrastructure that make up the “city” of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, such as facility maintenance and construction, environmental protection, housing, emergency management, police and fire services, and roads and transportation, among others. Col. Hodges manages and oversees an annual operating budget of $438 million for JBLM.Col. Anthony J. Davit was named Deputy Base Commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in August 2013, and also serves as Commander of the 627th Air Base Group. Along with his duties as the Deputy Base Commander, Col. Davit is responsible for organizing, training and equipping more than 800 Airmen in five squadrons, as well as managing the chaplain and equal opportunity offices. Col. Davit has served in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years, and will be leaving JBLM for his new post as Director of Readiness for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is the Defense Department’s premiere military installation on the West Coast. JBLM is home to more than 41,000 active, Guard and Reserve Service members and about 15,000 civilian workers. The base supports nearly 55,000 family members who live on and outside the base, and nearly 30,000 military retirees living within 50 miles. That makes JBLM the fourth largest military base in the United States by population, and the seventh largest “city” in Washington state. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

250 Kids Helping Kids Through Service Project

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of OlympiaOn Monday, February 15, an estimated two hundred and fifty 4-H youth from around Washington State will arrive at Priest Point Park to participate in a service project hosted by Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation that will benefit one of their peers who is in need.Through the Sparrow Club, the youth, who are in town for the Know Your Government annual conference, will receive $10 for every hour each volunteer works from a local sponsor. The funds raised will benefit 7-year-old Elijah Allen, who has a rare medical condition called Prader-Willi Syndrome.This is the third year that Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation has had the honor to host this compassionate group of teens who want to help others in need and make a difference in both the community and environment. The group will be spending two hours removing invasive vegetation and planting native plants to help restore the habitat at Priest Point Park.Contact Sylvana Niehuser at [email protected] for more information about this project.last_img read more

Planting outside the box for more late summer grazing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our agricultural endeavors usually require that we give heed to convention and tradition while sprinkling in some improvisation and creativity to achieve our goals. Early this fall I walked a field that was a mixed planting of sorghum sudangrass, brown top millet, sunn hemp, crimson clover, and just a dash of soybean. Before this crop, this was a poorly performing grain field and the producer had a need for space to graze livestock, he required space to spread manure, and he was driven to seek innovative ways to boost soil quality. A biological system that integrated the producer’s needs and kept the soil covered and nutrients onsite was this producer’s approach to address his newly acquired underperforming acreage. This is an example of intercropping which seeks to capitalize on the benefits of increased plant diversity and increased complexity of a crop rotation. It is a work in progress but with a little homework and effort this producer is working on an approach that keeps his soil condition a top priority and meets multiple goals for his production. The sorghum sudangrass and sunn hemp dominated the view. Of the plants in the field sorghum is more common and well-known, but the plant that caught my attention was sunn hemp (Crotalaria sp.). This is an upright summer legume that is three to nine feet tall. As a legume, it fixes nitrogen from the atmosphere and produces large nodules. My encounter with it was in September at head high, or five to six feet. It is a rapid grower — this field was planted June 24 — with smooth leaves, yellow flowers, and an extensive tap root. Seeds are small at 15,000 per pound. The ability of the plant to grow tall allows it to reach sunlight and grow with the sorghum grasses, which, makes it an attractive candidate for this intercropping system.In our central Ohio climate, the expectation is that the plant will be frost-killed before full plant maturity and it is treated like an annual. The Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide states it is a fine crop for goat and sheep but less suitable for cattle. However, in an intercropping system there are other plants available. Harmful alkaloids can be present in the seed so grazing should cease after flowering. Recent research from New York published in Crop Science (2016) compared monocultures and mixtures of pearl millet, sorghum sudan, sunn hemp and cowpea. Yields of intercrop mixtures were stable across multiple environments but one clear lesson was shorter stature plants like cowpea did not pair well with taller and faster growing plants like sorghum sudangrass.Interest in the US in sunn hemp is largely centered on cover cropping, green manures, intercropping and organic nitrogen sources. It has other utility in places such as India and Pakistan where it is used in fiber production. For those who are considering the use of warm season annuals to supplement forage needs, intercrop mixtures with sunn hemp may present an opportunity. To be clear, this is not an argument for converting out of your standard practices but, rather, a general encouragement to consider a wide array of options when trying to address unsatisfactory situations. This is new and has yet to go through the refining fire of time for our region. For most, staple forages such as orchard grass, fescue, and clovers are adequate to meet grazing needs.So, to conclude, is this something you should try? The driving factors at the field in Ohio that made this possible included marginal field conditions and very little risk at an economic loss combined with a little bit of youthful optimism and adventure. As you wrap up your fall harvests, consider your options for next year and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.last_img read more

Data is the Future of Brand Identity

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Big Data#coding design#data design#design#designers David SchwarzCo-Founder of HUSH Related Posts David Schwarz is an award-winning Co-Founder of HUSH, an experience design firm. He has spent over a decade working with brands to design compelling experiences utilizing content, interactivity, architecture and technology. 8 Key Components to Building a Successful Busin… Simple Branding Is Key for Complex Tech, Says R… Improving Customer Loyalty with 3 Easy Steps Brands have always used a host of different tools, from advertising to product design, to clearly define themselves to their audiences. They understand that without communicating their voice, values, mission and approach, many brands would feel largely interchangeable. Sure, Nike makes sneakers and apparel for athletes, with a message that speaks to speed, design, and form. But from a high level, the same description could seem applicable to Adidas, Under Armour, or New Balance.That’s why expressing a deeper, more nuanced brand identity is important. The right identity (or creative expression of that identity) resonates on an emotional level, illuminating the DNA of a company and building valuable connections along the way. In part, this is why a brand’s data is so exciting to designers (and experience designers in particular), whose skills make them uniquely qualified to understand and realize its potential for brand building.When combined with the power of physical experiences, data is a direct path to the people, products and processes that make every brand unique. It’s a digital fingerprint, something every company has other than its specific products, innovations, patents, services or origin story. Data is often invisible, existing in the background. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, for the designers that can harness it to create visuals and immersive physical brand experiences, data can convey scale, scope, movement and (most importantly) authenticity in a way that is much more honest, intimate and engaging.Data could prove to be the most effective resource for brand design and identity than any other force within a modern company. It’s more than a series of statistics – your data is your brand.The Evolution of Data DesignFor a long time, designers have been inspired by the challenge of transforming data into meaningful brand expression. But that process didn’t always result in interactive, data-rich interactive experiences.The relationship between data and design started as expressions of facts and figures which resulted in charts. There were motivated creators like Feltron that fastidiously explored data from any source and plotted it in ways that were almost non-hierarchical; the number of sneezes against the number of steps taken, against the number of conversations, and more. This gave way to data as mapping, and later, an obsession with data transposed onto geography or landscapes, from human to global scale.Eventually data became more humanized – using design to display information in ways that closely engaged the human senses. It was during this time that political data became objects, and transportation data became sound. Humanizing data softened it, making it more emotional, intuitive and revealing insights beyond the particulars of the data. It also reinforced the authenticity of the data and fostered a deeper understanding of the companies that used it.This gave way to the limitless potential of more real-world data-driven brand experiences and even products – including cars that are designed by the data of optimal driving. As a tool for expressing brand identity, data’s current application to the physical spaces has opened the door to new experiences that have completely redefined existing concepts of brand engagement.How Brands Are Designing Data-Driven ExperiencesBrand experiences have already been celebrated for their ability to inspire better engagement than traditional marketing, especially among millennial audiences. But when brand data becomes a more central part of designing an interactive space, these experiences become even more powerful tools for fostering brand connections.Several brands have already realized the potential power of data when treated as a core part of their identity and brand experience. For example, Uber and Lyft are loved because of their geographical, mapping, routing, and activity data which allows them to provide a fast and accurate experience across its apps and services. That seamless experience has become more indelible than the cars, drivers, or the literal branding in marketing and on the app.By comparison, Nike’s early investment in the digital and data, through their Nike+, Fuelband, Fuel, and NTC experiences made them a much stronger brand. Their Nike Community Board was just one of many examples of how merging physical experiences with invisible, global data could be invaluable in reinforcing Nike’s connection to community building, more than any marketing or advertising campaign. Equinox’s data experience is similarly unique. For their brand, data serves the science of their three-tiered philosophy around movement, nutrition, and regeneration by tracking physical activity, rest, nutrition, calories, and more. By quantifying everything you do inside and outside of their clubs, they can improve your the way you achieve optimal health. And as Equinox expands into the hospitality area with its new hotels, these physical spaces and the experiences they house will undoubtedly continue to leverage the data of their communities to optimize rest, nutrition and athleticism not possible in their clubs alone.A Data-Rich FutureWorking together, brands and designers can transform data into beautiful, expressive, functional experiences. But there is a potential for so much more. Data can truly become visual, sonic, physical, experiential interactions with a brand. And because data is unique to each brand that generates it, these interactions are closer to the future of “brand identity” than any logo, identity system or brand guideline.Data may be inherently invisible — made of 1s and 0s — but brands and their partners should always be committed to that magical service of “making the invisible, visible,” and using data to create new modes of effective communication. How data is leveraged to build an authentic connection to audiences — via optics, interaction and insights — will determine the successful brands of the future.last_img read more

Cormier can’t escape Jones ahead of UFC championship defense

first_imgUFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier acknowledges the cheers of fans as he takes the stage for his weigh-in the night before his Ultimate Fighting Championship bout against Volkan Oezdemir, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON — Daniel Cormier has shed his last 10 pounds to make weight, is pumped to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship and says he can beat Volkan Oezdemir.Well, that’s the message Cormier tries to push when he’s not continuously pressed about the one guy he won’t be fighting.ADVERTISEMENT “He hurt me with that kick,” Cormier says of his last fight against Jon Jones. “I’ve been hurt before.”Oezdemir has had only three UFC fights, yet his fourth will find him lined up against …FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I hate that he did some dirty stuff,” Cormier says, again of Jones. “But he did a lot of great things to finish that fight. I accept that.”Oezdemir is still surprised to see his name on the poster and in a championship fight so quickly, but … “I can knock him out, I can submit him, I can beat him by decision,” Cormier said. “He can knock me out. That’s his only path to victory. I’ll take the three over one.”Cormier trash-talked the challenger this week at Fenway Park, insistent that a successful title defense was on deck.“You know what’s going to happen, Volkan!”“Walk away. Walk away.”“I’m not going over there,” Oezdemir said as he headed toward the first base side exit.“Bye, Volkan,” Jones said, laughing.Oezdemir walked out without looking back at Cormier. He’d rather look ahead at a fight that could crown him a champ. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Clarkson leads Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers “When you look at Jones’ body of work, you see a guy that can compete and win at the highest levels,” Cormier says.Wait, are we still talking about Jones?The coke-snorting , erection-pill popping , drunken-driving UFC star widely regarded as the best fighter in the world, yet can’t keep out of trouble long enough to stay champion?Yeah, that guy.Jones has been the anchor that’s put more weight on Cormier than the light heavyweight championship belt he’ll wear around his waist headed into the co-main event against Oezdemir at UFC 220 .ADVERTISEMENT Oezdemir could be the fighter that makes Cormier look real old, real quick.With a win, Oezdemir might even put Switzerland on notice that there’s more to its athletes than tennis great Roger Federer.“It’s two different worlds but I’m going to get there,” Oezdemir said. “People recognized me, people follow it. There are also people that don’t really care about UFC but they follow it only when I fight. It’s really something new for them and something that’s getting big in my country.”Cormier would be a ranked contender instead of champ had it not been for Jones’ latest folly.UFC stripped Jones in September of its light heavyweight title for a third time and reinstated Cormier as the 205-pound champion after Jones’ latest failed doping test. UFC made the call after the California State Athletic Commission changed the result of Jones’ victory over Cormier at UFC 214 in July to a no-contest. Cormier had lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stoppage.But the USADA announced Jones had violated the UFC’s doping policy with a second positive test. The California commission made its no-contest ruling after Jones’ backup sample also failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency test for the same substance, the banned steroid Turinabol.“I think he’s going to be gone for a while. As unfortunate as it is, that chapter in my career is over,” Cormier said. “I don’t believe that he’ll back in time for us to fight again. That’s sad.”Jones recently passed a polygraph test that he says proves he didn’t knowingly take the steroid Turinabol. Cormier balked at that defense, joking that serial killer Ted Bundy also passed a lie detector test.“There’s just some weird people leading him,” Cormier said. “For them to actually make that public was a little bit of a bad mistake, I thought.”Cormier, who also works as a UFC analyst, enters the fight as the favorite. 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Cormier can’t duck Jones — inside the octagon out or out — and knows his career always will be defined by the two times he failed to beat the fighter nicknamed “Bones” and the myriad of controversies that are hooked to one of UFC’s great rivalries.Champion or not, Cormier always will be considered a step below Jones, and maybe not even a true champion.Cormier is clean.Jones is the class of the division.Cormier (19-1) seemed more Mike Torrez than Bucky Dent this week in Boston as every media scrum, every TV interview was focused on the shadow Jones still hovers over the champ.Cormier could show Francis Ngannou-esqe KO ability and put Oezdemir out in the first round and his career would still come with an asterisk: has never defeated Jon Jones.“My career is very closely tied with Jones. It will never change,” Cormier said. “But I’m still here, right? I’m still doing this. That’s what matters. In the grand scheme of things, the most important thing is being here, being able to fight for this.”With that, the 38-year-old Cormier patted his UFC light heavyweight belt, an explicit sign to the UFC faithful that the champ is here.Bring on Oezdemir at TD Garden.The 28-year-old Swiss native earned the title bout on the strength of his last two fights that lasted a total of 70 seconds. He defeated Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa with unexpected knockouts in stunning time to rise in the ranks and earn a fight against Cormier. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next View commentslast_img read more

PVL, Pocari blast LVPI due to ITC woes

first_imgTeam manager Eric Ty said Krystal Rivers has been in town ready to take over Edina Selimovic, who is out for the rest of the season with a hamstring tear. But with no ITC, Rivers could not suit up for the defending champions a game into the single round quarterfinal phase.“Our new import is here but to the person withholding access to our team’s FIVB account, please act with decency and register our import,” said Ty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingITC woes have also forced the league, which revived the once dormant sport in 2004, to play all Filipino majority of the elims.“I am really dismayed with LVPI and how it has been handling the ITC problems. The Premier Volleyball League has been encountering these problems the last three years. It just shows the weakness of the LVPI leadership,” said Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Tabal wins half marathon in Canada Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes The Premier Volleyball League and Pocari Sweat Sunday blasted the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc, for its failure to act on the Lady Warriors’ request for the ITC (International Transfer Certificate) of its replacement import.Pocari is fighting for one of the last two semifinal berths in the ongoing PVL Reinforced Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, Creamline geared up for its keenly awaited face-off with Pocari Sweat with a 25-16, 9-25, 17-25, 25-13, 15-13 win over Perlas on Saturday, matching the Lady Warriors’ scrambling victory over Air Force at the start of the quarterfinal round of the Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Alyssa Valdez came through with back-to-back kills to shatter the 13-all count in the decider and save the day for the Cool Smashers, who blew a 12-8 lead on miscues and wobbly defense that enabled the Perlas Spikers to claw back and force a tie. Valdez finished with 21 points.Earlier, the defending champion Lady Warriors also rallied from 1-2 set down to repulse the Jet Spikers, 21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-14, 15-10, as the two fancied teams lined themselves up for crack at the last two semifinal berths in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics.They will virtually dispute the third slot Tuesday at 4 p.m. with no team holding a distinct advantage after they split their meetings in the double-round eliminations via the same fashion. Pocari downed Creamline, 15-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-19, last May 11 but the latter struck back with a 21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-13 romp last May 20.It was a sorry setback for Perlas, which had appeared to have Creamline’s numbers by taking a 2-1 set lead but whose charge fizzled out in the face of the Cool Smashers strong finishing kick.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, Perlas and Air Force also brace for a virtual knockout duel at 6:30 p.m. with the winner staying in the hunt for the last semis seat.BaliPure and the Power Smashers advanced to the semis outright by topping the elimination round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

A STORY FROM SWQ TOUCH…

first_imgSouth West Queensland Touch have provided us with the following report on the visit to Charleville in the SWQ outback last week. It’s fantastic to read what’s happening for the sport of Touch out there and to see the development taking place. We look forward to hearing about what happens in Charleville in the future! Please read the attached story for all the info:STORY ON TOUCH IN CHARLEVILLElast_img

Alberta judge named to top court – but federal NDP leader Singh

first_img(Alberta justice Sheilah Martin was named to the Supreme Court by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)The Canadian Press OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the requirement that Supreme Court judges be functionally bilingual should be waived in the case of Indigenous candidates for appointment to the country’s top court.Singh says his party supports bilingual Supreme Court judges but he agrees with some Indigenous leaders who’ve argued that the language requirement creates hurdles for Indigenous appointees.He says there needs to be an understanding of the unique historical situation Indigenous communities have faced as well as a recognition of Indigenous languages.Sen. Murray Sinclair, the former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Assembly of First Nations grand chief Perry Bellegarde say an Indigenous appointment to the top court is long overdue and should be a top priority for the Liberal government.Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould, who is Indigenous herself, says there is a substantial number of Indigenous jurists across the country and she suspects many will apply for positions on the court in the future.Earlier today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Alberta-based judge Sheilah Martin to the Supreme Court.Here are some of the cases Martin has worked on.Thomas Sophonow Inquiry _ After working as a professor and dean of the University of Calgary’s law school, Martin practiced criminal and constitutional law. In 2000, she testified as an expert witness in the Thomas Sophonow inquiry about the amount of compensation he should get for his wrongful murder conviction. Sophonow was tried three times and spent nearly four years in prison for the 1981 killing of 16-year-old Barbara Stoppel in Winnipeg. The Manitoba government awarded him $2.6 million.Pro Bono Work _ Martin also acted pro bono for the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and the Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Centres in cases before the Supreme Court. In 2002, she represented LEAF as an intervener in the case of Ivon Shearing, the leader of a religious sect in British Columbia. He had been found guilty of sexually abusing several teenage girls. The high court upheld most of the convictions but granted a retrial in the case of one girl.Dustin Paxton Trial _ In 2012, seven years after she was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Martin convicted Dustin Paxton of torturing and starving his roommate before dropping him off near death at a hospital. She also declared Paxton a dangerous offender. “I simply cannot find on the evidence before me that there is a reasonable expectation, based on more than a hope, that the public will be protected by a long-term supervision order or by anything less than an indeterminate sentence,” she wrote in her decision. “An indeterminate sentence places the responsibility for an offender’s rehabilitation and future where it properly belongs: in Mr. Paxton’s own hands.”Physician-Assisted Suicide _ In 2016, Martin granted what is believed to be the first court approval for a physician-assisted suicide in Canada. The federal government was still working on its new law when Martin ruled the woman had met the criteria set out by the Supreme Court and there was no need to prolong her suffering. The woman, known as Ms. S., was in the final stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. “I am satisfied that Ms. S. fully and freely consents to the termination of her life,” wrote Martin. “Her application is not made in a moment of weakness and her desire for physician-assisted death is long-standing.”Ordered New Trial _ That same year, Martin reviewed the acquittal of a 16-year-old boy accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in a park. At trial, provincial court judge Pat McIlhargey questioned why the girl “did not scream, she did not run for help” or confide in a friend. Martin ordered a new trial, saying McIlhargey had allowed “unexplained myths and stereotypes to enter his assessment of the complainant’s credibility.”Cindy Gladue _ Martin, appointed to the Alberta Court of Appeal in June of 2016, was on the panel that unanimously ordered a new trial in the case of Bradley Barton, an Ontario truck driver acquitted of first-degree murder in the death of Cindy Gladue. The Indigenous sex-trade worker was found dead in an Edmonton motel room. She bled to death after a night of what Barton called consensual, rough sex. The Appeal Court ruled in 2017 that the trial judge made serious errors, including how he charged the jury with the law of sexual assault relating to consent.“Despite our society’s recognition of individual autonomy and equality, there still remains an undeniable need for judges to ensure that the criminal law is not tainted by pernicious and unfair assumptions, whether about women, Aboriginal people, or sex-trade workers,” said the decision.last_img read more

Tilray shares up as much as 40 per cent in Nasdaq trading

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. – Shares of cannabis producer Tilray Inc. surged as much as 40 per cent on the Nasdaq market in its first day of trading, marking the first initial public offering for a Canadian marijuana company on a major U.S. exchange.The Nanaimo, B.C.-based company’s stock was priced at US$17 per share, higher than its previously stated marketing range of US$14 to US$16.Tilray’s shares rose as high as US$24 on the Nasdaq before closing at US$22.39.Tilray is the first Canadian cannabis producer to debut on a U.S. exchange but is the third to list its shares south of the border. Cronos Group Inc. started trading on the Nasdaq in February and Canopy Growth Corp. began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in May.Tilray, which had been wholly-owned and funded by Seattle-based private equity firm Privateer Holdings before a Series A round of funding earlier this year, has said it does not intend to list on any stock exchange in Canada.Its initial public offering comes as Canada prepares to legalize marijuana for recreational use on Oct. 17.In its regulatory filing, Tilray says its products are available in 10 countries and it has agreements with established pharmaceutical distributors in 12.In Canada, the company has signed agreements to supply medical cannabis to Pharmasave and Shoppers Drug Mart, subject to changes in Canadian regulations or licence approvals to facilitate such distribution.Tilray has also signed agreements to supply cannabis for adult-use with Quebec, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. High Park Company, an affiliate which Tilray established earlier this year to develop a portfolio of cannabis brands and products, has announced a supply deal with the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation. It has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the BC Liquor Distribution Branch.last_img read more