Osama bin Laden’s son killed in US raid – Trump

first_imgHamza bin Laden, the son of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, is shown at his wedding in a video image released by the CIA in November 2017. HANDOUT VIA REUTERS In a statement issued by the WhiteHouse, Trump said the operation took place in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region,but he offered no further details. WASHINGTON – Hamza bin Laden, a son ofslain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and himself a notable figure in themilitant group, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation, PresidentDonald Trump said on Saturday.center_img “The loss of Hamza bin Ladin not onlydeprives al-Qa’ida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connectionto his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group,”Trump said, using an alternative spelling for the group that carried out theSept. 11, 2001, attacks. (Reuters)last_img read more

To Be Blunt: A stoner’s guide to getting elevated without the buzz

first_imgAlthough it takes some experimentation to find the right dosage — and most likely getting too high while trying to do so — typical microdoses range from 2 to 5 milligrams of THC, while some with higher tolerances can go up to 10.  But cannabis doesn’t have to be strictly defined by one extreme or another. Microdosing — paired with observation, patience and responsible consumption — offers people the chance to benefit from cannabis use on a day-to-day basis without interfering with their personal or professional lives due to intoxication.  Aside from anxiety, preliminary studies on microdosing have indicated it can benefit people with depression, insomnia and chronic pain. A 2012 study published in The Journal of Pain concluded that patients with advanced cancer who were unresponsive to traditional painkillers showed the greatest reduction in pain when given the lowest dose of nabiximols, a compound with both THC and CBD, along with other cannabinoids. Patients who received the highest doses exhibited the greatest amount of pain. Microdosing can also offer people a proper introduction to cannabis, helping them build their tolerance to the substance over time. It can also be a new, creative way to return to cannabis after a period of abstinence.  Oftentimes, conversations around cannabis seem to exist at two diverging poles. At one end, people argue that cannabis is purely recreational, while others believe the substance is explicitly for medical use.  While microdosing has roots in LSD consumption, experts within the cannabis industry are finding that many people have a lower threshold for THC’s medical effects than previously thought. According to Leafly, a cannabis news and culture website, the low threshold is most likely a result of the biphasic nature of THC, whereby excessive consumption can actually produce directly opposing results. For people with anxiety, a group that has been shown to benefit from microdosing, consuming too much THC can actually worsen paranoia. CBD, a nonpsychoactive cannabis compound, can also be microdosed in tandem with THC via a 1:1 ratio to minimize the latter’s side effects, such as increased clumsiness and impaired thinking.  According to a 2017 study published by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, lower doses of THC produce stress-relieving effects similar to the ones cited by cannabis users in empirical research, while higher doses negatively impact stress. The randomized study, which tested 42 healthy volunteers, found that even though THC reduced stress more than a placebo, a mere 5-milligram increase from 7.5 to 12.5 milligrams of THC produced an inverse result. So how much weed does a person need if a person needs to microdose some weed?  However, some companies are beginning to catch on. KIVA Confections offers chocolate and mint edibles that start at 2.5 milligrams per dose. (I have to be very honest here, though, the one dark chocolate edible I tried from them tastes so bad. Like I-might-as-well-eat-actual-bud bad. And you have to really try to make chocolate edibles taste like weed, given the chemical compatibility of the two, as chocolate is supposed to mask the flavor of cannabis.) For regular cannabis users who want to hop on the microdosing trend, it is recommended to take a break from consumption for at least 48 hours, the designated time required for cannabinoid receptors in the body to return to baseline levels, thus reaching a tolerance that is receptive to lower doses.  While I can laugh about it now and it’s a painfully entertaining story to have available at kickbacks, I wish someone at that time had educated me on how to ease myself into cannabis. That’s where microdosing comes in.  For people without diagnosed conditions, microdosing can simply offer an avenue to relieve stress and improve mood. Since its application to weed, microdosing has also been a popular method of cannabis consumption among some clerical workers. Especially amid quarantine measures, some people are turning toward microdosing as a way to destress and take a break from workjob-related tasks. Microdosing is a relatively new method of cannabis consumption where users ingest low amounts of THC to reap its medical benefits without experiencing the psychoactive effects that tend to interfere with daily tasks. Given the relatively new and experiential science surrounding microdosing, there’s no one-size-fits-all dosage for everyone. Microdosing is a highly intricate process, requiring specific doses — dependent on one’s metabolism, unique endocannabinoid system, consumption method and previous cannabis use — and consistent monitoring of effects. (Arielle Chen | Daily Trojan) Now the tricky part: method of consumption. Although microdosing is gaining traction within the cannabis medical field and among users, the industry has lagged behind the trend. Many products do not lend themselves to easy microdosing, with the lowest dose for most edibles being 10 milligrams. Researchers recommend taking the same amount for two to three days while self-monitoring. If there are no noticeable effects, you can increase the dosage by 1 milligram, waiting the same time frame to observe any effects. Microdoses can be taken twice a day, once in the morning and evening, but as soon as you begin feeling high (I hate to break it to you) you’ve gone too far. Microdosing should result in a “body” high, producing increased relaxation and, according to some empirical evidence, even an increased focus. The other trouble with edibles is the wait time. For more immediate relief, you can try tinctures that, when applied under the tongue, can deliver effects within 15 minutes or controlled-dose dab pens, such as those from Dosist. If smoking is more up your alley, you can still use good old- fashioned joints to microdose by waiting five to 10 minutes for the effects after each puff. While the science behind microdosing is lacking, preliminary patient treatments indicate that continual low doses could potentially build up the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for responding to illnesses, injury and stress, by increasing cannabis sensitivity in the body over time. Overall, microdosing can be a simple yet effective way to improve physical and mental health. So the next time you try to get high and don’t, maybe it’s for the best. My edible horror story occurred when I was a senior in high school. What started as a 4/20 celebration and a last hurrah with my friends before we moved on to college ended with a terrifying trip (literally to Ralphs but also figuratively because I did, indeed, think I was dying), vomiting twice and a cannabis-induced coma-like sleep for more than 12 hours. For reference, I took about 33 milligrams of an indiscernible block of jelly. Yeah, I didn’t touch weed for months.  You never forget your first bad high — ever. By the time you’re in your 20s, you should have God knows what and a truly haunting — though in retrospect hilarious — edible story.  Natalie Oganesyan is a rising senior writing about weed culture and politics. She is also the editor-in-chief of  Summer Trojan. Her column,“To Be Blunt,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

A tough way to end the season; Wellington loses to Winfield 6-5 in first round

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (10) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 325 weeks ago Wellington, please don’t run me out of town or lynch me from the highest tree (OK you can if you want). I’m analyzing those two pictures there and I think Dunn may be out. Look how far away he is from the third base. I which I had my camera on high shutter speed, but I didn’t at the time. I have sat and looked at those two pictures for about 10 minutes and I can’t justify that call being overturned if we had a replay system. The ump may have been right after all. Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wellington Fan · 325 weeks ago I was at that game! Dunn was clearly safe! The umps were giving Winfield calls left and right. But yes Dunn was safe it was a no doubter Cue Ball Report Reply 1 reply · active 325 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 325 weeks ago You might be right. I’m just saying from the vantage point of the camera it most certainly looks like Dunn could have been out on that play. But I don’t know from the other point of view it could be completely different. Tough call. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 325 weeks ago Whether Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wellington Fan · 325 weeks ago Its Baseball, But it’s in the past now! All they can do is come back next year and stick it to them! Go Crusaders. Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Baseball fan · 325 weeks ago The boys did fight back in that game and it was too bad they lost. I really think it’s time for a change in the coaching staff. Dale is not a head coach. I personally feel that he would make an ok assistant. His baseball knowledge is minimal and if it’s a tight game he will always find a way to blow it down the stretch. He’s never made it past the first round of regionals and always finds ways to surrender leads. Example would be Mulvane a few years ago and of course yesterday. He makes ridiculous decisions with the DH spot in the lineup. Yesterday, he didn’t make sure the boys were in the right bunt coverage and it cost wellington the game. As a matter of fact, bunt coverage is never worked on in practice and neither is bunting. Dale chose to bunt down the stretch and its clear its never worked on or he doesn’t know how to teach it because our execution was poor. The team gave up on him after the Andale losses and he never got the ship headed back in the right direction. Pitchers are left in the game way too long and karma always makes you pay with poor decisions in a game. I know I’m not the only fan that feels this way. There were several at yesterday’s game. When your winning percentage isn’t at .500 for your career in Wellington, it’s time to go. Most jobs don’t accept a 50% success rate. I want to thank the players for a fun season. Report Reply 2 replies · active 324 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 325 weeks ago I’m allowing just one more response to the subject above and it will be a rebuttal. After that there will be no more comments on this specific subject. If you want to comment on the game then that’s fine. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Baseball Player · 324 weeks ago It’s not dales fault we couldn’t drop a bunt down that game? That stuff is supposed to be worked on our own time, But we have kids who don’t care enough to do work on their own time. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 324 weeks ago Bunting is not a work on your own thing sorry. Many different ways to bunt. There is a bunt and there is a sacrifice. Fundamental baseball should be an everyday thing in practice. Little things are what separates teams at the end regardless of who is coaching. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 324 weeks ago Reference the call at third. .rarely does ONE call decide the outcome of any one game. Usually in a single game each team wil get calls in each others favor so they balance each other out. No umpire decides the winner before or during the game. It is a game if angles and even the best get blocked out or just miss a call. I know this umpire and he has done several crusader games…just looking for someone to blame. Good season Dukes much improved. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Winfield 6 Wellington 5Wellington 002 000 3 — 5   9   5Winfield 010 041 0 — 6   9   2WP – W. Adler. LP – Trevor Nance.Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington baseball team has not had much luck this decade when it comes to post-season regional competition. But Wednesday afternoon was the mother of heartbreak for the Crusader program.Wellington lost to Winfield 6-5 Wednesday in the first round of the Class 4A Regional. The Crusaders will no doubt look back on this game with regret.“I was really, really proud of how the boys competed,” said Jesse Dale, Wellington head baseball coach. “But we had our chances. We left a lot of runners on base.”Wellington finished the year at 10-11. Winfield would go on to lose in a heartbreaker of its own to Rose Hill 7-6 in the regional championship.“It was that kind of regional when it was up for grabs,” Dale said. “Anyone could have won it.”Wellington’s final contest of 2014 had a lot of “what ifs” to mull over. The Crusaders left nine batters on base including bases loaded in the top of the sixth and seventh inning. Wellington committed five errors.Trevor Nance on the mound.Unfortunately, three of those came in one inning for which Winfield scored four runs and secured the win.Both Wellington and Winfield put their pitching aces on the mound for the opening game: Trevor Nance for Wellington and Will Adler for Winfield. While neither boy would pitch all seven innings it could be said the contest ended in a draw pitching wise as both teams had nine hits each.After Winfield scored a run in the bottom of the first, Wellington responded in the top of the third when Wesley Gilmore and Parker Daugherty got on base and were singled home by Nance.The game hummed right along until the bottom of the fifth when Winfield scored four runs on a comedy of Wellington errors, including a couple of overthrows and not covering first base on a routine in-field grounder.Down 5-2 Wellington was clearly in trouble. Nevertheless, Wellington would come back in the top of the sixth for a very promising inning. Austin Dunn opened the inning with a single and was rounding to second headed to third off a Winfield error. He was called out at third. But as the pictures attest, that may or may not have been the case. There was one second time laps between the two pictures. In the top picture unfortunately blocked by the ump, Dunn was clearly in slide mode. The second picture was him tagging third with the Winfield third baseman’s glove in the air. What the two pictures don’t demonstrate is weather the third baseman was able to bring his glove down to tag Dunn.That gave Wellington a critical out which would haunt it later in the inning. The Crusaders still loaded the bases and things looked promising with Daugherty on a 3-1 count at the plate. Unfortunately, he had a pop-up fly that resulted in Wellington’s second out and then a strikeout thereafter ended the inning with Wellington getting no runs.The bottom of the sixth was much more productive for the Crusaders defensively, but still Winfield scored when C. Tapia was able to get to home plate before Wellington could secure the snag in a run-down with a Viking runner between first and second. That would prove to be the ball game.Wellington gets Winfield runner in rundown, but Viking player at third crosses home before doing so.In the final inning, Wellington immediately scored after Andrew Horn doubled and Trevor Nance singled him home. Jalen Macias and Austin Dunn both singled to load the bases and Connor Burden smacked a 2RBI single to narrow the margin to one 6-5 with one out.The Crusaders, who had four hits in the inning alone had the bases loaded again. But a strikeout followed by a pop-up fly catch by the catcher resulted in Wellington failing to get the tying run home.Pinch runner Baker scores the first run for the Dukes in the top of the seventh.“It was a tough game to lose,” Dale said. “But they competed hard. They could have easily folded their tents after the fifth inning but they came back.”Wellington will lose nine seniors off this team, but will return a strong nucleus for next year.last_img read more