first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Canopy Growth Corp. will have the first privately run legal weed stores announced in Canada under a landmark deal to supply and produce pot in Newfoundland and Labrador.The publicly traded company is the largest of its kind in the country with e-commerce operations and grow sites in six other provinces. It’s perhaps best known for its celebrity partnership with American rapper Snoop Dogg under the brand Leafs by Snoop.Its $40 million production plant in or near St. John’s will have a retail outlet in addition to three more storefronts in the province.Canopy CEO Bruce Linton said a custom brand from Newfoundland and Labrador has great potential for sales outside the province. But he was coy when asked if consumers may soon see strains marketed under such labels as: Yes B’y or Best Kind.“I have some very specific branded names of products that I want to bring out of here which would be really foolish for me to say now because everybody would grab them,” he told a news conference Friday in St. John’s.“But I think we can actually create products … that become extremely interesting for a lot of people in the country, and probably some exports internationally.”Linton said Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) is growing fast in Canada and is exporting to Germany, with other countries soon to follow.Critics were quick to say the agreement announced Friday is a “giveaway” that will block smaller producers — concerns Industry Minister Christopher Mitchelmore downplayed.“What this deal with Canopy has done is secure supply,” he told a news conference. “It also secures production and jobs. We’re open and in active discussion and negotiation with a number of other companies across the province and across the country.“There was no special treatment given to Canopy Growth.”The company will supply up to 8,000 kilograms a year for two years, with a one-year extension option, once recreational pot is legalized next July. There is no minimum purchase requirement.The province has no licensed production sites yet so time was of the essence to nail down a reputable source, Mitchelmore said.“This provides stability and confidence.”Canopy Growth will ship product in at first, but will also spend more than $40 million to build a plant that will employ about 145 people. It’s to operate for at least two decades and is expected to produce 12,000 kilograms of flower and oil products a year by 2019.Mitchelmore said the province will contribute to construction costs by reducing remittances the company pays on each sale until those costs are recouped — up to $40 million.Canopy will also invest $100,000 a year in a research-and-development program over five years to be matched by the province.It’s meant to educate other producers under its CraftGrow program.“Our vision is for an industry which leads to production, job creation, supply chain development and research and development in this province,” Mitchelmore said.He estimates the province will ultimately have about 100 pot stores or more.Canopy has also partnered with various groups to educate the public about the dangers of driving high.The province’s liquor corporation will set the price in licensed stores. Recreational pot will be restricted to consumers 19 and older for use in private residences, and will be sold by private retailers.The federal government has moved to legalize recreational weed next July, but left distribution and regulation to the provinces.Interim NDP Leader Lorraine Michael said the “secretively brokered” Canopy deal is a missed chance for economic development in a province that desperately needs it. Worse, she said the governing Liberals are giving the company cash breaks that will ultimately be worth millions of dollars as Canopy is free to export surplus product with little local benefit.“This is a real giveaway,” she said in an interview. “What does it say to people in our agricultural industry who saw this as a new growth opportunity?“I think they’ve just been knocked out of the game.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img

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first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |LITTLE SILVER – The crack of the bat and familiar snap of a high-velocity leather ball meeting the cushion of a mitt were noticeably absent from Sickles Field Saturday afternoon, when baseball fans were transported back in time to 1864.More than 100 local baseball enthusiasts attended a matchup between the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club and the Hoboken Nine. The franchises are members of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League, an organization that pays homage to organized baseball in its earliest format.These vintage games are governed by the same rules adopted by the National Association of Base Ball Players in December 1863, before the use of gloves and mitts when players instead utilized their callused bare hands to catch and throw a spongier “lemon peel ball,” which earned its nickname from the four distinct lines of stitching holding its leather shell and wrapped twine insides together.Donning Civil War-era caps, flannel shirts with sleeves rolled up to the elbow and long wool pants tucked into socks that rose to just below the knee, these time-traveling ball players took the field in support of the nearby Parker Homestead, a pre-Colonial America household that predates the teams’ style of play by more than 140 years.Parker Homestead. Courtesy George Mazzeo“The common link between the Parker family and their home and our team is baseball. A member or possibly members of this family were fans of the game, which we know based upon what has been discovered in their personal belongings,” said Russ McIver, the manager of Monmouth Furnace and a local historian who sits on the board of the Parker Homestead.What was uncovered in June 2015 was a collection of baseball cards circa 1909 from the Philadelphia Caramel Company. The cards were uncovered by homestead archivist Liz Hanson, who located the partial set in a bent and dented cookie tin, one which she almost tossed out with the trash before opening the lid and discovering a century-old treasure trove.The collection of cards, which includes Baseball Hall of Famers like Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson, has not yet been appraised; despite not being a complete set it is still estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.Courtesy George MazzeoHanson found 27 cards in total, with some doubles. The complete set consists of 25 cards, including 10 Hall of Fame inductees and the infamous Ed Cicotte who in 1919 would be implicated in the Black Sox Scandal.“The child of the family, Stan Parker, who was 12 years old in 1909, had collected these cards,” Hanson said Saturday, after setting up the collection in a display case within the historical home. “We’ve also found a baseball glove that’s not quite as old as the cards, but looks to be from the 20s or 30s.”“It’s pretty easy to assume that with five 20th-century boys growing up in this home, the thread between baseball, which was America’s game and the entertainment of the time, is easy to establish,” Hanson added.Courtesy George MazzeoLocal baseball fan Janet Wiley said her “jaw dropped” when she laid eyes on the collection. “It’s an incredible piece of history. I had heard about the cards of that era and have only ever seen photos on the internet but never actually up close and personal. It was a thrill,” the Tinton Falls resident said. “It’s historic sites like this and events like this game that remind me why I live in this area. We embrace our history. And it’s a lot of fun.”Though it may be fun for spectators of the vintage game to be caught up in the time warp, for the modern player adhering to historically accurate rules, the game itself takes some getting used to. From the underhand pitching to fly balls caught on one hop still registering as an out, the regulations can be challenging.Courtesy George Mazzeo“It’s definitely a little bit of an adjustment. Catching the ball on a hop and trying to catch the ball at all without it bouncing off your hands, it can be a little frustrating at times,” Monmouth Furnace outfielder Rich Stepnosky said with a grin. “But it’s about preserving and honoring the history of the game and sharing it with the fans who come out. We try to be as accurate as possible with our play, our uniforms, the way we speak, even our mannerisms. We really take over the time period.”Monmouth Furnace is back at it July 14 in New Brunswick.This article first appeared in the July 12 – 19, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo ||RED BANK – Red Bank Democrats are now in full control of borough government following Tuesday’s sweep that saw Democratic Mayor Pasquale Menna easily re-elected to another term and the election of two Democratic newcomers to the Borough Council.According to tallies posted by the county clerk’s office, incumbent Democratic Mayor Pasquale Menna, with 59 percent of the 3,979 votes cast, defeated Republican challenger Pearl Lee, who had 41 percent.Democrat Katherine Triggiano won a seat on the Borough Council with 30 percent of the 7,762 votes and Hazim Yassin took the other seat with 28 percent. Republican Allison Gregory garnered 19 percent of the vote and Michael Clancy had 17 percent. Independent Suzanne Viscomi had 6 percent.“You pound pavement, you meet people, you prove to them character, and nothing can tear that down,” said Triggiano, moments after the tallies were announced at a victory party on Rector Street Tuesday night. She said there were “multiple variables” to why their team won, but knocking on doors since May and letting people get to know what they stood for helped the candidates gain voter trust. Triggiano and Yassin will replace Republican councilmen Mark Taylor and Mike Whelan in January when all seven members of the council will be Democrats.In many other traditionally Republican peninsula towns, Democrats lost in this historic midterm election. Menna believes the heightened interest in Tuesday’s election was mostly based on a “nationwide current that impacts us all,” though he mused Red Bank’s energy, inclusiveness and voice could have played a role in inspiring new candidate outsiders to enter local politics.“People in some of the other towns, who at times have felt isolated, now sense that there is visibility, that there’s visibility in their own neighborhoods and right next door (in Red Bank),” Menna said. “We’re not afraid of these changes because we think it’ll make us a stronger community.”In Sea Bright, Democrat Marc Leckstein won 37 percent of the 1,115 votes cast, and will rejoin the governing body with Republican William J. Keeler, who won 32 percent of the vote. In Atlantic Highlands, Democrat Roy Dellosso and Republican James Murphy both won 26 percent of the 4,242 votes cast for a full term, and Democrat Lori Hohenleitner squeaked by Kimberly Spatola with 28 more votes for a two-year unexpired term.In Rumson, a hard-fought campaign by Democrats Sarah Orsay and Marnie Doherty for seats on the all-Republican Rumson Borough Council fell short. Republicans have had control of the council for many years and have not faced serious challenges.Republican Mark Rubin received 27 percent of the 6,636 votes cast and running mate John Conklin received 28 percent. Democrat Sarah Orsay collected 23 percent and her running mate Marnie Doherty received 22 percent.Though they lost, Orsay and Doherty said the results don’t tell the entire story. Orsay said she is convinced the foundation has been set for more interesting races to come, featuring candidates on both sides of the column with the best intentions for the borough in mind.“We’re one day removed from the election and we absolutely feel that momentum,” Orsay said. “We’re not ready to say that it will be us running again, but our intention of giving people a real choice was a goal that we’re proud to have accomplished and we believe it should open the door for others like us.”“We hope it opens the door for good people to get involved,” Doherty added. “We have friends that are both Republicans and Democrats who saw what we were able to do and are now expressing interest in running. We think it’s fantastic. More than anything we want the people of Rumson to have a choice, not between parties, but individuals who want what’s best for a community that is more diverse than it’s given credit for.”Republican candidates also prevailed in Fair Haven, Middletown, Holmdel, Little Silver and Shrewsbury.This article was first published in the Nov. 8-14, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img

first_img 8. New Orleans 113 3. Sam Houston State (1) 234 12. Houston Baptist 73 FRISCO, Texas – Defending tournament champion Abilene Christian has been selected as the favorite to top the 2019-20 Southland Conference’s 2019-20 women’s basketball standings, the league announced Thursday. Four other schools also received first-place votes.ACU topped the polls with 14 first-place votes and 273 total points in just its second year of postseason eligibility. The Wildcats are coming off of a Southland Tournament Championship where they won three games as a No. 4 seed in order to gain an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament last season. Senior preseason all-conference selections Dominique Golightly, Breanna Wright and Lexie Ducat are three-of-four starters returning for the Wildcats this season and will look to continue the program’s success after closing out the 2018-19 season with a 23-10 overall record and a 13-5 conference mark. The Wildcats led the Southland in several categories last season, including shooting percentage (45.8), three-pointers made (265) and defensive rebounds per game (31.8).Stephen F. Austin came in next in the polls with 255 points and nine first-place votes after finishing last season with a 16-2 mark in Southland play. The Ladyjacks return three starters in Stephanie Visscher, Alyssa Mayfield and Marissa Banfield. Led by head coach Mark Kellogg, SFA is primed to challenge for the league title as the Ladyjacks have consistently presented a well-balanced game plan. Last season, they ranked among the conference’s top-four teams in scoring (70.4) while leading the league in defense, limiting opponents to 56.9 points per game. The Ladyjacks will look to continue their efficiency at home after going 17-0 inside William R. Johnson Coliseum throughout their 2018-19 campaign.Sam Houston State is voted third, receiving 234 points and one first-place vote. After an impressive turnaround season, reigning Southland Coach of the Year Ravon Justice and her SHSU squad will look to build upon their 11-7 conference record from last season. Led by preseason first-teamer Jaylonn Walker and second-team selections Amber Leggett and Jenniffer Oramas, the Bearkats return a total of four starters and will implement a very experienced rotation that is not afraid to attack the basket. Last year, the Kats ranked 12th nationally for free throws attempted (718) and ninth nationally for free throws made (510). Justice’s squad certainly does not slack on defense either as the team finished last season ranked fourth in the nation for turnovers forced (22.72).Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rounds out the poll’s top four, earning 229 points and a first-place vote. The Islanders capped a remarkable postseason run in the Southland Tournament after qualifying as the No. 6 seed. Head coach Royce Chadwick led his team to a trio of wins in the tournament over the No. 7, No. 3 and No. 2 seeds before falling to Abilene Christian in a 69-68 championship thriller. The Islanders led the preseason all-conference rosters with four selections in first teamers Alexes Bryant and Dalesia Booth and second-team picks Dae Dae Evans and Emma Young.Lamar occupies the fifth-place spot with 195 points and a first-place vote of its own, followed by Central Arkansas (172), Nicholls (154), New Orleans (113) and McNeese (111).Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State, Houston Baptist and UIW round out the 2019-20 preseason poll.The Southland women’s basketball season gets underway Tuesday, Nov. 5, with nine schools in action throughout the league.The preseason poll is voted upon by the head coach and sports information director from each Southland school. Each individual ranks the other 12 teams in their predicted order of regular season finish. Ranking one’s own school is not permitted.2019-20 Southland Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll 10. Southeastern Louisiana 86 9. McNeese 111 5. Lamar (1) 195 7. Nicholls 154 4. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1) 229 1. Abilene Christian (14) 273 6. Central Arkansas 172 11. Northwestern State 78 2. Stephen F. Austin (9) 255 School (First-place votes) Total 13. UIW 55last_img

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