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Debunking Common Misconceptions about THC and CBD

While marijuana is said to be a relatively mild drug with few side effects in comparison to tobacco and alcohol. An alternative with a psychoactive cannabinoid, Delta 8 THC, is available and adjudged to be significantly less potent than Delta 9 THC, but does delta 8 THC actually make you high?   Delta 8 Joseph Hoelscher, a founding member of the Texas Association of Cannabis Lawyers and longstanding member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee talks about the hemp derivative. He said they emphasize that it won’t get you blitzed or make you wonder if a phantom person is following you. It’s also cheaper, taxed less heavily than legal pot, and available in unlicensed outlets that range from bodegas to truck stops to your corner newsstand. Delta-8 extraction contains a psychoactive cannabinoid that gets you high. “It’s about one-third as psychoactive as regular weed,” Allison Krongard, co-founder of Her Highness and pot user commented. “For people who get paranoid from THC or are looking for an on-ramp [to getting high], Delta-8 is perfect. If you are a recreational user, wanting to get stoned out of your mind, it won’t get you there. But if you use weed to kill your anxiety or get to sleep, this is a great alternative.”   The Differences The main difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 is explained by Christian Peterson, the co-founder and COO of Wunder, a cannabis beverage company based in San Francisco. He said: “Delta-8 has the double bond on the 8th carbon in the chain, while Delta-9 has the double bond on the 9th carbon in the chai. I think it’s been shown that there’s a difference, agreed on according to Peter Grinspoon, a primary care physician at Harvard Medical School who specializes in medical marijuana. People report [Delta-8] as being less anxiety-provoking, less sedating, and a little more clear-headed than THC. Grinspoon a board member of the advocacy group Doctors For Cannabis Regulation Delta-8 believes it can make an enormous difference for some patients. He said there is less confusion and spaciness or stonedness or whatever you want to call it. Whenever there’s another minor cannabinoid that people start puffing up, I always worry that the marketing claims and the desire to line people’s pockets are going to outpace the actual science. The research isn’t there yet to know for sure. But before the market for Delta-8-THC products can get anywhere close to the current demand for CBD, entrepreneurs and doctors need to know: Is it even legal?   Legality The perception that the Delta-8 is made from hemp makes a difference according to Ryan Cassell, co-founder and chief scientist of Crystal Creek Organics, a cannabis company based in Pensacola, Florida. The entire industry … was assuming it was legal due to it being derived from hemp he says. The laws clearly define all hemp-derived cannabinoids and products with a Delta-9-THC level below 0.3 percent as legal. We shall see how all of that plays out in the coming months, as for now, our company has had to take a step back [from production] and wait for further clarification surrounding the laws and legal status of Delta-8. These are early days and more research and studies into ailments being helped by Delta-8-THC will soon be available to the general public. Many scientists and doctors look at this as an exciting time.  …

Legal Marijuana Companies are on the Rise in Canada

Since Canada legalized cannabis in 2018, providers have seen demand spread ferociously. Provinces bordering the United States have gained extra sales from customers traveling across the border and a number of companies have diverted assets to invest in the new growth market. In 2020, a year struck by Covid-19, poor employment prospects, and an unpredictable economic future Canadians bought more than $2.6 billion worth of legal recreational cannabis products. That is double the amount Canadians purchased in Covid free 2019, according to year-end Canadian retail sales figures from Statistics Canada. StatsCan figures confirmed that Canada’s recreational market was a phenomenal $2.62 billion last year, up 120 percent from 2019. According to StatsCan, the year ended with roughly 1,400 licensed cannabis stores operating in Canada, up from about 760 shops at the end of 2019. U.S. producers sold US$18.3 billion worth of cannabis products last year, a 71-per-cent increase over 2019.   The Pandemic Despite Covid, the demand appears on the increase with 2021s figures expected to increase just as dramatically. The biggest demand in Canada at present is from Ontario who registered $727.5 million in sales last year, followed by Alberta with $573 million cannabis products sold according to StatsCan data.  Those in the know believe Canada’s retail cannabis sales to reach between $5 billion and $8 billion at maturity. Obviously, no one knows the sheer impact that COVID-19 can still have on the economy and buying habits but there is unlikely to be any less stress generated over the next few years, one of the main reasons this product is purchased. The product has gone from being illegal to be in huge demand. It has not always been easy to purchase since legalization but outlets like topshelfbc company in Canada are making buying more accessible across multiple platforms and simple to understand, so more people can buy their cannabis products online. Proof that the rise of cannabis sales in Canada still on the rise is shown in StasCan’s analysis for December nearly $300 million of cannabis products were sold which is an increase of 14.3 percent from the prior. The country’s market is currently valued at an annual run rate of $3.58 billion. Canada’s COVID lockdown could affect retail figures for the first two months of the year, but online sales are a different matter.   High Demand Why the demand for cannabis? Does it really help sufferers and how is it used? The British government health service stated: “Cannabis contains active ingredients called cannabinoids. 2 of these – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) – are the active ingredients of a prescription drug called Sativex. This is used to relieve the pain of muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis. Another cannabinoid drug, called Nabilone, is sometimes used to relieve sickness in people having chemotherapy for cancer. Clinical trials are underway to test cannabis-based drugs for other conditions including cancer pain, the eye disease glaucoma, appetite loss in people with HIV or AIDS, and epilepsy in children. The benefits and risks of the use of marijuana have been detailed by healthline.com: “Just as synthetic drugs can help some conditions and not others, marijuana isn’t a one-size-fits-all line of treatment. It’s thought that marijuana’s benefits come from some of its compounds called cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD).   CBD CBD is one of the most widely studied cannabinoids in marijuana. CBD is also found in another related plant called hemp. One major difference between CBD and marijuana is that the former only contains a trace amount of the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This compound is best known for its hallucinogenic effects on the brain. Cannabis plants may contain up to 40 percent CBD. CBD is thought to have anti-inflammatory effects on the central nervous system. This can translate to multiple benefits in the body. Still, there remains concerned over the effects of THC in traditional marijuana. This is due to the fact that it can have stimulating or depressant effects in some people, which may lead to other side effects. Thus, when considering marijuana for any medical condition, your doctor will likely assess whether the anti-inflammatory benefits outweigh any psychological risks. Currently, there are two synthetic versions of marijuana. Doctors prescribe them for the treatment of severe epilepsy and chemotherapy side effects. The cannabinoids in marijuana may reduce pain by altering pain perception pathways in the brain. This may be helpful to treat conditions that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and migraine. It may also minimize cancer treatment side effects, like loss of appetite. In some instances, medical marijuana is reported to have helped replace the long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, which can have negative side effects. Sleep disorders have been treated with Cannabis which is also thought to help reduce inflammation. Inflammatory conditions, such as Cronin’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis. Due to its effects on the limbic system, doctors have often prescribed cannabis to treat neurological and mental health conditions such as multiple sclerosis, anxiety, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Tourette syndrome, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).…

Connecticut set to Win Big at the Best Businesses Awards

The BBA, or the Best Businesses Awards, is an event that takes place once a year in America. It is a fantastic opportunity for small businesses to stack themselves up against their opposition and show themselves to the world. Some of the world’s best businesses today were built on the backs of winning these awards. The BBA For those who don’t know about the Best Businesses Awards, let us break it down for you. There are six different categories, each with its own award up for grabs. Hospitality covers restaurants, bars, and catering. Industrial focuses on companies that mass-produce technology, equipment or provide specialized construction. Construction, of course, focuses on the businesses that build our cities and maintain our infrastructure. Retail covers any business that sells directly to the general public. Financial focuses on banks, lending agencies, wealth management firms, and other areas. And last you have the Charity award, which is given to non-profits that have made a significant impact. Each state runs its own state-wide nomination competition where the public can vote for which business they want to be put into each category. Every state must decide on one business for each category to face up in the nation-wide segment of the award. To make it to this stage is a great honor in and of itself. Speculation Every year, bookies and journalists speculate about which state is going to claim the most awards. There is no rule saying one state cant claim more than one award. And it is possible for one state to win all six awards, but very unlikely. This doesn’t stop people from making their own speculation brackets or placing bets. It becomes a great matter of pride for the residents of any given state. The outcome of the awards is determined by an independent panel of judges who tour around the nation meeting all these businesses. There is a panel for each category made up of experts in that field. The speculation this year though is rather surprising. For the first time, a lot of bookies have Connecticut as the favorite to win in three different categories. Hospitality, construction, and Industrial. Why Connecticut This is the first time in the state’s history that it is speculated to win this many awards in one go. While the state has a few awards to its name, it has never earned more than one award at any one time. But recent years have seen Connecticut prosper and grow. With its business landscape improving ten-fold. One of the businesses that has been nominated is a Waterfords roofers near me that I have made use of in the past. Recently they have over-hauled their business and it has had a positive effect. Their customer satisfaction ratings have gone up to nearly 90% and they are even considering expanding to a new location. The restaurant that has been nominated has also seen similar improvements being made and has won a few local food awards along with being featured on a few cooking shows. The engagement from the community has been staggering, with more people flocking to try the restaurant now that it has been nominated. It is no surprise that Connecticut is being speculated to clean house at the BBA’s. The entire state has seemingly been swept up in a wave of local communities supporting their local businesses. And the knock-on effect is the businesses have been booming. Competition But we need to remember this is all speculation at the end of the day. No one can know for certain which state is going to win which awards. And there are certain states that always seem to do well, no matter what. States like Washington or New York always seem to nab at least one award. For obvious reasons. And another sleeper hit is the state of Iowa. Known for not doing so well in the BBA’s, this year the Iowa nominations are extremely tough and ready to stand up with the best of them. It really is anyone’s game this year. So stay tuned to this site and we will give you updates on the BBA’s as they come in.  …

Jessa Duggar Seewald: Interacts with adoring fans sharing her latest news

  Jessa Duggar Seewald is twenty-two years old, twenty-five weeks along in her pregnancy and looks radiant as an expectant mother-to-be. Since she first found out she was with child, Jessa has been interacting with fans via Twitter updates as to her progress during her pregnancy. She loves sharing photos and providing updates letting everyone know that she is healthy, the baby is growing and that she and Ben are enjoying every moment of each day they spend together.   The baby is due to be born on November 1, that’s just fourteen weeks away. It seems it was only a short time ago that Jessa and Ben announced that they were expecting. The time seems to be flying by. Jessa did have a bit of morning sickness during her first trimester, but those days are long gone now giving her more time to prepare as she is soon to be a first-time mom.   Since the birth of Josh and Anna’s fourth child, Jessa has been spending a lot of time with her new niece, Meredith Grace. The time, she is sharing with the little one is wonderful. Not only is she, bonding with the newest family member, she is also getting in some practice with the newborn before she has her own little bundle of joy to care for and love.   Jessa and Ben have kept their word about not revealing the sex of their child until after it is born. Many may assume the baby’s gender has been revealed to their families by now and fans are trying to figure out if Jessa is having a boy or a girl. Some are trying to decipher the gender of the child the old-fashioned way. They are closely checking out the photos of Jessa to see how she is carrying her child, thinking they may already know if the baby is a boy or if a girl will be born this November. It seems the majority is thinking Jessa will definitely be having a son due to the fact that she is carrying low and all the baby weight is in the front. Time will tell if this olden-day reasoning behind determining the gender of the baby is accurate. What are your impressions and thoughts as to whether Jessa is going to give birth to a bouncing little boy or a beautiful little girl? Not that it matters, as long as the mommy-to-be and child are healthy.   The Sweet Way Jessa Duggar Knew Ben Seewald Was Her Soulmate On a very special episode of ’19 Kids and Counting,’ Jessa Duggar revealed how she knew Ben Seewald was her soulmate.   Jessa & Ben – love is in the air! Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald knew from the very beginning that they were meant to be together. They felt the emotions flow that only true soul mates share. They fell in love, got engaged, married and soon afterwards revealed they are expecting their first child.   Sonograms are amazing! Jessa shares her first baby picture with family, friends and fans world-wide. Everyone thought she was pregnant before she revealed the news. Fans went wild with excitement for the newlyweds, when they found out the news was true.   The cutest pregnancy reveal ever! Jessa and Ben concocted the best pregnancy reveal by posing together in a sweet kiss with a baby shirt in the foreground letting the cat out of the bag to appease fans and quench the rumors of her being pregnant by revealing her good news.   Baby bump part 1 Jessa loves to share photos with everyone. It is wonderful that the world can see her progress through pictures. Fans are thrilled to see how vibrant and glowing she is during the beginning of her pregnancy.   Baby bump part 2 Jessa is beginning to show while she retains her slim figure. How exciting it is for her to begin to feel the life she and Ben created start to grow. Jessa is as radiant as ever.   Baby bump part 3 This is the latest photo Jessa shared with everyone. Her baby bump has really popped since the last picture that was shared. This is a very beautiful time in her life, experiencing life from the beginning is a wonderful and exciting time that she will treasure all the days of her life.   Jessa became an aunt twice in the past two months. This is a special time in her life as her sister Jill and sister-in-law, Anna gave birth to two beautiful children. Jill’s baby boy and Anna’s baby girl have brought new bonds within the family. These ties no one can ever break, they continue to grow stronger as their children develop and Jessa’s baby nears her due date. Jessa’s baby is due on or around Ben and Jessa’s first wedding anniversary.…

Jessa Duggar of ’19 Kids and Counting’: Family, marriage and relationships

  Jessa Duggar Seewald has been in the spotlight for most of her life as a regular on the hit family series “19 Kids and Counting”. This Saturday she will be a speaker at the Southern Woman’s Show which will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Richmond Raceway Complex. News of her speech has been revealed on April 16 from the Richmond Times and CBS News that she’ll be discussing family, marriage and relationships. Our love is stronger than ever! Is Jessa Duggar Seewald sporting a baby bump? Her speech will be quite a hit and anyone can attend this three day event. The “Southern Woman’s Show” will run from Friday from 10:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., anyone who wants to attend can purchase tickets online or at Walgreens to see and hear all the news Jessa has to share.   Some other topics Jessa plans to include are tips on marriage, challenges of married life, how religion plays an important role in life, her life growing up, her life as a newlywed and what courtships are all about. The show will also have other entertainers such as gospels music “Queen of Neo-Soul”, Cynthia Jones and stylist Michal O’Rourke who is the creator of “Big Sexy Hair” products as well as Larry Volz who is a hypnotist and comedienne Joy who is known as the “Queen of Clean”.   But that’s not all! No, it gets even more exciting. Anyone who attends the Southern Woman’s Show may just be lucky enough to meet Jessa in person. At the end of the show she plans on doing a meet-and-greet with fans and is ready to sign autographs for anyone who is interested.   Jessa and Ben really want to start a family and originally were making plans to adopt a child at first. They were told that in order to adopt a child they would have to be married for a minimum of two years before applying for eligibility.   “Jessa and Ben, who tied the knot in November, have said they want to adopt and have their own biological children. “Even before we were married, we wanted to adopt. We hope to adopt a lot of kids. If God blesses us with biological kids of our own, it’s not going to quench our desire to adopt,” she told People magazine.”   The couple has been married for just five months but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a bun in the oven. There have been rumors flying nationwide how fans have thought Jessa was pregnant and maybe they are right, on the other hand it could be just a ploy to achieve some extra attention in the media. Most people don’t feel this is the case due to the fact that there have been crumbs left here and there in photos that may just be clues to news the happy couple just isn’t ready to reveal.   Recently a woman from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jayci Goss sent off a tweet that she spotted Jessa shopping at a store called Ross in Rogers looking at maternity clothes as well as items in the juniors section. Photos from Instagram have been posted with Ben and Jessa creating a heart shape over her abdomen as well as hats placed strategically over her to hide her belly. Is everyone seeing things that aren’t really there or are these two love birds holding back until they are sure that enough time has passed in their own minds that if Jessa is pregnant all is well and then again they could be holding back because Jill & Derick just gave birth to Israel David and want the three of them to remain in the spotlight for as long as possible before opening up about whether or not they are in the family way?   The latest photo of Jessa seems to prove all the rumors are within limits and that the couple has been holding back. Mark Wills, a country star who is friends with Jessa and Ben sparked the world of “Duggar followers” causing a stir or furor when he posted the photo to Facebook when they appeared at the Grand Ole Opry on April 12. You can clearly see Jessa’s flat belly is no longer flat and is starting to pert rude. Is this truly a “baby bump” or has Jessa just gained weight enjoying the time with her husband since their honeymoon and eating out more than staying home cooking more nutritional meals that contain less calories. No one seems to think this is the case any longer.   If Jessa is pregnant, then she isn’t going to be able to hide the exciting news from the media too much longer. The latest photo of the couple is either a clue she is with child or is it just a shirt that is just too tight for her small frame? Jill was pregnant just months after marrying Derick and many people think the same thing has happened to Jessa, do you think they are right or just speculating that good news is on the way.   It seems that next Tuesday’s episode may be the perfect time to make a big announcement. There could possibly be a new addition to the family. The show may introduce Jessa and Ben’s baby news as they snuck in the news about the courtship of Josiah and Marjorie. Of course, most of the focus may just revolve around Jessa and Ben’s European honeymoon as previews of the next episode have hinted we’ll all get to see.   The Duggar family is in their tenth season of “19 Kids and Counting” with all their children, grandchildren and extended family members with ages that range from five to twenty-seven. New episodes of the show airs on Tuesday evenings at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time so be sure not to miss the next exciting reveal the Duggar’s have in store for all their devoted fans.…

Giudice family reality show: Negotiations with Bravo are being sorted out

  Teresa and Joe Giudice are under negotiations with Bravo regarding a new reality television show of their own. This new show that is being discussed is just about their family, how they are dealing with a parent in prison, how hard Joe has had it trying to put food on the table and how the children are coping with all the attention that they can’t hide from. On April 7, She Knows tells how this new series is a bad idea especially for the children in the family.   Negotiations with Bravo are being sorted out First off there have been rumors that this new series will be a spin-off of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” but it doesn’t seem like that has any merit at this point in time. Many feel that Teresa is taking advantage and capitalizing on her prison time to attract more of an audience from fans. On the other hand, it has been said by Joe himself that the last thing he really wants to do at this time is another reality television series especially since she is still incarcerated, whereas, Teresa is eager to get back into the television business.   Produces or this upcoming series seem to be insisting that Teresa be recorded from prison and included in the series. It is not just about Joe and their children. Although photographing Teresa is out of the question any correspondence she has with the family whether it be via email or upon family visits what conspires between them they want to share on the show. Joe is also not too thrilled at the idea of this reality show but since he doesn’t have other means he may have to fold and accept the role being placed before him.   “The last thing Joe wanted to do was a reality show, but it was really the only option because there was no money coming in,” an insider told Radar. “With Joe still not working, just putting food on the table was becoming very hard without handouts from their parents.”   Since Teresa is still behind bars and cannot actually be filmed by the crew in prison and with the added security due to planes flying overhead trying to capture photos of her, how much of a contribution she will actually make on the show is yet to be determined. Teresa has to tow the line while the new shows, if it goes through for fear of losing her early release privilege.   “Cameras will also be mounted in the car to get footage of their visit to the prison…and prison officials will be monitoring the situation to make sure Teresa continues to obey all the rules.” “Producers insisted that phone calls with Teresa be included in the footage. The family will be required to talk to Teresa on speakerphone as well as to share any email correspondence they have with her. Cameras will be mounted in the car to get footage of their visits in prison.”   It doesn’t seem fair to have this type of show air, causing more stress and heartache towards their four daughters. Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana’s ages range from fourteen to five. Haven’t these girls experienced enough pain and ridicule due to their parents illegal decisions and now to have them experience them again as well as tell the world how they feel, how they are coping and how it affects their own lives seems a little over the top to an extreme that would make them a public spectacle instead of living a normal and happy childhood despite their family’s circumstances.   Will this series start a new trend? Now whenever a celebrity goes to prison for a wrongful act they can capitalize on it, gain more recognition and then keep up their celebrity status so that once released go on like nothing ever happened. No one know for sure – are fans really interested in exploiting them to get the scoop firsthand or is Joe and Teresa just doing this to make ends meet till they are both free to live together as a whole family again?…

“The Walking Dead” leaves fans speechless

To say that there’s a lot of blood on the hands of “The Walking Dead” showrunners this season is an understatement. Season 5 started with “No Sanctuary,” an episode that went south quickly and found Rick and the group trapped inside Terminus in a railroad car labeled “A.” Gareth, the man who appeared to be in charge of things at Terminus, and his group were a hive of cannibals that lured survivors in under the guise of sanctuary, only to rob them and eat them. Ultimately, Rick and the group survive their potential demise and Carol is actually the hero of the day when she sets an elaborate plan in motion to destroy Terminus. Father Gabriel is introduced in the episode “Strangers,” and, although something is off about the character, no one is quite sure yet what to make of the priest. Time and time again, Gabriel has proved to be more trouble than he’s worth, and he’s often more of a hindrance than an asset to the group, and everyone knows it. While his church offers temporary sanctuary for everyone, and he does help the group find food, it’s at the cost of Bob, who is bitten during the food run. Meanwhile, Abraham asserts the need to go to Washington to deliver Eugene and his cure. Daryl and Carol take off to find Beth and that episode ends with Bob being captured by Gareth and his men, who amputate Bob’s leg and eat it in front of him. In the next episode, “Four Walls And A Roof,” Bob tells Gareth and the others he was bitten and they’re eating tainted meat. They beat Bob senseless and take him back to the church. Sasha takes his death hard, and ultimately Tyreese is the one to give Bob mercy when he dies with a knife to the head before he turns into a walker. We learn Father Gabriel locked all of his congregation out of his church and kept all the food for himself. The group is divided, something that’s never been much of an issue previously, and Abraham insists they leave immediately for Washington, but Rick wants to stay and take care of Gareth and the Hunters for good. Glenn barters an agreement for more time, and eventually Gareth and Martin and the Hunters come to the church where Rick and the others slaughter them. Abraham, Eugene, Tara, Rosita, Maggie and Glenn head off for Washington in the church bus. The storyline shifts a bit in the next episode, “Slabtown,” and we finally see what happened to Beth, who is in the Grady Memorial Hospital downtown Atlanta. Dawn Lerner, a police officer, is under control of the hospital and runs things with a strong hand. We come to find out that her grip on things is mostly an illusion, and most everyone, including the doctor and other officers, don’t have much respect for her. We’re also introduced to Noah, a laundry worker with dreams of escaping the hospital to head back to his home in Virginia. Beth kills a police officer, Gorman, who tries to sexually assault her, feeding him to a walker after she knocks him out. Beth and Noah attempt to escape, but only Noah makes it out. Dawn punishes Beth by hitting her, leaving a deep wound in her face. At the end of the episode, when Beth is about to kill the doctor, Edwards, Carol is wheeled in as the latest patient in the hospital. We dive into the world of Abraham in the next episode, “Self Help.” We find out a bit about Abraham’s family who abandoned him only to be eaten by walkers. When he’s about to kill himself, Abraham is encountered by Eugene, who is helpless and being overrun by walkers. Abraham kills the walkers chasing Eugene and attempts to walk away, but Eugene tells him that he’s on an important mission and has the cure for the virus, but needs to get it to Washington and needs a ride and protection. The episode flashes forward to Abraham and his group on the church bus to Washington as it crashes, sabotaged by Eugene who doesn’t feel he will ever be part of the group no matter what. The group finds sanctuary in a library and eventually locate a fire truck to continue their journey. Eugene confesses at the end of the episode that he’s a liar and has no cure for the virus and Abraham knocks him out cold, almost killing him. In “Consumed” we follow the adventures of Carol and Daryl as they attempt to locate Beth in downtown Atlanta. When their car runs out of gas they spend the night in a women’s shelter that Carol is all too familiar with. Later in the episode they run into Noah, who steals their weapons and leaves them for dead. Carol and Daryl almost die at one point in the episode when the van they are in falls over the edge of a bridge, but they survive and eventually catch up with Noah again, who needs their help escaping from walkers. When it ends up that Noah has information about Beth, Daryl finds him useful enough to keep alive, but in a strange plot twist Carol is hit by a car and taken by police officers to Grady Memorial. Noah and Daryl begin to form a plan to rescue Beth and Carol and they both head back to the church to get help from Rick and the group. In the next episode, “Crossed,” everyone helps reinforce the church where Michonne, Carl, Judith and Gabriel stay as everyone else goes to Atlanta to rescue Beth and Carol. There are disagreements between Rick and Tyreese as to the methods they should use, but they eventually decide to take some police officers hostage and then trade them for Beth and Carol. In the next episode, “Coda,” the plan unfolds almost perfectly until Beth decides to have some final words to Dawn and then stabs her in the shoulder with a pair of scissors. Dawn shoots Beth in the head and the blood splatters into Rick and those nearby. Daryl, without hesitation, shoots Dawn in the head and evens the score. Noah decides to leave with Rick and the group. In “What’s Happened And What’s Going On,” we find the group dealing with the tremendous loss and desolation they have just experienced. It’s an episode that sets the pace for the second half of the season. The group takes Noah back to his hometown in Virginia and they find it’s been decimated by walkers. They attempt to gather up anything of value from the houses and push on further. When Tyreese and Noah enter his old house, Tyreese is bit by one of Noah’s brothers who is a walker. When Noah runs for help, Tyreese has intense visions and conversations with those who have died recently, including Martin, Bob, The Governor, Lizzie, Mika, and Beth. Tyreese dies and is buried with Gabriel handling the funeral. The group is broken and desperate for water in the next episode, “Them,” and they search for hydration when their van breaks down. After a long walk, and dealing with a herd of walkers, they find temporary sanctuary in a barn. After they take shelter they find bottled water in the road and a note that it’s left by a “Friend.” They argue if they should drink it or not, and just then the rain begins to pour down upon them, and they try to capture as much of it as they can. Later, Rick gives the group a speech inside the barn and declares that “We are the walking dead,” and Daryl is quick to say “We ain’t them.” Rick echoes Daryl’s statement, but Daryl gets up and is agitated by the conversation. A herd of walkers tries to break into the barn, but the massive storm slaughters them all, leaving the barn untouched. When Maggie and Sasha take a morning walk they are confronted with Aaron, the mysterious “Friend” who left them water, who asks to speak to Rick. Aaron explains in “The Distance” that he’s a recruiter from the Alexandria Safe Zone, and he’s been tracking the group. Aaron wants Rick and the others to come back with him to Alexandria and help them rebuild civilization to what it once was. Aaron argued the reasons that Rick and the group should follow him back to Alexandria where his sanctuary awaited them. Subtle interactions within the group redefined relationships and group order and rank. Michonne stepped up her role as a leader that week, and while not directly challenging Rick, she definitely asserted a new level of influence that was previously unseen. After much debate, the group drives through a hoard of zombies on the way to Alexandria, and upon arrival they are forced with an option to give up their weapons for sanctuary. “Remember” picks up where last week left off, with Rick Grimes and the group at the gates of the Alexandria safe zone. There’s a quick and terse negotiation for the group to give up their weapons if they want to stay. The group agrees to talk to the leader Deanna, who is said to know everything about the safe zone. Everyone is interviewed on videotape. We’re also introduced to Jessie and it’s apparent immediately that Rick and her have a connection. Carl meets some new kids, including a girl named Enid, but he’s in a bit of shock to really absorb what’s going on. Deanna’s son Aiden and Glenn don’t see eye to eye, and they’re set up for future conflict. Deanna tries to give everyone a job and appoints Rick and Michonne the new Constables of Alexandria. The last scene is Rick speaking on videotape as he walks down the stairs of his new home in a police uniform. On the porch he talks to Daryl and Carol and they discuss everyone sleeping in their own homes. Rick tells them, “We won’t get weak. That’s not in us anymore. We’ll make it work and if they can’t make it, We’ll just take this place.” In the next episode, “Forget,” we begin to see Sasha melt down. She’s lost Bob and Tyreese and can’t seem to wrap her head around the situation. She’s focused on killing walkers and it’s consuming her. Rick, Carol and Daryl meet together in private and they discuss the need to get some of their weapons back just in case they need them. They kill a walker and on his forehead is carved the letter “W.” It’s most likely a piece of a larger puzzle that will reveal itself in time. Carol says that the best thing about Alexandria is that she gets to be invisible again. Later, at a party in Rick and the group’s honor, Rick meets with Deanna and her husband Reg, who seems impressed with Rick keeping as many members of his group alive that he has. Rick talks to Jessie, who’s husband Pete seems to have some nervous tension regarding Rick. Jessie’s son Sam places a giant red “A” stamp on Rick’s hand, reminiscent of the “A” label on the train in Terminus. Jessie tells Rick, “You’re officially one of us,” and walks away while Rick is a bit dazed and confused as to what exactly just happened and deals with the flood of emotions rushing in. Meanwhile, Aaron asks Daryl if he wants a job as a recruiter for Alexandria and tells Daryl that he picked him because he knows how to judge someone who is good from someone who is bad, a key skill in recruiting. Daryl accepts the job willingly, stating that he doesn’t have anything else going on. In the last scene of the episode, Rick hears a noise at the wall and runs over, placing his “A” stamped hand on the metal that divides the outside world and Alexandria. In the next episode, “Spend,” we begin to see Gabriel melt down a bit. Gabriel notices a page in his Bible that has torn and slowly tears the page away, and then another. He ends up ripping half the book apart and slams it shut. On a table nearby is a welcome card and some strawberries, but his church is empty. Eugene, Noah, Tara, Glenn, Aiden and Nicholas head out for a supply run in a van, which is pumping techno music as they depart. In what ends up to be foreshadowing, the music blurts out, “Now you’re going to die.” When everything seems under control, it all spins wildly out of control when during their departure from the warehouse Aiden shoots a walker that has on full riot gear, including some dangling grenades. The grenades explode and Aiden is impaled on a metal post. Tara is also hurt with a massive head wound. Things are momentarily a complete disaster on an epic scale. The previously fenced in and contained walkers in the warehouse are now stumbling around and hungry. Eugene meanwhile grabs Tara and runs with her to the van, setting in motion a plan to get out of the warehouse alive. When Nicholas and Aiden have some last words together, it comes out that they were responsible for the last supply run gone bad. Nicholas, Noah and Glenn leave Aiden behind and he’s devoured by the walkers in one of the bloodiest scenes of the season so far. back at Alexandria, Pete comes to visit Rick and offers him a beer. It’s an uncomfortable and tense scene, made more uncomfortable when Pete brings up Rick losing Lori. Pete claims that his group has lost things in Alexandria and they’re fighting to hold onto what they have. Pete and Rick are set up for a showdown. Rick, in many ways, begins to mimic Shane. Nicholas, Noah and Glenn get trapped in a revolving door between two hoards of walkers, both outside and inside, on their way out of the warehouse. Eugene drives by with loud music blasting and the walkers outside the door head towards the van. When Nicholas, in one door compartment by himself, sees a moment that he can push the door open and run outside to freedom, he takes the opportunity, but it’s at the expense of Noah and Glenn in the other compartment. Noah is exposed to a hoard of walkers, who drag him back inside the building and rip him to pieces. Glenn looks on with shock and horror as a thin piece of glass separates the two from life and death. Gabriel visits Deanna and tells her that Rick and the others are not what they appear to be and starts quoting the bible. Gabriel explains that Satan disguises himself as a false light, and that Rick and his group are dangerous. Deanna thanks Gabriel for his confession and tells him that she has a lot to think about. Maggie hears the entire conversation from the stairwell, unknown to Deanna or Gabriel. In the last scene of the episode Carol tells Rick that Pete has been hitting Jessie and Sam and she says, “You’re gonna have to kill him.” Rick stares back at Carol with a determined look on his face and the episode comes to close. Finally, in last week’s episode, “Try,” everything seems to be falling apart for everyone. The opening sequence might be the most visually dystopic montage that we’ve seen yet this season, and it’s quickly evident that life within the walls of Alexandria has begun to mimic life outside the walls of Alexandria. It’s bleak and dark times for everyone. Michonne seems conflicted with her job and uniform, but ultimately she turns out to be one of the best voices of reason within the group right now. It’s not convincing that Michonne will keep her sword hung up for long. Rick and Glenn have a heart to heart and Rick expresses his disappointment that no one inside Alexandria knows what they’re doing. Glenn, a voice of reason, argues that they’ll learn in time. Rick really considers shooting Pete when the two come face to face at the water where a red helium balloon is inexplicably present. The red balloon actually appears throughout the episode, and it’s a symbol perhaps of Rick’s sanity. When the balloon flies away during Rick and Pete’s knock down drag out fight, it’s a reminder that Rick is now officially out of his mind and floating further away from the group. Carol and Rick also have a few moments together to discuss the Jessie and Pete situation. Rick goes to Deanna and suggests Pete be executed for physically abusing Jessie. Deanna scoffs at Rick, her new lawman, and tells him that exile is the most logical way to deal with Pete, but Rick knows that would make Pete a bigger threat than he is right now. Rick is certain that Pete must die and so is Carol, for that matter. Michonne is ultimately the keeper of the peace in this episode when she slams Rick in the back of the head with a rock, knocking him out and off Pete, who he was choking to death just moments before. It seems like everyone in town comes to watch Pete and Rick bloody each other up. The situation was definitely escalated by Jessie’s acceptance of protection from Rick. The bright light of hope in the episode is that Carl may be finding out what young love in the apocalypse might be all about as his relationship with Enid seems to be blossoming into something for the pair. The dark light in the episode is that Rick Grimes is becoming more like Shane all the time. “Conquer,” the Season 5 finale of “The Walking Dead,” will be 90 minutes long and, “There will be blood. It won’t all be walker blood,” according to Gale Anne Hurd on last week’s “Talking Dead.” Be prepared for more bloodshed in the zombie apocalypse and be prepared to say goodbye to one or more cast members. The preview for the episode showed Carol barging into Pete and Jessie’s house and pulling a knife on Pete, telling him to go take care of Tara and then threatening to kill him. Pete looks genuinely scared and Carol takes another step towards the dark side.…

Teen charged with involuntary manslaughter: Encouraged boyfriend’s suicide

  Michelle Carter, seventeen years old, was the girlfriend of Conrad Roy III, who was eighteen. She took social media to a new level that resulting in a devastating ending. By using text messages she encouraged Roy to end his life. Roy was already troubled was in the act of committing suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. According to a Fox News report on March 1, the teenager was egged on by his girlfriend to not back out of his plans. She now faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, which is punishable by law to up to twenty years in prison.   Teenage girlfriend tells boyfriend to go for it – suicide!   Roy was sitting in his truck that was already filling up with carbon monoxide when he quickly jumped out of the truck with second thoughts. He was parked at a K-Mart in Fairhaven and took along a gas generator so he could take his own life. Since his mind was unsure of whether to continue with the deed or not he reached out to his girlfriend, Michelle Carter with a text telling her he wasn’t sure if he could go through with it or not. She responded in another text to just get back in. He did just that, ending his young life after receiving the response back from his girlfriend.   How can someone who calls themselves “girlfriend”, respond back in such a way to one she was supposed to be in love with. Michelle, it seems has encouraged him to commit suicide multiple times and this time he gave in to her wishes. It is awful to think that she didn’t do what love sick teenagers would do and reach out for help for her boyfriend. She never called the authorities, or asked for medical assistance to help prevent this terrible tragedy from happening. Michelle didn’t bother to call her parents, Conrad’s parents or anyone from school to help him and help prevent his death. She did text additional messages after his death, stating that she missed him and organized a fundraiser called “Homers for Conrad” to help raise awareness about suicide. This was a little too late and more than likely an afterthought, never thinking she would be charged with his death since he actually took his own life.   Nevertheless, Michelle was charged, released on a $2,500 bond and was ordered by the court to staff off of social media sites until after her court appearance which will be held on April 17. She, her lawyer and family seems surprised that Michelle is being charged with this crime, thinking it is outrageous and wrong since Conrad did the deed himself without her being present. Authorities and Conrad’s family beg to differ with their thinking.   Michelle’s family released the following statement to The Boston Herald stating that; “Our hearts have and remain broken for the Roy family. For everyone that does not know our daughter, she is not the villain the media is portraying her to be. She is a quiet, kind, and sympathetic young girl. She tried immensely to help Mr. Roy in his battle with depression. We know that once all of the facts are released, our daughter will be found innocent.”   The April 17 court date is set and isn’t far away. We’ll all know how the judge and jury find Michelle Carter on the charges that she is accused of presently. Whether she’ll be sentenced or not is still yet to be determined. It is a terrible tragedy that a young man took his own life and an even bigger tragedy that the one that was in love with him sat back and didn’t do anything to discourage him from following through with his wishes, didn’t seek help and in fact, actually encouraged him to go through with the suicide.   Deepest sympathies are extended to the family of Conrad Roy.…

Kate Middleton pregnancy woes: Prince Charles wants palace a tourist attraction

  Families have differences when it comes to just about everything that another family member does. It is no different with the royals in England either, and then again, when they argue or have a family feud everyone seems to hear about it one way or another. Kate Middleton should be enjoying the remainder of her pregnancy without having family stress from all sides right now. According to a Monday, March 2 report from the Inquistir, it seems that Price Charles thinks Kate Middleton will be in for a rude awakening when he finally is able to call the shots and hold the reins to Buckingham Palace.   Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits Cape Hill Children’s Centre Prince Charles wants palace a tourist attraction Rumor has it that Kate wanted to have her mother, Carole Middleton assists her when she delivers her second child in lieu of a nurse making Queen Elizabeth furious and putting her foot down that this would not be happening. Kate may have mentioned that she wanted her mother to be present at the birth of her second child and things got twisted in the news as the story passed from one source to another. With all the medical issues Kate has experienced during her pregnancies, no one doubts that mom’s presence wouldn’t be welcomed and that she would also have all the medical professionals present when she actually does deliver the baby for safety’s sake.   “Kate was determined to have the baby in the comfort of [her] home with William present,” the palace insider said. “She consulted medical experts and they drew up plans to install all the equipment in a room close to William and Kate’s master bedroom. But they didn’t anticipate the Queen’s reaction.”   “The Queen was horrified and pointed out they must not take risks with a baby who one day will be second in line to the throne,” the source added. “It was a shock to Kate that the Queen was so concerned. Her message left Kate in no doubt that this wasn’t so much a request, but an order!”   When Kate gave birth to Prince George she did so without drugs so a home birth wouldn’t be something she could be interested in having. Queen Elizabeth also gave birth at home to Prince Charles but not when Princess Anne was born. This may be why she is against home births since no two are alike and additional medical personnel would be required at a moment’s notice.   Reports are in that the baby will be berthed at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington with a full medical staff present as it was done when Prince George was born in July of 2013. Kate and William’s second child is due to be born in April of this year. There have been additional rumors from others that a copy of the baby’s ultrasound was released that claimed Kate is pregnant with a baby girl who will be named after Princess Diana. If Kate has a baby girl, her name may just be Diana as everyone is predicting, but there hasn’t been any official news stating that the ultrasound that was published was actually Kate’s. With only a short time to go everyone will be sitting at the edges of their seats to find out if Kate and William will be having a boy or a girl and the name they have chosen for their child.   In the meantime, Prince Charles is more than ready and enthusiastic about taking the reins over when the time comes with the Queen’s passing. This is sad to hear since she is still alive, active and has her hands-on when it comes to family matters as usual. The stories may be speculative but also may be true that Charles wants Buckingham Palace to no longer be a residence for the royals. Instead it is being said that he wants to convert the palace into a tourist attraction that would include an art gallery and as a center for events that will be open to the public. Part of the reasoning behind this is because of the expense it would cost to upgrade the family home into one that is up to code again. It seems that there are many flaws and structural repairs that would cost over fifty million to upgrade the roof, walls and heating system. Maybe since his mother has referred to Buckingham Palace as more of an office than a home which she resides in is part of the cause for him to want to make the changes that are being spoken of lately and that the Royal Family will eventually be relocated to Windsor Castle.…

Charleston statue spray-painted with ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Confederate figure

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change scheduled to be held in Paris in December 2015 will aim to reach a new agreement between the States involved in the negotiation process in order to limit greenhouse gases emissions and the rise in temperatures. Beyond the sole environmental concern, the conclusion of this agreement is underpinned by the energy transition issue, which arises with ever greater insistence facing the depletion of hydrocarbon resources.   University of California researchers estimate that the 1.332 trillion crude oil barrels of reserves may be depleted by the year 2041. In this perspective, all countries will have to make a change in their “energy software”, but this problem is even more acute for oil and hydrocarbon producers as energy is also their main source of wealth and sometimes the core of their economy.   Recognizing this, States, local authorities and investors around the world support many initiatives in favor of renewable energy, reflecting the will to take this necessary step towards an effective transition.   A multi-speed Europe   Historically, awareness of European countries grew regarding this matter have grown at different paces and according to political changes, with considerable advance on the Nordic side (for instance the exploitation of geothermal energy) or even Germany with its objective of complete abandonment of nuclear energy by the year 2022.   Initiatives for the fight against climate change and for the development of renewable energy take many forms: research grants, incentives or disincentives tax, regulatory measures, eco-neighborhoods financing, setting up of experimental labs and working groups on the subject, etc. Among these initiatives involving private and public actors, we can also take the example of the European association “Energy Cities”, created 25 years ago, that inspired many other similar initiatives worldwide. Its French president, Claire Roumet emphasizes the experience of her association in accompanying the energy transition at a local level, with the aim of involving all stakeholders in an integrated dynamic program.   In any case, today, at all levels, European countries within the European Union integrate environmental issues in all their public policies, and they stand at the forefront of the negotiations in view of the COP21.   A global momentum   Many cities around the world promote their commitment to renewable energy, and it is not the sole prerogative of Europe. Toronto Mayor Gregor Robertson, for example, stated that he wanted to rely only on renewable energy for his city by 2020. The large States are mobilized as well and today they all have a green agenda: China itself recently became the first investor in green energy, with no less than $ 89.5 billion invested last year. “This strong investment in clean energy (in 2014) will surprise observers who foresaw the turmoil in renewable due to the fall in oil prices since the summer” says Michael Liebreich, chairman of New Energy Bloomberg Finance. A proof that the sense of emergency is now integrated by all stakeholders at all levels of action.   Oil-producing countries, aware of the risk   Beyond environmental issues, oil-producing countries are, without a doubt, the most affected by this issue of energy transition today, since their economy relies on the exploitation of finite resources. They are also often the first consumers as they have a privileged access to it. The Saudi Minister for Petroleum and Mineral resources, Ali Al-Naimi, well aware of this reality, stated last May at the Business and Climate Summit in Paris: “One day the world will no longer need hydrocarbons. I do not know when it will happen, probably in 2040, in 2050 or later. Greenhouse gas emissions and global warming are among humanity’s most pressing concerns. (…) Societal expectations on climate change are real, and our industry is expected to take a leadership role. We are doing this in Saudi Arabia. “   Energy cities, integrated energy business districts: initiatives promoted by visionary investors like Esam Janahi.   Several projects are already underway or firmly anchored in the gulf and the Middle-East region, promoted by local investors who see in the energy transition a real opportunity. In Qatar, for example, the Energy City Qatar project, launched by Esam Janahi, proposes to pool companies and skills in a same district to better anticipate the hydrocarbon and renewable energy sectors in Qatar. Initiatives of this kind flourish all over the region, but also in the Mediterranean and in Asia, for example through the project of an integrated energy business district in Mumbai, also promoted by Esam Janahi. Other examples are easy to find: The Sultanate of Oman recently hosted a forum organized by the World Bank to talk about the role of clean energy in the context of economic performance and competitiveness. New programs and partnerships are also being developed with the Sultanate as well as with the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.   In spite of the recent decrease in oil prices, all these initiatives are proof that the pressure to initiate a real energy transition is increasing. In view of the COP21 negotiations, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius defined the subject of financing as decisive for the climate conference, thus stressing the key role to be played by private investors in this field: OECD countries might as well take a look at what’s happening in the oil-producing countries to take their inspiration.…