Gov’t Awards Third Ganja Research Licence

first_imgGov’t Awards Third Ganja Research Licence TechnologyOctober 26, 2015Written by: Chris Patterson RelatedBe Careful What You Click On RelatedUWI Professor Urges Increased Use of Technology in Crime Fight FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementscenter_img Story HighlightsCanadian nutraceutical and pharmaceutical company, Timeless Herbal Care Limited (THC), which has operations in Jamaica, is the first private entity to be granted a ganja research licence by the Government.The licence is the third to be issued, following similar awards to the University of the West Indies (UWI), and University of Technology (UTech).The licence permits THC to cultivate ganja (marijuana) locally for research and development, in keeping with provisions outlined in the amended Dangerous Drugs Act. Related17.5 Per Cent Drop in Energy Costs at JIS Canadian nutraceutical and pharmaceutical company, Timeless Herbal Care Limited (THC), which has operations in Jamaica, is the first private entity to be granted a ganja research licence by the Government.The licence is the third to be issued, following similar awards to the University of the West Indies (UWI), and University of Technology (UTech).The licence permits THC to cultivate ganja (marijuana) locally for research and development, in keeping with provisions outlined in the amended Dangerous Drugs Act.Timeless Herbal Care Limited is now able to develop an international global brand for Jamaican medical marijuana, by incorporating state-of-the-art scientific applications and methodologies to conduct research on organic marijuana deemed of the highest quality.This undertaking is expected to position the country to tap into the global industry, which generates an estimated US$1 billion in earnings.The licence was formally presented by Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, to THC President and Chief Executive Officer, Courtney Betty, during a ceremony at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) building in New Kingston, on October 22.In his address, Mr. Paulwell said the government, through the awarding of the licences, among other inputs, remains committed to positioning Jamaica as a global leader in medical marijuana research and development.To this end, he encouraged THC to “move very quickly” in establishing facilities capable of conducting the level of research that will record significant outcomes.Additionally, the Mr. Paulwell said while the Ministry awaits the outcome of work being undertaken by the Cannabis Licensing Authority, “we anticipate, very soon, that the regulations will be in a position to be promulgated and that…you (THC) will move from research to commercial operations.”Mr. Paulwell said while frequent updates are expected from the licensees, “we in the Ministry, through the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST), and the Scientific Research Council (SRC), we (will be) monitoring…the institutions.”In his remarks, Mr. Betty said his company is pleased to have been awarded the licence, pointing out that “we take our research and development very seriously.”In this regard, he announced that former SRC Acting Executive Director, Hawthorne Watson, has been recruited to head THC’s local operations, adding that he will place “tremendous focus on research and development.”Noting the significant foundations laid in the local nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Betty said “we are glad to have an opportunity to play a role in developing the industry, (by) making sure we meet the proper standards (and) property control, (and by) carrying out clinical trials.”Timeless Herbal Care Limited, which is a global entity, manufactures marijuana by-products designed to ensure safety, efficacy, and quality control for consumers.last_img read more

IT/IP: Google and brand searches

first_imgA landmark decision from the European Court of Justice will have brand owners checking whether, and how, third parties use their brands as internet search terms. When a point of law is so significant that judgment on it hits the national press, you can be sure that lost in the excitement will be that most fundamental of questions for practitioners: what does this mean for my clients? Such is the case in the much-anticipated Google AdWords decision of the ECJ (Google France SARL, Google Inc. (C-236/08 to C-238/08), 23 March 2010). When an internet user types words (a ‘search term’) into a search engine such as Google, the search engine ­displays the sites which appear best to correspond to the search term, in decreasing order of relevance. These displays are known as the ‘natural’ results of the search. Alongside the natural results, search engines also display sponsored links that are relevant to the search term. Type ‘holiday’ into Google and a number of sponsored links appear above and to the right of the natural results, the lead one being ThomasCook.com. Next to each link will appear a couple of sentences of advertising, designed to encourage you to click on the link. Sponsors pay Google a ‘maximum price per click’ for a sponsored link. Sponsored links appear ranked in order, depending on which sponsor has agreed the highest maximum price per click, the number of previous clicks on the link, and the quality of the sponsor’s advertisement. But what happens if your search term is also a trademark? Type in the trademark Interflora, and a sponsored link for Marks & Spencer Flowers Online will appear. The problem with this from Interflora’s point of view is that users might then click through to the M&S website, and not to the Interflora website, to buy their flowers. A worse threat to brand owners is sponsored links that might tempt away users with copycat products. All over Europe, brand owners have been trying to stop third parties from using their brands as sponsored search terms, by bringing claims for trademark infringement against Google and against the sponsors that used their brands in this way. A number of these cases were referred by the national courts to the ECJ to determine certain key points, and the ECJ has answered four of these – from France and Austria – together. The first question before the ECJ was whether Google itself was primarily liable for trademark infringement, on the grounds that it was storing the trademark names as search terms, and profiting from that storage. The answer from the court was a clear ‘no’. The relevant provision (article 5 of Trade Marks Directive, 89/104) states that for a party to be said to have infringed a trademark, they must themselves have ‘used’ that trademark. The ECJ held that for Google to have created the technical conditions for third parties to use a trademark did not mean that it was itself using the trademark. That was the case, even if it profited from those conditions. The next question for the ECJ was whether the third party advertisers were liable for trademark infringement, on the grounds that they select the trademark as a key word, and use it to generate sponsored links to websites offering identical goods and services. The ECJ’s answer draws up the battlelines for future litigation and so stands to be quoted in full. The ECJ said that third party advertisers could be liable, ‘in the case where the ad does not enable the average internet user, or enables that user only with difficulty, to ascertain whether the goods and services referred to therein originate from the proprietor of the trademark or an undertaking economically connected with it or, on the contrary, originate from a third party’. So, the question of whether an advertiser will be liable for trademark infringement will hinge on whether the average internet user can tell that the goods advertised in a sponsored link do not come from the trademark holder or anyone ‘economically connected’ to them (for example, trademark licensees). As to where the line should be drawn on this point – that is, how in practice an advertiser might phrase its sponsored link and accompanying advertisement so that it will not confuse the user – the ECJ did not say. The view at M&S seems to be that labelling its sponsored link Marks & Spencer Flowers Online/Blooming Flowers and Plants at M&S is enough to avoid confusion with Interflora, since that is the wording that still appears when you type Interflora as a search term. On the other hand, if you type M&S into Google, then the M&S website will appear, but not a single third party sponsored link. M&S’s competitors seem to be nervous of using the M&S trademark as a search term at all. Although the ECJ held that Google could not be held primarily liable for trademark infringement, Google can only half exhale. In some European jurisdictions it may incur a secondary liability, should it be regarded as an accessory to trademark infringement by an advertiser. With this in mind, the ECJ considered a third question, on whether Google could rely on a defence under article 14 of the E-Commerce Directive (2000/31). Article 14 provides that the provider of an ‘information society service’ cannot be held liable for data which is stored at the request of a user. So, for example, internet service providers have a defence under the directive to claims in defamation for comments that users might publish through their services. The question for the ECJ was whether sponsored links constitute an ‘information society service’ and so fall into this protected category. The ECJ held that they do, so long as the service provider has not played an active role of such a kind as to give it knowledge of or control over the data stored. That is not the end of the story for Google, because the article 14 defence falls away if the provider becomes aware of the unlawful activities, for example because of information supplied by an injured party, and then fails to expeditiously remove or disable access to the data. In other words, it seems that if a search engine is given notice of an advertisement that infringes a trademark, and fails to act expeditiously to remove it, then it could still find itself liable. So what happens now? Although these decisions were major successes for Google and brand owners, they weren’t quite the full marks that they might have scored. There is scope for further litigation between brand owners and competitors that continue to use their brands as search terms, as to whether or not the sponsored link and accompanying advertisement sufficiently distinguishes the competitor from the brand owner. There is also scope for litigation between brand owners and Google, should brand owners notify Google of a perceived infringement and Google disagrees with them. The judgment also leaves open some important questions: is the legal position different for natural search results? Is the position stronger for well-known trademarks, which enjoy a special protection against a third party taking unfair advantage of their reputation or distinctive character (article 5(2))? Some guidance on the practical application of the principles set out by the ECJ may come from national courts. In the UK, for example, the litigation between Interflora and M&S is still live. But, on the internet, custom and practice often come to count for as much as hard law. For all that the world wide web is hard to govern, it is a surprisingly consensual place. A pattern of dos and don’ts for sponsored links may well start to emerge. Richard Taylor, DLA Piper, Yorkshirelast_img read more

Greenwich law centre on the brink

first_imgGreenwich Community Law Centre is facing closure after the local council axed its funding. The London borough’s cabinet decided last week to discontinue an annual grant of nearly £200,000. Cash will instead be set aside for the provision of legal advice by Citizens Advice, Greenwich Housing Rights and Plumstead Community Law Centre. The decision means the charity, which employs seven legally trained staff and has around 750 open cases, only has enough money to last until the end of the month. Greenwich CLC has been running for 27 years and offers two weekly drop-in sessions and free legal advice over the phone. Julie Bishop, director of the Law Centres Federation, said the centre has a legal aid contract and will be looking to see how it can keep going. But she warned that the 10% cuts to legal aid fees that will be introduced on 1 October leave law centres ‘very vulnerable’. Of the 54 law centres, eight receive 75% or more of their funding from legal aid. Bishop warned that those centres did not have 10% margins and will struggle to survive once the cuts take effect. The federation warned in August that a third of law centres may go under as a result of government cuts.last_img read more

Omega Morgan moves exchanger trio

first_imgThe heat exchangers, which were manufactured in Portland, were barged down the Columbia River to the Port of Umatilla, where the first exchanger was loaded onto Omega Morgan’s own high-frame, dual-lane trailer, known as “Sweet Pea”.The loaded trailer along with one puller vehicle known as “Mighty Matt” and two push trucks using 1,500 combined horsepower began the journey through northeast Oregon, southern Idaho and then north through western Montana.The subsequent two loads were transported in a similar way along the same route to Canada. The truck and trailer combination carrying each heavy cargo had the total dimensions of 115.8 m x 6.7 m x 5.8 m, and each trailer rolled on 128 tyres.Project manager, Erik Zander, said that the main challenge with this specific move was the winter weather conditions and the delays caused by snow and ice. Despite this, the transport was successful: “All three loads made it safely to their final destination with minimal impact on the public and no damage to the infrastructure or environment along the route,” he added.These were not the first loads of their kind for Omega Morgan, which transported four similar cargoes for the same customer in 2013 over a different route through Idaho.”We see tremendous room for growth within the energy industry, particularly in Canada, said the company’s president and ceo, John McCalla.Omega Morgan continues to grow its business, said the company, with a focus on the energy, technology and aerospace industries.  www.omegamorgan.comlast_img read more

Kirkcudbright Rotary Club Donate to Befriending Project

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInLast Saturday Anne Halliday, representing Kirkcudbright Rotary Club, presented a cheque for £50 to Alex Dickson from the Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project.The money was to pay for one young person from the ‘Befrienders’ group to take part in their ‘Big Day Out’ at Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre.Project Manager Alex will be speaking about this project at Kirkcudbright Rotary Club on Tuesday 31 October.last_img read more

Double Header vs. New Orleans Moved to Sunday March 4 at 1 p.m.

first_imgDouble Header vs. New Orleans Moved to Sunday March 4 at 1 p.m. Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 2 West Florida baseball team’s conference opener doubleheader against New Orleans has been moved from Saturday March 3 to Sunday March 4 due to inclement weather. The Games, a nine then seven inning contest, will be played at Jim Spooner Field with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Leo Lamarche and Billy O’Connor (Photo by Chris Nelson) last_img read more

Transfer gossip: QPR again linked with Bamford and Musonda

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving the area’s clubs…QPR have made loan offers for Chelsea duo Patrick Bamford and Charly Musonda, the Evening Standard say.Bayer Leverkusen, Lille and Rayo Vallecano are also said to have made enquiries about Belgium Under-21 midfielder Musonda.AdChoices广告And Bamford has been linked with a move to Loftus Road since a recent loan spell at Crystal Palace was cut short.Bamford is wanted by a number of Championship clubsChelsea fear they could lose Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Thibaut Courtois, The Sun say.There has been speculation over the futures of several Blues players in recent months and a host of clubs have been linked with them.The Sun say Chelsea’s possible failure to secure a Champions League place for next season could lead to an exodus.Hazard has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris St-GermainA ‘Blues source’ is quoted as saying: “Yes, they’re tied into deals but those contracts won’t stop rivals moving in at the end of the season.“And they won’t stop our players considering their futures either. Contracts don’t count for a lot these days.”Meanwhile, the Daily Star claim Chelsea are interested in Southampton striker Graziano Pelle.And the Northern Echo reports that Middlesbrough are considering making a fresh bid for Ross McCormack after having an initial offer for the Fulham striker rejected. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SAP becomes analytics partner of Kuala Lumpur Major

first_imgGerman software corporation SAP has expanded its presence in esports by becoming the official analytics partner of PGL Esports‘ upcoming Dota 2 tournament, The Kuala Lumpur Major.The exact usage of SAP’s skills and software at the event hasn’t been detailed, but the announcement explained that the partnership would help to “boost the viewer experience”.SAP is a sponsor of popular organisation Team Liquid and partnered with ESL in September to improve the fan experience during pick & ban phases at ESL One Hamburg, which took place over October 23rd-28th. This included historical data for the players and teams in attendance from prior events, which is something that could well be used once more at the Major.The Kuala Lumpur Major will be hosted over November 9-18th at the Axiata Arena, with 16 teams competing for their share of the $1,000,000 (£763,195) prize pool.Official partners of the upcoming Major include Secretlab, Thermaltake, astro, ERA, HITZ, GOXUAN, Circle Animation Studio, and Parkroyal. Sponsors of the event are Monster Energy, U Mobile, HyperX, KFC Delivery, Predator, Intel, and now, SAP.The Kuala Lumpur Major is the first of three announced Major tournaments in the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit season. Recently, the Chongqing Major from StarLadder and ImbaTV was announced for January 29-27th 2019, and the CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 11 – also known as The Stockholm Major – was unveiled for March 14-24th.Esports Insider says: SAP is a major player in its industry and there is a lot of potential in esports. A lot of untapped and unprocessed data is readily available for tournament organisers, processing and presenting this data will be key to engaging spectators moving forward. With that in mind, we’re glad to see events starting to utilise SAP’s expertise and products.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

Biles and the ‘Final Five’ have more show left

first_imgSimone Biles (Associated Press Photo)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There were smiles and hugs all around, even a celebratory chant. Winning gold felt good — awfully good — even if everyone in the arena knew this U.S. gymnastics team was simply too good to lose.U.S. gymnasts and gold medallists, right to left, Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas, Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman acknowledge the crowd during the medal ceremony for the artistic gymnastics women’s team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)This was the U.S. basketball team — men or women — crushing an opponent by 50 points. This was Michael Phelps lapping the field in the relay.“It was just like another competition for us,” said 19-year-old Madison Kocian. “It didn’t even feel like the Olympics.”What might be the most superb collection of gymnasts ever put together — led by Simone Biles, a teenager who may one day be crowned the greatest gymnast ever — put on the show the sport had been waiting for Tuesday in a performance that was over almost by the time Laurie Hernandez finished the first vault.In a sport usually decided by the smallest of margins, the U.S. women obliterated the competition, finishing a whopping 8 points ahead of the silver medalist Russians. They did it by winning every discipline, finishing it off when Biles bounded to a finish in the floor exercise that by then had been rendered meaningless.U.S. gymnasts Simone Biles, left, and Gabrielle Douglas, second left, wave to the audience at the end of the artistic gymnastics women’s team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. ((AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)Two of the members of the self-titled “Final Five” won gold medals for their second Olympics in a row. The three others pocketed their first, though there should be others to come before everything is wrapped up a week from now in Rio.They did it for themselves and they did it for their country. They did it for national team coordinator Martha Karolyi, who is retiring after her final Olympics and enjoys fierce loyalty from her charges.But they also did it for each other, for the long hours spent training and living together as they were molded into an Olympic team to behold.“It is the hardest sport in the world and we make it so easy. At least that’s what people tell us,” Biles said. “The pride we show on the floor is really genuine.”This is a team so deep that Gabby Douglas — the spectacular star in London four years ago — was a mere role player, going out for only a turn on the uneven bars. She sat, legs crossed, just watching as her teammates warmed up for the final floor performance.U.S. gymnasts and gold medalists, right to left, Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas, Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman acknowledge the crowd during the medal ceremony for the artistic gymnastics women’s team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Later she stood, fingering the gold medal she will add to the two she won in London.“It never gets old,” Douglas said. “It’s so refreshing. It doesn’t feel different. It feels the same. Going out there and competing with these amazing girls and standing on that podium, it feels the same.”Many on the team will now have to compete with each other as medals will be awarded in the individual events and the all around. Led by Biles — who has a legitimate shot at making Olympic history with five gymnastic golds — they could win them all.United States’ Simone Biles performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women’s team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)They’re all part of a team so good it had to have a name. The Final Five is a tribute to both Karolyi in her last Olympics and the fact that in Tokyo four years from now the teams will be limited to one less member.For Biles, the Olympic debut couldn’t have gone any better. The 19-year-old is a three-time world champion and so dominant that she is a prohibitive favorite in her remaining four events, but still had to deal with the realization this is the world’s biggest stage.“I slept OK, I had some weird dreams,” she said. “The moment we all woke up we were so happy and so excited. We’ve trained so hard for this. We expected to hit all our routines and be very confident because we did it in practice.”Cool under pressure, they delivered what everyone expected and they delivered it in style. Thanks to NBC’s heavy coverage of their sport, they were introduced in prime time to America and America has to like what it sees.There might be some tears later, maybe after everyone is done. For now, though, these are terrific athletes in search of more than just a team gold.That doesn’t mean they aren’t happy, even if they find it a bit difficult to describe just how happy they are.“I haven’t found the word yet,” Biles said. “I need a dictionary.”____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more