After revealing their involvement with the Fox Theatre’s 25th anniversary earlier today, The String Cheese Incident has confirmed plans for a major spring tour celebration. Through 13 dates, the band will hit venues in Colorado, Utah and Nevada for a Winter Carnival 2017 – Roots Revival tour.The shows will run from March 3rd at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO and run through the 19th at the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, NV. Excluding the performance in Crested Butte, CO, all of the shows announced are part of multi-night runs from The String Cheese Incident. All of the venues chosen will be quite intimate, allowing for some up close and personal Cheese action!Take a look at the full schedule below. Tickets will be released via SCI Ticketing this Wednesday, January 11th at 11am MST, followed by a public on-sale on Friday, January 13th through venue outlets.
Denmark’s largest commercial pensions provider, PFA, reported a 0.8% market-value-adjusted return on its with-profits, or average-rate, pension product but praised the risk-reduction investment strategy it has put in place.The return on with-profits (gennemsnitsrente) pensions had fallen from 4% in the same quarter a year ago, according to PFA’s interim figures. Without adjustment for market value, PFA said its first-quarter 2016 with-profits return was 4.8%.Meanwhile, market-rate pensions made a 0.3% loss, down from an 8.9% return in the same period last year. Allan Polack, chief executive at PFA, said: “We are delivering, in spite of the turbulence on financial markets, a solid investment result of DKK10.5bn (€1.4bn), which safeguards our customers against a big loss of value.”At the same time, contributions have grown significantly, he said.The investment result in absolute terms compares with DKK28.3bn generated for the first quarter of 2015 but is not far below the DKK13.6bn the provider ended up producing for the whole of 2015.Polack said that, as part of the company’s ‘Strategy 2020’ work, and because of the turmoil in financial markets, PFA had adjusted its investment strategy at the end of 2015.He said the effect of this adjustment was apparent in first-quarter results.“We have reduced our risk and our proportion of equity,” he said. “At the same time, we have taken on more property and stabilising asset classes.”This, Polack said, had a good effect at the beginning of the year.Contributions between January and March rose to DKK7.64bn from DKK6.49bn in the first quarter of 2015.As part of its new business strategy, Polack said PFA planned to continue developing its position as the leading commercial pension company.“We are ahead of our goals in this area, and the growth shows it is not only our existing customers that want to continue with PFA but that we are also continuing to see an increasing number of new customers,” Polack said.Costs fell in the quarter to DKK187 per member from DKK198 per member at the same point last year.Total assets fell to DKK599bn at the end of March from DKK626bn at the same point last year but were higher than the DKK545bn they amounted to at the end of December.
Legalising cannabis doesn’t make teens want to smoke it – studyNewsHub 9 July 2019Family First Comment: “It simply confirms that New Zealand would do well to wait and watch. At the end of the day, it’s a society-wide policy that will affect all age groups.”New research finding legalising cannabis doesn’t result in more teens taking up toking has been dismissed by opponents of the widely-used drug.Researchers in the US looked at 25 years of survey data in 33 states, including 27 which have legalised medicinal use and seven where it’s legal to smoke for fun. All-up 1.4 million high school students’ responses were looked at.According to the findings, published Tuesday (NZ time) in journal JAMA Pediatrics, there was no link between legalisation for medicinal or recreational purposes and increased rates of teenage cannabis use. In fact, they found the opposite.“Recreational marijuana laws appear to be associated with a decrease in the odds of both measures of marijuana use, which may be because it is more difficult for teenagers to get marijuana if drug dealers are replaced by licensed dispensaries that require proof of age,” the Montana State University researchers said in a statement.Skepticism from opponentsBut conservative lobby group Family First says the study has flaws – the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YBRS), from which the researchers pulled their data, only covers teenagers who go to school.“All YRBS data is also self-reported, and underreporting or overreporting of behaviours cannot be determined,” said national director Bob McCoskrie, who also took aim at one of the groups which funded the study.“The Koch Foundation is pro-cannabis law reform.”He said the latest study “goes against other governmental evidence showing higher usage rates in legalised states”, citing data collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) – an annual survey run by the US government.“Colorado, where recreational marijuana has been legal since 2012, has the highest rate of first-time marijuana use among youth,” said McCoskrie.The NSDUH data shows use in states where it’s legal is generally higher than where it isn’t across all age groups, including youth. But states where cannabis was popular when illegal were arguably the most likely to vote for legalisation in the first place.The NSDUH data also shows that in Colorado – the first state to legalise cannabis – first-time use rates amongst 12- to 17-year-olds are in fact the highest in the country, as McCoskrie says.But past data collected by the NSDUH also shows since 2012, usage rates amongst 12- to 17-year-olds in Colorado has fallen. In 2012 17.6 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds reported using cannabis in the previous year, and 10.47 percent in the previous month.By 2017, those rates had fallen to 16.97 and 9.02 respectively – backing up what the latest study has found. Across the US, the data shows past-month use for teenagers falling from 9.82 percent to 6.46 percent, and past-year from 13.86 to 12.19.“Yes – overall use around the US is reducing in parts of that specific age group – but legalised states continue to buck the speed of that trend,” McCoskrie replied.“It simply confirms that New Zealand would do well to wait and watch. At the end of the day, it’s a society-wide policy that will affect all age groups.”National drug reform spokesperson Paula Bennett echoed McCoskrie, saying flatlining use was not an argument in favour of legalisation.“This doesn’t align with the Government’s intention of minimising harm, as drug use hasn’t decreased but instead stayed the same,” she told Newshub.“There is also mixed evidence on how prevalent the black market still is. There are some places where the use of the black market has increased, especially when people can obtain a cheaper product with a higher potency.”She said more time was needed to evaluate the effects of legalisation in Colorado and Canada “so we can make the best-informed decision before we go ahead with legalising recreational marijuana”.Bennett in May declined invitations to debate Swarbrick on cannabis legislation, saying a “‘for and against’ argument at this time is not the best way for the public to get the best information”.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/07/legalising-cannabis-doesn-t-make-teens-want-to-smoke-it-study.html>