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            [post_content] => On Tuesday night, the Jamaica parliament foundered the amendments of the Dangerous Drugs Act to allow people to have two ounces or less of marijuana in possession a non-arrestable, ticketable offence that attracts no criminal record. The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill which was piloted by the National Security Minister Peter Bunting, was passed with five amendments in the Senate on the 6th of February.

The renegotiation of international treaties relating to marijuana was brought to the Portia Simpson-Miller-led government by Opposition Spokesman on Justice and Security, Delroy Chuck. He told legislators that Jamaica should promote for marijuana, which is popularly known on the island as "ganja", to be annulled from the list of prohibited substances by the United Nations.

The government shared that they intend to cash-in on the decriminalization of the substance, particularly for it medicinal opportunities, which is a US$2.5 billion market in the United States. As the news of the amendment spread across the world, social media was swift with an outpouring of support.










Under the amendment to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, a person found in possession a small quantity of ganja, whether a minor or adult, who appears to be dependent on the substance, they are to be referred to the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) by a police officer who will issue a ticket.

While people may be able to freely smoke the substance, it is prohibited from being done in public places. Licence, permits and other authorisations can however be granted to enable the establishment of a regulated industry for ganja for medical, scientific, and therapeutic uses. The responsibility for developing the regulations governing the medical marijuana industry is held by the Cannabis Licensing Authority.
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Social Media Flooded With Support From Across The World As Jamaica Amends Marijuana Bill

February 26, 2015
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On Tuesday night, the Jamaica parliament foundered the amendments of the Dangerous Drugs Act to allow people to have two ounces or less of marijuana in possession a non-arrestable,...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Yesterday as West Indies powered their way to 372 for two against Zimbabwe in their third Group B game, Chris Gayle demolished the highest score in a World Cup and the fastest ever double hundred in one-dayers. The left-hander finished on a career best 215 off 147 deliveries while Marlon Samuels carved out an unbeaten 133 innings that took the West Indies to the fifth highest total in World Cup history.

The phenomenal second wicket stand of 372 achieved by the smashing performance of Gayle and Samuels was enough to annihilate the attacks of Zimbabwe and also achieve an all-time record for any wicket in One-Day Internationals. Gayle's overall performance counted ten fours and an incredible 16 sixes, en route to a double century off a mere 138 deliveries. It was also only the fifth double century in all one-day internationals and the first by a non-Indian.

His knock also falls at third place in ODIs following Rohit Sharma's 264 in a game against Sri Lanka last year, and Virender Sehwag's 219 against West Indies four years ago. Gayle have passed 9,000 career runs along the way.

Despite chalking up his ninth ODI century in a career-best effort, Samuels was reduced to a virtual spectator. He faced 156 balls and hit 11 fours and three sixes. After Dwayne Smith was bowled without scoring by seamer Tinashe Panyangara off the second ball of the innings without a run on the board, the two came together to take the notch of the game to higher levels.

Gayle, who narrowly endured a very close lbw review in the same over before he had scored, then egressed from an uncertain start to flay the Zimbabwe bowling to all parts of Manuka Oval. While he raised his first hundred off 105 balls, he required only 33 more deliveries to become the only batsman in history with an ODI double, Twenty20 International hundred and Test triple century.

The details of the match are provided below:

 WEST INDIES
D Smith b Panyangara 0
C Gayle c Chigumbura b Masakadza 215
M Samuels not out 133

 Extras (b1, lb2, w16, nb5) 24

 TOTAL (2 wkts, 50 overs) 372

 Did not bat: J Carter, +D Ramdin, L Simmons, D Sammy, A Russell, *J Holder, J Taylor, N Miller.

 Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Smith, 0.2 overs), 2-372 (Gayle, 50)

 Bowling: Panyangara 9-0-82-1 (w4, nb2), Chatara 9.4-0-74-0, Williams 5-0-48-0, Chigumbura 7-0-44-0, Sikandar Raza 10-1-45-0, Kamungozi 3-0-37-0, Masakadza 6.2-0-39-1.

 ZIMBABWE
Sikandar Raza c Simmons b Holder 26
R Chakabva lbw b Holder 2
H Masakadza lbw b Taylor 5
+B Taylor c wkp Ramdin b Samuels 37
S Williams c Smith b Holder 76
C Ervine b Gayle 52
S Matsikenyeri lbw b Gayle 19
*E Chigumbura c Gayle b Taylor 21
T Panyangara c wkp Ramdin b Taylor 4
T Chatara b Miller 16
T Kamungozi not out 6

 Extras (lb9, w14, nb2) 25

 TOTAL (all out, 44.3 overs) 289

 Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Chakabva, 1.4 overs), 2-26 (Masakadza, 5), 3-46 (Sikandar Raza, 8), 4-126 (Taylor, 20.1), 5-177 (Williams, 27.5), 6-226 (Ervine, 33.4), 7-239 (Matsikenyeri, 35.4), 8-254 (Panyangara, 38.1), 9-266 (Chigumbura, 40.5), 10-289 (Chatara, 44.3)

 Bowling: Taylor 10-0-38-3 (w5), Holder 7-0-48-3 (w1), Miller 6.3-0-48-1 (w2), Samuels 9-0-59-1, Russell 5-0-44-0 (w2, nb2), Sammy 1-0-8-0, Gayle 6-0-35-2.

 

 Result: West Indies won by 73 runs.
Points: West Indies 2, Zimbabwe 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Chris Gayle.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Steve Davis, Ian Gould; TV – Ranmore Martinesz
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Chris Gayle Delivers In Match Against Zimbabwe Setting New Record For Highest Score In Cricket World Cup

February 25, 2015
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Yesterday as West Indies powered their way to 372 for two against Zimbabwe in their third Group B game, Chris Gayle demolished the highest score in a World Cup and the fastest ever...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => At the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament, former West Indies all-rounder, Phil Simmons will be appointed the new head coach of the embattled Caribbean team. According to a source of CMC Sports with intimate knowledge of the recruitment and selection process, Simmons' appointment was virtually "a done deal", and would formally assume duties once the ongoing showpiece in New Zealand and Australia wrapped up next month. CMC Sports added that  ha was one out of seven candidates that were listed to be considered for the post.

Currently, Simmons serves as the head coach of Ireland. He inspired his side to a shock four-wicket defeat of West Indies last Monday, in their opening game of the Cricket World Cup at Saxton Oval.This year makes it his eighth serving as the coach of Ireland. In December, 2013, he signed a two-year contract extension.

Having also coach Zimbabwe in the past, the 51-year-old Trinidadian will take the position previously held by another former West Indies player, Ottis Gibson, who parted ways with the West Indies Cricket Board last August. The resignation occurred just days prior to the start of the Bangladesh tour of the Caribbean. The empty post was however temporarily supported by assistant coach Stuart Williams, team manager Sir Richie Richardson, and bowling coach, Sir Curtly Ambrose.

As speculations continued to swirl last year during their search for a coach, WICB quashed them by saying that there would be no rush to fill the vacant post as several names included that of South African Mickey Arthur surfaced. In September of that year, WICB president Dave Cameron also said that the board was hoping to make an appointment within the New Year.

Since succeeding Adi Birrell in 2007, Simmons has had exceptional success as the coach of Ireland. During his tenure, he ensured that the team qualified for four successive World Twenty20 campaigns and had overseen the capture of two Intercontinental Cups. It was only in 2013 that Ireland, an associate ICC member, became the first team to win the Associates' treble of the Intercontinental Cup, World Cricket League and Twenty20.

Simmons' first series as the coach of the West Indies will be against England, who tour the Caribbean from April 6th to May 5th for three Tests. During his 12 years career playing for the West Indies, the former right-handed batsman and right-arm seamer played 26 Tests scoring 1002 runs at an average of 22 and grabbing four wickets.

He managed 3675 runs at an average of nearly 29, while picking up 83 wickets in 143 One-Day Internationals.
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Former All-Rounder Phil Simmons Selected To Adopt Duties Of West Indies Cricket Team Coach

February 21, 2015
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At the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament, former West Indies all-rounder, Phil Simmons will be appointed the new head coach of the embattled Caribbean team. According to ...Continue reading