NZ Herald 22 March 2015A popular fast food chain is in the gun after promising its hemp smoothies deliver a “potently healthy” hit.Habitual Fix uses slogans such as, “Man, that’s some strong stuff”, “Just ask your dealer” and “Don’t panic, we also do munchies” to promote the smoothies – but it’s not the drug references that have landed the company in trouble.Instore advertising claims the health benefits of hemp oil include increased energy and metabolism, improved cardiovascular health, better immunity, eased arthritis and lowered blood pressure.The hemp oil is blended with cucumber, mint, yoghurt and apple juice to make the $7.50 smoothies, that are served in a plastic cup with a cannabis leaf on the front.The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed it was aware of the health claims and was investigating. Unsubstantiated health claims are prohibited on food in New Zealand.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11421118Hemp smoothie maker pulls ‘healthy, druggy’ advertsNZ Herald 29 March 2015A popular salad and sandwich chain has been ordered to pull advertising for its top-selling hemp smoothie because it made it sound like the drink could get you high.The Herald on Sunday revealed last weekend the advertising for Habitual Fix’s hemp smoothie included slogans such as “Man, that’s some strong stuff”, “Just ask your dealer,” and “Don’t panic, we also do munchies”.The $7.50 smoothies are a blend of hemp oil, cucumber, mint, yoghurt and apple juice.They were being served in a plastic cup with a cannabis leaf on the front.This week, the Ministry of Primary Industry contacted the owners of Habitual Fix and ordered them to amend the advertising.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11424713
The 7th grade BMS volleyball team lost a tough match against Sunman Dearborn: 25-15 and 25-19. Cayman Werner made 8 out of 10 serves with 4 of them being aces. Laney Walsman had 7 great serves and Ashlee Cornn made all 4 of her serves! Laney Walsman, Kennedy Westrick, Jenna Honnert, and Isabelle Westerfeld did a great job passing. Jadyn Harrington had 2 good hits. Following with one good hit was Kaitlyn Sarringhaus, Megan Meyer, and Tiffany Hawker. Their record is 3-5.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th grade volleyball team played well against an undefeated Sunman Dearborn team. In game 1 the Bulldogs come close 25-21. In game 2 the team had the lead, but fell short 25-24. Gabby Elston, Syndee Schaafer, and Ellen Bauer played hard in the back row against their strong serves and attacks. Earning point for the Bulldogs was Shelby Westerfeld with 10 service points. Brayleigh Patterson brought in 5 service points and Sophie Lee had 4 service points. Katie Shane earned 2 kills. The team is now 5-3. They face St. Louis at home tonight. Come out and support your Bulldogs.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.
… looks to make a comeback for 2017IT has been said that a ‘setback is a setup for a better comeback’, and that’s exactly what Guyanese quarter-miler Jason Yaw is hoping to use his 2017 athletic season to achieve.Starting out as an athlete when he was just nine years old in 2006, by 2013 the Bladen Hall Multilateral student was one of the most talked-about athletic prospects.At 6’ 2’ Jason always stood above the rest.All the way up to 2015 Jason was travelling the world representing Guyana at the highest junior level. From Ukraine for World Youth Championships in 2013, to Nanjing, China for the Youth Olympic Games in 2014, to Toronto, Canada for the Pan American Junior Championships in 2015.But at the peak of his junior career Jason fell off the radar. Faced with a number of challenges that broke him down physically and mentally, the 19-year-old had a pretty undeveloped 2016 season.We dedicate our inaugural 2017 Sports Personality column to Jason as he prepares to make his hopeful rebound.A CARIFTA Games multiple bronze medallist, South American Youth Championships record holder, South American Youth Games double bronze medallist, National Schools Championships record holder, Inter Guiana Games gold medallist and a two-time Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year, and yet Jason Yaw still slipped through the cracks.The support was never there.“Since last year I was having a mental breakdown towards the sports so I’m trying to catch myself. My plan is to try to come back strong and try to break my 46-second barrier,” said Jason who has 400m personal best of 46.79 seconds. Guyana’s national record, held by Winston George, is 45.25 seconds.Things took a turn for the worse for Jason when he accepted a scholarship to study and train at Western Texas College in the U.S. For many, an overseas scholarship is a blessed opportunity, for Yaw it was a nightmare. Jason returned in May 2016 just as quietly as he had left the preceding January.“The training programme wasn’t good, that’s one; the other thing was that the food they gave us didn’t taste good. The system that they put in place wasn’t for me. I started to feel down,” Jason explained.“I decided not to continue my studies because I never had the type of coaching or support to make me reach to the next level.”Jason’s deplorable experiences ranged from tackling racism issues to struggling to afford basic commodities such as food and water, not to mention dealing with a lack of support from the home front, and feeling lost and isolated for being so far away from people familiar to him and his culture.Approximately 20 other Caribbean nationals at the school were also facing the same situation. Many also returned home, others who could not afford to return had no option but to stay. Luckily Jason was able to secure assistance from the GOA to sponsor his ticket.But the damage was done. The bad experience almost drove this talented athlete to giving up athletics for good, and even now he’s still coming to grips with the harsh reality of what it truly means to be a Guyanese athlete.“When I was in America for that short period of time, I didn’t get the treatment and support that I expected, so I just say I would give up on my running career, but after a little counselling I felt better; so I said to myself I’ll give it a next shot,” Yaw says as he looks to 2017, with hope.However, with his 20th birthday approaching this month-end, Jason’s recovery will be all the more difficult since he will now be a senior, where the competition on the world stage is being dominated by the likes of Grenada’s Kirani James and South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk.On a good note Jason was named as part of the National Sports Commission’s (NSC) pilot programme that will be seeing how much they can directly assist the athletes in their training and nutrition.([email protected])