Cowen_&_Co._estimated in 2019 that the U.S. marijuana sales could reach $80 billion by 2030 if the federal government legalized the plant. In Canada, legal recreational cannabis sales in 2019 could reach $4.34 billion, according to Deloitte. Big alcohol companies, after long fretting about how legal cannabis would affect sales, and other drink-makers are joining forces with the industry. Those companies hope people will drink to get high rather than drunk. Cannabis executives say the plant could eventually replace things like sleep aids and pain meds. Floods Indonesia 

Indonesia flood, landslide death toll hits 70

JAKARTA (AFP) – Floods and landslides that battered Indonesia’s Sulawesi island have killed at least 70 people, the authorities said on Tuesday (Jan 29), as aerial footage underscored the scale of the disaster with whole villages wiped off the map. Lashed by heavy rain, rivers swelled and burst their banks, inundating dozens of communities across 12 districts as well as parts of the provincial capital Makassar. The bodies of 70 victims have been found, while six are still missing, Mr Syamsibar, head of South Sulawesi’s disaster mitigation agency, who like many Indonesians…

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Six killed, thousands displaced in South Sulawesi floods

Six people died and 10 went missing in a flood that hit Makassar City and six other districts in South Sulawesi on Tuesday. The previous day, dozens of houses and several bridges were destroyed hours after torrential rainfall hit. The six people were from Gowa district, which was inundated because of rising water levels in the Jenebarang River. Gowa Regent Adnan Purichta Ichsan said some of the victims died because of electric shock while others were buried by landslides. “We are continuing to evacuate and assist residents affected by the flood,” he said as quoted by Antara.…

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Floods LAOS Loas 

‘131 missing, 26 dead’ in Attapeu province, Laos

Aerial view shows the flooded area after a dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos on Wednesday in this image obtained from social media. (MIME PHOUMSAVANH/via REUTERS) ATTAPEU, Laos: The Lao prime minister said Wednesday 131 people are still missing two days after a dam collapse swamped several villages in the country’s south, killing at least 26 people. In a rare televised press conference by the leader of the secretive communist country, Thongloun Sisoulith gave the most specific figure so far for the number unaccounted for. Earlier official reports spoke of hundreds…

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Asia Floods Manila Philipines Weather 

Rescuers search for dozens missing after Philippine storm

Kai-Tak hit the country’s third-largest island Samar, tearing through a region devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan four years ago AFP/ALREN BERONIO MANILA: Rescuers used bulldozers to dig through mountains of mud in the eastern Philippines to search for more than 30 people missing after a powerful storm triggered landslides on the weekend, authorities said Monday (Dec 18). Tropical Storm Kai-Tak continued to drag its way westward across the archipelago nation Monday after leaving at least 28 dead over the weekend from drowning and landslides, the government monitoring agency said. Most…

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Asia Floods Maylasia News Singapore 

Man who posed as reporter to cheat hawkers jailed 6 months

The Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre. (Photo: Kevin Lim) SINGAPORE: A Malaysian man was jailed for six months on Friday (Sep 22) for masquerading as a reporter from Chinese evening daily Shin Min  and cheating hawkers in Singapore of S$5,400. Goh Ting Chee, 39, approached the owner of Tong Kee Cooked Food at Tiong Bahru Market in May 2017. He told owner Tan Shen Chang his stall had been selected for certification as being among the best in Singapore. Goh asked Tan to prepare three dishes for him to…

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Floods Mumbai 

Monsoon rains bring India’s financial capital to a standstill

Indians wade through a flooded street during heavy rain showers in Mumbai on Aug 29, 2017. (Photo: PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP)  MUMBAI: Heavy monsoon rains brought India’s financial capital to a halt on Tuesday (Aug 29), with authorities struggling to evacuate people with the scheduled high tide adding to the chaos. Incessant rain flooded several parts of Mumbai and paralysed train services used by millions of commuters daily, with many stranded at stations and hundreds of others walking home through waist-deep water on railway tracks. People walk along a flooded street during…

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Bangladesh Floods News Singapore 

Mercy Relief heads to South Asia to assist in flood relief efforts

Indian villagers rest in makeshift shelters after being displaced by floods in Bihar state’s Araria district on Aug 19. More than 750 people have died and millions have been affected by monsoon floods in South Asia. (Photo: AFP/Diptendu Dutta)  SINGAPORE: Disaster relief agency Mercy Relief is on its way to India, Bangladesh and Nepal to distribute relief goods after heavy rains during the region’s monsoon season caused deadly floods. In a media release on Monday (Aug 21), Mercy Relief said it will work with ground partners in those countries to…

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Economy Farming Floods Mekong Delta 

Crop map being drawn to cope with Mekong Delta climate change

Farmers till a field in the southern city of Cần Thơ. Scientists are compiling a crop map for the Mekong Delta to counter the growing climate change impact in the region. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khương Viet Nam NewsCẦN THƠ — Scientists are compiling a crop structure map for the Mekong Delta to counter growing climate change impact in the region known as the country’s food granary. The plan will determine which crops would be cultivated and on what scale based on annual weather and natural disaster predictions, said Nguyễn…

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Accident Floods Pattaya Weather 

Heavy rain causes mayhem for Pattaya roads

Heavy rain causes mayhem for Pattaya roads It is well and truly the rainy season now and last nights storm caused absolute chaos on the roads. Some of the worst affected areas included the Sukhumvit Road stretching from Central to South Pattaya, 3rd Road, and Khao Talo, where water levels reached up to 50cm in some places. Pattaya’s drainage system, or lack of it, came under heavy fire and carried on it’s consistency, to put it nicely, from previous heavy downpours. Traffic build up was nothing short of a nightmare…

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Floods News Vietnam 

14 dead in tropical storm in Vietnam

At least 14 people have died in a tropical storm that has hit Vietnam after pummelling China. The two countries are dealing with the aftermath of Storm Talas, which was accompanied by torrential rain and strong winds. A cargo ship with 13 crew members aboard sank off the coast of Vietnam’s Nghe An Province, leaving one dead and six others missing. (Reuters video) Please credit and share this article with others using this http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/1289442/14-dead-in-tropical-storm-in-vietnam. View our policies at http://goo.gl/9HgTd and http://goo.gl/ou6Ip. © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved.

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