The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired starting pitcher David Price from the Detroit Tigers.Price, who will turn 30 years old on August 26th, was drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 2007. He was traded in 2014 to Detroit midway through the season. Price has a career record of 95 wins and 55 losses and a .313 ERA.Price is the starting pitcher that fans and even some Blue Jays players had been hoping to acquire. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.In exchange, Toronto gives up pitchers Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris. Both are both currently playing in triple A Buffalo but have both been up with the big club this season. They’re also losing pitcher Jairo Labourt who is currently playing in A ball with Dunedin.The first time Jays fans will see Price in a Toronto uniform could be Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals. The team will hold a media conference this afternoon.CHCH’s Ken Welch will have more on the trade tonight on the Evening News at 6.
The report, Afghanistan: Survey of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation and Production 2012, released today in the Afghan capital, Kabul, noted that the main reason for the increase in production despite the decline in cultivation was better yields by the cannabis, locally known as ‘garda,’ compared to the previous year.The survey, which covered 16 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces where commercial cannabis cultivation had been observed or reported in past surveys, estimated that most of the cannabis cultivation concentrated in the southern provinces of Afghanistan, accounting for some 54 per cent, and, to a lesser extent, in the east and north of the country.In 2012, the national average of garda yield was 136 kilograms per hectare, an increase of 21 per cent compared to 2011, which experienced a yield of 112 kilograms per hectare. The 2012 yield levels came close to the high experienced in 2009 of 145 kilograms per hectare.The joint report – prepared by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Ministry and the fourth since 2009 – stated that another reason for the reduction in cultivation was “a strictly enforced ban by provincial authorities,” which was imposed because “cannabis fields seemed to have been used by insurgent groups as hiding places.”The report also said the reduction in overall cultivation was partly because of a “dramatic decline” in the southern province of Uruzgan which had only about 100 hectares of land under cannabis cultivation in 2012, down from about 1,000 hectares in 2011.Growing the illicit crop remains lucrative despite a downward correction in prices observed since the peak in 2011. UNODC noted that in 2012, farmers could achieve a gross income of $6,400 per hectare from cannabis resin, exceeding the gross income from opium of $4,600 per hectare.“This again indicates that a farmer decides on planting licit or illicit crops in a holistic way including as much family needs, food security, access to markets, access to non-farm income, as there is risk. Only an ‘opium farmer’, or a ‘cannabis farmer’ or even a ‘wheat farmer’ simply does not exist,” said UNODC’s Regional Representative, Jean-Luc Lemahieu.He added that agriculture should be seen as one and measures against illicit crops should be integrated into agricultural policy.