England can be proud – Drogba

first_imgDidier Drogba has told England to be proud of themselves.Former Chelsea striker has urged Gareth Southgate and the England team to be proud of their achievements at this year’s summer World Cup in Russia.England will be competing for third-place against Belgium on Saturday after they were defeated by Croatia in their semi-final clash on Wednesday.But Drogba who is working as a pundit for one of the British broadcasters believes England should be proud of their performance at the tournament.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I think the country can be proud of their achievement, this young generation have done a very good job. Of course it’s disappointing to get this close and fall short but they can look forward with hope.” Drogba said, according to  Sky Sports.“I was impressed with fans and the fantastic atmosphere they created all through the tournament. I’m also glad that Young players like Loftus-cheek and Rashford were able to play at the World Cup.Drogba played in three World Cups for the Ivory Coast which including his last one in Brazil.last_img read more

Rangers boss criticizes referee after defeat to rivals

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has criticized referee Willie Collum after his side’s loss to rivals to Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.The Gers lost their first Old Firm Derby under Gerrard courtesy of a goal from Olivier Ntcham but the Rangers boss says there was a foul committed on a Rangers player in the build to the goal.For me it’s a foul,” Gerrard said about the challenge of Celtic’s Tom Rogic onRangers’ Ryan Jack, according to HeraldScotland.“For me it’s a foul and it’s also a foul for the fourth official, who shouted down his mic ‘foul, foul, foul’. The referee in the middle has ignored that advice.”“For me it’s a blatant foul, he’s swept his legs. Jacko did well to get himself in between the man and the ball, but for me it’s a clear foul.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.Gerrard, whose Rangers team fell four points behind Celtic in the top flight table with the defeat, spoke to Collum at the end of the game and revealed the match official stood by his decision.“He disagreed,” he said. “He didn’t think it was a foul. I think when he sees it again he will change his mind because it’s a blatant foul. I’ve seen it again, five times.”But the former Liverpool and England midfielder, who was involved in an Old Firm derby for the first time, admitted he was perplexed the referee had refused to listen to his fourth official.“Why are they there?” he said. “Say for example, there is a red card incident for them or for us and the fourth official is saying it’s a red it’s a red, I think he’d come over, speak to him, and take the advice.“Now if he did and we were in the wrong or one of my men get sent off I’d look at it and say I it was a red card. But he hasn’t come over to chat about it.“Five or six minutes later another foul happened on us and the fourth official shouted ‘foul, foul, foul’ and we didn’t get that one either.”last_img read more

Emery unsure if Ozil will play for Arsenal tonight

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery revealed that he is yet to make a final decision on whether Mesut Ozil will make a return to the team for tonight’s Europa League game with Qarabag FKThe German playmaker hasn’t featured for Arsenal since their 1-1 home draw against Wolves in the Premier League on November 11.Ozil has been struggling with back problems, but he’s been included in Emery’s 18-man squad for tonight’s Group E finale at the Emirates Stadium.Speaking on Wednesday, however, the Spanish coach would not confirm if Ozil will actually have any game time.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I don’t know,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.“Tomorrow he is in the group, there are 18 players in the squad for this match and I am going to decide if he plays tomorrow from the beginning or during the match in the 90 minutes.”Ozil has managed four goals and one assist in 12 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal this season.The Gunners’ Europa League match against Qarabag will begin at 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

BMW M850i First Edition brings limitededition looks to 400 cars

first_img 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 71 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. BMW,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Tags 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 68 Photos 0 69 Photos 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Coupes Luxury cars Sports Cars 18 Photos Share your voice Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Comments 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness BMW Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 52 Photoscenter_img GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families More From Roadshow Share your voice 12 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Enlarge ImageBMW’s “frozen” paints have a matte finish, but they aren’t as finicky about maintenance as they used to be. BMW These days, it feels like nearly every new car has some kind of “first edition” or “launch edition” with extra trimmings and a higher price tag. Ahead of the BMW 8 Series’ release, BMW hopped back on that bandwagon with the M850i First Edition.BMW unveiled the M850i xDrive Coupe First Edition on Monday. Offered on just 400 cars, this comprehensive upgrade covers interior and exterior aesthetics, with some additional flourishes by way of a couple optional packages available on other M850i models. That quantity is the worldwide limit, so each market will receive far fewer — the UK, for example, only gets 10 of these cars.On the outside, BMW’s in-house Individual program applied its Frozen Barcelona Blue paint to the body, a color developed just for this car. There’s also a set of 20-inch alloy wheels finished in black. From the options menu, the car ditches its chrome trim in favor of gloss-black bits, and carbon fiber adorns the roof and other various trim pieces.Inside, BMW Individual shows up once again, this time adding a two-tone interior made from blue and white Merino leather. That color combination extends to the steering wheel and the Alcantara suede headliner, both of which are finished in blue. The interior is finished off with piano black trim, unique badges, cut glass knobs and buttons, as well as a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system. The car also sports several optional packages to boost its complement of tech.Otherwise, it’s the same ol’ M850i as usual. Under the hood is a 523-horsepower, 553-pound-foot 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends its power to all four wheels. While pricing has not yet been announced for the US, the M850i First Edition goes on sale in June. The regular M850i is already a pricey proposition, commandng a $111,900 window sticker. 4 49 Photos Car Industry Get exclusively fancy with the BMW M850i First Edition 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Tags 26 Photos Post a comment 81 Photos 7 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

If You Want An IUD Take Note Of Trumps New Birth Control

first_img Share Most employers are likely to continue paying for birth control for women. But there are exceptions. Science Photo Library/Getty ImagesThe Trump administration has made a number of changes to health policy in the past two weeks, raising questions about how consumers will be affected. Will the new rules for birth control coverage affect access to an intrauterine device? Might an association health plan help bring down costs for workers at small businesses? And if you’re healthy, doesn’t a short-term health plan that is cheaper than marketplace coverage make sense? Here are some answers to those questions.IUDs are expensive. Will they be unaffordable under the new contraceptive rules announced by the Trump administration? Should people make an appointment to get one now before employers change their minds about coverage? There is probably no need to rush out to your doctor’s office to get an IUD, but you should keep an eye on this issue.Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, most health plans are required to cover all methods of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration without charging women anything for them. Religious employers and some private employers with strong religious objections are exempt from the requirement, but it’s a pretty limited group. Or it was until the Trump administration issued new rules during the first week of October that open the door for many companies or nonprofit organizations with religious or moral objections to contraception to stop offering it.“These new exemptions are sweeping,” says Adam Sonfield, a senior policy manager at the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization. Essentially, any employer will be able to claim an exemption from the birth control coverage requirement, he says, and there are no provisions to appeal it.What is not at all clear, however, is how many employers will take advantage of the new rules. The administration says it expected the number to be small, probably just the companies that had brought suit against the old rules.Even before the ACA passed, many plans covered contraception. They didn’t necessarily cover all FDA-approved methods, however, and women typically had to pay a share of the cost.Several states have laws that protect birth control coverage, says Mara Gandal-Powers, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. Some require that if a plan offers prescription drug coverage, for example, it must cover contraceptives. Others have adopted the ACA rules that require coverage of all FDA-approved methods without cost-sharing. But those laws would not apply to employers that pay their employees’ health care claims directly rather than buy state-regulated insurance.The protection from cost-sharing is key, experts say, especially for highly effective methods like the IUD, which might cost $1,000 upfront.“Even if you’ve met your deductible, if you have 20 percent coinsurance, that’s $200, and for many people, that’s not feasible,” Gandal-Powers says.If your employer does decide to stop providing insurance coverage for contraception, in most cases, plans have to give workers 60 days’ advance notice of the benefit change, giving you time to get that IUD if you decide to.Association health plans, which the Trump administration is encouraging, seem like kind of a good idea. If more small companies band together, won’t that make coverage cheaper? President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that directs several federal agencies to consider proposing rules that, among other things, would allow more employers to buy health insurance through associations.If you’re young and healthy, getting coverage through an association health plan might indeed be cheaper. But you’ll likely forgo consumer protections that are required for plans sold on the individual and small-group markets, says Kevin Lucia, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms.Plans currently sold in those markets have to cover 10 so-called essential health benefits. Association health plans would likely sidestep that requirement. (However, implementing federal rules for these plans will take the administration some time, so it’s not clear if or when they might be expanded.)“If you don’t cover maternity, mental health or hospitalization, the premiums are going to be lower,” Lucia says.The administration’s press release about the executive order says that employers couldn’t exclude any employees from joining association health plans or “develop premiums based on health conditions.”But association health plans have been known to use many strategies to cherry-pick employers with healthy workforces, Lucia says.“The risk is that each individual small-employer’s rates would be separately determined based on its employees’ medical claims, potentially splitting the market into employers with sicker workers and those whose workers are healthier,” he says.Short-term plans are cheaper than Obamacare plans. If people don’t have pre-existing conditions and are willing to pay the penalty under the law for not having minimum coverage, what’s the downside? Trump’s executive order that encouraged the expansion of association health plans, discussed above, also aims to expand the availability of short-term plans. Under Obama administration rules, the coverage period of short-term plans was limited to less than three months. This executive order proposes to expand that, perhaps to just under a year.In addition to not covering pre-existing conditions, short-term plans often exclude certain types of coverage, such as prescription drugs and maternity, and impose dollar limits on coverage. The maximum out-of-pocket spending limits are often higher than coverage in a marketplace plan too.The potential downside is the possibility that you may develop a medical condition or have an accident that requires expensive medical care while you’re covered under this plan, experts say.“If the reader has a car accident, the insurer wouldn’t renew the policy,” says Timothy Jost, a professor emeritus of law at Washington and Lee University in Virginia who is an expert on health law. “If coverage is terminated, you’re not eligible for a special enrollment period [on the exchange]. So you could just get marooned.”Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Follow Michelle Andrews on Twitter: @mandrews110Copyright 2017 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Louisville Falls at Virginia Tech

first_img Next Game: at Virginia Tech 3/31/2019 | 1:00 p.m. NOTES: The fourth inning brought five more runs for Virginia Tech who capitalized on four hits and an error to bring the score to 10-1. A walk and an error put runners on for Kelsey Bennett’s three-run homer. A double and a single set up Meredith Slaw’s two-run double. Story Links Preview Live Stats The University of Louisville softball team fell 10-1 in five innings to No. 24/19 Virginia Tech in the second game of an ACC series Saturday afternoon at Tech Softball Park. The teams will meet in the rubber game Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior Sidney Melton went 3-for-3 with a double and sophomore Kyra Snyder connected on a home run to lead the Cardinals 22-11, 4-4 ACC) at the plate, but errors combined with a powerful Hokie offense proved to be costly as Virginia Tech (29-5, 9-2) evened the series. Sophomore Kyra Snyder smashed a solo shot over the left field fence to put the Cardinals on the scoreboard in the fourth.  center_img Matchup History Virginia Tech 10 – Louisville 1 Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Senior Megan Hensley (9-1) took the loss after giving up five runs, one earned, on five hits in 1.1 innings of work. The series between Louisville and Virginia Tech is now tied at 7-7. Snyder pushed her hitting streak to five games and has reached safely via a hit or walk in eight straight contests. Melton is currently on a five-game hitting streak. Freshman Rebecca Chung leads the team with a .351 batting average and 23 RBIs. After a scoreless first inning, the Hokies used four hits and two errors to put up a five-spot in the second. Jayme Bailey’s leadoff home run put Virginia Tech on the scoreboard. A walk, an error and a hit loaded the bases to get the home half of the inning started. A defensive miscue, followed by a walk and back-to-back singles extended the lead to 5-0.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

IBM unveils worlds fastest supercomputer with AI capabilities Summit

first_imgWorld’s most powerful and smartest supercomputer, called Summit, has been revealed by IBM and Department of Energy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It is capable of performing 200 quadrillion calculations each second, a speed called 200 petaflops which is almost as fast as 7.6 billion people on the planet doing 26 million calculations each second on a basic calculator. Summit was funded back in 2014. It was a part of $325 million Department of Energy program called Coral, but it took quite a few years to develop Summit. Summit is capable of delivering high speed with a new processor, quick storage capacity, internal communications, and a versatile design that can use Artificial Intelligence methods. This makes it quite expensive. Let’s have a look at the features that the Summit Supercomputer entails. Supercomputer and AI integration Dave Turek, vice president of high-performance computing and cognitive systems at IBM said that AI and high-performance computing are not different domains. The two are deeply interconnected to each other which is why Summit will be seen using AI methods for different purposes. Summit will mainly be used for AI development and machine learning. Apart from AI, Oak Ridge will be using Summit to carry out scientific research in subjects such as chemical formula designing, studying links between cancer and genes on a large scale, fusion energy investigation, universe research using astrophysics and simulation of changing Earth’s climate. Super Big Supercomputer Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summit consists of 4,608 interconnected computer servers, housed in huge refrigerator-sized cabinets. It takes up an eighth of an acre, which, to put into perspective is the size of two tennis courts. Peak energy consumption of Summit is 15 megawatts which have the capacity to power more than 7,000 homes. Each server has two IBM Power9 chips at 3.1 GHz. Each chip has 22 cores running in parallel and six Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs each. Each server consists of 1.6 terabytes of memory and data can be saved at 2.2 terabytes each second on a storage system of 250-petabyte which is 1000 times the storage capacity of a high-end laptop. Supercomputer performance measure Supercomputers’ performance is measured in terms of a benchmark called Linpack in the top 500 list and China’s Sunway TaihuLight grabs the highest Linpack score of 93 petaflops. But Turek feels that measuring the value of a machine based on a single figure of merit is not that accurate; rather a machine should be able to scale on real applications. This is IBM’s attempt to exascale in the future. With Summit, IBM is quite convinced that it can reach its goal to build a system capable of performing a quintillion calculations per second (five times that of Summit). Along with Summit, there is also work being done on a less powerful computer, Sierra. Both are scheduled to go online sometime this year. This will take U.S’s arsenal of supercomputers a step forward in terms of competition. Lately, the top spots have been held by other countries, but Summit can become the United States’ chance to stay ahead in the game by retaking the lead. Read Next PyCon US 2018 Highlights: Quantum computing, blockchains, and serverless rule! Quantum A.I. : An intelligent mix of Quantum+A.I. Q# 101: Getting to know the basics of Microsoft’s new quantum computing languagelast_img read more

NewLeaf Flair Airlines offer Calgary flights for the holiday travel season

first_img Tuesday, October 18, 2016 TORONTO — NewLeaf Travel Company and Flair Airlines are set to launch seasonal routes from Calgary starting Dec. 16.Passengers will be able to fly to and from YYC Calgary International Airport to Abbotsford, Hamilton, Halifax and Moncton. The routes are available for a limited time, between Dec. 16 and Jan. 8. Tickets are now on sale.“We actually didn’t anticipate to be operating from Calgary within the first five months of operation, however there is a big demand from Calgarians. So, we are thrilled to provide Southern Albertans with low fares for the holiday season. We have had tremendous interest and support already so we are anticipating great success … and who knows, there could be more for the region,” said NewLeaf Travel Company President & CEO, Jim Young.Regular domestic flight service will be offered seven days a week during the holiday period. Included in this schedule are the following airports: Abbotsford, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Halifax and Moncton. Some flights during the holiday season are nearly sold out, added Young. Tags: Calgary, NewLeaf Travel Posted by Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> NewLeaf, Flair Airlines offer Calgary flights for the holiday travel season Travelweek Group last_img read more

December 10 2012Well its been almost one year s

first_imgDecember 10, 2012Well, it’s been almost one year since we launched the documentary project about Paolo Soleri on Kickstarter and a lot of great things have happened since.New poster, new title, new aerials which added more depth to the cinematography andPeter Coyote, an activist, actor and the King of the VO is now on board as narrator. We are so thrilled … to say the least. He only agrees to do projects he believes in and is no stranger to the “counter culture movement” so his decision was pretty easy to get involved.Lastly the official trailer is now posted on Vimeo.I’m amazed at the filmmakers journey and commitment when we decide to take on such a documentary that involves so much history which still holds a great deal of magic and importance to this day. It’s very rewarding, yet very time consuming! It will be worth the wait for the DVD, so hang in there – screening dates soon to be announced! Thank you all again for your support and help! – Aimee Madsenlast_img read more

House approves firetraining requirement for construction code commission

first_img Glenn bill based on Midland Fire Chief Coughlin’s initiativeMidland Fire Chief Chris Coughlin and Rep. Gary Glenn testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in January to support House Bill 5102, legislation based on Coughlin’s initiative to include a trained fire prevention expert on the Michigan Construction Codes Commission.The Michigan fire marshal’s appointee to the state’s 17-member construction code commission will have to be a certified fire protection specialist under bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Gary Glenn.The House today unanimously approved House Bill 5102 on a 108-0 vote. The bill was developed at the initiative of Midland Fire Chief Chris Coughlin to ensure fire safety is taken into account during the commission’s discussion and adoption of statewide building codes and standards. The fire chief approached Rep. Glenn with the idea to make sure at least one person on the commission has fire prevention training.“Chief Coughlin recognized a potential improvement for the construction board and I was very happy to put his idea forward in the Legislature,” said Rep. Glenn, R-Midland. “Buildings definitely need to be solidly constructed using the latest advancements from the building trades, and they also need to include fire protection safety features and plans that can be reviewed by an expert in the field.“It was an honor to work with our local fire chief to make sure someone with fire safety training is on the commission, and I look forward to joining Chief Coughlin and Sen. Jim Stamas to get this bill through the Senate and to the governor.”Rep. Glenn’s bill stipulates the specialist training be approved by the National Fire Protection Association.Currently, there are no requirements for the fire service commission member – the state fire marshal or designee – because the fire service is made up of many disciplines, such as suppression, rescue and hazmat handling.Under HB 5102, the state fire marshal would recommend eligible candidates to the governor from a list of qualified individuals submitted by statewide associations of fire chiefs, fire inspectors and firefighters.The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.##### Categories: Glenn News,News 07Jun House approves fire-training requirement for construction code commissionlast_img read more

UK channel BBC Three will begin premiering all of

first_imgUK channel BBC Three will begin premiering all of its scripted comedies on the on-demand iPlayer service as of August.The initiative will launch with the second season of Jack Whitehall-fronted Bad Education, which will be available free online a week before its TV debut.The BBC has been experimenting with a number of intiatives around the launch of its scripted comedy content in the past year, including the launch of an online pilots project, Comedy Feeds, earlier this month.A separate trial announced in February will see 40 hours of programming, including, upcoming Peter Kay sitcom Car Share, will premiere on iPlayer.“BBC Three audiences are digitally savvy, and view our programmes in a number of different ways online and on the go. We’ve already been experimenting with online content, starting with the hugely popular Comedy Feeds, now in their second season and with a third in the pipeline,” said BBC Three controller Zai Bennett.“Premiering our scripted comedies on BBC iPlayer is an obvious and exciting step forward for BBC Three, and yet another innovative way to give our viewers more choice in the ways they can enjoy our programmes.”BBC head of TV content online and IPTV Victoria Jaye added 42% of daily iPlayers users came the service each day without a particular show in mind and were therefore “happy to try new and different things”.last_img read more

Olivier Laouchez Youthfocused media company Trace

first_imgOlivier LaouchezYouth-focused media company Trace has launched its first African radio station in Abidjan, the capital city of Côte d’Ivoire.Trace FM is dedicated to Ivorian youth music and culture and went live over the weekend, broadcasting on 95.0 FM.Initially available Abidjan, Trace said it plans to progressively extend the reach of Trace FM across the whole Ivorian territory, with the company planning more FM radio station launches for “several major African cities in 2016”.“This launch is a new step in Trace Group’s strategy, which aims to build a pan-African network of local FM radios, TV channels, digital platforms and mobile businesses, in collaboration with influential local partners,” said Trace CEO and co-founder, Olivier Laouchez.Trace’s chief executive first revealed the company’s Côte d’Ivoire radio plans in an interview with DTVE earlier this month.He said that Trace has ambitions to develop more radio services in countries such as Cameroon, where it holds a local licence in Douala, the country’s largest city and economic hub.Trace already runs Trace FM radio stations in the Caribbean. Overall, the firm claims to offer TV channels, digital platforms, FM radio, mobile services and exclusive events to millennial and young adult audiences in 180 countries.last_img read more

In This Issue   Waiting on the Fed…   Consumer

first_imgIn This Issue.*  Waiting on the Fed… *  Consumer confidence falls in the US… *  Euro area looks to be emerging from recession… *  Chinese incomes rise…And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Markets wait for direction from the Fed…Good day. And welcome to what will certainly be a wonderful Wednesday as we celebrate Christine’s birthday today.  You have probably surmised that Christine and I like to make a big deal about our ‘birthday week’ so today will be another celebration here on the desk.  Chuck is jumping on a plane to head down to the Money Show in Orlando this morning, so I get to share my thoughts on the markets with all of you Pfennig readers for the rest of the week (lucky you!). I had a reporter from Reuters call and ask me to share my thoughts with her readers yesterday.  She wanted to know why the dollar was trading off vs. the euro while the equity markets were rallying.  I let her know that the reason the dollar was moving lower was that the markets were expecting Ben Bernanke to sound a dovish tone in his press statement later today.  The US economy may be recovering, but the data don’t support an early end to the bond buying which the FOMC has committed to.  As Chuck mentioned yesterday, Bernanke had worried some in the markets with talk of possibly ending the bond buying in 2013, but I believe today’s statement will clear up any confusion caused by last month’s FOMC minutes.  December’s meeting minutes showed the FOMC members were ‘approximately evenly divided’ between those who said it would be appropriate to end QE3 in 2013 and those who thought the bond buying would need to continue beyond that. Fed officials do have a brighter outlook for the US economy than they did at this time last year, but yesterday’s drop in confidence due to the payroll increase (more on that in a bit) is just the latest indication the US economy isn’t on a strong recovery path.  Adding to the worries, Congress faces another deadline of March 1st on the $1.2 trillion in spending cuts which they conveniently kicked down the road at the beginning of the year (bet they wish they had booted that deadline a bit further!).  The spending cuts, known as the sequester, will hit the military particularly hard but it doesn’t look like anyone in congress wants to deal with figuring out the best place to cut, so these across the board cuts look like they will be implemented.  While I agree that we need to reduce the overall size of our government, I also believe these spending cuts will be another drag on the recovery.The Fed Chairman has pledged to continue his asset buying policy until we see ‘substantial’ gains in employment.  I just don’t see where we will get a boost in employment with consumer confidence dropping, payroll taxes rising, and less government spending.  No, I think the Fed will ease the markets concern regarding the end of QE3, and will again suggest the $85 billion per month of Treasury and mortgage bond buying will continue through the end of 2013. The Consumer confidence numbers released yesterday morning caused quite a stir on the trading desk, as we had all agreed with Chuck who was expecting an increase.  But instead we saw quite a drop in the mood of consumers here in the US. Both Chuck and Mike Meyer sent me something on the data yesterday afternoon and since I couldn’t decide which one to print I will just share both of their comments with readers.  First from Chuck:“Yesterday, I took a peek at the Economic data calendar to see what that day’s data looked like, and what do my surprised eye did I see? Consumer Confidence for January plunging from 66.7 to 58.6!  Recall, I had said that I thought the data would show an increase due to the stock market’s performance. But what I failed to recognize was that the fiscal cliff deal that was struck at the beginning of this month, was going to be more of a game changer than I would have thought.The weakness in Consumer Confidence falling to a 14-month low of 58.6, reflected a significant (falling from 66.7 to 58.6 qualifies for significant) deterioration in consumer’s outlook now that the fiscal cliff deal has added an increase in the payroll tax.  It’s going to take a while for Consumer Confidence to rebound based on the tax increase reaction, and that’s going to be a drag on the U.S. economy folks.    the back side of that storm that I talked about last year, looks to be getting closer to landfall.”And now I’ll share Mike Meyer’s comments on yesterday’s confidence data:“Chuck yelled over to me when the consumer confidence numbers were released and wondered if I had a chance to check them out. I then rolled over to the Bloomie screen and saw that it wasn’t a pretty picture as the measure fell to just over a one year low. What caused such a drop? I mean, stocks are trading within shouting distance of their all time highs set before the walls came crashing down during the financial crisis. The consumer confidence numbers are usually just a barometer of the equities market, so this type of decline wasn’t expected by many.It looks as though the expiration of the payroll tax holiday was much more than enough to offset any warm and fuzzies pertaining to a brighter monthly brokerage statement. It makes perfect sense to me, since this is real money that we’re dealing with. I guess we’ll see if this is just a knee jerk reaction to the first couple of paychecks of the year, but the 2% reduction in take home pay compared to the past couple of years will have an impact on the masses.  I think a fair comparison would be getting a raise today with the understanding the boss will take it away at some point in the future. Well, that day has come and we’ve seen the initial reaction.Chuck mentioned this isn’t a good indicator of things to come with our fragile economic recovery, but the equity markets brushed these concerns to the wayside. The successful earnings season so far and the continued rise in home prices kept stocks on an upward trajectory. But, the $64,000 question will be how the average consumer will react to less disposable income.”Thanks to both Mike and Chuck for sharing their insights.  Readers will recall the payroll tax holiday expiration was just one small part of the end of year budget negotiations, and as I mentioned earlier the next shoe will drop shortly as the ‘across the board spending cuts’ are scheduled to go into effect on March 1st.While prospects for the US economy are darkening, the Euro area economy seems to be continuing to climb out of its recession.  Economic confidence in the euro area rose more than economists forecast in January with the index rising to 89.2 from a revised 87.8 in December.  That is the highest reading since June and well above the 88.2 reading predicted by a Bloomberg survey.  The Euro area recovery continues to be led by Germany which is predicted to rebound from the contraction which it went through at the end of 2012.  Many were reporting that this latest data is proof that the ‘worst is over’ for Europe; but as Chuck has been warning we believe the euro debt crisis is not over.  We would expect the markets to re-focus on the weak peripheral countries of Europe at some time during 2013.  But for now the US budget problems have caught the attention of the markets.The euro has certainly been the benefactor of this shift of attention away from the European debt crisis.  The euro strengthened above $1.35 for the first time in over a year yesterday and tested a ‘resistance’ level which could lead to a further move higher.  Some technical analysts are now predicting the euro could move as high as $1.37 by the end of March, much higher than the median of analyst predictions which pegs the euro at $1.31 at the end of the first quarter.  I guess that is what makes markets right?  Some think the euro will rise while others are expecting it to trade lower.The pound sterling rose for the first time in four days against the US$ after a report showed UK mortgage approvals rose.  Lenders in the UK granted 55,785 mortgages in December, compared with 54,011 in November.  Bank of England Governor Mervyn King has been easing credit conditions in an attempt to boost the lagging housing market in the UK.  But while mortgage approvals are increasing, the numbers are still only half of what their were prior to the financial crisis. Both the Swedish and Norwegian currencies rose nicely vs. the US$ over the past 24 hours.  Sweden’s krona rose after a report showed Swedish consumer confidence improved from an almost 4 year low.  Sweden’s central bank, the Riksbank, lowered rates last month in an effort to stimulate growth in their manufacturing driven economy.  The 6% increase in the krona over the past 12 months has impacted exports, a majority of which are headed into the Euro zone. The kiwi reversed gains yesterday amid speculation the Reserve Bank will attempt to ‘jawbone’ the currency lower after their meeting tomorrow.  Officials of the RBNZ are expected to leave rates unchanged but will probably comment on the recent gains of the NZ$. Recent data show inflation pressures are easing in New Zealand so there is less need for the RBNZ to push rates higher. Inflation is also easing in Brazil, but the official measure fell less than analysts had expected.  Prices in Brazil, measured by the IGP-M price index, rose .34 percent in January, down from a .68 percent jump in December.  The gain compares with a median estimate of .32 percent increase.  Central bank president Alexandre Tombini said “Inflation remains under control” during a speech last week.  Interest rates in Brazil are still among the highest of all the currencies offered in our WorldCurrency® Certificates of Deposit, so the currency should remain a favorite of investors looking for higher yield.   Both Gold and Silver moved higher overnight as investors predict the FOMC will continue their QE3 bond buying.  The purchases by the Fed pump billions per month into the markets which helps boost the equity markets but also increases the risks of long term inflation.  The precious metals are moving higher as investors purchase gold and silver as a way to hedge against this risk of inflation.  I read a report this morning released by the US Mint which stated they had sold a record amount of American Silver coins so far this month, and this after sales were suspended for a week because of a lack of inventory!  It certainly seems investors are looking at physical metals as a good hedge against both inflation and the uncertainty which faces all of us in 2013.  And I will close today’s Pfennig with a story I found on Bloomberg this morning regarding a shift which is occurring in China.  Rural incomes in China actually rose at a faster pace than in the cities for a third straight year in 2012.  Rural per capita income advanced 10.7% compared with a 9.6% increase for urban dwellers according to a report from the National Bureau of Statistics.  This illustrates a shift which the Chinese government has been trying to make, spreading some of the benefits and income out to the countryside in order to try and level out income gains.  I have highlighted the emergence of a ‘middle class’ in China, and its impact on the global economy.  This latest report is good news for the global economy as gains in income are starting to reach the very poor rural areas where a vast majority of China’s population still live.  Spread this increase in income across the massive population in the rural areas and we should see a pickup in Chinese consumption which will benefit those countries which supply China with goods and materials.  This should be good news for the commodity based currencies and those Asian neighbors which are supplying these new Chinese consumers.To recap. The Fed will probably announce ‘no change’ in their bond buying program, and will counter the thoughts that they would end QE3 in 2013. Chuck and Mike both share their thoughts on US consumer confidence which took a hit this month.  The Euro moved higher after numbers showed a pickup in confidence across the pond.  The pound rose as UK mortgage approvals rose, and both the Swedish and Norwegian currencies also booked gains vs. the US$.  Gold and Silver moved higher as investors worry about further bond purchases by the Fed.  And a report showed Chinese incomes continue to rise, and the biggest increases are occurring in the rural areas of China which should be good news for the global economic recovery.Currencies today 1/30/13: American Style: A$ $1.0428, kiwi .8329, C$ .9973, euro 1.3550, sterling 1.5768, Swiss $1.0910. European Style: rand 9.052, krone 5.4894, SEK 6.3577, forint 218.33, zloty 3.0943, koruna 18.915, RUB 30.02, yen 91.27, sing 1.2359, HKD 7.7587, INR 53.305, China 6.2204, pesos 12.696, BRL 1.9845, Dollar Index 79.398, Oil $97.91, 10-year 2.03%, Silver $31.355, and Gold. $1,664.51That’s it for today. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to Christine!! She is always a ray of sunshine on the desk, and we absolutely love the energy she brings with her to work every day!  Antione and his wife Brooke got some great news yesterday as their new daughter Taylor had a great checkup and is gaining weight at a good rate.  Storms rolled through the area yesterday, which were expected as we had temps rise up into the low 70s.  Some crazy weather for the end of January!  With that I will say Happy Birthday to Christine one more time and I hope everyone has a Wonderful Wednesday.  Thanks for reading the Pfennig!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

One year after the MeToo movement took off new N

first_imgOne year after the #MeToo movement took off, new NPR-Ipsos polls show the nation deeply divided on sexual assault and harassment, with fissures running more along party lines than gender.Most — 69 percent — of more than 1,000 Americans surveyed, say the movement has created a climate in which offenders will now be held accountable. But more than 40 percent feel the movement has gone too far.What exactly “too far” means wasn’t defined in the surveys. But in follow-up conversations, several respondents cited a rush to judgment, the prospect of unproven accusations ruining peoples’ careers or reputations, and a bandwagon effect that may prompt some to claim sexual misconduct for behavior that doesn’t quite rise to that level. On whether alleged victims of sexual assault should get the benefit of the doubt, 85 percent of Democrats agree, compared to 67 percent of Republicans. That party gap is nearly twice the size of the gender gap.A similar partisan divide emerges on giving the benefit of the doubt in cases of sexual harassment. That has gap widened — in the past year, mostly because of Republicans’ shift in opinion.For example, 53-year-old Cindy Bradshaw from Texas says she feels many allegations are exaggerated or not legitimate. “I feel like in the last year, that girls are like ‘Oh yeah, me too!’ ” she says. “I feel like some of the girls want the sympathy and the attention. And I feel like that really, really takes away from the girls that it really happened to.”On the question of whether false accusations of sexual assault are common, the party gap is quadruple the gender gap: 77 percent of Republicans believe false accusations are common, compared to 37 percent of Democrats.Democrat Steve Novotny from Georgia is one of the respondents siding with alleged victims, and dismissing what he sees as a myth of false accusations.”I think that’s the exception as opposed to the rule,” Novotny says. “I mean I think most people wouldn’t make up something just to get back at someone. They don’t want to put themselves under that public scrutiny.”On the other side, Republican women like 74-year-old Carolyn Ricketts from California believe alleged victims should definitely not get the benefit of the doubt. “I would be tempted — as a woman to believe a woman over a man,” she says. “But, to see that justice is done, you can’t do that. There’s two sides to every story.”That doesn’t surprise Clara Wilkins, a social psychologist at Washington University in St Louis.”According to our research, when there’s a conflict between gender and party, party wins,” she says. “That’s what going to drive [people’s] attitudes.”Indeed, the surveys show nearly twice as many Republican women (47 percent compared to 26 percent of Democrats) worry that a man they care about will be unfairly accused of sexual assault.Has the movement gone too far?One of the most stark partisan divides is whether the #MeToo movement has gone too far. Overall, 43 percent say it has. But broken down by party, that includes three-quarters of Republicans compared to less than one quarter of Democrats. The split reflects a backlash to the #MeToo movement that’s been growing since the recent controversy around now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination was threatened by accusations of sexual misconduct.President Trump has helped bolster the backlash, with recent comments like, “it’s a very scary time for young men in America” because “somebody could accuse you of something and you’re automatically guilty.” The NPR-Ipsos surveys suggest that’s resonating with his base.”We have females that make false allegations and jumping on the ‘me too’ bandwagon,” says Nate Jurewicz. “And it’s ruined a lot of guys’ lives.”Earlier this month, Jurewicz, a self-described “Christian, conservative, Republican, deplorable Trump supporter,” launched a #HimToo Facebook page that drew nearly 15,000 likes in the first two weeks. It’s full of slogans like: “No man is safe!” and memes mocking the #MeToo movement, such as one cartoon— showing “Jill” accusing “Jack” of pushing her down the hill, 300 years ago.Our poll data suggest Americans are still somewhat confused about what #HimToo actually means. (It’s had several different uses in recent years.) But the survey indicates that men — and Republicans especially — are paying attention. Jurewicz says the page is not meant to be partisan, but he concedes it is drawing an overwhelmingly conservative following.According to the NPR surveys, Americans are also divided on whether allegations of sexual misconduct would dissuade them from voting for a political candidate. Sixty-four percent of Democrats say allegations would be a deal-breaker, while 60 percent of Republicans say they would still consider supporting the candidate.Jurewicz goes a step further, saying even allegations proven true would not in his mind automatically disqualify a political candidate. “No one’s perfect. So if something happened years and years ago, does that mean we just write that person off forever? Let the people decide if they want to vote for that person or not.””Raising the bar too high”On the other end of the spectrum are those disappointed that #MeToo still has so far left to go.Nearly a third of women and Democrats say they believe allegations of sexual assault are still ignored these days. That’s up slightly from last year.For example, 52-year-old Texas Democrat Juan Rodriguez says he believes allegations get dismissed because people demand a level of proof that often just doesn’t exist in sexual misconduct cases.”The way things are now, I think [allegations are] just going to get brushed off,” he says. “It’s sad to say, but it’s like they’re raising the bar too high, like you’ve got to really prove your case. But honestly, that just gives the perpetrator the right to get away with stuff.”Debra Katz, the attorney who represented Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, says she saw it first hand. All the talk about false accusations she says is just “red meat to Trump’s base.” “These talking points are being used to discredit women and to weaponize this issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault just simply for partisan gain,” says Katz. “The president [is] deliberately muddying the facts to confuse people about what sexual harassment and sexual assault are by blaming victims, and in that way giving people a pass for engaging in the behavior,” she says. “And it’s dangerous.”Ultimately, Katz believes, the backlash will succumb to the passage of time.”The younger generation definitely understands this issue in a way that my generation did not,” she says. “They are energized, they will vote, and there’s no going back.”Defining harassmentThe NPR-Ipsos poll shows much more consensus among young people. For example, fewer people under 35 believe that #MeToo has gone too far, fewer say they would ever consider voting for a political candidate accused of sexual assault, and more young people say they are clear on what counts as sexual misconduct.That stands in contrast to older Americans. After a year of intense focus on sexual misconduct, half of those surveyed say they’re still unclear on what crosses the line.Broken down by party, just over a third of Democrats say they’re fuzzy on what harassment means, compared to two-thirds of Republicans.Eric Savignano, 49, a telecommunications engineer from Pennsylvania, agrees that it’s hard to define. But he takes issue with the way one of his clients has done it. “I have to sign a piece of paper that says I have to follow all these rules, [including] you can’t look at a member of the opposite sex for more than three seconds,” he says. “That doesn’t make any sense to me!” California Republican Carolyn Ricketts agrees that many definitions are too broad. But she sighs, “It’s hard. Some people are too sensitive.” The rest of the nation seems to be struggling for a better answer. Responses to our open-ended poll question on what constitutes sexual harassment ranged “inappropriate touch” and “demanding sexual favors” to “unwanted attention,” “invitations,” or “anything that makes someone uncomfortable.” Many simply answered, “I don’t know.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Female Cannabis Entrepreneurs Are Pioneers in Science Finance and Fashion

first_img Guest Writer Download Our Free Android App Cannabis Is cannabis yet another rapid growth industry that is essentially a boys’ club? Opinions differ. Some have praised the marijuana industry as a fantastic opportunity for female entrepreneurs.Others report that it’s still unclear how many opportunities women are getting for executive positions, such as this Associated Press article which states: “Cannabis remains a male-dominated industry.”Certainly, there have already been notable achievements by women in the cannabis world. They range from the well-known, such as Whoopi Goldberg co-founding the Whoopi & Maya line of cannabis-infused products, to the emergence of people such as Emily Paxhia who co-founded Poseidon Asset Management, the first investment fund dedicated solely to the cannabis industry.There are many women on the science end of the business. For example, Julie Kowalski is the director of science and research for Trace Analytics, a testing laboratory in Spokane, Wash.The potential for marijuana jobs has led to formation of groups such as the Women Grow organization and the  OG GirlsClub in Los Angeles. The club’s invitation-only parties allow professional women the chance to socialize and support each other in marijuana-related business ventures, as well as create new partnerships.Valery Sepulveda, co-founder of the OG GirlsClub, told L.A. Weekly the club attracts professionals both inside and outside of the cannabis industry who are “fighting gender inequalities in a system that has been ruled by a ‘boys club’ for far too long.”Related: Post Apocolypse Aftermath: How Is California Adapting to New Cannabis Regulations?The Anti-Stoner MovementAgainst this backdrop, one of the newest areas for female entrepreneurs is beginning to emerge: fashion. It’s part of an overall cultural shift in tone away from pot being associated with stoners and instead associated with professionals. Much of this shift is being driven by women.Cannabis fashion designer Emma Baron told CBC that one of the inspirations for founding her company, Milkweed, came from meeting older women who use marijuana but are embarrassed by cannabis fashion that screams weed. Milkweed focuses on making cannabis accessories for women that are both elegant and discreet. They include hand-crafted tins, ceramic pipes and embossed, pre-rolled joints.Related: 3 Ways Blockchain Could Help Solve the Cannabis Business’s Biggest RoadblocksEmbracing Beautiful DesignIn the U.S., Seattle-based Van der Pop, founded by designer April Pride, is doing much the same for women who use marijuana but don’t want to carry around the type of paraphernalia that’s been associated with weed for decades. Their products include sleek tools for rolling joints, cleaning pipes and attractive cases for carrying pot.The Van der Pop brand is sold exclusively on Tokyo Smoke, a Canadian company that bought Van der Pop in 2017. Tokyo Smoke sells cannabis-related products online and in brick-and-mortar stores in Toronto and Calgary. The site offers a good example of how elegant design is moving into the cannabis industry. The focus is on products for those who “embrace beautiful design along with alternative states of mind.”Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Add to Queue Female Cannabis Entrepreneurs Are Pioneers in Science, Finance and Fashion Next Article –shares Cannabis still has the opportunity to be genuinely equal opportunity. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. August 2, 2018 3 min read Image credit: Hinterhaus Productions | Getty Images dispensaries.com Free Green Entrepreneur App Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

A New Years Gift Thailand Approves Medical Marijuana

first_img Next Article Add to Queue –shares December 27, 2018 Listen Now ‘A New Year’s Gift:’ Thailand Approves Medical Marijuana The Southeast Asian country becomes the first to do so. Image credit: Shutterstock.com Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneurcenter_img Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Entrepreneur Staff 1 min read Big news out of Thailand. The country’s National Legislative Assembly made an amendment to the country’s constitution that legalizes the use of cannabis for medical and research purposes. The vote wasn’t even close: 166-0. Related: Uruguay Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Rate Has PlummettedSomchai Sawangkarn, one of the lawmakers who helped write the legislation, said it was  “a New Year’s gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the government and the Thai people.”Thai farmers are stoked about the decision. “I expect Thailand can make 100 billion baht a year ($3.07 billion) from growing cannabis and selling the raw material and cannabis oil,” chairman of The National Farmers Council of Thailand, Prapat Panyachartrak, told Agence France Presse.But don’t go lighting up a celebratory spliff in Bangkok just yet. The recreational use of marijuana is still highly illegal in the country — and could lead to 15 years in a Thai prison and stiff financial fines. Related: This Is Non-Negotiable: Cannabis Legalization Must Include Restorative Justice Green Entrepreneur Podcast Global Business Jonathan Smalllast_img read more

Mt Gox Breaks Silence With Vague Statement Confirms Transaction Freeze

first_img Next Article Enroll Now for $5 Mt. Gox Breaks Silence With Vague Statement, Confirms Transaction Freeze Bitcoin A statement released today by Mt. Gox on its website. 2 min read Former West Coast Editor –sharescenter_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Mt. Gox has finally made a peep, but not much more, about its murky situation. In yet another strange twist in its cataclysmic downfall, the scandalous Bitcoin exchange has just confirmed on its website that it has indeed halted all transactions. Its Twitter feed still remains empty, just as its website did only hours ago.   The vague statement from the Tokyo-headquartered company, which was once the world’s top reigning cryptocurrency trading destination, reads:“Dear MtGox Customers,In the event of recent news reports and the potential repercussions on MtGox’s operations and the market, a decision was taken to close all transactions for the time being in order to protect the site and our users. We will be closely monitoring the situation and will react accordingly.Best regards,MtGox Team”Related: One-Time Bitcoin Exchange Giant Collapses Amid Insolvency, Trading Allegedly SuspendedThe threadbare statement appeared on the website not long after Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpelès cryptically told Reuters that the company is “at a turning point.” He made the seemingly guarded comment in an email reply to the news agency’s inquiry about whether or not the exchange was truly defunct.    Meanwhile, as of 12:29 p.m. ET, Bitcoin prices rebounded slightly to $524.24, up from earlier this morning, when they had sagged to a three-month low. Kim Lachance Shandrow February 25, 2014 Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

Study Synthetic models can produce stress response similar to that of live

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 5 2018A study from the University of Minnesota Combat Casualty Training Consortium shows no significant differences between the use of live tissue models and synthetic training models in the learners’ stress level. The study being presented at the CHEST Annual Meeting 2018 in San Antonio shows that similar stress levels can be reached in the learner while learning critical medical procedures with synthetic models. This type of simulation may be able to reduce the use of live animals for training without sacrificing educational quality.Researchers performed a randomized controlled study of 277 learners undergoing army combat simulation training and compared procedural training and assessment on a live tissue goat model versus the best-in-class synthetic training models. Participants were randomized twice, first to train on live or synthetic models, then to determine whether final assessment would be performed on live or synthetic models. Simulated procedures included hemorrhage control, needle thoracostomy, tube thoracostomy and cricothyrotomy. Physiologic stress responses of the medics were evaluated during the final assessment. Salivary amylase and cortisol levels were also used to assess stress response and were measured at baseline, t+5, 15, 25, 35, and 45 minutes post event start.Related StoriesStress-induced changes in heart rate may impair auditory perceptionStress during early pregnancy may reduce future fertility of offspringStudy explores the effects of near-miss experiences associated with 9/11 terrorist attacksNo significant differences were seen for peak stress response of salivary cortisol or amylase, regardless of LT or STM method for training or assessment. In addition, the stress response did not correlate significantly with total performance score.”High-fidelity simulation offers many advantages, including broad exposure to procedures, their complications and the opportunity for repetitious learning in a nonclinical setting,” says lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Keller. “The stress of learners undergoing simulation events is a growing field of interest. This study shows that synthetic models can produce a stress response equivalent to that of live tissue during simulation training.”Further results from these two studies will be shared at CHEST Annual Meeting 2018 in San Antonio on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Centre, Exhibit Hall. Source:http://www.chestnet.org/News/Press-Releases/2018/10/Syntheticlast_img read more

Enhanced video quality despite poor network conditions

first_img Provided by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Smart prioritization of visually important data to improve video streaming This technology is expected to create an internet environment where users can enjoy watching 4K and AV/VR videos with high-quality and high-definition (HD) videos even with weak internet connections.Thanks to video streaming services, internet video has experienced remarkable growth; nevertheless, users often suffer from low video quality due to unfavorable network conditions. Currently, existing adaptive streaming systems adjust the quality of the video in real time, accommodating the continuously changing internet bandwidth. Various algorithms are being researched for adaptive streaming systems, but there is an inherent limitation; that is, high-quality videos cannot be streamed in poor network environments regardless of which algorithm is used.By incorporating super-resolution in adaptive streaming, the team overcame the limit of existing content distribution networks, of which their quality relies too much on the bandwidth. In the conventional method, the server that provides the video splits a video into certain lengths of time in advance. But the novel system introduced by the team allows the downloading of neural network segments. To facilitate this method, the video server needs to provide deep neural networks for each video segment as well as sizes of Deep Neural Networks (DNN) according to the specifications of the user’s computing capacity. Figure 2. The technology Concept. Credit: The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Using a deep learning method allows this system to achieve a higher level of compression than the existing video compression methods. Their technology was recognized as a next-generation internet video system that applies super-resolution based on a deep convolution neural network to online videos.Professor Han said, “So far, it has only been implemented on desktops, but we will further develop applications that work in mobile devices as well. This technology has been applied to the same video transmission systems used by streaming channels such as YouTube and Netflix, and thus shows good signs for practicability.” More information: Neural Adaptive Content-aware Internet Video Delivery. www.usenix.org/conference/osdi18/presentation/yeo This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Figure 1. Image quality before (left) and after (right) the technology application. Credit: The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Professor Jinwoo Shin and Professor Dongsu Han from the School of Electrical Engineering developed neural adaptive content-aware internet video delivery. This technology is a novel method that combines adaptive streaming over HTTP, the video transmission system adopted by YouTube and Netflix, with a deep learning model. Figure 3. A transition from low-quality to high quality video after video transmission from the video server. Credit: The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Citation: Enhanced video quality despite poor network conditions (2019, January 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-video-quality-poor-network-conditions.html The largest neural network size is two megabytes, which is considerably smaller than video. When downloading the neural network from the user’s video player, it is split into several segments. Even its partial download is sufficient for a slightly comprised super-resolution.While playing the video, the system converts the low quality video to a high-quality version by employing super-resolution based on deep convolution neural networks (CNN). The entire process is done in real time, and users can enjoy the high-definition video.Even with a 17 percent smaller bandwidth, the system can provide the Quality of Experience equivalent to the latest adaptive streaming service. At a given internet bandwidth, it can provide 43 percent higher average QoE than the latest service.last_img read more

Teslas bad news accelerates as Wall Street loses faith

first_img Shares were trading above $370 each, sales of the Model 3 small electric car were strong and the company had appointed a new board chair to rein in the antics of sometimes impulsive CEO Elon Musk.But around the middle of December, investors started having doubts about the former Wall Street darling’s prospects for continued growth, and the stock started a gyrating fall that was among the worst in company history.For the year, the share price is down around 40%, largely on concerns Tesla is running out of buyers for its vehicles, which range in price from a base $35,400 Model 3 to a larger Model X SUV that can run well over $130,000.Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas, on a private call with investors this week, raised the possibility that Tesla would have to be restructured due to rising debt and falling sales. A leaked memo to employees from Musk that said sales were up stanched the stock’s bleeding, and no one is really certain about what’s next.Here’s a look at what has happened and what might be in the future for the electric car and solar panel company:____WHEN DID TESLA’S STOCK START FALLING AND WHY?A downhill snowball of bad news eclipsed anything good Tesla did, and raised investor doubt about whether there are enough buyers left who want and can afford Tesla vehicles. Throw in a little bit of erratic behavior from Musk as well.Just before Tesla stock hit a late-year peak on Dec. 13, Musk did a weekend interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes that escalated a spat with securities regulators over his tweeting out company information. This time, he said it was unrealistic to think Tesla’s new chairwoman could control his behavior because he’s the largest shareholder. It came after Musk and Tesla each paid $20 million in fines in an October settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over ill-advised tweets.____WHAT ELSE HAPPENED?Just after the new year began, Tesla announced record fourth quarter sales that fell short of Wall Street expectations. The company also cut prices by $2,000 per vehicle to offset the phase-out of a $7,500 federal tax credit for Tesla. That increased doubts about future sales. Then Tesla eked out a small fourth-quarter profit that also disappointed investors. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Late last year, Tesla Inc. was fully charged and cruising down the highway on Autopilot. The snowball picked up momentum in February when Musk announced he would close most company stores and fill orders online. He also walked back his prediction of sustained quarterly profits, predicting a first quarter loss. When January-through-March sales figures came out, investors were disappointed again. The company had only 63,000 deliveries, down 31% from the fourth quarter.Musk later introduced the Model Y midsize SUV, but gave few details. Investors were nonplussed. Then came a conference call to announce fully self-driving cars by sometime next year, an announcement widely criticized by experts as unrealistic. The stock slump continued. With sales down, Tesla posted a larger-than-expected $702 million first-quarter loss in April, and Musk warned it wouldn’t be profitable in the second quarter either.In May, Tesla sold stock and notes that yielded $2.3 billion, increasing debt. Along the way, the SEC asked a judge to find Musk in contempt for tweets about vehicle production, a spat that was later settled. Also throw in reports of a leaked email last week from Musk to employees saying at the current cash burn rate, Tesla would go broke in 10 months.____WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?It all depends on whether Tesla can produce enough cars at its Fremont, California, factory and whether people keep buying them. Musk’s memo from Wednesday said the company has 50,000 net new orders this quarter and it could pass record deliveries of more than 90,000 in the fourth quarter of last year. That could generate enough cash to reverse the company’s fortunes. But many analysts are skeptical. Morgan Stanley’s Jonas didn’t think sales would be that strong.”We see shares continuing to trade lower on a lack of near-term catalysts and likely cut to vehicle sales guidance,” CFRA analyst Garrett Nelson wrote in a note to investors Thursday. He cut his one-year stock price target $50 to $150.Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell of Edmunds, which provides content to The Associated Press, said Tesla has an uphill climb.”There doesn’t appear to be anything in the (product) pipeline that is going to save them,” she said. “Now Tesla seems to be losing the confidence of its biggest cheerleader, Wall Street.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This July 8, 2018 photo shows Tesla 2018 Model 3 sedans sit on display outside a Tesla showroom in Littleton, Colo. Late last year, Tesla Inc. was fully charged and cruising down the highway on Autopilot. Shares were trading above $370 each, sales of the Model 3 small electric car were strong and the company had appointed a new board chair to rein in the antics of CEO Elon Musk. But around the middle of December 2018, investors started having doubts about the Wall Street darling’s prospects for continued growth. The stock started a gyrating fall that was among the worst in company history. (AP Photo/David Zalubowsi, File) Tesla shares recover after analyst’s prediction of trouble Citation: Tesla’s bad news accelerates as Wall Street loses faith (2019, May 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-tesla-bad-news-wall-street.html Explore furtherlast_img read more