TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDan Cowley has made Danny Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield Town manager.The Sun says the former Leicester City fullback has agreed a deal with Huddersfield until the end of the season.Cowley wanted experience in his squad to get the Terriers out of trouble and turned to 32-year-old to provide competition at right-back.Huddersfield currently sit bottom of the Championship with just one point from eight games and are six points adrift of safety already.Jan Siewert was axed in August after a run of one win in 19 matches – which included relegation from the Premier League – before Cowley and brother Nicky joined from Lincoln earlier this month.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Genk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come trueby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveRacingGenk striker Mbwana Ally Samatta admits facing Liverpool was a “dream come true”.Liverpool were comfortable 4-1 winners for Wednesday night’s Champions League encounter.And Tanzania international Samatta said: “As a child I was not a fan of Liverpool, but of the arch rival: Manchester United. “I’m not going to say that I get goose bumps, but it’s so special. “A game like this and to be allowed to play is like a dream, the dream of every boy watching football on television.”
Chad Millman becomes vice president, editorial director, domestic digital content, after serving as editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine. The Economist Group has named Jennifer Hicks North America associate publisher of 1843, its bi-monthly culture and lifestyle magazine formerly called Intelligent Life. Hicks has 30 years’ experience in magazine publishing and advertising, including most recently as associate publisher at Condé Nast Traveler. Patrick Stiegman takes on the new role of vice president, global digital content, a newly created position overseeing the development of ESPN’s editorial content around the world. “These changes enable our Digital & Print Media leaders to accelerate our work to make ESPN the worldwide leader in sports news and information,” said John Kosner, EVP, ESPN Digital & Print Media. Frontline Medical Communications announced that Bryan T. Hanypsiak, MD, a fellow of AAOS, has been named editor-in-chief of the new AJO, The American Journal of Orthopedics. Dr. Hanypsiak currently holds an appointment at Peconic Bay Medical Center/Northwell Health in Riverhead, NY. Trusted Media Brands, Inc. announced that Dean Durbin has been appointed CFO. Durbin comes to TMBI with decades of experience, most recently as CFO at Cengage Learning. ESPN Digital & Print Media has announced several organizational changes that will shift and increase responsibilities for key leaders in charge of ESPN’s digital and print content: Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Ryan Spoon, SVP, digital product management, will lead ESPN’s new Audience Development unit, charged with creating new and enhanced ways to curate and present content across ESPN.com, the ESPN App, and third-party platforms. Alison Overholt adds to her responsibilities, becoming editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine in addition to espnW, which has set audience records in addition to producing award-winning long-form journalism, film series and a national radio special. Kalmbach Publishing Co. has promoted Sarah Horner to human resources director where she will lead the company’s human resource function. Horner has been with Kalmbach for 19 years, most recently serving as human resources manager. Marcela Martin has been named CFO, National Geographic Partners, overseeing Finance, Accounting and Budget Planning. Prior to joining National Geographic Partners, Martin had served as executive VP & CFO of Fox International Channels since 2007. CQ Roll Call, an Economist Group business, announced that Alex Roarty will join the Roll Call newspaper as senior political writer. Roarty worked for five years at National Journal, where he last served as the chief political correspondent for The Hotline.
0 Procter & Gamble’s freckle-erasing makeup wand is pure… Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voice Neutrogena’s light therapy acne mask uses a combination of blue and infrared light to reduce redness and inflammation. Neutrogena Over-the-counter cosmetic laser and light devices have become as readily available as OTC pain relievers. A quick Google search for “at-home laser therapy for skin” returns devices that promise to zap zits, eliminate unwanted body hair, reduce wrinkles and fix discoloration.Dr. Tyler Hollmig, director of Laser and Aesthetic Dermatology at Stanford Health Care, told CNET it’s obvious why the market for at-home laser treatments has grown so much: “Going to an actual clinic can be less than convenient as well as expensive,” he said. “At-home devices are relatively inexpensive and promise similar results as those used by dermatologists.”While it’s tempting to place an order for one of these skin-smoothing lightsabers, dermatologists warn that you might not get the results you want. Before you spend the money, learn about the safety of these devices, how they work and what kinds of changes to your skin you can expect. How does laser therapy for skin work? To clear up any confusion, it’s important to mention that most devices marketed or referred to as “at-home lasers” don’t actually use laser technology like the kind you’d get at a clinic or medispa. “True laser technology is not available for home use,” Dr. Kathleen Cook Suozzi, a dermatological surgeon and the aesthetic director of Yale Medicine Dermatology, told CNET. “The at-home ‘lasers’ on the market are typically light-based devices that do not have the power of laser devices available for in-office procedures.” Home use devices do use some of the technology you’d find in a dermatologist’s office, such as intense pulsed light (IPL) and light-emitting diodes (LED), but not with the same pinpointed accuracy. Many home “laser” hair removal devices also use light therapy, but there are some devices that actually use a laser to remove hair. 1:14 What kind of conditions can at-home skin devices treat? You can find at-home light and laser devices for treatment of acne, scars, hair removal and wrinkles using various methods, including IPL, LED, heat, infrared and more. For example, the Skin Clinical Reverse Anti-Aging handheld uses LED to reduce fine lines and smooth your complexion; Neutrogena’s full-face light mask uses blue and red light to treat acne; and Nuface devices use microcurrents to stimulate skin and remove wrinkles.Most at-home treatments fall into one of four main categories:Anti-aging to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and tighten and rejuvenate the skinDiscoloration or pigmentation to get rid of sun spots, age spots or other pigmentation issuesHair removal or hair growth to, well, grow or remove hairAcne treatment to reduce redness, inflammation and scarring Are these devices safe? Consumers should be cautious before purchasing and using at-home devices, Dr. Hollmig said, and should first be informed about potential issues surrounding safety and efficacy. “Unlike drugs, devices are less strictly regulated,” Dr. Hollmig told CNET. “Many laser devices are dangerous to the eyes [and] can even cause blindness, as well as the skin, potentially causing burns and scars.” Dr. David Lortscher, a dermatologist and CEO of skincare startup Curology, explained that unlike some clinical devices, many home-use devices are designed not to fire unless there is direct contact with the skin. If the user attempts to disable safety features, however, or ignores instructions for use and safety warnings, skin or eye damage can occur.Some side effects of at-home light and laser skin devices include:Redness SwellingIrritation or discomfortItchingUnwanted pigment changesSide effects are rare, Dr. Lortscher told CNET, because the devices use such low-level energy. But because most devices target the pigment in your skin, Dr. Lortscher urges people with darker skin to be cautious, as they are at a higher risk for adverse effects.The Reverse Anti-Aging Light Therapy device from Skin Clinical uses LED to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Skin Clinical Do at-home laser treatments work? Typically, at-home devices have significantly lower power than those used in a medical setting in order to reduce risks, Dr. Hollmig explained, but there may be a tradeoff between safety and device effectiveness. That is, at-home devices with lower levels of light may be safer, but may not give you the results you want, and vice versa.”Low energy means safe but extremely subtle results, even after numerous treatments,” said Dr. Daniel Friedmann, a dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology in Austin, Texas, and he cautions against excessive use of at-home lasers when you don’t see the results you want.Even with professional-grade lasers, patients typically need several treatments to achieve the final results they want. And even after that, professionals usually recommend maintenance treatments. That said, you should keep your expectations realistic for at-home treatments.NuFace devices use microcurrents to stimulate the skin, increase blood flow and reduce wrinkles. NuFace Should you use an at-home skin treatment? You should ask yourself a few questions when pondering at-home laser treatments of any sort:Is the device safe?Is the device effective?Do I have a sensitive skin condition (such as melasma, which may worsen with certain laser therapies)Are the results worth the money?Look for whether the device has been FDA-approved or FDA-cleared (there’s a difference) and check out sites such as the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which all post helpful information on such devices and their uses.You can also check RealSelf, which diligently monitors and researches all sorts of cosmetic procedures, lasers included. The site also includes reviews and photos from real people who have undertaken cosmetic procedures.Regardless of a product’s FDA classification and the research behind it, you should always exercise caution when using therapeutic devices. While low-level laser, light and heat therapies may be safe and effective for many people, those who have sensitive skin or a preexisting skin condition — especially inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and eczema — should be wary of at-home skin devices. Personal care
Share Paul Ladd/AP Images for ReliantTexas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at the valve turning ceremony for the Petra Nova carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery system on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston.Gov. Greg Abbott appears to be undecided on whether he will sign a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving that is now on his desk. Abbott’s predecessor, Rick Perry, vetoed such a proposal in 2011, calling it a “government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.” It looks like Abbott’s hangup on the latest effort, House Bill 62, is whether it does enough to pre-empt local ordinances regarding the practice. “The Governor believes texting while driving has become deadly dangerous and that something must be done about it,” Abbott spokesman John Wittman said Thursday in a statement. “One thing Governor Abbott wanted in a texting while driving ban was a pre-emption of the patchwork quilt of local regulations across the state, and he’s looking forward to digging into the details of HB 62.” House Bill 62 includes a provision to pre-empt “all local ordinances, rules or other regulations adopted by a political subdivision relating to the use of a portable wireless communication device by the operator of a motor vehicle to read, write, or send an electronic message.” It is unclear whether that will satisfy Abbott, who has taken an aggressive stance against local ordinances that he says are contrary to his vision for Texas.The proposal’s longtime supporters, state Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, and state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, have expressed confidence the governor will sign it after a decade-long effort to get it on the books. State leaders have warmed up to the idea over the years, with Abbott opposing it in his 2014 gubernatorial campaign but saying last session he would consider it.Asked for comment, Craddick’s office pointed to the pre-emption section of the bill but declined to comment further.Since the House and Senate passed HB 62, the bill’s supporters have implored Abbott to let it become law. In a letter Thursday, he heard from the family of Joshua and Robin Berry, a Houston couple killed in 2011 after a distracted driver swerved into their lane.“Please allow this important public safety measure to pass,” the family wrote. “You alone have the power to save lives with the enactment of House Bill 62.”This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/25/abbott-appears-undecided-signing-texting-while-driving-ban/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
by NPR News Lauren Frayer 8.21.19 12:11pm Last year, a long-distance truck driver, Mohammad Hashim, was hauling a load of refrigerators out of New Delhi when a dozen strangers on motorbikes forced him off the road.They pulled him out of his truck and demanded he open the back. They wanted to see if Hashim was transporting cows or beef — which is illegal in many Indian states, because cows are sacred in Hinduism, the majority religion in India.”But I’m just the driver, and I’m not allowed to open the back of the truck. It was locked,” Hashim, 45, recalls. “So they pulled on my beard and tried to force me to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram.'”That slogan — which means “Praise Lord Ram,” a Hindu god — has long been known as a prayer. Now it’s an incitement to mob violence against India’s minorities.Hashim, a Muslim, refused to chant in praise of a Hindu god. So the men started beating him.”I thought, ‘This is it. I’m going to die,'” he recalls. “Then I went unconscious.”A surge in lynchingsSince the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won power in India five years ago, lynchings of the country’s minorities have surged. In February, Human Rights Watch reported at least 44 such murders between May 2015 and December 2018. Hundreds more people have been injured in religiously motivated attacks.Most of the victims are Muslims, members of the country’s largest religious minority. They comprise about 15% of India’s 1.3 billion people. Other victims include lower-caste Hindus and Christians.Most of the attackers are devout Hindu men, known as “cow vigilantes,” who take it upon themselves to enforce beef bans. Some of them claim ties to the BJP. Last year, a BJP minister met with a group of men convicted of a lynching and draped them in flower garlands.After Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a second term in a landslide victory in May, a new parliament was sworn in, dominated by his BJP. As opposition lawmakers, particularly one Muslim politician, recited the oath of office, some BJP lawmakers taunted them with chants of “Jai Shri Ram.”Last month, a BJP state minister was filmed heckling a Muslim lawmaker and trying to force him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” outside the Jharkhand state assembly.In an April report, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom condemned what it called the Indian government’s “allowance and encouragement of mob violence against religious minorities.” In June, after a lynching in Jharkhand, the U.S. commission called on the Indian government to “take concrete actions that will prevent this kind of violence and intimidation.”Article 15 of India’s constitution prohibits discrimination based on religion. Human rights groups are lobbying for the creation of a specific hate crimes law, but none exists in India yet.”It’s like they are trying to erase us”One of India’s most infamous recent lynching cases was that of Pehlu Khan, 55, a Muslim dairy farmer from Haryana state.In April 2017, Khan and his two sons were driving home from a cattle fair in neighboring Rajasthan, with two cows and two calves in the back of their truck, when strangers on motorcycles surrounded them.”I showed them receipts for the cows we’d bought, but they tore them up — and started beating us with hockey sticks,” says Khan’s son Mohamed Irshad, 27. “I suffered internal bleeding. My brother and I barely survived — and all of India saw what happened to our father.”That’s because the attackers themselves recorded a video of their assault and posted it on social media. In a two-minute clip, the men praise Hindu gods as they punch and kick Khan. His white tunic splattered with blood, the father of eight pleads for his life, calling his attackers “brother.”That graphic video is how Khan’s widow Jaibuna, who goes by one name, learned of her husband’s death. She was waiting for him to return home from the cattle fair when a neighbor ran up and showed her the clip on his cell phone.”People were saying, ‘Don’t show her, this is her family!'” recalls Jaibuna, who is in her mid-40s but doesn’t know her exact age. “Everyone was panicking, and I couldn’t take it. I fainted.”Before he died, Khan was able to describe his attackers to police. Six men were arrested. Charges against them were dropped, then reinstated, and the case remained in limbo for two years — until last week, when a court acquitted all of them, citing lack of evidence.Instead, Khan was charged posthumously with cow smuggling. Police say he didn’t have a permit to transport cows across state lines. Khan’s two sons, who were with him that day, await trial — and if convicted, face the possibility of up to five years in prison.”It’s like they are trying to erase us — erase all of my people,” Jaibuna says in the muddy courtyard of their family farm.The family has sold off their cattle, to avoid further attacks. They’re frightened. A sole buffalo remains on their farm, along with some chickens.Former BJP lawmaker Gyan Dev Ahuja, who represented the Rajasthan district where Khan was murdered, has said he has “no regret over his death.” He called Khan a “sinner.”A lack of public outcryVideos of religiously motivated attacks in India like the one that killed Khan continue to go viral. There’s a new clip on social media practically every week.But prosecutions — of the attackers, at least — are rare. So is public outrage.”How does a majority stay silent and witness something, unless you believe that what’s happening is the right thing?” asks author Rana Ayyub, who went undercover to write a book about the BJP’s role in anti-Muslim riots in Modi’s home state of Gujarat, where Modi served as chief minister before becoming prime minister.The lack of public outcry over the surge in lynchings shows that India’s Hindu majority tacitly supports not murder, Ayyub says, but some discrimination against Muslims.Some Indian analysts say the situation in India is comparable to the post-Civil War period in the United States, when many white people looked on as black people were lynched.”The similarities with the American lynchings of the late 19th century are striking,” says Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil, a business professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay who has studied corporate India’s lack of response to hate crimes.”Most of the upper-middle class that populate[s] the corporate classes, they’re also upper-caste Hindus,” Poruthiyil explains. “Even if they don’t agree with the lynching itself, they might be OK with the idea of stopping cow slaughter. It’s a slippery slope.”As a child in Mumbai, Ayyub survived Hindu-Muslim riots in 1992 and 1993, which killed several hundred people. But she says what’s happening now feels worse, because it’s not a “spur of the moment” outpouring of anger. There are very specific targets.”Now lynchings are organized on social media,” Ayyub says. “People send messages to each other, saying, ‘Hey, this household has beef in their fridge, let’s go attack them.”She says India’s Muslims increasingly perceive such attacks as being against them, rather than in defense of cows and Hindu customs. The repercussions could be dangerous, Ayyub warns. She’s worried that Muslims are being alienated as Hindu nationalists revise mainstream Indian norms along Hindu lines.”When you try to stifle a community, when you try to put them down, when you try to make them secondary citizens, their anger will burst on the streets,” Ayyub says. “That’s how you radicalize people.”Offering helpThere is a small, fledgling movement of Indians — Muslims and Hindus — working to fight hate crimes and help victims.In donated office space in New Delhi, four cellphones are lined up on a desk. When one line is busy, the next one rings. This is the headquarters of a new hate crimes helpline, created by United Against Hate, a network of volunteers. Organizers say they’ve received 15,000 phone calls since launching in July.Callers “are very upset. They are very worried and say, ‘We are in a difficult position,'” says dispatcher Jagisha Arora. “One person called me and said, ‘I’m at police station right now. Police are refusing to lodge a complaint. They are threatening us.'”Arora, 26, logs details from each call in an Excel spreadsheet and connects callers to free legal aid in 100 different Indian cities.But from time to time, she also gets a different type of call — from people who are angry that this helpline even exists.”Some people call to complain, like, ‘Why are you spreading this?’ They accuse me and say Muslims are bad,” she says, shaking her head. Fears persistHashim, the truck driver, survived his lynching on the highway outside New Delhi. After the attack, he was bedridden for six months with a broken leg and fractured vertebrae.He can’t read or write, so his supervisor at the trucking company — a Hindu — helped him file a police report. Nothing has come of it.Now it’s time for Hashim to get back on the road. He needs to provide for his five children.”My children say, ‘Don’t worry about us, Daddy. We can stay poor. We’ll eat less. We want you to be safe,'” Hashim says.They’re scared that next time, their father might not come home.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. ‘This Is It. I’m Going To Die’: India’s… https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2019/08/20190819_me_spate_of_lynchi…
Anyone in the trade will tell you that there are no safe bets, just as there is no formula for making a successful film. This was only underlined by the underdog films of last year – films like Hindi Medium, Newton, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Bareilly Ki Barfi, which were winners.But, these films had one thing missing. Despite the critical acclaim and audience appreciation that they received, they did not bring in huge box office numbers. Even those that did well commercially were unable to rack up anything next to the numbers that successful, big-banner films achieve – those larger-than-life commercial, masala entertainers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMoreover, the recently released Baaghi 2 has taught us that commercial movies are always going to be the first love of the Indian audience. No doubt, viewers are accepting out-of-the-box cinema and new subjects with creative treatment. But, with a masala blockbuster set to release every second month of 2018, it makes us wonder whether commercial is the way to go for filmmakers.While it is next to impossible to say what does and what does not click with the movie-going audience, one thing is clear – only a successful blockbuster can rake in the really big numbers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWe asked producers, directors, exhibitors and distributors whether commercial, masala movies are the safest bet for Bollywood filmmakers after all. Bhushan Kumar, ProducerEach of our last four films, Hindi Medium, Tumhari Sulu, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and Raid, were of very different genres but each one did exceptionally well at the box office. We believe that a good, entertaining film will always find its audience and reach its potential. Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios2018 has begun on a fantastic note for the industry. Audiences have been exposed to varied genres of entertainment, from the period classic Padmaavat to Akshay Kumar’s social drama Pad Man, Ajay Devgn’s Raid to Sajid Nadiadwala and FSS’s action entertainer Baaghi 2, which has created an opening day record and raced to the coveted ‘100-crore mark within 6 days of its release. Just when naysayers were claiming that audiences only want to come to theatres for big, spectacle films, the power of good stories with a point of difference has been reinforced! Remo D’Souza, DirectorWe already know that masala movies work more than content-driven films. There are very few content-driven films and those that work do so because they have entertainment value. With so much stress in everyone’s lives, no one wants to see something that is not entertaining. Audiences want to see something that will entertain them. That is why I think commercial entertainers work. When people come to see a movie, they want to enjoy themselves, see amazing stunts, they want to get entertained. That is why, not only in India but all over the world, commercial entertainers work. Mahendra Soni, Director & Co-Founder, SVFBaaghi 2 has delivered great numbers and it is great news for the industry. There cannot be a single formula for successful films, that it has to be masala commercial to work. The recent pat has unequivocally proved that good films which connect with the audience will undoubtedly work. Dangal and Padmaavat are not hardcore commercial films but they have delivered big time.I feel there is huge potential in every kind of film, provided it connects with its target audience and is made on budgets that keep the recovery potential in mind. October has been loved by a certain type of audience and it got great reviews too but it will not go down as a hit or a blockbuster film. My point is, expecting it to earn ‘100 crore is absurd and comparing it with the success of Judwaa 2 is ridiculous. The time has come where filmmakers/studio owners need to be more aware of market dynamics and approach their films in a more strategic manner with respect to not only budgets but a release plan, marketing spends and recovery modules. Ramesh Taurani, ProducerI don’t think there are any safe bets in the movie business. If that were the case, everyone would be making the same kind of films. The movies that you have mentioned have done well at the box office because in some way they have connected with the audience. In my opinion, that’s the only way to make a film today. Whether it’s a commercial or a content-driven film, it has to entertain the audience. Last year, we saw content-driven films like Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Bareilly Ki Barfi, which worked at the box office. And for these movies, content was king. Jayantilal Gada, ProducerContent-driven movies will always work but they have their limitations too. They cannot reach the box office success levels of commercial masala entertainers. Masala films definitely have their place, especially with what Tiger Shroff has done with Baaghi 2. It will open doors for young stars.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 19, 2016 5 min read MIT Technology Review has something for every tech lover on your list in its “Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide.” The list includes this year’s 13 most covetable gadgets, from a wearable that does it all to a virtual-reality gaming kit.Related: Top Holiday Tech Gifts You Can Get at a DiscountWith Tech Review’s permission, we reproduce the list here:The Ultimate Holiday Wish ListThe Phantom 4 from DJIDodge the possibility of drone crashes with the Phantom 4 from DJI, which includes a collision avoidance system that uses two forward-facing sensors to detect obstacles as far ahead as 49 feet. When the drone detects an object in its path, it will go around it or pause and hover.Illustration by Miguel PorlanGarmin Fenix 3 SapphireThe Fenix 3 Sapphire combines Garmin’s sports-watch know-how with smart-watch-style notifications. Thanks to GPS and satellite navigation, plus tracking features, this gadget is best suited for athletes who venture off the beaten path. But advanced metrics for things like stride length, vertical oscillation and oxygen intake should come in handy for serious runners everywhere.Illustration by Miguel PorlanNintendo NES Classic EditionGive the gift of nostalgia with this modernized mini version of the original cartridge-based Nintendo Entertainment System console. It maintains the original’s retro looks (even for the included controller) and comes with 30 8-bit favorites such as Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and the Legend of Zelda preinstalled.Illustration by Miguel PorlanHappier Camper HC1This retro-style trailer weighs just 1,100 pounds, so your favorite camper or Airstream aficionado can tow it with most cars for camping trips and cross-country adventures. The HC1 features a modular interior that can be arranged into various modes, from a sleeping space for five to a mobile office to a living space with a kitchenette.Illustration by Miguel PorlanAstell & Kern AK70While most of the world has moved on to streaming services such as Spotify, those who value high-resolution playback still cling to portable music players, and the high-end South Korean brand Astell & Kern is still improving them. The Android-based, wi-fi-compatible AK70 supports hi-res files like AIFF, FLAC and WAV, in a reasonably light (4.7-ounce) package.Illustration by Miguel PorlanRelated: 10 High-Tech Holiday Gifts You Can Buy for Under $100Withings ThermoThis smart thermometer proves that stocking stuffers don’t have to be useless. The compact gadget uses 16 infrared sensors to take heat measurements and find the hottest point when it’s swept across someone’s forehead.Illustration by Miguel PorlanSamsung 4K SUHD TelevisionIf you’re shopping for someone with a serious living-room setup, one of Samsung’s 4K SUHD TVs could prove to be perfect. Thanks to quantum-dot display technology, which uses tiny particles that emit light in various colors, these sets provide punchier, more saturated color than typical LCD TVs, which produce cooler, more bluish hues.Illustration by Miguel PorlanLenovo Phab 2 ProFor someone who wants the absolute cutting edge in mobile tech, Lenovo’s super-sized Android handset is the obvious pick. The Phab 2 Pro is the first smartphone to support Google’s augmented-reality Tango platform, which lets you view 3-D software overlays based on what’s captured by the device’s wide-angle camera and depth sensor — essentially providing a unique way to interact with your environment.Illustration by Miguel PorlanAnki CozmoCozmo is much more than a robotic toy for kids. Thanks to facial-recognition technology, the bot will graduate from shy to friendly with its owners, and it’s programmed to remember specifics like your favorite game.Illustration by Miguel PorlanStromer ST2Reward your favorite eco-conscious commuter with this souped-up, connected ebike. The ST2’S battery lasts for up to 93 miles per charge, and riders can enjoy motor-boosted speeds of up to 27 miles per hour. In addition to toggling settings via buttons on the handlebar, the rider can tweak them in the Stromer smartphone app for Android and iOS (not advised while riding!).Illustration by Miguel PorlanPlayStation VRThis head-mounted display system makes playing games like Batman Arkham VR and Star Wars Battlefront more immersive than ever. It connects to a PlayStation 4 via USB and HDMI cables and lets the wearer explore the game environment with a 100-degree field of view.Illustration by Miguel PorlanAnova Precision CookerBoil-in-a-bag has gone high tech. The Anova Precision Cooker attaches to the side of any old kitchen pot to heat water and circulate it evenly, allowing for perfectly moist, tender meals prepared in the sous vide style (as long as food is sealed in an airtight plastic bag).Illustration by Miguel PorlanRelated: Top 25 Tech Gadgets to Give This Holiday SeasonSamsung Gear 360The Gear 360 merges images taken with two 180-degree wide-angle lenses to create 360-degree shots and videos. Photographers can hit “record” on the orb-shaped Gear 360 itself or use the smartphone app on a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone to adjust white balance, exposure and more before they start capturing images.Illustration by Miguel Porlan Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »
Early Indicators Suggest Uptick in New Home Sales August 15, 2014 593 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination An early glimpse at mortgage applications points to a slight uptick in new home sales for the month of July.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) estimates purchase applications for new homes nudged up 2 percent compared to June. The increase does not account for any typical seasonal patterns.Based on that increase, MBA estimates a 2.8 percent increase in new single-family home sales over the month on an unadjusted basis. New home sales rose from 36,000 in June to 37,000 in July, according to the group’s data.Factoring in seasonal adjustments, MBA says July single-family new home sales ran at an annual rate of 433,000 homes, up from 386,000 in June, representing a 12.2 percent rise. While the Census has not yet released its July data, the bureau reported a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000 home sales in June.The average size of loans closed in July was $297,253, up from $296,078 in June, according to MBA.Most loans applied for in July were conventional loans—about 68.8 percent. Loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) made up 16.1 percent of loan applications in July; Veterans Affairs loans accounted for 13.6 percent of loan applications; and government loans for rural areas made up 1.5 percent.MBA tracks mortgage applications and new home sales through its Builder Application Survey each month, taking into account mortgage applications and market coverage. Builder Applications Survey Mortgage Bankers Association New Home Sales 2014-08-15 Krista Franks Brock Share
Categories: News,Reilly News 19Oct Committee approves Rep. Reilly bill to end mandate on education plan The House Education Reform Committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. John Reilly to prevent homeschool and non-public school students who participate in courses at public school districts from being required to submit Educational Development Plans (EDPs).EDPs are academic and career plans mandated by the Michigan Department of Education, requiring students as young as 12 years old submit long-term career plans to their school districts. Allowing homeschool and non-public school students to make use of public school programs creates mutually beneficial relationships between these families and their schools. Requiring students to complete EDPs can erode that trust.Reilly testified in support of House Bill 4805 on Sept. 28, alongside both public school employees and homeschool activists, for a broad coalition of support for shared-time students.“I’m pleased, on behalf of thousands of Michigan families who homeschool their children, that the committee agreed this regulation was a bureaucratic overreach,” said Reilly, a member of the Education Reform Committee. “The EDP requirement would have been damaging to public school programs, in addition to the educational development of these students.”Oxford Virtual Academy administrators Janet Schell and Lisa Sullivan also spoke in support of Reilly’s bill on Sept. 28, with Sullivan stating “the Department of Education has not shared a satisfactory reason for these requirements.”Reilly emphasized plans are not beneficial for many Michigan students.“My concern is that mandating EDPs from students who are only using public schools to supplement their education simply discourages them from doing so,” said Reilly, of Oakland Township. “Whenever given the chance, we should stand for educational freedom and choice. This legislation is a step in the right direction.”HB 4805 advances to the full House membership for its consideration.#####
“This security alert caused considerable disruption to a large amount of local residents and I would like to thank those people affected for their support and patience while we dealt with this viable device to make the area safe,” he said.“I would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Westland Street area recently, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1025 of 10/11/16.“Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”VIABLE PIPE BOMB DEVICE FOUND IN DERRY DURING SECURITY ALERT was last modified: November 11th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: The pipe bomb device found in Derry following a security alertPOLICE have revealed that a suspect device found in the Bogside area of Derry last night was a “viable pipe bomb” device.The deadly device was discovered by a man walking his dog close to the junction of Cable Street and Westland Street near a youth club around 8.45 pm.A number of homes were evacuated and Westland Street was closed off to allow army bomb squad officers to deal with the device. British Army bomb disposal teams were tasked to the scene and following an examition declared it as “‘viable pipe bomb device”.Local Sinn Fein councillor Colly Kelly condemned those behind the incident, which he said caused disruption to many families in the area. ShareTweet bogsideCHIEF INSPECTOR GORDON MCCALMONTcouncillor Colly KellyVIABLE PIPE BOMB DEVICE FOUND IN DERRY DURING SECURITY ALERT He added that the device was found close to a youth club which was packed with young children at the time.PSNI Chief Inspector Gordon McCalmont appealed to the public for information.
Justin’s note: Today, Doug’s longtime friend and colleague Bill Bonner provides an update on what’s going on in Washington…and paints an ugly picture for what’s to come. He also shares his thoughts on the recent surge in cryptocurrencies… By Bill Bonner, chairman, Bonner & Partners “Do you still have that physical bitcoin I gave you?” A couple of years ago, a friend gave us a physical bitcoin, suggesting we should take an interest in cryptocurrencies. “I hope you didn’t lose it. That coin is now a collector’s item. It sells for more than $10,000 on eBay.” We searched high and low. We couldn’t find it. Did we give it to our grandson? Did it end up in the laundry? Did we give it to a porter as a tip? It must be somewhere. We’ll keep looking. Back in the Game Bitcoin is back. Here’s Forbes: They’re ba-aa-ack. Whether it’s the Chinese, or the Koreans, or the Russians or us Americans is anybody’s guess at this moment, but what it looks like for a few cryptocurrency players out there is that the Chinese have found a new way to get back into the game. Last month, China banned initial coin offerings (ICOs) – a way crypto ventures raise capital – and crypto exchanges, websites that allow you to exchange your government fiat currency for cryptocurrencies. It looked to many as though it was the end of the road for bitcoin. The bitcoin price fell to $3,200 from its all-time high of $5,000. Now, it’s back over $4,100. Strange website could let you earn $860+ a WEEK! Did you see this strange website sweeping across America? A growing number of retirees are using it to invest in a little-known market of 900+ companies. And they’re collecting gains unlike anything we’ve seen in the traditional stock market in decades. It’s free to join. There’s no hassle. And over 33,000 users are signing up every day. And the crazy part? Some have collected $860 or more a month! Simply by trading tiny $0.01 plays… Check it out here… Recommended Link Recommended Link And last week, Japan – the main beneficiary of China’s clampdown – approved 11 cryptocurrency exchanges. Money talks, and it’s hard to argue with people who are getting rich. For instance, subscribers of Palm Beach Confidential, one of the advisory services from the Palm Beach Research Group, have had the chance to strike it rich on recommendations from colleague Teeka Tiwari. Last April, after it had just launched, Teeka recommended what’s now the world’s second most valuable crypto asset. Then, it was about $9. Now, it’s over $300. And in February, he recommended one of the hottest Chinese crypto ventures. It was 12 cents at the time. Today, it’s selling for more than $32. Let’s see… if you’d invested $1,000, you’d have more than $250,000 now. Finally, we checked with our son Will, the Bonner family’s in-house cryptocurrency enthusiast. A while back, he urged us to speculate with some of the family money in the crypto casino. “We’re up about 85% since we invested in June,” Will reported back. Novelty Tech Will is more open-minded than we are. He likes technology… and believes it will improve the future. We’re not so sure. The last tech innovation that clearly improved our lives was air conditioning, invented by American engineer Willis Carrier in 1902. When we could finally afford it, in 1990, it made the Maryland summers much more agreeable. Penicillin, discovered by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming in 1928, was a big help, too; it saved our lives when we had pneumonia in 1954. As for the rest, we could take them or leave them. And cryptocurrencies? As far as we’re concerned, they’re still a novelty… and, as money, still unproven. So, we do not advise following our example. Not unless you can lose your money but keep your sense of humor. Is the Final Collapse of the U.S. Dollar Underway? As the Dow continues to hit record highs, the U.S. dollar is off to its worst start since 1985—down 9% this year. What does it mean for investors? Doug Casey has a unique take on the situation. For full details, click here. — Party of Trump Speaking of a sense of humor… As expected, Trumpismo is shaping up to be a third political force. Reports The New York Times: [Steve Bannon] and [billionaire hedge-fund manager Robert] Mercer began hashing out a rough outline for a “shadow party” that would advance Mr. Trump’s America First agenda – even if Mr. Trump himself strayed from it – during a five-hour meeting last month at the family’s Long Island estate a couple of days before Mr. Bannon’s resignation from the White House. […] Bannon and the Mercers also stand out as more pugilistic in their tactics and ideology, bonding less over a shared cohesive political ideology than over a desire to disrupt the political establishment – the Republican establishment in particular. When Team Trump’s tax reform push fails, they are going to need someone to blame. They won’t blame themselves, of course. Neither for being unable to come up with a plan their party could fully support… nor for misleading the public by offering to do something they couldn’t do (pass a major tax reform)… nor for even greater deceit of promising something that no one could ever do (boosting real growth by cutting taxes without also cutting spending). Unless the feds cut spending, a tax cut is a fraud. When the tax reform measure fails, what will its supporters do? Always here to help, we suggest the Trumpistas in Washington “fall upon their swords,” like Cato the Younger… or open their bellies with a knife, like the last true samurai, Saigō Takamori. Instead, they’ll blame the Republican leadership in Congress. Which is all right with us, too. House Republicans are mostly swamp critters. Devil in the Detail Whatever comes of it, the proposed tax cuts won’t help the middle class or the economy. The Deep State controls the feds… and most emphatically, it controls the details of tax policies. It doesn’t matter what the news headlines report… or what POTUS tweets… The devil in those details will make sure that the swamp gets more, not less, of the nation’s wealth. Mr. Trump calls his tax proposal a “miracle for the middle class.” Yes, it would be a miracle if it passed. And it would be another miracle – like turning base metal into gold – if it did anything for the middle class. Our friend and budget advisor to President Reagan, David Stockman, calculates that the typical middle-class family could expect annual tax savings of precisely $5. With that money, you might be able to buy a “Make America Great Again” hat on eBay. Or not. The feds… the swamp… the Deep State… and the Trumpistas in Washington – all are sucking on the economy like leeches. They disguise and delay the damage with their phony reforms… fake money… fraudulent statistics, and flimflam claims. The first crisis will be a crash and a depression. The second – after another massive “stimulus” from the authorities – will be raging, bubbling inflation. Then, those MAGA hats will probably be collector’s items, too… and sell for $1,000 each… …which will be about enough to buy a coffee at Starbucks. Regards, — Bill Bonner Chairman, Bonner & Partners Justin’s note: As Bill says, money talks… And right now, many of our subscribers are striking it rich in cryptos off our colleague Teeka Tiwari’s recommendations. Teeka, as you may know, is one of the world’s leading crypto experts. He’s traveled the world and met with the industry’s top insiders to learn as much as he can about the booming crypto market. And his boots-on-the-ground research is already paying off. In fact, one of Teeka’s crypto plays recently surged 27,166% in just 6 months. That’s a life-changing return. But don’t worry if you haven’t bought cryptos yet. There’s still time to get rich off this boom. You can learn how by enrolling in Teeka’s Bitcoin Millionaire Master Plan. This crash course teaches you everything you need to know about cryptos. Click here to get started.
When Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why was released two years ago, depicting the life of a teenager who decided to take her own life, educators and psychologists warned the program could lead to copycat suicides. Now, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health shows that those concerns may have been warranted.In the month following the show’s debut in March 2017, there was a 28.9% increase in suicide among Americans ages 10-17, said the study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The number of suicides was greater than that seen in any single month over the five-year period researchers examined. Over the rest of the year, there were 195 more youth suicides than expected given historical trends. Researchers warn that their study could not prove causation. Some unknown third factor might have been responsible for the increase, they said. Still, citing the strong correlation, they cautioned against exposing children and adolescents to the series.”The results of this study should raise awareness that young people are particularly vulnerable to the media,” study co-author Lisa Horowitz, a staff scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health, said in a statement. “All disciplines, including the media, need to take good care to be constructive and thoughtful about topics that intersect with public health crises.”Lead author Jeff Bridge, a suicide researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, told The Associated Press that an additional analysis found the April suicide rate was higher than in the previous 19 years. “The creators of the series intentionally portrayed the suicide of the main character. It was a very graphic depiction of the suicide death,” he said, which can lead to suicidal behavior.The study found that boys were far more likely than girls to kill themselves after the show debuted. Suicide rates for females did increase, but it was not statistically significant. Nor were there any “significant trends” in suicide rates for people 18-64, researchers said.In a statement, a Netflix spokesperson said they had “just seen this study and are looking into the research. “This is a critically important topic and we have worked hard to ensure that we handle this sensitive issue responsibly,” Netflix said, according to The Associated Press.The spokesperson noted that the study conflicts with research published last week out of the University of Pennsylvania. That study found that young adults, ages 18-29, who watched the entire second season of the show “reported declines in suicide ideation and self-harm relative to those who did not watch the show at all.”However, that study found, viewers who stopped watching the second season before the end “exhibited greater suicide risk and less optimism about the future than those who continued to the end.” The results “suggest that a fictional story with a focus on suicidal content can have both harmful and helpful effects,” the authors wrote.When the show debuted, the National Association of School Psychologists issued a warning statement: “We do not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series. Its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to romanticize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies,” they said. “Suicide is not a solution to problems.”After the criticism, Netflix added a “viewer warning card” before the first episode. Netflix also added language publicizing the website 13reasonswhy.info, which offers resources for people contemplating suicide. Season 3 of the show is expected to be released this year.If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Organisations that represent disabled people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face blatant and widespread discrimination at the hands of local and national government, according to a leading campaigner.Julie Jaye Charles (pictured), chief executive of Equalities National Council (ENC), said she believed the discrimination showed itself through the failure of local and central government to fund organisations like hers.She said: “There is a discriminatory imbalance of power. Discrimination we know is not about calling each other names.“If you feel you are being discriminated against and you see a community is being discriminated against and your organisation is being discriminated against, it’s racism, it’s discrimination, full stop.“I will shout to the rooftops about that, because it’s unfair.”She said she believed that at least 60 small BME disabled people’s organisations had been forced to close because of funding cuts, while she could name only a couple of small, local groups that were still operating: the Disabled Asian Women’s Network and Waltham Forest Black People’s Mental Health Association.She spoke out this week as a House of Lords event – hosted by Baroness Uddin and organised by ENC and the charity Include Me TOO – was set to highlight the problem.Lord [Chris] Holmes, the disabled Tory peer and disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was due to speak at last night’s (20 July) event.Jaye Charles said she hoped the meeting would provide impetus to set up an all-party parliamentary group on BME disabled people.She said it was time to have the conversation about why BME organisations were struggling for funding, and she said she was “appalled” at what she saw as “openly discrimintory practices”.She said: “It is time for us to have an open discussion on why BME organisations are closing rapidly up and down the country in England and Wales, due to lack of recognition and lack of power to continue to fight their cause for the most vulnerable they serve.”Parmi Dheensa, chief executive of Include Me TOO, said that “substantial resources” had been invested in improving services and support for disabled children and young people and their families.But she said the needs of BME disabled children, young people and families had been “overlooked”, which further increased the difficulties they faced.Jaye Charles pointed to statistics from 2011 which showed there were nearly 900,000 BME disabled people in England, a figure she believes is certain to be an under-estimate, while in her own local authority, Newham, there were nearly 26,000.ENC supports disabled people across housing, employment, further education, social security, health and social care and immigration.They come to ENC, she said, because they don’t have the funding to access legal support and yet cannot afford to feed their families.Last year, after she won a lifetime achievement award for her work with disabled people from BME communities – she set up ENC and first ran it from her front room in 1997, but she hasn’t been paid for her work since 2007 – she said she hoped to set up a food bank just for disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.ENC has been in talks with the food poverty charity The Trussell Trust, and Jaye Charles said she will soon be able to launch the service.Her organisation still receives regular referrals from well-funded organisations that rely on its expertise with BME disabled people, she said, even though ENC has no council funding itself.ENC has just won a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contract to help employment and support allowance claimants who are not working well with their Jobcentre Plus offices – which will see them using DWP’s Flexible Support Fund – into jobs through the Work Programme.Jaye Charles said DWP has promised that the project will be rolled out across the country if it proves successful.
3 min read Next Article Image credit: Facebook via PC Mag Updates to the bot platform for Facebook Messenger will let you play a song directly from Spotify and ask questions of small businesses, among other new features. Facebook Teaches its Bots New Tricks Facebook’s Messenger app has a bot infestation. There are more than 100,000 of them on the platform, head of Messenger David Marcus said at the Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference on Tuesday. That’s up from just 33,000 in September, and none last April, when the bot integration was announced.The artificial intelligence-powered bots can help you do things such as book flights, order pizza and check the weather from within Messenger conversations, but they’re poised to become even more useful with the rollout of Messenger Platform 2.0. Perhaps the most noteworthy additions have to do with music: a new Spotify bot lets you suggest a song in a conversation and immediately play it, and a similar Apple Music bot is in the works.To help you sort through the massive and growing collection, the new platform offers a separate tab just for bots and will also suggest bots to use based on the conversation you’re having with a friend or a group.The Discover tab, currently in a limited beta for U.S. users (you’ll only see it if Facebook selects you to participate), allows quick access to suggested bots directly from the Messenger home screen. Companies have to apply to have their bot featured here, so this is only for the cream of the crop.The in-conversation bot suggestion feature, meanwhile, is based on the recently resurrected “M” virtual assistant. It, too, is in beta, and currently only works with Delivery.com. When your Messenger chat with your friend inevitably turns into a complaint about how hungry you are, M may step in to suggest placing an order from the service, which competes with the likes of Grubhub and Yelp’s Eat24. The M assistant can also now suggest stickers, remind you about appointments and facilitate in-app payments to your friends.Other new bot features include the ability for restaurants or other busy small businesses to offer AI-powered replies to messages sent via their Facebook page. That’s great in theory, but creating the responses is up to the restaurant, which means if you ask a detailed question about the menu, you’ll likely end up getting a response to call or check the website. There are also new gaming features for bots, like the ability to challenge your friends to play titles in Messenger’s gaming tab.Also at f8 today, Facebook showed off the new Spaces app, the company’s latest offering for people who want to share photos and videos with their friends online, and a new Camera Effects platform that will let users express themselves in photos and videos using the latest augmented reality. This story originally appeared on PCMag 42shares Facebook The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue News reporter April 19, 2017 Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Tom Brant
Add to Queue Built-In Chrome Ad Blocker Coming Early 2018 Next Article Image credit: shutterstock Apply Now » Google Chrome 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares News reporter Starting early next year, Google’s Chrome web browser will automatically block some of the most annoying and intrusive internet advertisements, including those that automatically play audio or prevent you from viewing a web page.Google is a member of the Coalition for Better Ads, which recently published guidelines to convince advertisers to stop using annoying ad formats. Google will design Chrome’s ad blocker to filter out ads that don’t meet those guidelines, the company announced on Thursday. “In dialogue with the Coalition and other industry groups, we plan to have Chrome stop showing ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that are not compliant with the Better Ads Standards starting in early 2018,” Google Vice President of Ads & Commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy wrote in a blog post. Rumors of the blocker first surfaced last month.Ramaswamy didn’t offer more details about how the ad blocker would work or whether users would be able to deactivate it, but he hinted that the new feature will be similar to how Chrome currently deals with other internet annoyances, like blocking pop-ups in new tabs. There are currently four types of desktop ads and eight types of mobile ads that the Coalition deems unacceptable and that Chrome will likely block, ranging from ads that cover more than 30 percent of a website to large “sticky” ads that remain covering a portion of the page even when a user scrolls through it.While it might seem counterintuitive that Google would move to block ads — no matter how annoying they are — from its own network in its own web browser, the company has concluded that doing so is the best way to curb the rise of third-party blockers that remove all ads, not just those that are intrusive.”These frustrating experiences can lead some people to block all ads — taking a big toll on the content creators, journalists, web developers and videographers who depend on ads to fund their content creation,” Ramaswamy wrote. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Starting early next year, Google’s Chrome web browser will automatically block some of the most annoying and intrusive internet advertisements. June 2, 2017 Tom Brant
Cannabis Image credit: Yarygin | Getty Images Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article –shares Add to Queue Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. The idea of circumventing federal law and creating a state-held bank in California to serve the marijuana industry moved from words into action this month, but whether it’s viable remains to be seen.That’s the purpose of a new feasibility study launched by state Treasurer John Chiang and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Chiang’s department will focus on the financial and operational issues, Becerra’s on the legal. Both have their potential roadblocks.Even Chiang voiced caution about the idea in remarks made at a recent news conference, evoking, of all things, the potato chip: “Today we are taking the next steps in determining the practical considerations that could lead to the creation of a public bank. Is there a solution there? Maybe. Or is it like a potato chip? It tastes good going down but is ultimately of no nutritional value.”Related: The Opioid Crisis Is Forcing Open Minds About the Lifesaving Potential of Medical MarijuanaWhy a public bank?The idea for a public bank arose because of the growing marijuana industry in California. Medical marijuana has been available there since the mid-1990s, and recreational pot went on sale at the start of this year.However, just like everywhere else in the United States where marijuana is legal, cannabis business owners are stuck dealing in cash only. Ironically, despite being involved with a multi-billion-dollar industry, they are in a similar position as the black-market marijuana dealers were before legalization.That’s because marijuana remains a Schedule I illegal drug at the federal level. Banks, fearing entanglements in federal law, will not extend banking services to marijuana businesses. No credit, no accounts, no vault. Marijuana businesses face added security issues dealing with cash, as well as potential penalties for paying state taxes and fees in cash.A state-owned bank that deals with the marijuana industry could solve the problem. In an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times, David Dayen wrote, “It’s certainly worth fighting this battle on behalf of thousands of California residents who want to thrive in a state-approved industry.”Related: Cannabis Industry Heads to Washington to Tell Congress What It Needs to ThriveBig obstaclesIn announcing the study, Chiang gave a brief history lesson on the creation of public banks in the past. One that is still going is the Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919 when private banks failed to support local farmers.Chiang said that public banks are needed when the people decide that private banks no longer have their interests at heart. He pointed to the Wall Street meltdown of last decade and the more recent banking scandals at Wells Fargo as incidents that have robbed people of their faith in private banks.He also pointed out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in rescinding the Cole Memo that gave states protection from federal government interference in the legal marijuana trade, is another sign that the current administration in Washington is “out of step with the will of the people … not only those in California, but the 29 states that have legalized either or both medicinal and recreational-use cannabis.”The new feasibility study will focus on potential roadblocks that face creation of a state-run bank. One of those is determining how the bank would be funded. A huge challenges to overcome would be getting federal deposit insurance and access to federally controlled networks for the interbank transfer of funds. The attorney general’s office will determine regulatory issues and whether the bank could provide the sort of protections from federal interference that the state is seeking.Despite the obstacles, Chiang — a candidate for governor — said the effort is worthwhile: “Until the slow, clunking machinery of the federal government catches up with the values and will of the people it purportedly serves, states like California will continue to both resist, and more importantly, to lead.”To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Exclusion from federally regulated banks is a big problem for the cannabis industry that California is considering how to solve. 4 min read dispensaries.com February 27, 2018 California Studies Viability of a Public Bank for Marijuana Businesses Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur Podcast Listen Now
–shares 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. 2 min read Download Our Free Android App Next Article Add to Queue Entertainment July 30, 2018 Entrepreneur Staff Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur Jonathan Small Image credit: Slaven Vlasic | Getty Images Free Green Entrepreneur App Ryan Reynolds May Star in a Movie Called ‘Stoned Alone’ The plot sounds strangely familiar, but with a slight twist. A 20-something, weed-growing stoner misses his flight for a holiday ski trip and must spend the night at home alone. As he gets high, a bunch of clueless house thieves try to break into his house, forcing him to thwart the robbery in highly comical ways. That’s the premise of the movie Stoned Alone currently being developed by Deadpool star Ryan Reynold, who is attached as a producer and potential star. According to Deadline Hollywood, the movie is the brainchild of a Fox executive who was looking for a way to revamp one of the studio’s highest grossing movies of all time, Home Alone. That classic 1990 film grossed $476 million, spawned two sequels, and made Macaulay Culkin a star. Related: Celebs Explain Why They’re In The Canna-BusinessWhile Reynolds has not made any public pronouncements about cannabis or whether or not he’s a user, he’s a Canadian. And we all know that Canada has a somewhat liberal take on the plant, as evidenced by their recent vote to legalize weed nationally.Related: Canada Legalizes CannabisHollywood has a long tradition of stoner movies. Films such as 1936’s Reefer Madness, Cheech & Chong’s 70’s and 80’s cult comedies, Half Baked and Dazed and Confused in the 90s, and more recently Pineapple Express and Your Highness frequently portray hilarious, but not-so-positive portrayals of pot smokers. Stoned Alone doesn’t sound much different, which should be good for box office numbers, but not so good for cannabis’s already sketchy image. From Deadpool to Dabpool, Reynolds is producing and potentially starring in a ‘Home Alone’ spoof.
September 4, 2014 Yelp 3 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue Popular social-review site Yelp is making headlines after angry small-business owners are once again accusing the company of manipulating user ratings in order to sell ads, a strategy they claim equals extortion. And once again, these entrepreneurs’ pleas have been silenced by the justice system.This week, a federal appeals court came down on Yelp’s side, ruling that the company’s sales strategies do not extort businesses, but can instead be classified as perfectly legal “hard bargaining.” This particular lawsuit originated in 2010, when four small business owners sued the company for extortion, claiming that after they turned down paid advertising from the company, bad reviews suddenly resurfaced, while good reviews were buried.Related: 6 Ways to Harness the Power of Review SitesThe Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that even if these allegations are true, Yelp still isn’t guilty of extortion. According to the verdict, Yelp has the right to charge for its ads, and thus review manipulation is “at most, hard bargaining.” Ultimately, small businesses don’t have a “pre-existing right to have positive reviews appear on Yelp’s website,” the court said.Boris Levitt, one of the plaintiffs and the owner of a furniture business, alleged that after he refused to advertise with Yelp, several five-star reviews suddenly disappeared from his company’s page, causing his overall star rating to fall. Dr. Tracy Chan, another plaintiff, told the court a Yelp sales representative promised to improve her ratings by burying negative reviews if she agreed to buy advertising.While the court’s decision means such practices are legal, Yelp continues to vehemently deny it employs them. “For years, fringe commentators have accused Yelp of altering business ratings for money,” the company wrote in a recent blog post. “Yelp has never done this and individuals making such claims are either misinformed, or more typically, have an axe to grind –whether businesses upset that Yelp will not remove reviews they don’t like, or unscrupulous internet marketing ‘experts’ trying to make a buck off of honest business owners with dubious reputation management schemes.”Related: In the Face of Ruinous Online Reviews, Businesses Today Are Turning the TablesYelp has repeatedly been taken to court over these charges. (In 2011, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Yelp was protected from accusations that it offered to highlight positive reviews and hide negative ones in exchange for paid advertising.)While legal, it’s presumably not great for Yelp’s reputation if the public thinks the company is tinkering with its review-filtering algorithm based on whether or not a company pays for advertising.”On the surface, you’d think this news would be an endorsement for Yelp,” Gartner Research Director Brian Blau told the San Francisco Chronicle. But the ruling could raise potentially uncomfortable questions for the company: “If Yelp is permitted to do this, will they? They said they aren’t, but will they in the future? That’s going to be the bigger question.”Related: Hotel Says $500 Fine on Negative Yelp Reviews Was a Joke Next Article –shares Apply Now » Guest Writer Appeals Court Rules That Yelp’s Ad Sales Tactics Aren’t Extortion, Just ‘Hard Bargaining’ Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Laura Entis
According to the CDC, nearly 40 percent of Americans, 93 million people, are obese, and even more are overweight.For more information and complete survey results, go to: clevelandclinic.org/loveyourheartMethodologyCleveland Clinic’s survey of the general population gathered insights into Americans’ perceptions of heart health and weight. This was an online survey conducted among a national probability sample consisting of 1,002 adults 18 years of age and older, living in the continental United States. The total sample data is nationally representative based on age, gender, ethnicity and educational attainment census data. The online survey was conducted by Research Now and completed between September 20 and September 28, 2018. The margin of error for the total sample at the 95% confidence level is +/- 3.1 percentage points. Source:https://my.clevelandclinic.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 31 2019A Cleveland Clinic survey finds that while most Americans (88 percent) understand that there is a connection between a healthy heart and a healthy weight, most aren’t doing enough – or anything – to combat their own weight issues. The survey found 74 percent are concerned about their weight and 65 percent are worried about getting heart disease due to extra pounds, yet less than half (43 percent) of Americans have tried to make dietary changes to lose weight and 40 percent of those who describe themselves as overweight or obese say they aren’t careful about which foods they eat.Part of the problem may be that Americans aren’t sure what to eat for heart health. Nearly one-in-five (18 percent) believe their diet has nothing to do with their heart health, and a mere 14 percent knew that a Mediterranean diet is healthiest for heart health. What’s more, nearly half of Americans (46 percent) believe using artificial sweeteners is a healthy way to lose weight despite studies showing they don’t promote weight loss.The survey also revealed Americans don’t fully understand the impact excess weight has on their heart and overall health. The overwhelming majority of Americans (87 percent) fail to link obesity to cancer or atrial fibrillation (80 percent). More than half of Americans also don’t know that obesity is linked to high “bad” cholesterol levels (54 percent) or coronary artery disease (57 percent) and two-thirds (64 percent) don’t know it can lead to a stroke.”Most Americans understand abstractly that being overweight or obese is not good for your health, but it seems we are not grasping that the leading causes of death and disability – stroke, cancer, coronary artery disease – are all adversely affected by increased weight,” said Steven Nissen, M.D., chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. “We need to do a better job of educating patients and the public about the major consequences of carrying excess weight and the benefits of losing weight. A patient only needs to lose five percent of their body weight to start seeing important health benefits.”Eighty-four percent of Americans say they have tried at least one weight-loss method in the past. About one-third (30 percent) say they typically stick with it between one week and one month. Americans cite dislike of exercise (24 percent) and lack of time (22 percent) as their main barriers to maintaining a healthy weight. Most Americans also believe their metabolism is detrimental to weight loss – 60 percent of women and 46 percent of men say their metabolism is working against them.”Americans may be correct that their metabolism is thwarting their weight loss efforts,” said Dr. Nissen. “Once you’ve been overweight, your body tries to hold on to that excess fat, making it more difficult to lose weight. It’s best to work with your physician to develop a steady long term weight loss plan that will help you keep off the pounds. Quick weight loss programs are not effective.”Related StoriesSmoking triples the risk of death from cardiovascular diseaseImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsWeightlifting is better for the heart than cardioHeart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States and around the world. The survey was conducted as part of Cleveland Clinic’s “Love your Heart” consumer education campaign in celebration of American Heart Month. Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the No. 1 hospital in the country for cardiology and cardiac surgery for 24 years in a row by US News & World Report.Additional survey findings include: All fat is not created equal: When it comes to body shapes, almost half (45%) falsely believe that all types of fat put you at equal risk for heart disease; however, numerous studies have shown that fat stored in the abdomen is the most dangerous. Not feeling the pressure: Most Americans say they are concerned about a family member’s weight (62 percent), or them getting heart disease due to their weight (64%). However, for many, outside pressure to lose the weight doesn’t help. Fifty-seven percent say they don’t need others to tell them to lose weight because they already know they should. Baby Boomers (65 percent) are particularly resistant to others weighing in on their weight. Seeking medical advice: While 44 percent of Americans say they are most likely to turn to their physician for nutrition advice, only a quarter (28 percent) have told their doctor they’d like to lose weight. Even less (22 percent) say they’ve discussed heart health in relation to their weight with their doctor.