TFA Annual Report

first_imgThe TFA Annual Report that will be put out for membership is now available to view.TFA will send an original to every TFA affiliate and some to each State office.The report will be presented at the TFA AGM which will occur on Sunday, 14 December 2008 in Canberra.Related Filestfa_annual_report_200708-pdflast_img

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a month agoBournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feisty

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feistyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe expects the tackles to fly tomorrow night against Southampton.Southampton meet traditional rivals Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, but Howe feels Bournemouth’s games against the Saints are “gaining in everybody’s focus”.”It should be a really feisty game, a really good atmosphere and an entertaining match,” Bournemouth boss Howe told Sky Sports. “Southampton have started very well, too.”It’s gaining in everybody’s focus. The more games we have, the more the rivalry will intensify I think.”We’ve enjoyed the games against Southampton which have been tight and tough, from both clubs’ perspectives. We’re looking forward to another entertaining match.” last_img read more

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3 hours agoGenk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come true

first_imgAbout 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.” last_img read more

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Calling All Dreamers Confederation Centre Launches Website and Submission Page for The

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Applicants may submit artwork, short videos, or text proposals and be as plain or poetic as they feel. The key to a good submission is the core idea and not the style, length, or format at this stage.In the workshops actual dreamcatchers will also be created by the youth in each community and integrated by Indigenous visual artist Nick Huard into a large national dreamcatcher exhibited this summer at Confederation Centre.Huard and Mary Francis Moore, associate artistic director of The 2017 Charlottetown Festival, will lead the sessions in collaboration with local artists in each region, including Fred Penner, Twin Flames, Nikki Payne, Romesh Thavanathan of Hey Rosetta, City Natives, and more.“Our youth are our future ancestors and their dreams are impressive,” states Huard. “This project encourages them to imagine, gives them a voice and a chance to represent themselves. We want to remind them to keep dreaming because dreams can become reality, and The Dream Catchers reminds them to pursue the dream the creator put in their hearts.”Gleaned from the workshop ideas and online submissions from Canada’s young people, the creative team will produce a vibrant and movement-filled musical for an expanded Confederation Centre Young Company. A troupe of 26 emerging artists will be cast to present this exciting new theatre production both on P.E.I and nationally throughout the summer of 2017. Login/Register With: Advertisement Confederation Centre’s signature project for Canada’s 150th anniversary next year is The Dream Catchers, a national touring production in two stages, funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund. Between February and April, an artistic team will travel to each province and territory to facilitate workshops, exploring young people’s dreams for themselves and Canada, with a focus toward the environment, inclusion, and reconciliation.Youth across the country will also be able to submit their dreams online, sharing their hopes for the future.  The Dream Catchers website is now live and ready to receive dreams for a brighter future and applications to be part of the exciting workshops.The website and dream submission page for youth age 17 and under to apply to be part of The Dream Catchers can be found in both French and English at dreamingcanada.ca or capteursdereves.calast_img read more

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Football Kevin Wilson announced as new Ohio State offensive coordinator

Former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson calls in plays from the sideline against Northwestern on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of IU AthleticsFormer Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has been hired as Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator, a team’s spokesman announced on Tuesday. Wilson will also coach tight ends.Ryan Day, who was announced as quarterbacks coach last week, was also named co-offensive coordinator by OSU coach Urban Meyer. Day replaced Tim Beck who joined former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman’s staff at Texas last weekWilson, who resigned from Indiana on Dec. 1 following allegations of mistreating players, including forcing members of his team to play through injury, had a career record of 26-47 with the Hoosiers in six seasons at the helm. During his time, the Hoosiers were 0-1 in bowl games before Indiana reached the Foster Farms Bowl this season, where they lost 26-24 to Utah.Associate head coach Tom Allen replaced the outgoing Wilson.Wilson coached at Miami (Ohio), Northwestern and Oklahoma before he was hired in 2011 at Indiana. Wilson was the co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma under coach Bob Stoops from 2002 to 2005, then offensive coordinator 2006-2010. Wilson’s offenses frequently ranked among the best in the country over his eight years at Oklahoma, including a then-NCAA record of 716 points scored in the 2008 season.Since his introduction as Indiana’s coach, Wilson has been involved in multiple close matchups with the Buckeyes, including a 38-17 contest this year which had Indiana well within striking range at halftime. No word has been given by OSU as to whether or not the move affects offensive coordinator Ed Warinner. The Buckeyes open their season on Aug. 31 against Indiana, Wilson’s former team. read more

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Ohio state mens golf tries to rebound from disappointing Big Ten tournament

When it comes to the Ohio State men’s golf team readying themselves for post-season play, previous experience has proven that preparation isn’t everything. The NCAA selection committee announced May 7 that the team has earned a spot in this year’s NCAA Men’s Golf Regional held in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes are coming off a disappointing ninth-place finish at the Big Ten Championship in Indiana, but coach Donnie Darr said the scores posted were no indication of how his team played. “We really weren’t that far off from playing well,” Darr said. “You can’t just walk away and say we played terrible because we actually played really well, we just didn’t finish our rounds off.” Darr said it is important to maintain similar preparation, but the team must limit their mistakes. “I think we prepare the right way every week,” Darr said. “Our guys work hard and play hard, but we just have to stay away from a big number.” And although this year’s selection to the regional tournament marks the second straight under Darr, none of his players have ever played on the University of Michigan Golf Course. “It’s the same design as our course,” Darr said. “But there are significant differences.” Players said they are expecting shorter yardages into the green, thicker rough and narrow openings throughout the course. And Big Ten Freshman of the Year Grant Weaver said he welcomes the challenge. “It’s just about learning from your mistakes,” he said. “You have to pick out what you did good and what you did bad and improve. We’re just trying to put everything together.” Weaver said the team has tackled those mistakes by playing at various local golf courses that will resemble the course in Michigan. And the Buckeyes hope to follow the lead of seniors Alex Redfield and Dan Charen, who could be hitting the links for the last time as collegiate players. But Redfield said he isn’t worried about that. “All I’m worried about is our team finishing in the top five,” he said. “That’s my only concern.” The team will need a top-five finish to advance to the next round of competition. Redfield said he is confident the team has the skills to advance to the national competition and he is excited to make one more run as a collegiate player. “I think we’re going to play well and advance,” he said. “And even if it is my last tournament, I’ve had a great career and I get to go out there and compete with my team and my friends, and I couldn’t ask for anything better.” The Buckeyes advanced out of the regional tournament in San Diego last year, reaching the match play round before falling to top-ranked and host Oklahoma State. OSU is set to compete against 12 other teams in the tournament May 17-19. Purdue is the only other Big Ten school competing in the Buckeyes’ region. read more

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Ohio State womens soccer splits weekend matchups

OSU sophomore forward Lindsay Agnew (20) throws the ball into play Oct. 24 in a match against Iowa at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Regina Bonfiglio / Lantern photographerWhile trying to keep its hopes of making the Big Ten Tournament alive, the Ohio State women’s soccer team fell to Iowa, but bounced back against Nebraska.The Buckeyes (6-9-3, 3-6-3) and Cornhuskers (7-9-2, 3-7-2) played to a scoreless first half on Sunday before OSU broke through with three goals in the second.Before the barrage of goals, OSU entered halftime with a 4-1 lead in shots and 2-1 lead in shots on goal. Coach Lori Walker said the team contained the Cornhuskers’ offense through teamwork.“Everything for us recently has just been about taking care of ourselves and not giving away opportunities for other teams to capitalize on,” Walker said. “You do that by playing together and playing as a united group.”Things picked up in the second half when Nebraska senior forward Mayme Conroy scored the first goal of the game off an assist from junior defender Jaylyn Odermann to give Nebraska a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute.The Buckeyes responded in the 76th minute when a cross from sophomore forward Nichelle Prince allowed freshman forward Sammy Edwards to tie the game.OSU went ahead in the 87th minute after freshman midfielder Nikki Walts nailed a 22-yard shot. The Buckeyes cemented the victory after Prince finished a breakaway into an empty net in the 90th minute to give OSU the 3-1 win.The Buckeyes outshot Nebraska, 25-7, in the game.Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said the Cornhuskers’ style of play was a challenge but OSU was able to match it.“They were very physical and very aggressive,” Gruber said. “I think we handled that aggression very well and played physical right back.”Walker praised the team’s ability to respond after giving up a goal in the second half. “If anyone has had the best training in adversity this season, it’s been our squad,” Walker said. “We got down and were able to pick ourselves back up.” The win was the first for the Buckeyes since defeating Northwestern on Sept. 28. OSU had gone 0-3-3 since that game. Prince said getting the win felt like the culmination of the stretch.  “We’ve been on a very long journey,” Prince said. “We’ve been working really hard and it’s been hard to get results, but we’ve pushed through and haven’t given up yet.”It was a different story when the Buckeyes played Iowa on Friday. The Hawkeyes took the early lead after senior forward Cloe Lacasse put a header in the back of the OSU net in the fifth minute. The rest of the first half remained quiet as the Hawkeyes took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Iowa scored again, as a free kick from senior defender Melanie Pickert doubled the lead in the 80th minute. OSU got on the board in the 86th minute after Prince converted off an assist from sophomore forward Taylor Schissler. The Buckeyes weren’t able to tie it up, giving Iowa the 2-1 win.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play their final game of the regular season against Rutgers on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Rep Wentworths school safety plan one step away from becoming Michigan law

first_img20Dec Rep. Wentworth’s school safety plan one step away from becoming Michigan law Categories: News,Wentworth News The Michigan House today gave final legislative approval to a comprehensive plan improving safety in schools, including a measure from Rep. Jason Wentworth establishing a statewide commission to review and help upgrade building security.The bipartisan plan also enhances law enforcement training, establishes reporting procedures for incidents in schools, and makes the OK2SAY school safety program permanent – among several other security improvements.“One day at a time, one building at a time – as a team we must continually work to make our schools safer in every Michigan community,” said Wentworth, of Clare. “This plan provides a framework to do just that. We owe this to our kids. We owe this to our teachers. We owe this to everyone who works or attends events at our schools.”Wentworth’s legislation creates a commission evolving from a gubernatorial task force charged with making school safety recommendations. Working with a new Office of School Safety, the commission will help develop a system to audit and improve safety procedures in Michigan schools. The Office of School Safety – which will be part of the Michigan State Police – will distribute grants to help schools make security improvements.Wentworth worked with local schools, law enforcement, and legislators from both major political parties to craft his plan.Other pieces of the overall plan include:Establishing a liaison within each school district to report to and work with the state – a necessary step to make sure improved safety practices reach every corner of Michigan and that local perspectives are included in the process. Emergency operations plans will be adopted for each school building.Mandating consistent, standardized training related to school violence incidents as part of the requirements to be a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan.Requiring schools to submit incident reports to Michigan State Police. The reports will provide state school safety officials with examples of how incidents were handled to develop best practices for other Michigan schools to follow.Requiring schools to consult with local law enforcement officials prior to major renovations or new construction projects, with the goal of including building safety features.Removing the sunset date for the OK2SAY program, which allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. OK2SAY has handled more than 16,000 tips since its debut in 2014. The program is expanding and adding resources.The legislation, part of a package that includes both House and Senate bills, is advancing to the governor for consideration.###The school safety package includes House Bills 5828-29 and 5850-52, along with Senate Bills 882, 982-83 and 990-91.last_img read more

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The HbbTV Association and the French HD Forum will

first_imgThe HbbTV Association and the French HD Forum will run a symposium for the HbbTV community in Paris next week. The event, HbbTV in Action, will feature experts from across the world discussing the latest HbbTV accomplishments on a broad range of topics, according to the group.The symposium will take place at the Espace Landowski, in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris from October 8-9. Panel sessions will include a hybrid TV countries review and sessions on smart TVs, opoerator boxes, the HbbTV roadmap, HbbTV in the pay TV world and ways of increasing consumer awareness.“HbbTV has grown from a European initiative to a worldwide standard. We are pleased with the quality and calibre of the organizations coming from all over Europe as well as from Africa and Australia. It is a reflection of the growing international momentum and interest in HbbTV,” said Klaus Illgner, HbbTV chairman, and Regis Saint Girons, president of the French HD Forum.“One of the key objectives of the HbbTV Association is to bring the latest in hybrid TV services to broadcasters and operators across the world. This is an exciting opportunity for those following and deploying HbbTV to learn more about HbbTV services, case studies and our technology roadmap.”last_img read more

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Cisco will use ANGA COM to highlight IP network tr

first_imgCisco will use ANGA COM to highlight IP network transformation, Gigabit services, cloud-powered video, service agility and security.Cisco will use the show to highlight the cBR-8, described by the company as the industry’s first DOCSIS 3.1/CCAP platform, already deployed with 90 operators on three continents.The platform delivers throughput of 10 Gigabits per second downstream, and 1Gbps upstream.Cisco will also showcase its remote PHY work to take fibre deeper, with different configurations of shelves and nodes to suit different architectural/topological implementations already in the field. The company has also developed a range of analogue nodes and amplifiers designed for DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades specifically designed for the European market.Cisco will also highlight its work on cable-specific Software-Defined Networking (SDN) virtualisation and orchestration, including SDN capabilities on the cBR8, to enable service velocity and to simplify operations.Cisco will also show its Pro-active Network Maintenance (PNM) solution that the company says allows operators to reduce operating expenditure by proactively detecting any network issues within an accuracy of 10 metres..The company will also demonstrate its Video Quality Monitoring (VQM) solution that continuously monitors the user experience from signal acquisition to playout, to any end device over any network. Cisco has teamed up with Skyline, Mariner and Nimble to build the VQM solution.To address immersive 4K video and HDR (High Dynamic Range) encoding, orchestration of cloud-based services, and open media distribution for CDNs, the company will showcase its V2P (Virtualized Video Processing) line, which blends Cisco and third party applications across cloud environments.Cisco will also showcase connected home technologies including its HomeGuard whole-home cyber-security protection.Cisco’s JT Taylor, senior manager, video marketing, will take part in a panel session at the Congress on June 7 about recommendations and the RDK (Reference Design Kit), while Yves Padrines, VP, global service provider EMEAR, will speak at 10:00 on the June 7 on personalised television. John Downey will speak on a panel about DOCSIS 3.1 on June 8 at 11:30; and Adam Davies, product marketing manager for Cisco’s Infinite Video line, will be speaking on a panel about multi-screen technologies on June 9 at 2:45.Cisco will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand H21 in Hall 10.2.last_img read more

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Facebook Teaches its Bots New Tricks

first_img 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 Facebookcenter_img 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 Brantlast_img read more

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BuiltIn Chrome Ad Blocker Coming Early 2018

first_img 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. –sharescenter_img 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 Brantlast_img read more

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California Studies Viability of a Public Bank for Marijuana Businesses

first_imgCannabis 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 Nowlast_img read more

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Ryan Reynolds May Star in a Movie Called Stoned Alone

first_img –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 Staffcenter_img 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.last_img read more

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Appeals Court Rules That Yelps Ad Sales Tactics Arent Extortion Just Hard

first_img 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 –sharescenter_img 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 Entislast_img read more

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Survey Americans dont understand impact of excess weight on heart and overall

first_imgAccording 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:center_img 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.last_img read more

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Cancer prevention drug also reduces virulence of H pylori bacterium

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 29 2019A medicine currently being tested as a chemoprevention agent for multiple types of cancer has more than one trick in its bag when it comes to preventing stomach cancer, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.The investigators found that in addition to its known ability to block the production of cell growth compounds, the drug DFMO (difluoromethylornithine) acts directly on the bacterium Helicobacter pylori to reduce its virulence. H. pylori infection is the primary cause of gastric cancer.The findings, reported in the March 12 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, support further studies of DFMO for the prevention of stomach cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.H. pylori infects the stomachs of half of the human population, but only about 1 percent of infected individuals develop stomach cancer. Although it’s possible to treat the infection to prevent stomach cancer, it’s not clear whom to treat. Plus, the bug may be conferring beneficial effects — esophageal reflux diseases, asthma and other allergic disorders occur more frequently in people who are not infected with H. pylori.”H. pylori has co-evolved with humans for at least 60,000 years, probably longer, and attempting to prevent stomach cancer by eliminating the infection with widespread use of antibiotics is not necessarily a good idea,” said Keith Wilson, MD, Thomas F. Frist Sr. Professor of Medicine and professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology.”Our study suggests that it might be possible to reduce the virulence of the bacteria, without having to eliminate it. It’s a speculative and unusual way to think about an infection, but it could be an interesting strategy.”Wilson, who also directs the Vanderbilt Center for Mucosal Inflammation and Cancer, and his team previously linked the production of cell growth compounds called polyamines to the development of stomach cancer in an H. pylori-infected animal model. They demonstrated that treatment of the animals with DFMO, which inhibits an enzyme that is key to the production of polyamines, prevents stomach cancer.Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedSpecial blood test may predict relapse risk for breast cancer patientsStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskTheir findings are the basis for an ongoing clinical trial of DFMO for stomach cancer prevention in Honduras and Puerto Rico.Patients with pre-malignant lesions in the stomach, as determined by endoscopy, are enrolled in the trial of DFMO and will be studied for disease progression.To further explore how DFMO works, J. Carolina Sierra, PhD, research instructor in Medicine, collected H. pyloribacteria from infected animals that had been treated (or not) with DFMO. Using an in vitro test, she assessed the activity of one of the main H. pylori virulence factors, a protein called CagA. CagA is “injected” into stomach epithelial cells, where it contributes to oncogenic signaling pathways.”What we noticed is that bacterial strains coming from DFMO-treated animals have reduced ability to move this virulence factor into epithelial cells,” Sierra said.The researchers discovered that DFMO treatment — in animals or in vitro — caused mutations in the H. pylori gene that encodes CagY, part of the translocation machinery that injects CagA into cells.They demonstrated that animals infected with H. pylori strains containing mutations in the CagY gene did not develop stomach cancer.This finding, Wilson said, supports using DFMO or other tools to reduce H. pylori virulence for cancer prevention.”This drug (DFMO), which inhibits a very specific enzymatic pathway, also has what some might call ‘off target’ effects: it causes mutations in an H. pylori gene that affects the translocation of CagA,” Wilson said. “The vast majority of gastric cancer is associated with strains that are CagA-positive. If this drug interferes with CagA activity, that’s an added bonus.”The investigators will analyze H. pylori strains isolated from the DFMO trial participants in Honduras and Puerto Rico to determine if there is a similar reduction of bacterial virulence in people.Source: http://news.vumc.org/2019/03/28/cancer-prevention-drug-disables-h-pylori/last_img read more

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FAU researcher receives the Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award for Medical Research

first_imgZundler now hopes to decode and understand this communication network in order to be able to use it for therapeutic purposes.Source:University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Previous research has already shown that TRM cells have a key role to play in triggering flare-ups by regulating the migration and differentiation of other immune cells. We then succeeded in showing that TRM cells communicate and control other immune cells using various messenger substances.”Dr. Sebastian Zundler,FAU Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 13 2019The Jung Foundation for Science and Research has awarded the young gastroenterologist Dr. Sebastian Zundler from the Chair of Internal Medicine I at FAU the Ernst Jung Career Advancement Award for Medical Research 2019. He has been awarded the prize for his research project on the importance of intestinal tissue-resident memory T cells in the development and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. The Foundation has provided prize money of 210,000 euros to support Zundler’s project over the next three years, focussing on investigating these types of cells with the aim of discovering therapeutic approaches for the future.Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyCommunication between cells and inflammationMore than 400,000 people in Germany are affected by the chronic inflammatory bowel diseases Morbus Crohn or ulcerative colitis. Patients often suffer from flare-ups, during which the immune system in the intestines is falsely activated and intestinal tissue damaged. In spite of advances in treating the diseases with medication, the chronic inflammation still cannot be kept sufficiently in check for a number of patients. In addition, little is known about what actually causes flare-ups.Sebastian Zundler and his team of researchers presume that intestinal TRM cells have a role to play in the development of bowel diseases such as these, as well as possibly also in other chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.last_img read more

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Why Havent All Primates Evolved into Humans

first_img Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoComparisons.orgCalifornia Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read ThisComparisons.orgNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndo “The reason other primates aren’t evolving into humans is that they’re doing just fine,” Briana Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., told Live Science. All primates alive today, including mountain gorillas in Uganda, howler monkeys in the Americas, and lemurs in Madagascar, have proven that they can thrive in their natural habitats. “Evolution isn’t a progression,” said Lynne Isbell, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis. “It’s about how well organisms fit into their current environments.” In the eyes of scientists who study evolution, humans aren’t “more evolved” than other primates, and we certainly haven’t won the so-called evolutionary game. While extreme adaptability lets humans manipulate very different environments to meet our needs, that ability isn’t enough to put humans at the top of the evolutionary ladder. Take, for instance, ants. “Ants are as or more successful than we are,” Isbell told Live Science. “There are so many more ants in the world than humans, and they’re well-adapted to where they’re living.” While ants haven’t developed writing (though they did invent agriculture long before we existed), they’re enormously successful insects. They just aren’t obviously excellent at all of the things humans tend to care about, which happens to be the things humans excel at. “We have this idea of the fittest being the strongest or the fastest, but all you really have to do to win the evolutionary game is survive and reproduce,” Pobiner said. Our ancestors’ divergence from ancestral chimps is a good example. While we don’t have a complete fossil record for humans or chimps, scientists have combined fossil evidence with genetic and behavioral clues gleaned from living primates to learn about the now-extinct species whose descendants would become humans and chimps. “We don’t have its remains, and I’m not sure if we’d be able to place it with certainty in the human lineage it if we did,” Isbell said. Scientists think this creature looked more like a chimpanzee than a human, and it probably spent most of its time in the canopy of forests dense enough that it could travel from tree to tree without touching the ground, Isbell said. Scientists think ancestral humans began distinguishing themselves from ancestral chimps when they started spending more time on the ground. Perhaps our ancestors were looking for food as they explored new habitats, Isbell said. “Our earliest ancestors that diverged from our common ancestor with chimpanzees would have been adept at both climbing in trees and walking on the ground,” Isbell said. It was more recently — maybe 3 million years ago — that these ancestors’ legs began to grow longer and their big toes turned forward, allowing them to become mostly full-time walkers. Lucy belongs to one of the best known early human species, Australopithecus afarensis, which lived about 3.85 million to 2.95 million years ago. Credit: Copyright Field Museum; photographer John Weinstein “Some difference in habitat selection probably would’ve been the the first notable behavioral change,” Isbell said. “To get bipedalism going, our ancestors would have gone into habitats that didn’t have closed canopies. They would have had to travel more on the ground in places where trees were more spread out.” The rest is human evolutionary history. As for the chimps, just because they stayed in the trees doesn’t mean they stopped evolving. A genetic analysis published in 2010 suggests that their ancestors split from ancestral bonobos 930,000 years ago, and that the ancestors of three living subspecies diverged 460,000 years ago. Central and eastern chimps became distinct only 93,000 years ago. “They’re clearly doing a good job at being chimps,” Pobiner said. “They’re still around, and as long as we don’t destroy their habitat, they probably will be” for many years to come. Why Humans Outlive Apescenter_img Could Evolution Ever Bring Back the Dinosaurs? Why Do Some Animals Eat Their Own Poop? While we were migrating around the globe, inventing agriculture and visiting the moon, chimpanzees — our closest living relatives — stayed in the trees, where they ate fruit and hunted monkeys. Modern chimps have been around for longer than modern humans have (less than 1 million years compared to 300,000 for Homo sapiens, according to the most recent estimates), but we’ve been on separate evolutionary paths for 6 million or 7 million years. If we think of chimps as our cousins, our last common ancestor is like a great, great grandmother with only two living descendants. But why did one of her evolutionary offspring go on to accomplish so much more than the other? [Chimps vs. Humans: How Are We Different?]  AdvertisementWhy Do My Eyes Close When I Sneeze?Is it a foregone conclusion that we can’t help closing our eyes during a sneeze?Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放How Much Pee is in Swimming Pools?01:23关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/32503-why-havent-all-primates-evolved-into-humans.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:0901:09 last_img read more

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