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first_imgNEW DELHI: AAP Chief Spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj on Friday claimed that 2 MLAs Devender Shehrawat and Anil Bajpai submitted in sworn affidavits before Vidhan Sabha Speaker Niwas Goel that they had not left the AAP. AAP claimed that in the run-up to the recent Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had poached two of its MLAs–Anil Bajpai and Col Devinder Sehrawat.The party also petitioned the speaker, seeking disqualification of the two legislators under the anti-defection law. Now, according to the AAP, the two MLAs have stated in their sworn affidavits before the speaker that they have not defected to the BJP. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”On May 3 and 6, the senior leadership of the BJP including Shyam Jaju, Vijay Goel and Vijendra Gupta held two press conferences and informed us that two Aam Aadmi Party MLAs–Anil Bajpai and Col Devinder Sehrawat–have left the AAP and joined the BJP,” said Bharadwaj. He said that, however, when Speaker Ram Niwas Goel sought a reply from the two MLAs on a disqualification petition moved by him, they said on oath that they had not joined the BJP and continued to be members of the AAP. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderBharadwaj played videos of the press conferences he referred to, saying all of Delhi was witness to the two MLAs joining the BJP. He said the BJP even issued a press release to inform about their joining. “Yet, yesterday on sworn affidavits, Anil Bajpai and Devinder Sehrawat said, ‘I am in Aam Aadmi Party and I have not joined the BJP’,” he said. Bharadwaj further claimed that the lawyers who had for long represented the BJP in several matters had argued in their favour before the speaker on Thursday. According to him, they had also claimed that the media reports that the two MLAs had joined the BJP were false. The AAP’s charge is that the two MLAs have denied joining the BJP in order to evade action as per the anti-defection law. Meanwhile, on the request of the lawyers representing the two MLAs, the speaker has summoned the reporters and editors of five newspapers, which had reported the purported defection of the two legislators into the BJP, on July 20. Mpostlast_img read more

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RCMP are looking for a missing New Brunswick man they believe may be trying to get to Hamilton. 59-year-old Lawrence Caissie was last seen at the Campbellton Regional Hospital on Jan. 4. He was reported missing the next day. Police believe he could be trying to get to Hamilton, where most of his family is located. According to Cassie’s family he has some health issues, including schizophrenia, and they are concerned for his well-being. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 2, 2016 11:14 am MDT Last Updated Jun 2, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – In a sign of the times, Chubb has brought its cyberbullying insurance to Canada.The coverage for homeowners provides up to $60,000 to pay for a victim’s expenses related to harassment and intimidation committed by computer, phone or mobile devices.It suggests costs could include legal defence against wrongful termination or false arrest.Costs could also include medical treatment for mental anguish or shock, security consultants and professional public relations services.Chubb’s coverage for victims of cyberbullying was introduced in the U.K. in December and has been offered in the United States since March.The cyberbullying protection is now included as part of the company’s family protection package, a $110 add on available to those who have the company’s main homeowner’s insurance policy. Cyberbullying insurance to cover victims’ legal, medical and advisory costs read more

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Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate addressed questions about the FBI’s ongoing fraud and bribery investigation in college basketball during Ohio State’s media day Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State is not implicated in the investigation. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorOhio State men’s basketball players said Wednesday they were aware of the ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball corruption, but made clear they hadn’t experienced anything similar to the allegations. Sophomore center Micah Potter said he had not experienced any illegal recruiting and added that former head coach Thad Matta had done things the right way while on the recruiting trail.“It’s definitely unfortunate. I’m glad they found out about it ’cause obviously it’s wrong,” Potter said. “I saw it on social media and then it’s all over ESPN. It’s unfortunate, but I’m glad it got caught.”The college basketball world was rocked Tuesday with the FBI’s announcement of a wide-ranging fraud and bribery scandal involving 10 people, including Power 5 schools, financial advisors and a top Adidas executive. The FBI has subpoenaed employees of Nike’s AAU circuit, EYBL, and documents, according to sports attorney Darren Heitner.Assistant coaches from Auburn, Arizona, Oklahoma State and USC have been charged with fraud, corruption and bribery, among other charges from the ongoing investigation. Ohio State has not been mentioned in the investigation.According to FBI documents, assistant coaches accepted cash bribes to funnel players financial advisors and agents in one scheme, and James Gatto, director of global marketing for Adidas basketball, gave six-figure payments to three individuals to steer those recruits to programs affiliated with the company.Louisville placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on unpaid administrative leave Wednesday after the FBI released evidence that an assistant coach allegedly planned to pay $100,000 to the father of an All-American recruit.Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate would not comment on the investigations because he said he did not have enough details to properly speak on the situation.“There’s always going to be rumors, but for me, personally, I never experienced or seen it with my own eyes, so there’s not really much I can say about it,” Tate said. “But obviously, if the FBI are investigating, things have happened.”The investigation is ongoing and more schools than the aforementioned four could be in hot water as the FBI continues its investigation. Sophomore Andre Wesson also said he experienced no foul play in the recruiting process. He emphasized that he had no concern with the investigations because it did not affect the team.“It’s crazy … I’m not really worried about that,” Wesson said. “I’m just worried about here and Ohio State and what we can do.” read more

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first_imgWeir Minerals Africa has been trialling a Warman SLR medium duty slurry pump at Consol Industrial Minerals (CIM) in Cape Town for over a year, obtaining consistently positive results. After 2,000 hours of operation the pump was opened for its first inspection, revealing that there had been no visible damage on the impeller or sealing arrangement. Weir Minerals Africa predicts that the patented SLR pump will last as much as four times longer than competitors pumps before needing replacing.CIM, an established customer of Weir Minerals Africa, has been in operation for more than 40 years, mining silica sand primarily to supply the Consol Glass factory in Bellville. CIM also produces special application silica sands for many other external markets. The operation is located on a 1 km2 site in the heart of Philippi which contains a natural silica deposit, and mining currently takes place to a depth of 20 metres below ground in a dredging operation. The silica sand is screened and washed, then sized using a hydro-sizing process. Once dried, the sand is packaged for bulk delivery. The CIM process plant produces about 200,000 t/y of silica.Rui Gome, Product Manager for Slurry Pumps at Weir Minerals said “When this customer started experiencing gland sealing arrangement problems with an existing pump, we offered them a trial replacement with one of our new technology SLR pumps to improve both the sealing arrangement and the overall performance. The maintenance and short wear life of the existing pump parts were also an ongoing problem. The existing unit was leaking while in operation which, in turn, caused the shaft sleeves to fail, resulting in regular packing change-outs.“The Warman 75 SLR pump has proved to be the solution to these problems. This pump is fitted with an expeller that seals the gland without any leakage while in operation and does not require any external flushing water.  The SLR pump’s very effective Hi-Seal shaft seal is a major improvement on what has been available up until now and, from the outset, we saw an immediate improvement at the CIM plant. Regular monitoring has proved that the pump is sealing correctly and continues to do so.”Gomes also attributes the performance of this pump to its hydraulic design, which uses a single-piece rubber volute instead of two liner halves for alignment purposes. This volute is moulded in Weir Minerals’ proprietary state-of-the-art abrasion and corrosion resistant R55 rubber.“Another feature that improves wear life is that both the adjustable throat bush and back liner are fully adjustable, keeping the impeller clearance at an optimal distance,” he adds. “This is a feature on all our new pumps and it is really paying dividends. Over time, the gap between the side liner and the impeller opens up as a result of wear and by simply adjusting this clearance regularly, plant operators can maintain pump efficiencies at optimal levels throughout the life of the pump. The liners and impeller are fully replaceable and the latest high performance centrifugal shaft seal design is provided as standard.”“One of the most attractive features of this particular pump is the sealing arrangement on the bearing assemblies which prevents the ingress of foreign materials that compromise bearing life,” Gomes comments.  “This is a feature that has been added in response to market requirements, making it possible for plant operators to hose down the pump without any risk of water causing the bearings to fail prematurely.”last_img read more

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first_imgNatural Resources companies are welcoming new technology which will increase productivity and reduce ongoing costs by saving time. A new disruptive software solution by iHandover promises to save 220 hours per FIFO swing employee per year by addressing the often overlooked, yet critical handover between incoming and outgoing employees. This can be avoided by producing a handover that from the beginning clearly states what needs to be provided, so that nothing is missed or duplicated. The method gives managers high visibility and control and enables them to provide appropriate support to their team, so that tasks are prioritised and carried out more effectively. Moreover, delays and bottlenecks can be removed by enabling streamlined collaboration with team members and managers, allowing all the relevant and critical information to reside in one place, rather than in multiple formats not designed for handover management. All of this is provided by iHandover’s new software, Relay™, which has recently been launched in Australia. Edinburgh headquartered iHandover is re-defining how organisations manage and maximise value from their work-based FIFO handovers. With simple and engaging products we ensure that key knowledge is retained and transferred. iHandover clients protect their organisational knowledge, reduce corporate risk and improve business performance.center_img In many companies FIFO handovers are done manually, often using handwritten notes, Word documents or email. This is time-consuming, unproductive and labour intensive. On top of that, it often creates significant re-working and investigating what was not handed over, which adds around 10% to the total working time. This creates not only inefficiencies, but also opens up the company to the risk of unplanned stoppages or worse from poor information.last_img read more

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first_imgGoogle lance un jeu de devinettesLe moteur de recherche a lancé un quiz quotidien ludique nommé A Google a Day. Chaque jour, il pose une nouvelle devinette aux internautes.Google se met aux jeux, ou plutôt aux devinettes… Le moteur de recherche a lancé un quiz quotidien où il faut utiliser les différentes fonctionnalités de Google afin de répondre à la question posée, explique un billet posté sur son blog officiel. À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)Les internautes disposent alors d’un jour pour trouver la réponse qui n’est révélée que le lendemain. “La difficulté des questions sera revue à la hausse au fil de la semaine, et le jeudi et le vendredi, même le chercheur le plus chevronné pourra être en difficulté » a promis la firme sur son blog.  Malheureusement, ce jeu n’est pour l’heure disponible qu’en anglais. Les questions sont ainsi diffusées sur le site Agoogleaday.com, ainsi que dans la page jeux du quotidien américain New York Times. Un moyen original trouvé par le géant américain pour faire la promotion de son moteur de recherche.Le 13 avril 2011 à 12:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgCeraAIR Two: des enceintes haut de gamme pour iPhone et iPadCeratec vient de dévoiler ses nouvelles enceintes performantes pour les appareils iOS. Visuellement abouties, elles sont en plus compatibles avec le système Airplay.Les haut-parleurs bénéficient d’un design plutôt classe. Avec le AirPlay sans fil, le CeraAIR permet de jouer votre musique via vos appareils iOS ou via l’ordinateur et iTunes. Idem pour la radio par internet, les contenus YouTube ou d’autres fichiers audios par câbles RJ45. Pouvant être disposés sur votre bureau, les enceintes peuvent également être accrochées au mur, à l’horizontale ou à la verticale. Très polyvalent, le CeraAIR peut se brancher sur la TV ou le lecteur CD, proposant jusqu’à 200 watts. Idéal pour n’importe quelle pièce moyenne.Disponible en noir, argent, doré, blanc brillant et bien plus encore, le CeraAIR Two avoisine les 599 euros tout de même. Pour plus d’informations, rendez-vous sur le site de Ceratec.Le 16 mars 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgRangers manager might not have personally identified McGregor prior to his emergence as manager but he is happy to have endorsed the deal as McGregor has saved the club severally over the past five months.The Rangers shot-stopper was brilliant on Thursday in the Club’s Europa League tie against Villarreal on a night when his defence was shaky. McGregor twice denied Villareal’s Karl Toko Ekambi in one-to-one situations to secure a vital point for Rangers.Gerrard was quoted on Daily Mail: ”I can’t believe we got Allan for free. I think it was a stroke of genius from Mark Allen,”‘You need to take age and everything into consideration now but if you could knock a decade off Allan, he would be worth a hell of a lot of money.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“He could comfortably be part of most teams. To achieve in the biggest games in any league, you need a top goalie. That is the foundation you build on.””When I decided to take over, that’s an area I was keen to add to. Speaking to our recruitment team, when I knew McGregor was available and keen to come back – desperate to come back – it was a no-brainer for me.”On their upcoming fixtures, Gerrard continued:“When we came back from the international break, we saw this period right up to the Celtic game as a really tough period. But it is full of exciting games, games the players should enjoy and look forward to playing in.”‘The next two fixtures are big for us, six important points, but we need to focus on Hearts first. It would be nice to sit top after the weekend but we have to earn the right. You get nothing this early for it.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe combination of pensions freedoms, reforms to the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme (USS) and The Teachers’ Pension, relatively low pay awards in recent years and the fact more academic staff now work on a sessional or contract basis means there is a huge education piece to be had around finance and financial management within higher education.The University of Lincoln employs 1,500 core staff and around the same number again on temporary, visiting or sessional contracts. Ian Hodson, reward and benefits manager at the University of Lincoln, says: “We have really tried to embed financial wellbeing as being a strand of wellbeing generally, alongside physical and mental [wellbeing].”In conjunction with provider Wealth at Work, the university runs four different types of tailored workshop twice a year, aimed at employees early in their career, mid-career, those closer to retirement and one for more senior staff.“We encourage [employees] to take their own actions; it is more than just keeping track of [their] pension, it is ‘do you want to join our additional voluntary contributions (AVC) scheme, go into the USS or bring together a range of different pensions perhaps?’” says Hodson. “It is about looking at whether what [they] already have, or are doing, is going to be enough to meet [their] financial aspirations.”The programme has proved so popular that, from this academic year, it has been extended to the university’s student population, with three programmes, each tailored to each student year.“We recognised we actually employ a lot of our students too so things such as pensions auto-enrolment can become a factor,” says Hodson. “Often students will decide to opt out but we don’t want that to become the default, knee-jerk reaction when they come out into the jobs market. It is about getting them to think about the bigger picture, beyond just the salary.”last_img read more

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first_imgIn June, Governor Sean Parnell signed Senate Bill 218 into law, paving the way for a $245 million dollar renovation and upgrade to the power plant at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  But the project is funded in part by revenue bonds that have to be paid back to the state.According to a memorandum sent last week by University of Alaska System President Pat Gamble, the Board of Regents plans to implement a student fee to cover costs associated with the project.Download Audio:When the legislature approved funding for this year’s state budget, the money allocated for a new heat and power plant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks came with this language:“It is the intent of the legislature that the University of Alaska implement a utility surcharge or increase tuition in an amount not to exceed annual revenue of $2,000,000.”  With the project currently under construction, the University is now on the hook to pay the state back.That’s why UA President Pat Gamble’s endorsed a proposal to implement a new system-wide student fee. Kate Ripley is the UA system spokeswoman. “There is never enough money that we really need to keep pace with what we need to do so this is seen as a way to have an additional revenue stream,” says Ripley.Beginning Spring semester, 2015, graduate and undergraduate students and those enrolled in distance education courses will pay two dollars per credit.  The fee will increase by two more dollars for the following two semesters. That means by January 2016, full-time students could see an increase of $90 dollars in fees added to their total bill. “We never like instituting new fees,” says Kate Ripley.  “It’s something that we have to look at very seriously and that we do reluctantly obviously because there is a financial impact to students.”According to the Financial Aid Office at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, students already pay an average of $640 per year in fees for things like student government, athletics, technology, and transportation among others. An annual survey by the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center shows University of Alaska students pay the second lowest tuition and fees in the nation behind Wyoming.Kate Ripley says the money collected through the new facilities fee will stay at the campus where it is collected. “One of the things we heard from students is they didn’t think a tuition increase was fair,” she explains, “because in that kind of scenario, a student at the university of Alaska southeast in Ketchikan for example, would be paying higher tuition for a heat and power plant in Fairbanks.”In Fairbanks, the money will go to help pay for the new heat and power plant. At other campuses, the money will be used for upgrades to classrooms, laboratories and residence halls. According to the President’s memo, the fees could bring in more than 3.6 million dollars in revenue over the course of three semesters. There is no sunset date and it’s unclear if the fee will continue to increase beyond fall 2016.last_img read more

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first_imgFour people, including three members of a family, were killed by a lightning strike at Mathabhanga in Charbhadrasan upazila of Faridpur on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased are Sheikh Arjan, 45, his wife Anwara Begum, 35, and their daughter Bithi Akter, 15, of Kuparam village in Sadarpur upazila, and Billal Molla, 40, son of Jamir Molla of Mathabhanga village in Charbhadrasan upazila.Locals said a thunderbolt struck the four people while they were harvesting nuts from a field around 4 pm, leaving the three family members dead on the spot and Billal injured.Billa was taken to a local hospital where doctors declared him dead, said Ram Prashad Bhakta, officer-in-charge of Charbhadrasan police station.last_img

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first_imgIn this file photo taken on 30 June, 2018 Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in KabulAfghan president Ashraf Ghani declared a provisional three-month ceasefire with the Taliban in a televised broadcast Sunday, a move welcomed by Washington but yet to receive a reply from the militants themselves.The announcement followed a bloody week of fighting across Afghanistan which saw the Taliban launch a massive assault against the provincial capital Ghazni.Anticipation had been mounting ahead of Ghani’s speech following mixed signals from the presidential palace over whether the government would offer a fresh truce-following a brief, unprecedented ceasefire earlier in June.That three day pause in the fighting saw thousands of insurgents pour into cities across Afghanistan to celebrate.“I once again announce a ceasefire from tomorrow until the prophet’s birthday provided that the Taliban reciprocate,” said Ghani, referring to the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday which Afghanistan celebrates on 21 November.Ghani said his administration removed “all obstacles” to peace with the announcement following consultations with religious scholars, political parties and civil society groups. But he said the truce would hold only if the insurgents reciprocated.“We call on the leadership of the Taliban to welcome the wishes of Afghans for a long lasting and real peace, and we urge them to get ready for peace talks based on Islamic values and principles,” he said, in an announcement as Afghans celebrated their independence day.Time for peaceUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed Ghani’s announcement and called on the Taliban to participate.“We remain ready to support, facilitate, and participate in direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” he said in a statement. “There are no obstacles to talks. It is time for peace.”NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg tweeted: “I encourage the Taliban to demonstrate their concern for Afghans by respecting it.”Ghani’s announcement was also swiftly welcomed in neighbouring Pakistan, which has long been accused of fostering links with the Taliban’s leadership and providing sanctuary to its fighters.However the offer drew mixed responses among Afghans, with some slamming the idea of welcoming Taliban fighters back into their cities to eat ice cream and pose for selfies like they had during the three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday in June.“We should not be begging for peace with the Taliban. I promise, if I see any Taliban eating ice cream in Kabul, I will hit him with a stone,” wrote Facebook user Rahman Ahmadi.Others seemed more optimistic if the deal ensured an end to fighting.“Now it is up to the Taliban to make this best ever opportunity for peace & security in Afghanistan,” tweeted analyst M Shafiq Hamdam.Desperation?The June ceasefire-the first such truce in the country since the 2001 US invasion-spurred hopes that a new path was opening for possible peace talks in the country to the end the nearly 17-year-old war.But violence has surged in the weeks since as talk of a new ceasefire continued.The days-long fight for Ghazni, which concluded on Wednesday killed hundreds and saw Taliban fighters ransack the provincial capital, torching buildings and destroying infrastructure.That battle coincided with blistering attacks on government installations across the country. Analysts have suggested the Taliban were seeking to demonstrate strength ahead of any possible talks.Ghani did not mention any cease in fighting with the Islamic State group, which has expanded since it first emerged in the region in 2014 and was not included in the June ceasfire, or any of the other militant groups plaguing Afghanistan.Kabul-based analyst Haroon Mir said the move might be perceived as an act of desperation by the government following mounting battlefield pressure from insurgents.“I doubt the Taliban would reciprocate given their past stance and recent gains on the ground,” said Mir.Afghan security forces, beset by killings, desertions and low morale, have taken staggering losses since US-led NATO combat forces pulled out at the end of 2014.But it is ordinary Afghans who have borne the brunt of the violence in the grinding conflict, especially in Kabul, which the United Nations has said is the deadliest place for civilians in the country.The Taliban did not immediately respond to the offer but in a message from its leader published over the weekend to mark the upcoming Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha the group continued to push for direct talks with the US.Washington has repeatedly refused, saying negotiations must be Afghan-led.Last month, however, Taliban representatives met US officials for talks in Qatar, though little is known about the details of the meeting.last_img read more

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first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Texas Supreme Court has heard arguments in Pidgeon v. Turner, a case involving same-sex spousal benefits for Houston city employees. Conservatives hope the case will provide an opening to challenge Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same sex-marriage nationwide.The City of Houston began granting same-sex spousal benefits under then-Mayor Annise Parker, before the high court issued its landmark ruling. At issue in the Texas case is how broadly Obergefell applies.Former Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell argued on behalf of plaintiffs Jack Pidgeon and Larry Hicks. “We’re asking for a pronouncement from this court that Obergefell does not retroactively change the marital status of same-sex couples before June 26, 2015,” Mitchell said. “Couples that were unmarried under state law before Obergefell are not retroactively deemed married by the Obergefell decision. Otherwise, there would be ruinous financial burdens imposed not only on the City of Houston but every municipality in this state.”Attorney Douglas Alexander argued for the city government. “If you extend spousal benefits to opposite-sex couples,” Alexander said, “then under Obergefell, you also have to extend it to same sex, not because there’s a fundamental right to employment benefits or spousal benefits, but because there’s a fundamental right that both of those marriages be treated equally.”The all-Republican Texas Supreme Court initially refused to hear the suit. But the court reversed itself last month, amid pressure from Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Attorney General Ken Paxton, as well as religious and conservative activists. 00:00 /01:17 X Listenlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Quest to Make California’s Weed the Champagne of CannabisIf you’ve used cannabis in the United States, chances are it was grown in Northern California, the weed capital of America. But now that Big Cannabis is moving into the market, small farmers are terrified they’ll be pushed out. So they’re on a quest to make their product the champagne of weed. Last updated March 18, 2019.Enjoyed this deep dive? Check out more WIRED Guides. Speaking of CBD. You may have heard it can treat every conceivable ailment that affects the human body. It’s in skin creams now, and it’s touted as a cure for depression. But there’s almost zero research to back any of that up because, you guessed it, prohibition. Sure, a smattering of studies have shown that CBD might work to fight anxiety and inflammation, but the science is far from settled here. It’s hard to tell, for instance, how much CBD you might need to get an effect, and whether inhaling or taking it orally is best, or whether isolating it from other cannabinoids hobbles its effects. Draconian regulation has handcuffed science in its pursuit of answers to these big questions and in its attempt to learn how we can deploy cannabis for a wide range of medicinal uses. . The regulation borders on the comedic: the government-provided stuff is so crappy that researchers have been driving to cannabis users’ homes in a van to study the effects of the good weed they are actually buying.More research is also shining light on the potential harms of cannabis. Like any drug, it has its downsides. Of foremost concern is cannabis use disorder, or CUD, a dependence on the drug. Studies have shown that perhaps 9 percent of users will develop CUD, and research suggests the prevalence of the disorder is on the rise, which may be due to higher potencies or simply more people seeking treatment as the stigma around cannabis crumbles. Figuring out who’s most at risk, and how we might mitigate that risk, and how we can best treat the afflicted, demands more research.Now, a common distinction you’ll hear cannabis enthusiasts tossing around when talking about cannabis strains is indica (relaxing) versus sativa (uplifting). Getting even more granular, specific strains, like Purple Kush or Lamb’s Bread, are each supposed to produce unique effects. Not just different intensities of highs, but different complexities of highs—energizing or sedating, more of a mind high or a body high. Forget Growing Weed—Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC InsteadAs science continues to unravel the mysteries of cannabis, researchers in the lab have developed a workaround to the problem of procuring plant material: make yeast spit out cannabinoids instead. By splicing the plant’s genes into yeast, the researchers have turned the microbes into tiny CBD and THC factories. Humanity just can’t make up its mind about cannabis. For thousands of years, humans have used the stuff as medicine or to travel on spiritual quests. That, though, didn’t quite suit the British, who banned cannabis in colonial India. Then in the 20th century, the United States government declared war on marijuana, and most of the world followed suit.But today, state after state is calling out the federal government on its absurd claim that weed should be a schedule I drug—an extreme danger with no medical benefits—and should fall in the same category as heroin. Even on the federal level, congressional reps like Elizabeth Warren are fighting to end the criminalization of cannabis use. The fact is, scientists have proven cannabis can treat a range of ills and that it’s actually much safer than alcohol. The twisty-turny journey of cannabis has landed us back at a central truth: It’s actually a powerful medicine that can help treat what ails the human body.Yet as governments come around to the fact that the war on cannabis—which has had a massively disproportionate effect on black Americans—is both insane and unwinnable, the drug remains largely mysterious. The root of the problem: Unlike a relatively simple drug like alcohol, cannabis is made up of hundreds of compounds in addition to THC, all interacting in ways scientists are just beginning to understand.But therein lies the beauty of it. Things are getting real nerdy with cannabis science. So let us guide you through the haze.The History of CannabisThe cannabis plant probably originated in Central Asia, and may have been one of the first plants cultivated by humans. In addition to its psychoactive charms, cannabis gave early growers nutritious seeds to eat and useful fibers for rope. (Today, the industry makes rope out of hemp, a variety of the plant with little to no THC, and therefore no psychoactivity. Hemp fibers are even making their way into construction materials.) And our ancestors were aware of some of the medicinal benefits of cannabis: The ancient Chinese deity Shennong, or “God Farmer,” recommended that cultivators grow “hemp elixir” to treat the sick. Cannabis has a particularly rich history in India, where it has been used for thousands of years as a spiritual aid.Even as great societies of metal and stone formed, cannabis remained an indispensable crop. Ancient Rome, for instance, wouldn’t have been the sea power it was without super-strong hemp sails and ropes. The British and Spanish, too, powered their world-spanning empires with hemp riggings. George Washington grew the bejesus out of cannabis.All the while, it wasn’t like humanity had forgotten that cannabis was also good for getting high. Mexico in particular emerged as a major cultivator of psychoactive strains in the early 1900s, and that cannabis wafted over the border into the United States. Then, in 1937, the US passed the Marijuana Tax Act, which effectively criminalized the drug. And in 1970 the Controlled Substances Act branded cannabis a schedule I drug, essentially equating it with the devil himself. Except science says that dichotomy is mostly meaningless. In a 2018 study, researchers drove around to dispensaries and collected samples from 30 different cannabis strains, then compared their genetics. Almost every one of those strains had a genetic imposter—that is, its genotype didn’t match that of its supposed peers in the same strain. And the analysis found that the samples didn’t fit into the indica-sativa dichotomy, but instead into one of two novel genetic groups that don’t map to the indica-is-relaxing-and-sativa-is-uplifting distinction your local budtender insists is a thing.The fact of the matter is that the chemical makeup of cannabis is way too complicated to neatly split into indica and sativa. We’re talking hundreds of compounds, and that’s just what scientists know about so far. We have cannabinoids like CBD, which seems to dampen the intoxicating effects of THC, as well as terpenes, which give cannabis that characteristic smell and may also play a part in forming the high that grips your brain. What Should I Tell My Relative Who Wants to Try Cannabis?All this talk of weed might have you wondering: If my relatives ask me who much they should try for the first time, what do I tell them? It’s a tricky question with lots of perils that include having a very, very bad time if you overdo it. Here’s how to avoid the heartache. Why? It turns out that THC and CBD have a similar structure. When you ingest them, they bind to receptors in your endocannabinoid system called CB1. THC fits perfectly, activating the receptor. But CBD doesn’t activate it, and instead just sits in there, preventing THC from clicking into the receptor and producing a high.In addition to science’s ever-better understanding of how cannabinoids interact in the human body, a new breed of indoor grower is taking cannabis experimentation to a new level of nerdiness. The genetics of a plant only determine so much—environmental factors come into play as well. In crazy-high-tech facilities, cultivators are learning how to tweak variables like light and nutrients and water to get genetically identical plants to produce different chemotypes. This allows them to manipulate how many terpenes or cannabinoids a particular crop produces. It’s the same deal as with any plant, really: The tomatoes in your backyard won’t grow big and strong without the right levels of water, sun, and nutrients.At Portland State University, researchers are toying with the idea that the soil can lend unique characteristics to cannabis, like terroir for wine. They distributed genetically identical plants to farmers that shared a climate, yet grew on different soils. If the identical plants then provide flower with varying levels of cannabinoids and terpenes, that would suggest soil is playing a role, further complicating an already complicated plant. (Results from the study are forthcoming.)This kind of nuanced research is fueling a transformation of the legal cannabis market. With recreational legalization comes the dreaded Big Cannabis—well-funded corporations that want to get in on the action. So we’re seeing a potential fracturing of the market: Big Cannabis sets up big indoor grow operations that churn out cheap meh weed, while small growers try to position their product as artisanal. In Northern California, for instance, the Mendocino Appellations Project is making the case that due to the unique terroir and weather of the region, they produce premium cannabis unlike any other in the world. That distinction is at the moment largely anecdotal, but the work at Portland State University and elsewhere is beginning to gather data to put behind those claims.The good news is we only have more to learn about cannabis from here. Research is booming, as is the legal cannabis industry. And so one of the world’s most mysterious plants gives up its secrets.Learn More Scientists Journey Into the Dark Side of CannabisYes, cannabis is far and away safer than alcohol. But like any drug, it comes with its own risks. One in particular has been on the rise of late: cannabis use disorder, a dependence that forms in an estimated 9 percent of users. Finding effective treatments is yet another reason to encourage the research, no prohibition, of cannabis. Weedmaps’ Grip on the High-flying California Pot MarketYou may have heard of Weedmaps, a service that helps you find dispensaries and delivery services. Convenient, right? Yes, but also way more drama-filled than you’d think. As with the prohibition of alcohol, banning the consumption of cannabis just drove the drug underground. Which brings us to the legend of Northern California, mecca of cannabis production. Over the last few decades, cultivators have hidden themselves in the wildlands, producing perhaps 75 percent of the domestically grown cannabis consumed in the US. Growers here have selected plant generation after plant generation for high THC content, to the point where you can now regularly find flower with 25, even 30 percent THC, whereas a few decades ago the average was around 5 percent.While Northern California’s growers were proving themselves masters of cannabis cultivation, the plant remained—and to large degree still remains—mysterious. That’s because it’s extremely difficult for researchers to study a schedule I drug. Until 2016, for instance, the DEA claimed a monopoly on the official supply of research cannabis, licensing a single farm at the University of Mississippi that produced legendarily crappy weed that looks nothing like what’s out in the market. (Like, literally. It’s so bad it doesn’t even look or smell like weed as we consumers know it.)That regulatory wall, though, is crumbling, and science is rejoicing.The Future of CannabisThroughout history, humans have used cannabis as a medicine without the confirmation of methodical scientific studies. The Aka people of the Congo River basin, for example, use the drug to ward off intestinal worms. Anecdotally, cannabis is great for treating pain as well.As more states legalize, researchers are getting better access to cannabis to prove out such claims. Scientists have already determined that the drug can treat ills ranging from glaucoma to inflammation. But because science hasn’t had a very good understanding of how the different components in cannabis interact in the body, medicine has sort of stumbled through this.Take the case of Marinol, a synthetic form of THC used to treat nausea and lack of appetite. It does those things fine, mind you, but also produces nasty side effects like paranoia. Consider that another drug, Sativex, doesn’t tend to induce that kind of terror, probably because it’s THC paired with CBD, which seems to attenuate the psychoactivity. So deploying cannabis in medicine is about determining what compounds work to treat what, but also about what those compounds can do as a team. It’s called the entourage, or ensemble, effect: THC doesn’t work alone to produce a high, but instead interacts with other compounds in the plant. It’s probably why smoking pure cannabis flower feels different than using a vape pen. With the distilled oil in the pen, you may be getting pretty much just THC, and lots of it. Add CBD, though, and the high might be less intense. (Edibles can be particularly intoxicating both because they usually contain THC without any CBD, and because when the body processes THC through the digestive system instead of the lungs, it metabolizes the compound into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is five times as potent.) There’s Still So Much We Need to Learn About Weed—and FastThe stigma and regulatory nonsense around cannabis are crumbling, which means more universities are jumping in to research the plant. Big universities, too, like UC Berkeley, which has opened an entire center dedicated to the environmental and social effects of cannabis. The verdict so far? Things are a right mess.last_img read more

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first_img Share Tweet Submit The latest processor from Qualcomm offers faster speeds, greater efficiency and best for gaming as of 2019 standards. While Snapdragon 855 is integrated with smartphones that are out of reach for a lot of customers, there’s still a chance for you to get it in a pretty sweet package. That’s right, today we have a massive discount on Xiaomi Mi 9 as part of the mid-year sale. If you’re interested in getting your hands on the device, be sure to avail the offer as soon as you can.Discount on Xiaomi Mi 9 Makes Price Drop Down to its Lowest at Just $365.99The discount on Xiaomi Mi 9 is only valid for a limited time, so if you’re sure to get it, we would recommend that you order as soon as you can. If you fail to do so, the discount will revert back to its original pricing model. Let’s dive in to see some more details on what you get with the discount on Xiaomi Mi 9 as a complete package.Get The Xiaomi Mi 9 at Just $365.99Starting off with the design, the Mi 9 is a high-end smartphone and the latest addition from the company. It features an all-screen design with a minimal teardrop notch up top. The all-screen design provides an immersive viewing experience so your gaming and media consumption game stays strong. It also features a triple lens camera setup with 48+12+16 megapixel configuration and a 20-megapixel camera on the front. The discount on Xiaomi Mi 9 makes it a great package overall.As for specifications, the Mi 9 features Snapdragon 855 coupled with Adreno 640, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Hence, the specifications are all top-notch and the device performance is on par with smartphones that cost up to a $1000.Get The Xiaomi Mi 9 at Just $365.99If you’re up for it, the discount on Mi 9 is offered at a massive 29 percent, which makes the price come down to just $365.99. This is the lowest price we have covered for the Mi 9 and makes it a pretty appealing package overall. Simply head over to this link to get discount on Xiaomi Mi 9.This is all for now, folks. Also, do check out our massive discounts on smartwatches to with your purchase. What are your thoughts on the discount on Xiaomi Mi 9? Are you willing to get it for yourself since it is a great package? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama says smoking pot is no more dangerous than drinking but calls it a “bad idea,” amid a push for legalization in several states.In comments to The New Yorker magazine published Sunday, the U.S. leader also noted that poor minority youths are more likely to get prison time for using marijuana than their richer counterparts.“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” Obama said. “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”He added that he has told his two daughters Sasha and Malia that “it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”Obama, in a wide-ranging series of interviews with the prestigious publication, went on to say that “middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do.”“And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties,” he added.In that vein, Obama welcomed the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington.“It’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished,” he said.Couching his remarks somewhat, Obama called the move in the two states a challenging “experiment.”“Those who argue that legalizing marijuana is a panacea and it solves all these social problems I think are probably overstating the case,” he added.And Obama stopped short of calling for legalizing the drug at the federal level.Colorado and Washington are creating a recreational market in which local authorities will oversee growing, distribution and marketing – all of it legal – for people to get high just for the fun of it.While Colorado’s law went into effect Jan. 1, Washington’s recreational marijuana shops are expected to open later this year.Obama made a distinction between marijuana and more potent drugs.“I also think that, when it comes to harder drugs, the harm done to the user is profound and the social costs are profound,” he said.The article is published in the magazine’s Jan. 27 issue. Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama says he ended the ‘War on Drugs.’ Don’t believe him 92 percent of California patients say medical marijuana works Global drug policy isn’t working. These 100-plus organizations want that to change. Top medical experts say we should decriminalize all drugs and maybe go even furtherlast_img read more

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first_imgLast night, Outrigger Resorts kicked off its Australia and New Zealand roadshow in Brisbane, with a successful cocktail event at The Alchemy Restaurant, on the Brisbane River waterfront.The privately-owned hotel company hosted a variety of travel industry partners and Bitsy Kelley vice president of corporate communications lead the event.The night highlighted Outrigger Resorts global strategy of owning only beachfront properties at some of the world’s best beaches.As well as highlighting the brand strategy, the night celebrated the up and coming opening of Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort.Bitsy Kelley said that Outrigger Resorts are beachfront resorts and aims to be the best in the world.“We have a promise, at Outrigger Resorts you will receive a local culture, with world class hospitality, right on the beach front,” Ms Kelley said.“We’ve really had a lot of expansion in our 68 years of operation, yet the continued expansion and growth has come from a coercive effort that starts with our industry partners.”Outrigger Resorts vice president sales and marketing Mark Simmons, spoke about some potential future projects for Outrigger, with expansion in Thailand a possibility and also looking into Seychelles and Okinawa for further growth.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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first_imgDestination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase and China Eastern Airlines Deputy General Manager of Customer Committee Mr Liu HaoNSW strikes deal with China Eastern AirlinesNSW has struck its first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with one of China’s largest airlines to boost tourism to Sydney and regional NSW.Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said China Eastern Airlines is responsible for a lucrative market share of inbound flights to Sydney and the new deal is set to grow the market even further.“Our new deal with China Eastern Airlines is part of our aggressive strategy to make even bigger inroads into the China tourism market,” Mr Marshall said.“Chinese tourists have been voting with their passports, flying into NSW in record numbers and this Government is committed to ensuring this growth continues.“Over the past five years, tourism from China to NSW has more than doubled – from 391,000 to 793,000 visitors while the amount they’ve spent has grown by 153 per cent, making these travellers our most lucrative tourism market worth $3.4 billion.“The MoU will see investment in marketing campaigns, media familiarisations and new itineraries to drive visitation to Sydney and regional NSW from seven Chinese cities, including Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Xi’an, Wuhan and Kunming.“Boosting visitation from more Chinese cities not only provides direct access to our beautiful Harbour City but encourages dispersal into our incredible rural and regional destinations, turbocharging local economies by putting more tourist dollars in the pockets of local businesspeople.“We want to see tourism growth continue in every corner of NSW, and our formalised agreement with China Eastern Airlines will provide unprecedented opportunities to leverage the China market, helping to maintain our dominant position as Australia’s most visited destination for Chinese tourists.”China Eastern Airlines Deputy General Manager of Customer Committee Mr Liu Hao said the airline was excited to be formalising its relationship with the NSW Government.“As one of China’s top airlines serving nearly 100 million travellers each year, we look forward to continuing the momentum with the NSW Government to drive increased visitation to the State from China,” Mr Hao said.Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

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first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms with tackle Levi Brownon a new five-year contract Friday. Brown had been released by the club earlier this week, andthe Cardinals re-worked a more salary cap-friendly contractfor the tackle they drafted 5th overall in the 2007 NFLDraft. Brown’s old contract would have been a $17 millionhit against the cap if not revamped.Brown has started the last 72 games at tackle for Arizona.There is speculation that the Cardinals will tinker with theidea of moving Brown to right tackle for the 2012 season. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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