When is it acceptable to make money off sweetgrass

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN NewsEarlier this week APTN News reported that an Alberta elder was furious a department store in Calgary was selling sweetgrass.She said traditional medicines aren’t meant to be profitable.But when is it acceptable to make money from sweetgrass?Amy Willier and her mother, Yvonne Jobin, run Moonstone Creations in Calgary.It’s a gift shop selling Indigenous art and clothing, along with sage, sweetgrass and smudge kits.Willier argues times have changed.“I can see people being upset with the lack of protocol and having an expectation when you’re picking medicines and using medicines, that it’s done in a traditional way,” she said.“But from a store perspective I also can understand that, yea, you kind of need to make money.”Willier said her sweetgrass is picked by an elder from Saskatchewan who is paid with tobacco and money.“Traditionally we gave gifts – It’s an exchange,” she said. “The exchange right now is money because it costs gas to go and pick. It all costs money because that’s the world that we live in.“The question here in the middle of winter, in January, the question is – are you going to smudge, or not smudge? If you want to smudge you’re going to find a source.”tpimentel@aptn.calast_img read more

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Kia to recall vehicles to fix problem that can cause fires

first_imgDETROIT — Kia says it will ignore the partial U.S. government shutdown and recall more than 68,000 vehicles to fix a fuel pipe problem that can cause engine fires. The problem stemmed from previous recall repairs due to engine failures.The Korean automaker and its larger affiliate Hyundai have been dogged by fire and engine failure complaints from across the nation. They’re both under investigation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency, which oversees recalls, is mostly closed because of the shutdown.Kia also says it will do a “product improvement campaign” to install sensors in 1.7 million vehicles that will alert drivers of possible engine failures and send the cars into a slow-speed “limp” mode if problems are detected.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Western Sahara ProPolisario US Senator Heads Delegation to Tindouf

Rabat – A 17-member US delegation led by Senator James Inhofe visited the Tindouf camps on Sunday.Providing no details, pro-Polisario news agency RPS reported that the congressional visit was part of the international community’s ongoing agenda to find a lasting and mutually acceptable settlement in Western Sahara.The American delegation was received on Sunday by Brahim Ghali, the secretary general of the Polisario Front. The 17-member delegation consisted of six elected officials from the US Congress, including Senator Inhofe, chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senator Enzi Michael Bradley, the finance committee chairman.The delegation, which was earlier spotted on Sunday, February 24, in Algiers, met with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia before meeting with the Polisario leadership later on the same day.A devout Polisario supporterAccording to some reports, both visits were prepared and coordinated by Keene Consulting Services and Foley Hoag, two U.S lobbying firms hired by Algeria to influence Washington establishment in favor of Polisairo’s self-determination claims.Foley Hoag has been lobbying for Algiers for two decades, while Keene Consulting Services, which is helmed by Republican mogul David Keene, recently signed a $30,000-per-month lobbying deal with the Algerian government.Keene has since been the leading force behind the aggressive Algerian public relations breakthroughs in Washington policy circles, according to diplomatic sources.Senator Inhofe is among the few conservative US figures to express reservations on Morocco’s Western Sahara claims.Like Keene, Senator Inhofe is a well-known supporter of the “Sahrawi cause.” He has been a vocal pro-Polisario voice in the US Congress. He has constantly pushed for “Sahrawi independence” and called on Morocco to organize a referendum to “end the suffering of the Sahrawi people.”A regular visitorThe congressional visit comes as the Polisario Front prepares to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the establishment of SADR. The date coincides with the start of hostilities between Morocco and the Polisario Front (supported by Algeria) in the 1970s.But the visit is not the senator’s first trip to the region.Known in some pro-Polisario circles as “a great friend of Western Sahara,” Senator Inhofe has paid a number of visits to Western Sahara and to the Tindouf camps over the border in Algeria.In August 2017, invoking such a visit, the senator single-handedly engaged in a congressional fight to delay a key American diplomatic move in US-African affairs.Inhofe cited divergences within congress on the Western Sahara question as the motive of his move, saying that Washington ought to adopt a much tougher—and Morocco-hostile—stance on the conflict.His position is more clearly outlined in a June 2010 statement.“The people of the Western Sahara have languished in desert camps for more than 30 years as the conflict has gone unresolved,” he said. “I have visited the camps and have seen with my own eyes that their story is one of determination, persistence and hope that one day they will enjoy the basic rights all humans deserve—the right to life and to self-determination.”In his press statement following the Sunday meeting with Polisario’s leader, the senator made similar statements. He said that the visit testified to “President Trump’s commitment to the freedom of this people that he will undoubtedly recover.”Despite Inhofe’s assurance that President Trump wants to “recover” freedom in Western Sahara, recent news from Washington, D.C., does not buttress his rhetoric.For all the mixed messages that characterize the Trump administration’s foreign policy, including in Western Sahara, the most recent development hinted that Washington is moving back to its traditional line of supporting its Moroccan ally.Meanwhile, the visit comes shortly before the second Geneva meeting in March between conflicting parties under the auspices of UN envoy Host Kohler.While some deep-seated divergences remain, there is hope that the ongoing process will incrementally achieve a mutually agreed upon political settlement. read more

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Aurora Cannabis to buy remaining interest in Hempco Food and Fiber

Companies in this story: (TSXV:HEMP, TSX:ACB) EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis Inc. plans to acquire the remaining 48 per cent of Hempco Food and Fiber Inc. that it does not already own through an exchange of shares.Under a friendly agreement between the companies, Edmonton-based Aurora will pay the equivalent of $1.04 per Hempco share, payable in Aurora shares.Hempco shares closed at 91 cents on the TSX Venture Exchange on Monday, while Aurora shares closed at $11.37 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Aurora already owns approximately a 52 per cent stake in Hempco, which makes hemp-based foods and nutritional supplements for people and animals.Hempco provides Aurora with a low-cost, high-volume source of hemp for the extraction of CBD (cannabidiol), a substance with therapeutic properties that’s also found in cannabis.The proposed deal will require shareholder approval by two-thirds of the votes cast by shareholders as well as regulatory and court approvals and other customary conditions. The Canadian Press read more

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Canadian edibles topicals market worth 27B ramp up over 35 years Deloitte

Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press TORONTO — The Canadian market for next-generation cannabis products is worth an estimated $2.7 billion annually, with edibles contributing more than half, according to a new report from Deloitte.This spending once the final edible pot regulations roll out in the coming months is expected to be on top of the roughly $6-billion estimated domestic market for recreational and medical cannabis, the consultancy said Monday.Consumers are looking to snap up these new pot products in addition to the dried flower, oils, plants and seeds they have been buying from legal retailers since legalization last fall, a recent survey of 2,000 Canadians conducted by Deloitte suggests.The first wave of legalization last October was quite limited in terms of product range and the type of consumer, said Jennifer Lee, Deloitte Canada’s cannabis national leader.“When we legalize in October again for edibles, we are in a world where the formats and the assortment is much broader,” she said. “The use cases are much broader.”Canada is gearing up to legalize cannabis-infused foods, beverages, topicals and other next-generation products in the coming months, once Ottawa rolls out the final regulations.Pot companies, as well as food and beverage makers, have been preparing to roll out their own pot-infused products which they anticipate will appeal to a broader audience — particularly those who aren’t interested in smoking weed.The federal government wrapped up its consultation on the draft edible rules in February, and has said the regulations must be brought into force no later than Oct. 17, 2019. Deloitte estimates that roughly $1.6 billion will be spent on edibles in Canada, followed by cannabis-infused beverages at $529 million and topicals at $174 million. Spending on concentrates is expected to hit $140 million, followed by tinctures at $116 million and capsules at $114 million.Roughly half of likely edible users surveyed by Deloitte say they plan to consume gummy bears, cookies, brownies or chocolate at least every three months.The global market for alternative cannabis products is expected to nearly double over the next five years, the consultancy added.Lee doesn’t expect these new products to eat into revenues from existing categories in Canada, at least in the early days.“Over time, in the long term, you may,” she said. “But right now, there’s too much demand in the market and there’s not enough product.”Legal pot retailers, both government and privately owned, have been contending with a shortage of cannabis since legalization last October, but have said the situation has improved in recent months.For example, the Alberta government lifted its moratorium on new cannabis retail licences, citing an increase in the pot supply.Deloitte’s market estimates for cannabis 2.0 products reflect overall Canadian consumer demand, but realizing the market’s full potential too may take some time. Many of the new pot products may not be available, or available in sufficient quality, come October, Deloitte said.Companies should take a three- to five-year view on the market, said Lee.“The regulations will need time to settle, even after legalization in October,” she said. While this presents a growth opportunity for companies readying themselves for the next wave of the green rush, it may come at the expense of sales in more established industries.“Our research is showing that the occasions that consumers use the product, i.e. mostly edibles, overlap a lot with alcohol … On a limited wallet, there are going to be tradeoffs,” Lee said. As well, consumers view topical cannabis products such as lotions used for ailments such as pain as a potential replacement for other medicinal products, Deloitte’s survey showed.“This could be cause for concern for the traditional pharmaceutical sector, as 45 per cent of current consumers and 48 per cent of likely consumers say they see cannabis topicals as an alternative to prescription medications, not a complement,” Deloitte said in the report.Deloitte surveyed 2,000 adult Canadians online between Feb. 26 and March 11. According to the polling industry’s generally accepted standards, online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. read more

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Annan endorses panels recommendations for a more secure world strengthened UN

“I wholly endorse its core arguments for a broader, more comprehensive system of collective security: one that tackles both new and old threats, and addresses the security concerns of all States – rich and poor, weak and strong,” Mr. Annan says in a foreword to the report to the UN General Assembly for review.”The report offers the United Nations a unique opportunity to refashion and renew our institutions,” he adds, promising to quickly consider and implement specific recommendations that fall within his purview.The 95-page report, “A more secure world: our shared responsibility,” was formally presented this morning in New York to the Secretary-General by the Chairman of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun of Thailand.Mr. Annan had appointed the 16-member panel of prominent politicians, diplomats and development experts in November 2003 to assess the current threats facing the international community, evaluate the UN’s ability to address those challenges, and recommend policy and institutional changes to deal with them.The report contains 101 recommendations for dealing with the six areas identified by the Panel as being the greatest threats to worldwide security in the twenty-first century: continued poverty and environmental degradation, terrorism, civil war, conflict between states, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and organized crime.Mr. Panyarachun said it was important to focus on the interconnectedness of those threats in today’s world. “A threat to one is a threat to all,” he said at a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.Joining him was Panel member Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). She stressed that collective security must be built around effective, responsible states since they are at the front line of defence against all of the challenges the Panel describes.”Because the threats cross boundaries states must work together; that is obvious. But first of all we have to have working states, functioning states. And that illustrates our main point: that development has to be the first line of response for collective security,” she said.In his foreword to the Assembly, the Secretary-General echoes that view, saying that eradication of poverty and disease is an essential part of the effort to achieve a safer world. “If we are to succeed in better protecting the security of our citizens, it is essential that due attention and necessary resources are devoted to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he writes.The Goals, adopted at a UN summit in 2000, aim to halve extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal education and promote gender equality. They also seek to reduce infant and maternal mortality, fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and develop a global partnership for development – all by 2015.In March the Secretary-General will submit a comprehensive report that includes a review of the progress made on achieving the MDGs, taking into account some of the Panel’s findings. That paper will also help set the agenda for a planned summit of world leaders to review the 2000 Millennium Declaration ahead of the General Assembly session in September 2005, which coincides with the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations.The Panel’s other recommendations include adopting a definition of terrorism, something the General Assembly’s legal committee has not been able to do after years of discussion; rebuilding the global public health system; revitalizing the nuclear non-proliferation regime; and reforming each of the principal organs of the United Nations. Video of press briefing [49mins] read more

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UN climate conference finalizes rule book on reducing greenhouse gasses

“The Kyoto Protocol is now fully operational. This is an historic step,” said Canadian Environment Minister Stéphane Dion, President of the 11-day Conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Montreal, which includes the first ever meeting of the 157 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.The UNFCCC is the189-party convention that includes the signatories of the Kyoto agreement, the binding pact that that came into force in February 2005 and requires 35 industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012.Under the ‘rule book’ decisions adopted, parties to the Kyoto Protocol established a Joint Implementation Supervisory Board, to oversee the Kyoto mechanism that allows developed countries to invest in central and eastern European transition economies and others and thereby earn carbon allowances which they can use to meet their emission reduction commitments.In addition, the clean development mechanism, which allows industrialized countries to invest in sustainable development projects in developing countries and thereby earn carbon allowances, is fully established.Concerning these decisions, Richard Kinley, acting Head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat said: “Carbon now has a market value. Under the clean development mechanism, investing in projects that provide sustainable development and reduce emissions makes sound business sense.”Other decisions define a wide range of operational considerations for running the Protocol including: how the emissions of countries are accounted for, precise guidelines on the data systems that have to be set up, and the rules governing the measurement of absorption of carbon dioxide by agricultural soils. read more

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Ohio State mens tennis remains unbeaten defeats Penn State and North Carolina

Redshirt-junior Kevin Metka returns the ball during a match against North Carolina Feb. 28 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team (17-0, 2-0) finally solved the riddle that is Penn State athletics, defeating the No. 34 Nittany Lions (10-1, 0-1) Sunday afternoon after topping No. 12 North Carolina (11-2) Friday night.For the third time in four matches, the Buckeyes lost the doubles point Sunday against the Nittany Lions. Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach rolled to an 8-1 victory over Penn State freshman Christian Lutschaunig and sophomore David Kohan, but the Nittany Lions were not deterred.Senior Russell Bader and sophomore Leonard Stakhovsky upset the Buckeyes’ No. 3 ranked duo of senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka, 8-6. Fellow Nittany Lions, senior Chris Young and junior Michael Reilly then followed it up with a 8-7 (7-5) win against redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and freshman Herkko Pollanen to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 advantage to begin the match.Coach Ty Tucker said he was not pleased with his team’s effort at the start.“We were as flat as we’ve been in 15 years,” Tucker said. “We looked like a deer in the headlights. Performance wasn’t very good from the coaching to the playing. Everything was below average.”The Buckeyes woke up in singles play, however, winning five of six first sets. Kobelt and Pollanen came out on fire, both winning in quick, straight sets. Kobelt was off first beating Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-2, and then Pollanen took care of Bader 6-1, 6-1.Metka got the Buckeyes within striking distance, defeating sophomore Matt Barry 6-4, 6-3. Callahan, playing right next to Metka, realized the match was his for the taking and took full advantage with a 6-3, 6-4 win in front of a large crowd that included athletic director Gene Smith.“I’ve been in that situation once before. I like it,” Callahan said of knowing he was playing for the match. “I don’t think it adds any pressure, just because we were up 3-1. There was no pressure for me today.”Not only did the win keep the top-ranked Buckeyes undefeated, but it also puts them one home victory away from tying the NCAA record for most consecutive home wins by a program (Stanford women’s tennis- 184).Friday night against the Tar Heels, the Buckeyes won the doubles point after dropping their previous two. Tucker said he thought about changing up his lineup, but keeping it the same worked out that night.“We were 50-50 whether we were going to switch Metka and Kobelt,” Tucker said. “We thought about it … We definitely have to do a better job in doubles, that’s for certain.”Diaz and Steinbach finished their match first after cruising to an 8-3 upset over Tar Heels junior Esben Hess-Olesen and sophomore Brett Clark. It was the duo’s first victory over a ranked opponent.Callahan and Pollanen had their serves broken consecutively and eventually fell to freshmen Ronnie Schneider and Brayden Schnur, 8-6. Kobelt and Metka stayed on serve all match with senior Nelson Vick and junior Oystein Steiro. In the tie break, Kobelt and Metka jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and ended with an 8-7 (7-3) victory.Steinbach and Callahan got the Buckeyes off to a strong start in singles play with both winning in straight sets.Diaz lost his match against Clark, 6-3, 6-1, while Kobelt and Pollanen both dropped their first sets to give the Tar Heels a glimmer of hope.Metka seemed to have control of his first set against Hess-Olesen as he was up 5-2, but then lost three straight games and ended up playing in a tiebreak. Momentum seemed lost as he was down 4-2 in the tiebreak, but he regained his composure to come back and take the first set. In the second set, he broke Hess-Olesen’s serve once and held his serve the rest of the way to clinch the match with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win.“We were neck-and-neck the whole tiebreaker,” Metka said. “He was up on me. I don’t know what happened, I got lucky and pulled it away. I won three in a row and went crazy.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play at No. 5 Oklahoma March 7. First serve is set for 6 p.m. read more

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Thats not a very nice term to use Michael Cheika hits back

first_img Jun 14th 2018, 2:40 PM Share9 Tweet Email Ex-Ulster boss Gibbes to join French side La Rochelle in NovemberSchmidt backs ‘good scrummaging hooker’ Scannell, with Cronin missing out Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 2:40 PM ‘That’s not a very nice term to use’ – Michael Cheika hits back at Neil Francis The ex-Ireland international labelled David Pocock ‘a cancer on the game’. Short URL 54,985 Views 83 Comments By Murray Kinsella Murray Kinsella reports from MelbourneWALLABIES BOSS MICHAEL Cheika has hit back at ex-Ireland international Neil Francis after he labelled David Pocock ‘a cancer on the game.’Writing for the Irish Independent in the wake of Ireland’s defeat to the Wallabies last weekend, Francis was critical of the flanker for his work at the breakdown.There is history between Cheika and Francis, with the latter having previously labelled Leinster as ‘ladyboys’ during Cheika’s time in charge of the province. Cheika was not impressed with Francis’ comments. Source: AAP/PA ImagesAnd Francis’ latest column has angered the Wallabies head coach.“I think David Pocock is a cancer on the game,” wrote Francis. “Yes, I do have grudging admiration for all his abilities and it is great when you have a player like that in your side… he had six legal turnovers and three illegal turnovers, and he and his buddy Michael Hooper managed to slow the ball down more than enough to stop any rhythm that Ireland looked like they were beginning to achieve. You have to make special preparations to counter Pocock.”Cheika was asked about Francis’ comments by an Australian journalist at his press conference in Melbourne today and the Wallabies coach expressed strong displeasure at the term used to describe Pocock.“That guy needs to choose his words a little better I think, to be honest,” said Cheika of Francis. “It’s not a very nice thing to say.“I’m not worried about what he thinks about Poey’s footy, I just think that’s not a very nice term to use. There’s people who are really sick out there, I’m not into that.“He used to say a lot of stuff about us when I coached Leinster as well, some unflattering words he would use for his own publicity. That’s fine.”Preventing Pocock from getting a similar grip on the breakdown in the second Test at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Saturday will be a key focus for Ireland.While Cheika is sure that Joe Schmidt’s team will be on the lookout for Pocock, hoping to limit his influence however possible, he feels the Brumbies back row is more than capable of dealing with the close attention. Pocock was superb last weekend. Source: AAP/PA Images“He’ll wear it, he’s a tough guy,” said Cheika.“He’s working real hard, he’s got a great work ethic, he’s tough, he can take a battering and he can keep getting up. I don’t see why it’s a big deal, he’s doing what he does, that’s his contribution to the footy team.“He’s got a lot of other skills apart from just the ruck. That’s good, everyone should just keep watching him at the ruck and they’ll forget about the other good stuff he does on the field.“He carried some good balls last week, distributed the ball well a couple of times, his support play. He’s had a good entry back into the team but he’s got improvements still to go for sure.”Cheika has named a completely unchanged matchday 23 for Saturday’s second meeting with Ireland, the first time he has done so in his 46-Test tenure as Wallabies coach.“I didn’t realise that until I was just told,” said Cheika. “It was the first game of the season last weekend, so we were a bit rushed, we crammed a lot into last week.“So I’d just like to give those guys another opportunity to get out there with the understanding of being together for another three or four days and try to do better because we need to raise the bar on ourselves, on our own standards, this week to give ourselves a chance of winning the game.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://the42.ie/4070042 Follow us: the42.ielast_img read more

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Is CRISPR Gene Editing Doing More Harm Than Good

CRISPR-Modified Babies Cursed With Short LifespanAntidote to Deadly Box Jellyfish Venom Discovered CRISPR/Cas9 is poised to become the gene-editing tool of the future.But, according to a new study, you may want to think twice before rewriting your DNA.Scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute found that the system can cause greater damage in cells than previously thought.During an investigation using mouse and human cells, the team discovered that CRISPR/Cas9 frequently caused extensive mutations like DNA deletions and insertions.What’s worse: Some of these changes were too far from the target site to spot, allowing them to covertly fester and grow without proper supervision.“This is the first systematic assessment of unexpected events resulting from CRISPR/Cas9 editing in therapeutically relevant cells,” corresponding author Allan Bradley, a professor at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said in a statement. “And we found that changes in the DNA have been seriously underestimated before now.”The genetic superweapon, heralded for its advancements in curing disease, has previously been accused of also causing it.Two studies published last month warn that cells altered by CRISPR/Cas9 can trigger cancer.According to research by Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and the Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research, cells whose genomes have been CRISPR’d are more likely to grow into tumors.But, as with most panic-inducing medical developments, these potentially cancerous effects should be taken with a grain of salt. The findings simply highlight a need for more analysis of this promising tool; they shouldn’t spell its doom.“It is important that anyone thinking of using this technology for gene therapy proceeds with caution,” Bradley said. “And looks very carefully to check for possible harmful effects.”CRISPR/Cas9 is already used in scientific research, to alter sections of DNA by cutting and editing specific points. Still the new kid on the block, it has shown promise in creating potential treatments for the likes of HIV, cancer, ALS, and autism.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target read more

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Zidane There are more and more Madridistas every day

Zidane There are more and more Madridistas every day

first_imgReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has claimed that everyday the club are getting more supportersPreviously the Spanish giants had been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism for their dramatic late win over Juventus in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo having slotted in a controversial penalty with Gianluigi Buffon having been sent off, while protesting the decision to the English referee Michael Oliver.Zidane later accused the critics of being jealous of Real and has now revealed, ahead of their encounter against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, that the number of Madridistas is growing.“The issue of antimadridism has always existed, but the problem is the other way around,” said Zidane, according to Calcio Mercato.“There are more and more Madridistas every day. “It is the best club, with the most fans, and the movement just keeps getting bigger. “We don’t speak about it inside the dressing room.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…The Frenchman remained uninterested in discussing Real’s reported transfer target Kepa Arrizabalaga’s new deal at Athletic Bilbao.“At the time we didn’t have to sign a goalkeeper,” he continued.“We had three and we still have three, and in the future, we’ll talk when the season ends.”When asked out any potential decisions that may be taken in their semi-final against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Zidane responded: We will do our job and the referee will do his.”last_img read more

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Amazon layoffs Hundreds of job cuts in Seattle global offices might follow

first_imgSecurity guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, August 14, 2015. [Representational Image]Reuters fileJust when it looked like the job market would improve and layoffs would take a backseat, at least for a while, Amazon has reportedly started cutting hundreds of jobs.The majority of the layoffs are said to be Seattle-centric, but sources told the Seattle Times that some global teams may bear the brunt as well. It has also been revealed that the move would mostly affect Amazon’s consumer retail businesses.Amazon has confirmed the layoffs to the Seattle Times and several employees have reportedly already been notified of the job cuts. It has also been said that the process would be completed in the next few weeks. Speaking of the move, Amazon said in a statement:”As part of our annual planning process, we are making headcount adjustments across the company — small reductions in a couple of places and aggressive hiring in many others. For affected employees, we work to find roles in the areas where we are hiring.”The job cuts come at a time when the American electronic commerce and cloud computing company is known to be looking for a location to set up its second headquarter and the firm had earlier said that the new facility would create at least 50,000 jobs. Amazon recently went on a hiring spree and took in more than 40,000 workers. While it has announced the layoffs now, the firm still has several jobs listed on various online job portals. In the year 2017, Amazon created about 130,000 jobs worldwide and cloud-computing has played a key role in Amazon’s expansion. “Our 2017 projections for Alexa were very optimistic, and we far exceeded them,” Reuters quoted Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive, as saying “We don’t see positive surprises of this magnitude very often — expect us to double down.”Relatedlast_img read more

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Honor 6X and a Bunch of Other Phones Are Now Even More

Honor 6X and a Bunch of Other Phones Are Now Even More

first_imgSometimes, when purchasing a flagship phone becomes a bit too expensive for the user’s taste, they have to settle for the less expensive offerings and they come with more than just a few compromises. However, it does not have to be this way, because we have lined up several phones, including the Honor 6X and they feature terrific discounts, and you can grab them right away.Get up to $350 Discounts on Smartphone Purchases – Check Out the Deals Right HereThe deals given below also include the LG G6 and G6+, flagships that were announced earlier this year and feature a near bezel-less design and impressive hardware. If these do not interest you can always check out the Moto G Plus, which is the fifth iteration of the Moto G Plus series and presents a terrific discount to customers who are not looking to shell out a ton of money on mobile phones.There is something here for everybody and best of all, these devices are being offered at a discount. The Nokia 6, for example, features astounding build quality for a phone that belongs in the entry-level to mid-range smartphone category, while the Moto E Plus sports a battery capacity that will easily last you for an entire day. Share Tweet Submit If you plan on buying any one of the devices listed below, let us know in the comments what features made you get it in the first place, while also telling us what phones are you looking forward to in the coming months.Buy Huawei Honor 6X 32GB model: $149.99 (25 percent discount)Buy Nokia 6 32GB model: $149.99 ($80 discount)Buy Moto E Plus 32GB model: $199.99Buy LG G6 32GB model: $399Buy LG G6+ 128GB model: $449.99 ($350 discount)Buy Moto G Plus 64GB model: $199.99 ($100 discount)last_img read more

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Oh the Places Youll Go Dr Seuss museum opens its doors in

Oh the Places Youll Go Dr Seuss museum opens its doors in

first_imgOh the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss museum opens its doors in Massachusetts SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — From the squiggly, pink handrails outside the entrance to the front hall decorated with scenes from “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street” – a real street just blocks away – the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss museum says “You’re off to Great Places!”Walking into to the museum opening to the public Saturday in the author and illustrator’s hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts, is like walking into one of his beloved children’s books.The museum dedicated to Theodor Geisel – who under the pen name Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated dozens of rhyming children’s books including “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham” – features interactive exhibits, artwork never before displayed publicly and explains how his childhood experiences in the city about 145 kilometres west of Boston shaped his work.“He would absolutely be at ease here,” said Leagrey Dimond, one of Geisel’s stepdaughters (He didn’t have any biological children). “And to know that he’s going to be here permanently, safe, protected, that people who want to know more are going to make this trip here to see him, it’s perfect.”Examples of Geisel’s early advertising work and World War II-era propaganda and political illustrations that critics consider racist are conspicuously absent, but that’s because the museum is aimed primarily at children, said Kay Simpson, president of the Springfield Museums complex.The organization has in the past hosted exhibits of Geisel’s wartime work, she said.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Kids are definitely the focus of the first floor of the museum, created in conjunction with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the family company that protects Geisel’s legacy. It features games and climbable statues of Horton, the stack of turtles from “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories” and Thing 1 and Thing 2 from “The Cat in the Hat.”“This museum is about visitors encountering the creatures that sprang out from Ted Geisel’s imagination – Horton, the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, Sam I Am – that got kids excited about reading, which was really his preoccupation later on in his career,” Simpson said.Visitors are taken through Geisel’s boyhood bedroom, his grandparents’ bakery and brewery and different rooms painted in brilliant blues and radiant reds, and decorated in almost fanatical detail with scenes from the books.The museum’s second floor has a more intimate feeling with the actual furnishings and assorted knick-knacks from Geisel’s studio from the La Jolla, California, home where he lived until his death in 1991 at age 87. Even his collection of 117 bowties is on display.But by not referencing Geisel’s wartime work, which often stereotyped the Japanese, the museum is telling only half the story, said Katie Ishizuka, who has written on Geisel’s work.“They don’t acknowledge the full picture of him or they try to minimize that or sweep it under the rug,” said Ishizuka, director of The Conscious Kid Library, which lends what she says are more diverse and appropriate books for young readers.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksEven in his children’s books, characters of colour are subservient or secondary to the white characters, or depicted as stereotypes and caricatures, she said.Dimond never heard a prejudiced word out of Geisel, she said, and knows he had some regrets about the wartime work.“If there is criticism of Ted, it has its place,” she said. “I would never try to, and he would not want any of us to try to hide away anything he did. I know that he changed with the times.”Richard Minear, a professor emeritus of Japanese history at the University of Massachusetts, who wrote “Dr. Seuss Goes to War” about his political illustrations, says Geisel certainly had a blind spot on race, but it’s not fair to judge his entire career on that work.“He matured and he developed a whole lot from those early years,” Minear said, noting that “Horton Hears a Who!” was an allegory about post-war Japan and the nation’s relationship with the U.S.The museum is expected to draw about 100,000 visitors annually and along with a $1 billion casino scheduled to open in 2018, is part of the Springfield’s economic renaissance, Mayor Domenic Sarno said. Geisel belongs in his hometown, the mayor said.“Any other city in the country would be salivating to have a museum for a world-renowned author like Dr. Seuss,” he said. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Museums By: Mark PrattSource: The Associated Press Monday, June 5, 2017 last_img read more

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Black Sabbath Megadeth to rock Costa Rica in October

first_imgRock mega-legendsBlack Sabbath and Megadeth on Friday announced the addition of Costa Rica to their Latin America stadium tour this year. The two metal legends will perform at the National Stadium in western San José on Oct. 22.Local promoters RPMTV confirmed the concert and reported that tickets will go on sale on June 14 at the website LaBoleteria.co.cr.Ticket prices range from ₡18,000-₡70,000 ($36-$140), although only 1,000 seats are available for the VIP area, at $140 each. Prices do not include service charges.The Latin American tour will kick off in Santiago, Chile, followed by Buenos Aires, Argentina; Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bogotá, Colombia; and then San José.Black Sabbath will mostly promote its new album, “13,” released this month. The album is the 19th for the British band, and the first after founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler reunited three years ago. It is also Osbourne’s first record with the band since 1978.Drummer Bill Ward recorded some of the tracks, but was replaced by Brad Wilk, drummer from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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More than 500 injured as fire hits Taiwan water park party

first_img Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a Saturday night party at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 500 people, including eight in critical condition, authorities said Sunday.The fire was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder thrown from the stage in front of about 1,000 people, the fire agency and local media said. The powder for the one-time event called “Color Play Asia” ignited along the ground, mainly burning people’s lower bodies, said Wang Wei-sheng, a liaison with the New Taipei City fire department command center. Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported witnesses as saying the fire at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City spread quickly after powder was blown into the air.Taiwan Premier Mao Chih-kuo announced a ban Sunday on parties that use flammable colored powder.A total of 516 people were reported to have burn injuries as of about 11 a.m. Sunday, Wang said.The official injury toll had risen from slightly more than 200 at midnight, because about 300 people had made their own way to hospitals. Eight people had life-threatening injuries, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency.The victims included four mainland Chinese and two foreigners. An 18-year-old from Taiwan was burned on 90 percent of her body.Central News Agency said that police were questioning two park workers who had launched the powder as well as the party’s on-site organizer and two technicians. They may face charges of professional negligence causing serious injuries and endangering the public, it said.The exact cause of the fire is still being investigated.Video showed rescue workers and bystanders carrying burned and injured people on their backs, in inflatable boats and on stretchers to get medical treatment. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous oflast_img read more

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Are Large Investors Dominating the SFR Market

Are Large Investors Dominating the SFR Market

first_img Big investors are on the rise in the single-family rental market—and in some areas, they’re giving homebuyers a run for their money. According to a recent article by Ryan Dezember and Laura Kusisto of The Wall Street Journal, large investors have spent about $40 billion in the single-family rental arena so far—and though they currently own only about 2 percent of all U.S. rental homes, the impact of their entrance is felt throughout the housing industry.In the Spring Hill area of Nashville alone, Dezember and Kusisto report that almost 700 homes—and 5 percent of all rental properties—are owned by five major firms. But the trend isn’t limited to just Nasvhille—or even the state of Tennessee.“A new breed of homeowners has arrived in this middle-class suburb of Nashville and in many other communities around the country: big investment firms in the business of offering single-family homes for rent,” Dezember and Kusisto wrote. “Their appearance has shaken up sales and rental markets and, in some neighborhoods, sparked rent increases.”Typically, these big investors are looking for newer homes no smaller than three bedrooms and at lower price points. The goal is to have a convenient, easy-to-manage property.“They prefer easy-to-maintain newer homes in entry-level price ranges and in neighborhoods governed by homeowners associations, which can help look after their properties,” the article reported. “They often outfit their homes with the same appliances, fixtures, and flooring so that their maintenance crews have parts on hand when they make house calls.”So what’s causing this new interest in big-box SFR purchases? According to the article, it’s the low homeownership rates as of late, as well as changing demographics.“The buying spree amounts to a huge bet that the homeownership rate, which currently is hovering around a five-decade low, will stay low and that rents will continue to rise,” they wrote. “The investors also are wagering that many people no longer see owning a home as an essential part of the American dream.”Ever-rising rental costs are also helping—at least for now. Though the competitive rental market means investors can turn a bigger short-term profit, if rents keep rising, they could drive residents right back into homeownership’s arms.“When rents are significantly higher than the cost of ownership, renters tend to become house hunters,” they wrote. Are Large Investors Dominating the SFR Market? in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines Sharecenter_img HOUSING Investors SFR Market Single-Family Rental 2017-07-21 Aly J. Yale July 21, 2017 725 Views last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Qantas has unveiled it

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterQantas has unveiled its first Boeing Dreamliner, which will open up new routes and elevate comfort for travellers.The 787-9 Dreamliner features next-generation seating in economy, premium economy and business class, with more space and a lower passenger count than most of its competitors.Other Dreamliner features include larger windows to create a greater sense of space, better air quality to help reduce jetlag and ride dampening technology to minimise the effects of turbulence. It is also quieter, more fuel efficient and generates fewer greenhouse emissions than other similarly-sized aircrafts.At a ceremony at the Boeing factory in Seattle, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the first Dreamliner signalled the start of a new era for the national carrier and for the travelling public.“Taking delivery of a new type of aircraft is always an important milestone for an airline and the 787 is a game-changer. From the distance it’s able to fly, to the attention to detail we’ve put into the cabin design, it will reshape what people come to expect from international travel.“The Dreamliner makes routes like Perth to London possible, which will be the first direct air link Australia has ever had with Europe. And it means other potential routes are now on the drawing board as well.“There are lots of elements that combine to make the Qantas Dreamliner special. The seats, the lighting, the entertainment, personal storage, right through to the special crockery, cutlery and glassware that weighs on average 11% less.“We’re working with sleep specialists, dieticians and other scientists at the University of Sydney to see how adjustments to our inflight service can improve wellbeing and help people adjust to new timezones.”The interiors of the aircraft and seating were shaped by Australian industrial designer David Caon, who has collaborated with Qantas on cabin upgrades and its lounges in Singapore and Hong Kong.A total of eight Dreamliners will be delivered to Qantas by the end of 2018, enabling the retirement of five of the airline’s 747s.Two Dreamliner routes have been announced so far – Melbourne to Los Angeles starting in December this year and Perth to London starting in March next year. Additional flights from Brisbane have also been flagged.The name Great Southern Land was chosen for the first aircraft out of 45,000 suggestions from the travelling public. Each Dreamliner will be named after something that is uniquely Australian, including animals, places and literature.As part of the aircraft unveiling in Seattle, Australian band, Icehouse, performed its anthemic 1982 song ‘Great Southern Land’, the inspiration for which came to singer and songwriter, Iva Davies, as his Qantas flight crossed the country’s red centre.The Dreamliner, registered as VH-ZNA, is painted in Qantas’ updated livery, first revealed in late 2016 in preparation for new aircraft entering the fleet and the airline’s centenary in 2020. This marks only the fifth time the Flying Kangaroo has been updated, with those updates traditionally coinciding with the introduction of a significant new aircraft type.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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NEW YORK — James Ingram the Grammywinning singer

first_img NEW YORK — James Ingram, the Grammy-winning singer who launched multiple hits on the R&B and pop charts and earned two Oscar nominations for his songwriting, has died. He was 66.Debbie Allen, an actress and Ingram’s frequent collaborator, announced his death on Twitter on Tuesday. Attempts by The Associated Press to confirm Ingram’s death with his family or representatives have been unsuccessful.Ingram was born February 16, 1952 in Akron, Ohio.He appeared on Quincy Jones’ 1981 album, “The Dude,” which earned him three Grammy nominations and one win for best R&B male vocal performance for “One Hundred Ways.” In a statement Tuesday, Jones called Ingram his “baby brother.”Ingram also reached the top of the pop charts twice with the songs “”I Don’t Have the Heart” and “Baby, Come to Me,” a duet with Patti Austin.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2019 11:17 am PDT James Ingram, Grammy-winning R&B singer, dead at 66center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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President heads to Brussels for European Council Summit

President heads to Brussels for European Council Summit

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades will leave for Brussels on Wednesday where he will participate in the European Council summit to be held on December 14 and 15.On the sidelines of the summit Anastasiades will meet Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.The summit will address issues related to EU defence with the launch of the Permanent Structural Cooperation (Pesco), social issues, education, culture and foreign policy developments.On the evening of December 14 the EU leaders are scheduled to discuss immigration during a working dinner.The 27 EU members will have a working breakfast with the subject of the Eurozone on the following day.Issues related to Brexit and progress in EU negotiations with the UK are also on the agenda.President Anastasiades will be accompanied by Deputy Government Spokesman Viktoras Papadopoulos.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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