The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 25.Tennessee Titans3-4lost to LA Chargers 20-19(▼4)Love the decision to go for two; hated the play call. 12.Cincinnati Bengals4-3lost to Kansas City 45-10(▼2)Smashed by Kansas City. At least they have company in that group. 23.New York Jets3-4lost to Minnesota 37-17(▼4)The perils of starting a rookie QB: Darnold was terrible against the Vikings. 26.Indianapolis Colts2-5beat Buffalo 37-5(▲3)Andrew Luck has 15 TD passes over his last four games. 7.Los Angeles Chargers5-2beat Tennessee 20-19(–)Winning streak temporarily halted by Week 8 bye. 31.Oakland Raiders1-5Bye Week(▲1)Trading Cooper for a first-rounder is the best thing they’ve done this season. 4.Kansas City Chiefs6-1beat Cincinnati 45-10(–)Four more touchdowns for Patrick Mahomes. 5.Minnesota Vikings4-2-1beat NY Jets 37-17(▲1)Can anyone slow down Adam Thielen? 6.Baltimore Ravens4-3lost to New Orleans 24-23(▼1)Nobody in Baltimore feels worse than Justin Tucker. 13.Chicago Bears3-3lost to New England 38-31(▼2)If only Trubisky could’ve put a little more oomph on that throw… 29.Buffalo Bills2-5lost to Indianapolis 37-5(▼1)It turns out Derek Anderson is still in the league. Good for him. 9.Green Bay Packers3-2-1Bye Week(–)Packers play Rams, Patriots, Seahawks and Vikings on the road in the next five weeks. 10.Carolina Panthers4-2beat Philadelphia 21-17(▲5)Tremendous fourth-quarter comeback in Philly. 11.Washington Redskins4-2beat Dallas 20-17(▲8)Washington fans the only ones who liked the penalty on the Dallas long snapper. 15.Seattle Seahawks3-3Bye week(▲2)Back from the bye to take on Detroit. RankTeamRecordResultMovementComment Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 4 Comments Share 16.Philadelphia Eagles3-4lost to Carolina 21-17(▼2)Eagles look almost nothing like the team that won the Super Bowl. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 32.Arizona Cardinals1-6lost to Denver 45-10(▼1)What a mess. Here’s a full look at this week’s pecking order.Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings – Week 8 24.Denver Broncos3-4beat Arizona 45-10(▲1)Either Von Miller rallied his team, or he knew how bad the Cardinals are. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 19.Detroit Lions3-3Beat Miami 32-21(▲4)Offense, bolstered by Kerryon Johnson, has looked good the last two games. 17.Miami Dolphins4-3lost to Detroit 32-21(▼1)On the bright side, Brock Osweiler finally looks serviceable. 30.San Francisco 49ers1-6lost to LA Rams 39-10(–)C.J. Beathard continues to be the most turnover-plagued QB in football. 22.Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-3beat Cleveland 26-23 (OT)(▲2)Beat the Browns despite being -3 in turnovers. 27.Cleveland Browns2-4-1lost to Tampa Bay 26-23 (OT)(▼1)Browns have played four OT games in their first seven contests. 2.New Orleans Saints5-1beat Baltimore 24-23(–)More milestones for Drew Brees. 14.Houston Texans4-3beat Jacksonville 20-7(▲6)Suddenly, the Texans have won four in a row. 8.Pittsburgh Steelers3-2-1Bye Week(–)Will try to “avenge” Week 1 tie vs. Cleveland. 21.Dallas Cowboys3-4lost to Washington 20-17(▼3)Lost a game that rightly should have gone to overtime. 1.Los Angeles Rams7-0beat San Francisco 39-10(–)Todd Gurley is on pace for 32 touchdowns. We’re nearing the halfway point (for most teams) of the 2018 NFL season, and we’ve got four really good teams and about five that are just terrible.At the top of the pecking order, things look the same this week as the Rams, Saints, Patriots and Chiefs — last week’s top four teams — all won in Week 7 and still constitute the top eighth of the league.At the bottom, there was a little movement. It’s impossible not to return the Arizona Cardinals to the cellar after a nationally televised beatdown at the hands of the Denver Broncos that led to the firing of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and a reported trade demand from Patrick Peterson — arguably the team’s best defensive player. 18.Jacksonville Jaguars3-4lost to Houston 20-7(▼6)Outscored by Texas teams 60-14 over the last two weeks. 3.New England Patriots5-2beat Chicago 38-31(–)Never hurts your chances of winning when you get two special teams touchdowns. 20.Atlanta Falcons3-4beat NY Giants 23-20(▲2)Ryan has completed almost 75% of his throws with 13 TDs and zero interceptions over last five games. Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) hits Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) as he throws during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 28.New York Giants1-6lost to Atlanta 23-20(▼1)Back-to-back 1-6 starts for the G-Men. Somewhere, Ben McAdoo is laughing.
Independent media company High View Group has acquired German thematic channel Deluxe Television. Deluxe had filed for insolvency earlier this year.The acquisition gives High View the free-to-air Deluxe Music TV channel, eight radio stations and the Deluxe Lounge HD channel.Deluxe will move its operations to Landshut near Munich and will be headed by Alexander Trauttmansdorff.High View operates five pay TV channels in Germany – documentary channels Planet and Planet HD and music channels Jukebox, RCK TV and RLX TV.
Russian service provider ER Telecom’s Dom.ru service has launched HD TV in five cities across the country.The operator’s HD TV Dom.ru TV. Home Entertainment Center has launched in Volgograd, Volzhsky, Kurgan,Magnitogorsk, and Penza. The service, which includes a basic package of 33 HD channels, was launched in 19 cities last year. ER Telecom said more launches would follow this year. Other services include premium sports and movies channels and video-on-demand.
Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has begun offering household insurance packages to its subscribers.The operator is offering five packages of insurance, with premiums deferred for up to a year.Packages are available including insurance against theft, damage to property and civil liability in legal cases. The lowest cost package is available for a premium of PLN7.49 (€1.80) a month.
When Maria Toorpakai plays squash in the Pakistan city of Peshawar, military snipers stand on the roof over the court to protect her from the Taliban.But she’s certainly not afraid of attention. The country’s greatest female squash player is the star of a documentary, The War to Be Her, which debuts on the PBS documentary series POV on July 23.Toorpakai, 27, grew up in Waziristan, a mountainous tribal region that borders Afghanistan — and is a haven to Pakistan’s Taliban. Girls there face grave risks just for attending school.Because she wanted to play sports and pursue other opportunities not open to girls, she burned her dresses, cut her hair and put on her brother’s clothes. Her father introduced her as his son, “Genghis Khan.” And she took up squash.But around age 12, word got out that she was pretending to be a boy. Male squash players harassed her, and extremists warned her to stop.Still, she kept playing. At 16, she won the bronze medal in the World Junior Squash Championships for girls and received an award from former President Pervez Musharraf.That’s when the Taliban started making threats. To continue training in safety, she reached out to squash academies around the world. Eventually, a former squash champion named Jonathan Power invited her to Canada. She trained there between 2011 and 2016.Toorpakai isn’t just trying to empower girls, says Human Rights Foundation legal counsel Joy Park, who met her when she spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2017. When talking to groups, she tries to “educate the boys to give them the idea that your fellow girls, your sisters, are the same as you. They deserve the same opportunities.”Toorpakai spoke to NPR by phone from Peshawar, where she now lives with her family. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.So, why squash?It was something that saved me. Hitting was something that would take away my anger and all the disappointment because people treated me differently.In the documentary, your dad is a pillar of strength and support. How much did he help you in your dream to become an athlete?My dad is my mentor. He is my inspiration. He always helped me even when there were times I was feeling down, disappointed, hopeless. He always showed me the path. That I shouldn’t care about society or people.What would he say to you?They are scared of change but we should just improve ourselves and eventually people will follow.Because of the Taliban’s threats when you were 16, you spent 2007 to 2010 practicing squash in your bedroom — like “Rocky, locked in Siberia,” your coach in Canada said. What was that like?It was in an upstairs room, and it didn’t have much furniture. It had one bed and one small carpet. It was a good size. I was doing a lot of lunging, push-ups, sit-ups, a lot of short-hitting [hitting the ball close to the wall to develop control with the racket]. I was just thinking, “What can I do next?”What gave you the strength as a teenager to persevere amid the threats you and your family were getting?I would imagine myself in a squash court, standing on a podium after winning a match. I would imagine myself being free, training [and as someone who] people are appreciating. At the same time, I have a very strong belief in God. So that also gives me hope and strength.Was there ever a moment when, as a female facing so much adversity, you felt like giving up? It was just before the #MeToo and Times Up movements. My sister [a parliamentarian named Ayesha Gulalai] spoke up about harassment that she was facing inside her political party from the party leadership. During this time, we were locked in a two-bedroom apartment for a month with 24/7 security. People [in politics] were running campaigns against my family.I stopped playing tournaments and didn’t train. I gained a lot of weight. I was just lost, confused about the whole purpose of my life. This is the country that I was playing for — this is Pakistan. These are the people I was representing.You wrote a memoir in 2016 and recently started a nonprofit organization that aims to help children in remote communities. What else are you hoping to do?I want to build a state-of-the-art sports science university in Islamabad. And once things are in my hands, I think I’ll be able to encourage more and more girls, and give them an environment [where] they can stay and live and play and learn.I understand you have used your income from competing, coaching and public speaking to build a health clinic for women and children and that you sometimes instruct girls on the squash court.They come in burqa and start diving after squash balls. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
If you have an infant, you’re probably all too familiar with the origin of this treatment.Yep, it’s baby poop.Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine have developed what they call a ‘probiotic cocktail’ from gut bacteria strains found in infant feces. Researchers explored it since babies are generally healthy, and dirty diapers are plentiful.The team behind the study collected samples from the diapers of 34 infants.After the probiotics were extracted, they were given to mice. Scientists found that these rodents produced a higher number of short chain fatty acids – and that’s what keeps a stomach healthy.The probiotic market has exploded in recent years, as studies have shown that certain diseases can be treated or prevented if gut health is improved.The researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine say their findings could be useful in investigating the influence of probiotics on the human microbiome, metabolism, and associated diseases.
Three-quarters of Americans say they want to keep in place the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade, that made abortion legal in the United States, but a strong majority would like to see restrictions on abortion rights, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.What the survey found is a great deal of complexity — and sometimes contradiction among Americans — that goes well beyond the talking points of the loudest voices in the debate. In fact, there’s a high level of dissatisfaction with abortion policy overall. Almost two-thirds of people said they were either somewhat or very dissatisfied, including 66% of those who self-identify as “pro-life” and 62% of those who self-identify as “pro-choice.””What it speaks to is the fact that the debate is dominated by the extreme positions on both sides,” said Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll, which conducted the survey. “People do see the issue as very complicated, very complex. Their positions don’t fall along one side or the other. … The debate is about the extremes, and that’s not where the public is.”The poll comes as several states have pushed to limit abortions in hopes of getting the Supreme Court to reconsider the issue. Abortion-rights opponents hope the newly conservative court will either overturn Roe or effectively gut it by upholding severe restrictions. The survey finds that while most Americans favor limiting abortion, they don’t want it to be illegal and don’t want to go as far as states like Alabama, for example, which would ban it completely except if the woman’s life is endangered or health is at risk.A total of 77% say the Supreme Court should uphold Roe, but within that there’s a lot of nuance — 26% say they would like to see it remain in place, but with more restrictions added; 21% want to see Roe expanded to establish the right to abortion under any circumstance; 16% want to keep it the way it is; and 14% want to see some of the restrictions allowed under Roe reduced. Just 13% overall say it should be overturned.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here Even though Americans are solidly against overturning Roe, a majority would also like to see abortion restricted in various ways. In a separate question, respondents were asked which of six choices comes closest to their view of abortion policy.In all, 61% said they were in favor of a combination of limitations that included allowing abortion in just the first three months of a pregnancy (23%); only in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman (29%); or only to save the life of the woman (9%).Eighteen percent said abortion should be available to a woman any time she wants during her entire pregnancy. At the other end of the spectrum, 9% said it should never be permitted under any circumstance.More than half (53%) of Americans say they would definitely not vote for a candidate who would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who would limit or overturn Roe.Politically, abortion has been a stronger voting issue for Republicans than for Democrats. This poll found that abortion ranks as the second-most-important issue for Republicans in deciding their vote for president, behind immigration. But for Democrats, it is fifth — behind health care, America’s role in the world, climate change and personal financial well-being.The poll also notably found the highest percentage of people self-identifying as “pro-choice,” those who generally support abortion rights, since a Gallup survey in December 2012. In this survey, 57% identified that way versus 35%, who called themselves “pro-life,” those who are generally opposed to abortion rights.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here The percentage self-identifying as “pro-choice” is an increase since a Marist Poll in February, when the two sides split with 47% each. The pollsters attribute that shift to efforts in various states to severely restrict abortion.”The public is very reactive to the arguments being put forth by the more committed advocates on both sides of the issue,” Carvalho said, adding, “The danger for Republicans is that when you look at independents, independents are moving more toward Democrats on this issue. … When the debate starts overstepping what public opinion believes to be common sense, we’ve seen independents moving in Democrats’ corner.”In the case of self-identification, 60% of independents identified as “pro-choice.” Asked which party would do a better job of dealing with the issue of abortion, a plurality of Americans overall chose Democrats (47%) over Republicans (34%).Independents chose Democrats on the question of which party would do a better job by an 11-point margin (43% to 32%).Don’t see the graphic above? Click here Asked if they’d be more likely to support state laws that decriminalize abortion and make laws less strict or ones that do the opposite, 60% of Americans overall, including two-thirds of independents, chose laws that decriminalize abortion and are less strict.What specifically do Americans support and oppose?The poll also asked a long series of questions to try to figure out what Americans support or oppose when it comes to potential changes to abortion laws pending in several states. Poll respondents were not told which states these proposals come from.The poll found that Americans are very much against requiring fines and/or prison time for doctors who perform abortions. There was also slim majority support for allowing abortions at any time during a pregnancy if there is no viability outside the womb and for requiring insurance companies to cover abortion procedures. A slim majority also opposed allowing pharmacists and health providers the ability to opt out of providing medicine or surgical procedures that result in abortion.At the same time, two-thirds were in favor of a 24-hour waiting period from the time a woman meets with a health care professional until having the abortion procedure itself; two-thirds wanted doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges; and a slim majority wanted the law to require women to be shown an ultrasound image at least 24 hours before an abortion procedure.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here “What’s most interesting here,” Carvalho said, is that “the extremes are really outliers. When they advocate for their positions and change the debate toward the most extreme position on the issue, they actually do the opposite. They move public opinion away from them.”The more vocal advocates on either side, however, have had the ability to shift the debate and public opinion to their point of view. Consider that many of the specific items above, at one point or another, have been hotly debated.When does life begin?The poll also asked the very big question of when Americans think life begins. There was not an overwhelming consensus. A plurality of the six choices given, but far less than a majority, said life begins at conception (38%). Slightly more than half (53%) disagreed, saying that life begins either within the first eight weeks of pregnancy (8%), the first three months (8%), between three and six months (7%), when a fetus is viable (14%) or at birth (16%).Don’t see the graphic above? Click here Gender gap? Try a stark party divide, particularly among womenThe most acute divide among Americans on the issue of abortion, arguably, is not a gender divide but between the parties — and of women of different parties.For example, 54% of men identified as “pro-choice,” compared with 60% of women. For women of the different parties, 77% of Democratic women identified as “pro-choice,” while 68% of Republican women identified as “pro-life.” (A lower percentage of Republican men, 59%, considered themselves “pro-life.”)Throughout the poll, the divide was stark. On Roe, for example, 62% of Republican women said overturn it or add restrictions; 73% of Democratic women said keep it the way it is, expand it to allow abortions under any circumstance or reduce some of the restrictions.Eighty-four percent of Democratic women said they are more likely to support state laws that decriminalize abortion and make laws less strict; 62% of Republican women said they are more likely to support laws that criminalize abortion or make laws stricter.On requiring insurance companies to cover abortion procedures, 75% of Democratic women support that, while 78% of Republican women oppose it, higher than the 63% of Republican men who said the same.Republican women also stand out for the 62% of them who said they oppose laws that allow abortion at any time during pregnancy in cases of rape or incest. They are the only group to voice majority opposition to that. Fifty-nine percent of Republican men, for example, said they would support such a law.And Republican women are the only group to say overwhelmingly that life begins at conception. About three-quarters said so, compared with less than half of Republican men and a third of Democratic women.It’s a reminder that Republican women, in many ways, are the backbone of the movement opposing abortion rights. The survey of 944 adults was conducted by live interviewers by telephone from May 31 through June 4. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. Editor’s note: The survey asked respondents to identify as either “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” This question wording, using the labels “pro-life” and “pro-choice,” was included in the survey because it has tracked the public debate on abortion over decades. It is sensitive to current events and public discussion even though it does not capture the nuanced positions many people have on the issue. Copyright 2019 NPR. 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83 Labour MPs have written to Jeremy Corbyn urging him not to agree any Brexit deal without laying down another referendum as a condition of his support.Last week, Theresa May reached out to the Labour leader and expressed a willingness to find a way through the Brexit impasse that has brought the process to a standstill.The Prime Minister tweeted a video over the weekend in which she said: “People didn’t vote on party lines when it came to the Brexit referendum. And I think members of the public want to see their politicians working together more often.”The cross-party negotiations have not been productive so far, but it is thought that the government could be ready to compromise on some of Corbyn’s five demands for Brexit – particularly a UK-EU customs union. Such a move would anger Tory MPs and Brexiteers in the cabinet, yet would likely allow May to push her withdrawal agreement through the Commons.Labour is understood to favour another EU referendum only in the circumstances that ‘Remain’ would be pitched against a “damaging Tory Brexit” on the ballot paper. The negotiating team has not laid down a public vote as a condition for backing any deal.Labour MPs, activist groups and shadow cabinet members Tom Watson and Emily Thornberry have argued that this approach would not align with conference policy and that any deal – even one that meets Corbyn’s demands – should be ‘put to the people’ in a ‘confirmatory ballot’.The letter signed by 83 Labour MPs and sent to Corbyn reads: “It is not Labour’s job to rescue Theresa May and usher in her successor. We need a general election to kick out the Tories. It is our job to find a find a way to break the deadlock. In our view, the only way to do that is with a public vote.”It contends that any compromise deal would only be “legitimate” if signed off by the public, and that insisting on another public vote would increase the likelihood of an early general election, which is the leadership’s top priority.The original signatories of the letter form part of ‘Love Socialism, Hate Brexit’ group of pro-EU, left-wing MPs, including shadow ministers Marsha de Cordova and Clive Lewis. It is designed to show that parliamentary party pressure comes from members across all factions, not exclusively Corbynsceptics.On Monday afternoon, a Labour spokesperson said: “Following further communication between the Brexit negotiating teams over the last 48 hours, Labour Party and government officials are meeting this evening.”This story will be updated if more signatories are added…Below is the full text of the letter and list of signatories.Dear Jeremy,In a desperate move by a Prime Minister who has run out of options, the Labour Party has been invited to enter negotiations with Theresa May about reaching cross-party agreement on a Brexit deal. With no support in parliament or in her own party, the Prime Minister has turned to Labour to bail her out.But Theresa May has been clear that the legally binding part of the Brexit deal, the Withdrawal Agreement, cannot be renegotiated. This means that the only concessions Labour could obtain will be non-binding assurances about the future relationship. Any future Tory Prime Minister could simply rip up these “guarantees” after Theresa May leaves office, and it is the stated aim of the vast majority of Tory MPs to do precisely this.The only way to guarantee jobs, rights and protections – and Labour’s reputation with its membership and the electorate – is to support a confirmatory public vote on any option which is agreed by parliament, which will put additional pressure on the government to hold the early general election the country needs.Under the current leadership, Labour is offering a vision of hope which has inspired millions of people. Tory Brexit threatens this, and so does any perceived participation in delivering it. Any compromise deal which is now agreed by parliament will have no legitimacy if it is not confirmed by the public.The views of members are clear. Labour’s democratically established policy, passed at party conference in September 2018, is to oppose a Brexit deal which does not meet Labour’s six tests and put any deal that does to a public vote. It would be untenable for Labour not to insist on a public vote on a deal which did not meet these tests.It is not Labour’s job to rescue Theresa May and usher in her successor. We need a general election to kick out the Tories. It is our job to find a find a way to break the deadlock. In our view, the only way to do that is with a public vote.We – your supporters – urge you to make a confirmatory public vote your bottom line in negotiations with Theresa May and to fight to bring this government down.Original signatories from Love Socialism, Hate Brexit (18):1. Marsha de Cordova MP2. Janet Daby MP3. Anneliese Dodds MP4. Rosie Duffield MP5. Ruth George MP6. Preet Gill MP7. Ged Killen MP8. Clive Lewis MP9. Rachael Maskell MP10. Anna McMorrin MP11. Stephen Morgan MP12. Chi Onwurah MP13. Kate Osamor MP14. Luke Pollard MP15. Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP16. Alex Sobel MP17. Paul Sweeney MP18. Catherine West MPAdditional signatories that support the sentiment of this letter (65):1. Debbie Abrahams MP2. Rushanara Ali MP3. Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP4. Tonia Antoniazzi MP5. Margaret Beckett MP6. Ben Bradshaw MP7. Chris Bryant MP8. Karen Buck MP9. Ruth Cadbury MP10. Ann Clwyd MP11. Neil Coyle MP12. Mary Creagh MP13. Stella Creasy MP14. Alex Cunningham MP15. Geraint Davies MP16. Tan Dhesi MP17. Stephen Doughty MP18. Angela Eagle MP19. Maria Eagle MP20. Dame Louise Ellman MP21. Julie Elliott MP22. James Frith MP23. Kate Green MP24. Lilian Greenwood MP25. Helen Hayes MP26. Meg Hillier MP27. Margaret Hodge MP28. George Howarth MP29. Rupa Huq MP30. Sarah Jones MP31. Susan Elan Jones MP32. Darren Jones MP33. Liz Kendall MP34. Peter Kyle MP35. David Lammy MP36. Chris Matheson MP37. Steve McCabe MP38. Kerry McCarthy MP39. Alison McGovern MP40. Catherine McKinnell MP41. Madeleine Moon MP42. Ian Murray MP43. Jess Phillips MP44. Bridget Phillipson MP45. Steve Reed MP46. Rachel Reeves MP47. Ellie Reeves MP48. Virendra Sharma MP49. Barry Shearman MP50. Andy Slaughter MP51. Owen Smith MP52. Jo Stevens MP53. Wes Streeting MP54. Gareth Thomas MP55. Stephen Timms MP56. Anna Turley MP57. Thelma Walker MP58. Matt Western MP59. Martin Whitfield MP60. Phil Wilson MP61. Dr Paul Williams MP62. Daniel Zeichner MP63. David Hanson MP64. Seema Malhotra MP65. David Drew MPTags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Public vote /
The boss praised the defensive efforts of the team before picking out Lachlan Coote, Jonny Lomax and Theo Fages for praise after the trio inspired the Saints to a sixth win in six.Watch what the boss had to say below.
Add to Queue Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Pretty much every concern that prompts towns to deny dispensaries is either unfounded or the opposite of what’s true. dispensaries.com Licensing dispensaries requires approval by local officials, and the debate over whether to grant a license often revolves around fears about what how the business might impact the neighborhood.Those fears typically revolve around higher crime, lower property values and more kids having access to pot. That’s led to fewer dispensaries getting licensed in some states, and some towns and cities simply outlawing the idea altogether.However, a new study has found that the fears associated with dispensaries are built on a weak foundation. Conducted by the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research and the website Leafly, the study finds that myths are fueling these fears.Related: You Can Land a Better Job in Cannabis Than the Job You Have NowLet’s look at the statistics.The study involved a review of previously published studies that had not been considered as a whole before. Researchers looked at more than 100 studies before finally settling on in-depth analysis of 42 that had looked in detail at the impact of dispensaries on surrounding neighborhoods. The 42 studies were then reviewed by a team of data analysts, researchers and editors.What they found directly contradicted the established, conventional wisdom in some places that have been fueled by fears about cannabis dispensaries. In looking at the data from the previous studies, the new study found the following happened in neighborhoods where a dispensary had opened.Crime rates stayed the same or droppedProperty values increasedTeen marijuana use stayed flat or decreasedThe researchers have put together their findings in a report called Debunking Marijuana Myths. They plan to send the report to “elected officials, legislative aides, activists, industry groups and researchers nationwide.”Related: Listen: MedMen’s Adam Bierman on Building the Apple Store of WeedDishonesty and hyperboleAccording to the report, fears about dispensaries impacting property values and the crime rate have led to 75 percent of jurisdictions banning marijuana in California. In Nevada, 75 percent of counties and 42 percent of cities ban marijuana stores. The researchers argue that this has led to the black market continuing to thrive in many states, even after cannabis has been made legal. The report notes that most bans happen in suburban and rural areas.The debate over whether to license dispensaries is “often rife with misinformation based on 80 years of government dishonesty and drug war hyperbole,” the researchers wrote.Leafly editor David Downs told Rolling Stone that he knows many will feel the research is biased, since Leafly is involved in the cannabis business. But he encouraged people to read the actual report and look at the data, adding that implementation of marijuana legalization is as important as all the votes that made marijuana legal across the country.He said, ”If we fail at local implementation, then legalization won’t really happen. These myths have been the biggest barrier to succeeding at local implementation, and I hope we can get over this barrier and, as citizens and local taxpayers, have smart, incisive discussions about the best path forward.”Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Study Finds Cannabis Dispensaries Don’t Cause High Crime or Low Property Values May 30, 2019 –shares Free Green Entrepreneur App dispensary Next Article Guest Writer Image credit: MCCAIG | Getty Images Download Our iOS App
If you’re itching to start a company out of a garage, then you shouldn’t pick up and move to Silicon Valley, according to Google cofounder Sergey Brin. It’s easier to start a company outside the Valley than in it, he said onstage at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.”I know that sort of contradicts what everyone here has been saying,” he said with a laugh.Google got started at Stanford University, where the conference is taking place. But he argues that the Valley can be very expensive.”During the boom cycles, the expectations around the costs — real estate, salaries — the expectations people and employees have … it can be hard to make a scrappy initial business that’s self-sustaining,” he said. “Whereas in other parts of the world you might have an easier time for that.”What Silicon Valley is better for, he says, is that second step, once you’ve already started to gain some traction.Silicon Valley “is good for scaling that opportunity,” he said. “It’s good for providing more capital and allowing more risk.” 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Jillian D’Onfro June 29, 2016 Silicon Valley Add to Queue Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Sergey Brin: Don’t Come to Silicon Valley to Start a Business –shares Apply Now » 1 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Sergey Brin, president of Alphabet and co-founder of Google Inc. Next Article
–shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand David Murphy Next Article Add to Queue 3 min read Image credit: Olivier Le Queinec | Shutterstock This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for $5 Have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket? Worried about the state of the electric car market and what technological improvements you might miss out on if you buy a car right now? If you’ve been eyeing a Tesla Model S or Model X, but didn’t want to plunk down a ton of cash to buy a car outright, Tesla lets potential purchasers lease the car instead. However, Tesla’s typical lease was a three-year commitment that required a smaller down payment and monthly payments starting at just around $600 for the barebones Tesla Model S 60 kWh car.If three years is too much time to be on the hook for your lease, however, Tesla is now offering potential purchasers a two-year agreement instead. The trade-off? You’ll be plunking down a little more for your down payment as a result of the shorter lease period. You’ll also have to make up your mind about a new Tesla rather quickly, as the two-year lease isn’t a permanent addition (just yet).”A 2-year lease option is one of our most popular requests. We listened and are launching a limited time test of a 2-year lease on Model S and Model X. Starting at only $593/month (details here), our new 2-year lease program was designed just for you to drive electric today, and is available on all Model S and X orders placed by September 12th,” reads a statement from Tesla, as reported by InsideEVs.According to Tesla’s website, a two-year lease for Tesla’s entry-level Model S (for 10,000 miles per year) will cost a normal person a down payment of $7,288 (and around $593 each month in payments). A three-year lease drops the down payment to $3,862. And it’s worth noting that these figures are meant to be general: your exact situation will vary depending on the various incentives your state offers for electric car purchases. (If you’re serious about a Tesla purchase, it’s worth spending some time playing with Tesla’s leasing calculator.)As for why Tesla might be testing a two-year lease plan right now, InsideEV notes that the timing of the new leasing plan — assuming it takes Tesla around three weeks to build and deliver a vehicle — means that two-year leases should be able to count toward Tesla’s delivery count before its third fiscal quarter closes.That, or it’s possible that Tesla might have some big September announcement lined up and it wants to get as much inventory out as it can before it talks about a newer feature (or car, in the case of the rumored P100D). Tesla Tesla Launches Limited 2-Year Lease Program Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. August 22, 2016
Source:https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm622715.htm Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 6 2018The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a supplemental application for Gardasil 9 (Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) expanding the approved use of the vaccine to include women and men aged 27 through 45 years. Gardasil 9 prevents certain cancers and diseases caused by the nine HPV types covered by the vaccine.”Today’s approval represents an important opportunity to help prevent HPV-related diseases and cancers in a broader age range,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that HPV vaccination prior to becoming infected with the HPV types covered by the vaccine has the potential to prevent more than 90 percent of these cancers, or 31,200 cases every year, from ever developing.”Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerAccording to the CDC, every year about 14 million Americans become infected with HPV; about 12,000 women are diagnosed with and about 4,000 women die from cervical cancer caused by certain HPV viruses. Additionally, HPV viruses are associated with several other forms of cancer affecting men and women.Gardasil, a vaccine approved by the FDA in 2006 to prevent certain cancers and diseases caused by four HPV types, is no longer distributed in the U.S. In 2014, the FDA approved Gardasil 9, which covers the same four HPV types as Gardasil, as well as an additional five HPV types. Gardasil 9 was approved for use in males and females aged 9 through 26 years.The effectiveness of Gardasil is relevant to Gardasil 9 since the vaccines are manufactured similarly and cover four of the same HPV types. In a study in approximately 3,200 women 27 through 45 years of age, followed for an average of 3.5 years, Gardasil was 88 percent effective in the prevention of a combined endpoint of persistent infection, genital warts, vulvar and vaginal precancerous lesions, cervical precancerous lesions, and cervical cancer related to HPV types covered by the vaccine. The FDA’s approval of Gardasil 9 in women 27 through 45 years of age is based on these results and new data on long term follow-up from this study.Effectiveness of Gardasil 9 in men 27 through 45 years of age is inferred from the data described above in women 27 through 45 years of age, as well as efficacy data from Gardasil in younger men (16 through 26 years of age) and immunogenicity data from a clinical trial in which 150 men, 27 through 45 years of age, received a 3-dose regimen of Gardasil over 6 months.The safety of Gardasil 9 was evaluated in about a total of 13,000 males and females. The most commonly reported adverse reactions were injection site pain, swelling, redness and headaches.The FDA granted the Gardasil 9 application priority review status. This program facilitates and expedites the review of medical products that address a serious or life-threatening condition.The FDA granted approval of this supplement to the Gardasil 9 Biologics License Application to Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp. a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc.
©2018 Bloomberg News Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. The millions of merchants who sell products on Amazon.com Inc. have long craved more leverage over their powerful benefactor. Now some are creating a trade association in the hopes that a unified voice will force Amazon to take them more seriously. “We have large teams dedicated to helping sellers, many of them small businesses,” Amazon said in an emailed statement. “We interact with sellers thousands of times a day through a variety of channels and will continue to make sure we maintain that open dialogue.”Even with an organized group, merchants could find it difficult to negotiate with Amazon, which typically resists collective bargaining. The e-commerce giant has had long-running disputes with the Author’s Guild and the Association of American Publishers over online book sales. And the company has managed to keep unions out of its U.S. warehouses.Merchants are also contending with Amazon’s growing political influence. The company has a big lobbying presence in Washington and relationships with state lawmakers who doled out tax breaks in exchange for building new warehouses that create jobs. Amazon’s proposed second headquarters, which the company says will generate 50,000 new jobs over 15 years, has given politicians yet another reason to make nice with the online retailer.Amazon merchants fear their voices are drowned out by the company when policy decisions are made that affect their livelihoods and the future of e-commerce. They think an association will help them lobby more effectively. In addition to sales taxes, the merchants want to advocate for better protections against counterfeit goods that run rampant on online marketplaces, as well as trade issues like international postal rates that make it cheap for Chinese merchants to ship goods directly to U.S. shoppers. Merchants fear lawmakers don’t understand their business and the complexities of how Amazon operates.”When we speak to lawmakers about how Amazon works, their eyes glaze over,” says Jamin Arvig, a guild member and organizer who has been selling water filters on Amazon for more than a decade. “Our fear is policy makers will come up with solutions that are terrible because they don’t understand this business.”Beyond e-commerce policy, merchants hope an association will help them negotiate better terms with Amazon. Common complaints among Amazon merchants are that the retailer lacks adequate staff to handle their questions and concerns, which are routed to departments that often email irrelevant responses. Sellers also fear having their accounts suspended due to unverified complaints from Amazon shoppers or erroneous complaints lobbed by marketplace rivals bent on sabotage. Amazon’s focus on customers means merchants are guilty until proven innocent when a customer complains, cutting off sales for weeks while they navigate Amazon’s account reinstatement process, sellers say.Hundreds of trade associations form every decade, often in response to new threats such as technological innovation or an industry partner growing too powerful, says Lynette Spillman, a sociology professor at the University of Notre Dame who has studied trade associations. Mulch and soil producers have an association to help them negotiate with big retail partners like Home Depot Inc., as do food-equipment manufacturers that sell products to large companies like McDonald’s Corp.”The sales tax issue, and more particularly how to handle it considering Amazon’s power as a distributor, fits this sort of origin story well,” she says. Amazon recalls portable chargers on reports of fires, burns Citation: Amazon sellers seek more clout with new ‘merchants guild’ (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-amazon-sellers-clout-merchants-guild.html Organizers began pitching fellow merchants on the Online Merchants Guild last week at the Prosper Show, an annual Las Vegas conference that drew 1,900 Amazon sellers. The group is only just getting started but has big ambitions, which include negotiating better terms with Amazon, pushing the company to respond more effectively to sellers’ complaints and lobbying government officials to make sure merchants’ viewpoints are being heard.Chris McCabe, a former Amazon employee and owner of the consulting firm Ecommercechris.com is organizing the guild with Paul Rafelson, a Pace University law professor. They plan to promote the group at Amazon merchant events in New York and Seattle next month. It’s early days, and only about 100 merchants have expressed interest in joining the association, which levies an annual fee of between $100 and $25,000, depending on the size of the business.Merchants have mulled such a group for years but now have an issue to rally around. In recent months, states have been warning that they plan to levy back taxes on years worth of past sales. Merchants fear they’ll be easier targets than Amazon and hope a guild will give them lobbying clout.”There has not been one single issue to galvanize Amazon sellers like the sales tax issue,” McCabe says.Merchants’ complaints about Amazon are numerous and long-standing. With 300 million customers around the globe, including its big-spending Prime subscribers, the world’s biggest online retailer wields tremendous leverage over the people who keep its web store stocked with an abundance of goods.Amazon can dictate terms and fees with minimal input from sellers, who have to accept the take-it-or-leave-it approach because there are millions of merchants and only one Amazon. Merchants love it when the orders are rolling in. They hate it when there’s a problem and Amazon doesn’t seem to care nearly as much as they do because it has plenty of other merchants selling the same things.Still, Amazon offers small businesses an easy way to access customers through its web store and vast distribution network. Amazon added more than 300,000 new small businesses as merchant partners in 2017 and over 140,000 of its merchants have annual sales exceeding $100,000. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. 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Steel production. Credit: SIJ Metal Ravne, Slovenia New, greener prospects for steel waste gases This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Kristijan Plesnik, energy manager at the steel production SIJ Metal Ravne in Slovenia, talks to ESCI about economic threats to steel production and how these may affect EU climate targets. Kristijan is also involved in the EU-funded ETEKINA project, which looks at new innovative ways to recover waste heat in energy-intensive industries using heat pipes. During the project, SIJ Metal Ravne will adapt a new heat pipe heat exchanger (HPHE) in one of their plants in order to verify and demonstrate its impact in reducing the plant’s overall energy consumption. Provided by European Science Communication Institute Citation: Heat recovery in steel plants to boost competitiveness (2018, September 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-recovery-steel-boost-competitiveness.html ESCI: Are you already reusing waste energy within your plant?Kristijan Plesnik: Indeed, we are already using some of the waste energy from our electric arc furnaces, so called UHPs, Ultra High Power furnaces. We have had very good experiences with that. ETEKINA draws on this but takes it further. The project has a new approach, as it gives us the opportunity to use waste energy from most other gas furnaces. We can benefit from this project as we know that our company is a rather big consumer of energy. For us, this is a big plus as we can reduce this consumption.ESCI: I can imagine that the steel industry is facing quite a lot of challenges: for example, the tariffs the US are imposing on steel while you are exporting quite a bit of your steel. How important is energy or its costs for you in this context?Kristijan Plesnik: I would say our main market is the European Union. This means Germany and other countries in the vicinity. Of course, we also export to America, about 15 %. But our production is foremost vulnerable when it comes to energy product prices, which represent 15% of all annual production costs. With or without Trump, we expect a rise in prices of electricity and natural gas in the future.ESCI: Where does the energy you are using come from?Kristijan Plesnik: Electricity and natural gas are for us the main energy sources in the production and processing of our steel. Of course, the electricity is partly provided by Slovenian companies under contract, whereas natural gas is imported. Today we have contracts with Slovenian companies, which receive their gas supplies from Russia. This means our gas comes mainly from Russia, and some from North Africa.ESCI: What kind of impact do you expect from the heat recovery technology in the future?Kristijan Plesnik: With over 60 furnaces fuelled by natural gas we are one of the bigger producers of tool steel in Europe. This means that there is a great potential to use this system on the remaining material heating furnaces as well and thus increase our overall competitiveness.ESCI: The EU is very concerned about energy efficiency and CO2 reduction. How could ETEKINA contribute to EU goals?Kristijan Plesnik: The steel industry is one of the biggest consumers of energy in Slovenia as well as in Europe. We are therefore one of the biggest producers of CO2 emissions, too. We release about 800 kilograms of CO2 per ton of steel produced. Considering this, the ETEKINA project is an important asset for us, as we expect to reduce our CO2 emissions by about 4 %. Of course, this reduction can only be achieved at the facility where we will implement the heat pipe technology, not across the whole company.
Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflows due to heavy rainsTulsi is the smallest lake which has a share of 1 per cent in the total water supply. The other one is Vihar Lake.advertisement Vidya MumbaiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:15 IST Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflowed at 7 pm on Friday. (Photo: ANI)Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflowed at 7 pm on Friday due to incessant rains. Last year, the monsoon arrived late and the lake filled to its capacity on July 9.This year, the rainfall in the catchment areas was higher and the lake overflowed.Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) said, “One of Mumbai’s sources of water supply, lake Tulsi started overflowing, today.”Tulsi is the smallest lake which has a share of 1 per cent in the total water supply. The other one is Vihar Lake. Both of the lakes are located in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).Meanwhile, water quantum in lakes supplying to Mumbai’s needs rose further touching almost as much as last year’s water stocks the same day.The total water stocks on Friday was 6.35 lakh million litre or 43.92% of the required stocks.Last year on July 12, the total water stocks stood at 6.36 lakh million litre or 44 per cent of the required quantum, according to Times of India.There was a significant rise in water stocks as compared to a day earlier as well. On Thursday, the total water quantum stood at 5.47 lakh million litre or 37.83 per cent.The total required water stocks in all the seven lakes is 14.47 lakh million litres.Also Read | Mumbai rains: Flight operations briefly suspended at Chhatrapati Shivaji airport due to low visibilityAlso Watch | Mumbai rains: Is City of Dreams now Ram bharose?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Mumbai rainsFollow Tulsi lake Next
Asian News International JammuJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 20:42 IST The Jammu Tourism Department along with a private partner started an open bus service ‘Jammu Darshan’. (Represntative image/ANI)The Jammu Tourism Department along with a private partner started an open bus service ‘Jammu Darshan’ to ferry tourists across various destinations in Jammu.OP Bhagat, Director of Tourism, said, “Because of Amarnath Yatra, people are coming in good numbers this year, therefore, the tourism department is taking this opportunity to promote tourists places in Jammu.””There is a good response to this service and most of the pilgrims who have come for Amarnath Yatra are enjoying this bus service ‘Jammu Darshan’,” said a pilgrim.The first batch of pilgrims left for Amarnath cave shrine from Baltal base camp on July 1, kicking off the annual pilgrimage to the 46-day-long yatra.Situated at an altitude of 3,888 m, the Amarnath cave is considered as one of the holiest shrines for Hindus.The Amarnath Yatra is conducted every year during Shravani Mela, which starts from July and continues till August. The Yatra takes place from the traditional 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 14-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district.The holy cave remains open during this period and it attracts lakhs of pilgrims.ALSO READ | Over 1.44 lakh pilgrims perform Amarnath Yatra in 11 days TALSO READ | Another batch of over 5,000 pilgrims start Amarnath Yatra from JammuALSO WATCH | Day before Amarnath Yatra begins, Modi govt tightens security arrangementsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShahrukh Tags :Follow PilgrimFollow bus serviceFollow Amarnath YatraFollow Jammu tourismFollow Jammu Jammu Darshan bus service launched in J&K to promote tourismThe Jammu Tourism Department along with a private partner started an open bus service ‘Jammu Darshan’ to ferry tourists across various destinations in Jammu.advertisement Next