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Fence goes up around lot next to Totem Mall to stop dumping

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with the Totem Mall say that no imminent development is taking place on the vacant lot located across 96a St. from the mall, and that a steel temporary fence erected around the lot is to ward off trespassers.A mall official, who declined to be named, said that the lot has been used as a parking area by truckers for the past several years, especially after the mall and the City upgraded sewers in the area. The official said that the truckers that park on the lot have been dumping oil and other fluids, while RV drivers have even been disposing of toilet refuse on the lot.“It’s disgusting,” said the official. The mall’s owner, the Canadian Tire Real Estate Investment Trust, also owns the piece of land between the mall and Wal-Mart and decided that the fence needed to be erected to stop the trespassing and illegal dumping.last_img read more

Roy Hodgson signs new oneyear deal at Crystal Palace

first_imgCrystal Palace have announced that manager Roy Hodgson has signed a new one-year deal at the clubThe former Liverpool and England boss was appointed by the Eagles in September 2017 and impressively guided the club from bottom of the Premier League table without a single point or goal after seven games to a respectable 11th-place finish.Now Palace have awarded Hodgson with a new deal that will see him remain at Selhurst Park until at least the end of the 2019-20 campaign.“I am delighted to have extended my contract with Crystal Palace. It is a club that has been close to my heart since I was a youngster growing up in the borough of Croydon, and having stood on the terraces in the 1950s, it is a wonderful thing to be managing my boyhood club all these years later,” Hodgson told the club website.“We can be proud of our achievements last season in turning things around despite a poor start, but this year we want to ensure we don’t endure the same struggles. I am thrilled that I have the support of the owners, who believe that I am the right man to help this club move forward and I will do everything I can to make that happen.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Chairman Steve Parish added: “I’m thrilled that Roy has agreed to extend his contract and I know the news will be a big lift to everyone connected with the club.“We are looking to build on the hard work and results achieved last season and I believe this is the most important part of making that happen. It’s of course fantastic that Roy has a long connection with the club and I think that understanding the South London mentality is a benefit but make no mistake he’s here because he’s the very best man for the job as we look to take this club forward on and off the pitch.“I am equally pleased that Ray Lewington has also extended for the same period, putting us in great shape for this season and beyond.”Palace will face Hodgson’s former club Fulham on Saturday for their first game of the new Premier League seasonlast_img read more

Ian Wright racism part of Raheem Sterling criticism

first_imgManchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling criticism is partly motivated by racism, says Arsenal legend Ian Wright.After scoring against Arsenal on Sunday, Raheem Sterling celebrated his goal with a gesture aimed at silencing his critics after his lack of goals at the World Cup.He faced massive negative media attention before the world for a rifle tattoo on his leg.BBC pundit and Ian Wright has come to his defence, saying racism is partly to blame for the unwarranted criticism that the forward had been facing. Sky Sports reports.“How many people do you see get the criticism Sterling gets?” Ian Wright said.“The football criticism is something every player has to deal with, but what he gets I don’t see any other footballer getting,”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They don’t get that stick because for whatever reason they don’t rub up the people in the corridors of power the wrong way. I think there is an agenda against him.”“There is an element of people at the high end of the media who want to keep that guy down. Simple.”“When you look at the wave of criticism that he takes, there is a certain amount of racism towards it – what else can it be?”“They are picking on him because of the background he has come from and they want to keep him down, drag him back down. They don’t want him to continue to be a success.”“People say you are playing the racism card, but you give me a good reason why Raheem Sterling gets the stick he gets for just being a footballer.”last_img read more

San Diego City Council votes 53 to pass Polystyrene foam ban

first_img Updated: 8:40 PM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council has approved a ban on polystyrene foam on a 5-3 vote. The ban prohibits the use and sale of egg cartons, food service containers, coolers, ice chests, pool or beach toys, mooring buoys and navigation markers made partially or completely of polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, within city limits.Original Story:The San Diego City Council will discuss a proposed ban on the use and distribution of polystyrene foam in the city at its 2 p.m. meeting Monday.Proponent of the ban, City Councilmember Chris Ward, and opponent Chris Duggan, director of local government affairs with the California Restaurant Association, visited the studio to discuss both sides of the proposed ban.The City Council’s Rules Committee approved the proposal by a 3-2 vote in July, sending it to the full council. The full ban, penned by City Councilman Chris Ward, would prohibit the use and sale of egg cartons, food service containers, coolers, ice chests, pool or beach toys, mooring buoys and navigation markers made partially or completely of polystyrene foam, commonly called Styrofoam. The city’s Environmental Services Department would also have to provide a list of safe, affordable alternatives to polystyrene products should the ban go into effect.Polystyrene products don’t degrade the way more natural products do, taking hundreds of years to break down. Because of this long life span, marine and terrestrial fauna can and do mistake polystyrene for food.“Our growing reliance on disposable plastic to fuel our `culture of convenience’ is not without cost. Globally, an average of eight million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean,” said Roger Kube, a policy adviser with the 5 Gyres Institute, when Ward introduced the proposal in May. “Once there, sunlight and currents shred plastic debris into smaller particles called microplastics, which absorb and concentrate toxic chemicals up the marine food chain and into our bodies. From plankton to fish, and to humans that eat seafood, plastic pollution is changing the very chemistry of life.” Posted: October 15, 2018 October 15, 2018 FacebookTwittercenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOpponents of the ban claim it will have a disproportionately negative effect on local restaurants who may not be able to afford more expensive alternatives to polystyrene containers the way larger chain restaurants can. A study by the California Restaurant Association, San Diego Chapter, found that the ban could force small food service businesses to spend up to 145 percent more for polystyrene alternatives like compostable paper.“We’re opposed to the ban because polystyrene is a recyclable product,” said Chris Duggan, the San Diego chapter’s director of local government affairs. Duggan compared polystyrene’s potential for reuse to that of an empty pizza box or a used paper plate and noted that polystyrene can be and is recycled into things like crown molding.Restaurant owners in City Council District 4, represented by Myrtle Cole, pushed back on the proposal Friday when they delivered more than 50 letters opposing the ban to Cole’s district office. Restaurant owners in District 4 claim that Cole has not met with them despite multiple requests to voice their concerns.At 1 p.m. Monday, one hour before the City Council is scheduled to meet, City Council members Ward and Barbara Bry will hold a news conference urging the council to support the ban. Representatives from supporting organizations like the Surfrider Foundation, the 5 Gyres Institute, Business for Good and North Park Main Street will join Ward and Bry, who both voted the proposal out of committee.“The impacts of Styrofoam and single-use plastics are permanent and threaten the health of San Diegans, wildlife, and industries critical to our region,” Ward’s office said. “Passing this ordinance puts us in line with other California cities on the issue to secure a safe, sustainable future for our marine environment, our children and their families.”The list of public commenters is expected to be lengthy. The California Restaurant Association alone is expected to bring between 50 and 100 members according to Duggan, many of whom plan to speak at the meeting. Should the council approve the proposal with less than a 6-3 majority immune to Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto power, Duggan said the association and the businesses it represents would continue fighting the ban.“We would exhaust all options,” he said. Carlos Amezcua, Lauren Phinney Carlos Amezcua, Lauren Phinney, San Diego City Council votes 5-3 to pass Polystyrene foam banlast_img

6500 arrested in Thailand for illegal World Cup gambling

first_imgRelatedPosts Thai police have arrested around 6,500 people including 250 bookmakers on charges related to illegal gambling since the football World Cup kicked off on 15 June, authorities said on Monday.The crackdown follows the establishment of a temporary center in May targeting World Cup gambling, with police now considering turning the center into a permanent facility.In total around 28 million baht (US$845,000) has been confiscated.A recent study by Chulalongkorn University’s Research Center for Business and Social Development found that around 2.5 million Thais are involved in gambling on football in some way. Load More Police crack China’s first cryptocurrency gambling ringcenter_img Racing Australia cracks down on illegal offshore bookmakers No immediate threat to Asian gaming from new China currency movement crackdown: analystslast_img read more

Four Arrested At Vacant Home Off Halbouty Road In Nikiski

first_imgLuke, Ronellenfitch, Ridge and Oder were all arrested for Burglary 1st and Theft 3rd. Luke was additionally charged with Making a False Report and Violation of Conditions of Release.  Luke also had several outstanding warrants stemming from pending Burglary and felony Theft offenses. According to an online Trooper dispatch, the residence had been unlawfully entered and a hot water heater had been stolen. Four persons were contacted; Bradly Martin Luke, age 25 of Kenai; Dominic Sunrise Ronellenfitch, age 23 of Kenai; Alicia Marie Ridge, age 28 of Nikiski; Kenneth Paxton Oder, age 49 of Nikiski.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Four individuals were arrested on Tuesday after the Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of suspicious persons at a vacant residence in the Halbouty Rd area in Nikiski. All four were remanded at Wildwood Pretrial Facility where they were held with no bail pending arraignment.last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of June 24 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, June 24, 2018.Sunday, June 24No MeetingsMonday, June 25The Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. The stormwater management plan for 362 Middlesex Avenue (proposed detox facility) is on the agenda.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. A 6pm Executive Session precedes the meeting. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, June 26The Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 7:30pm in the School’s John P. Miller School Committee Room. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, June 27The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, June 28The Wilmington Board of Assessors meets sat 11am in the Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, June 29No MeetingsSaturday, June 30No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Motorola One Action is a phone with a GoProlike camera

first_img • Google Motorola Samsung Apple 2:10 0 Apple Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Now playing: Watch this: Tags The Motorola One Action is designed for those who want to record their active lives.  Lori Grunin/CNET Motorola wants the camera on its latest midrange phone, the One Action, to wow you. Like the just-announced Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and other 2019 phones, the Motorola One Action has three rear cameras. But unlike the competition, it ups the ante by giving you one major feature you might find in a GoPro camera — the ability to film action shots. Think skateboarders, skydivers and back flippers. Although not the first to try to appeal to active lifestyles (Samsung has a “super steady” feature on its latest phones for this purpose), the One Action is using its physical camera hardware rather than just software for its headline trick.  Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Motorola One Action packs a GoPro-like camera for active… See All Post a comment Mobile Phones reading • Motorola One Action is a phone with a GoPro-like camera Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Flanked by a main 12-megapixel shooter and 5-megapixel depth camera for better portraits, the middle sensor on the One Action is a 16-megapixel lens with a 117-degree ultrawide view. Motorola has also positioned it so that the lens will record landscape video even while the phone is being held vertically.The goal is to give an easier, more natural way to capture wide-screen videos and hold your phone, while partaking in these more adventurous activities.  motorola-one-action-2The Motorola One Action has three cameras, with the middle rear camera acting as the “action” lens with a 117-degree ultrawide lens.   Lori Grunin/CNET The action camera also takes advantage of video stabilization and pixel binning (or as Motorola calls it, Quad Pixel), combining multiple pixels together for better low-light capture. The end result is a 4-megapixel shot. Beyond the cameras, the One Action features an edge-to-edge 6.3-inch full HD+ display with a cutout for the 12-megapixel front camera in the upper left corner. Motorola One Action specs6.3-inch FHD+ (1,080×2,520) display with a 21:9 aspect ratio2.2GHz Samsung Exynos 9609 octa-core processor128GB of storage (expandable via microSD) with 4GB of RAM12MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, 1.25μm, PDAF; 5MP depth sensor; 16MP action camera ultrawide 117-degree field of view, Quad Pixel pixel binning, 2.0μm and f/2.2 aperture.3,500mAh battery with 10-watt fast charging3.5mm headphone jackUSB-CBluetooth 5.0Fingerprint sensor on the backSplash resistanceAndroid 9 Pie (upgradable to Android Q)motorola-one-action-3The front camera cutout on the Motorola One Action.  Lori Grunin/CNET In briefly using the phone, I found it feels significantly more premium than the company’s budget Moto E6. The glass back and higher-resolution display both look nice, though the cutout for the camera is a bit thicker than ones found on Samsung’s Galaxy S10 line. I didn’t have a good environment to really try out the action camera, but in quick use, it seemed to do its job recording video as promised. While it is nice that it records in wide-screen (horizontal video) while held vertically, flipping the phone horizontally will actually make that camera record vertically. So there could be a potential learning curve there.The One Action will be available Friday in Brazil, Mexico and “various European countries” for €259 (roughly $290, £235, AU$425) in either denim blue, pearl white or aqua teal. A US release is slated for October, though it won’t include the aqua teal color option and pricing for the US version hasn’t been announced.  Share your voicelast_img read more

Hasina expands cabinet in final yr

first_imgPresident Md Abdul Hamid administers oath to three ministers – Narayan Chandra Chanda, AKM Shahjahan Kamal, and Mustafa Jabbar – at Bangabhaban on Tuesday. Photo: BSSIn the final year of her five-year tenure, Bangladesh Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday expanded her cabinet inducting three new faces into it and promoting a state minister to a full one.President Md Abdul Hamid administered the oath to three ministers – Narayan Chandra Chanda, AKM Shajahan Kamal, and Mustafa Jabbar – and one state minister – Kazi Keramat Ali – at Bangabhaban in the evening.Currently state minister for the fisheries and livestock ministry, Narayon Chandra has been made full minister as fell vacant with the death of minister Md Sayedul Haque.An IT expert Mustafa Jabbar has been made minister under technocrat quota.The current 10th parliament is scheduled to expire by the third week of January 2019 and a general election shall be held within 90 days preceding the expiration of parliament.last_img read more

No 9 Tar Heels Top No 15 Louisville 7969

first_img Next Game: at Virginia Tech 2/4/2019 | 7 p.m. Postgame Notes Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Print Friendly Version Christen Cunningham Postgame Postgame Quotes Dwayne Sutton Postgame LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) —  Luke Maye had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Cameron Johnson finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds Saturday, helping No. 9 North Carolina avenge a blowout loss with a 79-69 victory over No. 15 Louisville.The victory came three weeks after the Tar Heels were pounded by 21 points by Louisville, their worst defeat at home under coach Roy Williams.The Tar Heels (17-4, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) returned the favor in the rematch and ended Louisville’s six-game winning streak. They set the tone with a 22-4 first-half run over 8:34. It put them up 34-19 and gave them a lead they never lost against one of the league’s co-leaders.Johnson and Maye had 12 points apiece in the first half before Garrison Brooks (12 points) and Kenny Williams (10 points) contributed after halftime. UNC dominated the boards 49-32 for its fifth consecutive victory.The Cardinals (16-6, 7-2) cut a 19-point deficit to 58-49 midway through the second half but came no closer. Dwayne Sutton had 19 points and Christen Cunningham 15 with nine assists for Louisville.POLL IMPLICATIONSNorth Carolina should move up a spot with the decisive win. Louisville will likely fall a few spots.BIG PICTURENorth Carolina: The Tar Heels had their way in nearly every key statistic. They used their size to outrebound Louisville 18-7 offensively, which led to an 18-3 domination in second-chance points. The paint was all theirs as well (38-26).Louisville: This wasn’t how the Cardinals hoped to begin a brutal February against four consecutive ranked opponents. They missed 10 of 11 shots during one stretch in the first half and dug a double-digit hole. They were no match for the Heels inside.UP NEXTNorth Carolina visits No. 23 N.C. State on Tuesday, seeking a season sweep after winning last month’s previous meeting 90-82.Louisville visits No. 12 Virginia Tech on Monday night. Chris Mack Postgame Press Conference Photo Gallery ESPN Preview Story Links Matchup History PDF Box Score last_img read more

Vin Diesel pays tribute to Paul Walker on death anniversary

first_imgVin Diesel and his Fast & Furious castmates paid tribute to Paul Walker on the second anniversary of the actor’s death.Walker was killed when the sportscar he was a passenger in slammed into a light pole in Santa Clarita, California and burst into flames, reported In Touch magazine.Two years later, his co-stars from the blockbuster franchise have taken to social media to remember their friend, and Diesel led the tributes with a touching post on his Facebook page. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“No matter where you are in this universe, you will always be, my brother,” he wrote.Diesel also shared a photo of himself sitting next to his late friend on Instagram, with the phrase “Brotherhood has no limits” displayed above it.Actor Jordana Brewster, who played Walker’s onscreen love interest, also posted a photo of the actor on Instagram, and offered up a quote by writer Ralph Waldo Emerson as her tribute. “The largest part of his power was latent,” she wrote. Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ return“This is that which we call Character, a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means.#paulwalkerforever.”  The second anniversary of Walker’s death comes just days after the actor’s father filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche bosses, claiming insufficient safety equipment in the car in which he was passenger was to blame for his son’s death and not the accident itself.last_img read more

Gender and the city improving equality in Costa Rica through urban design

first_imgHave you ever thought about the role gender plays, or should play, in the way cities and towns are designed and built?Conversations on that topic took place in San José on March 9, when the Center for Urban Sustainability (CPSU), a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve quality of life in Costa Rican communities, in partnership with the International Cooperation University (UCI), hosted a conference. Led by four women – psychologist Cynthia Castro, economist Nathyeli Acuña, architect Laura Rodríguez, and biologist Andrea Quesada – the event examined a wide array of issues related to gender and urbanism.These included improving urban mobility from a gender perspective; the development and design of inclusive public spaces; the development of green, decent, and gender-responsive jobs; and the importance of gender equality to sustainable development.“The women living in [Costa Rican] cities are housewives, single mothers or elderly women,” said Andrea San Gil, founder of CPSU, at the conference. Urban centers “have not yet adapted and do not provide the infrastructure opportunities and services that both genders need.”CPSU follows One Planet Living’s principles of sustainability to achieve a sustainable city and community. These principles include the incorporation of elements such as clean energy, sustainable transport, locally-sourced, sustainable materials, sustainable water, natural habitats, wildlife and biodiversity, heritage and culture, equality and local economy, and health and happiness. Costa Rican psychologist Cynthia Castro spoke about “gender sustainability.” (Courtesy of CPSU)Castro spoke about the importance of gender equality to sustainable development, going back to the way children are raised.“Men were taught since they were children that they can’t express any of their emotions and must show it through anger,” she said. “This has consequences for both men and women. Oftentimes it’s believed that it’s a topic for women only; women in Costa Rica get more depressed, but more men commit suicide, and that has to do with the management of emotions.”She ticked off various recent cases of violence due to this gender unsustainability.“We’ve got the Gerardo [Cruz] case and also the recent event in which a pregnant woman was assaulted and lost her baby in a public space. This means that [women’s] capacity to be able to use a public space is completely affected. Our cities are being affected. We’ve also got the Matapalo [murder] case, which became a discussion topic in which people blame both the man and woman. In Costa Rica 1 out of 3 women has been a victim of domestic violence. This inequality has consequences for all of us,” Castro said.She added that while 63% of university degrees go to women in Costa Rica, the unemployment rate for women is higher. Costa Rican women earn 28% less than men, while simultaneously reinvesting much more of that income (90% for women compared to 30-40% for men, according to the World Bank) of that income in their “city, community, education, and health.” Conference leaders turned their attention to ways urban planning can help reverse these trends. Economist Nathyeli Acuña. (Courtesy of CPSU)“The public transportation system is one of [Costa Rica’s] most lucrative sectors,” said Nathyeli Acuña. “One of the benefits from the inversion in gender equality on the public transportation system is the augmentation of the infrastructure and profitability patterns. This means that if women use public transportation more, the companies will have more money, and that will be redistributed towards the rest of the city… This also improves women’s access to other economic, social and educational rights.”In order to create balance within the public transportation system, both women’s and men’s distinct needs must be taken into account, she argued, using their different security needs as an example. The Costa Rican economist Nathyeli Acuña speaks about the public transportation system regarding gender. (Courtesy of CPSU)“Men and women don’t access the public transportation system in the same way. Women are victims of violence with much more frequency than men within the infrastructure sector, and women tend to use public transportation system less often [as a result],” Acuña explained. “This is a loss of public space, and it limits access to jobs, political and social status.”Public transportation is just one example of a public space that must be improved and made more inclusive. Architect Laura Rodríguez spoke about the importance behind a well-designed public space that seeks for the inclusion of all the community members. Architect Laura Rodríguez. (Courtesy of CPSU)“It’s about knowing for whom we’re designing and what possibilities we’re giving to different people,” Rodríguez said.“There’s productive work, which is the work we get paid for outside of the home. Generally, this work is given to men and takes place within a public space. Women are still carrying out a lot of the reproductive work, which is taking care of children or elderly members from their families, and they have to clean their homes. We’ve also got community work, which is the work done to solve the community’s problems. Many of the reasons why community work takes place is because women stay more at home and have more time to gather in order to help the community,” Rodríguez added. She advocated for changes such as the creation of more care centers for both children and elderly people. When this happens, both children and elderly people become more independent, and the family members who usually take care of them can go out and work, bringing down poverty rates. Biologist Andrea Quesada. (Courtesy of CPSU)Finally, biologist Quesada spoke about the development of green and gender-responsive jobs: work related to the environment that contributes to a more sustainable world.“This is a relatively new topic and because it’s relatively new, we’ve got to understand the social landscape: the gaps between genders, the existent realities, and different perceptions,” Quesada said. “According to one of the United Nations’s 2015 statistics reports, two thirds of the world’s 781 million illiterate adults are women. Of working-age adults, 77% of men participate in the labor force, and only 50% of women. And a World Bank study found that 90% of 173 countries analyzed have a law or regulation that significantly reduces women’s economic opportunities,” Quesada said.Green jobs must be created based on a basic understanding of this inequality and the needs of each country, she added. Facebook Comments Related posts:Cynthia Castro: the Costa Rican psychologist fighting for global gender equality US to spend $750 million to attack Central America poverty woes Is Costa Rica’s gender wage gap really among the world’s lowest? Construction set to begin on San José-spanning riverwalklast_img read more

Online video content aggregator Plutotv has launc

first_imgOnline video content aggregator Pluto.tv has launched its first native streaming TV box app on the Amazon Fire TV platform.The app is free to download from the Amazon Appstore. Pluto.tv launched in March with backing from Queensbridge Ventures, Jeremy Zimmer, the CEO of United Talent Agency and Omnicom Digital CEO Jonathan Nelson among others. The service, which already supports the Google Chromecast platform, curates web video channels via a TV-like interface. Pluto.tv currently offers about 100 channels of video content culled from the likes of YouTube, Vevo and other sites.The service offers users the ability to favourite channels but does not include a personalization algorithm that tailors content to viewers individual preferences. Channels are arranged by categories such as music, sports, comedy and kids, with content chosen by editorial staff.In addition to Amazon Fire and Chromecast, the service is also available on the Android and iOS platforms and on the web.last_img read more

The Church of Scientology has created a thematic T

first_imgThe Church of Scientology has created a thematic TV channel in the US.The Scientology Network will launch at 20:00 Eastern Time today, on DirecTV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, according to a dedicated web page.US trades confirmed the carriage deals with the platforms, though DTVE sister title TBI could not ratify these before press time.The Church could not be contacted for comment, but released a video through a new Twitter page.A channel from the controversial religious group has been rumoured since around early 2017, and a production unit, Scientology Media Productions, was created a year prior.According to the video, programming will include original shows such as L. Ron Hubbard: In His Own Voice, Inside Scientology, Meet a Scientologist, Destination: Scientology and Voices For Humanity.The launch of the network will be seen as a both a recruitment drive and an opportunity for Scientology leader David Miscavige to control the positioning of his US-based group, which has been accused of harassing former members.The move also comes after Alex Gibney’s 2015 HBO doc Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and A&E’s doc series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. Both programmes were deeply critical of Scientology and its methods.last_img read more

In This Issue   Dollar is mixed today   Aus

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Dollar is mixed today. *  Aussie Consumer Confidence drops slightly. *  German Industrial Production rebounds. *  Gold slips up And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Yellen To Be Nominated Today. Good day.  And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! What day is it? Come on, you know what day it is. Mike, Mike, Mike, what day is it? It’s Hump Day!  I’m smiling like a Cheshire Cat thinking about that commercial! I’m not smiling about the President’s choice as the new Fed Chair. Basically, you could put all the Fed Heads together, and I would prefer to pick someone outside of the room. But then that’s just me. I would rather, after years of trying, the “Greenspan and Bernanke way” to attempt something different. Like leaving the economy and markets alone! Of course, I’ve had disagreements with everyone from here to Siberia about all of this over the years, but I’m someone that believes that we would be far better off without a Central Bank. To let the markets dictate interest rates, and if financial institutions have problems, they need to work them out or fail.  I doubt the newly nominated Janet Yellen is going to have those same ideas, and so we continue on with the “Greenspan, Bernanke way”. I saw an email alert from the WSJ yesterday afternoon letting me know that the President was about to nominate Yellen as Fed Chair. And this morning, the commentators, and I don’t mean the ordinary potatoes from Idaho, are all finding stories to write about this nomination. Japanese PM Abe is already applauding the nomination, and an analyst in China thinks that this nomination means it’s “continuing renminbi gains”. The first day of currency trading with this news filtering through the markets has the dollar a bit stronger VS euros, pounds, francs, loonies,  yen and renminbi, and weaker VS the dollars of Australia and New Zealand.  I guess as far as the media is concerned this nomination of Yellen is a “done deal”, and she become the first female Fed Chair. I find it interesting that the Aussie dollar (A$) is working its way higher this morning, given that Aussie Consumer Confidence printed weaker this month, last night. Of course, this downward move follows two consecutive months of strong gains, so this could simply be a correction. My friends over at RBC, who I told you how they said the calls for no more rate cuts were premature, were out again yelling from the rooftops that they believe another 25 Basis Points rate cut is in the cards for Australia. So, the A$ is stronger this morning despite all this negative stuff.  The A$’s kissin’ cousin across the Tasman, the New Zealand dollar / kiwi, is also stronger this morning, probably hanging onto the A$’s coattails. You know, I think the moves in these two play well with the thought I was going to talk about today, and that is interest rate or yield differentials, they seem to be playing a larger role in currency values these days than they had in the past 5 years.  Kiwi for example is getting bid up on the thought that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) will be the first Central Bank in the industrialized world to hike rates next year. New Zealand’s Current Account Deficit still stinks, but the smell dissipates a bit with higher interest rates. And don’t think for a minute that yield differentials are playing into the euro’s 2% rise in the past month. I saw a story on the Bloomberg this morning that said that “Spanish and Italian bonds offer higher yields and less volatility than U.S. Treasuries.”   Anytime an investor can find yield differentials in their favor with less volatility, chances are, cause I wear a silly grin, the moment you come into view. No wait! Chances are, in this case, going to be good that the “higher yield, less volatility” will win. The euro is seeing weakness this morning, but that could all be correction trades / profit taking, for this morning we saw German Industrial Production print for August, and show a rebound from July when it dropped -1.1%… August rose 1.4%. In addition, I saw a report from the Bundesbank, Germany’s Central Bank, where they were talking up the German economy, citing an extraordinarily good consumer climate, and a robust labor market.  Remember, Germany is the Eurozone’s largest economy by a wide margin, so the euro depends on the German economy a lot! The pound sterling’s rapid rise to 1.61 last week was short-lived, as I told you I thought it would be. The Fundamentals are still just rotten to the core in the U.K.  And with economic data that exposes the pound printing every day, the true value of the pound was soon to be revealed. This morning, the U.K. printed a very weak Industrial Production  (-1.1%) in August, along with an expanding Trade Deficit. Both of these reports were responsible for the next leg down for the pound this morning. See. Fundamentals do play in the value of a currency now and then! Of course, in the “old days”, Good times I remember. Fun days, Filled with simple pleasures. No wait! That song’s lyrics are about the “real good Old Days”, the “old days” I’m talking about here is pre-2007. When fundamentals were everything to a currency’s value. Someday Alice, we’ll get back there, and that’s why I get excited as kid at Christmas when fundamentals creep back into view. So what is Yellen going to bring to the markets that has everyone all giddy this morning?  Well, let’s see. The Fed would be in the hands of the very person that claims to be the architect of the Fed’s stimulus program.  So does that mean the stimulus continues under Yellen? The markets seem to think so right now.  She’s also reported to be the driving force behind the Fed’s strategy to commit the Fed’s goals to inflation and unemployment. So, that means, economists like Paul Krugman, who still thinks the Fed should be doing more QE to promote more inflation, will be happy.   And then there’s this last thought, for now that is. How does she feel about being the President’s “second choice”. (and probably third choice given the rumors that were circulating last week about the President courting Donald Kohn)?  If only Summers had kept that resignation letter to himself, eh? Keeping things as they were, are and will be. That’s what this all appears to be to me. And that, my friends is something I would prefer we would abandon. As I said above, less Central Bank involvement would be a good thing! Gold went right back to flip-flopping yesterday, and has lost ground by $7 this morning.  I saw a headline story on the Bloomberg this morning, that said, “Gold Drops in London Trading as Investors Assess Stimulus, Debt”  Really? Gold should drop because there’s uncertainty about whether the U.S. is going to default, or that the Fed will continue QE? That makes zero sense to me whatsoever!  So. here in the U.S. investors view Gold as a commodity that goes up and down on whatever is the “theme of the day”.  The rest of the world views Gold as a store of wealth, and do not get all caught up in the price, although they do seem to rush to the counter to buy more Gold whenever the price manipulators takedown the price of Gold!  I don’t know what it will take to get U.S. investors to change their view on Gold. But the world would be a better place if they did! And it’s Day 9 for the partial shutdown (PS). And no sign of any progress. I find this all to be somewhat embarrassing that our lawmakers can’t work together to come up with something that works to keep us from getting to this point. Know something else that’s embarrassing? They just banned post-game handshakes in Kentucky for the High Schools.  Really? Well. let’s see. Things are so slow at the U.S. Data Cupboard these days with the PS on-going, that we’re resigned to seeking out data that usually goes unnoticed. For instance, yesterday, the IBD/TIPP Index of Economic Optimism printed for October and the index which works just like the manufacturing indexes, in that a number below 50 represents a negative outlook, printed at 38.4.  The previous month’s number was 46.  So this data  might be low tiered, but it still is an indication that the economy is sinking. fast. Oh, and IBD stands for Investor’s Business Daily. and TIPP stands for TechnoMetrica Market Intelligent . So now you know what I know about this data series!  And if anyone is keeping score at home The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index fell last month too. So it doesn’t sound like there’s much optimism out there folks.  And I get accused all the time of being so negative.  HA! We will see last week Mortgage Applications today, along with the Fed’s meeting minutes from the last meeting in September, where they threw a cat among the pigeons by just saying “no” to tapering.  They tell me there was a lot of disagreement among the Fed Heads on that decision. So, the meeting minutes might have some good stuff in them, and then they might not, for I can’t believe the Fed Heads would stand up to Bernanke.  Just like they wouldn’t stand up to Greenspan. For What It’s Worth. It’s all me today folks. and some data from zerohedge.com and a long time reader friend in Houston. So, let’s not beat around the bush! A dear Pfennig Reader in Houston sent me a note a couple of weeks ago, and I had planned on talking about this then, but, thought I would save it for a special occasion. Well, there’s no other special occasion better than Hump Day. So, here we go.  Have you ever heard of Triffin’s Dilemma  or Paradox?  I looked it up, and this is what I found.  That this is all named after Belgian economist Robert Triffin, who pointed out that the country whose currency, being the global reserve currency foreign nations wish to hold, must be willing to supply the world with an extra supply of its currency to fulfill world demand for these foreign exchange reserves, but this would require an overflow of currency, thus diluting the value of the currency. This Paradox is playing out right before our eyes with the dollar, folks. I’ve told you for about 4 years now how China was taking steps to replace the dollar standard, i.e. the dollar as the reserve currency of the world. But when you look at the history of reserve currencies, you see that it might not take that much for China to do, given the dollar’s time is about up. And is getting shorter all the time, given the overflow of dollars on the world. For the 5 countries that held the status of reserve currency status for the 475 years prior to the U.S., the average time is 95 years. Now depending on when you start the clock on the dollar’s reserve status, it will determine the end date. But for my purposes I will use 1925 (it began but weakened during the depression), which would mean the dollar has held its reserve status for 88 years. That would mean average-wise, it only has 7 more years to go as the reserve currency. And, it just so happens that 3 years ago, I began telling people that the Chinese renminbi / yuan would take over as the reserve currency of the world by the end of the decade.  Hmmm, let’s do the math. 2013 +7 = 2020. 2010 +10 = 2020.  OMG!  Now. we all know that 7 more years is just using a historical average, it could take longer.  OR it could be a shorter time period!  Knowing all this, wouldn’t it behoove investors to allocate a portion of their investment portfolio outside of the dollar? I think so! Thanks for staying with me through all that. But there’s a lot of thought and work put into all that, so I hope you enjoyed it. Again I thank the data folks at zerohedge.com and long time reader, Dick A. in Houston! To recap.  It appears that Janet Yellen is to become the first female to head the Fed. The markets seem to like the rumors, but have they really thought about the fact that she was probably the President’s 3rd choice? The dollar is mixed today with the Antipodean currencies rising and the rest losing ground.  Gold is down $7 this morning, and the reasons are all mixed up in Chuck’s opinion. And Chuck gives us the lowdown on Triffin’s Dilemma. Currencies today 10/9/13. American Style: A$ .9460, kiwi .8315, C$ .9640, euro 1.3515, sterling 1.5965, Swiss $1.0990, . European Style: rand 9.9725, krone 5.9955, SEK 6.4645, forint 219.05, zloty 3.1045, koruna 18.9225, RUB 32.35, yen 97.30, sing 1.2515, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.94, China 6.1430, pesos 13.17, BRL 2.2105, Dollar Index 80.32, Oil $103.35, 10-year 2.62%, Silver $22.12, Platinum $1,390.00, Palladium $707.25, and Gold. $1,310.64 That’s it for today. Whew! I had a lot to talk about today. my fat fingers are tired! HA! I heard some sad news (for me & EverBank) yesterday. Our Marketing guru, Jason Coots, resigned. When Jason started (years ago) he used to go to every show with me, and we came up with some very good ideas along the way, and forged a friendship, where we could be very honest with each other over stuff. Good Luck Buddy.  Jr. Walker and the All-Stars are playing on the IPod right now, I think I’ll stop to sing along.. What does it take?  OK. back now. Today is the funding deadline on the last issue of the Evolving Markets MarketSafe CD. If you have an existing account, we’ll still take your instructions to open the CD for a couple more days. And downtown St. Louis will be very busy tonight, as it’s Game 5 at Busch Stadium, and our Blues are playing just west of the ballpark! Parking will be a problem downtown tonight! And with that, let’s go out and make this a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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first_imgDear Reader,I planned to explore the investment landscape of the burgeoning marijuana industry in today’s missive, but it looks like the party’s already over.Appearing before the Maryland Legislature, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop testified that 37 people died in Colorado on the first day of legalization from overdosing on marijuana.What a damn shame. With morbid stats like that, the government can’t possibly allow the legalization trend to proceed any further. People’s lives are at stake!Except they’re not. Chief Pristoop got those stats from a tongue-in-cheek story in The Daily Currant, a satirical newspaper à la The Onion. He believed it to be legitimate, so he cited it during testimony. Despite the fact that exactly zero people in history have died from overdosing on marijuana.As you surely know, Colorado and Washington recently became the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use, joining 18 other states that have legalized it for medical use only. Legalization is gaining steam across the US, and that’s unlikely to change—if only because, other than citing fake facts, opponents of legalization have no argument.Opposition to legalizing marijuana is dwindling for the same reason that opposition to gay marriage is dwindling: there’s no intelligent reason to oppose either one. Unless, in the case of marijuana, you’re concerned with its potential to cause more car accidents. But if those are your standards, we should criminalize beer, cellphones, and makeup, too.One thing’s for sure: the investment world is enamored with the idea of a brand-new green industry. As an illustration of exactly how hot this infant sector has become, take a look at this screen shot of an email received by a senior Casey Researcher this week. It’s a news release from a mining company, announcing its intent to “diversify” into the legal marijuana business:An interesting business decision. I’m not sure what synergies exist between mining and marijuana, nor do I have any particular insight into how Next Gen’s management plans to enter the green business. But I applaud its forward thinking.Apparently, so does the market. Here’s how Next Gen’s share price reacted to the announcement:It soared over 300%, transforming from a penny stock into a dime stock in one day. Again, Next Gen didn’t grow earnings, discover a new gold deposit, or accomplish anything tangible. It tripled its valuation simply by announcing its entry into the marijuana business. That’s what I call a scorching industry.So, should you put some speculative money into the hottest cannabis stock? Let’s take a quick tour around the burgeoning industry to get a picture of its investment prospects, focusing on five factors…1) Profits Will PlummetHad Al Capone been born in any other era, he would not have amassed a $100 million fortune. It was Prohibition that allowed him to earn extraordinary returns in the otherwise standard business of providing alcohol to people.Likewise, legal purveyors aren’t going to earn anywhere near the spectacular returns that criminals enjoyed when marijuana was illegal. Drug distributors can become filthy rich because dealing drugs requires taking extraordinary risks. One misstep and you go to jail. Or worse, the rival Mexican cartel mows you down. That risk premium is why illegal drugs are so expensive, and why marijuana costs $300-400/oz in the US. But it won’t for long.How can I be so sure? Because we already have a glimpse into the future. Uruguay legalized marijuana in December, and an ounce of the stuff costs $28 there, less than 10% of what it costs to obtain it the US.It’s true that the Uruguayan government controls the marijuana industry tightly and set that $28/oz price. But the cost to produce marijuana there averages just $14/oz. So $28/oz is a reasonable guess as to where the price of marijuana would settle if the market were allowed to clear.Going forward, profit margins won’t be nearly as fat as they were in the past.2) The Government Will Be Heavily InvolvedAt least one guy will unquestionably make a killing from marijuana’s legalization. His initials are “U. S.,” and he wears a star-spangled hat.We’re just two months into legalization, and taxes are already hefty. In Colorado, marijuana is subject to a 2.9% sales tax, plus a 10% tax on retail marijuana sales, plus a 15% excise tax based on the average wholesale price. Washington is no better—it plans to exact a 25% excise tax, plus an 8.75% sales tax.All told, taxes in these early-adopting states will be in the neighborhood of 30%. And that’s before the feds get their cut (more on that momentarily). Further, taxes are the one exception to the rule, “What goes up must come down.” Someday, tokers might look back longingly at that 30%. After all, the average tax on a pack of cigarettes in the US is 42%.Last, the marijuana industry isn’t going to be the Wild West. Colorado is working to control pretty much every aspect of the market, as evidenced by its 144-page marijuana Rule Book. You can be sure that other states will follow suit.3) It’s Still IllegalThough marijuana is now legal in two states, it’s still illegal under federal law. The Obama administration has said it won’t enforce marijuana prohibition in states that legalize it, as long as those states keep it under control. The federal government maintains the same position on medical marijuana, which, somewhat surprisingly, is also still illegal under federal law.The feds are moving in the right direction, albeit slowly. Two weeks ago, the Treasury Department issued new rules that open the door for banks to do business with legal and licensed marijuana dispensaries.Of course, once the feds do get on board, they’ll want a piece of the action. So be ready for even higher taxes.4) Unsavory First MoversIt’s an unfortunate fact that, because the industry was just decriminalized recently, those best positioned to jump quickly into the marijuana business are those who were already in the marijuana business. In other words: people who were classified as criminals just two months ago.Not that they were necessarily doing anything wrong by growing and distributing marijuana before it was legal. I’m sure plenty of growers and sellers are good people trying to earn a buck, just like those who grow and sell any other crop.But as with any emerging industry, the first movers will be those who already possess an intimate knowledge of said industry. And in the case of marijuana, that means people who were running illegal businesses. So if you invest in their companies, you’re entrusting your capital to someone who’s willing to break the law.As an investor, that should give you pause. Tread carefully, and dial your skepticism up to maximum.5) Weak CandidatesThe investment options in this infant industry are, understandably, limited. We’re a ways off from being able to buy a bushel of hemp on the futures exchange. If you want to invest, you’ll have to go with one of a handful of public companies. And unfortunately, none of them looks compelling.The six companies in the chart below are the purest plays in the marijuana space. Their performance in 2014 is the stuff of legends—the worst performer gained 243% in the last three months:But dig into their businesses and you’ll soon find that their value comes from their scientific-sounding names, and not from actually making money.First, the companies are tiny and only trade on the illiquid over-the-counter markets. Before the share price run-up, only one, CannaVEST, had a market cap above $60 million.What’s worse, most of them don’t have any revenue. And the ones that do generate revenue spend much more than they earn. Not that this is surprising—hardly any business could become profitable in just two months, so we won’t hold that against them. The problem is their valuations: CannaVEST is worth a staggering $1.8 billion today, and most of the others are all in the hundred-million range.Let’s put it this way: if an entrepreneur walked into the Shark Tank seeking a $1.8 billion valuation for a company that doesn’t make money, Mark Cuban would laugh him out of the room. Speculative money already took these stocks to the moon. By buying one now, your only hope of profiting is for a greater fool to come along and buy it from you at a higher price.As I see it, because of sky-high valuations, the risks in this blossoming industry far outweigh the potential reward, at least for a retail investor. I’m sure there are some fantastic private deals out there, and if you’re willing to press the flesh and meet some marijuan-trepreneurs yourself, you could make money.But for non-full-time investors, you’ll want to watch this trend unfold from the sidelines, waiting for either (1) the speculative bubble to pop, so you can pick up some shares for fractions of a penny; or (2) a leader to emerge and demonstrate it can turn a profit.Here’s a tip, though: If you’re looking for an investment with potentially spectacular gains, I would like to point you to another drug, this one perfectly legal once it’s FDA-approved. What I’m talking about is an impressive biotech startup my colleague Alex Daley, Casey’s chief technology investment strategist, has dug up.The company is well on its way to launching a breakthrough Alzheimer’s treatment—which, if successful, is sure to be a game-changer for the medical industry. Clinical trial results are due out in early March, and should they be positive, the stock could easily double on the news… so right now is a great time to get in. Find out more about the company and its revolutionary product in this report.With that, I’ll now pass the reins over to our resident real estate expert Doug French for some analysis on the housing recovery. Then you’ll find some of David Galland’s classic musings in Casey Gems, and of course, the Friday Funnies.last_img read more

At 8 am on a sunny morning in April people are

first_imgAt 8 a.m. on a sunny morning in April, people are sweeping the hilly streets of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, with straw brooms and picking up stray bits of litter.The roads are empty of cars, and all vehicles and shops are shuttered here — and across the country. This is “Umuganda,” a community cleanup held on the last Saturday of every month. It’s one reason that Rwanda is renowned in Africa for its cleanliness. It’s not a volunteer project. Police monitor the streets and can stop Rwandans who aren’t participating and make them clean up on the spot. Rwandans who don’t participate in the cleanup can be fined 5,000 francs, nearly $6, not a small sum when average income is about $150 a month.The name of the event is a Kinyarwanda word that translates as “coming together in common purpose.” But this seemingly positive definition belies a dark legacy. In the 1970s, Umuganda was the term used for a form of forced labor. And during three bloody months of the 1994 genocide, leaders exhorted ethnic Hutus to do Umuganda, to do their nefarious “job” of killing minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Indeed, to outsiders with fleeting knowledge of Rwanda, the country is synonymous with the 1994 genocide, when at least 800,000 people were killed in 100 days. But much has happened since then. The government has rebuilt the ravaged country through strict governance. President Paul Kagame’s repressive administration is controversial. Yet it has maintained stability in this poor country and spurred development in a region dogged by turmoil and corruption. The streets are quite safe — no small thing given that violent crime is common in nearby countries like Kenya and Tanzania. In Rwanda, rules and laws are largely enforced. And one striking consequence is its remarkable cleanliness, well-paved main streets and sheen of order. That wasn’t always the case. Not long ago, in the early 2000s, garbage was more common in Rwanda. Today the country lacks the moldering roadside rubbish piles and the ditches choked with plastic bags that plague many low-income countries — and wealthy ones, too. (New York’s subways suffer delays from garbage fires erupting on train tracks.) Rural areas in Rwanda are also clean.One reason for the country’s cleanliness is a decade-long ban on plastic bags. Other countries, like Kenya, have also outlawed plastic bags, and though last year’s ban there is largely enforced, litter still blights parts of Rwanda’s larger neighbor.The other reason for Rwanda’s tidiness, of course, is Umuganda. Rwanda institutionalized Umuganda in its current form in 2009. It’s compulsory for all able-bodied people ages 18 to 65, and the president and Cabinet members pitch in, too, for this monthly community service. Not everyone participates, especially in cities where it’s harder to keep track of the citizenry. Some are excused because they’re caring for their children or are ill. Others simply stay at home until 11 a.m. Rwanda’s government also employs professional street sweepers, gardeners and road crews. But ordinary citizens definitely do their part. And since litter is now so scarce, for Umuganda people often do other community service, such as building roads, repairing houses or cultivating vegetable gardens. Not everyone is a supporter of Umuganda. On a mundane level, shopkeepers in Kigali grumble about lost business during Umuganda, and people who must travel are inconvenienced by the ban on driving.The concerns go far deeper than that.An oft-debated question is what is gained or lost by the country’s steely governance. Some people, especially outsiders, say Umuganda is forced labor imposed by a harsh regime that represses any dissent — part of a veneer of order and modernity that masks authoritarianism.But in a country with no compulsory military service is mandatory cleanup OK? Without such stringent rules, could Rwanda revert to the turmoil and ethnic violence that nearly destroyed it 24 years ago? Would corruption and dysfunction take hold as with other countries in the region? Whatever the answers, cleanliness seems to have seeped into the country’s consciousness. Many Rwandans simply see Umuganda as community service, albeit mandatory. “Now it has become like a lifestyle. People are used to it,” a Rwandan man tells me matter-of-factly. Ignace Gasimba, a Rwandan doing Umuganda that Saturday in April, says he used to litter. Now if he buys something and has packaging to dispose of, he waits to find a trash can. “I have to think twice,” he says. For this Umuganda in April, Beathe Uwizeye, an office manager at the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) in Kigali, is shepherding about 20 graduate students who hail from across Africa. For many of them, it was their first community cleanup. Uwizeye recalls the surprised reaction of students from Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. “They asked, ‘How can you unite people like this?’ “When Uwizeye visits neighboring countries like Uganda and sees litter, “It drives me crazy! I wish I could tell them, please come to Rwanda and see,” she says.Sylivera Massawe, a student from Tanzania, marvels at how Rwandans come together for Umuganda, “given their history.” In another part of town, the Kigali Genocide Memorial bustles with people trimming lush grass with machetes and mopping suds over a brick pathway. Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda’s state minister for foreign affairs, also joins the grass-cutting. They are beautifying the grounds for the annual commemoration of 100 days of Rwanda’s genocide. The memorial period starts in April and ends on July 18. The memorial’s manicured, idyllic surroundings contrast with its bloody foundation. More than 250,000 people are buried here in mass graves. Many were killed by ordinary people wielding machetes and farm tools to slaughter neighbors, colleagues, friends and children.Inside the memorial’s museum, skulls of victims are enshrined in glass cases. Photos of victims — their wedding pictures, school portraits, smiling snapshots — are displayed in shadowy alcoves. One exhibit recalls Kigali during the genocide’s horror: “The streets were littered with corpses. Dogs were eating the rotting flesh of their owners. The city smelt of the stench of death.” That is all a stark contrast to the streets of Kigali in 2018.When the students and I finish Umuganda and troop back to their school, I notice a stray cigarette packet and a plastic bottle on the side of the road. I exclaim at this unusual sight, like a safari tourist who spots a rare animal. “Don’t worry,” says one unperturbed student. “It will soon disappear.” Amy Yee has written for The New York Times, The Economist, NPR and other outlets. She is a former staff journalist for the Financial Times. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Activists Secure Marijuana Legalization Measure on Michigans Ballot This November

first_img Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Next Article –shares 3 min read Cannabis Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Image credit: smontgom65 | Getty Images Add to Queue May 22, 2018 A decade ago Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana and appear poised to do the same for recreational marijuana. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Guest Writer Voters in Michigan have the chance in November to decide if their state will join the ranks of those that have legalized recreational marijuana. If passed, Michigan would join Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia in allowing recreational marijuana sales.The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol spearheaded the effort to get the referendum on the ballot. It was the group’s second attempt. In the first, they got the required 360,000 signatures but not within the 180-day window mandated by state law. This time, they got it done in the right amount of time to qualify for the Michigan ballot.“Now, we’ll be out and about talking to people and educating them about the issues,” coalition director John Truscott told the Detroit Free-Press.Related: For the Perfect Social-Impact Investment, Look No Further Than CannabisThe Michigan marijuana ballot measure, if passed, would:Legalize possession and sale of up to two and half ounces of marijuanaAllow state residents to keep up to 10 ounces of marijuana at homeAllow communities in Michigan to decide if they want to allow cannabis businessesAward permits to cannabis growers at three different levels: 100, 500 and 2,000 plantsImpose a state excise tax on cannabis sales at the retail levelImpose a 6 percent sales taxFunnel marijuana tax dollars into K-12 education, roads, cities and counties that allow marijuana businessesThe state expects to generate $100 million annually in marijuana taxes. The state’s legal medical marijuana industry was approved by voters in 2008 by a wide margin.Related: California’s ‘Pot Desert’ ProblemThe coming debate.Michigan would be the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. A poll released earlier this year found that about 61 percent of Michigan voters favor legalization. Politics beyond the debate over marijuana legalization could play a role on the Michigan marijuana ballot issue.According to multiple media sources in Michigan, state Republicans are concerned that having marijuana on the ballot could increase turnout for the Nov. 6 election. With more Democrats favoring legalization, that could spell trouble for Republican candidates, including gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette.Some have even gone as far as to speculate that Republican legislators could pass a law legalizing recreational marijuana before the election to keep it off the Michigan ballot.The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol plans to launch a new found of fundraising to support the ballot measure as much of its money was spent hiring a consultant to manage getting the signatures, according to the Free-Press.Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Subscribe Now Activists Secure Marijuana Legalization Measure on Michigan’s Ballot This November Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. dispensaries.comlast_img read more

These Are the 10 Highest Paying EntryLevel Tech Jobs

first_img Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article 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. Entrepreneur Staff Careers Nina Zipkin April 11, 2019 –sharescenter_img And where you should live to earn the most. Image credit: Caiaimage | Robert Daly | Getty Images These Are the 10 Highest Paying Entry-Level Tech Jobs 2 min read If you’re interested in a job in the tech industry, now could be a great opportunity to jump in. According to new data from job search platform Comparably, as of February 2019, there were half a million tech gigs open in the United States.Not only that, but 43 percent of those open positions are for non-tech roles. So whether you’re just entering the job market or looking to make a career change, here are the top 10 highest paying entry-level tech jobs.Data Scientist Average salary: $113,254Product Manager Average salary: $106,127Developer Averages salary: $100,610Mobile DeveloperAverages salary: $98,317Sales EngineerAverages salary: $90,575DevOps EngineerAverages salary: $89,300User Interface/User Experience DesignerAverage salary: $84,841Sales RepresentativeAverage salary: $70,622Marketing Manager Average salary: $70,392QA AnalystAverage salary: $70,383But where you work could influence how much you are paid. The data, pulled from a survey of 8,005 workers, found that entry-level employees in the San Francisco Bay Area were compensated the highest for seven different roles — Developer, Mobile Developer, Sales Engineer, DevOps Engineer, UI/UX Designer, Marketing Manager and QA Analyst.Seattle follows San Francisco, with data scientists, product managers and sales representatives earning the most there. As for other major tech hubs in the U.S., New York and Los Angeles workers earned more than their counterparts in Boston and Chicago. For example, a sales engineer in San Francisco would make $30,000 more than a sales engineer in Boston. Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

New York the City that Never Disconnects

first_img June 15, 2012 –shares Next Article Technology Add to Queue Shira Lazar Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business New York’s booming tech and startup scenes could be credited to many things.It serves as the headquarters for many noteworthy, burgeoning companies including Tumblr, Foursquare and recent Zynga acquisition OMGPOP. More importantly, however, NY startups have high-power politicians on their side.NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made it a priority to support the community — from green lighting the expansion of university-run tech centers in the city to co-sponsoring Internet Week New York to hiring of a Rachel Sterne as the city’s digital officer to launching the “Made in NY Digital Jobs Map.” The city is no doubt redefining the importance and value of being “connected.”Recently, Bloomberg also added another hire to the city’s roster by bringing in Steven Rosenbaum as the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s first ever Entrepreneur at Large. Rosenbaum, an entrepreneur himself and co-founder of Magnify.net, a web video curation platform, was hired to be a translator in many ways.”I listen to what the city is doing to encourage the startup economy, and then turn it into words that entrepreneurs understand,” he told YoungEntrepreneur.com. He added that the back and forth goes both ways. “I listen to entrepreneurs and turn their needs questions and feedback into coherent, actionable ideas that the city can consider implementing.”To hear about how it’s going so far, I sat down with Rosenbaum. Here is an edited version of that conversation:Why is entrepreneurship and tech important to NYC?Tech is no longer just about servers and algorithms. It’s about changing industries. So NY is fertile ground for a whole series of tech enabled industries. There’s advertising tech, there’s fashion tech, there’s financial tech, media tech and more.Related: What Do Etsy, GroupMe and Stamped Have In Common? An Eye on DesignWhat do you look for in startups to collaborate with and/or help?First, I want to see an idea that has world changing potential — an idea that can revolutionize an industry or have a meaningful impact on people’s lives. Starting up is hard, so if you’re going to take the risk, I want to believe that something amazing can come out of it. Second, I want to believe that the founders are passionate about the vision and not just chasing dreams of quick riches. And finally, the business needs to have a plan. There’s no doubt that businesses will evolve and change, but entrepreneurs need to start with a business vision.Why launch in NYC vs. Silicon Valley or even Los Angeles?New York’s diversity, population density and speed give it special magic powers. I’ve spent my career at the crossroads of storytelling and audience empowerment. So New York provides a great melting pot of real stories.Related: Tumblr’s David Karp on Why NYC Beats Silicon Valley Your company curates web videos, what does that mean? Curation is the discovery, contextualization and distribution of ideas in a customized fashion. As the volume of data on the web grows exponentially, people don’t want more content, they want less. And that’s the heart of the idea of curation: Too much information means we need human-filtered content.Related:Want to Create Engaging Content? Tell a Good Story How can young entrepreneurs use the idea of curation most effectively?Pick a topic or focus that you can curate with authenticity and then narrow it down even more than you think. So if you love surfing, don’t build a surfing site. Build a site about pro-surfing on the west coast, or amateur surfing in New Jersey or wild risky storm surfing. Whatever you love. Then, create a publishing schedule — using a mix of created, contributed and curated content including images, videos, text and conversation. Make sure the site feels like the real time web — with a twitter stream that invites new users to explore. The result is you’ll have an effective content strategy and an opportunity to build an ecommerce opportunity or an ad-supported site. New York, the City that Never Disconnects? 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more