New heights for Canadian arrivals to Switzerland with 96 increase

first_img Tuesday, February 26, 2019 New heights for Canadian arrivals to Switzerland with 9.6% increase << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Switzerland Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — It was another record year for Canadian arrivals and overnights to Switzerland.According to tourism data from the Swiss Federal Office of Statistics, there was a 9.6% increase in Canadian arrivals in Switzerland in 2018, for a total of 126,198.The number of overnight stays was 270,959, an increase of 9.4% compared to 2017.“Canadians feel rejuvenated and truly alive during their vacation in Switzerland. They enjoy exploring the unique mix of four European cultures, the Swiss Alps, quirky boutique towns and our scenic trains,” says Pascal Prinz, Director Canada, Switzerland Tourism.Prinz adds: “With even more direct flights from Canada in 2019, it’s easier than ever before to discover Switzerland on its own or as a perfect hub on every trip to Europe.”The most popular destinations were the Zurich Region with 76,344, the Geneva Region with 50,982 overnights and the Valais with 24,244.With 33.6% more overnights in 2018, the Basel Region recorded the biggest growth in Canadian visits. The overall growth from Canada is mostly in the big cities, followed by the mountain regions.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upIn 2019 Switzerland Tourism will stay on its ‘Back to Nature’ path with a focus on hiking. Swizerland is home to more than 65,000 kilometers of trails, so virtually every corner of Switzerland is waiting to be discovered on foot, adds Prinz. Share Posted bylast_img read more

Jobs play a thinker

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionYou’ve just received your new iPhone and its purported megabytes of empty digital space. You plan to fill it with messages and photos of your friends, family and cat, but to your surprise, your new gadget is already occupied. It contains photos of the phone’s birthplace in a Chinese factory.When monologist Mike Daisey heard that this actually happened to someone, he was intrigued, and he went to China in 2010 to investigate the source of the world’s beloved Apple products. What he found  became the subject of his play, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” After seeing the Little Theatre Group’s iteration of Daisey’s play, audience members will never look at their iPhones or MacBooks the same way.Friday night just 25 seats were filled, with double that available at the Laurence Olivier Theatre, a modern, concrete affair with a basement Shakespeare bar. As the lights dimmed and the stage lit up, five actors shuffled on stage and took seats in chairs facing the audience. Director Pilar Saavedra-Vela divided the monologue among the actors, who took turns portraying the narrator Daisey and other characters during the two-hour production.The narrators took the audience from the college-dropout days of Steve Jobs to his development of Apple, and then they explored Daisey’s own fascination with technology, experience inside Chinese factories and discussions with Chinese union organizers.“I found this piece touching, and so important to bring up,” said Saavedra-Vela, who had never before directed a play. “Everyone has so many items in their homes that are made in China. Technology is so pervasive in our lives and this piece helps us to see a side we’ve not contemplated.”Controversy around the play surfaced after the public radio show “This American Life” aired an excerpt from the monologue. A journalist in China heard the show and reported that Daisey exaggerated aspects of his play, for instance, the armed guards surrounding the factories. Only police and military personnel in China are allowed to carry weapons. Daisey later admitted to embellishing his play for theatrical effect, but the version presented by the Little Theater Group contained none of the inaccuracies.Some theater critics have defended Daisey, arguing that even if details were misconstrued, the fact remains that employees in many electronics companies overseas experience terrible working conditions to deliver the world’s hundred-dollar iPods and thousand-dollar MacBooks. One particularly egregious example Daisey’s monologue highlights is that of N-hexane,the chemical used to clean the screens of electronic devices. It causes neurological damage, which the actors portrayed with vivid and disturbing tremors.The play concludes with a call to action. Actors ask for those moved by the production to think twice about upgrading one’s electronics, to educate themselves about where products come from and to spread the messages of Daisey’s play.Tom Humes, one of the actors, said this work is more like a documentary and it has a different goal than the usual productions seen from the Little Theater Group. “Usually we want to make you laugh or cry, but with this one we want you to think,” he said. “This gives you a different look at the icon of Steve Jobs and the downside to his empire.”The Little Theatre Group is staging the play for one more weekend at the Laurence Olivier Theatre in San José, at Avenida 2, Calle 28, next to the Sala Garbo, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 8858-1446 or visit www.littletheatregroup.org Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img“Never before have I ever been blocked like that before,” said Campbell, adding the play could have been avoided. “It’s one of those things that just sucks. I don’t think it was a great football play, but it’s over and done with. I’d like to move past it and just get back to playing good football again.”And that is the big question. When might the seven-year veteran play again? This week against Washington, maybe?“Oh man, I don’t know. It’s so early,” he said. “They tell me one-to-three weeks, so the first thing is just getting (the knee) back healthy and seeing where we go from there.”Through four games, Campbell is leading the Cardinals in tackles for loss with five and is fifth in total tackles with 16 plus one sack and one interception, which he recorded Sunday.“The beauty of it is I shouldn’t be out that long,” he said. “It could’ve been a lot worse. I got good news. I could be back real soon. I think I can still get back on track. I still feel pretty explosive and feel good; just got to get my MCL feeling good and I’ll be fine.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact According to reports, the NFL fined Thomas $8,268 for the illegal chop block.Head coach Bruce Arians had no reaction when asked. “I’m tired of all that,” he said.Campbell, meanwhile, took the high ground.“It was a max fine for an illegal block for a first time offender. It makes sense,” he said. “I’m glad the NFL did something, and hopefully he won’t do it no more.”Fine, but did Campbell, who suffered a strained MCL on the play, hope the league might’ve done more, like perhaps suspend Thomas?“I understand the NFL has rules and guidelines, and they followed them. That’s good enough for me,” he said.What seemed to bother Campbell more is that he had still not heard from Thomas. No text. No call. No apology for hurting one of the better defensive players in the game.“One of my teammates said he talked to him after the game and said that he wanted to send me a message, but he could get my number if he wanted to. It’s all good,” he said. “I want to move past it. It’s over and done with.”Easier said than done, especially since Campbell is unable to practice and Thomas, after catching six passes for 66 yards and two touchdwons, is preparing to play the New York Jets. TEMPE, Ariz. — He would like to move on, but moving at the moment is proving to be a bit of chore for Calais Campbell.The Arizona Cardinals defensive end, and team captain, is sporting a large brace on his right knee; the result of getting hit by tight end Julius Thomas in the third quarter of Sunday’s game at Denver.“It’s feeling okay,” Campbell said inside the locker room prior to practice on Wednesday. “(The knee) is getting better each day. It’s something that it’s probably going to nag all year. Just going through the protocol, listening to the training staff — we’ve got a good training staff — and making sure I do everything they tell me to do, so that I get back as soon as possible.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   last_img read more

AE Networks UK has named Remi Abayomi as senior d

first_imgA+E Networks UK has named Remi Abayomi as senior director of broadcast operations. Abayomi will be responsible for A+E Networks UK’s broadcast operations infrastructure across the company’s channels in the UK, central Europe, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Greece and Africa. He will work closely with the operations groups at A+E Networks UK joint venture owners A+E Networks and BSkyB. He previously held executive positions at Viacom, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Fox Kids Europe, before starting his own consultancy.Tom Davidson, Managing Director of A+ E Networks UK, said, “Remi brings a wealth of experience across broadcast operations and systems integration, particularly in the international channel space, and we are delighted that he will be working on the expansion of our channels.”last_img read more

As you can tell from the chart above the gold pri

first_img As you can tell from the chart above, the gold price kissed the 50-day moving average at its high tick just before the London open—and I’m wondering out loud if we’ve seen an interim top, as the move was a TA junkie wet dream.  A doji like that one, after a longish rally, is usually indicative of a turn—and “da boyz” can paint these charts like the crooks/pros they are.  Is a “failure” at the 50-day moving average in the cards?  We’ll see. And if JPMorgan et al. decide that the gold rally is over for the moment, it’s a good bet that silver is done for as well but, at the moment, that’s pure speculation on my part. As I write this paragraph, it’s 2 p.m. Hong Kong time—and the London open is still an hour away.  Three of the four precious metals are lower than their respective closes on Monday in New York—and palladium is hanging onto its one-dollar gain by its proverbial fingernails.  Gold volume is already north of 21,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is around 5,600 contracts—large amounts for this time of day.  The dollar index is up a handful of basis points. Since today is Tuesday, the cutoff for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report happens at the 1:30 p.m. EDT Comex close.  Hopefully, all the volume and price action up to that point will be reported in a timely manner. I thought that Clive Maund quote above was pretty much on the money.  The prudent have been sacrificed on the altar of the wanton.  The precious metal miners all know what’s going on but, by their very silence, they are co-conspirators in all of this.  And as I’ve said before, if they are members of either the World Gold Council and/or the Silver Institute, they have watched silently while their entire industry—along with their respective shareholders—have been raped. The gold and silver fixes are now subjects of controversy—and one of Barclays finest got caught rigging the afternoon gold fix a couple of years back.  And what have we heard from within these two organizations?  Not a word in defence of their members or even the metal they dig out of the ground.  They’re all willing whores for the dark side of The Force.  How did it come to this? And as I fire this out the door to Stowe, Vermont at 4:45 a.m. EDT, I see that all four precious metals are now down on the day.  Gold volume is now a hair over 30,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is 8,000 contracts.  The dollar index is now up about 9 basis points. I have no idea how the remainder of the Tuesday session will shake out as the day progresses.  All I can say is that I’m underwhelmed by this week’s price action so far—and that includes what’s been happening so far today. I’m off to bed—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The silver stocks opened unchanged, rose a bit in the first ten minutes of trading—and then headed south.  The low was in during the last hour of trading before lunch in New York.  They recovered only a little after that, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.07%. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and four silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  Nothing to see here.  There are still about 650 gold contracts open in the June delivery month. Despite the fact that gold is up about $30 in this rally so far, there was a withdrawal from GLD by an authorized participant yesterday.  This time it was 134,775 troy ounces.  And as of 6:07 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.  But when I checked the iShares.com Internet site around 2:30 a.m. EDT this morning, I noted that there had been a very chunky withdrawal from SLV as well, as an authorized participant took out 1,920,656 troy ounces. The U.S. Mint had a decent sales report on Monday.  They sold 4,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—3,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 425,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported receiving 10,027 troy ounces of gold—and shipped out only 353 troy ounces.  All the activity was at Brink’s, Inc.—and here’s the link. In silver, there was 283,828 troy ounces received—and 677,454 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that action is here. Here are a couple of silver charts that Nick sent our way on Saturday, along with the comment “Silver Getting Ready to Rumble?”  I’m glad he put the question mark on the end of that, because it’s entirely up to JPMorgan et al, as these charts are their creation—and they can paint them any way they wish going into the future as well. I’m wondering out loud if we’ve seen an interim top The gold price showed signs of life the moment that trading began at 6 p.m. in New York on Sunday evening.  The gold price made it to as high as $1,285 shortly before the  London open.  That rally got capped—and then the price didn’t do much until minutes after the New York open; and “da boyz” showed up with their algorithms, and that was that. The CME Group recorded the high and low tick as $1,285.10 and $1,272.50 in the August contract. Gold closed in New York late Monday afternoon at $1,271.70 spot, down $4.20 from Friday’s close.  Volume, net of June and July, was around 95,000 contracts, with a bit more than a quarter of that amount traded before London opened, so it was obvious to me that that rally in Far East trading on their Monday ran into price resistance.  After the rally got capped, the volume disappeared. Sponsor Advertisement The dollar index closed in New York late on Friday afternoon at 80.62—and then headed quietly lower until shortly after 2 p.m. Hong Kong time.  But by 8:20 a.m. BST in London—just over an hour later—the index hit its 80.695 high—and then slid quietly down to 80.42 just before noon in New York.  After that, the index didn’t do much, closing at 80.45—down 17 basis points. Platinum and palladium also rallied right at the beginning of trading in New York on Sunday evening.  But when all was said and done, most [if not all] of their gains had vanished like gold and silver’s by the 5:15 p.m. electronic close in New York.  Here are the charts.center_img The HUI opened in positive territory, but that didn’t last—and by 10:15 a.m. EDT, the low tick was in.  Then the gold stocks spent most of the remainder of the day climbing back into positive territory.  They actually made it by 2:15 p.m.—but then rolled 15 minutes later, along with the gold price—and the HUI closed down 0.71%. As far as silver was concerned, there was a bit of a spike around 9 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Monday—and after that price spike got dealt with, not much happened for the remainder of the day. The high and low tick were recorded as $19.875 and $19.58 in the July contract. Silver was closed at $19.67 spot on Monday—and unchanged from Friday.  The close looked so deliberate, it appeared that someone might have got a prize for it.  Volume, net of roll-overs, was pretty decent at 32,000 contracts. I have a LOT of stories today—and I hope you have the time to read the ones that interest you. “A tragic irony of the past few years is that Precious Metal sector investors thought that they were protecting themselves from the consequences of the reckless extravagance of the political and ruling class, but have been made to look stupid, as not only has the sector suffered huge losses over the past 3 years, but mainstream investments have risen relentlessly. This has had the effect of “rubbing salt into the wound”. What has happened is that PM sector investors have underestimated the survival instincts of the ruling class, who will stop at nothing to preserve their position, up to and including mortgaging the future of everyone (except themselves) to keep the party going today, and they have even used the unusual conditions as an excuse to plunder the accounts of savers via eliminated interest payments and funnel their wealth into their pockets. It’s the equivalent of a guy who borrows from his family and friends and everyone he knows to go on a wild gambling spree in Las Vegas – one day he is going to have to come home and “face the music”. The excesses of 2008 have not been addressed or corrected at all – instead they have been compounded, and that guarantees a worse collapse later, which is now looming.” – Clive Maund: 09 June 2014 I wasn’t overly happy with yesterday’s price action in gold, as it was obvious that whatever rally occurred during the Far East trading session was dealt with in the usual fashion, as volume was really big for that time of day—and that particular day of the week.  Then once the top was in—and that occurred about ten minutes before London opened, as I was watching the screen at the time, it was quietly downhill for the remainder of the trading session. Barn Swallow Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. Please send us an email for more information, ir@freegoldventures.com Tree Swallowlast_img read more

MPs have shied away from banning the use of Taser

first_imgMPs have shied away from banning the use of Taser stun guns in psychiatric wards.The ban was proposed by the human rights campaign group Black Mental Health UK, and taken on by the Liberal Democrat MP and former care services minister Norman Lamb.Lamb proposed an amendment to the government’s policing and crime bill, which would have banned police officers from using electroshock weapons on psychiatric wards.He said he wanted to prompt a debate about the use of such weapons, which although they were described as “non-lethal”, have been linked to almost 10 deaths in the past 10 years.Lamb (pictured speaking in the debate) told fellow MPs, during the bill’s report stage: “I am delighted that the home secretary herself has said: ‘I have been hearing stories, for example, of Tasers having been used in mental health wards and you think, ‘Hang on a minute, what is happening here?’’He added: “That is what we should all be doing: we should be questioning whether that is appropriate.”Labour MP Kevan Jones backed Lamb’s amendment and said: “I can envisage no circumstances in which it would be necessary to use a Taser on a mental health ward.”The Conservative MP Charles Walker proposed his own amendment, which would mean that a police force would have to notify the home secretary within a week if it used a Taser on a psychiatric ward.He said: “[Norman Lamb] will argue, with great justification and passion, that Tasers should never be used on mental health wards.“My heart is with him, but my head says that there may be some highly-charged situations where a Taser needs to be used.”Walker also proposed an amendment which would mean that the home secretary would have to be notified within a week if police officers were deployed on a psychiatric ward.Walker said: “I know that Black Mental Health UK never wants to see police officers used on mental health wards, and I share that view, but there will always be occasions where that possibility remains.“When police are deployed on mental health wards, that information needs to be made available immediately.”The policing minister, Mike Penning, said: “As [Charles Walker] said earlier, my heart tells me that the use of a Taser within a secure mental health facility must be wrong, but my brain and my experience tell me that in exceptional circumstances – it must not be the norm – it could happen.”He added: “I understand the risks that [Norman Lamb] alluded to, but Tasers have saved lives.”Penning said that ministers would work with MPs to improve the recording and reporting of incidents involving police officers and Tasers on psychiatric wards, which he suggested would be a role for police and crime commissioners (PCCs).He said: “If we believe in and are aiming for localism, PCCs should know what is going on in their part of the world, and that information should be made available to the public and not left opaque.”None of the three amendments proposed by Lamb and Walker have been added to the bill, which will now be considered by the House of Lords.Matilda MacAttram, director of Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK), criticised Penning’s response to Lamb’s amendment.She said: “Police weaponry has no place in a clinical mental health setting.“Tasers were originally introduced as an alternative to guns, so that police officers had what is described as a ‘less lethal’ option available to them.“During the ongoing expansion of Tasers to frontline officers, mental health providers have drawn up clinical policy on their use in hospitals.“Tasering patients on locked psychiatric wards raises serious human rights concerns.“The United Nations (UN) Committee Against Torture (CAT) has stated that Taser X26 weapons provoke extreme pain, and constitute a form of torture.“There is little point in the UK being a signatory to UN treaties like the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, if the protections that they afford are not extended to the most vulnerable in our society.  “Minister Mike Penning’s response to the amendment Norman Lamb MP tabled for BMH UK for the ban of Tasers is not acceptable.“You do not monitor human rights abuses – you stop them, and as such the use of Tasers or the new phase of conductive electrical devices (CEDs), which will be introduced shortly, need to be banned in clinical mental health settings.”last_img read more

LeEco Lays Off Staff and Will Scale Back its US Presence

first_img Next Article LeEco Lays Off Staff and Will Scale Back its U.S. Presence Eyeing a smartphone or TV from the Chinese electronics giant? Better act quickly, since the company is laying off staff and planning to limit marketing efforts. Add to Queue Technology 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: via PC Mag May 24, 2017center_img Register Now » News reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. LeEco, the Chinese tech conglomerate that began peddling its smartphones and TVs in the U.S. less than a year ago, on Tuesday announced plans to curtail its expansion, laying off hundreds of employees and all but eliminating its English-language marketing.The job cuts will hit the research and development staff in the company’s San Diego office the hardest, Bloomberg reported. Out of a staff of hundreds, only about 50 people will remain, mostly to provide support for current LeEco customers. Although the company did not announce an end to sales of its products in the U.S., it said that future marketing efforts would mostly be limited to the Chinese-speaking community. “In the past few months, we have gained a large foothold in Chinese-speaking households in the U.S. by offering tailor-made products and content for this community,” LeEco told Bloomberg. “We believe this provides us an opportunity to build on our strengths and grow from there.”Scaling back its English-language presence will relegate the company to a niche player in the U.S. market for consumer electronics, especially in the crowded TV and smartphone markets. LeEco once planned to buy TV maker Vizio, but that $2 billion deal fell through last month, with the company blaming “regulatory headwinds.”At a glitzy press conference last year in San Francisco, LeEco’s CEO took to the stage to announce the beginning of his company’s U.S. expansion, which he said would one day include electric bikes, self-driving cars and virtual reality headsets. But the future of those products could be in doubt even in LeEco’s home market of China, with Bloomberg reporting that the entire company will be restructured and that CEO, Jia Yueting, will give up day-to-day control.Many of LeEco’s products, including HDTVs, were still showing as in stock on the company’s website as of Tuesday afternoon, so if you’re eyeing one, you might want to click fast. –shares Tom Brantlast_img read more

Higher Education Cautiously Begins to Train Cannabis Industry Leaders

first_img It seems without a doubt, the cannabis industry will experience tremendous growth in the coming years, with one analyst estimating that legal marijuana sales in the US could reach $47 billion within the next decade.To support this growth, companies participating in the cannabis industry, as well as ancillary industries, will need to find qualified workers. As new firms decide to enter this rapidly growing market, it is reasonable to assume it will become more competitive, which means cannabis industry workers will need the skills necessary to survive in an increasingly demanding industry environment. Currently, more than 60 percent of Americans believe marijuana use should be legal. Therefore, higher standards of professionalism are of paramount importance if legalized cannabis is to continue to shake off its century-long stigma, appeal to more mainstream consumers and maintain this growth momentum, due to growing public support for legal marijuana over the past decade.Related: 5 Essential Characteristics of a Cannabis EntrepreneurAccording to Vangst, a cannabis industry recruitment and job placement firm, industry participants have the greatest demand for the following positions: Director of Extraction, Director of Cultivation, Compliance Manager, Dispensary Manager, Outside Sales Representatives, Budtenders and Trimmers. Some of these positions require specialized training and proficiency in science and business. However, the manufacture and distribution of cannabis is still a federal criminal offense, even in those states where it is legal under state law.  Therefore, higher education institutions, especially those receiving federal funding, have been proceeding cautiously. For example, both University of Washington and Washington State University have issued guidance limiting cannabis research.In this uncertain legal environment, what can colleges and universities do to help students who want to explore careers in the cannabis industry? Seattle Central College and two other schools offer training programs for medical marijuana that are approved by Washington’s Department of Health. Last April, Central Washington University’s College of Business hosted a Cannabis Caucus, which was the first in Washington devoted the cannabis industry, and it will host another Cannabis Caucus next year in Seattle.In summer 2017, The Evergreen State College began offering a class called The Business of Cannabis: Opportunities and Risks in an Emerging Market, which gives students an overview of the cannabis industry. Although the class offers credits in Business Regulation, Principles of Entrepreneurship and Social History of Cannabis, its description emphasizes that “it is NOT a how-to guide for establishing a cannabis-based business, but the study of an emerging marketplace.”Related: Latest Gallup Poll Finds a Big Majority of Americans Support Legal MarijuanaStudents in The Business of Cannabis have taken field trips to indoor grow operations and local testing laboratories that serve other businesses in the cannabis supply chain, as well as attended Seattle Hempfest, “a constitutionally protected free-speech event.” Invited guest speakers have included a medical doctor, a medical marijuana advocate, a recreational marijuana retail store manager, principals of a social media and promotional events firm, a CPA, representatives from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, a chief deputy city attorney for the City of Portland, a vice president of business services at a Seattle-based credit union, and the owner of an indoor grow operation, and the general manager of a vape pen manufacturer. Students respond well to professionals, both in and out of the classroom, because they get to hear about real-world cannabis industry issues firsthand, and it makes a more lasting impression.It is also important for students to examine cannabis’ unique history and culture from a variety of perspectives. In The Business of Cannabis, multiple books are assigned that cover a broad range of topics, such as the evolution of cannabis culture, consumption, politics and regulation; other drugs and intoxicants; gender and racial equity; and contemporary social, health and policy issues. Students examine Internal Revenue Code Section 280E, which prohibits cannabis businesses from deducting many business expenses in determining taxable income. This includes an exploration of Section 280E’s potential impact on how a cannabis business is organized and operates. Budgeting and other issues pertaining to cash businesses, such as theft and fraud prevention, are also covered. The regulatory environment for cannabis-related businesses is complex and changing, which means students frequently conclude that, if they know how to operate a cannabis business, they probably can successfully operate many other types of businesses.Related: Cannabis Culture Is Fast Becoming Corporate CultureThis leads us back to our original question about the role of higher education in training the next generation of cannabis industry leaders. Given the uncertain legal environment, at this time it may not be prudent for colleges and universities that receive federal funds to provide explicit how-to guidance for establishing and operating a cannabis-based business. However, even if students do not intend to participate in the rapidly growing cannabis marketplace, studying it will help them gain a better understanding of the regulatory, financial, and marketing issues facing many other types of businesses. In addition, with the industry’s tremendous projected growth in the coming years, students will be well-served to learn more about cannabis’ unique history, culture, properties as a whole plant and regulatory structure. For these reasons alone, more colleges and universities should seriously consider offering cannabis courses. Higher Education Cautiously Begins to Train Cannabis Industry Leaders Download Our iOS App Jon Baumunk cannabis industry Member of the Faculty October 25, 2018 Guest Writer 5 min read College business programs are well positioned to prepare students for careers in cannabis but are hampered because marijuana remains federally illegal. Image credit: Eva Horak | EyeEm | Getty Images 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. –shares Free Green Entrepreneur App Add to Queue Next Article last_img read more

Could This Plant Shake Up the Biofuel Industry

first_img –shares January 30, 2014 Former Staff Writer Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Technology Image credit: Jürgen Howaldt Next Article center_img Could This Plant Shake Up the Biofuel Industry? Geoff Weiss Aircraft giant Boeing may have unearthed the greatest breakthrough in the biofuel industry to date — one that benefits both the environment and businesses.A consortium of scientists at the Masdar Research Institute in Abu Dhabi announced yesterday promising studies that have been conducted on shrub-like plants called halophytes. These desert plants can be irrigated with saltwater and can easily be converted into hydrocarbons.This is critical because the sources for biofuel typically flourish with large amounts of freshwater on arable land — two resources that are already in diminutive supply.“Twenty percent of the world’s land is either desert or becoming desert through overuse or mal-use”, Darrin Morgan, director of sustainable aviation fuels and environmental strategy at Boeing, told EnergyPost. “And 97 percent of the world’s water is salt water. So if you can use those two factors that turns the scarcity problem that plagues all biofuels on its head.”Related: The Costs and Benefits of Alternative-Fuel VehiclesFinding a suitable oil alternative would not only curb environmental damage and address spiking fuel prices, Boeing discovered, but may actually increase engine efficiency for its planes. (Honeywell and Etihad Airways also sponsored the study, comprising a group called the Sustainable Bio-Energy Research Consortium.)A pilot facility where halophytes are being grown through aquaculture is currently in construction in Abu Dhabi for testing to start next year — with commercial production possible in as soon as four years, said Morgan, who is a 10-year Boeing veteran.“While the biofuel is being developed by members of the airline industry,” writes energy website CleanTechnica, “the vision is that it will also be useful for ground transport.”Related: Why Are These Franchisees Ganging Up Against the Biofuel Industry? 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. 2 min read Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Study examines if maternal prenatal vitamin use is linked to autism recurrence

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 28 2019This study examined whether prenatal vitamin use by mothers was associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) recurrence in high-risk families. The study included 241 children who were selected because a sibling was diagnosed with ASD. Mothers reported their use of prenatal vitamins during pregnancy.While most mothers reported taking prenatal vitamins while pregnant, only 87 (36 percent) mothers met the recommendations to take prenatal vitamins in the six months before pregnancy. Researchers report that children whose mothers had taken prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy appeared less likely to be diagnosed with ASD when compared with children whose mothers hadn’t taken prenatal vitamins during that time. The proportion of children with ASD among mothers who took prenatal vitamins in the first month of pregnancy was 14.1 percent (18 children) compared with 32.7 percent (37 children) among those whose mothers didn’t take prenatal vitamins during that time. One limitation is that this study was observational, which means there may have been differences between the two groups that weren’t accounted for during the analysis, even though the investigators accounted for many factors. Another limitation is the study’s relatively small sample size. This study is important because there have been conflicting studies about whether maternal prenatal vitamin use is associated with a lower risk of ASD. More research is needed to confirm the associations observed in this study. Source:https://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/is-prenatal-vitamin-use-by-moms-associated-with-risk-for-autism-spectrum-disorder-recurrence-in-young-siblings/last_img read more

EU investigates German carmakers for possible collusion

first_img The EU Commission said Tuesday that it had received information that BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, and VW units Audi and Porsche held meetings to discuss clean technologies aimed at limiting car exhaust emissions.The probe focuses on whether the automakers agreed not to compete against each other in developing and introducing technology to restrict pollution from gasoline and diesel passenger cars.”If proven, this collusion may have denied consumers the opportunity to buy less polluting cars, despite the technology being available to the manufacturers,” said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.The Commission said its probe was focused on diesel emission control systems involving the injection of urea solution into exhaust to remove harmful nitrogen oxides. The probe follows a report in Der Spiegel magazine last year that the automakers had agreed to limit the size of the tanks holding the urea solution.The case is another source of diesel trouble for German automakers in the wake of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal.The Commission said, however, there was no evidence the companies had colluded to develop so-called defeat devices—computer software that illegally turns off emissions controls. Volkswagen in 2015 admitted using such devices and has set aside 27.4 billion euros ($32 billion) for fines, settlements, recalls and buybacks. Former CEO Martin Winterkorn was criminally charged by U.S. authorities but cannot be extradited; Audi division head Rupert Stadler has been jailed while prosecutors investigate possible wrongdoing.The automakers said they were not able to comment on details of the case but pointed out in statements that opening a probe does not necessarily mean a violation will be found. Daimler and Volkswagen said they were cooperating with the probe; BMW said that it “has supported the EU commission in its work and will continue to do so.”Daimler noted that the probe only applied to Europe and did not involve allegations of price-fixing. BMW said it supported the Commission in its work from the start of the investigation and would continue to do so. “The presumption of innocence continues to apply until the investigations have been fully completed,” Volkswagen said in a statement.After the Volkswagen scandal broke, renewed scrutiny of diesel emissions showed that cars from other automakers also showed higher diesel emissions in everyday driving than during testing, thanks in part to regulatory loopholes that let automakers turn down the emissions controls to avoid engine damage under certain conditions. The EU subsequently tightened its testing procedures to reflect real-world driving conditions for cars being approved for sale now. Environmental groups are pushing in court actions to ban older diesel cars in German cities with high pollution levels.The Commission probe also is looking at possible collusion over particulate filters for cars with gasoline engines.The Commission said that it did not see a need to look into other areas of cooperation among the so-called “Circle of Five” automakers such as quality and safety testing, the speed at which convertible roofs could open and at which cruise control would work. It said anti-trust rules leave room for technical cooperation aimed at improving product quality.Anti-trust fines can be steep. In 2016 and 2017 the Commission imposed a fine of 3.8 billion euros after it found that six truck makers had colluded on pricing, the timing of introduction of emissions technologies and the passing on of costs for emissions compliance to customers. Truck maker MAN, part of Volkswagen, was not fined because it blew the whistle on the cartel. The others were Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco, DAF and Scania, also owned by Volkswagen. Citation: EU investigates German carmakers for possible collusion (2018, September 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-eu-german-carmakers-collusion.html In this Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 file photo, the exhaust pipes of a VW Diesel car are photographed in Frankfurt, Germany. The European Union’s anti-trust watchdog is investigating whether automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development and roll-out of car emission control systems, it was reported on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. European Union regulators have opened an in-depth investigation into whether automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development and roll-out of car emission control systems.center_img 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. EU targets BMW, Daimler, VW in pollution cartel probe Explore furtherlast_img read more

Verizon cuts jobs at media unit that includes Yahoo AOL

first_img © 2019 AFP Citation: Verizon cuts jobs at media unit that includes Yahoo, AOL (2019, January 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-verizon-jobs-media-yahoo-aol.html Armstrong out at Verizon’s Oath after integrating AOL, Yahoo The Verizon unit that includes Yahoo and AOL—briefly known as Oath—is cutting hundreds of jobs in a restructuring move Explore furthercenter_img Verizon is cutting hundreds of jobs from its media division which includes the former internet stars Yahoo and AOL, a source familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The source said the cuts amounting to seven percent of the workforce are being made “to focus the business and realign teams” at the Verizon Media unit, which also includes news sites such as HuffPost, TechCrunch and Engadget.The exact number of cuts was not clear, but the Wall Street Journal said it would amount to around 800 positions at the unit, which was rebranded as Verizon Media after a brief period in which it had been branded as Oath.The unit’s chief executive Guru Gowrappan, who took over in October 2018, made the changes after a strategic review which determined the group would prioritize “Yahoo’s member-centric ecosystem” along with ad technology and video products.Responded to an AFP query, Verizon Media said in a statement: “Our goal is to create the best experiences for our consumers and the best platforms for our customers. Today marks a strategic step toward better execution of our plans for growth and innovation into the future.” Verizon, which also operates one of the largest US telecom networks, last year wrote down the value of its Yahoo acquisition by some $4.6 billion. The media unit includes a broad array of online services including the mobile analytics division Flurry, Mapquest and the RYOT Films division, which received an Oscar nomination for its short documentary Lifeboat.It has expanded video coverage through Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports and has partnered with Microsoft on online advertising.Verizon began using the name Oath for its digital media assets after acquiring Yahoo in 2017, but dropped the name earlier this month in favor of Verizon Media. 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.last_img read more

Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant

first_img The delicate operation represents the first time the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) has pulled out fuel rods from inside a highly contaminated building containing the melted-down reactor, and comes four years behind schedule.Due to high radiation levels, technicians used remote-controlled equipment to haul fuel from a “storage pool” inside the building.Operations were briefly suspended early Monday afternoon after a problem with the equipment removing the fuel, but resumed shortly afterwards.”We finally started this work. We will spend two years removing 566 units of fuel from reactor three,” said Takahiro Kimoto, a TEPCO spokesman.TEPCO removed four units as planned on Monday, with workers continuing to remove debris that have fallen inside the pool and other areas, Kimoto told reporters.”Factors such as removal of debris and various troubles have caused delays, which we realise have caused significant worries to people in the region and others,” Kimoto said.”Putting safety as our priority, we will carefully continue this work,” he promised. Robot lifts bits of melted fuel at Japan’s Fukushima plant Citation: Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant (2019, April 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-nuclear-fuel-crippled-japan.html Graphic on the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. The withdrawal of nuclear fuel is a delicate operation for the Tokyo Electric Power Co In the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, reactors one, two and three at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant melted down after a deadly earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. 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. The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima power plant on Monday began removing atomic fuel from inside a building housing one of the reactors that melted down in 2011. The accident was the worst since Chernobyl in 1986 Explore further The tsunami killed around 18,000 people and caused widespread devastation, and the nuclear meltdown forced the evacuation of areas near the plant.Reactors four through six were offline at the time of the disaster for inspections and did not suffer meltdowns, though reactor four was damaged by an explosion in the days after the tsunami.In December 2014, TEPCO finished removing all 1,535 units of nuclear fuel kept inside the storage pool at reactor four.The company aims to conduct the same operations for the buildings for reactor one and two by 2023 as part of a four-decade plan to dismantle the entire Fukushima plant.Japan’s government has pushed a reconstruction plan for the surrounding region that includes decontaminating affected areas and removing topsoil.This month, an evacuation order was lifted for part of Okuma, one of two towns where the nuclear plant is located.But regions affected by the disaster have struggled to attract back residents who fled in the wake of the meltdown, with many still concerned about radiation despite government assurances. © 2019 AFP Engineers have had to contend with clearing earthquake debris inside the building and an array of other technical challenges, said TEPCO spokeswoman Yuka Matsubara.”We had to proceed carefully (to remove debris), and we needed to take measures as dust would waft up and increase radiation readings,” she told AFP.TEPCO engineers will not yet attempt to extract molten nuclear fuel that remains deep inside the mangled reactor. This is considered the most difficult part of the massive clean-up operation and is not expected to begin until 2021.’Reconstruction plan’In February, TEPCO sent a remote-controlled probe to pick up pebble-sized pieces of the melted fuel in a bid to find out whether the material could be moved. The next step in that painstaking process will be to remove some of the fuel as a sample, which is scheduled to happen by March 2020.The company also faces other difficult challenges, including working out how to dispose of large quantities of contaminated water stored in containers at the plant site.last_img read more