Baseball Ohio State begins season with threegame sweep of Seton Hall

Ohio State then-freshman starting pitcher Seth Lonsway delivers a pitch out of the windup in Game 3 of the Scarlet and Gray World Series. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor-in-ChiefThe Ohio State baseball team (3-0) started the season with a bang, sweeping Seton Hall in three games over the weekend in the Snowbird Baseball Classic. Game 1The Ohio State pitching staff exploded onto the scene in the Buckeye’s season opener.The Buckeyes began the season with a 4-3 win over Seton Hall on Friday. Strong pitching, along with multiple-RBI games from both junior right fielder Dominic Canzone and junior first baseman Conner Pohl, propelled the Buckeyes to the opening day win.Redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway led the way with a nine-strikeout collegiate debut. It didn’t take long for Lonsway to settle into his role, as he struck out the side to start the game. He went six innings and allowed one run in the win.The game was close, with Ohio State leading 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, until Pohl brought in two runs with a single.A two-run home run by Seton Hall junior first baseman Matt Toke at the top of the eighth inning pulled the game back to a single run, but Buckeye sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith earned a save to close out the game for the first win of the season.Game 2Strong pitching from Ohio State continued on the second day of the Snowbird Baseball Classic.Freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn held Seton Hall to just one hit in eight innings of work, as the Buckeyes defeated the Pirates 6-0. Ohio State (2-0) tallied nine hits in the win.Burhenn notched six strikeouts and no walks in a dominant debut performance.The game was blown open when junior shortstop Noah West hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to push the lead to 5-0. This marked the third home run hit by the Buckeyes this season.The youth of Ohio State positively impacted Ohio State on the offensive side as well. Freshman third baseman Marcus Ernst earned his first collegiate hit to go along with two runs scored.Seton Hall’s one hit was made by sophomore catcher Jerry Huntzinger, and junior pitcher Noah Thompson was given the loss. Game 3A strong first two innings put the Buckeyes in the driver’s seat for a third straight win to open the season.Ohio State (3-0) completed the sweep against Seton Hall with a 5-3 victory. The Buckeyes scored all five runs in the first two innings, and a treacherous start for sophomore pitcher Tyler Burnham forced the Pirates to replace him after recording just one out.In the bottom of the second inning, junior right fielder Dominic Canzone launched his second home run of the season, the team’s fourth in three gamesSeton Hall chipped away at the lead, posting single-run innings in the fourth, fifth, and eighth.Ohio State’s junior pitcher Jake Vance put up a solid five-inning performance, in which he struck out six and allowed two runs. Fifth-year senior Thomas Waning was credited with the save. The Buckeye offense posted 15 runs in the series, while allowing only six runs.The team will play a single game against Florida Gulf Coast on Monday. This will be the first true road game for the Buckeyes. read more

Carragher jokes about all the people leaving England if Liverpool wins

first_imgThe former Reds player says many people will leave the country if they win the title, including his coworker Gary Neville.Jamie Carragher played for Liverpool all his professional life.He defended the Reds shirt from 1996 to 2013.And know, with Liverpool on first place in the English Premier League standings, he’s joking about all the people that say they will leave England if they win the title.“I hope so,” he was quoted by The Manchester Evening News.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“There is no doubt Manchester is united tonight. United and City are as one.”“I think the majority of the United fans want City to come out on top,” he explained.“We’ve got a charter booked for the 27th of May,” his coworker and former footballer Gary Neville added.“There will be a million flights booked out of Manchester to the forests of the Amazon where there’s no wifi. We’re out of here, we’re gone. It’d be the season from hell.”last_img read more

Everyones A VIP At Clive Davis PreGRAMMY Gala From Travis Scott To

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 10, 2019 – 1:54 am Walk The 2019 Pre-GRAMMY Gala Red Carpet Pass through the velvet rope at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles for an exclusive look at the star-studded 2019 Pre-GRAMMY Salute To Industry IconsAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 11:27 am On Feb. 9, on the eve of Music’s Biggest Night, the 61st GRAMMY Awards, artists from across genres and decades gathered at the glitzy Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. for the 2019 Pre-GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons. Everyone’s A VIP At Clive Davis’ Pre-GRAMMY Gala: From Travis Scott To Jimmy Jam To Brandi Carlile Dua Lipa & Ellie Goulding | Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty ImagesThis year’s who’s-who of music gala celebrated iconic industry veteran Clarence Avant, known as the Godfather Of Black Music, as the honoree of the evening. Like event host and fellow legend Davis, he helped launch the careers of many great artists, working with the likes of GRAMMY-winning greats Bill Withers, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of The Time.The video celebrating Avant had countless heroes such as Former President Barack Obama, Jones, Diddy and JAY-Z sharing how much they love Avant, the powerful impact he’s made on their lives and music, and how he always knows the right thing to say. Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow introduced him with a fitting complement, and a huge one given the company they were in: “You’re the ultimate music person.” The Time properly brought the funk on stage to celebrate Avant with a performance of their ’80s hits “The Bird” and “Jungle Love,” dancing as if no time had passed.Current GRAMMY nominee Travis Scott set the mood opening the evening’s performances with “Goosebumps” and “Sicko Mode,” while sisters and fellow nominees Chloe x Halle brought home a rousing cover of the late GRAMMY-winning Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin’s “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves.” Brandi Carlile, another current GRAMMY nominee, returned to the stage to join the duo, along with past nominee Valerie Simpson and Broadway star Keala Settle, ending the evening on quite the high note. Less than 24 hours before the big red carpet walk today, the likes of current GRAMMY nominees Ella Mai, Dua Lipa, Diplo, Shaggy, Alice Cooper and Weird Al Yankovich, and GRAMMY winners Melissa Etheridge and Quincy Jones, brought their vibrant energy and killer looks at the annual celebration hosted by the Recording Academy and Clive Davis. Onlookers tried to spy the glam looks on the red carpet as they peered into the hotel’s glass—we’ll let you past the velvet rope and walk it with us as at this exclusive music industry event. Everyone’s A VIP At The 2019 Pre-GRAMMY Gala everyones-vip-clive-davis-pre-grammy-gala-travis-scott-jimmy-jam-brandi-carlile Twitter Email News Facebook Chloe x Halle | Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesOther musical guests for the evening included current nominees Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line and H.E.R., along with past nominees Jazmine Sullivan and Ledisi, plus GRAMMY winner Rob Thomas. Sullivan and Thomas offered a powerful duet, belting out Aretha and George Michael’s “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).”As the evening rolled on, Davis made sure to highlight all the countless legends in the room, as the crowd continuously burst into applause and often up on their feet to celebrate the likes of music greats Barbara Streisand, George Clinton and Dionne Warwick, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Apple’s Tim Cook and even former-L.A. Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.Don’t forget to tune in to the 2019 GRAMMYs live from Staples Center today. Start with the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. PST/3:30 ET, then follow us to the red carpet at 2:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. ET—both will be live streamed right here on right here on GRAMMY.com.Then the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the 61st GRAMMY Awards, hosted by 15-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys, will air live at 5:00 p.m. PST/8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT on CBS.GRAMMY Nominees In Their Own Words: Brandi Carlile, H.E.R., Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monaé & MoreRead morelast_img read more

Single Match Volleyball Tickets Are Now On Sale

first_imgThe season will highlight one of the best Cardinal recruiting classes in recent memory. The 2019 UofL volleyball recruiting class was ranked No. 16 in the nation, the highest ranked class in the ACC and the highest ranking Cardinal class since 2006. To see the complete schedule, click here Print Friendly Version The ranking was announced by PrepVolleyball.com, where a panel of college coaches from across the country and representing all three NCAA women’s volleyball divisions determines the top list of classes. Story Links Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 502-GO-CARDS, or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Single match tickets will also be available for purchase on match days at the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena ticket windows starting one hour prior to match time. Single match tickets can be bought here The University of Louisville volleyball season is right around the corner and there is no shortage of elite competition coming to The Ville and single match tickets go on sale today, Friday, August 16 at 10 a.m.The Cardinals home slate includes 15 matches against teams that were nationally ranked in 2018, as well as 11 matches against teams that earned an NCAA Tournament berth last season. The Cardinals posted a 22-9 record in the 2018 season and made their 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UofL is led by returning HM All-American Melanie McHenry as well as starters Emily Scott and Piper Roe, a member of the US Collegiate National Team. last_img read more

Seth Rogen Blasts Twitter CEO for Verifying White Supremacists

first_img Popular on Variety Seth Rogen says he’s been directly in touch with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about verifying “white supremacists” on the social platform — and the actor-comedian now is ripping into the tech exec over the issue.Rogen, in a tweet Tuesday, wrote: “I’ve been DMing with @jack about his bizarre need to verify white supremacists on his platform for the last 8 months or so, and after all the exchanges, I’ve reached a conclusion: the dude simply does not seem to give a fuck.” Some of the accounts banned in late 2017 included the Traditionalist Worker Party, a group of white supremacists known for its anti-semitism, the pro-confederate League of the South, as well as the American Nazi Party. Twitter also banned accounts from individuals associated with these groups, as well as far-right extremists from the U.K., including the anti-immigrant group Britain First.In February, Dorsey said the company’s efforts to improve “information quality” extend to providing tools to help users ascertain the credibility of sources. “Twitter is a very good mirror for what’s going on in the world,” Dorsey said, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. “At our worst it makes people be a lot more reflexive, and at our best it encourages people to be a lot more reflective.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Twitter declined to comment. Dorsey had not responded to Rogen’s tweet as of press time.Hate speech and abusive behavior more broadly have been issues threatening Twitter’s growth and they’ve periodically flared into PR problems for the company. Dorsey has routinely pledged to make “safety” a No. 1 priority at Twitter and has said he’s implemented a program to measure the “health” of conversations on the platform.Last December, Twitter banned several accounts associated with far-right extremists, including at least one that has been retweeted by President Trump, as part of instituting new rules against hate and harassment.last_img read more

Lets pimp the disco

first_imgTell us a bit about yourselves and how did you guys come together as a band?We’ve both been individual musicians for awhile now prior to this collaboration. Saba has been singing with a bunch of other bands as well as working as a professional sessions vocalist and playback singer, and Imaad is the frontman/ guitarist for The Pulp Society, as well as produces solo under the moniker Madboy. Imaad heard Saba’s voice at a late night jam with some friends and immediately knew he had to get her to sing on some of his productions. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’And how did the name come about?It’s basically a combination of two solo projects. Madboy is Imaad’s project as a solo producer and Mink is Saba’s moniker as a producer and DJ. So we just thought combining the two would be simple and non-pretentious. Tell us about what drives you guys, what are your influences?Our personal influences are extremely varied and diverse but for this project we are focusing on a sound which is driven by old style Harlem swing and bringing that into context with production that’s rooted in disco and funk. It’s our own trademark sound and it’s hard to explain too much- it’s something that needs to be experienced. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTell us a bit about the songs you have planned for this chapter at Raasta?We haven’t been releasing too much of our material online, because we like each of our releases to be really special and when the EP is released, It’s going to be pretty hyped. But in spite of that, a lot of our tunes have been spreading by word of mouth and gigs that have travelled all over the place. Our songs – Pimp the Disco, Taste your kiss, Lemonade (which was our first single release and is on Soundcloud) Trouble, Soulboy etc and many more will all be on the set list. What’s next in the pipeline for you guys?We play Sunburn in Goa which is the last gig for the year for us coming at the end of our first year as ‘Madboy/Mink’ and it’s been a very busy year in terms of gigs. We’re just going to take stock, lock ourselves in the studio for a little while, and complete the final mixes for our EP which will be out most probably by the end of Feb or beginning of March – and will be followed by a comprehensive tour across the country.WHEN: 25 December, 9 pm onwardsWHERE: Raasta, Hauz Khas Villagelast_img read more

Knots and stitches

first_imgThe 29th edition of India Carpet Expo showcases more than 275 reputed manufacturer exporters from all over country like – U.P., Rajasthan, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh etc. A record number of 450 overseas carpet buyers from around 57 countries mainly USA, Germany, France, UK, Turkey, Brazil, China, Canada, Denmark, Japan, Korea, European Union Countries etc shall be visiting the expo to generate business for this rural based cottage sector. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event is organised by Carpet Export Promotion Council of India (CEPC) setup by Ministry of Textiles government o?f India. CEPC was established to promote the exports of hand-made / hand-knotted carpets and other floor coverings. CEPC therefore, helps in skill enhancement of weavers, artisans, entrepreneurs, strengthening base in existing markets, identifying potential markets, educating about government policies and its compliances, providing financial assistance for brand building of Indian hand-made carpets, through publicity, participating in world renowned trade fairs and expositions.Where: Hall no. 8- 11, Pragati MaidanWhen: March 27 – 30last_img read more

Sleep well to avoid eating junk food due to job stress

first_imgStress at your job can lead to overeating and intake of junk food at dinnertime, but there could be a buffer to this harmful pattern. New research suggests that a good night’s sleep can serve as a protecting factor between job stress and unhealthy eating in the evening.”We found that employees who have a stressful workday tend to bring their negative feelings from the workplace to the dinner table, as manifested in eating more than usual and opting for more junk food instead of healthy food,” said study co-author Chu-Hsiang Chang, Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe research, published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology, involved two studies of 235 workers in China. One study dealt with information technology employees who regularly experienced high workload and felt there was never enough time in the workday. The second study involved call-centre workers who often got stressed from having to deal with rude and demanding customers.In both cases, workday stress was linked to employees’ negative mood while on the job, which in turn was linked to unhealthy eating in the evening, study co-author Yihao Liu, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study proposed two potential explanations, Liu said.”First, eating is sometimes used as an activity to relieve and regulate one’s negative mood, because individuals instinctively avoid aversive feelings and approach desire feelings,” he said. “Second, unhealthy eating can also be a consequence of diminished self-control. When feeling stressed out by work, individuals usually experience inadequacy in exerting effective control over their cognitions and behaviours to be aligned with personal goals and social norms,” Liu added.The finding that sleep protects against unhealthy eating following workday stress shows how the health behaviours are related, Chang pointed out.”A good night’s sleep can make workers replenished and feel vigorous again, which may make them better able to deal with stress at work the next day and less vulnerable to unhealthy eating,” she said.last_img read more

Learning physics may activate new brain areas

first_imgBrain areas that are traditionally not associated with learning science can become active when people are confronted with solving physics problems, finds a study. This shows that the brain’s activity can be modified by different forms of instruction.”The neurobiological processes that underpin learning are complex and not always directly connected to what we think it means to learn,” said lead author Eric Brewe, Associate Professor at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings, published in the journal Frontiers in ICT, showed that newer brain regions associated with attention, working memory and problem solving – the lateral prefrontal cortex and parietal cortex, sometimes called the brain’s ‘central executive network’ – showed activity when dealing with such problems.Another area that became active was the posterior cingulate cortex, which is linked to episodic memory and self-referential thought.”These changes in brain activity may be related to more complex behavioural changes in how students reason through physics questions post- relative to pre-instruction,” Brewe noted. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”These might include shifts in strategy or an increased access to physics knowledge and problem-solving resources,” he said.Using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to measure blood flow in the brain, the researchers looked to map what areas become active when completing a physics reasoning task, both before a course on the concepts and after. A small group of students were taught a physics course that utilised ‘Modeling Instruction’, a style of teaching which encourages students to be active participants in their learning. “This suggests that learning physics is an imaginative process, which is not typically how people think of it,” Brewe said, in reference to the study which aimed to explore how students use their own mental models to understand new concepts.”The idea of mental models is something that people who research learning love to talk about, but have no evidence of what is happening inside brains other than what people say or do,” Brewe said. “We are actually looking for evidence from inside the brain,” he added.last_img read more

At 83 Donald Rumsfeld Takes a Shot at App Development

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » All’s fair in politics and war … but what about card games?For Winston Churchill, the same rules apparently applied: #NeverGiveIn.In a bizarre twist, this phrase now serves as the tagline for former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s inaugural mobile game Churchill Solitaire, which he created in partnership with a team of coders.Related: 6 Lessons in How to Build a Successful App“I’ve done business, politics, and war,” the 83-year-old wrote in a blog post announcing its release. “Now I’m trying my hand at mobile gaming.”Churchill Solitaire is essentially a more challenging version of the traditional card game. In place of a single deck players use two decks, and work with 10 rows of cards rather than the typical seven. Churchill played the game during World War II to sharpen his strategic thinking skills, according to Rumsfeld. In Rumsfeld’s app, there are varying levels and difficulties as players move up the ranks. Created for the most cunning of minds, a series of rules and limitations make the game especially challenging. For example, if the player doesn’t make a move in 30 seconds, he’s forced to surrender.The game’s “diabolical rules,” Rumsfeld says, are what “make it the hardest game of solitaire — and probably the most challenging and strategic game of logic or puzzle — I’ve ever played.”Rumsfeld said he learned the card game from one of the Churchill’s former proteges, André de Staercke, during a plane ride in the 1970s. Staercke had learned the game from Churchill himself.Until recent years, only a few people knew about the game and even fewer were able to find their way to victory.Inspired to share the tradition, Rumsfeld and his wife worked with a team of developers to perfect the game. The non-profit endeavor took years to build after the Churchill family gave the project their blessing. All profits will go to charity. However, a free version is available in the Apple Store for both iPhones and iPads.The motivation for the app, Rumsfeld wrote, was best explained by Staercke himself.“As my friend Andre de Staercke once put it to me, ‘What one needs in life are the pessimism of intelligence and the optimism of will,’ Rumsfeld wrote. “Play a couple hands of Churchill Solitaire, and you’ll know precisely what he meant.”Related: Lessons for the New CEO From 5 Great Leaders of HistoryA previous version of this story misidentified Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of State. Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defense. January 26, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Deepminds AlphaFold is successful in predicting the 3D structure of a protein

first_imgGoogle’s DeepMind is turning its attention to using AI for science and healthcare. This statement is strengthened by the fact that last month, Google made major inroads into healthcare tech by absorbing DeepMind Health. In August it’s AI was successful in spotting over 50 sight-threatening eye diseases. Now it has solved another tough science problem. At an international conference in Cancun on Sunday, Deepmind’s latest AI system AlphaFold won the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction (CASP) competition. The CASP is held every two years, inviting participants to submit models to predict the 3D structure of a protein from the amino acid sequence. The ability to predict a protein’s shape is useful to scientists because it is fundamental to understanding its role within the body. It is also used for diagnosing and treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and cystic fibrosis. AlphaFold’s SUMZ score was 127.9 (the previous winner SUMZ score was 80.46), achieving what CASP called “unprecedented progress in the ability of computational methods to predict protein structure.” The second team, named Zhang, scored 107.6. How does Deepmind’s AlphaFold work AlphaFold’s team trained a neural network to predict a separate distribution of distances between every pair of residues in a protein. These probabilities were then combined into a score that estimates how accurate a proposed protein structure is. They also trained a separate neural network that uses all distances in aggregate to estimate how close the proposed structure is to the right answer. The scoring functions were used to search the protein landscape to find structures that matched their predictions. They used two distinct methods to construct predictions of full protein structures. The first method repeatedly replaced pieces of a protein structure with new protein fragments. They trained a generative neural network to invent new fragments to improve the score of the proposed protein structure. The second method optimized scores through gradient descent for building highly accurate structures. This technique was applied to entire protein chains rather than to pieces that must be folded separately before being assembled, reducing the complexity of the prediction process. DeepMind Founder and CEO Demis Hassabis celebrated the victory in a tweet. Google CEO Sunder Pichai was also excited about this development on how AI can be used for scientific discovery. Read Next NeurIPS 2018 paper: DeepMind researchers explore autoregressive discrete autoencoders (ADAs) to model music in raw audio at scale. Google makes major inroads into healthcare tech by absorbing DeepMind Health A new episodic memory-based curiosity model to solve procrastination in RL agents by Google Brain, DeepMind and ETH Zurichlast_img read more

Book Honduras with Sunwing to earn bonus commission STAR Points

first_imgBook Honduras with Sunwing to earn bonus commission & STAR Points Posted by Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img TORONTO — Throughout the month of December, Sunwing is offering agents 4% bonus commission on all new bookings to Roatan and La Ceiba, Honduras.The tour operator has partnered with select hotels and resorts in both destinations for the month of December. The promotion runs until Dec. 31.In addition to commission, agents will also receive STAR Agent Reward Points that convert into cash. Plus, each time an agent makes a booking to any participating resort in either destination, they’ll gain a ballot for a chance to win an all-inclusive vacation for two to one of these vacation hotspots. The more bookings an agent makes, the more chances they’ll have to win.A seven-day, all-inclusive vacation package will be given away each week during the promotion.Participating resorts are offering various incentives throughout the month, from complimentary room upgrades to resort credits. For example, guests can enjoy incredible diving at a reduced rate with select pre-sold packages at Fantasy Island Beach Resort, Dive and Marina in Roatan, a family-friendly resort nestled on its own 21-acre private island.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJOther participating resorts include: Mayan Princess Beach and Dive Resort; Paradise Beach Hotel and Resort; Infinity Bay Spa and Beach resort; Palma Real Beach Resort and Villas; The Lodge at Pico Bonito, and more.Sunwing offers weekly flights from Montreal and Toronto to both La Ceiba and Roatan. New for this season, clients from Bagotville and Quebec will be able to take advantage of a new flight service to Roatan departing Mondays between Dec. 18, 2017 and April 16, 2018.All packages in the promotion include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. For more information on the promotion, visit sunwingagents.ca. Tags: Commission, Honduras, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Why he fits Look no further than the Cardinals T

first_imgWhy he fits: Look no further than the Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu for an example of a player who has flourished in the NFL after entering the league with character concerns stemming from college transgressions. So, it comes as little surprise that Mathieu was part of the club’s vetting process on Nkemdiche prior to the draft. Beyond character concerns, however, Nkemdiche is a free spirit with a colorful personality, and the kind of guy who could succeed in a setting that allows him to be himself. Sound anything like former Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett? Even coach Bruce Arians embraced the comparison.The Dockett comparisons are easy to make, given that the two play the same position and Nkemdiche will be wearing number 90 for Arizona. Though the rookie is larger in stature, they even look a little alike.As for the “free spirit” part, Nkemdiche himself has said Arizona is the perfect place for him because the Cardinals allow players to be themselves rather than try to fit into some sort of box.At any rate, both the Cardinals and Nkemdiche seem to have found what they were looking for in each other. For the Cardinals, they landed a potentially disruptive defensive lineman whose talent may belie his draft slot, and for Nkemdiche, he found a home that will accept him for who he is. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “They know what they’re getting into, and we know what we’re getting into.”Arians went on to explain that, when it comes to Nkemdiche, he comes from a great family and his off the field questions all stem from one bad night, which they don’t expect to be repeated.“I felt very, very comfortable the fourth time I sat down and went through this story again, of what really transpired and where he comes from and what he’s all about,” the coach added. “He will fit our culture.”A major part of the team’s confidence comes from Tyrann Mathieu, a third-round selection in 2013 who had been kicked off his college team but, with the Cardinals, has turned into one of the best defensive players in the NFL and a face of the franchise. The way he has turned his life around has led to GM Steve Keim taking a second look at players who are perceived as “troubled” when it comes to evaluating talent, and that way of business led the team to Nkemdiche, a talented player who fell to No. 29 for a reason.And you know what? According to NFL.com college football writer Chase Goodbread, the defensive lineman is one of nine NFL Draft picks who landed with the ideal team. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals certainly believe in their culture, for if they didn’t there is little chance they would have chosen Robert Nkemdiche with the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.In fact, they said as much shortly after making the selection.“I think the culture of our locker room speaks for itself,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “We’ve got great leadership, young and old. When those guys meet with players, when we bring them in, they meet with a lot of different players we bring in. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 28 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Robert Nkemdiche (90) lines up with Olsen PIerre (72), Josh Popper (48) and Trevon Hartfield (31) during rookie mini-camp. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)last_img read more

Committee approves Rep Webbers bill to streamline autonomous vehicle technology

first_img01May Committee approves Rep. Webber’s bill to streamline autonomous vehicle technology Categories: Webber News The Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Michael Webber to make vehicle platooning easier for semi-trucks in Michigan. Vehicle platooning refers to cars or trucks that are electronically linked to coordinate speeds in order to enhance safety, save time and energy, and reduce emissions. It is already legal on Michigan roads.Webber’s bill exempts semi-trucks operating in a platoon from a requirement that they keep a certain distance between each other.“As Vice Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’ve seen how autonomous vehicle technology continues to advance and how there will be various portions of the law that need to be updated to reflect changes,” said Webber, of Rochester Hills. “This legislation embraces the use of autonomous vehicles on Michigan roadways and streamlines the process of vehicle platooning.”Webber said the legislation keeps the Michigan Vehicle Code consistent with new technology.House Bill 5749 moves to the full House for consideration.###last_img read more

So make and get along to the brilliant Banks of th

first_imgSo make and get along to the brilliant Banks of the Foyle Music festival this weekend.THE BEST IN COUNTRY MUSIC TO PERFORM AT BANKS OF THE FOYLE MUSIC FESTIVAL was last modified: August 27th, 2015 by stephenstephen ENTERTAINMENT: Some of the best acts in Country Music are set to perform at the Banks of the Foyle Music festival which gets underway tonight.A massive crowd of country music enthusiasts are expected to attend the festival which has attracted some top-class musical talent. Derek Ryan and Lisa McHugh are two of the star attractions at the festival and will draw big crowds on Friday and Sunday night respectively.However, there really is something for everyone at this superb festival.Tonight, a JIVING MASTERCLASS with kick-off proceedings with Kevin O’Kane.The festival takes place in the beautiful Greysteel area of Derry and lasts from tonight until Sunday.center_img ShareTweetlast_img read more

Im just sitting here waiting for everything to ei

first_imgI’m just sitting here waiting for everything to either melt down or blow up…and it’s my opinion that a lot of other people are doing the same.Well, it wasn’t a very exciting day in the gold market on Wednesday, as the price basically flat-lined from the open in the Far East until 8:30 a.m. in New York. Then the gold price jumped thirteen dollars or so…and then more or less traded flat until noon Eastern time.Then gold got sold down, giving up all but two dollars of its earlier gain. It recovered a bit from there…and then traded sideways once the Comex closed at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Gold’s high tick of the New York trading session was $1,626.10 spot…and that came at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.Gold closed at $1,617.60 spot…up $7.80 on the day. Net volume…around 122,000 contracts…was more than decent, considering how quiet the day was up until the London open, as there were obviously no high-frequency traders lurking about in the Far East trading session on Wednesday.The silver price traded in a tight range on Wednesday and, once again, its many attempts to break through the $29 spot level all ended the same way…in failure. The New York high tick came shortly after 9:00 a.m. at $29.26 spot.Silver closed the New York electronic trading session at $28.86 spot…down 11 cents on the day. Net volume was around 26,000 contracts.The dollar index opened around the 82.40 mark…climbed to its 82.55 high of the day around lunch time in Hong Kong…and then it was pretty much down hill from there, except for a minor rally during the first half of the London trading session.The low of the day…81.94…came at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time…and from there it recovered a bit into the close, finishing the day around 82.13…down about 25 basis points from Tuesday. And I was quite surprised that the gold price didn’t respond when the dollar index fell 40 basis points in the two-hour period between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.The gold stocks spent almost the entire day in the black…and the HUI was up a bit over a percent a few times during the trading day…but couldn’t hold those gains going into the close. The HUI finished up only 0.20%…which is better than the alternative.The silver stocks, which had done reasonably well earlier in Wednesday’s trading session, faded into the close as well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index finished down 0.59%. Most of that loss came as a result of the 3.00 percent drop in Compania Minas Buenaventura on no news that I could see.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 216 gold and 2 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday. Citigroup was the big short/issuer with 211 contracts…and the biggest long/stoppers with 114 contracts was JPMorgan in its client account…and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 90 contracts.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV.I note that the new short positions in GLD and SLV have been posted over at the shortsqueeze.com Internet site. It shows that SLV’s short position declined by 1.28%…and also shows that 14.01 million shares that are not backed by physical metal.The short position in GLD actually rose 7.82%…and indicates that 18.69 million GLD shares are not backed by the metal itself.To set things right, about 58 tonnes of gold, along with about 436 tonnes of silver would have to be deposited.The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday. They sold 2,500 ounces of gold eagles…1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and another 200,000 silver eagles. Month-to-date the mint has sold 18,500 ounces of gold eagles…3,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,121,500 silver eagles.It was a pretty quiet day at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday…at least it was in silver. They reported receiving 303,953 troy ounces…and shipped out a smallish 20,778 ounces of the stuff. The link to what little action there was, is here.Here’s the 30-Year Seasonal Silver chart courtesy of German gold analyst Dimitri Speck…who updated it just for us yesterday. You’ll note that the seasonal low for silver comes, on average, in the last few days of June. Let’s see if that turns out to be the case this time.I have the usual number of stories and, as always, the final edit is up to you.The are no markets anymore…only interventions. – Chris Powell, GATABoth gold and silver were kept on a short leash yesterday. Gold was only allowed a small gain…and silver’s continuing attempt to break the $29 price ‘barrier’ ran into the usual sellers.Gold closed just above its 50-day moving average, but any significant rally attempts were stopped cold. Even the 40 basis point drop in the dollar index during a two-hour time period in mid-morning in New York was not allowed to register…and was probably one of the reasons why volume was as high as it was despite the lack of price activity to justify it, as JPMorgan et al were most likely aggressively going short against all comers.Ted Butler’s mid-week commentary yesterday was an eye-opener…and I’m hoping that he’ll post it in the public domain at his earliest possible convenience, as it appeared to be written with just such an event in mind.Not much happened in the Far East during their morning trading session, but around 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, both silver and gold had tiny rallies…and both got sold down going into the London open. Volume in both metals is light once again..and very similar to the volumes I spoke of this time yesterday, so I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into the price activity associated with it. The dollar index isn’t do much of anything, either.As I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, both gold and silver are basically unchanged from Wednesday’s close…and silver’s continued attempts to break above the $29 spot price mark are all being met with determined selling.There’s not much else to say in this column. I’m just sitting here waiting for everything to either melt down or blow up…and it’s my opinion that a lot of other people are doing the same. It’s only the time line…and the dénouement that are unknown.Nigel Farage was right. You couldn’t make this stuff up.See you on Friday. Sponsor Advertisement North American Nickel’s latest news from our 100% owned Post Creek property in the Sudbury mining camp is what geologists always hope for….a large, clearly defined, un-tested target close to surface in a known camp with excellent infrastructure advantages for mining. Drilling is scheduled to begin in September. In this case it’s an EM anomaly 200 m long, that has been interpreted as the electromagnetic signature of ‘near-massive to massive sulphide.’ It’s located approximately 55 m below surface and the trend of the anomaly corresponds, in part, to both the CJ#1 dyke and the Whistle Offset Structure to the south. Please visit our website to read the full news release and learn more about North American Nickel.last_img read more

In This Issue   ADP jobs report disappoints

first_imgIn This Issue. * ADP jobs report disappoints. * What will the BLS do today? * U.S. 10-year Treasury hits 2.97%… * China moves into TOP 10! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A Jobs Jamboree Friday! Good day. And a Happy Friday to one and all! For those of you who read the Pfennig at the Pfennig Blog site you get to be greeted each Friday with my mug shot. For those that don’t go to the blog site to read it, just image an Adonis looking young man.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, right, that’s the ticket! I’ve just cracked myself up and I’m having difficulty calming back down! Well, today is a Jobs Jamboree Friday. The last Jobs report before the Fed meets in less than two weeks. So, needless to say, but I will anyway, this Jobs report is HUGE according to the markets. Personally, I look at the Jobs Jamboree as a useless piece of. you know what. The only real stuff in the report is the Avg. Hourly Earnings and Avg Weekly Hours data. I told you yesterday that the ADP report makes more sense to me, and eventually, the markets will hold my point of view too, for they too will have grown tired of being lied to by the BLS. Speaking of the ADP report. It printed yesterday, and was not as strong as the forecasters had pegged it, coming in at +176,000 jobs created in August, VS the consensus of 184,000. So, the report was disappointing for August, but that’s not all. June and July’s numbers were revised downward. Not by huge amounts, but psychologically 198,000 just doesn’t have the same bell ringing sound as 200,000. So, what does the ADP Jobs report tell us? Well, it tells me, and hopefully you see it as well, that job creation continues to go along at a much slower pace than any before during an economic recovery. But what will the BLS say job creation was in August? The consensus going into the report this morning is for 180,000 jobs to have been created in August. That’s pretty much in line with the ADP report figure of 176,000.. The Unemployment Rate should remain steady Eddie at 7.4%.. What will the markets think of this report and the numbers? I wish I could tell you. But it will take some knucklehead with an ounce of brains to make some comment that the markets pick up on and the next thing you know, it’s the trading idea of the day. For my two cents, I would think that the BLS will not settle for 180,000, and goose the number upward toward 190,000, which on the face value will tickle the markets to thinking this is a good report. And then they’ll be torn between two lovers. feeling like a fool, Loving both of you is breaking all of the rules. You see, the markets will get all lathered up thinking about a strong jobs number, but then realize that the strong jobs number gives the Fed Heads another arrow in their Quantitative Easing tapering quiver. Now, they want to go one way, but realize what’s ahead. Being torn between two lovers for the markets is tough.. Couldn’t really blame you if you turned and walked away. But with everything I feel inside, I’m asking you to stay. Silly song! Well, the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, began yesterday, and so far not much has come from the meeting. In Australia, the folks there go to the polls tomorrow, and from all that I read, and hear, it sounds like a new Gov’t is very likely, with the only question being the size of the new majority. I would think that unless there’s a spanner thrown in the works, that this would all be Aussie dollar (A$) positive. The euro is struggling to hold on to the 1.31 handle this morning, losing almost a full cent yesterday when it looked like the single unit was going to hold 1.32 easily. But NOOOOOOO! There’s a story on the Bloomberg this morning that talks about how the euro is gaining favor as investors’ perceptions of turmoil in financial markets rises. Hedge Funds and other large speculators are the most bullish on the euro since 2011 and for the first time since November 2008, the 90-day correlation between changes in the euro and a Citigroup Inc. index of bond and swaps risk has turned positive. These things are all positive for the euro. And it plays well with my telling you over and over again that this dance is gonna be a drag. No wait! That’s not what I’m trying to say! I’m trying to say that I’ve said over and over again, how the euro might be beaten and beleaguered right now, but it’s still around 1.30 VS the dollar. What does that tell you what the markets think of the dollar? In addition, another thing I keep telling you is that at least the Eurozone is attempting to do something about their parade down deficit street, that took place for about 10 years. The Eurozone leaders might find out that what they’re attempting won’t work, and then go back to the drawing board, but at LEAST THEY’RE TRYING TO DEAL WITH THEIR DEBT! The currencies are drifting this morning, as no one wants to make a decisive call either way on the Jobs Jamboree. There was no chest pounding by European Central Bank (ECB) President, Draghi, yesterday, and kept things grounded by saying that, “the risks for the euro-area growth remain on the downside.” These words are what got the euro on the slippery slope yesterday. Draghi proving once again that you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.. I always like to find stories about Singapore.. They are as not as common to find like stories on the U.S. or Eurozone, or even Japan. I was writing my commentary that goes with every currency for our website research pages, and the legal people questioned where I had gotten the claim that I made that Singapore has announced plans to double the capacity of their airport, build a new waterfront, and other things that will all be good for the economy. They thought I made that up! It took me 20 seconds to find the story on the internet. See what I have to go through to inform people of things? Well. in case you’re reading today my legal beagle friends in Jacksonville, this was in the Bloomberg today Sept 6, 2013. “Singapore Overtakes Japan As Asia’s To Foreign Exchange Hub”. So, now you know why China thinks so highly of Singapore that they announced that Singapore would be the next offshore depository for their currency. (Hong Kong, of course was 1st). Speaking of China. I was interviewed by a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter yesterday about China, and the story that came out yesterday about how the Chinese renminbi / yuan had entered the TOP 10 most-actively traded currencies. The interviewer wasn’t much interested in what I had to say, about what we were seeing on our desk renminbi trading wise. But, it is what it is, right? I told her that we had actually been seeing more people sell their renminbi positions than buy trades. I said that renminbi held here in the U.S. can’t pay any interest, because the cost of holding it eats away the interest, and as long as interest rates here in the U.S. were near zero, holders of renminbi didn’t care if the currency paid no interest. But rates here in the U.S. are inching up. I also told her that for the core people that owned renminbi, did so as a diversification tool, and therefore would continue to hold it. But I guess all that wasn’t sexy enough. But, the real story is how the renminbi / yuan is now #9 in the TOP 10 most actively traded currencies. 10 years ago, when we first offered renminbi deposits, there weren’t but a handful of dealers that even would mess with renminbi. But I think that the trading of renminbi goes hand in hand with the Chinese Gov’t’s plans to gain a wider distribution of the currency. I’ve been at the forefront of talking about China’s plans for their currency, and it’s pretty cool to see this stuff all beginning to take place. The swap news I told you about yesterday that was the first volley by new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Gov. Rajan, was really positive for the rupee, which has now rallied for 3 consecutive days. But don’t think for one minute that the rupee is out of the woods here folks. The Current Account Deficit is still too high (4.8% of GDP), inflation is too high, and it will take some real structural changes to really stabilize the rupee. But they will come, I do believe. Canada will also print a jobs report today for August. Canada has seen some real strong flip-flopping on job creation in recent months, but one would think that with the hiring of workers to help with the cleanup of the Alberta floods, that August would have been a strong month of job creation. That should be Canadian dollar / loonie positive today. Gold got whacked again yesterday, with another $25 coming off its value at one point in the day. What? The price manipulators must be back from vacation. There were gone for August, and the shiny metal recovered nicely. Of course the U.S. Treasury yield hitting 2.97% isn’t helping Gold any. But again, who would buy a Treasury at the current yield when it appears that yields will continue to rise, thus putting your purchase at a loss? I don’t get it. never will.. Before I head to the Big Finish. I saw a comment by Jay Leno that just cracked me up, and plays well with my harping about printing dollars (yes, I know we don’t really print much any longer it’s all keystrokes on a computer, but that doesn’t play well with this joke. ) About $30 Million in $100 bills had to be destroyed because of a printing problem. Isn’t that unbelievable? The thing we know how to do right in this country is print money, and we screw that up? – Jay Leno. For What It’s Worth. I found this on moneynews.com and is a head scratcher, given the job creation that has been reported the past couple of months. But it is what it is. so here you go. “The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms surged in August to their highest in half a year, with industrial goods manufacturers the hardest hit, a report on Thursday showed. Employers announced 50,462 layoffs last month, up 33.8 percent from 37,701 in July, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. The August job cuts were up 57 percent from the same time a year ago. For 2013 so far, employers have announced 347,095 job losses, close to the 352,185 that were seen in the first eight months of last year.” Chuck again. OK, so where does the BLS record all this? Or do they even care? It’s probably the latter, folks. sad but true.. To recap. The currencies are drifting this morning, as no one wants to make a decisive move ahead of the Jobs Jamboree that will print today. The ADP jobs report was a bit disappointing along with its last two months worth of downward revisions. The markets are torn between two lovers. China moves into TOP 10 of most actively traded currencies! Currencies today 9/6/13. American Style: A$ .9170, kiwi .7950, C$ .9575, euro 1.3120, sterling 1.5590, Swiss $1.06, . European Style: rand 10.1735, krone 6.1025, SEK 6.6550, forint 229.30, zloty 3.2745, koruna 19.6310, RUB 33.42, yen 99.70, sing 1.2785, HKD 7.7555, INR 65.23, China 6.1728, pesos 13.33, BRL 2.3235, Dollar Index 82.53, Oil $108.65, 10-year 2.97%, Silver $23.26, Platinum $1,483.30, Palladium $691.43, and Gold. $1,370.84. and it’s Friday, so here’s the link for you to take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock, click here. That’s it for today. Cardinals come limping home from a disastrous road trip. There’s still time left in the season, if they can find their lost mojo at home. A GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS to my son, Alex, who was not only named to the Academic All-American Water Polo Team, but he was named an OUTSTANDING Academic All-American recipient! WOW! Quite an honor! I always knew he was smart, much smarter than me, but this kind of puts it in focus for me. I guess all that staying up late at night and studying is paying off for him! Now, if he can get a college to pay for most of his college education, that would be great! The NFL season got off to an exciting start last night with Peyton Manning throwing 7 touchdown passes in the game! WOW! I wish I had picked him as my quarterback for my fantasy football team now! HA! Well, it’s a Fantastico Friday, and not a day too soon, given all the bull dookie I’ve had to deal with this week. So, let’s go out and have some fun this weekend, and start it off with a Fantastico Friday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

It sounds like the ultimate white savior movieOsc

first_imgIt sounds like the ultimate white savior movie.Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson plays a young scientist who has created a new fast-growing super-rice. She comes to India to convince villagers to switch to this grain. There’s Bollywood-style singing, dancing — and in one scene she even rides a white horse!Called Basmati Blues, the Hollywood film was made in 2013, before Larson was a star. But it’s just now coming out. When the trailer was released in November, with scenes of Larson dressed in elaborate Indian costumes and recoiling from spicy food, Indians around the world took offense, calling out its stereotypes and cliches.The movie is finally being released in the U.S. on Friday, playing in select cinemas and available via video on demand. Critics have not been kind. The L.A. Times called it “a big miss,” while the Village Voice wondered how it “this thing got financed and finished.”In the film, Larson’s character, Dr. Linda Watt, is sent to the southern state of Kerala in India. Gurgon, her greedy corporate boss, played the actor Donald Sutherland, wants her to convince local farmers to switch to the new rice: “India: 500 million farmers, 1.1 billion rice eaters, all of them … potential customers,” Gurgon declares with glee.The problem is that the rice she’s recommending could financially destroy the very people she means to help. The rice is sterile. If farmers grew it, they’d need to spend a lot of money to buy new seeds every year.Along the way, she falls in love with a farmer, who actually trained as a scientist but had to drop out of university. Rajit, as he’s called, is played by American-born actor Utkarsh Ambudkar, who’s appeared in the movies Pitch Perfect and on TV shows like The Mindy Project.The controversy around the film started in November, after the international trailer was released. That’s where the white horse made its appearance, which Linda rides while trying to halt a train loaded with the super-rice.”It plays to stereotypes of an exotic but backward people just waiting for a white person to swoop in and save them,” says Bengaluru-based cartoonist, Manoj Vijayan, in an interview with NPR.That sentiment was shared by people across Twitter.Following the backlash, director Dan Baron and his wife, Monique Caulfield, who produced the film, issued an apology and withdrew the trailer. In a statement to the blog Refinery29 in November, they said: “We deeply regret any offense caused by the Basmati Blues trailer. We have heard a number of voices that have understandably reacted to a trailer that is not representative of the film as a whole.”In January, a new trailer was introduced to the Basmati Blues website, with the white horse scene deleted.The criticism on Twitter however, raged on.The film’s white savior message isn’t the only issue that rankles. “The script seems to have gone overboard with its lazy cliches, the lame jokes and the stereotyping,” says Vijayan. “It’s a sadly missed opportunity to tell a story with some nuance and ends up pandering to tired old preconceptions.”In the scene where Larson first meets Rajit, he greets her while hanging upside down from the roof of a train while she’s seated at the window, as though hanging like possums on trains was perfectly normal in India.In an interview with NPR, Jaya Padmanabhan, an immigration columnist for The San Francisco Examiner, shared some advice for the filmmakers: “Someone should tell Baron and Jeff Dorchen [who wrote the screenplay] to visit India without a camera obstructing their worldview.”Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, South India. Her work has appeared in The International New York Times, BBC Travel and Forbes India. You can follow her @kamal_t Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Amateur Investors are Bullish About Cannabis That Has the Pros a Little

first_img –shares Peter Page Investing Retail stock investors are bullish — perhaps to a fault — about the prospects of publicly traded cannabis companies, according to a recent survey of 250 people who currently own marijuana related stocks.The survey, conducted in March by KCSA Strategic Communications, found that 90 percent of the investors reported their portfolios had appreciated, which might explain why 50 percent said they had sold non-cannabis stocks to buy cannabis stocks. “This is a fundamental shift taking place in society, right before our eyes, it’s exciting, it’s once in a lifetime, it’s lucrative and they want in on it,” said Lewis Goldberg, managing partner at KCSA and host of The Green Rush podcast.Related: Pay Attention to These 6 Cannabis Industry TrendsThe enthusiasm for cannabis has investors wisely spreading their money around — 52 percent said they own six or more cannabis stocks while 40 percent own 10 or more — but is also leading them to perhaps concentrate excessively on the sector, if not just one company in the sector. “Retail cannabis investors are significantly overweighting cannabis, which comprises more than a quarter of their overall portfolio, according to 40 percent of respondents,” KCSA noted in a report of the survey findings.Eighty percent of the investors surveyed said they plan to hold onto their cannabis investments for between one and ten years. “They understand the real value will be unlocked in years, not days or weeks,” Goldberg said.Related: How Risk Management Can Make Marijuana Businesses Bulletproof (or at Least Bullet Resistant)The survey found that individual investors show no concern that cannabis remains illegal under federal law. They believe the end of prohibition is inevitable and don’t believe the federal government will switch policy to crash the state-legal cannabis industry, which employs hundreds of thousands of people and has already attracted many billions in investments.“I think most Americans believe full federal legalization is a question of when, not if,” Goldberg said. “People are consuming (cannabis) and investing in it because they believe in it.’’Professional investors specializing in cannabis are less than thrilled by the enthusiasm of amateurs rushing to get in on what they think is the ground floor of the cannabis boom.Related: How the Green Rush Is Accelerating the Revolution In Smart Farming Technologies“Our biggest fear is people get sucked into the mania, they lose money and then think the industry is a joke when we know it’s real,” said Morgan Paxhia, who co-founded Poseidon Asset Management with his sister Emily Paxhia. “The general trend is this (industry) is very fast growing and there are very few other industries on the planet that have this sort of growth potential but it’s not a straight road. There are events that are impactful and you can’t just assume they will always keep going up.”Paxhia noted there are more than 300 publicly traded companies that can be broadly lumped into “cannabis.” They vary so much by sector — ancillary businesses like payment processors, manufacturers of needed equipment like grow lights, growers, medical marijuana and adult use, multi-state operators that might be retail dispensaries or vertically integrated companies, CBD and hemp, etc — and by the capabilities of their management team that stock selection is probably trickier in cannabis than in more established industries.Sean Stiefel, founder and managing partner of Navy Capital, warned that knowing a company is a “cannabis company” is not much to go on. The variables to consider are many. Publicly traded Canadian companies are “crazy” expensive, he said, while publicly traded US companies are more reasonably priced at around 20X EBITDA (“earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization,” a standard metric for evaluating company performance), though even the US stocks are relatively expensive because there are limited choices on US exchanges.Stiefel doesn’t think much of buy-and-hold as an investment strategy simply because the investor is hopeful they have bought shares in the cannabis equivalent of Apple or Google at the dawn of the tech boom. “I think holding anything for 10 years blindly is silly,” he said. “Have you owned anything for 10 years other than your house?” 4 min read Add to Queue Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur The cannabis industry is certain to grow. That company you own shares in is not. Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Image credit: 400tmax | Getty Images Download Our Free Android App May 6, 2019 Amateur Investors are Bullish About Cannabis. That Has the Pros a Little Worried. Free Green Entrepreneur App 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. Next Article last_img read more

Novel method uses just a drop of blood to monitor effect of

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 17 2018Researchers from Osaka University find that a novel method for monitoring the effect of lung cancer therapy may help guide treatment choices Dr Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for discovering the immune T-cell protein PD-1. This discovery led to a set of anti-cancer medications called checkpoint inhibitors, one of the first of which was nivolumab (Opdivo).Nivolumab helps T-cells fight tumors, however, different patients respond in different ways. It now appears that monitoring the effect of nivolumab on critical immune cells with simple and novel methods may help guide decisions to optimize treatment.Dr Shohei Koyama and a team of researchers from Osaka University have devised a simple method for testing the impact of nivolumab in the body. This method measures how nivolumab binds to PD-1 on T-cells weeks after treatment and could provide information needed to monitor treatment more effectively. They recently published their findings in JCI Insight.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryThe researchers analyzed tiny samples of blood and lung fluid from patients with lung cancer. They measured the amount of nivolumab bound to T-cells, and they also isolated only those T-cells bound by nivolumab to comprehensively analyze cell activation.The researchers found that the effects of nivolumab on T-cells often persisted in patients for a considerable time after dosing.”Our simplified method was feasible in real-world patients and demonstrated that nivolumab binds T-cells for more than 20 weeks even after the patient has stopped treatment,” study co-author Atsushi Kumanogoh says. “Also, the plasma concentration at which nivolumab stops binding T-cells, and the percentage of bound T-cells, varies from patient to patient.”Their findings also confirmed that the level of T-cell binding does not indicate the functional effect of the drug. A further measure of T-cell proliferation is needed.”Our findings show that for any given patient we need more information than blood levels of the drug,” lead-author Akio Osa says. “It is now clear that we need to measure the amount of nivolumab bound to T-cells and the degree of T-cell proliferation to make treatment decisions. Our method makes this possible with just a drop of blood.”Results from two study participants illustrate the importance of measuring both proliferation and T-cell binding. The first patient showed no response when proliferation was low. In contrast, the second patient showed no tumor growth when proliferation was higher.”Our combination strategy of monitoring nivolumab binding and the proliferation status of T-cells, is a better way to determine the effect of this drug than monitoring the blood level of nivolumab alone,” says co-author Takeshi Uenami.Overall, understanding in which patients nivolumab has persisting effects over time may be useful for preventing treatment related side effects and guiding the selection of additional therapies. Source:https://resou.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/research/2018/20181004_1last_img read more