Enrollment spikes for Edmonton high school Aboriginal studies program

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe program began with modest interest but this year the program has taken off and the number of students enrolled has tripled.The high school has offered it for three years.APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports.last_img

Dermot Gallagher declares France penalty was wrong

first_imgFormer Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has declared that the penalty VAR awarded to France was wrongly given during their 2018 World Cup final match against Croatia on Sunday.During the match, Referee Nestor Pitana had first missed Ivan Perisic’s handball inside the France box, but the official opted the award the spot-kick following a VAR review.Perisic’s view seemed to be blocked by Blaise Matuidi just before the ball struck the Inter Milan winger’s arm, and Gallagher has believed that it was “100% not a penalty”.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“100% not a penalty. He’s far, far too close to the ball as it comes over the forward’s head,” Gallagher told Sky Sports as quoted by Sports Mole.“It just strikes him – he doesn’t move his hand to the ball, he’s got no intention of handling the ball. The law says it has to be deliberate. His arms aren’t in an unorthodox position – it just doesn’t tick any boxes.”Antoine Griezmann netted the penalty to give France a 2-1 lead against Croatia in Moscow, and Les Bleus ultimately claimed the trophy with a 4-2 success over Croatia.last_img read more

Official Lyon sign Jason Denayer from Man City

first_imgLyon have confirmed the signing of defender Jason Denayer from Manchester City on a five-year dealThe City academy graduate failed to make a single appearance for the senior side following his arrival in 2013.Due to this, Denayer has now agreed to join Lyon for an undisclosed fee and is honoured to be there.“It gives me great pleasure to come and play for Lyon. After several attempts, this time was the charm,” he told the club website.“The club followed me for three seasons. This shows that they really wanted me and they know my game perfectly. It’s an honour to play here.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The 23-year-old has had loan spells at Sunderland and Celtic in the past, where he was named as the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and the club’s Young Player of the Year while with the latter.More recently the Belgian centre-back has been at Galatasaray on another loan spell, that saw him score one goal in 22 appearances to help the Turkish giants to a domestic double last season.Denayer has also made eight appearances for Belgium at international level.last_img read more

Dejan Lovren ready for tough England test

first_imgCroatia defender Dejan Lovren insists he is ready for a fiery clash against England on Sunday.The Three Lions host Croatia in their final group game of the UEFA Nations League and a victory against the World Cup runners-up will guarantee a place in next summer’s semi-finals.The Liverpool defender was part of Croatia’s squad throughout their impressive run to the final of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.Both teams know a win at on Sunday will see them top League A’s Group 4 and advance to the next stage, and Lovren is relishing the prospect of coming up against Gareth Southgate’s side.“It’s a final against England, so of course we will be strong,” he was quoted as saying by The Daily Mirror.“I think it will be a fiery game against them – they know us and what they can expect from us, and we will not run away from that.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I love playing against England. I know the players in the Premier League and I have competed against them.”England and Croatia met earlier in the Nations League as they played out a 0-0 draw last month in Rijeka, and Lovren feels recent history will give Zlatko Dalic’s men plenty of belief.“People criticise me, but they didn’t say much when England didn’t score against us in the last game,” he said.“They will have extra motivation after the World Cup, but I think we will be brave.”“It will not be a friendly. We have beaten Spain and we want to win it now.”Spain will top the group, should England and Croatia play out a draw on Sunday night.last_img read more

Dunleavy Budget Draft Includes Full Dividend Not Back Pay

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s initial budget draft includes a full payout from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund for residents next year, but not money Alaskans missed out on during the three years checks were capped. By one budget estimate, a full dividend and back payments could cost $4.3 billion. Dunleavy has said the state can afford to pay those using permanent fund earnings. Tangeman said he thought the $75 a barrel estimate was not realistic. The forecast released Friday estimated oil prices for the coming fiscal year at $64 a barrel. Tangeman said that is in line with a forecast released by the department earlier this year. For years, Alaska relied heavily on oil revenues to help fund state government. But prices went into freefall in 2014, the year Walker took office, exacerbating the deficit. Lawmakers used savings to fill the hole as low prices persisted. Oil prices, for a brief period this fall, topped $80 a barrel. The price, as of Thursday, was roughly $62 a barrel. The Walker administration said the budget they were leaving behind would balance at an average North Slope oil price of $75 a barrel, which matched the Department of Revenue’s preliminary estimate for prices for the coming fiscal year. But Sheldon Fisher, Walker’s revenue commissioner, also cited the volatility in prices and delayed issuing a detailed revenue forecast earlier this month to give the department time to review what was happening with oil markets. Earlier this year, following sessions of gridlock, lawmakers decided to begin using permanent fund earnings to help pay for the budget. That created tension, because dividends are also paid using fund earnings.Legislators also passed a bill calling for limited withdrawals from earnings that, for the coming fiscal year, would yield $2.9 billion. However, critics of the bill have said the rules it lays out could be ignored. His budget director, Donna Arduin, said all areas of state spending will be up for scrutiny. “I have no idea what his plan is to balance it,” Wielechowski said. During the campaign, Dunleavy said he supported paying residents a full Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend and money they missed out on when payouts were reduced starting in 2016 amid a budget deficit.center_img Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman said separate legislation may be needed to handle the issue of back payments. He said Dunleavy has been clear that it is a big issue and one that he will pursue. “The state must learn to live within its means and we get there by making the tough spending choices,” she said in a release. Dunleavy is expected to make further changes to the budget that his office says will prioritize services and programs “that really matter to Alaskans.” The budget draft released Friday — ahead of a statutory deadline — was described as a starting point that works off the budget document Gov. Bill Walker’s administration pulled together before Walker left office Dec. 3.But Dunleavy’s draft relies on a more conservative oil price. And with the full dividend payout, Dunleavy’s budget office said the draft would leave a projected $1.6-billion gap. Walker didn’t include a full dividend. That legislation did not resolve how the money would be divvied between government and dividends. Dunleavy’s draft budget would earmark an estimated $1.9 billion of that withdrawal for dividends. During the campaign, Republican Dunleavy also said he wanted to reduce spending and limit the growth of government. His revenue commissioner, however, indicated that Dunleavy still plans to pursue the back payments. Sen. Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat, called the current proposed budget “significantly unbalanced.”last_img read more

Turnagain Arm Hikers Advised Caution Following Reports Of Unusual Black Bear Behavior

first_imgDave Battle biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: “Just coming straight at them with its head down, not phased by yelling, waving arms, or even the dogs barking at it. It just kept coming. Didn’t have any vocalizations or anything that would indicate defensive behavior. And that’s the kind of thing that concerns us with black bears.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers along the Turnagain Arm Trail to use caution, following multiple reports of a black bear displaying unusual behavior. The second report happened on Monday, closer to McHugh. Battle says in that case, hikers reported seeing a bear above them on a hill. It reportedly circled around and got close to their dog. One of the hikers fired a warning shot with a pistol, driving the bear off. If hikers do choose to use the trail, DF&G advises hikers to travel in groups. ADF&G has more information on bear safety on their website. The agency received the first report on May 23. A black bear approached two adults and two dogs about a mile south of the McHugh trailhead.last_img read more

BRAC Hiatus Wont Extend Indefinitely

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Washington, D.C. — With the Trump administration’s decision not to request additional base closures with this year’s budget submission, the Pentagon’s uphill battle to demonstrate the benefits of a new BRAC round to lawmakers has been placed on the back burner, but the discussion can be expected to return to Capitol Hill eventually. At some point, DOD will need to rebalance its infrastructure, Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the audience Wednesday at the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit. “[That] will have to occur through a BRAC,” Harrison said.That time likely could come when lawmakers realize the rising defense budget is not translating into a significantly larger force structure. The need to curb spending as the nation’s debt grows could provide a strong push in that direction as well. “Then BRAC will come back up,” Harrison said.An additional factor at play is the dispute between the Pentagon and Congress over DOD’s estimate of its excess capacity. Lawmakers, along with a recent Government Accountability Office report, have called for a more precise estimate of the military’s unused capacity. In response, defense officials point out that is only possible when Congress authorizes a new BRAC round. Both sides have a point in this standoff, but lawmakers will be hesitant to jump into a new round in the absence of better data, said Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.“It certainly helps forestall the next BRAC round,” Eaglen said.last_img read more

Facebook pages get facelift with new page layout design

first_img Comment Facebook 1 Facebook’s layout has shifted from three columns to two and removed a lot of clutter. Screenshot by Steven Musil/CNET If you think your Facebook page looks a bit different today, you’re not alone.The social networking giant appears to have rolled out a new page design on Tuesday, eschewing the previous three-column layout for one that incorporates only two. On the right is static information about the page, while the left side contains the feed of recent posts.Facebook tinkers with its design from time to time, but this is a pretty radical departure from the site’s previous appearance. In addition to the column change, the content on pages appears less cluttered, with plenty of eye-appealing white space and an increased emphasis on thumbnail images. It wasn’t immediately clear how widespread this rollout is or how different types of pages will see a face-lift.  Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Share your voice Internet Tech Industry Tagslast_img read more

Ostriches run fast because of springy tendons

first_imgAustralian and U.S. researchers studying the movement of ostriches have discovered the giant flightless birds can store double the elastic energy per step in their tendons than humans can. This considerably reduces the effort needed by the muscles, and enables the ostrich (and perhaps also the emu) to run twice as fast as humans while requiring only half the energy. China hatches 150 African ostriches Human and ostrich hind-limb postures during mid-stance of running: (a,b) sagittal plane; (c,d) frontal plane. Image: [i]Journal of the Royal Society Interface[/i], doi:10.1098/​rsif.2010.0466 Citation: Ostriches run fast because of ‘springy’ tendons (2010, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-ostriches-fast-springy-tendons.html Leader of the study, Assistant Professor Jonas Rubenson of the School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia, said the aim of the research was to find out what mechanical adaptations were made by species able to run fast and efficiently. He said that while lions and cheetahs can outrun the ostrich on short sprints, they use a great deal of energy, and other species such as ostriches, antelopes and horses, can run fast over long distances.Two hypotheses had been proposed to explain how some animals are able to run economically: the first was that they used a particularly efficient mechanical action in their limbs, and the second was the animals were able to store more elastic energy in their joints than sprinters.To test these hypotheses the researchers fitted reflective markers to the joints of five humans and five tame ostriches to enable them to carry out a detailed analysis of their gait and movements as they ran on a custom-built running track 50 meters long. They also measured the forces applied to the ground during running. They selected the ostrich rather than the lighter Australian emu because the ostrich and humans have a similar mass, and because the ostrich is the fastest bird on the land.The results demonstrated that both humans and ostriches need the almost exactly the same amount of mechanical work to swing their limbs during running, and the major difference was in the storage and release of energy by the tendons. They calculated the release of this elastic energy generated 83% more work in the ostrich than in the human, which meant the ostrich uses less metabolic energy and is less fatigued.The findings of the research, described in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, may enable engineers to design better prosthetic limbs by focusing on elastic propulsion. They could also help robot researchers to design more agile robots. The results could also provide some insight into the evolution of bipedalism. More information: Adaptations for economical bipedal running: the effect of limb structure on three-dimensional joint mechanics, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Published online before print October 28, 2010, doi:10.1098/​rsif.2010.0466 © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Survey Finds Marketers Know All the Important Tech Trends But Arent Prepared

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free September 11, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read “Everything that rises must converge,” the great American novelist Flannery O’Connor observed a half-century ago.We’re clearly seeing the convergence of at least four trends, two old and two new, and according to newly released findings, marketers may not be prepared for what may prove to shake their world. In fact, a survey of marketing professionals conducted on behalf of BrightEdge, an SEO and content marketing firm, found substantial confusion at what may be a critical moment in the rapidly pacing cycle of digital consumption.The four trends that are about to come together in dramatically new fashion are:Search-engine optimizationContent marketingArtificial intelligenceVoice searchSEO and content making positive headway.We’re already seeing the convergence of SEO and content marketing, two disciplines that, for much of the digital lifetime, ran in uncoordinated parallel.Related: Barack Obama’s Former Social Media Manager Breaks Down the Future of Digital StrategiesSmart marketers are getting more skillful at content strategies that understand customer intent and then target content accordingly. In the aforementioned survey, 97 percent of respondents agree SEO and content marketing are converging, or have already converged. The same survey found organic search is the number one priority — a smart focus considering organic drives 51 percent of all website traffic.  Effective use of these strategies demands some deep thinking about the steps consumers take during their purchase-making decisions — and the words that are likely to move them at each stage of their journey. Otherwise, effort and resources will be lost on content that is inaccessible.Layering in new technologies.The wider adoption of artificial intelligence supercharges marketers’ ability to fine-tune SEO strategies. One of the biggest differences is capability of AI to put consumers’ searches into context.When a consumer searches for “Tahoe” today, he might want a Chevrolet SUV or a winter ski vacation. AI puts that search into the context of the user’s past searches — pickups or snowboards — and makes some educated guesses about the user’s intentions.Searches conducted from mobile devices, of course, provide even richer context — and not just information about the user’s location. Savvy marketers gain an advantage from their knowledge of the speed at which a mobile device is traveling or the types of apps that are installed on the phone.The rapid arrival of voice search further upends existing strategies. Gartner estimates that 30 percent of web browsing will be screenless within the next couple of years. That demands strategies that are different from today’s type-in-the-box search.Related: How Changes to the Way We Search Will Impact BusinessesUnprecedented change.The convergence of these powerful trends, however, finds many marketers — even at big brands and big agencies — unprepared.The research by BrightEdge found that most of the 252 big-company and big-agency marketers it surveyed acknowledge that AI, voice and hyperlocal search have arrived. But the majority of the marketing professionals surveyed don’t plan to adapt their marketing strategies in response.Read that again: A big wave of change is about to roll over digital marketing, and the majority of marketers willfully stick their heads in the sand.30 percent of the digital marketers surveyed believe that voice search is the next big thing. That’s a reasonable assumption, given the rapid adoption of voice search that’s clearly underway. But even though they expect that voice search is coming in a big way, two-thirds of the digital marketers say they don’t have plans to prepare for the arrival of voice search.Another 32 percent of survey respondents believe AI is the next big thing, yet 57 percent of them aren’t doing anything this year to get ready.Only three percent of respondents said they anticipate 5G mobile speeds being the next big thing, but according to recent reports, this is projected to be a reality by 2020.Dig a little deeper into the BrightEdge survey and the worries arise again and again. More than a quarter of the marketers surveyed believe that mobile is “the next big thing.” Mobile is a big deal, but it’s already arrived. It’s nobody’s idea of a new-horizon technology.Jim Yu, the CEO of BrightEge, cautions that the disconnect between the understanding and the actions of digital marketing professionals leaves brands at risk of failure to meet the rising expectations of consumers.Related: An Insight into the Futuristic Search and SEOMarketers don’t need to be taking giant leaps forward. One-step-at-a-time tactics will work. For instance, Michel Kant, the SEO manager of Staples Europe, noted in an email interview about the BrightEdge survey that the rise of AI in search puts a premium on consistent messaging across devices, and that’s work that can begin right now.Brands that don’t begin taking the first steps, however, will find themselves in a costly, frustrating footrace to catch up later on. The old maxim known as Noah’s Law reminds us, “Predicting rain doesn’t count; building the ark does.” It looks like it’s time for the digital marketers who are good at predicting rain to get to work on that ark. last_img read more

Ollie Locke announces his engagement to boyfriend Gareth Locke

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The couple took out an advert in the announcements section of The Times newspaper today. Under their names – Mr O.J.M Locke and Mr G.P. Locke – it stated the following.‘The engagement is announced between Oliver, son of Sarah and John Locke of Southampton, and Gareth, son of Margaret and David Locke of Suffolk.’Photo: @ollielockeworld | InstagramOllie took to Instagram to offer more insight, revealing that he has been friends with Gareth, commercial director of a fashion brand Holland Cooper, for ten years. However, it’s only more recently that the two took their relationship beyond mere friends.‘I have known him for 10 years, and at many of my most important life moments he was in the background.‘Earlier this year we realised that what we had both been looking for was standing in front of us all along, the greatest hint was probably that we already have the same surname!L-R: Gareth and Ollie Locke (Photo: @garethplocke | Instagram) Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke: ‘I am a gay man’center_img Made in Chelsea reality TV star Ollie Locke has announced his engagement to his long-time friend, Gareth Locke (no relation). Gay dating app corrects survey after ageism complaintCelebs Go Dating: Ollie Locke left ‘horrified’ by date’s NSFW tattooGay dating app Chappy relaunches with ‘zero tolerance for abuse’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ollie-locke-announces-engagement/ ‘I have never been happier and can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with someone who makes me smile like this every day! On Sunday I said yes Xx’Gareth Locke posted a photo of he and Ollie on his Instagram, saying ‘Feeling blessed he said yes!’Made in ChelseaOllie Locke, 31, came to mainstream prominence with his recurring appearances on the reality drama Made in Chelsea.The show was a hit in the UK and picked up a cult following in the US and elsewhere. Locke appeared in the London-based show between 2011-2013, re-appearing in Los Angeles and Ibiza spin-offs in 2015 and 2016.Locke previously had girlfriends and said he was bisexual. In 2016, he came out as gay. He was involved with the launch of the gay dating app Chappy in 2017, although he announced his departure from that business earlier this year.A spokesperson for Ollie Locke told GSN, ‘we don’t have any details’ concerning when the pair intend to marry.See alsoGay dating app Chappy relaunches with ‘zero tolerance for abuse’ Ollie Locke has announced his engagement to Gareth Locke (Photo: @ollilockeworld | Instagram)last_img read more

Astir Odysseus Kos Resort Participates in Blue Flag Mediterranean Week 2019

first_img52sharesHome > Events > Event News > Astir Odysseus Kos Resort Participates in ‘Blue Flag Mediterranean Week 2019’The Astir Odysseus Kos Resort & Spa recently participated in the “Blue Flag Mediterranean Cleanup Week 2019”, an international campaign aimed at raising awareness for the protection of the shore and the marine environment.A total of 11 NGOs and Blue Flag operators from Greece, Cyprus, France, Malta, Italy, Montenegro, Israel, Spain and Turkey among other Mediterranean countries, participated in the annual cleanup events, which were held in early July.The organizations joined the initiative under the slogan, “Caring for the sea that unites us”.The Astir Odysseus Resort & Spa, a five-star seaside hotel that cares for the maritime environment of Kos, undertook an active role during the ‘Blue Flag Mediterranean Week’, which is coordinated in Greece by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature. The resort’s staff cleaned the neighboring shore by removing plastic and other kinds of waste with the help of the hotel’s little guests.The children along with their parents were also informed about the threat of marine pollution, the effects of plastic waste on the food chain and the protection of marine species.Astir Odysseus Kos Resort & SpaAccording to an announcement, everybody embraced the educational cleanup operation with great excitement.Covering an area of 100 stremmas (24.7 acres), Astir Odysseus Kos offers 337 rooms of a total of 1,000 beds.The luxury resort offers many dining options, wellness and sport facilities, while its premises are surrounded by 14,779 trees and plants.last_img read more

Amazon has reportedly approached a number of large

first_imgAmazon has reportedly approached a number of large entertainment companies over plans to license live linear TV channels for a new online pay TV service. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Amazon is in early-stage discussions with media companies, and has approached “at least three big media conglomerates” looking to secure rights to distribute their channels online.The WSJ said that Amazon, which already offers subscription video-on-demand through its Prime Instant Video service in the US and Lovefilm in the UK and Germany, is yet to determine a business model for the virtual cable TV service. Citing people familiar with the matter, it also said it was still unclear whether the online retail client would move forward with the plan.However, in a statement, Amazon denied the report, saying “we continue to build selection for Prime Instant Video and create original shows at Amazon Studios, but we are not planning to license television channels or offer a pay-TV service.”The news follows an earlier WSJ report claiming that Amazon was also preparing a video-streaming set-top box to go up against rivals in the online TV space like Roku and Apple TV – though a rumoured release in time for Christmas 2013 never materialised.The latest reports come in the same week that that Intel confirmed it is selling its cloud TV division, Intel Media, to Verizon, after failing to bring its much-anticipated OnCue TV service to market following more than two years of development.last_img read more

North Carolina prison authorities must stop denyin

first_imgNorth Carolina prison authorities must stop denying expensive medicines to most of the inmates believed to be carriers of the potentially deadly blood-borne infection hepatitis C, a federal judge ruled this week.U.S. District Judge William Osteen wrote in an order issued Wednesday that the three inmates suing prison officials immediately receive drugs for a hepatitis C treatment regimen that should prevent liver cancer, cirrhosis or other ailments. The state Department of Public Safety buys several types of drugs that average out to a cost of about $33,000 per inmate treated, an agency spokesman said in January.Osteen also ordered that the lawsuit be expanded to cover all current and future prisoners in state custody who could have the hepatitis C virus.Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union claim prison authorities are violating the U.S. constitution’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.But the inmates’ lawyers will have to show later in the proceedings that prison officials knowingly disregarded the serious medical need of inmates and substantial risks they faced, Osteen said. “Medical care in the prison setting must be adequate, not necessarily ideal, and (hepatitis C virus) treatment in the prison system is dependent upon the availability of resources,” the judge wrote.The judge said it was too early in the litigation to require that all inmates be tested for the virus as the ACLU is seeking. Federal health agencies estimate that between 17 percent and one-third of the country’s inmates may have the infection and could need treatment. That means around 6,000 to 12,000 of North Carolina’s 36,000 inmates could be infected.”This ruling is an important step toward combating a major public health crisis that leads to the suffering and death of thousands of people both inside and outside prison walls,” ACLU of North Carolina staff attorney Emily Seawell said in a statement. “The vast majority of people who are incarcerated will one day re-enter the community, and medical experts have made it clear that to combat the hepatitis C epidemic, we must provide treatment as quickly as possible.”The state prison system will comply with Osteen’s order, spokesman John Bull wrote in an email. Agency lawyers had said previously that officials prioritize patients for treatment based on their medical needs and history before they face serious health risks.Lawyers for the state said in court documents that as of June, prison authorities had treated 38 percent of the 1,543 inmates they’d identified as having a chronic form of the hepatitis C infection, which is a common reason for liver transplants.The ACLU and other lawyers have filed similar lawsuits in about 10 states including Colorado and Connecticut, arguing that inmates can’t be denied drugs that can cure the infection. Florida and Massachusetts prisons have already agreed to test and treat inmates.About 2.4 million Americans are living with hepatitis C, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.last_img read more

15 Fab Quotes About the Making of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club

first_imgInspiring Quotes Contributor 6 min read Next Article 15 Fab Quotes About the Making of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Bill Schulz Image credit: Bettmann | Getty Images John, Paul, George and Ringo, plus a host of others, give a glimpse into the creation of the landmark record on its 50th anniversary. For those of you who read the news today and thought “oh boy”, here’s a fun distraction: This year/month marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles game-changing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, culminating in a re-mastered release of the record as well as an hour-long PBS documentary premiering Saturday, June 3rd at 8 p.m. ET. Here are thoughts from the Fab Four themselves, as well as other artists, on the record that re-imagined pop music.Competitive set“The big influence was Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. I just thought, Oh dear me. This is the album of all time. What the hell are we going to do?” — Paul McCartney Sgt. Pepper’s origin story”We were fed up with being Beatles…we’d now got turned on to pot and thought of ourselves as artists rather than just performers… then suddenly on the plane, I got this idea. I thought, Let’s not be ourselves. Let’s develop alter egos so we’re not having to project an image which we know.” — Paul McCartney Related: The Most Inspiring Quotes from 2017 Commencement SpeechesJust say no“I never took it [LSD] in the studio. We didn’t really shove the LP full of pot and drugs. We were more consciously trying to keep it out. You wouldn’t say, ‘I had some acid, baby, so groovy,’ but there was a feeling that something had happened between Revolver and Sgt. Pepper.’” — John Lennon Lucy was really a girl named Lucy“People later thought ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ was LSD. I swear– we didn’t notice that when it first came out.” — Paul McCartney Related: 11 Inspiring Quotes About What It Means to Be an EntrepreneurUrge to innovate“When I first started in the music business, the ultimate aim for everybody was to try and recreate, on record, a live performance as accurately as possible. Without being too pompous, we decided to go into another kind of art form, where we are devising something that couldn’t be done any other way. We were putting something down on tape that could only be done on tape.” — producer, George Martin Divine intervention“The night we went to record ‘Fixing A Hole’ a guy turned up at my house who announced himself as Jesus. So I took him to the session. You know — couldn’t harm, I thought. Introduced Jesus to the guys. Quite reasonable about it. But that was it. Last we ever saw of Jesus.” — Paul McCartney  No clue what come next”Now that we only play in the studios, and not anywhere else, we have less of a clue what we’re going to do. Nobody knows what the tunes sound like until we’ve recorded them and listen to them afterward.” — George Harrison Related: 9 Surprisingly Inspiring Quotes from ‘Trainspotting’Rating Ringo“[Ringo] Starr is vastly underrated. The drum fills on the song ‘A Day In The Life’ are very complex things. You could take a great drummer today and say ‘I want it like that.’ He wouldn’t know what to do.” — Phil Collins “A Day In The Life” was not a typical day in the life“Brian Jones and Marianne Faithfull were in attendance, along with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Donovan and Mike Nesmith, while a 40-piece orchestra, wearing funny hats and clown noses, generated a tremendous orchestral tsunami the likes of which had never been heard before – certainly not on a pop record.” — journalist Darryn King The concept that wasn’t a concept“’Sgt. Pepper is called the first concept album, but it doesn’t go anywhere. All my contributions to the album have absolutely nothing to do with this idea of Sgt. Pepper and his band, but it works, because we said it worked, and that’s how the album appeared. But it was not put together as it sounds, except for Sgt. Pepper introducing Billy Shears and the so-called reprise. Every other song could have been on any other album.” — John Lennon George wasn’t so curious“I felt we were just in the studio to make the next record, and Paul was going on about this idea of some fictitious band. That side of it didn’t really interest me. The trips to India had really opened me up…I’d been let out of the confines of the group, and it was difficult for me to come back into the sessions…It was a job, like doing something I didn’t really want to do, and I was losing interest in being ‘fab’ at that point.” — George Harrison Related: Inspiring Quotes From ’80s and ’90s MoviesWho invited these people?“I still have no idea who chose some of those people [on the cover]. I think [artist] Peter Blake put a lot of the more confusing people in there. The ones I wanted were people I admired. I didn’t put anybody on there because I didn’t like them (unlike some people…)” — George Harrison Keith just can’t”If you’re the Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away — you forget what it is you wanted to do. You’re starting to do Sgt. Pepper. Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties — ‘Oh, if you can make a load of shit, so can we.'”  — Keith Richards John’s dark side“It is a diary form of writing. All that ‘I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved’ was me. I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically… any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace.” — John Lennon A little help from John’s hand”I think that was probably the best of our songs that we wrote for Ringo actually. I remember giggling with John as we wrote the lines, ‘What do you see when you turn out the light/ I can’t tell you but I know it’s mine.’ It could have been him playing with his willie under the covers…” — Paul McCartney  –shares June 1, 2017 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue Register Now » Guest Writerlast_img read more

From AIComposed Music to a New YorktoShanghai SpaceX Rocket Here Are 5

first_img Amantha Imber May 7, 2018 Next Article These are the ideas that stuck with me from the conference in Vancouver, Canada. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. From AI-Composed Music to a New York-to-Shanghai SpaceX Rocket, Here Are 5 Amazing Ideas From TED2018 CEO of Inventium 102shares 5 min read Guest Writer Add to Queue Image credit: Entrepreneur Teleporting DNA, transplanting organs from a pig into a human to overcome organ shortage, and flying from New York to Shanghai in 39 minutes were just a handful of the mind-blowing ideas I saw at TED2018. Attending TED is like standing in front of a hose turned on at full pelt and being hit hard with ideas. Inevitably, some ideas are stickier than others. Here are five that stuck with me.The big social media companies need a radical shift in strategy.Polymath and computer scientist Jaron Lanier argued that social networks are actually behavioral modification empires. This caught my attention because I am deep in research on the effect such digital distractions are having on our working lives. Indeed, social networks train us and arguably trick us into spending more and more time on them. That is, they modify our behavior.Related: The Top TED Talks of 2018 So Far — and What You Can Learn From ThemLanier suggested that these companies that make a living by spying on us need to rethink their business model. Similar to the Netflix model, where people pay for content and by doing so they receive better content, could the Facebooks of the world move to a paid user model? And if they don’t shift, then surely there is room for a new player to enter and do just that.Artificial intelligence could make our world fantastic or horrific.There were many talks about AI this year. Most were presented in a “look at this, isn’t this amazing” tone, but there were definitely some very creeped out audience members.MIT Physicist Cesar Hidalgo spoke about using AI to automate democracy. He raised the issue of poor voter turnout and participation in voting in countries such as the U.S. and U.K. Hidalgo suggested we could make government more representative of people’s thoughts and preferences through automating the whole process.Hidalgo spoke of creating software that would learn our preferences and personality and use this knowledge to cast votes. When he said that small-scale pilot programs would obviously be necessary, I think the audience breathed a collective sigh of relief.Related: 7 Powerful Public Speaking Tips From One of the Most-Watched TED Talks SpeakersPierre Barreau, CEO of AIVA, played us a piece of music that he has specifically composed for TED2018 called “The Age of Amazement” (the theme of the conference). When I say “he” composed it, I actually mean that artificial intelligence AIVA composed it.We all closed our eyes and listened to a beautiful and moving classical piece of music that could easily have been written by a famous composer. But, it was not. I’m not sure I am a fan of software being able to manipulate my emotions by music, but I guess this is the world we are heading in to.If you are in a job requiring empathy, you are probably safe from AI.While much is said about creative and strategic jobs being safe from AI, Kai-Fu Lee (ex-head of Google China, turned venture capitalist), also spoke about how those in jobs requiring empathy, love and compassion will also be protected. Teachers, nurses, social workers and other roles where empathy is central will survive through the job transformation that will be happening over the next decade or two.Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei pointed out that empathy is one of the three key ingredients of building trust (the other two are logic and authenticity). This made me wonder how we will ever trust robots, who are unable to demonstrate the same empathy as humans.Related: 10 Must-See TED Talks for EntrepreneursThe best leaders are humble narcissists.While Wharton Professor Adam Grant’s talk was only a short one, it stuck with me. Grant presented research that showed when comparing “narcissistic leaders” versus “humble leaders,” those who possessed both qualities were the most effective. These are essentially people that believe they are special yet are also humble, in that they believe they don’t know it all and recognize their limitations.It occurred to me that the TED audience was full of what Grant termed “humble narcissists.” TED brings together people with an insatiable curiosity about the world, about how things work and about how to be better. Yet, the TED audience that I hung out with in Vancouver is also full of people who have such faith in themselves and their abilities and have in many cases, changed the world.Related: 5 TED Talks That Will Inspire You to Be a Better EntrepreneurThe other side of the world is going to get a whole lot closer.In an interview with Chris Anderson, Gwynne Shotwell (president and COO of SpaceX) spoke not just about Mars, but also about work SpaceX is doing around improving transportation on Earth. Shotwell described a rocket they are working on that can fly from New York to Shanghai in 39 minutes. Getting a boat to the rocket take-off pad takes longer than the actual flight.While Shotwell was hesitant to put a timeframe on this, she suggested that it would happen within a decade and would be around $2,000 for a ticket. After having traveled 20 long hours from Melbourne, Australia to attend TED in Vancouver, Canada, this was one of the personal highlights I heard at TED2018. TED The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil Whats the Difference

first_imgCannabis Green Entrepreneur Podcast Add to Queue November 6, 2018 Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. –shares This past December, the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill may have sparked a new oil boom. For the first time, hemp — the form of cannabis that doesn’t get you high — became federally legal. The news heated up the already hot CBD oil market because CBD, the medicinal, nonpsychoactive compound in marijuana, is also found in hemp. In other words, CBD oil, as long as you derive it from hemp, is legal everywhere. But is it? Does this mean an explosion of new CBD products? And what’s hemp oil? Here’s the breakdown. Related: The Most Experienced Guy In Cannabis Has a Warning for YouHemp Oil: It’s Straightforward By the Farm Bill’s definition, legal hemp products can contain up to 0.3 percent THC — not enough to produce a psychoactive effect. Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds and used as a cooking oil, and in lotions and soaps. It contains no CBD or other cannabinoids.  Related: Meet the Entrepreneur Selling Weed In Non-Cannabis Stores Across EuropeCBD Oil: It’s ComplicatedWhat’s known as cannabidiol (CBD) oil is commonly extracted from the flowers of the hemp plant. But it can also be derived from a marijuana plant. Either way, its uses are typically more medicinal. Solid research on cannabis has been sorely hampered — it’s a challenge to do big studies on a federally illegal substance. But a 2017 comprehensive review by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine found good evidence for cannabis reducing chronic pain. Athletes have known this, using CBD products to manage pain and to lessen inflammation. Others use CBD for depression and anxiety. Some people give it to their pets to lower stress. Perhaps most concretely, last June, the FDA approved the first-ever CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, to treat seizures associated with two severe forms of epilepsy.The FDA, however, has not been so approving when it comes to CBD oil in general, no matter where you extract it from. Even today, if you have legal hemp-derived CBD, you can’t sell it as a dietary supplement, you can’t put it in ingestibles for interstate commerce, and you definitely can’t claim therapeutic or medicinal benefits without FDA approval. Although CBD oil is legal in some states, federally, it’s still a gray area: The FDA promises that it will “continue to take steps to make the pathways for the lawful marketing of these products more efficient.” In the meantime, entrepreneurs should take the big excitement over CBD oil from hemp with a dose of caution. Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Magazine Contributor This story appears in the May 2019 issue of Green Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 3 min read dispensaries.com Next Article Image credit: Victoria Bee Photography | Getty Images The marijuana plants has so many positive uses that people in the future will think we were insane for ever making it illegal. Listen Now Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil: What’s the Difference?last_img read more

5 Future Jobs Youve Never Heard of But That Your Kids Will

first_img Next Article Thanks largely to two trends — modernization and automation — the job market has arguably changed more in the last decade than in the previous half-century. Some professions have changed drastically while others have disappeared completely.Related: Five Design Jobs Of The Future (And How You Can Get Them)But for every job that fades into obsolescence, new ways of making a living surface. With a bit of foresight, those of us who are tasked with setting up future generations for success (as parents, teachers, counselors and more) can help. Regardless, entrepreneurs, from the business veteran to the aspiring startup king (or queen), can benefit from looking at these job titles and considering the impact they might have on the rising workforce.1. Professional esports athlete / professional gamerCompetitive esports is a booming industry, and in 2019, according to Newzoo, an industry analytics organization, revenue is expected to top $1 billion. Gaming’s growth, in turn, can be connected to the rising popularity of the streaming platform, Twitch, which has an average of 15 million users tuning in every day.The most popular platform here, commanding over 14 million followers, is NINJA, where the average user spends 95 minutes each day.Given these entities’ growth, it’s hardly a stretch to conclude that some percentage of the teen recreational gamers out there will inevitably be inspired to pursue their passion as a streamer and/or professional esports athlete.  Takeaway: Embrace the fact that gaming no longer carries a negative stigma. One of the most important qualities any entrepreneur embodies is a deep passion for his or her craft — so it’s safe to expect no shortage of opportunity within this industry.2. Director of emotional intelligenceEmotional intelligence (EQ) is defined as “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” At the heart of EQ is heightened self-awareness, which is a truly powerful trait that can empower an individual, but can also be trained for. EQ’s potential? Gary Vaynerchuck, author of AskGaryVee, recently said, “We are on the dawn of an era where emotional intelligence is about to become the single most important trade.”I couldn’t agree more.Related: 10 Technologies That Are Changing the WorldThere will be an ongoing need for this “skill of the future” for the current and rising workforce to exemplify high levels of EQ, which will ultimately be a part of a brand’s core values.Takeaway: You first need to take the steps to increase and improve your own emotional intelligence. Embrace the many resources available, and you’ll develop a professional asset that will soon become invaluable.3. Quantum cryptologistAccenture recently surveyed 6,672 executives, to reveal some of the biggest tech trends to expect in the coming years. One of those trends, DARQ, is an acronym which combines the names for a series of emerging technologies: Distributed ledger technologyArtificial intelligenceReality (both virtual and augmented)Quantum computingOn Dec. 21, 2018, the National Quantum Initiative Act was passed into law — and supports a 10-year plan designed to accelerate the development of quantum information science and technology applications (quantum computing being computing whose processing power far exceeds that of today’s computers),While the quantum era will bring positive developments, a quantum threat also exists — to data and national security. As such, there will be inevitable opportunities to educate a rising cyber-minded workforce to combat this looming threat.Takeaway: Knowledge is power, and in unfamiliar territory, you’ll need to be proactive in educating yourself. You don’t need a Ph.D. to understand whether a new sector is right for you. But you do have to take actionable steps. Keep up to date with the news, legislation and industry movement to effectively arm yourself with the right information.4. Chief modernization officerMaking the digital leap is no longer an option; it’s a necessity for survival. How established a business is doesn’t matter; failure to modernize is a recipe for only — failure. Notable examples include:Blockbuster’s being unable to transition to a digital modelToys ‘R’ Us’s delay in in deploying an effective ecommerce strategyBorders’s failure to embrace online or ereader models early enough.These losses have not been in vain, however, as companies that have survived in a digital era have provided us lessons about the need to embrace constant innovation. What’s also been evident is the need for leaders who can effectively navigate uncharted territory with crisp modernization vision — a critical focus virtually all organizations in the future will need.Takeaway: Be an avid learner of past mistakes. There isn’t a magic 8-ball that tells us how the market will change, but there are signals and trends we can learn to spot to evaluate the impact the market will have.5. Smart home architect, builder or designerIn 2018 a jaw-dropping 48 percent of U.S. consumers polled by Parks Associates said they planned to buy at least one smart home device; that number constituted an even more astounding 66 percent rise year-over-year. The expanded investments and continued technological improvements we’re seeing are evidence of the sales-driven market revolution surrounding connected homes.As the smart home concept continues to evolve, a new wave of home builders/architects will be tasked with designing these homes to be “smart home ready” and to engineer how homes can be integrated with next-gen tech. In short, the traditional home designer and architect we know of today will be completely reimagined.Takeaway: Think outside the house — really. Embrace a smart-er perspective and don’t limit your creativity. Challenge yourself to find what is missing today in smart home automation, or what could make your life just a little bit easier. Then let that passion fuel the rest of your journey.Related: The Next Big Opportunity for Tech Entrepreneurs? ‘Smart’ HomesAlthough certain future professions may seem improbable or even unrecognizable for us today, we can be sure that the generations to come will find new sources of meaning and pave new paths to success. In the meantime, we can do our best to provide a foundation for that success by encouraging our kids to embrace the vision, learning, and innovation that will make all these things possible. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Guest Writer Apply Now » Image credit: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images Tom Popomaronis Senior Director, Product Innovation, Hawkins Group May 13, 2019 Add to Queue –shares ‘Mommy, Daddy, I want to be a quantum cryptologist,’ your child may tell you one day soon. Here’s how to prepare. Jobs of the Future 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 5 Future Jobs You’ve Never Heard of But That Your Kids Will Flock to The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

CHEQ Report Online Ad Fraud To Cost 23 Billion Globally in 2019

first_imgMarketers are expected to lose $23 billion this year in online ad spending because of ad fraud, a global economic study by CHEQ has revealed.The military-grade cybersecurity company commissioned a report about the full scale of ad fraud, undertaken with economist Roberto Cavazos, a professor at the University of Baltimore, using the latest economic analysis, proprietary CHEQ data, and expert interviews. The report finds that while direct global economic costs of ad fraud are conservatively placed at $23 billion, indirect economic and social costs may increase the total to $30 billion.The report finds that with marketers pouring billions into digital ads, up to 30% of ads are affected by fraud, affecting 21 trillion online ads each year. However, the study argues that not all instances cost the same, and in many cases, fraud disproportionately affects low level campaigns with cheaper CPM (cost per thousand). The study argues that a 7.5% composite rate of total ad spend lost to ad fraud reflects a  mix of both lower end and higher-end ad campaigns, totaling losses of $23.7 billion in 2019. Left unchecked the level of fraud is expected to reach $26 billion by 2020, $29 billion by 2021 and $32 billion by 2022.Marketing Technology News: Net Element Launches Blade, Fully-Automated, Artificial Intelligence-Powered Underwriting Solution with Predictive ScoringThe complexity of the online advertising ecosystem and lack of transparency has created a growing incentive for fraudsters to hijack the fast-growing $316 billion global digital advertising budget. The report finds that online advertising is uniquely susceptible to frauds, compared to other sectors, such as finance or health, due to lack of oversight or transparency, and failure to achieve high-profile prosecutions.The cost of fraud could be placed even higher if indirect and opportunity costs could be calculated—this refers to the losses and opportunity costs on society as a result of systematic fraud. Such indirect costs include less trust, reduced innovation, and disinclination to spend on online advertising.Marketing Technology News: Hitachi and Virtusa Partner to Advance AI in Financial ServicesProfessor Roberto Cavazos said: “I have studied the economic costs of fraud in many sectors for decades, and I was left stunned by the scale of fraud in online advertising. The online advertising ecosystem has created a situation in which the interests of more than 20 parties are not aligned, while there is little regulation, connectedness or disincentive against fraud. It will require honest and robust methods to confront the realities and tackle this challenge.”CHEQ founder and CEO Guy Tytunovich added: “Spending on online advertising has overtaken traditional media like TV, radio, outdoor, and print. This makes it wishful thinking to believe that fraudsters will not continue to be creative and innovative in targeting online adverting dollars. Every day we are seeing growing sophistication and frequency of attacks against online ad campaigns. The problem is exacerbated by the number of participants in a complex system, and the unique circumstances allowing bad actors to thrive.”Marketing Technology News: Consumers Reluctant to Swap Passwords for Biometrics for Fear of Identity Fraud CHEQ Report: Online Ad Fraud To Cost $23 Billion Globally in 2019 PRNewswireJune 4, 2019, 2:59 pmJune 4, 2019 CHEQCPMMarketing Technologymilitary-grade cybersecurityNewsOnline Ad Fraudproprietary CHEQ data Previous ArticleWith 87% Surge in Customer Bookings, Episerver Promotes Internally for CMONext ArticleIBM Debuts Self-Service AI-Powered Ad Experience to Enable Conversations Between Brands and Consumerslast_img read more