Allardyce I should still be the England manager

first_imgSam Allardyce believes that he should still be the England manager and admitted that he is feeling jealous over their recent success in his absenceThe 63-year-old was infamously fired from the role as head coach of the national side in September 2016, despite having only been in charge for one game in a last-gasp 1-0 victory away to Slovakia.Allardyce’s spell of 67 days in charge was the shortest of any England manager.In a BBC documentary called “Managing England: The Impossible Job”, the former Everton boss reflected on his controversial exit from England.“Jealousy is what I feel. Massively disappointed. That should be me there. Unfortunately because of the circumstances that wasn’t the case,” said Allardyce, according to The Sack Race.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.“One night I was playing golf – next day they said you can’t carry on. And I still don’t know why… because in the cold light of day, there was no substance, nothing behind it.“If a bit more time was taken, a bit more patience, I believe I should still be the England manager.“I’ve bounced back now – and while I will be extremely jealous I will be watching Gareth and the lads and hope they do extremely well.”Despite having guided Everton to a top 10 finish in the Premier League last season, Allardyce was fired by the board and replaced by Marco Silva.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 28 Bus Catches On Fire Loose Pit Bull

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, April 28, 2019:Police came across a refrigerator wth its doors still on on the curb on Faulkner Avenue. This is a bylaw violation. Police spoke with resident, who agreed to remove the refrigerator’s doors. (9:26am)A caller reported two mountain bikes were found on the side of the road at Elizabeth Drive and Sachem Circle. Bikes belonged to two girls who left them there to walk to Dunkin’ Donuts. (11:50am)A Chestnut Street caller reported a truck drove on his property on Friday and left tire marks. Police responded to view damage. (12:07pm)A bus caught on fire and was evacuated on the 93 North Exit 41 ramp. State Police and Fire Department responded. (1:34pm)Police issued a parking citation for a vehicle parked within 10 feet of a fire hydrant on Lords Court. (2:08pm)An Arlene Avenue caller reported a loose pit bull in her yard. Owner showed up while caller was still on the line. (4:30pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 11: Incidents Not What They Seem; Marijuana Confiscated From Vehicle; Missing Woman FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

John Boyega teases his most shocking Star Wars set moment

first_img Share your voice Star Wars returns Star Wars Episode 9: Release date, cast, director and theories Mark Hamill just tweeted the best Star Wars Episode IX trailer tease Tags 77 Photos Star Wars TV and Movies 0 Boyega isn’t the only Star Wars cast member willing to tantalize fans with his secret knowledge. Kylo Ren actor Adam Driver told Deadline he was privy to a key clue to the trilogy’s ultimate path. “With Star Wars, I had one piece of information of where it was all going, and that’s where it has been in my head for a long time, and things were building towards that,” he said.Boyega and Driver are keeping the details classified, but it gives fans a fantastic opportunity to speculate about what it all means. You can check out our roundup of Episode 9 rumors right here. Post a comment Boyega posted a close-up look at his hands, which appear to be covered in dirt with a drop of blood oozing out of his left thumb. “The whole team pushed themselves today to achieve something visually crazy,” he says.So what could cause dirty hands and a cut? It could be an epic battle scene of some sort, or some other tense, action-packed moment.   2019 movies to geek out over The final chapter in the latest Star Wars trilogy is cloaked in mystery. We know we’ll be catching up with Rey, BB-8, Finn and Poe, but filming is still underway and the Dec. 20 release date for the J.J. Abrams-directed film is far off. John Boyega, who plays Resistance fighter Finn, knows fans are desperate for information. He delivered an epic teaser to Instagram on Tuesday, writing, “I’ve had many moments of shock on set but not like today and I can’t wait until you know why.”last_img read more

The best sunscreens to buy right now

first_img 1 Personal care Now playing: Watch this: How to choose the right sunscreen Sunscreen is a contentious product because there’s often a lot of disagreement on which sunscreen chemicals are safe, what SPF is appropriate and whether sunscreen harms coral reefs or not. Here’s what you should know about sunscreen in 2019: 1. Everyone should wear sunscreen, regardless of your skin color, because anyone can get skin cancer. 2. Sunscreen protects against both UV damage and wrinkles. 3. Both chemical and physical sunscreens are considered effective and safe. Chemical sunscreens contain active ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, octisalate, and octocrylene that absorb UV radiation. 4. Physical sunscreens — with zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or both as active ingredients — are good for those with sensitive skin and acne-prone skin, and new formulas are much easier to blend than earlier, chalky versions. 5. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using broad-spectrum protection with SPF 30 sunscreen, which blocks UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays speeds up the aging process of skin cells and promote wrinkles, while UVB rays damage skin cells, cause sunburns and are believed to cause skin cancer. 6. No sunscreen can block 100% of UV rays. SPF 30 sunscreens block 97% of UVB rays, and at SPFs above that, the increased protection is negligible.  7. All sunscreens, regardless of SPF, rub off or break down on your skin in the course of 2 hours — even faster if you’re swimming or sweating. 8. The state of Hawaii; Key West, Florida; and a few island nations have banned sunscreens with oxybenzone because a scientific study found that it can kill coral. Currently, none of these bans are in effect — the two in the US start in 2021. Some companies are selling “reef-safe” sunscreens that abide by the ban. These products and services are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. The prices are accurate as of publishing time, but may change. The best sunscreens for 2019 71rmjydspal-sl1500 Hawaiian Tropic Best everyday body sunscreen Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30  This is the sunscreen I currently have and use because it feels lightweight and rubs in easily. It’s like putting on lotion, and it moisturizes like lotion because it has shea butter. Be forewarned this has a subtle shimmer to it, so you’ll look ever-so-slightly glittery. $7.92 at AmazonHate any and all glitter? Try Banana Boat’s Sun Comfort Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50, $10.06 at Amazon) for a similar hydrating option. Best sunscreen for kids 6887033-nocolor-0 Neutrogena Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray Kids rarely want to sit still long enough for you to apply (and reapply) sunscreen. But this formula goes on quickly and is meant to work on wet skin. The spray cuts through water to adhere to skin, so your kids stay protected even as they spend all day getting in and out of the pool. $10.50 for two at Amazonsupergoop-sunscreen Supergoop Best facial sunscreen Supergoop Smooth and Poreless Matte Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 If you have ever struggled to rub in the white cast left behind by mineral sunscreens, only to end up looking like a ghost, this is your new sunscreen. In recent years, Supergoop has been cranking out new formulas for any need — like powder sunscreen you can swipe on over your makeup during the day — great for oily skin! — or a sunscreen oil that holds in moisture on your skin. I picked up the brand’s Smooth and Poreless at Sephora on a whim, and it’s what I currently use on my face. Of any facial sunscreen I’ve used, I’ve loved this the most because it feels like a primer and blurs my pores. It’s not definitely not cheap, but it’s worth the cost for me. For a cheaper facial sunscreen, check out the Asian sunscreen pick below. $38 at Sephora Best facial sunscreen for sensitive skin EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 eltamd EltaMD This EltaMD sunscreen is well-loved because despite the fact that it uses zinc oxide, it goes on clear and blends into your skin without leaving a white cast. I’ve tried it firsthand and it glides on so well, you don’t feel like you’re wearing sunscreen. Just be careful when shopping to make sure you buy it directly from Amazon, not a third-party seller, because there are Amazon shoppers who’ve reported receiving counterfeit products. (Shown is the SPF 40 version, but I’ve linked to the SPF 46 version.) $28 at Amazon Best sunscreen for babies Blue Lizard Australian Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+ 81kcksitq5l-sl1500 Blue Lizard Doctors recommend that you limit your baby’s sun exposure with hats, clothing and shade and that you not use sunscreen on infants under six months. Once they reach the six-month milestone, you can use sunscreen, but stick to formulas that are free of dyes and scents and that use minerals (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) for sun protection. This Blue Lizard formula checks all of those boxes and the bottle turns pink in the sun, to give you a nudge to reapply. $14.98 at Amazon Best sport sunscreen 71aotbrtj1l-sl1500 Neutrogena Neutrogena Beach Defense (Spray, Lotion or Stick)  Sport and water-resistant sunscreens can feel thick and greasy, but I like Neutrogena’s Beach Defense line because it’s more lightweight, water resistant for up to 80 minutes and smells like a tropical beverage. The spray is easy to apply, is water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes and comes in SPF 70. If you want or need something without a scent, try Banana Boat’s Simply Protect Sports sunscreen, which doesn’t have any added fragrance. $8.79 at Amazon for the spray Best Asian sunscreen Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen SPF 50 613lfin0xul-sl1000 Biore Okay, if you are a skin care nerd like I am, prepare to fall down the Asian sunscreen rabbit hole. South Korean and Japanese skin care brands have become well known for sunscreens that use different chemicals than what’s approved by the FDA in order to provide superior protection. One of the most wildly popular Asian sunscreens is Biore’s, which is a thin, light formula that blends in easily. While you can’t find it in US stores — because of the FDA — they are readily available on Amazon and other retailers, like YesStyle. Just know that these products will ship from Asia, and have to go through customs, so they will almost certainly not arrive within the two-day Prime window. $12.58 at AmazonAnother great option is the COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++ ($12.86) because it applies like a lightweight moisturizer and provides hydration too. If you have sensitive skin, give this formula a try. Share your voice 5:36center_img Sina Schuldt/picture alliance via Getty Images Any doctor will tell you that sunscreen is the secret to great skin. Not only does sunscreen help prevent skin cancer, it also stops the sun’s rays from breaking down the collagen in your skin, which leads to wrinkles and sagging. More than ever before, companies have finally started making sunscreens that you’ll actually want to use. I’m talking facial sunscreens that apply and blend like makeup primer, spray sunscreens you can reapply to your kids right after they jump out of the pool and lightweight lotions you’ll reach for every day. There are now so many brands and great options that finding the best sunscreens available is a big task. The list below scratches the surface, highlighting some of the best-selling sunscreens on Amazon, plus a few formulas that make sunscreen much more palatable to wear.  Read more: La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV, Shade, Sunburn Alert: How to measure your sun exposure when you’re outside   Tags Comment I got my face professionally scanned for wrinkles and…last_img read more

Supreme Court rejects BCCI plea to review order on Lodha panel recommendations

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to review the apex court’s order, in which it agreed with the recommendations of the Justice (retd) RM Lodha Committee. The recommendations, when implemented, would bring more transparency to the cricketing body.The BCCI, led by president Anurag Thakur, has said that implementing the recommendations could spell more problems for the cricketing body, including its expulsion from the International Cricket Council (ICC).In an affidavit filed with the apex court on Monday, Thakur had said of his conversation with ICC President Shashank Manohar: “When he was president of BCCI, he had taken a view that the Lodha panel recommendations of appointing a nominee of the CAG on the board’s Apex Council would amount to governmental interference and might invoke an action of suspension from ICC,” Thakur had said.The Lodha panel recommendations, it may be noted, include barring ministers and civil servants as well as those above 70 years of age from becoming BCCI office bearers. If implemented, this could end political presence in the BCCI.The current BCCI president, Anurag Thakur, is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. Former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar is the founder of Nationalist Congress Party. He is a former Union Cabinet minister and the former chief minister of Maharashtra.The BCCI has also contested the one-state-one-vote proposal, which limits the voting power of traditionally more influential states and their selectors; and a cooling off period in its review petition in the Supreme Court.If and when the recommendations are implemented, Thakur and many others could be on their way out of the BCCI. However, Thakur could land a role in the ICC, with sources saying that the world cricketing body is keen on giving Thakur the chairmanship role in its development committee. He will succeed Manohar.last_img read more

Texas Could See RecordBreaking Travel This Holiday

first_img X AAA Texas says about 8.2 million Texans are expected to travel between now and January 2nd. That’s the most on record. Spokesman Doug Shupe says most people around the state will travel by car, about 7.6 million. That’s despite the fact gas prices have been going up. “However we are still paying among the top 10 cheapest statewide averages here in Texas compared to other drivers nationwide,” adds Shupe. The Houston Airport System is also expecting some big travel numbers.  Spokesman Bill Begley says about 2.4 million people are expected to pass through Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports. Many of those are international travelers. “I think a big part of it is our growing route map,” says Begley. “At both airports we’re adding service to either existing international destinations or adding international destinations.”Some traveling Texans are opting for other modes. AAA Texas says about 3.5 million Texas will travel by bus or train, or go on a cruise. 00:00 /01:02 Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: George Bush Intercontinental websiteGeorge Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Sharelast_img read more

A year in retrospect

first_imgA year passes by in a flurry, leaving memories of time and moments embedded indelibely on our minds. To celebrate the best of contemporary art in the last one year, TAD Arts presents its annual Art Show  A Celebration of art through 2012 & 2013. Conceptualized and organized by Niten Mehta, Director, TAD Arts, this group show will be on display from July 26 to July 31 at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Center and will showcase some of the best contemporary art works of present times. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”This is our annual art show where we handpick the best works/artists from our shows done in last one year and display them. This year too we have an excellent selection of masterpieces from renowned contemporary artists from all over India. These works represent the best in the contemporary art in India today,’ says Niten Mehta, from TAD Arts.In this exhibition, Suchit Sahni revisits his early learning years, where he was introduced to the view-finder. Superbly fascinated with the view-finder, he spent days and months looking through it at everything – visually replicating his visions as paintings. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen one looks at his recent artworks, one clearly marks out the frame that encompasses the painting itself. Though the frame forms a part of the painting, he has very playfully and stylishly revisited a memory close to his heart with such ease.Rajiv Puri’s love for the woods and nature herself has been beautifully captured in his oeuvres d’art that are resplendent with a visual story, where each chapter transports us to a world of mysticism that forests have, where each frame bathes in lush green landscapes and a myriad other shades of nature’s bounty.  Known for his distinct portrayal of human form, artist Kamar Alam’s works revolves around spirituality and how it resides within every human being. With Silent Submission, the artist’s belief in humanity takes the foreground and has shaped in the form of his art works. Considering a triumph over biases that surrounds him, Kamar imparts the message of peace and through his works, he depicts his impartial and equal approach along with respect for all faiths.TAD Arts is a platform that showcases paintings, sculptures, arts & crafts, high-end interactive design, exhibition space design and art works of contemporary as well as ethnic nature. Some of the artists whose works will be on display in this exhibition are Kamar Alam, Suchit Sahni, Rajiv Puri, Anjana Mehra, Farhad Hussain, Hindol Brahmbhatt, Binoy Verghese, Kazi Nasir amongst others. Head over to the gallery and experience this contemporary collection adorning the walls.last_img read more

Public health care interns protest to demand compensation

first_imgNo related posts. Facebook Comments Some 300 interns who work in the public health care system and say they haven’t been paid in seven months protested Wednesday in front of the Social Security System, or Caja, in downtown San José.According to Costa Rican law, medical interns working for the Caja should receive a scholarship equivalent to 36.6 percent of a general practitioner’s salary, about $440 per month.The wage incentive has been in place since 1982.Facing drastic budget constraints, Caja officials stopped paying the scholarships to the interns this year, and funds were transferred for use in management and administration of the institution, Caja President Ileana Balmaceda said at a press conference on Tuesday.The Caja is facing an ongoing financial crisis that has prompted government-imposed measures to cut costs. Medical students, however, say they often work six days a week during the one-year internship, and they should be compensated for their efforts.“This scholarship actually saves the Caja money because they don’t have to pay other professionals a full salary to do the job of 600 interns,” University of Costa Rica med student Fernando Morales said. “You have to take into account that a medical student, while working at an internship, has already completed all the course work.”On Tuesday, Balmaceda was emphatic that interns are not Caja employees, and internships are a requirement for graduation.“If interns go on strike, they are hurting themselves or their universities,” she said.“Universities don’t have much involvement in the internship process, and the hospitals and health care centers decide intern schedules and duties,” Morales countered.The Caja’s board of directors agreed to study the demands and respond in coming days.last_img read more

THAI opens Puff Pie Food Truck Service

first_imgTHAI opens Puff & Pie Food Truck ServiceTHAI opens Puff & Pie Food Truck ServiceMrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo (fifth from left), Acting President, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), presided over the opening of THAI’s Puff & Pie Food Truck service, designed to accommodate a new generation’s lifestyle. This Puff & Pie Food truck serves premium foods, pastries, baked goods, and beverages, as well as signature dishes from Thai Catering Food Contest 2017 – Deep Fried Spicy Minced Chicken and Banana Caramel Cheese Cake. Mrs. Phakkhra Ruangsiradecho (seventh from left), Executive Vice President, Aviation Business Unit Department, along with Mrs. Suvimol Bualerd (second from left), Executive Vice President, Human Resources and General Administration Department, Flight Lieutenant Kanok Thongpurk (third from left), Executive Vice President, Legal Management Department, and Mrs.Varangkana Luerojvong (fourth from left), Managing Director, Catering Department, were present at the ceremony.The Puff & Pie Food Truck initially opened at THAI’s Head Office, THAI’s Operations Center on 13 November 2017 and afterwards will set up at the Big Mountain Music Festival, Suvarnabhumi Airport Operations Building, Assumption University Bangna Campus, and Central Westgate.Source = THAIlast_img read more

French regulator the CSA has officially approved t

first_imgFrench regulator the CSA has officially approved the launch of the six new free-to-air channels to be launched on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform. Chérie HD, L’Equipe HD, HD 1, RMC Découverte, Tvous La Télédiversité and 6ter will launch in HD from December 12. All of the channels except L’Equipe HD will undertake to support domestic content creation from 2013, with four channels – RMC Découverte, Chérie HD, HD1, 6TER – committing to support content creation to the tune of €40 million over 2013-15, including €17 million devoted to domestic content creation.last_img read more

BSkyB has launched its planned Sky Store Buy Ke

first_imgBSkyB has launched its planned Sky Store ‘Buy & Keep’ service, allowing users to buy as well as rent movies.Buy & Keep provides the ability to purchase digital copies of HD movies along with the original DVD sent by post.The service offers brand new movies at the same time as their DVD release, with many titles available for digital early release, according to Sky.Sky unveiled details of the service at the beginning of the month.Titles at launch include Warner Bros’ The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Ben Stiller comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, family animation Turbo and Richard Curtis romantic comedy About Time, as well as other titles from 20th Century Fox and NBCUniversal.Forthcoming titles include The Wolf of Wall Street, Mandela and Lone Survivor.The service will be further enhanced over the next year with customers being able to access the movies they’ve bought via tablets and smartphones, according to Sky. In the future, TV box sets will be available to buy and Sky Store Buy & Keep will become accessible to non-Sky subscribers with the Now TV Box, Roku and YouView boxes as well as via the Sky Store website.“Buying movies straight from your sofa becomes even easier with Sky Store from today. Our customers love to watch their favourite movies again and again, and with ‘Buy & Keep’ they get the benefit of being able to watch in minutes with the HD digital download, as well as receiving the original DVD in the post,” said Nicola Bamford, director of Sky Store.last_img read more

LGs Ultra HD Curved OLED TV Shipments of 4K TVs j

first_imgLG’s Ultra HD Curved OLED TVShipments of 4K TVs jumped by 699% year-on-year in 2014 to 11.6 million units, according to estimates by research firm Futuresource Consulting.The new research forecasts that by 2018, 100 million 4K sets will ship per annum, with 4K TV ownership to exceed 20% in leading markets.“Falling premiums and 4K in smaller screen sizes will drive 4K adoption, while consumers will want to future-proof for 4K content when it becomes available,” according to Futuresource.Last year, China accounted for 70% of 4K TV set demand, down from 84% in 2013, according to the estimates.Futuresource said that the a sustained flow of 4K content will be “critical to the long term success of 4K.” It also said that OTT video services are driving the early rollout of 4K, with “several further propositions are set for launch in 2015/6 from both standalone providers and traditional pay TV platforms.“We are seeing several 4K video services now available in the market, driven by over-the-top (OTT) video services, and we are beginning to see signs that broadcasters support will be forthcoming. However, with 8K on the horizon, there is speculation as to whether the window for 4K will be short-lived,” said Sarah Carroll, Futuresource Consulting director of sales and marketing.The figures follow reports from last week that the Rio 2016 Olympic games will not be broadcast in 4K.Olympic Broadcast Services CEO, Yiannis Exarchos, told the Hollywood Reporter “In my opinion 8K is much more of a game-changer than 4K,” adding that the International Olympic Committee has “no plans for 4K TV broadcasting” and that “there is no demand from our rights holders for 4K.”last_img read more

Doug spoke in trenchant munificent stentorian and

first_imgDoug spoke in trenchant munificent stentorian and intelligent terms—everyone  should  read  and  ponder what he spoke so eloquently about.—Anonymous Recommended Link In Case You Missed It… Our colleague Teeka Tiwari is a crypto investing expert. He’s very bullish on the sector and has helped his subscribers score gains of up to 20,000%. This Thursday, Teeka is hosting a free cryptocurrency training seminar. Reserve your spot right here. Recommended Link I read your email, and it disturbed me far more than the subject itself. To lump all protestors together as being created by someone else’s agenda rather than thoughtful humans concerned about an injustice saddened me. But it did get me to look into the story more. I found a very thoughtful article you might find interesting. —Amy But don’t just take my word for it. Look at what Phyto Partners is doing… Phyto Partners is a venture capital fund that invests in early-stage cannabis companies. Today, it has 12 companies in its portfolio. And none of them grow, process, or sell marijuana. Instead, they serve the marijuana industry.One of those companies, New Frontier Data, is a major marijuana data firm. Another, Steep Hill Labs, is a leader in marijuana lab testing. Then there’s Grownetics…• This company is radically changing how people grow marijuana… I know because I recently visited the Grownetics team in downtown Boulder, Colorado. In a minute, I’ll tell you how Grownetics is revolutionizing the marijuana industry. I’ll also tell you about the incredible insight I learned while in Boulder. But let me first tell you what I was doing there. After all, Boulder’s a long way from Casey Research’s headquarters in Florida.• In June, I did something I’ve wanted to do for years… I turned in my apartment key. I sold most of my belongings. And I hit the road. That’s right. I left sunny South Florida to become a digital nomad. I did this because I’ve come to realize something working with Doug Casey… The best money-making opportunities are rarely in plain sight. More often than not, they’re hidden. This means you need to go “into the field” to find them. That’s particularly true for the legal marijuana market, which is being born before our eyes.• So I went to the frontlines of this emerging industry… My first stop was Vancouver. I spent all of July there. After that, I went to San Francisco for three weeks. Then, I spent nearly all of September in Colorado. There, I visited an indoor marijuana growing facility. I toured a state-of-the-art cannabis research lab. And yes, I drove to Boulder to meet the Grownetics team. I did this because an industry insider told me that Grownetics is doing incredible work. And he wasn’t joking… 3 Marijuana Stocks to Buy Right Now Canada is set to vote on a new nationwide law that will set off the biggest event in the history of marijuana. The Canadian pot market will explode from $400 million to $8 billion. And new marijuana millionaires will be minted. If you missed out on the first marijuana boom, when penny pot stocks delivered peak gains of 7,820%… 6,233%… and 3,986%… often in months… This is your second and final chance. Don’t miss out again. Discover the 3 companies that will dominate the marijuana market.center_img — Teeka’s new cryptocurrency prediction will shock you Teeka’s previous cryptocurrency predictions could have made you 1,241%, 2,050% and even 14,354% in as little as 6 months. To get his latest prediction – including the name of the crypto he calls “the next big thing in cryptocurrencies” – click here. By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch Big money is pouring into marijuana. During the first four months of 2017, cannabis-related companies raised more than $700 million. That’s almost seven times more than they raised during the same period last year. This isn’t “dumb money,” either. Some of the world’s savviest investors have placed huge bets on marijuana. Peter Thiel, for example, recently invested millions of dollars in Privateer Holdings, a private equity firm focused on legal cannabis. Thiel was an early investor in Facebook, and is a legend in Silicon Valley. Then there’s venture capital firm Benchmark Capital, which was an early investor in Twitter, Uber, Snapchat, and Instagram. It recently put $8 million in Hound Labs, an Oakland-based startup that’s developing a device to test whether drivers are under the influence of marijuana. These are big investments from big-time investors.• It tells us the marijuana boom is for real… And that’s exactly why you should consider speculating on marijuana stocks if you haven’t already. But you should realize something before diving in… The best marijuana investments aren’t traditional marijuana companies. They’re companies that serve the industry. • You see, Grownetics isn’t your typical marijuana company… It doesn’t grow marijuana. It doesn’t own dispensaries. And it doesn’t make marijuana edibles. Instead, it’s a technology company that’s solving one of the marijuana industry’s biggest problems. You see, most marijuana companies have a “head of cultivation” on staff. This person feeds, waters, and monitors the health of marijuana plants at an indoor facility. Over time, they figure out what the plants like and what they don’t like. And many head cultivators simply write this information down in a journal. This approach isn’t just old-fashioned. It’s risky. Think about it. If the head of cultivation walks, they’re going to take that information with them. And that basically screws over the owner of the facility.• Grownetics wants to fix this problem with technology… And here’s how… Grownetics builds operating systems for indoor farmers and greenhouse cultivators. This system includes management software linked to a network of high-resolution sensors inside marijuana growing facilities. These sensors monitor room temperature, lighting, humidity, CO2 levels, and a host of other inputs. Grownetics’ software then organizes this data in a way that’s easy to understand. This saves companies time and money. And it helps them boost the yield and potency of their crop. (You can learn more about the incredible work that Vince and his team are doing by visiting their website right here.) In short, Grownetics helps companies grow better pot, and a lot more of it. That’s why the company has customers all over the country, and a rapidly growing pipeline…• But I know what you’re probably thinking… “Marijuana’s a weed. How hard can it possibly be to grow?” Well, actually, it can be very difficult. That’s because marijuana’s a very complex plant. In fact, Grownetics COO Vince Harkiewicz told me there’s “never been a pharmaceutical crop like marijuana”: The closest thing might be poppies, which are used to make opiates for pharmaceutical industries, but that’s just one chemical you’re producing. With cannabis, there’s hundreds of cannabinoids and terpenes in the plant. And they all affect the way the medicine is received by the patient. That’s right. • Marijuana isn’t just a plant that gets people high… It’s also medicine. That’s why the world’s top botanists are coming to the marijuana industry in droves. It’s why the world’s best investors are pouring billions into marijuana companies. It’s also why companies are paying top dollar for Grownetics’ services.• Now, I unfortunately can’t recommend Grownetics to you… The company’s private, and a startup at that. So, why did I tell this story? Simple. Most people have ridiculous misconceptions about the marijuana industry. They think the industry’s run by stoners, hippies, and burnouts. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. The industry’s attracting world-class entrepreneurs, engineers, and scientists. It’s employing real science. And it’s developing its own cutting-edge technology. In short, the legal marijuana industry is becoming more and more like Big Pharma every day.• Soon, everyday investors will figure this out… When that happens, money will pour into marijuana stocks like we’ve never seen. That’s something you want to be ready for. So, consider buying marijuana stocks if you haven’t already. Just understand that these stocks are still very speculative. So, do your homework before diving in. I also encourage you to read these recent articles of mine: Why This U.S. Army Officer Retired to Focus on Cannabis The Great Marijuana Bull Market Has Officially Arrived The Window’s Closing…But You Can Still Become a “Marijuana Millionaire” The No. 1 Mistake Marijuana Investors Are Making As you’ll see, the biggest opportunities in marijuana aren’t in the States. They’re north of the border in Canada…Regards,Justin Spittler New Orleans, LA October 31, 2017 P.S. This marijuana boom is just getting started. And now is the time to own the best stocks to take advantage. We have a basket of marijuana companies in our Crisis Investing newsletter that are set to soar in the coming years. You can access these names, along with all of our research on the sector, with a subscription to Crisis Investing. Click here to learn more. Sights From the Road Earlier, I told you how I left sunny South Florida to become a traveling analyst. So far, my world tour has taken me to Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas, South Carolina, and New Orleans. Along the way, I’ve seen some incredible things. So today, I’m going to share a few photographs that I took at Grownetics’ headquarters in downtown Boulder. The first photo shows the workstation in Grownetics’ lab. Next, a 3D printing machine that Vince and his team use to make components. Finally, here’s a photo of an award that Grownetics picked up last year at the 2016 Cannabist Awards in Las Vegas for Best Technology Start-up. As you can see, Vince and the rest of the Grownetics team are doing some incredible things. So, be sure to check out their website to learn more about them.Reader MailbagToday, readers write in with their thoughts on Doug Casey’s interview on cultural appropriation:Doug—you are right on the money, as usual. The SJW mentality is a step towards control, and the type of control they desire is evident from those who have done this before.—Barry —last_img read more

A Bibb County Deputy Sheriff and a suspect are sti

first_imgA Bibb County Deputy Sheriff and a suspect are still recovering from an incident that occurred at 7:40 p.m. on Saturday night.Deputy Brad Johnson was making a routine traffic stop when things escalated and 43-year old Brian Heath Venable tried to drive away. When Johnson attempted to stop him, he was dragged by the suspect’s car and had his arm run over. The following pursuit ended in a wreck before Venable was shot and then taken into custody. He has been released from the hospital and taken to the Bibb County Jail.Johnson has also been released from the hospital.last_img read more

Rice University expert available to discuss Texas first samesex marriage

first_imgAddThis Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.edu Sharecenter_img Rice University expert available to discuss Texas’ first same-sex marriageHOUSTON – (Feb. 19, 2015) – Despite Texas’ ban on gay marriage, the first same-sex couple has been legally married in Travis County today through a court order. Brian Riedel, assistant director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, is available to discuss the timely issue.The marriage follows a Feb. 17 ruling by Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman, who said that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.“The recent ruling by Travis County Judge Guy Herman is very welcome, and congratulations are due to Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant,” Riedel said. “However, Judge Herman’s ruling is not the final word on the matter; it opens up a path for those opposed to same-sex marriages to legally block further marriages in Texas.”Riedel noted that Justice Clarence Thomas’ recent remarks on same-sex marriage are a reminder that the United States Supreme Court has yet to rule definitively on the issue.“Much is still in motion on same-sex marriage at the state and federal levels,” Riedel said. “At the same time, marriage is not the primary issue for many people in Texas; Houston is also awaiting a ruling from District Judge Robert Schaffer on whether the petition to block the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance will stand.”In addition to his involvement with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Riedel is a professor in the practice of humanities and has taught Introduction to LGBT Studies and Sexual Debates in the U.S. at Rice. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Rice and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Riedel’s research interests include international activism and the preservation of Houston’s LGBT history.To schedule an interview with Riedel, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at amym@rice.edu or 713-348-6777.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more

Is Big Pharma for or Against Legalizing Medical Marijuana Maybe Both

first_img Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Cannabis Journalist | Tech Evangelist Covering High Growth Trends 8 min read Next Article Image credit: Kevork Djansezian | Getty Images Add to Queue Guest Writer Andre Bourque Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. People growing their own marijuana is a significant concern to Big Pharma. As state legalization of cannabis-derivatives spreads, the drug companies contemplating the potential of medical marijuana see a threat from both homegrown and professionally harvested medical-grade marijuana.Pharma offers quality control and deep testing but experience shows that research and development adds to customer cost. Even the 21st Century Cures Act won’t speed up the famously slow pace of FDA drug approvals. Given the facts and the perception, you have to wonder if Big Pharma is for or against legalizing marijuana.Related: Science and FDA Say Cannabis Is Medicine but DEA Insists It Isn’tHere’s the problem.A lot of money always attracts a lot interest. Big Pharma wants the revenues that marijuana promises but concede market forces threaten their interests. Big Pharma can’t getting its biggest slice of the pie with individuals and licensed producers harvesting cannabis, not to mention the the black market that continues to thrive.Ben Cohen, writing for US News, insists it’s all about money. He writes, “For years, large corporations and well-heeled lobbyists have blocked the legalization of marijuana for medical use or recreational use in order to protect their own profits.”There’s no reason to expect this to stop.On the other hand, cannabis advocates have a personal and emotional investment in promoting the legalization, or at least decriminalization, of marijuana. Sometimes that makes them anti-institutional and they skew the role of Big Pharma. Finding an objective point of view is difficult.You might consider the hypocrisy at the February 2014 meeting of the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA). While speaker after speaker preached against the legalization of marijuana, leading financial sponsors of the program included Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxycontin.As reported in The Nation, both CADCA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America) accept financial support from the producers of the same opioid medications that have led to tens of thousands of deaths. The same two groups, among others, have opposed U.S. Congressional efforts to label prescription opioids for “severe pain,” but they have supported continuing Medicare reimbursement for the addictive pills.Moreover, pharmaceutical companies take shelter in the DEA’s listing of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, the same category as heroin. As long as the DEA effectively prohibits marijuana medical research, Big Pharma can take the moral high road. The Schedule 1 designation severely limits needed research into the medical efficacy of cannabis-derivatives.”Big pharma is lobbying against legalization, on the purported grounds of safety, but in reality, they are just buying time to create their own synthetic cannabis medicines,” said Alan Hirsch, CEO of Diagnostic Lab Corporation, a cannabis safety and science company. “Several biotech companies have started creating cannabinoid chemistry from rice or yeast, but eventually, these medicines will be manufactured by Big Pharma in Schedule 1 facilities.” Big Pharma Is Developing Cannabis Painkillers – Here’s What They Can Do To Become Part of the Mainstream Market. https://t.co/WGj1yWE2rv pic.twitter.com/s0w3fmzsPe— HIGH TIMES (@HIGH_TIMES_Mag) July 19, 2017 The problem that started with the Trump campaign.Many of the same voters who elected President Donald J. Trump voted to liberalize marijuana enforcement. And, like everything else with the arrival of the Trump administration, things remain in a state of confusion pending official updated stance.In a Town Hall (03/20/2016) meeting, then-candidate Trump said, “I think that as far as drug legalization we talk about marijuana and in terms of medical I think I am basically for that. I’ve heard some wonderful things in terms of medical. I’m watching Colorado very carefully to see what’s happening out there.”Related: Getting Healthy, Not High: Using Cannabis to Fight CancerOn The O’Reilly Factor (02/12/2016), when Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly called medical marijuana a “ruse,” candidate Trump said, “But I know people that have serious problems and they did that they really — it really does help them.”Later, candidate Trump told the Washington Post (10/29/2016), “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state … Marijuana is such a big thing. I think medical should happen — right? Don’t we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.”Decades ago he also told the Miami Herald (04/14/1990) “We’re losing badly the War on Drugs. You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.”Confusion about the Trump Administration and cannabis.President Donald J. Trump has sent several confusing signals to the pharmaceutical industry and the cannabis advocates. NewsMaxFinance (03/03/3017) quoted President-elect Trump as saying, “pharmaceutical companies are ‘getting away with murder’ in what they charge the government for medicines.” President Trump repeated that charge at a press conference reported by the Washington Post (01/11/2017) when he also said, “Pharma has a lot of lobbies, a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power.”Fox Business (02/01/2017) interviewed Eli Lilly’s CEO David A. Ricks following Trump’s White House meeting with pharmaceutical industry leaders. “When asked if he gave the president any commitment to reducing drug prices or to investing in U.S. operations or jobs, Ricks responded, ‘No, Lilly didn’t do that. But, what we did say is that with the right policy environment, in particular, the corporate tax rate which today is an inhibitor for us to invest in manufacturing here in the United States, along with other pro-business policies could allow us to expand operations in the U.S’.”Related: Will the ‘Entrepreneur’ President Embrace the Cannabis Economy?And, Emma Court of MarketWatch (03/01/2017) reported following Trump’s first State of the Union Address, “The Tuesday evening mention of drug prices underscores ‘our view that Trump is committed to some action to permit federal government involvement in pricing under Medicare Part D, his position for a year,’ Evercore ISI policy analyst Terry Haines said. ‘We continue to think that comes during ACA reform legislation when Trump can insist something be included as a condition of him signing the bill into law.’”So perhaps President Trump is jawboning the pharmaceutical industry to make a deal? Trump wants some concession he can take to his populist constituency in trade for lower corporate taxes. On the surface, this has nothing to do with marijuana. In fact, his position on marijuana may be something he can trade.Related: Marijuana Advocates Wait for Trump’s Stance on Legalized CannabisIt’s all about the money.Is Big Pharma for or against legalizing marijuana? Nothing shows that they favor accessibility to marijuana, and everything points to their opposition. However, investors in Big Pharmacy see the light. They remain in the market and are buying up. They see that there’s no moral high road here but there is money for Big Pharma in cannabis.“No pharmacy company is interested in making cheaper medicine,” Brian Chaplin, founder of Medicine Box told me in a written interview. “The existing Pharma industry is more about patenting and manufacturing medicine that is a treatment plan – not a curative plan.”Chaplin argues that Big Pharma wants customers to need their products, preferably for the rest of their lives, while creating “customers” but not healing specific ailments.“This is different from a ‘whole plant’ medicine approach — where we see patients responding to the synergistic effects of multiple compounds (cannabanoids and terpenes) in the plant that are usually lacking in a pharmacy — chemically prepared product,” he continued.  Interestingly, Big Pharma playing in the fields of cannabis might, in fact, help declassify the plant. Christopher Teague of HERB writes, “Big Pharma will prove that cannabis is medicine a hundred times over, in every way, and the DEA will have to reclassify the plant itself.”According to Matt Gray, CEO and founder of HERB, “Big Pharma has already dipped its toe into cannabis treatment, with the DEA approving synthetic cannabis for pharma company, Insys.”That same company, however, also donated money to prevent cannabis legalization from occurring in Arizona. “This just proves the point that Big Pharma cares more about their bottom line than the actual treatment of patients,” he continued. “So if they find it financially beneficial, they will get involved in the industry, even if it isn’t necessarily for the right reasons.”In the end, it’s all about striking a winning balance. Trump needs a victory over high drug prices, especially as they affect Medicare Part D. Big Pharma is in a position to demand concessions. Accessibility to cannabis R&D might just be one of them. Pharmaceutical companies are intrigued by the immense and growing medical marijuana market but cannot figure a way to corner it. Cannabis August 8, 2017 –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Is Big Pharma for or Against Legalizing Medical Marijuana? Maybe Both. Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

8 Ways to Increase Holiday Cheers and Minimize January Jeers

first_img Add to Queue –shares Be inclusive, be respectful, and beware of the after party. Holidays December 11, 2017 Guest Writer Image credit: Ulrik Tofte | Getty Images Jonathan Segal Partner in Employment Practice Group of Duane Morris 8 Ways to Increase Holiday Cheers and Minimize January Jeers Next Article Apply Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of the year, but it also poses legal and employee relations challenges to employers of all sizes. Most of these challenges can be mitigated with some thoughtful planning. So, here’s a checklist of some of the more salient issues to consider to minimize the risk that your December celebrations will result in January claims.1. Don’t eliminate Christmas.Don’t eliminate Christmas from the holiday season, says this Jewish guy. It’s a beautiful holiday that should be celebrated. And, a Christmas tree is just fine, too!  Remember, it’s about inclusion, not exclusion. So, speaking of inclusion — what about those who don’t celebrate Christmas?Related: 6 Strategic Ways to Prepare Your Small Business for the Festive Season2. Include other holidays.Recognize other holidays, such as Hanukkah and Kwanza, in your decorations and announcements. For example, consider a menorah and Kwanza basket along with the Christmas tree. 3. What holiday did you forget?You don’t know what you don’t know. Profound, no? So, ask. Ask employees if there is a holiday that they would like to see included in the celebration (and that includes decorations). Reminder: the Buddhist holiday of Bodhi day falls on January 5 this year.  4. What should you call your party?“Holiday party” or “Celebration of the Season” are inclusive terms. Make the party itself inclusive too by having decorations and the music reflect diverse holidays. But which decorations and songs? Those that are more religious are more appropriate for religious celebrations (or for religious employers). Fact: Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is just fine!Related: 4 Ways to Prepare Your Marketing for the Upcoming Holiday Season5. Should you serve alcohol?Never serve it to minors.  Make clear adults who get it for them will be subject to immediate discharge. As for adults, take steps to minimize abuse, such as limiting drinks, providing lots of food or even making employees pay for alcohol and then donating the money, with a match, to charity.Even with restrictions, assume some people may abuse the alcohol you serve. Consider having cab vouchers ready for them without management knowing who the users are. This increases the likelihood that those who need vouchers will use them.6. What about harassment?This is perennial problem at holiday parties. But you can bet this year employees who are subject to improper conduct appropriately will speak up. #MeToo. Remind your employees that your anti-harassment policy applies to the party. But that’s not enough. Make sure to remind managers of their responsibilities. If you are in management and you see or hear unacceptable comments or conduct, you must intervene. To see and ignore is to condone.7. What about the “after party?”To be blunt, no good comes from after parties. Unless, you consider claims arising out of the after party good. Make clear you are not sponsoring any after party, and do not allow employer money to be used for it. And, never attend if you are in management. Attending is about as safe as walking on railroad tracks.Related: Don’t Commit These 7 Party Fouls Inspired by ‘Office Christmas Party’8. What about greetings?It’s best to be general with your holiday greetings unless you know otherwise. The default should be “Happy Holidays.” But if you know someone is Christian, by all means wish that person a Merry Christmas. I do, and I appreciate it when people wish me a “Happy Hanukkah” because they know I am Jewish. I am less thrilled if they are making assumptions. When addressing groups, be as inclusive as you can be, as I shall try to do now: If you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, I wish you a peaceful and meaningful holiday that corresponds with your faith. If you observe another holiday now, I apologize for not referencing it by name, but I give you my good wishes just the same, as I do for those who recognize no holidays or who celebrate at another time of year. May peace be with all! And, please, be good to each other. 4 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

Sheryl Sandberg Melinda Gates and Other Influencers Sign an Open Letter Declaring

first_img Assistant Editor, Contributed Content Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Other Influencers Sign an Open Letter Declaring ‘Poverty Is Sexist’ Add to Queue –shares March 7, 2016 Facebook’s COO Sandberg delivers the Class Day address at Harvard University in Cambridge Carly Okyle 2 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img Small Business Heroes What’s something Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, actress Meryl Streep, Unilever CEO Paul Polman, entrepreneur Sean Parker, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, activist Melinda Gates and Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive agree on? “Poverty is sexist.”A total of 86 influencers, including the people mentioned above, have signed an open letter from the ONE Campaign — an international advocacy organization that focuses on fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, mainly in Africa. The letter, pegged to International Women’s Day on Tuesday, calls on lawmakers to support gender equality in order to fight extreme poverty more effectively.Related: Meet the Fearless Female Franchisors Who are Living Their Dreams“Girls and women living in extreme poverty — those often hit hardest by the injustice of gender inequality — have been left out of the conversation,” the letter says, asking for data, funding and policy changes to support its cause.Many who have signed the letter have a history of advocating for women and girls. Sandberg, known for her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead that started the Lean In movement, has been an outspoken fighter for women’s rights in the workplace. Melinda Gates has invested money in improving the health of women and children through her and husband Bill’s foundation. Writer, actress and comedian Amy Poehler created Smart Girls, an organization that encourages young women to be intelligent and imaginative.Related: 2016’s Women to WatchThe first International Women’s Day was in 1909 and aimed to bring attention to voting rights and better wages for women.   Image credit: Brian Snyder | Reuters Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Are You in the Top 50 Percent of Earners in Your City

first_img Lindsay Friedman Are You in the Top 50 Percent of Earners in Your City? — Start Up Your Day Roundup Next Article Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. Register Now » 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue March 10, 2016 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Start Up Your Day Image credit: Shutterstock Everyone can give you the headlines. We help you learn from the day’s shifts, both big and small.  McDonald’s opens in Borat’s home country. The Big Mac comes to Kazakhstan, according to the New York Post. The fast food franchise opened its first location in the country on Tuesday.The tipping point. Looking at the amount of money it takes to make it into the top 1 or 10 percent of earners can be downright dispiriting. But cracking the top 50 percent? That’s not as discouraging! In New York City, for example, if you make $52,000 a year you’re earning more than 50 percent of residents, according to Business Insider.Just like in the movies. Goodyear unveiled spherical tires, similar to the ones seen in the Will Smith movie I, Robot, at the Geneva International Motor Show. While the tires are still a concept, they’re pretty cool to look at. Venture Beat has more.Watch a Google smart car hit a bus. The very slow, very anti-climactic video is finally out and ready for you to see.Lost and out of network on the road? Try out this new GPS application, which stores maps on your smartphone for offline use. It now covers the entire globe, save for a couple of volcanic islands and Antarctica. –shareslast_img read more

Why Everyone Loses With Ubers 100 Million Payout

first_img You call this a solution? Late last week, Uber reached a $100 million deal with its drivers to end two high stakes class action cases. Despite the eye-popping figure, the proposed settlement is a bad outcome for workers, companies, and consumers.The lawsuits, in case you’re unfamiliar, turn on whether Uber broke the law in California and Massachusetts by treating its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. The cases are among the most visible of numerous lawsuits filed against “gig economy” companies like home cleaning company Handy, and Uber’s ride-hailing competitor, Lyft, over how they classify employees.Last week’s Uber settlement, on its face, sounds appealing and both sides are talking up the benefits. Uber likes the deal because it affirms its contractor-based business model, while a lawyer for the drivers called it a “historic” deal that will deliver cash and better working conditions.But in reality no one wins. Uber just paid through the nose to buy labor peace in California and Massachusetts, and it may have to cut similar deals in other states before long. Meanwhile, as the Wall Street Journal observes, the $100 million Uber settlement provides a template for plaintiffs’ lawyers to go after a slew of other gig economy companies.Oh, and speaking of lawyers, note that the law firm for the drivers stands to make up to $25 million on the Uber cases alone. This is per the settlement documents, which describe a 25 percent commission after a judge approves the deal.While such a take is not unusual for class action cases, it’s a bit rich given that Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lawyer who is the face of the fight for gig economy workers, has long framed these cases as a crusade for employee rights. Now, she is folding her cards in return for a fat fee and promises from Uber that it will make some minor changes to its driver policy.These changes, which include more transparency and the possibility of tips, are better than nothing, but they fail to provide basic benefits — such as workers compensation and Social Security payments — that are rights for any employee. In an email to Fortune, Liss-Riordan explained that the drivers could not have obtained such benefits in court, and that they can still ask state agencies to reclassify them as employees. (She has elsewhere pointed to a recent court ruling to suggest the drivers risked getting nothing if they didn’t settle).Whatever the explanation, the fact remains that drivers gain relatively little (it’s unlikely the more than 350,000 eligible drivers will get more than $200 each). Meanwhile, Uber and other companies can look forward to getting soaked for more expensive legal settlements, the cost of which will get passed on to consumers. A better alternative would be for political leaders, including presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to suggest policy options that would provide a social safety net for the growing ranks of gig economy workers.In the meantime, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen should refuse to approve the settlement until it provides real benefits and lower legal fees. Next Article Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals –shares Uber Why Everyone Loses With Uber’s $100 Million Payout Add to Queue 3 min readcenter_img Image credit: Lucy Nicholson — Reuters This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine April 25, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Jeff John Roberts Register Now »last_img read more