Big-Name Beer and Spirits Brand Invests in Marijuana Company

first_img The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable 7 of the Best Drink References in Music WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One Editors’ Recommendations Image courtesy of Tweed FarmsWhile often enjoyed together, marijuana and beer have come together in a new way. Constellation Brands — an international alcohol company that includes everything from Corona to Svedka to Rex Goliath — has acquired 10 percent in the Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth Corp.The move is described as part of Constellation’s efforts to “identify, meet,and stay ahead of evolving consumer trends and market dynamics.”“Canopy Growth has a seasoned leadership team that understands the legal, regulatory, and economic landscape for an emerging market that is predicted to become a significant consumer category in the future,” Constellation resident and CEO Rob Sands said in a release. “Our company’s success is the result of our focus on identifying early stage consumer trends, and this is another step in that direction.”In addition to distributing big-name brands, Constellation made waves in the craft beer industry in 2015 when it bought San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing Co. for $1 billion. Constellation is a publicly traded Fortune 500 company producing, marketing, and distributing beer, wine, and spirits.Canopy Growth Corp. has a market cap of more than $2 billion, owning brands serving the Canadian and international markets where medicinal marijuana is legal. The 9.9 percent ownership is valued as a $245 million investment from Constellation, with options to purchase more ownership in the future. The deal will likely close late next year.The partnership has an “agreement to exchange knowledge and expertise,” and is another step for marijuana making its way into big business and mainstream culture.“We are thrilled to have the backing of such a well-established and respected organization such as Constellation Brands,” Canopy Growth Corp. chairman and CEO Bruce Linton said. “We look forward to working with the Constellation Brands team to access their deep knowledge and experience in growing brands as we continue to expand our business.”Feature image courtesy of Tweed Farms. The Best Father and Son Matching Outfitslast_img read more

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Cuba Episode

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming. Shout out to Portland-based No Kind of Rider for our intro/exit music.This week’s Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast heads 90 miles south of Key West to the home of rum, sugarcane, communism, and cigars. Yes, our latest episode focuses on all things Cuba.Editor-in-Chief of The Manual, Cator Sparks, recently traveled around Cuba on a cruise. While he didn’t like the cruising aspect of the trip, he came away with more than enough recommendations, tips, tricks for anyone orchestrating a visit to the country. From aking sure you have enough cash currency on hand to understanding that internet hot spots are few and far between, Cator offers up a memorable description of his time on the isle and how its people and culture are one of the Caribbean’s true joys.Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Cuba EpisodeNext up, Spirits Editor Sam Slaughter gives us a rundown of Cuba’s rum wars between Bacardi and Havana Club. It’s too complicated to explain here — take a listen to understand the internecine and labyrinthine battle of the two biggest booze titans in the world. Slaughter also tells us the truth behind the Daiquiri and delights us in a few stories about Ernest Hemingway’s bad behavior, including how he (apocryphally or not) drank 48 ounces of rum in one sitting. The round table also explores a little Cuban history, vintage cars, and egg-shortages.Further ReadingPhoto Gallery: Classic Cuban Cars to Take You Back in Time: Known as United Nations Cars, vintage American vehicles from the 40s and 50s flourish with engines cobbled together from parts from all around the globe. The bodies are all US, the innards are all international.Rules Governing American Travel to Cuba Have Changed Again: With the kind of leadership we have in government right now, it’s no wonder the rules and restrictions governing American travel to Cuba change so often. We give you the scoop on the latest.Best Bottles of Rum Under $20: You can’t talk about Cuba without talking about sugarcane and, of course, rum. Check out our picks for the best bottles under $20.last_img read more

Protein-Packed Waffles and Pancakes are the Perfect Way to Start the Day

first_img How to Remove a Tick: A Simple Guide to Safely Getting Rid of Ticks What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul Next Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can also be the biggest pain in the ass. Maybe you didn’t sleep well, or maybe it’s just one of those days (or maybe you’re hungover as hell). No matter the reasoning, the thought of making something that will fill you up and give you energy (and not clog your arteries) just seems an insurmountable mountain. You could drag yourself to a fast food place, but then you’ll just feel like crap the rest of the day.That’s where Kodiak Cakes, a company based in Park City, Utah comes in. With a variety of protein- and energy-packed waffles and pancake mixes, they’ve taken the hard work out of making a healthy and delicious breakfast.Kodiak Cakes started in 1995 with company owner Joel Clark’s great-grandfather’s hot cakes recipe, which his mother recreated in the early 1980s to sell to friends and family. Once the mix was made, Clark would literally take a red wagon door-to-door to make sales. If that isn’t the story of the American Dream, we don’t know what is, especially when you consider they were on Shark Tank and were ballsy enough to turn down the offers. It worked out for them, though, as Kodiak Cakes has become one of the largest waffle and pancake mix companies in the country (they’ve gotten into every nook and cranny of the market, you might say). 1 of 6 Editors’ Recommendations Expert Pitmaster Tips on How to Smoke a Brisket at Home Previous The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The reason they were able to do that, obviously, comes down to damn delicious products. Take their Buttermilk Power Cakes, for example. In each serving, you’ll get non-GMO ingredients and no artificial preservatives plus 14 grams of protein per serving (which is derived from a blend of wheat protein isolate, whey protein isolate, milk protein isolate, egg whites). That’s 12 grams more of protein per serving than your typical mix.For those looking for a little bit of sweet for their morning meal, Kodiak Cakes also makes a variety of protein-packed flavors, including Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and our personal favorite, Cinnamon Oat. (The cinnamon oat served with some apples and real maple syrup are pretty much the perfect breakfast.)Perhaps the best part about these mixes is their ease. All you have to do is add water (or milk), stir, and voila. You’ve got your pancakes or waffles ready to go. It’s pretty much idiot-proof (especially if you’ve got a waffle iron on hand to do the cooking part).If you don’t feel like doing the hard work of adding water, stirring, and making the pancakes or waffles yourself — and let’s be honest, we’ve all been in the place where even that is a bit out of our wheelhouse at the time — you’re in luck. Kodiak Cakes also offers up pre-made frozen waffles. (While “Leggo My Kodiak” doesn’t have quite the same ring, we’re more than fine with it—they’re too damn tasty.)Our favorite way to really do it up with the frozen waffles? Take two of the Dark Chocolate Power Waffles and spread some peanut butter between them.Next time you’re on the hunt for a healthy breakfast option, we suggest hunting down Kodiak Cakes … or you can just order any of the mixes online here and not have to worry about going to the store — our preferred method of getting groceries. Kodiak Cakes also offers microwavable, granola, oatmeal, and “Minute Muffins,” as well as mixes for brownies, cookies, and muffins.last_img read more

This Fluke Ceviche Recipe Will Be a New Favorite for Summer

first_imgSometimes, it’s just too hot to cook outside. While the prospect of grilling a tri-tip steak is wonderful in theory, firing up a grill when its 100 degrees and 4,000-percent humidity can quickly sap the enjoyment from what seemed like a good idea at the time, especially when everyone else is sitting inside in the air conditioning or pounding margaritas in the pool.When you reach this impasse, then, it’s good to have a recipe that you can whip up quickly without having to worry. That’s where ceviche comes in.Ceviche is a dish that has two main components: fish and citrus. Depending on where you are in the world, the ingredients will vary slightly (lime or lemon, spice level, etc.), but in the end, you’ve got fish that is “cooked” by citrus. The citric acid in the chosen juice doesn’t actually cook the fish meat, but causes it to become denatured, the fancy way of saying “it looks and feels like its cooked.” It doesn’t kill the bacteria as heat cooking would, though, so don’t go picking up the clearance fish because it’s a good deal.Below, you’ll find a recipe for fluke ceviche with charred avocado, brined and fresh cucumbers, pickled Fresno peppers, and cucumber broth provided by Jeremiah Del Sol, executive chef at Casino Clam Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.I know we said “fire bad” when it’s hot out, and this one does involve a little bit of fire, but it’s a blowtorch and we’re pretty sure the fun of getting to use a blowtorch cancels out the heat it creates.Fluke CevicheCasino Clam BarCevicheIngredients:3 oz fresh fluke, diced small30 oz cucumber broth*6 slices pickled Fresno peppers*20 g brined cucumbers, diced small*20 g fresh cucumbers, diced small6 g lime juice2 g olive oil2 tbsp avocado purée*1/4 tsp salt1/8 tsp sugarMethod:In a serving bowl, swipe the avocado purée with a spoon along the sides of the bowl and blow torch until charred. Place in freezer for two minutes.In a small bowl, mix fluke, fresh cucumber, salt, sugar, lime juice, and olive oil. Let sit for two minutes, then add brined cucumbers.Once the avocado purée bowl is chilled, place ceviche mixture in the center of the bowl and top with pickled Fresnos peppers.Pour cucumber broth in the bowl until it covers the ceviche one-quarter of the way up.Cucumber BrothIngredients:100 g cucumber juice10 g ginger juice8 g jalapeño juice8 g agave nectar2 g lime juice2 g saltMethod:Juice and weigh each ingredient separately.Whisk together in a small bowl until salt has dissolved.Pickled Fresno PeppersIngredients:4 Fresno peppers, sliced and deseeded.25 cup Champagne vinegar.25 cup white wine.25 cup water2 tbsp sugarMethod:Put all liquids in a small pot.Whisk sugar into liquids as you bring to a boil.Take off heat and then cool.Once cold, pour over sliced peppers and leave to pickle overnight.Brined CucumbersIngredients:1 English cucumber; peeled, deseeded, and quartered700 g water35 g salt30 g ginger, thinly sliced20 g wheyGarlic cloves to preferenceMethod:In a small bowl, place water, whey, and salt together. Whisk in salt until dissolved.Place vegetables in a container with a weight on top of them, cover with brining liquid, and let sit in a dark, cool place for 1 week.Avocado PuréeIngredients:538 g ripe avocado12 g lime juice10 g saltZest from 2 limes How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs Editors’ Recommendations Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets center_img Method:Place all ingredients in a food processor and purée until smooth. How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious last_img read more

More barred owls sightings in Vancouver bad news for rats and mice

first_imgVANCOUVER – A spike in owl sightings in downtown Vancouver could be good news for ridding the city of pesky rodents, a wildlife group says, but there’s a downside for the birds.Photos of barred owls sitting outside transit stations and on building awnings have been circulating on Twitter in recent weeks.Rob Hope with the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society in nearby Delta said more predators like barred owls in the city can result in less prey.“Rats and mice have always been a problem in Vancouver. With (owls) hanging around, more predators, they’ll be popping more prey,” he said Friday.Hope said the bird population in the city can ebb and flow and there appears to be a population of younger owls “that are looking for a hunting area or anywhere they can basically set up shop.”Their usual targets are rats or pigeons, he said, adding downtown Vancouver seems to have a plentiful supply of the owls’ preferred food.While a lower rat population benefits the city, the birds are at risk in that environment, Hope said.Owls can be hurt or killed flying into glass buildings or being hit by vehicles while hunting, he said, contributing to an increase in the number of calls his organization has received about injured wildlife.“When they’re on the sides of the roads hunting for food, obviously when a car is coming and they’re taking off or landing for food is when they’re getting smoked.”Another major threat for the barred owls is rodenticide. Hope said owls eating rats that have consumed poison can themselves be poisoned.Rat poison is the cheapest and easiest way to get rid of the pests, Hope said, but it can take up to 10 days for a rodent to die, after they’re left in a drunken-like state.“If you have a rat that is hauling butt and you have another one that is a little off kilter, as opportunistic hunters that they are, they’re going to pick off the one that is kind of drunk and that’s usually the poisoned one,” Hope said.He is encouraging people to switch to snap traps instead of poison, to minimize the harm to owls and other predators.With increased development, Hope said it’s possible that more owls will move into the city as they are pushed out of their natural habitat.Barred owls have been culled in some areas of British Columbia to reduce competition and protect the endangered spotted owls, which are considered priority species. But Hope said the barred owls’ presence in Vancouver shouldn’t have a negative effect on other species.Since barred owls are “more docile” than other birds, Hope said it’s not surprising that some of the photos taken by the public are within close range.“They’re not the smartest ones, I guess you can say … even in the wild people can usually get five or six feet away from them before they’re spooked,” he said, adding anyone trying to snap a photo should still give a bird some space.— Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

Proposed edible pot rules are wasteful would leave products tasteless critics

first_imgVANCOUVER — Canada’s proposed edible pot regulations would result in tasteless products wrapped in wasteful packaging, shutting out medical patients and fuelling a continued black market, critics say.The consultation period on the proposed rules ended Wednesday and Health Canada is now reviewing the responses. Jessika Villano, owner of Buddha Barn dispensary in Vancouver, says she hopes the government genuinely wants her opinion.“I don’t feel like anybody’s been listening. I feel a little bit deflated, actually,” she said.When Canada legalized weed last fall, it only allowed fresh or dried bud, oil, plants and seeds. Health Canada released its proposed regulations for edibles, extracts and topicals in December and asked for feedback.The government plans to have regulations in place for those products no later than Oct. 17 this year.Villano said she’s concerned about a number of elements of the proposed regulations. A single serving would be limited to 10 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, and each serving must be individually wrapped.The rule is more strict than regulations in Colorado or Washington, where multiple servings are allowed per package, for example in a chocolate bar demarcated into squares that each contain 10 milligrams.“I feel that Health Canada is creating an environmental nightmare,” Villano said.Long-time users who take cannabis to combat pain, stress or nausea use much higher doses, with some cancer patients using up to 650 milligrams per dose, she said. The regulations would outlaw higher-dose products and any substitute would be unattainably expensive, she said.The regulations also say the products must not be appealing to youth and the packages can’t advertise dessert or confectionery flavours. Edibles must also not “encourage over-consumption” and be shelf-stable, so no refrigeration.While there’s nothing in the rules that explicitly outlaws sweet ingredients, Villano said she’s worried the restrictions mean brownies, cookies and candies are off-limits.“They’re proposing that we sell sand,” Villano said. “I think a lot of adults would like to have cannabis sugar in their tea.”Health Canada was not able to provide a response before publication.Yannick Craigwell’s company, Treatsandtreats, sells sweet goodies containing up to 220 milligrams of THC to medical patients. His packaging isn’t colourful or bright — it’s simply a black bag with a clear window to show what’s inside and a muffin on the logo. But the proposed regulations would not allow a cut-out window nor the advertising of confectionery flavours.Craigwell said he hopes Health Canada sets up an office where companies can send their package designs for approval or disapproval, because “there’s no way to know” what’s acceptable based on the proposed regulations.He said he had no doubt the black market would persist if the proposed rules are finalized without changes.“If there’s a need, people are going to fill that need. If there’s a financial reward for filling that need, that’s the whole premise of the black market,” Craigwell said.Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth Corp., said the rules aren’t perfect, but they’re very good. His company is developing a calorie-free cannabis beverage and he doesn’t see an issue with the 10 milligram limit per serving for drinks.The one type of product where the limit might be too strict is a vape pen, which usually hold a higher dose so they can be used on multiple occasions, he said.But for the most part, the government is moving forward in a very well-regulated, incremental way, he said, adding it’s easier to increase the allowed dosage later rather than decrease it.“In the context of how governments normally work, this is astounding,” Linton said.“The government of Canada has come up with how you can drink and eat and vape cannabis and are regulating it at a federal level and are selling it through provincially controlled stores. Are you sure we’re not making all this stuff up?”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ontario probes development on ancient FNs village site

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe province of Ontario has launched an investigation to find out whether human remains were extracted from a development on an ancient First Nations village site.An archaeologist hired by the developer initially told APTN National News that bones were found on the site, but then denied the claim.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts pulls the pieces together.last_img

Lakota block trucks carrying Keystone XL equipment

first_imgAPTN National NewsOpposition to the Keystone XL pipeline is spreading, even as attempts are being made to restart the project.Now, the fight has moved to South Dakota, that’s where the Lakota blocked truckers from passing through their tribal lands.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

More resignations – including losing top lawyer – hit MMIWG inquiry

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is dealing with more resignations.APTN News has learned two key members of the inquiry’s communications team are the latest to depart, meaning nearly 30 staffers have left the federally-funded probe.Shaylen Smith and Nadine Gros-Louis are the latest to go, confirmed Catherine Kloczkowski, special advisor – project management.Gros-Louis took a provincial job with the Quebec government, Kloczkowski said in an email.And Smith is pursuing “new opportunities.”The inquiry is looking to fill two positions until it hands in its final report in spring 2019 on the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls.“As you can appreciate,” Kloczkowski added, “with the announcement in June of a six month extension instead of the anticipated two year extension requested, staff are understandably beginning to think about their next steps and career opportunities beyond the National Inquiry.”Smith and Gros-Louis aren’t household names but were go-to personnel for media outlets seeking information and arranging interviews with inquiry commissioners and employees.Jennifer Cox, the commission’s co-lead legal counsel, is also gone, APTN has learned.She followed Breen Ouellette  out the door to become the seventh lawyer to exit the inquiry.Cox was named Project Lead of the Enhanced Child Family Initiative at the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative in October that will see the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia assume control over child welfare matters.Some former staff members have spoken out in the past – saying the inquiry is hobbled by poor management and infighting.But Chief Commissioner Marion Buller has declined to comment publicly on the turnover, citing privacy around personnel issues.And the lawyers sign contracts that forbid them from sharing any inquiry information.They swear in witnesses and handle sensitive testimony that will form the final report.The inquiry has two final hearings remaining – Nov. 26-30 in Calgary and Dec. 10-14 in Ottawa.The two-year inquiry was established by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in September 2016.His government rejected a request to double the time period – and $50 million in funding – of its mandate.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Ban urges accelerated efforts to expand access to safe drinking water

24 September 2008Warning that a world without water will be very unstable, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a three-pronged strategy to ensure that the poorest inhabitants of the developing world have access to clean water and basic sanitation within seven years. Mr. Ban told participants at “One World One Dream: Sanitation and Water for All,” an event held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, that the world faces an uphill battle to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) calling for the proportion of people with access to safe drinking water by the target year of 2015.“Current trends are disturbing,” he said. “To meet the sanitation target by the year 2015, about 173 million people will need to gain access to sanitation each year between now and then. That will be an immense undertaking; over the past decade-and-a-half, new sanitation services reached an average of about 76 million people per year.”The situation is especially alarming in sub-Saharan Africa, where the number of people with access to basic sanitation needs to be increased six-fold by 2015 to reach the target.Mr. Ban said the extreme weather phenomena associated with climate change is exacerbating the problem, and forecast that as many as 2.8 billion people will live in countries facing water stress or water scarcity by 2025.“A world short of water will be an unstable world. Yet the worst need not happen. We know what the problems are, and what to do about them.”The Secretary-General said the first step is to take concrete measures to build infrastructure, transfer technology and scale up good agricultural practices so as to produce more food with less water.The management of water resources, including by public utilities and in rural areas, needs to be improved, he added, particularly given the impact of climate change.Investment must also be expanded so that poor countries can close the gaps to achieve the MDG concerning water and sanitation.“The estimated cost of closing the gap between current trends and what is needed to meet the target ranges from $10 billion to $18 billion per year. That is in addition to the $54 billion per year required to maintain existing water and sanitation systems.”Today’s event brought together leaders from civil society, the private sector and governments, including Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and top officials from Tajikistan, Germany, Japan and Tanzania. read more

CIBC earnings beat Street

TORONTO — CIBC is the latest Canadian bank to beat analyst profit estimates with its second-quarter earnings.CIBC says it earned $811-million of net income in the second quarter, up from $767-million in the comparable period last year.That amounted to $1.90 per diluted share of net income, or $2 per share on an adjusted basis. [np-related]On average, analysts were expecting $1.88 per share of adjusted earnings, according to figures compiled by Thomson Reuters.CIBC’s total revenue was just under $3.1-billion, including $2-billion from its core retail and business banking operations.Analysts had expected CIBC’s overall revenue to be just over $3.1-billion.“CIBC’s solid results in the second quarter reflect our strong focus on our clients as well as our underlying business fundamentals,” CIBC chief executive Gerry McCaughey said in the announcement.“The investments we are making in our retail and business banking, wealth management and wholesale banking businesses are furthering our strength and positioning us well for the future.”CIBC’s core business in retail and business banking provided $556-million of the net profit, up from $496-million in the second quarter of 2011.CIBC’s wealth management operations also showed a higher profit, which rose to $79-million from $73-million while net income from wholesale banking was flat. read more

Police raid Teldeniya pharmacy

The pharmacy was raided by the police together with officers from the drugs control board.Legal action is to be filed against the owner of the pharmacy today, the police said. The police media unit said that the pharmacy had a large amount of drugs in the stores, well above the authorized limit.According to the police the pharmacy had also issued the Sudol body toner capsule to a customer without a prescription. The police have raided a pharmacy in Teldeniya where regulations were violated in the sale of drugs. read more

The Latest Italian premier wins first confidence vote

ROME — The Latest on Italian government politics (all times local):9:30 p.m.Premier Giuseppe Conte has won a crucial confidence vote in Parliament’s lower house on his new coalition government.The 343-263 vote confirmed a comfortable margin in the Chamber of Deputies for the four-day old government.But Conte’s margin in Tuesday’s vote in the Senate is expected to be much closer.___6 p.m.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has made pro-Europe, pro-growth promises while seeking lawmakers’ support for his new left-tilting governing coalition.Conte forged a coalition last week out of mismatched partners joined by determination to keep far-right leader Matteo Salvini and his League party out of power.The lower Chamber of Deputies is set to vote Monday evening on the government Conte formed with the populist 5-Star Movement, the centre-left Democratic Party and a tiny left-wing party.As interior minister in Conte’s previous government, Salvini stiffened Italy’s tough illegal immigration policies by banning migrant rescue boats run by charities from entering Italian ports.Conte indicated Monday that his new government plans to tweak migrant policy but gave no specifics.The League was a partner in the previous government, which Salvini brought down by withdrawing and trying to force an early election that could make him premier.The firebrand nationalist leader joined protesters outside Parliament on Monday and said citizens were clamouring for their say at the ballot box.___11:30 a.m.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte is pitching for support in Parliament for his new left-leaning coalition ahead of crucial confidence votes.The lower Chamber of Deputies, where the government has a comfortable majority, is set to vote Monday evening. Conte’s fortunes are dicier in the Senate, where a coalition of the populist 5-Star Movement and centre-left Democrats holds a much-slimmer margin in Tuesday’s vote.Matteo Salvini’s anti-migrant League and a smaller far-right party were protesting outside Parliament.If Conte’s government loses either vote, it must resign.His first government collapsed after 14 months when Salvini withdrew his right-wing forces’ support. Salvini was hoping the move would trigger new elections that would give him the premiership. But the 5-Stars and Democrats set aside bitter rivalry to form an alternative coalition.The Associated Press read more

Subway suspends ties with spokesman Jared Fogle after raid following arrest of

Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle, center, leaves a police vehicle outside of his home as a Federal authority holds the door, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Zionsville, Ind. FBI agents and Indiana State Police have removed electronics from the property. FBI Special agent Wendy Osborne said the FBI was conducting an investigation in Zionsville, an affluent Indianapolis suburb, area but wouldn’t say whether it involved Fogle or describe the nature of the investigation. (Charlie Nye/The Indianapolis Star via AP) INTERNET OUT, TV OUT, NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT by Tom Murphy And Rick Callahan, The Associated Press Posted Jul 7, 2015 8:35 am MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2015 at 4:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog, two months after the then-executive director of Fogle’s foundation was arrested on child pornography charges.FBI agent Wendy Osborne said the agency was conducting an investigation in Zionsville, an affluent Indianapolis suburb, but wouldn’t say whether it involved Fogle or describe the nature of the investigation.Subway said in a statement that it is “very concerned” about the raid, which it believes “is related to a prior investigation” of a former employee of the Jared Foundation, an organization founded by Fogle to raise awareness about childhood obesity. Subway did not immediately say whether that employee was former foundation executive director Russell Taylor.The company had removed references to Fogle from its website by late afternoon and issued another statement, saying the two “have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation.”“Jared continues to co-operate with authorities and he expects no actions to be forthcoming,” the company said. “Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take.”Federal prosecutors in May filed a criminal complaint charging Taylor, 43, with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Fogle issued a statement after the charges were filed saying he was shocked by the allegations and was severing all ties with Taylor.The Indianapolis Star photographed Fogle stepping out of a police evidence van parked outside his home Tuesday morning, and he left the house just after noon with attorney Ron Elberger. Fogle declined to comment, but Elberger later released a statement saying his client is co-operating with authorities.“Jared has been co-operating, and continues to co-operate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges, and looks forward to its conclusion,” Elberger said.Fogle, 37, became the Subway restaurant chain’s pitchman after shedding 245 pounds more than 15 years ago, in part by regularly eating Subway sandwiches. Subway began featuring Fogle in commercials soon after, and his story was instrumental in giving the sandwich chain an image as a healthy place to eat.During a search of Taylor’s home this spring, federal investigators say they discovered a cache of sexually explicit photos and videos Taylor allegedly produced by secretly filming minor children at the home. They said they also allegedly found more than 400 videos of child pornography on computers and storage media recovered from Taylor’s home office in his Indianapolis residence.Taylor’s attorney, Brad Banks, said Tuesday his client was briefly hospitalized after the allegations surfaced but is now in federal custody. Sheriff’s officials have said Taylor tried to take his own life in jail.“The only thing I can say is that I’m aware that there’s an ongoing investigation,” Banks said.Tim Horty, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis, said prosecutors “are moving forward” with the case against Taylor. He declined to comment on Tuesday’s raid at Fogle’s home.Neighbours said Fogle and his wife entertained frequently and would say hello but that they didn’t see the couple outside a lot.Jacob Schrader, 19, who lives across from Fogle’s house, said the pitchman seems “like a pretty private guy” and that he’d only seen him about a dozen times in the last five or six years.“He’s like an endangered species or something like that,” Schrader said.Subway, which is based in Milford, Connecticut, and is privately held, has struggled in recent years. Last year, industry tracker Technomic said average sales for Subway stores in the U.S. declined 3 per cent from the previous year. The company has about 44,000 locations around the world.___Callahan reported from Indianapolis. Associated Press Food Industry writer Candice Choi in New York contributed to this story. Subway suspends ties with spokesman Jared Fogle after raid following arrest of foundation head read more

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan for another year

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council noted UNMISS’ priority task of protecting civilians, and urged the Mission to “deploy its assets accordingly.”The Council welcomed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s intention that “UNMISS will geographically reconfigure its military and asset deployment so as to focus on volatile high-risk areas and associated protection requirements.”In his recent report on South Sudan, Mr. Ban wrote that while UNMISS continues to focus on the protection of civilians as one of its core tasks, the primary responsibility for the protection of civilians in South Sudan lies with the Government. “A peacekeeping mission, however configured, cannot replace the Government, which is also responsible for ensuring the safety and security, and freedom of movement, of United Nations personnel and assets deployed to assist it in this regard,” he stated.Mr. Ban reiterated his condemnation of violence against UN personnel in South Sudan and recalled the requirement for the Government to hold the perpetrators of those attacks accountable, irrespective of who the perpetrators are. He added that, in particular, those responsible in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army for the December 2012 shooting of an UNMISS helicopter – which killed all four crew members onboard – must be brought to justice immediately.The Council today reiterated its call on the Government of South Sudan to take greater responsibility for the protection of its civilians and in this respect encourages greater cooperation with UNMISS.It also demanded that the Government and all relevant parties cooperate fully in the deployment, operations, and monitoring, verification, and reporting functions of UNMISS, particularly by guaranteeing the safety, security and unrestricted freedom of movement of UN personnel, as well as of associated personnel throughout the country.Among its many other provisions, the resolution expressed deep concern at the increasing violence, particularly in the Tri-States Area of Lakes, Unity and Warrap, and in Jonglei and Western Bahr el-Ghazal states, and underlined the need to address the causes of communal violence in South Sudan. read more

Golf Needs Tiger Woods To Save A Sport That

Watched golf this weekend—no this was not a masochistic endeavor. It was sort of a one-man straw poll on the sport that once rose like a supernova that is now descending like a fallen star.What is watching golf like without Tiger Woods?It’s like having sweet tea without the sugar; like watching Training Day without Denzel; like a Beyonce video that’s too dark to see.Empty.It does not matter the event or the depth of the field. If Tiger Woods is not playing, the panache is absent.It once was considered an overstatement to say that golf lived and died with Tiger Woods. Not anymore. Golf is dying—professionally and recreationally—as Woods makes his descent.Watching Woods play badly is more interesting than seeing world No. 1 Rory McIlroy shoot 62.Who would have thought that a Black man would dominate the sport so significantly that at one point people wondered if it was good for the game that he won so much? Here’s the thing: Everyone won when Woods was at his apex.TV ratings were sky high. Prize money exponentially increased to induce Woods to play and because sponsors were at a premium, knowing Woods was going to fill the course with patrons in record numbers and generate unprecedented TV ratings. Many who never considered the game recreationally began playing, especially in the Black community.Woods made a lot of people a lot of money as a Black man reigning over a traditionally white sport, and doing it with flair.You had to watch. And you began to think you should at least try to play. Even if you weren’t very good—which describes everybody in the beginning.But the worst case scenario happened to the game: Tiger Woods is not playing as he tries to locate a game that has been missing for some time now. His absence and the decline of golf viewership run parallel. It is not a coincidence.Phil Mickelson’s a great American player who does not have the zest of Tiger. McIlroy is as interesting as Irish coffee. A host of young, talented players have no drawing power to the casual, would-be viewer.Television ratings have dipped to levels of the absurd without Woods. The final round of the 2014 Masters lured only 7.8 percent of television viewers. That weekend produced the unique major championship’s smallest TV audience since 1993.Sunday when Tiger does not probably could have been tallied by head count by Neilson.Unless Woods’ game has deteriorated to the point where he wouldn’t want to embarrass himself, he will tee it up next month in Augusta at the Masters. Watch the ratings skyrocket, whether he plays well or not.If, by some amazing reversal, Wood is in contention on Sunday, golf executives around the country would be kissing his spikes. He moves the interest meter like no one in sports has since Michael Jordan.Outside the PGA Tour, golf is losing, too. TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, the world’s biggest maker of golf clubs and clothes, had sales plummet 28 percent last year, its parent company Adidas said to The Washington Post.More stats: Sports & Fitness Industry Association data show those who said they played golf at least once last year has fallen to one of its lowest point in years. Young people—that coveted 18-to-30 demographic—playing golf has fallen an incredible 35 percent over the last decade.And more stats: More golf courses closed than opened in 2013 for the eighth straight year, according to the National Golf Foundation. And the number of course closures has sped up, averaging 137 closings every year since 2011, data from golf-industry researcher Pellucid show—right around the time Woods began to fall apart.“There’s nobody out there who’s going to save us,” Pellucid’s president Jim Koppenhaver said at a Professional Golfers Association of America gathering in January. “We have to save ourselves.”Tiger Woods gave golf a great gift. An identity. A reason to watch. Inspiration to play. All that’s fading now, and the numbers say the descent is in full throttle. As he works to get back to form, the game continues to diminish in stature and interest. Now, you can bet all those who were rooting against Woods are now praying for him to save the sport. read more

No Mozilla did not just kill Firefox x64 for Windows

first_imgOver at TheNextWeb, it’s been reported that Mozilla has “quietly killed” the 64-bit build of Firefox for Windows. There has never been a stable release, however. The 64-bit build has been limited to Mozilla’s Nightly and branch builds — like the Firefox UX build where the new Australis theme first appeared. TNW’s Emil Protalinski noted in his post that Firefox engineering manager Benjamin Smedberg “had declared that the 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows would never see the light of day,” but that’s not actually the case.Indeed, the title of the related Bugzilla item tells a different story: “Disable windows 64 builds for now” (emphasis added). Mozilla hasn’t come out this week and said that there is no future for 64-bit Firefox on Windows. Instead, it’s a question of whether or not there’s enough return on the investment to continue offering the x64 Nightly builds to testers.According to some in the community, as much as 50% of Mozilla’s testing base was browsing with the Windows x64 build. Those folks can, of course, move safely back to the 32-bit build as long as they don’t need a browser that can address more than 4GB of memory. That should only pose a problem if you keep a massive number of tabs open in any given browsing session, say 50 to 100. Those with more mundane needs that just want early access to bleeding-edge features in Firefox should be able to run the 32-bit nightly builds without noticing any real difference.Smedberg notes several reasons that the decision was made. Plug-ins are currently a major headache — some common ones lack a stable 64-bit build, and some of those that do aren’t working correctly because Firefox lacks certain required features. That’s leading to additional freezing and crashing. Mozilla’s crash stats system also can’t easily tell which reports are from 32-bit users and which are from 64-bit users, which causes additional grief for coders who are trying to correct issues.“The needs of the many must outweigh the needs of the few or the one,” said a wise, pointed-eared man. Mozilla needs to focus on 32-bit builds of Firefox for Windows because that’s the biggest, most critical piece of its user base.Firefox x64 isn’t dead, it’s just going to disappear from the nightlies at some point in the near future. It will be back some time later in 2013, but in the meantime Windows users should know that there’s an alternative which doesn’t require leaving Mozilla in the lurch. Check out WaterFox or Palemoon: both are  64-bit custom builds of Firefox for Windows.More at TNW, Bugzilla, and Google Groupslast_img read more

FYROMAustralians sued by the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies

first_imgThe ongoing dispute between the Greek Australian community and certain groups of FYROM-Australians is about to reach its peak, as the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies (AIMS) is about to file a lawsuit against the organisers of the anti-Greek rally that took place last Sunday.According to the AIMS, the organisers of the rally, are responsible for instigating nationalist and racial hatred against the Hellenism of Asia Minor; nurturing hatred and insults towards Greeks and their national symbols, including the Greek flag; defamation of Greece, Macedonia, its history and culture and slander against Greeks. In the announcement the AIMS accuses the “Slavomacedonian” (as they are mentioned in the statement) rally organisers of extreme irredentism; the defamation of Hellenism; insulting the Greek national symbols, and for cultivating hatred against Greek people while abusing the rights granted to them within the context of Australian multiculturalism.“Overcome by racial and national hatred against Greeks, the organisers of the rally derailed their protest far from any moral or political basis and resorted to insults and defamation of the Greek people in general, as well as anyone related to or descending from Greece. Using banners and mottos, carnival-style dress up in which they presented themselves as Ancient Macedonians, they pretended to be victims of ‘Turkish-spawn’ Greeks (despite holding Turkish flags to appease their so-called protectors), they bore the symbols of Ancient Macedonia, in violation of the international agreements and the interim agreement that their governments signed and lodged to the UN, which clearly stated that they will not use the Ancient Macedonian Kingdom symbol of the Sun,” stated the chairperson of AIMS, Professor Anastasios Tamis.“With their banners and mottos they attempted, once again, to transform and rewrite the history of the Balkans, they systematically attempted to inflict character assassination against Greek citizens, Greek people, the common Greek folk which they referred to as blood-thirsty murderers of the ‘Macedonian’ people (as said FYROM nationals called themselves at the rally), as worthless Turkish-spawn refugees which were brought to Macedonia due to the Treaty of Lausanne, by a stroke of bad luck that resulted to the refugees stealing their lands. They proceeded to blatantly deface our national symbols, burning the Greek flag, despite the fact that Greek businesses at Skopje and Bitola (Monastiri) account for 60 per cent of their country’s GDP. They were holding portraits of King Philip and Alexander the Great in a motion of appropriation of the history of Ancient Macedonia, and support the claim that these Slavs who came to the region a thousand years later, have magically become the heirs of Philip and Alexander,” the statement continues.“With these actions they only prove their immaturity to live in a multicultural environment such as the Australian one, they’re presenting themselves as not ready to accept living along with other ethnic groups and they nurture racial hatred and hatred against Greeks. The vast majority of these hateful protesters were not from ‘Macedonoslavia’, but they were former Greek citizens who had been using the Greek passport for years, and, having Bulgaro-Slavian national identity instilled into the souls of their children this hatred that stems from Greek Civil War, when many of them, or their parents, were forced to leave Macedonia, defeated. There should be no place for this kind of dispersion of hatred and defamation of other nations, in a multicultural, tolerant country, like Australia.“Unfortunately, the ‘Macedonoslavs’ of Australia were unlucky to be deprived of sensible leadership, that instead of cultivating hatred, would promote fraternity in the Balcans, on the basis of the common religion, of the similarity of the dances and music, the contribution of Greeks to their language, the common struggles to coexist in the region and of course, the fact that Greek businesses in ‘Macedonoslavia’ offer a living to tens of thousands of their brothers and that a million of ‘Macedonoslavs’ enjoy the hospitality of Macedonian Greeks in Halkidiki and Katerini every summer. Unfortunately, these ‘Macedonoslav’ leaders have not still woken up from the nightmare of civil war that they have experienced, along with countless Greeks,” reads the AIMS statement.The Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria also issued a statement condemning the incidents that took place at the FYROM-Australians protest rally last Sunday, particularly the burning of the Greek flags.Meanwhile, the Federation of Pontian Associations of Australia (FPAA) published yet another statement in condemnation of their members being insulted, along with other Greeks, during the protests of the FYROM-Australian communities in Sydney, Melbourne and other Australian cities.“Bearing banners stating that Greek and Pontians should be ousted of Macedonia, that Pontian refugees are not Macedonians and other of the same sort, the protesters took to the streets of Australia to promote extremist messages of hatred. Burning and desecrating the Greek flag is a calculated insult, aiming to provoke a response. As the descendants of genocide survivors, the Federation members condemn the abuse of freedom reserved for all Australian citizens, in order to attack a specific group of people on grounds of their identity. Pontians come from the south east coasts of the Black sea, they are the descendants of Greeks who colonised these regions 25 centuries ago. From 1914 to 1924, our ancestors were submitted to genocidal persecution by the Turkish state.”“Survivors found refuge in Greece, in Australia and other places, restoring their livelihood and communities. Many among us were born and raised in Macedonia and many others were born in Australia. We are Australians of Pontian-Macedonian descent. Since the 1950s, many Pontian Greeks have made Australia their second home. Many migrated from Macedonian cities and villages, where their parents and grandparents had set up their second homes. We, as Australians living in a multicultural society, condemn racism in all its form”, reads the FPAA statement.Bearing banners that read “Macedonia’s name is not for sale”, “End Macedonian Genocide”, “F— Greeks” and “Pontians get out of Macedonia”, FYROM-Australians chanted their national anthem and other slogans. In Melbourne, the protesters burned Greek flags in front of the Parliament of Victoria, causing the immediate intervention of the Police.At the same time, the ABC was reporting that Greeks had been writing anti-FYROM slogans on the walls of churches and community buildings related to FYROM, while days before anti-Greek slogans appeared in Greek buildings and other locations in Melbourne.All this, during the discussions between Greece and FYROM in an attempt to find a compromise on the latter’s official name. The country’s PM, Zoran Zaev rejected Greece’s demand to change the constitution, stating that any change in the legal system does not offer guarantees for Greece. Instead he proposed that signing an international agreement would be a far safer and viable option.“Any change in the constitution can be changed back,” Zaev said and mentioned that “FYROM could ask the same from Greece, to clarify how the country makes provisions of Greeks living abroad,” so that both countries have the same policy.He then stated that “the issue of irredentism has been cleared once and for all, with the renaming of FYROM’s international airport of Skopje and the national highway linking FYROM with Serbia and Greece”.Neos Kosmos will be following up any developments to the story.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Functioning Apple1 Computer Expected to Collect 300K in Auction

first_img The machine that helped launch a trillion-dollar company is up for auction.A working Apple-1 computer—complete with original operation manual—will be available for live bidding next month.Also known as the Apple I and Apple Computer 1, the desktop device was released by the Apple Computer Company in 1976 for an oddly demonic $666.66 (about $2,953 in 2018).Originally conceived by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as a bare circuit board—part of a DIY kit for hobbyists—the Apple-1 quickly became one of the first personal computers that did not require soldering by the end user.Wozniak designed and hand-built about 200 units, all but 25 of which sold within ten months. As of 2013, only 63 Apple-1 computers remained in existence (most were destroyed as part of a trade-in program when the Apple II launched).And one of them is about to hit the auction block.Restored to its original state by Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen, the system operated without fault for about eight hours, according to Boston-based seller RR Auction. Cohen estimates its current condition as 8.5-out-of-10.Unlike many of its siblings, this board has not been modified; the prototype area is clean and unused, RR Auction boasted.“The Apple-1 is not only a marvel of early computing ingenuity, but the product that launched what is today one of the most valuable and successful companies in the world,” the auction house said.Pre-live bidding opens Sept. 13 and ends Sept. 24 at 12 p.m. ET. Live bidding begins Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. ET via phone or online.The “invaluable” Apple-1 is estimated to sell for $300,000-plus.A bit too rich for your blood? Check out the rest of RR Auction’s Apple treasures, including Steve Jobs’ yearbook ($200+), Steve Jobs’ signed Time cover ($15,000+), and the famed ‘1984’ Superbowl ad Betamax tap ($10,000+).Apple-1 computers have previously been auctioned off for various amounts—from $126,000 to $360,000.Expect big Apple news soon, as the company gears up for its regular autumn product releases. Bringing old and new Apple tech together is fun to watch. You can still party like it’s 1983 with a look back at vintage Apple tech. In the meantime, stay up to date with all things Cupertino here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on targetlast_img read more