By BEN HARRISQueensland’s Men’s 40’s player-coach Scott Notley thought his team did not stand a chance against New South Wales in the State of Origin series.Well, Notley was celebrating a series win after his group of Queenslanders won the deciding match 7-6.Down by one at half-time, Queensland scored four touchdowns to two in the second half to help them collect their first Men’s 40s series in a decade.“I was very proud of the boys’ effort,” Notley said. “The boys dug deep.“We lost the first one so the second game was do-or-die but we won it, and we had a bit of momentum.”It was Queensland’s fourth division win of the State of Origin series but New South Wales soon claimed their fifth division of 2012 with a nail-biting win in the Men’s 30s.After two intense matches, New South Wales and Queensland left nothing in the tank at the end of the third game.The match went touchdown-for-touchdown and they could not be separated at half-time.The second half saw both sides show their attacking skills and produced sensational touchdowns.Shannon Warren scored a double for New South Wales while his teammate Elijah Van Der Kwast scored five touchdowns in the deciding match.Queensland’s John Andrews bagged four but it wasn’t enough as New South Wales won the game 10-8 and the division 2-1.New South Wales made it a clean sweep in the Women’s 20s’ with a 6-3 victory in the third game. Emma Tonegato scoring two touchdowns for the Blues.Having wrapped up the Men’s 50s division, Queensland were looking at making it 3-0.However, New South Wales had something to say about that and came out firing in the opening stages.They took a 5-3 lead into half-time and marched on in the second half to win 8-4.In the Men’s 45’s, New South Wales claimed a 3-0 division win following their 6-2 victory in the third match.Graham Beale scoring two touchdowns in the final game.Only one touchdown separated Queensland and New South Wales in the first two matches of the Women’s 30s, but it was not the case in the dead-rubber.Having already won the series, Queensland came out and dominated New South Wales in the first half by scoring four touchdowns to one.They went on to win the match 6-3.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksState of Origin game three
Today is a great day. It’s Friday, but, more importantly, Season 3 of House of Cards has been released. Millions of people across the country will be visiting Netflix to watch Frank Underwood wreak havoc in Washington, D.C. Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Stephen Collier wants to be one of those people watching the show. But he can’t – the spotty wireless on OSU’s Columbus campus isn’t letting him access the online media platform. We feel for you, Stephen. Finally get a break to go watch House of Cards in between class in then Osuwireless does Osuwireless things pic.twitter.com/u479rsHAsJ— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) February 27, 2015Ohio State wireless: step your game up. There’s TV shows to be binging.
Mumbai: The Andhra Pradesh government has announced a reward of Rs 8 lakh for the Maharashtra Anti- Terrorism Squad (ATS) team which arrested seven Maoists last year, an official said on Wednesday. The state ATS in January last year raided some eastern suburbs here and arrested seven Maoists of the Golden Corridor Committee, which was formed to spread their ideology in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Later, during further investigation, the ATS arrested one more rebel, an official said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Maoist leader Krishna Lingayya Ghoshka alias Venugopalan, who was wanted by Andhra Pradesh police in connection with a case in 2012, was among those arrested. The Maharashtra government recently received a communication from Andhra Pradesh that there was a reward of Rs 8 lakh on Venugopalan, an official said. Appreciating the probe carried by the Maharashtra ATS, the AP government subsequently announced the reward of Rs 8 lakh for the investigation team, he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The reward amount along with an appreciation letter was, accordingly, sent by the intelligence department at Hyderabad to Maharashtra Director General of Police, he said. A government resolution issued by the Maharashtra home department last week gave a nod to accept the cash reward. Deputy Commissioner of Police Mohankumar Dahikar, Assistant Commissioner of Police Sunil Wadke, police inspectors Sanjay Marathe, Bhaskar Kadam and seven other personnel of the investigating team will share the reward amount, the official said. The ATS, in a charge sheet filed recently in connection with the case, said it believed that these Maoists were working to form a so-called ‘golden corridor’, covering Mumbai and neighboring cities of north Maharashtra, and south Gujarat (including Surat). The charge sheet also claimed that young people were recruited to join the Maoist movement and take up arms to fight in the areas dominated by ultras. Besides Venugopalan, the others rebels arrested by the ATS were Satyanarayan Karrella, Babu Wanguri, Shankarayya Gunde, Ravi Marampelli, Ramesh Golala, Narsayya Jumpala and Saidul Singapanga.
OSU junior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) is forced out of bounds during the first half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Indiana Hoosiers on Oct. 8 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes came away with a 38-17 victory.
Ohio State junior forward Jae’Sean Tate converts a layup as he was fouled in the first half against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 83-73. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorThe will or drive of a team is rooted in self belief. Without a belief or a vision, a team cannot achieve its goals.For a while, the Ohio State men’s basketball team didn’t have a vision, it didn’t have a moment that could spring a successful run as the season grows nye. Well, now OSU has both.The Buckeyes handily defeated the 16th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers at home Thursday night, 83-73, in their most complete game this season. Four players were in double figures, the bench scored 32 points and as a team, OSU outrebounded the Badgers by 13 and shot 63 percent (10-for-16) from 3-point range.All of that happened against the fourth best defense in the country.The players — sophomore guard C.J. Jackson in particular, who had a career-high 18 points Thursday — had been saying throughout a mentally taxing conference season that they believed there run of consecutive wins was just around the corner. Wisconsin might be the start of that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean OSU’s predicament has changed. The Buckeyes will likely still need to win the Big Ten tournament to make the NCAA Tournament, but at the very least, OSU finally has proof it can win games against top competition.“I feel like everybody was on the same page (on Thursday). We played hard. It seemed like we couldn’t miss,” junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “If we play like this the rest of the time and in the Big Ten tournament, I feel like we can win.”That type of language hadn’t been heard since the beginning of the season when winning the conference was seen as an attainable goal. Yes, the Buckeyes said things like, “There’s still a long way to go,” and “Anything can happen” after losses, but maybe what OSU needed was the reality of winning a game that many didn’t believe it had a prayer in.So it begs the question, why can’t OSU always play like this?“I wish we could (always play like this) and for now on I hope we can,” Tate said. “We just got to build from it.”The game was equally important for OSU coach Thad Matta, who has been dealt an unprecedented amount of criticism this year. The 13-year OSU coach was already the most winningest coach in school history and became the most tenured coach in school history on Thursday night.He has not been one to ever focus, or truly care, about what outsiders say, but there’s no denying that critics will think twice about scolding the 13-year OSU coach after the Wisconsin win.“I’m sure there’s a lot of people that wouldn’t be pissed off if I didn’t come back (tomorrow),” Matta said. “But I say that from a standpoint of I guess that’s a tremendous feat, but I kind of like the most wins more than the most games to be honest with you.”While nothing on the winning side has come naturally to the Buckeyes this season, they had the answers on Thursday night. Each answer paved the path to success. There remains a long way to go for them, but the Buckeyes saw what their best looks like and that could be a motivator with two games remaining before the conference tournament.“We haven’t seen it a whole lot,” Matta said. “Everybody sort of did there part. When you’re making shots, it probably helps your cause … I hope these guys got a good taste of what it feels like to win a game.”
I grew up watching great high school football in Cleveland: St. Ignatius, St. Edward, Glenville, and even the big Cincinnati schools like St. Xavier and Elder. All these teams were excellent, but I was an Edward’s girl through and through. I love seeing players that I watched in high school play first for top-notch college teams and occasionally the NFL. I knew the kind of talent drinking Lake Erie water can get you. But, when St. Ed’s started to decline after my senior year, I wasn’t surprised. Why? Because I’m an Ohio fan.Being an Ohio fan means getting used to disappointment. As a Clevelander, I’ve had teams that were this close to making history. The Cavs’ trip to the semifinals last season or the Indians’ bids for the World Series in the mid ‘90s were the most poignant disappointments in my memory. Though I was heartbroken when these teams inevitably lost, I was secretly expecting to be disappointed. Why? Because I’m an Ohio fan — and every year is a rebuilding year for us. There is always a “next year” for the Ohio fan.This “next year” attitude encourages mediocrity in both the fans and the players. Look at our own Ohio State football team, it seems to me that they only play as well as their opponent. Against the University of Spoiled Children, our Buckeyes truly rose to the occasion, and almost won, too. But against teams like Toledo and Illinois I felt like we held back, even though our starters stayed in for most of the game. The Bucks don’t play every game like it’s the big game; if they did, it would lead us to winning seasons, to national championships and could even elevate Tressel to the hallowed level of Woody Hayes.Mediocrity is not limited to the Buckeyes, but is an epidemic in the NFL, too. Look at the Browns vs. Bengals game this weekend. Aside from some excellent running by Josh Cribbs and some good interceptions and throws by Cinci, it was a choke-off. It almost ended in a tie for crying out loud — a tie in professional football! Did you know that could happen? I didn’t, and neither did some of the players. If the Bengals’ kicker had missed the field goal, it would have happened. The two pro-football teams in Ohio would have tied each other in yet another demonstration of our state’s mediocrity.Yes, I’m bashing Ohio teams with all the rage of a scorned lover. That’s the key word, though: lover. I will never stop rooting for my Browns, my Indians, my Cavaliers and most of all my Buckeyes, even when I inevitably leave Ohio. I want them to be amazing, to startle the pundits who talk endlessly about Tim Tebow and Brett Favre (who really aren’t that good. Just saying). I want us to win national championships and Super Bowls. Heck,I’d just like for us to have good seasons. I’m a true Ohio fan, in good times and bad, but I’d like an end to year after year of bad and a lot more good.
Reid Fragel was a tight end in his first three seasons with the Ohio State football team, so it should come as no surprise that his transition to right tackle in his senior season has been a challenge.Fragel said he finally felt comfortable, however, in the Buckeyes’ fourth game of the season, a 29-15 victory against the University of Alabama-Birmingham Saturday.“I think so far that’s the best I’ve played at tackle,” Fragel said.This week, however, Fragel prepares for what could be a much greater challenge, as the Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich., to play the No. 20 Michigan State Spartans in their Big Ten opener at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Against the Spartans, Fragel will be lining up primarily against Spartans defensive end William Gholston, who was an All-Big Ten second-team selection in 2011.“He’s got length,” Fragel said of Gholston. “I think that’s his main weapon, he likes to use his hands a lot and uses his reach. He’s quick off the ball, he’s got size, too, so it’ll be a good challenge for us.”The MSU game will be a homecoming for Fragel as well. For the first time in his OSU career, Fragel will have the opportunity to play in East Lansing, Mich., which is located less than 100 miles from Fragel’s home town of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.“That’s a game I’ve been looking forward to for a while,” Fragel said. “Obviously that’s my home state, so (I’ve) got some friends and family up there that will be at the game.”Fragel caught 14 passes over the course of three years playing tight end, but he became a starter for the first time after converting to right tackle and winning a position battle over freshman Taylor Decker in fall camp.Coach Urban Meyer listed Fragel as one of the offensive players who graded out as “champions” for his performance against UAB, and gave him praise during Monday’s press conference.“(Fragel) played his best game as a Buckeye,” Meyer said. “Best game of the year, really best game of his career.”Two of Fragel’s fellow starters on the OSU offense echoed Meyer’s sentiments.“We’ve seen a lot of guys step up,” said senior fullback Zach Boren. “Reid Fragel played the best game I’ve ever seen him play since he’s been here this past year.”Redshirt junior Corey Linsley said he felt similarly.“It was an awesome showing for Reid,” Linsley said. “It was great because everybody knows on the team Reid has so much talent. He’s huge, and he’s got athleticism, more athleticism than anybody, and it was great to see him finally use all of his potential.”Linsley said it was clear before Saturday’s game even started that Fragel came into the game with more energy than usual.“Even before the game, I knew it was going to be his best game,” Linsley said.Fragel said he “tried to be a little bit more energetic” on Saturday.“I knew we had to come out a lot harder and play with a little more tempo,” Fragel said. “I kind of just tried to help out I guess, and provide some energy.”Linsley said Fragel’s performance stood out during the highlight film that Meyer showed the entire team on Sunday.“They showed that film yesterday of the offense cutting through the defense and it was basically just a Reid Fragel highlight show,” Linsley said. “He was smiling all day yesterday, and high-fiving everybody, it was great to see him finally do that.”Fragel said it was a “good feeling” to be acknowledged for his positive plays in the UAB game, but also recognized that he has to continue to improve for the team’s upcoming game against the Spartans.“I know there was some things that I watched aside from that film that I need to correct, get better and improve for Michigan State,” Fragel said. “Not to downplay UAB at all, but the athletes that Michigan State have, we’re going to need to execute a lot better.”Linsley said playing against Gholston will be a great opportunity for Fragel to shine.“I think that’s even a better opportunity to take what he learned from this game, and to just put it in action against a really good player,” Linsley said.
Aamir KhanPR HandoutWorld’s biggest Superstar Aamir Khan has an unfathomable fanbase across the globe and has followers deeply rooted in even the heartlands of the nation.Owing to the prodigious fan-following the actor is one of the most sought after and dependable faces when it comes to brands, hence, this IPL season, advertisers have invested over 250 crores on Aamir Khan alone.Combining the high value of the Superstar with one of the most celebrated festivals of India, IPL, Aamir Khan will witness visibility on the small screens every break of the IPL. Interestingly, as signed by three prime sponsors of the cricket league, Aamir Khan will be the only face seen on the TV Screens during the matches.Last year, Aamir Khan signed one of the top smartphone brands and continue to be the face of the brand this year as well. Aamir Khan will be seen selling wares of the title sponsor of the league, digital payments company and a well-known shoe brand.The digital payment company, on the other hand, has brought on Aamir Khan as its first-ever celebrity endorser. On choosing Aamir Khan as the face of their brand CEO of the company said, “His name is synonymous with sincerity, hard work and dedication to his craft. These are values that are completely in sync with PhonePe’s ethos of trust, security and reliability. Therefore, we felt that Aamir is the perfect brand ambassador for our company as we look to introduce digital payments to a billion Indians”.The third brand will kickstart their television campaign with Aamir Khan this premier league season which is a premium shoe brand.Endorsing more than one brand at a time is a departure for Aamir Khan, who has famously maintained he would prefer endorsing one brand at a time. The actor has earlier been the face of brands like Snapdeal, and Godrej Realty.On the work front, Aamir Khan will start prepping for his next film ‘Lal Singh Chadha’ which was announced on his birthday.
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:00Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:59?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close The five craziest bids for Amazons new HQ Amazon has received 238 proposals from cities to set-up its second headquarters location. Here are some of the most creative bids Amazon received.
Listen Photo: Courtesy of The AllianceA young refugee mother poses with her children at The Alliance’s spring festival held at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center in Houston.The Alliance of Houston is historically one of the largest refugee resettlement organizations in Texas. Before Trump took office, the nonprofit resettled roughly 750 refugee families a year. Then the president lowered the cap for refugee admissions, and The Alliance was contracted to take in some 450 families over the course of a year. But Alliance CEO Dan Stoecker said he doubts is organization will even reach that number. He said if refugee resettlement continues at its current rate, he estimates end-of-year numbers somewhere in the 200 range. “When the numbers aren’t even half now of even what the government promised that we should count on,” said Stoecker, “it makes it very difficult for all the non-profit agencies in Houston and across America to really have stable business operations.”Stoecker said when the government doesn’t send families to resettle, his organization loses out on the reimbursements they were anticipating. He’s having to adjust budgets, programs and staffing to balance the organization’s budget. 00:00 /00:55 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Stoecker said he’s disappointed by the administration’s cap to refugee resettlement and is considering offering assistance abroad as an alternative way to address the refugee crisis. “This is the biggest refugee crisis in history, but at the same time America isn’t really doing its equal part,” Stoecker said. Share
When business owners talk about analytics, they often are referring to web analytics. They talk about setting up tools such as Google Analytics or Adobe’s SiteCatalyst to track page views, test variables and gauge their website’s performance.But they’re missing the bigger picture. While web analytics are certainly important, they are only one type of metric that entrepreneurs need to know about — especially when starting up.Here are five other types of analytics you should be monitoring to discover critical information about your business, customers and marketing efforts:1. Funnel analytics. Your funnel analytics provide data about customer flow through lead generation, checkout pages, registration and other means.While you can get basic funnel data from web analytics tools, specialized software can help you better understand your customer funnel. One is KISSmetrics, starting at $150 a month, and MixPanel, with a freemium option where you can track up to 25,000 events for free. These tools can help you understand how leads obtained through your acquisition and onboarding funnels are working out.From studying your funnel, you can conduct tests and make changes to forms, buttons, language and more. Improving your funnel is one of the chief ways to enhance your bottom line.Related: Easy Ways to Keep Visitors on Your Website Longer2. On-site engagement analytics. Beyond knowing how people get to your site, you should understand what they’re doing on your pages. Where are they clicking? Where are they hovering? Where are they looking and perhaps getting confused?This is where mouse-move heat map and click heat map tracking tools come in. Mouse-move heat maps show you were people hover and move across your pages. This information can help you learn whether users find your site intuitive. Click heat mapping tools show you visually the exact locations where visitors’ cursors clicked on your website. This information can be useful in identifying usability or navigation issues.Startups should use these early on so they can make any necessary website adjustments. Some handy tools include ClickTale, which offers both mouse-move and click heat maps and starts with a freemium plan where you can study up to 400 page views a month, and CrazyEgg, which focuses mainly on heat mapping and starts at $99 a month.3. Customer analytics.Startups often wait too long to survey customers and set up consumer feedback channels. But with customer analytics, you can learn about unfulfilled consumer needs and identify problems in your marketing, such as confusion over your messaging.Try tools like ZenDesk, a customer-service platform that lets you respond to customer concerns across channels, track those concerns and improve communication. It starts at $24 a month. There’s also SurveyMonkey, an online research tool that offers a generous free plan that’s worth trying. Another is Qualaroo, a customer insight tool that starts at $79 a month and enables you to easily survey your customers for quick feedback on their experience with your website and other consumer issues.Related: Want to Sell More Online? How ‘Split Testing’ Your Site Can Help4. Lifecycle analytics.To understand the best ways to communicate with customers, you need to collect data on emails, newsletters, in-app messaging and more.Consider using tools such as Customer.io, an email communication platform, that helps you first understand if your emails and newsletters are working and then enables you to easily edit them for improved performance. It starts at $75 a month. There’s also Intercom, which starts at about $50 a month and can improve both communications and customer development by helping you identify and survey specific customer segments.5. Marketing analytics. When a startup begins marketing, it often pushes forward with the channels it has the most experience with. But that’s a risky way to create a marketing roadmap.Marketing analytics tools, which monitor, track and compare your marketing channels in one dashboard, can help you understand which approaches work best, as well as measure the success of specific campaigns. From there, you can decide how best to allocate your marketing budget and make better hiring decisions when ramping up your team.To track and understand this type of data, you can try such tools as HubSpot, a marketing automation platform that helps you see all of your marketing channels in one dashboard view. It starts at $200 a month. Moz (previously SEOmoz) also just opened up a beta for their marketing analytics solution, which allows you to manage all of your inbound marketing efforts in one place. It starts at $99 a month.In the age of analytics platforms, marketers are often overwhelmed by data. Reactively, we tend to rely on the tools and types of data we have loved for years, but that’s a dangerous approach. Instead, we should take advantage of the many new types of data that can help us learn ever more about our customers and better meet their needs.Related: A Company That Makes User Analytics Simple Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 29, 2013 Register Now »
19Apr Lyons’ domestic violence protection bill heads to governor Lyons: Legislation sends message to offenders that Michigan will not tolerate domestic violence and sexual assaultLegislation establishing clear and sensible protections for victims or potential victims of domestic violence has been sent to the governor for his signature.House Bill 4481, introduced by Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons would allow a victim of sexual assault that results in pregnancy to present clear and convincing evidence in order to have the right to parenting time and custody taken away from the assailant.“Michigan needs to send a message that we stand with the victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape,” said Rep. Lyons, R-Alto. “Too often in cases of sexual assault and domestic violence, a rapist will use the threat of seeking custody of the child to intimidate pregnant victims into not pressing criminal charges of the attack. It is unthinkable that we would allow this to occur when we have the ability to provide victims with the protection and peace of mind they need in order to heal.“My bill allows the victim of rape the ability to present clear and convincing evidence—a standard already accepted in child protection and custody cases—in order to have parenting and custody time removed from the rapist.” Categories: News
SES’s SES-4 satellite is now fully operational and ready for service at the 338° degrees East orbital position. SES-4 was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on February 15. It has replaced the NSS-7 satellite and will provide replacement and incremental capacity over the Atlantic Ocean.SES-4 has 52 C-band and 72 Ku-band transponders. It has C-band beams serving the eastern hemisphere of Europe and Africa and providing full coverage of the Americas, plus a global C-band beam to support mobile and maritime customers. Four high-power, regional Ku-band beams will provide services to Europe, the Middle East, and West Africa, as well as North and South America. The satellite is designed to deliver services for 15 years or more.
Scripps Networks International has appointed Kevin Chorlins its US-based senior VP, international content and brand strategy.Chorlins has been upped from VP, marketing and communications at channel operator Scripps’ international division. Prior to joining Scripps’ international division, Chorlins was VP, marketing for Scripps’ DIY Network.In the newly created role at Scripps, he will head up international strategy and marketing for Scripps programme franchises and channels. He will also oversee communications.Chorlins will report to to Jim Samples, president of Scripps Networks International. He said: “As the company has developed experienced programmers and marketers in London, Singapore and now Brazil, it’s important that our international teams have a strong support base in the United States.”
While the market goes gaga for technology companies, bidding their prices to levels assuming constant growth to infinity, I wonder just how new apps or viewing devices make my life better versus things created years ago. In a wonderful little book full of big insights, The Great Stagnation, economist Tyler Cowen says our lives in material terms are not much different than in 1953. The cool stuff we saw on The Jetsons in the 1960s hasn’t happened. No jetpacks, or living forever, or visiting Mars. “Life is better and we have more stuff,” writes Cowan, “but the pace of change has slowed down compared to what people saw two or three generations ago.” Market bellwethers like Amazon and Netflix are astronomically valued. But these companies do not change our lives fundamentally—they only allow us to efficiently buy and watch more STUFF. It’s inventions made between 1880 and 1940 that have really made life better. Professor Cowan lists a few important ones: automobiles, electricity, household appliances, telephone, mass production, pharmaceuticals, radio, television, and indoor plumbing. Younger readers can’t imagine a world without these things. I can’t either, except for indoor plumbing. Although I grew up living in Abilene, Kansas, with indoor plumbing, I remember visiting great-grandparents who did not have modern facilities. These days you think the world’s going to end if the Internet is slow. Imagine having to go in the middle of a cold, windy Kansas night. You put on shoes and an overcoat, and tromped out to an uninsulated, rickety outhouse 50 or 100 yards from the residence. In the summer, a different sort of discomfort was associated with the process. So while I’m awed by the latest gadgets like anyone else and a proud Amazon Prime member, I don’t think Jeff Bezos’ company is life-changing enough for the stock to be worth 539 times earnings. As I get older, it is those who designed and created indoor plumbing that I thank each and every night. Which brings me to today’s article by resource investing legend Rick Rule of Sprott Global Resources. Many of you know him as the go-to wise man for junior resource companies in the precious metals and energy areas. Today he has another precious resource he believes you should consider for your portfolio… a resource none of us can do without, no matter what neat technology we hold in our hands. Rick not only lays out an ironclad investment thesis, but provides specific investment ideas. You can read more from Rick and his team at Sprott’s Thoughts. Enjoy, Doug French, Contributing Editor
A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Many of the disabled activists who have played a key role in exposing the harm caused by the government’s social security cuts and reforms have come together for a “breakthrough” campaign meeting attended by five Labour shadow ministers.Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who chaired the meeting, said afterwards that he believed that it could herald the start of “a significant movement to expose the brutality of the system” and secure “permanent change”.The meeting was welcomed by disabled activists who attended, but some of them also warned Labour that they now needed to see “concrete action”, with two saying separately that “the proof of the pudding will be in the eating”.The meeting focused on the deaths and other serious harm caused by the much-criticised work capability assessment (WCA), but it also covered many other areas of concern, particularly the damage caused to disabled people by the government’s new universal credit.The meeting is set to be the launchpad for a new series of campaigning efforts linking the party with disabled activists and allies, with Labour hoping eventually to secure support from members of other political parties.A follow-up meeting is set to take place later this autumn.It is believed to be the first time that representatives of so many of the disabled-led grassroots organisations who have campaigned against cuts and reforms – in many cases since 2010 – together with researchers, journalists and union representatives, have gathered together in the same room* to discuss the concerns and plan a campaigning response.The key theme of the meeting was the importance of campaigning around the links between the WCA and the deaths and other serious harm caused to claimants.This included the repeated failure of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to ensure that the “further medical evidence” needed to demonstrate benefit eligibility is always collected, particularly for claimants with mental health conditions.Another theme was the need to hold Conservative politicians such as Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling to account for the decisions they made within DWP in 2010 that many believe led to the deaths of claimants of out-of-work disability benefits.But those present also said that it was vital to “look at the bigger picture”, and they brought in other crucial issues such as the introduction of universal credit and personal independence payment, the benefit sanctions and conditionality regimes, the impact of the reforms on disabled women, and the cuts to social care support.One contributor said: “People are having their lives utterly destroyed today.”One disabled activist told the meeting that there was a need both for “harm reduction”, to address the immediate problems with the assessment process, and “system change” to secure the eventual abolition of the WCA altogether.He said: “Saying ‘change the WCA right now’ is not saying ‘keep the WCA’, it is saying ‘stop it killing so many people’.”Other contributors said the government had made a deliberate attempt to create a “hostile environment for disabled people”.One activist who had provided unpaid advocacy for other disabled people said they and colleagues had been “inundated with people terrified of the introduction of universal credit”.People were realising that they could not move out of their local authority area in case they were forced to move onto the government’s new working-age benefit ssytem, they said.The meeting heard from one attendee about the importance of putting the government’s reforms into historical perspective and highlighting how they had been strongly influenced by the US insurance industry, which had wanted all disabled people seeking benefits “to be treated as bogus claimants”.She added: “The WCA was brought in to destroy public confidence in the welfare state.”There was also a call for nurses and GPs to be held to account for the way they had “compromised” their own medical ethics in dealing with requests for evidence to support disability benefit claims and in acting as assessors for private contractors.And there was concern at the continuing roll-out of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, which was leading mental health professionals to “come out with the sort of language we are hearing from the Department for Work and Pensions”.One contributor told the meeting: “You can’t divorce what’s happening in DWP with what’s happening in psychiatry.”The idea for a meeting of politicians, activists and researchers had originally come from Black Triangle’s John McArdle, who had put the idea to McDonnell. McDonnell told Disability News Service (DNS) after the meeting: “I think this is a breakthrough meeting in terms of getting many of the relevant organisations and individuals together who have their concerns about what is happening to disabled people and their treatment in the welfare system.“I think it is the start of what could be a significant movement to expose the brutality of the system, but more importantly to secure permanent change.”McArdle told DNS afterwards: “I’m really glad the meeting happened. John McDonnell seems to be taking this seriously.“I am encouraged that we are going to be having another meeting in the next six weeks and that a strategy will be formulated to really take the fight for disability rights to the heart of Westminster politics.“But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We want some concrete action.”Marsha de Cordova, the shadow minister for disabled people, told DNS that it was the first time that the various groups had been brought around the same table to talk about different issues – including crucial concerns about the imminent “migration” from benefits such as employment and support allowance onto universal credit – that all fed into the idea that the government had created a “hostile environment towards disabled people”.She said: “It is good that we are talking about it. It’s great that we are bringing people around the table, and mainly disabled people.”Paula Peters, from Disabled People Against Cuts and the Mental Health Resistance Network, said the meeting had provided “ideas to go forward”.But she echoed McArdle’s words, saying: “Actions speak louder than words. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.“We have heard words for a long time while disabled people continue to die.”She also said there was “a lot more work to do” on Labour’s position on universal credit, which her two groups believe needs to be “stopped and scrapped” rather than paused and fixed, as is the current Labour policy.She said: “We still have to persuade them to stop and scrap. The system is at breaking point.”Researcher and campaigner Catherine Hale, lead researcher and project manager of the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project, and a member of the Spartacus Network, said the meeting was “very exciting”.She said: “In 2015 it felt like the Labour party turned its back on disabled people because the leadership thought that showing us support would work against them in the election. We all know how that ended.“Now John McDonnell has given new momentum and hopefully new unity to our campaigns against the WCA, sanctions, PIP and universal credit.“I hope that with Labour now standing squarely behind disabled people we can overturn the Tories’ cruel policies and vicious rhetoric that have devastated our communities.”Researcher Mo Stewart added: “It was a very welcome meeting, demonstrating Labour’s commitment to changing the plight of claimants of disability benefit for the better.“There is a tendency to overlook the American corporate influence behind the introduction of the fatally flawed WCA. That needs to change.“The disabled lobby petitioned for years to stop being identified by a medical label, and so the social model was adopted.“Along comes big business to play them at their own game, advising the DWP to disregard medical opinion in favour of the flawed biopsychosocial model, and a world of pain and persecution followed with the adoption of the WCA.“Labour plans to stop the WCA when elected to office, which has given a lot of hope to the persecuted sick and disabled community.”Five Labour shadow ministers attended the meeting: McDonnell and de Cordova; Margaret Greenwood, the shadow work and pensions secretary; Mike Amesbury, the shadow employment minister; and Lyn Brown, the shadow Treasury minister with responsibility for social mobility.*The meeting was conducted under the Chatham House rule, so although the contributions made during the meeting can be reported, the names of those who spoke and their organisations cannot, unless they spoke afterwards on-the-record. Labour has allowed DNS to report the names of the five shadow ministers who attendedPicture: Disabled activists, Labour shadow ministers and researchers after the meeting in Westminster
Add to Queue Nevada Declares Marijuana State of Emergency to Avoid $100 Million Tax Shortfall Free Green Entrepreneur App Marijuana, until recently illegal in Nevada, is now a major source of revenue the state can’t afford to lose. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Cannabis Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. July 25, 2017 Typically, putting the name of a state and the phrase “state of emergency” in the same sentence means residents there are facing some serious trouble. Like “natural disaster” type of trouble.Leave it to Nevada to put a new twist on things. State officials there declared an emergency this month because people couldn’t get enough of what they wanted. What did they want? Recreational marijuana. And the state’s dispensaries, in a continuation of some last-minute legal maneuvering that led to a bumpy roll out of the Silver State’s regulated recreational marijuana sales, couldn’t provide enough supply to meet demand.Related: Policy Group Argues It’s Time to End the Failed War on DrugsBut Nevada officials took action to fix the supply problem only after realizing that the state would miss out on a chunk of the $100 million in marijuana tax revenue expected over the next two years.Distribution problemsAs detailed here, the state had to allow existing medical marijuana dispensaries to sell adult-use marijuana while sorting out a legal case brought by the state’s alcohol distributors. By law, they were supposed to have exclusive rights to distribute adult-use marijuana for the first 18 months it was available.But, while the state’s voters just approved recreational marijuana sales last November, Nevada officials decided not to wait until 2018 to begin sales as other states — including California and Massachusetts — chose to do while a system of regulation and taxation is created. They instead started in July 1.That created an issue, as alcohol distributors did not yet have a license to transport marijuana. So state officials passed an emergency order allow medical dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana from their existing supply. The state is expected to need 60 to 90 days to sort out the legal issues with the alcohol distributors.Related: Oakland Strives to Rejuvenate Economically by Becoming California’s Cannabis CapitalThis isn’t an issue in other states, such as Colorado and Washington, where dispensaries are allowed to transport their own supply.Independence Day WeekendThen came the long Fourth of July weekend. Dispensaries loaded up in preparation of big sales. However, they did not have near enough.Dispensaries reported more than 40,000 retail marijuana transactions in the first few days of July (Nevada residents can buy up to one ounce per transaction, according to state regulations). The state also reported that some of the 47 licensed dispensaries had sales “of more than double their estimates.”With no transportation system set up, supplies quickly started running out.The state finally took action at a mid-July meeting of the Nevada Tax Commission, which decided to temporarily expand who is allowed to transport marijuana until the alcohol distributors are up and running.Related: Do Something That’s Never Been Done Before, According to This Marijuana Tech CEOThe main reason? The state has budgeted $100 million in marijuana tax revenue for the next two years. “Without the retail sale of marijuana, the state will not realize the revenue upon which the state budget relies,” Deonne Contine, executive director of the Tax Commission, wrote in a letter to commissioners.Contine also said action was needed to keep buyers from moving into the black market to purchase marijuana if the supply of legal marijuana evaporated.Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Image credit: Ethan Miller | Getty Images dispensaries.com Download Our Free Android App Guest Writer –shares 3 min read Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Next Article
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article The language that will empower women can’t be ignored, whether it uses words or, as with emoticons, no words at all. emoticon Image credit: stockerteam | gettyimages CEO of Mitchell Communications Group Guest Writer 5 min read Want a More Progressive Portrayal of Women? Consider the Lowly Emoticon. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Elise Mitchell Ever since emojis made their debut, they’ve changed the way people text and use social media. But what started out as a fun way to use images and symbols to supplement words has become its own form of communication.Related: 5 of the Cleverest Marketing Campaigns in Recent TimesLast year, 92 percent of online consumers in one survey said they used emojis, and some social media platforms are even creating their own. Facebook recently unveiled its “Reactions” system, which allows users to respond with emotions (such as love, excitement or anger) to someone’s status, update or photo. Even brands such as Mentos, Coca-Cola and Comedy Central are caught up in the emoticon craze.But, as emojis gain popularity, some have questioned how women will use these new communication tactics, especially when the emoticons they choose represent themselves. Procter & Gamble made a serious stab at answering this question. It launched its latest #LikeAGirl ad to point out that although girls send about a billion emojis a day, the limited supply of empowered-female emojis only serves to reinforce old stereotypes.For female professionals and entrepreneurs, it’s troubling that a modern communication form presents women in such outdated ways. Male emojis show professionals such as police officers, construction workers and detectives. Female emojis dance, wear pretty dresses and wedding veils and get manicures and haircuts.And this is troublesome, because the language that will empower women can’t be ignored, even when words aren’t used at all.Keep moving forwardWomen don’t see themselves as leaders, visionaries or decision-makers often enough, and we need to change that: Everyone needs to see the rich array of roles women can fill. According to a survey of more than 1,000 young American women, 75 percent of respondents said they wanted a more progressive portrayal of women depicted by the emojis they use every day.As technology and communication progress, we need to make sure that the portrayal of women progresses, too. Here are four ways to make a positive impact on how we communicate to and about other women in the digital age whether we’re using words — or (as with emoticons) no words at all:1. Reinforce leadership actions.People — regardless of gender — want praise for a job well done. However, when any of us publicly praise a woman in the workplace, we should pay attention to what we’re praising her for. Women are generally viewed as honest and ethical, but not as strong-willed leaders driving businesses forward. That needs to change.The first step is to focus on gender-neutral leadership qualities. Courage, strategic thinking, innovation and complex decision-making are characteristics we should highlight in women.Related: How Women Leaders Win and Help Others to Do the Same2. Acknowledge positive ‘feminine’ qualities — but don’t box women into them.We should make conscious efforts to publicly praise women for traits that people might not typically ascribe to them. However, we shouldn’t neglect to acknowledge good qualities just because they are considered stereotypically female, such as being excellent team-builders or encouraging others. Make a conscious effort to reinforce those behaviors without suggesting they’re the totality of women’s capabilities.3. Keep virtual communication positive and professional.Professional and uplifting language isn’t just for the office. Whether we’re using social media, choosing an emoticon or sending an email or Slack message, we need to think about how we portray ourselves.As a company leader, I always try to lead by example. I strive to be mindful of what I’m posting on social media — communicating in a positive, professional manner while still maintaining my authentic self. For better or for worse, what we put on our personal social media accounts affects our reputations, even at work.Related: 7 Essential Tools for Easily Building Your Personal Brand Online4. Remember: Intent and impact are different.Women struggle with confidence in leadership roles, and 67 percent of women in one survey said they would like more support in building their confidence to be leaders. Word choice goes a long way in offering that support. Be intentional about the words you use to describe women in the workplace.Words such as “sassy” and “adorable” might seem harmless, but they can reinforce ideas about women that prevent them from being taken seriously. Also, avoid words such as “abrasive,” which are often used to criticize a woman’s performance.Emoticons and social media might seem like fun, innocuous interactions, but every mode of communication affects how people think. We will inevitably continue to develop new ways to express ourselves. But, as technology advances, we need to make sure that those advancements move in a direction that encourages women rather than hinders them. June 17, 2016 Add to Queue
–shares Next Article This story originally appeared on Business Insider 2 min read Lori Janjigian Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand A Man Was Awarded $115,000 After a Random Facebook Post Destroyed His Life and Business August 9, 2016 Contributor Image credit: Shutterstock 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. Add to Queue A 74-year-old Australian man was awarded $115,000 in damages caused by a libelous Facebook post about his business, and it’s a good reminder that you can’t just say anything on social media.Here’s what happened.Kenneth Rothe, the man awarded the damages, owned two hotels, the Nirvana Village and Blue Dolphin Motels, located in the Australian coastal town of Nambucca where he lived with his family.One day, out of the blue, his hotels were accused of being a haven to pedophiles, a claim that the judge would later determine was baseless.In March 2014, electrician David Scott posted, “Pedophile [sic] warning:- Nambucca has been used as a relocation for these monsters — blue dolphin — nirvana hotel and above the Indian restaurant! …Bus stops are right out front of theses hotels for our children?” The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Rothe often offered accommodations to people dealing with family disputes, but never to pedophiles. In the wake of the Facebook post, Rothe started receiving numerous anonymous phone calls, and he says his life was threatened on two different occasions. One assault left him hospitalized for six months. Eventually, his family moved out of the coastal village. Judge Judith Gibson, who presided over the case, said the post was written out of the blue, had no factual basis, and severely affected Rothe’s life. Scott was ordered to pay Rothe.”The anonymity, instaneousness and wide ranging reach of the internet and social media make it a dangerous tool in the hands of persons who see themselves as caped crusaders or whistleblowers,” Judge Gibson said. Facebook Enroll Now for $5