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Canadian First Nations launch a nationtonation online gaming and entertainment network

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement The N2N platform is owned and managed by KanataPlay, licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC). The KGC has been regulating online gaming from its infancy, uninterrupted since the late 1990’s.The mantra behind N2N and its partners, is to offer a fun, exciting and most importantly, a safe entertainment experience to its customers and to allow existing First Nations businesses to participate in a truly national First-Nations owned partnership. Kanata Play through N2N, offers a technology platform that allows local First Nations governments and also private First Nations companies to participate. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Ultimately, we want to provide support and facilitate growth on the Platform and help ensure that players get the best possible experience from the second they register with any network partners” stated Richard Johnson, N2N’s CEO. “We have our own technology, our own local support and are supporting a fun and safe experience for the platform’s valued customers across Canada. The network we’ve created will generate jobs and increase financial economic impact for participating First Nations” noted Johnson.“The software platform is built on 20+ years of technology and will provide its customers with social bingo. and classic 75-ball bingo. It also offers hundreds of other side games with daily, weekly and monthly prizes and promotions. Best of all, local support staff will be available to assist players.”N2N plans to announce additional partners shortly.For more information on Nation 2 Nation and IGST please visit: www.n2nnetwork.com and www.igstech.ca OHSWEKEN, ON – Victory Gamez, Hello Bingo! and MonkeyDog Bingo are part of the Nation 2 Nation Network (N2N), a new online entertainment platform licenced by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission with servers located within the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake. N2N is supported by Indigenous Gaming Technologies, a technology company based out of Six Nations Ontario with over 60 years of combined experience in gaming, technology and security. Nation 2 Nation is a first of its kind and is Canada’s only network of online operators built, owned and managed by a sovereign First Nations partnership across the country. It promises to deliver on entertainment and fun with over 300 games to offer including bingo, slots, blackjack, video poker and more.  N2N will create local jobs and help to build economic growth opportunities inside participating First Nations. Facebooklast_img read more

Obnoxious middlemen

first_imgIt is an obnoxious sight – pandas waylaying for pilgrims to the Jagannath temple at Puri. Hordes of them barge into rail compartments even a couple of stations ahead, to solicit and importune, irking the very people, who give a pandit the exalted status of intermediary between them and God. Middlemen have become a part of our daily lives, not only in religion but in every activity; more so, in modern day India. The country needs to give serious thought to it since the actions of many are anti-national. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyOur wise ancestors used several strategies for the well-being of society, and for maintaining peace and order. While pujas, rituals, festivals, etc., were some, to engage people with healthy preoccupations and for disciplining their daily lives, unquestioned faith in re-birth was another. The concepts of adversity of accumulation of sins, and incentive for good deeds, on rebirth, were used to dissuade people from committing crimes. Prayer, worship and pilgrimages were thus prescribed for everyone. Also Read – The future is here!Temples, mostly located on hill-tops in villages, were made the focal points. Incessantly chanting the name of God and contemplating Him, people on fast would trek all the way to the temple. After circumambulation, they enter the sanctum sanctorum gonging the bell, where, chanting mantras, the priest performs the ritual of a puja; lighting camphor, he offers aarti; people pray. Then, after receiving teerth and prasaad, and resting for a while, the devotees would trek back. For a discerning eye, it is evident that the entire ambulation is a physical exercise; the vibrations of gong of the bell shake the cobwebs in one’s mind; chanting and camphor light provide focus on the God’s image; the mineral water, basil leaves and camphor of the teerth serve as a dose of preventive medication; prasaad is a small quantity of food taken after an exercise. And finally, resting for a while rejuvenates after a physical exercise. The imprint of God’s image lingers on for long in their minds, at least till they visit the temple again after a week. Physical and medical needs of the body are thus taken care of, while peace is restored to the mind. Furthermore, since the temple is seen from every corner of the village, the fear of God acts as a deterrent to potential criminals. There is rationale, wisdom, and concern of our ancestors for the health of people, and to regulate society on the path of righteousness. Similarly, the intended purpose of teerth-yatra was not only physical and mental health but overall reformation, the inducements being Heaven and salvation from rebirth. Take, for example, the Seven Hills of Tirupati. Journeying by bullock carts or trekking, camping at different places on the way, cooking simple food, chanting the name of God, people would move on, forgetting the mundane irritants back at home. Once on the top of the hills, they would camp at each of the 108 teerthas – natural springs/waterfalls; bathe and drink that mineral water; absorb sunlight; all the time chanting the name of God, and visiting the temple as many times as possible. While their bodies get treated with the mineral water and sun, the mind gets purified with the chanting and visits to the temple, and nature’s beauty. Finally, healthy, happy and contented, they reach homes after months, transformed into generous and helpful individuals. The priests, who have an important role to play in these religious exercises, become indispensable to carry our culture forward. The village priest also helps in deciding auspicious times, drawing horoscopes, and in performing pujas as remedies for evil to provide solace and anticipation to the common man. Yet, it is their promotion and perpetuation of irrational rituals for selfish ends that move society in reverse gear, as is presently happening. Even in this modern day, people anoint Hanuman with oil, and offer a garland of vadas; and pour sacks of cereals and pulses in river Yamuna, etc., that only pollute the rivers. Oil, vadas, cereals, and pulses, etc., could be given to the needy for their best use. They even resort to pujas in absentia by making necessary payments, thus defeating their very purpose. In this commercial culture, people are made to believe that a momentary glimpse of God is sufficient to wipe out their sins and provide salvation. Travelling by modern means of transport to reach the destination of pilgrimage, mobiles switched off for a few moments, the ritual is completed and one is back to his worldly contacts, pleasures, engagements and worries. Pushing the very intentions of reformation, and providing of mental peace and physical health to a back seat, it only helps in filling the coffers of the temple and the pockets of the pundits with their self-acquired superiority. When Vedas were declared as infallible and not to be questioned, the underlying rationale was to regulate society. But, since all the chantings, which are eulogies of God, are in Sanskrit, a language alien to the common man, the priestly class assumed the role of intermediaries between people and God; as if the omniscient God knows no vernacular. Further, overawing people with the frills of religion – ochre robes, vibhuthi, tuft of hair, etc., they made them bow and touch their feet in obedience in order to assert their supremacy. This monopoly over rituals was converted into a profession and into a commercial activity. It was such business that Christ had fought against at the cost of his life; it was these rituals that Buddha and Nanak rebelled against. Prayer, worship, and chanting of mantras are for communion with God so as to imbibe His ideal attributes. Although we have meditation and yoga that serve as alternative ways, having become ritualistic, we adopt the easy way by outsourcing the priests and promoting their business. Our reverence to the man of religion is still so much that we continue to bow and touch his feet. Dr Raman Singh, as CM of Chattisgarh, touching the feet of Yogi Adityanath on a public platform is a classic example, although Yogi is just another CM; a man who gets people killed in false encounters, and is a man whose followers kill humans in the name of cow-vigilantism with his blessings. It is all because of their self-acquired exalted status. Thus, the nuisance of the pandas and pundits fleecing people, only speak about the degeneration of the intended sanctity of the rituals. Often, there are also instances of swindling temples’ wealth. Yet, we have made them indispensable middlemen. In fact, for every activity we have thriving middlemen, touts, commission agents, etc., often using unethical means in collusion with corrupt officials and leaders in the government. There are touts in transport, passport departments, police, education, hospitals, et al, and for that matter, in every government department, who help the officials in amassing wealth. They are there even in courts. The situation is graver in matters relating to contracts, purchases, and major works. NHAI engineer caught taking a bribe of over Rs 20 lakhs from a contractor, recently, is only a symptom of the murk that has set in. It is humanly not possible to count the instances. Modern-looking Rajiv Gandhi had blessed the middleman Ottavio Quattrocchi in the Rs 64 crore Bofors deal. It is with the blessings of the learned-brahmin PM, PV Narasimha Rao, that his son along with the middlemen colluded with the fly-by operator to swindle Rs 133 crores in the Urea Scam. Lalu Yadav, a man who started his life from a watchman’s garage to become the champion of the backward castes, and the CM of Bihar for years, and amassed wealth for generations, patronised middlemen in the Rs 945 crore Animal Husbandry Scam; and deprived the poor creatures of their fodder. CBI cases against Mulayam Singh Yadav, another champion of backward castes, for his illegal wealth are well known. Mayawati, the undisputed leader of Dalits and PM-aspirant and glamorous Jayalalithaa abused their authority to promote middlemen for having great lifestyles, richer than those of the richest. Augusta Helicopter deal and National Herald case also speak of the role of the middlemen in corrupt deals. So is the Aircel-Maxis case involving Rs 3500 crores. And, now we have the Rafale deal of Rs 35000 crores, snowballing into a big scam, that involves Anil Ambani and his middlemen along with those in PMO. The country is also aware of the Rs 50000 crore fraud of Mukesh Ambani in the Krishna-Godavari gas basin. We also have brokers like Harshad Mehta of stocks scam, middlemen of Radia Tapes of corporate corruption as standing examples of the obnoxious role of the breed of intermediaries. The list is too long and too scary. Now, these ‘fixers’ are all out to sabotage the independence of a pro-active Supreme Court also. Although the actions of some of the middlemen are obnoxious and a nuisance, they are innocuous and there is some service from them. Active endowments departments and appropriate regulatory mechanisms need to curb the negative aspects. However, danger looms large because of collusive corruption, which is anti-development and is thus anti-national. It is indeed internal aggression for the country. What can be done? The present machinery dealing with them being grossly inadequate, apart from the Lokpal and Lokayuktas already in place, it is imperative that new ministries are created at the Centre and States, exclusively to deal with matters of anti-corruption, vigilance and public grievances. It is also necessary to gauge their performance through a public perception index; and not by the usual statistics. (Dr. N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

RioCan transforming some retail shopping centres into mixeduse communities with rental condo

TORONTO — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust says it will turn some of the retail shopping centres in its portfolio into mixed-use communities that have the potential for more than 20,000 residences in six major Canadian markets.The announcement of the RioCan Living brand on Monday formalizes the real estate trust’s efforts to address the residential market.It says construction has started or will soon begin on about 2,800 units — including about 2,100 rentals and 700 condos.Dethroned as Canada’s biggest REIT, RioCan races to get smaller in shift from retail to apartmentsTransformation over turmoil: Why reports of traditional retail’s imminent death may be prematureAs stores close, Canada’s mall owners turn prime land into condosSix of the eight initial projects are in Toronto, while one is in Ottawa and another is in Calgary.The Toronto properties include locations in the Yonge and Eglinton area as well as the Front and Spadina area, both prominent residential and commercial areas under redevelopment by various companies.The Ottawa site is at the Gloucester Silver City Shopping Centre and the Calgary project is at Brentwood Village.RioCan says there are a total of 43 projects within its portfolio that can be converted over the longer term to mixed-use properties.“It’s incumbent upon RioCan to figure out ways to make our properties better, more effective, and more valuable,” RioCan senior vice-president Jonathan Gitlin said in a statement.He said each new residential development will have easy access to major commuter routes and retail experiences.“There’s a huge opportunity to take what exists within RioCan, namely numerous strong connections with very strong retailers, and merge that with our residential developments to deliver a true diversity of uses and tenant mix,” Gitlin said. read more

Security Council condemns Boko Haram attacks as deadly violence spreads to Nigerias

In a statement issued to the press late yesterday evening, the Council deplored the ongoing escalation of Boko Haram violence, which has spread beyond northern Nigeria, where the group has perpetrated a raft of heinous crimes against civilians.Council members cited attacks on 13 February in Ngouboua, Chad, against civilians, which killed many persons including the local traditional leader and injured several others, as well as an 8 February attack in Kerawa, Cameroon, and February 6-8 attacks in Diffa, Niger.In its statement, the Council extended its condolences to the families of the victims and its sympathy to all those injured in these heinous attacks, as well as to the peoples and the Governments of the Republics of Chad, Cameroon and Niger.“The members of the Security Council reaffirm that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including the actions of Boko Haram, constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” said the statement, stressing that such acts are “criminal and unjustifiable,” regardless of their motivation.Council members also reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the UN Charter, and underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of acts of terrorism to justice.Finally, the Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law. read more

Human rights treaties are bedrock of sound governance says top UN official

“The 50th anniversary of the Covenants must be an occasion to reaffirm our commitment to the ‘International Bill of Rights’ – the great tripod of principle and commitment that is formed by the two Covenants and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told delegates attending the commemoration at UN headquarters in Geneva. The UN Human Rights Council convened the special gathering as part of its 31st session, which opened yesterday, providing an opportunity for high-level delegations to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.’What connects us is much stronger than what divides us’ “Half a century ago, the General Assembly unanimously adopted the two great covenants which brought force of law to the principles laid out in the Universal Declaration,” he explained. “Humanity’s collective experience of genocide, of devastating warfare, of colonial oppression and financial devastation had driven home the fact that respect for the human rights of all individuals ensures that nations and peoples can live in peace, with development that is sustainable and long-lasting,” added the High Commissioner. The Mr. Zeid stressed that perhaps never in the Human Rights Council’s decade of history has it been so vital to recall the transformative power of those fundamental lessons. “Human rights build peace within and among States,” he continued. “Human rights ensure opportunities and the right to development for all. What connects us is much stronger than what divides us. People everywhere, have the same hopes and the same rights. The two great Covenants that we celebrate today commit States to ensure respect for the rights of all their people.”Rights the Covenants defend ‘are insuperable’ Mr. Zeid said all rights these treaties defend are inseparable, and underlined that the covenants are reflected in many national constitutions and laws, generating profoundly beneficial change in the lives of millions of people. “They have taught us to respect the growing diversity of our societies, and they have sustained the force of grassroots activism, by ensuring that individuals and groups around the world can hold their governments to account for respecting and upholding civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights,” he said. Both treaties have high levels of ratification, but 27 Member States have ratified neither and eight States have ratified only one. “I can grasp no valid justification for refraining from ratifying these fundamental treaties, and I hope that all remaining Member States will proceed to full ratification in the course of this anniversary year,” Mr. Zeid insisted. “It is also crucial that the covenants be more widely and effectively implemented. Economic inequalities are deepening,” he warned. “When 62 people enjoy the same wealth as 3.8 billion individuals and the wealth of the poorest part of the world’s population is diminishing steadily, we are far from the covenants’ vision of freedom from want. Domestic violence is still not outlawed in one-third of States. Freedom of the press, of belief, of opinion and the right to peaceful assembly are under acute threat in many countries, and the democratic space is shrinking. Torture and slavery continue to inflict intolerable pain on far too many people. No valid grounds can justify such practices, including State security,” he explained. “These great texts are the bedrock of sound governance. In them lives the world’s hope for peace,” he declared, concluding his remarks. read more

SMMT reaction to Committee on Climate Change report

“Industry, through the work of the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team, has established a technology roadmap and researched priorities to enable widespread delivery of ultra-low carbon transport solutions,” he concluded. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Commenting on the report, SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt, said, “The Committee recognises that a portfolio of technologies will deliver emissions reductions in the medium-term and that if longer-term targets are to be achieved, that incentives and an integrated approach between industry, fuel companies and government will be crucial for the uptake of electric vehicles. The report recognises that the automotive industry has made significant cuts in the environmental impact of its products, and that in the long-term more achievements can be made through pursuing a portfolio of technologies, including traditional petrol and diesel engines right through to hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicles, as long as the infrastructure is there to support it. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has welcomed the first Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report to Parliament on government progress towards meeting its carbon budget by 2020. The report identifies three areas which the CCC believes a reduction in emissions can be achieved from road transport – improving the efficiency of petrol and diesel powered cars, widespread roll-out of electric cars with the appropriate refuelling infrastructure and emission reductions from consumer behaviour change. read more

SPMA alumnus scores director role with Carolina Hurricanes

It’s through experience and commitment to the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes that Brock alumnus Darren Yorke (BSM ’08) has earned his promotion to Director of Player Personnel for the franchise, effective July 10.In his ninth season with the Hurricanes, and now his first as Director of Player Personnel, Yorke will be involved in all player personnel decisions, oversee amateur scouting and report directly to the general manager. Also announced the same day was Eric Tulsky’s promotion to Vice-President of Hockey Management and Strategy.“Darren and Eric have earned these promotions through hard work and dedication to the Hurricanes,” said Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the Hurricanes. “Their knowledge and expertise in their respective areas are assets to this organization.”A native of Milton, Ont., Yorke first joined the organization as a video scout one year after graduating with honours from Brock’s highly regarded Sport Management program. Brock is currently the only university in Canada granting a specialized Bachelor of Sport Management (BSM) degree, where a comprehensive curriculum expands students’ understanding of the multi-faceted sport industry and ensures they have the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom in practical ways.There are countless success stories among SPMA’s more than 1,000 alumni, including several grads in high-profile roles. They include:Kyle Dubas (BSM ’07), General Manager, Toronto Maple LeafsCorey Wray (BSM ’07), Assistant General Manager of the Toronto FCAndrew Tinnish (BRLS ’99, BSM ’01), Assistant General Manager, Toronto Blue JaysPrior to his new role, Yorke most recently served as the Hurricane’s Manager of Scouting, assisting the management team with professional and amateur player evaluations, approving scouting schedules and leading the annual scouting meetings.Before starting his career with the Hurricanes, Yorke interned and worked for the Buffalo Sabres for two seasons and spent a year with the Canadian sports network TSN.To learn more about Brock’s specialized Bachelor of Sport Management degree, visit the program’s website. read more

Ezekiel Elliott wins top Big Ten offensive player leads 14 Ohio State

OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs with the ball to the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. OSU won 42-13. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo EditorAfter rushing for 1,672 yards through 12 games, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was named the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year on Tuesday evening.The junior headlined a class of six offensive players named to either the coaches’ or media’s all-Big Ten teams and was also named the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year.Elliott was a steady influence on the offense all season long, rushing for triple-digit yardage in 11 of 12 games, including 274- and 214-yard outbursts against Indiana and Michigan, respectively.The St. Louis native tacked on 19 touchdowns in 12 games, one more than his 15-game total a season ago. He has also been lauded by coach Urban Meyer as one of the top blockers on the team all season long. In addition to the ground attack, he added 176 yards on 26 receptions, the third-most catches on the team.Meyer said after the Michigan game that he believes Elliott should be a Heisman Trophy finalist. Regardless, the Offensive Player of the Year award stands as a fitting end to his junior season, which he already announced would be his final one collegiately.Elliott, as expected, was also named to the all-Big Ten first team by both the coaches and media.Joining Elliott on both first teams were a pair of offensive linemen: senior left tackle Taylor Decker and redshirt junior right guard Pat Elflein.Decker also took home a top positional honor as a blocker, winning the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award.Decker, for the second year in a row, was the anchor of an offensive line that overcame a slow start to turn into one of OSU’s biggest strengths toward the latter part of the season.The Vandalia, Ohio, native played a big role in opening up holes that enabled Elliott to have the year he did, as well as buying quarterbacks Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett room to run and time to throw.Decker was named to the all-Big Ten second team in 2014 by both the coaches and media but took a step up to the elite of the conference in his senior season.Elflein was another solid performer all season long on the opposite side from Decker. The first-team honors on the coaches’ ballot were the second in as many years as a starter for the Pickerington, Ohio, product, and he also appeared on the media’s first team for the first time.In addition to the threesome on the coaches’ and media’s first teams, two of Decker’s and Elflein’s mates on the offensive line, sophomore left guard Billy Price and senior center Jacoby Boren, were named to the third team. Redshirt senior wide receiver Michael Thomas joined the two blockers on both third teams.Elliott was the third Offensive Player of the Year from OSU in the past four years, joining redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller, who won the award as a quarterback in 2012 and 2013. He is also the second OSU running back to win the top Big Ten honors at the position, joining Carlos Hyde in 2013.Decker was the first OSU offensive lineman to win the Rimington-Pace award since 2001, when center LeCharles Bentley nabbed the honors.Eight OSU players appeared on the all-conference lists for defense and special teams, which were released Monday night: defensive end Joey Bosa, linebackers Joshua Perry, Raekwon McMillan and Darron Lee, safety Vonn Bell, cornerback Eli Apple, defensive tackle Adolphus Washington and punter Cameron Johnston. Bosa was also named the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. read more

Over 1000 votes for the Worlds Best Female Player 2011 – Allison

Handball-Planet.com Contest for the World’s Best Female Player in 2011 attract more than 1000 fans Worldwide to vote in the openning two days .The biggest support among “Best Seven” girls this year, until now got French star, Allison Pineau with more than a half votes (57,41%) followed by Norwegian, Heidi Loke with almost 22% of all votes.Till Saturday at 14:00 (2 P.M) Handball population across the Globe will have opportunity to give opinion. Don’t miss the chance: VOTESTANDINGS:Allison Pineau 57,41%Heidi Loke 21,92%Silvia Navarro 6,26%Linn Jorum Sulland 5,21%Andrea Penezic  5,01%Carmen Martin 3,75%Emiliya Turey 0,4% ← Previous Story Men’s EHF CL: Mikkel Hansen and Frantisek Sulc the new TOP scorers Next Story → GB: Larsson named Handball Athlete of the Year read more

Vimeo introduces Couch Mode to challenge YouTube Leanback

first_imgIt doesn’t get the same love as YouTube, but we’ve always loved competing video sharing site Vimeo, which has managed to stay afloat in a tough game without ever skimping on new features… even if those features are playing catch-up to the things YouTube’s own engineers are always conjuring up.Now Vimeo’s got a new trick up its sleeve. They’ve just added a “Couch Mode” that lets you easily watch their videos from your sofa, either through a connected HTPC or on Google TV, all through the power of HTML 5.Want to give it a try? Just head on over to http://www.vimeo.com/couchmode and set the video window to fullscreen. Once that’s been accomplished you’ll be able to browse videos through on-screen thumbnails, easily access your on video and favorites, search and more.It’s all pretty nifty. Sure, it borrows a few tricks from YouTube Leanback, but we like Vimeo’s interpretation a bit more, and for the most part, the content on Vimeo is better for watching on a television anyway: where YouTube’s your go-to source for vlogs, Vimeo has largely catered to independent film makers and the like. Either way, it’s great to see online video heading to the home theater. After all, in a few years, this is probably the way we’re going to watch most content on our television sets.Read more at Vimeo (via Gadget Lab)last_img read more

Classes to Start at New School Dedicated to Studying Cannabis

first_img The Best Food Apps for a Festive 4/20Trying to Get Pregnant? Stop Smoking Pot Stay on target Cannabis class is in session. As the marijuana industry continues to grow, a new school in Houston, Texas, is hoping to attract students eager to learn about cannabis.The Houston Academy of Cannabis Science is opening this weekend, and it will offer academic courses, such as Medical Cannabis for Medical Professionals.‘WE’RE NOT ABOUT GETTING HIGH.’ This weekend, Houston’s first cannabis college, @academy_texas, will open. Join me on @abc13houston at 6pm to see what the school’s about and why the $420 enrollment fee could land you a career. pic.twitter.com/R9hnaJWe4j— Nick Natario (@NickABC13) January 10, 2019“We are the first and the only one, Houston Academy of Cannabis Science,” CEO Leavery Davidson told KTRK-TV.At the new school, students will first learn about the history of marijuana, and how it’s used in medicine, grown, and dispensed in Texas and other parts of the country, according to the news station.“We’re looking at doctors, lawyers, any profession in the medical arena, teachers, any entrepreneurs,” Davidson said.The legal marijuana was a $10.4 billion industry in the U.S. in 2018 with a quarter-million jobs devoted just to the handling of marijuana plants, said Beau Whitney, vice president and senior economist at New Frontier Data, a leading cannabis market research and data analysis firm.In Texas, more than a dozen cannabis-related bills have been filed in advance of this legislative session, including proposals to make marijuana for medical purposes available to more Texans at greater potency, the Austin-American Statesman reported.“The course will allow people to get an edge when everything does open up here in Texas,” Davidson told KTRK-TV.Five-week courses at the school start at $420.More on Geek.com:You’ll Have to Travel to Canada for Weed BeerThis App Tells You How (Legally) Stoned You AreTexas Coast Has More Ocean Trash Than Any Gulf State, Study Sayslast_img read more

Watch Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike

first_imgStay on target A dog that collapsed from heatstroke while on a hike with his owner in California prompted a rescue mission, and a warning from experts to owners about exercising their pets in hot weather.An emergency response team from the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) responded to a call to the Three Sisters Falls hiking trail in Descanso, California on Saturday, after a dog named Joey had collapsed half a mile down the trail.Joey, a Mastiff, had started panting heavily after collapsing — a sign of heatstroke, according to a SDHS news release.“A 180-pound Mastiff is a big big animal and difficult to rescue, and that’s part of the extenuating circumstances here,” Lt. John Peaveler of the SDHS told Fox 5 San Diego. “A younger, smaller dog might have been able to cope better.”Emergency workers transported Joey to Animal Urgent Care in Escondido, where he was treated for heat exhaustion and separated paw pads.Veterinarians treated Joey for heat exhaustion and separated paw pads. (Photo Credit: San Diego Humane Society)Luckily, Joey responded well to the treatment and was able to return home.The humane society is reminding pet owners to avoid strenuously exercising their animals when temperatures are 70 degrees or higher. Dogs are lower to the ground, absorbing heat from above and below. Their paws are also sensitive as the ground is often much hotter than the air.“Dogs don’t have the ability to say, ‘I’m thirsty’ or ‘I’m tired.’ They are all in,” Peaveler said. “Everything about their personality and energy level is we’re going to keep going, going, going, and by the time they are dehydrated, its too late.”Joey responded well to the treatment and was able to return home. (Photo Credit: San Diego Humane Society)The humane society also reminds owners to provide dogs plenty of access to shade and fresh water.If dogs are showing signs of heat exhaustion or stress — which can include heavy breathing, glazed eyes, a higher-than-normal pulse, an unsteady stride, vomiting or a dark red tongue — owners should bring them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.Watch: This Automatic Ball Will Make Your Pets Enjoy Their Time at HomeMore on Geek.com:Cute Puppy Born With ‘Fur Mustache’ Goes Viral on InstagramWatch: Adorable Dog Sets Off Security Camera Inside HomeDog Rescued After Found Buried Alive on Beach in Hawaii Watch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in DumpsterWorld’s Last Loa Water Frogs Found Malnourished, Rescued in Chile last_img read more

Googles sales swing and miss The 359 Ep 552

first_img See at Turo Share your voice Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See it See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $59 at eBay I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read the AirPods review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple iPhone XS $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) On this podcast, we talk about: Google’s sales numbers hit a slump. Backdoors? In my Huawei?Some thoughts on the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog trailer.The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher Tech Industry,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $210 at Best Buy $155 at Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read Google Home Hub review Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rentalcenter_img Turo Best Buy $520 at HP $60 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo Share your voice $299 at Amazon Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Angela Lang/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $999 0 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $6 at Tidal HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Boost Mobile See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET The Daily Charge Comments Post a comment The Cheapskate Read the Rylo camera preview What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500.last_img read more

Cow kissing challenge a new fad in Austria termed as dangerous nuisance

first_imgCow kiss challenge #kuhkusschallengetwitterAfter the life-threatening online challenges like kiki, tide pod and cinnamon challenges, another one has surfaced in Austria – cow kiss challenge, locally known as Kuh Kuss challenge.The challenge encouraged the users, mainly in Switzerland and other German-speaking countries to kiss the cows. It was launched with the motive of raising money for charity by a Swiss app called Castl on Wednesday. The cows can be kissed with or without using the tongue. According to the reports, the Austrian government has warned internet users to avoid this online challenge on Thursday. The agriculture minister of Austria Elisabeth Koestinger has asked the people to stay away from these challenges terming it as a “dangerous nuisance”. Cow Kiss challenge #kuhkusschallengetwitterThe minister said that the cows could become aggressive when they are defending their calves and these challenges can be dangerous for the public. “Pastures and meadows are not petting zoos and actions like these could have serious consequences.”However, the cow kiss challenge has been trending on social media platforms and YouTube under #kuhkusschallenge, where people can be seen kissing the cows.Earlier this year, a female German tourist was trampled to death by the cows while she was hiking with her dog in the Alps in western Austria. The court had ordered the farmer who owned the cattle to pay the woman’s husband 550,000 dollars, reports AFP.last_img read more

AirAsia takes premium seat comfort to a whole new altitude

first_imgReutersThese 180-degree Flat-out Comfortable seats of AirAsia can put the business class seats of most airlines to shame.AirAsia has rolled out the red carpet for its passengers with Word’s Best Low-Cost Airline premium cabin & seat. The airline is offering its passengers the ‘wings of comfort’ with the new Premium Flatbed service. Now, flying with AirAsia would be as effortless as sleeping in your home.This spacious seat stretches out to 180-degree and transforms to a full flatbed when required, depending upon passenger preference. It comes with a personal screen, an adjustable head & foot rest and the story doesn’t stop here. It features a super comfortable pillow and duvet keeping passengers comfy and warm.Despite this premium offering, AirAsia has kept its new offering in the budget range, making this service a worthwhile experience. When we checked, the flat-out premium seat also offers a reading light and universal power pot.”AirAsia has left no stone unturned in offering plush home-like comforts to its passengers while flying through the clouds with its Premium Flatbed Service,” a reviewer said.This doesn’t end here, there’s more to these seats that just the wonderful seat. The passengers will receive the following perks when they choose the Premium Flatbed for AirAsia X Flight. AirAsiaFree Baggage AllowanceNot a light traveller? Worry not! The carrier with this premium seat on AirAsia X Flights allows up to 40Kg of checked-in baggage. Great! Isn’t it?Complimentary MealsTo kill those mid-air hunger pangs and offer you a gourmet meal, AirAsia offers passengers a wide range of meals, drinks and snacks.Pick-A-SeatPassengers get to choose from 12 premium flatbeds in rows 1-2. This offers them the pleasure to relaxing with ample space & super-comfy legroom.Pillow and Duvet AirAsia passengers get to snuggle and cuddle with this offering and feel tucked in like at home.Change FlightsPassengers can change unlimited flights around 2-hours before your original departure time, and four hours before your new departure time. However, this is subject to fare difference.Premium Flatbed CounterIf you opt for a flatbed seat, you get a dedicated private counter to make you feel like the royalty that you are. A member of ground staff walks under the wing of an AirAsia plane at Kota Kinabalu airport, Malaysia, November 30, 2015.Reuters fileXpress BoardingWhy wait in that long boarding queue? What’s the point? Xpress Boarding gives you the privilege to board the plane ahead of others.Priority Baggage AirAsiaAnd then why wait for your luggage to arrive? Boring! With Flat Bed seats you can also get your baggage before everyone else after landing.Xpress TrackDream fulfilled! The service also promises to arrange a dedicated immigration counter at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2AirAsia Premium Red Lounge AccessIf you are departing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, you can relax, chill and finish your incomplete work before resuming your AirAsia journey.Xcite Inflight EntertainmentEntertainment is the last but a major area of interest where AirAsia has done it better this time. Passengers can enjoy access to hours of TV Series, movies, games, music, and all on the Xcite Tab.All this, topped up with a Travel Insurance by tune protect (terms and conditions apply). We’re planning to fly with AirAsia next, what about you? Visit airasia.com for more details. [Sponsored content by AirAsia.]last_img read more

29 dead in Indonesia ferry accident

first_imgMap locating the area where a ferry ran aground off the coast of Indonesia. Photo: AFPPassengers trapped for a night on a stricken ferry off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were rescued early Wednesday, an official said, as the death toll rose to 29.The latest in a succession of boat tragedies in Indonesia began on the same day that officials called off a search for 164 people presumed drowned when a wooden ferry sank on 18 June in a deep volcanic crater lake on the island of Sumatra.The Sulawesi ferry, with 139 passengers aboard according to its manifest, began sinking Tuesday afternoon in rough seas. In a desperate bid to save lives, the vessel’s captain steered it toward shore, grounding it between 200-300 meters (985-655 feet) from land.Indonesia’s director-general of sea transportation, Agus Purnomo, said in a statement that people trapped on the ferry overnight were rescued early Wednesday.He didn’t specify how many but said the captain and the boat owner were the last two people to leave the vessel.Earlier, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said 69 people had been rescued. It’s unclear if any passengers are still missing. It said the 29 dead included two young children.Photos released by the agency on Tuesday showed passengers clinging to the listing vessel as others descended into the heavy seas using ropes hung over its side. Most appeared to be wearing lifejackets.Purnomo credited the captain’s actions with helping to save lives.The 48.5-meter- (159-foot) -long vessel, carrying several dozen vehicles including a bus and trucks, was on its way to Selayar island, just south of the main Sulawesi island, from the port of Bira when it began taking on water.Ferry tragedies are common in Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, with weak enforcement of safety regulations often to blame.The Lake Toba sinking two weeks ago was the worst in about a decade.last_img read more

Galaxy 5000 Hair Extension Showroom Grand Opening

first_imgThe grand opening of Galaxy 5000 Hair Extension Showroom, 1002 Florida, Ave, NE, is scheduled for Aug. 6. Throughout the day (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) there will be free food and drinks, a live hair demonstration, live entertainment, and a DJ. The shop will hold a fashion show at 4 p.m. The shop is giving 40 percent off merchandise from 11 a.m. to noon and 30 percent off storewide. The first 10 customers will receive $50 in rewards.last_img

Gaming YouTuber Desmond Etika Amofah Found Dead NYPD Says

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Desmond Amofah, a YouTube gaming vlogger known online as “Etika,” was found dead by New York police on Tuesday after he was reported missing last week. He was 29.Amofah posted YouTube videos and live-streams focused on Nintendo games and other titles. A body later confirmed to be Amofah’s was found in the East River on Tuesday morning, according to New York law enforcement officials. Police had been searching for him since June 20, after Amofah posted a video on YouTube discussing suicidal thoughts (which has since been removed).The New York Police Department confirmed in a tweet that Amofah was found dead. He had been last heard from on June 19 at about 8 p.m., according to police. Etika fans have launched a petition on Change.org asking YouTube to restore his channel “so we can remember his legacy.”Amofah’s TR1Iceman channel on YouTube currently has 134,000 subscribers, while his Twitter account has 332,000 followers and his Instagram has 273,000.The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline operates a free and confidential 24-hour service at 800-273-8255 for anyone thinking about suicide or who is worried about a friend or loved one. It also runs an online chat service at this link. A day before he was reported as missing, Amofah had posted an eight-minute video to his YouTube channel TR1Iceman in which he appeared to express suicidal thoughts. “I’m sorry for leaving such a stained legacy,” he said in the video, which has been reposted by other users on YouTube. “I hope that my story maybe helps to make YouTube a better place in the future where people know boundaries and limits and how far things should go.”Last fall, Amofah’s primary YouTube account was terminated for “multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy on nudity or sexual content,” according to the video platform. After uploading porn to his channel, Amofah posted a message on Reddit saying in part, “And now, it’s my turn to die. I love you all.” In April, he live-streamed a standoff with police in Brooklyn after he had allegedly threatened to harm himself, Kotaku reported. Relatedcenter_img Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watch Popular on Variety last_img read more