Oklahoma’s Jamal Danley Shares 1-Year-Old Facebook Post From Fan Telling Him Not To Play For Sooners

first_imgJamal Danley's Facebook post 1 year later.jamal danley facebook postIn 2014, Oklahoma posted an 8-5 record, finished fourth in the Big 12, and got blasted by Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl, 40-6. In the offseason, the Sooners made a number of coaching changes – especially on the offensive side of the ball – in an attempt to reestablish dominance in the conference. A year later, they’re 11-1 and a lock to make the College Football Playoff.Tuesday, junior offensive lineman Jamal Danley, who was a four-star JUCO transfer this year, posted a Facebook message that was written to him while he was making his decision on where to play in 2015. The post, which looks to have been sent by a fan, focuses on Oklahoma’s demise and calls Danley “SEC material.” Danley clearly finds it amusing, seeing where OU is right now.1 year later!— Jamal Danley™ (@JDanley54) November 30, 2015Oklahoma has off this week as it prepares for to play for a national championship. Apparently, not everyone saw that coming a year ago.last_img read more


SLB Disburses $3.1 Billion to Students

first_img “As a Government we want to see more youth accessing tertiary education, and this is a policy directive at the SLB,” he said. The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) is reporting that for the 2017-2018 academic year it received 13,679 applications. for which more than $3.09 billion was disbursed, with an approval rate of 99 per cent. Addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on March 14, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, assured students that the Government is working to ensure that all persons who qualify to access tertiary education will be able to pursue their goal. Story Highlights The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) is reporting that for the 2017-2018 academic year it received 13,679 applications. for which more than $3.09 billion was disbursed, with an approval rate of 99 per cent.The SLB provides loans as well as grants to help with non-tuition expenses to students pursuing tertiary studies.Addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on March 14, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, assured students that the Government is working to ensure that all persons who qualify to access tertiary education will be able to pursue their goal.“As a Government we want to see more youth accessing tertiary education, and this is a policy directive at the SLB,” he said.There are three types of loans that students may access – Targeted; Pay as you Study and Postgraduate.Executive Director of the SLB, Monica Brown, who also addressed the ‘Think Tank’, said that under the Targeted loan type, where a majority of the students would access tertiary financing, they are required to repay the loan on completion of their studies.The loan repayment period has been adjusted from 10 years to 15 or 20 years, depending on the programme of study.Ms. Brown said that although students accessing Targeted loans are not required to make repayments during the in-school years, the SLB encourages those who are able to make payments during the moratorium period to do so, as this reduces the amount that will be left to repay on completion of their studies.She pointed out that effective April 2016, the Bureau switched from using the ‘add on method’ to using the reducing balance method to calculate the interest rate on repayment, and this has resulted in significant savings for those who borrow from the SLB.The applicable interest rate using the reducing balance is 7.8 per cent during the in-school years and 9.5 per cent when the loan enters repayment stage. Ms. Brown noted that there are areas given priority for the allocation of funds, particularly where the contributions to national development are greatest. They are agricultural studies, engineering, information technology and maritime and logistics studies. The interest rate repayment is six per cent on the reducing balance.Applications, which are now open for persons who wish to access loans for the 2018-2019 academic year, will close on Thursday, May 31.last_img read more


Sagmoen facing new assault charge in BC in ongoing RCMP investigation

first_imgVERNON, B.C. – The RCMP say an additional charge has been laid against a British Columbia man who is being investigated for allegations of violence against women following a police search of a farm in Salmon Arm where human remains were found.Police say Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, 37, has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm stemming from an alleged incident involving a woman in Maple Ridge, B.C., in 2013.The Mounties say the charge was laid after new information was uncovered in their ongoing investigation but no further details about the incident are being released.None of the allegations against Sagmoen have been tested in court.No charges have been laid in relation to the human remains that were found in October off Salmon River Road, but police say the death of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux is being treated as suspicious.Police began searching the farm in Salmon Arm on Oct. 19 and found the remains of Genereaux, who was last heard from about five months earlier in Vernon.The RCMP completed their search of the farm on Nov. 9.Sagmoen has also been charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon stemming from an alleged incident on Aug. 10, 2017, and he faces a separate assault charge related to an alleged incident on or about July 1, 2017.Those charges were laid after police said allegations were made by female sex workers. Police have said the charges involve two different alleged victims who worked as escorts and advertised their services online.Sagmoen was previously charged on Oct. 17 with pointing a firearm, uttering threats and disguising his face with intent to commit an offence over an alleged incident on Aug. 28.Sagmoen’s lawyer has entered not guilty pleas on the previous charges.last_img read more


Search resuming this weekend for Dawson Creek man who vanished near Kinuseo

first_imgAnyone with information to assist the police are asked to call Tumbler Ridge RCMP at (250) 242-5252. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The search for a Dawson Creek man who went missing near Kinuseo Falls nearly three weeks ago will be resuming this weekend.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said in a release that Search and Rescue units, as well as police, will be resuming the official search on Saturday for the 29-year-old man. The man is believed to have fallen into the Murray River near the bottom of Kinuseo Falls while on a camping trip sometime during the overnight hours on June 9th or 10th.Cpl. Saunderson said on June 12th that after an extensive search conducted on the water with jet boats and in the air with a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft for two days, that officials suspended the search because the fast-moving water in the Murray River was hampering search efforts.last_img read more


Home Is Where The Hot March Madness Tickets Are

Saturday248.45136.402,825 There are eight cities hosting March Madness games this weekend, but none with ticket sales hotter than Louisville, Ky.; Omaha, Neb.; and Seattle. That’s what happens when NCAA tournament games are basically home games.The demand for tickets there shows how valuable ostensible home games are to ticket sellers, if not to fairness lovers. Kentucky, Kansas and Gonzaga — the first or second highest-ranked teams facing off in the hot-ticket cities — all play their home games less than 300 miles from their tournament host cities. Omaha gets a double dip of local teams, with No. 7 Wichita State playing there as well.To get the list, I used data provided by two online ticket marketplaces, ScoreBig and SeatGeek. Connor Gregoire, a SeatGeek spokesman, sent data based on sales made via the site’s ticket search engine. Alison Burnham, vice president of pricing and analytics for ScoreBig, sent data for tickets available on her site and elsewhere on the secondary market.I compared average prices for top-tier seats, and, separately, for the cheap seats. Also, some sessions are more attractive than others — people would rather go to a weekend session than one during the week, probably both because of the convenience and because weekend sessions tend to feature tighter games. In addition, weeknights beat weekdays, and Fridays beat Thursdays, perhaps because it’s easier to travel without taking two days off work. Since 2011, Friday afternoon sessions have averaged 19 percent higher prices for the best seats, 30 percent higher prices for the cheaper seats and 26 percent more sales on SeatGeek. Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. Thursday afternoon$131.95$67.802,175 Friday afternoon156.7588.052,740 Thursday evening163.0087.552,235 SESSIONLOWER SEATSUPPER SEATSTICKETS SOLD Sunday233.70130.752,760 So I compared apples to apples: How did Thursday afternoon sessions, for instance, compare to average prices for that session this year?After controlling for variables unrelated to which teams were playing, Louisville was clearly the hottest ticket among the four cities holding Thursday/Saturday sessions. Omaha and Seattle were the Friday/Sunday winners.1Venues sell four types of tickets: For each of the two round-of-64 sessions, for the single round-of-32 session, and for all three sessions combined. In each host city, I looked at ticket demand for each of the four ticket types in three ways: prices of more-expensive seats, prices of cheap seats and volume of ticket sales. That’s 12 points of comparison in all. Louisville and Omaha were above average in 11 of the 12 categories for their sessions. Seattle was above average in every ticket-price category, though below average in three of the four ticket-sale-volume categories. The ScoreBig data, used as a reality check, was similar, with Pittsburgh also making a strong showing.From a last-minute ticket-buyer’s perspective, the main question might be, how much is the least I can pay to get in? To answer that question, SeatGeek sent along daily figures for the ticket at the fifth percentile of listing prices for each session. Even these seats, some of the cheapest available, have stayed expensive for the round-of-64 sessions that feature quasi-home teams in Louisville, Omaha and Seattle. But for other sessions, prices have fallen. For instance, on Wednesday, tickets to the Thursday afternoon session in Louisville — the one that featured four teams not named Kentucky — could be had for just $14. Friday evening186.25107.952,375 read more


Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller mum on football future until after Orange

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) carries the ball during the Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller said he is going to wait until after the Buckeyes play in the Orange Bowl against Clemson to decide whether or not he will leave early for the NFL Draft.“I’m just focusing on getting better myself as an individual and getting the team ready and making sure I’m in the film room taking care of my business,” Miller said Wednesday.However, OSU’s signal caller feels he is prepared to play at the next level.“Oh, yeah. Of course, yeah. Definitely. Just like (when) I came from high school. (The) coaches (are) going to get you mentally ready for everything that you need to get ready for,” Miller said. “It’s another step in life.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he will wait until after the season is complete before talking with players who could leave early about their future. He would not go into detail about what kind of advice he would give his star quarterback when that time comes though.“That’s between me and Braxton,” Meyer said Monday.Miller, who was named the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year for the second straight season Dec. 3, threw for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions despite missing more than two games when he went down with a sprained MCL in his left knee against San Diego State Sept. 7. He also ran for 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013.No. 7 OSU (12-1, 8-1) is set to play No. 12 Clemson (10-2, 7-1) in the Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. read more


No team better than Spain at World Cup – Alonso

first_imgXabi Alonso is adamant that there are no teams in the World Cup that are better than Spain right now and sees no reason why they cannot be considered among the favourites to claim glory in RussiaLa Roja topped their World Cup qualifying group without losing a single game and in 10 games they won nine and drew just one, as well as scoring 36 goals and conceding just three.Among the likes of Germany and Brazil, the 2010 World Cup winners are expected to be one of the prime challengers at Russia.“I’m not just saying it, but I would put them among the favourites because I don’t see any side that’s better than Spain right now. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the games though,” Alonso told FIFA.comDavid Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Germany are another of the big favourites. They’re a very strong side and they’re always there or thereabouts. The way they’ve been playing, it would be a massive surprise if they don’t make the semis, because they’re the champions and because of the new generation who’ve come into the team.“Brazil are also right in there. I think those three are above the rest.”He added: Then there’s Argentina, France and maybe a surprise or two.”Spain will begin with their World Cup campaign against Portugal on June 15.last_img read more


James Milners perfect response to Liverpools title battle angst

first_imgLiverpool midfielder James Milner believes they should be relishing being on top of the Premier League rather than dwelling on the threat from their rivals.Jurgen Klopp’s side have somewhat dropped off in form since the start of the new year with just two wins in five league outings.1-1 draws against both Leicester City and West Ham United have left Liverpool particularly vulnerable now with Manchester City just three points away from snatching top spot.The Citizens will have the opportunity to do that in tonight’s trip to Goodison Park to take on Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton.But Milner believes Liverpool shouldn’t be worried over the pressure of being the league leaders at this stage of the campaign.“Concerned about being top of the league in February? No, I’m happy!” Milner told Liverpool Echo.“We’re clear at the top of the league in February. There is a long way to go, a lot of games, tough games. We have just got to keep going.“If someone said we’d be three points clear at this stage of the season you’d have taken it.“There were people saying at the start of the season that Man City are the best team the Premier League has ever seen and stuff like that, so just to be close to them is good for us.“Playing for relegation and livelihoods and people’s jobs, that’s pressure. Being at the top of the table, we should be enjoying it.”The former England international, who has won the Premier League twice at City, accepts that changes at the top of the table are likely.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Therefore, Milner believes Liverpool should just try to enjoy their lead and remain focused on themselves rather than on their rivals.“We’ve got to keep going and try and enjoy it,” he added. “There’s nearly a third of the season to go, such a long way.“I’ve been fortunate enough to win titles, I’ve been unfortunate enough to get relegated as well. I’ve experienced it, and these are the times you should be enjoying.“It wouldn’t surprise me if the league lead changes hands a couple of times before the end of the season.“We’ve just got to take care of our business. The last couple of games, we haven’t played well but we’re still picking up points.“That’s the positive side, we’re not losing games. There’s plenty we can improve on which is nice to know.”The Reds will be back in action on Saturday at home to Bournemouth in the Premier League.A point gained. Thanks to the travelling support – let’s push on together 💪🏻🔴 #YNWA— James Milner (@JamesMilner) February 4, 2019last_img read more


Citizens Arrest Jimbalaya turns robber over to Police

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 22, 2017 – Residents tired of the crime are increasingly taking matters into their own hands; the latest report of an arrest of a known robber came last night and it was caught on camera.A Popular lounge owner was robbed, had video surveillance which clearly showed the face of that culprit as he unwittingly looked directly into the camera and revealed to the owner a face, he recognized.   After calling the police, according to the cell phone video, and waiting an hour, he says, that businessman decided to go and get the man on the video himself.Colin Williams, better known as Jimbalaya is seen manhandling the alleged suspect, trying to tie him to a steel bar door and eventually turning the man over to two police officers.  Photos of what his security cameras caught are in circulation; and it does appear to be the exact same man from the security footage in that cell phone video in the citizens’ arrest.   It was a relatively smooth arrest by Jimbalaya at his Kew Town bar; Police took over and led the man away in handcuffs.Residents are hoping that charges can stick and this suspect, once found guilty can be locked away and off the streets.  Reports are that crime has decreased in the TCI, but brazen home invasions and armed attacks appear to be more frequent and certainly are more violent.Police confirmed late today that they still have that man caught by Jimbalaya in custody.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more


Hanley Wood RCD Form Alliance

first_imgConstruction publishers Hanley Wood and Reed Construction Data have announced an alliance that they say integrates content from RCD’s construction product directory, SmartBuilding Index, with information available through several of Hanley Wood’s Web and tradeshow channels. The aim, they say, is to leverage those existing products, audiences and customer relationships to deliver “the most comprehensive, data and content rich directories in the commercial construction marketplace.”Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton tells FOLIO: that the alliance came about following two meetings he had earlier this year with RCD CEO Iain Melville. “Those two meetings made it clear that RCD had significant information assets but limited ability to distribute them to architects while Hanley Wood had distribution but little or none of the product info that RCD collected as a matter of course,” he says. “That finding suggested a deal was possible, and we struck a deal that will in effect create an online directory of commercial building products that will reside on Hanley Wood as well as RCD sites.”Anton says both companies will sell advertising and sponsorships, and that there is a revenue sharing component to the deal.Reed Construction Data is owned by Reed Business Information, which over the last several months divested nearly all of its magazine publishing assets, except for RCD and Variety. Anton said the alliance does not mark an initial step toward Hanley Wood acquiring RCD from RBI. RCD’s Melville could not be immediately reached for comment.last_img read more


AntiMacron protests turn violent in Paris

first_imgA demonstrator throws a bottle containing yellow painting at riot police officers during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on 1 December. Photo: AFPAnti-government protesters torched dozens of cars and set fire to storefronts during daylong clashes with riot police across central Paris on Saturday, as thousands took part in fresh “yellow vest” protests against high fuel taxes.Officers responded with tear gas after being targeted by protesters hurling rocks and other projectiles on the third weekend of demonstrations which have morphed into a broader rebuke of French president Emmanuel Macron.Smoke engulfed several shopping districts as the violence spread from the Arc de Triomphe, where crowds had gathered earlier hoping to march down the Champs-Elysees.While several dozens were allowed into the avenue after an ID check and search, many others — some wearing gas masks or ski goggles — remained behind and fought police manning barricades and water cannons.Protesters then led police on cat-and-mouse chases through other parts of the capital, setting cars and construction equipment alight and smashing windows.An assault rifle was stolen from a police vehicle, a source told AFP, though it was unclear if it was loaded.One person was in a critical condition after protesters pulled down one of the huge iron gates of the Tuileries garden facing the famed Louvre museum, crushing several people.”Those responsible for this violence don’t want change or improvement, they want chaos,” president Emmanuel Macron said in Buenos Aires where he was attending the G20 summit.Macron added that he had convened a meeting with prime minister Edouard Philippe, interior minister Christophe Castaner and other top officials in Paris on Sunday after his return from Argentina.”No cause justifies that authorities are attacked, that businesses are plundered, that passers-by or journalists are threatened or that the Arc de Triomphe is defiled,” he said.Philippe said the violence was “incredibly shocking” during a visit evening to a police barracks on Saturday evening.Authorities said at least 287 people were arrested in Paris and 110 injured, including 17 of the 5,000 police officers mobilised for the protests. Nearly 190 fires were put out and six buildings were set alight, the interior ministry said.Idiots who come to fightAn estimated 75,000 demonstrators, most of them peaceful, were counted across the country in the afternoon, the interior ministry said.The number was well below the first day of protests on November 17, which attracted around 282,000 people, and also down from the 106,000 who turned out last Saturday.Acrid plumes of smoke and tear gas, however, were testament to the escalation in violence in Paris, to the consternation of many of the “yellow vests”, so-called for the high-visibility jackets they wear.Along the opulent Avenue Foch near the Arc de Triomphe, home to embassies and luxury residences, protesters ripped out benches to form a blockade, one person waving a skull-and-bones pirate flag.Interior minister Castaner attributed the violence to “specialists in sowing conflict, specialists in destruction”.He did not rule out imposing a state of emergency — a demand made by the police union Alliance — declaring: “Nothing is taboo for me. I am prepared to examine everything.””We’re a peaceful movement, but we’re disorganised — it’s a mess because we don’t have a leader,” said Dan Lodi, a 68-year-old pensioner on the Champs-Elysees.”You always have some idiots who come to fight, but they don’t represent us at all.”Macron has to listenStores and restaurants along the Champs-Elysees as well as surrounding streets had boarded up windows, anticipating a repeat of the clashes last Saturday which Macron compared to “war scenes”.Chantal, a 61-year-old pensioner, said she was avoiding the “hooligans” but was determined to send Macron a message on the rising costs of living.”He has to come down off his pedestal,” she said under rain in the Champs-Elysees. “Every month I have to dip into my savings.”The “yellow vest” movement erupted on social media in October and has since become a wider protest against Macron, who is accused of failing to recognise the rising cost of living that has left many struggling.The countrywide protests have included many pensioners and have been most active in small urban and rural areas where demonstrators blocked roads, closed motorway toll booths, and even walled up the entrance to tax offices.Two people have died and dozens have been injured in the rallies, which opinion polls suggest still attract the support of two out of three French people.Attempts by the government to negotiate with the grassroots movement have failed, in large part because representatives have insisted on public talks broadcast on TV.Macron has sought to douse the anger by promising three months of nationwide talks on how best to transform France into a low-carbon economy without penalising the poor.He also vowed to slow the rate of increase in fuel taxes if international oil prices rise too rapidly but only after a tax hike due in January.last_img read more


Texas Legislature Taking Crash Course In Cybersecurity

first_img Share But according to the state’s chief information security officer, Nancy Rainosek, the threat from malicious actors is an even bigger concern.“We block billions of attempts every month,” she said.“Billion with a ‘B’?” committee chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, said.According to an analysis by business consultants Deloitte and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, the federal government spends 16 percent of its IT budget on cyber security, banks and other private financial institutions spend 8 percent, while states on average spend just 2 percent.“So states are well behind and my comment is always that states should invest and fund cybersecurity commensurate to the risk,” report co-author Doug Robinson said.Robinson is also the president of NASCIO  and said they see in their surveys funding is always the No. 1 challenge to state information security officers.Wednesday’s hearing highlighted strategies being implemented by agencies across the state, from health and human services to public safety. 70,000 employees can do training from the SANS institute. The comptroller’s office would become the first agency to implement two-factor authentication for its network systems administrators.According to Texas Association of Government Information Technology Managers President Mike Sturm the state’s 961 municipalities, where budgets are tight and staffing is low, are where the real vulnerabilities lie.“It’s a scary world out there at the local level,” he said.Sturm is speaking from experience. He also runs San Marcos’ IT department. The city of 60,000 has fallen victim to multiple phishing scams, including one where the city lost money, one in which the W2s of 800 employees were exposed, and a ransomware attack.The committee is tasked with making recommendations to the next legislature on cybersecurity priorities. Ryan Poppe/TPR NewsThe Texas Senate held its first select committee Wednesday to review processes and give lawmakers a crash course in cybersecurity.The committee was mandated by House Bill 8 that passed earlier this year.Texas is no stranger to cybersecurity problems. In 2011, the state comptroller’s office left more than three million social security numbers exposed on the web for a year. The error would reportedly cost the state $1.8 million.last_img read more


Tales of yore again

first_imgDoordarshan is launching its mega historical series titled Buddha. Narrated in 52 episodes, this series will be an entertaining action drama that showcases the unexplored life of Buddha as Siddharth. The show has an international appeal with its grand scale, opulent sets and an impressive cast with renowned names like Kabir Bedi, Samir Dharmadhikari, Nigaar Khan, state-of the–art 3D graphics used to re-create the look and feel of a bygone era.In the series Buddha is shown as one who has great compassion, is completely impartial, and embraces all living being without discrimination. In today’s fast paced lives, where so much conflict exists in society, Buddha’s teachings are perfectly suited to the challenges man is currently facing. Each and every faith globally believes that Buddha’s philosophy helps you find your own path to awakening.Buddha will be aired on DD-National at 11.00 am on every Sunday and repeat telecast on every Monday at 9.00 am.last_img read more


Inauguration Day What Businesses Can Expect From The Obama Administration

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 21, 2009 The Obama AdministrationBarack Hussein Obama taking the oath of office is a historic moment in myriad ways. As the first African-American to become president of the United States, his inauguration is a mighty symbol of American flexibility and optimism as we face unprecedented economic and political challenges at home and abroad.But Obama’s ascension to the nation’s highest office is much more than symbolic. His administration will be very different from the Bush regime it replaces and likely from the Clinton era as well. Those differences will be very real and will have an enormous effect on businesses small and large.His selection of a national chief technology officer will bring new focus to technology as an enabler of success. Not surprisingly, at bMighty, we think that’s a good thing. Similarly, Obama’s choices of Julius Genachowski to head the FCC and Janet Napolitano as chief of Homeland Security will affect how businesses use and secure technology and information. Karen Mills at the SBA may also have an impact on your business.The inauguration of a new president isn’t just inspiring spectacle. It’s also the start of real, substantive change that will have a big impact on your business — and given our financial pickle and the rising role of technology, perhaps even more so this time around.New SBA LeadershipKaren Mills’ appointment to head the SBA is intriguing. Obama’s swift choice indicates he’s serious about working with “Main Street,” but can a venture capitalist run the SBA?Mills was a founding partner/managing director of Solera Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm. She’s also a Harvard Business School graduate, president of private equity investment firm MMP Group, and, significantly, not a career politician. As marketing consultant Scott Testa says, “Venture capitalists by nature are risk takers, and it is an extremely competitive business. This administration may need to take some risks to help this very important component of the economy.”Though Mills’ experience is more ambitious entrepreneur than stereotypical mom-and-pop shop, that may be just what the SBA needs to inject new ideas and resources — and, in turn, boost the ailing economy.Technologist In ChiefThat Obama will have a CTO represents a huge step forward for government and technology. It sends the signal that technology is a priority for this administration. That Google CEO Eric Schmidt, rumored as a leading candidate, publically declared he didn’t want the job indicates the limited authority of the role in practice. But policy and budget limitations don’t diminish the importance of having a formal role for setting our national technology vision.Even a tech-savvy White House can’t compete with the technological innovation and flair of Silicon Valley, but Obama already has demonstrated a better grasp of how to harness IT than we’ve come to expect from government. From his dogged fight to keep his BlackBerry to his campaign’s use of text messaging and YouTube to his transition team’s use of Salesforce CRM Ideas to power a “citizen’s briefing book” for gathering ideas, Obama and his organization seek technology to boost productivity, extend reach, enhance transparency, and foster collaboration — a perspective long overdue inside the beltway.Whether the West Wing will adopt cloud computing remains to be seen, but some of the tech-centric initiatives you may see include R&D tax credits, more H-1B visas, expanded broadband access, support for net neutrality, more open source software, emphasis on green technologies and alternative energy, and patent reform.Worldwide Financial CrisisThe latter part of Obama’s campaign was about the economy — everything else took a backseat. Since his election, he’s taken a more active role than previous presidents-elect because of the fragility of not only the U.S. economy, but the global economy. Make no mistake, the financial crisis is the issue for the incoming administration; how Obama handles this issue will define his presidency.But despite all the talk of rescue packages for everyone from automakers to pornmakers, don’t expect a bailout for the more than 25 million U.S. small businesses. That doesn’t mean that the new administration doesn’t have plans to boost small business. Front and center is an expansion of the SBA loan program. There are also tax credits, a national incubator program, small-business health care tax credit, and a number of WPA-style programs that may offer opportunities for small businesses.But no one stimulus program is going to fix the economy. There are too many holes in the metaphorical dike to plug one at a time: from markets to mortgages to toxic assets to trade deficits to tight credit. The acclaim for Obama’s economic team has been widespread and the emphasis on economy first sends a message of calm and confidence that — let’s all hope — translates to the change and hope we’ve been hearing about.Privacy & SecuritySince President Bush signed the USA Patriot Act on Oct. 26, 2001, it has generated controversy — notably about government access to personal information. Originally, the act was intended to expire in 2003, but the bill has been reauthorized several times. So what will Obama do with the Patriot Act? He’s voted for reauthorization bills, but only with changes to prevent abuse of authority. Yet he supports a Patriot Act that strengthens civil liberties. Can Obama have it both ways?Obama has pushed for increased FTC funding specifically to fight cybercrime. He’s also vowed to create a transparent and connected democracy.Janet Napolitano’s appointment to lead Homeland Security could be groundbreaking. As governor of Arizona, she made controversial decisions on illegal immigration. As a Democrat in a heavily Republican state, she earned a reputation for practicality and her ability to work with both parties.That Obama is the first “wired” president spawned the term Obama 2.0. Considering how Obama spread info during his campaign, his administration is likely to set new precedents for electronic information.The Presidential BlackBerryAs this slideshow makes clear, the Obama administration is positioned to have a dramatic impact on American business and technology.Most of that is through actual policy decisions. But some of it, like the new president’s devotion to his BlackBerry, are mostly symbolic. But don’t think that doesn’t matter. The importance of the presidential bully pulpit has long been recognized, and Obama’s embrace of technology — from green tech to mobile e-mail and beyond — is already making a big difference.The New York Times estimates that Obama’s BlackBerry addiction is worth $50 million to Research In Motion, partly because the company is not paying for the endorsement. Of course, Obama may still have to surrender the BlackBerry to security concerns, and it’s unlikely that your company will get such a boost.But make no mistake, the new commander in chief is all about technology. And you can bet that emphasis will trickle down and affect the business world in all sorts of ways — including as a vital tool to help you beat the recession. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Register Now »last_img read more


In Guatemalas capital little enthusiasm for countrys next president

first_imgRelated posts:Comedian leads vote in corruption-weary Guatemala In Guatemala, anti-establishment presidential candidate benefits from corruption scandals Guatemala presidential hopeful cries fraud Guatemala prosecutor confident President Pérez Molina will be removed from office, charged with graft GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalans went to the polls on Sunday to elect their next president amid a deep political crisis rocking the country. The election, conducted in an atmosphere of deep skepticism, came down to the wire.No candidate won outright with more than 50 percent of the votes cast. Comedian-turned-politician Jimmy Morales, 46, candidate of the National Convergence Front, currently is in the lead by a wide margin. But in a surprise for many Guatemalans, former first lady Sandra Torres of the National Union of Hope (UNE) – who for much of the campaign polled in a distant third place – was neck-and-neck with Líder party candidate Manuel Baldizón for a second-place spot in an Oct. 25 runoff election.At midday on Monday, 97 percent of the votes had been counted.See also: Guatemala elections marred by tensions as parties herd voters to other constituenciesBaldizón, who had been a frontrunner for much of the campaign, dropped dramatically on Election Day.“At this point, citizens prefer any other candidate but Manuel Baldizón,” Guatemala City voter Rosita Cesena Casimiro told The Tico Times.In recent weeks, Baldizón became the face of politics-as-usual in Guatemala. He is considered by many to be the continuation of the corrupt establishment of Otto Pérez Molina, who last week resigned the presidency and was promptly placed in custody on graft charges. Protests against government corruption – which brought down the country’s president, vice president and several Cabinet members – continue despite general elections on Sunday. Sarah Blaskey/The Tico TimesApathy and discontentLast week, mass protests turned to celebration as President Pérez Molina stepped down. Last Thursday, lawmakers swore in Vice President Alejandro Maldonado as the country’s new head of state. Maldonado, a 79-year-old lawyer and former Constitutional Court judge, will hold power until an elected successor takes office on Jan. 14, the AFP reported.In contrast, on Election Day, apart from a few more traffic jams, life in Guatemala’s capital city had a semblance of normality, with little celebration. Some residents strolled with their families, shopped, chatted, and in many cases, ignored the political event happening around them.Many who went to the polls on Sunday said they voted out of civic obligation rather than enthusiastic support for a favorite candidate. Most voters who spoke with The Tico Times expressed doubts as to whether a single presidential candidate — of the 14 on the ballot — was worth voting for.“I don’t think there are any good options. But I think that the people who came to vote have the right to criticize the government — even if it’s a null vote. If we don’t participate [in the elections], we don’t have the right to criticize the next government,” said Byron Montenegro, a voter from the Guatemala City suburb of Mixco.But Montenegro also believes the recent U.N.-backed corruption probe, known as “La Línea,” which led to the resignation and arrest of former Vice President Roxana Baldetti and the resignation and detention of Pérez Molina, will have an impact on how future leaders govern in Guatemala.“I think that the people who are elected for the next government are going to be more careful in how they govern. There are going to be a lot of people watching them,” he said. Guatemalan protesters dress in black on Saturday, Sept. 5 to “mourn” the country’s general elections on Sunday, which many believe were tainted by ongoing corruption scandals. Sarah Blaskey/The Tico TimesThe protest movement, which began making headlines in April, was not unified in its perspective of how to handle the elections. Several hundred protesters gathered in Guatemala City’s Central Plaza Saturday to call on citizens to abstain from voting until electoral and political reforms are passed.Human rights advocate Iduvina Hernández spoke with The Tico Times during a mock funeral Saturday in which protesters mourned the elections and lack of political options.“We feel that the conditions do not exist that would promote an environment where citizens could vote freely,” said Hernández, who like her fellow protesters was dressed in black.Almost 10 percent of votes cast were either blank or null, suggesting that many Guatemalans agree with Hernández.“Now people think that if someone takes power and then does something bad, you throw them out,” one election observer, who asked that his name be withheld, told The Tico Times. “I think that is one of the main things that has changed [as a result of the movement] — the way of thinking.”Further from Guatemala City and especially in rural areas of the country, the election prompted stronger reactions than it did in the capital. Several important mayoral upsets occurred around the country. And in several communities, residents protested irregularities at the polls.While polling centers were closing Sunday, Guatevisión TV news tweeted a photo of hundreds of people burning ballots in Xeatzán Bajo, Patzún, Chimaltenango. A network of community-based journalists independently observing the election, Prensa Comunitaria, reported on its Facebook page that the ballots were burned because they were delivered late, at about 3 p.m. In Guatemala’s general elections on Sunday, 14 presidential candidates competed on the ballot. For many Guatemalans, none were considered good options in light of ongoing corruption scandals. Jeff Abbott/The Tico TimesFewer irregularities than expected While election observers reported fewer irregularities than expected given the current political atmosphere, the government said more than 760 complaints had been filed involving incidents at polls across the country. Traditionally, electoral irregularities in Guatemala have included the buying of votes by major political parties with food or money, as well as road blockages to prevent voters from getting to their polling stations.In one case, congressional candidate Carlos Bezares of the New Republic Movement filed a complaint with prosecutors stating that when he went to a polling center to vote, someone else had already voted under his name, the daily elPeriódico reported.In San Sebastián on Sunday, election observers reported that Líder paid voters 300 quetzales ($39) each for their votes. Líder also allegedly bussed out-of-town voters into Cobán, a municipality in Alta Verapaz, to help swing the vote in the party’s favor.Much of the violent conflict reported took place between members of sparring political parties. Prensa Comunitaria reported late on Saturday that supporters of Líder and UNE clashed in Santa Barbara Suchitepéquez leaving one dead, four injured and 25 detained. Comedian Jimmy Morales led Sunday’s vote tally in Guatemala, but failed to reach a high enough percentage of votes to avoid a runoff in October. Jeff Abbott/The Tico TimesCandidates: More of the same?Jimmy Morales, a comedian-turned-politician, campaigned as the incorruptible candidate, an outsider who is new to politics and the political system. However, many believe Morales is essentially a military candidate. He holds a Ph.D. in strategic defense and has ties to old military officers. After Pérez Molina’s Patriot Party (PP) dropped in the polls, some of its members began sponsoring Morales’ campaign. Morales also is not new to politics. Most notably, in 2011, he ran for mayor of Mixco as part of the National Development Action Party.Torres was first lady of Guatemala from 2008 to 2011. She then divorced former President Álvaro Colom, allowing her to circumvent the country’s election laws banning spouses of former presidents from running. According to the Barcelona Center for International Affairs, Colom’s political career was “punctuated by allegations of illegal financing and infiltration of organized crime in his party.” For her part, Torres was a businesswoman with interests in the maquiladora industry when she met and married Colom.Although Morales and Torres are still seen as “less bad” than Baldizón, the majority of voters in Guatemala believe that what the people do after the election matters more than who is elected.“We have many hopes for the future. I believe that Guatemala has awoken after many years of being asleep,” said resident Marta Jardleben, who chose not to vote in Sunday’s election. “We are now united, all Guatemalans, like the brothers and sisters that we should be.”Jeff Abbott contributed to this report. Follow updates at Facebook Commentslast_img read more

BSkyBs overthetop movie service Now TV is now a

first_imgBSkyB’s over-the-top movie service Now TV is now available on the Microsoft Xbox games console platform. Registered Now TV customers will be able to access the service via the Xbox at no extra cost, allowing them to stream movies to their TV screens. Now TV customers are allowed to register up to two devices through which they can access the service.The Xbox version of the service will allow users to view movies at 720i resolution and access all 11 Sky Movies live channels if they take up the Sky Movies Pass option. Xbox users will be able to find the App on the homepage for instant access to the service. Kinect for Xbox 360 owners will also be able to navigate using voice and gesture controls.Now TV has already launched on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, some Android smartphones and on the YouView connected TV platform. Sky said it was also developing versions for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Roku streaming player platforms.The service currently offers a Sky Movies pass option, giving access to over 600 titles for £15 (€19) after a 30-day free trial, and ‘pay and play’ access to over 1,000 movies through the Sky Store, with prices ranging from £0.99 for library titles to £3.49 for new releases. Sky has said it will add sports content including Premier League football, the UEFA Champions League, England Test cricket, Heineken Cup rugby, ATP tennis and the golf Masters from Augusta by the end of the year, with shows from Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky Living to follow.last_img read more

Cable operator UPC Czech Republic is increasing th

first_imgCable operator UPC Czech Republic is increasing the speed of its internet services from next month.New and existing customers will be able to surf the web at speeds of up to 240Mbps without a data limit from September.UPC said its customers in the Czech Republic consumed an average of 36GB a month of internet traffic in the first half of this year, up 18% year-on-year.last_img

In This Issue… BOC hints of rate hikes… Over

first_imgIn This Issue… * BOC hints of rate hikes… * Overnight currency rally fades… * PM Gillard tests Chuck’s patience… * RIP Dick Clark… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! More Gyrations… Good day… And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well, my beloved Cardinals did a Tub Thumpin’ on the Reds last night, so they got started on Thursday early! Have you ever heard the Rev. Al Green sing How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? Well, that’s what’s playing as I begin today’s letter, and I have to say that hearing the Rev. sing, really starts my day right! Well… the gyrations and volatility continue in the markets, one day up the next day down. One day a piece of data matters, the next day it doesn’t… But we carry on in spite of these daily movements back and forth… For instance, the euro is rallying this morning, which gives all the other currencies a chance to spread their wings… Spain was able to auction their target maximum amount of euro bonds this morning, and while the yield rose from the last time 10-year bonds were auctioned, the fact that the whole allotment went off without a hitch, is giving the euro some breathing room this morning. For those of you keeping score at home, in January, Spain issued 10-year Gov’t bonds at a yield of 5.403%… This time, they had to sweeten the pie a bit for buyers to take a bite of the debt ridden nation’s offerings… The current auction saw 10-year yields rise to 5.743%.. France also auctioned some debt issues this morning, and they too say yields rise… As I keep telling you, and anyone in the U.S. Gov’t that will listen… This is what will happen to us someday… the markets will demand a higher yield to take on more U.S. Debt… This U.S. Debt really gets me riled up… but the thing I keep coming back to, is that most Americans have no idea the depth of the Debt here in the U.S. I saw a story headline come across the Bloomberg this morning, that said, “World’s Richest Worth $1 Trillion.” The story went on to say that the 40 richest individuals on Earth are worth $1 Trillion… OK, think about that for a minute… If the 40 richest individuals gave everything they had to the U.S. to pay down the Debt, it wouldn’t make a difference, really… In fact, it would take the current Congress about 9 months and they would go right through those riches… Does that help illustrate how bad our debt has gotten? Or.. how about this… The total National Assets are $83.3 Trillion… The total U.S. Unfunded Liabilities are $118.5 Trillion… If each taxpayer were to “ante up” and give the Gov’t money to pay off our Unfunded Liabilities, each taxpayer would have to put up $1,045,026.00… A million dollars! I don’t make these numbers up folks… each Friday, I give you a link to the U.S. Debt Clock… here it is for you to look at… Ok… sorry I went off on that tangent with Debt… But, I’ve been banging this Debt drum for over a decade now, and believe me now and hear me later, the Debt was nowhere near where it is today… Back to the currencies… Well the Bank of Canada (BOC) left rates unchanged the other day, and tried to throw the markets a bone, by saying that stimulus could be removed sooner than later… But since then, the BOC has made an upward revision to their forecast for 2012 GDP from 2% to 2.4%. They also said that they believed the Canadian economy would hit its capacity limit in the first half of 2013, with economic growth then moderating the remainder of 2013… OK, that’s all well and good, but what about now? If the BOC believes that GDP growth is stronger than they previously did, then why aren’t interest rates going higher right here, right now? Well… I’ve explained this before, but just to review, the BOC can’t wander too far away from the interest rates in the U.S., which we’ve been told by more than a handful of Fed Heads that they will remain near zero through 2014… And I totally dislike the saying, “but this time it will be different”… So… I’ll just say that the BOC is going to have to wander from the U.S. near zero rates, because, inflation is going to be a real problem in Canada if they don’t! So… here I am, sitting here in St. Louis, Mo. And I see rate hikes in Canada… Where are all the “large research departments” with their calls for Canadian rate hikes? OK, Chuck, quit rubbing it in, these rate hikes haven’t happened yet, so you had better be careful calling out the “large research departments”… Ok… let’s mark this down, right here, right now, there is no other place I’d rather be, no wait! Come on Chuck, people don’t read this to see Jesus Jones songs! OK, I apologize, that was my evil twin that took over the Pfennig for a minute… But I’m back now, and I want to say that I think we’ll see one rate hike of 25 Basis Points (1/4%) before year-end, bringing the internal rates in Canada to 1.25%… But, in the first half of 2013, we could see the BOC really ratchet up the rate hikes… Can you say 2% by the end of 2013? And where will U.S. rates be? Still near zero… But just keep the legal beagles happy… This is just what I see, it’s my opinion, and I could be wrong… The euro has sold off by 1/4-cent since I came in, so the gyrations continue… Over in Japan, I’m still not used to saying this, but Japan posted another Trade Deficit, although it was weaker than forecast (Yen 82.6 Billion VS forecast Yen 223 Billion)… But still, no matter the size, it’s still strange to report a Trade Deficit for Japan… the yen traded off, or sold off either one, pick the one you like, but yen is weaker this morning on the Trade Deficit news… Apparently, the markets are like me, and seeing the Japanese Trade Balance in red still shocks them… In Australia… things are getting pretty hairy regarding the May Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting… I told you earlier this week that the RBA tied their monetary policy to the outcome of the 1st QTR CPI (inflation), which is set to print on April 24th… But last night, Prime Minister (PM) Gillard argued that the Gov’t’s plans to return to a budget surplus this year would give the RBA scope to cut rates… OK.. two things pop into my head when I read that statement by Gillard… 1. That she must know something about the CPI report next week, so she’s trying to persuade the RBA to look past the CPI report and to the plans for a budget surplus… or.. 2. She’s trying to apply pressure to the RBA to cut rates… I have quite a few Aussie readers of the Pfennig, and they send me notes all the time, telling me of their dislike for the PM… Hmmm… I now see why! The RBA used to be completely independent, but if they go ahead and cut rates next month, they are going to appear to be under the thumb of the PM… The Aussie dollar (A$) is weaker this morning on those comments by Gillard… When will Gov’t leaders learn to keep their hands out of the cookie jar? When will they ever learn? When, will, they, ever, learn? And this just came across the screens… The Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) cut rates this morning 75 Basis points (3/4%)… That’s a shocker to me, in that while I know that the BCB and the Brazilian Gov’t believe they are in a currency war, and need to get the real weaker, I really didn’t see them going to this length… But they have, and like I said the other day, I’m not sure the currency market guys are willing to fight them any longer… They are going to do a Dieter… and that won’t be good for the real… I haven’t mentioned Gold (& Silver) for a couple of days… I can tell you this… that most observers of the precious metals that have done this for some time, and not your Johnny-come-lately crowd, believe that Gold is simply forming a base here before it moves higher once again… but, the chart guys don’t see it that way… So… you choose your sword here… Me? After all these years of reading and researching these two metals, I can’t change horses in the middle of the stream here… My colors are still pinned to the mast of higher values for Gold & Silver… But remember that’s just my opinion, and maybe the chart guys are right… And the price of Oil remains above $100… I see where the President is going to get his hands in the cookie jar… I have to say that all the things I’ve told you in the past about why Oil prices are high are very important to keep in mind, when you hear politicians spouting off about those “evil Oil companies”… The cost of getting Oil out of the ground continues to rise… Think about that.. Yes, we’ve found all sorts of oil deposits, but it’s not like we can go out and stick an oil rig in the ground and start pumping oil! Any way… that’s just one of the things that keep the price of Oil high… But it’s not manipulated markets, folks… There’s just too many trades going in and out of Oil and no concentrated positions… This is not Gold & Silver, folks… Yes the price if high, and I don’t like it… But the price of just about everything these days is higher… Where’s all the complaining from the Gov’t that a beer at a ballgame costs $9? Don’t even get me started on this stuff, we could be here all day, I think you get my point here… And that brings me inflation here in the U.S. I’m not buying the story in the Bloomberg today about how the Bureau of Labor Statistics has all these people around the country going out and checking the prices of items for the calculation of inflation… Yes, maybe they do that, but that’s just one piece of the puzzle folks… I’ve told you for years about the “substitutions” that are made in the CPI calculation.. I’ve told you about the adjustments that are made to the weightings of items, and I’ve told you about this whole housing thing… it’s in the calc, then it’s not… right now they use “owner’s equivalent rent” which replaces the cost of owning a home with what it cost to rent it… How dumb is that? So… as I get ready to head to the Big Finish today… I want you to keep in mind a couple of things… that you don’t want to get mixed up in the gyrations… and everything isn’t as it appears to be… you have to look closer… Then There Was This… Ok… yesterday I gave you a couple of items that scare the bejeebers out of me… but forgot one that I was going to talk about… it goes like this: The WSJ reported that the U.N. had agreed to send “observers” to Syria… How about you? Does the word Observer when it comes to observing a war bother you? It does me… Vietnam comes to mind… and several places since then that the U.S. was just an “observer”… And yes, I know it says the “U.N.” not the U.S. but do we really think there’s a difference? To recap… The euro is leading a currency rally on the good news from Spanish and French bond auctions this morning… Both sold their maximum target of bonds, but both also saw yields rise. The Bank of Canada is greasing the tracks for a rate hike by raising their forecasts for GDP growth in 2012 and 13… Aussie PM, Gillard, is doing her best to get on Chuck’s persona non gratis list… And Chuck takes us on a ride to visit the Debt Clock… Currencies today 4/19/12… American Style: A$ $1.0365, kiwi .8185, C$ $1.0110, euro 1.3115, sterling 1.6030, Swiss $1.0915, … European Style: rand 7.8220, krone 5.7440, SEK 6.7320, forint 226.25, zloty 3.1860, Koruna 18.9150, RUB 29.49, yen 81.70, sing 1.2510, HKD 7.76, INR 51.98, China 6.3037, pesos 13.17, BRL 1.8780, Dollar Index 79.62, Oil $103.02, 10-year 1.99%, Silver $31.55, and Gold… $1,639.60 That’s it for today… RIP Dick Clark… I remember watching American Bandstand with my older sisters when I was young, and we would try to do the dances they did on TV… And before going out on New Year’s Eve was viable, I watched Dick Clark’s rockin’ New Year… I made a mistake yesterday and said our Blues played last night, but they play tonight, sorry to all that made a point of telling me I was wrong… So… Go Blues tonight! A day game at Busch Stadium today… hint, hint… Alex came home dead tired last night, after a good water polo game on the other end of town… Some of these schools are so far away, but still in the same conference… strange… And little Braden Charles (B, as we call him) was at the house yesterday… he’s a scooter… he doesn’t crawl, he goes across the floor, Army style… funny stuff! OK… time to go, thanks for reading the Pfennig, I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 read more

Uber Must Leave Italy in 10 Days After Nationwide Ban

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Mariella Moon Next Article Image credit: Pacific Press via Getty Images This story originally appeared on Engadget It can no longer advertise its services or operate in the country. Uber 2 min read Apply Now » Trouble seems to follow Uber wherever it goes. A court in Rome has just banned the ride-hailing service in Italy for contributing to what it says is “unfair competition” faced by the local taxi industry. Uber must now stop promoting its services and cease all operations in the country within 10 days, unless it’s willing to pay a $10,600 fine for each day it remains active after that grace period. While Uber’s $70 billion valuation makes that amount sound like chump change, it hasn’t exactly been profitable and actually bled billions in 2016.Uber’s situation in Italy is the same problem it typically deals with, albeit on a different day and in a different country. The company faced similar pushback from local taxi associations in France, the U.K. and other places around the globe, and it’ll no doubt happen again and again. In fact, this isn’t the first court battle it lost in the European country: a couple of years ago, a court in Milan banned the company’s UberPop application.Nevertheless, the company said in a statement that it’s “shocked” by the court’s decision and will file for an appeal. It added: “Thousands of professional, licensed drivers use the Uber app to make money and provide reliable transportation at the push of a button for Italians.” Until it changes the court’s mind, though, Uber’s Black, Lux, Suv, X , XL, Select and Van phone applications will have to say “ciao” to Italian commuters. –shares Uber Must Leave Italy in 10 Days After Nationwide Ban April 10, 2017 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

Colberts MarijuanaInfused Monologue Is a Must Watch

first_img 1 min read Colbert’s Marijuana-Infused Monologue Is a Must Watch Stephen Colbert loves to take the piss out of the Canadian cannabis industry and his monologue last week was no exception.Describing it as “the most Canadian pot story ever,” he recounted the news that men brandishing bear spray tried to rob a dispensary in Ontario. But it gets better. The brazen thieves were thwarted by the dispensary owner who used a bong to scare them away. Related: Stephen Colbert Skewers Reefer-Mad Canadians in Hilarious VideoColbert then went on to talk about a new study that revelated more elderly are using medical marijuana. After listening to the audience erupt in applause at the news, Colbert went on to say, “At least old people are going to smell weird for a cool reason.”Ouch.Related: A Plea to Our Elders: Consider Medical Marijuana Before Opioids   Jonathan Small funny business The Late Night host has some fun with recent pot news. –shares Download Our Free Android App Entrepreneur Staff September 17, 2018 Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur 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. Add to Queue Free Green Entrepreneur App Next Article last_img read more