The End

first_imgPotent with the firepower to dent a country’s destiny, climate change today doesn’t wear the same mask it did a decade ago – something Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is being forced to become familiar with since smacking himself headfirst into the disastrous burning of the Amazon rainforest. Given its political underpinnings, this incident could well force Brazil, and the world, to answer some difficult questions. What, why, how — who? The Amazon rainforest in South America was on fire this week, with multiple fires raging; nevertheless, that Amazon is being burnt with deliberation is neither new nor surprising. Nevertheless, the scale and frequency of the event now is alarming. Nearly 10,000 new fires have been reported in just the last week and smoke trails are visible even from space. Also Read – A race against timeThis casts a dark shadow on our existence as the ecological value of the rainforest, which is the largest of its kind in the world, remains unrivalled. While the forest’s native biodiversity is expansive and important; centrally, Amazon is among the largest carbon sinks in the world, responsible for cleaning up nearly 20 per cent of the carbon dioxide released worldwide. The value of the rainforest in this essential task, especially in today’s time, is so enormous that it has often been labelled as the lungs of our planet. For the South American continent, the value of this forest is even greater – through rain and its eponymous river, the forest provides water to areas that are responsible for approximately 70 per cent of the continent’s GDP. The destruction of the forest, naturally, will carry far-reaching consequences. Also Read – A Golden LootGiven the evident value of preserving the forest, how then did we arrive here? The answer lies, as is often the case, in politics that has been forcibly interwoven in the matter. A decade ago, Brazil inspired many in its conservation commitments that thoroughly checked industrial exploitation of the Amazon rainforest. Around 2014, official figures recorded a nearly 80 per cent drop in deforestation as compared to the previous decade. All that was required was for successive administrations to keep the stone rolling. But almost as if to mock the saying “Cometh the hour, cometh the man”, came along Jair Bolsonaro in 2019. Bolsonaro assumed power as President of Brazil with a full platter of right-leaning promises. The most prominent of these was to roll back protection of the rainforest. As he sees it, the Amazon is a resource to exploit free from the prying eyes of the outside world. He also has relevant backers, most prominently, the agribusiness lobby which is rather powerful not just within the country but across the entire continent. He came through soon enough as he merged the forest department with the agricultural ministry, effectively handing over the Brazilian half of the Amazon to the agribusiness lobby. Fines were cut down and rarely applied, inspections became numbered and many veteran inspectors, including those with ties to the indigenous tribes of the region, were fired. Most importantly, he took on Ricardo Salles as his environmental minister, a man who allegedly in his role as Secretary of Environment for São Paulo had redrawn maps of protected areas in the region to benefit the mining industry. But Bolsonaro apparently still wishes to maintain Brazil’s credentials as an environmentally-conscious country and has tried everything – from blaming NGOs for forest fires to discrediting reports from his own space agency about the enormous upswing of deforestation in the Amazon. Incidentally, this very same agency was responsible for much of the imagery that appraised the world of the reality of the situation in the Amazon. In response, Bolsonaro fired the head of the agency. Since then, rumours hold that Salles is trying to sell the agency to a private corporation with vested interests. But in the age of viral content, such information is hard to conceal. And so, with domestic needs and political rhetoric clashing against global climate mandate, arrives the current situation. At this point, it may seem easy to define this issue as a right-wing versus left-wing concern but it is hardly that simple. Bolsonaro only added more fuel to existing fire – man-made fires in the dry season aren’t new and in fact, they aren’t even unique to the country. Bolivia, a bastion of left-wing politics, has been responsible for destroying over 1.2 million hectares of the forest just this year – all without earning the condemnation of G7 nations or threats of trade sanctions by the EU. Admittedly, Bolsonaro is just bad at appearing not guilty. Consider the fact that when confronted with the burning of the Amazon recently and its effects on global warming, he replied offhandedly that the situation could be resolved by everyone attending to nature’s call on alternate days. Given his general apathy, it should be conceded that at best he can be blamed for accelerating a situation that would have inevitably unfolded. A lot of this concerns the powerful agribusiness lobby that can force favourable legislation – yet, there remains a more fundamental if not obvious factor. The politics of fire “Our house is burning. Literally,” French PM Emmanuel Macron said. His assertion that it is our house that is burning, not Brazil’s, not France’s but our collective house that is on fire is rather telling. Macron followed this up by asking attendees at the recently-concluded G7 summit to discuss this situation urgently (in the absence of South American countries). Bolsonaro caught on to this fact, labelling Macron’s comments as being neo-colonialist in trying to arbitrarily decide matters about another’s sovereign territory. This has lent Bolsonaro the chance to label all international effort as attacks onBrazil’s right to govern its own territory. To sum up, the point of contention over the Amazon broadly circumscribes questions of whether an area of such global significance can be allowed to remain under the jurisdiction of one country with its own set of priorities and stakeholders.In recent years, agricultural land is flagging severely in comparison to population rise. Despite more efficient methods of farming, more land is the need of the hour, especially in a country that sources over 23 per cent of its GDP from agriculture. With 5.5 million sq km of South America, roughly 40 per cent, covered by the Amazon, it is not hard to understand why the rainforest is perceived as land that carries potential for active exploitation irrespective of devastating long-term apocalyptic tradeoffs. Undoubtedly, given current legal understandings, the world at large, at best, has only indirect stake in the Amazon despite its global value. Consequently, an evolution in this understanding in imminent – condemnation and slapping sanctions is myopic, especially with Brazil’s rigidity in conforming to national interests. For now, Brazil has placed a 60-day ban on forest clearance fires and insists that the blaze is under control. The international community is predictably not quite convinced of the declared happy ending. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is considering calling a summit to discuss the crisis even as EU decides whether to go ahead with its punitive trade sanctions against Brazil. But is there really a way out of this cycle? A way out? It appears unreasonable to burden responsibility on one nation to maintain such essential areas, especially when it is contradicting the host’s national interests. In the long-term, such areas must be designated as wider responsibilities of humanity as a whole, administered by an international body that is answerable to a different threshold of agreements. The Rio Earth Summit tried to facilitate this need in 1992 but the UN body for sustainable development that was formed as a result is seen as more of a paper tiger with optional membership and no real reinforcing power. However, that such international effort will be controversial is unquestionable. Altruism isn’t nearly reason enough for a country to surrender its rights over sovereign property. A stopgap measure towards a more sustainable future must incentivise nations to go green (and stay green). The current system favours negative reinforcement with nations being slapped with criticism and trade sanctions. This is questionable and its success, even if such sanctions are applied which is rare in itself, is doubtful. Brazil may overtly comply with international mandate for the time being but other stakeholders within the nation may not be quite as compliant. More carrot and less stick then – whether as favourable trade agreements or direct investment. The continued existence of humanity is just not a good enough incentive, no matter how commonsensical it may seem. Empathy it seems is just as much a requirement as good sense in avoiding a repeat of the Amazon saga, especially for much-bereaved Bolsonaro. It is only proper that a crisis concerning all of humanity is not benchmarked upon making villains of a few most evident detractors.last_img read more

Sindhu eyes China Open after World Championships high

first_imgChangzhou (China): World champion P V Sindhu will look to reassert her supremacy when she spearheads the Indian campaign at the USD 1,000,000 China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament beginning here on Tuesday. The World No.5 Sindhu ended India’s long wait for a world championship gold at Basel, Switzerland last month. She achieved the historic feat after her third successive final appearance. The performance also turned around her erratic season during which she had reached the finals at the Indonesia Open Super 1000 event. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Life after that historic gold has been all about felicitations and the Indian will now have to quickly turn her focus back on badminton as she remains the country’s best bet at the China Open, a title she had won in 2016. The 24-year-old from Hyderabad will begin her campaign against China’s Li Xuerui, a former Olympic gold medallist and World No.1. Interestingly, Sindhu had announced her arrival on the international scene when she had stunned the then Olympic champion Li at the China Masters in 2012. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Since then, Sindhu has reached the highest echelons of international badminton, while Li has been dealing with a career-threatening knee injury that she suffered at the Rio Olympics. The Chinese is currently ranked 20th but has a 3-3 record against Sindhu. Sindhu had beaten Li at the Indonesia Masters earlier this year and if she can cross the opening hurdle, she is likely to face Canadian Michelle Li, who hasn’t beaten the Indian since 2014. If everything goes well, then she might be up against China’s third seed and All England champion Chen Yufei in the quarter-final. World No.8 Saina Nehwal, who had won the Indonesia Masters this year, will also look to put up a good show following her recovery from injuries which bogged her down this season. The former World No.1 looked good at the world championships before a few controversial umpiring decisions ended her run when she lost to Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in second round. Saina will face Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the opening round and is expected to clash with former world no.1 and her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals. China Open, the last Super 1000 event of the World Tour season, will also see the return of two superstars — Olympic champion and three-time world champion Carolina Marin and 2017 World Champion Viktor Axelsen. Both the bigwigs will be back after recovering from their respective injuries. The Indian campaign lost a bit of sheen with the withdrawal of Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy. While Srikanth’s knee injury flared up during the world championships, Prannoy is down with dengue. All eyes will be on B Sai Praneeth, who ended India’s 36-year wait to become the first Indian male shuttler to claim a medal at the World Championships. The talented shuttler will open against Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon and is likely to face China’s third seed Shi Yu Qi in the second round. Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap too will be in the fray, taking on France’s Brice Leverdez in the first round. Returning to action after an injury lay-off will be the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who became the first men’s pair from the country to win a super 500 event at Thailand Open last month. The duo, who had broken into the top 10, will open against Canadian combination of Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura. In mixed doubles, Satwik will pair up with Ashwini Ponnappa and meet Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti, the Indonesian sixth seeds. The other men’s pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will square off against the second-seeded Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan. Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy, the Commonwealth Game bronze-medallists, will fight it out against the Taiwanese combination of Cheng Chi Ya and Lee Chih Chen in women’s doubles, while Sikki and Pranaav Jerry Chopra will lock horns with Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich.last_img read more

Shell be back Linda Hamilton returning to Terminator franchise

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Linda Hamilton is returning to the Terminator franchise for the first time since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day.Terminator creator James Cameron announced Hamilton’s casting at a private event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, the Hollywood Reporter reported.Paramount Pictures, which is distributing the planned sequel, confirmed the news Wednesday. Twitter Advertisement Cameron is producing the sequel, which Deadpool filmmaker Tim Miller is directing. Cameron and Miller have enlisted a team of writers — including David Goyer, Charles Eglee, Josh Freidman and Justin Rhodes — to plan out a new trilogy of films, according to the report.Arnold Schwarzenegger is also set to return.Cameron, who was once married to Hamilton, recently compared Wonder Woman, the classic character brought to life in one of this summer’s biggest hit  films, unfavourably to Hamilton’s Terminator character, Sarah Connor.Cameron called Gal Gadot’s superhero an “objectified icon,” but said Connor was defined by “pure grit.”center_img James Cameron is seen with ex-wife Linda Hamilton in 1998. Cameron announced Hamilton will return to the role of Sarah Connor in an upcoming revival of the Terminator franchise. (Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

High Tide signs letter of intent with Ontario pot store lottery winner

CALGARY — High Tide Inc. has signed a letter of intent to acquire a minority interest in one of the lottery winners selected to apply for one of the first 25 cannabis retail licences in Ontario.Financial terms of the agreement between the unidentified winner and High Tide weren’t disclosed by the company, which has seven Canna Cabana cannabis stores in Alberta.High Tide says the letter of intent includes the acquisition of a minority interest in the Ontario lottery winner and the option to acquire a greater interest in the future.Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario held a lottery last month to choose the 25 entities that would be eligible to apply for the first 25 retail licences to open cannabis stores in the province in April.High Tide is an Alberta-based company focused on the manufacturing and wholesale distribution of smoking accessories and cannabis lifestyle products.“The winner was looking for a strong partner and we are grateful that High Tide was selected to help them achieve their goals,” High Tide chief executive Raj Grover said in a statement. The Canadian Press read more

Renamed Ivanhoe Mines posts US2859million loss in second quarter

VANCOUVER — The company formerly known as Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. had a US$285.9-million net loss in its second quarter as it worked toward getting a massive copper and gold mine in Mongolia into commercial production next year.The loss at Turquoise Hill Resources was equal to 35 cents per share and compared with net income of $600,000 or zero cents per share a year earlier.[np-related]The Vancouver-headquartered company, now majority-owned by Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto PLC, says the first phase of building the mine was 90 per cent completed by the end of June.It says the final cost of Phase 1 is expected to be US$6.2-billion, which is 3% over the initial budget, excluding the impact of foreign exchange.Ivanhoe Mines adopted the new name Turquoise Hill this month. read more

Canadians want to be freed from provincial alcohol monopolies poll

MONTREAL — As the Supreme Court prepares to hear a landmark case on provincial beer and liquor monopolies, a new poll indicates Canadians overwhelmingly want to tear down trade barriers to alcohol — and any other legal product — across the country.The right-leaning Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) commissioned a poll by Ipsos Public Affairs, which surveyed 1,103 Canadians in an online panel between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1Eighty-nine per cent of respondents said Canadians should be able to bring any legal product from one province to another — which is currently illegal when it comes to alcohol. Of the 89 per cent, 72 per cent said they “strongly agree,” while 17 per cent said they “somewhat agree.”Trade ministers say progress made reducing barriers on cross-border liquor salesWeed is the new craft beer, says former Budweiser exec: ‘Ignore it at your peril’Provinces such as New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario maintain strict laws limiting the free trade of beer and spirits.A New Brunswick man learned this the hard way and his case will be heard in front of the country’s highest court Dec. 6-7.In 2012, the RCMP arrested Gerard Comeau on his return to New Brunswick after he had bought alcohol in Quebec.He was fined for violating New Brunswick law, which limits the amount of booze that can be brought into the province from elsewhere in Canada.Comeau contested the ticket, arguing Sec. 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867, mandates that all Canadian goods be admitted freely across the country.His lawyers argued the fathers of Confederation wanted a single market for all products made in Canada.The Ipsos poll suggested about 25 per cent of Canadians heard about the Comeau case, and 78 per cent of respondents said the New Brunswick man should win.Eighty-four per cent of respondents said Canadians should be permitted to order wine from any winery in the country, while 78 per cent said they should be allowed to bring any amount of wine or beer purchased in one province into another province.Fewer than 15 per cent of respondents said they strongly agreed or somewhat agreed alcohol monopolies should be maintained.Howard Anglin, executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), said provinces continue to enforce “prohibition-era” laws on alcohol because of inertia and fear of change.The CCF is a charity that raised money to fund the legal team defending Comeau. Anglin said provincial governments can continue to receive the same revenues from alcohol by taxing beer and liquor sales as opposed to running liquor stores.Alberta privatized its liquor industry and Anglin said the province has “much more variety and selection,” he said.“Some stores specialize in whiskeys and others in French wines,” he added. “They tend to reflect the owners’ passion and interests.”A Quebec government report released in 2015 recommended its liquor monopoly be privatized. The province’s auditor general followed up with her own report in 2016 claiming the government-run corporation’s structure prevents it from getting the best prices for consumers.Quebec’s alcohol monopoly brings in more than $1 billion in revenues that help fund services, making privatization a politically difficult move.Comeau’s date with the Supreme Court will also likely have an influence on the plans to create provincial cannabis monopolies, according to legal experts.If the justices rule in Comeau’s favour, the decision will almost certainly trigger lawsuits across the country seeking to dismantle similar government-run corporations for marijuana when it becomes legalized next summer. read more

Best Buy shares rise after holiday sales come in better than expected

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Shares of Best Buy Co. jumped on Friday after the electronics chain showed signs of starting to reverse declining sales during the critical holiday selling season, a better-than-expected result.Shares rose 12 per cent during midday trading.Best Buy has been facing tough competition from discounters and online retailers, as people browse electronics in stores and then go home to buy them more cheaply online, a practice known as “showrooming.” To combat this, it has instituted a cost-cutting program, invested in more employee training and put an online price matching policy in place during the key holiday period of November and December. The holiday quarter accounted for about a third of Best Buy’s revenue last year.The chain said that revenue at stores open at least a year fell 1.4 per cent for the nine weeks ended Jan. 5. This figure is a key gauge of a retailer’s health because it excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.The company’s U.S. performance was flat. While this was slightly below the 0.3 per cent increase Best Buy reported a year ago, President and CEO Hubert Joly said in a statement that it was an better than the past several quarters.Best Buy tapped Joly in August to help reverse its slide. Joly has made management changes, including hiring CFO Sharon McCollam in November, and embarked on a turnaround plan.Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy said the results show that some of Best Buy’s initiatives, such as increased employee training and online price matching, helped boost sales.But he added that the company still faces bigger problems such as tough competition from sellers like and more and more vendors selling products to customers directly.“Sales are incrementally positive, but Best Buy still faces an uphill battle with regard to its turnaround,” he said.Best Buy said that sales were strongest among cellphones, tablets, electronic readers and appliances, while sales of entertainment, televisions and computer-related items dropped.Another encouraging sign was that online revenue rose 10 per cent for the holiday period, bolstered by better traffic, an increase that shows that the chain is managing to grab its share of online buyers as well.“While it will be a journey with ups and downs, we are focused on becoming an increasingly effective multi-channel retailer and engaging with the tens of millions of consumers who shop us online and in-store,” Joly added.Revenue at stores open at least a year declined 6.4 per cent internationally, stung by softness in China and Canada.Total revenue for the holiday period fell slightly to $12.8 billion from $12.9 billion.Best Buy lost CEO Brian Dunn in April, after an investigation showed he had an inappropriate relationship with a female staffer.That led to the departure of co-founder Richard Schulze, who knew about the relationship but didn’t report it properly, the investigation found.Schulze stepped down, but he has been considering making a bid for the company. That bid had not materialized by the end of 2012, although Best Buy has given Schulze more time to look over its books and arrange financing for an offer.Best Buy shares rose $2, or 16.4 per cent, to close at $14.21 Friday. That’s still close to the low end of the stock’s 52-week trading range of $11.20 to $27.95. The stock hit its lowest point of the year on Dec. 27, 2012. by Mae Anderson And Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2013 6:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Best Buy shares rise after holiday sales come in better than expected read more

Facebooks Sheryl Sandberg enlists NBA stars to persuade more men to support

FILE – In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry goes in for a shot during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Curry and some of the basketball league’s other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women’s rights at home and at work. The players will deliver the message in public service announcements that will appear during NBA games shown on major TV networks over the next few months. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File) SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league’s other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women’s rights at home and at work.The players will deliver the message in public service announcements aired during NBA games on major TV networks over the next few months.Sandberg is hoping to persuade men that they will be better off financially and emotionally if they take more responsibility for housework and child care, while also backing equal rights for women at work.“Gender equality doesn’t just benefit women, it benefits men in lots of ways,” Sandberg said in an interview with The Associated Press. Among other things, she believes most women are likely to have sex with their husbands or partners more frequently when they get more help at home — a phenomenon she has branded as “choreplay.”The clips featuring the basketball stars are part of a partnership to be announced Thursday between the NBA and, a non-profit group Sandberg started two years ago with the publication of a bestselling book advising women on the steps they should take to ensure they get the same opportunities as men traditionally have.The book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” also urged men to do more to support the women and girls in their lives.Sandberg, Facebook’s second-highest ranking executive behind CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is counting on the NBA’s appeal to connect with millions of sports-loving men who haven’t read her is providing men with tips on how to help in brochures that will be available online as part of the campaign with the NBA.Facebook is among a long list of major Silicon Valley companies with a dearth of women in engineering and other technical positions, where the best-paying jobs are found. Women hold just 15 to 20 per cent of the technology jobs at Google, Apple, Facebook and Yahoo, according to company disclosures made during the past nine months.“Certainly technology has an uphill battle to fight, but no industry has gotten to where it should be,” Sandberg said. “The only way anything really changes in society is when we have everyone in society pulling together.”Several technology companies, including Facebook Inc., Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp., are backing a campaign that will be punctuated with (hashtag) LeanInTogether.The National Basketball Association has been running a separate league for women for nearly 20 years. Several WNBA players, including All-Stars Sue Bird and Skylar Diggins, appear in the public service announcement that also features the Golden State Warriors’ Curry and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ James, the players who got the most votes in the fan balloting for last month’s NBA All-Star game.The union representing the NBA players also elected a woman, Michele Roberts, as its executive director last year. Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs hired woman, former WNBA star Becky Hammon, as an assistant coach at the start of this season.“The NBA is committed to creating a work environment that expects — and benefits from — gender equality,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg enlists NBA stars to persuade more men to support women’s rights by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2015 5:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition to be announced at Google IO

first_imgThe list of phones running the pure Google version of Android is about to increase by one as Samsung prepares the Galaxy S4 “Google Edition”.Google’s big developer conference, I/O, is often the stage for new products, and this year is promising to be bigger than any other. Despite shifting from two smaller keynotes to one larger keynote, Google is ready to put on quite a show tomorrow. Part of the big day will be to announce a new version of Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S4. While Samsung’s phone is an incredible piece of hardware, many users find themselves less than pleased with Samsung’s version of Android. To resolve this once and for all, we’ve learned that a pure AOSP (Android Open Source Project) version of the Galaxy S4 is being prepped for launch and will be unveiled during the I/O keynote.Not to be confused with a Nexus phone, which is a piece of hardware made with Google’s guiding hand, the Galaxy S4 GE will feature stock Android inside Samsung’s familiar plastic casing. According our sources on hand at Google I/O, this Google Edition phone is a collaboration between Samsung and Google to address a growing group of users that prefer stock Android on something other than a Nexus. In order to accomplish this right now, users would need to install custom versions of Android like CyanogenMod. Complete with removable battery and expandable storage with the MicroSD card slot, this phone could certainly address this growing niche.This Google Edition S4 is expected to be made available starting in June and will be available on T-Mobile bands. At this time we are unaware of pricing or whether more bands will be made available. It’s also unclear if Samsung will be selling the phone or if it will be available through the Google Play Store.last_img read more

3fe coffee guru Colin Harmon is writing book number two after opening

first_img By Fora Staff Mar 17th 2019, 1:01 AM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 1:00 PM COLIN HARMON, THE founder of coffee group 3fe, is writing a follow-up to his debut book on the café industry after launching several translations of the first title.Two years ago, Harmon self-published What I Know About Running Coffee Shops, a business book that started as a college assignment when he enrolled in a master’s course in innovation, entrepreneurship and design at UCD’s Smurfit business school.The warts-and-all tome – which retails at €30 – has sold roughly 16,000 copies and includes a mixture of anecdotes and advice for people who are considering setting up their own coffee business or have an interest in the industry.What I Know About Running Coffee Shops has been translated into Russian and will soon be available in Indonesian, Japanese and Icelandic – markets where “speciality coffee drinking is thriving” among native speakers, Harmon told Fora.“I’m keen to get a Spanish one as well,” he said, adding that he intends to distribute the title in South America via e-book.The follow-up Harmon is writing will include “more elements of expansion and actually growing up a bit” and will be aimed at an audience of existing café owners.“It’s for people who need some advice or are struggling … There’s a real lack of literature in the segment – although I don’t know if I’d call it literature,” he said.Harmon – who has enlisted a London-based agent to help with his literary ambitions – described the first self-funded book as “probably the most successful thing I’ve done financially” and said the marketing of the title came “very naturally and organically”.Existing buyers of 3fe wholesale coffee and various champions of the business – which has a strong following on social media – helped get What I Know About Running Coffee Shops on the shelves of various independent cafes and other outlets.“There has been no media campaign, I don’t have a PR company. It’s literally just Instagram and Twitter. It’s strange, but I couldn’t get it into (traditional) book shops in Ireland. One I spoke to didn’t get back to me and another one said there was no market for it,” he said. Image: 3fe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 3fe coffee guru Colin Harmon is writing book number two after opening cafe number five The entrepreneur is also dreaming of rolling out a coffee shop overseas someday.center_img 20,397 Views 28 Comments Now we’ve sold thousands of copies. That makes me feel kind of smug.” Source: 3fe3fe – which stands for Third Floor Espresso and celebrates its 10th year in business this December – is arguably one of Ireland’s most respected coffee brands. It was recently given the ‘outstanding organisation’ award by the Irish Food Writers’ Guild.The company was founded in 2009 after Harmon left a career in finance to compete in the World Barista Championships. He built a replica of the competition stage in his third-floor apartment – hence the name – and finished fourth the first year he competed.After starting life in the former Twisted Pepper on Abbey Street, now called Wigwam, the business today operates two 3fe shops, sister cafes Five Points and Daniel – the latter of which will soon close for refurbishment – and a restaurant called Gertrude.The company also runs a subscription service, an online shop, a coffee wholesale business, and it hosts a series of workshops on making the perfect brew. The wholesale unit originally sold coffee to Irish hotels, offices, cafes and other businesses but also started selling overseas in 2017 and now exports to 30 markets.Funding and new cafesAccording to a return at the Companies Registration Office, 3fe Coffee Limited recently secured €250,000 in funding, with backing from family, friends and hospitality and festival firm Bodytonic.Harmon said the money will be used to take the pressure off Gertrude on Pearse Street, which opened later than expected in December after experiencing a delay.It took longer than expected to secure a fire certificate as the restaurant required a rebuilt staircase because the old one wasn’t health and safety compliant.“We couldn’t shift the stairs, so we had to build a whole new staircase. It slowed things down … It was a big learning curve for me. That’s the way it is,” he said.Harmon said that the funding also allows 3fe to bring on board “people who were incremental in the business” in an advisory capacity, including his father.“There are lots of companies in Ireland that constantly see raising money as the goal,” he said.Essentially there’s a down side. That’s why I was happy to (fundraise) with friends and family. It brings them on board. Raising money is not success. It’s definitely a step towards being able to grow something, but it’s not a tangible success.”Harmon said he has received multiple offers to buy the business but “always resisted it”.“I don’t know what I’d do with the money or what I’d do with myself. Unless someone came out with a stupid offer, I wouldn’t sell,” he said.When asked about his other ambitions for the business, Harmon said that in the future, he hopes to open 3fe coffee shops outside of Dublin and overseas – but is focused on running the five existing outlets for now.He name-checked Galway and his birthplace Cork as potential future locations.“I have a real grá for Limerick as well. My wife did her master’s there. I really love the town,” he said. Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Image: 3fe Short URL Share5 Tweet Email4 last_img read more

LEGO Fan Beautifully Recreates Solo Trailer With Plastic Figurines

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form In 15 days, everyone’s favorite stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder returns to cinemas in Solo: A Star Wars Story.The long-awaited offshoot of George Lucas’s famed franchise has been teased all month through a series of official previews and featurettes, each more thrilling than the next.But none hold a candle to 19-year-old Huxley Berg’s trailer—which perfectly re-enacts the action with LEGO.Obviously someone with immense amounts of time and expendable funds, the Orange County-based filmmaker has been replicating scenes from Marvel, DC, and other popular movies for four years.The life-long film buff was inspired by The Lego Movie, “and just started to crank out trailers,” Berg told in an email. “The LEGO community is a genuine pleasure to be a part of, everyone has always been so supportive … for my whole career.”A quick scroll through his YouTube library highlights the technological progress, moving from bedroom-floor shoots to computer animation, each painstakingly edited to match Baby Driver, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, IT, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Jurassic World, and even Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad.An average trailer takes up to a month to complete. Solo, like its titular character, was a no-nonsense job that Berg finished in two weeks.His latest Star Wars venture (published a day after May the Fourth), the producer stunningly emulates the Solo: A Star Wars Story “risk” TV spot, layering original dialogue with home-grown LEGO animation to match. I know it’s just a bunch of plastic figures that look a lot like Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, and Emilia Clarke. But there’s something so charming about the characters’ changing facial expressions, moving hair pieces, and gun-throwing skills.Who shot first? (via Huxley Berg Studios)Of course, LEGO is no stranger to the big screen: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (original directors of Solo, before Ron Howard took over) launched an entire franchise based on the construction toys.In 2014, The Lego Movie wowed audiences (because everything is awesome), and last year’s spin-off The Lego Batman Movie left viewers pining for more. (If you just ignore The Lego Ninjago Movie, the series is a bonafide hit!)A sequel and third spin-off, The Billion Brick Race, are scheduled for release in 2019.In the meantime, quench your LEGO-movie-trailer thirst with Berg’s latest uploads—including Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and “Chewbacca Eating a Porg.”“I am also in the beginning stages of recreating [the] Deadpool movie entirely in LEGO,” he added, plugging a Kickstarter campaign for the “first-ever frame-by-frame LEGO stop-motion recreation of a feature film.”center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

This 3in1 Charging Dock for Your Apple Devices Is Now 65 Off

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2 Chainz Door Swangin Video Heads Back To The Pink Trap House

first_img Email Facebook Watch 2 Chainz’ Video For “Door Swangin'” 2-chainz-door-swangin-video-heads-back-pink-trap-house-1 2 Chainz’ “Door Swangin'” Video Heads Back To The Pink Trap House Twitter The Atlanta rapper’s party never stops in his latest music videoBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 10, 2017 – 2:51 pm GRAMMY.comIn the new music video for the latest single from rapper 2 Chainz, “Door Swangin’,” we see the GRAMMY-winning artist and producer showing off the inside of the now famous all-pink trap house in the artist’s hometown of Atlanta.2 Chainz rented the house earlier this year to promote the release of his latest LP, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, and subsequently painted the house and several surrounding objects bright pink to match the album’s cover artwork. The rapper also hosted a highly publicized listening party at the location for a select group of fans to come preview the album around the time of its release.2 Chainz also grabbed recent headlines when he decided to give back to his community by opening the house as a free HIV/AIDS screening center for local residents on the 4th of July, a move intended to help call national attention and promote a dialogue around the rising prevalence of the disease in Atlanta.The site remained a popular local tourist attraction until the rapper’s lease on the property ended in mid-July. The building’s owner has since reportedly sold the house and the new owners are planning to repaint and remodel the building back into a  residential structure.Watch The New Video For Lil Wayne’s “Loyalty”Read more News last_img read more

Sidharth Sagar Subuhi Joshi end their engagement actress accuses comedian of domestic

first_imgSidharth Sagar, Subuhi JoshiInstagramLast year, comedian Sidharth Sagar had made headlines when he had a public fallout with his mother who allegedly used to torture him. And this year, Sidharth has now fallen apart from his long-time girlfriend and TV actress Subuhi Joshi. The two, who had taken their romantic relationship one step further by exchanging rings in November last year, have called off their engagement. While Subuhi has accused Sidharth of domestic violence, the comedian has cited compatibility issues for their bitter break-up.Sidharth and Subuhi had started dating in 2014 but things had turned awry between them and decided to split in 2016. The two again got back together after sorting out their differences. They had started living in together and had even made their relationship official with an engagement last year. Things were going fine between the two until their relationship reached an ugly stage.However, both Sidharth and Subuhi have their own reasons that led them to end their relationship.”When we separated in 2016, he blamed his mother for it. However, she wasn’t entirely responsible for what happened; I realised it only after staying with him post our engagement. The problem is with his attitude and behaviour, but I did try my best to save the relationship. I have seen his dark side; he loses his cool over petty issues, and can get violent. Woh haath uthaata hai aur cheezein phekta hai,” Subuhi Joshi was quoted as saying by Bombay Times.Subuhi recalled an incident when she had called the cops after Sidharth got physical with her. She said that Sidharth was going through financial crisis and was disturbed because of that further adding that he used to raise his hands on her besides getting into a verbal spat.”In March, I called the cops after he hit me. I was taken to the hospital for a medical check-up and on our way to the police station, he kept crying saying, ‘Mujhse galti ho gayi, maaf kar de. I’ll never repeat it’. After seeing him cry, I told the cops to let him go. In hindsight, I feel that I made a huge mistake. He should have been behind bars,” Subuhi said.Subuhi said that they have not been in touch for almost two months and wanted to end their relationship on a cordial note. “But Sidharth is an escapist. When he doesn’t want to face something, he runs away from it. This is exactly what he did with his mother. Now, he has disappeared on me. A few weeks ago, I messaged him about his creditors coming to my home, after which he blocked me on his phone and social media handles. His important documents also bear my residential address and I don’t want to take his responsibility now,” she added. Sidharth Sagar, Subuhi JoshiInstagramSidharth, on the other hand, said that they had parted ways with each other in 2016 because his mother was not in favour of his relationship. He corroborate Subuhi’s account that they had got back together last year but suddenly compatibility issues cropped up between them.”We called off our engagement two-and-a-half months ago,” Sidharth said and further added, “Things were fine between us till the time I was working and making money. I feel that problems cropped up after I faced a financial crisis. Your state of mind changes when you are not working, and I was troubled at that time. We were having a lot of fights and I felt it was better to end the relationship.”Speaking about the incident when Subuhi had called the cops, Sidharth said that they had an argument and it was Subuhi who hit him first. “My nose started bleeding. She wasn’t leaving me and in an attempt to release myself, I moved her away from from me. She could have got hurt in that process. I fled the house forgetting my phone behind. When I came back to collect my phone, she had already called the cops. I could have done that, too, but I didn’t want the matter to escalate. I even told her to end the relationship that day, because it had reached an ugly stage.””Given my mental state, it will take me some time to be fine. I would often tell her that I needed my space even if we were in a relationship, as that’s normal. But that, too, was an issue. As far as blocking her is concerned, she blocked me first. I did it later as I wanted some peace in my life,” Sidharth concluded.last_img read more

Senator Ted Cruz Says Law He CoSponsored Will Help Millions Of Harvey

first_img Share Chris Maddaloni/The Texas TribuneTed Cruz (first from the left) says a law he co-sponsored in the U.S Senate will bring tax relief to millions of Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey.U.S. Senator Ted Cruz announced Friday in Houston tax relief options for victims of Hurricane Harvey that he thinks will help millions of Texans.Cruz (Republican-Texas) held a joint press conference with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at Houston City Hall to provide details about the Hurricane Tax Relief bill, which he co-sponsored in the U.S. Senate –along with senators John Cornyn (Republican-Texas) and Marco Rubio (Republican-Florida)— and has already become law.The law allows people whose homes were damaged by Harvey, as well as by hurricanes Irma and Maria, to deduct those damages on their tax returns without being subject to the ordinary limitations.Cruz detailed in that sense that, usually, the damages must exceed 10 percent of the taxpayer’s income.“That is billions of dollars in tax savings for Texans and those who are hurting under Hurricane Harvey,” the Senator underscored, while clarifying that taxpayers can take advantage of the relief provided by the law even if they don’t itemize their returns.The law also allows people who had damage in their homes to withdraw funds from their retirement savings accounts to use them to rebuild without having to pay the ordinary 10 percent penalty for early withdrawal.Additionally, the law allows a tax credit for companies and small businesses that kept paying their employees during the three hurricanes and their respective aftermaths.Cruz specified the tax credit is “40 percent of the salaries” and stressed that “in Houston and in the Gulf Coast we’re talking about thousands and thousands of businesses that did just that, that kept the paychecks going even when it was impossible for their employees to come in and go to work.”The law also lifted the ordinary limits to donations made during 2017, both by individuals and corporations, to charitable organizations that focused on relief efforts after the three hurricanes.last_img read more

NonInvasive FFRCT Reduces Invasive Tests in Chest Pain Patients

first_imgNews | Computed Tomography (CT) | September 03, 2015 Non-Invasive FFR-CT Reduces Invasive Tests in Chest Pain Patients Sixty-one percent of patients in PLATFORM trial had invasive tests canceled following FFR-CT analysis Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of HeartFlowSeptember 3, 2015 — Results of the PLATFORM trial indicate fractional flow reserve computed tomography (FFR-CT) can obviate the need for invasive tests in up to 61 percent of patients with chest pain and suspected coronary artery disease. The results were presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2015.FFR-CT estimates blood flow and pressure in the coronary artery using images from computed tomography angiography (CTA).“This approach significantly reduced the need for unnecessary invasive coronary angiography (ICA) which, although it is the gold standard for investigating chest pain, comes with the risk and costs of an invasive procedure,” said lead investigator Pamela Douglas, M.D., the Ursula Geller Professor at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University School of Medicine.“The message is that for stable chest pain patients in whom elective ICA is recommended, consideration should be given to performing this new test first.”When used alone, CTA can identify an abnormal narrowing (stenosis) in the coronary arteries but it cannot quantify how much this actually obstructs blood flow. Therefore “many patients who have blockages that are not interfering with blood flow may end up undergoing ICAs that show no evidence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) and could possibly have been avoided, “ explained Douglas.Other commonly used non-invasive tests for CAD, such as myocardial perfusion stress imaging or stress echocardiography, may tell whether blood supply to the heart tissue is adequate but cannot determine whether a specific blockage is obstructing blood flow, she said.The current standard for assessing the significance of coronary artery narrowing is conventional FFR, which is invasive, involving insertion of a wire into the coronary artery.But by using computer simulations to calculate blood flow, non-invasive FFR-CT can give a comprehensive evaluation of a patient’s chest pain without the need for an invasive procedure.The PLATFORM study included 584 chest pain patients (average age 60.9 years) from 11 test centers in Europe.Patients were evaluated using either FFR-CT, via the HeartFlow FFR-CT Analysis software from HeartFlow (n=297), or conventional testing (n=287) to see if FFR-CT  could reduce the rate of ICAs that show no obstructive CAD.Patients were divided into those in whom “usual care” would dictate a non-invasive investigation such as stress testing or conventional CTA (n=204) and those who would have proceeded straight to an invasive ICA (n=380).In both groups patients were then allocated to receive either usual care (invasive or non-invasive) or FFR-CT — defined as CTA with the addition of FFR when appropriate.Among patients already scheduled for an ICA, 73 percent in the usual care group underwent ICA only to find no significant blockages, compared to 12 percent in the FFR-CT group. Furthermore, 61 percent of patients in the FFR-CT group had the ICA cancelled based on the FFR-CT results.While FFR-CT reduced the number of patients who underwent an ICA that found no significant disease, there was no difference between the two groups in the rate of revascularization procedures, such as stenting and coronary artery bypass surgery.No clinical adverse events were reported at the 90-day follow-up in patients whose physicians chose to cancel ICAs based on FFR-CT guided strategy“The study shows that CTA plus FFR-CT more effectively triages patients for invasive procedures than usual care strategies,” said Douglas.“Although FFR-CT is a relatively new technique, PLATFORM demonstrates that it is feasible and safe with high utility in busy clinical settings.” FFR-CT from HeartFlow received CE Mark in 2010 and received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance in November 2014. The technology has been evaluated in four large, clinical trials enrolling a total of more than 1,100 patientsFor more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Under fire a Vietnamese blogger vows dissent

first_imgAssociated PressHANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Vietnam’s government has vowed to crack down on three dissident blogs, a move that appeared to backfire Thursday as record numbers of people visited the sites and the bloggers pledged to keep up their struggle for freedom of expression.Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s order for police to arrest those responsible for the websites reflects growing unease within the Communist Party over the emergence of blogs and social media accounts that publish dissenting views, independent reporting and whistleblowing. The party doesn’t allow free media, and fears criticism or discussion of its failings on the Internet could lead to social instability and _ ultimately _ loss of its power. “Nobody can shut our mouth or stop our freedom of expression,” said a member of the team that administers one of the targeted blogs, Danlambao. “This is our mission. We will continue at any cost.” The blogger chatted over the Internet with The Associated Press on the condition that his name and exact location not be published because of the risk of arrest.Danlambao, or “Citizens’ Journalism,” is one of the most prominent of several dissident blogs that have sprung up in the last two years.It has attracted thousands of viewers in recent weeks because of its reporting on suspected power struggles among the ruling elite that it says may have been behind the arrest of a banking tycoon last month. It has speculated that the detention of Nguyen Duc Kien, said to be close to the prime minister’s daughter, was the result of tensions between the premier and the president.Late Wednesday, the government said Danlambao and two others sites had been “publishing distorted and fabricated articles” against the leadership. It said that Vietnamese state employees were forbidden from visiting the sites.It is not illegal for Vietnamese to visit the targeted sites, but they are blocked by the government’s firewall. Vietnam blocks many sensitive websites, though the firewall is fairly easy to get around. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona “This is a wicked plot of the hostile forces,” a government statement said, adding that the prime minister had ordered police to arrest those associated with the sites.The statement led to a surge in visitors to the sites as curious Vietnamese wanted to see what they had been publishing, according to the blogs.The Danlambao blog said it was on course to have more than 500,000 page views Thursday, more than double its normal amount, thanks to what it called the unintended public relations coup handed to it by the government.One of the other targeted sites, Quanlambao, or the “Officials’ Journalism” blog, said Dung’s threat was meant to lay the legal groundwork for a campaign of arrests against bloggers.The blogger contacted by The AP said Dung mentioned their site by name to try to scare contributors from contacting it.“They (the government) are losing control of the independent blogs,” the blogger said. “Not just our one.”The blogger said Danlambao’s sources of information were other bloggers, journalists who work for state-run media, ordinary citizens and Communist Party members seeking to damage other factions within the party. Some of the material comes from reading between the lines of reports in the state-run media, the blogger said. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories “They provide us the bullets and we shoot _ because they can’t,” the blogger said.International watchdog Reporters Without Borders says there are currently at least five journalists and 19 bloggers being held on various charges in Vietnam, part of a gathering government effort to stifle criticism over the last two years even as the country presses ahead with opening its economy to foreign investment. The government labels democracy and free speech activists as terrorists.Journalists working for foreign news organization are allowed to live in the country but must ask permission to report outside the capital. That is routinely denied if the subject of the story is seen as sensitive or damaging to Vietnam.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   last_img read more

Hawaiian Airlines plans new China route

first_imgNew service a boost for Hawaiian economy. Hawaiian Airlines plans to launch a non-stop service between Honolulu and Beijing in April 2014.The route will offer tourists from China’s capital access to the US via Hawaiian’s extensive network.Pending regulatory approval, the new service will become Hawaiian’s tenth new international destination since November 2010.“With our network of flights between the islands and from Hawai’i to eleven cities in the US mainland, Hawaiian is in a great position to offer the multi-stop itinerary that many visitors from China prefer,” Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive Mark Dunkerley said.The Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA) estimates the new service will generate US$81 million in annual visitor expenditures and $8.47 million in tax revenue for the island state.China is Hawaii’s highest spending visitor market.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more

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