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Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT OR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Webfest Berlin is the first international festival in Germany dedicated to presenting, recognizing and advancing short form digital series from around the world. The third edition of Webfest Berlin will take place on September 8 & 9, 2017.The Webfest Berlin 2017 theme is #WFBSTRATEGY. This year, in addition to discovering the very best digital series in the world, creators, distributors, broadcasters, and VOD Platforms alike, will learn the newest strategies for marketing, selling, writing, and producing short form digital content. Whether you are starting from zero or ready to hit the market, there is a strategy involved. Learn how to make the very most of your ideas and your work at Webfest Berlin 2017. Over 2 days, attendees gain exposure to some of the most innovative story-telling techniques, market trends, and newest production technologies. Webfest Berlin provides a warm and genuine atmosphere which puts industry experts, talented creators, producers, and buyers all on the same playing field. Attendees leave our magical city inspired, educated, and full of new friends, collaborators, and potential clients. The festivities culminate in the announcement of the winners of the 2017 Webfest Berlin Awards at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 9.Join us in 2017 and find your #WFBSTRATEGY to #BEWHATSNEXT!As in 2016, EVERY WEBFEST BERLIN SUBMISSION (INCLUDING FIRST LOOK CATEGORY) WILL RECEIVE A BASIC LISTING IN THE WEBFEST BERLIN CATALOG. FIND OUT MORE HERE: http://www.webfest.berlin/catalog/Find out more about the opportunities that Webfest Berlin offers at www.webfest.berlin**PLEASE NOTE**If you are using a location specific discount code which does not match the project’s country of origin, the submission will be disqualified and will not receive a refund. Only 10 days left to submit your series to Webfest Berlin 2017!last_img read more

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BERLIN — A closely watched index of German business optimism has fallen for the second month in a row as the mood among company managers in Europe’s largest economy weakened further.The Munich-based Ifo institute said Thursday its business climate index slipped to 97.9 points in May from 99.2 in April.The drop was driven by a considerably worse assessment of the current business situation, which dropped to 100.6 from 103.4 the previous month. Expectations for the next six months, however, remained unchanged at 95.3.Despite some recent positive signs, Ifo says the poll indicates “the German economy is still lacking in momentum.”The survey is based on some 9,000 responses from firms in manufacturing, the service sector, trade and construction.The Associated Press read more

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4 August 2010The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities continued their United Nations-facilitated discussions on the property issue, part of efforts to reunify the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The meetings began in 2008 after the then-leaders of the two communities committed themselves to working towards a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions. The property aspect of the talks tries to resolve numerous complex claims between the two sides on property seized decades ago. Turkish Cypriot leader Derviş Eroğlu and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias are slated to meet again next week for talks, even though August is a holiday month in the country. “The fact that these meetings are taking place between the leaders and at the Representatives’ level so many times in August is a very positive sign,” Lisa Buttenheim, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters after today’s meeting. Ms. Buttenheim, who most recently served as Director of the Middle East and West Asia Division in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) in the UN Secretariat in New York, was appointed to her new position last month, succeeding Tayé-Brook Zerihoun of Ethiopia. She will now also serve as the head of the UN peacekeeping mission known as UNFICYP, which has been stationed in Cyprus since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal violence. read more

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(Updated) A fight at a Cambridge home has led to a police shooting. A female officer with Waterloo Regional Police was stabbed, and a man was shot by police. The province’s Special Investigations Unit is gathering evidence outside a townhouse on Morning Calm Dr. John Ansell, the lead investigating officer with the SIU tells CHCH News the case revolves around a relationship and a domestic assault. It began on wednesday, around 5:00 in the afternoon a 30-year-old woman who lived at the home reported to police that her ex-partner, a 30-year-old man, assaulted her. Later in the evening things went from bad to worse. A frantic police call sent officers and a struggle ensued with a large kitchen knife on the front lawn.“At about midnight last night the male, who doesn’t live at this residence, broke in and assaulted the female. Police responded immediately. When police arrived they encountered the male in front of the home and during that encounter the police officer was stabbed. The officer responded with a firearm and the male was shot.”At least five forensic investigators from the the SIU have been assigned to the case. They’re taking photos and gathering evidence. On the sidewalk, on the driveway, and the grass, there’s still blood here, a bloody sweater that’s been left behind. The knife is still on the scene. The scene is quite gruesome, showing how intense this situation was around midnight. A woman who lives just behind the residence told CHCH News: “It’s very, very scary. There’s kids running around here all the time. I’m in complete shock right now. I hope everything is OK. I hope everything turns out good for her. But it’s a wake-up call, that’s for sure.”All three people who were hurt were taken to hospital. The female officer is in stable condition, the man and the woman were airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital. The woman is in serious condition but is expected to make a full recovery; the man is fighting for his life. Both were in surgery this morning. CHCH’s Nicole Martin remains on the scene; watch for updates on Morning Live and News Now. read more

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by The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2013 11:41 am MDT HAVANA – Cuban track and field legend Javier Sotomayor has launched a sports bar. An Olympic volleyball champion has opened a swanky Italian restaurant. And salsa star Hugo Morejon has a first-rate automotive repair shop.Armed with money and name recognition, Cuban athletes and artists are embracing the new world of private enterprise on the Communist-run island. In doing so, they’re exposing themselves to more than a little envy from a population already weary of their perks.At least a dozen athletes and artists have started private businesses since President Raul Castro began opening Cuba’s economy to limited capitalism in 2010, and others have quietly invested in such establishments. Many of the spots have opened in recent months. New private businesses bring well-heeled Cuban celebrities many customers, and a bit of envy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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For the second consecutive year Toyota Manufacturing UK has opened its doors to local schools as part of the governments pioneering initiative See inside Manufacturing.Young people across Wales and Cheshire will get the opportunity to get behind the scenes at Toyota UK’s Engine Plant in Deeside, North Wales and experience modern manufacturing and the range of rewarding careers available in the manufacturing sector.The event has proved to be very popular with over twice the number of students planning to attend this year. Over 300 students from schools and colleges across Wales and Cheshire will visit the plant throughout June and July. During their visit they will take part in a guided tour of the manufacturing plant including training facilities, casting plant and assembly lines. Students will hear presentations from apprentices, engineers and staff covering all aspects of engine manufacture. They will also take part in a number of ‘hands on’ workshops hosted by Toyota partners, Techniquest Glyndwr University and EDT.Business Minister Mark Prisk said, “See Inside Manufacturing is about changing perceptions of modern manufacturing and showing young people, teachers and careers advisers that the industry offers interesting and rewarding job opportunities.“I’m pleased that Toyota Manufacturing UK will be opening its doors to help represent the automotive sector, and dispel outdated perceptions of manufacturing. I encourage people to come along and see for themselves what exciting opportunities exist.”Tony Walker, TMUK Deputy Managing Director, said,”The See Inside Manufacturing initiative will complement our existing activities aimed at engaging with young people and encouraging and inspiring them to be the next generation of engineers.”Commenting on the initiative, Professor Michael Scott, Vice Chancellor of Glyndwr University “Glyndwr University is delighted to support the See inside manufacturing event. As a University, and through our subsidiary Techniquest Glyndwr, we focus on inspiring the scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technology experts of the future here in North Wales and the surrounding area.“Developing these skills among our young people and showing them the opportunities a career in these fields can offer is essential to meeting employer demands, and this fantastic event is an excellent example of that work in action.“Partnership working is at the core of our approach to leading economic development in the region, and we are particularly proud of our strong, mutually beneficial links with Toyota.”To find out more about See Inside Manufacturing events and the rewarding careers within UK automotive, click here.To find out more about the government’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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first_imgDuring a trade show or convention, like E3, it’s no secret that demo units of console games frequently run on a PC rather than the console on which the final build will be released. A picture supposedly taken at a Best Buy, Redditor culmor30 found this Wii U demo station stuck on Ubuntu’s iconic splash screen.The demo unit, pictured above — if real — was stuck on Ubuntu’s eggplant-colored splash page, awaiting the insertion of a USB key. This is most likely a security measure to prevent unwanted access to the unit.Now, the image could easily be a fake, or if real, some anomaly at a lone, Linux-trailblazing Best Buy. Another Redditor, schizm0, said that the demo unit is definitely not a Wii U, and runs on a computer hidden underneath the console. Schizm0 also states that the unit only runs a demo of Rayman Legends. His source? Supposedly a GameStop manager who set the demo unit up. It’s not entirely clear why a GameStop manager would set up a Best Buy demo unit, but schizm0’s comment could’ve lacked important context. Perhaps he simply meant he knows a GameStop manager that set one up at a GameStop, and that unit uses a PC running Ubuntu.Another Redditor, Bossman1086, who claims to have used one of these demo stations, notes that the GamePad’s home button doesn’t seem to do anything, and the Wii U’s UI is normally very different from the one displayed by the unit.Unfortunately, all of these are simply claims without much in the way of hard evidence, but would be pretty interesting if true. After all, Ubuntu is free, relatively speedy, and user-friendly. It wouldn’t be impossible to think that a company (especially one that’s known for using cheap hardware in the majority of their consoles) would build a demo station using a free operating system, rather than licensing one that isn’t.via Redditlast_img read more

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first_img Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon MasterMint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107K Stay on target Companies have been making bootleg Pokemon toys for years, and Pikachu is no exception. While Pikachu’s ridiculously unattractive oval face these days is an abomination now in some of its iterations, it doesn’t hold a candle to some of the weird and wacky versions of the electric mouse that some Pokemon fans have reported seeing.Twitter fans are reporting in by the droves with absolutely terrifying bootleg jobs featuring Pikachu, as Anime News Network reports, from spinning tops to weird Pikachu toys with creepy arms and legs. It seems like Pikachu is the star of so many awful-looking toys that you can barely count what’s out there, but a few of these toys really take the cake.Did you know Pikachu ever had a sword? Apparently so, with colorful lights, Pikachu noises, catchy music, and a Pikachu hilt. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but it’s pretty fun in addition to being totally bizarre. That’s a find from Twitter user @kojiro1069.@ROT_RAG これも一緒なぁ〜( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) pic.twitter.com/tjBtJ87H4l— kojiro (@kojiro1069) January 23, 2017And then there’s this abomination that probably wants to die. Look at its soulless eyes. It doesn’t know what love is because no one has ever given it any. I would like to take care of it, but Twitter user @723takenaka is keeping it as their child: “Hell Pikachu, it has various forms. This is my child.”地獄のピカチュウ、いろんな形態があるんだなぁうちの子はこれ。 pic.twitter.com/6AOxh2mdmV— 竹中夏海 (@723takenaka) January 21, 2017Let these weird Pikachu bootlegs serve as an important warning: Buy real, official Pokemon merchandise if you want to support the series, lest you be scared out of your wits. You never know what type of weirdness is floating around out there, nor how to combat it. Something tells me you don’t just “get rid” of these toys, and they instead haunt you forever.last_img read more

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first_imgIncluding Cabin Life, Kalmbach now publishes 16 magazines, including Astronomy, BeadStyle, Model Railroader and Trains. Waukesha, Wisconsin-based enthusiast publisher Kalmbach Publishing Company has acquired Cabin Life magazine from Fladmark Publishing Company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.“Cabin Life fits our mission in special interest and leisure-time markets,” Kalmbach executive vice president Chuck Croft told FOLIO:. “Cabin Life is an opportunity for us to expand into a new publishing category, which is very exciting for our company, especially during a time of economic uncertainty. It also has some crossover with our astronomy, snowmobiling and bird-watching markets.”Cabin Life publisher Toni Fladmark will remain with the magazine, which also will continue to be published in Duluth, Minnesota. No layoffs are associated with the acquisition. Croft said Kalmbach will maintain the magazine’s eight times per year frequency and will “work to grow Cabin Life’s subscription base and newsstand presence.”last_img read more

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first_imgYolanda Adams, Robert Earl Keen, Lee Greenwood and Sam Moore also to appear at Deep From The Heart: The One America AppealNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 20, 2017 – 5:04 pm A host of music greats are set to perform at Deep From The Heart: The One America Appeal benefit concert on Oct. 21 in College Station, Texas, in front of former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.The event, which will raise funds for hurricane relief in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, will feature performances by GRAMMY winners Alabama, Lyle Lovett, Yolanda Adams, Lee Greenwood, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), as well as GRAMMY nominee Cassadee Pope and Texas country legend Robert Earl Keen.The event will be live-streamed on One America Appeal’s YouTube channel starting at 7 p.m. CST. Donations can be made via One America Appeal’s website.Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes Alabama, Lyle Lovett To Play Benefit Show alabama-lyle-lovett-play-former-us-presidents-benefit-show Alabama, Lyle Lovett To Play For Former U.S Presidents At Benefit Show Twitter News Email Facebook last_img read more

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first_img Twitter The dynamic duo is back at it again with their latest single, which will be included in the rapper’s upcoming album ‘Queen’Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 14, 2018 – 1:01 pm Lucky for us, superstars Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande have taken to collaborating, and the result has been a string of must-listen hits: “Side To Side” from Grande’s 2016 album Dangerous Woman, “Band Bang,” which also included Jessie J, and “Get On Your Knees” from Minaj’s 2014 LP The Pinkprint. Now we have one more to add to the list.On June 14 the GRAMMY-nominated rapper released the latest single from her upcoming album, Queen, titled “Bed.” The sultry song features vocals from Grande, who appropriately sets the mood with the song’s hook: “Got a bed with your name on it/Got a kiss with your name on it.” Meanwhile, Minaj, as Rolling Stone says, “unspools a litany of sly bars.”Following the release of “Rich Sex” featuring Lil Wayne earlier this week, “Bed” marks the fourth taste we’ve heard from Minaj’s Queen, which is scheduled to drop Aug. 10. Minaj will also head out on tour with Future in support of the new album this fall, and one can only hope Grande makes a surprise appearance somewhere along the way.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Email Hear Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande On “Bed” nicki-minaj-ariana-grande-release-hot-new-single-bed News Facebook Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande Release Hot New Single “Bed” last_img read more

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first_imgWe’re rapidly approaching the end of Game of Thrones and we have a lot of feelings about that fact. Some of us are prepped for disappointment. Others revel in Cersei Lannister as the greatest villain in television history. Mostly everyone’s upset that Jon Snow didn’t pat Ghost goodbye.But seeing as we’re headed toward the endgame (and we’ve finally calibrated our televisions correctly), we thought it might be a good time to discuss predictions.Who will ultimately win the Game of Thrones? Here’s what we think. Share your voice 36 of the best Game of Thrones fan theories 7:17 Natalie WeinsteinI dreamt about this after seeing a headline (but not reading the story) about Stephen King’s theory. In my dream, Jaime dies while killing Cersei just as she’s about to do something truly mad — just like when Jaime killed Dany’s father. The Mountain kills the Hound. Greyworm kills the Mountain. Dany and her dragon die in battle with Euron. Jon dies trying to save Dany. Yara shows up and kills Euron.Basically only a miserable Tyrion is left to rule. My dream didn’t include Arya or Bran, though I am sure they will play important roles in the finale. It also didn’t include Sansa, but I’m guessing she remarries Tyrion and finally becomes queen. Finally, Qyburn wasn’t in my dream, but he definitely needs to die a horrible death, along the lines of Ramsay.Despite all that, what I really want is for Dany to break the wheel and to rule — with Jon — in peace. But that feels like I’m asking way too much.game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5Jon is the obvious choice. HBO Patrick HollandCersei kills JaimeArya kills CerseiMountain almost kills HoundArya kills MountainDaenerys goes madJon kills DaenerysJon retires up North a la WolverineBronn kills HarryYara kills EuronPodrick kills the ladies (wink, wink)Sansa wins the Game of ThronesIan SherrI think we all know the true winner here: HBO.Or: Ikea throw rugs.Jennifer BissetI think it’ll be Jon because he didn’t get to kill the Night King, so this is his time to shine. I have no other reasoning.I hope Sansa rules the North and Dany fulfils her destiny in securing King’s Landing — but then she realizes Drogon isn’t happy in Westeros and flies off somewhere where secret dragons live a la How To Train Your Dragon 3.All the characters who have some goal, like Arya killing loads of people, either achieve their goal and die, or die before they achieve their goal. They all die because otherwise they’d be aimless in Jon’s happy kingdom.Sean KeaneDany’s been presented pretty unsympathetically this season and Jon’s strictly adhered to his father-uncle’s code of honor and decency, making him the obvious choice for the throne (even if that honor got Ned killed and Jon really doesn’t want to sit on the chair made of knives).Cersei’s amazing to watch, but she’s had the throne long enough and her uppance badly needs to come.Anyway, if it can’t be Oberyn Martell, who even cares? Dracarys! Mark SerrelsIt’s clear at this point that the ship is steering toward the Jon Snow ending, but this is Game of Thrones and what you think is going to happen is almost meaningless.It’s a tough one to call. The symbolism of Rhaegal getting shot in the neck by Euron Greyjoy, leaving just one dragon remaining, suggests that Dany and Jon ruling over the incest realm as an aunt and nephew power couple probs isn’t happening at this point. The smart money is probably on Jon Snow, given he is a LITERAL AND ACTUAL MARY SUE, but a super-powered Dany is still a possibility.Part of me, however, would love the twist of Cersei winning in the end. Look, she might be a sociopath who hates poor people, but she’s been through a lot, OK? She’s been used and abused, her children have been murdered, and she reigns supreme in the most patriarchal universe in television history. She has taken on men in the game of thrones, bending the rules they wrote, rules that work to her absolute disadvantage, but still she continues to outplay them all.She is my Queen and I will forever bow down to her.Jackson RyanWild fan-fic theories are on the table now that GoT is racing hard to the finish line, right? Then the real winner SHOULD be Hot Pie.Hot Pie actually killed the Night King. He set Arya on her way back to Winterfell, where she ultimately ended the reign of the Blue Man Group. That makes Hot Pie the most genuine, wholesome choice to lead the realm into an era of post-Lannister pastry prosperity. Oh… we can’t go fan-fic? Well, uh, no one. And not like Arya’s No One. Just no one. Nobody wins. We all lose.Sarah McDermottI’ve only seen the first episode but I’m pretty sure that Sean Bean guy’s going to go the distance. Long live King Sean!Dan AckermanThe Jon/Dany power-couple will cycle through several more iterations before we’re through. First with a “conscious uncoupling,” then getting back together, splitting again, etc. At the end, it will devolve into a Rey/Kylo Ren codependent relationship, where they’re teaming up to fight a common enemy one second, then fighting each other the next. But none of that matters, because here’s my go-for-broke prediction. As Mark suggests, the show ends with Cersei (still) on the Iron Throne, her enemies vanquished or exiled. Then the final shot, dollying in on her as she reaches up and… it’s Arya Stark wearing a Cersei mask! Cut to credits. David KatzmaierSansa, with Bran as Hand and Tyrion/Varys as the Hands behind the Hand. After Jon and Dany and Cersei and Jaime kill one another in a massive four-way battle royale in the throne room, intercut with an epic side-battle featuring the Hound and Arya on one side versus The Mountain and a surprisingly spry Qyburn on the other, Tyrion and Varys crawl out from under the wine sidecar looking for someone, anyone left alive to place on the Throne.Some think Cersei has a good shot. HBO In rides Sansa on the back of Lady (fully restored and fluffy thanks to the Lord of Light) next to Rickon on Shaggydog and Bran riding/warging Nymeria. The surviving Northmen and King’s Landing common folk have crowned Sansa Queen now that Jon’s dead and Drogon goes along with it because RESPECT THE NORTH. All hail the new Mother of Dragons and Wolves with a side of Ravens, no King required.Patricia PuentesI really wanted to see the Night King on the Iron Throne because I was a believer in the whole allegory about the White Walkers representing climate change. And Game of Thrones as a cautionary tale to take the planet’s wellbeing more seriously really appealed to me. Now that Westeros seems to be rid of blue-eyed zombies I feel a bit bummed. One thing is clear, I absolutely don’t want a happy ending for this show and I’ll be pissed to no end if Jon+Dany end up sharing the throne, holding hands and living happily ever after. Even if they are a slightly incestuous couple.So either let the merciless Cersei win (she makes for much more entertaining TV than the insipid Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen) or find a way for the Children of the Forest to create a new Night Monarch and let the undead take the Iron Throne.Also if Game of Thrones created an uproar about a Starbucks coffee cup maybe it can create another one about single-use plastic. 38 Photos Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4: The good, the bad…center_img TV and Movies Tags Now playing: Watch this: 7 Comments Game of Throneslast_img read more

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first_imgTwo businesses in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are applying for the region’s first marijuana store licenses: The Green Tree LLC in Bethel, located at 260 C Osage Avenue, and Kuskokwim Enterprises, LLC in Aniak, located at 3 Slough View Drive.Listen NowBoth businesses are in the first week of their three-week required public notice period. The notice informs the public of the businesses’ intent to apply and allows the public to submit comments or objections to their local government, the applicant and to the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.Once the applications are submitted, the Marijuana Control Board has 90 days to grant or deny a license.If they do get a license, how the stores would get licensed marijuana or marijuana products, like edibles, are still-to-be-resolved areas of local law. There are no licensed facilities for growing, testing or manufacturing marijuana in the region and without a road connecting stores to their products, businesses will rely on airplanes for transporting their merchandise. The catch is that airplanes are under federal jurisdiction, where marijuana is illegal, flying over a state where it’s not.“Well, all of marijuana is ‘operate at your own risk’ to some extent,” Cynthia Franklin said. Franklin is Director of the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office. She called the state’s marijuana industry “risky business.”“We don’t have any idea how the federal government is going to react to the reality of Alaska, which is that if you want to have a [marijuana establishment] in an area of the state that’s fairly inaccessible, you might be violating federal transportation rules,” Franklin said. “But keep in mind, everything that we’re doing is federally illegal.”The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a memorandum saying that, in states that have created robust marijuana regulations, if you are a licensed establishment operating in full compliance with these regulations, then you won’t be a priority to prosecute. But it offers no guarantees.“If you look at the end,” Franklin said, “it sort of disavows everything and says, ‘we can still do whatever we want.’”And the memorandum, as mushy as it is, could disappear under Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. Attorney General.The marijuana business in Alaska is still young and in rural Western Alaska, untested. And with a new administration taking over the Justice Department, how the state and federal regulations will co-exist is still to be seen.last_img read more

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first_imgSean YoesEarlier this week, seven women known as, “Mothers of the Movement,” took front and center at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. They are the mothers of the “martyrs” who inspired the Black Lives Matter movement.Gwen Carr is the mother of Eric Garner, who, while unarmed, was choked to death by an NYPD police officer, his death captured on video and seen by millions around the world. Sybrina Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin killed by George Zimmerman, while he was walking home armed with Skittles and iced tea. Lezley McSpadden is the mother of Michael Brown, who, while unarmed, was gunned down by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.We know their stories. And some believe the leadership of the Democratic Party put them in the spotlight for dubious reasons. Because ultimately, the words, “Black Lives Matter,” only appear one time in the platform of the Democratic Party.There is no mention in the platform of the specific stories of Garner, Martin or Brown. No mention of Sandra Bland, Jordan Davis, or Tamir Rice or the thousands of other Black men, women and children who have died while in the custody of law enforcement across the country in just the last few years. So, the Mothers of the Movement moment feels like more Democratic symbolism without the substance to effect real law enforcement reform. Symbolism of mourning Black mothers to appease the Democratic Party’s seemingly unshakeable Black base and assuage White guilt perhaps.It seems like a recurring theme of the 2016 Democratic Convention; Black women, perhaps the most loyal members of the Party, are sent in to clean up the mess (a narrative brilliantly outlined by political strategist Catalina Byrd on First Edition July 25).On day one of the convention, there was Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the disgraced former chair of the DNC clinging to the privilege of gaveling in the convention, until the gavel was literally snatched from her hands and passed to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake (a Black woman) who opened the convention by proclaiming she is the, “mayor of the great city of Baltimore.” Baltimore is one of the epicenters of the Black Lives Matter movement.Donna Brazile (a Black woman), a veteran leader of the Democratic Party who ran Al Gore’s bid for the presidency in 2000, was forced to take over for Wasserman Schultz, after the DNC email leak scandal. And it was Brazile, not Wasserman Schultz, who was forced to apologize. “With a humble heart, I want to say something as your vice chair. I sincerely apologize, my friends, for those of you who took offense and were offended, for those inappropriate emails released from the Democratic Party,” Brazile said.And then of course there was the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama (a Black woman) ending what began as a chaotic first day of the convention, with grace, dignity and elan while delivering one of the great speeches in American political convention history.There are two questions I keep asking over and over again. One, what’s worse: to have your vote taken (Republicans) or to have your vote taken for granted (Democrats)? Two: is it better to be stabbed in the chest (Republicans) or stabbed in the back (Democrats)?Once again, that seems to be the terrible choice of Black people, people of color and poor people in this broken two party system. A choice between Hillary Clinton or Dystopian Donald Trump (or if you want to cast a protest vote, Gary Johnson or Jill Stein). As one caller said of the 2016 General Election during the First Edition show on July 25, “If you think somebody is coming for you,  you’re on your own.”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.last_img read more

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first_imgThe 8-cm-long silica-on-silicon photonic chip in the center of the picture served as the 4-photon QBSM. Arrays of single-mode fibers are glued to the left and right sides of the chip. For viewing purposes, a red laser is coupled into two of the single mode fibers (right side of picture), which illuminate a portion of the on-chip interferometric network. For the boson sampling experiment, the red laser was replaced with single photon sources. There are five thermal phase shifting elements on top of the chip, though they were not used in this experiment. This image relates to the paper by Dr. Spring and colleagues. Credit: Dr. James C. Gates Explore further , Science While interest remains high in creating a true quantum computer, thus far, real world results have been less than promising. Because of that, some experts in the field have suggested that perhaps what’s needed is a new way of looking at the problem. MIT’s Scott Aaronson, for example, has suggested that rather than trying to start by building a quantum computer from the ground up, a better approach might be to build specialty devices that solve just one type of problem. He has suggested that a Galton board created using quantum mechanics principles should be possible. In response, several research teams around the globe have been trying to do just that.Quantum versions of the Galton board take the form of a board that uses photons instead of wooden balls and pegs and are named after the family of particles to which they belong: bosons. The sampling devices work much the same as the Victorian models except in one important way. When a photon in the sampler meets another photon, both must go left, or right – in the real-world physical board, balls can go individually either way on their own. The result should be a device that can calculate far faster than any conventional computer. Using such a setup, one team, led by Justin Spring, has built a sampler capable of computing the permanent of a matrix. Another led by Matthew Broome, has sent three photons through a maze that describe a 6 node optical circuit.What’s perhaps most compelling about the work being done by all of the teams in this area is the promise of scalability. Not in making the boards or balls bigger, but in making the samplers more and more complex by adding more ways that the photons can be manipulated as they move through the device. Theoretically, doing so offers the promise of a universal computer capable of performing limitless numbers of applications. Whether it will be possible to construct such complex devices in the real world however, remains to be seen. Journal information: arXiv © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Separate teams working on boson samplers report progress in separate papers uploaded to the preprint server arXiv and in the journal Science. Each relate the progress being made in developing a quantum version of a Victorian era Galton board – where balls are dropped across a peg board resulting in the representation of a binomial distribution at the bottom. Chinese team builds first quantum router More information: Photonic Boson Sampling in a Tunable Circuit, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1231440ABSTRACTQuantum computers are unnecessary for exponentially efficient computation or simulation if the Extended Church-Turing thesis is correct. The thesis would be strongly contradicted by physical devices that efficiently perform tasks believed to be intractable for classical computers. Such a task is boson sampling: sampling the output distributions of n bosons scattered by some linear-optical unitary process. Here, we test the central premise of boson sampling, experimentally verifying that 3-photon scattering amplitudes are given by the permanents of submatrices generated from a unitary describing a 6-mode integrated optical circuit. We find the protocol to be robust, working even with the unavoidable effects of photon loss, non-ideal sources, and imperfect detection. Scaling this to large numbers of photons will be a much simpler task than building a universal quantum computer.Boson Sampling on a Photonic Chip, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1231692ABSTRACTWhile universal quantum computers ideally solve problems such as factoring integers exponentially more efficiently than classical machines, the formidable challenges in building such devices motivate the demonstration of simpler, problem-specific algorithms that still promise a quantum speedup. We construct a quantum boson sampling machine (QBSM) to sample the output distribution resulting from the nonclassical interference of photons in an integrated photonic circuit, a problem thought to be exponentially hard to solve classically. Unlike universal quantum computation, boson sampling merely requires indistinguishable photons, linear state evolution, and detectors. We benchmark our QBSM with three and four photons and analyze sources of sampling inaccuracy. Scaling up to larger devices could offer the first definitive quantum-enhanced computation.Arxiv papers: arxiv.org/abs/1212.2783 and arxiv.org/abs/1212.2240 Citation: Boson samplers offering promise for new kinds of computing devices (2012, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-boson-samplers-kinds-devices.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. 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first_imgHow are we to think of how we think? Are our minds a separate internal world in which we manipulate mere proxies—symbols, ideas, representations—for real things? Are they software running in the brain whose connection to the real, “external” world is then a further mystery in need of explanation? Or is it rather that we are embodied all the way down, such that even our most abstract thoughts—about mathematics, say, or relations between ideas—are still creatures of our creaturely nature? In “Mind in Motion,” the distinguished cognitive scientist Barbara Tversky makes the case that our embodiment as living, acting creatures is no mere add-on to our problem-solving cognitive capacities. Rather, she argues, the fact that we live and move and act in a physical world is fundamental, in very particular ways, to the very nature of our thought. Moving beyond theory, she draws lessons about how to design education, our environment and our problem-solving strategies to help us to live and think better. Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journallast_img read more

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first_imgPrEP is daily medication to prevent HIV infection | Photo: we.prep.together Instagram Tell me moreThis comes after 56 Dean Street filled their allotment of spaces for the NHS IMPACT trial. The trial was designed to ‘answer questions about the need for the drug, and how to reach the most at-risk populations.’ Since 56 Dean Street reached their quota, and there’s still high interest in trying PrEP, the clinic (part of Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust) is adding this additional Private Care process.The PrEP Shop provides a generic version of the drug for £55 [$76.06; €62.12] a month for those who missed out on a spot in the IMPACT trial. This is the first time the NHS will prescribe generic PrEP (as opposed to the more costly branded version, Truvada) outside the IMPACT trial.‘We’ve created PrEP Shop to make it easier for you to buy generic HIV PrEP from someone you trust. By using the buying power of the NHS we aim to keep prices as affordable as we can,’ the PrEP Shop’s website reads. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Despite being a private prescription, those who participate in this new process will have access to the NHS services that are part of the trial at no extra cost. This includes advice and regular testing.The NHS needs to do better‘We applaud Dean Street for this decision to do all it can to increase access to PrEP. However the fact that an NHS clinic has needed to create this additional option exposes the inadequacies of the current trial which is evidently not meeting need. Places in the trial are filling far too quickly, especially in cities,’ said Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of National AIDS Trust (NAT).‘NHS Trusts should not have to taking these steps to do right by their patients. We call on NHS England, as a matter of urgency, to expand the limits on trial participants so that the need for the drug can be fully monitored (as per the trial’s aims) and, more importantly, so that people can prevent themselves from getting HIV. Further, NHS England must now start working towards routine commissioning of PrEP.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Europe’s largest sexual health clinic launches PrEP service due to huge demandUK charity reveals plans to fund PrEP for those who can’t afford to buy it privatelyLandmark court ruling in UK could pave way for cheaper, generic PrEPRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/europes-largest-sexual-health-clinic-introduce-new-prescription-service-prep/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) 56 Dean Street, Europe’s largest sexual health clinic, will begin offering a new private prescription service for the HIV prevention drug, PrEP. The service, called PrEP Shop, launches on Monday, 12 February.last_img read more

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first_imgTrust and communication are two components pivotal to the success of a peace process, Irish Defence Minister Paul Kehoe told CNA in an interview published on Monday.Kehoe’s visit to the island at the weekend to mark St Patrick’s Day coincided with the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.He said the willingness of the political leadership on two sides, involved in a dispute, to overcome obstacles and bring about peace was another element vital to the success of negotiations, adding that all issues that concern the parties engaged in negotiations must be on the negotiating table.On a more active engagement by Dublin in the Cyprus process, he this would be up to the Irish PM and President Nicos Anastasiades.On Brexit, he said Dublin does not want to go back to where it was in the past, noting that neither Ireland nor the UK wanted to see a “hard border” and called on all EU members to see Ireland as a “very special case” in this respect.Asked to assess the current situation in Ireland 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement, he welcomed the commemoration of the anniversary and said that “when you bring people together, the first thing you have to do is communication and the second is trust.” He explained that from a political point of view on both sides of the divide on the island, that trust grew over a matter of years.“We are lucky today that in the past 20 years we have peace, it is because of the people involved and the political leadership on both sides of the border. It is great for young people in Northern Ireland to witness peace, a lot of young people do not remember the troubles in Northern Ireland,” he said.Kehoe advised that “trust is number one” when it comes to reaching a solution.He said naturally there were stumbling blocks, there have been problems, and there would continue to be problems, but “the most important thing is to try to surmount these problems by having a very close relationship and affinity and trust with all parties and all people involved.”This, he believes, is one of the reasons, “in fact the main reason why we are today where we are.”Asked to identify the main obstacle in the Cyprus process, preventing an agreement, he said each country has its own individual issues, and the two problems cannot really be compared.“In Ireland, one of the things we did was to put our issues on the table, each side put their issues and then we negotiated a package going forward. There were different issues, each side had their own problems and issues” and then “we were able to negotiate those issues and meet half way,” he said.The willingness on both sides that they wanted to get to a point of peace was one of the main reasons why we are where we are in Ireland, he told CNA.On the role of confidence building measures, the Irish minister had this to say: “trust is important, I believe there was willingness on both sides to get to a point, this is the most important thing at the start of the process. The commitment to be able to sit down and negotiate was also important.”Commenting on the relationship between Cyprus and Ireland, Kehoe said: “What I would say from a European point of view is that the relationship between Ireland and Cyprus is very important and we want to build on that and that is one of the reasons I am here today.”During his visit to the island, Kehoe met members of the Irish police force serving with the UN, the UN Chief of Mission, and Cyprus’ Minister for Defence with whom he talked about improving ties and dialogue.The Cypriot minister, he said, has accepted an invitation to visit Ireland in the very near future.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoBon VoyagedCelebrity Mega Yachts That Are Out Of This World – Step AboardBon VoyagedUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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