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Jersey Boys Are Teleporting! Here Are Eight Places They Could Go

first_img Related Shows 3. Next to some hay Those satin jackets sure are soft… Right, Lennie? 7. Chilling with Olaf Who needs a streetlamp to sing under when you’ve got a giant snowman? No one, that’s who. No one. 4. With a giraffe Who wouldn’t want to go on safari with four crooning dudes? Plus, they’d add some killer four-part harmony to “Hakuna Matata.” 5. At Emerson’s Bar and Grill Hey Billie Holiday, it’s OK—while you take your booze break, the Four Seasons are happy to fill in. A new poster for the Jersey Boys movie has been released (check it out below, to the right) and it looks awesome—but wait just a minute! Doesn’t it look an awful lot like the poster the film released in April (bottom left)? In fact, the guys are in the exact same positions, just standing in front of some bar instead of a brick building. The only explanation is teleportation. Since Frankie Valli and his crew obviously have superpowers, we thought they might want to hang out with The Bridges of Madison County’s Francesca and Robert while they’re uh, getting down to business. Below, check out some other fun places the Jersey Boys guys could travel to. Movie execs, take note. 2. In the ring with Rocky Forget “Eye of the Tiger.” The Italian Stallion’s new theme song should be “Bye Bye Baby.”center_img 6. At the beach Fine, this isn’t from a show, but how adorable do Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons look all dressed up in their bright green vacation jackets? View Comments 1. Storming the barricades You know what those passionate revolutionaries need? Some fighting music. May we suggest “Walk Like a Man”? Jersey Boys from $59.00last_img read more

What now, Lieutenant?

first_imgA friend of mine was a Lieutenant in the Marine Corps and led a platoon in battle. He told me the worst feeling he had in combat was when his troops would look at him after plans A, B, and C failed and ask, “What now, Lieutenant?” There was no plan D. I imagine that the world’s Central Bankers are experiencing a similar feeling these days.With regard to the European Central Bank (ECB), the Bank of Japan (BOJ), and perhaps even the Federal Reserve (Fed), it appears they have used every plan in the playbook, and have even created a host of new ones, with very little to show for their efforts. I believe one of the Central Banks’ greatest fears is the perception that they are powerless. It appears perception has become a reality. Even the Fed is down to their last bullet: one measly 25 basis point rate cut and that’s it. Except for a couple of outliers, I don’t think any Fed governor has the stomach for Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP), mainly because it’s just a stupid and dangerous policy.If anything, the Fed may have actually eased this week with Chairwoman Yellen’s speech on Tuesday. She said, “I consider it appropriate for the committee (Federal Open Market Committee) to proceed cautiously in adjusting policy. This caution is especially warranted because, with the federal funds rate so low, the FOMC’s ability to use conventional monetary policy to respond to economic disturbances is asymmetric.” Additionally, since the March FOMC meeting, the Fed has talked about letting the unemployment rate run below the Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment (NAIRU). This is essentially moving the goalpost on their inflation and growth targets in order to push back the levels they would have to see in order to move forward with monetary policy normalization. This is why the market has swiftly taken FOMC rate hikes out of 2016 as evidenced by a 75 basis point two-year Treasury note. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

What Is the Best Air Purifier You Can Buy in India? Everything You Need to Know

first_imgAnd of course, the problem isn’t just about the air outside the house — the air inside is no better. Not only are the pollutants from outside coming in, but because pollutants inside the house from cleaning sprays and perfumes, candles and cooking gas, and even dander from your pets or chemicals like varnish on your wooden furniture, are all entering the air you breathe. – Advertisement – There isn’t a definitive answer — we simply don’t test enough air purifiers to be able to say “this is the one”, and from what we can tell, most people who are making similar recommendations are also actually looking at the same pool of products. Apart from the basic functions (which boil down to a fan and a filter) most air purifiers come with various extra features and you’ll have to decide what is actually useful for you.All the purifiers in the list are ones that I’ve personally tested, using an Air Quality Monitor (this one, if you’re curious) to independently verify their effectiveness, and so that we’re not reliant on the inbuilt air quality measurements. This has the additional advantage of allowing us to test the effective range of the air purifier — with the AQM, you can check the readings at various parts of a room to see how far away the air is actually getting cleaned. PM10 particles, which are connected to construction sites, burning crops, and pollen, had peaked around Diwali last year, and from late December continued to decline slowly until March, after which the levels dropped sharply and remained low until September, from when there’s been a sharp rise. NOx particles, which are largely linked to vehicular pollution, dropped to almost zero in March, but from August, this has also been rising, as people have started to get back to work and more cars are on the roads again. PM2.5 particles, which cause smog, have been rising steadily across September and October, after a six-month period where the air was clear.Dhariyash Rathod, CEO of Smart Air India, a company that makes DIY air purifier kits that are much more affordable than a typical air purifier, also warned that the winter is not going to continue to see clear skies. “Despite the COVID crisis and people working from home, Delhi has witnessed very poor air quality in the past few weeks. Factors such as crop stubble burning, industrial pollution, and low temperatures are some of the reasons for deteriorating air quality in Delhi,” he said.breezo aqi breezoBreezo’s dashboard showing the PM2.5 levels for the last yearPhoto Credit: BreezoThe drop in power consumption and subsequent shutdowns of power plants led to some of the biggest gains in air quality, and as life returns to normal (and so does demand) this is turning around again, bringing the smog back to the city, Blue Sky’s Puri said. Add to that stubble burning picking up again in September, and the problem is only getting worse.“What we’ve seen across these readings suggests that crop burning and the power plants are the main causes for pollution in Delhi and the other areas in the region,” Puri said. “This means that the air quality is going to get worse again, unless major changes are made.” And although there are some measures coming in place such as smog towers, the volume of pollution is so great that unless you’re standing right next to a tower you’re not likely to see a real benefit, she pointed out.Abhilasha Purwar, CEO of Blue Sky, wrote about this in a blog post and said, “As the world reopens again, it will fall upon us to reimagine its structure. Reimagine the priorities for the budget, policy, technology, and implementation. Re-demand clean air, lower emissions, aggressive climate action.”Simplifying the jargonSo it’s clear that you need to buy an air purifier. But buying an air purifier is complicated, as there are a huge number models to choose from, with a number of different features, and it’s hard to quickly and easily make sense of the jargon. Some even argue that this is intentional — if there’s enough confusion in the customer’s mind, they might be more likely to stick to known brands, and expensive models, when something much simpler could do the job. More likely though, is the fact that brands all keep looking for some differentiation to stand out in the market, and in doing so, end up creating this confusing mess without even having to try.However Rathod of Smart Air has some tips that customers can keep in mind.“There are thousands of air purifier models to choose from, so how can you find the best air purifier that’s right for you? First, ignore the marketing hype. First thing which one should look in an air purifier is to ignore the claims about proprietary technology that aren’t backed up by the test data. Find third-party test data like AHAM to verify a purifier’s effectiveness,” he said.“Go straight to the numbers — instead of marketing hype, focus on the numbers. The most important numbers for an air purifier are the room size it covers (in sqft or m2) and its CADR rating. Room size means how big a room the purifier can cover (when running on its highest setting). CADR tells you how much clean air is coming out of the purifier. If you’re looking for a quieter air purifier, choose one with a higher room size/CADR number and then run it on low,” he continued.As Rathod pointed out, the core of a purifier is really just two parts; the filter and the fan. The design will determine what’s most effective in sucking in air and clearing out the room, and while a HEPA filter is a standard to be followed, additional filters like a charcoal filter help trap gases like CO2 and so you’ll want to check about the different filters in a purifier before you purchase it.CADR — Clean Air Delivery Rate is an important number to look at, as Rathod pointed out. But some companies don’t use this figure. Dyson, the British company which is best known for its vacuum cleaners, entered the air purifier market a few years ago, and it argues that this figure isn’t too useful for real world conditions. “CADR test is done in a small 12 square meter room, with the air purifier kept in the middle of the room, with a ceiling fan to spread the air around the room,” the company said in a mailed response, “The challenge however is that this isn’t exactly representative of the real-world environment.”So Dyson instead uses something it calls a POLAR test. As part of this test, the company explained, the air purifier in question is placed in one corner of the room, pretty much how you would probably keep it in your living room or bedroom. The pollutants are then added into the room from the other corner, which is perhaps the toughest test of strength for an air purifier. There are nine air quality sensors places in all corners of the room including one sensor in the centre, to understand the exact air quality in the different parts of the room at all times.“Customers in India like to compare specs a lot,” a Xiaomi representative told Gadgets 360 earlier, “but this is one product where I don’t think that’s actually a great idea. I think you should focus on how transparent the brand is being, like when it gives you indicators about clean air, so you actually know what the purifier is doing. Look at things like the cost of the filter, and how easy that is going to be to replace. Look for smart features, by which I don’t just mean convenience, but smart like automatically adjusting the filter based on the air quality, and sending you an alert to change the filter.”Speaking to Gadgets 360 earlier, Girish Bapat, Director, West and South Asia for the Swedish company Blueair, stressed on the importance of a HEPA filter. “A HEPA filter will remove most of the PM 2.5, allergens and mites, from the air. It an also filter out smaller particles, like cigarette smoke,” he added. “You should check the particle size that is being filtered, it should be 0.3 to 0.1 which catches even viruses that make people fall sick. But that doesn’t remove bad odours and pollutants in gases. For that, activated carbon is best. Sulphur gases and carbon fumes from the outside, cooking releases gases, so a carbon filter is very important too.”“Finally, know that more expensive doesn’t mean better. It seems logical, the phrase ‘you pay for what you get’ exists for a reason, right? And who wouldn’t want to pay more to protect their health? Unfortunately, the purifier world doesn’t work like that. Turns out air purifiers are surprisingly simple – they’re just fans and filters that can even be DIY-ed at home,” said Smart Air’s Rathod.What other features are important?So far, we’ve got an understanding of some of the causes of pollution, and why we need a purifier at all. CADR (or other measures that similarly give you and idea about the rate at which clean air comes from the purifier) are the main starting point to look for. A genuine HEPA filter is another important factor to look at. Further filters like a pre filter will help extend the life of the HEPA filter, and a charcoal filter will help with gases. So far this is simple enough.How about purifiers that have additional features like displays showing the air quality, or ultraviolet light to kill viruses (specially for people who are worrying about COVID?) and other features like Internet connectivity and smartphone apps?Let’s talk UV first. Dyson points out that UV light uses radiation to destroy bacteria, viruses and mould. However, it does not remove dust, allergens or particles in the air. This means that for the normal pollution related issues, you don’t need to buy a purifier that has this feature — but if you don’t mind spending the extra money, it could have benefits. However, it’s worth noting that for covid specifically, the likelihood of the virus simply hanging in the air in your home is pretty low. Companies like IQAir are doing this for hospitals, but at home it might not really make a big air IQAir’s air purification systems are being sold in hospitals for air quality control“When buying an air purifier, the consumer must check if the purification system is capable of removing small particles (0.0003 size microns), viruses and bacteria. It should provide quick cleaning for all sizes of rooms and have a real-time air quality assurance feature that can help you analyse the pollutant levels in the air,” said Dipanjan Chakraborty, Business Lead, Domestic Appliances, Philips Indian Subcontinent.Some purifiers, such as the ones from Dyson’s line, include humidifiers for dry conditions, and heaters for the winter. Having tried these, it’s safe to say that they’re extremely effective in those roles — but from a purification perspective, this doesn’t make a difference. If you don’t want to clutter your house with multiple devices to deal with dry air or cold weather along with pollution, this could be very handy, but these purifiers are also a lot more expensive than something basic like a Mi Air Purifier, so you’re going to have to balance the cost against your needs.Other features, like a digital display showing the air quality, sound nice in theory, but in practice don’t really affect your usage. The best way to use an air purifier is the same way you use a water purifier — you keep it running at all times while at home. You wouldn’t filter only some of the water in your home, and in much the same way, you won’t be constantly checking the air quality and adjusting the purifier. Almost every purifier on the market has an auto mode which checks the particulate matter levels, and automatically adjusts the fan speed to compensate.Smart apps that let you control the purifier whole away from home also sound nice, but in practice, you’re not likely to use this feature often — these are fun gimmicks, and if you don’t mind spending the extra money, by all means go for them, but they’re not essential.Can you build a DIY purifier?Actually — yes. We’ve mentioned this before, that the core of a purifier is a filter and a fan, and Smart Air started out by selling kits to put together your own purifier. Today, the brand sells its own air purifiers as well, priced at Rs. 8,499. We haven’t tested this one yet, but it claims a CADR of 315cbm per hour, and it has a fantastic design.However, the company still sells standalone HEPA filters too, for Rs. 3,550 — or if you like, you can buy some on Amazon, where they are even cheaper. Just make sure that you’re buying a genuine HEPA filter, and strap it onto a fan to get started. Visit the Smart Air website to learn more about DIY air purifiers.SmartAir kit The DIY Air Purifiers Smart Air got started withPhoto Credit: Smart AirWhich air purifier should I buy?If you’ve made it this far, you should have an idea about how to choose an air purifier yourself. Look for a brand that’s well known, so that it’ll be easier to get servicing done when needed. Look for key information like the use of a genuine HEPA filter, the air delivery rate, and other features that matter to you. For a bigger room, you’ll need a higher CADR, and for a small room, you don’t need to spend so much money. But if you’re not interested in wading through all the details and just want someone to help you figure out which air purifier to buy, here are some of my favourites, which I’ve personally tested.One of the cheapest air purifiers in our list is the Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3. It’s priced at approximately Rs. 10,000 on Amazon, but I’ve seen the price drop by a few hundred rupees during festive sales. Unlike the original Mi Air Purifier, which came with a “HEPA-like” filter, this one comes with a true HEPA filter and there’s a touch display for the controls that also shows the AQI level, and a CADR of 380cbm per hour.It’s affordable and effective, and has a simple appealing design, which makes it a popular choice among many people. But if you’re looking for a different brand, then at around the same price, the Philips AC1217 is another good option. Having used this one in Delhi, it’s tested in some of the worst conditions. It’s typically selling for just over Rs. 10,000, but frequently discounted as it is an older model. It’s effective and fairly quiet too, with a CADR of 260cbm per hour. For bigger rooms though (around 300 to 400 sq ft) the Philips AC2887 is a better idea — it has a higher 333cbm per hour CADR, making it a good value for money buy.For just a little more, we’re still big fans of Blueair, and specifically the Blueair Blue 211 priced at just over Rs. 20,000. This purifier is small and stocky and looks great with a colourful cloth filter on top apart from the other filters. It doesn’t have too many bells and whistles — you just turn it on and let it do its thing. But it’s very effective despite its small size, with a CADR of 590cbm per hour. When tested in a large open room, this was the most effective purifier as seen with the AQM — it doesn’t have Wi-Fi or a display or an app, but if you just want to switch it on and forget about it, this is a good pick.Our last two picks are three Dyson air purifiers — the Dyson Pure Cool Link Air (review), priced at Rs. 29,900, the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Air Purifier (review) priced at Rs. 55,900, and the Dyson Pure Humdify + Cool Air Purifier and Humdifier, also priced at Rs. 55,900.Although Dyson doesn’t agree with CADR as a measure, in our own testing we found these to be highly effective — the second most effective purifier we’ve tried, after the BlueAir. Aside from the air purification, these are premium products that are popular for their design, and they double up to fill secondary functions — whether cooling the room (which is fun but not that meaningful in most Indian cities), acting as a humidifier (which isn’t as effective as a standalone humidifier that you can get for less than Rs. 5,000, but does the job well enough that you don’t need to keep two devices in the room) or a room heater (which it does much more safely than a typical radiator or blower).These purifiers come with all the bells and whistles, and the experience of owning one is definitely one that speaks to the premium positioning of these products. But if your main concern is air quality, then the cost of the newer devices especially might be a bridge too far for many people.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. Air Purifiers in this ArticlePrice Blueair Blue 211Rs. 23,995 Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 3Rs. 9,999 What causes air pollution, and is it likely to get worse?Tejasvini Puri, at Blue Sky analytics (a Delhi-based company that analyses air quality) talked to Gadgets 360 about some of the data that the company has gathered this year, and explained that although pollution did significantly drop during the lockdown, this was not just because of fewer vehicles on the roads (as people had to stay home for social distancing) but also because of a decrease in the electricity requirements, as industrial units also had to go offline at the start of lockdown.- Advertisement – Philips AC1217Rs. 9,575 Dyson Pure Cool LinkRs. 29,900 So, it’s clear that we need air purifiers, but what’s the right one to pick? In this guide, we’re going to explain how air purifiers work and what you need to know about them, so that you can make a more informed choice — but if you’re looking for some suggestions instead, then just jump to the last section, called “Which air purifier should I buy?” to see our recommendations.- Advertisement – What is the best air purifier to buy? This is a question that comes up a lot, especially from people in Delhi. Although the early days of lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus saw the air quality improve drastically, things have been inching back to normal, and particularly in North India, the levels of pollution are again highly dangerous. A number of factors go into this — from a return in electricity demand, to more vehicles coming back on the roads, and as an annual feature, stubble burning in farms in Punjab, which experts say is a huge contributor to the problem of air pollution. Although stopgap measures like restricting the number of cars on the roads, or banning fireworks will help somewhat, they won’t be able to make a big difference either.And that’s why, if you can afford one, then having an air purifier is a must. However, this doesn’t just apply to people living in Delhi (or the North Indian region) alone. In Mumbai, the air quality in the Colaba area is 800 (it should ideally be under 50) according to AQICN. On Breezo’s data, it is 915 at the time of writing, and other areas like the airport are much better — but still ten times worse than the acceptable levels. According to the platform’s visualisation, that’s the equivalent of smoking five cigarettes. Bengaluru appears to be one of the best major cities in terms of air quality, with levels that are only three times higher than the acceptable.- Advertisement – Philips AC 2887Rs. 15,999 Dyson Pure Humdify+CoolRs. 59,900 Dyson Pure Hot+CoolRs. 59,900last_img read more

Online booking of accommodation through the sharing economy is used by every sixth person in the EU

first_imgAccording to the results of the 2017 survey, which he is conducting Eurostat EU statistical service, and some are the result of surveys conducted in 2017 on the use of ICT (information and communication technologies) in households and individuals, 17% of individuals in the EU have arranged accommodation (room, apartment, house, cottage, etc.) using the web site or application in the previous 12 months.The research was conducted in context sharing economics, where transactions relate between private persons. Thus, most respondents used more well-known websites or applications, ie those that specialize in this particular service, but also other sites or applications, including social networks.On the other hand, contracting internet transport services was less common, used by around 8% of individuals in the EU. Again, this is mostly done through dedicated websites or sharing economics apps. While online booking of accommodation, be it a room, apartment, house, were more common among individuals aged 25-54 (22%), arranging transportation services from another private person tends to be more popular among the younger generation those aged 14 to 16 years).An online accommodation service in the context of the sharing economy, most used in the UK and the Netherlands. Thus, in the UK 1 out of 3 people (34%) aged 16 to 74 used online accommodation booking, in Luxembourg 1 out of 5 people (22%), Ireland 21%, Malta and the Netherlands 20 percent.In contrast, the Czech Republic (1%) recorded the lowest percentage among the Member States for which data are available, followed by Cyprus (4%), Portugal and Romania (6% each), as well as Croatia (7%).last_img read more

Luxury beach house among those going to auction on the Gold Coast this weekend

first_img13 The Peninsula, Sovereign Islands.“I think I’ve had about 40 groups through,” Mr Moyer said.“This is the best buy that’s available on Sovereign Islands at the moment.“I’d be surprised if it didn’t sell.”Natural finishes, including stone and timber, are featured throughout while an infinity pool, outdoor entertaining pavilion and media room offer luxury living.A Hope Island home at 2163 Beaufort Way will go to auction shortly after at midday.Marketing agent Rob Casbolt, also of Professionals Vertullo Real Estate, expected a crowd of spectators based on the interest the property had received. 194 Pacific Pde, Bilinga.A FOUR-storey beachfront home with a spa, sauna, gym and cinema will go under the hammer this weekend.Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker is marketing the towering Bilinga home at 194 Pacific Parade. He described it online as a “luxury trophy home” that captured views of the “surf, sand and sunrises” from its multiple balconies and rooftop terrace. 194 Pacific Pde, Bilinga. 194 Pacific Pde, Bilinga.It exudes opulence with imported marble tiles, German appliances and soaring ceilings and windows and has a raft of features, including prayer room, tiered home theatre and wet bar.But it’s the top floor with outdoor spa, a sauna, kitchen, and gym that is truly impressive.It will go to auction on Saturday at 11am.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoGoing under the hammer at the same time is a Sovereign Islands mansion at 13 The Peninsula. Professionals Vertullo Real Estate agent Chris Moyer said its “amazing waterfront position” and extensive renovation was attracting a range of buyers, from families to older couples. 13 The Peninsula, Sovereign Islands. 2163 Beaufort Way, Hope Island.center_img 13 The Peninsula, Sovereign Islands. 2163 Beaufort Way, Hope Island.“We’re expecting a number of registered (bidders), we’ll have at least four to five I’d think,” Mr Casbolt said.“We’ve got a couple of families interested and we’ve got international buyers as well.“Most are looking to live in it.”He said its design and style gave it a “nautical-type feel”.It has an open kitchen and living area that flows onto a wrap around outdoor entertainment area, which overlooks an infinity edged pool and the river. 2163 Beaufort Way, Hope Island. 194 Pacific Pde, Bilinga.last_img read more

Study: Jack-Up Free Turbine Installation and Maintenance Makes SENSE

first_imgA new wind turbine installation and maintenance technology being developed by SENSE Offshore Limited could cut the cost of energy from future deepwater sites by around 9% and from nearshore sites by 4%, the Innovate UK Energy Catalyst study shows.The results of a GBP 200,000 study involving detailed engineering analysis on the Self Erecting Nacelle System (SENSE) show the new technology could help industry go farther and deeper without the use of jack-ups.There is currently no proven technology capable of installing the next generation of turbines and towers on foundations in water depths greater than 60m apart from building ever larger and more expensive jack-ups and semi-subs, according to SENSE.The company, which is developing the technology for commercial roll out in 2021, says its system means large jack-ups and crane vessels are not needed to install the turbine nacelles and rotors or for maintenance including the change out of major components.SENSE is a modular, removeable transport and installation system mounted on a standard large construction vessel.SENSE Offshore MD Patrick Geraets said: “Wind turbines are getting bigger and developers want to exploit deep water sites. How are these turbines going to be installed? SENSE is an answer – faster, cheaper, independent of water depth, with world wide application and it is scalable to the larger turbines coming to market in the next five years.”SENSE transports a pre-assembled and tested rotor nacelle assembly on board a large multi-purpose construction vessel and is said to have solved the problem of transferring 700+tonne loads in significant wave heights from the vessel to the tower. The SENSE transportation carriage then carries the turbine to the top of the tower on rails. The process is reversible for maintenance and replacement.The Innovate UK Study was carried out for SENSE Offshore by a project team of contractors including GBG, PHG Consulting, Industrial Systems and Control, BVG Associates, Knowtra and James Fisher Marine Services.It found the SENSE System could cut around EUR 125 million from the capital expenditure (CapEx) on a GBP 5.1 billion, 1,200MW wind farm in waters in excess of 70 metres and save EUR 28.5m a year in operating expenditure (OpEx).On a shallower large site where water depths are similar to North Sea farms currently being built with jack-ups, SENSE could save EUR 84m in CapEx and EUR 10m in OpEx per year, the company said.SENSE Offshore is now planning the next stage of development to bring its technology to market within 4 years.“To do this we need to significantly accelerate the pace of development, for which we need both investment and industrial partners,” Geraets said.The company is looking for partners and investment to add to an Innovate UK Energy Catalyst application that is currently under way for an award of up to GBP 1.5m. This project will carry out detailed design and engineering and onshore scale tests to demonstrate the SENSE System in preparation for undertaking a full-scale test offshore.“A partner or investor could be an existing construction company looking to expand its offering to the offshore wind industry to include large turbine installation and maintenance, or a new entry eyeing this growing and substantial market,” said Geraets.last_img read more

Comprehensive medicinal cannabis bill drawn – Shane Reti

first_imgMedia Release National Party Dr Shane Reti 23 July 2020My Member’s Bill to implement a comprehensive medicinal cannabis regime that would widen access to medicinal cannabis and license high quality domestic production, has been drawn in Parliament, MP for Whangarei Shane Reti says.“New Zealanders deserve greater access to high quality medicinal cannabis products to ease their suffering, but we must have the right regulatory and legislative controls in place.“My bill is a more comprehensive alternative to the Government’s cannabis bill. The Government has said it will increase access now and leave it to officials to think through the controls and the consequences later. That’s typical of this Government but it’s not acceptable.“The Government declined the bill 18 months ago, if they hadn’t New Zealanders would have access to affordable medicinal cannabis right now.The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill (No 2) will achieve the following:Medicinal cannabis products will be approved in the same way a medicine is approved by Medsafe. No loose leaf cannabis products will be approved.Medical practitioners will decide who should have access to a Medicinal Cannabis Card, which will certify them to buy medicinal cannabis products.Medicinal cannabis products will be pharmacist-only medicine.Cultivators and manufacturers must be licenced for commercial production. Licence holders and staff will be vetted to ensure they are fit and proper persons.A licensing regime that will create a safe market for medicinal cannabis products. Cultivators and manufacturers will not be able to be located within 5km of residential land, or 1km of sensitive sites such as schools and wahi tapu.No advertising of medicinal cannabis products to the public will be permitted.The Ministry of Health will review the legislation in five years.“National is determined to be a constructive opposition working on new ideas and new policies. This bill is the result of significant work, including a study I conducted overseas and reflects a blend of international best practice, tailored to New Zealand.“I recognise there is a delayed medicinal cannabis process underway by the Government, but I encourage them to pick up the enormous amount of work done by National in Opposition and implement our comprehensive reforms to ensure this is done once and done right. So that New Zealanders in need can access high quality medicinal cannabis products to ease their suffering.” read more

‘One and Done’: Illini oust Badgers in Indy

first_imgUW guard Trevon Hughes fouled out in the Badgers\’ quarterfinal loss to Illinois Friday afternoon.[/media-credit]INDIANAPOLIS — With 33 seconds remaining in Friday’s quarterfinal game versus Illinois, all signs seemed to point to a Wisconsin victory.Although the Badgers trailed by two, they had stolen all the game’s momentum from Illinois. And Trevon Hughes was on such a hot streak nothing could stop him. Except, of course, Hughes’ fifth foul, which came just seven seconds later.With that, the Illini regained the game’s momentum, making two of three free throws while the Badgers missed their only shot attempt.Shooting 8-of-10 from the field, a perfect 2-for-2 beyond the arc and 3-of-5 from the free-throw line, junior center Mike Tisdale led all scorers Friday afternoon with 21 points.When the final buzzer sounded and the score read 58-54 in Illinois’ favor, the Illini walked off the court knowing their season would continue at least another day.“We came here to keep living one day at a time,” Illini head coach Bruce Weber said. “So we’re excited about [the win].”Conversely, those in cardinal and white were left asking “What if?” As in, what if the Badgers had made seven shots in the first half instead of six? Or, what if Wisconsin had gone to the free-throw line 20 times instead of 14?And finally, what if Hughes had never fouled out of the game? Of course, like a true senior, Hughes was quick to point out the flaw in the last of those questions.“You can’t look at it that way,” he said. “In the first half, if I made a couple there or tr[ied] to get some more stops on defense, we wouldn’t have even been in that situation. It’s throughout the whole game, not just that instance right there when I fouled out.“The whole game, we put ourselves in that position. We had a chance to win or tie it, and we feel short.”Then again, what if Illinois had kept UW down for the entire 40 minutes, rather than allowing its opponent to cut the lead to just two points late in the game?With 6:50 remaining in the game, Demetri McCamey missed a layup, grabbed his own rebound and found D.J. Richardson open beyond the arc. Richardson hit that jumper, extending Illinois’ lead to 46-30 and all but sealing victory for the Illini.Or so it seemed.Over the next six-plus minutes, Wisconsin outscored Illinois 24-10 to make it just a two-point game when Hughes drilled a three with 33 seconds remaining. Hughes had gone 0-for-11 to start the game, but finished the game by hitting four of his last five, all from beyond the arc.Much like he did earlier in the season at Northwestern, Hughes did not let his poor shooting throughout the first 38 minutes of the game discourage him.“You’ve got to keep believing,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “As poorly as our shooters shot the ball, they were still the ones that were igniting some good things that were happening.”To open the game, Hughes was not the only one struggling offensively. Wisconsin shot poorly as a team in the first half — and that’s putting it lightly.The Badgers hit just 18.2 percent of 33 first-half attempts from the floor, including just 3-for-12 from beyond the arc. As a result, UW scored just 20 points before halftime.Of those 20, junior forward Jon Leuer had 11, leading all scorers. Leuer would score just three points in the second half, though, matching Hughes with a team-high 14 points.Illinois’ first half shooting was just the opposite, as head coach Bruce Weber’s squad shot 13-of-20, or 65 percent from the floor before the break. McCamey led the Illini with 10 first-half points.But thanks to 10 Illini turnovers in the opening period, the halftime score was just 29-20.For the game, Illinois turned the ball over 17 times, compared to just five turnovers for Wisconsin. Unfortunately for the Badgers, however, they did not take advantage quite as well as they would have liked.“What did they end up with, 17 turnovers?” Ryan asked rhetorically after the game. “Come on. That’s — you put a team in that position where there’s a difference of 12, you’ve got to be on the other side with that one.“And then when you’re not, you lick your wounds and go to next.”While the game was within reach at the half, the Badgers failed to break out of their poor shooting ways to open the second half, as Illinois scored five unanswered over the first four minutes to make it 34-20. A 6-2 run by Wisconsin shortly thereafter cut that lead back to 10 points at 36-26.Play went back and forth over the next five minutes, with Illinois leading 41-30 with 9:51 remaining after a pair of Jason Bohannon free throws. The next five points went to Illinois, though, which made it 46-30 following Richardson’s shot.Wisconsin made it interesting from there, but it was simply too little too late.last_img read more

Website raises funds for students in need

first_imgHonorio Antonio, a rising junior majoring in psychology, was one of the students who received funds from the GoFundMe page. Using his work-study money to pay his internet bill to be able to take online classes, Antonio said the Care Collective supplied not only compensation for his lost funds but affirmation that the group was looking out for marginalized students.  The Care Collective founders hope the initiative will remain active and available following the pandemic. Sambrano said she aims to work with Whitney to incorporate the Care Collective into his future classes so students can continue adding up-to-date resources and publicizing the website. Sharing resources with students in need is important now more than ever due to rapidly changing circumstances, Sambrano and Mota said. To help others in similar situations, students in Emerson Whitney’s “Contemporary Issues in LGBTQ Studies” course, including Sambrano, created the USC Care Collective, a website and fundraiser designed to provide resources to marginalized communities on campus. Since its launch via social media and advertising on student assemblies’ newsletters April 23, a total of $840 has been distributed to more than 20 students who applied to the fund. “What was given to me just came at the perfect time,” Antonio said. “In a way, it’s providing us with that reassurance that everything’s going to be OK more than the actual physical value of the money that’s being given.” “It’s been super nice and really encouraging to see so many people interact with our posts and talk about [the Care Collective],” Sambrano said. “Seeing the impact that it’s actually having is kind of mind-blowing — not scary, but it’s shocking because a lot of people are actually paying attention to us.” With uncertainty about whether classes will resume in person in the fall, programming departments such as the Queer & Ally Student Assembly have adjusted to promoting their resources and preparing to hold events online. QuASA assistant director Ren Ye said the Care Collective has proven helpful in highlighting QuASA, as well as other LGBTQ resources on campus, to students who may need them.  Inspired by a course reading by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha titled “Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice,” a book about increasing access to resources for marginalized communities, Sambrano, Mitchell and Lupe Mota, another student in the course who was not a part of Mitchell and Sambrano’s original idea, decided to highlight the book’s concept of a care web in their final project. A care web, as coined by the reading, is a system of mutual aid where communities, especially those that are marginalized, come together and help one other by providing resources to each other, rather than relying on top-down assistance. Sambrano said she and her classmates felt the need to emphasize the care web aspect of the intiative that serves marginalized communities, such as undocumented and international students, since many USC resources are not openly available to them. “We don’t know what the state of the world is, even in a month or two,” Mota said. “I hope that people see [the Care Collective], and they want to create their own or donate to this one or another one that they want to give back to.” Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan To apply to the Care Collective, students complete an online form that requires applicants to provide a USC email address and list which marginalized communities they identify with. Besides access to funds, the website also includes links to various identity-specific resources, including the Undocumented Trojans Online Resource Center and Student Equity and Inclusion Programs. A radical reading list, spearheaded by Mota, a 2020 graduate, is also available on the website and features works that focus on communities and topics often not discussed in academia, such as anarchic studies and indigenous histories. Mota, a researcher for the Department of Art History and a Mellon Mays undergraduate research fellow who studied faculty diversity in colleges and universities, said she was initially unsure what to contribute to the collective but ultimately decided to incorporate her knowledge from past academic research.  With links to small businesses run by USC students, as well as a page accepting direct donations to provide financial relief to students in need of assistance, the collective initially planned on collecting donations through their website. However, once the website had been running for two weeks, Sambrano found most of the website’s traffic went toward the identity-specific resources and radical reading list rather than the small businesses and student direct payment pages. This prompted Sambrano and Mitchell to launch a GoFundMe campaign to provide aid for students in need who are not qualified to receive financial relief through the coronavirus relief bill, such as undocumented individuals. center_img Under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, USC received $19.3 million to provide financial assistance to students facing dire circumstances during the pandemic. However, these funds are not available to DACA or international students, those who do not achieve satisfactory academic progress and other students, such as those with prior drug convictions, who do not qualify for federal financial aid. The Care Collective aims to redress this gap. Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan “What we were really concerned about was finances for those in need, with uncertainty around evictions and rent freezes, as well as regular everyday needs, like groceries,” Mitchell said. “We were concerned for our community and those students who traditionally get left behind by administration.” “My parents are undocumented. My mom doesn’t work, and my dad lost his job — he was laid off when everything happened,” Sambrano said. “I was the only one, within the first month [after USC’s transition to online classes who] was the only sole provider through my part-time, minimum-wage student worker position.”  “It’s hard to advocate for a group that’s underrepresented, and the initiative that the [USC Care Collective] is providing is really helpful,” Ye said. “[QuASA has historically had] to do a lot of tabling fundraising events in order to kind of get traction or get our name out to students who might not necessarily know that there are LGBT resources that are friendly … Having something like this really helps us bring attention to this stuff.”  Whitney’s course usually requires a final project that focuses on connecting LGBTQ issues to problems faced by other marginalized communities. Following the transition to remote learning, Whitney made the assignment optional. Sambrano, who is the Care Collective’s lead creator, and Seth Mitchell, a graduate student studying occupational therapy, originally planned to create a website that would provide information and educate students on diversity and inclusion resources available on campus for their final project. Their initial project evolved into the Care Collective, which is similarly dedicated to student solidarity but focuses more on providing identity-specific financial aid.  “I spent hours trying to figure out ways in which I could bring knowledge … that I feel like most marginalized communities would access and could benefit from accessing,” Mota said. “I think what was really special about this collective was that we all took up certain roles that we could, in our own capacity, take care of.”  For students in undocumented or mixed-status families like Alexia Sambrano, a rising junior majoring in neuroscience and cognitive science, the coronavirus pandemic has caused struggles most citizens don’t face — like not qualifying for the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act direct payments and, in Sambrano’s case, being the sole breadwinner for her household.  “I wanted to emphasize it and the class wanted to emphasize it as well, that it was specifically for [Black and indigenous individuals, people of color], low-income, undocumented, queer and trans students, just because these are the communities that are being affected the most by COVID, and we don’t see a lot of that coming from USC as a whole,” Sambrano said.last_img read more