About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Martinez: The defence kept saying ‘clean sheet, clean sheet!’by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmiliano Martinez was delighted to keep a clean sheet in Arsenal’s win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.The Gunners kickstarted their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Martinez said after the game: “We said before the game that we had to stick together. We worked to make sure we kept the clean sheet. “The back four were talking all the time and saying, ‘Clean sheet, clean sheet’, even when we scored the first goal. We need to build on that, keep more clean sheets and we know that we can create loads of chances with Pepe, Auba, Bukayo and Martinelli. “They’re really good going forward so we have to stick together to keep more clean sheets.”
Atletico Madrid fullback Santiago Arias: I spoke to James about moveby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid fullback Santiago Arias admits he spoke to James Rodriguez about a possibly joining him this season.James was tipped to leave Real Madrid this summer, with Atletico being touted as a possible destination, but he ended up staying at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.”We talked about Atleti,” Arias, who plays with James in the Colombian national team, told Onda Madrid.”I asked him if the rumours were true and I explained how things were here, but not much else.”There were options, but we didn’t speak about it much more because it was down to the clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
It’s been a long year for both Michigan and Rutgers on the hardwood. Saturday, the basketball Gods decided to make it just a little bit longer. During the first half of the contest between the Wolverines and the Scarlet Knights, the lights went out at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Here’s video of the incident.Lights going out at Rutgers-Michigan game mid-play. #B1G pic.twitter.com/DjuypIi3gw— Matt C (@05HAWKI) March 7, 2015The issue was quickly fixed, and the teams have resumed play. Michigan is up 41-26 with two minutes to play in the first session.
andrew harrison racial slur frank kaminsky final four kentucky wisconsinKentucky sophomore guard Andrew Harrison took to Twitter early Sunday morning to apologize for an offhand comment he made regarding Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky at his team’s post-game press conference after the Wildcats’ Final Four loss. As his teammate, Karl-Anthony Towns, was being asked a question about Kaminsky, Harrison appeared to mutter the words “f*** that n****” to himself. Unfortunately, his microphone was turned on, and his words were far more audible than he’d likely have hoped. Harrison told his followers that the phrase was “used in jest.” He also claims that he called Kaminsky himself to wish him good luck in Monday’s title game.First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know.— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015When I realized how this could be perceived I immediately called big frank to apologize and let him know I didn’t mean any disrespect— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015We had a good conversation and I wished him good luck in the championship game Monday.— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015Here’s a Vine of the incident, if you somehow haven’t seen footage yet. Harrison is most likely headed to the NBA, so we’re not sure if there will be any repercussions here. Regardless, it’s good that he addressed the situation immediately and took ownership for the mistake.
BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) YouTube/Jim HarbaughWe knew that Jim Harbaugh would respond to the recent NCAA vote to ban satellite camps. That was a certainty. Even with the Michigan head coach’s history of lashing out, we wouldn’t have predicted just how hard Harbaugh swung back in response. In an interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Michael Rosenberg, Harbaugh slams the NCAA, and even the term “student-athlete” in light of the vote.As Harbaugh tells SI : “The incompetence of the NCAA has reared its ugly head yet again.” …Harbaugh says the ruling was “knee-jerk … like somebody was shaving in the morning, cut themselves when they were shaving and said, ‘Let’s just ban satellite camps.’“I mean, what’s it based on? A survey? There wasn’t a lot of discussion or study. What are the facts? What are the perils and merits of making that decision? It just seemed lacking in that regard.”Satellite camps are no new concept, but Harbaugh put a special emphasis on them after taking over at Michigan, with a specific target on the Southeast, home of many ACC and SEC power programs.“During the NCAA basketball tournament we discuss the term ‘student-athlete’ ad nauseam in promoting our governing institution and our member institutions. Then, when we have an opportunity to truly promote the ‘student-athlete’ with a concept shared by educators and football men from all backgrounds, our leadership goes into hiding.“I suggest we drop the term ‘student-athlete’ for consistency.”Harbaugh wasn’t afraid to take targeted swipes at rival coaches either, specifically Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze who recently defended the decision.“It seems to be outrage by the SEC and ACC,” Harbaugh says. “They power-brokered that out … the image that comes to my mind is guys in a back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn’t the best thing for the youngsters. It’s not the best thing for the student-athletes.”Harbaugh saw Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze say, “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go,” and it did not sit well with him.Says Harbaugh: “You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time. That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.” While some may assume Harbaugh is the coach affected most, he’s done a great job at Michigan so far, and that program rarely needs help on the recruiting trail. He’ll get his players. This really hurts small schools that aren’t in talent-rich areas this most, and players who aren’t in position to receive the exposure that those in places like Florida, Georgia, and Texas receive. We’ll see if Harbaugh’s complaints hold real weight, or if they will just fall on deaf ears.[Campus Rush]
Eugene, left, and Dan accept the Best Comedy Series Award for Schitt’s Creek at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto. (Peter Power/Canadian Press)The Levys also play father and son on the sitcom, alongside Catherine O’Hara as the mother and Annie Murphy as the daughter of the Rose family, who lost their fortune due to a shady business manager and now live in a motel in a small town the dad bought as a joke years ago.Each character has carved out a niche in the town over the years, providing nuance and a joyful spirit that has helped Schitt’s Creek grow in popularity from season to season.Current hit on TV, Netflix, social mediaWhere the show once was a modest gem, it now has a spot on Netflix, countless memes and mentions on social media, and accolades from top critics.“It’s really been quite unbelievable,” said Eugene Levy, a comedy treasure and SCTV alum who was born in Hamilton.“Having a show like Schitt’s Creek in the autumn of my years, so to speak, is something not a lot of people get to experience.”The show has also spawned a live tour with sold-out audiences in Canada and the U.S., won several Canadian Screen Awards and was up for a Critics’ Choice trophy in January.“I’m sure people will be questioning, ‘Why walk away when so many people are watching it?”‘ Toronto-born Daniel said, noting he tries not to pay attention to the show’s buzz because he doesn’t want it to affect the creative process.“But the reality is, we’ve always been about the show, and I hope that when people watch this last season, they’ll understand that we did nothing but respect that experience.”Levy said he had a feeling around Season 3 that the story of the Roses was halfway through and would be done come Season 6. His dad was fully supportive and they’ve been carefully constructing the storylines to reach that conclusion ever since.‘Going out on a nice, natural high’“We’re going out on a nice, natural high and never really wanted to risk taking it any further into what I might call the law of diminishing returns,” said Eugene.Executives at CBC and Pop say they’re sad the show is ending, but admire the commitment of the Levys to wrap it up on their own terms.“It’s creative genius, and who am I to mess with creative genius?” said Sally Catto, general manager of programming for CBC English Television, noting the show has grown the public broadcaster’s audience, particularly its younger demographic.I truly think it will be, always, one of the greatest comedies ever created in this country.– Sally Catto, CBC Television“It really also became an anchor for a new era of [scripted] comedy at the CBC,” she added.“I truly think it will be, always, one of the greatest comedies ever created in this country.”Pop channel president Brad Schwartz, who also worked with Daniel when he was at MTV Canada, said it’s their highest-rated original series and has helped define the network.“It’s devastating,” he said of the decision to end it. “It’s one of the most proud pieces of content I’ve ever been involved with.“You don’t get shows like this very often in a career.”Daniel said he hopes the final season will provide closure and “tell the funniest, the sweetest, the most joyful episodes of our show we’ve ever told.”And he isn’t ruling out returning to the characters one day.“I would never say that this is the end. If we get an idea somewhere down the line that feels fresh and necessary and relevant, I would absolutely entertain any form of revisiting these lovely, strange characters.” Login/Register With: Schitt’s Creek fans: Prepare to say goodbye to the Rose family.As the hit Canadian comedy series cements its status as a critical and cultural smash during its fifth season, father-and-son co-creators Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy have announced the story will come to an end next year.In a statement on Daniel’s social media accounts Thursday, they revealed the beloved half-hour show will wrap up for good at the end of its sixth season. The 14 final episodes are due to begin in January 2020 on CBC in Canada and Pop TV in the U.S.To Our Dear Fans… pic.twitter.com/FIXjD3gbzA— dan levy (@danjlevy) March 21, 2019It’s a decision the Levys reached a long time ago and is one they’re excited about, they stressed in interviews with The Canadian Press, noting they’ve envisioned this final chapter from the beginning.“I’ve always known how the show was going to end,” Daniel, who is also the showrunner, said by phone from Toronto.“I’ve always seen every season of our show as a chapter in the story of this family’s life, and we have reached our inevitable conclusion in that story, so it was the right time and it was something that I had been building to for five seasons.” Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Schitt’s Creek Twitter
Those same numbers haven’t exactly been on-brand for the Pats so far this year. Although they’ve still forced opponents to drive from the league’s third-worst field position, their takeaways per drive have slipped to 12th, and their goal-to-go efficiency has fallen to 30th. And no defense has yielded more touchdowns per drive — the most elemental sign of whether a defense is bending or just flat-out snapping into pieces.Indicators of a defense’s ability to bend and not break are notoriously noisy, so the Patriots may very well rediscover their usual form before long. But by the same token, it was remarkable that the Pats’ D was able to survive as long as it had with such fickle metrics serving as strategic cornerstones. Given the team’s dynastic track record, nobody should think about counting New England out yet — particularly as long as Brady keeps playing at such a high level — but with their usual defensive formula disrupted and their home-field aura shaken, the Pats suddenly have more issues to address than they’re accustomed to.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Takeaways per drive115.7%1211.1% 2015Saints+0.8-11.2-11.2 2010Texans-0.4-9.2-9.5 2016Browns-1.1-8.6-9.5 YEARTEAMRUSHPASSTOTAL 2008Lions-2.5-7.5-9.9 2017Patriots+0.4-12.4-12.2 Goal-to-go efficiency allowed364.5%30100.0% 2011Buccaneers-2.3-4.9-7.7 2008Broncos-1.9-6.4-8.3 Touchdowns allowed per drive317.0%3231.1% The Patriots’ D is bending — and now breakingKey defensive metrics for New England EPA Total EPA may not match passing + rushing because of penalties.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group CATEGORYNFL RANKAVG. VALUENFL RANKAVG. VALUE Opponent’s avg. starting field position127.4325.9 2001-20162017 Opponent yards per point118.02214.3 Red zone efficiency allowed1252.0%2764.3% 2010Jaguars-1.0-6.9-7.7 2014Saints-2.1-6.1-7.7 The worst defenses since ’06Most expected points added (EPA) allowed per game by NFL defenses, 2006-17 But even that by itself understates just how bad the Pats’ D has been this season. So far, New England is allowing a staggering 116.5 passer rating — essentially turning every opposing QB into Peyton Manning — and has also been carved up for 5.1 yards per carry. With an average of 12.2 EPA allowed per game, the Pats’ defense is tracking to be the single most porous D of the past 12 NFL seasons.New England has been in a similar position before. In 2011, the Patriots were roughly as good on offense as they’ve been this season — they ranked third in offensive EPA behind the Saints and Packers — and although they weren’t as much of a defensive dumpster fire as the 2017 edition has been, they still ranked eighth-to-last in EPA allowed and had the league’s sixth-worst pass defense.That team went 13-3, finished third in point differential (+171) and eventually made it to the Super Bowl before being upset by the New York Giants. This year’s version, by contrast, is barely outscoring opponents (they have a +1 point differential) and might be lucky to extend the franchise’s streak of winning a double-digit number of games to 15 years.So how were the Pats able to survive this kind of all-offense configuration in the past? By bending but not breaking. As we noted before the Super Bowl in February, one of the hallmarks of Belichick’s Patriots has been a defense that readily yields yardage but refuses to let opponents ultimately convert ball movement into points. From 2001 to 2016, the Pats’ average ranking in yards allowed was 16.1, while their average ranking in points allowed was 7.7; they ranked better by points allowed than yards allowed 14 times in those 16 seasons.The gap was a function of several important factors, including forcing opponents to drive from the deepest field position in the league, grabbing the most takeaways per drive of any team and summoning the league’s third-best goal-to-go defense (i.e., the rate of touchdowns allowed per drive that contained a down with the goal to go). These were all markers of strong situational defense — meaning that the Patriots’ D would play better the more heavily the situation determined whether they would allow points or (ultimately) win the game. 2017Titans-0.2-8.8-8.9 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group The New England Patriots are usually immune to Super Bowl hangovers; you don’t win five championships and 14 division crowns in 16 seasons by resting on laurels. But early in this year’s title defense, the Pats find themselves with an uncharacteristic 2-2 record — including 1-2 at home, where they’re usually invincible.1According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, this is the first time since 2000 that New England has lost multiple home games before Week 5. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been doing this thing long enough that Pats fans shouldn’t be fully panicked quite yet — our NFL predictions still give them nearly a 70 percent chance of making the playoffs — but it’s worth dissecting these four games to see if they represent a momentary hiccup, or if the champs are truly in trouble.If someone had told you before the season that the Patriots would struggle through four weeks, it would have been logical to assume that the 40-year-old Brady had started to show his age, like so many QBs have before. But the funny thing is, Brady has been nothing less than outstanding so far: According to adjusted net yards per attempt,2A measure of passing efficiency that tracks yards per attempt with a bonus for touchdowns and penalties for interceptions and sacks. this is shaping up to be the most efficient season of Brady’s career, which is remarkable for a QB who might be the best in history.Brady has even done it despite having to abruptly adjust his quarterbacking style in the wake of a season-ending injury suffered in the preseason by top 2016 target Julian Edelman. Without Edelman running underneath routes to stretch defenses horizontally, Brady’s average air yards per attempt has skyrocketed from 7.5 a year ago to 10.0 this season. After throwing only 19 percent of his passes more than 15 yards downfield last season, Brady now airs it out 28 percent of the time, with newcomer Brandin Cooks ranking fourth among all NFL receivers in air yards per target.3Minimum 10 targets. And yet, in spite of the more difficult throws, Brady is also completing 66.5 percent of his passes, one of the best rates of his career. He hasn’t been perfect — he’s taking a lot of sacks despite facing less pressure in the pocket — but Brady has done some of his best-ever work under center so far in 2017.Because of Brady’s heroics, the Patriots have easily been the best offensive team in football thus far according to expected points added (EPA), generating 52.2 net points when they have the ball (nearly 7 more than the second-place Chiefs). Trouble is, they’ve also been the league’s worst defensive team. And it’s not even remotely close.The Pats’ defense is yielding 48.8 net points when the opponent has possession, 13.1 more than the second-to-last Titans. If that holds up, it would be the first time since 20064The earliest season in Stats & Info’s EPA database. for the same team to finish first in one category and last in the other. (No team has ever ranked first in defense and last in offense.)
Wide receiver Austin Mack comes down with a 31-yard reception in the third quarter against Oklahoma. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter exiting Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma in the second half with an injury, sophomore wide receiver Austin Mack is “probable” for the team’s game against Army Saturday, coach Urban Meyer said in his press conference.Mack made a leaping catch in the third quarter of the Oklahoma game and brought down the 31-yard pass, but hit his head when he landed and was forced to leave the game.“He’s just feeling much better today,” Meyer said. “So they’re very cautious about it. We’ll know more tomorrow. But I put him as probable for the game.”The second-year wideout has two receptions for 37 yards this season. The two receptions matches his total from a year ago, and the 37 yards eclipse last season’s total of 15. He has been listed every week as one of Ohio State’s starting wide receivers. Kickoff for Ohio State’s game against Army is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State senior linebacker Chris Worley (35) returns to the line of scrimmage after breaking up a pass in the third quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFormer Buckeye linebacker Chris Worley signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent, Ohio State announced Saturday evening. Worley is one of three former Buckeyes to join the Bengals, who drafted center Billy Price in the first round and defensive end Sam Hubbard in the third round. Playing in 50 career games, Worley recorded 154 tackles in his Ohio State career. He had 24 career starts and has starting experience at all three linebacker positions. During his junior season, Worley started on the outside, recording 70 tackles, with 4.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and an interception, earning him honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. Last season, Worley initially moved inside to take over the middle linebacker spot when Raekwon McMillan was drafted. But he missed three games due to a foot injury and started at least one game at all three linebacker positions. He was fifth on the team with 56 tackles and had four quarterback hurries. The former Buckeye participated in the 2018 NFL Combine, running a 4.86 40-yard dash with 15 bench press reps and a 29.5-inch vertical jump, all near the bottom of the linebacker group.
For months now, Uber has been dealing with accusations that it has a rampant problem with sexual harassment amongst its employees, and it sounds like the results of an investigation have lead to terminations. Both Bloomberg and the New York Times are reporting (and we have since confirmed) that the company has fired “more than 20” employees for harassment in the workplace — including sexual harassment — with more expected to follow.The law firm Perkins Coie has so far looked into 215 separate, specific claims of workplace harassment (including discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation and other forms of harassment) and decided not to take action in 100 instances. But the “more than 20” terminations came from that group of 215, and Bloomberg reporter Eric Newcomer tweeted that there are more cases under investigation — which means there will likely be more firings before all is said and done. There’s no word yet on the ranks or positions of those who’ve been fired, but it seems likely Uber will make a statement sooner than later.Sexual harassment claims have followed Uber around for some time now, but things reached a tipping point this past February when former engineer Susan Fowler wrote an explosive account of her time at the company and the multitude of ways she was harassed in her year at the company. One week later, the company’s senior VP of engineering Amit Singhal resigned amid accusations of harassment when he worked at Google.Arianna and Liane to press: there is no systemic sexual harassment, just Susan.External lawyers: there are 215 cases of sexual harassment. https://t.co/sZl0bnLccs— Susan J. Fowler (@susanthesquark) June 6, 2017Since then, lawyer Eric Holder (with his firm Covington & Burling) and board member Arianna Huffington have led an investigation that some believed wasn’t independent enough to produce results. (Perkins Coie, who conducted investigations into specific claims that led to today’s firings, was hired in addition to Covington & Burling.) And a number of high-ranking employees have fled the company during a toxic year as the company tries to clean itself up. Just earlier today, the company announced that it had hired Frances Frei (an expert on gender equality from the Harvard Business School) as the company’s senior VP of leadership and strategy.This comes after Frei assisted in the investigation into Uber’s harassment problems. Whether she’ll be able to straighten the company out remains to be seen, but a first round of firings could be a positive step in the right direction — even though there’s certainly more work to be done.Update, 2:55 p.m. ET: An Uber spokesperson has confirmed the firings, noting that they came from an investigation from law firm Perkins Coie into specific reported cases of harassment from Uber employees. The spokesperson also noted that the second investigation being led by Eric Holder isn’t into specific cases of harassment but more about how to change the overall culture at Uber that’s driving the problems the company is experiencing. This story originally appeared on Engadget –shares Add to Queue Next Article June 7, 2017 Uber Fires More Than 20 Employees for Harassment Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Senior Editor at Engadget Uber The company’s investigation into harassment in its workplace continues, so more firings may be coming. Image credit: Uber | Shutterstock 3 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Nathan Ingraham
Image credit: Cheriss May | NurPhoto | Getty Images Add to Queue 4 min read –shares Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Mitch McConnell Is Positioning Himself as the Champion of the U.S. Hemp Industry hemp Download Our Free Android App April 18, 2019 Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. dispensaries.com Guest Writer Politics is legendary for making for strange bedfellows but it doesn’t get any stranger than hearing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, staunch Republican from Kentucky, tell reporters earlier this month that he is behind quickly cleaning up any “glitches” with the U.S. hemp industry.That’s an issue most would associate with Democrats but money talks and there’s a lot of money talking about hemp. McConnell, who successfully led the charge to legalize hemp farming in the 2018 Farm Bill, has vowed to do whatever is necessary to get a regulated hemp system running smoothly.McConnel, speaking in football analogies, described hemp supporters as in the “red zone,” according to the Associated Press. “I’m prepared to do my job … all the way into the end zone if it requires additional legislation,” McConnell saidHow important is this to McConnell? The Senate majority leader put himself on the farm bill conference committee as “insurance” that hemp legalization would get included in the bill, according to Roll Call. Related: Marijuana the Feds Allow for Research Is More Like Hemp Than Real-Life PotWhy Is McConnell a hemp supporter?To understand McConnell’s willingness to use the power of the Senate Majority Leader officer to hammer out any problems for the hemp industry, it’s important to understand the current state of farming in Kentucky, particularly tobacco farming. Fewer people are smoking each year, tobacco sales are falling and demand for what has been a major cash crop for generations is also falling. By contrast, hemp is “four times more profitable than corn or soybeans,” according to CNBC and has immense growth potential.McConnell is trying to establish Kentucky as a hemp “processor hub,” the term used by Kentucky Agricultural Commissioner Ryan Quarles. He told CNBC that “industrial hemp is promising and is the fastest area of growth in Kentucky agriculture. We don’t know if industrial hemp will replace tobacco, but we are going to champion it.”Roll Call also noted that, not surprisingly, getting the hemp industry running smoothly could prove key to McConnell’s reelection in 2020.Related: 5 Other Uses for Hemp You May Not Know AboutHow McConnell can help hemp.Two of the biggest current problems for hemp producers are shipments getting stopped by law enforcement and the lack of financial services for hemp companies.Both Oregon and Kentucky have farmers who are big producers of hemp. Many of them ship their hemp to Colorado for processing. However, some shipments have been detained by law enforcement officers who have no way to test the difference between hemp and marijuana on the road. Legal hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, the chemical ingredient in cannabis that causes the highMcConnell and other federal and state officials are calling for better communication between federal regulators and law enforcement and the development of better testing protocols.A larger issue is the lack of access to financial services for cannabis-related businesses. This long-standing issue revolves around the fact that banks will not offer financial services to the marijuana industry because the plant remains an illegal drug in the eyes of the federal government. Most marijuana businesses operate on a cash-only basis or through expensive work arounds with payment processors.McConnell has “urged” federal financial regulatory agencies to issue guidance to financial institutions, letting them know that hemp is not the same as marijuana, according to the AP. He’s been joined in the effort by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat.It’s also an issue that Democrats such as Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have tried to address.The banking issue is another example of how cannabis and hemp, and the millions they can bring both private businesses and taxing agencies, are leading to politicians crossing the aisle in ways they do not with many other issues.Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. The Senate Majority Leader sees hemp as a boon for Kentucky farmers and his own reelection next year. Free Green Entrepreneur App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article
Next Article Legal Hemp Is Being Planted at George Washington’s Historic Estate for the First Time in 200 Years Hemp Nation Free Green Entrepreneur App Image credit: John Greim | Getty Images 7 min read Brought to you by Marijuana Venture Brian Beckley Download Our iOS App George Washington has been a hero of the cannabis movement ever since he famously told his gardener to “Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, sow it everywhere.” But, ironically, that seed has not been sown at Washington’s home at Mount Vernon since the man himself planted it.Until 2018, that is.Last year, thanks to changing laws regarding marijuana’s non-psychotropic cousin, the workers at Mount Vernon planted and harvested a small plot of hemp on the same land that the first president used to grow the plant two centuries ago.“It’s been tremendously exciting to bring back a crop that hasn’t been grown since Washington’s day,” says Dean Norton, the estate’s current head gardener, or director of horticulture, as he is known today. “That’s kind of our mission, trying to represent this site as it was during his time.”And while the plot at Mount Vernon is tiny — only about 1,000 square feet — it represents not just the past as it was in the time of our first president, but the future in a state looking for a new agricultural lifeline.“There’s a real need for that crop, which is why to me it was so important to bring something back to the soil at Mount Vernon that had been grown by Washington in the 18th century that hadn’t seen the soil here at Mount Vernon since his time,” Norton says, adding that Mount Vernon has a “special” role in potentially convincing the legislature to legalize hemp production.“Washington’s use of it was strictly for fiber. There’s no reference anywhere for anything other than that,” he says. “But I think it can become an amazing commercial crop for the state of Virginia.”Related: An Argument for Farming HempA Farmer FirstThough he is rightfully remembered as a great military strategist, one of our Founding Fathers and the country’s first president, Washington was a farmer first. In fact, he walked away from the presidency after two terms so he could go back to his beloved Mount Vernon and work the soil. In a letter to a friend, he once wrote “agriculture has ever been amongst the most favorite amusements of my life.”“George Washington considered himself foremost a farmer,” Norton says. “I like to say his love was of nature, his gift was leadership, but his passion was farming.”Washington began his agriculture career as a tobacco farmer, but in the 1760s he was looking for a new cash crop and first explored the possibility of hemp. According to Norton, at that time England was offering “bounties and subsidies and bonuses” for people who knew how to grow hemp because the plant’s fiber was so important to the country’s navy and shipping industry.Ultimately, Washington went with wheat as his primary crop, building a grist mill that still stands today, but he kept a large plot of hemp planted at Mount Vernon for his own purposes, including a fishing fleet that one year accounted for two-thirds of his income, according to Norton.“The hemp they grew here and the fiber they made would help repair the seines [nets] and of course he needed the ropes for his fishing fleet,” Norton says.Related: Hemp vs. Marijuana: Why Can’t Cops Tell Them Apart?Traditional MeasuresMount Vernon’s current plot is a far cry from what Washington would have needed to keep his fishing fleet in rope. But it is also far from the industrial hemp we think of today. The tiny plot at Mount Vernon is purely for demonstration, especially since all of the farming, harvesting and production is being done as it would have during the Colonial era.“We’re growing it, we’re harvesting it, we’re putting it into shocks, we’re drying it, we’re going to ret it, we’re going to break it; the whole thing,” Norton says. “The people are in costumes whenever we do anything down there.”But that doesn’t mean it didn’t face the same kinds of challenges that other hemp farmers face. For example, last year Mount Vernon’s seed was quarantined in New York for longer than expected, meaning it did not get to Norton until May, a little later than hoped. Then, after it was sown, Virginia experienced three storms that dropped more than three inches of rain on the fields, washing away or rotting out much of the seed and forcing Norton and his team to replant.“So it had a rough start,” he says with a laugh.But by the time the Aug. 31 harvest came around, the plants had grown to nearly eight feet, about what Norton says they hoped for.“It really is an amazing plant,” he says.Norton says the year has been an educational experience for him. Despite being a professional horticulturist who has worked at the Mount Vernon since he began picking up trash at the estate as a teenager in 1969, this was his first experience with Cannabis sativa L. Norton says one of the things he has learned is how laborious the process was back in the 18th century, from the planting to the harvest, but especially the processing. It has given him a new appreciation of the skills the plantation workers and slaves possessed. But the small patch at Mount Vernon will not produce a lot of fiber. According to Norton, you need six acres of hemp to get just one acre of fiber, making the 1,000-square-foot plot truly for demonstration only.“What’s fun about the 18th century is that when you do something you’ve only read about for the first time, it’s just this whole new world,” he says. “You really don’t know until you actually go through the process.”Norton says the plot also proved extremely popular with local wildlife, even more than the other crops that are planted at the estate.“When I am out at the flower garden here at Mount Vernon, the Pleasure Garden, I rarely see a honey bee,” he says. “But this hemp crop during the flowering, it was like this buzz you could hear 50 feet away, there were so many of them.“Then, when they left and the seed are coming, the birds flew in,” he adds. “It was like the Hitchcock movie.”Related: 5 Other Uses for Hemp You May Not Know AboutAgriculture as an AttractionNorton says the response to the planting has been overwhelmingly positive, from media coverage to the tourists who “do a double take” when they walk by the patch and often stop to pose for photos with the crop.He is already planning to plant additional hemp this year, taking the first president’s advice to make the most of the seed and expanding the plant’s footprint at the estate.“Oh yeah; it will become a regular crop down there for sure,” he says, adding that it will be planted in the “Sundries Field,” along with corn, flax, cotton and tobacco.Norton says it’s all part of the mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, which owns the former president’s estate and teaches people about life in the 18th century and about the farming that Washington treasured.“You know, agriculture is agriculture,” he says. “Whether it’s hemp or cotton or flowers, we can all learn from the practices we do.”This article was first published in Marijuana Venture, a content partner of Green Entrepreneur. 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Add to Queue Success of Pokemon GO Adds Impetus for Change at Nintendo 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Nintendo The phenomenal success of Pokemon GO and the surge in Nintendo Co.’s market value by $17 billion in just over a week has been seized upon by one of its most vocal investors to press for a change of strategy at the company.Until Pokemon GO, a mobile game, was launched just over a week ago, Nintendo had taken every opportunity to say its main focus was still gaming consoles, and games for smartphones were just a means to lure more people to them.But the success of Pokemon GO — unforseen even by its creators — has shown the potential for augmented reality and for Nintendo to capitalize on a line-up of popular characters ranging from Zelda to Super Mario.Seth Fischer, founder and chief investment officer at Oasis Management, is one of Asia’s best known hedge fund managers and has long been a small but loud shareholder. Encouraged by the success of mobile games like “Candy Crush,” he has campaigned for years for the Japanese console maker to develop and sell games for platforms run by Apple and Google.”I hope they will now understand the power of smartphones,” Fischer told Reuters. “And as a result, I hope this means there is a whole change in strategy.””My next focus with Nintendo is for them to focus on monetizing the rest of their 4,000 patents for mobile gaming, multi-player gaming, et cetera. I think they could be making 30 to 60 billion yen ($290 million to $570 million) annually from licensing.”Fischer has described Oasis as an advisor to entities that own Nintendo shares and a shareholder. The fund’s direct holding is not listed among the company’s largest investors.Nintendo President Satoru Iwata last year cautioned against hoping for too much change at the company. The expansion into smartphone games was “not because we have lost our enthusiasm or prospects for the console business,” he said at the time.A Nintendo spokesman, asked about its mobile strategy, said last week there were three main objectives: “To maximize exposure of Nintendo’s intellectual properties to consumers, to make profits on mobile devices and to create synergies with the console business.”He did not comment further on Pokemon GO.”Junk food”Serkan Toto, founder of Tokyo-based game industry consultancy Kantan Games, said Nintendo still saw itself as a console maker.”When you sell $400 dedicated devices and you sell the gamer boxed software for $60 a piece — for them this is the gold standard,” he said. “For them, mobile is the junk food: enjoy while you wait for the bus. It’s not something that Nintendo sees for itself.”Pokemon GO, however, has been a runaway success, marrying a classic 20-year old franchise with augmented reality. Players walk around their neighborhoods in real life, search out and capture Pokemon cartoon characters on their smartphones.The game was created by Nintendo, Google-spinoff Niantic, and Pokemon Company. Nintendo owns a third of Pokemon Company and both have undisclosed stakes in Niantic.Nintendo has not commented on next steps, which many speculate could now involve other favorite characters.The hardware-focused group had planned to introduce a device called Pokemon GO Plus, which could allow it to piggyback on the success of the mobile game. The device vibrates when a Pokemon character is nearby, enabling players to catch them without constant monitoring.Pokemon GO is on track to be the first mobile game to break the $4 billion-per-year wall, beating out Candy Crush Saga and Supercell’s Clash of Clans, according to Macquarie Research. But the impact to Nintendo’s bottom line could be minimal because of shared ownership, as little as 3 percent of net profit in the year to next March.Niantic declined to comment on the future of its relationship with Nintendo, although it credited Pokemon’s unique appeal for the game’s success.”It’s been wonderful to be able to combine our philosophy for these kinds of games with the powerful affinity that people have for Pokemon,” Niantic CEO John Hanke told Reuters.But analysts say the craze signals the vast money-making opportunities available for Kyoto-based Nintendo — when it eventually brings out more serious hits.”Over the last decade they never compromised on the software side. That’s why they’ll blow everybody out of the water once they start take iOS and Android more seriously than they do now,” Toto said. “The successes of Pokemon Go will open the eyes of executives in Kyoto. This is unprecedented.”There are no signs, however, that will happen soon.Of the four mobile games that Nintendo has promised to launch this financial year through March, two are set to be Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem — no sign of Mario nor Donkey Kong, at least not yet.(Additional reporting by Yoshiyasu Shida; Writing by Ritsuko Ando and Miyoung Kim; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)
Poor Data Mastery Impacting Ability to Drive Value From Data, Oracle Report Shows MTS Staff WriterJune 24, 2019, 3:24 pmJune 24, 2019 Andrew Sutherlanddata and securityData MasteryEMEAMarketing TechnologyNewsOracle Previous ArticleTTEC to Debut AI-Enabled Associate Assist Solution at Customer Contact Week (CCW) 2019Next ArticleSheerID Gives Brands Worldwide Reach to Gen Z Audience with Industry’s First Student Verification Solution Available in 191 Countries On average 42% of respondents do not have a data management strategy in placeOnly 4 in 10 are highly confident in their ability to manage, secure data and use their data responsiblyOnly 35% are highly confident they can manage data to generate meaningful insightsKey departments are still not accepting both accountability and responsibility for data managementData security protocols are often not understood, or abided byMarketing Technology News: Will Salesforce Customer 360 Arrival Push CRMs and DMPs Out of Equation in 2020?Source: Oracle Newsroom On average less than 40% of companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are confident they can master their data – that is manage, secure and gain insight from data, and use it responsibly. Capabilities in these four areas aren’t projected to increase in the next three years, according to a new study from cloud company, Oracle, called ‘Rediscovering trust in your data and security’. This is despite respondents recognising the value of achieving excellence in these areas, with the top three benefits being cited as increased customer loyalty, revenue and brand value.“We know that being able to leverage data gives immense business benefit and a lead that others find hard to diminish,” said Andrew Sutherland, Senior Vice President, Technology and Systems, Oracle APAC and EMEA. “But these findings suggest that organisations are still being overwhelmed by the data deluge faced. Companies need to tackle the problem head on. This will come from better internal practices and putting data management strategies and enhanced security controls in place. Additionally, the prudent use of cloud and emerging technologies like AI and automation will also be key as we hit that tipping point where the data and security challenge is becoming just too big for humans alone.”Collective effort neededWhen it comes to looking at who is accountable for securing data, there seems to be confusion about who is meant to take the lead. For example, while nearly half of all finance and IT decision makers say they are accountable for securing data within their organisation, only a third of those who typically use data – marketing and HR – revealed they take accountability.Marketing Technology News: Tencent Champions “Tech for Good” in CannesMind the gapWhile 53% of EMEA leaders surveyed believe that the secure management of data is very important to reputational risk, the study shows there are many key internal behaviours that compromise trust.One-quarter say that the biggest concern around data security inside the organisation is low attention to data confidentiality, followed by weak controls on who can access data (24%), a willingness to manage data through mobile devices or social platforms (23%), and use of untrusted devices and connections (23%).Around one fifth of respondents (22%) also say that top behaviours compromising their trust in how data is managed include: blindness on how data is supposed to be used; the misuse of critical data; and disregard for applicable data regulations.Marketing Technology News: Only 6% of Small Businesses Focused on Retaining Customers, Despite Main Digital Marketing Goal of Increasing SalesDriving changeCountering these behavioural issues, those with data management strategies in place are 8% more likely to use password protected documents, 10% more likely to have access to secure on-premises databases, and 9% more likely to use data on trusted devices.When it comes to the key data and security priorities companies have for the year ahead and actions being taken to promote the responsible use of data, enforcing better controls and procedures, as well as training and workshops to mix people from different lines of business together ranked highly. Organisations are also turning to technologies companies for help across the spectrum of data mastery including accelerating the move to cloud for enhanced security performance (30%), turning to AI and machine learning to drive actionable insights from data (26%), and machine learning capabilities to self-patch and secure data (25%).
About Blue Fountain Media Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at Blue Fountain Media.I am Vice President and General Manager of Blue Fountain Media (BFM). I oversee all agency activities from Revenue Generation to Expense Management. BFM has a strong history of growth through our technology partnerships – as evidenced by being awarded Acquia Growth Partner of the Year in 2018. While we love Drupal on Acquia, we are also strong proponents of WP Engine, Sitecore and Adobe for CMS.On the commerce front, BigCommerce has a great product that’s growing very quickly ever since Adobe acquired Magento. Salesforce Commerce Cloud has made key purchases in both B2B and B2C commerce – making them suddenly a player, as well. We tend to make recommendations based on the entirety of our clients MarTech stack and build integrations with many different Marketing Technologies.Our parent company, Pactera, has a strong partnership with Microsoft and we have been implementing many Microsoft products both internally and for clients as a result of their special relationship.What do you see as the biggest web trends moving forward?Can I be the first to call the end of websites as a “thing people build”? It’s so much more evolved and complex than that. At BFM, we enable content to be delivered across many different devices – and Voice Technology is one area we see becoming bigger every day. For us, Voice Technology represents a paradigm shift in how consumers interact with content, as voice-enabled speakers become more deeply intertwined with day-to-day life. Being able to interact with your favorite brand using voice commands, simplifies and humanizes the user experience. It’s an area we see tremendous growth happening in.Here’s another trend. Privacy regulation comes home. Remember last year’s scramble to comply with GDPR? Well, this EU import is coming to America in January 2020 – and anyone who’s ignored the privacy laws thus far must get in compliance with California’s pending laws or the enforcement will come from much closer to home. I’m sure this will become a more active topic of conversation as that bill becomes law in 6 months or so.What are the key Advertising Analytics/Metrics that Digital Advertising and Marketing teams should be keenly following?Brands are collecting more data than ever, but gleaning valuable, actionable insights out of all this data is what remains woefully out of reach for many. Return on Advertising Spend and the ability to attribute Ad Dollars to Revenue Dollars is the most relevant metric for many advertisers who concentrate on direct response advertising.Other Advertisers are simply trying to win hearts-and-minds, and create brand recognition/affinity so that the next time someone is deciding between Pepsi and Coke, they choose that advertisers brand.We do a lot of work in the CPG space where the goal is not only to collect useful consumer data (and not run afoul of GDPR) but most importantly, it’s about having the Data Scientists and Analytical tools that will help you fuel smarter strategic decisions across your enterprise.How is Blue Fountain Media’s strategy transforming the way modern brands do their Marketing and Sales?In a marketplace defined by Digital Disruption, established brands are continually faced with “what’s next?” moments. Established enterprises must essentially re-invent themselves to be Digital First while still performing their day-to-day functions in order to compete with Digital First competition. That’s not an easy task, especially when tackled from within an organization that’s always done things in an analog environment. We offer businesses solutions, from a fresh perspective, using technology that can essentially transform an enterprises way of working.Why do brands fail to fully understand Digital Marketing Analytics? How do you train your customers to understand this Analytics better?For most brands, collecting data isn’t as much of a problem as making sense of it in the context of today’s business environment. Too often, they limit themselves to one analysis tool, typically chosen because it churns out the dashboards their bosses want to see. This can leave out a lot of valuable insights unnoticed. This is why we work with our clients on the importance of understanding and building actionable metrics for each business. The purpose of this is not just to build pretty dashboards, but to impact both brand and business by offering a clearer view into all aspects of company operations of which Digital Marketing is only one component.Where do you see AR and VR playing a part in the Website Experience?We see these technologies fast becoming powerful Marketing tools for forward-thinking brands. Why? Not only do they create more engaging online user experiences, but they also alleviate an age-old e-commerce selling conundrum: making a customer comfortable buying a product they can’t “see or touch.” AR and VR promise to knock down that barrier by bringing the brick-and-mortar retail experience to the customer.The advent of 5G mobile connectivity gives these nascent technologies a shot at going mainstream, as improved signal bandwidth will support their intensive bandwidth requirements. This is why, going forward, we recommend all brands should be considering ways to incorporate these evolving technologies as part of their comprehensive digital strategies.What are the biggest challenges in measuring the ROI of Social Media Advertising?Measuring ROI on social media campaigns has always been a challenge, even when specific measurements are incorporated in the activation itself. API’s can change rapidly. Social Media Advertising is part of a long-term Marketing strategy and has a much bigger impact when it comes to introducing customers to the brand and overall customer retention than direct sales. Coming up with engaging content is a huge challenge, but maybe more important is avoiding content that might turn a customer off – like deceptive promotions, a poor customer service experience or not responding to online communications, especially when those are public comments made on the company social media page.What is your prediction on the disruptive application of AI in B2B and B2C Marketing initiatives?AI, ML, and Personalization have been the disruptive technology for the last 10 years but they are yet to truly disrupt as they are very difficult to implement elegantly. While AI will certainly be the future, I don’t think it will be disruptive in the foreseeable future. The rollout of 5G technology will be the most disruptive technology to face Digital Marketers in the near future. It will trigger wave upon wave of Marketing Innovation that will spread far and wide, and that’s a very exciting prospect! About BrianAbout Blue Fountain MediaAbout Brian Brian Byer is a leading digital expert helping businesses navigate technology trends to create a competitive advantages and ultimately transform organizations. He has over 20 years of business and entrepreneurial experience and is currently the VP and General Manager at NYC’s leading Digital Agency, Blue Fountain Media. TechBytes with Brian Byer, Vice President, GM at Blue Fountain Media Sudipto GhoshJuly 10, 2019, 1:00 pmJuly 10, 2019 A leading NYC digital agency creating experiences that connect, marketing that performs, and branding that inspires. Explore how we can help you move from now to next. 5GAIARBlue Fountain MediaBrian ByerDigital advertisingGDPRTechBytesVR Previous ArticleCoveo Acquires Tooso to Expand Its AI-powered Digital Commerce TechnologyNext ArticleNEORIS Launched Augmented Intelligence Practice to Spur Data-driven Business Innovation
Explore further 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. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: UK MPs ask Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify on data row (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-uk-mps-facebook-zuckerberg-testify.html Damian Collins, chairman of the House of Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee, wrote to Zuckerberg asking for his own account of “this catastrophic failure of process”.The request was made as part of the committee’s ongoing investigation into fake news, which saw its members last month visit Washington for hearings with officials from Facebook and Twitter.But it follows allegations that data from up to 50 million Facebook users was harvested by a British company, Cambridge Analytica, for use in the election campaign of US President Donald Trump in 2016.”Following material published in the UK Guardian and The New York Times over the past few days, the committee would like to request that you appear before us to give oral evidence,” Collins wrote.”The committee has repeatedly asked Facebook about how companies acquire and hold on to user data from their site, and in particular about whether data had been taken without their consent.”Your officials’ answers have consistently understated this risk, and have been misleading to the committee. “It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process.”He added: “Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to ‘fixing’ Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you.”Collins set Zuckerberg a deadline of March 26 to reply. © 2018 AFP A British parliamentary committee on Tuesday asked Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to appear before it to explain in person claims that millions of users’ data was harvested for political campaigns. UK lawmaker: Facebook misled Parliament over data leak risk
Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:03 IST Rescue operations at the Meghalaya mining site.Seven months after 15 people were trapped in an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya, the Supreme Court Friday allowed the state government’s plea seeking its permission to call off the ongoing operation to retrieve the bodies.The illegal mine is located at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills district, about 3.7 km deep inside a forest and can be accessed after crossing three streams.It was flooded in December last year trapping 15 miners when water from the nearby Letein river gushed into it.A bench of Justices S A Bobde and B R Gavai passed the order while hearing a petition which had sought urgent steps for rescuing the miners trapped in the rat-hole mine since December 13 last year.Rat-hole mining involves digging of narrow tunnels, usually three-four feet deep, for workers to enter and extract coal. The horizontal tunnels are often termed “rat holes” as each just about fits one person.During the hearing on Friday, senior advocate Anand Grover, appearing for the petitioner, told the court that the state has filed an application seeking permission to call off the operation.”We are not opposing it (application filed by state),” Grover told the court, adding, “Now we are no longer on the issue of (rescue) operation”.The petitioner told the court that there should be a standard operating procedure (SoP) which could be followed in case of such eventuality as had happened in Meghalaya.The bench said that it would hear the issue relating to the SoP after four weeks.The apex court had in March this year directed the petitioner to “ascertain from the relatives of the deceased if they wish to have the bodies recovered having regard to the fact that they may be already in a completely decomposed condition.”The court was earlier told that remotely operated underwater vehicles (RoVs) had detected three bodies in the mine.Earlier, the Centre had told the court that it has to “believe in miracles” for the 15 miners to come out alive.Also Read | Rain batters Meghalaya, throws life out of gearAlso Read | SC asks trapped miners kin if they wish to get decomposed bodies recoveredAlso Watch | Operation rat-hole mining in Meghalaya; Poaching politics in KarnatakaFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee SC allows Meghalaya plea to call off rescue operation of trapped miners’ bodiesThe Supreme Court has allowed a plea filed by Meghalaya asking to call off the rescue mission that is still looking for the bodies of the miners who went missing in a rat hole.advertisement Next