Robben Thirtyfour is not too old

first_imgBayern Munich winger Arjen Robben feels there are only “good or bad” things to being in his mid-thirties in professional footballThe 34 years old remains an integral member of the Bayern with three goals in 10 appearances this season.Therefore, Robben is refusing to read too much into his age and instead believes that both himself and fellow veteran winger Franck Ribery will remain imperative to Bayern.“Thirty-four is not too old, we have a personality and an opinion, there is not too old – there is only good or bad,” Robben told Kicker.The Dutchman also gave under-fire coach Niko Kovac his vote of confidence, despite Bayern’s recent struggles.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Bavarians have gone on a four-game winless run in all competitions, which has seen them slip from first to sixth place in the Bundesliga table.“He is ambitious and a winner, he is looking for ways to make us play better football again,” said Robben.“We do not have to change much.”Robben also gave his views on surprise German league leaders Borussia Dortmund’s title credentials.Bayern will travel to Wolfsburg on Saturday in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

TCI Police Revenge Porn Child Porn Warning

first_img#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 18, 2017 – Turks and Caicos Police are concerned with the surge in apparent child pornography circulating in the country; we say apparent because while it appears the individuals on videos being spread feature under aged islanders, it is unconfirmed at this point.In a media notice, Officer Kevin Clarke outlines that the filming and spreading of the material are against both the law; the actions are exploitive and Police is prepared to prosecute anyone caught in this illicit activity and the release even talks about, ‘revenge porn’. Clarke said,  “We cannot tell people what to do during their sexual encounters, however, as an adult if you allow recording of the act it is important to be informed about revenge porn. Revenge Porn is defined as the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent via any medium and with the purpose of causing embarrassments or distress. The victims of this humiliating, unacceptable and degrading act can be any age, men or women. This practice has also been described as a form of Domestic violence and sexual abuse and is normally carried out by an ex-lover…” As for penalties according to Turks and Caicos law; six months in jail or a $5,000 fine or both. Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

Music Festivals 2018 Becky G Bad Bunny Added To Calibash Lineup

first_imgNews See Becky G, Bad Bunny At Calibash 2018 music-festivals-2018-becky-g-bad-bunny-added-calibash-lineup Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Facebook 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Residente Wins Best Urban Song Residente Wins Best Urban Song See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers The biggest Latin music concert in Los Angeles brings an all-star lineup to Staples Center on Jan. 20, 2018Renée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 21, 2017 – 3:18 pm Since its inception 11 years ago, the Calibash concert has celebrated Latin music in the hip-hop, urban, tropical, pop, and R&B genres and has grown into the largest show of its kind in Los Angeles. If the initial lineup announcement for the 2018 installment is any indication, next year’s fest will be a good one.Hosted by radio station KXOL-FM and SBS, the lineup will include all-stars J Balvin, Jennifer Lopez, Wisin Y Yandel, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Becky G, Natti Natasha, and French Montana. Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Twitter Prev Next Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Music Festivals 2018: Becky G, Bad Bunny Added To Calibash Lineup 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Residente Wins Best Urban Song Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music “The 2018 Calibash is a one-of-a-kind celebration that showcases the wide variety of Latin Urban music,” Alessandra Alarcón SBS West Coast said. “In 11 years, the festival has exceeded even our own expectations. We’re thrilled to be returning to the Staples Center for the 2018 Calibash. It promises to be a can’t-miss night.”Calibash 2018 will take place Jan. 20, 2018, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale starting Nov. 22.Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Favors JazzRead more Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Email Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMYlast_img read more

The Periodic Table comes alive with haiku and pretty pictures

first_img Tags Periodic Table happenings There’s also poetic side to the elements. In 2017, Science posted a table linking each element to a haiku. Hydrogen kicks things off with this gem: “Your single proton/fundamental, essential./Water. Life. Star fuel.”The University of Nottingham in the UK took to YouTube to create a Periodic Table with videos explaining each element. It’s a perfect way to get up close and personal with everything from mercury to europium.And if you truly want to go old school, stop by the US Library of Congress image archive for a look at an early published version of Mendeleev’s table. Then you can enjoy our colorful modern versions even more.  Share your voice Sci-Tech 13 Photos CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect.center_img Element of mystery: Will periodic table get new resident? This periodic table shows you what your car is really made of Post a comment 0 13 ancient mysteries unlocked by modern science Enlarge ImageEnjoy the colorful and educational elements of Keith Enevoldsen’s illustrated Periodic Table. Keith Enevoldsen The Periodic Table is a thing of beauty, but it can also feel pretty mysterious, especially if the last time you studied it was back in grade school. Now is a great time to get reacquainted.  The International Year of the Periodic Table celebration marks 2019 as the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev’s discovery of the Periodic System, a way of organizing elements. The United Nations calls it “one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology.”periodicpicturesEnlarge ImageElement Collection can also hook you up with Periodic table posters and cards. Element Collection A world of hydrogen, fermium and darmstadtium await you online with some interactive, colorful and even poetic versions of the Periodic Table of the Elements.Element Collection offers up one of the most visually interesting takes on the table with a version that pairs images to each element. You may see a nugget of gold, a puddle of mercury or an image of Albert Einstein to go along with Einsteinium. The photos are striking.A pictorial Periodic Table from retired software engineer Keith Enevoldsen is geared for younger students, but it’s equally appealing to adults. The table matches up practical uses to the elements, so you can see how chromium is involved in your stainless-steel silverware or how iridium connects with your car’s spark plugs. This will help you connect the elements to the everyday world around you.last_img read more

New York might fine you for texting while crossing the street

first_imgYou might get fined in New York for texting if this bill becomes law. Christian Vierig / Getty Images No matter how important your text might be, if you’re crossing the street, New York thinks it can wait. New York state Sen. John Liu introduced a bill last week that would ban texting while walking. Pedestrians could be fined between $25 and $250 if they’re seen “using any portable device” while crossing a roadway, according to a copy of the bill obtained by The Guardian. “Using” a device means looking at it, playing games, being online, sending emails, texting and more, according to the bill. The legislation makes exceptions for emergency first-responders and those trying to contact hospitals, fire departments, police and other emergency services.”This bill in no way absolves drivers of their mandate to yield to pedestrians, and simply reminds people to resume texting after getting across the street safely,” Liu said in an emailed statement. Marco Conner, interim executive director of Transportation Alternatives, said he is opposed to the bill. “We should first identify the problem and the cause,” Conner said.Conner said that Liu fails to cite data that pedestrians are the ones causing their own injuries or deaths by walking into traffic while distracted. Instead, Conner said a recent rise in pedestrian fatalities nationwide “is believed to all be driver related.”In terms of solutions, Conner said he doesn’t see more regulation of phones as the answer. Conner said reducing vehicle speeds and reducing the number of vehicles on the streets should be priorities instead. Tags 3 Commentscenter_img Share your voice Mobilelast_img read more

Chrissy Teigen goes topless and soaks up the sun Photo

first_imgChrissy TeigenChrissy Teigen Official Instagram (chrissyteigen)Chrissy Teigen sure knows how to turn up the heat. The model took to Instagram and posted a snap that showed her topless. The beauty was soaking up the sun during her vacation.Chrissy sure makes relaxation look good. The gorgeous model has reportedly been sharing an array of photos from her lavish European vacation with her family and best friends. Chrissy was apparently promoting her husband, singer John Legend’s wine brand, Lve.’send me my check @johnlegend @lve_wines,’ she hilariously captioned the snap as she tanned nearly naked. Chrissy had her back to the camera as she posed in a pair of nude cheeky style bikini bottoms while topless and her brunette hair was styled out as she lay flat with the sun shining on her. Singer-songwriter John Legend and his girlfriend model Chrissy Teigen arrive at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CaliforniaReutersIt is known that John and Chrissy first met on the set of his Stereo music video in 2007, and tied the knot six years later. Earlier in the year, John shared the secrets to how he and Chrissy manage their household with two young children when he spoke to People about their relationship.He said: ‘Luna thinks she can get away with things with us or take things to certain people….You just have to be on the same page all the time, because it’s not fair when there’s one bad person [or] a bad guy…..No one wants to be the bad guy, so it’s helpful when you’re all the bad guy,” she added. “It’s important to be on the same page.’We agree with John there, being on the same page really is important for a relationship, so is communication. But it looks like Chrissy and John have no issues in the relationship department. And we have to say that they do make an adorable couple. You can check out the pic here:  Chrissy TeigenChrissy Teigen Official Instagram (chrissyteigen)last_img read more

Awarded for life images

first_imgMohammad Rakibul Hasan. Photo: Prothom AloMohammad Rakibul Hasan is a Bangladeshi photographer working for Zuma Press in the US. He also works as a freelance photographer for various local and foreign organisations. This Bangladeshi photographer received the prestigious The Human Rights Press Award this year for his photographs of rape survivor Rohingya women.It all started in 2007. He used to go to Cox’s Bazaar to take pictures. He went to the Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazaar to click pictures of displaced Rohingya refugees for his organisation. He met Rohingya women who were raped by the Myanmar army before they fled for refuge to Bangladesh. He took their photos and listened to their stories that made his heart bleed.He created a series with the photographs in 2018, called ‘Looted honour’. Rakubul Hasan received the 23rd Human Rights Press Award for these photographs this year.The Hong Kong based organisation honours media persons for their outstanding report on human rights issues across Asia every year.The sponsors of the award event are The Foreign Correspondents Club, Hong Kong , Hong Kong Journalist Association and Amnesty International. Rakibul was selected in the Photo Series category out of 16 several categories.His photos depicted the grievous sufferings of Rohingya women that shook up anybody.“It’s a very sensitive task. It is unethical to reveal the identity and image of a rape victim as per the rule of journalism. It’s different in this matter. Many of them sought justice,” Rakibul told Prothom Alo.“I only took photographs and interviews of those who consented and agreed to talk,” he added.Rakibul was affected by the horror and trauma of those rape survivors.Rakibul began his photography career in 2002 when he was a graduate student of Sydney University, Australia. Photography became his profession when he started his career as a photographer in a national daily newspaper in Bangladesh in 2006..Besides, he took numerous photos that illustrated effects of climate change, river erosion and the traumatic stories of atrocities to the Rohingya refugees.Rakibul went to take photos in conflict areas such as the Philippines. He tooke shots of a conflict between to militant groups in there.He received recognitions for that works. He was awarded several times at home and abroad.He received the Lucy Award-2018 from USA.“Receiving an award is always a matter of great joy. It develops one’s sense of responsiblity and boosts interest in work,” Rakibul said.“Human rights issues are of my great interest. We may not be able to stop wars by photography. What we can do is awaken people’s thoughts. And that may decrease wars to an extent,” he added.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Aggressive driving a reflection of surrounding culture

first_imgAggressive driving behaviour is a reflection of a person’s surrounding culture, both on the road and on a broader social level, says a study.The findings suggest that some countries and cultures may be more susceptible to aggressive or competitive driving behaviours due to their social environment, and that improvements in that arena would also be seen in driving behaviour.“The choice to be competitive versus cooperative always starts with culture, by the influences around us and the way other people behave, ‘said one of the researchers Haizhong Wang, assistant professor of transportation engineering at Oregon State University in the US.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“And it’s clear there’s a role for education and experience, where studies have shown the value of young drivers participating in driver education programmes and receiving positive guidance from their parents and peers,” Wang noted.The study also implies that different social conditions might ultimately translate into better drivers.However, these dangerous behaviours are becoming a worldwide phenomenon of almost epidemic proportions partly as a reaction to overcrowded road networks, the researchers said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe findings, published in the journal Procedia Engineering, showed that such behaviour is more pronounced in men than in women.The research was done with drivers in China where competitive driving is very common. The problems in China as it becomes increasingly crowded with drivers, however, reflect similar concerns at varying levels around the world, Wang said. In this analysis, the researchers concluded that drivers in congested situations generally believed that the chaotic traffic state was responsible for their competitive behaviour and they had no option other than to compete for space, the right-of-way, and gain advantages through speed and spacing.In simple terms, it was right and proper that they should try to keep up with or get ahead of traffic; that was the example being set for them, and they drove that way because everyone else did.However, the study also suggested that “personality traits draw on and are influenced by aspects of one’s social environment.” It is prevalent in India too where the surroundings play an important part.last_img read more

Repoll in 2 poll booths of 2 Bengal LS seats EC

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has ordered re-polling in two poll booths in Barrackpore and Arambag (SC) parliamentary constituencies on May 12, according to a notification released on Saturday. Both the parliamentary constituencies voted in the fifth phase on May 6. As per the notice, the EC has ordered re-poll in polling station 116-Kanchrapara Udbodhoni Madhyamik Vidyalay under Barrackpore’s Bizpur Assembly segment and in polling station 110-Laskarpur Netaji Prathamik Vidyalaya of Arambag’s Tarakeswar. The polling will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. along with elections to the eight seats in the sixth phase.last_img read more

Elon Musks SpaceX Plans Hyperloop Contest

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 3 min read June 15, 2015 Listen Now The SpaceX rocket company announced something completely different on Monday: a Hyperloop pod competition that would follow up on a high-speed transit concept laid out by the company’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk.The contest would reach its climax next June with pod races at a roughly mile-long (1.6-kilometer-long) Hyperloop test track that will be built next to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, according to documents obtained by NBC News.Musk conceived of the Hyperloop in 2013 as a network of pneumatic tubes through which aerodynamically designed passenger pods could travel at speeds of up to 760 mph (1,220 kilometers per hour). He suggested that a trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles could take a mere 35 minutes, for a price of $20 one-way.The contest announced Monday marks the most concrete step Musk has taken to turn the multibillion-dollar Hyperloop into a reality.Two years ago, Musk said he couldn’t get involved in building the Hyperloop, due to the crush of his duties as CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Since then, several other groups have tried to push the concept forward. One venture, called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, is working on a deal to build its own 5-mile test track in central California. Another startup, Hyperloop Technologies, is building hardware.Epic day! Building the hardware and tech to help make Hyperloop a reality. pic.twitter.com/NJtxFU0Ugf— HyperloopTech (@HyperloopTech) June 12, 2015″We are excited that a handful of private companies have chosen to pursue this effort,” SpaceX said in a statement. “Neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk is affiliated with any Hyperloop companies. While we are not developing a commercial Hyperloop ourselves, we are interested in helping to accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop prototype.”Hence the fast-track pod competition.SpaceX said the contest would be geared toward university students and independent engineering teams. Their task would be to design and build half-scale passenger pods, in accordance with design specifications that are to be released in August.Teams have to signal their formal intent to compete by Sept. 15. A “design weekend” would be held at Texas A&M University on Jan. 9, 2016. During that event, the teams’ proposed designs would be vetted by a panel of experts from SpaceX, Tesla and universities.The finished pods would be pitted against each other on the test track in June 2016. The track would be less than full scale, with an inner diameter of 4 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 meters). No humans would be allowed on the pods during the competition, SpaceX said.”The knowledge gained here will continue to be open-sourced,” SpaceX said. “Break a pod!”SpaceX updated its Hyperloop Web site with information about the competition, and kicked its @Hyperloop Twitter account into gear on Monday.Word of the contest follows through on Musk’s musings about the Hyperloop in January, when he told attendees at the Texas Transportation Forum that he was thinking about building a test track. (At that event, however, Musk said the track would “most likely” be built in Texas.) He said a Hyperloop test program could be modeled after the Formula SAE student competition for automobile design.”People could compete, say, who could make the pod go the fastest, and maybe compete on other dimensions,” Musk said in January. “I think that could be pretty fun.” This story originally appeared on CNBC How Success Happenslast_img read more

Summer flights from Toronto to Saint Lucia with Sunwing

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Sunwing has extended flights between Toronto and Saint Lucia this coming summer. Flights will depart weekly on Sundays starting May 7 until Oct. 29.Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing Vacations, said Saint Lucia has become an increasingly popular destination because it has an all-year-round appeal, from its jazz festivals in May to fishing tournaments in October. “Plus, the fact that this service extension coincides with the opening of two new Royalton Luxury Resorts in Saint Lucia is very exciting. Royalton Luxury Resorts is one of our top hotel partners and we’re sure these latest additions to their ever-expanding lineup of luxury properties will be well received.”Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa is family-friendly and features a supervised Clubhouse Kids Club and Hangout Teen Club, splash pads, non-motorized water sports, and for the parents, The Royal Spa.Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia, an adults-only resort, features an infinity pool, exclusive beach area with waiter service and exclusive restaurant while still having access to Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa amenities and features. For more information visit Sunwing.ca. Posted by Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Summer flights from Toronto to Saint Lucia with Sunwing Tags: Sunwing Sharelast_img read more

Canal Plus has named Raphaël De Andréis as deputy

first_imgCanal Plus has named Raphaël De Andréis as deputy director-general in charge of pay TV activities and Ara Aprikian as deputy director-general in charge of free TV.De Andréis, who was previously president of Havas-owned BETC Euro RSCG, where he advised Canal Plus and CanalSat on communications strategy, will take charge of the broadcaster’s premium and thematic channels. Aprikian, who previously worked in a number of roles for TF1, before taking a senior editorial role with Canal Plus in 2005, will look after Canal Plus’s free-to-air windows, news channel i>Télé and Bolloré’s Direct 8 and Direct Star channels, subject to regulatory approval of the latter’s acquisition.Both will report to Rodolphe Belmer, deputy director general, editorial, at Canal Plus Group and director-general, editorial, at Canal Plus France.last_img read more

Netflix reported a record number of new subscriber

first_imgNetflix reported a record number of new subscribers in Q1, but its share price dropped more than 7% in after-hours trading after it issued a weak forecast for the current quarter.Netflix said it expects to add 2.5 million members in the second quarter of 2016 – 2.0 million internationally and 500,000 in the US. By comparison, in Q2 2015 it added 2.4 million international members and 900,000 in the US – a total of 3.3 million.The SVOD service said that its Q2 US forecast was in line with previous years, but acknowledged a “modest impact from un-grandfathering” – the process of upping legacy users’ price plans from an introductory US$7.99 or US$8.99 per month to Netflix’s now standard US$9.99 for its HD, two-screen plan.Currently more than half of Netflix US users pay a reduced rate for its US$9.99 offering – something that Netflix said it will phase out gradually over the remainder of 2016.Internationally, Netflix said that it expects to add less users in Q2 2016 than a year earlier due to a “tough comparison against the Australia/New Zealand launch”.“The ANZ growth spike in Q2 last year resulted in international Q2 net adds more than doubling year over year (from 1.12 million to 2.37 million). While ANZ is growing steadily this Q2, it is less than the launch spike last year,” said Netflix in its quarterly letter to shareholders.Netflix said that its launch in 130 new countries at the beginning of this year meant that its Q1 results “captured the initial surge of sign-ups”, with net additions expected to drop sequentially in Q2 as a result.Announcing its Q1 2016 results, Netflix said that it added a record 6.74 million subscribers in the quarter – up from 4.88 million in Q1 2015.The bulk of these additions were international users, with 2.23 million new members logged in the US – down slightly from the 2.28 million new members recorded in Q1 2015.International revenues grew 57% year-on-year to US$652 million. International losses widened year-on-year to a loss of US$104 million – though Netflix said that this was “better than forecast due to the timing of content spend”.In the US, Netflix’s revenues rose 18% year-on-year to US$1.16 billion. It attributed this to 14% growth in average paid memberships and a 3% increase in ARPU. US contribution profit grew 32% year-on-year to US$413 million.last_img read more

UK commercial broadcaster ITVs performance looks

first_imgUK commercial broadcaster ITV’s performance looks set to worsen as a result of a Brexit-related economic slowdown and increased costs related to next year’s football World Cup, according to an analysis by Berenberg.According to analysts Sarah Simon and Alastair Reid, ITV is likely to face a continued deterioration in the media buyer outlook for the UK TV advertising market.Challenging the view that the broadcaster’s prospects for the second half of the year are stronger than the first four months, for which ITV management has predicted a 7% decline in advertising, Berenberg pointed to  “the tough comparison with last year’s football-boosted ad market” as well as continued nervousness following the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.On the positive side, Berenberg noted that ITV’s management is reducing programming expenditure this year by about £25 million, helped by the lack of big sports events. However, next year ITV will be broadcasting the football world cup in partnership with the BBC, on the basis of a deal signed in 2014, “when the market was showing robust growth, and Brexit was not even a potential cloud in the sky”.Postulating that these rights were negotiated “for a higher price than those for the 2014 tournament in Brazil”, the analysts expect a significant increase in programming costs for ITV next year at a time when the ad market will still be undergoing negative growth.Finally, Berenberg’s analysts said they remained sceptical that ITV would be able to gain some cash through levying retransmission fees, despite changes in the offing that could enable it to do so in theory.While the forthcoming Digital Economy bill, set to pass by the summer, will lift the “must offer” status of the main ITV channel, meaning that ITV will be able to negotiate commercial terms with Virgin Media, the analysts point out that the channel is “distributed unencrypted via satellite and via DTT, which means that a simple USB DTT connector could allow Virgin consumers to continue watching ITV even if the cable operator will not pay to re-distribute the signal over its network”.Any deal with Sky on retransmission would meanwhile require separate European legislative moves, with further uncertainty surrounding this because of Brexit.last_img read more

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement Reader Scott Pluschau has another blog posted on his website.  This one is entitled “Gold is Coming to a Fork in the Road”…and the link is here.I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column, so I hope you have the chance to read the ones that interest you.The banker must at all times conduct himself so as to justify the confidence of his clients in him. – J.P. Morgan Jr.It’s absolutely amazing how blatant the price management scheme in the precious metals is becoming.  Even I was taken aback by how brazen JPMorgan et al were during the Comex trading session yesterday.  They made no attempt to hide behind any sort of dollar rally, as they just sent in their high-frequency traders and ‘did the dirty’ in broad daylight in front of everyone.Of course the CFTC, CME…and the precious metal companies you own shares in…will do precisely nothing.  They’ll just stand there as the usually do and watch while the public and the shareholders get raped again.How low we got from here, remains to be seen.  But it’s entirely possible that we’ve already seen the lows, as there’s a limit to the number of short positions that the technical funds and small traders are prepared to sell…and when that point is reached, that will be the low.Here’s the 2-year gold chart.(Click on image to enlarge)I would be really surprised if they can get the price much lower than approximately $1,540 the ounce, as that seems to be a bottom-of-the-barrel price that goes all the way back to late September 2011…as every engineered price decline since then has never gone much lower than that…and if it has, it’s only lasted for a matter of hours, or maybe minutes.  And if they do get it lower than that, it won’t gain them a lot of contracts, as we’re already pretty much all sold out to the downside right now.As an aside, if you lost money in MF Global…or with Bernie Madoff…or the new debacle over at PFGBest…I sort of feel sorry for you…with the emphasis on ‘sort of’.  You should know better…and I hope you’ve learned your lesson by now.  There appears to be little or no protection for you in the options and futures market if something goes sideways.  So forget leverage…just buy the physical metal and sit tight.In overnight trading, all precious metals rallied in fits and starts during the Far East trading session on their Wednesday…and now that London has been open for a couple of hours, gold is up about twelve bucks…and silver is up just under 30 cents.  Volume in both, as of 5:04 a.m. Eastern time is already pretty chunky, so it’s obvious that these rally attempts are not going unopposed.  The dollar index has been declining all night long…and is currently down about 20 basis points, with most of that drop coming since the open of London trading earlier this morning.That’s all for today…and I’ll see you on Thursday…Friday west of the International Date Line. Aben Resources (TSX.V: ABN) is a Canadian gold and silver exploration company with a focus on developing properties in the Yukon. The Company’s flagship project is its 100% owned Justin Gold Project located 35 kilometres southeast of the Cantung Mine and has an all season road running through its claims. A phase one drill program was carried out in 2011 on the 18,314 acre Justin Project in which a significant new greenfields gold discovery was made at the property’s POW Zone. The Company intercepted 60 metres of 1.19 g/t gold in hole JN11009 at a vertical depth of 113 metres. Additionally, a new high grade silver-copper zone was discovered at the Kangas Zone with hole JN11003 returning 1.07 metres of 7320 g/t silver (234 oz/ton) and 3.52% copper near surface. As a result of these discoveries on the Justin Project, Aben acquired 14,274 additional acres of mineral tenure in the immediate vicinity of the project to facilitate a more aggressive work program this upcoming season. The Company has four other prospective Yukon and NWT projects in its portfolio along with a seasoned management and geological team. Aben’s chairman, Ron Netolitzky, is credited with exploration success on numerous properties including three Western Canadian gold and silver projects which became producing mines. Please visit our website to learn more about the company and request information.center_img It’s absolutely amazing how blatant the price management scheme in the precious metals is becoming.The gold price traded flat on very light volume through the entire Far East trading day on Tuesday, but as I mentioned in ‘The Wrap’ yesterday, that all ended shortly after 9:00 a.m. in London.The rally that began at that point ended just minutes after 9:00 a.m. in New York when it broke through the $1,600 spot price.  Gold’s high price tick…$1,603.00 spot…occurred at that point.  Then ‘da boyz’ let loose their high-frequency traders…and by the time that the low price tick for gold occurred, gold was down to $1,563.70 spot…and intra-day move of almost forty bucks.  The low came at 2:45 p.m. in electronic trading…and then traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. New York close.Gold closed the Tuesday trading session at $1,566.50 spot…down $20.80 from Monday’s close.  For such a price move, net volume wasn’t overly heavy…125,000 contracts, give or take.  Hopefully all of the volume associated with the price decline up until the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close, will be in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.It was pretty much the same price action in silver, although the high tick of the day, somewhere north of $27.60 spot, occurred within a one hour time period around the London silver fix at noon local time.Silver’s secondary high occurred just minutes after the 9:00 a.m. Eastern time mark in New York…and then silver [along with platinum and palladium] suffered the same fate as gold, with the low tick [$26.66 spot] coming around the 2:35 price mark in electronic trading.  From that point, silver also trade flat into the close.Silver closed at $26.81 spot…down 53 cents on the day…but had an intraday price move of just over a dollar.  Considering the hit that silver took, the net volume was a rather subdued 30,000 contracts.The dollar index rallied about 15 basis points from its Tuesday open…with the Far East high coming around 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time.  From that point, it rolled over pretty hard, hitting its low of the day [82.98] about 8:30 a.m. local time in London.  But from there, the dollar index rallied strongly, hitting its high tick [83.47] about 11:15 a.m. in New York.From its zenith, the dollar index slipped back about 10 basis points or so…and then traded flat into the close…finishing the Tuesday trading session around 83.40.It should have been obvious to any impartial observer of the dollar index, that it played no meaningful roll either before nor during the engineered price decline in all the precious metals yesterday.The gold stocks gapped down a bit at the open of the equity markets…and then followed the gold price lower all day long…with the low tick coming in the last half-hour of the New York trading day.  The HUI finished down 2.89%.  I thank reader Scott Pluschau for providing today’s chart once again, as the good folks over at yahoo.com still haven’t done a thing with their HUI chart problem.(Click on image to enlarge)All the silver stocks got it in the neck again yesterday…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down a whopping 4.41%.(Click on image to enlarge)Well, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report was another yawner…as only 3 gold and 7 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday.  But there are still 1,791 silver contracts open in July…and one has to wonder how many of these long/stoppers will stand for delivery, and who the big short/issuers will be that will be forced to deliver the physical metal itself.  The friendly bet I have with myself is Jefferies, but it isn’t big money.The GLD ETF reported that an authorized participant[s] withdrew 135,830 troy ounces of gold yesterday…and there were no changes in SLV.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.The Comex-approved depositories did not receive any silver on Monday…but Scotia Mocatta shipped 996,615 troy ounces of the stuff out the door…and the link to that action is here.The July Bank Participation Report didn’t show much change from the June report.  The data for this report was taken from last Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  In gold, it showed that 4 U.S. banks are net short 75,895 Comex Futures contracts…and the 19 non-U.S. that hold Comex futures contracts are net short another 49,949 contracts.  Both the U.S and non-U.S. bank categories increased their net short position by about 5,000 Comex contracts from the June report…10,000 contracts in total.The four 4 U.S. banks are net short 7.59 million ounces of gold…and the 19 non-U.S. banks are net short an additional 4.99 million ounces.  From last Friday’s COT report, the Commercial net short position was reported as 16.66 million ounces…so these 23 banks hold 75.5% of the entire Commercial net short position in gold.In silver, it’s an entirely different story, as it has been since JPMorgan took over Bear Stearns short position in silver back in the spring of 2008.Four [4] U.S. Banks are net short 18,272 Comex silver contracts…an insignificant decline of 600 contracts from their June position.  I’d bet serious coin that about 80% of this amount is held by JPMorgan…and 19.99% is held by HSBC USA.  The other 0.01 percent is held by Citigroup and one other bank…but are immaterial, regardless.The 11 non-U.S. banks that hold Comex silver contracts are net long 904 contracts…a minor drop of about 300 contracts from the June BPR.The net Commercial short position in silver in last Friday’s COT report was 17,354 Comex contracts. JPMorgan and HSBC hold over 100% of that amount in silver all by themselves.  And as I pointed out in the previous paragraph, the 11 non-U.S. banks are actually net long the silver market.This is not rocket science, dear reader, as the silver price management scheme is obviously 100% ‘Made in America’.  And with 4 U.S. banks holding just about 50% of the Commercial net short position in gold, they are a powerful force to be reckoned with in gold as well…especially since they collude in this price fixing scheme.  When I say “JPMorgan et al“…or ‘da boyz’…that’s who I’m referring to.  Most of the ‘et al‘s are not U.S. banks…but other Commercial traders that work together with JPMorgan.This is precisely the same way that the LIBOR scandal works/worked.  I would guess that a lot of other markets work that was as well…and the dollar index and the New York equity markets would be two others that fall into that category.As GATA’s Chris Powell said…”The are no markets anymore…only interventions.”Of course, since the cut-off for both the BPR and COT reports from last Tuesday’s 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close, the engineered price decline in all precious metals has changed both reports dramatically…and as Ted Butler so quaintly pointed out…both reports are now very much “yesterday’s news”.Here are two charts courtesy of Washington state reader S.A. that he borrowed from Monday’s edition of Casey’s Daily Dispatch…which is linked here.  Both are self-explanatory…and neither of them require any further embellishment from me.last_img read more

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first_imgLots of people have silver and gold, which are always good. Shuttered fire departments. The rulers won’t close too many police stations, since they want to retain their image as saviors and because they need people to fear them, but fire departments and other things may be let go. (The scarier things first.) But again, so long as we can communicate and adapt, we can just arrange for necessary services in different ways. Remember, most of us are blowing 20-30 hours per week on TV – we have WAY more free time than we think we do. War. This is the traditional distraction from disappointments and government failures. Syria seems to be the leading candidate at the moment, or perhaps North Korea or some other distant monster will fit the bill. The solution to this one is very simple: Do it anyway. Whatever you think of your local government, I very much doubt that you think they have a right to starve you – which is what failing to act in your own survival comes out to. If it’s moral, do it. Stop waiting for permission. So, while the big collapse (assuming that it does come) will be terrifying to inveterate TV watchers, the reality will be far less apocalyptic than promised… assuming that we productive people act like producers. And as producers, we have so much more choice than the others. Indeed, in one way, we could see the collapse as an opportunity to start fresh. The future will be better if we ultimately say so. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com They must be able to communicate with each other. Yes, we’ve all seen scary post-apocalyptic films like Mad Max, or TV shows like Jericho. A real collapse, however, will be quite different from such dramas. And beyond that, there’s a good chance the future will be better. From where I now live, you could draw a 25 mile arc which would include competent people of almost any imaginable specialty: The guys who know how to build and repair refrigerators, machines of all types, cars and roads and houses and windows and computers and a thousand other things. So, I’m not overly worried about the dollar going to zero – as long as these guys have two critical things: Welfare riots. This is possible, and even probable in some places, presuming that government checks either stop, or no longer matter due to massive inflation. However, we all know which areas are likely to be hit and we can avoid them. (If you’re in one, do something about it now.) And, as horrifying as such a thing may be (and should be!), Americans, Canadians and a serious number of Europeans do have guns, and will eventually shoot rioters as they are beating down their neighbor’s door. This one is actually easy. The solution is mesh networks. (You can find a nice PDF primer here.) These are local networks, built with simple wifi devices. These, combined with a few longer links, can create a very nice communications network. You won’t be able to use it for videos, but it will work well for basic communications. (Though you really should keep a small electric generator and some gas.) No credit. As scary as this seems to some people, the reality won’t be nearly as debilitating as imagined (except for the mega-corps); people will adapt and go back to a 19th century way of buying and selling. Adjustment will be required, but farmers will still need to sell their food, and they will find ways for productive people to pay them. Fear. Scaring the populace will be the first and essential tool of the rulers. Government relies far more on legitimacy than on force, so the rulers will be very keen on using their number one tool to keep people clustering around them for safety. That’s a primary strategy for them. The Future Will Be Better if We Take Care of THESE TWO BIG RISKS There are very simple solutions to our two crucial issues. But remember, simple isn’t always easy. Here are the solutions: They must be able to communicate with each other. Supply chain disruptions. Since the big corporations are so tightly associated with governments, they will not likely adapt as quickly as small companies do. They may lock-up while waiting for instructions. This is why stores of key commodities (like food) and communication will be necessary. They must be left alone, with no one telling them “you can’t do that without our permission.” We have Bitcoin, which is good currency world-wide. Lack of currency. Dollars will fail in this scenario (along with Euros, Pounds, etc.), but there will be not be a debilitating lack of currency, for two reasons: They must be left alone, with no one telling them “you can’t do that without our permission.” If either one of these two things are missing, we’re screwed, but as long as we have them, we’ll be okay. Sure, there will be some bad days, a few tragedies, and a surfeit of terror from the fear factories (that is, the mainstream media), but in general, we productive people will be okay. I knew men who ran a business through the Great Depression, in precisely my specialties (contracting and engineering). We discussed the difficulties they faced and how they coped with them. They worked through the depression end to end, and did some pretty impressive projects – with absolutely no credit available anywhere. They paid for things creatively – in sections, with barter, and on trust – but they also got the job done, from the beginning of the depression to the end. Our period of difficulty (which most of us presume will be coming somehow or another) will be different from the Great Depression, but so long as we retain the two items mentioned above – and I will tell you precisely how we can keep them below – we’ll get through it. The Bad Stuff Okay, so if we have a complete dollar collapse, what can we expect? Here are a few thoughts: last_img read more

The Story of McScam and Professional Canners Stories That Fascinated Us This

first_img Entrepreneur Staff Enroll Now for $5 The staff of Entrepreneur.com share the articles we loved from other publications. Next Article –shares August 10, 2018 Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue 2 min read Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Net neutrality activists, not hackers, crashed the FCC’s comment systemRemember when Net Neutrality was a thing? Remember when a lot of people tried to save it last May, but then the FCC’s comment system crashed? At the time, the agency suggested it was a coordinated attack by hackers. Now, they’re saying it was system overload — largely caused by a Last Week Tonight segment by John Oliver. Who said TV is dying? — Hayden FieldBehind Hollywood’s A-List Bidding War for a McDonald’s Monopoly ArticleI was fascinated by the original article “McScam: How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions.” But, the backstory on how the article’s author and a partner deliberately “planted” the story as a way to get Hollywood to bid for the movie rights — which ultimately led to a payday as big as the McDonald’s Monopoly Game grand prize — is just as captivating. It just goes to show the power of the press in promoting your business venture, and how sometimes it pays to reach potential investors in unconventional ways. — Liz WebberInside The World Of NYC ‘Canners’ Who Survive By Collecting Recyclable Cans & BottlesIt’s stories like these that are both wholly inspiring and downright depressing. Some of the individuals spotlighted by author Francesca Berardi work up to 10 hours, constantly on the move. Members of this profession — finding bottles and cans to earn up to five cents each — include a range of people from struggling addicts to parents. It’s a slice of New York City life that most of us are witness to, but never think about. — Stephen J. Bronner The Story of ‘McScam’ and Professional Canners: Stories That Fascinated Us This Week Fascinating Stories Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

Why Do So Many Americans Now Support Legalizing Marijuana

first_imgLegal Marijuana 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. May 14, 2019 –shares By Amy Adamczyk, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, City University of New York; Christopher Thomas, Ph.D Candidate in Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Jacob Felson, Associate Professor of Sociology, William Paterson UniversityAmerican views on marijuana have shifted incredibly rapidly. Thirty years ago, cannabis legalization seemed like a lost cause. In 1988, only 24 percent of Americans supported legalization.But steadily, the nation began to liberalize. By 2018, 66 percent of U.S. residents offered their approval, transforming marijuana legalization from a libertarian fantasy into a mainstream cause. Many state laws have changed as well. Over the last quarter-century, 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana, while 22 states have legalized medical marijuana.So why has public opinion changed dramatically in favor of legalization? In a study published this February, we examined a range of possible reasons, finding that the media likely had the greatest influence.It’s Not About Use, Geography, or DemographicsOur study ruled out a few obvious possibilities.For one, it’s not about marijuana use. Yes, cannabis use has increased. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that, in 2002, about 10 percent of adults reported using cannabis the previous year. By 2015, 13.5 percent reported using. But that increase is too small to have had much of an impact on attitudes.And it’s not about older, more conservative Americans being replaced by younger generations who are more familiar with marijuana. Both younger and older people developed more liberal views about the legalization of marijuana at a similar pace over the last 30 years. In this way, changes in attitudes about marijuana legalization mirror recent increases in support for LGBTQ individuals.We looked to see if people who lived in states where it was illegal, but resided next to ones where it became legal, were more likely to have changed their views. But the rate of change has been no different in states that legalized marijuana than in others.Likewise, the pace of change has been similar across political parties, religions, educational levels, racial and ethnic groups and gender. As politically polarized as the country may seem, when it comes to marijuana, Americans have been changing their attitudes together, as a nation.We did find that a small part of the increase in support was related to more people disaffiliating with religion. The proportion of people who do not identify with a religion has increased some, by about 7 percent between 2007 and 2014. People who do not have a religion tend to be more liberal than others. However, this factor accounts for only a small proportion of the change.Media Medical FramingSo what’s going on? What has likely made the biggest difference is how the media has portrayed marijuana. Support for legalization began to increase shortly after the news media began to frame cannabis as a medical issue.We took The New York Times as a case study, looking at the number of published articles from 1983 to 2015 about marijuana. Just before the number of Americans supporting legalization began to increase, we found a sharp increase in the proportion of articles about marijuana that discussed its medical uses.In the 1980s, the vast majority of New York Times stories about marijuana were about drug trafficking and abuse or other Schedule I drugs. At that time, The New York Times was more likely to lump marijuana together in a kind of unholy trinity with cocaine and heroin in discussions about drug smuggling, drug dealers and the like.During the 1990s, stories discussing marijuana in criminal terms became less prevalent. Meanwhile, the number of articles discussing the medical uses of marijuana slowly increased. By the late 1990s, marijuana was rarely discussed in the context of drug trafficking and drug abuse. And marijuana had lost its association with other Schedule I drugs like cocaine and heroin in the New York Times. Gradually, the stereotypical persona of the marijuana user shifted from the stoned slacker wanting to get high to the aging boomer seeking pain relief.Of course, many Americans do not read The New York Times. But analysis of newspapers of record, like this one, provide insight into how the news media has changed its framing of marijuana, especially during an era when newspapers were still a primary news source.Harsh Criminal Justice SystemAs Americans became more supportive of marijuana legalization, they also increasingly told survey researchers that the criminal justice system was too harsh.In the late 1980s, the “war on drugs” and sentencing reform laws put a large number of young men, often black and Latino, behind bars for lengthy periods of time. As Americans started to feel the full social and economic effects of tough-on-crime initiatives, they reconsidered the problems with criminalizing marijuana.Because support for the legalization of marijuana and concerns about the harshness of the criminal justice system changed at about the same time, it’s difficult to know what came first. Did concern about the harshness of the criminal justice system affect support for legalization – or vice versa?By contrast, the cause and effect is clearer with respect to the media framing of marijuana. The news media’s portrayal of marijuana began to change shortly before the public did, suggesting that the media influenced support for the legalization of marijuana.Once attitudes begin to change, it is difficult to know what keeps the momentum moving. Whatever the initial impetus, attitudes today are drastically more supportive, and legalization is increasing fast.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Why Do So Many Americans Now Support Legalizing Marijuana? Download Our iOS App Image credit: Pacific Press | Getty Imagescenter_img 5 min read Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As politically polarized as the country is, Americans have been changing their attitudes toward marijuana together, as a nation. Next Article Free Green Entrepreneur Applast_img read more