Rep Markkanen House approve bipartisan solution to lower car insurance rates

first_imgState Rep. Greg Markkanen discusses a plan to lower car insurance rates with a colleague before the House took the historic vote today.State Rep. Greg Markkanen today joined his colleagues in approving a bipartisan plan to significantly lower car insurance rates for drivers across the state.The House overwhelmingly voted to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, and combating fraudulent claims. The plan should soon head to the governor for her expected signature.Markkanen, of Hancock, said the bipartisan solution is designed to end Michigan’s long tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.“The high cost of Michigan’s car insurance is one of the most common complaints I hear from people in our community,” Markkanen said. “We’ve listened to their concerns and produced a solution that will make driving more affordable for families and seniors in the Upper Peninsula and all across Michigan.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The bipartisan reform plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable choices.### Categories: Markkanen News 24May Rep. Markkanen, House approve bipartisan solution to lower car insurance rateslast_img read more

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first_imgSelf-styled YouTube-meets-Reddit video-on-demand service Vidme is to shut down, citing competition from Google and Facebook.The US-based streaming service, which provided videos curated by community members across a range of categories, was created in 2014 and claimed at its peak to have close to one million registered content creators and 25 million unique monthly users.Vidme has disabled new sign-ups and uploads to its site. Existing videos will be playable and exportable until December 15, after which they will be permanently deleted from Vidme’s servers.The company has suspended all of its paid-for subscription services. Subscription videos will be available only to their creators. Vidme said it would pay out any outstanding earnings on verification within 90 days.In a blog posting, founder and CEO Warren Shaeffer said that the service had been unable to “find a path to sustainability”.Vidme introduced drag-and-drop publishing of videos and raised finance from the likes of NEA, Upfront Ventures, First Round Capital, Lowercase Capital, SV Angel and Mucker Capital.Shaeffer said that Vidme has delivered over six billion views to audiences globally to date. He said the service became one of the top 1,000 most popular destinations on the web, reaching over 200 million people annually.Identifying reasons for Vidme’s demise, Shaeffer said that advertisers increasingly want to target specific audiences, putting services that don’t store deep personal data at a disadvantage. Facebook and Google, which have mastered this, now control 60% of online advertising spend in the US.Shaeffer said that advertisers also want to ensure that their products are promoted alongside ‘brand-safe’ content, which is expensive and difficult to monitor, and that few advertisers are wishing to negotiate direct deals with platforms that don’t have the scale of the global giants.Vidme was also over-optimistic in projecting that CDN and data storage costs would decline rapidly. While this has happened to some extent, Shaeffer said that Vidme’s costs “still outpaced our ability to generate meaningful revenue”.Shaeffer also said that the definition of scale had changed since Vidme’s launch, with eight out of 10 of the most popular apps now being owned by Google or Facebook.“Both Facebook and YouTube also actively deprecate content shared from competing platforms,” said Shaeffer, highlighting the decline in Vidme’s social traffic “once Facebook began to prioritise its native player”.When Facebook and Instagram began “aggressively soliciting video content and courting video creators”, he said, Vidme’s prospects further deteriorated.“When we started we knew that we were taking a calculated risk, but in hindsight we underestimated the speed with which the competitive landscape would change,” said Shaeffer.Shaeffer said that despite the collapse of Vidme, his team would more forward with plans to launch a new- undisclosed product, next year.last_img read more

From Jim Rogers… to Marc Faber… to Congressman Ron

first_imgFrom Jim Rogers… to Marc Faber… to Congressman Ron Paul, this book is sitting on the desks of some of the world’s smartest thinkers…And for good reason, too.Inside you’ll find 47 ways to protect your wealth from the declining value of the U.S. DollarDiscover FIVE of those 47 ways for free, right here. Sponsor Advertisement This video clip probably got a fair amount of playing time with the JPMorgan et al crowd, the CFTC, the CME Group…and beyond.It was a pretty quiet trading day just about everywhere on Planet Earth on Monday.  The gold price got sold down about ten dollars by shortly after 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…and traded mostly above the $1,590 spot price mark right up until it’s low price tick of around $1,587 spot that came about five minutes before the 8:20 a.m. Eastern time Comex open.  Gold rallied from there, breaking through the $1,600 price mark around 10:50 a.m. in New York.  That proved to be its high tick of the day…$1604.40 spot…and every other rally attempt over the $1,600 spot market got quietly, but firmly turned aside.Gold closed at $1,596.90 spot…down $2.20 from Friday’s close.  Net volume was only 88,000 contracts…and about 10,000 contracts of that amount was a spread trade placed early in the Far East trading day.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own, so you can see the micro-action around the $1,600 mark in New York trading.  Note the pre-Comex opening low…and the multiple attempts to break above $1,600 spot.  It was another day when gold’s closing price would have been much higher if left to its own devices.In Far East and early London trading, silver traded in a 30 cent price band…from around $29.50 to $29.20 spot…with its low of the day coming shortly before 1:00 p.m. London time, which was a few minutes before 8:00 a.m. in New York.  Then it looked like silver retested that low minutes before the Comex open.Ten minutes after New York began to trade, silver was back above its Friday close…and traded around that price until its spike high of $27.74 that came the same minute as gold’s high tick…about 10:40 a.m. Eastern.After that, the silver price never got above the $27.65 spot mark…and finished the electronic trading session at $27.52 spot…up a whole 3 cents from Friday.  Net volume was around 27,000 contracts.The dollar index opened where it closed on Friday…around the 81.60 mark.  It reached its Far East high [around 81.83] late in the morning Hong Kong time…and then rolled over to its low of the day [81.55] which came around 10:40 a.m. in London.  Then away it went to the upside.  The high was around 81.96 at 10:25 in New York…but 90% of the dollar index rally was in by 8:15 a.m…which was five minutes before the Comex opened for trading.  From there, the index slid a hair…and then traded sideways for the last six hours of the New York trading day, finishing around 81.87.The gold stocks sold off a bit at the beginning of the New York trading day…and their high came, naturally enough, at the 10:40 a.m. spike high in the gold price.  From there, the gold stocks got sold off to their low of the day, which was minutes before noon Eastern time.  After that they clawed their way back to almost unchanged by the close.  The good folks over at finance.yahoo.com that provide the daily HUI chart, obviously had some issues early in the day, but got them fixed in the few hours of trading.  The HUI finished down a tiny 0.11%.Most of the stocks in Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed in positive territory, but the 3.85% decline in Pan American Silver dragged the SSI down as well…and it closed down 0.47%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for the second delivery day in July showed that 6 gold and only 99 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Wednesday.  In silver, the biggest short/issuer was Merrill with 95 contracts…and biggest long/stoppers were JPMorgan and the Bank of Nova Scotia.  They stood for delivery on all 99 contracts issued.  The link to the Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.As of the preliminary report from the CME in the wee hours of this morning, there are about 2,400 silver contracts still open in July.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday, but an authorized participant[s] withdrew an eye-watering 4,364,343 troy ounces of silver from SLV.  It’s hard to say whether that withdrawal was price action-related…or whether the silver was more desperately needed elsewhere.The U.S. Mint had a small sales report to start out the month of July.  They sold 2,000 ounces of gold eagles…and 269,500 silver eagles.The Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 599,997 troy ounces of silver on Friday…all of it into Brink’s, Inc.  The link to that action is here.Here’s a chart that Washington reader S.A. stole from somewhere yesterday…and it needs no further embellishment from me.  My first story of the day is on this subject.As per most Tuesdays, I have a lot of stories…and the final edit is, as always, up to you.Asia is accumulating Gold. Russia is accumulating Gold. “Backward” nations all over the world are accumulating Gold – on both an individual and a government level. While the “developed” world has developed an idea of monetary safety which turns all history on its head, the rest of the world is not going along with them. We’ll leave it to you to decide which are the credulous and which are not. – Bill Buckler, Gold This Week, 30 June 2012With such light trading volume in both metals, I wouldn’t read a lot into yesterday’s price action…although it was obvious that gold wasn’t allowed to breach the $1,600 spot price mark for more than a few minutes at a time.  Silver’s price was well contained below the $28 spot mark as well.But the story of the day yesterday was that CNBC panel discussion where all parties acknowledged that the silver market is rigged seven ways to heaven will, in my opinion, turn out to be a key moment in the history of the price management scheme in silver.  There’s no doubt it my mind that this video clip probably got a fair amount of playing time with the JPMorgan et al crowd, the CFTC, the CME Group…and beyond.  I would bet that there are forces now in play that can’t be stopped.How big a hammer blow this is may not show up in the silver price immediately, but it indicates to me that the silver fuse is definitely lit…and the end is getting closer with each passing day.As I mentioned in my Saturday column, the Friday COT report showed that the eight largest Commercial ‘traders’ in the silver futures market were short 3.27 times the net short position of 60 million ounces…a monstrous concentration held by a small handful of traders, dominated by JPMorgan.  This is what silver analyst Ted Butler had to say about it in his Weekly Review on Saturday…“It’s hard to express the true meaning in the proper words, but the ‘big 4’ now hold a short position that is 2.5 times greater than the total commercial [net] short position, an extreme level never witnessed in my memory. In many ways, even though the total amount of commercial shorts in COMEX silver has never been lower, it has also never been more concentrated than it is now. The true measure of manipulation is the level of concentration because concentration determines market control.”Well, it was an interesting trading session in the Far East on their Tuesday…and that positive trend is still in place now that London has been open for about two hours.  Gold is above the $1,600 spot price mark at the moment, but silver’s two attempts to move above $28 spot, ran into the usual not-for-profit sellers.  Gold volume is not overly heavy for this time of day, but silver volume is getting up there.  The dollar index has been pretty much ruler flat since the Far East open on their Tuesday morning.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:18 a.m. Eastern time, gold is up exactly twelve bucks…and silver is up 40 cents.Today, at the close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and I must admit that I’m looking forward to Tuesday’s New York trading action with great interest.I’ll have a column tomorrow on the July 4th holiday…but it will be posted later in the morning, like it is on Saturday, so don’t expect it in your in-box at its usual time.last_img read more

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first_imgRepresentatives of national disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) in Bolivia, Greece, Malaysia and Uganda have described to UK activists how they have fought oppression and discrimination in their own countries.They were speaking at an International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit in east London, organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) to highlight the hypocrisy of the UK government’s decision to co-host a major “global disability summit” on the Olympic Park in east London this week.Feliza Ali Ramos (pictured, left) and Alex Marcelo Vazquez Bracamonte (centre), both wheelchair-users, from the Bolivian DPO New Hope, described how – two years ago – they and fellow disabled activists marched 300 miles through the Andes to the capital La Paz to confront president Evo Morales about the conditions facing disabled people in Bolivia and to seek an increase in disability benefits.Conditions facing disabled people in Bolivia were harsh, they told the summit.Many were dying from treatable conditions, some because doctors refused to give them oxygen, with families often welcoming their early deaths “because they were suffering anyway”.Many disabled people were excluded from education, despite the government’s insistence that disabled people had access to education and to healthcare, the summit heard.Local campaigns had called for the monthly disability benefit payment to rise from about £10 to about £50 a month, which led to the march on La Paz.Ramos said: “We sent letter after letter to the president, but the president never received us.”They marched through the mountains for 35 days and often had nowhere to sleep, while their only food was what they were given by people from the towns they passed through.When they arrived in the capital, they found the government had put up metal barriers to prevent them reaching the central square where the government offices were located.The square was guarded by police with water cannons and riot shields, and they were sprayed with pepper spray and water cannons, beaten and pushed out of their wheelchairs.Refused a meeting with the president, they pitched tents and took part in a vigil that lasted more than three months.The government tried to infiltrate the movement, and threatened activists with 10 years in prison.Morales eventually backed down and agreed to some of their demands.Ramos told fellow activists at Sunday’s summit how they lost two of their colleagues in a traffic accident during the march while another four had died because their health deteriorated during the protest.She cried as she told the summit: “Because these comrades had given their lives we fought on and we too were prepared to give our lives.“We remember what we went through and every day it moves me.“All of a sudden we have made ourselves visible in Bolivia and have got coverage in its media.”Last week, she said, there was national media coverage of a case in which a young man with cerebral palsy was found severely malnourished.She said: “Before, it would have been ignored. Now it is a national scandal because of what we did.“We have shown the whole of society we are strong and are not prepared to shut up and do whatever the government tells us to do.”New Hope was founded in 1999 to fight for an independent life for all disabled people in Bolivia, and its members try to empower disabled people with physical impairments through their Independent Life programme.Antonios Rellas, from the Greek DPO Zero Tolerance, told Sunday’s summit how he was the only disabled activist who gave evidence in the long-running trial of MPs and members of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party.He said: “As disabled activists, we know very well the story behind the fascist danger.“Golden Dawn followed exactly what Hitler and the Third Reich believed. Some of the first victims of the Third Reich were disabled people who were killed, 275,00 of them, as unworthy to live.”He also described his organisation’s ongoing fight against the institutionalisation of disabled people in Greece, which saw Zero Tolerance fight for the freedom of disabled residents who were being over-medicated and chained to cages in a state-run institution in Lechaina.He has directed a documentary which exposes the conditions, with Rellas and other disabled activists occupying the institution for four days and demanding that they were released.Now those disabled people who have been released from Lechaina have been found homes “in places where they can lead regular lives”, he said.But he said that more than 900 disabled people were still living in similar conditions in state-run institutions in Greece.He said: “The institutions that we are talking about are public institutions. We don’t know what is happening in private and church facilities.“This has nothing to do with the financial crisis that Greece is under. This was happening before this happened and if we are not there to resist and provoke it will stay like this forever.”Naziaty Yaacob, from Harapan OKU (Hope for Persons with Disabilities), speaking via Skype, told of her organisation’s battle to fight systematic discrimination against disabled people in her country following the election in May of the first new government in Malaysia in 60 years.They wrote an open letter to the new prime minister, with support from more than 100 charities, telling him that disabled people were “still struggling to achieve independence” and were “still facing barriers and discrimination”, with disabled people the most marginalised group in society.They highlighted the “toothless” nature of the existing disability discrimination act and the need for a new act and an independent commission to deal with grievances and systemic discrimination.Rose Achayo, from the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda, described the wide-ranging discrimination faced by disabled women and girls in her country.She told the summit that her organisation had formed in 1999 to be a voice for disabled women and girls and to push for “a society where girls and women with disabilities lead a dignified life”.She pointed to barriers faced by disabled women in Uganda, such as violence in the home and in the community, the abuse inflicted on disabled people with high support needs who are placed in isolated settings, the lack of access to reproductive health, and the lack of access to justice.She also pointed to the stigma and “invisibility” faced by disabled women and girls in mainstream society, and their lack of access to the main source of income: land.But she said that, unlike the UK government, the Ugandan government had acknowledged issues raised by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities and had come up with a plan for how they could be addressed.The committee examined Uganda’s progress in 2016, a process her organisation took part in. A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Most People in Attorney General Jeff Sessionss Home State Want to Legalize

first_img April 11, 2017 While Attorney General Jeff Sessions has advocated a return to the “just say no” policies of the 1980s, residents in his home state of Alabama see things differently, a new poll has found.In a survey of 2,500 Alabama residents done by AL.com, 78 percent said they favor legalization of marijuana.For entrepreneurs and investors involved in the legal marijuana industry, the news is, at the very least, interesting. The more optimistic might hope that the views of his fellow Alabamians could influence Sessions as well.The poll results might come as a surprise to many. In addition to the anti-marijuana rhetoric of Sessions, the former senator and attorney general in Alabama, the state often ranks high among the states not expected to legalize medical, much less recreational use, of marijuana.Related: Marijuana In the Midwest? Nebraska Lawmakers Consider Cannabis Legalization.In 2016, USA Today ranked Alabama as the No. 1 least likely state to legalize marijuana. Of course, they ranked Arkansas as No. 2, and voters there approved medical marijuana use last November.Alabamians On MarijuanaAl.com asked readers other questions involving marijuana, at least one of which might seem unusual to those who have never resided in the so-called “Bible Belt” of the United States.The results of three questions were:92 percent said alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana89 percent said smoking marijuana is not a sin (8 percent said that it is)84 percent said recreational use should be legalized in AlabamaOf course, polls of website readers are not scientific by traditional polling standards. However, even Pew Research Center has started to question whether some of the polls might be more accurate than traditional telephone surveys.Good News?Those involved with the legal marijuana industry have kept a wary eye on Sessions. During the first few months of President Donald Trump’s administration, both Sessions and other administration officials have offered a litany of anti-marijuana statements but have been vague about what they might actually do.The latest glimpse into Sessions thinking came in a speech in March before law enforcement officials in Richmond, Vir. His speech, which can be read in full here on the attorney general’s website, included a line that compared marijuana to heroin.Related: How to Plant the Seeds of Success in the New Cannabis Economy“I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store,” he said. “And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful.  Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”At least according to one poll, his view is not in step with a majority of his fellow Alabamians.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news.  Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Most People in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s Home State Want to Legalize Marijuana Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Next Article Cannabis Image credit: Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images Guest Writer 3 min read Add to Queue Green Entrepreneur Podcast Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. dispensaries.com –shares A new poll finds that lopsided majorities in Alabama oppose the get-tough enforcement favored by their former senator. Listen Nowlast_img read more

A Tale of Neighboring Countries and Their Very Different LegalMarijuana Banking Systems

first_imgCannabis –shares Federal law all but requires legal marijuana to operate strictly in cash, while in Canada banks are helping that nation’s cannabis industry boom. 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Image credit: Nastasic | Getty Images Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Next Article 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. dispensaries.com Guest Writer Springfield Bank of Illinois pulled out of working with legal medical marijuana companies in the state this month, leaving many businesses working on a cash-only basis while scrambling to find another banking partner. The bank tied the move directly to actions taken by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year, rescinding Obama-era rules that essentially kept the federal government from interfering in states where marijuana is legal.Meanwhile, in Canada, just the opposite is happening. The Bank of Montreal already is involved in two deals with legal marijuana companies and TD Bank Group is considering involvement as the country prepares to make cannabis legal nationwide this summer for both medical and recreational use.TD Bank Group CEO Bharat Masrani told The Canadian Press that national legalization is an “important data point.” He said TD Bank Group is actively studying cannabis investment in the cannabis industry. Both TD Bank Group and the Bank of Montreal are among the “Big Five” banks in Canada.Related: Baby Boomers Support Medical Marijuana but SkepticallyActions Backing WordsThe interest of Canadian banks in backing the legal marijuana industry took off in January, when the Bank of Montreal backed a $175 million stock-purchase deal to raise cash for Canopy Growth. Technically, the Bank of Montreal did the deal through a subsidiary, BMO Capital Markets, along with co-lead underwriter GMP Securities. Based in Ontario, Canopy is Canada’s largest licensed producer of medical marijuana. Importantly, they have no business dealings in the U.S.Speaking about the potential of entering deals with cannabis companies, Masrani said TD Bank Group will not consider any deals with companies that have a presence in the U.S. A few weeks after the Canopy Growth deal, BMO Capital Markets was named in a similar deal involving marijuana producer Cronos Group.Related: How to Stand Out From the Crowd: Entrepreneurial Lessons from Jeff the 420 ChefMeanwhile, In Springfield.Legal medical marijuana companies in Illinois may now have to deal in cash after the main bank for the industry, the Bank of Springfield, announced it was pulling out of the industry. The decision came after Sessions’ decision to rescind the Cole Memo.It is one of the few concrete consequences, so far, of Sessions’ actions.To be fair, the Bank of Springfield was something of an aberration. Most banks have refused to extend services to the marijuana industry because cannabis remains illegal at the federal level. Frustrated leaders in California are even considering setting up a state-run bank to serve the industry.There were about $8.5 million in medical marijuana sales in Illinois in February alone, according to state numbers quoted in the Chicago Tribune.Ross Morreale, co-founder of Ataraxia, a company that runs a cultivation facility and co-owns three dispensaries, told the Tribune: “This is the closest we’ve been to being without banks in Illinois in this industry … which isn’t good. It makes everything more difficult.”For the bank, it was a process of doing a risk assessment given Sessions’ action. The bank could not jeopardize customers working with businesses “in the legal gray zone,” a bank spokesman told the Tribune.To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook Free Green Entrepreneur App April 12, 2018 A Tale of Neighboring Countries and Their Very Different Legal-Marijuana Banking Systems Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

Harvard MIT Receive 9 Million Donation to Conduct Marijuana Research

first_img –shares Harvard, MIT Receive $9 Million Donation to Conduct Marijuana Research 4 min read Guest Writer Biomedical Technology Add to Queue Image credit: gregobagel | Getty Images Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Next Article dispensaries.com 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. The donation from an alum of both schools will use the cannabis legally available in Massachusetts. May 14, 2019 Free Green Entrepreneur App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The rapid spread of marijuana legalization has been coupled with concerns among medical researchers about gaps in knowledge on what cannabis can and cannot do in terms of health benefits.Unfortunately, with the United States federal government continuing to list cannabis as an illegal drug, it’s been hard to get funding for research. It also doesn’t help that what little marijuana is available for research is of far worse quality than what people routinely purchase at the local dispensary (or on the black market, for that matter).However, cannabis research in the U.S. got a shot in the arm this month when Charles Broderick, head of a New York-based global equity firm, dontated $9 million for cannabis research to be split between Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . Broderick’s goal is clear cut, according to the Harvard Gazette: “Our desire is to fill the research void that currently exists in the science of cannabis.”Related: Why the EU Is Wrong About CBDMassachusetts Makes a DifferenceHow can the two prestigious schools manage to fill the marijuana research void with marijuana still illegal at the federal level? According to Rolling Stone, the answer lies in the fact that Massachusetts started legal recreational marijuana sales this year. That “makes it easier for the research to take place at the Boston-based schools,” the music magazine wrote.A researcher at MIT told the Boston Globe that the school plans to get cannabis of a higher grade than what is available from the University of Mississippi, which currently operates the only federal-sanctioned site to grow marijuana for research.The researcher also said that without Broderick’s donation, none of the research would be happening as quickly as now planned. The illegal nature of marijuana in the past — a situation that still exists at the national level — has made getting research funding difficult.Where Research Will FocusMIT plans to launch research into how THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) impact the cognitive function of people suffering from schizophrenia. Other MIT studies will focus on the use of cannabis for those with autism and Huntington’s disease, as well as the impact on attention and working memory.At Harvard Medical School, the money will fund creation of the Charles R. Broderick Phytocannabinoid Research Initiative. Initial research will focus on marijuana’s impact on brain cell function and the connections between brain cells.Related: Move Aside, CBD: New Data Finds THC Is the Real Medicine in Medical MarijuanaDonor Stands to GainWhile the donation received universal praise, it also generated conversation over the ethics of the donation. Broderick is an investor in cannabis companies in Canada, where pot is legal for medical and recreational use nationwide.The Globe wrote that many might wonder if his position could create bias in the research. After all, if new uses of cannabis are found, Broderick stands to make more money. But if dangers are found in using marijuana for medical purposes, he stands to lose money.However, both Harvard and MIT have rules in place that govern research, ensuring that researchers have complete control over their work and the results.For this part, Broderick told the Harvard Gazette, “I want to destigmatize the conversation around cannabis — and, in part, that means providing facts to the medical community, as well as the general public. Then we’re all working from the same information. We need to replace rhetoric with research.”To stay up to date on the latest marijuana-related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook Download Our iOS Applast_img read more

Square Makes Its Register Software Free Worldwide

first_img Kate Taylor –shares Add to Queue Next Article November 20, 2014 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Reporter Square Makes Its Register Software Free Worldwide 2 min read Mobile Payments 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. Square is going global – with software at least.On Thursday, Twitter co-founder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey announced that Square Register is being made available to sellers around the world. That means internationally Square-using sellers have access to free point-of-sale software that supports 130 different currencies.Los Desgraciados, a restaurant located in Saltillo, Mexico that uses Square RegisterImage credit: SquareSquare Register is a free app with software that allows users to analyze payments and manage items and inventory. The app is already used by millions of businesses in the U.S., but previously only supported the U.S. dollar, the Canadian dollar and the Japanese yen.Related: How Mobile Payment Apps Are Energizing Businesses That Live On Cash FlowHowever, despite the previously limited currencies, Square says that thousands of sellers outside the U.S., Japan and Canada have downloaded the app.”I’ve been using Square Register for about three years now,” says Michael Cheang, the owner of an Australian bar called Frisk, in an email sent by Square. “We came across the app when searching the internet for point-of-sale solutions. We looked into all the alternative options, and ultimately chose Square for its simple layout.”Square has not yet released readers that support transactions outside of the U.S., Canada and Japan. However, with the new software in place, the mobile payment’s app complete international expansion seems imminent. Related: Snapchat Partners With Square for Payment Service Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Wipro Positioned as a Leader in Gartners Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace

first_imgWipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, announced that it has been positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America. The report authored by Daniel Barros & Mark Ray was published on January 14, 2019.“Gartner evaluates the providers based on the quality and efficacy of the processes, systems, methods and procedures that enable each provider’s performance to be competitive and effective, while positively affecting revenue, retention and reputation.”“Gartner evaluates the providers based on the quality and efficacy of the processes, systems, methods and procedures that enable each provider’s performance to be competitive and effective, while positively affecting revenue, retention and reputation.” This Magic Quadrant assessed 21 MWS providers on their ability to execute and completeness of vision. Wipro has been positioned as a “Leader” in this Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America for the third time in a row.According to Gartner analysts, “Leaders deliver their service solutions skillfully, have a clear vision of the direction of the service market, and are actively building and improving their competencies to sustain their leadership positions. The Leaders quadrant indicates the direction of the MWS market. However, most digital workplace offerings still have low adoption rates. Ten providers have emerged as Leaders in this Magic Quadrant. Leaders have demonstrated their experience in delivering MWS and understand the requirements to successfully deliver these services. They have proved their ability to execute and their completeness of vision.”Marketing Technology News: MultiVu Launches Digital Marketing SuiteKiran Desai, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Cloud and Infrastructure Services, Wipro Limited said, “We are pleased to have been positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America, for the third successive year. We believe this recognition underscores our capabilities to manage complex workplace transformation projects by leveraging our LiVE Workspace™ platform. Our digital transformation endeavours have been key to us achieving an industry-leading position in this space. We remain steadfastly committed to offering a truly digital and enhanced user experience to our customers.”Marketing Technology News: Live Data Is Now The Lifeblood For Telco Value CreationWipro’s LiVE Workspace solution, powered by the Wipro HOLMES artificial intelligence platform and backed by a strong partner ecosystem, will help enterprises advance to a digitally empowered user-centric workspace from a traditional desktop system-based approach. The solution is an end-to-end standardized and integrated workplace offering consisting of pre-defined tools, technologies, and processes, that enables users to access their business applications and data, anywhere, anytime, and on a device of their choice. The solution also offers predictive and prescriptive analytics with cognitive capabilities to proactively identify, resolve, and manage critical applications and infrastructure-related snags before end-users experience issues.Marketing Technology News: Informatica Unveils AI-Powered Product Innovations and Strengthens Industry Partnerships at Informatica World 2019 Wipro Positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America PRNewswireJune 12, 2019, 2:33 pmJune 12, 2019 artificial intelligence platformGartner’s Magic QuadrantManaged Workplace ServicesMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleTEGNA to Acquire Dispatch Broadcast Group’s Leading, Top Ranked Stations in Indianapolis, IN and Columbus, OHNext ArticleSwiftStack Announces Data Analytics Solution With 10x Performance and Massive Scalelast_img read more

Mannose nutritional supplement could slow some cancers

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDNov 21 2018Mannose is a sugary nutritional supplement that has shown promise in slowing down the growth of certain cancers in laboratory mice. The results of the five year-long study from Glasgow were published in the latest issue of the journal Nature.The team of researchers gave mannose to mice with simulated pancreatic, lung or skin cancers. There were no side effects while the cancer growth slowed significantly. Mannose is also found naturally in cranberries and other fruits, the authors explain. Researchers warn however that it is too early to know the direct connection and people should not start supplementing with mannose because it carries risk of side effects. The team of researchers gave mannose supplements to mice with the cancers that were also being treated with anticancer drugs such as cisplatin and doxorubicin. On administration of mannose the chemotherapy effects were enhanced, they add. The tumours shrunk in size and the mice lived longer. The team then exposed other cancer cells from bone cancer (osteosarcoma), leukaemia, bowel cancer and ovarian cancer and found that some of the cells responded while others did not respond to mannose in the laboratory set up. They noted that cells that contained high levels of the enzyme phosphomannose isomerase (PMI) were less likely to respond to mannose.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryAccording to lead author Prof Kevin Ryan, from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, the principle behind mannose and its benefits in tumours was the fact that it could block the uptake of glucose by the tumour and thus effectively starve it and slow its growth. Mannose did not affect the surrounding healthy cells which led to the side-effect free profile. He said, “This is early research, but it is hoped that finding this perfect balance means that, in the future, mannose could be given to cancer patients to enhance chemotherapy without damaging their overall health.”The team hopes that they can start testing the supplement on human cancer patients soon and would know if it actually worked in humans as well. The team needs to understand why some cancers respond to mannose while others do not, Prof Ryan said.Martin Ledwick, Cancer Research UK’s head nurse warned that these results have not yet been extrapolated in humans and people with cancer should not start supplementing their diet with mannose. Dr Helen Rippon, chief executive of Worldwide Cancer Research too lauded this study saying, “This is a brand-new discovery and only the first step in working out whether mannose might help treat cancer.”This study received support from the Cancer Research UK and Worldwide Cancer Research.Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0729-3 Cranberries, a natural source of mannose. Image Credit: Tim UR / Shutterstocklast_img read more

Intermittent fasting may protect against type 2 diabetes

first_imgUnder certain genetic conditions, the accumulation of fat in the pancreas may play a decisive role in the development of type 2 diabetes.”Professor Tim J. Schulz, head of the Department of Adipocyte Development and Nutrition Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 2 2019Intermittent fasting is known to improve sensitivity to the blood glucose-lowering hormone insulin and to protect against fatty liver. DZD scientists from DIfE have now discovered that mice on an intermittent fasting regimen also exhibited lower pancreatic fat. In their current study published in the journal Metabolism, the researchers showed the mechanism by which pancreatic fat could contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes.Fatty liver has been thoroughly investigated as a known and frequently occurring disease. However, little is known about excess weight-induced fat accumulation in the pancreas and its effects on the onset of type 2 diabetes. The research team led by Professor Annette Schürmann and Professor Tim J. Schulz of the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) has now found that overweight mice prone to diabetes have a high accumulation of fat cells in the pancreas. Mice resistant to diabetes due to their genetic make-up despite excess weight had hardly any fat in the pancreas, but instead had fat deposits in the liver. “Fat accumulations outside the fat tissue, e.g. in the liver, muscles or even bones, have a negative effect on these organs and the entire body. What impact fat cells have within the pancreas has not been clear until now,” said Schürmann, head of the Department of Experimental Diabetology at DIfE and speaker of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD).Intermittent fasting reduces pancreatic fatThe team of scientists divided the overweight animals, which were prone to diabetes, into two groups: The first group was allowed to eat ad libitum – as much as they wanted whenever they wanted. The second group underwent an intermittent fasting regimen: one day the rodents received unlimited chow and the next day they were not fed at all. After five weeks, the researchers observed differences in the pancreas of the mice: Fat cells accumulated in group one. The animals in group two, on the other hand, had hardly any fat deposits in the pancreas.Pancreatic adipocytes mediate hypersecretion of insulin In order to find out how fat cells might impair the function of the pancreas, researchers led by Schürmann and Schulz isolated adipocyte precursor cells from the pancreas of mice for the first time and allowed them to differentiate into mature fat cells. If the mature fat cells were subsequently cultivated together with the Langerhans islets of the pancreas, the beta cells of the “islets” increasingly secreted insulin. “We suspect that the increased secretion of insulin causes the Langerhans islets of diabetes-prone animals to deplete more quickly and, after some time, to cease functioning completely. In this way, fat accumulation in the pancreas could contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes,” said Schürmann.Significance of pancreatic fat for diabetes preventionCurrent data suggest that not only liver fat should be reduced to prevent type 2 diabetes. Related StoriesUTHealth researchers investigate how to reduce stress-driven alcohol useNew biomaterial could encapsulate and protect implanted insulin-producing cellsSome people treated for type 1 diabetes may have monogenic diabetes, study findsIntermittent fasting could be a promising therapeutic approach in the future. The advantages: it is non-invasive, easy to integrate into everyday life and does not require drugs.Intermittent fastingIntermittent fasting means not eating during certain time slots. However, water, unsweetened tea and black coffee are allowed around the clock. Depending on the method, the fasting lasts between 16 and 24 hours or, alternatively, a maximum of 500 to 600 calories are consumed on two days within a week. The best known form of intermittent fasting is the 16:8 method which involves eating only during an eight-hour window during the day and fasting for the remaining 16 hours. One meal – usually breakfast – is omitted.Islets of LangerhansThe islets of Langerhans – also referred to as islet cells or Langerhans islets – are islet-like accumulations of hormone-producing cells in the pancreas. A healthy adult has about one million Langerhans islets. Each “islet” has a diameter of 0.2-0.5 millimeters. The beta cells produce the blood glucose-lowering hormone insulin and make up about 65 to 80 percent of the islet cells. When blood glucose levels are elevated, these secrete insulin into the bloodstream so that the levels are normalized again. Source:Deutsches Zentrum fuer Diabetesforschung DZDJournal reference:Schulz, T.J. et al. (2019) Pancreatic adipocytes mediate hypersecretion of insulin in diabetes-susceptible mice. Metabolism. doi.org/10.1016/j.metabol.2019.05.005.last_img read more

Malaysia OKs new search by private company for missing plane

Malaysia’s government said Saturday that it has approved a new attempt by a private company to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, nearly four years after its disappearance sparked one of aviation’s biggest mysteries. Citation: Malaysia OKs new search by private company for missing plane (2018, January 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-malaysia-oks-private-company-plane.html Scientists potentially narrow MH370 search area to 3 spots 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. More information: oceaninfinity.com/ The Houston, Texas-based company Ocean Infinity dispatched a search vessel this past week to look in the southern Indian Ocean for debris from the plane, which disappeared March 8, 2014, on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members.The governments of Malaysia, China and Australia called off the nearly three-year official search last January. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s final report on the search conceded that authorities were no closer to knowing the reasons for the Boeing 777’s disappearance, or its exact location.”The basis of the offer from Ocean Infinity is based on ‘no cure, no fee,'” Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Saturday, meaning that payment will be made only if the company finds the wreckage.”That means they are willing to search the area of 25,000 square kilometers (9,653 square miles) pointed out by the expert group near the Australian waters,” he said.However, he said, “I don’t want to give too much hope … to the (next of kin).” He said his government was committed to continuing with the search.He did not offer other details.Ocean Infinity said in a statement that the search vessel Seabed Constructor, which left the South African port of Durban on Tuesday, was taking advantage of favorable weather to move toward “the vicinity of the possible search zone.”In the initial search for the plane, a 52-day surface search covered an area of several million square kilometers (square miles) in the Indian Ocean west of Australia, before an underwater search mapped 710,000 square kilometers (274,000 square miles) of seabed at depths of up to 6,000 meters (20,000 feet). They were the largest aviation searches of their kind in history, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).Despite other methods such as studying satellite imagery and investigating ocean drifts after debris from the plane washed ashore on islands in the eastern Indian Ocean and the east coast of Africa, the 1,046-day search was called off on Jan. 17, 2017.However, the ATSB’s report said the understanding of where the plane may be is “better now than it has ever been,” partly as a result of studying debris that washed ashore in 2015 and 2016 that showed the plane was “not configured for a ditching at the end-of-flight,” meaning it had run out of fuel.The search team also looked back at satellite imagery that showed objects in the ocean that may have been MH370 debris. The report said this analysis complemented work detailed in a 2016 review and identified an area of less than 25,000 square kilometers (9,650 square miles)—roughly the size of the U.S. state of Vermont—that “has the highest likelihood of containing MH370.”The search was extremely difficult because no transmissions were received from the aircraft after its first 38 minutes of flight. Systems designed to automatically transmit the flight’s position failed to work after this point, the report said. In this March 6, 2016, file photo, well wishes are written on a wall of hope during a remembrance event for the ill fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Malaysian government has approved a new attempt to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. read more

The algorithms of our future thinking machines

“To be able to establish a research environment with such talented colleagues at KTH is great fun,” says Thomas Schön, Professor of Automatic Control at Uppsala University Provided by Uppsala University It has been almost a year since IT researchers at Uppsala University and KTH received 24 million kronor from the Swedish Research Council for the formation of the research environment “NewLEADS”. However, preparations for the project “New approaches for model-based learning of dynamical systems” were initiated already in January 2016. Collaboration between the research groups goes even further back, says Thomas Schön, Professor of Automatic Control at Uppsala University.”We know each other well from before and have co-written research papers. To be able to establish a research environment with such talented colleagues at KTH is great fun. Together we can do amazing things that would be impossible for only one individual to pull off.”When it comes to dividing the work between the two universities, it mainly comes down to each research group’s expertise.”Uppsala’s focus in this project is to build mathematical models of dynamic systems that can identify and deal with uncertainty. No matter how talented we are, models still never align perfectly with real life—we can never cover all possible aspects. However, we can construct mathematical manoeuvres that help machines to make independent and reliable decisions,” says Thomas Schön.Safer decision-making systemThe challenge of constructing algorithms for dynamic systems is in the nature of those systems: they are in constant change. Traffic cameras, radar, and inertial sensors are some of the devices delivering the information the algorithm requires. Now another extremely dynamic system is becoming more central to Thomas Schön’s and his colleagues’ projects: the human body.”We are increasing our work in the medical field and looking in particular at automated diagnosis as a tool for physicians. Today, Swedish x-rays are sent for examination by physicians in reverse time zones such as Australia. They then e-mail their reports to their colleagues in Sweden who can study them when getting in to the hospital in the morning. I believe that kind of review will to some extent be automated even if significant challenges still remain,” says Thomas Schön. 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. Behind every self-driving car, self-learning robot and smart building hides a variety of advanced algorithms that control learning and decision making. Some of the mathematical models that make up the backbone of automated systems are currently under construction by researchers from Uppsala University and KTH. Citation: The algorithms of our future thinking machines (2018, January 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-algorithms-future-machines.html Researcher seeks to tame ‘ghost’ of uncertainty in complex dynamic systems Explore further The uncertainty inherent in the mathematical models are no different from the ubiquitous uncertainty in today’s diagnoses, he says. Physicians cannot possibly assimilate all new medical information. There, automated diagnosis constitutes support and contributes to new questions. In addition, a solution based on machine learning is able to quantify the uncertainty in the prediction, which according to Thomas Schön also presents the physician with important information before making the final decision.”All the data coming in results in a huge bank of knowledge for everybody to use. This is the great opportunity and the great challenge.”Breadth of qualificationsAccording to Thomas Schön, NewLEADS focuses mainly on basic research. At the same time, they maintain exchanges with projects of a more applied nature. Uppsala’s research group also includes Fredrik Lindsten, Peter Stoica and Dave Zachariah with qualifications in automatic control, signal processing and machine learning.The KTH researchers have a similar background but with a slightly different profile. One focus is to design experiments that extract as much information as possible from a particular system that is to be modelled, explains Håkan Hjalmarsson, Professor of Automatic Control at KTH. His group includes Cristian Rojas as well as Bo Wahlberg, initiator of NewLEADS. In addition, there are some ten doctoral students and post-docs involved in NewLEADS at both universities. Several Ph.D. courses are in the works.There are very good conditions for the new research environment, according to Håkan Hjalmarsson.”I hope of course that KTH and UU will be able to build a good theoretical base that is easy to implement in various applications of dynamic systems such as smart climate control of buildings and self-driving vehicles, and that we get to see them put to good use,” he says, and adds:”In six years, we probably won’t have achieved our every goal, but we stand a good chance of having come a long way. We are a fantastic team.” read more

Using drones to simplify film animation

first_imgActors’ movements can be easily recorded using commercial drones, which greatly reduces the technical effort required for animated film. Credit: ETH Zurich / Tobias Nägeli Citation: Using drones to simplify film animation (2018, December 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-drones-animation.html “What makes our system so unique is that it can also reliably capture sudden and fast movements,” explains Nägeli. “Of course, this kind of demo system is not good enough to meet the requirements of the film industry yet. But it does offer a promising approach.” As the young researcher explains, the system could also be extended with additional drones to capture movement in even greater detail. It is also conceivable that the current approach with light markers could be replaced by automatic image analysis, thus reducing the technical complexity of film production even further.Sport motion analysis by drone?The team conducted various tests to show how the system can be used to track human movement over longer distances – something that makes the approach interesting for sport motion analysis. “Until now, it has been impossible to perform a comprehensive motion analysis on runners, for example, because it is much too complicated,” explains Nägeli. “With our system, it’s very easy now to examine how a runner’s kinetics changes over a period of time.”For the time being, this is still just a vision. Now, the challenge is to continue developing the system for practical applications. Together with two colleagues, Nägeli plans to tackle this task at the new start-up company Tinamu Labs. And who knows – maybe he and his drones will soon land in Hollywood. Drones are going to change the film industry in a major way. Tobias Nägeli, for one, is sure of that. The computer scientist, who recently finished his doctoral thesis with Otmar Hilliges, a professor of computer science and head of the Advanced Interactive Technologies Lab, was able to show about a year ago that spectacular, highly technical film scenes could be shot in a much easier way by using these mini aircraft. In a further project, which he presented at a conference in Tokyo in early December, he demonstrated that drones also have great potential for animated film.Drones to replace dozens of cameras”It’s a very time-consuming task to make figures look realistic in an animated film,” explains Nägeli. “For the figures to appear natural, the first step is to film an actor performing the movements. The second step is then to build the animated figure around this.” In order to reconstruct the actor’s movements for the 3-D animation, they must first be recorded with at least two cameras simultaneously. Sequences of motion that cover a great deal of space in particular create an enormous amount of technical work, so two well-positioned cameras should be able to cover the entire scene. This requires either installing numerous cameras in different places, of which only a few can be used at the same time, or other tricky installations.This complicated technique may soon be rendered obsolete. Nägeli and his colleagues at ETH Zurich and Delft University of Technology have developed a system that, in its simplest configuration, consists of two commercially available drones and a laptop. The drones follow the actor’s every move and automatically adjust their position so that the target can always be shot from two angles. This reduces the amount camera work required, since the cameras only have to be in the spots where they are actually needed. Impressively, the system anticipates the actor’s movements in real-time and then calculates where the drones need to fly in order to keep the actor in the frame. 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. Explore furthercenter_img The team conducted various tests to show how the system can be used to track human movement over longer distances. Credit: ETH Zurich / Tobias Nägeli To minimise the volume of data generated, infrared diode markers are fixed to the actor’s joints. The drones, which are equipped with a true light filter, record only the light from the markers, greatly simplifying data processing. The system only sees a few points, from which it then determines the body’s position and directional movement. Provided by ETH Zurich Spectacular images thanks to an efficient algorithm Producing realistic animated film figures is a highly complex technical endeavour. ETH researchers have now shown how drones can be used to greatly reduce the effort required in the process.last_img read more

Novartis raises 2019 guidance helped by Sandoz generics unit

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Switzerland’s national flag flies in front of the logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis in Basel, Switzerland, January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannZURICH (Reuters) – Novartis (NOVN.S) lifted full-year sales and profit targets on Thursday, helped by innovative medicine sales and as the Swiss drugmaker’s Sandoz generics unit saw rising international demand for its biosimilar copies of blockbuster drugs made by rivals. Related CoverageNovartis CEO sets aside $700 million to settle doctor bribery lawsuitSecond-quarter core operating income rose 20% in constant currencies to $3.6 billion (£2.8 billion), while sales were up 8% to $11.8 billion, compared to the $11.54 billion forecast by 10 analysts in a Refinitiv poll. The Basel-based company now expects 2019 core operating income to grow at low-double-digit to mid-teens percentages, faster than the previous high-single-digit percentage rate target. Sales expectations were also raised, with growth now seen in the mid to high-single digit range. Novartis highlighted performance at Sandoz, where it said international business offset price declines in the United States. It revised Sandoz 2019 sales forecasts upwards — to broadly in line with last year or possible low-single-digit growth — as the company’s copies of Roche’s Mabthera, AbbVie’s Humira and Amgen’s and Pfizer’s Enbrel captured business from the namebrand drugs in Europe. “We increased our full year guidance for both sales and core operating income in light of our strong momentum,” Chief Executive Vas Narasimhan said in a statement. Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Thomas Seythal and Brenna Hughes NeghaiwiOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

BJP MLAs daughter Dalit partner likely to marry in court next week

first_imgBJP MLA’s daughter, Dalit partner likely to marry in court next weekSources said BJP MLA’s daughter Sakshi Misra and her partner will get their marriage registered in court on July 16 after making a request to the court.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LucknowJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 10:16 IST Their inter-caste wedding created a huge controversy.Sakshi Misra, the daughter of a BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh, and her husband were now expected to opt for a registered marriage in court, after their inter-caste wedding created a huge controversy.Sakshi is a Brahmin, while her husband Ajitesh Kumar belongs to a Dalit family.This is being done after the priest of the Ram Janki temple in Prayagraj, where they reportedly exchanged vows and even have a certificate to prove that they tied the knot, denied the marriage, adding that the certificate was fake.According to sources, the couple will be appearing in the Allahabad High Court where their petition will be taken up for hearing on July 15.”They will get their marriage registered in court on July 16 after making a request to the court itself,” the sources said.Sakshi and her husband, who have been on the run since July 3 when they left their respective homes, made an appearance on Friday on a news channel where they again alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Bareilly, Rajesh Misra was against their marriage purely on caste grounds.The couple and Ajitesh’ father Harish Kumar have alleged that SSP Bareilly Muniraj G had refused to respond to their calls for protection and security.However, after the matter hit the headlines, the SSP has now said that the couple would get police protection so that they can safely appear before court.READ | Bareilly BJP MLA’s daughter who married Dalit moves court, seeks protectionALSO READ | Soch badlo papa: BJP MLA’s daughter who married Dalit boy makes emotional appeal to dad on live TVALSO WATCH | Please change your thinking: BJP MLA’s daughter’s emotional appeal to her fatherFor 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 byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow BJP MLA Nextlast_img read more