In a show of sensitivity carefully plotted nine month ago, the $2.2 billion Seattle-based sporting goods co-op is officially opting out of the shopping madness the day after Thanksgiving this year.In a touching email dispatched to its 5.5 million co-op members yesterday, the company pledged to keep its doors closed on Nov. 27, the day when all hell breaks loose at malls across America, sometimes fatally.That’s right: All 143 of REI’s retail locations, along with its headquarters and distribution centers, will not be open for business.The same goes for Thanksgiving Day, too.Gee willikers, Charlie Brown would be proud.Instead, they’ll shake a leg in the Great Outdoors to “reconnect with family and friends…” (We’re sure none of them will Netflix and chill, lazily riding out the tryptophan crash, like we can’t wait to do.)
CannaKorp is building a machine that lets you put weed pods into a device, and vaporizes it for your consumption.There will be a selection of pods available with different pre-measured marijuana types, and everything is ready to consume in just 60 seconds.Massachusetts, where CannaKorp is headquartered, will vote on marijuana legalization this November.In Colorado and Washington, where both recreational and medical sales of marijuana is lawful, the Globe reports that each state sees upward of $900 million in tax collections in 2015 alone.We re a company that s medically oriented, CannaKorp said.However, we know that the recreational market is going to go crazy over this, and we like that.
AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, FileIt sounded too good to be true.Thanks to the Olympics, Rio s trash-ringed, sewage-contaminated Guanabara Bay would transform into a pristine watershed as the premiere venue for rowing and sailing.But the cleanup effort never materialized in earnest, and earlier this year, the city said it would actually take 20 more years.Like eight sewage treatment plants that might prevent human waste from flowing into the city s recreational water supply.Yet less than 100 days to the start of the games, the water is still polluted and littered with garbage.In fact, the international governing body for sailing is taking matters into its own hands by removing trash from the water and erecting fences to make sure no additional debris flows into the bay.
Thanks to the Olympics, Rio s rubbish-strewn, sewage-contaminated Guanabara Bay would transform into a pristine watershed as the premiere venue for rowing and sailing.But the cleanup effort never materialised in earnest, and earlier this year, the city said it would actually take 20 more years to complete.A new investigation offers a very simple hypothesis for why the water stayed dirty: someone stole the money.Like eight sewage treatment plants that might prevent human waste from flowing into the city s recreational water supply.In fact, the international governing body for sailing is taking matters into its own hands by removing rubbish from the water and erecting fences to make sure no additional debris flows into the bay.The water that people are drinking could also be tainted:Another team of federal prosecutors, along with federal police, is investigating whether the Rio de Janeiro state water utility company Cedae committed environmental crimes by not properly treating sewage in Rio s metropolitan area of 12 million people, Mitidieri said.
Thanks to the Olympics, Rio s rubbish-strewn, sewage-contaminated Guanabara Bay would transform into a pristine watershed as the premiere venue for rowing and sailing.But the cleanup effort never materialised in earnest, and earlier this year, the city said it would actually take 20 more years to complete.A new investigation offers a very simple hypothesis for why the water stayed dirty: someone stole the money.Like eight sewage treatment plants that might prevent human waste from flowing into the city s recreational water supply.In fact, the international governing body for sailing is taking matters into its own hands by removing rubbish from the water and erecting fences to make sure no additional debris flows into the bay.The water that people are drinking could also be tainted:Another team of federal prosecutors, along with federal police, is investigating whether the Rio de Janeiro state water utility company Cedae committed environmental crimes by not properly treating sewage in Rio s metropolitan area of 12 million people, Mitidieri said.
Photo: Kalle Parkkinen Microsoft redundant engineers can YTN chairman of Heikki Kauppi According entirely possible to find a job. Microsoft announced yesterday will start co-determination negotiations in Finland and to reduce up to 1350 jobs. Microsoft and Nokia has a huge network, and they have sought to support the employment of redundancies. Although the Swedish Ericsson is no longer producing mobile phones, the company has a lot of activity in Finland. - I have a feeling that in terms of new businesses is a great variety of recreational activities not only in information technology also in other areas. The aim of all the activities and funding should Kauppi's view, be drawing up a new activity.
This fall, San Francisco's fitness-inclined cannabis enthusiasts will be able to indulge in herbal supplements to their fitness routine, thanks to the planned opening of weed-friendly gym Power Plant Fitness — provided they have their California medical marijuana card which we hear is not so hard to get .Gym co-founder Jim McAlpine told Tech Insider that the gym plans to use cannabis as a tool both for focus and recovery, and that they'll be helping gym members figure out how to best incorporate marijuana into their routine.Mixing marijuana with athletic pursuits might sound unlikely, but a number of athletes have said training while high has helped them unlock new performance gains.Marijuana might actually help some people perform better at certain sports.The upcoming Power Plant Fitness has been described as perhaps the first "marijuana gym," but that doesn't mean it's the only place that teaches the gospel of an herbally enhanced workout.In November of 2014, Men's Journal interviewed elite triathlete Clifford Drusinsky, a Colorado gym owner who also leads training sessions fueled by marijuana edibles."When I get high, I train smarter and focus on form.It's becoming easier as states legalize medical and recreational use, but there isn't a ton of research yet, and it'll still be hard to do unless the government changes that policy.And some research along with the aforementioned anecdotal "evidence" would seem to show that pot doesn't help anyone do anything athletic.Megroz cites a 1975 paper that found a 25% decrease in power output among study subjects after smoking marijuana — but there were only eight people in that study and they all had asthma, which means this tells almost nothing about the general population, especially since smoking could have triggered already-existing problems in asthma patients.Researchers say that marijuana has an anti-inflammatory effect and that the chemical compounds that come from weed might mimic the body's natural endorphins, which could help increase our pain threshold like a natural runner's high and make it easier to push through a tough workout.So there's evidence that pot can help people deal with pain and inflammation while decreasing anxiety and improving mood, but it also has potentially risky motor-control side effects that could lead to an accident, especially in a sport where a wrong turn like mountain biking or skiing could be disastrous.Anecdotally, both Outside and Men's Journal found endurance athletes, professional fighters, and mountain athletes like skiers and rock climbers who say that pot can help them train — and there's a big argument that NFL players might be better off using pot instead of prescription painkillers to deal with their day-to-day injuries.When we've written about this in the past, a number of athletes — especially those focused on endurance — have contacted Tech Insider to say they're big fans of training with marijuana.Yet decreased anxiety from marijuana use could lead to dangerous decisions.There is also a temporary elevated heart rate associated with consuming marijuana, which could be a negative side effect for athletes and a risky complication for anyone with a preexisting heart condition.There just isn't much research out there yet.We should clarify that we don't advocate exercising while high, as that's illegal in most states and whatever effect it does have on performance, there is certainly the possibility that decreased motor control could lead to a serious accident.But is this something that should be researched and discussed more as the wave of decriminalization and legalization continues to sweep across the country?
Three opposition politicians urged the government to implement a national strategy fishway. The Greens MPs Krista Mikkonen, Halmeenpää Hanna and Emma Kari demanding pace of implementation of the national strategy fishway. Currently, all of our species migratory fish are threatened with extinction and survive mainly planting efforts. In 2012, the fishway strategy adopted by the Government aim to strengthen the vitality of endangered migratory fish stocks. Mikkonen, Halme Head and Karin, this means hydropower companies fisheries obligations of focus from the planting of fish to maintaining and restoring the natural reproductive cycle. Regarding the opening of the fishing road construction would increase the point of view of nature tourism and recreational fishing in the attractiveness of the regions.
As a result, the qualities of a driven work ethic and tough skin have transferred into my life as a serial entrepreneur.Luckily, I have had the pleasure of meeting several top female executives along the way, who inspired me and taught me valuable lessons.No matter what, you have to believe in your abilities.Elysa Walk, general manager of Giant Bicycles, enjoys the outdoors and is a recreational rider, but came to the bike industry with a master s degree in business and no work background in the outdoor sports market.If we start flexing that willpower each day, whether it s getting up right when the alarm goes off or clicking like on a fellow female business owner s Instagram post, we can begin the journey of empowering ourselves, supporting others and ultimately bettering female leaders in the process.Be an end userBe an end user of your product, especially if the market lacks in your point of view.Karen Bliss, vice president of marketing for Advanced Sports, was a collegiate and professional bike racer before pivoting.We all have less than great days, but playing Jekyll and Hyde between social media and real life is detrimental to social connections.One executive in the Las Vegas tech industry told me about how she called out a peer for always posting family and religious content.She gave up cutting hair for clients long ago to focus on climbing the consulting corporate ladder.While she isn t a licensed cosmetologist any longer, she still likes to go around her Manhattan neighborhood on Sundays and trim hair for the homeless.She finds it rewarding that, when you cut someone s hair, they just open up and talk to you with less inhibition.
Segway has been around with electric personal transportation devices for a long time and has announced the launch of a new self-balancing personal transport called Ninebot by Segway miniPro.The miniPro promises to be an exciting way to enable recreational outdoor lifestyles for consumers.Riders can monitor speed, and other performance data on the dashboard, customize lighting on the device, and it has a security alarm.It's designed to be ridden by people from 16-60 years of age up to 185 pounds and is capable of making 360-degree turns.The frame is built using aircraft-grade magnesium alloy and the device is designed to be compact enough to fit into the trunk of a car.The padded knee bar is what riders use to steer the device and it comes in black or white colors.
In Seoul, a metropolis with a population density twice that of New York City, recreational spaces are at a premium.High demand for tennis and basketball courts can result in two-month wait times, says local architect Ji Hyun Park.Undefined Playground s utility is remarkable.It looks a little like the free-throw booth at a carnival—only instead of one hoop, Undefined Playground features three.It can also, oddly enough, become a hammock, thanks to the nets that come with the structure.Many cities, including Seoul, are suffering similar problems like lack of space, high density…competition to occupy space from retail, offices, and residential buildings.
Sixty years after colliding with the Swedish ocean liner MS Stockholm in a disaster that killed 46 people on board, the SS Andrea Doria isn t faring well under 240 feet of water.Crew members soon found that the Andrea Doria s bow had nearly broken off.Submarine pilot-in-training Isabel Johnson sits at the bow of the Cyclops 1, a five-person sub used to capture detailed sonar images of the Andrea Doria, which sank 60 years ago this summer.Currently, the wreck lies at roughly 70 feet below the suggested maximum depth for recreational diver.Sixteen divers have died in the wreck over the years, which is why it s now dubbed the Mount Everest of shipwrecks.Crew members had originally planned to spend more time down below to capture more detailed images, but bad weather caused the team to cut the trip short.
Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/ReutersMicrosoft, the famously conservative company best-known for producing office software like Windows, has taken the unexpected step of entering the burgeoning industry of marijuana.The company, founded by Bill Gates, announced a partnership on Thursday with Kind Financial, a Los Angeles firm that sells computer systems to governments that track legalized marijuana sales.At least four states plan to vote this fall on following Washington, Oregon and Colorado in permitting recreational use of the drug.Kind agreed that Azure Government is the only cloud platform designed to meet government standards for the closely regulated cannabis compliance programs, said Kimberly Nelson, Microsoft s executive director state and local government solutions.We look forward to working together to help our government customers launch successful regulatory programs.We go after the contract and we are able to use the Microsoft sales team, Dinenberg said.
Microsoft is partnering with a software company that helps legal marijuana growers with seed to sale tracking across the United States.Redmond is working with Kind Financial to help it market the software to government and state legislators looking to ensure growers and distributors are playing by the rules.Kimberly Nelson, Executive Director State and Local Government Solutions from Microsoft said via Business Insider : "KIND's strategic industry positioning, experienced team and top-notch-technology running in the Microsoft Azure Government cloud, made for an easy decision to align efforts.See also: Windows 10 reviewLegal marijuana is becoming big business in the United States, with more than 20 states already approving it for medicinal use.Four of those states, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, also allow it for recreational use.KIND Financial Founder & CEO David Dinenberg said: "I am delighted that Microsoft supports KIND's mission to build the backbone for cannabis compliance."
Cannabis Photograph: Alamy IT giant Microsoft has partnered with a company active in the legal cannabis industry, reports several US media. Microsoft thus becomes the first major companies that break the taboos that existed among established companies to venture into the growing industry. Along with the Los Angeles-based company Cheek, Microsoft will offer software that helps states which have legalized marijuana for recreational use to record and monitor the cultivation and sale. - We anticipate a significant growth. As the industry becomes more regulated, there will be more transactions and we believe it will increase the need for more sophisticated solutions and tools, says Kimberley Nelson, head of state and municipal IT products at Microsoft, the New York Times.
The Seattle-based tech giant is partnering with a Los Angeles based startup called Kind Financial who make software for marijuana businesses.Their operations will now run on Microsoft s Azure Government cloud – making them the first large tech company to do so – despite many smaller tech businesses flooding the emerging market.Matthew Karnes, founder of Green Wave Advisors, told the New York Times: Nobody has really come out of the closet if you will.Using marijuana is still an offence under federal law in USA but Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington DC have decided to legalise recreational marijuana for adult use.As well as 20 other states that have legalised marijuana for medical use; Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.As hardware sales have been declining in recent years, Microsoft has been refocusing its strategic efforts in to building cloud computing services for business.
The computer giant Microsoft has moved in on the legal cannabis industry by teaming up with a company which has developed software to track the product from seed to sale .Marijuana is seen as one of the growth industries in the US, with the medical use of the drug legal in 25 states and recreational cannabis in four, along with Washington DC.The software will be on the Microsoft s dedicated public sector cloud service, Azure."Kind Financial is building solutions on our government cloud to help these agencies regulate and monitor controlled substances and items, and manage compliance with jurisdictional laws and regulations," Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement.Our product will help states ensure that companies are in compliance with the law, said David Dinenberg, Kind Financial s founder and chief executive.With the blessing of the Federal Trade Commission, Terra Tech was listed in September on the OTCQX, an alternative investment market in New York.
Part 107 doesn t bring us any closer to drone deliveries but it is an important step forward for those that use drones commercially for other purposes.Up to this point, any for-profit entity – think farmer, photographer or real estate agent – interested in flying a drone as part of their job was required to have a pilot s license.As The Verge highlights, the new regulatory framework replaces this requirement with a knowledge test and certificate that s specific to flying a drone rather than an airplane.DJI spokesperson Adam Lisberg said the development means businesses, farmers, government agencies and academic researchers can put drones to work without having to get a pilot s license or follow other onerous rules.Lisberg described Part 107 as a vote of confidence from the FAA that drones can be safely integrated into the national airspace and that a wider adoption of drones for all sorts of non-recreational uses will bring real benefits to America.Current law dictates that operators must maintain line-of-sight with their drone at all times and the fact that each operator can only control one drone at a time rules out the possibility of autonomous use.
The young girl in your daughter s class, who has stopped eating.The soldier you see marching in the street, who has just returned traumatised from a tour of duty.The person sitting with you in the GP waiting room, who has stopped working because of anxiety.The stranger sitting across from you in the pub, who almost died of a heroin overdose, perhaps it was accidental or perhaps it was a suicide attempt.This week London is hosting the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the association responsible for training, certification and activities of my medical specialty, and I want to dedicate this blog entry to our success stories: to the psychological and pharmacological interventions that are changing lives, and to the cultural and social initiatives that are changing public perceptions.This is because some ingredients of cannabis induce these symptoms, and reducing cannabis abuse would prevent 1,200 new cases of schizophrenia every year in the UK alone.
View photosMoreResearchers at New York University are designing an immersive virtual-reality environment inspired by the fictional Holodeck in the "Star Trek" TV series.On the cult sci-fi TV show "Star Trek," crewmembers aboard the USS Enterprise could explore simulated environments or participate in interactive virtual experiences — anything from walking around lush forests to trying to solve a Sherlock Holmes-style mystery — as a way to mentally escape the confines of the starship or take a break from daily activities.While the fictional Holodeck from the hit series was mainly used by the "Star Trek" characters for recreational purposes, could such an immersive virtual-reality VR environment help people tackle global problems like climate change or drug policy?Researchers at New York University NYU think so, and they are designing their own version of the technology to create a cyberlearning environment of the future.Winslow Burleson, the project's leader and an associate professor focusing on educational technology at NYU, thinks a network of internet-connected Holodecks could allow people to crowdsource solutions to intractable societal problems.The Plausibility of 10 Sci-Fi Concepts
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