ANUARY 26TH, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS INDIANA FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb extends the grace period for CBD oil confiscations. Governor Holcomb says he decided to extend the state excise police education period for CBD oil products.As well as the moratorium on issuing citations or removing the oil products from retailers. The request to extend the moratorium was from lawmakers, who have asked for more time to consider legislation.Several CBD oil-related bills are currently working their way through the statehouse.In November, Holcomb called for a 60-day moratorium on the seizure or removal of CBD oil products in the Hoosier State.Tyrone MorrisWeb ProducerMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:
FEMI’S AFCON 2019 FLAKESThe knockout phase has continued to produce some incredible results that pundits here are finding it difficult to deal with. Let’s imagine what has happened to the big teams. Atlas Lions of Morocco won their three matches were shocked by Squirrels of Benin. Cameroon had clean sheet and unbeaten but lost to Nigeria, Egypt won all their group phase matches but conceded a goal to South Africa and now eliminated from the competition. More surprises coming. Nigeria/Cameroon Reignites Goal RainThe five-thriller in Nigeria’s win over Cameroon is still the talking point here in Egypt as most pundit see the goal spread of the match the most entertaining of the matches played so far. Although the match still produce some marginal error from both sides, how do we cope wit teams like Burundi and Guinea Bissau that did not score any goal before their elimination? Kanu’s Last Laugh as Lions CrashBoth Nwankwo Kanu and Samuel Etoo Fils have something in common for their respective countries in their active days. The two are former winner of African Footballer of the Year award. Both played for big clubs in Europe and it was not a surprise that they were ambassadors of CAF here in Egypt and were seated side by side during last Saturday’s game in Alexandria. When Cameroon took the lead in the late minute of first half, it was Eto that celebrated the most. Kanu took charge when Alex Iwobi connected perfectly the pass from captain Ahmed Musa. The maxim “He who laughs last, lasts the best” spoke volume as Kanu danced away with the joy of Nigeria eliminating the cup holders.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles Head Coach Gernot Rohr (in the middle) passing instructions to his wards ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Cameroon Eagles Story of Loaded PocketsNow, the lads from Nigeria are getting richer by the day! The issue of Service/Sacrifice surfaced again after the win over Cameroon on Saturday night. In all, the players will collect $37,500 each for the quarter-final berth. The MD of AITEO gave the team $25,000 for each goal scored. Lagos State government promised $5,000 each plus the official $12,500 each player will collect from NFF for the massive win. It will be good for the players to save for the raining day(s). “They do not need to wait for the nation to bail any of them out when challenged financially in their retirement days,” a football stakeholder here for the tournament said to the hearing of THISDAY reporter on Saturday night.
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Although the Angels are on the fringes of the playoff race, they are carefully pushing Ohtani to pitch, with the doctors’ blessing, for at least a couple reasons.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Ohtani also said he’s “confident” than he can make it back to pitch this year.“Today was a big first step,” he said. “Everything went well.”It’s not determined what’s next, although it would presumably be a traditional bullpen session with the catcher squatting behind the plate.So far Ohtani has hit no snags in his pitching rehab.“It’s been terrific,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before Saturday’s workout. “I I think he’s feeling very comfortable everything is sound in his elbow. As we continue to test it moving forward in the next couple weeks, we’ll get a better idea exactly where he is.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros First, if he’s going to need surgery, they’d rather find out now than in the spring. Second, seeing what he can do now will help with the winter preparation, for the team and Ohtani.“There is a peace of mind a pitcher gets knowing he’s gone out there and throw the ball the way they would in a game, whether it’s a simulated environment or pitching in a game,” Scioscia said. “It gives you peace of mind for the offseason, but it’s not something you can force.”GOOD IMPRESSIONRight-hander Taylor Cole, who will be the the first reliever to pitch in a bullpen game on Sunday, has allowed three runs in 17 innings so far with the Angels.“Taylor is an interesting guy,” Scioscia said earlier this week. “He’s multi dimensional. He can give you multi innings in the pen. He’s got a power changeup and slider to go with a really good fastball. He’s got some plus out pitches, a plus fastball.”Cole, 28, signed a minor league deal with the Angels just before spring training. He had pitched one major league inning previously with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was charged with four runs. He also suffered a broken toe in that game.“I learned a lot from my experience in just one inning last year,” Cole said Saturday. “It didn’t go the way I wanted it to. I was able to reflect on things I could adjust to make things better for me.”Cole said Triple-A pitching coach Erik Bennett and Nagy have both helped bring out the best in him this year.“Those guys have been awesome,” Cole said. “Benny has done a great job of helping me get better at my strengths and trusting my stuff. I’ve been able to run with that.”ALSOMatt Shoemaker (forearm nerve surgery) threw another bullpen session on Saturday. Shoemaker will still have to throw an extended bullpen session with breaks to simulate multiple innings — an “up-down bullpen” — before he can move forward to pitching in minor league games. Scioscia said when Shoemaker was rehabbing this injury last year, he didn’t feel the symptoms until he got up to 40 or 50 pitches…Nick Tropeano (shoulder) still hasn’t thrown since going on the DL on Tuesday, Scioscia said.Scioscia said Andrew Heaney is pitching on Monday instead of Sunday simply because the Angels wanted to give him an extra day of rest. “These guys are getting to a stage where if we can give them the extra day, we want to take advantage of it,” he said.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Taylor Cole, 0-2, 1.59) vs. A’s (RHP Trevor Cahill, 4-3, 3.12), Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM). ANAHEIM — As Shohei Ohtani continues to attempt to pitch again this season, the steps of his rehab will mostly fall into two categories: no news or bad news.So in that sense, his uneventful bullpen session on Saturday afternoon was just what the Angels wanted to see.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Ohtani was supposed to throw about 20 pitches off the mound, to a catcher standing up, and he ended up throwing 23, including two sliders and two curves. It was his first time throwing off a mound since he was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament on June 7.“Obviously I’m not 100 percent yet, but I felt a lot better than I expected,” Ohtani said through his interpreter.
School officials in the Panhandle found an unusual item in a student’s backpack on Monday.According to the Bay District Schools, a student snuck a bearded dragon named “Jango” on campus in a Vera Bradley backpack.The student brought the animal to school because she didn’t want him to be alone, and sad at home.Instead, she brought him to the school for some company, the school district said.The school said it was able to contact Jango’s adult owner who picked him up and brought him home.The reptile was temporarily confiscated and put into a mail courier box beforehand.The school district urged parents to “please check those backpacks in the AM!”
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery is proud to have Eva Roberts, the owner and creative genius behind Spokane’s preeminent bakery Just American Desserts, teach “Just Stuff It” on Sunday, March 10, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Winery co-owner, Kim Roberts, will pair each of Eva’s recipes with one of Westport’s award-winning wines. Despite sharing the same last name, these Roberts women are not blood relatives, though they say they both have chocolate in their veins. Eva was Kim’s mentor in opening the bakery at Westport Winery last year.During this culinary indulgence, Eva will teach students to make choux pastry which is the heart of making éclairs and profiteroles (small cream puffs). She will then fill these pastries with fresh vanilla custard, whipped cream and other homemade indulgences. The second recipe features fresh banana cupcakes filled with peanut butter custard and topped with chocolate buttercream frosting. And finally she will demonstrate a series of filled cookies that will make you swoon. The price to attend this class is $30 per person or $25 for wine club members. Reservations are required.In 1986, Eva Roberts and her family saw a need for high quality, from scratch cakes and desserts. For over two decades they have specialized in desserts using only the finest, freshest ingredients. In 2009, Just American Desserts won the Spokane Chamber of Commerce’s Agora Award for Small Business. Just American Desserts was the recipient of the “Best of the Inland Northwest” desserts category in 2005 and 2006. The Pacific Northwest Inlander Magazine wrote of Roberts business, “These are desserts that epitomize the best of what dessert should be—an exquisite out-of-the-ordinary treat that will lift an average day to the level of celebration.”Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden and grape maze is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and the Westport ‘Y’. The winery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For reservations call 360-648-2224.
Los Molinos >> After a tedious first half, the No. 3 Los Molinos boys kept their heads up and secured a close win in the fourth quarter against No. 6 American Christian Academy. The Bulldogs led the first quarter with a 24-15 lead. Aaron Hardy set the pace of the first quarter by scoring twice in the first 30 seconds. Alex Russell made 6 points in the first quarter with fancy footwork and long runs after grabbing a series of rebounds and keeping the ball away from ACA’s Matteo Mancasola, who …
12 June 2012 Johannesburg will be Africa’s second most visited city this year with an expected 2.5-million international visitors, according to the latest Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index released on Monday. Thirteen African cities were ranked, including Casablanca, Accra, Nairobi, Beira, Cape Town, Dakar, Durban, Kampala, Lagos, Maputo, and Tunis.Visitor demographics The highest number of visitors to Johannesburg are from London, Frankfurt and Dubai. London tourists are projected to account for 328 000 of the total number of visitors, while Frankfurt will account for 196 000 and Dubai for 166 500. Combined, these visitors are expected to inject $975-million into the city’s economy in cross-border spending during 2012. Paris will also account for a large number of visitors, with an estimated 143 000 expected to touch down in Joburg. “They will spend an anticipated $332-million in the city during 2012, a substantial amount compared to visitor numbers and an average of $2 320 per person – the highest average spend per person of all visitors,” Mastercard said in a statement. “The index also reveals the destination cities where those from Johannesburg are travelling to, and it was found that in most cases they are opting for African destinations before they travel overseas,” Zietsman said. “Four of the top five outbound destinations for Johannesburg travellers are within Africa. Windhoek and Nairobi are the top two outbound travel destinations; London comes in third, followed by Harare and Luanda.” Durban and Cape Town Durban and Cape Town were also ranked in the index, and fared well. Durban will be the fastest growing city in Africa for both visitor numbers and expenditure, with a projected 33.3% growth in the number of international visitors and 41.3% growth in visitor expenditure in 2012. “Additionally, the Durban International Convention Centre provides the largest flat floor, column-free exhibition and conferencing space in Africa, attracting many international exhibitors to the city while playing host to some of the largest and most complex conferences and business events in the world over the past fifteen years,” Zietsman said. Cape Town also has a range of attractions to offer visitors and was named the world’s top holiday destination by online travel website Tripadvisor in 2011. “Cape Town is popular with many travellers because of the wide range of experiences it offers visitors, from surfing and sailing, mountain climbing and beaches, to its wine farms and world-renowned fine-dining establishments,” said Zietsman. “Its World Heritage Sites, magnificent natural surrounds and superior shopping opportunities add to its irresistible appeal.” Global economic adviser for Mastercard Worldwide Yuwa Hedrick-Wong said African cities were showing strong levels of growth. “This kind of growth pattern strongly suggests that destination cities in emerging markets in Africa will also continue to grow in importance in the global economy,” he said. “In spite of the ups and downs of the business cycle, the overall pattern is clear: cross-border travel by air is a resilient trend that is embraced by a growing number of people across Africa, underpinned by visitors’ robust willingness and capacity to spend.” SAinfo reporter Coming second only to Cairo – which will host about 3.3-million visitors in 2012 – Joburg is also rated as the African city that tourists will spend the most money in. An estimated US$3.3-billion will be injected into the city’s economy, marking an increase of 8.1% on the 2011 figures. The index ranks 132 global cities by total international visitor arrivals and cross- border spending; it also forecasts visitor and passenger growth for the year ahead, and examines where visitors originate from. “This is the second installment of this MasterCard Index, which is used as a barometer for understanding the global economy and the dynamic flow of commerce across the world,” said country manager of Mastercard Worldwide in South Africa Dries Zietsman.
So far, Facebook has made sure to offer apps for just about any smartphone you could get your hands one – iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Sidekick, Windows Phone, etc. Still, the company was missing out on one of the biggest mobile markets – feature phones. Today, the company announced that it is launching a new mobile app “to bring Facebook to the most popular mobile phones around the world.”Last year, the company began offering Facebook Zero through 50 mobile operators in 45 countries as a way of ensuring ubiquitous access to the social network. Today’s launch of a feature phone app will bring a new mobile experience to 14 mobile operators and will work on more than 2,500 devices. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Facebook#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson “The app provides a better Facebook experience for our most popular features, including an easier-to-navigate home screen, contact synchronization, and fast scrolling of photos and friend updates,” writes mobile program manager Mark Heynen in the announcement. “We also wanted to make it available to as many people as possible. Similar to the 0.facebook.com site, we’ve worked with mobile operators from around the world to let you try this without paying for any data charges. The 14 mobile operators listed below are offering free data access when using the new Facebook mobile app during the first 90 days after they launch.”These mobile operators stretch across the globe, from Sri Lanka to the Ukraine to the Dominican Republic and more carriers in other countries are on the way.How long will it take for Facebook to reach 1 billion users now that it can reach the entire feature phone bearing world? Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Matt Asay Orchestra, the developers of the wildly popular Mailbox mobile app, have a problem every app developer dreams of having: they need to seriously scale, really fast. Few developers, however, can claim to have scaled to one million users in just six weeks with hardly a glitch. To learn from Mailbox’s success, ReadWrite sat down with Orchestra’s Mailbox engineering lead, Sean Beausoleil. Among some now-common refrains like the need to continually iterate on a project, Beausoleil offers other advice, like the need to significantly limit the number of moving infrastructure parts, and the company’s reservation system, which may be novel to many.Planning For ScaleReadWrite: Orchestra took Mailbox to 1 million users in just six weeks. Did you expect that level of success?Beausoleil: We always planned for a large scale system because email is a high-volume data problem, but we weren’t expecting the demand that we saw. When we launched our video back in December, we were hoping for 100,000 views as we ramped towards product launch, but the video received that in under four hours, much to our surprise. This initial interest made it quite apparent that we would need to support more ambitious scale than we had been expecting. Credit: OrchestraReadWrite: How do you plan for that kind of growth? You were very deliberate about how you staged your launch. Please walk through the process by which you’ve scaled up the infrastructure behind Mailbox.Beausoleil: I think there were three critical phases in the evolution of the Mailbox infrastructure that led to our current scale.Designing, iterating and building with scale and correctness in mind;Simulating large scale as best we could; andReacting to production load: developing and executing rapidly to scale just in time.Since we were dealing with email and email is business critical, we designed the system with scalability, availability and correctness in mind. Our goal was to design a scalable system while forcing ourselves to move quickly and iterate on our system and product. In order to do so, we built a modularized system and relentlessly iterated on each component. In order to find as many incorrect assumptions and bottlenecks as we could before launch, we built a clone of our system and an IMAP server that simulated production load. This allowed us to find limitations and problems with our backend that would have been painful to fix while trying to keep the system alive.However, we knew that we weren’t going to build a perfect system on day one. When building software, assumptions and constraints change rapidly as the problem and your understanding of the problem evolves, so you need to bake in learning and adjustment time as a necessary part of the process. After seeing the initial demand driven by the video and realizing that the system needed time to evolve, we decided that we had to build a reservation system to help us control the load on our system.Our highest priority was ensuring that everyone already using the app to manage their email continued to have a great experience.For several weeks after we launched our entire engineering team worked literally around the clock to identify issues and fix them so that we could continue allowing people into the app. This phase was the raw horsepower behind scaling so quickly. Various pieces of the core infrastructure were either tweaked, sharded, or removed entirely as we learned how our data and users behaved.Limiting The Number Of Moving PartsReadWrite: How did you select the components of your infrastructure? Was it technology that you had used on the to-do app?The components of our infrastructure is another story of iteration and evolution. Since Mailbox itself was really just an iteration on our to-do app, the technology similarly evolved out of our Orchestra To-Do backend. We were privileged with an opportunity that very few startups are fortunate to have: the chance to completely re-write our entire system. This allowed us to take the things we knew worked and scrap the parts that we knew didn’t (both technologies and code that we had written) and start fresh.However, as we were developing Mailbox, we discovered that some previous technologies we were using either weren’t going to cut it given our new constraints or were simply not the right fit for what we needed. So we spent quite a bit of time vetting all of the options available.For example, I remember one weekend where we built a huge whiteboard matrix with a dozen database options and the pros/cons of each. That allowed us to make the best decision we could at the time for our system. And then we just ran with it. Our iPhone app was a pretty direct evolution of Orchestra To-Do, though. We took the data parsing and networking frameworks that we had built to facilitate real-time messaging for Orchestra To-Do and iterated on the pieces that needed improvement. We also took our learnings on how to build an efficient and responsive iOS UI and applied those learnings into our own custom front-end framework that makes the app draw quickly and feel fast. One principal we stuck to was that we tried to keep the number of different technologies to a minimum. We didn’t want to have to become experts in 20 different things while building out our system. We wanted to become really good at three things and focus as much as we could on our product. ReadWrite: Mailbox’s infrastructure runs in the cloud. Did you ever consider building out the infrastructure in your own data center? Any thoughts of moving to a dedicated data center as you grow?Beausoleil: A dedicated data center requires a lot of resources and up-front commitment. We were just a small team trying to build out a large-scale backend. We didn’t have the resources to manage a dedicated data center. AWS [Amazon Web Services] was an awesome partner, giving us the flexibility to iterate and scale out our system. The platform proved to be both cost-effective and efficient for our team to build on top of, which was a necessity given our limited resources and tight timeline. Expecting The UnexpectedReadWrite: Your launch wasn’t without glitches. At one point, messages wouldn’t load, which Orchestra blamed on an “unusual server issue.” Looking back, is this something you could have anticipated? Should you have anticipated it, or was it a known unknown?Beausoleil: I think hindsight is always going to be 20/20. When you look back at any issue with any piece of software that you write, you could say that you might have prevented the issue or should have caught the bug because of reason X. But that’s because you now understand part of the problem or have insight into some code path that you didn’t have before. It’s nearly impossible to write perfect software on your first try and while I think there are things we could have done to prevent various issues or catch them earlier, I’m sure something else would have popped up. When you launch something with any kind of scale, there will invariably be things that fail and need to be fixed.ReadWrite: Were you to launch over again, what would you have done differently? Are there components of your stack that you’ve found work less well than you had hoped, that you’re hoping to replace?Beausoleil: Again, hindsight is 20/20. Knowing what we know now, knowing which parts broke and how we were able to fix them, we would definitely have improved certain things. But then we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience building and scaling our system in such a short amount of time. The end result is awesome, but the journey is what really matters. We are continually improving everything that we’re doing and trying to make our system more efficient and faster for the end user. I think that will be a forever effort. There’s always a better way to do something, some are just harder than others to achieve.Advice To Other Startups Hoping To ScaleReadWrite: Any other advice you’d share with startups hoping to get to Mailbox scale?Beausoleil: Iterate, iterate, iterate. Whatever your current state is, it can be better. Just keep going at it and keep making it better. It will lead to a better overall architectural design as you iterate through your initial assumptions and eventually lead to a more scalable system as you learn how your implementation and data behaves. Details matter. Be obsessed with the details, but don’t let them get in the way of executing quickly. It requires a lot of really hard work to do so, but is worth every ounce of effort. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#email#Mailbox#Orchestra#Q&A#scalability#startups The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Some people have to burn their hand. They have to touch the stove for themselves. You can tell them that the stove is hot and that they are going to injure themselves. You can show them that glowing blue flame is proof that it is too hot to touch, and that they should proceed with caution. You can share with them the bad experience you had when you touched the stove yourself and how you learned not to do so. You can show them your scar. All to no avail, they have to touch the stove for themselves.One the Hard WayCold calling isn’t easy. Connecting on LinkedIn and Tweeting is. The professionals will tell you that you have to make your calls. They’ll inform you that the fastest way to connect with the contacts you need to schedule with is to make a phone call. You like email and social media better, so you double down on a strategy that is “anything but the phone.” One quarter with no deals and you’re convinced you need more time. Two quarters and you’ve gotten burned wasting a half a year.Because you are not comfortable asking for the commitments you need, you mistakenly believe that you can win your big opportunity without gaining the agreements you need. It doesn’t matter that other people have made this mistake or that this commitment is a crucial element of your sales process. Instead, you have to get burned learning this lesson for yourself.You can spend time with receptive people who have no compelling need to buy what you sell. You can convince yourself that this approach is easier and will be more productive than pursuing the difficult to reach dream clients who already have a strategic partner that provides them with what you sell. But as time passes by without a win, you eventually get burned.I Promise, It’ll Burn YouThere isn’t any reason to make the mistakes that other people have already made. You don’t have to make major mistakes that cost you time—and the results that you need now–learning the hard way.If you are going to be courageous, then don’t waste that courage making mistakes that you could easily avoid by applying the courage to taking the path that frightens you. Don’t fear the wrong danger. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now