Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celtics ink Paul Pierce to one-day contract Bracketed with Australia, Chinese Taipei and Japan, the Philippines will play games in those countries starting in November, before hosting the Aussies, the Taiwanese and the Japanese in games in Manila.The new scheduled is an arduous one and will have Gilas playing two games each in November, February and June next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith the new PBA opening schedule, the league also penciled its calendar to be playing elimination round games in the February and June playdates so as not to jeopardize title chances of teams where Gilas players will come from.Participation of the PBA’s veteran stars in the next Gilas event, the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon near the end of August, still hangs in the balance as it will run smack into the season-ending Governors’ Cup that opens this Wednesday. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer, the reigning three-time PBA MVP, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra and Calvin Abueva of Alaska are just some of the names considered shoo-ins for Gilas in its toughest international tournaments.Gilas sent its team of Cadets and several amateurs led by Ray Parks and Kiefer Ravena to the Jones Cup here where the Filipinos hold a 2-1 record going into a clash with Japan’s Under-24 team at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.This same squad – save for import Mike Myers – will be flying to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to defend the Southeast Asian Games gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Team Philippines is assured of being represented by its best when the World Cup Qualifying starts in November as the PBA has agreed to push back the opening of its next season to December.This move, plans of which came out in an Inquirer reports several weeks back, was approved when the league’s board met a few days ago as the PBA does its part in helping Gilas Pilipinas come up with the best selection possible.ADVERTISEMENT
Cincinnati Reds’ Kyle Farmer strikes out to Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader, ending a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Major League Baseball has set its season strikeout record for the 12th straight season.Batters struck out 369 times Tuesday to raise the season total to 41,467. That topped the 41,207 of last season with five days to spare.ADVERTISEMENT Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments After topping hits for the first time in 2018, strikeouts are ahead again. There were 40,883 hits through Tuesday. Last year finished with 41,018 hits.Strikeouts broke 40,000 for the first time in 2017, when there were 40,104.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Before the record run started in 2008, the mark had been 32,404 in 2001. Strikeouts totaled 29,937 in 1996 before reaching the 30,000 for the first time the following year.MLB also set a record for home runs this season. The league entered Tuesday with 6,550, surpassing the mark of 6,105 set in 2017. MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Ginebra players banner Gilas Pilipinas roster for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES
The thieves then loaded up a pair of duffle bags with 25 of the digital cameras, worth an estimated $10,000. Wright said that the two thieves were in and out of the store in less than a minute, and that the two were focused only on stealing the cameras, explaining that the pair ignored several pieces of stereo equipment that were sitting out in the open.According to the surveillance video, one of the suspects was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie, jeans, and dark-coloured running shoes. The other was wearing a grey hoodie, light gray sweatpants, and white Nike running shoes. It’s not known how old the suspects are or what their ethnicity is, since their faces were not caught on camera.Wright said that the two suspects likely walked in across the store’s front lawn, since the parking lot camera was not activated. It is not known if or what type of getaway vehicle the thieves used.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said that police are currently investigating the break-in, and are asking anyone with information to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Mounties in Fort St. John are searching for two suspects who broke into Autographics Trim & Signs this week.Autographics co-owner Jason Wright said that the break-in happened at around 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning. According to surveillance video that the store posted on its Facebook page, two men smashed the front door to gain entry to the store, and proceeded smash a locked display case containing Go-Pro digital cameras.
Lahore: Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was released from jail on Wednesday, a day after the Supreme Court granted him six weeks’ bail to receive medical treatment within the country. Sharif, 69, was lodged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail since December last year, serving a seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo, who denies wrongdoing, has suffered four angina attacks in recent weeks, according to his daughter Maryam Nawaz. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US On Tuesday, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa accepted Sharif’s appeal and allowed him to get medical treatment from any health facility of his choice within the country. Sharif is barred from leaving Pakistan. The deposed prime minister’s supporters and party workers gathered in large numbers outside the jail and showered his car with flowers as he left the area. Some PML-N party workers moved along with Sharif’s car till his residence. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The three-time prime minister was received by PML-N leaders and his family at his house in the Jati Umra Raiwind area here. Sharif’s release got delayed as the court order and other required documents could not reach the jail for more than 10 hours after the bench’s direction. The Supreme Court observed in its order that several senior doctors had suggested that Sharif’s history of hypertension, cardiac and renal ailments may present a “mild-moderate risk” if he is to undergo angiography. Therefore, granting him relief for a limited period is a “reasonable” request, the top court said. It directed Sharif to deposit two bail bonds worth Rs 5 million Pakistani rupees (USD 35,423) each, receive medical treatment and surrender after six weeks. PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif thanked the court for “meeting the merits of justice”. “We thank the SC for considering gravity of the situation in the light of the medical reports of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif. We also thank the nation and workers of the PMLN whose prayers had made this day possible,” he said. He said that Sharif’s health and well-being is the utmost priority of the party and that would be their primal focus. The Sharif family has been complaining that the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan was not providing adequate treatment to the three-time former premier who has serious health complications. Three corruption cases – Avenfield properties, Flagship investment and Al-Azizia steel mills – were registered against the Sharif family by the anti-graft body in 2017 following a judgment by the Supreme Court that disqualified Sharif in the Panama Papers case in 2017. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Avenfield corruption case in July 2018 which was related to his properties in London. Later he was given bail in September. In December, the accountability court convicted him in the Al-Azizia graft case but acquitted him in the Flagship corruption case. The Al-Azizia Steel Mill case is related to setting up steel mills in Saudi Arabia allegedly with corruption money.
California, Texas, Florida and Ohio.These four states are synonymous with historically dominant high school football, but three have a leg up on the other: Ohio is the only state out of the group that does not allow spring practices for high school football teams. It is time for that to change.As someone who played high school football in Ohio and has seen the game through the eyes of a coach, I know spring practice could be more than beneficial for the Ohio High School Athletic Association.I understand the health of the players is a concern, but even allowing non-contact practices at this time of year would help players get acclimated to a playbook and to each other.There is no arguing that California, Texas and Florida produce some of the best, if not the best, pro prospects coming out of college and I have to believe the extra practices have something to do with it.If Ohio wants to be a part of that conversation, adding just 10-15 spring practices could give it the boost it needs.California allows 10 practices, Texas allows 15, and Florida allows 20 practices while Ohio high school football players are either playing another sport or living in the weight room.According to multiple studies, Ohio ranked fifth in players born in the respective states behind California (224), Florida (186), Texas (147) and Georgia (91) that are currently in the NFL with 78.If you were wondering, Georgia also allows spring practice.I’m not saying that if Ohio allowed spring practice it would instantly produce more NFL players, but I am saying it would give more players a chance to shine on the field and get noticed.It would also give coaches — especially incoming coaches — a chance to see what their new team is capable of and develop a depth chart going into summer practice.I never had a chance of playing on the varsity squad as a sophomore in high school, but I was behind the eight-ball to begin with when I had to learn an entirely new playbook in just weeks before two-a-day sessions began in August.This is the dilemma that high school football players all over Ohio have to deal with, and if there is a player who is talented enough to get varsity time as a sophomore or even as a freshman, spring practice would get them ready to make an impact in the fall.For now, Ohio high school coaches will need to continue to prepare their teams as best they can in the weight room in the spring while other coaches in the football hotbeds are allowed to blow their whistles on the field and install their playbooks.Make the change, OHSAA. It’s for the kids.
Brazil midfielder Fred has thanked Manchester United teammate Nemanja Matic after the Selecao’s 2-0 World Cup win over Serbia on Wednesday.He reckoned the towering midfielder will be a “great teammate” once the two join forces at Old Trafford next season.“It was a nice chat with him, he welcomed me for coming to the great club that is Manchester,” Fred said via ESPN.“We exchanged shirts, too, he will be a great teammate.”Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.With Brazil on to the round-of-16 in Russia, Fred admitted he hasn’t thought much about life at United just yet.He said: “It’s a big change, but I have not stopped yet … It still hasn’t set in, I’m very focused here on the World Cup.“I do not think much about it, but it’s a great club in Europe, it’s one of the biggest, so I’m very happy for that.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased to welcome back the club’s returning World Cup players in Tuesday’s win over LyonAfter playing out a goalless draw, Chelsea prevailed over their French opponents by winning 5-4 on penalties with new goalkeeper Rob Green saving Lyon’s fifth spot-kick to wrap up their pre-season preparations ahead of the new campaign.But it was the sight of captain Gary Cahill, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud returning to action for Chelsea that pleased Sarri the most, even if it was just for a mere 25 minutes.“They arrived yesterday or the day before so it was only because I think it’s better to play 25 minutes than to have a session alone with a physical coach,” said the Italian on the club website.“They have to work, obviously. I’m very happy and at last I can work with all my players for the first time [together] tomorrow. We have only three days to prepare for the next match and it will be very important for us.“I think we have to work, but we started to work [together] two days ago. Potentially, in two or three months, we can become a very good team.”Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Another player that was in action was Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has previously suggested that he will consider going on loan if Sarri cannot guarantee him regular football at Stamford Bridge for the new season.“He is potentially a great player. He has to improve from the tactical point of view but that’s not a problem,” said Sarri.“He’s very young and I think he can be a very useful player for us.”Michy Batshuayi has also returned for Chelsea but was unavailable on Tuesday night.Chelsea will now travel to Huddersfield for their first game of the Premier League season on Sunday.
Julian Draxler has warned his Germany teammates that Kylian Mbappe’s speed can reach up to 300 horsepowerDie Mannschaft head into tonight’s Nations League clash at France in desperate need of a strong result in order to avoid relegation to the B division.One player that must be stopped at all costs is Mbappe, who inspired France to a late comeback 2-2 draw with Iceland last time out.The 19-year-old striker is in superb form right now and Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Draxler knows that Germany cannot let their guard down against him for even a second.“If he has space to get started, it’s almost impossible to catch him with his 300 hp,” Draxler told T-online.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“His speed and his finishing [are his biggest weapons]. We must not allow him to use either, by defending very compact.”Draxler, whose own PSG future is in doubt at the moment, believes that the squad have responded well under new manager Thomas Tuchel’s methods.“He spreads a good atmosphere, inside and outside. He lets us play attractive football, he has clear ideas and he gives these to us very clearly,” Draxler added.“After losing to Liverpool, he told us very clearly what had gone wrong. Not everything is ‘peace, joy and pancakes’ on the way to success. But that’s also why he does very well and has the team on his side.”
FC Barcelona legend Patrick Kluivert, confessed that he would love it if his son Patrick could someday play for the Catalan club as he did.We have already written articles about Patrick Kluivert’s son, Justin, about his impressive talent and how it could someday fit in a club like FC Barcelona.The AS Roma young player who obviously looks up to his dad, recently started his career at Ajax and his progression has been mercurial, to the point where the Italian club saw his potential and they didn’t hesitate to sign him.Justin has already scored his first Champions League goal in AS Roma’s 5-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen a few weeks ago, which is just another step towards his ultimate goal to become a world-class player.The quality is in his blood and his father is already quite proud when he talks about the impression that he is making in European football at such a young age, but Justin’s real intentions weren’t actually public until his father spoke to La Liga Lowdown during an interview and revealed that he talks about someday following his footsteps into the Catalan club.It will obviously be a very difficult road ahead, young Kluivert will obviously have to develop his skills in Serie A to a point where FC Barcelona can gain more interest in signing him for the future.“They are 2 very good players who could fit very well into the team at Barcelona…” 👇But just who is @PatrickKluivert talking about? 🤔 Find out in Part 1️⃣ of his EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW 👥 with us here:https://t.co/0fHixkTbTcWatch, enjoy, subscribe, share! 😀#LLL🧡🇪🇸⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Ud9Pr7IaAf— La Liga Lowdown 🧡🇪🇸⚽️ (@LaLigaLowdown) October 26, 2018When listening to the interview that Patrick Kluivert offered, it is quite evident that his son’s greatest dream is to someday wear the FC Barcelona shirt and get to score goals with the same uniform that made his father a world-class superstar.“Of course [Justin] would love to play for Barcelona one day,” the 42-year-old Cameroon assistant coach told La Liga Lowdown.“He expressed in the press his goal is to play for Barcelona. He’s fitting in quite well at AS Roma. He’s in a young team with experienced and non-experienced players.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“I think he needs to begin to play a lot more matches, make a lot of kilometers, and I hope at the end of the day he can sign for Barcelona because that’s also my dream, of course.”“If you see your son following in your footsteps, that’s a great feeling. If he played for Barcelona one day, I think I would be a lot more nervous than he would because he is quite down to earth and he can handle a lot of pressure.”“For a father who can do nothing from the stands but just look at your son on the pitch that you always played would be strange, but also a grateful feeling,” he concluded.Further analyzing Justin Kluivert’s characteristics as a player, we can already tell you that he has a very different set of skills than his father had as a player.Patrick was a more traditional type of forward, the very familiar tall center-forward who always acted as a perfect provider of spaces for his more skilled teammates and was always hunting for that perfect cross to strike the ball from inside the box.Justin’s trades are very different, this is one of those wingers who have mad skills with the ball at their feet and fits a lot more with that long line of Dutch wingers such as Arjen Robben, Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens, or Marc Overmars.This player has the potential to one day fill that empty space that players like Neymar or Lionel Messi will leave open for the new generation, obviously saving any kind of comparison with this assessment.The future seems bright for young Justin and with his father’s guidance, we are confident that he will reach a level that may be good enough for someday wear the FC Barcelona jersey and make his father proud.Justin Kluivert has all the tools to be a successful player in the Serie A. Roma are completing an incredible signing. pic.twitter.com/CMVUIiqFCb— EiF Video (@EiF_Highlights) June 13, 2018How long do you think it will take Justin Kluivert to play for FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The base support group for Grand Forks AFB, N.D., formed in the run-up to the last round of base closures, wants to broaden its outlook, and adopt a greater emphasis on quality-of-life issues for airmen such as school quality and spousal employment opportunities. “We need to be aware of what’s going on in our communities,” Tom Ford, coordinator of the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee, said during the group’s meeting last week. “We need to be aware of our school systems. We need to be aware of our housing, but not just aware — we need to be there when things need help or support or improvement,” Ford said, reported the Grand Forks Herald.The adjustment comes as Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has underlined the importance of quality-of-life issues for service members in her public appearances. Along with changing its focus, the committee is looking for a new name, or at least replacing the “R” in BRIC. “Instead of saying here’s all the reasons you shouldn’t close our base, it’s saying here’s all the reasons why our base is so important to the national defense strategy,” Ford said.Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Johnny Saldivar
FULLERTON, Calif. – The University of Louisville softball team fell 3-0 to Idaho State in its season opener Friday afternoon at the Titan Classic. The Cardinals (0-1) return to action Friday evening when they take on host Cal State Fullerton. Senior Megan Hensley matched a career high with 10 strikeouts while senior Sidney Melton and freshmen Taylor Roby and Cassady Greenwood had two hits apiece, but the Cards could not push a run across. Louisville committed five errors, but was able to minimize the damage until the seventh inning when the Bengals capitalized on a miscue to score two insurance runs. Preview The Cardinals used six hits and four walks to put runners on base in six innings and moved them into scoring position in five of those frames, but stranded eight in the game. Louisville threatened in the second when sophomore Maddy Newman drew a two-out walk and sprinted to third after Roby connected her first career hit and then took second on the attempt to throw Newman out. With runners on second and third, Idaho State’s Autumn Pease delivered a strikeout. Story Links After surrendering the early run, Hensley held the Bengals in check, allowing only two runners in scoring position until the top of the seventh when two unearned runs brought the score to 3-0. An error allowed Tago to reach to start the frame. One out later, pinch-runner Billie Jean Wells moved to third on McKenzie VanSickle’s base hit. With two outs in the inning, Emma Bordenkecher connected on a two-run triple to give Idaho State a pair of insurance runs. Pease (1-0) got the win, allowing seven hits and striking out three while walking four. Next Game: at Cal State Fullerton 2/8/2019 | 8:30 p.m. Idaho State (1-1) struck early with a run in the second. Cassidy Fitzgerald singled and was lifted for pinch-runner Madi Jackson, who crossed the plate on a hit by Frankie Tago. Matchup History Louisville had a final chance in the seventh when Greenwood and Melton delivered back-to-back two-out singles to bring the tying run to the plate, but a fly out to right field ended the game. Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Idaho State 3 – Louisville 0 Hensley (0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs, one earned, on six hits. She struck out 10 and did not surrender a walk in a complete game effort. Print Friendly Version
P K Goyal, Director Finance, Indian Oil Corporation Limited flagged off the IndianOil sponsored Spirit of Freedom Motorbike Expedition of Pathfinders to Ladakh on Monday. T.S. Khwaja, General Manager Incharge, Delhi State Office, Indian Oil was also present on the occasion.As part of their motto, ‘Adventure for Social Outreach’, Pathfinders would donate laptops, stationery, sports gear, solar lamps and generators to government schools in its route along borders with Pakistan and China. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’P K Goyal lauded the efforts of the Pathfinders in embarking on an expedition which promises to make a difference to the people living in remote Himalayan region. One of the notable clutch of schools is in Turtuk, the northernmost village in the country that was liberated from Pakistan in 1971. Another school worth mentioning is at Sato in Durbuk block run for children of nomadic tribes. Goyal handed over the items for the schools to bikers before flagging off the expedition in the presence of IndianOil GM In-Charge, Delhi and Haryana State Office, Talib S Khwaja. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year the expedition would visit Turtuk Village in Nurba Valley and Trishul village in Leh along with other locations. A troop of seven bikes with eleven members would roughly cover 3600 Kms in a span of 15 days. The aim of this expedition is to spread awareness about environment degradation in the Himayalas among the school children in the remote villages of Ladakh as well as to reach out to the underprivileged in these inaccessible and hilly areas. IndianOil has a long tradition of intense commitment towards sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. The various CSR initiatives supported by IndianOil are all aimed to benefit the community and to fulfill the social responsibility.
Travelweek Group Share Tuesday, December 4, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: TICO Posted by TICO signs on with new education partner TORONTO — TICO says it’s moving to a new education provider effective Jan. 2, 2019.Oliver Publishing Inc. (OPI) “is a recognized leader in regulated e-learning for the financial industry and a leading education innovator in the FinTech industry, continually raising the bar by giving students the opportunity to grow professionally through continuing education, licensing and e-learning solutions,” says TICO.The move to the new provider will allow the introduction of some program enhancements with more upgrades to follow in the future, says TICO President and CEO Richard Smart.“We are transitioning to a best-in-class learning management system (OPI) to enhance the overall student experience,” says Smart. “We also wish to thank Yardstick Assessment Strategies, for its service over the years and look forward to our future direction with Oliver Publishing.”Anyone with questions regarding the changes to TICO’s Education Standards Program should contact TICO at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-451-8426 (TICO).For information about the changes and enhancements to the Education Standards Program, click here.
“It’s a tough position to play,” head coach Ken Whisenhuntsaid of cornerback. “You know that there’s going to besome growing pains with young guys but they’re workinghard at it and that’s all we can ask.“They’re going to be good players.”The head coach has said that all season and Jefferson’seight tackle performance against the Vikings was certainlya step in the right direction, but if the Cardinals are toturn things around they’ll need him and Peterson to growup quick.“Me and A.J., we believe we’re definitely getting bettereach and every week,” Peterson said. “It’s a long, long,long season and we are just young guys who’ve been throwninto the fire early.”Peterson said the veterans on the team are helping themand the important thing is to keep their heads up, knowingopportunities will continue coming their way. And that’s just it, really. The Cardinals cannot afford not to play their youngplayers, meaning they’ll all have chances to impress thecoaches and start making plays. One player who has beendoing just that is receiver Early Doucet, as the third-year pro is second on the team with 21 receptions afterleading Arizona with eight catches against Minnesota. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “Early has made strides, he’s stayed healthy and he’s madesome big plays for us,” Whisenhunt said. “There’s a lot ofarea for Early to continue to grow and he’ll get better ashe gets more and more experience of what we’re asking himto do.”The Cardinals are being forced to use many young players,something that is reflected in their poor record. As theyhead into the bye week the key is not only getting somerest, but continuing to work and get better.They really have no other choice.Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to thisreport Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ At 1-4, the Arizona Cardinals main goal is simple:improve.Some would argue it shouldn’t be too hard, given that theteam can’t get any worse, but there are still 11 gamesleft in the regular season and everyone would feel betterif the team showed marked improvement over the season’sfinal few months.One area of particular interest is the secondary, wherethe team is starting a pair of young corners in PatrickPeterson and A.J. Jefferson. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share
Telia, TV4 Group, Discovery Networks and Modern Times Group (MTG) have teamed up to launch a new targeted advertising initiative in Sweden.The three broadcast groups have teamed up with Telia to provide dynamic advertising insertion on the Telia Play service, delivering localised advertising to individual subscribers based on the screen used and the location of the user.Mathias BergThe four groups have jointly developed a new solution for dynamically tailored advertising, enabling adverts to be customised based on a wide set of parameters.Targeting can be based on the approximate geographic area in which the subscriber is located, the channel being viewed, screen size and device type.TV4 is already customizing its advertising using the solution, and Discovery and MTG are now launching their own targeted advertising.Mathias Berg, operations manager at TV4 parent Bonnier Broadcasting said that the new solution provided a future-proof model for offering dynamic advertising on platforms other than TV4’s own. He said he expected the technology to become an industry standard for all TV players in the Swedish market.
In This Issue. * Gold flip-flops all day. * It’s all about the Debt Ceiling. * ESM issues a bond! * Switching to the so-called Safe Havens. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Money For Nothing Good day. And a Marvelous Monday to you! The autumn chill returned to our area this past weekend, football weather is here, time for a bonfire and flannels! My beloved Cardinals are in deep dookie and are in danger of being blown out of the playoffs in the first round! UGH! But the rest of the weekend, sports wise was good, so I’ve got that going for me! It’s day 7 on the partial shutdown (PS), and the autumn chill that has returned to the Midwest, is also making things frigid in Washington D.C. as more and more warnings are being shouted from the rooftops that the U.S. could default and the results would be catastrophic. I say, well, if someone would have stopped to think about where all the deficit spending was getting us while it was going on for the past decade, that maybe, just maybe, we would not be having to wring our hands in fear of a default right now! Hey! You can’t blame me! For I have been warning anyone that would listen to me for so long, that when I began warning about the deficit spending, I used to be mistaken for a young Bruce Willis! HA! The bond market doesn’t seem to be worried though. They know, just like me, that in the end, we won’t default, and the debt ceiling can will get kicked down the road once again. And ever since the initial move in the dollar (down), the currencies have been in a very tight trading range. The bias to sell dollars remains, but no one is paying attention to it right now. So, what I think we have here is the bond and currency markets waiting for the next shoe to drop. That shoe could be the next time the Fed Heads meet, and announce that they are not beginning to taper. One time, surprise me, second time is a trend. Or. most likely, it is the Debt Ceiling expiration that’s coming quickly upon us.. This morning, the currencies are mixed, with the euro up a bit, but below 1.36, the Japanese yen stronger on thoughts of a U.S. default, but the Antipodean currencies are weaker. A story on the Bloomberg this morning caught my eye. The title read: “Dollar Rebound Predicted by Most-Accurate Forecaster”. So, you know I just had to check it out to see why the “Mr. Most-Accurate Forecaster” thinks the dollar will rebound. I’m not saying it can’t, I just want to know his reason. And that reason turns out to be, that he believes the U.S. economy is strong, and will outperform economic growth of the Eurozone, and Japan. So, at this point, I’ve got to think that “Mr. Most-Accurate Forecaster” has been eating the same fortified with 8 essential vitamins, cereal that the Fed Heads were eating, for this sounds like a lot of the Fed Heads, to which, and you can check this in the archives, I’m on record saying months ago that the Fed Heads were being overly optimistic about the economy when they began talking about tapering. That’s all I’ll say about this, for what do I know? I mean, “Mr. Most-Accurate Forecaster” probably has a research team the size of the population of Rhode Island! But. so do the Fed Heads. Friday morning, I received a notice from a currency dealer that said “The First ESM Benchmark Syndication is Expected for Next Week.” And my eye lit up! And here’s why! The ESM is the European Stability Mechanism. I explained months ago what this was all about, but to make a long story short, the ESM is a bill funding program that’s been in place for about a year, that’s used to provide liquidity and long-term funding to the countries that need it. The difference between what was being done for the last year, and now is the ESM is going to issue a bond in syndication. In other words, take requests. RFP request for proposal, as many contract salespeople know all about, and me with my city governance background. Understand this process. But the biggest thing is the ability to do long term funding with the aim to establish a benchmark curve and a liquid secondary market over time. The first issue will be used to cover the Cypriot bailout and refinance bills for the Spanish banking recapitalization program. This is all good for the euro going forward, folks.. At least that’s my opinion, of which I could be wrong! So. in the biggest display of “why was that done?” . You know the 800,000 government workers that were sent home last week? Well, the House passed a bill on Friday to pay these furloughed workers retroactive pay. So. what the 800,000 Government workers are getting right now, is a paid holiday. Paid for by taxpayers of course! You know, the people that go to work every day, produce something, generate wages, and pay taxes. So, why did we send those workers home, knowing that it wasn’t going to save us money in the first place? Reminds me of the Dire Straits song: Money for nothing. The Pentagon ordered furloughed employees back to work this past weekend. Yes, we do have a couple of wars going on, and I would think that if there were people that are needed to be at their jobs it would be these people, that is as long as we feel we have to fight wars in other countries. Wanna save some big bucks for the country and make a whole lot of people happy, happy, happy? End the wars. And don’t stop with the wars overseas, how about here at home? The war of drugs, poverty, and so on. We’ve not made any headway on any of these over the years, so why continue? There are more people considered to be in Poverty Levels now than ever, so, great job fighting that war! The U.S. Debt stuff has taken over as what’s on the minds of the market participants. Tapering, Schapering. The Debt Ceiling is what it’s all about now. One would think that any country that’s not experiencing a possible default would have a currency that’s gaining against the dollar right now, but that’s not the case. It’s all a bunch of “wait-n-see” Right now, it seems that the Usual Suspects when it comes to what the markets call “safe havens” are in play here. Japanese yen, Swiss francs and to a lesser degree, euros seem to be the only real winners, as we begin Day 7 of the PS, and draw one day closer to the Debt Ceiling expiration of Rocktober 17th. Japan has a greater Gov’t Debt than the U.S. but, they aren’t running into the possibility of a default. And Swiss francs? Some old habits just don’t die. The Markets’ participants have viewed francs as a safe haven for so long now that even with the franc tied to the euro, they still go there. Hey! I’ve always told you that the markets are fickle. and at times have a very different viewpoint than logic would say. The Antipodean currencies of Australia and New Zealand are both seeing some selling this morning, but the moves are small in nature (less than 1/4-cent). There’s not much going on in this region of the world this week. Australia will report their September labor numbers later in the week, and that’s it.. (at least as far as I can see). These two currencies have really bounced around a lot lately. You have to be patient here. Gold spent another day on Friday, flip-flopping around, going from positive to negative and back to positive, but remaining above $1,300. This morning, Gold is up $2, but we all know that a small gain like that is vulnerable to the whims of the NY traders. I read a note from the author of the book on “Greenspan’s Bubbles” Bill Fleckenstein this past weekend, where he was talking about Gold. Let’s listen in to Bill Fleckenstein. “At some point there will be big move to the upside (in gold), and we will play catch-up for some of the monetary crimes that have been committed in the last couple of years … My belief is that we saw the lows and that gold is going to work its way higher from here, and at some point it will accelerate. … It’s just mind boggling to me that people in America are so comfortable with the inflation that we have, and they act as though it’s deflation. It’s rather stunning to me, the particular strategy now amongst people when they raise prices is they shrink the size of what they give you and they don’t call it a price hike.” Chuck again. I like what Bill Fleckenstein usually has to say, and have for a long time. He’s a very logical thinking person, and you can’t beat that! The U.S. Data Cupboard is still being adjusted because of the PS. We’ll begin to get some data this week though. in fact I’m told that the Jobs Jamboree will take place tomorrow. But don’t hold me to that, we are talking about Gov’t schedules! And before I go to the Big Finish. Man. did I ever just blow by the American priced currencies on Friday, UGH! I meant to type: American Style: A$ .9445, kiwi .8340, C$ .9705, euro 1.3605, sterling 1.6075, Swiss $1.1075 I have no idea what happened, just goes to show you that even though you do something 5-days a week for over 20 years, you can still mess up! For What It’s Worth. I saw this come through the email from MarketWatch on Friday, and thought it to be interesting. The article is about how the writer believes that the panic in Gold is over, and he can tell by watching the flows into the ETFs. Here’s a snippet.. “Gold outflows have been steadily declining since peaking in April 2013, said Nick Brooks, head of global research and investment strategy at ETF Securities. Outflows that month were at $8.7 billion. He said the main reason for that reduction is that the “bulk of shorter-term tactical money that went into gold over 2011 and 2012 has now been cleared” and gold ETP holdings are now back at 2010 levels. After record outflows from gold-backed exchange-traded products in the second quarter, outflows slowed down significantly in the third quarter. Investors were quitting their gold funds, just not with the urgency they showed in prior months.” Chuck again. You know me. I’m not a fan of the ETF’s. I’m a “physical ownership” kind of guy. But I think this information is good to know, given that the masses opt for the ETF’s, so flows are important. To recap. The markets seem to be in wait-n-see mode. In one corner we have the question of when the Fed will begin to taper if ever. And in the other corner we have the PS and the looming problem of the Debt Ceiling expiration growing closer, and the warnings of catastrophe should we default hanging over the markets like the Sword of Damocles. The bias to sell dollars remains in place, but the trading ranges are very tight. And Gold keeps flip-flopping, like a fish that jumps off the hook while in the boat! Currencies today 10/7/13. American Style: A$ .9420, kiwi .8295, C$.9690, euro 1.3580, sterling 1.6080, Swiss $1.1070, . European Style: rand 10.0270, krone 5.9860, SEK 6.4450, forint 218.25, zloty 3.0920, koruna 18.7930, RUB 32.26, yen 96.90, sing 1.2475, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.89, China 6.1480, pesos 13.14, BRL 2.2110, Dollar Index 79.98, Oil $102.66, 10-year 2.62%, Silver $21.92, Platinum $1,388.75, Palladium $699.80, and Gold $1,316.97 That’s it for today. I had a great time at my H.S. reunion Friday night, my old football teammate Dean Collins was in attendance and I hadn’t seen him in 40 years! WOW! Lots of people I hadn’t seen in awhile. Then Saturday night, we had a get together with some clients and I got to meet a few clients and get a couple of them to sign up for the Pfennig! My beloved Missouri Tigers won big at Vanderbilt, and have started the season 5-0, but have a tough row to hoe this weekend when they travel to Georgia. Blues blast Florida 7-0 Saturday night, and our Rams beat Jacksonville, although I don’t think you can hang your hat on beating them this year. Well, I’ve got people living with me all watching Duck Dynasty with me. They used to laugh at me, but looks who’s watching it now! And on that note. Thank you for reading the Pfennig, and I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837
A nurse failed to mention a disabled woman’s near-fatal asthma attacks, accidental overdoses and repeated blackouts, in one of the clearest examples yet of a dishonest benefits assessment report, secret recordings have revealed.A video recording of the assessment also shows that the nurse lied about the way disabled activist Catherine Scarlett made her way from a stairlift to a reclining chair to begin the assessment.Scarlett had been so distrustful of the personal independence payment (PIP) system that she made both video and audio recordings of her face-to-face assessment, which was carried out at her home in Yorkshire in May.She says the recordings and assessment report prove she was right to do so.They show how the nurse – employed by the government contractor Atos Healthcare – repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of what she was told by Scarlett.This allowed the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to lower her entitlement from the enhanced rate to just the standard rate for the daily living element of PIP, although she was allowed to stay on the enhanced rate for mobility.At one point, Scarlett is heard on the recording telling the nurse that on several occasions she had accidentally double-dosed the powerful opioid pain medication Tramadol, but the nurse translates that in her written report as “occasionally forgets to take her medication”.Scarlett also tells the nurse that she cannot read for long periods “because I black out”, but this ends up in the report as “she can read although she doesn’t read for long due to concentration”.When Scarlett describes how she has previously experienced “near-fatal asthma attacks”, the nurse writes this up in her report as episodes of being “wheezy and short of breath”, which “comes and goes”.And when the nurse asks her if she has ever thought of taking her own life, Scarlett tells her that she has felt like ending her life “lots of times” and that she experiences “impulsive urges to commit suicide and things like that”.This is translated as “she has had thoughts of not wanting to be here”.Scarlett is also furious that the nurse suggested that she did not need to carry out a physical examination if that meant she would be “wiped out for the week”.When Scarlett agreed and said she was “not really” keen on having the examination, the nurse was able to use her decision to decline the physical tests to justify relying instead on an inaccurate description of how she claimed she saw Scarlett “grip and operate a crutch in each hand” as she was walking from a chairlift to her seat, in order to play down her need for support for bathing and dressing.DWP later admitted – when it eventually overturned its original findings – that she lacked the necessary grip and strength in her right hand and arm “to be able to dress yourself reliably and in a timely manner”.The video clearly shows Scarlett walking with a stooped posture, leaning heavily on the crutches, and flopping into the chair, but not touching its arms.But the nurse writes this up as: “She walked from the bottom of the stairs to her specialist reclining chair using a crutch in each hand. She walked very slowly with normal posture.“She lowered herself into the chair by putting her hands on the chair and lowered herself into it.”Scarlett believes that her case, and many others she has been passed by other disabled people through social media, show that DWP is “colluding” with Atos in order to cut people’s support.She said: “I have been shocked at the effect on my mental health and the thoughts it has brought up for me and can understand why it pushes so many people completely over the edge.“I’m lucky to have strong family, friends and professional support that keeps me going but so many people aren’t as lucky and so are very vulnerable to devastating mental health deterioration and the consequences of that.“The whole system needs fully investigating and changing to protect those people.”Following the decision to reduce her support, a mandatory reconsideration (MR) – DWP’s own internal review process – endorsed that decision, although the department finally agreed last month to return her daily living to the enhanced rate when she appealed against the MR decision.In that decision, DWP accepted that Scarlett did after all need help to dress and take a bath.For technical reasons, DNS was not able to share the video recording with Atos and DWP, but the audio recording was shared with their press offices.DNS originally agreed to omit the allegations connected with the video recording so that DWP would comment on the evidence provided solely by the audio recording.But this morning, after agreeing to this and asking for extra time to produce a response – the audio recording was originally sent to DWP and Atos on Tuesday afternoon – a DWP spokeswoman failed to comment on any of the evidence contained in the audio recording.Instead, she merely pointed out that Scarlett’s PIP entitlement was eventually restored, after she appealed, to the daily living enhanced rate.She also repeated previous DWP statements about the “strict quality standards” required of assessment providers, and the “on-going quality audits” that assessors are subjected to, as well as mentioning the complaints procedures available to PIP claimants.An Atos spokesman refused to comment on the evidence at all.He said: “We’re informed we won’t have access to the video which accompanies the audio without which the points raised cannot be looked into as verification is simply not possible.”Scarlett’s case is one of 22 that have been passed to Labour MP Neil Coyle (see separate story), who has pledged to take up concerns about allegations of dishonest assessment reports when parliament returns from its summer recess next month.Disability News Service (DNS) has been investigating since last November claims that healthcare professionals working for Atos and Capita have been lying in their assessment reports.DNS has now compiled more than 200 cases in which PIP claimants say their assessors produced dishonest reports.The investigation shows that assessors – most of them nurses – have repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.But DWP, Capita and Atos have all refused to launch inquiries into the claims of widespread dishonesty.Picture: Scarlett flops into her seat at the start of the assessment, watched by her husband
http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/08/0810_FLOW-3-web.jpgRice University graduate student Marco Santoro fills a custom bioreactor with fluid as he prepares to test bone cancer cells embedded in a scaffold. The technique allows researchers to monitor the spread of cancer cells in more natural environments than can be achieved in two-dimensional cultures. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/08/0810_FLOW-1-WEB.jpgBone cancer cells populate the surface of a bioscaffold in an electron microscope image. Rice University scientists ran tests to show how realistic environments affect the growth of cancer tumors. The bioscaffolds were placed in a flow perfusion bioreactor to evaluate the cells’ response to the mechanical forces they experience in the body. (Credit: Mikos Research Group/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/08/0810_FLOW-2-WEB.jpgRice University graduate student Marco Santoro led a study to test the spread of bone cancer cells in realistic environments. They expect their technique will be useful to labs that test cancer-fighting drugs. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/08/0810_FLOW-4-WEB.jpgThe Rice University lab of bioengineer Antonios Mikos, in collaboration with Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center, is using a custom flow perfusion bioreactor to show the value of testing cancer samples in realistic environments. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. Share3Editor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713email@example.comMike Williams713firstname.lastname@example.orgCancer treatment models get realRice University scientists mimic biological conditions to view effect on tumor samples HOUSTON – (Aug. 5, 2015) – Researchers at Rice University and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have developed a way to mimic the conditions under which cancer tumors grow in bones.By placing cancer cells in a three-dimensional scaffold and subjecting them to the forces that push, pull and continually flow through the body, the researchers are better able to test the efficiency of cancer-fighting drugs.The scientists discovered that bone tumors exposed to normal forces express more of a protein, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), than detected in static cultures. The IGF-1 signaling pathway plays a critical role in resistance to current chemotherapy. The experiments were performed in a custom-made bioreactor by the Rice lab of bioengineer Antonios Mikos in collaboration with the MD Anderson lab of Joseph Ludwig.The study detailed this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows the value of incorporating mechanical forces when modeling tumors and treatments as opposed to analyzing tumor growth statically, said lead author Marco Santoro, a chemical and biomolecular engineering graduate student of Mikos.“Mechanical forces are present in our bodies even though we are not always aware of them,” he said. “Our cells are sensitive to the forces around them and change their behavior accordingly. Tumor cells behave the same way, changing their function depending on the forces they sense.”Mikos and his team specialize in materials and strategies for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. As part of that work, they have created foam-like materials that serve as scaffolds for cells to inhabit and grow into as they become new bone or tissue.That material provided an opportunity for the latest experiments at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative on bone tumor samples called sarcomas provided by MD Anderson. Sarcoma tumors, also a focus of the Mikos lab, are most often found in the bones of adolescents and young adults.The researchers placed sarcoma cells in their porous, biologically inert scaffold and put the scaffold inside a flow perfusion bioreactor to mimic the stimulation those cells would experience amid the tissue inside real bone. They subjected the cells to biomechanical stimuli, including shear stress, by changing the fluid viscosity and flow rate.Over 10 days they found the steady flow of fluid through the scaffold prompted the sarcoma cells to proliferate throughout the structure. The higher shear stress helped the cells significantly increase their production of the IGF-1 protein and also down-regulated the production of two other cancer-related proteins, c-KIT and HER2, compared with static tests.They also discovered that adjusting parameters in the bioreactor influenced the cells’ sensitivity to Dalotuzumab, a drug that disrupts the IGF-1 pathway. Higher shear stress appeared to decrease the drug’s effectiveness due to the associated increase in IGF-1 production.“For the first time, we showed how the effect of the drug changes according to the forces experienced by the cells,” Santoro said. “IGF-1 is crucial for this kind of sarcoma, which relies on this mechanism for growth. We show that the higher the mechanical stimulation, the more pronounced the secretion of this particular protein.”Mikos said the experiments should set a good example for cancer studies. “These experiments have to be tailored for each cancer, because the forces that cells experience vary in different parts of the body,” he said. “In the lungs, they wouldn’t be the same as in the bones. But they give researchers a far more realistic way to mimic the tumor’s local environment.”Co-authors of the paper are senior research scientist Salah-Eddine Lamhamedi-Cherradi and researcher Brian Menegaz, both at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Mikos is the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice. Ludwig is an associate professor of sarcoma medical oncology at MD Anderson.MD Anderson Cancer Center and the National Institutes of Health supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/07/29/1506684112.abstractFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Mikos Research Group: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~mikosgrp/Sarcoma Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center: http://www.mdanderson.org/patient-and-cancer-information/care-centers-and-clinics/care-centers/sarcoma/index.htmlBioScience Research Collaborative: http://brc.rice.edu/home/Images for download:
Download Our Free Android App Free Green Entrepreneur App –shares 3 min read Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue dispensaries.com Cannabis Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. May 4, 2017 Guest Writer New Data Shows Medical Marijuana Consumers Far Outspend Recreational Users Image credit: scott_craig | Getty Images In a data-driven business environment, everyone is waiting on the latest statistical reports to show what directions consumer spending — an obvious clear indication of consumer attitudes — is heading. As a relatively new industry, the legalized marijuana sector still is working on how to best serve consumers and discern trends to sort out the hype from the reality.That’s created a whole new side business in marijuana: data analytics.A company that has stepped to the forefront in this area is New Frontier Data. The company has partnered with Baker Technologies, which provides customer relationship management and marketing automaton platforms to cannabis businesses, for access to an immense database of legal marijuana transactions.In April, based on this data, the company released its annual “The Cannabis Industry Report: 2017 Legal Marijuana Outlook.” They uncovered some interesting trends.Related: Researchers Amazed by Cases of Cannabis Helping Children Failed by Conventional MedicineMedical marijuana dominates the market.Recreational marijuana — or adult-use marijuana — has been the focus of much of the recent media attention, partially because of its reflection of wholesale change in how millions of Americans view marijuana. Voter have now made recreational marijuana legal in eight states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.However, the report found that consumers of medical marijuana — legal in more than half the states — buy much more frequently and spend more than recreational users. The report included the following findings:In 2016, recreational users shopped for cannabis, on average, every 14 days and spent $49 per transaction.That same year, medical marijuana users shopped every 10 days and spent $136 per transaction.In 2017, medical marijuana sales are expected to total $5.3 billion, with a projection to reach $13.2 billion annually by 2025.In 2017, recreational marijuana sales are expected to reach $2.6 billion, with a projection to reach $10.9 billion by 2025.The numbers provide needed insight for entrepreneurs looking to enter the retail cannabis business, New Frontier Data CEO Giadha Aguirre De Carcer said in a news release.“Given the size of the market, knowing who your customers are, how and when they shop, and what they buy are fundamental building blocks of developing any effective retail strategy,” he said.Related: Nation’s First Cannabis Drive-Through Opens In Colorado as Cannabis Sales BoomFlower power on the decline.The report also found that cannabis consumers are increasingly turning away from the traditional way of consuming marijuana – smoking dried marijuana, known as the flower.The report found consumers purchase of flower dropped dramatically in 2016. In January, flower sales made up 85 percent of adult-use sales, but that number fell to 64 percent by December, according to New Frontier Data.Medical marijuana sales mirrored the trend, with flower sales falling from 87 percent of the market to 65 percent between January and December. The inference is that consumers are moving in large numbers toward other ways of using marijuana, including edibles and vaping.New Frontier Data is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an office in Denver. The company uses advanced analytics to crunch the numbers of millions of marijuana sales transactions. A copy of the full report can be purchased on the company’s website.To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook 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. Patients using marijuana as medicine purchase more cannabis more often than recreational users.