Spurs: J. Hladik – 21, B. Pipher – 19, J. Fortune – 16, M. Aulov – 9, F. Cheng – 4The Lakers defeated the Sixers, 69-62.Lakers: K. Walker – 46, J. Smooth – 8, M. Stacks – 8, R. King – 4, M. Barry – 3Sixers: K. Johnson – 22, A. Green – 14, R. Davies – 12, M. Lovett – 8, C. Edwards – 6OKC won against the Bucks, 100-65.OKC: J. Roberson – 30, R. Lawandy – 20, D. Liming – 16, J. Guthrie – 12, L. Pagan – 10, M. McMonagle – 10, A. Yap – 2Bucks: T. Sowell – 21, J. Anacreon – 21, C. Gumtang – 14, G. Corea – 5, C. Pimentel – 4Playoff scheduled for December 14:7:30 p.m. Raptors vs. OKC8:30 p.m. Cavs vs. Lakers Raptors beat the Spurs, 77-69.Raptors: S. Devaney – 23, J. Conroy – 19, D. Lamont – 12, M. Defazio – 9, T. Hicklen – 6, J.D. Amato – 6, K. Jaworski – 2
[View the story “Lord Stanley Goes to the Beach” on Storify] The Stanley Cup made a run through Sea Isle City and Ocean City on Thursday.Los Angeles Kings Assistant Coach John Stevens reportedly owns a home in Sea Isle, and as per tradition, each member of the Stanley Cup winning team gets to spend 24 hours with the National Hockey League’s vaunted prize.The Cup spent most of the morning and early afternoon at various spots in Sea Isle, then traveled through Ocean City (reportedly stopping at a home near 32nd and Bay) on the way to Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City for a late-afternoon event.Here are some snapshots from social media throughout the day.
Today, it was announced that rapper Kendrick Lamar has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar won the prestigious award for his latest studio album, DAMN., which was released on April 14th of 2017. As the organization behind the prize described DAMN., the album is “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”For the Pulitzer Prize for Music, Kendrick Lamar went up against Michael Gilbertson for his string quartet composition and Ted Hearne for his five-movement cantata for chamber choir, electric guitar, and percussion. Given Lamar’s competition for the 2018 Pulitzer, it’s not necessarily surprising that the rapper’s win is historic—Kendrick’s win this year marks the first time the Pulitzer has been awarded to a non-jazz or non-classical artist.However, since DAMN.‘s release in spring of last year, the album has received praise from fans and critics alike. The album was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and it took home the prize for Best Rap Album. Furthermore, Lamar has become recognized as a brilliant cultural force, it was recently announced that a cultural biography of the rapper is in the works.[H/T Pitchfork]
Recently, as a resident young person here at CU 2.0, I have ventured on to TikTok. You may have heard of it—either from your kids, the news lately, or maybe from our blog.TikTok has an interesting set up. The main page doesn’t show videos from people you follow. Rather, it shows content catered “for you” by artificial intelligence. It doesn’t matter if you follow the creator or not.Sometimes, videos that hit my “for you” page only have six likes, and sometimes, they have millions. All from people I’ve never heard of before. That means that TikTok users have one goal, and one goal only:Go. Viral.Why Go Viral? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The Ministry of Tourism has published a public call for applications for grants under the Public Tourism Infrastructure Development Program in 2017, for which HRK 20 million has been provided.Sredstva iz Fonda namijenjena su javnom sektoru – jedinicama lokalne i područne (regionalne) samouprave za razvoj javne turističke infrastrukture. Programom će se sufinancirati projekti uređenja morskih i ostalih plaža, izgradnja, dogradnja, rekonstrukcija ili adaptacija centara za posjetitelje i interpretacijskih centara, njihovo opremanje multimedijalnom opremom te javna turistička infrastruktura u funkciji aktivnog turizma (izrada strateških dokumenata razvoja cikloturizma županije sa standardima, uređenje i označavanje postojećih i novih cikloturističkih, pješačkih i jahačkih ruta te uređenje, postavljanje i opremanje stanica za iznajmljivanje e-bicikla). „JPublic tourist infrastructure is an integral part of the overall tourist offer of each destination and it is therefore important that we continuously improve it. By investing in projects aimed at arranging or building new beaches, visitor centers and cycling, riding or hiking routes, a new attractive basis is created, ie additional motives for coming to the destination, which is important for the development of year-round tourism. Through this program we want to increase the overall impression and attractiveness of destinations, and thus make Croatian tourism even more competitive”, Stressed the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli.The Ministry of Tourism co-finances 80 percent of the costsThe Ministry co-finances up to 80 percent of the eligible / eligible costs of implementing an individual project. For beach projects, the minimum amount of support is HRK 200.000,00, while the maximum amount is HRK 1.000.000,00. For visitor centers and interpretation centers, this amount ranges from a minimum of HRK 100.000,00 to a maximum of HRK 1.000.000,00 of support. Also, the Ministry co-finances the development of operational plans for the development of cycling tourism in the county with standards up to HRK 50.000,00, and the arrangement and marking of existing and new cycling, walking and riding routes and arranging, setting up and equipping e-bike rental stations from HRK 100.000,00 to HRK 400.000,00 , XNUMX kn.Izvor financiranja predmetnog javnog poziva je Fond za razvoj turizma, odnosno izvanproračunski prihod Ministarstva turizma od naknada za privremene koncesijske naknade za turističko zemljište, a za namjene i poslove utvrđene Zakonom o turističkom i ostalom građevinskom zemljištu, neprocijenjenom u postupku pretvorbe i privatizacije.The public call is open until September 15, 2017. More information about the conditions can be found here: Public call for the development of public tourism infrastructure in 2017
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And while a regular-sized latte costs around 30 yuan ($4.24) in China, it can be as cheap as 4.5 yuan ($0.60) at some places with the use of discount vouchers.This year’s admission by delivery-focused and coupon-reliant Luckin Coffee that it fabricated $310 million in sales underscores how the coffee opportunity in China has been exaggerated, analysts said.”Luckin’s fraud proved that even though coffee in China is almost free, the Chinese still don’t drink much of it,” said Beijing-based independent analyst Keso Hong.Tea countryTea is China’s main source of caffeine and outside of China’s biggest cities, buying a branded caffeinated drink to get through the day is not part of everyday life.Bubble tea, which contains tapioca pearls, is also giving coffee a run for its money. Food delivery giant Meituan Dianping received 210 million orders for bubble tea in 2018, “far more than” coffee, it has said without elaborating.Like Luckin, other domestic chains are struggling to fulfill big dreams.Coffee Box, which focuses on coffee deliveries and raised some $56 million in funding, has shut or suspended business at dozens of its stores. Grey Box, which offers specialty coffee, said in 2018 it wanted 12 stores in Beijing by end of that year, but has just four. Bruno Caffe has closed most stores and only two remain.Among western firms, Britain’s Costa Coffee, which is owned by Coca-Cola, has 300 China stores according to its website, despite earlier ambitions to have had 2,500 by 2018.The chains did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.Starbucks, the first big Western brand in the market and now with 20 years in China under its belt, appears to be the only resounding success, having carefully cultivated its image as a premium cafe for young professionals. Some estimates put the US giant’s share of China’s coffee market at as much as 80%.Just this week, Starbucks expanded its Chinese ordering services to multiple Alibaba apps.The newcomers have, however, wisely decided not to go it alone.Lavazza has formed a venture with Yum China, the owner of KFC restaurants in China. Restaurant Brands International’s Tim Hortons said last year it wanted 1,500 stores in China and has gained backing from Tencent Holdings. Wayne’s Coffee signed a 15-year deal with a Chinese master franchisee.The chains did not respond to requests for comment on their prospects.But even teaming up with a partner is no guarantee of success given the extreme competition, analysts said.”Undoubtedly the coffee market in China will continue to grow and consumers are becoming more habitual coffee drinkers but it is still a hard market to win,” said Ben Cavender at China Market Research.Topics : As a coffee market, China exerts a magnetic pull for Western brands keen to emulate the success of Starbucks Corp which has over 4,400 stores in China and is still expanding. Since last year, Canada’s Tim Hortons has opened about 60 stores in China while Italy’s Lavazza and Sweden’s Wayne’s Coffee have also made forays into the market.Much of the optimism about China’s coffee market potential stems from just how little its consumers drink – just 5.4 cups per capita last year, compared to 341 in the United States and 591 in Western Europe, according to consultancy Euromonitor.Chinese coffee consumption is growing at an estimated rate of around 5% annually, but coffee shop proprietors like Huang say it is more important to take note of the huge jump in outlets and cut-throat pricing.Store openings of specialist coffee and tea shops surged 50% in 2018 and 2019, and China now has some 18,350 stores, more than triple the number in 2014, according to Euromonitor. Coffee is also now sold at many convenience stores and fast-food restaurants. Looking outside her Beijing coffee shop where seven other nearby cafes including a Starbucks compete for customers, Huang Ying is simply glad to still be in business.In the 17 years since opening her cafe in the trendy 798 Art Zone district, making money has gotten harder – even before the coronavirus. Rent and labor costs have increased while rival after rival waded into a market that has failed to live up to expectations.”Our profit can’t compare with the old days,” she said. “I raised prices by 10% in 2017 but that has done little to offset the jump in costs.”
An aerial view of 297-299 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters (far right).FOR a fun-loving social couple with two young boys, home for Billy and Jackie Cross has been as much a space for family as for entertaining. Having purchased their Broadbeach Waters plot with a knockdown house in 2009, the couple worked with Bayden Goddard Design Architects to bring their vision to life. MORE: Tallebudgera new build is Qld’s most popular house Wide glass windows allow for a connection with the outdoors.An annual Australia Day gathering has been a longstanding event on the Cross social calendar, but with their sons now grown up, life is moving into a new phase.“We’ve bought the penthouse in White at Main Beach, so we’ll be starting a new chapter close to the restaurants and cafes there,” Mr Cross said.“I’m excited and emotional. I love the aspect of walking to the shops to grab coffee and bagels from the bakery in the mornings, and late night Thai or Italian. “But at the same time we’ve spent 12 years in this house so we will miss it.” Michael Kollosche is taking expressions of interest until October 7. There are multiple areas for relaxation and low-key socialising.Full height stacker doors allow the indoor living areas to flow easily onto alfresco entertainment spaces, where the aspect takes in a pool, a tennis court and main river. “We’re on nearly 2600 sqm of land with a park across the road and the main river at the back,” said Mr Cross.“Laying out there watching the boats and jet skis go by on main river is a really relaxing place to be and a great space for entertaining.” How to buy in a hot market + fastest selling suburbs A tennis court, pool, gymnasium and river frontage create opportunities for recreation.An outdoor kitchen is equipped with teppanyaki facilities and three wine fridges, in addition to the temperature controlled 2000-bottle cellar inside. Entertaining is second nature for the vivacious entrepreneur, who shot to fame in the 1980s as the founding member of hit male stage show Manpower. The man cave has been a favourite feature for Mr Cross.But the hands-down favourite feature goes to the man cave, which Mr Cross describes as “one of the best on the Gold Coast”.It’s kitted out with a bar, wine fridges, classic pub pool table and seven televisions for the ultimate sporting feast.“You can watch the races, footy and AFL at the same time,” Mr Cross said.“It has been a great space to have the boys over for punting sessions on a Saturday or late night parties.” The house is well designed for entertaining, relaxation and play.Their sprawling LA-inspired mansion, at 297-299 Monaco Street, has a relaxed elegance about it, with multiple areas for rest, exercise and play. “It’s a big house with a lovely open plan, but the spaces still feel intimate,” said Mr Cross, who credits wife Jackie for the styling.“Having two young boys, it’s been an amazing place for them to grow up in.” The outdoor areas offer views of the river and city skyline.Mr Cross went on to run a string of nightclubs in Surfers Paradise and Las Vegas, where his Thunder from Down Under show has been a roaring success.Waking up to a gym, steam room and massage room have made home workouts a breeze, while sons Nick, now 17 and Josh, 21 made the most of the tennis-come-basketball court over the years. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa6 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Iconic trophy mansion sold via FaceTime The LA-inspired design gives off a relaxed sense of elegance.
US Department of Energy (DOE) has provided funding for a project looking to improve the monitoring of fish swimming around marine energy devices.The $150,000 in funding was awarded to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to further advance its lab-developed video technology that could ease the environmental monitoring associated with marine renewable energy devices.Namely, the project led by PNNL’s Senior research engineer Shari Matzner will seek to improve software that analyzes underwater video to automatically detect fish near marine energy devices such as tidal energy turbines.Matzner joined PNNL in 2007, having previously worked as an engineer in the space program at NASA, and her work at the laboratory has been focused on developing technology for marine remote sensing to support environmental monitoring and national security objectives.The funding was awarded by DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions, as part of the larger funding announcement reaching $19.7 million, to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace.The second Department-wide round of funding through the Office of Technology Transition’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) supported 54 projects across 12 US national laboratories involving more than 30 private-sector partners.Rick Perry, US Secretary of Energy, said: “Accelerating the transition of energy technologies from the laboratory bench to the marketplace is an important component of increasing America’s economic prosperity and energy security. This second round of TCF projects highlight the incredible value of DOE’s National Laboratories and the importance of bringing the Department’s technology transfer mission to the American people.”The Energy Department noted that the projects selected for the TCF will receive at least an equal amount of non-federal funds to match the federal investment.
Guest Comment by Geoff Fischer“Prohibition doesn’t work”.This claim has been repeated so often that people have come to believe it is true. Yet all the evidence shows that prohibition does work. When a manufacture, trade or use of any commodity is prohibited the supply and consumption of that commodity declines. Demand also declines, because the social disapprobration implicit in legal prohibition discourages casual or experimental use of drugs.“Organised crime takes over the manufacture and distribution of any prohibited commodity”. This is a truism. If trade in a particular commodity is prohibited by law, then people who engage in that trade are by definition criminals. However the reality is that organised crime is attracted to the commercialisation of any kind of human vice, regardless of whether it is legal or illegal. Both globally and locally criminal gangs are involved in the business of legal prostitution and gambling. The reality is that unpleasant people become involved in unpleasant activities, and the people who have been involved in the legal trade in synthetic cannabis to this point have been at best amoral, and at worst thoroughly nasty types. The reality is that New Zealanders are being asked to pander to organised crime by legalising every form of human vice, and no society can afford to do that.“We need to control demand. Supply side control doesn’t work”. This claim is disingenuous. The liberals who argue against control of supply are the same people who try to justify “moderate” drug use on the grounds of personal gratification and social utility. They don’t want control of supply because they want to satisfy the demand. They themselves do nothing to counter the demand for drugs.“Regulation is better than prohibition”. Regulation puts the stamp of social approval on drug use, and creates the false impression that regulated drugs are “safe” drugs. It gives a wide range of people and institutions (including merchants, regulators, politicians and the treasury) a financial stake in the drug industry, and thereby a motive to maintain and expand the trade in drugs. It provides a basis for the self-justifying tautological liberal catch-cry “It (prostitution/gambling/liquor/tobacco/synthetic cannabis) is a legal industry and therefore should not face any form of discrimination or hostile bias”.“Users will suffer severe withdrawal symptoms when drugs are prohibited” That is true, but it is not a valid argument against prohibition. Once social evils have been tolerated and allowed to take root in society, the process of returning to a more normal state of existence will involve considerable individual suffering and significant social costs, but the suffering and the costs of allowing the evil to continue unabated will be much much greater.Geoff Fischer is a father to 4 sons, with 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters and counting! He divides his time between his home in Rotorua, his work on various industrial projects around the North Island, and his favorite tramping grounds in both islands.