Supported by Europe By ELISABETTA POVOLEDOAPRIL 21, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story ROME — For the past year, small jars of cannabis flowers have been flying off the shelves of Italian specialty shops: a phenomenon that’s described as a “green gold rush.”The hemp flowers — with names like K8, Chill Haus, Cannabismile White Pablo and Marley CBD — are sold under the tag “cannabis light” because their level of the psychoactive compound that makes people high is a tiny fraction of that typically found in cultivated marijuana.But there’s a catch. The aromatic hemp flowers must not be smoked or eaten. Seeds, should there be any, must not be cultivated. As the jars’ labels sternly specify, the products are for “technical use” only and “not for human consumption.” Instead, they are sold — as countless salesclerks will explain with a … [Read more...] about Cannabis Flowers Are Legal in Italy. You Just Can’t Eat or Smoke Them.
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Supported by Asia Pacific By STEVEN LEE MYERSAPRIL 5, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story BEIJING — China’s leaders sound supremely confident that they can win a trade war with President Trump.The state news media has depicted him as a reckless bully intent on undermining the global trading system, while presenting the Chinese government as a fair-minded champion of free trade. And China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has used the standoff to reinforce the Communist Party’s message that the United States is determined to stop China’s rise — but that it no longer can. China is already too strong, its economy too big.“China is not afraid of a trade war,” the vice minister of finance, Zhu Guangyao, declared at a news conference to discuss possible countermeasures. More than once, he cited the history of the “new China” — which began its extraordinary economic revival four … [Read more...] about Why China Is Confident It Can Beat Trump in a Trade War
Complied by Thiên Lý Huỳnh Quang Khánh invests in real estate by leveraging credit. Seventy per cent of his investment comes from banks. He has borrowed VNĐ1 billion at an interest rate of 9.5 per cent from a bank in Tân Phú District and also asked some of his relatives to borrow on his behalf from that bank. Khánh, 54, of HCM City’s Tân Phú District, said he was told by the lender that the interest rate had been increased to 12 per cent. “I am looking to sell some of my land to reduce the loans because I am afraid the interest rates would continue to rise and I will be unable to afford,” he said. While Khánh complains about the increase in the rates, Nguyễn Công Tặng of Thủ Đức District is unhappy that a bank refused to lend him 70 per cent of the value of a house he wants to buy. He said in the past the bank was always ready to lend him the money but now they are only … [Read more...] about Banks begin tightening screws on property credit
In the grey half-light of dawn, eight figures creep through the dry pine forest near Quincy, California. Seven of them wear camo uniforms bearing the logos of various government agencies: U.S. Forest Service, National Guard, California Fish & Wildlife, Plumas County Sheriff. Most have blackened faces and assault rifles at the ready. An 11-year-old Belgian Malinois named Phebe and her K9 handler lead the way. Number eight is tall and dressed in black, with a rumpled bush hat and a Springfield Armory 9mm pistol in a hip holster. With a kaffiyeh wrapped under a dark beard, and eyebrows (in his words) “like two caterpillars about to mate,” Dr. Mourad Gabriel could pass as a local interpreter on a Special Forces raid if this were Iraq or Afghanistan. Instead, he’s a wildlife biologist accompanying law-enforcement agents on an illegal marijuana farm bust. The group traverses hillsides, fords streams, tiptoes through thickets of fern and willow, trying not to snap twigs … [Read more...] about Cartels are growing marijuana illegally in California — and there’s a war brewing
In one laboratory, researchers are developing programs and computer visualizations that can map the complex urban boundaries in India. Nearby, the cofounder of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory is working on high-speed networks and machine learning computing. On the first floor, 78-year-old Don Norman, author of The Design of Everyday Things, presides over a design lab. In one studio, an archaeologist is creating ultra-high-resolution 3D virtual reproductions of world cultural heritage sites that are under threat of destruction. Scientists huddle with first responders to combine readings from hundreds of meteorological stations to predict the movement of wildfires. In a corner office, two graduate students hack out code that enables more effective visualization of people’s internal organs to help pre-surgery planning. This beehive of activity isn’t taking place on Google’s vast campus in Northern California, or in a … [Read more...] about Why Larry Smarr Is Pioneering Collaborative Innovation