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Research Shows Correlation Between Cannabis Use And Creativity

By: Eric W. Dolan of Psypost

A new study suggests that differences in personality traits account for the link between marijuana use and enhanced creativity.

“I became interested in this topic upon the realization that a number of my favorite musicians and artists were well known for their cannabis use, and that this cannabis use was commonly thought to have been a cause of the creative success of many artists,” explained study author Emily LaFrance, a graduate student at Washington State University.

“I began to wonder about this commonly held idea – are cannabis users really more creative than non-users? And if so, is this because cannabis use makes them more creative, or is something else causing differences in creativity between users and non-users?”

For their study, which was published in Consciousness and Cognition, the researchers had 412 cannabis users and 309 non-users complete a series of psychological tests.

They found that cannabis users tended to be more extraverted and also tended to be more open to new experiences.

Cannabis users self-reported higher levels of artistic creativity than non-users, but they did not report a higher number of creative works or achievements.

Cannabis users also performed better than non-users on a test of convergent thinking — meaning the creative process of narrowing down potential solutions to find one correct answer.

But the statistical relationship between cannabis use and creativity disappeared when the researchers accounted for the effect of openness to experience. The results suggest that cannabis users’ higher levels of openness to experience are responsible for their enhanced creativity.

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Tokyo Firm Grants 6 Day Additional Holiday To Non-Smoking Employees 

By: Chloe Farand if The Independent 

A Japanese company is granting its non-smoking staff an additional six days of holiday a year to make up for the time off smokers take for cigarette breaks. 

Marketing firm Piala Inc introduced the new paid leave allowance in September after non-smokers complained they were working more than their colleagues who smoked. 

Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company, told The Telegraph: “One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems.”

Following the suggestion, the company’s CEO Takao Asuka decided to give non-smoking employees extra time off to compensate, Mr Matsushima added. 

The matter has been taken seriously by the Tokyo-based company which is reportedly based on the 29th floor of an office block — making any cigarette break last at least 15 minutes, according to staff. 
Mr Asuka hopes the scheme will create an incentive for the company’s staff to quit smoking. 

Efforts to reduce the number of smokers and impose tougher anti-smoking regulations have been seen across Japan in recent months. 

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Puerto Rico Receives 300m recovery Contract 

By: Ken Klippenstein of The Daily Beast

Puerto Rico has agreed to pay a reported $300 million for the restoration of its power grid to a tiny utility company that is primarily financed by a private-equity firm founded and run by a man who contributed large sums of money to President Trump, an investigation conducted by The Daily Beast has found.

Whitefish Energy Holdings, which had a reported staff of only two full-time employees when Hurricane Maria touched down, appears ill-equipped to handle the daunting task of restoring electricity to Puerto Rico’s more than 3 million residents.

Much larger utilities are more commonly used following natural disasters on the scale of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island last month.

The private-equity firm that finances Whitefish, HBC Investments, was founded by Joe Colonnetta, who serves as its general partner.

Federal Elections Commission data compiled by The Daily Beast shows Colonnetta contributed $20,000 to the Trump Victory PAC during the general election, $2,700 to Trump’s primary election campaign (then the maximum amount permitted), $2,700 to Trump’s general election campaign (also the maximum), and a total of $30,700 to the Republican National Committee in 2016 alone.

Colonnetta’s wife, Kimberly, is no stranger to Republican politics either; shortly after Trump’s victory, she gave $33,400 to the Republican National Committee, the maximum contribution permitted for party committees in 2016.

Joe Colonnetta is not the only Republican connection to the controversial Whitefish contract. On Monday, The Washington Post reported that Whitefish Chief Executive Officer Andy Techmanski is friends with Trump administration Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Moreover, Whitefish is located in Zinke’s hometown of Whitefish, Monatana.

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Chile and Niue Vow To Protect Ocean With Various Marine Parks 

By: Amir Dawood 

The world of ocean conservation is still in shock today after they were sent reeling by some truly incredible news. The fight to protect the world’s seas and oceans is a slow and steady one, full of minor victories and large defeats. But recent news from Chile and the small island state of Niue have buoyed the environmental community.

Niue is only a tiny little island in the South Pacific, with a population of approximately 1,600 people. Yet it’s decided to turn a full 40% of what’s known as its ‘exclusive economic zone’ into a marine park. While the South American country of Chile has decided to add two brand new marine parks off its coasts. Parks that have strict rules and law about fishing. In other words, fishing is totally banned.

In total, the three new marine parks account for some 290,000 square miles of ocean. An incredible amount. To put that into some kind of size perspective, that’s double the size of Germany.
The Director of the Niue Ocean Wide (NOW) project, which is a public/private sustainability initiative in Niue is a man called Brendon Pasisi. He says this about the amazing work of the small island nation: “It is no small feat for a small-island developing state to make such a tremendous and tangible contribution to ocean conservation.”
University of Hawaii biologist Alan Friedlander is the chief scientist for Pristine Seas. Here are his thoughts on it all:
“We found some of the highest densities of reef sharks anywhere on Earth. Shark populations have declined by more than 90 percent globally, so this new MPA (marine protected area) is an important spot for these highly threatened species. We were amazed by what we found at Beveridge Reef — there were more sharks recorded by my BRUVS underwater video system at Beveridge Reef than had been recorded anywhere in the world to date.”

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Teenager Rescues Over Dozen Victims Of Hurricane Irma On Air Mattress 

Compliments of ABC

Imagine it’s 2 in the morning, flood water is up to your eyes and you’re pushing an air mattress behind an apartment building. You’re pushing through water and debris, staying calm, trying to rescue families screaming for help and also you’re 13 years old.

13-year-old Virgil Smith rescued 17 of his neighbors during Hurricane Harvey.

When flood waters poured into his apartment complex in Dickinson, he and his mom, Lisa Wallace, took shelter at a stranger’s second floor apartment.

Virgil says he got a call from his friend in another building.

“He was like, VJ, can you come help us because you know that we can’t swim,” says Smith.

Smith says he swam back to his apartment, pulled out the air mattress his family uses for guests, and went to work, rescuing his friends.

“I put him, his two sisters, one baby and his brother, and I had my other friend by the hand right here, and I set his momma and his step-dad on the air mattress,” said Smith.

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Toyota Collaborates With Children’s Hospital To Reduce Blood Infections 

Compliments Of Toyota Driving Seat

Partners in Problem Solving — TSSC Advisor Scott Dickson joined forces with Amy Taylor, clinical manager of Gastroenterology, and other members of the staff at Children’s Health in Dallas to find a solution to the problem of central line-associated blood stream infections.
Scott Dickson has enjoyed a very rewarding career over his 15 years with Toyota, including the past five as a senior advisor in the Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC).
 But he’s happy to admit that his collaboration with four children’s hospitals in 2016 was especially meaningful.

 “When you see a sick child at a hospital, it gets pretty emotional,” says Dickson. “If there’s any way we can do something to help them, we’re going to do it. I felt very blessed to get to do this.”

 In this instance, Dickson’s work put him in partnership with Children’s Health in Dallas, Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Children’s Hospital of Kings Daughter in Norfolk, Virginia. All shared a similar challenge: Far too often, young patients fitted with a central line – a plastic tube placed in a large vein that routes to the heart – were contracting infections. In medical speak, such events are referred to as Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections or CLABSIs.

 According to a study published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, approximately 250,000 CLABSIs occur annually at hospitals across the country. These infections are serious but often can be treated successfully. However, such countermeasures cost more than $6 billion annually, according to a study published in the Journal of Infusion Nursing.

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Jet Blue To Charge No More Than $100 Dollars For Tickets Out Of Florida 

By: Julia La Roche of Yahoo 

JetBlue (JBLU) is capping its ticket prices in every city in Florida where the airline operates so people can evacuate as Hurricane Irma barrels through the Caribbean.

JetBlue will charge a maximum of $99 up to the last available seat for direct flights and a maximum of $159 up to the last available seat for connecting flights, a JetBlue representative told Yahoo Finance. That includes government taxes.

The airline has also added flights to its schedule out of select cities where they have aircraft available.

For existing reservations, JetBlue is waiving cancellation fees as well as waiving change fees and differences in air fare for rebooking.

“Given that many Floridians are struggling to get out of harm’s way, this is welcome news,” Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said in an emailed statement sent by a spokesman. “I hope more airlines do the right thing and follow suit.”

Other airlines followed JetBlue’s lead.

On Wednesday afternoon, American Airlines (AAL) said it would also cap its airfares.

“While there are limited seats remaining before the storm hits, we will cap our pre-tax fares at $99 for MainCabin seats on direct, single leg flights out of Florida for tickets sold through Sunday Sept. 10 for travel until Sept. 13,” a spokeswoman said in a statement to Yahoo Finance. 

A spokesman for Delta (DAL) told Yahoo Finance that the airline reduced the price level of its highest fares, which are “typically seen when customers are booking last-minute travel and inventory is limited.”

“In addition, we are waiving change fees for customers who want to change their flight plans due to the forecast. We have full details on the waiver at delta.com,” the Delta spokesman said. “We also are adding flights and increasing the size of the aircraft we’re using on flights to and from San Juan and south Florida, providing more opportunities for customers to leave. New flights are being added to and from San Juan, Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Key West, all to Atlanta (where people can connect to destinations across the U.S.).”

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Chile Extends National Parks By Over 10 Million Acres

By: Trevor Nace of Forbes

Chile set aside 11 million acres of land for national parks aided by the largest private land donation from a private entity to a country. The conservation effort of the Tompkins Foundation helped pave the way for Chile to greatly expand its conservation of the pristine Patagonia wilderness.

The Tompkins foundation was established by Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the previous CEO of Patagonia, and the late Doug Tompkins, the co-founder of North Face and Esprit. The couple, known for purchasing large chunks of land in Patagonia for conservation, have always had the ambition to protect and conserve the Patagonian wilderness for generations to come.

However, their efforts weren’t always well received by the Chilean government and citizens. The Tompkins were accused of attempting to split Chile in two to form a new state or as CIA spies intending to infiltrate the Chilean government. It took decades to build the trust of Chile that their intentions were well founded and this move to donate 1 million acres of land to the Chilean government solidifies their relationship with Chile. Tragically, Doug Tompkins wasn’t able to witness the culmination of decades of his work as he passed away in 2015 due to severe hypothermia during a kayaking accident.

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Tube Transportation Reaching Speeds of 4K MPH Closer Than You Think 

By: Brendonm of Gadget Dx 

It’s no doubt the future we’ve imagined for years is arriving. In 2007 the iPhone was invented before that most people had flip phones and keyboard phones. Nowadays if you have a flip phone you’re probably a 65-year-old man who can’t quite make the change. It may be because I’m still young but I cannot picture the world without smartphones.

When you think of the future you think of stuff like you’d see on shows like Futurama and The Jetsons, every day we are getting closer and closer to that reality. Today marks a new step in the evolution of transportation because we are finally building the Tube Transport System like seen in Futurama.
The Hyper Chariot

The people behind hyper chariot plan on one day building a door to door tube transportation system capable of traveling 4000MPH. First, they need your help to fund a 3 mile long, 300MPH version of this tube transportation system to help show people that it works and is safe.

Once the project is complete they plan on turning it into a ride called “The Velocitator”. The team behind this has already begun working on this project with their partners at Super 78.

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Canada Helps Their Transient Communites By Teaching Them BeeKeeping 

By: Marilla Steuter of CBC

Helping homeless people in Montreal reintegrate into society by teaching them to care for bees may seem like an unusual approach, but organizers of the Accueil Bonneau honey program say it’s been a real success story.

“When they get to be hands on, they see that it’s all about being confident and being at peace with the bees,” said Geneviève Kieffer Després, director of communications and special projects.

Accueil Bonneau, a local group that offers a drop-in day centre and variety of services for homeless men, partnered with Montreal urban beekeeping company Alvéole four years ago.

Now the program, whose aim is to teach job skills and encourage social interaction, has 60 hives in seven locations across the city. 

“The most important thing is that it’s not just a job. It’s learning to do something you love and getting rewarded for it. That is something we want to teach,” she said.

‘Like therapy

John Levasseur, an apprentice in the program, sees beekeeping as “meaningful” work.

He says bees are “so important, not only economically, but as a barometer” for the environmental state of the world. 

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