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Saginaw arts, music collective Counter Culture looks for new home

SAGINAW, MI — Just six weeks after opening, a Saginaw arts collective is looking for a new home. Counter Culture, which opened mid-April at 316 S. Hamilton, is moving out at the end of May. Ben Champagne and Curtis Dalton, who run the arts and music venue, hope to find a new space for the operation as soon as possible. "June 1, (Counter Culture) will be homeless," Champagne said. "We'll still be running shows. We are renting out rooms all over town to run shows." Champagne explained that the move comes after the noise from concerts held at the venue proved to be too much for tenants living above the space. "It's an amicable split," he said. Since the collective doesn't have a new space at the moment, all of the weekly and bi-weekly offerings, such as a yoga class, writing workshops, comedy shows and other events are on hiatus until the venue finds a new home. Concerts that were already scheduled have moved to other venues, such as the album release party for the band Change Is, which will take place 6 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Olde James Towne Hall, 7035 Swan Creek Road, in James Township. "For the next few weeks, all of our shows are just going to be popping up everywhere," Champagne said. Despite the location uncertainty, Champagne said he isn't worried about the future of Counter Culture because of the success it has seen in its short life. "In six weeks' time, we've probably seen 2,000 people come through here, which is really good for an arts collective...  

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Google Inc And Intel Corporation To Partner With Tag Heuer To Hunt Down ...

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) are partnering with TAG Heuer SA, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE(ADR)’s (OTCMKTS:LVMUY) subsidiary, to hunt down Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in luxury watches market. TAG Heuer, the 155 year-old Swiss watchmaker, will unveil a smartwatch by the end of this year, which will be powered by Google’s operating system, Android, and Microsoft’s chips. TAG Heuer Android Wear watch, which is yet to be named, will be offered for $1,400, far cheaper than Apple Watch Edition that retails in a price range of $10,000 to $17,000. Furthermore, other watchmakers in the luxury watches industry have priced their products from $18,000 onwards. Tag Heuer’s smartwatch will not have an upper hand over Apple Watch Edition in terms of price; but it will also provide better performance. Standard battery life of Apple Watch is roughly 18 hours; however if fewer functions are used, the battery life can be extended. According to TAG Heuer, it will offer a standard battery life of 40 hours, over twice the battery life Apple Watch offers. Prior to Apple Watch’s release, Google’s hardware partners released a wide range of Android Wear devices; however, none of them were produced for the luxury market. Last year, Google joined hands with LG Display Co Ltd. (NYSE:LPL) to launch LG G Watch R, which was priced at $299. The watch was considered expensive for an entry-level watch, but it wasn’t the pro...  

Your type 2 diabetes prevention plan

GETTYChanges in diet and lifestyle can reduce risk of illnessEvery year diabetes leads to more than 20,000 premature deaths in the UK and many thousands more people endure devastating health complications such as amputation, kidney failure and blindness. Worryingly, we are seeing the number of people with Type 2 diabetes rocket.However the good news is that for most people Type 2 diabetes is not inevitable. In fact, unlike Type 1 diabetes, which cannot be prevented, a staggering 80 per cent of cases could be delayed or prevented if everyone who is at risk made a few simple lifestyle changes.While some risk factors for Type 2 such as age, family history and ethnicity cannot be changed, we know that the most important risk factor is being overweight.This means that maintaining a healthy weight by doing regular physical activity and eating a healthy, balanced diet is the key to reducing your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.The power to cut the chances of developing this serious health condition really is in our own hands and it is so important that we take action now, as not doing so can lead to devastating complications that are a huge price to pay.Beyond that, of the staggering £10billion the NHS spends on diabetes, 80 per cent is spent on these often-avoidable complications.If the prospect of trying to maintain a healthy weight through doing regular exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet seems daunting or overwhelming, don't worry.By following the simple but essen...  

Forex Prices Moving Into Range Markets: Week Ahead

John M. Bland New Dollar Scenario Unfolding The new dollar trading scenario we have been developing over the past few weeks continues to unfold. The bull dollar trend continues to moderate as markets reassess the potential strength of the U.S. economy. On the other hand, the outlook for the European economy has improved. The major focus of forex traders continues to be on interest rates in the U.S. and the Eurozone. Yields on the U.S. 10-yr note continue to creep higher as investors begin to anticipate an eventual tightening of Fed policy. It appears the same process has started to get underway in the Eurozone. The ECB is probably at about a year behind the Fed, while the Bank of England may only be about six months delayed. When the Fed will move interest rates continues to be data-dependent with its policy tightening being pushed back by the slower than expected U.S. recovery. Implications For EURUSD Exchange Rate With interest rates in major bond markets starting to move in the same direction, the critical EURUSD relationship has lost its downward momentum, and as we have been suggesting, this pair has moved into a trading range. We will only discover the limits of that trading range in time. My best guess at the moment is that the range is something on the order of 1.05 to 1.15. The trading range will likely persist until one economy or another starts to gain a clear advantage over the other. We expect forex markets to continue to take their lead from the direction and s...  

Web Video Companies Push Branded Entertainment Over Media

How many branded entertainment deals can any one brand actually make? That’s a question some media executives are asking now that the glare has faded from the dozens of NewFronts and TV upfronts held over the past several weeks. With TV’s share of the advertising pie seemingly vulnerable this year, many of the top Web outlets smell a big opportunity to steal some ad budgets–which explains why there were 33 NewFronts in total. That’s why it was curious that at so many of the those events, digital media companies from BuzzFeed to Fullscreen to Stylehaul were pushing branded entertainment as their core offering to advertisers. In fact, many MCNs almost treated selling media space as secondary to selling marketers on producing video content that either prominently features their products or is produced entirely on behalf of a marketer. That trend was in direct contrast to the TV networks, who, even as they preached data, were primarily offering ad space alongside TV shows that reach millions of viewers. If the Web video industry is hoping that major marketers decide to move ad dollars from TV to online video in big chunks this year , isn’t branded entertainment–and its perceived highly customized, not-so-scalable nature–a tough way to go about it? “Content marketing is very valuable and has its role,” said David Campanelli, senior vice president, director of national broadcast at Horizon Media. &#...  

Why This Fantasy Sports Company Is a Dream Come True for Fans

This story first appeared in the June issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. FanDuel is fantasy sports on steroids: bigger, stronger, faster. The New York City-based startup benches the familiar season-long league model embraced by millions of fantasy enthusiasts in favor of more lucrative daily and weekly competitions—a model perfectly attuned to the ADD-addled sensibilities of the Millennial generation.  Here’s how FanDuel works: Like with fantasy football, baseball and basketball games hosted by ESPN, Yahoo and other brands, players assemble virtual teams of real-world sports stars. Gamers accumulate points based on how the players fare, determined by statistical measures like touchdowns, field goals and passing yards. In traditional fantasy leagues, contestants draft their teams before the pro season, maintaining the same core roster for months. But FanDuel games last just one day or one week; on any given day, entrants can build new lineups based on whose performance is peaking or plummeting. FanDuel also offers gamers the choice of joining an existing league or creating their own. From there, they select an entry fee (up to $5,000) and the number of games or teams they wish to play. If their roster generates more points than their rivals on that day or week, they win all the money in the pot, minus FanDuel’s average 9 percent cut.Six years into its run, FanDuel...  

Technology helps unlock secrets of mummies

The sarcophagus of King Tut is seen in his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt. Scientists using a CT scan have been able to shed light on what ailed him during his short life. AP Photo/Ben Curtis Doctors have become accustomed to using magnetic resonance imaging or CT scans to assess a whole range of ailments in living human beings. Now, scientists are increasingly using the same technology to unlock the secrets of dead - in many cases the mummified remains of humans dating back thousands of years.In an entire issue of The Anatomical Record dedicated to mummies, researchers describe how CT (computed tomography) scans - which use X-rays of virtual cross-sections of the body to create three-dimensional images - have become one of the leading diagnostic tools for the in-depth analysis of ancient mummies. Coupled with that has been the use of terahertz imaging or MRIs to give researchers a a more detailed look at mummified tissues."Noninvasive imaging of ancient tissues is of increasing interest in paleopathological studies, with conventional X-ray and computed tomography currently considered the diagnostic gold standard," Frank J. Rühli, an author on several papers who is part of the Swiss Mummy Project at the University of Zurich's Centre for Evolutionary Medicine, wrote. Using novel MRI techniques, he added, will broaden available methods for "noninvasive studies on ancient corpses, whether they have wet or dry soft tissue, or bone."Research...  

Take the dread out of your tread routine

Are you bored with your monotonous treadmill routine? Of course you are! Grammatically speaking, the word “treadmill” is synonymous with terms such as, “chore,” “drudgery,” and “rut.” A running revelation - treadmills were designed to peak your heart rate and caloric expenditure, but not so much your interest. Luckily, there is a way to make this form of exercise fun and enjoyable. Change the pace of your conventional cardio course with the following treadmill twist: {Shoot for a 30-minute cardio routine. Separate each exercise with a solid five-minute, fast pace run.} Warm Up. Start your engines with a brisk walk on the treadmill. This will allow ample time to get the blood flowing to your muscles, work the kinks out of your joints and people watch for a bit. (A friendly tip, the television screen on the treadmill does not make you invisible. Chances are, if you can see me, I see you too, Norman Bates.) Fire up your heart rate and running routine with a five minute jog, then follow up with a sixty-second sprint. Walk it out for two minutes. Truffle Shuffle. The next exercise requires taking a step in the wrong direction to get it right. With hands resting on the arm rails for support, position your body sideways on the treadmill and slowly shuffle your feet until you become comfortable with the exercise. It is important to stay low and resist the urge to hang onto the railing for dear life, as this will become an upper ...  

These Days, All Politics Is Technological

The other day, a few of us at the office were talking about the ramp-up to the 2016 presidential election. Like the onset of holiday shopping, our presidential election season seems to arrive earlier—with more sound and fury and less signification—every cycle. As we sat in the newsroom batting around polls and policies, WIRED’s business lead, Marcus Wohlsen, made a particularly astute observation: Amid the sorry state of American political discourse, one of the last bastions of rational, interesting conservative thought and dialog is venture capitalist Marc Andreessen’s Twitter feed (@pmarca). Marcus is absolutely right. Scrolling back through Andreessen’s tweets, I’m reminded of the spirited coffee klatches I witnessed growing up as the child of lefties in conservative West Texas. Thoughtful. Pointed. Respectful. His tweets, links, and retweets form a whole greater than the sum of their 140-character parts: techno-libertarian tweetstorm as cogently argued policy manifesto. If only Andreessen weren’t so rare in this respect. It’s not hyperbole to say that we are living through one of the most dysfunctional, polarized, and narrow-minded eras in US political history. But that makes 2015 the perfect time for what Silicon Valley calls disruption. For example, did you know that the US Senate doesn’t allow the use of cloud-based services by its members? Or that those same senators are prevented from using social med...  


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