Being naked is my hobby – wife of ex-Man Utd striker

first_img Hernandez is house hunting in Los Angeles with gorgeous law graduate, model and travel blogger Sarah Kohan. The Australian, 26, now has more than 1.5m Instagram followers who see her post cheeky snaps from around the world. The loved-up pair had their first child soon after but she has maintained her remarkable figure as shown to her 1.5million Instagram followers. Sarah made headlines when she was spotted showing off her curves in front of one of the capital’s most famous landmarks – St Paul’s Cathedral. Sarah, who goes by ‘moonstrucktraveller’ on social media, said she had a “Marilyn moment” while posing across from Christopher Wren’s masterpiece from 1675 at Madison rooftop terrace. Ex-Manchester United and LA Galaxy  striker, Javier Hernandez’s  wife, Sarah Kohan, has confessed that  she always like to expose her nakedness in public. Born in Sydney, Sarah has Romanian heritage.She graduated from Notre Dame doing a law degree in 2018, having completed exchange courses at prestigious Harvard and Columbia universities. The Australian said she wanted to intern with the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands – although that may be on hold with her modelling career soaring. Sarah loves to travel and has been blogging about her experiences since December 2016. Her blogs have seen her social media following grow and grow, from less than 20,000 when she started to 1.2million now. One image, in which she was posing naked with sushi, had the caption: “…me during two of my favourite activities. “1) Being naked and 2) eating sushi.” She has travelled around the world and loves taking pics alongside wild animals. Sarah has been seen feeding sharks and giraffes, as well as swimming in clear oceans with whales. Sarah has only started dating Hernandez in the build-up to the 2018 World Cup and it is unclear how and where they met. She supported the striker during the tournament, where she posted pictures in a ‘Chicharito 14’ Mexico shirt. It’s also not known if the pair were together when Hernandez held a raucous pre-World Cup bash for his birthday. Local reports in Mexico had claimed that the striker, as well as several team-mates, entertained a group of 30 escorts at a large house in Mexico City. Hernandez later denied the women were escorts. After the World Cup, the pair headed to Miami for a relaxing holiday.The couple confirmed their relationship with a picture at Stonehenge. Sarah wrote on Instagram: “Crazy for you…grateful for this love of ours. “Everyday with you is an adventure filled with freedom, happiness, laughter and so much love. “Thank you for being you. “Te amo mucho mucho mucho mucho little pea.” The couple confirmed their relationship with a picture at Stonehenge. Sarah wrote on Instagram: “Crazy for you…grateful for this love of ours. “Everyday with you is an adventure filled with freedom, happiness, laughter and so much love. Read Also:Javier Hernandez joins LA Galaxy from Sevilla “Thank you for being you. “Te amo mucho mucho mucho mucho little pea.” A day later, the happy couple then shared a cheeky picture with Hernandez fulfilling “the dream of most followers” – slapping Sarah on the bum. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

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Howard backs Everton to bounce back

first_img “We’ll be focused from Monday to deal with what City have to throw at us.” Captain Phil Jagielka, who has not played since the end of February because of a hamstring problem, is expected to return to face City as Everton’s injury list continues to grow. The club are still awaiting details of the extent of calf and knee problems sustained by Leighton Baines at the weekend. Martinez had eight players unavailable through injury against Southampton and with Barry ineligible against his parent club this weekend the Spaniard has recalled forward Apostolos Vellios from Blackpool after just two appearances since joining them at the end of last month. Everton received some good news on Baines late on Monday, with the England defender now likely to face City. “Leighton Baines is set to be fit for this weekend’s game against Manchester City,” said a statement on evertonfc.com. “The England international was assessed over the weekend, but has reacted well to the problem, meaning he should be fit for Saturday’s crunch Goodison clash.” The self-inflicted 2-0 defeat at Southampton damaged the Toffees’ dreams of Champions League football but a point against Manuel Pellegrini’s team will at least guarantee a return to the Europa League for the first time since 2009. They could also do neighbours Liverpool a huge favour by taking points off City, which would give the Reds renewed hope of winning the title for the first time in 24 years. Howard said the priority was to get themselves back on track after the disappointment at St Mary’s Stadium. “Hopefully we’ll brush it aside as a one-off and we’ll have it all to do against Manchester City,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “It will be wide open, a tactical battle with top players on display. “Those games take care of themselves. Those are the easy games to play in. “Gareth Barry (on loan from City) won’t be there but we can cope.” Howard is confident there will be no hangover from a second defeat in three games. “The manager has been brilliant in that regard. He dismisses things very quickly, both brilliant performances and bad ones. “We’ll get it out of the way and have a good week of training again. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard insists Saturday’s visit of Manchester City will be an easy game to play in simply because of the quality of opposition. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers have pieces in place for long playoff run

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The reality is, the opponent should matter not.The Dodgers are beyond worrying about match-up issues.When you have the two-headed monster of Kershaw and Zack Greinke at the top of the rotation — and hopefully three if Hyun-Jin Ryu returns healthy — a resurrected Matt Kemp in right field, Dee Gordon and Justin Turner offering a versatile second-base platoon and Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Carl Crawford, A.J. Ellis, Scott Van Slyke and Andre Ethier rounding out a starting lineup and pop off the bench, the next four weeks should be more about the Dodgers than whoever they play.The talent is there.A level of postseason experience has been cultivated.They are athletic and productive and at some positions electric, and as opposed to last year, most of their star players are healthy and playing well.There aren’t many teams that can offer this type of star power, if not production.Kershaw’s brilliant effort over the Giants gives him a 21-3 record with a baseball-lowest 1.77 ERA.Greinke, who set the stage for the clincher with an equally dominant performance the night before, is 16-8 with a 2.74 ERA.That’s a loaded front end of the rotation.In the field, Gonzalez leads baseball with 112 RBIs while hitting 25 home runs.Kemp, whose second-half surge helped carry the Dodgers to the division crown, has 24 home runs and 86 RBIs.Puig has won games with his bat, legs and arms, sometimes combining all three over a nine-inning game as he did Wedneaday by breaking a 1-1 tie with an opposite-field home run, then cutting the Giants at their knees by wiping out a potential late-inning rally when he gunned down Gregor Blanco with a laser throw from center field to third base.It was a breathtaking display of baseball talent and versatility.And something Puig is capable of every time he steps on to the field.Even Ramirez has been getting into the act, contributing 13 home runs and 73 RBIs in another injury-riddled season.Ramirez is no longer even an average major league shortstop — a defensive deficiency that costs him his spot on the field late in games — but he is a player with a knack for rising to the occasionThink about it this way. Going into last year’s playoffs, Kemp had already been shut down for the season and Ramirez wasn’t the same after getting beaned in the ribs in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.If both can stay on the field throughout the postseason, the Dodgers have two more players capable of tilting the field in their direction with one swing of the bat.And that makes them as dangerous any any team in the postseason.There are some worries to be sure.If Ryu isn’t able to pitch, Dan Haren takes his spot in the rotation. Haren has pitched well of late, but he’s had rough stretches this season.The bullpen bridge delivering the ball to closer Kenley Jensen is in flux. Brian Wilson has been wildly inconsistent as the set-up man, and it’s questionable whether his control and velocity issues will give manager Don Mattingly enough confidence to use Wilson in high-leverage situations.None of the mix of Brandon League, Chris Perez, Pedro Baez, Paco Rodriguez and J.P. Howell has provided a consistent comfort level, and it will be fascinating to watch how Mattingly mixes and matches to get the ball to Jensen in close games.The concerns are valid.But they should not be used as excuses.The Dodgers have the necessary pieces in place to mount a long playoff run.Wednesday might have marked the end of a division race, but really it was the beginning of the Dodgers’ journey. Granted, no official stats were kept.But if by chance someone was keeping score Wednesday night inside the bedlam that was the Dodgers clubhouse after clinching the National League West division crown, the guess is mercurial center fielder Yasiel Puig was batting around .767 when it came to dousing anyone and anything that crossed his devious path.In other words, no one was safe from the champagne, beer and ice ombs Puig was dropping throughout a boisterous celebration.The end of which rendered the floor inside the clubhouse a small-sized lake that probably required recarpeting.center_img It seemed appropriate.Because the Dodgers still have plenty of work ahead of them, the major clean-up inside their clubhouse is simply part of the workload.In that way, Wednesday’s clincher over the San Francisco Giants wasn’t the culmination of anything as much as it was a new starting point.With the division wrapped up — and likely some major headaches to tend to on Thursday’s day off — the Dodgers can officially turn their attention to the playoffs, which begin next Friday for the National League.The opponent is still unknown, although it’s trending decidedly toward their longtime National League rival, the St. Louis Cardinals, who ousted the Dodgers from the playoffs last season in a frustrating National League Championship series in which ace Clayton Kershaw came up surprisingly short in the Game 6 clincher.last_img read more

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Earliest Galaxy Points Out Flaws in Secular Cosmology

first_img(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 More evidence points to a fully-formed universe very soon after the beginning.Using the magnifying glass of a gravitational lens, astronomers at Johns Hopkins University have located “a galaxy dating back to a mere 500 million years after the big bang,” reported Science Magazine (Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Warped Light Reveals Infant Galaxy on the Brink of the ‘Cosmic Dawn’,” Science 21 September 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6101 p. 1442, DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6101.1442).   The discovery was announced in the  rival journal across the pond, Nature (Wei Zheng et al., “A magnified young galaxy from about 500 million years after the Big Bang,” Nature 489, 20 September 2012, pp. 406–408, doi:10.1038/nature11446).This is the latest of a trend to find mature structures closer and closer to the big bang – leaving cosmologists little time to go from random particles to “lumpy” structures like stars and galaxies (see links in commentary below).  This galaxy’s redshift (z = 9.6) is a record, indicating it existed close to the beginning: “Light from the primordial galaxy traveled approximately 13.2 billion light-years before reaching NASA’s telescopes,” PhysOrg stated. “In other words, the starlight snagged by Spitzer and Hubble left the galaxy when the universe was just 3.6 percent of its present age.”  Even so, the galaxy was estimated by the astronomers at 200 million years old.  This implies its formation was even earlier.  The original paper in Nature said,We estimate that it formed less than 200 million years after the Big Bang (at the 95 per cent confidence level), implying a formation redshift of ≲14. Given the small sky area that our observations cover, faint galaxies seem to be abundant at such a young cosmic age, suggesting that they may be the dominant source for the early re-ionization of the intergalactic medium.Modern cosmological theory places an “epoch of re-ionization” after the first generation of stars that ionized the interstellar medium.  Something with enough energy broke up the hydrogen gas into protons and electrons.  Nature‘s paper was pretty straightforward, explaining how the discovery was made and the math used to determine its redshift, etc.  But Science Magazine took the occasion to point out substantial gaps in current cosmological theory:In the timeline of cosmic evolution, the galaxy represents an era that is still filled with mystery. The universe was a soup of hot plasma for a few hundred thousand years after the big bang. Then the electrons and protons in the soup combined to form hydrogen. The first stars and galaxies are believed to have been born some 300 million years after the big bang. Over the next 700 million years or so, something re ionized the universe, breaking its hydrogen back into electrons and protons.Studies of the cosmic microwave background have broadly confirmed this timeline. But key early details are missing, including what led to the reionization. Many astrophysicists have suggested that ultra violet (UV) radiation from early galaxies may have played an important role.Nature probably did not have time to incorporate the latest findings from the South Pole Telescope, reported by PhysOrg.  Astronomers now put the epoch of re-ionization earlier and shorter than previously thought – between 250 and 500 million years after the big bang, not 750 or more.  Assuming stars were involved in the re-ionization, this implies “First Stars, Galaxies Formed More Rapidly Than Expected.”  The article explained the implications:The epoch’s short duration indicates that reionization was more explosive than scientists had previously thought. It suggests that massive galaxies played a key role in reionization, because smaller galaxies would have formed much earlier.But if massive galaxies played a key role, it compresses the time available for the first stars to form, the first dwarf galaxies to form, and then the massive galaxies to form.  The early birds must have been awesome.  They had to be in order to have the energy required for the re-ionization epoch: “The first stars that formed were probably 30 to 300 times more massive than the sun and millions of times as bright, burning for only a few million years before exploding.”The trend over the last decade has been for observations to exacerbate the lumpiness problem in cosmology (the puzzle that a smooth beginning produced stars, galaxies, clusters, superclusters and other “lumpy” objects, separated by large voids of empty space).  Follow the trend with these previous entries:5/30/01: Cosmologists still lack many basic answers.  How did galaxies form?  “The details are devilishly difficult to understand.”6/05/01: Quasar 800 million years after big bang.  It’s going to turn a great number of astronomical theories on their head and confirm others.”1/08/02: Universe began with fireworks grand finale.  The idea that “the fireworks ran backwards… is not at all intuitively what one would have predicted.”1/23/04:  Should cosmologists get worried yet?  “It’s not quite time for theorists to panic, but we’re getting there,” said astronomer Roberto Abraham of the University of Toronto, Canada, after announcing his group’s discovery of a startling number of mature galaxies in the young universe.”10/14/05: Old man in the stellar maternity ward.  “These chunky babies may be pointing to a cosmic crisis.  They don’t seem to fit the leading theory of galaxy formation, which cosmologists have relied on for more than 2 decades….”8/18/06: Early spiral resembles Milky Way.  It is also puzzling that the most massive galaxies were more abundant and were forming stars more rapidly at early epochs than expected from models.”9/24/06: Mature galaxy 700 million years after big bang. “The simplest explanation is that the Universe is just too young to have built up many luminous galaxies at z approximately ~7-8 by the hierarchical merging of small galaxies.”12/08/09: Hubble Ultra Deep Field.  “600 million years after the Big Bang.  No galaxies have been seen before at such early times.”12/17/10: Whopping celestial baby boom revealed in early universe. “The new glimpse of such a productive early universe – seen as it looked 3 billion years after the Big Bang – may change the way scientists think about star formation.”3/09/11: Young galaxy cluster already mature.  “Surprise!  Ancient Galaxy Cluster Still Looks Young.”4/14/11: Mature galaxy with old stars 950 million years after big bang pushes star formation earlier, suggests “that the first galaxies have been around for a lot longer than previously thought.”6/17/11: Clumpiness of distant universe surprises astronomers: twice the clumpiness per unit distance found than was predicted.1/11/12: Cosmologists forced to “In the Beginning.”  — “serious threats to our existing understanding of the cosmos.”Other examplesLook through the Cosmology links for other examples.  Upsets are common, confirmations of theory are not.  Secular cosmologists did not expect to find early maturity, like old men in a maternity ward — but they did.  Remember these stories when someone tries to pull a scientism bluff on you.last_img read more

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How to win in the booming China babytech market

first_imgMatthew Ryan Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Thanks to the relaxing of the single-child policy in 2016, China is predicted to be heading towards a baby boom, with the number of newborns predicted to reach 18 million by 2018. As a result, the countries already crazy annual spending on baby products is set for 15 per cent year-on-year growth, rising to RMB 969 billion ($147.4 billion) by 2020. Chinese born in the ’80s and ’90s are fearless tech lovers, with a recent survey finding that 60% of the population consider themselves early adopters. Babytech sales are already strong, and these changing demographics paired with a growing urban middle class are set to See also: Is smart baby tech a parent’s dream or worst nightmare?A number of babytech devices have already created a furor in China. In particular Moodoo, a smart fetal monitoring patch which managed to raised more than $4.3 million in five minutes. Other successes have been smart milk formula mixing machines, like NicePapa and the number of smart thermometers and monitoring devices. We spoke to Liang Du, CEO of Mommy Knows, an OEM/ODM company that focuses on Smart Diapers, Oscar Chan of Bimado, a foreign owned, but Chinese based baby tech manufacturer and Lucas Wang, CEO of hardware collaboration platform, HWTrek. They gave us the info on what overseas companies need to succeed in this flourishing smart product market. Consider the Chinese family as a wholeA difficult recent history and rapidly changing social milieu have created complex sets of consumer demands that are distinct from the US. Young Chinese parents are some of the savviest, early adopters in the world and make, informed, research-driven tech consumption decisions. Unfortunately, the situation is not as simple as marketing strictly towards this demographic. Grandparents commonly take the role of raising children, while parents work long working hours. According to Liang Du, creators of babytech devices “Always have to consider three factors. First, the user (baby), then the person purchasing the device (the parents) and finally the operator (grandparents).” Older generations of Chinese mostly grew up poor, in a country that was technologically behind the rest of the world and are confused by complex features. They also hold a number of folk beliefs that are incomprehensible to non-natives. For example, Bimado found at the testing stage, that many older Chinese believe that the correct treatment for a child with a fever is to wrap them in as many layers as possible, making it impossible for their device to get accurate temperature readings. Oscar Chan recommends that overseas companies in the babytech field in China, “study the overall preference of the whole Chinese household, rather than thinking about consumers individually.” You need to make the device simple enough for this generation to use, while still being technically advanced to attract parents. Being foreign is no longer enoughChina has changed. The catchment of buying a product from the West is fading and consumers are starting to prefer Chinese electronics brands. This is especially true of IoT and smart products, where China is widely perceived as having a competitive advantage. The ecosystem for smart products in Shenzhen and the rest of China is so advanced, that it is almost impossible for overseas companies to compete on features. Oscar Chan, recommends that it’s better to concentrate on branding, industrial design, and product safety: “Many Chinese products have really strong features but feel cheap or look ugly. Foreign companies can really add value and be competitive through telling a story…. branding, industrial design, swish UI and safety certification.” These views are echoed by Lucas Wang: “For more simple functioning hardware you can’t differentiate on hardware because that is easily replicated, the real value for Chinese consumer is in services and user experience.”Companies need to be special. The market is much more mature than the West and consumers have seen a lot before. Just adding BlueTooth, Wifi, and an app to a traditional toy, is not enough to woo consumers. According to Liang Du, If you do want to go down that path of adding technical features to a familiar baby product, then “make sure that every last bit of your design is as good as the traditional product.”Find a local partnerMao Zedong said “Women hold up half the sky,” but in modern Chinese households, the mother now has an even greater share of the decision making process. As Liang Du explains, “The role of the father in shopping has been reduced to only suggestions. It’s useless selling a babytech product on features or techy spec stuff that men like. You need to use more feminine trigger words in your branding like “natural” and “environmentally friendly.”To meet the demands of the China market, it is best to work with a Chinese partner. The supply chain in Shenzhen and the rest of China is pretty complete, from sensor manufacturers to specialist babytech design houses. Foreign companies who base themselves in China, can take advantage of this ecosystem and get both the edge on the local market and the global one. As Oscar Chan explains that “Shenzhen has become so international. The company I work with has a Swiss designer. Shenzhen had a good downstream ecosystem and now they have upstream as well. Everything is here.”Lucas Wang adds: “Working with a local design house or manufacturer, means that you are able to meet the rapidly changing preferences of local consumers. The preferences of Chinese parents change so quickly and without a local partner, you are fumbling around in the dark.”center_img Tags:#baby#babytech#China#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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Mercedes Benz to increase prices of its models in India due to rising input costs

first_imgMercedes Benz price increaseMercedes Benz is incidentally the first luxury maker to have entered India more than 15 years ago. With the launch of the new A-Class and B-Class Sports Tourer vehicles, it has been able to regain lost ground from competitors BMW and Audi. Owing to rising input costs and high exchange rate, the company has recently announced a small price hike of 2.5% across its model range from September 1, 2014Speaking more on the situation, Mr Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said, “Mercedes-Benz continues to offer ‘top of the line’ products for its customers and focuses on adding more value to their overall ownership experience. We have decided to upwardly revise the prices of some of our models given the rising input costs and continued high exchange rate. Mercedes Benz models are highly enriched in terms of features and they command high customer preference in the market. Our aim remains to grow sustainably in the market in the long-term and keep creating new benchmark in modern luxury for our customers.”Quality, world-class safety standards and refined performance are always standard with the Mercedes brand and the company will continue to maintain its high standards even in times of inflation. To adhere to the interests of the buyers, Mercedes Benz has come out with a host of financial services. Elaborating on the same, Mr. Kern said, “Despite the price hike, the attractive financial solutions from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services like ‘Flexinomics’, ‘STAR Agility, STAR Lease’ and ‘STAR Supersonic’ loan approvals etc. are all tailor made for our customers. These solutions will provide benchmark value proposition, enabling a hassle free purchase, while our service programmes like Star Care, Star Ease and Road Side Assistance, will enhance the customer’s overall ownership experience.”advertisementlast_img read more

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9 days agoArsenal boss Emery played Ozil, Mustafi in Reading friendly

first_imgArsenal boss Emery played Ozil, Mustafi in Reading friendlyby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery fielded a strong XI for Tuesday’s friendly with Reading.The match was Mark Bowen’s first as new Royals manager.The game finished 2-2, with Sam Baldock netting both of Royals’ goals.The former Brighton man had given Reading the lead, before an Arsenal team – which included senior pros Mesut Ozil, Ashley Maitland-Niles, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi – hit back.Baldock had the last laugh though as he claimed his second goal to earn Royals a draw. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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System for enforcing legalized recreational marijuana remains hazy

first_imgVANCOUVER – Marijuana businesses are growing in size and scope as Canada moves toward legalization of recreational pot, creating an increasingly daunting job for those tasked with enforcing the rules.In Vancouver’s bustling downtown, sleek, modern posters with fashionable fonts and simple images are plastered on lamp posts. It’s not until you take a closer look that you spot the rolled joints inside a sandwich or buds among a plate of broccoli.“Weed delivery. Simplified,” the posters read.Once an underground industry, marijuana delivery services are now advertising publicly, joining unlicensed retail stores and online shops as cannabis businesses openly skirting the existing law.Officials have tried to shut them down, but efforts haven’t always been effective and whether enforcement will fare any differently post legalization remains hazy.It’s still illegal for anyone to possess, produce, import, export, or transport marijuana until federal legislation is enacted, said Const. Jason Doucette, a spokesman for Vancouver police.“Although these online (and) storefront dispensaries are essentially trafficking controlled substances, there is not enough manpower and time to conduct these investigations due to the sheer number of these operations,” he said in an email.“Police resources are very limited in terms of investigating cannabis offences, among the other workload that members have been given.”Doucette said it would be inappropriate to comment on the force’s role post legalization, but he noted that officers “will be able to deal with public safety issues that arise.”The federal government has pledged to legalize recreational marijuana later this year and the Senate is set to hold a final vote on the legislation, known as Bill C-45, by June 7. Provinces and territories have been left to come up with their own regulations to control distribution and sales.British Columbia’s Ministry of Public Safety is hiring a “director of cannabis control” and a “community safety unit” to enforce new provincial legislation, although exact roles are still being determined.Under the new rules, cannabis enforcement officers will be able to enter illegal retail operations without a warrant to seize product and records.In B.C., the maximum punishment for selling pot outside of the provincial framework will be a $100,000 fine and 12 months in jail.Post legalization, marijuana shops will need licences from both the municipality and the province to operate.Vancouver is one of the few cities in Canada that already has regulations in place, after creating a bylaw to license medical marijuana shops in 2015 when the number of illegal retailers bloomed past 100.Business licenses have now been handed out to 19 retailers, including four to so-called “compassion clubs” — non-profits that provide medical pot to patients in need — and dozens of other outlets are working their way through the licensing process.Landlords leasing space to illegal outlets are given zoning violation orders, while bylaw officers routinely issue $1,000 tickets to unlicensed shops — although data from the city shows less than 15 per cent of those have been paid.Vancouver is also asking the B.C. Supreme Court to shut down 53 pot shops that continue to operate without a licence. That case is set to be heard in September.A statement from the city says enforcement against illegal operators will be “enhanced” post legalization, but no details have been provided on what the city’s role will be.Some in the industry predict the so-called grey market will continue to flourish once recreational marijuana is legalized, saying the rules don’t allow regulated businesses to fulfil demand.Direct delivery and online distribution in particular are likely to continue operating on the edges of the law, said Ian Dawkins, acting president of the Cannabis Commerce Association of Canada.“They are like the cockroaches of this biosphere. You will never destroy a dude on his bicycle with a cellphone delivering weed,” he said.Fines and court injunctions won’t be effective, Dawkins added, and the grey market will continue providing consumers across the country with the variety and availability of product they’ve come to expect.“If you’re a law-abiding citizen and you go to the Ontario cannabis store and there’s nothing on the shelves, you pretty much feel entitled to dial up your guy. That’s pretty much the end of enforcement at that point.”The market for marijuana products has evolved quickly, said the owner of one Vancouver-based online cannabis shop who asked not to be named.His store, Westculture, sells everything from edibles and dried cannabis flowers to weed-infused bath bombs and dog treats. Many of the products still wouldn’t be available at licensed retailers after legalization.People want things like edibles and vape pens because they offer a discrete way to consume cannabis and government regulations won’t fill that demand, he said.“They should have a better model to serve their consumers.”The man knows his business doesn’t fully comply with either the current or coming legislation, but he has no plans to shut down because he wants to push for rules that allow greater access to a wider variety of products.Governments are “setting themselves up for a lot of competition from the grey market,” he said.— Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitter.last_img read more

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