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Florida politicians with no company or product get millions in economic development grant money (VIDEO)

Florida politicians with no company or product get millions in economic development grant money (VIDEO) | how to say hello | Scoop.it

Wachula, Florida -- Finding a job is a tough task for thousands of Floridians. So when word a new company was coming to a small Bay area town, people had hope.

 

Rural Hardee County gave the company millions of dollars, but as the 10 News Investigators discovered, a group of powerful politicians without any company or product already had their own plans for that money.

 

Tampa State Representative Jamie Grant told 10 News he wasn't interested in an interview after we tracked him down in Tallahassee, after he avoided us for weeks in Tampa.

 

Grant's company, "LifeSync Technologies," pitched a bold plan to county officials: give them the $2.6 million, and LifeSync would create a cloud-based medical records firm and bring jobs to Hardee County. Public records indicate Grant had powerful allies, including State Representative Jason Broduer from Orlando, State Representative Ben Albritton of Hardee County, and his brother, Hardee County insurance agency owner Joe Albritton.

 

Critics of the LifeSync deal suggest what is offensive is that it appears the deck was stacked, because the head of the county agency that issued the grant is Jim See. See just happens to be uncle to the Albritton brothers, and shares office space with Joe Albritton.

 

But the truth legislators involved in the company and Hardee County don't want anyone to hear about is a scathing report from the auditor general, which said the $2.6 million should never have been given to LifeSync. It cited several reasons:

 

* The company wasn't legally qualified to get the money

 

* The company didn't offer proof it was capable of making it all happenThere wasn't a plan in place to see how LifeSync was using the money.

 

* The auditor general also contends the $2 .6 million didn't bring economic benefits to Hardee County...

 

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California fails to pass genetically modified foods labeling initiative - CNN.com

California fails to pass genetically modified foods labeling initiative - CNN.com | how to say hello | Scoop.it
At every election, California's ballot is filled with initiatives, but none received more attention this year than Proposition 37.

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how can we push for an initiative like this to be passed nationwide? 

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Smart cities: what urban life will be like in 2050

Smart cities: what urban life will be like in 2050 | how to say hello | Scoop.it

If you work for a young web company, you probably think your office is pretty cool. Maybe it has a pool table or even a roof terrace. Pah! Give it 37 years and, according to engineering company Arup, our office blocks will contain working farms, produce their own energy, be linked together by suspended green walkways and sections of each floor will be removable, upgradable and replaceable. Intersting article on Smart Cities that looks into some of the key innovations by Shell and IBM. 


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Indeed, the floors of Arup’s building occupied by algae-filled biofuel pods are not unlike a current project by French biochemist Pierre Calleja. He is building algae street lamps that eat up CO2 in the atmosphere. Combine this with another algae lamp that produces its own light using energy created by photosynthesis and you get self-powered, anti-pollution street lamps.

 

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) just announced their creation of a graphene supercapacitor — essentially a battery but one that charges up to 1,000 times faster than the normal kind, and that can be composted. The future promises instant phone chargers and petrol stations with plugs that can charge cars faster than they currently fill up on unleaded.

 

At last week’s TED conference in LA an architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbets showed off 4D printing — essentially objects that self-assemble by absorbing water. For Tibbets this material is best used for installing underground water pipes.

 

Robinson is loath to point out the world’s smartest city (he mentions Birmingham as a candidate) but Newton says new cities in emerging markets have the potential to “leapfrog other parts of the world.” 

The real smart aspect may come down not to the technology which we know exists but to foresight and willingness to change.

“There have to be new models of collaboration for businesses and decision-makers in cities and government to have the positive impact we know the technology could support,” says Newton. The city that leads in this department may just end up the smartest in the class.

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The Green Revolution is wilting

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The Green Revolution has stagnated for key food crops in many regions of the world, according to a new study.

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Really interesting article if you like to know anything about the growth of the food you eat. 

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