first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Most Californians with an urge to smoke a joint will enter the state’s legal marijuana marketplace through a single doorway — at a retail shop.But out of view of those day-to-day sales, the state is ushering in a sprawling, untested system to move pot from place to place that will also serve as a collection point for taxes, a gateway for testing and a packaging centre for the plant’s fragrant buds.The so-called marijuana distributor is a kind of skeleton connecting the state’s emerging industry of growers, sellers and manufacturers. It’s envisioned as a vast back office where the grunt work of keeping track of cannabis and getting it from farms to store shelves will take place.But just days after legal sales began, there are concerns that not enough companies are licensed and ready to transport pot. Some predict that within weeks, cannabis could be marooned at fields and warehouses while dispensary shelves go barren.“There’s going to be huge bottleneck in the distribution network in California at some point,” said Terry Blevins, CEO of a security firm and a part-owner of a marijuana distribution company in Southern California.Billions of dollars of pot will need to move through the market in 2018, and “I don’t believe there are enough businesses to handle it,” he said.California’s new market was rattled Thursday when the Trump administration signalled a more aggressive approach to marijuana prosecutions, lifting an Obama-era policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal.The impact of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision is uncertain. But some predict it could discourage businesses from entering the distribution system, while making those in it extremely cautious about what growers and sellers they work with, narrowing the pipeline for moving goods.Flow Kana CEO Michael Steinmetz, whose company distributes cannabis products from small, outdoor farmers, said a slow rollout of licenses has resulted in a limited pool of distributors.A patchwork of rules has emerged so far, with some cities allowing legal sales and others banning all commercial pot activity. Los Angeles — the state’s biggest market — has yet to authorize any licenses, though the first could be issued next week.Kana Flow, which is developing a new distribution centre on the site of a former Mendocino County winery, transports cannabis for about 100 local producers.While many retailers stocked up in advance of legal sales, “I do think we are going to see a big reduction in supply,” Steinmetz predicted.A crimp in the supply chain, if it happens, would reprise what occurred in Nevada last year, when the start of legal sales saw a surge in demand with too few licenses to distribute it.Pot distribution in California has long been an informal and largely hidden business, with arrangements made between growers and sellers. The move to the new system will be a major transformation: Under California law, pot can be transported only by companies holding a distributor license.In the past, “it was all trust and handshakes,” Los Angeles dispensary owner Jerred Kiloh said. “Growers would drive it down in their Toyota Tacoma.”California’s top pot regulator, Lori Ajax, said in an interview last month that a decision to make distributor licenses broadly available should help keep pot moving from farms to storefronts.Under a 2015 law for medicinal pot, the distributor was envisioned as an independent entity that could not hold licenses in other categories, such as growing or selling.But that changed in later legislation for the new market, and now pot distributors can be stand-alone companies or part of another one. That means a grower could also become a distributor, providing proper licenses are issued.“I’m feeling pretty good that we are going to be OK,” Ajax said.The uncertainty surrounding the distribution pipeline is just one question mark as California attempts to transform its longstanding medicinal and illegal marijuana markets into a multibillion-dollar regulated system.It will take many months, if not years, for the market estimated to reach $7 billion to evolve.Legal sales began Jan. 1 without a vast computer system for businesses to use to track plants from seed to sale. State licenses issued so far are temporary and will have to be redone later this year.Few banks want to do business with pot companies since the drug remains illegal federally, forcing many growers and sellers to operate in cash. And consumers are complaining about hefty new taxes.Industry experts say California’s distribution model — part of its effort to keep a tight clamp on regulation — is unusual in the U.S.Along with transporting pot, a distributor has a range of responsibilities, including collecting state excise taxes from any retailers they supply and cultivation taxes from growers whose product they move.Distributors also arrange for laboratory testing to make sure the pot isn’t tainted, and may also package and label pot for sale.It’s the “traffic light on the industry,” cannabis attorney Robert Raich said.Some of those entering the business have experience in transportation, including in the alcohol industry. But others might not realize the complexity of the new system, or be unfamiliar with how the pot market functions.“That’s where there is going to be a lot of confusion. They haven’t taken taxes before. They don’t know how to deal with all the logistics of this supply chain,” Kiloh said.In the past, retailers could “sit in their business and wait for sellers to come to them.”last_img read more

By Sarah GoodmanRabat – A long-lost Nigerian masterpiece broke an African record at auction on Wednesday, February 28.Ben Enwonwu’s painting “Tutu,” lost for 40 years, sold for GBP 1.2 million at Bonhams International Auction House in London, setting a new record in Nigerian art. The event generated such interest that, in a world first, Bonhams live-streamed the auction to African audiences, hoping to engage eager bidders interested in bringing the painting back to the continent. Initially expected to sell for between GBP 200,000 and 300,000, the painting sold for four times the estimate. Bonham modern art director Giles Peppiatt called the portrait a Nigerian “national icon,” adding that it was “of huge cultural significance.” Following the brutal civil war between federal forces and Biafran separatists in the late 1960s, “Tutu” became a symbol of reconciliation.“Tutu” draws natural comparisons with the Da Vinci classic, each featuring a three-quarter profile of a young woman captured with an enigmatic expression. The woman behind Enwonwu’s iconic 1974 portrait is of Adetutu “Tutu” Ademiluyi, the princess of Ife in south-western Nigeria. She appears in traditional attire, gazing past the viewers outside the frame. The painting’s cultural mystique grew over the course of its mysterious decades-long year disappearance. Last seen in 1975 at the Italian Embassy in Nigeria, “Tutu” reappeared late last year in a London apartment building. Booker Prize-winning Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri likened the painting’s rediscovery to a “rare archaeological find,” declaring it the “most significant discovery in contemporary African art in over 50 years.”“It is a cause for celebration, a potentially transforming moment in the world of art.”Reflecting on the Enwonwu’s significance as a painter, Okri remarked, “He wasn’t just painting the girl, he was painting the whole tradition. It’s a symbol of hope and regeneration to Nigeria, it’s a symbol of the phoenix rising.”Ben Enwonwu is considered to be the father of Nigerian modernism and the nation’s most significant painter. He trained at Goldsmiths College, Oxford University, and the Slade art school in England during the 1940s. Enwonwu painted not only African royalty, but also British royalty: he was commissioned to do a bronze sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II for her visit in 1956. He died in 1994 without knowing the whereabouts of “Tutu.”The painting’s reappearance sparked renewed interest in the life of the real Princess Tutu. Peppiatt hopes to learn more about the woman herself and is currently investigating various sources that say she is still alive in Lagos, Nigeria. read more

26 February 2010The United Nations Mission in Liberia has sent police and troops to help national authorities investigate an outbreak of violence in the country’s north-west, where several people have reportedly been wounded in inter-communal clashes. According to media reports, the incident in Voinjoma, in Lofa County, has also resulted in the burning down of two mosques, one church and other properties.In response to the situation, the Mission, known as UNMIL, sent a formed police unit and military personnel to the area to assist the Liberia National Police (LNP) in Voinjama, which is located nearly 300 kilometres from the capital, Monrovia.“They will work in close coordination with the local county authorities and the security apparatus on the ground to keep the situation under control, and UNMIL will contribute the necessary specialists to assist in the investigation of the incident,” the Mission said in a statement.UNMIL added that it is ready to take the necessary action “in an impartial manner” to contain the situation in accordance with its mandate and with the Liberian Police on the ground.The Mission was set up in 2003 to bolster a ceasefire agreement ending a war that killed almost 150,000 Liberians, mostly civilians, and sent 850,000 others fleeing to neighbouring countries.Last September the UN Security Council extended UNMIL’s mandate for another year, authorizing the mission to assist Liberia with its 2011 general presidential and legislative polls by, among other measures, facilitating access to remote areas. read more

To mark the occasion of International Women’s Day all women crew would fly to Sri Lanka on Air India flight to and from Colombo on 8 March. This unique gesture in Sri Lanka is being appreciated world-wide, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.Air India, the iconic airline of India is operating an ALL WOMEN CREW flight on Thursday, 8 March from Chennai to Colombo and then from Colombo to New Delhi. Capt V Roopa and Capt Nimisha Goel will be operating the flight. Air India’s Sri Lanka office is separately commemorating International Women’s Day at Air India office at Bristol Street in Colombo. Leading Ladies from Travel and hospitality field will be hosted at a special function. Coincidentally, Air India at Srilanka represented by women, in all key positions – Mrs Alice Joe Paul, Country Manager for Sri Lanka, Mrs Madhumita Gupta, Airport Manager and Mrs Thanuja Lankathilaka, the GM of Indusky Aviation, the Passenger GSA for Air India at Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

first_imgNow, two decades on, the public can view the desk on which Diana, Princess of Wales not only carried out her official work, but also sought solace from her troubled personal life. The Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry selected the items displayed on the desk – including a box of cassettes of her favourite music and framed photographs of family and friends – to remember Diana’s “commitment to duty”, as well as the time they spent with… The desk was chosen by Princes William and Harry for inclusion in a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace as a way of paying tribute to their mother’s memory.center_img It was where she poured out her deepest hopes and fears in letters to friends and confidantes.last_img

first_imgPASTA MAKER BARILLA fought boycott calls today after its CEO said he would never feature gay couples in commercials, prompting renewed calls for 1950s-style Italian television ads to get with the times.The leading pasta company in Italy and a major exporter worldwide with a turnover last year of €3.9 billion, Barilla has taken to social media to say sorry following a major backlash.“While we can’t undo recent remarks, we can apologize. To all our friends, family, employees and partners that we have hurt or offended, we are deeply sorry,” the family-owned company said on its US Facebook page.One commenter responded: I’m Italian, I’m gay, I’m married legally to a man, I have three adopted children. I had Barilla pasta for dinner last night. Today, tomorrow and forever more I will choose another brand of pasta. Good bye Barilla! You lose!The scandal began with a radio interview by chief executive Guido Barilla on Wednesday in which he said that their target customers were “a classic family”.“We have a slightly different culture. For us the concept of a canonical family remains one of the fundamental values of the business,” he said.Asked if he would ever consider including a gay couple in one of his television commercials, he said: “We would not do it because ours is a traditional family”.If (gay people) like our pasta and our communication, they can eat it. If they do not like it, if they do not like what we say, they can eat a different one.The comments provoked scorn and derision on social media, with many critics playing on the company’s slogan: “Where there is Barilla, there is a home”.One spoof commercial seen on Twitter read: “Where there is Barilla, there is homophobia”. Another said: “Where there is my home, there is no Barilla”.Spotlight on Italian adlandGuido Barilla stressed that he was personally not homophobic and was in favour of gay marriage but he made a distinction with what the company was willing to include in its television commercials.The comments threw a spotlight on an Italian adland inhabited by smiling housewives, large broods of children and husbands whose only role in the kitchen appears to be to taste the food and sit down to eat, which critics say is now hopelessly outdated.“We have to overcome stereotypes,” Italy’s speaker of parliament Laura Boldrini said at a conference earlier in the week before the Barilla scandal exploded.“I am thinking of certain ads in Italy in which the father and children are sitting at the table while the mother is standing and serving everyone,” she said.No longer reflects realitiesThe images no longer reflect Italian realities – where the number of housewives is decreasing and where a growing number of men are stay-at-home fathers.More and more gay and lesbian couples are also choosing to live together, even though their unions are not officially recognised under Italian law.The days when eager visitors would queue up to see the Mulino Bianco, a white windmill in Tuscany that was chosen as a symbol for a famous brand of biscuits also owned by Barilla, are apparently over.Annamaria Testa, an advertising expert, asked:The parade of women busying themselves with pots and pans, serving and looking after their husbands and children in ads, do they mirror Italian society?“Are we really sure they sell more?” she said.Speaking at a conference of the Italian advertising association UPA earlier this year, Testa said that employing stereotypes was “a dangerous trap”.“Let’s finally be truthful!” she said.© AFP, 2013Thousands turn out at marriage equality march in Dublin>RTÉ Guide cover ‘a symbol of acceptance’>These 14 countries allow gay marriage>last_img read more

first_imghttp://youtu.be/AQ7W6ZOjuro(YouTube: carlakav81)YOUNG CALEB, SINGING Ireland’s Call here, just turned three in February.Before last weekend’s game, he had spent a number of nights in isolation in hospital as he fell quite ill.His mother, Carla, told TheJournal.ie that he got “very down” as he couldn’t leave the room and he was worried about missing the game between Ireland and Italy.“Thankfully he was let home in time to watch the Ireland match last Saturday in front of the TV with his Dad,” continued Carla. “As you can see he certainly perked up and was happily singing away, a big change from just the day before. I’m pleased to report he has made a full recovery and is all set to watch the match this weekend!”Now, are you all set?The best pictures from Ireland’s final training run on home soil6 Irish stars who’ll have to shine if Irish women are to claim titlelast_img read more

first_img Related Items:Blight Clare, david bowen, Jennifer Forbes, Kishma Mills, nadia hall, Noel Seymour, Paula Capehart, Sheryl Dean-Williams, south caicos Recommended for you Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigate State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSouth Caicos, 14 Oct 2014 – Who was named best sea food cook in South Caicos… well the prizes were shared between three ladies and a ‘gent’ in the Fishing Capital on their National Heritage Month weekend. Nadine Hall got first place in five categories: boil fish, stew conch, peas n rice, Johnny cake and conch fritters; third for her lobster dish and her fried fish. Prize money for Nadine $850. Olive Paul won $675 and got second for her boil fish, conch fritters, fry fish, stew conch, peas n rice, Johnny cake and first for her conch and hominy. Sandra Hall is the third big winner, carrying home $500 in cash and best lobster dish, best fry fish and third in stew conch. The lone male winner, Bradford Hall took home $200 a master and also first in Fry Fish. Director of Culture, David Bowen said they are thrilled at how the events are unraveling so far… saying the motorcade was a feat accomplished. Judges in the South Caicos seafood cooking competition were: Kishma Mills, Noel Seymour, Jennifer Forbes, Blight Clare, Sheryl Dean-Williams and Paula Capehart. South Caicos student new Junior Tourism Minister for TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 24, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man was arrested after he unsuccessfully tried to rob a bank in downtown San Diego Saturday, police said.Dispatchers received a call at 2:44 p.m. about a robbery at the Chase bank branch at 101 W. Broadway, according to Sgt. Robert Hawkins of the San Diego Police Department.The would-be robber gave a demand note to staff at the bank, but wasn’t seen with any weapons, Hawkins said. The suspect was still inside when officers arrived at the scene.Police took him into custody without incident.No loss was reported by the bank, and no one was injured. Man in custody after failed bank robbery attempt in downtown March 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

first_imgVancouver police were busy Monday night with two domestic violence cases.At 5:47 p.m., officers responded to an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Northeast 57th Avenue for a report of a violation of a restraining order.Vancouver police Officer Ryan Starbuck and his K-9 partner Ory were called.A search of an apartment was necessary to find Darryl Smith, 47, who was arrested and taken to the Clark County Jail.No other details were available.At 7:34 p.m., Starbuck, Ory and other officers were called to 37th and Main streets in Vancouver for a domestic assault. Officer Ilia Botvinnik said Brandon Clark, 34, and a woman were driving through Vancouver when the alleged assault happened. After assaulting the woman, Clark fled the area and was not found, Botvinnik said. He said Clark is a Portland-area resident.last_img read more

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – An elderly woman’s cash was snatched out of her hand as she tried to pay for items at a drug store.Surveillance cameras recorded the robbery after the 80-year-old woman became a target at the register of a CVS store near Davie Boulevard and Southwest 32nd Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale, on June 8.The man took off from the scene on foot.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgUPDATE: Gabriella Llompart has been recovered safe and sound. She is being reunited with her family. Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a teenage girl who went missing in Doral.According to Doral Police, 17-year-old Gabriella Llompart was last seen on Sunday at the CVS Pharmacy at Northwest 87th Avenue and 36th Street.Investigators said she stands 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a burgundy top and long black pants.Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call Doral Police at 305-593-6699.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_img Nevertheless, Rajeev Kapur, a former tech executive who became CEO of 1105 last November, says the sale will help the company’s balance sheet and allow it to focus resources on “growing the other parts of our extensive product portfolio.” And the company says it will continue to produce the education group’s print and digital products, which also include Campus Technology. It’s a curious move for 1105, the company just re-upped its commitment to the education group by bringing back the print version of T.H.E. Journal, a K-12 education technology magazine, after existing for two years as a digital-only brand. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mike Eason, president of 1105’s education events group, will join LRP Publications. Trade shows have become a particularly sought after asset in media M&A lately. B2B publisher 1105 Media has just sold its education technology events to LRP Publications, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based media company targeting education administrators.center_img For LRP, the events allow it to broaden its scope of audience and coverage. The company has created a new group to specifically house the brands. “With their addition we saw a great opportunity to reach a wider education audience, as well as build on our existing HR Technology market, offering a broader audience to our technology exhibitors,” says Ken Kahn, president of LRP Publications, in a statement. Included in the deal are four events: Future of Education Technology Conference, FETC Virtual Conference, Campus Technology Conference and the Campus Technology Forum. 1105 also has media and event assets in the government, enterprise computing and business technology sectors. Media M&A broker Berkery Noyes represented 1105 in the deal.last_img read more

first_imgChip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesSen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and his wife Franni Bryson (L) arrive at the U.S. Capitol Building on December 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Franken announced that he will be resigning in the coming weeks after being accused by several women of sexual harassment.Nearly 9 in 10 Americans believe that “a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment is essential to bringing about change in our society.”At a time when partisan opinions are so polarized on a range of issues, Republicans and Democrats are relatively similar in believing that society should crack down hard on sexual harassment, a new poll from Ipsos and NPR suggests.About three-quarters of Democrats and about two-thirds of Republicans agreed, for example, that “pretty much every woman has experienced some form of sexual harassment in her life.” And around 6 in 10 Democrats and 7 in 10 Republicans agreed that “it can be hard sometimes to tell what is sexual harassment and what is not.”While the differences between parties’ beliefs in many cases were modest, they were still significant on some questions.For example, 35 percent of Republicans agreed with the idea that “nearly all instances of sexual harassment would end if the woman simply told the man to stop,” compared to 20 percent of Democrats.Those differences on some issues come out most prominently among a couple of demographics in particular.“Those groups for sure — Republican men and Democratic women — are driving the effects big-time,” said Janine Beekman, associate research scientist at Ipsos.For example, on some questions Democratic women and Republican men occupy two ends of an opinion spectrum, with the other two groups floating in the middle. Fifteen percent of Democratic women believe that “nearly all instances of sexual harassment would end if the woman simply told the man to stop.” Forty-three percent of Republican men agree with that statement.And Democratic women seem to be leading the charge on having many conversations about sexual harassment. Roughly half of Democratic women said they’re talking “a lot” or “some” about sexual harassment with their families, compared to around one-third of Republican men, Republican women and Democratic men.Likewise, Democratic women report talking with their female friends about the topic “a lot” or “some” at significantly higher levels than the other groups do (the differences were less clear for the question about people talking with their male friends).Abstracts vs. ParticularsOne way to interpret the relatively modest partisan differences on some of these questions is that both parties can agree in the abstract but not on particulars.For example, Democrats and Republicans broadly agree on some ideas, such as the idea of a zero-tolerance policy, and they are largely conflicted between believing the accusers and those who are accused.Around 80 percent of Democrats, Republicans and independents alike agreed that both the accuser and the accused “should be given the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise.” Share But when it comes to particular cases, like those of Roy Moore or Donald Trump, many Americans seem to have partisan responses.A late-November Politico/Morning Consult poll suggested this reaction is particularly prominent among Republicans. Republicans were much less likely than Democrats to believe allegations against prominent right-leaning figures, like Bill O’Reilly, Moore and Trump. But when it came to Democratic figures like Al Franken and Bill Clinton, Democrats and Republicans were roughly equally likely to believe sexual harassment allegations.There’s also the possibility of what pollsters call “social desirability bias” corrupting some of the results here — that is, that a respondent (of any party) might have given answers they thought sounded good. For example, a person might have thought it sounded like a better answer to say they were talking a lot with their friends about harassment, or to say that they want to give more people the benefit of the doubt.“Any time we’re talking about sex or drugs or any kind of any kind of ism that you want to talk about — racism, sexism — we’re going to have issues with this,” Beekman said.Changing timesThe survey also indicates that Americans have felt a seismic shift in attitudes toward sexual harassment in recent years. For example, about one-quarter of Americans agreed that “these days, reports of sexual harassment are generally ignored.” But about two-thirds agreed that “five years ago, reports of sexual harassment were generally ignored.”Likewise, 44 percent of Americans agreed that today, “a woman who reports being sexually harassed is risking her career.” But 74 percent said they thought the same was true five years ago.Importantly, this doesn’t capture actual trends in beliefs. However, it’s a start at capturing people’s perceptions of how quickly society’s willingness to deal with sexual harassment — to believe and not punish accusers, to take allegations seriously — have changed in the #MeToo era.The NPR/Ipsos poll of 1,133 adults was conducted online between December 8 and 12, 2017, and has a credibility interval of +/- 3.3 percentage points for the full sample. Credibility intervals are +/- 5.6 percentage points for Democrats, +/- 6.1 points for Republicans, and +/- 6.8 percentage points for independents. The interval was +/- 7.2 percentage points for Democratic women, +/- 9.1 percentage points for Democratic men, +/-8.4 percentage points for Republican women, and +/- 9.0 percentage points for Republican men.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

first_img Special nanotubes could improve solar power and imaging technology Explore further Citation: Carbon nanotubes could act as an efficient music speaker (2008, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-carbon-nanotubes-efficient-music-speaker.html The team, which consists of scientists Shoushan Fan and colleagues at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and Beijing Normal University, hope that the discovery could lead to the development of cheap, flat loudspeakers. Examples of carbon nanotubes´ musical abilities can be heard here and here.To create the nanotube speaker, the researchers sent an audio frequency current through a thin sheet of carbon nanotubes, generating a sound. Unlike standard loudspeakers that generate sound by vibrations in the surrounding air molecules, the nanotube speaker doesn´t emit vibrations. The team used a laser vibrometer to detect vibrations in the sheet, but found nothing.Instead, the nanotube speaker likely works as a thermoacoustic device: when an alternating current passes through the sheet, the sheet experiences rapid temperature oscillations alternating between room temperature and 80 °C (176 °F). These temperature oscillations cause pressure oscillations in the surrounding air, producing the sound, while the nanotube sheet remains static. One advantage of this method is that, even if part of the nanotube sheet breaks, it should continue to emit sound, unlike conventional speakers.This thermoacoustic phenomenon was actually discovered in the late nineteenth century, when scientists passed a current through a thin foil to produce sound, leading to the invention of the “thermophone.” Although the principle is the same, however, the nanotube sheet acts much more efficiently than foil because it doesn´t require nearly as much applied heat to increase its temperature. Specifically, the nanotube sheet´s heat capacity is 260 times smaller than platinum foil, making nanotubes 260 times more efficient and able to produce a louder sound.The Chinese researchers envision several interesting applications for the nanotube speakers. Because the nanotube sheets can be stretched to be visually transparent and still produce sound, they might be fitted over the front of an LCD screen to replace conventional speakers. Another possibility is incorporating the nanotube speakers into textiles to create musical clothes.More information: Xiao, Lin, et al. “Flexible, Stretchable, Transparent Carbon Nanotube Thin Film Loudspeakers.” ASAP Nano Lett., ASAP Article, 10.1021/nl802750z. © 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — While carbon nanotubes are widely praised for their strength and electrical properties, no one has thoroughly investigated their acoustic properties, until now. A team of Chinese researchers has found that zapping sheets of carbon nanotubes with an electric current causes the nanotubes to emit sound. Excerpt from a video of Lin Xiao´s nanotube music speaker. The speaker produces sound when a current passes through, due to a thermoacoustic effect. Credit: Lin Xiao, et al. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img One of the most common responses I get from small-business owners when I talk to them about data security goes something like this: “Who would want to steal anything from us? It’s not like we’re the NSA.”The hard truth is that any business is a target for bad guys. Just like any home can get robbed, any car can get stolen, and any eBay account can get hacked. It doesn’t matter what kind of business you’re in. You are vulnerable.Especially now. Because every business is connected to a network in some way, it means that one bad apple can test the security of thousands of businesses–all with the push of a button.And these breaches can be costly. Ponemon Institute is an independent research group that has been studying the cost of data breaches for nearly a decade. It factors in everything from lost business (or customer churn) to public relations efforts to notification letters. The institute found that the average cost per each record lost is $202, a number that has been climbing steadily over the last few years. Multiply that number by however many records you have and you’ll start to get some idea of why you should take data security seriously.So what can you do about it? The Federal Trade Commission has a terrific guide that details the steps small businesses should take to protect sensitive information. Below I’ve listed the high-level steps the commission recommends, but don’t forget that these rules apply to both physical and digital records and that threats come from both outside and inside your organization. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 30, 2010 3 min read Brought to you by Business on Main Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Take stock. You can’t manage what you don’t measure. As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to know what information you’re keeping, how far back it goes, and which records qualify as sensitive. Knowing all of this is not just good for security purposes, it’s also good business. Scale down. The less information you have around, the less vulnerable you are to theft. Only collect those pieces of data that you really need to make your business more efficient. Don’t put your customers (and your business) at risk by storing credit card numbers you don’t need. And never make customers use their Social Security number as an identifier unless absolutely necessary. Lock it. The information you’re keeping around must be kept secure. That means physical records must be locked in boxes and in secure locations. And digital records must have sufficient safeguards. All PC hard drives should be password-protected. That means that before the computer even boots up it prompts you for a password (this is different than your login screen). Screensavers should come up in no more than 20 minutes, requiring a password to log back on. And servers that house records must have robust security measures and, in some cases, encryption. Pitch it. Most businesses hold onto thousands of unnecessary, outdated or otherwise useless records. Tax records and supporting documentation should be held onto for seven years, on average. But other things, like paycheck stubs, bills, investment records and such, should be kept no longer than a year. Get a shredder and use it. Plan ahead. Prepare for the worst. You need an action plan for how you will investigate a breach, notify customers and remediate any security vulnerabilities. Register Now » Security is often an afterthought for a small business, but it’s simply not enough to hope these things don’t happen to you. Getting out ahead of these kinds of issues is critical. And building security into technology systems before you start using them is always a good idea.last_img read more

first_img Listen Now November 20, 2014 Apple opened up its Software Development Kit, dubbed Watch Kit, to developers on Tuesday for coders looking to create apps for its upcoming Apple Watch.While SDK is only available to app developers, the iPhone maker also released a set of public documents that accompany the kit and they reveal a lot about how the new device works.Here are a few highlights the documents and the introduction video, which were first reported on The Verge.Apple Watch only works with an iPhoneThe app runs with an iPhone extension, which supplies the processing power. “A Watch app complements your iOS app; it does not replace it. If you measure interactions with your iOS app in minutes, you can expect interactions with your Watch app to be measured in seconds, ” Apple said in the documentation.Native apps coming soonStarting later next year, developers will be able to create, what Apple refers to as “fully native apps” for the device.More info about display specsAs previously disclosed, the watch’s will be available in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm. The smaller device’s screen has 272 x 340 pixels, and the larger one features 312 x 390 pixels, according to the SDK. The screen on both devices will have a aspect ratio of 4:5.In addition, developers have the option to enable the glance feature, allows users view apps in quick view mode by simply holding up the device.Apple leaves the door open for additional sizesThe device’s design makes it easier to update. It loads like a responsive website, with objects filling the screen in a downward motion. “That’ll make things a lot easier for developers and a lot nicer for watch owners should Apple decide to make a change,” The Verge reports. Click here to read the full list from The Verge. 2 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer This story originally appeared on CNBC Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.last_img read more

first_imgReferences:Pradubpongsa P, Dhana N, Jongjarearnprasert K, et al. Adverse reactions to iodinated contrast media: prevalence, risk factors and outcome-the results of a 3-year period. Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol. 2013;31(4):299-306. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24383973McClennan BL. Ionic and nonionic iodinated contrast media: Evolution and strategies for use. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1990;155(2):225-233.Hunt CH, Hartman RP, Hesley GK. Frequency and severity of adverse effects of iodinated and gadolinium contrast materials: Retrospective review of 456,930 doses. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009;193:1124-1127. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19770337Ignee A, Atkinson, NSS, et.al. Ultrasound contrast agents. Endosc Ultrasound. 2016 Nov-Dec; 5(6): 355–362. http://www.eusjournal.com/article.asp?issn=2303-9027;year=2016;volume=5;issue=6;spage=355;epage=362;aulast=IgneeUltrasound Societies Urge FDA to Remove Black Box Warning on Contrast Agents https://www.itnonline.com/content/ultrasound-societies-urge-fda-remove-black-box-warning-contrast-agents Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Related Content Power injectors can improve efficiency and patient safety, for example, ensuring that contrast agent is not wasted due to the lack of a saline bolus. Image courtesy of Lior Molvin Technological Evolution Picking UpFrom now on, however, much of the innovation involving contrast-enhanced studies will likely involve the power injector. And its evolution could be dramatic.Just as the cell phone has become much more than a phone, contrast injectors are evolving into new — and different —- roles. Injector-oriented technologies, for example, are already available in the management of protocols and the supply chain. These tools could help assess waste, the number of extravasations, technologist performance, site and shift performance, even department budgets.“Beyond the obvious ability to standardize injections (to achieve) image consistency, there are so many opportunities for injectors to become clinical devices that cannot be lived without,” said Lior Molvin, a CT technologist and protocol manager for the diagnostic CT group at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, Calif.Simple algebraic tools might be built into injectors, Molvin said. Power injectors could help departments with “just-in-time” supply, for example. This would improve efficiency by reducing the need to over stock contrast agents. “The injector would know exactly how much contrast it has injected, so we would know how much we need to order in order to maintain operational efficiency,” he said. The injector might even link to a data base associated with the ordering cycle.Injectors could also automatically consider the size of the patient — tall or short; skinny, average or obese — saving time that technologists otherwise may spend factoring body habitus into injection strategies and protecting patients from over- and under-dosing. Even more might be accomplished with the integration of smart algorithms that check the circumstances surrounding extravasations, especially as they pertain to CT and MRI. Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Patient safety and operational efficiency are behind the development of modern contrast media, selection and utilization strategies — as well as refinements in the injector technologies for these media. Much remains to be done.New agents for MRI and diagnostic sonography were created to get the most from these imaging modalities, which do not rely on ionizing radiation — gadolinium-based agents for MRI; bubble agents for diagnostic ultrasound. The development some three decades ago of nonionic iodinated contrast agents exemplifies the importance of patient safety as a force underlying the development of modern contrast agents.1, 2Similarly, low-osmolar nonionic contrast agents for CT may have fewer side effects and less nephrotoxicity than traditional ionic, high-osmolar agents. Intravenous MRI contrast agents are not toxic to the kidney, but the development of NSF (nephrogenic systemic fibrosis) is a continuing concern, say opinion leaders. The clinical significance and reason for gadolinium accumulation in tissue among patients without renal impairment, they say, is not known.It is known, however, that the nonionic molecules of gadolinium chelates have lower osmolality and viscosity, which makes them more digestible at higher concentrations and allows faster bolus injections.3Sonographic agents use microbubbles to improve the diagnostic yield,4 while maintaining safety.5 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Greg Freiherr is a contributing editor to ITN. Over the past three decades, he has served as business and technology editor for publications in medical imaging, as well as consulted for vendors, professional organizations, academia, and financial institutions. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Sponsored Content | Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | Contrast Media| July 31, 2019 BLOG: How Advances in Technology Help Patients and Providers Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Editor’s Note: This is the second blog in a series titled Using Contrast Media. The first blog, Why Power Injectors Are Needed for High-quality Imaging, can be found here. How customer needs factor into product innovation will be the focus of the next blog in this series.last_img read more

first_imgAmerica Ferrera editing anthology of essays about culture This cover image released by Gallery Books shows “American Like Me: Reflections On Life Between Cultures,” by America Ferrera. (Gallery Books via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2018 6:46 am PDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2018 at 7:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, author Roxane Gay and Olympic skater Michelle Kwan are among those contributing essays to an anthology about navigating between cultures.“American Like Me” will feature stories from those trying find an identity in a culture that often “underrepresents or ignores” their experiences.“American Like Me” will be edited by the actress and activist America Ferrera. She is donating a portion of her proceeds to the non-profit Immigrants We Get the Job Done Coalition, which provides legal support for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.Others writing essays include Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, actor Kal Penn and author Jenny Zhang.Gallery Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint, announced Thursday that the book comes out Sept. 25.last_img read more

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