Two people rob a Pacific Beach gas station at gunpoint

first_img Posted: July 30, 2019 Two people rob a Pacific Beach gas station at gunpoint July 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Police Tuesday were searching for a man and a woman who robbed a Pacific Beach gas station at gunpoint.It happened around 4:05 p.m. Monday at the Chevron near the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Ingraham Street, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.The pair walked into the store, selected some display items and walked up to the counter before the woman pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the register, Buttle said.The clerk complied and the thieves drove away from the store in a dark vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash and items from display cases, the officer said.No injuries were reported.Robbery detectives were investigating the heist. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Kemp Named CEO of Northstar Travel Media

first_imgFormer Penton CEO and Veronis Suhler Stevenson managing director Tom Kemp has been named chairman and CEO of Boston Ventures-owned Northstar Travel Media.Kemp replaces George Hundley, who will transition to chairman of Northstar affiliate in Secaucus, New Jersey, Northstar Travel Media publishes several b-to-b titles, including Travel Weekly, Meetings & Conventions and TravelAge West. The company has slightly less than $50 million in annual revenue.“Northstar Travel Media is a perfect fit for my experience and investment goals,” Kemp told FOLIO: today.  In April, Kemp launched Oakstreet Media, a platform for which he hoped to acquire lower- and mid-market business media and information properties. “It’s a company I targeted in my search,” Kemp said. “The good thing about this, considering the state of the financial markets. is that I am joining the company but we are not taking on any new debt.”Northstar carries a “modest” amount of debt but experienced significant “top-line, organic growth” last year, Kemp said.Kemp joins a growing list of former publishing CEOs hoping to team up with private equity sponsors in acquisitions. But market conditions preclude all but a few deals, so some have opted to take more traditional jobs without buying anythhing.Another former Penton CEO, David Nussbaum, tested the private equity waters, but was eventually named CEO at ABRY Partners-owned F+W Media. Ex-Reed Business CEO Jim Casella, who also played the M&A market, was named CEO of Asset International, a Stamford, Connecticut-based company acquired late last year by private equity firm Austin Ventures. Also, Doug Manoni, a former CEO of Wicks Business Information, was looking to team with private equity but instead decided to take a position with Source Media.Before Penton, Kemp worked for more than two decades at Miller Freeman, having left in 1996 as president and COO.last_img read more

Joe Lagani Named Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Chief Revenue Officer

first_imgMore on this topic Publishing Losses Narrow at Martha Stewart Martha Stewart Reports Increases in Publishing Revenue, Income for Third Quarter (posted 10/31) Martha Stewart Print Revenues Climb 5 Percent in Fourth Quarter of ’06 Martha Stewart Agrees to Ban on Public Company Service A Tough 2011 for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Publishing Publishing Revenue Slips 3.2 Percent for MSLO in Second QuarterJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the MovePowered by This story first appears FOLIO: sister site, minonline.Joe Lagani, a longtime magazine executive who had a successful second career on the digital side, was hired this morning to the new position of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia chief revenue officer. He takes charge of print and digital ad sales at the Martha Stewart Living flagship, along with Everyday Food, Martha Stewart Weddings, Whole Living and other MSLO platforms (including television). Read the rest of the story here. last_img read more

TMobile delays full 600MHz 5G launch until second half of 2019

first_imgT-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray says 5G will be a second-half story for the company. Roger Cheng/CNET Eager to jump on T-Mobile’s 5G network? You’re going to have wait a little longer. T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said in an interview at MWC on Monday that the company won’t be formally launching its 5G service in its first 30 cities until the second half of 2019. The reason: the lack of phones that can tap into the critical low-band 600MHz spectrum that will power much of its early 5G coverage.”We were hopeful, a year ago, that by this time, we would have a device,” he said here in Barcelona. “It’s not there yet.”Ray had pushed the industry to move faster with compatible devices, but noted much of the industry was working on devices that supported bands with higher frequencies, which offer better speeds, but less range. The first 5G smartphone, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, will tap into higher-frequency bands and come out with Verizon Wireless first. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all have networks that are compatible with the Galaxy S10 5G, and T-Mobile said it will carry the phone in the first half. But the coverage using super-high frequency millimeter-wave spectrum is so minimal that Ray said the company isn’t sure how — or if — it will promote it. More from MWC 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone 28 Photos “You can’t go to a US consumer and charge them a big premium and it works on three street corners,” Ray said. Ray applauded Sprint for at least staking a claim and saying it would cover more than 1,000 square miles by the first half. He’s waiting to hear about AT&T and Verizon’s coverage plans. AT&T touted its existing service and what’s still upcoming. “We offer the only live mobile 5G network and device today, and are continuing to expand coverage and device options,” said an AT&T spokesman. “I’m surprised they continue to ignore our announced plans to offer a mobile 5G network on low-band spectrum this year with nationwide coverage in early 2020.”Verizon wasn’t available for comment. Ray said the company would go big with 5G in the second half once it gets a device that can tap into its 600MHz spectrum. He declined to comment on which company would supply the phone. Originally published at 6:12 a.m. PT.Update, 8:05 a.m. PT: Adds background and comment from AT&T.Update, 9:05 a.m. PT: Adds more background. Update, 10:15 a.m. PT: Adds additional quote from Neville Ray. Comments Tags 11 reading • T-Mobile delays full 600MHz 5G launch until second half of 2019 Phones Mobile World Congress 2019 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 5G AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about • Share your voice See All Ray’s concession throws a wrinkle into the 5G race, as carriers push to the be first to the next-generation wireless technology, which promises a much faster and more responsive network. AT&T has already launched 5G in a dozen markets, but in limited areas, while Verizon has a home 5G network. Sprint, meanwhile, said it plans to launch 5G in four markets in May. The delay also underscores the complexity of building a 5G network and the bets companies must make on what kind of spectrum they can use. Verizon and AT&T initially championed millimeter wave spectrum because it can deliver super-high speeds, but with limited range. T-Mobile opted for lower-band spectrum that has slower peak speaks, but better coverage. Much of the early investment went into devices that use millimeter wave spectrum, which doesn’t play to T-Mobile’s strengths. As such, you expect a loud launch later in the year, even if the Galaxy S10 5G can pick up small bits of 5G here and there. He said he didn’t worry about AT&T and Verizon pulling ahead in the 5G race because of the limited range of millimeter wave. Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X: Battle of the foldable phones Galaxy S10 Plus ongoing review Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 feels like practical magic Mobile World Congress 2019 Galaxy S10 5G: Samsung debuts its first 5G phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 1:52 Mobile World Congress 2019last_img read more

HPD Releases New Video of Suspect Moments After Murder of Houston Cardiologist

first_imgUPDATE #7: Still pictures of the shooting suspect taken from the surveillance video. Anyone with information on his identity is urged to contact HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600 or @CrimeStopHOU at 713-222-TIPS. #hounews— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 30, 2018 The Houston Police Department  says new video it posted on Twitter shows the suspect cycling in an “area neighborhood immediately following the shooting” of  Dr. Mark Hausknecht.In addition, HPD released three images captured from the footage and is urging any person that has information on the suspect’s identity to contact the Homicide Division at 713-308-3600. People can also contact Crime Stoppers at  713-222-TIPS.HPD Chief Art Acevedo said last week there is a “high probability” Dr. Hausknecht was “targeted.”UPDATE #6: Additional surveillance video released of the suspect in an area neighborhood immediately following the doctor’s shooting. No other details at this time. Anyone w/ information urged to contact HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600 or @CrimeStopHOU at 713-222-TIPS. #hounews— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 30, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday September 23

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: 5-7 P.M.A review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on politics and law enforcement, including the latest on the police killing of Keith Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes .last_img

Mortgage Rates Dig In for Holiday Weekend

first_imgMortgage Rates Dig In for Holiday Weekend Mortgage rates barely budged heading into the Independence Day weekend, keeping them below last year’s levels.According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) product was 4.12 percent (0.5 point) for the week ending July 3, down 2 basis points from the final June survey.Rates remained down year-over-year for the second straight week, “which should provide some help with homebuyer affordability in many markets,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for Freddie Mac. Last year, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.29 percent.The 15-year FRM, meanwhile, was unchanged at 3.22 percent (0.5 point).Adjustable rates followed similar patterns, with the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaging 2.98 percent (0.4 point), flat from last week, and the 1-year ARM averaged 2.38 percent (0.4 point), just down from 2.40 percent previously.Interest rates also firmed up in’s weekly national survey, with the 30-year fixed staying flat at 4.28 percent and the 15-year fixed dipping just a point to 3.39 percent. The 5/1 ARM remained unchanged in Bankrate’s survey, hovering at 3.33 percent.With an encouraging jobs report also landing on Thursday morning, half of the experts polled for Bankrate’s weekly Rate Trend Index expect interest rates to lift over the next week. July 3, 2014 458 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Bankrate Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates 2014-07-03 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Rep Cole Hillman biomass facility is crucial to region

first_img Plant transforms wood debris, tires to power for 18,000 homes and businessesState Rep. Triston Cole this week toured the Hillman Power Company facility in Montmorency County, emphasizing its importance to northeast Michigan as both a job creator and biomass-based producer of energy. “The benefits of Hillman Power can be felt across the state, transforming otherwise unusable wood chips, railroad ties and many of the 10 million tires coming off Michigan roads annually to power area businesses and homes,” said Cole, a member of the House Energy Policy Committee. “We invited Anne Armstrong, the executive director at the Michigan Agency on Energy, to join us for the tour of the facility as part of her review of our state’s energy infrastructure. Biomass facilities are crucial to Michigan as part of our energy needs, in addition to accounting for over 600 jobs beyond the plant itself. That includes the loggers cutting down trees to build furniture to the materials that would otherwise would be costly health hazards sitting in landfills, such as tires. These are crucial for northeast Michigan today and into the future.”The Hillman facility generates power to 18,000 homes and businesses in partnership with Consumers Energy, serving as a key contributor among the state’s five other biomass facilities. Its production helps keep electrical bills in the region 40 percent lower than if the power was created by wind or solar sources.Cole emphasized the plant as a win-win to residents beyond Montmorency County.“This is the ultimate recycling program, primarily benefiting from the ripple effects of good landfill and wildlife habitat management,” Cole said. “Michigan is among the top five states for producing energy from biomass and there’s a very good reason for this — it is an environmental-friendly source of power.”This week’s tour included six northern Michigan-based facilities serving multiple roles and using diverse methods of energy production throughout of the region. Categories: Cole News,News 19Jul Rep. Cole: Hillman biomass facility is crucial to regionlast_img read more

Dear Readers Its a sure sign of economic trouble

first_imgDear Readers,It’s a sure sign of economic trouble when even the permabulls acknowledge pain is coming down the pike. That is exactly what John Mauldin of Mauldin Economics sees, as he told David Galland in an interview at our Spring Summit, Recovery Reality Check. Watch the video – or read the transcript if that’s your preference – to learn why John thinks the period through 2013 is vitally important for the US economy and what he thinks the number-one priority for investors is during that time frame.I hope you enjoy this timely interview. Doug and I will be back soon.Sincerely,Louis JamesSenior Metals Investment StrategistCasey Research John Mauldin proved to be one of the most popular speakers at last spring’s Casey Research investment conference, and we’re pleased that he’ll be presenting for us again at the upcoming Casey Research/Sprott, Inc. Navigating the Politicized Economy Summit. This timely event, to be held in beautiful Carlsbad, California from September 7-9, features our own Doug Casey… natural resource investing guru Rick Rule… former US Comptroller General David Walker… best-selling author G. Edward Griffin… and many more financial luminaries. Together, they will shine a spotlight on the pitfalls of today’s centralized economies and reveal actionable investment strategies you can use to protect and grow your wealth.last_img read more

Gold Producers GDX 4192 4485 55

first_img Gold Producers (GDX) 41.92 44.85 55.23 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research P.S. Would you like to know which brokers other Casey subscribers use? We’re asking all subscribers to our publications to answer a few questions about their broker in our anonymous Broker Survey. Every subscriber who responds to the survey will receive detailed, compiled results after the survey concludes. If you  haven’t already, please take a moment to complete the survey – it’s short and simple.  Once compiled, we’ll send you the results so you can see what’s working (and what’s not) for other subscribers. TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 12,816.63 12,370.80 12,539.21 Gold 1,669.90 1,659.50 1,700.10 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 18.72 19.27 28.96 Silver 31.72 29.84 33.12 Rock & Stock Stats Last One Year Ago Two Chess Moves Away from Capital Controls By Jeff Clark, Senior Precious Metals Analyst The best indicator of a chess player’s form is his ability to sense the climax of the game. –Boris Spassky, World Chess Champion, 1969-1972 You’ve likely heard that the German central bank announced it will begin withdrawing part of its massive gold holdings from the United States as well as all its holdings from France. By 2020, Bundesbank says it wants half its gold reserves stored in its own vault in Germany. Why would it want to physically move the metal from New York? It’s not as if US vaults are not secure, and since Germany already owns the gold, does it really matter where it sits? You may recall that Hugo Chávez did the same thing in late 2011, repatriating much of his country’s gold reserves from London. However, this isn’t a third-world dictatorship; Germany is a major ally of the US. So what’s going on? Pawn to A3 On the surface, it may seem innocuous for Germany to move some pallets of gold closer to home. Some observers note that since Russia isn’t likely to be invading Germany anytime soon – one of the original reasons Germany had for storing its gold outside the country – the move is only natural and no big deal. But Germany’s gold stash represents roughly 10% of the world’s gold reserves, and the cost of moving it is not trivial, so we see greater import in the move. The Bundesbank said the purpose of the move was to “build trust and confidence domestically, and the ability to exchange gold for foreign currencies at gold-trading centers abroad within a short space of time.” It’s just satisfying the worries of the commoners, in the mainstream view, as well as giving themselves the ability to complete transactions faster. As evidence that it’s nothing more than this, Bundesbank points out that half of Germany’s gold will remain in New York and London (the US portion of reserves will only be reduced from 45% to 37%). Sounds reasonable. But these economists remind me of the analysts who every year claim the price of gold will fall – they can’t see the bigger implications and frequently miss the forest for the trees. Check What your friendly government economist doesn’t reveal and the mainstream journalist doesn’t report (or doesn’t understand) is that in the event of a US bankruptcy, euro implosion, or similar financial catastrophe, access to gold would almost certainly be limited. If Germany were to actually need its gold, regardless of the reason, any request for transfer or sale would be… difficult. There would be, at the very least, delays. At worst such requests could be denied, depending on the circumstances at the time. That’s not just bad – it defeats the purpose of owning gold. But this still doesn’t capture the greater significance of this action. First, it reinforces the growing recognition that gold is money. Physical bullion isn’t just a commodity, a day-trading vehicle, or even an investment. It’s a store of value, a physical hedge against monetary dislocations. In the ultimate extreme, it’s something you can use to pay for goods or services when all other means fail. It is precisely those who don’t recognize this historical fact who stand to lose the most in an adverse monetary event. (Hello, government economist.) Second, here’s the quote that reveals the ultimate, backstop reason for the move: Bundesbank stated it is a “pre-emptive” measure “in case of a currency crisis.” Germany’s central bank thinks a currency crisis is really possible. That’s a very sobering fact. We agree, of course: history is very clear on this. No fiat currency has lasted forever. Eventually they all fail. Whether the dollar goes to zero or merely becomes a second-class currency in the global arena, the root cause for failure is universal and inevitable: continual and perpetual dilution of the currency. Some level of currency crisis is inescapable at this point because absolutely nothing has changed with worldwide debt levels, deficit spending, and currency printing, except that they all continue to increase. While many economists and politicians claim these actions are necessary and are leading us to recovery, it’s clear we have yet to experience the fallout from spending more than we have and printing the difference. There will be serious and painful consequences, sooner or later of an inflationary nature, and the average person’s standard of living will be greatly reduced. And now there are rumblings that the Netherlands and Azerbaijan may move their gold back home. If this trend gathers steam, we could easily see a “gold run” in the same manner history has seen bank runs. Add in high inflation or a major currency event and a very ugly vicious cycle could ignite. Checkmate If other countries follow Germany’s path or the mistrust between central bankers grows, the next logical step would be to clamp down on gold exports. It would be the beginning of the kind of stringent capital controls Doug Casey and a few others have warned about for years. Think about it: is it really so far-fetched to think politicians wouldn’t somehow restrict the movement of gold if their currencies and/or economies were failing? Remember, India keeps tinkering with ideas like this already. What this means for you and me is that moving gold outside your country – especially if you’re a US citizen – could be banned. Fuel would be added to the fire by blaming gold for the dollar’s ongoing weakness. Don’t think you need to store gold outside your country? The metal you attempt to buy, sell, or trade within your borders could be severely regulated, taxed, tracked, or even frozen in such a crisis environment. You’d have easier access to foreign-held bullion, depending on the country and the specific events. None of this would take place in a vacuum. Transferring dollars internationally would certainly be tightly restricted as well. Moving almost any asset across borders could be declared illegal. Even your movement outside your country could come under increased scrutiny and restriction. The hint that all this is about to take place would be when politicians publicly declare they would do no such a thing. You could quite literally have 24 hours to make a move. If your resources were not already in place, even the most nimble of us would have a very hard time making arrangements. Once the door is closed, attempting to move restricted assets across international borders would come with serious penalties, almost certainly including jail time. In such a tense atmosphere, you could easily be labeled an enemy of the state just for trying to remove yourself from harm’s way. The message is clear: storing some gold outside your country of residence is critical at this point, and the window of time for doing so is getting smaller. Don’t just hope for the best; do something about it while you still can. The minor effort made now could pay major dividends in the future. Besides, you won’t be any worse off for having some precious metals stored elsewhere. If you’re moved to take action, know that you’re not alone. The Hard Assets Alliance had its busiest month to date in December, and January is on pace to set another sales record. International storage options are very attractive and include Zurich, Melbourne, Singapore, and London. If you’re unfamiliar with the program, learn about this breakthrough service. Even if you choose another method to store precious metals internationally, it’s critical that you take these first steps now. The best chess players in the world aren’t that way because they can see the next move. They’re champions because they can see the next 14 moves. You only have to see the next two moves to “win” this game. I suggest making those moves now before your government declares checkmate. Gold and Silver HEADLINES Asteroid-Mining Race Heats Up as One More Company Reveals Its Space Plans (Mineweb) US-based Deep Space Industries (DSI) announced the launching of its campaign to inspect small asteroids that pass by the Earth as potential mining targets. In 2015, DSI, in association with NASA and other companies and groups, plans to send a fleet of small, 55-pound FireFly spaceships to identify potential exploration targets. By 2016, Deep Space plans to launch larger DragonFly ships that would collect materials from asteroids and bring them to the Earth to analyze. Deep Space Industries is the second company to embark on asteroid exploration. Last year, Planetary Resources – a company founded by aerospace entrepreneurs and backed by filmmaker James Cameron and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt – announced intentions to form a similar business. We continue to be very conservative about the commercial prospects of these companies. Mining is often unprofitable on Earth due to rising costs and political risks, as well as lack of infrastructure in remote locations. Space poses the ultimate infrastructure challenge. While we look forward to seeing how the companies plan to deal with it, we take such news as curious developments without any investment interest for now. India Hikes Import Tax on Gold (Mineweb) India raised its import duty on gold from 4% to 6% with the intention of restraining external purchases of bullion, in order to balance the the country’s account deficit. As an immediate implication, investment demand for the precious metal is expected to fall. However, gold consumption in the jewelry sector is most likely to remain largely unaffected. These measures will also likely boost smuggling. By creating conditions for gold’s black market to expand, the Indian government may lose more than it expects to gain by introducing the new tax. US and Canadian Mints Rationing Silver Coin Sales (Mineweb) Sales of silver coins have been so strong in January that the US Mint temporarily suspended sales of Silver Eagles and will only be able to supply authorized dealers again on a rationed basis. The Royal Canadian Mint has announced that it, too, has to ration sales of its popular Silver Maple Leaf coins. Sales of Silver Eagles reached six million within the first two weeks of January before being suspended. Analysts suggest that this rapid pace was driven by “the typical rush to acquire the most recently dated coins, as well as pent up demand following three weeks of unavailability (in December 2012).” The situation with the Royal Canadian Mind is perhaps a knock-on effect of the US suspension, as dealers in North America scramble to source coin supplies from mints in which customers have full confidence. This Week in International Speculator and BIG GOLD – Key Updates for Subscribers International Speculator One of our favorite exploration teams has delivered another set of positive drill results. A response to a lawsuit filed against this silver company was filed, and here’s our take on it. Copper 3.68 3.53 3.83 Dear Reader, I’m just back from Vancouver, where Doug Casey, Jeff Clark, Marin Katusa, and I spoke at the 2013 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference. After such an alarming year for so many gold stock owners, it was good to see the show was as large and well attended as ever. I’m not sure we can draw too many conclusions from that fact, but it was encouraging. I met with about two dozen companies and collected a lot of information to mull over, but best of all was meeting some of our readers who’ve become friends over the years. Thanks for coming down to the show. Another highlight was the metaphor Jeff developed in response to a question about what it means for Germany to be repatriating its physical gold reserves. His answer was so striking that I asked him to develop it into an article for all our readers to benefit from. The result is below; and it’s quite timely in light of the buying opportunity gold is giving us this week. I hope you find it as insightful as I did and will be motivated to take action. Sincerely, Silver Stocks (SIL) 20.78 22.29 23.85 TSX Venture 1,227.24 1,185.60 1,604.05 One Month Ago An International Speculator stock has released an economic study on its major development-stage project. We like both the project and the company. BIG GOLD Our #1 pick for dividends announced lower production last quarter – will this affect the payout we receive? Oil 95.95 88.61 99.40last_img read more

Microdosing Is How You Learn How Much CBD You Should You Be

first_img July 4, 2019 Green Entrepreneur Podcast Tinctures are ideal for administering a precise dose. Listen Now Microdosing Is How You Learn How Much CBD You Should You Be Taking Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Add to Queue –sharescenter_img 5 min read If you suffer insomnia, feel anxious, have chronic pain or have been diagnosed with any of a host of other ailments, you may have heard that “CBD is good for that.” You did some research and bought a CBD product, but how do you know exactly what dogse you should use? Cannabidiol (CBD) is an extract from hemp flowers that is taking the health and beauty world by storm. Preliminary research suggests that because of its antiinflammatory and neuroprotective effects it may support those suffering from addictions, Alzheimers, concussion, fibromyalgia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders and many other conditions. But this potentially useful supplement does not come with one-size-fits-all dosing recommendations. In fact, you will have to use a little trial and error to find your right dose. These guidelines will help you do just that.Related: ‘Microdosing Moms’ and ‘Divorced Dads’ Emerge Among Cannabis ConsumersStart low and go slow This will be your motto as you find your optimal CBD dose. As you begin, you should make sure you tolerate it well before working your way up to a dose that relieves your unique symptoms. This process is called microdosing or self-titration, both of which mean you are in charge of finding the lowest effective dose for you. Registered nurse and medical cannabis expert Eileen Konieczny, in her book, Healing with CBD, recommends starting with a microdose of 10 mg, or even dividing that into two or three doses in the course of a day. After a few days or a week at this level, she says, you can gradually increase the dose by five to 10 milligrams at a time. Konieczny and others recommend this process of slowly raising the dose while keeping notes on your symptoms in a journal so that you can monitor the extract’s effectiveness. Apps such as Strainprint and Releaf can help with symptom tracking. Know your product One of the challenges of finding the right dose for you is knowing exactly how much CBD is in the product you bought, and how much is in each dose of that product. Tinctures are perfect for microdosing because they allow you to slowly increase your dose in a way that edibles and capsules do not. Starting with a tincture, especially taking it sublingually (under the tongue), is a good way to understand how CBD affects you and what a good dose will be for you. Look on the product label for the total milligrams (mg) CBD in the container and per dose in the supplement facts table. Make sure you don’t get your units confused here: milliliters (ml) measure the volume of a liquid while milligrams tell you the weight of the extract that was dissolved into the liquid of the tincture. If you have purchased a tincture and feel like you’ve taken on the world’s worst math problem, this may help. ● Most (though not all) tincture bottles are one ounce, or 30 milliliters (ml) ● The standard dropper size is 1 ml ● If your bottle contains 500 mg CBD, each dropper contains just under 17 mg extract ● To start at 10 mg, you will need about 12 drops from that dropper You can increase by as little as one drop at a time as you self-titrate to find the “sweet spot” for you.Related: 3 Surprising Ways to Unlock Your CreativityThe sweet spot The right dose gives you the effect you want using the lowest possible amount. At this dose you will start feeling the benefit from what you are taking, but are unlikely to experience any side effects (CBD has almost no reported adverse effects, however your results may vary). Taking the time to find this minimum effective dose, even with all the math and symptom tracking involved, also saves you money as you take only as much as you need.Once you find a dose that feels like it’s working, bear in mind that your body is a dynamic system and changes in sensitivity may occur. Ongoing daily or intermittent symptom tracking will help you know when to adjust your dose.Lastly, don’t hesitate to take a low dose of CBD for maintenance purposes. Integrative medicine practitioner and medical cannabis expert Dr. Dustin Sulak says doing this can be an effective long-term approach to healing. “Over time,” he says, “I began to notice that most patients using small amounts of cannabis were getting better and more sustainable results than their high-dosage counterparts with similar conditions.” By choosing a high-quality, clearly labeled product and using the microdosing approach experts recommend, you are giving yourself the best odds of experiencing a higher level of wellbeing with the support of CBD. Image credit: Alice Fox | Getty Images CBD Brought to you by A to Z CBD Next Article last_img read more

New regulation designs on cigarette packs direct smokers attention to health warnings

first_img Source: Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 17 2019With ‘stop smoking’ high on many people’s New Year’s resolution list, Huddersfield researchers use eye-tracking methods to determine the effectiveness of the health warnings on packets. The study compared older-style packets with the new regulation designs.SMOKERS once used to turn a blind eye to health warnings on cigarette packets. But now researchers at the University of Huddersfield have used eye-tracking technology to prove that new-style packs have shifted the focus so that the message about the dangers of smoking is getting through more effectively.Regulations introduced in the UK in 2016 insist that health warnings – consisting of text and pictures – must occupy 65 per cent of the front and back of cigarette and tobacco packaging. The names of the manufacturer and the brand must also now be printed in a low key, standardised style, against a drab brown background.It had been shown that before these new regulations, smokers tended to divert their attention away from text-based warnings, concentrating on the distinctive branding. Would the redesigned packs alter smokers’ attention to health warnings?A team from the Department of Psychology at the University – lecturers Dr Chris Retzler, Dr Jenny Retzler and PhD researcher Nazanin Shiraj – devised a method to appraise the success of the new packs in persuading smokers to assimilate the health warnings. Their findings appear in a journal article and they show that the new design regulations are having the intended effect.Forty-seven adult smokers – aged between 19 and 58 – were recruited to take part in the research. They were selected to include both heavy and light smokers. They were each shown images of pre-regulation and a post-regulation cigarette packs on a computer, while an eye-tracker recorded which parts of the packs they were looking at.Related StoriesAlcohol reduction associated with improved viral suppression in women living with HIVNew regulations on e-cigarettes may have unintended consequencesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair”Eye movement analysis revealed that for pre-regulation packs, smokers fixated more on the branding than the warnings,” state the researchers. “This pattern was reversed for the post-regulation packs, suggesting that the recent regulations have been effective in reducing attention to brands and increasing attention to warnings.”This means that the warnings are now “the most salient part of the post-regulation cigarette packs”.It had been shown in earlier studies that heavier smokers tended to ignore the health warnings on pre-regulation packs.”They’d smoked for so many years that they just wanted to ignore the outcome,” said Dr Chris Retzler. “But we didn’t find any effect of that with the new packs. We looked at whether attention to either the branding or the health warning varied as a function of how much they smoked, and there was no relation, which is good news for these changes.”It is not yet known if greater heed paid to health warnings will result in more people quitting smoking, but these results have important implications for policy change in countries without such regulations.”They brought in some similar changes to the packs in Australia, prior to our changes in the UK, and they have seen a moderate decrease in the amount that people smoke. But the numbers of people smoking are going down anyway, so to try and separate out the reasons for that is very difficult,” said Dr Retzler, whose research projects have included the use of neuroscience to study addiction. He is currently working with a charity on developing new interventions to persuade people to stop smoking.last_img read more

Google is turning some NC school buses into rolling study halls

Thanks to an initiative from Google, some North Carolina students are receiving homework help from an unlikely source – their school buses. The program called Rolling Study Halls powers regular school buses with Wi-Fi to help students maximize their learning time, which is especially helpful for those living in rural areas with sparse internet access. The initiative began with school buses in Caldwell County and is now expanding to 16 school districts across the country.”I don’t think any child should be left behind just because the family cannot afford the resources,” said Lilyn Hester, Google’s head of external affairs in the southeast U.S. region, who founded the program. “I’m excited I work for a company that embraces that as well and is working to pilot something with that in mind.”Hester, who lives in Durham and went to school at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, said she got the idea for the program initially from talking with education leaders in Caldwell County about the long bus rides that get many students home late in the day. She thought that “long” meant 20 minutes, so she was surprised to hear that some kids are on the bus for more than an hour one way.”Then the wheels started turning, how could we turn that into educational time?” Hester said. “What if we turn that bus ride into a classroom of sorts? And what if we put teachers on those buses to help kids with their homework on that commute?”With that idea, she helped establish the partnership between Google and education leaders in Caldwell County, about 200 miles west of Raleigh and close to Google’s Lenoir Data Center. Google installed Wi-Fi on 11 school buses for the pilot program. They also worked with the Education Foundation of Caldwell County which paid teachers to ride the buses with students, helping them with their homework.Along with coordinating the installation of the Wi-Fi technology, Google provided a grant to the foundation to pay for the Wi-Fi and data usagePat Triplett, executive director of Education Foundation, noted the success of the program in Caldwell and how it helped raise test scores. Although there were some initial problems with the Wi-Fi speed, she said the benefits outweighed the challenges overall and that the program is still in operation. This fall, they are hoping to service four middle schools in total. Explore further Wi-Fi on wheels: Google helps students get online, on the go As an added benefit, Hester said, some of these instructors reported that fighting on the school bus went down drastically after the buses became equipped with Wi-Fi. In Caldwell County, students are issued laptops by the school that they can take home with them, which restrict access to certain inappropriate sites.Now, Google is expanding to additional states, many of which are in the southeast like Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The company is partnering with school networking nonprofit CoSN and wireless provider Kajeet on the recent rollout which began last week with the Deer Trail School District in Colorado. CoSN works to identify school districts that could benefit most from the technology. The goal is to reclaim more than 1.5 million hours for students by the end of the school year.Susan Bearden, a representative of CoSN, said Google is looking for school districts that have at least 50 percent of students eligible for free and reduced meals, as well as bus commutes of at least 45 minutes each way. These are usually communities in rural areas.”The program is not a technology initiative, this is really a learning initiative,” Bearden said. “The goal of the program is to try to recapture dead time that kids are using spending traveling to and from school and trying to turn that into learning time.”Another goal of the program is to bridge the digital divide between those with internet access and those without. Studies from the Pew Research Center have shown that low-income homes are up to four times more likely to be without broadband access than middle or upper-income homes.Hester said she has heard stories about families who live in rural areas driving to parking lots outside of cafes or shopping centers, so their kids can use the internet to do their homework.”We thought it would be great if we could provide these students with the means so that they too can be competitive,” she said.To do that Google is looking to use the buses outside of school hours by partnering with communities to bring them to locations like community centers or fellowship halls.Moving forward, the leaders of Rolling Study Halls hope to expand the program even further. Triplett of Caldwell County said that her dream is to equip athletic buses with Wi-Fi so athletes can do homework during their travels to away games.After this pilot phase ends in 2019, Google is going to evaluate the success of the initiative and determine if they can duplicate the results more widely, Bearden said.Hester said she’s enjoyed working with the community partners on the project, who were willing to take a leap of faith with technology they weren’t quite familiar with to give kids access to the internet and teach them technology skills.”For a young person to get them excited about computer science, it excites me as well,” she said. “These kids could create the next big thing, the next Google.” 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. ©2018 The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Citation: Google is turning some NC school buses into rolling study halls (2018, April 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from read more

Technology for visualizing flow of blood to aid neurosurgery in the human

first_imgExtracted vasculature of the mouse brain surface by using a cross-correlation analysis of time-intensity changes in fluorescent signals. B. Typical results for measured time-intensity changes of pixel intensity averaged over artery (red), vein (blue) and tissue (green) areas. C. A map of transit-time of fluorescent dyes on each pixel. D. Calculated blood flow velocity map. Credit: University of Electro Communications Citation: Technology for visualizing flow of blood to aid neurosurgery in the human brain (2018, June 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Neurosurgeons conduct vascular recanalization for treatment of cerebrovascular diseases. Successful surgery necessitates surgery the minimization of flow disturbances due to blood during surgical intervention. However, monitoring the flow of blood under surgery is difficult due to a lack of imaging tools for visualizing microcirculation in the brain. Medical imaging technology detects vascular disorders, injuries in brain without invasive contrast agents More information: Ryo Hoshikawa et al. Dynamic Flow Velocity Mapping from Fluorescent Dye Transit Times in the Brain Surface Microcirculation of Anesthetized Rats and Mice, Microcirculation (2016). DOI: 10.1111/micc.12285 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. Provided by University of Electro Communications Now, Kazuto Masamoto at the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, and colleague at National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan have developed fluorescent imaging-based visualization tools for imaging and analyzing cerebral microcirculation.The principle of the present method is to automatically calculate the distance for movements of fluorescent tracers (e.g., indocyanine green) which were intravenously injected, from movies of the fluorescence. The distance is divide by the rate acquired, resulting in an approximate of the velocity of the fluorescent tracers on each pixel.The researchers first confirmed the accuracy of their method using phantom-tubes with known flow velocities from the injection of fluorescent dyes that imitated the microcirculation conditions of the body. Then, animal models were used to validate the methods.”we successfully measured flow velocity in the brain surface of anesthetized rats and mice,” says Masamoto. “We are starting collaborative works with medical doctors to test the feasibility of our method for human brains under neurosurgery.” Explore furtherlast_img read more

First alldigital nuclear reactor system in the US installed at Purdue University

first_img Provided by Purdue University Explore further “The reactor’s use in recent years had shifted from fundamental reactor physics research to serving primarily as an educational support facility,” said Seungjin Kim, the Capt. James F. McCarthy Jr. and Cheryl E. McCarthy Head of the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue.”Now, we can return to that impactful research while also significantly expanding the reactor’s teaching capabilities,” he said.PUR-1 now includes a 150-square-foot video wall, which enhances data display and engages prospective nuclear engineering students.”The nuclear reactor with fully digitized instrumentation and control is a milestone for Purdue’s School of Nuclear Engineering,” said Mung Chiang, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Purdue’s College of Engineering. “The research and teaching enabled by the new PUR-1 will also contribute to the next chapter of nuclear energy, safety and security in the country.”U.S. NRC licensing of the PUR-1 system is unprecedented in other ways, as well: Some of the parts are certified under the German Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (KTA), rather than under domestic standards.Historically, the U.S. NRC has accepted only parts certified under domestic standards, which are generally cost-prohibitive for use. The U.S. NRC accepted these parts in PUR-1 through the agency’s initiative for a risk-informed and performance-based regulatory process. This requires the U.S. switching from traditional analog technology to the latest advances in digital technology, a change already made in other countries.The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has licensed Purdue University Reactor Number One (PUR-1) as the first entirely digital nuclear reactor instrumentation and control system in the nation. The upgraded reactor and facility, originally built in 1962, paves the way for widespread implementation of digital technology in both research and industry reactors.”Modern control technology in the nuclear sector will allow for big data applications and increased reliability,” said Clive Townsend, the supervisor for Purdue’s reactor. “We’re going from the vacuum tubes and hand-soldered wires of the ’60s, to LEDs, ethernet cables and advanced electronics.”Traditional analog consoles make it difficult to take research data accurately and quickly, while a digital system allows values to be measured instantly. Going digital means that much more data can be processed and analyzed, opening the door to capabilities that haven’t been as possible yet in the nuclear sector, such as predictive analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence.Digital technology also allows reactor facilities to identify performance interruptions which may occur before the scheduled maintenance time, making them safer and extending their lifetime. If parts needed to be replaced, digital ones are far less expensive and more commercially available than analog parts.While university reactors like Purdue’s aren’t used for powering energy grids like industry reactors, they provide a platform for research. Examples that might surprise you include understanding how heavy metals affect mental health, identifying the origins of a 1,000-year-old artifact or eventually predicting how well pilots will fly new planes. Nuclear power plants generate 20% of the nation’s electricity and are the largest clean energy source in the U.S. But to further offset climate change, the nuclear energy sector needs to extend the lifetime of existing facilities as well as build new ones. “The fact that the NRC is accepting a digital console for a small research reactor, with parts certified under the KTA standards, signals the regulatory body moving toward approval in a large industry reactor,” Townsend said.A digital university reactor offers several benefits both to industry players and educational settings. As a cyberphysical test bed, collaborators and corporate partners will be able to evaluate simulations of industry reactors using Purdue’s facility as a model and apply lessons learned and best practice improvements to their own reactors.”Testing code and simulations in smaller university facilities allows more flexibility, ease of access and quicker development cycles than would be available at larger industrial partners,” said Robert Bean, the PUR-1 facility director and an assistant professor of nuclear engineering at Purdue. “At low cost, researchers will be able to quickly evaluate their work and achieve full-scale deployment.”Digital technology also means that Purdue can utilize the reactor to send live data to remote locations, helping researchers to match reactor status in real time to their experimental results, and students to visualize from their monitors how a reactor responds.”We can send signals to areas, such as schools in developing countries, that do not have the luxury of their own nuclear reactor facility and the associated educational infrastructure. As long as they have internet and this partnership with Purdue, they can see and study how the reactor works,” Kim said.A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly licensed PUR-1 will kick off a three-day summit, “Atoms for Humanity,” on Sept. 3 at Purdue University. Corporate partners could use Purdue’s facility as a model for testing ways to improve industry reactors. Credit: Purdue University /Vincent Waltercenter_img Citation: First all-digital nuclear reactor system in the US installed at Purdue University (2019, July 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from World’s second EPR nuclear reactor starts work in China The digital conversion of PUR-1 began in 2012, when the U.S. Department of Energy awarded Purdue a grant through its Nuclear Energy University Program to replace the reactor equipment with a state-of-the-art instrumentation and control system. Purdue developed and built the fully digital system in collaboration with Mirion Technologies and the Curtiss-Wright Corp. Purdue’s nuclear reactor now has digital capabilities that allow for preventive maintenance, a longer facility lifespan and big data applications. Credit: Purdue University /Vincent Walter 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

Maharashtra CM Fadnavis expands Cabinet inducts 13 new ministersMaharashtra CM Fadnavis expands

first_imgpolitics Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis (file photo).   –  THE HINDU COMMENT Maharashtra June 16, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img Published on The Devendra Fadnavis Government on Sunday expanded the Ministry with 13 new ministers. Six serving ministers have been dropped. The move is seen as an attempt to strengthen the government before the Maharashtra Sssembly elections, which are likely to be held in October.The induction of new ministers almost coincides with the Monsoon session of Maharashtra Legislature, which is commencing on Monday. Among the most prominent faces to join the Fadnavis team is former Congressman and leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who quit the grand old party on June 5. With Congress party losing massive public support in Maharashtra before the parliamentary elections, Vikhe Patil had also put in his papers as leader of the Opposition.The other notable faces to the join the government are Mumbai BJP President, Ashish Shelar, who is seen as a major force in keeping the party united in Mumbai and continuously directing the party cadre during the parliamentary elections. Former Nationalist Congress Party leader Jaydutta Kshirsagar, who was also a minister in the Congress-NCP government 2009-2014. From the Republic Party of India (A) leader Avinash Mahatekar was given a berth as Minister of State. All three new ministers are not members of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly or Maharashtra Legislative Council, but still, they can hold the ministerial position for six months.Interacting with the media on the eve of the Monsoon session of the Legislature, Fadnavis said new members have been inducted in the Ministry so as to provide a regional balance. The decisions to drop six ministers are not based on their performance, he said.Fadnavis said that 28 Bills will be discussed in the session, of which 13 would be fresh Bills. The State government was also in the process of uploading database of 1.2 crore farmers, which would be used for the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, which would be used for faster disbursal of funds during the Kharif season. COMMENTS SHARElast_img read more

Malaysia to file WTO complaint against EUs palm biofuel policy by November

first_img World 15h ago Indonesia president pledges more infrastructure, investment in second term Plantations {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will submit a complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by November to challenge the European Union’s restrictions on palm biofuel, according to Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim.She said documents related to the complaint are currently with the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).”We have already had a discussion with the AGC. They are assisting and helping us identify some experts who can argue the case (we want to file with) the WTO. A lot of things are in place now,” she told a press conference after the opening of the 9th International Planters Conference here today. Kok said the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries will hold a ministerial meeting with Indonesia to discuss the issue. AdChoices广告”We want to know what are the proposals they want to come out with (regarding the palm oil biofuel restrictions by the EU), and definitely our case against the EU will also be discussed,” she said.Asked whether Malaysia would go at it alone if Indonesia is not interested in submitting a joint complaint to the international body, she said: “Strategically, it would be good for us if we do it with Indonesia.” – Bernama Related News Related News Nation 58m ago Sessions Court set Aug 26 date for next mention of Umno legal advisor’s money-laundering charges Tags / Keywords: Smebiz 16h ago Eyeing expansion in Indonesia and the Philippines – SMEBizlast_img read more