NEW YORK — A nearly silent, drone-sized aircraft has shown it can fly, thanks to a scientist who was inspired by watching “Star Trek” as a child.With neither propellers nor jets, the airplane gets its thrust by applying a strong electric field to the air. That general idea has been demonstrated at science fairs, but the new work shows it can power a free-flying airplane.So can people look forward to travelling in planes that are almost silent and emit no air pollution?“Not anytime soon,” says Steven Barrett of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who reported the results in a study released Wednesday by the journal Nature.It’s not clear whether the technology could work at such a large scale, he said in a telephone interview. And even if it can, it would take a few decades to develop such planes, he said.Before that, the approach might be used in airplane-like drones that perform tasks like environmental monitoring and surveillance, he said. As drones become more common in urban skies, the lack of noise would be an advantage in making them less bothersome to people on the ground, he said.The Nature paper reports the results of 10 test flights inside an MIT athletic building. With a wingspan of about 16 feet (5 metres), the five-pound (2.45-kilogram) plane sailed along at about 11 mph (17 kph). Each flight covered about 60 yards (55 metres).Barrett, 35, said he was inspired as a child by watching “Star Trek” television episodes and movies, where he was struck by the shuttles that flew with no moving parts in their propulsion systems. He recalled thinking, “There should be a way things should fly without having propellers and (jet) turbines.”As an adult, he focused on that and came across a concept called “ionic wind.”For the MIT airplane, that involves a series of thin wires at the front of the plane that generate a powerful electric field. The field strips electrons from air molecules, turning the molecules into positively charged particles called ions. Those ions flow toward negatively charged parts of plane, colliding with ordinary air molecules and transferring energy to them. That produces a wind that provides thrust for the plane, Barrett explained.A similar process has long been used in outer space to propel some spacecraft, he said.Barrett said he hopes to find a way to eliminate the “very slight buzz” one can hear.“I think they’re onto something here,” said Pat Anderson, a professor of aerospace engineering at the Daytona Beach, Florida, campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He had no role in the research.He called the results impressive. But the experimental aircraft lacks the range and endurance to serve as a useful drone, and it’s not clear whether the technology could be scaled up to fix that or become useful for propelling a passenger plane, he said.___Follow Malcolm Ritter at @MalcolmRitter___The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Malcolm Ritter, The Associated Press
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While women are widely recognized as effective agents of peace, they still have little access to power and peace negotiations, two experts appointed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) said in a new report released today. The report, Progress of the World’s Women 2002: The Independent Experts’ Assessment on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Women and Women’s Role in Peace-building, documents a growing trend towards targeting innocents in war. All civilians are targeted, but the gender-based violence that has characterized ethnic and internal conflicts in the past decade has overwhelmingly hit women and girls, according to the report. “Women’s bodies have become a battleground over which opposing forces struggle,” the report says. “Women are raped as a way to humiliate male relatives who are often forced to watch the assault.” In societies where ethnicity is inherited through the male line, enemy women are raped and forced to bear children, the report points out. “Women who are already pregnant are forced to miscarry through violent attacks, and women are kidnapped and used as sexual slaves to service troops.” In a statement today, UNIFEM said the experts had examined the progress made in implementing a Security Council resolution on the role of women, peace and security and had found compelling new evidence that woman and girls are singled out for atrocities with few consequences for perpetrators. The report says the Council resolution has given legitimacy to women’s struggle for peace as well as their success in organizing networks across borders and helping to prevent conflicts. Calling for a redefinition of global security with a focus on human dimensions, UNIFEM Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer said the report demonstrated that security has been almost exclusively defined in military terms. “Women insist on a broader vision, one which puts human life and human rights at the forefront,” she said. The report was written by and Elisabeth Rehn, the former Minister of Defence and Equality Affairs of Finland and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Liberian and member of the Africa Union Panel of Eminent Persons which investigated the genocide in Rwanda.
The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a national initiative to boost girls’ education in Pakistan today, warning that until girls’ education became an urgent priority in South Asia, the region’s economic and social development would be hindered. “Each one of these girls is an asset to her country,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said, noting that 7 million Pakistani girls of school-going-age are not in school. “But their prospects are dwindling by the day. Every day spent outside of a school is a tremendous loss not only for the girl but for the future of her country.” Ms. Bellamy is in Pakistan on a three-day visit to focus attention on education in the region as part of a global campaign to scale up efforts to achieve the Education for All (EFA) goals. Tomorrow, she is scheduled to address education ministers attending the South Asian Ministerial meeting for the EFA Forum, being held 22-23 May, hosted by the government of Pakistan, and organized by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the support of UNICEF. She said she would urge the South Asian ministers to take immediate action to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of gender parity in primary and secondary schools by 2005. She pointed to the daunting statistics that make this a priority: South Asia is home to 43 million out-of-school children. Over half of these children are girls.
“The humanitarian situation in 2004 remained vulnerable,” the report said, noting that Israeli-Palestinian violence continued throughout the year and there was no significant easing of the underlying causes of the crisis – the closure system of checkpoints and roadblocks established by Israel to safeguard its citizens. The study, based primarily on a compilation of UN agency findings and field work by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory, is an updated version of a report submitted to a committee of key international donors in November 2004 by UN organizations. It found that about half the population was living below the poverty line of $2.10 per day, compared to just 22 per cent four years earlier, with some 560,000 people – 16 per cent – mired in deep poverty. Palestinians continued to face problems reaching their places of work, schools and hospitals, and standards of health and education continued to deteriorate, it added. In some parts of the territory, Palestinians’ needs for additional humanitarian assistance rose sharply as a consequence. It noted that a guarded optimism was evident early this year as a result of a successful election process and the smooth transition to a new president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas, after the death of Yasser Arafat. “The PA was making detailed plans for transition from crisis to recovery. This transition is crucial: Palestinians depend heavily on external assistance, and the PA and donors must consider how to ensure that humanitarian assistance does not become a structural feature of the Palestinian economy,” it said. “Yet transition will not be possible unless conflict eases and access both within the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and to external areas improves, and conditions are created for normal economic activity. “Even if rapid progress is made on the political front, unless this is translated into improvements in access, emergency humanitarian assistance continues to remain necessary at current levels to prevent a further decline in the humanitarian situation,” it added.
This is entirely in line with our responsibilities and accountability. Un-notified processions must now come to an end.The chief constable said that the PSNI was “entirely right” in asking the Parades Commission to “consider its role in relation to un-notified processions.”He continued to express doubts, however, over the current Public Processions Act, saying that it did not act as a suitable deterrence to those breaking the law.The required standard of proof to convict is high and the Act would benefit from review.Read: Parades Commission says Northern Ireland can ‘choose’ a peaceful summer > THE CHIEF CONSTABLE of the PSNI has said that marches and protests in Northern Ireland which do not notify the Parades Commission “must now come to an end”.The statement by Matt Baggott comes a day after the chairman of the Parades Commission, Peter Osborne, played down the role that the organisation had in the majority of protests in Northern Ireland.Responding to calls that the commission should intervene in ongoing flag protests, Osborne said that where these took place without permission, the police had a number of options open to them under current laws.Echoing the need for prior notification, Baggott said now was the time for “responsible civic leadership.”“Our approach to the flag dispute has been consistent in that we have put public safety first, dealt with disorder firmly and are bringing people before the courts for breaking the law,” he said.
One of the best parts about Nintendo’s 3DS is how many of Nintendo’s back catalog games it is able to play. Of course the 3DS can handle DS cartridges, but it is also able to play Game Boy Advance (GBA) games that are downloaded from the Nintendo eShop. A number of people became a lot lot more familiar with Nintendo’s older games when the company gave 3DS Ambassadors (people who bought the 3DS early) 10 free NES games and 10 free GBA games.Now, all those games are available but there is a problem. The 3DS uses modern hardware, including a high resolution display. This means that older games, especially those from the GBA, don’t look great. Basically, the 3DS’ 400×240 display is a bit much for the 240×160 GBA games so they have to be interpolated (you know, image scaling) to take up more room. This means that the wonderful original art is up-res’ed into a jaggy mess. Luckily there is something you can do about it.In order to play games at their native resolution — this works for GBA and DS games — you simply need to follow these instructions:Find the game on your 3DS’ home screen and hold Select (or Start)Press “A” to load the game. Keep holding Select (or Start) until the game is done loadingWhen the game is finished loading, let go and play.That’s it — you press and hold Select and load the game! You’ll be greeted with a tiny, but crisp version of your GBA game. This might not be something you can play for long stretches of time, because the image on-screen is quite tiny, but you’ll at least be able to see the original art without the blurring and fading off interpolation.It’s been pointed out that the GBA games have other issues, like poor sound and sleep mode not working when playing them, but at least you can do something about the graphics.via 1up
February is almost here. We now have a mere three weeks to wait until Black Panther hits theaters. If you plan to see it on opening night, I hope you have your tickets already. They sold out in record time, so if you haven’t already secured some, you might end up waiting a few days. There’s a good reason for that. Every new look at the movie makes it look even better. Today, Chadwick Boseman appeared on The Ellen Show to talk about the new movie and how he’s handling his massive popularity. But the most exciting part of the interview happens right at the beginning. We got to see the first full clip from the movie and… man, I didn’t think anything could make me want to see this movie more.Holy crap. So in that clip we get a little more information about the new neon-lit suit. Namely, when it gets hit (or shot in this case), it stores the kinetic energy for T’Challa to release at will. That might make him the only superhero for whom bullets make him stronger. And when he releases all that energy on the car carrying the bad guys? It’s been a while since a single shot made me go “Hell… YES!” like that did.From the sounds of things, that’s just the beginning too. Forest Whitaker, who plays Zuri in the movie, teased some of the unexpected places the movie will go in an interview with Variety. Whitaker started off by talking about what sets Black Panther apart from the countless other superhero flicks out there. It’s a unique piece. It’s a multicultural piece. I think people are waiting to find something new. This superhero from Africa who is in this society and trying to fix the world is something that hasn’t been seen before,” he said.Then he dropped this on us. “We’re going to see not only tribal things, but things that take us into outer space, things that take us into the James Bond space. It’s a really unique amalgamation of different things that come together in an exciting way.”Wait, outer space. We knew Black Panther would show us the incredibly futuristic nation of Wakanda, but everything we’ve seen so far makes it look like a fairly grounded superhero movie. At least compared to Thor: Ragnarok or Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s entirely possible that Whitaker was speaking metaphorically, as in the things Black Panther does are so futuristic and far out they might as well be in outer space… but probably not. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is embracing the “Universe” part of its name more with every movie. With the way the overall story is going, we’re only going to see more movies with space travel as the franchise continues. Plus, Black Panther is going to lead right into Avengers: Infinity War, which is a galactic-scale story. It certainly makes sense for Black Panther to take us to space at some point, even if it’s only in a post-credits sequence.Another Marvel film fans have been desperate to see for a while is the standalone Black Widow movie, which looks like it might actually be happening. Last week, Marvel Studios had hired a screenwriter to work on it, and Scarlett Johansson has said she’d be open to returning to the role after Infinity War if the script was right. Now, a rumor reported by The Daily Mail has a potential release year. Now, that site has gotten things wrong in the past, so take this report with all the salt, but the timeline does sound reasonable. The Mail cites an insider who says Marvel Studios is hoping to release Black Widow in 2020. They also say that Johansson has struck a $25 Million deal to be in the movie. That would make her the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, but it’s nowhere near the amount of money Robert Downey Jr. gets to play Tony Stark. (Though that’s partly because Downey Jr. got a crazy deal that no other actor in the MCU has, because he negotiated his contract back when Iron Man was an independent movie by an unproven studio.)2020 does sound like a likely date for Marvel to release the movie, especially since fan reaction to the news has been so strong. And with Johansson’s contract set to end after Avengers 4, she’s in a position to get a big $25 Million payday for one more movie. It’s also rumored that she’d get more if the film did well enough at the box office. She’s also said to be working very closely with screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to make sure Natasha Romanov gets the movie she deserves. The only detail that doesn’t sound quite right, and therefore casts a little bit of doubt over the report, is that Jude Law and Ben Mendelsohn are potential co-stars. They are co-stars in next year’s Captain Marvel movie, and the roles they’re rumored to play (Mar-Vell and Yon-Rogg) wouldn’t have much reason to cross paths with Black Widow. Also, it’s a little early to start looking for supporting cast when you don’t even have a script yet. It’s likely that The Daily Mail got Marvel’s two upcoming woman-led superhero films confused. But hey, this is the MCU. Who can say which characters will or won’t show up?Speaking of Captain Marvel, a new set photo from the upcoming movie leaked, showing a very different-looking Nick Fury. We already knew the movie would take place in the ’90s, and that appears to mean Fury is much more… intact than we’re used to seeing him. Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders team up again for an upcoming Marvel project – see pics from the set! https://t.co/JTp7QkPRXi— JustJared.com (@JustJared) January 21, 2018He has both eyes. Whatever happened to cause him to lose his left eye hasn’t happened yet. Some fans think we’ll see it in Captain Marvel, and this photo is making me think they’re right. There’s no way to know what he and Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) are looking at, but it can’t be anything good. Captain Marvel is rumored to feature the Skrulls, so maybe the younger S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are watching an alien invasion. We’ll learn more as we get closer to Captain Marvel’s March 2019 release date.Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/20th Century FoxIn what used to be the other Marvel movie universe, but might as well be part of the MCU now, we got some more details on that scary looking New Mutants movie. Unfortunately, a few 2018 release dates were switched around, and while that does mean we get Deadpool 2 earlier, The New Mutants got pushed back to 2019. On the bright side, it sounds like Fox is extra time by adding scenes to make the movie scarier. After Get Out and It revitalized the horror genre last year, fans got excited when the first trailer for New Mutants made it look like a genuinely scary horror movie. After the movie reportedly tested OK but not great, The Tracking Board reports that Fox may have wanted to make it a true horror movie.That means we won’t see their bright superhero costumes from the comic books, though. Director Josh Boone told Comic Book Movie that he really wants to separate The New Mutants from the rest of the X-Men movies. “There are no costumes. That alone makes it different. They can’t be with the other kids at the X-Mansion. They’re too f***ed up. They’ve all killed people, whether intentionally or unintentionally,” he said. He also assured fans that the final product, though it will still come with a PG-13 rating, it won’t be light on scares. “This movie is probably the hardest PG-13 ever made. I mean, we’ve pushed it. The horror is pretty dark, but there’s also an emotional core, too. If I can scare you and make you cry: that’s the goal.”We’ll be able to see if he pulls it off when The New Mutants hits theaters on February 22, 2019.Anson Mount, Serinda Swan and Iwan Rheon (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)And in less happy MCU news, it’s looking a lot like ABC is done with Inhumans. SpoilerTV was the first to notice that the press site for ABC’s critically maligned MCU series seems to have disappeared. Heading to the URL now only brings of a 404 error, leading most people to speculate that the network has quietly cancelled the show. ABC has yet to formally announce anything, but ABC President Channing Dungey didn’t sound too confident about the show’s prospects during the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Per Bleeding Cool: “It didn’t perform for us at the level that we would’ve wanted. We haven’t made any official decision yet about what we’re going to pick up in May, but I will say that the numbers, unfortunately, were less exciting for us than we hoped they would be.”If Inhumans was indeed cancelled, it wouldn’t be a surprising move. Not only did the show not perform well, but it was also kind of a mess. It suffered from plodding pacing, laughably bad dialog and unusually poor performances. The only unqualified bright spot in the series was Lockjaw, who is a good dog and deserves to show up in something else. At least ABC still has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which if you haven’t watched in a while, it’s worth tuning in now. The show got really good last season with the introduction of Ghost Rider, the Life Model Decoys and a Hydra-controlled alternate universe. This season opened with them in space, and it’s been a surprising amount of fun.Whatever Marvel and ABC do next, let’s hope it’s more in line with the last couple seasons of S.H.I.E.L.D., and less like whatever Inhumans was. Stay on target Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Romelu Lukaku has now scored a career-high of 27 goals across a single season, after netting Manchester United’s second goal in their 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday nightThe Belgium international joined the club last summer for a reported £75m deal from fellow Premier League side Everton and has netted an impressive 27 goals, which surpasses his previous career-best of 26 goals from last season.Romelu Lukaku goals per season:2009-10: 19 2010-11: 20 2011-12: 2 2012-13: 17 2013-14: 16 2014-15: 20 2015-16: 25 2016-17: 26 2017-18: 27*“Having a bad season.” ??— bet365 (@bet365) 18 April 2018Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Lukaku has also scored more goals than fellow strikers Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez in their respective debut seasons at Old Trafford.Goals in their first season at Manchester United:Cristiano Ronaldo – 6 Andy Cole – 12 Dimitar Berbatov – 14 Wayne Rooney – 17 Carlos Tevez – 19 Romelu Lukaku – 27 and counting…— bet365 (@bet365) 18 April 2018
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras rolled as a man stole a motorcycle from a Miami Beach apartment complex.The surveillance video, taken June 11, shows a man walking around an apartment building near Collins Avenue and 73rd Street.The man is then seen hoping onto the bike before taking off.If you have any information on the person who stole the bike, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
This full-funding guarantee is a reversal from the governor’s previous proposed reduction of the Base Student Allocation (BSA). Dunleavy: “Make sure that you fund education, make sure that it’s in the budget, because there is questions right now whether there is funding in the budget. This year we won’t look at reducing the size of the education budget this year.” Representative Gary Knopp, member of the House Majority: “The House and Senate both members have got strong opinions on what divides us. Unnecessary media and slamming from the media doesn’t help our cause in trying to work together on these issues.” Following Thursday’s release of the Attorney General’s legal opinion on the constitutionality of education expenditures made by a previous legislature, members of the House Republican Caucus are pleading with the House and Senate Majorities not to underestimate the damage that will be caused by continued inaction on education funding. Governor Dunleavy pledged that he would not use his veto power to reduce K-12 education spending for Fiscal Year 2020 during an Facebook Live town hall meeting. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享During a Facebook Live event on Tuesday, Governor Mike Dunleavy announced his commitment to fully fund K-12 education in Alaska – a direct response to a request made by the House Republican Caucus during their budget negotiations with the governor. Both of the operating budgets passed by the House and Senate currently do not contain funding for schools, instead they both rely on a forward funding measure passed in 2018. The House and Senate came to an agreement over forward funding $50 million for education for two years when passing SB 26.
Reliance Industries has brought about a drastic change to Indian telecom industry with its Reliance Jio. It has got millions of subscribers in just a few months, but the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has revealed in its data that it is inferior to rivals like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular in terms of 4G download speed.Reliance Jio offered free unlimited access to high-speed 4G data, HD voice call, HD video call, SMS, and Jio apps for three months when it was launched in October 2016. The offer has been extended till March 31, 2017, but the plan was marred by call drops due to insufficient points of interconnection (PoIs) and slow download speed.[READ: Has Reliance Jio 4G data offer been extended till December 31, 2017]Airtel has always claimed that it has the fastest network in India in terms of speed and TRAI has proved it right. According to the telecom regulator’s 4G speed data for the month of January, Airtel tops the list at 11.862Mbps average speed (4.747Mbps in December), followed by Idea at 10.562Mbps (5.943Mbps in December), and Vodafone at 10.301Mbps (9.666Mbps in December). However, Reliance Jio’s 4G download speed dropped to 8.345Mbps in January from 18.146Mbps in December 2016.In terms of 4G upload speed, Vodafone leads for the month of January at 5.696Mbps, followed by Idea at 5.631Mbps, and Airtel at 4.718Mbps. However, Reliance Jio 4G upload speed in January was 2.276Mbps against 3.262Mbps in December 2016.Reliance Jio 4G speed could have been affected by the unprecedented load on the network with the number of subscribers swelling due to the free data offer. It has captured about 23 percent market share, becoming the second biggest telecom network in India, next only to Airtel.
Hindu devotees taking the idol of Goddess Durga at Buriganga river for immersion on Saturday. Photo: Ashraful AlamDurga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, ended on Saturday with the immersion of Goddess Durga idols across the country, reports news agency UNB.Devotees in their tearful eyes said farewell to the mother deity and her children-Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh-through the immersion of their idols in the water wishing Durga’s return next year.The ceremonial worship of the goddess ended with the celebration of Bijoya Dashami and devotees immersing the idols of the deity and her children in rivers.The five-day festival started on September 26 with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga marking Sashthi.Devotees thronged Puja mandaps to celebrate Bijoya Dashami, the last day of the festival and recited the mantras and offering flowers to the goddess Durga (pushpanjali) and praying for her blessings.Each of the mandaps across the country was ornamented with beautiful idols, showcasing the goddess in all her glory.Bijoya Dashami is the special ceremony of reaffirming peace and good relations among people.Families visited each other to share sweetmeats. Married Hindu women put vermilion on each other’s forehead on the occasion.The number of Puja pandals has increased this year as the number of Puja pandals is 29,395, including 231 in Dhaka city.As many as 1,767 Puja pandals were set up in Chittagong while 1,242 in Dinajpur, 1,175 in Gopalganj, 737 in Faridpur, 752 in Comilla, 606 in Bagerhat, 126 in Chapainawabganj, 629 in Magura, 519 in Brahmanbaria, 647 in Jessore and 26 in Benapole.Durga Puja, the annual Hindu festival which is also known as Sharadiya (autumnal) Durga Utsav, is the worship of ‘Shakti’ [divine force] embodied in goddess Durga.It symbolises the battle between good and evil where the dark forces eventually succumb to the divine.
Democrat Beto O’Rourke says he raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in the past three months, more than tripling the haul of his Republican opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz.The Texas race for U.S. Senate has become one of the country’s hottest, and maybe its closest.O’Rourke announced Friday that the funding came from more than 800,000 donors. The ex-punk rocker has become a star in national liberal circles.His totals through Sept. 30 broke quarterly Senate fundraising records for non-self-funded campaigns.Cruz previously announced raising $12 million over the same period. He’d correctly predicted that O’Rourke would triple that.O’Rourke’s good news comes amid polls that have begun to show him trailing Cruz by about 10 points. No Democrat has won statewide office in Texas since 1994. Share
The District’s commission charged with studying the problems of males in the city recently met to discuss how substance abuse is negatively impacting the lives of boys and men. The discussion is one of many being held to form an action plan early next year. The goal is to provide solutions to many of the situations that plague men and boys in D.C.The District’s Commission on Fathers, Men, and Boys met June 29 at the Wheatley Education Campus in Ward 5. Tony Dugger, executive director of the commission, said the use of marijuana in the District is at a high level and that has an adverse impact on the lives of the city’s male population.“We are in a city where many, many people use cannabis,” Dugger said to an audience of 20 people. “We have decriminalized marijuana in this city and there is now access to medical marijuana. Marijuana is a problem for Black men in D.C.“Many Black men have problems passing employment drug tests because of the marijuana in their system. We know that Black men have the skills to perform in the job market but we need to do make sure that they are drug free.”The commission was established in 2014 by the D.C. Council to address issues such as substance abuse. Other areas explored include improving educational outcomes for males, their employment prospects, and their interactions with law enforcement.With the legalization of marijuana spreading across the country this year, George Garrow, chairman of the commission said, “Marijuana use is placed these days in the category of alcohol.”The National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Health have publisheda brochure, “Marijuana Facts for Teens,” that says one in six people who start using marijuana and 25-50 percent of those who use it every day become addicted.” Numerous studies show casual marijuana use has adverse effects on the body and mind and impairs judgment and motor skills.Alcohol abuse is also a problem for men in the District. The District of Columbia Youth Risk Behavior Survey, released by the District’s Department of Health in 2012, shows that more middle school students reported current use of alcohol (13 percent) than marijuana (9 percent). The report also said more middle and high school students used marijuana than tobacco products.Even so, the substance that concerns many District officials is synthetic drugs. Synthetic drugs, colloquially known as Scooby Snax, Spice, K2, and Bizarro, aren’t scientifically tested as products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; therefore the contents and their safety have been questionable to many health and government officials.During the meeting, there was a panel discussion of community and government leaders who are well-acquainted with the negative affect that substance abuse has on men of color in the District. Juanita Price, CEO of the Hillcrest Children & Family Center on Rhode Island Avenue, said substance abusers have problems finding and keeping jobs. “Many workplaces will not employ anyone who is using drugs,” Price said. “That is why both the federal and District laws mandate that drug testing for businesses that contract with them and/or do any type of interaction with government.”According to Charles Thornton, director of the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizens, about 57 percent of residents enrolled in the District’s Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency have tested positive for marijuana use. “Synthetic marijuana is not different from PCP and it is just as bad. Synthetic marijuana is dangerous because you can become a zombie from it,” he said.Price said the push to legitimize marijuana in the District isn’t coming from Black people. “It is middle-class Whites who are professionals that support marijuana legalization,” she said. “This is part of the national campaign to support the marijuana industry. The majority of the people in favor of decriminalization are White, many of them White women.”Tristan Wilkerson, a member of the commission and a millennial, said the panelists and some of his commission members are missing the point. “Kids and young people don’t think that smoking marijuana is inherently bad,” she said. “Substance abuse needs to be addressed as a public health issue and the focus should be on healing, rather than one of public safety.”
News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more read more The TGF-UC180J ultrasound gastrovideoscope will be showcased October 13-15 at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting (ACG 2013), which will be held in San Diego. References[i] Truven Health Analytics Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan (“Truven Health”). Any analysis, interpretation or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors and Truven Health disclaims responsibility for any such analysis, interpretation or conclusion.For more information: www.medical.olympusaamerica.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more October 10, 2012 — Olympus announced the launch of its U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.)-cleared and world’s only forward-viewing curvilinear ultrasound gastrovideoscope.The design of Olympus’ endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) scope provides a reduced distal tip length. The combination of a shorter tip with wider angulation capabilities (180 degrees up) delivers enhanced maneuverability and handling. In addition, the scope’s straight channel enables direct or head-on delivery of therapeutic devices to the target site, potentially providing easier access to regions of interest.The scope’s enhanced maneuverability and handling offers the potential to improve visualization of fundus diseases. In addition, an auxiliary water jet potentially provides better acoustic coupling as well as savings in accessory costs by eliminating the need for a balloon.”It is the first true ‘hybrid’ ultrasound endoscope, enabling both ultrasound and endoscopy-guided interventions with the same instrument. This will facilitate existing EUS-guided therapies, such as pseudocyst drainage, as well as enable new EUS-guided treatments,” said Kenneth Binmoeller, M.D. and director of the interventional endoscopy service at California Pacific Medical Center.The TGF-UC180J is powered by the ProSound F75 Ultrasound Imaging Platform, which aids in more accurate diagnosis of diseases and cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) track and surrounding organs. The scope is also backward compatible with prior generation processors, including the Olympus EU-ME1 and Hitachi Aloka SSD-?10. “We are pleased to introduce this newest advance in EUS technology,” said Luke Calcraft, President of the Medical Systems Group at Olympus Corporation of the Americas. “The TGF-UC180J has the potential to pave the way for new EUS-guided treatments and assist healthcare facilities in their efforts to meet the triple aim of Affordable Care through advanced diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, clinical and cost efficiencies, and less invasive interventions for treatment of diseases and cancers in the GI tract.”The demand for minimally invasive procedures continues to grow with the introduction of more advanced technologies. Over 250,000 EUS outpatient procedures were performed in the United States in 2011 (Truven Health[i]) with a 6 percent compound annual growth rate for the next five years (The Advisory Board Company).The advanced design of the TGF-UC180J scope can help healthcare providers address the key requirements of healthcare reform, including:Increased quality of care — EUS provides easy identification and more accurate staging of diseases and cancers in the GI tract.Decreased costs — Interventional procedures can be performed in the GI suite, which saves operating room (OR) time. In addition, the forward-viewing scope does not require a balloon, reducing accessory expenditures.Enhanced patient satisfaction — EUS offers patients a less invasive treatment compared to surgical interventions, and procedure times may be shorter. 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Technology | October 10, 2013 Olympus Introduces World’s Only Forward-Viewing Curvilinear Ultrasound Gastrovideoscope TGF-UC180J provides potential for new opportunities in EUS-guided treatment of diseases in GI tract Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more Related Content 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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Goal CRC – No. 11 Raquel RODRÍGUEZ | @miseleccionMX @Fedefutbol_CR #CWOQ2016 https://t.co/6uVNHCT61G— CONCACAF (@CONCACAF) February 15, 2016 Just a few days after starting Olympic qualifying play with a 5-0 loss to the United States, Las Ticas are one win away from making it to Rio de Janeiro for their first ever Olympic games.Monday’s 2-1 win over Mexico lifts the Costa Rica women’s soccer team to the final four in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, where it awaits a match with Canada on Friday. Rising forward Raquel Rodríguez, the women’s NCAA player of the year, scored both of Costa Rica’s goals in the decisive victory that gives Las Ticas a chance to make history.After scoring a hat trick in the rout over Puerto Rico on Saturday, Rodríguez came back with an early goal in the ninth minute against Mexico. The 22-year-old Rodríguez scored again on a penalty kick in the 57th minute that came after she was tripped in the box by a Mexican defender. Her five goals are the most of any player in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying group stages.Mexico’s Maribel Dominguez kept the game alive with a ridiculous bicycle-kick goal in the 79th minute and then sent a seismic scare into Las Ticas when she careened uncontested down the sidelines in extra time before barely missing a shot that sailed far right of the net.Las Ticas qualify to the semifinals as the second-place finisher of Group A, where they will play Canada, the first-place finisher of Group B. The winner automatically qualifies for the Olympics as one of the top-two CONCACAF teams. Though Costa Rica will get to avoid the United States, which it has yet to beat in 13 matches, it has a daunting challenge ahead of it with the Canadians. The two-time CONCACAF champions earned bronze in the 2012 Olympics.Costa Rica and Canada will kick off Friday at 4:30 p.m. Costa Rica time from BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas for a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica women’s Olympic hopes dashed in 3-1 loss to Canada Costa Rican women who made us cheer this year Costa Rican Noelia Bermúdez named best goalkeeper in Spain’s La Liga Costa Rica’s ex-football chief Eduardo Li gets house arrest
The two projects will be the most expensive non-resource projects in Australia so far. However, locals are happy with neither plan and they are also campaigning against the recent approval of the Aquis project. Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said that the projects would create over 10,000 operational tourism jobs. Several overseas casino operators have won their bids to build casinos down the Queensland coastline but a bid by famous Australian golfer Greg Norman has been rejected. The ASF plan is thought to be not so certain because of its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, with growing opposition to the plan. Queensland’s Newman government has approved two separate bids by Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung and the ASF consortium for two regional “integrated casino licences”, The Australian reported. ASF’s plan includes a marina and cruise terminal. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
Those interested in real-life crime investigation methods and criminal mind profiling will have the opportunity to attend an international conference on the subject next week.Organised by the University of Cyprus’ Law Department and the Cyprus Society of Criminology, the conference will take place on Tuesday, October 16, at the University Campus in Aglandjia, Nicosia, from 9am to 14pm.The main theme of the international conference is evidence-based profiling. Experts from Cyprus, Great Britain and the US speak about “the proven, operational, methods of outlining the profile of the criminal” an announcement said.They will discuss criminal mind profiles and the methods used to outline the profile of a criminal in order to reinforce police criminal investigations.“As the viewers of the popular ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ across the globe are aware, crimes are not being perpetrated at random, and solving them has been increasingly challenging,” emeritus professor of the Law Department of the University of Cyprus, Andreas Kapardis, said. “Offender profiling focuses on the study of criminal characteristics, of victims and the context in which such crimes are committed as well as the correlation of all these variables in order to predict crimes.”Such knowledge, Kapardis said, is then used in the training of police investigators in order to improve the detection rate of specific crimes. “This is an important new approach that has been implemented by few police services internationally.”The conference, supported by Global College, will be held in English and attendance is free of charge.It will take place at the UCy Campus – University House Anastasios G. Leventis, amphitheatre hall Β108, 1, Panepistimiou Avenue, Aglandjia.For more information and participation, interested parties may call 22 892920.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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