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New State Marijuana Tax Rate Effective January 1

first_imgThe current tax is $50 per ounce for bud or flower, and $15 per ounce for other plant parts. These taxes are paid wholesale, when plants are sold from grower to retailer or manufacturer. Leif Abel, owner of Greatland Ganja in Kasilof: “So in essence we are paying the tax before the money has been made on the product, because the actual money comes from when the retailers sells that product to the end consumer. So, we’ve got a tax structure where the tax has to be paid on the product far before the end consumer ever pays for it, by the cultivation company who created it.”  At their meeting on Wednesday, they confirmed the new tax rate of immature, malformed or seedy marijuana bud at $25 per ounce. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Revenue and the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office confirmed a new marijuana tax rate effective on January 1, 2019. In August, the state collected $1.54 million in marijuana taxes from 111 growers, according to data from Kelly Mazzei, excise group supervisor with the Alaska Department of Revenue’s Tax Division.last_img read more

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Alphabets Verily is reportedly making shoes that track weight and falls

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 Photos Track your health and step up your game with these smart shoes (pictures) Apple reading • Alphabet’s Verily is reportedly making shoes that track weight and falls Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Watch Series 4 $349 Wearable Tech Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) • See It Apple Tags $399 Walmart See It See it Share your voice Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) $413 News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? See It Verily is reportedly working on smart shoes. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images Your shoes may very well be your next fitness and health tracker.Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences arm, has been reportedly working on smart shoes that can track your weight and movements and detect falls. As reported by CNBC, the Verily has been showing off a prototype pair to potential partners to co-develop the shoes.Sudden changes to a person’s weight can indicate health problems like congestive heart failure. Having a pair of shoes that can accurately track your weight could be a way to alert a person of a more serious condition as soon as it’s detected.The trend of wearables that can detect falls is nothing new. Last year, Apple launched its newest Apple Watch, which can detect when the wearer loses their balance. French company Helite makes protective jackets and vest for skiers, cyclists and motorcycle riders that inflate when a fall is detected. Helite also makes the Hip’Safe a belt for elderly people that inflates airbags to protect their hips in a fall.And Verily isn’t the only company working on beefing up shoes. Nike unveiled last month the Adapt BB, the latest iteration of its self-tying shoes. As if the Back to the Future-style tying wasn’t smart enough, Nike’s shoes pair up with your phone in order to collect data, make adjustments and even get software updates.It’s not known whether the smart shoes project is active or not. However, Verily isn’t the first company to pursue smart footwear. The French company E-vone announced a pair that can also track weight and detect the wearer taking a spill at CES in 2018. Verily did not immediately respond to a request to comment.First published Feb. 1, 2019 at 4:27 p.m. PT.Update Feb. 5, 2019 at 8:03 a.m. PT: Added more background information on smart shoes. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy See All 3 Google Apple Alphabet Inc. How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app $349 Comments Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinementslast_img read more

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Are Houstons Sinking Suburbs Suffering Worse Flooding

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:37 Listencenter_img Source: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention of Mitigation of Natural HazardsTop map shows worse subsidence in blue since the 1990s. Bottom map shows it moving northeast in 2011.What made last month’s flooding, especially in north Harris County, so bad?Simple: a whole lot of rain says Mike Talbott, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District.“It has a lot to do with this phenomenal rainfall … people don’t want to talk about the rainfall,” Talbott tells News 88.7.But people are talking about how other factors, besides the massive rainfall, may have made things worse. And one those people is a professor of geology at the University of Houston, Shuhab Khan.“It’s making it worse,” says Khan.What Professor Khan believes is making flooding worse in certain neighborhoods is a geological condition Houston and many cities suffer from and have for decades:  subsidence. It’s where many acres of ground sink.Historically in Harris County, subsidence has been worse in areas where over the decades, groundwater and oil and gas have been sucked out from under the ground, causing the land to sink by fractions of an inch a year, in some places by feet over many years.Could it be that today, the ground that homes are built on is sinking in different places than it did decades ago and thus, could this make flooding worse in places where people say, “It never flooded like this before.”When Professor Khan looked at maps showing where last month’s flooding damaged the most homes, those maps looked eerily similar to ones he’d drawn as part of a study two years ago, maps showing where subsidence was happening in Harris County.“Those are the areas that are areas that are subsiding very rapidly. North and northwest. It used to be Jersey Village. (Now) it’s moving northeastwards, north and northeast these days. But it is the same area where the flooding was,” Khan tells News 88.7.Khan says one subsidence zone is drifting northeast towards the Woodlands and seems to be affected by fault lines that traverse the area. Khan is not saying that subsidence alone is why there’s flooding.“Of course there would be flooding. But maybe not huge,” says Khan.At the Flood Control District, Mike Talbott does not agree.“It’s not subsidence,” Talbott told us. “It didn’t have any role in this event, it really was about the rainfall. This was phenomenal rainfall that caused some phenomenal flooding. “Source: Harris County Flood Control DistrictPink shows areas of major flooding April 18thTalbott doesn’t deny subsidence exists. He says the county has been studying it for decades.“Thirty years ago we got ahead of the curve and went ahead and did a major joint study with a bunch of agencies to understand the phenomenon,” says Talbott.Talbott says from those studies they learned that where subsidence is occurring in Houston’s northern suburbs, it’s not like a bowl where if your house is at the bottom you’ll be flooded worse.Instead, he says the sinkage occurs over such a wide area of many square miles that it does not significantly change the depth of the flooding, nor he says will it slow down the flow of creeks in those areas.“Cypress Creek, the subsidence actually is along the creek, the headwaters subsided nearly the same rate as mouth of the stream so the floodplains would move with the land. You wouldn’t have a change in the flow carrying capacity of the system,” Talbott tells News 88.7.Put another way, Talbott is saying that even though the northwest suburbs may have sunk a few feet, they’ll still drain just as fast. He says that’s because those suburbs are still about a hundred feet higher than where the water is headed, which is the Houston Ship Channel near downtown.“The stream just wouldn’t recognize that slight of a change in its slope to really affect the flooding in those areas. It’s a very weak relationship between subsidence and flooding for this region,” Talbott says.It is a complicated geological occurrence that has a long history of debate, a debate renewed when homes flood and people want to know why. 1995 Harris County Subsidence Study Sharelast_img read more

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UPDATE Mueller Using DC Grand Jury In Russia Probe Source

first_img Share APSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Special counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury in Washington, D.C., in connection with his investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Russia and top aides to the Trump campaign, a source with knowledge of the investigation confirms to NPR’s Peter Overby. The source did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.The Wall Street Journal first reported that Mueller, a former FBI director, was using a grand jury. The latest development signals the former FBI director’s investigation is “growing in intensity,” with the grand jury beginning work in recent weeks, the Journal reported.A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment to NPR.Ty Cobb, a recently appointed White House special counsel focused the on Russia probes, said in a statement provided by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that he wasn’t aware Mueller had started using a grand jury.“Grand jury matters are typically secret,” Cobb said. “The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly….The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”President Trump has maintained there was no collusion between Russia and his campaign during the 2016 election. And Trump has, at times, cast doubt on the determination of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia was behind various efforts to interfere in the election, including the hacking of emails belonging to Democratically-aligned individuals and organizations and the strategic release of those emails at key points in the campaign last year.But in a statement Wednesday announcing he had signed into law a bill imposing sanctions on Russia, Trump said he supported “making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization.”Trump has repeatedly called Mueller’s probe a “witch hunt” and some media reportshave indicated the president has looked into ways to undercut or even fire Mueller.“With respect to the impaneling of the grand jury, we have no reason to believe that the President is under investigation,” Jay Sekulow, a lawyer on the president’s outside legal team, told NPR’s Tamara Keith.The revelation that Mueller’s investigation is utilizing a grand jury comes as CNNreports investigators have zeroed in on “Trump and his associates’ financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for moving their probe forward,” with sources telling them that the “web of financial ties could offer a more concrete path toward potential prosecution than the broader and murkier questions of collusion in the 2016 campaign.” That includes ongoing investigations into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.But Mueller dipping into Trump’s own personal finances is exactly what the president argued to the New York Times last month would be a “violation” of the scope of investigation delineated at the time Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department.Reuters is also reporting that grand jury subpoenas have been issued regarding Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney who Trump Jr. was told would have incriminating information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.last_img read more

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Olivia Wilde Alexandria OcasioCortez AAP Rocky Added to SXSW Conference

first_imgPreviously announced keynotes include Jessica Brillhart (film), Joseph Lubin (interactive), Shirley Manson and Lauren Mayberry (music), Marti Noxon (film), and Kevin Systrom with Josh Constine (interactive).SXSW Conference programming is organized into 25 tracks divided between interactive, film, music, and convergence. The conference will launch on March 8 in conjunction with the 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival, which will open with Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us.” The fest will announce the rest of its film lineup on Wednesday.The conference will include sessions with Jim Bankoff, chairman and CEO of Vox Media, and journalist Soledad O’Brien; Pixar Animation executives Deanna Marsigliese, Josh Holtsclaw, and Paul Abadilla; and Neil Gaiman, author of “Neverwhere,” “Coraline,” “The Graveyard Book,” and “American Gods.”Katzenberg and Whitman will appear with journalist Dylan Byers. Katzenberg is a co-founder and managing partner of holding company WndrCo. He’s also the founder/chairman of Quibi and Whitman is CEO. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Olivia Wilde, and Henry Winkler have been added as speakers at the South by Southwest Conference.Wilde, Endeavor exec Bozoma Saint John, and Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger are part of the keynote lineup. Ocasio-Cortez and Winkler are featured speakers, along with A$AP Rocky, Pamela Adlon, Neil Gaiman, Sen. Mazie Hirono, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Meg Whitman, David Crosby, and Cameron Crowe.“We’ve been fortunate to have Olivia Wilde at SXSW numerous times as an actress and producer, and we’re always impressed by her talent and her intelligence,” said Janet Pierson, the festival’s director of film. “We could not be more excited to have her here as a Film Keynote on the eve of her outstanding directorial debut, ‘Booksmart.’”Ocasio-Cortez, who won a Congressional seat in New York last year, will be seen in a discussion with Briahna Gray, senior politics editor at the Intercept. Winkler, who recently earned an Emmy for his role as an acting teacher on the HBO series “Barry,” will appear in an acting workshop session. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Physical chemistry could answer many questions on fracking

first_img(Phys.org) —By some estimates, continued growth in hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”/”fraccing”) could put the US on the path to self-sufficiency in energy over the next few decades. Yet despite the potential economic benefits, fracking has also generated controversy due to the unknown long-term consequences of all the drilling, pumping, fracturing, and extracting processes involved. Now, two scientists have identified several important scientific challenges encountered in fracking that can be addressed with physical chemistry, which could lead to improved fracking techniques. Journal information: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters Citation: Physical chemistry could answer many questions on fracking (2013, March 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-physical-chemistry-fracking.html Other questions include how much natural gas is absorbed by the porous shale, how much natural gas (and other hydrocarbons) is present in source rocks, whether these can be produced, whether fracturing fluids can be designed to reduce the amount of salt and trace metals that are extracted along with the hydrocarbons, how proppants (additives used to “prop” open the fractures) change the flow properties of the hydrocarbons, how back-flow water is treated after it flows back to the surface, how to minimize natural gas and oil leaks at the surface to avoid contaminating aquifers, and many more. “We believe that proper fundamental investigations and attention in the application of the hydraulic fracturing technology will be able to limit the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing,” Striolo said. “Although accidents can always happen, proper planning and attention to safety and environmental regulations will limit the likelihood of such events.”Essentially every stage of the fracking process poses fundamental questions, but Yethiraj and Striolo think that physical chemists, with collaboration from researchers in other fields, are capable of providing answers. Both scientists are currently investigating questions that could impact fracking in the future. Yethiraj and his group are developing models for water and aqueous solutions and investigating the static and dynamic properties of water-soluble polymers. Striolo has been investigating the thermodynamic and transport properties of aqueous systems confined in narrow pores. He is also participating in an international initiative (Deep Carbon Observatory https://dco.gl.ciw.edu), whose goal is to better understand the Earth’s carbon cycle. The results from these areas of research could help answer some of the questions highlighted in the commentary. Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. English tremors blamed on shale ‘fracking’ The process of hydraulic fracturing involves drilling a vertical and horizontal well, which can allow the exploration of wide shale formations (up to 6,000 acres) with only a small surface pad (6 acres). Points A, B, C identify the locations for future research opportunities. Credit: Arun Yethiraj and Alberto Striolo, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Society Physical chemists Arun Yethiraj, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Alberto Striolo, an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, have published an overview of how physical chemistry could lead to a better understanding of fracking in a guest commentary in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Over the past several years, fracking has become more widespread in the US as a relatively cheap way to produce natural gas and oil. The basic process involves drilling into the ground, first vertically and then horizontally; lining this well with a metal casing that contains small holes; and then pumping water (with some additives) into the well at high pressure, which flows through the holes and causes the surrounding rock to crack open. Out of the open cracks in the rock, fluids such as natural gas, oil, and about 10% of the pumped water can flow back to the well and be collected at the surface.While fracking is currently being used with commercial success, much is still unknown about the details of the process. In 2012, the US National Science Foundation funded a workshop on hydraulic shale fracturing that brought together scientists and engineers from a variety of backgrounds. In the new commentary, Yethiraj and Striolo draw upon the information from this workshop to address the fundamental scientific problems that arise in fracking, and briefly propose how they might be solved with tools from physical chemistry.”We attempted to outline many physical chemistry questions, to engage the broad community,” Striolo told Phys.org. “Every scientist can target a question of his/her personal interest. The impact on the development of the fracking technology, however, is likely to depend on a global systemic approach, where all aspects we pointed out, and others, are tackled together.”For instance, some of the big questions in fracking require a better understanding of the physical properties of fluids in shale, which could be addressed by methods that characterize the shale microstructure and nanostructure, as well as measurements that monitor changes in rock properties upon infiltration of fluids. And since only 10% of the water that was pumped into the well flows back out, where does the rest of it go? If the water is absorbed into the shale, how does it affect the rocks’ response to mechanical movement? Experimental data, computer simulations, coarse-grained models, and theoretical studies could help answer these questions. More information: Arun Yethiraj and Alberto Striolo. “Fracking: What Can Physical Chemistry Offer?” The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. DOI: 10.1021/jz4000141e 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Qatarbased satellite operator EshailSat has laun

first_imgQatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has launched itself at the Cabsat Dubai exhibition this week, showcasing the first of its planned global fleet of satellites, Es’hail 1.Es’hail 1 is scheduled for launch this summer, offering Ku-band and Ka-band capacity, with coverage of the MENA region from the 25.5° East orbital position.Based in Doha, Qatar, the company will own and operate satellites to provide television, internet, corporate and government services to customers across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.  About 13 million homes are reachable from the 25.5° East position.“We are delighted to participate for the first time at Cabsat.  It is the must attend event for the broadcast, digital media and satellite sector in the region.  It’s also the ideal forum for us to showcase Es’hailSat as new but solid company with the credibility, resources and talent to deliver reliable, quality services across the Middle East and North Africa”, said Ali Al Kuwari, CEO of Es’hailSat. “With one satellite under construction and future satellites planned, Cabsat will help us to achieve our goal to become a world-class satellite operator and center of excellence in the region.  We will provide broadcasting independence, quality service and wide geographical coverage for this dynamic and fast-growing market in satellite services.  We see this exhibition as a key element in our marketing strategy going forward.”last_img read more

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BSkyB has extended its quality assurance agreement

first_imgBSkyB has extended its quality assurance agreement with Agama, using the latter’s monitoring solution to now also cover OTT service playout for Sky’s Now TV and Sky Go offerings.Sky has expanded its existing monitoring solution from Agama, allowing it to  ensure that its adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming services are available with the right quality, improving the end-user experience.“At Sky we are committed to offering our customers high-quality content and the best quality TV experience possible. The Agama solution provides crucial insights to improve and ensure our OTT service delivery platform, which supports us in delivering a high-quality experience and service to our customers,” said Sky’s senior design engineer for emerging technologies, Vlad Korotkov.last_img read more