Green Entrepreneur Podcast dispensaries.com Listen Now Next Article Guest Writer The on-again, off-again July 1 start date for recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts is now officially off again, leaving one state official apologizing to voters who approved legalization back in 2016 and expected to be able to purchase it next month.“I understand those expectations,” said Steven Hoffman, chairman of the state Cannabis Control Commission (CCC). “And I’m sorry that people have expectations that were not met. I am truly sorry about that.”While other states came racing out of the gate to start adult-use sales after voters approved legalization, Massachusetts has hit a few snags.The latest came this week when state officials halted the July 1 start date because they have yet to set up a testing lab for marijuana. The CCC announced it would wait until such a lab is up and running before moving forward on legalized recreational sales.That’s important because any marijuana sold legally in the state must first be tested. The CCC formally asked staff to speed up the process for considering any applications from testing labs.That may take until late summer or early fall.Related: Hangover-Proof Beer Infused With THC and CBDs? Cheers!Other IssuesAnother frustration for cannabis professionals and consumers has been the government’s snail-like pace to issue licenses. Since state legalization, the CCC has only issued one license for a marijuana grower–Sira Naturals, a cultivation facility in Milford. And that wasn’t approved until June.The July 1 start date was first used by state legislators and later adopted by the CCC. But as the months have rolled along in 2018, it became increasingly obvious it wasn’t going to happen.Hoffman said at the June CCC meeting that he is not going to predict when Massachusetts residents will see their 2016 vote become a reality. “I have resisted making a forecast and I will continue to resist making a forecast,” he said.Related: How To Navigate the Murky Waters of Cannabis MarketingThe Fate of Other November 2016 StatesSo how does Massachusetts stack up with the other states that approved recreational marijuana in the November 2016 elections? Let’s take a quick look:Nevada. The state had a system up and running by July 1, 2017, less than eight months after voter approval. Recreational sales reached $41 million in the month of March alone, prompting the Las Vegas Journal-Review to write: “Move over, sagebrush; Nevada might have a new state flower.” Marijuana sales have totaled $304 million since last July.California. The Golden State started sales in January 2018, as promised by state officials. There was $339 million in sales in the first two months alone. That was actually below the estimates. Sales are expected to soar higher as more dispensaries are licensed.Maine. You are not to be blamed for forgetting Maine legalized marijuana sales in 2016. That’s because Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the law that would have made it legal. However, state leaders continue to hammer out the rules that the governor will accept, and sales could start in spring 2019.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. June 28, 2018 Sorry, Massachusetts. Cannabis Sales Are Delayed-Again. Voters approved marijuana legalization back in 2016. They’re still waiting to buy it. Add to Queue Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Image credit: Jonathan Wiggs | Getty Images Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. News and Trends
July 9, 2013 Next Article Add to Queue Technology Even as the White House has backed off on a few of its deadlines for administering the Affordable Care Act, the Obama Administration is staying the course on its efforts to transition paper files to electronic health records in doctor’s offices.President Barack Obama met with several chief executives of health-care technology companies, government leaders and nonprofit public-service organizations on Monday for a conversation on how technology, big data and innovation can be used to bring down the costs and improve the quality of health care in the U.S., according to a statement from the White House.Related: Health Reform: Small Business Groups Lobby for More ReliefThe Obama Administration says it has met and exceeded its goal to have 50 percent of doctor’s offices and 80 percent of hospitals using electronic records by the end of the year.The meeting included Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, and entrepreneurs ChenMed CEO Chris Chen and iTriage CEO Peter Hudson, who are considered on the forefront of technological advancement in the health-care industry.ChenMed is a Miami Gardens, Fla.-based medical, consulting and technology company focused on improving care for seniors. Denver, Colo.-based iTriage developed a health-care application for smartphones and tablets, which helps consumers identify their symptoms, locate appropriate care and book an appointment. The iTriage application was founded by two emergency medicine physicians and has been downloaded 9.5 million times.Related: Businesses Have Additional Year Before Facing Obamacare Penalty FeesObama praised the work iTriage has done in a speech Monday from the White House on ways private-sector entrepreneurs have made government bureaucratic processes more efficient. “As anyone knows, dealing with the federal government is not always high-technology, and it’s not always user-friendly,” Obama says. For his second term, he’s asked his Cabinet to establish a management agenda that will utilize entrepreneurial innovations and technologies more aggressively than in the past.”We’re going to continue to adopt good ideas from the private sector,” Obama says. “And I’m going to be asking more people around the country — more inventors and entrepreneurs and visionaries — to sign up to serve. We’ve got to have the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges.”Related: Health-Care Case Study: One CEO’s Take on Obamacare Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC Health-Care Innovators Get President Obama’s Attention –shares 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Image credit: Commercial Integrator 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Catherine Clifford Apply Now »
Add to Queue Alibaba’s Revenue Rises 39 Percent as More Shoppers Buy Online Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Image credit: Reuters | Brendan McDermid | File Photo Alibaba Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares 2 min read May 5, 2016 Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s biggest ecommerce company, said fourth-quarter revenue rose 39 percent, beating Wall Street estimates, helped by growth in gross merchandise volume.The company’s American Depository shares were up 3.5 percent at $78.48 on Thursday.Revenue rose to 24.2 billion yuan ($3.7 billion) in the quarter ended March 31 from 17.4 billion yuan a year earlier, beating the average analyst estimate of 23.22 billion yuan, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.”Whatever they are doing must be working, and most importantly it’s a sign that the Chinese consumer may not be weakening quite yet,” said Gil Luria of Wedbush Securities.Gross merchandise volume (GMV), or the total value of goods transacted on its platforms on China retail marketplaces, rose 24 percent to 742 billion yuan.”Alibaba represents a big part of the spend by Chinese consumers and so a re-acceleration in volumes is an indication that the Chinese consumer continues to be strong,” Luria said.Alibaba has been grappling with a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy. It is also dealing with signs of maturation after years of breakneck growth for Internet businesses as hundreds of millions of people came online.To that end, Alibaba has sought to expand into areas outside Chinese ecommerce, and last month said it would buy control of Southeast Asian online retailer Lazada Group for roughly $1 billion.Alibaba’s mobile GMV continued to grow, accounting for 73 percent of total GMV, up from 68 percent in the December quarter.The number of mobile monthly active users rose 42 percent to 410 million.Net income rose to 5.31 billion yuan from 2.87 billion yuan a year earlier.Non-GAAP net income, Alibaba’s preferred measure for earnings, shrank 1.4 percent to 7.6 billion yuan from the previous year — its first recorded decline.Excluding items, the company earned 3.02 yuan per share, missing the average analyst estimate of 3.60 yuan.Alibaba’s U.S.-listed shares had fallen about 7 percent this year through Wednesday’s close of $75.82.(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru, Paul Carsten in Beijing and John Ruwitch in Shanghai; Editing by Savio D’Souza and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty) Register Now »
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 8 2018A miniaturized version of a musical instrument that could be used to improve the quality of medical images has been manufactured by researchers at the University of Strathclyde.The Science and Engineering researchers have created a miniaturized pipe organ, based on the wide range of pipes seen in the full-sized instrument.The device has been designed to improve images, such as those of fetuses, from scanners by broadening the range of frequencies used to emit sound waves. The researchers have demonstrated its ability to produce these frequencies and have created the best designs for the organ by using a 3D printer.The study has been published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control.Professor Tony Mulholland, Head of Strathclyde’s Department of Mathematics & Statistics and a partner in the research, said: “Musical instruments have a wide variety of designs but they all have one thing in common – they emit sound across a broad range of frequencies. So there is a treasure trove of design ideas for future medical imaging sensors lying waiting to be discovered amongst this vast array of designs.Related StoriesAn injection of nanoparticles for spinal cord injuriesNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsInnovative magnetic nanoparticles show potential for PET/MRI bimodal imaging applications”Around 20% of medical scans are performed using ultrasound. The scanner creates images by emitting sound waves with a frequency that lies above human hearing. The scanner operates at a single frequency – similar to a piano that can play just one note- and this accounts in part for the relatively poor resolution that one sees in ultrasound images.”If we had a scanner that could emit waves across a broad range of frequencies, this would provide a marked improvement in the imaging capability.”Prof James Windmill, of Strathclyde’s Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering, who is also a co-author of the research, said: “Developing wide bandwidth ultrasound systems could give significant improvements in imaging capability. Using high resolution 3D printers allows us to try new, three dimensional device designs with much faster development cycles.”Musical instruments create sounds over a broad range of frequencies and have been carefully designed over the centuries to be very efficient at doing so. It is well known that the highest frequency pipes are the smallest in length, as in, for example, a piccolo, so to realize frequencies that are beyond human hearing – ultrasound waves – the length has to be very small indeed, of millimeters in length.”This would be extremely difficult to construct using traditional manufacturing techniques such as those used to build musical instruments but the key is to use a high resolution 3D printer.”The multidisciplinary team of researchers developed and tested the designs using mathematical models and computer simulations to speed up the design process.While its development is at an early stage, the technology could also have significant implications in the design of hearing aids, in underwater sonar and the non-destructive testing of safety critical structures such as nuclear plants.Source: https://www.strath.ac.uk/
Source:http://www.sechenov.ru/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 22 2019A team of scientists from I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (MSMU) together with their colleagues isolated a peptide named emericellipsin A from soil fungi. The substance was proved to possess antitumor and antibacterial properties. The report of the scientists was published in the Molecules journal.Soil fungi have long been known to be an excellent source of antibacterial substances. Penicillins and cephalosporins produced by micellar (moldy) fungi are the most well-known ones. These types of fungi are well-studied and have been used for a long time, that gave bacterias resistance to the majority of their antibiotics. Therefore, scientists have to constantly modify the molecules of antibiotics to efficiently destroy harmful bacteria.Related StoriesStructure of bacteria responsible for traveler’s diarrhea decipheredStudy: Surveillance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to be core focus for healthcare facilitiesNon-pathogenic bacteria engineered as Trojan Horse to treat tumors from withinA team of researchers from MSMU discovered a completely new antibacterial and antitumor substance from an alkalophilic strain of Emericellopsis alkalina – an organism living in the alkaline environment that is harmful for others. These fungi have to adapt to the high salinity of the environment and scarcity of nutrients by creating new biologically active compounds. New molecule belongs to the class of peptaibols. It is a small peptide consisting of nine amino acid residues including unusual ones that are not coded in a DNA sequence. To study the structure of the compound, the scientists used nuclear magnetic resonance – a method based on changes in the characteristics of atoms depending on connection between them. The peptaibol was named emericellipsin A according the genus name of producing fungi.Studies showed that the protein had high antifungal activity against the Candida albicans yeast and the Aspergillus niger mold. Also, it was able to kill several kinds of bacteria as well. Moreover, scientists identified some antitumor properties of emericellipsin A and suggested it worked by damaging the membranes of tumor cells.”The peptaibol emericellipsin A is shorter than the majority of other known molecules of this class and therefore is more appropriate for drug development. Despite the lack of bactericide effect against gram-negative bacteria, the peptaibol suppresses their ability to form biofilms. The peptaibol’s high antifungal activity against Candida and Aspergillus fungi reflects its potential as a new antifungal drug. It may also be active against the fungi resistant to other medicinal drugs. Our results open new perspectives for further studies of emericellipsin A and its analogs,” said Yaroslav Andreev, a co-author of the work, the head of the laboratory of molecular and cellular biology of MSMU.
politics The Congress in Chhattisgarh will hold its legislature party meeting here on Wednesday to decide on the next chief minister of the state.Congress’ Lok Sabha member Tamradhwaj Sahu, who successfully contested the Assembly election from Durg Rural seat, state party chief Bhupesh Baghel and senior leader T S Singhdeo are front-runners for the top post.The Congress registered a landslide victory in the Chhattisgarh polls, bringing an end to the 15-year rule of the Raman Singh-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. It won 68 seats in the 90-member Assembly, while the BJP got only 15 seats.“The Congress Legislature Party meeting will be held at 8 pm. All India Congress Committee’s observer Mallikarjun Kharge, AICC in-charge for the state P L Punia and other senior leaders will be present there,” state party unit’s general secretary Shailesh Nitin Trivedi told PTI.The chief minister is likely to be announced after the meeting.Former chief minister Ajit Jogi-led Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) won five seats and his ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) bagged two seats. A party needs to win 46 seats to form government in the state.The Congress got 43 per cent of the total votes polled in the state, while the BJP got 33 per cent. December 12, 2018 elections Published on COMMENTS Ends 15-year BJP reign in the state state politics SHARE SHARE EMAIL Chhattisgarh We were not expecting such a big blessing from people: Chhattisgarh Cong chief Raman Singh resigns as Congress wins Chhattisgarh COMMENT RELATED SHARE Congress workers burst fire crackers to celebrate the party’s performance in Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, in Ranchi on Tuesday. – PTI