Alabama ~ Corporate Income Tax: Income Tax Deduction Rule Replaced

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Department of Revenue has repealed and replaced its rule concerning the deduction of federal income taxes (FIT) for purposes of computing Alabama corporation income taxes. The rule reflects that corporations may deduct FIT paid or accrued during the taxable year and attributable to their Alabama income. Examples are provided for (1) an accrual basis taxpayer that does not file as a member of a federal consolidated income tax return and who apportions and/or allocates income in and outside Alabama, and (2) an accrual basis taxpayer that files as a member of a federal consolidated income tax return.The rules can be viewed on the department’s website at http://revenue.alabama.gov/analysis/rules.cfm.Rule 810-3-35-.01, Alabama Department of Revenue, effective August 29, 2016last_img read more

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Members of the House Pay Tribute to Ambassador Mullings

first_img “He left us a legacy that we must take seriously if we want to build that Jamaica we desire,” Members of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, October 15 paid glowing tributes to the late former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Seymour Mullings, describing him as a patriot and selfless. In her contribution, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said Mr. Mullings was faithful in promoting the well-being of his constituents. Members of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, October 15 paid glowing tributes to the late former Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Minister, and Ambassador to Washington, Mr. Seymour Mullings, describing him as a patriot and selfless, who was dedicated to the advancement of his constituents, and the country as a whole.In her contribution, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said Mr. Mullings was faithful in promoting the well-being of his constituents and understood the importance of representation.She stressed that he was a “genuine people person,” who could relate to individuals at all levels of the society. The Prime Minister noted that the former South East St. Ann Member of Parliament was a fair and astute leader, whose meekness and selflessness were appropriately balanced with his dedication to the upliftment of all Jamaicans.Mrs. Simpson Miller said Mr. Mullings struck a fine balance between representation and his Cabinet role, pointing out that his fairness was “of exceptionally high quality,” and that he was not blinded by political favouritism.“He left us a legacy that we must take seriously if we want to build that Jamaica we desire,”  the Prime Minister emphasized.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader, Mr. Andrew Holness, said Mr. Mullings was a man of great integrity, who was warm and welcoming. “I found him to be very personable, and he was also a mentor…he was a role model for politicians, he was the epitome of civility, a true son of Jamaica.”In his remarks, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, said Mr. Mullings was “endowed with humility, patience and endurance. He could aptly be described as a man who walked with kings, but never lost the common touch.”Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for North Central St. Andrew, Mr. Karl Samuda, said Mr. Mullings was one of the finest political figures, and “one of the finest men this country has ever produced…a great and quiet strategist he was.”Member of Parliament for North East Manchester, Audley Shaw, said Mr. Mullings had set a good example for all Parliamentarians to follow.Finance and Planning Minister,  Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said there was perhaps no other Jamaican politician  who had, unstintingly, given so much of himself to the country, and described the former Deputy Prime Minister as a patriot and servant of the people.Both sides also recounted Mr. Mullings’ swift wit, kindness and lightheartedness, and offered condolences to his widow, Lilieth and daughter, Rose.Ambassador Mullings died on October 9, at the age of 82. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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WHATS SHOOTING IN BC – AS OF JUN0217 – LINKS BY UBCPACTRA

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TCIs own returns to take Clinical Psychologist post in Public Health

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Oct 2015 – Countries suffer an unfortunate brain drain when its most talented achievers do not return home after successful stints in college and university and while it has been about a decade since Anya Malcolm lived at home in the Turks and Caicos; she is back and she is taking on a significant role in the Ministry of Health and Human Services. Dr. Anya Malcolm is quite accomplished with degrees and training and work experience that made her an easy hire for the Deputy Governor, Anya Williams who said: “I am most pleased to welcome Dr. Malcolm to the Turks and Caicos Islands civil service and most proud of her accomplishments. She has continued to excel throughout the years, performing exceptionally well at both the secondary and tertiary levels and has always made quite clear her devotion to these islands…” Dr. Malcolm is the new clinical psychologist in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department. The Clement Howell High graduate holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology (Magna Cum Laude Honors), a Terminal Master’s degree in Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology Degree in Clinical Psychology.She has previous experience in private practices and community mental health clinics across Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. Dr. Malcolm has worked with Emmaus Services for the Aging; Neuropsychology Associates of Fairfax; Associated Clinical Services; New Perspective Psychotherapy and Consulting and with Community Counseling and Mentoring Services, Inc. At 28 years old, Dr. Malcolm has already started work within TCIG. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Five ambulances due in country by August Related Items:Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology, dr. anya malcolm, Ministry of Health and Human Services Chicken Pox hatching at schools, PDM sounds alarm Health Minister encourages register of Disabled; Govt support availablelast_img read more

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The smart diaper has entered the building at CES 2019

first_img Share your voice Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See it The Cheapskate See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review $520 at HP Read DJI Osmo Action preview CES 2019 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 1:44 Sprint Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Google Home Hub review CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.  CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect.  Read the Rylo camera preview Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $60 at Best Buy $999 $210 at Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See It Wearable Tech Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Angela Lang/CNET 3 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Comments HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Boost Mobile Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $299 at Amazon $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple iPhone XS The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 $59 at eBay $999 85 Photos Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET 7 The Monit smart diaper sensor attaches to the outside of a baby’s diaper. Monit Nobody likes a dirty diaper, even if it’s one of the realities parents have to cope with. So South Korean company Monit has set out to make the experience a bit more bearable. At CES, Monit shared what might be the ultimate wearable: a smart diaper. Monit created a cookie-sized sensor with Bluetooth that attaches to the outside of a baby’s diaper. The sensor can detect whether there’s pee or poo in the diaper and alert parents and caregivers. No more need for a diaper sniff test. Using a smart diaper sensor can reduce instances of diaper rash and urinary tract infections. Also data from the sensor can be used to track diaper consumption, pee and poo patterns and sleeping patterns. The Monit smart diaper monitor launched in Korea and Japan at the end of 2018. The company is partnering with Kimberly Clark to bring Monit’s tech to Huggies this April. Monit also plans to transition from selling the smart diaper sensor to a subscription service that provides unlimited diapers and personalized care service for the baby. Pricing has not been announced at this time. See at Turo $6 at Tidal Turo CES 2019: What tech to expect Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Rylo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Now playing: Watch this: Tags Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tags CES Products,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 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Mental giants Liverpool stun Barcelona to scream into UEFA Champions League Final

first_imgIt was perhaps the one of the most outrageous comebacks in Champions League history as Liverpool overturned a 3-0 deficit to hammer in four goals at Anfield to leave Barcelona in ruins and stunned. Jurgen Klopp’s men have now screamed into their second successive UEFA Champions League final.This result was even more stunning as Liverpool went into the game without star attacking duo of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. This, however, did not deter the home side as Divock Origi — who got to start –, as well as Georginio Wijnaldum, both found the back of the net twice to leave Barcelona stunned and out of Champions League.The move that changed the game was Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross that picked out Wijnaldum perfectly and was hammered by him under Marc Andre ter Stegen. Later, Xherdan Shaqiri lobbed a perfect cross to Wijnaldum which was also knocked into the back of the net to seal the win and a spot in the Final. WijnaldumReuters”With any other team, I wouldn’t think it was possible. They are really mentality giants,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “It is unbelievable the season we had, the games we had, the injuries we had now.”Going out there and putting in a performance like this on the pitch is unbelievable. I am really proud to be the manager of this team. What they did tonight was really special. I will remember it forever,” he further added.They now await the winner of the game between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspurs in the final on June 1 in Madrid as the Reds will aim for their sixth European title.The stunning Barcelona collapse Jurgen KloppJulian Finney/Getty ImagesThe scenes were in complete contrast on the other corner as Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was left floundering around for words. This was his second major setback in Europe in two years. Last year, the La Liga champs were ousted by Roma after they wilted in the second round of Quarter-finals despite leading 4-1 in the first-leg.”The most hurtful thing is to repeat it. When you have a collapse of this nature we will have a few horrible days ahead,” said Valverde.Liverpool legends reactFor Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, this comeback was nothing short of spectacular as they saluted the effort and mental strength of the side and the belief of the players.”You know when you talk about the great nights, this is the best ever. It’s absolutely incredible. Before the game, we were talking about all the superlatives we can about Messi. We can run out of superlatives for Liverpool,” Fowler told BT Sport.Michael Owen was ecstatic and echoed the sentiment that the fantastic season was not over yet and that it was only football which could have done this.”The emotions that this place evokes on nights like these, there hasn’t been a better night than this. They took it out of Barcelona’s hands – the spirit, the heart shown by this squad, and that all starts from the top. That starts from Klopp,” former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand jumped in with the accolades.It was not a perfect start to begin with as Andy Robertson was off action at half-time and was replaced by Wijnaldum which made James Milner to hop across to left-back. In the end though, it all turned out to be perfect for the home team. If only, they can repeat this kind of showing in the Final, they might be unstoppable.last_img read more

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Provide basic requirements security to Rohingya children

first_imgParticipants at the roundtable jointly organised by Prothom Alo and UNICEF at the Prothom Alo office in the capital on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloDiscussants at a roundtable stressed that the Rohingya children should be provided with basic education, food and other necessities as well as proper security as long as they are in Bangladesh.The roundtable was jointly organised by ProthomAlo and UNICEF at the Prothom Alo office in the capital on Sunday. Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Qayyum moderated the roundtable.Chief guest at the roundtable, Bangladesh Human Rights Commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque, said almost 400,000 Rohingya children took shelter in Cox’s Bazar since the latest crisis began with violent attacks in Rakhine on 25 August.Speaking about providing legal assistance to the Rohingyas in Bangladesh, assistant external relations officer of UNHCR Souvik Das said Bangladesh lacks any kind of refugee law. However, identifying the newborn Rohingyas in Bangladesh and providing them with birth certificates can help them, he added.He also mentioned that the majority of the Rohingya female refugees were pregnant or were child brides.He also said most of the children in the camps were traumatised following the atrocities they witnessed in Myanmar and proper security for them has to be ensured in the camps.Speaking about the latest condition of the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, executive director of Coast Trust, Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, said Bangladesh should have two types of plans for managing the current refugee crisis.He said, plan A should be providing basic education for the Rohingya children and also ensuring long term education programmes in the refugee camps, so that the refugee children can get a stable future.He said plan B should be to continue pressure on Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas.Special guest additional secretary of social welfare ministry Khairul Anam said the Rohingya influx into Bangladesh has continued for the last 40 years. He also appreciated the fact that different local as well as international organisations were working along with the government to cope with the crisis.Khairul Anam said currently there are a total of 10 Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf where a total of 12,000 children have been registered till now.Among others, programme coordinator of BRAC M Nazrul Islam, child protection expert of UNICEF Monira Hasan, head of child rights and protection, Plan International, Tania Nusrat Zaman, national program officer (adolescent and youth gender) of UNFPA Humaira Farhana, deputy director of community development center Tsadduk Hossain, and deputy country director of Handicap International Sharmin Khan, also addressed the roundtable.last_img read more

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4yrold girl killed in gas cylinder blast

first_imgA four year-old girl was killed in a gas cylinder explosion at Pathbari here on FridayThe deceased was Toha Khatun, daughter of Badsha Mia of the area.The gas cylinder went off with a big bang when Toha was playing in the kitchen, leaving her burn injured, said family members.Later she was taken to a private hospital in the district town where the physicians declared her dead.last_img

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SAGAFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Accused of Election Violations

first_img Related Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Here we go again — every time we have an election we can count on Membership First or their associates to file some baseless charge that accomplishes nothing except to burn up even more of our members’ dues money,” she said. “This is just another cynical ploy that will come to nothing and we can add it to their tab of over a million dollars and counting the union has already spent dealing with their ridiculous stunts.”Carteris is part of the Unite for Strength slate, which has been in charge of the union leadership since 2009. She replaced the late Ken Howard as president when he died in 2016, then defeated Membership First’s Esai Morales in 2017.In a letter to SAG-AFTRA general counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, Allen said, “Ms. Carteris is campaigning using what we can only assume to be insider and highly confidential information that she would be prohibited from revealing, and then used her current position of power to cause the facts underlying that highly confidential information to occur. In sum, Ms. Carteris is cheating in an attempt to get re-elected.”The letter said Carteris claimed in her campaign statement that she had “negotiated a direct, comprehensive agreement with Netflix that eliminates free bargaining in low budget SVOD, improves protections against outrageous exclusivity terms/options, and for the first time covers performance capture.”The missive asserted that the deadline to submit election statements was on June 28 but that the deal was not presented for approval to the national board until July 20.“How did Ms. Carteris know, prior to June 28 when she submitted her statement, that the Netflix deal would be approved prior to a National Board vote?” the letter asked.Allen’s letter also asserted that the Netflix agreement should have been submitted to the membership for ratification. It also accused Carteris of directing SAG-AFTRA funds and resources to help promote her campaign, including the creation of self-promoting videos and their display on the SAG-AFTRA website and throughout the common membership areas at the Wilshire Boulevard headquarters in Los Angeles.“We demand that Ms. Carteris be deemed ineligible to run in the upcoming election and that her name be stricken from the ballot,” the letter said. “Further, we demand a fair and thorough independent investigation into Ms. Carteris’ fiduciary duty violations. Furthermore, pursuant to Section 431(c)of the LMRDA, we demand access to SAG-AFTRA’s financial books and records to ascertain the extent to which SAG-AFTRA funds have been improperly used to help finance and support Ms. Carteris’ campaign.” Wednesday’s SAG-AFTRA Election to Cap Bitter Battle Between Gabrielle Carteris, Matthew Modinecenter_img Allen is a partner at the Los Angeles law firm Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP. SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris has been accused of violating union rules in her re-election campaign — and has issued a strong denial in response.Attorney Robert Allen, in a letter sent Monday on behalf of unnamed union members, said Carteris had allegedly used insider information to take credit for SAG-AFTRA’s new deal with Netflix and accused her of using union resources to promote her candidacy via official SAG-AFTRA videos. Allen said if Carteris’ name isn’t removed from the ballot within 10 days, he’ll file a federal lawsuit to seek an injunction and recover damages.Election ballots were mailed Monday to dues-current members and will be tabulated on Aug. 28. SAG-AFTRA represents about 160,000 performers. Carteris faces four challengers — Matthew Modine, who heads the Membership First faction; Jane Austin, the current secretary-treasurer; Abraham Justice; and Queen Alljahye Searles. Carteris blamed Membership First and said the allegations were “baseless.” Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected as SAG-AFTRA Presidentlast_img read more

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Research team uses melanin to make biodegradable battery anode

first_img(Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Oregon has used melanin as an ingredient in a cocktail that led to the creation of a biodegradable battery anode. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they created the anode and to what purpose it might be put in the near future. Citation: Research team uses melanin to make biodegradable battery anode (2013, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-team-melanin-biodegradable-battery-anode.html Over the past several decades, medical researchers have been working on a way to create devices that can remain inside the human body, without the risk of causing harm. One such example is the pace-maker. It sits inside the chest, monitoring heart activity and delivers a small jolt when needed to keep the heart beating on a proper rhythm. Though it’s doubtless saved many lives, it also constitutes a health hazard—there are materials inside its case that upon escape could cause serious harm. Some of the most hazardous are in the battery, and that’s why researchers are working so hard to find a way to build one that is not only non-toxic, but is also biodegradable. In this new effort, the researchers have taken a step towards that ultimate goal by creating a battery component that is made from a material that is created naturally by the human body—melanin.Melanin is a material that exists in the skin of humans and other animals, and is responsible for the creation of pigments. In its natural state it exists as a group of disordered extended hetero-aromatic polymer networks, which means it’s a great material for holding a relatively large amount of ions. To use it as part of a battery, the team added it to a few other ingredients to create a mix that could be poured onto a steel mesh after adding sodium ions. The battery that resulted, the team found, was capable of discharging for up to five hours, though admittedly, offering less power than traditional batteries.The entire battery was not biodegradable of course, which means much more work needs to be done before such a battery might be used with an implantable medical device. Possible uses for such a device range from monitoring wounds and/or blood pressure to the delivery of drugs to specific body parts. Researchers show how to keep cathode material ‘in line’ to enhance battery performance Explore further More information: Biologically derived melanin electrodes in aqueous sodium-ion energy storage devices, PNAS, Published online before print December 9, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1314345110AbstractBiodegradable electronics represents an attractive and emerging paradigm in medical devices by harnessing simultaneous advantages afforded by electronically active systems and obviating issues with chronic implants. Integrating practical energy sources that are compatible with the envisioned operation of transient devices is an unmet challenge for biodegradable electronics. Although high-performance energy storage systems offer a feasible solution, toxic materials and electrolytes present regulatory hurdles for use in temporary medical devices. Aqueous sodium-ion charge storage devices combined with biocompatible electrodes are ideal components to power next-generation biodegradable electronics. Here, we report the use of biologically derived organic electrodes composed of melanin pigments for use in energy storage devices. Melanins of natural (derived from Sepia officinalis) and synthetic origin are evaluated as anode materials in aqueous sodium-ion storage devices. Na+-loaded melanin anodes exhibit specific capacities of 30.4 ± 1.6 mAhg−1. Full cells composed of natural melanin anodes and λ-MnO2 cathodes exhibit an initial potential of 1.03 ± 0.06 V with a maximum specific capacity of 16.1 ± 0.8 mAhg−1. Natural melanin anodes exhibit higher specific capacities compared with synthetic melanins due to a combination of beneficial chemical, electrical, and physical properties exhibited by the former. Taken together, these results suggest that melanin pigments may serve as a naturally occurring biologically derived charge storage material to power certain types of medical devices.center_img Structural characterization of eumelanins. SEM images of pristine natural (NatMel), Na+ -loaded natural (NatMel-Na), synthetic (SynMel), Na+ -loaded synthetic (SynMel-Na), electro-deposited (E-SynMel), and Na+ -loaded electrodeposited (E-SynMel-Na) melanins. Scale bar, 500 nm. Credit: PNAS, Published online before print December 9, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1314345110 © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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

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Crowdsourcing Opportunity or Time Suck

first_img 7 min read Crowdsources video production, graphic design and copywriting. Popular Crowdsourcing Sites Sells stock photos, illustrations, logos and multimedia content submitted by creatives. Threadless 99designs Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Holds contests for arty, innovative T-shirt designs, with winners chosen by fellow site users. Like most successful freelancers, Brett Slater of Slater’s Garage Ads & Audioearns a majority of his income from clients who hire him outright, agree on a contract, and compensate him for all his work on their projects. But roughly 15 to 20 percent of the audio and video producer’s income is generated from an unlikely source: crowdsourcing websites and contests.”I started doing video as a hobby,” says Slater, a longtime radio man who added video production to his freelance repertoire in 2007. “I got hooked on YouTube and started looking at the video contests for fun. And they started paying off.”We’re not talking chump change. In 2008, Slater took the $20,000 grand prize in a contest sponsored by the Maine Association of Realtors ( see video) and the $15,000 grand prize in a contest held by Honda ( see video). The time he spent creating each short video? The better part of a weekend.”Those two were my crown jewels,” says Slater, who also made five figures in video contest prizes in 2009.But before you go scouring video contest sites like Vidoppand MOFILMor crowdsourcing (outsourcing of traditional employee tasks to a large group in the form of an open call) sites like 99designs, LogoTournamentand GeniusRocketfor your own freelancing pot of gold, know that not all contest-chasing creatives make out like Slater.The Cattle Call FactorFive-figure awards are the exception, not the rule. Prizes on crowdsourcing sites often range from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars. GeniusRocket minted uTest There’s also the cattle call factor to consider. With so many creatives competing per contest, odds are slim that you’ll be the one to bring home the crowdsourcing bacon.”Since you don’t know what the client’s tastes are, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” says Heather Knox from Madison, Wis., who works as an art director for a corporate webcasting company and has entered a couple dozen design contests in her spare time since 2009. (She won one, earning $1,000.) “It’s such an unknown whether it’s going to pay off.”Take the site crowdSPRING, a contest site for designers, illustrators and copywriters that launched in May 2008. To date, the site has awarded more than 3,250 winners a total of nearly $4 million for approximately 10,000 crowdsourced projects. But 57,000 creatives from more than 170 countries vie for prize money on crowdSPRING, with each contest receiving an average of 115 entries. That means more than 50,000 creatives using the site have never seen a dime for their efforts.Why would any self-respecting writer, designer or multimedia producer give away their valuable ideas and time without any guarantee of payment? Back in Freelancing 101, we all learned that aside from intentional pro bono projects, working for a client on specwith no promise of getting hired or paid is not only financially unsound but utterly foolish, right?Wrong, say crowdsourcing devotees. For many of these creatives, money isn’t the only motivator.The Ultimate Equalizer?”The benefit is definitely the low barrier to entry and the level playing field,” says Collis Ta’eed, co-founder of FreelanceSwitch, one of the web’s leading freelancing communities. “You can be a professional, self-taught, experienced, novice, from a wealthy country or from one where earning just a few dollars goes a long way.”As a result, many students, moonlighters and rookie freelancers use these contests to hone their skills and build their portfolios.”The price doesn’t drive me at all,” says Knox, who views the design contests she enters as a way to scratch her creative itch during free evenings and weekends. “I do it more for the inspiration. When I was in advertising, I created logos every week. I can’t get that with my job now.”For Slater, who lives in a small, remote town, crowdsourcing sites cut through geographic obstacles. “I live in Bangor, Maine. My work wouldn’t have been seen otherwise,” explains the video producer, who’s landed projects in large markets throughout the United States and as far away as Australia, thanks to the crowdsourcing contests he’s entered. crowdSPRING Anna Nadler, a freelance illustrator and designer in Staten Island, N.Y., also relishes the convenience of these sites. “It’s not always easy to leave my house to go to a networking party or to knock on some businesses’ doors hoping they will take a look at my portfolio,” says Nadler, who left the 9-to-5 world to freelance from home when her son was born two years ago.Since February 2009, Nadler has made 75 percent of her income through crowdsourcing sites, entering up to 20 contests a month and earning $200 to $1,000 per win. The other 25 percent of her income comes from clients she works with directly.”I win, on average, three to four contests a month, sometimes more, sometimes less,” explains Nadler, who spends two to four hours on each winning design, including any revisions requested by the client. “Many of those buyers go on to hire me for follow-up projects, which is a really nice bonus.”What Crowdsourcing Doesn’t OfferThe financial crapshoot isn’t the only downside of trying to patch together a paycheck from crowdsourcing opportunities. Intellectual property rights can be a concern, too. While some sites let contestant entrants retain ownership of their work, many contests seize the copyrights of all submissions, meaning that entrants must forfeit ownership of the content they create, even if they don’t win.”That’s something I really don’t agree with,” Slater says. “If that’s in the fine print, I won’t enter the contest.”Seasoned creatives also warn that budding freelancers who rely too heavily on these sites and contests miss out on several integral steps of building a service-based business: from marketing themselves to building rapport with clients to honing their negotiation skills.”The thing about design and writing and any of these creative services is that it’s about the conversation you have with these prospects,” says freelance marketing guru Ilise Benun, who runs the Creative Freelancer Conference, an annual business development event for self-employed professionals.”With these contests, you don’t have a chance to do that,” Benun says. “There’s so much more people could be doing to get better work. I think it’s a combination of laziness and not wanting to put the time and money into figuring out where to find the real projects. Because they are out there. People are making real money.”Love it or hate it, crowdsourcing appears to be here to stay. New sites and contests crop up like weeds these days, with household brands from Doritosto Heinz Ketchupcashing in on this cheap alternative to hiring a creative agency. But veteran creatives don’t sound overly worried that crowdsourcing will lead to the demise of the traditional freelancer-client relationship.”There will always be clients who want custom work, who want to meet and talk to a freelancer and who want a back-and-forth relationship,” Ta’eed says.Benun agrees. “I really don’t know anyone who is losing work because of crowdsourcing,” she says. “Those are not our prospects.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Crowdsources custom logo design, just like the name says. Crowdsources the QA process of software development, paying testers for each “approved” bug they submit. LogoTournament Michelle Goodman is a freelance writer and author of My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire. Features writing and design contests, including pro projects with awards starting at $1,000. Holds contests for stationery, invitations and other print announcements, with winners chosen by fellow site users. April 8, 2010 Poptent Register Now » Features video contests for household-name products looking for new ad campaigns. Boasts close to 65,000 designers willing to create everything from logos and T-shirts to websites and WordPress themes. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. iStockphotolast_img read more

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