Customizable office – Work From Homee http://work-fromhomee.com/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 00:56:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://work-fromhomee.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/cropped-icon-32x32.png Customizable office – Work From Homee http://work-fromhomee.com/ 32 32 Ex-San Diego union leader charged with dues embezzlement https://work-fromhomee.com/ex-san-diego-union-leader-charged-with-dues-embezzlement/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 19:58:05 +0000 https://work-fromhomee.com/ex-san-diego-union-leader-charged-with-dues-embezzlement/ A former Department of Homeland Security officer and union leader accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the union he represented has been charged in federal court in San Diego, prosecutors say. Felix Luciano, 60, of San Diego, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in San Diego on Friday on charges including wire […]]]>

A former Department of Homeland Security officer and union leader accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the union he represented has been charged in federal court in San Diego, prosecutors say.

Felix Luciano, 60, of San Diego, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in San Diego on Friday on charges including wire fraud and misrepresentation, stemming from allegations that he used the money of the American Federation of Local Government Employees 2805 for its own benefit.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury and pleaded not guilty.

No defense attorney for Luciano could be immediately reached on Friday.

Prosecutors said Luciano, a former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent, was president of the union that represents DHS-ICE employees in San Diego and Imperial Counties from 2011 to December 2018. Among his duties included maintaining “the fiscal integrity of the organization,” prosecutors said.

He retired in December 2018 when the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards conducted an audit of Local 2805.

According to the indictment, Luciano used union dues to pay for his and his wife’s personal expenses between December 2013 and January 2019. The expenses included luxury travel, credit card payments, the design of a website for his wife’s business, a personalized gun safe, meals and groceries, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Prosecutors allege Luciano used the union’s debit and credit card to pay for personal expenses and wrote checks to himself from the union’s checking account using false descriptions like ‘per diem’ in the memo lines .

He then covered up his actions by reporting false information on the union’s annual financial reports, prosecutors said. In a 2017 report, Luciano allegedly reported that Local 2805 paid him $3,068, either directly or indirectly, when the correct figure was over $20,000, prosecutors said.

“When employees pay their hard-earned money to unions, they reasonably expect the leaders of those organizations to be honest stewards of their dues,” US Atty said. said Randy Grossman. “Our office will work diligently to prosecute offenders who allegedly robbed their own unions at the expense of members.”

Luciano’s bail was set at $30,000. He is due back in federal court on October 3.

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40 gifts for doctors – National Today https://work-fromhomee.com/40-gifts-for-doctors-national-today/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 00:38:25 +0000 https://work-fromhomee.com/40-gifts-for-doctors-national-today/ Doctor Keychain This keychain is a great way to celebrate the newest addition to the number of doctors around the world. Along with the caduceus symbol and the stethoscope attached to the keyring, this polished stainless steel piece has a super inspirational message engraved on its label to keep our new doctor going no matter […]]]>

Doctor Keychain

This keychain is a great way to celebrate the newest addition to the number of doctors around the world. Along with the caduceus symbol and the stethoscope attached to the keyring, this polished stainless steel piece has a super inspirational message engraved on its label to keep our new doctor going no matter how rough the road.

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Coffee cup and wine glass set

The new doctor may not know it yet, but dealing with patients all day will make you go from coffee in the morning to wine in the evening. The gift set includes a coffee mug and a wine glass. Both are versatile – they can be used for water, juice or whatever the user decides to drink. Funny texts will make them more valuable to the new doctor, especially after a stressful day.

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Wine gift bag

This is one of the most fun and festive items on the list. If you are going to a new doctor’s celebration, this will be your outstanding gift. This is not your usual wine bag; it is designed as a doctor with the bottle of wine coming off. It is easy to roll up a bottle of champagne. The package consists of two cute felt wine bags – one male and one female. It is congratulatory and decorative.

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Medical socks

It’s a great way to symbolize the new doctor’s entry into medical practice. These socks are designed with sinus rhythm, a stethoscope, some more sinus rhythm, a white syringe and a bunch of pills lying around. Made from 80% cotton, the socks are stretchy, breathable and comfortable.

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Coffee cup

Patients constantly google symptoms and argue with the doctor. Well, this new doctor won’t have any of that with this gift clearly on the table. The cup itself is great. Splash-proof, portable, stainless steel, rust-resistant, and many other features make the clothes dryer a must-have, but it’s actually the listing that’s the draw here. Medical degrees are not obtained on the street; the new doctor will be proud of this gift.

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DEC Forest Rangers – Week in Review https://work-fromhomee.com/dec-forest-rangers-week-in-review/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 16:15:41 +0000 https://work-fromhomee.com/dec-forest-rangers-week-in-review/ For release: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Recent Statewide Ranger Actions New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) rangers respond to search and rescue incidents throughout the state. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and retrieve lost, injured, or distressed people across the […]]]>

For release: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Recent Statewide Ranger Actions

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) rangers respond to search and rescue incidents throughout the state. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and retrieve lost, injured, or distressed people across the state of New York.

In 2021, DEC rangers conducted 426 search and rescue missions, extinguished wildfires, participated in prescribed fires that served to rejuvenate hundreds of acres of land, and worked on cases that resulted in thousands of tickets or arrests.

“Over the past decade, as well as during the COVID-19 pandemic, DEC has seen an increase in the number of people visiting state lands to experience New York City’s many outdoor recreation opportunities,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “DEC’s Forest Rangers continue to be on the front lines of helping visitors get out responsibly and return home safely, as well as protecting our state’s irreplaceable natural resources. Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation, and lifesaving techniques are essential to the success of their missions, which for more than a century have taken them from remote wilderness areas with rugged mountain peaks, to whitewater rivers, and across our vast statewide forests.”

Town of Watson
Lewis County
Wilderness rescue:
At 1 p.m. September 14, Forest Rangers responded to the Otter Creek Horse Trails in the Independence Wilderness after receiving reports of a subject who was thrown from his horse, suffering from a possible spinal injury. The Martinsburg Fire Department arrived on the scene and secured the 32-year-old Clarence Center man on a backboard. Ranger Evans arrived with a six-wheeled vehicle and a custom trash carrier to transport the patient to a waiting Lewis County Search and Rescue ambulance. Resources were cleared at 1:45 p.m.


Ranger Evans secures the object of a custom six-wheeler

Town of Duane
Franklin County
Recovery from nature:
On September 14 at 4:18 p.m., New York State Police requested the assistance of rangers in locating an emotionally distressed subject reported missing by his family. Ranger Balerno found the subject’s car in Debar Pond at 5:50 p.m. At 8:50 p.m., Ranger Curcio located the deceased 37-year-old Owls Head man. The matter was referred to the county coroner. Rangers Lewis and Praczkajlo and several retired Rangers participated in the search. Resources were clear at 10:30 p.m.

Town of Watson
Lewis County
Suicide attempt:
At 12:34 p.m. on September 15, Ranger Hanno responded to a call for attempted suicide at a home in the town of Watson. Ranger Hanno found the 63-year-old subject in her basement with cuts to both wrists and her husband trying to stop the bleeding. Ranger Hanno wrapped his wrists and applied pressure until Lewis County Search and Rescue paramedics arrived. The patient was taken to hospital. Resources were clear at 1 p.m.

If you or someone you know needs mental health help, help is available. New York State The Office of Mental Health has resources on its website (leaves DEC website) or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

City of Albany
Albany County
Prescribed burning:
On September 16, Rangers Mitchell and Skudlarek joined Albany Pine Bush staff and volunteer firefighters to conduct a six-acre prescribed burn in Albany Pine Bush. This burning will help restore the naturally fire-dependent ecosystem by reducing non-native species and opening up the area to allow the growth of warm season grasses and other native vegetation.

Rangers watch the directed fire, smoke rises over the grass to the trees
Prescribed burning at Albany Pine Bush

Rangers in yellow take a group photo during a directed shot
Prescribed burning at Albany Pine Bush

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
At 6 p.m. Sept. 17, Ray Brook Dispatch requested ranger assistance for a hiker in medical distress at the top of Basin Mountain. Ranger Lewis contacted the hiking party with a subject who had a history of heart problems and was lethargic, vomiting uncontrollably and unable to move on his own. Ranger Lewis called in the New York State Police (NYSP) Air Force to perform a winch rescue. The helicopter took off from Clear Lake with Ranger O’Connor as team leader. Ranger Lewis was hoisted to the 70-year-old man from Quebec and wrapped him in a harness so Ranger O’Connor could successfully hoist the subject into the helicopter. The hiker went to the Adirondack Medical Center for treatment and was released. Resources were clear at 1am

fog rises above the top of a mountain
Basin Mountain Winch Rescue

Town of Cheektowaga
Erie County
Public awareness:
On September 17, Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve held its annual fall festival with over 500 people in attendance. Ranger Krulish talked about his work as a ranger with display boards highlighting the role of Rangers in protecting public lands, search and rescue and dealing with wildfires.

People sit on a bench as Ranger gives a presentation
Ranger Krulish at the Reinstein Woods Fall Festival

Hamlet of Delmar
Albany County
Public awareness:
On September 17, Ranger Mitchell and Smokey Bear attended the Fall Festival at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar. More than 2,000 people attended the family environmental celebration with hands-on educational activities, interactive exhibits, interpretive walks and outdoor safety tips from Ranger Mitchell and Smokey Bear.

Ranger and Smokey Bear pose for a photo in front of the Five Rivers building
Ranger Mitchell and Smokey Bear at the Five Rivers Fall Festival

City of Sardinia
Erie County
Search and rescue training:
On September 17, Rangers Kennedy and Thaine taught members of the Hamburg SWAT team, Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue (NFSAR), and various local fire departments the Basic Wildland Search Skills (BWSS) course to educate students about the training and skills needed. provide assistance during search and rescue incidents. The course was held at the Chafee-Sardinia Fire Department; field exercises were conducted in the Erie County Forest.

Rangers and emergency personnel taking directions during the training course
Ranger Kennedy conducting search and rescue training

People in the woods during search and rescue training
Search and rescue training at Erie County Forest

Be sure to prepare and plan well before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NY, Adirondack Backcountry Information, and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.

If anyone needs a ranger, whether for search and rescue, reporting a wildfire, or reporting illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833- NYS-RANGERS. If someone needs urgent help, they can call 911. To contact a ranger for information about a specific location, the DEC website has the phone numbers for each ranger listed by region.

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The new hair salon has your beard https://work-fromhomee.com/the-new-hair-salon-has-your-beard/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 12:40:00 +0000 https://work-fromhomee.com/the-new-hair-salon-has-your-beard/ Flagship Healthcare Properties paid $4.3 million for a 10,000 square foot Class A medical practice at 2505 Old Shell Road in Mobile, according to Vallas Realty, which represented the sellers, Old Shell Medical LLC. The two-story building was constructed in 2020 and is fully leased to USA Health Midtown. Dirty Rebel Barbershop has leased 1,400 […]]]>

Flagship Healthcare Properties paid $4.3 million for a 10,000 square foot Class A medical practice at 2505 Old Shell Road in Mobile, according to Vallas Realty, which represented the sellers, Old Shell Medical LLC. The two-story building was constructed in 2020 and is fully leased to USA Health Midtown.

Dirty Rebel Barbershop has leased 1,400 square feet at The Wharf off Canal Road in Orange Beach, according to Jeff Barnes and Steadman Bethea of ​​Stirling Properties, who represented the landlord. Dirty Rebel specializes in beard grooming and sells its own range of beard balms.

TransPak has leased 15,000 square feet of warehouse space at 100 N. Ala. 59 in Summerdale, according to Jeff Barnes and Steadman Bethea of ​​Stirling Properties, who represented the owner. TransPak is an international company in the crating, packaging and logistics industry.

Watch for the Muscadine Place subdivision to be developed at the northeast corner of Baldwin County 20 and Hickory Street in Foley, according to planning. The 38-acre project will feature 182 lots according to Lennar Homes. And also on the horizon, the final phase of the River Oaks Subdivision on 16.74 acres south of Michigan Avenue and east of Hickory Street in Foley will have 68 residential lots.

ANEW, a body, beauty and wellness spa, leased 1,657 square feet of space from The Shoppes of Daphne at 2004 US 98 in Daphne, according to Jeff Barnes of Stirling Properties, who represented the landlord. ANEW specializes in skincare, full body aesthetic services and personalized health plans.

ACCEL Academy is looking to build a gymnasium and outdoor basketball court on vacant land adjacent to the Mobile Festival Center near Airport Boulevard in Mobile, according to planning records. ACCEL is a charter high school and is located on the west side of the Festival Center.

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New York man pleads guilty to laundering funds related to proceeds of facilitating fraudulent robocalls | Takeover bid https://work-fromhomee.com/new-york-man-pleads-guilty-to-laundering-funds-related-to-proceeds-of-facilitating-fraudulent-robocalls-takeover-bid/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 19:55:39 +0000 https://work-fromhomee.com/new-york-man-pleads-guilty-to-laundering-funds-related-to-proceeds-of-facilitating-fraudulent-robocalls-takeover-bid/ A New York man has pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of New York to money laundering for his role as the owner and operator of a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) company that facilitated and profited from the introduction fraudulent robocall traffic in the United States. Jon J. Kahen, 48, of Great Neck, New […]]]>

A New York man has pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of New York to money laundering for his role as the owner and operator of a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) company that facilitated and profited from the introduction fraudulent robocall traffic in the United States.

Jon J. Kahen, 48, of Great Neck, New York, was owner and CEO of Global Voicecom Inc. (GVI), a U.S.-based VoIP provider, from 1999 to 2020. GVI provided voice telecommunications, such as domestic direct inward dialing (DID), toll-free, and call termination platforms and services, which brought foreign telephone traffic into the U.S. telephone system (thus serving as ” gateway carrier”).

As early as 2016 at least, GVI began serving as a gateway operator for an India-based VoIP provider that used GVI’s gateway operator services to route fraudulent robocalls – including but not limited to , US government agency impostor calls made by individuals located in India who fraudulently posed as agents of the IRS, Social Security Administration and Office of the Inspector General of India Social Security Administration (SSA-OIG) – in the US telephone system. This provider also used the DID and toll-free numbers re-leased and/or resold to it by GVI to facilitate various fraudulent robocall scams. American consumers, including the elderly, have been defrauded as a result of these scams.

In 2018, Kahen learned that this India-based VoIP provider was using GVI’s telecommunications services to engage in illegal activities (for example, wire fraud involving fraudulent robocalls), and in May 2019, Kahen knew that the funds paid to GVI by this customer for the continuation of gateway carrier services were the proceeds of illegal activities. Despite this knowledge, Kahen conducted illegal monetary transactions involving these criminal funds.

“American consumers, many of whom are elderly or otherwise vulnerable, are inundated with millions of illegal robocalls every day,” said Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Brian M. Boynton, chief of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. . “Anyone with a phone is a potential target. The Department is committed to ending robocall fraud and prosecuting those who knowingly facilitate robocall fraud schemes for financial gain. »

“This defendant opened the door to foreign fraudsters who exploited the good reputation of our government agencies to target Americans,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman of the Southern District of California. “Let this case be a message to actors in the United States who have facilitated foreign actors and profited from the fraud that they will be held accountable.”

“Mr. Kahen knowingly facilitated robocalls from government impostors who not only defrauded American consumers, but took advantage of their trust in government,” said Inspector General Gail S. Ennis of the Social Security Administration. “We will continue to prosecute those who perpetuate these robocall fraud schemes, and I am grateful to trial attorneys Yolanda McCray Jones and Wei Xiang of the Department of Justice Consumer Protection Branch and attorneys U.S. Special Assistants Jeffrey Hill and Lisa Sanniti of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California for prosecuting this case. I also want to thank all of our law enforcement partners for their contributions to the success of this investigation.

“When consumers — especially our vulnerable older Americans — are exploited by fraudsters posing as a government agency or official, the impact is detrimental and the repercussions are long-lasting,” said Inspector-in-Charge Eric Shen. of the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Postal Inspection Service. . “Anyone who engages in or facilitates deceptive practices like this should know that they will not go unnoticed. Postal inspectors will continue to work tirelessly to hold these criminals accountable and bring justice to the American public.”

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Kahen agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $216,700 to four robocall victims of the wire fraud scheme mentioned above and to further waive $176,000.

The United States previously filed a civil suit in January 2020, alleging Kahen and his companies were responsible for delivering millions of fraudulent robocalls to American consumers. That action also alleged that Kahen and his companies had been repeatedly warned that they were making fraudulent robocalls and continued to do so, facilitating foreign-based fraud schemes targeting individuals in the United States. The civil action sought to enjoin Kahen and his companies from engaging in the ongoing commission of criminal wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In March 2020, Kahen and his companies were permanently banned from operating as intermediary VoIP carriers routing telephone calls to the US telephone system.

Trial Attorneys Yolanda McCray Jones and Wei Xiang of the Justice Department’s Civil Division Consumer Protection Branch and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey Hill and Lisa Sanniti of the Southern District of California prosecuted the case.

The case was investigated by agents from the SSA-OIG, US Postal Investigation Service, US Secret Service and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation – El Dorado Task Force. Resources from the Department’s Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force assisted in the investigation and prosecution.

The ministry’s wide-ranging and extensive efforts to combat senior fraud are aimed at halting the widespread losses that seniors suffer from fraud schemes. However, the best method of prevention is to share information about the different types of fraudulent schemes with relatives, friends, neighbors and other seniors who can use this information to protect themselves.

If you or someone you know is aged 60 or over and has been the victim of financial fraud, you can get help from the National Senior Fraud Hotline: 1- 833-FRAUD-11 (1-833-372-8311). This Department of Justice hotline, operated by the Office for Victims of Crime, is staffed by experienced professionals who provide personalized support to callers by assessing the victim’s needs and identifying appropriate next steps. Case managers will identify appropriate reporting agencies, provide information to callers to help them report, connect callers directly with appropriate agencies, and provide resources and referrals, on a case-by-case basis. Reporting is the first step. Reporting can help authorities identify those who are committing fraud, and reporting certain financial losses due to fraud as soon as possible can increase the likelihood of recovering the losses. The hotline is open seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET. English, Spanish and other languages ​​are available.

Additional information about the Consumer Protection Branch and its enforcement efforts can be found at www.justice.gov/civil/consumer-protection-branch. Information about the Justice Department’s Elder Fraud Initiative is available at www.justice.gov/elderjustice.

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A one-of-a-kind 3D printed house mixes concrete and wood https://work-fromhomee.com/a-one-of-a-kind-3d-printed-house-mixes-concrete-and-wood/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 16:42:50 +0000 https://work-fromhomee.com/a-one-of-a-kind-3d-printed-house-mixes-concrete-and-wood/ Casting layers of concrete like rows of toothpaste, an industrial-sized 3D printer this week continued to add a second story to a Houston home that will be the first multi-story printed structure in the United States. In addition to this achievement, the designers Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovicassistant professors of architecture at the College of […]]]>

Casting layers of concrete like rows of toothpaste, an industrial-sized 3D printer this week continued to add a second story to a Houston home that will be the first multi-story printed structure in the United States.

In addition to this achievement, the designers Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovicassistant professors of architecture at the College of Architecture, Art and Urbanism (AAP) and co-directors of the HANNAH design officesay the two-story single-family home demonstrates innovative construction processes that can be extended to multi-family and mixed-use developments, helping to address housing shortages.

A COBOD BOD2 3D construction printer builds the structural elements of a Houston home that will be the first multi-story 3D printed structure in the United States.

Their hybrid design, the first of its kind, connects structural elements composed of 3D-printed concrete to a conventional wood frame representative of most American residential construction. The combination shows how each material can be used where it works best, with minimal waste, to create buildings that are efficient, resistant to increasingly intense weather events and potentially more affordable.

“Our hybrid building approach creates a building system that is structurally efficient, easily repeatable, and materially responsive,” Lok said. “The project also highlights the exciting design potential of mass-customized architectural components to meet owners’ needs and to simplify the integration of building systems.”

Zivkovic added, “These design efforts aim to increase the impact, applicability, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness of 3D printing for future residential and multi-family buildings in the United States.”

On September 12, members of the media were invited to observe the progress of the printing of the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home which will also include a two-car garage and a 40-foot chimney – making the home l one of the tallest structures printed on Date.

The house is built in partnership with PERI 3D Construction, which has produced six 3D printed structures in the United States and Europe; CIVE, a Houston-based engineering and design-build contractor; and other building industry partners. The project team continues to seek industry collaborators and sponsors.

For Lok, who runs the Rural and Urban Buildings Innovation Lab at AAP, and Zivkovic, who runs the Robotic Construction Lab, the project is the latest to emerge from years of research into the potential of 3D printing to enable “mass customization” without driving up costs. They have already experimented with a hybrid design using 3D printed concrete and recycled wood for the Ashen Cabin project in upstate New York. Lok’s HoloWall installation on the Arts Quad explored customization using non-uniform building materials and digital modeling tools. Zivkovic’s past research involves developing new methods of printing concrete and robotically fabricated wooden components.

The 4,000 square foot Houston project is progressing to a larger scale, which will require another American “first” – relocation of the large gantry supporting the printer, which measures approximately 60 feet long, 30 feet wide and 30 feet wide. high, to complete the structure.

Rendering of the two-story Houston home designed by Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovic, which features a one-of-a-kind hybrid design using a 3D-printed concrete and wood frame.

Across various systems – from spray foam insulation to a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system more common to commercial buildings – the designers say the home incorporates design and construction processes well suited to multi-family developments that will be needed to increase housing capacity in fast-growing cities like Houston.

The designers said their approach could also speed up construction times and reduce costs because concrete printers can be operated by as few as three or four people. It also minimizes waste, as the material can be mixed on demand and printed only for structurally important sections, and can integrate timber framing more efficiently into a modular design.

“Besides printing technology, integrating printing with building design and construction materials, and streamlining the construction process are important aspects in realizing such a project,” Zivkovic said. . “We are using this project to demonstrate how 3D printing is not only market-ready, but also capable of building well-designed, high-performance architecture.”

For the Houston home, printed material is sourced locally and uses low-carbon-footprint cement, a mixture that can include fly ash, slag and other industrial by-products. Designers are collaborating with colleagues at the College of Engineering on research related to environmentally friendly building materials, including concrete’s potential to store methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Timber framing, on the other hand, is a renewable resource but is often the product of forest monocultures and can be transported over long distances.

Lok and Zivkoviv said the Houston home optimizes the use of both materials while making better use of their design potential than many structures limited to just one.

“There’s no design there,” Lok said, “that thinks of multi-family housing using those two systems together.”

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The EU will ban the products of forced labor https://work-fromhomee.com/the-eu-will-ban-the-products-of-forced-labor/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 00:34:44 +0000 https://work-fromhomee.com/the-eu-will-ban-the-products-of-forced-labor/ September 12, 2022 Click for PDF The European Commission (the “EC”) is expected to announce a proposal shortly that will ban products made by forced labour. This decision follows a public consultation earlier this year by the EC seeking public opinion on an initiative “keep the EU market free of products produced, extracted or harvested […]]]>

September 12, 2022

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The European Commission (the “EC”) is expected to announce a proposal shortly that will ban products made by forced labour. This decision follows a public consultation earlier this year by the EC seeking public opinion on an initiative “keep the EU market free of products produced, extracted or harvested by forced labour, whether produced in the EU or elsewhere in the world.”[1] The proposal could have a significant impact on companies’ supply chain management and approach to human rights due diligence; areas that are already under scrutiny by the EU.

Although the EU proposal has not yet been published, several media outlets report seeing an EU document stating that a ban should apply to products (including their components) for which forced labor has been used at any stage of production, manufacturing, harvesting or extraction, including working or processing.

The proposed ban should also apply regardless of the origin of the products, whether domestic or imported, placed or made available on the EU market or exported outside the EU.

It is understood that each EU Member State will be responsible for detection and enforcement and that national authorities will be responsible for proving that the products concerned have been produced or processed using forced labour. At least one report suggests that a database on the risks of forced labor in specific geographic areas or specific products made with forced labor imposed by state authorities will be created and made available to the public in the implementation framework.

One step further than the United States

The enactment of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (the “UFLPA”) on June 21, 2022 introduced a deemed ban on all imports into the United States from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (the “XUAR ”) and certain entities designated by the U.S. Department of Customs and Homeland Security Border Protection. The alleged UFLPA ban amended Section 307 of the United States Tariff Act of 1930, which generally prohibits the importation of any product extracted, produced, or manufactured in whole or in part by forced or indentured labor. children.

While the EU will follow the US in legislating to end forced labor practices, it appears that the geographical scope of the EU proposal will be broader than current US legislation, as it also applies in internal to products manufactured in the EU.

Next steps

The details of the proposal will need to be worked out with lawmakers and EU countries, but the planned ban appears to be sweeping and significant. We will monitor these developments and provide further details as the bill evolves.

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[1] https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/13480-Effectively-banning-products-produced-extracted-or-harvested-with-forced-labour_en


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5 reasons why Apple Watch Ultra will become the ambitious upgrade for Apple Watch users https://work-fromhomee.com/5-reasons-why-apple-watch-ultra-will-become-the-ambitious-upgrade-for-apple-watch-users/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 04:28:29 +0000 https://work-fromhomee.com/5-reasons-why-apple-watch-ultra-will-become-the-ambitious-upgrade-for-apple-watch-users/ The Apple Watch Ultra is touted as the idea of ​​a smartwatch for those who push the limits on endurance or love the outdoors. But over the past two days, from Apple Event conversations with Apple Watch users, it seems to indicate that the new device has a lot of aspirational value for them to […]]]>

The Apple Watch Ultra is touted as the idea of ​​a smartwatch for those who push the limits on endurance or love the outdoors. But over the past two days, from Apple Event conversations with Apple Watch users, it seems to indicate that the new device has a lot of aspirational value for them to think about upgrading.

Here’s what makes the Apple Watch Ultra appealing to regular Apple Watch users

Bigger but not heavier

The Apple Watch Ultra has a slightly different design with a titanium chassis, larger crown, and an additional Action button that can be customized to do multiple things. The Watch Ultra has a larger face at 49mm, compared to the larger 45mm size on other models, but it’s only a few grams heavier due to the titanium body.

Harder

The new watch is designed for the outdoors, which means it can work perfectly in temperatures ranging from -20 degrees Celsius to 55 degrees Celsius. Interestingly, many regular Apple Watch users find themselves in these conditions due to where they are. Additionally, the watch is designed to work underwater to depths of 40 meters.

Each Ultra watch is built with cellular technology and up to 36 hours of battery life on a single charge. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan/Indian Express)

Battery life

Many regular users could use the Ultra’s extra battery life, which promises up to 36 hours on a full charge and up to 60 hours in low power mode. For users who regularly take long-haul flights, this means they don’t have to find ways to charge their Apple Watches in lounges or mid-flight. And for others, you can keep the charger at home while rushing off for an overnight business trip.

No need to bring the outside inside

The Ultra’s single-buckle strap might seem too clunky for many to wear in the office or just on a casual trip to a restaurant. This is where the fact that the Ultra is compatible with any other Apple Watch band becomes crucial. For many regular users, new groups may then be limited to their outdoor adventures only.

apple watch ultra, apple watch, apple watch ultra price, apple watch ultra review, apple watch ultra specs, apple watch ultra features The Apple Watch Ultra embeds Garmin smartwatches. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan/Indian Express)

A button for regular actions

The Action button can help you find your way back after a mountain hike, but it can also help you bookmark and find your way to that Indian restaurant you discovered in a new city. The combination of Compass Waypoint and the BackTrack option has so many urban use cases that it is sure to be a much used feature even under normal circumstances. And it helps that the action button can be customized to give quick access to many situations like starting a workout when you don’t have easy access to the screen.

The Apple Watch Ultra will be available in India at Rs 89,900, which is almost double the price of the Apple Watch Series 8. Although this will ensure that many buyers will only yearn for the Ultra and buy it not really, for many more this newbie will become a way to show the world that they can afford to be different from the pack.

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The device provides real-time data for more personalized treatment https://work-fromhomee.com/the-device-provides-real-time-data-for-more-personalized-treatment/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 23:15:20 +0000 https://work-fromhomee.com/the-device-provides-real-time-data-for-more-personalized-treatment/ A team of engineers and doctors from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have designed a unique 3D-printed light-sensing medical device that is placed directly on the skin and gives real-time feedback to correlate exposure to light with outbreaks of disease. The device could help millions of people around the world with lupus and other […]]]>

A team of engineers and doctors from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have designed a unique 3D-printed light-sensing medical device that is placed directly on the skin and gives real-time feedback to correlate exposure to light with outbreaks of disease. The device could help millions of people around the world with lupus and other light-sensitive illnesses by giving them access to more personalized treatments and information to determine the causes of their symptoms.

The research has been published in Advanced sciences, a premium open access interdisciplinary scientific journal. The researchers have also filed for a patent on the device and the technology is available for licensing.

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, approximately 1.5 million Americans and at least 5 million people worldwide have some form of lupus. Light sensitivity is common in people with lupus, with 40-70% of people with lupus finding that their condition is made worse by exposure to sunlight or even artificial light indoors. Symptoms of these flare-ups in lupus patients include rashes, joint pain, and fatigue.

“I treat many patients with lupus or lupus-like conditions, and clinically it’s hard to predict when patients’ symptoms will get worse,” said University of Minnesota Medical School dermatologist Dr. Dr. David Pearson and co-author of the study. “We know that ultraviolet light, and in some cases visible light, can cause flare-ups of symptoms – both on their skin and internally – but we don’t always know what combinations of light wavelengths contribute to symptoms.”

Pearson had heard about the revolutionary, custom 3D printing of wearable devices developed by University of Minnesota mechanical engineering professor Michael McAlpine and his team and contacted him to collaborate on finding a solution to his problem. problem.

McAlpine’s research group worked with Pearson to develop a fully 3D-printed device, the first of its kind, with a flexible UV-visible light detector that could be placed on the skin. The device is integrated into a custom-made handheld console to continuously monitor and correlate light exposure to symptoms.

“This research builds on our previous work where we developed a fully 3D-printed light-emitting device, but this time instead of emitting light, it receives light,” said co-author McAlpine. study and Kuhrmeyer family professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. “The light is converted into electrical signals to measure it, which in the future can then be correlated with the patient’s symptom flares.”

McAlpine said developing the device was no easy task, however. The 3D-printed device consists of multiple layers of materials printed on a biocompatible silicone base. The layers include electrodes and optical filters. Filters can be changed depending on the wavelength of light that needs to be assessed. The research team also used zinc oxide to collect ultraviolet (UV) light and convert it into electrical signals. The device is mounted on the skin and a custom console is attached to capture and store data.

The research team has received permission to begin testing the device on human subjects and will soon begin recruiting study participants.

“We know these devices work in the lab, but our next step is really to get them into the hands of patients to see how they work in real life,” Pearson said. “We can give them to participants and track the light they’ve been exposed to and figure out how we can predict symptoms. We’ll also continue lab testing to improve the device.”

McAlpine and Pearson said the 3D printing process is relatively inexpensive and could one day provide easy and quick access to the device without the costly manufacturing processes of traditional devices.

“There’s no other device like this right now with this customization potential and such easy manufacturing,” Pearson said. “The dream would be to have one of these 3D printers right in my office. I could see a patient and assess the wavelengths of light that we want to assess. Then I could just print it for the patient and give it to them. “It could be 100% customized to their needs. That’s where the future of medicine is going.”

In addition to Pearson and McAlpine, the University of Minnesota research team included Xia Ouyang, Ruitao Su, Daniel Wai Hou Ng, and Guebum Han from the University of Minnesota Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The research was supported by a University of Minnesota Research, Art, and Scholarship Grant and a University Investment Research Program grant. Support was also provided by the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health. Parts of this work were conducted at the Minnesota Nano Center, which is supported by the National Science Foundation through the National Nano Coordinated Infrastructure Network (NNCI).

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