The China Connection: How One D.E.A. Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring

Fentanyl is quickly becoming America’s deadliest drug. But law enforcement couldn’t trace it to its source — until one teenager overdosed in North Dakota. Around 3 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, Laura and Jason Henke awoke with a start at their home in Minot, N.D. Their dog was barking wildly. At the door, in the early morning shadows, they found a police officer and, behind him, a pastor. The officer asked to see Laura’s ID to confirm that he was at the correct address. Then he told them that their 18-year-old son, Bailey, was dead. The officer didn’t have many details. Bailey Henke was living in Grand Forks, three hours east of his parents’ home in Minot, and the police there were working the case. The officer gave Laura the phone number for a detective in Grand Forks. She called and wrote down what he said: overdose, fentanyl. Laura had never heard of fentanyl; she wasn’t even sure how to spell it. After a few minutes, the officer and the pastor left. A heavy snowstorm had closed the roads, leaving Laura and Jason unable to reach Grand Forks that night. They spent the dark hours sitting on the couch, waiting for the storm to clear, moving in and out of spasms of inconsolable...

Siemens’ Sinumerik CNC Blackline touch panels include sidescreen enhancement Canadian Metalworking Canadian Fabricating and Welding Canadian Metalworking Canadian Fabricating & Welding

Siemens now offers its popular Sinumerik CNC Blackline touch panels with a new feature, the sidescreen enhancement. This development enables users to customize the panel of the CNC, laying out the operator panel in real time, using a drag-and-drop technology. Screens can be customized to view documents, camera projections, web server access information, access protection data for IT security protocols and even user administration. Features and functionality such as the ongoing checking of the machine tool status, quicker and easier navigation, elimination of mechanical keys and adding new keyboards can be achieved with the sidescreen feature. The sidescreen can be opened or closed on either the left or right side of the master operator panel and allows for positioning to suit the design and viewing angles on the machine for greater operator ease of use. The sidescreen works seamless with the Sinumerik Operate graphical user interface. The sidescreen operator panels are available in 16:9 aspect ratio, high-definition formats with multi-touch, scratch-resistant and non-reflecting panel technology, sealed for use in the harsh manufacturing environments yet sensitive enough to permi...

Analog Devices Inc. High-Speed Operational Amplifiers | Featured Product Spotlight

Analog Devices’ LTC6228 high-speed operation amplifiers are fast, low noise, and low-distortion op amps ideal for driving high speed, high dynamic range ADCs. They can also be used in fast photodiode amplifiers or to replace high-speed op amps in existing designs for improved performance. LTC6228 op amps have input-referred voltage noise specified at 0.88nV/√Hz, as well as second and third-order harmonic distortion below — 100dBc with a 2MHz, 4VP-P input.  They’re ideal for applications with a high dynamic range.  They can operate from a single or dual supply configuration with a 2.8V to 11.75V supply range, and the input range of the op amp includes the negative supply rail.  They also have low input offset voltage and drift, as well as a 110dB common-mode rejection ratio. The op amps include input bias cancellation circuitry, and this can be disabled to minimize current noise. The high speed of the LTC6228 allows designers to use it with fast and wide swinging inputs.  It has an 890MHz gain-bandwidth product and a 730MHz -3dB bandwidth. It also has a 500V/µs slew rate. Combined, this lets the LTC6228 drive the output in response to large amplitude, high-frequency inputs. The ...

South Hadley community hosts surprise birthday parade for 7-year-old girl during COVID-19

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Birthday’s don’t stop during a pandemic. A group of people gathered to celebrate a South Hadley girl’s seventh birthday in a unique and social distance friendly way. After her original birthday party was canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Brynna Henry, or “BB” as those who know her call her, was supposed to have a huge birthday party at the Holyoke Merry Go Round. But due to the coronavirus social gathering restrictions and social distancing, it was canceled. “Being seven, it’s very disappointing when your birthday party gets canceled. It’s hard for kids to really understand what’s going on right now,” Brynna’s Aunt, Amy Jamrog told 22News. “We love BB. And we love her family. In this time, it’s so important for us to get together. I know that six feet may separate us, but the love is strong,” said South Hadley resident, Molly Lepage. More than 20 cars filled with children of all ages, their families, and even a couple dogs gathered in the parking lot at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts school Sunday. “This is incredible the whole community, her whole class, family, friends. It really, it shows the community spirit,” Jamrog said when she saw all th...

Rare case of X-Linked Retinoschisis presents as retinal detachment

Dr Yunjeong Lee and Dr Baek-Lok Oh at Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, South Korea have reported a rare case of X-Linked Retinoschisis presents as retinal detachment. The case has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. X-linked Retinoschisis or X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis is a rare congenital malformation of the retina caused by mutations in the RS1 gene with a prevalence of about 1 in 15,000 to 30,000, is the main cause of juvenile macular degeneration. It is characterized by symmetric bilateral macular involvement beginning in the first decade of life. Patients typically present at school age complaining of poor vision, although they may present in infancy with nystagmus, strabismus, hyperopia, foveal ectopia, haemorrhage, or retinal detachment. However, there is wide variability in disease severity, ranging from normal vision to legal blindness, even among patients carrying the same mutation. X-linked retinoschisis may also present as spontaneous vitreous haemorrhage or retinal detachment. These complications occur commonly and are the main causes of complete vision loss. In the present case a 19-year-old man with X-linked retinoschisis presented with...

You’ll Kick Yourself For Not Buying These 39 Extremely Useful Amazon Products Sooner

You order a product, wait for it to come in the mail, and open the package once it lands on your front stoop. Then, one of two things happens: a) you use it once and then stuff in the back of your closet where you’ll never see it again, or b) you actually use it all the time. And all these useful products on Amazon? They fall into that latter category. There’s a catch, though: each one of these products will fill you with a certain amount of regret. No, not the “buyer’s remorse” kind of regret, but the “why-didn’t-I-buy-this-sooner” kind of regret. For example, there’s a chiller for coffee that just might have you counting up the money you could have saved if you hadn’t spent it on iced coffee at the coffee shop. And there’s a wine glass holder for your bathtub that will force you to come to terms with all the subpar, wine-free baths you’ve taken in your life. Okay, I’m not here to make you feel bad about things you can’t change — so I’ll just go ahead let you click through for a ton of useful products that won’t end up in the back of your closet. This broom has a few tweaks to it th...

11 min read. A.K KAIZA, one of the writers who worked with the late Mohinder Dhillon

11 min read. A.K KAIZA, one of the writers who worked with the late Mohinder Dhillon on his autobiography, My Camera, My Life, recalls the special moments he shared with this remarkable cameraman. “You cannot write about Mohinder without first mentioning his fundamental humanity – the abiding reality that he is an all-round lovely man.” — Jon Snow, presenter, Channel Four News It was August 7th, 2008. The time would have been a little past 11 in the morning, the usual coffee, tea and cakes break hour at the literature festival in Nairobi that I was participating in. We had come out of the Braeburn School room onto the lawn for coffee, and also for the sun. And there, standing with his back to the sun, the sunlight turning his white hair into a shiny glow, was Mohinder Dhillon – ramrod straight, despite the walking stick. He carried about him the air of something profound about to happen. The Braeburn School was on holiday and that had left it open for Kwani to hold the Kwani LitFest. A gathering of writers, guest speakers and would-be writers was holed in at the place. To an outsider, as I was, Nairobi was a little jarring. People seemed to get over-excited when talking, too sh...

Products all lazy people will want to buy immediately

Lazy people can be pretty ingenious in their search for finding low-effort methods for accomplishing daily tasks, as you can see by some of the products that have been invented with them in mind. A laundry-folding machine, a no-brushing-required toothbrush, and a glass that attaches to wine bottles are just a few items that can help the sluggish reach their full potential. Hutzler’s banana slicer can give you perfectly cut pieces of fruit in seconds, making it easy to add them to your cereal, granola, or smoothie. It’s dishwasher safe, and fun to use. Brushing your teeth isn’t that difficult, but that’s no reason not to find an easier way to do it. Y-Brush launched in 2019, and it’s revolutionizing dental hygiene. To use the device, you insert the brush into your mouth and chew on it for five seconds, and then flip it over and do the same with the other set of teeth. After 10 seconds, you’re ready for the day. You just gained two extra minutes of sleep. The LuckIn stand can sit on your counter, putting it at the perfect height to dry your damp locks. It takes most people 30 minutes at least to dry their hair, so being able to go hands-free for...

Glass laser engraving and etching have become popular techniques for producing images, patterns, and logos. Learn

Glass laser engraving and etching have become popular techniques for producing images, patterns, and logos. Learn the basics of both methods as we prepare you to fire up that beam. A laser is a machine that produces a beam of light through an optical amplification process. Today, lasers have become critical components of the products we use in our daily lives, ranging from bar code scanners to DVD players. In manufacturing, lasers are used for drilling, cutting, and engraving a wide range of materials. In glass manufacturing, for example, laser engraving and etching provide several possibilities for personalization without changing the characteristics of the glass. Laser engraving cuts out a portion of the material, leaving a cavity that reveals a design, with the engraved part being noticeable both through sight and touch. Laser engraving is performed with a high-heat laser that vaporizes the material. Engraving depths typically vary between 0.02″ and 0.125″ in harder materials. Laser etching, on the other hand, does not cut into the material, but instead removes only the top layer using a less powerful machine. The depth of the “cut” is usually no more than 0.001″. In fact, et...

Dumping duty imposed on certain float glass imports from China

The Finance Ministry has imposed definitive anti-dumping duty on certain float glass imports from China. This follows recommendations of the Designated Authority in the Commerce Ministry in its second sunset review investigations on certain float glass imports from China and Indonesia. The Revenue Department has now imposed anti-dumping duty of $ 218 per tonne on certain float glass imports from China. This duty will be valid for five years. This anti-dumping duty has been levied on float glass of thickness 2 mm to 12 mm (both thickness inclusive) of clear as well as tinted variety (other than green glass). It however does not include reflective glass, and processed glass meant for decorative, industrial or automotive purposes. While recommending that anti-dumping duty be continued on certain float glass imports from China for the next five years, the Designated Authority also recommended withdrawal of existing duties against Indonesia. The Designated Authority saw no credible evidence on the likelihood of continuation or recurrence of dumping from Indonesia. The petition seeking sunset review investigations was filed by Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd, HNG Ltd, and Gold Plus Glas...

Dehydrating food is a tried and true preservation method. By drawing the moisture out of food,

Dehydrating food is a tried and true preservation method. By drawing the moisture out of food, the growth of bacteria is inhibited. When dried properly, food can last indefinitely, which is one reason dehydrated food makes a great on-the-go snack, and why it’s great to keep on hand during natural disasters. Dehydration is also good for preserving bulk items, like herbs from your garden or mangoes you stocked up on when they were on sale, and since dehydrating intensifies the flavor of fresh food, dried herbs will taste stronger (perfect for seasoning steak), and fruits taste sweeter. You can dehydrate food the old fashioned way by hanging it out in the sun on a hot, dry day, or by placing it in a cool, dry area. The key is dryness: any moisture in the air will slow down the process and potentially cause food to spoil before it dries out. That’s where food dehydrators come in: they’re compact, offer a lot of drying room, and maintain low temperatures, which allows for optimal drying without cooking. In the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Appliance Lab, we tested nine different dehydrators from leading brands of all different sizes, shapes, and styles. We rated p...

Smoking increases your risk of deadly coronavirus – 8 tips to quit

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. CORONAVIRUS cases are rapidly surging in the UK – with the toll jumping to a staggering 456 people today. And experts are warning that smokers are much more likely to contract the deadly bug – given their weak lung function. Britain’s top doc, Professor Chris Whitty, urged smokers to ditch the habit immediately to lower their risk of Covid-19. He told MPs on the Health and Social Care Committee: “To be clear on smokers, my recommendation is that they stop smoking. Professor Sanjaya Senanayake, from the Australian National University (ANU), also revealed that smokers may suffer worse outcomes from coronavirus. Chancellor Rishi Sunak also today revealed he’s hiking the tobacco tax in today’s Budget - with the cost of cigarettes to go up to £12.73 a pack. With this in mind, here are just a few ways to help you quit smoking for good and protect yourself from the respiratory disease… As a smoker, you probably have plenty of reasons to quit, but have you ever written them down physically? Why don’t you get a pen and ...

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