Gov Newsom released his revised version of the states budget

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County’s state legislators largely praised Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised fiscal year 2019-20 budget today for its efforts to tackle high health care and housing costs, prepare for the next economic crisis and invest in the state’s future.In January, Newsom released his first budget since becoming governor, a $209 billion fiscal plan that included a $144 billion general fund and a projected surplus of $21 billion, the state’s largest since at least 2000. The budget included $1.3 billion for housing development and $40 million to fund two full years of tuition for first-time community college students who are enrolled full-time.Newsom’s revised budget, released Thursday, ticked up to $213 billion and builds on the first spending plan by increasing funding for things like housing development and homeless assistance while adding billions to the state’s rainy day fund, which could reach as high as $16.5 billion if state revenue trends remain consistent. The revised budget also includes a slightly higher projected surplus of $21.5 billion.“The affordability crisis families face in this state is very real, and that’s why this budget tackles those challenges head-on by focusing on housing, health care, early childhood and higher education,” Newsom said.Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, lauded Newsom for the revised budget’s gains on its predecessor. Atkins, the Senate president pro-tem, also expressed confidence that the state Legislature would finalize a budget “that will make a real difference for Californians.”“The May budget revision reflects California’s fiscal strength, increases our prudent reserves, and makes important investments for the future,” Atkins said. “I am particularly pleased to see more funding for K-12 education and increases for the Earned Income Tax Credit to help even more working Californians.”But Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, called the water tax and other new taxes “unfortunate, unhelpful and unnecessary,” arguing that it is unnecessary with the state’s projected surplus and will hurt residents who are already near the poverty level.Bates also railed against Newsom’s proposal to withhold gas tax funds for transportation infrastructure upgrades if cities around the state don’t build enough housing.“His insistence to hold gas tax dollars hostage from local governments unless they do what he wants proves that the gas tax increase was a bait-and-switch on voters,” Bates said. “Promises made to voters on transportation must be promises kept.”Bates allowed that the budget includes provisions worth supporting, such as assistance for low-income families and funding to modernize the state’s public schools.“Making these priorities a reality will help all Californians,” she said.Newsom’s revised budget contains $81.1 billion for education and expands family services and programs like paid family leave, allowing up to eight weeks of paid leave for each parent.The budget also includes a provision that would eliminate sales tax on diapers and tampons, a cause that Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, has championed for years. Newsom estimated the repeal would cost the state roughly $35 million, which is likely to be recouped through other tax increases and state funding within the budget.“This tax relief will go a long way in helping those young families who we know are at their most economically vulnerable,” Gonzalez said. “In California, more than 50 percent of the children born are on Medi-Cal. … We know that diapers are a necessity not only for the health of the child, they’re also required in order to drop your child off at child care.”The revised budget also includes controversial new levies and proposals such as a tax on drinking water, which would fund cleanup efforts in communities without access to potable water. Roughly one million California residents don’t have access to clean drinking water, according to Newsom.The state legislature will now begin its final negotiations with Newsom’s office over the revised budget. The final spending plan must be approved by June 15. KUSI Newsroom Gov. Newsom released his revised version of the state’s budget Posted: May 9, 2019 May 9, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Scientists 3Dprint human skin and bone for Mars astronauts

first_img Tags The skin sample was printed using human blood plasma as a “bio ink.” The researchers added plant and algae-based materials to increase the viscosity so it wouldn’t just fly everywhere in low gravity. “Producing the bone sample involved printing human stem cells with a similar bio-ink composition, with the addition of a calcium phosphate bone cement as a structure-supporting material, which is subsequently absorbed during the growth phase,” said Nieves Cubo, a bioprinting specialist at the university. Enlarge ImageThis bioprinted bone sample was made with human stem cells, blood plasma and bone cement. ESA/SJM Photography Imagine walking up to a Star Trek replicator and ordering a bone graft instead of tea, Earl Grey, hot. We’re heading in that direction. The European Space Agency’s 3D Printing of Living Tissue for Space Exploration project aims to print human tissue to help injured astronauts heal when they’re far, far away from Earth.Scientists from the University Hospital of Dresden Technical University in Germany bio-printed skin and bone samples upside down to help determine if the method could be used in a low-gravity environment. It worked. ESA released videos of the printing in action. 14 Photos Share your voice Some of the raw materials, such as blood plasma, would come from the astronauts’ own bodies to protect against transplant rejection. ESA’s project is already looking ahead to adapting the 3D printing of entire organs to space conditions. Just this year we’ve seen advances in printing a tiny heart from human tissue and a breathing lung air sac. These samples are just the first steps for the ESA’s ambitious 3D bio-printing project, which is investigating what it would take to equip astronauts with medical and surgical facilities to help them survive and treat injuries on long spaceflights and on Mars.”Carrying enough medical supplies for all possible eventualities would be impossible in the limited space and mass of a spacecraft,” said Tommaso Ghidini, head of ESA’s Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division. “Instead, a 3D bioprinting capability will let them respond to medical emergencies as they arise.” Dying space missions remembered in inspiring final imagescenter_img Sci-Tech Post a comment 3D-printing advancements Watch this wild 3D-printed lung air sac breathe Here’s the first 3D-printed heart made from actual human tissue 0 3D printing Spacelast_img read more

Man held with 14 gold bars

first_imgGold bars. File PhotoMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) detained a suspected gold smuggler along with 14 gold bars from Putkhali border area of Benapole in Jashore on Saturday evening, reports UNB.The arrestee is Dilip Halder, 35, son of a certain Khudiram Halder.Being informed that a consignment of gold was being smuggled to India, a team of BGB conducted a raid and detained Dilip along with the gold bars weighing 1.630 kilogram worth Tk 8.5 million, said lieutenant colonel Imram Ullah Sarker, commander of BGB-21 battalion.The detainee was handed over to Benapole Port police station after filing of a case in this connection.last_img

Taliban attack another foreign guesthouse in Kabul Official

first_imgTaliban militants launched an attack on a foreign compound in Kabul on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a series of strikes in the Afghan capital during the final weeks of NATO’s 13-year war against the insurgents.Gunfire and explosions erupted as elite commando police fought with the attackers in west Kabul, not far from the parliament.The attack came two days after the Taliban attacked a foreign guesthouse in the diplomatic district of the city and a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle in a blast that killed six people.Kabul has been hit by at least nine attacks in the last two weeks, with targets including US military convoys, foreign security contractor compounds and a female Afghan member of parliament.On December 31, the US-led NATO combat mission in Afghanistan will end and be replaced by a follow-on mission tasked with supporting the Afghan army and police who have taken over responsibility for thwarting the Taliban.last_img read more

Forget Constant Communication This App Offers Instant Communication

first_img Editor’s Note: The TrepLabs column puts little-known but notable apps and their makers in the spotlight each week. For more information on how to become a TrepLabs app, go to TrepLabs.com, and to contribute to the discussion surrounding these apps, tweet us @TrepLabs.Kyle Richey is a millennial in the truest sense of the moniker. The 27-year-old Troy, Ohio resident isn’t just an early adopter of technology, however. He’s wants to create it too.“I love apps. I have downloaded so, so many of them,” says Richey, who started out in entrepreneurship with a web marketing company called Conquer Apathy in 2006.Richey says his first business Conquer Apathy earns six figures annually. But rather than use the profits to splurge on himself and his family, Richey two years ago decided to turn his mobile-app addiction into a mobile-app enterprise called Pure Signal.The company’s second app, Slide Contacts seeks to be “the fastest way to call, text and email the people you talk to most” with a one-step sliding motion, according to Richey. An industrial and systems engineer by training, Richey couldn’t help toying with the design of the apps he’s encountered, trying to optimize the user experience. “Industrial engineers make things better. The optimization thing is in my blood,’” Richey said.With Slide Contacts, users can see their associates in a “favorites” list, and slide right on a contact to call them, slide left to text message or slide way left to email. (Check out this quick tutorial.)Slide Contacts debuted in Apple’s App Store in June, with a more cleanly designed version launching last month. Richey plans to roll out an Android version next year.Market opportunityA review from Appsfire, an app for discovering other apps, helped spur 12,000 free downloads of Slide Contacts when it first hit the App Store, Richey says.Kyle Richey launched Pure Signal to feed his need to create apps. The company’s second app, Slide Contacts, helps people reach out to favorite contacts in a jiffy.Slide Contacts has since been selling for 99 cents a pop, and has more than 15,000 users.“All the positive feedback emails have been very encouraging, especially the people that have put it in their dock. … I’ve noticed a lot of people saying they’ve completely stopped using the phone and messages app on their home screen,” Richey says.He suspects that it is not as much an app for social networking, the app’s original category, in which it reached No. 6 in the App Store. Rather, Slide Contacts is more a time-saving tool for people who are juggling work and family commitments. It has since been moved to the productivity category.Related: Independent App Developers, Meet TrepLabs“It’s productivity all the way,” Richey said. Plus, he’s found that users really like the “cool” factor of the app’s sliding gestures, minimalist design and 10 themes to customize the look and feel of the interface.ChallengesStill, great design doesn’t always translate into more sales. Richey learned this lesson the hard way with his last app, CalcForm. About $19,500 in development expenses produced $500 in revenue over two years.With Slide Contacts, he says he has been much more conscientious about getting his idea validated. For instance, he tapped his friends and family and of course random strangers to test out the app.“The validation is key,” says Richey. “Show people the prototypes. Ask people a bunch of questions.”Strengths Seems simple enough, but Richey has proven himself to be a strategic thinker. He started Conquer Apathy two years before his college graduation, and then flipped the profits over to his new Pure Signal venture in 2011. He learned from the stumble over CalcForm.And Pure Signal already has a beta version of a goal tracker app called Strides that has been quietly selling for $2.99 in the App Store with little to no promotion. The official launch of Strides is planned for December, before the New Year’s resolutions season, and a web version is in the works so users can sync their goals across all their devices.Related: In Mobile Gaming, the ‘Eyes’ Have ItEven so, the task at hand is Slide Contacts and how to position it. One possibility could be to give it up for free, then sell premium versions of the app with more customization options. “We’ve talked about doing it as a mass market thing,” Richey says.What do you think he should do? Let us know with a comment below. October 29, 2013 Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min readlast_img read more