Manx2com is launching twicedaily flights to Belf is launching twice-daily flights to Belfast from Cork as it names George Best Belfast City Airport its new Northern Ireland hub.Services to the province’s capital take off from Ireland’s second-largest city at 09:20 and 17:40 each day, with these services landing at 10:30 and 18:50 respectively.The airline also confirmed that from October 31st, it will move all its Northern Ireland operations at Belfast International to Belfast City Airport.Noel Hayes, the airline’s chairman, explained that changes in the aviation industry this year have “presented opportunities” to smaller carriers like”One such dynamic is capitalising and growing our operations in Ireland and introducing Belfast City Airport as our key hub,” he commented.”Our regular passenger surveys confirm that our commuter routes, such as our new twice-daily service to Cork, are very well suited to this airport, where speed of transit through the terminal and fast access to the city centre are seen as key benefits.”On July 9th, launched new flights to Galway from the Isle of Man, with services operating every Friday and Sunday.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlights to Belfast City from London to be introduced by easyJetFlights to Belfast City from London to be introduced by easyJetBelfast International Airport opens new passenger airbridgeBelfast International Airport opens new passenger launches new flights to Newquay and has launched new flights to Newquay and Jersey from Belfast International Airport.last_img read more

Analysis Cannabis Shops Linked to Lower Crime Increased Property Values

first_imgRetail Businesses Add to Queue A store selling legal marijuana is good for the neighborhood, so why do so many towns forbid them from opening shop? Image credit: Stephenie Hollyman | Getty Images David Downs Analysis: Cannabis Shops Linked to Lower Crime, Increased Property Values –shares Brought to you by Benzinga May 20, 2019 When your state legalizes cannabis, there’s no guarantee that a store will open near you. That depends on your local city or county council, which regulates if and where retails stores are allowed.As more municipal officials are faced with a decision to allow or ban cannabis dispensaries, a new study highlights those dispensaries’ links to lower crime, declining teen use, and increased property values.Fears over crime rates, teen use, and property values often drive the discussion around local zoning issues. Curious about what the actual research said about those issues, a team of researchers at Leafly embarked on a review of the available evidence. We focused on 42 research papers that directly addressed those fears. What we found in our report — Debunking Dispensary Myths — was eye-opening.The vast majority of current research suggests that allowing regulated cannabis stores actually improves community safety, health, and property values.Related: Recent Research Bolsters the Case That Cannabis Benefits SeniorsSome highlights:“Retail dispensaries lead to reduced crime,” a 2017 Federal Reserve Bank paper concluded.“The declines in substance use are striking,” California health officials wrote about teen cannabis use in 2018.“The introduction of a new dispensary within a half‐mile radius of a new home increases home prices by approximately 7.7 percent on average,” a 2018 study in Contemporary Economic Policy found.Losing the peace after prohibition ends.Allowing local access to cannabis is the key to successfully implementing legalization. So far, we’re failing at it.Though almost 60 percent of California voters approved Proposition 64 in 2016, just 25 percent of cities and counties currently allow cannabis stores. Many people must drive hundreds of miles to find a licensed outlet. Under the guise of “keeping cannabis out,” local officials who ban retail stores actually bolster the local illicit market, which offers untaxed, untested cannabis in virtually every neighborhood. And those sellers don’t ask for proof that their customers are 21 or older.This dynamic holds up across legalization states, where Leafly found about half of cities and counties ban stores. The dynamic is spreading to the East Coast and Midwest, currently in medical systems like Pennsylvania and in new adult-use states like Massachusetts and Michigan. These bans are often driven by local concerns over crime, teen use and property values. But the discussion rarely considers the actual data, based on five years of recreational sales in Colorado and Washington, and 15 years of medical cannabis sales in California.Debunking Dispensary Myths identified, analyzed, and ranked all the major studies addressing this important topic.Of the 16 studies on cannabis retail’s effect on crime, 12 studies, including ones in the journal Preventative Medicine, and the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organizationindicate licensed cannabis retail is associated with reductions in crime.Of the 20 studies addressing teen use, 14 found teen use had gone down in legalization states, including studies published in JAMA Pediatrics, and by the health departments of the states of Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California.Of the six studies looking at property values, four of them including ones in the journals Urban Geography, and Economic Inquiry found property values rose near licensed adult stores, as well as in cities that chose to regulate pot retail, instead of ban it.The vast bulk of the data suggests that a local policy of well-regulated cannabis retail licensing can have a positive impact on a community.  That data is matched by accounts from law enforcement, civic leadership and local regulators.Related: 6 Cannabis Brand Names We Wish We’d Have Thought OfIn towns where retail cannabis stores are allowed, you’ll find ample evidence of local shops embraced by their neighbors. In San Francisco, Green Cross dispensary operator Kevin Reed considers community accountability the essence of his job. The store employs a licensed security staff that enforces age gates, no-smoking rules, parking regulations and is trained in first aid. The Green Cross invested in better street lighting, and makes its camera system available to the Ingleside Police Station. It its six years of operation, the store has never been robbed or targeted for any other crime.The store also adopted the 4200 block of Mission Street. Staff members clean the street, plant new flowers every spring and enhance pedestrian safety with parking cones and caution signs.“Many neighbors were skeptical about us opening in the beginning,” Reed told our research team. “But through a great deal of hard work and initiative, they now see that’s we’ve made good on our promises and have improved the neighborhood as a whole.”That’s just one anecdote, but a growing body of published research indicates that Kevin Reed isn’t an outlier. The data shows that licensed and well-regulated cannabis stores provide good jobs, improve neighborhoods and allow adults to purchase legally, doing their part to put the illicit market out of business.The full report, Debunking Dispensary Myths, is available at Leafly as of Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET. Green Entrepreneur Podcast 5 min read Next Article Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. 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Healthier blueberries thanks to a blast of purple plasma

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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Raw blueberries, bursting with vitamins and antioxidants, can also harbor the gut-ravaging human norovirus—a leading cause of foodborne illness from fresh produce. Now, scientists think they have found a way to sterilize blueberries without damaging the delicate fruit’s taste or texture: bathing them in purple plumes of plasma—a gas of ions made from just air and electricity.The work is “very promising,” says Peter Bruggeman, a mechanical engineer at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis who was not involved in the study. Plasma has an advantage over other sterilizing technologies like ultraviolet radiation, he says, because the ionized gas can reach every nook in which norovirus might hide on the surface of the berries.To keep produce germ-free, companies run water-quality tests and try to make sure their equipment is clean. In some cases, workers use chemical washes on fruit, which can leave behind toxic residues and don’t remove some harmful pathogens like norovirus. Just a few infected berries can trigger an outbreak.center_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country So researchers turned to plasma. Plasma is the fourth state of matter, created by breaking apart the bonds of gas molecules and making a plume of charged particles—electrons and ions. The plasma created is short-lived and doesn’t create any wastes—the electrons and ions simply recombine. Plasma is all around us: In fluorescent lamps, plasma TVs, lightning bolts; even the sun is made of plasma. But industry also employs it to clean electronic chips and fuse plastics together.In the new study, researchers purchased grocery store blueberries and infected them with two types of norovirus surrogates—noninfectious viruses that behave like the pathogen. (Norovirus is nearly impossible to cultivate in the lab, and it’s safer to use the surrogates.) Then the scientists placed jars of the blueberries under a cylinder that shot out a violet-tinged stream of oxygen and nitrogen plasma—essentially ionized air.The plasma was effective: More than 99.9% of both viruses died within 2 minutes, the team will report in an upcoming issue of Food Microbiology. “For viruses that’s really solid performance,” says study author Brendan Niemira, a microbiologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. Previous research by the team showed the plasma has little effect on the berries’ color, texture, or flavor.Creating plasma makes it hot, so the researchers had to ensure they didn’t end up cooking the blueberries. Nozzles next to some of the jars blew in extra neutral air, cooling the plasma. Plasma in the cooled jars sterilized the fruit just as effectively, the tests showed. “The viruses are still dying, and they’re dying at the same rate they were without this extra air,” Niemira says.This “purple blow torch” is “very reactive and very effective against a wide range of organisms,” says Niemira, referring to the success of previous studies where plasma killed all sorts of bacteria and fungi on produce. Earlier food sterilizing studies have used plasma made from expensive argon and helium gases. It takes more energy to ionize air, but air’s ubiquity makes the approach cheaper overall, Niemira says.The researchers say the purple blow torches require just one-fifth the power needed to run a hair dryer. Niemira says his team is already working to scale up the approach: “We’re making it bigger, we’re making it faster, we’re making it more efficient.”But, scaling up the plasma may pose challenges, cautions Bala Balasubramaniam, a food safety engineer at The Ohio State University in Columbus. For example, uniformly treating hundreds of pounds of berries with plasma could be difficult because the plasma would have to move through many layers of fruit, making it harder to reach every surface where the virus might lurk, he says.For now, scientists don’t quite know how the plasma kills these germs—whether it is the oxygen or nitrogen ions, or other products like ozone or nitrogen oxides that are responsible. “It’s not straightforward,” Bruggeman says. Understanding the mechanism and testing it on the real virus, not just surrogates, he says, would be “the ultimate proof.”By probing the details of plasma kill, scientists hope to move the product to food-processing factories. Niemira guesses it could happen in the next 3 to 5 years. This next step will require working with industrial partners to develop large-scale equipment that will move the process from small jars to massive conveyer belts of berries.last_img read more