Mira Robotics developed its robot ‘Ugo’ to help Japan with the declining workforce. Recently, this robot has found another utility. Ugo has been very helpful in Coronavirus situation that asked for Social Distancing and complete isolation.
Japan is the world’s hub for technology and innovation. It is the second most developed country of the world with the third largest nominal GDP. However, Japan Was hit by a major setback in the World War II, when its two cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombarded with atomic bombs. After the nuclear attack, Japan had to rebuilt its economy from the scratch.
Japan’s declining workforce
Japanese set up a new foundation for their nation to flourish. Hard work, diligence and honesty made them one of the best nations on the modern world. However, the recent decline in Japan’s population has been very concerning for the Japanese government. This decline is also worrisome because Japan is losing much of its workforce.
Japanese were reluctant to bring in foreign workforce so they took to technology to overcome this problem. Mira Robotics developed their ‘Ugo’ series to replace the workforce in factories and other areas. This robot is particularly useful in assembling things and routine chores.
Ugo – Helpful in Coronavirus
Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, the government has asked the public to stay at home and maintain social distancing. Multiple contaminated surfaces are a very viable source of the spread of the virus. Resultantly, this has led to the degrading of economy. The industries were shut and many companies were facing difficulties.
In this time, ‘Ugo’ stepped forward. ‘Ugo’ proposed to take over the workforce. It has a functionality to disinfect the door knobs and surfaces that normally go unnoticed. This functionality to disinfect surfaces is a cherry on the top. It comes with a mechanical arm that uses ultraviolet rays for cleaning surfaces like door knobs.
Ugo comes with highly height-adjustable arms that are attached to wheels. We can control this robot via a WiFi. A game controller can be especially useful in controlling their actions. Ugo walks using a laser that measures range. It is mounted at the bottom and helps the robot prevent obstacles and safely navigate through the room.
Ugo is a very user friendly robot. A person masters it in no time. It comes with a variety of functions to ease your life. The monthly rent of Mira Robotics’ ‘Ugo’ is $1000. Many suitable jobs for Ugo include guarding the doors and inspecting equipment. It can also clean toilets.
In these trying times, it is necessary to look for measures and solutions that can ease our life. Finding alternatives for different chores has become especially important as the fear of virus is prevalent. It can be safely said that ‘Ugo’ is going to be a good addition to Japan’s technology services.
Using Medical Cannabis in Netherlands
Netherlands legalized the use of medical Cannabis way back in 2003. The use of medical Cannabis in the Dutch Land is not new. Patients with serious illnesses can easily access medical marijuana through pharmacies.
The Office of Medical Cannabis, a division of ministry of health, oversees the supply and production of Cannabis in Netherlands. A professional company is responsible for growing medical cannabis in Netherlands. The company proceeds in accordance with standards outlined in the European Directives on Herbal Medicines.
Supply Chain Of Cannabis in the Dutch Land
After harvesting, drying and processing it is packed in a bag and sent to testing in a laboratory. Firstly, make sure that the product complies with all the quality standards covering its active ingredients and moisture content. Secondly, gamma radiation is passed to dinsinfect it of any left microorganisms, parasites or fungi.
The next step is to transfer the decontaminated product to distribution centers where 5g portions are packaged by specialized staff for bulk delivery to medical stores. The office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) is solely responsible for the import and export of any kind of cannabis and Cannabis derived products. Five different types of medical cannabis are available in Netherlands. These have little to no side-effects. They contain CBD with almost no amount of THC.
Recreational Cannabis in Netherlands
Although Cannabis is illegal in Netherlands, there is no criminal offense on the use of cannabis for recreation. Cannabis is available incoffee shops for personal use. Coffee shops got the permit to keep marijuana for recreational purposes in 1976. This is around the same time when the Dutch government relaxed drug laws.
These are special coffee shops which have a license to sale cannabis. A person can possess no more than 5 grams of cannabis at a time. The attitude of the Dutch communiy towards weed is relatively lenient. However, possession in bulk quantities can lead to trouble.
Medical Marijuana in Netherlands
Amoung the European Union, Netherlands was the first country to legalize the use of medicinal cannabis. The Dutch government allowed two companies to officially start the production of medical cannabis in 2003. One of these companies is Bedrocan which is one of the most reliable producer of medical cannabis throughout the world.
Cannabis is of great value to patients suffering from AIDS, Tourette Syndrome, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord damage. Dutch doctors also prescribe Medical cannabis to patients with milder conditions.
Netherlands has a very strict policy regarding the THC concentration in cannabis products. The country doesn’t allow products with more than 0.05% of THC concentration. The government avoids to comment on the complete legalization of weed in the country. Netherland’s lenient weed policies have attracted many stoners which is not the kind of tourists any country wants.
Chinese Firm to Start Human Testing for a Coronavirus Vaccine
Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products’ of China has developed a potential vaccine for Coronavirus. The authorities of China have approved to start human testing for this vaccine variant.
This vaccine is co-developed by Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical and the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The vaccine received a certificate from the National Medical Products Administration to launch clinical trials.
Vaccines in Trial Process in China
Six experimental shots in humans are in testing phase in China. Chinese Researchers and companies are trying different methods for developing a vaccine that can successfully kill the virus. More than a dozen vaccines are in different stages of clinical trials globally against the virus that has killed over 470,000 people.
Up till now, no vaccine has passed the large scale trials. Most of the vaccines are under late-stage phase 3 clinical trials. After these trials, they will be sent off to the consumer market. Successful vaccines are one of the hopes to keep the virus from spreading. Governments are approving many samples to start testing for a Coronavirus Vaccine.
The Spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 started from Wuhan, China. There are many theories about its spread and origin. However, nobody is quite sure. COVID-19 was initially an epidemic but soon it became a pandemic. With its spread all across the globe, governments had to enforce lockdowns. Lockdowns took a toll on the economies. Many people starved. Many are still starving.
More than 9 million people have been infected by the virus. There is no stopping to the spiral. Some countries like New Zealand, Australia have contained the virus. Many countries like Spain, Italy, France, England and Turkey are flattening their curves. However, many countries like Russia, India and the U.S. are still facing thousands of cases in a single day.
Due to severe circumstances, many attempts on developing vaccines are on the way. Many research laboratories are finding ways and means to recover patients. Much work on finding vaccines and treatments is going on.
One such treatment is Dexamethasone. Dexamethasone is cheap steroid. It can reduce the risk of death in patients on ventilators by one fifth and the risk of death of patients of supplemental oxygen supplies by one third. Dexamethasone is a success till now. Many people have recovered from the deadly disease owing to the efficiency of the drug. However, there is a strong chance that dexamethasone might soon run out of the markets.
Every pharmaceutical company is testing rigorously and trying to come up with a solution as fast as they can. It is expected that many vaccines will start running human trials in between July to September. With the filled up hospitals and zero available ventilators, people have to see their loved ones dying helplessly. The plasma treatment launched recently has helped many but it is not preventing the disease.
Vaccines are the world’s only shot at eliminating the deadly Coronavirus.
Catering Company Mixes CANNABIS with FOOD
An Okanagan Based catering company reportedly mixes Cannabis with Food supplies. This is not a new concept. Many fine dines have introduced the concept of mixing wine with food items. However, no laws are there for licensing of the catering companies mixing cannabis with food.
CANNABIS with FOOD
Brent Pillon co-owns the Stratus Cannabis Catering with his wife Jenna. He says that the company caters events in people’s home, which is a relatively safer place for Cannabis Consumption. He says that having Cannabis together with food is a delightful and pleasant experience.
However, the thing to keep in mind is that Canada only allows licensed retailers to sell all forms of recreational Cannabis. In Canada, the sale of Recreational Cannabis is monitored and regulated by the government. The catering companies trying innovations in business should contact the lawyers and make a contract with the government.
In Quebec, all the recreational Cannabis is regulated by SQDC. Only SQDC retailers can sell recreational Cannabis. They provide a variety of Cannabis consuming options. The prices might be a bit higher than the street-sellers. However, the point to remember is that street-seller business in an illegal one. The only legal and safe option to consume recreational Cannabis is through licensed shops and retailers.
In the response to a question asking if they keep check on the amount of Cannabis they add, Pillon answered that their company believes in personal interaction with every individual. He said that he likes to know the people he is cooking for. He makes every effort to interact with them and ask them about their tolerance and comfort.
He proudly told about offering the guests Cannabis vapor to set the tone. The company is very careful about the quantity of Cannabis they use. They use measured and safe quantities so as not to overdoes or overwhelm anybody.
Talking about the taste and quality of food, Pillon said that the food tastes nothing like Cannabis. They use a very light or rather flavorless THC distillate. The company prepares food from organic and farm fresh products with the best quality meat. They avoid flavoring food with Cannabis until people specifically ask for it.
Legalities of the Matter
Pillon is one of the top cheps of Okanagan, who left the job industry to start his own business. He wanted to be able to engage with the people who ate the food he cooked. He wanted to see the expressions of people telling how much they liked it. Opening his own Catering company gave him the chance to be his own boss and interact with customers in a positive way.
When asked if his company is licensed to provide Cannabis mixed in food, he said that they don’t need any license since they cater at homes only. According to the Regulations under The Cannabis Act, it is legal to consume Cannabis at homes.
However, according to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, recreational Cannabis can only be sold by licensed shops and retailers. The cannabis infused catering business can also pose many risks such as acting as an agent for the sale or purchase of Cannabis. Hence it is better to consult a lawyer for all the legal aspects.
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