The TFA Annual Report that will be put out for membership is now available to view.TFA will send an original to every TFA affiliate and some to each State office.The report will be presented at the TFA AGM which will occur on Sunday, 14 December 2008 in Canberra.Related Filestfa_annual_report_200708-pdf
TORONTO – The Toronto stock index posted a minor gain Friday, while the Canadian dollar fell amid the latest GDP numbers released by Statistics Canada.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 16.69 points to 15,634.94, led mainly by financials.The country’s eight-month march of monthly growth in the economy came to an end in July after Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product was essentially unchanged at zero per cent growth in July compared with June. The development could head off more rate hikes this year and put downward pressure on the Canadian dollar.The loonie was trading at an average price of 80.13 cents US, down 0.19 of a U.S. cent.“The Canadian dollar softened as this GDP report reduced the odds of a third rate hike by the Bank of Canada this year, especially when you combine it with governor Stephen Poloz’s recent speech which gave more of a cautionary tone to the bank’s approach going forward,” said Todd Mattina, a chief economist at Mackenzie Investments.The Bank of Canada raised rates twice over the summer following the economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year, but Poloz said during a speech Wednesday that he has no prearranged route for further interest-rate hikes.On the corporate front, shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX:VRX) were up 79 cents, or 4.62 per cent, to $17.88 at the close of markets amid the company’s announcement that it has completed the sale of its iNova Pharmaceuticals business for $930 million in cash.Quebec-based Valeant says it will use net proceeds of about $920 million from the sale to reduce its debt, as it continues to simplify its portfolio and focus on its core businesses. The company’s shares have plunged since questions about its business model first emerged two years ago, when they traded for more than $300 per share.South of the border, U.S. stocks pushed further into record territory on Wall Street.The S&P 500 index edged up 9.30 points to 2,519.36 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 42.51 points to 6,495.96 — new highs for both indices. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones industrial average added 23.89 points to 22,405.09.In U.S. economic news, a Commerce Department report released Friday showed consumer spending inched up 0.1 per cent in August, and wages and salaries were unchanged. That could be a hint third-quarter economic growth will be weaker.In commodities, the November crude contract was up 11 cents to US$51.67 per barrel while the November natural gas contract lost a penny to US$3.01 per mmBTU.The December gold contract gave back $3.90 to US$1,284.80 an ounce and the December copper contract retreated three cents to US$2.96 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld aims to return to winning ways at Cardiff City on New Year’s DayMauricio Pochettino’s side saw their five-match winning run come to an end with a shock 3-1 home defeat to Wolves on Saturday.However, Spurs have bounced back superbly from losses this season and Alderweireld is hoping they will prove that again at Cardiff.“We have to stick together,” Alderweireld told the club website.“Of course, everyone is very disappointed to get this result (against Wolves) but we have to bounce back on Tuesday and show what kind of team we are.”In the game at Wembley, Harry Kane’s first-half strike gave Spurs the lead heading into the break.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But goals from Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa in the space of 15 minutes in the second-half handed Wolves the win.“I thought we had a good first half, second half we couldn’t get the energy from the last games, we defended, defended and then a goal against… it was difficult,” added Alderweireld.“The desire was there, sometimes it’s just the energy. Normally we’re on top of it and we’re better than the opponent but we couldn’t create a lot chances (in the second half).“Defensively they stood okay and we couldn’t get through. The second half was difficult.”Saturday’s defeat in London was also Alderweireld’s 100th league match for Spurs.
The Alaska State Troopers responded to the incident at an address on Stovall Ave in Anchor Point, and arrested Roy Burke, 40, of Homer. Burke also took items from inside the house and fled the scene in a vehicle. Further investigation by Troopers showed Burke was on conditions of release from another criminal case. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Homer man was arrested for entering a residence without permission and assaulting several people inside the residence with bear spray, on May 8. According to the Troopers Burke had entered the residence without permission and assaulted several people inside the residence with bear spray. According to an online Trooper dispatch, an arrest warrant was issued for Burke. Burke was contacted and arrested later the same night and transported to Wildwood Pretrial facility.
Anyone in the trade will tell you that there are no safe bets, just as there is no formula for making a successful film. This was only underlined by the underdog films of last year – films like Hindi Medium, Newton, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Bareilly Ki Barfi, which were winners.But, these films had one thing missing. Despite the critical acclaim and audience appreciation that they received, they did not bring in huge box office numbers. Even those that did well commercially were unable to rack up anything next to the numbers that successful, big-banner films achieve – those larger-than-life commercial, masala entertainers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMoreover, the recently released Baaghi 2 has taught us that commercial movies are always going to be the first love of the Indian audience. No doubt, viewers are accepting out-of-the-box cinema and new subjects with creative treatment. But, with a masala blockbuster set to release every second month of 2018, it makes us wonder whether commercial is the way to go for filmmakers.While it is next to impossible to say what does and what does not click with the movie-going audience, one thing is clear – only a successful blockbuster can rake in the really big numbers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWe asked producers, directors, exhibitors and distributors whether commercial, masala movies are the safest bet for Bollywood filmmakers after all. Bhushan Kumar, ProducerEach of our last four films, Hindi Medium, Tumhari Sulu, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and Raid, were of very different genres but each one did exceptionally well at the box office. We believe that a good, entertaining film will always find its audience and reach its potential. Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios2018 has begun on a fantastic note for the industry. Audiences have been exposed to varied genres of entertainment, from the period classic Padmaavat to Akshay Kumar’s social drama Pad Man, Ajay Devgn’s Raid to Sajid Nadiadwala and FSS’s action entertainer Baaghi 2, which has created an opening day record and raced to the coveted ‘100-crore mark within 6 days of its release. Just when naysayers were claiming that audiences only want to come to theatres for big, spectacle films, the power of good stories with a point of difference has been reinforced! Remo D’Souza, DirectorWe already know that masala movies work more than content-driven films. There are very few content-driven films and those that work do so because they have entertainment value. With so much stress in everyone’s lives, no one wants to see something that is not entertaining. Audiences want to see something that will entertain them. That is why I think commercial entertainers work. When people come to see a movie, they want to enjoy themselves, see amazing stunts, they want to get entertained. That is why, not only in India but all over the world, commercial entertainers work. Mahendra Soni, Director & Co-Founder, SVFBaaghi 2 has delivered great numbers and it is great news for the industry. There cannot be a single formula for successful films, that it has to be masala commercial to work. The recent pat has unequivocally proved that good films which connect with the audience will undoubtedly work. Dangal and Padmaavat are not hardcore commercial films but they have delivered big time.I feel there is huge potential in every kind of film, provided it connects with its target audience and is made on budgets that keep the recovery potential in mind. October has been loved by a certain type of audience and it got great reviews too but it will not go down as a hit or a blockbuster film. My point is, expecting it to earn ‘100 crore is absurd and comparing it with the success of Judwaa 2 is ridiculous. The time has come where filmmakers/studio owners need to be more aware of market dynamics and approach their films in a more strategic manner with respect to not only budgets but a release plan, marketing spends and recovery modules. Ramesh Taurani, ProducerI don’t think there are any safe bets in the movie business. If that were the case, everyone would be making the same kind of films. The movies that you have mentioned have done well at the box office because in some way they have connected with the audience. In my opinion, that’s the only way to make a film today. Whether it’s a commercial or a content-driven film, it has to entertain the audience. Last year, we saw content-driven films like Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Bareilly Ki Barfi, which worked at the box office. And for these movies, content was king. Jayantilal Gada, ProducerContent-driven movies will always work but they have their limitations too. They cannot reach the box office success levels of commercial masala entertainers. Masala films definitely have their place, especially with what Tiger Shroff has done with Baaghi 2. It will open doors for young stars.
Canadian Foreign Minister Diane Ablonczy met Friday with President Laura Chinchilla and other government ministers to discuss political and commerce issues and to receive an $800,000 donation of equipment for the National Police Academy.The donation to the Police Academy was received by San José Mayor Johnny Araya.In August 2011, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper also visited Costa Rica and agreed to begin negotiations to update a free trade agreement between the two countries, which was signed in April 2001. Facebook Comments No related posts.
“This security alert caused considerable disruption to a large amount of local residents and I would like to thank those people affected for their support and patience while we dealt with this viable device to make the area safe,” he said.“I would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Westland Street area recently, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1025 of 10/11/16.“Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”VIABLE PIPE BOMB DEVICE FOUND IN DERRY DURING SECURITY ALERT was last modified: November 11th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: The pipe bomb device found in Derry following a security alertPOLICE have revealed that a suspect device found in the Bogside area of Derry last night was a “viable pipe bomb” device.The deadly device was discovered by a man walking his dog close to the junction of Cable Street and Westland Street near a youth club around 8.45 pm.A number of homes were evacuated and Westland Street was closed off to allow army bomb squad officers to deal with the device. British Army bomb disposal teams were tasked to the scene and following an examition declared it as “‘viable pipe bomb device”.Local Sinn Fein councillor Colly Kelly condemned those behind the incident, which he said caused disruption to many families in the area. ShareTweet bogsideCHIEF INSPECTOR GORDON MCCALMONTcouncillor Colly KellyVIABLE PIPE BOMB DEVICE FOUND IN DERRY DURING SECURITY ALERT He added that the device was found close to a youth club which was packed with young children at the time.PSNI Chief Inspector Gordon McCalmont appealed to the public for information.
Louis James will speak at the 2015 Sprott-Stansberry Natural Resource Symposium, to be held at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, BC, from July 28–31. With our own Casey summit not held until October, this will be a great opportunity for readers, investors, and others to come and pick Louis’ brain on the latest in our sector. He always takes time to answer questions from the audience and enjoys meeting readers. Eric Sprott, Rick Rule, Doug Casey, and a host of other top experts in the natural resource sector will be there, of course. Please do join us at the symposium, if you can make it. Click here for all the details. Note: Early-bird pricing saves you $300, but only if you book before May 1.
When Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why was released two years ago, depicting the life of a teenager who decided to take her own life, educators and psychologists warned the program could lead to copycat suicides. Now, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health shows that those concerns may have been warranted.In the month following the show’s debut in March 2017, there was a 28.9% increase in suicide among Americans ages 10-17, said the study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The number of suicides was greater than that seen in any single month over the five-year period researchers examined. Over the rest of the year, there were 195 more youth suicides than expected given historical trends. Researchers warn that their study could not prove causation. Some unknown third factor might have been responsible for the increase, they said. Still, citing the strong correlation, they cautioned against exposing children and adolescents to the series.”The results of this study should raise awareness that young people are particularly vulnerable to the media,” study co-author Lisa Horowitz, a staff scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health, said in a statement. “All disciplines, including the media, need to take good care to be constructive and thoughtful about topics that intersect with public health crises.”Lead author Jeff Bridge, a suicide researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, told The Associated Press that an additional analysis found the April suicide rate was higher than in the previous 19 years. “The creators of the series intentionally portrayed the suicide of the main character. It was a very graphic depiction of the suicide death,” he said, which can lead to suicidal behavior.The study found that boys were far more likely than girls to kill themselves after the show debuted. Suicide rates for females did increase, but it was not statistically significant. Nor were there any “significant trends” in suicide rates for people 18-64, researchers said.In a statement, a Netflix spokesperson said they had “just seen this study and are looking into the research. “This is a critically important topic and we have worked hard to ensure that we handle this sensitive issue responsibly,” Netflix said, according to The Associated Press.The spokesperson noted that the study conflicts with research published last week out of the University of Pennsylvania. That study found that young adults, ages 18-29, who watched the entire second season of the show “reported declines in suicide ideation and self-harm relative to those who did not watch the show at all.”However, that study found, viewers who stopped watching the second season before the end “exhibited greater suicide risk and less optimism about the future than those who continued to the end.” The results “suggest that a fictional story with a focus on suicidal content can have both harmful and helpful effects,” the authors wrote.When the show debuted, the National Association of School Psychologists issued a warning statement: “We do not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series. Its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to romanticize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies,” they said. “Suicide is not a solution to problems.”After the criticism, Netflix added a “viewer warning card” before the first episode. Netflix also added language publicizing the website 13reasonswhy.info, which offers resources for people contemplating suicide. Season 3 of the show is expected to be released this year.If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Organisations that represent disabled people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face blatant and widespread discrimination at the hands of local and national government, according to a leading campaigner.Julie Jaye Charles (pictured), chief executive of Equalities National Council (ENC), said she believed the discrimination showed itself through the failure of local and central government to fund organisations like hers.She said: “There is a discriminatory imbalance of power. Discrimination we know is not about calling each other names.“If you feel you are being discriminated against and you see a community is being discriminated against and your organisation is being discriminated against, it’s racism, it’s discrimination, full stop.“I will shout to the rooftops about that, because it’s unfair.”She said she believed that at least 60 small BME disabled people’s organisations had been forced to close because of funding cuts, while she could name only a couple of small, local groups that were still operating: the Disabled Asian Women’s Network and Waltham Forest Black People’s Mental Health Association.She spoke out this week as a House of Lords event – hosted by Baroness Uddin and organised by ENC and the charity Include Me TOO – was set to highlight the problem.Lord [Chris] Holmes, the disabled Tory peer and disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was due to speak at last night’s (20 July) event.Jaye Charles said she hoped the meeting would provide impetus to set up an all-party parliamentary group on BME disabled people.She said it was time to have the conversation about why BME organisations were struggling for funding, and she said she was “appalled” at what she saw as “openly discrimintory practices”.She said: “It is time for us to have an open discussion on why BME organisations are closing rapidly up and down the country in England and Wales, due to lack of recognition and lack of power to continue to fight their cause for the most vulnerable they serve.”Parmi Dheensa, chief executive of Include Me TOO, said that “substantial resources” had been invested in improving services and support for disabled children and young people and their families.But she said the needs of BME disabled children, young people and families had been “overlooked”, which further increased the difficulties they faced.Jaye Charles pointed to statistics from 2011 which showed there were nearly 900,000 BME disabled people in England, a figure she believes is certain to be an under-estimate, while in her own local authority, Newham, there were nearly 26,000.ENC supports disabled people across housing, employment, further education, social security, health and social care and immigration.They come to ENC, she said, because they don’t have the funding to access legal support and yet cannot afford to feed their families.Last year, after she won a lifetime achievement award for her work with disabled people from BME communities – she set up ENC and first ran it from her front room in 1997, but she hasn’t been paid for her work since 2007 – she said she hoped to set up a food bank just for disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.ENC has been in talks with the food poverty charity The Trussell Trust, and Jaye Charles said she will soon be able to launch the service.Her organisation still receives regular referrals from well-funded organisations that rely on its expertise with BME disabled people, she said, even though ENC has no council funding itself.ENC has just won a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contract to help employment and support allowance claimants who are not working well with their Jobcentre Plus offices – which will see them using DWP’s Flexible Support Fund – into jobs through the Work Programme.Jaye Charles said DWP has promised that the project will be rolled out across the country if it proves successful.
3 min read Next Article Image credit: Facebook via PC Mag Updates to the bot platform for Facebook Messenger will let you play a song directly from Spotify and ask questions of small businesses, among other new features. Facebook Teaches its Bots New Tricks Facebook’s Messenger app has a bot infestation. There are more than 100,000 of them on the platform, head of Messenger David Marcus said at the Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference on Tuesday. That’s up from just 33,000 in September, and none last April, when the bot integration was announced.The artificial intelligence-powered bots can help you do things such as book flights, order pizza and check the weather from within Messenger conversations, but they’re poised to become even more useful with the rollout of Messenger Platform 2.0. Perhaps the most noteworthy additions have to do with music: a new Spotify bot lets you suggest a song in a conversation and immediately play it, and a similar Apple Music bot is in the works.To help you sort through the massive and growing collection, the new platform offers a separate tab just for bots and will also suggest bots to use based on the conversation you’re having with a friend or a group.The Discover tab, currently in a limited beta for U.S. users (you’ll only see it if Facebook selects you to participate), allows quick access to suggested bots directly from the Messenger home screen. Companies have to apply to have their bot featured here, so this is only for the cream of the crop.The in-conversation bot suggestion feature, meanwhile, is based on the recently resurrected “M” virtual assistant. It, too, is in beta, and currently only works with Delivery.com. When your Messenger chat with your friend inevitably turns into a complaint about how hungry you are, M may step in to suggest placing an order from the service, which competes with the likes of Grubhub and Yelp’s Eat24. The M assistant can also now suggest stickers, remind you about appointments and facilitate in-app payments to your friends.Other new bot features include the ability for restaurants or other busy small businesses to offer AI-powered replies to messages sent via their Facebook page. That’s great in theory, but creating the responses is up to the restaurant, which means if you ask a detailed question about the menu, you’ll likely end up getting a response to call or check the website. There are also new gaming features for bots, like the ability to challenge your friends to play titles in Messenger’s gaming tab.Also at f8 today, Facebook showed off the new Spaces app, the company’s latest offering for people who want to share photos and videos with their friends online, and a new Camera Effects platform that will let users express themselves in photos and videos using the latest augmented reality. This story originally appeared on PCMag 42shares Facebook The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue News reporter April 19, 2017 Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Tom Brant
Add to Queue Built-In Chrome Ad Blocker Coming Early 2018 Next Article Image credit: shutterstock Apply Now » Google Chrome 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares News reporter Starting early next year, Google’s Chrome web browser will automatically block some of the most annoying and intrusive internet advertisements, including those that automatically play audio or prevent you from viewing a web page.Google is a member of the Coalition for Better Ads, which recently published guidelines to convince advertisers to stop using annoying ad formats. Google will design Chrome’s ad blocker to filter out ads that don’t meet those guidelines, the company announced on Thursday. “In dialogue with the Coalition and other industry groups, we plan to have Chrome stop showing ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that are not compliant with the Better Ads Standards starting in early 2018,” Google Vice President of Ads & Commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy wrote in a blog post. Rumors of the blocker first surfaced last month.Ramaswamy didn’t offer more details about how the ad blocker would work or whether users would be able to deactivate it, but he hinted that the new feature will be similar to how Chrome currently deals with other internet annoyances, like blocking pop-ups in new tabs. There are currently four types of desktop ads and eight types of mobile ads that the Coalition deems unacceptable and that Chrome will likely block, ranging from ads that cover more than 30 percent of a website to large “sticky” ads that remain covering a portion of the page even when a user scrolls through it.While it might seem counterintuitive that Google would move to block ads — no matter how annoying they are — from its own network in its own web browser, the company has concluded that doing so is the best way to curb the rise of third-party blockers that remove all ads, not just those that are intrusive.”These frustrating experiences can lead some people to block all ads — taking a big toll on the content creators, journalists, web developers and videographers who depend on ads to fund their content creation,” Ramaswamy wrote. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Starting early next year, Google’s Chrome web browser will automatically block some of the most annoying and intrusive internet advertisements. June 2, 2017 Tom Brant
Cannabis Image credit: Yarygin | Getty Images Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article –shares Add to Queue Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. The idea of circumventing federal law and creating a state-held bank in California to serve the marijuana industry moved from words into action this month, but whether it’s viable remains to be seen.That’s the purpose of a new feasibility study launched by state Treasurer John Chiang and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Chiang’s department will focus on the financial and operational issues, Becerra’s on the legal. Both have their potential roadblocks.Even Chiang voiced caution about the idea in remarks made at a recent news conference, evoking, of all things, the potato chip: “Today we are taking the next steps in determining the practical considerations that could lead to the creation of a public bank. Is there a solution there? Maybe. Or is it like a potato chip? It tastes good going down but is ultimately of no nutritional value.”Related: The Opioid Crisis Is Forcing Open Minds About the Lifesaving Potential of Medical MarijuanaWhy a public bank?The idea for a public bank arose because of the growing marijuana industry in California. Medical marijuana has been available there since the mid-1990s, and recreational pot went on sale at the start of this year.However, just like everywhere else in the United States where marijuana is legal, cannabis business owners are stuck dealing in cash only. Ironically, despite being involved with a multi-billion-dollar industry, they are in a similar position as the black-market marijuana dealers were before legalization.That’s because marijuana remains a Schedule I illegal drug at the federal level. Banks, fearing entanglements in federal law, will not extend banking services to marijuana businesses. No credit, no accounts, no vault. Marijuana businesses face added security issues dealing with cash, as well as potential penalties for paying state taxes and fees in cash.A state-owned bank that deals with the marijuana industry could solve the problem. In an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times, David Dayen wrote, “It’s certainly worth fighting this battle on behalf of thousands of California residents who want to thrive in a state-approved industry.”Related: Cannabis Industry Heads to Washington to Tell Congress What It Needs to ThriveBig obstaclesIn announcing the study, Chiang gave a brief history lesson on the creation of public banks in the past. One that is still going is the Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919 when private banks failed to support local farmers.Chiang said that public banks are needed when the people decide that private banks no longer have their interests at heart. He pointed to the Wall Street meltdown of last decade and the more recent banking scandals at Wells Fargo as incidents that have robbed people of their faith in private banks.He also pointed out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in rescinding the Cole Memo that gave states protection from federal government interference in the legal marijuana trade, is another sign that the current administration in Washington is “out of step with the will of the people … not only those in California, but the 29 states that have legalized either or both medicinal and recreational-use cannabis.”The new feasibility study will focus on potential roadblocks that face creation of a state-run bank. One of those is determining how the bank would be funded. A huge challenges to overcome would be getting federal deposit insurance and access to federally controlled networks for the interbank transfer of funds. The attorney general’s office will determine regulatory issues and whether the bank could provide the sort of protections from federal interference that the state is seeking.Despite the obstacles, Chiang — a candidate for governor — said the effort is worthwhile: “Until the slow, clunking machinery of the federal government catches up with the values and will of the people it purportedly serves, states like California will continue to both resist, and more importantly, to lead.”To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Exclusion from federally regulated banks is a big problem for the cannabis industry that California is considering how to solve. 4 min read dispensaries.com February 27, 2018 California Studies Viability of a Public Bank for Marijuana Businesses Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur Podcast Listen Now
Journalist Apple to Hire 700 Jobs for Manufacturing Facility in Arizona –shares November 5, 2013 Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Benjamin Kabin Apply Now » 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Apple Inc. is interested in sapphires. No, the tech giant isn’t getting into the jewelry business. It has plans to build a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Ariz. to create sapphire material likely to be used in production of Apple devices.The news was announced by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who hailed the technology company’s choice as a significant capital investment in the state that will create at least 700 permanent jobs and 1,300 construction jobs.”Apple will have an incredibly positive economic impact for Arizona,” Gov. Brewer says. “Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state.”Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Your Next SmartphoneApple is partnering with Merrimack, N.H.-based GT Advanced Technologies to open the manufacturing plant. GT says it specializes in innovative crystal growth equipment solutions for a number of industries, including consumer electronics. In addition to occurring naturally, sapphire material can be manufactured for industrial purposes.Apple will give GT a prepayment of $578 million which will be repaid over the course of five years, beginning in 2015, GT says. Apple will own the facility but GT will own and operate the production furnaces.So far, Apple is mum about what exactly it will be manufacturing, but reports have speculated that the sapphire material could be used in screen production for devices like iPads and iPhones.Related: Apple Sells Record Number of iPhones Project Grow The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.
AdGreetz Launches First, Fully-Automated & Integrated Marketing Platform, AdChef PRNewswireApril 19, 2019, 6:40 pmApril 19, 2019 AdChefAdGreetzEric Frankelintegrated marketing platformMarketing TechnologyNewsvideo/display platform Previous ArticleHipChat Founders Launch Swoot, a Social Podcast AppNext ArticlePhilo Reveals Connected TV Ad Platform to Reach Latest Generation of TV Lovers AdChef Is the World’s First Platform to Produce and Deploy Millions of Unique Personalized Creative Ads to the Most Popular Digital Media Platforms/DSPs Using AI/Machine Learning Optimization AdGreetz announced the launch of AdChef, its new proprietary, fully-automated and integrated marketing platform. AdChef is the world’s first personalized video/display platform able to produce, upload and deploy millions of unique creative versions of ads to the most popular digital media platforms and demand side platforms (DSPs), while concurrently optimizing via AI/machine learning – all in real time. It can be integrated for use with platforms, including: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, The Trade Desk and Google’s YouTube, AdWords, DoubleClick, among others. AdChef is now patent pending with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the corresponding office in India.AdGreetz’ AdChef, the world’s first fully-automated and integrated marketing platform that empowers brands & agencies to produce, deploy & optimize millions of unique creative versions of video/display ads, receives provisional patent“AdChef represents the next generation in digital advertising, media buying and dynamic creative production and optimization,” says Eric Frankel, CEO and Founder of AdGreetz. “Historically, brands and their agencies produce a single, generic, one-size-fits-all commercial and deploy to each digital media platform/DSP on an individual basis. For the first time in digital advertising, brands, agencies and media buying firms can produce and deploy millions of hyper-personalized ads and simultaneously optimize their performance across dozens of the most popular digital media platforms/DSPs.”Marketing Technology News: Zype Playout Wins a Product of the Year Award for B2B Streaming at NAB Show 2019Kunal Dubey, Director of Marketing for Flipkart, India’s number one e-commerce site and AdChef user said, “AdChef represents a dramatic shift for the advertising industry and has improved the way Flipkart communicates with customers in a personalized manner. In our partnership of two years, we have been able to upgrade our one size fits all ads to dynamically created and optimized ads across digital platforms. For Big Billion Days 2018, AdChef was critical in scaling up our marketing by creating 3 million-plus videos and improving performance metrics across digital channels.”AdChef consists of three proprietary ingredients: Ad Chemist, Ad Multiplier and Ad Runner.Chemist:Generates strategy, objectives and goalsSets audience segmentsRecommends creative based on audience segmentFinalizes ad templatesAd Multiplier:Generates unlimited video, display or GIF ad unitsAuto-conforms to each platform’s ad specsRenders in a fraction of a secondAd Runner:Uploads and deploys thousands to millions of ads to multiple ad servers concurrentlyOptimizes all aspects of ad campaign/trafficking in real time with AI/machine learningGarners highest engagement and activationMarketing Technology News: Bazaarvoice Report: Shoppers Crave Connection and Conversation with Brands and RetailersAdGreetz’ AdChef increases activation (revenue) two to three times and saves significant media costs by delivering the right video/display ad/message, to the right person, at the right time, in the right location, on the right channel and in the right format.Marketing Technology News: BlueConic Launches AI Workbench to Eliminate Operational Inefficiencies for Data Science & Marketing Teams
In July 2018, the FDA granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the DoD’s emergency use of Pathogen-Reduced Leukocyte-Depleted Freeze-Dried Plasma manufactured by the Centre de Transfusion Sanguine des Armées (often referred to as French freeze-dried Plasma). That action reflected the importance that both the DoD and the FDA place on efficiently prioritizing and expediting availability of potentially life-saving biological products that are essential to the urgent care of military personnel, especially those in potential battlefield settings. Granting this authorization supported access to this important product and ensures that it will be available if needed. In July 2018, the FDA approved the atropine autoinjector device as a medical countermeasure for chemical nerve agent exposure. This drug-device product was developed in partnership with the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense, and was approved six months ahead of the DoD’s product development schedule. In August 2018, following a priority review, the FDA approved the first prophylactic drug for malaria in over 18 years, tafenoquine (Arakoda). This drug was developed in partnership with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. On October 29, 2018, the FDA issued draft guidance to help foster the development and eventual approval of dried plasma products. Since these types of plasma products do not need to be stored frozen and can be reconstituted and administered quickly they can be used by military personnel in remote areas without freezers and other support equipment. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 5 2018Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Health Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding medical product development and assessment. This builds upon the work of both agencies to foster and prioritize the efficient development of safe and effective medical products intended to save the lives of American service members.”We’re extremely grateful to the men and women who defend our nation, often at great personal risk and sacrifice. It’s our honor and duty to support our military personnel by ensuring they have access to safe and effective medical products – especially products that meet the unique needs and settings in which soldiers may require medical treatment,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “The FDA has already been working closely with the DoD to identify opportunities to expedite availability of medical products, particularly those products used to treat injuries in battlefield settings. For example, as noted below, the Emergency Use Authorization for French freeze-dried plasma that was issued earlier this year. Our close collaboration with DoD has helped us target and more efficiently address DoD’s immediate product priorities and foster development and review of these products in the most streamlined manner possible. We are looking forward to additional partnership opportunities under the MOU.”The MOU formally establishes the framework under which the DoD and the FDA will implement the law passed by Congress in 2017 for enhanced engagements between the DoD and the FDA. Under the terms of this MOU, the FDA will work closely with the DoD to evaluate how best to foster access to safe and effective medical products that serve the military’s medical needs; give the highest level of attention to and expedite review of priority DoD medical products; provide ongoing technical advice to aid in the rapid development and manufacturing of medical products for use by the military; and examine products currently under development to determine opportunities to streamline review and expedite their availability. The 2017 law also expanded the FDA’s authority to authorize emergency uses of medical products to reduce deaths and severity of injuries caused by chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) agents or agents that may cause, or are otherwise associated with, an imminently life-threatening and specific risk to the U.S. military forces and for other purposes.”This MOU furthers the existing partnership between the Department of Defense and the FDA to equip our military with the best and most innovative military medical support possible,” said Terry M. Rauch, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Readiness Policy & Oversight, DOD. “Our servicemen and women risk their lives protecting our country. Today’s MOU reflects the commitment of the DoD and the FDA to ensure timely access to life-saving medical products for U.S. troops and to continue fostering the development of new innovative medical products that can help ensure the operational readiness of American troops. We look forward to continuing to work with the FDA as we analyze and implement measures to provide the best possible medical products and care to all military personnel – on the battlefield, stationed around the world and at home.””Our enhanced collaboration with our DoD partners has been vital to gaining a better understanding of the health needs of those protecting our country,” said Anna Abram, the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation and Analysis. “Today’s MOU is a key milestone in implementing a robust and enduring pathway that fulfills our commitment to expedite access to safe and effective medical products for our military personnel.”Related StoriesResearchers improve training modules for future surgeons with 3D printingDisrupting ChIP Assay Technology with New AdvancementsSociologist identifies link between decline in stable manufacturing jobs and reduced fertility ratesThe MOU signed today builds upon the approach that the FDA outlined in 2018 to advance the development and availability of medical products to help save the lives of American military personnel in a work plan developed in close collaboration with the DoD. The MOU reflects the agency’s commitment to working to address the medical needs of military personnel, especially by helping to expedite the development and review of medical products that are a priority for the DoD and to aid in the rapid development and manufacturing of safe and effective medical products for use by the U.S. military. Specifically, the MOU sets forth a framework to implement the 2017 law, which included provisions to allow the Secretary of Defense to request, and the FDA to take, specific actions to expedite the development of medical products, and the review of investigational submissions, applications for approval/licensure, and submissions/notifications for clearance for such medical products to diagnose, prevent, treat or mitigate a specific and life-threatening risk to the U.S.As part of the ongoing and frequent collaborations between the FDA and the DoD, additional steps taken over the past several months include: The FDA and the DoD are committed to the ongoing partnership and are confident that today’s MOU will enhance those efforts to better serve the health care needs of American military personnel.The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products. Source:https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm624970.htm
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 21 2019Researchers have developed a next-generation bionic hand that allows amputees to regain their proprioception. The results of the study, which have been published in Science Robotics, are the culmination of ten years of robotics research.The next-generation bionic hand, developed by researchers from EPFL, the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa and the A. Gemelli University Polyclinic in Rome, enables amputees to regain a very subtle, close-to-natural sense of touch. The scientists managed to reproduce the feeling of proprioception, which is our brain’s capacity to instantly and accurately sense the position of our limbs during and after movement – even in the dark or with our eyes closed.The new device allows patients to reach out for an object on a table and to ascertain an item’s consistency, shape, position and size without having to look at it. The prosthesis has been successfully tested on several patients and works by stimulating the nerves in the amputee’s stump. The nerves can then provide sensory feedback to the patients in real time – almost like they do in a natural hand.The findings have been published in the journal Science Robotics. They are the result of ten years of scientific research coordinated by Silvestro Micera, a professor of bioengineering at EPFL and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, and Paolo Maria Rossini, director of neuroscience at the A. Gemelli University Polyclinic in Rome.Sensory feedbackCurrent myoelectric prostheses allow amputees to regain voluntary motor control of their artificial limb by exploiting residual muscle function in the forearm. However, the lack of any sensory feedback means that patients have to rely heavily on visual cues. This can prevent them from feeling that their artificial limb is part of their body and make it more unnatural to use.Related StoriesNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustRecently, a number of research groups have managed to provide tactile feedback in amputees, leading to improved function and prosthesis embodiment. But this latest study has taken things one step further.”Our study shows that sensory substitution based on intraneural stimulation can deliver both position feedback and tactile feedback simultaneously and in real time,” explains Micera. “The brain has no problem combining this information, and patients can process both types in real time with excellent results.”Intraneural stimulation re-establishes the flow of external information using electric pulses sent by electrodes inserted directly into the amputee’s stump. Patients then have to undergo training to gradually learn how to translate those pulses into proprioceptive and tactile sensations.This technique enabled two amputees to regain high proprioceptive acuity, with results comparable to those obtained in healthy subjects. The simultaneous delivery of position information and tactile feedback allowed the two amputees to determine the size and shape of four objects with a high level of accuracy (75.5%).”These results show that amputees can effectively process tactile and position information received simultaneously via intraneural stimulation,” says Edoardo D’Anna, EPFL researcher and lead author of the study. Source:https://actu.epfl.ch/news/a-prosthetic-that-restores-the-sense-of-where-your/
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 24 2019A new investigation published in JAMA Psychiatry finds that while insurance coverage for depression has increased, treatment rates are lower than expected, indicating that non-financial barriers to patient care still remain. Jason Hockenberry, PhD, associate professor at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health, is the lead author of the study.”While insurance coverage has expanded, the growth in use of services has grown more modestly,” says Hockenberry. “Taken in the context of other literature, this suggests there may be other barriers to treatment at work.”Related StoriesPerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationNew structured approach to managing patients with depression in primary careCPAP treatment for sleep apnea can improve depression symptomsThe researchers analyzed health services and spending data from the 1997, 2007 and 2015 Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys, which included the responses of 86,216 individuals. During the examined survey years, a number of new treatments and medications became available, as did an increase in policies targeted toward mental health (such as the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act), which increased coverage of mental health services.Findings from the researchers’ analysis show an absolute increase in the prevalence of treated depression, and that the proportion covered by insurance (Medicaid in particular) has increased. Despite this, overall spending on depression-related care has only experienced a gradual increase (approximately 2 percent a year) from 1998 to 2015, and the rate of treatment for depression remains lower than the reported rate of incidence.”Despite historic expansions of insurance coverage for individuals with mental health conditions, it appears that in this case the growth in use and cost has been more modest than some might have expected,” says Hockenberry. “The main shift has been that Medicaid expenditures for this condition have increased markedly, with a concomitant decrease among those that do not have insurance.” Source:http://whsc.emory.edu/
Explore further The data show the importance of H-1B workers to the tech industry, which has long lobbied to increase the number of highly skilled foreign workers. Menlo Park-based Facebook in 2017 received 720 H-1B approvals, a 53 percent increase over 2016, according to the National Foundation for American Policy, which obtained federal government data. Mountain View’s Google received 1,213 H-1B approvals, a 31 percent increase. The number of H-1B approvals at Intel in Santa Clara rose 19 percent and Cupertino-based Apple received 673, a 7 percent increase.But the data lacks details that might clarify how the industry uses those workers: It does not indicate what kind of jobs the visa holders had, or in which offices they worked. And experts say the data also doesn’t show how many additional H-1B contractors tech companies may get from staffing agencies or outsourcing companies.In response to this news organization’s inquiries, Facebook said it does not publicly discuss its use of H-1B workers or contractors. Google, Apple and Intel did not respond to requests for information about their use of H-1B workers or contractors.The lottery-based H-1B, obtained by employers seeking foreign talent, is intended for highly skilled workers, and has become a flashpoint in the U.S. immigration debate. Tech firms have lobbied hard to increase the number of new visas beyond the 85,000 annual cap, while opponents point to reported abuses and claim H-1B workers take jobs from Americans.Outsourcing firms, such as Infosys and Tata, have become particular targets of the administration of President Donald Trump. In a February policy memo, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration noted legitimate uses of the visa by third-party agencies, but said such arrangements can increase the likelihood of abuses such as paying improperly low wages or using contractors for non-specialized work. The memo imposed new requirements on H-1B employers to prove that visa holders will be doing specialty work.Vivek Wadhwa, a distinguished fellow at Harvard Law School and Carnegie Mellon’s School of Engineering at Silicon Valley, believes the solution is to give H-1B preference to start-ups and tech companies—not third-party agencies. Citation: H-1B use skyrocketed among Bay Area tech giants (2018, August 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-h-1b-skyrocketed-bay-area-tech.html ©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. “I’m a strong proponent of skilled immigration,” said Wadhwa, who studies the positive contributions of immigrants. “The only H-1Bs should be direct employees of these companies.”The increase in H-1Bs approved for tech companies in 2017 came as the White House began a series of sweeping actions to limit immigration. That may have prompted companies to secure as many visas as possible while they could, Wadhwa said.”It may be that they were stocking up because things turned dark,” he said.Amazon chalked up the largest increase in H-1B approvals, with 2,515 in 2017, a 78 percent leap. Microsoft received 1,479 approvals, an increase of 29 percent. Neither company responded to a request for comment. The data does not show what companies, if any, got fewer H-1B approvals.The Consumer Technology Association, an industry group representing companies including Google and Facebook, says tech firms are facing a “massive skills gap” in which jobs go unfilled for lack of qualified American workers. And Peter Leroe-Munoz, vice-president of technology and innovation policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group—whose membership includes all the major valley tech giants—said foreign workers remain “tremendously important” to the region’s tech industry because of a shortage of skilled technologists.But Chris Benner, a professor at UC Santa Cruz who has studied the use of contract employees in tech, doesn’t buy it. “I think the argument that people with those types of skills are not available in the U.S. is pretty specious,” Benner said. “I have not seen any significant evidence of labor shortage in a lot of skilled positions.”The Federation for American Immigration Reform says the government has refused to provide detailed information about where third-party providers send H-1B contractors, and the group’s partner organization, The Immigration Reform Law Institute, has sued for access to that data.Absent reliable numbers, it’s impossible to know the extent to which tech firms may be using H-1B workers supplied by third parties. But Immigration Reform Law Institute lawyer John Miano believes that if the companies weren’t taking on large numbers of H-1B workers from staffing firms and outsourcers, they would be kicking up a fuss over the huge numbers of H-1B visas snapped up by those third parties.”They want to keep this business rolling for their own purposes,” Miano said. Who gains most from high-skilled foreign workers? Even as the White House began cracking down on U.S. work visas, major Silicon Valley technology firms last year dramatically ramped up hiring of workers under the controversial H-1B visa program, according to newly released data. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
An eagle owl named Kaln lived for 23 years at a sanctuary in Gloucester, England. For that whole length of time, its handlers thought it was a male. Then, according to Vincent Jones, founder and trustee of the sanctuary, it laid an egg. The egg wasn’t fertilized, Jones told Live Science, so Kaln won’t get to mother a chick. But still, it was a big surprise to all of Kaln’s handlers. “I think he was just as shocked as we were,” Jones said. [Photos: Salmon-Eating Owls Revealed in Stunning Images]Advertisement Sexing owls is tricky, because males and females outwardly have more or less identical bodies, according to a study published Jan. 24, 2008, in the Journal of Heredity. Unlike mammals and other creatures, there’s no obvious difference even between their genitals. Happy Feet: A Gallery of Pudgy Penguins Plus, Jones said, his sanctuary has no interest in the biological sexes of the birds it takes in. Most of them are rescued from lives as pets or captive working birds, he said. And the sanctuary has no interest in breeding captive owls, only rehabilitating them. “We have 46 birds,” Jones said. “If they have the behavior of a male, we say they’re male. If they have the behavior of a female, we say they’re female.” Typically, according to the National Aviary, Eurasian eagle owl females lay up to six eggs across a month-long period in late winter. [Whooo Knew? 10 Superb Facts About Owls] Kaln never did that though in his 23 years at the sanctuary, Jones said. “He’s always shown signs of being a male,” Jones added. Many of the male birds in the sanctuary “imprint” on their human handlers and treat them as mates, he said. And during breeding season, “Kaln always wants to bonk everything,” he said. Even genetic tests don’t always show a clear distinction between male-sexed owls from female-sexed owls in many species, according to that 2008 paper. Female-sex birds have Z and W chromosomes, while male-sex birds have two Z chromosomes. But those chromosomes can be similar enough that they’re difficult to distinguish. The authors of that paper specifically tried to distinguish the genes of male and female Eurasian eagle owls and failed. The egg hasn’t changed how the sanctuary views Kaln, Jones said. “It’s no different than people. There’s no difference between male and female. We’re all individuals,” he said. “Kaln is an individual. He’s a very special individual. Now we say he’s a tomboy.” The larger concern is that around the same time the bird laid its egg, it began acting “depressed” and displaying some health issues that turned out to be unrelated. Today (June 27), however, Jones said that Kaln has seemed more active and upbeat. “And that’s what really matters isn’t it? The health of the owl,” Jones said. Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoBeach Raider24 Photos Of Shelter Dogs The Moment They Realize They’re Being AdoptedBeach RaiderUndoEditorChoice.comSee What The World’s Largest Dog Looks LikeEditorChoice.comUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoFinance101Oprah’s Mansion Costs $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeFinance101Undo Pretty Bird: Images of a Clever Parrot Kaln inspects his egg. Credit: The Barn Owl Centre Whooo’s in There? Amazing Images of Owls Penguin Selfie Offers Bird’s Eye ViewCurious Emperor penguins have been captured in Antarctica getting up close and personal on film. The vision was filmed at the Auster Rookery near Australia’s Mawson research stationAustralian Antarctic expeditioner, Eddie Gault, left the camera on the ice when visiting the rookery, and it didn’t take long for the naturally curious birds to seize the opportunity for a selfie.Credit: Eddie Gault/Australian Antarctic DivisionVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65809-male-seeming-owl-lays-egg.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3700:37Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball02:31Surgical Robotics00:29Video – Giggly Robot关闭