Helping State Competition

first_imgRepresentatives from five States and Territory’s came to TFA to discuss State competitions. Wednesday saw Peggy Sanders from the Northern Territory, Phoebe Burgoyne-Scutts from the ACT, Lewis Tuck from Victoria, Mitch Collins from WA and Renee Bryant from SA come to TFA in Canberra to discuss competition development.The aim of the meeting was to create best practice guidelines for State Competitions. It was of benefit to streamline competitions, for other development opportunities.There was also a visit from BMTA’s Matt Hall. BMTA is Australia’s best-run affiliate, and Matt was there for competition analysis. This meeting will help all State-based competitions, and ultimately affiliates.last_img read more

10 months ago​Everton post record revenues for second consecutive year

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Everton post record revenues for second consecutive yearby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are in a very healthy financial position.The club has posted record revenues for the second year in a row.With total revenues of £189 million for the year, it is a ten percent bump on the figure from last year.The major increases came from sponsorships and commercial revenue, which are up 45 percent.Chief Executive Officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale said in a statement: “For the second consecutive year the club has generated record revenue.”Gate receipts, sponsorship and other commercial income increased significantly by 45 per cent and the continued and quite magnificent support of our fans meant that season tickets reached the cap with more than 10,000 on a waiting list.”This commercial growth demonstrates our progress and we have a vision for the club that is shared on and off the pitch by our majority shareholder, chairman, our board of directors, the Everton leadership team, our director of football and manager.”Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “With Farhad continuing his outstanding commitment, Marcel and Marco driving our first team forward, Unsie continuing to develop some of the best young talent, Denise thrusting our operations ever onward and a fanbase that continues to inspire our ambition, we look forward to the next 12 months with purpose and anticipation.” last_img read more

a month agoQuique Sanchez Flores insists Watford have plenty to play for

first_imgQuique Sanchez Flores insists Watford have plenty to play forby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores insists there’s plenty to play for this season.Sanchez Flores thinks the decision to bring him back in place of Gracia demonstrates the club’s ambition and shows why they can achieve “something special”. “I never see Watford at the bottom,” he said.”Three years ago, we were never there. The last three years, it was impossible to think about that, but football’s very hard right now. It’s very equal, very even and everything is pure competition, so everything is possible.”We need to go out of this position as soon as possible.”The ambition is the same. This is a club that is very clear about the way they want to grow and so I realise of course they have changed a lot of things, the training ground, the players, the squad.”But [what they want] is exactly the same what they wanted from me three years ago.”Now it’s a little bit different because they’re established in the Premier League, they want to keep going in the same category, so the pressure is the same, but the squad and the objective of the club they are different.”I’m confident we can work together and we can do something special.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Visit of the Secretary General of the UNCTAD, Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi

first_imgAt the invitation of Senator, the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, will pay an official visit to Jamaica from 13th to 15th November 2012.   Minister Nicholson is keen to have Dr. Supachai share his wealth of experience in foreign trade policy and his views on the importance of trade in services for small developing countries. UNCTAD, located in Geneva, Switzerland, was established in 1964 by the UN General Assembly to assist developing countries to forge the link between trade and development and to integrate into the international trading system.  Dr. Supachaihas been the Secretary General since 2005.  Prior to assuming this position, he was the Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from 2002 to 2005.  He was also a Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, responsible for economic and trade policy. While in Jamaica, Dr. Supachaiwill deliver the keynote address on 14th November, at the Opening Ceremony of the Symposium on Jamaica’s involvement in Foreign Trade, 1962-2012 – forging the link between trade and development.  This Symposium is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry as well the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence.  The University of the West Indies and the Private Sector are also involved in this Symposium, which will be held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on 14th -15th November 2012. Dr. Supachaiwill also pay courtesy calls on the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, the Most Hon. Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, and the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Andrew Holness.  In addition, on 15th November, he will be hosted by the Private Sector at a breakfast meeting at the headquarters of the Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA).  Later that morning, he will address students and Faculty at the University of the West Indies, Mona.  Dr.  Supachaiwill end his visit to Jamaica that afternoon, at a meeting with a group of Ministers hosted by the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton. Jamaica and UNCTAD have been on a journey together since 1962 to ensure that the trade of developing countries contributes to their development.  Contact: Ann-Margaret Lim Head, Public Relations and Media Affairs Unit Tel: 564-4241 (Mob.)last_img read more

No challenge ACC looks to continue mastery of Big Ten

Tonight marks the beginning of the 11th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, an early-season series of games pitting teams from two of college basketball’s best conferences against one other.In the first 10 years of the challenge, the ACC has dominated, going 10-0 and winning 62 of the 97 games.Penn State at VirginiaThe Big Ten/ACC challenge tips off tonight with two of the conferences’ weaker teams.Virginia, picked to finish 11th in the conference before the season started, has already lost to South Florida and Stanford this year.Similarly, but perhaps more embarrassingly, the Nittany Lions have two losses of their own early in the season: an 80-69 loss to UNC Wilmington and a 63-60 loss to Tulane.Neither team showcased in the challenge’s opening game will be a true testament to what each conference has to offer.Wake Forest at No. 6 PurduePurdue, last season’s Big Ten Tournament champion, returns four of five starters, including preseason All-Conference forward Robbie Hummel.The Demon Deacons, picked by the media in the preseason as the ACC’s sixth-best team, are led by sophomore forward Al-Farouq Aminu. After five games, Aminu is averaging 18.8 points and 11.2 rebounds.Last week Purdue beat No. 9 Tennessee, proving its Top 10 ranking is no joke. The veteran Boilermakers are one of the best teams in the country.Northwestern at North Carolina StateNorthwestern’s preseason was marred with devastating injuries. Two Wildcat seniors, Jeff Ryan and Kevin Coble, were out for the season with ACL injuries before the team even began the year.Despite its 5-0 record, NC State was picked before the season as the ACC’s worst team. It might struggle in this game, even with the injuries to the Wildcats. The record might be a bit misleading — the Wolfpack has knocked off Georgia State, Akron, Austin Peay, Auburn and New Orleans.No. 21 Maryland at IndianaAfter a disappointing showing in last week’s Maui Invitational, Maryland left Hawaii with more questions than answers.The Terrapins lost to Cincinnati in the semifinals before falling again the following night at the hands of Wisconsin.Greivis Vasquez, Maryland’s point guard and a member of the preseason All-ACC team, has been conspicuously ineffective so far this year, scoring only 11.2 points per game, fourth-best on the team.Indiana’s freshman guard Maurice Creek is averaging more than 16 points a game and will look to lead the Hoosiers to an upset. At 3-3, Indiana already has half as many wins as it reached last season.No. 2 Michigan State at No. 11 North CarolinaThe marquee matchup of the challenge is a rematch of last year’s national championship game. Although the Tar Heels bested the Spartans in April, Carolina has vastly different personnel this year. Michigan State’s roster is basically intact.The Spartans return defending Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas, who is averaging nearly 17 points per game. There’s no denying that Carolina is talented, but the Heels lack the experience of last year’s team that dominated Michigan State in the title game. The Spartans will be looking for revenge and are much more fit to challenge the Tar Heels this time around.Virginia Tech at IowaThe Iowa Hawkeyes are likely the worst the Big Ten has to offer and, quite frankly, might be one of the worst teams in the entire country.The Hawkeyes have already dropped four games this year: a 62-50 loss to Texas-San Antonio, a 52-50 loss to Duquesne, an 85-60 loss to Texas, and a 74-57 loss to Wichita State.Virginia Tech and preseason All-Conference guard Malcolm Delaney, who is averaging 21.8 points per game, shouldn’t find the task too difficult. The Hokies are off to a 4-1 start.No. 20 Illinois at No. 19 ClemsonPreseason All-ACC forward Trevor Booker leads Clemson in perhaps the most evenly matched contest of the challenge. Booker leads the Tigers in both scoring and rebounding.The Tigers fell to Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.Illinois returns three starters from last year’s team, which finished third in the conference, and has four players that average double-digit points.With many of the other games having a clear favorite, the winner of this game could determine which conference will come out on top.No. 22 Minnesota at MiamiWednesday’s game will be the first ever meeting between these two schools.Coach Tubby Smith has rejuvenated the Golden Gopher program and put it on the national radar, a place unfamiliar to Minnesota basketball. Led by senior guard Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota has begun the season 4-2, including an 82-73 win over No. 12 Butler last week.Miami has put together a fast start of its own, winning seven straight to start the season. Boston College at No. 15 MichiganJust like Duke, Boston College has never lost a game as a part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. However, the Golden Eagles have stumbled out of the gates, losing two of their first six games, including a 12-point loss to Northern Iowa last week.Michigan’s Manny Harris nearly posted his second triple-double of the season in last week’s overtime victory over Creighton but finished one rebound short. He leads the Wolverines with 21.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.No. 7 Duke at WisconsinThe Badgers and senior guard Trevon Hughes are coming off a third-place finish in last week’s Maui Invitational. After losing to Gonzaga in the semifinals, Wisconsin beat Maryland, an ACC team, in the consolation game.Unfortunately for the Badgers, they will play a different class of ACC team Wednesday.Duke has never lost a game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, boasting a 10-0 record. Along with preseason All-American Kyle Singler, the Blue Devils have four players that average double-digit points.Florida State at No. 17 Ohio StateOhio State’s Evan Turner has recorded two triple-doubles through six games.Turner is averaging 19.8 points per game, but it is his rebounding numbers that garner the most attention. Through the Buckeyes’ first six games, the junior point guard is grabbing 12.8 rebounds a game, the third-highest average in the country.Florida State is led by sophomore forward Chris Singleton, who averages 11.3 points per game. The Seminoles like to get the ball inside, something that could give the Buckeyes trouble if center Dallas Lauderdale gets into foul trouble. read more

Football Parris Campbell selected No 59 overall in NFL Draft by Indianapolis

Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell was selected with the No. 59 overall pick in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.The speedy playmaker and two-time captain set an Ohio State record with 90 receptions in his fifth season with the Buckeyes, and became the fifth Buckeye to notch 1,000 or more receiving yards in a season, finishing the year with 1,063.His 12 receiving touchdowns in 2018, including a career-high 78-yard touchdown against Michigan, were tied for the conference lead during a campaign that earned him first-team All-Big Ten honors.Campbell led the Buckeyes in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in a year where Ohio State had the No. 2 passing offense in the nation, with 364.3 yards per game through the air.In 2017, Campbell earned third-team All Big Ten receiver and second-team return specialist honors, as he led the Buckeyes in receiving for the first time with 584 receiving yards.Clocking in at a 4.31-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, Campbell ran the third-highest time among all participating players, and the highest amongst wide receivers. read more

Marijuana Industry Braces for Shock of Trumps Trade War With China

first_img Image credit: Timothy Fadek | Getty Images Add to Queue Marijuana Industry Braces for Shock of Trump’s Trade War With China International Business –shares Next Article August 8, 2018 Virtually all the vaporizers sold in the US are made in China but the effect will be more far ranging that just vaporizers. Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. The Trump administration’s imposition of tariffs on China is expected to have a direct impact on several sectors of the marijuana industry — in particular, cannabis vaporizer companies.Others likely to be affected include:Cultivation operations that want to expand their greenhouse facilities.Growers that need to buy lighting equipment.Brands that purchase packaging from China.Businesses that buy materials made with Chinese-made steel and aluminum, such as extraction equipment.“If I was in the vape industry or the lighting industry or greenhouse industry, I would be pretty concerned that costs were going to go up as the result of a trade war,” said Kevin Hogan, president and co-founder of Oregrown, a vertically integrated cannabis company in Bend, Oregon.Here’s a review of the major factors developing around the issue for the cannabis industry.1. Businesses are anxious their costs could go up because of a trade war.On May 29, President Trump announced that by June 15 the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) should announce 25% tariffs on approximately $50 billion worth of Chinese imports containing “industrially significant technologies.”Included on the second list of items under the increased tariffs is the harmonized tariff schedule code 8543.70.99.40, which relates to vapor product devices, batteries intended for use in vaping devices and pre-filled pods and cartridges.That HTS code was one of 284 on the second list to undergo further review in a public notice and comment process, including a hearing in front of the USTR.The public comment period on that ended Aug. 1. Now vaporizer companies are waiting to hear if the USTR will strip out any HTS code related to vaporizer devices before the tariffs go into effect.The White House also announced on Aug. 1 it may up its proposed tariffs to 25 percent from 10 percent on another $200 billion of Chinese imports.According to the import-export data tracking website Datamyne, the United States imported $42 million worth of vaporizers or vaporizer parts under the above HTS code from China in 2017 and $800,000 worth of similar products from Hong Kong. The next three closest markets accounted for less than $500,000 in imports combined.Hogan said vaping products are among the largest-growing segment in cannabis “by a country mile,” and Oregrown doesn’t sell any vaporizers that aren’t made in China. None of the vaporizer brands Hogan’s store carries has told him to increase prices. But it’s on his radar.On the construction side, Hogan said he’s also concerned about the potential future cost of steel for greenhouses. However, a greenhouse builder he contracts with “got ahead of the curve” and ordered its steel before the tariffs were imposed so he was “insulated from the increase in costs.”Related: Luxury ‘Bong’ Maker Faces Unique Trademark Infringement Dilemma2. Consumers likely will have to pay more for vape cartridges.In states such as Oregon, a lot of the outdoor-grown cannabis flower that is sold on the low end of the market is processed into oil and sold for vape cartridges, so the tariffs directly affect one of the largest segments of the state’s cannabis industry.“So many companies are struggling to survive on all levels of the supply chain that these tariffs are like throwing salt in the wound,” said Brad Blommer, a cannabis attorney in Portland, Oregon. “Ultimately, the consumers are going to have to pay more.”“It really is a trade war,” said Josh Church, chief regulatory and compliance officer for Joyetech Group, a major manufacturer of vaporizers for both e-cigarettes and the cannabis industry with headquarters in Changzhou, China. “The difference between us and other industries is that all of the vaporizer manufacturers are based in China. For the cannabis industry, there are very few (U.S.) domestic manufacturers of vaporizers.”One of the key drivers of the Trump administration’s trade policy is to bring back jobs that the United States has lost to markets in other countries. But making cannabis vaporizers isn’t a legacy industry for American workers in the same way that steel manufacturing is. There have never been large-scale vaporizer manufacturers or e-cigarette companies in the United States.“The issue is that we as an industry don’t even have the ability to manufacture stateside,” Church said.Related: 3 Challenges You’re Likely To Face Once You Open for Business3. Repercussions from tariffs may not be immediately apparent.Jan Verleur, CEO of Miami-based VMR Products, which owns cannabis vaporizer product line Prohibited, said his company imports container-sized goods from Shenzhen, China, every week and he hasn’t seen the impact of the tariffs yet. He doesn’t expect to see anything show up in his financials until this fall at the earliest.“But the profit margins in the cannabis space as an overall rule are still healthy,” Verleur said. “I don’t think this is a hit that’s going to collapse anyone’s business.”Jeremy Heidl is president of Denver-based Organa Brands International, which has a large-scale vaporizer brand in the cannabis industry. As of last week he hadn’t seen the impact of the tariffs, but he’s waiting for it. “We expected it about a month ago, when the announcement was made,” Heidl said.Organa Brands also imports equipment, packaging and other items from China. “(The tariffs) make U.S. equipment nearly the same price, so I guess it’s having the intended effect there,” he added.Heidl also said it’s not a guarantee that consumers will see the added cost of the tariffs passed down to them.“It’s pretty difficult to raise cannabis prices in the market right now,” he said. “It will likely be absorbed” by the cannabis companies.But Arnaud Dumas de Rauly — co-founder and co-CEO of New York-based The Blinc Group, a vapor and cannabis technologies incubator — pointed out that the margins aren’t that large on the hardware.“Adding 25 percent tariffs on top of that really makes it hard to not pass this on to the consumer,” he said.Dumas de Rauly testified in front of the USTR last week, arguing that increasing the cost of vaporizers in states like New York and Florida, which have medical marijuana markets that don’t allow for smokable flower, will drive more patients to the black market. In the future, Dumas de Rauly would like to see the marijuana industry pay closer attention to business-as-usual regulations that could have a significant impact on company owners.“As a nascent industry, we are sometimes narrow-minded and focus specifically on the cannabis regulations and forget the rest,” he said.Morgan Fox, media relations director for the National Cannabis Industry Association, said he hadn’t heard of any members complaining about the tariffs, and the trade group hasn’t developed a strategy on the issue.“It’s definitely something that’s under discussion,” he said.Bart Schaneman can be reached at Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily 7 min read Free Green Entrepreneur App Bart Schaneman Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

FDA Bans Some Cilantro Imports After Finding Feces and Toilet Paper in

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 1 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Here’s something that might make you put down your burrito.On Monday, the FDA announced the partial ban of fresh cilantro imported from farms in Puebla, Mexico. The reason: farms in the region were found to lack running water and toilet facilities, with the FDA and health authorities discovering toilet paper and feces in fields.The FDA’s investigation of Puebla’s cilantro farming practices began after cilantro imported from the area was linked to annually recurring outbreaks of cyclosporiasis in 2013 and 2014, as well as potentially 2012. Cyclosposiasis is an intestinal illness, most commonly caused by eating or drinking a food or beverage contaminated with feces.Related: The Secret Menu Items at Your Favorite Restaurant ChainsThe ban will affect select shipments of fresh cilantro shipments from April to August of every year.Mexican companies selling cilantro that may be from Puebla must prove to health authorities that they have taken appropriate safety and health measures if they wish to export products to the U.S.  Related: 15 Absurdly Wonderful Bacon-Flavored Products FDA Image credit: Pixabay Add to Queue –sharescenter_img FDA Bans Some Cilantro Imports After Finding Feces and Toilet Paper in Fields Register Now » July 28, 2015 Reporter Kate Taylor Next Article last_img read more

Senate Committee Seeks Answers From Zuckerberg Over News Selection

first_img May 10, 2016 31shares Next Article Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Reuters Senate Committee Seeks Answers From Zuckerberg Over News Selection Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img A U.S. Senate committee launched an inquiry on Tuesday into how social media website Facebook selects its news stories after a report that company employees blocked news about conservative issues from its “trending” list.The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation asked Facebook Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg in a letter to answer questions about the company’s news curation practices and its trending topics section.The investigation comes after Gizmodo reported on Monday that a former Facebook employee claimed workers “routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers,” while “artificially” adding other stories to the trending list.”Facebook must answer these serious allegations and hold those responsible to account if there has been political bias in the dissemination of trending news,” said U.S. Sen. John Thune, the chairman of the committee.The letter to Facebook includes requests for information on the organizational structure for the “Trending Topics feature.”Adam Jentleson, deputy chief of staff to Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, balked at the request in a statement provided to Reuters.”The Republican Senate refuses to hold hearings on [Supreme Court nominee] Judge [Merrick] Garland, refuses to fund the President’s request for Zika aid and takes the most days off of any Senate since 1956, but thinks Facebook hearings are a matter of urgent national interest,” Jentleson said.A Facebook spokesman said the company has received the Senate letter and is reviewing it. They also denied the Gizmodo report Tuesday in a statement provided to Reuters.”After an initial review, no evidence was found that the anonymous allegations are true,” a spokesman said.Tom Stocky, the vice president of Search at Facebook, responded to the allegations Monday night in a lengthy post published to the social media site saying there are “strict guidelines” for trending topic reviewers who “are required to accept topics that reflect real world events.”He added that those guidelines are under “constant review” and that his team would “continue to look for improvements.”Katie Drummond, the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo, called her publication’s story “accurate” in a statement released to Reuters Tuesday.Gizmodo’s report alarmed several social media users, with some conservatives in particular criticizing Facebook for alleged bias.”‘If a Conservative Speaks – and Facebook Censors Him – Does He Make a Sound?'” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) wrote on Twitter Tuesday, with a link to a National Review story that detailed the allegations against Facebook.(Reporting by Amy Tennery; additional reporting by Dustin Volz in Washington; Editing by Alan Crosby) This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read Add to Queue Image credit: Shutterstock Facebooklast_img read more

YAO Network Makes BaaS 30 a Reality

first_imgDespite recent developments in the BaaS sector, BaaS remains far from maturity. Having cycled through two “versions”, many are hoping the increase in demand would spur BaaS to scale up as a sector in order to meet the growing need for a network of blockchain communities. The future platform, BaaS 3.0, should rightfully introduce new technical frameworks with outstanding features for both enterprises and individuals, providing a thriving ecosystem with diversified content for online and offline technology communities. While many platforms are still in the midst of grappling with the transition, YAO Network has been quick to respond to the call and has developed its own blockchain platform to make BaaS 3.0 a reality.Marketing Technology News: Study Finds Enterprises Rapidly Shifting to Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Business Model The concept of a Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) 3.0 platform suggests the best of both worlds – a centralised system of decentralised technology – and that is exactly what YAO Network strives to provide. Launched on 7 May 2019, the innovative platform garnered attention from the media as one of the few to launch a new generation of public infrastructure platform that will function as an ecosystem entry, a computation hub and a service market for blockchain communities. YAO Network Connects Businesses, Community and Developers BaaS 3.0blockchainMarketing Technology NewsNewsYAO Network Previous ArticleTechBytes with Andy Hunn, COO at ResonateNext ArticleNTT DATA Presents the Future of Digital Accelerationcenter_img YAO Network aims to be an entry point into the blockchain world, through which developers can access to mainstream blockchain networks and view relevant and updated information for their blockchain projects. YAO Network aims to provide supportive access tools and a great technological interface to facilitate the development of commercial applications, such as the building of an on-demand blockchain network for consortium and private blockchains.Marketing Technology News: Softeon Expands Retail and eCommerce Logistics Solution Footprint and SuccessHere is a simple illustration to demonstrate what YAO Network embodies in the larger framework.To make BaaS 3.0 possible and form a robust ecosystem that integrates commercial application, the tech community and application developers, the YAO Network has designed its platform to serve the following functionalities:1. Entry PointYAO Network aims to be an entry point into the blockchain world, through which developers can access to mainstream blockchain networks and view relevant and updated information for their blockchain projects. The YAO Network aims to provide supportive access tools and a great technological interface to facilitate the development of commercial applications, such as the building of an on-demand blockchain network for consortium and private blockchains.2. HubAs an entry builder, YAO Network aims to become a blockchain hub that connects developers with existing blockchains or new blockchain networks on-demand to facilitate the blockchain community. To do so, the YAO Network has included many features in its system including distributed identity, off-chain orales, incident feedback mechanism etc. to improve the interoperability and scalability of the blockchain network.3. MarketYAO Network provides an open Cloud Service Market for service providers to create their cloud services and sell them to terminal users under a visualized operation interface. Such services can be basic services such as access to a blockchain’s underlying framework or advanced services such as function modules and application service components etc.4. EcosystemYAO Network differs from traditional BaaS platforms in that it, unlike the rest, is a self-driven ecosystem. YAO, the value-carrier of the YAO Network ecosystem, encourages users to constantly generate technological services and content on the hub, thereby ensuring healthy growth and development of the whole ecosystem. Ideally, it is expected that the community will take over the reins from the YAO Network team and become the main contributor to the development of the YAO Network platform.Like time, technology waits for no man. Blockchain technology has already been gaining rapid traction around the globe and it is only a matter of time before the fourth industrial revolution hits, and with it, the mainstreaming of BaaS platforms like the YAO Network. It’s time to join the BaaS 3.0 revolution!Marketing Technology News: NextStage to Support YSEOP, a World Leader in AI Dedicated to Natural Language Generation, in View to Accelerating Growth, Particularly in the United States YAO Network Makes BaaS 3.0 a Reality PRNewswireJuly 15, 2019, 1:22 pmJuly 15, 2019 last_img read more

Fundamentals applications and methods of machine learning used in epigenetics

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 20 2018Machine learning is the study of algorithms and statistical models that computer systems use to progressively improve their performance on a specific task. It is clearly visible that, machine learning is essential in this era in which we are living in, when there is huge amount of epigenetic data present coming from experiments and the clinic. Machine learning can aid in detection of epigenetic features in a given genome. Machine learning also helps in finding similarities and relationships between phenotypes and modifications in histones and genes. It also helps to accelerate the screening of lead compounds which are targeting markers for epigenetics diseases. Along with these uses, there are many other aspects around the study on epigenetics, which consequently bring us closer to realize our current hopes in precision medicine. Many new studies in precision medicine targeting epigenetic disease biomarkers are therefore now possible because of the fact that machine learning algorithms have accelerated processes used for data analyses. Therefore, in order to take full benefit of machine learning algorithms, one should get familiar with the pros and cons of them as it is one way to bring optimum use out of them.In this review, the authors discuss the fundamentals and the important points of machine learning, the applications of machine learning, the methods which are used in the field of epigenetics and their features. The advantages and disadvantages of using machine language for research in epigenetics are also discussed.Source: read more

Mobile phone app may help boost and maintain physical activity in women

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 25 2019Activity trackers and mobile phone apps are all the rage, but do they really help users increase and maintain physical activity? A new study has found that one mobile phone app designed for inactive women did help when combined with an activity tracker and personal counseling.Researchers said the findings offer important clues about how to make such app-based interventions successful–motivational messages and interactive feedback were notable features in this case. But they also highlight their limitations, as the app did not appear to be key in helping the women stay motivated past the first three months. Understanding what did, the researchers said, could eventually help the development of more effective technologies that can get people active and keep them active.Funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, the study is one of the first to examine how an app-based program can help increase and maintain objectively measured daily physical activity. It was published online on May 24 in JAMA Network Open, a peer-reviewed online-only journal. Regular physical activity has long been shown to reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic conditions. However, according to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, nearly 80% of adults are not meeting the recommended activity level. Women across all age groups are less likely to be physically active than men. While apps and physical activity trackers have become extremely popular way to break some of those barriers, their long-term effectiveness remains unclear.Previous activity app trials have been frequently short, and their sample sizes small, and most did not monitor activity objectively and continually. The current study, which lasted nine months, was called the mobile phone based physical activity education (mPED) trial. Fukuoka’s research group designed their app specifically for physically inactive women, incorporating behavioral change strategies known to work well for this group, such as personalized goal setting, self-monitoring, social support, and feedback. It was critical, the researchers said, that the women were able to engage with the program at home.The app, which was developed exclusively for the study and is not commercially available, had three main functions, including a pre-programed interactive daily message or video that reinforced what was learned during a beginning counseling session, and a daily activity diary to record progress. The app automatically increased the participants’ activity goals by 20 percent each week to 10,000 steps daily. To improve adherence, participants received an automated message if the app had not been used for three consecutive days.Related StoriesExercise during pregnancy can promote bone health of both mother and childReview provides new recommendations to manage menopausal symptoms after breast cancerExposure to nearby greenspace associated with reduced cravingsThe trial involved 210 physically inactive women, ages 25 and 65. They were equally divided into three groups–a control that had no intervention but used a tracking device for the nine months of the trial; a “regular” group that got counseling and used the tracker and the app for three months, then used only the tracker for the remaining six months; and a “plus” group that got counseling and used the tracker and the app for the entire nine months. Unlike most other studies, the researchers measured women’s activity every 60 seconds, every day for nine months, instead of relying on self-reported activity or intermittent activity measured by the tracker.During the first three months, the tracker showed that, compared to the control group, the women in the regular and plus groups logged about 2,000 steps more per day, equivalent to approximately 1 mile or 20 minutes of walking. They also increased their moderate to vigorous physical activity by 18 minutes a day.In the following six-month maintenance period, however, the regular and plus groups logged about 1,400 steps more than the control group and got in eight more minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Researchers said these findings show that the women were able to sustain an impressive level of activity above their starting point.However, continued use of the app by the plus group did not add any extra benefit to help maintain this increased activity, compared to the regular group, which had stopped using the app after the first three months.”Sustaining any behavior change is difficult in general, and in particular, sustaining the increased physical activity that resulted after the intervention,” Fukuoka said. “Still, it is encouraging to see that 97.6% of women in our trial completed a nine-month visit and kept up part of their increased activity.”The researchers’ next goal is to refine maintenance strategies that can help maintain those increased levels of activity over a longer period.According to the study, the intervention appeared to be equally effective, no matter the user’s age, race and ethnicity, body mass index, education, and household income, but the researchers cautioned that the findings might not be generalizable to men.The research is part of a larger NIH effort to explore better ways to improve cardiovascular health.”Exercise is just one pillar in a heart-healthy lifestyle and should complement other heart-healthy changes, such as choosing a healthy diet, aiming for a healthy weight, managing stress, getting sufficient sleep, and quitting smoking,” said Josephine Boyington, Ph.D., the NHLBI project officer for the study. “People should talk to their doctors about what changes are best for optimizing their individual heart-health plans.” We showed that if you design an activity app using an evidence-based approach, it will be more effective. Our findings could go a long way to get more people to move, particularly women.”Study Leader Yoshimi Fukuoka, Ph.D., R.N., a Professor in the Department of Physiological Nursing at the University of California, San Franciscocenter_img Source:NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutelast_img read more

Crashrelated reports from Waze users could reduce emergency response time in half

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 26 2019FindingsWaze, the crowdsourced traffic application, could potentially help first responders reach a car crash in half the time it currently takes. A study by UCLA and UC Irvine researchers found that crash-related reports from Waze users came an average of two minutes and 41 seconds earlier than reports received by California Highway Patrol emergency personnel. In cases when a crash was reported by multiple Waze users, the earliest reports were submitted even faster -; an average of four minutes and three seconds prior to a CHP report.BackgroundRelated StoriesTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’Personalizing Nutritional Medicine With the Power of NMROlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchMore than 100 people die and 2.5 million are transported to emergency departments each year in the U.S. due to motor vehicle collisions. The time between a 911 call and the arrival of emergency medical service units to accident sites generally ranges from seven to 14 minutes.MethodResearchers examined data on collisions, road hazards and weather conditions between June 12 and August 1, 2018, from the CHP (7,776 collision reports) and Waze (406,559 user reports). Their model included report time, location, type of incident and user confidence in the reports.The study’s limitations include the inability to validate the accuracy of Waze reports. Also, the researchers cannot determine whether the findings would also apply to rural areas or to other states.ImpactEmergency services could use Waze users’ accident reports to more quickly dispatch crews to accident sites, and emergency centers could be better prepared to receive people who are injured patients, which could lead to better medical outcomes.Source:UCLAJournal reference:Chakravarthy, B. et al. (2019) Crowdsourced Traffic Data as an Emerging Tool to Monitor Car Crashes. JAMA Surgery. read more

Portable device attached to smartphone can diagnose eye disease remotely

first_imgBy Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNJun 26 2019A portable device attached to a smartphone can help capture precise images of the retina to diagnose eye disease. The new method by a startup company, Phelcom Technologies, is a lower cost tool that can help doctors diagnose remotely, through telemedicine.The FAPESP’s Innovative Research in Small Business Program (PIPE) granted funding and support for Phelcom in 2016. With the grant, the team needed to develop a prototype, which has recently won funding for manufacture and commercialization of the device. Aside from the grant, the Albert Einstein Jewish-Brazilian Charitable Society (SBIBAE) has invested in Phelcom. Phelcom Eyer An app operating the optical device sends images of the retina over the internet to Eyer Cloud, which stores and manages patient files. Image Credit: Phelcom Technologies The device, called Eyer, is designed to light up and visualize the retina. It is connected to a smartphone’s camera. An application sends the captured images over the internet via the Eyer Cloud, which stores the patient files. The ophthalmologist can view the images remotely through the cloud by accessing the patient files.Due to lack of internet connection in some areas across the globe, the images are kept in the smartphone app and sent to the cloud when an internet connection, either Wi-Fi or 4G network is available. Help diagnose retinal eye diseasesThe new device can help diagnose eye diseases, particularly those affecting the retina. The retina is the light-sensing tissue found in the back of the eye. One of its roles is to relay images to the brain.Back-of-the-eye or fundus eye diseases include conditions such as Stargardt’s disease, macular degeneration, retinal tear, diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment, among others. Stargardt’s disease refer to a group of inherited diseases that affects the light-sensitive cells in the retina to deteriorate. Macular degeneration is a condition where the center of the retina deteriorates, leading to blurred central vision or a blind spot. Retinal tear happens when the vitreous, or gel-like substance in the center of the eye shrinks, pulling the thin layer of tissue lining in the retina, causing a tissue break. Diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness in people with diabetes. It happens when the blood sugar shoots up, causing damage to the blood vessels supplying the retina.The Eyer ProjectRelated StoriesEarly clinical trial of new treatment for severe dry eye disease shows promising resultsDeveloping imaging techniques for early detection of eye and brain diseasesProtein found in the eye can protect against diabetic retinopathyIn March, Phelcom established its São Carlos factory after getting a certification from the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) and the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO).The factory manufactures 30 units a month but is projected to reach about 100 units by the end of 2019. The device is priced at $5,000, accompanied by a high-quality smartphone. The device is way cheaper than conventional equipment. The currently-used ophthalmoscope device has to be connected to a computer to capture images and it costs around $30,000.  “We invested significantly in optics and in design. One challenge was producing a portable version of a device that is typically very large. Another was enabling nonmydriatic operation so that high-quality images of the retina can be captured without the need for pupil dilation,” José Augusto Stuchi, Phelcom CEO, said in a statement.The Eyer CloudThe company has also developed the Eyer Cloud, an innovation designed to store and manage all the data, including patient information and retinal images, acquired in the diagnostic test. The software works by organizing data, so doctors can remotely access for diagnosis.In contrast, current equipment used today needs to be attached to a computer. The Eyer is portable, easier to use, and more accessible. To set up the Eyer and its cloud, the user should create an account, where the images can be automatically saved.The researchers assured that all data are kept private and confidential. Also, they worked on making the transmitting of images from the device to the cloud faster, so doctors can access the images regardless of the device’s location.The device uses telemedicine, since a licensed or trained technician uses the device to capture the images and sends the photos to the cloud. Meanwhile, an ophthalmologist can visualize and analyze the photos in another location. The process makes diagnosing faster and more convenient.At present, the company plans to establish a partnership with ophthalmologists to develop a part of the system responsible for reporting. For doctors, the planned payment is by a monthly subscription and each report will roughly cost about $5 to $10.Artificial intelligenceAside from the cloud, the team is working on artificial intelligence to help in finding patterns, detecting diabetic retinopathy. The medical reports will be placed in a database, where the computer uses AI to find patterns linked to retinal diseases.A software, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), called IDx-DR, utilizes AI to examine eye images captured by a retinal camera. These images will be analyzed to detect diabetic retinopathy, potentially diagnosing the condition early to prevent blindness.The company has more than 10,000 images of the retina and projects about 50,000 patients next year. They plan to have the largest database across the globe. Source: read more

Govt to table Bill to repeal mandatory death penalty in October

first_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Currently, the 11 offences fall under two acts – nine under the Penal Code, including murder, waging war against Yang di-Pertuan Agong and committing terrorist acts, and two under the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971.In a separate development, Liew said the government this Tuesday will be tabling the amendment bill on lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 to be automatically registered as voters.If the Bill is passed, about 3.8 million new voters, including those aged 18, are expected to be eligible to vote in the 15th General Election.Liew said the government on Wednesday would table the bill to add 13 new seats in the Sabah state legislative assembly to the existing 60. – Bernama SANDAKAN (Bernama): A Bill to repeal the mandatory death penalty is expected to be tabled in Parliament in October once the government decides on appropriate prison terms for 11 serious criminal offences it covers.Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong (pic) said a task force would be set up soon to study the matter.”This will involve a major shift in policy and as such, the government needs more time to study it and make a decision,” he told a press conference here Saturday(July 13).Liew said the task force would also review the life imprisonment penalty and look into the possibility of reducing jail terms to between 10-30 years. Death penalty , Repeal , Parliament , Liew Vui Keong Related News Nation 05 Jul 2019 Source: Govt will not table Bill to abolish death penalty this Parliament meetingcenter_img Nation 09 Jul 2019 Bill to increase Sabah seats to be tabled Tags / Keywords: Nation 09 Jul 2019 Anwar: National Security Council Amendment Bill needs further discussions Related Newslast_img read more