Since the devastation of Barbuda by Hurricane Irma, the Minister of Health and the Environment, Honourable Molwyn Joseph, the Permanent Secretary and the senior technicians of the ministry have been meeting more than once daily, to plan the various aspects of our response to the crisis.
This response involves, first of all, the many urgent questions of health and hygiene surrounding the official shelters in Antigua, where hundreds of Barbudan adults and children are housed.
Then, there is the question of dealing with potential public health hazards in the cleanup operations of Barbuda; mosquito-borne disease, water-borne disease, etc. Certain measures had to be taken before a significant number of workers could function there.
On Thursday, September 14th, senior Public Health Workers from Barbuda met with us at the Ministry of Health and the Environment, to plan the immediate public health approach in Barbuda, as the official beginning of the cleaning process.
Vector control, with mosquitoes and rats as the main targets, water purification, and the rescue and care of animals, especially dogs, were the agreed priorities.
A suitably equipped and stocked medical post, operated by members of the Emergency Medical Services, was also planned, along with the start of cleanup activities.
The Public Health Team, including Barbudans, planned to travel on Saturday morning, September 16th, to start the fogging and the other planned public health activities. Those activities would be followed, within two days, by the collection of loose metal sheeting, the disconnection of electrical cables from fallen posts, and the cutting up of those posts, along with the fallen trees and loose boards in the streets.
On Friday 15th, a delegation led by Minister Joseph, and including senior technicians of the ministry, the Vector Control Officer of Barbuda, senior technicians from Solid Waste and from Public Works, the Director of the National Office of Disaster Services, and the head of the Humane Society, visited Codrington.
Based on the observations made, decisions were taken regarding accommodation for the initial workers, the location of the medical post and the site for a dog shelter. The equipment and general machinery , as well as some materials that would be necessary, were also decided upon.
Vector control activity began in Barbuda on Saturday 16th, and heavy duty equipment for the general cleanup activities is supposed to be in Barbuda on Sunday 17th.
The clean-up operation will benefit from the expert advice of a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) representative, Mr. Adrianus Ton Vlugman, Senior Advisor, Water Supply, Sanitation and Environmental Health Caribbean Sub-Region.
If the weather permits, organized and well supervised official cleanup activities will begin no later than Tuesday, September 19th, in Codrington, Barbuda. We are meeting daily with the Barbudan authorities.
Happy news to announce this morning: we just closed our second fundraising from new and existing investors 😉👌
It’s a major milestone for the development of Labiotech.eu as it will allow us to continue investing in amazing content, launch new products and grow our revenues. Thanks to the team for their amazing work and for making that fundraising possible! And now, here’s the press release (link to the French and German press release after it):
September 18th 2017, The Berlin-based startup Labiotech.eu announces that it has raised a 6-figure seed-round from new lead investor Wille AG from Zurich and 3 new business angels, Indiana Capital, JOT-Berlin and Iduskia, as well as existing investors, WestTech Ventures and 3 previous business angels.
Labiotech.eu was founded three years ago and has grown rapidly, tripling its visitors, since the first fundraising 18 months ago. It now welcomes nearly 100k monthly visitors and counts five of the largest life sciences companies as customers. This makes it the largest biotech platform in Europe, propelled by a team of 14 biotech enthusiasts.
The whole team believes biotech is an industry that has an enormous impact on making the world a better place through the development of cutting-edge and life-saving technologies, and that biotech information is not as accessible as it should be. Labiotech.eu is a platform providing digital information on the biotech ecosystem and its players, with topics such as innovation, investments, partnerships, discoveries and more.
This new round of capital will support Labiotech.eu’s growth and offer the team more resources for the creation of content and the launch of new products for their readers and clients.
“We’re thankful to our existing and new investors for their belief in our mission and for helping us to change how people are informed about biotech,” said Philip Hemme and Joachim Eeckhout, founders of Labiotech.eu.
“The team at Labiotech.eu has impressed us in the last 18 months and we are very happy to continue to work with them to support their vision,” commented Alexander Koelpin, MD Partner WestTech Ventures.
First fundraising: https://tech.eu/brief/labiotech-seed-funding/
Why is one of the most successful biotech entrepreneur in Europe reading Labiotech.eu: https://labiotech.eu/curevac-ingmar-hoerr-reading-labiotech-eu/
German press release: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2i8mWAnWHqCdEV1azZjVTBQb28/
French press release: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2i8mWAnWHqCeEU3bmtFdG5kNDg/
Please feel free to reach out to me at philip-at-labiotech.eu if you need anything else 😉
Press Release: Antigua and Barbuda is now under a hurricane watch as weather officials keep an eye on Tropical …
Antigua and Barbuda is now under a hurricane watch as weather officials keep an eye on Tropical Storm Maria.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or
At 500 PM, the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 52.6 West. Maria is moving toward the west near 20 mph (31 km/h).
A slower west-northwest motion is expected during the next couple of days.
Additional strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and Maria is forecast to be a hurricane when it approaches the Leeward Islands early next week. Along with Antigua and Barbuda, a hurricane watch is also in place for St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat.
Residents of Antigua and Barbuda are advised to put hurricane preparations in place ahead of the weather system and stay tuned to the media for further updates.
Emergency supplies should include battery-operated radio, lamp, search light, extra batteries, canned and dry foods, water, special infant needs and adequate prescription medicine.
With regards to properties, board up or install shutters, secure doors, lower television and radio antennae, remove loose objects from the yard and patio, prune dead or dying trees, tie down any large objects that cannot be brought indoors. Also, store as much drinking water as possible in clean closed containers, keep your vehicle filled with gas and have extra cash on hand. Personal papers and other important documents should be stored in a waterproof container and kept nearby.
Residents are reminded that the hurricane season ends on November 30 and every effort should be made to be in a state of readiness at this time. – the end –
Storing money on a platform has been possible for a while with applications such as Paypal or Venmo, but there are still a lot of limitations when wanting to use it: fees when sending abroad or in another currency, delays when transferring to another account, no easy cash-back options.This problem is even more obvious with cryptocurrencies.
Even though there are several e-Money startups operating both with fiat and cryptocurrencies, there is none that offers a full range of banking services. Moreover, almost all of these projects haven’t been realized yet and everything they aim to accomplish isn’t likely to happen soon.
We can notice that unlike others the ESR Wallet payment provider is already the licensed issuer of electronic money, regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission.
ESR WALLET is building an e-wallet that enables to store, spend, transfer and invest crypto and other currencies. The startup answers the main needs of its future users :
Spending cryptocurrencies everywhere cards are accepted, online and in-store thanks to a physical card just like a VISA or MasterCard will be the first step. Changing cryptocurrencies into other 8 currencies and ability to use the ESR prepaid card in 120 countries easily and at the best fees, instantly exchanging money between wallet users through the app will be the next steps.
ESR Wallet takes it even further. Wallet users will also have the possibility to be issued credits in any cryptocurrencies, get cash back and open an investment portfolio managed by an experienced trader. The last step-trust management fund will be fully in place in August 2018.
ESR Wallet is an operating system founded by SERGEY SLASTIKHIN, former co-owner of Paytoo – an e-Money company that has been working in the US since 2005. He joins forces with talents such as Oleg Gerasimov, Arkady Khokhlov and Vitalii Kirillov –founders of the IT company Fast and Shine featured on Forbes’ Top TOP-25 of the best franchises.” The company implements IT solutions in the service sector.
TOKEN SALE :
ESR token is released on the basis of e-Token contract. The maximum quantity of 10,000,000 will be issued and all the unsold token will be destroyed after ICO.
Purchases will be possible through Orderbook widget on http://esrwallet.io/
1 ESR Token equals 10 dollars and the minimum investment is 1 ESR Token. Each investor who has bought more than 10 ESR token during PRE-ICO and ICO period will receive a free of charge personalized multi-currency prepaid card.
The cost of a token is reduced to 50% for the PRE_ICO period.
Payment procedure : “According to the Сharter, at the end of each quarter 30 percent of profit of the Payment and credit service ESR Wallet are transferred to specialized wallets, after which BTC, BCH, ETH, ZEC, DASH, LTC will be distributed among holders of ESR tokens according to the terms and conditions of the smart contract. Profit gained in USD and EUR will be converted at ESR Wallet market price as of the date of distribution of dividends in ETH and transferred to the relevant wallet.”
About ESR Wallet
ESR Wallet is developing a platform that will transform the cryptocurrency industry and create financial incentives for its users.
ESR’s mission is to develop universal wallet with a full range of bank services and 20% per annum rate for deposits in any cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency becoming a bigger part of the economy at a faster pace than expected, it is one’s first concern to be able to manage and spend money, as doing with USD, EUR and so on. Technology and finance are more than ever intrinsically linked and we won’t be able to move forward in the crypto-world without platforms such as ESR Wallet.
ESR has been advised by the brilliant ANDREY ZAMOVSKIY, founder of Ambisafe, who has been involved in the cryptocurrency development since its early beginning and OLEKSII MATIIASEVYCH, who helped to save $1,4 Mln worth of Ethers during the Parity Ethereum wallet Attack.
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Update 09/14/2017: This article has been updated with additional information from campus administration.
Milo Yiannopoulos confirmed Thursday a full list of speakers scheduled to appear at UC Berkeley during “Free Speech Week” from Sept. 24-27.
The organization originally intended to release the list of confirmed speakers slowly over a period of two weeks, but decided to release the entire list of names at once because reactions to the announcement of former White House chief strategist and Breitbart editor Steve Bannon’s confirmation were “so huge,” according to a press release issued Thursday by Yiannopoulos. Free Speech Week, a joint effort between Yiannopoulos and a conservative campus publication, The Berkeley Patriot, will encompass a variety of themes.
“Berkeley Free Speech Week will be an amazing experience for people of all viewpoints to come together in a festival environment and freely exchange ideas,” Yiannopoulos said in the press release.
The Berkeley Patriot, however, has been having some trouble confirming every speaker on the list, according to Berkeley Patriot news editor Pranav Jandhyala.
Yiannopoulos is scheduled to appear every single day. Other prominent speakers include Bannon; Ann Coulter, whose planned appearance at UC Berkeley fell through two days before; and right-wing InfoWars radio show host Mike Cernovich.
James Damore, the former Google employee who was fired recently for an internal memo mocking the company’s diversity policies, is also scheduled to speak on the second day, “Zuck 2020.”
According to campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof, however, the campus administration is currently unable to confirm a list of speakers. Only three of the speakers have contacted the campus or UCPD to make security arrangements, which is required for all campus events.
Additionally, rental fees for available indoor venues have not been paid, and no venue contracts have been signed.
“To date a number of key deadlines have been missed,” Mogulof said in an email. “While campus officials and venue managers are working diligently to assist the Berkeley Patriot group with its proposed events, the group’s failure to meet important deadlines is making it increasingly difficult to ensure a safe and secure program.”
Below is the list of speakers confirmed to speak on each day of the four-day-long event.
Sept. 24: “Feminism Awareness Day”
- Miss Elaine
- Lucian Wintrich
- Lisa DePasquale
- Chadwick Moore
- Milo Yiannopoulos
Sept. 25: “Zuck 2020”
- Heather Mac Donald
- Monica Crowley
- Professor Jordan Peterson
- James Damore
Sept. 26: “Islamic Peace and Tolerance Day”
- Michael Malice
- Raheem Kassam
- Katie Hopkins
- Erik Prince
- Pamela Geller
- David Horowitz
- Milo Yiannopoulos
Sept. 27: “Mario Savio is Dead”
- Mike Cernovich
- Charles Murray
- Ariana Rowlands
- Stelion Onufrei
- Alex Marlow
- Milo Yiannopoulos
- Steve Bannon
- Ann Coulter
The time and location of these events will be released next week, according to Yiannopoulos’s press office.
Contact Ashley Wong and Harini Shyamsundar at [email protected].
A previous version of this article may have implied that the entire speaker list is confirmed to appear on campus. In fact, campus administration and The Berkeley Patriot have not yet confirmed all of the speakers.
I’ve already had fisticuffs with some smart PR peeps about why I think press releases are useless. But it doesn’t matter what I think – companies will continue to issue press releases, often with ludicrous language that wouldn’t pass the smell test in an actual article – or human-to-human chat.
What better place to start with my awards than the absurd deluge of “Artificial Intelligence” announcements that are automagically transforming our quality of life, while adding massive profitability to the bottom line of every business that buys the shiny new toy dabbles in it – without any downside or ethical concerns worth mentioning?
Here are the rules of my competition:
- Head over to PRnewswire.com at 5:30 pm ET on Sept 15, 2017.
- Enter the search phrase “AI intelligence” (AI alone generates too many false positives).
- Evaluate the first twenty results for consideration. No company is excluded, no matter how large or how small, no matter their relationship, financially or otherwise, to diginomica.
I now present my finalists, in no particular order. To ensure I don’t give in to the cement shoes of total cynicism, I will also include, in the last section, a few decently-executed press releases also.
The finalists – don’t throw your AI hype festival without them!
AI in Fintech Market Worth 7,305.6 Million USD by 2022
snark: looking forward to counting my millions in 2022!
award qualifications: no one writes a better report title than these folks! Looking forward to getting my hands on their new market research report:
“AI in Fintech Market by Component (Solution, Service), Application Area (Virtual Assistant, Business Analytics Reporting, Customer Behavioral Analytics), Deployment Mode (Cloud, On-Premises), and Region – Global forecast to 2022″
bonus points: nice mentions of “proactive collaboration” and “flagship competitive intelligence” (I hate non-proactive collaboration).
Wolters Kluwer Introduces AI-Powered Predictive Analytics to Federal Developments Knowledge Center
from: Wolters Kluwer
snark: it’s always a bummer when your predictive analytics aren’t AI-powered….
award qualifications: ecological metaphor:
The new features are the latest in what has been a continual stream of innovation and harnessing of analytics and AI across several Wolters Kluwer product lines.
But what happens when that stream becomes a river?
bonus points: for continually leveraging the branded synergies:
We are continuously searching for ways to put cutting edge technology – integrated with our rich content expertise – into the hands of our customers.
CloudMinds Shines at MWCA 2017 with Cloud-based Intelligence
snark: we’ll have to take your word for that.
award qualifications: energizing us with visions.
“Populate thousands of households with household robots in the coming decade” – this has been a vision of CloudMinds.
Umm – why? Maybe next time explain why we need thousands of household robots.
bonus points: How the heck did they get this phrase onto the forklift?
Cloud-connected intelligent robots based on large-scale neural networks, sophisticated algorithms and a lot of training by fusing artificial intelligence and machine intelligence to achieve cloud-based autonomous deep learning
Did I hear a bingo???
IBM and IBC Report: Increased Viewing of Mobile Video Content is Driving Consumer Demand for Better Content Experiences
snark: you say that like it’s a good thing.
award qualifications: more ecology:
Today, the explosive growth of new digital content available via online video distribution networks such as YouTube competes directly with traditional broadcasting creating a new connected landscape with data at the center.
That’s one landscape I hope to never see on a gallery wall.
bonus points: “Digital video consumption is viral” – thanks for that. #trenchant
p.s. looking forward to working with you to “deliver audience-tailored services in the moment.”
p.p.s. somewhere in here is a useful study with data points.
Deloitte announces record revenue of US$38.8 billion
snark: re: “building tomorrow’s workforce, today” – not everything you write on the back of a napkin should leave the bar.
award qualifications: pass the hubris:
Deloitte professionals represent the workforce of the future: top talent with different life experiences, viewpoints and skill sets,” said Renjen. “In creating an inclusive, collaborative, purpose-led culture, we inspire our people to make an impact that matters for each other, our highly diverse and sophisticated client base, and society.”
I’m just glad that the culture is collaborative because it really bugs me when inclusive, purpose-led cultures lack collaboration. By the way, what is the purpose?
p.s. does Deloitte have a separate division for unsophisticated clients, or was that Touche?
bonus points: Do the “incredible efforts underway” include whoever wrote this?
Developing integrated cloud based solutions that, among other things, will leverage advanced machine learning techniques, natural language processing, and graph-based algorithms on big data to enable cognitive and predictive capabilities.
Looking forward to that…
p.p.s. I liked the quote at the end about preparing millions of people for the new economy, maybe push that up top next time. Sounds almost like a purpose!
Finally, a competition where being excluded is a good thing. Here’s a few announcements that weren’t half-bad, or at least, not horrible.
- Zendrive Names the Most Dangerous and Safest Schools in the U.S., Deploys AI to Analyze Riskiest – maybe a bit heavy-handed on the “kids are the most vulnerable to car accidents” stuff, but overall, a data-filled release that avoids hyperbole.
- Personetics Enables Canadian Bank to Deliver AI-powered Financial Guidance and Automated Savings – I prefer stories of customer results over upcoming projects, but this is a straightforward view of upcoming services.
- CRU: Made in China 2025 – Quality in Quantity – reads almost like a short article, explaining why the info matters and then detailing some useful and intriguing stats on why China will disrupt global commodity markets.
- CrowdFlower Announces First Round Winners of $1 Million AI For Everyone Challenge – getting attention by funding worthwhile competitions. No pompous mentions of “purpose-driven” – too busy pursuing their purpose, I guess.
That’s a wrap. Maybe next time around I’ll do… blockchain?
Image credit – Award. © BillionPhotos.com – Fotolia.com
MIAMI, Sept. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — “With our wholly owned Cannabis Payment Solutions company and the technology we have procured, we will aggressively look to acquire several MJ properties over the next 60 days in all aspects of the cannabis industry with a minimum of $1 million of our recently qualified Reg A filing,” stated SNM Global (OTC:SNMN) CEO Troy Lowman. “We will emphasize making inroads in the wide open East Coast markets and potential cutting-edge properties in the sector. We have target acquisitions already and are searching for more.”
Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements: This news release includes forward-looking statements. While these statements are made to convey to the public the company’s progress, business opportunities and growth prospects, readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements represent management’s opinion. Whereas management believes such representations to be true and accurate based on information and data available to the company at this time, actual results may differ materially from those described. The Company’s operations and business prospects are always subject to risk and uncertainties. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ are and will be set forth in the company’s periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Troy Lowman, CEO
Source: SNM Global Holdings
In its first ‘press release’ on white supremacy, black conservative group condemns ESPN’s Jemele Hill
An ESPN host calling President Trump a white supremacist led a group of black conservatives to do something they’ve never done before: issue a news release about white supremacy.
ESPN found itself in another political controversy this week after SportsCenter host Jemele Hill called Trump a white supremacist in a series of tweets. Hill’s comments were a part of a Twitter conversation Monday about an article on musician and potential U.S. Senate candidate Kid Rock’s frustration with being labeled a racist, in part because he favors the Confederate flag.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Hill’s comments “outrageous” and “a fireable offense” on Wednesday.
Project 21, a group of black conservatives sponsored by the 35-year-old National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank, continued the backlash against Hill in a news release.
Here’s a bit of what some of the group’s members said.
Political consultant Richard Holt: “Her outbursts seem nothing more than the epitome of the racism she so ardently seeks to call out. … Ms. Hill’s comments harm the cases of Americans who have been victims of actual racism and keep us from moving into a post-racial society. Has the fight for civil rights and full emancipation for blacks in America been so successful that we have nothing left to do but malign white conservatives for their political views?”
Move-On-Up.org co-founder Christopher Arps: “It’s fortunate for Ms. Hill that she is in a triple-protected group in this country. She is African American, she is female and she is liberal. Anyone else making similar inflammatory comments would have been immediately suspended and — of course — later terminated. … What she did, and the network’s failure to adequately address it, further harms a network suffering a loss of viewers like me who are tired of the rampant political bias.”
Community activist Nadra Enzi: “Jemele Hill’s dog whistle blew a deafening twitter crescendo that unsurprisingly echoes Hillary Clinton’s denunciation of her loss as proof of lurking white nationalism. … It seems to be yet another shot of adrenaline for liberals still catatonic over President Trump’s victory.”
Anyone paying attention to the criticism of Trump over Charlottesville and his record on race preceding it knows that Hill is not an outlier. Even some white supremacists think the president shares the values of white supremacists.
And with 64 percent of Americans saying white supremacists pose a threat to the United States, some have questioned whether the president will ever understand the concerns of black Americans like Hill and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the black conservative lawmaker who met with the president Wednesday to educate him on the plight of black Americans under his administration.
A spokesman for the National Center for Public Policy Research said that many Project 21 members have commented on white supremacy in the past month, but the group’s statement condemning Hill was “the first time we have addressed the issue in a press release format.”
Hill’s tweets weren’t the first time white supremacy has made national news in the past year. Here are some recent events where the group did not issue a news release:
1. The official newspaper of the KKK endorsing Trump during the 2016 election
“While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made America great in the first place?’ ” the article says. “The short answer to that is simple. America was great not because of what our forefathers did — but because of who our forefathers were.
“America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great,” the group added.
2. White supremacist David Duke reminding the president who helped elect him
The former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard tweeted this after the president condemned the violence at the Charlottesville rally.
I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists. https://t.co/Rkfs7O2Ykr
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) August 12, 2017
Duke later praised the president after Trump made a follow-up statement in which he said there was blame on both sides.
3. The Senate’s resolution condemning white supremacists
The Senate by unanimous consent passed a resolution calling on the Trump administration to “use all available resources to improve data collection on hate crimes and to work in a coordinated way to address the growing prevalence of hate groups.”
When asked why the center did not issue a news release on any issue related to white supremacy before the Hill incident, a spokesman said:
“We are a nonprofit, and we do not make statements during campaigns that might prejudice someone to vote for or against a candidate. In the aftermath of Charlottesville, we were already fielding interviews and thus didn’t put out a release.”
Most people — including some Project 21 members — believe Hill is entitled to her opinion. But some might find it surprising — and even unhelpful — that the first time a group of black conservatives interested in public policy decided to issue a news release about white supremacy, they focused on a sports anchor.
When asked why the organization had not sent a news release on white supremacy before the Hill incident, a spokesman responded:
“When has white supremacy been a front-page topic in the past 20 years?”
I think most Americans could give a few examples.
After all, nearly 6 in 10 voters believe that the person that has encouraged white supremacists is Trump.
Pot puns are always a hit (see what we did there?). We just don’t always expect them from an 83-year-old Mormon who happens to be a Republican senator.
But Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday provided the laughs we all needed with a double-entendre laden news release announcing the introduction of a bill that would boost research into medical marijuana. “It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana,” Hatch said in the release. Get it? High?
One wacky-weed joke might seem restrained enough. But the creativity of the news-release author apparently knew no bounds. More Hatch quotes: “To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.”
Someone is apparently having fun with a standard-issue bill announcement. The concluding quote from Hatch repeats the “high” reference, but no matter. “I have high hopes that this bipartisan initiative can be a kumbaya moment for both parties.”
Spokesman Matt Whitlock credited the laughs to Hatch’s surprisingly impish sense of humor. “While this is a serious bill dealing with serious issues, particularly in Utah, he felt that the best way to ensure it received the attention required for a thorough and robust debate was with a bit of good-natured humor, similar to that of his social media platforms.”
Too bad he didn’t send it out at 4:20.
Read the news release here.
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