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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Tech Team Receives National Ranking for Best Hospital IT Department

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The Children's Hospital Los AngelesLos Angeles. Whether repairing a doctor’s iPhone or setting up a massive, secure networking infrastructure in multiple locations across the nation’s second largest metropolitan area, the Information Services (IS) Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is up to the task. It’s the reason CHLA’s IS team is ranked this year as one of the nation’s Best Hospital IT Departments by Healthcare IT News. These awards, published annually by the magazine, are an employee-driven benchmark recognizing how well hospitals and health systems integrate and innovate technology to support physicians and hospital staff in providing the best care possible.”I’m so proud of our team and what they’ve been able to accomplish – and I’m even more excited for the amazing IT projects underway,” says Steve Garske, PhD, CHLA senior vice president and chief information officer. “This award affirms our goal that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles be a leader in the health care technology sphere, and the best part is knowing that programs we implement will dramatically impact our patients, their families, and our amazing caregivers. Our IT team is the best in the country – this is because we live our mission every day to create hope and build healthier futures for our children.”In particular, Healthcare IT News highlighted a few of CHLA’s implementation goals for the year ahead:A first-in-the-nation deployment of the Cerner Oncology platform, integrating the department’s health records and even allowing doctors to electronically write complex pharmacy orders for chemotherapy.
A goal to attain Stage 7, the highest level, on the HIMSS Electronic Medical Records Adoption model, the industry gold standard for how health care institutions adopt and utilize digital record keeping tools. Rolling out a 24/7 internal mobile app that facilitates staff communication with the IS team and between hospital divisions. Also recognized – the IS team’s work integrating CHLA’s technology infrastructure with the new CHLA Health Network, an association connecting more than 100 community pediatricians and pediatric specialists throughout Los Angeles County with the hospital’s care delivery model for infants, children and young adults. Part of that implementation includes ambitious projects to improve digital health models and telemedicine, even one day creating a “virtual los angeleschannel” for children and families to engage doctors even if they’re not physically able to come to CHLA’s main campus or outpatient centers.”We’re a mission-driven organization,” said Dave Abbott, CHLA’s vice president of IT operations. “We have laid a strategy for the next three to five years: technology, process, people, and how it all works together. Whether we’re expanding the CHLA Health Network for the Los Angeles area and beyond, or developing better inpatient entertainment systems right here at the hospital so kids have richer content to access, our team is really moving the needle for CHLA.”This year, employees from 91 different hospitals filled out anonymous Best Hospital IT Department surveys, which measured workplace satisfaction on factors like day-to-day experience; workplace culture; senior management and leadership; professional development opportunities; pay and benefits; and more, according to Healthcare IT News, who says more than 3,300 hospital IT employees took part.
From these results, Healthcare IT News and research partner HIMSS Analytics awarded Best Hospital IT Department status to the top five hospitals in each of four size categories based on the size of the IT team. CHLA was awarded ranking in the “super” category (200+ employees).

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Randy Horn Appointed to 5Star Life Board of Directors

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new yorkNew York. The 5Star Life Insurance Company today announced that Randy Horn has been appointed to its Board of Directors effective January 1, 2018.Horn has enjoyed a highly successful career in the financial services industry, with extensive leadership experience in the worksite market, which is a strategic focus for 5Star Life.“I am excited to welcome Randy Horn to our board of directors. His deep experience in life insurance and other worksite benefits will be a great asset to our organization,” said General Ed Eberhart, USAF (Ret.), Chairman of 5Star Life.Horn brings 40 years of life insurance experience, in particular, in the group and worksite benefits arena. Horn retired from Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company after serving as CEO and president for 11 years where he held responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the voluntary benefits company. Prior to that, Horn worked for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company for a span of 27 years where he held multiple roles of increasing responsibility. Before leaving, he had management responsibility for all functions including sales and marketing for a 2,800-employee business unit focused on individual life, health, and investment products. Horn has served on the boards of various non-profits in the Omaha, Nebraska area.“I am pleased to join the 5Star Life board of directors and look forward to working with the management team to achieve its strategic objectives in the worksite market and helping this outstanding organization continue to grow and prosper,” said Horn.5Star Life President, Mark Singleton stated that “Randy Horn’s expertise and leadership will be invaluable as we build upon our positive, growing position in the market and focus more of our resources on providing financial protection solutions in the workplace.”

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Broward Health Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

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Dr_Andrew_K_TaAs CMO and a member of the senior leadership team, Dr. Ta will serve as a business and clinical strategist responsible for the overall direction and coordination of medical affairs system-wide.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Ta join our executive team as he has the right combination of skills to serve as our chief medical officer,” said Beverly Capasso, interim president and CEO of Broward Health. “He has both the practical experience of an attending physician and the business acumen to lead Broward Health and its medical team into the future.”A physician executive with more than 12 years of leadership experience, Dr. Ta has served as chief medical officer for Florida International University’s College of Medicine, associate chief medical officer at Jackson Medical Group and Physician Services, and as an attending physician at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.
Most recently, Dr. Ta was with South Miami CritiCare Inc. as an attending physician for West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s Emergency Department, and served as a physician clinical reviewer for NIA Magellan Health overseeing utilization, productivity and quality review.Dr. Ta holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Dallas and a Doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center. He later completed his emergency medicine residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Ta also earned an MBA in health care administration from the University of Miami, is a certified physician executive and fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. (photo: Dr_Andrew_K_Ta)

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CES 2018 Announces 5G Mobile Innovation Keynote

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amazonThe Consumer Technology Association (CTA), owner and producer of CES®, today announced its 5G Mobile Innovation keynote. The keynote will be moderated by SDxCentral Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek and feature Baidu Vice Chairman, Group President and COO Dr. Qi Lu; Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Executive Vice President and Qualcomm QCT President Cristiano R. Amon; and Verizon EVP, President of Global Networks and CTO Hans Vestberg.The keynote titled Mobile Innovation – How 5G Will Enable the Future, will focus on innovations which will be enabled by a successful global roll-out of 5G networks, such as: self-driving vehicles, breakthroughs in health care and smart cities, AR/VR applications for commercial and consumer use, content and entertainment opportunities, IoT data applications and more. This keynote will take place at 10 AM Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at the Venetian Palazzo Ballroom.“CES is where the entire connected, mobile ecosystem comes together. The impact of 5G is groundbreaking and will accelerate innovation in all of the technologies we showcase at CES, from smart home and appliances, drones and robotics to self-driving vehicles and smart city technologies,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CTA. “CES is at the forefront of showcasing how the future of connectivity is extending beyond the mobile industry. This combination of communication industry leaders joining forces on the CES keynote stage, will present us with a global perspective into how 5G is catalyzing growth and binding together our physical and digital worlds.” CES 2018 is the global stage for innovation and will run from Jan. 9-12, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nev. Please check the CES Keynote page regularly for updates on the keynote schedule. (photo: amazon)

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Affiliate of Sun Capital Partners to Sell Aclara

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Sun Capital Partners, Inc. (“Sun Capital”), a leading private investment firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and investments in market-leading companies, today announced that an affiliate has signed a definitive agreement to sell Aclara Technologies LLC (“Aclara” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of smart infrastructure solutions for utilities, to Hubbell Power Systems, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE: HUBB). The agreement establishes a purchase price of $1.1 billion for the Company. Headquartered in St. Louis, Aclara is a worldwide supplier of smart meters and other field devices, advanced metering infrastructure and software and services to more than 800 water, gas, and electric utilities. Aclara enables utilities to predict and respond to conditions, leverage their distribution networks effectively, and engage with their customers.“We’re extremely proud that we were able to grow and transform Aclara by applying our deep experience in building market-leading businesses from corporate carve-outs,” said Marc Leder, Co-CEO at Sun Capital. “During our investment period, we were able to invest in and improve the business while also quadrupling EBITDA. We are confident Aclara is poised for continuing success under its new owner.”
Sun Capital launched Aclara as an independent business when its affiliate acquired the Company from a corporate parent in 2014. Since then, Aclara has grown and improved its market position through a series of operational enhancements, as well as four add-on acquisitions of complementary businesses that were also carve-outs from corporate parents.“Aclara is a great example of how we apply the Sun Transformation System to build companies and create value,” said Daniel Florian, Managing Director at Sun Capital. “At Aclara, we were able to build a world-class management team led by Allan Connolly, improve procurement, and, most importantly, make significant investments in R&D. Development of new products and capabilities increased Aclara’s addressable market five-fold, and resulted in a robust backlog of contracted sales of approximately $1 billion.”Sun Capital has strong experience in industrial businesses through current and recent affiliated portfolio companies including Robertshaw, a leading design, engineering and manufacturing company that sells critical components and control systems used to regulate all major functions of white good appliances, and ThermaSys Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of engineered copper, brass and aluminum heat exchanger components and assemblies.

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Envestnet to Present at the 20th Annual ICR Conference

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orlando-floridaOrlando. Envestnet, Inc. (NYSE: ENV), today announced that the Company will be presenting at 20th Annual ICR Conference on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL. The presentation will begin at 2:30PM ET.
Envestnet, Inc. (NYSE: ENV) is a leading provider of intelligent systems for wealth management and financial wellness. Envestnet’s unified technology enhances advisor productivity and strengthens the wealth management process. Envestnet empowers enterprises and advisors to more fully understand their clients and deliver better outcomes.Envestnet enables financial advisors to better manage client outcomes and strengthen their practices. Institutional-quality research and advanced portfolio solutions are provided through Envestnet | PMC, our Portfolio Management Consultants group. Envestnet | Yodlee is a leading data aggregation and data analytics platform powering dynamic, cloud-based innovation for digital financial services. Envestnet | Tamarac provides leading rebalancing, reporting, and practice management software for advisors. Envestnet | Retirement Solutions provides retirement advisors with an integrated platform that combines leading practice management technology, research and due diligence, data aggregation, compliance tools, fiduciary solutions and intelligent managed account solutions. More than 59,000 advisors and 2,900 companies including: 16 of the 20 largest U.S. banks, 39 of the 50 largest wealth management and brokerage firms, over 500 of the largest Registered Investment Advisers, and hundreds of Internet services companies, leverage Envestnet technology and services. Envestnet solutions enhance knowledge of the client, accelerate client on-boarding, improve client digital experiences, and help drive better outcomes for enterprises, advisors, and their clients.

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Eone-Diagnomics Genome Center (EDGC) Attracts Investment from Lock & Lock Chairman, Kim Joon-il

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Hong Kong. Eone-Diagnomics Genome Center (EDGC), a global genetic analysis company, announced that it has raised private equity investment from Kim Joon-il, the Chairman of Lock & Lock.Chairman Kim founded Lock & Lock in 1978, and it has since grown into a global kitchenware company, exporting to more than 100 countries around the world. In August 2017, Kim decided to sell his entire stake to Hong Kong private equity firm Affinity Equity Partners. Kim, as his first reinvestment of proceeds from the sale of his Lock & Lock’s stake, has chosen to make an investment in EDGC. He firmly believes in EDGC’s potential to lead the 4th industrial revolution through its technology.
EDGC provides customized medical services based both on next generation sequencing (NGS) and genotyping techniques along with cutting-edge genome analysis. It continues to develop new medical products and services, including early-onset cancer diagnosis (gene2me™Plus), non-invasive prenatal test (NICE®), newborn genetic screening (bebegene®), ophthalmologic genetic screening (myeyegene™), and direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing (gene2me™). In recent years, EDGC has applied machine learning-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to its non-invasive prenatal testing NICE®. In the field of liquid biopsy, EDGC is currently conducting clinical trials with major domestic universities and hospitals.EDGC’s rapid growth and market-generating ability have attracted the attention of domestic and international industries. It has been included as the only Asian company in Illumina’s Global Screening Array (GSA), the largest international genomics consortium in the world; the initial customer includes human disease researchers at The Broad Institute, Sanford Health and UCLA Health System and consumer genomics company 23andMe.”As we have attracted significant investment, we will continue to contribute to improvement of health and happiness of the world,” said Shang Cheol Shin, CEO of EDGC.Kim Joon-il added, “As the first step of reinvesting the stake in Lock & Lock, we have made an effort to select the investment destination more strictly. I am convinced that EDGC technology advances every facet of life and will continue to permeate various industrial sectors.”

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White Oak Healthcare Finance Provides $60 Million for DW Healthcare Partners’ Acquisition of SoClean

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White Oak Healthcare Finance, LLC (“WOHCF”) today announced it acted as sole lead arranger and administrative agent on the funding of a $60 million senior credit facility to finance the acquisition of SoClean Inc. (“SoClean”) by DW Healthcare Partners. SoClean is the only provider of fully automated cleaning devices for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (“CPAP”) machines. CPAPs are used to improve health outcomes for those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
“SoClean has developed a patented and proprietary device that is the only fully automated cleaning device on the market,” said WOHCF’s Managing Director and Partner, Isaac Soleimani. “SoClean provides an effective solution to an otherwise burdensome, but necessary, cleaning process for CPAP equipment.”
SoClean cleaning devices sanitize the CPAP mask, hose and reservoir without the need for disassembly, water or chemicals. Improperly cleaned CPAP equipment is filled with harmful bacteria and germs that could make people sick when breathed into their body. Unlike the traditional soap and water cleaning approach, SoClean’s natural approach to CPAP sanitizing kills 99.9% of bacteria and germs, which leads to a healthier breathing experience. For more information, visit http://www.soclean.com.

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ETF Managers Group Announces MJX Live for Trading on the NYSE

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washingtonWashington. ETF Managers Group LLC (“ETFMG”) announced today that MJX, the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF is live and available for trading on the NYSE Arca. This fund is one of the first of its kind available to U.S. investors allowing them access to a unique sector in this rapidly evolving market. MJX is designed to replicate the Prime Alternative Harvest Index, which tracks companies likely to benefit from the increasing global acceptance of various uses of the cannabis plant. This includes treatments from innovative medicinal breakthroughs involving the plant’s unique properties – the result of years of significant research by the global biotech and pharmaceutical community.Sam Masucci, Founder & CEO of ETF Managers Group said: “As an ETF issuer we are excited about opportunities for innovation, the chance to give investors exposure to new markets and doing our part to impact the continued evolution of the ETF industry by meeting the appetite of investor interest.”The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the total return performance of the Prime Alternative Harvest Index. For more information on the Fund please visit: http://www.MJXetf.com.Effectives changed to the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF, ticker symbol: MJX. The Fund’s underlying index has been changed to the Prime Alternative Harvest Index which is provided by Prime Indexes and will be calculated by Solactive AG. Information about the index can be found by visiting http://www.primeindexes.com.

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Anthem HealthKeepers Provides Information for Virginians Impacted by Department of Medical Assistance Services’

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Anthem Health Keepers (Anthem) is advising more than 23,000 Virginians that on December 31, 2017 the State of Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services is terminating its Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP) program designed for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Virginians who currently have health insurance coverage through these plans should act quickly to gain information about available plans and choose a health plan for 2018. Consumers should select a new health plan before December 31, 2017, or they will automatically be enrolled in a plan which may not be optimal for their needs.“Anthem is committed to helping consumers who are impacted by the state’s decision and assist them in evaluating their health needs and find new options for health insurance coverage,” said Thomas Wilfong, Vice President, Dual Eligible Programs at Anthem. “We have Anthem associates who are available by phone to explain this change in coverage to consumers, walk them through options, and help them make choices that will meet their health needs.”DMAS, with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, started the MMP program as a pilot to test different ways to better coordinate health care delivery for people who receive health benefits from both Medicare and Medicaid – individuals commonly referred to as dual-eligibles. While DMAS oversaw MMP availability, the MMPs were operated by private insurance companies, such as Anthem HealthKeepers.Anthem HealthKeepers MMP members can call Anthem at 1-855-548-2647 (TTY 711) or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or TTY 1-877-486-2048. Enrollees of MMPs operated by other insurers can call health plan, Anthem, or CMS to discuss their health insurance options for 2018.

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Soliris® (Eculizumab) Receives Marketing Authorization in Japan for the Treatment of Patients with Generalized Myasthenia Gravis

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Tokyo. Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN) announced today that the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan has approved Soliris® (eculizumab) as a treatment for patients with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) who are anti-acetylcholine receptor (AChR) antibody-positive and whose symptoms are difficult to control with high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy or plasmapheresis (PLEX). Soliris is the first and only complement inhibitor approved in Japan as a treatment for these patients. In the Phase 3 REGAIN study and its ongoing open-label extension study, Soliris detokyo-japanmonstrated treatment benefits for patients with anti-AChR antibody-positive gMG who had previously failed immunosuppressive treatment and continued to suffer from significant unresolved disease symptoms, which can include difficulties seeing, walking, talking, swallowing and breathing.1,2,3 These patients are at an increased risk of disease exacerbations and crises that may require hospitalization and intensive care and may be life-threatening.4,5“Soliris represents an important treatment advance for patients in Japan with anti-AChR antibody-positive gMG who continue to suffer from significant unresolved disease symptoms despite existing treatment options,” said John Orloff, M.D., Executive Vice President and Head of Research & Development at Alexion. “We are proud that these patients will be able to benefit from our deep understanding of complement biology, which allowed us to develop Soliris as treatment for this debilitating neuromuscular disorder.”Chronic uncontrolled activation of the complement system, a part of the immune system, plays a major role in the debilitating symptoms and potentially life-threatening complications for patients with gMG who are anti-AChR antibody-positive.6,7,8 By selectively and effectively inhibiting the terminal complement cascade, Soliris targets a critical underlying cause of the disease.“It is exciting that patients with gMG in Japan whose symptoms are difficult to control will now have a new treatment option,” said Professor and Chairman Hiroyuki Murai, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Neurology at the International University of Health and Welfare, School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan and an investigator in the clinical development of this new indication. “I am pleased that the Ministry appreciated the ability of Soliris to improve patients’ symptoms, their ability to carry out activities of daily living and their quality of life.”“This approval is great news for patients with gMG in Japan who fail to adequately respond to existing therapies and continue to face significant disease symptoms,” said Michiyo Sakurai, President of the Japanese Myasthenia Gravis Association, Kyoto, Japan. “The inability to carry out activities of daily living can be very debilitating and frustrating for these patients and their families and friends. They welcome this new therapy option and the hope that it provides to them.”Japan’s MHLW based its approval of this new indication of Soliris on comprehensive clinical data from the Phase 3, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter REGAIN study (ECU-MG-301).Soliris is also approved in the EU for the treatment of refractory gMG in adults who are anti-AChR antibody-positive, and in the U.S. for the treatment of adult patients with gMG who are anti-AchR antibody-positive.

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HyperX Ready to Play, Mavs Gaming NBA 2K Team Announced

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HyperXHyperX®, the gaming division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., is preparing for the upcoming NBA 2K18 season with the newly named Dallas Mavericks Mavs Gaming team. On December 12, the NBA announced the names of all 17 teams including Mavs Gaming. HyperX recently announced they are the official gaming headset of Mavs Gaming, and now the partnership begins as the league prepares for competition to begin in May. The Mavs Gaming team will be comprised of five players who make it through qualifying in January, tryouts in February and chosen through the NBA 2K League draft held in March. As a team, they will be using HyperX gaming headsets while practicing together and during NBA 2K tournament action.“It’s is an exciting time in the NBA with the NBA 2K league becoming an extension of the Mavericks and bringing a new brand of basketball entertainment to Dallas and to NBA fans around the world,” said Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. “HyperX has a global gaming fan base and we see the fan base for basketball growing faster than any other professional league and NBA 2K will bring these enthusiastic gaming fans into arenas to watch and experience NBA 2K.”“I am eager to start working with HyperX and the amazing team that brings years of knowledge and experience to our new NBA 2K League team. With last week’s launch of the #NBA2KLEAGUE brands, we couldn’t be more excited to present Mavs Gaming and get started on the tryout process,” said new Mavs gaming manager Roger Caneda. “HyperX gaming headsets play a valuable part in the training with players, hearing their teammates and game play clearly and accurately, and leading to a winning advantage.”Over the next few months, the NBA 2K league will be holding qualifiers and the best 85 players will be brought together to be part of the inaugural NBA 2K draft. Players that get picked by Mavs Gaming will live in team housing in the Dallas area where they will practice together and wear HyperX gaming headsets to enhance their player experiences.“The NBA and Mavs Gaming are at the forefront of an incredible new venture in eSports and entertainment,” said Dustin Illingworth, HyperX influencer marketing manager. “We’re thrilled to be bringing the Dallas Mavericks and Mavs Gaming into the HyperX family, delivering award-winning sound and comfort to NBA 2K gamers here and abroad.” (photo: HyperX)

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SkyPan Urges New Holiday Drone Owners to Read Instructions and Register with FAA

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droniSkyPan International, a company that offers innovative aerial robotic systems that serve the construction and real estate industries, urges everyone who received a drone as a holiday gift to do two simple things before operating the drone for the first time: Read the instructions that come in the package, and register the drone online with the FAA.New drone owners must register before operating the drone for the first time – that is an FAA rule. As SkyPan notes, “it is so easy to register online, and registration is required by law, so you might as well do so right away, so it does not slip your mind.” The link to online registration is https://registermyuas.faa.gov. “When you register, you can also access informational materials that lay out some basic operational requirements.”New drone owners, before operating the drone for the first time, should read the instructions that are included in the package. As SkyPan explains, “Not all drones are alike. You need to know how to control its height, its speed, and its direction. Although the FAA does not require any flight training for model aircraft operators, we strongly believe you should learn how to control your drone on your own property or on a vacant lot. Your safety and the safety of your family, friends, and neighbors depends on how you operate the drone.”SkyPan notes that recreational drone operators who do not meet the requirements for model aircraft operators are subject to FAA rules in Part 107. Thus, SkyPan also encourages all operators to carefully read Part 107, to understand its requirements and limitations, and to seek guidance from the FAA if they have any questions.

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Scuola: Diplomati magistrale, in vista delle elezioni primaverili la politica si scontra sul loro destino e sui numeri

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consiglio di statoTutti cercano, si impegnano e promettono una soluzione per i maestri condannati a vita a fare i precari. Cresce l’incertezza sul numero effettivo dei coinvolti: sarebbero 5mila per il Pd, 50mila per la Lega, 1.474.000 per l’avvocatura dello Stato. Intanto, cresce il malcontento per l’esito della plenaria emesso la scorsa settimana: subito dopo le festività di fine anno, l’8 gennaio, diverse scuole dell’infanzia e della primaria potrebbero non riprendere le lezioni per l’astensione dei docenti abilitati esclusi dalla recente sentenza del Consiglio di Stato che ha rinnegato se stesso ed escluso migliaia di precari dall’accesso al ruolo. Viene da chiedersi dove fossero tutti questi benpensanti alla vigilia della Plenaria, quando la politica e non solo davano addosso a questa categoria di precari.Marcello Pacifico (Anief-Cisal): La soluzione c’è e c’è sempre stata, ma prima nessuno voleva trovarla. Con lo sciopero di inizio anno, vogliamo dimostrare che, senza i precari, le scuole resteranno chiuse: perché i diplomati magistrale e tutti i docenti abilitati che non hanno accesso a nessuna graduatoria per il ruolo non tornino ad essere dei fantasmi, numeri da giocare o da tirar fuori all’occorrenza, ma insegnanti a cui ridare dignità e riconoscere rispetto per la professionalità e l’amore per il proprio lavoro che hanno dimostrato e dimostrano ogni giorno e non da ieri, ma da anni. Nel frattempo, il giovane sindacato ha aperto le procedure di preadesione al ricorso gratuito dei docenti diplomati magistrale alla CEDU e quelle per inviare una petizione alla Commissione del Parlamento Europeo. Il sindacato, inoltre, sta predisponendo un reclamo collettivo al Consiglio d’Europa.

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La vernice che aiuta l’ambiente

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Group_AndreaPanicciaGroup_AndreaPaniccia1Civitanova Marche. Stop al petrolio, taglio delle emissioni di anidride carbonica e attenzione alla salute delle persone. Sono gli obiettivi raggiunti dall’azienda marchigiana ICA Group che, dopo tre anni di ricerche, ha realizzato un prodotto che rivoluziona il mondo della chimica. Arrivano sul mercato le vernici bio, a base d’acqua, che utilizzano materie prime provenienti da materiali di riciclo e con fasi di produzione di minore impatto ambientale.
Sono prodotte con materie prime rinnovabili atossiche ed ecologiche (acqua più resina bio), con un ridottissimo contenuto di VOC (composti organici volatili) e il cui ciclo di produzione riduce drasticamente le emissioni di CO2. Ognuno di noi dovrebbe misurare le azioni da compiere per ridurre il proprio impatto ambientale e l’azienda civitanovese della famiglia Paniccia ha accettato questa sfida, creando una rete virtuosa che rende il prodotto più sostenibile rispetto a quelli derivati dal petrolio, grazie all’utilizzo di fonti rinnovabili.
Il risultato rappresenta un passo importante per la corsa che il nostro pianeta sta facendo per fermare Group_AndreaPaniccia2il riscaldamento globale, ed evitare l’estendersi di aree aride e lo scioglimento dei ghiacciai. Mille kg della vernice bio per arredi interni – Iridea bio – permette di tagliare 300 kg di CO2, ovvero l’equivalente dell’anidride carbonica emessa da un’auto che percorre 2521 km. Verniciare ad esempio un armadio permette di risparmiare le emissioni di 340 km percorsi dalla macchina, come la distanza tra Roma e Reggio Emilia. La sua “sorella” – Arborea bio – per arredi esterni arriva addirittura a ridurre 530 kg di emissioni con lo stesso quantitativo (1000 kg), in pratica 4454 km percorsi da una vettura.
Le nuove vernici bio per interni e per esterni sono state applicate ad aVOID, la prima abitazione mobile tutta italiana. Creata da Leonardo Di Chiara, architetto e ingegnere ventiseienne di Pesaro, è esposta a Berlino, all’interno del Museo del Design fino a marzo 2018. Il prodotto ICA è stato scelto per abbellire e proteggere tutte le parti in legno della tiny house perché in linea con la sostenibilità ambientale e la componente innovativa del progetto.
Nel mondo dell’arredo per interni sono sempre più numerose le aziende interessate a creare una nuova collezione, con la vernice bio. Per il 2018 sono annunciati i primi mobili in commercio. (foto: Group_AndreaPaniccia)

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Convegno Bonaventura da Bagnoregio nella posterità: traduzioni, riusi e problemi aperti

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antonianoRoma lunedì 15 a martedì 16 gennaio 2018 aula magna via Merulana 124, in occasione della Festa del Gran Cancelliere e della Pontificia Università Antonianum si terrà il convegno Bonaventura da Bagnoregio nella posterità: traduzioni, riusi e problemi aperti organizzato con il sostegno di Città Nuova Editrice.
Nel corso della sessione di lunedì, a partire dalle ore 15:00, dopo le parole di saluto del prof. Agustín Hernández, Vicerettore della Pontificia Università Antonianum, interverranno i proff. Barbara Faes, Per una storia delle traduzioni italiane di Bonaventura nel Novecento, Massimiliano Lenzi, Tradurre Bonaventura: strutture linguistiche e percezione del mondo, e Andrea Di Maio, Comprendere Bonaventura: Concordanze, facolta antoniano romaDizionari, contributi a un Lessico, moderati dal prof. Giuseppe Buffon, Decano della Facoltà di Teologia.
Al martedì, dalle ore 9:30, al termine del saluto della prof.ssa Mary Melone, Rettore Magnifico della Pontificia Università Antonianum, i proff. Paolo Vian – Posterità di Bonaventura in Pietro di Giovanni Olivi -, Fortunato Iozzelli – Reminiscenze bonaventuriane in alcuni testi agiografici del sec. XIV – e Alessandro Ghisalberti – Il futuro della ricerca sul pensiero di Bonaventura: problemi e prospettive – daranno vita a una tavola rotonda sul tema Prospettive di ricerca, moderati dal prof. Marco Guida, Preside della Scuola Superiore di Studi Medievali e Francescani.Concluderanno i lavori le parole di saluto di fr. Michael Anthony Perry, Ministro Generale dell’Ordine dei Frati Minori e e Gran Cancelliere della Pontificia Università Antonianum, subito dopo la premiazione dei vincitori del premio “San Francesco”. (antoniano)

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Roma viabilità: Installati 42 nuovi semafori “intelligenti”

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semaforoSono stati installati agli incroci dei quartieri Prati, Parioli e Flaminio per ottimizzare la durata del “rosso” e del “verde” in funzione dei flussi di traffico. Impianti dotati di una tecnologia in grado di rilevare il numero dei mezzi in transito e regolare di conseguenza la circolazione, che permetteranno un maggior deflusso delle auto e di riconoscere anche il passaggio dei tram.“Per migliorare la viabilità di alcune vie nevralgiche, ed evitare ingorghi nelle ore più difficili, questi semafori danno il via libera o lo stop a seconda delle automobili in circolazione. Gli impianti riconoscono anche il passaggio dei tram, come su via Flaminia, dando quindi priorità al trasporto pubblico. Ottimizzare la viabilità vuol dire ridurre la congestione del traffico e l’inquinamento”, dichiara la Sindaca di Roma, Virginia Raggi.“Abbiamo stanziato i fondi per questi nuovi impianti semaforici con l’assestamento di Bilancio di fine luglio. Attraverso speciali ‘occhi elettronici’ inseriti sotto il manto stradale il sistema, gestito dalla centrale di Roma Servizi per la Mobilità, è in grado di contare i veicoli in transito e regolare di conseguenza la circolazione di incroci nevralgici come quello tra piazzale delle Belle Arti e ponte Risorgimento, tra viale Parioli e via della Moschea e quello in piazza di Porta Castello”,spiega l’Assessora alla Città in Movimento di Roma, Linda Meleo.
Questi alcuni incroci che fanno parte dell’elenco dei 42 nuovi impianti centralizzati: piazzale Parco della Rimembranza-Viale Pilsudski; Viale Parioli-via Boccioni; Lungotevere Flaminio-ponte Duca d’Aosta; Lungotevere Flaminio-Largo Antonio Sarti; ponte Duca d’Aosta-piazza de Bosis; viale delle Belle Arti-viale Bruno Buozzi; piazzale Manila-via Flaminia-via Fracassini; viale Tiziano-piazzale Ankara; via Cola di Rienzo-via Virgilio; via Cola di Rienzo-piazza della Libertà.

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Legge di bilancio: occasione mancata per la scuola

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senatoDa Palazzo Madama è arrivato il via libera al testo definitivo della Legge sul Bilancio di previsione dello Stato per il 2018. Per la scuola tanto fumo e poco arrosto. A partire dalla trasformazione delle cattedre di fatto in cattedra di diritto, utili per mobilità e immissioni in ruolo. A fronte delle circa 18mila finanziate per i prossimi anni, ne mancano all’appello almeno 40mila su sostegno. Fumata nera anche per le risorse per il rinnovo del contratto. I 60 milioni in più raschiati negli ultimi giorni serviranno per la costituzione di un fondo per la valorizzazione del merito. Come dire: poco e solo per pochi. Male anche la bocciatura del doppio emendamento per l’ammissione dei ricorrenti 2011 e 2015 al corso intensivo per accesso al ruolo di Dirigente scolastico.
Sul fronte Ata viene superato il divieto di conferire supplenze per la sostituzione di assistenti tecnici e amministrativi, introdotto dalla legge 190/2014, ma solo dopo il trentesimo giorno di assenza. Non cambia nulla, invece, sul versante dei collaboratori scolastici, per i quali il divieto di sostituzione rimane. In arrivo nel 2018, dopo anni di attesa, il concorso per DSGA.Unica nota positiva, l’eliminazione del vincolo allo scorrimento delle graduatorie di merito del concorso docenti 2016 fino al limite aggiuntivo del 10% dei vincitori, che impediva agli idonei collocati oltre tale limite di poter ottenere la nomina in ruolo. Una norma illogica contro cui Anief aveva già ottenuto ragione in tribunale. Prorogata di un anno, inoltre, la validità delle GM del Concorso 2016.Marcello Pacifico (Anief-Cisal): La Legge di Bilancio così come approvata dal Senato purtroppo rappresenta un’occasione mancata. In questi mesi abbiamo più volte sentito la Ministra Fedeli parlare della necessità di valorizzare la professione docente, addirittura raddoppiando gli stipendi. Constatiamo con amarezza che la realtà è un’altra, fatta com’è solo di poche luci e molte ombre. Ma con Anief ai tavoli di contrattazione, una volta raggiunta la rappresentatività, la storia cambierà.

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