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2024: ci sarà un terremoto di magnitudo 6 a Parkfield in California?

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 novembre 2020

La collaborazione scientifica tra l’Istituto per le applicazioni del calcolo “Mauro Picone” del Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche (Cnr-Iac) e l’Istituto nazionale di geofisica e vulcanologia (Ingv), tramite rispettivamente i ricercatori Giovanni Sebastiani e Luca Malagnini, ha permesso di realizzare uno studio, pubblicato su Journal of Ecology & Natural Resources, che prevede nel 2024 un terremoto di magnitudo circa 6 presso la cittadina di Parkfield, situata lungo la faglia di San Andreas in California. In questo luogo, dal 1857 al 1966, sono avvenuti sei terremoti di magnitudo 6, ad intervalli di tempo quasi regolari, da 12 a 32 anni, con una media di circa 22 anni. Dal 1985 i geologi americani hanno installato nella zona una rete di strumenti molto avanzata, allo scopo di rilevare cosa accade prima di un evento sismico, al fine di prevedere futuri terremoti. La curva descritta mostra un andamento oscillante, con ampiezza dapprima crescente e poi decrescente, verso lo zero. “Ciclicamente, l’attività sismica sul segmento di faglia analizzato si disperde e si concentra, con un periodo di circa 3 anni, probabilmente legato al ciclo climatico siccità/piovosità”, chiarisce Malagnini dell’Ingv. “L’ampiezza spaziale entro la quale è possibile la dispersione della sismicità, inoltre, dapprima cresce in modo lineare, raggiunge un valore massimo e quindi decresce linearmente verso un valore minimo. Dal nostro studio si evince che il ciclo sismico è interamente contenuto entro il ciclo di crescita e decrescita appena descritto.Analizzando i dati come se fossero raccolti in tempo reale, e fermandosi a cento giorni prima dell’ultimo terremoto del 2004, la metodologia ha permesso una esatta previsione retrospettiva del giorno del terremoto: 28 settembre 2004. Inoltre, l’analisi ha permesso di capire come l’ultimo evento importante di Parkfield, previsto erroneamente dagli scienziati dell’università di Berkeley nel periodo 1985-1993, sia invece avvenuto nel 2004: la causa del ritardo è una perturbazione meccanica subita dalla faglia di San Andreas, dovuta a un altro terremoto di magnitudo superiore a 6 accaduto su una faglia vicina, a Coalinga, nel 1983”. La metodologia sviluppata da Sebastiani e Malagnini prevede che il prossimo terremoto di magnitudo 6 avverrà nel 2024 entro il segmento di Parkfield della faglia di San Andreas. I due ricercatori hanno mostrato che l’accuratezza predittiva del loro metodo diventa sempre maggiore mano a mano che ci si avvicina al momento in cui accadrà il terremoto di cui si sta tentando di prevedere il tempo di occorrenza. È quindi importante procedere a un periodico aggiornamento della previsione, con cadenza almeno annuale o semestrale, fino al prossimo evento. Gli sviluppi prossimi di questa ricerca comprendono l’applicazione ampia del metodo ad altri siti lungo faglie simili a quella di San Andreas, dove sono avvenuti terremoti ripetitivi di magnitudo significativa, prima di applicarlo con eventuali modifiche a situazioni più complesse come ad esempio le faglie dell’Appennino.

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La California in fiamme: fra pandemia, incendi e gol politici

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 agosto 2020

By Domenico Maceri, PhD. “Più di 400mila ettari di terreno sono stati bruciati in California, l’equivalente dello Stato del Rhode Island”. Il governatore Gavin Newsom metteva a punto con queste parole la tragica situazione degli incendi che stanno devastando il Golden State. Sono tempi bui per la California che negli ultimi mesi sta affrontando anche la pandemia del Covid-19. Preoccupano di più due di questi incendi nel nord dello Stato che rappresentano i più grandi nella storia della California. Si tratta dell’incendio LNU Lightning Complex al nord-nordest di San Francisco e quello del SCU Lightning Complex che colpisce all’est di San Jose.
Altri più piccoli in diverse parti dello Stato preoccupano anche poiché siamo solo all’inizio della stagione degli incendi che di solito va dal mese di agosto e finisce a novembre nel Nord dello Stato mentre nel Sud va da novembre e finisce a dicembre. Il periodo più pericoloso occorre di solito da settembre a ottobre. I cambiamenti climatici hanno però scombussolato queste previsioni e secondo uno studio esistono due stagioni di incendi: una da giugno a settembre e l’altra da ottobre ad aprile. Questi periodi sono spesso determinati dalle condizioni atmosferiche con i mesi caldi che non producono piogge e l’inizio delle precipitazioni che contribuiscono alla fine degli incendi. Ad aggiungere al problema ci sono anche i venti, specialmente nel Sud, con i cosiddetti Santa Ana Winds (Venti di Santa Ana). Le cause degli incendi sono molteplici. Spicca fra tutte la disattenzione di qualche individuo poco accorto anche se la madre natura ci mette del suo. Alcuni incendi nascono dal bisogno della natura per rigenerare la scarsa vegetazione. Il clima secco e la quantità di scarse piogge aggrava la situazione alla quale bisogna aggiungere il riscaldamento globale e le temperature che continuano di anno in anno ad aumentare. Nel deserto del Death Valley, per esempio, si sono stabiliti record di eccessivo calore che hanno raggiunto 54 gradi recentemente. Gli effetti sono stati devastanti. I terreni bruciati sono otto volte più grandi di quelli degli anni 70, secondo la rivista National Geographic. Sette persone hanno perso la vita e più di 170mila hanno ricevuto l’ordine di evacuare le loro case. In anni passati questi individui andavano a stare temporaneamente con parenti ed amici ma in questi giorni di Covid-19 che richiedono distanziamento sociale la situazione è molto più problematica. Ad aggravarla di più va aggiunta anche la qualità dell’aria che diventa pericolosa per i californiani vicini agli incendi ma anche a quelli lontani poiché il fumo e l’aria penetrano al di là dei centri degli incendi. La bassa qualità dell’aria peggiora la situazione di quegli individui che hanno difficoltà respiratorie come asma ma anche quelli negli ospedali ricoverati per i contagi del Covid-19. Per questi ultimi il recupero diventa più lungo a causa della pessima qualità dell’aria. Persino il fumo nell’aria rende i polmoni più deboli, aggravando i possibili contagi del coronavirus.
Il 96 percento dei vigili del fuoco dello Stato sta combattendo gli incendi causando però timori che la stanchezza si farà sentire fra breve. In anni passati questi pompieri erano assistiti da gruppi di detenuti i quali erano addestrati come vigili del fuoco. Il Covid-19 ha però costretto le carceri al rilascio di molti di loro riducendo il numero di partecipanti da 2200 a 1600. La Guardia Nazionale ha ricevuto l’ordine di assistere e già 300 di loro sono stati addestrati a fungere da vigili del fuoco. Altri 300 intraprenderanno l’addestramento fra breve. Il governatore Newsom ha richiesto l’assistenza di altri Stati ma anche al Canada e persino all’Australia, ricevendo promesse ma non abbastanza aiuti.Negli ultimi giorni le temperature sono scese, facilitando il lavoro dei vigili del fuoco e alcuni incendi sono sotto controllo ma la situazione è ancora pericolosa. Kimberly Guilfoyle, la compagna di Donald Trump Junior e ex moglie del governatore Newsom, ne ha approfittato per scopi politici alla recente convention repubblicana. La Guilfoyle, ex procuratrice in California e anche rivale in anni passati di Kamala Harris, la candidata democratica alla vicepresidenza, ha detto che per vedere “il futuro socialista del ticket Biden-Harris basta semplicemente guardare alla California”. Ha ragione sulla tragica situazione anche se risulta difficile in che modo il governo della California sia socialista e responsabile per i disastri naturali. Il suo dito dovrebbe essere indirizzato all’attuale inquilino della Casa Bianca e la sua completa inattività che ignora i cambiamenti climatici responsabili non per gli incendi ma certamente per la loro aumentata gravità.La California, il più importante Stato dell’unione il cui Pil si piazzerebbe fra le prime sei nazioni al mondo, si riprenderà come ha fatto in passato, considerando la diversità economica del suo territorio. La Guilfoyle dovrebbe saperlo come lo sanno i californiani che continuano a votare contro il partito lodato adesso dalla Guilfoyle. Ovviamente la California va aiutata allo stesso modo di altri Stati che spesso sono colpiti da disastri naturali che possono includere incendi, terremoti, o uragani come stanno avvenendo nel Sud del Paese. Ma ci stiamo avvicinando alle elezioni, e per Guilfoyle, qualunque scusa è buona per cercare di segnare gol politici. Domenico Maceri, PhD, è professore emerito all’Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, California.

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Halo Announces Indoor Grow JV With Zkittlez™ in California

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 agosto 2020

Toronto, Ontario – August 19, 2020 – Halo Labs Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO: HALO; OTCQX: AGEEF, Germany: A9KN) is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into a Letter of Intent (the “LOI”) dated August 3, 2020 to establish a joint venture and strategic alliance with Terphogz, LLC, doing business as Zkittlez™️ (“Zkittlez”). The joint venture will establish and operate a state- and locally licensed commercial cannabis cultivation facility at Ukiah Ventures Inc. (UVI). Halo and Zkittlez plan to jointly operate this large indoor grow. The proposed joint venture (the “Zkittlez JV”) will combine Zkittlez™️ world-famous genetic strains and growing acumen with Halo’s processing, manufacturing and distribution strengths to bring a range of top-shelf products to the California market.The proposed Zkittlez™️ JV is an 18,000 square foot project in which Halo plans to start the buildout in last quarter of 2020 and to complete the build-out by mid-2021, utilizing Halo’s working capital line.The joint venture will produce and manufacture cannabis products, using Zkittlez™️ existing proprietary cannabis genetics, under Halo’s various licenses in California. The collaboration will then distribute these genetics in various cannabis products in California, under Zkittlez’s existing brand and strain names, as well as jointly developing and commercializing new and unique cannabis genetics in the heart of Mendocino, California.

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Halo Acquires 100% of Ukiah Ventures Inc. and Lays Groundwork for Accelerated Revenue Growth in California

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 18 agosto 2020

Toronto, Ontario Halo Labs Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO: HALO; OTCQX: AGEEF, Germany: A9KN) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement dated effective August 5, 2020 (the “Share Exchange Agreement”) with Ukiah Ventures Inc. (“Ukiah”), the shareholders of Ukiah (the “Ukiah Shareholders”), the holder of the outstanding warrants of Ukiah (the “Warrantholder”), and Origins-Cali, Inc. (“Origins”), pursuant to which the Company will acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Ukiah (the “Ukiah Shares”) in exchange for securities of the Company (the “Transaction”). Prior to the Transaction, the Company holds a 14.7% equity stake in Ukiah as a result of the Company’s initial investment in Ukiah in December 2019.
Beyond the ability to acquire supply agreements with Emerald Triangle cultivators, the Company intends to swiftly exercise the option held by Ukiah to acquire a 100% interest in licensed operator Origins. With all necessary licenses in hand, cultivation, processing, and distribution, Halo intends to put up a 576 light grow, leveraging its relationship with a top-tier cultivator in a planned indoor facility, thus guaranteeing a continuous supply chain of high quality cannabis for the lucrative and growing California market. Halo’s President, Katie Field, summarizes the benefits of the strategic acquisition: “The acquisition of Ukiah, with its current and competitive relationships serving some of the Emerald Triangle’s finest flower producers, and execution of our planned, large indoor grow in a joint venture with a respected, leading grower and seed bank, we believe these milestones will increase Halo’s access to the best raw materials in California. By bolstering our vertical supply chain in this market we anticipate a sizeable upside in forecasted revenue.” Ukiah’s Phase I business model currently offers value-added services for local cultivators, including trimming, curing, drying, freezing and storage. Long-standing relationships with the local farming communities that utilize the facility for processing and drying will continue, as Halo intends to use some portion of the space — not allocated for a proposed indoor grow — for this business. These relationships will also maintain Halo’s ability to identify arbitrage opportunities when acquiring biomass, procuring any required supply at competitive prices.
Halo intends to build out Phase II of the business model at Ukiah with a large indoor grow. While the option of leaving the newly-acquired space as a perfectly-situated, centralized cannabis processing facility remains, Halo’s plan for a large indoor grow with a top-tier grower and notable genetics will strengthen the seed-to-sale strategy. With cultivation and Type 11 distribution licenses in place, Halo plans to utilize the majority of the facility for a state-of-the-art, indoor cultivation and manufacturing operation, that saves costs on such expenses as transportation, while introducing new products to the market. With existing architectural drawings for 10,000 sq. ft. of canopy over six grow rooms, a nursery, and a storage room, the newly proposed indoor grow would expand the operation to eight individual rooms, adding an additional 3,000 – 4,000 sq. ft. When the proposed project, utilizing an estimated 18,000 sq. ft. of the total warehouse space, is stabilized, it is expected to generate about USD$23 million per year of revenue based on wholesale pricing on premium product of USD$3,000 per pound, and an expected yield of about 7,800 pounds per year. This new operation alone is expected to generate USD$5.4 million per year of operating profit . Indoor cultivation will command higher prices and profit margin while allowing for year around supply. Halo is planning to start the build-out by later this year, utilizing Halo’s working capital line. Product should be available for sale early next year.Halo also plans to introduce jarring capabilities to make 1/8th jars, as well as to apply for a Type 7 license to increase the on-site production of concentrates and cannabis vape cartridges. From this new Ukiah hub, Halo can stock more on-hand inventory, expand existing distribution capabilities, and develop in-house logistics to meet both fluctuating and increasing demand. With Type 7 manufacturing abilities, Halo would look to add cold rooms and washers to make hash and rosinated hash products; add frozen connexes to store fresh-frozen material for live resin production; add a C1D1 room for blasting overflow from the Cathedral City operation, and vacuum decanters / ovens to manufacture live resin and shatter. Halo would also utilize its working capital line to build out these capabilities. (abstract)

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Roberto Crea dalla California ritorna in Calabria

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 agosto 2020

Il suo ritorno permette di dar vita a Lamezia Terme la Fondazione Dulbecco per lo studio e la produzione di anticorpi monoclonali di pronectine. Un progetto ambizioso e di respiro internazionale che vuole riportare la Calabria agli splendori della Magna Grecia.E’ questa la proposta lanciata dal Prof. Giuseppe Nisticò, farmacologo di fama internazionale, già direttore generale del Rita Montalcini Institute e già presidente della Regione Calabria, alla quale hanno già aderito entusiasticamente personaggi autorevoli come il prof. Aaron Ciechanover, premio Nobel per la chimica 2004, il prof. Thomas Südhof, premio Nobel per la medicina nel 2013, Sir Salvador Moncada lo scienziato che ha scoperto il nitrossido.D’altra parte il progetto si propone di realizzare a Lamezia Terme una piattaforma innovativa per lo studio e la produzione di anticorpi monoclonali e di pronectine.Si tratta delle terapie più avanzate al mondo che si stanno già realizzando da anni presso la prestigiosa industria Protelica di San Francisco, il cui CEO è lo scienziato Roberto Crea, considerato il padre delle biotecnologie. Parliamo di prodotti biotecnologici innovativi che attualmente rappresentano la terapia più avanzata nel trattamento del cancro, di alcune forme di leucemia e si stanno rivelando anche molto efficaci contro le infezioni dal Coronavirus e da eventuali suoi mutanti.
Il prestigio che esprime il progetto non è passato inosservato, tanto che l’attuale Presidente della Calabria, Jole Santelli, dopo aver parlato con il prof. Roberta Crea, conosciuto anche per aver realizzato l’insulina umana ricombinante, lo ha invitato a ritornare nella sua terra di origine per dirigere l’Istituto Dulbecco.”Si tratta pertanto – precisa Giuseppe Nisticò – di un progetto ambizioso della Calabria che va incoraggiato, creando le condizioni ideali per una ricerca di avanguardia, in modo tale che tanti altri calabresi che dirigono istituti di ricerca di grande prestigio in altri Paesi possano ritornare nella loro terra di origine”.

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Halo Labs Provides Sales Update in California and Oregon

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 luglio 2020

Toronto, Ontario. Halo Labs Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO: HALO, OTCQX: AGEEF, Germany: A9KN) is pleased to announce that retail sales of the Company’s Hush™ branded products have been continuing to grow in the state of California and Oregon.
According to the most recent BDS Analytics data, statewide legal cannabis sales in May 2020 reached $290 million across state licensed retailers and delivery services, increasing by fifteen percent from the trailing month and growing fifteen percent compared to May 2019. Concentrate sales were $87.8 million, down 2.6% from May 2019 but up 12% from the prior month. Hush™ vape cartridges sales constitute a majority of Halo product sales in California and have been growing despite the downward category trend from the prior year. The Company’s unaudited wholesale sales in June 2020 were approximately $700,000 up from $416,000 in May 2020.The Company anticipates Hush™ branded products will continue to grow as the California menu expands and the recently amplified sales force onboards new dispensary customers. Halo’s Hush™ branded products are now in 80 of approximately 600 dispensaries statewide. Halo is on track to launch one, ten, and twenty piece gummy varieties with multiple flavors and infused pre-rolls as well as achieve a $1,000,000 monthly sales run rate by the end of Q3 2020.Kiran Sidhu, CEO and Co-Founder of Halo stated, “June sales demonstrate that we have continued to execute on our vision to deliver quality, affordable cartridges to California consumers. ” He continued, “We are gearing up a California launch of our rebranded Hush gummies with new packaging, new flavors, and a new all natural vegan recipe. In addition, our sales reps continue to meet aggressive sales targets with room to grow. We believe each rep may double their average store base to 20 dispensaries, implying both a balanced market penetration rate- less than 30%- and a clear path to a $1M monthly run rate wholesale business. Our Q3 2020 sales target is within striking distance and the North Hollywood dispensary has not even opened yet.”

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Cannabis sales have stalled in California during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 giugno 2020

Toronto, Ontario Halo Labs Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO: HALO, OTCQX: AGEEF, Germany: A9KN) is pleased to announce that retail sales of the Company’s Hush™ branded products have been have been growing in the state of California. In addition progress has been made on other initiatives in California.Cannabis sales have stalled in California during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to BDS Analytics, in April 2020, cannabis sales for state licensed retailers and delivery services reached $252 million, declining by nine percent from the trailing month and growing four percent compared to April 2019. Concentrate sales were $78.1 million, down 9.9% from April 2019. Marijuana Business Daily postulates that while not affected by tourism, the nascent legal California market is dealing with high prices, an entrenched black market, and lack of retail stores. Despite the flat overall trend and downward category trend, Hush™ vape cartridges have been growing rapidly with unaudited wholesale sales in April of $298,000. Unaudited May 2020 wholesale sales of Hush™ branded products were $417,000. Furthermore the Company anticipates this growth rate will be sustained as the California menu expands, the Company penetrates more stores, and onboards additional sales reps to the team. Halo has quadrupled the team and plans to launch one, ten, and twenty piece gummy varieties with multiple flavors and infused pre-rolls before the end of Q3 2020. Halo is supporting further brand recognition initiatives through its inclusion on Weedmaps and is targeting becoming a top 20 cannabis brands across the state of California by Q4 2020. Halo is in 75 of approximately 600 dispensaries statewide meaning there is ample runway to grow.Kiran Sidhu, CEO and Co-Founder of Halo stated, “With high unemployment in the United States, I believe consumers are flocking to affordable products. Hush is the product line that brings value to the people.” He continued, “We are focused on growing our market share in California by expanding Hush™ branded cartridges, launching our edibles and tincture product offerings to include recreational focused gummies, mints, syrup and chocolates, and a terpene enhanced gram pre-roll line.” Andreas Met, COO and Co-Founder commented, “We are thrilled at the progress made expanding our California sales team from two to eight individuals in the last six weeks. At the current expansion rate, and with the launch of more value-based product lines, we hope that Hush will be on of the top cannabis brands in California sales-wise by the end of August. It’s an exciting time for Halo Labs.”The Company has had success with Super Filtration and is progressing towards full commercialization, having yielded 35,000 grams of distillate from previously unsaleable product. The Company plans to use Super filtered distillate to power Hush™ vape cartridges and edibles. If successful, the Company anticipates that its Super Filtration capabilities will help establish Halo as a low cost producer by enabling the Company to make distillate from by-product of previously written off inventory.

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La California: modello nazionale per affrontare il covid-19?

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 aprile 2020

by Domenico Maceri. “Siamo estremamente grati a Gavin Newsom e il popolo della California”. “Ricambieremo il favore quando la California ne avrà bisogno”. Così Phil Murphy, governatore del New Jersey, in un tweet in cui riconosceva il bel gesto di Newsom per avere mandato 100 ventilatori polmonari al suo Stato che di questi giorni ne ha veramente bisogno. Con una popolazione di 9 milioni, il New Jersey ha avuto finora più di 50mila contagi di coronavirus e più di 1700 decessi. Altrettanti ventilatori sono stati inviati dalla California all’Illinois e lo Stato di New York, colpiti severamente anche loro. L’epicentro è lo Stato di New York con più di 160mila contagi e 7mila decessi, al primo posto negli Stati Uniti. La California, invece, con una popolazione di 40 milioni, ha sofferto cifre inferiori ma anche notevoli con più di 20mila contagi e poco più di 500 morti.La California, stato liberal in cui i democratici controllano il potere esecutivo e le due camere legislative, ha agito tempestivamente in modo molto responsabile ed è riuscita ad arginare la pandemia del coronavirus. Le cifre inferiori di contagi e decessi, tenendo conto anche della notevole popolazione, paragonabile a non pochi Paesi europei, sono dovute in parte all’amministrazione di Newsom e le sue azioni decisive all’inizio della pandemia, avendo considerato quanto già successo in altri Paesi.Newsom ha agito quasi immediatamente ordinando a tutti i californiani di rimanere a casa eccetto per fare la spesa, andare alle farmacie e qualche altra situazione indispensabile. Inoltre, Gil Garcetti e London Breed, sindaci rispettivamente di Los Angeles e San Francisco, hanno anche loro sottolineato l’importanza di contenere la pandemia, imponendo ulteriori restrizioni. I due hanno ordinato ai commercianti di risorse essenziali che devono rimanere aperti, di fare uso delle mascherine, e di non offrire servizi ai clienti che si rifiutino di fare altrettanto. Queste misure sono state messe in campo per cercare anche di proteggere i lavoratori e il personale di sanità i cui servizi sono indispensabili per tutti.Newsom nel suo ordine ha anche insistito sull’importanza di lavorare da casa se possibile. Ciò è stato accolto favorevolmente nella Silicon Valley, quella parte della California del Nord con le città di San Jose, Santa Clara ecc., centri di aziende come Apple, Google ed altre, per cui lavorare da casa è stato relativamente facile.A favorire il numero ridotto di contagi e vittime è stato anche il fattore di densità demografica in California. Mentre nella zona di New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, la densità di popolazione è forte, in California si tratta di un’altra situazione. Ciononostante i centri urbani del Golden State esistono e includono San Diego, Los Angeles e San Francisco anche se di densità meno forte che nella zona metropolitana di New York.Dal punto di vista di risorse Newsom ha anche avuto successo, ottenendo la cooperazione di parecchie aziende che hanno accettato di servire lo Stato. Newsom ha ottenuto la cooperazione volontaria di aziende capaci di produrre risorse necessarie come mascherine ma anche di ventilatori. Alcune settimane fa il governatore, ex sindaco di San Francisco, ha annunciato la distribuzione di 24 milioni di mascherine N95 che sarebbero fabbricate in California e ha poi dichiarato in una recentissima intervista televisiva che si fabbricheranno 200 milioni di mascherine al mese. L’imprenditore miliardario Ellon Musk ha promesso più di 1000 ventilatori e Bloom Energy, un’azienda di elettronica nella Silicon Valley, ha deciso di modificare la sua fabbrica per costruire e rimettere a nuovo ventilatori.Quando Newsom ha dato il suo ordine di restare a casa a tutti i californiani è stato accusato di volere distruggere l’economia. La sua decisione però ha salvato vite umane. A livello federale, come si sa, il presidente Donald Trump ha minimizzato dall’inizio il pericolo del coronavirus e continua tuttora a lasciare agli Stati di decidere da se stessi, preoccupato dai rischi all’economia più che dalle vite umane. Seguendo le sue indicazioni una decina di Stati dominati da governatori repubblicani non hanno ancora dato l’ordine di stare a casa ai loro cittadini. Alcuni lo hanno fatto tardi e con riluttanza come il governatore della Florida, l’italo-americano Ron DeSantis, il quale alla fine ha ceduto e ha ordinato ai suoi cittadini di stare a casa, senza però tante insistenze. Il governatore della Georgia Brian Kemp, anche lui repubblicano, proprio recentemente ha dato l’ordine di stare a casa, spiegando che solo nelle precedenti 24 ore si era saputo che gli asintomatici possono contagiare altri. Difficile capire in quale caverna Kemp abitasse considerando il fatto che chiunque abbia seguito le notizie era già a conoscenza di questo pericolo.Se le cifre di contagi e decessi in California sono fino ad adesso relativamente bassi, quelli a livello nazionale riflettono una realtà completamente diversa. I contagi negli Usa stanno per oltrepassare 450mila e i decessi 15mila, un primato mondiale tragico. Il governo federale avrebbe dovuto seguire il modello californiano salvando un notevole numero di vite. Il presidente Trump ha però inizialmente minimizzato il pericolo, preoccupandosi più dello stato dell’economia, vedendola come carta decisiva per la sua rielezione. Il 45esimo presidente ha fatto ben poco per assistere gli Stati i quali sono rimasti in grande misura a dovere affrontare la pandemia da soli. Anche dopo avere riconosciuto che la pandemia è una crisi e che lui è un “presidente di guerra” Trump continua i suoi tentativi di presentare un quadro roseo per convincere gli americani che tutto va bene. Che l’economia continui a dominare la sua mente ce lo conferma anche il suo piano di formare una seconda task force sul coronavirus che concentri i suoi sforzi sulla ripresa economica.Il ritiro di Bernie Sanders della corsa alla nomination del Partito Democratico lascia il campo libero al suo rivale Joe Biden, il quale continua a stentare, nonostante sia visto da Trump come avversario temibile. Il buon lavoro di Newsom nell’affrontare la pandemia del covid-19 lo ha già fatto emergere come candidato presidenziale nel caso in cui il 77enne Biden dovesse inciampare. In realtà un altro nome più probabile in questa eventualità sarebbe il governatore Andrew Cuomo di New York il quale, nonostante la seria situazione nel suo Stato, si è conquistato l’ammirazione di tutti gli americani per la sua leadership esemplare di combattere il coronavirus. ( by Domenico Maceri, PhD, è professore emerito all’Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, California)

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California Time and Labor Company Offers PEO Services for California Companies

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 dicembre 2019

California Time and Labor Company – provider of a fully-integrated human capital management (HCM) solution for small to enterprise-sized businesses in California, today, announced the availability of PEO services through their LABORsuite platform. LABORsuite helps employers off-load the weight and cost of backend administration and the contingent liabilities associated with them. LABORsuite helps manage employees more effectively and in line with Federal and State wage-hour laws.“By utilizing California Time and Labor Company’s LABORsuite PEO platform, companies will no longer be managing tasks such as payroll, workers’ compensation, benefits and tax management. California Time and Labor Company shifts that burden away from the employers and allows a company to focus on growing their business and not on the backend administration responsibilities”, stated Jim Thompson, President of California Time and Labor Company. “LABORsuite provides administrative freedom for businesses and lets employers focus on what is important – providing excellent products and services to their customers.”

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California Southern University Selects Ellucian Cloud

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 novembre 2019

Ellucian, the leading provider of software and services built to power higher education, today announced a new engagement with California Southern University (CalSouthern). CalSouthern has selected cloud-based Ellucian Colleague, Ellucian CRM Recruit, Ellucian Analytics, and Ellucian Intelligent Learning Platform (ILP) to power its digital transformation and enable campus-wide innovation.
By moving from its homegrown enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to a Software as a Service (SaaS)-based ERP from Ellucian, CalSouthern will modernize outdated manual processes and the overall constituent experience. Ellucian Colleague SaaS is built for flexibility and will enable the university to provide a more secure and digitally connected campus, enhancing the overall experience for both students and staff. It will also provide the university with continual access to the latest updates and innovative capabilities, letting technical staff shift focus from maintenance to more valuable business process improvements and strategic initiatives.The unified technology framework created by this suite of cloud solutions will enable CalSouthern to provide an enhanced experience for its constituents. Ellucian Analytics and ILP will enable data-informed decision making that will drive student success and increase operational efficiency, while the integration between Colleague and CRM Recruit will help ensure that students are enrolled in the right courses and supported until graduation.

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USG Corporation Recognized as Top Workplace in California and Michigan

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 novembre 2019

USG Corporation has been named a 2019 ‘Top Workplace’ by the Detroit Free Press and the San Diego Union-Tribune.“It’s a huge honor to receive this award once again and be recognized by our employees as a Top Workplace. Our employees are the foundation of USG and we know that fostering an engaged, inclusive and innovative culture is an important way to create success,” said Diane Earll, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, USG Corporation. “This award honors our dedicated teams and we appreciate their commitment to creating a safe work environment and quality products for our customers.”
USG received these awards based on its employees’ responses to a survey that measures organizational health, including company culture and communication, leadership, career opportunities, compensation and benefits and working environment. This marks the sixth year that the Detroit Free Press has named USG as a ‘Top Workplace’ in Michigan, and the third year the company has received the award in San Diego from The San Diego Union-Tribune. The Top Workplaces program is administered by independent research firm Energage in partnership with 30 of the most prestigious publications in the country. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and Energage, visit http://www.topworkplaces.com and http://www.energage.com.

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Fatburger Debuts Craig’s Vegan Milkshake in Southern California

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 ottobre 2019

NASDAQ: FAT. FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. (“FAT Brands” or the “Company”), parent company of Fatburger, is proud to announce its latest menu addition, vegan milkshakes. Made with hand-scooped Craig’s Vegan Ice Cream, the new milkshakes topped with non-dairy whipped cream will debut at 12 Fatburger locations in Southern California on October 14th.Fatburger’s new vegan milkshakes will be available in two flavors, vanilla and strawberry, and are available starting today at the Beverly Hills, North Hollywood, West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, Venice, Van Nuys, Wilshire, Redondo Beach, Carson, Santa Monic & Sepulveda, and Lincoln & Pico locations. This latest menu addition expands on Fatburger’s current vegan menu offerings, such as the Impossible Burger patty, and speak to the brand’s commitment of offering top-quality new items for customers of all dietary preferences to enjoy.Hollywood’s iconic Fatburger is best known for its mouthwatering, juicy burgers made famous by founder Lovie Yancey in Los Angeles more than 70 years ago. Each burger is made-to-order with traditional toppings along with delicious add-ons including bacon, egg, cheese, and onion rings. In addition to their iconic burgers, Fatburger offers perfectly crisp fries and hand-scooped milkshakes.

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Online School Year Underway at iQ Academy California – Los Angeles

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 agosto 2019

Students logged onto the first day of school at iQ Academy California – Los Angeles (iQLA) on August 26. A full-time online public charter school authorized by the Rowland Unified School District, iQLA provides a tuition-free public education option for students in kindergarten through 12th grade who reside in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.Combining innovative technology with a rigorous curriculum, iQLA provides each student with a personalized learning experience. Students in all grade levels take a full course load in the core subjects of math, science, history and English/language arts, as well as world languages, music and art. Electives are available to high school students, offering exposure to academic and career-focused content as they work towards their high school diploma. Students enroll in online school for a variety of reasons, including advanced learning, a bullying-free environment, and the ability to balance academic goals with extracurricular pursuits or medical needs. For many students, iQLA offers an education they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access. iQLA’s California-credentialed teachers facilitate lessons during live, interactive online classes, allowing students to enjoy a safe learning environment anywhere with an internet connection. In addition to scheduled classes, teachers offer one-on-one instruction and support, online chat sessions, and family phone calls to build close partnerships in support of academic success.Throughout the year, iQLA fosters a sense of community through in-person field trips and social outings and celebrates graduating seniors with a commencement ceremony in the spring. Virtual clubs and organizations also allow students to further explore shared interests together in an online setting. iQLA is accepting enrollment applications for the 2019-2020 school year. To learn more about enrollment or for a schedule of upcoming information sessions, visit losangeles.iqacademy.com or download the K12 mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

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Eight California Hospitals Join Manifest MedEx

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 luglio 2019

Manifest MedEx (MX), California’s nonprofit health data network, continues to expand in California with the addition of Prime Healthcare. Once named “The Fastest Growing Hospital System” in the country by Modern Healthcare, Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital system with 45 hospitals in 14 states. The health system will add eight of its California hospitals to Manifest MedEx, joining the seven Prime hospitals already in the network. Manifest MedEx is helping California health leaders reach their goals of improving outcomes, reducing costs, and enhancing patient experience.Prime Healthcare’s chief information officer and vice president of information technology, Will Conaway, is also joining Manifest MedEx’s Advisory Committee. He serves on the Forbes Technology Council and AT&T’s Healthcare Advisory Council and teaches at Cornell University. He is listed on Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know for 2019.The eight Prime Healthcare hospitals took part in MX’s incentive program, which offers $60,000 to qualifying hospitals that choose the nonprofit as their HIE partner for California’s new Cal-HOP program, a statewide initiative to support health information sharing for Medi-Cal providers. Due to the volume of interest from hospitals across the state, Manifest MedEx has extended this incentive to eligible California hospitals until July 31, 2019.
The eight California Prime Healthcare hospitals joining the network are: Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in San Diego; Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center in Garden Grove; West Anaheim Medical Center in Anaheim; Huntington Beach Hospital in Huntington Beach; La Palma Intercommunity Hospital in La Palma; Paradise Valley Hospital in National City; Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood; and Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding.
Prime Healthcare is the fifth-largest, for-profit health system in the United States and consistently earns top marks for its clinical quality. Three of its California hospitals recently received a five-star rating in quality from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the latest hospital performance report released by the federal agency. In addition, Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients in California than any other health system in the country, according to Healthgrades. Its hospitals have also been recognized among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation 47 times by IBM Watson Health. To date, more than 400 healthcare organizations — including more than 80 California hospitals and six of the state’s health plans — participate in the Manifest MedEx health data network, receiving real-time information on millions of patients every day. Manifest MedEx is helping California healthcare leaders deliver care that is patient-focused, affordable, and high value. Its scalable technology gathers real-time data from across the MX network and aggregates clinical and claims data into a single medical record, giving the entire care team access to life-saving data quickly and easily.

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VCA Animal Hospitals Offers Free Boarding for Pets Displaced by Southern California Earthquakes

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 luglio 2019

VCA Animal Hospitals announced that all VCA Animal Hospitals in Southern California are offering free boarding assistance to dogs and cats, and other species, to families affected by the two Southern California earthquakes.The 7.1 magnitude earthquake was centered near Ridgecrest, the same location as the 6.4 magnitude temblor struck on July 4th. Fires, power outages and other damage were reported in both Ridgecrest and Trona, and the quake was felt as far away as Las Vegas.“These damaging earthquakes have impacted the homes of thousands of local residents with pets, including in the VCA family, and they need to find a safe place to shelter their pets,” said Doug Drew, President VCA Animal Hospitals and Pet Care Services. “All our VCA hospitals in Southern California are extending free boarding for pets, so affected families can focus on their most pressing priorities.” Boarding assistance is based on space availability. Impacted pet owners who need help boarding their pets can locate a hospital near them at https://vcahospitals.com/find-a-hospital.

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MedMen Partners with Equality California for Pride Month

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 giugno 2019

MedMen Enterprises, Inc. (“MedMen” or the “Company”) (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) (FSE: A2JM6N) is pleased to partner with Equality California, the largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. During the month of June at all California stores, MedMen will donate 15% of proceeds from limited-edition Pride products to advance LGBTQ equality.
In addition, MedMen employees, friends, and family, including many in the LGBTQ community, will march on June 9th in the Los Angeles Pride Parade in support of the local community. MedMen’s first flagship store is in West Hollywood and the Company has five other locations throughout Los Angeles.West Hollywood has been a safe haven from the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS for many years. The area launched medical marijuana collectives and dispensaries to provide access to marijuana as an alternative for pain relief. MedMen West Hollywood is home to one of those founding sites, and MedMen is proud to carry on the tradition of offering safe access to regulated cannabis.“Cannabis has played an important role in LGBTQ history. It is an honor to celebrate Pride Month and support our many LGBTQ employees, customers and partners,” stated Andrew Modlin, MedMen Co-Founder and President. “In West Hollywood, we are more than a member of the business community. We are a partner in the fight for equality and an advocate for happier, healthier and safer communities.”

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State-of-the-Art Fiber Network to Serve Fullerton, California

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 maggio 2019

International network developer, SiFi Networks, will deliver a state-of-the-art fiber optic network in Fullerton passing every home and business in the city.The Fullerton FiberCity™ network which is privately funded, built and operated by SiFi Networks will be an open access network enabling a choice of internet service providers whilst saving customers money on what will be one of the most reliable FiberCity networks in the USA. The primary internet service providers on the network will be GigabitNow and Ting, both exceptional providers with excellent customer service levels and competitive pricing.
Construction is expected to commence in June 2019 using a technique called micro-trenching which causes minimal disruption. Customers are able to pre-subscribe to service now with either Ting or GigabitNow. Pre-subscribers will benefit from the best deals; and the first homes will receive service before the end of the year.“Ting is excited to meet the people and the businesses of Fullerton and work with the community to bring the benefits of gigabit fiber Internet backed by a truly human customer experience,” said Ting CEO, Elliot Noss.The Fullerton FiberCity project will provide a significant upgrade to internet speeds and accommodate a growing demand for data from next generation devices in local households and businesses. It will also facilitate new smart city initiatives in key government services, such as traffic control, street lighting and emergency services.www.fullertonfibercity.com.

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REPEAT/Halo Labs Products Now Available via Online Marketplace Eaze in California and Oregon

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 maggio 2019

Halo Labs Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO:HALO, OTCQX:AGEEF, Germany:A9KN) is pleased to announce their launch on the leading online cannabis marketplace Eaze to sell it products direct to consumers in California and Oregon. Eaze has established itself as the go to marketplace which provides access to safe, legal cannabis to adults 21+ all over California and Portland. The roll out of Halo’s first product offering through the Eaze marketplace and rapid delivery system is a remarkable brand collaboration.
The first product offering will be the GILT branded DabTabs™ Dablets, the proprietary ceramic discs that store an ANSI certified pre-measured dose of either cannabis concentrate or oil and provide a cleaner, smoother, mess free way to consume full spectrum cannabis oils and concentrates. There will additional products launched in the coming months.According to Eaze Insights data, since adult use legalization in California, new cannabis consumers increased by 140%. This data shows a clear curiosity and adoption of cannabis. With this increasing consumer base, dosing technologies have been crucial in educating newcomers about responsible cannabis use.David Orr, Halo CRO, commented: “Eaze has established itself as the leading online marketplace in the cannabis space, and we are excited to be partnering with them to reach the growing numbers of online cannabis consumers. Merchandising and selling our products online provides the opportunity to create more convenient accessibility to Halo’s brand products while reaching a larger consumer base.”

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Western Dental Partners with the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 maggio 2019

Western Dental & Orthodontics, one of the nation’s leaders in accessible, affordable oral healthcare and the leading orthodontics provider in the country, today announced an agreement with the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) to offer the Western Dental Group Plan to their employer membership.Under the arrangement, members of the CHCC can enroll their employees in Western Dental’s dental plan. In addition, members will have access to other products offered through affiliates of Western Dental, including the EyeMax Vision Plan, as well as hearing and discount prescription plans.All Western Dental plan and affiliated plan products can be accessed on the CHCC website, where members can select and enroll in the coverage they want.“Western Dental plays an important role in our members’ communities,” said Julian Canete, President & CEO of the CHCC. “We appreciate their commitment to provide oral health education to our members and their employees to help keep them healthy and productive.”
The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce is the premier and largest regional ethnic business organization in the nation. It was founded in 1978 to promote the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and California’s emerging businesses. The CHCC consists of 75 individual Hispanic Chambers of Commerce representing 25,000 employer members.Western Dental has provided full-service Dental HMO plans to employer groups, unions, associations, school districts, credit unions and individuals for more than 30 years. Every dental plan provides access to Western Dental’s 226 California offices, including 27 Western Dental Kids locations.“Since 1903, Western Dental has served the communities where California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce members own their businesses,” said Edwin Rivera, Vice President-Community Engagement and Strategic Alliances for Western Dental. “We welcome our partnership and look forward to seeing it grow.”

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Western Dental Acquires Two Dental Offices in Vallejo and Tracy, California

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 maggio 2019

Western Dental & Orthodontics, one of the nation’s leaders in accessible, affordable oral healthcare and the leading orthodontics provider in the country, announced the purchase of two former Coast Dental offices, one in Vallejo and another in Tracy, Calif. The offices were acquired from a private seller.The transaction brings the total number of Western Dental offices in California to 225. Western Dental supports a total of 316 offices in five states, including California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Alabama.Both offices currently provide general dentistry, including oral hygiene, as well as orthodontics and oral surgery. The Vallejo office also offers endodontics and pediatric dentistry.“These attractive offices are an excellent complement to our existing footprint in Northern California,” said Daniel D. Crowley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Western Dental. “They share our practice philosophy, focusing on quality and access to a full range of affordable dental and orthodontic services. We welcome the patients and staff to our Dental Home.”In addition to accepting uninsured and privately insured patients, Western Dental welcomes patients covered by the Medi-Cal Dental program (known as Denti-Cal) at these new locations and all of its California offices. Western Dental is the leading provider of services to the Medi-Cal Dental program, which provides healthcare benefits to more than 13 million individuals throughout California.

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