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Green Power Partners Co-Sponsors Youth Mentoring Forum

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Health | Comments Off on Green Power Partners Co-Sponsors Youth Mentoring Forum

Green Power Partners Co-Sponsors Youth Mentoring Forum

Lake Forest, California – July 31, 2017 – Green Power Partners is pleased to co-sponsor the “Youth Mentoring Forum”, taking place at the University of Southern California (USC) college campus in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, August 3rd. The event, co-founded by established motivational speaker and author, Henning Morales and co-produced by Professor Alejandro Ruiz, admissions counselor of USC, celebrates initiatives undertaken by the ten noted speakers.  Each one will be delivering unique, practical tools for dealing with specific challenges facing today’s young people. The Youth Mentorship Forum was founded to bring together experienced, successful leaders who have committed to support their communities by mentoring young people looking for small steps they can take to overcome the challenges they face.  Today’s youth are commonly referred to with one of two names, Millennials, who are young adults in their twenties, and Generation Z which refers to today’s teens. For each segment, the rapid advancement of technology has brought about many benefits in terms of accessibility and social awareness, but it has also brought to light social issues that have skyrocketed in the last few years. Issues such as teen suicide, cyber bullying and violence have become alarmingly common occurrences within this group.  This Forum recognizes the need for teaching and coaching strategies that demonstrate how to grow in a healthy, safe, and successful manner.  This August 3rd event showcases ten highly respected keynote speakers who work directly with today’s young people, dealing with many issues pertinent to their specific challenges.  These speakers will share valuable insight into the topics at hand and offer their “tried and true” strategies to overcome obstacles. Highly accredited motivational speaker, best-selling author, and co-founder of this event, Henning Morales will speak on his own experiences. Morales has a deep-rooted passion for motivating, mentoring, and guiding young people.  Morales has undertaken many projects: writing books, films, event production, but throughout all these the direct coaching of ’kids’ is prominent.  Dr. Suzette Febre-Hart, a co-founder of the event, and an acclaimed educator and mentor will be sharing her experiences as she paves a path of success and support for society’s youth.  Also present will be acclaimed multi-platinum music producer, Andrew Lane, whose work includes Hannah Montana, Disneymania and High School Musical.  Actor, ambassador, and activist, Mike C. Manning, will be speaking on behalf of Boo2Bullying, an anti-bullying outreach which provides mentorship and support for both youth and their families.  Renee Piane is a renowned relationship expert, who counsels couples to help build and mend relationships, through love and understanding.  She provides valuable insight on perhaps one of the most difficult topics to broach with young people.  Also on the panel – Lissette Alvarez, a mentor and motivational speaker, Priscilla Lopez, a successful entrepreneur and Pamela Gregory who specializes as a forgiveness therapist.  Lastly, Dr. Meredith Sagan, a holistic psychiatrist and addiction specialist will be sharing her expertise on addiction and healing, a common struggle dealt with by many.  With these prominent figures sharing firsthand experiences and years-worth of observations, attendees are guaranteed an evening sure to instill hope for the future of this generation. The Youth Mentorship Forum has experienced a great response to their two previous events due, primarily, to the environment of love and support offered to our young people, their families and friends.  Because...

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Dais Analytic Corporation Featured on PBS

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Health | Comments Off on Dais Analytic Corporation Featured on PBS

Dais Analytic Corporation Featured on PBS

PBS’s Quest Program Highlights Dais’s Products, Technologies and Their Environmental Impact ODESSA, FL–(Marketwired – June 18,  2017) – Dais Analytic Corporation (OTCQB: DLYT), a commercial nanotechnology materials business selling its industry-changing nanomaterial technology into the worldwide water, air and energy markets, announced today that the Company and its key products were recently featured in a segment of the Public Broadcasting System’s “Quest” program.  Quest is a nationwide monthly PBS program capturing the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and education.  Quest’s segment on Dais covered the company’s disruptive Aqualyte™ Moisture Transfer Membrane, and showcased two products: ConsERV™: a Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (“HVAC”) product, and NanoClear™: a nanomaterial based process able to produce high quality potable water from severely contaminated industrial wastewater.  “PBS used the power of television to reach a key target audience for Dais’s products at work and at home. Products which have unparalleled energy efficiency, lower environmental impact(s), and generally greater lifetime(s). The segment was clear – Dais is selling products thought to have efficiencies and other market benefits often not possible with products using today’s latest technologies and architecture”, said Brian C. Johnson, Chief Technology Officer of Dais. Quest highlighted the company’s ConsERV product that captures energy found in a building’s exhaust air using it to precondition the incoming fresh air before it reaches the heating and/or cooling system.  In its class, ConsERV offers some of the highest energy savings, a lower emissions profile, and healthier and more productive indoor environment. There are more than 25,000 ConsERV units installed world-wide in diverse uses such as 42 of Florida’s 67 county’s school districts, and in the larger homes found in a 20,000 Passive Home project in Anhui Province, China. NanoClear was highlighted next showing how the Aqualyte material selectively transfers water molecules through a solid membrane from one side of the membrane to the other: no high pressure, no costly stainless-steel piping, etc.  The segment went on to show how Aqualyte functions and how this leads to the benefits or higher purity and lower cost, and to water nearly 1,000 times higher in quality than required by the World Health Organization (WHO). After viewing the Quest Episode Dais’s President and CEO Tim Tangredi said “The WEDU – PBS segment showcased – with integrity and charm – our exciting technology, dedicated team, and products. We are mobilized to aggressively sell Aqualyte ‘smart plastic’ based products into waiting energy and water markets. We are generating revenue while improving people’s lives”. Dais has a link to the WEDU segment on its website at https://daisanalytic.com/press-release/. About Quest This new monthly series from WEDU PBS captures the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and education. Join host Dr. Shannon McQuaig to discover innovative techniques educators are using in the classroom and the latest developments in technology, such as 3D printing, drones and mobile devices. Support for Quest is made by the Helios Educational Foundation, and by S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund at the Community Foundation, Inland California. To find out more about Quest please visit http://video.wedu.org/show/wedu-quest/ About Dais Analytic Corporation Dais Analytic Corporation (OTCQB: DLYT) is a nanotechnology business producing a versatile family of membrane materials — called Aqualyte — focusing on evolutionary or disruptive air, energy and water applications. The uses include: NanoClear™, a commercialized system treating contaminated water (notably most all forms of...

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TITAN foundation accepts engangement to raise $9 billion for Latin America.

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Health | Comments Off on TITAN foundation accepts engangement to raise $9 billion for Latin America.

TITAN foundation accepts engangement to raise $9 billion for Latin America.

The TITAN foundation for sustainable growth announced today that has accepted an engagement to raise USD $9 billion in investments for Latin America countries.  The main areas of investment are mining, renewable energies, agriculture and health as part of a 10 years development plan. The investments will be backed up by local regional tangible assets, sovereign bonds, sovereign guarantees. This opportunity, an accolade for the foundation, solidifies its position as a true aid in the pursuit of financial and social equality.  “We have always maintained that the financial well being is keen for happiness and prosperity.  The foundation has maintained its focus on building bridges between governments and corporations, both economic and intellectual.  We are now going to contribute building literal ones also.  This agreement, exemplifies what the foundation is capable of doing and how practicality can be a powerful tool when promoting progress” commented Mr. Jorge Frenk, Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the foundation. For the last two years, the foundation has been using its human and financial resources to aid resolving financial problems on disadvantaged economies.  Its success is drawing the attention of Latin America where the foundation members have a constructed a solid business reputation in a wide array of industries.  This opportunity at government level, expands the reach of the TITAN foundation for sustainable growth and pushes it forward toward equalizing the economic playfield for more countries, more economies and more people. Interested institutional investment firms are encouraged to contact latinamerica@titan.foundation to receive more...

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Air vs Sea: Is there a modal shift in cold chain logistics?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Health | Comments Off on Air vs Sea: Is there a modal shift in cold chain logistics?

Air vs Sea: Is there a modal shift in cold chain logistics?

  There are numerous reports of cargo switching to ocean freight from air cargo, including certain pharmaceutical products, flowers and fruit. Overall the global cold chain market remains highly competitive and fragmented. Innovations in big data and the Internet of Things could transform asset utilisation and the protection of sensitive cargo across the supply chains. 05 June 2017, Bath, UK: Ti is pleased to announce that its latest report, Cold Chain Logistics 2017, is now available to download. Cold Chain Logistics 2017 offers insight into the complex, but potentially lucrative, nature of temperature-controlled supply chains. The market continues to grow as new cold chains are created as a result of the buying power of rising middle classes in China and other developing countries, and by new demands for healthier and higher quality products. At the same time, however, restrictions on pharmaceutical production and growing consumer awareness of food safety is pushing the tightening of government regulations on temperature-controlled supply chains. As a result, reefer container technology has seen improvements in recent years. Not only can reefers control temperature more accurately, but they also monitor humidity, light and shocks. The visibility this provides has helped improve the quality of the reefers by encouraging further innovation. This allows newer reefers to keep perishable goods for longer, meaning a shorter travel time is a less important factor. Shipping lines with a stake in cold chain logistics are undoubtedly benefiting from breakthrough capabilities in reefer container technology. There are numerous anecdotal reports of cargo switching to ocean freight from air cargo, including certain pharmaceutical products, flowers and fruit. Ti’s Quantitative Analyst, Andrew Ralls, however explained, “Air freight carriers will need to innovate in the same way ocean freight carriers have done, though strong global trade of agricultural products such as trees & flowers, vegetables and fruits, is set to continue and this will aid volumes for both modes of transport.” Cold Chain Logistics 2017 is a 50 page report that provides analysis of the market and commentary around the future prospects of the industry as a whole, as well as from a logistics market, vertical sector and geographical perspective. To find out more about Cold Chain Logistics 2017, or Ti’s expertise in logistics technology, visit the Ti website, or contact Ti’s Sales Consultant, Charlie...

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The Growing Role of Chatbots in Healthcare

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Health | Comments Off on The Growing Role of Chatbots in Healthcare

The Growing Role of Chatbots in Healthcare

They are not doctors (yet), but well-trained bots can get patients to engage more in their care, helping to close the $300 billion ‘adherence gap’ in taking pills and following orders, say experts at Earley Information Science roundtable No one would confuse them with young interns or seasoned surgeons, but chatbots are becoming the newest addition to medical teams. Hospitals and other providers, as well as insurers, are starting to employ these digital workers to remind patients to take their medicine, to monitor life signs and to track mountains of data across patient groups that could produce breakthrough insights about diseases and treatments. Already, consumers can choose from among dozens of bots that provide “care” as soon as they are downloaded.   Help from the bots is critically needed – the lack of patient adherence to prescribed medications and to post-procedure instructions is putting tremendous strains on both providers and payers. Avoidable medical spending exceeds $300 billion a year, according to a recent study by CapGemini. But for bots to become major players in closing the adherence gap, and to deliver on other health-care and cost-saving fronts, their human bosses have to understand their capabilities while also appreciating their limitations, according to a panel of artificial intelligence (AI) and knowledge management experts at an Executive Roundtable discussion hosted on April 12 by Earley Information Science Corp. (EIS), a leading consulting firm focused on organizing information for business impact. The bots can greatly improve patient experience, the panelists said, and in the process improve adherence and outcomes. But the spread and acceptance of bots has been slowed by regulatory restrictions, insurance rules and privacy concerns that still have to be addressed, the experts added. And, they noted, because of AI’s limitations in understanding human language, the bots have to be seen as very junior members of the team, and a long way, if ever, from hanging out their own shingles. Bots can enable meaningful conversations with the care team and with patients, and encourage better patient behavior, “but they can’t provide medical advice and they can’t prescribe possible treatments,” said one of the panelists, Henry Truong, Chief Technology Officer, Teletech Holdings. Even the data that they provide about a patient’s condition, as rich as it is, can be missing the crucial nuances that a doctor’s eye, or touch, can add.  The roundtable discussion, “The Role of Intelligent Virtual Assistants in Healthcare: How virtual assistants can help solve the ‘adherence gap’ and more,” was led by David Hatch, Senior Vice President for Marketing at EIS. Besides Henry Truong, the panel included Dr. Bruce Metz, Managing Partner, Bruce Metz & Associates; Michael Flammer, Partner, Life Sciences and Healthcare Customer Strategy Services, Teletech Consulting; and Richard Lynch, Vice President and Managing Consultant, Accelare Inc.   The discussion was the second in a four-part EIS series, “The Age of the Chatbot Is Coming: Are You Ready?” The first roundtable, “Digital Workers, Chatbots and Customer Service: Reality Versus Aspiration,” was held on March 29. EIS held a related roundtable in January, “Virtual Assistants and Chatbots: The Next Big Thing in Customer Experience.”  Bots are already a key part of the evolution of the digital healthcare ecosystem, said Dr. Metz. “Providers are increasingly getting paid on the quality of outcomes. Meanwhile, consumers are becoming more demanding...

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“AFFIRMATIVE ACTION UNDER TRUMP– WHERE CAN IT GO?” ask former White House spokesman Robert Weiner and policy analyst Paula Hong.

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Health | Comments Off on “AFFIRMATIVE ACTION UNDER TRUMP– WHERE CAN IT GO?” ask former White House spokesman Robert Weiner and policy analyst Paula Hong.

“AFFIRMATIVE ACTION UNDER TRUMP– WHERE CAN IT GO?” ask former White House spokesman Robert Weiner and policy analyst Paula Hong.

(Washington, DC)–Minorities should remain hopeful under the Trump administration, but mist overcome serious obstacles, argue Robert Weiner and Paula Hong in an op-ed just released in the Michigan Chronicle, named twelve times as the #1 African-American newspaper in America. . Weiner and Hong begin, “Few remember but in December 2015, presidential candidate Donald Trump called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia out during his campaign, saying he, “did not like” Scalia’s belief that minorities, specifically African Americans, would be better off attending ‘slower-track schools’—disregarding affirmative action’s purpose to provide minorities with opportunities.” They proceed, “The hope for minorities that President Trump would remain ‘fine with affirmative action’ was short-lived with Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos on February 7, 2017–who denied 77 universities funding requests on Thursday, May 25, 2017 for inadequate ‘formatting rules’ which she blamed Obama for creating.” They continue, “The contradictory decisions left minorities despondent about the increasingly right wing influenced Court and White House on issues such as education, health care, small business support, food aid and police reforms.” They state, “The New York Times on May 28, 2017 and the Washington Post on May 29, 2017 had lead stories titled ‘Minority Advocates Say Trump’s Budget Will Hurt Their Causes’ and ‘Trump administration plans to minimize civil rights efforts in agencies’ following the crisis of President Trump’s proposed budget which would reduce agencies’ civil rights advocacy.” They add, “Minority protections could still garner strength through victories elsewhere, however, such as the Court’s recent decision to turn down a North Carolina case on May 15, 2017 that targeted ‘African-Americans with almost surgical precision” during voter registration according to Circuit Judge Diana Gribbon Motz.’” They exclaim, “Michigan has had an intricate history of approved then overturned then re-approved bans on the issue of affirmative action in college admission. The decision by the Supreme Court on April 22, 2014 to overturn the Michigan Civil Rights Amendment case (Hudson vs Michigan in November of 2006) was a reversal for minorities who hoped to bring back affirmative action. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit), Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus and the House of Representatives, called the decision ‘counter to Constitutional equal protection.’” They assert, “Under the Administration-supported, House-passed repeal-and-replace health plan, three million African Americans and four million Hispanics will lose coverage (currently) provided by the Affordable Care Act.” They continue, “What Trump boasts as being a “great plan,” will cause upwards of “an estimated 51 million people under age 65 to be uninsured over the next decade, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance under current law, according to the Congressional Budget Office.” They expand, “The 2014 Census Bureau found that ‘The number of Michigan residents with health insurance grew by a quarter million during the first year of Obamacare.’” They reassert, “Not only has the new Administration left minorities worrying about their future health, but their safety. The Trump administration argued against Federal Judge James Bredar’s decision on April 7, 2017 on police reforms. They go on, “Bredar disregarded General Jeff Session’s ‘review of more than a dozen federal agreements with police forces that [would] address problems of racial profiling, discrimination and use of excessive force,’ and instead, approved the Baltimore police’s plea to justify what the Obama Justice Department found as unconstitutional and discriminatory practices.” They persist, “Many considered...

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Green Power Partners Co-Sponsors The Youth Mentoring Forum

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Health | Comments Off on Green Power Partners Co-Sponsors The Youth Mentoring Forum

Green Power Partners Co-Sponsors The Youth Mentoring Forum

Lake Forest, California – June 2, 2017 – Green Power Partners will be co-sponsoring the upcoming Youth Mentoring Forum, taking place at the Hilton Hotel in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey on the 3rd of this month. The event, co-founded by established motivational speaker and author, Henning Morales, provides a panel which will identify key challenges facing today’s youth and present strategies for moving youth forward into a healthy and beneficial future.  The Youth Mentoring Forum was founded as an event that caters directly to the youth and specific challenges they face.  The young people of today are commonly referred to as one of two names, Millennials, which refers to young adults primarily in their twenties and Generation Z which simply refers to today’s teens.  These groups are unique and are quite unlike any previous generations the world has seen.  Growing up in a world where technology has advanced at staggering rates, youth have had instant access to news, trends, events from all around the world via devices such as TV, cellphones and computers.  As a result, they are without a doubt, the most technologically advanced, and socially aware generation yet.   However, with these rapid advancements and the instant access to information, certain problems have begun to arise.  Issues such as teen suicide, cyber bullying and violence has become an alarmingly common theme throughout this group.  This event recognizes the need to address these issues but also wishes to come up solutions and strategies to continue moving youth forward in a healthy, safe and successful manner.  On the forums panel, are six highly respected key note speakers with firsthand experience working with today’s young society.  These speakers will share valuable insight on the topic and offer opportunities and strategies for progression. The evening will highlight six Keynote speakers, each of who have valuable insight and experience working with modern youth.  Highly accredited motivational speaker, best-selling author, and co-founder of this event, Henning Morales will be featured as one of these speakers.  Through his own personal experiences, Morales has a deep-rooted passion for motivating, mentoring, and guiding young people.  Morales has taken on many projects, writing books, films, event production, but throughout all these the direct coaching of ’kids’ is a prominent theme.  Dr. Suzette Febre-Hart is another co-founder of the event and she will be speaking as well.  With over 26 years of experience in elementary, intermediate and high school education, Febre-Hart is not only a recognized educator but also a mentor and mother.  Suzette has involved herself in many media projects, including The Dirt Merchants Film, a film adaptation of Henning’s newest book.  Through these projects, she strives to expand her message and positively influence more lives throughout the world. In addition to the Forum co-founders, several other highly acclaimed educators and mentors will be present to share their knowledge.  Brittany O’Donnell is a math teacher who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a certification in Students with Disabilities, amongst many other achievements.  She will be sharing insight which comes first hand from her experience working with youth.  Millennial Mindset coach, Marcel Petitpas, recognizes the millions of people throughout the world who are unfulfilled in the workplace and never end up reaching their potential.  He will be speaking on how he works to change this through letting go...

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Green Power Partners Co-Sponsors The Women’s Excellence Forum

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Health | Comments Off on Green Power Partners Co-Sponsors The Women’s Excellence Forum

Green Power Partners Co-Sponsors The Women’s Excellence Forum

Lake Forest, California – May 22, 2017 – Green Power Partners will be co-sponsoring the upcoming Women’s Excellence Forum on the 24th of this month at the famous TenTen Rooftop Lounge located in the heart of Los Angeles.  The event, presented by eWorldMedia, provides opportunity for women to participate in discussions and networking specific to their personal development.     The Women’s Excellence Forum was launched as an event that uniquely caters to a female perspective and touches on topics ranging from business to health and relationships.  Unlike most conventional forums, the event opens with a dazzling red carpet extravaganza – nothing short of a true star-studded, Hollywood experience.  With cameras, photo ops and plenty of mingling, the opening triggers an enthralling energy that sets an eager tone for the rest of the evening.  Amongst all the excitement, the message still stands strong.  With positive attitude as part of the message, a slate of remarkable speakers “provide so much more”.  Using Excellence Mindset Strategies, “a series of events where personal development masters deliver the very best techniques for achieving the most effective results”, the carefully selected speakers provide tools and techniques that empower every individual to achieve extraordinary results.     The evening highlights six Keynote speakers, all highly regarded individuals, each of whom specializes in various subjects pertaining to multiple aspects of life.  Shea Vaughn, “America’s Queen of Wellness” and creator of Sheanetics, a program which combines wellness to improve well-being physically, mentally and even in business, is speaking on health related topics and well-being.  Noted athlete, Jasmine Henderson, will be sharing on sports excellence. On the business side of the discussion, Debra Faris, LinkedIn professional and coach, will be leading conversation pertaining to your business face in social media.  Additionally, speakers Raquel Sanchez and Al Harris will share expertise on event production and planning.  On a more personal note, Renee Piane, professional love and dating coach with more than two decades experience in the field, will be discussing her book “The Love Designer” and sharing valuable insights with attendees. With the relevance of the subjects being discussed, all who attend can expect a very insightful evening, quite unlike any other.    The Forum was created and is being presented by eWorldMedia, a media company with a special focus on personal development.  eWorldMedia founder, Henning Morales, is a highly accredited individual, known as a bestselling author, keynote speaker, filmmaker and recognized as one of the best known bilingual motivational speakers to date.  Mr. Morales is a motivator who delivers a strong life improvement message throughout his projects, but specifically leans towards the Latino community.  Morales has gone “above and beyond”, creating personal development events throughout the US and Mexico in English and Spanish so he can carry his message to all those he desires to reach. eWorldMedia and its founder pride themselves on creating events that reach out to groups of individuals in a personal and welcoming environment.  The Women’s Excellence Forum does just that.     Green Power Partners is fortunate to co-sponsor this incredible event.  Leading the way in the production of renewable energy, Green Power Partners cares strongly for the community and is proud to sponsor events and organizations that do the same. Using highly advanced technology and unbridled innovation, GPP is paving the way for the next...

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Chen Bing Taiji Academy USA to be honored by the Mayor of Jiaozuo, China for officially teaching authentic Chen Village Tai Chi in the USA

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Health | Comments Off on Chen Bing Taiji Academy USA to be honored by the Mayor of Jiaozuo, China for officially teaching authentic Chen Village Tai Chi in the USA

Chen Bing Taiji Academy USA to be honored by the Mayor of Jiaozuo, China for  officially teaching authentic Chen Village Tai Chi  in the USA

CHEN BING TAIJI ACADEMYContact: Master Bosco BaekTel: (323) 953-5908Email: bosco@chenbing.orgwww.chenbing.org CHEN BING TAIJI ACADEMY IN THE LOS FELIZ/SILVER LAKE AREA TO BE OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED FOR TEACHING AUTHENTIC CHEN VILLAGE TAI CHI LOS ANGELES, CA— Known for its amazing health benefits, Tai Chi was developed in the 16th century by Chen Wangting, a Ming Dynasty General. Over the centuries Tai Chi transformed into countless styles and spread around the world from its birthplace in Chen Village, China. On Monday, May 22, 2017, the Mayor of the city of Jiaozuo, China—the municipality within which Chen Village is located—will recognize the Chen Bing Taiji Academy as a place where authentic Chen Village Tai Chi is taught. Chen Bing Taiji Academy is the only center in the USA receiving thus far this honor. Los Angeles City Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan will be in attendance representing the City of Los Angeles. This event will include skilled demonstrations of authentic Chen Tai Chi. It will occur at Chen Bing Taiji Academy, 2724 Griffith Park Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, on May 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM. Admission is...

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Why Trump’s Executive Order Should Mean Connecting Rural America Now

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Health | Comments Off on Why Trump’s Executive Order Should Mean Connecting Rural America Now

Why Trump’s Executive Order Should Mean  Connecting Rural America Now

Contact: Jessica Denson, Communications Mgr.            For Immediate ReleaseEmail: jdenson@connectednation.org                            May 1, 2017                             Phone number: 502-341-2024 Website: connectednation.org Why Trump’s Executive Order Should Mean Connecting Rural America Now Bowling Green, Ky. (May 1, 2017) – President Trump signed an Executive Order this week entitled “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America.” This order brought rural America to the forefront with a focus on technology, economic opportunities, and easing regulations that harm rural areas, and for those of us at Connected Nation, it’s a sign that our country may finally prioritize the need to connect rural America for the benefit of the entire country. “Connected Nation has long been committed to helping families, small communities, the agricultural industry, and others living in rural-and urban-America to obtain broadband access that others in our country have and are able to use in their day-to-day lives,” Lindsay Conrad, Director of Public Policy for Connected Nation, said. “To not have this access means not having access to jobs and educational opportunities, programs to help stimulate businesses, and healthcare. All of which improve the quality of life and standards of living for each individual.  From Connected Nation’s point-of-view this new Executive Order is an opportunity to cross the Digital Divide and help these families, rural communities, and farmers,” Conrad added. “I understand people may ask – why does access matter? To put it simply, not having broadband access means being left out of a connected nation and global economy. Families don’t have access to simple things that many of us take for granted, even just ordering a hard-to-find product, or filling out a job application. Imagine how these little things can help a single mom or dad struggling to raise their children?  Well, there are a hundred little ways a lack of technology access can add up and really hurt families, small community businesses, and our nation’s farmers,” Eric Frederick, Vice President of Community Affairs for Connected Nation, explained.  The order establishes an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, led by newly appointed Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue—a former two-term Republican Governor from Georgia—and also includes well-informed members such as the Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai. The Task Force will spend 180 days studying issues in rural America and develop recommendations for legislative and regulatory remedies “to promote in rural America agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security, and quality of life.” In one such rural area of the country, Northern Michigan, Connected Nation recently conducted surveys of small businesses (which include businesses with less than 15 employees) with the hopes of understanding the technology challenges and greater opportunities through broadband a small business in rural America may hope to experience. In another study, Connected Nation found that broadband use in rural America is vital and extremely varied; 19.2% of farmers in northern Michigan use technology for variable rate irrigation, 57.9% have implemented a digital farm management system, 38.4% use the Internet daily to market their business, 11.4% use the Internet daily to participate in a virtual marketplace, and 23.1% use the Internet daily to network with other farmers. By taking a deeper look at a variety of issues including broadband access and use...

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