Benefit works – Slimming Pills Review http://slimmingpillsreview.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 13:39:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://slimmingpillsreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png Benefit works – Slimming Pills Review http://slimmingpillsreview.com/ 32 32 Boundless Drives Financial Inclusion With BNPL https://slimmingpillsreview.com/boundless-drives-financial-inclusion-with-bnpl/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 13:15:01 +0000 https://slimmingpillsreview.com/boundless-drives-financial-inclusion-with-bnpl/ This month’s Buy Now, Pay Later Tracker® results also show that more than half of consumers are either more likely to choose retailers that offer it or to switch to those that offer it. According to Xiao Wang, CEO of Boundless, PYMNTS is proof that BNPL benefits both companies and their customers. An interview with […]]]>

This month’s Buy Now, Pay Later Tracker® results also show that more than half of consumers are either more likely to choose retailers that offer it or to switch to those that offer it. According to Xiao Wang, CEO of Boundless, PYMNTS is proof that BNPL benefits both companies and their customers.

An interview with Xiao Wangco-founder and CEO of immigration services startup and partner at Splitit Boundless, on how BNPL helps businesses that implement it.

There are few groups that face more challenges in the United States than recent immigrants and those wishing to immigrate, particularly when it comes to affording themselves the services necessary to support their efforts. Not only are these people more likely to be poorer than the average natural citizen, but they also face the additional expenses of navigating the complex immigration system for themselves or their family members.

“There are a lot of hurdles that stand in the way of someone starting to live their life in the United States, and a big part of that is being able to save enough money to even start that process. Buy now, pay later allows us to reduce this barrier for families. »

Offering buy now, pay later (BNPL) can benefit both the business implementing it and its customers. Customers are much more likely to make purchases and in much larger quantities when they can spread the cost over multiple smaller payments, increasing business revenue.

“[BNPL] both increase conversion rates [from] people who will buy now instead of waiting, and it also increases customer satisfaction because we are able to offer a benefit that customers cannot get anywhere else.

BNPL could potentially generate additional revenue in the future as it enables more customers to make purchases that they otherwise could not. Removing institutional barriers to lending for underserved populations like immigrants is a good business decision — and not just for those who serve immigrants directly. Improving financial inclusion can generate revenue at all levels.

“The American financial system is inherently flawed against a number of different types of populations of which immigrants are one of them. But buy now, pay later providers have enabled customers who are limited by traditional agency credit scores. What I really hope for is the proliferation of new ways to better understand the creditworthiness of a wider section of the population, especially those who have been disadvantaged before.

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Julia Murney, Conrad Ricamora and More to Star in BROADWAY ROCKS CANCER Benefit Performance https://slimmingpillsreview.com/julia-murney-conrad-ricamora-and-more-to-star-in-broadway-rocks-cancer-benefit-performance/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:01:21 +0000 https://slimmingpillsreview.com/julia-murney-conrad-ricamora-and-more-to-star-in-broadway-rocks-cancer-benefit-performance/ The best way to get into the holiday spirit is to enjoy holiday classics performed by Broadway’s hottest stars. And now you can! Summit Health Cares is proud to present Broadway Rocks Cancer, a benefit show that raises funds to help comfort patients and their families battling cancer. This year’s event will take place on […]]]>

The best way to get into the holiday spirit is to enjoy holiday classics performed by Broadway’s hottest stars. And now you can! Summit Health Cares is proud to present Broadway Rocks Cancer, a benefit show that raises funds to help comfort patients and their families battling cancer. This year’s event will take place on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM (PST) and will be hosted by the one and only Christopher J. Hanke (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Cry-Baby, Rent). Hanke will be joined on stage by a star-studded cast, including: Alex Ellis (Catch Me if You Can, Legally Blonde, Titanic), Colin Hanlon (Falsettos, Rent, Wicked), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hair, On the Town, Le Fantôme de l’Opéra), Natalie Joy Johnson (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Tamika Lawrence (Caroline, or Change; Come from Away; The Book of Mormon), Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party, Falling), Joe Aaron Reid (Catch Me If You Can, Chicago, Ghost), Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, Here Lies Love, Soft Power), Adam Roberts (Pippin, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) and Elizabeth Stanley (Jagged Little Pill , Over the City, Cry-Baby).

“We’ve been hosting this event since 2017 and every year it gets better and better,” said SHC Executive Director Joe Finocchiaro. “Day after day, patients tell us how much the Patient-in-Need Fund and the Comfort Project are making a huge difference in their lives. Our goal is to continue to provide this support to ensure that cancer patients and their families have all the necessary tools. they must overcome this disease.”

Having exceptional medical treatment is vital for any patient battling cancer. While the Summit Health Cancer Centers in Oregon and New Jersey provide a higher level of patient care, studies show that treatment success is about more than excellent medical care. Proceeds raised at Broadway Rocks Cancer will go to the Patient-in-Need Fund, helping to reduce financial toxicity for cancer patients and their families by providing grants to help pay day-to-day bills (e.g., rent, utilities), groceries, travel to treatment, or specific nutritional supplements that patients need for their cancer treatment. Additionally, proceeds will help expand SHC’s Cancer Comfort Project offering multiple resources for cancer patients and their families, from one-on-one patient navigation services helping to access community resources to movement and mindfulness classes, to therapeutic music and more. Above all, all of these programs will help reduce anxiety and allow patients to focus on what is most important – being healthy.

“My grandmother battled stage 4 cancer and with the crippling medical bills, she didn’t have the funds to pay for the everyday items she needed,” said Adam Roberts, interpreter of the this year’s event. “Having an organization like this come to her aid would have made the process easier and lessened the burden on the family a bit.”

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit sh-cares.org or towertheatre.org.

Broadway Rocks Cancer would not be possible without the support of organizations and community partners who generously donated to keep the show going. SHC thanks: BASF, Coverys, Elite Electric, Gecko Solutions, Humana, PKA Architects, PacificSource, Providence Health Plan, Stilson Builders, Summit Health, Therapy Works Physical Therapy, Visit Central Oregon and XPress Printing for their support of this important event.

ABOUT SUMMIT HEALTH CARE

Summit Health Cares was founded in 2013 as Summit Medical Group Foundation by Summit Medical Group, the first independent physician-led multi-specialty medical group, now called Summit Health. The foundation focuses on supporting neighbors in underserved communities in Oregon, New York, and New Jersey, helping them access the medical, educational, and social services they need to live healthier lives. To learn more about Summit Health Cares, visit sh-cares.org.

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Darren Criss, Lena Hall, Ramin Karimloo and Solea Pfeiffer prepare for Chess Benefit Concert on Broadway | The Broadway Buzz https://slimmingpillsreview.com/darren-criss-lena-hall-ramin-karimloo-and-solea-pfeiffer-prepare-for-chess-benefit-concert-on-broadway-the-broadway-buzz/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 17:32:50 +0000 https://slimmingpillsreview.com/darren-criss-lena-hall-ramin-karimloo-and-solea-pfeiffer-prepare-for-chess-benefit-concert-on-broadway-the-broadway-buzz/ Darren Criss, Lena Hall, Ramin Karimloo and Solea Pfeiffer (Photos: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) A star-studded benefit concert Chess comes to Broadway for one night only. The concert will feature Emmy winner Darren Criss as Tony winner Freddie Trumper and Little Shop of Horrors star Lena Hall as Florence Vassey, funny girl’s Ramin Karimloo as […]]]>

Darren Criss, Lena Hall, Ramin Karimloo and Solea Pfeiffer
(Photos: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)

A star-studded benefit concert Chess comes to Broadway for one night only. The concert will feature Emmy winner Darren Criss as Tony winner Freddie Trumper and Little Shop of Horrors star Lena Hall as Florence Vassey, funny girl’s Ramin Karimloo as Anatoly Sergievsky and almost known Solea Pfeiffer as Svetlana Sergievsky. The event will take place on December 12 at the Broadhurst Theater on Broadway and will benefit the Entertainment Community Fund. Tony winner Michael Mayer will direct.

Chess features a score by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and EGOT winner Tim Rice and features a new book by Emmy winner Danny Strong.

The musical is a love story set against historic Cold War chess battles between the United States and Russia where ideologies clash dangerously. Strong’s new book is sharp, funny and captures the tension of the era as the iconic score keeps the stakes high from start to finish.

“We are thrilled to help bring this new iteration of such a beloved musical to New York City,” Entertainment Community Fund Chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell said in a statement. “Our thanks to Tom, Ira and all Chess company for their generous support of our programs and services to help those in our industry this holiday season,” he added, referring to producers Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman, who are presenting the concert in association with the Entertainment Community. fund.

The show was originally produced on Broadway in 1988. A 2003 benefit concert at the New Amsterdam Theatre, featuring Tony Sutton Foster winner Josh Groban, Julia Murney and Adam Pascal, also supported the Entertainment Community Fund (then called The Actors’ Fund). A new production, starring Raúl Esparza, Tony winner Karen Olivo, Karimloo and Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles, bowed at the Kennedy Center in 2018. Rice hinted that a new Broadway production could be in preparation.

Additional cast for the December 12 concert will be announced at a later date.

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Housing and the urban system should benefit from the reforms of the RMA https://slimmingpillsreview.com/housing-and-the-urban-system-should-benefit-from-the-reforms-of-the-rma/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 04:30:35 +0000 https://slimmingpillsreview.com/housing-and-the-urban-system-should-benefit-from-the-reforms-of-the-rma/ New Zealand’s housing and urban system stands to benefit from the overhaul of the resource management system, making building new housing easier, faster and cheaper. “The RMA is well past its sell-by date. It has failed to deliver the housing we need, and it has failed to support Maori housing aspirations,” said Megan Woods. […]]]>

New Zealand’s housing and urban system stands to benefit from the overhaul of the resource management system, making building new housing easier, faster and cheaper.

“The RMA is well past its sell-by date. It has failed to deliver the housing we need, and it has failed to support Maori housing aspirations,” said Megan Woods.

“The legislation introduced in Parliament today (the Natural and Built Environment and the Planning Bills) will create a system that will work for all New Zealanders.

“It will be easier and more affordable to provide housing where people need it while protecting the natural environment.

“The intent is that more housing and urban activity will be permitted and less consent required,” said Megan Woods.

“These reforms simplify the consent process by replacing complex consent requests with standards. This has the ability to enable faster consent times and more affordable housing, thanks to lower development costs.

Estimates suggest the new system will deliver annual benefits through an increase in housing affordability of $146 million in a conservative scenario to $834.3 million,” said Megan Woods.

The requirement for regional spatial strategies will provide direction on where development, growth and infrastructure should be provided over 30+ years.

“These spatial strategies will align infrastructure and land use planning to support well-functioning urban areas and bring certainty to the sector,” said Megan Woods.

In the meantime, a key tool that was used to speed up housing delivery, put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be retained.

The COVID-19 Recovery (Accelerated Consent) Act of 2020 has so far resulted in 31 housing projects with the potential to deliver over 4,000 new homes that have been successfully accelerated or referred to a consent panel . This has enabled medium and high density housing in areas such as Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown, which are areas where housing demand exceeds what councils have previously allowed through their ordinary planning and consent processes.

“Our housing crisis has lasted for decades and unfortunately there is no silver bullet to fix housing and the urban system.

“While we have already made significant progress in enabling more urban development, such as investing in critical infrastructure such as pipes and roads to support more housing, there is still a long way to go.

“A leaner and more responsive resource management system will help improve housing supply, affordability and choice, and deliver better housing outcomes for Maori,” said Megan Woods.

(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)

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Support our veterans; honor Hospice and Palliative Care Month; thank the public works employees https://slimmingpillsreview.com/support-our-veterans-honor-hospice-and-palliative-care-month-thank-the-public-works-employees/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 17:04:10 +0000 https://slimmingpillsreview.com/support-our-veterans-honor-hospice-and-palliative-care-month-thank-the-public-works-employees/ In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 Veterans Day, calling on the nation to “solemnly remember the sacrifices of all who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on the land.” foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom. Let us unite to honor these brave individuals who have […]]]>

In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 Veterans Day, calling on the nation to “solemnly remember the sacrifices of all who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on the land.” foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom. Let us unite to honor these brave individuals who have served our country in uniform.

More than ever, our veterans and their families need our support. Certainly, we can all agree that these men and women who risked it all deserve our support and gratitude. That’s why Anne Arundel County is joining the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veterans Services Officers to launch Operation Green Light for Veterans, an initiative designed to highlight the service of our veterans.

As part of OGL, Anne Arundel County is lighting the Arundel Center green to remind veterans and their families that we are here for them. We encourage individuals and businesses to join us in changing a light bulb in a driveway to a green light to let veterans know they are appreciated and supported. Although this event is focused on the week of November 7-13, we encourage individuals to continue giving the green light year-round.

Operation Green Light also aims to educate the approximately 60,000 veterans we proudly serve in Anne Arundel County about resources. Throughout the year, Anne Arundel County staff work to connect veterans to federal and state benefits, helping them manage employment and medical needs, as well as find peers to assist in the transition to civilian life.

Veterans can inquire about available services at 410-222-3500 (the Anne Arundel County Veterans Service Center) and through the Anne Arundel County Veterans Commission.

This Veterans Day weekend and beyond, please join us in Operation Green Light and make Anne Arundel County green for our veterans.

Debra Luzietti-Myers, Annapolis

In November, National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we join other palliative care organizations across the country to celebrate the incredible care our team provides to families and to work towards a better understanding of care options. available to everyone in our community, including those who are living with illness and loss or caring for someone who is.

Hospice, palliative and bereavement care is and should be personal and local. The patients who need our care are your family members, neighbors, friends and co-workers, so it’s personal.

Hospice of the Chesapeake and its subsidiaries, Calvert Hospice and Hospice of Charles County, are and always have been independent, community-based nonprofit organizations. You probably know someone who has received our compassionate and expert care. Also, you may have someone in your life who works on our team or volunteers. Talk to them and they’ll enthusiastically share how our specialist care helps ease the many burdens of caregivers, supports and begins to ease the patient journey, and offers support and guidance to those coping with bereavement.

One of the most common comments we hear from families is, “Why did we wait so long to call? ” Do not wait. We’re ready to meet you where you are and make sure you have choice in what kind of care you receive, where you receive it, when you receive it, and who provides that care.

We are grateful to have been your hometown hospice for over four decades. Caring for your loved ones, families, friends and neighbors in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and Prince George counties continues to be our greatest honor.

mike brady

Brady is President and CEO of Hospice of the Chesapeake

Any time is a good time to show gratitude, but we most often take action at this time of year, remembering those who make our lives easier and tipping extra to show our appreciation. Just think of the crews who work exceptionally hard for us every week, hauling our recycled cans, smelly trash and bags of leaves through all the weather. Our public works teams are dedicated and deserve our thanks and appreciation. But how? Consider doing what our block did last year.

Our houses are served each week by three different teams of three, for each type of collection. We decided to thank them with a “tip from the block”. Each household contributed $5 to $10 per worker, as they could. We pooled the money, divided it into nine ways, and sealed the money in separate thank you cards. A neighbor has been instructed to wake up early on our next weekly collection day and pass on our thanks. As each truck stopped for collection, she would get out and hand an envelope to each worker, thanking them for a great year. The surprise and the smiles were contagious!

Public works crews work hard for us all year round. This season of giving and giving, get together with your neighbors and find a way to show them your gratitude. They deserved it.

Susan Jacobs, Annapolis

Maryland is proof that single-use plastic bans prevent plastic pollution in our waterways. According to a recent report, Mr. Trash Wheel – the famous wide-eyed trash interceptor that gobbles up trash from Jones Falls in Baltimore – has seen an 80% reduction in the number of styrofoam containers collected since these were banned. articles by Maryland. effect in 2020.

These data show how effective policies that limit the use of single-use plastic items can be. Prior to our statewide ban on Styrofoam take-out containers, over 100,000 were collected by Mr. Trash Wheel each year.

Maryland’s polystyrene ban was a big step forward, but state lawmakers can do so much more — and they have voter support. A 2022 poll by Oceana found that 94% of registered voters in Maryland are concerned about single-use plastic products, and 88% support local and state policies that reduce single-use plastic. It’s clear that Marylanders want a cleaner, less polluted environment — and, as Mr. Trash Wheel showed us, political solutions can get us there.

As we approach the next state legislative session, we must advocate for policies that reduce single-use plastic and urge our elected officials to prioritize these efforts.

Anna Weshner-Dunning

Dunning is a Mid-Atlantic Field Representative for Oceana

A golf tournament to benefit the Orphan Grain Train was held recently at Compass Pointe Golf Courses in Pasadena. We extend our thanks to Corporate Sponsor, Team Thrivent Liberty and Presenting Sponsor Koons Ford of Annapolis. Thank you also to our many sponsors and donors. Over $6,000 was raised. The Orphan Grain Train is a faith-based charity that provides humanitarian aid around the world, most recently to Ukraine, Appalachia, South Sudan and Liberia.

Mike Wasem, Arnold

The unelected Federal Reserve Board decided that this country needed to go into recession to stem inflation. Anyone who thinks inflation is something new just needs to think back to what it cost to buy their first car or their first house!

Ric Campbell, Odenton

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We need to accelerate green evolution – but who should finance it? -UKGBC https://slimmingpillsreview.com/we-need-to-accelerate-green-evolution-but-who-should-finance-it-ukgbc/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 09:12:43 +0000 https://slimmingpillsreview.com/we-need-to-accelerate-green-evolution-but-who-should-finance-it-ukgbc/ On Finance Day at COP27, Avison Young’s Nicky Knight and Emma Berry discuss who should fund the green revolution in commercial buildings. Published on November 9, 2022 To share On Finance Day at COP27, it is impossible not to reflect on the role that investment must have in transitioning our built environment to net zero. […]]]>

On Finance Day at COP27, Avison Young’s Nicky Knight and Emma Berry discuss who should fund the green revolution in commercial buildings.

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On Finance Day at COP27, it is impossible not to reflect on the role that investment must have in transitioning our built environment to net zero. Strong financial incentives and robust and reliable green investments will play a crucial role in scaling up and accelerating our climate action. In this blog post, Nicky Knight and Emma Berry will discuss, with respect to individual assets, who should pay for these sustainability measures.

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Nicky Knight – Head of Service Charge Consultancy at Avison Young – acts for occupiers who are concerned about rising service charge costs

Emma Berry – Regional Head North West Property Management at Avison Young – acts for owners looking to improve their assets.

Green approaches to building construction, management and occupancy benefit all parties, so why hasn’t a mutually agreeable financing solution been found yet?

Nicky:

Although the impact of buildings on the climate is well established, how owners and occupants can effectively work towards shared sustainability goals can still present a challenge. Currently, although the intentions are good, we often see each side assuming that the other will fund green improvements or – even before that stage is reached – start the conversation. Where dialogue takes place, tangible results are still sporadic. Engagement of owners and occupants is needed as soon as possible to progress faster.

Emma:

Owners have rightly put sustainability on the agenda and are looking more closely at the operational performance of their assets. As is often the case, the program is further accelerated by legislation. Under the April 2023 MEES legislation, lease renewals will begin to be covered by its provisions and must have a rating above F or G. Consultations are underway to raise the EPC rating to a minimum of B by here 2030.

The focus should now be on commercial renovation and decarbonization strategies to ensure the continued attractiveness of assets, as occupiers may otherwise consider moving to greener buildings when leases expire or end. Moreover, with changing legislation, the only way to ensure that many assets remain legally worthwhile in the future is to comply with ESG regulations. If homeowners are slow to act now, especially with the added pressures of labor shortages and rising material costs, they may run out of time.

Nicky:

Sharing data and aligning goals and commitments is valuable here. We want to encourage behavioral and systemic change, which can be initiated by looking at building data and understanding where improvements can have the most impact. Occupants need to be part of the conversation – commitment and agreement are needed.

Both parties can benefit from green initiatives – so who should fund them?

Emma:

Many of the sustainability initiatives championed and implemented by owners also have a clearly positive outcome for occupants, including through reduced energy consumption, which, given rising gas and electricity, can make a real difference, as well as the overall benefit of helping to support their own owners. sustainability goals.

I think it is reasonable to expect occupiers to fund such projects, at least in part, through service charges if this benefit is passed on to them. However, owners should consider term financing to reduce upfront occupant expenses. It is also important that the benefits to occupants are clear when seeking membership.

Nicky:

This is where we may have to agree to disagree – at least in part! Legislation belongs to the landlord – so shouldn’t he fund new initiatives? Improvements are often not an element of service charge or even explicitly excluded under the lease, and also benefit the owner of the asset, so the owner should contribute financing.

However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Factors to consider include the length of the lease, the terms of the lease, the benefits of the proposed work, and the costs – recovery of service charges should be assessed on a case-by-case basis. But the assumption cannot be that ecological improvements are entirely funded by service fees.

How should leases evolve to support green initiatives?

Emma:

We must remember that these changes are for the common good. Perhaps a stubborn focus on protecting each side’s positions around this topic is outdated – a collective movement toward protecting our climate would benefit all.

The structure of most current leases does not properly support the ESG conversation and this is something as an industry that we should seek to change with an even greater emphasis on early collaboration between landlords and occupants.

Green lease clauses should be explored, particularly because from the perspective of the managing agent, they offer potential contractual support for sustainability initiatives. The BPP Commercial Lease Model, has some good examples, including a co-operation clause, providing guidance on a range of issues including environmental performance testing and recovery costs of CPEs.

Nicky:

I agree that leases are currently not fit for the purpose of ensuring green progress. Separate communication and agreement is required if tenants are expected to contribute or partially fund improvements.

What should happen next?

Nicky:

Actively seek discussions between landlord and occupier if they have not already taken place. Focus on initiatives with proven impact to avoid falling into the trap of greenwashing or expensive exercises with little benefit. Sustainability surveys, for example, tend to be a repeat expense, but without proper analysis and a solid plan to implement changes, it becomes a tick box exercise.

Emma:

Landlords should engage with occupants from the outset; to know their ESG aspirations and expectations for their own shareholders, employees or wider stakeholders – then be transparent and articulate the cost-benefit around the proposed initiatives to agree on a strategy that also works for the occupier. I would also recommend early data capture so occupants can see both challenges and demonstrable benefits, which in turn helps support conversations about shared funding responsibilities and can improve the building experience for occupants. users.

A common goal

The cliché of the landlord dictating to a tenant has never been more outdated than when we consider the impact of climate change on our built environment. The UK Green Building Council benchmarks for 2030-35 are challenging and will not be achieved without collaboration. By working together, building owners, occupants and users can approach reducing emissions holistically, creating greener, more sustainable places that benefit everyone.

This article is written by employees of Avison Young.

To learn more about what owners and occupiers can do next to accelerate the transition to net zero, explore the thoughts from our Whole Life Carbon Roadmap workshop that sought to answer this question.

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Options for Video Doorbell Cameras in 2022 https://slimmingpillsreview.com/options-for-video-doorbell-cameras-in-2022/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://slimmingpillsreview.com/options-for-video-doorbell-cameras-in-2022/ With so much going on in the world, more and more people prefer home security to keep tabs on what’s going on around their property. With the latest home security technology, including the Video Doorbell Camera, you can know what’s going on at your front door at all hours, whether you’re home or not. What […]]]>

With so much going on in the world, more and more people prefer home security to keep tabs on what’s going on around their property.

With the latest home security technology, including the Video Doorbell Camera, you can know what’s going on at your front door at all hours, whether you’re home or not.

What is a Video Doorbell?

A video doorbell camera is a small, internet-connected device that can be placed near your front door in place of a traditional doorbell. It lets you see and talk to visitors from anywhere in the world using your smartphone or tablet.

With a doorbell camera, you can browse recorded footage and see who or what came to your door while you were away. Some models also come with a chime that you can place inside your home to hear when someone is at the door, even if you’re not near the camera.

What are the benefits of having a smart doorbell?

Installing a video doorbell camera for your home has many benefits. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is that a doorbell camera allows you to see who is at your door, wherever you are. This can be very useful if you are expecting a package or if someone is coming to do some work at your home.

Another benefit of having a video doorbell is that it can deter burglars and other criminals. If they see you have a camera, they may be less likely to try to break into your home. Even if they do, you will have evidence of their crime which can be used to catch and prosecute them.

Another advantage of doorbell cameras is that they allow you to interact with visitors without opening the door. This can be very useful when you are sick or away but still want to interact with the visitor.

Finally, many video doorbells come with additional features that can be useful, such as motion detection, night vision, and two-way audio. These features allow you to see and hear what’s going on, even if it’s dark or the person is far from the camera.

How do video doorbells work?

Most video doorbells work by connecting to your home Wi-Fi network. Once connected, you can access it from anywhere in the world using a smart device.

To do this, you will need to download the accompanying app and create an account. Once you’ve done that, you can start using the camera.

System or stand-alone?

When choosing a video doorbell, one thing to consider is whether you want a system or a standalone model.

System models are generally more expensive, but they offer more features and are often easier to use. Standalone models are generally less expensive but may not have as many features.

The 6 best smart doorbells on the market today

There are many types of video doorbells on the market, so choosing the right one for your home can be tricky. To help you decide, here are six of the best video doorbells on the market today.

1. Arlo Video Doorbell: The Arlo Video Doorbell is a great choice for those who want a high quality camera. It features two-way audio, motion detection and HDR video quality that captures people from head to toe with its 180 degree viewing angle.

2. Nest Doorbell: The Nest Hello Video Doorbell is another great choice for those looking for a high-quality camera. It has a resolution of 960 X 1280 at 30 fps and comes with high contrast lighting for quality video footage day or night. This wireless doorbell is battery powered which means it will work with any door.

3. Ring video doorbell: The Ring Video Doorbell is a popular choice for those looking for a reliable, easy-to-use camera. It features two-way audio and live view to see and talk to visitors from anywhere. It also works great with the entire Ring security system.

4. Vivid doorbell camera: The Vivint doorbell camera is an excellent choice for those who want a complete security system. It has an option for 24/7 video recording or on-demand smart clips, night vision, and an AI feature that can distinguish between people and animals.

5. Wyze doorbell camera: The Wyze Video Doorbell is a great choice for those looking for an affordable doorbell camera. It has many of the same features as more expensive models, including two-way audio, motion detection, and night vision. Additionally, this doorbell has a 4:3 aspect ratio, one of the smallest smart doorbells on the market.

6. Ring the doorbell: If you like using Amazon products like Alexa voice control or an Echo Dot, you’ll be happy to hear that Amazon also makes doorbell cameras. The Blink Doorbell Camera is an affordable camera compatible with Amazon’s smart home products. It also features long-lasting battery life, customizable alerts, and the ability to be hardwired to an existing doorbell or connect to a sync module.

To sum up

Video doorbells offer many benefits, such as deterring burglars, allowing you to interact with visitors, and providing additional security features. When choosing a video doorbell, you need to consider whether you want a system or a standalone model and which features are most important to you.

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News In Brief: Queer Murder Mystery Benefit for Therapy Group :: Bay Area Reporter https://slimmingpillsreview.com/news-in-brief-queer-murder-mystery-benefit-for-therapy-group-bay-area-reporter/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 21:13:37 +0000 https://slimmingpillsreview.com/news-in-brief-queer-murder-mystery-benefit-for-therapy-group-bay-area-reporter/ Queer LifeSpace, the nonprofit arm of the San Francisco Therapy Collective, will host a benefit event, “Speakeasy: A Very Queer Murder Mystery,” on Friday, November 11, from 6-9 p.m. at The Academy, 2166 Market Street in San Francisco. The hostess will be drag artist Juanita MORE! hosted by Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. The 1920s-themed interactive murder mystery […]]]>

Queer LifeSpace, the nonprofit arm of the San Francisco Therapy Collective, will host a benefit event, “Speakeasy: A Very Queer Murder Mystery,” on Friday, November 11, from 6-9 p.m. at The Academy, 2166 Market Street in San Francisco.

The hostess will be drag artist Juanita MORE! hosted by Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. The 1920s-themed interactive murder mystery is set in San Francisco. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, gourmet food stations, a VIP open bar or cash bar option, drag performances, a cheeky apple contest, and more.

According to the Queer LifeSpace website, the featured plot is highly rated and designed for large groups. Lead roles in the game will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to those who claim them. Secondary roles will also be available. Participation is optional, but everyone is encouraged to participate.

Queer LifeSpace provides counseling and mental health services and has also trained therapists over its 10 years.

Tickets for “Speakeasy” are $150 for the VIP option, $100 for regular admission, or $40 for performers and students. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

For more information on Queer LifeSpace, click here.

Discussion of Castro’s vacant retail space

The aforementioned Academy is the site of a panel discussion on Thursday November 3 on vacant commercial spaces in the Castro. The meeting, which is free, takes place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 2166 Market Street.

Castro business owners and District 8 gay supervisor Rafael Mandelman will discuss store closures and empty storefronts in the LGBTQ neighborhood. Joining Mandelman will be Dave Karraker, co-chair of the Castro Merchants Association and co-owner of MX3 Fitness; and Levi Maxwell, chair of the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District Labor and Economic Development Committee. John T. Hendricks, founder of Hendricks Law PC, will moderate.

“Doing business in San Francisco is not for the faint of heart,” Hendricks said in an event announcement. “And in this environment, it takes capital, skill and a healthy dose of luck to succeed.”

In April, commercial vacancies totaled more than 20% of the Castro’s commercial properties, according to the announcement. Still, in recent months a number of new businesses have opened in the neighborhood on its two main shopping corridors at Castro and Market Streets, while three new restaurants slated to open on Upper Market Street are moving through the permit process.

Mandelman recently introduced a pair of policies allowing new queer bars and bathhouses to open, though as the Bay Area Reporter previously reported, no new bathhouse operators have yet come forward.

For more information and to register, click here.

Oakland LGBTQ Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Strap on these disco shoes and get ready to dance the night away at Boogie Wonderland, a gala and fundraiser celebrating the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center’s fifth anniversary. The party will take place on Saturday, November 12 from 5-9 p.m. at the California Ballroom, Oakland’s Art Deco event space located at 1736 Franklin Street.

Center officials noted in an email announcement that after nearly three years of not being able to hold in-person events, they are looking forward to the gathering. The party includes a buffet meal, drinks, entertainment, prizes, a best-dressed contest, DJ music and, of course, dancing. Participants are encouraged to wear their best disco-inspired outfits.

Individuals must be 16 or older to attend and be prepared to show proper ID and proof of COVID vaccination. Once inside, face masks will be optional. The property has a lift for people with reduced mobility.

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here.

Art auction for the benefit of Maitri

A gallery art exhibit and auction will benefit Maitri Compassionate Care on Saturday, November 12 from 2-5 p.m. at Art Attack, 2358 Market Street in San Francisco.

According to an announcement, the event, titled “Works of HeART,” will feature local artists and artwork themed around the meaning of Maitri, “loving kindness.”

Maitri is a 35-year-old organization that provides palliative care, short-term respite care, and recovery support after gender-affirming surgery, in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood of Castro.

There is no admission to attend. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Maitri and its programming. For more information and the list of participating artists, click here.

Urvashi Vaid. Photo: Rex Wockner

Memorial for Urvashi Vaid
A memorial and celebration of the life of LGBTQ lesbian leader Urvashi Vaid will be held on Thursday, November 3 in New York City and will air live at 2 p.m. PT.

Vaid died on May 14 at the age of 63.

She led the National Progressive Gay and Lesbian Task Force, now known as the National LGBTQ Task Force, from 1989 to 1992. She was its first female leader. Prior to taking over as head of the organization, she served as Director of Media, among other positions during her ten-year tenure. She co-founded the Task Force’s popular Creating Change conference, now in its 33rd year. She resigned from the task force in 1995.

Born in New Delhi, India on October 8, 1958, Vaid and her family immigrated to the United States in 1966 when she was 7 years old.

She was 10 when the Stonewall Riots happened in 1969, she wrote in the preface to her award-winning 1995 book, “Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation.” The book was part memoir, part political manifesto, and part call to action for a genuine civil rights movement rather than “conditional equality” under the guise of acceptance.

Speakers at the Celebration of Life include Richard Burns, Chairman of the Board of the American LGBTQ+ Museum in New York; Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund; Alok Vaid-Menon, activist and performance artist; playwright Tony Kushner, feminist leader Gloria Steinem; Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum; and Vaid’s wife, Kate Clinton. The musical group Betty will perform the song “Together”.

The YouTube link for the live stream is here.

To read the Bay Area Reporter’s obituary, click here.

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3 Social Security Strategies That Could Backfire https://slimmingpillsreview.com/3-social-security-strategies-that-could-backfire/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 09:02:00 +0000 https://slimmingpillsreview.com/3-social-security-strategies-that-could-backfire/ You’ll probably end up relying a bit on Social Security in retirement. It may not be your only source of income, but chances are that these monthly benefits will play an important role in your long-term finances. It is therefore important to withdraw as much money as possible from social security. In the meantime, it’s […]]]>

You’ll probably end up relying a bit on Social Security in retirement. It may not be your only source of income, but chances are that these monthly benefits will play an important role in your long-term finances. It is therefore important to withdraw as much money as possible from social security.

In the meantime, it’s a good idea to design a reporting strategy that leads to greater financial stability throughout your retirement. But while these strategies may seem sensible, they could end up making you lose money, not win it.

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1. Apply for benefits early so you can invest

You are entitled to your full monthly Social Security benefit based on your salary history once you reach Full Retirement Age (FRA), either 66, 67 or somewhere in between depending on your year of birth. But you are allowed to register for benefits from the age of 62.

If you go this route, you will end up with a reduced monthly benefit, usually for life. But if you’re a seasoned investor, you might be inclined to use these advantages to build a portfolio of assets that could gain a lot of value.

It’s a good strategy in theory. But remember that even smart investors can be fooled by a volatile and underperforming market.

Take a look at what’s happened to wallets over the past 10 months. Many people are seeing year-to-date losses in their portfolios due to a bear market that surprised many investors. And even if you’re good at controlling stocks or exploring alternative assets, you could end up losing money, not making it, by cutting your Social Security benefits in hopes of earning a high return.

2. Delaying Your Deposit Without Considering Your Health

FRA is when you can begin to receive your full monthly Social Security benefits based on your income history. But for every month you delay filing after FRA, your monthly benefits are improved.

Now, you can only accumulate deferred retirement credits up to age 70. But if your FRA is 67, waiting that long means increasing your benefits by 24% – for life.

This strategy works well when you are healthy and expect to live a long life. But if you have major health issues in retirement and therefore aren’t as likely to live long, you could end up losing out financially by postponing your deposit.

3. Delaying a spousal benefit

When you apply for Social Security benefits based on your own income, delaying them results in an increase. But this rule does not apply to spousal benefits – benefits that you claim on the file of a current or former spouse.

There is no sense in delaying an application for spousal benefits beyond your FRA if you have the ability to enroll at that time. And if you delay, you could end up losing money that you would otherwise be entitled to.

Think about your strategies

Some social security strategies may appear viable when in fact they are not. That’s why it’s a good idea to read a lot about Social Security and learn the different rules of the program. It could save you from making a costly mistake and regretting it throughout your senior years.

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Main Challenges of Using AI for Drug Development https://slimmingpillsreview.com/main-challenges-of-using-ai-for-drug-development/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 09:00:34 +0000 https://slimmingpillsreview.com/main-challenges-of-using-ai-for-drug-development/ AI can be harnessed to speed up the processes of gathering and accessing information to dramatically shorten drug development time and keep the prices of new treatments low, which becomes critical as the cost of discovery rises. and drug development is skyrocketing, according to Michel Galarnyk, AI Evangelist on cnvrg.io. AI can speed up the […]]]>

AI can be harnessed to speed up the processes of gathering and accessing information to dramatically shorten drug development time and keep the prices of new treatments low, which becomes critical as the cost of discovery rises. and drug development is skyrocketing, according to Michel Galarnyk, AI Evangelist on cnvrg.io.

AI can speed up the processes of collecting and accessing information to dramatically shorten drug development time and control the price of new treatments. This is becoming increasingly critical as the cost of drug discovery and development skyrockets.

How much does the development of a new drug cost? A study published in 2020 concluded that the median research and development cost of a new treatment was $985 million. A significant part of this cost was the high rate of trial failure. About seven out of eight compounds that enter the clinical trial pipeline are never developed.

This is where the AI ​​comes in. AI has the potential to find previously unexplored patterns, not immediately, which can lead to new understanding of diseases and the drugs designed to treat them.

For example, Astra Zeneca is using machine learning models to find out more quickly which genes can cause resistance to cancer treatments and Samsung has built an app to detect early Covid-19 infection.

What stands in the way of AI

Despite the high number of successes, pharmaceutical (pharma) companies must overcome unique challenges to realize the benefits of AI. Here are some examples:

  1. Smaller data sets – Most AI algorithms need large data sets to learn. Due to the large number of diseases and conditions, and the relatively low number of incidences of each, creating large data sets for each type of medical condition is very difficult. Typically, for machine learning models in the pharmaceutical industry to work effectively, they need a minimum of 2-3 years of historical data. The high number of mergers and acquisitions can make this objective difficult, especially when the original source of the data may no longer be available. Because pharmaceutical data sets are generally smaller with fewer patients and fewer observations per patient, it is more difficult to obtain meaningful information.
  2. Complex data – At the same time, there may be fewer datasets, there may be many more features for each dataset. Patient data may include information relating to their past and current health or disease, treatment history, lifestyle choices and genetic data. It can also include biometric data, which is any measurable physical characteristic that can be measured by a sensor or wearable device. Therefore, patient data may include alphanumeric data, radiology, pathology and clinical test report images in multiple formats such as JPEG/JPG and Digital Imaging and Communication for Medicine (DICOM) format. AI systems for drug development must be able to handle varied and complex data.

    Learn more: What is the impact of artificial intelligence on health?
  3. Complicated data labeling – Data labeling is more complex and requires highly specialized input. Consider all the different types of expertise needed to identify skeletal, internal organ, nervous system, and vascular abnormalities from X-ray images. It’s not just finding the necessary expertise that’s difficult, labeling can be cumbersome and time-consuming. Every brain scan used for cancer screening must be reviewed by doctors (often three or more), and each inspection can take 5-15 minutes.
  4. Data Bias – Several groups of the human population have long been missing or poorly represented in medical data sets. If the training data does not represent the entire population, there may be diagnostic errors and fatal outcomes. For AI ethics and transparency, MLOps processes must be in place, and machine learning (ML) model scoring must be established, to monitor and detect drift with a continuous feedback loop. A diverse ML team should continually test models to increase transparency and eliminate data bias from machine learning models.
  5. Lack of data standards – Industry needs to develop its definition of what constitutes a good dataset. Organizations may collect and use different data, have different ways of encoding information into their systems, use null or dummy data when required information is missing, and document demographic data inconsistently. Without well-defined parameters, companies always wonder how to reproduce the results of studies. Once it is clear how to construct a valid dataset, it can be more easily used by other groups to advance research even further.
  6. Lack of biological data – Biological databases play a central role in bioinformatics. They provide scientists with the ability to access a wide variety of biologically relevant data, including the genomic sequences of an increasingly wide range of organisms. There are many ways to use biological data, for example, by comparing sequences to build a theory about the function of a newly discovered gene, by examining known 3D protein structures to discover patterns that can help predict how protein folds or by studying how proteins and metabolites in a cell work together to make the cell work. AI for data discovery depends on these types of data to understand how patients respond to drug treatments.
  7. Regulation – The pharmaceutical industry is also highly regulated, requiring full disclosure and transparency for each step of the drug development process. This requirement often makes the development of pharmaceutical AI more time-consuming and expensive. Pharmaceutical companies should work with regulators to streamline this process for the benefit of all. Regulators and businesses can adopt AI and other digital transformation initiatives to increase the value efficiency of regulatory operations.

In addition to these challenges, pharmaceutical companies also face the classic barriers to implementation. For example, the need for a flexible infrastructure to collect data, verify data, run applications, provide data governance, and scale. New innovations can alleviate these challenges, including better use of transfer learning and MLOps platforms that can not only help train models, but also streamline the process of bringing machine learning models to production.

Increased competition to find treatments faster will increase demand for accelerating new drug discovery by leveraging AI. The challenges of analyzing medical data are becoming more complex, but the pace of innovation is also accelerating to develop the AI ​​tools and technologies that will enable pharmaceutical companies to discover more relevant information faster.

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