City pockets millions by selling off roads

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The opportunity ‘is huge’: Why tech developers are trying to tackle mental health

first_img Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. SAN FRANCISCO — Here in the technology epicenter of the world, developers are increasingly writing code and launching products to try to disrupt yet another field: mental health.Even as big tech players have conquered the markets in industries like transportation and lodging, they’ve largely steered clear of mental health treatment. Now, however, with an influx of funding, companies are revamping pills with digital sensors, designing virtual reality worlds to treat addiction and other conditions, and building chatbots for interactive therapy.The excitement in the field was apparent this week at the inaugural Anxiety Tech summit, a day of TED-Talk-style speeches that felt much like any of the other hackathons and demo days that clutter the calendar here. The venue was scattered with signs that trumpeted the event’s unusual mission: “Inspiring developers to build for mental health.”advertisement A Limbix VR bar scene used for patients undergoing substance abuse treatment to help them practice coping techniques and refusal skills. Courtesy Limbix Tags medical technologymental health By Rebecca Robbins July 20, 2018 Reprints Privacy Policy Please enter a valid email address. Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. center_img In the first half of this year, startups working on behavioral health collectively raised $273 million — more than in any prior six-month period on record, according to a recent report from the digital health venture firm Rock Health. More than half of the 15 companies that brought in that funding are working on products that are virtual or on-demand.Among the companies funded this year: the telepsychiatry startup Regroup Therapy and Woebot Labs, which is working on a mental health services chatbot branded as “Your charming robot friend who is ready to listen, 24/7.”Entrepreneurs pointed to a number of factors driving the surge in investment and activity. The cost of virtual reality and other hardware has plummeted, while the technical quality of the technology has improved. And the stigma around mental health is lessening as conversations about mental illness move into the mainstream.Still, it’s not clear whether insurers and employers will be willing to pay for these products, especially with a relatively thin track record of evidence. There are big regulatory question marks as many companies seeking to treat or manage mental health conditions market their products as an unregulated wellness play.Another problem: “Some of these things are overkill,” said Amber Case, a researcher who studies the impact of technology on culture. While she’s pleased to see more commercial activity to develop tech for mental health, some applications don’t seem likely to help, she said. Case points to the example of an smartphone alert telling users to drink water: It might interrupt them in the wrong situation, or when they don’t have water handy. And it could make them feel guilty that they haven’t hydrated enough, spurring more anxiety. The summit drew 150 attendees both from small startups and Silicon Valley giants including Apple and Google, according to co-organizer Kari Ferguson, a writer who has blogged about her struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder. STAT+: Leave this field empty if you’re human: When it comes to bringing technology to mental health, the opportunity “is huge,” said Nicolas Rosencovich, CEO and co-founder of a startup called MindCotine. The company, which set up a booth at the summit, is developing a smartphone-powered virtual reality program for nicotine addiction that it plans to soon start marketing to corporate wellness programs in the U.S.advertisement BusinessThe opportunity ‘is huge’: Why tech developers are trying to tackle mental health Despite all the obstacles, entrepreneurs and investors see a wide-open field.“Nobody’s won in mental health yet,” said Jonathan Sockell, chief operating officer of Limbix, a startup gearing up to start selling its virtual reality goggles to mental health clinics, hospitals, and rehab clinics. Among the company’s VR programs is an exposure therapy for patients with phobias or trauma associated with driving. While patients strap on the headset, clinicians can work with them to introduce different conditions (a clear or rainy day) or different road situations (a bridge or a tunnel or blind left turns).Both large pharma stalwarts and new startups are also trying to bring new technology to the medicines used to treat mental illness.The Japanese drug maker Otsuka Pharmaceutical and its Silicon Valley partner Proteus Digital Health last November got marketing approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the first so-called digital pill, designed to alert your doctor when you swallow it. The pill is an upgraded version of Abilify, the antipsychotic long approved treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.A San Francisco startup called Kick plans to soon start selling a cardiac drug meant to be popped like a mint to people anxious about public speaking and first dates. The company intends to launch its telemedicine platform this quarter, according to Justin Ip, Kick’s founder and CEO.In many cases, the new technology being brought to mental health carries with it the cultural quirks of Silicon Valley.Consider one of the exhibitors at this week’s summit: a virtual reality startup with the creatively misspelled name Happinss. The company, which licenses its virtual reality programs to employer wellness programs to try to monitor and reduce stress, set up a table at the event to display its VR headsets. Plopped on the floor below were two neon green and blue beanbags, for people to lounge in while trying out the VR experience.“Part of the solution is to have beanbags on site,” co-founder Wang-Tsu Liu explained.last_img read more

Toronto stock market, Wall Street poised to decline

Related news Sunny Freeman S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Commodity prices lost a little steam with the February gold contract down $1 to US$1,616.60 an ounce and the March copper contract off a penny at US$3.36 per pound. The January oil contract was unchanged at US$97.24 a barrel. Wall Street also appeared set for a fall with the Dow Jones futures down 29 points to 12,002 . The Nasdaq futures fell seven points to 2,259.75 and the broader S&P futures lost 4.8 points to 1,231.20. On Tuesday, encouraging signs out of Europe and a surprisingly strong report on the U.S. housing market drove the Dow up more than 300 points and the TSX up nearly 200 points. It was the best day for stocks this month. The ECB lent a massive €489 billion (US$639 billion) to 523 banks for an exceptionally long period of three years in an effort to steady a financial system under pressure from the eurozone government debt crisis. It was the biggest ECB infusion of credit into the banking system in the euro’s 13 year history and surpassed the €442 billion in one-year loans from June 2009, when the financial system was struggling after the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers. The ECB is trying to ensure that banks have enough ready cash to operate and keep on lending to businesses so that a credit crunch does not choke off economic growth. Many economists think the eurozone may be headed for at least a mild recession in coming months. The credit infusion only treats one of the symptoms of the debt crisis. It does not remove the reasons banks remain wary of lending to each other – especially, their thin levels of capital reserves against potential losses. And it doesn’t cut the large levels of debt carried by many eurzone governments. Following early gains, many European bourses turned lower. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 0.4% at 5,398 while Germany’s DAX fell 0.2% to 5,833 and the CAC-40 in France was 0.5% lower at 3,040. Asian markets rose as positive signs from key western export markets helped shore up sentiment that was jolted by the announcement earlier this week of the death of longtime North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il, which prompted fears of a possible power struggle in a country pursuing nuclear weapons. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.6% to 18,368.6 while China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index ended down 1.1% at 2,181.15. It is a light day for economic data, with investors expecting retail trade figures for Canada and a report on existing home sales in the United States. In corporate news, TMX Group Inc. (TSX:X) said it has purchased a 16% minority stake in the Bermuda Stock Exchange. Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG), a Toronto miner with operations around the world, says it has struck a deal with the government of Suriname in South America to expand the Canadian company’s Rosebel gold mine. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Keywords Marketwatch The Toronto stock market appeared set Wednesday to give back some of the gains booked a day earlier as investors took in a record loan from the European Central Bank and slightly weaker commodity prices. The Canadian dollar added 0.28 of a cent to 97.34 US in pre-market trading. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

TD names new chief risk officer

first_imgTD Asset Management introduces TD managed ETF portfolios Bambawale is the current head and chief risk officer of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank. He will succeed Mark Chauvin, who will retire as CRO after more than 37 years with the bank on Jan. 31. Chauvin plans to remain with TD until March 1 to support the transition. “I want to thank Mark for his significant contributions to TD over the course of his very distinguished career. We’ve benefitted greatly from Mark’s trusted advice, his strategic insight and comprehensive understanding of the evolving risk management landscape, and wish him all the best in his retirement,” says Bharat Masrani, group president and CEO of TD, in a statement. “Ajai has been a key member of Mark’s team and I am confident that his global experience and thorough understanding of risk and our business will serve him well in his new role,” he adds. Ajai joined the firm in 1993 as a commercial banking management trainee and quickly assumed senior roles across commercial banking and corporate credit. Prior to his current role, he was vice chairman and regional head, Europe and Asia-Pacific for TD Securities in London, U.K. Photo copyright: yelo34/123RF Leah Golob The Toronto-Dominion Bank on Thursday named Ajai Bambawale as its new chief risk officer (CRO), effective Feb. 1. TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning CETFA elects new board leader Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Toronto-Dominion Bank Facebook LinkedIn Twitter PenderFund names new SVP for investments Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related newslast_img read more

Pension funding edges higher as markets surge: Aon

first_img Despite a rocky ride in 2020, the funding status of defined benefit (DB) plans at major Canadian companies finished the year a bit stronger, Aon plc says.Aon reported that the funded ratio for DB pension plans at firms that belong to the S&P/TSX Composite Index edged up to 91.2% from 90.8 % the previous year. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Piggybank With Eyeglasses And Calculator On Wooden Table, TFSA, RRSP andreypopov/123RF “After a wild ride throughout the year – funded status cratered in late March, to almost 80% – Canadian pension plans ended 2020 in a similar, if slightly better, funded position compared to how they started the year,” Nathan LaPierre, partner, retirement solutions at Aon, said in a release.Plans’ funding deficit also declined by $0.2 billion, as assets increased by $18.7 billion and liabilities increased by $18.5 billion during the year.“Equity markets performed strongly in 2020 and helped funded ratios improve,” said Erwan Pirou, Canada chief investment officer, retirement solutions, at Aon.Aon reported that pension assets returned 9.9% in 2020, including a 3.9% gain in the fourth quarter.“However, some pension plans did not realize the full benefit of the equity market rally, as some active equity managers underperformed their benchmark,” Pirou said.“One possible new year’s resolution: look at the structure of your equity portfolio to make sure it’s balanced across different equity styles and able to perform well in different environments,” he added. Surging bond yields take a bite out of Canadian DB plans Related news Mature single women are wealthier than mature single men, StatsCan finds James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media DB plan solvency in best position since financial crisis: FSRA Keywords Pensions last_img read more

Former PM Chairs Meeting on Commonwealth Membership

first_imgAdvertisements Former PM Chairs Meeting on Commonwealth Membership UncategorizedDecember 7, 2006 RelatedFormer PM Chairs Meeting on Commonwealth Membership RelatedFormer PM Chairs Meeting on Commonwealth Membershipcenter_img RelatedFormer PM Chairs Meeting on Commonwealth Membership FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Former Prime Minister, P. J. Patterson is chairing a meeting on Commonwealth membership, in London.Mr. Patterson chairs the Committee on Commonwealth membership that will focus on issues concerning membership of the organization.The two-day meeting, which began on December 6, is being held at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s headquarters in Marlborough House, London. The Committee was mandated by the Commonwealth Heads of Government at their summit in Malta last year. Its report will be presented at their next meeting in Kampala, Uganda, in 2007.Commonwealth Secretary-General, Don McKinnon said ahead of the meeting, that there was growing interest in the membership of the Commonwealth.“The Commonwealth has not admitted any new member since 1995. With growing interest in the Commonwealth from many countries, including outstanding applications to join, it is time to look again at the issue of membership and how the Commonwealth interacts with non-members,” he said.last_img read more

Housing crisis deepens as hundreds more join wait list on Jaensch’s watch

first_imgHousing crisis deepens as hundreds more join wait list on Jaensch’s watch Tasmanian LaborNow more than 3,800 families looking for shelterStill more than a year to wait for a homeJaensch continues to habitually fail those Tasmanians most in needMore than 200 more Tasmanianfamilies have sadly joined Tasmania’s out-of-control housing waiting list whilethe Gutwein Government and Housing Minister Roger Jaensch continue to lead thestate’s most vulnerable down the path toward homelessness.Shadow Housing MinisterAlison Standen said the latest housing dashboard update released by theLiberals today contained – yet again – shocking data which painted an evenbleaker picture for Tasmanians looking for a home but languishing on askyrocketing list.The latest data shows 219more families joined the wait list over the last quarter of 2020, taking itbeyond 3,800 families and on average, even the most urgent priority cases willstill wait more than a year to be housed.“Overall that appallingnumber of Tasmanians on the wait list is a 75 per cent blow-out since theLiberals came to government in 2014,” Ms Standen said.“It’sjust shocking the low priority this government and this completely out-of-his-depthMinister place on housing Tasmanian families, 3,800 of whom are facing a verybleak winter.“Whatwill it take for Minister Jaensch to act? What will it take for Peter Gutweinto act?“Whenthe Liberals assumed government more than seven years ago, the housing waitlist was at a record low of 20 weeks.“Asking Tasmanians to couch surf, to sleep in cars, to stay in hopelessly overcrowded situations with relatives is beyond uncaring, it is cruel.“Mr Jaensch and his colleagues have abandoned families in desperate need and completely failed in their fundamental responsibility to provide Tasmanians with shelter.”Alison Standen MPShadow Housing Minister /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:crisis, Government, homelessness, housing, Minister, record low, sleep, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassielast_img read more

CU-Boulder Selected As One Of 20 Partners In Carnegie Initiative On Doctoral Education

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: March 11, 2003 The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Graduate School, considered one of the top graduate schools in the nation by rankings, has received another feather in its cap from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. CU-Boulder was one of 20 universities selected by the Carnegie Foundation for a multiyear project aimed at improving doctoral education at American universities, said Graduate School Dean Carol Lynch. CU-Boulder’s department of chemistry and biochemistry and the School of Education were among 32 departments at the universities selected by the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate, or CID. “Carnegie chooses universities and departments with excellent track records and forward-thinking faculty,” said Lynch, who also is vice chancellor for research at CU-Boulder. “This prestigious selection should help us in recruiting the highest quality of students in Colorado and elsewhere in the country.” The CID project goals are designed to support and study experiments at schools with leading graduate programs in doctoral education, to document and analyze the character of the initiatives and to help the disciplinary community create models and evidence of success, said a Carnegie spokesperson. The CU-Boulder Graduate School recently received the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for Innovation in Humanities Graduate Education and grants from the Pew Foundation and the National Science Foundation for preparing future faculty, said Lynch. The campus also recently received two awards from the NSF program on Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training worth nearly $3 million each. “My belief, which is shared by CU President Elizabeth Hoffman, is that CU is regarded as one of the top research universities in the country,” said Lynch.  The key to the CID program is to train doctoral students to be “stewards of the discipline,” said George Walker, dean of Indiana University’s graduate school and leader of the five-year study for the Carnegie Foundation. CID administrators believe doctoral recipients should be capable of generating new knowledge and conserving the legacy of their most important work ideas and findings. The graduates also must be able to transform teaching into methods of engagement, understanding and application, said Walker. The selection criteria for participation in CID include being a respected, quality program with a track record of placing doctoral graduates in tenure-track faculty positions at doctoral granting institutions. Criteria also include strong institutional support, including resources and a critical mass of students and faculty willing to experiment, engage in assessments and share outcomes. “This is very exciting news,” said chemistry and biochemistry department Chair Veronica Vaida. “The credit for focusing our attention on the Carnegie Initiative goes to Dean Lynch. “Our department is at a very interesting crossroads regarding graduate education because of our establishment of interdisciplinary ties with biology, atmospheric and environmental science, astrobiology, physics, the newly created Institute for Public Policy and centers to improve excellence and diversity.” Margaret Eisenhart, director of graduate studies at the School of Education, said, “We are thrilled to have been invited to join the CID program. We believe it will strengthen and broaden the quality of our doctoral program and enhance our ability to recruit nationwide for the very best doctoral students.” Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an act of Congress, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center dedicated to improving higher education.last_img read more

JANAAC Working with Labs to Attain Export Standard

first_imgRelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History RelatedJANAAC Working with Labs to Attain Export Standard FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) is working assiduously to implement a strategy to ensure that a number of Jamaican laboratories are accredited according to the standard required by food exporters to the United States by 2013. “This requires the utmost urgency as currently, there is no accredited food testing laboratory in Jamaica,” said State Ministerin the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams. She was making her contribution to the 2012/13 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on July 18, under the theme: ‘On a Mission to Achieve Economic Empowerment in this Year of Jubilee’.  Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahamssaid that to this end, the JANAAC has: identified the scope of tests that need to be done on food products for export to the US; identified laboratories currently involved in testing food for exporters; conducted a readiness for accreditation survey on these laboratories, and introduced a cost sharing mechanism in which JANAAC will bear about 50 per cent of the cost of accreditation. To date, five food testing laboratories have applied for accreditation and are going through the process, which takes between seven to 24 months, depending on the readiness of the laboratory, the State Minister said. She also informed that the JANAAC has been working with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standard and Quality (CROSQ) and the Trinidad and Tobago Laboratory Accreditation Service (TTLABS), to develop the Caribbean Co-operation in Accreditation (CCA). This entity, which is a regional accreditation mechanism for facilitating trade in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), was approved by the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) at its 13th Meeting in June 2010, the State Minister noted. She pointed out that the formation of the CCA is expected to help minimise Technical Barriers to Trade (TBTs) between the different islands in the CSME and in facilitating cost effective accreditation solutions for the region. In the meantime, the State Minister also informed that the fines for food safety breaches have increased due to repeated violations and contraventions of the regulations governing processed foods. Under the Standards Act, fines have been increased from $500,000 to a maximum of $3 million, and/or imprisonment for a term of 12 months. Additionally, under the Processed Foods Act, fines have increased from $200,000 to $3 million, and/or imprisonment for a term of 12 months. “We anticipate that these amendments will act as a more effective deterrent to food safety violations,” she said. RelatedJANAAC Working with Labs to Attain Export Standardcenter_img JANAAC Working with Labs to Attain Export Standard InformationJuly 22, 2012 Advertisementslast_img read more

Govt Implementing Measures to Boost Creative Industries

first_imgBy Chris Patterson, JISReporter RelatedAccreditation Crucial to Country’s Competitiveness – State Minister Ffolkes Abrahams Advertisements Govt Implementing Measures to Boost Creative Industries CommerceJune 22, 2013Written by: Chris Patterson RelatedMinister Hylton Sets Record Straight on Logistics Hub RelatedKingstOOn Gets Underway with Major Local and Int’l Animators FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to implementing the required framework to strengthen the creative industries, including the animation sector.Speaking at a panel discussion during yesterday’s (June 20) opening of the KingstOOn animation conference and film festival at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona campus, Mr. Hylton said critical to this feat is the re-examination of legislation, policies, and programmes that will bolster industries.One such policy, he said, is the Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (MSME) and Entrepreneurship Policy, now before Parliament, which is intended to facilitate growth and strengthen the role of entrepreneurs.Outlining other measures being undertaken, Minister Hylton said that the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) is looking at various locations to set up incubators, which will “benefit the creative sector, micro enterprise in general and certainly the animation sector.”The Minister noted that apart from the framework that the Government will implement, players within the industry need to ensure that their business plans are properly structured in order to access the necessary financing.World Bank representative to Jamaica, Giorgio Valentini, in noting the potential of the local animation industry said that Jamaicans need to “believe in themselves and market themselves.”“The World Bank is here to provide Jamaica with supporting mechanisms to stimulate innovation and creativity within the sector,” he pointed out.Executive Director of Reel Rock GSW Animation, Wayne Sinclair, in his contribution, stated that animation can provide developing nations with a competitive advantage over other countries.“The key for us is to execute a cohesive approach to the development of the industry,” he said.The discussion session on the topic: ‘Challenges and Opportunities in the Animation Industry: how should Jamaica position itself?’ was moderated by Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Donna Marie Rowe.Other panellist included Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Montreal-based ToonBoom Animation, Joan Vogelesang; Managing Director of the Gleaner Company, Christopher Barnes; Director at Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), Professor Hopeton Dunn, along with other players in the international animation arena.The two-day conference and film festival, being held at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, is designed to serve as a catalyst for the various efforts to develop the animation industry, and attract investors.It also seeks to give visibility to the pool of talented young Jamaicans and regional artists; identify key challenges in the industry, and examine feasible solutions, which will allow Jamaica to be part of the global network for outsourcing and creative content.KingstOOn is organised by the Government in partnership with the World Bank, the Canadian High Commission, and JAMPRO.last_img read more