NCS and FCPS Forge New Partnership to Offer Virtual STEAM Series

Sam Ettaro interviews Pier Penic, Education Specialist for the Smithsonian.

In a new partnership, the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and Fairfax County Public Schools have teamed up to offer Gathering STEAM, an asynchronous course for students in grades 7-12. Each course explores a topic in science, technology, engineering, arts, or math and engages students in an entertaining television show format. 

Gathering STEAM is an authorized afterschool program and is currently available through three Fairfax County public schools and on NCS Connects, the county’s virtual platform for youth and teens. Each course includes a 30-minute video and a complete lesson plan with 5-8 follow-up activities. While live sessions are offered on occasion, the short courses are designed for students to walk through lessons on their own.

The weekly series is hosted and produced by Sam Ettaro, Clubhouse Coordinator at the Gum Springs Community Center Clubhouse in

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New England Cancer Specialists will soon offer scalp-cooling technology to help reduce hair loss in cancer patients

By Chiara Battelli MD, President & Lead Physician at New England Cancer Specialists

A cancer diagnosis can change many things about our lives. As patients move forward with their doctor to examine treatment options, one of the major concerns they express is hair loss associated with chemotherapy. Unfortunately, it is hard to predict who will lose their hair even though it is a common and significant side effect of cytotoxic chemotherapy. Studies have shown that hair loss during cancer treatment can lead to lower self-esteem and feelings of depression, ultimately causing up to 10% of patients to forego chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy drugs damage hair follicles in a variety of ways: some drugs cause hair thinning or hair loss only on the scalp, while others can cause hair to thin or fall out on the arms, legs, underarms, eyebrows, or eyelashes. If a person is going to lose hair during treatment, it

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Analysis: New Apple ‘iPhone 12’ to offer 5G speeds U.S. networks can’t deliver

(Reuters) – 5G will finally get its U.S. closeup with the expected debut of Apple Inc’s next iPhone on Tuesday. But the blazing speeds promised will not materialize for most people.

FILE PHOTO: The Apple Inc. logo is seen hanging at the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The device, dubbed the iPhone 12 by analysts, can tap into 5G, or fifth generation wireless technology, that theoretically operates as much as 10 to 20 times faster than current 4G wireless networks. [nL1N2H0004]

Using the next iPhone or any 5G enabled device on today’s network, however, will be “like having a Ferrari … but using it in your local village and you can’t drive to up to 200 miles per hour, simply because the roads cannot maintain those speeds,” explained Boris Metodiev, associate director

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New Apple ‘iPhone 12’ to offer 5G speeds U.S. networks can’t deliver

By Supantha Mukherjee and Kenneth Li

(Reuters) – 5G will finally get its U.S. closeup with the expected debut of Apple Inc’s next iPhone on Tuesday. But the blazing speeds promised will not materialize for most people.

The device, dubbed the iPhone 12 by analysts, can tap into 5G, or fifth generation wireless technology, that theoretically operates as much as 10 to 20 times faster than current 4G wireless networks.

Using the next iPhone or any 5G enabled device on today’s network, however, will be “like having a Ferrari … but using it in your local village and you can’t drive to up to 200 miles per hour, simply because the roads cannot maintain those speeds,” explained Boris Metodiev, associate director of research firm Strategy Analytics.

Apple, which is expected to unveil the new phone at a virtual event on Tuesday, will need to walk a tightrope between enticing consumers

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Value Stocks May Offer Best Prospects in Emerging Markets

As surprising as the rally in stocks has been during the pandemic, the strength of emerging markets may be more of a shocker.

Stocks in these markets are supposed to need a robust global economy to thrive, and their governments haven’t been able to borrow or print money to tide them over through the crisis as much as governments in mature economies.

But they have held their own. Between March 23, when American stocks hit bottom, and Sept. 30, Emerging Markets iShares MSCI, a large exchange-traded fund, rose 44.2 percent. The S&P 500 SPDR E.T.F., which tracks the main American index, rose 49.6 percent.

As stellar as the returns have been in emerging markets, a closer look reveals a universe of haves and have-nots.

The first group of markets, mostly in East Asia, has come through the pandemic far better medically and economically, and its stocks have soared. China especially

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2 reports offer mixed signals for US technology jobs in September

CompTIA’s tracker shows overall gains but IT-related job losses. BLS shows a second consecutive month of growth.

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A new jobs’ report shows a mix of good and not-so-good news in the IT sector, with employment gains and disappointing news in IT occupation job losses, according to analysis by the nonprofit association for the global technology industry CompTIA, in its IT Employment Tracker for October.

This was confirmed by the monthly data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which noted that recovery from the COVID-19 crisis remains both unpredictable and uncertain. While many businesses are still operating in the new normal, some have fully returned to the office, others are doing some combination of the two. 

An estimated 12,900 new net workers in tech and non-tech jobs were recorded by the sector for its industry for September, the second consecutive month in which there was

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TCF Center teams with Premier Event Technology to offer virtual, hybrid events

While it waits for the return of large events and conventions in its halls, TCF Center has found a new way to make them a reality.

It’s teamed up with Rochester Hills-based Premier Event Technology LLC to coordinate virtual events that pair its expertise with TCF’s in-house television studio and bandwidth capabilities 10 gigabytes of bandwidth.

It began marketing the virtual and hybrid events last month.

For TCF, those events are likely to be a loss leader, General Manager Claude Molinari said.

It will get some revenue from leasing space to any organizations opting to host a virtual event and 15 percent of the online events revenue under a revenue-sharing agreement with Premier, he said.

But the virtual offerings are really about “maintaining the relationship with our customers, staying relevant and frankly, helping customers to stay in business,” he said.

“If they go out of business before this pandemic ends,

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Flipkart’s Big Billion Days to Kick Off from Oct 16. Here’s What is on Offer

Ahead of the festive season, Flipkart has announced the dates for its biggest flagship event of the year, The Big Billion Days

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Ahead of the festive season, Flipkart has announced the dates for its biggest flagship event of the year, The Big Billion Days.

The six-day event will roll out on October 16, providing growth opportunities to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and sellers and brands across categories. Customers will have an ‘early access’ on October 15, Flipkart said in a statement. 

Flipkart has facilitated new and well-timed payment offerings on its platform. In addition to SBI card instant discounts, its consumers will also get a hold of no-cost EMI offers

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IDEMIA Launches GREENPAY, a Sustainable End-to-end Offer Portfolio for Financial Institutions

IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, today announces its GREENPAY launch, an eco-friendly global offer for financial institutions, in line with its CSR* and sustainability strategy.

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Environmental concerns underpin IDEMIA’s business practices. Through GREENPAY, IDEMIA commits to move away from today’s “take-make-waste” attitude to redesign our habits. IDEMIA is proud to develop solutions generating less plastic and paper waste, reducing land and water pollution while also minimizing its carbon footprint.

GREENPAY is IDEMIA’s commitment to continuously improve each part of the payment card value chain, seeking to:

  • Minimize the environmental impact of its processes and services

  • Develop innovative, eco-friendly products, services and solutions

  • Help customers achieve their environmental goals with IDEMIA’s product offering.

GREENPAY encompasses eco-friendly card body solutions, advanced card related services like eco-designed packaging, on-demand printing of PEFC/FSC certified card carrier, digital alert

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Can mobile tech offer new pathways to improve recovery from serious traumatic injuries?

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Serious traumatic injuries are a health event that can begin a trajectory toward chronic health and social challenges. Research on patient outcomes following traumatic injuries establishes the pervasive nature of injuries’ long-term consequences in physical, psychological, social and economic well-being, which may persist months and even years after an injury hospitalization. In light of this research, emerging interventions have targeted enhanced and coordinated healthcare services to support recovery and address patients’ long-term rehabilitative needs.

Across a numerous of other health conditions, mobile technology-based prevention and treatment interventions have been used successfully to monitor and transform health outcomes. But until now, their potential for addressing inter-related physical, psychological, and social challenges in long-term injury recovery has not been unexplored.

A new study—recently published in mHealth —from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) is the first of its kind to examine how mobile health applications

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