Alliance – Gloucester Downtown Association http://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/ Wed, 18 May 2022 02:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Alliance – Gloucester Downtown Association http://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/ 32 32 Edge AI and Vision Alliance Honor Blaize®, Inc. Best Edge AI Processor at Annual Product of the Year Awards https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/edge-ai-and-vision-alliance-honor-blaize-inc-best-edge-ai-processor-at-annual-product-of-the-year-awards/ Wed, 18 May 2022 02:00:00 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/edge-ai-and-vision-alliance-honor-blaize-inc-best-edge-ai-processor-at-annual-product-of-the-year-awards/ SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Edge AI and Vision Alliance announced Blaize as the winner of Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year 2022 – Best Edge AI Processor – for the Blaize® Pathfinder P1600 Embedded System-on-Module (SoM). The award recognizes innovation and excellence from industry-leading technology companies that enable visual AI and computer vision […]]]>

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Edge AI and Vision Alliance announced Blaize as the winner of Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year 2022 – Best Edge AI Processor – for the Blaize® Pathfinder P1600 Embedded System-on-Module (SoM). The award recognizes innovation and excellence from industry-leading technology companies that enable visual AI and computer vision in this growing field. Blaize, the AI ​​computing innovator revolutionizing edge and automotive computing solutions, is recognized for its leadership in developing next-generation computing architecture designed for AI workloads.

The P1600 Embedded SoM brings all the programmability and efficiency benefits of the Blaize Graph Streaming Processor® architecture to embedded Edge AI applications deployed at the sensor edge or network edge. The P1600’s revolutionary GSP® architecture enables new levels of processing power with ideal power efficiency for AI inference workloads in edge applications. Its low power consumption, low latency, and small footprint pave the way for previously unfeasible AI inference solutions in intelligent vision use cases at the edge.

“The Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year awards recognize companies that provide impactful and innovative technologies that enable system and application developers to embed visual intelligence into their products,” said Jeff Bier, Founder of ‘Edge AI and Vision Alliance.

“Blaize is honored that the Edge AI and Vision Alliance independent panel of industry judges have selected our Pathfinder P1600 Embedded SoM as the best Edge AI processor in the Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year 2022 awards. ‘Software-defined AI based on the Blaize Graph Streaming Processor architecture with low power, low latency and power efficiency ideal for edge AI inference workloads,’ said Dinakar Munagala, co- founder and CEO of Blaize.

Blaize will showcase its transformative Edge AI hardware and software technology, which brings ideas to production, at the 2022 Embedded Vision Summit (May 17and-19and) at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Meet our AI experts, attend our Enabling Technologies presentation by industry thought leader Barrie Mullins, dive into live product demos at our booth 506, or schedule time to meet us in person at Summit.

About the Embedded Vision Summit

The Embedded Vision Summit, the premier conference for innovators adding computer vision and AI to products, will be held May 16-19, 2022. The summit focuses exclusively on deployable computer vision and visual AI, attracting a global audience of companies developing the vision -enabled products. The Summit features over 100 presenters and dozens of exhibitors and technology demonstrations. For the latest updates on the Embedded Vision Summit, follow @EmbVisionSummit on Twitter or visit https://www.embeddedvisionsummit.com.

About Edge AI and Vision Alliance

The Edge AI and Vision Alliance is a global industry partnership of technology providers and end-product companies, creating and enabling innovative and practical applications for edge computer vision and AI. Membership is open to any company that provides or uses technology for Edge AI and vision systems and applications. For more information about the Alliance, visit https://www.edge-ai-vision.com/.

About Blaize

Blaize is leading next-generation computing, unlocking the potential of AI to enable leaps in the value technology offers to improve the way we all work and live. Blaize provides transformative edge computing solutions for collecting and processing AI data at the network edge, focusing on smart vision applications including automotive, retail, security, industry and the metro. Blaize has secured $155 million in equity funding to date from strategic and venture investors Franklin Templeton, Temasek, DENSO, Daimler, SPARX Group, Magna, Samsung Catalyst Fund, GGV Capital, Wavemaker and SGInnovate . With headquarters in El Dorado Hills (CA), Blaize has teams in Campbell (CA), Cary (NC) and subsidiaries in Hyderabad (India), Manila (Philippines) and Leeds and Kings Langley (UK), with more than 300 employees worldwide. www.blaize.com

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Business Monday Briefings: Mountain Chamber Alliance Expands; Timberline Gets State Honor https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/business-monday-briefings-mountain-chamber-alliance-expands-timberline-gets-state-honor/ Mon, 16 May 2022 03:45:00 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/business-monday-briefings-mountain-chamber-alliance-expands-timberline-gets-state-honor/ Valley Chambers join the alliance The Roaring Fork and Colorado Valley Chambers of Commerce recently announced joining the Mountain Chamber Alliance. These chambers – in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Colorado River Valley and Glenwood Springs – join other alliance chambers in Buena Vista, Crested Butte/Mt. Crested, Grand Lake, Gunnison, Gypsum, Salida, Steamboat, Summit and Vail. The […]]]>

Valley Chambers join the alliance

The Roaring Fork and Colorado Valley Chambers of Commerce recently announced joining the Mountain Chamber Alliance.

These chambers – in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Colorado River Valley and Glenwood Springs – join other alliance chambers in Buena Vista, Crested Butte/Mt. Crested, Grand Lake, Gunnison, Gypsum, Salida, Steamboat, Summit and Vail.

The organization was created to help advance public policy goals that enhance economic vitality and oppose those who negatively impact communities and businesses in the mountain region.



“Regional collaboration allows us to better represent the needs of local businesses at the state level,” ACRA president and CEO Debbie Braun said in a statement. “Central Rocky Mountain counties face similar challenges, and working together to support our communities makes us all stronger.

MCA’s mission is to apply the collaborative impact of Chambers of Commerce across the Central Rockies, including the thousands of businesses and employees they represent, to ensure mountain communities have a voice. on regional and national issues of importance.



The MCA has identified key priority elements which are common themes impacting the mountain region. These include workforce housing, transportation, childcare, tourism financing and destination management, short-term rentals, workforce development, broadband and healthcare.

For more information about the Mountain Chamber Alliance, contact Angie Anderson at 970-945-0784 or angie@glenwoodchamber.com.

Timberline Bank honored

Timberline Bank received the 7(a) Small Lender of the Year award from the Colorado Small Business Administration. Timberline Bank Co-CEOs Jim Pedersen and Jeff Taets and Grand Junction President Louise Goodman attended the awards ceremony in Denver on May 6.
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Timberline Bank was named 7(a) Colorado Small Lender of the Year at SBA National Small Business Week, co-hosted by the City and County of Denver, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity.

“We are honored and thrilled to be nominated for this award. But Timberline should thank the SBA for supporting our small business, which is locally owned and operated. They are a critical partner for so many small businesses in Colorado,” said said Timberline President Louise Goodman during her May 6 acceptance speech.

“It’s an honor to receive this award for serving small businesses and especially gratifying since Timberline Bank is a small business,” said Pedersen.

National Small Business Week has been held annually since 1953 to encourage small business owners and allow them to learn from other small businesses.

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AmerisourceBergen Co. (NYSE: ABC) Major shareholder Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. sells 6,000,000 shares https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/amerisourcebergen-co-nyse-abc-major-shareholder-walgreens-boots-alliance-inc-sells-6000000-shares/ Sat, 14 May 2022 11:30:02 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/amerisourcebergen-co-nyse-abc-major-shareholder-walgreens-boots-alliance-inc-sells-6000000-shares/ Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., principal shareholder of AmerisourceBergen Co. (NYSE: ABC – Get Rating), sold 6,000,000 shares of the company in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 11. The shares were sold at an average price of $150.00, for a total transaction of $900,000,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 52,854,867 shares of the company, […]]]>

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., principal shareholder of AmerisourceBergen Co. (NYSE: ABC – Get Rating), sold 6,000,000 shares of the company in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 11. The shares were sold at an average price of $150.00, for a total transaction of $900,000,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 52,854,867 shares of the company, valued at approximately $7,928,230,050. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available on the SEC’s website. Large shareholders who hold more than 10% of a company’s stock are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

NYSE ABC shares opened at $152.89 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $155.67 and its 200-day moving average price is $139.32. The company has a market capitalization of $31.98 billion, a PE ratio of 18.65, a P/E/G ratio of 1.76 and a beta of 0.45. AmerisourceBergen Co. has a 52-week low of $111.34 and a 52-week high of $167.19. The company has a debt ratio of 5.13, a quick ratio of 0.56 and a current ratio of 0.92.

AmerisourceBergen (NYSE: ABC – Get Rating) last reported results on Wednesday, May 4. The company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $3.22 for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.99 ​​by $0.23. The company posted revenue of $57.72 billion for the quarter, versus a consensus estimate of $57.26 billion. AmerisourceBergen had a net margin of 0.75% and a return on equity of 349.46%. The company’s revenue increased 17.4% year over year. In the same quarter a year earlier, the company posted earnings per share of $2.53. On average, analysts expect AmerisourceBergen Co. to post earnings per share of 10.94 for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, May 31. Investors of record on Monday, May 16 will receive a dividend of $0.46 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, May 13. This represents a dividend of $1.84 on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.20%. AmerisourceBergen’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 22.44%.

Institutional investors have recently changed their stock portfolios. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its position in AmerisourceBergen by 1.0% during the third quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 2,621,661 shares of the company valued at $312,460,000 after purchasing an additional 27,191 shares during the period. LPL Financial LLC increased its position in AmerisourceBergen by 13.4% during the third quarter. LPL Financial LLC now owns 134,156 shares of the company valued at $16,025,000 after purchasing an additional 15,901 shares during the period. Fiera Capital Corp increased its position in AmerisourceBergen by 12.5% ​​during the fourth quarter. Fiera Capital Corp now owns 3,300 shares of the company valued at $439,000 after purchasing an additional 367 shares during the period. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. increased its position in AmerisourceBergen by 6.1% during the fourth quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. now owns 470,443 shares of the company valued at $62,517,000 after purchasing an additional 26,996 shares during the period. Finally, Maverick Capital Ltd. bought a new position in AmerisourceBergen during the third quarter valued at approximately $1,789,000. Institutional investors hold 64.17% of the company’s shares.

ABC has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Morgan Stanley moved AmerisourceBergen shares from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and raised its price target for the stock from $142.00 to $178.00 in a Tuesday report April 12. Robert W. Baird raised his price target on AmerisourceBergen shares from $179.00 to $187.00 in a Thursday, May 5 report. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft raised its price target on AmerisourceBergen shares from $153.00 to $168.00 in a Thursday, May 5 report. StockNews.com upgraded AmerisourceBergen shares from a “buy” rating to a “strong buy” rating in a Friday, May 6 report. Finally, Mizuho raised its price target on AmerisourceBergen shares from $139.00 to $162.00 in a Thursday, May 5 report. Five research analysts gave the stock a hold rating, two issued a buy rating and one gave the company’s stock a strong buy rating. According to MarketBeat.com, AmerisourceBergen has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $164.57.

AmerisourceBergen Company Profile (Get an evaluation)

AmerisourceBergen Corporation sources and distributes pharmaceutical products in the United States and internationally. Its Pharmaceutical Distribution segment distributes branded and generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter healthcare products, home care supplies and equipment and related services to various healthcare providers, including acute care hospitals and health systems, independent and chain retail pharmacies, mail-order product pharmacies, medical clinics, long-term care pharmacies and alternative locations, and other customers.

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Alliance for Better Communities uses the first National Fentanyl Awareness Day to further its mission of providing resources to the community | Health issues https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/alliance-for-better-communities-uses-the-first-national-fentanyl-awareness-day-to-further-its-mission-of-providing-resources-to-the-community-health-issues/ Thu, 12 May 2022 03:24:51 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/alliance-for-better-communities-uses-the-first-national-fentanyl-awareness-day-to-further-its-mission-of-providing-resources-to-the-community-health-issues/ WATERTOWN — The first National Fentanyl Awareness Day took place on Tuesday. Anita K. Seefried-Brown, project director for the Alliance for Better Communities, didn’t even know about it until Monday, but she quickly took the opportunity to educate locals about the fentanyl problem and at the alarming rate at which drug-related deaths occur. Fentanyl is […]]]>

WATERTOWN — The first National Fentanyl Awareness Day took place on Tuesday.

Anita K. Seefried-Brown, project director for the Alliance for Better Communities, didn’t even know about it until Monday, but she quickly took the opportunity to educate locals about the fentanyl problem and at the alarming rate at which drug-related deaths occur.

Fentanyl is a potent and often deadly synthetic drug that is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Many people lost their lives there unintentionally. National Fentanyl Awareness Day was founded by parents who have lost loved ones to drugs and who hope to save other families from the same fate.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea to dedicate a special day to national awareness of fentanyl, simply because fentanyl has been the leading cause of death for several years now,” Ms Seefried-Brown said. “In April of this year, we hit the milestone of over 100,000 overdose deaths and fentanyl, again nationally, was the leading cause of death. And when I looked at the Jefferson County stats, unfortunately Jefferson County’s opioid-related deaths are also due to fentanyl.

While fentanyl and/or its analogs were rarely found in fatal toxicology reports between 2000 and 2015, fentanyl and/or its analogs were present in more than 60% of toxicology reports of overdose deaths between 2016 and today, according to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fentanyl analogues such as acetylfentanyl, furanylfentanyl, and carfentanil have a similar chemical structure to fentanyl, but are not routinely detected because specialized toxicology testing is needed.

A total of 145 people have lost their lives from 2016 to date due to drug overdoses, including 104 deaths caused by opioids, according to the Alliance. Of these, 104, 93, or 89.4% were due to poisoning with fentanyl and/or an analogue.

“What we need to educate the community about is that teens and young adults are ordering prescription drugs online,” Ms Seefried-Brown said. “This is a very interesting development, as the pills look exactly like the real deal, but in fact they are fake pills. They are pressed and sharp to look like the real Oxycontin, the real Xanax pill, and in 40% of cases of these fake pills, they are adulterated with fentanyl.

She noted that parents are baffled that their children and teens who have never used drugs regularly are suddenly dying from fentanyl poisoning, and organizations need to let communities know that these fake pills exist. They are readily available by ordering online, there are virtually no restrictions for ordering the drugs, and they can be fatal the first time they are used.

The Alliance for Better Communities has worked tirelessly to address the opioid crisis in Jefferson County. The organization hosts community awareness and engagement events in various neighborhoods and provides secure medication boxes and Deterra bags, environmentally friendly medication deactivation systems for unused or expired medications. Working with community partners, the organization offers Narcan training for overdose reversals and harm reduction kits, which include fentanyl test strips that can be used to test for the presence of the substance in other recreational drugs and potentially save a user from an unintentional overdose.

“It’s easy, it helps save lives,” Ms Seefried-Brown said of the tests. “It empowers the user and we are talking about two different audiences – one audience is the population of teenagers and young adults who order online, receive fake pills that can cost them their lives, and the other audience is people with substance use disorders who would benefit from being able to test the substance they are about to use using fentanyl test strips.

If the fentanyl test strips indicate that fentanyl is indeed present, this allows the person to make different choices. Ms Seefried-Brown said harm reduction at its best is to reduce the risk of death while providing pathways to treatment and recovery, and treatment and recovery can only be offered to people who are still alive, which is why harm reduction is such an important tool in the toolbox.

Community residents can receive a free harm reduction kit in three ways:

— Visit the Alliance on the third floor of the Marcy Building, 167 Polk Street, Suite 320

— Visit the window of the Metro Jeff Safety Building, 753 Waterman Drive

— Ask a local police officer or sheriff on patrol for a kit no questions asked, no records kept

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Veritas Joins Sheltered Harbor Alliance Partner Program as a Solution Provider to Better Protect Financial Industry Customers from Cyberattacks https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/veritas-joins-sheltered-harbor-alliance-partner-program-as-a-solution-provider-to-better-protect-financial-industry-customers-from-cyberattacks/ Tue, 10 May 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/veritas-joins-sheltered-harbor-alliance-partner-program-as-a-solution-provider-to-better-protect-financial-industry-customers-from-cyberattacks/ SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, today announced that it has joined the nonprofit financial industry initiative, Sheltered Harbor, as a technology solutions provider as part of its Alliance Partner program. This reinforces Veritas’ commitment to ensuring critical financial industry customer data remains protected from cyber threats, including ransomware. Ransomware […]]]>

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, today announced that it has joined the nonprofit financial industry initiative, Sheltered Harbor, as a technology solutions provider as part of its Alliance Partner program. This reinforces Veritas’ commitment to ensuring critical financial industry customer data remains protected from cyber threats, including ransomware.

Ransomware attacks and other cyber threats continue to increase in frequency and sophistication. This has resulted in massive amounts of stolen data, significant financial consequences and loss of consumer confidence across all industry sectors, including financial services. As a result, ransomware defense has become a top priority for business leaders in 2022. According to ESG research, 82% of survey respondents said ransomware concerns in their organization are higher today. today than two years ago, and 68% identified it. as one of the company’s top five priorities1.

In response to growing attacks on the financial industry, Sheltered Harbor helps protect financial institutions and their customers, while preserving public confidence in the US financial system. Through collaboration with hundreds of subject matter experts from renowned industry players, as well as support from regulators, Sheltered Harbor has created the only industry standard dedicated to improving resilience. and the stability of the financial sector.

Doug Matthews, senior vice president, Product Management at Veritas, said, “Given the meteoric rise in cyberattacks, ransomware remains one of the greatest threats to businesses today, and financial institutions are specifically targeted as part of the country’s critical infrastructure. By partnering with Sheltered Harbor, we are taking another crucial step in continuing to empower our financial industry customers to confidently preserve their critical data and ensure its rapid recovery, wherever it resides.

Carlos Recalde, President and CEO of Sheltered Harbor, said, “Cyberattacks continue to threaten every industry and the financial sector remains an attractive target for bad actors. We are excited to have Veritas join our alliance program to help protect critical financial institution data through industry standards. Together, Sheltered Harbor and Veritas are dedicated to building financial sector resilience and safety. »

To learn more about Sheltered Harbor, please visit: https://shelteredharbor.org.

For more information on Veritas’ Sheltered Harbor Alliance partnership, visit here.

About Veritas

Veritas Technologies is a leader in multi-cloud data management. More than 80,000 customers, including 87% of the Fortune Global 500, rely on us to ensure their data is protected, recovered and compliant. Veritas has a reputation for large-scale reliability, which provides the resilience its customers need against disruptions threatened by cyberattacks, such as ransomware. No other vendor can match the execution capability of Veritas, with support for over 800 data sources, over 100 operating systems, over 1,400 storage targets and 60+ clouds through a single, unified approach. Leveraging our Cloud Scale technology, Veritas is today implementing its Autonomous Data Management strategy that reduces operational overhead while delivering greater value. Learn more at www.veritas.com. Follow us on Twitter at @veritastechllc.

Veritas and the Veritas logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Veritas Technologies LLC or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

1 ESG Report: 2022 Technology Spending Intentions Survey, November 2021

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Will forge anti-BJP alliance for 2024 LS polls: OP Rajbhar https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/will-forge-anti-bjp-alliance-for-2024-ls-polls-op-rajbhar/ Sun, 08 May 2022 17:32:31 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/will-forge-anti-bjp-alliance-for-2024-ls-polls-op-rajbhar/ Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) National Chairman Om Prakash Rajbhar has said that opposition parties will form an alliance to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led alliance in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Addressing a press conference after the end of his party’s two-day worker training program in Lucknow on Sunday, Rajbhar said: “Talks […]]]>

Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) National Chairman Om Prakash Rajbhar has said that opposition parties will form an alliance to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led alliance in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing a press conference after the end of his party’s two-day worker training program in Lucknow on Sunday, Rajbhar said: “Talks are ongoing with TMC leader Mamata Banerjee, chairman of Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on formation of anti-BJP alliance.

“The Samajwadi Party-led alliance comprising SBSP, Mahan Dal, RLD and Janwadi Party that contested the 2022 assembly election in Uttar Pradesh is working to include the Bhagidari Parivartan Morcha in anti-BJP alliance for 2024 Lok Sabha election,” he said. mentioned.

“SBSP will soon launch a statewide membership drive to strengthen its organization in 75 districts across the state. We will raise the issue of free education, free health facilities for the poor, employment for the youths and caste registration,” added Rajbhar.

“In the two-day training program, SBSP workers were asked to mobilize their resources for the 2024 elections in Lok Sabha. SBSP workers will organize meetings in all villages to sensitize the masses on anti-people policies of the BJP government. We will encourage people to join the SBSP,” he said.

Party workers have been urged to be active on social media platforms as well as on the ground to win the support of the people, Rajbhar added.

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BJ and Kim Lanclos Smith of BrainArt Alliance – Advocacy for Art as Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/bj-and-kim-lanclos-smith-of-brainart-alliance-advocacy-for-art-as-therapy-for-traumatic-brain-injury/ Fri, 06 May 2022 19:05:48 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/bj-and-kim-lanclos-smith-of-brainart-alliance-advocacy-for-art-as-therapy-for-traumatic-brain-injury/ Podcast: play in a new window | Download (Duration: 51:08 — 70.2MB) Subscribe: Google Podcasts | | After BJ Smith and his mother, Kim Lanclos-Smith, joined Discover Lafayette to discuss how their world was forever changed when BJ suffered a traumatic brain injury following an ATV accident at the age of 15. years. BJ is […]]]>

BJ Smith and his mother, Kim Lanclos-Smith, joined Discover Lafayette to discuss how their world was forever changed when BJ suffered a traumatic brain injury following an ATV accident at the age of 15. years.

BJ is now an artist and has found joy in painting with acrylics for the past five years. He took his trauma and converted it into the beauty and sanctity of life through his art. He likes to share his art. Her mother, Kim, has become an advocate for the many financial challenges and needs a family faces when caring for a loved one with traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI.

BJ was an adventurous teenager with dreams of playing professional football who was cut short by a tragic mountain biking accident on August 8, 2005. A young teenager staying in Houston with parents one summer to improve his football skills, BJ was on a run at four-wheeler going 60 mph when a dog ran past him and he swerved to miss it. He was thrown 25 feet without a helmet, breaking his bones and suffering internal injuries and road burns from the fall.

BJ’s brain damage was so horrific that he was DOA when he arrived at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. He remained in intensive care with a 10% chance of survival, in a coma for three weeks, as his head had taken the brunt of the accident. His surgeon said he had no idea how BJ survived. His recovery was miraculous and we didn’t even expect him to be able to walk, but he survived whole. However, BJ has lost her ability to be independent, to plan for the future, or to focus on goals in life.

“A brain injury is a lot like a hurricane. It devastates everything it touches. After so many years, I am learning to find my center. The stronger the storm, this is the best place to be. We were given life to live the experience. At this point in my spiritual journey, I embrace it in my solid form, every day. There is so much more to the spectrum of life than meets the eye.

His mother, Kim Lanclos-Smith, has dedicated her life to caring for BJ and is his primary caretaker, with the help of financial aid provided over the past ten years through the New Opportunities Waiver (“NOW”) program. ) administered by the Louisiana State Department of Health, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. People with BJ disease must have suffered from this disability before the age of 21 to qualify for the exemption. Each year, BJ and Kim must reapply for the NOW waiver to continue receiving much-needed help to ensure BJ is adequately cared for. For Acadiana residents who need more information, visit the Acadiana Region Social Services District.

As BJ progressed through his recovery, his love of art grew and grew. He likes to paint in a free form, sometimes throwing acrylic paint all over the room. Even though he has lost 60% of his vision and is legally blind, he feels the color as he feels it in his heart. He says it’s “where he lives”.

“If you open your eyes, color is everywhere. Embrace this feeling of the color that has been given to us. The energy of the color is incredible, the spectrum to follow. You are colored, your eyes are colored, we are colored,” says BJ Smith.

BJ had a near death experience and with it came a spiritual awakening. “Heaven was full of love.” He gives advice to people such as “Never talk to anyone.” He is not afraid to die because he knows that “God owns me”.

Every nine seconds someone experiences a head injury, which is about 3 million people a year. It often goes undiagnosed and it is very difficult to get paid care for TBI victims. Kim shared that 25-80% of the prison population has TBI before the crime, with more than 60% reporting head injuries. Well-known professional football players such as Aaron Hernandez and others suffered serious head injuries and ended up in prison for their acts of violence. The Brain Injury Association of America provides a wealth of information on the subject.

Kim was aware of the challenges of a TBI when BJ was injured. Her brother, Brett, was born with an anoxic brain injury at birth when he was deprived of oxygen. The family was unaware of the injury until Brett failed to meet the developmental milestones expected as one grows and matures. Brett stayed at home until he was nine years old, and when his parents divorced, he was placed in a care facility. After about 20 years, as Louisiana deinstitutionalized its long-term care patients, Brett was released and given a NOW waiver to receive care. Sadly, he suffered a tragic death as a result of horrific abuse and neglect by his caretakers.

Kim now testifies regularly on behalf of TBI victims and as an advocate for the need for adequate and safe care. She shared that there is a huge crisis in the goalkeeping industry as they are underpaid and overworked. Lifelong care for a TBI victim is estimated to cost $4 million to cover rehabilitation and care, as well as living expenses. She also thinks law enforcement professionals need training on the effects of TBI, as the brain damage sustained can mimic the effects of intoxication.

Kim tried to start a movement in Louisiana for families concerned about ATV safety, but was unsuccessful. “Everyone loves mountain biking in Louisiana. Parents, be careful. Don’t put your five-year-old on an ATV. It’s very dangerous.”

BJ and Kim Lanclos Smith started the BrainArt Alliance, a non-profit organization to raise awareness of brain damage and the various therapies, including art, that can help heal.

We thank BJ and Kim Lanclos Smith for their love of others and their determination to ensure that every life, no matter the circumstance, is lived to its fullest!

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Buford Business Alliance Spring Festival Celebrates Community https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/buford-business-alliance-spring-festival-celebrates-community/ Wed, 04 May 2022 15:35:31 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/buford-business-alliance-spring-festival-celebrates-community/ Everything was “blossoming in Buford” for the Buford Business Alliance Spring Festival on Saturday, April 30, in downtown Buford. It was a perfect spring day along Main Street as the public came out to support the local small businesses that took part in the event. The festival returned this year after a two-year hiatus caused […]]]>

Everything was “blossoming in Buford” for the Buford Business Alliance Spring Festival on Saturday, April 30, in downtown Buford. It was a perfect spring day along Main Street as the public came out to support the local small businesses that took part in the event.

The festival returned this year after a two-year hiatus caused by COVID-19 and was held along Main Street at the Amphitheater between South Hill and Wilson streets. The vendors, 33 in total, sold their wares or offered their services for four hours to everyone who attended the event.

“The Buford Business Alliance would like to thank all of the event sponsors and vendors for making the event such a success,” said Freda Kalina, President of the Buford Business Alliance. “A special thank you to our gold level event sponsor, The Senior Journey.”

The event would not have been a success without the hard work and support of the Town of Buford staff. The city provided workers to ensure the success and safety of the event.

“On my behalf and on behalf of the BBA, thank you to the Town of Buford – City Manager, Bryan Kerlin; Rhonda Cunningham, who worked hand-in-hand with us to coordinate the city’s efforts; Dan Branch, the director of public safety, and his department to ensure the safety of everyone involved; and the countless other city street, electrical and code department employees who helped make this event a success,” said Kalina.

Throughout the event, a variety of hits from yesterday and today were played by JAMMIN’ DJs. Aerial photography and event photography were provided by Lawrence Jackson with Game of Drones.

“This event wouldn’t have gone so well without the efforts of our event planner, Barbara Reynolds with BFabulous Eats and Events,” Kalina said. “Thank you for the countless hours dedicated to this event.”

Kalina encourages Buford residents and visitors to the city to consider supporting the event sponsors who have been key to the Spring Festival’s success.

Gold Level Sponsor The Senior Journey is a local business dedicated to helping families overcome the challenges of finding their aging loved ones the care they need. The Senior Journey seeks to educate people through the use of their website, Facebook and Instagram posts, interactive digital magazine, mobile app, YouTube channel and podcast. For more information on The Senior Journey, visit theseniorjourney.net.

Silver level sponsors included Spraggins Law Firm, North Gwinnett Voice, Luxe Aesthetics Studio, Guaranty Mortgage and Cleaned Bins. Bronze level sponsors for the event were Card My Yard and ecomaids.

The Buford Business Alliance is a non-profit organization made up of more than 120 local businesses that make supporting the community and small businesses their top priority. The organization hosts monthly networking events, as well as several community events each year.

Coming up for the BBA, monthly business networking events – the after-hours event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 at WaterMark Senior Living at 5755 Conner Road in Flowery Branch, and breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at 8 a.m. at Tannery Row Ale House at 554 W. Main St. in Buford.

The next business alliance community event will be the second annual Buford Restaurant Week from Saturday, June 18 through Sunday, June 26, followed by a July Christmas event on Saturday, July 23.

For more information on the Buford Business Alliance, click here.

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The best alliance cards in MTG https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/the-best-alliance-cards-in-mtg/ Mon, 02 May 2022 23:45:00 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/the-best-alliance-cards-in-mtg/ Alliance is one of the latest keywords introduced in Magic: The Gathering’s new Streets Of New Capenna set. The mechanic is part of the Cabaretti faction in the colors white, green and red. RELATED: Magic: The Gathering’s Best Counter Spells Similar to landing but for creatures, alliance is an ability that triggers whenever a creature […]]]>

Alliance is one of the latest keywords introduced in Magic: The Gathering’s new Streets Of New Capenna set. The mechanic is part of the Cabaretti faction in the colors white, green and red.

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Similar to landing but for creatures, alliance is an ability that triggers whenever a creature enters the battlefield. This includes tokens, allowing decks to trigger multiple alliance instances in a turn. Since white, green, and red are all colors that have access to a plethora of token generation as well as cheap creatures, it’s even easier to make sure you’re getting the most out of your alliance cards.

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Witty Roastmaster

Witty Roastmaster can get out of control pretty quickly when it comes to burns. When the alliance triggers, this card will deal one damage to each opponent. While it seems minimal at first, it’s not once per turn, allowing for devastating burn damage.

When mixed with low mana creatures and cards that spawn multiple tokens, Witty Roastmaster can do a lot of damage. It has three powers itself, allowing it to attack in addition to dealing direct burn damage, making it a formidable alliance card.

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Social Climber is one of many cards that give you life when a creature enters the battlefield for its alliance ability. Unlike other cards like this, Social Climber’s statline helps to be a bigger threat, as it can deal good damage and gain you life.

Green is one of the best colors for life gain when mixed with white. Social Climber’s alliance ability can stack with other life gain triggers, gaining huge amounts of life in a single turn.

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Elegant surroundings

Elegant Entourage is a fantastic alliance card for making your whole party of creatures a threat. Whenever its alliance effect triggers, another creature gets +1/+1 and tramples until end of turn.

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While it can’t target itself, Elegant Entourage works to make the rest of your creatures dangerous by giving them trample. This makes it harder to block weak creatures and forces the opponent to consider throwing their powerful creatures in front of them to protect their life. With the ease with which it is possible to flood the field, it can be easy to give every creature you control a boost.

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rumor gatherer

The good white card draw was also a bit of a joke, but it’s starting to get as strong as the other suits, and Rumor Gatherer is one of the cards that helps give it a much-needed boost. When its alliance ability triggers, you scan a card in your deck. If it’s the second time, however, you may draw a card.

If you can create creatures during an opponent’s turn, Rumor Gatherer may draw you multiple cards, especially true for the Commander format. Rumor Gatherer’s gaze effect is always great, because being able to control what your next draw will be is a fantastic effect.

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celebrity fencer

Celebrity Fencer can spiral out of control very quickly, especially if you have a lot of low mana creatures to cast or tokens to craft. When her alliance ability triggers, she gives herself a +1/+1 counter. It’s also not once per turn, allowing multiple counters to be placed on it in one turn.

He starts off as a 3/2, so when he starts getting counters he will already have good stats that are gradually improving. Celebrity Fencer can quickly become a target to eliminate, and if the opponent can’t respond, they can close matches on their own.

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Venom Connoisseur

Venom Connoisseur will easily make opponents think twice about blocking your creatures. When Venom Connoisseur’s alliance ability first triggers, she gives herself deathtouch. If it’s the second time, however, all creatures you control receive deathtouch.

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When looking to close out a game or eliminate some problematic cards, his alliance ability deals deathblows to deter opponents from throwing their cards in front of attackers. If you can trigger it during an opponent’s turn, it makes all of your weak creatures a fantastic blocker that can trade with anything they can block.

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Devil Jack

Devilish Valet is a fantastic alliance card that can become devastating to the opponent if you have ways to trigger their alliance ability multiple times per turn. Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, Devilish Valet’s power is doubled until end of turn.

It has both trample and haste, allowing you to swing for a lot of damage early. It can be shuffled with cards like Fling or Kazuul’s Fury. After dealing damage, you can use Devilish Valet’s high power to end the game by having him inflict his power on the opponent’s life.

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Rose Room Treasurer

Rose Room Treasurer acts as both a way to turn you red, as well as a way to eliminate problem mobs or deal burn damage. When her alliance ability triggers for the first or second time, Rose Room Treasurer will give you a treasure token. Anytime after that, you can pay X mana to deal X damage to any target.

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With how easy it is to stay low on the mana curve in decks running red, Rose Room Treasurer will give you plenty of ramps to be able to cast your high mana spells through multiple alliance triggers.

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boss driver

Boss’s Chauffeur becomes an immediate threat as soon as he enters the field. It enters the battlefield with +1/+1 counters on it for each creature on the battlefield. His alliance ability will continue to give him +1/+1 counters whenever another creature is put onto the battlefield.

If the Boss Driver dies one day, he creates 1/1 tokens equal to the number of markers on him. If opponents don’t destroy it, Boss’s Chauffeur will become extremely powerful through meter, and if they do, you get a swarm of tokens to attack and trigger other alliance abilities with.

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Gala reception

Gala Greeters is the only alliance card that has multiple effects you can choose from. Each time it triggers, you can choose any of them, as long as they weren’t chosen this turn. This includes putting a +1/+1 counter on Gala Greeters, creating an tapped treasure token, and gaining two life.

This can get out of control very quickly and early on since Gala Greeters only cost two mana to cast. If you can create creatures during your opponents’ turn, you can trigger its alliance effects multiple times when it’s your turn.

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NC East Alliance helps introduce technology to local farmers https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/nc-east-alliance-helps-introduce-technology-to-local-farmers/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 19:52:59 +0000 https://gloucesterdowntownassociation.org/nc-east-alliance-helps-introduce-technology-to-local-farmers/ GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Robots in the field how to solve broadband problems. Several key topics were covered Friday morning in a webinar titled “Smart Ag: Emerging Technologies in Farming” hosted by NC East Alliance. NORTH CAROLINA: Keep up to date with everything happening in your state. “Like any other business, agriculture has adapted to […]]]>

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Robots in the field how to solve broadband problems. Several key topics were covered Friday morning in a webinar titled “Smart Ag: Emerging Technologies in Farming” hosted by NC East Alliance.

“Like any other business, agriculture has adapted to the availability of technology on the farm,” said Mitch Smith, North Carolina agricultural extension officer with the North Carolina County Cooperative Extension Service. of Pitt. “It allowed us to be more efficient and more economical because we used inputs on the farm. So that’s really allowed our eastern NC farms to stay competitive over the years because it’s provided a lot of shortcuts for our farmers.

When talking about how robots are used for farming, the concept is to ensure that crops are not picked and to ensure that they are taken care of during labor shortages. ‘work. Even if robots are not yet very present in ENCs for agriculture, this could change in the future.

“This is something that we believe will happen over time as you have fewer farmers and the size of the farms gets more labour, the availability of labor decreases . And as a result, you’ll have to rely more and more on that kind of technology,” Smith said.

Drones would also be used to help keep crops sprayed.

As it will be prime time for cotton planting next week, a device called “cotton planting conditions calculator” is encouraged.

“This website is science-based and it helps a grower determine exactly whether or not I should plant this field next week, or wait until later in the month to do so. Another way technology is making a difference on the farm and improving the bottom line,” Smith said.

One issue raised during the discussion was internet reception for farmers and how systems and equipment might work with poor reception. One suggestion that has been highlighted and has already been tested is the use of private cell phone data networks for farms.

“We’ve heard a lot about digital equity,” said Dr. Jason Ward, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering at North Carolina State University. “We need to make sure people in rural communities have good access to high-speed internet and make sure it’s well-maintained and affordable.

Smith said when a private industry brings a piece of equipment onto the farm, they take the time to explain to producers how to use it. Ultimately, the goal is to help our local farmers.

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