Trauma & Beyond Psychological Center has been awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

We are pleased to announce that Trauma and Beyond Psychological Center ®has been awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

SHERMAN OAKS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — Trauma and Beyond Psychological Center ® has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for our Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization/Day treatment programs (PHP) by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Trauma and Beyond Psychological Center ® underwent a rigorous review on December 21-22, 2020. A team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with our PHP and IOP standards spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, employee continuing education, and rights and responsibilities of the individual.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess, and improve performance.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public….,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Trauma and Beyond Psychological Center ® for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

Founders Dr. Lynne Friedman-Gell and Dr. Joanne Barron credited the hard work and professionalism of their excellent clinical and administrative team. In a joint statement the founders stated, “Our team works tirelessly to ensure that each patient receives the quality of care for which we are known.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

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Former Congressman Jim Moran to Moderate The Ethiopian Forum's First Panel Discussion

Former Congressman Jim Moran (center) represented Virginia’s 8th Congressional District from 1991 to 2015, where he served on the Foreign Affairs Committee and was known for his bipartisan leadership and ability to resolve complex issues.

Former Congressman Jim Moran will moderate The Ethiopian Forum's first panel discussion scheduled for February 2, 2020, at 10.30 AM EST

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — The ongoing armed conflict between the Ethiopian federal government and the Tigrai region's government is one of many recent manifestations of the deep-seated animosity that exists between the different political and ethnic factions that make-up the modern Ethiopian state. While there is consensus that deep-seated bitterness exists between the different political and ethnic factions that make up the Ethiopian state, there is no agreement among the noted factions as to the cause of the animosities or how the hostilities could be put to rest.

The Ethiopian Forum comprises three separate panel discussions. Each panel discussion will be held online and will include a panel moderator and two panelists. The panel discussion is aimed at clarifying the root causes of the ongoing political and armed conflict in Ethiopia and will draw out envisioned solutions that will result in peace and prosperity for all Ethiopians. The panel discussion will also seek to identify what role the U.S. should play in Ethiopia and the consequences of the ongoing crisis on regional and U.S. national security.

The Honorable Jim Moran, who Ji, will moderate The Ethiopian Forum's first panel discussion. The Forum's panelists are select leaders from six of the political organizations participating in the upcoming June 5, 2021, Ethiopian general election. The panelists taking part in the first panel discussion are Dr. Merera Gudina, leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), and Mr. Ibrahim Aden, a senior member of the Central Committee of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

The Ethiopian Forum is hosted by Von Batten-Montague-York, L.C. The Ethiopian Forum advisors are Mr. Michael Stopford, former Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Communications with NATO in Brussels who previously served as Chief of Staff of the UN Office in Geneva and as Director of the UN Washington Office, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Andrew Eck, and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Michael DiRoma, Esq.

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Hope in Motion: Walking for the Homeless Fundraiser Walk

Anissa King plans to walk more than 230 miles, the distance between Orlando and Miami, to raise awareness about homelessness

ORLANDO, FL, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — For Anissa King, one of the most important things to remember about homelessness is that it's something that could theoretically happen to anyone. "It could be us. It could be me. It could be you. And so I think it's very important that we really rethink homelessness. We might not be able to end it worldwide, but we surely can help better manage it, one person at a time," King said.

On Monday, Jan. 19th, King began her HOPE in Motion: Walking for the Homeless fundraiser walk; an effort she's embarking on to raise funds and awareness for homeless services. She'll walk more than 230 miles – the distance between Orlando and Miami — with the goal of raising $10,000 for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. 

For the next week, King will walk around Lake Eola thirty times a day every day beginning at 7:15 a.m. Anyone is welcome and invited to join her for part of her walk, either virtually or in-person. E-mail to register.

All funds raised will go to the Coalition, which provides a variety of resources for people experiencing homelessness, including emergency shelter and personalized case management programs. Last year, the Coalition said it helped more than 1,500 people move out of homelessness and into permanent housing.

"Even in the best of times, people are one paycheck, medical crisis, or [car breakdown] away from being homeless," said Meredith Bekemeyer, director of development for the Coalition.

Before the pandemic, there were an estimated 2,000 homeless people in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Right now, the coalition has noticed an increase in need, as they are helping about 500 homeless people per day.

More people who are experiencing homelessness for the first time are calling to ask for help than ever before, Bekemeyer said.

"That's why it's just really amazing that Anissa is doing this, and especially at this time, when we are seeing a greater demand for help," Bekemeyer said.

King is walking in memory of her friend, John Johnson, who lived in the woods off Mercy Drive for thirty years. She helped Johnson find stable housing and reconnect with his estranged daughter before he died in December 2019.

Walk updates will be posted on the Gofundme page: and the HOPE in Motion Facebook page (

In life, we go through seasons. King hopes that her efforts will inspire and motivate others going through life transitions to keep walking, keep moving and to not give up.

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معتقلي الرأي في المملكة العربية السعودية منذ يونيو 2017 – تقرير جديد من جرانت ليبرتي

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يتعرض المعتقلين السياسيون في المملكة العربية السعودية لسوء المعاملة بما يخالف قواعد وقوانين الدولة وفي انتهاك واضح للمعاهدات الدولية التي وافق عليها.

LONDON, UK, January 25, 2021 / — يتعرض المعتقلين السياسيون في المملكة العربية السعودية لسوء المعاملة بما يخالف قواعد وقوانين الدولة وفي انتهاك واضح للمعاهدات الدولية التي وافق عليها.

في هذا التقرير، تحلل جرانت ليبرتي لأول مرة قضايا 309 من معتقلي الرأي في المملكة العربية السعودية منذ بدء حملة القمع في عام 2017. يقدم غرانت ليبرتي تفاصيل عن نشطاء حقوق المرأة والصحفيين والأكاديميين وغيرهم من معتقلي الرأي. يصف غرانت ليبرتي معاملتهم وموجات الاعتقالات التي حدثت خلال السنوات الثلاث الماضية. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، تناقش جرانت ليبرتي قضايا أولئك الذين ماتوا في الحجز أو تم إعدامهم – بسبب "جرائمهم" المزعومة. وينتهي التقرير بإلقاء نظرة عامة على النشاط الحقوقي الذي يجري في جميع أنحاء العالم لتأمين إطلاق سراح هؤلاء المعتقلين، ودعوة لتحفيز النشطاء لمضاعفة جهودهم لتحرير هؤلاء الأشخاص.

يبدأ التقرير بروايات شخصية لأفراد عائلات أولئك الذين لا يزال أحباؤهم في السجن – منهم لينا الهذلول وأريج السدحان وعبد الله العودة وعبد الله الغامدي.

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يركز هذا التقرير على محنة معتقلي الرأي في المملكة العربية السعودية الذين اعتُقلوا منذ عام 2017 وما بعدها في ظل القيادة الجديدة وأولئك الذين لا تزال قضاياهم مستمرة حتى الان.
لإنتاج هذا التقرير، قام فريق غرانت ليبرتي بتحليل البيانات المتاحة من منظمات غير حكومية وحكومية ووكالات دولية، وإجراء مقابلات مباشرة مع أفراد أسر عدد من المعتقلين.
اعتمد فريق جرانت ليبرتي بشدة على أبحاث ومنشورات منظمات صديقة عبر المجتمع المدني والحقوقي من أجل جمع جميع البيانات المتاحة. ويود فريق جرانت ليبرتي أن يشكر جميع من ساهم وعمل لجعل هذا التقرير ممكنًا.

على الرغم من أن جرانت ليبرتي قد بذلت كل ما في وسعها لضمان صحة معلوماتنا وتحديثها، إلا أنه يجب التأكيد على أن سيطرة النظام السعودي على المعلومات وحرية التعبير في المملكة تعني أن الصورة الكاملة محجوبة بشكل دائم. على هذا النحو، من المرجح أن تكون البيانات التي نقدمها تقدير بخس لحجم الانتهاكات والمعاملة الهمجية لمعتقلي الرأي في المملكة العربية السعودية.

جرانت ليبرتي هي ذراع المناصرة لجمعية فورجوتن ويمن الخيرية. يأتي تمويلنا من مانحين فرديين من المملكة المتحدة والولايات المتحدة وأوروبا.

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Parental Alienation Conference Announces Dr. Steven G. Miller as Co-Director

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Dr. Steven G. Miller will be Co-Director for the 2021 virtual parental alienation conference “Helping Courts Understand the Phenomenon of Alienation.”

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — Family Access – Fighting for Children’s Rights and the Steel Partners Foundation today announced that Dr. Steven G. Miller will be Co-Director for their 2021 virtual parental alienation conference “Helping Courts Understand the Phenomenon of Alienation.” The conference will take place on May 14-16, 2021.

Steven Miller, M.D. is a physician who, among other things, specializes in forensic medicine and behavioral medicine. His sub-specialty interests include certain family dynamics and other clinical phenomena that are relevant to parental alienation, realistic estrangement, pathological enmeshment, and other types of child alignment, including pathological alignment. He has served as a consultant in over 200 cases of moderate and severe child alignment, sometimes as a medical and scientific advisor, sometimes as a testifying expert. More generally, he has directed hundreds of courses for physicians and other professionals on a wide range of topics related to clinical reasoning, clinical problem-solving, and clinical decision-making, typically with an emphasis on how cognitive errors lead to clinical and professional errors. Dr. Miller’s background in reasoning and decision-making is particularly relevant given the proclivity of alienation critics to violate fundamental rules of logic, probability, and clinical practice. Indeed, another theme of the Conference is that most of their core arguments are based on well-known logical fallacies such as straw man arguments, circular arguments, non-sequiturs, and red herrings. Likewise, much of the “literature” cited by critics appears to have been specifically constructed to mislead the courts.

As Course Co-Director with Attorney Ashish Joshi, the Course is thus co-directed by a forensic medical physician and a family law attorney. Although the title of the Conference is straightforward—the primary objective is to help courts understand parental alienation—other aspects of the course are equally important. Those include: to distinguish between science and pseudoscience in the courtroom; to expose and discredit the various pseudoscientific arguments that are frequently offered by critics, both in and out of court; to expose common myths and misconceptions, and to present the mountain of scientific evidence and applicable law that now forms the basis for our current scientific understanding of parental alienation and other types of child alignment. In brief, this will be an evidence-based conference based on sound science.

In addition to serving as a medical resource, Dr. Miller’s roles at the Conference will include participation on a panel discussion and a presentation entitled: “What if the Alienating Parent has a Personality Disorder? Tips for Mitigating and Litigating.”

This virtual conference will focus on presenting effective strategies for family courts to identify parental and grandparental alienation and then deal with the issue. The problem of alienation has challenged family courts for understandable reasons, and the conference will present a toolbox for litigants who must turn to the courts for assistance.

Registration information and conference details are available at

About Family Access – Fighting for Children’s Rights

Our primary concern is the children and grandchildren and then the complete family. Sadly, the children and grandchildren who are alienated from family are being treated as pawns and property. They are neither. They are human beings, and they should not be regarded as such by their parents or any other family member. We contend that it should be illegal to use children as pawns or instruments of spiteful behavior to prevent them from interacting with ALL other family members. Our purpose and goal are to ensure the preservation of extended, traditional family relationships. In the process of this hell on earth called alienation, we need all the knowledge, support, and resources we can get to help our children and grandchildren and then ourselves. Professionals who deal with alienation in helping families will glean much from this website as well. To contact us, please email

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Steel Partners Foundation was formed in 2001 by Warren Lichtenstein, founder and executive chairman of Steel Partners Holdings L.P. (NYSE: SPLP). Mr. Lichtenstein created Steel Partners Foundation to support philanthropic causes that are close to his heart. As a proud father of two children, he wanted to make a significant impact within the communities where he and his family lives and works, emphasizing causes related to children, education, and sports.

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The Milk Bank and Parkview Regional Medical Center Announce Milk Depot Opening

FT. WAYNE, INDIANA, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — The Milk Bank and Parkview Regional Medical Center Announce Milk Depot Opening

Parkview Health and The Milk Bank are excited to announce that Parkview Regional Medical Center is now open as an official Milk Depot site.

A Milk Depot is a site where approved donor mothers can drop off frozen, surplus breast milk. The milk is transported to The Milk Bank in Indianapolis to be pasteurized and distributed to NICUs and outpatient families throughout the Midwest. Ideal candidates for milk donors are non-smoking women in good general health who take limited or no medications or herbal supplements. For clarification on eligibility, contact The Milk Bank at 317-536-1670 or visit

The Milk Bank’s Director of Clinical Operations, Sarah Long shared, “All infants should have access to safe human milk, the science is irrefutable – human milk improves health care outcomes, especially for fragile infants. Breastfeeding and the use of human milk is a public health strategy that helps reduce infant mortality. We’re proud to partner with Parkview Regional Medical Center to support our milk donors in the region.”

“As a Milk Depot site, Parkview Regional Medical Center will make it easier for moms to donate breast milk to those who need it,” said Lauri Berghoff, director of Women's and Children's inpatient services. “We are excited to not only welcome eligible donors, but also continue our efforts to educate the public on the benefits of breast-feeding.”

In the absence of an infant’s own mother’s milk, pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) offers many of the same benefits, such as optimal nutrition, easy digestibility, and immunologic protection against organisms and diseases. The Milk Bank aims to encourage breastfeeding mothers and provide PDHM for any infant or child with medical necessity.

About The Milk Bank The Milk Bank was established to improve health outcomes for premature and ill infants, foster better health for children and decrease health care expenditures. The Milk Bank receives human milk from carefully screened donors, pasteurizes, freezes and distributes it throughout the United States. As a non-profit, community-supported entity, The Milk Bank is the first and only donor human milk bank in Indiana. The Milk Bank is a proud member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

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Parkview Health is a not-for-profit, community-based health system serving a northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio population of more than 850,000. Parkview Health’s mission is to improve health and inspire well-being in the communities it serves. With more than 13,000 co-workers, it serves as the region’s largest employer.

Parkview Health includes 10 hospitals and an extensive network of primary care and specialty care physicians. The flagship Parkview Regional Medical Center campus includes services such as the Parkview Cancer Institute, Parkview Heart Institute, Samaritan flight and ground transport program, Parkview Ortho Hospital, a certified stroke center, verified adult and pediatric trauma centers, Women's & Children's Hospital and an outpatient services center. Parkview Health has been designated a Magnet® health system for nursing excellence. ###

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Data Axle Study Shows almost 30% of Donors Increased Their Charitable Giving In Pandemic

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Detailed survey report on donor preferences, habits, and behaviors assists nonprofits as they plan for 2021 and beyond

Detailed survey report on donor preferences, habits, and behaviors assists nonprofits
as they plan for 2021 and beyond

That the nonprofit sector hasn't been affected by the pandemic is a testament to the power of donors’ dedication to worthy causes and the importance of delivering the right message consistently.”

— Data Axle Chairman and CEO Michael Iaccarino

DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — While half of charitable donors report they give the same amount as they did prior to the pandemic, 28% say they’ve upped their donations, according to a new study from Data Axle. The report, titled The New Best Practices for Connecting with Today’s Charitable Donors, gives nonprofits a detailed view of donors’ preferences and behaviors, enabling greater precision as they plan how to target and optimize fundraising and donor acquisition efforts for each donor segment.

Recognizing that the pandemic, given its economic impact, could potentially alter the landscape for charitable giving, Data Axle endeavored to better understand the dynamics of “giving” during that period. To do so, Data Axle, surveyed more than 1,200 Americans who regularly donate to nonprofits. Despite the pandemic, not only were donors giving more in aggregate, they were less likely to shift or change their charities of choice. Ninety-three percent of donors say they have not changed the nonprofits they support in the wake of the pandemic, reflecting a willingness to contribute more to the causes they had long supported, despite prevailing economic and societal uncertainty.

“While most donors kept calm and carried on as the pandemic spread, a number of groups made subtle shifts in their donations and focus,” said Data Axle Nonprofit Solutions President Stephanie Ceruolo. “Nonprofits should note these changes, even as the clear message overall is ‘Stay the course.’”

Highlights of Data Axle’s donor survey report include:

• 51% of respondents said they haven’t changed the amount they donate in the wake of the pandemic. 28% said they donate more than they did pre-pandemic, while 21% said they give less.
• Younger donors were more likely to have increased the amount they donate — 39% of donors aged 18-29 and 33% aged 30-44 gave more as the pandemic hit.
• A higher percentage of men than women reported giving more since COVID hit (30% vs. 26%).
• Democratic donors were more likely than Republican donors to give more in the wake of the pandemic (50% vs. 30%)

“With the economic impact of the pandemic, it is remarkable that so many donors have increased their contributions to nonprofits,” said Data Axle Chairman and CEO Michael Iaccarino. “The fact that the nonprofit sector has not been affected by the pandemic is a testament to the power of their donors’ dedication to worthy causes and the importance of delivering the right message consistently.”

For the complete survey results and insights, visit

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International Day of Education: An Open Letter from Hong Kong to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

Hong Kong Youth Voices on Education for Sustainable Development

Hong Kong Youth Voices on Education for Sustainable Development

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For International Day of Education: These are Hong Kong's Youth Voices on Education for Sustainable Development, from Young Changemaker Incubator Class of 2021

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Education for Sustainable Development is holistic and transformational, and it achieves purpose by creating change. To fulfil this mission, the voices of youth from all walks of life need to be heard!”

— Michael Li

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 25, 2021 / — Today, on the International Day of Education, we at ITS Education Asia are submitting an open letter to the United Nations and to Secretary-General António Guterres to ensure that those we are educating have a voice in how they are educated.

Education standards worldwide have fostered hundreds of millions of students to become ready for work. But while they are certainly capable and competent, the question facing these hordes of educated young adults is simply: What type of work?

Secondary schools and universities are beginning to realize that their graduates find careers irrelevant to their majors. Many brilliant adults are stuck at miserable jobs simply because they pay well. Many of our brightest minds spend all their faculties trying to make the rich richer. These tragic outcomes suggest, perhaps, that education should not be solely designed by adults. Perhaps it's time to ask the kids what they think is important to learn.

In Hong Kong, we at ITS Education Asia and the Young Changemaker Incubator have listened. We help students trailblaze their own path of education by helping them develop sustainable initiatives within their community. Our educators and mentors, however, merely nudge students to helpful research, concrete action, and making contacts. These students have taught us that once they seize the reins of their education, us adults can take the back seat. These students are not only learning how to self-organize, they are learning they can already inspire change in their communities. They don't need to wait for a degree or an employment contract to shape the world according to their principles and passions.

On the topic of Education for Sustainable Development, here are some perspectives from members of the Young Changemaker Incubator Class of 2021:

“Education is integral to progress. Our future depends on whether we can inspire the next generation and cultivate their full potential to improve the human condition.” Arthur K Cheung, Student, King George V School

“Much of the world's marginalized population has been denied access to quality education and lifelong opportunities. This is very true of all children along the spectrum of autism. Through music therapy, I am working towards inclusion for students underserved by traditional school systems.” Alvin Wong, 10th Grade Student, International Christian School

“We need young people to use their entrepreneurial enthusiasm to eliminate poverty and hunger by encouraging compassion and cultural awareness. This is especially true during a pandemic which has hindered collaboration. I am focused on a Hong Kong with zero food and packaging waste.” Ethan Ho, Founder, Waste Less Feed Better Org

“To be or not to be … educated. That is the question. Education is the engine of social mobility that drives equitable access to the opportunity of living a life fulfilled. For students left off traditional educational pathways, I want to enrich their lives through eliciting their creativity.” Alex Lee, Lower 6th Student, Harrow School UK

“Inclusivity, innovation, and accessibility are the big issues facing education, which has a tradition of evolving slowly. Students incur unhealthy stress in systems that emphasize tests and not individual development. I want to change that.” Jason Qiu, Student, Island School

“Education is the most powerful weapon to reduce inequality. I founded Buddy Wiser to bring a free curriculum of study skills to ethnic minorities and children from underprivileged families.” Alison Carless, Founder and President, BuddyWiser Foundation

“Progress stems from education, culture, freedom, and equality. If any of these are taken away, mankind flounders in the corrupt image of a select few. Together, we can collaborate towards a more unified world, one where cooperation – not competition – is at the centre of the economic zeitgeist.” Alfred Francis, Student, American International School

“Technology gives us the opportunity to democratize education for the wider community. It is time to rethink the traditional education system and obstacles to access.” Aden Wong, 8th Grade Student, International Christian School

“Everyone has struggles, but not all are the same. There is no problem too small to raise awareness for, and it's usually the more uncommon problems that need a bit more visibility to popularize compassion and inspire solutions.“ Rica Wong, Founder, Youth Resilience Foundation

We humbly ask the United Nations and the Secretary General to acknowledge the need to include youth in designing their education. They are an essential stakeholder in our worldwide efforts to educate. If we want the incoming crop of world leaders to be prepared for the daunting global challenges of the 21st century, we need to get their input now more than ever.

This article is co-authored by:

Michael Li – ITS Education Asia, Group Development Director // Founder of the YCI
Kenneth Kwok – Founder and CEO, Global Citizen Capital // Founder of KIDsforSDGs

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Deep Technology Startup ADGS Releases PANDEXIT, a COVID Variant Simulator Awarded by World Innovation Summit for Health

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Hassan Al Ansari - ADGS Chairman

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PANDEXIT simulates the spreading of emerging virus variants and discovers the best policies to protect the population and the economy

despite their limitations, models are incredibly useful to help governments plan, especially when there is limited information, such as when dealing with a new virus.”

— Prof Hassan Vally, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

DOHA, QATAR, January 25, 2021 / — A first of its kind software to fight the spread and impact of COVID-19, PANDEXIT, has just been released by Qatar-based Deep Technology startup, ADGS. “By simulating as realistically as possible the social interactions in a specific country, PANDEXIT can extrapolate the spreading of emerging biological diseases and thereby provide a powerful predictive tool to combat the current pandemic,” says ADGS CEO, Christophe Billiottet.

"Governments are mostly blind in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Facing a mutating virus, decision makers quickly establish lockdowns or curfews without a real foresight about their effect on the pandemic : there is an unwitting blindness about if containment rules will be efficient or overkill, about how many ICU will be required, when or how regular hospital operations will be affected etc… Things will even be more confusing when only part of the population will be vaccinated. It is absolutely critical to understand and visualize the impact of these decisions on a population and an economy before it occurs…" says Billiottet

PANDEXIT sorts and solves these complex equations using mathematical modelling of infectious diseases.

Using in-house Agent-Based Modelling algorithms developed during years of R&D, PANDEXIT goes much deeper into the complexity of human experiences than current models. It is a unique predictive system that simulates the broad social network of a country so that once virus hot spots are known experts can develop models of how, when, and where people are likely to move, interact, and get infected. “We created this leading technology with a strict respect of data privacy" says Billiottet.

PANDEXIT clearly shows the asymptomatic cases that drive the pandemic, the numbers of victims that should be expected in specific communities… it also adapts to virus mutations or simulates mass vaccinations.

With insights gained from PANDEXIT, organizations fighting the pandemic can test policies, procedures, and protocols, and then shift resources, as necessary, to more effectively slow the pandemic’s spread, save lives, and protect the economy. PANDEXIT helps decision makers evaluate the outcome of multiple COVID-19 policies through a reasonable estimation of how the pandemic will evolve under several potential scenarios.

PANDEXIT was awarded by the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in 2020 as one of the fifteen most promising worldwide health innovations.

In October 2020, PANDEXIT models were built and tested for Australia, Singapore, Argentina and Qatar. Forty-day predictive data was very close to the actual pandemic evolution in these countries, displaying sometimes unexpected results that later proved to be accurate, contradicting classic models. PANDEXIT could be the missing tool in the COVID-19 crisis by providing critical information and predictive analysis with a much higher granularity than statistical models.

The distinctive aspects of PANDEXIT include:

– It uses innovative agent-based modelling algorithms for computers to reproduce and analyze human behavior. It builds a virtual country, identical to the real one, with its cities, transportation systems, plants, offices, universities, population density, age distribution, medical preconditions, communities etc… and runs simulations on it.

– Its algorithms are powerful enough to reproduce the massively complex social dynamics of the entire population of a country.

– It uses ethical data to simulate the propagation of infectious disease throughout the population, using a high number of variable parameters.

About ADGS:
ADGS is the very first Deep Technology startup of Qatar, founded in 2015 by a Qatari businessman, a French entrepreneur, and a team of brilliant international scientists. ADGS conducts R&D to create cutting edge algorithms and build futuristic applications. Specifically, ADGS focuses is in the fields of Agent-Based Modelling (Emergent Behavior), Behavioral Biometrics applied to Cybersecurity, Social Dynamics, Natural Language Processing and Big Data analysis using Artificial Intelligence. ADGS raised 2 million USD through private funding and the Qatar Foundation.

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New, Black-Owned Video Sharing Platform Offers An Uncensored Space for Black Creatives

Black Creatives looking for a space to be unapologetically black and undeniably uncensored need look no further than

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, January 24, 2021 / — Black Creatives looking for a space to be unapologetically Black and undeniably uncensored need look no further than Launched in the beta phase last June, the platform is a Black-owned video sharing platform that allows users to upload, share, like and comment on user-generated videos from all over the world. Videe0’s goal is to offer a space that empowers content creators to create content without the fear of censorship and ostracism. Users can upload various kinds of video content including, but not limited to: music videos, films, documentaries, audio recordings, video blogs, original short videos and educational and tutorial videos.

Videe0 founder Clarence 'Lil C' Green said that the platform is committed to expression without consequence.

"Black and Brown voices are disproportionately stifled on every major social media platform today," Green said. "Our favorite social media platforms have continued the censorship and marginalization. They are built to profit from Black America, not to build Black America. Black Americans are in dire need of our own social media platform. Since the First Amendment was created, freedom of speech has always had consequences for Black Americans. A social network that imposes our expression in a way that is not ostracized has arrived."

Users must be at least 18 years old to register.

About Videe0 Inc.

A global digital media company, videe0 creates, publishes, distributes and licenses entertainment and educational programming from various types of user generated content. The videe0 portfolio includes websites, mobile apps, films, games, user generated programming, documentaries, podcasts and music that inspires people of color all over the world.

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