New website targets first responders struggling with mental health



a man wearing sunglasses posing for the camera: Cape Breton paramedic Debbie Fortune (left) poses for a picture with her colleague Sheri King. Fortune says a new website can help first responders with mental health supports.


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Cape Breton paramedic Debbie Fortune (left) poses for a picture with her colleague Sheri King. Fortune says a new website can help first responders with mental health supports.

Nova Scotia first responders have had a hand in creating a new website intended to help their colleagues recognize when they need mental health support.

Debbie Fortune and her husband, Jason, have both been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder while working as paramedics in Cape Breton.

Fortune said her husband left his job in 2012, and it took years for him to get a diagnosis and proper treatment.

There weren’t many PTSD resources available to civilians, she said, so the couple went to a military support group and were surprised to find people with different jobs had the same experiences.

“That was one of the turning points for us, to just feel like we’re not alone,” said

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U.S. Imposes Sweeping Sanctions on Iran, Targets Khamenei-Linked Foundation | World News

By Daphne Psaledakis and Humeyra Pamuk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday imposed broad sanctions targeting Iran, blacklisting a foundation controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and taking aim at what Washington called Iran’s human rights abuses a year after a deadly crackdown on anti-government demonstrators.

The sanctions announced by the U.S. Treasury Department, which also targeted Iran’s intelligence minister, are the latest action to reinforce the “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran pursued by President Donald Trump’s administration. They come little more than two months before Trump is due to hand over power to Joe Biden after losing a Nov. 3 election.

The department imposed sanctions on what it described as a key patronage network for Khamenei. It said it blacklisted the Bonyad Mostazafan, or the Foundation of the Oppressed, which is controlled by Khamenei, in a move also targeting 10 individuals and 50 subsidiaries of the

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U.S. imposes sweeping sanctions on Iran, targets Khamenei-linked foundation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday imposed broad sanctions targeting Iran, blacklisting a foundation controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and taking aim at what Washington called Iran’s human rights abuses a year after a deadly crackdown on anti-government demonstrators.

FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a virtual speech, on the occasion of the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, in Tehran, Iran November 3, 2020. Official Khamenei Website/Handout via REUTERS

The sanctions announced by the U.S. Treasury Department, which also targeted Iran’s intelligence minister, are the latest action to reinforce the “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran pursued by President Donald Trump’s administration. They come little more than two months before Trump is due to hand over power to Joe Biden after losing a Nov. 3 election.

The department imposed sanctions on what it described as a key patronage network for Khamenei.

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Joint Korean/Australian Project Targets China’s Rare Earth Control

A joint South Korean/Australian mineral processing research project is showing potential to eat into China’s dominance of the high-value and strategically-important rare earth industry.

While in its early days the Ziron Tech project has successfully produced two of the most important metals in the rare earth family; praseodymium and neodymium which are used to make the permanent magnets used in electric cars and renewable energy systems.

As well as producing samples of the metals weighing up to 18.5 pounds an agreement to construct a commercial plant producing up to 550 pounds a day was signed last week.

A long-time in planning the key to the Ziron Tech process is a unique orebody located near the city of Dubbo in the Australian State of New South Wales.

If the work in Korea leads to full-scale commercial rare

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Qorvo Price Targets Up After Earnings and Guidance

Qorvo  (QRVO) – Get Report shares rose on Thursday after the wireless-technology company reported stronger-than-expected earnings. 

That report led several analysts to raise their share-price targets on the provider of technology for mobile service, infrastructure, and aerospace and defense.

Qorvo recently traded at $144.60, up 8.1%. The shares climbed 15% year to date through Wednesday.

Needham analysts lifted their target to $200 from $160, affirming their buy rating.

Qorvo “delivered revenue well ahead of expectations and guided to record operating margins for the coming quarter,” the analysts wrote in a commentary cited by Bloomberg.

Benchmark analysts raised their share-price target to $155 from $135, maintaining their buy rating. 

They named Qorvo a top pick for the rest of the year, “given its positioning to benefit from RF [radio frequency] content increases in 5G smartphones,” Bloomberg reports.

Qorvo’s earnings came in “much better than expected,” and its outlook is

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Computer vision helps find binding sites in drug targets

Scientists from the iMolecule group at Skoltech Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering (CDISE) developed BiteNet, a machine learning (ML) algorithm that helps find drug binding sites, i.e. potential drug targets, in proteins. BiteNet can analyze 1,000 protein structures in 1.5 minutes and find optimal spots for drug molecules to attach. The research was published in the Communications Biology journal.

Proteins, the molecules that control most biological processes, are typically the common targets for drugs. To produce a therapeutic effect, drugs should attach to proteins at specific sites called binding sites. The protein’s ability to bind to a drug is determined by the site’s amino acid sequence and spatial structure. Binding sites are real “hot spots” in pharmacology. The more binding sites are known, the more opportunities there are for creating more effective and safer drugs.

Skoltech CDISE assistant professor Petr Popov and PhD student Igor Kozlovskii developed

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SAP dumps mid-term targets, cuts 2020 view as coronavirus bites

By Douglas Busvine



a sign on the side of a building: FILE PHOTO: The logo of German software group SAP is pictured at its headquarters in Walldorf


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FILE PHOTO: The logo of German software group SAP is pictured at its headquarters in Walldorf


BERLIN (Reuters) – SAP on Sunday cut its guidance for the year and abandoned its forecast that profitability would expand steadily over the medium term, saying coronavirus lockdowns would hit demand well into 2021.

The German business software group, a leader in enterprise applications ranging from finance to supply-chain management, said in an ad-hoc release it was shifting strategy to accelerate its push into cloud computing.

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Separately, SAP also released third-quarter results showing a 4% decline in adjusted total revenue. Operating profit was down 12%, based on international financial reporting standards, but after adjustments and at constant currency it rose by 4%.

The change of course follows a year of turmoil unleashed by the exit of long-time CEO Bill McDermott, while the leadership duo of Christian

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SAP Data Targets ‘Customers In The Moment’

Whether you’re fond of big brand stores, bespoke one-off specialist shops, brash brightly lit shopping centers or ubiquitous ‘strip malls’, the world in 2020 has shown us that very often, shopping is going digital. What happens next in this space is not just a question of e-shopping and e-retailing where consumers spend online (although it is that too), it is also a factor of the amount of information organizations use to track our preferences, behavioral habits and spending trends. 

Now that there are multiple ways to buy products, services and interact with a vendor (industry analysts like to call these channels ‘touchpoints’), companies working to connect with customers need to get specific

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Toshiba targets $3 billion revenue in quantum cryptography by 2030

The logo of Toshiba Corp is seen behind cherry blossoms at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp said on Monday it aims to generate $3 billion in revenue from its advanced cryptographic technology for data protection by 2030, as the Japanese sprawling conglomerate scrambles to find future growth drivers.

The cyber security technology, called quantum key distribution (QKD), leverages the nature of quantum physics to provide two remote parties with cryptographic keys that are immune to cyberattacks driven by quantum computers.

Toshiba expects the global QKD market to grow to $12 billion in 10 years with the advance of quantum computers, whose massive computational power could easily decipher conventional math-based cryptographic keys commonly used in finance, defence and health care.

The company is hoping to tap global demand for advanced cryptographic technologies as cyber security has come to the forefront

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