Treasury launches financial management projects leveraging automation, blockchain

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The Treasury Department is using emerging technologies to streamline how agencies manage their finances in two projects launched Monday.

Both projects are being run by the Bureau of Fiscal Service‘s Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation with support from Deloitte and are expected to save the government millions of dollars annually.

The first project, Digital End-to-End Efficiency (DEEE), is focused on digitizing and automating entire business processes, rather than using robotic process automation (RPA) or artificial intelligence to expedite parts.

“DEEE shifts away from the current trend in automating individual tasks with RPA and looks at the entire process,” said Cindy Good, program manager at BFS, in the announcement. “We want to identify improvements using a suite of automation choices, if needed, to support a
seamless process.”

Two unnamed agencies have partnered with Treasury to apply the repeatable, scalable DEEE framework

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Taliban’s Expanding ‘Financial Power’ Could Make It ‘Impervious’ To Pressure, Confidential Report Warns

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The Taliban’s burgeoning financial might could make the militant group immune to pressure from the international community as it negotiates a role in postwar Afghanistan, according to a confidential report commissioned by NATO and obtained by RFE/RL.

The Taliban “has achieved, or is close to achieving, financial and military independence,” a scenario that could allow the Sunni extremist group to renege on key commitments it has made under a U.S.-brokered peace plan aimed at ending the 19-year war, the report warns.

“That financial independence enables the Afghan Taliban to self-fund its insurgency without the need for support from governments or citizens of other countries,” says the report, based on interviews with senior Taliban operatives, Afghan officials, and foreign experts.

“It also, arguably, provides insurance for the Taliban’s continued relationship with other listed terrorist groups, including [Al-Qaeda].”

The Taliban has expanded its financial power in recent years through increased profits from

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AT&T and Verizon’s goal to revolutionize advertising looks doomed

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  • AT&T and Verizon have spent billions to buy media and tech companies to restart their businesses and change the way advertising is sold, but are far from having realized that strategy.
  • Verizon has since written down the value of its media properties while AT&T is now reportedly selling parts of its business that were core to its ambitions.
  • Meanwhile, neither has dented Facebook and Google’s dominance of digital advertising.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.


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Emilia Clark as Daenerys Targaryen in season four.


A few years ago, AT&T laid out in grandiose terms its plan to reinvent the way all of TV advertising was sold, taking on Facebook and Google in the process and perhaps craziest, making ads people don’t hate.

“The modern media company [has] everything to do with the combination of content, distribution, data and technology,” Brian Lesser, an ad agency vet who was brought on

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Sky Broncos’ fundraising efforts yield more than 100,000 happy returns | WMU News

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Photo of Sky Bronco members standing at the back of an open truck of returnables.

Members of the Sky Broncos precision flight team raised $10,000 by collecting and returning more than 100,000 bottles and cans this summer.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—When faced with funding challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, members of Western Michigan University’s precision flight team, the Sky Broncos, launched a campaign to collect and return bottles and cans for cash.

About 15 students, head coach Marty Coaker and faculty advisor Ryan Seiler saw an opportunity last spring when stores were not accepting recyclable returns, anticipating people would be eager to unload the mounting piles accumulating at their homes. And, they were right.

Coaker and his team put the word out on social media in April and began traveling across the state for pickups. A few months later, the group netted about $10,000—or more than 100,000 returnable bottles and cans—for their efforts.

“It snowballed. The response was

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Webster Investment’s Sales Manager Named to National Advisor Inclusion Council

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WATERBURY, Conn., Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
WATERBURY, Conn., Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Webster Bank is pleased to announce David Coppola, senior vice president, regional sales manager, Webster Investments, has been named to the Advisor Inclusion Council of LPL Financial LLC, a leading retail investment advisory firm and independent broker-dealer.

The council, established in 2018, includes 20 diverse representatives from financial firms and institutions across the country, along with LPL leaders.

“At Webster, our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is integrated into everything we do,” said John Olerio, senior vice president, director, Webster Investments. “Recognizing individuality, fostering personal and professional growth and providing robust cultural awareness and education opportunities builds a strong foundation for our organization. We know David will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to this important council.”

Coppola, a

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Second Round Of Alexandria Small Business Grants Planned

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ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership is preparing to launch a second round of funding for the Alexandria Back to Business small business and nonprofit grant program. Grants are geared toward qualifying small businesses and nonprofits to help with costs related to reopening and rescaling business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second round comes after Alexandria City Council approved an additional $2.4 million for the grant program through the city’s portion of federal CARES Act funds on Sept. 8. Applications will open at 8 a.m. on Sept. 30 and close at 12 p.m. on Oct. 5.

This time around, criteria has expanded so additional business types and nonprofit child care providers will be eligible to apply. Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $20,000 based on the number of employees. For example, independent contractors can receive $5,000, and businesses with 50 to 100 employees can receive $20,000.


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How advertising industry is on the route to revival

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a person standing in front of a television screen: Companies have also begun to invest in creating customer data platforms in an effort to learn more about consumer behaviour

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Companies have also begun to invest in creating customer data platforms in an effort to learn more about consumer behaviour

While the last few months have severely impacted the media and advertising world, the likelihood of the sector returning back to normalcy has increased as brands look to allocate big budgets on marketing ahead of the festive season. “The onset of the festive season along with the on-going edition of the Indian Premier League has brought some respite to the media and advertising industry,” Anant Goenka, executive director, The Indian Express Group, said. He was speaking at the inaugural edition of the BrandWagon Conclave, held virtually.

He further stated that the recovery of the advertising industry is well underway as brands have started to advertise again and categories such as ed-tech, online gaming, e-commerce among others seems to have upped their ad spends. Further,

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Eliot Jackson’s Grow Cycling Foundation Announces Additional Supporters & Fundraising Goals

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When Eliot Jackson launched the Grow Cycling Foundation to promote diversity and equality in cycling last month, the reaction here was overwhelmingly supportive. Equity in education, access, and opportunity do not inherently exist for all, and it will take hard work and commitment to make sure the sport and experiences we love are accessible to everyone.

A month later we wanted to share an update.

First off, thank you for the support. The cycling community’s donations have topped $15K already, not including any of the corporate donations. Every little bit helps—please consider donating.

One of Grow Cycling’s first projects is building a world class pumptrack in a historically diverse neighbourhood of Los Angeles. The foundation has made a lot of progress on the pumptrack logistics, and an announcement about its location will be coming very soon.

Some things are bigger than an individual or a company, so Pinkbike and the

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Greenbits Becomes First Cannabis Technology Company To Reach $4 Billion In Annual Retail Sales

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These 2 Penny Stocks Could Rally All the Way to $11, Says Cantor

Is more volatility on tap for stocks? Following a three-week losing streak, the longest in about a year, all eyes are on the market. The three major U.S. stock indexes have struggled for the last few weeks as the titans of tech, which have fueled the charge forward from COVID-induced lows, came under pressure due to overheated valuations, with market watchers waiting to see how renewed lockdown fears will come into play.So, what’s the bottom line for investors? Even though uncertainty remains as Wall Street gears up for the fourth quarter, the pros are pounding the table on a select few names, noting that these tickers boast strong long-term growth narratives.Bearing this in mind, our focus shifted to two penny stocks backed by investment firm Cantor. Major gains could be in store, as the firm’s analysts

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BeyondSpring Provides Second-Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Business Updates

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– Reported Positive Topline Pre-Specified Interim Results from PROTECTIVE-2 (Study 106) Phase 3, Demonstrating Plinabulin’s Superiority in Combination with Neulasta for CIN Prevention vs. Neulasta Alone-

– Completed PROTECTIVE-2 Phase 3 Enrollment and On Track to Report Final Results in Q4 2020 / Expect to Submit NDA for CIN to the FDA by End of 2020 –

– Triple Plinabulin I/O Combination Achieved 100 Percent Complete Response in PD-1 Non-responsive Animal Model; To Initiate Clinical Studies at MD Anderson in H2 2020 –

NEW YORK, Sept. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BeyondSpring Inc. (the “Company” or “BeyondSpring”) (NASDAQ: BYSI), a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative cancer therapies, announced today its financial results and provided an operational update for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

“BeyondSpring’s mission has been to develop innovative, transformative medicines that improve clinical outcomes in high unmet medical needs,” said Dr. Lan

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