Socrates the Dog Saved by Animal Wellness Action and Foundation from Deportation by Center for Disease Control

Socrates and Audra Elam

Socrates and Audra Elam



Holly Gann, director of federal affairs at the Animal Wellness Foundation

Holly Gann, director of federal affairs at the Animal Wellness Foundation

Fight to save dog’s life must lead to federal policy change

We will lead the charge to make permanent policy changes to ensure that what happened to Socrates will never happen again.”

— Holly Gann, director of federal affairs at Animal Wellness Action

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, July 2, 2020 / — Today, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar tweeted a statement from Brian Harrison, HHS Chief of Staff, that Socrates the dog would not be sent back to Ghana. The intervention came a week after Socrates’ initial arrival to the United States and Center for Disease Control’s decision to deport Socrates back to Ghana due to an issue with rabies vaccine paperwork, stirring public outrage.

Socrates’ guardian is Audra Elam, a Peace Corps volunteer who had been based in Ghana for two years. She was suddenly forced to evacuate and fly back to the United States in March without Socrates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Elam immediately made arrangements to ensure Socrates received appropriate vaccines in Ghana and paid Mayden Pet Air, a pet transport company, to ensure completion of his paperwork and his safe arrival in the United States. Socrates arrived in the U.S. on Friday June 26th and was transported to The Ark at JFK. He was emaciated due to a food shortage in Ghana.
CDC had denied the dogs entry to the U.S., stating he must be sent back to Ghana for a rabies vaccine, held for 28 days, and then shipped back, again, to the U.S. The CDC maintained its puzzling decision, even after becoming aware that Socrates was malnourished and vaccinated by a U.S. veterinarian on Monday, and despite the owner’s direct offer to pay for Socrates’ quarantine and expenses to remain in the U.S. For the past week, Socrates waited as Elam, Animal Wellness, and others fought for his life.

“The CDC’s bizarre decision to deport Socrates to Ghana would have been a death sentence for this innocent dog. We are in unprecedented and trying times, and we thank Secretary Azar and CDC Director Redfield for making the compassionate and common sense decision to allow Socrates to be quarantined in the U.S.,” stated Holly Gann, Director of Federal Affairs for Animal Wellness Foundation and Animal Wellness Action. “We will lead the charge to make permanent policy changes to ensure that what happened to Socrates will never happen again.”

“When this issue was brought to our attention, Secretary Azar asked HHS leadership to look into it. Working alongside CDC Director Redfield and our General Counsel, we have determined there is nothing within law that requires Socrates to return to Ghana for the duration of his quarantine. He can remain in the United States, and CDC will be reviewing its guidance to ensure it is consistent with what the law requires. The Trump administration has once again shown a dogged determination to pursue deregulation and unleash some common sense. Happy 4th, and welcome to America, Socrates,” wrote Brian Harrison, Azar’s chief of staff on Twitter.

Learn more about the fight to save Socrates here.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida New-Construction Contemporary to Auction No Reserve via Concierge Auctions

I'm ecstatic to partner with Concierge on another one of my listings. I know that Concierge will deliver unparalleled worldwide marketing and exposure for the property, all on an accelerated timeline.”

— Ray Carrano, Listing Agent

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 2, 2020 / — Nestled in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens, 8335 Kelso Drive, a new-construction, canal-front Contemporary will auction online this month via Concierge Auctions in cooperation with Ray Carrano and Matt Frank of Premier Brokers International. Previously offered for $3.995 million, the property will sell No Reserve to the highest bidder. Bidding will be held July 28th-31st via Concierge Auctions’ online marketplace,, allowing buyers to bid digitally from anywhere in the world.

Never before lived in, 8335 Kelso Drive greets guests with an expansive wraparound front patio and lush landscaping. The open-plan layout across nearly 10,000 square feet is perfect for hosting gatherings both large and small, where soaring ceilings, oversized windows, and rich wood floors create a luxurious playground for entertaining. A professionally-equipped kitchen with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances is ideal for cooking casual family favorites or preparing for a five-course dinner. Two swimming pools, an outdoor summer kitchen, stone patios, and a resort-style backyard spread across 1.94 acres will lure the entertainment to the outdoors in the South Florida sunshine. When it’s time to retire, guests will feel relaxed either in the main house, complete with 6 bedrooms and 8 full and one half bathrooms or in the separate 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom guest house, designed with the same luxuries as the main home, including a fireplace, living room, kitchen, and private pool.

“I am once again ecstatic to partner with Concierge Auctions on another one of my listings. I know that Concierge will deliver unparalleled world-wide marketing and exposure for the property, all on an accelerated timeline.” said Carrano.

Additional features include a gated entry; hardwood, tile and marble floors; soaring, coffered ceilings; custom millwork; walls of glass; High Impact Low É windows and doors throughout; master sanctuary with his and hers spa baths, dual vanities, bidet, and freestanding soaking tub; chef’s kitchen with two islands, one with breakfast bar seating, two sinks; formal dining room; wet bar; two swimming pools; spa; outdoor kitchen; stone patios, paths, and lawn; fire pit; impeccable professional landscaping; and an oversized front patio. There are also two garages in the main house for three cars and an additional garage with space for two cars in the guest house.

The community of Palm Beach Gardens on Florida’s southeastern coast is celebrated as a mecca for golfers, sun seekers, and nature lovers. Home of the PGA—just five minutes from the PGA National Golf Resort—championship golfers from around the globe visit Palm Beach Gardens each year. There is no shortage of clubs nearby, with 12 golf clubs only 7 miles from 8335 Kelso Drive. Comprised of upscale gated communities and minutes to shopping and restaurants at Palm Beach Gardens mall, Palm Beach Gardens is a world away from the bustle of Miami and West Palm Beach, yet offers proximity to it all.

8335 Kelso Drive is available for in-person showings daily by appointment and virtual open houses and private showings.

As part of Concierge Auctions' Key for Key® giving program in partnership with Giveback Homes, the closing will result in a new home built for a family in need.

Concierge Auctions offers a commission to the buyers' representing real estate agents. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. For more information, including property details, exclusive virtual tour, diligence documents, and more, visit or call +

About Concierge Auctions
Concierge Auctions is the largest luxury real estate marketplace in the world, powered by state-of-the-art technology. Since its inception in 2008, the firm has generated billions of dollars in sales, broken world records for the highest-priced homes ever achieved at auction, and is active in 40 U.S. states/territories and 29 countries. Concierge curates the most prestigious properties globally, matches them with qualified buyers, and facilitates transparent, market-driven transactions in an expedited time frame. The firm owns the most comprehensive and intelligent database of high-net-worth real estate buyers and sellers in the industry. As a six-time honoree to the annual Inc. Magazine list of America's fastest-growing companies, it now joins the Inc5000 Hall of Fame; was named No. 38 on the 2018 Entrepreneur 360™ List recognizing 360 small businesses every year that are mastering the art of and science of growing a business in the areas of impact, innovation, growth, leadership, and business valuation; and has contributed more than 200 homes to-date as part of its Key for Key® giving program in partnership with Giveback Homes™, which guarantees that for every property the company sells, a new home will be built for a family in need. For more information visit

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Loyalty360 Launches Loyalty Live Series Featuring Customer Loyalty and CX Thought Leaders



Loyalty Live series kicks off July 7 and will feature interactive discussions with industry experts

As we continually look to bring the best minds in customer loyalty together, we are excited to announce the launch of our Loyalty Live series”

— Mark Johnson

CINCINNATI, OHIO, UNITED STATES, July 2, 2020 / — Loyalty360, The Association for Customer Loyalty, is excited to announce the launch of its Loyalty Live thought leadership series. With this series, Loyalty360 will host speakers weekly in a live stream format, featuring conversations on customer loyalty and experience news, trends, insights, and opportunities for marketers.

During the live stream sessions, guests are welcome to tune in to the live broadcast on Loyalty360's YouTube channel, ask questions, and have them answered in real-time. Recordings will also be available on Loyalty360’s YouTube channel after the live sessions.

The inspiration for the series was driven by numerous conversations with Loyalty360 members who expressed the desire to connect with and learn from others in the association in a regular and interactive format. Loyalty360 currently offers a variety of webinars, interviews, articles, videos, and podcasts, but the live stream format will allow viewers to tune in at least once each week to hear from and ask of questions of that episode’s thought leader.

The series will kick off on July 7 at 1 pm ET as Loyalty360 hosts Lonnie Mayne of Red Shoes Living and will continue with several notable industry veterans and experts.

Confirmed Loyalty Live speakers include:

• Lonnie Mayne, Founder and CEO, Red Shoes Living – July 7
• Richard Jones, Chief Marketing Officer, Cheetah Digital – July 14
• Jonathan Lacoste, President and Co-Founder, Jebbit – July 17
• Don Smith, Strategy & Chief Analytics Officer, Brierley – July 24
• Dave Andreadakis, Chief Innovation Officer, Kobie Marketing – July 28

“As we continually look to bring the best minds in customer loyalty together, we are excited to announce the launch of our Loyalty Live series,” said Mark Johnson, CEO, Loyalty360. “Our members and community are constantly in search of ways to connect with one another, but also want to hear from industry experts on current topics, trends, and insights, especially as many work to navigate a rapidly changing and complex landscape. With the Loyalty Live series, our goal is to bring together industry experts and association members and subscribers for thoughtful dialogue with impactful takeaways that marketers can implement within their own organizations.”

The Loyalty Live series is open and available for anyone to listen in and ask questions. For more information, please visit, subscribe to Loyalty360 on YouTube, or contact us at

About Loyalty360
Loyalty360 is the only objective community for customer loyalty, which seeks to enable and encourage dialogue among industry leaders. Through a unique blend of content, collaboration, and diverse learning opportunities, we have created a network of brands and technology providers that represent some of the best voices that the customer loyalty industry has to offer. Visit us at or follow us @Loyalty360.

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Primary Care Needs New Innovations In Technology To Meet Growing Demands

Primary Care

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATE, July 2, 2020 / — In this fast-paced world, with everyone striving for success and time being equated with money, often the health of a person takes a back seat. The proverb health is wealth is, more often than not, simply brushed under the carpet. However, with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, people are becoming more cautious and conscious regarding their health. This can be seen as a positive byproduct of the pandemic.

The governments of various countries are working meritoriously to fight this virus. They are ensuring that the lockdown restrictions are strictly adhered to, by providing health advisories and guidelines to people at regular intervals. Most importantly they are undertaking measures to strengthen the health care system whose long drawn shortcomings are becoming vehemently apparent during this global virus outbreak.

Appeals have been made to bring about crucial changes with greater emphasis placed on undertaking innovations. The attempt of this article would be to understand the importance of innovations to ensure the continued relevance of the primary healthcare system, in the face of growing demands, not only in the COVID era but also in the post COVID world space.

What Is Primary Care?
Before directly diving any further, let us first try to understand what constitutes primary care and its underlying importance. Primary care is the first point of contact between a patient and the healthcare system that provides the individuals, all the information and resources required to guarantee optimal health outcomes.

Robust healthcare systems lower the health costs, improves the overall population health, ensures higher patient satisfaction, lowers the unnecessary hospital admissions, and leads to a greater overall socioeconomic equity.
However, it is important to note that the only way any healthcare system can cope up with the growing risks posed by new diseases is by ensuring that there are timely innovations.

The innovations In Healthcare
In order to grasp the importance of innovations in health care systems in its totality, mentioned below are few important ones:

Mobility Solutions
Information is the most vital component in the health care systems. Patient details, health conditions, diagnostic reports, prescriptive data are just a few examples of them. It is not an easy task to maintain such huge amounts of data with quality and accuracy.
• Better Management of Patient Records
With the patients’ records being saved in a more systematic way, it is easier for the doctors to access information about the patient during emergencies and also revises the information as required.
• Examination of The Patient
Nowadays, smartphones have a number of different applications that help in measuring heart rates, blood pressure, diabetes levels, and more, which in turn cuts the clinical decision-making time by half.
• Remote Monitoring
Enterprise mobility solutions also help in reducing the number of unnecessary visits to the physician as the doctor can be easily contacted virtually. Many a times, patients are not in a state to travel longer distances, in such cases, health care facilities can provide care via remote patient care solutions.

A few studies suggest that tele-health is of extremely beneficial especially rural settings that do not have the same facilities or access to resources as the metropolitan cities do. For example, Indianapolis based health company, WellPoint, carried out a consultation program whereby patients can receive a full assessment through a video chat with the physician. This reduces the cost of traveling and also saves up on the cost of admitting staff and makes the entire process cost-efficient as well as effective.

Electronic prescriptions have become increasingly popular among patients and physicians alike as it helps in eliminating ambiguities, errors, and duplication.
• Optimizes the Nursing Activity
It is not possible for a human to remember a ton of information without the risk of errors. An enterprise mobility solution simplifies their tedious jobs by keeping better track of the patients’ records and medications. It also helps in avoiding a mix up of medications of patients, alerts them about the time medications are to be given or tests to be conducted.

Sensor Technology
Piloted by an increase in the popularity of wearable devices, the market of wearable app development has tripled over the past four years. The device market is growing at a rate of 16.4% every year. Some of the examples are the wearable fitness trackers that are equipped with sensors that detect a person’s heart rate level that is synced with smartphones or smartwatches.
Some wearable application development companies have also developed smartwatches that have the ability to measure ECGs.

Pharmacogenomics/Genome Sequencing
Pharmacogenomics is the study of how the genes of a particular individual respond to certain drugs. The concept of personalized medicine has changed the entire scenario of the health care industry. They did this by tailoring treatment plans to patients who are anticipating the onset of a particular disease by taking into consideration the genetic makeup of an individual. This makes the entire process of diagnosis more efficient and accurate. Pharmacogenomics can help save billions of dollars by preventing misdiagnosis, readmissions, and unnecessary costs.

3D Models to Shorten Surgeries
Detailed operations are usually risky as well as complicated, putting the patient at higher risk. In order to counter such risks to some extent, a number of hospitals are resorting to 3D operating model technology that allows a surgeon to practice complex operations beforehand. Practicing beforehand gives the advantage of already knowing what to do and also allows the surgeons to test innovative practices that reduce the risk later and also consumes less time when actually performing the operation.

Innovation is a constant process; better technology will improve the existing offerings of the healthcare system while at the same time revolutionizing the industry. The results of new and efficient applications can forever change how patients are treated worldwide.
Even in today’s time of distress, innovation is what awaits the invention of a vaccine. More than ever, it is important to better integrate healthcare with the technology to ensure quality accessibility to all.

Author: Ram Prasad Modalavalasa
Falcn Lab

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New Speech Training Tool Launched – Can Help Millions Suffering From Stuttering Disorder


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Speechagain Inc. has introduced a patented and evidence-based online stuttering training program called Speechagain.

Until now, speech disorders have been treated by frequent visits to a speech-language pathologist. Now, people who stutter have unlimited access to training sessions”

— Dr. Alexander Wolff von Gudenberg, Founder of Speechagain

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 2, 2020 / — According to The Stuttering Foundation, more than 70 million people worldwide (over 3.8 million in the US) stutter. Speechagain Inc. ( has introduced a patented and evidence-based online stuttering training program called Speechagain. The online training tool is based on a patented technology using artificial intelligence, speech recognition patterns, and clinically proven techniques for voice control. The software, which has been the brainchild of doctors and speech-language pathologists with more than 25 years of experience, is positioned in the highest levels of scientific standards in speech therapy. The launch campaign (which is both on social media and US TV channels such as, e.g., CNN, CNBC, Discovery, FNC, and NBC) features global recording artist from Australia, Harrison Craig. Craig, who previously won The Voice and has battled with a stuttering condition for most of his life, has also recently published a children's book on this topic and continues to work to inspire people of all backgrounds to be able to overcome their own challenges. 

I've always wanted to have the smooth sound of speech – almost every person suffering from a stuttering condition wants a way to be able to progress their therapy and live a normal life – with Speechagain you really have a way of empowering yourself on this journey with a practical and flexible tool to be able to help overcome your stuttering challenges and live your dream". Harrison Craig (Platinum Selling Artist, Performer, Children's Book Author). 

Speechagain is HIPAA compliant, user friendly, and has features that include: 

Learning Path: A proven progression of content and exercises to help achieve fluency while speaking.

Voice Curve: The tool analyzes your voice as it moves through the exercises and provides a real-time visualization, as well as feedback.  

Situations: Real-life scenarios help bridge the gap between training and everyday life. 

Also included is a personalized dashboard that helps users keep track of training's, statistics, and progress.

Speechagain offers a quick and painless sign-up process, with a 3-month subscription plan for $ 99 per month and a one-week free trial.  For more information, please visit

About Speechagain Inc. Speechagain Inc. is a technology company originally founded in Germany and headquartered in New York that is making a name for itself in the healthcare market, pioneering the way for online speech training and providing a digital stuttering training tool based on patented artificial intelligence. The software has been created by doctors and speech-language pathologists with more than 25 years of experience. The training tool is HIPAA compliant, user friendly, and fulfills the highest scientific standards. 

All media requests can be directed to 513-600-8403 /

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Damned Designs to launch Kickstarter Campaign to help grow support for their new safe touch tool

safe touch tool

safe touch tool

Damned Designs Product Launch

Damned Designs Product Launch

A design company specializing in flip knives and everyday carry products designed their tool to help limit touching of public surfaces.

The product shouldn’t be confused as an anti-COVID tool, but rather a hygiene tool, the Shield is a simple tool, helping people to open doors, turn faucets, pick up items in public”

— Adrian Dsouza, Damned Designs Owner

BENSALEM, PENNSYLVANIA, US, July 2, 2020 / — A Pennsylvania based Design Company, Damned Designs specializing in folding knives, fidget spinners and everyday carry products have recently announced its launch of their safe touch tool. The owner of the company, Adrian Dsouza shares excitement as they’re set to roll out a Kickstarter Campaign on 6 July.

Adrian has been in business since June 2017, and he’s built a reputation among competitors for his detailed and crafted products. The company which creates tough knives, fidget spinners and other everyday carry products managed to design their very own safe touch product. The concept was inspired by the successfully funded kickstarter campaign, Hygiene hand designed by a retired NYC Paramedic. “Our version, Shield has a robust yet lightweight design, keeping pocketability and ease of use in mind,” shares owner Adrian Dsouza.

Currently, Damned Designs are launching a Kickstarter Campaign that will help fund large scale production of the Shield tool, the campaign is set to launch on 6 July at 10 am PT. With this, they’re offering the first 100 backers the chance to purchase the tool at $25 (50% off retail price), followed by $35 for 1, $60 for 2, and $100 for 4.

The idea behind their Kickstarter Campaign is to get interested individuals involved in the adoption of newer and user-friendly safe touch tools. In more time, Damned Designs will hopefully become an expert in not only their current selection of products but may venture into more specified hygiene tools for everyday use.

Instead of replicating other safe touch tools, Dsouza has managed to completely redesign the product. The Shield is a folding tool, with an antimicrobial bronze hook. Research has shown that the deadly coronavirus can survive for multiple days on surfaces, but bronze and copper shortens the lifespan to merely four hours. New tools and inventions such as these have become more popular as the infection numbers are still on the rise.

“The product shouldn’t be confused as an anti-COVID tool, but rather a hygiene tool,” tells Dsouza. He goes on to say that, “the Shield is a simple tool, helping people to open doors, turn faucets, pick up items in public and it might also be of great help to those that suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.” Hygiene tools such as these are making it possible for individuals to limit their physical touch with public surfaces.

As governments and health experts urge civilians to limit direct contact with public surfaces, and many already disproved the use of disposable gloves, new safe touch tools are becoming a long-term solution. Dsouza has given much thought into their design as the mechanism can be deployed by a spring-loaded button, and can easily be closed when not in use. With easier functionality, Shield is easy to carry around in your car or purse and its lightweight design makes it more appropriate for elderly users.

“In times of urgency, and where we’re to avoid touching surfaces, keeping public places sanitized and limit interaction with others – our adaption to the coming months will only become a showcase of our human capacity to adjust to the evolving world,” he tells us.

The current infection numbers in the U.S. haven’t seen a decline in weeks, with Idaho, Florida, Texas, Nevada, and Arizona categorized as current hotspots for an increase of infection cases. The pandemic has seen millions of citizens displaced, and as the federal government battles with political instability, trust, and ingenuity to curb the spread has been placed in the hands of civilians. Newer ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19 have already managed to reorganize daily trade in thousands of businesses, restaurants, and health care facilities.

The campaign is set to launch in the coming week, but interested customers can view Damned Design products on their website, as the company offers convenient online payment options and hassle-free worldwide shipping from their fulfillment centers in the US.

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Activist Shareholder Responds to Tapinator Press Release

Activist Shareholder rebuts Tapinator Management Claims

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA, USA, July 2, 2020 / — Dear Fellow Tapinator Shareholder,

How would you feel if the Board of Directors of a company that you personally invested $375,000 and owned 4% of for three years, that you are highly critical of because the stock has declined more than 80% during that period, spent the time, effort and substantial shareholder money to dig into your personal business history and find “dirt” from more than 12 years ago?

How would you feel if that Board of Directors failed to highlight the many financial successes you have had in your 40 years of experience in more than $2 Billion of media and telecom deals and instead pointed to some failures caused by the 2008 Financial crash?

Wouldn’t you wonder why they are spending time, effort and shareholder money writing a four page “letter” instead of focusing on running the company and getting the share price up from around $.02 (post-split less than $4) to a one time high of more than $.60 (post-split $99)?

Wouldn't you wonder why they are spending time, effort and shareholder money instead of answering 10 questions (see prior Press Release) that show its failures?

Yes, there are some factual aspects of the four page letter about me that were from 2007-2012. If anyone wants more information, let me know. Suffice to say, the civil case that they highlighted was settled in my favor at less than 3 cents on the dollar.

But more importantly,

How does that have any relevance to the fact that Tapinator has, in my educated opinion, done financially LOUSY over the last three years? The stock has declined from a high of $99 to less than $4.
How does that have any relevance to the fact that management has been paid way TOO much, in my educated opinion, for the job they have done over the last three years?
How does that have any relevance to the fact that the two “independent” Board members own less than 1% of the company and in my educated opinion, are not independent?
How does that have any relevance to the fact that the company filed a Form 15 that effectively gives management total control over the company and financially impairs us, the shareholders, FOREVER?

Personally speaking, do you want the Company to spend the time, effort and our shareholder money to look into your personal background if you criticize management performance? In my personal opinion, that wreaks of Nazi tactics. Since Ilya, Andy and I are all Jewish, they should understand and appreciate what they are doing and how this is a relevant analogy and how they should be ashamed.

If anybody wants more information about me, feel free to reach out.

Your fellow Tapinator Shareholder,

David Unger
Shareholder of 21,875 shares of Tapinator, Inc.
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Charlotte Helen Bacon Foundation Announces Research Study on Sandy Hook Primary Victims

SANDY HOOK, CT, USA, July 2, 2020 / — Newtown, CT- Nearly eight years after the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, important new research was published in the Child Youth Services Review sheds light on the victim families’ experiences after the mass shootings. The article, entitled “Primary victims of the Sandy Hook Murders: ‘I usually cry when I say 26,’” was funded by the Charlotte Helen Bacon Foundation as part of their Grief and Bereavement Research Initiative and conducted by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore at Arizona State University.

Data collection took place during 2017 with 15 individuals whose child or parent were murdered. Joel and JoAnn Bacon, parents of Charlotte, six years old and one of twenty Sandy Hook child victims said that, “We have been waiting a long time to have our voices heard unedited and undiluted. We are grateful for all the families who participated, trusted in the process, and shared their experiences.”

The key findings in the research include:
•The Sandy Hook shootings caused emotional, relational, and physiological responses in victims.
•Often, the primary victims’ well-being was compromised in favor of community, corporate, and government stakeholders.
•Training is needed, along with fiscal accountability, to address primary victim needs after mass shootings.
•Primary victims’ perception of social support was both positive and negative.
•Helpful to the families were interactions that obtained consent, promoted safety, and were sensitive to their needs.
•Community and systems responses lacked sensitivity, deference, and competence. Their unpreparedness in these responses revictimized primary victims.
•Participants coped by taking action, remembering their loved ones, and helping others.

The Charlotte Helen Bacon Foundation supports a number of initiatives involving the things Charlotte loved. The Foundation launched the Charlotte Helen Bacon Grief and Bereavement Research Initiative in 2017. The Bacon family’s experiences after losing Charlotte was genesis for the new initiative: “We felt so much is misunderstood about grief and trauma in the aftermath of mass shootings… We felt the most helpful and legitimate way to explore these unique aspects would be through research.” Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Principal Investigator noted, “What this study illuminates is that there are many things communities can do right. And also, there is much room for improvement, especially for primary victims after mass shooting.” The Charlotte Helen Bacon Foundation hopes that the study can help victim families of mass shootings in the future, provide understanding for those who have experienced it, and inform communities and policy makers. Notes Cacciatore, “Policy makers should, perhaps, re-evaluate current protocol and preplan for future disasters, which sadly may be inevitable, through educating public officials, community members, and direct service providers on immediate and long term crisis care for the most vulnerable.” The study was published in the Child and Youth Services Review. To read the findings of the open access research click link here:

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American & British Water Utilities Adopt Electro Scan to Test New & Existing Trenchless Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP)

Hours apart, Electro Scan field crew members Mackenzie App in the United States and Brad Weston in the United Kingdom test Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) showing the growing demand for machine-intelligent technology to test the watertightness of new and existing pipes.

Hours apart, Electro Scan field crew members Mackenzie App in the United States and Brad Weston in the United Kingdom test Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) showing the growing demand for machine-intelligent technology to test the watertightness of new and existing pipes.

Defective CIPP liners in pressurized water mains.

Defective CIPP liners in pressurized water mains.

Low voltage conductivity allows utilities to automatically identify location and severity of defects in Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) and other trenchless rehabilitation.

Example defective customer reconnections, after CIPP installation and lateral reinstatement.

Example defective customer reconnections, after CIPP installation and lateral reinstatement.

Widespread Use of Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) for Trenchless Rehabilitation Results in Increase Demand for Early Warning QA/QC of Leaks, Pinholes, and Liner Permeability

Widespread Use of Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) for Trenchless Rehabilitation Results in Increase Demand for Early Warning QA/QC of Leaks, Pinholes, and Liner Permeability.

Outdated Visual Inspection of Widely Used CIPP Being Replaced By Machine-Based Technology to Locate & Quantify Leaks Missed by CCTV Cameras

It's the dirty little secret of the industry that poorly cured or badly installed CIPP liners can leak. And, pipes can actually leak more after CIPP, if customer services are not properly restored.”

— Chuck Hansen, Chairman & Founder, Electro Scan Inc.

SACRAMENTO, CALIF., USA, July 2, 2020 / — Yesterday, in the early morning hours in Great Britain, Brad Weston, Director, Electro Scan (UK) Limited, used a machine-intelligent technology to test recently installed underground pipes that promised a 50-year useful life by lining old pipes, without the need to dig up streets or even a farmer's field.

A few hours later in the United States, Mackenzie App, Field Services Manager, Electro Scan Inc., began scanning Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP), representing a trenchless method of pipe rehabilitation, demonstrating the growing demand for quality assurance testing of a widely used repair technique.

CIPP has enjoyed a long history in the municipal and utility construction industry without much quality assurance testing once the new pipe is installed underground.

In 1971, Eric Wood first implemented cured-in-place pipe technology in London, England, calling the process 'insitu form' derived from the Latin meaning "form in place". Granted a patent in 1977 the process entered the public domain in 1994, with the majority of lining contractors and suppliers only required to submit CCTV inspections without the requirement to test full-length 360-degree liners for watertightness.

Both UK and US Electro Scan CIPP surveys were performed in accordance with strict COVID-19 health & safety requirements finding and measuring leaks in Liters per Second and Gallons per Minute, respectively, with worldwide testing performed throughout the pandemic.

Missed by high resolution Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, Electro Scan's patented and patent-pending technology provides truth-testing of lined pipes, including all pipe materials for gravity sewer mains, pressurized water mains, and force mains, called sewer rising mains outside of the United States.

While U.S. sewer and water utilities are adding Electro Scan's Focused Electrode Leak Location (FELL) into CIPP specifications as an acceptance requirement, UK water utilities just starting AMP7 are realizing the need to conduct quality assurance testing to provide environmentally resilient and sustainable piping networks.

Despite over a dozen start-ups looking to apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to help municipal utilities and consulting engineers to properly review hours of CCTV videos, the inability for CCTV cameras to tell superficial cracks from cracks that go through a pipe wall, evaluate inside the bell & spigot of joints, or evaluate the permeability of CIPP liners, created the need for a machine-intelligent solution that could give cost-effective unambiguous, unbiased, and uncontested test results.

"It's the dirty little secret of the industry that poorly cured or badly installed CIPP liners can leak," states Chuck Hansen, Chairman and Founder, Electro Scan Inc. "And, pipes can actually leak more after CIPP, if customer services are not properly restored."

In 2019, Electro Scan inspected over 110,000 LF of CIPP liners using its low voltage conductivity technology, locating over 14,000 leaks in trenchless liners, or approximately one leak every 8 feet.

More alarming, for the twelve months ending December 31, 2019, over 80% of CIPP liners inspected had measurable defects contributing to unwanted inflow and infiltration (I/I).

These results are up from 78% in the company's 2018 survey, with 44% of liners having leaks of more than 20 Gallons per Minute.

Electro Scan’s Focused Electrode Leak Location (FELL) technology has tested CIPP lining materials from over thirty (30) suppliers, worldwide.

Based on a recent online poll conducted as part of its Electro Scan’s Trenchless Technology Webinar held in March 2020, 35% of municipal agencies have had disputes with CIPP Contractors or issues with their liner after warranty expiration.

In addition to assessing newly lined sewer mains, directly after CIPP installation, Electro Scan's new multi-sensor probe for pressurized water mains and force mains is able to assess pressurized CIPP liners while in service and without customer interruption.

Problems with CIPP and the limitations for CCTV to accurately test liners have been well-documented.

In 2012, the USEPA published its 'Study Report Evaluation of CIPP In Municipal Gravity Sewers' (EPA 600 R-12 004_R), stating that municipal utilities could only identify deterioration or defects that were easily identified visually and that liner distortions were difficult to identify.

The USEPA also found significant differences testing CIPP liner coupons. In one city a CIPP liner reported a finished thickness of 7.5mm, while the EPA-funded study showed an average measured liner thickness of 5.72mm.

Last year, a paper presented at the 2019 North American Trenchless Technology conference, titled 'Addressing the Shortcomings of a Sampling Strategy in CIPP Quality Assurance Programs' stated "while CIPP technologies have improved, the ability of contractors to obtain more consistent quality installations has not yet been demonstrated."

"The impact of the coronavirus global pandemic has provided an unexpected pause for municipal governments to reassess their capital programs and make sure that necessary 'checks & balances' are in place to deliver the biggest bang-for-the-buck for constituents," states Carissa Boudwin, Vice President, Marketing.

According to co-authors Tony Araujo and Bruce Yao of Paragon Systems Testing (Concord, Ontario, Canada), "100% inspection reveals, that even with a very rigorous quality control regime, a significant percentage of CIPP liners will fail to meet specification requirements."

"We absolutely believe that trenchless rehabilitation and CIPP is an important tool for smart cities to maximize capital investments to deliver resilient and sustainable infrastructure programs," states Mike Condran, PE, Vice President, Electro Scan Inc.

"Unfortunately, legacy pipe inspection technologies have not offered unbiased and repeatable methods to assess full-length 360-degrees of pipelines for leaks," continues Condran.

Recently, a large metropolitan utility contracted with Electro Scan to conduct a detailed assessment of various pipe materials in areas known to have significant infiltration, with little to no defects identified by CCTV.

Not only did the company find significant defects in pre- and post-rehabilitated pipes, but Electro Scan was able to evaluate its recent CIPP liners showing defect patterns that were similar to liner defects at nine (9) other cities using CIPP from the same supplier.

Common defects found in CIPP liners include, but are not limited to:
– Accelerant Burns
– Accidental Cuts
– Bad Service Reconnections
– Bad Lateral Liners
– Blisters
– Delamination
– Defective Epoxy
– Equipment Damage
– Foreign Objects
– Lowered Resin to Felt Ratios
– Pinholes
– Poor, Incomplete, or Uneven Curing
– Overcooking
– Stretching
– Top-Hat Defects
– Wet-Out Failures
– Wrinkles, including Buckling, Fins, Folds, Lifts, & Ridges

Industry experts agree that a high percentage of liners are installed without curing them completely and cannot be validated for 50 year performance.

However, given Electro Scan's technology, owners and engineering consultants can identify defects within minutes of completing CIPP installation and restoring customer service laterals or taps.

Last year, Electro Scan updated its flow computations for pipe defects to more accurately document potential I/I by including pinhole leaks observed during inspection.

Revision to its industry standard leak detection technology was based on recommendations from German-based Institut für Unterirdische Infrastruktur (IKT), the world’s leading research organization specializing in wastewater pipes and trenchless rehabilitation.

Guided by both the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) standards, Electro Scan’s low voltage technology is the only approach to precisely locate pipe defects and quantify flow rates.

In fact, the AWWA M77 Manual of Practice for Condition Assessment of Water Mains identifies low voltage conductivity inspection as the only technology able to assess CIPP lined water mains for leaks.

Headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., the company designs, develops, and markets proprietary pipe condition assessment equipment, delivers field services, and offers cloud-based data processing and reporting applications that automatically locate, measure, and report defects typically not found using legacy inspection methods. In 2020, the company was named to Government Technology’s esteemed GovTech 100 list for the second year in row.

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Carissa Boudwin
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Electro Scan’s Multi-Sensor Probe for Finding Leaks in Pressurized Water Pipes and Sewer Force Mains

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The World's First Large-Scale Coral Swap Sees Lost Genotypes Returned to Nurseries in the Florida Keys

CRF™ Divers Install New Coral Genotypes in the CRF™ Genetic Bank

CRF™ Divers Install New Coral Genotypes in the CRF™ Genetic Bank

Corals ready for transport to their new homes

Corals ready for transport to their new homes

Scientists exchange coral genotypes to help preserve critical biodiversity in the Keys

Scientists exchange coral genotypes to help preserve critical biodiversity in the Keys

This week, a first-of-its-kind, large-scale, coordinated “coral swap” of critically endangered staghorn coral took place in Key Largo, Florida.

The return of these coral genotypes underscores the importance of these kinds of exchanges – by working together we can ensure that important, diverse genetic material is protected.”

— Jessica Levy, CRF™ Restoration Program Manager

KEY LARGO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, July 2, 2020 / — On June 24th, 2020, scientists from Mote Marine Lab, Nova Southeastern University, University of Miami, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) met at Coral Restoration Foundation™ (CRF™) headquarters to exchange a total of 95 genotypes of critically endangered staghorn coral.

This is the first time that a coordinated coral swap of this kind has occurred, with the same genotypes being exchanged at the same time, to be housed in multiple locations. Supported by a grant from NOAA’s Restoration Center, the exchange provides security for the future of this species, and expands opportunities for research into coral genetics, disease and climate change resilience, and reproduction.

Diego Lirman, associate professor at the University of Miami, explains, "This genotype exchange is clear evidence of the commitment by NOAA and Florida restoration partners to protect and restore Florida's Coral Reef. This unprecedented genotype exchange will create vital genetic repositories, enhance the genetic diversity of restoration efforts, and provide unique research opportunities to aid the recovery of our threatened coral reef ecosystem."

Many of the genotypes involved in the swap are now extinct in the wild. The fact that these are the only living representatives of some of these genets highlights the importance of an exchange of this kind to promote redundancy across restoration systems.

During the swap, CRF™ gave 27 different staghorn genotypes to each of the four collaborating organizations. In return, and between the other four partners, 66 new genotypes of staghorn were introduced to the CRF™ Tavernier Coral Tree Nursery – the largest in the world.

Alison Moulding, a coral biologist with NOAA Fisheries says, "Having redundancy of corals with the same genetic identity in multiple nurseries is important for preserving genetic diversity. By bringing pieces of the same colony into nurseries located throughout the Florida Reef Tract, we can better insure against loss from sporadic events like storms."

Genetic diversity is critical for ecosystem resilience; genetic diversity is the key to an ecosystem’s capacity to survive episodes of stress including disease outbreaks, warming water, cold upwellings, pollution, and more. As hardy, diverse corals reproduce sexually, their progeny are likely to be increasingly well-adapted to handle changes in the environment.

Since 2017, CRF™ has been returning at least 50 genotypes of staghorn and 50 genotypes of elkhorn to every reef site that we are working to restore. The CRF™ Science Department tracks the survivorship of these different genotypes on the reef and collects data that informs the development of their methods.

All of the genotypes that were exchanged came from wild colonies, with a couple of these genotypes originating from colonies native to the Dry Tortugas. But a small subset of these corals has special significance for Coral Restoration Foundation™.

These have been nicknamed by some of the CRF™ team as “Lazarus” corals; they are genotypes that used to be homed in the CRF™ nursery, but were lost during stress events, like Hurricane Irma. Thankfully, before the storm, CRF™ shared some of these colonies with Mote Marine Laboratory, and now, through this swap, they are returning to the organization’s ocean-based nursery.

Jessica Levy, Restoration Program Manager at Coral Restoration Foundation™ explains, “The return of these coral genotypes underscores the importance of these kinds of exchanges – by working together we can ensure that important, diverse genetic material is protected, with multiple colonies held in multiple places to safeguard against any potential disasters. We are incredibly pleased to be collaborating with these partners. We are all working towards the same goal of saving and restoring our coral reefs, and by working together, we have more chance of succeeding.”

The corals coming into CRF™ facilities have been installed on new Coral Trees added to the genetic bank. This brings the total number of genotypes in the CRF™ gene bank to 481 – more than is housed in any other ocean-based coral ark in the world.

Once these colonies are large enough, a selection of them will be propagated and their clones moved into the production area, for eventual release to the reefs of the Florida Keys. The genotypes chosen to be returned to the reefs will be those that contribute the greatest genetic diversity to our outplanting stock.

The researchers involved in the swap all adhered to strict social distancing recommendations as outlined by the CDC. All activities were conducted under permits and guidance from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Alice Grainger
Coral Restoration Foundation
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Source: EIN Presswire