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News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

BURLINGTON, Mass., May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A novel web-based interactive 3-dimensional (3-D) tool has been developed by Decision Resources Group Abacus in collaboration with leading academics at Leicester University to facilitate the visualisation and exploration of covariate distributions and imbalances across evidence networks for network meta-analysis (NMA). Network meta-analysis is becoming increasingly important for decision makers to assess the comparative efficacy and safety of interventions and is integral to health technology assessment (HTA). The exploration of covariate effects is important in NMA because the presence of unaccounted treatment covariate interactions can invalidate the assumptions that underlie NMA and bias results. Visually assimilating, exploring and interpreting the distribution of covariate values across trials in an NMA is challenging due to the complexities of representing the network structure alongside study-level covariate values.


News Article | May 5, 2017
Site: www.techrepublic.com

I know that it has been almost three years since Windows 10 first came on the scene, but as you may recall the first iteration of the operating system was pretty bland when it came to color. In fact, the only color in the title bars was white. That was frustrating for the mere fact that we've been able to change the color of title bars ever since Windows 3.x—but having only white title bars also made it difficult to distinguish between active and inactive windows. Within five months of the initial release, Microsoft released the Windows 10 November Update, which, among other things, included the capability to set the color of the active title bar. (For a look back, check out my December 2015 article The Windows 10 November Update: A look at the smaller details.) While being able to once again set the color of active title bars made it easier to distinguish between active and inactive windows, it would have been nice to be able to set the color of inactive title bars as well. Unfortunately, Microsoft never completely brought back that feature. It did, however; leave some codes in the registry you could use to add color to inactive title bars. To make it easy to access those registry codes, I created a little HTML application, which I presented in a July 2016 article titled Colorize the Windows 10 inactive title bar with this handy HTA. If like me you have been longing for more control over the colors in Windows 10's user interface, you'll be happy to learn more about the new colorization features Microsoft has bestowed upon the operating system in the Creators Update. Let's take look. The new colorizing features are of course found on the Colors tab, which you can quickly access by pressing Windows+I to bring up the Windows Settings window, typing Color, and clicking Color settings, as shown in Figure A. When you see the Colors tab, shown in Figure B, you'll notice that Microsoft has simplified and reorganized the layout. You can still have Windows automatically pick an accent color based on your background color, pick one of the colors in the default color palette, enable transparency, and choose which UI components to colorize. You can also choose the Light or Dark setting for certain apps. Just below the color palette, you'll see the Custom Color button. Clicking it brings up the Choose A Custom Accent Color dialog, where you can use the various controls to select a custom color. Creating a custom accent color is an interesting endeavor. To see how this works, let's begin by picking a color from the default color palette. For example, choose Red and click the Custom Color button. When the Choose A Custom Accent Color dialog appears, you can see the color is targeted on Red, as indicated by the circle in the upper-right corner of the color field and the tool tip, as shown in Figure C. The bar on the right also shows the selected color. The Color Preview boxes show you how the color will appear in the user interface. The slider on the bottom of the color field allows you to adjust the value of the selected color. Value is defined as the relative lightness or darkness of a color. Sliding to the right increases the value, making the color lighter. Sliding to the left decreases the value, making the color darker. As you move the slider, you'll see a tool tip appear above the slider that displays the value and the color. When you have a dark color selected, as you decrease the value you'll reach a point where the color is too dark and you'll see this message appear below the Color Preview boxes: This color is not supported. As you adjust the value, the top half of the bar on the right of the palette will change to match the color value, while the bottom of the bar will stay the original color. All these items are shown in Figure D. In addition to adjusting the value, you can change the color by clicking and dragging the targeting circle to different locations on the color field. When you have a light color selected and you increase the value, you'll reach a point where the color is getting too light. At that point, you'll see the message This color looks like it might be hard to read. Figure E shows these items. If you continue to increase the value, you'll reach a color that is not supported. If you click the More down arrow, you can choose and customize your colors using Hexadecimal color codes, RGB values, or HSV (Hue, Saturation, Value) values, as shown in Figure F. This makes it easy to get the exact color you want if you already know the Hexadecimal code number or the series of RGB or HSV values. It also works the other way around: You can move the targeting circle to different locations on the color field or adjust the value slider. As you do, the numbers in the Hexadecimal, RGB, or HSV fields will change. In addition to choosing a custom accent color, you can choose a custom background color. When you are finished choosing your custom accent color, select the Background tab. Select Solid Color from the Background dropdown and you'll see a Custom Color button just below the color palette, as shown in Figure G. Now, choosing a custom color for your desktop background works just like choosing your accent color. What do you think of the new colorizing features in the Windows 10 Creators Update? Share your thoughts with fellow TechRepublic members.


News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 17, 2017) - Tech Achievers Growth & Income Fund (TSX:HTA.UN) (the "Fund") announce that the special meeting of the Fund (the "Meeting") scheduled for Monday, April 17, 2017 has been adjourned to Friday, April 28, 2017. Instead of converting the Fund into a conventional unlisted mutual fund on or about June 20, 2017 as originally contemplated, at the Adjourned Meeting, unitholders of the Fund will be asked to approve the conversion of the Fund from a closed-end fund into class A units of an exchange-traded fund (the "Conversion"), including a reduction in the Fund's annual management fee to 0.85% (from 1.00%). The notice of meeting, management information circular and related Meeting materials, which detail the matters to be considered at the Meeting, are available at www.sedar.com. The management information circular is also available on the Fund's website at www.harvestportfolios.com. You will usually pay brokerage fees to your dealer if you purchase or sell units of the Fund(s) on the TSX. If the units are purchased or sold on the TSX, investors may pay more than the current net asset value when buying units of the Fund(s) and may receive less than the current net asset value when selling them. There are ongoing fees and expenses associated with owning units of an investment fund. Investment funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. An investment fund must prepare disclosure documents that contain key information about the fund. You can find more detailed information about the fund in these documents. The information contained herein is not an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy any security. Such an offer can only be made by prospectus or other applicable offering document.


News Article | April 28, 2017
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OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 28, 2017) - Tech Achievers Growth & Income Fund (TSX:HTA.UN) (the "Fund") announces that at the special meeting held today, unitholders approved the conversion of the Fund from a closed-end fund into an exchange-traded fund (the "Conversion"). Instead of converting the Fund into a conventional unlisted mutual fund on or about June 20, 2017 as originally contemplated, at the special meeting, unitholders of the Fund approved the conversion of the Fund from a closed-end fund into class A units of an exchange-traded fund (the "Conversion"), including a reduction in the Fund's annual management fee to 0.85% (from 1.00%). The Manager anticipates implementing the Conversion in June, 2017, subject to obtaining a receipt for the final prospectus of the exchange traded fund and any necessary third party or regulatory approvals. The Manager will issue a press release confirming the effective date of the Conversion after the required approvals have been obtained. Details of the special meeting are further described in the management information circular which is available at www.sedar.com. The management information circular is also available on the Fund's website at www.harvestportfolios.com. You will usually pay brokerage fees to your dealer if you purchase or sell units of the Fund(s) on the TSX. If the units are purchased or sold on the TSX, investors may pay more than the current net asset value when buying units of the Fund(s) and may receive less than the current net asset value when selling them. There are ongoing fees and expenses associated with owning units of an investment fund. Investment funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. An investment fund must prepare disclosure documents that contain key information about the fund. You can find more detailed information about the fund in these documents. The information contained herein is not an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy any security. Such an offer can only be made by prospectus or other applicable offering document.


Live session on June 8, 2017 features expert panel from INC Research discussing the why, where, when and how a rare disease drug is intended to be used subsequent to approval and the importance of beginning with the end in mind TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - May 24, 2017) - Interest in the development of medicines to alleviate or cure rare diseases has increased due to (1) positive actions taken by global regulatory agencies; (2) advances in the understanding of disease pathophysiology; and (3) tools, such as exome and whole-genome sequencing, to produce more efficacious drugs. With rare diseases, the clinical data needed to support HTA or health insurer assessments are often weak because of the scarcity of study subjects. It is, therefore, essential to establish a robust integrated medical plan for drugs in development that clearly sets out not only the core development data required to prove safety and efficacy but also ensures that other evidence gaps are addressed. To best achieve this, a clear understanding of why, where, when and how the drug will be used after approval is needed - Quite literally 'begin with the end in mind'. Such a holistic approach will ensure a streamlined, evidence-based development process that maximizes post-approval activities matched to capture the full potential of the product. By anticipating the possible hurdles for the approval and reimbursement of any new rare disease treatment will ultimately lead to earlier access to those patients who may benefit due to a high unmet medical need. The objectives are to: Upon completion of this webinar, the attendee should be able to: For more information or to register for this free event visit: The Good, the Bad, the Necessary in Rare Disease Studies Xtalks, powered by Honeycomb Worldwide Inc., is a leading provider of educational webinars to the global Life Sciences community. Every year thousands of industry practitioners (from pharmaceutical & biotech companies, private & academic research institutions, healthcare centers, etc.) turn to Xtalks for access to quality content. Xtalks helps Life Science professionals stay current with industry developments, trends and regulations. Xtalks webinars also provide perspectives on key issues from top industry thought leaders and service providers. To learn more about Xtalks visit http://xtalks.com


News Article | May 22, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's federal oversight board has sought bankruptcy protection for the island's highway authority and largest public pension, making them the latest commonwealth entities to turn to a court to work out debt. The board filed the cases late on Sunday in U.S. District Court in San Juan, under a process akin to U.S. bankruptcy, known as Title III, that was created by the U.S Congress last year. Puerto Rico's central government, as well as its COFINA sales tax authority, are already in Title III bankruptcy, and a lawyer for the oversight board said last week other agencies would follow "soon." The latest filings could set the stage for an unconventional fight between retirees and the very lenders whose money was supposed to sustain them, an indication of just how complex Puerto Rico's debt structure is. The island has $70 billion in public debt, a 45 percent poverty rate and unemployment more than twice the U.S. average. Its pensions owe another $50 billion to retirees who may face benefit cuts as part of Puerto Rico's restructuring. The pension in Title III bankruptcy, known as ERS, is unique in that it also owes $3.1 billion in bond debt, the result of an ill-fated financing effort in 2008 that was meant to plug its growing funding gap. The structure of the bonds, which gives holders a lien on employer pension contributions, is exceedingly rare, and means bondholders may be battling with retirees for recoveries. ERS was on track to deplete its reserves this month, potentially triggering a default, Moody's Investors Service said in February. A committee of pension bondholders, led by hedge funds Claren Road and Altair, sued Puerto Rico last fall to try to protect their lien, but the case is sidelined while the debt restructuring plays out. Highway authority HTA owes some $6 billion in debt - including more than $46 million to Puerto Rico's power utility, PREPA, according to the court filing. It was not immediately clear whether the new Title III cases would be combined with the central government's case. Last week, Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled that the central government and COFINA cases would be combined for administrative purposes.


With the acquisition, HTA's portfolio in Phoenix will increase to 1.3 million square feet while its Southern California portfolio will increase to over 700,000 square feet. HTA will manage the Phoenix portfolio with its existing property management and leasing platform. With the additional scale, HTA will open a new office in Southern California to manage and lease those assets, generating significant synergies from property management and leasing. About HTA Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE: HTA) is the largest dedicated owner and operator of medical office buildings in the United States, based on gross leasable area.  We provide the real estate infrastructure for the integrated delivery of healthcare services in highly desirable locations.  Over the last decade, we have now invested $4.5 billion primarily in medical office buildings and other healthcare assets comprising 18.4 million square feet of GLA.  Our investments are targeted in 15 to 20 key markets that we believe have superior healthcare demographics that support strong, long-term demand for medical office space.  We have achieved, and continue to achieve, critical mass within these key markets by expanding our presence through accretive acquisitions, and utilizing our in-house operating expertise through our regionally located property management and leasing platform. Founded in 2006 and listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012, HTA has produced attractive returns for its stockholders that we believe have significantly outperformed the S&P 500 and US REIT indices.  More information about HTA can be found on the Company's website at www.htareit.com. Forward-Looking Language This press release contains certain forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, plans, estimates, assumptions and beliefs, including expectations, plans, estimates, assumptions and beliefs about HTA, stockholder value and earnings growth. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements.  Assumptions relating to the foregoing involve judgments with respect to, among other things, future economic, competitive and market conditions and future business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond HTA's control.  Although HTA believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, HTA's actual results and performance could differ materially and in adverse ways from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.  Factors which could have a material adverse effect on HTA's operations and future prospects include, but are not limited to: Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made.  Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, HTA undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect the events or circumstances arising after the date as of which they are made.  As a result of these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements included in this press release or that may be made elsewhere from time to time by, or on behalf of, HTA. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/healthcare-trust-of-america-closes-on-medical-office-portfolio-in-arizona-and-southern-california-300454729.html


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

On Monday, May 1, 2017, HTA announced its intention to acquire Duke Realty's Medical Office Portfolio, consisting of 78 medical office buildings containing 6.1 million square feet of gross leasable area ("GLA") for $2.75 billion, making HTA the largest owner and operator of medical office buildings in key gateway markets across the U.S.  HTA will partially fund this with $1.5 billion in gross proceeds raised through an underwritten public stock offering. About HTA Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE: HTA) is the largest dedicated owner and operator of medical office buildings in the United States, based on gross leasable area.  We provide the real estate infrastructure for the integrated delivery of healthcare services in highly desirable locations.  Over the last decade, we have now invested $4.5 billion primarily in medical office buildings and other healthcare assets comprising 18.4 million square feet of GLA.  Our investments are targeted in 15 to 20 key markets that we believe have superior healthcare demographics that support strong, long-term demand for medical office space.  We have achieved, and continue to achieve, critical mass within these key markets by expanding our presence through accretive acquisitions, and utilizing our in-house operating expertise through our regionally located property management and leasing platform. Founded in 2006 and listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012, HTA has produced attractive returns for its stockholders that we believe have significantly outperformed the S&P 500 and US REIT indices.  More information about HTA can be found on the Company's website at www.htareit.com. Forward-Looking Language This press release contains certain forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, plans, estimates, assumptions and beliefs, including expectations, plans, estimates, assumptions and beliefs about HTA, stockholder value and earnings growth. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements.  Assumptions relating to the foregoing involve judgments with respect to, among other things, future economic, competitive and market conditions and future business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond HTA's control.  Although HTA believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, HTA's actual results and performance could differ materially and in adverse ways from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.  Factors which could have a material adverse effect on HTA's operations and future prospects include, but are not limited to: Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made.  Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, HTA undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect the events or circumstances arising after the date as of which they are made.  As a result of these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements included in this press release or that may be made elsewhere from time to time by, or on behalf of, HTA. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/scott-d-peters-video-interview-on-duke-mob-acquisition-300456157.html


In his speech during the launch of the MasterCard-CrescentRating GMTI 2017 ranking, Indonesia’s Tourism Minister, Mr. Arief Yahya said, “In 2015 we had ranked 6th, in 2016, we ranked 4th. Now we are number 3, for which I congratulate Indonesia.” Enhancing family-friendly and Muslim-friendly offerings: To increase inbound Muslim tourists, Indonesia is encouraging local tourism industry players to obtain Halal certification, provide prayer facilities, and offer gender segregated recreational activities. To motivate the industry, Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism ran nationwide competitions for Muslim-friendly hotels, products, and service providers. Overall, these initiatives resulted in increased awareness within the industry with regards to the Muslim market segment as well as strengthening Indonesia’s family-friendly destination positioning. The initiatives conducted by the Indonesian Tourism Ministry have proved to be wildly successful. In just three years, their efforts have resulted in a large growth of Muslim tourists; between 2015 and 2016 there was a 32 percent increase in tourist arrivals from the Middle East, with the number of tourists reaching 2.5 million in 2016. This achievement is even more notable as Muslim tourists make up 20 percent of tourists to the country. It is to be noted that global Muslim spend on outbound travel was $151 billion in 2015 according to the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2016-2017 developed by Thomson Reuters in collaboration with DinarStandard. This represents 11.2% of global expenditure, and puts it close to the size of the Chinese travel market. Focusing on Indonesia’s natural tourism appeal: From Indonesia’s breathtaking natural wonders to its city life and shopping attractions, its culinary delights, cultural wonders, heritage sights, and its adventures and sports events, there are a multitude of selling points to promote the country as a welcoming destination for every type of tourist. The Muslim-friendly facilities and services are provided to make Muslim visitors feel comfortable and address their basic needs, while they fully enjoy everything that Indonesia has to offer. Global Halal Travel Alliance: The Global Halal Travel Alliance (HTA) is a digital B2B platform that facilitates cross-selling among those in the industry that cater to Muslim needs and is also a “co-opetition” platform - a platform for both cooperation and competition. The strategic plan for this alliance was solidified in a meeting hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism on the sidelines of The Malaysian International Halal Showcase (MIHAS), to which top performing travel agents/tour operators and other Halal tourism industry players from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines were invited. “This is a monumental step as this Alliance will increase intra-ASEAN tourism flow. In particular, it will help increase Muslim tourism to Indonesia,” stated Mr. Riyanto Sofyan, Chairman of Halal Tourism Acceleration and Development Team. “The Alliance aligns with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism’s strategy to encourage industry-led, government supported programs to achieve this year’s target of 3.1 million foreign Muslim tourists to Indonesia, and will contribute towards the target of 15 million foreign tourists to Indonesia in 2017.” Indonesian Muslim-friendly app: The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism is currently testing a beta version of an Indonesia Muslim-Friendly app. The app, developed by Telkom Indonesia, intends to highlight Indonesia as one of the main destinations for international tourists, specifically from Muslim majority countries. App users can effortlessly search for Halal restaurants, Muslim-friendly hotels, mosques, prayer schedules, as well as the qiblah direction in real time. With thousands of points of interest comprised from a wide variety of cities in Indonesia, this mobile app allows both Indonesian and international Muslim travelers to easily discover destinations, accommodations, and restaurants that are Halal certified by the Indonesian Council of Ulema. The mobile application and the Global Halal Travel Alliance are part of the Ministry of Indonesia’s Go Digital program, which aims to promote tourism in Indonesia through digital platforms. The first effort in this program was the creation of Indonesia Tourism Exchange (ITX) in 2016, which is a digital marketplace where buyers meet sellers. “With the Indonesia Muslim Friendly application, Muslim travelers don't have to worry when they plan to travel to Indonesia,” continued Mr. Sofyan. “All aspects of Halal tourism are covered in the application and can be accessed quickly and conveniently. In the country with largest Muslim population in the world, it is safe to say that Indonesia's tourism ecosystem is Halal tourism.” Indonesia announced its new initiatives to promote Muslim-friendly tourism during the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, in which Indonesia was well represented.


News Article | May 12, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

The American Prohibition Museum, the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the history of Prohibition, will open its doors to the public on Monday, May 29, 2017. Located in historic City Market, the American Prohibition Museum will take guests back into the 1900s as anti-alcohol rallies swept the United States and the booze problem was pushed into the forefront of American politics. Through immersive displays and state-of-the-art exhibits, guests will learn how Prohibition and Temperance shaped thinking and culture for more than 200 years of American history. Carry Nation, Adolphus Busch, flappers and gangsters all come to life along with beautifully restored Prohibition-era vehicles, more than 200 historic artifacts, and hi-tech immersive displays. Before stepping out the backdoor of the museum and re-entering modern-day Savannah, you will find Congress Street Up, our craft cocktail speakeasy. During the daytime, the speakeasy operates as part of the museum experience, with the only entry to the speakeasy as part of the museum tour. Craft cocktails straight from Prohibition are on the menu with classics such as the Aviation, the Mary Pickford, and a Savannah classic- Chatham Artillery Punch and available during the speakeasy experience on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. "The American Prohibition Museum is the first of its kind in the country - not just telling the true story of America's history through temperance and prohibition, but also by bringing a revolutionary new style of museum to Savannah. Wax figures, authentic artifacts, immersive technology, and a few surprises make the museum an experience unlike anything else,” says Kayla Black, curator. “When you combine flappers, gangsters, jazz, moonshine, and a real speakeasy, how could it not be the most fun you'll ever have in a museum?" The American Prohibition Museum is part of Historic Tours of America (HTA), the Nation’s Storyteller. HTA is a Key West, FL-based entertainment company featuring sightseeing tours, historic attractions and themed retail shops and marketplaces. In addition to Key West and Savannah, HTA operates in St. Augustine, Nashville, Boston, Washington, DC and San Diego. HTA’s brands include the hop on-hop off Old Town Trolley Tours®, Ghosts & Gravestones Frightseeing Tours, Arlington National Cemetery Tour, Yankee Freedom III Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry, DC Ducks in Washington, DC and San Diego SEAL Tour. HTA’s historic attractions include the St. Augustine History Museum, Old Jail, Oldest Store Museum Experience and Potter’s Wax Museum in St. Augustine. In Key West, HTA operates the Harry S. Truman Little White House, the Key West Aquarium, Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum and in Boston, the Boston Tea Party Ships® & Museum. HTA also has festival marketplaces at Mallory Square in Key West, Old Town Market in San Diego, and Old Town St. Augustine. Separating HTA from other tour and attraction companies is its commitment to customer service and backing all of their tour and attractions up with a 100% money back guarantee. For more information about the American Prohibition Museum or HTA, please contact Kayla Black, General Manager, at (912) 220-1249 or via email at kblack(at)historictours.com.

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