FDA-Approved Device Improves Managing of Medical Fluids

(NewsUSA) – Hospitals, surgical facilities, doctors’ offices, and medical centers all face the same problem: how to safely dispose of the substantial amount of fluids that take place during surgeries and other medical procedures.These fluids include blood, urine, spinal fluid, ascites fluid and saline solution used to irrigate wounds and surgical incisions. Since they may contain pathogens like HIV or hepatitis, they can be dangerous.The standard method for managing fluids is suctioning into canisters, typically about one to three liters each. Once full, the canisters are either opened, and the fluid is dumped down the drain or opened and a solidifier is added and the canisters are then handled as regulated waste. These activities can expose medical workers to the infectious agents in the fluid. Given that a single surgery can fill up three or four containers, the risks can be substantial.That’s why some hospitals have moved to install a medical device that can suck the fluid out of the canisters directly into the drain, with no pouring needed. But that still requires the canisters to be carted around by workers to connect them to a secondary medical device.Now there’s a better approach, a completely automated medical device developed by Skyline Medical (NASDAQ:SKLN). Called the STREAMWAY® System and approved by the FDA, this innovative direct-to-drain waste management product collects, measures and disposes of surgical waste directly to the facilities drainage system without handling of fluid waste or additional labor typically required to move equipment or materials to a sink or utility closet for dumping.This new medical device thus virtually eliminates the possibility that doctors, nurses, and other medical staffers will be exposed to pathogens in the fluid. The device is completely safe, because infectious agents are quickly neutralized at the sewage treatment facility.Skyline’s potential has caught the attention of the others in the biomedical community.Skyline announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge with San Antonio-based CytoBioscience, a maker of devices and instruments used for human research that measure how cells react to drugs.  

Try A Travel Tour Map Tailored to Low-Alcohol Wines

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As more consumers appreciate the balanced elegance of lower-alcohol wines, the California wine industry is responding with a new guide that provides savvy travelers to Sonoma or Napa with the best ways to identify and appreciate these beverages.
Jordan Winery has introduced the first Napa Sonoma Wineries Lower Alcohol Wine Tasting Map to guide consumers seeking lighter, elegant, low-alcohol wines.
“Interest in lighter wines is becoming more prevalent in wine country, as savvy visitors grow to appreciate the food-friendly charms of elegant wines that emphasize fruit and acidity over tannin and alcohol,” notes Jordan Winery writer Lisa Mattson in a recent post on WineCountryTable.com.
The definition of low-alcohol wine varies; much of Europe considers low-alcohol wine to be anything 13 percent or less. Jordan Winery set the cutoff for its low-alcohol map as below 14 percent, which allowed for inclusion of just 39 wineries — 26 in Sonoma and 13 in Napa — about 4 percent of the regions’ producers. The neighboring wine appellations are home to more than 800 vintners.
Although the Napa wineries include four makers of sparkling wines, the warmer Napa climate is less conducive to lighter wines in general, and produces more cabernets, according to the guide.
The map, which will be updated each summer, requires that more than 90 percent of a winery’s production is labeled as 13.9 percent ABV or below for inclusion.
Some of the highlighted wineries and their popular low-alcohol wines:
-Cobb Wines: The pinot noirs from Cobb Wines check in below 13 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).
-Corison Winery: Known for Napa Valley cabernet sauvignons that are both powerful and elegant and enjoy a long, interesting life.
-Jordan Vineyard & Winery: Cabernet and chardonnay are the focal points of Jordan Vineyard & Winery, with lower alcohol and intense fruit notes that complement a variety of foods.
-Nalle Winery: A small family winery that has resisted the high-alcohol zinfandel style for decades; the only Dry Creek Valley vintner on the map.
-Scribe Winery: In addition to chardonnay and pinot noir, Scribe Winery offers low-alcohol wine enthusiasts silvaner and riesling at 13.5 percent ABV and lower.
For more information about the lower-alcohol, wine tasting map, as well as travel tips for exploring wine country, go to www.WineCountryTable.com.

Udderly Brilliant: Ag Students Win CME Group Scholarships at Illinois State Fair

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Illinois students prepare all year to participate in State Fair agriculture competitions — whether they are showing an animal or competing in academic tests.
Those same students were also competing for scholarships offered by CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace. This year, CME Group granted scholarships totaling $60,000 to 4-H Livestock Skillathon winners and Grand Champion livestock exhibitors.
“The next generation of agriculture is here at the fair, and they will play a critical role shaping the future of the industry and our economy,” says Terry Duffy, Chairman and CEO of CME Group. “Each of the scholarships we offer helps these impressive students further their education, so they can keep growing and participating in the industry in new ways.”
At this year’s Illinois 4-H Livestock Skillathon, young ag enthusiasts demonstrated their knowledge of the identification and management of livestock. CME Group’s sponsorship of the event granted each of the nine champions a $1,000 scholarship to apply to higher education.
Later, at the Governor’s Sale of Champions, CME Group presented $5,000 scholarships to each of the Grand Champion student exhibitors to use to furthering their education. Over the past three years, CME Group has granted more than $150,000 in scholarships to the next generation of food producers in Illinois.
All fairgoers also had the opportunity to get involved in the fun at the Commodity Carnival. For the past five years, CME Group has partnered with the National 4-H Council, the country’s largest youth development organization, to bring the popular, award-winning experience to state and county fairs.
The interactive game guides fairgoers through the challenges of raising an animal, helping them understand agriculture as a business, as well as, recognize the risks our nation’s farmers and ranchers face in bringing our food to market.
Additionally, more than 9,000 students in more than 115 countries have downloaded the “Risk Ranch” mobile app, so students can play the game all year long and hone their skills for next year’s fair.
Recipients of the CME Group Skillathon scholarships were: Wyatt Claire, Makenna Green, Kacie Haag, Blake Hennenfent, Evan Link, Ethan Macklin, Jordynn Marcum, Tanner Mickey and Mclayn Musick.
Grand Champion exhibitors and CME Group scholarship recipients were: Bryce Bedeker, Cooper Bertolino, Olivia Caldwell, Kashen Ellerbrock, Dax Gentes, Caroline Gill, Kadie Hummel, Tara Hummel, Adam Miller, and and Halie Runner.

Investment Report Sees Potential Value in Colorado Silver Project

(NewsUSA)Viscount Mining Corp (TSX-V: VML, OTCQB: VLMGF) is a Vancouver-based mining project generator. Its strategy is to seek out and acquire properties that have potential to contain large amounts of silver, gold, and other valuable metals. Then it conducts new rounds of exploration to see what’s actually in the ground and to pin down what the property is worth.Now it appears that this approach is paying off big time for Viscount. The company was able to acquire a property in the historic Hardscrabble Silver District of Colorado that had been assessed in the 1980s as containing more than 50 million ounces of silver. The property, named Silver Cliff, hadn’t been mined at the time.Last year, Viscount conducted a new round of test drillings at Silver Cliff. The results recently came in recently and confirmed that the property has some of the highest levels of silver ore ever measured in North America.Stock analysts are impressed. According to a new equity research report from Alex Cutulenco of Ubika Corporation, "the enterprise value of [Viscount] could increase to at least $50 million, about five times today’s enterprise value."Moreover, the company’s potential extends beyond just the Silver Cliff property.As Viscount CEO Jim MacKenzie explains in a recent interview with Stock-Sector, the company also has painstakingly acquired a valuable mining property in Nevada called Cherry Creek. Recent mapping and analysis shows great promise for gold and silver on that property as well.To fully assess the new exploration data and the historical records, Viscount has hired one of the nation’s top mining experts, Dr. Gilles Arseneau. Dr. Arseneau has more than a quarter-century of experience evaluating gold and base metal deposits everywhere from North and South America to China and Europe.Once all of the exploration work is done and the data is fully analyzed, Viscount will be looking for experienced partners to mine the property. 

Good Credit? Bad Debt Management?

(NewsUSA) – It’s a widely-held misconception that those with good credit have a better grasp of managing their finances. In a recent consumer survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs®*, 34 percent of consumers with good credit (FICO 660 and above) are in credit card debt and 41 percent view credit card debt as an area they wished they had more control over. Even those with good or excellent credit — a score of 660 FICO or above — can be prone to the cycle of high-interest credit card debt that includes variable interest rates and hidden fees. It’s enough to make anyone feel like debt resolution is out of reach.For most of the population, it’s much easier to get into debt than it is to get out of it. According to NerdWallet’s 2016 American Household Credit Card Debt Study, the average household with credit card debt has balances totaling $16,748**. Everyday expenses and unexpected costs like braces for the kids, a leaky roof or a hot water heater breaking can affect everyone. For many, it’s easy to fall behind and resort to high-interest credit cards as a solution. Debt, particularly credit card debt, can be deeply stressful for people carrying a seemingly endless balance month over month. This stress, combined with the deep-rooted stigma around talking about credit card debt, leaves many people feeling like they have limited options to help them better manage their finances.The consumer survey by Marcus by Goldman Sachs also uncovered surprising numbers surrounding the struggles Americans with good credit have with credit card debt. Many are unaware of alternative options that can help address their credit card debt and turn to increasingly desperate measures for assistance. Thirty-four percent would consider selling off household items to help with payments and 38 percent would consider turning to a second job.However, there are other solutions that can help eliminate the revolving cycle of credit card debt.One viable alternative is a fixed-rate, no fee personal loan, available from Marcus by Goldman Sachs. Loans range from $3,500 to $30,000 to eligible consumers with good or excellent credit (FICO 660 and above). Loan terms range for three to six years and interest rates range from 6.99 percent to 23.99 percent.Marcus offers U.S.-based dedicated loan specialists who deliver live, personalized support. On Marcus.com you can also find a savings calculator to help you estimate your savings over high-interest variable credit card debt without affecting your credit score.So, explore your debt management options — whether you want to consolidate debt, or simply need a loan that works for you.*The Marcus by Goldman Sachs Debt Survey was conducted between November 9 and November 16, 2016 among 1,000 nationally representative Americans ages 22 and over, using an e-mail invitation and an online survey.**NerdWallet’s 2016 American Household Credit Card Debt Study is based on data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Census Bureau.

Mobile Banking Offers Greater Ease, Better Deals

(NewsUSA) – It seems that almost anything can be done with a click of a mouse or a downloaded app these days — including your banking.Online-only banks are gaining popularity for many reasons, as more people become comfortable with managing their finances online.According to the Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2016 report from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, "forty-three percent of all mobile phone owners with a bank account had used mobile banking in the 12 months prior to the survey, up from 39 percent in 2014 and 33 percent in 2013."Although checking one’s account balance is the most popular mobile banking activity, mobile banking offers many other advantages, including:-Greater efficiency. Mobile banking with an app allows consumers to bank 24/7, without the hassle of having to locate and visit a brick-and-mortar bank.-Greater savings. Consumers who open a checking account with Republic Bank & Trust Company’s MemoryBank can earn up to 1.50 percent Annual Percentage Yield (APY) on their deposits, so long as they meet a monthly minimum of one direct deposit and five debit card uses, and receive online statements, as detailed by visiting MyMemoryBank.com/info.By contrast, rates at typical brick-and-mortar banks range from 0.04 percent to 0.06 percent. The reduced operating costs of a branchless bank allow MemoryBank to pass the infrastructure savings along to its customers.-Fewer fees. Many brick-and-mortar banks still charge a monthly maintenance fee for accounts, as well as fees for using non-network ATMs; MemoryBank charges no maintenance fees for its EarnMore Checking account and offers access to more than 85,000 ATMs worldwide with no fee.Although privacy and security remain concerns for consumers, most are taking steps to protect themselves while enjoying the benefits of mobile banking.The Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2016 report, which includes survey results from approximately 2,500 adults in the United States, finds that 84 percent of consumers use mobile banking install updates, 70 percent use password protection on their phones, and 58 percent use customized privacy settings.Today’s consumers use smartphones to inform financial decisions, according to the report. For example, 43 percent of mobile banking users in the survey who received a low balance alert moved money into the account.For more information about the benefits of mobile banking, visit MyMemoryBank.com/info

Precious Metals Investing 2017: Keep an Eye on Silver

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When it comes to investing in precious metals, gold usually gets most of the attention. But silver — and silver mining — may now be the better bet.
In early 2017, gains on silver were nearly twice those on gold — and both beat the S&P 500. Despite silver prices fluctuating this year, investment analysts still predict further gains, with silver prices climbing higher in the next few years.
The reason is simple: rising demand at a time of shrinking supply.
The world now uses an increasing amount of silver. Humans have always coveted the shiny metal for coins, jewelry, and all sorts of utensils and serving dishes. But now, silver has become a vital industrial workhorse. It’s crucial for smartphones, flat-panel TVs, solar panels, cars, and many other uses. In fact, industrial uses now gobble up half of all the global silver production — with demand climbing dramatically.
The increased demand alone is pushing silver prices higher. But prices are also getting a boost from a shortfall in the supply of silver. Because of historical low silver prices, many once-productive mines have shut down and exploration for new mines has slowed.
Buying silver is one way to cash in on these trends. A more clever approach, however, is to invest in promising silver mining companies. One of those is Viscount Mining Corp (TSXV: VML, OTCQB:VLMGF).
Viscount has shrewdly searched out and acquired properties that show huge potential for silver mining, but that have not been developed. For example, Viscount CEO Jim MacKenzie found a property in Colorado named Silver Cliff that had been assessed in the 1980s as containing more than 50 million ounces of silver.
“It hadn’t been developed as a mine, because the exploration company was sold and the property had reverted back to the original owners,” says MacKenzie.
MacKenzie sought out the owners and acquired the property. And Viscount’s own test drilling now shows some of the highest concentrations of silver ore ever found in North America.
The company is now looking for experienced partners to mine Silver Cliff and other properties, which would mean many years of impressive returns for Viscount’s shareholders.

Streaming Content Box Cuts Your Cable and Costs

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Cable TV? That was so three years ago.
These days, consumers are opting to cut the cable cord and stream their TV live.
According to a study by Deloitte in Nov. 2014, the stronghold that cable, satellite and telecommunications companies have held over TV programming is giving way to subscription streaming services and products that use this platform.
Some common complaints and reasons for dropping cable service include the high cost of packages, having to watch programs when they are aired, and the inconvenience of multiple desirable shows airing at once.
While cable subscribers have cited live sports as a reason to stick with traditional cable, various professional sports organizations are detecting the shift away from this model, as noted by the NFL’s recent interest in providing streaming content to its consumers.
“The NFL has always been committed to being at the forefront of media innovation,” says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “[W]e are taking another important step in that direction as we continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving digital media landscape.”
To this end, one company is doing its best to lure customers away from their cable boxes and satellite dishes and, to date, the virtual monopoly that has been in place.
ZUMMBOX 2.0 is a 4K streaming media player with a built-in digital antenna, which allows users to enjoy all of their traditional streaming content, while providing access to free television programming.
The way it works is this: the box essentially serves as a content- aggregating device, featuring a built-in app store, allowing consumers to download a variety of apps and other software that provides access to a diverse range of TV shows, movies, sports, gaming, podcasts, and radio.
Other key features include voice command recognition, Bluetooth compatibility, built-in DVR, and an optical import for surround sound, as well as four USB ports and three memory options.
For parents who are concerned about certain programming, the device includes a parental control feature and complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The device also complies with the Online Privacy Protection Act, and does not distribute personal information to outside parties without the consent of the user.
Unlike its competitors, there is no contract, no monthly fees and a two-year warranty. The product is available for a one-time payment of $159 and available online exclusively at Fundingotc.com.
Zumm and the creators of the ZUMMBOX 2.0 have been working with Fundingotc.com, a unique full-service crowdfunding platform, to help launch this device.
The difference between Fundingotc.com and other crowdfunding sites is that, instead of a large quantity of campaigns with questionable viability and best efforts deliverables, Fundingotc.com only posts time-to-market technologies and opportunities that have been proven to deliver.
“Time-to-market” means that the companies and products offered on this platform are already tested and past the initial development stage. Fundingotc.com also provides access to extensive marketing capabilities spanning print, radio, TV, affiliate marketing and other media outlets.
Fundingotc.com clients receive full service from copy and posting, to media and advertising. So unlike every other crowdfunding platform, they work to drive traffic to client campaigns.

Veteran Raises Capital Via Alternative Financing

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -Every veteran entrepreneur needs capital, but investing in them via regulated channels may be the best bet for investors.
Webco Medical & Dental Supplies Co., a Hudson, Florida-based company led by Christopher Cooley, is the first and only dental distribution company to be designated by the U.S. government as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
This designation means that the U.S. government must allocate 5 percent of its budget to purchase dental products and services from Webco.
To support the growth capital Webco needs for this designation, they accessed capital via the Entrex Capital Market System, founded as an entrepreneurial exchange to help privately-held companies access capital through a tradeable and patented Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificate (known as a TIGRcub).
The tradable TIGRcub security helps private companies raise funds by providing investors with monthly interest — plus a small share of monthly revenue: a winning combination for both company and investor.
“Working with the Entrex team offers me, as a veteran and entrepreneur, access to a capital market system to support the growth capital needed to help fulfill my vision of Webco,” says Mr. Cooley.
“Without access to capital, my vision would be limited,” adds Cooley in a statement issued by Entrex announcing the first TIGRcub investor purchases for Webco. “I feel Entrex and the TIGRcub offer Webco access to capital that is difficult, if not impossible, to find today,” he adds.
The capital from TIGRcub investors will help Cooley grow the operations, distribution and inventories to help Webco become one of the nation’s leading Dental Distributors.
“Entrex offers a Capital Market System for investors to find, research, track, manage and trade TIGRcub Securities” says Stephen H. Watkins CEO of Entrex.
“Helping Webco, as a veteran-owned business, makes the Entrex team proud not only to support entrepreneurs across America, but to help serve the veterans that guard and defend our nation’s safety,” Watkins continues in his statement.
According to the statement, Watkins feels confident that investors will recognize how well military veterans’ dedication translates into the business sector, and how valuable their support is to a small business that might struggle to find other funding.
“We hope that by supporting veteran-owned businesses and helping investors access this sector, we can support entrepreneurship and the American dream with and through the people that protect us,” he notes.
Visit entrex.net for more information about Entrex’s TIGRcub and Veteran-Owned Business accessing capital.

University Students Take Top Honors at CME Group’s Annual Trading Challenge

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For college students who aspire to work in financial markets, there is no better way to experience trading than participating in CME Group’s annual Trading Challenge.
This year, students at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., beat out nearly 600 teams to take the top prize in the 14th annual contest — the first time in three years that the winning team was based in the United States.
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Columbia University in New York City, N.Y.; Imperial College in London, England; and California University Chico in Chico, Calif., rounded out the top five.
CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives exchange, hosts its complimentary, electronic trading competition each year to help educate the next generation of finance professionals on derivatives markets in today’s interconnected global economy.
During the four-week competition, students learn hands-on techniques and gain experience that they might not otherwise get by trading up to 10 different CME Group derivatives products from multiple-asset classes on a real-time professional trading platform. Live data and news are also provided to students free of charge.
In addition to the $1500 cash prize awarded to each member of the first-place team, the top five teams receive a cash prize. The top 10 percent of teams are also invited to attend a one-day market education conference in Chicago at CME Group in April.
This year’s competition saw record participation from more than 2,300 students from 35 countries around the world. Students can also try their hand at trading year-round by using CME Group’s Futures Fundamentals site, an innovative resource that offers interactive demonstrations of the role of futures markets in everyday life, along with a trading simulator.
“We are continually impressed with the participants, who are students studying business, finance, agriculture and economics at some of the world’s best universities,” says Anita Liskey, CME Group Managing Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications. “For many, this is their first hands-on experience in the markets. Inspiring the best and brightest students is a priority for CME Group around the world, and we think the Challenge does just that.”
Registration for next year’s competition will open in early 2018. To learn more about the Trading Challenge, visit http://www.cmegroup.com/education/trading_challenge.html