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Study shows web-based nutrition program can transform type 2 diabetes health

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A low carbohydrate nutrition program delivered online has been shown to significantly improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

The findings from the T2Diet Study, conducted at Deakin University, are significant as they demonstrate web-based dietary education can support people with type 2 diabetes, alongside standard care, and provide options for people living in regional, rural or remote communities. The paper is published in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes.

Dr. Jedha Dening, who led the research through her Ph.D. at Deakin’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), said the T2Diet Study was the first Australian study to show web-based dietary interventions can support self-management of type 2 diabetes and achieve significant health improvements in just a short time.

“This is also one of the few studies internationally to show web-based nutrition programs can be confidently offered to people to improve diabetes self-management,” Dr. Dening said.

Participants on the T2Diet Program improved their health significantly more than the group receiving standard care only, including reductions in blood sugar levels, weight, body mass index, and diabetes medication.

The 16-week randomized controlled trial was conducted remotely and involved 98 people with type 2 diabetes from metropolitan, regional, rural and remote parts of Australia. The study offered one group the T2Diet Program alongside standard care while the other group continued with their standard care.

Dr. Dening said participants in the program group experienced an average reduction in HbA1c (blood sugar level) of almost one percent, a clinically meaningful achievement in 16 weeks.

Program participants also reduced diabetes medications (25 percent reduced their medications by more than 20 percent) and 38 percent lost more than five percent in weight, which is a clinical recommendation. Those receiving standard care had minimal weight loss and increased medications.


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Alternative Bridging Corporation improves broker website

Alternative Bridging Corporation improves broker website

Alternative Bridging Corporation (ABC) has made a host of adaptations to its website, which it says are aimed at helping brokers looking for specialist finance.

The new website includes an updated navigation bar, as well as quick links to what the lender says are its most popular products. These include the ‘alternative overdraft’, which allows borrowers to draw down funds as and when needed, as well as the ‘PartX’, a pre-approved part exchange facility which can help expedite sales and chain breaks on new developments.

Additional explainer videos have also been added, alongside step-by-step guidance around the application process.


ABC: ‘Making it easier for brokers

Rinal Rodrigues (pictured), head of marketing at Alternative Bridging Corporation, said the lender was determined to improve the service it offers to brokers and clients, and such service comes in different forms, including the information hosted on its website and within its communications.

She continued: “These are often the first touchpoints a broker may have with our business, so it’s vital that they are clear and accessible. The new enhancements to our website have been introduced to make it even easier for brokers to research and apply for the perfect specialist property finance for their clients.”

The website revamp comes after a period of recruitment for ABC, which has recently added a new underwriting head as well as business development managers for London and the South East as well as the North of England and Scotland.

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Food and Farm Exploration Center launches new website

By Patrick Lynn

Plover’s Food and Farm Exploration Center has announced the launch of its new website, explorefoodandfarm.org.

The new website is the culmination of several months of work by the staff and the website developer Detonator. Previously, the organization was operating two separate websites; fftf.us which was the Farming for the Future Foundation website, focused on the capital fundraising campaign initiatives, the second website, foodandfarm.us, focused on the Food + Farm Exploration Center, featuring the educational and programming initiatives.

All aspects of the Foundation and the Center are under one new responsive website that is easily navigable on all devices and built to showcase all that the Food + Farm Exploration Center has to offer.

The Center is also home to the world’s largest potato masher — a 39-foot-tall, three-ton feature intended as a “selfie spot” that will draw attention from young people.

Visit explorefoodandfarm.org to learn about the immersive exhibits, educational offerings, and meeting space rental opportunities.

The 24-acre site will be operated by the Farming for the Future Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by the Pavelski family and incorporated in 2018. The family has operated a multi-generational farm in central Wisconsin since 1873.

The state-of-the-art facility has interactive classrooms and is geared for accessibility, including modified indoor tractors to simulate operating in a field, and four one-acre fields for planting onsite. A large kitchen and other working space is intended to teach all ages from planting to cooking and food preservation. The space is also available for event rental.

The Exploration Center is projected to open in late fall of 2023.

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New Skillnet website launched to support workforce development

Chambers Ireland has launched a new website for its Skillnet Network which will provide information for businesses across specific regions about how to provide upskilling to their workforce.

As of Tuesday, the 15th of August, membership of the network is open to Chambers members and private enterprises based in Cork, Clare, Dublin, Limerick, Louth, Waterford, Wexford, Sligo, and Tipperary.

Each Chamber Skillnet is an enterprise-led training network for companies wanting to work collaboratively and respond locally to talent development needs within their business.

In partnership with Skilnet Ireland, Chambers Skillnet Networks aims to support regional development by helping local businesses to arrive at shared local solutions that are more accessible, affordable and effective at meeting their needs.

Each Network addresses both technical and non-technical skills needs across multiple sectors and supports member companies to develop and grow through the provision of relevant and flexible programmes for their talent.

“The interactive online map, developed by Chambers Skillnet Networks, does a fantastic job of showing those involved in making business decisions for their teams how they can avail of the supports accessible through their local Chambers Skillnet,” said Mark Jordan, Chief Strategy Officer at Skillnet Ireland.

“Our aim at Skillnet Ireland is to meet the needs of modern businesses that are facing challenges in digitalisation, climate, and innovation, and this focus on the regional development of these key factors, to businesses of all sizes, is a vital part of the work being done by the Chambers Skillnet Networks. 

“We look forward to continuing this strong partnership, focused on the talent within companies, that are at the heart of business communities across Ireland.”

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Columbia Falls has extended a large-scale development pause for another 6 months

The small Down East town that had been eyed as the potential site of the world’s tallest flagpole will extend a large-scale development moratorium by another six months.

Columbia Falls residents initially approved a six-month pause on major commercial or high-density development back in March.

Aga Dixon, the town’s attorney, said that the work of drafting new ordinances and regulations to better react to big developments is about halfway complete. Town and planning board officials have been meeting almost weekly, and Dixon said she expects they will present a draft code of ordinances to voters for their consideration sometime this fall or winter.

“Columbia Falls is in a position that a lot of rural communities are in,” she said. “Land use planning has not been top of the mind. Resources have not been there to do this work. And sometimes it takes a little bit of development pressure or concern to rattle voters, rattle residents and get to doing this hard work.”

The town has said that it’s experienced a variety of development pressures over the years, and not just from the Worcester family, the Wreaths Across America founders that had pitched the construction of a multi-billion-dollar flagpole and veterans memorial park near Columbia Falls.

A spokesperson for the Worcesters didn’t immediate return a request for comment on Tuesday about the extended moratorium or the status of the flagpole project. As of Tuesday afternoon, a website for the proposed “Flagpole of Freedom” park appeared to be offline.

Dixon said the town hasn’t asked for or received any updates about the status of the flagpole project.

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Continental and Amazon Web Services accelerate Automotive-Software Development, ET Auto

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The virtual ECU Creator brings together Continental’s high-performance computers, and Electronic Control Units, with Elektrobit’s production-proven software for Classic and Adaptive AUTOSAR.

New Delhi: Continental has expanded its tool box for automotive software development. With the future virtual ECU Creator software (vECU Creator), developers at vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and third parties will be able to configure and run virtual cloud-based electronic control units in their specific development environments to help develop code for microcontroller and processor hardware that does not yet exist.The virtual ECU Creator is part of the Continental Automotive Edge (CAEdge) framework, which runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS). By using cloud-based vECUs, new applications or software features for software-defined vehicles (SDV) can be built by OEMs faster, more efficiently and in a more agile way. That allows future developments to be tested and debugged continuously by engineers within the cloud, at the same time as hardware development and production cycles.

The virtual ECU Creator brings together Continental’s high-performance computers, and Electronic Control Units, with Elektrobit’s production-proven software for Classic and Adaptive AUTOSAR.

“A great vehicle relies on both quality hardware and software. Our virtual ECU Creator will make it easy for our software experts to work in parallel, enabling us to create applications for the software-defined vehicle that enhance the driver’s safety and experience,” Gilles Mabire, CTO at Continental Automotive, said.

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Amazon acquires Fig to enhance the command line for developers

Amazon.com Inc. has acquired Fig, a startup that focuses on providing developers a better experience at the command line interface with tools such as autocomplete and collaboration.

In the announcement today, Fig Chief Executive Brendan Falk said the company and its team would be joining Amazon subsidiary Amazon Web Services Inc. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Although developers spend a great deal of time in integrated development environments, which are programming tools used for writing and editing code that look like a text editors, the command line is where a lot of brute configuration and setup happens. It’s a program that takes commands directly from the user and passes them directly to a computer’s operating system line by line.

In most instances, the command line interface is far more austere than an editor, offers a less interactive user experience and is more difficult to work with. With Fig’s autocomplete offering, users get suggestions on what commands or flags come next, which takes a great deal of burden off developers and operators who are doing work at such a low level.

Amazon’s interest in Fig’s product aligns with the company’s developer-centric trend of providing systems that shift the burden of building and shipping applications off software engineers and operations. In April, Amazon released CodeCatalyst, a unified cloud software development service designed to reduce the time for team to build and deploy software on AWS.

Falk also said that Fig would be part of Amazon’s ultimate vision to incorporate artificial intelligence into more of its developer-focused products. “AWS believes that generative AI represents a major technological shift to transform the way its customers build,” Falk said.

Amazon already provides coding support for developers with CodeWhisperer, which is and AI-powered coding assistant that resides in IDE and generate computer

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Popeye’s developer gets land rezoned | News

GOSHEN — The fast-food chain Popeye’s is on its way to opening in Goshen following rezoning by the Goshen City Council Monday night.

The council amended the zoning ordinance for property on the west side of High Street, south of Pike Street, from Residential R-2 to Commercial B3. That property will be joined with three other lots that are already B3 — 1102, 1106 and 1110 W. Pike St. According to information provided by the Planning Department, the “The High Street parcel will likely be used primarily for stormwater drainage.”

No one spoke at the meeting. Assistant Planning and Zoning Administrator Rossa Deegan said his department had three inquiries about the zoning change at the outset of the request, but has had none since.

Those making the request were: PRIMECO Inc., Aby Mohamed of Aby Groups, and Woolpert.

The council approved the rezoning unanimously.

The council also approved an ordinance authorizing the city to issue a taxable Economic Development Revenue bond for the Ariel Cycleworks Apartment Project, and the issued bonds will be purchased by the developer, or their bank, to fund infrastructure components for their project.

The city through the Redevelopment Commission will issue its bonds, maturing no later than 25 years after the date of issuance, in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $6,250,000. The interest rate will not exceed 6%.

Ariel Cycleworks Apartment Project is located along Ninth Street and is a brownfield site. The total cost of the project is about $30 million and will create 135 apartments and commercial space. According to AP Development’s website, the project will be “funded through a combination of the HUD 221(d)(4) program, Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative funding (READI) and Tax Increment Financing.”

Bonds will be payable as to principal and interest from TIF Revenues collected

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Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew developer announces closure

German developer Mimimi Games has announced the studio’s closure, which will gradually happen over the coming months.

The announcement comes shortly after the release of real-time strategy stealth game Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew two weeks ago. Other games under Mimimi’s belt include Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun and Desperados 3.

The statement regarding the studio’s closure, attributed to co-founders Dominik Abé and Johannes Roth, was posted on mimimi.games/our-final-game”Mimimi’s website which, at time of writing, returns a 403 error but can be viewed as a cached version via Google.

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“It is with a heavy heart that today we have to share the news that Shadow Gambit: The Cursed Crew will be Mimimi’s final game,” the statement begins. Abé and Roth go on to state that it felt the “right time to prioritise our well-being and to pull the brakes instead of signing up for another multi-year production cycle” after the release of Shadow Gambit.

Mimimi Games was founded in 2011, and the co-founders say that 12 years of developing “increasingly ambitious games took a heavy personal toll on us and our families”.

“As founders and directors,” they continue, “we found it increasingly difficult to strike a balance between fulfilling internal expectations for the studio and being available for our young families.”

The studio will continue to work on a post-launch patch for Shadow Gambit on all platforms and a “big content drop” is planned for later this year. But the studio will now begin “slowly ramping down” over the upcoming months, with Abé and Roth stating the decision was shared with employees at an on-site meeting prior to the release of their statement.

Mimimi has become well-known for its excellence with real-time tactics games. Matt awarded four out of

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iPadOS 17 beta 8 now available to developers ahead of September release

A week after releasing iPadOS 17 beta 7, Apple is now seeding beta 8 to registered developers. As we near the final release of the upcoming operating system update, the company is now making new updates available on a weekly basis.

iPadOS 17 beta brings a revamp to the Lock Screen. There are stock wallpapers like Astronomy and Kaleidoscope, or you can choose a photo from your library. This system also brings an all-new motion effect for Live Photos that makes your Lock Screen feel more dynamic when you wake the iPad and settles into your Home Screen when unlocked.

iPadOS 17 beta also introduces Live Activities, which helps you stay on top of things happening in real time, such as food orders, flights, sports scores, and more.

In addition, widgets on your Lock Screen allow you to see information like the weather, time, date, battery levels, or upcoming events at a glance. There are also interactive widgets on your Home Screen, which let you play music, turn off the lights, and more right from a widget.

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iPadOS 17 beta introduces the Health app with a design optimized for a larger display. You can see rich details in favorites, review trends and highlights, and use interactive charts. You can create medication reminders, track your menstrual cycle, and log symptoms right from your iPad.

In addition, Safari got lots of new features. Now, you can create a profile to keep your browsing, history,

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