“Powerful and inspiring”: Elliot Page receives support and gratitude on social media after announcing he’s trans

After Elliot Page announced on Tuesday that he is transgender, celebrities and fans took to social media to show support for the actor, whom many called brave. Page, the Oscar-nominated actor known for roles in “Juno” and Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy,” wrote in a long Instagram post that he felt “overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey.”

“So happy for and inspired by you, Elliot,” comedian Ilana Glazer commented on Page’s Instagram post. 

“So proud of our superhero!! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT!!!” said the account for “The Umbrella Academy.”

“Elliot rules!” Miley Cyrus wrote.

Page’s wife, Emma Portner, a dancer and choreographer, reposted Page’s moving message on Instagram, writing in the caption that she is “so proud.”

“Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world,” Portner wrote. “I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the

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Tech firm Factor AI receives funding to support AI development

Tech firm FactorAI has been awarded funding to support further product development of its artificial intelligence (AI) enabled real time sensor which aims to make the formulated products industry more sustainable.

Dr Jujar Singh Panesar (left) and Dr Andrea De Santis of Factor AI.
Dr Jujar Singh Panesar (left) and Dr Andrea De Santis of Factor AI.

Formulated products include shampoos, moisturising creams and toothpastes, which are composed of at least two ingredients.

Leeds-based FactorAI embed AI enabled sensors in factories that manufacture formulated products, allowing manufacturers to combine real time data capabilities with artificial intelligence to help them innovate quicker and reduce waste. The funding from InnovateUK’s SBRI Sustainable Innovation Fund will support FactorAI in its development of its proof-of-concept solution to enable the formulated products industry to manufacture products sustainably.

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The business was founded by Dr Jujar Singh Panesar and Dr

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Optima Wilmette Development Receives Final Approval From Trustees

WILMETTE, IL — Village trustees unanimously approved final plans for a seven-story mixed-use development at the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road. The current site of an International Bank of Chicago branch is located across the street from the downtown Wilmette train station.

Set to include 109 luxury apartment units and 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, developer Optima Inc. received final approval last month to build a planned unit development at 1210 Central Ave., less than a year after filing a preliminary application. All but nine of the apartments will be located above the ground floor, while the top floor will include a roof deck and garden.

Optima CEO David Hovey, the project’s architect, contractor and developer, said he was excited to develop another project on Chicago’s North Shore.

“As with each project we design and build, we’re very careful to ensure the buildings

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Internet of Things organization receives $100,000 from OCIF

A non-profit organization that aims to advance IoT, or Internet of Things, technology in Alberta is the latest recipient of a grant from the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund.

The Alberta IoT Association — a  Calgary-based not-for-profit organization incorporated in 2017 with 150 members — has been awarded up to $100,000 over two years from the city fund to support the launch and operation of its Entrepreneur Fast Track Program. Through the program, 90 companies working with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are expected to complete an eight-week training cohort. In total, there will be three cohorts of 15 entrepreneurs per year over two years.

In consumer terms, IoT — a term used to describe a network of inter-related smart devices that can communicate with other over the Internet — incorporates things like smart thermostats and smart home security systems. IIoT, the Industrial Internet of Things, refers to connected devices

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Qatar- Katara Towers, Lusail Marina District receives certificate for GSAS Design & Build 5 Stars rating

(MENAFN – The Peninsula) Doha: Katara Towers’ Development at Lusail have become the first hospitality project in Qatar to receive certificate for GSAS Design & Build 5 Stars rating at the design stage.

The Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) is MENA region’s first performance based green building certification system utilized by buildings, districts and infrastructure projects to assess their environmental impact. With the project design assessed by sustainability experts at the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD), the awarded provisional certificate reflects the expected level of green credentials to be achieved by Katara Towers upon completion. 

Speaking about the project, Founding Chairman of GORD, Dr. Yousef Alhorr said, ‘GSAS-D & B has been implemented on a range of public and private projects in Lusail City but the iconic twin towers stand out in more ways than one. As the first GSAS-D & B 5-Star hotel project, Katara Towers will

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Social app Parler apparently receives funding from the conservative Mercer family

Social media app Parler receives financial backing from conservative hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, The Wall Street Journal reported. The app, founded as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook which bills itself as “viewpoint neutral” saw nearly 1 million new downloads in the days after the US presidential election, rocketing it to the top of the iOS and Google Play app stores.

Parler turned into a kind of de facto home for conservatives’ protests against the election— including the persistent “Stop the Steal” campaign— after the race was called for former Vice President Joe Biden. Several high-profile conservative social media personalities encouraged people to abandon Twitter and Facebook because of their moderation policies, and instead follow them on Parler.

According to the WSJ, the Mercers, known for giving financial support to conservative causes and organizations, including Cambridge Analytica, have not previously revealed their connection to Parler.

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Qualcomm receives U.S. permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei in exception to ban

FILE PHOTO: A Qualcomm sign is seen at the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, China November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

(Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc QCOM.O on Friday received a license from the U.S. government to sell 4G mobile phone chips to China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, an exemption to U.S. trade restrictions imposed amid rising tensions with China.

“We received a license for a number of products, which includes some 4G products,” a Qualcomm spokeswoman told Reuters.

Qualcomm and all other American semiconductor companies were forced to stop selling to the Chinese technology firm in September after U.S. trade restrictions took effect.

The spokeswoman declined to comment on the specific 4G products Qualcomm can sell to Huawei but said they were related to mobile devices. Qualcomm has other license applications pending with the U.S. government, she said.

In the past Huawei was a relatively small chip customer

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Mississippi Main Street receives USDA Rural Development Grant for five communities | News

JACKSON – The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) has been selected as the recipient of a USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training (CFTAT) grant to provide planning activities in five Main Street communities in Mississippi.

The five designated Main Street communities that were selected had to meet specific criteria, including being located within a declared disaster county with a population of less than 10,000 and a median household income of less than $34,092.

The communities that met this criteria were invited to apply and were selected based on demonstrating project need for the community, ability to provide a local match in funding, and the capacity to implement the project in the community. The five Main Street communities selected include Aberdeen, Baldwyn, Columbia, New Albany and Water Valley.

MMSA will use the USDA CFTAT grant to contract with Orion Planning + Design, a national community planning and design

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