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We never really stop and consider just how fast live moves. Whether it’s getting caught in the daily monotony of it all or trying to figure out how to best spend our time, we become disillusioned with what really matters; being present and living in the moment. While I am by no means an expert at this, I’d like to think that I understand ways in which to be present. One of the best methods is to understand the past for what it was and not lot it hinder you as you move forward.  In putting this idea to practice, let’s relax and enjoy another weekly recap. 

And..There Goes Another Cabinet Member 

President Donald Trump is known for many reasons. For starters, he’s not a very quiet president when it comes to opinions, but you probably already knew that. Additionally, members of his cabinet tend to vacate their jobs pretty quickly resulting in a nice turnover rate in the White House. On Sunday afternoon, Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security shared that she is leaving her position effective immediately. For those who are unfamiliar with Nielsen, she’s been the poster child for Trump’s immigration campaign. 

“Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service. I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner will become Acting Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!”

President Donald Trump 

Bibi, Do You Love Me? Are You Riding? 

When the topic of Israel enters conversation, depending on who’s sitting at the table, there’s typically a simultaneous groan followed by a general avoidance of it all. Considering that Israelis will be voting this week to either re-elect PM Benjamin Netanyahu or to elect someone different. As for the pinch point of this election, the Israeli government is discussing whether to annex part of the West Bank where close to 2.5 million Palestinian people are currently living. 

Netanyahu, also called “Bibi” by his adoring fans, has said that if he is reelected, he will advocate for Israeli annexation of the West Bank, a move that many are calling solidly controversial. 

“You are asking whether we are moving on to the next stage – the answer is yes, we will move to the next stage. Israel will continue to brazenly violate international law for as long as the international community will continue to reward Israel with impunity, particularly with the Trump administration’s support and endorsement of Israel’s violation of the national and human rights of the people of Palestine.”

Saeb Erekat, Senior Palestinian Official

This Intelligence Thing Is Going Too Far 

What if it were possible for someone to trick an AI program into harming an actual person? These programs simply follow what they are told to do, unless of course they are actually sentient, which is yet to be the case. According to a recent study conduced by Tencent’s Keen Security Lab, several engineers were able to takeover a Tesla Model S, which uses an autopilot system, and command it to switch lanes to drive right into oncoming traffic. Of course, this was purely a test and no one was harmed, but it’s terrifying when you think about it. Per the details of the report, Keen’s scientists need only place stickers on the road, resembling a line, and the Tesla’s Autopilot system detected the stickers and changed lanes. 

Following Keen’s release of their report findings, a Tesla spokesperson stated:

“We developed our bug-bounty program in 2014 in order to engage with the most tilted members of the security research community.…The primary vulnerability is not a realistic concern given that a driver can easily override Autopilot at ay time by using the steering wheel or brakes and should always be prepared to do so. The findings are all based on scenarios in which the physical environment around the vehicle is artificially altered to make the automatic windshield wipers or Autopilot system behave differently…”

Tesla Spokesperson

Of Course, You’re Guilty

If you remember a couple weeks ago when about a dozen or so parents were arrested and tried for using bribery and other forms of fraud in a college admissions scandal, then I give you praise for committing such a silly story to memory. Anyone who thinks these parents are the first, or last, to pay someone to get their children into top schools is naive. Moving forward, the parents, and one coach were found guilty in federal court on Monday. 

“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”

Felicity Huffman

The Age Of Our Presidents 

According to a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health, abilities “such as conceptual reasoning, memory,  and processing speed, decline gradually over time.” Per the data from the study, somewhere between 16 percent and 23 percent of Americans over 65 experience some level of cognitive impairment. In a separate study from the Mayo Clinic, research demonstrated that “concept formation, abstraction, and mental flexibility decline with age, especially after age 70, as older adults tend to think more concretely than younger adults.” 

As these findings relate to our current septuagenarian presidential candidates, Joe Biden has unfortunately been in the media spotlight over the course of the last few weeks for his physical interactions with two women at campaign rallies in the past. On two separate occasions, Biden was accused of making women feel physically uncomfortable. In one instance, he kissed Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman and 2014 lieutenant governor candidate, on the forehead. When asked why he did this, Biden explained that, at the time, he was acting in a grandfatherly way and meant nothing by it. Having said that, he went onto explain that “social norms have begun to change. They’ve shifted. And the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset. And I get it. I get it…”

“Neither then, nor in the years since, did he (Biden) or the staff at the time have any inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable nor do they recall what she describes.”

Bill Russo, spokesperson for Joe Biden 

Aunt Becky, No!

Whatever happened to predictability? The milk man, the paperboy, Aunt Becky’s guilty plea? Yes, we’re speaking about the ongoing college admissions scandal where a handful of wealthy parents paid people off to get their children admitted into elite universities across the country. One parent, Lori Laughlin, famously known for her role in the television program, “Full House,” is being accused of conspiring with a college consultant to pay upwards of $500,000 in bribes to get their daughter into the University of Southern California, according to the New York Times. 

According to recent reports, the Hallmark Channel said that it will no longer be featuring Ms. Loughlin in any of their programming because of her involvement in the scandal. 

“N” is for Neutrality 

Net neutrality has kept American internet-users from being taken advantage of by their service providers but, considering that he’s a fan of big business, President Trump insisted we repeal the protections.  Naturally, the Democratic leadership had a bone to pick with Donald regarding his actions and so they introduced the “Save the Internet Act” a few months back. The concise, two-page bill seeks to restore 2015’s net neutrally rules and, as of Wednesday, the bill was passed in the House of Representatives. 

According to several reports, the bill, which was introduced yesterday, was heavily debated and discussed in the house. Of course, a gaggle of staunch Republican members of the house question both the morality of the lawmakers responsible for the bill as well as why the bill was even introduced in the first place. 

Rep. Burgess (R-TX) was one such character making the bill’s proceedings longer than they needed to be when he asked that the Government Accountability Office issue a report on the effect of edge provers on internet freedoms, according to TechCrunch. For those unfamiliar with the term “edge provider,” these are companies that operate online sites that customers connect to over the internet like Google, Amazon, and Netflix. Rep. Burgess being the conservative that he is expressed his concerns that free access to the internet may interrupt the revenue streams for edge providers when, in fact, this is not the case.

The Spy Who Trumped Me

In an interesting turn of events, Attorney General William Barr told several law officials that “spying did occur” on President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but said nothing more after introducing the idea. Seriously, after he said this, all major media outlets have been doing everything in their power to try and figure what Barr was talking about.

CNN believes Barr was referring to Carter Page, a man who served as foreign policy adviser to Trump during his campaign but was then surveilled by the FBI for a minute. 

“The FBI believes that Page has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government,” the application stated, adding that “there is probable cause that such activities involve or are about to involve violations of the criminal statutes of the United States.”

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Will Stock Prices Head Higher On Thursday?

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US stocks were mixed on Thursday. As most investors head into a long holiday weekend, there are several things helping to drive stock prices higher on Thursday.

IPOs Boost Market Sentiment

On April 18 the stock market saw two big IPOs.  Both Zoom Video (ZM) and Pinterest (PINS) made their public debuts.  For the most part, investors remained skiddish about the latest series of IPOs.  What was the reason? A few weeks ago the market witnessed the much anticipated Lyft (LYFT) IPO that has ended is disaster. 

The day that Lyft went public, share prices briefly hit highs of $88.60 before closing the day in the red. This trend hasn’t stopped since then.  Current stock prices show the company’s shares trading around $55. This abysmal figure is a far cry from even its IPO price of $72.

Needless to say, both Pinterest and Zoom have remained relatively flat. Zoom shares traded in a range of $$60.32 to $66. Pinterest saw a trading channel of $23.05 to $24.99.

Micro-Cap Stocks Rally Back

During the early morning session, the Russell Microcap Index saw a sharp drop to lows of $578.33. But since then, the index has continued to rally higher, nearly surpassing its opening price as of 12:30 PM.  What is a microcap stock? These stocks represent companies with a market capitalization of $50 million to $300 million.  Traditionally, investors will see plenty of penny stocks on the list.

The higher volatility attracts investors to these equities.  This morning, the stock price for a few microcap companies ended up skyrocketing on heavy volume.  Among the list of penny stocks, Amyris Inc. (AMRS), Mustang Bio (MBIO), Precipio Inc. (PRPO) and Uxin Limited (UXIN) hit scanners for volume and price movement.

With the short week, it’s likely that the markets could slow down during the afternoon session. Looking ahead to next week, investors will be watching for several key figures notwithstanding the growing list of companies reporting earnings.

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Stock Price Thursday Morning Update – April 18, 2019

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This New Technology Could Transform A Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry!

On an almost daily basis, news coverage shows us that we are living constantly at risk. The U.S Justice Department defines a “mass casualty event” as any occurrence of a mass shooting, bombing, or other crime resulting in multiple fatalities. In 2019, there have already been over 80 US mass shootings[1]. On top of this, we’ve already witnessed more than 2,400 of these incidents since 2013…But what if there was a way to help prevent these types of events from taking place? CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT

How Industries Are Being Changed By Marijuana Stocks

You’ll most likely read about them in the news today. Marijuana stocks are taking center stage after a whirlwind year in 2018. If one thing’s certain, it’s that this has become a very real industry and it is scaling quickly.

Where most people will think about growing cannabis or selling cannabis, marijuana stocks encompass much more than just the agricultural industry. See What Companies Are Leading Their Market Segments, CLICK HERE

Does China’s Bull Market Indicate Global Stock Market Momentum?

The markets in China are up by more than 30% so far this year.  The Shanghai composite had jumped by over 30% since the end of 2018 and the Shenzhen component has rallied by more than 40%.  Despite the weak finish to last year, China’s stock markets have been on a bull run so far in 2018.  This comes during a period of optimism about potential trade deals with the United States. See For Yourself, CLICK HERE

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On an almost daily basis, news coverage shows us that we are living constantly at risk. The U.S Justice Department defines a “mass casualty event” as any occurrence of a mass shooting, bombing, or other crime resulting in multiple fatalities. In 2019, there have already been over 80 US mass shootings[1]. On top of this, we’ve already witnessed more than 2,400 of these incidents since 2013…

…But what if there was a way to help prevent these types of events from taking place?

Taking that into consideration, all signals predict this is potentially a perfect investment opportunity for AI security solutions. Global spending on security solutions is projected to reach $103.1 billion in 2019, an increase of 9.4% over 2017, and is forecast to see growth for the next several years[2]. As an influx of investments comes into AI security solutions, we have found one company positioned to absorb!

“What we’re offering is an attack prevention system. We’re preventing someone with a weapon from entering.”

Aman Bhardwaj, COO of Liberty Defense & President Of US Operations

Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) is A Company With A Solution

Liberty Defense (SCAN.V), a leader in security and weapons detection solutions, is ready to tackle the security challenges in the urban security market with its groundbreaking HEXWAVE product.  Liberty Defense
(SCAN.V) has an exclusive license with MIT and a Technology Transfer Agreement with MIT Lincoln Laboratory for active 3D imaging technology originally developed in the MIT Lincoln Laboratory for weapon detection.

At a time where 100 Americans are killed with guns every single day and hundreds more are shot and injured, according to EveryTown Research[3], this is the time to invest in urban security. After all, what is more, valuable than a life?

What Sets Liberty Defense
(SCAN.V)’s HEXWAVE Apart From The Competition?

HEXWAVE is the first practical application of real-time, next-gen 3D imaging.  It uses low power radar energy which helps generate real-time 3D images to detect threat options such as guns, knives, explosives, and other threats through clothing and baggage. This product creates high fidelity, real-time concealed threat images which are assessed using deep learning and AI. Thus alerting security regarding the decision response hierarchy.

HEXWAVE – A Product Integrating A New Wave of Technology

·   Detects metallic and non-metallic threat objects

·   Designed for indoor/outdoor use

·   Covert and overt panel options

·   Real-time accurate detection

·   AI/deep learning enhances sensor fidelity and decision hierarchy

·   Panels can be scaled to provide a deep-layered approach

·   Can be used stand-alone or combined with other security measures

HEXWAVE provides enhanced security options without disrupting the flow of daily life by scanning quickly and unobtrusively. Ideal for use in high traffic areas and a huge leap from the traditional metal detector. 

The demand is present andLiberty Defense (SCAN.V) has already inked two Memorandums of Understanding for beta testing of HEXWAVE, which is expected to commence this year! With Canada’s Rogers Arena, Vancouver’s large-scale venues and Sleiman Enterprises, one of Florida’s largest real estate companies developing and managing malls, hotels, and shopping centers, Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) has created a strong pipeline of premier customers.

Liberty Defense (SCAN.V)’s All-Star Management

Advancement from the operational to strategic level is a crucial undertaking that all companies must undergo in pursuit of success. The executive leadership team at Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) has the necessary insight to achieve profitable growth and maintain operational systems.

Liberty Defense (SCAN.V)’s President Of US Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Aman Bhardwaj, comes with over 20 years of strategic experience and involvement with large multinational startups, such as Panasonic and Flextronics. Bhardwaj’s vast involvement and leading global large-scale companies serve as an invaluable asset to the company.

Bill Riker, the company’s chief executive officer, joined Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) back in August 2018. Since then, Riker has played a key role in establishing the company as an industry leader in the urban security market. Prior to joining Liberty Defense (SCAN.V)’s leadership team, Riker racked up extensive experience in several companies focused on threat detection solutions, and identification of chemical, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats for the global security market and held an executive position in the US Department of Defense.

Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) chief technology officer, Bart Smudde, brings over 30 years of experience to the table in designing, testing and manufacturing electronics products in several markets including military and medical.  Smudde has managed engineering teams for companies including Graco, Landis+Gyr, SignalONE Safety, and Panasonic.

Liberty Defense (SCAN.V)’s Opportunities Ahead For Detection

Specifically, the Weapons Detection Systems Market is forecast to grow from USD $5.3 billion in 2020 to $7.5 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate of 8.2%[4].  With the political spotlight focused now more than ever on gun control and public safety, emerging companies in this sector are poised for increased opportunities and growth.

Patriot Tech (PAT.V) (PTOTF), for instance, has generated some buzz lately.  This emerging company has been prequalified for up to CA$1 million from the federal government’s Build in Canada Innovation Program for testing by the Department of National Defense to test its covert weapon detection system[5].  The system uses cognitive microwave radar to detect hidden guns, knives, and other threats.  With the potential for a government to back such technology, if all goes well, this may catalyze opportunity for advancements throughout the sector and Liberty Defense (SCAN.V).

With the potential technology to revolutionize the standards of security, Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) is seeking to become a market leader and take a seat at the table with companies like major government contractor L3 Technologies (LLL) who provides detection and security systems for U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security and foreign governments or leading tech innovator Harris Corp. (HRS) which supports government and commercial customers in over 100 countries.  Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) may provide investors with the opportunity to take part in this rapidly growing market early on.

“Currently, there is a significant gap that must be addressed in urban security threat defense. HEXWAVE provides a wider perimeter for early detection beyond just the point solution typically positioned at an entrance of a facility. This essential layer will enable security measures to be proactively deployed to detect a threat before it transitions to an attack condition. Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) can fill this gap,” said Bill Riker, CEO of Liberty Defense (SCAN.V).

A Strategy That Builds Partnerships

In Mid-April, Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) expanded on its strategic initiatives. This includes testing and implementing the company’s HEXWAVE product at major epicenters of security risks. Furthermore, the proposed testing of its product with its Vancouver Arena Limited Partnership will occur at a site to be determined within or near Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC.

In the coming months, we expect to be able to announce a number of key partnerships through our MOU program that will not only help validate the opportunities for this type of technology but also show the depth and reach of the Company and its Advisors.”

Bill Riker, CEO of Liberty Defense (SCAN.V)

To give some perspective on the scope of this opportunity, Rogers Arena is one of the premier sports and entertainment facilities in North America. It has hosted over 25 million fans with a proud legacy of success. Events include NHL hockey games and most of the largest concerts and shows in the city. It was also the site where the Canadian women’s and men’s hockey teams won gold medals during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Can You Detect A Winner?

We live in a world where threats to our safety, both large and small, have impacted the way we as a society live.  Increased security measures are being taken in several aspects of daily life such as entering a school or even a baseball game, often causing large delays.  Worse off, not all current security measures are stopping these threats before they happen.  

Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) is working on a solution to combat these issues head on through the implementation of its HEXWAVE product. As we move towards the future, it could be potentially lucrative for investors to pay attention to this sector and Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) early on, and you heard it here first!


Endnotes:

[1]https://www.massshootingtracker.org/

[2] https://www.globaldots.com/worldwide-spending-on-security-solutions-expected-to-continue-growing/

[3]https://everytownresearch.org/gun-violence-america/

[4] https://homelandsecurityresearch.com/reports/explosives-detection-systems-market-technologies-industry

[5] https://finance.yahoo.com/news/patriot-one-pre-qualifies-1-130000035.html


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