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Dark Matter Technologies joins ACUMA as an affiliate member

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dark Matter Technologies (Dark Matter), an innovative new leader in mortgage technology backed by time-tested loan origination software and leadership, has joined the American Credit Union Mortgage Association (ACUMA) as an affiliate member. Through its membership, Dark Matter aims to help credit unions increase loan origination, improve loan quality and enhance member satisfaction.

Dark Matter, formerly Black Knight Origination Technologies, is on a mission to revolutionize the mortgage origination business by supporting, growing and aggressively innovating new and existing products including the popular AIVA(r) artificial intelligence solution and the comprehensive Empower(r) Loan Origination Platform. Dark Matter also provides a suite of tools - from product and pricing engines to document classification and indexing powered by machine learning - to seamlessly complement Empower, making lending operations faster, smarter and more efficient.

"ACUMA members should never be forced to make a tough decision between technology that comprehends and serves the distinct requirements of credit unions and technology that delivers a genuinely exceptional mortgage experience," said Dark Matter CEO Rich Gagliano. "With Dark Matter, credit unions of every size can compete on equal footing with other financial institutions in terms of mortgage efficiency and the overall member experience."

ACUMA is an organization dedicated to helping credit unions optimize their real estate financing services. ACUMA member organizations include federal- and state-chartered credit unions and credit union service organizations (CUSOs), mortgage insurance companies, secondary market investors and investment banking firms and mortgage technology firms.

"ACUMA serves as a vital resource in creating opportunities for credit union professionals and their primary suppliers to network, share knowledge, build relationships and grow market share," said ACUMA President Peter J. Benjamin, CMB. "We are delighted to introduce this extraordinary company to our members and extend a warm welcome to the team at Dark Matter."

About Dark Matter Technologies:

Operating with the nimble nature of a startup and the disciplined maturity of one of the industry's leading providers, Dark Matter Technologies delivers cutting-edge technology, unparalleled automation and relentless innovation to leading mortgage lenders and companies nationwide.

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About ACUMA:

The American Credit Union Mortgage Association is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to credit unions and mortgage lending. ACUMA provides resources and education to credit unions aimed at streamlining performance, processes, and procedures for real estate lending services. ACUMA's goal is to encourage credit unions to help more consumers get fairly priced and safe mortgage loans delivered locally, and in so doing, provide them with a pathway to the American dream of homeownership. ACUMA brings together the shared real estate lending and financing interests of hundreds of credit unions and CUSOs. ACUMA member organizations include federal and state charted credit unions and CUSO, mortgage insurance companies, secondary market investors, investment banking firms and technology companies.

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Gains and Challenges Seen in New Study of U.S. Postdoc Programs

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- A new report released today from the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) published in partnership with Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, highlights both progress over the last decade in institutional support for postdoctoral fellows ("postdocs") as well as significant areas requiring attention. The report, Pressing Forward in Supporting Postdocs: 2023 National Postdoctoral Association Institutional Policy Report, makes specific recommendations to institutions hosting the nation's 72,000 postdocs.

"The NPA Institutional Policy Report is invaluable in showing how far we have come in supporting postdoctoral scholars, in helping us dig deeper into the issues that impact scholars and our offices, and in advocating for greater support for the scholars that are working hard to change the world," commented Sofie R. Kleppner, Ph.D., associate vice provost and associate dean, Stanford University.

The new release provides four critical recommendations for improving the postdoctoral environment: pay postdocs a competitive wage with comprehensive benefits; provide proper institutional support for postdoc offices and associations; collect data on postdoc demographics and outcomes; and provide a postdoc handbook transparently outlining institutional policies.

"This report provides clear direction for any institution with a postdoc program," commented Thomas P. Kimbis, J.D., executive director and chief executive officer of the NPA. "The data tell a tale of hard work and major successes in some areas- and the need to redouble efforts in others."

With data collected from more than 100 institutions, the NPA looked at key factors of postdoctoral programs, including policies, benefits, and training programs. With longitudinal data covering a span of nine years, originating with the first such report in 2014, this report provides a unique data set identifying specific areas of strength and weakness aggregated across U.S. postdoctoral policies and practices.

For the first time, the survey also collected information on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts at institutions, with support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. In regard to the total number of postdocs in the U.S., the data did not show any indication of a decrease over the last three years, although there has been a decline when looking across the last decade.

"This data gives us critical insight into key areas of need when it comes to institutional support and fair pay for postdoctoral scholars," said Jamie Vernon, Sigma Xi executive director and chief executive officer. "The inclusion of DEI information in this year's report represents a key area of importance for both Sigma Xi and the NPA and can produce a valuable barometer for institutions."

The report is tied to the NPA Recommendations for Postdoc Policies and Practices, which provides comprehensive guidelines for institutions hosting postdocs. A new version of the recommendations is scheduled to be released in 2024, providing additional direction to institutions seeking to improve their postdoctoral environments.

Pressing Forward in Supporting Postdocs is being released in conjunction with the September/October issue of Sigma Xi's publication, American Scientist, and is also available online at the Sigma Xi and NPA websites. The report is the fourth in a series of triennial reports on this topic. Past reports and aggregate survey data are available to NPA members online.

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About National Postdoctoral Association:

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational association headquartered in Rockville, MD. Founded in 2003, the NPA envisions an inclusive community where all postdocs are empowered, valued, recognized, and supported in their current and future endeavors. The NPA serves the entire postdoctoral community, including its 20,000 individual and 230 organizational members.

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The Rich Culture of South Africa Celebrated at Scientology Headquarters

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The Church of Scientology hosted officials, religious and community leaders, and other stakeholders for a Heritage Day celebration at Castle Kyalami, Church of Scientology headquarters for Africa.

The beloved Rev. Desmond Tutu was the first to call South Africa the Rainbow Nation. The name not only celebrates what makes the country unique, it is also what makes it strong: people of all colors, backgrounds, and religions, speaking 12 official languages, working together to achieve common goals.

In his newsletter on the eve of Heritage Day, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urged all South Africans to honor "the commitment of leaders like Prince Buthelezi and President Nelson Mandela to put aside their differences and work for peace," and that maintaining peace and advancing reconciliation is the country's "collective responsibility" and "the greatest gift we can bestow on the generations to come."

It was in this spirit that hundreds, attending the Heritage Day event at Castle Kyalami, dressed in traditional attire, raised their voices in song, and danced in a joyous salute to the cultural wealth of the nation.

Heritage Day fosters unity and reminds everyone what it really means to be a South African, said Scientology spokesperson Sandile Hlayisi. "This is one of those days where you really appreciate being South African. The whole community gathered to share in each other's heritage."

"It was truly a beautiful day," said an executive of the South African National Taxi Council. "The unity that exists at the Castle and their ability to bring everyone together is astonishing. It is a proud moment to see everyone embracing their culture and displaying the cultural wealth of our country."

An SABC reporter found it heartwarming to see people "immerse themselves in unity."

The afternoon included a braai, traditional African markets, and a Heritage Day Sunday service emphasizing religious unity.

Castle Kyalami is a religious retreat for Scientologists from across the African continent. Home not only to the Church of Scientology but to the community, it realizes the vision of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that all Churches of Scientology should provide not only the ideal facilities to service Scientologists in their ascent to higher states of spiritual freedom, but to also serve as a home for the entire community and a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

The Church shares its many humanitarian and community outreach programs with people of all faiths and backgrounds in its commitment to creating a better Africa and a better world.

Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, dedicated Castle Kyalami on New Year's Day 2019, reaffirming the vision of Mr. Hubbard that "from Southern Africa will spring the next great civilization on this planet."



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Scientology Publishing House Recognized as a ‘Good Corporate Citizen’

COMMERCE, Calif. -- In its annual review of corporate environmental standards, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts recognized Bridge Publications, publisher of the nonfiction works of Scientology Founder and bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard, as a "good corporate citizen" for the sixth year running. Bridge Publications Inc. achieved this acknowledgment through its compliance with wastewater discharge limits and its maintenance of environmental equipment.

Environmental responsibility was incorporated into the planning and establishment of the Bridge Publications manufacturing plant, with wastewater minimization only one of its components.

To preserve Scientology religious scriptures, an Archival Project, established at Bridge Publications, uses metal plating on copper and etching on stainless steel to safeguard Mr. Hubbard's recorded lectures with corrosion-resistant metal long plays. These processes produce wastewater containing chemicals and metal. Through special treatment that removes these hazardous contaminants from the water, Bridge maintains 100 percent compliance with environmental standards. But this is only one of the ways Bridge reduces its environmental footprint.

One of the world's first all-digital on-demand publishing and manufacturing facilities, Bridge Publications incorporated care for the environment in every facet of its establishment.

With hundreds of different paper types and sizes used in most printing facilities, even the best of them discard as much as 25 percent of their paper, wasting ink in the process. Bridge was designed to minimize paper use, leaving very little trim waste on the edges and between the pages of its printed materials. By maximizing efficiency through the very design of the plant, Bridge consistently reduces paper waste from 25 percent to 5 percent, which they recycle.

"We are very proud to receive this recognition," says Lucia Winther, Public Relations Director at Bridge Publications. "We not only promote environmental responsibility and sustainability in our manufacturing practices, we also work with community partners and leaders to raise awareness of its importance and carry out community cleanups. This is in keeping with The Way to Happiness, one of the books of Mr. Hubbard that we publish. A common-sense guide to better living, the book includes the precept 'Safeguard and Improve Your Environment,' which is a guiding principle for our organization."

Bridge Publications is an award-winning facility at the cutting edge of technology, designed from the ground up with the sole purpose of fulfilling the ever-increasing demand for Scientology Scripture at a moment's notice.

In launching the Scientology Network in 2018, Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige promised to take viewers "behind the scenes and into our Church management, publication and dissemination facilities, humanitarian outreach centers and programs, and even into our new millennium Scientology archives."

That is exactly what the network does in an episode of Inside Scientology on Bridge Publications. Watch Inside Bridge Publications on the Scientology Network on DIRECTV Channel 320, DIRECTV STREAM or AT&T U-verse. It also streams at, on mobile apps, and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

For more information on Bridge Publications or to take part in their community outreach activities, contact Lucia Winther at (323) 888-6200 or email her at



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Modern Foot & Ankle Celebrates Grand Reopening of Clinic, Welcomes New Podiatrist

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Following extensive renovations, Central Florida podiatric group Modern Foot & Ankle is set to reopen its Orlando clinic next week-and with a new podiatrist to boot.

Located in the Kirkman area at 5690 Windhover Drive, the office recently underwent a two-month overhaul to modernize the space. The updates include new countertops and cabinetry and an enlarged X-ray alcove.

Taking over the clinic's reins is Jalpen Patel, DPM, a longtime Orlando-area practitioner.

"I have practiced in Orlando for the past six years, and I am excited to continue serving the community I have been a part of," said Dr. Patel. "My new clinic in Kirkman is centrally located and close to popular tourist destinations, which makes it easy for patients to find and access the care they need."

Dr. Patel is skilled in all aspects of foot and ankle care with a special interest in minimally-invasive procedures, trauma, diabetic limb salvage and wound care, and bunion and hammertoe correction. Yet he believes his strongest asset is his patient-centered focus.

"For me, empathy and strong communication skills are two of the most important qualities a physician possesses," explained Dr. Patel. "Empathy allows me to understand my patients' experiences, emotions, and concerns on a deeper level, which is essential for creating an environment where patients feel comfortable and trust my treatment plan.

"Communication skills are equally vital," he continued, "as they enable me to effectively convey complex medical information in a way that is easy to understand."

After completing his education and surgical residency in New Jersey and New York, Dr. Patel moved to Florida for the sunshine and population diversity. He decided to join Modern Foot & Ankle because he believes the group's core values and mission create a strong foundation for delivering comprehensive and personalized care.

"This practice allows me to provide the highest level of care with the help of the advanced technology utilized in the office," he said. "I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, including the group's involvement in continuous learning, and I hope to contribute to its success."

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel, visit or call 1-844-MODERN9.

About Modern Foot & Ankle®:

Through Big-City Technology. Small-Town Care.® Modern Foot & Ankle is reshaping the patient experience and curating a progressive model for podiatric healthcare. Our physicians provide comprehensive medical and surgical solutions for foot and ankle conditions in clinics across Florida. With 24/7 online booking and check-in, extended office hours, advanced on-site equipment, and cutting-edge treatment options, Modern Foot & Ankle serves patients efficiently, comfortably, and on their schedule.

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Tellwell Publishing Announces Indigenous Voices Grant in Honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

VICTORIA, B.C. -- Tellwell Publishing is launching a new program called the Indigenous Voices Grant, earmarking $10,000 in in-kind book publishing services to amplify the voices of Indigenous Canadians.

The grant aligns with Tellwell's commitment to cultivating a vibrant culture through the telling of powerful stories while contributing to the understanding of Indigenous communities, histories, and perspectives in Canada.

"We believe in the power of storytelling to foster awareness and empathy," said Tellwell Publishing CEO Tim Lindsay. "By offering this grant, we aim to remove barriers to publishing and create a platform for Indigenous voices. We look forward to witnessing the birth of inspirational and impactful works that resonate with readers and contribute to the rich tapestry of Indigenous literature."

The guidelines for the Indigenous Voices Grant will be established in the coming months with the funding allocated and first book projects selected in 2024. The grant may support one or more book projects depending on the submissions received and their budgetary needs.

Tellwell Publishing is actively seeking partnerships with organizations to help promote the Indigenous Voices Grant and curate submissions. The fund aims to embrace book projects in genres ranging from non-fiction and fiction to poetry or children's literature.

About Truth and Reconciliation Day: The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, previously known as Orange Shirt Day, observed annually on September 30, is a day to honour and remember the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada, and to learn more about the history of those schools and the ongoing impacts of intergenerational trauma that remain as a result of their existence.

About Tellwell Publishing:

Tellwell Publishing, based in Victoria BC, is an independent book publishing company committed to providing quality publishing services to authors. Tellwell empowers authors by offering the expertise and talents of publishing professionals to enhance the quality of their work.

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Mortgage Capital Trading Named Best Place To Work 2023 By SDBJ

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT®), the de facto leader in innovative mortgage capital markets technology, announced that it has been named one of the Best Places to Work 2023 by the San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ) in the medium-sized company category (50 - 249 U.S. employees). This award is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in San Diego that benefit the county's economy, workforce, and local businesses.

MCT has been headquartered in downtown San Diego for nearly two decades, and during that time, the firm has evolved its "team member first" mindset - focusing on wellbeing and intentional work/life balance. Throughout the pandemic and segueing into the volatile mortgage market the entire industry is currently facing, MCT leadership has continued to prioritize team member needs.

"We are honored to be named the Best Place to Work in San Diego year after year," said Chad Campora, Head of Human Resources. "It's humbling to know that MCT team members feel respected, rewarded, and empowered to bring their best selves to work each day. The tenure among many of our key people is definitely a point of pride."

The SDBJ puts companies that applied for the award through an extensive evaluation process that includes a detailed analysis of company workplace policies and practices along with a comprehensive employee survey. The combined scores determine the top companies and the final rankings. The winning companies were honored at an awards ceremony hosted by the SDBJ in August.

More information on the SDBJ's Best Places to Work in San Diego program can be found at

About MCT:

For over two decades, MCT has been a leading source of innovation for the mortgage secondary market. Melding deep subject matter expertise with a passion for emerging technologies and clients, MCT is the de facto leader in innovative mortgage capital markets technology. From architecting modern best execution loan sales to launching the most successful and advanced marketplace for mortgage-related assets, lenders, investors, and network partners all benefit from MCT's stewardship. MCT's technology and know-how continues to revolutionize how mortgage assets are priced, locked, protected, valued, and exchanged - offering clients the tools to perform under any market condition.

For more information, visit or call (619) 543-5111.

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HitPaw Video Object Remover V2.0.0 announced: A Revolutionary Upgrade for Seamless Video Editing

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- HitPaw is thrilled to announce the release of HitPaw Video Object Remover (Win) V2.0.0, a game-changing update that elevates the world of video editing to new heights. These updates are designed to enhance the user experience, making HitPaw Video Object Remover (Win) V2.0.0 the ultimate tool for video editors of all levels.


* Enhanced AI Model

We've supercharged our AI model for object removal, delivering even more precise and impressive results. Say goodbye to unwanted elements in your videos effortlessly.

* Improved Tracking and Removal

We've fine-tuned our tracking and removal capabilities to ensure a smoother and more effective editing process. Your videos will look flawless and professional.

* Custom Background Upload

The star feature of this update is the ability to upload your own images for background replacement. Now, you have the freedom to replace video backgrounds with your favorite pictures, unleashing your creativity.

* Generic Picture Background

In addition to custom uploads, we provide a selection of generic picture backgrounds for replacement. It's never been easier to give your videos a fresh look.

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Compatibility and Price:

HitPaw Video Object Remover is now compatible with Windows 11/10 64-bit and macOS 10.15 and above. The pricing starts from $39.99 USD for a month plan.

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About HitPaw:

HitPaw is a leading software provider dedicated to simplifying the world of multimedia editing. Our innovative tools empower creators to bring their ideas to life, whether through video editing, photo enhancement, or more. With user-friendly interfaces and cutting-edge technology, HitPaw software is designed for both beginners and professionals.

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4DDiG announces macOS Sonoma Celebration: Win a MacBook Air and Amazon Gift Card

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Recently, renowned software provider 4DDiG (a Tenorshare brand) is thrilled to announce an exciting promotion in celebration of the latest macOS Sonoma release. In this promotion, all participants have the chance to win exclusive prizes, including a new 15-inch MacBook Air, a total of $150 e-gift cards and 4DDiG software discount codes.

Why This MacOS Sonoma Promotion?

The motivation behind the macOS Sonoma event is twofold:

Expressing Gratitude: 4DDiG acknowledges its success is attributed to the unwavering support of its loyal user base. This promotion serves as a heartfelt expression of gratitude to all existing users for being an integral part of the 4DDiG community.

Extending a Warm Welcome: Additionally, this is also an opportunity to extend a warm welcome to new members of the 4DDiG family. New users of 4DDiG can experience the company's commitment to excellence and innovation firsthand through this event.

How to Win Their Exclusive Prizes?

Event Period: September 25 to October 31, 2023


* One brand-new 15-inch MacBook Air.

* One $50 e-gift card.

* Five $20 e-gift cards.

* Several 4DDiG software discount codes.

No Barriers to Entry: Participating in the lottery is effortless, with your first entry requiring just a simple click.

Earn Extra Chances: Once you've used up your initial free entry, you can boost your chances of winning in three easy ways:

* Subscribe to 4DDiG's YouTube channel.

* Share this exciting event on your Twitter.

* Subscribe to the 4DDiG website's newsletter.

"Over the past decade, 4DDiG has been committed to providing our users with top-notch software solutions and engaging experiences," says the spokesperson of 4DDiG. "This lottery event is just one way for us to express our gratitude for your ongoing support. The more you participate, the greater your chances of winning our fantastic prizes."

Must-Have 4DDiG Products for Mac Users during the Promotion

If you're one of the lucky Mac users to win a discount code in this promotion, take this opportunity to explore and consider these noteworthy 4DDiG products:

* 4DDiG Mac Data Recovery: Recover data lost due to various reasons from your Mac or Mac-based devices, especially during macOS Sonoma upgrade.

* 4DDiG File Repair Mac: Seamlessly combine file repair with advanced video and photo enhancement features. It provides Mac users with a comprehensive solution to repair and enhance their digital files.

* 4DDiG Mac Boot Genius: Effortlessly reset SMC or NVRAM on Macs to resolve common Mac issues.

* 4DDiG Duplicate File Deleter for Mac: Boost your Mac's performance by efficiently removing duplicate files.

Furthermore, the discount codes are also apply to the Windows versions of these products as well.

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INSIDE Public Accounting Ranks KROST Among Top 100 Firms in the US in 2023

PASADENA, Calif. -- INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) has named KROST CPAs & Consultants Top 100 Firm in 2023. The firm ranked 73rd on the prestigious Top 100 list. KROST along with other recipients of these distinguished awards are highlighted in IPA's monthly newsletter. KROST has been named Top 100 firm for the third year in a row.

"We couldn't be prouder to be recognized by our industry once again. It's a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our incredible team who made this recognition possible. Receiving this award reinforces our commitment to providing quality services to our valued clients," said Jason Melillo, CEO

INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) is a leader in practice management resources for the public accounting profession that include: the monthly practice management newsletter, the annual national practice management benchmarking reports and corresponding reports and training. IPA has assisted firms across North America grow and thrive since 1987. The one-of-a-kind IPA 500, recognizing the top U.S.-based accounting firms, is the most comprehensive list of North American public accounting firms available.

IPA annually ranks the largest public accounting firms in the U.S. based on participating firm's net revenues - from the multi-billion-dollar U.S.-based Big 4 to the $3.8 million firm. Ranking data is captured through IPA's annual practice management survey and analysis of firms. IPA is the survey leader in data collection for the profession, with more of the largest 600 firms participating than any other survey today and a 92% return rate of participating firms.

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KROST is a full-service Certified Public Accounting and Consulting firm headquartered in Pasadena, California. As trusted advisors and industry leaders, clients depend on KROST for timely information, innovative solutions, and results-driven teamwork in the areas of accounting, assurance, business management, consulting, tax, mergers and acquisitions, and wealth management. Our professionals have expertise in a variety of industries. We proudly serve the restaurant, hospitality, manufacturing, real estate, technology, sports & entertainment, financial services, not-for-profits, and grocery industries. We also provide thought leadership on tax laws and the rapidly changing market.

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