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ACCC Marks 50 Years of Oncology Community Leadership with Name Change

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Community Cancer Centers is marking its 50th anniversary with a name change to illustrate the dynamic future of cancer care for its members. The largest advocacy and resource organization for multi-disciplinary oncology professionals will now be known as the Association of Cancer Care Centers (ACCC).

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  • The largest advocacy and resource organization for multi-disciplinary oncology professionals will now be known as the Association of Cancer Care Centers (ACCC).
  • ACCC members include individual multi-disciplinary oncology professionals and cancer care centers small and large around the country.
  • The Association of Cancer Care Centers (ACCC) is the leading education and advocacy organization for the cancer care community.
  • Follow ACCC on social media; read the blog, ACCCBuzz ; tune in to the CANCER BUZZ podcast; and view the CANCER BUZZ TV channel.

CTC Global Receives Strategic Investment from Endeavour Capital and Greenbelt Capital Partners

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Endeavour Capital (“Endeavour”) and Greenbelt Capital Partners (“Greenbelt”) (collectively, the “Investors”) are pleased to announce the close of a strategic investment in CTC Global Corporation (“CTC” or the “Company”).

Key Points: 
  • Endeavour Capital (“Endeavour”) and Greenbelt Capital Partners (“Greenbelt”) (collectively, the “Investors”) are pleased to announce the close of a strategic investment in CTC Global Corporation (“CTC” or the “Company”).
  • Based in Irvine, CA, CTC specializes in engineering and manufacturing advanced conductor cores for high-voltage transmission cables.
  • The Company’s cutting-edge ACCC® Conductors have been successfully installed in over 1,250 projects across 60 countries by more than 250 utilities.
  • We are thrilled to partner with CTC and Greenbelt on this journey.”
    The capacity buildout and hardening of transmission systems are critical steps in the U.S. and global path to energy resiliency.

Desperate for Taylor Swift tickets? Here are cybersecurity tips to stay safe from scams

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Friday, February 9, 2024

The global superstar Taylor Swift is bringing her Eras tour to Australia later this month, with sold-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

Key Points: 
  • The global superstar Taylor Swift is bringing her Eras tour to Australia later this month, with sold-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
  • With Swifties numbering in the thousands, fans who didn’t initially secure tickets are understandably desperate to find some.

The problem is ticket fraud

  • In the case of Ticketek, electronic tickets are linked to the purchaser’s phone number to reduce fraud.
  • Electronic ticketing aims to overcome a range of problems, such as counterfeit tickets, duplicate tickets and ticket scalping.
  • When purchasing tickets, it can be difficult to know if it is an authentic website, a genuine ticket and a legitimate transaction.

Hacked accounts

  • Some people have had their Ticketek accounts hacked, and offenders have been able to make transactions without the owner’s consent.
  • However, victims soon find their family member or friend has had their account hacked.
  • Recently, hackers gained unauthorised access to hotel provider accounts on the popular accommodation website Booking.com.

If I’d only played it safe

  • But you can look out for warning signs and take steps to reduce the risk of fraud or being hacked.
  • While customers are reporting long wait times and less than satisfactory user experiences right now, it is still the most likely place to have genuine tickets.
  • While this will not prevent fraud, it does make it easier to report an incident or figure out what happened.
  • Always confirm in person or over the phone with any known contacts who have messaged an offer or requested funds.
  • With the prevalence of hacking into accounts, you may not be communicating with the person you think you are.

No one teaches you what to do

  • You should also contact the platform through which you made the transaction (such as Ticketek Marketplace).
  • If you need support or assistance for any compromise of your identity, contact iDcare.


Cassandra Cross has previously received funding from the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Cybersecurity Cooperative Research Centre.

Supermarkets, airlines and power companies are charging ‘exploitative’ prices despite reaping record profits

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Australians have been hit by large rises in grocery, energy, transport, child and aged care prices, only adding to other cost of living pressures.

Key Points: 
  • Australians have been hit by large rises in grocery, energy, transport, child and aged care prices, only adding to other cost of living pressures.
  • The inquiry, which released its final report on Wednesday, is one of four examining price rises.

Prices vs inflation

  • While the inquiry found higher prices contributed to inflation, it reported that businesses claimed it was inflation that caused price rises - making it a chicken-or-egg kind of problem.
  • 5 key themes emerged

    However, many businesses made enormous profits in 2022-23, which the inquiry said contributed to rising prices and inflation.

How prices are set

  • These practices helped raise prices and were “exploitative”, the inquiry found.
  • A lack of transparent pricing information caused a poor understanding by consumers of how prices were set.
  • While market concentration was a major issue, the inquiry found prices in Australia are way higher than in many other less competitive markets.
  • The inquiry found both wholesale and retail electricity pricing strategies were responsible for these increased prices.
  • The report noted the “price bidding system” was largely responsible for increasing wholesale electricity prices.
  • SUPERMARKETS Supermarket prices have received the most attention recently with the main providers being accused of price gouging.
  • The report noted that supermarkets increased prices when there was a shortage or cost increase, but the opposite did not happen easily when supplies were plentiful and prices were cheaper.

Issues common to all sectors


Among the issues common to all sectors were weak competition, a lack of price transparency, the difficulty consumers face switching between suppliers and providers, a lack of pricing policies and a lack of consumer awareness. While the price rises imposed by service providers and retailers were not unlawful, the increases in all sectors were significant and were hurting everyday Australians.

Fels’ recommendations

  • Many of the recommendations were sector-specific, but the one that applied to all areas related to the lack of regulation and pricing policies.
  • The ACCC should be empowered to investigate, monitor and regulate prices for the child and aged care, banking, grocery and food sectors, the inquiry found.
  • For example, the government should use the current aviation review to remove international and domestic restrictions on competition.

Change is needed

  • The current pricing practices for all business sectors must improve for greater transparency and to protect Australian consumers from unfair pricing.
  • Implementing the recommendations will improve fair and transparent pricing practices and may help Australians get relief from the cost of living pressure in future.


Sanjoy Paul does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

We’re in a food price crisis. What is the government doing to ease the pressure?

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Food prices have risen sharply since 2021, fuelling cost of living pressures and food insecurity.

Key Points: 
  • Food prices have risen sharply since 2021, fuelling cost of living pressures and food insecurity.
  • So what is the Australian government doing to ease the cost of a supermarket shop?
  • Read more:
    Amid allegations of price gouging, it's time for big supermarkets to come clean on how they price their products

First, how much have food prices increased, and why?


Food prices peaked in December 2022, with an average shopping basket costing 9.2% more than in 2021. Although food prices have eased since that peak, they remain significantly higher now compared to before the pandemic. Almost all food categories have been hit, but many healthy foods appear to have increased in price at almost double the rate of discretionary (unhealthy) foods.

  • The COVID pandemic, climate events such as floods and bushfires, and international conflicts have all contributed, to varying degrees.
  • These events have placed undue pressure on food supply chains through food shortages, increased fuel, energy and transport costs and a shortage of workers from farm to fork.
  • This is against a backdrop of one of the most powerful and concentrated grocery sectors in the world, severely limiting competition.

So what is the government doing to ease the pressure?

  • While many of these recommendations may indirectly influence food prices, only one explicitly addressed food prices: to provide subsidies for remote community stores so fresh food can be sold at an affordable price.
  • In early 2024, the government announced an independent review of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct to ensure the grocery retailers and wholesalers are dealing fairly with suppliers.
  • This will have more teeth than other inquiries, allowing the ACCC to use legal powers to gather information, including from the supermarkets themselves.
  • The pressure from the inquiry may also lead to supermarkets voluntarily lowering food prices, in a similar way to previous inquiries.

What are other countries doing?

  • For example, the price of at least one type of bread would be lowered and advertised to shoppers at this lower rate.
  • The Greek government has also provided low-income households with a monthly allowance to support grocery costs, among other measures.

What next for Australia?

  • We need to recover from where we are, but we must do so in a way that ensures a more resilient food system with stable food prices over time.
  • While it’s too early to know what will come of the various food price inquiries, the government is and should continue to provide general cost-of-living support.
  • Unless the government steps up to ease the pressure, too many Australians will keep struggling to put food on the table.


Kathryn Backholer receives funding from the Australian Research Council, the National Heart Foundation, the United Nations Children's Fund, the World Health Organization, the National Health and medical Research Council, The Ian Potter Foundation, QUIT Victoria, and The Responsible Gambling Foundation. Christina Zorbas receives funding from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Erin West; Watchlist Internet; BBB Win at Scam Fighter of the Year Awards

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Collecting her award, West said, "I can't stop, won't stop, until the day I open my email box and find it empty.

Key Points: 
  • Collecting her award, West said, "I can't stop, won't stop, until the day I open my email box and find it empty.
  • Winner: Watchlist Internet, Austria-based internet safety platform recognized for its comprehensive approach to providing insights into internet scams and frauds.
  • "Runners-up: BlockchainUnmasked; Trilogy Media
    Winner: BBB Scam Tracker (Better Business Bureau), scam reporting and identification tool awarded for its significant impact in empowering consumers to report and avoid scams.
  • BBB Executive Director, Melissa Trumpower, stated, "We're incredibly proud of BBB Scam Tracker and grateful for this recognition.

Digital platform regulators release working papers on algorithms and AI

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

23 November 2023

Key Points: 
  • 23 November 2023
    The Digital Platform Regulators Forum (DP-REG) has published working papers on algorithms and the large language models (LLMs) used in generative artificial intelligence (AI) to mark the launch of its website.
  • Each member contributed to the working papers, reflecting DP‑REG’s purpose to promote a streamlined and cohesive approach to the regulation of digital platform technologies in Australia.
  • The papers support DP-REG’s 2023–24 strategic priorities, which include a focus on understanding the impact of algorithms and evaluating the benefits, risks and harms of generative AI.
  • - Working Paper 1: Literature summary – Harms and risks of algorithms considers the harms and risks posed by some commonly used types of algorithms to end-users and society.

What is dropshipping? 6 things to consider before you start dropshipping as a side hustle

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

The phone case arrives safely at your house, the online retailer makes a small profit and everyone is happy.

Key Points: 
  • The phone case arrives safely at your house, the online retailer makes a small profit and everyone is happy.
  • But the phone case didn’t come from the retailer’s premises.
  • The only thing the online retailer did was take your order and organise for the factory to deliver the case to your home.
  • Dropshipping may sound like an appealing side hustle to help offset the cost-of-living crunch but there are downsides, too.

There are pros and cons


Dropshipping has doubled since 2020, and is expected to double again by 2027. Websites with e-commerce features are also increasingly affordable, and since the barrier to entry for starting a dropshipping business is low, it has become a popular method for making extra money. Dropshipping eliminates “inventory costs”, which includes things like:
buying the products upfront
paying warehouse rent, and
paying staff to package and ship.

  • Low startup costs also make dropshipping more accessible to a wider range of people than traditional businesses.
  • So dropshipping has clear advantages over traditional methods of selling online – but it’s not all rosy.
  • The main problem with dropshipping is loss of control over the delivery and fulfilment process.

1. Supplier reputation matters


Dropshipping isn’t new – brands in the late 1990s were doing it. But with this maturity has arisen opportunities for fraud. Counterfeits, knock-offs, and general quality issues are worryingly commonplace in the dropshipping world. Choose a reputable supplier with clear systems and processes to control product quality and eliminate copyright infringement.

2. Choose a local supplier


To remain competitive, delivery speed is key. If your target audience is in Australia, shipping from foreign soils won’t cut it – the delivery times are too long. Consumers are willing to wait to receive their products on some occasions, but most of the time consumers want it now. Choose a local, reputable supplier to minimise delivery times.

3. Don’t assume quality

  • The quality of products from dropshipping suppliers varies considerably, and what looks great on screen might look very different in hand.
  • Selling poor quality products means more customer service requests, and ultimately consumers start to associate your brand with poor quality.

4. Develop a relationship with your supplier


The best way to resolve potential delivery issues associated with dropshipping is to build a strong relationship with the supplier. Many suppliers do not offer support services when things go wrong. These suppliers should be treated with caution. Developing a strong, collaborative relationship with a willing supplier makes service failures easier to deal with.

5. Stand out from the crowd


Doing business online is not easy – all your competitors are just a click or a tap away. Dropshipping is common, and many other websites are selling the same things as you, potentially from the same supplier. Standing out from the crowd is key. Differentiate yourself from other dropshippers by servicing niche markets and offering superior after-sales support.

6. The customer sets demand

  • Don’t add more and more products to your catalogue until you’re offering everything under the sun; this sets you up for failure because you end up offering everything to no-one.
  • Find an easily reachable and sizeable audience and stick to what they want, not what you think they want.


In 2019 Brent Coker developed the Wear Cape app - a high engagement content production and seeding app designed for agencies specialising in influencer marketing strategies.

NCCN Summit Navigates Solutions for Financial and Other Cancer-Related Hardships

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Dec. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)—an alliance of leading cancer centers—hosted a Patient Advocacy Summit to explore the role of navigation throughout the cancer process. A diverse group of subject matter experts addressed the impact patient navigation has on care and how to utilize navigators to reduce economic burdens and disparities in care. The speakers included patients and advocates, policymakers, health care providers, and health data analysts.

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  • Denlinger
    The summit featured a series of best practice presentations highlighting some of the tools available to assist in various areas of patient navigation.
  • Speakers identified significant financial hardships that can come with cancer care, which can contribute to logistical barriers or issues involving emotional well-being.
  • Navigating a patient through their healthcare coverage and preventing financial ruin from astronomical cancer care costs has grown more complex.
  • NCCN's annual Patient Advocacy Summit follows another recent Oncology Policy Summit where the organization unveiled recommendations for screening health-related social needs ( HRSN ) in cancer care.

BEK Attends Conference to Explore Future of Surveillance & Advanced Solutions for Customers

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Friday, November 17, 2023

Eric Sauter, BEK Business Development and Sales Manager, and Corey Silvernagel, BEK System Support Engineer, say the conference provided valuable insight into the exciting future of surveillance technology.

Key Points: 
  • Eric Sauter, BEK Business Development and Sales Manager, and Corey Silvernagel, BEK System Support Engineer, say the conference provided valuable insight into the exciting future of surveillance technology.
  • For more information on future features in home and business surveillance, and for more information on BEK Watch and Axis, visit https://bekbuzz.com/post/bek-attends-conference-on-future-of-surveillanc... .
  • BEK provides fiber-based voice, Gigabit broadband, and IP television services; cloud-based security, automation, surveillance, voice, and storage services; and hospital and business communications solutions in North Dakota.
  • BEK emphasizes their fast, friendly, local service experience and a broad portfolio of high-quality communications, enterprise, broadcasting, and advertising services.