60 Second Docs Expands To Showcase Longer Short Films

Indigenous rights protesters storm B.C. attorney general’s office, target UBC

Protesters supporting Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in their opposition to a natural gas pipeline through northern B.C. chose a pair of new targets Thursday.

Several dozen demonstrators, who call themselves land and water protectors, gathered at the Kitsilano Community Centre before storming B.C. Attorney General David Eby‘s office.

US troops ‘attacked by rocket’ in Iraq – Middle East on brink

It comes weeks after tensions reached boiling point between the United States and Iran in the Middle East. It is not yet known who is responsible for the latest attack.

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Stock Alert: BioXcel Therapeutics (BTAI)

BioXcel Therapeutics Inc. (BTAI), which had a banner year in 2019, gaining a whopping 338%, is up an impressive 50% so far this year.

BioXcel Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on drug development that utilizes artificial intelligence to identify improved therapies in neuroscience and immuno-oncology.

The most advanced drug candidate in the pipeline is BXCL501, which is under a phase III program dubbed SERENITY, consisting of two phase III studies for the acute treatment of agitation in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Topline data from both the phase III trials, known as SERENITY I and SERENITY II, are expected in mid-2020.

BXCL501 is also under a phase Ib/II study for the acute treatment of agitation in patients with dementia. Topline results are expected in mid-2020.

A phase Ib/II trial of BXCL501 for the treatment of opioid withdrawal symptoms, dubbed RELEASE, is also expected to be initiated soon.

Next up in the pipeline is BXCL701, which in combination with Keytruda, is under a phase Ib/II trial in treatment-emergent Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer (tNEPC). Data read-out from this trial is expected in the first half of 2020.

As of September 30, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of roughly $40.3 million.

BTAI has traded in a range of $3.76 to $22.50 in the last 1 year. As of this writing, the stock is up 18.97% at $22.49.

U.S. files superseding indictment against Huawei Technologies, CFO Meng

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Thursday filed a superseding indictment against the Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co and its Chief Financial Officer Wanzhou Meng.

The indictment was filed in the federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

Whole Foods Market Recalls Select Bundt Cakes, Chocolate Dipped Cookies

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling select bundt cakes and chocolate dipped cookies from stores as they contain undeclared milk.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The retailer has removed the recalled products from stores in Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Washington D.C. The bundt cakes and cookies were available in the bakery department and sold in clear plastic packaging with Whole Foods Market scale labels. The cookies were also available on self-serve cookie displays and sold by the pound.

No allergic reactions have been reported to date.

Customers who purchased these products at Whole Foods Market can bring a valid receipt into stores for a full refund.

Avadim Health postpones planned IPO

Avadim Health Inc. ahi postponed a planned initial public offering on Thursday that would have seen the developer of non-prescription topical antiseptics raise up to $75 million, according to Renaissance Capital, a provider of institutional research and IPO exchange-traded funds. The Asheville, North Carolina-based company had filed to sell 5 million shares priced at $14 to $16 each before Thursday’s news.

Thirty-Year Bond Auction Attracts Above Average Demand

The Treasury Department announced the results of this month’s auction of $19 billion worth of thirty-year bonds on Thursday, revealing the sale attracted above average demand.

The thirty-year bond auction drew a high yield of 2.061 percent and a bid-to-cover ratio of 2.43

Last month, the Treasury sold $16 billion worth of thirty-year bonds, drawing a high yield of 2.341 percent and a bid-to-cover ratio of 2.54

The bid-to-cover ratio is a measure of demand that indicates the amount of bids for each dollar worth of securities being sold.

The ten previous thirty-year bond auctions had an average bid-to-cover ratio of 2.28.

Earlier this week, the Treasury revealed its auctions of $38 billion worth of three-year notes and $27 billion worth of ten-year notes also attracted above average demand.

60 Second Docs Expands To Showcase Longer Short Films

Indigenous’ 60 Second Docs, the digital network that counts more than 600 documentaries and 8 million worldwide subscribers, has launched “60 Second Docs Official Selection,” a new vertical for which it will acquire and distribute a curated selection of short documentaries, ranging from 3 to 30 minutes in length, that will stream on the platform in their original length.

The new vertical, which literally expands on the platform’s mandate to curate minute-long docs, launches Thursday with the first titles The Magic of Chess, directed by Jenny Schweitzer Bell, and Lost Weekend from Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb. New titles will be added biweekly to the platform that lives on Facebook, YouTube, and IGTV, with the titles to be promoted across Stories, Instagram and Twitter.

“In keeping with our goals of being the top destination for storytelling about the world’s most interesting characters at any length, we’re thrilled to be able to introduce our audience to our favorite docs that we didn’t make as well, and continue to shine a light on a new group of talented documentary filmmakers,” Indigenous president Jake Avnet said.

The Indigenous studio is also behind Facebook Watch’s Five Points with Kerry Washington, and recently produced Rodrigo Garcia’s Four Good Days, the drama starring Glenn Close and Mila Kunis that just bowed at Sundance.