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AVANGRID’S New England Clean Energy Connect Receives Final Major Permit and Announces Start of Construction

Friday, January 15, 2021 - 5:26pm

AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a leading sustainable energy company, announced today that it has received the Presidential Permit from the US Department of Energy for its New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project, thus successfully completing all major permitting.

Key Points: 
  • AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a leading sustainable energy company, announced today that it has received the Presidential Permit from the US Department of Energy for its New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project, thus successfully completing all major permitting.
  • The granting of the Presidential Permit brings us closer to our collective goal building a clean energy future for us all.
  • The New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) is a $950 million investment that will deliver 1,200 megawatts of renewable hydropower to the New England energy grid in Lewiston, Maine.
  • For more information about Hydro-Qubec: https://www.hydroquebec.com/about/our-energy.html
    For more information about the New England Clean Energy Connect, please visit our website at https://www.necleanenergyconnect.org/ .

LegalShield Economic Stress Index™ Shows that the Homebuilding Industry Continues To Lead the Economic Recovery

Friday, January 15, 2021 - 3:00pm

Concurrently, the Housing Sales Index reached an all-time high in December, indicating that demand for homes should sustain existing home sales into 2021.

Key Points: 
  • Concurrently, the Housing Sales Index reached an all-time high in December, indicating that demand for homes should sustain existing home sales into 2021.
  • Highlights from the December 2020 LegalShield Economic Stress Index are as follows:
    The Consumer Stress Index fell (improved) 2.7 points in December to 65.9.
  • Meanwhile, the Conference Boards Consumer Confidence Index decreased 4.3 points to 88.6 in December, the second consecutive month of decline.
  • The Bankruptcy Index dropped (improved) 1.8 points to 29.9 in December, after rising in each of the prior two months.

Sprinklr Achieves FedRAMP Ready Status

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 2:00pm

Sprinklr , the Customer Experience Management (CXM) platform for modern enterprises, today announced that it has been approved as FedRAMP Ready for Agency Authorization.

Key Points: 
  • Sprinklr , the Customer Experience Management (CXM) platform for modern enterprises, today announced that it has been approved as FedRAMP Ready for Agency Authorization.
  • Sprinklr achieved FedRAMP Ready status for its CXM platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Achieving FedRAMP Ready status is a strong indicator of success for full FedRAMP authorization and means that Sprinklrs Readiness Assessment Report (RAR) has been approved.
  • Sprinklr is listed on the FedRAMP Marketplace as a FedRAMP Ready vendor .

ECS Announces Key Leadership Positions Focused on Corporate Growth

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 10:48pm

I am proud to promote John and Giles to the roles of COO and CSO, said ECS president George Wilson .

Key Points: 
  • I am proud to promote John and Giles to the roles of COO and CSO, said ECS president George Wilson .
  • I am confident their commitment to excellence and talent for driving company growth will continue to benefit ECS for years to come.
  • He has been instrumental in driving organic growth at ECS, as well as executing ECS recent acquisition and integration of DHA Group, Blackstone Federal, Skyris, and ISM.
  • Mr. Kesteloot will develop and execute ECS corporate business strategy, advancing the companys offerings across the federal and commercial markets.

Nevada Shelves Program Cuts in Victory for HIV Patients: Federal 340B Changes Forestalled

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 12:36am

This delay will allow DPBH additional time to review the impact of community partners using the federal 340B program and the program income received directly to them and the impact of rebate revenue received at NMAP.

Key Points: 
  • This delay will allow DPBH additional time to review the impact of community partners using the federal 340B program and the program income received directly to them and the impact of rebate revenue received at NMAP.
  • After Nevada health officials first announced the plan, many community partners and nonprofit HIV providers decried the states action, warning it could have a profound and negative impact on patient care.
  • The 340B program, which costs taxpayers nothing, allows Ryan White HIV Clinics and providers to acquire HIV drugs at a steep discount, using the savings from those discounts to pay for HIV services not covered by their Ryan White grants.
  • Some of the advocates and HIV providers also ran an advocacy ad ( 340B ad ) targeting Nevada health officials and legislators urging state officials to not to interfere with the states successful 340B program.

OmniTRAX, City of Washington Economic Development Office Initiate Promotion of Rail-Ready Sites on Georgia Woodlands Railroad

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 3:35pm

OmniTRAX Inc., a comprehensive logistics solutions provider and affiliate of The Broe Group, is working with the Economic Development office of the City of Washington, Ga. to bring its Rail-Ready Sites program to the Georgia Woodlands Railroad (GWRC).

Key Points: 
  • OmniTRAX Inc., a comprehensive logistics solutions provider and affiliate of The Broe Group, is working with the Economic Development office of the City of Washington, Ga. to bring its Rail-Ready Sites program to the Georgia Woodlands Railroad (GWRC).
  • The OmniTRAX Rail-Ready Sites program connects companies looking to maximize supply chain performance with rail-served properties.
  • The GWRC interchanges with CSX in Barnett, Ga. and provides numerous customers with regional logistics services, including bulk transfer-distribution and railcar storage.
  • To review the available sites and learn more about how OmniTRAX helps companies locate on rail-served properties, visit this link .

Everbridge Software Platform Selected to Support Second Consecutive Presidential Inauguration

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 1:30pm
Key Points: 
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210113005522/en/
    Everbridge Selected to Support Second Consecutive Presidential Inauguration (Photo: Business Wire)
    Given the rising number of coronavirus cases around the country, the incoming administration plans a scaled-back Inauguration Day with a focus on pandemic safety procedures, fewer public events, and a smaller gathering on the National Mall.
  • Current subscribers in the Washington, D.C. area will continue to receive their regular local alerts from Everbridge and can choose to opt-in to Presidential Inauguration specific information.
  • This marks the second Presidential Inauguration in which D.C.-area public safety agencies utilized Everbridge to help protect residents and attendees and ensure a smooth day of activities.
  • All Everbridge products are trademarks of Everbridge, Inc. in the USA and other countries.

FLIR Receives Awards Worth Up to More than $23M from US Customs and Border Protection to Deliver Improved Capabilities for Ground and Air Surveillance

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 1:00pm

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced it has received awards from the United States (U.S.) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to deliver improved air and ground surveillance capabilities using advanced thermal imaging and drone technology.

Key Points: 
  • FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced it has received awards from the United States (U.S.) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to deliver improved air and ground surveillance capabilities using advanced thermal imaging and drone technology.
  • LVSS is well suited to missions that call for speed, mobility and flexibility, including protecting remote borders, shorelines, and forward operating bases.
  • A single operator can deploy and operate the systems 16-foot mast from the cab of a pickup truck in less than 30 seconds.
  • Following delivery, CBP will have a total of 27 LVSS units deployed, fitted with TacFLIR 380-HD cameras and FLIR R20SS radar.

Accenture Federal Services Wins USPTO Contract to Support and Modernize Financial Management Systems

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 1:59pm

Accenture Federal Services (AFS), a subsidiary of Accenture (NYSE: ACN), has been awarded a $50 million contract by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Key Points: 
  • Accenture Federal Services (AFS), a subsidiary of Accenture (NYSE: ACN), has been awarded a $50 million contract by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Under the five-year, blanket purchase agreement (BPA), AFS will operate, maintain and modernize the agencys financial management systems for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO).
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210113005071/en/
    Rasha Nahas, managing director and the U.S. Department of Commerce lead for Accenture Federal Services (Photo: Business Wire)
    We are proud to support USPTO and enable the delivery of next-generation IT and enterprise data platform services to strengthen the performance of the agencys financial management system, said Rasha Nahas, managing director and the U.S. Department of Commerce lead for Accenture Federal Services.
  • Accenture Federal Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, is a U.S. company with offices in Arlington, Virginia.

Quaker Lobby Supports the Impeachment of Trump

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 10:13pm

The U.S. Constitution is clear on this as basis for impeachment.

Key Points: 
  • The U.S. Constitution is clear on this as basis for impeachment.
  • On Jan. 7, we called for Vice President Mike Pence to remove Donald Trump as president using the 25th Amendment.
  • As Quakers, we do not come to this conclusion easily; neither do we take joy in calling for Trumps second impeachment.
  • As people of faith, we support this second impeachment of Donald Trump and holding his allies accountable.