Private sector

Graduate School USA Announces 2021 W. Edwards Deming Training Award Winners

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 7:00pm

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Graduate School USA (GSUSA) presented its 2021 W. Edwards Deming Outstanding Training Award during a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 20.

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  • WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Graduate School USA (GSUSA) presented its 2021 W. Edwards Deming Outstanding Training Award during a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 20.
  • The 2021 W. Edwards Deming Outstanding Training Award winners are:
    Procurement Innovation Lab, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    Successful training is training that reaches all parts of an organization, addressing its specific needs and enabling teams to reach unprecedented levels of success, even in unprecedented times such as these.
  • Founded in 1921 as the USDA Graduate School, Graduate School USA (GSUSA) is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution based in Washington, DC, offering workforce training and services across the U.S. and the world.
  • GSUSA's courses and programs are delivered by instructors with real-world government experience, including customized training solutions, distance education, and leadership training.

Loblaw Companies donates over 1.5 million pounds of surplus food through the Second Harvest Food Rescue App

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 2:00pm

The Second Harvest Food Rescue App allows food businesses of any kind to donate their surplus directly to non-profits in their communities, like shelters, food banks and meal programs.

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  • The Second Harvest Food Rescue App allows food businesses of any kind to donate their surplus directly to non-profits in their communities, like shelters, food banks and meal programs.
  • Second Harvest launched the app across Ontario in October 2018 and expanded to lower mainland British Columbia in June 2019 with the support of Loblaw.
  • Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada and a global thought leader in food recovery.
  • The Second Harvest Food Rescue App connects businesses with surplus food to local non-profits, ensuring good food gets to people.

ICT and Telecommunications in Ethiopia 2021: ICT is Key to Implementation of Government's Growth and Transformation Plan 2 - ResearchAndMarkets.com

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 12:34pm

The "ICT and Telecommunications in Ethiopia 2021" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

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  • The "ICT and Telecommunications in Ethiopia 2021" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
  • The Ethiopian government is the main growth driver in the ICT industry as the major client of ICT companies and the majority shareholder in the only telecoms company Ethio Telecom.
  • In terms of the government's Growth and Transformation Plan 2, ICT will provide a springboard towards realising the national vision of becoming a middle-income country by 2025.
  • There is local assembly of mobile phones, and innovation and localisation for Ethiopian use such as a keyboard in Amharic.

CDC Awards ICF $35 Million in Public Health Contracts

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 9:05pm

"ICF has partnered with CDC programs for over 30 years, and we have the right people and the right skills in place to meet their complex needsfrom public health research to data analytics and IT modernization to communications and citizen engagement," said Mark Lee, ICF executive vice president and public sector lead.

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  • "ICF has partnered with CDC programs for over 30 years, and we have the right people and the right skills in place to meet their complex needsfrom public health research to data analytics and IT modernization to communications and citizen engagement," said Mark Lee, ICF executive vice president and public sector lead.
  • "We look forward to continuing to help CDC advance the critical public health missions of its programs."
  • ICF brings together a broad set of public health, health technology and technical support services to help organizations solve their most complex challenges.
  • Since 1969, public and private sector clients have worked with ICF to navigate change and shape the future.

Ending CRB without a long-term income security plan hurts workers

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 7:56pm

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2021 /CNW/ - The federal government's decision to end theCanada Recovery Benefit (CRB) beforeimplementinga permanent fix for the country's inadequate Employment Insurance (EI) program will revert workers to failed pre-pandemic income security measures, Unifor says.

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  • TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2021 /CNW/ - The federal government's decision to end theCanada Recovery Benefit (CRB) beforeimplementinga permanent fix for the country's inadequate Employment Insurance (EI) program will revert workers to failed pre-pandemic income security measures, Unifor says.
  • The federal government cannot simply wind down a program that still supports 750,000 people without a viable, permanent income security replacement," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
  • "The government gave themselves the flexibility to extend the recovery benefit for another month, and they should have done that."
  • Workers can't afford to go back to the shamefully inaccessible and inadequate EI system that we faced before the pandemic," continued Dias.

Leading cybersecurity officials call for real collaboration between the public and private sectors to fend off threats of cyber threats

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 7:01pm

Private and public agencies must go beyond information-sharing and create a joint operational approach, experts said.

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  • Private and public agencies must go beyond information-sharing and create a joint operational approach, experts said.
  • The discussion was moderated by McCrary Institute Director Frank Cilluffo, who described the participants as "the Mount Rushmore" of cyber security experts.
  • The cyber expects representing the public and private sectors were:
    National Cyber Director Chris Inglis of the Executive Office of the Presidentis the first person to hold the role.
  • NSA Director of Cybersecurity Rob Joyceis instrumental in strengthening the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure and revamping the nation's vulnerabilities equities process.

New Coalition of Leading Affordable Housing Advocates Appeals for Meaningful GSE Duty-to Serve Plans

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 3:38pm

The Duty to Serve regulation requires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to facilitate housing opportunities in three areas: manufactured housing, affordable housing preservation, and rural housing.

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  • The Duty to Serve regulation requires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to facilitate housing opportunities in three areas: manufactured housing, affordable housing preservation, and rural housing.
  • In May, under the prior FHFA Director, the Enterprises submitted mandatory three-year plans for how they will comply.
  • In addition, the coalition supports FHFA's new initiative requiring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to create plans to reduce racial or ethnic homeownership gaps and reinvest in formerly redlined neighborhoods.
  • Along with advocating for stronger plans and regulations, the coalition will use a new tracking tool to closely monitor the performance of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac related to Duty to Serve and racial equity.

Canada Infrastructure Bank Invests $19.3 million in Toronto Western Hospital Retrofit Project

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:15pm

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2021 /CNW/ - The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) has reached financial close on the world's largest raw wastewater energy transfer project, located at Toronto Western Hospital, part of the University Health Network (UHN).

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  • TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2021 /CNW/ - The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) has reached financial close on the world's largest raw wastewater energy transfer project, located at Toronto Western Hospital, part of the University Health Network (UHN).
  • Under the terms of the agreement, the CIB will invest up to $19.3 million in subordinated debt and Vancity Community Investment Bank will invest $15.3 million in senior debt.
  • The Government of Canada is providing a grant under the Environment and Climate Change Canada - Low Carbon Economy Fund.
  • This milestone would not have been possible without the support of the University Health Network and the City of Toronto and our project partners, Enbridge Gas, the Canada Infrastructure Bank and VanCity Community Investment Bank.

Former Deputy NSA/CSS Chief Rear Admiral Dan MacDonnell Joins Randori as Chief Strategy Officer

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:00pm

WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Randori , the company that Attacks to Protect, today announced that Rear Admiral Dan MacDonnell, U.S. Navy (Ret) has joined the company as its Chief Strategy Officer.

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  • WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Randori , the company that Attacks to Protect, today announced that Rear Admiral Dan MacDonnell, U.S. Navy (Ret) has joined the company as its Chief Strategy Officer.
  • MacDonnell is the former deputy chief of the National Security Agency (NSA)/Central Security Service, (CSS) and former Chief Resilience Officer at State Street, giving him a unique blend of defense and private sector experience.
  • In 2013, a time that saw a significant increase in offensive nation-state cyber activities, MacDonnell was selected as the Deputy Commander of the Navy's Fleet Cyber Command/US Tenth Fleet.
  • Hear Dan MacDonnell speak at the SANS Institute Virtual event on Shadow IT Elimination , scheduled for October 29th at 10:30 ET.

Bird Announces Planned Public Company Board Of Directors

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:00pm

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Bird Rides, Inc. ("Bird" or the "Company"), a leader in environmentally-friendly electric transportation, today announced the planned composition of its Board of Directors.

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  • LOS ANGELES, Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Bird Rides, Inc. ("Bird" or the "Company"), a leader in environmentally-friendly electric transportation, today announced the planned composition of its Board of Directors.
  • "As we approach our next chapter as a public company, I am very proud of the board we have assembled.
  • With his proven expertise in the public markets, decades of background in software and energy ventures, and passion for sustainability initiatives, Bob will be an invaluable asset to Bird and our board of directors."
  • Bird's Board of Directors will span accomplished professionals with valuable experience across the public and private sector as well as technology, transportation and energy transition.