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ADEA JDE: Oral Health Professionals Have Greater Role to Play in Improving Overall Health

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 10:46pm

Oral health professionals have a crucial but not fully realized role to play in advancing and improving the overall health of the general population, according to an essay published in the Journal of Dental Education .

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  • Oral health professionals have a crucial but not fully realized role to play in advancing and improving the overall health of the general population, according to an essay published in the Journal of Dental Education .
  • Dr. Mayss commentary, The ability of oral health professionals to significantly influence improving overall health , was published in the January issue of JDE, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) .
  • In that report, Dr. Satcher called on all health care providers to play a role in improving the nations oral health status.
  • I would suggest that, not only should all health care providers contribute to enhancing oral health, but that oral health providers should contribute to enhancing overall health, Dr. Mays wrote.

AHF to UN Security Council: Convene an Emergency COVID-19 Meeting Now!

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 9:26pm

It took the UNSC until July 1 to agree on its own resolution , which was long overdue given the ongoing devastation, in addition to the plans limited scope and modest impact.

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  • It took the UNSC until July 1 to agree on its own resolution , which was long overdue given the ongoing devastation, in addition to the plans limited scope and modest impact.
  • Secretary-General Guterres must call for an immediate emergency UNSC meeting and urge member states to create substantive change in dealing with COVID-19the worlds greatest security threat.
  • AHF urges it to draw on any and all past successes in hopes for a more promising way forward in the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org , find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare .

CAP Statement on Executive Actions Concerning COVID-19 Tests

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 8:00pm

College of American Pathologists (CAP) President Patrick Godbey, MD, FCAP, released the following statement on President Joe Bidens actions today to create a Pandemic Testing Board and address other issues concerning COVID-19 testing.

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  • College of American Pathologists (CAP) President Patrick Godbey, MD, FCAP, released the following statement on President Joe Bidens actions today to create a Pandemic Testing Board and address other issues concerning COVID-19 testing.
  • While 2 million tests are being provided every day, surveys of laboratory directors have consistently reported that more testing could be performed but their labs are constrained by several limitations.
  • Importantly, the presidents executive orders and actions today will also clear up any confusion that health insurance companies must cover tests provided to asymptomatic patients.
  • We must ensure that communities of color and vulnerable patient populations have equal access to tests, treatments, and therapeutics.

Easterly Government Properties Announces Tax Characteristics of Its 2020 Distributions

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 9:05pm

(1) The amounts are included in the Ordinary Taxable Dividend amounts.

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  • (1) The amounts are included in the Ordinary Taxable Dividend amounts.
  • Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (NYSE: DEA) is based in Washington, D.C., and focuses primarily on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties that are leased to the U.S. Government.
  • Easterlys experienced management team brings specialized insight into the strategy and needs of mission-critical U.S. Government agencies for properties leased either directly to such agencies or through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
  • For further information on the Company and its properties, please visit www.easterlyreit.com .

Oceana Calls President Biden’s Initial Actions on Climate “Hope for Our Oceans”

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 8:19pm

In response, Oceana released the following statement from Jacqueline Savitz, chief policy officer:

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  • In response, Oceana released the following statement from Jacqueline Savitz, chief policy officer:
    President Bidens swift action on climate offers hope for our oceans.
  • For too long, our oceans have borne the brunt of the climate crisis, absorbing about a third of the carbon dioxide we emit.
  • And climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of storms, droughts and wildfires that are taking a toll on human lives.
  • Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one-third of the worlds wild fish catch.

Octo Wins $63M Joint Venture Contract to Provide DevOps Software Development at the Department of the Treasury for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 1:30pm

Octo, a member of the Octo Metric Joint Venture (JV) with Metric5, is pleased to announce it has been awarded the DevOps - Software Development Services (DO-SDS) contract at the U.S. Treasurys Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

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  • Octo, a member of the Octo Metric Joint Venture (JV) with Metric5, is pleased to announce it has been awarded the DevOps - Software Development Services (DO-SDS) contract at the U.S. Treasurys Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
  • The contract period of performance covers five years and has a total value of $63 million.
  • TTB is responsible for enforcing the laws regulating alcohol production, importation, and wholesale businesses; tobacco manufacturing and importing businesses; and alcohol labeling and advertising.
  • This contract really does allow us to demonstrate our joint software development capability and our collaborative approach to working with our customers.

Dennis E. Nixon, Chairman and CEO of IBC Bank in Laredo, Texas and Woody L. Hunt, Senior Chairman of Hunt Companies, Inc. in El Paso, Texas Offer the Following Advice

Monday, January 18, 2021 - 5:01pm

Dennis E. Nixon, chairman and CEO of IBC Bank in Laredo, Texas and Woody L. Hunt, senior chairman of Hunt Companies, Inc. in El Paso, Texas offer the following advice:

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  • Dennis E. Nixon, chairman and CEO of IBC Bank in Laredo, Texas and Woody L. Hunt, senior chairman of Hunt Companies, Inc. in El Paso, Texas offer the following advice:
    Your administrations first 100 days will be critical.
  • First, you should work with Congress to fully fund staffing and improvements at our undermanned and antiquated ports of entry.
  • To return jobs to the U.S. from other countries, including China, Congress approved the United StatesMexicoCanada Agreement (USMCA) with strong bipartisan support.
  • Now we must modernize our ports of entry to effectively and efficiently handle the increased trade resulting from this trade agreement.

Expedia Group Enhanced Security Measures Leading Up to U.S. Presidential Inauguration

Monday, January 18, 2021 - 6:01am

Following the events of January 6, 2021, Expedia Group continues to take extraordinary steps to protect our travelers, partners, and communities.

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  • Following the events of January 6, 2021, Expedia Group continues to take extraordinary steps to protect our travelers, partners, and communities.
  • Expedia Group helps knock down the barriers to travel, making it easier, more enjoyable, more attainable and more accessible.
  • Our family of travel brands includes: Brand Expedia, Hotels.com, Expedia Partner Solutions, Vrbo, Egencia, trivago, HomeAway, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, Wotif, ebookers, CheapTickets, Expedia Group Media Solutions, Expedia Local Expert, CarRentals.com, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Classic Vacations, Traveldoo and VacationRentals.com.
  • Expedia and the Expedia Group logo are trademarks of Expedia, Inc.
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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.