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    The opening of new offices in Toronto and Ottawa marks the latest expansion of Acumen Solutions’ North American footprint

    MCLEAN, Va. (PRWEB) October 10, 2018

    Acumen Solutions, a leading professional services firm and Salesforce Global Strategic Consulting Partner, today announced the acquisition of strategic consulting firm Mindshare Consulting Services Inc., based in Ottawa, Canada.

    Acumen Solutions opened its first Canadian office in Toronto in August 2018, strengthening its presence in North America. The decision to expand into Canada is the next step in Acumen Solutions’ growth strategy to better support existing clients located in Canada, as well as to pursue new accounts in the region, focusing on Manufacturing, Travel & Hospitality, and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG).

    The Mindshare acquisition adds a second location in Ottawa and accelerates Acumen Solutions’ growth in the Canadian public sector. Acumen Solutions currently serves 13 of the 15 cabinet level agencies in the US Federal Government, and plans to leverage its proven solutions and experience for the Government of Canada, provincial agencies and municipal government.

    “The demand for innovative cloud-based solutions has increased dramatically since the Government of Canada issued further direction on its Cloud First Policy in November 2017 addressing the secure use of commercial cloud services and electronic data residency. The combination of the policy directives and Salesforce’s opening of a data center in Canada can change the cloud adoption landscape,” said David Joubran, President and CEO at Acumen Solutions.

    Manufacturing, Travel & Hospitality, and CPG, companies are realizing opportunities for growth in three key areas: customer retention, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics. With tight margins and a focus on customer acquisition, these companies are looking to transform their business processes by investing in AI, data analytics, and Digital Transformation initiatives. By providing proven industry solutions, coupled with deep cloud expertise, Acumen Solutions is poised to help Canadian organizations make data-driven decisions based on actionable insights.

    The CEO of Mindshare, Marcel Lachance, will join Acumen Solutions as Managing Director for Canada. He will be joined by Steve Kopstick, Managing Director of private sector business in Canada. Both are seasoned consulting veterans with more than 20 years of experience in the Canadian market.

    About Acumen Solutions
    Clients choose Acumen Solutions for one simple reason: our experience delivers success. Joining forces with our clients, our teams of strategists, subject matter experts, and engineers solve problems that can’t be fixed by technology alone. As a Salesforce Global Strategic Partner, the Fortune 500 trust us to build solutions that grow revenue and strengthen customer relationships. Our groundbreaking solutions in the public sector streamline options and improve productivity. We apply the same expertise to our social responsibility program, generating sustainable impact across our local communities. For additional information, visit http://www.acumensolutions.com or follow Acumen Solutions on Twitter at @AcumenSolutions.

    Salesforce and others are among the trademarks of salesforce.com, inc. Reported by PRWeb 7 hours ago.

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    According to a study presented by the Cohen Veterans Network and National Council on Behavioral Health, mental health services in the U.S. are insufficient despite more than half of Americans (56%) seeking help. Limited options and long waits are the norm, but some bright spots with 76% of Americans now seeing mental health as important as physical health.

    WASHINGTON (PRWEB) October 10, 2018

    Today, Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), a national not-for-profit philanthropic organization, and National Council for Behavioral Health, the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that delivers mental health and addiction treatment and services, issued the inaugural America’s Mental Health 2018, a comprehensive study of access to mental health care, at the 2018 Cohen Veterans Care Summit in Washington D.C. The study, which assesses Americans’ current access to and attitudes towards mental health services, revealed American mental health services are insufficient, and despite high demand, the root of the problem is lack of access – or the ability to find care.

    The study offers a comprehensive analysis of the state of mental health care in the U.S. It is comprised of a two-pronged research project that includes an online survey of 5,000 American adults, and a robust analysis of third-party data measuring patients’ access to mental health services in terms of four pillars – providers, facilities, funding and perceived satisfaction among patients.

    “There is a mental health crisis in America. My experience establishing mental health clinics across the country, coupled with this study, shows that more needs to be done to give Americans much needed access to mental health services,” said Cohen Veterans Network President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Anthony Hassan. “If we want to save lives, save families and save futures we must reimagine our behavioral health system and take concrete steps to improving consumers’ ability to find the care they need, when they need it, and on their terms.”

    Despite Strong Demand for Mental Health Services, Common Barriers Remain

    The demand for mental health services is stronger than ever, with nearly six in 10 (56%) Americans seeking or wanting to seek mental health services either for themselves or for a loved one. These individuals are skewing younger and are more likely to be of lower income and have a military background. The large majority of Americans (76%) also believe mental health is just as important as physical health.

    “This study confirmed what we hear from our members every day, that individuals and families continue to struggle to find the help they desperately need,” said Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of National Council for Behavioral Health. “Mental health and addiction providers need adequate funding to hire skilled staff, employ evidence-based practices and adopt innovative technologies – all of which will help us meet demand.”

    Despite this strong demand and growing societal awareness of the importance of mental health in the U.S., the study revealed that the overwhelming majority of Americans (74%) do not believe such services are accessible for everyone, and about half (47%) believe options are limited.

    These beliefs are driven by several perceived barriers in Americans’ ability to seek mental health treatment, including:· High Cost and Insufficient Insurance Coverage: Forty-two percent of the population saw cost and poor insurance coverage as the top barriers for accessing mental health care. One in four (25%) Americans reported having to choose between getting mental health treatment and paying for daily necessities.

    Several individuals blamed the U.S. government and insurers for not providing enough funding and support for access. Nearly one in five of Americans, or 17%, noted they have had to choose between getting treatment for a physical health condition and a mental health condition due to their insurance policy. The majority (64%) of Americans who have sought treatment believe the U.S. government needs to do more to improve mental health services.

    · Limited Options and Long Waits: Access to face-to-face services is a higher priority for Americans seeking mental health treatment than access to medication. Ninety-six million Americans, or 38%, have had to wait longer than one week for mental health treatments. And nearly half of Americans, or 46%, have had to or know someone who has had to drive more than an hour roundtrip to seek treatment.

    While most Americans have heard of telehealth as an option for treating mental health issues, only 7% have reported using it. When asked if they would be open to using it, almost half, or 45%, of Americans who have not already tried telehealth services said they would be open to the idea of trying a service to address a current or future mental health need.

    · Lack of Awareness: While most Americans do try to seek out treatment, there also is a large portion of the population who have wanted to but did not seek treatment for themselves or loved ones (29%) in part due to not knowing where to go if they needed this service. What’s more, fifty-three million American adults (21%) have wanted to see a professional but were unable to for reasons outside of their control.

    Furthermore, younger Americans (i.e., Gen Z and Millennials) are less sure about resources for mental health services, compared to older generations. This younger generation was also more likely to find it too hard to figure out legitimate resources online. Instead, many turned to unreliable resources for information, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

    · Social Stigma: Nearly one-third of Americans, or 31%, have worried about others judging them when they told them they have sought mental health services, and over a fifth of the population, or 21%, have even lied to avoid telling people they were seeking mental health services. This stigma is particularly true for younger Americans, who are more likely to have worried about others judging them when they say they have sought mental health services (i.e. 49% Gen Z vs. 40% Millennials vs. 30% Gen X vs. 20% Boomers).

    Stark Disparities in Accessibility at State and Income Levels

    Based on the analysis of third-party data, states are struggling to keep up with demand due to lack of funding and facilities, and, to a lesser extent, providers. Texas, Wisconsin and Georgia ranked among the lowest in terms of lacking adequate number of providers, facilities and funding to support the states’ populations. Pennsylvania, New York and Minnesota ranked among the top.

    There is also a large disparity in access to mental health care based on level of income and location. Individuals located in rural areas and of lower-income are less likely to say that mental health services are extremely accessible to them.

    Compared to middle- and high-income households, low-income Americans are less likely to know where to go for treatment and more likely to use a community center verses a qualified mental health center. Of the Americans that have not sought mental health treatment, more than half, or 53%, were in low-income households.

    In addition, compared to Americans living in urban and suburban areas, individuals living in rural areas are less likely to proactively seek mental health specialists they need, and instead go to their primary care doctor or community center for treatment. Rural Americans are also less accepting of mental health services and care.

    The Path Forward

    The Cohen Veterans Network and National Council for Behavioral Health believe that more must be done to improve access to care for everyday Americans. Specifically, younger Americans need more information on how and where to access care and need to understand that treatments are effective. We also need to improve the understanding of the real cost of delivering mental health care and move reimbursement levels to parity with physical health care. Finally, new models should be explored, including philanthropy, such as Cohen Veterans Network, and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) as well as community programs like Mental Health First Aid. For more information on the study results and how CVN and National Council are working to address mental wellness and accessibly across the country, please visit http://www.cohenveteransnetwork.org or http://www.TheNationalCouncil.org.

    About America’s Mental Health 2018
    Cohen Veterans Network and National Council for Behavioral Health partnered with Ketchum Analytics who conducted an online survey among 5,000 Americans, representative of the U.S. population based on age, gender, region, household income and race/ethnicity. The survey was conducted between July 31 – August 12, 2018, with a margin of error of +/- 1.38 at the 95% confidence level. Through the survey, the following groups were identified: veterans, active duty military and those with a secondary relationship with a veteran as well as those who have sought mental health treatment (Mental Health Treatment Seekers). A custom index was developed, ranking each state according to its mental health service access. Third-party data was gathered to determine access based on four pillars: providers, facilities, funding and satisfaction. Data was aggregated and averaged to each state, resulting in a score between 0 and 100, where 100 indicates the greatest access.

    About Cohen Veterans Network
    The Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) is a 501(c)(3) national not-for-profit philanthropic organization for post-9/11 veterans and their families. CVN focuses on improving mental health outcomes, with a goal to build a network of outpatient mental health clinics for veterans and their families in high-need communities, in which trained clinicians deliver holistic evidence-based care to treat mental health conditions. There are currently 10 Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics nationwide.

    About National Council for Behavioral Health
    The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 2,900-member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than one million Americans have been trained. For more information, please visit http://www.TheNationalCouncil.org.

    For More Information:
    Paul Wood, Cohen Veterans Network, (203) 569-0289
    Joy Burwell, National Council for Behavioral Health, (202) 748-8789
    Kaitlyn Rawlett, Weber Shandwick, (212) 445-8082 Reported by PRWeb 7 hours ago.

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    Goreen E-Mobility announces Removable Lithium Ion Battery Powered Electric Scooters in India Under the Brand Name Gemopai *Gemopai* electric scooters, a joint venture between *Goreen E-Mobility*, an accredited Delhi-based electric mobility company founded in 2016, and *Opai Electric*, one of the largest manufacturers of electric two wheelers in the world, this week released their first removable lithium ion battery powered Electric Scooter Gemopai Ryder for the Indian market.

     
    *Gemopai Ryder*

     

    Committed to being a leading provider for electric mobility throughout India today, Gemopai is drawing on the 15+ years of experience through its joint partners, who have sold more than 15 million electric 2-wheelers worldwide. Additionally, Goreen E-Mobility and Opai have signed MOU for joint venture technology transfer and cooperation agreements for further developing electric two wheeler models for the Indian market. All the models of Gemopai electric scooters will be manufactured in India at there new manufacturing facility in Greater Noida.

     
    *Gemopai Lithium Ion removable Battery*

    Gemopai is also in talks with top technical institutes in India to conduct R&D for BMS & Smart Scooter Applications.

     

    “We believe that the future will be driven by electric mobility, and we want to be at the forefront  right here in India, where millions of people, every single day, have little access to technologically advanced clean energy vehicles,” said *Amit Raj Singh*, *Co-founder and Managing Director of Goreen E-Mobility*.

     

    The new Gemopai Ryder runs a 70km/charge, is available in 5 colors, and comes with various accessories options for the Indian market. Gemopai plans to launch 2 more high speed electric scooters within the next 3-6 months.

     

    Additional scooter specs included in Gemopai’s mobility options are hydraulic suspensions, disk brakes, digital speedometer, LED headlight, keyless entry, anti-theft alarm and mobile USB charging with little to no service requirement for the expertly developed electric transportation solution.

     

    “Drawing on the expertise from Goreen E-Mobility and Opai Electric, we are a team of industry veterans, making the world of electric mobility more affordable and accessible to people everyday,” said *Singh*. “Starting with our technologically advanced Lithium ion battery scooter, we are going to show India what is possible when a commitment is made to electric mobility.”

     

    Gemopai has already opened a few dealerships in the country. They plan to continue expanding with dealerships throughout India, so individuals will have access to the green mobility options they desire across India.

     

    “The electric two-wheeler market in India is growing on a daily basis – Gemopai is here to give consumers an option that is more cost effective, environmentally friendly, stylish, and affordable.”

      Reported by NewsVoir 7 hours ago.

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    John Owen brings 17 years of experience, further strengthening the firm’s global capital markets capabilities.

    NEW YORK (PRWEB) October 10, 2018

    Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that John T. Owen has joined the firm in the New York office as a partner in its Corporate Finance | Capital Markets Group. Mr. Owen, who brings more than 17 years of experience representing issuers and underwriters in complex capital markets transactions, further expands the firm’s capital markets capabilities both in New York and globally. He comes to Morrison & Foerster from Jones Day.

    Mr. Owen is an accomplished capital markets partner with a wide range of experience, including offerings of equity and equity-linked securities, as well as investment-grade and high-yield debt securities. In the last five years alone, he has represented companies on transactions that have raised in excess of $50 billion in gross proceeds. Mr. Owen has worked extensively on cross-border deals, having completed transactions involving issuers and offerings in a number of jurisdictions around the world, particularly in Asia, including Hong Kong and Singapore.

    “With a thriving global corporate practice, it’s essential for Morrison & Foerster to continue offering our clients exceptional guidance and support on every aspect of their most important business transactions, including in capital markets,” said Eric McCrath, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate Department. “Maintaining our strength in capital markets, especially in New York, is a strategic priority for us, and we’re pleased to welcome someone of John’s caliber and experience to the group.”

    David Slotkin, a partner in the Corporate Finance | Capital Markets practice, added: “I had the opportunity to work with John as co-counsel on a prior matter and was immediately impressed by his exceptional capabilities, strategic approach and the collegial nature that he brings to working with others. The experience and abilities John brings to Morrison & Foerster will be impactful for our clients, including our largest and most acquisitive clients. I’m delighted to welcome John to the firm.”

    Mr. Owen works with a variety of companies across industries, including life sciences, technology, telecommunications, professional services, financial services and consumer products, on a wide range of capital markets and M&A transactions. Examples of his most recent noteworthy matters include representing a leading global business advisory firm in its $316.25 million Rule 144A convertible note offering, the agents in connection with a $500 million senior bank note offering by an Ohio-based super regional bank, and a major European aerospace supplier in connection with a strategic acquisition through an €8.7 billion tender offer.

    In addition, Mr. Owen has advised on a number of precedent-setting transactions, including advising a leading United States aerospace manufacturing company on an offering of $500 million of high-yield notes in a tax driven structure through a United Kingdom subsidiary and advising a leading Indian real estate development company and an Indian wireless communications company in multiple offerings of high-yield notes.

    Mr. Owen received his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A., with honors, from the University of Oklahoma. The Legal 500 United States has consistently recognized Mr. Owen for capital markets, and, in 2014, he received the National LGBT Bar Association’s “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” award.

    “Morrison & Foerster’s prominence in the tech space, together with its preeminent Asia practice and the firm’s collaborative environment, are what attracted me to the firm,” said Mr. Owen. “Just as important, too, is the firm’s distinguished progressive culture. I look forward to being part of the MoFo team and counseling our clients on their capital markets needs.”

    Mr. Owen is just the latest new partner to join Morrison & Foerster in New York. Over recent months, the firm has added tax partners Jay Blaivas and Anthony (“Tony”) Carbone, who is serving as co-chair of the Global Tax Department and Federal Tax Group, and senior SEC trial lawyer Michael Birnbaum.

    ABOUT MOFO

    We are Morrison & Foerster — a global firm of exceptional credentials. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, investment banks, Fortune 100, and technology and life sciences companies. The Financial Times has named the firm to its lists of most innovative law firms in Northern America and Asia every year that it has published its Innovative Lawyers Reports in those regions. In the past few years, Chambers USA has honored MoFo’s Privacy and Data Security, Bankruptcy, and IP teams with Firm of the Year awards, the Corporate/M&A team with a client service award, and the firm as a whole as Global USA Firm of the Year. Our lawyers are committed to achieving innovative and business-minded results for our clients, while preserving the differences that make us stronger. The firm also has a long history of commitment to the community through providing pro bono legal services, including litigating for civil rights and civil liberties, improving public education for poor children, advocating for veterans, promoting international human rights, winning asylum for the persecuted, and safeguarding the environment. Reported by PRWeb 6 hours ago.

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    Foster-Gwin Gallery links Post-War artistic concerns and production with ancient artistic traditions in a unique framework, exhibiting Bay Area Abstract Expressionist art in conversation with exciting examples from antiquity.

    SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB) October 10, 2018

    Foster-Gwin Gallery focuses on an energetic period in Bay Area art at this year's San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show at Fort Mason Center, October 11–14, 2018. Noted as a top dealer in fine European antique furniture and antiquities, Foster-Gwin has also long collected and exhibited a large selection of high-quality Bay Area Abstract Expressionist and Figurative painting and sculpture from the late 1940s through 1960s. At the Art & Antiques Show, Foster-Gwin links Post-War artistic concerns and production with ancient artistic traditions in a unique framework, exhibiting Bay Area Abstract Expressionist art in conversation with exciting examples from antiquity.

    Foster-Gwin is unique in presenting Post-War art in this long-range historical context, reflecting shared themes that transcend cultures and eras. The exhibit spotlights a generation of artists who played a vital role in establishing the Bay Area identity, centered in large part in the energetic atmosphere of the California School of Fine Arts—since 1961 the San Francisco Art Institute. Following World War II, San Francisco became a magnet for returning veterans and youth struggling to redefine the culture. It was a heady atmosphere where artists, writers, poets, and jazz musicians worked to translate life experiences into new artistic forms, and in the process developed a reputation for San Francisco as an open and tolerant city with a "live and let live" attitude. Against the conformational thrust of McCarthyism and the Cold War, the mood was revolutionary, improvisational, and resistant to established forms and structures.

    The story of Post-War art in the Bay Area is powerful, and much of it revolves around the San Francisco Art Institute, particularly under the leadership of Douglas MacAgy and with support from the G.I. Bill. The mid-1940s to mid-1960s brought to SFAI a now-renowned group of artists as teachers, students, or visiting artists, among them Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Frank Lobdell, Ernest Briggs, Edward Dugmore, Hassel Smith, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, Manuel Neri, Jay DeFeo, Joan Brown, Roy De Forest, Nathan Oliveira, Peter Voulkos, Robert Arneson, and numerous others.

    Unlike New York, Bay Area artists had few critics, collectors or contemporary galleries to support them, even though the San Francisco School rivaled the New York School for innovation, authenticity, and rebelliousness. Yet despite sparse commercial demand, their work did not go unnoticed: in San Francisco, astute curators at the Palace of the Legion of Honor and San Francisco Museum of Art (now SFMOMA) gave many of these artists their first museum exhibition and promoted their works to their New York colleagues. A large number of works shown by Foster-Gwin bring an impressive provenance, with exhibitions at MOMA-NY, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim and Whitney Museums, as well as important New York and national galleries and private collections.

    For the Fall Art & Antiques Show, Foster-Gwin shows early works of art in dialogue with abstract paintings and contemporary sculpture; the bold gestural strokes and abstract fields of the paintings often mirror the patina of ancient stone, bronze, or marble. Greek and Roman marble and bronze sculptures and fragments add special insight to sculptures by Manuel Neri and Stephen De Staebler, and ceramic and stone objects from the first century B.C. stand harmoniously alongside Peter Voulkos's sculptures of fired clay.

    Foster-Gwin's exhibit is organized around rooms titled "Ancient Sculpture, Contemporary Excavations; 500 B.C. to 1975 A.D."; "Painting Under the Influence of Nature"; and "Jean Varda: Dreams, Color, and Myths on the S.S. Vallejo. "

    The Varda room is a must-see feast of color and fantasy, displaying the artist's constructions of paint, fabrics, and paper. "The artist is the modern alchemist," Varda said, "transmuting the refuse and scraps of civilization into splendorous visions." Jean Varda was a dynamic character who provided an amazing meeting (and party) ground when he and Gordon Onslow-Ford bought a beached ferryboat in Sausalito named the S.S. Vallejo. They converted it to studios and created common gathering areas where the likes of Henry Miller, Alan Watts, Roberto Matta, Allen Ginsberg, and countless other important writers, poets, musicians, and artists were constantly passing through.

    Going forward, Collier Gwin “hopes that the exhibit will provoke visitors to see in our present world the tremendous influence of the past. Looking back, we are reminded that American Abstract Expressionism was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence, take the center of art from Paris, and push it to New York and the United States."

    "San Francisco and New York were the two major art centers in the U.S. at that time," he continues, "and the San Francisco School had an enormous influence that warrants great exposure. So while looking back, we also look forward, and with the help of the Art Institute and Bay Area Museums, we can take pride in this underexposed area of regional art history and help to create compelling permanent collections of this group of artists."

    Foster-Gwin Gallery, fittingly located in North Beach, has occupied a 3,000 square feet gallery at 38 Hotaling Place since 1990, in a building designated Historical Landmark No. 11, which originally housed Hotaling Stables. Gallery: 415-397-4986; fostergwin.com

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    Mako Medical Laboratories continues to set a blistering growth pace

    ATLANTA (PRWEB) October 10, 2018

    Dozens of hours spent in medical offices awaiting test results for his special-needs sister convinced Chad Price that there had to be a better way. “I’d never had a good experience with a lab,” he says. So he and friend Josh Arant decided to start their own, forming Mako Medical Laboratories LLC in 2014. It was audacious given that both lacked lab or medical experience, had limited money and were entering a business dominated by two industry giants.

    Their gamble has paid off, with Mako ranking at the top of Triangle Business Journal’s list of fastest-growing companies in the Triangle area for the last two years, an unprecedented accomplishment. The Raleigh-based company forecasts revenue of $125 million this year, $250 million next year and $1 billion in five years. Employment now tops 500, and Price says growth is accelerating as more medical groups seek alternatives. “No one asks, ‘Who are you?’ and ‘What are you?’ anymore,” Price says.

    The Mako story started when the founders met at a monthly Bible study in Raleigh led by N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby. Price grew up in a military family, spending much of his youth at the Royal Air Force Base in Lakenheath, England, which hosts some U.S. forces. He attended the University of Maryland, dropping out to start his first business. Arant is from Charlotte, where his family owns a machine-parts distribution company. He has a bachelor’s in chemistry from Rhodes College in Memphis. “We are opposites in everything,” Price says, except, “we align on faith, passion, drive and our desire to help others. We work well together because we are so different.”
    That passion for assisting others is a critical driver of Mako’s success, with part of profits directed to 472 nonprofits and 82 missionaries, Price says. More than half of Mako’s workers are veterans, reflecting another company priority.

    Both founders also share an interest in conservative politics. Arant, 26, once worked for N.C. Sen. Rick Gunn, an Alamance County Republican. Price, 34, is a part-time campaign consultant for Republican judges, reflecting his conviction about the judiciary’s impact on society. He also helped develop a garbage-removal company that was sold in 2013.

    Entering a well-established industry struck Price and Arant as offering more potential than a trendy opportunity. About 70% of medical decisions hinge on lab tests, so there is recurring income. They employed what Price calls a “God and Google” strategy, praying consistently and watching internet videos to learn how to set up a lab and solicit money from banks. “We sold our homes, furniture, cashed in our 401(k) [plans], used all our cash, maxed out every credit card and pawned everything we could to get Mako started,” Price says.

    Though friends and bankers told them Mako was undercapitalized and headed for failure, the founders refused outside investment. “We knew if we used any, it would prevent us from focusing on our mission of giving back,” Price says. “Instead of focusing on investment returns and shareholder value, we can focus on supporting nonprofits and giving back.”

    Visiting physician offices seeking contracts to test blood, urine and other specimens gradually paid off. Mako got a lift from Dale Jenkins, the CEO of Raleigh-based Medical Mutual Insurance Co., which insures physicians. Jenkins, who is chair of the UNC Health Care Board of Directors, helped connect Mako with physicians who prefer a local testing company. “Josh and Chad are interesting guys who are thinkers and doers,” he says.

    In the company’s third year, they borrowed money from BNC Bancorp (now Pinnacle Financial Partners), and growth took off. Mako’s small size and lack of pressure from outside shareholders enables rapid decision making.

    “We get out of bed and want to grow Mako so we can help more nonprofits, more charities, support more missionaries and hire more veterans versus a model that focuses on stock price, earnings calls and being on Bloomberg [television network] in the morning,” Price says.

    The Mako founders impressed Tommy Hester, chairman of the Vance County Commission, as the company sought an expansion site. The county, state government and Golden LEAF Foundation helped attract Mako to Henderson, which is about 35 miles north of Raleigh. Aided by $3.2 million in state and local incentives, Mako plans to add about 150 jobs over the next five years and invest more than $15 million in a 55,000-square-foot former printing plant. Annual pay is expected to average $52,000, nearly 60% more than the Vance County average.

    “Chad and Josh were so professional, and they said they liked that we didn’t seem to care that they were so young,” says Hester, a real-estate agency owner who is a Golden LEAF board member. “I told them that if you have a good idea, it’s fine at any age. But they had a great idea. You can tell these guys are going forward.” Reported by PRWeb 6 hours ago.

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    FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandline Discovery, a premier litigation support and eDiscovery service provider assisting legal teams globally, announced the addition of two industry veterans and thought leaders: Mimi Singh as general counsel and director of consulting and Terry Lundy as director of client solutions to support client growth and complex case consulting.Singh’s experience spans 10 years as eDiscovery counsel for the two Am Law 200 firms Dechert LLP and Pepper Hamilton, where she managed and provided counsel for complex eDiscovery matters.

    In her role as both general counsel and director of consulting, Singh will head up a new consulting practice at the company, where she is responsible for advising attorneys and case teams on the use of analytics and artificial intelligence, discovery workflow, review and strategy.

    Singh is a certified Relativity Master and was recently recognized as Relativity’s first Stellar Women in eDiscovery. She received her J.D. from Stanford University School of Law.

    Lundy is a 20-year eDiscovery veteran. He has worked in legal technology and litigation support at several large and medium-size law firms, including five years at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (now Dentons).

    In his role as director of client solutions, Lundy will oversee Sandline’s client solutions team of project managers and analysts and continue to consult with attorneys and case teams on complex eDiscovery. Lundy will be based out of Sandline’s Falls Church office.

    “We couldn’t be happier about adding Mimi and Terry to the team,” says Jon Canty, CEO of Sandline. “It is important to us that our leadership team members have law firm experience and an unparalleled commitment to customer service. You will not find many people that fit the bill better than Mimi and Terry. Their prior accomplishments and long list of qualifications make them great additions to our team, and we are excited to work with them.”

    *About Sandline Discovery*
    Sandline Discovery is a premier litigation support and eDiscovery service provider, assisting legal teams in the United States and globally. Sandline specializes in delivering innovative digital evidence solutions with exceptional, high-touch service. Providing digital forensics, eDiscovery solutions, managed review and litigation consulting services, the Sandline team works alongside case teams and attorneys on the most complex discovery matters to deliver insightful service, measurable value and clarity where there’s complexity. For more information, visit https://www.sandlinediscovery.com/.

    *Media Contact*
    Vicki LaBrosse
    Edge Legal Marketing for Sandline Discovery
    vlabrosse@edgelegalmarketing.com
    651.552.7753 Reported by GlobeNewswire 6 hours ago.

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    A MAN who was blown up by the IRA has hailed the work of a blind veterans’ charity who “gave him his life back”. Reported by The Argus 3 hours ago.

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    Comcast Hosts Digital Inclusion Days in Seattle to Help Bridge the Digital Divide SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#internetessentials--Comcast announced today it is hosting a series of events in Seattle designed to raise awareness of the urgent need for more Internet access and training for local families, students, and veterans. Since 2011, Comcast has connected more than six million low-income Americans to the Internet through its acclaimed Internet Essentials program, which is the largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program for low-income families in the U.S. Washington Stat Reported by Business Wire 4 hours ago.

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    New Social Justice Organization Incubator Will Co-Locate Leading National Nonprofit Organizations and Expanded NYLS Programming

    New York City, Oct. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New York, NY (October 10, 2018) – New York Law School (NYLS) Dean Anthony W. Crowell, Associate Dean William P. LaPiana, and Professor Richard D. Marsico, Director of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law, announced significant expansions to NYLS’s public interest activities.

    *Executive Director of Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives Appointed*NYLS has named *Swati Parikh*, an award-winning public interest career advisor, as its inaugural Executive Director of Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives. In her new role, Ms. Parikh, who began her career as a housing attorney for low-income New Yorkers, will lead a new Office of Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives, a “one-stop” resource for NYLS students on public interest-focused academic and career advising. She will also manage the operations of NYLS’s Impact Center for Public Interest Law, one of its six academic centers. And she will oversee NYLS’s new Social Justice Organization Incubator, a dedicated physical space in the heart of campus that will house her new office, the Impact Center, and leading national nonprofit organizations.

    *Social Justice Organization Incubator Launched*

    NYLS has opened its Social Justice Organization Incubator in a central part of its Tribeca campus.‎ The space, which includes six offices and collaborative meeting areas, will demonstrate the power of students working side-by-side with practicing lawyers who share a focus on social justice. It will provide dedicated space to the following leading nonprofit organizations:

    · *Fair and Just Prosecution**, *a criminal justice reform initiative that brings together newly-elected local prosecutors as part of a network of leaders committed to promoting a justice system grounded in fairness, equity, compassion, and fiscal responsibility.
    · The *Fines & Fees Justice Center**,* a new national nonprofit that seeks to restore integrity to our justice system by eliminating the harmful and unjust impacts of fines and fees.
    · The *Ethical Shareholder Initiative* (coming in spring 2019), an independent, nonpartisan project that is creating a transparent and inclusive voting platform for investors focused on long-term value and sustainability, co-founded by the late Cornell Law Professor Lynn Stout and NYLS Professor Tamara Belinfanti.

    The incubator will house NYLS’s new Office of Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives, led by Ms. Parikh. It will also be home to the existing Impact Center for Public Interest Law, led by Professor Marsico, and its highly-respected programs, including the Racial Justice Project, the Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families, the Impact Center Fellows Program, the Racial Justice Fellows Program, and work with the Charter High School for Law and Social Justice in the Bronx, co-founded by Professor Marsico.

    *Public Interest Activities Expanded*NYLS also announced these further expansions of its public interest programming:

    · More space on campus for the Safe Passage Project, a nonprofit founded by NYLS Professor Lenni Benson and already housed at NYLS. Safe Passage, which represents unaccompanied children and teenagers in immigration court, took on nearly 100 new cases in the wake of national family separation policies, and its caseload is growing.
    · A new international-focused arm of the Racial Justice Project (as of January 2019).
    · Expanded pro bono opportunities for evening students through the co-located nonprofits.
    · Enhanced support for student-led pro bono and community service projects and travel.
    · Plans for a Public Service Scholars Program to recruit high-achieving law school applicants.

    NYLS also does vital public interest work through its Center for New York City Law and The Joe Plumeri Center for Social Justice and Economic Opportunity, home to the School’s 20-plus clinics and experiential programs serving immigrants, veterans, small-business owners, and other New Yorkers in need. Both groups will work with Ms. Parikh in her new role.

    "With these initiatives, New York Law School is reaffirming its commitment to bold and powerful public interest work," said Dean *Anthony W. Crowell*. “If you’re a student who aspires to join the thousands of NYLS alumni leading in areas like family law, immigration law, education law, civil rights, racial justice, or government, there is no better place than our one-stop hub, here in the center of lower Manhattan.”

    “New York Law School has a long-standing commitment to public interest law, and since joining the School, it has been my dream to launch and lead an office with all of our public interest student resources in one place,” said *Swati Parikh*. “Bringing together the work of career and academic advising, the Impact Center for Public Interest Law, and the Social Justice Organization Incubator is an innovative way to dramatically expand our leadership in the public service community.” 

    “We are excited to be engaging with the NYLS community,” said *Miriam Krinsky*, the Executive Director of FJP. “Students and young lawyers will lead the way as we continue to bring a new vision to 21st-century prosecution and reimagine our justice system. We are looking forward to forging collaborations with NYLS’s impressive faculty, and especially its students, to help bring innovative thinking to prosecution today and develop tomorrow’s leaders and visionaries.”

    “We are excited to be part of the NYLS Social Justice Organization Incubator,” said *Joanna Weiss*, FFJC's Co-Director. “Collaborating with the Law School, working with committed and talented students, and interacting with other social justice organizations will undoubtedly make our work better and more impactful.”

    “The Ethical Shareholder Initiative is pleased to be part of the Social Justice Organization Incubator,” said Professor *Tamara Belinfanti,* co-founder of ESI. “ESI’s focus on shifting shareholder voting norms as a key to creating a sustainable corporate ecosystem offers a distinct approach that blends corporate governance expertise with broader environmental, social, and ethical concerns.”

    *About New York Law School**
    *Founded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Known as “New York’s law school,” NYLS embraces the city as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Since opening its doors, NYLS has produced graduates who have gone on to hold high elected and appointed office in the city, lead large and small firms, and gain broad recognition as captains of business and industry. Its renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in key areas of the law, including business and finance; intellectual property, media, technology, and applied sciences; and government and public interest. NYLS has more than 18,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 900 students in its J.D. programs. The School also offers an advanced-degree program in Tax Law.

    CONTACT: Elizabeth Thomas
    New York Law School
    212.431.2872
    elizabeth.thomas@nyls.edu Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 hours ago.

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    More than 150 students will participate in 12 events planned throughout the greater New Rochelle and Bronx areas, home to the College’s two New York campuses.

    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (PRWEB) October 12, 2018

    Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, today announced that it will proudly host its annual fall Community Service Weekend today through Sunday.

    The Community Service Weekend is a Fall semester tradition that enables the people who study, teach, and work at Monroe to come together to give back to the College’s neighboring communities by volunteering their time and talents to others. More than 150 students have signed up to participate in 12 events planned throughout the greater New Rochelle and Bronx areas, home to the College’s two New York campuses.

    Monroe’s team of volunteers will work on a range of projects. In addition to helping with a clothing drive and park restoration work, they will assist at senior centers and work with children in organized activities, such as reading, art projects, and playtime games. Volunteers will also support the work of Operation Gratitude, a national organization that spreads cheer to veterans and those on active duty by organizing care package deliveries and letter- and greeting card-writing campaigns.

    Monroe College Professor Kathryn MacDonald, coordinator of the College Honors Program that leads the fall Community Service Weekend, said: “Our Fall Community Service Weekend is a wonderful Monroe tradition that gives students and employees a terrific way to thank our neighbors for their continued support. The opportunity to give back by helping local projects and worthy causes is especially meaningful this year as the College celebrates its 85th anniversary.”

    Among this year’s scheduled Community Service Weekend events:

    Friday, Oct. 12· Writing thank you letters and cards for veterans and active duty service members
    · Neighborhood park clean-up in New Rochelle

    ­- Visiting with seniors via the Wartburg Adult Day Care Program and Garito Manor
    ­- Organize clothing donations at The Sharing Shelf

    Saturday, Oct. 13
    ­- Creating fidget mats to assist those with Alzheimer’s, dementia or autism
    ­- Neighborhood park clean-up in Hartsdale
    ­- Volunteering at harvest events at the Queens Botanical Gardens
    ­- Lead art projects and playtime activities for children at The Ittleson Center

    Sunday, Oct. 14
    ­- Volunteering at harvest events at the Queens Botanical Gardens

    Monroe College will host a similar community service event in late winter. Local charitable organizations interested in hosting future Monroe College community service volunteers may contact Kathryn MacDonald at kmacdonald(at)monroecollege.edu.

    ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE

    Founded in 1933, Monroe College is a recognized leader in urban and international education. The College is proud of its innovative programs to increase college access, affordability, and completion outcomes, especially among first-generation students. The strength of its warm, supportive culture is reflected in the personal connections fostered among students, faculty, and staff.

    Monroe educates close to 8,000 students each year, offering Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs from campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, and St. Lucia. Students may also take courses online.

    Programs are offered through seven academic schools, including the Schools of Allied Health Professions, Business & Accounting, Criminal Justice, Education, Hospitality Management and the Culinary Institute of New York (CINY), Information Technology, and Nursing, as well as through King Graduate School. Liberal arts and continuing education programs are also available. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.

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    The collaboration will combine the automated, advance threat detection, alert aggregation and asset prioritization provided by Cybraics with Microsoft Azure Government, Microsoft’s commercial cloud solution specifically engineered to meet US government compliance and security requirements.

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (PRWEB) October 12, 2018

    Today, Cybraics, a leading provider of security-as-a-service, announced it is collaborating with Microsoft to offer the extensive Cybraics artificial intelligence (AI)-based security-as-a service analytics platform, nLighten™ on Microsoft Azure Government.

    nLighten combines cyber security analytics and artificial intelligence into an as-a-service model to deliver advanced detection capabilities. The platform has been delivering on its primary value proposition of radically increasing the success rate of these technologies by finding previously unknown threats, including APTs, targeted attacks and insider threats. Azure Government provides world-class security, protection, and the broadest compliance on the market which opens doors to new opportunities for government agencies with heightened regulatory requirements to take advantage of the benefits of nLighten. Azure Government delivers a dedicated cloud exclusively enabling government agencies and their partners to transform mission-critical workloads to the cloud. It can handle data that is subject to certain government regulations and requirements, such as FedRAMP Moderate and High, NIST 800.171 (DIB), ITAR, IRS 1075, DoD L4 and L5, and CJIS.

    This relationship will allow the DoD to use the Azure Government infrastructure and services with Cybraics AI and analytics. This provides the DoD with a proven solution with an Authority to Operate (ATO) protecting Microsoft’s infrastructure and data in their environment.

    “Cybraics is extremely excited to be working with Microsoft on multiple fronts,” said Marvin Wheeler, Cybraics Co-Founder and CEO. “The integration of our nLighten™ platform makes it possible for the DoD to gain advanced detection capabilities. We look forward to adding Cybraics to the Microsoft Marketplace soon as we collaborate with Microsoft to secure and strengthen elements of our nation’s critical infrastructure.”

    “We have a longstanding 30-year partnership with the DoD and recognize the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape our nation’s protectors face,” said Lily Kim, Microsoft’s General Manager, Microsoft Azure Government. “Our collaboration with Cybraics illustrates our ability to support connected digital transformation across the entire military experience to bring adversarial advantage to the DoD, ensuring they can take care of their most precious resources and optimize for impact.”

    Through this collaboration Cybraics will also be offering advanced training courses in subjects such as Forensics, Incident Response and Advanced Forensics, Cloud Telemetry, Reverse Engineering Malware and Memory Forensics. These courses will build on those beginner and intermediate-level classes provided by Microsoft and will be offered at locations in Northern Virginia and at the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta, Georgia. This state-of-the-art center is the single largest investment in a cybersecurity facility in the nation to date. It is a unique public/private collaboration striving to meet workforce demand for highly skilled security experts. Cybraics selected the Georgia Cyber Center due to the proximity to Fort Gordon, GA allowing training as a virtual extension of the military environment, providing advanced skills to veterans and working to close the cybersecurity staffing gap in the United States. Reported by PRWeb 21 hours ago.

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    Carson, the resident app and service for unstaffed residential buildings, and Comelit, a leading intercom provider for multi-family properties, announce a partnership and integration

    NEW YORK (PRWEB) October 12, 2018

    Carson, creators of the complete technology service for unstaffed residential buildings, and Comelit, a leading producer of intercom devices for multi-family properties, announced a new partnership and integration today. The Comelit line of IP intercoms are fully integrated with Carson - streaming the video camera feed into the Carson app for residents and property staff, and connecting intercom calls to the Carson 24/7 service center. With this integration (see sample https://app.hubspot.com/documents/4117269/view/29490645?accessId=8de2b1) , residents can enjoy all Carson functionality as well as Comelit intercom features within the Carson app for Apple and Android smartphones.

    “Integrating with Comelit’s intercoms is a natural partnership for Carson’,” said Guy Blachman, Carson Founder and CEO. “Comelit provides an affordable, robust intercom with cutting-edge technology, which together with Carson is a complete solution for an unstaffed residential property. The one-app experience for all resident operations is finally available with the Comelit USA-Carson partnership.”

    “Our mission to provide innovative security without sacrificing simplicity and functionality has been the core of everything we do at Comelit,” said Robert Bhiro, Head of Business Development at Comelit. “We are excited about this partnership and believe that together with Carson, we’re able to provide a streamlined experience by having one app for all the property management and resident living needs in an unstaffed building. We are confident this will greatly enhance the quality of everyday life.”

    Founded in 2017 by successful property management software veterans, Carson is a new technology and 24/7 service that brings the experience of living at large, staffed residential properties to smaller, unstaffed buildings, at an affordable price. Through the use of an intuitive mobile application that integrates with best-in-class access control, electronic locks, cameras, intercoms, payment and back-end accounting systems, Carson enables property management staff and residents to communicate efficiently, make payments, submit and respond to service requests, open all integrated doors, manage guests and visitors’ access, and to receive deliveries on time 24/7 at the buildings. Resident moves in and out of the building will update instantly on Carson when they are entered into the property manager's accounting system, thereby seamlessly revoking or granting physical access to the properties

    The Comelit ViP System represents the evolution of video entry technology and the services connected to it. Using a single LAN as a backbone, the Comelit ViP System offers an unlimited number of users, with simultaneous conversations and no distance limitations.

    About Carson
    Carson is the new technology standard for managing multiple unstaffed residential properties. The company was founded by seasoned and successful property management software entrepreneurs, partnered with BuildingLink, residential property owners and hardware integrators. Headquartered in New York City, Carson is at the forefront of enhancing residents’ living experience in unstaffed properties. For more information, visit https://www.carson.live/

    About Comelit
    Founded in 1956, Comelit is a leading force in the worldwide video intercom industry. Renowned for using innovative technology to improve the quality of everyday life by maximizing simplicity and functionality, Comelit’s products are made for single-family and multi-tenant applications, as well as commercial buildings. Comelit is headquartered in Italy and has 15 branches throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The company exports to over 70 countries worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.comelitgroup.com/en-us/.

    Media Contacts:
    For Carson:
    Laurel Chausse
    (646) 887-2794
    laurel@carson.live

    For Comelit:
    Robert Bhiro
    robert@comelitusa.com Reported by PRWeb 21 hours ago.

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