Drax Wins TMI Award for Best Portal Technology Solution, Using ICD
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ICD, the leading independent trading and investment risk management technology company, announced today that UK-based energy company Drax won this year's Corporate Recognition Award for Best Portal Technology Solution, using ICD Portal. The award is part of TMI magazine's 2019 Awards for Innovation & Excellence in the treasury industry.
Data Shows Dealers Realize Importance of Digital Merchandising but Struggle to Differentiate Themselves Online
EXTON, Pa., Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, nearly all shopping for a vehicle begins online, equipping consumers with more information and access to inventory than ever before. However, while dealers recognize the need to capitalize on this evolving shopping pattern, a new meta-analysis from HomeNet Automotive reveals they struggle with how to differentiate their dealership and stand out from the competitive clutter online.
Urban Catalyst recognized as leading Opportunity Zone Fund/Community in new national list
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Forbes OZ 20: Top Opportunity Zone Catalysts, a partnership between the Sorenson Impact Center and Forbes, announced San Jose-based Urban Catalyst--a multi-asset Opportunity Zone Fund-- has been selected as one of 20 communities and Opportunity Zone Funds included on a new list recognizing community organizations and OZ Funds committed to achieving equitable economic growth in underserved and overlooked communities throughout the country.
Phoenix demonstrates highest possible neutron image quality at new NDT facility
FITCHBURG, Wis., Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix, LLC., a nuclear technology company founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 2005, has announced that it has now demonstrated the capability to take ASTM Category I neutron radiographs at its new accelerator-based industrial radiography facility, the Phoenix Neutron Imaging Center (PNIC), which opened in October of this year. ASTM Category I images are the highest image quality level specified by ASTM E545, the gold standard for defining the quality of neutron radiographs. Neutron imaging, also known as N-ray, is a form of radiographic inspection similar to X-ray imaging that provides unique information and valuable insight into an object's internal structure that other non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques cannot. Neutron imaging is a vital inspection technique for high-reliability products such as the turbine blades found in aircraft jet engines, energetic devices such as aircraft ejection mechanisms, spacecraft payload fairing separation mechanisms, and munitions. Since the discovery of neutron imaging as an industrial NDT technique in the 1950s, only nuclear reactors could provide the magnitude of neutron radiation to create high-quality images in reasonable time periods. However, after decades of increasing regulation and costs, scores of these reactors have closed. There are now only a few nuclear reactors available for commercial imaging, drastically limiting the availability of neutron inspection in the NDT community. The high neutron output of the PNIC system allows Phoenix to exceed the annual throughput of reactor facilities with an equivalent level of image quality. This technical achievement represents the culmination of years of work by Phoenix's engineers to mitigate industry concerns on the availability of neutron radiography. "The ability to generate ultra-high-quality neutron images with a small, relatively low-cost, accelerator-based neutron imaging system is truly an industry game-changer," said Dr. Evan Sengbusch, president of Phoenix. "This achievement is analogous to the early use of compact x-ray generators in medical diagnostics over a century ago. It is a first step in making neutron imaging as ubiquitous as x-ray imaging is today." Of the handful of reactors that remain, continued unplanned outages and no line of sight to the specialty fuel needed to refuel the reactors will likely cause further shutdowns in the near future which drives significant concern for users reliant on those facilities. Phoenix is now positioned to take on neutron imaging work put at risk by an aging nuclear reactor fleet and maintain the high quality and reliability levels required for a broad range of aerospace and defense components supplied to the government and commercial sectors. Unlike a nuclear reactor, the Phoenix system can also be built anywhere, making it possible for high-volume users of neutron imaging to have dedicated neutron imaging capabilities in-house. Phoenix's goal is to not just shore up this fragile supply chain with a network of n-ray capable facilities but to make neutron radiography, a powerful yet underutilized tool for industrial nondestructive testing, more accessible and available to a broader user base. The 10,000 square foot neutron imaging services facility that will provide neutron activation analysis, radiation effects testing, neutron (n-ray), and x-ray imaging. The company's 50,000 square foot corporate headquarters, which broke ground in November of this year, will also be located on the same site and will allow Phoenix to meet the increasing demand for accelerator systems and employ an estimated additional 50 full time, highly paid professionals over the next several years. About PhoenixPhoenix's proprietary neutron generators, one of which recently broke a world record for the most neutrons produced in a sustained fusion reaction during a demonstration with sister company SHINE Medical Technologies, do not rely on the fission of fissile materials. Phoenix began developing its first neutron radiography system in 2012 under a Small Business Innovation and Research contract with the US Army. The Phoenix neutron radiography systems are designed to be installed at industrial facilities and incorporated directly into the quality control processes used to inspect products for defects which could not be detected with more widely-utilized NDT techniques. Other clients of Phoenix include major aircraft turbine blade casting houses and manufacturers of energetic devices. PNIC, which is set to begin taking on new clients in Q1 2020, represents a paradigm shift in the availability of neutron imaging by providing all of the benefits of reactor-driven neutron imaging facilities with fewer drawbacks, while also providing other services for NDT professionals such as industrial X-ray imaging and CT (computed tomography). View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/phoenix-demonstrates-highest-possible-neutron-image-quality-at-new-ndt-facility-300973972.html SOURCE Phoenix, LLC.
Housing unaffordability paints bleak retirement picture for millennials: KPMG in Canada poll
Canadians between the ages of 23 and 38 are either being priced out of the market or are bogged down by mortgage debt, raising fears about their financial outlook
Walker & Dunlop Structures $161 Million in Acquisition Financing for Student Housing Portfolio
BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced today that it structured $160,749,000 in financing for the 908 Portfolio and the Zaragon Portfolio. Totaling 1,576 beds, the combined portfolio comprises five dedicated student housing properties, two of which include an affordability component, consistent with the S.M.A.R.T. Housing Policy Initiative implemented by the City of Austin, Texas.
CalTier Realty Launches Crowdsourcing Platform; Offers Unprecedented Access to Multi-Family Investments
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Real estate acquisition and fund management company, CalTier Realty, LLC (CalTier), has entered the crowdsourcing space with their new investment platform, CalTier Realty Fund. Anyone over the age of 18 in the U.S. can invest into this Multi-Family focused platform with a starting contribution of $500. A webinar (registration required) will take place on December 17, 2019 at 9 am PST and an in-person presentation will be on December 19, 2019 at 4 pm PST.
The Riveter Partners with Decent to Improve Self Employed Workers' Access to Affordable Health Insurance in Central Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Riveter, a modern day union of women and allies providing community, content, resources, and work and gathering spaces, has partnered with Decent, a company disrupting the current health insurance marketplace by providing self-employed professionals with personally designed plans. Together they are working to provide affordable healthcare to The Riveter's Central Texas members. "Access to affordable health insurance is often out of reach for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and others in the self-employed labor force. Our partnership with Decent aims to change that," said Amy Nelson, founder and CEO of The Riveter. "Ensuring that those who join The Riveter in Austin community have that access is aligned with our mission to make equity of opportunity for all working women a reality." Decent healthcare plans initially will be offered to members at The Riveter's downtown Austin location. The Riveter has drawn thousands of attendees to marquee events with thought leaders and visionaries including Maria Shriver, Ijeoma Oluo, Jane Fonda, Sheryl Sandberg, Backstage Capital Founder Arlan Hamilton, and former Starbucks Executive Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz. Membership is open to all, but intentionally designed to support women and their work through robust programming, amenities and discounts on childcare, health and wellness services and more. Through the partnership, Decent's Bronze and Silver plans, already the lowest-premium comprehensive plans in the Austin area, will be available at further discounted rates to The Riveter's Central Texas members. Decent's Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant plans are built around the direct primary care (DPC) model, so all plans feature: Year-round enrollment (no waiting until the November-December open enrollment season); Unlimited free primary care with a family doctor; Premiums up to 50 percent below market rate for comparable plans; Unlimited and free access to same-day appointments; and 24/7 telemedicine services."Health insurance is too expensive, especially for people who buy their own without subsidies," said Nick Soman, Decent's founder and chief executive officer. "The Riveter, like Decent, has a vision of the future of work that is supportive and equitable. It's the reason we launched Decent — and why we work with partners like The Riveter — to give self-employed workers access to healthcare they deserve." Decent recently launched in Austin, Texas, and has plans to expand its service soon. To learn more, visit www.decent.com or contact email@example.com. ABOUT THE RIVETER The Riveter is a modern day union of women and allies providing community, content, resources, and work and gathering spaces, all focused on equity of opportunity for all working women. Through its best-in-class professional and personal development programming, world-class events, flexible membership, and collaborative workspaces, The Riveter is working to champion and elevate the conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion in work and in business. Launched in May 2017 in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, The Riveter has grown to include nine locations across the nation with plans for future expansion. This expansion was spurred by The Riveter's $15 million Series A funding round in December 2018. The Riveter's mission to redefine the future of work has been featured in The Washington Post, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Quartz, Bloomberg Technology, and more. For more information, visit www.theriveter.co. ABOUT DECENT Decent provides affordable health plans for self-employed professionals (freelancers, business owners, and 1099 contractors) and their families. We offer year-round open enrollment to the most affordable, ACA-compliant bronze and silver plans available in our service area, with premiums up to 50 percent lower than market rates. Decent is available in Austin, Texas, and will be expanding soon. To learn more, visit www.decent.com. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Marshall Darr, Marketing Lead 512-360-0530 firstname.lastname@example.org View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-riveter-partners-with-decent-to-improve-self-employed-workers-access-to-affordable-health-insurance-in-central-texas-300974038.html SOURCE Decent Inc.
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