Federal Government Moving Resources to Support Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) top priority is continuing to provide life-saving resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

FEMA and its federal partners continue 24-hour operations, working aggressively to restore power and operability of ports and other transportation access points to bring additional commodities and personnel into disaster-affected areas.  Several airports and ports have successfully been opened on the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to bring in commodities, personnel, and life-saving and life-safety resources.

The federal support for Hurricane Maria includes air and sea logistical support by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), U.S. Northern Command, the U.S. Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard, in coordination with the private sector.  Fuel, equipment, and commodities to support the response effort will continue to flow through airports and ports, as power is restored and facilities are opened.  Two U.S. Coast Guard cutters continue conducting port assessment in St. John and St. Thomas.

The Department of Transportation successfully opened five airports in Puerto Rico, and two airports in the U.S. Virgin Islands, for military and relief flights to bring in commodities, and lifesaving and life sustaining resources.  Federal partners established a fuel distribution site in San Juan for federal and local entities to support first responder and critical facility needs.

As of 8 a.m. EDT this morning, on Puerto Rico, the port of San Juan re-opened for daylight operations, and other ports are undergoing assessments.  On St. Thomas, the ports of Crown Bay, East Gregerie Channel, and West Gregerie Channel are open with restrictions, while other ports are being assessed.  On St. Croix, the ports of Krause Lagoon and Limetree Bay are open with restrictions, while other ports are being assessed.

As of 5 a.m. EDT this morning,  flights and sea vessels loaded with commodities are arriving or awaiting airport/port opening and clearance for delivery:

  • Six commercial barges already transported and delivered meals, water, generators, cots, and other commodities to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 
  • Three flights per day to St. Croix, each carrying approximately 33,000 meals.
  • The logistics support ship SS Wright arrived carrying more than 1.1 million meals, and nearly one million liters of freshwater.
  • Two shipping barges with 1.2 million liters of water, 31 generators, and more than 6,000 cots have arrived in St. Thomas.
  • Two additional shipping barges loaded with food, water, and emergency relief supplies are en route to the Caribbean Sea from Florida.
  • Millions of additional meals are being flown to Puerto Rico from staging areas in Kentucky and Florida.
  • DLA is transporting a shipment of 124,000 gallons of diesel fuel to Puerto Rico with arrival in the coming days. 

Over the past three days, the federal government has undertaken an unprecedented response effort to continue moving resources and supplies into Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information about federal actions to support response efforts in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, go to www.fema.gov/hurricane-maria.


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Safe Zones for Rohingya Refugees in Burma Could Be Dangerous

When Bangladesh’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, spoke at the United Nations General Assembly this week, she focused on the humanitarian challenges of hosting 400,000 Rohingya Muslims from northern Rakhine State in Burma. They have arrived destitute, victims of a state-led campaign of ethnic cleansing that began after Rohingya militants attacked some 30 police outposts on August 25.

Rohingya refugees carry their child as they walk through water after crossing the border by boat through the Naf River in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 7, 2017.

© 2017 Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

The situation of the Rohingya refugees is dire: they live in squalid conditions, crammed into a staggering sprawl of rudimentary shelters of sticks and tarps. Many lack food, medical services, and toilets. The rainy season makes everything worse.

The Bangladesh government is seeking answers on dealing with the influx. In her speech, Sheikh Hasina offered to create “safe zones” inside Burma where Rohingya refugees could return. Few details of this proposal have emerged, other than that the UN would supervise these areas.

It’s not clear whether those governments intending to assist the refugees would support this, but first a word of caution. “Safe zones” rarely if ever live up to their name, even with UN peacekeepers on patrol. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, the safe area of Srebrenica, protected by UN peacekeepers, was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces who promptly executed some 7,000 men and boys, and raped women and girls. In Sri Lanka, government-declared safe zones became kill zones: the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam refused to let civilians leave and the military shelled the areas, killing countless civilians.

And even if such zones aren’t attacked, without effective humanitarian aid supplies and freedom of movement for those inside, conditions within “safe zones” could be as bad, if not worse, than in refugee camps across the border.

Human Rights Watch has previously laid out its numerous concerns for governments and organizations when considering creating “safe zones.” Given the Burmese military’s brutal and unrelenting campaign against the Rohingya, no one should be under any illusion that it will allow a “safe zone” to actually be safe.

United States Tungsten Boat Market Size, Share, Trends and Forecasts to 2022


Albany, US, 2017-Sep-23 — /EPR Network/ — According to the report, the United States Tungsten Boat market is valued at USD XX million in 2016 and is expected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2022, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2016 and 2022.

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Geographically, this report splits the United States market into seven regions:
The West
The Middle Atlantic
New England
The South
The Midwest
with sales (volume), revenue (value), market share and growth rate of Tungsten Boat in these regions, from 2012 to 2022 (forecast).

United States Tungsten Boat market competition by top manufacturers/players, with Tungsten Boat sales volume, price, revenue (Million USD) and market share for each manufacturer/player; the top players including
Agar Scientific
Thermo Fisher
Kurt J. Lesker Company
Midwest Tungsten Servic
Ted Pella
Stanford Advanced Materials (SAM)
RD Mathis
EdgeTech Industries

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
Thickness: 0.005″
Thickness: 0.010″
Thickness: 0.015″
Thickness: 0.020″

On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Tungsten Boat for each application, including
Container for Rare Earth Smelting
Light Industry
Electronic Industry
Military Industry

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United States Tungsten Boat Market Report 2017
1 Tungsten Boat Overview
1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Tungsten Boat
1.2 Classification of Tungsten Boat by Product Category
1.2.1 United States Tungsten Boat Market Size (Sales Volume) Comparison by Type (2012-2022)
1.2.2 United States Tungsten Boat Market Size (Sales Volume) Market Share by Type (Product Category) in 2016
1.2.3 Thickness: 0.005″
1.2.4 Thickness: 0.010″
1.2.5 Thickness: 0.015″
1.2.6 Thickness: 0.020″
1.2.7 Other
1.3 United States Tungsten Boat Market by Application/End Users
1.3.1 United States Tungsten Boat Market Size (Consumption) and Market Share Comparison by Application (2012-2022)
1.3.2 Container for Rare Earth Smelting
1.3.3 Light Industry
1.3.4 Electronic Industry
1.3.5 Military Industry
1.3.6 Other
1.4 United States Tungsten Boat Market by Region
1.4.1 United States Tungsten Boat Market Size (Value) Comparison by Region (2012-2022)
1.4.2 The West Tungsten Boat Status and Prospect (2012-2022)
1.4.3 Southwest Tungsten Boat Status and Prospect (2012-2022)
1.4.4 The Middle Atlantic Tungsten Boat Status and Prospect (2012-2022)
1.4.5 New England Tungsten Boat Status and Prospect (2012-2022)
1.4.6 The South Tungsten Boat Status and Prospect (2012-2022)
1.4.7 The Midwest Tungsten Boat Status and Prospect (2012-2022)
1.5 United States Market Size (Value and Volume) of Tungsten Boat (2012-2022)
1.5.1 United States Tungsten Boat Sales and Growth Rate (2012-2022)
1.5.2 United States Tungsten Boat Revenue and Growth Rate (2012-2022)

2 United States Tungsten Boat Market Competition by Players/Suppliers
2.1 United States Tungsten Boat Sales and Market Share of Key Players/Suppliers (2012-2017)
2.2 United States Tungsten Boat Revenue and Share by Players/Suppliers (2012-2017)
2.3 United States Tungsten Boat Average Price by Players/Suppliers (2012-2017)
2.4 United States Tungsten Boat Market Competitive Situation and Trends
2.4.1 United States Tungsten Boat Market Concentration Rate
2.4.2 United States Tungsten Boat Market Share of Top 3 and Top 5 Players/Suppliers
2.4.3 Mergers & Acquisitions, Expansion in United States Market
2.5 United States Players/Suppliers Tungsten Boat Manufacturing Base Distribution, Sales Area, Product Type

3 United States Tungsten Boat Sales (Volume) and Revenue (Value) by Region (2012-2017)
3.1 United States Tungsten Boat Sales and Market Share by Region (2012-2017)
3.2 United States Tungsten Boat Revenue and Market Share by Region (2012-2017)
3.3 United States Tungsten Boat Price by Region (2012-2017)

4 United States Tungsten Boat Sales (Volume) and Revenue (Value) by Type (Product Category) (2012-2017)
4.1 United States Tungsten Boat Sales and Market Share by Type (Product Category) (2012-2017)
4.2 United States Tungsten Boat Revenue and Market Share by Type (2012-2017)
4.3 United States Tungsten Boat Price by Type (2012-2017)
4.4 United States Tungsten Boat Sales Growth Rate by Type (2012-2017)

5 United States Tungsten Boat Sales (Volume) by Application (2012-2017)
5.1 United States Tungsten Boat Sales and Market Share by Application (2012-2017)
5.2 United States Tungsten Boat Sales Growth Rate by Application (2012-2017)
5.3 Market Drivers and Opportunities

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Burma: Landmines Deadly for Fleeing Rohingya

A Rohingya woman travels to a hospital near Kutupalong, Bangladesh, after a landmine blew off her right leg while she was crossing the border from Burma, September 4, 2017.

© 2017 Bernat Armangue/AP Photo

(New York) – Burmese security forces have laid landmines during attacks on villages and along the Bangladesh border, posing a grave risk to Rohingya Muslims fleeing atrocities, Human Rights Watch said today. The Burmese government should immediately stop using antipersonnel landmines and join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.

The dangers faced by thousands of Rohingya fleeing atrocities in Burma are deadly enough without adding landmines to the mix,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director. “The Burmese military needs to stop using these banned weapons, which kill and maim without distinction.”

According to witness accounts, independent reporting, and photo and video recordings, Burmese soldiers have in recent weeks laid antipersonnel landmines at key crossing points on Burma’s border with Bangladesh. Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that Burmese military personnel also planted mines on roads inside northern Rakhine State prior to their attacks on predominantly Rohingya villages. The Burmese government has accused the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) of using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against infrastructure and security forces.

Placing landmines in the path of fleeing refugees and on roads where families are likely to travel is heartless beyond words.

Meenakshi Ganguly

South Asia Director

Two Rohingya refugees from inner areas of Rakhine State, one from Buthidaung and another from Rathedaung township, told Human Rights Watch they saw the Burmese military laying antipersonnel mines on roads as the military entered and attacked villagers. “Mohammad,” 39, said he saw a neighbor’s son step on one of the mines laid by the military. The mine blew his right leg off.

On September 4, 2017, a landmine detonated on a path used by many refugees near the hamlets of Taung Pyo Let Yar, about 200 meters from the Bangladesh border. Human Rights Watch witnessed smoke arising from the hamlets, suggesting burning by the military that caused villagers to flee. The next day, three Rohingya men were wounded in three separate landmine explosions near the same border point.

Two Rohingya refugees told Human Rights Watch that men in apparent Burmese military uniforms were seen in the northern part of Taung Pyo Let Yar performing some activity on the ground prior to the September 4 explosions. One described watching a Burmese military patrol on the road near the border on the morning of September 4. From a vantage point in so-called no-man’s land, he observed several soldiers from the patrol stop at least twice, kneel down on the ground, dig into the ground with a knife, and place a dark item into the earth.

Since late August, Burmese security forces, following a coordinated attack by ARSA militants, have carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing involving mass arson, killing, and other abuses against the Rohingya population, causing the flight of more than 420,000 people to neighboring Bangladesh.

Human Rights Watch has called on members of the United Nations Security Council to hold a public meeting and adopt a resolution that condemns the Burmese military’s ethnic cleansing campaign and threatens to impose further measures, including targeted sanctions on military leaders and an arms embargo.

In April 2017, news media reported that the Burmese and Bangladeshi governments agreed to remove landmines and IEDs from the border area. On September 6, the Bangladesh government protested the recent use of landmines on the border by Burmese security forces. In her September 21 address to the UN General Assembly in New York, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accused Burma of laying landmines along the border to prevent Rohingya from fleeing the violence. According to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) officials, at least five people have been killed and 12 injured from landmine blasts.

The Landmine Monitor reported that Burmese security forces have consistently used antipersonnel mines in numerous locations along the Bangladesh-Burma border since 1999, but this use had been abating in recent years. In September 2016, Deputy Minister of Defense Maj. Gen. Myint Nwe informed parliament that the army continues to use landmines in fighting with ethnic minority armed groups.

The use of antipersonnel landmines is banned by the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. Bangladesh is a party to the treaty and destroyed its landmine stocks in accordance with its treaty obligations. Although Burma is not a party to the treaty, these weapons are unlawful because they cannot discriminate between civilians and combatants, and will kill and maim civilians long after they are placed. The Burmese government has not substantively responded to the allegations, but Zaw Htay, spokesman for de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, suggested that Rohingya militants might be responsible. Rakhine State Security and Border Affairs Minister Col. Phone Tint denied allegations that government forces were laying landmines, and blamed ARSA: “There’s no landmine planted by the military in the area. The terrorists planted the landmines. The military will never do that.”

In a February 2011 statement on the landmine ban, Aung San Suu Kyi told the International Campaign to Ban Landmines:

I believe everyone is aware that landmines should not be used in Myanmar, considering the serious effects that they have not only on troops in combat, but also on non-combatant civilians who are tending to their daily survival and livelihood – mothers, fathers, and their children. In order to prevent this the Tat Ma Daw [Burmese armed forces], as well as soldiers in combat – meaning all parties engaged in armed conflict – must make their decision to cease the way of mines.

“Placing landmines in the path of fleeing refugees and on roads where families are likely to travel is heartless beyond words,” Ganguly said. “The Burmese government should immediately end its ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya population, including by immediately clearing landmines in northern Rakhine State.”

Human Rights Watch is a co-founder and chair of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to bring about the Mine Ban Treaty and its contributions to a new international diplomacy based on humanitarian imperatives.

Rohingya Crisis

Human Rights Watch reporting from the ground on the Burmese military’s ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Recent Cases of Landmine Use in Rakhine State

Sabikam Nahor, approximately 45, lost both of her legs below the knees after stepping on an antipersonnel landmine laid inside Burma near the Bangladesh border. She told Human Rights Watch that the incident occurred on the afternoon of September 4, 2017, after the Burmese military attacked her village, in the northern part of Taung Pyo Let Yar. Nahor said that she was in an outdoor latrine when she heard the shooting and ran toward the Bangladesh border nearby. She said that she had used the same path on many occasions before when she would go to markets across the border. Nahor said she was running when there was a sudden explosion as she stepped on the ground. She fell and, from the ground, saw one of her legs detached from her body. Several Rohingya picked her up and took her across the border, and from there she was transported to a hospital.

Subir Ahmed, 55, said that on August 28, his son, Azizul Huq, 15, stepped on a landmine and was killed within 60 meters of the Bangladesh border. Subir said that his son and his brother were separated from the family on August 25, after at least 30 Burmese soldiers arrived in their home of Taung Pyo Let Yar and opened fire on villagers who had just finished morning prayers. While waiting for his son at the border at Thiang Khali in Bangladesh, Subir heard a loud blast and then saw Azizul Huq lying on the ground near his brother. Subir rushed to where his son was lying on the ground and picked him up, leaving the remains of the boy’s shattered legs behind. Subir Ahmed noted that at least once a year, he had traveled on the same path to transport fish to markets in Bangladesh.

Mohammad said that the son of his neighbor, Noor Islam, was a victim of antipersonnel mines on August 29 at about midday in Buthidaung township. He said they were not aware that mines were in the area. “I saw his right leg was gone,” Mohammad said. “I saw the mines explode with my own eyes on the road.” Mohammad said he had traveled on the same road the day before the fighting broke out, and that at that time it was safe.

Military Placing of Landmines

The refugee who witnessed soldiers digging in the northern part of Taung Pyo Let Yar which borders Bangladesh said that he continued to monitor the activities of the military patrol, and went to several sites where he observed similar activities. He said that from September 4 to 10 he removed several antipersonnel mines from the ground, and used rocks to detonate another three mines.

A landmine is seen near the Bangladesh-Burma border, September 10, 2017. 

© 2017 Private

Senior Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) officers said that they observed similar activities by Burmese soldiers over several days before September 4. They alleged that Burmese officials acted contrary to border agreements and protocols by failing to notify their Bangladeshi counterparts in advance of entering the border area.

Refugees also described seeing landmines on other paths in no-man’s land. Human Rights Watch obtained images of emplaced PMN-1 type antipersonnel blast mines along the fence on the Burma side of the border. From the images alone, Human Rights Watch was not able to determine the origins of these PMN-1 type mines, particularly whether they were copies of the Soviet design produced by China (Type 58) or by Burma (MM-2).

In addition to mine-laying on the border, Human Rights Watch received credible accounts from two Rohingya who described the use of antipersonnel landmines on roads in Buthidaung township after August 25, just before the military started attacking villages, hindering flight from the villages.

“Rohim,” 52, described soldiers arriving by foot and in trucks to Chut Pyin, Rathedaung, in the early morning of August 25. He said that the soldiers were working in teams and placed landmines on the road outside his large, mud-walled house. “When they are coming, some are in four-man teams, some in 10-man teams, and some were sitting, digging, and putting mines in the roads,” said Rohim. He said they only laid mines in the roads, which prevented villagers from using the roads as they fled heavy gunfire and other attacks by the military.

Mohammad said that in addition to attacking his village with gunfire and other explosive weapons on the night of August 26, the military emplaced antipersonnel mines on the road in Taung Bazar, Buthidaung. He said that mines were placed near the hospital. 

Acnodes Corporation Introduces the Expandable Embedded Box PCs FES7470 and FES7471

Acnodes Corporation Introduces the Expandable Embedded Box PCs FES7470 and FES7471

On 9/18/17, Acnodes Corporation introduces the new high performance expandable embedded box PCs with 7th/6th Gen Intel Xeon & Core i processor. Both of these two box PCs are feature in 4PCI/PCIe expansion slot. Furthermore, the two box PCs also offer 110-230 VAC power input with wide range of working temperature from -20~55°C. Moreover, the two box PCs are FES7470 and FES7471, both of the models have two-removable trays for convenience.

Chino, CA, September 23, 2017 –(PR.com)– FES7470 provides different Core i7 processors to choose from. There are Kabylake options on Core i7-7700T or Core i7-7500T. Kabylake processors are compatible with Windows 10 only. However, if users want to stay with Windows 7, there are Skylake options offered as well. Skylake processor runs on both Windows 7 and Windows 10. FES7470 also offers Skylake processors Core i7-6700TE and Core i7-6500TE. Acnodes always try the best on customizing the product based on customer’s requirements and meet customer’s need. Moreover, FES7470 offers Core i processors with 3-slot PCI, 1-slot PCIe x16 Expansion, 5 USB3.0, 4 COM, and removable HDD box, 250 W AC power supply voltage.

FES7471 offers Intel Xeon E3 processor which delivers essential performance and visuals. Furthermore, FES7471 provides 1-slot PCIe x1, 2-slot PCIe x4, 1-slot PCIe x16 Expansion, 5 USB 3.0, 4 COM, removable HDD box and 250 W AC power supply voltage. Moreover, storage of 2 SATA 3.0 (600 MB/sec), also supports RAID 0/1.

Furthermore, the weight for both FES7470 and FES7471 is 11.48lbs with dimension of 7.34 x 9.31 x 9.54”. Both models offer wide range of operating temperature from -20~55°C for working in difficult conditions. FES7470 and FES7471 offer tests reports for MIL-STD-810G military standard on vibration shock. These two models also support power input of 110-230V AC with 4PCI/PCIe expansion slot. Moreover, FES7470 and FES7471 also feature in 4COM, 2GbE, 5 USB 3.0.

Moreover, both of these models offers graphic engine of Intel HD Graphics P530. Intel HD Graphics P530 can be found in various of Xeon processors, Skylake generation and Lady Lake generations. Graphics P530 features quick sync video and clear video HD.

About Acnodes

Acnodes Corporation makes, sells, and designs industrial computers and display solutions for diverse industries that range from automation to military. Most of all, they supply efficient and valuable products for their customers. They have a host of technological innovations in Panel PCs, embedded computers, rack mount servers, and rugged monitors. Acnodes Corporation strives to meet their clients’ needs with cutting-edge technology and solutions.

Acnodes Corporation Presents a 15″ Fan-less Panel PC with Stainless Steel Housing

Acnodes Corporation Presents a 15″ Fan-less Panel PC with Stainless Steel Housing

Acnodes is proud to present a 15” fan-less PC, FPC79015 offers CPU processor 6th generation Core i5 and Celeron ULT, and IP69K high protection. FPC79015 provides SUS304 stainless steel housing to makes the product stronger. Furthermore, FPC79015 also offers a wide working temperature with a range from -20°C to 50°C. Moreover, there are two options for touch screen to choose from, Resistive-type and P-CAP touch.

Chino, CA, September 23, 2017 –(PR.com)– When running machines, they automatically generate heat. Heat might cause machine failure and reduce the ability of it working properly. Furthermore, fans support computers to remove the generated heat and to cool the central processing unit. With the fan less design on FPC79015, it brings efficiency on energy consumption and it provides silent operation. Finally, fan less PC, FPC79015 offers reliability, durability, and mobility at once.

Nowadays, touch screen brought the interaction between users and PCs. Therefore, users can interact with the PCs directly without using the mouses.

FPC79015 offers flat glass touch screen which provides the full access of the touch screen. There are no edge of around the flat screen, users can contact with touch screen freely. Furthermore, flat glass offers the easier cleaning for touch screen, for example, the screen is just like our smart phones today. Easy to clean with cloth and without the edge around it, touch screen would not gather lots of dust.

On the other hand, FPC79015 also presents the housing of SUS304 stainless steel. With stainless steel’s protection, PCs are more stronger and lives are longer. In many industries, dust and dirt are problems. However, it is important to make sure dust cannot damage the casing of a product and cause it to fail. Therefore, IP69K offers protection against dust, high temperature, and high pressure water. As for the chassis of FPC79015, it offers IP66 rated protection. Therefore, the chassis is protected by water jets and dust.

FPC79015 provides VESA mount ready with M8 screw. Furthermore, FPC79015 also offers 60W/12V waterproof power adapter. With Dual LAN and power input in range of 9V-36V DC. Furthermore, power consumption for power supply is 60W. Moreover, FPC79015’s dimension is 16.30″(W) x 12.93″(H) x 2.04″(D).

With wide operating temperature of -20°C to 50°C, it supports users reliability under extreme operating environments. Furthermore, FPC79015 offers the ability to perform under difficult environmental stresses. Acnodes’ wide temperature Panel PC, FPC79015 ensure the working condition under the range of -20°C to 50°C.

Acnodes Corporation has a vast amount of product line configurations. Moreover, they can customize most industrial and commercial computers to one’s specifications. For more information, please e-mail them at info@acnodes.com or visit their website: www.acnodes.com. One can also call them at (909) 597-7588.

About Acnodes
Acnodes Corporation makes, sells, and designs industrial computers and display solutions for diverse industries that range from automation to military. Most of all, they supply efficient and valuable products for their customers. They have a host of technological innovations in Panel PCs, embedded computers, rack mount servers, and rugged monitors. Acnodes Corporation strives to meet their clients’ needs with cutting-edge technology and solutions.

RELYANT Global Awarded Part of US Army Corps of Engineers $950M International Remediation Environmental Services Contract

RELYANT Global Awarded Part of US Army Corps of Engineers $950M International Remediation Environmental Services Contract

Maryville, TN, September 23, 2017 –(PR.com)– On September 6, 2017, the US Army Corps of Engineers Huntsville Center (CEHNC) awarded RELYANT Global, LLC (RELYANT) and other contractors an International Remediation Environmental Services (IRES) Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC). Through the utilization of this $950M total contract value, RELYANT and the other contractors will support the CEHNC provide services to: safely locate, identify, recover, evaluate, manage and make final disposition of Munitions and Explosives of Concern, Munitions Constituents, Chemical Warfare Materiel, Biological Waste, Depleted Uranium and Biological Warfare Materiel and Hazardous, Toxic and Radiological Waste; implement and conduct Environmental Compliance measures; provide other munitions related support services; and, reduce munitions stockpiles. Work will take place in foreign locations. “We look forward to supporting the US Army Corps of Engineers – Huntsville in their outstanding work providing these quality remediation and environmental services. RELYANT will leverage our unique ability to successfully perform assigned project objectives across the most challenging and remote environments, while ensuring the highest standards are maintained,” RELYANT President and COO Don Patton said.

The remediation and environmental services provided during this base plus four option year contract period of performance will support the CEHNC Military Munitions Response Program, Hazardous, Toxic, and Radiological Waste Program, and efforts to clean-up Formerly Used Defense Sites and Base Realignments and Closures. Dan Smith, CEO of RELYANT shares in the eagerness to support the CEHNC in this global effort; stating, “RELYANT is pleased to aid the CEHNC in their objective to protect both human health and the environment worldwide through the provision of environmental and remediation services, work that is instrumental in the CEHNC mission to protect and support national interests.”

On September 12, 2017, the CEHNC also awarded RELYANT the first IRES task order under this MATOC, for Environmental Footprint Reduction in Afghanistan. “RELYANT is honored to play a part in this sustainability effort as it is not only creating a positive impact on the Afghan environment, but has also proven to create a positive, economic impact for the Army,” explains RELYANT President and COO Don Patton.

The total award amount is more than $65M if all options exercised. This task order will support the reduction in the environmental footprint at camps and bases throughout Afghanistan to include demilitarization of relocate-able buildings, Tension Fabric Structures, T-wall barriers, Hercules Engineering Solutions Consortium barriers, miscellaneous concrete and/or steel structures, and other regulated materials as deemed critical to the program.

Headquartered in Maryville, TN, RELYANT is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that specializes in remediation and environmental services, construction, and global contingency support services. For more information about RELYANT Global, please visit www.RELYANTglobal.com, call 865-984-1330, or email inquiry@RELYANTglobal.com.

Sun Acquisitions Has Been Engaged to Sell a Niche Chicago Area Distributor of Foam Products

Sun Acquisitions Has Been Engaged to Sell a Niche Chicago Area Distributor of Foam Products

Chicago, IL, September 23, 2017 –(PR.com)– Sun Acquisitions announced today that it has been engaged to sell a niche Chicago area foam products distributor. The business has been in operation for 40 years.

The business distributes an extensive variety of foam packaging and custom foam products that are used in a range of industries that require precision parts such as aerospace, automotive and certain military branches. The business has carved out a niche and has accumulated a diverse customer base. The company has long-standing relationships with nationwide vendors that can provide high precision products and drop ship directly to customers.

The business has been an approved GSA vendor for 14 years and a new owner would be able to take advantage of this status to drive growth. A buyer would take over a $1.8M GSA order that is in its initial stages of fulfillment and has 3-4 years to completion. There are approximately 510 active commercial and government accounts. Revenues have been increasing from year to year. The business is an exceptional opportunity, portable with solid year over year performance.

Sun Acquisitions will manage the entire engagement to ensure a successful transaction is completed. Engaging an intermediary in the sale of a business assures business owners that they will get the best pricing and terms, the transaction will remain confidential, and most importantly, give the business owner the freedom to concentrate on his business. Sun Acquisitions’ Burt Evans is the primary advisor for the Business and will lead marketing efforts.

About Sun Acquisitions

Sun Acquisitions is a Chicago based mergers and acquisitions firm. We work with clients that are interested in the confidential sale, acquisition or valuation of privately held middle market and main street companies. Our professionals have significant experience and knowledge to thoroughly guide clients through each stage of the sale or acquisition process. Sun Acquisitions has successfully managed and handled engagement across all industries and is recognized as a leading M&A advisory firm in the Midwest. For more information contact us at 773-243-1603 or at marketing@sunacquisitions.com.


Spinning for Relief: The AArrow Sign Spinners Partner with American Red Cross to Raise Awareness for Hurricane Relief

(1888PressRelease) September 23, 2017 – The AArrow Sign Spinners, the leading global sign spinning firm, have rallied its employees in markets across the nation to encourage others to donate to the relief efforts underway for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

In partnership with American Red Cross for the last 10 years, AArrow dispatches sign spinners to create awareness for relief when disaster strikes. The signs can currently be seen spinning in Houston, San Antonio, and South Florida and read: “Text ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 to Donate $10”. The latest outdoor advertising campaign for hurricane relief has consisted of 400 hours of sign spinning and community service and has reached more than 750,000 pedestrians and passers by on various busy street corners and intersections.

As a franchise company that utilizes youth between the ages of 16-24 to provide a unique form of advertising to businesses internationally, AArrow Advertising has offices in Houston and throughout Florida. While many sign spinners in those markets have personally been affected and lost homes and belongings, it has not stopped their will to help others. The company also has banded together to help send supplies such as clothing, toiletries, food and more from its other locations to support its staff and their families that have recently been displaced by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

“With more than 2,800 employees in more than 10 countries, we want to do our part to make a difference,” AArrow CEO Max Durovic said. “Whether that is helping a member of the AArrow family, helping a stranger, or helping to raise awareness for the good work American Red Cross is doing to help those who need it most, we are proud and humbled to play a small part in doing good and giving back.”

If you would like to support AArrow Advertising and American Red Cross visit: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.

About American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

About AArrow Advertising
AArrow Advertising is a dynamic, social-entrepreneurial corporation committed to youth employment, education, economic development and humanitarian advancement. Click here for the latest press releases and up-to-date news on guerrilla marketing and advertising trends. To learn more about how your business can increase its customer base while driving more revenue, call AArrow Advertising at 323.944.2002 or email info ( @ ) AArrowSignSpinners dot com.


Equality Californias 2017 Legislative Wrap-Up: Two Resolutions Pass, Seven Bills to Governors Desk

September 22, 2017

CONTACT: Jason Howe, Equality California

Sacramento— The California Legislature has sent seven Equality California-sponsored bills to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. In addition, lawmakers approved two resolutions sponsored by Equality California. If the bills are signed into law, it will bring to 127 the number of pieces of legislation advanced by Equality California to advance the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ people.

“California has the world’s strongest civil rights protections for LGBTQ people, but until the work is done, EQCA will continue to fight for LGBTQ Californians” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “This year, each of our sponsored bills helped address an area where LGBTQ people still suffer discrimination and marginalization. Our bills this session protect vulnerable LGBTQ seniors, people living with HIV and AIDS, transgender and gender nonconforming Californians and aim to correct the wrongs associated with laws that criminalized same-sex behavior in the past. We ask Governor Brown to sign these pieces of legislation so important to LGBTQ Californians.”

The Equality California-sponsored bills passed by the California Legislature this session are as follows:

SB 239: Modernizing Discriminatory HIV Criminalization Laws (Wiener)

SB 239 would modernize California laws criminalizing and stigmatizing people living with HIV to reflect current understanding of HIV prevention and treatment. It would eliminate HIV-specific criminal laws that impose harsh and draconian penalties, including for activities that pose no risk of transmitting HIV. SB 239 would make HIV subject to the laws that apply to other serious communicable diseases, removing discrimination and stigma for people living with HIV and furthering public health.

SB 179: Gender Recognition Act of 2017 (Atkins)

The Gender Recognition Act of 2017 would enable transgender, intersex and nonbinary people to obtain state-issued identity documents that accurately reflect their gender identity, making California the first state to not require people to officially identify as “male” or “female.” The bill creates a third, nonbinary gender marker on California birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, identity cards and gender-change court orders, in addition to streamlining the processes for a person to change their gender marker and name on these identifying documents.

SB 219: Seniors Long Term Care Bill of Rights (Wiener)

SB 219 would strengthen protections for LGBTQ seniors living in long-term care facilities against discrimination, such as refusing to use a resident’s preferred name or pronoun, denying admission to a long-term care facility, transferring a resident within a facility or to another facility based on anti-LGBTQ attitudes of other residents, or evicting or involuntarily discharging a resident from a facility on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or HIV status.

SB 384: Tiered System for California Sex Offender Registry (Wiener)

SB 384 would replace California’s existing universal lifetime registration requirement for sex offenses with a tiered system based on the seriousness of the crime, the risk of reoffending and criminal history. This bill addresses the unfair targeting and entrapment, primarily of gay men, on charges that required registration when their actual actions hurt no one, including for simply engaging in same-sex contact when that action was criminalized in the past. These members of the LGBTQ community were required to register as sex offenders for life even though their convictions are now decades old and the law and its enforcement have changed, and the basis for many of these arrests was due to anti-LGBTQ discrimination and police entrapment. This bill would remove these people from the registry along with others in similar circumstances and put a new, efficient, risk-based system in place.

SB 310: Name and Dignity Act (Atkins)

SB 310 would help ensure that transgender people will be legally recognized for who they are while incarcerated and increase the likelihood of their successful reentry into society upon release from custody. SB 310 would establish the right of transgender people incarcerated in state prisons or county jails to petition the court directly to change their legal name or gender marker. The bill would require corrections officials to use the new name of a person who obtains a name change, and to list the prior name only as an alias.

AB 677: Reducing LGBT Disparities in Education and Employment (Chiu)

AB 677 would direct ten agencies focusing on education and employment to collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity whenever additional demographic data is collected. The bill would expand the number of state agencies collecting such data, which are vital to ensuring that state programs are adequately reaching LGBTQ people in need.

AB 1556: Fair Employment and Housing Act Clarification (Stone)

This bill will clarify the Fair Employment and Housing Act, removing gendered terms such as “female,” “she,” and “her” from statutory provisions for pregnancy-related employment protections and replaces them with gender- neutral terms such as “person” or “employee.” These changes ensure that transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people are reflected in these protections and know that they can rely on them to meet their health needs if they become pregnant or have related medical conditions during the course of their employment.

In addition to the bills now awaiting the Governor’s signature, the Legislature has passed two Equality California-sponsored resolutions:

AJR 16: Violence in Chechnya (Low)

AJR 16 urges the President and the Congress of the United States to condemn the government-sanctioned persecution, torture, and murder of gay men in the Chechen Republic, to join in solidarity with all LGBTQ Russians in their fight for their lives, dignity, and respect and to take action to encourage the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant asylum and refugee status for individuals fleeing persecution, including individuals fleeing persecution due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

AJR 22: Transgender Service Members (Low)

This measure states the Legislature’s opposition to the President’s ban on transgender Americans from military service, and calls upon the Governor of California to direct the Armed Forces of the state to take no action that discriminates against transgender service members on the basis of their gender identity or expression, unless superseded by federal law.

The Governor has until October 15 to sign or veto legislation passed by the Legislature.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org