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USA Emergency Centers Launches Ally Medical Emergency Room, Aligned with its Patient-First Philosophy

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Our physician-owned ERs are designed to eliminate wait times and are equipped with qualified and dedicated staff members that focus on patients’ emergency care. We want our patients to feel at home at our ERs and consider us their allies when faced with a medical emergency.

USA Emergency Centers is reinventing emergency medicine and launching new Ally Medical Emergency Room centers at five locations across Texas. The new brand reflects the company’s patient-first philosophy and focuses on empowering its healthcare team to offer the right care, right away.

“Our physician-owned ERs are designed to eliminate wait times and are equipped with qualified and dedicated staff members that focus on patients’ emergency care. We want our patients to feel at home at our ERs and consider us their allies when faced with a medical emergency,” said Dr. Jeremy Kenter. “Our board-certified emergency physicians, the majority of which are partners, take the time to listen to patients’ concerns and develop a treatment plan that responds to their specific needs,” continued Dr. Kenter.

Ally Medical ER is launching five freestanding emergency rooms across Texas, including Bastrop, South and Central Austin, Clear Lake, and Round Rock, with additional locations planned for 2021. The mission of the company, aligned with its brand vision, is to serve as an ally to patients and their communities to provide optimal and accessible emergency care.    

Each Ally Medical ER is equipped to treat both minor and major medical emergencies for children and adults of all ages in a safe, stress-free setting. The ER facility provides on-site testing and imaging services, including ultrasound, X-ray, and CT scanners, that speed up diagnoses and treatments to stabilize acute illnesses and injuries. Ally Medical ERs also maintain hospital transfer agreements if a patient needs to be transferred for a longer inpatient stay, surgery, blood transfusions, and other higher acuity cases – including inpatient capabilities where a patient may be observed for up to 23 hours to ensure they are stable.

Dr. Kenter continued, “At our ERs, emergency physicians, nurses staff, and medical technicians work around the clock to deliver a full range of emergency and trauma care. Our team is empowered to develop the optimal care plan for patients and serve as their allies in health.”

Ally Medical ERs specializes in providing emergency care and trauma care, ranging from broken bones and other injuries to infections, allergy and asthma attacks, severe stomach pain, or chest pain that may indicate a severe condition.

USA Emergency Centers is converting several of its existing facilities, licensed to operate as Physicians PremiER emergency rooms, to the Ally Medical ER brand. Last year in December 2020, USA Emergency Centers opened its newest location at 8721 Manchaca Road in South Austin, as Ally Medical ER.

“While the freestanding ER segment remains relatively new to Texas, as emergency room physicians ourselves, we believe we’re delivering a model of care that has played a crucial role during the pandemic and offers a new choice for Texans and their families,” said Dr. Kenter.

Currently, USA Emergency Centers employs over 240 employees and licensed healthcare providers in Central Texas and beyond.

Facilities and Addresses:

Austin Area


512 Highway 71 West

Bastrop, Texas 78602

Central Austin:

5525 Burnet Road, Suite A

Austin, Texas 78756

Round Rock:

2105 East Palm Valley Boulevard

Round Rock, Texas 78665

South Austin:

8721 Menchaca Road,

Austin, Texas 78748

Houston Area

Clear Lake:

3351 Clear Lake City Boulevard, Suite 100

Clear Lake, Texas 77059

About Ally Medical Emergency Room

Ally Medical Emergency Room, a subsidiary of USA Emergency Centers, was founded in 2016 and is owned and managed by board-certified physicians driving to reinvent emergency care with more caring and less waiting. Ally Medical provides emergency medical care through a network of freestanding emergency rooms in Austin and Houston, where patient care is the first priority.

Ally Medical is headquartered in Austin, TX, and operates five freestanding emergency rooms in Texas. The emergency rooms are located in the Bastrop, South and Central Austin, Clear Lake, and Round Rock. For more information, visit

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Global Wellness Institute Launches The Wellness Moonshot Challenge at Global Press Event

The GWI announced The Wellness Moonshot Challenge, a new initiative which will raise funds to support The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease.

COVID-19 brought to the fore the need for a powerful, collaborative force to educate people about prevention and inspire them to take control of their health. This is no longer optional—it is mission-critical, and I’m honored to be part of The Wellness Moonshot Challenge…

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower wellness worldwide, today announced The Wellness Moonshot Challenge at a global press event. The new initiative will raise funds to support The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease, which brings the issue of preventable, lifestyle diseases to the forefront of GWI’s research and education efforts.

The Wellness Moonshot Challenge received its first donation of $100,000 from the Richard P. Woltman family. GWI Chair and CEO Susie Ellis announced that GWI Board of Directors’ member Richard P. Woltman would also lead the new challenge. Woltman is chair emeritus, Girard Securities Inc., and a financial industry leader and philanthropist committed to the health and sciences industry.

“COVID-19 brought to the fore the need for a powerful, collaborative force to educate people about prevention and inspire them to take control of their health,” said Woltman. “This is no longer optional—it is mission-critical, and I’m honored to be part of The Wellness Moonshot Challenge and to lead the fundraising effort. This is something I have long believed in and supported, and I know that the Global Wellness Institute will make a difference.”

Ellis also noted Richard Carmona, MD, 17th U.S. Surgeon General, a member of the GWI Board of Directors and founding member of The Wellness Moonshot project, will serve as medical advisor. Jessica Jesse, founder, CEO and creative director of BuDhaGirl and creator of The Wellness Moonshot Calendar: A Year of Inspiration, will serve as honorary chair for phase one of the project.

Addressing media and guests at the press event, Ellis said, “Never in my lifetime has there been a more critical moment to stand up and take action to raise awareness of the importance of largely preventable chronic diseases. We are calling on companies large and small, private and public foundations, universities and individuals to sound the clarion call and unite in this crucial mission.”

The Centers for Disease estimates that 69% of all deaths globally each year are the result of preventable disease (2017) and that the global cost of largely preventable chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and more) could reach $47 trillion by 2030 (World Economic Forum, 2017).

The Birth of a Moonshot

Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moonshot” that challenged the United States to “go to the moon,” the GWI launched The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease in 2017 at the annual Global Wellness Summit. Today, this ambitious project to achieve the monumental goal of eradicating preventable disease is supported by a host of global business and media partners, including more than 1,300 companies and organizations that impact 150,776,738 individuals.

The Wellness Moonshot has also formed strategic partnerships with leaders in China, India and Israel, expanding the global reach of the mission.

In 2020, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic focused new attention on the impact of acute and chronic preventable diseases on the immune system.

“The pandemic makes the collaborative work inspired by The Wellness Moonshot perhaps the most important endeavor undertaken globally in this century,” said Ellis. “My greatest hope is that the legacy of the wellness industry is that we stood up at the most difficult time in our lives and took a giant step forward in accomplishing this moonshot together.”

About the Global Wellness Institute: The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is considered the leading global research and educational resource for the global wellness industry and is known for introducing major industry initiatives that bring together leaders to chart the future. Through its five pillars of wellness—research, initiatives, roundtables, Wellness Evidence and The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease—GWI positively impacts global health and wellness by educating public institutions, businesses and individuals on how they can work to prevent disease, reduce stress, and enhance the overall quality of life. Its mission is to empower wellness worldwide.

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open Announces Jeffrey Janis, MD as editor-in-chief

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open (PRS Global Open)

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open (PRS Global Open), the official open access, peer reviewed, international medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, has announced Jeffrey Janis, MD, as editor-in-chief.

Since its inception in 2013, the open-access journal quickly established a name for itself. It is indexed in PubMed Central as well as the Web of Science’s Emerging Sources Citation Index and listed in the prestigious Directory of Open Access Journals.

“PRS Global Open is really the Society’s ambassador to the world,” Dr. Janis says. “It has the advantage of knowing no financial barriers to the readership. Through the open-access model, literally anybody around the globe with an internet connection – not just plastic surgeons – can have access to the best available evidence in plastic surgery research, and I want to ensure that ASPS continues to deliver and expand upon the high-quality education for which we’re known. This is our pathway to reaching billions of people.”

Dr. Janis, who is a full-time faculty member at The Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center as a professor in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, with adjunct appointments as a professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Surgery, and chief of Plastic Surgery at University Hospital was selected as the new editor-in-chief of PRS Global Open after an exhaustive year-long search.

In addition to serving as ASPS president in 2018, Dr. Janis has published over 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts (resulting in 8,300 citations, h-index 46), 104 book chapters and six textbooks – with three additional books and three apps pending publication. He has served as a visiting professor at 44 major national and international institutions and has delivered more than 920 lectures. He is also editor of Essentials of Plastic Surgery, the handbook of plastic surgery used by students, residents, Fellows and surgeons worldwide.

Dr. Janis is a Past President of the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons and the Columbus Medical Association, and he currently serves as the President of the Migraine Surgery Society, President-Elect of the Americas Hernia Society and as a Governor on the Board of Governors for the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the ACGME’s Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee.

“In the traditional model of journal publication, by the time you write and submit an article and it goes through the workflow process, it could be months to a year before that text ever sees the light of day,” he says. “PRS Global Open has always been great about turning things around in about six weeks. It is in a unique position to be on the cutting edge of plastic surgery research.”

“The vision is to leverage and emphasize the speed and quality of PRS Global Open with acknowledgement and gratitude for the work that’s been done to date, but with a strong eye on the future,” he says. “Everything will be in alignment with the goals of ASPS in terms of inclusivity and representation, and I’m excited to see how we can build upon the solid foundation PRS Global Open has already established.”


About PRS Global Open

PRS Global Open, the official open access journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), publishes the latest peer-reviewed updates and advances in plastic surgery from over 60 nations, including experimental laboratory research, intriguing and perplexing case reports, personal operative and clinical technique videos, and relevant original articles on topics including breast reconstruction after cancer, head and neck reconstruction, cosmetic outcomes, pediatric and craniofacial techniques, and aesthetic medicine. PRS Global Open educates patients, the public, and affiliated specialists about plastic and reconstructive surgery to improve safety, outcomes, and care worldwide.

About American Society of Plastic Surgeons

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 8,000 member surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 93 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery.

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Cirrascale Cloud Services® and Graphcore® Announce Availability of Graphcloud for Machine Intelligence


Cirrascale is very proud of its strategic collaboration with Graphcore, which has further driven the era of cloud-based solutions for machine learning to reach new large-scale commercial deployments with some of the most exciting Fortune 500 companies

Cirrascale Cloud Services®, a premier cloud services provider of deep learning infrastructure solutions for autonomous vehicle, Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computer vision workflows, today announced the availability of its Graphcloud platform. The massively scalable AI cloud platform is a collaboration between Cirrascale and Graphcore® and offers customers access to Graphcore’s tightly integrated hardware and software IPU-POD scale-out platform using second generation GC200 Intelligence Processing Units (IPUs) and Poplar® software stack.

“Cirrascale is very proud of its strategic collaboration with Graphcore, which has further driven the era of cloud-based solutions for machine learning to reach new large-scale commercial deployments with some of the most exciting Fortune 500 companies,” said PJ Go, chief executive officer, Cirrascale Cloud Services. “The Graphcloud platform enables these companies to experience huge performance improvements to their training and inference workloads, unlike anything seen before.”

Graphcloud achieves record-breaking performance when compared to the latest GPUs, including 2x faster time to train for BERT-Large for NLP, state of the art accuracy and performance with EfficientNet for Computer Vision and orders of magnitude improvements for training probabilistic models like MCMC.

IPU-POD16 and IPU-POD64 systems are currently available with Graphcloud service can be accessed in weekly or monthly flat-rate allotments with discounts offered for longer-term use with predictable pricing and no extra charges. Additionally, the Graphcloud platform can easily integrate with a customer’s current online cloud-based workflow at various hyperscalers creating a secure, multi-cloud solution.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Cirrascale with Graphcloud. This service is key in providing our latest state-of-the-art machine learning hardware as a highly scalable IPU service. Customers can access Graphcore IPU-POD configurations from anywhere with a simple, low-cost monthly fee.” said Nigel Toon, chief executive officer and co-founder Graphcore.

Customers can begin using the Graphcloud IPU-POD instances or can learn more about how to purchase their own IPU-POD for on-premise use by visiting

About Cirrascale Cloud Services

Cirrascale Cloud Services is a premier provider of public and private dedicated cloud solutions enabling deep learning workflows. The company offers cloud-based infrastructure solutions for large-scale deep learning operators, service providers, as well as HPC users. To learn more about Cirrascale Cloud Services and its unique cloud offerings, please visit or call (888) 942-3800.

About Graphcore

Graphcore’s Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) is designed specifically for machine intelligence. Its unique architecture lets developers run today’s AI models with state of the art performance while enabling transformative new types of work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next breakthroughs in machine intelligence. For more information please visit

Cirrascale Cloud Services, Cirrascale and the Cirrascale logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cirrascale Cloud Services LLC. Graphcore and Poplar are registered trademarks of Graphcore Ltd. All other names or marks are property of their respective owners.

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Grace’s Goodness Organics Launches Plant-Based Sipping Broths with Wellness Benefits

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Our convenient, organic, plant-based sipping broths support your self-care ritual, wherever you roam.

Premium wellness brand, Grace’s Goodness Organics, announces today the launch of a new line of plant-based and portable sipping broths. All you need is hot water and a mug to experience the delicious goodness and be nourished. The new vegetable broths include the bold flavors of functional organic ingredients including cumin, turmeric, reishi, rosemary, thyme, lemon, and ginger.

Grace’s Goodness Organics began 4 years ago as Beyond Broth, launched from the kitchen of Grace Ventura, the brand’s founder. The company is now taking Beyond Broth above and beyond with beautiful new branding, delicious new recipes which include MCTs and nutritional yeast, and a more portable and pourable package.

This furthers Grace’s mission to help people be nourished anywhere, anytime. As a health coach, wellness professional and mom of six, Grace understands the importance of foods being delicious, nutritious, and convenient — that’s the simple beauty of Grace’s Goodness Organics.

These broths are an innovative solution to the need for plant-based, on-the-go nourishment. They are perfect when hunger pangs hit, you need a quick pick-me-up or moment of grace in your life, whether at home, the office or traveling to wherever life may take you. Made with vegetables, herbs, MCTs and nutritional yeast, Grace’s Goodness Organics are an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C. These broths offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties and have no soy, no added sugars, nor high sodium.

The broths are also versatile. They can be used as a base for a “broth concoction”; just add vegetables, protein, grains and/or noodles to make them heartier. They also are great to add flavor to recipes. The new broths varieties include:

  • Immune Vegetable Sipping Broth- Fortify the immune system with this broth. Reishi, cumin and turmeric add beta glucans, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to a delicious blend of healthful vegetables. Sip daily or when feeling a bit under the weather for a restorative moment of grace.
  • Vitality Vegetable Sipping Broth- For a boost of natural energy, this broth combines cayenne, rosemary and thyme. The Vitality Vegetable Sipping Broth stimulates circulation, supports brain health and activates metabolism – a perfectly nourishing start to the day or afternoon pick-me-up.
  • Better Belly Vegetable Sipping Broth- Soothe and settle with Better Belly Vegetable Sipping Broth. Ginger, lemon, sumac and parsley improve digestion, relieve nausea and calm the system with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. This broth can be added to a daily ritual to support gut health at home or on-the-go.

All of the Grace’s Goodness Organics sipping broths are:

  • USDA Organic
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Have No Added Sugar
  • Soy-Free
  • Earth Kosher

“Our new sipping broths were created for a modern life that is full, on-the-move and ever-changing,” said Grace Ventura, Founder of Grace’s Goodness Organics. “Our convenient, organic, plant-based sipping broths support your self-care ritual, wherever you roam.”

Grace’s Goodness Organics products are available online at and on Amazon. Learn more at

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Cooler Master Reveals Next-Gen Prototypes In 2021 Virtual Event

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Cooler Master showcases their prototypes online, offering the public direct access to pre-production concepts and mockups for a limited time. Flagship products in the Case, Cooling, Power, Peripheral, and Lifestyle categories, featuring new technology will be accessible from January 25th – January 29th. Cooler Master’s online booth is live now and available here:


A mix of experimental projects and core product designs make up the virtual floor as Cooler Master introduces an entirely new range of products, like an open-air case that can transform into a testbench, alongside a classic ARGB case with a twist on unique lighting technology.

MasterFrame 700 – Able to orient vertically as a showcase frame with a 650mm tempered glass panel, the MasterFrame 700 is also able to utilize its “wings” to transform into a bleeding-edge test bench capable of mounting three 360mm radiators simultaneously.

MasterCase EG200 – An external GPU enclosure with a hot swap drive bay to power up laptops using a ThunderBolt interface.

MasterBox 540 – Featuring an “Ether” front panel, the MasterBox 540 features customizable ARGB strips radiating behind a transparent panel.


From AIO thermoelectric coolers to air coolers equipped with SickleFlow technology, a new generation of thermal solutions will be unveiled to push the standards of performance.

MasterLiquid ML360 Sub Zero – Cooler Master’s first Thermoelectric Cooling (TEC) AIO liquid cooler powered by Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology.

MasterAir MA624 Stealth – twice the performance with dual 140mm fans and twin tower heatsinks for ultimate cooling in a premium stealth black finish

MasterLiquid ML240/360 Vivid – 3rd Generation dual chamber pump and 2-inch LCD monitor display for system monitoring on the pump


The next generation of Cooler Master power supplies will be revealed, designed completely in-house and equipped with real-time system monitoring via built-in digital screens.

The XG Plus Platinum is Cooler Master’s first in-house designed platform. It was created to provide 80 PLUS Platinum certified efficiency and high-end performance with reduced temperature requirements. Monitor performance with the built-in Information Display Panel and manage these features and ARGB lighting with Cooler Master’s free MasterPlus+ software.


Cooler Master delves deeper into perfecting the work and play experience by introducing a new lightweight gaming mouse, 60% keyboard, new colorways, as well as ControlPad 2.0.

MK721 – Fully loaded with 2.4GHz/Bluetooth connectivity, Cherry MX switches, PBT doubleshot keycaps, aluminum body, coiled cable and customizable 3-way dial, the MK721 is the perfect 60% keyboard to use in the office, home or anywhere in-between

MM731 – Super lightweight, ergonomic gaming mouse without exterior holes, the MM731 clocks in at under 60g with both optical sensor and switches for increased durability.


From chairs, monitors, and desks, Cooler Master unveils premium gear for the home office, gaming room, and everything in between.

Hybrid 1 – The ultimate gaming chair designed to bridge the void between professional gamers and content creators. Driven by extensive research it was created to better respond to the needs of the modern-day gamers and creatives, focusing on health, interaction, and expression.

GD120 ARGB & GD160 ARGB – Next-gen gaming desks designed to perform with the best comfort possible. With the dual motor leg design, you have a wide range of half meter to smoothly customize your own height anytime as well as preset for your personal favorite.

GM27-FQ 27” – This next-gen flat gaming monitor is built with the Fast-IPS technology drives up to a high refresh rate of 180Hz and 1ms (GTG) response time. The monitor is featuring a 2K QHD 2560*1440 IPS panel, in-wide color gamut of AdobeRGB 97%, FreeSync Premium and ultra-narrow bezels, the GM27-FQ also comes with an ARGB stand synced with MasterPlus+ lighting software.

GM32-CQ 32” – The gaming monitor utilizes a 1500R curved 2K QHD 2560*1440 VA Panel to achieve maximum display quality and capability. The monitor reaches a refresh rate of up to 165Hz and 1ms (MPRT) response time, supported by wide gamut of 94% DCI-P3 and FreeSync Premium.

For more information visits or contact Jamy Reyes at

About Cooler Master:

Cooler Master is a global computer components and peripheral company with a 28-year track record in releasing innovative products that truly advance the industry. We are driven by a passion for the things that make building a PC such a unique, rewarding experience, and sustained by a vision that we can reinvent the way these machines are designed, made and used. From our landmark release of the first ever aluminum PC case to our groundbreaking switch to the modular format, Cooler Master is committed to bringing our customers and fans the utmost in choice and control. For more information about Cooler Master, please visit or follow us on, or

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Omron Time of Flight Sensor Now Available from Heilind Electronics

Omron B5L Time of Flight sensor

The B5L Time of Flight sensor module from Omron performs 3D sensing to detect the distance of a person or object in real time.

Heilind Electronics, a leading global distributor of electronic components and authorized distributor for Omron, has expanded its extensive sensor offering with the Omron B5L 3D Time of Flight (TOF) sensor module. Featuring an embedded 3D sensor with high ambient light immunity, the module provides high precision, long life and interference prevention.

The Omron B5L series Time of Flight sensor utilizes unique optical design technology for stable measurement of three-dimensional distance information across a wide area — even under sunlight. In addition, the B5L series features specifications optimized for long periods of continuous operation to allow it to be used as an embedded sensor in various instruments. This design results in a “mechanical eye” that is capable of accurately and easily detecting the surrounding environment – ultimately facilitating the use of autonomous robots in everyday life, as well as the automation of various other machinery and equipment.

The new module also has 3D capabilities; it can measure the distance of people and objects across a wide range in real time, at a distance of 0.5 to 4.0 m. The unit employs Omron’s Time of Flight sensor detection principle while utilizing original optical design technology. This enables stable detection under sunlight and more precise detection of distance from objects in various scenes. Additionally, built-in temperature compensation makes it easier to mount the module on autonomous robots and other equipment.

The B5L Series is designed not only for robots, but also for secure detection in applications where there is movement of people across a wide area — such as in caregiver monitoring. Specific uses include AMR/service robots, logistics and conveyance, monitoring and observation and automatic doors/elevators.

Visit Heilind’s website for more information about Omron’s B5L 3D Time of Flight sensor.

About Heilind Electronics

Heilind Electronics, Inc. ( is one of the world’s leading distributors of connectors, relays, sensors, switches, thermal management and circuit protection products, terminal blocks, wire and cable, wiring accessories and insulation and identification products. Founded in 1974, Heilind has locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Follow Heilind on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About Omron

Omron Electronic Components is a leading manufacturer and provider of advanced electronic components. Extensive product groups include relays, switches, connectors, MEMS flow sensors, pressure sensors, thermal IR sensors, optical sensors and facial detection/recognition components. Omron’s broad product offering can be found in industries such as smart home, building automation, power equipment, e-sports & gaming, test and measurement, factory automation and energy.

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Episcopal Relief & Development Receives Spotlight Initiative Grant

As part of a radio broadcast, faith leaders address the role the COVID-19 pandemic has played in the incidence of violence against women and girls in Liberia.

“This grant will enable us to adapt existing gender-based violence prevention and response programming to address the new challenges created by the pandemic and other crises as they arise,” said Chiseche Mibenge, Director, Gender Initiatives, Episcopal Relief & Development.

Episcopal Relief & Development has received a $188,436 three-year grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), in partnership and with funding through the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative. The grant will focus on strengthening the organization’s existing program partnership with the Episcopal Church of Liberia Relief & Development (ECLRD) to address violence against women and girls in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With prior funding from UN Trust Fund, Islamic Relief USA and the Laura Ellen & Robert Muglia Family Foundation, Episcopal Relief & Development, in partnership with ECLRD, is implementing an interfaith program in Liberia to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. The partnership mobilizes faith leaders, community members, local government and children to change behaviors and attitudes, reducing violence and providing support to survivors of violence. The program was originally launched in 2015 and has reached 41,067 women and girls with outreach, advocacy and direct care.

“Physical distancing measures put in place in response to COVID-19 hampered faith leaders and program staffs’ abilities to respond to incidents of violence and reduced the capacity of services such as domestic violence shelters,” said Chiseche Mibenge, Director, Gender Initiatives, Episcopal Relief & Development. “This grant will enable us to adapt existing gender-based violence prevention and response programming to address the new challenges created by the pandemic and other crises as they arise.”

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church of Liberia has continued to focus on the rights and dignity of women in their development work. The organization elevates the voices of women and youth advocates in community mobilization. ECLRD has deepened its collaboration with state agencies and service providers, which has improved its ability to partner with survivors as the survivors define their needs and priorities for restoration and healing.

In addition to strengthening capacity to respond in times of emergencies to the evolving needs of the communities they serve, the Spotlight Initiative grant will support data collection efforts on the effects of COVID-19 and economic empowerment programming, particularly as it relates to gender. The grant will also support ECLRD’s efforts in addressing the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions and decision-making, which will continue to elevate the rights and roles of women in the community.

“Qualitative research on how COVID-19 affects gender enables women’s rights actors to customize their response to the need of women and girls in and out of pandemics,” said Annette Musu Kiawu, National Director, ECLRD. “It is essential that we understand the nature of abuse and violence being experienced in order for us to meet them where they need it most.”

To learn more about Episcopal Relief & Development’s work to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, click here. Learn more about the organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic at

About Episcopal Relief & Development:

For 80 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.

About the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women:

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is the only global grant-making mechanism exclusively dedicated to eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls. In the 24 years of its existence, it has supported 572 organizations, investing in innovative and evidence-based civil society-led solutions and life-changing initiatives. The projects it has funded focus on preventing violence, implementing laws and policies to address and eliminate violence against women and girls, and improving access to essential services for survivors. The UN Trust Fund is managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system.

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Fairview Microwave Launches New Line of Positive Slope Equalizers that Help Optimize System Performance

Fairview Microwave Launches New Line of Positive Slope Equalizers that Help Optimize System Performance

“Products of this caliber normally require 10-12 week lead-times, but we are able to offer 18 high-quality, high-performance equalizer models with no MOQ and same-day shipping,” said Tim Galla, Senior Product Line Manager

Fairview Microwave Inc., an Infinite Electronics brand and a leading provider of on-demand RF, microwave and millimeter wave components, has just released a new line of positive slope equalizers which exhibit a fixed attenuation response that increases linearly over broadband frequencies. These equalizers are ideal in compensating for gain variation and optimizing performance in systems where excessive losses may occur at the low end of the frequency band. This broadband performance makes them ideal for a variety of applications involved in aerospace and defense, MILCOM and SATCOM, wireless infrastructure, and test and measurement.

Fairview Microwave’s new series of positive slope equalizers are made up of 18 models that cover octave and broadband frequencies from 500 MHz to 40 GHz. These 50 ohm designs are specified with fixed equalizing values that range from 2 to 8 dB, feature low insertion loss levels of 1 dB to 3 dB, and have high CW input power handling up to +30 dBm (1 watt).

“Products of this caliber normally require 10-12 week lead-times, but we are able to offer 18 high-quality, high-performance equalizer models with no MOQ and same-day shipping,” said Tim Galla, Senior Product Line Manager.

Fairview Microwave’s new positive slope equalizers are in-stock and available for immediate shipping.

For inquiries, Fairview Microwave can be contacted at +1-972-649-6678.

About Fairview Microwave:

A leading supplier of on-demand RF and microwave products since 1992, Fairview Microwave offers immediate delivery of RF components including attenuators, adapters, coaxial cable assemblies, connectors, terminations and much more. All products are shipped same-day from the company’s ISO 9001:2015 certified production facilities in Lewisville, Texas. Fairview Microwave is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics:

Based in Irvine, Calif., Infinite Electronics offers a broad range of components, assemblies, and wired/wireless connectivity solutions, serving the aerospace/defense, industrial, government, consumer electronics, instrumentation, medical and telecommunications markets. Infinite’s brands include Pasternack, Fairview Microwave, L-com, MilesTek, Aiconics, KP Performance Antennas, PolyPhaser, Transtector, RadioWaves, ShowMeCables, INC Installs and Integra Optics. Infinite Electronics serves a global engineering customer base with deep technical expertise and support, with one of the broadest inventories of products available for immediate shipment.

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DuPont Launches SYNERXIA® Gemstone Collection of New High-Performance Yeasts for U.S. Ethanol Market

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“The SYNERXIA® Gemstone Collection will give ethanol producers flexibility in responding to their individual plant needs while ensuring high ethanol yield and minimal waste,” said Hans Foerster, global marketing director, DuPont Biorefineries.

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences today announced the launch of the SYNERXIA® Gemstone Collection, the next advancement in high-performance yeasts. The new collection from the XCELIS® platform includes SYNERXIA® SAPPHIRE and SYNERXIA® RUBY – two innovative, high-yield yeasts designed for the unique needs of ethanol producers.

This marks the first time that DuPont has co-launched two high-yield yeasts. SYNERXIA® SAPPHIRE brings the most powerful combination of yield, robustness and enzyme expression in a yeast. It offers enhanced ethanol yield increase paired with revolutionary thermotolerance and infection robustness in fermentation and has been genetically engineered to withstand harsh stressors, while still finishing fermentation with ultra-low DP1.

SYNERXIA® SAPPHIRE has been engineered to provide a strong ethanol yield increase compared to conventional yeast and powers through fermentation finishing clean when ethanol producers encounter hot fermentations or severe infections. The product also expresses enough glucoamylase to displace up to 80 percent of the glucoamylase injected to fermentation. The yeast’s strong expression of the powerful glucoamylase offers reduced residual starch for many producers.

SYNERXIA® RUBY is the highest yielding yeast available today from the XCELIS® platform, delivering exceptional performance to producers via a patented PKL pathway and additional targeted genetic modifications. It produces less acetic acid compared to SYNERXIA® THRIVE GX and enables up to 65 percent glucoamylase reduction.

“The SYNERXIA® Gemstone Collection will give ethanol producers flexibility in responding to their individual plant needs while ensuring high ethanol yield and minimal waste,” said Hans Foerster, global marketing director, DuPont Biorefineries. “These new yeasts represent a new standard in high-yield yeasts on the market for ethanol producers and is just the latest in DuPont’s innovative approach to ethanol solutions through the XCELIS® platform.”

To learn more about the SYNERXIA® Gemstone Collection and the XCELIS® platform, visit or

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