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David Kessler, co-chair of Biden’s COVID-19 task force and a leading candidate to be his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, resigned as President Clinton’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner in late November 1996 (after Clinton’s re-election) amid controversy for overbilling his travel expenses during his tenure and shortly after a court upheld a subpoena for his deposition in a major FDA case. The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) which led the investigation into Kessler’s travel expenses when Kessler was FDA Commissioner, is calling upon Joe Biden to dismiss Kessler from his COVID task force and remove him from consideration for HHS Secretary. NLPC’s investigation included hundreds of FOIA requests for Kessler’s travel vouchers and itineraries over a five-year period that were turned over to the House of Representatives Oversight Subcommittee of the Commerce Committee at the time, which launched an investigation, including a referral to the General Accounting Office. Reports about NLPC’s investigation stated, “A hotel room here. Dozens of excessive cab fares there. A government-discount plane ticket for the wife. For five years, Food and Drug Administration chief David Kessler submitted expense accounts riddled with nickel-and-dime overcharges in his favor, a review of records shows.” Kessler’s travel records showed that he was reimbursed for $5,732 for cab fares for which he had no receipts. Many of the fares were far in excess of actual costs - in some cases two or three times. For example, Kessler billed taxpayers $25 for a cab ride from his hotel (where a conference took place) to the airport across the street even though the hotel offered free shuttle service. Kessler also misused his government credit card to purchase his wife a government-discounted plane ticket to join him for a night at New York's luxury Waldorf-Astoria Hotel during an official trip in December 1992. In all of these cases, Kessler conveniently blamed his staff for the errors, but his explanations don’t add up. For example, Jim O’Hara, his spokesman at the time, said Kessler “was told by his staff that he did not need receipts for cab fares of more than $25, even though they were actually required.” [1] But why would Kessler think that receipts for cab fares over $25 were not required, but fares under $25 were required? In his 2002 memoir, A Question of Intent: A Great American Battle With A Deadly Industry Kessler gave yet another explanation of his travel overbilling. On pages 343-344 he claims he gave blank receipts to his staff and they estimated the taxi fare and blaming NLPC for questioning his integrity, which he wrote “ brought me as close to despair as I had ever been.” On his way out the door at the end of 1996, Kessler reimbursed the government $850 for excessive cab fares, although a full investigation and audit by the House Oversight Committee was not completed. The timing of his departure also allowed Kessler to escape a subpoena to sit for a deposition in a major FDA case that he vigorously fought on appeal but lost. Kessler’s preference to use the heavy hand of government was on display when, as one of his first acts as FDA head, he ordered the seizure of 12,000 of gallons of perfectly good orange juice because “Citrus Hill Fresh Choice” used the word “fresh” in its name, allegedly misleading consumers to think it was freshly squeezed even though the label said it was made from concentrate. “It’s clear that David Kessler’s effort to stage a come-back in government should be opposed because of his questionable past and his vain ambition to have government overregulate American society,” said Peter Flaherty, Chair of NLPC. “If he were in charge of the FDA, President Trump's Project Warp Speed to develop the coronavirus vaccine would have come to a bureaucratic snail’s pace, while a nationwide shutdown would be ordered,” added Paul Kamenar, NLPC’s counsel, who is familiar with Kessler’s overbilling abuses and the successful legal challenge to his unlawful off-label regulations of FDA approved drugs. Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education and legal action. Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 Company Website

November 18, 2020 11:45 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Convey Services Launches Cloud Exhibit

Convey Services

Convey Services, a SaaS technology company, today expanded its Cloud Conventions platform by launching Cloud Exhibit ™, a universal, portable, virtual exhibit environment that improves branding, and enhances attendee experience, when exhibiting or sponsoring any virtual event, regardless of the platform used by the tradeshow or conference. Cloud Exhibit is the digital version of a custom trade show booth that companies can use to showcase their products and services at dozens of different events and conferences, selectively displaying from a collection of formats and assets to match every audience. With Cloud Exhibit you can own a branded, content-rich exhibit environment connecting attendees to a custom experience. “Today, companies must adapt to virtual booth environments on event platforms that have the philosophy of one size fits all,” said Carolyn Bradfield, CEO of Convey. “As the virtual event trend expands into 2021 and beyond, companies large and small will exhibit at an increasing number of virtual events delivered over a variety of technology platforms. Exhibitors don’t have a say in the platform a trade show chooses, but they can control everything an attendee sees and can engage with. Cloud Exhibit provides a customizable, flexible, virtual booth environment that comes online in days without the time, risk, or expense of development. It maintains a strong corporate identity, provides better control of branding, and has an expanded set of sales tools.” How Cloud Exhibit Works Cloud Exhibit is built on Cloud Conventions’ technology platform providing exhibitors with a framework to create a custom branded display that can be linked to any virtual tradeshow. Attendees logged into a virtual event are connected to the Cloud Exhibit platform through hyperlinks or by single sign-on technology transferring the attendee into the Cloud Exhibit platform, creating a data record at the same time. Cloud Exhibit has many of the capabilities of a Cloud Conventions event portal including customization of the home page with graphics and embedded videos or 3D virtual technology. The platform is segmented into catalogs to organize and visually display content, showcase products, or segment individual brands and hold live or on-demand sessions. Every Cloud Exhibit comes with an attendee CRM, built-in email marketing and analytical reports to track engagement. “Customized, connected, focused and branded, a Cloud Exhibit showcases you in the way you want it to be seen and tracks engagement,” added Bradfield. “We created Cloud Exhibit in response to demand from exhibitors participating in Cloud Conventions-hosted events who are exhibiting at other events in 2021 on platforms that are less robust. Most event platforms do not provide companies with enough messaging control, branding, and a flexible experience to encourage attendee interaction, so having a permanent online environment that is portable only makes sense.” Cloud Exhibit comes with the technology framework to customize the homepage, organize content, create attendee dashboards, manage data records and relationships in the CRM, deliver virtual sessions and track activity. Cloud Exhibit portals include online training and an administrator help database to answer frequently asked questions. For more information on Cloud Exhibit visit: About Cloud Conventions Cloud Conventions is a Virtual Trade Show and Conference Platform from Convey Services that brings new capabilities to a marketplace looking for solutions to replace the thousands of live trade shows, annual conferences and association meetings cancelled in the wake of COVID-19. Originally launched as ConveyLive, Cloud Conventions automates exhibitors and virtual booths, attendee registration, speaker sessions and reminders, invitations and email communication, while at the same time producing detailed analytics on attendee, session and exhibitor activity. Trade Associations and event managers can explore all of the Cloud Conventions solutions by visiting or contacting or call 888-975-1382. Cloud Conventions™, Cloud Exhibit™, Cloud Kickoffs™, Conduct™, One-Touch Email Share™, Hub & Spoke™, 360° Virtual Exhibit Hall & Lobby Experience™ and ListLock™ are trademarks of Convey Services LLC Contact Details Bruce Ahern +1 770-580-0810 Company Website

November 17, 2020 01:45 PM Eastern Standard Time

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NASA taps WiBotic, Astrobotic, Bosch and UW to Develop Wireless Charging for Lunar Robots


Today WiBotic, a leader in advanced wireless charging and fleet energy management solutions for the rapidly expanding ecosystem of aerial, mobile, marine and industrial robots, announced a partnership with Astrobotic, Bosch and the University of Washington to develop and commercialize wireless charging solutions for robots on the moon. The $5.8 million contract, awarded to prime contractor Astrobotic Inc., is part of NASA’s ‘Tipping Point’ program to overcome challenges associated with charging robots on the lunar surface. “We’re thrilled to have been selected by Astrobotic and NASA to deliver wireless charging capabilities to the next generation of lunar vehicles,” said Ben Waters, CEO and co-founder, WiBotic. “While WiBotic specializes in wireless charging for military, industrial and commercial robots in all sorts of punishing environments here on Earth – from large warehouses to dusty deserts and corrosive saltwater – this is our first chance to take our technology into space. We’re excited to work closely with NASA and be part of the next chapter of space exploration.” Project Description: WiBotic is developing rapid charging systems and energy monitoring base stations for lunar robots, including the CubeRover – a shoebox-sized robot designed by Astrobotic – that will operate autonomously and charge wirelessly on the Moon. Bosch researchers are contributing software expertise in wireless connectivity and intelligent AI, and the University of Washington will contribute its Sensor Systems Lab to help support realistic lunar environment testing and validation. Challenges with Charging Robots on the Moon: Traditionally lunar landers, as well as other large space exploration vehicles, are powered by solar arrays or small nuclear reactors. Rovers and small robots, however, are not big enough to carry their own dedicated power supplies and must be tethered to their larger counterparts via electrical cables. Tethering severely restricts mobility, and cables are prone to failure due to lunar dust (regolith) interfering with electrical contact points. Additionally, as robots become smaller and more complex, they are fitted with additional sensors that require more power, further exacerbating the problem. Lastly, solar arrays are not viable for charging during the lunar night. Solution: WiBotic’s rapid proximity charging solution enables smaller robots to wirelessly charge from lunar landers – equipped with docking stations or base stations deployed across the lunar surface – without the need for tethering. With WiBotic’s technology, self-navigating robots can: Stay warm and function during the lunar night. Surviving the lunar night is a significant challenge, and systems that do survive are complex, heavy and redundant. NASA’s Tipping Point contract, under its wider Artemis Program, aims to solve this problem by using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. Resilience to regolith. WiBotic’s proven technology – already in use by commercial and military customers – is uniquely positioned to address this particular challenge for robots operating in harsh environments. Exposed contacts and connectors have proven unreliable on lunar surfaces where regolith is finer and more conductive than dust here on earth. With WiBotic, robots can charge without making contact even if they do not dock with perfect alignment. Simplify human activities on the moon. Given the limited dexterity of astronaut suits, WiBotic’s technology can be used to charge instruments without connecting cords, increasing productivity and maximizing highly valuable time in space and on the lunar surface. “Bringing wireless power technology to the surface of the Moon and beyond is a game changer in the way space robotics systems have traditionally interacted,” says Cedric Corpa de la Fuente, Electrical Engineer for Planetary Mobility at Astrobotic. For instance, by removing dependencies to solar charging, a new wide range of opportunities for smaller and lighter systems becomes available for missions that were not within reach before - such as survival of lunar night missions. Just like Astrobotic's CubeRover, WiBotic's wireless technology platform is scalable and supports a wide range of power needs. This makes the end product very appealing not only for companies but also for all new space electrical systems and infrastructures.” “Our longer term vision is to pioneer a lunar wireless power grid to supply energy for a wide range of both manned and unmanned vehicles, irrespective of their individual battery types, voltages or required power levels,” continued Waters. “This is only the first step in creating a common infrastructure of wireless charging stations and Fleet Energy management software to be deployed across the surface of the moon.” WiBotic provides wireless charging and fleet energy management solutions for the rapidly growing ecosystem of aerial, mobile, marine and industrial robots. Its solutions help companies optimize the uptime of robot fleets and are an integral component of fully autonomous robotic operations. WiBotic works with companies in a variety of industries. For more information, please go to: Contact Details Forrest Carman +1 206-859-3118

November 17, 2020 08:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

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Comodo and Northwoods Partnership Brings Zero-Day Attack Protection to Twin Cities Marketplace


Comodo, the world’s leader of next-generation cybersecurity announced a partnership with Northwoods, a Managed Services Provider (MSP) operating out of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. “We chose Comodo because we needed the ability to sell high-end endpoint protection to our client base. In the ever-evolving world of cybersecurity, it is the MSP’s fiduciary duty to provide defense systems that counter zero-day attacks without breaking the bank,” said Kevin Fafinski, Northwoods CEO. He continued, “We looked into SentinelOne, but Comodo’s platform is the most sophisticated endpoint protection suite that I have come across. It is priced fairly and runs smoothly on the end user's machine.” Northwoods will offer Comodo’s Dragon platform with advanced endpoint protection (AEP), which is a complete cloud-native framework that delivers a zero-trust architecture to protect and defend endpoints. Its patent-pending auto containment technology has active breach protection that neutralizes ransomware, malware and cyber-attacks. The auto containment runs an unknown executable in a kernel API virtualized mode, thereby offering attack surface reduction (ASR) which neutralizes ransomware attacks. The Dragon Platform also utilizes a Default Deny security posture with Default Allow usability to provide a most comprehensive protection against zero-day threats, while having no impact on end-user experience or workflows. In addition, Comodo’s Valkyrie analyzes and gives a trusted verdict for every file – no other company will analyze and give trusted verdict for 100% of files on a network. Comodo’s platform shares intelligence between every component of the platform and is therefore more secure than disparate products that claim best of breed but don’t share information. Alan Knepfer, President and Chief Revenue Office at Comodo said, “This partnership gives Northwoods the confidence that they are protecting their clientele with the most sophisticated endpoint protection suite available. Protecting their customers from breaches and data loss are the most important benefits this brings to their business.” About Northwoods Northwoods is a Managed Services Provider (MSP) operating out of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. We are well-versed in a variety of operating systems, networks and databases. We work with just about any technology that a small business would encounter. We use this expertise to help customers with all their IT needs. For more information visit About Comodo Comodo is the world’s leader of next-generation open source cybersecurity, with the industry’s most disruptive innovations. We help customers stop breaches with groundbreaking auto containment technology that neutralizes ransomware, malware and cyber-attacks. Our complete cloud-native framework delivers a zero-trust architecture with active breach protection for the most comprehensive defense against zero-day threats. Comodo’s cybersecurity products maximize intelligent sharing between every component of the platform, therefore providing superior security. We are the only company that analyzes and gives a trusted verdict for 100% of files on a network. Comodo leverages innovation to celebrate and support the cybersecurity community by offering the very first open source endpoint detection and response (EDR). We believe that an open source model using community-powered collaboration will ensure that every organization has access to the industry’s most sophisticated EDR. Headquartered in Clifton NJ, Comodo’s global development team and threat intelligence laboratories deliver innovative, category leading, security solutions for thousands of companies’ endpoints, network boundaries, and internal networks. For more information visit Contact Details Carolyn Muzyka +1 973-859-4000 Company Website

November 17, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Replicated Announces Troubleshoot As a Stand Alone Open Source Project

Replicated, Inc.

Replicated, which enables software vendors to ship on-prem, private cloud, and even air gapped versions of their software, today announced Troubleshoot as a stand alone open source project. Troubleshoot is a framework for application-level troubleshooting of Kubernetes apps that can eliminate the back-and-forth between vendors and customers when installing and managing software in customer environments. Software vendors and their customers spend countless hours iterating on on-prem software deployments and management. Customers identify installation errors and vendors reply with commands that customers can use to address the error. The process repeats itself for hours or days, is inefficient, and taxes the vendor’s relationship with the customer. Companies can now integrate Troubleshoot into their own processes and documentation. Troubleshoot is exposed as two distinct products: Preflight and Support-bundle, packaged as `kubectl` plugins and distributed via [krew]( Preflight Preflight validates the customer's environment before an application is installed, to prevent common errors. For example, Preflight can check for insufficient memory capacity, the existence of a secret with a certain key to provide access to a database, or the lack of required Kubernetes add-ons; so customers don’t start an installation that may not work. Support-bundle Support-bundle collects logs and analyzes the customer’s environment and application configuration to detect and diagnose common problems in a running application. Support-bundle provides a reliable and quick way for an end-user to collect all the information necessary to debug an issue. And, if necessary, automatically redacts sensitive information so that it can be sent to the software vendor for further analysis, without violating security policies. Troubleshoot isn’t just for commercial software vendors. “Our vision is to see commercial and open source projects include preflight checks and support bundles in their projects,” said Mark Pundsack, CPO of Replicated. “We want to ease the burden of managing Kubernetes applications for everyone. That’s why we’re making it open source.” You can create your own Preflight checks and Troubleshoot your application or open source project. Get started: In other Replicated open source news: SchemaHero joins CNCF Sandbox ShemaHero, an open source project from Replicated, was accepted into the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Sandbox project this month. SchemaHero is an open source project to address complex schema migrations in a Kubernetes-native way. Replicated created SchemaHero to make database schemas declarative and has been running it on its production environment and on-prem installations. For more information about SchemaHero visit About Replicated Replicated is the modern way to ship on-prem software. Replicated gives software vendors a container-based platform for easily deploying cloud native applications inside customers'​ environments to provide greater security and control. Learn more at Contact Details Forrest Carman +1 206-859-3118 Company Website

November 17, 2020 09:03 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Discovering the Joys of Tulsa… Safely

D S Simon Media

A trip to Tulsa may be a little different than it was before, but the heart of the city, it’s people, and it’s attractions haven’t skipped a beat. Recently, Tony Moore, Executive Director of The Gathering Place and Mary Beth Babcock, owner of Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on Route 66, teamed with Visit Tulsa and YourUpdateTV on a satellite media tour to discuss the new Tulsa Safely initiative. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: The Tulsa Safely initiative is uniting local partners and businesses who are adhering to all recommended CDC health regulations, like wearing masks. Places like Mother Road Market are doing outdoor patio dining and take-out only and ensuring that they are respecting social distancing guidelines. Route 66, with its quirky shops and stops, including Buck Atom’s, is a great family attraction that is also outside for easy social distancing. The route is iconic and has many exciting discoveries for a family to enjoy. The Route 66 Passport is an interactive way to enjoy the fabled roadway, allowing families to collect stamps from establishments along the route. The ever-inclusive and engaging Gathering Place, Tulsa’s 66-acre, $465 million public park that takes days to fully experience, is the top choice for family activities. The seasonal events are changing to address pandemic protocols and masks are required. The Tulsa Zoo, who just welcomed three new animals, also attracts families to explore the many enclosures that bring them face to face with all sorts of creatures. Masks are required and visitors must purchase tickets in advance to prevent crowding. The Oklahoma Aquarium boasts an impressive world-class collection of bull sharks and offers unique animal encounters for guests. The attraction requires masks, urges visitors to come outside of peak hours and mandates social distancing. Cultural institutions like Philbrook & Gilcrease Museums have outdoor events for families while The Botanic Garden and Tulsa’s River Trails & Parks offer family fun in any season. Tulsa is also known as a battleground for Civil Rights, and the Greenwood Cultural Center is a step towards exploring this history. Next year, Tulsa will be home to an even larger museum, Greenwood Rising, showcasing Black history in Tulsa. As a community, Tulsa is taking momentous steps toward healing.. Check out for more information when you’re ready to travel again and come back early in 2021 for a full new website experience. About Tony Moore, Executive Director, Gathering Place As a hospitality park executive with more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Tony has served in a leadership capacity for some of the most respected entertainment brands including Universal Studios, SeaWorld Parks and Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Tony owned and operated a hospitality consulting firm, Attractions Management Group Inc. and is now serving as the Executive Director for a one of a kind, world-class, urban park, Gathering Place. About Mary Beth Babcock, Owner of Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on Route 66: A native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Mary Beth Babcock has become known as one of her state’s most talented and enthusiastic goodwill ambassadors. As the founder of such Tulsa mainstays as Dwelling Spaces and the famous Route 66 landmark Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66, Babcock’s boundless energy has helped put Tulsa on the map in all new ways. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

November 17, 2020 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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FADA - Feeling Ditched, Indian Harley Davidson Dealers Question 'Brotherhood' and Explore Legal Action Against the American Bike Manufacturer

The Federation of Automobile Dealers Association

The following is a statement from the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association: The recent announcement of the exit of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in India has left Indian Dealer community hugely bitter and angry. Saddled with big loans and an uncertain business environment glaring at their face, the dealers are crying hoax as they are being coerced with ‘take-it-or-else leave’ offer. The dealers are questioning the tall promises made by the brand and its core values of ‘brotherhood’. Demanding a fair deal, the dealers and chapters have intensified their pitch to jointly expose Harley-Davidson who continues to make coercive offers to vulnerable dealers. The 33 dealers and chapters are exploring legal action even as Harley-Davidson is seeking to develop, sell and service motorbikes under a deal with Hero MotoCorp Ltd in India over the next 3 years. AZB & Partners, a leading Indian law firm based in India, is currently reviewing the paperwork with Harley-Davidson dealers to suggest a legal plan of action. The Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) in India is backing the Harley-Davidson dealers in their demand for a fair settlement deal. The American motorcycle company is offering the dealers a mere US$20 per sq. ft. value depreciated at 10% per annum for the years in operation and a 6-month reimbursement of the sale margins. This deal is applicable only on condition of accepting the Hero-Harley dealership. The dealer brotherhood is crying foul by attempts of coercion and insensitive treatment by the company, terming it as the “worst deal ever” in the Indian market. The compensation offer is only close to 20% of the sum that General Motors had paid while shutting down its India operations in 2017. Said, Mr Vinkesh Gulati, President FADA, “Harley-Davidson is not living up to its claim of brotherhood as its cornerstone and is giving Indian dealers a raw deal. When General Motors, another American company wound up its India operations in 2017, the dealers were offered a substantially higher compensation and the settlement was far more reasonable.” The Harley Dealers Association in a statement on 23rd September when Harley-Davidson announced to wind up India operations, said, they were expecting the decision to be implemented in the true spirit of upholding the brand’s spirit of brotherhood and to respect the interest of its dealers. For the dealers of Harley Davidson, the cost of setting up a showroom has been much higher than that of any other auto brand. The reason is because of Harley-Davidson’s insistence for dealerships or chapters to reflect the scale of its brand in display, size, location and customer offering. Harley-Davidson dealerships are not 1,000 square feet of retail space to sell motorcycles, but spread across 9,000-odd square feet of area including a cafe, a workshop, garage, lockers and even a shower facility for riders to give them an experience unique to the Milwaukee-headquartered group. Gaurav Gulati, an avid Harley Davidson rider-turned dealer, turned a once-abandoned warehouse in Delhi into India’s best motorcycle dealership. The compensation means nothing in comparison to the US $1.2 million investment and factoring US $20,000 per month towards rent expenses. Gulati Said, “The compensation offered is so poor that it completely shatters the philosophy of ‘brotherhood’ that Harley created. Harley has failed us to compensate us for the deep losses we have incurred. After working so hard and passionately, we feel cheated by such tactics. After believing in Harley’s India dream and holding the flag high, we feel let down, despite having stood by the company all through.” Adarsh Tulshan, an avid Harley-Davidson rider-turned dealer says, “The compensation offered is almost negligible compared to my US $1.5 million investment and a $30,000 monthly rent and employee salaries. The compensation offer being made is a mere 10% of the investments I have made, leave aside the losses I will have to incur to make Harley the most selling premium motorcycle in India with more than 50% market share year on year”. South India based dealer, Ramu Yelamanchli, who had invested his huge amounts to set up a dealership for his son is a worried man. He said, “If Harley was unsure of the Indian market why did they entice us to keep investing our hard earned money? They capitalized on our emotional attachments for a 100 plus year brand. Now they are prying on the emotional situation of certain dealers and are forcing them to accept their shoddy terms of settlement. It is indeed very unfortunate.” Ramu lamented, “The whole brotherhood story of “riders first” has been left shattered in the manner in which Harley-Davidson has chosen to execute this settlement. Who will bear the loss of scaling down and why should I pay for it?” Manish Gupta, who owns the Harley-Davidson dealership in Central India said “We have been left with uncertainty about the fate of our investments and a gloomy business outlook. The brand made big promises such as a new smaller segment for bikes and several methods to improve sales. We expect Harley-Davidson to appropriately compensate us and honor the essence of brotherhood”. Added Gupta, “Collectively, nearly US $25 million has been invested in dealerships. Now these investment will become zero. We have to continue paying rent and salaries to our employees during the uncertain times. The compensation deal had only soured Harley-Davidson’s ill-planned India story during its exit than sweetening it.” About FADA India Founded in 1964, Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), is the apex national body of Automobile Retail Industry in India engaged in the sale, service and spares of 2/3 Wheelers, Passenger Cars, UVs, Commercial Vehicles (including buses and trucks) and Tractors. FADA India represents over 15,000 automobile dealers having 26,500 dealerships including multiple Associations of Automobile Dealers at the Regional, State and City levels representing the entire Auto Retail Industry. Together we employ ~4 million people at dealerships and service centres. FADA India, at the same time also actively networks with the Industries and the authorities, both at the Central & State levels to provide its inputs and suggestions on the Auto Policy, Taxation, Vehicle Registration Procedure, Road Safety and Clean Environment, etc. to sustain the growth of the Automobile Retail Trade in India. Contact Details Saharsh Damani, CEO, FADA +91 99107 22552

November 16, 2020 11:47 AM Eastern Standard Time

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CMMC Center of Excellence Announces Memorandum of Understanding with Maryland Innovation & Security Institute

Interoperability Clearinghouse

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Center of Excellence ( CMMC COE ), hosted by the Information Technology Acquisition Advisory Council (IT-AAC), a public-private partnership serving the public and private sectors for more than 15 years, is proud to announce a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute ( MISI ) and Dreamport Mission Accelerator. This unique partnership will extend efforts to advance the goals and objectives for improving the cyber and supply chain security and resilience of the US Department of Defense (DoD) global Defense Industrial Base (DIB) network of contractors, suppliers, and vendors. The executed MOU establishes a cooperative agreement between the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute and CMMC COE to partner in the furthering of their respective and complementary missions and objectives regarding the adoption, use, and expansion of CMMC based cybersecurity practices for the DIB contractor community and the information and communication technology community creating a broader CMMC ecosystem to improve security and resilience. Specific actions will include: The co-development of CMMC advisory services, cyber training and education programs to accelerate CMMC certification, increase cyber adoption and improve cyber protection & resilience. Collaboration on cyber technology knowledge sharing Co-sponsor symposiums, training programs and podcasts leveraging their combined cyber and IT expertise. Host regular working groups, with other partners, to enable collaboration and communications. Establish an independent Industry Cyber Security Advisory Council with peer organizations to advise and educate leaders across government and industry on the continued evolution and effectiveness of CMMC Through this exciting partnership, the CMMC-COE ( ) will also focus on bringing together the many disparate cyber and national security communities of interest to reduce complexity, improve awareness, and accelerate industry effort to become more cyber resilient against the growing threats from nation states and criminal enterprises. The CMMC-COE partner network will be sharing a wide range of capabilities from member organizations, including; cyber standards frameworks, education, solution architectures, cyber mentoring, workforce, and other elements needed to scale to the demands of the entire DIB market place in the US and abroad (400,000+ contractors). The CMMC-COE establishes both a Market Place and Knowledge Clearinghouse that will include resources that support the overall effort, including white papers; tutorials; recorded webcasts; presentations; and more that will help reduce the cost and burden on small/medium size contractors already struggling from the impact of COVID. MISI is recognized as a leading provider of cybersecurity expertise and test and evaluation resource for cybersecurity technologies. MISI helps organizations by disrupting traditional innovation and accelerating the discovery of viable cybersecurity and related technologies that when combined with more mature technology, results in powerful new capabilities tackling new vulnerabilities and attack vectors launched at the US and the world. Acceleration is accomplished through maximum collaboration between our global cybersecurity and technology network of resources, academia, federal laboratories, and technology incubators and accelerators in our cyber mission accelerator facilities and labs, thereby, speeding up solution discovery through continuous probing of the marketplace and disruptive thought leadership. The team at MISI is deeply engaged with DoD suppliers across the nation and around the world as part of the organization’s efforts to find, test, evaluate, and develop as necessary, cost-effective cyber solutions in support of the nation and its supply chain. MISI’s work includes an almost two year deep dive into studying the challenges and state of the Defense Industrial Base ( DIB ) as it pertains to DFARS-7012 and readiness for the new CMMC requirements. For more information on the CMMC COE, please visit email or call 703-863-3766 For more information on the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute, please visit About Us ---------- CMMC-COE.ORG is a unique non-profit public-private partnership, with a vision to accelerate Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CMM) adoption, and reduce time & cost for security compliance for our partners by leveraging commercial best practices, CMMC standards, and innovative solutions for a measurable success. Our mission, focused on DOD mission objectives, cost containment and expeditious CMMC compliance, is to help the DIB improve cyber posture and resilience, and simplify its acquisition. The CMMC-COE is hosted by the Information Technology Acquisition Advisory Council (IT-AAC), a public/private partnership (P3) chartered in 2007 as an honest broker to reach outside the confines of the Federal IT advisories that lack dynamic reach into the Global IT Market, and dedicated to the adoption of commercial IT management standards of practice and innovations emanating from the Global IT market. Team IT-AAC has already demonstrated the value of its decade long investment, and provides a unique value to agencies seeking to achieve accelerate the transformation of legacy processes and systems. Our Just-in-Time SMEs apply an innovative suite of Technology Business Management and Agile Acquisition Processes needed to assure the business value of commercial IT. The Interoperability Clearinghouse (ICH), is the managing partner that make up the 24 NGO/SDO organizations that make up the IT-AAC. ICH provides the contract vehicles, clearances, and critical resources proven to guide sustainable, measurable and repeatable processes needed to drive better investment decisions as the speed of mission need, while aligning existing processes, methods and workforce with IT reform mandates contained in Clinger Cohen Act, FITARA, IT MGT Act, EO13838. Contact Details Bob Dix +1 703-975-6633 Company Website

November 16, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Holiday Shopping Tips from a Personal Finance Expert

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After a difficult 2020, it’s no surprise that this holiday season will look and feel a little different. With consumers potentially navigating difficult financial times, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for what lies ahead. Recently, Personal Finance Expert, Farnoosh Torabi, teamed with YourUpdateTV on a national satellite media tour to discuss. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: Get a Head Start There’s no need to wait until Black Friday or December to begin holiday shopping. Sales are abundant and round-the-clock this year, as retailers work hard to attract shoppers in a slow economy. When you see a sale for an item that’s on your list, take advantage of it. Waiting until the last minute only ensures you’ll be left with few options, in which case you might overspend on items that weren’t originally on your list. Make Budgeting a Family Affair You’re likely not the only member of the family concerned with blowing your budget over the holidays. To that end, be sure to openly discuss your savings goals with your family and suggest alternatives that could help bring down everyone’s expenses. For example, you might want to throw out the idea of an anonymous gift exchange, ‘Secret Santa,’ or ‘Pollyanna’ so that each family member only needs to shop for one person instead of multiple. Make it extra budget-friendly by capping gifts to no more than $25 or $30. Use Credit Wisely Avoid the traditional New Year debt hangover and be conscientious when using your credit card this holiday season. Try to streamline your spending onto one card for easier tracking. While you’re at it, use the card that best rewards you for all of your holiday purchases. For example, the Capital One Walmart Rewards Card helps will save you time and money this holiday season with unlimited 5% cash back on purchases. And if you’re planning to get out of your home for the holidays, the Capital One Walmart Rewards Card also earns you 2% back on restaurants and travel, so you’re saving everywhere you shop. That savings will allow you to spend more time on what matters during the holidays and less time shopping around. Bulk Buy Common Gifts For gifts you anticipate giving to many people this year, for example, bottles of wine, chocolates or stocking stuffers for your kids, buy the items in bulk. Often retailers will provide a 10% or 15% discount if you buy several of one item, whether it’s six pairs of the same socks or several pounds of sweets. It may not be advertised, but always worth asking a store manager. Never Checkout without a Promo Code Before you click “check out” online, be sure you’re not leaving any discounts on the table. A quick internet search for the name of the retailer and the term “discount code” might lead you to some handy codes to save a fast 20% or free shipping. For more information about the Capital One Walmart Rewards Card, visit or visit for more holiday shopping tips. About Farnoosh Torabi Farnoosh Torabi is one of America’s leading personal finance authorities — hooked on helping you live your richest, happiest life. As a Contributing Editor to Oprah Magazine and NextAdvisor, host of primetime series for CNBC and creator of the Webby-nominated podcast So Money, Farnoosh has become our favorite go-to money expert and financial friend. The New York Times calls her advice, “perfectly practical.” About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

November 13, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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