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RSC Group: University of Ottawa Joined a Multi-National Team to Combat COVID-19

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The Bioanalytical and Molecular Interaction Laboratory lead by Professor Maxim Berezovski at the University of Ottawa has joined an international science group “ from Russia, Finland and Italy “ which got high priority access to Russian RSC Tornado supercomputer for studying methods to fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus infection.

The multi-national research team uses a recently upgraded cluster system based on 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, which has been deployed by RSC Group, the leading Russian solution provider for high-performance computing.

The international project aims to develop medicine for diagnostics and therapy against the coronavirus contagious disease that became the cause of the global pandemic. Finding treatments to prevent and mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 is the highest priority in the worldwide scientific community now. The international and multidisciplinary project takes advantages of the latest advances in experimental physics, chemistry, and biology to investigate the life cycle of the virus and to target specifically its specific proteins. Sophisticated simulation methods require supercomputing power to study all details of the interaction between the Spike-protein on coronavirus surface and the human protein ACE2 which is known to be the entry point for SARS and SARS-2 coronaviruses. It will help to complete all research stages within a limited amount of time.

Rapid global spread of COVID-19 coronavirus infection pandemic has shown that there are no clear global emergency response plans against threats to humankind caused by new viruses. One of the obvious shortcomings is the lack of technologies for the quick development of medicines for diagnostics and therapy. We all have different competencies, knowledge, skills and resources. Our geographically distributed team includes virologists, biologists, chemists, mathematicians and physical scientists. The international cooperation is extremely important to achieve quick progress and rapidly react to the ever-changing situation with global coronavirus pandemic. We hope that our research will actually help to fight the spread of such infections, explains Anna Kichkailo, Head of Laboratory for Digital Controlled Drugs and Theranostics at the Krasnoyarsk Federal Science Center of Russian Academy of Sciences.

The international team consists of:

  • Laboratory for Digital Controlled Drugs and Theranostics and Laboratory of Physics of Magnetic Phenomena, Kirensky Institute of Physics at the Federal Science Center, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (KIP FSC SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk, Russia),
  • Laboratory for Biomolecular and Medical Technology, V.F. Voyno-Yasenetsky Krasnoyarsk State Medical University (KSMU, Krasnoyarsk, Russia) “ project coordinator,
  • Laboratory of Chemical Cybernetics, Department of Chemistry at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU, Moscow, Russia),
  • Laboratory for Computer Simulation of Biomolecular Systems and Nanomaterials at N. M. Emanuel Institute of Biochemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences (IBCP RAS, Moscow, Russia),
  • Organic Synthesis Laboratory, Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medical Science, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ICBFM SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Russia),
  • The Bioanalytical and Molecular Interaction Laboratory, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Ottawa (Canada),
  • Nanoscience Center and Department of Chemistry, University of Jyv¤skyl¤, Jyv¤skyl¤ (Finland),
  • Institute for Experimental Endocrinology and Oncology (IEOS), part of National Research Council (CNR), Naples (Italy),
  • Department of Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnology, Federico II University of Naples (Italy).

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PG&E PSPS Oct. 26 10:00 PM Update: More Than 156,000 Customers Have Been Restored Since Monday Morning, With Essentially All Other Customers Expected to Have Power Back On by Tuesday Night

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) restored power Monday night by 10:00 PM to more than 156,000 of the approximately 345,000 customers impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) that started Sunday morning on Oct. 25. All remaining customersapproximately 189,000are expected to have power back on late Tuesday evening.

PG&E crews began restoring power to customers where no damage or hazards to electrical equipment were found during inspections that began as early as Monday morning in locations where the weather all clear was received. In areas where equipment was damaged by the severe wind event, crews worked safely and as quickly as possible to make the repairs and restore those customers.

Today, PG&E meteorologists issued a weather all clear for most of the areas impacted by this PSPS event. To fully restore service, PG&E crews will need to complete their patrols of over 17,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines for damage or hazards.

The patrol and inspection efforts include nearly 1,800 on-the-ground personnel, 65 helicopters and one airplane. Preliminary data shows at least 13 instances of weather-related damage and hazards in the PSPS-affected areas. Examples include downed lines and vegetation on power lines. If PG&E had not de-energized power lines, these types of damage could have caused wildfire ignitions.

PSPS Restoration

PG&E has restored 156,000 customers today and expects all remaining customers to have power back on late Tuesday evening. Restoration may be delayed for some customers if there is significant damage to individual lines, which could be caused by wind-blown branches and other debris.

The restoration process PG&E follows includes:

  1. Patrol “ PG&E crews look for potential weather-related damage to the lines, poles and towers. This is done by foot, vehicle and air.
  2. Repair “ Where equipment damage is found, PG&E crews isolate the damaged area from the rest of the system so other parts of the system can be energized.
  3. Restore “ Once the system is safe to energize, PG&E’s Control Center can complete the process and restore power to affected areas.
  4. Notify Customers “ Customers are notified that power has been restored.

For more information on the PSPS event, visit pge.com/pspsupdates.

Extreme Winds Recorded Across Service Area

Winds in de-energized areas due to PSPS were recorded as follows:

County

Max recorded sustained winds (mph)

Max recorded wind gusts (mph)

Sonoma

76

89

Napa

54

82

Contra Costa

55

74

Lake

57

71

Placer

42

71

Alameda

52

66

More Information on PG&E PSPS Events

PG&Es goal is to have essentially all customers affected by the PSPS who can receive power restored within 12 daylight hours of the weather All Clear for each affected area.

PG&E uses a PSPS only as the last resort to protect community and customer safety against wildfires, given dry and windy weather, dry vegetation and an elevated fire risk across portions of its service area.

PG&E will submit a report detailing damage from the severe weather to the California Public Utilities Commission within 10 days of the completion of the PSPS.

For more information on the PSPS event, visit pge.com/pspsupdates.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.

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EquitiesFirst Appoints Gordon Crosbie-Walsh Chief Executive Officer, Asia

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HONG KONG, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Equities First Holdings ("EquitiesFirst"), the global asset-backed financing company, today announced the appointment of Gordon Crosbie-Walsh as Chief Executive Officer, Asia with immediate effect. In his new role, Gordon will be tasked with managing EquitiesFirst’s operations throughout the Asia region with a focus on business development across Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and Mainland China.

Equities First Holdings (“EquitiesFirst”) today announced the appointment of Gordon Crosbie-Walsh as Chief Executive Officer, Asia with immediate effect.
Equities First Holdings (“EquitiesFirst”) today announced the appointment of Gordon Crosbie-Walsh as Chief Executive Officer, Asia with immediate effect.

Gordon brings more than three decades of financial services experience to his new role, including chartered accounting, equity research, equity sales and investment banking. Prior to joining EquitiesFirst, Gordon led several investment banking businesses in Asia, including CM Financial and Jefferies Asia, where he was also Head, Equity Capital Markets. Prior to Jefferies, Gordon held a senior leadership role at JP Morgan’s Equity Capital Markets division. Before this role, Gordon spent more than a decade as Managing Director, Head of Equity Sales at Deutsche Bank and Salomon Smith Barney.

EquitiesFirst’s Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Al Christy Jr said today, "Gordon’s career track record makes him the ideal candidate to take our Asia business to the next level. We are in the progressive capital business and Gordon brings a deep understanding of the regional markets making him a natural fit for the Chief Executive role. Our innovative investment model overcomes the limitations of traditional financing where our partners receive non-recourse capital at very competitive terms in exchange for asset collateral."

Gordon Crosbie-Walsh said from Hong Kong today, "It is an honour to be appointed Chief Executive Officer at EquitiesFirst. I have always had respect for the firm and their unique investment model which makes us the best-fit solution for underserved asset owners seeking efficient capital. We seek mutually beneficial relationships that enable our partners to seize investment and business opportunities effectively and rapidly. I look forward to working with the team in Asia and our global leadership as we take EquitiesFirst to new levels of success and performance."

About Equities First Holdings

Equities First Holdings ("EquitiesFirst") is a global institutional investment company, whollyowned by American financier and entrepreneur Alexander Christy, Jr. The firm manages over USD1 billion of proprietary capital in a public equities portfolio. The firm’s core investment strategy is to manage a public equity portfolio. Its method of portfolio construction is based on equity-backed financing. Scaled worldwide, EquitiesFirst has provided progressive capital to hundreds of corporations, investors and other long-term shareholders.

The firm was incorporated in 2002 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, USA. EquitiesFirst maintains an international footprint of 12 offices, operating in all major financial markets. All subsidiaries are either licensed or registered with local financial regulators, including Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Australia and Dubai.

EquitiesFirst is licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong with CE number BFJ407 for the Regulated Activity of Dealing in Securities. www.equitiesfirst.com

©2020 Equities First Holdings Hong Kong Limited. All rights reserved.

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Arcc Spaces Launches Innovative ‘Agile Hybrid Solution’

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Concept designed to help businesses and individuals cope with Covid-19 remote working challenges

SINGAPORE, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Arcc Spaces, the leading shared workspace brand with 16 premium locations across Asia, today announces the launch of its new innovative ‘Agile Hybrid Solution’. The unique offering is provided under the Arcc Spaces Care+ Solutions package to help small and medium sized business (SMEs), multinational corporations (MNCs), start-ups, and entrepreneurs to cope with the new remote working situation resulting from Covid-19. The pandemic has forced some companies to downsize and establish remote working on a permanent basis, or at the very least until well into 2021. The new home office environment that many employees have found themselves in, however, is creating new challenges in terms of productivity, wellbeing and appropriate furniture to perform.

Arcc Spaces Care+ solutions offers 'On Demand Solution', 'Agile Hybrid Solution' and 'Enterprise Solution Powered By Design Studio' to cope with Covid-19 remote working challenges
Arcc Spaces Care+ solutions offers ‘On Demand Solution’, ‘Agile Hybrid Solution’ and ‘Enterprise Solution Powered By Design Studio’ to cope with Covid-19 remote working challenges

Arcc Spaces Care+ Solutions offers three solutions. ‘On Demand Solution’ provides passes ranging from five days to one month for members to access four centres located at One Marina Boulevard, 75 High Street, Suntec City and 99 Duxton Road to enjoy working at the shared space and premium office facilities. ‘Agile Hybrid Solution (AHS)’ is a tailor-made solution for individuals, SMEs and MNCs to cope with employee needs for remote working. Some employees face challenges when they work from home such as disruptive environments, poor connectivity and bad posture. AHS allows companies to sign up memberships for their employees to use the private suites, shared spaces and meeting rooms at Arcc Spaces’ four centres. Most importantly the solution comes with a European-made height-adjustable table and HAG Capisco chair delivered to employees’ homes by Arcc Spaces’ strategic business partner, Ecopex Furniture. Ecopex and Arcc Spaces are developing innovative solutions to the challenges of Covid-19, emphasizing sustainability through its use of refurbished products and its support of the circular economy. This helps boost employee productivity and comfort while working from home. So far, a global technology company, a US bank, and two real estate companies are already signed up for the new solution. In total, 30 individuals are enrolled in the programme at launch. Finally, ‘Enterprise Solution Powered By Design Studio’ offers corporate clients with tailor-made, personalised workplaces to meet their enterprise needs.

Matthew Chisholm, Chief Operating Officer of Arcc Spaces, said: "The launch of our ‘Agile Hybrid Solution’ represents a milestone in our thinking. Arcc Spaces has been in the market for over 20 years and has been evolving to meet individual and corporate needs. This solution extends our service from the flexible workplace to the home workplace. This new offering is a first step towards the future of work, where we leverage innovative valued-added bundles which solve for each individual and better understands their needs. The data we are collecting on behalf of our corporate clients will assist us to respond to ongoing changes in the workplace, ensuring we remain ahead of the curve in driving productivity, wellbeing and engagement for both individuals and the organisations they are part of.  

Henrik Meltesen, Founder and Owner of Ecopex Furniture, said: "Technology has empowered modern workers with enhanced mobility and connectivity to work from anywhere at anytime. Workstation ergonomics are a vital element in improving health and increasing productivity. In response to this, we have carefully selected and curated a range of workplace solutions to address the increase in remote collaboration. Arcc Spaces’ ‘Agile Hybrid Solution’ creates new value for its members, and increases customer loyalty and retention rates. Moreover, we are able to leverage customer feedback to improve our offerings and better serve market needs."

The on-demand five-day pass starts from SGD 188 and ‘Agile Hybrid Solution’ monthly fees starts from SGD 519. For details, please visit: https://discover.arccspaces.com/care-plus-package-singapore.

About Arcc Spaces

Arcc Spaces is a shared workspace brand with 16 locations across Asia that works with corporates to transform the way they work and drive innovation through a network of hospitality-led spaces. Headquartered in Singapore, Arcc Spaces has locations across Malaysia, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.  We provide access to a collection of beautifully designed business hubs, lounges and labs grounded in landmark projects across the world’s gateway cities to empower today’s leaders to meet, collaborate, learn and access talents and opportunities. Arcc Spaces is a part of the Arcc Holdings, a transformative real estate and hospitality company that develops and operates a range of concepts in the areas of ‘Work, Live and Play’. For more information, please visit https://www.arccspaces.com

 

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