Hunter Industries Selects Augmentir to Digitally Transform its Manufacturing Operations

The company adopts Augmentir’s AI-powered Connected Worker platform to empower its manufacturing workforce and improve operational efficiency

HORSHAM, Pa., Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Augmentir, Inc., the leading provider of artificial intelligence-based connected worker software for industrial companies, announced today that Hunter Industries, a global manufacturer of products for the irrigation, outdoor lighting, dispensing technology, and custom manufacturing sectors, has selected Augmentir as its next-generation Connected Worker platform for its manufacturing operations. 

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Hunter offers a full spectrum of water- and energy-efficient solutions for residential, commercial, municipal, and agricultural applications. The company’s diverse array of products can be seen all over the world. Hunter prides itself on core values of customer satisfaction, innovation, social responsibility, and valuing employees. The selection of Augmentir’s connected worker platform reinforces those themes, allowing Hunter to deliver digital tools that help their manufacturing workforce perform at their best and improve overall

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Muskegon receives federal coronavirus relief funds to study business needs

MUSKEGON, MI – A local economic development agency will receive almost $70,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds in order to study the needs of small businesses in West Michigan.

A representative for the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the grant Friday at a press conference in front of the Muskegon Innovation Hub, 200 Viridian Drive, a project of Grand Valley State University.

The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) will receive $68,250 in money from the CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion federal stimulus package passed in March, to analyze the “entrepreneurial support needs” of businesses in West Michigan, including those serviced by start-up accelerators like the Innovation Hub.

“The study will produce information that will aid the economic development community in responding to the needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs during and after the pandemic,” said Michael J. Walsh, chief of staff to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, on Friday

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Event organizers must submit safety plans to St. Louis County health department

Anyone planning a public entertainment event in St. Louis County will have to submit a health safety plan to the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.

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The safety plan must outline how organizers will meet requirements of coronavirus public health orders. Events include fall festivals, concerts, drive-in movies, Octoberfest celebrations and Halloween gatherings.

The plan should be submitted to the health department at least 30 days before the event. Events cannot take place without approval from the department, according to a press release.

Every plan must comply with all applicable restrictions including gathering and capacity limitations. The health department said the plans are meant to “provide for proper social distancing, cleaning and other safety measures to protect the public.”

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For more information, click here. To submit a plan

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Canton restaurant owners upset with food truck deal

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Several restaurant owners are upset in Canton Township because of food trucks.

It started with Slows Bar BQ being allowed to operate a food truck in Cherry Hill Village.

First, the township yanked the permit after other restaurants complained — but now Slows is back in business.

From the township perspective, they’d like to bring cool attractions, like Slows. From a longtime resident’s perspective, they think placing it at Cherry Hill Village just isn’t right.

Slows has been a huge hit this summer, with some people waiting an hour in line for food.

“They’re on an old historical site, the old school house there — leaving the trailer there, that was my big thing,” said Richard Costantino, with Rose’s Restaurant.

Rose’s Restaurant has been in Canton for 26 years and is among a group of restaurateurs who penned a letter to the township complaining about the

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Laundry stripping is the new cleaning trend going viral on TikTok, but what is it?

No one wants to spend more time doing laundry than they have to so, for most of us, tossing our dirty washing into the machine is job done.

But what if our usual wash and dry isn’t getting our laundry really clean?

With germs and hygiene at the front of our minds during the coronavirus pandemic, a deep cleaning method on TikTok has been causing quite the buzz.

Say hello to laundry stripping, the soaking method which aims to remove detergent residue, fabric softener, minerals from hard water, and body oils from textiles.

The deep cleaning method involves soaking your laundry for a few hours in the bath, or other large tub, with a unique cleaning mixture.

It supposedly provides a much more intensive clean than your typical standard wash in the machine.

While it has been gaining traction of late, laundry stripping isn’t actually all that new, but an

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IKEA’s shopping centers arm buys San Francisco mall in its first US real estate deal

An IKEA furniture store is seen reflected on the facade of a shopping mall owned by IKEA’s malls arm Ingka Centres, on the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden August 23, 2020. Picture taken August 23, 2020. REUTERS/Anna Ringstrom

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – IKEA’s shopping centers business has made its first U.S real estate acquisition, buying the 6X6 mall in San Francisco, after telling Reuters in May it was engaged in several negotiations for inner-city acquisitions in the United States.

It bought the 6X6 mall from Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc and TMG Partners, an Ingka Centres spokesman said.

“We will be sharing details of our exciting plans for the 6×6 property, where IKEA Retail U.S. will play an integral role, in the near future,” the company said in an emailed statement.

Ingka Centres is one of the world’s biggest mall owners, with 45 across Europe, Russia and China, each anchored by an

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SOV Development Foundation Enters Final Phase to Launch First Auction of Sovereign Subscription Rights to National Digital Currency –


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The SOV Development Foundation, a Marshall Islands foundation overseeing the development, distribution and implementation of the Sovereign (SOV) blockchain, announced its board of economic and technical advisors as the final phase in preparation for the first public auction of rights to the SOV, a blockchain-based cryptocurrency and the official legal tender of the Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands and the SOV Development Foundation are ushering in a groundbreaking development in decentralized finance (DeFi), which is transforming the finance industry and now one of the fastest growing sectors in crypto.

Inaugurative Advisory Board Members Include:

Dr. Peter Dittus, Chairman of the SOV Development Foundation’s advisory committee. Previously he was the Secretary General of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS);

Prof. Silvio Micali, Turing Award winner and founder of Algorand, an open source, permissionless, proof-of-stake blockchain protocol that provides the underlying technology of SOV blockchain;

Luis Ubinas, Former President

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Forrester Report Gives Fintech Finastra Highest Score for its Core Banking Solution, Just Months After it Experienced a Security Breach

Finastra, a financial services software provider, has been identified as a leader in “The Forrester Wave: Digital Banking Processing Platforms (DBPP) (Retail Banking), Q3 2020” report.

Forrester is an independent research company. It included 10 other service providers in its recent evaluation report, and claims that it rated them according to their current product offering, overall business strategy and market presence.

Finastra is a company spanning retail banking, transaction banking, lending, and treasury and capital markets. Finastra claims a global footprint and the widest set of financial software solutions available. Finastra has reported over $1.9 billion in revenues, 10,000 employees and over 9,000 customers, including 90 of the top 100 banks globally.

Forrester gave the highest score to Finastra’s end-to-end core banking solution, Fusion Essence. The score was based on the effectiveness of the company’s overall strategy.

Jost Hoppermann, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester and author of the recent

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Rally in Canadian Consumer Confidence Fades on Economic Concern

(Bloomberg) — The swift recovery in Canadian consumer confidence over the summer has petered out, weighed down by concern around the economic consequences of a second wave of Covid-19 as cooler weather approaches.

The Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index, a composite measure of financial health and economic expectations, was unchanged at 52.7 last week. The stall reflects waning optimism about the economic outlook.

“After a period of improving consumer confidence, the trajectory of the positive trendline is beginning to flatten,” Nik Nanos, chief data scientist at Nanos Research, said in the report. “There could be a slow down in the Covid-19 economic recovery.”

Canadian consumer confidence stalled again last week

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Canadian consumer confidence stalled again last week

The stall in consumer confidence has been largely predicted by economists who say the fall and winter months will bring a slower recuperation because some social-distancing restrictions will remain amid concern over a second Covid-19 wave.


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AM Best Places Credit Ratings of CGB Insurance Company Under Review With Positive Implications

AM Best has placed under review with positive implications the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” of CGB Insurance Company (CGB) (Mt. Vernon, IN).

The Credit Rating (rating) action and positive implications reflect the recent announcement that Sompo International Holdings Ltd. with its members being Superior rated will be acquiring CGB. As part of this transaction, CGB becomes part of a larger, more diversified organization with access to capital markets, expanded geographic footprint, enhanced technology and a more sophisticated enterprise risk management platform. AM Best will monitor this transaction closely and resolve the under review status after the close of the transaction, which is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2020.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures,

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