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"The PSI program is an effective pipeline for adding well-trained, highly skilled employees to our workforce," said James A. Sears, Jr., vice president of Potomac Edison.  "By teaming with our veteran linemen and substation personnel, these new employees will help ensure reliable service for our customers, now and in the future." The new lines employees, hometowns and work locations are: Thomas Buch, Pittstown, N.J., Mount Airy, Md.; Garrett Clise, Frostburg, Md., Cumberland, Md.; Todd Custer, Oakland, Md., Oakland; Craig Elwood, Jr., Clear Spring, Md., Williamsport, Md.; James Fania, Annandale, N.J., Mount Airy, Md.; Darren Folk, Hedgesville, W.Va., Martinsburg, W.Va.;  Dalton Funk, Boonsboro, Md., Frederick, Md.; Craig Funk, Grantsville, Md., Cumberland, Md.; Tyler Johnson, Frederick, Md., Frederick; Colton Peck, Swanton, Md., Oakland, Md.; Tylar Penwell, Martinsburg, W.Va., Williamsport, Md.; Leif Sandy, Martinsburg, W.Va., Mount Airy, Md.; and Hunter Weaver, Hedgesville, W.Va., Martinsburg, W.Va. The new substation employees, hometowns and work locations are: Jordan Bobbins, Shinnston, W.Va., system crew; Joseph Klink, Hyndman, Pa., Williamsport, Md.; Bradley Reichard, Tariff, W.Va., system crew; Austin Statler, Core, W.Va., Frederick, Md.; and Ben Weimer, Lonaconing, Md., system crew. PSI is an award-winning, two-year educational program originally developed by FirstEnergy in 2000 to help prepare the company's next generation of utility line and substation workers. The PSI curriculum for lines employees requires two-and-a-half days each week spent at Blue Ridge completing academic course work, with the remainder of the week spent at a Potomac Edison training facility in Williamsport, Md.  The PSI curriculum for substation employees requires a half week spent at Pierpont completing academic course work, with the rest of the week spent at a FirstEnergy facility in White Hall, W.Va.  All students focus on safe work practices and procedures in the electrical environment.  The graduates earned an associate of applied science degree in Electric Utility Technology. Since the program's inception, FirstEnergy has hired 1,102 line and 360 substation personnel who completed PSI programs in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For information about how to enroll in the PSI program, call 1-800-829-6801, or go to www.firstenergycorp.com/psi. Potomac Edison serves about 257,000 customers in seven Maryland counties and 137,000 customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  Follow Potomac Edison at www.potomacedison.com, on Twitter @PotomacEdison, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PotomacEdison. FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.  The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Visit FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com and follow on Twitter at @FirstEnergyCorp. Editor's Note:  Photos of the recent Potomac Edison Power Systems Institute graduates are available upon request. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/potomac-edison-adds-new-line-and-substation-employees-from-power-systems-institute-training-program-300456924.html


News Article | May 24, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ARLINGTON, Va., May 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Planned Systems International, Inc. (PSI), a leading provider of information technology (IT) solutions and services for the federal government, is honored to receive its first major contract under the new GSA Health IT Service Special Item Number (SIN) 132-56 on IT Schedule 70. PSI has been awarded a $15.6 million contract by the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to provide blood transfusion sustainment services for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Enterprise Blood Management System (EBMS). Under the contract, PSI is working to develop and implement IT applications and systems to help ensure the safety, purity, and potency of blood products for military forces worldwide. On July 8, 2016, GSA launched the Health IT Services SIN to provide direct access to a distinct set of health IT services. Health IT Services is one of the fastest-growing technology sectors in both government and private sector, projected to reach $31.3 billion in 2017. Jerry Ambrosh, PSI’s Chief Business Development Officer, said, “PSI is extremely proud to receive the distinction of being awarded the first major contract under the GSA’s new Health IT SIN, to continue our partnership with DHA, and to support the continuity of vital healthcare services for our troops worldwide.” This achievement marks another significant milestone in PSI’s long history of supporting the Military Health System (MHS), having worked in close partnership with DHA on the EBMS-Transfusion (EBMS-T) system since its inception in 2011. Founded in 1988, PSI is a CMMI-DEV Level 3, CMMI-SVC Level 3, ISO® 9001:2008, ISO®/IEC 20000-1:2005, ISO® 27001:2005, and ISO® 14001:2004-certified enterprise IT solutions and management consulting services provider specializing in Health IT and Data Integration & Analysis. PSI has a stellar record of past performance and award-winning experience, with core capabilities in the following areas:  Requirements Gathering & Design; Enterprise Architecture & Design; Software Development & Maintenance; Systems Integration; Testing Services; Web & SharePoint Development; Cloud Computing; E-Learning - Instructional Design & Delivery; Service Delivery & Customer Care; Medical Modeling & Simulation; Big Data Analytics & Business Intelligence; Mobility Systems; Theatre Systems Support, and Advisory & Assistance Services. The company has earned a solid reputation for applying state-of-the-art technologies and the industry's most successful methodologies to support business solutions for the Defense Health Agency, Veterans Affairs, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Corporation for National and Community Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other Government clients. Visit PSI on the web at www.plan-sys.com.


WOOD DALE, Ill., May 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Power Solutions International, Inc. ("the Company") (OTC Pink:PSIX), a leader in the design, engineer and manufacture of emissions-certified, alternative-fuel power systems, announced that on May 17, 2017, the Company completed its previously announced search for a new, permanent chief executive officer.  In connection therewith, the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) appointed John P. Miller as chief executive officer and president of the Company. Mr. Miller’s appointment was effective immediately upon the resignation of Raymond C. Anderson as interim chief executive officer.  The Company expects to enter into an employment agreement with Mr. Miller, a description of which will be provided in an amended Form 8-K that is anticipated to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Shaojun Sun, Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented, “After conducting a comprehensive search for a permanent CEO, we are pleased to welcome John as our chief executive officer and president. His successful track record in the areas of operations and finance across the manufacturing, distribution and transportation industries, coupled with his public company experience, make him an ideal fit to lead our company into the future.  We look forward to working together with him to steer the company on a positive track as we strive to create long-term stability, growth and shareholder value.” John Miller, chief executive officer and president, commented, “"I am honored to join the team at PSI. With our technology, depth of products and strong roster of customers, the Company is well positioned for future growth.  I look forward to working with our talented employees and our partners at Weichai as we pursue additional growth opportunities and drive overall profitability. As we move forward, we are committed to serving our customers and to delivering value to our shareholders." Mr. Miller, age 59, has over 35 years of broad-based executive management experience in the manufacturing, distribution, and transportation industries in both public and private equity companies. From 2008 until 2016, he served in operational and financial management positions of increasing responsibility at Navistar International Corporation (“Navistar”), a global manufacturer of commercial and military trucks, school buses, diesel engines, and provider of service parts for trucks and diesel engines, and most recently, from 2014 as senior vice president operations and corporate finance. Mr. Miller’s prior positions at Navistar included vice president and general manager for specialty business as well as vice president and chief financial officer for engine and parts. Prior thereto, he served in the role of chief financial officer of Laidlaw International, Inc., a provider of public transportation services, Chicago Metallic Corporation, a global manufacturer of suspended ceiling and metal products, Fleetpride, Inc., a distributor of heavy duty truck parts, and Peapod, an online grocery delivery company.  Mr. Miller received his Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from DePauw University. Mr. Anderson resigned on May 17, 2017, and the Company and Huron Consulting Services LLC (“Huron”) terminated by mutual agreement the interim services agreement pursuant to which Mr. Anderson was retained to serve in an interim executive role. Separately, on May 17, 2017, the Company entered into a services agreement pursuant to which it engaged Huron as a financial advisor to the Company. Pursuant to the services agreement, Huron will provide prescribed financial advisory services and the Company will pay Huron hourly-based fees at prescribed rates. Also, on May 17, 2017, Jay J. Hansen, Ellen R. Hoffing and Mary E. Vogt notified the Board of their resignation as directors, including as members of the audit committee of the Board, effective as of May 31, 2017 or earlier if the Company elects a replacement director. They expressed that their resignations were not the result of any disagreement on any matters relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices but were due to other personal and professional obligations and commitments. The Company thanked them for their service. The Board anticipates conducting an active search for qualified, independent director candidates to begin filling the vacancies on the Board as a result of the foregoing resignations, with a view toward recruiting candidates with the requisite knowledge and experience to serve as audit committee members. About Power Solutions International, Inc.  Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI or the Company) is a leader in the design, engineer and manufacture of emissions-certified, alternative-fuel power systems. PSI provides integrated turnkey solutions to leading global original equipment manufacturers in the industrial and on-road markets. The Company's unique in-house design, prototyping, engineering and testing capacities allow PSI to customize clean, high-performance engines that run on a wide variety of fuels, including natural gas, propane, biogas, gasoline and diesel. PSI develops and delivers powertrains purpose built for the Class 3 through Class 7 medium duty trucks and buses for the North American and Asian markets, which includes work trucks, school and transit buses, terminal tractors, and various other vocational vehicles.  In addition, PSI develops and delivers complete industrial power systems that are used worldwide in stationary and mobile power generation applications supporting standby, prime, distributed generation, demand response, and co-generation power (CHP) applications; and mobile industrial applications that include forklifts, aerial lifts, industrial sweepers, aircraft ground support, arbor, agricultural and construction equipment. For more information on PSI, visit www.psiengines.com. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the current expectations of the Company about its prospects and opportunities.  These forward-looking statements are covered by the "Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements" provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company has tried to identify these forward looking statements by using words such as "expect," "contemplate," "anticipate," "estimate," "plan," "will," "would," "should," "forecast," "believe," "outlook, " "guidance," "projection," "target" or similar expressions, but these words are not the exclusive means for identifying such statements. The Company cautions that a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: the final results of the Audit Committee’s internal review as it impacts the Company’s accounting, accounting policies and internal control over financial reporting; management’s ability to successfully implement the Audit Committee’s remedial recommendations; the reasons giving rise to the resignation of the Company’s prior independent registered public accounting firm; the time and effort required to complete the restatement of the affected financial statements and amend the related Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filings; the subsequent discovery of additional adjustments to the Company’s previously issued financial statements; the timing of completion of necessary re-audits, interim reviews and audits by the new independent registered public accounting firm; the timing of completion of steps to address and the inability to address and remedy, material weaknesses; the identification of additional material weaknesses or significant deficiencies; variances in non-recurring expenses; risks relating to the substantial costs and diversion of personnel’s attention and resources deployed to address the financial reporting and internal control matters and related class action litigation; the impact of the resignation of the Company’s former independent registered public accounting firm on the Company relationship with its lender and trade creditors and the potential for defaults and exercise of creditor remedies; the impact of the previously disclosed investigation initiated by the SEC and any related or additional governmental investigative or enforcement proceedings; the impact of recent resignations of the Company’s directors and certain executive officers and any delays and challenges encountered in recruiting recruit replacements and the replacements’ transition into their positions; and any negative impacts from delisting of the Company’s common stock from Nasdaq and any delays and challenges in obtaining a re-listing on a stock exchange. Actual events or results may differ materially from the Company’s expectations. The Company’s forward-looking statements are presented as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


WOOD DALE, Ill., May 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Power Solutions International, Inc. ("the Company") (OTC Pink:PSIX), a leader in the design, engineer and manufacture of emissions-certified, alternative-fuel power systems, announced that on May 17, 2017, the Company completed its previously announced search for a new, permanent chief executive officer.  In connection therewith, the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) appointed John P. Miller as chief executive officer and president of the Company. Mr. Miller’s appointment was effective immediately upon the resignation of Raymond C. Anderson as interim chief executive officer.  The Company expects to enter into an employment agreement with Mr. Miller, a description of which will be provided in an amended Form 8-K that is anticipated to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Shaojun Sun, Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented, “After conducting a comprehensive search for a permanent CEO, we are pleased to welcome John as our chief executive officer and president. His successful track record in the areas of operations and finance across the manufacturing, distribution and transportation industries, coupled with his public company experience, make him an ideal fit to lead our company into the future.  We look forward to working together with him to steer the company on a positive track as we strive to create long-term stability, growth and shareholder value.” John Miller, chief executive officer and president, commented, “"I am honored to join the team at PSI. With our technology, depth of products and strong roster of customers, the Company is well positioned for future growth.  I look forward to working with our talented employees and our partners at Weichai as we pursue additional growth opportunities and drive overall profitability. As we move forward, we are committed to serving our customers and to delivering value to our shareholders." Mr. Miller, age 59, has over 35 years of broad-based executive management experience in the manufacturing, distribution, and transportation industries in both public and private equity companies. From 2008 until 2016, he served in operational and financial management positions of increasing responsibility at Navistar International Corporation (“Navistar”), a global manufacturer of commercial and military trucks, school buses, diesel engines, and provider of service parts for trucks and diesel engines, and most recently, from 2014 as senior vice president operations and corporate finance. Mr. Miller’s prior positions at Navistar included vice president and general manager for specialty business as well as vice president and chief financial officer for engine and parts. Prior thereto, he served in the role of chief financial officer of Laidlaw International, Inc., a provider of public transportation services, Chicago Metallic Corporation, a global manufacturer of suspended ceiling and metal products, Fleetpride, Inc., a distributor of heavy duty truck parts, and Peapod, an online grocery delivery company.  Mr. Miller received his Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from DePauw University. Mr. Anderson resigned on May 17, 2017, and the Company and Huron Consulting Services LLC (“Huron”) terminated by mutual agreement the interim services agreement pursuant to which Mr. Anderson was retained to serve in an interim executive role. Separately, on May 17, 2017, the Company entered into a services agreement pursuant to which it engaged Huron as a financial advisor to the Company. Pursuant to the services agreement, Huron will provide prescribed financial advisory services and the Company will pay Huron hourly-based fees at prescribed rates. Also, on May 17, 2017, Jay J. Hansen, Ellen R. Hoffing and Mary E. Vogt notified the Board of their resignation as directors, including as members of the audit committee of the Board, effective as of May 31, 2017 or earlier if the Company elects a replacement director. They expressed that their resignations were not the result of any disagreement on any matters relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices but were due to other personal and professional obligations and commitments. The Company thanked them for their service. The Board anticipates conducting an active search for qualified, independent director candidates to begin filling the vacancies on the Board as a result of the foregoing resignations, with a view toward recruiting candidates with the requisite knowledge and experience to serve as audit committee members. About Power Solutions International, Inc.  Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI or the Company) is a leader in the design, engineer and manufacture of emissions-certified, alternative-fuel power systems. PSI provides integrated turnkey solutions to leading global original equipment manufacturers in the industrial and on-road markets. The Company's unique in-house design, prototyping, engineering and testing capacities allow PSI to customize clean, high-performance engines that run on a wide variety of fuels, including natural gas, propane, biogas, gasoline and diesel. PSI develops and delivers powertrains purpose built for the Class 3 through Class 7 medium duty trucks and buses for the North American and Asian markets, which includes work trucks, school and transit buses, terminal tractors, and various other vocational vehicles.  In addition, PSI develops and delivers complete industrial power systems that are used worldwide in stationary and mobile power generation applications supporting standby, prime, distributed generation, demand response, and co-generation power (CHP) applications; and mobile industrial applications that include forklifts, aerial lifts, industrial sweepers, aircraft ground support, arbor, agricultural and construction equipment. For more information on PSI, visit www.psiengines.com. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the current expectations of the Company about its prospects and opportunities.  These forward-looking statements are covered by the "Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements" provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company has tried to identify these forward looking statements by using words such as "expect," "contemplate," "anticipate," "estimate," "plan," "will," "would," "should," "forecast," "believe," "outlook, " "guidance," "projection," "target" or similar expressions, but these words are not the exclusive means for identifying such statements. The Company cautions that a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: the final results of the Audit Committee’s internal review as it impacts the Company’s accounting, accounting policies and internal control over financial reporting; management’s ability to successfully implement the Audit Committee’s remedial recommendations; the reasons giving rise to the resignation of the Company’s prior independent registered public accounting firm; the time and effort required to complete the restatement of the affected financial statements and amend the related Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filings; the subsequent discovery of additional adjustments to the Company’s previously issued financial statements; the timing of completion of necessary re-audits, interim reviews and audits by the new independent registered public accounting firm; the timing of completion of steps to address and the inability to address and remedy, material weaknesses; the identification of additional material weaknesses or significant deficiencies; variances in non-recurring expenses; risks relating to the substantial costs and diversion of personnel’s attention and resources deployed to address the financial reporting and internal control matters and related class action litigation; the impact of the resignation of the Company’s former independent registered public accounting firm on the Company relationship with its lender and trade creditors and the potential for defaults and exercise of creditor remedies; the impact of the previously disclosed investigation initiated by the SEC and any related or additional governmental investigative or enforcement proceedings; the impact of recent resignations of the Company’s directors and certain executive officers and any delays and challenges encountered in recruiting recruit replacements and the replacements’ transition into their positions; and any negative impacts from delisting of the Company’s common stock from Nasdaq and any delays and challenges in obtaining a re-listing on a stock exchange. Actual events or results may differ materially from the Company’s expectations. The Company’s forward-looking statements are presented as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


News Article | May 24, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

A new study of malaria medicine quality in 8 sub-Saharan African countries has found a large and potentially growing market for non-quality-assured (QA) malaria treatments -- medicines not pre-approved by global health organisations - as much as 20% of the private-sector market in Kenya, and 42% in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As one of the most comprehensive recent studies relating to medicine quality in the region, the findings provide new insights for patients, researchers, policy makers and malaria control programmes because QA status is often linked to the quality of medicines - which can impact patient health and safety, malaria control efforts and artemisinin drug efficacy. The study, conducted in the private and public sectors of Benin, DRC, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, was published today in a Malaria Journal article titled 'Do anti-malarials in Africa meet quality standards? The market penetration of non-quality assured artemisinin combination therapy in eight African countries'. Researchers measured the availability and market share of medicines not pre-approved under World Health Organization (WHO), Global Fund or European Medicines Agency (EMA) quality assurance programmes. Researchers collected data from 29 malaria medicine outlet surveys and audited more than 330,000 artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) between 2009 and 2015. Based on samples from randomly selected clusters in the 8 countries, in 2014-15, non-QA medicines represented 42% and 27% of the private-sector market in Kinshasa and Katanga, respectively, 20% in Kenya, 19% in Uganda and Benin, 12% in Nigeria, 8% in Zambia and 5% in Tanzania. Moreover, non-QA medicines were available in 48% of private outlets in Nigeria, 38% in Uganda, 21% in Tanzania, 17% in Zambia and 83% and 53% in the Kinshasa and Katanga provinces of the DRC, respectively. In contrast with the private sector, the public-sector market share of non-QA medicines in 2014-15 was generally smaller - 6% in Nigeria, 5% in Kenya, and about 1% in Benin, Madagascar, Tanzania and Uganda. Due to limited regulatory capacities in many malaria-endemic countries, public health officials look to pre-approval status to help ensure medicine quality. Although approval status alone does not guarantee the safety of a medicine - in fact, non-QA treatments can be safe and effective in some cases - it does provide a strong, evidence-based indication of quality, the article states. Poor quality antimalarials include falsified medicines - or those produced fraudulently - and substandard medicines, which were improperly manufactured or have degraded over time. "These findings really improve our ability to understand the complex problem of medicine quality in Africa", said co-author Dr Megan Littrell, Principal Investigator at the ACTwatch project, which led the research collaboration. 'Although the data focus on quality-assurance status, it's hugely beneficial to know where non-QA antimalarials are most prevalent, particularly in countries with the highest malaria burdens, so that appropriate interventions can be considered alongside other efforts to tackle poor quality medicines". In addition to showing substantial market penetration and availability of non-QA antimalarials, the study states that most countries showed an increase in the private-sector market share of non-QA medicines between 2009 and 2015. The greatest increase occurred in Kenya and Kinshasa, where the market share approximately doubled, from 19% and 11% in 2009 to 42% and 20% in 2014-15, respectively. The public-sector non-QA market share mostly decreased during this time, except in Kenya, Kinshasa (DRC) and Zambia where the non-QA market share shifted from 1%, 1% and less than 1% in 2009, respectively, to 5%, 18% and 32% in 2014-15. "Non-QA antimalarials clearly have a strong market penetration across Africa, and these findings should help inform policy responses", said Professor Paul Newton, a co-author of the article and Head of the Medicine Quality Group at the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO). "However, we have also found numerous differences on the ground, so we must tailor our strategies for removing these medicines accordingly, by improving regulation, aligning national registration medicine lists with global standards, enhancing access to QA antimalarials and providing more support for manufacturers to ensure that their products are all quality assured. Frequent monitoring of the available antimalarials should be conducted to understand what patients are taking and the quality of the medications". The article, which included co-authors from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, also found that diverse generics and formulations were available, but typically imported and distributed in urban areas at either pharmacies or drug stores. In countries such as Nigeria, over 90 unique manufacturers were found to be supplying non-QA medicines. In most cases, the private sector is the most common source of treatments, at for-profit health facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, general retailers, and mobile providers. However, patients also receive medicines from public-sector outlets, such as hospitals, clinics and other facilities. The WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network is a research partnership that provides comprehensive, timely, quality-assured evidence to help track the emergence and spread of malaria drug resistance, and improve the efficacy of existing antimalarial medicines and new drugs in development. This collaboration of research experts provides valuable evidence to help save more lives and support the global effort to control, eliminate and eventually eradicate malaria. The WWARN Antimalarial Quality (AQ) Surveyor helps to respond to some of the critical gaps in information. This mapping tool delivers customised summaries of published reports of antimalarial medicine quality across regions and over time. WWARN is a constituent organisation of the recently launched Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO), which takes a similar model to a range of devastating tropical and neglected illnesses, including Ebola. For further information, please visit http://www. (link is external) and http://www. (link is external). ACTwatch is a multi-country research project implemented by Population Services International (PSI). Launched in 2008 with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and with additional funding from UNITAID and the DFID, ACTwatch is designed to provide timely, relevant, and high-quality antimalarial and malaria diagnostic testing market intelligence. ACTwatch is implemented in 13 countries and employs standardized tools and approaches to provide comparable data across countries and over time. Research methods implemented include outlet and household surveys, supply chain studies, key informant interviews, and, in selected countries, a module to document private-sector fever case management practices using observation and client exit interviews. Since 2008, ACtwatch has implemented 50 outlet surveys, screened over 360,000 public- and private-sector outlets, and audited more than 400,000 antimalarials. Population Services International (PSI) is a global non-profit organization focused on the encouragement of healthy behaviour and affordability of health products. PSI was founded in 1970 to improve reproductive health using commercial marketing strategies and has expanded to work in over 50 countries in the areas of malaria, family planning, HIV, diarrhoea, pneumonia and sanitation. PSI has active malaria control programs in more than 35 countries worldwide, helping national ministries of health to scale up proven interventions, and sustain coverage over time. PSI focuses on a variety of interventions to improve availability, affordability and use of effective malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These interventions include the delivery of long-lasting insecticidal treated nets (LLINs), artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), strategic behaviour change communications and applied operational research. In 2015 alone, PSI delivered over 44 million LLINs, 11 million courses of ACT, and 9 million RDTs through public and private sectors. PSI also supports global malaria elimination goals by implementing test, treat and track strategies and strengthening national surveillance of malaria.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.prlog.org

See how Preferred Survey Inc. has become a trusted name in land surveying among homeowners, landowners, and businesses around the Chicago area. -- For the last three decades, Preferred Survey Inc. (PSI) has been providing accurate and reliable land surveys to clients throughout the greater Chicago area. In order to better serve their Northern Illinois clientele, PSI recently unveiled an innovative, redesigned website.The PSI professional workforce includes surveyors who have received full licensing from the State of Illinois and attained membership in the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association. Their surveyors come to each job with a focus on end-to-end survey order automation, and field crews have been trained for accurate use of E.D.M. Total Stations with infrared laser technology for the most accurate property measurements. Additionally, CAD technicians use advanced software to deliver a final electronic survey at the end of the contract, helping to ensure the most accurate land improvements.For a fair market price and in a timely manner, those looking to buy a home, sell a home, or subdivide a tract can gain access to a full array of land surveying products. In order to make their services more accessible, the PSI team decided to update their digital presence with a newly redesigned website.To achieve this goal, they turned to Launch Digital Marketing (LDM), based out of Naperville, IL. According to Joseph C. Burke at PSI, the website brings together everything they were looking for."We were looking for a logo and website that matched the high quality land surveying work we provide throughout the Chicago land area," Burke said. "LDM not only met our expectations, but exceeded them. From design to development, each step was handled in an extremely professional, conscientious manner with generous attention to the details provided for the finished product as well as our feedback throughout the process. We confidently look forward to our next project with them."To learn more information about PSI's products and services, visit their newly redesigned website , and for more about Launch Digital Marketing's digital services, visit www.launchdigitalmarketing.com


News Article | May 12, 2017
Site: www.prlog.org

This year, GCE Solutions will be attending the conference for Promoting Statistical Insight (PSI) between May 14th to May 17th, held at The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London.


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Danos has invented a solar powered, continuous chemical injection system (CCIS) that significantly improves upon existing systems. By leveraging its expertise in both solar power and hydraulics, the company has created an improved solar powered chemical injection system that delivers more accurate injection rates, fewer power failures and greater fluid capacity. Prior to the invention, existing solar power options had limited pumping capacity and were not capable of true continuous injection at higher volumes. While working with customers at remote locations, Danos’ automation services experts recognized the need for an improved solar powered CCIS. With this new patentable design, Danos customers can now achieve injection rates of more than 100 gallons per day, at pressures of more than 1,200 PSI, and with accurate power consumption predictions that allow for proper sizing of solar systems. Danos engineers developed and tested a prototype unit that delivers twice the fluid capacity with 99-percent injection rate accuracy. The company has filed for a patent for the CCIS which is now in production and available to customers around the world. “This solar-powered system is a dramatic improvement over previous chemical injection options,” said Felix Dominique, manager of automation services for Danos. “Now, wellstream chemical treatments in even the most remote areas can be conducted far more efficiently and effectively using energy from the sun.” About Danos – Founded in 1947, Danos is a family-owned and managed oilfield service provider. A trusted industry partner, Danos offers the most responsive end-to-end integrated service solutions – safe, on time and on budget. Danos achieves world-class safety results and customer loyalty due to a values-based approach and an unyielding commitment to employee engagement and training. Learn more at Danos.com.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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« SwRI’S patented technology allows automated vehicles to pilot aerial drones with no human intervention | Main | GAC Group begins construction of $6.5B industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles » Materials researchers of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Switzerland have, in collaboration with the Université Grenoble Alpes (France), developed a simple method that can improve the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries by 25-30%. In a study published in the journal Nature Energy, the team reported that the additional of silicon dioxide (SiO , quartz) powder to the liquid electrolyte slows the rapid capacity loss that can plague lithium-sulfur batteries. The lithium-sulfur battery is considered a promising candidate for future high-energy storage devices. The materials required are inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and readily available, and the battery theoretically can deliver around three times as much energy as today’s widely used lithium-ion battery. In practice, however, there are still several hurdles. For example, the lithium-sulfur battery rapidly loses capacity with repeated charging. Present-day prototypes manage far fewer charging cycles than conventional lithium-ion batteries – and besides that, they deliver only a fraction of the theoretically possible energy. Electrochemistry researchers at PSI gained new insights into the processes responsible for the capacity loss by developing a special examination method using X-rays to track the chemical reactions that take place within the battery. They made directly visible, for the first time, the way lithium-sulfur compounds change and how this leads to the loss of capacity. The team also observed, for the first time, how ordinary quartz powder (SiO )—the principal constituent of sand and the main ingredient of glass—improves the lithium-sulfur battery. Other researchers had previously already determined that quartz powder interacts with the materials in lithium-sulfur batteries. Now the PSI researchers have quantified the gains that quartz powder can deliver. polysulfides form during the operation of a lithium-sulfur battery. These are a normal constituent of an operating lithium–sulfur battery. A portion of them, though, will be lost to the battery’s liquid component and then travel back and forth between its two electrodes with every charging and discharging cycle—the polysulfide shuttle effect. As a consequence, these rogue polysulfides react with the lithium electrode of the battery, thereby reducing the amount of available sulfur—the active material in the battery—and diminishing the battery’s capacity. This process can be counteracted through the addition of quartz powder. The researchers found that the quartz binds the polysulfides the way soap binds dirt, Villevieille explained. This increases and preserves the charging capacity, because the interior of the battery stays clean and functional for a longer time. The reversibility of the discharging process—the Coulombic efficiency—improves from around 80 percent to 90 percent, Villevieille said. By comparison, however, the Coulombic efficiency of a conventional lithium-ion battery is more than 99.9 percent. The positive effect of the quartz was revealed when the PSI researchers, in cooperation with a colleague at the Université Grenoble Alpes, examined the chemical processes within the battery using operando X-ray diffraction. Ordinarily, liquids cannot be observed using this technique, and therefore the processes in the electrolyte remain hidden. X-ray diffraction works only on ordered, crystalline structures; the polysulfides in the electrolyte, however, normally move around in a disordered fashion, explained Villevieilles's colleague Joanna Conder, first author of the study. To make the polysulfides visible, the researchers added glass fibers to the electrolyte. The polysulfides settled on the surface of the fibres in an orderly manner. Unexpectedly, the researchers found that the glass fibers reduced the unwanted accumulation of sulfides. Since glass consists mainly of quartz, the idea to begin using quartz powder as a kind of cleaning agent in the batteries was evident. The two PSI researchers acknowledge that there are, in principle, other approaches by which polysulfides could be prevented from dissolving and contribute to limiting the battery function. However, these are either very complicated or very expensive or both, especially when the method needs to be implemented on an industrial scale. Quartz, in contrast, is just about the cheapest material there is, Conder said.


News Article | September 12, 2017
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GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PSI Services LLC (PSI), a worldwide, industry-leading professional testing services provider to corporations, federal and state government agencies, professional associations, certifying bodies and leading academic institutions, today announced the launch of examination delivery services for Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS offers a suite of certifications that validate technical expertise across multiple roles, specialties, and experience levels. Through PSI’s examination delivery services, AWS certification candidates can now access examinations from PSI’s global network of more than 1,200 test centers in over 120 countries around the globe. AWS candidates can also take examinations on PSI Testing Kiosks, a PSI proprietary remote proctoring technology, which extends the testing access past traditional test centers into more convenient and accessible locations for candidates. PSI also offers customer support and AWS Certification candidates can interact with English and Japanese-speaking customer service representatives and remote proctors. “Our global network of testing centers and multiple testing delivery methods brings AWS Certification exam testing closer to candidates, enabling more individuals to pursue AWS Certification with increased flexibility,” said Steve Tapp, President and CEO of PSI. “PSI is known for our technological innovation and customer service, and we look forward to providing AWS and their candidates these services. Ultimately this means that AWS Certification candidates will enjoy a better experience throughout the scheduling and testing process.” PSI Services LLC (PSI) has over 70 years of experience providing worldwide testing solutions to corporations, federal and state government agencies, professional associations, certifying bodies and leading academic institutions. PSI offers a comprehensive solutions approach from test development to delivery to results processing, including pre-hire employment selection, managerial assessments, licensing and certification tests, distance learning testing, license management services and professional services. More information is available at www.psionline.com.

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