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Blue Glacier Publishes Report on Nashville Bombing

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Blue Glacier Security & Intelligence LLC announced it has published a thought-provoking report on the bombing in Nashville, Tennessee that occurred on December 25, 2020. The security risk analysis includes a discussion on the perpetrator (Anthony Warner), the bomb's effects and impacts on the AT&T network hub and beyond, physical vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure, threat outlook and a red team alternate scenario.

The 17-page report is based entirely on Blue Glacier's security risk management expertise and publicly available information. Roughly 100 sources were used to write the report.

A few of the report's key judgements:

* Anthony Warner's attack likely does not qualify as terrorism, as there is currently no publicly known evidence of Warner's desire to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or government.

* Starting at least 16 months prior to the attack, Warner likely displayed at least four warning behaviors related to violence risk.

* Warner's attack highlights the physical vulnerabilities of some critical infrastructure, especially the communications sector.

"We were most surprised by warning behaviors Anthony Warner exhibited prior to his attack," notes K. Campbell, a principal at Blue Glacier. "Our analysis also lays bare that a lone offender with explosives can cause widespread, regional disruption. U.S. critical infrastructure is more vulnerable than many people realize."

Blue Glacier is a military veteran-owned security and intelligence consultancy that specializes in all-hazards security risk assessments, business continuity and disaster preparedness planning, workplace violence training and intelligence.

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‘Dark Matter probably does not exist’ was a major conclusion of an extensive research study, finished in 2020

CERRITOS, Calif. -- According to the Pantheory Research Organization, a multi-year study of many dozens of randomly-chosen spiral galaxies has concluded that dark matter probably does not exist. According to the paper's lead author Forrest Noble, this conclusion was based upon a number of factors: First, that the observable matter of spiral galaxies was all that was needed to exactly predict their observed velocity profiles.

Next, that dark matter is a very poor predictor of spiral galaxy rotation profiles and galaxy cluster anomalies. Also, the related statistics show that the study's own proposed model exactly predicts stellar velocities within spiral galaxies to the highest degree of statistical confidence. Additionally, because dark matter fails to explain or correctly predict many galaxy- cluster observation anomalies, all of which can easily be explained by the study's own proposed alternative.

The belief in dark matter has been a major part of astronomy since the mid 1970's. It is presently believed by most mainstream astronomers to be the source of nearly all the so-called gravitational anomalies within the observable universe. It is believed to increase velocities within spiral galaxies, galaxy clusters, and to be the cause of the observed increased bending and lensing of light, and other observation anomalies at the largest scales of the observable universe. Instead, this study concludes that dark matter predictions are often inaccurate when a method to substantiate its predictions is available, and especially inaccurate concerning spiral galaxies.

The alternative model proposed by this new research is called the Field Flow and Vortex (FFV) model. Like dark matter this model proposes a physical background field as the cause of the increased observed velocities. But unlike dark matter this field is accordingly made up of non-matter particulates or virtual particles. Instead of the gravitational influences of dark matter enabling the increased velocities observed within spiral galaxies, the study proposes that background field-flow velocities are the cause of increased stellar velocities based upon the field's mundane contact pushing forces. This also applies to velocities of galaxies within a cluster and the excess bending of light.

They also propose that background-field-flow could also initiate large scale cluster flows like the dark flow. This presently unknown field-flow energy is asserted to have only 1/5th the mass equivalence required by the dark matter proposal. The study claims the likelihood of this proposal is based upon its "obviously exact predictions of spiral galaxy velocity profiles."

Aside from their own studies, studies by others are cited within the paper which show the inability of dark matter in explaining light aberrations and arcs within galaxy clusters. They also cite a very recent study showing unexplained rotation-direction correlations of galaxies to each other within a cluster, where the galaxies are far too distant from each other to be explainable by the increased effects of gravity via dark matter - all of which they claim can be readily explained by their background-field-flow model.

Another main conclusion of the paper is that background-field-flow accelerates the formation of both galaxies and galaxy clusters, and rivals gravity as to determining the form and large-scale structures of the universe.

Link to the ResearchGate, preprint of paper: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7ONCj-kAAAAJ&hl=en#d=gs_md_cita-d&u=%2Fcitations%3Fview_op%3Dview_citation%26hl%3Den%26user%3D7ONCj-kAAAAJ%26citation_for_view%3D7ONCj-kAAAAJ%3Ad1gkVwhDpl0C%26tzom%3D480

This paper's expected release-date is May 2021.

Contact author Forrest Noble, director of the Pantheory Research Organization, pantheory.org@gmail.com or call (562) 924-3313, or (562) 331-8334 (cell) to answer any questions regarding this study and paper.

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LBA Ware Issues Q4 2020 Loan Compensation Report, Includes Summary of 2020 Loan Originator Commission Trends

MACON, Ga. -- LBA Ware™, a leading provider of incentive compensation management (ICM) and business intelligence software solutions for the mortgage industry, today released summary statistics on the state of mortgage industry incentive compensation in the fourth quarter of 2020 and loan originator (LO) commissions for the year as a whole. The firm's analysis of data from its CompenSafe™ ICM platform shows that robust refinance and purchase loan volume in Q4 contributed to markedly higher earnings for both LOs and loan processors in 2020 when compared to the same period in 2019.

Methodology

LBA Ware reviewed account data for mortgage lenders who used CompenSafe to automate incentive compensation throughout the fourth quarters of 2019 and 2020. The controlled, sample dataset consisted of retail, first-lien production from LOs and processors with at least six funded loans during the three-month period beginning October 1, 2020, and ending December 31, 2020. LBA Ware also reviewed full 2020 calendar-year production for the same sample dataset.

Q4 2020 Key Findings

* Total loan volume funded increased 106% in Q4 2020 compared to Q4 2019.
* LO headcount increased 27% year-over-year.
* Average individual production in Q4 2020 was $2.6M per month, an increase of 63% from $1.6M in Q4 2019.
* Per-loan LO commissions held relatively steady, decreasing 0.2% from 105.4 basis points (BPS) in Q4 2019 to 105.2 BPS in Q4 2020.
* Purchase volume grew 71% year-over-year with LOs averaging $1.35M in funded purchase loans per month in Q4 2020 (a 38% increase from $0.98M in Q4 2019) and receiving on average 111.1 BPS per purchase loan (up from 109.1 BPS in Q4 2019).
* Refinance volume grew 158%, accounting for 51% of total volume funded in Q4 2020 (versus only 41% of total volume funded in Q4 2019). LO commissions on refinance loans remained steady at 99.3 BPS in Q4 2020 compared to 99.2 BPS in Q4 2019.
* Processor headcount increased 51% year-over-year, allowing this group to handle 99% more loan files in Q4 2020 compared to Q4 2019.
* Per-loan bonus compensation earned by processors increased 21% to $128 per loan in Q4 2020 ($106 in 2019), earning processors an average production bonus of $2,503 per month ($1,569 in 2019).

2020 Loan Originator Commission Trends

* On average, LOs funded $20.4M in annual volume in 2020, with transactions split evenly at 50% purchase loans, 50% refinance loans.
* Per-loan commissions earned by LOs in 2020 averaged 105.5 BPS, with refinance loans averaging 100.2 BPS and purchase loans averaging 110.6 BPS.

"Low interest rates flamed an increased demand for mortgage activity, which in turn benefited LOs and processors. They were rewarded for their long hours with robust compensation checks," said LBA Ware Founder and CEO Lori Brewer. "As rates are predicted to rise in 2021 and for several years to come, loan teams that wish to maintain their earnings would do well to put a strategy in place that enables them to offset waning refi volume with more purchase volume."

About LBA Ware™:

LBA Ware is a leading provider of cloud-based software for mortgage lenders. Since 2008, LBA Ware has been on a mission to help mortgage companies reach new heights with software that integrates data, incentivizes performance and inspires results. Today, more than 100 lenders of all sizes, including some of the nation's top producing mortgage companies, use LBA Ware's award-winning technology to enhance lender experiences and maximize the human potential within their organizations. A 2020 Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company, LBA Ware is headquartered in Macon, Georgia. For more information, visit https://www.lbaware.com.

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Distribution and Supply Chain 2020 Annual Report – Planned Capital Projects

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- SalesLeads announced today the CY 2020 results for new planned capital project spending report for the Distribution and Supply Chain industry. The Firm tracks North American planned industrial capital project activity; including facility expansions, new plant construction and significant equipment modernization projects. Research confirms 2,198 new projects in the Industrial Manufacturing sector identified in 2020.

Planned industrial project activity within the sector increased by 12% from the previous year.

The following are selected highlights on new Distribution Center and Warehouse construction news.

DISTRIBUTION AND SUPPLY CHAIN

PROJECT TYPE

Distribution/Fulfillment Centers- 612 New Projects

Industrial Warehouse - 1,823 New Projects

PROJECT SCOPE/ACTIVITY

New Construction - 1,055 New Projects

Expansion - 482 New Projects

Renovations/Equipment Upgrades - 691 New Projects

Plant Closing - 33 New Projects

PROJECT LOCATION

Texas - 212

California - 153

Florida - 142

New York - 133

Ohio - 124

Indiana - 92

Illinois - 87

Pennsylvania - 86

North Carolina - 78

Tennessee - 75

YOY GROWTH BY STATE

Research shows Tennessee had the highest increase with 35% more projects identified than in 2019. Conversely, Texas showed the largest decline of projects tracked, with a 5% decline compared to 2019.

MOST ACTIVE MONTH

Research shows that the most active month was April, where 214 opportunities.

LARGEST MONTH TO MONTH INCREASE IN PROJECTS TRACKED

Research shows that there was an 18% increase in new projects tracked from March 2020 to April 2020. Conversely, Apr-May showed the largest month to month decline; with 214 new projects in April and 182 in May.

OPPORTUNITIES - BY EQUIPMENT NEED

Conveyors - 1,373

Material Handling/Storage Equipment - 1,579

Lift Trucks - 1,594

Loading Dock Equipment - 1,461

Compressed Air Systems - 1,989

Control Systems and Instrumentation - 662

Floor Coatings - 1,306

Mechanical Construction - 1,835

Fire Suppression Equipment - 1,835

Networking/Security Equipment - 1,835

LARGEST PLANNED PROJECT

In 2020, our research team identified 54 new facility construction projects, estimated value of $100 million or more.

The largest project is owned by Bureau of Engraving & Printing, planning to invest $1.4 billion for the construction of a 1 million sf warehouse & office facility in BELTSVILLE, MD. The project is in early design stage.

TOP 12 LARGEST DISTRIBUTION AND SUPPLY CHAIN PROJECTS

JANUARY

Federal defense agency is planning to invest $125M for construction of a warehouse, office & aircraft maintenance hangar in FAIRFIELD, CA.

FEBRUARY

Global online retailer is investing $295M for the construction of a 645,000sf distribution center in BONDURANT, IA.

MARCH

Commercial airline is planning to invest $550M for a 325,000sf expansion, renovation & equipment upgrades on aircraft hangar, warehouse, & office facilities at Tulsa International Airport in TULSA, OK

APRIL

Biotechnology company is planning to invest $200M for construction of a 416,000sf warehouse, processing & laboratory facility in PLAINVILLE, MA.

MAY

Global online retailer is investing $350M for the construction of a 4M sf distribution facility in CLAY, NY.

JUNE

Cooperative food wholesaler is planning to invest $300M for the construction of a 918,000sf distribution facility in HERNANDO, MS. They will consolidate regional operations upon completion in Spring 2023.

JULY

Aluminum can and glass bottle mfr. is planning to invest $366 million for the construction of a 908,000sf manufacturing, warehouse, laboratory, and office facility in OLYPHANT, PA.

AUGUST

Global online retailer is planning to invest $400M for construction of a 3.8M sf distribution center in DETROIT, MI.

SEPTEMBER

Food production company is planning to invest $314M for construction of a greenhouse, processing, distribution complex in EARLY BRANCH, SC. Construction will occur in phases, completion of first phase 2022.

OCTOBER

LNG provider is planning to invest $542M for construction of processing, warehouse & office facility in JACKSONVILLE, FL.

NOVEMBER

Federal agency is planning to invest $1.4B for construction of a 1M sf warehouse & office facility in BELTSVILLE, MD. In early design stage.

DECEMBER

Online video streaming service provider is planning to invest $1B for expansion of warehouse, studio production & office complex in ALBUQUERQUE, NM.

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146 New Industrial Manufacturing Planned Industrial Project Reports – December 2020 Recap

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- SalesLeads announced today the December 2020 results for the new planned capital project spending report for the Industrial Manufacturing industry. The Firm tracks North American planned industrial capital project activity; including facility expansions, new plant construction and significant equipment modernization projects. Research confirms 146 new projects in the Industrial Manufacturing sector.

The following are selected highlights on new Industrial Manufacturing industry construction news.

Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Type

* Manufacturing/Production Facilities - 118 New Projects

* Distribution and Industrial Warehouse - 49 New Projects

Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Scope/Activity

* New Construction - 36 New Projects

* Expansion - 54 New Projects

* Renovations/Equipment Upgrades - 64 New Projects

* Plant Closings - 10 New Projects

Industrial Manufacturing - By Project Location (Top 10 States)

* North Carolina - 13

* Indiana - 11

* Ohio - 10

* South Carolina - 8

* New York - 6

* Pennsylvania - 6

* Georgia - 6

* Florida - 6

* Tennessee - 5

* California - 5

Largest Planned Project

During the month of December, our research team identified 10 new Industrial Manufacturing facility construction projects with an estimated value of $100 million or more.

The largest project is owned by Electric Last Mile, Inc., who is planning to invest $300 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades on a 675,000 sf manufacturing facility in MISHAWAKA, IN. They are currently seeking approval for the project.

Top 10 Tracked Industrial Manufacturing Projects

MISSISSIPPI:

Wood products mfr. is planning to invest $120 million for the construction of a manufacturing facility in LUMBERTON, MS. They have recently received approval for the project. Construction is expected to start in 2021, with completion slated for 2022.

NORTH CAROLINA:

Biopharmaceutical company is planning to invest $150 million for the construction of a 140,000 sf processing facility in RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC. Completion is slated for early 2022.

NEBRASKA:

Medical technology company is planning to invest $150 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades of their manufacturing facility in COLUMBUS, NE. They have recently received approval for the project.

GEORGIA:

Fiber products mfr. is planning to invest $48 million for the expansion and equipment upgrades of their manufacturing facility in COVINGTON, GA. Completion is slated for Summer 2021.

MISSOURI:

Personal care and home cleaning products mfr. is planning to invest $36 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades on a 508,000 sf manufacturing facility and distribution center at 11401 N. Congress Ave. in KANSAS CITY, MO. They have recently received approval for the project.

NEW YORK:

Automotive mfr. is planning to invest $70 million for an expansion and equipment upgrades of their manufacturing facility in TONAWANDA, NY. They have recently received approval for the project.

SOUTH CAROLINA:

LED products mfr. is planning to invest $55 million for the expansion, renovation, and equipment upgrades on their manufacturing facility in COLUMBIA, SC. Completion is slated for Summer 2022.

TENNESSEE:

Automotive components mfr. is planning to invest $95 million for an expansion of their manufacturing facilities on Hickory Valley Rd. and on Ferdinand Piech Way in CHATTANOOGA, TN. They have recently received approval for the project.

WEST VIRGINIA:

Metal packaging mfr. is planning to invest $30 million for the renovation and equipment upgrades on a manufacturing facility in WEIRTON, WV. Completion is slated for early 2022.

OHIO:

Automotive mfr. is planning to invest $23 million for the construction of a 250,000 sf manufacturing facility in TOLEDO, OH. They are currently seeking approval for the project.

Since 1959, SalesLeads, based out of Jacksonville, FL has been providing Industrial Project Reports on companies that are planning significant capital investments in their industrial facilities throughout North America. Our professional research team identifies new construction, expansion, relocation, major renovation, equipment upgrades, and plant closing project opportunities so that our clients can focus sales and marketing resources on the target accounts that have an impending need for their products, services, and indirect materials.

Each month, our team provides hundreds of industrial reports within a variety of industries, including:

Industrial Manufacturing

Plastics

Food and Beverage

Metals

Power Generation

Pulp Paper and Wood

Oil and Gas

Mining and Aggregates

Chemical

Research and Development

Distribution and Supply Chain

Pipelines

Pharmaceutical

Misc. Industrial Buildings

Waste Water Treatment

Data Centers

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Tubbergen reports Recently Passed COVID Relief Bill May Threaten Your Retirement

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Does the Recently Passed COVID Relief Bill Threaten Your Retirement? According to Dennis Tubbergen, a partner with Retirement Lifestyle Advocates, that question is not as crazy as you may be thinking it is.

In this month's issue of the company's newsletter, the "You May Not Know Report," Dennis explores this question and offers some historical references to help answer the question and offer you some strategies for your consideration.

As you are now undoubtedly aware a $900 billion COVID relief bill was recently passed that was part of a $2.3 trillion spending package.

The reality of the situation is that there is only one way to fund this enormous spending bill; more money creation.

History teaches us that whenever a government reaches the point that the only way to fund its profligate spending is through additional money creation, that government is on a path that is irreversible.

As Tubbergen has often stated previously, we are not debating the 'what,' we are only debating the 'when.'

History teaches us that this cycle has existed for as long as governments have existed.

Governments have a balanced budget initially. Then, due to warfare or welfare or both, budgets develop deficits.

These deficits are initially funded through borrowing. Government's issue bonds in which investors invest, loaning the government money to make up the shortfall between tax revenues and spending in exchange for interest payments and a promise from the government to pay the investor's principle back at some future date.

At this point in the cycle, investors are confident of the government's ability to pay them their interest and return their principle to them.

If deficit spending continues, governments are forced to sell more bonds to still more investors. As debt levels rise, and the government becomes a poorer credit risk, the government might have to offer investors more interest to make up for the additional investment risk.

As deficits continue to widen, the government will eventually find itself in a position that investors don't want to loan the government money by purchasing bonds no matter what the interest rate is. When that happens the only remaining option is money creation.

Once money creation starts, it never stops. It only intensifies until such time as there is a reset.

A reset can occur in only two ways.

One, deficit spending stops. That creates a deflationary reset similar to the reset experienced in the 1930's. Markets crash, prices fall and unemployment soars as the economy collapses into a deflationary depression. Debt is purged from the system through defaults.

Two, deficit spending continues as does money creation. Inflation is the result. If money printing continues after inflation begins, even more inflation is created, and eventually, confidence in the currency is lost. When confidence in the currency is lost, a new currency needs to be established at which point the debt in the economy gets redenominated to the new currency. Then deflation takes over the economy and markets crash, prices fall, and unemployment skyrockets.

It seems obvious now that we are now on the latter path.

That is where we now find ourselves as Tubbergen discusses in detail in this month's "Special Report." He'll examine several historical examples of other governments that reached this point and you'll see that in EVERY circumstance the outcome was the same.

If you'd like to learn more, you may request a copy of Dennis Tubbergen's "Special Report" by visiting http://www.requestyourreport.com/.

You can also learn more about Retirement Lifestyle Advocates by visiting their website at https://retirementlifestyleadvocates.com/.

About Retirement Lifestyle Advocates

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Retirement Lifestyle Advocates is a privately held financial planning firm specializing in helping clients position assets to secure a comfortable, stress-free retirement in an economy where government policy threatens to destroy the current financial system.

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Critical Defect Rate Highest Since 2018, Per ACES Quality Management Q2 2020 Mortgage QC Trends Report

DENVER, Colo. -- ACES Quality Management(TM) (ACES), the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry, announced the release of its quarterly ACES Mortgage QC Trends Report covering the second quarter (Q2) of 2020. The latest report provides an analysis of post-closing quality control data derived from ACES Quality Management & Control Software(TM).

Notable findings from the Q2 2020 report include:

* The overall critical defect rate of 1.88% is the highest quarterly rate since 2018.

* Defect increase was driven primarily by a 64% increase in the Income/Employment category.

* While defects were down in the overall majority of categories, three of the four key borrower qualification categories saw significant defect rate increases compared to Q1 2020.

* The share of conventional and refinance loans continues to skyrocket.

* Early Payment Defaults (EPD) increased 197% through Sept 2020 compared to last year.

"While evidence of COVID-19's impact on loan quality was present in the Q1 data, Q2 is where 'The COVID Effect' becomes truly apparent, resulting in the highest critical defect rate observed since Q4 2018," said ACES Executive Vice President Nick Volpe. "One of the biggest drivers of this increase was the rise in Income/Employment-related defects - a wholly unsurprising outcome given the challenges nearly all employers faced in transitioning to a remote working environment."

"In many respects, the mortgage industry and the world at large remain in a "wait-and-see" mode. As such, we expect higher than normal volatility in the critical defect rate for the remaining quarters of 2020 and into 2021, though loan volumes should remain high next year thanks to the ongoing low-interest-rate environment," Volpe added.

Findings for the Q2 2020 ACES Mortgage QC Industry Trends Report are based on post-closing quality control data from over 90,000 unique loans and are categorized using the Fannie Mae loan defect taxonomy. All reviews and defect data evaluated for the report were based on loan audits selected by lenders for full file reviews.

"We are still seeing a tremendous increase overall in EPDs as compared to 2019, making it too early to predict when EPDs will peak. Any continued rise is likely to exacerbate long-term default and loss rates, signaling that lenders must remain vigilant of the risks this might pose to their organizations," said ACES CEO Trevor Gauthier. "By increasing visibility into loan quality and introducing functionality specifically designed to accommodate the COVID-related changes to compliance regulations, ACES arms lenders with powerful quality control technology needed to manage that risk as they approach the great unknowns of the year ahead."

ACES executives will analyze the findings from the Q2 2020 ACES Mortgage QC Industry Trends Report and offer insights into what lenders can expect in future quarters during a webinar titled, "Insights into Mortgage QC Trends - First Signs of the COVID Effect," as part of its on-going QC NOW Web Series. To sign up for January 14, 2021 webinar, click here.

Mortgage QC Industry Trends Reports are available for download, free of charge, at https://www.acesquality.com/resources/reports.

About ACES Quality Management

ACES Quality Management, formerly known as ACES Risk Management (ARMCO), is the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry. The nation's most prominent lenders, servicers and financial institutions rely on ACES Quality Management & Control Software(TM) to improve audit throughput and quality while controlling costs, including:

* 3 of the top 5 and more than 50% of the top 50 independent mortgage lenders;

* 7 of the top 10 loan servicers;

* 11 of the top 30 banks; and

* 1 of the top 3 credit unions in the USA.

Unlike other quality control platforms, only ACES delivers Flexible Audit Technology, which gives independent mortgage lenders and financial institutions the ability to easily manage and customize ACES to meet their business needs without having to rely on IT or other outside resources. Using a customer-centric approach, ACES clients get responsive support and access to our experts to maximize their investment. For more information, visit www.acesquality.com or call 1-800-858-1598.

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Trends for Creative Services Industries from Voices.com’s 2021 Annual Trends Report

LONDON, Ontario -- Voices.com has released their tenth annual trends report that looks at creative services industries - including advertising, education, media, entertainment, technology, and more - and provides insights into trends that impacted them in 2020 and makes predictions for trends in 2021. The report is based on a survey of creative professionals and leverages Voices.com's vast internal data.

The 2021 Annual Trends Report showcases that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted creative services industries across the board, accelerating digital transformation and changing both content strategies and the way businesses are doing work. 43% of survey respondents are doing more work with freelancers and over 50% of survey respondents are making more internet videos this year.

Survey respondents indicated four trends that were impacting their businesses:

* 52% cited a shift to remote work

* 33% cited an increased demand for eLearning content and online training

* 20% cited the growing digital audio advertising space

* 18% cited the increased popularity of voice-powered applications and devices

"2020 was a year that changed everything-when people did old things in new ways," says Voices.com CEO and founder, David Ciccarelli. "More than ever, it's important for brands to emotionally connect with their customers, and to do so in a safe way. Voice is proving to be both a medium and a means of creating emotion and is emerging as a key trend in our increasingly touchless world."

To view the report, "2021 Annual Trends Report: Communicating through voice and video in a remote world," and to discover even more trends visit https://www.voices.com/company/press/reports/2021-annual-trends-report

About Voices.com

Voices.com is the largest marketplace for audio and voice over products and services in the world, with over one million members. Since 2005, the biggest and most beloved brands have entrusted Voices.com to help them find their voice. Headquartered in London, Canada, Voices.com helps service clients and voice talent in over 160 countries. Learn more: https://www.voices.com/

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152 New Industrial Manufacturing Planned Industrial Project Reports – November 2020 Recap

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- SalesLeads, Inc. announced today November 2020 results for new planned capital project spending report for Industrial Manufacturing industry. The Firm tracks North American planned industrial capital project activity; including facility expansions, new plant construction and significant equipment modernization projects. Research confirms 152 new projects.

Planned industrial project activity within the sector increased by 9% from the previous month, but is down 10% YTD from the previous year.

Highlights on new Industrial Manufacturing industry construction news.

Type

* Manufacturing/Production Facilities - 138

* Distribution and Industrial Warehouse - 59

Project Scope

* New Construction - 40 New Projects

* Expansion - 55 New Projects

* Renovations/Equipment Upgrades - 75 New Projects

* Plant Closings - 8 New Projects

Location

* Indiana - 13

* Florida - 10

* North Carolina - 10

* Michigan - 9

* Wisconsin - 9

* Ontario - 8

* Ohio - 8

* New York - 8

* South Carolina - 7

* Iowa - 7

Largest Planned Project

SalesLeads' research team identified 6 new Food & Beverage facility construction projects, estimated value $100+M.

Largest project is owned by General Motors, who is planning to invest $1.4B for renovation & equipment upgrades on their manufacturing facilities in OSHAWA, ST. CATHERINES, and WOODSTOCK, ON. Recently received approval for the project.

Top 10 Tracked Industrial Manufacturing Projects

NORTH CAROLINA

Medical equipment mfr., planning to invest $300M for construction of a 1M sf manufacturing facility in RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC. Recently received approval for the project. Completion late 2023.

IOWA

Pharmaceutical company is planning to invest $50M for expansion of processing facility in CHARLES CITY, IA. Completion early 2022.

NEW JERSEY

Shipping container mfr. is planning for expansion of manufacturing facility in CINNAMINSON, NJ by 225k sf. Received approval for the project.

NEW YORK

Biotechnology company is planning to invest $90M for a 50k sf expansion, renovation & equipment upgrades on manufacturing facility in GRAND ISLAND, NY. Construction expected to start early 2021, completion late 2022.

OHIO

Packaging container mfr. is planning to invest $30M for the renovation & equipment upgrades of 81k sf manufacturing facility in LORDSTOWN, OH. Seeking approval.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Tire mfr. is planning to invest $100M for expansion & equipment upgrades of manufacturing facility in GREENVILLE, SC. Currently seeking approval.

TENNESSEE

Pharmaceutical company is planning to invest $65M for expansion of manufacturing facility in NASHVILLE, TN. Construction will occur in phases. Completion of first phase: late 2021.

VIRGINIA

Aircraft mfr. is planning to invest $48M for expansion of their hangar, manufacturing & office facility in BRIDGEWATER, VA by 46k sf. Received approval.

ALABAMA

Automotive components mfr. is planning to invest $16M for construction of a manufacturing facility in MCCALLA, AL. Received approval.

IDAHO

Power systems equipment mfr. is planning for construction of a 140k sf manufacturing facility in MOSCOW, ID. Construction starts Spring 2021, completion Summer 2022.

About SalesLeads, Inc.

SalesLeads, Jacksonville, Florida, provides accurate and timely Industrial Market Intelligence on planned capital projects throughout North America so you can focus on selling to the right accounts at the right time.

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Oil and Gas Companies to Solve Climate Change – Develop Global Enhanced Geothermal Energy

YAP, Micronesia -- How can oil and gas companies lead in the fight against climate change? That is a question whose answer could very well solve the climate crisis rapidly. A new research project hosted by the Center for Open Science's online collaboration platform explores one option: pay them generously to drill for geothermal energy, and let their profits transform the entire global economy. That is the focus of Dr. Daniel Helman, a multidisciplinary researcher on the small island of Yap in Micronesia, who initiated the work this week.

According to an MIT study published more than a decade ago, there are large amounts of usable geothermal energy located all over the world, in every country. It is enough energy to power civilization for several millennia to come.

Called "enhanced geothermal" because it involves adding to the drilling process to fracture the surrounding rock, the oil and gas industries can do the work to ramp up this new geothermal energy to fuel the global economy. It could feasibly end reliance on fossil fuels.

"The timing and scale of climate change mitigation and adaptation are important," writes Helman about his motivation. The idea is to use the profit motive to encourage the oil and gas sector to come to the table, and provide a carrot for developing nations to make the switch. That could end the deadlock in the official climate negotiations as well.

"Providing viable pathways for oil and gas companies to cease production of fossil fuels and transition to developing geothermal energy is a novel and useful avenue for research," writes Helman about the work.

This solution doesn't come cheap. Adoption still depends on developed countries like the United States, the UK, and members of the European Union to fund the effort. And negotiations over how much geothermal energy to develop in each country are bound to be contentious, but could easily be based on population or on known fossil fuel reserves.

Helman's "Mixing Climate Change Response with the Profit Motive: Policy Roadmap for Hiring the Oil/Gas Sector to Develop Global Enhanced Geothermal Energy" is available on the Open Science Framework, an online platform of the Center for Open Science, at: https://osf.io/ta9wj/.

Follow Dr. Helman on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/HelmanDaniel

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