Business, Free News Articles, NonProfit and Charities, Software

New York Times Bestselling Author Bestows Gift to Nation’s Prisons

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- In partnership with Compassion Prison Project, Sam Harris - neuroscientist, philosopher, podcaster and five-time New York Times best-selling author - has just donated his top-rated app, Waking Up, to ALL prisons in the United States.

This compassionate gift is for use by people who are incarcerated as well as correctional officers employed in the prison system. Additionally, Sam is offering the Waking Up app at no cost to anyone who cannot afford to purchase it.

Sam is the New York times bestselling author of several titles, including "Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion." Sam earned the 2017 Webby Award in the category of Science and Education for his podcast titled "Making Sense."

By sharing the Waking Up app with the men and women living in prisons, Sam has enabled them to experience the healing benefits of meditation and a deeper understanding of themselves and others. Clinically, meditation has been proven to be of benefit in stress reduction, promotion of mental health and aiding in overcoming addiction.

"Meditation is one of the most important ways to change the wiring in our brains after a lifetime of toxic stress, violence and abuse," said Fritzi Horstman, founder of the Compassion Prison Project. "Everyone in the prison environment can benefit from this incredible healing resource from Sam Harris."

About Compassion Prison Project

Compassion Prison Project is a grassroots organization with a mission to transform prisons and communities through compassionate action.

To learn more please visit a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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A New Measure of Home Condition Without Inspections – Pomar Lane Completes Condition Scores for 90,000 Homes

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Pomar Lane, a data analytics firm specializing in real estate modeling, today completed a demonstration project that estimated condition scores for over 90 thousand homes. Home condition is represented by the Pomar Condition Score, the first measure of home condition based on advanced analytics rather than expensive inspections or appraisals.

"Online real estate sites commonly present home prices, but have a tremendous blind spot when it comes to home condition. This changes with the availability of the Pomar Condition Scoring System. Our intent is to provide the home buyer with individual home condition scores and renewal costs for all major U.S. residential markets," said company CEO Peter Lufkin. "And the need for condition data extends beyond online search."

He adds, "We foresee a time when any transaction depending on the value of your house will require a condition rating. Apply for a mortgage, purchase homeowner insurance, or market a short-term rental-these all can depend on the Pomar Score as an objective and inexpensive measure of home condition."

The Pomar Score is based on the structural value of the home. Scaled from 1 to 100, a low value indicates little investment in maintenance and repair, while a high value indicates the homeowner is keeping up with wear and tear as the home ages. The predicted score comes from a unique learning model that incorporates changing home characteristics, neighborhood features and local economic data.

Developed over the last three years, the proprietary algorithm delivers for each home:

* a condition score that measures the remaining value of the home structure
* an average condition score for the vicinity
* a range of estimated renewal costs depending on maintenance style

The estimated scores are highly correlated with actual appraisal results, yet can be generated for a small fraction of appraisal costs. As a service, Pomar Lane will provide regular condition updates for homes in key U.S. markets.

About Pomar Lane

Pomar Lane LLC is developing a nationwide database of home condition scores and renewal costs. We use data science instead of costly inspections to score property condition. Pomar models can inform the choices of individual home buyers. Our tools can help reduce insurance claims, improve investor decisions, and make valuation models more accurate.

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Business, Education and Schools, Free News Articles

Westfall Local School District Creates TV Network, Powered by Livecast365, to Broadcast Educational and Athletic Programs and Events

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Westfall is working with Columbus based digital media company, Livecast365, and their proprietary streaming technology. They pursued their very own dedicated TV network and TV channels to support athletics and education throughout their community.

* Wesftall and Livecast365 partner to broadcast sporting events and educational programming to district residents and fans through Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire devices.

* The district's first TV channel is set to launch with the upcoming football season. It will allow both home and visiting team's fans, as well as friends and relatives around the country, to tune into Westfall's events with a digital ticket-based system.

* Livecast365 believes these previously unobtainable services and capabilities should be accessible to educational communities at local and regional levels.

* Westfall District staff, volunteers, and students will run the network operation, and double as unique on-the-job training for students interested in furthering education in media.

Westfall Local School District, located just outside of Williamsport, Ohio, has partnered with Columbus, Ohio based Livecast365 to launch its very own TV channel. Joining many schools in the race to provide access this fall to their communities. The channel will launch this fall, starting with live and recorded broadcasts of Westfall High School football games.

This is just the start of Westfall's efforts to bring the school district's many resources and opportunities directly into the homes and living rooms of district residents. It will also allow other districts, competing against Westfall's teams, to tune in and watch the games.

Location and accessibility have become obsolete problems. Now, friends and family throughout the country will be able to tune in. No one wants to miss their granddaughters or grandson's shining moments; with Livecast365, no one will have to. Livecast365 will assist Westfall at a time when attendance will be severely limited due to Covid-19 restrictions. Not to mention, the school district will have more diverse and unique opportunities to support their advertisers. Our partnership with Westfall provides them with greater control of revenue generating opportunities for clubs, teams, and the district itself, well beyond the typical posting of videos to channels such as YouTube, which takes ownership of content and prospective ad revenue.

Through Livecast365, creators have the capability to bypass cable, broadcast, and satellite television platforms (the companies that traditionally act as a controller/distributor of such content). In short, you can create your very own and personally branded TV channel. What's even better? All of your generated revenue stays in your pocket. You can create live streaming content, pre-programmed content, pay-per-view content, and socially shareable content. Anywhere, anytime, through Livecast365. The platform allows viewers to choose when, where, and how they watch content.

About Westfall Local School District

The mission of the Westfall Local School District, as the educational hub of the community, is to produce responsible, emotionally and physically healthy students who excel in academics, technology, the arts, and graduate career or college ready.
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About LiveCast365

Create it. Stream it. Own it™. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Livecast365 is the most affordable, user friendly, and over-the-top digital content delivery network in the world. Through a proprietary online tool that aggregates digital content, customers can create easy-to-use, user-generated, revenue generating, live streaming TV networks and channels. These channels can be easily broadcasted over Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Roku, proprietary web and mobile apps, and various social media networks. All while allowing customers to own their content and advertising profits.

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Brill Devore, CTO

Emily Clark, Director of Communications
Westfall Local School District

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Awards and Honors, Business, Electronics, Free News Articles, Manufacturing

Optical Zonu Corporation Recognized with Prestigious International Trade Award by LA Chamber of Commerce

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- As part of World Trade Week (WTW) Optical Zonu has been selected as a recipient of the Los Angeles Chamber's coveted Export Achievement Award.

For 94 years, World Trade Week, an initiative of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, has been the most extensive program of its kind. WTW educates the public on the importance and benefits of global trade within the local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events.

World Trade Week is the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. WTW was initiated in 1926 by Stanley T. Olafson, the manager of the World Trade Department of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. It was made a national observance by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. The series of events and programs held serve to focus attention on the contribution of international commerce to the region's economy.

Each year, the World Trade Week Southern California Awards Committee selects candidates for various award categories in order to recognize their significant accomplishments and contribution in the region's development of global trade.

On Wednesday Sept 16th from 10AM - 11:15 AM Optical Zonu's Co-Founders, CEO Meir Bartur and CTO Farzad Ghadooshahy will be joined on a blue ribbon panel (Zoom Webinar) by other WTW award winners for a dynamic conversation and to hear how they have achieved success in a competitive global landscape and supported a vital economic driver in the region. For information on how to attend this unique program please contact the LA Chamber at

This will be followed by a formal program on September 22, this typically live event will be held virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Optical Zonu Corporation is honored to be recognized for our efforts and the international recognition of our Made in California products. We are proud of our continued global growth," stated Optical Zonu Co-Founder and CEO Meir Bartur.

You can view the acceptance speech here

About Optical Zonu:

Founded in 2001, Optical Zonu manufacturers a range of digital and analog RF-Over-Fiber products for commercial and government wired and wireless networks, satellite and telemetry/tracking earth stations, broadcast and Public Safety networks. The company's fast track product development ensures on time delivery of reliable, cost-effective standard product as well as custom solutions for our customers' most pressing needs. We provide full design and bid support along with on-site deployment services.

For more information on Optical Zonu's capabilities, please visit our web site at or call us at 818-780-9701.

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Klingenstein Fields Wealth Advisors (KFWA) will now be known as Klingenstein Fields Advisors

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Klingenstein Fields Wealth Advisors (KFWA) announced today that, together with its affiliate, KF Group, LP, with which it conducts a fully-integrated advisory business, it is now operating under the brand name Klingenstein Fields Advisors (KF Advisors). KF Advisors provides comprehensive wealth and investment management services to high-net-worth individuals, families, and nonprofit organizations.

The June 2019 asset acquisition of Solaris Advisors, LLC and related entities (Solaris) by KF Group, LP represented a significant expansion in serving institutional clients, including endowments and foundations. The new brand name not only reflects the integration of the two legacy brands, Solaris and KFWA, but also KF Advisors' single firm approach and equal commitment to both its wealth and nonprofit clients.

"Our firm has always provided high-quality, personalized wealth and investment management to our clients. We are proud of and respect that legacy, and we also recognize the increasingly diverse range of clients whom we serve," said Kenneth D. Pollinger, Co-Chairman and CEO of KF Advisors. "We will continue to add expertise, resources, and capabilities designed to enhance our clients' experiences and results, while maintaining the high-touch service, customized strategies, and sophisticated solutions we have always delivered."

"We are focused on finding ways to better serve our clients now and in the future. This change in name results from our client-centric view, broader set of offerings, and recognition of our expanded client base," affirmed Susan H. Curry, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Our clients will continue to be served by the same dedicated teams with whom they have always worked, supported by the full depth and breadth of KF Advisors professionals."

Klingenstein Fields Advisors, representing two privately held independent Registered Investment Advisors, manages over $3.9 billion in assets on behalf of its individual and institutional clients. Its 2019 acquisition of the assets of Solaris further enhanced its team of experienced wealth and investment management professionals and expanded its range of investment solutions.

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