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FTC Secures Settlement with ICE and Black Knight Resolving Antitrust Concerns in Mortgage Technology Deal

The Federal Trade Commission today approved a proposed consent order to resolve antitrust concerns surrounding Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.’s (ICE) proposed $13.1 billion acquisition of...

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $15.5 Billion to Support a Strong and Just Transition to Electric Vehicles, Retooling Existing Plants, and Rehiring Existing Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $15.5 billion package of...

Virginia Technology Company Wins Awards for Railroad Safety and Innovation

ONYX Wins Prestigious Reader's Choice Awards with Groundbreaking New Technology XING™

ONYX Rail Safety Solutions has received top Safety Products and top Innovative Products awards in Progressive Railroading magazine's annual Reader's Choice competition. ONYX submitted its new railroad crossing safety system known as XING™ for readership consideration; they were one of only two companies in the United States to receive multiple awards in 2023. 

ONYX has pioneered a new concept in highway-rail grade crossing and critical location safety monitoring, introducing it under the brand name XING™. Through cutting-edge technology, XING™ swiftly detects and reports trains occupying crossings, stranded vehicles, loitering pedestrians, trespassers, spills, sparks, grade crossing malfunctions, and other hazards and conditions. This is made possible by using artificial intelligence analytics, seamlessly integrated with an advanced, configurable reporting system.

ONYX CEO Rob Ayers says, "We are delighted that the industry's vision and the dedicated efforts of our entire organization have been acknowledged in such a significant manner. Our technology will save lives, enhance rail safety, and improve efficiency. This award further reinforces our commitment to pioneering advancements that shape the future of rail transportation."

ONYX COO Mark Guedri adds, "Progressive Railroading is the premier trade journal primarily serving the North American railroad industry. Our advanced technology is truly unique, and we are eager to place our XING™ safety systems on grade-level crossings and at other critical locations throughout the country."

About ONYX Rail Safety Systems

ONYX Rail Safety Systems (ONYX) is a safety-oriented system integrator and manufacturer with a primary emphasis on developing innovative solutions for the rail industry. Our solutions improve safety and efficiency for our customers and for the public. ONYX is a privately held company based in Richmond, Virginia.     

About Progressive Railroading Magazine

Progressive Railroading is the premier information source for railroading professionals in the U.S. It has been in circulation since 1994. In addition to its renowned magazine, Progressive Railroading publishes e-books, webcasts, special reports and sponsors several industry events and conferences.

Contact Information:
John Ayers
Chief Commercial Officer
[email protected]
(804) 919-2837


Original Source: Virginia Technology Company Wins Awards for Railroad Safety and Innovation

Community Mediation Services Stands United With NextSTEPS Coalition Against NYC Department of Probation’s Decision to Suspend the Only Mentorship Program in Queens, New York

Community Mediation Services (CMS), a leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive support to at-risk adolescents, vulnerable communities, and families in need, has declared its stand in support and solidarity with the NextSTEPS Coalition; opposing the recent decision by the NYC Department of Probations to cut the youth program.

CMS, along with colleagues, is urging Commissioner Holmes to restore funding to the NextSTEPS program immediately; an initiative of the Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, which offers one-on-one and group mentoring within a cognitive behavioral therapy-based curriculum designed to help young adults make the attitudinal and behavioral changes necessary to avoid criminal activity and re-engage with education, work and community. 

"We, along with several of our colleagues, were shocked by a decision by the NYC Department of Probation to terminate an initiative called NextSTEPS Mentoring Program with only one week of notice. There are only a handful of these programs in all of NYC and we are the only program in Queens," said CEO, John Harrison. 

9 Years of Mentorship and Growth 

The NextSTEPS Mentoring Program serves hundreds of young people ages 16-24 who reside in NYCHA housing every year. Mentors help youth connect to education and career opportunities, provide youth with a trusted adult who can support them in challenging times, and help guide youth as they navigate decisions and enter adulthood. NextSTEPS programs also employ community members, providing them with an opportunity to achieve both economic stability and mobility.

A Plea for Reconsideration 

Despite mentorship being included in the Blueprint for Community Safety, NextSTEPS mentoring contracts are being canceled. After hearing the news, program participants and their families were devastated, as organizations have not been given enough time to smoothly transition participants into other supportive programs. Many have said they feel abandoned and hopeless about their ability to stay out of the criminal legal system without the support of their mentors.

A Campaign To Save NextSTEPS

Since its announcement via email overnight, the coalition has banded together on a social good campaign to convince NYC officials to reverse this decision. Supporters are encouraged to share social media posts using the hashtags #SaveNextSTEPS @nycmayor @sheenawrightnyc to garner the attention of NYC leaders and help save one of the last youth mentorship programs in Queens. 

About Community Mediation Services (CMS) 

For over four decades, CMS has been dedicated to providing evidence-based programs, crisis intervention, mentoring, coaching, and community engagement initiatives to address the unique needs of diverse communities across the tri-state area. With a renewed brand identity and an enhanced online presence, CMS remains committed to fostering unity and creating positive, sustainable change. 

Contact Information:
John Harrison
President & CEO
[email protected]
(646) 246-1635


Original Source: Community Mediation Services Stands United With NextSTEPS Coalition Against NYC Department of Probation's Decision to Suspend the Only Mentorship Program in Queens, New York

United States Takes Actions to Combat Illicit Activity Utilizing Virtual Currency

Today, in a whole-of-government effort, the United States is taking actions against two of the three co-founders of the sanctioned virtual currency mixer Tornado...

Governments, Consumer Protection Organizations & Tech Giants to Convene in Lisbon to Strategize Anti-Scam Response

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How Nondalton, Alaska, Will Flourish Again

The Village ran out of oil and gas a couple years ago, and residents had to drive snowmachines across the frozen lake to buy fuel...

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Availability of $350 Million in Grants to States to Cut Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Sector

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