China carried out multiple attacks against Indian satellites

(STL.News) According to the US-based China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI), China carried out several cyber-attacks between 2007 to 2018, including computer attacks against Indian satellite communication in 2017.

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Why Tibet is China’s original laboratory of repression

(STL.News) For the longest time, the world has focused on Xinjiang.  But Beijing began its campaign of repression against the minorities in Tibet.  Palki Sharma Upadhyay tells you why Tibet is China’s original laboratory of repression.

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China opens its bond market for foreign investors

(STL.News) According to a report, China has tweaked its foreign exchange rules to allow them to invest directly into Chinese bonds.  Is the Chinese state short on cash?  Palki Sharma Upadhyay tells you more about China’s troubles with debt.

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Realty Income Prices Debut Public Offering Of Sterling-Denominated Senior Unsecured Notes

SAN DIEGO, CA (STL.News) Realty Income Corporation (Realty Income, NYSE: O), The Monthly Dividend Company®, today announced the pricing of a public offering of £400 million of 1.625% senior unsecured notes due December 15, 2030.  The public offering price for the notes was 99.191% of the principal amount for an effective annual yield to maturity of 1.712%.

The notes represent Realty Income’s debut public issuance of unsecured notes denominated in British Pound Sterling (GBP).  The net proceeds from this offering will be used to repay GBP-denominated borrowings outstanding under the company’s $3.0 billion revolving credit facility, to settle an outstanding GBP/USD foreign exchange swap arrangement, and, to the extent not used for those purposes, to fund potential investment opportunities and for other general corporate purposes.  The net proceeds from the swap settlement will be used to repay outstanding commercial paper.  This offering is expected to close on October 1, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

The active joint book-running managers for the offering are Barclays Bank PLC, Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC.

A copy of the prospectus supplement and prospectus, when available, related to this offering may be obtained by contacting: Barclays, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, telephone: (888) 603-5847 or email: barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com; Credit Suisse, Attention: Prospectus Department, 6933 Louis Stephens Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560, telephone: (800) 221-1037 or email: usa.prospectus@credit-suisse.com; or Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, New York 10282, telephone: (866) 471-2526 or by emailing prospectus-ny@ny.email.gs.com.

These securities are offered pursuant to a Registration Statement that has become effective under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  These securities are only offered by means of the prospectus included in the Registration Statement and the prospectus supplement related to the offering.  This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any offer or sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction where, or to any person to whom, the offer, solicitation, or sale of these securities would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

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Iron Mountain Wins RE100 Leadership Award for Outstanding Commitments to Clean Energy Alternatives

Company’s Green Power Pass and 7.2MW data center solar array recognized as innovative clean energy alternative solutions

BOSTON, MA (STL.News) Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM), the storage and information management services company enabling digital transformation, today received its latest award, the RE100 Leadership Awards’ Most Impactful Pioneer award, for commitments to using clean energy alternatives across its global data center platform.  The award was announced during Climate Week NYC, the largest annual climate summit, hosted by the Climate Group.

The RE100 Most Impactful PioneerLeadership Award recognizes Iron Mountain’s outstanding commitments and innovations in bringing clean alternatives to areas previously dependent on fossil fuels.  Specifically, the award recognizes Iron Mountain’s Green Power Pass offering and its green data center platform, including the Edison, New Jersey data center:

  • The first offering of its kind in the data center industry, Iron Mountain’s Green Power Pass (GPP) is a fully-transparent solution for companies seeking to report greenhouse gas or CO2 reductions associated with the green power they consume at Iron Mountain data centers.  It covers power consumed at every Iron Mountain data center around the globe.  In its first year, total power consumption of GPP customers was just under 100 million kWh.
  • Iron Mountain data centers are powered by 100% renewable energy, with carbon credit assistance and power usage effectiveness (PUE) numbers as low as 1.1.  Last year, 77% of Iron Mountain’s global electricity consumption came from renewable energy contracts.  The renewable program includes on-site renewable generation, local green power supply contracts and off-site virtual power purchase agreements (vPPAs).
  • With over 18,000 solar modules, Iron Mountain’s Edison, New Jersey data center is the largest data center rooftop solar installation in the U.S., generating 7.2 MW of renewable energy.  It is one of 15 operational facilities across 13 markets and three continents.

“It’s an honor to be recognized among a group of companies who practice, develop and transform innovative renewable energy strategies,” said William L. Meaney, president and chief executive officer of Iron Mountain.  “We’re proud to receive this award for our Green Power Pass offering and data centers.  We remain committed to our promise of strong economic growth whilst operating responsibly, ethically and sustainably.”

Since joining RE100 in June 2018, Iron Mountain has committed to using 100% renewable power, mitigating the need for fossil-based generation as well as reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions to help meet the Paris Climate Accord.

“We are committed to challenging companies to move the needle on renewable power and show what is possible around the world,” said Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, the Climate Group.  “We’re excited to recognize Iron Mountain’s innovative approach to bringing clean energy alternatives and passing on the benefits to others.”

The RE100 initiative is a collaborative, global platform of more than 260 major businesses committed to 100% renewable power.  It is led by the Climate Group, an international non-profit organization driving climate action – fast.  Aiming for a world of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with greater prosperity for all, the Climate Group focuses on systems with the highest emissions and networks with the greatest opportunity to drive change.

Arizona: Tucson Air Branch Crew Conducts Remote Hoist Rescue

Tucson, AZ (STL.News) A U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations Tucson Air Branch UH-60 crew conducted a rescue in a remote mountainous area this week.

An AMO aircrew received notification, Sept. 20, of an alien in distress who was receiving treatment by Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue personnel in the foothills of the Baboquivari Mountains.  The man suffered from severe dehydration.  The four-person crew, including an AMO EMT, conducted a 70-foot hoist of the alien in distress and transported him to a waiting ambulance.

“Our crews perform high-risk missions that save lives in the unforgiving terrain and extreme heat on the southwest border.  We train to perform these missions to respond to these types of life-threatening scenarios,” said Michael Montgomery, director, Air and Marine Operations at the Tucson Air Branch.  “The agents continue to execute rescue missions despite risks to personal safety presented by terrain, weather, and potential illness carried by those they aim to save.”

Air and Marine Operations safeguards our Nation by anticipating and confronting security threats through our aviation and maritime law enforcement expertise, innovative capabilities, and partnerships at the border and beyond.  With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO serves as the Nation’s experts in airborne and maritime law enforcement.

Yuma Arizona Sector Border Patrol Agents Thwart Human Smuggling Attempt

YUMA, AZ (STL.News) Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station thwarted a United States citizen’s attempt to smuggle seven Mexican nationals through the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint Monday morning.

Agents encountered a Ford Econoline van at approximately 1:45 a.m. and referred it to the secondary inspection area for an immigration check.  While conducting their immigration inspection, agents discovered that seven of the 12 vehicle occupants were Mexican nationals without proper documentation that would allow them to work or reside in the U.S. legally.

The driver of the vehicle, a 54-year-old male, had previously been arrested and convicted for alien smuggling and is on supervise released.  He was arrested and processed according to Yuma Sector guidelines.  Six of the Mexican nationals were returned to Mexico, and an unaccompanied juvenile was turned over to the Mexican Consulate.  Agents seized the van and released all remaining vehicle occupants.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community.  Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435.  Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.

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Missouri Department of Conservation reminds anglers of regulation change regarding the use of live bait

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds anglers that a definition for “invasive fish” has been added to the Wildlife Code of Missouri and affects what type of fish is allowed for use as live bait.  The definition includes a list of bighead carp, silver carp, grass carp, and common carp.

“Invasive fish are not native to Missouri and have reached a level which are now negatively impacting overall fish populations,” explained MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson.  “This has happened relatively quickly in some instances, such as with bighead and silver carp, and slower in other instances, such as with common and grass carp.”

Invasive carp were imported into the United States for many purposes.  Due to releases or escapes caused by flooding, they’ve spread in recent decades and thrive in many rivers and lakes.  These species eat native fishes’ food, can hurt boaters, and damage equipment.

Anglers can use invasive carp as bait if the fish are dead.  It is recommended that netted bait fish be placed on ice in coolers.  The temperature shock kills the carp, but keeps them fresh for use as bait.

Additionally, anglers should use caution when using live bait in any lake or river, including small community lakes.  Unused bait from any source should be contained and put into the trash, rather than dumped into the water.

For more information on invasive carp, visit the MDC website at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZfQ

Missouri Chamber Recognizes Senator Justin Brown as a 2020 Business Champion

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) Missouri State Senator Justin Brown, R – Rolla, has been named a 2020 Business Champion by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  The Business Champion designation recognizes state lawmakers who supported policies during the 2020 legislative session to grow our economy and make Missouri a more competitive place to do business.

“Despite the challenges they faced this year, the Missouri General Assembly was successful in passing several pro-business policies during the 2020 Legislative Session.  We applaud Sen. Brown and all our Business Champions for their leadership and commitment to advance legislation that will help our state prosper both now and in the foreseeable future,” said Missouri Chamber President and CEO Daniel P. Mehan.

Senator Brown supported a number of pro-business legislative proposals during 2020, including Senate Bill 599.  That measure, sponsored by Sen. Brown, expanded the Missouri FIRST linked deposit lending program.

“I stand with the Missouri Chamber in its efforts to always improve the business climate in our state and I am proud to accept recognition as a champion of Missouri’s business community,” Sen. Brown said.

For more information about Sen. Brown, visit www.senate.mo.gov/brown.

Missouri Senator Tony Luetkemeyer Named Business Champion by Missouri Chamber

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) Missouri State Senator Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, is among a number of lawmakers recognized as a 2020 Business Champion by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry during a ceremony to be held in Jefferson City on Sept. 17.

“Despite the challenges they faced this year, the Missouri General Assembly was successful in passing several pro-business policies during the 2020 Legislative Session.  We applaud our Business Champions for their leadership and commitment to advance legislation that will help our state prosper both now and in the foreseeable future,” said Missouri Chamber President and CEO Daniel P. Mehan.

The largest pro-business group in the state, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce named Sen. Luetkemeyer its Freshman Legislator of the Year in 2019.  This year, he continued to support legislation to create a strong business climate in Missouri.  “I was honored to stand by my pro-business colleagues in the Missouri General Assembly and be recognized for our efforts to move our state forward in the age of COVID-19,” Sen. Luetkemeyer said.

For more information about Sen. Luetkemeyer, visit www.senate.mo.gov/luetkemeyer.

Missouri Senate Finishes Work on 2020 Extra Session

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) On Wednesday, Sept. 16, lawmakers finished their work on an extra session called to address violent crime in Missouri.  During the extra session, the General Assembly passed two bills designed to give law enforcement additional resources in their fight against violent crime.

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Missouri Chamber Recognizes Senator Mike Cunningham as 2020 Business Champion

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) Missouri State Senator Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, was named a 2020 Business Champion by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday, Sept. 17.  The Business Champion designation recognizes state lawmakers who supported policies during the 2020 legislative session to grow the state’s economy and make Missouri a more competitive place to do business.

“Despite the challenges they faced this year, the Missouri General Assembly was successful in passing several pro-business policies during the 2020 legislative session.  We applaud our Business Champions for their leadership and commitment to advance legislation that will help our state prosper both now and in the foreseeable future,” said Missouri Chamber President and CEO Daniel P. Mehan.

A consistent friend of Missouri’s business community, Sen. Cunningham is vice chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee and Insurance and Banking Committee.  He also is a member of the Senate’s Commerce Committee.

“Throughout my career I have been proud to support pro-business legislation in the Missouri General Assembly.  I appreciate the Chamber’s recognition of my efforts and wish the organization continued success as one of Missouri’s strongest advocates for business and job growth,” Sen. Cunningham said.

For more information on Sen. Cunningham, please visit his official Senate webpage at senate.mo.gov/Cunningham.