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MPS Building Report Details Air Quality Improvements, Challenges

MEDFORD, MA — A report compiled late last month and released by the Medford Public Schools Friday shows the improvements done to the HVAC systems in school buildings, as well as some of the air quality challenges the district faced. Workers were onsite last week addressing what the district called “long overdue” repairs to the HVAC systems at its schools. There were enough areas within each school that met, or exceeded, the increased air quality standards to accommodate the return of high needs and kindergarten students.

The MPS report specifically pertained to Cohort A, or the district’s high-needs student population. The district measured air exchanges per hour (ACH) and deemed rooms underneath that threshold unfavorable.

Medford High School

Data showed favorable air quality in the third floor of the B building, or the science labs wing, which was extensively renovated over the last several years. Students in Cohort A, who

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Programmatic ‘key driver of UK digital media quality improvements in 2020’

Programmatic has fuelled the boost in media quality across the UK, outperformed global averages across desktop display, desktop video, mobile web display and mobile web video, according to new research.

The Media Quality Report from Integral Ad Sciences provides global benchmarks for viewability, brand safety and suitability, and ad fraud across digital environments and channels

Key findings:

• Programmatic has fuelled the boost in media quality across the UK
• UK programmatic buys outperformed global programmatic averages across desktop display, desktop video, mobile web display and mobile web video
• The UK has cemented itself as a leader when it comes to brand risk reduction
• UK viewability continued to rise in the UK across all formats and environments driven by strong programmatic performance throughout H1 2020
• Ad fraud levels in the UK remained steady throughout H1 2020

Programmatic buys fuel boost to UK digital media quality

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Customers Bancorp Discloses Healthy Credit Quality & Declining Loan Deferrals; Reiterates Financial Guidance

WEST READING, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Over the last decade, Customers Bancorp and its principal subsidiary, Customers Bank (the “Bank”), have developed a suite of commercial and retail loan products with one particularly important common denominator: relatively low credit risk assumption. The Bank’s multifamily, mortgage warehouse, and specialty finance lines of business, for example, are characterized by conservative underwriting standards and low loss rates. As a consequence of this emphasis, the Bank’s credit quality to-date has been healthy despite a highly adverse economic environment. Nonperforming assets increased slightly to $92.6 million at August 31, 2020 from $86.4 million at June 30, 2020 and are expected to fall below $80.0 million by quarter-end due to the anticipated sale of an investment CRE loan.

Further, we are pleased to disclose a sharp decline in loan deferrals since financial results for Q2 2020 were released. Excluding PPP loans, active deferments decreased to $439.0 million

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Air quality improves in B.C. as wildfire smoke moves across Prairies

VANCOUVER — A new weather system brought cleaner air and the promise of further improvements to parts of British Columbia on Saturday but conditions across the mountains were expected to worsen before getting better.

Smoke from wildfires burning in California, Oregon and Washington state has blanketed B.C., prompting respiratory health warnings that extended into southern Alberta and as far east as Saskatchewan Saturday.

An air quality advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley was lifted on Saturday after 11 days as cleaner marine air flowed into the area, although the regional government warned of pockets of smoke that could vary with winds and temperature changes.  

Environment Canada said smoke began clearing across the western half of Vancouver Island early Saturday, and there should be widespread improvements further east by Sunday.

In the central portions of the province, the agency said smoke will be visible at higher elevations with potential

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Metro Vancouver ends air quality warning after days of smoky skies

Metro Vancouver has ended the fine particulate matter air quality advisory that has been in effect since Sept. 8, saying clean marine air is now flowing through the region.

Environment Canada says air quality in southern and central British Columbia is expected to improve through the weekend as a new weather system moves in, but conditions across the mountains were expected to worsen before getting better.

Smoke from wildfires burning in California, Oregon and Washington state has blanketed B.C., prompting respiratory health warnings on Saturday that extended into southern Alberta and as far east as Saskatchewan.

Environment Canada said smoke was beginning to clear across the western half of Vancouver Island, and there should be widespread improvements farther east by Sunday.

In the central portions of the province, the agency said smoke will be visible at higher elevations with potential for light to moderate effects.

A fine particulate advisory remains

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Slow improvement on wildfire front; air quality alert extended to Thursday

A week after wildfires began consuming thousands of acres in western Oregon, firefighters are making progress on some of the most destructive blazes in state history. State officials said Monday that 10 people have died, though that number was higher than the totals released by county officials, and 22 are still missing. Countless homes and businesses have been scorched.

Much of the state remains under an air quality alert that has been extended until noon on Thursday, as winds forecasters were expecting didn’t materialize.

Rebecca Muessle with the National Weather Service’s Portland office said that the thick smoke blanketing the west coast has made winds harder to predict, since they’ve stopped the warming afternoon temperatures that can create windy conditions.

“We do have a system moving in this afternoon into tomorrow,” Muessle said. “We could see some slight improvements, but realistically we’re not expecting enough that would really improve air

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