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The Bank of England (BOE) raising its benchmark interest rate to 0.5% for the first time in a decade

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londonLondon. Julien Lafargue, European Equities Strategist di JP Morgan Private Bank writes about: “Today’s announcement is largely as expected. More interestingly it appears that the BoE is willing to proceed with very “limited” and “gradual” hikes. Yet, this message is likely to come across as slightly dovish as the market was already pricing in interest rates to be close to 1% by the end of 2020. We expect the BoE to remain prudent as the UK economy is still relatively fragile and the Brexit negotiations have made very little progress so far. In this context, at the equity market level, we maintain our preference for continental European vs. the UK where we prefer to focus on idiosyncratic opportunities at the stock level.” And Martin Arnold, Director – FX & Macro Strategist per ETF Securities writes: “The Bank of England (BOE ) has matched market expectations, raising its benchmark interest rate to 0.5% for the first time in a decade. The central bank has highlighted that although inflation will peak above 3.0% in October, but the path for rates will be ‘gently rising’, something that has weighed on Sterling.While the consensus expected a rate hike today, it wasn’t always the case. Until September, expectations for a rate hike this year had bounced between around 10% to 60%, and mostly toward the bottom end of that range.
A more hawkish tone from BOE Governor Carney in recent commentary, driven by ongoing inflation pressure and a resilient economic environment have been the reasons for our long held view that the BOE would hike rates in 2017. Although these elements also provided the basis for the BOE decision, the central bank was somewhat cautious regarding the uncertain impact of Brexit on the outlook for growth.

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“Scienza, Medicina e Società: Chronobiology of Urban Health”

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la sapienzaRoma lunedì 13 novembre ore 15.00 Aula Magna dell’Università “La Sapienza” lettura magistrale “Scienza, Medicina e Società: Chronobiology of Urban Health” del Prof. Paolo Sassone-Corsi. Dopo essersi laureato in scienze biologiche e specializzandosi in genetica molecolare in Italia nel 1979, il Prof. Sassone-Corsi si è trasferito prima a Strasburgo e poi negli Stati Uniti, dove è diventato Direttore del Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism dell’Università della California Irvine. Ha vinto la Gold Medal dell’European Molecular Biology Organization nel 1994 ed è membro del Max Planck Institute e Fellow dell’America Association for the Advancement of Science. Ha vinto la Medaglia d’Argento del Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique nel 2004 ed il Premio Bettencourt per la Ricerca.Da molti anni Paolo Sassone-Corsi lavora sui ritmi circadiani, tema di estrema attualità protagonista del premio Nobel per la medicina di quest’anno, e sull’epigenetica, diventando uno dei massimi esperti a livello mondiale di aspetti molecolari e genetici della cronobiologia.Oggi il tema della Cronobiologia e dell’Epigenetica trova spunti interessanti di ricerca anche nell’ambito dell’Urban Health ed è per questo motivo che alla Lettura del Prof. Sassone-Corsi seguirà un Dibattito, moderato dal giornalista Franco Di Mare, che vedrà coinvolti il Ministro della Salute On.le Lorenzin, il Presidente dell’AIFA e Direttore dell’Health Global Centre dell’ISS Prof. Vella, il Rettore dell’Università Tor Vergata Prof. Novelli ed il Vice Presidente Vicario di ANCI Dr. Pella.

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Roger Muraro presenterà Les Fauvettes de l’Hérault

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Olivier-MessiaenLugano il 10 e l’11 novembre Piazza Bernardino Luini 2, in occasione dei 25 anni dalla scomparsa di Olivier Messiaen, il pianista francese Roger Muraro presenterà in prima esecuzione europea una pagina mai terminata dal compositore, Les Fauvettes de l’Hérault. Oltre al concerto, alcuni incontri con studiosi di spicco come Marie Gabrielle Soret e Raffaele Pozzi completeranno il focus sull’autore. Protagonista del weekend successivo, il 18 novembre, sarà invece la musica indiana – per la quale anche Messiaen ha nutrito un’autentica passione – attraverso il suono del suo strumento più rappresentativo, il sitar, affidato alle mani di Nishat Khan. Venticinque anni dopo la sua scomparsa, LuganoMusica ricorda Olivier Messiaen attraverso uno dei temi ricorrenti del suo mondo musicale: la passione per il canto degli uccelli. Diversi gli appuntamenti in programma nelle date del 10 e dell’11 novembre, che culminano con la prima esecuzione europea – la prima mondiale è avvenuta pochi mesi fa a Tokyo – di un pezzo inedito di Messiaen, Les Fauvettes de l’Hérault (Le capinere dell’Hérault). Iniziato come brano per pianoforte solo, ha poi assunto la forma di un concerto con orchestra ma non è mai stato concluso. Gli schizzi lasciati dall’autore hanno permesso di ricavarne una versione per pianoforte solo, che il virtuoso francese Roger Muraro – autentico esperto nel repertorio di Messiaen, di cui è stato allievo e amico – presenterà a Lugano per la prima volta in Europa, presso l’Auditorium della RSI Radio Svizzera a Besso, sabato 11 novembre alle 17. Il programma del récital pianistico, che sarà registrato dalla RSI, si completa con le Waldszenen di Schumann, ispirate alla vita dei boschi, e con l’integrale del Primo Libro degli Studi di Roger-MuraroDebussy, un autore che per Messiaen rappresenta un’importante fonte di ispirazione. Dopo Lugano, Les Fauvettes de l’Hérault migreranno a Parigi (per Radio France), a Liegi e in altre città d’Europa.
Per questa prestigiosa occasione LuganoMusica e ReteDue della RSI Radio Svizzera hanno deciso di affiancare al concerto di Muraro alcuni incontri di approfondimento, sull’apprezzato modello di quanto già fatto lo scorso anno per altri due colossi del Novecento: Dutilleux e Kurtág. Venerdì 10 novembre, presso la Sala Refettorio del LAC alle 18.30 si terrà un incontro con Muraro, insieme a Marie Gabrielle Soret (Conservatrice alla Bibliothèque Nationale de France e Responsabile dell’Archivio Messiaen) per parlare del brano ritrovato. Doppio appuntamento sabato 11 novembre a Besso: alle 14 la musicologa Giada Marsadri terrà una conferenza sul compositore, seguita alle 15 da un altro incontro sul tema “Messiaen e gli uccelli”, in cui Etienne Reymond, direttore artistico di LuganoMusica, dialogherà con uno dei massimi conoscitori di Messiaen in ambito italiano, il Professor Raffaele Pozzi dell’Università Roma Tre. Insieme a lui si parlerà del fascino di Messiaen per il canto degli uccelli, mentre Marie Gabrielle Soret svelerà i segreti dei quaderni dove il Nishat Khan_Avinash Pasrichacompositore appuntava i richiami e i canti dei volatili, aprendo una finestra sui retroscena del suo lavoro.
Prosegue nel weekend successivo, sabato 18 novembre alle ore 17 presso la Sala Teatro del LAC, il programma FOCUS INDIA, serie di incontri in coproduzione con LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura. Protagonista attesissimo, il virtuoso di sitar Nishat Khan, che non si limiterà ad esibirsi in concerto, ma nei due giorni che precedono l’evento terrà un workshop destinato a musicisti professionisti e studenti del Conservatorio. Musicista trasversale, Khan ha collaborato con artisti del calibro di Philipp Glass, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, ed ha lavorato per le colonne sonore di film di Bernardo Bertolucci e di James Ivory. Geniale improvvisatore, rappresenta oggi un ponte vivente fra il passato e il futuro del sitar. Il concerto sarà preceduto da una serie di incontri e proiezioni a partire dalle ore 14.
venerdì 10 novembre: ingresso gratuito con prenotazione obbligatoria
sabato 11 novembre: posto unico non numerato Fr. 33.-
sabato 18 novembre: biglietti Fr. 46.30 / 20.80 (foto: Olivier-Messiaen, Roger-Muraro, Nishat Khan_Avinash Pasricha)

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Mostra personale: “Ritratti”

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Caterina Sammartino.jpgCori Sabato 4 Novembre, alle ore 18:00, all’Art Cafè di via Madonna del Soccorso, Caterina Sammartino presenterà per la prima volta a Cori la sua mostra personale, “Ritratti”, aperta al pubblico fino al 4 Dicembre. Durante l’inaugurazione sarà possibile anche testare la sua bravura, commissionandole un ritratto, e gustare l’apericena presso il bistrot di proprietà di Anna Rita Del Ferraro, attenta conoscitrice e autrice, laureata all’Accademia delle Belle Arti di Roma.Si tratta di una serie di quadri realizzati con varie tecniche, ma aventi un unico protagonista, il volto – “la parte più espressiva del corpo” – secondo l’artista, che in questo modo cerca di cogliere l’intimità dei soggetti rappresentati. Il lavoro finale sembra sfiorare la realtà esteriore trasfigurandola con quella interiore. Gli sguardi profondi lasciano trasparire l’anima delle persone ritratte e i colori mutano in base alle sensazioni della ritrattista.Caterina Sammartino nasce a Colleferro il 7 Novembre 1997. Dopo la maturità classica si è iscritta all’Accademia delle Belle Arti. Ha sperimentato la pittura dal vivo durante eventi musicali a Colleferro e Gaeta. Quest’anno ha partecipato alla realizzazione di un murales nei giardini di largo Boccaccio a Colleferro, per il progetto “Let’s colour walls of connection” promosso dall’ONG internazionale di Master Piece, ed ha esposto a Roma, in Via Margutta, e a Carpineto Romano.Con i suoi “Ritratti”, Caterina Sammartino aprirà il ciclo di esposizioni in programma nell’ambito della più ampia rassegna “Le Vie dell’Arte”. Dopo di lei altri sei artisti si avvicenderanno per un mese: Clarice Mele, Graziano Vendetta, Laura Mele, Mario Angiello, Michela Magni e Morris Modena. Mostreranno le loro opere che spaziano dalla pittura olio su tela a quella su stoffa, dalla fotografia ai fumetti, fino ai dipinti ad acquerello e a pastello.

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Mexican doctors safely reuse donated pacemakers after sterilisation

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Guadalajara MéxicoGuadalajara. Mexican doctors have safely reused donated pacemakers after sterilisation, shows a study presented at the 30th Mexican Congress of Cardiology. The findings create the possibility for patients to receive a pacemaker who otherwise could not afford one.The annual congress of the Mexican Society of Cardiology is being held in Guadalajara, Jalisco from 2 to 5 November 2017. Experts from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) will present a special programme. “There is no report of the number of pacemaker implants per year in Mexico, but we implant close to 150 new pacemakers per year in our hospital,” said first author Dr Carlos Gutiérrez, a cardiologist at the General Hospital of Mexico “Dr. Eduardo Liceaga” in Mexico City.“According to government reports, more than half of the population in Mexico does not have access to social security or private insurance that covers a pacemaker implant and 44% live in poverty,” he continued.2 “This suggests that many Mexicans cannot afford a pacemaker. Previous studies have shown the safety of reusing pacemakers after sterilisation.” 3–6The current study included 33 patients with a pacing indication who could not afford a new pacemaker or a battery change. Patients received a reused device at the General Hospital of Mexico in 2011 to 2017. Devices had been donated by relatives of deceased patients and had a minimum of six years of battery life.After confirming that the pacemakers were functioning correctly, they were washed with enzymatic soap and sterilised in an autoclave for 38 minutes. Pacemaker function was rechecked after sterilisationPatients were 72 years old on average (the age range was 20 to 106 years) and 52% were female. The indications for a pacemaker were sinus node dysfunction in ten patients (30%) and advanced atrioventricular block in 23 patients (70%).
Of the 33 patients, 25 received a reused pacemaker. Eight patients already had a pacemaker and received a reused generator (battery). During the implant procedure there was one haematoma which resolved without further complications. There were no complications during the six month follow-up period.Dr Gutiérrez said: “This was a small study but it shows that with a thorough and standardised sterilisation process, explanted pacemakers with a battery life of more than six years can be reused safely. This provides an effective option for patients who cannot afford a new device or a replacement battery.”“This practice could be implemented in many other centres that have equipment to sterilise and reprogramme pacemakers,” continued Dr Gutiérrez. “We also need to promote the donation of pacemakers with little use from deceased patients.”Dr Erick Alexanderson, President of the Mexican Society of Cardiology, said: “This study has encouraging results which open up the possibility of pacemaker treatment for many more Mexicans who need it.”Professor Jose Zamorano, course director of the ESC programme in Mexico, said: “Pacemakers are implanted in many patients across the globe every year. This study highlights a practical way to give access to this life-saving treatment to even more patients who need it.”

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Banche: risparmiatori truffati

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Banca d'Italia“A fronte di ben 11 banche fallite negli ultimi anni, migliaia di risparmiatori truffati, funzionari di Bankitalia che avrebbero dovuto vigilare ma che poi si sono fatti assumere dalle banche vigilate, prestiti milionari concessi agli amici degli amici con condizioni assolutamente negate ai cittadini comuni e gestioni a dir poco familistiche degli istituti di credito, oggi Bankitalia arriva in Commissione d’inchiesta sulle banche e dice, in sostanza, ‘abbiamo fatto bene il nostro lavoro’. Peccato che, dalla lettura delle stesse carte relative all’attività ispettiva di via Nazionale, ci si renda conto di quante cose non abbiano funzionato. La proposta di Fratelli d’Italia è: l’attività di vigilanza di Bankitalia sia resa pubblica e non più coperta da segreto d’ufficio. In questo modo, magari, i cittadini comuni si potranno rendere conto di quelle falle madornali di cui, a voler essere buoni, Bankitalia non si è accorta”. Lo dichiara il presidente di Fratelli d’Italia, Giorgia Meloni.

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Alunni accompagnati all’uscita, soluzione Pd inefficace

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 novembre 2017

scuola1Leggendo la relazione tecnica all’emendamento ad hoc, ora al vaglio delle Commissioni del Senato all’interno del testo della Legge di Stabilità 2018 giunto a Palazzo Madama, l’impressione è che anche stavolta la montagna abbia partorito il topolino. Chi stabilisce l’autonomia dei ragazzi? I genitori? Se per caso succede qualcosa al giovane chi interviene, nuovamente il giudice? Per non parlare della possibilità di generare ancora più confusione, con parte della classe autorizzata a uscire da sola e parte no.Secondo Marcello Pacifico, presidente Anief e Udir, quello che veramente serve è approvare una norma che intervenga a supporto dei regolamenti di istituto: quindi, esortiamo la Ministra e il Partito Democratico ad elaborare un provvedimento più efficace del testo presentato, oltre a trovare maggiori risorse per le scuole.La sentenza della Cassazione Civile, Sezione III, n. 21593 del 19 settembre scorso ha sollevato un vespaio di polemiche sul problema dei minori di 14 anni che vanno a casa da soli dopo l’uscita da scuola: la sentenza ha sottolineato che “l’attività di vigilanza esercitata dalla istituzione scolastica non deve arrestarsi, fino a quando gli alunni dell’istituto non vengano presi in consegna, da altri soggetti e dunque sottoposti ad altra vigilanza”. Sul tema ha provato a fare chiarezza il presidente Anief e Udir Marcello Pacifico, secondo cui “la responsabilità dei giovani, una volta usciti dal perimetro scolastico, non può essere additata ancora agli insegnanti, al personale Ata o al dirigente scolastico”. Il sindacalista autonomo ha ricordato che “proprio perché la scuola ha il dovere di assolvere al compito della sorveglianza viene da sé che l’impegno e la responsabilità che la scuola ha nei confronti dei suoi alunni non può sforare il tempo scuola. Su questo il Miur dovrebbe essere chiaro invece di mandare inviti alle famiglie perché si organizzino affinché vi sia sempre un adulto all’uscita da scuola, un genitore o uno dei nonni o comunque un adulto fidato che li prenda per mano”.L’on. Simona Malpezzi ha, dunque, provato a porre rimedio al problema con un emendamento ad hoc, ora al vaglio delle Commissioni del Senato all’interno del testo della Legge di Stabilità 2018 giunto a Palazzo Madama, per essere inserito nella prossima Legge di Bilancio. Il provvedimento si intitola “Misure volte a incentivare il processo di autoresponsabilizzazione dei minori di 14 anni, finalizzate a consentire l’uscita autonoma dei minori dai locali scolastici”: si compone di un solo articolo, diviso in due commi, che prevede la possibilità per i genitori di autorizzare l’uscita autonoma da scuola dei figli minori di 14 anni, sollevando la scuola da ogni responsabilità. Come da tradizione, da una prima lettura della relazione tecnica sembra che la montagna abbia partorito il topolino. Quindi, esortiamo la Ministra e il Partito Democratico ad elaborare un provvedimento più efficace del testo presentato, oltre a trovare maggiori risorse per le scuole: occorre evitare, come è successo quest’anno, di incorrere in ulteriori tagli”, conclude il sindacalista autonomo.

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Shingle & Gibb Automation Expands Territory for Siemens

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new yorkNew York. Shingle & Gibb Automation is pleased to announce that Siemens recently expanded its authorized territory to include the Commonwealth of Virginia. An authorized partner and distributor of Siemens for more than 20 years, Shingle & Gibb’s coverage for Siemens now includes Metro New York (including Long Island), New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Florida, and now also Virginia. Shingle and Gibb Automation has well established resources in the Virginia market including a highly trained technical sales force as well as a full-service customer service team with strong product knowledge, technical aptitude and a commitment to continuous training.Shingle and Gibb Automation has made significant investments regarding Siemens in the areas of inventory, product training and customer-focused educational seminars. These investments are designed to help customers take full advantage of the cutting-edge automation technologies and solutions offered under the Siemens umbrella.Brian Lepsis, President of Shingle & Gibb said, “Our success with Siemens in other markets is a testament to our focus & commitment to the relationships we have built with the local and national Siemens teams. As we expand to the Virginia market, I am confident this will allow us to build upon those relationships and continue to provide exceptional service to our customers.” “Shingle & Gibb Automation has been a key distributor partner for Siemens in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Their appointment in the Virginia marketplace will leverage their efforts and successes elsewhere, further increasing Siemens share of the industrial market in the Commonwealth,” adds Kristin Alexander, Regional Channel Manager – East Region, Siemens US.

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The Bank of England’s interest rate rise

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Bank-of-England“The Bank reversed the interest rate cut that they made in August last year, increasing rates for the first time in ten years to 0.5%. The impact of this hike on households looks to be minor in the context of a variety of fiscal changes that are in train.The market had almost fully discounted the increase in interest rates that the Bank of England voted 7-2 to make. This would typically mean that there would be little reaction. However, the immediate market reaction has been for the pound to fall by over 1% against all major currencies and for UK bond yields to fall sharply. UK stocks rallied but this looks to reflect almost entirely the currency move: they underperformed overseas equities in common currency terms. The reason for this reaction was that the Bank dropped the line from its statement that rates may need to rise more than the market expects, and this was interpreted by the market as removing some risk that this was the first of many rises to come. The Bank furthermore judged that despite lacklustre economic growth, the UK has been growing above its speed limit, sending a grim message to the market around its expectation for potential UK economic growth. (by Columbia Threadneedle Investments)

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Sbarchi: Numeri spaventosi certificano fallimento politiche migratorie sinistra al governo

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migrantiGregorio Fontana, deputato di Forza Italia e membro della Commissione di inchiesta sui migranti, ha dichiarato:“I numeri assoluti che il Governo ha reso noto proprio oggi sui migranti sono spaventosi: il dato dei 111.552 sbarcati dall’inizio dell’anno non ha precedenti nella storia della Repubblica, se non negli ultimi quattro anni dei governi della sinistra Renzi-Alfano-Gentiloni-Minniti. Oggi il Governo cerca di confondere le acque vantando una contingente diminuzione del numero degli sbarchi nelle ultime settimane. Diminuzione tutta da verificare poiché solo ieri sono stati interessati dalle operazioni di salvataggio nel Canale di Sicilia quasi mille persone in un solo giorno, senza contare l’allarme lanciato da Frontex sulle nuove rotte che rischiano di facilitare ulteriori nuovi arrivi. Inoltre, la propaganda del Governo non riuscirà a coprire il fatto che la politica dei permessi umanitari distribuiti facilmente solo in Italia in questi ultimi anni, hanno fatto del nostro Paese la meta ideale per un flusso incontenibile di migranti economici, provenienti da paesi per i quali non è prevista la ricollocazione in Europa, e che pertanto, vista l’incapacità del governo di effettuare una efficace e massiccia politica di rimpatri, sono di fatto destinati a rimare in Italia da clandestini. Questa è forse la più drammatica eredità che la sinistra lascia ai cittadini italiani dopo cinque anni di Governo.”

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GSMA Report Highlights Impact of Taxation on Mobile Connectivity in Latin America

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 novembre 2017

Latin AmericaThe GSMA announced findings from its latest report, ‘Taxing Mobile Connectivity in Latin America: A review of mobile sector taxation and its impact on digital inclusion’. The report provides an overview of the tax and fee regime applied to mobile services and its impact on the affordability of mobile and investment in Latin America. While recognising the need of governments to balance the competing objectives of revenue maximisation and growth, the study explores how mobile sector taxation can raise the affordability barrier in the region, undermining digital inclusion efforts. It also discusses how uncertain and complex taxation regimes affect operators’ ability to invest in infrastructure rollout.
GSMA Report Highlights Impact of Taxation on Mobile Connectivity in Latin America (Photo: Business W …
GSMA Report Highlights Impact of Taxation on Mobile Connectivity in Latin America (Photo: Business Wire)“Mobile connectivity is a significant enabler of digital inclusion and economic and social development, however, in many countries the mobile sector is over-taxed, which may hinder the continued development of the sector,” said Sebastián Cabello, Head of Latin America, GSMA. “In Latin America, the total cost of mobile ownership is above the five per cent of income threshold recommended by the UN Broadband Commission. Some governments in the region apply additional sector-specific taxes on consumers and mobile operators, leading to negative affordability and investment impacts. In the current economic climate, it is paramount for governments to foster, not hinder, growth.” (photo: Latin America)

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Kinderhook Bank Appoints Harry Kabalian, Chief Financial Officer

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delmarDelmar, NY. Kinderhook Bank Corp., (OTCQB:NUBK), the holding company (the “Company”) for The National Union Bank of Kinderhook (the “Bank”), has appointed Harry Kabalian, CPA, MBA as Treasurer of the Company and Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer for the Bank, according to President and Chief Executive Officer, John A. Balli, effective November 1, 2017. “We welcome Harry to the Kinderhook Bank team and look forward to having an experienced CPA as our CFO”, said Balli. “With our recent growth, Harry’s strong financial background will make him a key component of our future success,” Balli added.Kabalian is from the Albany area and received his undergraduate degree from Siena College and his Masters of Business Administration from Union Graduate College. He most recently served as Vice President of Accounting and Finance at Trustco Bank Corp. Previous experience includes six years with KPMG where Kabalian provided accounting and auditing expertise to a diverse client base, including banks, and years of private sector accounting and finance experience including five years at GlobalFoundries as Global Financial Systems and Reporting Leader. In operation since 1853, Kinderhook Bank is the only bank headquartered in Columbia County and has recently expanded its branch network to a new state-of-the-art banking center in Delmar, NY in addition to branches in Latham, Albany, East Greenbush, Chatham, Greenport, Valatie and Kinderhook, NY. Kinderhook Bank has previously announced a merger with Patriot Federal Bank, which is expected to be completed on November 10, 2017 and will expand the branch network to Canajoharie, Johnstown and Amsterdam, NY.

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Groupon Adds Deborah Wahl to Board of Directors

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Wahl_Deborah_2014.jpgGroupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) today announced that Deborah Wahl will join its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Wahl, a longtime senior marketing executive, most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at McDonald’s, USA. “I am excited to welcome Deb to the Board and look forward to her customer-focused perspective as Groupon continues to grow and evolve,” said Chairman Eric Lefkofsky. “At the same time, I’d like to thank Brad and Jeff for their long service. Both have made innumerable contributions to Groupon — Brad as a co-founder and Jeff as an experienced digital executive. We wish them the very best and thank them again for making Groupon and the Board stronger.”
Wahl’s resume includes more than 20 years of high-level marketing and brand work. In addition to her time at McDonald’s, Wahl also served as Senior Vice President and CMO for the PulteGroup, one of the country’s largest homebuilders, and also held a number of senior roles at Ford, Toyota and Chrysler.“Groupon’s focus on building the world’s largest local marketplace and innovating on behalf of the customer makes this an exciting time,” said Wahl. “I look forward to joining a very strong Board and working with a talented management team on the company’s further success.” CEO Rich Williams said Wahl brings a critical customer-first mentality and considerable experience in growing some of America’s top brands.“Building an unmatched customer experience and a leading brand are key components to building the daily habit in local,” Williams said. “Deb will add valuable expertise and guidance as we continue to invest in our customers and merchants.”(photo: Wahl_Deborah)

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Comcast Spectacor Presents the Philadelphia Fusion

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 novembre 2017

PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia’s latest professional sports franchise has arrived. Comcast Spectacor, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center, today introduced the logo and marks for the Philadelphia Fusion, its team gearing up to compete in the inaugural season of the Overwatch League™, the first major global esports league featuring city-based teams in North America, Asia, and Europe. The announcement was made by Dave Scott, President and CEO, Comcast Spectacor.“We are thrilled to introduce the Philadelphia Fusion brand and team colors as we continue our exciting march toward the start of the season,” said Dave Scott. “Orange and black are colors of passion here in Philadelphia, and we are proud to incorporate them as we continue to formulate our coaching staff and roster of players.” The Philadelphia Fusion’s team name draws inspiration from the word’s origin, which surrounds the process of several distinct entities coming together to create a new whole that generates power and heat. The team’s marks depict a visual of speed and energy as the Philadelphia Fusion stand at the genesis of an amazing journey. The team’s media kit can be accessed here.Today’s brand unveil was accompanied by a video posted on the Fusion’s YouTube channel, and is the first in a series of announcements that will lead the Philadelphia Fusion into their first season of competition. Over the coming weeks, fans will be introduced to the team’s coaching staff, players, and more in advance of BlizzCon and the Overwatch League’s preseason matches.The Overwatch League from Blizzard Entertainment is the first major esports league to feature a city-based franchise structure. The Philadelphia Fusion is among 12 original franchises that are set to compete in the league’s inaugural season. Built from the ground up for online and team competition, Overwatch is Blizzard’s fastest game to reach 35 million players.The Overwatch League begins preseason play on December 6, with a series of exhibition matches featuring all 12 teams. The regular season will begin on January 10 and run into June, with playoffs and finals in July 2018. For more information on the Overwatch League, visit overwatchleague.com.

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Comporium Relies on Centina Systems for Agile Operations

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South CarolinaCentina Systems, a leading provider in network performance management and strategic assurance solutions for communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide, announced today that Comporium will deploy its suite of solutions to help improve network performance, operations and customer experience.Comporium is a full-service communications company offering voice, Internet, digital video, wireless, and security, monitoring and automation services to customers across South Carolina. With Centina, Comporium integrated an end-to-end solution that consolidates the monitoring and assurance of their networks, increasing agility and enabling them to proactively manage changing network, service and customer requirements. Centina’s solution enabled Comporium to replace their numerous monitoring tools into one reliable, easy-to-use solution and also allows them to provide an improved user experience via a Customer Portal.“As a growing company, it is difficult to maintain a variety of monitoring tools which require constant development and customization,” said Jack Holladay, Executive Vice President of Technology and Facilities at Comporium. “Through exhaustive research of best in class industry solutions, we determined that Centina provides the most efficient combination of out-of-the-box functionality, configurability and ease-of-use.”Leveraging Centina’s solutions, Comporium is able to proactively monitor and assure the performance of their end-to-end services as well as adhere to customer SLAs for commercial services. In addition, Centina’s advanced analytics and real-time reporting enable Comporium to maintain and improve network performance and customer experience.“Comporium’s record of low-cost, highly-reliable services as well as their commitment to customer experience, demonstrates a shared mission between our companies,” said Anand Gonuguntla, Co-founder and CEO at Centina Systems. “Centina is thrilled to be working with Comporium to consolidate and streamline its service assurance and to improve operational efficiencies and create an improved user experience for its customers.”

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Bank Leumi and Nasdaq Launch a Joint Program to Support Israeli Growth Companies

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Nelson GriggsNasdaq Stock Exchange President Nelson Griggs and Bank Leumi (TASE:LUMI) CEO Rakefet Russak-Aminoach signed a first-of-its-kind strategic cooperation agreement in Israel to support Israeli mid to late growth stage companies that are interested in leveraging the global assets and insights from Nasdaq as well as the platform of LeumiTech to boost future growth and expansion. As part of the agreement, LeumiTech, Leumi Group’s hi-tech banking arm, and Nasdaq will sponsor a series of exclusive meetings for senior executives of private growth companies to discuss business, regulatory, financial and other aspects of growing global companies.Throughout the sessions, the participants will meet thought leaders and executives of Nasdaq-listed companies in addition to other experts in investment banking, IPO legal and accounting, investor relations, communication and more.The program’s closing session will be held in New York.“With the global success of the Israeli hi-tech industry, and Israel’s position as one of the world’s leading technology centers, it is natural that more Israeli companies will look to tap the public markets soon,” says Bank Leumi CEO Rakefet Russak-Aminoach. “Our exclusive agreement with Nasdaq, and the comprehensive guidance to be given to the companies’ executives, will help many Israeli hi-tech companies contemplating going public to understand the process and make the most appropriate decision for them. The partnership with Nasdaq is a logical fit, as it is the exchange of choice for more than 80 Israeli public companies.”“Israel is a key market for Nasdaq, and we are proud and privileged that we have been such an integral part of the Israeli economy over the past 40 years. With over 80 listed companies and a strong pipeline of innovative companies, Israel is in fact the second-largest non-U.S. country represented on Nasdaq,” said Nelson Griggs, President of the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. “Israel continues to generate innovative growth companies across several sectors, and we look forward to this great partnership with Bank Leumi to support this market and leverage our presence even more.” “LeumiTech has become the financial home for the Israeli hi-tech industry and continues to formulate work methods and services that are uniquely suited to Israeli hi-tech companies. A first-of-its-kind cooperation with Nasdaq provides us with another significant tool, which can be used to empower Israeli companies deciding on how to proceed on a potential IPO to make an informed choice,” said LeumiTech CEO Yifat Oron. “Companies that will take part in the program are in a process of advanced growth with ties overseas. This program concentrates all the information they need and provides them with unique added value.” (photo: Nelson Griggs)

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DAIHEN to Supply Wireless Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

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automotiveWiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, today announced that DAIHEN Corporation, a global leader in electric power transmission, distribution products and industrial robotics, has secured a license to commercialize wireless charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) utilizing WiTricity’s patented technology. DAIHEN began shipments of wireless charging systems for industrial materials handling in 2016 after entering into a licensing and technology transfer agreement with WiTricity. DAIHEN will now use WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless charging system as the reference design for its own line of standards-compliant wireless chargers for battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles. As major automotive markets such as India, China, France, Germany and the UK pledge to go all-electric over the next few decades, and with all global carmakers now at work developing vehicles equipped with wireless charging, DAIHEN seeks to leverage its position as a leading supplier of electric power transmission and distribution. WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 reference design will accelerate DAIHEN’s product development and enable it to deliver highly efficient and interoperable wireless charging stations that meet global automotive standards. With its license to sell WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless power transfer system, DAIHEN is enabling EV market growth and future vehicle autonomy.The WiTricity DRIVE 11 system includes a charging pad that can be mounted on or flush with the ground, and uses WiTricity’s patented magnetic resonance technology to send power to a vehicle parked above it, requiring no cables or moving parts. The DRIVE system has industry-leading charge and efficiency rates, and is capable of charging all vehicle types – from low ground clearance sports cars to high ground clearance SUVs. Carmakers, Tier 1 suppliers and technology providers like WiTricity are cooperating to develop global standards that will enable all vehicles equipped for wireless charging to receive power at any wireless charging station. DAIHEN sees opportunity to supply wireless charging stations for use at private residences, commercial parking lots and public parking facilities.“DAIHEN saw wireless power transfer as a foundational technology for the factory of the future, and as we planned our entrance into the automotive market, we knew that WiTricity’s technology would be a natural and necessary fit,” said Ryohei Tanaka, DAIHEN general manager and chief engineer of research and development. “WiTricity’s technology offers flexible and efficient wireless charging experiences, and its DRIVE 11 system enables us to deliver that experience to the rapidly expanding global EV market.”

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ImmunoGen to Present New Data on Novel Antibody-Drug Conjugates at 59th ASH Annual Meeting

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san diegoSan Diego. ImmunoGen, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMGN), a leader in the expanding field of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) for the treatment of cancer, today announced that three abstracts highlighting two of the Company’s experimental ADC therapies, IMGN632 and IMGN779, have been accepted for presentations at the upcoming American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting to be held December 9-12, 2017, in San Diego. Both IMGN779 and IMGN632 use ImmunoGen’s novel indolino-benzodiazepine payloads called IGNs, which alkylate DNA without crosslinking. IMGN779 is a CD33-targeted ADC for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) currently in Phase 1 testing. IMGN632 is a CD123-targeted ADC for hematological malignancies, including AML and blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN). Last month, the Company announced that the Investigational New Drug application for IMGN632 is active and it expects to open a Phase 1 trial later this year.“The clinical and preclinical data being presented at ASH demonstrate the early potential of our novel IGN portfolio,” said Richard Gregory, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief scientific officer of ImmunoGen. “One of our strategic priorities is to accelerate the development of these unique and highly differentiated assets. IMGN779 and IMGN632 use our IGN payloads, which were designed to meet the dual challenges of achieving high potency against target cells, while having a tolerability profile that enables continued patient treatment.”In a poster presentation, the Company will report updated data evaluating the safety and anti-leukemia activity from the dose escalation phase of the IMGN779 first-in-human trial. In a separate presentation, preclinical data evaluating the mechanism, anti-leukemia efficacy, and tolerability of repeated dosing of IMGN779 and cytarabine in combination using in vitro and in vivo human AML preclinical models will be reported. Lastly, preclinical data reporting the prevalence of CD123 expression in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and assessing the anti-leukemia activity of IMGN632 on ALL cells will be presented in a poster presentation.

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Radius Acquires Amsterdam-Based DB&C to Strengthen European Accounting and Tax Offering

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Amsterdam. Global growth expert Radius has acquired De Bruijn en Co (“DB&C”), an Amsterdam-based accounting and tax firm that serves both domestic and international clients in expanding and operating compliantlamsterdamy in the Netherlands. Adding the expert capabilities of the Dutch firm enables Radius to meet rapidly increasing demand for growth expertise in the Netherlands and throughout mainland Europe.“I am delighted to welcome DB&C to the Radius family,” said Stephen Chipman, chief executive officer of Radius. “DB&C is a reputable, well-known firm in Amsterdam and has a fantastic track record of supporting both local Dutch clients and multinational businesses in the Netherlands by providing expert, tailored tax advice and managing their clients’ payroll and accountancy functions. This is a strategically important acquisition for us in response to ever-increasing client demand to directly support their operations in the Netherlands. We are excited about the prospect of better serving our clients directly in Europe by adding DB&C’s experience and expertise to ours.” “We are thrilled to be joining Radius, and to become part of such a well-respected global growth company,” said Wim Krook, managing partner at DB&C. “Our clients will benefit greatly from having direct access to Radius’ breadth of international expansion solutions, and Radius clients doing business in the Netherlands will now have exceptional service from our team in Amsterdam.”

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Billion Electric to Unveil SCADA Control Solution for Natural Gas Operation

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energia-elettricaBillion M100 is an industrial-grade, compact broadband communication router with flexible input voltage range 9~56V DC and operating temperature -20 to 60 º C (-4 to 140 º F) designed for industrial settings. Passed the UL Class I Division 2 certification, M100 can operate in hazardous environments, such as oil and gas filed, and won’t cause ignition and explosion of the specified flammable gas or vapor-air mixture. Integrated with both EWAN and 4G LTE wireless connection with auto failover, M100 ensures a seamless and uninterrupted internet connectivity 24/7; M100 also secures data while being transmitted over the public network by supporting robust VPN protocols, including IPSec, PPTP, L2TP, GRE, and OpenVPN.M100 supports RS-232 serial ports and Modbus, a serial communications protocol, which can directly connect to SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) equipment and transmit critical data gathered from sensors and instruments with back-end office system for remote control and critical decision making. M100 also enables real-time surveillance data transmission and security system for the underground natural gas site.“Natural gas companies need to make sure the continuous operation of critical equipment to optimize the performance. By utilizing M100, the site manager can track real-time field metrics by sitting at the office via high-speed, consistent, and safe connectivity. We provide the most cutting-edge SCADA solution for oil & gas field that can strengthen the operation efficiency, decrease the labor cost, and increase long-term profit.“ said Ted Ho, Chief Technology Officer of Billion Electric Co Ltd.

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