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SMOM, Riccardo Mastrangeli conferisce onorificenza al prof. Antonio Giordano

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Riccardo Mastrangeli e Antonio GiordanoRoma. Con una cerimonia presso Palazzo Rospigliosi a Roma, il Dr. Riccardo Mastrangeli, Cavaliere di Grazia Magistrale dell’Ordine di Malta, ha insignito della Croce al Merito Melitense, prestigiosissima onorificenza del Sovrano Militare Ordine di Malta, il Prof. Antonio Giordano, illustre patologo, oncologo, genetista, direttore dello Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Temple University di Philadelphia, e professore di Anatomia e Istologia Patologica presso l’Università di Siena. Il prof. Giordano, punto di riferimento della ricerca internazionale, ha inoltre, denunciato i fattori ambientali implicati nell’incremento delle patologie oncologiche, permettendo così l’intensificazione dei controlli soprattutto nelle aree più a rischio della Campania, regione da cui proviene. Già allievo del premio Nobel James Dewey Watson, ha scoperto alcuni fattori chiave nella regolazione del ciclo cellulare, dei meccanismi legati all’insorgenza dei tumori e ha legato la sua carriera di ricercatore a quella di divulgatore scientifico.“Il Prof. Antonio Giordano – ha dichiarato Riccardo Mastrangeli – affronta ogni giorno la difficile sfida posta da uno dei mali più terribili del nostro secolo. La sua arma è il laboratorio di ricerca di Philadelfia, che dirige con competenza, entusiasmo ed amore, al quale tutto il mondo scientifico guarda con attenzione e fiducia. Giordano è quotidianamente impegnato a favore del prossimo: una missione, questa, da lui condotta mettendo al servizio della scienza, dei malati e delle loro famiglie tutto il proprio ingegno e il proprio cuore. La dedizione e la passione con cui lavora costituiscono, senz’altro, gli elementi fondamentali del suo successo. La sua professionalità, le sue capacità e gli eccezionali risultati conseguiti in ambito internazionale, del resto, si uniscono a grande umanità e nobiltà d’animo. Per me è stato un grande onore insignire, a nome del Delegato di Veroli dell’Ordine di Malta, il Marchese Alessandro Bisleti, e del nostro Consiglio Delegatizio, una figura di tale levatura della prestigiosissima onorificenza del nostro millenario Ordine”.“Sono onorato del riconoscimento ricevuto dal Sovrano Militare Ordine di Malta, un’istituzione che, nel corso della sua millenaria esistenza, si è sempre distinta per la difesa della dignità umana e l’assistenza alle persone nel bisogno – ha dichiarato il prof. Antonio Giordano – La cura, la prevenzione e la ricerca sono ambiti in cui, ognuno di noi, può fare la differenza, dando il proprio contributo per raggiungere l’obiettivo di sconfiggere la malattia e la sofferenza”. (foto: mastrangeli-giordano)

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Ad Erice l’esecuzione di alcune opere sacre del prete e compositore siciliano Antonino Reggio

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erice concertoErice (Trapani) Ieri sera, all’interno del cartellone di ERICèNATALE, il concerto “Il Sacro Ritrovato” dell’ Associazione MusicaMente. Il concerto è promosso dalla Fondazione Erice Arte, dal Comune di Erice ed ha visto la collaborazione artistica degli Amici della Musica di Trapani.
Protagonisti tre Ensemble di musica barocca: il coro Eufonia, l’Ensemble Antonio il Verso e l’Arianna Art Ensemble, diretti dal M° Fabio Ciulla. Un’ esperienza per festeggiare insieme e riscoprire compositori siciliani. Un’ esaltazione di un genere potentissimo e coinvolgente come la musica barocca, in una cornice così suggestiva come la Chiesa di San Martino ad Erice.Il programma ha previsto brani legati al periodo delle festività e l’esecuzione in prima assoluta di alcune opere sacre del prete e compositore siciliano settecentesco Antonino Reggio, nato a Aci Catena, in un ramo della famiglia Reggio, Principi di Campofiorito.
DSCN1357All’età di otto anni Reggio fu mandato a Palermo per studiare al “Collegio dei Nobili” e poi al Seminario arcivescovile dove fu ordinato sacerdote nel 1749. Proprio a Palermo egli compose il Dixit Dominus e il Domine ad Adjuvandum, opere che sono contenute nello stesso manoscritto, e che, per la prima volta, dopo 270 anni sono state riascoltate. Prima di essere riscoperte nel 2000 in una biblioteca in Germania, le sue opere sono rimaste dimenticate per oltre due secoli. Negli ultimi quindici anni è stata effettuata un’approfondita ricerca sulla vita di questo grande e talentuoso prete siciliano.Per ERICèNATALE, in scena al Teatro Gebel Hamed, oggi alle ore 18.00, ultimo appuntamento in cartellone con “P3 – Fiabe Siciliane da Giuseppe Pitrè”, un progetto teatrale di e con Giovanni Barbera con musiche originali di Marco Rosano sulle fiabe siciliane di Giuseppe Pitrè, il più importante raccoglitore e studioso europeo di tradizioni popolari del XIX secolo.Gli spettacoli sono inseriti nel programma “ERICèNATALE- Il borgo dei presepi”, evento promosso dal Comune di Erice e dalla Fondazione Erice Arte. Tutti gli eventi del cartellone di ERICèNATALE sono ad ingresso gratuito.

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San Francisco: Dermatology Summit

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rob-danielsSan Francisco January 7, 2018 at 5:19pm Grand Ballroom, Palace Hotel, and the Biotech Showcase, January 8, 2018 at 10:45am Hilton San Francisco Union Square Dermatology Summit. Elastagen, a clinical-stage medical technology company with an advanced tissue repair platform based on tropoelastin, today announced that it will showcase the latest clinical developments and progress in its pioneering treatments at dermatology summit. Now in development, Elastagen’s tropoelastin tissue repair platform will include breakthrough treatments for acne scars, stretch marks, aesthetic skin repair and wound repair.
In a presentation titled, “Bringing tissue repair and regeneration to medical aesthetics and plastic surgery,” Elastagen Director and CEO Robert Daniels will offer new study data on tropoelastin. Among the findings of a new feasibility study of injectable tropoelastin for stretch marks were high safety outcomes and an 80% reduction in stretch mark depression volume, resulting in skin’s smoother look and feel. A full study will be submitted for publication in Q1 2018.
john-st-clair-robertshilton san franciscoElastagen executives are available for on-site meetings to update investors and media of the progress that Elastagen has made since it completed a $13M Series B equity financing. Additionally, the Company will share new data on the technology’s mechanism of action and how it improves skin’s structure and texture, as well as recent patient feedback. The Company is in the process of closing a Series C funding round, which includes current shareholders as well as new participants, and will raise $30M.
“We are pleased to begin 2018 at the Dermatology Summit at Biotech Showcase, sharing exciting new data on our tropoelastin platform,” Robert Daniels said. “Elastagen is gearing up for a pivotal year, when we expect to submit stretch mark, acne scar and aesthetic products for EU approval, in addition to making an IDE submission for a US clinical study for acne scars. We look forward to talking directly with physicians engaged in wound healing and aesthetics about the pioneering technologies developed by Elastagen.” (photo: rob daniels, john-st-clair-roberts)

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NEW for CES 2018: Artificial Intelligence

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automotiveCES 2018® will once again feature breakthrough products and services across a range of industries and consumer interests. New this year are dedicated areas and programming focusing on sports, smart cities, artificial intelligence, high tech retailing, digital money and more. CES 2018 will showcase life-changing technology across more than 2.7 million net sq. feet of exhibit space – the largest show floor in its 51 year history.One of the fastest growing areas at CES, Eureka Park, will feature more than 900 startups from 42 countries, up 50 percent over last year. CES will also showcase the latest in vehicle technology, with more than 400 exhibitors making the automotive footprint at CES the fifth largest stand-alone auto show in the U.S. More than 170 government officials will attend CES to use the show and the Innovation Policy Summit conference track to examine hot-button policy topics that drive innovation and advance the industry. Last but not least, C Space returns for its fourth year and brings together the world’s innovators, content creators, marketers and creatives in one venue including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Hulu, NBCU, Spotify and more. “CES is constantly evolving to capture the technologies and innovation of the future, it changes as our industry morphs and showcases the most cutting-edge work the tech world has to offer,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “CES 2018 has more new dedicated technology areas than I can ever remember us having in one year, and that speaks to the way technology is now in every single part of our lives, to make living easier through connectivity.”

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Il governo degli esperti

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di maio10Quando si dice che il Movimento 5 Stelle non ha la sufficiente esperienza per governare il Paese perché non chiediamo a questi critici, che si considerano degli esperti, cosa hanno fatto per meritarsi tanti onori? Non sono quelli che hanno portato il debito pubblico alla cifra astronomica di 2300 miliardi di euro? Che hanno favorito un’evasione fiscale da oltre 120 miliardi di euro? Che hanno messo in ginocchio la giustizia e umiliato i tutori dell’ordine e della legalità? Che hanno arrecato discredito alle istituzioni con la corruzione e il mal governo? L’Italia è in ginocchio per colpa loro eppure hanno l’improntitudine di erigersi a tutori del buon governo. Se oggi milioni di italiani disertano le urne disgustati da tanto sfacelo e dalla convinzione che ci troviamo al cospetto di una classe politica che ha perso in dignità e fiducia, lo dobbiamo al disastro che hanno combinato e pensano di poter continuare come se nulla fosse turlupinando gli italiani e considerandoli degli gnoccoloni da strapazzare a loro piacimento. E’ tempo di destarsi dal torpore. E’ tempo di prendere coscienza che non possiamo fare a meno della politica perché essa è l’unica strada che abbiamo per migliorarci e progredire e permettere ai nostri figli un avvenire migliore.

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Comunità Sant’Egidio: una perla all’occhiello del mondo

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sant'egidioQuanti comunicati nel corso del 2017 abbiamo ricevuto dall’ufficio stampa della Comunità? Tantissimi perché grandissimi sono stati i suoi impegni nel mondo in favore della pace e della fraternità fra i popoli. Ora ci chiediamo se non è necessario risvegliare non solo le coscienze di chi ci governa ma anche quelle degli amministrati nel renderli consapevoli che in passato sicuramente abbiamo fatto poco a sostegno di uno dei due diritti fondamentali che dovrebbero guidare le nostre coscienze e il nostro agire in concreto. Il primo si sa è il diritto alla vita ma subito dopo viene l’altro che è il diritto a vivere. In questo caso abbiamo mostrato tutti i nostri limiti allorché milioni di bambini continuano a morire nel mondo per mancanza di un’assistenza sanitaria carente e per fame, che vi siano anche nelle città e nelle comunità dell’opulenza dei senza tetto e dei barboni che muoiono di fame e di freddo, che ci imbattiamo in milioni di migranti che fuggono da guerre e carestie, che tantissimi sono coloro che elemosinano un lavoro e se lo hanno continuano a vivere in miseria e poi vi sono i pensionati, i nuovi paria della società dei consumi. Tutti questi, e molti altri ancora, cosa mai potranno fare dopo essere entrati nel mondo dei vivi se li ricacciamo indietro il giorno dopo privandoli della vita o costringendoli a vivere senza dignità? (R.A.)

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Scuola: Rinnovo del contratto, befana amara per docenti e precari

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ministero-pubblica-istruzioneI famosi 85 euro di aumento, da inglobare nel rinnovo del contratto, purtroppo non riguarderanno tutti i dipendenti. Perché gli aumenti del 3,48% previsti dal 2018, secondo l’intesa sindacale del 30 novembre 2016, variano in base a qualifica e fascia di appartenenza. Il calcolo è stato fatto anche dalla rivista Tuttoscuola che perla di “sorpresa clamorosa”, perché “applicando quella percentuale del 3,48% alla posizione retributiva individuale di ogni lavoratore (la stessa percentuale applicata alla massa dei dipendenti pubblici) si ottiene un risultato lontanissimo dagli 85 euro medi di aumento mensile lordo per i lavoratori del comparto scuola”. Marcello Pacifico (Anief-Cisal): È assodato che il rinnovo di contratto porterà dai 57 euro lordi dei neoassunti della primaria agli 88 euro lordi dei docenti a fine carriera delle superiori, quote che si dimezzano al netto del lordo Stato e dipendente a fine anno. Quindi, rispettivamente ci fermiamo a 27 euro e 52 euro. I tanti precari della scuola saranno ancora tra i più colpiti, perché fermi a stipendio iniziale, nonostante le sentenze delle SS. UU. della Cassazione. Queste sono le cifre, punto. Perché non può essere di certo percorribile la strada di portare in busta paga le somme derivanti dai bonus 500 euro per la formazione e dal bonus merito dei docenti della Legge 107/2015. Per i fondi legati al merito, infatti, occorrerebbe agire con una modifica normativa che non compete di certo al tavolo contrattuale ma alla politica. Mentre per le somme destinate alla formazione, se è vero che portarle in busta paga farebbe diventare il bonus strutturale e non soggetto a rifinanziamento annuale, è altrettanto vero che vorrebbe dire sottoporle a tassazione, dimezzando la somma. Senza dimenticare il pericolo di vedersi pure aumentato l’orario di servizio obbligatorio.

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Scuola: Rinnovo del contratto, una polpetta avvelenata portare in busta paga i bonus formazione e merito

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scuola-digitale-casnati-como-800x500_cSe dal punto di vista teorico la doppia operazione, collocata all’interno del rinnovo del contratto, può essere condivisibile, sul piano pratico vi sono non pochi risvolti negativi. Sul bonus merito non si capisce, ad esempio, come potrebbe essere portato in busta paga un compenso accessorio soggetto oggi a valutazione discrezionale del dirigente scolastico. Per attuare un’operazione del genere, quindi, occorrerebbe agire con una modifica normativa che, come ha anche fatto osservare il presidente Aran Sergio Gasparrini, non compete di certo al tavolo contrattuale ma alla politica. Ancora meno fattibile appare la trasposizione delle somme destinate alla formazione dei docenti: se è vero che portarle in busta paga farebbe diventare il bonus strutturale e non soggetto a rifinanziamento annuale, è altrettanto vero che vorrebbe dire sottoporlo a tassazione, dimezzando la somma. La domanda allora è: vale la pena per un aumento esiguo mensile ritrovarsi con un carico di lavoro maggiore? Sicuramente no.Marcello Pacifico (Anief-Cisal): Per il bonus della formazione, venendo meno la possibilità di rendicontarne la spesa, si aprirebbe il personale al rischio di indurre la parte pubblica a chiedere uno scambio in termini di ore obbligatorie di formazione per aggiornamento. Mentre oggi non esiste una quantificazione. In pratica, i sindacati rappresentativi stanno provando a far passare per aumento stipendiale ciò che strutturalmente non lo è, con il rischio concreto di trasformare la proposta in un boomerang, perché potrebbe aprire la strada a un aumento di fatto dell’orario di servizio, qualora il bonus 500 euro in busta paga dovesse tradursi in ore di aggiornamento obbligatorie e quantificate. Per quanto riguarda invece il bonus merito, tanto vale chiedere l’abolizione della stessa procedura prevista dalla Buona Scuola e procedere con la redistribuzione delle somme stanziate per gli aumenti in busta paga a pioggia.

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WiZ Announces Lifestyle Smart Lights Feature with New Scheduled Presets at CES 2018

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Business WireWiZ Connected Light, the leading innovator of smart lighting technology, today announced the new Scheduled Presets function enabling your smart lights to know your regular activity level throughout the day and night, automatically providing the most suitable light you need at that moment, delivered based on the time of day to enhance wellness and match your lifestyle. This feature is a game changer when using voice controlled assistants. Come see our exhibit at CES 2018 in Booth: Sands, Halls A-D – 42908.It is well known that lighting affects health, especially mental health and serenity, and the new Scheduled Presets control how a light behaves when you turn it on at any point over a 24-hour period. Now you can deliver subtle lighting in your room as you awake in the morning, Daylight lighting in the living room in the afternoon, or a dim night light set for that middle-of-the-night trip for a drink of water in the kitchen.Scheduled Presets can be set up in seconds to work via WiZ’s top-rated app — available via Google Play and the Apple App Store — through the remote or using voice activation with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. With the Scheduled Presets function, found in the app’s Schedules menu, each room’s schedule is depicted via a simple circle, just like a clock face, making it easier to set-up, manage, and customize easy:Tap on a Light Mode icon to change light mode or light brightness for any time of day. Hold the button down longer to change a phase’s start time or duration for even more customization. Use up to five unique light phases in each room – it’s truly up to your own preference! Activating the functionality is simple and easy right out of the box, and comes with commonly-used presets already installed for worry-free setup. These can be easily changed to take advantage of any of WiZ smart lights’ 64,000 shades of white and 16 million color choices.Voice control and interoperability with other systems are available via Integrations with the most popular players including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant (and Google Home) and IFTTT, which can allow interconnection with other IoT products and thousands of usage scenarios, connecting your daily activities to your smart lights in a new way to enhance your lifestyle.The WiZ full range of smart LED light bulbs, recessed lighting and contemporary luminaires is available online at HomeDepot.com, Amazon and BedBathandBeyond.com. Select products can also be found at Costco.com. For more information about WiZ Connected Light, visit http://www.wizconnected.com or see our exhibit at CES 2018 in Booth: Sands, Halls A-D – 42908. (Photo: Business Wire)

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CES 2018 – DisplayLink Announces ‘One-Size-Fits-All’ Initiative to Address the Challenges of Hot Desking

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hot-desk-displaylinkOn the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), DisplayLink, the leading provider of USB graphics technology, revealed a ‘One-Size-Fits-All’ initiative to simplify the creation of flexible office environments and address the challenges faced by IT and infrastructure managers when deploying hot desking solutions.
As companies endeavor to become more adaptable, the traditional view of an office is changing. Hot desking, a workspace sharing model where multiple employees use a single physical workstation at different times during the day, offers advantages for organizations looking to reduce building space and office costs. The model also promotes increased levels of communication and improved professional relationships within a company. With support for any computing device, any operating system and any processing architecture, DisplayLink’s unique USB graphics technology simplifies hot desking scenarios for companies by eliminating compatibility and connectivity problems as employees move in and out of a workstation. The technology powers an extensive line-up of universal USB docks, monitors and adapters from globally-recognized brands.“DisplayLink works closely with key industry partners, customers and Fortune 500 companies to ensure a seamless end-user hot desking experience,” said John Cummins, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at DisplayLink. “By offering a simple ‘Plug and Display’ experience across all of today’s computing devices we strive to provide infrastructure managers and end-users with the confidence that when using DisplayLink solutions, it just works.” DisplayLink’s products uniquely allow IT managers and infrastructure planners the ability to bridge the transition between legacy notebooks / desktops and the very latest platforms. If it has a USB connection ‘It just works’. DisplayLink universal docking solutions meet the needs of the entire organization with connectivity spanning USB-A through to USB-C with power to charge the notebooks, productivity is accelerated with the addition of multiple displays and their integrated LAN, Audio and USB ports ensure a centralized connectivity solution meeting a variety of use-cases across all departments.Join DisplayLink at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Hall 3 (upper level), booth #31772 from January 9-12, 2018 to experience the ultimate in hot desking. (photo: hot-desk-displaylink)

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Washington Federal Promotes Bryan Lutz as Its New Northern Washington Regional President

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washingtonWashington Federal, Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD) today announced that effective February 2, 2018, Bryan Lutz will lead its Northern Washington Region as Senior Vice President and Regional President. Tom Kenney, its current Northern Washington Regional President, is retiring effective February 2, 2018, after serving in this capacity over the last eight years. Bryan is well known to many of Washington Federal clients as he has been serving as one of the bank’s division managers since 2012.Washington Federal President & CEO, Brent Beardall, said, “We are pleased to see Bryan step up to this well-deserved leadership role. Our Washington roots go all the way back to 1917 with our original branch in Ballard, Washington. Over the decades, via both organic growth and acquisition, Washington Federal’s presence north of Seattle has grown steadily. Today, the Northern Washington Region is one of our top performers, with forty-four retail offices, $1.2 billion in deposits, and $1.35 billion in loans. I am confident Bryan is the right leader to continue to grow our customer base, raise our visibility and take us to the next level.
Effective February 2, 2018, Bob Peters, Washington Federal’s Executive Vice President and Group Manager of Commercial Banking will lead the commercial banking teams in Bellingham. Peters has more than thirty years of commercial banking experience in the Puget Sound area and is familiar with many of the bank’s commercial clients and prospective clients. Both Grace Peschek, Vice President and Division Manager, and Jonathan Ensch, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, as well as the other commercial bankers based in Bellingham, will be reporting to Peters.Prior to joining Washington Federal in 2008, Lutz held mortgage leadership positions with several financial institutions in the Northwest and Midwest. In 2010, Bryan assumed leadership of Washington Federal’s Tucson, Arizona Retail Banking Division as Vice President and Division Manager. After two very successful years in Tucson, Lutz returned to Western Washington to assume the role of Senior Vice President and Manager of Washington Federal’s Mid-Sound Retail Banking Division. Under his leadership, the division was consistently one of the top producing divisions of the bank.Washington Federal is a national bank that operates 237 branches in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and New Mexico. Publicly traded since 1982, the bank recently marked its 139th consecutive quarter of paying dividends. Washington Federal provides consumer and commercial deposit accounts, financing for small to middle market businesses, commercial real estate and residential real estate, including consumer mortgages, home equity lines of credit and insurance products through a subsidiary. As of September 30, 2017, the Company reported $15.3 billion in assets, $10.8 billion in deposits and $2 billion in stockholders’ equity.

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Glu Announces Sale of Its Moscow Studio

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new yorkNew York. Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU), a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, today announced it has completed the divestiture of its Moscow studio along with the sale of several titles developed by that location. Glu will receive aggregate consideration of approximately $4.5 million, consisting of $3 million in cash and the assumption of approximately $1.5 million in minimum guaranteed royalty payments. Originally acquired in 2008, Glu’s Moscow studio has focused on the development and live operations of shooter and action games including the Contract Killer, Frontline Commando, and Blood & Glory franchises, all of which will be transitioned to Glu’s Hyderabad, India studio. Glu Moscow was also managing live operations for Deer Hunter 2017, which will transition to Hyderabad, where Deer Hunter Classic currently is operated. The parties have agreed to transition each of these titles to Hyderabad by March 31, 2018. The assets sold by Glu include the Last Day Alive mobile game currently in beta, the Heroes of Destiny mobile game previously published by Glu, the celebrity license agreement for a previously disclosed unnamed male celebrity and the corresponding mobile game in the prototype stage. Glu has also agreed to provide a non-exclusive license to use certain tools and technology necessary for further development of the purchased games. “This transaction is consistent with our strategy to consolidate development operations to our creative centers located in North America. As we enter 2018, we are focused on driving increased creativity and collaboration in Glu’s remaining studios,” said Nick Earl, Glu’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I would like to thank the talented team in Moscow for their contributions to Glu’s success and I am confident they will continue to thrive under new leadership.” “Over the last 18 months we have expanded our North America and India locations while eliminating studios in Beijing, Bellevue, Portland, Long Beach, and Moscow. These initiatives have allowed us to focus on a scaled creative center in San Francisco and a low cost, repeatable location in Hyderabad,” said Eric R. Ludwig, Glu’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. “Our prior statements about our lower operating expense profile in 2018 assumed this transaction would be completed by the end of 2017.”

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Juno Therapeutics Names Cindy Elkins as Chief Information Officer

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Juno Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: JUNO), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative cellular immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today announced the appointment of Cindy Elkins as Chief Information Officer (CIO). Elkins will report to Hans Bishop, Juno’s President and CEO.
“Cindy is a leader with a track record of increasing the impact of information technology in the biotech industry, focusing on innovation and delivering advanced technologies that support the discovery of breakthrough therapies,” said Mr. Bishop. “Her talent, passion and experience will help us advance our mission to bring better medicines to patients.” Ms. Elkins served most recently as Vice President, IT for the Americas at Genentech, where she led the US commercial technology integration following the acquisition of Genentech by Roche. Under her leadership, Genentech became the first biotech company to implement several key technology platforms at scale, and her teams consistently provided exceptional user experience to over 44,000 people. Prior to her tenure at Genentech she was Vice President and General Manager at Ariba, a software and information technology services firm, where she helped create the world’s largest web-based trading community.“I am delighted to join Juno, a company that reflects my passion for vibrant, accountable, high-performing organizations seeking to transform and innovate at scale,” said Ms. Elkins. “It is an honor to be a part of a mission to fundamentally change the way cancer and other diseases are treated, and to provide the tools and infrastructure to allow Juno’s employees to do their best work.”
She is a member of the Board of Directors of Weight Watchers, and earned her MBA from Santa Clara University and BS in Applied Mathematics from UCLA.

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Consumers Credit Union’s New HOK-Designed Headquarters Emanates from Nature

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Consumers Credit Union InteriorConsumers Credit Union, one of Michigan’s largest homegrown financial institutions, opened its new HOK-designed Kalamazoo headquarters this week. Nearly 150 employees previously working in four separate buildings moved into a 22-acre collaboration center situated among rolling hills and wooded ravines. The centerpiece: a contemporary, three-story office evoking its natural surroundings, designed to bring employees closer together while providing unmatched amenities.“Our design for the new headquarters captures and manifests the core values and sense of identity of Consumers Credit Union,” said Peter Ruggiero, AIA, design principal for HOK’s Chicago practice. “Designed to promote communication, the open, collaborative workplace recognizes its unique surroundings through its placement on the site and the access to daylight and views afforded by the thoughtfully-designed plan.” Consumers and HOK collaborated to design the 92,000-square-foot branded environment that expresses the company’s values while fostering collaboration. The building accomplishes these goals through several design strategies: Open Workspaces, Collaboration and Training: The open floor plan includes modern workstations, informal gathering spaces and a learning lab featuring the latest technology for staff training. Central Gathering Space: Employees and visitors enter through a central glass atrium with a grand staircase, connecting all areas of the building.
Wellness and Amenities: Staff can take advantage of an on-site café, coffee bar, fitness center, fitness and running trail, and expansive outdoor patio overlooking nature.
Connection to Nature: The building’s form is influenced by its surroundings, from expansive glass walls providing forest views to the intentional use of tree cover along roads leading to the workplace.
To accommodate Consumers’ future growth, HOK designed the building to be built in three phases. It can be expanded up to 200,000-square-feet based if needed. Click here to view interior photos of the new space.HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation. (photo: Consumers Credit Union Interior)

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Cloud-Based Accounting App Payably Opens for Beta Testing

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 gennaio 2018

Avalon Solutions, a global developer of software applications technology, announced the launch of its beta program for its accounting app Payably that includes several incentives such as free merchant service fees and software for up to one year. The Payably Sync Beta User Program is officially open for enrollment and accepting applications for a limited time. Payably Sync is a cloud-based mobile payment processing platform that integrates seamlessly with QuickBooks™ Online and provides entrepreneurs easy and affordable payment processing capabilities. Avalon collaborated with entrepreneurs across the nation to understand what they needed most to help with accounting tasks and discover what app features they found most useful to help run their businesses. Leveraging the feedback from thousands of merchants nationwide, the latest Payably Sync update will include specific iOS application upgrades and new features to help business professionals save money on transaction fees and save time on bookkeeping tasks.Additionally, selected beta participants will collect a free NFC card reader with dip, tap and swipe capabilities for added security and will be eligible for additional incentives and rewards over the four-week testing period.To qualify for the Payably Sync Beta User Program, merchants must be a QuickBooks Online user, currently accept mobile payments and have iOS-compatible devices for processing. Interested entrepreneurs and small businesses can call 888-598-6330 for consideration or visit beta.getpayably.com for more information.“I’ve never met an entrepreneur who liked doing math on the weekends,” continued Fifield. “Payably Sync gives owners the freedom to accept payments from anywhere with real-time, secure transaction updates into QuickBooks Online that can save their business up to fifteen hours of bookkeeping a month.”The latest Payably app update will offer exceptional on-the-go business tools with easy-to-use features that include the ability to create invoices, process mobile payments and integrate seamlessly with QuickBooks Online. The new version also includes an option to add up to 1,000 multiple users for enterprise clients at no additional cost. Payably technology is designed to help sales teams, home service professionals, CPAs, salon professionals, artists and onsite technicians work more efficiently from the field because the app helps eliminate the need to return to an office to handle accounting tasks. The data received from the beta group will help further enhance the Payably platform for future releases and updates planned later this year.

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GE Appliances Commercializes Its Approach to Innovation; Launches Giddy

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 gennaio 2018

GE AppliancesHaving had success with its subsidiary FirstBuild, a co-creation community that helped the appliance company develop groundbreaking products in a greatly reduced timeframe, GE Appliances plans to disrupt the corporate environment with its new start up Giddy, an online community which allows businesses to co-create with passionate people as they develop new products or refine existing ones.
“Companies are continuing to evolve the way they approach innovation and are more willing to go outside their four walls to generate good ideas,” said Giddy CEO Taylor Dawson. “We’re giving businesses access to fresh thinking while providing opportunities for people to do what they love and gain experience.” “Giddy is a totally unique enterprise for GE Appliances. We are clearly stepping outside our traditional business model by selling ‘how’ products can be made versus ‘what’ we make,” said Rick Hasselbeck, chief commercial officer, GE Appliances. “The success and growth of the FirstBuild innovation model has given us a great platform from which to launch Giddy.”FirstBuild now includes a founding location in Louisville, Kentucky, focused on designing, building and selling products for the FirstBuild brand as well as innovations for GE Appliances; a new location in Shanghai, China, which opened in 2017 and focuses on electronics, software and hardware projects; and a future location in India, scheduled to open in 2018 with a focus on IoT and connected technologies.All three FirstBuild locations will collaborate and access a global online community managed by Giddy. Giddy will, in turn, continue to grow the community FirstBuild has built over the past 3.5 years and leverage it to assist all of its clients. An intuitive, easy-to-use mobile platform, Giddy allows businesses to post challenges for the community to solve, engaging their own employees alongside the community if they so choose. Its first major challenge will launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where community members can help define friction points in modern home life, then propose a solution in the form of a product sketch or design. More challenge details are available on the Giddy mobile app at giddy.io/dowhatyoulove. The Giddy team will help businesses coordinate their challenges and provide guidance along the way until there is an idea or framework for a product that can be taken to production by the business.
While businesses will pay a fee to use Giddy, members of the creative community can join for free. Once registered, members can then view all the existing challenges available and work on those that match their expertise. Giddy leverages natural language for easy participation, multimedia for submissions and an online voting system to gather community feedback.In addition to helping other companies with their product development, Giddy will manage the online communities for GE Appliances’ growing FirstBuild business. (photo: GE Appliances)

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Boston Omaha Corporation Announces $10 Million Investment in Dream Finders Holdings LLC

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bostonBoston Omaha Corporation (NASDAQ: BOMN) (“Boston Omaha” or the “Company”) announces its recent $10 million equity investment in Dream Finders Holdings LLC (“DF Holdings”), the parent company of Dream Finders Homes LLC, a national homebuilder with operations in Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Texas and northern Virginia. In addition to its homebuilding operations, DF Holdings’ subsidiaries provide mortgage loan origination and title insurance services to homebuyers.
“We are excited to invest in Patrick Zalupski and the team at Dream Finders Homes after watching them grow over the last several years while earning attractive returns on incremental capital and maintaining a disciplined land option model approach to their business. We look forward to what they can accomplish over the coming decade in what we believe could be a more conducive environment for single family construction,” said Boston Omaha’s Co-Chief Executive Officer Adam Peterson. The investment consists of the issuance of new non-voting common units of DF Holdings, constituting approximately 5% of DF Holdings’ outstanding equity interests. The terms of the investment imply a $200 million purchase price valuation and provide for the potential issuance to Boston Omaha of additional non-voting common units if DF Holdings does not achieve consolidated net income in excess of $60 million for the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years combined. The issuance of additional non-voting common units would be based on the resetting of the purchase price valuation to $140 million. In addition, the agreement provides that DF Holdings may not take certain actions without the consent of Boston Omaha. Finally, all non-voting common units will convert to voting common stock in the event that DF Holdings conducts an initial public offering.

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University of Tennessee Architecture Students Design Tall Wood Structure for Nashville

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 gennaio 2018

architecture studentsAs the construction boom continues, sustainable urban building practices should be incorporated into every step of urban planning and development. Fourth year architecture students in the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design participated in the Nashville Civic Design Center’s (NCDC) Urban Design Studio challenge to design a wood-framed, high-rise multi-use structure.
Fourth year architecture students from the University of Tennessee participated in the Nashville Civic Design Center’s Urban Design Studio challenge co-sponsored by LP Building Products to concept a wood-framed, high-rise multi-use structure in Nashville, as seen in this model. (Photo: Business Wire)
On December 4, the architectural students participated in the final review of the 15-story Timber Tower Studio project, which was co-sponsored by Nashville-based LP Building Products, a leader in high-performance building solutions, and the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for High-Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments.“The opportunity to collaborate with community, industry and technical experts on this project has been crucial to the students’ experience,” said Ted Shelton, associate professor in UT’s School of Architecture. “These are the types of partnerships that will be required if we are to design and construct cities that do more work while using energy in a way that is as benign as possible.”
The December final review summarizes the students’ semester-long project to explore the conceptual design of a high-rise wood structure in downtown Nashville at Church Street and Polk Avenue. Over the course of the semester, the students paired their hands-on curriculum with input from industry professionals, including:Benton Johnson, an associate at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP, and an influencer in the urban mass timber movement Yugon Kim, co-founder of design firm IKD, where art, architecture, material and making intersect LP Building Products officials focused on progressive and sustainable building practices Nashville city officials focused on affordable housing, sustainability and more “The Urban Design Studio presents us with an opportunity to offer guidance on public policy and development practice in urban planning and design,” said Gary Gaston, chief executive officer of the Nashville Civic Design Center. “We are fortunate to have found the intersection of the eager, emerging UT architecture students with industry experts and organizations like LP Building Products who will help the students prepare themselves—and ultimately our communities and resources—for the future.”
“As an organization that seeks to find forward-thinking individuals, we were honored to be a part of this Urban Design Studio challenge,” said Mike Sims, SVP of sales, marketing and strategy at LP Building Products. “The participating students are some of tomorrow’s best and brightest designers, and we look to them to continue meeting community needs through progressive approaches and sustainable building practices. At LP, we help designers and builders find the solutions they need, so we admire the students’ innovative work to implement safe and sound building practices using sustainable wood materials.”NCDC will release a publication and exhibition of the student work in the spring of 2018, and anticipates further partnerships exploring innovative wood design and construction in the coming year. (photo: architecture students)

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KBRA Releases Monthly CMBS Trend Watch

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With this edition of Trend Watch, we’ve included a slide presentation that summarizes some of the trends in new issuance conduit credit that we’ve observed over the past year. Topics include In-Trust KLTV, Credit Barbelling, All-In KLTV, KBRA’s IO Index, and Concentration Risk. We’ve also provided a review of rating surveillance activity, as well as a high level overview of KBRA Loans of Concern (K-LOCs) that we have identified across the 2.0 conduit universe. We’re hopeful that readers find it helpful in advance of the CREFC conference.In our Spotlight section, we focus on the increased level of primary market exposure in KBRA rated conduits over the past year. In 2017, primary market exposure surpassed the 50.0% mark for the first time since we began rating conduits in 2012, and finished the year at 54.3%, which was up almost 9 points from 2016. The section looks at market tiers through a number of lenses, including in-trust and all-in leverage, property type, and interest-only exposure. It also highlights the proportion of pari passu notes among market tiers.The publication also recaps issuance and rating activity. Private label pricing volume ended the year at $88.1 billion, a 26.2% increase from full-year (FY) 2016. Driving the increased volume in 2017 was greater single borrower issuance, which saw an 88.7% year-over-year (YOY) increase to $36.5 billion. Meanwhile, conduit issuance remained relatively flat at $48.5 billion, increasing by 1.4% during the same period.We expect single borrower issuance to remain strong in 2018. At this juncture, we are aware of a dozen or more single borrower deals that may launch by early February. In addition, we expect to see as many as three CREL CLOs in that time frame, as well as a few conduits.On the ratings front, KBRA published pre-sales for six deals ($5.1 billion), including two conduits ($1.6 billion), one Freddie K-Series transaction ($1.5 billion), one CREL CLO ($1.0 billion), one single borrower ($600.0 million), and one single-family rental (SFR) ($394.2 million). December’s surveillance actions included 283 affirmations and five upgrades, which were effectuated across 25 transactions. In conjunction with the surveillance reviews, KBRA highlighted 42 K-LOCs.

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Cinemo Accelerates In-Vehicle Infotainment on STMicroelectronics’ Hardware Platform at the 2018 CES Show in Las Vegas

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Crazy Streets of Las VegasLas Vegas. Cinemo, a global leader in high performance and automotive grade multimedia playback, streaming, media management, connectivity and cloud access middleware, has announced that it is working closely with STMicroelectronics (ST), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leading supplier of advanced automotive ICs, to demonstrate the full capability of the ST Accordo5 car-infotainment processor platform at CES® 2018 in Las Vegas. Built from the ground up, Cinemo’s software delivers dynamic performance as it crafts the perfect ambience for front or rear seat comfort. Taking full advantage of ST’s Accordo5, Cinemo manages a broad spectrum of media accessibility and control with secure content sharing between mobile devices and Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) screens. Designed to allow near instantaneous correlation to all media available in the car regardless of the location or storage device, Cinemo’s Distributed Playback™ and Distributed Media Management™ have a flexible expanse between local and connected database and playback that revolutionize the way digital media can be distributed and used in the car.
The Accordo5 family of automotive processors meets crucial display-performance and security demands in a low-power compact platform well suited for mid- and lower-cost vehicles. The processors enable state-of-the-art digital instrument clusters and Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) head units to become more affordable than ever by integrating the complete graphics, video, and audio functionality on-chip to save design costs and simplify assembly.“Through our collaboration with STMicroelectronics, cutting-edge automotive infotainment can be delivered in a most cost-effective way whilst addressing a critical need for transparency,” said Elif Ede, Vice President Sales of Cinemo. “Accordo5 devices provide features that have high value for car drivers and passengers, including smartphone mirroring and Rear Seat Entertainment on Bring Your Own Device, so we are delighted that ST is showcasing a compelling usage of Cinemo’s award-winning multimedia middleware during CES.”Visits to Cinemo’s private suite and ST’s hospitality suite are by appointment only.

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