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Anticipation Builds as MWC19 Barcelona Approaches

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The GSMA announced final updates for MWC19 Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress), including additional keynote speakers, participating companies, programmes and events. Taking place 25-28 February 2019, with events being staged at Fira Gran Via, Fira Montjuïc and La Farga L’Hospitalet, MWC19 Barcelona is set to attract more than 107,000 professionals from over 200 countries and territories.“With the anticipated arrival of 5G, this year’s event is set to be one of the most exciting as the industry convenes to showcase Intelligent Connectivity across new technologies on the brink of reaching millions of people across the world,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “Over the four days of MWC19, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from leaders who are driving innovation and we look forward once again to welcoming the mobile world to Barcelona.”

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34th Annual Securian Financial Winter

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RunOn Saturday, January 26, more than 1,500 runners will embrace the frozen tundra Minnesotans call home, while enjoying the charm of St. Paul and the magnificent Mississippi River, by participating in the 34th annual Securian Financial Winter Run.The event will kick off at 9 a.m. at Securian Financial Center at 400 Robert Street N. in downtown St. Paul with the start of the half marathon. A 10k will follow at 9:15 a.m., and a 5k will start at 9:25 a.m.Online registration ($65 for half marathon, $60 for 10k, $55 for 5k) will remain open until 8:45 a.m. on race day. Runners will also be able to register in person on race day at the plaza of the Securian Financial Center from 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. All registered runners will receive a complimentary long-sleeve performance shirt, a collector mug, a virtual goodie bag, and a Saint Paul Winter Carnival coupon book and commemorative button.More than 150 volunteers, including 100 Securian Financial associates, operate the Securian Financial Winter Run. All proceeds are donated to the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, the producer of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. The Securian Financial Winter Run is one of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival’s largest fundraisers.

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AM Best Assigns Credit Ratings to Athora Life Re Ltd. and Athora Ireland plc

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AM Best has assigned the Financial Strength Ratings of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “bbb+” to Athora Life Re Ltd. (Athora Re) (Bermuda) and Athora Ireland plc (Athora Ireland) (Ireland). The outlooks assigned to each of these Credit Ratings (ratings) are stable.Athora Re’s ratings reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorises as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM). Athora Ireland’s ratings reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorises as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate ERM. The ratings also factor in their strategic importance to Athora Holding Ltd. (Athora). Athora Re and its subsidiary, Athora Ireland, are expected to provide third party and intra-group reinsurance, which are core features of Athora’s business plans.Athora Re is a Bermuda-based life reinsurer wholly owned by Athora, a company established in 2017 to provide acquisition and reinsurance solutions to European life insurers. Based on business plans, Athora Re’s risk-adjusted capitalisation is projected to be maintained at the very strong level, as measured by the Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), whilst Athora Ireland’s risk-adjusted capitalisation is projected to be maintained at the strongest level. The companies benefit from the financial flexibility of Athora, supported by circa EUR 1.5 billion of undrawn, committed and irrevocable capital from its shareholders. The companies also benefit from Athora’s long-term relationships with its strategic shareholders (Athene Holding Ltd and Apollo), Athora’s access to Apollo’s asset management expertise, and an experienced management team.An offsetting rating factor is Athora’s elevated level of investment risk associated with the ambitious targeted investment returns. AM Best views the investment risk to the group as related primarily to default experience rather than spread variability in light of the targeted low duration gap. A scenario of rising interest rates may increase risk in this respect. The early stage of the company’s business plans means that executing a limited number of large transactions on reasonable terms is important to assembling the projected balance sheets of the group and its member companies. AM Best sees Athora’s business plans as well-timed, and appropriately resourced in the context of a large target market of legacy life insurance portfolios in Europe.Operating performance in the early years of the business plan is not expected to meet the group’s longer term return on equity (ROE) targets as the company builds scale and develops the asset allocation of investments. However, successful implementation of the business plan would lead to attractive ROEs. AM Best expects the companies’ operating performance to benefit over time from higher investment margins driven by investing a prudent proportion of assets in a diversified portfolio of less liquid assets.Athora Re and Athora Ireland’s business profiles cover external reinsurance and intra group reinsurance. Both companies will typically focus on non-participating reinsurance structures. The use of intra group reinsurance is an essential component of Athora’s business plans, which enables the centralisation of liabilities to assist with capital optimization within the group, and provides access to the Bermuda operating environment. Athora Ireland, as an EU-based risk carrier for intra group and external insurance, provides Athora with commercial and regulatory flexibility. AM Best expects the business profiles of Athora Re and Athora Ireland to be driven by the execution of Athora’s business plans, including the acquisition of insurance companies by the group.

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CURE® to Host First-Ever Patient-Focused Session at the 36th Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference

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CURE Media Group, which reaches over 1 million patients, survivors and caregivers across an industry-leading multichannel platform devoted solely to cancer updates, research and education, will host a patient-track meeting on Saturday, March 9, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Florida during the Physicians’ Education Resource® Miami Breast Cancer Conference®.“We are excited to host a patient-focused track for the first time at this year’s Miami Breast Cancer Conference®,” said Michael J. Hennessy Jr., president of MJH Associates Inc., parent company of CURE® magazine. “This track gives patients the opportunity to network and educate themselves on important topics surrounding treatment, BRCA and clinical trials.”
The keynote speaker for the meeting will be Patrick Borgen, M.D., chair of the department of surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. The meeting will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Following an optional yoga session, attendees will be provided with breakfast and lunch between the many sessions and expert panels directed toward patients with breast cancer. Topics will include managing side effects of treatment, survivorship care planning, genetic counseling and psychosocial, behavioral and communication issues in breast cancer care.CURE®’s full-day, patient-focused event is hosted in tandem with the Miami Breast Cancer Conference®. For 36 years, the Miami Breast Cancer Conference® has brought together surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, as well as geneticists, pathologists, radiologists and supportive-care specialists, to foster attendees’ awareness of state-of-the-art treatments for all stages and subtypes of breast cancer.

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Built On Vision Software Named to Construction Executive’s 2019 Hot Products

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Built On Vision, award-winning creator of the first cloud-based forecasting and project management software is proud to announce that it has been named to Construction Executive’s list of 2019 Hot Products.Built On Vision’s (BOV) software provides users of traditional scheduling software like Oracle’s Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Microsoft Project with significantly enhanced features that improve data access and accuracy of schedule analysis and reporting. BOV’s proprietary algorithm allows users to detect project planning deficiencies, enabling more effective project management and decision making. The cloud-based software also allows for mobile input, providing realtime data as it simultaneously capturing inputs from the office or the field. For the first time, construction firms can now understand and plan for delays before they occur.The attention to Built On Vision is in part due to its continuously-growing list of software features. Most recently, BOV announced a groundbreaking translation feature that allows users to translate to/from any language in the world. The translation function removes a significant obstacle to productivity for firms working on large scale international projects in Asia and elsewhere using multilingual teams; BOV now allows companies to bypass the cost and time associated with using intermediaries and translators. Built On Vision simplifies international project management by automatically translating schedules from all languages to create direct inputs for the project’s scheduling system such as Oracle Primavera and other popular softwares.Built On Vision is receiving increasing attention for its innovations in the construction software space. The Company recently announced that it had received an unprecedented three recognitions in Constructech Magazine’s Top Products 2019, for both its software and Artificial Intelligence concept Salma as well as for its sister company Avadencia, the only cloud-based forecasting tool available for the construction industry.
Built On Vision executives will be in attendance at Construction CPM Conference in San Diego January 20-23, and will be offering software demos in Booth #28. Please contact BOV VP of Business Development Diego Sanmiquel (diego@builtonvision.com) to arrange on-site meetings.

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8th annual Analytics Summit 2019

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The University of Cincinnati Center for Business Analytics has named Zeynep Tufekci as a keynote speaker at its 8th annual Analytics Summit 2019 being held April 1-3, 2019 at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tufekci will speak on April 3 as part of the event’s Conference Day.Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci is an internationally recognized authority on the interactions between technology and social, cultural, and political dynamics. She has special expertise in how social change movements are using social media and on the social and moral implications of how we use big data and algorithms to make decisions. The author of “Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protests”, she is also a TED Speaker and contributing opinion writer to the New York Times.This year’s event will feature four technical two-day training sessions, one half day training session, and five all-day session tracks. Training sessions will cover topics including Advanced MS Power BI, Machine Learning with R, Advanced Tableau Training, Big Data with Hadoop and Spark, and Analytics for Executives.The all-day session tracks will focus on Financial/Risk Management Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Operation Analytics, Analytics Management and Leadership, and Analytics Tools.Complete details and registration information can be found on the Analytics Summit 2019 event registration site.
The Center for Business Analytics at the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business is a corporate-academic partnership that brings together a multidisciplinary group of businesses, organizations, faculty, and students to provide education, and an exchange of ideas and best practices regarding the application of data driven analytical methods for enhancing organizational performance.In collaboration with its corporate sponsors, the center provides symposia, student projects, community training and applied research focused on the use of techniques such as data visualization, data mining, predictive modeling, simulation and optimization to solve important problems faced by businesses, government and non-profit organizations.

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Metabolon Appoints Michael Rasche as President of International Business

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Metabolon, the world leader in metabolomics, today announced that Michael Rasche joined the company as President of International Business. Michael will report to Rohan Hastie, Metabolon’s President and CEO, and become a member of the corporate executive team. He will lead all of Metabolon’s international business activities with a strong focus on customer and team expansion.”We are thrilled to have Michael join the Metabolon team,” said Hastie. “Michael brings a wealth of commercial and business experience across multiple areas of life sciences, from Pharma to Diagnostics and Biotech. I know he will make an immediate impact on our existing and future customers.””I am very excited to become part of the Metabolon success story,” added Rasche. “I will passionately lead our team to drive accelerated business expansion across all international markets. Our Precision Metabolomics™ technology is delivering biomarker discoveries, innovative diagnostic tests, and groundbreaking data in genomics and population health initiatives. The breadth of possible applications positions us uniquely in life science research.”Rasche’s track record in international business expansion in Pharma, Diagnostics, and Biotech will contribute to advancing Metabolon’s position as the world leader in metabolomics. He brings 28 years of experience in the healthcare and life science arena, with a particular focus on the interface between Pharma and Diagnostics. Rasche joins Metabolon from Definiens where he was Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to Definiens, Rasche was Corporate Vice President of Global Commercial Operations at Ayoxxa. He has also held leadership positions with Dako (today Agilent), Roche and Bayer Diagnostics both in Europe and the Americas across nine different countries.

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XponentialWorks to Sponsor Exclusive Abundance 360 Beverly Hills Summit

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XponentialWorks, a venture, advisory and product development firm, announced today its sponsorship of the annual Abundance 360 Summit, which will be held in Beverly Hills on January 27-29. Abundance 360, now part of Singularity University, is Peter H. Diamandis’ membership-only community of extraordinary exponential entrepreneurs.Held yearly, Abundance 360 Beverly Hills is an opportunity for A360 members to preview technologies and trends that are transitioning from deceptive to disruptive growth. In two joint Convergence Catalyzer sessions, Peter and XponentialWorks founder Avi Reichental will curate intensive, insightful conversations on the convergence of AI, computation, robotics, 3D printing, sensors, networks, AR/VR, Blockchain and more, and how they are measurably transforming every industry.Additionally, the on-site XponentialWorks Tech Hub will offer Summit participants a place to meet and engage with companies creating exponential and converging technologies that are changing the face of business and society. Among the companies demonstrating their technologies at the XponentialWorks Tech Hub are ParaMatters, Nexa3D, blink, HaptX, Endless West, b8ta, VIVE and Magic Leap.“Abundance 360 provides our CEO members with clarity about those exponential technologies going from deceptive to disruptive in the year ahead,” said Peter H. Diamandis. “I’m proud this year to partner with Avi Reichental and his company XponentialWorks to go beyond concept, and actually translate how to put those technologies into practice. It’s hard for a company to disrupt itself. XponentialWorks has aided numerous companies in going from incremental improvement to exponential change. We are also excited to have XponentialWorks curate our Tech Hub, which has vetted numerous companies and hand-selected 20 game-changers to share with our members.” “Peter Diamandis is a true partner in disruption, and we’re excited to partner with him for Abundance 360 2019,” said Avi Reichental, Founder of XponentialWorks. “I look forward to sharing our teams’ insights on transformative exponential technologies during this extraordinary event,” he continued.

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“Research Report on Timber Import in China, 2019-2023”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 gennaio 2019

According to the report, in 2017, Russia, the U.S., New Zealand and Canada, the four largest sources of China’s timber imports, provided 64% of the total import volume of timber in China. In particular, Russia and the U.S. provided about 31% and nearly 10% respectively of the total timber imports.On August 3, 2018, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced a 5% to 25% tariff increase on U.S. exports worth USD 60 billion, including a 25% tariff increase on U.S. timber. Evidently, the Sino-U.S. trade war will have a certain impact on China’s timber import.
The domestic supply of merchantable timber has been contracting, and China’s reliance on timber imports has exceeded 50% since the Chinese government announced the prohibition on the commercial cutting of natural forests in 2017. It is expected that the international timber prices will show an upward trend in the next few years as the import volume of timber keeps rising in China.Some Chinese enterprises have begun to invest in the forestry industry in other countries, mainly Russia, to ensure a stable and adequate supply of timber. By the end of 2018, more than 100 Chinese enterprises had invested in Russia’s forestry industry with a total of over USD 2 billion – and the figures are expected to grow further.The Chinese government has few restrictions on timber import. Therefore, the Chinese market will provide global forestry enterprises with numerous opportunities in the next few years.

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