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Pamela Arway and Kurt Ekert appointed to the Board of Directors

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Minneapolis: Carlson Inc., an international travel management company and private investment firm, announces the appointments of Pamela Arway and Kurt Ekert to the Board of Directors, effective 1 May. Additionally, Lee Chaden will be retiring from the Board effective 30 June.
Pamela M. Arway currently serves as an independent director on the boards of DaVita Inc., The Hershey Corporation and Iron Mountain Incorporated. She is a former President of American Express International, Japan, Asia-Pacific, Australia region, culminating a 21-year career with the company. An MBA graduate of Queen’s University, Ontario, Pam also holds a bachelor’s degree in languages from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Pam to the board. Her extensive business experience and travel industry knowledge along with her broad governance expertise make her an ideal addition to our board,” said Diana Nelson, Chair of Carlson Inc. Kurt Ekert has been President and CEO of CWT since April 2016 and is Vice Chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel & Tourism Advisory Board. He is also a director of Passur Aerospace, the World Travel & Tourism Council, and the UNGA Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and is an advisor to Freebird Inc. Kurt holds a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and saw active duty as a U.S. Army officer.“This appointment recognizes Kurt’s many contributions to our business over the past three years and I look forward to working with him both as the CEO of CWT and a member of our board,” said Diana Nelson, Chair of Carlson Inc.Separately, we say thank you and farewell to Lee, after twelve years as a director of our company. His vast experience has been a huge asset to both our board discussions and our thinking over the years, and we wish him well in his retirement.”
Now in its third generation of closely held family ownership, Carlson is an international travel management company and private investment firm, operating in nearly 145 countries and territories throughout the world. A global leader in the travel industry, CWT, the B2B4E (business to business for employees) travel management platform, is wholly owned by Carlson and is the foundation of its portfolio of businesses.

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Punchh Launches Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence

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Punchh, the leader in digital marketing solutions for physical retailers, today announced the launch of Punchh Deep Sentiment Analysis. The new product allows brands to extract valuable insights from customer reviews using Punchh’s natural language comprehension engine built with industry-leading deep learning and artificial intelligence.Punchh Deep Sentiment Analysis integrates seamlessly with the Punchh Marketing Cloud, offering real-time descriptive and predictive analytics in a user-friendly dashboard with one-click navigation. Its natural language processing model achieves human-level performance, defined as more than 93 percent accurate, and features multi-language support.
Punchh is the world leader in innovative digital marketing products for physical retailers, combining AI and machine learning technologies, mobile-first expertise, and omnichannel communications designed to dramatically increase lifetime customer value. Punchh offers partners access to real-time consumer information via a live dashboard, enabling them to create and launch campaigns, target specific user segments and review guest feedback. Marketers can connect with customers across any channel through loyalty, offers, ordering, payments, feedback, surveys, gift cards, games and more. More than 160 global enterprise brands rely on Punchh to grow revenue by building customer relationships at every stage, from anonymous to loyalist.

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35th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference

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Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) said today that Interim Chief Executive Officer and President Allen Parker will present at the Bernstein 35th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference in New York on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT).
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,700 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 33 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 262,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations.

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20th Annual B. Riley FBR Institutional Conference

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Salem Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SALM) announced today that it will present at the 20th Annual B. Riley FBR Institutional Conference Wednesday, May 22nd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Salem is scheduled to present at 9:30 AM Pacific Time with one-on-one meetings held throughout the day. The presentation will be available on the investor relations portion of the company’s website (investor.salemmedia.com).
Salem Media Group is America’s leading multimedia company specializing in Christian and conservative content, with media properties comprising radio, digital media and book and newsletter publishing. Each day Salem serves a loyal and dedicated audience of listeners and readers numbering in the millions nationally. With its unique programming focus, Salem provides compelling content, fresh commentary and relevant information from some of the most respected figures across the Christian and conservative media landscape. Learn more about Salem Media Group, Inc., at http://www.salemmedia.com

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17th Annual Solar Cup

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As students from 40 high schools gear up for the 17th annual Solar Cup™, preliminary scores heading into this weekend’s contest show Costa Mesa High leading the pack, with La Puente’s Nogales High and Oxford Academy in Cypress trailing closely behind.Hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition officially launches Friday (May 17) with boat inspections and qualifying for Saturday’s 90-minute endurance heats and Sunday’s 200-meter sprints at Lake Skinner in the Temecula Valley.While the head-to-head competition officially kicks off Friday, the contest started long before the students even set their boats on the lake. Over the past seven months, teams have been earning points for writing technical reports detailing how they built their boats’ electrical systems and drivetrains, producing a public service announcement promoting water conservation, and passing a technical inspection of their boats. These projects and other requirements represent roughly a third of the total possible points for the Solar Cup competition.In addition to earning high marks for both their technical reports, Costa Mesa High students garnered the most points for their public service announcement. The team’s creative video, developed in partnership with their co-sponsoring agency Mesa Water District, focused on the district’s water conservation efforts and shared effective tips for local residents to reduce their water use.Both Nogales and Oxford high schools also showed strong performances in all preliminary categories, earning second and third place for their PSAs, respectively. Using an effective and energetic narrator, Nogales High shared the benefits of planting California native landscapes, using their own high school campus as a backdrop. Oxford Academy presented information about Orange County’s water sources and California’s recent historic drought conditions to push the public to conserve more water. Metropolitan posted the top five student-produced conservation PSAs on the district’s Twitter account throughout this week.Prior to making qualifying runs Friday, the boats will be inspected and tested by Metropolitan and a technical advisory team from Occidental College to ensure they meet the program’s requirements and are safe and seaworthy. Saturday features two 90-minute endurance heats around a 1.6-kilometer course. The contest continues Sunday with the sprint races, closing with an awards ceremony in the afternoon. The single-seat boats, 16-feet-long, are built from kits of marine-grade plywood provided by Metropolitan. Teams equip them with steering, solar panels, batteries and motors producing up to 320 watts. The maximum weight, including the skipper, is 450 pounds.

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Dentists Are Often the First to Find Possible Signs of Oral Cancer in Patients

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Dental checkups are critical for healthy and long-lasting teeth, but they can also help with the detection of serious and even life-threatening forms of oral cancer.Dentists are often the first to identify growths or suspicious-looking areas in the mouth of patients that could be the first sign of oral cancer – including oral cavity cancer, such as in the lips or tongue, and oropharyngeal cancer, more commonly referred to as throat cancer.
And early detection and treatment as soon as possible are important for defeating oral cancer, which can also occur in the cheeks, lips, gums, tongue, and floor and roof of the mouth.A dentist recently discovered a growth on Gibbs’ mouth during a routine checkup. Gibbs, 26, was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer – a very rare form of cancer that affects about 1 of every 100,000 people, according to the American Cancer Society.
Gibbs, who advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open in 2014 and the Australian Open in 2017, will have surgery Friday and miss the French Open that starts May 26. But Gibbs plans to participate in the qualifying matches for Wimbledon in late June.Gibbs is the latest well-known athlete or entertainer to be diagnosed with oral cancer. Many celebrities, including actor-producer Michael Douglas and guitarist Eddie Van Halen, have battled and defeated oral cancer, thanks to early diagnosis and treatment.Currently, an estimated 91,000 people in the U.S. are living with oral cancer, and about 39,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, according to the National Institute of Health. About 8,000 deaths are connected to oral cancer every year in the U.S. Many of those deaths could be prevented with early diagnosis, according to many reports. The five-year survival rate for oral cancer diagnosed early is 75 percent, but the rate drops dramatically to 20 percent with a late diagnosis, according to the NIH.

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Cummins Increases Presence and Footprint in Indiana

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Over the long-term the company projects continued global growth, including in Indiana, where it currently employs over 10,000 people. To address future growth expectations, Cummins is continuing to execute on its plans to create work environments across the state that foster growth and help attract and retain top talent.As part of this plan, Cummins announced today that Columbus will be the primary North American manufacturing center and corporate hub for the Electrified Power Business with a significant presence at the Columbus Engine Plant. It will also locate a new office building to serve as a hub for digital and information technology employees in Greenwood. And in Indianapolis, the company announced that it has renovated space at the Salesforce tower and is in the process of building out additional space at its Distribution Business headquarters in downtown Indianapolis
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as related technologies, including battery systems, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 62,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and over 7,600 dealer locations and earned about $2.1 billion on sales of $23.8 billion in 2018. See how Cummins is powering a world that’s Always On by accessing news releases and more information at https://www.cummins.com/always-on.

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Foundational AI technologies, products and services to unlock the human potential risks Fake Media and Deepfakes

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The AI Foundation, a leader in creating foundational AI technologies, products and services to unlock the human potential, as well as Guardian AI to protect society from its risks, has partnered with the Technical University of Munich’s Visual Computing Lab, providing resources for world renowned scientist Professor Matthias Niessner and his team to continue research in artificial intelligence, deep learning and computer vision.
The AI Foundation, headed by CEO Lars Buttler and CTO Rob Meadows, will utilize research from the lab in their development and engineering of products for safe and revolutionary AI, as well as create and publish breakthrough research in the areas of cognitive science, artificial general intelligence, and human behavior. The company recently announced that it expanded its world-class team of scientists with the addition of Joscha Bach, Ph.D., and Delip Rao as vice presidents who will be working closely with researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
The partnership with TUM is part of the AI Foundation’s larger mission, inviting scientific researchers, media partners, policy-makers, and the global community to join the company in a collective effort to research, identify and combat manipulative AI. The company has already begun to develop a growing community of users reporting suspected fakes and training AI agents with the development of Reality Defender, a guardian-AI protecting against fake media including deepfakes. TUM’s research in advanced AI forensics will enhance the tool’s evolving capabilities; as synthetic images become more advanced, the Reality Defender too will advance, growing more capable of detecting new forms of artificial media.Professor Matthias Niessner leads the Visual Computing Lab at TUM in their research of computer vision, graphics, and machine learning, focused on how these intersect as well as cutting-edge techniques for 3D reconstruction, semantic 3D scene understanding, video editing, and AI-driven video synthesis. He has published over 70 academic papers and has instructed at Stanford University as a visiting assistant professor. Niessner’s research has received worldwide acclaim and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Spiegel and MIT Technological Review, among others. He is a TUM-IAS Rudolph Moessbauer Fellow and has won several awards, including the Google Faculty Award for Machine Perception, the Nvidia Professor Partnership Award and the European Research Council Starting Grant’s award of over $1.5M in research funding.

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ZRG Expands Global Insurance Practice with the Addition of Zoe Campbell in London

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ZRG has added Zoe Campbell, an experienced search professional, to the firm’s London office to further support clients with global retained search work in the insurance sector.
ZRG has an existing experienced team in the insurance sector in the Asia Pacific Region, led by global practice head David Greenfield, in Hong Kong and several experienced managing directors in the United States including Pat Prout and Vaughan Marecki. However, the changing environment in the UK and Europe has opened the doors for expansion in the team.
Zoe Campbell commented, “Joining a truly global firm to support my tier one international and London Market insurance clients is of great benefit. It allows me to leverage both ZRG’s global insurance knowledge and other practice areas such as blockchain, technology and private equity. Their Z Score, a data and analytics approach, is truly underwriting hiring decisions with more rigor and process. As a firm with one P&L and a focus on the client first, I am excited to broaden my capabilities for the benefit of my clients with all that ZRG brings to the sector.”ZRG’s Global Practice Head of Insurance David Greenfield commented, “London is an important market globally, and Zoe’s deep body of work, sector experience and client base add nicely to what we are doing around the world today with many top insurance clients. We are looking forward to expanding our direct reach with Zoe as a member to our practice.”

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Economic Impact Report Detailing Growth of Arizona’s Technology Sector

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To keep its constituents up-to-date on the advances in Arizona’s technology community, the Arizona Technology Council today announced the latest update of the 2019 Quarterly Arizona Technology Council Industry Impact Report. The report reveals an increase in technology career wages, number of jobs, venture capital, new technology companies/startups, and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards.The quarterly report is conducted by eImpact, an organization that creates web-based, data-reporting solutions designed to help cities, industries and planners drive effective policy, create new growth and engage stakeholders.“Our new eImpact report shows tremendous growth in our state’s technology sector from the time when it was introduced in June 2018,” said Steven G. Zylstra, the Council’s president and CEO. “We commissioned the report to provide frequent updates on the economic payoff of our initiatives and gain comprehensive data on where we should be devoting resources. Seeing the growth metrics of Arizona’s technology sector over the last year has been rewarding validation of the efforts of Arizona’s entire business ecosystem.”
Arizona’s technology community has seen a 5.2 percent wage growth during the past year, giving Arizona 20 percent higher technology wages than the national average. A 2.9 percent job growth also occurred during the same period, ranking Arizona second for employment growth in the Southwest. Additionally, venture capital investment in Arizona went from under $300 million in 2017 to $539 million in 2018.

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Toulon Declaration: “Animals must be considered as non-human natural persons”

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On Friday, 29 March 2019, scholars from the Faculty of Law provided a legal response to the Cambridge Declaration. The Toulon Declaration states that animals should be considered as “non-human natural persons” and not as things. The Cambridge Declaration, proclaimed on 7 July 2012, represented a historic turning point in the way animals are perceived. Well-known researchers from around the world, particularly for their skills in neuroscience, proclaimed at a symposium that animals also have the neurological substrates of consciousness.
In France, however, the status of animals has made little progress and the reforms do not take into sufficient account the advances made in research. Faced with this inaction, a team of scholars from the University of Toulon decided to react.On Friday 29 March, during a formal session marking the end of the second part of the trilogy of symposia on The Legal Personality of Animals, university scholars and researchers published the Toulon Declaration, aimed at giving animal rights both coherence and effectiveness. In particular, it states that “animals must be universally considered as non-human natural persons and not as things.”The idea that animals have a legal personality is thus crystallized in a text with a national and international vocation. By virtue of this Declaration, “specific rights will be granted to animals, allowing their interests to be taken into account.”The Toulon Declaration is the legal response that was lacking in the Cambridge Declaration. (by Fabien Groué)

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Catchpoint Adds Internet Intelligence to its Digital Experience Monitoring Platform

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Catchpoint™, the digital experience monitoring (DEM) leader, today introduced Internet Intelligence, a new monitoring capability providing organizations with deeper visibility into the health and pathways of the external and internal networks upon which their applications or digital services depend.Internet Intelligence shows a network’s impact on the end user experience by continuously monitoring network health and network paths to private, public or hybrid clouds, CDNs, and other distributed IT architecture. This far-reaching visibility isolates degradations across broadband, transit, last mile and wireless ISP networks that could negatively impact end users. It also reduces mean-time-to-detect and offers the ability to adjust network peering to optimize delivery speeds.The Catchpoint Node Network’s 800 IPv4 and IPv6 vantage points in 200 cities – the largest, most diverse monitoring infrastructure in its category – powers this capability and provides an unmatched level of intelligence on network performance. With its vast geographic footprint, continuous monitoring via broadband and transit ISPs, and with monitoring agents on the world’s leading dedicated internet providers such as Verizon, Comcast, Level3, China Telecom, and China Mobile, Catchpoint can pinpoint transit degradations to a specific ISP or peering point.“It is critical to know how the internet at large is impacting your customers’ experience, and therefore, your business,” comments Mehdi Daoudi, CEO and co-founder of Catchpoint. “Any company with a large and diverse infrastructure footprint, or which relies on multiple clouds, CDNs, and DNS providers, understands the challenge of isolating network health when troubleshooting. By continuously testing from diverse networks and types, ISPs and geographies, we bring a new level of visibility and baselining to better understand reachability, availability and performance.”

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Physicians’ Education Resource® to Present 9 Satellite Symposia at 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting

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Physicians’ Education Resource® (PER®), a worldwide leading resource for continuing medical education (CME), will host nine CME-accredited satellite symposia adjunct to the 2019 ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) Annual Meeting. These programs will be held at the Hilton Chicago and Hyatt Regency Chicago in Illinois from May 31 to June. “We are once again grateful for the opportunity to present our satellite symposia at this year’s ASCO’s Annual Meeting in Chicago,” said Phil Talamo, president of PER®. “These nine programs cover a wide range of cancer topics and will feature a special liquid biopsies Medical Crossfire®, a melanoma tumor board, and a program that offers a mixed format of didactic lectures, panel discussions, and interactive clinical case studies of women’s cancers.”
Physicians’ Education Resource® (PER®) since 1995, PER® has been dedicated to advancing cancer care through professional education and now furthers patient care and treatment strategies on a wide variety of chronic illnesses and diseases. In 2016, PER® initiated continuing medical education (CME) programming in the cardiovascular and endocrinology areas. While continuing to expand into topics outside of oncology, PER® remains the leading provider of live, online and print CME activities related to oncology and hematology. The high-quality, evidence-based activities feature leading distinguished experts who focus on the application of practice-changing advances. PER® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the California Board of Registered Nursing. PER® is part of the Cranbury, New Jersey-based MJH Associates Inc. family of businesses. Learn more at http://www.gotoper.com and http://www.mjhassoc.com.

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ActiveImage Protector™ 2018 Virtual Edition Update

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NetJapan, Inc., publisher of disk imaging backup, disaster recovery, and virtualization software, announces the release of ActiveImage Protector™ 2018 Virtual Edition Update. This update includes NetJapan’s HyperAgent™, a new agentless backup feature for backing up virtual machines or hosts.Typical agent-based backup of virtual machines consume CPU and memory resources during various stages of backup. The HyperAgent, installed on a remote machine, runs the tasks, minimizing the consumption of CPU and memory resources on host and guest machines. HyperAgent on Microsoft Storage Server achieves highly efficient storage driven virtual machine backups. Backup an unlimited number of virtual machines from a single host using either agent-based or agentless methods.ActiveImage Protector 2018 Virtual Edition Update utilizes iSCSI to serve backup images as iSCSI targets to any local or remote iSCSI initiator for attaching backup images as local disks; not only useful for recovering files and folders from a backup, but enables booting of backup images on a physical machine or a hypervisor. Additionally, using VMware vMotion can streamline the recovery process by seamlessly migrating live virtual machines booted from the iSCSI disk to a hypervisor in a production environment.

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