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Winners of the prestigious Zimin Foundation’s Enlightenment and Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment Prize (Premia Prosvetitel in Russian) has just entered its twelfth year. It has fundamentally transformed scientific literacy in post-Soviet Russia by encouraging academics to effectively articulate their work to the general public. The content and books entered into the competition “can be devoted to ideas, theories, interesting facts, and new discoveries in the area of the natural and exact sciences, linguistics, economics and history. It is important that even the most complex scientific theories be accessible to laymen”. Book entries will be assessed in two categories: Natural and Exact Sciences and Humanities. Across the two categories, 25 longlisted books were shortlisted to 8 contenders. A broad spectrum of topics were submitted, which included the history of DNA, Tsarist Russia and the history of music.This year, a new prize, Enlightenment.Digital, has been introduced to reflect the development of online learning and digital educational projects, in the continuity of the Zimin Foundation’s commitment to widen access to scientific knowledge across a variety of platforms. The special jury assessed 30 digital projects in Sound, Text and Video categories for the Enlightenment.Digital award.
Laureates of both book categories and the Enlightenment.Digital Prize will be announced at the ceremony in Moscow and each will receive a 700,000-ruble prize (approximately $11,000). The jury will also award special nominations in the Enlightenment.Digital category aside from the main prize.The winners of the two awards will be chosen by two teams of judges. The jury of the Enlightenment Prize is comprised of experts in the sciences and the arts. These include the chairman of the jury Alexei Semikhatov, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, leading researcher of the Lebedev Physical institute, scientific curator of the Polytechnic Museum; Maria Falikman, the Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Higher School of Economics (HSE), Lead Researcher in Cognitive Research at HSE; Evgeniy Bynimovich, a poet, publicist, Deputy of Moscow State Duma, Chairman of the Commission on Science and Education at the Moscow State Duma since 2009 and; Dilshat Harman, Member of the Association of Art Critics, and 2018 winner of the Enlightenment Prize in the Humanities category.The jury of the Enlightenment.Digital award is headed by Anna Kachkayeva, Director at the HSE University Centre for Digital Cultures and Media Literacy, Professor at the HSE University Faculty of Communications, Media and Design, and journalist. Other members of the jury include: Anton Skulachev, philologist, chairperson of the Guild of Philologists, teacher of literature, and Karen Shainyan, co-founder of the Future History studio, journalist, and co-author of the projects “1968.Digital”, “Project 1917 – Free History”. Dr Dmitry Zimin believes that “popularising science and making it accessible to everybody, particularly empowering young people, can have a profound global impact changing lives.”

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Eutelsat’s KONNECT Satellite Ready to Ship to Launch Site

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The all-electric KONNECT communications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), for the international operator Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) is now undergoing final preparation prior to being shipped to the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, for a launch planned mid-January 2020.KONNECT will provide high-speed Internet services for markets in Africa and Western Europe. Offering total capacity of 75 Gbps, by next autumn this satellite will allow the operator to provide Internet access services for both companies and individuals at up to 100 Mbps. In Africa, it will also allow several users to share an Internet connection via public Wi-Fi hotspots; a service sold via coupons that can be paid on their mobile phones.A pivotal part of Eutelsat’s strategy to restore its growth, centered around connectivity, the KONNECT satellite will also play a lead role in bridging the digital divide in Africa and Europe. The next major step forward will come in 2022 with the introduction of the KONNECT VHTS (very high throughput satellite), also under construction by Thales Alenia Space. The new KONNECT satellite features all-electric propulsion and operates in Ka-band. It is the first to use Thales Alenia Space’s all-electric Spacebus NEO platform, developed under the Neosat Partnership Project conducted by the European and French space agencies (ESA and CNES).

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WEX Establishes Netherlands EMI

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WEX (NYSE:WEX), a leading financial technology service provider, announced today that it obtained a second EMI licence in Europe to support its growth across the continent.In addition to its existing UK-based EMI, WEX, has obtained an EMI licence in the Netherlands which enables WEX to provide services as a payment institution to WEX’s European customers from the Netherlands.This move underpins WEX’s European growth strategy. The company will serve customers across EU and non-EU countries from both their UK and Netherlands offices.“It’s an extremely exciting time at WEX, as we have our eyes firmly set on reaching out further into Europe,” announced Anant Patel, Vice President for WEX’s Corporate Payments and Travel business across EMEA and APAC. “We are thrilled to announce that our growth strategy is now supported by our new Netherlands-based EMI. It strengthens our commitment to working across Europe and enables us to continue delivering a seamless international payments experience.”

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British Consumers Are Not Ready for AI and Want Higher Levels of Personalisation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 novembre 2019

UK consumers are not prepared for the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and want brands to focus on delivering a seamless, personal digital experience instead, according to the results of a global survey commissioned by Acquia, the open digital experience company.Only two in five (44%) British consumers are looking forward to brands interacting with them via AI, such as chatbots and voice assistance technology, with four in five (81%) stating automated experiences with brands are too impersonal, in Acquia’s annual ‘Deliver the CX They Expect: Customer Experience Trends’ report.However, there is a distinct disconnect with the thoughts of consumers and marketers when it comes to AI, as more than seven in ten (72%) of UK marketers say that they are looking forward to the introduction of AI, while two-thirds (65%) say their customers want higher levels of personalisation than they currently offer.
Commenting on the findings of the survey, Steve Williamson general manager and senior vice president of EMEA at Acquia, said: “It’s clear that consumers want a simple, seamless, personal experience via their digital channels, when interacting with their favourite brands. While the marketing industry appears to have a burning desire to introduce AI in customer experience, they actually need to work on getting the basics right, and that starts with personalisation. To build long-lasting loyalty, brands need open, adaptable marketing and CX technology, to put personalisation at the heart of their customer experience strategy.”

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Smart City Expo World Congress 2019

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Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced that its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division will be exhibiting analytics capabilities for smart cities at partner Microsoft’s stand during Smart City Expo World Congress. Taking place Nov. 19-21 in Barcelona, Spain, Smart City Expo World Congress is a leading event for cities that is dedicated to creating a better future for cities and citizens worldwide.“We are a proud partner of Microsoft and are delighted to showcase how our technology integrates with Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform at Smart City Expo World Congress,” said Boris Karsch, vice president of strategy, Cubic Transportation Systems. “Through our partnership, we combine the power of technology with innovative solutions to connect governments, businesses and citizens with services that increase efficiencies, reduce costs and foster more sustainable cities.” Data Management Analytics Platform (DMAP): Cubic’s DMAP highlights mobility use cases across Barcelona including Twitter sentiment analysis to assess transit system performance, usage of bikes and stations for first mile/last mile transportation, real-time bus arrivals and traffic analytics, among other insights from open data sources in Barcelona.
In 2016, Cubic joined Microsoft CityNext, a global public sector initiative that empowers cities, businesses and citizens to reimagine their futures and cultivate vibrant communities with the use of innovative technology solutions to create opportunities for cities and their citizens.

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JMFA Announces Leadership Retirements and Succession Plan

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John M. Floyd & Associates (JMFA), has announced the retirement of company founder, chairman and CEO John M. Floyd, and co-owner and COO Cher Floyd. Company veteran, John Cohron, has been named to succeed Floyd as CEO. John Floyd founded JMFA nearly 40 years ago as a small, regional consulting practice with a handful of employees. Over the years, with his leadership the company transformed into what is now recognized nationwide as a premier provider of income enhancement and expense reduction products, and consulting services for banks and credit unions. Mr. Floyd is considered a visionary in the development of high-performance overdraft privilege programs that are fully compliant and consumer friendly.
Cohron joined JMFA in 2002. As Chief Information Officer he has been the principal advisor to the executive team and directly managed the company’s consulting operations group. He has been responsible for client relationships related to the performance improvement aspect of consulting projects, all IT functions and software development for all programs, including the recently enhanced Privilege Manager CRM® for the NEXT GENERATION JMFA OVERDRAFT PRIVILEGE® program.Cohron’s experience includes 30-plus years in government and the financial industry, with expertise in software and systems engineering, automation operations support and cost analysis optimization.

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Citizen Unveils Disney Princess Diamond Timepiece Collection

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Citizen continues to celebrate its ongoing collaboration with Disney through the unveiling of a new Disney Princess Diamond Timepiece collection, available for purchase exclusively at Zales. Citizen delights its Disney timepieces with some of the most beloved Disney princess characters including Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and Snow White. Each watch is adorned with treasured symbols from each princess that true Disney fans will cherish. The collection commences with a limited-edition Snow White inspired timepiece showcased two-tone stainless steel and gold tone case and bracelet. The dial is embellished with Snow White’s floral wreath pattern etched onto elegant mother of pearl. Hidden amongst the detailing is Snow White’s signature red apple placed between the 3 and 4 o’clock markers. One diamond and one red Swarovski Genuine Topaz dance freely among the unique outer ring designs allowing them to interplay with light on the wrist. The timepiece is complete with the iconic phrase “Fairest of them all” noted on the case back.From the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, Citizen’s new Belle inspired watch is showcased in rose gold-tone stainless steel with a beautiful mother of pearl dial. A rose seen in a bell jar is embellished in gold detailing paying homage to the enchanted scene. A collection of diamonds is placed on the dial while a single diamond and yellow Swarovski Genuine Topaz move freely along the outer ring. Etched on the case back is a reminder to always “Find the beauty inside.”For the Princess who never stopped dreaming, Cinderella is honored in the collection with a stainless-steel timepiece that dazzles with a blue gradient mother of pearl dial. The exquisite dial features Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage etched in silver print. Complete with Roman numeral indexes, whimsical hands, and a singular diamond placed at the 12 o’clock position, the timepiece is finished with “A dream is a wish your heart makes” on the case back. Citizen rounds out the Disney Princess Diamond collection making a splash with the princess of the sea, Ariel. The timepiece inspired by the world’s most iconic mermaid is held in a stainless-steel case and bracelet adorned with a teal gradient mother of pearl dial. The dial showcases her majestic fin etched in a shimmering print and a clam shell embellished with a diamond on the 12 o’clock marker. Freely floating on the outer ring is a diamond and purple Swarovski Genuine Topaz. “Above the waves adventure awaits” graces the case back of the timepiece.

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Ellington Financial Inc. Announces Common Stock Offering

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 novembre 2019

Ellington Financial Inc. (NYSE: EFC) (“Ellington Financial” or the “Company”) announced today that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of 4,200,000 shares of common stock. The Company also expects to grant the underwriters an option for 30 days to purchase up to an additional 630,000 shares of common stock. UBS Securities LLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, BofA Securities, and Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering.The Company expects to use the net proceeds of the offering to acquire its targeted assets. The Company may also use the net proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes.The shares of common stock will be offered under the Company’s existing shelf registration statement on Form S-3, which was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 3, 2019. The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus related to the offering may be obtained from UBS Securities LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10019, or by telephone at (888) 827-7275; or Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Eleven Madison Avenue, 3rd floor, New York, New York 10010, Attention: Prospectus Department or by telephone at (800) 221-1037; or BofA Securities, Attention: Prospectus Department, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001 or by email at dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com; or Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., 787 Seventh Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10019 (Attn: Capital Markets) or by telephone at (800) 966-1559.

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Zuora Recognized as a Leader in “SaaS Billing Solutions”

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Zuora, Inc., (NYSE:ZUO) the leading cloud-based subscription management platform provider, announced today that it was cited as a leader by Forrester in “The Forrester Wave™: SaaS Billing Solutions, Q4 2019” report (Forrester Research, Inc., November 20, 2019, Lily Varon). Among the nine vendors evaluated, Zuora® was ranked highest in both Current Offering and Market Presence categories. Forrester writes, “Zuora stands out for its thought leadership and varied customer base… Zuora has long dominated the mindshare in this category.” Over the past seven and a half years, the Subscription Economy® has continued to thrive, growing more than 350 percent, as consumers increasingly demand access to convenient, digital services over the ownership of physical products. And according to the authors of the Forrester report, “the more digital products or services you offer — and the more partners you have that become part of your value delivery ecosystem to customers — the more likely it is that your firm’s billing scenarios will be complicated. Your ability to keep up with market changes and the quality of your customer experiences will depend on agile billing technology.”

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Registration for ASC20 Student Supercomputer Challenge

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 novembre 2019

ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2020 (ASC20) announced the opening of registration. Undergraduates around the world can now register at the official website (https://www.asc-events.org/ASC20/) to participate in the world’s largest and most competitive supercomputer hackathon. The deadline for registration is January 5, 2020. The excitement brought by cutting-edge science and the world’s top thought-provoking projects are becoming a unique part of the ASC competition, attracting thousands of young people from all over the world. The Asia Supercomputing Community (ASC) competition covers High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence, encompassing world-class scientific computing applications, such as: GRIDDING – the most complex computational process of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), MASNUM – the Gordon Bell Award-nominated application, RELION – a critical application for the 2017 Nobel Prize-winning cryo-electron microscopy technology, and Artificial Intelligence applications in intelligent voice, intelligent traffic prediction, natural-language reading comprehension, and image super-resolution (SR). The competition’s tasks are always designed to help college students understand the latest HPC technologies and stimulate their imaginations and creativity, while testing and improving their abilities in supercomputer innovations.The ASC competition is the first and the only international competition of its kind to introduce the world’s top supercomputer as a competition platform. For example, ASC17 used Sunway TaihuLight, the world’s fastest supercomputer at that year. Engaging the world’s fastest supercomputer to challenge cutting-edge scientific applications became one of the unforgettable experiences for many participating students and greatly stimulated their enthusiasm for technological innovation. “I can definitely say that participating in the ASC Challenge has changed my life,” said Marcin Mielniczuk from the University of Warsaw, “It’s a very unique experience to compete on the Sunway TaihuLight.” In fact, the role of ASC competition in the cultivation of top supercomputing talents has been recognized by more and more universities and regarded as an important supplement to undergraduate education. Also, ASC experience has become a highly valued item for admission applications to many world-renowned universities. “This allows all students to add a bright touch to their resumes,” said Alexander Ditter, the advisor of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg team, “as not too many college students can claim to have received allocations and run workloads on the world’s fastest supercomputers.” Furthermore, the ASC20 will hold its first briefing session during the International Conference for High Performance Computing 2019 (SC19) on November 21. The host of the competition, as well as details on the competition system and schedule, will be announced at that time. At the same time, universities from all over the world may also register for the competition at the scene.

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6sense to Power Company Insights for Drift Intel to Personalize Conversations

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6sense, the leading Account Based Orchestration Platform, powered by AI, today announced at HYPERGROWTH that it has partnered with Drift to provide account identification capabilities to customers using the company’s Drift Intel feature. The integration between 6sense’s Company Graph and Drift provides curated company-level data of website visitors to Drift Intel customers.Joint customers can also leverage the integration to bring 6sense account segments and buying stage predictions into Drift to drive highly-targeted account-based strategies on the platform.“As traditional marketing tactics like web forms and email have become less effective, sellers and marketers have adopted new technologies like 6sense and Drift to target accounts that meet their ideal customer profile — and that are in-market to buy,” said Jason Zintak, CEO of 6sense. “The partnership between 6sense and Drift enables B2B organizations to more effectively market and sell their solutions by engaging key decision-makers with highly personalized messages at the right time and place.” Drift helps businesses use conversations to remove friction from the buying process. Drift Intel takes that to the next level by enabling customers to instantly recognize high-value target accounts, engage them with personalized messages based on detailed account information, or route them to the right sales rep. Accurately identifying accounts that visit a Drift customer’s website is essential for customers to deliver personalized messages and target the accounts they most want to engage.“68% of the B2B buying cycle is completed anonymously online before you ever talk to a prospect,” said David Cancel, founder and CEO of Drift. “Adding 6sense gives our Drift Intel customers the ability to accurately identify and engage more of that 68%. We’re thrilled to join forces with 6sense and know this partnership will allow us to continue to provide the best possible experience for our customers.” As a result of the partnership, 6sense will provide company-level data to customers that have access to Drift Intel. Joint customers will also be able to take advantage of integrating rich 6sense account insights with Drift’s personalized conversation capabilities.

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A simultaneous translation in English-Italian will be provided. Enterprise Tech Ecosystem Series

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 novembre 2019

The “Enterprise Tech Ecosystem Series: Travelers” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.This report provides insight into Travelers’ fintech activities, including its digital transformation strategies, its innovation programs, its technology initiatives, and its estimated ICT budgets.Travelers is an insurance company that offers a range of commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services. It provides insurance products for auto, real estate, marine, valuable items, wedding, and identity fraud. It also offers flood insurance, business owner cover, property insurance, casualty insurance, special risk insurance, management and professional liability insurance, and surety bonds.In addition, the company offers claims settlement and insurance advisory services. The company provides its products and services to individuals, government units, associations, and businesses. Travelers markets and sells its products through independent agents, brokers, branch offices, and direct marketing. The company principally operates in the US, Canada, Brazil, the UK, and Ireland.

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