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Scuola: Precariato, sul risarcimento del personale di ruolo la Cassazione ci ripensa e rinvia il giudizio

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 novembre 2017

corte di giustizia europeaLa decisione è legata al fatto che si è in attesa della nuova sentenza della Corte di ‎Giustizia Europea sulla causa C. 494/17 Rossato, sollevata dalla Corte di Appello di Trento nel giudizio sulla compatibilità della Legge di riforma della scuola 107/2015 con il diritto dell’Unione Europea. Con ordinanze interlocutorie nn. 27615-8/17, si prende ora atto che non è più possibile riferirsi alle sentenze 22552/16 et aliae, attraverso le quali era stato negato il risarcimento danni ai docenti e al personale Ata immessi in ruolo per gli anni di precariato. Inoltre, la stessa Corte di Giustizia Ue si dovrà pronunciare sulla validità delle norme legislative e contrattuali italiane che prevedono nei decreti di ricostruzione di carriera il “raffreddamento” della stessa carriera con il riconoscimento parziale del servizio pre-ruolo, dopo le sentenze favorevoli giunte dai tribunali del lavoro. Marcello Pacifico (presidente Anief): Ancora una volta abbiamo avuto la conferma di un diritto vivente in continua evoluzione, come sempre ha denunciato il nostro giovane sindacato, attivo non a caso presso la Cedu, che si riconduce sia alla Convenzione europea per la salvaguardia dei diritti dell’uomo e delle libertà fondamentali del 1950 sia alla Corte europea dei diritti dell’uomo, oltre che presso il Consiglio Ue e la commissione petizione del Parlamento Ue. Anche a livello nazionale gli orientamenti dei giudici ci stanno dando ragione: il Miur è infatti sempre più spesso condannato a risarcire ogni dipendente con decine di migliaia di euro, anche per l’assegnazione degli scatti di anzianità ai precari, come ribadito dalla Cassazione.

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Tribunale dell’Aja: condanna Mladic

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 novembre 2017

tribunale aja“Non c’è pace senza giustizia e oggi la sentenza dell’Aja rappresenta un atto di giustizia”. Lo dichiara Aldo Di Biagio, senatore di Centristi per l’Europa a margine della sentenza pronunciata oggi dal Tribunale penale internazionale dell’Aja, che condanna all’ergastolo il generale serbo-bosniaco Ratko Mladic confermando dieci degli undici capi di imputazione, tra i quali il genocidio compiuto a Srebrenica nel 1995.
” La sentenza mette il punto su una pagina buia e dolorosa della storia recente, che trova nel genocidio di Srebrenica uno dei suoi eventi drammaticamente più simbolici. La condanna all’ergastolo del generale Mladic, incluso il riconoscimento del genocidio compiuto a Srebrenica che chiarisce chi fu l’aggressore e chi la vittima, rappresentava infatti un dovere per la comunità internazionale e in particolare per la comunità Europea, che oggi è più che mai è chiamata mantenere vivo il ricordo, premessa indispensabile per ragionare sul futuro dell’area balcanica. Il nostro impegno non si ferma qui – prosegue Di Biagio – ma deve proseguire per favorire quel processo di stabilizzazione dell’area che prevede un percorso ancora lungo”.
Di Biagio conclude: “Anche l’Italia deve fare la sua parte in questo processo, iniziando dalla ratifica della Risoluzione del Parlamento europeo del 15 gennaio 2009 su Srebrenica che, nel proclamare l’11 luglio come giorno di commemorazione del genocidio di Srebrenica, sia l’occasione per favorire una memoria condivisa che lungi dal voler reiterare rancori, rappresenti lo strumento per alimentare e custodire il germe di una pace durevole la cui cura è affidata alle nuove generazioni.”

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Il cloud di Interoute sbarca a Sydney

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 novembre 2017

Sydney, perla australianaSydney. Interoute, l’operatore proprietario di una piattaforma di servizi cloud globale, ha annunciato l’apertura di un nuovo point-of-presence (PoP) a Sydney, in Australia. Il nuovo PoP ospiterà il 18° Virtual Data Center (VDC) globale di Interoute, il terzo dell’azienda nella regione Asia-Pacifico.
L’annuncio è arrivato in seguito alla crescente domanda da parte dei clienti di espandere la copertura globale del cloud nella regione Asia Pacifico, ed estende il raggio d’azione del nuovo servizio Edge SD-WAN di Interoute. Edge è un servizio utilizzato dalle aziende per accelerare il proprio traffico dati nel mondo. Grazie all’uso di Interoute Cloud Fabric, le reti d’accesso pubbliche o private possono fondersi in un’unica dinamica piattaforma digitale, in cui il traffico generato dalle varie applicazioni viaggia attraverso i collegamenti più veloci tra quelli disponibili.Interoute Cloud Fabric riunisce infatti tutte le zone cloud VDC di Interoute, le colocation facilities e i PoP, oltre ai fornitori cloud terzi, il tutto sulla rete privata di Interoute a latenza ultra bassa.Mark Lewis, Vice EVP Products and Development di Interoute, ha affermato: “Sydney è una città globale, in cui le aziende sono continuamente alla ricerca di una migliore connettività e di performance computing ottimali a livello locale per supportare la propria crescita. Nella nostra strategia di espansione nella regione Asia Pacifico, l’apertura di un PoP a Sydney rappresenta un importante passo per offrire alle aziende un accesso al cloud e ai servizi IT più sicuro, rapido e affidabile.”
Quello di Sydney sarà un PoP fondamentale nella rete di Interoute, con un peering locale e una connettività stabile verso gli snodi di Interoute di Singapore e Hong Kong. Questa struttura ospiterà, inoltre, la 18° zona VDC IaaS globale di Interoute, dando ai clienti la possibilità di usufruire di macchine virtuali e di gateway Interoute Edge.Con questi servizi nella sede di Sydney, programmati per essere funzionanti già dal primo semestre del 2018, l’ampia rete globale di Interoute si espanderà ulteriormente, connettendo 127 grandi città, in 30 differenti Paesi e 18 zone di cloud globali. Interoute, riafferma con forza la propria volontà di offrire ai clienti una piattaforma di infrastrutture ICT globalein grado di supportare l’integrazione dei sistemi IT legacy delle aziende con gli ambienti digitali.

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10ª edición del Festival de Cine Italiano de Madrid

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

festival cinema madridMadrid ¡Estamos de aniversario! El próximo 23 de noviembre se inaugurará la 10ª edición del Festival de Cine Italiano de Madrid, la cita más esperada con el cine italiano contemporáneo. Todas las proyecciones en V.O.S.E. tendrán lugar en los Cines Renoir Princesa de Madrid (c/ Princesa 3). Las entradas son gratuitas (hasta completar aforo) y se pueden recoger cada día en la taquilla del cine a partir de las 16:00 h. Cada año el Festival se enriquece para convertirse en un punto de encuentro para los amantes del cine. En las secciones a concurso (largometrajes, documentales y cortometrajes) se proyectarán como premieres en España las películas que han sido presentadas en los festivales internacionales del presente año como Cannes, Locarno, Venecia, Toronto, Roma y más. Entre los largometrajes que compiten para el premio del público: La Tenerezza de Gianni Amelio, Brutti & Cattivi de Cosimo Gómez, Equilibrio de Vincenzo Marra, la película de animación Gatta Cenerentola de Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri y Davide Sansone.Dos jurados españoles asignarán el premio al mejor cortometraje y al mejor documental. Entre los títulos seleccionados a concurso, se podrán ver los documentales Raffaello – il principe delle arti, Crazy for football, Funne: Le ragazze che sognavano il mare, Nessuno ci può giudicare y entre los cortometrajes A casa Mia, Piove, Granma, Mon Amour, mon ami, Moby Dick.Fuera de madridconcurso se proyectará Finchè c’è Prosecco c’è speranza de Antonio Padovan, Spira Mirabilis de Massimo D’Anolfi y Martina Parenti y Nona de Massimo Volta, un mediometraje low –budget basado en una historia de Stephen King que cobró para los derechos solo un dólar, siempre y cuando le gustara el tráiler.En este año el Premio a Toda una Carrera irá a la documentalista Cecilia Mangini una de las figuras más significativas de la historia del cine italiano, imparable pionera de la fotografía y del cine de lo real es autora de obras maestras como Ignoti alla Città, Stendalì y La canta delle marane, realizadas en colaboración con Pier Paolo Pasolini.Además se otorgará el 2º Premio Solinas Italia – España al Mejor argumento cinematográfico inédito en el ámbito del 3º Foro de Co-Producción Italia-España que este año cuenta con la colaboración de FIPCA.En la sede del Instituto Italiano de Cultura tendrán lugar las actividades colaterales: la 2ª SEMANA DE LA COCINA ITALIANA EN EL MUNDO y VIVERE ALL’ITALIANA – en el plan de promoción integrada del Ministerio italiano de Asuntos Exteriores y de la Cooperación Internacional – y se proyectarán en V.O. la película The Lack de los video-artistas Masbedo y Pina Bausch a Roma de Simone Bruscia y Graziano Graziani.El 10º Festival de Cine Italiano de Madrid está organizado por el Instituto Italiano de Cultura de Madrid, bajo los auspicios de la Embajada de Italia en Madrid, con el patrocinio de ENDESA y la colaboración de ILLY.
Las actividades colaterales se desarrollarán en el Instituto Italiano di Cultura (calle Mayor, 86 – Madrid). Entrada libre hasta completar el aforo. Más información: http://www.festivaldecineitalianodemadrid.com/it/

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Any physical activity in elderly better than none at all for reducing cardiovascular risk

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

Sophia Antipolis. Any physical activity in the elderly is better than none at all for reducing cardiovascular risk, according to an 18-year study in more than 24 000 adults published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. “We know that regular physical activity has major health benefits,” said first aSophia Antipolisuthor Dr Sangeeta Lachman, a cardiologist at the Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.“Healthy adults are advised to do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous intensity aerobic exercise to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease,” she continued.2 “These recommendations are based primarily on research in middle-aged adults and we wanted to know whether regular physical activity yields comparable cardiovascular health benefits in elderly people.”
This study compared the association between different levels of physical activity and the risk of cardiovascular disease in elderly to middle-aged individuals. The hypothesis was that exercise would be equally beneficial in reducing cardiovascular risk in middle-aged and elderly individuals.The study included 24 502 adults aged 39 to 79 years who participated in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer (EPIC) Norfolk cohort, a prospective population study that is part of the ten-country collaboration EPIC study. The cohort was primarily designed to assess dietary and other determinants of cancer, but data were also collected on determinants of cardiovascular disease.
Participants were recruited between 1993 and 1997 from registries of general practices in the county of Norfolk, UK. On enrollment into the study, participants completed a health and lifestyle questionnaire, underwent a standardised physical examination and gave blood samples. Physical activity during work and leisure time was assessed with a questionnaire and participants were categorised as active, moderately active, moderately inactive and inactive.Patients were followed up until 31 March 2015 for hospitalisation or death from cardiovascular events (coronary heart disease or stroke), which were identified by linking the participant’s unique National Health Service number with the East Norfolk Health Authority (ENCORE) database.Physical activity levels and time to cardiovascular events were investigated in three age categories: less than 55, 55 to 65 (middle-aged), and over 65 years of age (elderly).During a median follow-up of 18 years there were 5 240 cardiovascular disease events. In elderly participants, hazard ratios for cardiovascular events were 0.86, 0.87, and 0.88 in moderately inactive, moderately active and active people, respectively, compared to inactive people. In those aged 55–65 and less than 55 years, the associations were directionally similar, but not statistically significant.
Dr Lachman said: “We observed an inverse association between physical activity and the risk of cardiovascular disease in both elderly and middle-aged people. As expected, there were more cardiovascular events in elderly participants, which could explain why the association only reached significance in this age category.”“Elderly people who were moderately inactive had a 14% reduced risk of cardiovascular events compared to those who were completely inactive,” continued Dr Lachman. “This suggests that even modest levels of physical activity are beneficial to heart health. Elderly people should be encouraged to at least do low intensity physical activities such as walking, gardening, and housework.”She concluded: “Given our aging population and the impact of cardiovascular disease on society, a broader array of public health programmes are needed to help elderly people engage in any physical activity of any level and avoid being completely sedentary.”

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The 15th Annual Australian Utility Week Expo

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

melbourneMelbourne Convention and Exhibition Center 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006, Australia. TCN’s Presentation at Technical Zone (#B01) – Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 1:30 p.m. AEDT TCN’s Technology Showcase (Booth: D04) – November 29 – 30, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. AEDT
The 15th Annual Australian Utility Week Expo will bring together more than 2,000 utility professionals from the electricity, gas and water sectors around the world on November 29-30, 2017. The international expo is the largest event of its kind in the Australasia region and will focus on digital transformation and customer centricity. Li Tiatia, executive vice president, Asia Pacific for TCN, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based call center technology for enterprises, contact centers, BPOs, collection agencies and utility companies worldwide, will present on TCN’s advanced cloud-based contact center technology platform and its customizable omnichannel features. Tiatia will also discuss how to quickly activate and execute comprehensive campaigns for utility companies, addressing unified and interactive communications, appointments and overdue accounts, emergency notifications, service interruptions and personalized customer service.
Li Tiatia serves as the executive vice president, Asia-Pacific for TCN. In this role, he is responsible for operations, professional services, training organizations and management of customer care services, business development and strategic partnerships in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and neighboring islands in the Pacific Ocean. Tiatia brings more than 20 years of extensive background in business management, business process, contact center operations and management, command center operations and workforce management to TCN.
Prior to joining TCN, Tiatia worked at Convergys Corporation where he managed several departments, including operations, business and workforce forecasting, scheduling and client/site implementations. He held several positions during his tenure with the company, working his way up to a senior leadership role where he oversaw the global workforce management and business process organizations (BPOs).

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Santa Clara University Alum Wins Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

Sean_ReillyA Santa Clara University environmental science and biology alumnus, Sean Reilly ’16 has been named one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars for 2018. Reilly joins a long list of successful leaders to win the prize, including three previous Santa Clara University alumni, as well as luminaries such as former President Bill Clinton and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.A Rhodes Scholarship, one of the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world, provides all expenses for two years of study at England’s University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars are chosen for their scholarly achievements, character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their leadership potential.“This award is a great honor and a fantastic opportunity,” said Reilly, who is currently a Fulbright Scholar working in Australia. “I am excited to continue the work I began at Santa Clara at Oxford and to become a leader in worldwide environmental change grounded in sound scientific fact.”
Students from Harvard University, Stanford University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are also among this year’s winners, which were announced Nov. 18.“The Rhodes Scholarship is a prestigious honor with worldwide recognition, and we are very proud of our accomplished alumnus Sean,” said SCU President Michael E. Engh, S.J. “His commitment to sustainability, leadership, and social justice is a true testament to the Jesuit ideals we hold dear.”Reilly’s academic career at Santa Clara’s College of Arts and Sciences was an illustrious one. He received a Fulbright research grant in 2016 to develop a management plan for the invasive pond apple of Australia, which is simultaneously a food and timber resource as well as a formidable bioinvader wiping out native ecosystems.A member of the University Honors Program who worked with the Center for Sustainability, Reilly won three SCU Sustainability Champion Awards (one individual and two collaborative); was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior; won the SCU Environmental Science Research Award; and won the Distinguished Researcher Award from the School for Field Studies in 2015.Reilly also won the Orella Prize in the College of Arts and Sciences for the graduating senior with the top GPA in upper-division 5-unit math, science or computer science courses.
He also won a Johnson Scholars Research Fellowship in 2015, supporting a summer research project studying stable isotopes in California rainwater samples. He chaired the Green Club and was the student body representative and a panel moderator during the 2015 University-wide conference on Pope Francis’ letter on the environment, Laudato Si.“Sean’s capacity to excel lies not only in his capacity to grasp challenging concepts from the classroom and research literature, but also in his ability to apply those ideas to the world around him,” said Hari Mix, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences with whom Reilly conducted research on interactions between atmospheric moisture, dust, and mountains to produce extreme precipitation in California.At Oxford University, Reilly plans to complete a master’s degree in mathematical modelling and scientific computing and in environmental change and governance.“My ultimate goal is to combine my diverse experiences to help communities address anthropogenic impacts on their ecological surroundings,” said Reilly. “My research will require sophisticated modelling to explore questions projecting into the future and on spatial scales too large or complicated to physically sample.” “Sean’s self-motivated learning and analytical reasoning abilities are matched by a sincere commitment to inclusive civic action, and a strikingly sophisticated ability to engage social science approaches for addressing pressing problems,” said Chris Bacon, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences.Other Santa Clara University graduates who have won the Rhodes award are Aven Satre Meloy ’13, Noelle Lopez ’09, and former FDA head Arthur Hayes ’55.In applying for the Rhodes Scholarship, Reilly was assisted by Santa Clara University’s Honors Program and Office of Student Fellowships. The program supports undergraduates and alumni through the highly competitive application process for national scholarships and fellowships. (photo: Sean_Reilly)

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Central Valley Community Bancorp Expands Board of Directors With Two New Members

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

Karen_MussonThe Board of Directors of Central Valley Community Bancorp (Company) (NASDAQ: CVCY), the parent company of Central Valley Community Bank (Bank), is proud to announce the addition of Karen Musson and Robert “Bob” Flautt to Central Valley Community Bancorp’s and Central Valley Community Bank’s Board of Directors effective December 1, 2017. “We are honored to welcome Karen and Bob to our experienced Board of Directors. Their financial experience, leadership, business advocacy and community stewardship will enhance the success experienced by Central Valley Community Bank for nearly four decades,” said James M. Ford, President and CEO of Central Valley Community Bancorp and Central Valley Community Bank.Karen Musson leads Gar Tootelian, Inc.’s (GAR) marketing, media and community outreach activities and is the CEO of the Gar & Esther Tootelian Charitable Foundation. GAR is owned and operated by Karen and her family, a company that was established in 1949 by her parents. GAR owns and operates a third generation family farm and agricultural crop care business providing water, nutrition, regulatory and crop care advice to over 1,500 growers in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley.Karen is an active member of various community and philanthropic organizations currently serving on the Board for the Central Valley Community Foundation; as Director for the Fresno County Farm Bureau; as an Executive Board Member for State Center Community District Foundation; on the Board of Directors for Valley PBS; on the Board for Clovis Community Hospital Development Committee; as Director for the Central California Better Business Bureau, and as Vice-Chair of the Rotary Club of Fresno Foundation, among other notable organizations. She has been awarded over her years of service by numerous organizations and during the 2017 year alone she received the Marjorie Mason Top Ten Professional Women Award; Community Food Bank 2017 Donor of the Year; Habitat for Humanity 2017 Agents of Change Award; and Institute for Family Business 2017 Top 10 finalist.Bob Flautt brings over 40 years of bank leadership to the Board, most recently serving as the President, CEO and Board Member of Folsom Lake Bank, which was acquired by Central Valley Community Bancorp on October 1, 2017. During his tenure, Bob grew Folsom Lake Bank to over $200 million in assets with three locations after only ten years in operation.A steward of the community, Bob generously gives his time, talent and treasure to volunteer positions for civic and community nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Folsom Tourism and Economic Development Corporation; Chairman of the Folsom Police Foundation; and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Folsom. Bob has also shared his expertise with the banking industry through service to the California Bankers Association for the past five years and he currently is an active member of their Board of Directors. In 2016, Bob was recognized by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce where he was added the Chamber’s Wall of Fame.Central Valley Community Bancorp trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol CVCY. Central Valley Community Bank, headquartered in Fresno, California, was founded in 1979 and is the sole subsidiary of Central Valley Community Bancorp. Central Valley Community Bank operates 24 full-service offices throughout California’s San Joaquin Valley and Greater Sacramento Region. Additionally, the Bank maintains Commercial Real Estate, Agribusiness and SBA Lending Departments. Central Valley Investment Services are provided by Raymond James Financial, Inc.Members of Central Valley Community Bancorp’s and the Bank’s Board of Directors are: Daniel J. Doyle (Chairman), Daniel N. Cunningham (Lead Independent Director), Edwin S. Darden, Jr., F. T. “Tommy” Elliott, IV, Robert “Bob” Flautt, James M. Ford, Gary D. Gall, Steven D. McDonald, Louis McMurray, Karen Musson, and William S. Smittcamp. Sidney B. Cox is Director Emeritus. (photo: Karen Musson)

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SUEZ Wins Coveted Water Industry Award for Innovation

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

suezSUEZ announced today that it has been awarded the Utility Industry Innovation in Water and Sewer by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners at its Innovation Awards ceremony held in Baltimore, MD from November 12-15. Hailed as the leading industry awards to promote and recognize innovative solutions for utilities, SUEZ was recognized for its state-of-the-art deployment of its Smart Utility Network. SUEZ designed, engineered and deployed a Smart Utility Network to enable wireless meter reading and Internet-of-Things connectivity. The network covers nearly 1000 square miles, including 150 towns and cities in the New York metropolitan area and Boise, ID. To date, over 200,000 water meters have been brought online offering significant benefits for customers: Hourly meter reads, versus monthly or quarterly, satisfy customer desire for more data and greater management of their water accounts
Elimination of the inconvenience of having to be home to give access to a meter reader– all reads are now automaticSupport of conservation by reducing wasted water – in one example city, customer outreach regarding leaks yielded a 38% reduction in wasted water and reduced the entire city’s demand for water by nearly 5%“Innovative ideas are generated through the recognition that there are better and more efficient ways to do things. They reach full potential when their application satisfies a wide-reaching need,” said David Stanton, President of Utility Operations. “The Smart Utility Network is a testament to the ingenuity of SUEZ employees and is only the beginning of great changes coming for our customers,” he added.The Smart Utility Network is part of SUEZ’ four commitments to improving the water value chain. The network enhances Water Resource Management through the reduction of theft of water, increases Energy Efficiency and Health and Safety by eliminating traditional meter reader vehicles, and improves overall Customer Satisfaction.“Smart networks and big data are changing the way we operate. With over 100,000 more Smart meters expected to be deployed by the end of 2018, our goal is to bring the benefits of our system to as many communities as we can.” (photo: suez)

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BionorthTX’s iC3 Summit Grows Popular Hub in North Texas for Life Sciences Companies

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

Sally RobertsThe North Texas region has become a popular destination for Life Sciences companies thanks to the great work of organizations like bionorthTX. Their third annual iC3 Summit, held on October 12, 2017, is the region’s largest annual conference bringing together life sciences companies, executives, academia, investors, and industry support organizations to explore innovations, opportunities, and challenges faced by the industry. Rx Worldwide Meetings was a proud supporter of this year’s summit.“North Texas is uniquely positioned with expertise, technologies, resources, and talent to become a major hub for the biomedical industry,” explains Kay Tieman, iC3 Life Science Summit Event Chair and Co-Founder of bionorthTX. “Growth is happening in areas such as therapeutics, personalized medicine, proteomics, diagnostics and medical devices, and Nano-bio and environmental sciences,” she went on.
Rx Worldwide Meetings, Inc., a division of Infinix Global Meetings & Events, recently sponsored the iC3 Summit mobile app to help streamline the user experience at the event. “We are always happy to support efforts to create a sustainable and diverse Life Sciences ecosystem in North Texas,” says Infinix Global’s Chief Executive Officer, Sally Roberts. “As a growing woman-owned business that services the Life Sciences industry, the partnership is a no-brainer,” says Roberts of Infinix Global’s affiliation with the iC3 Summit.From the future of Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas grants to patient records innovation, leaders discussed issues facing the industry during this year’s iC3 Life Science Summit. The iC3 conference stands for Innovation, Collaboration, Capital, and Commercialization. The summit hosts healthcare innovation presentations as well as informational sessions by investors who share perspectives in supporting North Texas companies. The summit is designed by a steering committee of industry leaders. The agenda includes panel discussions, keynote presentations, exhibitions and numerous networking opportunities.bionorthTX’s mission is to encourage the development of a rich ecosystem that allows for the growth and success of regional life science companies, as well as strengthening the economy of local communities. bionorthTX is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association serving and representing the life science industry in North Texas. Member companies range from North Texas’ largest employers to emerging start-ups, universities, research institutions, hospitals, investors, students, individuals and vendors who provide products and services to the life science industry. (photo: sally roberts)

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Reductive Augmentation Results in Rounder Appearance After Breast Reduction

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

san carlos californiaIn a just published study in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery by Paul Chasan, MD, FACS, founder of Ranch and Coast Plastic Surgery in Del Mar, CA, reductive augmentation is demonstrated to be the best choice for women who want a higher and more round breast after breast reduction surgery. Although the procedure had been done by Dr. Chasan for many years, it underwent a variety of modifications. The study represents the technique in its most recent form. See the study here.Breast reduction results in a high level of patient satisfaction. Multiple generations of the technique have resulted in better shape, less scars and more predictable results. However, even with the most proficient and technically advanced breast reductions, there continue to be limitations with respect to the shape of the breast. With time, there is almost always a lack of superior pole fullness (roundness and fullness of the upper part of the breast).“Historically, most breast reduction procedures are prone to bottoming out and lack upper pole fullness,” said Dr. Chasan. “In this article, I review breast shape classifications and describe a one-stage technique for breast reduction combined with breast augmentation called reductive augmentation to solve the problem.” He added that for women who want their large breasts reduced, adding implants during the surgical procedure seems counter-intuitive. But when breast tissue is removed without adding implants, breasts can sag as time goes on. This technique is also extremely useful for correcting breast asymmetry, as well as revising significant pseudoptosis (drooping of the bottom of the breast) in the patient who has previously undergone breast augmentation with or without mastopexy (sagging breasts).
For the study, thirty-five patients underwent reductive augmentation, of which 12 were primary surgeries, and 23 were revisions. There was an average tissue removal of 255 and 227 g, respectively, per breast for the primary and revision groups. Six of the reductive augmentations were performed for gross asymmetry. Fourteen patients had a previous mastopexy, and three patients had a previous breast reduction. The average follow-up was 26 months.“The goal of the study was to demonstrate reductive augmentation is an effective one-stage method for achieving a more round-appearing breast with upper pole fullness, both in primary breast reduction candidates and in revisionary breast surgery,” Dr. Chasan said. “For breast reduction patients who desire smaller breasts and also want rounder, ‘perkier’ breasts, reductive augmentation will provide the best possible results.” He said that this technique can also be applied to those patients with significant asymmetry.The reductive augmentation procedure takes about four hours and is performed on an outpatient basis. Most of Dr. Chasan’s reductive breast augmentation patients are up and about within three to four days after surgery.Dr. Chasan is double board-certified (plastic surgery and general surgery) and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is a diplomate of the American College of Surgeons and is on the medical staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California. Dr. Chasan has written many clinical papers in peer reviewed journals, and he has innovated several surgical techniques. He regularly lectures to other plastic surgeons on the field of revisionary breast surgery for Allergan, the company that makes breast implants.

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Carl Buddig & Company Honored with 24th Annual Dean’s Award

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

Group Portrait of Principals of Carl Budding & Co. Inc.This week, Carl Buddig and Company was honored with the prestigious Dean’s Award at the 24th Annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards for their commitment to family business, supply chain management, social responsibility and emerging markets. The award and ceremony are presented by The Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. Presented in six categories, the annual awards recognize companies with exceptional commitment to family and family business. Those recognized have demonstrated positive family/business linkage, multigenerational family business involvement, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies.
Carl Buddig began distributing meats throughout Chicago in 1943. He and his family worked hard to earn the trust of meat packers and retailers, treating each with same honesty and respect they valued in their own family. The idea of family was at the heart of everything Carl did, including relationships with employees and customers. With Carl Buddig & Company celebrating 75 years of family ownership, the fourth generation of Buddigs have now entered the business. Today the company has grown to almost 2000 employees. Or, as the current management team sees it, 2000 families who are all part of the Buddig family.“We consider our employees, sales associates, customers and the community to be an extension of our Buddig family,” said Bob Buddig, 3rd Generation CEO. “We are honored to receive an award that recognizes our commitment to family, and we will continue to pass down the values that have served us well as a family and a business for generations to come.”
Carl Buddig and Company collaborates to bring high quality lunchmeat, sausage, and ready to eat meals to consumers nationally through various channels from grocery to food service and convenience stores. In addition to the quality sliced lunch meats American families loved for generations, the Buddig family of products has expanded over the years with the acquisition of the Old Wisconsin Sausage Company in 1981. The recent acquisition of CBQ also brings ready to eat meats to the table and the company will launch Kingsford brand BBQ Ribs and entrees this December. Carl Buddig & company continues to expand, developing new product innovations to meet changing consumer needs in the US and through export.
Nourishing the extended Buddig family also includes giving back to the company’s community and the neighborhoods where Buddig’s large workforce lives—most within 30 minutes of their plant. In addition to individual philanthropy from the family to help support the community, Carl Buddig is a high touch organization with employees at all levels contributing to charitable activities year-round through the Cancer Walk, local food drives and volunteer days. Most recently, Carl Buddig & Company donated 250,000 pounds of meat to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and coordinated multiple volunteer days on site to package the meat for distribution.“Family businesses like Carl Buddig and Company that achieve tremendous success and growth while still remaining true to the essence of family business are the quiet heroes of our economy and our communities,” said Anne Smart, director of the Loyola Family Business Center. “We recognize Buddig’s efforts and congratulate them for 75 years of a job well done.” (photo: Carl Buddig)

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AdvisIRy Partners Announces Official Launch

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

new yorkNew York. AdvisIRy Partners Group LLC announced today that it has officially opened its doors as a new firm and successor to one of the largest investor relations firms in the country, Morgen-Walke Associates, which was acquired by a private equity firm.Headquartered in New York City, AdvisIRy has been structured to address the challenges that public and pre-public companies are experiencing in today’s capital markets —challenges that will only become greater in 2018 and beyond. To provide the best strategic advice and program implementation, the firm has brought together a core group of professionals comprised of former sell-side analysts, institutional salespeople and senior investor relations practitioners, who are supported by an experienced team of associates.Commenting on its differentiators, partner Lynn Morgen noted, “We formed AdvisIRy in order to provide clients with the best of both worlds–comprehensive advice coming from former sell side analysts who recently covered their industry categories combined with the communications experience and skills of seasoned IR professionals. We are big enough to be effective on both advice and program management, yet flexible enough to make sure that each of our clients receives customized services and attention.”
David Gold, partner, said, “We are pleased to be serving a client roster comprised of business services, real estate services, technology, industrials, consumer/building products, and energy clients. As former analysts, we are able to leverage years of investment community experience and institutional investor relationships to assist clients in achieving their objectives in today’s complex capital markets environment—characterized by a contracting sell-side community, increased fund flows to passive investment products and the impact of MIFID II on corporate investor communications beginning in 2018.”

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Partnership for LA Schools Co-Founder Melanie Lundquist

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

melanieMelanie Lundquist, philanthropist, and co-founder of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, participated in the closing plenary of the 2017 Milken Institute California Summit held at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center on November 8, 2017. Moderated by the Milken Institute’s founder, Michael Milken, the plenary topic was broadly defined as “Investing in California’s Future.” Lundquist focused her remarks almost entirely on investing in public education as the major driver for California’s future.Lundquist highlighted the Partnership’s achievements at 18 high-need schools, serving over 14,500 students, including more than doubling graduation rates from 36% to 81%. Lundquist pointed out that additional support provided by the Partnership, which includes teacher and parent capacity building, advocacy programs, and professional development for principals and teachers, amounts to only $675 per student above California’s per-student annual funding.Lundquist added that Partnership supports — paid for by philanthropic dollars — mean that students in Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles and Watts have been lifted up and not held back, a critical component to California’s future.In closing the session, Milken asked panelists: “If you had the ability to enact one major policy change, new law or regulation — or stop an existing one, what would you choose?” Lundquist was the first to respond, saying that she would “…want to see something enacted that would show value for our teachers.”Lundquist went on to discuss the high cost of living in California — especially the high cost of housing. She underscored the student loan burden teachers face and that something bold, like free or significantly subsidized housing for teachers, would be her recommendation for major policy change to benefit educators – and all Californians, by supporting and bolstering the state’s teachers.
“I appreciated the excellent job Mike did in moderating the discussion and how we both share a passion for improving public education. His support of public education and teachers is inspiring. Allowing me to share the success of the Partnership—as a way to invest in California’s future, was a privilege,” said Lundquist. (photo: melanie)

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ゲームオンがライムライト・ネットワークスのCDNサービスを採用し、マルチCDNを稼働

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

pechino世界最大規模のプライベート・ネットワーク経由で配信されるコンテンツ・デリバリー・ネットワーク(CDN)を提供するライムライト・ネットワークスの日本法人であるライムライト・ネットワークス・ジャパン株式会社(本社:東京都港区、代表:田所 隆幸)は、この度、株式会社ゲームオン(以下、ゲームオン)がライムライト・ネットワークスのCDNサービスを採用し、運用していることを発表しました。オンラインゲームを提供するゲームオンは、ライムライトのCDNを導入したマルチCDN化で、さらに安定したサービスを供給し続けるインフラを構築しました。
PC、スマートフォン、タブレット向けのオンラインゲームを提供・運営するゲームオンは、『BLESS』『黒い砂漠』『Alliance of Valiant Arms(AVA)』など人気ゲームを数多くリリースしている業界大手企業です。ユーザーが常に快適にゲームを楽しめるよう、安定した配信を常時、維持することが必須となっています。
オンラインゲームの普及に伴い、よりリアリティを追求したグラフィックや映像効果が求められるようになり、ユーザーがダウンロードして利用するゲームクライアントのファイルサイズは年々拡大しています。現在、ゲームクライアントのファイル容量は50GB程度に達しており、6、7年前と比較して約10倍に拡大しています。今後ますます大容量化が予測されるファイルを安定且つ効率的に配信するために、ゲームオンは複数のCDNを併用するマルチCDNの採用を検討することとなりました。
CDNベンダーの選定に関しては、安定性、性能、トラフィックの分散機能などが評価項目となりました。大容量ファイルを配信する十分な基盤を整えている点に加えて、手厚いサポート体制が高く評価され複数のCDNベンダー候補からライムライト・ネットワークスが選ばれました。また世界各国の著名なゲーム会社による採用実績も採用の後押しとなりました。ゲームオンが求めていた、DNSを基にトラフィックを振り分けるトラフィックダイレクターなどの基本機能を備えている点も重要視されました。
ゲームオン 技術部インフラグループネットワークチーム チーム長の新山源樹氏は下記のように選定理由を語りました。
「CDNサービスとしての機能や性能に加え、上級エンジニアによるサポート力や信頼性、即時対応性などを総合的に評価し、マルチCDNを実現するためのベンダーとしてライムライト・ネットワークスを選択しました」
ライムライト・ネットワークスのCDNサービスは、ゲームオンの期待通りの性能を発揮し、安定して稼働しています。ライムライト・ネットワークスの導入により、ゲームオンは様々な利便性を享受し、その結果、運用管理者の負荷軽減にもつながりました。シンプルで使いやすい管理用Webコンソールにより、CDNサービスに熟知していない技術者でも操作できるため、業務の一部を運用チームに任せられるようになりました。例えば、古いコンテンツのキャッシュの削除は、リアルタイムでキャッシュの削除(パージ)が可能な機能を利用して数秒で削除できるようになりました。ゲームオンは、マルチCDN化を今後、段階的に他のサービスでも取り入れていく予定です。全社的なマルチCDN化を進めていく際にも、ライムライト・ネットワークスからのサポートを期待しています。 実際の事例はこちらから

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Petra Oil Company President Named Hispanic Male Entrepreneur of the Year by Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 novembre 2017

Arnold-GacitaArnold Gacita, President & CEO of Petra Oil Company, a Houston-based leader in the aftermarket automobile industry, was named 2017 Hispanic Male Entrepreneur of the Year by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards gala November 18.Gacita, who emigrated to the United States from Cuba with his family when he was seven months old, was chosen for his outstanding leadership capabilities and strong commitment to community service. The founder of Petra Oil, which produces automotive maintenance products and service programs, Gacita has grown the company to its position as a trusted brand throughout the United States and in 28 countries in a record seven years’ time.
His business success is matched by his commitment to community service. For example, every year, the entire staff of Petra Oil takes a day off to give back to the community – this year for a project to feed the homeless. In addition, Gacita is a strong supporter of area schools and teachers, regularly hosting teacher appreciation days, providing meals for all the teachers and staff. He is also a mentor for Christian colleges, has sent trucks of food and supplies to help flood victims, and is currently working on a project to build an orphanage in Brazil.”I am truly honored to be the recipient of this award,” said Gacita. “The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is an extremely important resource for Houston’s Hispanic business community, and I deeply appreciate being recognized by such an outstanding organization.” “The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce represents the largest demographic group in the region and $60 billion in annual economic activity,” said Dr. Laura G. Murillo, President and CEO. “The Annual Awards is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the Hispanic leaders in Houston who make this economic progress possible.” Six separate awards will be presented at the gala, which recognizes successful executives, entrepreneurs and community leaders chosen from hundreds of nominations every year. (photo: Arnold Gacita)

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Argentina: Per la riduzione della povertà rurale

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 novembre 2017

argentinaGilbert F. Houngbo, Presidente del Fondo Internazionale delle Nazioni Unite per lo Sviluppo Agricolo (IFAD), il 21 novembre incontrerà i ministri degli Affari Esteri, della Finanza e dell’Agroindustria per discutere dei progressi e dei programmi del paese nella lotta per eliminare la povertà rurale.
Questa sarà la prima visita ufficiale di Houngbo in Argentina, dove nel corso degli ultimi 12 mesi la povertà è diminuita dal 32,2 al 28,6 per cento.“All’IFAD, riteniamo che la via più efficace per eliminare la povertà nelle aree rurali, dove è più diffusa, siano i partenariati“, ha dichiarato Houngbo. “In Argentina, ci sono ottime prospettive per i piccoli agricoltori e per i produttori indigeni, purché siano ben inseriti in catene del valore inclusive e abbiano accesso a mercati, tecnologia e finanziamenti.“ Durante la sua visita in Argentina, Houngbo incontrerà:
Luis Miguel Etchevehere, neo-nominato ministro dell’Agroindustria. Tra gli argomenti su cui si confronteranno, l’idea di un partenariato ampliato tra l’Unità per la trasformazione rurale (UCAR) e alcune delle unità tecniche del ministero, nonché la necessità che il governo si ponga come obiettivi prioritari un maggiore inserimento dei piccoli agricoltori nelle catene del valore e la valorizzazione dei vantaggi comparativi del territorio.
Luis Andrés Caputo, ministro delle Finanze. Tra i temi del colloquio, la fase di avviamento di due nuovi programmi: il Programma di sviluppo della catena del valore caprina (PRODECCA) e il Programma per l’inserimento economico dei piccoli produttori dell’Argentina settentrionale (PROCANOR), attivi rispettivamente da marzo e aprile 2017. Houngbo e Caputo parleranno anche delle opportunità di futura collaborazione tra l’IFAD e l’Argentina.Jorge Faurie, ministro degli Affari Esteri e del Culto. L’incontro avverrà nel palazzo San Martín e verterà sulla partecipazione di esperti argentini all’offerta di assistenza tecnica a progetti finanziati dall’IFAD, soprattutto in Africa.
Alejandro Gennari, Coordinatore esecutivo dell’Unità per la trasformazione rurale (UCAR). I due parleranno di come il modello dell’UCAR, creata nel 2009, venga usato come riferimento per valutare l’efficienza nella gestione di progetti in altri paesi, dal momento che l’efficacia dei progetti è aumentata molto da quando l’UCAR è stata creata.Durante il suo soggiorno nel paese, Houngbo visiterà le aree di produzione di ortaggi vicino alla città di La Plata, per osservare di persona il lavoro del Programma per lo sviluppo rurale inclusivo (PRODERI), finanziato dall’IFAD. Il programma è in corso di attuazione in 17 province, con l’obiettivo di raggiungere oltre 25.000 famiglie di contadini poveri, tra cui 4000 famiglie indigene e 8000 famiglie particolarmente fragili (braccianti agricoli senza terra, donne sole a capo di una famiglia, giovani e lavoratori saltuari). Il programma aiuta le famiglie rurali a migliorare la propria qualità di vita e ad aumentare i propri redditi. A La Plata, il presidente incontrerà i membri della Cooperativa Moto Mendez, che – con l’assistenza del PRODERI – sta costruendo un capannone per la trasformazione, il confezionamento e il congelamento degli ortaggi.

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32° anniversario della Federazione dei laziali in Ontario

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 novembre 2017

laziali ontariolaziali ontario1In occasione del trentaduesimo anniversario della Federazione dei laziali in Ontario (Canada), l’On. Fucsia Fitzgerald Nissoli ho partecipato alla cerimonia di premiazione delle eccellenze laziali, organizzata da Vittorio Coco, Toni Porretta e Gianni Mignardi e presentata da Sam Ciccolini. Tra i premiati: Maria Pia Mauti, Mosè Fanelli, Toni Varone e Silvio Baldassarra. “Un momento importante di vita associativa”, ha detto l’On. laziali ontario2Nissoli, “che permette di mantenere vivo il legame con la terra di origine, e l’associazionismo aiuta a realizzare una corretta ed effettiva integrazione nei contesti di emigrazione.Inoltre, parlando con gli oltre 700 invitati, ho ascoltato le richieste dei connazionali e percepito le molte preoccupazioni che essi hanno a partire dai temi riguardanti l’assistenza sanitaria, i servizi consolari, l’Imu, l’ equipollenza dei titoli di studio tra Italia e Canada e la revisione della legge sulla cittadinanza che non contempla il riacquisto della medesima per chi l’ha perduta recandosi a vivere all’estero. Tutti temi che ho preso a cuore e che con Forza Italia diventeranno programma di Governo per la prossima Legislatura”.

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The MENA region’s first ever ‘Global Relay for Life,’

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 novembre 2017

MENA's first Global RelaySharjah, the third largest of the United Arab Emirate’s seven emirates, was the host for the MENA region’s first ever ‘Global Relay for Life,’ (RFL) a 24-hour walkathon that is the biggest fundraising event for cancer in the world. Conducted in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, the event was organised by Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), a non-profit organisation that supports cancer patients and their families. Taking place November 17-18 at the American University Sharjah, the inaugural UAE RFL saw more than 2,000 relayers participating in the overnight event, with a large number of individuals and institutions involved including 52 schools, six universities, eight partners, in addition to 37 institutions from the public and private sectors and 67 cancer survivors.
Included in the programme for the 24 hours was an extensive array of activities in a kids’ fun area, a ‘Luminaria’ candle illumination event to remember loved ones who had died of cancer and a ‘Survivors’ Tent’ that saw a number of those who had defeated the disease address audiences. Participants’ hunger was kept assuaged by a host of food and refreshment stands, all of which donated their proceeds to FoCP.
The first UAE RFL was launched by Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi, Founder and Royal Patron of FoCP, International Ambassador of the World Cancer Declaration for the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC. Her Highness joined cancer survivors in the first lap of the walkathon, highlighting the importance of raising awareness of the disease and the necessity of screening for its early detection – the most important factor in survival and recovery.
The 24 hour nature of RFL is designed to highlight that cancer is a disease that doesn’t sleep and to show solidarity with cancer patients who can feel a sense of loneliness during the small hours.
RFL has its roots in the USA when in 1985 Dr. Gordon Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, raised $27,000 for his local cancer charity by walking for 24 hours. The event currently takes place in 29 countries, with the UAE the most recent addition to the global network. To date RFL raised more than $5 billion in support of cancer patients worldwide. (photo: MENA’s first Global Relay)

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Rockland Trust Named a Top Place to Work by The Boston Globe for 2017

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 novembre 2017

bostonBoston. For the ninth consecutive year, The Boston Globe named Rockland Trust one of the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts. The Globe’s annual survey ranked the Bank as the highest rated financial institution among the state’s largest employers. Rockland Trust was also the second highest ranked company in its category.Top Places to Work recognizes the most admired workplaces in the state voted on by the people who know them best – their employees. The annual survey measures employee opinions about their company’s direction, management, training, benefits, and job satisfaction.“We are very honored that The Boston Globe recognized our Company again as a top place to work. It’s been a year of growth and success for Rockland Trust, and none of that would have been possible without our amazing team,” said Christopher Oddleifson, Rockland Trust CEO. “This truly speaks to our philosophy that investing in our colleagues creates an engaged workforce that benefits our customers and communities.”Founded 110 years ago, Rockland Trust has more than 1,200 employees, nearly 90 branches, 11 commercial lending offices, and five investment management centers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Helping springboard the Bank into the top rankings has been its ROCKCorp and RockFIT programs. Recognized for its volunteerism in the community, Rockland Trust provides its employees with two paid volunteer days each year, resulting in hundreds of hours donated to local organizations. The Bank also makes employee wellness a top priority, offering financial, physical, and mental health support through its award-winning RockFIT platform.The rankings in the Top Places to Work are based on confidential survey information collected by Energage, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention. This year more than 75,000 workers at 334 Massachusetts companies completed the anonymous surveys.

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