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A fat belly is bad for your heart

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Ljubljana, Slovenia Belly fat, even in people who are not otherwise overweight, is bad for the heart, according to results from the Mayo Clinic presented today at EuroPrevent 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress.“See your doctor if your waist is bigger than your hips,” said study author Dr Jose Medina-Inojosa, from the division of Preventive Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and The International Clinical Research Centre of St. Anne’s University Hospital (FNUSA-ICRC), Brno, Czech Republic.Body mass index (BMI), which is weight relative to height in kg/m2, is used to categorise adults as underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. However, BMI does not account for the amount and distribution of fat and muscle.Central obesity is a store of excess fat around the middle of the body and is a marker of abnormal fat distribution. This study tested the hypothesis that people with normal weight and central obesity would have more heart problems than people with normal weight and normal fat distribution.In 1997 to 2000 the study enrolled 1,692 residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota, aged 45 years or older. The sample was representative of the county population for age and sex. Participants underwent a clinical examination and measurements were taken of weight, height, waist circumference and hip circumference. Central obesity was defined as a ratio dividing the waist circumference by the hip circumference of 0.90 or above for men and 0.85 or above for women.
Patients were followed-up from 2000 to 2016 for the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) using linked medical records from the Rochester Epidemiology Project. MACE was defined as heart attack, surgical or percutaneous coronary revascularisation to open blocked arteries, stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes.Participants with a normal BMI (18.5–24.9 kg/m2) and central obesity had an approximately two-fold higher long-term risk of MACE compared to participants without central obesity, regardless of their BMI. Dr Medina-Inojosa said: “People with a normal weight but a fat belly have more chance of heart problems than people without a fat belly, even if they are obese according to BMI. This body shape indicates a sedentary lifestyle, low muscle mass, and eating too many refined carbohydrates.” “The belly is usually the first place we deposit fat, so people classified as overweight BMI but without a fat belly probably have more muscle which is good for health,” he continued. “Muscle is like a metabolic storehouse and helps decrease lipid and sugar levels in the blood.”Participants with a normal BMI and central obesity also had a higher risk of MACE than overweight and obese participants with central obesity. Dr Medina-Inojosa said that overweight and obese people with central obesity might also have more muscle mass which could be protective.
He said: “If you have fat around your belly and it’s greater than the size of your hips, visit your doctor to assess your cardiovascular health and fat distribution. If you have central obesity the target will be waist loss rather than weight loss. Exercise more, decrease sedentary time by taking the stairs or getting off the train one stop early and walking, increase your muscle mass with strength and resistance training, and cut out refined carbohydrates.”Dr Medina-Inojosa said it was important for doctors not to assume that people with a normal BMI are not at risk of heart problems or that their fat distribution is normal. He said: “Our study provides evidence that doctors should also measure central obesity to get a better picture of whether a patient is at risk.”

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Nature Nate’s Honey Makes Investment to Save the Bees with Cornell University

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Nature Nate’s Honey Co., producer of 100% Pure, Raw & Unfiltered Honey and the number-one branded honey company in the U.S., today announced its investment in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University. The donation will go toward honey bee health research that is being undertaken by the department.“We’re committed to serving the entire honey ecosystem, from beekeepers to global communities, beginning with the bees,” said Nathan Sheets, Founder and CEO of Nature Nate’s. “We’re proud to support the Entomology Department at Cornell University and their research that will directly impact the health of bees and beekeepers across the U.S. for many years to come.”
The Department of Entomology, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell, has many programs that support the research of honey bee health under its Pollinator Network. The Pollinator Network is a multidisciplinary group of researchers, extension personnel, and students that collectively work to understand wild and managed pollinators across the world. The Pollinator Network is a leader in bee research and prioritizes working closely with US beekeepers to address real-world problems. Cornell CALS offers more than 20 majors for research and study, ranging from community and rural development and environmental and natural resources to applied economics and the life sciences.“We are so excited to see honey companies passionate about bee research and dedicated to maintaining a sustainable beekeeping industry,” says Emma Mullen, Honey Bee Extension Associate at Cornell University. “This generous support from Nature Nate’s Honey Co. will allow us to investigate the issues contributing to colony declines and develop creative solutions to protect honey bees.” This investment is part of a larger conservation effort by Nature Nate’s. The company provides industry-leading testing capabilities, free of charge, for its network of beekeepers to ensure that their honey is free from adulterants like pesticides. The company will also support other apiary programs at leading universities, including University of Georgia, University of Texas at Dallas and Texas A&M University. “To us, education is the key to finding a solution to the bee population issues and ensuring the health of bee colonies across the world, and we are proud to support the groundbreaking research that these prestigious universities have undertaken,” continued Sheets.

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FLIR Systems Completes Strategic Investment in DroneSense

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) and DroneSense, Inc. announced today that FLIR has completed a strategic investment in DroneSense, makers of a unique software platform that serves the growing needs of public safety organizations in utilizing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to better perform their missions.The minority investment by FLIR in DroneSense will create opportunities for the companies to collaborate and share their respective expertise and customer relationships to develop and bring to market advanced UAS operating, management, and reporting systems. FLIR’s advanced thermal imaging payloads for UAS platforms provide first responders a new sense of awareness by imaging heat, seeing through smoke, and seeing at night. DroneSense’s comprehensive solution will enable first responders of all types to build and scale their UAS programs with full accountability and transparency. Together, the FLIR and DroneSense offerings will enhance situational awareness, act as a force multiplier, and ultimately save more lives as organizations continue to integrate UAS into daily missions.“This alliance with DroneSense will help bring to market a truly mission-critical solution needed by first responders to effectively deploy a complete UAS program across their organizations,” said James Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR. “We believe this platform is scalable geographically, across multiple markets, and across multiple FLIR Business Units. While focused today on UASs, we see longer term opportunity for the solution to be extendable to other forms of sensing devices.”

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Azuri Technologies Named in Red Herring Top 100 Europe

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Azuri Technologies, a leading commercial provider of PayGo Solar Home Systems for rural off-grid homes, was named in the Red Herring Top 100 Europe. A prestigious list honouring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the European business region.The Red Herring editorial team selected the most innovative companies from a pool of hundreds from across Europe. The nominees were evaluated on a quantitative and qualitative criterion, which included disruptive impact, market footprint, proof of concept, financial performance, technology innovation, social value, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries.“In 2018, selecting the top achievers was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “In fact, we had the toughest time in years because so many entrepreneurs had crossed significant milestones so early in the European tech ecosystem. But after much thought, rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across Europe to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Azuri Technologies embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Azuri Technologies should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was very strong.”The Red Herring Top 100 Europe award were selected based upon their technological innovation, management strength, market size, investor record, customer acquisition, and financial health. During the months leading up to the announcement, Red Herring reviewed over 1200 companies from numerous industries. Azuri Technologies CEO, Simon Bransfield Garth comments: “We are delighted to be recognised by Red Herring for our innovative technology and our social impact.”

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Jernigan Capital Announces Date for First Quarter 2018 Earnings Release and Conference Call

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Jernigan Capital, Inc. (NYSE:JCAP) (the “Company”) announced today it will release financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2018 on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 after the market close. The Company will host a webcast and conference call for investors and other interested parties at 11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 3, 2018.The webcast may be accessed live by visiting the Company’s investor relations website at investors.jernigancapital.com. The conference call may also be accessed by telephone. To access the call, participants from within the U.S. may dial 877-407-0792 and participants from outside the U.S. may dial 201-689-8263.The replay of the call will be available at approximately 2:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 3, 2018 through 11:59 p.m., ET on Thursday, May 17, 2018. To access the replay, persons within the U.S. may dial 844-512-2921 and participants from outside the U.S. may dial 412-317-6671. The passcode for the replay is 13678384. The archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website for 90 days.

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British MP Benn Talks Brexit Challenges and the Future of UK Clinical Research Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Facing unprecedented challenges associated with Brexit, on 13 April the UK’s major clinical research organizations (CROs) met with the Rt Hon Hilary Benn (Labour – Leeds Central) to tour Covance’s research facilities in Leeds and discuss the implications of the impending separation from the European Union. The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO), facilitated the discussion between Benn and seven CROs with active operations in the UK, to examine the industry’s role in advancing new medicines, Brexit-related concerns and how the industry can retain its competitiveness.The clinical research industry reaches more than 35,000 patients in the UK through over 1,600 studies each year. ACRO member companies are also a major source of UK employment, providing over 13,000 highly skilled jobs, including about 300 jobs in Leeds. With pan-European health, data, privacy and employment implications, the UK CRO industry has unique concerns as it grapples with the UK’s pending withdrawal from the EU.“I learned a great deal about the important role played by CROs in clinical research and the development of new drugs,” said Benn, Chair of Exiting the European Union Committee. “We also discussed ACRO’s concerns about the implications of Brexit for ensuring a continuing strong relationship between the MHRA and the EMA and the need to maintain continuity and alignment with EU regulations such as the Clinical Trial Regulation and the General Data Protection Regulation.”
Direct discussions with MPs at research sites can illustrate the work of the industry, its employees and the positive impacts of CROs. “With their critical role in advancing innovative new medicines for Europe and the world, the UK’s clinical research organizations are an important voice,” said Karen Noonan, ACRO’s Vice President, Global Regulatory Policy. “As we look toward an even stronger future for clinical research across the UK, we want this site and the entire UK industry to be competitive. It is vitally important that we discuss the challenges, decisions and policies surrounding Brexit.”

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Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Releases a Statement Regarding Spider Silk Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (OTCQB: KBLB) (“Company”), the leading developer of spider silk based fibers, releases the following statement regarding developments in the growing Spider Silk Industry. Spider silk’s toughness is said to be 10 times greater than steel and some silks are nearly as elastic as rubber. According to some studies, spider silks can be two to three times tougher than even Kevlar, which explains why so many researchers have targeted this fiber for protective clothing and body armor applications, as well as other potential military applications including technical undergarments and more practical ropes.Numerous scientific studies have highlighted spider silk’s many intrinsic qualities and why it may be the ideal fiber for a slew of applications. For example, spider silk’s maximal resilience, or ability to absorb energy, makes it one of the sturdiest materials on a weight-to-weight basis. These properties could make spider silk the foundation for many lightweight products, including air bags, seat belts, flexible bridge suspension cables, sports helmets and motor vehicle panels.
Additionally, studies have shown spider silk to be antimicrobial, biocompatible, hypoallergenic and totally biodegradable. Spider silk is a biomaterial that could be the platform on which to develop many medical technologies, like better bandages, elastic ligaments, and artificial tendons and even biodegradable water bottles.Concurrent to Kraig Labs positioning for commercial production of its advanced fibers, many independent scientific studies have shown great promise in a vast array of potential spider silk applications. The Company would like to congratulate all efforts that advance spider silk technologies. A few recent examples of that work are provided below. Each of these reports is entirely unaffiliated with Kraig Labs, and we therefore have not and cannot authenticate any specific conclusions.

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Institute of Human Virology (IHV) Will Undertake Largest HIV Survey Ever Conducted in a Single Country

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) will lead a $100 million project to measure the reach and impact of HIV programs in Nigeria – the largest population-based HIV survey ever conducted in a single country.“We are pleased that the CDC and the Government of Nigeria entrusted us to lead this critical epidemiological study to better understand the state of Nigeria’s current HIV epidemic,” said the study’s principal investigator, Man E. Charurat, PhD, MHS, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention at IHV. “We look forward to building upon IHV’s 16-year partnership with Nigeria to measure the impact of PEPFAR’s programs in Nigeria, and to pave the way towards more effective prevention and treatment.” The grant award is the result of a cross-collaboration between IHV’s Division of Epidemiology and Prevention led by Dr. Charurat and IHV’s Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity led by Deus Bazira, DrPH, MBA, MPH, who is also Assistant Professor of Medicine.The work is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in collaboration with the Government of Nigeria and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to conduct the Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS). IHV will lead the effort to measure the impact of HIV programs on the epidemic in Nigeria. The results of the survey will guide a strategy for Nigeria’s HIV prevention and treatment.IHV will lead a consortium that includes ICF International, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, and the African Field Epidemiology Network, in collaboration with the Nigerian Federal Ministries of Health and the CDC. The Institute will receive $30 million in the first year of the multi-year award. Gambo G. Aliyu, MBBS, MS, PhD, Project Director and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at IHV, will lead the project on-the-ground in Nigeria.
In the first year, IHV will lead the consortium to survey 88,775 randomly selected households and 168,029 individuals in Nigeria to estimate HIV incidence, prevalence, viral load suppression among adults and children and to determine hepatitis B and C prevalence. The study spans 37 states in Nigeria and includes training more than 2,900 Nigerians. The work will help inform the CDC and the Government of Nigeria on the status of HIV in that country, and allow them to more effectively fight the epidemic.
Since 2004, through PEPFAR funds, the IHV has cared for more than 1.3 million individuals in Botswana, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

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IDEMIA and JCB Trial of the First F.CODE Payment Card in Japan

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

As announced at the Taipei JCB World Conference, on November 2, 2017, IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, and JCB, the leading international payment network in Japan, have started the pilot of the first F.CODE Japanese payment card.“F for fingerprint”: embrace the future of payments with biometrics. F.CODE takes card payments to the next level since your fingerprint replaces the PIN code and so reinforces user’s security and privacy by ensuring a unique and universal identification.F.CODE makes customers and retailers’ lives easier: no need to remember a new PIN code, your fingerprint is enough. On the retailer side, it speeds up the check-out process as well as enabling banks and governments to adopt an innovative and secure technology for the future payment experience. F.CODE will enable seamless payment transactions without compromising security.Recognized for its longstanding expertise and experience in biometrics and payment, IDEMIA has established a strong partnership with JCB regarding payment innovation in Japan. The two companies are proud to offer today, in close partnership with Toppan Printing for the card personalization activity, the “future of payments” to a country always eager to innovate.Pierre Barrial, Executive Vice-President of the Financial Institutions Business Unit declares: “We are really delighted to announce this first launch as part of our strong partnership with JCB. F.CODE is a unique technology that provides highly secured authentication and we are eager to implement it for the first time in Japan.” Tac Watanabe, Executive Vice President of the Brand Infrastructure & Technologies Department, adds: “As the evolution of payment technologies accelerates dramatically, JCB is committed to keep developing various capabilities that can deliver a convenient and more secure payment experience. This pilot program, through our strong partnership with IDEMIA, is to demonstrate a use case of how JCB intends to provide customers with a secure and smooth way of making payments in the future.”

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ObEN Debuts World’s First Personal AI Art Concierge at Shanghai K11

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

ObEN Inc., the artificial intelligence (AI) company that is building a decentralized AI platform for intelligent avatars, today announced the premiere of the first-ever Personal AI (PAI) art docent experience at the museum-retail space Shanghai K11 Art Mall. Bearing the likeness and voice of K11 Founder Adrian Cheng, the AI concierge will guide visitors through K11 Art Museum’s new duo exhibit featuring works from American ceramic artist Betty Woodman and acclaimed Chinese painter Zhao Yang.
“This exhibit introduces visitors to an experience that brings together art and technology in an entirely new and unique dimension,” said Adrian Cheng, founder of K11. “Together with ObEN, we are disrupting the way people navigate the exhibit experience, connecting with them on a deeper, more intimate level and fostering a closer connection between audience, curatorial expression, and artist through technology. We look forward to expanding this immersive experience to other areas within the K11 ecosystem.”The brainchild of entrepreneur and business innovator Adrian Cheng, K11 is a pioneering multi-faceted brand rooted in culture and interconnected by three core values: art, nature, and people. The K11 Art Mall, featuring flagship locations in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Wuhan, is the world’s first museum-retail experience. Consistent with its spirit of innovation, K11 continually seeks and attracts technology partners that help elevate the immersive experience for visitors to its Art Malls, office towers K11 Atelier, and other K11 entities.The new exhibit is a unique convergence of art and technology, cultures and mediums. From now until June 17, 2018, visitors will be individually guided through the exhibit by Cheng’s PAI, from a smart device bearing an artificial intelligence-based avatar. The first experience of its kind, the PAI concierge will provide visitors with a customized experience, with Cheng’s PAI providing details about select works on display, artist history, and exhibit development.
“This exhibit at K11 showcases the transformative impact PAI can have on industries, including retail and hospitality – providing visitors with more engaging and personalized experiences,” said Nikhil Jain, CEO and co-founder of ObEN. “We are thrilled to partner with K11 to create experiences that complement their unique conglomeration of art, entertainment, and retail.”
The PAI art concierge is powered by ObEN’s Personal AI technology. On the consumer front, the technology allows users to easily create a 3D avatar that looks, sounds, and behaves like them with just one selfie and a brief voice recording from their smartphone. Secured and authenticated on the Project PAI blockchain, ObEN’s PAI provides unprecedented levels of security, data control, and utility. In addition to K11, ObEN also works with leading organizations like S.M. Entertainment, with whom they have a joint venture – AI Stars, the first agency for celebrity Personal AI’s.

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Best’s Special Report: How Will European Insurers React to Uncertain Economic Conditions?

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

European (re)insurers have benefited from investment gains as they have increased their holdings in equities over recent years, although inevitably their exposure to market risk has risen, according to a new report by A.M. Best. Analysis of the 500 largest companies in Northern and Western Europe, with a combined invested asset base of more than EUR 8 trillion, shows over a six-year period, there was a decline in allocation to fixed-income products.The Best’s Special Report, titled, “Interest Rates – The Long Wait. How will European Insurers react to Uncertain Economic Conditions?” states (re)insurers and pension funds form an important part of the investor base searching for yield to maintain their profitability and funding levels. Consequently, an increasing proportion of (re)insurers’ investment portfolios are being allocated to shares and non-traditional asset classes, which provide the potential for higher returns. A.M. Best estimates there has been a 2-3% shift between fixed-income and quoted equity over the six years leading up to 31 December 2016, equating to around EUR 200 billion. This is despite Solvency II coming into effect on 1 January 2016.Thomas Bateman, financial analyst, said: “This more rigorous risk-based regulatory framework in theory should have encouraged insurers and reinsurers toward a more efficient asset allocation, to optimise performance and solvency. However, the data does not seem to be consistent with a view that this could result in investment portfolios that attract lower risk charges. Insurers and reinsurers operating in the region are considered to be well-capitalised, hence there is limited pressure from a capitalisation perspective for companies to de-risk their investment portfolios. In addition, companies in Northern and Western Europe tend to use sophisticated asset liability management techniques, which form a core part of the strategic allocation process. Consequently, as capital management forms only one portion of the investment process it is unlikely to be the primary driving force behind asset selection at present.”

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Tripwire Survey: 70 Percent of Energy Security Professionals Concerned About ‘Catastrophic Failure’ From Cyberthreats

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organizations, today announced the results of a survey conducted by Dimensional Research examining industrial control systems (ICS) security in the energy industry. The survey was conducted in March, and its respondents included 151 IT and operational technology (OT) security professionals at energy and oil and gas companies.According to the survey, 70 percent of respondents are concerned that a successful cyberattack could cause a catastrophic failure, such as an explosion. With widespread recognition of the physical threat cyberattacks present against the energy and oil and gas industry, 97 percent are concerned that attacks could cause operational shutdowns, and 96 percent believe they could impact the safety of their employees.”Energy companies have accepted the reality that digital threats can have tangible consequences,” said Tim Erlin, vice president of product management and strategy at Tripwire. “This perception is perhaps heightened by recent attacks that were specifically designed to affect physical operations and have proven capable of doing so.” Respondents were also asked about their organizations’ security investments, with the following results:While 65 percent feel their company invests sufficiently in ICS security, 62 percent said that lack of budget and investment continues to be the biggest barrier in meeting ICS security goals.
Of those who said their company does not invest sufficiently, 56 percent believe it would take a significant attack to get their companies to a proper level of investment.
Ninety-one percent are worried about attacks on their ICS. Fifty-nine percent said their companies increased security investments because of ICS-targeted attacks like Trisis/Triton, Industroyer/CrashOverride and Stuxnet.Forty-five percent said ransomware has had the most significant impact in increasing their security investment, compared to 44 percent who said Trisis/Triton and Industroyer/CrashOverride and 11 percent who said Stuxnet.It is widely recommended that organizations properly secure their critical infrastructure ICS with a layered approach, commonly referred to as Defense in Depth. In the survey, only 35 percent of respondents said they implement a multilayered approach to ICS security. Thirty-four percent said they focus primarily on network level security, and 14 percent said ICS device security.
Erlin added: “It’s encouraging to see that companies have increased their security investment somewhat. However, it’s concerning that more than half would wait for an attack to happen before investing properly, given what’s at stake with critical infrastructure. The energy industry should invest in establishing more robust cybersecurity strategies, with a proper foundation of critical security controls and layers of defense.”

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Consum Adopts Manthan’s Prescriptive Analytics Solutions to Elevate Omnichannel Customer Experience

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Manthan, a global leader in AI-powered advanced analytics solutions and a recognized innovator in bringing path-breaking, intuitive solutions to retailers worldwide, today announced a major win in Spain. Consum, the Co-operative with many Consumer Partners in Spain, has adopted Manthan’s Customer Marketing solutions to deliver highly personalized omnichannel experiences for over 3 million customers across their 680 supermarkets.Consum, known for its focus on differentiated retailing, chose prescriptive analytics solutions from Manthan to enhance the complete shopping experience for its customers. Manthan’s solutions helps Consum build unique and personalized engagement with shoppers, online and offline by understanding their needs, interests, preferences and contextualizing messages that impact buying decisions.Manthan’s Customer Marketing Solution helps the Spanish retail major with the following:Build a single view of the customers, understand shopper behavior, hone in on customer preferences, predict trends and comprehend customer choices.
Drive traffic to the stores and encourage online visits with personalized promotions of products and brands, as well as promote new launches that align to customer preferences.
Personalize web page content by recommending right products, similar products, related products and offers based on past purchase, browser behavior, buyer context and customer preferences to drive conversions.Drive better engagement, by dynamically displaying offers on ingredients, products based on recipes viewed by visitors.Integrate the different systems and applications that manages the loyalty program “Mundo Consum”. “Manthan’s analytics solutions are instrumental in driving intelligent, consistent and relevant personalized engagement with our customers, across channels, to deliver a differentiated experience,” said Fernando Gisbert, Loyalty Director Consum.Manthan has partnered with Cognodata, a leading consulting firm with a unique blend of data science and retail specific experience, to provide retailers and consumer businesses in Europe and Latin America the competitive edge with AI-powered prescriptive analytics. “As we help enterprises with customer-oriented strategies and support their digital transformation initiatives, Manthan’s analytics capabilities and solutions are a natural fit that blend perfectly with our offerings,” said Daniel Encinas, Managing Partner Cognodata.
“Cognodata is a strategic partner for us. Their deep industry experience, customer science expertise combined with Manthan’s goal of enabling truly customer obsessed retailing will be invaluable for consumer businesses across Europe and Latin America,” said Sanjay Kupae, AVP, Partner and Alliances, Manthan.

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Evotec and Bayer Advance Third Endometriosis Programme into Phase I Clinical Development

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) announced today that its multi-target alliance with Bayer has advanced another promising small molecule into Phase I for the treatment of endometriosis, a painful, debilitating reproductive condition that affects approximately 176 million women worldwide. This milestone was achieved under the highly successful strategic alliance Evotec and Bayer entered in October 2012. The goal of this collaboration is to discover three clinical candidates within the five-year alliance. Both parties contribute innovative drug targets and high-quality technology infrastructures and share the responsibility for early research and pre-clinical characterisation of potential clinical candidates in the disease area of endometriosis. Since the beginning of the collaboration, six first-in-class/best-in-class non-hormonal pre-clinical candidates have been generated, three of which have now advanced into clinical trials.Dr Mario Polywka, Chief Operating Officer of Evotec, commented: “Since we began collaborating with Bayer in 2012, the joint teams have combined cutting-edge science, significant drug discovery expertise, and a shared commitment to bring new therapeutic options to the millions of women suffering from endometriosis. Today, we have delivered on our very high expectations with the advancement of our third novel drug candidate into Phase I studies to treat this high unmet medical need. Bayer is a great partner and we look forward to further advancing our endometriosis pipeline.”

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SmartBear Empowers Developers to Create Quality Software at an Increased Speed

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Mainz (Germany) Demonstrations of SmartBear’s Software Quality Tools – Tuesday, April 24 – Thursday, April 26, 2018 “Programming Collaboration in the Software Development Process,” Presented by Ronan Trainor and Damien Walsh on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CEST Rheingoldhalle Mainz, Bankettabteilung, z. Hd. Frau Marleen Nillius, Rheinstrasse 66
SmartBear, the leader in software quality tools for teams, empowers developers to create quality APIs and software applications at an increased speed. The company will be exhibiting its complete suite of software quality tools, including tools that help teams collaborate on code; design, develop, virtualize and test APIs; and deploy and monitor applications at JAX, taking place on Monday, April 23 – Friday, April 27, 2018 in Mainz, Germany.
With the increased velocity of software development, collaboration among teams is critical in maintaining quality. SmartBear provides Collaborator for collaboration on documents, code, and test cases. Collaboration and standardization go hand in hand and are essential for developing at speed. SmartBear offers SwaggerHub, an integrated API design and documentation platform that drives standardization in teams.
Additionally, SmartBear provides an array of tools for developers embracing the “shift left” trend. SmartBear empowers developers to create automated tests from within their development environments with TestLeft and TestServer. With the explosion of APIs, there are more dependencies for testing; remove them to enable rapid development with ServiceV Pro. Developers are increasingly keeping a closer pulse on their APIs post deployment; SmartBear offers AlertSite for API monitoring.SmartBear’s Ronan Trainor, API Sales Engineering Team Leader, EMEA and Damien Walsh, Technical Sales Engineer, will be presenting, “Programming Collaboration in the Software Development Process,” at JAX on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Feedback is a key component of moving your development forward whether you’re sending pull requests, commenting on Jira tickets, or doing long project sessions. How can you program this feedback and collaboration as a standard in your development process without interruptions? Ronan and Damien’s talk will discuss actionable strategies that help teams unlock the full potential of any workflow, from design through documentation and peer code review. Java developers at JAX will be able to see SmartBear’s complete suite of software quality tools. In addition to those mentioned above, SmartBear will also be demonstrating SoapUI Pro, LoadUI Pro, TestComplete, CrossBrowserTesting, and QAComplete.
JAX is focusing on JAVA Core- and Enterprise-Technologies, Spring-Ecosystem, JavaScript, Continuous Delivery and DevOps. For more information, visit: https://jax.de/en.

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Building on a Legacy: Introducing the Zayed Sustainability Prize

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

The Zayed Future Energy Prize will today become the Zayed Sustainability Prize as part of a strategic move to refocus its mandate. After ten years of successfully promoting renewable energy initiatives across the globe, the Prize will now broaden its focus to affect greater humanitarian impact by supporting a wider range of solutions to the challenges of sustainable development.
Commenting on the Prize’s transformation, His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said: “Inspired by the vision and legacy of our founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Zayed Future Energy Prize has, for the last decade, been able to positively impact 307 million lives through empowering access to energy, clean water, education, training, advocacy and more.“In a move to align more closely with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UAE’s developing national agenda, going forward the Prize will broaden its reach beyond renewable energy, and reward projects and innovative solutions from a wider spectrum of sustainability and human development initiatives. In addition the Prize will expand its support of young people through the Global High Schools category, which will now reward youth-driven projects from a greater number of world regions.”Based on its renewed mission, the Prize now has five distinct categories for applicants to choose from: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. These pillars are interconnected and representative of basic needs essential to human survival where innovations will yield progress in sustainable development.Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Director of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said: “The new categories were carefully selected to reflect the most pressing sustainability challenges and offer the greatest socio-economic impact on the lives of people around the world.”
“The Zayed Sustainability Prize will also look to inspire today’s youth to be forward-thinkers and cultivate within them a vested interest in becoming agents of change for sustainable development – after all, youth of today are leaders of tomorrow. Beyond that, we look to recognise existing innovations and amplify their reach so that they may benefit more people and bring us closer to helping solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges,” Dr. Lamya added.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize will see a three-stage evaluation process, beginning with the due diligence that is conducted by a reputed international research and analysis consultancy. Following this, the shortlisted entries will undergo evaluations by a Selection Committee to determine the finalists. From these finalists, a Jury will select the winners in all five categories, including the winning schools from six world regions.

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The Arizona Technology Council Supports Governor Doug Ducey’s 20×2020 Proposal for Increased Education Funding

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

The Arizona Technology Council, the state’s largest trade association for technology businesses and a longtime leader of the technology community, today reinforced its full support for Governor Doug Ducey’s plan to continue investments in Arizona’s K-12 education. Dubbed “20×2020,” this initiative proposes to increase teacher salaries 20 percent by the beginning of the 2020 school year, with 10 percent coming this year. In addition, the plan calls to fully restore $271 million of recession-era cuts over the next five years, with $100 million coming this year — all without raising taxes while maintaining Arizona’s balanced budget.“The lack of skilled talent needed to meet demand continues to be a top challenge and barrier to business growth for Council members,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO, Arizona Technology Council. “Supporting our K-12 teachers is paramount to meeting this challenge, and that’s why working to pass Governor Ducey’s 20×2020 proposal will be a top priority for the Arizona Technology Council.” This plan also builds on the Governor’s proposal to invest $371 million in District Additional Assistance and Charter Additional Assistance, which would be phased in over the next five years. An initial investment of $100 million would be made in FY2019. These dollars provide flexibility to school districts for investment in resources, including fixing school infrastructure, modernizing curriculum, school buses and updating classroom technologies.

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Processo ENI Nigeria

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Si è svolta a Milano la seconda udienza del processo civile intentato dalla comunità nigeriana Ikebiri contro la multinazionale petrolifera ENI e la sua controllata nigeriana NAOC per il danno ambientale causato dalle attività estrattive nel territorio della comunità, ubicato nella regione del Delta del Niger. Durante l’udienza è emersa la possibilità di una risoluzione concordata della controversia tra le parti. Colin Roche, extractive industries campaigner di Friends of the Earth Europe, ong che da principio ha sostenuto e accompagnato l’iter per il giudizio civile, dopo l’udienza ha dichiarato: “Il caso giudiziario presentato dalla comunità Ikebiri, attraverso il rappresentante e leader della comunità, Francis Ododo, ha spinto ENI/NAOC a trovare una soluzione per il danno causato con la fuoriuscita di petrolio del 2010. Oggi, entrambe le parti hanno chiesto al Tribunale il permesso di sospendere il caso per consentire loro di esplorare ulteriormente la possibilità di una soluzione extragiudiziale che potrebbe porre fine al conflitto. Prevediamo che la società offrirà un adeguato risarcimento e si impegnerà nelle procedure di bonifiche in base alle legittime richieste avanzate dalle comunità“. La Corte ha fissato la prossima udienza per il 23 ottobre 2018. (fonte: Avv. Luca Saltalamacchia e medias] OSSERVATORIO ENI)

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Germania, prestigioso premio ai rapper antisemiti

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

In Germania è scoppiata la polemica dopo l’assegnazione del prestigioso premio musicale Echo Awards a due rapper, la cui canzone fa un esplicito riferimento ad Auschwitz e alla Shoah.
“Il mio corpo scolpito meglio di un detenuto di Auschwitz” e “faccio di nuovo l’Olocausto, arrivo con le molotov” sono le frasi incriminate all’interno del testo di “0815”, il brano cantato da Kollegah e Farid Bang, che sabato scorso a Berlino è stato premiato come miglior album dell’anno e come canzone di “maggior successo” nella categoria hiphop e urban music.
Durante la cerimonia di assegnazione del premio, la decisione della giuria ha provocato proteste e fischi nel pubblico, indignato per la vincita del riconoscimento musicale per una canzone oltraggiosa, visualizzata sul web ben 30 milioni di volte.Proteste a cui ha fatto seguito la decisione di due famosi musicisti tedeschi, Klaus Voormann e il quartetto di musica barocca degli Notos, che hanno restituito alla giuria gli Echo Awards ricevuti in passato.Sulla canzone dei due rapper, uno tedesco e l’altro di origine marocchina, è intervenuto il vicepresidente del Comitato di Auschwitz, Christoph Heubner, che ha affermato:“È stata una manifestazione spettrale, uno dopo deve staccare come da un incubo. Dopo l’eclatante fallimento del consiglio etico dell’organizzazione, che ha di fatto reso possibile l’arrivo dei premi l’Echo è moralmente morto stecchito. E resta da chiedersi cosa sia consentito in Germania”.Come mai gli organizzatori hanno permesso che due rapper protagonisti di brani antisemiti abbiano potuto partecipare agli Echo Awards?Come è stato possibile che una canzone che calpesta la memoria di Auschwitz e della Shoah possa vincere un prestigioso premio? Come può un paese come la Germania, capostipite del nazismo colpevole della morte di milioni di persone, permettere tutto questo? (fonte: Progetto Dreyfus)

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Researchers discover molecular basis for increased cardiovascular disease in older women

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 aprile 2018

Vienna, Austria Researchers have discovered the molecular basis for the increased incidence of cardiovascular diseases in older women. The study, which is presented today at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology (FCVB) 2018, a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress found that older women had mitochondrial dysfunction, reduced antioxidant proteins, and increased inflammation. Previous studies have shown sex differences in the age at which cardiovascular diseases occur. Ischaemic heart disease, for example, develops on average seven to ten years later in women compared with men. It occurs three to four times more often in men than in women below the age of 60 years, but after the age of 75, most patients are women. It is not clear why many women are protected from cardiovascular disease at a young age but are more susceptible after menopause. Oestrogen levels may play a role but the mechanism is unknown. This study looked at molecular changes in the cells of the heart that happen with ageing, and how they differ between men and women.Specifically, the researchers looked at healthy hearts to see if there are sex differences in mitochondrial function and inflammation during ageing. Heart tissue was obtained from seven women and seven men aged 17 to 40 years, and from eight women and nine men aged 50 to 68 years. The researchers measured levels of proteins involved in inflammation and in the function of the mitochondria.The researchers found that the levels of Sirt1, a protein which is important for the function of the mitochondria, are higher in young women compared to young men. In the older hearts, Sirt1 levels had decreased in women but not in men. Expression of superoxide dismutase 2, an antioxidant protein in the mitochondria, was higher in young females than males but the difference was no longer present with age.In addition, the expression of catalase, an enzyme that protects cells from oxidative damage, was higher in young females than males but again the difference was lost with age.With age, female hearts shifted from an anti-inflammatory to a pro-inflammatory environment. Compared to young men, young women had higher levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin 10 – but this difference was lost with age. Levels of macrophages, which promote inflammation, increased with age in women but not in men.Dr Maria Luisa Barcena De Arellano, scientific researcher, Institute of Gender Medicine, Charité University Medicine Berlin, Germany, said: “Our study provides a molecular explanation for the increased incidence of cardiovascular diseases in older women.” “We found that the hearts of older women have reduced expression of antioxidant proteins and proteins that are important for mitochondrial function,” she continued. “This may lead to the increased inflammation we observed in older women. Inflammation is known to contribute to cardiovascular disease.”Dr Barcena De Arellano said that in young women, oestrogen may protect or improve the function of the mitochondria and keep inflammation down. She said: “We have previously shown that oestrogen improves the expression of mitochondrial proteins and antioxidant proteins, and decreases oxidative stress. We think that the fall in oestrogen with menopause contributes to mitochondrial dysfunction.”She added that hormone replacement therapy is taken by some women to boost oestrogen levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, but it may not be appropriate for everyone.Dr Barcena De Arellano said: “Our study suggests that a new drug could be developed which increases the expression of mitochondrial proteins. This could improve mitochondrial function, reduce inflammation, and help to prevent cardiovascular disease in older women.”

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