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Herbalife Nutrition Hosts 6th Annual Nutrition Industry Scientific Summit

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 gennaio 2019

Herbalife Nutrition (NYSE: HLF), a premier global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier, today hosted the 6th annual nutrition industry scientific summit, in Torrance, California. At the summit, industry experts and those from academia shared information and new strategies on a broad range of nutrition-related topics, including developments in botanical identification, manufacturing quality control, the science of gut health, and the Food Safety Modernization Act.”Our continued investment in technology, research and manufacturing quality, further strengthens our position as a nutrition industry leader and helps set industry standards,” said Dr. John Agwunobi, Co-President and Chief Health and Nutrition Officer, Herbalife Nutrition.Herbalife Nutrition quality control analytical scientist, Dr. Zhengfei Lu and Dr. Steven Newmaster, professor of Botany & Genomics at the University of Guelph, Canada, demonstrated a botanical DNA field-testing device and discussed methodologies that could help all manufacturers accurately identify botanicals. Additionally, Herbalife Nutrition announced that Dr. Lu’s paper has been accepted for publishing in the peer reviewed Journal of AOAC International. The paper, “Single Laboratory Validation of a Two-Tiered DNA Barcoding Method for Raw Botanical Identification,” describes how the new technology aides in the quality control of manufactured nutrition products. After publication, it will be available as an open access article via the organization’s web page: http://aoac.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/aoac/jaoac.Dr. David Heber, Chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute and Founding Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, shared insights into the human microbiome, the new science behind its relationship with botanicals, and how a healthy microbiome directly links to people’s health and happiness.In addition to a presentation on scientific advances and innovations, attendees received a regulatory update on the Food Safety Modernization Act from Darryl Sullivan, AOAC/Eurofins. Dr. Kristy Appelhans, senior director of Global Consumer Safety, and Joyce Cao, senior analyst of Global Consumer Safety at Herbalife Nutrition provided an important overview of frameworks for best practices in post-market consumer safety and product quality monitoring.

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SC Media Names ExtraHop a 2018 Security Industry Innovator

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 gennaio 2019

ExtraHop, the leader in analytics for security and performance management, announced that ExtraHop® Reveal(x)™ has been recognized as an Industry Innovator in the Next Gen Security Monitoring category as part of the 2019 SC Media Reboot special coverage. Innovators are recognized for showcasing outstanding leadership and providing superior security products to the cybersecurity industry.“Combatting today’s top security threats requires a combination of innovation, collaboration and education,” added Illena Armstrong of SC Media. “ExtraHop is a shining example of a company that’s firmly committed to these key tenets as it helps protect organizations big and small from wave after wave of attack.””We’re honored to be recognized by SC Media as an industry innovator in next generation security analytics,” said Bryce Hein, SVP of Marketing at ExtraHop. “Our vision for Reveal(x) was to close the key gap in security programs by delivering network traffic analysis (NTA) at enterprise scale. This award validates that vision and our position as the standard-bearer for security monitoring in the enterprise.”As part of their annual Reboot special coverage, the SC Lab’s team selects new and innovative products and vendors that stand out for their strength, creativity, and strategic placement in the market. Reboot looks back at the most compelling insights in the last year, while simultaneously looking ahead.ExtraHop Reveal(x) provides complete enterprise visibility, real-time detection of critical threats, and guided investigation to accelerate incident resolution and protect sensitive assets. With Reveal(x) network traffic analysis, security analysts can become threat experts, helping enterprises scale security resources to protect the business.

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Consumers Say the Kasasa LoanTM is Easy to Understand, While Industry Studies Indicate Other Loans are Not

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 novembre 2018

Kasasa® revealed in a survey that the majority of consumers feel the Kasasa LoanTM is easy to understand. In fact, more than 83 percent of those surveyed said the loan was extremely or very easy to understand, despite never having experienced a product similar to the Kasasa Loan. The 2016 survey gathered results from a panel of 1,050 consumers, who responded to a series of questions about their loan preferences and habits.In contrast to Kasasa’s findings, many consumers readily misunderstand lending and their finances. A recent survey from Instamotor found that nearly 60 percent of consumers did not understand the relationship between the terms of a loan and the interest rate.Specifically related to auto financing, a recent survey by Credit Karma found that nearly half (45%) of U.S. car owners could not recall the annual percentage rate on their loan, which is the true cost of borrowing as it reflects interest and fees. One in four said they did not know their APR because they found it too stressful or confusing. Additionally, one in ten car owners could not recall the specific dollar amount of their monthly car payment and one in five did not know how many months remained on their auto loan.“Financial institutions have an opportunity to make lending people-friendly by offering a loan option that is transparent and easily understood – something that is clearly missing but greatly needed,” said Gabe Krajicek, CEO of Kasasa. “Too many megabanks, alternative lenders and FinTechs push expedited loan approvals, rushing consumers through a loan application and decisioning process they don’t even understand. And once they have the loan, they don’t understand the terms or the impact of paying it off quicker. This is not the best approach nor is it in that individual’s best interest.” The Kasasa Loan is the most transparent loan on the market today and gives consumers the ability to participate in take-backs. Like traditional loans, take-back loans allow borrowers to pay ahead on their loans to reduce their debt, but unlike other loans, borrowers can choose to take the extra payments back if life happens and they need that money back. The Kasasa Loan eliminates the fear of parting with ‘extra money’ and reinforces positive financial decisions like paying off debt early.Not only does the Kasasa Loan provide a competitive advantage for financial institutions, but it empowers the consumer to better understand their financial decisions and reduce debt. In fact, Kasasa Loans are preferred by nine out of 10 consumers over comparably priced loans, and in extensive testing, 98 percent of consumers said they would refinance existing debt at the same rate in order to get a Kasasa Loan with the take-back functionality.Krajicek added, “The bottom line is that financial institutions can provide a loan that is objectively better for the consumer. The Kasasa Loan is easier to understand and more transparent than any other loan on the market, and the take-back feature is a game changer for the borrower. With such high consumer preference for the Kasasa Loan, the only way competitive financial institutions can possibly win is to drop their rates or spend more money marketing their centuries old, commoditized loan. Good luck with that.”

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Importante novità per la meeting industry europea

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 ottobre 2018

Monte Carlo. Dal 2 al 4 dicembre prossimi presso il Fairmont Monte-Carlo per iniziativa della DMC InspireME Monte-Carlo di Miek Egberts (specializzata in eventi Mice creativi e di alto profilo) e della società di consulenza Sustained Impact di Claudia van’t Hullenaar debutterà in Europa il Sustainable Event Professional Certificate (SEPC), una delle principali certificazioni green per professionisti della meeting, events & wedding industry.
Miek in particolare non è nuova alla ribalta internazionale, avendo ricevuto lo scorso maggio il Jane E. Schuldt SITE Master Motivator Award, il più grande riconoscimento mondiale riservato ai motivatori dell’industria meeting & incentive.La due-giorni di formazione, rivolta a organizzatori di eventi (corporate e di agenzia), a fornitori di spazi e servizi e a chiunque abbia interesse ad approfondire il tema della sostenibilità negli eventi, prevede seminari e prove pratiche volte a illustrare il valore degli eventi sostenibili non solo per l’impatto sull’ambiente, ma anche per la brand reputation e l’economicità (gli eventi sostenibili fanno risparmiare). Focus particolare sarà posto anche su metodi e tecniche di organizzazione sostenibile nonché sulla misurazione dell’impatto ambientale e sulle metodologie di reporting.

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Evvnt Transforms Event Calendar Industry in the U.S.

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 ottobre 2018

Evvnt, an events marketing automation platform, today announced its first major U.S. partnership with GateHouse Media, one of the largest publishers of locally-based media in the United States with the publishing giant leveraging the Evvnt premium marketing platform to create real-time calendars.Evvnt’s unique software-as-a-service tool enables marketers and event organizers to promote an event to more than 3,500 listing sites by completing a single listing quickly and efficiently – making it one of the best places to promote events online.
“As our most strategic partnership to date in the U.S., GateHouse Media saw a clear advantage in the way Evvnt can leverage distribution, features, print and voice technology via SpokenLayer,” said Richard Green, CEO, Evvnt. “We strive to consistently discover new opportunities for our clients and look for ways to help them find revenue-generating, time-saving options for the publishing market and the addition of GateHouse helps solidify our mission going forward.” Evvnt’s deal with GateHouse Media gives it access to more than 500 U.S. newspapers across some of the largest cities. As part of the deal, Evvnt will supply revenue-generating event calendars to GateHouse Media, which will be active within hours of going live.“We have an exceptional working relationship with GateHouse and we are seeing immediate, ground-breaking results as we roll out our revenue generating event calendars,” continued Green.

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eLocal to Acquire Ring Router and Expand Performance-Based Lead Generation into Insurance Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 ottobre 2018

eLocal, a leading provider of performance-based advertising for local, regional and national service businesses, today announced they have reached agreement on principal terms to acquire Ring Router. The acquisition is expected to close in the immediate term. Based in Pasadena, CA, Ring Router provides performance-based advertising in the form of pay-per-call programs within multiple insurance verticals. For years, Ring Router has helped large, national insurance agencies as well as independent local agents drive high intent, highly qualified insurance phone calls.For more than 10 years, eLocal has offered a pay-per-call/pay-per-lead solution to businesses in the home services, legal, debt and addiction sectors. With the acquisition of Ring Router, eLocal will be able to deploy its best in class performance-based advertising solutions to insurance agencies nationwide. “We are excited to build upon Ring Router’s strong foundation within the insurance marketplace,” said Bruce Aronow, CEO at eLocal.Fueled by an infusion of growth capital from LLR Partners in late 2017, eLocal is focused on augmenting its organic growth through targeted acquisitions in its existing and new verticals. “As we looked to expand our reach into new verticals, Ring Router quickly emerged as the right partner, with their similar performance-based pricing model and such a strong reputation in the insurance industry,” added Aronow.

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The Global Facial Aesthetic Dermal Filler Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 settembre 2018

This report provides key statistics on the market status of the Facial Aesthetic Dermal Filler manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the industry.Firstly, the report provides a basic overview of the industry including its definition, applications and manufacturing technology. Then, the report explores the international and Chinese major industry players in detail. In this part, the report presents the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and 2013-2018 market shares for each company.Through the statistical analysis, the report depicts the global and Chinese total market of Facial Aesthetic Dermal Filler industry including capacity, production, production value, cost/profit, supply/demand and Chinese import/export. The total market is further divided by company, by country, and by application/type for the competitive landscape analysis.The report then estimates 2018-2023 market development trends of Facial Aesthetic Dermal Filler industry. Analysis of upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics is also carried out.In the end, the report makes some important proposals for a new project of Facial Aesthetic Dermal Filler Industry before evaluating its feasibility. Overall, the report provides an in-depth insight of 2013-2023 global and Chinese Facial Aesthetic Dermal Filler industry covering all important parameters.

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The Global Diamond Ring Industry (2018-2023)

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 settembre 2018

The “Global and Chinese Diamond Ring Industry, 2018 Market Research Report” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.The report provides key statistics on the market status of the Diamond Ring manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the industry.Firstly, the report provides a basic overview of the industry including its definition, applications and manufacturing technology. Then, the report explores the international and Chinese major industry players in detail. In this part, the report presents the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and 2013-2018 market shares for each company.Through statistical analysis, the report depicts the global and Chinese total market of Diamond Ring industry including capacity, production, production value, cost/profit, supply/demand and Chinese import/export.The total market is further divided by company, by country, and by application/type for the competitive landscape analysis. The report then estimates 2018-2023 market development trends of Diamond Ring industry. Analysis of upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics is also carried out.In the end, the report makes some important proposals for a new project of Diamond Ring Industry before evaluating its feasibility. Overall, the report provides an in-depth insight of 2013-2023 global and Chinese Diamond Ring industry covering all important parameters.

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The Banking Industry in South Africa 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 settembre 2018

The South African banking sector which has total assets of R5.14-trillion, remains highly concentrated with the five largest banks holding 91% of total assets as of 31 December 2017.While the country’s big banks dominate, the sector is also diversified with 36 South African banking institutions registered with the Reserve Bank and 30 foreign banks with approved representative offices in South Africa. There are over 6,000 credit providers registered with the National Credit Regulator.The banking landscape is changing rapidly as banks face increasing competition from technology-based financial services – from newly established banks to retailers offering mobile transactional banking accounts.Competition coming from newly-licensed commercial banks and growing credit granting from other credit providers is likely to encourage the big four banks to place increasing emphasis on growing customer numbers with innovative product offerings, especially to attract lower-income earners.Competition from newly established Discovery Bank, Bank Zero and TymeDigital, which aim to disrupt the sector, may force big banks to intensify efforts to modernise technology platforms to satisfy customers’ demand.

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ACG Network, a Bellwether for Asia’s Digital Content Industry, Was Launched in Singapore

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 luglio 2018

ACG Network (hereinafter referred to as ACGN), an epoch-making platform which focuses on animation, comic and game, formally published a complete planning concept in Singapore on July 3rd, 2018. With the combination of the digital content industry and the blockchain technology, ACGN may take the lead to change the nature of Asian entertainment.
ACGN has set up its corporate ACG Network Japan CO., LTD in Tokyo, Japan. The founder of ACG Network Japan CO., LTD is Shinichiro Maeda (former NIPPON TV producer); the co-founders are the legendary producer Masuo Ueda (former GM of A-1 Pictures) in Japanese animation industry and the senior media professional Katsuaki Kato (former CCO of Famitsu Group) in the Japanese gaming industry.In ACGN, the important decision is made by users of ACGN through a voting system, which is full of transparency. Not only for Japan, China and Asia, the works could be displayed to all the users interested in animation, comic and game industries all over the world. ACGN is a world-class platform to excavate and develop ambitious creators with big dreams.Functions like users uploading their planning and works, supporting producers and re-uploading will be public after the issue of the project. The one who first uploads could set up various rules such as copyright and reusing right. Many creators are worried about how to protect their own benefits, but now ACGN platform provides solutions to help them.The ACGN ecosystem will be tentatively developed based on existing Ethereum blockchains and smart contracts. R&D team will focus its efforts on building its own ACGN public chain to develop global nodes. In addition, ACGN issued ACGN Wallet, which is a part of the ACGN’s ecosystem and the exclusive platform Token-CATT (Content Aggregation Transfer Token). Apart from creators before debut, many experienced producers and creatives also showed their interests in ACGN. Some of them sent VCRs to this press conference, including Takamatu Shinji (Gintama), Takahashi Ryosuke (Armored Trooper Votoms), Taniguchi Goro (Code Geass) in animation industry and Ishii Jiro (428: Shibuya Scramble), Shimomura Takeshi (Onmyouji), Wada Yasuhito (Story of Seasons) in the gaming industry. Know more about ACGN: https://acgn.io

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Greater China Set to Dominate Global Industrial IoT Market, Says New GSMA Report

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 giugno 2018

The GSMA today issued a new report, ‘The Industrial IoT in Greater China’, highlighting how the region is poised to lead the global Industrial IoT (IIoT) market. The in-depth report draws on interviews with mobile operators including Asia Pacific Telecom Group, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Far EasTone and Taiwan Mobile who outline how the combination of fast internet speeds, data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and the IoT is transforming the region’s industrial sector. GSMA Intelligence estimates that there will be 13.8 billion IIoT connections globally by 2025. Greater China accounts for approximately 4.1 billion of these connections or a third of the global market.“These new technologies will fundamentally alter the way we live and work, intelligently connecting virtually every device, making our cities smarter and our lives easier and more productive,” commented Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “China is betting big on the IIoT to increase productivity and drive efficiencies by streamlining and automating manufacturing processes via internet connectivity. Backed by positive government support, China is set to become the world’s leader.” The IIoT, will increase productivity by combining AI, cloud computing and advanced analytics to automate manufacturing processes via internet connectivity. It will enable factories to monitor and interpret data from production lines and complex machinery in real time to anticipate faults, manage infrastructure and mitigate risk. The captured data will drive efficiencies, optimise productivity and decrease costs in many important economic sectors beyond manufacturing, such as energy and telecoms. China is also making advances in the area of AI which, with machine learning, will help factories and businesses manage complex processes and drive innovation.

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O’Reilly Named a Top 20 Online Learning Library by Training Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 giugno 2018

O’Reilly, the premier source for insight-driven learning on technology and business, today announced it has been named a 2018 Top 20 Online Learning Library by Training Industry, the most trusted source of information on the business of learning. The companies on the list have demonstrated value to organizations and their employees who want access to the highest quality content that enable them to learn the skills needed to excel in their careers – all in a flexible way that fits their lifestyle.Selection to the Top 20 Online Learning Library Companies List is based on industry visibility, innovation and impact; breadth and quality of courses and content; company size and growth potential; quality of clients; and geographic reach. O’Reilly’s online learning library offers true multi-modality learning. Within user organizations, beginners and top performers alike have on-demand access to live training courses, in-depth learning paths, interactive coding environments, and a vast collection of text and video—all from the smartest, most innovative “trend-spotting” experts in tech and business. “We’re honored to be recognized for building a platform that truly engages users with a vast array of learning options that enable them to thrive in their careers,” said Karen Hebert-Maccaro, O’Reilly’s Chief Content Officer. “As the pace of technological, market and organizational change continues to accelerate, to continuously learn is no longer an optional benefit, but a strategic imperative and advantage. We’re proud to be the trusted partner to thousands of organizations across the globe who empower their employees and maintain their competitive edge with O’Reilly.”

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Invaluable Secures U.S. Patent Allowing It to Consolidate Online Bidding across the Auction House Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 giugno 2018

Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, today announced it has secured a U.S. Utility Patent that paves the way for the company to consolidate and streamline online bidding technology across the auction industry.
Invaluable CEO Rob Weisberg said the patent recognizes the unique live auction bidding console technology developed and managed by Invaluable and offers intellectual property protections from any U.S. companies. Invaluable has applied for the same protections internationally; that application is pending.“I consider it a game-changer for our company and for auction houses everywhere, setting Invaluable apart as the go-to platform to consolidate the auction industry,” said Weisberg.
The Invaluable technology aggregates all online live auction marketplaces and funnels bids to a single auction house clerk utilizing one clerking console powered by Invaluable. This integration spares auction houses from having to use multiple clerks to take bids from several online live marketplaces and sort them in real time during a sale and manage them post-sale. It gives auction houses the ability to efficiently scale up their online sales – vital for growth in the challenging and competitive auction industry, said Weisberg.The patent award from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office came after a four-and a half-year application process, said D.J. Charles, the company’s Chief Technology Officer. Sotheby’s and eBay have used Invaluable’s console technology to power their live auction sales for the last three years, said Charles.
Additionally, Invaluable has filed a secondary “continuation-in-part” application to extend the patent on live auction bidding technology to further include timed auctions, said Charles.

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Innovium to Showcase Industry Leading TERALYNX™ Switch Solutions at Computex 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 giugno 2018

Innovium, Inc. a leading provider of networking solutions for data centers, will showcase a range of TERALYNX™ switching products at Computex, including a line-rate 12.8Tbps layer 3 traffic demo. The Computex 2018 trade show will take place in Taipei, Taiwan from June 5 through June 9, 2018.
Innovium is a provider of high performance, innovative switching silicon solutions for data centers. Innovium TERALYNX™ family delivers software compatible products ranging from 3.2Tbps to 12.8Tbps with unmatched power efficiency, radix, programmability, buffers and low latency. Innovium team members have a highly successful track record in delivering several generations of widely deployed data center products. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California and is backed by leading venture capital firms including Greylock Partners, Walden Riverwood, Capricorn Investment Group, Qualcomm Ventures, S-Cubed Capital and Redline Capital. Innovium and TERALYNX are trademarks of Innovium, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. http://www.innovium.com

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Impact of Policies and Guidelines on the Cybersecurity Industry in Asia-Pacific

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 maggio 2018

The “Impact of Policies and Guidelines on the Cybersecurity Industry in Asia-Pacific, 2017” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.The report covers the study of policies/guidelines issued by the regulatory bodies or cybersecurity agencies of two countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The two countries covered in this issue are Singapore and China. The objective of this study is to identify the impact of these policies on the cybersecurity industry in the two countries, based on an observation of what deems to be a significant policy/guideline provided by government authorities.The report includes interpretation services and highlights of areas which may impact the country of study. Growth opportunities and a call to action are provided to highlight the areas of growth driven by the newly introduced policies or guidelines. In January 2018, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) released the Cybersecurity Bill. The main areas highlighted in the notification include the holistic approach it takes in applying the bill to all Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs), addressing the Commissioner’s powers in investigating cybersecurity incidents, the need for CIIs to carry out regular risk assessments and audit, the need for cybersecurity service providers to be licensed, and the various penalties that apply for any failure to comply.The Cybersecurity Bill in Singapore poses some challenges for CIIs as they may not have the expertise to ensure adherence to the Bill. As such, business opportunities arise for the cybersecurity industry, especially for the service providers and educational institutes as they provide services to CIIs to help them fill the gaps for ensuring compliance with the Bill.In June 2017, a fundamental law in cybersecurity came into effect in China. The implementation of the Cybersecurity Law has strengthened China’s regulatory regime in protecting cyberspace sovereignty and tightening the control over national security issues. The new law requires network operators and critical information infrastructure (CII) operators to comply with the stated security obligations. The law not only lays emphasis on data security, but also stresses the protection of individual information.

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ILG Recognized For Its Philanthropic Initiative With Coveted Industry Award

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 maggio 2018

ILG (Nasdaq: ILG), a leading provider of professionally delivered vacation experiences, received the prestigious ARDA Circle of Excellence (ACE) Community Service and Philanthropic Award for its ILG Relief Fund, a charitable organization dedicated to providing safe housing for associates affected by natural or civic disasters. The award represents the highest level of excellence within the resort industry and was presented at the recent American Resort Development Association World Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.The ILG Relief Fund was created as a result of last year’s two devasting hurricanes ― Irma and Maria ― that wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and Florida, where hundreds of associates either lost or experienced major damage to their homes. In addition to the company’s donation, associates from each of ILG’s operating businesses contributed to the fund.“These acts of generosity epitomize teamwork, one of ILG’s core values,” said ILG Chairman, President, and CEO Craig M. Nash. “Challenging times can put us to the test. But what we saw during and after the storms certainly shows that in the face of great adversity, our associates can be counted on to show dedication, commitment, compassion, and strength. We are deeply grateful to all of them.”To date, nearly 500 grants have been awarded to the ILG associates whose lives were irrevocably affected by the hurricanes. One of the unique features of the fund is its lack of overhead or administrative costs, because the review and disbursement process is handled by associates who voluntarily handle these tasks above and beyond their normal responsibilities.
“Our associates take care of our guests’ needs every day,” Nash added. “We want to make sure that we take care of them during their critical moment of need. This was the right time to establish a vehicle to help all of our associates facing a catastrophe outside of their control.”

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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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A recovering industry and a valuable source of healthy food – European Commission calls on regions to embrace aquaculture

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 febbraio 2018

After more than a decade of stagnation, EU aquaculture is finally showing signs of recovery. With 4% growth in volume and 8% in value between 2014 and 2015, and profits exceeding 400 million euro, the sector is generating more value than ever before.The success is in part due to strong cooperation over the last years between the European Commission and national authorities to remove barriers to growth. As a result, many governments have been taking steps to cut red tape, which clearly has been paying off.At FARMEDintheEU Regions, a conference organized by the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions showcasing some of the success stories of European aquaculture, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, today stressed the need for even greater buy-in from the EU regions.“Aquaculture can deliver local food and local jobs in an environment-friendly way. The planning, authorisation, and ultimately the success of aquaculture in the EU lie in the hands of our regions and Member States. We count on you to support investment in this promising industry”, Commissioner Vella said.With global population expected to reach 10 billion people by 2050, Commissioner Vella sees aquaculture as a key pillar of global and European food security. “We need to plan ahead now to provide more fish, shellfish and algae in a sustainable, responsible way”, Commissioner Vella said. “Of course we must continue our work on sustainable wild fisheries, but if we are to get more seafood, it has to come from farming. Having many small, well-planned farming actions at regional scale, and helping consumers to make informed, responsible choices is the key to success.”

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Aptitude for careers in the construction industry

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 febbraio 2018

georgiaThe Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) and the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia are partnering with YouScience to uncover high school students throughout the state with an aptitude for careers in the construction industry. More than 11,000 public high school students from Georgia have already participated in the YouScience Program, and the results clearly demonstrate that these students have the talent to fill the workforce needs for Georgia’s burgeoning construction industry.AGC Georgia has placed an emphasis on workforce development for several years to keep pace with the State’s growing needs for construction, and member firms are looking to hire high school students for work-based opportunities this summer. The organization and many of its construction firm members have committed to hire at least one high school student as identified by their YouScience Profile as a good fit, based on aptitudes and interests, for a 2018 summer internship.
Early qualifying students must have completed their YouScience Profile by March 5, 2018 and demonstrate a high aptitude or interest for construction to be eligible to interview at the Georgia Career Expo and Hiring Fair (March 22-24, 2018), AND can become part of the CEFGA workforce pipeline through their ongoing student hiring database. Students will also be interviewed by participating construction firms near the student’s high school. In addition to summer internships, CEFGA will be identifying work-based learning opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year.The Georgia Department of Education and the Technical College System of Georgia partnered together to make YouScience available at no cost to every student attending public high school in the state of Georgia. A representative from the school, or its superintendent’s office, simply needs to reach out to YouScience and request free access to the program. http://www.youscience.com/contact/“YouScience has shown that Georgia has more than enough students with the talent for careers in the construction industry,” said Mike Dunham, CEO of AGC Georgia. “AGC Georgia wants to encourage those students by offering construction summer internships with a local construction firm. By engaging these students at a younger age, we are able to nurture and groom them for a solid career in our industry.”Unlike traditional self-reported, interest-based career tools, YouScience is the only system that employs decades of rigorous scientific research to measure students’ aptitudes through a series of engaging “brain games.” The YouScience patent-pending technology combines cutting-edge matching algorithms with the most reliable and comprehensive career data, providing each student with a highly-personalized online profile that highlights the intersection of their unique talents, passions and opportunities.

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Stratasys Teams with Dassault Systèmes and Industry Visionary Easton LaChappelle for Major 3D Printing, Prosthetics Initiative

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 febbraio 2018

Innovator Easton LaChappelleStratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, today announced the company is teaming with Dassault Systèmes and industry innovator Easton LaChappelle to power a transformational new initiative – Unlimited Tomorrow. Unveiled at SOLIDWORKS World 2018, Stratasys will become the exclusive provider of 3D printing technology for the initiative and organization — ushering in a new age of custom-designed, low-cost, highly functional arms for those who need them most. Unlimited Tomorrow will fully collaborate with Stratasys on research, development and production of these prosthetics – reinforcing the company’s current and evolving investments in corporate social responsibility.Traditional prosthetic models are often heavy, cumbersome and expensive – costing recipients a minimum of $20,000 per device to upwards of $100,000. The decision to spend this on children is further complicated because many quickly outgrow models and thus require entirely new devices. Unlimited Tomorrow re-thinks the way artificial limbs are made by targeting common pain points of customization, weight and cost.Placing the recipient first, the organization builds intuitive, scalable models to engineer custom devices from start to finish. Revolutionizing the process/supply chain, Unlimited Tomorrow also taps into digital, scanning and 3D printing technologies to streamline development and reduce multiple fittings – minimizing the impact to each patient.Core to the announcement is the selection of Stratasys and Dassault Systèmes as the program’s dedicated 3D printing and CAD/CAE suppliers. Stratasys’ exclusive cooperation provides Unlimited Tomorrow with the development and production of the prosthetics through the company’s PolyJet expert team, as well as Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. Capitalizing on Stratasys’ 3D printing solutions for healthcare, Unlimited Tomorrow accesses best-in-class 3D printing know-how and materials to engineer sturdy, functional, and aesthetically-pleasing devices. Backed by unique levels of realism, Stratasys solutions are perfectly suited to match prosthetic to patient for maximum personalization.
With Dassault Systèmes’ SOLIDWORKS applications, Unlimited Tomorrow leverages the ultimate 3D design and engineering portfolio to facilitate an integrated design-to-creation process and bring innovations to market faster. The software permits a high degree of collaboration and idea-sharing for rapidly-made and more cost-effective devices for recipients.
In keeping with Unlimited Tomorrow’s promise to empower people, the organization has chosen Indiegogo’s platform for current equity fundraising efforts. Notes Jonathan Cohen, Chief Enterprise Solutions Officer at Indiegogo: “We applaud Unlimited Tomorrow for their commitment to listen to the ‘crowd’ in crowdfunding for their latest innovation. Indiegogo’s Enterprise offering will allow Unlimited Tomorrow to capture interest and validation while receiving investment from consumers.” (photo: Innovator Easton LaChappelle)

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