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Amid reports of possible low turnout among young voters

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 novembre 2018

A new Kaplan Test Prep survey indicates that at least one segment of younger voters says it plans to participate at the ballot box: college-educated students who are planning to become future professionals. A new survey of nearly 400 18-29 year olds who are preparing for graduate-level admissions or professional licensure exams shows that 93% of those who are registered to vote say they plan to do so in the midterm elections on November 6*. In contrast to a recent poll by the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School that showed just 40 percent of young Americans 18-29 across the general U.S. population plan to vote in the midterms, Kaplan’s survey represented students preparing to be lawyers, doctors, nurses, business people, engineers, educators, psychologists and others — America’s future professional ranks.Those surveyed mentioned immigration, healthcare, climate change, women’s rights and civil rights as the issues that are most motivating them to vote next month. As one respondent shared, “My education would be worthless if I did not take the opportunity to vote.” Another shared, “I believe if you don’t vote then you do not have the right to complain about the government.” When asked what they feel are effective ways to make their voices heard, this group of young voters largely think that traditional activities like voting and getting out the vote are the best ways to channel their energies, rather than posting on social media.

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Zendesk Releases Benchmark Guide for Enterprise Reports

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 ottobre 2018

Zendesk, Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) today released the Zendesk Benchmark Guide for Enterprise. The new research reports feature insights and best practices for two different types of large companies: Digital Natives that have been considered digital since their founding, and Digital Transformers, more traditional companies that are in the process of modernizing their approach to customer support.The report details what sets companies with the most sophisticated customer support operations apart from their industry peers. For both Digital Natives and Digital Transformers, the companies with the best performing support teams share a commitment to scalability, consistency, innovation, and proactive customer service.One surprising finding: a company’s age isn’t the primary factor linked to its approach to customer support. In fact, plenty of younger companies are still working to modernize their support operations, while several established companies have already mastered the digital landscape.The high performers in both groups also view their support software as a platform, using apps, integrations and APIs to give agents the information they need to move quickly, maintaining consistency and context across channels. For both Digital Natives and Digital Transformers, Zendesk Benchmark data shows the companies that face the most challenges are those that directly serve consumers. Traditional enterprise companies that are B2C have a higher volume of requests, lower customer satisfaction scores and the slowest reply times of all company types, implying a digital transformation is most urgently necessary for this group.At the same time, Digital Native companies in the B2C category still face high customer expectations while handling a massive volume of requests. They see nearly eight times the volume of customer requests and have an average customer satisfaction score that is nearly 10 percentage points lower than companies serving other businesses or operating internally. While these large companies tend to take full advantage of their support software, they see a constant need to innovate and scale to keep up with changing customer expectations. Digital Natives and Digital Transformers also differ in their self-service capabilities. Digital Native help centers have twice as many articles and a ratio of self-service content views to total ticket volume that is five times higher than that of more traditional enterprise companies. The takeaway for Digital Transformers is that investing more in self-service can lower costs, drive better customer satisfaction scores and improve agent efficiency.

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BMW Group U.S. Reports August 2018 Sales

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 settembre 2018

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased one percent in August 2018 for a total of 23,789, compared to 23,553 vehicles sold in August 2017. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 2.3 percent on sales of 199,157 vehicles compared to 194,604 sold in the first eight months of 2017.“Such a contrast from last August when we were sending relief to Texas and Louisiana as they struggled in the aftermath of the hurricane. This time, a calmer August was again a strong month for our X models which accounted for almost 54% of BMW sales in the U.S.,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “With more than 100,000 X models sold in the first eight months of the year we expect the BMW Sports Activity Vehicles to continue leading the way, especially once the all-new, fourth generation X5 goes on sale later this fall.” BMW’s lineup of Sports Activity Vehicles accounted for 53.6 percent of BMW brand sales in August 2018. For the fifth consecutive month, the BMW X3 was the top-selling BMW model in the U.S.

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Malattie autoimmuni, scoperta nuova terapia con nanovescicole da staminali

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 giugno 2018

Uno studio tutto italiano pubblicato su Scientific Reports mostra un nuovo approccio per il trattamento delle malattie autoimmuni e infiammatorie, che utilizza nanovescicole, strutture che sono in grado di trasportare e rilasciare molecole terapeutiche, ottenute da cellule staminali mesenchimali. Le terapie attualmente a disposizione per i pazienti con malattie autoimmuni sono in grado di rallentare l’evoluzione della malattia ma non di portare a una guarigione. Il nuovo trattamento basato su nanovescicole è invece stato in grado, tramite l’inibizione dell’attivazione dei linfociti T, di impedire la formazione di focolai infiammatori e di danni tissutali nel sistema nervoso centrale nell’encefalomielite sperimentale autoimmune, il modello di sclerosi multipla più utilizzato.«I fattori scatenanti tale patologia non sono noti con certezza ma numerose evidenze cliniche e sperimentali indicano che alla base vi è una reazione del sistema immunitario che individua quale bersaglio dei suoi linfociti il rivestimento dei neuroni, la mielina, compromettendone così la capacità di condurre gli impulsi elettrici. All’infiltrazione nel tessuto cerebrale dei linfociti T è correlata la comparsa dei segni clinici e patologici di disfunzione del sistema nervoso centrale tipici della sclerosi multipla» spiegano i ricercatori, guidati da Bruno Bonetti, direttore dell’Unità operativa complessa Neurologia A dell’Azienda Ospedaliera Integrata di Verona, in un comunicato stampa. Utilizzando tecniche di microscopia intravitale, il gruppo di lavoro è riuscito a mostrare che le nanovescicole possono bloccare la migrazione dei linfociti circolanti all’interno del cervello. In tutte le malattie infiammatorie il primo passo della riposta immunitaria è rappresentato dalla migrazione delle cellule immunitarie circolanti dai vasi sanguigni nei tessuti sede della patologia. Gli autori sottolineano che quando si prendono in considerazione malattie infiammatorie non infettive, come le malattie autoimmuni, il processo infiammatorio e la migrazione dei leucociti non hanno un ruolo di difesa dell’organismo, ma un ruolo patologico critico, e provocano un danno tissutale. «L’inibizione del traffico leucocitario costituisce quindi un approccio terapeutico molto potente nelle malattie autoimmuni e l’utilizzo della terapia a base di nanovescicole potrebbe impedire l’entrata di cellule leucocitarie dannose nei tessuti presi come bersaglio dal sistema immunitario» concludono i ricercatori. (fonte: doctor33 – Sci Rep. 2018. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-25676-2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29748664)

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Ladenburg Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 agosto 2017

miamiMiami. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE American: LTS, LTS PrA) announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.Dr. Phillip Frost, Chairman of Ladenburg, said, “The second quarter of 2017 was another strong quarter for Ladenburg, with revenues of $311.5 million increasing by 15.5% from the prior year, while adjusted EBITDA increased during the quarter by 25.2% to $13.2 million. We remain encouraged by the impact improving market conditions and higher interest rates are having on both our independent advisory and brokerage and capital markets businesses. We believe these factors, combined with high levels of recruiting, position us well for continued growth and success in the second half of the year and beyond. We are tremendously proud of our nationwide network of approximately 4,000 independent advisors, which provides clients with high quality, trustworthy services.”Richard Lampen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ladenburg, said, “Ladenburg continues to strengthen its position as a leader in the independent advisory and brokerage business. We believe this business remains one of the fastest growing segments of the financial services industry, as our financial advisors provide needed independent advice, financial planning and investment solutions to the mass affluent segment of ‘Main Street America’. This is reflected in year-over-year growth at June 30, 2017 of 15.9% in total client assets to $147.9 billion and 20.5% in advisory assets under management to $63.4 billion, both record amounts. We are focused on improving margins through driving increased recurring revenues and shared services, and managing all of our operating segments efficiently. Ladenburg remains committed to generating strong returns and driving sustainable growth, and our announcement today that we are initiating a quarterly dividend on our common stock reflects our long-term commitment to delivering value for our shareholders.”

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BB&T reports record earnings for 2016; Quarterly earnings totaled $592 million, up 18% over 2015

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 gennaio 2017

winstonsalemskylineWINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, /PRNewswire/ — BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) today reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2016. Net income available to common shareholders was $592 million, up 17.9% from the fourth quarter of 2015. Earnings per diluted common share were $0.72 for the fourth quarter of 2016. Excluding pre-tax merger-related and restructuring charges of $13 million ($8 million after tax), net income available to common shareholders was $600 million, or $0.73 per diluted share.Net income available to common shareholders was $599 million ($0.73 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2016 and $502 million ($0.64 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter of 2015.For the full year, net income available to common shareholders was a record $2.3 billion, up 16.7% from 2015. Earnings per diluted share totaled $2.77 compared to $2.56 for 2015.”We are pleased to report strong earnings for the fourth quarter,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kelly S. King. “While higher interest rates created $34 million in pre-tax charges, revenue growth was strong, expense control was solid and we are well-positioned for future interest rate increases.”Taxable-equivalent revenues were $2.8 billion, up 8.3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015,” King said. “Noninterest expense increased only 4.4% over the same period, reflecting strong leverage from acquisitions and excellent control of operating costs. Full year revenues were a record $11.0 billion, up 12.3% from 2015, and net income available to common shareholders of $2.3 billion was also a record.”During the quarter, we repurchased 7.5 million shares through both open-market purchases and an accelerated share repurchase program. These transactions were approved by our board as part of our commitment to ensuring an optimal return for our shareholders.”Earlier this month, we terminated $2.9 billion of higher-cost FHLB advances, resulting in a loss on early extinguishment of $392 million. This strategic action will lower our future borrowing costs and provide a boost to future margins and earnings.”

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Boris Backed off the Boards Ahead of London Mayoral Election, Sky Bet Reports

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 maggio 2012

London, (PRNewswire) Online betting firm Sky Bet have slashed Boris Johnson’s odds of winning a second term as London mayor to 1/10 from 1/7 due to heavy support for the incumbent in the run-up to Thursday’s election.
Tuesday’s poll from YouGov, who have an impressive record in predicting this election, gave Boris just a 3% lead but nearest challenger, Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, is friendless in the next London mayor betting and his odds have drifted from 4/1 to 11/2.Sky Bet spokeswoman, Helen Jacob, said: “Punters are backing Boris Johnson as though the votes were already cast. The polls suggest it’s a closer run race than the odds, which have Boris as a shoo-in to win on Thursday.” In the betting without Johnson and Livingstone, Sky Bet make Liberal Democrats candidate Brian Paddick the 1/3 favourite, with Green candidate Jenny Jones a 9/2 shot and Independent Siobhan Benita available at 11/2.

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Allied World Reports 6.7% Growth in Diluted Book Value per Share with Strong First Quarter 2012 Results

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 maggio 2012

Zug, Switzerland, (PRNewswire) Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG (NYSE: AWH) today reported net income of $218.2 million, or $5.70 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012 compared to net income of $8.6 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2011. The company reported operating income of $91.5 million, or $2.39 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012, compared to an operating loss of $41.3 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2011. President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Carmilani commented, “Allied World had a strong first quarter with gross premiums exceeding $680 million for the first time, an increase of over 21%, or $120 million, from the same quarter last year. This is a direct result of the investments we have made in underwriting talent and operating platforms during the last few years. Premiums in our reinsurance segment alone were up $97 million for the quarter, driven by our global marine and specialty unit that was launched in late 2010.”
Gross premiums written were $680.9 million in the first quarter of 2012, a 21.4% increase compared to $560.7 million in the first quarter of 2011. Net premiums written were $588.9 million in the first quarter of 2012, a 22.5% increase compared to $480.9 million in the first quarter of 2011. Net premiums earned in the first quarter of 2012 were $401.9 million, a 20% increase compared to $334.9 million in the first quarter of 2011.
The combined ratio was 85.2% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to 122.6% in the first quarter of 2011. The loss and loss expense ratio was 56.0% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to 90.9% in the first quarter of 2011. During the first quarter of 2012, the company recorded net favorable reserve development on prior loss years of $39.5 million. This favorable reserve development resulted in a benefit of 9.8 percentage points to the company’s loss and loss expense ratio for the quarter. This compares to the first quarter of 2011, when the company recorded net favorable reserve development on prior loss years of $44.3 million, a benefit of 13.2 percentage points to the company’s loss and loss expense ratio for that quarter. Absent these adjustments, the loss and loss expense ratio for the first quarter of 2012 was 65.8% compared to 104.1% for the first quarter of 2011. During the first quarter 2012, the company recorded no catastrophe losses related to 2012 events. The first quarter 2011 loss and loss expense ratio was impacted by $132.2 million of net losses, or 39.5 percentage points, from global catastrophe events during the quarter.
The company’s expense ratio was 29.2% for the first quarter of 2012 compared to 31.7% for the first quarter of 2011.

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Major Hotel in Kabul Attacked by Taliban

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 giugno 2011

Kabul, Afghanistan – Bomb explosion and gunfire reported at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel.
• Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attac
• Afghan and Western officials were supposedly holding security talks at the site before the explosion.
• Reports allege a wedding party was also being held at the hotel on Tuesday evening when gunfire broke out after the blast.
• Roughly 10 people had reportedly been killed and “a number of” policemen had been wounded from the attack by the six bombers.
• The increase in violence comes as NATO-led forces prepare to hand security responsibility to Afghans in seven areas from next month at the start of a gradual transition process that will end with all foreign troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Original sources: AP; Reuters; CNN; The New York Times; Al Jazeera; CBS News; France 24.

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