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Statement Of Daniel A. Pollack, Special Master In Argentina Debt Litigation

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Daniel A. Pollack, the Special Master appointed by Judge Thomas P. Griesa to conduct and preside over settlement negotiations between the Republic of Argentina and its bondholders, issued the following statement today:  “The parties, including representatives of the Republic ofArgentina and representatives of the bondholders, together with their respective lawyers, came to see me this afternoon. They each presented their positions to me, but not in the presence of the other side.  No resolution has been reached.  It is my hope that there will be future dialogue.”  Mr. Pollack will have no further statement at this time.

Source: Daniel A. Pollack

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July 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Posted in Business & Finance

Pacific Conferences Equips Communications Professionals to Tackle Social Media Crises

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Crisis Attack – What’s Your Communications Plan? 

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — A social media crisis moves at the speed of light. Raging complaints and defamatory posts go viral in minutes. Audiences will demand honest answers. And they will want them fast. Yet speed is the biggest issue that businesses face with crisis communications on social media.Phillip Raskin, Managing Director of Spectrum Communications explains, “Things took a big turn about 15 years ago when Internet usage and news distribution became widespread, and then it took another several laps around the track about five years ago with Twitter and IM apps becoming the norm.  That kind of speed and extreme pressure can cause a lot of missteps and mistakes that people and companies might not make if their crisis were unfolding at what we used to consider “normal” speed.”

What are some blunders that companies make when dealing with social media crises? Raskin shares his thoughts, “The most common mistake is not understanding soon enough whether they’ve got a serious problem.  It’s natural – companies are full of people, and people are busy, especially in today’s organisations, and there is so much information going back and forth and so much to keep track of.  So there’s often an element of “hoping it will go away” or at least hoping the issue will not grow any further which sometimes results in a delayed reaction, and therefore more trouble down the road.

Another is trying to solve the issue on “your terms” versus the terms of what’s happening.  You see some brands and especially more civic/governmental organisations do that sometimes, especially if they’re more accustomed to controlling the conversation.  That’s usually where an issue gets brought up on a Facebook page or a Tweet and the response comes out something like “we don’t want you to talk about that,” and usually then the reaction becomes worse than the initial issue.  Part of this is being realistic about your situation and where you sit – the Internet almost always supports Goliath over David and companies are increasingly having their operations and business practices called into question.  So understand yourself and your potential vulnerabilities from an outside, dispassionate perspective, and be ready to work with that.  In essence, work with the real world and not the world you want it to be.

Finally, you need to have a defined social media team – and that doesn’t mean you hire a bunch of interns because they’re “digital natives.”  You need a mix of people with crisis experience, company knowledge, authority and perspective.  You need that team to have guidelines and an understanding of key issues and appropriate responses, and you need them to be empowered to act.  This is not like it used to be, where every press release and statement gets vetted by the board or an extended family of suddenly interested parties from every department.  It has to be a framework for responding, with clear escalation points and clear actions and responsibilities, that can be enacted while that board or C-suite group is discussing things.  Otherwise, everything will get stuck in committee and you’ll be getting killed online for hours or days before you can fire back a single Tweet.”

To equip communications professionals with critical skills to develop a holistic crisis management strategy that leverages on traditional and social media best practices, Pacific Conferences has organised a 2-day practical workshop on “Crisis & Social Media“, to be held in Singapore on 21-22 August 2014, and in Hong Kong on 28-29 August 2014. Through case studies and hands-on exercises, acquire social media monitoring techniques to anticipate potential crises, learn how to create stratified action plans that guide your decision making under fire, pick up messaging strategies to promptly shoot down inaccurate information, and discover how to rebuild trust post-crisis.

The workshop is led by Phillip Raskin, former Managing Director for Burson-Marsteller Korea, acknowledged as a crisis communications expert with 20 years experience. Raskin has worked with clients including Visa, Cisco, Allergan, Qualcomm, Emirates, LG Electronics, Alcatel, the government of Korea, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to deal with a wide range of crises from product safety to labour, legal, and investor relations issues.

Workshop Details

Title: Crisis & Social Media Workshop
Date & Venue:

21 – 22 August 2014, M Hotel, Singapore
28 – 29 August 2014, Regal Hongkong Hotel, Hong Kong

Organiser: Pacific Conferences
Contact Person: Ms Daphne Poon
Tel: (65) 6592 7366
Email: daphne@conferences.com.sg

Full programme can also be found at: http://www.conferences.com.sg/ws-crisis10.htm

About Pacific Conferences

Pacific Conferences specialises in organising business conferences aimed at providing interactive, insightful information and analysis about issues facing businesses in Asia-Pacific. Our conferences are developed through thorough research and a deep understanding of the critical concerns facing industry professionals. They are addressed by experts and leaders who have deep knowledge and practical experiences in their respective areas.

More information may be found at www.conferences.com.sg

 

 

 

Source: Pacific Conferences Pte Ltd

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July 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm

ReWalk Robotics Ltd. Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering

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YOKNEAM ILIT, Israel and MARLBOROUGH, Mass. /PRNewswire/ — ReWalk Robotics Ltd. (“ReWalk”) today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of shares of its ordinary shares. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. ReWalk has applied to list its ordinary shares on the Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol “RWLK.”

Barclays Capital Inc. and Jefferies LLC will act as joint book-running managers for the proposed offering. Canaccord Genuity Inc. will act as co-manager for the proposed offering.

The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. When available, a copy of the preliminary prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from either: Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Ave, Edgewood, NY 11717, 888-603-5847, email: Barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com or Jefferies LLC, 520 Madison Ave, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10022, 877-547-6340, email:Prospectus_Department@Jefferies.com.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy these securities be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About ReWalk Robotics Ltd.

ReWalk Robotics Ltd. (formerly Argo Medical Technologies Ltd.) develops, manufactures and markets wearable robotic exoskeletons for individuals with spinal cord injury. ReWalk’s mission is to fundamentally change the health and life experiences of individuals with spinal cord injury. Founded in 2001, ReWalk has headquarters in the US, Israel and Germany.

 

Source: ReWalk Robotics

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July 14, 2014 at 11:49 am

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ReWalk Robotics Ltd. Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering

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YOKNEAM ILIT, Israel and MARLBOROUGH, Mass./PRNewswire/ — ReWalk Robotics Ltd. (“ReWalk”) today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of shares of its ordinary shares. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. ReWalk has applied to list its ordinary shares on the Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol “RWLK.”

Barclays Capital Inc. and Jefferies LLC will act as joint book-running managers for the proposed offering. Canaccord Genuity Inc. will act as co-manager for the proposed offering.

The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. When available, a copy of the preliminary prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from either: Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Ave, Edgewood, NY 11717, 888-603-5847, email: Barclaysprospectus@broadridge.com or Jefferies LLC, 520 Madison Ave, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10022, 877-547-6340, email:Prospectus_Department@Jefferies.com.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy these securities be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About ReWalk Robotics Ltd.

ReWalk Robotics Ltd. (formerly Argo Medical Technologies Ltd.) develops, manufactures and markets wearable robotic exoskeletons for individuals with spinal cord injury. ReWalk’s mission is to fundamentally change the health and life experiences of individuals with spinal cord injury. Founded in 2001, ReWalk has headquarters in the US, Israel and Germany.

 

Source: ReWalk Robotics

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July 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

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Frost & Sullivan Commends SENSUS Communication Solutions for Achieving Success in the Contact Center and Office Headset Market through Healthy Relations with Top Headset Manufacturers

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— SENSUS is on course to becoming a one-stop shop for various unified communications solutions

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the reseller contact center and office headset market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes SENSUS Communication Solutions with the 2014 Canada Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Share Leadership. SENSUS’s direct relationship with the top headset vendors provides it with a strong competitive differentiator, while its expertise in headset sales and strong commitment to efficient customer service further cement its value proposition.

Unlike most competing Canadian headset channel partners that have a direct relationship with only one headset manufacturer, SENSUS has direct partner relationships with both Plantronics and Jabra, the largest headset vendors in the world. These partnerships provide the company with access to specific technical support certifications and more rapid turnaround on warranted repairs, and enable SENSUS-specific promotions that are not offered to all channels.

“With national coverage across Canada, SENSUS provides headsets to customers ranging from small businesses to very large enterprises,” said Alaa Saayed, Frost & Sullivan ICT industry manager. “The company sells professional headsets directly to end users and through a wide network of tier-2 channels, including leading Canadian carriers, large and small headset specialty distributors, and smaller-sized regional interconnects.”

The advent of unified communications, changing working environments, the shift from hardware- to software-based communications, and cloud communications has changed enterprises’ technology needs. SENSUS’s fully certified technical and sales staff is able to advise companies on the types of headsets that best address their specific requirements and working circumstances.

SENSUS also offers outstanding customer service with its staff efficiently supporting customers across their entire sales process, including headset consultation and purchase, product shipping, product implementation, warranties and repair of damaged units.

SENSUS has a large in-house repair facility to quickly turn around warranted replacements rather than direct the customer to the manufacturer. Future service plans include increasing SENSUS Web presence to provide eCommerce capabilities, the introduction of an online return merchandise authorization (RMA) system for warranty and replacement, and the implementation of customized micro-sites for each individual customer.

“Expanding its headset sales across multiple verticals, including government entities, healthcare institutions, energy, and manufacturing, SENSUS is one of the few companies with headset revenues of more than $10 million,” concluded Saayed.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in capturing the highest market share within its industry. The Award recognizes the company’s leadership position within the industry in terms of revenues or units, as specified.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.

The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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July 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

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Ambi Labs Officially Unveils Ambi Climate: The Delightful Air-Conditioner Add-on That Predicts Your Indoor Climate

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Ambi Labs officially announces the launch of Ambi Climate — a delightfully simple add-on upgrade that optimises your home’s air conditioning (“AC”). Ambi Climate simplifies your comfort, taking over the management of your AC to maintain perfect indoor conditions for your home while minimising energy consumption. Ambi Climate uses proprietary machine learning techniques to predict conditions in your home and learns your preferences, local weather patterns and your home’s heating and cooling profile. Ambi Climate is the result of over two years of Asia focused research in user behaviour and air conditioner usage and performance.

Ambi Climate

“Recently, several learning thermostats and AC controllers have appeared on the market,” said Julian Lee, founder and CEO of Ambi Labs, “but most of these predict the schedule of the user, i.e. when they are home and when they are out, and automatically switch on and off the AC to match. Our research shows that this isn’t a challenge inAsia – users typically switch on their ACs when they need them, and do not need help in this regard.”

Over the last two years, Ambi Labs has conducted online surveys across ten key markets in Asia, with over 4,000 respondents. These respondents have clearly indicated their primary AC challenge is in maintaining comfortable conditions, and that they are concerned about the resulting high cost and carbon footprint. Overall, 72% of respondents in the region identified with at least one AC usage issue, such as finding the room too warm, too cool, too dry or too humid at times.

Ambi Labs’ research indicates that these difficulties are largely due to the outdated design of existing AC remotes. Julian commented: “Current remote controls encourage the user to focus on power and temperature buttons, so it is unsurprising that many users engage in inefficient on/off control behaviour – they switch on their ACs when they are hot, and switch them off when it gets too cold. The resulting ‘yo yo-ing’ in temperature, as some of our research participants called it, is both uncomfortable and a waste of energy. They have also complained about needing to adjust their ACs as much as every 30 minutes, and some habitually wake up in the middle of the night to adjust the settings.”

Ambi Climate harnesses machine learning and big data techniques to solve these problems. It is the world’s first system that learns not just your preferences, but also predicts how conditions in your home will change. Ambi Climate’s patent pending algorithms build up a holistic picture of your home, and are able to adjust your AC settings to maximise your comfort, no matter the time of the day, or outdoor weather patterns.

Ambi Climate also provides deep, data-driven insights into the conditions in the user’s home, and the impact of their usage behaviour. “Most people know that closing the blinds during the day will cut down the heat trapped in the home – reducing the cooling required in the evening, yet how many people really do that?” commented Julian. “Ambi Climate gives you insight into these factors, so that you can better understand the impact of your decisions.”

For more details and photos, please visit: http://bit.ly/ambiclimate

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20140711/8521403958

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About Ambi Climate

  • Simplifies your comfort
  • Solves common Asia pain point – the need to frequently adjust the AC
  • Uses proprietary machine learning techniques to predict conditions in your home
  • Gives you more insight into the impact of your AC usage patterns
  • Add-on upgrade, compatible with all remote controlled ACs
  • Smartphone controlled, wifi enabled, talks to your AC in place of your remote control

About Ambi Labs

Ambi Labs is a Hong Kong based startup that is changing how Asian consumers interact with household appliances. Ambi Labs applies its proprietary machine learning and predictive technology to the Asian household, customised for the habits and preferences of consumers in this region.

Press Contact:

Elizabeth Choi
+852-2259-5100
media@ambiclimate.com

Source: Ambi Labs Limited

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July 14, 2014 at 10:52 am

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