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MakerBot Innovation Center Equips University Students with Career Readiness

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-Celebrates the First Innovation Center Installation in Asia Pacific
-Equips Students with Required Skillsets and Enriches Learning Experience

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Stratasys Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, is pleased to announce the first MakerBot Innovation Center in Asia Pacific at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). The center will equip students with required skillsets for future career development in today’s rapidly evolving job market. PolyU is joining a growing number of leading universities across the globe that hosts a MakerBot Innovation Center to empower students to invent and innovate.

 

The establishment of the MakerBot Innovation Center at the University teaching and research facilities in 3D Printing at PolyU signifies a unique opportunity for students, faculty and staff members to create an atmosphere of collaboration and learn about 3D printing, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

MakerBot Innovation Center with 30 MakerBot Replicators(R) in the PolyU teaching and research facilities in 3D printing.
MakerBot Innovation Center with 30 MakerBot Replicators(R) in the PolyU teaching and research facilities in 3D printing.

“By introducing the MakerBot Innovation Center, we strive to integrate digital design and 3D printing in the students’ curriculum, enriching their learning experiences whilst enhancing their career readiness,” said Professor H.C. Man, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of PolyU. “The MakerBot Innovation Center allows broader access to 3D printing and inspires creativity, which is well aligned with the university’s mission.  Students from different faculties and schools are invited to experience the 3D printing journey.”

A MakerBot Innovation Center is a large-scale 3D printing installation designed to empower universities and organizations to innovate faster, collaborate better, and compete more effectively. These Centers are centralized, scalable 3D printing hubs with large clusters of MakerBot 3D Printers that concentrate 3D printing resources and knowledge in one centralized location with easy access to everyone.

As the economy and the job market are changing, we note that 3D printing is becoming a popular tool to teach 21st century skills that employers are looking for, such as STEAM literacy, collaboration, problem-solving and applying knowledge to the real world. 3D printing enables students to tackle real-world problems in clear, tangible ways — at any grade level. With MakerBot, students can master the same technology that is driving the jobs of tomorrow.

“PolyU has always been a pioneer in advocating advanced technologies such as additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing),” said Shiry Saar, General Manager of MakerBot APJ.  “We are excited to see the first MakerBot Innovation Center in Asia at PolyU, offering their students an advantage in the job market after graduation. Reports indicate that learning from trials, working collaboratively across disciplines and managing a product from concept to a physical product are skills that employers are looking for.  We look forward to seeing the new ideas that the access to 3D printing in PolyU inspires.”

About MakerBot

MakerBot believes there’s an innovator in everyone, and sets the standard in reliability and ease of use. As a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, MakerBot offers a set of solutions that illuminate and guide every stage of the 3D printing process, making it easy to go from idea to end result. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has the largest install base in the industry with more than 100,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers sold to date. MakerBot also runs Thingiverse, the largest 3D design community in the world. The company’s industry-leading customers include designers, educators, engineers, and consumers. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.

About Stratasys

For more than 25 years, Stratasys Ltd.(NASDAQ:SSYS) has been a defining force and dominant player in 3D printing and additive manufacturing — shaping the way things are made. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, the company empowers customers across a broad range of vertical markets by enabling new paradigms for design and manufacturing. The company’s solutions provide customers with unmatched design freedom and manufacturing flexibility — reducing time-to-market and lowering development costs, while improving designs and communications. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the Stratasys ecosystem includes 3D printers for prototyping and production; a wide range of 3D printing materials; parts on-demand via Stratasys Direct Manufacturing; strategic consulting and professional services; and the Thingiverse and GrabCAD communities with over 2 million 3D printable files for free designs.  With more than 2,700 employees and 800 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents, Stratasys has received more than 30 technology and leadership awards. Visit us online at: www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com/, and follow us on LinkedIn.

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May 26, 2016 at 5:47 pm

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STRATEGY ANALYTICS: 1 in 8 homes in North America to own an Ultra HD TV by end 2016

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-Falling prices and wider availability of models to drive 72% shipment growth in the region this year

BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, more than 11 million North American homes will own an Ultra HD TV by the end of 2016 as prices drop to increasingly affordable levels and 1080p models start to disappear entirely from large screen product line ups. By 2020, all 40-inch or larger TVs being sold in North America will be Ultra HD models by which stage nearly 1 in 2 homes in the region will own at least one Ultra HD TV.

North American appetite for very large screen TVs has been a key factor in the rapid uptake of Ultra HD TVs across the region. Over 80% of all Ultra HD TV shipments in 2015 were 50-inch or larger displays and although that share is set to fall as the feature filters down into smaller screen size segments, the 50-inch and larger segment will still account for more than 50% of Ultra HD TV demand by 2020.

Although Ultra HD TV ownership levels are highest in North America, China easily leads the way in terms of units shipped with as much as 25% of annual domestic shipments from the likes of Hisense, TCL and Skyworth being Ultra HD in 2015. The Western European UHD TV market also grew strongly in 2015, accelerating beyond 5 million unit shipments as Germany and The UK became the only countries beyond China and the USA to break the one million units per year mark.

Source: Strategy Analytics
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David Watkins, Director of Strategy Analytics’ Connected Home Devices service, noted, “2160p resolution has almost become a given in the large screen TV market and attention is now turning to other attributes that fall under the Ultra HD umbrella such as high dynamic range, wide color gamut and high frame rates. A high proportion of mid to high-end Ultra HD TVs sold this year will support HDR which in combination with higher resolution and enhanced color representation will deliver a significant step change improvement to the TV viewing experience beyond resolution alone.”

Chirag Upadhyay, Connected Home Devices Analyst, added, “The uptake of Ultra HD bears many of the same hallmarks as the early days of “basic” HD in that TV manufacturers have been very quick to seed the market with the necessary displays but there is very little in the way of content in order to take advantage of the full potential of the technology. In the case of Ultra HD, streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon are offering some Ultra HD programming but with less than 10 full time Ultra HD channels operating globally today, most consumers have to make do with generally less than impressive up-converted content.”

The full report, Ultra High Definition TV Displays: Global Market Forecast 2012-2020, is published by Strategy Analytics’ Connected Home Devices (CHD) service, details of which can be found here: http://sa-link.cc/17c

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success.www.StrategyAnalytics.com

Contacts:
David Watkins, +33 153 409952, dwatkins@strategyanalytics.com
Chirag Upadhyay, +44 1908 423 643, cupadhyay@strategyanalytics.com

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May 26, 2016 at 4:35 pm

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45% of global media and entertainment executives plan M&A despite wavering confidence in economy

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— 43% expect the M&A market to improve over the next 12 months
— 84% of executives expect stability or modest growth in the global economy
— None of the executives surveyed project strong growth in the global economy, down from 23% six months ago

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Despite wavering confidence in the economy, 45% of media and entertainment (M&E) executives expect to actively pursue acquisitions in the next 12 months, according to EY’s 14th biannual Media & Entertainment Global Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB). When asked their perspective on the state of the global economy, 84% of executives said they expect stability or modest growth in the next 12 months, with none anticipating strong growth, down from 23% just six months ago.

As companies continue to seek growth opportunities, the deal market remains solid. Sixty-six percent of executives are confident in the number of acquisition opportunities available and 43% expect the M&A market to improve in the year ahead.

John Harrison, EY Global Media & Entertainment Leader, Transaction Advisory Services, says:

“M&E executives recognize that, in the next year, the global economy is going to be unexciting at best, so they are having to look outside their base business for growth. We’re seeing plans for bold organic and inorganic strategic moves — bigger deals in focus, new types of alliances and cross-sector investments, and increasing cross-border acquisitions — to accelerate growth and drive value in a subdued economic environment.”

Companies considering M&A to drive growth are shifting their focus to bigger acquisitions than they did six months ago — 32% of M&E respondents are targeting a deal size above US$250 million, compared to 22% in October. In addition, to support an active M&A program, companies must maintain a robust deal pipeline. The report shows that 76% of executives are evaluating at least two deals today and 45% are evaluating three or more.

M&E executives are also actively looking toward international expansion, with 78% planning to pursue cross-border acquisitions during the next 12 months. The UK and US are the top two investment destinations, followed byFrance, Canada and China.

Distressed asset sales will have a greater influence on M&E transaction activity, with 42% of respondents saying these deals will become more prominent in the next 12 months. Companies are conducting strategic and financial reviews to reposition themselves for success in the current environment, often with a view to selling underperforming assets or, potentially, the entire business.

Digital remains at the core of the M&E strategy and continues to dominate growth plans and the boardroom agenda. Forty-eight percent of executives have seen the impact of digital technology on the business model elevated on the boardroom agenda and 56% expect to make better use of digital, technology and analytics to drive growth.

Harrison says: “Sector convergence, digital disruption and changing customer preferences continue to impact the M&E landscape. New competitors are gaining share, leading to uncertainty about the long-term viability of well-established and profitable M&E business models. In response, M&E companies are pursuing cross-sector targets to acquire new content or distribution capabilities, or both. At the same time, the strategic, operational and financial benefits of increasing scale are motivating an ongoing wave of horizontal consolidation across the sector.”

For a full copy of Media & Entertainment Global Capital Confidence Barometer, visit ey.com/ccb/mediaentertainment.

Notes to Editors

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by EYGM Limited, a member of the global EY organization that also does not provide any services to clients.

About EY’s Global Media & Entertainment Sector

EY’s Global Media & Entertainment Sector brings together a high-performance, worldwide team of media and entertainment professionals with deep technical experience in providing assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services to the industry’s leaders. Our network of professionals collaborate and share knowledge around the world, to deliver exceptional client service and leverage our leading market share position to provide you with actionable information, quickly and reliably.Visit us at ey.com/mediaentertainment and follow us on Twitter @EY_MandE.

About EY’s Global Capital Confidence Barometer

The Global Capital Confidence Barometer gauges corporate confidence in the economic outlook and identifies boardroom trends and practices in the way companies manage their Capital Agendas — EY’s framework for strategically managing capital. The Barometer is a regular survey of senior executives from large companies around the world, from many industries, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). In February 2016 and March 2016, we surveyed more than 1,700 executives in 45 countries. In this survey, we had 75 respondents from media and entertainment companies, of which 57% were CEOs, CFOs and other C-level executives. A full copy of the report is available at ey.com/ccb/mediaentertainment.

Virginia Milazzo
EY Global Media Relations
+1 212 360 9261
virginia.milazzo@ey.com

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May 26, 2016 at 4:32 pm

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Telco Systems’ CloudMetro vCPE Platform Demonstrates Carrier-Grade High Performance and Multi-VNF Service Chaining

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MANSFIELD, Mass. /PRNewswire/ —

Company adds 1GE virtualization platform supporting rich pre-integrated VNF library

Telco Systems, the leading provider of innovative CE 2.0, MPLS, IP and SDN & NFV solutions, today announced that the company has released CloudMetro 10, a new 1GE virtualization platform, for carrier-grade performance achieved by a unique acceleration technology and has recently completed a series of commercial trials with Tier 1 service providers around the world.

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CloudMetro 10 is a new member of Telco Systems’ innovative Open Metro Edge (OME) solution portfolio of metro edge solutions, designed to help telcos and other communications service providers transition their networks to SDN and NFV infrastructure. The OME portfolio includes CloudMetro vCPE 1GE to 10GE family of virtualization platforms, EdgeGenie Orchestrator for management and orchestration, and TelcoApps library of pre-configured packages of virtualized network functions. CloudMetro 10 supports hardware acceleration and pre-integrated VNF applications enabling carrier-grade performance with multi-service chaining.

Telco Systems has also expanded its library of VNF applications. These VNF applications are used by service providers to deliver NFV-enabled IT management and security services to their enterprise customers. Telco Systems already offers VNF applications for security, routing, SD-WAN and WAN-optimization services from leading vendors, including Check Point, Audio Codes, Palo Alto and Netrounds, and has recently successfully tested additional VNF applications with Cisco, Brocade, Juniper, Silver Peak, Riverbed and Fortinet.

“We are proud of the progress and achievements we have made with our CloudMetro platforms and OME solution,” commented Raanan Tzemach, Vice President of Product and Marketing at Telco Systems. “We are positioning our customers to take full advantage of the benefits of SDN and NFV and efficiently offer a new set of virtualized services with flexible business models based on our VNF-packages.”

Telco Systems recently completed a series of high profile proof-of-concept (PoC) trials of its OME solution at a number of Tier 1 service providers in the United States, Europe and Asia. During these PoCs, Telco Systems proved that the CloudMetro platform and its library of VNF applications support the high performance, carrier-grade multiple service chaining requirements of Tier 1 service providers.

Telco Systems will be exhibiting its OME portfolio at the Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas at Booth #200 during May 24-25 and at CommunicAsia 2016 in Singapore at Booth #6 in the Israeli Pavilion during May 31 to June 3.

About Telco Systems

Telco Systems delivers an industry-leading portfolio of Carrier Ethernet and MPLS-based demarcation, aggregation and edge solutions, enabling service providers to create intelligent, service-assured, CE 2.0-compliant networks for mobile backhaul, business services and cloud networking. Telco Systems’ end-to-end Ethernet, SDN/NFV-ready product portfolio delivers significant advantages to service providers, utilities and city carriers competing in a rapidly evolving telecommunications market. Telco Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of BATM Advanced Communications (LSE: BVC).

To learn more, visit Telco Systems at http://www.telco.com or follow Telco Systems on Twitter, LinkedIn andFacebook.

Press Contact
Talia Rimon
Marketing Communications Manager
Telco Systems
+972-4-909-6434
talia@telco.com

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May 26, 2016 at 4:04 pm

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Pet-owners Dominate in Latin America, Russia and USA

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NUREMBERG, Germany /PRNewswire/ —

  • Over half of people internationally have at least one pet
  • Argentina, Mexico and Brazil have highest percentage of pet-owners, followed by Russia and USA
  • Asians are least likely to own a pet

Over half (56 percent) of people internationally have at least one pet living with them, with dogs provingmost popular in Latin America, while Russian and French pet-owners prefer cats. This is according to an online survey of over 27,000 people across 22 countries, conducted by GfK.

Across all countries surveyed, pet ownership is highest in Latin America, with 80 percent of the online population in both Argentina and Mexico owning a pet, together with three quarters (75 percent) in Brazil. The next biggest pet countries are Russia, where just under three-quarters (73 percent) own a pet, and the USA, standing at 70 percent.

Asian countries appear to have the smallest percentage of their online population who own pets. In South Korea, just 31 percent report having any pet living with them, followed by Hong Kong at 35 percent and Japan at 37 percent.

Pushan Tagore, vice president of pet care research at GfK, comments, “Although the Asian countries come lower in this list, these countries comprise a significant and growing share of the global pet market. This is due to the overall size and growth rate of their human population.

“Looking at data from our full range of pet care research, the key markets to watch over the next 12 months areChina, India and LATAM. In these markets, rising disposable income is moving consumers away from table scraps and home cooked food for dogs and cats and towards prepared pet food. This is being driven by the convenience factor, as well as rising awareness of the need to feed their pets with the appropriate nutrition.”

Women beat men for pet dog or cat; men beat women for pet fish

Women are slightly ahead of men for the percentage who have a pet dog or cat living with them (34 percent of women versus 32 percent of men have a dog, and 25 percent of women versus 22 percent of men have a cat). However, men are more likely than women to have pet fish (14 percent versus 11 percent).

Mexicans prefer dogs, Russians prefer cats

A third of the online population across all 22 countries reports having a dog, compared to just under a quarter (23 percent) who have a cat. Only 12 percent overall keep pet fish and six percent have a pet bird.

Dogs are the most popular pet in Argentina, where two-thirds (66 percent) of the online population are dog-owners, compared to one third (32 percent) who have a cat. Mexico comes next, with just under two-thirds (64 percent) having a dog living with them, and Brazil, where the figure is 58 percent.

Cats, on the other hand, are most popular in Russia. Here, well over half (57 percent) have a cat living with them, compared to less than a third (29 percent) who keep a dog. The next biggest country for cat-owners is France, where four out of ten (41 percent) people keep a cat, followed by the USA, at 39 percent. However, in the USA, dog-owners still outnumber the cat-owners, as half (50 percent) of online Americans have a dog living with them.

Pet fish are most popular in China, pet birds in Turkey

Keeping fish as pets is most popular in China, compared to the other countries surveyed, standing at 17 percent of the online population. This is very closely followed by Turkey (16 percent) and Belgium (15 percent).

Bird-owners, on the other hand, are most prevalent in Turkey, where one in five (20 percent) keep a pet bird. The next closest countries are Spain and Brazil, at 11 percent each – giving Turkey a considerable lead in terms of the number of bird-lovers.

View the full findings for each of the 22 countries at http://www.gfk.com/global-studies/global-study-overview/

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May 26, 2016 at 3:54 pm

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Saxo Bank Announces Landmark Partnership with Lufax

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark /PRNewswire/ —

Saxo gathers momentum in Greater China with second partnership of the year.

Saxo Bank, the online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, has today announced a new white label partnership with Lufax, China’s largest internet finance company.

The partnership, expected to launch within the next three months, will see Lufax leverage the trading technology that underpins the award-winning SaxoTraderGO – providing Lufax’s considerable client base with a seamless experience across mobile and desktop platforms, including complete functionality across the trade cycle – from pre-trade, execution and post-trade services for ETFs and cash stocks initially.

Overseas clients from Lufax will benefit directly from Saxo’s multi-asset capabilities – through access to global capital markets from one single account incorporating data from both on and offshore products.

Adam Reynolds, CEO Saxo Bank Asia Pacific, said: “Lufax is a milestone company to commit to providing its clients with a best-in-class trading experience through a white label partnership with Saxo Bank. Our second Chinese partnership in a matter of weeks is multi-faceted; highlighting not only our commitment to the empowerment of the region’s investors and position as an enabler of financial market activity in one of the world’s largest markets, but also the strength of our platform and OpenAPI technology – both of which we believe to be integral to the future of trading globally.”

Gregory Gibb, CEO of Lufax added: “We are delighted to be able to offer an alternative channel of this calibre to our trading community. Saxo Bank is at the forefront of online trading and its expertise will strengthen our ambition to beChina’s leading online wealth management provider.”

Today’s news follows the signing of a tri-party agreement between Saxo Bank, Wallstreet CN and LeanWork last month following Saxo’s launch in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone in September 2015.

Saxo Bank is one of the first financial institutions to give access to its trading infrastructure through the bank’s OpenAPI. The move, which covers Saxo’s multi-asset trading and back office infrastructure, will allow its partners, clients and external developers to access over 20 years of trading infrastructure innovation and enable them to customise their trading experience and create new revenue streams.

White label partnerships remain a fundamental part of Saxo Bank’s business, providing banks with a reliable, sophisticated and cost-efficient way to replace outdated trading technology.

Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange, Lufax, is an online marketplace for the origination and trading of financial assets. Lufax was incorporated in Shanghai with the support of Shanghai’s Municipal Government, and has grown into China’s largest internet finance company in less than four years. As of April this year, Lufax’s number of registered users stood at over 21 million, a quarter of which are active investors.

About Saxo Bank

The Saxo Bank Group (Saxo) is an online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, offering a complete set of trading and investment technologies, tools and strategies.

A fully licensed and regulated bank, Saxo enables private and institutional clients to easily trade multiple assets from a single margin account on multiple devices seamlessly.

Saxo’s award winning trading technology platforms are available in more than 20 languages and form the technology backbone of more than 100 financial institutions worldwide.

Saxo also offers traditional banking services through Saxo Privatbank in select markets.

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Copenhagen, Saxo employs 1500 people in 25 offices across the five continents.

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May 26, 2016 at 3:47 pm

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WHO Censorship Tactics Should be Exposed at World Health Assembly

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GENEVA /PRNewswire/ —

As the Annual Summit Takes Place This Week, Global Leaders Have an Opportunity to Scrutinize WHOs definition of transparency and accountability

Health Ministers from 194 countries will gather this week in Geneva to set the direction for future health policy around the world. JTI – Japan Tobacco International – is calling for the Assembly to urgently address an alarming transparency and accountability crisis at the heart of the World Health Organization (WHO) during discussions on the agency’s reform.

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In a recent report, the WHO states that “…significant progress has been made towards meeting the objectives of being a more effective, efficient, transparent and accountable organization.”[1] This contradicts censorship practices that are increasingly being witnessed at WHO meetings.

At the last Conference of the Parties (COP6) of the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2014, members of the public and journalists were unjustifiably ejected from the public gallery, leaving them unable to observe and report on plenary sessions that are meant to be transparent. The alarming tactic of conducting proceedings behind closed doors has prompted concerns – notably by the media – that health lobbyists and non-elected parties are wielding undue influence over treaty negotiations.

These exclusion tactics go against basic transparency and accountability rules – and are in sharp contrast to other UN meetings. At the Sustainable Innovation Forum (COP21) on climate change in Paris earlier this year, some 3000 journalists were accredited, while political and business leaders from around the world actively participated in debates. Proceedings were open to the public and live-streamed on the internet. Businesses sponsored the event.

Michiel Reerink, Global Regulatory Strategy Vice-President at JTI, stated: “Nobody would argue against the need for tobacco to be appropriately regulated, but there is a right way and a wrong way of achieving that. Excluding the public and the media from debates amounts to censorship, and is unacceptable from a publicly-funded organization. This begs the question: what does the WHO have to hide?”

JTI, a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies, is a leading international tobacco manufacturer. It markets world-renowned brands such as Winston, Camel, Mevius and LD. Other global brands include Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Sobranie and Glamour. With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and about 26,000 employees worldwide, JTI has operations in more than 120 countries. Its core revenue in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, was USD 10.3 billion. For more information, visit http://www.jti.com.

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1. Overview of reform implementation, World Health Organization, Report by the Director General, Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly, Provisional agenda item 11.1, March 11, 2016, p.1.

Source: JTI (Japan Tobacco International)
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May 26, 2016 at 3:38 pm

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First Global Sustainability Report Details Progress of Ambitious Corporate Initiative

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DUSSELDORF, Germany and BRUSSELS /PRNewswire/ — C&A today announces the publication of its first Global Sustainability Report. The launch of the Report details C&A’s 2015 progress toward the 2020 goals, launched last year. The 2020 goals marked an ambitious new global sustainability commitment and strategic framework for C&A.

As Jeffrey Hogue, C&A’s Global Chief Sustainability Officer puts it, “In 2015, we focused on building strong governance and accountability to support our new sustainability strategy. Building sustainability into our business management system has been crucial to supporting our aspiration to create fashion with a positive impact.”

The Report is a key component in a comprehensive new framework of corporate responsibility, with goals and KPIs focusing on sustainable Products, Supply and Lives, where transparency, circular economy and gender serve as strategic lenses.

As detailed in the report, C&A made appreciable gains in sustainability in 2015. Highlights include:

  • Named once again the worlds largest user of organic cotton by the Textile Exchange, and increased the volume of more sustainable cotton used to 40%.
  • Achieved 90% of our shipped volume from our highest rated suppliers.
  • Launched a new code of conduct and audit process, supported by the disclosure of tier-1 and selected tier-2 factories in Asia and Europe.
  • Committed to using 100% Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certified down in 2016.
  • Conducted first complete measurements of C&A’s global carbon and water footprints, created a new Sustainable Chemicals Management team and strategy, and completed independent chemicals management audits at 52 key fabric mills.
  • Played a leading role in establishing Action Collaboration and Transformation (ACT), a global initiative uniting stakeholders to address the issue of living wages in the textile and garment industry.
  • Became a signatory to the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, championing universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption through transparent reporting.
  • Engaged over 23,000 of our employees in our first sustainability employee engagement campaign, Inspiring Women.

In line with C&A’s drive for sustainability, the Global Sustainability Report will only be available online, on C&A’s new website http://www.c-a.com/sustainabilityreport2015, in both English and Portuguese. A shorter, summary version will also be available (pdf and printed), in English and Portuguese, as well as in Mandarin, Spanish and German.

Learn more in C&A’s first Global Sustainability Report on http://www.c-a.com/sustainabilityreport2015.

About C&A

C&A is a leading fashion-retail business, with more than 60,000 employees and around 2,000 stores in 23 countries worldwide – as well as a growing online presence. Welcoming more than 2.5 million visitors each day, C&A offers affordable fashion for the entire family. Dedicated to consistently delivering quality to our customers, C&A has been at the forefront of consumer-oriented innovation since 1841.

For more information, see http://www.c-a.com

PRESS CONTACT:

Thorsten Rolfes
Head of Corporate Communications C&A Europe
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fax: +49-(0)211-9872-4466
email: thorsten.rolfes@canda.com

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May 26, 2016 at 3:32 pm

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OrbusNeich Expands Portfolio to Treat Peripheral Disease

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-The innovator of COMBO™, the world’s first dual therapy stent, introduces catheters for lower limb and AV fistula intervention

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — OrbusNeich, a global company specializing in the provision of life-changing vascular solutions, has expanded its portfolio to include products to treat peripheral artery disease. The JADE™ and Scoreflex™ PTA balloons are the company’s first entry devices for lower limb and arteriovenous (AV) fistula intervention.

An estimated 202 million* people worldwide are living with peripheral artery disease, a serious condition that can lead to amputations. This represents a large and growing patient population, resulting in a greater need for innovative endovascular devices.

Below-the-Knee (BTK)

OrbusNeich’s BTK portfolio includes the JADE non-compliant balloon, featuring a hybrid rapid-exchange/over-the-wire design for additional push and deliverability. This will be complemented with the Scoreflex PTA device, a dual wire balloon designed for focused force angioplasty which enables lesion optimization at lower pressures. Both devices will be 0.014″ compatible and available in 150 cm working lengths.

Superficial Femoral Artery (SFA)

Furthermore, OrbusNeich introduces an 0.018″ Scoreflex PTA balloon for Superficial Femoral Artery treatment, available in 90 cm working lengths. This focused force angioplasty device has been designed to allow for balloon stability at larger diameters needed for treating the SFA.

Arteriovenous Fistula

In addition to their lower limb intervention solutions, OrbusNeich will be offering a 40 cm working length Scoreflex PTA balloon for the treatment of patients on long-term dialysis with chronic restenosis of their AV fistula.  The focused force angioplasty technology is ideal in these resistant lesions where balloon stability and resolution of the stenosis at a lower pressure can be beneficial.

“Broadening our offering to include peripheral products is a natural progression for OrbusNeich,” said B Wayne Johnson, President and Chief Operating Officer, OrbusNeich. “We have a strong reputation in designing balloons for treating highly complex coronary lesions and now we bring this technology to our dedicated peripheral devices to help physicians treat the difficult patient scenarios in endovascular disease. We believe our devices have the potential to make a real impact in patients who are living with peripheral artery disease”.

OrbusNeich is a leader in coronary artery disease treatment with the innovative COMBO Dual Therapy Stent, the first dual therapy stent to accelerate endothelial coverage and control neo-intimal proliferation through the combination of the proven Pro-Healing Technology with an abluminal sirolimus drug elution delivered from a bioresorbable polymer that is completely dissipated within 90 days.

About OrbusNeich Pioneers in life-changing technologies

OrbusNeich is a global pioneer in the provision of life-changing vascular solutions and offers an extensive portfolio of products that set industry benchmarks in vascular intervention. Current products are the world’s first dual therapy stent, the COMBO Dual Therapy Stent, and the world’s first pro-healing stent, the Genous™ Stent. Other products include stents and balloons marketed under the names of Azule™, Scoreflex™, Sapphire™ II, Sapphire™ II PRO and Sapphire™ II NC. OrbusNeich is headquartered in Hong Kong and has operations in Shenzhen, China; Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.; Hoevelaken, The Netherlands; and Tokyo, Japan. OrbusNeich supplies medical devices to physicians in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit http://www.OrbusNeich.com.

* http://www.medpagetoday.com , Peripheral Artery Disease, 08.02.2013

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Leading Alcohol Producers Contribute to UN Global Goals of Halving Road Traffic Deaths by 2020

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WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ — The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD) today has released The Drink Driving Initiative 2015 Summary Reports, highlighting the progress of the leading global beer, wine and spirits producers’ collective commitment on reducing drink driving. This report builds on their long-standing efforts to reduce harmful drinking through the Beer, Wine and Spirits Producers’ Commitments. In recognition of the serious effects that the harmful use of alcohol can have, these producers wish to demonstrate their support of international efforts to improve health and social outcomes for individuals, families and communities through their Commitments.

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These reports outline the achievements over the last six years. A series of successful pilot programs were launched aimed at reducing drink driving in China, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and Vietnam. IARD, as Secretariat to the Commitments, has begun transitioning these into locally funded programs and, in 2015, expanded its efforts with local stakeholders to reduce alcohol-related road traffic crashes in four new countries: Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Namibia, and South Africa. Demonstrating the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships in creating effective programs, these initiatives reflect the results of work undertaken in partnership with local government, police, NGOs, and other stakeholders to ensure both efficiency and longevity.

Carlos Brito, CEO of AB InBev and Chair of the CEOs said, We are reporting not only about stronger awareness but also targeted reductions in drink driving in countries where drink driving programs are well established. In the initiatives outlined in this report, IARD and our partners focus on capacity-building and country ownership in order to ensure that these programs are sustainable over time.

The success of these programs reflect the Commitments’ goal to reduce drink driving, and contribute to ambitious targets set by the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, to decrease road traffic deaths and injuries by half by 2020. Country program highlights include:

  • In Cambodia, a 23% decrease in drink-driving related crashes during the Water Festival.
  • In China, IARD now operates in 13 cities, and October 2015 marked China’s first National Responsible Drinking Day.
  • In Namibia, establishing a DUI program to raise awareness, culminating in the revision of the law to allow for breath testing in December 2015.
  • In South Africa, the Young Free Education (YFE) program at Rhodes University launched the first Students’ Rights and Responsibilities Charter in October 2015.

Working to change behaviors, IARD and its member companies understand that awareness alone may be insufficient and therefore support an evidence-based approach to preventing drink driving that includes establishing a maximum BAC limit, strengthening enforcement, implementing graduated licensing and zero tolerance policies, and supporting counselling, license suspension, and interlock devices.

The UN General Assembly has proclaimed the period 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety, with a goal to stabilize and reduce the forecast level of road traffic crash fatalities around the world.

“UN Sustainable Development Goal 3.6 has set a very ambitious target,” explains Ann Keeling, CEO of IARD. “The drink driving programs that form part of the Producers’ Commitments are examples of how the beverage alcohol industry is tackling this specific health challenge. The achievement of the SDGs will require multi-stakeholder partnerships with civil society, academia, and the private sector supporting governments to reduce death and disability through better road safety.”

For more information, and to read the full report, please visit:  http://www.producerscommitments.org/

About the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD)

IARD is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to addressing the global public health issue of harmful drinking and promoting responsible drinking. IARD supports implementation of the WHO Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol and the constructive role Member States have identified for producers including the global target set by the worlds governments of at least 10% relative reduction in the harmful use of alcohol by 2025.

The 12 signatories of the Commitments are:  Anheuser-Busch InBev; Asahi Group Holdings; Bacardi; Beam Suntory; Brown-Forman Corporation; Carlsberg; Diageo; Heineken; Kirin Holdings Company; Molson Coors; Pernod Ricard; and SABMiller.

For more information please contact:
media@iard.org
+1-202-556-6970 (Washington, D.C.)
+32-471-611-373 (Brussels, Belgium)

Source: International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD)

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May 26, 2016 at 2:59 pm

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