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Academy Award-Nominated Film LION to Be Honored at International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children’s 2017 Gala for Child Protection

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-Harvey Weinstein to Accept Award Thursday, May 4
-NBC News Anchor Kate Snow to Emcee

ALEXANDRIA, Va./PRNewswire/ — The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a non-profit organization that advocates, trains and collaborates with global partners to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction, will host the 2017 Gala for Child Protection: Because All Children Deserve a Safe Childhood on Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m. at Gotham Hall in New York City. The third annual gala will honor the 2017 Academy Award-nominated film LION in recognition of its critical role in raising the global community’s awareness of the issue of missing children. Celebrated movie producer Harvey Weinstein, the co-founder of The Weinstein Company which released LION, will accept the 2017 Champion for Children award in honor of the film. ICMEC also will honor Facebook with its 2017 Global Impact for Child Protection award for their longtime support of ICMEC’s global programs and introducing child alert systems. NBC News and MSNBC anchor Kate Snow will serve as the evening’s emcee.

Facebook's Emily Vacher, LION screenwriter Luke Davies, ICMEC CEO & President Maura Harty at LION private screening in New York City on January 30, 2017. Photo credit: Marni Lane
Facebook’s Emily Vacher, LION screenwriter Luke Davies, ICMEC CEO & President Maura Harty at LION private screening in New York City on January 30, 2017. Photo credit: Marni Lane

LION, starring Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman and Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel, is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley. At the age of five, Brierley was separated from his brother in a train station and ultimately was forced to survive on the streets of Calcutta before being adopted by an Australian family. Later, as a grown man, played by Patel, he used Google Earth to reunite with his biological family in India. LION is considered a leading contender for the 2017 Best Picture Oscar, and actors Patel and Kidman have both received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominations this year. In addition, Australian screenwriter Luke Davies was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. In citing the work, Ambassador Maura Harty, ICMEC President and CEO, said: “The compelling film not only tells Saroo Brierley’s story, but it also captures the tragic pain and loss suffered by missing children and their families anywhere in the world. We are grateful that Harvey Weinstein and LION unsparingly, but eloquently, helps raise awareness of this critical issue.”

Facebook has long been an active and engaged partner, supporting ICMEC’s global training programs, and recently introducing emergency child alert response systems to help locate children around the world. “Facebook could not be more proud of our longtime partnership with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children,” says Emily Vacher, Facebook’s Director of Trust and Safety. “Two years ago, in partnership with ICMEC, we were excited to announce that we would begin distributing missing child alerts on Facebook in several countries around the globe – empowering the Facebook community to aid in reuniting missing children with their families. We look forward to many more years of collaborative efforts to help reunite families and protect children around the world.”

Proceeds from this fundraising gala will be directly invested in The Global Impact Fund. For ticket information, please visit the event website at

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children is a private 501(c)(3) non-governmental, nonprofit organization. For more than 16 years, ICMEC has been a leader in identifying gaps in the global community’s ability to protect children from abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation, and expertly assembling the people, resources and tools needed to fill those gaps. ICMEC focuses on programs that have an impact on addressing the issues surrounding missing children, child abduction, child sexual abuse and exploitation.

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March 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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TwentyEighty Strategy Execution Releases Top 10 Trends for 2017

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-Project management discipline evolving beyond traditional borders and methodologies; emergence of adaptive execution gives rise to new meta-practice

ARLINGTON, Va. /PRNewswire/ — TwentyEighty Strategy Execution, a leading global training company, has released its Top 10 Strategy Execution Trends for 2017. As organisations become leaner and flatter, the discipline of project management has evolved to keep pace. Whether by adopting methods from other practices or identifying and communicating value within the organisation, project managers are becoming more important implementers of company strategy and are being recognised as essential parts of every business.

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To download a free copy of the 2017 trends, visit

“As organisational structure changes, collaboration and strategic thinking are happening from the bottom-up, and smart organisations are recognising the need for skill sets beyond traditional project management to be successful,” said Tim Wasserman, Chief Learning Officer, TwentyEighty Strategy Execution. “This blurring and blending of disciplines into the meta-practice of adaptive execution forces transparency, cross-functional teamwork, and innovation, all of which helps companies get work done.”

TwentyEighty Strategy Execution put together a panel of experts to identify the top 10 project-based work trends for 2017, which further explore the transformation of traditional project management and highlight the emergence of the combined meta-practice of project management, business analysis, and strategy execution.

Adaptive Execution: The Birth of One Meta-Practice
Organisations are less concerned about adhering to single methodologies like Agile or Waterfall, and are instead creating a blend that works for their culture and their strategy.

Digitalisation – A New Project Management Tribe
The adoption of mobile, cloud and data technology is changing how companies run projects and get work done. Leaders need the skills to take charge when technology increasingly drives the business.

Change Managers are Essential for Innovation
Change managers are no longer being sidestepped as organisations recognise that change needs formal handling. The change managers of today are laying the foundation for the progress of tomorrow.

The BA and PM Partnership Strengthens
As adaptive strategy execution continues to evolve, the relationship between business analysis and project management will mature into a strong partnership that combines best practices from each of the two disciplines to more effectively achieve organisational alignment.

Renewed Focus on Benefits Management
This year there will be a renewed focus on benefits management as it reinvents itself as a simpler process that is not just reserved for business analysts.

Project Management is for Everyone
Project management used to be a niche profession reserved for a small group of practitioners in distinct industries. As more organisations realise that their strategies are executed through a series of projects, more professionals are seeing the value of acquiring PM skills.

Value is the Buzzword
This year, project practitioners will have renewed focus on identifying and communicating the value – or return on investment – they bring to their organisation.

Accountability Through Coaching
Formal coaching relationships are emerging within project management, as less experienced project managers gain direction and support from more tenured project professionals. Senior project managers are taking time out between project deliveries to dedicate time to a formal leadership and coaching role for more junior members of the organisation.

Co-Location, Distributed Work and the Rise of Collaboration
Organisations are still trying to find the balance between project teams conveniently co-located and those working virtually in global project teams. With team collaboration cited as a must have for successful projects, organisations will spend more time focusing on how to bring teams closer together through web and physical space use.

Agile is not just for IT
Across industries beyond IT, an active migration toward an Agile mindset means that project workers are learning to adjust while projects are in mid-flight, instead of planning the course ahead of time and sticking to the original route.

“Organisations have taken notice that they need to be skilled on a variety of approaches to project-based work,” said Wasserman. “While having expertise in different areas is necessary, having a strategic perspective is the bridge or missing piece of the puzzle that unifies everything that we do.”

To read the full copy of the 2017 trends, click here.

About TwentyEighty Strategy Execution
TwentyEighty Strategy Execution, a TwentyEighty Inc. company that combined industry leaders ESI International and IPS Learning, delivers performance education that closes the strategy execution gap by strengthening people’s strategic and project execution capabilities to drive higher performance. Through our robust and deep curriculum taught by instructors with real world experience, TwentyEighty Strategy Execution helps organisations reach their strategic goals through improving the execution of project-based work. Learn more today at

Source: TwentyEighty Strategy Execution

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March 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm

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PENSOLE World Sneaker Championship Design To Launch Exclusively At Select Foot Locker Stores Globally

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, in collaboration with PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy, today unveiled the winning sneaker design for the 2016 PENSOLE World Sneaker Championship Powered by Foot Locker. The shoe will be sold in limited quantity at select Foot Locker stores around the globe on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

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The winning sneaker from the 2016 competition, designed by Maxwell Lund of Morton, Minn., was selected via public bracket-style voting from the top 64 finalists around the globe. After the consumer voting period closed with two finalists, a panel of industry judges selected the final design.

Lund’s design was handcrafted in Portugal by Portugal Footwear and features a FE (For Ever) molded EVA outsole, three different grades of fine Portugal leather, lasered signature of the winning designer on top of the pull tab, World Sneaker Championship logo on the heel and metal lace tips. Each shoe is individually numbered on the back of the tongue and comes in a box with straps so it converts into a backpack.

“The World Sneaker Championship changed everything for me,” said Lund, WSC winning designer. “Before the tournament, footwear design was nothing more than a dream of mine. This tournament has made me believe in myself.”

Lund’s World Sneaker Championship winning design will be unveiled at the World Sneaker Championship Experience (WSCX) at NYC33 in New York City tonight. The one-of-a-kind PENSOLE shoe will be sold at Foot Locker stores in New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., Toronto, Sydney, London, Paris, Milan, Madrid and on and – with only 300 pairs retailing worldwide for $180 (USD). For release procedures and store locations, visit Foot Locker’s Launch Locator.

“We’re excited to partner with PENSOLE to bring World Sneaker Championship to the next level by selling the winning sneaker at Foot Locker,” said Stacy Cunningham, vice president of marketing for Foot Locker. “PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy continues to inspire the next generation of sneaker designers and we’re thrilled to have some of the industry’s most innovative sneakers available exclusively at Foot Locker.”

Foot Locker will continue its WSC partnership with PENSOLE for 2017. This year’s top 64 finalists will be announced this Saturday, following the retail launch of the 2016 winning design, via Foot Locker Facebook Live stream at 6 p.m. ET. For more information and to vote on the 2017 WSC competition, visit:

“World Sneaker Championship has continued to grow, and partnering with Foot Locker has only amplified that,” said D’Wayne Edwards, founder of PENSOLE Design Academy. “With more than 5,700 registrants from over 57 different countries and 300,000 voting public in 2016, I can only imagine what’s in store for this year’s competition. The reach of sneaker culture around the globe is really amazing to see.”

About Foot Locker

Foot Locker is part of Foot Locker, Inc., a specialty athletic retailer that operates 3,363 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.  Through its Foot Locker, Footaction, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, SIX:02, Runners Point, and Sidestep retail stores, as well as its direct-to-customer channels, including, and, the Company is a leading provider of athletic footwear and apparel.

Additional information may be found at | Instagram: @footlocker | Twitter: @footlocker #WSCX #Approved | YouTube: | Blog: | Facebook:  | App: iOS and  Android


PENSOLE’s “learn by doing” curriculum teaches students the entire footwear design process: inspiration, concept-development, design process, problem solving, materials, business, networking, marketing, and branding. PENSOLE features the most sought after faculty in the footwear world, comprised of both young professional designers and established footwear design leaders from the top brands, with more than 100 years combined experience to guide students in their professional development.

D’Wayne Edwards, a celebrated member of the global footwear community for the last 26 years, founded PENSOLE to give talented young design students—regardless of socioeconomic background—an opportunity to learn from the industry’s best, without financial barriers, and to provide the industry with a farm system for the next generation of footwear designers.

Since the first PENSOLE class in 2010, more than 185 Academy graduates have been placed professionally, full-time or as interns, for footwear companies worldwide, including Columbia Sportswear, The North Face, Timberland, Converse, New Balance, Cole Haan, Under Armour, Keen, Stride Rite, adidas, JORDAN, Kenneth Cole, ECCO, Reebok and Nike.

Source: Foot Locker, Inc.

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March 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

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Trump’s Impact on Future Business in the United States

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Complimentary Frost & Sullivan analyst briefing will discuss how stimulus spending and increasing avenues of choice will spur short-term economic growth

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California /PRNewswire/ —


Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM EST


Online, complimentary registration available at:


Frost & Sullivan Visionary Innovation Group Senior Consultant Jillian Walker

Donald Trump’s ascendancy to President of the United States promises to bring big change. Controversial campaign rhetoric targeting topics as diverse as trade, the environment, and healthcare coupled with Trump’s long list of unconventional government appointees has created an environment of uncertainty. Citizens, businesses, and governments around the world are trying to separate the hyperbolic from the probable and asking what policies Trump will actually pursue. The briefing will help provide clarity on how Trump’s policies will impact future business in the United States.

Attend this webinar to:

  • Explore how Trump’s influence in 10 policy areas will impact business in the United States through 2020
  • Learn about the five Mega Scenarios Visionary Innovation has developed to provide insights into how the United States will adapt under a Trump Administration
  • Discover how Frost & Sullivan’s new Populism Pendulum custom workshops can help your company prepare for changes to come

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“Trump’s proposed infrastructure and defense spending will post significant opportunities for upgrades in smart and secure technologies, preparing the way for next-generation travel, transport, broadband and utility deliveries,” said Frost & Sullivan Visionary Innovation Group Senior Consultant Jillian Walker. “Some of the greatest challenges companies will experience include adjusting to a more US-centric administration. Trade, investments, labor — these issues will be heavily debated under Trump, causing businesses to reconsider their supply chains and long-term investment strategies. All of this will be complicated by social media and Trump’s use of the bully pulpit to take specific companies to task.”


  • To attend the briefing, you can register by visiting:
  • For further information email your full name, job title, company name, company telephone number, company email address and website, city, state and country.
  • Receive a recorded version of the briefing anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.

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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Frost & Sullivan

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March 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm

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Schwab Reduces Trade Commissions to $4.95 and Lowers Per Contract Options Fee to $0.65

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Charles Schwab, Hong Kong, Ltd. today announced it will further reduce its standard online equity trade commissions from $6.95 to $4.95[1]  and lower options pricing to $4.95 plus $0.65 per contract effective March 3, 2017 (U.S. Time).

“We never want commission costs to be a barrier for investors deciding which firm can best serve their needs,” said Schwab President and Chief Executive Officer Walt Bettinger. “In addition to low commissions, combined with our unique Satisfaction Guarantee[2] and outstanding client service, we believe that Schwab is clearly the best place for investors looking for value and service.”

Mr. Bettinger continued, “Our vision at founding was to be a champion for all investors, and that conviction is still at the heart of everything we do. We operate efficiently, and consistent with our strategy, we are committed to sharing the benefits of our scale with clients, who’ve entrusted us with their hard-earned dollars.”

Michael Fong, Managing Director, Charles Schwab Hong Kong, added, “At Schwab Hong Kong, we are dedicated to delivering value and offering clients outstanding experiences. We continue to focus on improving the investment environment for individual investors by providing them with the unique combination of Satisfaction Guarantee and low trading cost, while they look to diversify their investment outside of their home market.”

About Charles Schwab Hong Kong

Charles Schwab, Hong Kong, Ltd., is a subsidiary of Charles Schwab Corporation and is registered with the Securities & Futures Commission (“SFC”) to carry out the regulated activities in dealing in securities and advising on securities under CE number ADV256. The company currently provides services via its Hong Kong office, its telephone system (+852 2101-0511) and web site (

About Charles Schwab Corporation

The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) is a leading provider of financial services, with more than 335 offices and 10.2 million active brokerage accounts, 1.5 million corporate retirement plan participants, 1.1 million banking accounts, and US$2.78 trillion in client assets as of December 31, 2016. Through its operating subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management, custody, and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. More information is available at and



Restrictions apply: The $4.95 commission does not apply to foreign stock transactions, large block transactions requiring special handling, or restricted stock transactions. Foreign ordinary shares that trade online in the U.S. over-the-counter (OTC) market and do not settle in the U.S. will have a $50 foreign transaction fee added to the cost of the transaction. All broker-assisted and automated phone trades are subject to service charges. See the Charles Schwab Pricing Guide for Individual Investors for full fee and commission schedules. Employee equity compensation transactions are subject to separate commission schedules. Multiple-leg options strategies will involve multiple commissions.

Options carry a high level of risk and are not suitable for all investors. Certain requirements must be met to trade options through Schwab. Please read the options disclosure document titled “Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options” and “Risk Disclosure Statement for Derivative Products.” Supporting documentation for any claims or statistical information is available upon request. Call Schwab at +852 2101 0511 for a current copy. Supporting documentation for any claims or statistical information is available upon request.


If you are not completely satisfied for any reason, at your request Charles Schwab, Hong Kong, Ltd., as applicable, will refund any eligible fee related to your concern within the timeframes described below. Two kinds of “Fees” are eligible for this guarantee: (1) asset-based “Program Fees” for the Schwab Private Client (“SPC”) and (2) commissions and fees listed in the Charles Schwab Pricing Guide for Individual Investors (“Account Fees”). Program Fee refund requests must be received no later than the next calendar quarter after the Fee was charged. Account Fee refund requests must be received within one year of the date that the Fee was charged.

The guarantee is only available to current clients. Refunds will only be applied to the account charged and will be credited within approximately four weeks of a valid request. No other charges or expenses, and no market losses will be refunded. Other restrictions may apply. Schwab reserves the right to change or terminate the guarantee at any time.

Investors should consider carefully information contained in the prospectus, or if available, the summary prospectus, including investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Please read it carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk including loss of principal.

Broker-assisted trades may be subject to service or account fees. (0317-VU76)

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March 3, 2017 at 12:19 pm

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New Technology, Innovative Products and Applications Drive Change in Global Mechanical Seals Market

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Players must seek partnerships and IIOT-enabled solutions to drive new growth opportunities, finds Frost & Sullivan’s Industrial and Process Control Team

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — High demand for energy across the globe, adoption of new technology, and the development of innovative products and applications are igniting growth, driving change and improving operational efficiencies in the global mechanical seals market. Mechanical seal manufacturers must expand channel and partnership initiatives and collaborate with electronic vendors and software companies for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled solutions. Plus seek to leverage acquisitions to drive product-line expansion, smart connected assets, and customer bases in a consolidated, price-sensitive, fragmented ecosystem.

“Manufacturers that offer a comprehensive package constituting mechanical seals, aftermarket support, and diagnostic capabilities are at a competitive advantage. Mid-tier manufacturers must focus on research and development and innovation to gain a competitive advantage,” states Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation & Process Control Programme Manager Ashwin Annareddy.

Global Mechanical Seals Market, Forecast to 2020, part of Frost & Sullivan’s Industrial Automation & Process Control Growth Partnership subscription, finds that global market revenue is expected to reach $4,634.2 million by 2020. The research offers an analysis of the global mechanical seals market and covers key areas such as drivers, restraints, trends by technology and price, competitor analysis with market share and global revenue, with revenue forecasts for end-user industries. A detailed regional breakdown, covering North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World has been provided.

Click here for complimentary access to more information on this analysis and to register for a Growth Strategy Dialogue, a free interactive briefing with Frost & Sullivan’s thought leaders.

Other trends and growth opportunities include:

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to have the highest growth due to high demand for mechanical seals from China and India.
  • Demand in the Power Generation and Water Wastewater industries is set to increase due to rapid urbanization in emerging economies.
  • Rising concerns about safety and emission control for safeguarding the environment are expected to increase the demand for dry gas seals in compressors, mainly in the oil and gas industry. Manufacturers in developing economies are expected to offer seals with high reliability, safety features, and robust aftermarket support.
  • The top four mechanical seal manufacturers contributed 74.6 percent of the total market revenue.
  • The demand for dry gas seals is expected to rise during the forecast period, considering an increasing focus on reliability, and reduced operating and maintenance costs and emissions.

“In a concentrated, price-sensitive and highly fragmented market, distributors play a significant role in aiding higher market penetration for mechanical seals,” notes Annareddy. “Innovative, long-standing companies such as John Crane, Eagle Burgmann, Flowserve Corp and Aesseal Plc, differentiate their offerings through the use of technology, performance and after-market support.”

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. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion

Global Mechanical Seals Market, Forecast to 2020

Evgenia Oleynikova
Corporate Communications — Europe
P: +48 224816210

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March 3, 2017 at 12:06 pm

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Experts Call On Countries to Accelerate Regional Collaboration to Tackle Dengue Crisis

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— Infectious diseases experts and public health authorities unite at Asia Dengue Summit to address rising dengue burden
— Asia saw one of the worst outbreaks in 2016 with several countries — Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka — reporting a record high

MANILA, Philippines, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Over the past year, many countries in Asia have witnessed an alarming rise in the number of dengue cases that account for more than 70% of the global dengue cases[1].  This translates to an overwhelming 273 million dengue infections per year out of the projected 390 million[2] cases both reported and unreported worldwide.

In light of the rapidly increasing burden, leading infectious disease experts from around the world together with government officials, policymakers and public health authorities will convene at the Asia Dengue Summit to identify strategies that can effectively support Asian countries in their fight against dengue.

The two-day Summit, which will start in Manila on March 1, is organized by the Asian Dengue Vaccination Advocacy (ADVA), a scientific working group, in partnership with the South East Asian Ministers of Education Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network (SEAMEO TROPMED).

Experts at the summit will discuss the concrete steps needed to address the worrying rise in dengue cases as well as new developments in the area of prevention and control. The outcome at the Summit will help in formulating a roadmap for countries in Asia to implement collaborative and cost-effective strategies for dengue prevention and vector control measures.

Speaking at the sidelines of the Summit, Prof Usa Thisyakorn, Professor of Pediatrics at Chulalongkorn University and Chairman of ADVA, said, “The success of the inaugural Asia Dengue Summit (ADS) last year shows that countries acknowledge the need to join forces to tackle the situation in Asia. A collaborative approach which encourages the sharing of research findings, epidemiological trends, disease surveillance methods and vaccine implementation strategies will allow countries to harmonise their existing dengue prevention and control efforts. In the war against dengue countries should fight together, not alone.”

“At the Summit this year, we aim to build on the on-going efforts of countries, strengthen the implementation of vector control, as well as prevention measures such as the use of the dengue vaccine that can ultimately benefit the local population,” Prof Thisyakorn further added.


Dengue continues to be one of the most devastating and prevalent mosquito-borne viral diseases on the planet. In the last 50 years, this deadly disease has spread from a handful of countries to over 128 countries and the incidence has increased 30-fold in this time.

The severe burden comes at a great cost  financially and in the number of lives lost. Worldwide, dengue is estimated to cost about $9 billion annually, and in Southeast Asia, the economic toll for dengue was estimated at almost $1 billion on average per year from 2001 to 2010[3].

External factors such as unprecedented urbanization and globalisation have resulted in large mosquito populations living in association with crowded human populations, leading in increased transmission and geographic spread of the viruses, making it difficult to combat dengue outbreaks. In addition, environmental factors including inadequate housing, water, sewage and waste management systems have contributed to an increase in the Aedes Aegypti mosquito populations.

This calls for urgent intervention and collaboration between countries towards detection, management and control to stem the spread of dengue across the region.

Prof Duane Gubler, Emeritus Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, and Chair of Global Dengue and Aedes-Transmitted Diseases Consortium, said, “The Summit represents a major turning point in Asia’s fight against dengue as more countries unite to strengthen and sustain cross-border efforts. Dengue is a disease that must be controlled at the regional level.  Countries should continue this momentum at the grassroots via public education and at the national level through vector control and vaccination.”

“The recently released WHO position paper on dengue vaccine supports the use of vaccination to help prevent dengue as part of a comprehensive dengue control strategy in each endemic country, especially in areas where there is a high burden of disease,” Prof Gubler further said.

The dengue vaccine could serve as a new line of defense to complement vector control and other prevention efforts by governments, families and individuals, having a greater impact on the disease burden, keeping dengue under control. WHO has laid out the goal of the global strategy to reduce the dengue mortality by 50% and morbidity by 25% by 2020 in endemic countries[4].


Philippines was the first country in Asia to approve the use of the dengue vaccine in December 2015. Since then four other Asian countries, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia, have approved the vaccine for use for the age group of 9-45 year olds broadly.

Advocating an information-sharing approach to effectively control the disease from reaching epidemic proportions, Prof Lulu Bravo, Professor of Pediatric Infectious and Tropical Diseases, University of the Philippines Manila, said, “Philippines has been a front-runner in dengue prevention and became the first country in the world to launch a public immunisation programme. At the Summit, we will share our first-hand experience over the last one year, which shows that vaccine introduction should be part of a comprehensive dengue control strategy, including well-executed and sustained vector control, evidence-based best practices for clinical care and strong dengue surveillance.”

The Summit will serve as a platform for the sharing of best practices and knowledge exchange among countries. New models for ongoing dengue efforts such as the recent Wolbachia study conducted in Singapore, which showed that male Wolbachia-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes could help in suppressing the population of urban Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, and other initiatives including community engagement and outreach programmes.

About Asian Dengue Vaccine Advocacy (ADVA):

The Asian Dengue Vaccine Advocacy (ADVA) Group is a scientific working group dedicated to dengue vaccine advocacy in Asia, with the aim of disseminating information and making recommendations on dengue vaccine introduction strategies in Asia.

ADVA was set up in 2011 to identify opportunities and make practical recommendations for improving surveillance and laboratory capacity for dengue disease confirmation. For more information, you may visit ADVA’s website here.

Media Contact for ADVA:

Shruti Bose

Clarinda Ng


Source: Asian Dengue Vaccination Advocacy (ADVA)

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March 3, 2017 at 11:04 am

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Strategies on Driving Manufacturing Success Through Digitalisation Take Centre Stage at Smart Manufacturing Asia 2017

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-Stellar line-up of speaking companies include Accenture, Bombardier, BCG, Chevron Oronite, Emerson, Honeywell, Infineon Technologies, Siemens and more

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Come April, some of the world’s top manufacturing firms and technology enablers will gather at The Smart Manufacturing Asia 2017 conference, to share discourse on the latest developments impacting advanced manufacturing. Delegates will hear from more than 30 experts who will impart useful knowledge and strategies that can help companies confidently steer their way through a digitalisation roadmap in order to reach their end goal, that is, to level up manufacturing processes so as to deliver products in greater efficiency, of higher quality, and stay ahead of the change curve.

BCG will deliver the keynote on “Dawn of the Fourth Industrial revolution: Opportunities and Challenges”. The presentation will focus on Industry 4.0 and its impact on Singapore at the micro and macro levels. Some case studies of innovative Industry 4.0 implementation will be shared as well.

Accenture, the Presenting Partner for the conference, will be speaking about “Smart Manufacturing: Bridging the Gap from Strategy to Execution”. The session will provide some examples of successful digital adoption and tips for adoption of Industry 4.0, from the strategy to implementation stages.

“Smart manufacturing is the next wave changing business models through the development and application of manufacturing intelligence to every aspect of business. BCG is actively working with many leading companies to implement Industry 4.0 and we are excited to bring our global expertise to Singapore. Beyond technology solutions, the journey needs to be accompanied by the right strategy, cultural and skills transformation to enable long-lasting results. We are excited to be a part of the conference and the MTA2017 exhibition, which is bringing all the leading industry players together under one roof,” comments Dr. Daniel Kupper, Partner & Managing Director of BCG, Germany.

“According to research conducted by the World Economic Forum and Accenture, the Industrial IoT is forecast to add US$14 trillion to the global economy by 2030. But while technology brings opportunities, both a cultural and mind-set shift are required to ensure that applications and insights make their way to operators on the ground. I look forward to exploring this subject further at the upcoming Smart Manufacturing Asia 2017, and engaging clients, partners and ecosystem players to jointly develop solutions that will transform the manufacturing industry,” says Mr. Senthil Ramani, Accenture IoT Centre of Excellence Director, and Global Technology Lead for Chemicals and Natural Resources.

Spotlight on Industrial IoT & Industry 4.0 Technologies

The conference will also comprise panel discussions with subject experts from April, Bombardier, Anton Paar, A*Star ARTC, Chevron Oronite, Emerson, Honeywell, Infineon Technologies, Mann+Hummel, Pepperl+Fuchs, Seagate Technology, and Siemens exchanging viewpoints on Industry 4.0, automation, robotics, IoT and more.

Other key topics and case studies include:

  • The opportunities and risks in the advanced manufacturing sector in Asia
  • Simplifying complex manufacturing and creating meaningful Industry 4.0 transformation roadmap to digitalise existing factories
  • From factory to plants — Combining Digital Manufacturing with Industrial IoT to improve plant availability, performance and lead time
  • Industrie 4.0 — The German approach towards Industrial IoT
  • End-to-end Safety, Security and Reliability — Keys for a successful industry 4.0 migration
  • Augmented Reality in Industrial Applications: Tapping new opportunities

Key speakers:

  • Dr. Daniel Kupper, Partner & Managing Director, BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP (BCG)
  • Senthil Ramani, Managing Director, Resources Industries, ACCENTURE CONSULTING
  • Ling Keok Tong, Director, Infocomms, Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC), A*STAR
  • Adam Boyle, Director, Global Additive Manufacturing Operations, EMERSON
  • Roxane Desmicht, Senior Director Corporate Supply Chain, INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES
  • Goh Koon Eng, General Manager, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Asia-Pacific, CHEVRON ORONITE
  • Lim Yew Heng, Partner & Managing Director, BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP (BCG)
  • Dr Andreas Hauser, Director of Digital Service, TUV SUD
  • Markus Bodlos, Head of Automation & Robotics, ANTON-PAAR
  • Prof David Butler, Strategic Development and Collaboration Director, A*STAR ARTC
  • Michael Leong, Co-Founder of HOPE TECHNIK and CEO, SESTO Robotics Pte Ltd
  • Nicolas Payen, Group Director Internet of Things (IoT) Lab, MANN+HUMMEL GROUP
  • Antonio Feraco, Chief Business Development Officer, FRAUNHOFER
  • Nigel Stacey, Director, BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP (BCG)

“Recent focus on Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) point to the digitalisation trend in manufacturing. From robotics and additive manufacturing, to smart manufacturing and augmented reality, these technologies have been earmarked as key drivers of a successful deployment of Industry 4.0. It is more pertinent than ever for industry players, especially companies in the Asia Pacific, to acquire in-depth knowledge of these technologies in their journey towards Industry 4.0, and the Smart Manufacturing Asia conference is just the right place to achieve this,” says Ms. Jaime Ng, Director, Conferences, from UBM SES, organiser of MTA2017.

Technologies translated to show floor

Apart from hearing and learning from their peers and business leaders, a Smart Manufacturing Asia Pavilion will be featured at the MTA2017 show floor. State-of-the-art technological solutions from Accenture, BCG, Emerson, Honeywell, Mitsubishi Electric, TUV SUD and Siemens will be on showcase. Conference delegates are invited to join the tour of the pavilion before the networking breaks on both days.

The Smart Manufacturing Asia 2017 Conference is held as part of MTA2017 — Asia’s premier manufacturing technology industry event from 4 – 5 April 2017 at Singapore Expo.

Siemens, Accenture, BCG, Emerson, Honeywell, GE Digital, Anton Paar, TUV SUD and Mitsubishi Electric are all sponsors of the Smart Manufacturing Asia 2017 conference.

Conference at a glance:

Smart Manufacturing Asia 2017 Conference (held alongside MTA2017)


4 – 5 April 2017 (Tuesday – Wednesday)


Singapore Expo

Opening Hours:

9am to 6pm


Registered delegates only




Singapore Exhibition Services, the organiser of MTA has merged with UBM and is now known as UBM SES.

UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organiser in the world. In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important. At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors — from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients. These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions.

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Source: UBM SES

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March 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

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Dr. Harold Lancer Is Honored With the Beauty Enhancement Award, at the 3rd Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards

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LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ —

World renowned dermatologist, Dr. Lancer was honored with the Beauty Enhancement Award for his pioneering approach to dermatology and in recognition of his unrivalled relationships with his patients all over the world. The black tie dinner gala, sponsored by M.A.C. and Lexus, celebrated the achievements of architects of beauty in hair, makeup, photography and styling for Film, TV and Music, as well as for the red carpet and editorial.

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With over three decades of dermatological experience, Dr Lancer is one of the few practicing dermatologists with a skincare line, proving that daily interaction with patients is what separates his approach and allows him to continue to evolve one of the world’s most distinguished skincare lines. Unsurprisingly, Dr Lancer has a global patient base of over 30,000 people, including some of the worlds’ most famous faces, including Beyoncé, Margot Robbie, Victoria Beckham, Michelle Williams and Kim Kardashian among others, all of whom trust in his expertise, cutting edge technology, and of course, are devotees to the Lancer skincare line.

This award is a testament to Dr Lancer’s unique skin care philosophy and it’s this approach which has earnt him the position of ‘the globes go to doctor’ whether it’s beauty enhancement or more serious skin conditions. Focusing on ‘believable beauty’ and the power of both nutrition and skincare is fundamental to Dr Lancer’s success with every patient receiving a bespoke experience.

Dr Lancer commented on his success, saying, “Im thrilled to have been honored at The Hollywood Beauty Awards. My patients are always my first priority and Im passionate about changing the way people think about their skin. The Lancer brand is going from strength to strength and Im proud to say that you havent even seen the best of it yet. Im very excited to continue to develop the brand and my practice in 2017 and I am humbled by being awarded with The Beauty Enhancement Award.

About Dr. Lancer:

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Dr. Lancer spent his youth in Connecticut, received his undergraduate education from the University of California, San Diego, and then his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  He later completed a Plastic Surgery fellowship at the Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv, followed by a residency in London at St. John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin. He returned to Southern California where he received his board certification in dermatology in 1983 and began his Beverly Hills practice.

Source: The Press Office of Dr Lancer

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March 3, 2017 at 9:29 am

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