Eastman’s Animal Nutrition business increases CHOLINE CHLORIDE prices on January 01, 2018

About Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2016 revenues of approximately $9.0 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit
www.eastman.com.

Accenture Pledges Thousands of Hours to Bring Coding to Students with ‘Hour of Code’ Activities

Accenture Pledges Thousands of Hours to Bring Coding to Students with ‘Hour of Code’ Activities

Creates new artificial intelligence-inspired tutorial to teach students digital technology skills and ignite interest in computer science

 
NEW YORK; Dec. 4, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) employees across 56 countries have pledged to complete more than 10,000 Hours of Code and lead coding tutorial sessions around the world during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 4-10, as part of the company’s commitment to helping students around the world build computer and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
 
This year Accenture is leading with the talent and energy of our people, pledging more than 2,000 hours to lead or volunteer at local events in their communities, joining forces with teachers and Code.org to help students learn coding and computer science skills. This follows Accenture’s recently announced pledge of US$10 million to support initiatives to expand STEM and computer science education through Internet Association, a group that represents global internet companies on matters of public policy.
 
“Technology is creating jobs that didn’t even exist five years ago and learning to code can transform the trajectory of a student’s life and career,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology & innovation officer and ‘chief coder.’ “As part of our commitment to working with Code.org to prepare young people for the digital economy, Accenture employees last year dedicated more than 10,000 hours to Hour of Code, inspiring more than 100,000 students around the world to learn basic coding skills. We’ve seen the impact that Code.org is having on students and this year we’re doing more to support that — more hours and more classroom sessions to spark an interest in working with the technologies of tomorrow.”
 
Hour of Code was launched in 2013 by Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. The program reaches millions of students through a one-hour introduction to coding and computer science. For the third straight year, Accenture is teaming with Code.org on Hour of Code and other STEM-related educational initiatives. New this year, Accenture Technology harnessed its internal expertise to create a coding tutorial that gives students a better understanding of artificial intelligence (AI). Students will discover how various AI techniques can teach a robot to explore a new planet – including recognizing animals and plants, understanding a new language, and conversing with inhabitants.   
 

Accenture builds a coding tutorial that features a robot using artificial intelligence to explore a new planet

 

“The Hour of Code campaign has already led to more than 450 million hours of code being completed– it’s mind-boggling. To date at least one out of every 10 students worldwide has participated in the Hour of Code program,” said Hadi Partovi, co-founder and CEO of Code.org. “This year, we are asking for people to not only do an hour of code, but go beyond one hour and think about what they can do to ensure that computer science education continues for years to come.”  
 
Melissa Daniel, a teacher Stone Mountain Elementary in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, whose class participated in Hour of Code last year, said, “Accenture led an Hour of Code event in my classroom that centered on an easy and fun coding tutorial. My students were excited to learn a new skill that can lay the foundation for a successful career. While getting access to computer science educational tools can be challenging, having access to Accenture’s resources is enabling me to help my students become leaders in technology, setting them on the path to eventually working with technology that could someday change the world.”
 
As part of this year’s Hour of Code collaboration, Accenture executives will lead Hour of Code activities around the world. Among the executives participating are:

  • Yves Bernaert, a senior managing director with Accenture Technology, will host students at Station F, a start-up incubator in Paris.
  • Jo Deblaere, Accenture’s chief operating officer, will host students for an Hour of Code event at the Accenture office in Amsterdam.
  • Ambe Tierro, a senior managing director in the Philippines, will host students at the Accenture Liquid Studio in Manila.
  • Mohan Sekhar, a senior managing director in the Accenture Technology Centers in India, will host students at an Accenture office in Bangalore.
  • Christy Sovereign, Minneapolis office senior managing director, will be participating in a special Hour of Code event working with Robbinsdale Cooper High School student athletes to learn about the future of technology and sports, including a special session on how to build and fly a drone.

To learn more or participate in Hour of Code, visit https://www.accenture.com/HoC2017 or https://code.org/.
 
About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 425,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.
 
About Code.org
Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Microsoft, Facebook, the Infosys Foundation, Google, Omidyar Network, and many more.
 

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Contact:

Julie Bennink

Accenture

+1 312 693 7301
julie.l.bennink@accenture.com

S&P Global to Present at the Goldman Sachs U.S. Financial Services Conference on December 5

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Douglas L. Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), will present at the Goldman Sachs U.S. Financial Services Conference on December 5 in New York. Mr. Peterson is scheduled to speak from 11:50 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. (Eastern Time). The “fireside chat” will be webcast and may include forward-looking information.

Webcast Instructions:  Live and Replay
The webcast (audio and slides) will be available live and in replay through the Company’s Investor Relations website http://investor.spglobal.com/Investor-Presentations (please copy and paste URL into web browser). The webcast replay will be available approximately one hour after the end of the presentation and will remain accessible for three months, ending on March 5, 2018. Any additional information presented during the presentation will be made available on the Company’s Investor Presentations web page.

About S&P Global
S&P Global is a leading provider of transparent and independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide. The Company’s divisions include S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Dow Jones Indices and S&P Global Platts. S&P Global has approximately 20,000 employees in 31 countries. For more information visit www.spglobal.com.

Investor Relations:  http://investor.spglobal.com

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(212) 438-4321 (office)
chip.merritt@spglobal.com

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Jason Feuchtwanger
Director, Corporate Media Relations
(212) 438-1247 (office)
jason.feuchtwanger@spglobal.com

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Gifts of Energy an Ideal Way to Help Others on Giving Tuesday

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Boot Barn Supporting Children with Ponies for Patients Event

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:BOOT), America’s largest western and work
wear retailer, is supporting children across the country with a
nationwide “Ponies for Patients” event that benefits patients in
children’s hospitals.


Boot Barn is committed to supporting children on their road to recovery
and is excited to support these efforts with the Ponies for Patients
event by working with the Children’s
Hospital Association
. Customers can purchase and donate plush ponies
at Boot Barn stores nationwide between November 30, 2017 and December
10, 2017
. Boot Barn will collect donations and distribute plush ponies
to over a 100 children’s hospitals across the country. Boot Barn will
donate a portion of the proceeds to the Children’s Hospital Association.


“The Ponies for Patients event is something very special to the Boot
Barn Family. We are excited to be able to support our local communities
by bringing a little joy to children in hospital care during the holiday
season,” said Jeffrey Scott Gomez, Vice President of Stores at Boot
Barn
. “The entire Boot Barn Family is excited to work with Children’s
Hospital Association to support hospitalized children across the
country.”


For additional details on Boot Barn’s Ponies for Patients event, please
visit bootbarn.com/poniesforpatients.html.


About Boot Barn:


Boot Barn is the nation’s leading lifestyle retailer of western and
work-related footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and
children. The Company offers its loyal customer base a wide selection of
work and lifestyle brands. As of the date of this release, Boot
Barn operates 225 stores in 31 states, in addition to an e-commerce
channel www.bootbarn.com.
The Company also operates www.sheplers.com,
the nation’s leading pure play online western and work retailer.
Sheplers has been part of the western, outdoor, and work lifestyle for
over 100 years. Beginning in February 2017, the Company has operated www.countryoutfitter.com,
an e-commerce site selling to customers who live a country lifestyle.
For more information, call 888-Boot-Barn or visit www.bootbarn.com.

Source: Boot Barn Holdings, Inc.

2017 – Atkins’ year of transformation – 04 December 2017


News releases 2017

The acquisition of Atkins by SNC-Lavalin Group in July 2017 marked a historic landmark in the 79-year history of the company, as it became part of a truly global company with an ambitious vision.

Nick Roberts, Atkins’ President, said: “This has been a transformational year for Atkins and many of our clients with whom we’ve helped turn potential into reality. Across our markets, there is a lot to celebrate as we witness our ideas and ambition taking shape, and experience the impact that our collaboration is having on the world around us.

“Looking ahead, being part of SNC-Lavalin will afford us the ability to do even more in this regard by offering our clients and employees the enhanced scale, expertise and opportunities that come with being part of a larger and stronger global company.”

Below, a review of our key projects and company highlights from the last year shows how we’re helping to transform an ever-changing world:

Asia Pacific:

South Island Line

An award-winning world-class railway network of five stations along 7 km that places Hong Kong’s people and supporting economic development at its heart. Our role on the South Island Line was detailed designer for a key section. 

Cocobay Towers

We’ve designed a new architectural icon in Da Nang, the third largest city in Vietnam. With a target of attracting 6.1 million visitors, Cocobay Towers is a 200-metre twin tower development that aspires to be the entertainment destination of Vietnam.

Bayshore Precinct

With people at the heart of our design, our approach creates diverse micro-communities tied together by pedestrian-friendly connections. Bayshore Precinct in Singapore is a standard-setter in healthy, liveable place-making.

North America:

An aviation industry first

Successful drone flights took place over Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest airport in the world. Seven drone flights were conducted over a 40-acre area, capturing over 700 images to help us plan demolition and construction whilst minimising effects on the airport’s daily activities.

Restoring marshland

Identifying a beneficial use for dredge material unearthed from expansions to docks, ports or other waterway projects is a mission encouraged by the world’s leading dredging associations. Using dredge material from a nearby dock expansion, we helped restore a crucial intertidal habitat at a historic Texas marsh.

North Avenue Smart Corridor

Among the most congested cities in the US, Atlanta is going high-tech to help solve its transportation challenges. The North Avenue Smart Corridor is an innovative test of smart city technologies, not in a lab or simulated environment, but out on the streets. We are working in partnership to assist both short- and long-term transportation planning to create a safer and more efficient place to live, work, and play.

Middle East & Africa:

50 years in the Middle East

We’re helping to realise our clients’ vision through the design and delivery of the region’s most important projects such as the Dubai Opera, Riyadh Metro, Burj Al Arab. Looking forward, our culture of innovation and the use of disruptive digital technologies helps us meet the technical challenges of our most complex infrastructure projects.

Dubai marine stations

Our sustainable marine transport station design will soon be seen along the recently created Dubai Canal. Inspired by Dubai’s heritage and the historic fishing and pearling culture, the marine stations will provide transport links for some 13 million passengers a year from Business Bay to Jumeirah.

Two Rivers Mall

Set to be the largest mall in sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa, our design enables people to gather and connect by creating spaces within the complex for both intimate outings and multicultural events. A Kenya Vision 2030 flagship project, it has economic benefits by providing employment opportunities for 10,000 Kenyans.

UK & Europe:

Improving accessibility

We’re part of a new consortium to develop a digital platform to improve the rail travel experience for disabled passengers in the UK. By sharing relevant information in real-time between staff and passengers, it promises to make journeys more seamless and reliable, reducing passenger anxiety and stress and enhancing comfort.

Europe’s largest resignalling scheme

We’re helping deliver the most important combined upgrade in passenger and freight train services in Europe. Spanning 3200km of the Danish rail network, it promises a radical improvement in safety, performance and capacity, opening the possibility of running non-stop trains across all borders. Lessons from the digitisation of this network have the potential to revolutionise the digital transformation of rail globally.

Custom House station

We’ve collaborated to develop this award-winning beacon for both Crossrail and the community. Alternative construction methods, including pre-fabricated and standardised components, minimised work on site which resulted in reduced programme time, lowering preliminary costs and the impact on the local community.

Energy:

Reaching major milestones across our nuclear business

During 2017, we’ve achieved significant steps forward on several of our nuclear projects. Our worldwide nuclear business deals with the most technically complex challenges across the full nuclear lifecycle.

Continued innovation and growth in offshore wind

We’ve been appointed to our first offshore wind design project in China and our designs for foundations at the UK’s Dudgeon and Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farms have been realised this year. Our drive to help reduce the cost of offshore wind took another step forward as we began development of a new approach to optimising offshore wind farms design with Aditazz.

Atkins Acuity:

Kenya’s energy review

As part of Kenya’s long-term energy development strategy, we assessed the different forms of renewable energy resources and technologies available in Kenya. Through an extensive door-to-door survey of over 10,000 homes across 44 counties of Kenya, we determined the practices, behaviours, and attitudes towards renewable energy and energy efficiency at a domestic level.

Digitalisation:

Using technology to drive innovation

We’ve partnered with several technology companies this year. The Atkins and EAMS Group partnership was set up to provide best in class engineering, transformation, data and technology capability to enable new approaches to asset management in the rail sector. Together, we will achieve substantial cost savings, improvements in asset reliability and increased value from investment in infrastructure assets.

‘Digital Reality – How physical infrastructure is evolving in a world of data’

Our report uses our experiences, and insights and opinions of industry leaders to explore the opportunities and challenges faced by infrastructure organisations as a result of the digital revolution. Our research says that the appetite to embrace opportunities is strong, but we need to overcome aversion to risk.

People:

Integrating digital

Three senior executive hires across the Group are helping us to become the undisputed leader of digital innovation in the industry, integrating digital into the way we think, the way we work, and the services and value we deliver to clients.

Tomorrow’s leaders 

More than 350 graduates and apprentices have kick-started their design, engineering and project management careers by joining Atkins in the UK, with the company’s highest ever proportion of female graduates and apprentices. These are our leaders and visionaries of tomorrow, helping to shape our rapidly-changing and increasingly digitally-enabled world, continuing to push the boundaries of what is possible.

Uniting for dementia

In its 70th year, Faithful+Gould launched 704SE7ENTY, its first national charity initiative, seeing colleagues across the UK and European offices cycling 7,000 miles in 70 days and raised £70,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society.

For a view of these projects on slideshare, please visit: https://www.slideshare.net/WSAtkins/atkins-end-of-year-highlights-2017

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing some 18,300 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins’ recent projects on our website.

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices around the world, SNC-Lavalin’s employees are proud to build what matters. Our teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients in oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure and power. On July 3, 2017, SNC-Lavalin acquired Atkins, one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. www.snclavalin.com               

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Tenable Accelerates Global Footprint to Meet Strong Demand for Cyber Exposure

Market-defining cybersecurity leader expands presence in the Middle East, Japan and Latin America; former leaders from Cisco and Tanium join to lead go-to-market efforts

Tenable™, Inc., the Cyber Exposure company, today announced the expansion of its existing operations in the Middle East, Japan and Latin America in response to strong global demand for Tenable solutions. This expansion comes on the heels of the company achieving record third quarter results with record billings and billings growth exceeding 50 percent on a year-over-year basis. The third quarter marks the sixth consecutive quarter of 45 percent billings growth or higher and showcases Tenable’s leadership in helping organizations of all sizes around the globe rethink how they manage, measure and reduce Cyber Exposure across the modern attack surface.

Cyber threats have no geographic boundaries and pose an existential threat to organizations of every size, in every sector and in every geography. With cyber attacks such as WannaCry and Petya infecting computer networks in at least 65 countries in a matter of days, the urgency to proactively understand and reduce cyber risk in every country around the globe has never been greater. Tenable already has an established global footprint, with close to 24,000 customers in 160 countries and 22 percent of the companies on the Forbes Global 2000 list. The company has hired seasoned industry veterans to accelerate its established and growing presence in these high-growth regions.

Doug Neuman has joined Tenable as regional sales director for Japan. Neuman is a proven technical and sales leader with 15 years of experience building, leading and managing global cybersecurity teams. Prior to joining Tenable, Neuman served as the managing director for Japan at Tanium where he led the sales and technical teams, working closely with Global 2000 companies and government organizations in the region. Francisco Ramirez has also joined Tenable to lead the company’s efforts in Latin America. For over 15 years, Ramirez built successful teams in the region for industry leaders like IBM, Sourcefire, and most recently Cisco. Finally, Maher Jadallah joins Tenable as regional director of sales in the Middle East. Jadallah has spent over a decade in IT security leading teams to help grow Cisco, Sourcefire and Riverbed’s presence in the region.

“Tenable is one of the fastest-growing private cybersecurity software companies in the world and we are committed to providing the best customer experience in every geographic market,” said John Negron, chief revenue officer at Tenable. “Bringing in these talented go-to-market leaders illustrates we are not just fulfilling our growing global demand for Cyber Exposure solutions, but setting the pace for innovation across our industry. We are excited to bring Neuman, Ramirez and Jadallah on board to help lead the company through its next phase of growth.”

Bank of Canada Interest Rate Announcement

OTTAWA – On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, the Bank of Canada will announce its decision on the target for the overnight rate. A press release will provide a brief explanation of the decision.

Time

10:00 (Eastern Time)

Lock-Up

At 08:30 (ET), journalists are invited to review the press release under embargo at the Bank’s head office in Ottawa. The embargo will be lifted at 10:00 (ET). Please use the Bank of Canada Museum entrance, located at 30 Bank Street (corner of Bank and Wellington), and have your press card with you.

For security reasons, journalists wishing to attend must be accredited with the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery and must confirm their presence by calling Media Relations at 613-782-8782 before noon (ET) on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Journalists who have not registered will not be admitted to the lock-up.

Media Briefing Session

There is no briefing session for this event.

Distribution

The press release will be available:

  • at 10:00 (ET) on the Bank’s website
Press Conference

There is no press conference for this event.

Webcast

There will be no webcast for this event.

Note

For more information, please contact Media Relations at 613-782-8782.