ImmersiveTouch Inks Exclusive Distribution Agreements for China



Agreements provide full China distribution for ImmersiveTouch products in Neurosurgery and Ophthalmology

ImmersiveTouch, the global leader in virtual and augmented reality software for neurosurgery and ophthalmology, today announced the completion of two exclusive distribution agreements for ImmersiveTouch products in Mainland China. The agreements are with Beijing Beidestar Technology and Development Ltd. and Master Medical Technology Co., Ltd. Both companies will provide full market coverage for ImmersiveTouch products in neurosurgery and ophthalmology. The distribution agreements call for an initial purchasing commitment for ImmersiveTouch simulation systems.

“The demand for our simulators in China has exceeded our expectations as surgeons have quickly realized the benefits of patient specific virtual reality imaging and simulations for resident training and pre-operative planning and rehearsal. Our exclusive distribution partnerships will enable hospitals in China to utilize ImmersiveTouch technology more effectively and efficiently.”

Jay Banerjee,
COO, ImmersiveTouch

“The demand for our simulators in China has exceeded our expectations as surgeons have quickly realized the benefits of patient specific virtual reality imaging and simulations for resident training and pre-operative planning and rehearsal,” said Jay Banerjee, COO, ImmersiveTouch. “Our exclusive distribution partnerships will enable hospitals in China to utilize ImmersiveTouch technology more effectively and efficiently.”

ImmersiveTouch is at the forefront of virtual reality and augmented reality applications in healthcare. The company is developing a new FDA-cleared digital surgery platform called MissionRehearsal® that allows surgeons to visualize patient anatomy by converting traditional black and white DICOM images into 3D virtual reality simulated surgeries. Frost & Sullivan recently awarded MissionRehearsal® as the most innovative simulation technology in North America. There are currently more than 30 university hospitals utilizing ImmersiveTouch technology. The enterprise software is designed to reduce operating room cost and improve how patients interact with physicians.

About ImmersiveTouch, Inc.

ImmersiveTouch, Inc. is a leading augmented reality and virtual reality software company dedicated to improving healthcare. The result is a digital surgery imaging platform that allows surgeons to simulate and plan critical surgeries using 3D imaging and tactile haptic feedback. ImmersiveTouch is collaborating with physicians, universities, medical societies, and industry partners to establish a new standard of care in surgery.

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JS Bank Sponsors TEDX Lahore Women, 2016



The main aim of this event was to highlight women empowerment and their contribution for changing and reshaping the future.

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JS Bank sponsored TEDx Lahore Women held at a local university in Lahore. TEDx is known to be a platform for motivational and inspirational talks about current trends and happenings. It is a reputable forum where speakers raise their voices to enlighten people with inspiring stories.

The main aim of this event was to highlight women empowerment and their contribution for changing and reshaping the future. It revolves around the aspects of society and how it truly believes in progress of women in Pakistan.

In a collaborative effort by some exceptional female personalities such as Mahira Khan, Dr. Shagufta Feroz, Sara Zaman and many others, who contributed to challenge the backward and often detrimental status quo; TEDx Lahore Women has paved the way for forward-thinking individuals who seek to promote goodness and prosperity in our society and to reach out for the ones who are not aware of their capabilities.

About JS Bank: JS Bank is considered as amongst the fastest growing banks within Pakistans banking landscape with the support of its vast experienced management. The bank now has an online network of 277 branches and presence in over 138 cities across Pakistan. JS Bank is part of JS Group, one of Pakistans most diversified and progressive financial services groups controlling and operating market-leading financial services companies in Pakistan across sectors including commercial banking, insurance, asset management and securities brokerage.







Perytons Eye-O-T Defense Named “Most Innovative Cyber Security Solution” by TMT News 2016 Technology Awards



Perytons Eye-O-T Defense Named Most Innovative Cyber Security Solution by TMT News 2016 Technology Awards

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Tel-Aviv, Israel – November 7th, 2016 Perytons, a leading provider of cyber security, analysis and visibility solutions, today announced that it has won the TMT News 2016 Technology Award for Most Innovative Cyber Security Solution.

TMT News 2016 Technology Awards highlight key players, individuals and innovative firms who have provided the world with new, cutting-edge techniques. TMT News has cast a center-stage spotlight on those, who through determination, commitment and hard work, have developed and shared their ideas to fundamentally evolve the business world and the lives of consumers and customers for years to come.

We are very honored to be recognized with the TMT News Technology Award for Most Innovative Cyber Security Solution, said Limor Davidson, VP Marketing and Business Development of Perytons. IoT Networks are highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks, and recent IoT-based DDoS attack in the US demonstrates some of the threats. Perytons has developed the Eye-O-T breakthrough technology to protect against cyber-attacks, and other network irregularities

Perytons Eye-O-T provides centralized cyber-security and visibility solution for operators, security service providers, enterprises and IoT vendors, by monitoring the edge networks and detecting malicious attacks or activities, unauthorized network penetration, and other irregularities such as interoperability and maintenance problems, and alerting before damage is caused or privacy is breached.

For more information on Perytons Eye-O-T please visit: http://perytons.com/index.php/cyber-security/

About Perytons

Perytons is a leading provider of professional IoT protocol analyzers, and IoT cyber security and visibility solutions for wireless and wireline IoT edge networks. Perytons Eye-O-T suite offers best standalone and centralized analysis, monitoring, and penetration testing tools for Internet of Things vendors and service providers.

Perytons supports the leading IoT standards and protocols, including 802.15.4 ZigBee, Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Low Energy), Thread, 6LoWPAN, LoRa, RF4CE, PLC-PRIME, G3-PLC, and more, encompassing multiple applications such as Smart Buildings, Smart Metering, Smart Energy, Home Automation, Digital Health, etc. Perytons offering is built for customization, allowing support of proprietary protocols as well. For more information, please visit www.perytons.com.

About TMT News

Published quarterly, TMT News provides readers with all the latest information from across these three key sectors, exploring every aspect: from legislation changes to the latest deals, new product launches to appointments and everything in between. For more information, please visit www.tmt-news.com







BYE BYE ROBOT LAUNCHES ICONIC MICHAEL OKUDA STAR TREK STICKER SHEETS



Star Trek Fans and Sticker Enthusiasts Have New Stickers to Add to Their Collections

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Austin, Texas November 4, 2016 Bye Bye,Robot is announcing the launch of two new Star Trek collectable sticker sheets created by Star Treks own Michael Okuda.

As Star Trek’s lead graphic designer, with the franchise from Star Trek: The Next Generation through Star Trek: Enterprise and seven Star Trek feature films, Michael Okuda is the ultimate expert in Star Trek graphics. He is personally responsible for most of the graphics that made the shows so unique. Some of his work you might recognize includes the LCARS graphics seen on computer and display screens, and the capsule-shaped panel identification labels found on everything from turbolift doors to storage areas. It is these capsule-shaped labels that are now officially available to fans for the first time ever.

When asked about the origin of the design of the new stickers Okuda says, I used those labels everywhere on the Enterprise-D, as well as on most of the other Starfleet ships on those shows. I think fans recognize it as part of the visual identity of 24th century Starfleet. When we put those labels on the props and set dressing, they suddenly looked like they belonged on the Starship Enterprise. The fine print on the capsule labels was never intended to be legible on screen, so we used to fill them with goofy gags for our amusement and for the amusement of the cast and crew. Of course, the fans found out about the gags, so when we had fans visiting the set, they’d always look for them, because they were in on our little joke.

Given that there were so many different uses for these iconic labels within the shows, Bye Bye, Robot chose to focus on two distinct themes for the first two sets. The first sheet offers labels within a personal device theme that can be used in a fans daily life, including Library Computer Access And Retrieval System (personal computers), Personal Access Display Device (tablet devices), and Personal Communicator (cell phones). The second sheet offers labels within a personal spaces theme; including Crew Quarters, Personal Hygiene Facility, and Garment Stowage Facility.

We are thrilled to be working with Michael Okuda on these new stickers. Its incredibly exciting for us to be announcing these labels because they embody so much of the very atmosphere of Starfleet. As with the original labels, found in the shows, these labels also contain inside jokes that fans of Star Trek will recognize immediately. These wonderfully familiar labels are the first in what we anticipate to be a large run of items in the new Michael Okuda: Signature Series, mentions Bye Bye, Robot Co-Founder Charity Wood.

The new sticker sheets have been designed for both collection and actual use. The three labels within each sheet are removable for actual use or can be left in place and displayed as a single unit. They are printed on 4×6 sized durable vinyl that is UV and weather resistant. This, in conjunction with a strong adhesive backing, allows the stickers to be used indoors or outdoors. The overall 4×6 size also allows for easy display as a collectable, as it falls within standard postcard sizes.

Under license by CBS Consumer Products, each sticker sheet is printed on UV and weather resistant, durable vinyl and is priced at $9.99 each. They are available in the U.S.A. for purchase, beginning today, from byebyerobot.com at the price listed above, plus shipping.

*Not hand autographed. The included signature is part of the print series theme.

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About Michael Okuda

Michael Okuda was Star Trek’s lead graphic designer from Star Trek: The Next Generation through Star Trek: Enterprise, and on all of the movies made in that period. He was responsible for the control panels, computer screens, alien writing, symbols, and signage on all those shows. That work earned him screen credit on more Star Trek than anyone except Gene Roddenberry. His other credits include Clint Eastwood’s Sully. As a big fan of the real space program, Mike has also done numerous emblems and logos for NASA, including the crew patch for the STS-125 mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis to the Hubble Space Telescope. Mike’s work has earned him three Emmy nominations for Best Visual Effects, plus NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal. Along with his wife, Denise, Mike is co-author of the newly-updated The Star Trek Encyclopedia.

About Bye Bye Robot, LLC

Founded in 2011 by Charity and Chris Wood, Bye Bye Robot is an independent publisher of art. Currently, they are a licensed seller of original works of art based on all of Gene Roddenberrys live action Star Trek TV series plus Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation movies. Bye Bye Robot is dedicated to creating deeply immersive, visually spectacular pieces of art that will amaze and inspire viewers for generations.







Weatherford aktualisiert Kalkulation von Kreditvereinbarung



BAAR, Schweiz, 7. November 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Wie Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) heute bekanntgibt, bestätigt das Unternehmen nach einer umfassenden Nachprüfung mit der Verwaltungsstelle seiner Kreditfazilitäten und internen Beratern, dass das bereinigte EBITDA mit der gleichen Formel wie die Kreditvereinbarungen der beiden revolvierenden und langfristigen Darlehen des Unternehmens, d.h. Verschuldungsgrad bei spezifischen vorrangigen Darlehen und Verschuldungsgrad bei spezifischen vorrangigen Darlehen und Akkreditiven, berechnet werden sollte und nun dementsprechend Anwendung gefunden hat.

Der daraus resultierende bereinigte Verschuldungsgrad bei spezifischen vorrangigen Darlehen und Akkreditiven beträgt zum Ende des dritten Quartals 2016 nun 3,18x, gegenüber dem zuvor angegebenen Verschuldungsgrad von 3,67x.

Es bestehen keine Auswirkungen auf die Kalkulation der beiden anderen Kreditvereinbarungen.

Informationen zu Weatherford

Weatherford ist einer der größten multinationalen Ölfelddienstleister, der innovative Lösungen, Technologien und Dienstleistungen für die Öl- und Gasbranche anbietet. Das Unternehmen ist in mehr als 100 Ländern tätig, verfügt über ein Netzwerk mit zirka 1.000 Standorten, darunter Produktions-, Service-, Forschungs- und Entwicklungs- und Ausbildungseinrichtungen, und beschäftigt rund 31.000 Mitarbeitende. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter www.weatherford.com. Sie können sich mit Weatherford auf LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube und Facebook vernetzen.

Zukunftsgerichtete Aussagen 

Diese Pressemitteilung enthält zukunftsbezogene Aussagen. Diese zukunftsgerichteten Aussagen enthalten unter anderem Vorhersagen und Erwartungen bezüglich der Geschäftsaussichten und Performance des Unternehmens, und sie werden im Allgemeinen mit den Worten „glauben”, „planen”, „erwarten”, „antizipieren”, „schätzen”, „vorausblicken”, „budgetieren”, „beabsichtigen”, „Strategie”, „Plan”, „Leitlinie”, „können”, „sollen”, „könnten”, „werden”, „würde”, „wird”, „wird weiterhin”, „wird wahrscheinlich dazu führen”, und ähnlichen Begriffen gekennzeichnet, obwohl nicht alle zukunftsgerichteten Aussagen diese kennzeichnenden Begriffe enthalten. Solche Aussagen beruhen auf den gegenwärtigen Ansichten und Erwartungen der Unternehmensführung von Weatherford und unterliegen nennenswerten Risiken, Annahmen und Ungewissheiten. Falls einer oder mehrere dieser Risiko- und Unsicherheitsfaktoren eintreten oder sich zugrunde liegende Annahmen als unzutreffend erweisen, könnten die tatsächlichen Ergebnisse maßgeblich von den Darstellungen unserer zukunftsbezogenen Aussagen abweichen. Leser werden außerdem darauf hingewiesen, dass zukunftsgerichtete Aussagen nur Prognosen sind, die nennenswert von den tatsächlichen künftigen Ereignissen oder Ergebnissen abweichen können. Zukunftsgerichtete Aussagen werden des Weiteren von den, im Jahresbericht des Unternehmens für das am 31. Dezember 2015 endende Jahr auf Formular 10-K sowie im Quartalsbericht des Unternehmens auf Formular 10-Q und in anderen, von Zeit zu Zeit vom Unternehmen bei der Securities and Exchange Commission („SEC”) eingereichten Dokumenten beschriebenen Risikofaktoren beeinflusst. Wir verpflichten uns in keiner Weise zur Aktualisierung oder Korrektur zukunftsbezogener Aussagen aufgrund neuer Informationen, zukünftiger Ereignisse oder sonstiger Umstände, soweit dies nicht gemäß bundesstaatlichen Wertpapiergesetzen erforderlich ist.

Kontaktpersonen bei Weatherford
Krishna Shivram
Executive Vice President und Chief Financial Officer
+1.713.836.4610

Karen David-Green
Vice President – Investor Relations, Corporate Marketing and Communications
+1.713.836.7430

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Experian is recognized as a leading security solution provider



COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Experian® has been named to Banking CIO Outlook‘s Top 10 Security Solution Providers, highlighted in the October 2016 issue of the magazine.

“Fraud patterns are evolving faster than ever, and each new change pushes us to be better. That’s why we developed CrossCore, the industry’s first open platform designed to catch fraud faster, improve compliance and enhance the customer experience,” said Steve Platt, global executive vice president, Fraud and Identity, Experian. “Our goal is to provide the very best fraud solutions to our clients, so it’s a tremendous honor for Experian and CrossCore to be recognized.”

Experian’s CrossCoreTM gives companies an easy way to connect new and existing fraud and identity systems into one central service. This plug-and-play capability allows companies to blend disparate services through a common access point that then enables a layered approach to managing risks. CrossCore includes powerful workflow and strategy design capabilities that allow fraud and compliance teams to rapidly create and adapt strategies based on evolving threats and business needs.

“We are proud to feature Experian in our magazine as one of the Top 10 Security Solution Providers of 2016,” said James Robertson, managing editor of Banking CIO Outlook. “Experian Fraud and Identity makes its clients feel safe, valued and confident by protecting them every step of the way.”

Banking CIO Outlook provides banking professionals with the latest industry trends and news. Each month the magazine identifies experts to help readers address the challenges faced by the banking industry. The October issue highlighted Experian as a top security solution provider, presenting Experian’s unique value proposition in fraud.

Learn more about CrossCore at http://www.experian.com/crosscore.

About Banking CIO Outlook

Published from Fremont, Calif., Banking CIO Outlook is a print magazine that features CIOs, ITVPs, CTOs and other decision-makers’ opinions and suggestions that help clients to address the issues in the banking industry. A panel of experts and professionals including board members of Banking CIO Outlook magazine finalized the list of Top 10 Security Solution Providers 2016 and short-listed the best consultants and vendors. For more info, visit http://www.bankingciooutlook.com/

About Experian

We are the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to our clients around the world. We help businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. We also help people to check their credit report and credit score and protect against identity theft. In 2016, we were named one of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” by Forbes magazine.

We employ approximately 17,000 people in 37 countries and our corporate headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and São Paulo, Brazil.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2016, was US$4.6 billion.

To find out more about our company, please visit http://www.experianplc.com or watch our documentary, “Inside Experian.”

Experian and the Experian marks used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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OMNOVA Solutions Inc. Announces CEO Succession



BEACHWOOD, Ohio, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE: OMN) today announced that it is moving forward with its CEO succession process, and Kevin M. McMullen is stepping down as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, and as a member of the Board of Directors, effective December 1, 2016, to pursue other interests. In over 16 years leading the Company, McMullen succeeded in repositioning OMNOVA as a leader in specialty chemicals and engineered surfaces including aggressive portfolio actions highlighted by the acquisition of Eliokem International. OMNOVA has experienced significant positive momentum with adjusted earnings per share up nearly 60% year-to-date through the third quarter, following 29% growth for the full year 2015. He is enthused about his future and proud of the Company’s progress under his leadership.

McMullen will be succeeded by Anne P. Noonan as OMNOVA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective December 1, 2016. Ms. Noonan will also be appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors. In connection with this leadership transition, the Board of Directors has determined to separate the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer roles, electing William R. Seelbach as the Company’s independent, non-executive Chairman, also effective December 1, 2016.

Michael J. Merriman, the Presiding Director of the OMNOVA Board of Directors, commented, “Kevin is a high-integrity leader with strong strategic and business acumen. We are thankful for Kevin’s many years of leadership and his dedicated service to OMNOVA, both as Chief Executive Officer and as Chairman. He has consistently been aggressive in assessing the market and competitive environment, and taking the necessary actions to make the Company better. He leaves an organization with a well-designed growth strategy and strong leadership team in place. On behalf of the entire OMNOVA Board and the Company, I want to express our gratitude for a job well done and wish Kevin only the best. He will be missed.”

McMullen’s initiatives over the years ensured OMNOVA’s prominence and profitability despite many market-based challenges. A predominately U.S.-based company when he took charge, McMullen led OMNOVA’s transformation into a global enterprise. Today, OMNOVA products are sold in over 90 countries around the world, supported by manufacturing and technology centers on three continents. He drove initiatives to dramatically expand the breadth of OMNOVA’s technology to significantly enhance its position as a value-added solutions provider. McMullen, 56, joined the Company in 1996 as President of its Decorative and Building Products unit. He took over as Chief Executive Officer of the Company in 2000 and became Chairman of the Board in 2001. Prior to OMNOVA, McMullen worked for GE and McKinsey & Co.

“I feel really good about where OMNOVA is today as a company,” McMullen said. “Our specialty businesses are poised for above-market growth, our balance sheet has improved significantly, and we just completed a far-reaching strategic planning process that highlighted many exciting long-term opportunities. The Company is well-positioned to deliver significant long-term shareholder value.” He added, “We have a strong and committed team – I will truly miss the people. But I’m relatively young and I want to pursue other interests. I think now is the time to pursue them.”

Noonan, 53, is currently the President of OMNOVA’s Performance Chemicals business. Under her leadership, the segment has significantly improved financial results. These results were accomplished through aggressive implementation of a manufacturing footprint alignment and business model restructuring, delivering cost reductions in excess of $10 million per year while establishing a cost competitive “blueprint” for future specialty growth. Additionally, through a focus on innovation and commercial excellence, a foundation has been established to accelerate specialty growth with accomplished market-specialized talent and a reinvigorated innovation pipeline.

“We are confident Anne will continue to drive enhanced value for shareholders. Anne is an accomplished executive with deep knowledge of the chemicals industry and OMNOVA,” Merriman said. “She has a proven record of transformational change and improving performance through her leadership, customer focus, and emphasis on value creation. We are pleased she has agreed to lead OMNOVA, and we look forward to the contributions she will make to the Company and the Board.”

Noonan brings nearly 30 years of experience in the chemicals industry. Prior to joining OMNOVA in 2014, Noonan served as Senior Vice President and President of Chemtura Corporation’s Industrial Engineered Products business segment with over $1 billion in revenues. During her 27 years with Chemtura and its predecessor, Great Lakes Chemical Corporation, Noonan served in roles of increasing responsibility in mergers & acquisitions, strategic business development, marketing, sales, and technology. She began her career as an Analytical Research Chemist with McNeil Specialty Chemicals Company and Squibb-Linson, Co. She earned her M.S. in organometallic chemistry and her B.S. Honors degree in chemistry from University College Dublin, Ireland. Since 2015, Noonan has been a member of the Board of Directors of CF Industries (NYSE: CF), as well as the Board of Directors of the American Chemistry Council.

Noonan said, “I am excited to have the opportunity to lead OMNOVA and look forward to working with this dedicated, talented team to position the Company as a premier global, innovative specialty solutions provider. Kevin has provided a solid foundation to build upon, developing and leading an organization that is committed to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders.”

William R. Seelbach, 68, will succeed McMullen as OMNOVA’s Chairman. Seelbach has been a non-executive member of OMNOVA’s Board of Directors since 2002. Seelbach is a Senior Advisor with the Riverside Company, the world’s largest private equity firm focused on investing in companies at the smaller end of the middle market, and a Senior Managing Director of Headwaters SC, a consulting firm for privately owned businesses. Previously, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio Aerospace Institute, a technology-focused research organization, from 2003 to 2006. Prior to that, he was the President of Brush Engineered Materials, Inc., now known as Materion Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance engineered materials, and held various executive roles with Brush Wellman, Inc. from 1998 to 2002. Seelbach was also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Inverness Partners, a limited liability company engaged in acquiring and operating Midwestern manufacturing companies, and a Partner with McKinsey & Co.

About OMNOVA Solutions Inc.

OMNOVA Solutions is a global innovator of performance-enhancing chemistries and surfaces used in products for a variety of commercial, industrial, and residential applications. As a strategic business-to-business supplier, OMNOVA provides The Science in Better Brands, with emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and functional and decorative surfaces that deliver critical performance attributes to top brand-name, end-use products sold around the world. OMNOVA’s sales for the last twelve months ended August 31, 2016 were $773 million. The Company has a global workforce of approximately 1,950. Visit OMNOVA Solutions on the internet at www.omnova.com.

Notice on Forward Looking Statements.

Statements included in this Press Release that are not historical facts are forward looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to the operations of the Company and other related items that are detailed in risk factors and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2015, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize (or the consequences of such a development worsen), or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those forecasted or expected. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update publicly or revise such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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NACCHO Announces New Initiative to Address Disparities in HIV Outcomes among Minority Populations in the South



WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in partnership with Cicatelli Associates, Inc. (CAI), is pleased to announce the launch of the Southern Initiative, a project which aims to improve HIV outcomes among minority populations in the Southern United States. This three-year initiative is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, and administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Division of Metropolitan HIV/AIDS Programs.

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The Southern Initiative will focus on four Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A jurisdictions: Atlanta, Houston, Memphis, and New Orleans. One organization in each jurisdiction will receive funding and technical assistance to implement innovative and evidence-based interventions aimed at improving outcomes across the HIV care continuum, and reducing disparities among minority populations, particularly men who have sex with men (MSM), youth, cisgender and transgender women, and people who inject drugs. In alignment with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, interventions will focus on establishing systems to seamlessly link people to care immediately after HIV diagnosis, and support retention in care to achieve viral suppression. For those who test negative, interventions will support prevention counseling and planning, including PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis.

The South bears a disproportionate burden – over 50% – of newly diagnosed cases of HIV. In addition, outcomes along the HIV care continuum are among the lowest in the country, and disparities among minority populations are particularly pronounced. For example, African Americans are severely affected by HIV in the South. Black MSM face an especially heavy burden, accounting for 59% of all HIV diagnoses among African Americans in the South, and black women account for 69% of all HIV diagnoses among women in the South.

“Health disparities among our minority communities is a public health problem that must be addressed,” said NACCHO Executive Director LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH. Organizations will participate in NACCHO’s acclaimed Roots of Health Inequity course to increase awareness of the health inequities and social injustices which impact the health outcomes of minority populations. New knowledge, insights, and awareness attained through participation in the course will help build organizations’ capacity to engage and serve minority populations, and address the social, structural, economic, and environmental issues that impact the implementation and success of clinical and behavioral interventions to improve HIV outcomes. “We’re committed to working with NACCHO to lend our expertise and assist providers to successfully address health disparities in HIV in the South,” said Barbara Cicatelli, CAI’s President and Founder.

NACCHO and CAI will work closely with each jurisdiction’s Ryan White Part A program and local health department to achieve the goals of the Southern Initiative. Close collaboration with local HIV prevention and care programs will ensure that the efforts of the Southern Initiative are integrated into the local HIV services infrastructure and sustainable beyond the project period. Successful interventions and lessons learned through this initiative will be shared broadly to support the improvement of HIV outcomes among minority populations across the Southern U.S., as well as throughout the country.

About NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about NACCHO, please visit www.naccho.org.

About CAI  
CAI is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of underserved populations worldwide. For more than 35 years CAI has provided customized capacity building services to health and human service organizations in more than 27 countries and in all 50 states. Offering more than 1,500 training programs annually, CAI’s passionate staff works to fulfill its mission: to use the transformative power of education and research to foster a more aware, healthy, compassionate and equitable world. For more information about CAI, please visit www.caiglobal.org.

This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) and administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), Division of Metropolitan HIV/AIDS Programs (DMHAP).

Contact
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Director, Media & Public Relations
Direct: 202-783-5551
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Aeromexico Reports October 2016 Traffic Results



MEXICO CITY, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Grupo Aeromexico S.A.B. de C.V. (“Aeromexico”) (BMV: AEROMEX) today reported October 2016 operational results.

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About Grupo Aeromexico

Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in commercial aviation in Mexico and the promotion of passenger loyalty programs. Aeromexico, Mexico´s global airline, operates more than 600 daily flights and its main hub is in Terminal 2 at Mexico City International Airport. Its destinations network features more than 80 cities on three continents, including 45 destinations in Mexico, 19 in the United States and Canada, 15 in Latin America, four in Europe and two in Asia.

The Group’s fleet of more than 130 aircraft is comprised of Boeing 787, 777 and 737 jet airliners and next generation Embraer 145, 170, 175 and 190 models. In 2012, the airline announced the most significant investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico, to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft including 90 MAX B737 jet airliners and 10 B787-9 Dreamliners.

As a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, Aeromexico offers customers 1,000 destinations in 177 countries served by the 20 SkyTeam airline partners rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 636 premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel on its codeshare partner flights with Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines and Westjet,  with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Colombia and Peru.

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B-Air Sets Benchmark Again by Increasing Warranty to Two-Years on All B-Air Pet & Animal and Water Damage Restoration Product Lines



B-Air is expanding its product warranty from one-year to a two-year warranty providing the best quality products and customer service

With a reputation for outstanding customer service, B-Air is making more great improvements to equip retailers and businesses with the most efficient, resilient equipment extending their original one-year warranty to a two-year warranty for all B-Air Pet and Animal and Water Damage Restoration products.

Commencing on October 1, the one-year warranty on parts and labor increased to a two-year warranty while keeping the five-year warranty on the housing products and five-year warranty on the refrigerant system for the dehumidifier product line. This increase in the warranty coverage is in direct correlation to the quality and durability of the B-Air product line.

We wanted to communicate to all customers the quality and reliability of the B-Air product line. To increase the warranty was an easy decision and a clear testament that we believe and stand behind all of our products. Choosing equipment is a very carefully thought out process for our business owners and we take pride when B-Air is their number one choice.

Greg Aghamanoukian,
B-Air President – WDR- Jan /San Division

“We wanted to communicate to all customers the quality and reliability of the B-Air product line. To increase the warranty was an easy decision and a clear testament that we believe and stand behind all of our products. Choosing equipment is a very carefully thought out process for our business owners and we take pride when B-Air is their number one choice,” said B-Air President – WDR- Jan /San Division, Greg Aghamanoukian.

For more information about B-Air Products or to contact the Tech Support & Warranty Center, go to www.b-air.com/tech-support or call 877-800-BAIR (2247).

About B-Air (Intertex):

For almost two decades, B-Air has developed and manufactured air movers, dryers, blowers, dehumidifiers and ventilators for commercial and retail use. B-Air prides itself on creating the highest quality products to supply the needs of the ever changing and evolving industries it serves. B-Air products are designed and engineered in California ensuring attention to detail and the highest standard of quality.

Leading the industry when it comes to the inflatable and pet industries, B-Air is positioned to become a market leader in the water restoration and janitorial industry having already become the go-to company for quality air movers, dehumidifiers, scrubbers, water damage restoration equipment and more. With accolades by reputable organizations, B-Air continues to uphold its core objectives: to develop superior products with exceptional customer service. For more information visit www.B-Air.com. Follow B-Air Products on Facebook (bairproducts), Twitter (@bairproducts) and Instagram (bairproducts). Follow B-Air Pet on Facebook (b.air.pet), Twitter (@bairpet) and Instagram (b.air.pet).

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