Econet Media Selects Verimatrix Cardless Security for its Alternative Video Services across Sub Saharan Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — TV Connect Africa 2016 (Booth #TV7) — Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-network, multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, today announced that Econet Media has selected the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) platform to secure its Kwesé TV service. As part of the initial rollout of its services portfolio, Verimatrix is providing revenue security for the Kwesé app and Kwesé Free Sports channel.

Kwesé TV has been developed to provide African consumers with a compelling alternative to the existing TV services in the region. Today, consumers can access premium live sports content, including the English Premier League, National Basketball Association (NBA), Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) and the National Football League (NFL), among others, on Android and iOS mobile devices through the app, FTA set-top boxes, and digital TVs with a built-in set-top box.






“It’s an exciting time to be in the broadcasting and media industry in Africa, especially as viewers are looking for increased choice and quality in their programming, as well as more convenient access. We aim to fill the existing gap in the market by providing viewers across the African continent with premium quality content,” said Joseph Hundah, Chief Executive Officer of Econet Media. “We recognize that we need to select the right partners in order for us to achieve our objectives, and security is an important aspect of our business. Verimatrix provides us with a scalable and cost-effective security solution.”

The VCAS platform and its cardless security solutions are highly flexible to ensure that multi-network and hybrid video delivery can be easily combined with traditional broadcast content. This enables the delivery of on-demand services in a cost-efficient manner. With the VCAS architecture hybrid offerings are just as secure as linear services, and operators gain flexible configuration options to help them stay a step ahead of potential pirates.

“Econet has taken a unique approach to the African TV market with the disruptive Kwesé TV offering, and we are thrilled to be the security partner of choice for the region’s freshest premium entertainment platform,” said Steve Oetegenn, president of Verimatrix. “VCAS supports Kwesé TV’s modern, cost effective approach to video delivery as it is designed to future proof the network by enabling Econet to add more advanced features on the same security platform as their service grows.”

Verimatrix will illustrate how security solutions are at the core of all key monetization strategies for pay-TV and Internet video service at TV Connect Africa 2016 Booth #TV7, 15-17 November in Cape Town, South Africa. Geir Bjørndal, VP International Strategy, Sales Middle East and Africa, will present a lunchtime Masterclass session to show operators in Africa how to get started with interactive services over IP. For additional information or to book an appointment with Verimatrix during the show, please visit www.verimatrix.com/TVConnectAfrica2016.

About Econet Media
A subsidiary company of the globally networked Econet Group founded by Executive Chairman Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Media is a dynamic content business driving the development of Kwesé, a fresh new television brand. Created for Sub-Saharan African audiences, Kwesé is inspired by the ‘TV everywhere’ revolution. As such, a range of Kwesé products will be made available on satellite and internet based platforms, including video-on-demand and mobile options. Focused on providing premium, affordable, exclusive viewing choices, Kwesé products will offer sports, music, movies, series, kids, lifestyle, faith, news and other programming. Consumers will also benefit from the infrastructural strength of Econet Media sister companies, Liquid Telecom and Econet Wireless. Their expertise and capacity in the areas of mobile and fixed telephony services, broadband, internet, satellite and fibre optic networks will be utilized to establish Kwesé products.  In addition, Econet Media have invested intensively to build its own operational assets. www.kwese.com.

About Verimatrix
Verimatrix specializes in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-network, multi-screen digital TV services around the globe and is recognized as the global number one in revenue security for connected video devices. The award-winning and independently audited Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) family of solutions enable next-generation video service providers to cost-effectively extend their networks and enable new business models. The company has continued its technical innovation by offering the world’s only globally interconnected revenue security platform, Verspective™ Intelligence Center, for automated system optimization and data collection/analytics.

Its unmatched partner ecosystem and close relationship with major studios, broadcasters and standards organizations enables Verimatrix to provide a unique advantage to video business issues beyond content security as operators introduce new services to leverage the proliferation of connected devices. Verimatrix is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. For more information, please visit www.verimatrix.com, our Pay TV Views blog and follow us @verimatrixincFacebook and LinkedIn to join the conversation.

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LCG vai patrocinar Stan Wawrinka, tenista número três do ranking mundial

LONDRES, 14 de novembro de 2016 /PRNewswire/ — London Capital Group, uma das maiores corretoras online de títulos, anunciou uma parceria de quatro anos com o tenista profissional suíço, Stan Wawrinka, terceiro no ranking mundial.

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O acordo de patrocínio de Wawrinka começa hoje e ele vai promover a marca da LCG na Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, que será realizada no O2 de Londres de domingo, 13, até domingo, 20 de novembro de 2016.

Wawrinka venceu três vezes o Grand Slam. Também ganhou a medalha de ouro para a Suíça na Olimpíada de 2008 em Pequim e a Copa Davis de 2014.

Stan Wawrinka afirmou: “Estou muito feliz por fazer essa parceria com um nome reconhecido globalmente como a LCG. Eles colocaram toda sua confiança em mim e estou muito animado por trabalhar com eles agora que começo uma nova fase na minha carreira.”

Charles Henri Sabet, CEO da London Capital Group, disse: “Estamos muito felizes por ter Stan Wawrinka como embaixador global da marca LCG. Ele é um atleta muito talentoso e uma figura inspiradora cuja carreira tem o trabalho duro e a dedicação como características principais.”

Ele acrescentou: “London Capital Group e Wawrinka compartilham uma paixão comum que é alcançar e manter a excelência em nossos respectivos campos. O compromisso inabalável dele com o esporte faz com que seja um parceiro ideal para nós. Ele é um indivíduo que incorpora os valores da nossa empresa, e é por isso que consideramos essa parceria muito mais do que apenas branding.”

Há muitas habilidades parecidas necessárias para alcançar o sucesso no tênis e nos negócios. Um corretor precisa estar focado e ser disciplinado, mas ter coragem de correr riscos dependendo das circunstâncias do mercado. Da mesma forma, Stan deve demonstrar essa mesma disciplina e compromisso com seu treinamento, estar bem preparado e ser capaz de se adaptar a qualquer situação durante um jogo. Como ele é um genuíno exemplo no tênis, nós somos exemplos nos negócios online.

Com mais de 20 anos no setor, a London Capital Group oferece mais de 5.000 mercados incluindo forex, ações, índices, commodities e opções de ações. A LCG oferece duas plataformas de negócios, a avançada LCG Trader e a MT4. A empresa ganhou vários prêmios por inovação, tecnologia e serviços. Com sede em Londres, a LCG está listada na Bolsa de Valores de Londres e autorizada e regulamentada pela Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Notas para a Mídia 

Sobre a LCG http://www.lcg.com

Com quase duas décadas no negócio de corretagem online, você pode ter certeza que está fazendo negócios com um nome experiente e globalmente reconhecido que está aqui para ficar. A LCG está listada na Bolsa de Valores de Londres, autorizada e regulada pela Financial Conduct Authority e opera com padrões e práticas bastante estritos. 

A London Capital Group Holdings plc (LCGH plc) é uma empresa registrada na Inglaterra e em Gales sob o número: 05497744. A London Capital Group LTD (LCG) é uma subsidiária da LCGH plc. A LCG está autorizada e regulada pela Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) sob o número de registro: 182110. A LCG é membro da Bolsa de Valores de Londres e está registrada sob o número: 3218125. O endereço da LCGH plc e da LCG é: 1 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LX.

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Novo Nordisk amplía su programa para cubrir a 20 mil niños con diabetes en los países en desarrollo

BAGSVAERD, Dinamarca, 14 de noviembre de 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Novo Nordisk anunció hoy una extensión de cuatro años de su programa para cambiar la diabetes en los niños “Changing Diabetes® in Children”, que proporciona acceso a tratamiento de la diabetes e insulina gratuita a los niños con diabetes tipo 1 en los países en desarrollo. El programa se ha extendido a cinco nuevos países: Camboya, Costa de Marfil, Myanmar, Senegal y Sudán. Para 2020, más de 20 mil niños se habrán beneficiado del programa en el transcurso de 11 años.

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Hace diez años, un niño en África subsahariana diagnosticado con diabetes tipo 1 con frecuencia tenía una esperanza de vida de menos de un año[i]. En respuesta, Novo Nordisk estableció el programa Changing Diabetes® in Children para apoyar un tratamiento de calidad sostenible y mejorar el diagnóstico de la enfermedad. Desde el inicio del programa en 2009, 13,700 niños en nueve países de África y el Sureste asiático han recibido insulina humana gratuita y acceso a la atención médica de la diabetes.

“El programa Changing Diabetes® in Children ha sido icónico”, dice el profesor Azad Khan, presidente de la Asociación de Diabéticos de Bangladesh. “Ha cambiado la vida de los niños con diabetes tipo 1 en Bangladesh. Su supervivencia depende del suministro de insulina, así como de educación sobre la manera de hacer frente a la diabetes, y el programa proporciona todo esto”.

Un gran número de los niños inscritos en el programa se encuentra ahora en un buen control de la diabetes y puede llevar una vida sana. Hasta la fecha, se han establecido 108 clínicas y más de 7 mil profesionales de la salud han sido capacitados en el tratamiento de la diabetes.

Además de proporcionar acceso a la insulina, el programa Changing Diabetes® in Children tiene como objetivo apoyar el desarrollo de sistemas de salud sostenibles. Lars Rebien Sørensen, presidente y CEO de Novo Nordisk, afirmó: “El suministro gratuito de medicamentos no sólo resuelve los problemas complejos de la atención médica. Por lo tanto, desde el inicio de este programa hemos trabajado en estrecha colaboración con los socios locales para ofrecer soluciones sostenibles incluyendo la insulina que mejoren la vida de los niños con diabetes tipo 1, tanto ahora como en el futuro”.

Acerca de Changing Diabetes® in Children 

Los socios globales del programa son Novo Nordisk, Roche, la Sociedad Internacional de Diabetes Pediátrica y Adolescente (ISPAD, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Fundación Mundial de Diabetes (WDF, por sus siglas en inglés). En cada uno de los nueve países donde el programa está ya establecido (Camerún, República Democrática del Congo, Etiopía, Guinea, Kenia, Tanzania, Uganda, Bangladesh y la India), el programa se ejecuta como una asociación público-privada con un grupo de socios locales. Los ministerios de salud nacionales en estos países desempeñan un papel clave para garantizar que el programa Changing Diabetes® in Children esté incorporado al sistema de salud existente.

Referencias 

i. Beran, Yudkin, Diabetes care in sub-Saharan Africa (El tratamiento de la diabetes en África subsahariana), 2006 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673606697043

Información adicional:
Medios:        

Erik Bakker, México, +52 1 55 2738 3526, ebak@novonordisk.com

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Public Interest Registry choisit Afilias pour ses services d'arrière-plan de registre

RESTON, Virginie, 14 novembre 2016 /PRNewswire/– Public Interest Registry – opérateur à non lucratif des domaines .org, .ngo et .ong, ainsi que de quatre noms internationaux de domaine (.ОРГ (xn--c1avg), .机构 (xn--nqv7f), .संगठन (xn--i1b6b1a6a2e), .组织机构 (xn--nqv7fs00ema)) a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il va conclure un nouvel accord de services de registre avec Afilias comme prestataire de services d’arrière-plan pour registre. Cette sélection fait suite à un processus concurrentiel d’approvisionnement lancé par Public Interest Registry et qui a évalué le potentiel de plus de 20 fournisseurs de services représentant 15 pays.

« Nous sommes engagés dans un processus d’approvisionnement objectif, solide, en vue de choisir un fournisseur qui adhère aux normes opérationnelles et éthiques les plus élevées, et qui associe des qualifications exceptionnelles à la possibilité de fournir des approches stratégiques et novatrices, » a déclaré Brian Cute, PDG de Public Interest Registry. « Nous sommes heureux de travailler avec Afilias pour continuer à fournir à nos utilisateurs partout dans le monde des services stables et sûrs de domaines. Nous remercions pour leurs efforts indiscutables tous ceux qui ont participé à notre processus d’approvisionnement. »






Depuis sa création en 2003, Public Interest Registry s’est forgé une réputation d’organisation exemplaire, centrée sur l’éducation et l’encouragement de la communauté mondiale non commerciale dans une utilisation plus efficace de l’internet. Un prestataire de services d’arrière-plan qualifié et stratégique est essentiel pour la mission de Public Interest Registry.

Afilias a été choisie comme représentant la meilleure solution de valeur sur la base de critères objectifs et d’exigences énoncés dans le processus d’approvisionnement de Public Interest Registry. Il est prévu qu’Afilias commence ses opérations aux termes de la nouvelle entente contractuelle le 1er janvier 2018.

À propos de Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry est une organisation sans but lucratif qui assure la gestion du domaine de premier niveau .org – troisième plus grand domaine « générique » de premier niveau avec plus de 10,7 millions de noms de domaine enregistrés dans le monde – et des domaines .ngo et .ong nouvellement lancés, de même que du site web communautaire OnGood. Public Interest Registry gère également quatre noms de domaines internationaux (.ОРГ (xn--c1avg), .机构 (xn--nqv7f), .संगठन (xn--i1b6b1a6a2e), .组织机构 (xn--nqv7fs00ema)) afin de soutenir et d’encourager l’utilisation de langues locales sur l’internet. Défenseur de la collaboration, de la sécurité et de la sûreté sur l’internet, Public Interest Registry a pour mission d’éduquer et d’encourager la communauté mondiale non commerciale pour qu’elle utilise l’internet plus efficacement et prenne une position de leadership parmi les intervenants à propos de l’internet et d’autres questions liées au système d’affectation de noms. Public Interest Registry a été fondé par l’Internet Society (internetsociety.org) en 2002 et il est basé à Reston en Virginie aux États-Unis.

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Novo Nordisk prolonge son programme afin de prendre en charge jusqu'à 20 000 enfants atteints de diabète dans les pays en voie de développement

Bagsværd, Denmark, 14 November 2016 ­– Today, Novo Nordisk announced a four-year extension of its Changing Diabetes® in Children programme which provides access to diabetes care and free insulin to children with type 1 diabetes in developing countries. The expansion sees five new countries join the programme; Cambodia, Ivory Coast, Myanmar, Senegal and Sudan. By 2020, more than 20,000 children over the course of 11 years will have benefited from the programme.

Ten years ago, a child in Sub-Saharan Africa diagnosed with type 1 diabetes often had a life expectancy of less than a year1. In response, Novo Nordisk established the Changing Diabetes® in Children programme to support sustainable quality care and improved diagnosis of the condition. Since the start of the programme in 2009, 13,700 children in nine countries in Africa and South-East Asia have received free human insulin and access to diabetes care.

“The Changing Diabetes® in Children programme has been iconic,” says Professor Azad Khan, president of the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh. “It has changed the lives of children with type 1 diabetes in Bangladesh. Their survival depends on the supply of insulin as well as education on how to cope with diabetes, and the programme provides all of this.”

A large number of children enrolled in the program are experiencing good control and have a chance to lead healthier lives. To date, 108 clinics have been established and more than 7,000 healthcare professionals have been trained in diabetes care.

In addition to providing access to insulin, the Changing Diabetes® in Children programme aims to support the development of sustainable healthcare systems. Lars Rebien Sørensen, president and CEO of Novo Nordisk, expressed: “The provision of free medicine alone doesn’t solve complex healthcare challenges. From the outset of this programme, we have therefore worked closely with local partners to deliver sustainable solutions alongside insulin to improve the lives of children with type 1 diabetes both now and in the future.”

About Changing Diabetes® in Children
The global partners in the programme are Novo Nordisk, Roche, the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) and the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF). In each of the nine already established countries (Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Bangladesh and India), the programme is implemented as a public-private partnership with a group of local partners. The national ministries of health in these countries play a key role to ensure that Changing Diabetes® in Children is anchored within the existing healthcare system.

Further information

References

1Beran, Yudkin, Diabetes care in sub-Saharan Africa, 2006 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673606697043


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Public Interest Registry wählt Afilias für Back-End-Registrierungsdienste aus

RESTON, Virginia, 14. November 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Public Interest Registry – die gemeinnützige Betreiberin der .org, .ngo und .ong-Domains und vier internationalisierter Domainnamen (.ОРГ (xn--c1avg), .机构 (xn--nqv7f), .संगठन (xn--i1b6b1a6a2e), .组织机构 (xn--nqv7fs00ema)) – wird einen neuen Vertrag mit Afilias als Serviceprovider für ihre Back-End-Registrierungsdienste abschließen. Die Auswahl erfolgte über ein wettbewerbliches Vergabeverfahren, für das Public Interest Registry mehr als 20 potenzielle Dienstleister aus 15 Ländern evaluiert hat.

„Wir haben ein objektives, strenges Vergabeverfahren durchgeführt, um einen Anbieter auszuwählen, der sich höchsten operativen und ethischen Standards verpflichtet, und der herausragende Qualifikationen mit der Fähigkeit verbindet, strategische und innovative Ansätze liefern zu können”, sagt Brian Cute, CEO von Public Interest Registry. „Wir freuen uns, mit Afilias  arbeiten zu können, um unseren Anwendern rund um den Globus auch weiterhin sichere und stabile Domain-Services zu liefern. Wir danken allen, die sich an unserem Vergabeverfahren beteiligt haben, für ihren großen Einsatz.”






Seit ihrer Gründung im Jahre 2003 hat Public Interest Registry den Ruf einer vorbildlichen Organisation erworben, die sich darauf konzentriert, die Nonprofit Community weltweit bei der effektiveren Nutzung des Internets zu unterstützen. Ein qualifizierter und strategisch ausgerichteter Anbieter von Back-End-Registrierungsdiensten ist für die Mission von Public Interest Registry von entscheidender Bedeutung.

Afilias wurde auf Grundlage der im Vergabeverfahren von Public Interest Registry festgelegten objektiven Kriterien und Anforderungen als die Lösung mit dem optimalen Preis-Leistungsverhältnis ausgewählt und wird den Betrieb unter dem neuen Vertrag voraussichtlich zum 1. Januar 2018 aufnehmen.

Über Public Interest Registry
Die Public Interest Registry ist eine gemeinnützige Organisation, die die Top-Level-Domain .org – die drittgrößte „generische” Top-Level-Domain der Welt mit mehr als 10,7 Millionen registrierten Domainnamen weltweit – sowie die neu eingeführten Domains. ngo und. ong und die OnGood Community-Website betreibt. Public Interest Registry betreibt darüber hinaus vier internationalisierte Domainnamen (.ОРГ (xn--c1avg), .机构 (xn--nqv7f), .संगठन (xn--i1b6b1a6a2e), .组织机构 (xn--nqv7fs00ema)), um die Verwendung von lokalen Sprachen im Internet zu unterstützen und zu fördern.  Die Public Interest Registry versteht sich als Fürsprecher von Zusammenarbeit, Sicherheit und Schutz im Internet und hat sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, die Nonprofit Community weltweit zu unterrichten und bei der effektiveren Nutzung des Internets zu unterstützen, und eine Führungsrolle unter den Interessengruppen des Internets zu Richtlinien und anderen Themen im Zusammenhang mit dem Domainnamensystem zu übernehmen. Die Public Interest Registry wurde 2002 von der Internet Society (internetsociety.org) gegründet und hat ihren Sitz in Reston, Virginia (USA).

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BroadSoft Hub Adds Contextual Intelligence to Communications for Greater Workforce Productivity

     BroadSoft launches Hub to power the BroadSoft Business productivity application suite, enabling contextual conversations by bridging the gap between applications, information and communicationsGAITHERSBURG, Md., Nov. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BroadSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ:BSFT), a global unified communication software as a service (UCaaS) leader, today announced the launch of BroadSoft Hub, a new enterprise-grade cloud service integrating real-time communications with cloud applications and contextual intelligence for more productive communications and greater mobility. Hub is powering the future of work by providing BroadSoft Business users with immediate access to relevant information for every conversation – wherever they are, on whatever device.Workforce productivity suffers when the relationship between multiple business applications and real-time communications are disjointed. According to a 2014 HubSpot research report, an average of 31 hours per month is spent in unproductive meetings, with much of this time taken up searching through information scattered across locations, devices and applications1. As a result, business processes and workflows often become fragmented, causing productivity to fall.BroadSoft Hub provides users with a single unified experience, bringing together BroadSoft Business – UC-One, Team-One and CC-One – and cloud apps with contextual information, such as recent files, email, social media engagements, tasks and IM sessions, without opening or searching through additional applications. Hub satisfies the need for truly effortless communications and collaboration demanded by today’s workforce, enabling new levels of productivity and mobility through a unified user experience.As the market share leader for cloud UC, BroadSoft is a mobile-first cloud PBX, UC, team collaboration and contact center platform trusted by 25 of the world’s top 30 service providers by revenue. BroadSoft Hub can reduce the cost and complexity associated with applications, integrating out-of-the-box with Google G Suite, Office 365, Salesforce, Twitter and more, as well as BroadSoft Business applications for UC, team collaboration and contact center. In addition, the BroadSoft Developer Program enables customers and developers to use BroadSoft Business bOpen APIs, SDKs and sandbox tools to quickly, reliably and securely develop custom integrations and apps.“By combining contextual intelligence with UC, BroadSoft Hub transforms communications into smart conversations. The new service increases productivity, optimizes process workflows and elevates the user experience,” said Scott Hoffpauir, chief technology officer, BroadSoft. “By placing the user at the heart of their integrated cloud applications, they have the tools ready to manage information overload and navigate through information effortlessly and instinctively.”BroadSoft Hub has been inspired by the BroadSoft Project Tempo innovation initiative, its vision for the future of work, launched at BroadSoft Connections 2015. A successful beta program involving select BroadSoft service provider customers from around the world has supported the refinement of the BroadSoft Hub user experience. BroadSoft Hub will be available to all customers from March 2017.Find out more about BroadSoft Hub here.  Forward-Looking Statements:This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may be identified by their use of terms and phrases such as “enables” and “can,” and other similar terms and phrases and include, among others, statements regarding the benefits to BroadSoft’s customers resulting from the use of the BroadSoft Hub solution. The outcome of the events described in these forward-looking statements is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated by these forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the financial and other benefits to BroadSoft resulting from the use of BroadSoft Hub by its service provider customers as those factors contained in the “Risk Factors” section of BroadSoft’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, on February 29, 2016, and in BroadSoft’s other filings with the SEC. All information in this release is as of November 14, 2016. Except as required by law, BroadSoft undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement made herein for any reason to conform the statement to actual results or changes in its expectations.About BroadSoft:BroadSoft is the technology innovator in cloud communications, collaboration, and contact center solutions for businesses and service providers across 80 countries. We are the market share leader for cloud unified communications with an open, mobile and secure platform trusted by 25 of the world’s top 30 service providers by revenue. Our BroadSoft Business application suite empowers users and teams to share ideas and work simply to achieve breakthrough performance.For additional information, visit www.BroadSoft.com.Twitter | LinkedIn | Work It!1  HubSpot – June 12, 2014, You’re Going to Waste 31 Hours in Meetings This Month, Written by Corey WainwrightInvestor Relations:
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Gildan Activewear Announces Proposed Acquisition of American Apparel Brand

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – Nov. 14, 2016) – Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX:GIL)(NYSE:GIL) today announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement (APA) to acquire the worldwide intellectual property rights related to the American Apparel® brand and certain assets from American Apparel, LLC, (American Apparel), a U.S.-based manufacturer of fashion basics, for a cash purchase price of approximately $66 million. Gildan will also separately purchase inventory from American Apparel to ensure a seamless supply of goods in the printwear channel while the Company integrates the brand within its Printwear business. Gildan will not be purchasing any retail store assets. The closing of the transaction is subject to approvals by the American Apparel bankruptcy process and customary conditions, and is expected to occur during the first quarter of 2017.

The American Apparel® brand is a highly recognized brand among consumers and within the North American printwear channel. The American Apparel® brand would represent a strong complementary addition to the Company’s portfolio of brands. The acquisition will create revenue growth opportunities by leveraging Gildan’s extensive distribution network in North American and international printwear markets to further increase the brand’s penetration in the faster growing fashion basics segments of these markets. In addition, with American Apparel®’s strong heritage as a consumer brand, the Company will evaluate potential wholesale opportunities for leveraging the brand within its Branded Apparel business.

American Apparel voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on November 14, 2016. The Bankruptcy Court may require American Apparel to hold an auction for its assets and business under which the proposed acquisition would constitute the initial bid. Consummation of the acquisition would be subject to Gildan being selected as the successful bidder in any such auction and Bankruptcy Court approval. Gildan will be entitled to a break-up fee and certain expense reimbursements if it does not prevail as the successful bidder at any such auction.

Caution concerning forward-looking statements

Certain statements included in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities legislation and regulations, and are subject to important risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. This forward-looking information includes, amongst others, information with respect to our objectives and the strategies to achieve these objectives, as well as information with respect to our beliefs, plans, expectations, anticipations, estimates, and intentions. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of conditional or forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “project”, “assume”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “foresee”, “believe” or “continue” or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology. We refer you to the Company’s filings with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the risks described under the “Financial risk management”, “Critical accounting estimates and judgments”, and “Risks and uncertainties” sections of the Company’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three and nine-month periods ended October 2, 2016 and for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2016 for a discussion of the various factors that may affect the Company’s future results. Material factors and assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection are also set out throughout such documents and this press release.

Forward-looking information is inherently uncertain and the results or events predicted in such forward-looking information may differ materially from actual results or events. Material factors, which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from a conclusion, forecast or projection in such forward-looking information, include, but are not limited to:

  • our ability to implement our growth strategies and plans, including achieving market share gains, obtaining and successfully introducing new sales programs, implementing new product introductions, increasing capacity, implementing cost reduction initiatives, and completing and successfully integrating acquisitions;
  • the intensity of competitive activity and our ability to compete effectively;
  • adverse changes in general economic and financial conditions globally or in one or more of the markets we serve;
  • our reliance on a small number of significant customers;
  • the fact that our customers do not commit contractually to minimum quantity purchases;
  • our ability to anticipate, identify or react to changes in consumer preferences and trends;
  • our ability to manage production and inventory levels effectively in relation to changes in customer demand;
  • fluctuations and volatility in the price of raw materials used to manufacture our products, such as cotton, polyester fibres, dyes and other chemicals;
  • our dependence on key suppliers and our ability to maintain an uninterrupted supply of raw materials and finished goods;
  • the impact of climate, political, social and economic risks in the countries in which we operate or from which we source production;
  • disruption to manufacturing and distribution activities due to such factors as operational issues, disruptions in transportation logistic functions, labour disruptions, political or social instability, bad weather, natural disasters, pandemics and other unforeseen adverse events;
  • changes to international trade legislation that the Company is currently relying on in conducting its manufacturing operations or the application of safeguards thereunder, including agreements that may be affected by the United Kingdom’s June 23, 2016 vote to leave the European Union;
  • factors or circumstances that could increase our effective income tax rate, including the outcome of any tax audits or changes to applicable tax laws or treaties;
  • compliance with applicable environmental, tax, trade, employment, health and safety, anti-corruption, privacy and other laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which we operate;
  • operational problems with our information systems as a result of system failures, viruses, security and cyber security breaches, disasters, and disruptions due to system upgrades or the integration of systems;
  • adverse changes in third party licensing arrangements and licensed brands;
  • our ability to protect our intellectual property rights;
  • changes in our relationship with our employees or changes to domestic and foreign employment laws and regulations;
  • negative publicity as a result of actual, alleged or perceived violations of labour and environmental laws or international labour standards, or unethical labour or other business practices by the Company or one of its third-party contractors;
  • our dependence on key management and our ability to attract and/or retain key personnel;
  • changes to and failure to comply with consumer product safety laws and regulations;
  • changes in accounting policies and estimates;
  • exposure to risks arising from financial instruments, including credit risk, liquidity risk, foreign currency risk and interest rate risk, as well as risks arising from commodity prices;
  • the adverse impact of any current or future legal and regulatory actions; and
  • an actual or perceived breach of data security.

These factors may cause the Company’s actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements do not take into account the effect that transactions or non-recurring or other special items announced or occurring after the statements are made, may have on the Company’s business. For example, they do not include the effect of business dispositions, acquisitions, other business transactions, asset write-downs, asset impairment losses or other charges announced or occurring after forward-looking statements are made. The financial impact of such transactions and non-recurring and other special items can be complex and necessarily depends on the facts particular to each of them.

There can be no assurance that the expectations represented by our forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. The purpose of the forward-looking statements is to provide the reader with a description of management’s expectations regarding the Company’s future financial performance and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Furthermore, unless otherwise stated, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and we do not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise unless required by applicable legislation or regulation. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Peds®, MediPeds® and Therapy Plus™ brands. Sock products are also distributed through the Company’s exclusive U.S. sock license for the Under Armour® brand, and a wide array of products is also marketed through a global license for the Mossy Oak® brand. The Company sells its products through two primary channels of distribution, namely printwear and retail markets. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. In retail markets, the Company sells its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada and also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America, and Bangladesh. These facilities are strategically located to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 48,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout the Company’s supply chain. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.


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The First Group Celebrates Construction Progress on Award-Winning Millennium Place JVT Dubai

Dubai-based property developer marks the occasion with ceremony attended by VIPs including its newest brand ambassador, Indian Test cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The First Group has undertaken a ceremony to celebrate the progress of construction at one of its newest hotel developments, Millennium Place JVT Dubai, an award-winning project located in the heart of ‘New Dubai’ – the bustling Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT) district.

The ceremony was attended by senior management from Dubai’s leading property developer, as well as Millennium & Copthorne, Middle East & Africa, the international hospitality group appointed to manage this stylish four-star deluxe property, which is scheduled to open in 2019.

In addition and taking centre stage at the event was The First Group’s newest brand ambassador, Indian Test cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, who has invested in Millennium Place JVT Dubai.

The international sports star, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen in cricket history, broke ground at the construction site to the applause of key stakeholders.

Attending on behalf of The First Group were Chief Operating Officer Rob Burns, Chief Investment Officer Rashad Barajakly, Head of Asset Management and Mariano Faz, while Millennium & Copthorne’s VIPs included Chief Operating Officer Francois Kassab, Vice President of Operations David Todd, Vice President of Technical Services Kevin Cairns and Director of Hotel Openings Jad Shamseddin.

“Millennium Place JVT Dubai marks the start of a new chapter for The First Group as we forge ahead with plans to expand our portfolio of hotels in sought-after districts across the city,” said Burns.

“We look forward to seeing this modern hotel take shape, a property we believe will set the benchmark for hospitality standards in Jumeirah Village Triangle.”

Francois Kassab, Chief Operating Officer, Millennium & Copthorne, Middle East & Africa said: “We are very excited to have attended this ceremony and witness the considerable progress in the construction of Millennium Place JVT Dubai, thanks to The First Group. We look forward to working closely with one of Dubai’s leading property developers to ensure the success of this project. There is a huge demand for quality and affordable hospitality offerings in the UAE and we are confident that this hotel will be a strong addition to both the city and to our portfolio, which we aim to grow to 100 properties by 2020.”

Millennium Place JVT Dubai will be a high-profile addition to Dubai’s dazzling skyline, thanks to its striking glass-clad façade.

The 34-story property with a large inventory of 599 guest rooms, has already gained recognition for its innovative design, receiving a Highly Commended Award in the Best New Hotel Design & Construction category at the recent 2016-2017 Africa & Arabia Property Awards.

The new hotel is located in one of Dubai’s most vibrant commercial and residential communities, close to all of the city’s major roads, as well as the city’s new mega aviation hub, Al Maktoum International Airport.

The Expo 2020 Dubai site in Dubai South and popular shopping destinations including Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates are all in close proximity while the hotly-anticipated Al Khail Avenue Mall development, due to open in 2018, is virtually on the hotel’s doorstep.

Millennium Place JVT Dubai has been designed with business and leisure guests in mind, with stand-out facilities including specialty restaurants, a spa, business centre, and a luxurious rooftop clubhouse with swimming pool, gym, steam rooms and a sundeck.

Gavaskar described being on hand at such an early stage of the development of Millennium Place JVT Dubai as a “proud moment”.

“It is a true honour to be invited to this ceremony, which signals exciting times ahead for The First Group,” he said.

“It’s a pleasure to be involved in the promotion of one of the Middle East’s most dynamic property development firms – an organisation I have found professional, welcoming and pioneering in its field.”

Millennium Place JVT Dubai is The First Group’s fourth dedicated hotel development in Dubai.

About the First Group

The First Group is a British-owned international hotel & property development company, whose principals have built up their expertise and success in the global market over the last 30 years. The First Group management team draws from strong and diverse backgrounds in the fields of global property, finance, acquisition, marketing and product development. Its expert eye for emerging property market potential and prestigious partnerships with industry leaders means that their clients can enjoy secure and attractive returns from one of the world’s most vibrant hotel markets. With its headquarters in Dubai and global presence spanning Algeria, Azerbaijan, Ghana, India, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Oman, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, The First Group’s client base is expanding rapidly. For more details visit: www.thefirstgroup.com.

About Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Plc

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc is a dynamic, global hotel company, which owns, asset manages and/or operates over 130 hotels worldwide. With almost 40,000 rooms worldwide, the company is present on all continents with a portfolio of brands which serve different market segments, representing quality and value in every class.

From a single property in Abu Dhabi, Millennium & Copthorne, Middle East & Africa has expanded into various neighbouring destinations and is now recognised as one of the fastest growing regional hotel management companies in the Middle East & Africa. Along the way, the company has cultivated partnerships with reputable and respected owners. Millennium & Copthorne currently operates 28 hotels, has 12 hotels due to open within the next year and aims to have 100 properties by 2020 for the MEA region.

*Source: ME NewsWire

Contacts

The First Group
Eve Humphreys, +9714-438-7458
Director of Brand & Marketing Communications
Eve.Humphreys@thefirstgroup.com


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Air New Zealand Named Airline of the Year by Airlineratings.com

PERTH, Australia, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website has announced Air New Zealand as its Airline of the Year for 2017.

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The global ratings agency AirlineRatings.com promotes safety and excellence in the airline industry and one of the pinnacles of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards.

Air New Zealand is being honoured for the fourth consecutive year for its record-breaking financial performance, award winning in-flight innovations, operational safety, environmental leadership and motivation of its staff. These factors have stamped the airline as an industry trendsetter.

The AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards program combines four major international industry and government audits, with another nine key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings.

AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said: “In our objective analysis Air New Zealand came out number one in virtually all of our audit criteria, which is an exceptional performance.”

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon says being recognised once again by the industry is a real highlight for its people in a record year of performance.

“The past 12 months have been exceptional for Air New Zealand – we’ve continued to invest in a streamlined and refurbished fleet, launched three new international routes and rolled out improvements to the customer experience with enhanced inflight entertainment and a multi-million dollar lounge redevelopment programme.

“Above all, the award is testament to the talented team of people who make Air New Zealand great by putting customers at the heart of everything we do.”

Other winners in the Airline Excellence Awards are: Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic, Norwegian, Lufthansa, Delta Air Lines, Virgin America and Kulula.com. 

Scooping three awards, Qantas, won Best Domestic Airline Service, Best Catering and Best Lounges.

Etihad Airways picked up Best First Class, while Virgin Australia won Best Business Class.

Best In-Flight Entertainment went to Emirates.

The Virgin Group – Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America picked up Best Cabin Crew.

Flybe won Best Regional Airline and Garuda Indonesia Most Improved Airline.

For excellence in Long Haul travel the editors selected Delta Air Lines (Americas), Virgin Atlantic (Europe), Etihad Airways (Middle-East/Africa) and Singapore Airlines (Asia/Pacific).  

For value and safety in the Low Cost Airline sector, the editors selected Virgin America (Americas), Norwegian (Europe), Kulula.com (Africa/Middle-East) and Scoot (Asia/Pacific).

AirlineRatings.com has also announced its top ten airlines for 2017.

Heading the list is Air New Zealand followed by Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic/Virgin Australia, British Airways, Etihad Airways, All Nippon Airways, Eva Air and Lufthansa.

About AirlineRatings.com: http://www.airlineratings.com/about-us.php

Photo caption: Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon and AirlineRatings.com Geoffrey Thomas

Contact:
AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas +61 41 793 6610 (24/7)
Email: Geoffrey.Thomas@AirlineRatings.com

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