Friday, July 31, 2015

Cancer Experts to Gather In Dubai in October

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Monday, July 27th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

More than 1,200 Oncologists and Allied healthcare professionals will gather in Dubai this year from 29 to 31 October for the UAE Cancer Congress to learn and network with Cancer Specialists from around the globe. The participants will discuss the latest cancer research, guidelines, developments and showcase best practices from regional and international institutions viz, MD Anderson USA, Tata Memorial Hospital and other leading institutions from India, Korea, Singapore, Australia etc.

UAE Cancer Congress is the most anticipated oncology event in the Middle East since 1999, many public and private cancer treatment institutions are supporting the meeting to raise the level of treatment and practice at clinician’s level for better patient care keeping true to objective of UAE Cancer Congress which is "Promoting Excellence in Oncology".

Al Noor Hospitals Group and Gulf International Cancer Center are the Presenting Sponsor has been supporting the meeting for the last two years. Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital - Ras Al-Khaimah is participating this year as a Main Partner Sponsor and American Hospital is supporting the meeting as Healthcare Partner Sponsor

Dr. Jaewoong Lee, Deputy of Oncology Center of Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital - Ras Al-Khaimah commented: “We are very delighted to participate as a Main Partner of UAE Cancer Congress. This is a great opportunity to share a commitment to medical science education, research and excellence of clinical service with our alliances. UAE Cancer Congress makes an attention to Cancer treatment between national clinical researchers and looks forward to helpful patient care in the UAE, Dr. Lee added. 

The conference will be covering current leading topics on multi-disciplinary cancer treatments including breast, lung, stomach, head & neck, blood and other key areas. The congress will also feature presentations on the study of the spread and control of cancer, early diagnosis, reducing cancer risk and cancer treatment.

Mr. Peter Makowski, CEO of the American Hospital Dubai also said: “As exclusive Healthcare Partner to the UAE Cancer Congress 2015, the American Hospital Dubai will play a full and active role in supporting this important event which focuses on a vital clinical area in which the hospital has built substantial expertise within Dubai’s world class healthcare hub. Our physicians and staff will participate as faculty and speakers in the scientific and academic programs; the hospital will also present the full portfolio of comprehensive services available in the Cancer Care Center, which opened in 2005. Our multidisciplinary team provides advanced diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services, including chemotherapy and the only radiotherapy department in Dubai. The Center treats up to 50 cancer patients, adults and children, every day.”

Collaborations with regional Oncology societies are the key features behind the success of the congress that are driven by the force of a shared mission to advance progress in cancer treatment.

About MCI

MCI is a globally integrated association, communication and event management company with 56 offices in 29 countries. Our combined expertise offers strategy, creativity and execution in the field of Association Management (AMC), Congress and Exhibition (PCO), live communication, meetings, events and incentives and performance improvement programmes.

MCI’s conference division creates a platform for learning through knowledge sharing and networking with peers. Our experienced team of professionals brings together industry experts that will present best practices through case studies and interactive discussions that address your challenges and enable you take home successful conclusions. We believe in building strong relationships with senior professionals from top companies and keep ourselves up-to-date with latest industry developments. We, at MCI, deliver to the highest professional standards of quality and excellence in helping you achieve significant business results. 

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Visa and Stripe Partner to Expand Online Commerce Globally

Visa makes strategic investment in Stripe to support international expansion

SAN FRANCISCO - Wednesday, July 29th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) and Stripe, a mobile and online payment provider, today announced a strategic partnership to support new technologies and online payment experiences for merchants, developers and consumers worldwide. Through this relationship, Stripe will accelerate its international expansion, particularly in emerging markets, accessing Visa’s global footprint through its acquiring and issuing partners. To support this growth and joint long-term initiatives, Visa has also made a strategic investment in Stripe.

Working together, the companies will enable a global payments solution for new ecommerce experiences like “buy buttons” and new innovations to come. Stripe will also be one of the first beta partners to connect to Visa’s network capabilities via APIs and SDKs, offering their developer community access to payment and risk management services, Visa’s tokenization service and security technologies. With this joint effort, Visa and Stripe will offer an expanded set of capabilities to the developer community and the payment ecosystem worldwide.

“Given the explosive growth of new commerce experiences enabled by a global developer community, Visa is expanding its strategic relationships across the payments ecosystem,” said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president, innovation and strategic partnerships, Visa. “We are very excited to work with Stripe and leverage our combined assets to broaden our offering to new types of merchants and developers globally.”

“Stripe aims to give developers the tools they need to create the most secure and novel buying experiences,” said Patrick Collison, CEO and co-founder of Stripe. “Our partnership with Visa will accelerate our ability to expand to markets around the world, and give developers even more control over the end-to-end experience. We’re very excited about the potential.”

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 56,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit, and @VisaNews.    



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C.H. Robinson Maintains Top Spot on Inbound Logistics 3PL List

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Tuesday, July 28th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Halfway into a decade rife with market fluctuations and abrupt change, C.H. Robinson’s ability to consistently provide exceptional service and help customers achieve supply chain success has led it to be named the #1 3PL by readers of Inbound Logistics magazine for the fifth consecutive year.

Since 1998, Inbound Logistics magazine has been conducting the annual Reader’s Choice Top 3PL Excellence Awards as a way for professionals in the logistics community to recognize their 3PL and all of the positive ways they impact their business. C.H. Robinson has been recognized on this list since the program’s inception.

Click to tweet: 5 in a row! @CHRobinsonInc named #1 Top 3PL by @ILMagazine readers #CHRTop3PL.

“This accomplishment is a direct result of C.H. Robinson’s greatest asset, its people, and their unwavering dedication to making an impact on our customer’s supply chains every single day,” said John Wiehoff, chief executive officer at C.H. Robinson.

Through an interactive digital platform, C.H. Robinson encouraged customers and carriers to engage in direct, two-way dialogue and share their experiences about working with the company. Hundreds of customers shared their comments through various social media and digital channels, resulting in C.H. Robinson’s return to the #1 spot on this prestigious list.

“C.H. Robinson continues to be recognized by our reader’s for their deep market knowledge, practical experience, and drive to help the world’s supply chains succeed,” said Felecia Stratton, editor-in-chief at Inbound Logistics magazine.

As a service company, C.H. Robinson’s people are at the forefront of bringing exceptional solutions to over 46,000 customers around the world. Receiving this award is a testament to hiring people who work for their customers every day by actively communicating, solving problems, and proactively addressing challenges that ever-changing market conditions present.

About C.H. Robinson

Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson is a global provider of multimodal logistics services, fresh produce sourcing, and information services to over 46,000 customers through a network of more than 280 offices and 12,000 employees around the world. The company works with 66,000 transportation providers worldwide. C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenues of $13.4 billion in 2014.

Through the company and its Foundation, C.H. Robinson and its employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Health Charities, American Red Cross, Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, and Global Impact. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has been publicly traded on the NASDAQ since 1997. For more information about C.H. Robinson, visit    


C.H. Robinson

Mike Wilken, 952-937-6761

Public Relations Manager


MPEG LA Announces Call for Patents to Organize Joint License for MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP)

DASH reduces audio and video interruptions over mobile networks and the Internet

DENVER - Tuesday, July 28th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- World licensing leader MPEG LA, LLC today announced a call for patents essential to the MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) standards for the purpose of offering the market efficient access to this important technology. Currently used in leading content delivery platforms, DASH adaptively streams audio and video content enabling continuous viewing without freezing or stuttering.

“Market adoption of DASH technology standards has increased to the point where the market would benefit from the availability of a convenient nondiscriminatory, nonexclusive worldwide one-stop patent pool license,” said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn. “We invite all patent holders to participate.”

To participate in the initial meeting for the creation of a joint DASH License, any party that believes it has patents that are essential to the DASH standards is invited to submit them for evaluation of essentiality by September 9, 2015. Please visit our website at for further information.


MPEG LA is the world leader in alternative technology licenses. By assisting users with implementation of their technology choices, MPEG LA offers licensing solutions that create opportunities for wide adoption and fuel innovation. MPEG LA’s pioneering MPEG-2 licensing program helped produce the most widely employed standard in consumer electronics history and has become the template for addressing numerous other technologies. Today MPEG LA manages licensing programs consisting of 10,000 patents in 80 countries with 200 licensors and some 6,000 licensees. For more information, please refer to



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Ministry of Interior Participates in a Security Training in Slovakia

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Sunday, July 26th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

The Ministry of Interior (MoI), represented by the Response Team for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, has participated in a security training exercise that was held recently in the Slovak Republic.

From 6 to 10 July, the five-day exercise was conducted by the US Department of Energy in cooperation with the Slovakian Interior Ministry. The participation of the UAE comes under the strategic collaboration and partnership with the Slovak Republic in order to effectuate the memorandum of understanding between the two countries in the security fields.

The delegation of the MoI emphasized the importance of participating in such exercises that promote the exchange of expertise and build upon each country’s levels of readiness. The delegation also highlighted the importance of recognizing opportunities for improvement in security fields and of identifying the best international practices that have already been adopted.

It is worth mentioning that the training held in the Slovak Republic was attended by several local entities, of whom represented the national team and a number of countries. Throughout the framework of the training exercises, various training scenarios were implemented.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beuth University of Applied Sciences and RENAC: New travel grants to study renewable energy and energy efficiency in Germany

BERLIN - Tuesday, July 28th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin and the Renewables Academy (RENAC), co-organisers of both the distance learning degrees Master of Business Administration (MBA) Renewables and Master of Science Energy and Resource Efficiency (ERE International), are launching a new scholarship programme: The four students of each study programme obtaining the best grades in the first semester will be granted up to 1,200 € for travel costs to participate in the on-campus time. The on-campus time is offered as an elective module in the 2nd semester in Berlin (Germany).

Designed for professionals who pursue a management position in the fast growing green economy, the accredited MBA Renewables combines economic, technical, legal, political and organisational knowledge tailored to the needs of the renewable energy markets. According to MBA Renewables graduate Kareem Abu Eid, “this programme is a specialised MBA that enhances students’ professional development!”

Investing in efficiency is essential to increase competitiveness and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. ERE International - with a focus on energy and resource efficiency in energy supply, industry, commerce and the built environment - shows how to deal with the challenges of resource allocation both in the public and private sectors.

The on-campus times provide excellent networking opportunities combined with practical, hands-on training and site visits to real installations. In this way, students coming from the whole world not only put their knowledge into practice, but also establish direct contacts with other students and the industry. “I hope there will be more chances similar to this”, 2015 on-campus time participant Ömer Muhtaroglu said. “From the content of the course to the on-site visits, everything was perfect”.

The Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin offers more than 72 accredited programmes in engineering, sciences and economics. The modern distance learning center has more than 32 years of experience in higher education.

RENAC, a globally operating expert on training for renewable energies and energy efficiency, serves as a bridge between students and the industry.

Interested people can apply until 1st September to start on 1st October on MBA Renewables or ERE International websites.

For further information on the scholarship programme, please see the terms and conditions.    


Elena Cantos

Renewables Academy AG

PR & Marketing Director



New CEO Appointed to Allianz Worldwide Care

Ida Luka-Lognoné takes the helm at global health and life insurance company

DUBLIN - Tuesday, July 28th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Allianz Worldwide Care has announced that Ida Luka-Lognoné, Executive Committee member of Allianz Worldwide Partners, has succeeded Ron Buchan as CEO of Allianz Worldwide Care.

Ida Luka-Lognoné, Polish and French citizen, has a wealth of experience in the insurance industry. Having joined Elvia Travel Insurance Group in 1992, she was appointed Director of Business Development for Central and Eastern Europe in 1996. Ida became Director of the European Region for Mondial Assistance Group in 2000, and Member of its Executive Committee in 2002. Before joining Allianz Worldwide Partners’ Executive Committee in January 2014, responsible for Strategy, Innovation and Market Management, Ida was CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa within Allianz Global Assistance.

Mr Buchan, who successfully led Allianz Worldwide Care from a start-up to become one of the world’s largest international health insurance companies, recently retired after a long and distinguished career. He has taken up an advisory role as Chairman of the Allianz Worldwide Care Board.

Allianz Worldwide Care is the international health and life insurance division of Allianz Worldwide Partners and part of the Allianz Group, which serves more than 75 million customers in over 70 countries worldwide. Allianz Worldwide Partners is the world’s leading B2B2C specialist for international health and life insurance, the global automotive business, and assistance services.

Ida Luka-Lognoné commented, “Having worked in the insurance industry for almost 25 years, I understand the dynamic evolution of this sector and I find that hugely motivating and exciting. In just 15 years Allianz Worldwide Care has grown from a greenfield start-up to become the market leader in international health insurance, with a consistent record of robust growth and a GWP of €1.1 billion in 2014. This level of expansion is due to Allianz Worldwide Care’s client driven focus, offering a growing range of products, services and digital innovation.

Our MyHealth app, an example of service enhancement through digital innovation, was the first international health app to allow for the submission of medical claims without the need to complete a traditional claim form. In 2016 and beyond, I believe that insurance products and services will increasingly be delivered and supported through mobile and digital technology, providing ever greater levels of convenience and value to our clients.”


About Allianz Worldwide Care

Allianz Worldwide Care is the international health and life insurance division of Allianz Worldwide Partners and part of the Allianz Group, which serves more than 75 million customers in over 70 countries worldwide. Allianz Worldwide Care provides insurance solutions for health, life and disability on a global scale. Our focus is on earning and maintaining client loyalty by providing a market leading product range, level of service and support. With a client base that includes many of the Fortune Global 500 companies, Allianz Worldwide Care continues to build a reputation for service excellence in international healthcare.


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Carolyn Monchouguy



Toyota's Dream Car Art Contest Digs Deep, Extracts Essence of Children's Ideas, Showcased on "Dream Car Collection"

Global Art Contest Crowd Sources and Amplifies Ideas for the Future

TOKYO - Tuesday, July 28th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announced the launch of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest “Dream Car Collection” which will feature a deep dive into children’s creative ideas, bringing them to life via animation and “characters” that will act as the digital ambassadors to the contest. 93 pieces of artwork will be showcased on the campaign site ( with a focus not just on pure artistry, but the actual essence of the idea behind the art. The way forward rests with our youth, and the Dream Car Collection will not only connect children across the world to share their ideas, but provide a deeper, tangible understanding of the ideas that are born from various social issues affecting our world.

To dig deep into the essence of children’s ideas, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) partnered with creative agency Saatchi & Saatchi Fallon Tokyo to design the “Dream Car Collection” campaign. The “Dream Car Collection” site will house the best 93 dream car drawings and will be re-animated and brought to life to showcase the essence of the original idea that spawned the art. Visitors to the page will be able to see the various “dreams” in different countries around the world via a “Dream Map” that shows where each piece of art originated. The individual artwork is then featured on the site accompanied with video, and a “Did you know?” infographic will provide even further information around the essence of the idea. Starting today, new content will be uploaded everyday onto the site until August 25 so stay tuned for the “Handicap-friendly Cleaning Car,” “the Toyota Arctic Car” and much more. Some of the videos were actually created after the elements of the art were 3D printed. The printed artwork was then used to create a showcase video. The infographics, artwork and video content will be uploaded to the campaign’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages for sharing.

The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest encourages children around the world to tap into their creativity and depict any car they can dream up and submit it to Toyota. Across the world, children under 15 submitted a drawing of their idea of a “Dream Car.”

Since the inception of Toyota’s Dream Car Art Contest, children around the world have depicted their car ideas based on societal, environmental, political, local and global issues affecting their lives. Markets around the world such as Vietnam and Thailand have even applied the art contest to their own educational curriculum. The contest has cultivated a culture of innovation and solution-based ideas, and the result has been a massive influx of new entries from various countries every year. Through Toyota’s thirst for innovation and dedication to craftsmanship, children around the world will have a chance to make their dreams come true through art and creativity.

Susumu Matsuda, General Manager, Marketing Division at Toyota commented that, “The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is not merely a contest, but a chance for children around the world to share and showcase their innovative ideas for a car. Through the ‘Dream Car Collection,’ we hope to break down the art and amplify the essence of the idea that inspired it. We are thrilled that over 80 countries around the world have taken an interest in our contest and we hope to continue to grow the number of entries as we continue hosting the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.”

In the spring of 2015, 93 works of art were selected from 81 countries and regions. Thirty World Winners plus their parents or guardians will receive a trip to Japan to participate in an awards ceremony in August 26th 2015 during which four additional awards will be announced per age category: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best Finalist.

About the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest:

Toyota Motor Corporation, has been hosting the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest since 2004. The initiative invites children under the age of 15 from all cultures to share ideas about the future of mobility by submitting drawings of their dream cars. Toyota believes in nurturing the creativity of the next generation of great inventors, thinkers and dreamers because every great idea was born in the glimmer of a dream. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest consists of two stages. The first is a series of regionally-held "National Contests." Winners from this stage are entered into the second stage "World Contest." The final awards will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held on August 26, 2015 in Japan.

About Toyota Motor Corporation

Supported by people around the world, Toyota Motor Corporation (TSE:7203) (NYSE:TM), has endeavored since its establishment in 1937 to serve society by creating better products. Toyota's vehicles are sold in more than 170 countries and regions. As of the end of Dec. 2014, Toyota conducts its business worldwide with 54 overseas manufacturing companies in 28 countries and regions. For more information, please visit

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cippe 2015 Shanghai: Focus on Innovation and Upgrade of Global Petrochemical Industry and Market Trends

Asia's Largest Petrochemical Exhibition to Open in Shanghai on August 26

SHANGHAI - Tuesday, July 28th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- In the coming five years, China's economy will see significant changes in many aspects, with the economic growth rate from high to moderate, the growth pattern from extensive growth in scale and speed to intensive growth in quality and efficiency, its driving force from investment to innovation, and the structure from capacity expansion-oriented to expansion-and-optimization-oriented. Focusing on the upgrade of the traditional petrochemical industry, the challenges faced by the industry and the development trends of the petrochemical equipment industry, cippe 2015 Shanghai, ( organized by Beijing Zhenwei Exhibition Co., Ltd., will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center on August 26-28, 2015.

At this exhibition, GE will provide solutions covering a wide range of areas including energy, health, home, transportation and finance; Jereh Group will showcase the industry's first Playwell Micro LNG Solution; Kerui Group will showcase oilfield drilling equipment, oil processing equipment, wellhead and downhole tools and special oilfield equipment; Bluestar Valve Co., Ltd., dedicated to energy conservation and environmental protection, will focus on innovation and showcase the world's most advanced valve design and manufacturing techniques; GMI will provide functional security and explosion-proof security solutions; Ruichang Petrochemical will showcase various types of furnace burners, catalytic devices and sulfur recovery devices, and waste gas and wastewater incinerators.

Simultaneously with the exhibition, Zhenwei will also hold the 7th China Petrochemical Industry Leaders Conference with the theme "Information Technology and Intelligent Factory", focusing on new ideas, new methods and new technologies for intelligent factory construction and case studies, as well as application of informatization technologies. Mitsubishi Electric, Bluestar Valve and ATC will deliver speeches on the application of various professional technologies in the petrochemical industry. It will provide a platform for domestic players to discuss research updates, enhance cross-field cooperation, and accelerate the commercialization of research findings.

More than 30 other ( events will also be presented simultaneously, including “Application of GE COD/TOC Online Analyzers in Condensate Water and Wastewater”, “GE Intelligent Oil Leak Detection System – Application in Petrochemical Industry”, “Green Chemical and Environmental Protection Industry Forum”, “Comparison of Domestic and Foreign Oil and Gas Chemicals and Future Trends”, and “Equipment Maintenance and Lubricants Meeting”. Government officials, domestic and foreign technology providers and equipment manufacturers, dealers, engineering companies, logistics providers and solution providers will gather to discuss leading solutions for the petrochemical industry.

China's petroleum and petrochemical industry has entered a transitional period when China’s petroleum and petrochemical equipment industry steers for innovation and industry upgrade; low-carbon development and green manufacturing are encouraged; information technology is highly valued to build a modern manufacturing industry. The sustained and stable development of China’s industrial economy will lead to a huge demand in the domestic market and provide enormous business opportunities for all related companies.


cippe 2015 Organizing Committee

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Panasonic Announces Seven Grand Prix Finalists for Kid Witness News Global Contest 2015

OSAKA, Japan - Tuesday, July 28th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Panasonic Corporation today announced the seven finalist schools representing seven countries for the Panasonic Kid Witness News (KWN) 2015 Global Contest. The Grand Prix winner will be selected from among them and announced on August 26 at the KWN Global Awards Ceremony in Singapore. This is the first global awards ceremony to be held in Southeast Asia.

KWN is a hands-on video education program that Panasonic operates as part of its efforts to support education of future generations and is currently being promoted in 19 countries and regions. The company provides video cameras and other equipment for video productions to elementary and middle schools participating in the program. The KWN program is also a competition that honors the video works created by children every year. To produce videos, students choose a theme on their own and handle everything from planning and scripting to filming and editing. Currently, some 5,000 children and teachers around the world are taking part in the program. The program, which began in the United States in 1989, celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, and more than 170,000 children have participated to date.

This year's KWN Global Contest saw 553 schools from 19 countries and regions take part in the program by submitting five-minute videos. Under the broad theme of either communication or ecology, the videos focused on issues closely linked to children's lives through the eyes of children, such as the impact and interactions through social media, environmental issues, earthquake disasters and interactions with family members or physically challenged individuals. Synopses of the seven Grand Prix nominees are shown on the following page.

This year's seven finalist videos can be viewed on the official website for the KWN Global Contest 2015 at:

Related URLs:

    General information on KWN program:
    Panasonic's activities to support the next generation:

Summary of the seven finalist videos

To view the table kindly click here

About Panasonic Kid Witness News

KWN got its start in 1989 in the U.S. as a hands-on video education program supported by Panasonic North America, which supplied video cameras and editing equipment to public elementary and middle schools to make news programs from the perspective of children. The program was subsequently expanded on a global scale. At present, 553 schools from 19 countries and regions participate in the program.

KWN is designed to foster creativity and presentation skills among young students. Supervising teachers cite further merits of the program such as a heightened awareness of the environment and the community as well as development of team skills among participants through the process of creating videos. The global network of KWN schools also provides a platform for international exchange among KWN students.

19 countries and regions participating in KWN

(Countries listed in alphabetical order)

North America

Canada, United States

Central and South America



Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia

Middle and Near East

Iraq, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates


China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam


New Zealand

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, enterprise solutions and device industries. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates 468 subsidiaries and 94 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.715 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2015. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic:

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Boehringer Ingelheim enters into an exclusive license agreement with Hanmi Pharmaceutical to develop 3rd generation EGFR targeted therapy in lung cancer

INGELHEIM, Germany & SEOUL, South Korea - Tuesday, July 28th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

    Boehringer Ingelheim expands its strong position in lung cancer obtaining exclusive rights to HM61713, a 3rd generation EGFR targeting agent
    This new partnership will aim to achieve first market authorisation for HM61713 for patients with EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC by 2017 in the U.S.
    Expands Boehringer Ingelheim’s broad commitment to cancer and specifically the development of innovative targeted therapies in lung cancer

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Boehringer Ingelheim and Hanmi Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd today announced an exclusive license and collaboration agreement for the development and global commercialisation rights, except South Korea, China and Hong Kong, of HM61713, a novel 3rd generation EGFR targeted therapy for the treatment of EGFR mutation-positive lung cancer. Under the terms of the agreement Hanmi will receive an initial payment of USD 50 million and is entitled to potential milestone payments of USD 680 million, plus tiered double-digit royalties on future net sales. The agreement is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, similar requirements outside the U.S., and other customary closing conditions.

Dr Jörg Barth, Corporate Senior Vice President, Therapy Area Head Oncology, Boehringer Ingelheim said, “This exclusive license agreement with Hanmi Pharmaceutical is a significant step towards our vision of providing a wide-range of lung cancer treatment options as we better understand the underlying drivers of this devastating disease. The in-licensing of a 3rdgeneration EGFR agent bolsters our existing lung cancer portfolio and reiterates our commitment towards improving the lives of people with cancer through innovation and tailored treatment options.”

HM61713 is a novel 3rd generation, orally active, irreversible EGFR mutation selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). At this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting, interim results of the Phase I/II clinical trial were presented and showed strong efficacy signals, combined with a favourable safety profile.1 The compound is currently in Phase II clinical development for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with T790M mutations who have developed resistance to previous EGFR targeting agents. Preparations have begun for a broader Phase III trial programme, to be initiated in 2016.

HM61713 is another important pillar in Boehringer Ingelheim’s global lung cancer franchise which builds on two products, GIOTRIF®/GILOTRIF® (afatinib*) and VARGATEF®(nintedanib**), approved in various countries. With the inclusion of HM61713, Boehringer Ingelheim now has more than 10 compounds in clinical development in a wide variety of oncology indications, including immune oncology approaches like an mRNA-based therapeutic vaccine under development in collaboration with CureVac.

Dr Jeewoong Son, Chief Medical Officer of Hanmi Pharmaceutical said, “We are excited at the potential this license agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim will bring to the successful development of HM61713 and the possibilities this will offer to lung cancer patients. Boehringer Ingelheim has significant expertise in the field of lung cancer, specifically in EGFR mutated disease. Boehringer Ingelheim’s strong pipeline demonstrates its long-term commitment to successful development of cancer treatments. We are confident we have found the right partner to make the potential of HM61713 a reality.”

* Afatinib is approved in a number of markets, including the EU, Japan, Taiwan and Canada under the brand name GIOTRIF® and in the U.S. under the brand name GILOTRIF® for use in patients with distinct types of EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC. Registration conditions differ internationally, please refer to locally approved prescribing information. Afatinib is under regulatory review by health authorities in other countries worldwide. Afatinib is not approved in other indications.

** Nintedanib is not approved in other oncology indications. Nintedanib is approved in the EU under the brand name VARGATEF® for use in combination with docetaxel in adult patients with locally advanced, metastatic or locally recurrent NSCLC of adenocarcinoma tumour histology after first-line chemotherapy. Nintedanib is under regulatory review by health authorities in other countries outside the EU.

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4 Deaths and 39 Injuries during Eid Holiday

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 [ME NewsWire]

The nationwide statistics released by the General Directorate of Traffic Coordination at the Ministry of Interior have revealed that four people have died and 39 people were injured as a result of traffic accidents during the Eid Al Fitr holiday. The injuries included in the statistics ranged between mild to severe.

On a national level, the detailed statistics showed that a total of 23 accidents occurred during the time period of 16 to 19 July, 2015.

Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Zaabi, director general of Traffic Coordination at the Ministry of Interior, said that the failure to abide by the rules and regulations of traffic led to the occurrence of accidents that subsequently marred the joyful occasion of Eid. “In a bid to reduce such incidents, the Traffic and Patrols departments nationwide are keen to redouble their efforts and to increase the control and surveillance operations on the road. The departments will intensify traffic outreach programs and promote awareness about the dangers of traffic accidents in addition to the useful methods for avoiding and preventing accidents,” he said.

Brig. Al Zaabi stressed the importance of complying with traffic guidelines and instructions, of driving carefully, and of leaving a sufficient and safe distance between vehicles. He spoke of the need to avoid obstructing traffic by parking haphazardly; not to inappropriately park in spaces dedicated for those with disabilities; and to not impede the work of emergency personnel by parking in spaces allocated for emergency, ambulance, and Civil Defense vehicles.

The director general of Traffic Coordination reiterated the necessity of fully complying with the laws, rules, and regulations of traffic. He urged for motorists to observe the legal speed limits on roads, to spare themselves and others from the risk of traffic accidents and the casualties and losses that subsequently result.  He also warned against using mobile phones while driving, whether to talk or text; stressing that such actions distract the driver and increases reaction times, which leads to accidents.

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Western Union Activates Money Transfers into Greece

Available at 270 Agent locations across Greece

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. & ATHENS, Greece - Monday, July 27th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, today announced the activation of international remittances into Greece, allowing customers to receive cash payouts in minutes* at select walk-in retail Agent locations from almost anywhere around the world.

International and domestic Western Union Money Transfer® transactions are available for payout at up to 2701 out of 1,000 locations of WorldBridge Payment Institution (Paylink®) across Greece, with customers allowed to receive cash in amounts not subject to Greek capital controls.

Western Union is working on expanding its in-bound payout Agent locations to include the entire network of over 1,800 locations represented by Agents WorldBridge Payment Institution (Paylink®) and ELTA - Hellenic Post, Greece’s Postal Authority.

“To reinstate money transfer services for our customers is a great triumph, as we know the need to move money into Greece has never been more relevant than it is today. Our experience across the globe shows that during any type of crises – economic or otherwise – families and friends living abroad come together to support their loved ones in need,” said Giovanni Angelini, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Europe at Western Union.

“We are pleased to reinstate this important lifeline for customers in Greece who urgently depend upon the generosity and kindness of their family and friends across the world to send them funds to pay for regular expenses, including everyday living expenses, health care and education,” he said.

The activation of Western Union international and domestic transfers follows a new law issued by the Greek government, allowing money transfer operators to resume intra as well as in-bound transactions under special conditions.

Western Union also recently activated in-bound transfers directly into Greek bank accounts from family or loved ones from 30 countries across North America, Europe, CIS and Asia Pacific.

Western Union’s cross-border platform is a rare combination of a physical and fast-growing digital network in 200 countries and territories. Across its brands the company has over 500,000 retail agent locations around the world – including leading retailers and banks, more than 100,000 ATMs and kiosks, over 90 active account-based money transfer banks, bank payout in more than 50 countries and sites in 25 countries.

* Service and funds availability depends on certain factors including the Service selected, the selection of delayed delivery options, special terms applicable to each Service, amount sent, destination country, currency availability, regulatory issues, consumer protection issues, identification requirements, delivery restrictions, agent location hours, and differences in time zones (collectively, “Restrictions”).


About Western Union

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Monday, July 27, 2015

ADP Medical Services Counter Obesity through Treatment and Outreach

Specialized Clinic with State-of-the-art Equipment

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 [ME NewsWire]

In a move to challenge the spread of obesity, the Abu Dhabi Police have launched a weight care clinic at the Medical Services Department to provide treatment and to raise awareness regarding the risks related to being overweight. The clinic, equipped with the latest devices to assist the treatment procedures under specialized medical supervision, promotes a healthy diet program and aims to limit the spread of obesity and prevent the diseases that are caused by unhealthy eating behaviors.

“The weight care clinic supports the efforts of the Abu Dhabi Police in their keenness to implement the most advanced standards of health care through multifaceted outreach programs,” said Major General Khalil Dawood Badran, director general of Finance and Services at the Abu Dhabi Police. “This initiative aims to maintain the health and safety for every member of society, as this will contribute to strengthening further efforts to enhance the outreach programs within the country. By expanding awareness, we will be able to improve public and community health programs and reduce the risks associated with being overweight, obese, or other unhealthy factors.”

He continued by saying that the awareness efforts of the department’s clinic focus on educating people about the risks associated with being overweight alongside the causes and means of preventing weight gain. “In line with the initiative to raise awareness about health-related issues, the clinic familiarizes the public with the complications that arise when someone is obese alongside providing medical advice for those who suffer from obesity,” said Maj. Gen. Badran. He said that the staff of the weight care clinic urge individuals to avoid unhealthy eating behaviors and provide guidance related to losing weight and avoiding weight gain.

Dr. Ahmad Fathi, internal medicine specialist at the Medical Services Department, spoke about the clinic, saying: “The clinic provides a comprehensive system to treat and provide medical examinations for the patients. The clinic conducts examinations to measure height, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and checks for any vitamin deficiencies.”  According to Dr. Fathi, the clinic encourages and motivates patients to lose weight and to commit to a healthy diet under the periodic supervision of dietician who ensures that the patient is complying with the new diet regime.

“The weight care clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including a device that specializes in melting subcutaneous fat,” he said. “This medical device is accredited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and dissolves the fat under the skin that has been absorbed by the lymphatic vessels. This device actually slims the body by targeting areas where fat tends to accumulate, such as the abdomen in men and the buttocks for women.”

The device can be used in line with a healthy diet for obese patients wanting to avoid a surgical procedure. Dr. Fathi said that in special cases of extreme obesity where dietary regimes are not as responsive, patients would be referred to centers that specialize in obesity-related surgeries. “Overall, the most important step that you can take for your health and to reduce obesity is to have a healthy diet.”

“There is a link between obesity and many chronic diseases,” said Dr. Fathi as he listed diabetes, high blood pressure, cancers, rheumatism, and increased rates of hyperlipidemia and heart diseases.

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Saif bin Zayed Offers Condolences to the Family of Martyr Al Falasi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 [ME NewsWire]

Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, expressed his heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of martyr Saif Youssef Al Falasi, who was martyred in Yemen while serving his nation within the armed forces involved in the Arab coalition’s ‘Operation Restoring Hope’.

His Highness Sheikh Saif visited the martyr’s home in the Al Warqa’a area in Dubai on Wednesday to offer his condolences and sympathy to family of the martyr. His Highness prayed for God Almighty to bestow his mercy upon the deceased and to rest him in eternal peace; and to provide patience and solace for the family as they bear such a loss.

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Emirati Authorities Arrest British Traveler

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Sunday, July 26th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

Emirati Police recently arrested a British citizen (of Indian origins) for causing a scene at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The traveler insulted the security personnel, the airline’s employee, and the UAE using obscene words, after he missed a connecting flight from Abu Dhabi to India caused by delays of his earlier flight from Heathrow to Abu Dhabi.

Lieutenant Colonel Fares Al Bakiri from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Abu Dhabi Police, who is heading the investigations, explained that the incident took place a week ago when the culprit arrived to Abi Dhabi International Airport on a delayed flight coming from Heathrow Airport resulting in missing his connecting flight from Abu Dhabi to India. He started swearing at the airline’s employee, and blocked the passengers’ queue behind him, insisting to board his connecting flight although the gate was closed and the aircraft is about to take off.

Lieutenant Colonel Al Bakiri also added that two officers were called to the scene, where other airline’s employees and witnesses gave identical testimonies of what happened. The officers asked the passenger to sit down and be patient until they figure out how to help him. In response to this behavior, the passenger started swearing at the officers using vulgar obscene words, swore against the UAE, and showed arrogance as he threatened the officers that he holds a British passport.

Regardless of the passenger denial of the above acts, claiming that he did not know that the personnel were police officers, eye-witnesses asserted the opposite and that both officers had their identification badges visible in English and Arabic. They also asserted that other passengers warned him that they are security personnel who came to solve the issue, yet the passenger went on in his rage and swearing. Later on, he claimed that he was swearing against himself and his bad luck, and did not mean to insult the UAE and the security personnel.

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ADP Licensing Department Introduces Smart Services at Liwa Date Festival

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Monday, July 27th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

The Vehicles and Drivers Licensing Department at Abu Dhabi Police introduced the services provided through the Ministry of Interior’s smartphone app, UAE-MOI, to the attendees of the Liwa Date Festival. Throughout their interaction with the public, the department urged the festival goers to utilize modern technology in the completion of their transactions as they highlighted the importance of using the services of the smart applications. The department additionally distributed user manuals for the applications and were available to answer any inquiries.

According to Brigadier Mohamed Mayouf Al Ketbi, Head of Vehicles and Drivers Licensing Department, the Abu Dhabi Police are keen to raise awareness about the services of the department and to introduce such services to the customers through participation in various events and activities. He said the participation includes the provision of advice and guidance to make it easier to access public services through modern technology and to enhance the service index through the completion of electronic transactions.

The attendees of the Liwa Date Festival were able to review the steps of renewing vehicle registrations, paying fines, and replacing lost or damaged cards through the ‘Sahel’ device, according to Major Abdullah Al Tunaiji, Public Relations Branch Manager at the Vehicles and Drivers Licensing Department. When using the device, the department personnel explained that users need only to insert their Emirates ID into the designated slot in order to retrieve their traffic file and avail the services. Once the user has been identified, the ‘Sahel’ device will display a list of the user’s registered vehicles and allow them to renew registration for a selected vehicle after verifying the technical condition of the vehicle, validity of insurance, and that all fines have been paid. The device will then proceed to print a new registration for the user along with a receipt of the paid amount and validation sticker for the vehicle.

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DMS partners with the newly relaunched Eurosport Arabia website

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Sunday, July 26th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

DMS, which serves as the official digital arm of Choueiri Group, recently announced its partnership with the newly relaunched Eurosport Arabia website ( - the premier leading international sports resource, focused on infusing global sport credibility with local sports expertise.

DMS has been appointed as the Exclusive Advertising Sales Representative for the portal, with the engagement being effective as of July, 2015. The partnership is aimed at enhancing the value and effectiveness of the monetization solutions which DMS delivers to brands.

The website now benefits from an all-new and larger editorial team, which brings with it international know-how and expertise in delivering even greater sports expertise enriched with local knowledge and perspectives. The team is setting new plans in place to oversee the soon to be revamped site, the portal is envisioned to feature a comprehensive site redesign with a strengthened focus on advancing its mobile investments. The highly responsive state-of-the-art website promises to deliver video content to raise engagement levels with audiences.

DMS’ role spans across effective media monetization, precision targeting through data, native advertising solutions in addition to leveraging technology to deliver engaging multi-channel brand experiences.

Speaking about the partnership with DMS, the Director of Eurosport Arabia, Edouard Griveaud said “We are excited about the re-launch of what has swiftly become one of the region’s most preferred sports platforms on the back of its global credibility and unique ability to deliver original local sports journalism. We are very much looking forward to working with DMS on building this platform to its fullest potential. DMS brings great experience and expertise that will help us grow our business.

Elaborating further, was DMS’ COO, Michel Malkoun, who stated “We are delighted to be working with Eurosport Arabia, and including the website as a strategic asset. We are confident that Eurosport Arabia has what it takes to deliver a unique sports proposition to the MENA market. Our role is to ensure its successful re-entry to the market and to arm the Eurosport Arabia platform with the required state-of-the-art advertising technology stack”.

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European Medicines Agency Grants Accelerated Assessment of Ixazomib for Patients with Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & OSAKA, Japan - Monday, July 27th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502) today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted an accelerated assessment to ixazomib, an investigational oral proteasome inhibitor for the treatment of patients with relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma. The EMA awards an accelerated assessment to those medicines deemed to be of major public health interest and, in particular, therapeutic innovation.

Takeda expects to submit a marketing authorization application for ixazomib in the European Union (EU) in the coming weeks. The submission is based on the results of the first pre-specified interim analysis of the pivotal Phase 3 trial TOURMALINE-MM1. This study is an international, randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trial of 722 patients designed to evaluate the superiority of ixazomib plus lenalidomide and dexamethasone over placebo plus lenalidomide and dexamethasone in adult patients with relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma. Patients continue to be treated to progression in this trial and evaluated for long-term outcomes.

“We are pleased that the CHMP has granted accelerated assessment for ixazomib, and believe that this designation underscores the urgent need for therapeutic innovation in multiple myeloma treatments,” said Andrew Plump, M.D., Ph.D., Takeda’s Chief Medical and Scientific Officer. “We look forward to sharing the TOURMALINE-MM1 study data from the first pre-specified interim analysis at an upcoming medical meeting, and greatly appreciate the ongoing dedication and commitment from the patients and their families who have been participating in the ixazomib clinical development program.”

“Continuous therapy is emerging as a standard of care in multiple myeloma because it has demonstrated improved long-term outcomes,” said Philippe Moreau, MD, University Hospital of Nantes in France. “If ixazomib is approved, for the first time physicians will have the option of an all-oral proteasome inhibitor-based regimen for the treatment of multiple myeloma, which could be a real advantage in delivering sustained therapy.”

About Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, which are found in the bone marrow. In multiple myeloma, a group of plasma cells, or myeloma cells, becomes cancerous and multiplies, increasing the number of plasma cells to a higher than normal level. Because plasma cells circulate widely in the body, they have the potential to affect many bones in the body, possibly resulting in compression fractures, lytic bone lesions and related pain. Multiple myeloma can cause a number of serious health problems affecting the bones, immune system, kidneys and red blood cell count, with some of the more common symptoms including bone pain and fatigue, a symptom of anemia. Multiple myeloma is a rare form of cancer with approximately 39,000 new cases in the EU and 114,000 new cases globally per year.

About Ixazomib

Ixazomib (MLN9708) is an investigational oral proteasome inhibitor which is being studied in multiple myeloma, systemic light-chain (AL) amyloidosis, and other malignancies. Ixazomib was granted orphan drug designation in multiple myeloma in both the United States and Europe in 2011 and for AL amyloidosis in both the U.S. and Europe in 2012. Ixazomib received Breakthrough Therapy status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for relapsed or refractory AL amyloidosis in 2014. It is also the first oral proteasome inhibitor to enter Phase 3 clinical trials.

Ixazomib’s clinical development program further reinforces Takeda’s ongoing commitment to developing innovative therapies for people living with multiple myeloma worldwide and the healthcare professionals who treat them. Five global Phase 3 trials are ongoing:

    TOURMALINE-MM1, investigating ixazomib vs. placebo, in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone in relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma
    TOURMALINE-MM2, investigating ixazomib vs. placebo, in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma
    TOURMALINE-MM3, investigating ixazomib vs. placebo as maintenance therapy in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma following induction therapy and autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT)
    TOURMALINE-MM4, investigating ixazomib vs. placebo as maintenance therapy in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who have not undergone ASCT
    TOURMALINE-AL1, investigating ixazomib plus dexamethasone vs. physician choice of selected regimens in patients with relapsed or refractory AL amyloidosis

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

ADP’s Mobile Dental Care Unit Provides Services at Al Bateen and Al Zaab Majlises

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, July 21st 2015 [ME NewsWire]

Over the week, the Abu Dhabi Police’s Mobile Dental Care Unit provided dental check-ups for citizens at the Al Bateen and Al Zaab majlis halls in Abu Dhabi. The services included educating the citizens on maintaining oral hygiene and urging them to have regular check-ups.

Major General Khalil Dawood Badran, Director General of Finance and Services at Abu Dhabi Police, said that the Mobile Dental Care Unit provides its public services in Abu Dhabi as per the instructions of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; which call for the provision of the best medical services to the public. “The unit, which is part of the ‘Plants of Hope’ initiative, will continue to provide services throughout the various areas of Abu Dhabi,” he said.

Colonel Jassim Al Tunaiji, Director of the Medical Services Department at Abu Dhabi Police, explained that the staff members of the unit conducted oral and dental examinations to diagnose infections and to detect an early onset of gum tumors at the Al Bateen and Al Zaab majlis halls. The staff members additionally performed cleaning procuderes and dental fillings, provided medical advice, and distributed pamphlets about dental care.

“The staff of the Mobile Dental Care Unit implementing the outreach program conducted dental examinations and educated the public about oral hygiene, how to properly care for their teeth, and the importance of regularly visiting to the dentist in order to prevent cavities and gum diseases,” said Col. Jassim Al Tunaiji.

“The unit saves both time and money through the provision of dental examinations that are conveniently located and eliminate the need to travel long distances for a check-up,” he said. “The medical team onboard the mobile unit uses the latest medical equipment to provide the dental examinations to all members and segments of society regardless of age. They are available to answer any inquiries that the public may have in regards to dental and oral hygiene, and endeavor to identify each individual’s oral health status through the provision of medical dental screening programs and field medical services. If necessary, the team will refer some cases to hospitals.”

According to Col. Jassim Al Tunaiji, members of the public benefit from the advice given by the medical staff and from the fully-equipped unit that is capable of diagnosing dental diseases. “Through the wide participation of the public with the Mobile Dental Care Unit, a culture of dental care is growing,” he said; mentioning how the unit expands the scale of services provided by the Abu Dhabi Police. “The Mobile Dental Care Unit offers the capability to provide police services for community members, which includes medical services, both in public areas and residences.”

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Decrease in Abu Dhabi Traffic Accidents during Ramadan

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Thursday, July 23rd 2015 [ME NewsWire]

According to the statistics issued by the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Directorate General of Central Operations at the Abu Dhabi Police, there were a total of 130 accidents in Abu Dhabi during the month of Ramadan, a drop from the 165 incidents during the same period last year.  The statistics also revealed that the death rates witnessed from the various types of accidents also decreased, down from the 25 deaths last year during Ramadan to a total of 17 this year.

Colonel Hamad Mubarak bin Athath Al Ameri, Head of the Capital’s Traffic Department at the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate attributed the decrease to the efforts of the concerned authorities, and most notably, to their efforts in intensifying control and increasing traffic awareness. According to Col. Al Ameri, the decision to ban trucks from entering Abu Dhabi during peak times also contributed to reducing traffic accidents alongside the cooperation of the public and help of various charities in providing Iftar meals and beverages to motorists in a bid to prevent drivers from speeding.

According to Col. Al Ameri, the main causes of traffic accidents throughout the holy month of Ramadan were due to failure to leave a sufficient distance between vehicles, precarious lane changes, neglectfulness and lack of paying attention, running red lights, speeding, and among others, failure to consider the road conditions.

He stressed the importance of complying with traffic laws and regulations, driving carefully, keeping a safe  distance between vehicles, avoiding blocking traffic due to haphazardly parking in public parking spaces. He warned them against parking in spaces dedicated to people with special needs, and not to park in spaces designated for civil defense or ambulance and rescue teams, as this will hinder their abilities during emergency situations. He additionally urged motorists to avoid using their mobile phones while driving, whether to talk, SMS, or chat.

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GSMA Welcomes African Support for Mobile Broadband Growth

African Telecommunications Union Takes Important Step Towards WRC-15

LONDON - Friday, July 24th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- John Giusti, Deputy Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, commented on the outcome of the final meeting of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) in Nairobi, ahead of this November’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15):

“The GSMA welcomes the strong decisions that African governments took at this week’s meeting of the ATU to foster the growth of mobile broadband across the continent. By coming together and agreeing unified proposals, they have shown their support for making more spectrum available to meet the mobile broadband needs of their citizens.

“The upcoming WRC-15 conference in Geneva will determine what spectrum bands will be allocated for mobile services. These decisions will determine the future of the mobile internet. This is particularly important for Africa, the world’s fastest growing mobile region, where mobile broadband is often the only way for people to access the internet. Additional spectrum will be vital in providing the capacity needed to support mobile broadband growth across the region and help bridge the digital divide.

“The ATU is a highly influential member of the international community and decisions coming out of Africa are increasingly shaping policy in other regions. The GSMA is, therefore, pleased with the ATU’s decision to support the L-band for mobile. This band has the potential for widespread global support at WRC-15, driving economies of scale that will benefit consumers in Africa and elsewhere.

“There is more work to be done to ensure there is sufficient spectrum allocated for mobile broadband. Increased support for an allocation in the sub-700MHz UHF band, which offers good geographic coverage, will be essential for connecting rural communities in Africa.

“There is also a need for higher frequency spectrum to meet the intense urban capacity demands and give city dwellers in Africa access to high-speed mobile broadband. African governments have made progress on recognising this growing need and we encourage final decisions to allocate more spectrum to mobile in these capacity bands, specifically 2.7-2.9GHz and 3.6-3.8GHz.

“This November, we will urge all the governments of Africa to make a clear and strong call for significantly more mobile spectrum to realise the ambitions of a digital economy and to create a truly connected society.”


About the GSMA

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For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.    


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Murex MX.3 Product Innovation: Bringing Risk Governance up to Speed with New Market Paradigms

PARIS - Thursday, July 23rd 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MUREX SAS (“Murex”), the leading provider of integrated trading, risk, and back-office solutions, is pleased to introduce the new version of MX.3 for Limit Control, a robust and comprehensive framework, offering firm-wide exposure and limit management across multiple trading and banking systems and real-time pre-deal limit checking capabilities.

While new regulations continue to emerge, and flash crashes and market contagion events continue to be a concern for capital market stability, technology has a central role to play in the setting up of sound risk management practices.

Alexandre Bon, Head of the Risk Control division at Murex, comments: “MX.3 for Limit Control has become central to our clients’ core global limits infrastructures where it improves the quality of strategic risk decisions by offering online exposure aggregation, immediate identification of risk concentrations and limit excesses, accelerated analysis and issue resolution.”

Murex has built up a solid track record with over 150 institutions using MX.3 for Limit Control to ensure the effective governance of an overall risk policy within the framework required for real-time decision making. The company continues to respond to market changes by offering added functional and technological capabilities to financial institutions seeking to reinforce their credit, market and liquidity risk management infrastructure. This new version delivers enriched limit management and pre-deal limit checking, new features for credit approval and excess workflows, limit aggregation and limit compliance. Major enhancements have been brought to the ergonomics, scalability and performance of all limit features, resulting in simpler tools and lower costs of operation.

Since 2008, the vote of confidence of market practitioners repeatedly designating the MX.3 for Limit Control solution as the Number 1 limit checking product in Risk Magazine’s Technology Rankings is both an acknowledgement of and an impetus to Murex’s continuous commitment to supporting the industry through the challenges of risk control and regulatory compliance.

About Murex

Since its creation in 1986, Murex has played a key role in proposing effective technology as a catalyst for growth and innovation in capital markets, through the design and implementation of integrated trading, portfolio management, risk management, processing and post-trade platforms. Driven by innovation, Murex’s MX.3 Front-to-Back-to-Risk platform leverages the firm’s collective experience and expertise, accumulated through its strategic client partnerships, to offer an unrivalled asset class coverage and best-of-breed business solutions at every step of the financial trade lifecycle. Clients worldwide benefit from the MX.3 platform’s modular set of business solutions, specifically designed to solve the multi-faceted challenges of a transforming financial industry, while relying on the strength of 2,000 dedicated specialists.

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Mireille Adebiyi, +33144053200

Murex Global Marketing Communications Manager


California Southern University Granted Initial Accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

 Regional accreditation marks new period of growth for university

IRVINE, Calif. - Friday, July 24th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)--California Southern University has been granted initial accreditation for five years by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.

In granting CalSouthern initial accreditation, WASC has found the university to be in substantial compliance with its Standards of Accreditation and accompanying Criteria for Review, encompassing areas including teaching and learning, student success, integrity, quality assurance and continuous institutional improvement, among others. CalSouthern was specifically commended for its organization and communication, the faculty’s establishment of student learning outcomes and assessment of student learning, the university’s use of data and metrics to inform decision making, and its “remarkable culture of cooperation and collaboration.”

“CalSouthern is extremely pleased and very proud to have achieved this important milestone,” says University President Dr. Caroll Ryan. “It was an extensive and rigorous process, but one we undertook primarily for the numerous and significant benefits that regional accreditation will bring to our students. This marks a new period of growth for CalSouthern, not merely in terms of enrollment, but in terms of the new degree programs, student services and academic resources we will be able to provide our learners.”

“CalSouthern is thrilled to become a part of the WASC community,” says Nicole Lesher, CalSouthern’s Director of Institutional Research and Assessment/Accreditation Liaison Officer. “We look forward to collaborating with other member institutions within our region to develop and share best practices that will benefit our students. We also are eager to give back by participating in research, conferences and site visits, among other activities. We plan to be an active member of the WASC community for years to come.”

About CalSouthern:

Founded in 1978, California Southern University offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels in business, law, criminal justice and psychology to a nationwide and international student body, utilizing a proprietary learning system. CalSouthern is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001. CalSouthern is also accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. To learn more about CalSouthern, please visit    


California Southern University

Micah Harper

University Communications

930 Roosevelt

Irvine, CA 92620

(800) 477-2254, ext. 4205.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Panasonic Showcases Its Innovative Medical IT Solutions Brought to Life by Medicom @ International Modern Hospital Show 2015

TOKYO. - Friday, July 24th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

-(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd. (hereafter "Panasonic") took part in the International Modern Hospital Show 2015, which was held from July 15 to 17, 2015 at the Tokyo Big Sight. Under the theme, "A new era for health, medical care, and welfare - enhancing integration and comprehensive regional care systems (*1)," Panasonic showcased innovative medical IT systems brought to life by Medicom in the "Medicom Communication Square" within the Panasonic booth.

[Video] Panasonic-Medicom Showcases Innovative Medical IT Solutions

Since the launch of Japan's first medical-receipt computer (for insurance claims) to Japan in 1972, Medicom has remained a top brand leading the way in the medical IT field for over 40 years (*2). Medicom has continued to evolve as a tool for communicating with patients that is easy to see, easy to use, and has been well supported by many doctors and medical professionals.

Medical care in Japan will dramatically change by 2025. With innovative solutions brought to life by Medicom, Panasonic will help support people's medical care, welfare, and health with IT, and contribute to their healthy, enjoyable lifestyle.

Key Solutions on Exhibit

Solutions for clinics: Medicom-HRIII + Treatment Assistance Software for Tablets

The Medicom-HR III developed for clinics combines the digital chart system and medical systems in a way that makes it easier to see, use, and integrate systems. It is an all-in-one system that can be used for reception, examination, accounting, and insurance claims. Its key feature is the multi-faceted functions it offers to the medical staff. For example, the "maintenance service assist" function for administrative staff, the "nursing diary" for nurses, and the "rehabilitation charts" for physiotherapist make it possible to centrally manage patient information and help develop an even deeper relationship built on trust.

Moreover, treatment assistance software for tablets will make it possible to access patient information from anywhere, at anytime. It is also a great tool for the staff working all over the hospital to touch base and keep up to date.

Solutions for Home Medical Care: Medicom-HC Link

Medicom-HC Link is a cloud service for sharing information among the team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, care giver, etc. who offer home medical care. Patients can receive care from their usual doctor at the usual clinic, and also receive care or undergo rehabilitation from visiting nurses in their home and pick up their prescriptions from the pharmacy, so they can use the services of multiple facilities and services. And Medicom makes it possible for the team to share all such relevant medical information.

In order to help solve the issues today's rapidly aging society faces, Medicom is providing solutions that are useful to all parties involved in medical care. Panasonic-Medicom will continue to contribute to people's medical treatment, welfare, and health, so please look forward to more from Medicom.

* These services were developed for the Japanese market. *1: Comprehensive regional care systems: With 2025 in sight, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is encouraging the establishment of comprehensive assistance and services in order to help protect the dignity and independent living of the elderly, and to enable them to receive care in communities they are used to living in and to continue enjoying their lifestyles. *2: Based on the number of digital medical chart systems for clinics that are in operation (creates and stores digital medical charts). According to Yano Research, as of October 2014.

Related Links

Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd. Panasonic Medicom (Japanese) [Press Release] Introducing "Medicom-HCLink," a home medical care sharing system that helps offer a comprehensive regional care systems (*2) using the cloud service (Japanese)

Source: Get the Panasonic updates at Panasonic Newsroom

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ZTE and Telcel Launch Blade V6 for Latin America at Campus Party

 Cutting-edge ZTE Blade V6 becomes first ever mobile phone to launch at Campus Party

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Friday, July 24th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ZTE, a leading global mobile device maker, today at Campus Party launched the ZTE Blade V6 with carrier partner Telcel. The ZTE Blade V6 is the first ever mobile phone to launch at Campus Party, where it was revealed to ‘Campuseros’ (hackers, developers, gamers and geeks) at an exclusive launch event.

The ZTE Blade V6 is the latest and thinnest device in ZTE’s affordable premium Blade series, and was first unveiled last week at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015 (announced as the ‘Blade D6’). At the Campus Party launch event, young and excited Campuseros were able to network with each other and test out the new Blade V6 in the innovative “ZTE Drone Zone”.

Speaking at the event, Oscar Lara, VP of ZTE, said: “Our long-term goal has always been for every Mexican to own a ZTE smartphone, ever since we first set foot in the Mexican market. We are getting closer and closer to achieving this goal, and we’re doing so by offering great handsets with competitive features that deliver benefits beyond their price brackets.”

“Telcel is proud and eager to further our strategic partnership with ZTE, now offering to our customers this new smartphone that provides top quality at an affordable price. We are certain that this handset will make more people use the Telcel 4G Network and enjoy all the benefits of the fastest network with the largest coverage,” said Marcos Linares, Subdirector of Corporate Marketing at Telcel.

Through its partnership with Telcel, ZTE is able to make the Blade V6 widely available to customers, offering Telcel’s 4G network on an affordable premium handset that packs the latest specifications and hardware.

The ZTE Blade V6 will be available both as pay-as-you-go and on all Telcel plans.

Following its launch in Mexico, the Blade V6 will be made available in Spain, Germany, Russia, Australia and Japan in the second half of this year.

About ZTE Mobile Device

ZTE Mobile Device is a division of ZTE Corporation, a global telecommunications equipment, networks and mobile devices company headquartered in Shenzhen, China. ZTE is a publicly traded company listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges.

ZTE is one of the global leaders in the mobile handset manufacturing industry in the world, offering a complete range of mobile devices, including mobile phones, tablets, mobile broadband modems and hotspots and family desktop integration terminals.

ZTE has strategic partnerships with 47 of the world’s top 50 carriers. ZTE is also the only company globally that has been ranked inside the Top-3 by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) for the past 5 years (2010-2014) for patent filings. For more information, please visit:

About Telcel

Telcel (Radiomóvil Dipsa) is a Mexican company with 25 years of experience in wireless telecommunication in our country. Since 1989, Telcel has been working to high standards of quality, attention and innovation, offering a full and competitive experience in service, entertainment and productivity. Always leading the way, Telcel offers GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 3GUMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/4GLTE voice and data wireless connectivity.
ZTE Blade V6
Perfect balance between design, precision, technology and innovation.
5” HD Screen.
Ergonomic design to fit users’ hands, resulting in comfortable use.
Steel body.
Its Android 5.0.2 Lollipop operating system provides an excellent browsing experience and instant, uninterrupted access to the main apps and games.
High-design aesthetic “U” shape.
Ultra slim 6.9” body which is light and thin.
Brilliantly capture moments with its 13MP HD rear camera and its wide angle 5MP front-facing camera.
Strobe Shooting, Panoramic Photography
Arkamys Sound Technology
1.3GHZ Mediatek Quad Core Processor
2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage expandable to 32 GB

Telcel 4G LTE means the network, speed and coverage of the network        

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ZTE Corporation

Eva Chen, +86 21 68897511


Waggener Edstrom Communications

Laura Liu, +86 10 59001242