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News Article | April 17, 2017
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How one online media company "Funk" uses Slemma dashboards to drive their content strategy and distribute reports to their team. Slemma, a data analytics tool for small and medium sized businesses, has just published a wonderful customer profile of German online media company, funk. As a subset of ARD and ZDF (publically owned media goliaths akin to NPR or BBC), funk uses Slemma dashboards to drive their content strategy and distribute reports to their team. Using a sophisticated web crawler, they scan the internet to monitor the progress of their content across multiple platform. Malte Blumberg, Head of Technology and Design at Funk Germany, created a literal “data wall” for his team to refer to when making content-related decisions. This is by far the most unique and innovative execution of a data-driven content strategy and Slemma, is honored to have it’s data analytics tool at the center of it! While funk relies heavily on their data to inform future decisions, they identify as ‘data-informed’ as they still opt to create content that a team member is passionate about regardless of what the data predicts. To read more about how funk implements Slemma dashboards, read the customer story here. To learn more about Slemma and their 75+ integrations, check out our website here. If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about Slemma’s offering please feel free to contact me at guy@slemma.com.


Acquisitions and collaborations are also preferred growth strategy adopted by companies to enhance revenue growth and add to their product portfolios and consumer base. A recent instance is the collaboration between TomTom Telematics BV and German Broadcast organization ARD. The collaboration allowed TomTom Telematics BV to benefit from ARD's verbal Radio Traffic Alerts, which are already used by 22 Radio broadcast stations. Transparency Market Research estimates that the global fleet management solution market will exhibit an exponential 22.6% CAGR from 2017 to 2025, rising from a valuation of US$12.57 bn in 2015 to US$91.94 bn in 2025. On the basis of type, the segment of operations management solutions is expected to hold the dominant share in the global fleet management solution market over the forecast period. The segment of vehicle management solutions, however, is expected to emerge as the most promising segment, expected to expand at a CAGR of 24.7% from 2017 to 2025. Growth of the vehicle management solutions will be primarily attributable to the increased demand for energy efficient and green fleets. Get PDF Sample for this Research Report @ http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/sample/sample.php?flag=S&rep_id=24092 In terms of geography, the market across North America is expected to be the leading revenue contributor to the global fleet management solution market over the report's forecast period, with the U.S. providing most of the revenue. The presence of key industry players along with support from the original equipment manufacturers is expected to drive the market for fleet management solutions in the region. Rising Demand for Fleet Management Analytics to Remain Key to Growth The global market for fleet management solutions is market is expected to significantly benefit from the rising adoption of fleet management analytics across industries that spend a sizeable chunk of their operational costs on transportation. Efficient analytical tools in fleet management solutions allow companies to monitor and find ways of reducing costs incurred during activities such as driver management, vehicle management, and operations management. Moreover, efficient analytical data providing companies the ways of reducing fuel consumed by work vehicles help them effectively comply with government regulations regarding fuel consumption. These factors are expected to remain the core drivers of the global fleet management solution market. The market is also expected to benefit from the increasing shift of fleet management companies towards smaller fleets is also anticipated to lead to the increased demand for fleet management solutions in the next few years. Fleet management companies are preferring smaller vehicles in an attempt to benefit from lower total cost of ownership (TCO) as compared to heavy vehicles and the better fuel efficiency of smaller vehicles. Although the market for fleet management solutions has vast growth opportunities in the near future, its development is expected to get arrested to an extent due to factors such as the demand for lower-cost solutions and the fluctuating fuel prices on the global front. The demand for reducing the already-reduced costs of fleet management solutions is, especially, projected to lead a major blow on the profit margins of companies operating in the market. Nevertheless, the market is expected to benefit from factors such as technological advancements in the automotive industry and projected introduction of several new varieties of autonomous cars and connected vehicles in the near future. Such advanced technologies are anticipated to fuel the global demand for effective fleet management solutions. Get more information from Research Report Press Release: http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/pressrelease/fleet-management-solution-market.htm This review of the global market for fleet management solutions has been based on a recent report published by Transparency Market Research, titled "Fleet Management Solution Market (Deployment - Cloud and On-Premise; Type - Vehicle Management, Driver Management, and Operations Management, End-Use Industry - Transportation & Logistics, Automotive, Retail, Government, and Shipping) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2017-2025." For the report, the market has been segmented as follows: Transparency Market Research (TMR) is a market intelligence company, providing global business information reports and services. Our exclusive blend of quantitative forecasting and trends analysis provides forward-looking insight for thousands of decision makers. TMR's experienced team of Analysts, Researchers, and Consultants, use proprietary data sources and various tools and techniques to gather, and analyze information. Our business offerings represent the latest and the most reliable information indispensable for businesses to sustain a competitive edge. Each TMR syndicated research report covers a different sector - such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy, food & beverages, semiconductors, med-devices, consumer goods and technology. These reports provide in-depth analysis and deep segmentation to possible micro Levels. With wider scope and stratified research methodology, TMR's syndicated reports thrive to provide clients to serve their overall research requirement.


Acquisitions and collaborations are also preferred growth strategy adopted by companies to enhance revenue growth and add to their product portfolios and consumer base. A recent instance is the collaboration between TomTom Telematics BV and German Broadcast organization ARD. The collaboration allowed TomTom Telematics BV to benefit from ARD's verbal Radio Traffic Alerts, which are already used by 22 Radio broadcast stations. Transparency Market Research estimates that the global fleet management solution market will exhibit an exponential 22.6% CAGR from 2017 to 2025, rising from a valuation of US$12.57 bn in 2015 to US$91.94 bn in 2025. On the basis of type, the segment of operations management solutions is expected to hold the dominant share in the global fleet management solution market over the forecast period. The segment of vehicle management solutions, however, is expected to emerge as the most promising segment, expected to expand at a CAGR of 24.7% from 2017 to 2025. Growth of the vehicle management solutions will be primarily attributable to the increased demand for energy efficient and green fleets. Get PDF Sample for this Research Report @ http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/sample/sample.php?flag=S&rep_id=24092 In terms of geography, the market across North America is expected to be the leading revenue contributor to the global fleet management solution market over the report's forecast period, with the U.S. providing most of the revenue. The presence of key industry players along with support from the original equipment manufacturers is expected to drive the market for fleet management solutions in the region. Rising Demand for Fleet Management Analytics to Remain Key to Growth The global market for fleet management solutions is market is expected to significantly benefit from the rising adoption of fleet management analytics across industries that spend a sizeable chunk of their operational costs on transportation. Efficient analytical tools in fleet management solutions allow companies to monitor and find ways of reducing costs incurred during activities such as driver management, vehicle management, and operations management. Moreover, efficient analytical data providing companies the ways of reducing fuel consumed by work vehicles help them effectively comply with government regulations regarding fuel consumption. These factors are expected to remain the core drivers of the global fleet management solution market. The market is also expected to benefit from the increasing shift of fleet management companies towards smaller fleets is also anticipated to lead to the increased demand for fleet management solutions in the next few years. Fleet management companies are preferring smaller vehicles in an attempt to benefit from lower total cost of ownership (TCO) as compared to heavy vehicles and the better fuel efficiency of smaller vehicles. Although the market for fleet management solutions has vast growth opportunities in the near future, its development is expected to get arrested to an extent due to factors such as the demand for lower-cost solutions and the fluctuating fuel prices on the global front. The demand for reducing the already-reduced costs of fleet management solutions is, especially, projected to lead a major blow on the profit margins of companies operating in the market. Nevertheless, the market is expected to benefit from factors such as technological advancements in the automotive industry and projected introduction of several new varieties of autonomous cars and connected vehicles in the near future. Such advanced technologies are anticipated to fuel the global demand for effective fleet management solutions. Get more information from Research Report Press Release: http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/pressrelease/fleet-management-solution-market.htm This review of the global market for fleet management solutions has been based on a recent report published by Transparency Market Research, titled "Fleet Management Solution Market (Deployment - Cloud and On-Premise; Type - Vehicle Management, Driver Management, and Operations Management, End-Use Industry - Transportation & Logistics, Automotive, Retail, Government, and Shipping) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2017-2025." For the report, the market has been segmented as follows: Transparency Market Research (TMR) is a market intelligence company, providing global business information reports and services. Our exclusive blend of quantitative forecasting and trends analysis provides forward-looking insight for thousands of decision makers. TMR's experienced team of Analysts, Researchers, and Consultants, use proprietary data sources and various tools and techniques to gather, and analyze information. Our business offerings represent the latest and the most reliable information indispensable for businesses to sustain a competitive edge. Each TMR syndicated research report covers a different sector - such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy, food & beverages, semiconductors, med-devices, consumer goods and technology. These reports provide in-depth analysis and deep segmentation to possible micro Levels. With wider scope and stratified research methodology, TMR's syndicated reports thrive to provide clients to serve their overall research requirement.


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

Armin Laschet, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union, celebrates after the state election in the western German state of Northrhine-Westphalia in Duesseldorf, Germany, Sunday, May 14, 2017. First exit polls predict significant gains for Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic party. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives won a state election Sunday in their center-left rivals' traditional heartland, a stinging blow to the challenger in September's national vote. The western state of North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's most populous and has been led by the center-left Social Democrats for all but five years since 1966. It is also the home state of Martin Schulz, the Social Democrat seeking to deny Merkel a fourth term in the Sept. 24 election. Schulz was hoping for a boost after two previous state election defeats sapped his party's momentum. Instead, Merkel's Christian Democratic Union won 33 percent of the vote in the election for the state legislature, with the Social Democrats trailing on 31.2 percent. Social Democrat governor Hannelore Kraft's coalition lost its majority as her junior governing partners, the Greens, took only 6.4 percent. Conservative challenger Armin Laschet, a deputy leader of Merkel's party, was set to replace Kraft. "The CDU has won the heartland of the Social Democrats," said the conservatives' general secretary, Peter Tauber. "This is a difficult day for the Social Democrats, a difficult day for me personally as well," Schulz, who wasn't on the ballot Sunday, told supporters in Berlin. "I come from the state in which we took a really stinging defeat today." But he urged the party to concentrate now on the national election. He said that "we will sharpen our profile further — we have to as well." "We will continue fighting; the result will come on Sept. 24," Schulz said. The Social Democrats' national ratings soared after Schulz, a former European Parliament president, was nominated in January as Merkel's challenger. But defeats in two other state elections since late March punctured the party's euphoria over Schulz's nomination. The Social Democrats' result in Sunday's election, the last before the national vote, was their worst in North Rhine-Westphalia since World War II. In the state's last election in 2012, the Social Democrats beat the CDU by 39.1 percent to 26.3 percent. The pro-business Free Democrats won a strong 12.6 percent of the vote Sunday after a campaign headed by their national leader, Christian Lindner. That gave the party, with which Merkel governed Germany from 2009 to 2013, a strong base for its drive to return to the national parliament in September after it was ejected four years ago. The nationalist Alternative for Germany won 7.4 percent, giving it seats in its 13th state legislature. The opposition Left Party fell just short of the 5 percent needed to win seats. The result gives the CDU and Free Democrats a very slim majority. If they can't agree on a governing alliance, Laschet could opt for a "grand coalition" of the biggest parties with the Social Democrats. A "grand coalition" would mirror Merkel's national government, in which the Social Democrats are the junior partners. After a blaze of publicity earlier this year, Schulz — who chose not to join the government when he returned to Germany in January — has struggled to maintain a high profile. He has focused on addressing perceived economic injustices, but critics have accused him of providing too little detail of his aims. Kraft told ARD television she had "asked Martin Schulz to let national politics wait until the election was over." Asked whether that was smart, she replied: "I said I would take responsibility for that, and I'm doing that this evening." She resigned as her party's regional leader. Merkel's conservatives sought to portray Kraft's government as slack on security, and also assailed what they said is regional authorities' poor handling of education and infrastructure projects. The region of 17.9 million, nearly a quarter of Germany's population, includes Cologne, Duesseldorf and the Ruhr industrial area. Merkel's party seemed keen not to appear too euphoric, insisting that regional issues played the key role. Asked about Germany's government after September her chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, said that "we always have to keep a cool head ... we shouldn't talk about coalitions before the harvest is in." National polls show the Social Democrats trailing Merkel's conservatives by up to 10 points after drawing level earlier this year.


News Article | April 28, 2017
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The engineer, a graduate in TV technology and electronic media, is currently product manager for the VPMS MAM system and Media Portal, Arvato Systems newly launched research engine. (Arvato Systems) Gütersloh – Yvonne Thomas receives this year’s Technology Women to Watch award, given by U.S. online trade magazine TVNewsCheck. The award ceremony took place during the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on the evening of April 25. With this award, TVNewsCheck recognizes up-and-coming talent in the broadcast sector. This is the first year that the prize has been awarded to a non-American. In her role as Product Manager at Arvato Systems, Yvonne Thomas is responsible for the VPMS Media Asset Management system, as well as the MediaPortal cross-media research tool. Breadth of Expertise and Depth of Experience 32-year-old Yvonne Thomas graduated as a TV technology and electronic media engineer. Her first practical experience was gained while still studying at the Rhein-Main University in Wiesbaden, during an internship at the ZDF London bureau and as technical operations assistant in Mainz-Lerchenberg. On completing her studies in 2010, she won the ARD/ZDF Award for the Advancement of Women in Media with her dissertation, “An examination of stereoscopic perception as a function of various display sizes and the creation of a study on the acceptance of 3D.” In 2011, Thomas joined the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Technology & Innovation Department in Geneva, where she was initially employed as a project engineer in Future TV & 3D Technologies, in 2013 becoming project manager for UHDTV standardization and the new TLCI Color Rendering Index. Standardization within SMPTE, ITU, DVB and MPEG was key to her role. Since moving to Arvato Systems in September 2015, Thomas has driven development of the VPMS (Video Production Management Suite) MAM and the MediaPortal research tool. “I congratulate Yvonne Thomas on this award and am delighted to have such an experienced and committed product manager on our team,” comments Stefan Eckardt (Head of Product and Portfolio Management, Arvato Systems). “Yvonne Thomas is a young engineer already well known in technology forums for her incisive contributions”, says Kathy Haly, co-founder of TVNewsCheck, explaining the decision for Thomas. “In her work, she demonstrates that she is an expert with the ability to explain complex technology in terms that a layperson can understand.”  Yvonne Thomas adds: “During my time at the EBU, I had a lot of contact with the SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers) and I participated in many international meetings and conferences. The award from TVNewsCheck is a huge motivation for me in my future work.” The TVNewsCheck Technology Women to Watch Award highlights women with the ability to push the sector forward. This is the fifth time that the sector’s leading news magazine has presented the award.


Adenovirus infection, which can cause Acute Respiratory Distress (ARD), often results in severe pneumonia or hospitalization, and is frequently present in military recruit training facilities. Although the current vaccine has helped to greatly reduce respiratory illness during basic training for U.S. service members, the vaccine is produced via an antiquated process developed in the 1960s that also depends on animal-derived materials, which can be difficult to source and quality control. Without pursuing process improvements to address existing technical limitations, the continued supply of the vaccine cannot be guaranteed. PaxVax is looking to provide innovative solutions to the manufacturing process and also develop a modernized version of the vaccine here in the U.S. "Our military continues to be at risk from acute respiratory disease," said Jonathan F. Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of PaxVax. "We are thrilled to be initiating our clinical development program for the Ad 4/7 vaccine, as this milestone enables us to advance our mission of developing specialty vaccines and contribute to military readiness. We are honored to undertake the modernization of adenovirus vaccine production in order to help support the health and wellbeing of our U.S. troops. Pending successful conclusion of Phase I trials, we look forward to further evaluating the efficacy and safety of this vaccine, and are committed to bringing this vaccine to licensure." The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provided the first government funding for this project. PaxVax was chosen as the SBIR contractor due to the company's extensive prior experience with adenoviruses in both preclinical and clinical settings, as well as expertise in Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) production of adenovirus-based vaccines. "The current vaccine, which is safe and efficacious, has been in use for a number of years and is given to more than 200,000 enlisted military trainees every year," said Dr. Cliff Snyder, Product Manager for Adenovirus Vaccine at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA). "We are always looking for ways to better protect our military service members. Modernization of production processes offers the opportunity to reduce risks to sustainment and the likelihood of capturing cost savings that result from increasing the efficiencies of processes used in vaccine production." USAMMDA is the product manager for the MPAV, with Mr. Snyder heading the Integrated Product Team. The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research will support the study by applying its expertise in virology and immunology to assays of human immune responses. Adenovirus Serotypes 4 and 7 are a leading cause of Acute Respiratory Distress (ARD) in military training facilities, and can lead to a debilitating febrile disease that frequently results in severe pneumonia, hospitalization and occasionally, death. Other symptoms can include headache, pharyngitis, and eye infections. Adenovirus infection can be spread from person to person by aerosols created by sneezing or coughing, but can also be transmitted by close personal contact. Close living quarters, coupled with the stress of training, can place military recruits at high risk for developing ARD, and prior to the availability of the Ad 4/7 vaccine, epidemics of ARD infections were frequent in all branches of the military. The adenovirus vaccine currently comes as two tablets, taken orally at the same time, and is currently approved for adult military members.1 PaxVax is a leading independent vaccine company that is devoted to bringing specialty vaccines that protect against overlooked infectious diseases to market, providing effective tools for health care providers who serve the 100 million people per year who travel to countries where these diseases are present. It commercializes vaccines for typhoid fever (Vivotif®) and cholera (Vaxchora™), and has a robust pipeline with vaccines at various stages of preclinical and clinical development for adenovirus, chikungunya, hepatitis A, HIV and Zika. As part of its social mission, PaxVax is also committed to making its vaccines available for use in developing world and increasing access to vaccines for the people who need them most. More information is available at http://www.paxvax.com. 1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adenovirus Vaccine Information Statements (VISs). June 2014. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/adenovirus.html. Accessed March 2017. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/paxvax-initiates-clinical-trials-of-a-modernized-adenovirus-vaccine-in-collaboration-with-the-us-army-medical-materiel-development-activity-and-the-walter-reed-army-institute-of-research-to-protect-us-military-personnel-300452809.html


News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: news.europawire.eu

STUTTGART, 04-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Two exciting weekends for the brand with the three-pointed star, as Valtteri Bottas wins his first Grand Prix in Russia and the new DTM season gets underway at Hockenheim with a milestone for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport, namely the 400th race in the DTM/ITC. This is what happened: Weekend’s results & facts StatAttack – Russia: Four races, four victories – the Sochi Autodrom continues to be a happy hunting ground for the Silver Arrows. At one point, however, it looked as if the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One Team were not going to repeat their victory of the previous year. For the first time this season, neither of the two Silver Arrows drivers qualified for the front row of the grid. Valtteri missed out on P2 in a tense qualifying session by just one tenth of a second. On the day of the race, however, the tables were turned: Valtteri got off to a stunning start, overtook both Ferraris and proceeded to claim a first ever grand prix victory. Finnish successes: With this maiden win in the highest echelon of motor racing, Valtteri joins an illustrious band of fellow countrymen: Keke Rosberg (world champion 1982), Kimi Räikkönen (world champion 2007), Mika Häkkinen (world champion 1998, 1999) and Heikki Kovalainen. Four of the five victorious Finns won at least one race in a Mercedes-powered car: Häkkinen (20 wins with a Mercedes engine), Räikkönen (nine wins with a Mercedes engine), Kovalainen (one victory with Mercedes engine) and now Bottas. So far, eight Finns have competed in a grand prix, five of whom won at least once and three of whom went on to become world champions. It took Valtteri precisely 81 grands prix before he at last ascended the top rung of the podium. Prior to that, he had made eleven podium appearances as the runner-up or third-placed contestant. Show run in Budapest: Valtteri did not have much opportunity to celebrate after his first grand prix victory. Just one day later, he was sitting in the cockpit of a Silver Arrow doing a demo run through the streets of Budapest – a fitting way to mark a maiden F1 victory. Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Robert Wickens was also in Budapest on Monday, assiduously carving out donuts in a Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM. “Thank you, Budapest,” said Robert afterwards. “There were so many people there. What a great day!” The Hungaroring in Budapest will be hosting both the DTM (16th – 19th June) and Formula One (28th – 30th July) this season. Podium in Monza: Another race weekend and another podium for Maximilian Günther. On the second race weekend of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Monza, the 19-year-old registered his second Top Three finish of the campaign. The test and substitute driver for the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team came third after starting from sixth on the grid. The race was won by Callum Ilott, his second victory of the season in a Mercedes-powered car. “Standing on the podium in the home race for my team was something special,” said Max. “I am now looking forward to next weekend when I will be accompanying the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team to Hockenheim. It will be a great experience for me!” On Saturday, Mick Schumacher made his first Formula 3 podium appearance after finishing third in the second race. 30th win in general classification for the Mercedes-AMG GT3: Ryan Dalziel (SCO) and David Morad (CAN) driving a Mercedes-AMG GT3 won the second race of the SprintX event, part of the Pirelli World Challenge held in the US state of Virginia. This latest success is the 30th general class victory for a Mercedes-AMG GT3 since the car made its debut in 2016. The one-hour race was a first outing for Morad as a member of the CRP Racing squad in the Pro class. The Pro/Am class was won by Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) and Tim Pappas (USA), also in a Mercedes-AMG GT3. In addition to passing the 30-victory mark, Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing reached another milestone in April as the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and its predecessor (SLS AMG GT3) notched up a 200th victory in various series around the world, including Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. Class victory in the International GT Open: The Mercedes-AMG GT3 registered two class wins in the curtain-raiser to the 2017 International GT Open at Estoril. The Brazilian duo of Marcio Basso and Fulvio Figueiredo (Team Sports & You) left the Am class opposition standing in the first of two races in Portugal. Runners-up were Alexander Hrachovina and Martin Konrad (AUT) of MS Racing. In the second race, it was Hrachovina and Konrad who crossed the finish line first. Second and third in the class were the two Mercedes-AMG GT3s entered by Sports & You driven by António Coimbra and Luis Silva (both POR) and by Basso and Figueiredo. Podium success in the DMV GTC: Bruno Stucky driving an SLS AMG GT3 entered by ANTeam finished second in his class in the two DMV GTC races (general classification P4 and P3) hosted by the city of Dijon in France. In Race 2, Josef Klüber in the number 5 Mercedes-AMG GT3 entered by équipe vitesse was class runner-up. In the concluding Dunlop 60 race (i.e. 60 minutes in length), Klüber and Marc Asbeck (GER) in the number 15 Mercedes-AMG GT3 entered by BLACK FALCON once again finished second and third in their class. Uli, the season is finally upon us. How are you feeling in the run-up to Hockenheim? Ulrich Fritz: Basically, I’m feeling good. But there is always an element of uncertainty. Sure, we tested here four weeks ago, but you never know what the opposition were actually revealing and how many aces they have up their sleeve. I think we have done our homework, and the team as well as the drivers are motivated right down to their fingertips. But the tension is definitely tangible. It is exactly four years since Mercedes found out at Hockenheim that their car was not competitive. Do you have that fear in the back of your mind when you embark on a new season after the car has undergone major development? Ulrich Fritz: Let’s put it this way: the past is always valuable as a source of learning, and I think we now understand the things that didn’t go as they should at the time. But we should not be approaching Hockenheim in fear and trepidation of the first qualifying round. Thoughts of that kind would be very counterproductive. What matters is that everyone in the team can say of themselves that they have done their best. You can’t ask for more than that, anyway. What are you most looking forward to this season? Ulrich Fritz: I have the general impression that the DTM is currently on the up. You can also feel the energy flowing from everyone involved that you want to feel as you go into a new season. Over the winter, we agreed on a lot of good things that should make the racing even more exciting. You will already have heard a lot about the new tyres and the extra horsepower, but I’ll also be interested to see how the spectators react to the whole trackside experience and the innovation with the open garages. ARD have also come up with some good ideas regarding the TV transmission. Ex-champions and motorsport celebrities as co-commentators is going to be great for the fans and certainly entertaining. So I think we’re all heading in the right direction. #Message: After his first Grand Prix victory in Russia, Valtteri Bottas sent a message to his fans, thanking them for their support over recent years. #F1explained: Have you ever wondered what goes on at the team’s section of the pit wall? Who sits where and what job have they been assigned? Sporting Director Ron Meadows reveals the secrets of the pit wall… #ReadyToRace: The Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team is ready for the new season! We have put together short videos introducing each of the drivers and getting their insights on the forthcoming season. #NoRegrets: Just before the 2017 season gets off the ground, we look back at the previous campaign. But not just that: our documentary provides a glimpse behind the scenes at Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team and shows how the drivers get on with each other.


News Article | February 24, 2017
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch - BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats have overtaken Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in an opinion poll by Infratest dimap for the first time since October 2006, with seven months to go before a federal election. The survey for German broadcaster ARD put the SPD, which has gained strength since nominating former European Parliament President Martin Schulz as its candidate, on 32 percent while Merkel's conservative bloc was on 31 percent. The SPD gained 4 percentage points compared with the same poll published on Feb. 2 while the "Union" made up of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), lost 3 percentage points. The reinvigorated SPD has shaken up opinion polls in recent weeks after lagging Merkel's conservatives for years. The last time the SPD won an election was in 2002, under Gerhard Schroeder. The SPD has ruled with Merkel's conservatives in a "grand coalition" since 2013 but Schulz has been in Brussels for most of this legislative period. Since returning to Germany he has campaigned against the chancellor's policies as an outsider. The poll showed the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) on 11 percent, the Greens on 8 percent and the far-left Linke on 7 percent. The pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) were on 6 percent. That means both the AfD and FDP would cross the 5-percent threshold needed to enter parliament - a development that will complicate coalition arithmetic. The poll of 1,047 people was carried out from Feb. 20 to 22.


News Article | February 22, 2017
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(PRWEB) February 22, 2017 -- Best in Biz Awards International, the only global business awards program judged by an independent panel of members of the press and industry analysts, is pleased to officially announce the initial panel of judges in its fifth annual awards program. The judges being announced today have each taken part in judging panels in prior years and represent a broad array of press in countries such as Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. The complete judging panel, including new additions to the high-profile group, will be announced in late March. The judges returning to the Best in Biz Awards 2017 International judging panel from previous years’ programs are: 1.    ARD (Germany), Dominique Lars Ziesemer 2.    Bennett Business Connections (Canada), Sharon Bennett 3.    Business Breakfast (United Arab Emirates), Brandy Scott 4.    Computer Hoy (Spain), Jaime Rodriguez-Guerra 5.    Data Breach Today (United Kingdom), Mathew Schwartz 6.    Gamers Intuition (United States), Didi Cardoso 7.    HTMobile (Israel), Zvi Wrobel 8.    IAA Magazine (United Arab Emirates), Manjula Ramakrishnan 9.    InBusiness (Cyprus and Greece), George Georgallides 10. Irish Independent (Ireland), Martina Devlin 11. J Arnold & Associates (Canada), Jon Arnold 12. MakeUseOf (United States), Gavin Phillips 13. Radio Ngati Porou (New Zealand), Erana Keelan-Reedy 14. TechHim (India), Himanshu Gupta 15. TechnoFILE.com (Canada), Jim Bray 16. TechRadar (United Kingdom), Catherine Ellis 17. Tune Media (Singapore), Nikki Tacata-Aborque 18. Ventures Africa and Enterprise54.com (Nigeria), Douglas Imaralu 19. Vyapar (India), Madhu Barbhaya 20. Which? Computing (United Kingdom), Kevin Pocock 21. Wirausaha dan Keuangan (Indonesia), Isdiyanto More information on the 2017 International judging panel, including short biographies of the judges, can be found on the Best in Biz Awards International website at: http://intl.bestinbizawards.com/intl-2017-judges. Entries in Best in Biz Awards 2017 International are being accepted until the regular entry deadline on March 10 and the late entry deadline on April 28, in 65 categories, including Company of the Year, Fastest-Growing Company, Most Innovative Company, Best Place to Work, Support Department, Technology Department, Executive of the Year, Founder/Entrepreneur, Innovator, Most Innovative Product, Enterprise Product, Best New Product, Best New Version, Product Line, App of the Year, PR Campaign, Film or Video, Blog and Website of the Year. Judging in Best in Biz Awards 2017 International will take place in May-June 2017, with the judges’ scores combined and averaged to determine winners for each category. Winners will be announced in July 2017. About Best in Biz Awards Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards, Inc. has made its mark as the only business awards program judged by an independent panel of renowned members of the press and industry analysts, hailing from the widest spectrum of publications. Best in Biz Awards honors are currently conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 65 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and PR and media. Entries in the 5th annual Best in Biz Awards International are currently being accepted from all companies worldwide until the final deadline on April 28, 2017. For more information, visit: http://intl.bestinbizawards.com.


News Article | February 20, 2017
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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble denied on Sunday that he had said Greece would have to leave the euro zone if it failed to implement economic reforms. Schaeuble said in an ARD television interview that Greece would not have problems if it implemented agreed reforms, but would if it fails to carry these out. "I never made any ('Grexit') threats," Schaeuble told ARD's Bericht aus Berlin program just before the network played recent comments in which he said Greece was "not yet over the hill" and the "pressure needed to stay on" Greece or it "couldn't stay in the currency union". Schaeuble said he was giving Greece the same message that it has received throughout its crisis from institutions such as the International Monetary Fund. "If Greece carries out the reforms, there won't be any problems. If they don't, then there will be problems." Schaeuble added: "I'm confident. Greece is on the right path." Schaeuble also said he expects the IMF to participate in a third bailout package for Greece after German magazine Der Spiegel said the Fund would contribute up to 5 billion euros ($5.3 billion). The IMF declined to comment. "I assume it will," Schaeuble said when asked about the IMF's participation. He noted the IMF had said in 2015 it would participate if Greece fulfils its reform targets. "I assume that can be achieved in the coming weeks." It remains unclear whether the Fund will be involved in the program, and this is likely to be one of the main talking points when Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde meet on Wednesday. Germany's government, gearing up for what is forecast to be a tight national election in September, opposes debt relief for Greece as sought by the IMF. Still, Berlin says the current program can only continue if the Fund joins in. "European law does not allow (national) debt relief," Schaeuble told ARD ahead of a meeting in Brussels on Monday with euro zone finance ministers. "Greece has to become more competitive. That's the what the program is for." A spokeswoman for Schaeuble had said on Friday that the German government has always considered IMF participation to be essential in Greece's third aid-for-reforms package. The Fund has insisted on debt relief and precautionary fiscal measures to ensure that Athens can meet its fiscal targets before it will consider participating in the bailout. Without new policies, the IMF believes Greece can only meet a primary fiscal surplus target of 1.5 pct of gross domestic product by 2018.

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