News Article | February 17, 2017
Un expert senior hautement estimé en opérations de sécurité, coordination et gestion pour mener la société dans sa prochaine phase de croissance LOS ANGELES, le 17 février 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Airborne Wireless Network (OTCQB: ABWN) annonce aujourd'hui la nomination de Michael (Mike) J. Warren en tant que président-directeur général. Mike a récemment travaillé comme directeur régional de l'exploitation et de la sécurité pour ECC International en Afghanistan. À ce titre, il a supervisé la sécurité de 18 projets de construction majeurs du ministère de la Défense, pour un montant total de 1 000 000 000 $, dont un projet de route de 500 millions $ financé par la Banque asiatique de développement pour construire le périphérique entre Herat et Mazer-e-Sharif, ainsi qu'un projet de développement des infrastructures de l'USAID d'un montant de 50 millions $ avec le ministère des Mines, du pétrole et du gaz afghan. Avant cela, Mike a été le directeur des opérations, de la sécurité et de la sûreté pour Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., en Afghanistan et s'est concentré sur le Programme de mesure et d'évaluation sous contrat avec l'USAID. Auparavant, il a occupé le poste de responsable des programmes pour les systèmes de composante humaine dans le cadre de la Force internationale d'assistance et de sécurité pour l'OTAN et l'armée américaine G-2. Il a été conseiller de l'ambassade des États-Unis, de la COMISAF, et du CJ2X au quartier général de l'ISAF à Kaboul, en Afghanistan. Mike a pris sa retraite du Corps des Marines des États-Unis avec le rang de Lieutenant Colonel en 1994. Officier d'infanterie, il a servi en tant que second, 3e Groupe de surveillance et de reconnaissance à Okinawa ; commandant du plus grand casernement à la Naval Weapons Station, à Concord, en Californie, ainsi que plusieurs postes de commandement sur le terrain d'exercice militaire au dépôt de recrutement des Marines à San Diego. Natif de l'Illinois, il a obtenu un baccalauréat ès arts en Sciences politiques de l'Université du Missouri. Mike est également diplômé du Collège de commandement et d'état-major du Corps des Marines des États-Unis. Il est également certifié en tant que planificateur du contre-terrorisme, expert COIN (contre-insurrection) et dans de nombreux cours en sécurité et sûreté. Mike dispose d'une vaste expérience en gestion de projets et a servi de nombreuses sociétés dans l'industrie du matériel et des logiciels informatiques, jouant un rôle total dans la croissance et l'expansion des sociétés. J. Edward Daniels, président d'Airborne Wireless Network a déclaré : « Mike sera déterminant pour faire passer notre technologie à la prochaine étape de croissance. Son expertise en opérations de sécurité et son expérience du secteur civil et du secteur gouvernemental seront inestimables alors que nous poursuivons la commercialisation dynamique d'Infinitus Super Highway™. Nous pensons que son expérience unique et sa capacité à traduire la vision en une réalisation d'envergure mondiale seront exactement ce dont nous avons besoin pour entrer dans le prochain chapitre de l'entreprise. » Le présent communiqué contient des « énoncés prospectifs » au sens des dispositions des règles refuges de la loi des États-Unis Private Securities Litigation Reform Act de 1995. Ces énoncés sont fondés sur les estimations et attentes actuelles de la direction de l'entreprise et sont assujettis à des risques et incertitudes importants. Si les hypothèses sous-entendues se révèlent inexactes ou si certains risques ou incertitudes se concrétisent, les résultats réels peuvent différer sensiblement de ceux présentés dans les énoncés prospectifs. Les risques et incertitudes comprennent, mais sans s'y limiter, la disponibilité du capital ; les incertitudes inhérentes associées au développement de nouveaux produits ou technologies et à l'exploitation d'une société en phase de développement ; notre capacité à lever les fonds supplémentaires dont nous aurons besoin pour poursuivre nos plans de développement de nos activités et produits ; notre capacité à développer et commercialiser des produits fondés sur notre plateforme technologique ; la concurrence dans l'industrie dans laquelle nous réalisons nos activités et nos ventes ; les conditions générales de l'industrie ; les facteurs économiques d'ordre général ; l'impact de la réglementation de l'industrie ; les progrès technologiques ; les nouveaux produits et les brevets obtenus par les concurrents ; les difficultés ou les retards de fabrication ; la dépendance à l'égard de l'efficacité des brevets de l'entreprise ; et l'exposition aux litiges, notamment les litiges en matière de brevets, et/ou de mesures de réglementation.
News Article | February 28, 2017
Arteris Inc., the innovative supplier of silicon-proven commercial system-on-chip (SoC) interconnect IP, and Dream Chip Technologies GmbH today announced that Dream Chip Technologies (DCT) is demonstrating an automotive ADAS development platform at Mobile World Congress. This reference platform was created as part of the European Commission / ENIAC THINGS2DO automotive advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) reference development platform program. Its development schedule and functional safety capabilities were accelerated by DCT’s use of Arteris FlexNoC interconnect IP with the Arteris FlexNoC Resilience Package. Dream Chip Technologies (DCT) has designed a large number of very complex systems-on-chip (SoC) for many customers worldwide and was selected as the design service lead for the ADAS MPSoC European THINGS2DO project. The objective of the project is to create a camera-based ADAS reference platform that benefits automotive Tier 1 companies through not only advanced technology but also by shortening the time-to-market and design cycles for innovative automotive electronics. Two tape outs were scheduled and executed in Q3/16 and Q1/17, both using the 22nm FDSOI semiconductor process at Global Foundries in Dresden/Germany. “Using Arteris FlexNoC interconnect IP allowed us to produce this highly complex ADAS SoC in less time than we expected, which is one of the objectives of this important project,” said Dr.-Ing. Jens Benndorf, managing director and COO of Dream Chip Technologies. “Using Arteris NoC technology allowed us to avoid the timing closure, routing congestion and QoS issues that commonly affect complex chips like ours, while the FlexNoC Resilience Package allowed us to quickly implement and verify data protection features required for our ADAS SoC to meet the highest levels of ISO 26262 ASIL certification.” Arteris FlexNoC interconnect IP is the on-chip communications backbone of most of the world’s application processors, digital baseband modems and ADAS SoCs. The FlexNoC Resilience Package adds data protection features required to obtain higher ISO 26262 automotive safety integrity levels (ASIL) by implementing on-chip error code correction (ECC) protection, hardware duplication and redundancy, unit checking, data monitoring and built in self-test (BIST). “We are excited that Dream Chip Technologies has been able to produce the THINGS2DO ADAS silicon in record time with the help of Arteris FlexNoC interconnect IP and the FlexNoC Resilience Package,” said K. Charles Janac, President and CEO of Arteris. “Our SoC interconnect IP is a foundational technology for all automotive semiconductor and Tier-1 design teams tasked with creating sophisticated SoCs with integrated functional safety features.” About Dream Chip Technologies Dream Chip Technologies GmbH (DCT) is the largest independent German Design Service company specialized in the development of large ASICs, FPGAs, embedded software and systems with a strong application focus on automotive vision systems (ADAS). Companies from different industrial sectors worldwide rely on DCT's expertise and outstanding engineering skills. It is DCT’s mission to bridge the gap between demand and offer by supporting their customers by sophisticated vision technologies, thus enabling them to launch new products without neglecting its core business. This strategy ensures business stability and steady growth through product innovations simultaneously. DCT's headquarters are located in Northern Germany near Hanover. For more information, please visit the company’s web site at: http://www.dreamchip.de About Arteris Arteris, Inc. provides system-on-chip (SoC) interconnect IP and tools to accelerate SoC semiconductor assembly for a wide range of applications. Rapid semiconductor designer adoption by customers such as Samsung, Huawei / HiSilicon, Mobileye, Altera (Intel), and Texas Instruments has resulted in Arteris being the only semiconductor IP company to be ranked in the Inc. 500 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists in 2012 and 2013. Customer results obtained by using the Arteris product line include lower power, higher performance, more efficient design reuse and faster SoC development, leading to lower development and production costs. More information can be found at http://www.arteris.com. Arteris, FlexNoC and the Arteris logo are trademarks of Arteris. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. ###
News Article | February 16, 2017
Highly Regarded Senior Expert on Security Operations, Coordination, and Management to Lead Company into Next Phase of Growth LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Airborne Wireless Network (OTCQB: ABWN) today announces that it has appointed Michael (Mike) J. Warren as Chief Executive Officer. Mike has recently served as the Regional Operations and Security Director for ECC International in Afghanistan. In this capacity, he has overseen the security of 18 Major DOD Construction Projects, totaling $1,000,000,000, including a $500 million Asia Development Bank road project building the Ring Road from Herat to Mazer-e-Sharif, and a $50 Million USAID Infrastructure Development project with the Afghan Ministry of Mines, Oil, and Gas. Before that, Mike was the Director of Operations, Security & Safety for Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., in Afghanistan and he focused on the Measurement and Evaluation Program under contract with USAID. Prior to that he was the Program Manager for the Human Terrain Systems under the International Security Assistance Force for NATO and the US Army G-2. He has been an advisor to the US Embassy, to COMISAF and CJ2X at HQ's ISAF in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mike retired from the US Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1994. An infantry officer, his assignments included serving as the Executive Officer, 3rd Surveillance & Reconnaissance Group in Okinawa; as Commanding Officer of the largest Marine Security Barracks at Naval Weapons Station, Concord, CA, and in multiple command positions on the drill field at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. A native of Illinois, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri. Mike is also a graduate of the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He is also certified as a Counter Terrorism Planner, as a COIN (Counterinsurgency) expert and in numerous security and safety courses. Mike has an extensive background in project management and has served with numerous companies in the computer hardware and software industry, playing an integral role in the companies' growth and expansion. J. Edward Daniels, President of Airborne Wireless Network said, "Mike will be instrumental in advancing our technology into the next stage of growth. His expertise in security operations and background in both the civilian sector and governmental sector will be invaluable as we continue to aggressively market the Infinitus Super Highway™. We believe that his unique background and his ability to translate vision into world-class execution will be exactly what we need as we enter the next chapter of the business." For further information see: www.airbornewirelessnetwork.com This release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, availability of capital; the inherent uncertainties associated with developing new products or technologies and operating as a development stage company; our ability to raise the additional funding we will need to continue to pursue our business and product development plans; our ability to develop and commercialize products based on our technology platform; competition in the industry in which we operate and market; general industry conditions; general economic factors; the impact of industry regulation; technological advances; new products and patents attained by competitors; manufacturing difficulties or delays; dependence on the effectiveness of the company's patents; and the exposure to litigation, including patent litigation, and/or regulatory actions.
News Article | February 17, 2017
BEERSE, Belgien--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Janssen-Cilag International NV meldete heute die Veröffentlichung von Daten, die ein radiologisch nachgewiesenes progressionsfreies Überleben (rPFS) von 16,5 Monaten (95% CI, 13,5–20,0) und eine Behandlungsdauer von 11,6 Monaten (95% CI, 10,2–12,8) bei mit ZYTIGA® (Abirateronacetat) plus Prednison (AAP) behandelten Männern unter Alltagsbedingungen, außerhalb von klinischen Studien, zeigen. In der Studie wurden Männer beurteilt, die wegen metastasiertem, kastrationsresistentem Prostatakrebs (mCRPC) mit keinen oder nur leichten Symptomen im Anschluss an eine Androgendeprivationstherapie (ADT) behandelt wurden.1 Diese wertvollen Erkenntnisse zeigten sich trotz der Alltagsbedingungen der Studienpopulation, darunter Patienten mit schlechter Prognose oder schwer zu behandelnde Patienten, die in der Regel von klinischen Studien ausgeschlossen sind. Diese Daten sind Teil eines umfassenden Portfolios im Bereich Real-World Evidence (RWE), das Janssen auf dem diesjährigen American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU) in Orlando, Florida, vorgestellt hatte. „Die Evidenzforschung unter Alltagsbedingungen ist in der patientenbezogenen klinischen Praxis zentral, da sie den Ärzten hilft, besser auf die Bedürfnisse der Patienten einzugehen. Sie ergänzt Daten, die aus klinischen Studien gewonnen wurden, um zu einem besseren Verständnis der Behandlungsergebnisse, des Krankheitsmanagements und des Einflusses auf die Lebensqualität bei breiten Patientenpopulationen, darunter solche mit Komorbiditäten, beizutragen“, sagte Dr. Martin Bögemann, Urologie, Universitätsklinikum Münster, Münster, Deutschland. „Es ist hilfreich festzustellen, dass neue Daten zu Behandlungsergebnissen bei Patienten unter Alltagsbedingungen diejenigen bestätigen, die im Umfeld klinischer Studien gewonnen wurden. Diese neuen Erkenntnisse ergänzen den wachsenden Bestand an Nachweisen unter Alltagsbedingungen, der in Europa zur Verfügung steht und der uns mehr und mehr hilft, die besten Therapien zu wählen, um die Behandlungsergebnisse für die Patienten zu transformieren.“ Patienten der Zulassungsstudie COU–AA–302 erzielten eine mediane Behandlungsdauer von 13,8 Monaten (IQR, 8,3–27,4) und ein medianes rPFS von 16,5 Monaten (95% CI, 13,8–16,8).1,2,3,4 Die Ergebnisse waren in beiden Settings ähnlich, obwohl fast 10 % der Patienten in der RWE-Studie viszerale Metastasen (Metastasen an inneren Organen, das heißt der Leber und/oder Lungen) und/oder einen Performance-Status der Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) von 2 bis 3 (nicht arbeitsfähig, Selbstversorgung jedoch ganz oder teilweise möglich) hatten.1 Diese Patienten wurden nicht in die COU-AA-302-Studie einbezogen.4 Dr. Ivo Winiger-Candolfi, Oncology Therapeutic Area Lead, Janssen Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), sagte: „Evidenz unter Alltagsbedingungen ist äußerst wertvoll, da sie Erkenntnisse bietet, die klinische Studien ergänzen und bedeutende Einblicke in die Leistung und den Einsatz eines Arzneimittels in realen medizinischen Settings gibt, was schließlich in die bestmögliche Behandlung der Patienten umgesetzt wird. Dies wird insbesondere bei Prostatakrebs deutlich, da dies die häufigste Krebserkrankung bei Männern ist, die zudem eine vielfältige Patientenpopulation mit unterschiedlichem Behandlungsbedarf aufweist. Janssen unterstützt weiterhin die Evidenzforschung unter Alltagsbedingungen, um dabei zu helfen, die Behandlungsergebnisse der Patienten zu transformieren, damit Krebs in der Zukunft besser beherrschbar sein wird.” Prostatakrebs ist die am häufigsten diagnostizierte Krebsart bei Männern, mit über 400.000 neu diagnostizierten Fällen jährlich in Europa.6 Die neuesten Prostatakrebs-Zahlen belegen, dass gegenwärtig drei Millionen Männer in Europa von dieser Erkrankung betroffen sind.7 Die Boegemann-et-al.-Studie ist eine retrospektive Untersuchung der Akten (Chart Review) von 224 Patienten mit mCRPC mit keinen oder nur leichten Symptomen nach einer Androgendeprivationstherapie, die mit ZYTIGA (Abirateronacetat) plus Prednison (AAP) in 18 Zentren in Belgien, Deutschland und Großbritannien behandelt wurden.1 Das Prostatakrebsregister wurde 2013 als langfristige Initiative von Janssen ins Leben gerufen, um die optimale Behandlung von mCRPC in der Routinepraxis zu ermitteln. Das Register wurde in Zusammenarbeit mit Fachärzten auf dem Gebiet des mCRPC konzipiert. Die beobachteten Patienten werden in diversen Umgebungen in der Onkologie und Urologie behandelt, woraus sich ein Bild der routinemäßigen klinischen Praxis ergeben soll. 8 1 Boegemann et al. Real-World Treatment with Abiraterone Acetate in Chemotherapy-Naïve Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Patients. Poster präsentiert auf dem American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Symposium 2017, 16. bis 18. Februar, Orlando, Florida, USA. Posterpräsentation. ASCO GU Abstract #239. Zuletzt abgerufen im Februar 2017. 2 Rathkopf et al. Updated Interim Efficacy Analysis and Long-term Safety of Abiraterone Acetate in Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer Patients Without Prior Chemotherapy (COU-AA-302). EUROPEAN UROLOGY 2014; 66: 815-825. Zuletzt abgerufen im Februar 2017. 3 Ryan CJ, Smith MR, de Bono JS, et al. Abiraterone in Metastatic Prostate Cancer without Previous Chemotherapy. N Engl J Med. 2013 Jan; 368(2): 138 - 48. 4 Ryan C.J et al. Abiraterone acetate plus prednisone versus placebo plus prednisone in chemotherapy-naive men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (COU-AA-302): final overall survival analysis of a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 study. The Lancet Oncology. 2015; 16, 2: p152-160. Verfügbar unter: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(14)71205-7/abstract. Zuletzt abgerufen im Februar 2017. 5 Chowdhury S et al. The Prostate Cancer Registry: Real-World outcomes in first-line treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Poster präsentiert auf dem American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Symposium 2017, 16. bis 18. Februar, Orlando, Florida. Posterpräsentation. ASCO GU abstract #212. Zuletzt abgerufen im Februar 2017. 6 Ferlay J et al. Cancer incidence and mortality patterns in Europe: Estimates for 40 countries in 2012. European Journal of Cancer. 2013; 49: p1374–1403. Zuletzt abgerufen im Februar 2017. 8 Chowdhury S et al. The Prostate Cancer Registry: First Results from an International, Prospective, Observational Study of Men with Metastatic Castration- Resistant Prostate Cancer (mCRPC). Poster präsentiert auf dem Europäischen Krebskongress 2015, 25. bis 29. September, Wien, Österreich. Posterpräsentation. ECC abstract #2548. Verfügbar unter: https://www.europeancancercongress.org/Scientific-Programme/Abstract-search?abstractid=21001. Zuletzt abgerufen im Februar 2017. 10 Hoy, SM. et al. Abiraterone Acetate: A review of its use in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer drugs. Drugs 2013; 73:2077-2091. Zuletzt abgerufen im Februar 2017. 11 Ritch, CR. Cookson, MS. Advances in the management of castration resistant prostate cancer. BMJ. 2016 Oct 17;355:i4405. Doi: 10.1136/bmj.i4405. Zuletzt abgerufen im Februar 2017. 12 Ye,D. A phase 3, double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled efficacy and safety study of abiraterone acetate in chemotherapy-naïve patients with mCRPC in China, Malaysia, Thailand and Russia. Asian Journal of Urology. 2017.Doi.org/10.1016/j.ajur.2017.01.002. Zuletzt abgerufen im Februar 2017
News Article | February 15, 2017
With the rise of the fast-track executive comes a side effect: bold leaders who often haven't been exposed to the basics of managing, and are forced to make it up as they go along. That's what Willy Steiner, a 20-plus year leadership coach for executives and managers, has noticed in his work with major companies like Caterpillar and General Electric, and why he released a new book today titled Discovering the Joy of Leading: A Practical Guide to Resolving Your Management Challenges. The book offers an anthology of models from a wide variety of leadership experts, as well as personal and client experiences, which Steiner uses to illustrate how to solve your own problems quicker, better, and faster. Early in his book, Steiner quotes a fictional conversation between two executives that could very well be real. “What happens if we spend training funds developing our people and then they leave us?” says a CFO to the CEO. “What happens if we don't and they stay?” the CEO replies. According to Steiner, leadership development is just too important to leave out of the yearly or quarterly plans. It's possible—and crucial—to address personnel issues immediately. But the day-to-day work of managing, if not executed well, can crowd out the time and focus needed to be an effective leader. If used correctly, these daily tools—like making the most of your time and building the relationships that matter most, for example—can be just what busy managers need to empower their employees for growth. Steiner's expertise will help leaders to step back and do just that, while examining multiple areas of their leadership. The book is a perfect starting point for busy leaders, since it offers a buffet of methods from other leadership experts—it's like having dozens of leadership books in one handy resource. When a reader discovers a need for professional growth, he or she can take advantage of Steiner's wide network and recommendations for further study in that area. Steiner is no stranger to the business of managing. He spent time at major companies such as RCA, General Electric, and Galileo International before starting his own firm, Executive Coaching Concepts. At ECC, he has spent the last 19 years helping executives hone their leadership skills. Advanced praise for Discovering the Joy of Leading has been abundant. Discover the Joy of Leading, out today from ECC Publishing, includes five main sections on basic leadership concepts like managing time and handling change. For more information and to sign up for updates about the book, visit executivecoachingconcepts.com. About the Author Willy Steiner is the President of Executive Coaching Concepts, an executive coaching services firm dedicated to assisting senior executives in taking their individual and organizational performance to the next level. He fine-tuned his skills in leading organizational change, building high performing teams and in devising innovative incentive systems with General Electric, RCA Corp., and Galileo International. Discover the Joy of Leading: A Practical Guide to Resolving Your Management Challenges By William G. Steiner ECC Publishing February 6, 2017 Hardcover, $16.95; 311 pages 978-1-62634-175-3
News Article | February 17, 2017
Hochgeschätzter führender Experte für Operationen, Koordination und Management im Bereich Sicherheit wird das Unternehmen in die nächste Wachstumsphase steuern LOS ANGELES, 17. Februar 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Airborne Wireless Network (OTCQB: ABWN) gibt heute bekannt, dass es Michael (Mike) J. Warren zum Chief Executive Officer ernannt hat. Mike Warren war bis vor Kurzem als Direktor für regionale Operationen und Sicherheit für ECC International in Afghanistan tätig. In dieser Funktion überwachte er die Sicherheit von 18 bedeutenden Bauprojekten des US-Verteidigungsministeriums mit einem Budget von insgesamt 1.000.000.000 USD, einschließlich eines Straßenprojekts über 500 Millionen USD der Asia Development Bank zum Bau der Tangente von Herat nach Mazer-e-Sharif, und eines Infrastruktur-Entwicklungsprojekts über 50 Millionen USD von USAID in Zusammenarbeit mit dem afghanischen Ministerium für Minenwesen, Öl und Gas. Davor war Mike Warren Direktor für Operations, Security & Safety für Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., in Afghanistan und sein Schwerpunkt lag auf dem Programm Measurement and Evaluation im Auftrag von USAID. Vor dieser Funktion arbeitete er als Programm-Manager für die Human Terrain Systems im Rahmen der Internationalen Sicherheitsbeistandstruppe (International Security Assistance Force/ISAF) für die NATO und die US-Armee G-2. Er hat als Berater für die US-Botschaft, für COMISAF und CJ2X im ISAF-Hauptquartier in Kabul in Afghanistan fungiert. Mike Warren ist im Jahr 1994 aus dem US Marine Corps im Rang eines Lieutenant Colonel ausgeschieden. Als Infanterie-Offizier gehörte zu seinen Aufgaben der Dienst als Exekutiv-Offizier, 3. Surveillance & Reconnaissance Group in Okinawa, als Kommandant der größten Marinesicherheit-Kaserne in der Marinegefechtsstation Concord, Kalifornien, und er diente in mehreren Kommandofunktionen auf dem Militärübungsplatz des Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. Er stammt aus Illinois und hat an der University of Missouri einen Bachelor-Studienabschluss in Politikwissenschaften absolviert. Mike Warren ist ebenfalls Absolvent des US Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Darüber hinaus verfügt er über Zertifizierungen als Stratege zur Terrorismusbekämpfung, als sogenannter COIN-Experte (Counterinsurgency/Aufstandsbekämpfung) und er hat zahlreiche Sicherheitskurse und -fortbildungen abgeschlossen. Mike Warren besitzt umfangreiches Hintergrundwissen im Projektmanagement und war bei mehreren Unternehmen in der Computerhardware- und Software-Branche aktiv, für die er entscheidende Beiträge zum Wachstum und zur Expansion der Unternehmen leistete. J. Edward Daniels, Präsident von Airborne Wireless Network sagte: „Mike wird für unseren technologischen Fortschritt auf die nächste Stufe des Wachstums eine zentrale Rolle spielen. Seine Kompetenz im Bereich Sicherheitsoperationen und sein Hintergrund - sowohl aus dem zivilen als auch dem staatlichen Sektor - sind äußerst wertvoll, während wir die Vermarktung des Infinitus Super Highway™ weiter offensiv fortsetzen. Wir sind davon überzeugt, dass sein einzigartiges Hintergrundwissen und sein Talent, Visionen in erstklassige Ergebnisse umzusetzen, genau die notwendigen Fähigkeiten sind, um das nächste Kapitel unserer Geschäftsaktivitäten zu eröffnen." Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter: www.airbornewirelessnetwork.com Diese Pressemitteilung enthält sogenannte „zukunftsbezogene Aussagen" im Sinne der Safe-Harbor-Bestimmungen des United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act von 1995. Diese Aussagen basieren auf den aktuellen Überzeugungen und Erwartungen der Geschäftsführung des Unternehmens und unterliegen beachtlichen Risiken und Ungewissheiten. Sollten sich die zugrunde gelegten Annahmen als unzutreffend erweisen oder Risiken und Unwägbarkeiten eintreten, könnten die tatsächlichen Ergebnisse wesentlich von denjenigen abweichen, die in den zukunftsbezogenen Aussagen enthalten sind. Risiken und Unwägbarkeiten beinhalten, sind aber nicht beschränkt auf die Verfügbarkeit von Kapital; die mit der Entwicklung neuer Produkte oder Technologien und der betrieblichen Tätigkeit als Unternehmen in der Entwicklungsphase verbundenen Unsicherheiten; unsere Fähigkeit zur zusätzlichen Erhöhung der Mittel, die wir benötigen, um unsere Geschäfts- und Produktentwicklungspläne weiter zu verfolgen; unsere Fähigkeit, Produkte auf Basis unserer Technologieplattform zu entwickeln und zu vermarkten; der Wettbewerb in der Branche, in der wir tätig sind und vermarkten; allgemeine Branchenbedingungen; allgemeine wirtschaftliche Faktoren; die Auswirkung von Branchenvorschriften; technologische Fortschritte; neue Produkte und Patente der Konkurrenz; Herstellungsschwierigkeiten oder -verzögerungen; Abhängigkeit von der Wirksamkeit der Patente des Unternehmens sowie das Risiko von Rechtsstreitigkeiten, einschließlich Patentstreitigkeiten und/oder regulatorischer Maßnahmen.
News Article | February 15, 2017
RSA Conference: Gemalto Unveils the Industry's Most Robust Encryption Solutions to Protect Data across the Cloud, Enterprise and High-Speed Networks New SafeNet Luna HSM and 100 Gbps high-speed encryptors provide the industry's fastest speeds and performance to encrypt data As data encryption is more widely adopted to protect sensitive applications and information, Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced the launch of two new solutions that give enterprises unparalleled speed, performance and security when encrypting data across the cloud, enterprise applications and high-speed corporate networks. Gemalto's new SafeNet Luna HSM 7 (Hardware Security Module) offers the industry's most scalable platform to perform the highest number of simultaneous cryptographic operations including encryption, decryption, authentication and digital signing while providing total, tamper-resistant protection for cryptographic keys. The new capabilities enable enterprises to support encryption at massive scale and secure even larger volumes of encryption keys that protect sensitive information and applications in the cloud and on-premise. In addition, Gemalto today also announced the launch of its new 100 Gbps SafeNet High Speed Encryptor that provides unmatched performance and security to protect data and sensitive communications across large-scale, high-capacity networks. The new SafeNet CN9100 High Speed Encryptor, developed by Gemalto and encryption partner Senetas, encrypts network traffic at Layer 2 to protect information sent across networks, between corporate offices and into the cloud at native speeds of 100 Gbps. These latest editions to Gemalto's extensive data protection portfolio are being showcased at RSA Conference 2017 (South Hall, Booth #1907). https://www.rsaconference.com/events/us17 "As organizations increasingly embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based applications, their requirements to cope with big data intensify. Streamlined management of data security controls have become vital in securing data as it moves between enterprises, multi-cloud environments, networks and devices," said Todd Moore, Senior Vice President of Encryption Products at Gemalto. "This necessitates organizations to conduct more cryptographic operations in the same, or a shorter amount of time, which means they need an easy, scalable way to attach security directly to the data in order to protect it while in motion and at rest." "Because organizations are faced with securing more data, identities, transactions and connection points, highly scalable and frictionless data encryption is critical," said Garrett Bekker, principal security analyst at 451 Research. "It's no longer an option to secure one part of the ecosystem, security is required throughout the entire data lifecycle, from the cloud and core of the enterprise to the edge of the network." More about Gemalto's SafeNet Luna HSM and SafeNet High Speed Encryptors: The latest SafeNet Luna HSM 7 brings best-in-class performance and industry leading security for the protection of cryptographic keys in high-assurance, tamper-resistant hardware. Gemalto's HSM portfolio offers a broad range of options to accommodate the breadth of security, performance, operational and compliance needs of customers. With up to 10,000 RSA-2048 or 20,000 ECC P-256 operations per second, the SafeNet Luna HSMs easily scales to support the execution requirements in a number of markets such as IoT, Blockchain and data encryption. The most recent addition to Gemalto's SafeNet High Speed Encryptor portfolio protects communications at speeds of 100 Gbps encrypted bandwidth. Ensuring the available bandwidth is maximed, the SafeNet Ethernet Encryptor CN9100 features low latency of under 2 microseconds to ensure network performance is optimized as increasingly large amounts of data, and big data, cross the network securely in real-time at higher bandwidths. 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News Article | February 13, 2017
There is so much being done to help stop elephants being wiped out in the wild. We’ve identified more than 50 campaigns and organisations around the world, from well-known charities like the World Wide Fund for Nature to grassroots groups like Elephanatics in Canada and Laos-based ElefantAsia. If you think we’ve missed anyone or anything, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll update the list with your suggestions. Please note, however: presence on this list does not constitute an endorsement. Organisations take differing approaches to elephant conservation, and even the most secure-looking can run into financial difficulties. As a conscientious giver it is your responsibility to make sure your contribution will be used wisely. Set up petitions, organise marches, lobby politicians or just spread the word: there are a number of ways in which you can campaign and really make an impact. There are many inspiring grassroots groups that do amazing work; why not join one of these, or set up your own if there’s none in your country? In the UK, Action for Elephants has organised marches and talks to highlight the importance of banning the ivory trade. This grassroots group also campaigns against keeping elephants in captivity. Even though 179 countries have signed up to Cites, the UN’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the illegal trade in wild animals remains a multibillion-dollar industry. The Bloody Ivory campaign aims to put pressure on Cites to do more to prevent poaching and ivory trafficking. Its online petition to tackle the black market in ivory has 56,000 signatures (and counting) and will be presented at the next Cites meeting in 2019. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Elephanatics aims to raise awareness of the poaching crisis and ensure the long-term survival of elephants through education, conservation and fun activities like the annual global march for elephants and rhinos. Inspired by her childhood in Africa, Joyce Poole has been studying elephant behaviour and communication for more than 30 years. She has a particular interest in how poaching and habitat destruction affects herds’ social dynamics. Through ElephantVoices, which she founded in 2002, Poole campaigns for elephants and promotes research and conservation projects, while providing others with the resources they need to do the same. Conducting the first pan-African aerial survey of elephant populations in 40 years and covering 345,000 square miles across 18 countries, this ambitious project set out to count and map Africa’s savannah elephants. The final report, published last year, showed a 30% fall in numbers over the last seven years. While the census itself is complete, the organisation is now using its database to help governments, scientists and NGOs manage and protect elephant populations. Committed to bringing an end to animal poaching and trafficking, IFAW campaigns for the bolstering of wildlife trade policy with supranational organisations such as the UN and the EU, while helping to train customs agents and wildlife rangers. It also investigates online crime. This offshoot of WildAid – one of the largest conservation groups working to eliminate demand for wildlife products such as elephant ivory and rhino horn – is responsible for the #JoinTheHerd campaign. Showing your support is as easy as uploading a photo of yourself – which the website then stitches to one of an elephant – and sharing the resultant image on social media, with the #JoinTheHerd hashtag. This non-profit aims to fight ivory trafficking on every front, training rangers, supplying sniffer dogs, working to make ivory less prestigious … Responsible for the #SaveElephants social media campaign, it also provides plenty of highly shareable pictures for your own activities. Named after the 96 animals killed for their ivory every day in Africa, this offshoot of the Wildlife Conservation Society works to highlight the plight of elephants and supports organisations caring for them around the world. Campaigns include Origami for Elephants (“create your own customised digital origami elephant”) and the #ElephantYogaChallenge (“You can help save elephants with yoga”). Putting pressure on politicians both at home and overseas is a powerful way to effect change. Save the Asian Elephant provides template letters and contact details for top-ranking officials, including the British prime minister, Theresa May, and India’s minister for tourism, Dr Mahesh Sharma, which you can use to urge them to follow through on their promises to protect Asian elephants. A grassroots organisation dedicated to raising awareness about the ivory trade and the fate of elephants across Africa. It offers a space to share knowledge, lobby government and join marches. Founded by two zoology students from the University of Exeter, this little organisation focuses on producing short films that target a wildlife crime or human-wildlife conflict issue. These are then shown to affected communities through a bicycle-powered cinema. In Malawi, Stop Wildlife Crime, Protect Malawi’s Wildlife, about elephants and the illegal ivory trade, was shown to more than 14,000 people. This World Wide Fund for Nature initiative is focused on ending Thailand’s ivory trade – once the world’s second largest – and has already enjoyed much success. In 2015, its efforts helped the Thai government to pass new regulations, while last year’s Ivory-Free Thailand campaign enlisted the help of local celebrities to discourage consumers from buying or accepting gifts of ivory. Launched by the World Elephant Society, which creates and distributes educational information about elephant conservation, World Elephant Day (12 August) asks elephant-lovers the world over to share their appreciation of these endangered animals. Youth 4 African Wildlife works with young people in the hope that they’ll become global conservation ambassadors. It offers conservation internships for people from all over the world, and also raises awareness through community outreach in the greater Kruger National Park area in South Africa. If you want to help elephants and have time to spare, these organisations want to hear from you. Some offer hybrid travel and volunteering experiences that will let you interact with elephants in their own habitat. Others need assistance with campaigns or administration. As always, make sure you understand their aims and approaches before signing up. Set in the lush countryside of Thailand’s northern Mae Chaem district, this sanctuary serves as a retirement community for some of the country’s 4,000-plus registered captive elephants, which have endured long lives of hard graft and exploitation, predominantly within the tourism and logging industries. Tasks for volunteers range from feeding and bathing the animals to teaching English to local children. With stays at the charity’s Cambodian elephant sanctuary lasting anywhere between one and four weeks, a good level of fitness is a must, as volunteers are expected to spend much of their time hiking through the Mondulkiri province’s mountainous terrain. Activities include observing the elephants in their natural habitat and planting seedlings to counteract deforestation. Elephants in Lagos are traditionally used in logging and worked to the point of exhaustion. The Conservation Center is home to the country’s first elephant hospital dedicated to victims of logging accidents, and has an elephant breeding programme. Reliant on donations and fees from volunteers, the centre invites visitors to learn about elephants and the importance of conservation in their natural environment. A useful starting point for any well-intentioned volunteer who doesn’t quite know where to start. There are dozens of opportunities across Africa and Asia to choose from, including data collection and research projects in Thailand, community outreach and wildlife education programmes in South Africa, and hands-on caretaking roles in a Sri Lankan elephant sanctuary. Human-animal conflict is one of the greatest threats to some of the world’s most at-risk elephant populations. The Great Projects links volunteers to conservation efforts in Asia and Africa; these include protecting the Namibian desert elephants – whose slowly recovering numbers were as low as 300 in the 1990s – by working with the local farmers, who frequently come into violent contact with the animals. Dedicated to protecting the Asian elephant, Save the Elephant Foundation provides a safe home for rescued elephants in its Elephant Nature Park in Chang Mai, Thailand. It invites volunteers and visitors to spend time with the animals, feeding, bathing and giving them care and affection in their natural habitat. One of the largest human-elephant conflict resolution projects in the world, this scheme run by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society sees volunteers muck in across a wide variety of tasks. Daily activities might include observing elephant herds, identifying game trails, developing a dialogue with local communities, or maintaining the scenically situated base camp in north-western Sri Lanka. Giving money may seem the easiest way to help a cause you believe in. But deciding which organisation to donate to can be a daunting task. Some will use the money across their programmes, while others will let you back specific projects. Be sure to check that the organisation is legitimate and fits your objectives. Study its website, check its credentials and search the web to learn about its reputation and status. In addition to government regulators, these organisations provide advice for charitable giving: Charity Navigator, GuideStar, Charity Watch and GreatNonprofits. The rangers who risk their lives to prevent wildlife poaching and trafficking make little money and often spend months at a time away from their families. A guaranteed 100% of donations to this WWF-run initiative fund the equipment and infrastructure they need to do their jobs effectively and safely. For more than 30 years Born Free has been working to keep wildlife in the wild. You can support its work by (symbolically) adopting either orphaned Asian elephant calf Jubilee, or African elephant Emily Kate, who now has a calf of her own. The welcome pack includes a cuddly toy and personalised adoption certificate. Since its creation three years ago, this joint initiative between Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network has channelled donations to the areas where elephant populations are collapsing the quickest, and the projects on the ground best placed to do something about it. Its celebrity-backed anti-ivory campaign in China played a vital role in changing policy in the country. With donations funding information-gathering operations and deep-cover field investigations, the EAL adopts an intelligence-led approach to uncovering and disrupting the criminal networks behind poaching and ivory trafficking. As well as using specialist investigators to infiltrate the criminal organisations profiting from the exploitation of wildlife, the EIA runs evidence-backed campaigns to advocate for meaningful policy change at a governmental level. Investigations typically cost between £10,000 and £20,000 and rely on donations from the public. Rather than paying into a pot that the charity will redistribute as it sees fit, this foundation allows donors to choose a specific programme and guarantees that 100% of their donation will reach their intended recipients. There are more than 20 research and conservation projects to choose from, including the Mounted Horse Patrol Anti-Poaching Unit for Mount Kenya. As well as its own investigative and policy work, the IFAW partners with media organisations around the world to raise awareness of the illegal ivory trade and the destruction it causes. Donations help to fund future media campaigns and awareness-raising projects. From elephants and tigers to chameleons and carnivorous plants, this research project run by the International Union for Conservation of Nature is aiming to gauge the health of the world’s biodiversity by assessing 160,000 species by 2020. It’s almost halfway there. Donations will support this ongoing research as well as supporting on-the-ground conservation projects. Elephants and tigers play vital roles in the ecosystem, and JTEF aims to raise awareness of their importance. It has several programmes to support conservation work, and reduce Japanese demand for wildlife products. It’s not just elephants and other wildlife that are at the mercy of the poachers’ weapons: more than 1,000 park rangers are estimated to have been killed in the past decade simply for standing in their way. This Australian-run foundation seeks to “protect nature’s protectors” by providing training and vital anti-poaching equipment, while also offering financial support to the families of those killed in the line of duty. Wild Philanthropy supports at-risk ecosystems and communities in Africa through grants to NGOs that are involved in managing protected areas. It also provides secured loans to local eco-tourist businesses.. As an all-volunteer organisation, the WAF uses every penny donated to help secure the longevity of animals and the delicate ecosystems that they inhabit. To show your support for elephants specifically – rather than the plethora of protected species ranging from fireflies to fish – you can symbolically adopt one for $35 (£28) a year. When elephants come into contact with farmland, they can wreak havoc and destroy livelihoods by eating or crushing crops. Many farmers respond by setting out poison or taking other extreme measures. World Animal Protection works with communities to come up with simple and sustainable solutions that allow humans and elephants to coexist, such as the introduction of chilli fences in Mikumi National Park in Tanzania. Most poaching takes place after dark, when rangers aren’t around. This initiative from the Lindbergh Foundation runs drone operations at night in collaboration with local rangers. With thermal imaging sensors, it can locate wildlife as well as poachers, and position rangers before an incident takes place. In two years of testing in a park in South Africa that had been losing 18 rhinos a week, not one animal was lost. Air Shepherd has now conducted around 5,000 missions, across South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Stepping in where local governments are unwilling or unable to act, African Parks manages 10 national parks in seven countries, taking complete responsibility for the day-to-day management and preservation of 6 million hectares of protected land. Already employing 600 rangers – the largest counter-poaching force on the continent – it aims to increase its conservation operation by 2020 to 20 parks and more than 10m hectares. The communities who share their land with elephants are best placed to conserve their natural heritage, but they often lack the means to do so. The African Wildlife Foundation recruits, trains and equips wildlife scouts from these areas, providing employment opportunities to local people and creating a large and effective poaching deterrent in the process. Renowned wildlife researcher and conservationist Cynthia Moss has been studying elephants in the Amboseli National Park, straddling the Kenya-Tanzania border, since the early 1970s. She founded the Amboseli Trust for Elephants after seeing elephant populations in Kenya plummet by an estimated 85%. As well as groundbreaking scientific research, the trust conducts extensive community outreach programmes with the local Maasai community. One such scheme compensates anyone who has lost livestock to elephants, which has more than halved the number of animals speared and killed in retribution. Policing the 2m acres of elephant habitat in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro region of east Africa takes courage and dedication, with wildlife rangers spending weeks in remote outposts, putting their lives at risk every day. The Big Life Foundation employs hundreds of Maasai rangers, providing them with field units, vehicles, tracker dogs and aerial surveillance. You can support their efforts by joining the Ranger Club with a one-off or monthly donation. An elephant calf depends on its mother’s milk for the first two years of its life. So when one becomes orphaned – often because its mother has fallen foul of ivory poachers – the calf’s life hangs in the balance. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust fosters, feeds and rears these orphaned calves, eventually reintroducing them to the wild in the Tsavo East National Park. To date, 150 calves have been saved in this way. A research-based organisation that began life as Save the Elephants – South Africa, Elephants Alive! has been monitoring one of South Africa’s largest continuous elephant populations for over 20 years. It believes that extensive knowledge of elephants’ movements and needs is vital to ensure their long-term survival. An offshoot of the Wildland Conservation Trust, this non-profit organisation works with Maasai communities in Kenya to help elephants and other wildlife. On the banks of the Zambezi river, where Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe share a border, lies the town of Kazungula, from where Elephants Without Borders (EWB) runs its transnational conservation operation. African elephants regularly cross these international boundaries, leaving them at the mercy of changeable policy and conservation laws. Using state-of-the-art monitoring technology, EWB tracks their movements and works with the local authorities to create safe migratory corridors through which the elephants can move freely. In Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, elephant and other wildlife populations are at risk from bone-dry summers as well as from humans. In 2005, a particularly devastating drought saw scores of animals lose their lives. On the back of this disaster, Friends of Hwange was formed to pump water from underground sources, providing waterholes even in the most extreme conditions. Zambia sits at the heart of southern Africa, surrounded by four countries identified by Cites as centres of ivory poaching and trafficking. The Game Rangers International Wildlife Crime Prevention Project works with conservation organisations and law enforcement to end the illegal wildlife trade in and through Zambia. Malawi is one of the poorest, and fastest-growing, countries in the world, which is putting its natural habitat under severe strain. In 2008 the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust launched its first project, the Wildlife Centre, as a sanctuary for rescued animals and an education centre. The NGO now works across the country in rescues, advocacy and conservation education. Based in Tanzania, PAMS Foundation works in conservation to benefit both wildlife and the community. Its initiatives include training dogs to detect ivory being smuggled at borders, and supporting the Tanzanian government to undertake anti-poaching efforts. The elephants of northern Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve are some of the best studied in the world, thanks to the work of Save the Elephants. The charity’s main research centre is located in Samburu, from where it once pioneered the GPS tracking of elephant populations, and continues to try to understand ecosystems from an elephant’s perspective. Donations go towards various research and protection projects, from anti-poaching aerial surveillance to better understanding the herds’ migratory movements. Poaching is the immediate threat. But there is another, perhaps even more serious threat to Africa’s elephants: the loss of their habitat as economies grow and land competition surges. Space for Giants is pioneering efforts in Kenya, Gabon, and Uganda to lessen human-elephant conflict with specially-designed electrified fences, and spends a lot of time working with local communities explaining why fences help. This Japanese-Kenyan NGO is best known for its “No Ivory Generation” campaign, aimed at changing Japanese consumers’ attitudes to ivory. Tusk has invested about £30m in 60 conservation projects across Africa since its founding in 1990. Education and sustainable development are at the heart of its approach to conservation, working with local schools and rural communities to promote happy cohabitation between at-risk wildlife and the ever-expanding human population. The group behind the Ninety-Six Elephants campaign (see the campaign, lobby and educate section above) has a presence in 15 of the 37 African elephant range sites, from the savannahs of east Africa to the Gulf of Guinea. Donations help WCS’ efforts to stop the degradation of elephant habitats and prevent wildlife crime by providing rangers with essential technological and intelligence-gathering resources. A US Fish and Wildlife Service initiative financed by a mixture of government contributions and public donations, the fund awards grants to a variety of conservation and animal welfare projects. Recent beneficiaries include a scheme to mitigate human-elephant conflict in Nepal; counter-poaching operations in Thailand; and veterinary training to improve the care of captive elephants in Indonesia. As an all-volunteer organisation, the AES uses 100% of donations to fund numerous and diverse programmes everywhere from India to Vietnam. These range from English as a Second Language classes so that mahouts can develop their careers, to meeting the veterinary and housing needs of retired working elephants. ElefantAsia promotes alternative, cruelty-free careers for the elephants and mahouts that have traditionally served the logging industry in Laos and other parts of south-east Asia. The Laos-based non-profit also providing veterinary care in the form of mobile clinics and an elephant hospital in Sayaboury province. By making a one-off donation or sponsoring an elephant – generally a pregnant female, a mother with a baby, or an elderly or injured animal – donors can support the ECC’s efforts to rescue elephants from the Lao logging industry and re-home them in 106 hectares of protected forest. Rather than impose western ideas of how to run conservation projects, Elephant Family empowers local experts to develop their own solutions to protect Asian elephants in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Malaysia. Soraida Salwala founded Friends of the Asian Elephant’s first elephant hospital in Thailand in 1993. Since then, more than 4,000 elephants have received medical treatment in her facility. In their spare time, a group of young people based in Gudalur work in nature conservation in the Nilgiri region of south India. Part of their work involves research into how people and elephants can coexist peacefully. The next generation of conservationists could be the key to ensuring elephants’ long-term survival. Through its educational programmes, Think Elephants International is keeping the subject alive in classrooms both at home in the US and in Thailand, with ambitions to spread the word far beyond. Formed almost 20 years ago in response to the threats to wildlife in India. With 150 employees, the group is dedicated to nature conservation through a wide range of projects. For example, it has supported anti-poaching training for more than 15,000 people working with wildlife. You can make a real difference to conservation efforts by becoming a citizen scientist. You don’t need a PhD to help track elephant populations. Run by the University of Cape Town, the MammalMAP project asks travellers and citizen scientists to share their photos of African wildlife, along with information about the date and location that the photograph was taken. In so doing, you will be helping to build a valuable picture of the mammal population and how it is changing. This Android app, created by ElephantVoices, allows users to upload sightings and observations of Mara elephants to help the conservation charity with its research and campaign work. A must-download for locals and visitors to Maasai Mara. A fun, simple and interactive way to conduct valuable scientific research from anywhere in the world. Snapshot Serengeti asks citizen scientists to help classify the animals caught on some of the hundreds of camera traps dotted throughout the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. You will be shown a photo and provided with a user-friendly and searchable list of native animals. Get clicking to help researchers better understand the park’s animal populations. You don’t have to travel all the way to Mozambique to be part of the Gorongosa National Park’s conservation team. Simply review webcam and camera trap footage to help identify the movements of the park’s animal populations. Whether you would rather bake cakes or trek across Kenya, your hard work can raise money (and awareness) for elephant conservation. Just make sure you obey local regulations. Described by National Geographic as one of the “most authentic, most innovative … and most sustainable tours” out there, this annual nine-day expedition involves trekking across the Kenyan countryside, encountering wildlife and the people responsible for its conservation along the way. Participants are asked to raise upwards of $1,000 (£800), which goes towards preventing the slaughter of the region’s elephants. Simply select an elephant-focused charity or conservation project from the website’s vast database, and within a couple of minutes you can set up your own fundraising page. Crowdrise promises that at least 97% of the proceeds will go to your chosen cause. Alternatively (or additionally), you can sponsor and support others in their fundraising efforts. Functioning in much the same way as its crowd-funding cousin Crowdrise, JustGiving provides users with a simple way to share news of their fundraising campaigns with friends and family and to collect sponsorship. Whether you want to run the London Marathon, climb Mount Kilimanjaro or hold a bake sale in the name of elephant conservation, Tusk’s team can support your fundraising endeavours, be that by helping you get a place at an event, or by providing you with useful tips and ideas. An anti-poaching initiative, Veterans 4 Wildlife sends skilled veterans – and volunteers – to support rangers across Africa. Often poverty is the cause of poaching, so this organisation does a lot of community-based work, such as building schools and creating jobs. Provides all the tools and tips you need to create a successful fundraising campaign. Download flyers, posters and pictures direct from the website, or draw inspiration from other fundraising efforts. It’s easy to become so fascinated by elephants that you overlook ways in which you are harming them. Here are some of the things you should not do if you want to prevent exploitation and abuse.
News Article | February 17, 2017
LOS ÁNGELES, 17 de febrero de 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Airborne Wireless Network (OTCQB: ABWN) anuncia hoy que designó a Michael (Mike) J. Warren como director ejecutivo. Mike recientemente fue el director de Seguridad y operaciones regionales de ECC International en Afganistán. Como tal,...
News Article | February 24, 2017
GREENWICH, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eagle Point Credit Company Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE:ECC)(NYSE:ECCA)(NYSE:ECCB)(NYSE:ECCZ) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, net asset value (“NAV”) as of December 31, 2016 and certain portfolio activity through February 15, 2017. “2016 was a great year for the Company as we more than doubled our CLO equity assets and the cash flow generated from our portfolio remained strong,” said Thomas Majewski, Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to announce today the shift to a monthly distribution program for our common stock. As a result of this shift, shareholders will receive cash distributions sooner than they would have received them under the prior quarterly program.” “In addition, the Company successfully completed several successful equity and debt capital raises in 2016,” added Mr. Majewski. “In the fourth quarter alone, we priced two preferred stock offerings and one common stock offering, delivering net proceeds of $63 million to the Company after the payment of underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses. This allowed us to deploy the capital into new investments using our deep experience in the market with the objective of creating long-term value for our shareholders.” The Company’s NII and realized capital gains for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $0.54 per weighted average common share, which reflects the impact of an estimated $0.04 per share excise tax charge related to the Company’s undistributed income for its recently completed tax year. Excluding the excise tax charge, the Company’s NII and realized capital gains per weighted average common share for the quarter was $0.58, compared to $0.54 per weighted average common share for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, and $0.53 per weighted average common share for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, the Company recorded net income of $23.4 million, or $1.51 per weighted average common share. Net income was comprised of total investment income of $15.1 million, net unrealized appreciation (or unrealized mark-to-market gain on investments) of $14.9 million and realized capital gains on investments of $1.1 million, partially offset by total expenses of $7.7 million. NAV as of December 31, 2016 was $288.0 million, or $17.48 per common share, an increase of $0.82 per common share from the Company’s NAV as of September 30, 2016, and an increase of $3.76 per common share from the Company’s NAV as of December 31, 2015. During the quarter ended December 31, 2016, the Company deployed $125.0 million in capital which included $102.1 million in CLO equity investments. The weighted average effective yield of new CLO equity investments made by the Company during the quarter was 16.51% as measured at the time of investment. The weighted average effective yield of these CLO equity investments includes a provision for credit losses. Additionally, during the quarter, the Company received $58.0 million of proceeds from the liquidation of investments, resulting in $1.1 million of realized gains. During the quarter ended December 31, 2016, the Company received $25.5 million of cash distributions from its investment portfolio, or $1.64 per weighted average common share. As of December 31, 2016, the weighted average effective yield on the Company’s CLO equity portfolio was 17.48%, compared to 17.27% as of September 30, 2016 and 16.68% as of December 31, 2015. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the Company recorded net income of $90.6 million. Fiscal year net income was comprised of total investment income of $55.9 million, net unrealized appreciation (or unrealized mark-to-market gain on investments) of $57.3 million and realized capital gains on investments of $1.9 million, partially offset by total expenses of $24.5 million. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the Company received a total of $92.1 million of cash payments from its portfolio, or $6.25 per weighted average common share. As of December 31, 2016 on a look-through basis, and based on the most recent CLO trustee reports received by such date, the Company had indirect exposure to approximately 1,151 unique corporate obligors. The largest look-through obligor represented 1.0% of the Company’s CLO equity and loan accumulation facility portfolio. The top-ten largest look-through obligors together represented 6.9% of the Company’s CLO equity and loan accumulation facility portfolio. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had debt and preferred securities outstanding which totaled approximately 35% of its total assets (less current liabilities). FIRST QUARTER 2017 PORTFOLIO ACTIVITY THROUGH FEBRUARY 15, 2017 AND OTHER UPDATES From January 1, 2017 through February 15, 2017, the Company received cash distributions on its investment portfolio totaling $24.6 million, or $1.49 per weighted average common share. As of February 15, 2017, some of the Company’s investments had not yet reached their payment date for the current quarter. From January 1, 2017 through February 15, 2017, the Company made gross new investments totaling $36.5 million, which includes investments in six new CLO equity securities. Additionally, one of the Company’s existing loan accumulation facilities has priced into a CLO and is expected to close by March 31, 2017. As of February 15, 2017, the Company has approximately $27.0 million of cash available for investment. As published on the Company’s website yesterday, management’s unaudited estimate of its NAV per common share as of January 31, 2017 is $17.78. This estimate was published for information purposes only and is subject to revision. The Company is pleased to announce that it will begin to pay common distributions on a monthly basis. The Company intends to make distributions of $0.20 per common share each month compared to $0.60 per common share on a quarterly basis, although the Company notes that the actual components and amount of such distributions are subject to variation over time. Today, the Company declared four separate distributions of $0.20 per common share payable according to the following schedule: On January 31, 2017, the Company paid a distribution of $0.60 per common share to stockholders of record as of December 30, 2016. The Company paid distributions of $0.161459 per share of the Company’s 7.75% Series A Term Preferred Stock due 2022 (the “Series A Term Preferred Stock”) (NYSE: ECCA) and Series B Term Preferred Stock due 2026 (the “Series B Term Preferred Stock”) (NYSE: ECCB) on January 31, 2017, to stockholders of record as of January 17, 2017. The distributions represented a 7.75% annualized rate, based on both the Series A and Series B Term Preferred Stock’s $25 liquidation preference per share. Additionally, and as previously announced, the Company declared distributions of $0.161459 per share on its Series A Term Preferred Stock and Series B Term Preferred Stock, payable on each of February 28, 2017 and March 31, 2017, to stockholders of record as of February 15, 2017 and March 15, 2017, respectively. As one of the requirements for the Company to maintain its ability to be taxed as a “regulated investment company” (which it has elected to be), the Company is generally required to pay distributions to holders of its common stock in an amount equal to substantially all of the Company’s taxable income within one year of the end of its tax year, which is November 30, 2016. The Company preliminarily estimates its taxable income for the tax year ending November 30, 2016 will exceed aggregate quarterly distributions paid to common stockholders with respect to such year. At present, management estimates a special distribution of $0.60 to $0.80 per common share and will be required to meet the distribution requirement described above. This estimate remains preliminary and is based solely on information currently available to management with respect to approximately 90% of the Company’s portfolio. The actual amounts required to be distributed will not be known until the Company files its tax returns and such amount may deviate from the above estimated range. Management expects to target payment of special distributions pertaining to the Company’s November 30, 2016 tax year in one or more installments toward the latter part of 2017. The Company will incur a 4% excise tax in connection with the special distribution. The estimated amount of the tax, $0.04 per weighted average common share, was recorded as a liability in the Company’s December 31, 2016 financial results. The Company will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) today to discuss the Company’s financial results for the year ended December 31, 2016, as well as a portfolio update. All interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing (877) 201-0168 (domestic) or (647) 788-4901 (international), and entering Conference ID 61668057 approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to the call. An archived replay of the call will be available shortly afterwards until March 24, 2017. To hear the replay, please dial (800) 585-8367 (domestic) or (416) 621-4642 (international). For the replay, enter conference ID 61668057. The Company has made available on its website, http://eaglepointcreditcompany.com (in the financial statements and reports section) its 2016 Stockholder Letter and Annual Report, which includes the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements as of and for the period ended December 31, 2016. The Company has also filed this report with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company published on its website an investor presentation which contains additional information about the Company and its portfolio as of and for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. The Company is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Company’s investment objectives are to generate high current income and capital appreciation primarily through investment in equity and junior debt tranches of collateralized loan obligations. The Company is externally managed and advised by Eagle Point Credit Management LLC. The principals of Eagle Point Credit Management LLC are Thomas P. Majewski, Daniel W. Ko and Daniel M. Spinner. The Company makes certain unaudited portfolio information available each month on its website in addition to making certain other unaudited financial information available on its website (www.eaglepointcreditcompany.com). This information includes (1) an estimated range of the Company’s net investment income (“NII”) and realized capital gains or losses per weighted average share of common stock for each calendar quarter end, generally made available within the first fifteen days after the applicable calendar month end, (2) an estimated range of the Company’s NAV per share of common stock for the prior month end and certain additional portfolio-level information, generally made available within the first fifteen days after the applicable calendar month end, and (3) during the latter part of each month, an updated estimate of NAV, if applicable, and, with respect to each calendar quarter end, an updated estimate of the Company’s NII and realized capital gains or losses for the applicable quarter, if available. This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. The estimates of the Company’s taxable income and distributions for the tax year ended November 30, 2016 reflects management’s judgment as of the date of this letter of conditions it expects to exist and the course of action it expects the Company to take with respect to the tax year ended November 30, 2016. The estimates are based on taxable income reported to date and assumptions relating to the underlying tax characteristics of income and other items as reported to the Company by a portion of its underlying investment portfolio. Although the Company considers its assumptions to be reasonable as of the date of this press release, such assumptions are subject to a wide variety of significant uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the estimates, including risks and uncertainties relating to the completeness and accuracy of preliminary information reported or received by the Company from underlying investments, and those described in the notes to the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from those presented in the estimates. The estimate of taxable income was prepared on a reasonable basis and reflects the best currently available estimates and judgment of Company management. However, this estimate is not fact and readers of this letter should not rely upon this information or place undue reliance on such estimate. Neither the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm nor any other independent accountants has compiled, examined or performed any procedures with respect to estimated information contained herein, or expressed any opinion or assurance with respect to the estimated information or its achievability, and accordingly each assumes no responsibility for, and disclaims any association with, the estimates. 1 “Per weighted average common share” data are on a weighted average basis based on the average daily number of shares outstanding for the period.