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News Article | May 8, 2017
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The TOEFL MOOC will help students understand what they can do to achieve their best score. Specifically, the course opens with general information about the test with subsequent weeks focusing on the four skills tested — reading, listening, speaking and writing — and then will conclude with test-day information, and other helpful tips. During the weeks covering Speaking and Writing test content, ETS and its TOEFL program will review a handful of responses and provide evaluation and feedback. Content gets rolled out on a weekly basis, every Monday at 12:00 UTC. Course participants do not have to be logged in at a certain time; they can complete coursework on their own time. Time commitment is no more than two hours per week and students will walk away with a broad understanding of the sections of the test, helpful preparation tips and registration information. Furthermore, the course is a collaborative environment with a mix of lectures, videos and sample questions from past tests complete with answer explanations. Open discussion boards allow for classroom interaction with instructors and provide test takers with the unique opportunity to meet and share information with students from around the world. They can create study groups, share personal tips about learning English and preparing to study abroad. It's set up as a global classroom to facilitate student interaction how and when they're comfortable. The TOEFL MOOCs have drawn 450,000 from more than 200 countries and is highly rated —earning 4.5 out of 5 stars — by past participants. Although the course is free, students have the option to sign up for a paid certificate that will highlight the knowledge and skills gained upon completing the MOOC. Course enrollment is currently open and can be accessed on the edX platform here: https://www.edx.org/course/toeflr-test-preparation-insiders-guide-etsx-toeflx-1.The course is accessible with an internet connection on most devices. If you are interested in achieving your best TOEFL score, register today. About the TOEFL Test The TOEFL test of academic English is the most widely respected English-language assessment worldwide, recognized by more than 10,000 institutions in more than 130 countries. To date, more than 30 million students have taken the TOEFL test. More information regarding the TOEFL test, including registration, study tips and sample questions, is available on the TOEFL Go Anywhere website at www.toeflgoanywhere.org. About ETS At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC ® tests, the GRE ® tests and The Praxis Series ® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 10,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org


News Article | May 8, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

The TOEFL MOOC will help students understand what they can do to achieve their best score. Specifically, the course opens with general information about the test with subsequent weeks focusing on the four skills tested — reading, listening, speaking and writing — and then will conclude with test-day information, and other helpful tips. During the weeks covering Speaking and Writing test content, ETS and its TOEFL program will review a handful of responses and provide evaluation and feedback. Content gets rolled out on a weekly basis, every Monday at 12:00 UTC. Course participants do not have to be logged in at a certain time; they can complete coursework on their own time. Time commitment is no more than two hours per week and students will walk away with a broad understanding of the sections of the test, helpful preparation tips and registration information. Furthermore, the course is a collaborative environment with a mix of lectures, videos and sample questions from past tests complete with answer explanations. Open discussion boards allow for classroom interaction with instructors and provide test takers with the unique opportunity to meet and share information with students from around the world. They can create study groups, share personal tips about learning English and preparing to study abroad. It's set up as a global classroom to facilitate student interaction how and when they're comfortable. The TOEFL MOOCs have drawn 450,000 from more than 200 countries and is highly rated —earning 4.5 out of 5 stars — by past participants. Although the course is free, students have the option to sign up for a paid certificate that will highlight the knowledge and skills gained upon completing the MOOC. Course enrollment is currently open and can be accessed on the edX platform here: https://www.edx.org/course/toeflr-test-preparation-insiders-guide-etsx-toeflx-1.The course is accessible with an internet connection on most devices. If you are interested in achieving your best TOEFL score, register today. About the TOEFL Test The TOEFL test of academic English is the most widely respected English-language assessment worldwide, recognized by more than 10,000 institutions in more than 130 countries. To date, more than 30 million students have taken the TOEFL test. More information regarding the TOEFL test, including registration, study tips and sample questions, is available on the TOEFL Go Anywhere website at www.toeflgoanywhere.org. About ETS At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC ® tests, the GRE ® tests and The Praxis Series ® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 10,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/taking-the-toefl-test-well-show-you-whats-in-it-300453215.html


News Article | May 8, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

PRINCETON, New Jersey, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Studying abroad at an English-speaking university provides endless opportunities for students' future success, and the path to that success begins with the TOEFL® test. To assist students in improving their English-language skills and understanding the ins-and-outs of the TOEFL test, Educational Testing Service, the creator of the test is currently running a free six-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that ends on June 12. The TOEFL MOOC will help students understand what they can do to achieve their best score. Specifically, the course opens with general information about the test with subsequent weeks focusing on the four skills tested — reading, listening, speaking and writing — and then will conclude with test-day information, and other helpful tips. During the weeks covering Speaking and Writing test content, ETS and its TOEFL program will review a handful of responses and provide evaluation and feedback. Content gets rolled out on a weekly basis, every Monday at 12:00 UTC. Course participants do not have to be logged in at a certain time; they can complete coursework on their own time. Time commitment is no more than two hours per week and students will walk away with a broad understanding of the sections of the test, helpful preparation tips and registration information. Furthermore, the course is a collaborative environment with a mix of lectures, videos and sample questions from past tests complete with answer explanations. Open discussion boards allow for classroom interaction with instructors and provide test takers with the unique opportunity to meet and share information with students from around the world. They can create study groups, share personal tips about learning English and preparing to study abroad. It's set up as a global classroom to facilitate student interaction how and when they're comfortable. The TOEFL MOOCs have drawn 450,000 from more than 200 countries and is highly rated —earning 4.5 out of 5 stars — by past participants. Although the course is free, students have the option to sign up for a paid certificate that will highlight the knowledge and skills gained upon completing the MOOC. Course enrollment is currently open and can be accessed on the edX platform here: https://www.edx.org/course/toeflr-test-preparation-insiders-guide-etsx-toeflx-1.The course is accessible with an internet connection on most devices. If you are interested in achieving your best TOEFL score, register today. About the TOEFL Test The TOEFL test of academic English is the most widely respected English-language assessment worldwide, recognized by more than 10,000 institutions in more than 130 countries. To date, more than 30 million students have taken the TOEFL test. More information regarding the TOEFL test, including registration, study tips and sample questions, is available on the TOEFL Go Anywhere website at www.toeflgoanywhere.org. About ETS At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC ® tests, the GRE ® tests and The Praxis Series ® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 10,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org


Honorary Gala for Navy Seals happening at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. -- Engineered Tax Services (ETS) and Gonzalez Family Office (GFO) are pleased to honor our U.S. Navy Seals in the great town of Boston. They realize and appreciate how much the U.S. Navy Seals do for our country. That is why ETS and GFO would like to recognize and support the Seals and their families.The SEAL Family Foundation Boston Gala is taking place at Fenway Park on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. For ticket and sponsorship pricing, or to learn more about the organization, visit http://sealfamilyfoundation.org.The SEAL Family Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that raises funds and awareness for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national, and global scale. It was founded in 2008, and more than 90 percent of all funding supports direct services, while the remaining funds directly support program administration and Foundation operations.The Foundation supports numerous programs designed to make sure the SEALS and families of Naval Special Warfare stay healthy during this time of persistent deployments. The Seal Family Foundation's vision is to be the premier provider of civilian support services. The Foundation plans to accomplish this with frequent analysis to ensure meeting current needs; by delivering exceptional programs; and by educating and involving the civilian population in support of these elite warriors.GFO collaborates with ETS, the largest specialty tax engineering firm in the country specializing in Cost Segregation, Energy Tax studies, and Research and Development tax credit studies. For more information regarding ETS, please visit their website at www.engineeredtaxservices.com


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Accenture (NYSE: ACN) announced today that a software vulnerability testing program it developed for Educational Testing Service (ETS) – the world's largest private nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization – has received a 2017 CSO50 Award from publisher IDG's CSO. ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in over 180 countries across 9,000 locations worldwide. The prestigious CSO50 Awards are presented annually to a select group of organizations that have demonstrated that their security projects/initiatives have created outstanding business value and thought leadership. ETS accepted its award at the CSO50 Conference + Awards held May 1-3, 2017, at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, Arizona. “Being able to create and implement secure software is critical to the overall security of ETS’ systems,” said Jim Moran, chief information security officer at ETS. “In today’s environment companies need a powerful program that tests and safeguards all aspects of a network and critical systems with a defensive focus.” ETS, working with Accenture Security, implemented a testing program, the goal of which was to identify and remove software vulnerabilities before applications are delivered to the production environment. In tandem with the testing program, the company developed a training curriculum for its developers to educate them on common vulnerabilities seen in typical web software. Additionally, ETS deployed a new continuous vulnerability management program that regularly scans all production applications for misconfigurations and potential threats. “We congratulate ETS on this terrific and well-deserved recognition of its innovative enterprise security program,” said Kelly Bissell, managing director of Accenture Security. “This award is a testament to the vision and creative ingenuity of a combined Accenture and ETS team working in close collaboration to integrate security into the standard, daily tasks of software developers.” Launched in 2013, the CSO50 Awards recognizes 50 organizations for security projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. The CSO50 Awards are scored according to a uniform set of criteria by a panel of judges that includes security leaders, industry experts, and academics. At non-profit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually – including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments – in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org. Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 401,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com. Accenture Security helps organizations build resilience from the inside out, so they can confidently focus on innovation and growth. Leveraging its global network of cybersecurity labs, deep industry understanding across client value chains and services that span the security lifecycle, Accenture protects organizations’ valuable assets, end-to-end. With services that include strategy and risk management, cyber defense, digital identity, application security and managed security, Accenture enables businesses around the world to defend against known sophisticated threats, and the unknown. Follow us @AccentureSecure on Twitter or visit us at www.accenture.com/security.


News Article | June 27, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 27, 2017) - Carl Data Solutions Inc. (CSE:CRL)(CSE:CRL.CN)(CNSX:CRL)(FRANKFURT:7C5)(OTC PINK:CDTAF) ("Carl" or the "Company"), a developer of Big-Data-as-a-Service ("BDaaS")-based solutions for data integration, business intelligence, and the Industrial Internet-of-Things ("IIoT") applications, is pleased to announce Alastair Brownlow with be joining the Company as its new Chief Financial Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with first class honours from Simon Fraser University and is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant and a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (Washington). Brownlow previously worked as an auditor in the British Virgin Islands specializing in financial and regulatory reporting of public and private fund and trust companies. Prior to this, he also worked for a Canadian chartered accountant firm where he specialized in the mining industry, gaining significant accounting experience auditing mineral exploration and development companies in Canada and throughout the world. "Joining Carl Data just as its really beginning to grow is exciting," commented Brownlow. "I think my knowledge of international markets and the resource sector will be very useful as we continue to expand globally." Previous CFO, Kevin Ma, will now be stepping up to help Carl Data's continued success as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Greg Johnston, CEO of Carl, commented, "It is a great advantage to us that we get to keep Kevin Ma involved in the Company, while bringing on new talent like Alastair." Carl Data Solutions Inc. is focused on providing next generation information collection, storage and analytics solutions for data-centric companies. Building on its recent acquisitions, ETS, Flow Works Inc. and AB Embedded Systems, Carl helps its clients analyze and understand all forms of environmental data through a powerful platform of data collection, monitoring, analysis and reporting tools. Carl Data continues to develop applications to work with new cloud-based mass storage services and analytics tools (Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) to provide scalability for municipalities, utilities and other industrial verticals. These data collection and storage methods allow the company to build smart Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based applications that can collect data from many diverse sources and provide deep insight for decision-making purposes. More information can be found at www.CarlSolutions.com. On behalf of the Board of Directors: The Canadian Securities Exchange (operated by CNSX Markets Inc.) has neither approved nor disapproved of the contents of this press release.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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ChannelE2E’s second annual Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs survey (http://www.channelE2E.com/top100) is now open for participation. All managed IT services providers across all vertical markets worldwide can participate. The Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs survey and resulting research identify and honor the top 100 MSPs in healthcare, government, financial services, manufacturing, media, retail and additional vertical markets. 10. Lumen21 (healthcare) 9. IT-Serve (media) 8. Winxnet (not for profit) 7. Synergics (technology) 6. American Technology Services (not for profit) 5. ETS (healthcare) 4. OnePath (healthcare) 3. Agio (financial services/banking) 2. TekLinks (healthcare) 1. All Covered (financial services/banking) “Through multiple research approaches, our team has identified and honored the world’s top-performing MSPs for a decade,” said Amy Katz, CEO of After Nines Inc., ChannelE2E’s parent. “We look forward to sharing this year’s survey results -- and unveiling this year’s honorees -- on April 27.” The Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs survey, research and list are overseen by Content Czar Joe Panettieri (@JoePanettieri). Catch Panettieri’s daily coverage of MSPs and the IT channel on ChannelE2E’s home page, http://www.ChannelE2E.com. About After Nines Inc. and ChannelE2E ChannelE2E, powered by After Nines Inc., tracks every stage of the IT service provider journey — from entrepreneur to exit. Through exclusive blogs, research and crowdsourced databases, our content guides VARs, MSPs, CSPs, ISVs and the broader IT channel through the five stages of business: Startup, growth, sustained performance, pivot and exit. ChannelE2E also tracks the top IT automation tools and technologies that drive partner profitability. For content, research and crowdsourced database information, please contact Content Czar Joe Panettieri (Joe@AfterNines.com). For sponsorship information please contact President and CEO Amy Katz (Amy@AfterNines.com). Visit ChannelE2E daily (http://www.ChannelE2E.com) and follow us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ChannelE2E) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ChannelE2E).


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LitePoint, a leading provider of wireless test solutions, announced that they have partnered with ETS-Lindgren to create the first over-the-air test system for performing antenna measurements for Bluetooth low energy devices. Until now developers of Bluetooth low energy products were forced to use wired test solutions for performing antenna measurements, which can significantly impact results for total radiated transmitter power (TRP), total isotropic receiver sensitivity (TIS), and antenna patterns. This advancement is critical to wireless product developers who need to characterize antenna performance and ensure their product designs will work in customer hands the way they were designed. Allen Henley, Product Marketing Manager at LitePoint said, “Antenna performance is critical for any wireless device - if the antenna doesn’t work well, the product doesn’t work well. ETS-Lindgren is widely recognized as the leader in antenna measurement systems and with this partnership and new measurement solution, together we enable designers to build better Bluetooth low energy devices.” With this partnership, ETS-Lindgren is now an authorized reseller of LitePoint’s IQxel-M test platform with Bluetooth Advanced software. The solution is integrated into the ETS-Lindgren Bluetooth low energy Antenna Measurement System for turn-key antenna measurements - providing TIS, TRP, and antenna pattern measurements. Jari Vikstedt, Wireless Solutions Manager at ETS-Lindgren added, “Bluetooth low energy devices often have tight constraints on cost and size. As a result, we are seeing a lot more designs with marginal antenna performance. This directly impacts a customer’s perception of the device, but now with this new test solution from ETS-Lindgren and LitePoint, we can help developers build better performing, more successful products.” LitePoint creates wireless test solutions and services for the world’s most innovative wireless device makers, helping them to ensure their products perform for today’s demanding consumers. A leading innovator in wireless testing, LitePoint products come out of the box ready to test the most widely used wireless chipsets in the world. LitePoint works with the leading makers of smartphones, tablets, PCs, wireless access points and chipsets. LitePoint is also at the forefront of testing the burgeoning world of connected devices…the Internet of Things. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, and with offices around the world, LitePoint is a wholly owned subsidiary of Teradyne (NYSE: TER), a leading supplier of automation equipment for test and industrial applications. Teradyne had revenue of $1.75 billion in 2016 and currently employs approximately 4,300 people worldwide.


BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Prometric, a trusted provider of market-leading test development and delivery solutions, will meet with industry leaders during the Association of Test Publishers’ (ATP) 2017 Innovations in Testing annual conference to lead educational discussions on some of the industry’s most relevant topics. The four-day conference is tailored for certification and licensure professionals, and each year provides a forum for attendees to learn from – and collaborate with – their fellow colleagues. This year, Prometric’s full line up of experts will showcase a mix of topics – from announcing the latest outcomes of proprietary research to presenting best-practices case studies, and exploring advancements in standards and data analysis. “ATP’s annual conference is a premier opportunity for the industry to share knowledge and learning with each other,” said Charles Kernan, chief operating officer, Prometric. “We’re proud to have sponsored it for the 17th consecutive year. At every conference, we look forward to an insightful exchange and engaging discussions to move the industry forward.” For more information about the ATP 2017 Innovations in Testing conference, please visit http://www.innovationsintesting.org/. Prometric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS, is a trusted provider of market-leading technology-enabled test development and delivery solutions. Committed to a set of values that believes in getting the right test to the right location at the right time and to the right test taker, Prometric supports test takers worldwide who take more than 8 million tests each year. Through innovation, workflow automation and standardization, Prometric delivers tests flexibly via the Web or by utilizing a robust network of more than 6,000 test centers in more than 160 countries on behalf of nearly 350 clients in the academic, financial, government, healthcare, professional, corporate and information technology markets. For more information, please visit www.prometric.com.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.theguardian.com

An overhaul of a trading scheme to cut carbon emissions by European industries has been approved in a knife-edge vote by MEPs, although environmental campaigners have been quick to denounce the legislation for not going far enough. Under the proposals agreed in the European parliament in Strasbourg to update the emissions trading scheme (ETS), MEPs hope to balance greater cuts in greenhouse gases with protection for energy-intensive industries. The ETS imposes a cap on emissions from 11,000 power stations and industrial plants in 31 countries by forcing companies to buy allowances to emit carbon. The new measures agreed by MEPs will gradually reduce the number of allowances available in an attempt to push up their cost and provide an incentive for industries to adopt cleaner technologies. The cap on emissions will fall by 2.2% a year – the so-called linear reduction factor – until at least 2024. The highest performing 10% of factories and other installations will also receive all their allowances free while a fund of up to €12bn (£10.2bn) is to be established to help industry innovate and invest in technology. The Conservative MEP Ian Duncan, who steered the legislation through the parliament, said: “By passing this report we will be reminding member states of the commitment they signed up to. We simply must deliver the ambitions of the Paris agreement on climate change and do what is required for our planet. “This is bigger than Brexit, bigger than Britain, bigger than the EU. We have to get it right.” The report will now enter so-called “trilogue” negotiations between the European parliament, commission and council, which represents member states. Efforts to overhaul the ETS have also been overshadowed by Britain’s decision to leave the EU, raising fears the country would also leave the scheme. The draft measures were approved by 379 votes to 263 with 57 abstentions, although until a few hours before the vote MEPs were not sure the proposals would be passed. The parliament’s environment committee had suggested a more radical cut in the number of allowances allowed under the scheme. Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network Europe, a coalition of environmental groups, said MEPs had failed. He said: “It is shocking that the parliament chose to bow to the interests of polluting industries instead of protecting citizens from a catastrophic climate breakdown. The parliament has completely failed the first test of its commitment to the Paris agreement. “The proposed reforms will keep the carbon market ineffective for a decade or more. We urge progressive EU governments to finally turn the ETS into a functioning tool and create a stimulus to ditch old models and move to green economy.” Marc-Olivier Herman, Oxfam’s EU policy adviser, said: “Today’s vote by the European parliament represents a missed opportunity for the climate and for those hardest hit by global warming. “The text adopted fails to set new ambitious limits for climate-damaging emissions of the EU’s industry after 2020. “In addition, no share of the revenues from the EU emissions trading scheme was allocated to help poor countries adapt to the devastating impacts of climate change. The parliament and the council must address these flaws when they decide on the final text of the legislation.” Changes to the ETS will now be debated at the council of environment ministers on 28 February.

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