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News Article | May 18, 2017
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Growth in global sanctions screening for employment continues at a steady pace with nearly 1.4 million WorldWatch Plus® transactions conducted by consumer reporting agency (CRA) partners in the first quarter of 2017. The volume represents a 40% growth over CRA transactions in Q1 of 2016. WorldWatch Plus is the flagship product of International Screening Solutions. “Yesterday’s national background search has become today’s global search,” said Ken Kunsman, chief marketing officer at International Screening Solutions. “People today live, work, and play in different countries like no other time in our history. Employers understand and have adapted their screening needs accordingly.” CRA and due diligence firms around the world used WorldWatch Plus to conduct more than 13 million screening transactions globally last year, 5 million of which were conducted in FCRA regulated settings. WorldWatch Plus is the leading solution for FCRA settings because data is refreshed daily from publicly available sources, with audit and source attribution, and date of birth match indicators. WorldWatch Plus collects global sanctions and watch list data from governments in more than 200 countries and jurisdictions. The dataset is refreshed daily from 1,600 global sanction sources and 1,100 PEP sources, with an adverse media archive of 6 million articles. About ISS Founded in 2007, International Screening Solutions (http://www.intlscreening.com) serves pre-employment and due diligence organizations globally. The company recently divested its country-specific verifications business to focus on its global data driven products, led by WorldWatch Plus, for pre-employment, anti-money laundering (AML), and “know your customer” (KYC) programs.


News Article | May 25, 2017
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International Screening Solutions recently released enhancements for the WorldWatch Plus® self-service portal and XML web services integration to improve reporting and monitoring control for customers. WorldWatch Plus is the leading search software tool for global sanctions, PEP and adverse media in pre-employment, AML and due diligence settings. “The enhancements represent a continuous improvement plan at International Screening Solutions, driven by market needs, changing regulations and customer requests,” said ISS Chief Technology Officer Eric Beach. “The combination of fresh data and on-going monitoring meets and often exceeds the technical requirements of our customers.” Enhancements to the self-service portal do not impact WorldWatch Plus integrations and Web Services APIs, but the features can be accessed by integrated customers wishing to use them. The portal enhancements released included reporting expansions and client control of monitoring events for global sanctions, PEP and adverse media searches. WorldWatch Plus collects global sanctions and watch list data from publicly available sources in more than 200 countries and jurisdictions. The dataset is refreshed daily from 1,600 global sanction sources and 1,100 PEP sources, with an adverse media archive of 6 million articles. ISS announced last week that consumer reporting agency (CRA) customer use has risen 40% in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the same period last year. Customers conducted 13 million search transactions with WorldWatch Plus in 2016. Founded in 2007, International Screening Solutions serves pre-employment and due diligence organizations globally, delivering global data products, led by WorldWatch Plus, for pre-employment, anti-money laundering (AML), and “know your customer” (KYC) programs.


News Article | May 31, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ISS (ISS.CO, ISS DC, ISSDY), a global leading facility service provider, today announced an update on its partnership with HP. In 2015, HP split into two companies – HP Enterprise and HP Inc. Early April 2017, HP Enterprise completed a spin-off and merger of its Enterprise Services business with CSC to form a new company, DXC Technology. DXC Technology has decided to continue with its incumbent service provider from the former CSC business. As a result of the spin-offs into HP Inc. and DXC Technology, ISS expects a scope reduction with these two entities. The revenues generated from the services provided to the two spin-off companies in 2016 were approximately 2% of the total sales of the ISS Group. However, there are uncertainties about the scope of services and the associated revenues that ISS will retain as well as the timing of the scope reduction. ISS will continue to work in partnership with all parties to retain as many of the services as possible. ISS’s services to Hewlett Packard Enterprise are not affected and currently run until the end of 2018. In 2016, these services generated revenue of approximately 1.5% of ISS Group revenue. ISS expects no material impact on 2017 revenues and the financial outlook for 2017 remains unchanged.


News Article | May 31, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ISS (ISS.CO, ISS DC, ISSDY), a global leading facility service provider, today announced an update on its partnership with HP. In 2015, HP split into two companies – HP Enterprise and HP Inc. Early April 2017, HP Enterprise completed a spin-off and merger of its Enterprise Services business with CSC to form a new company, DXC Technology. DXC Technology has decided to continue with its incumbent service provider from the former CSC business. As a result of the spin-offs into HP Inc. and DXC Technology, ISS expects a scope reduction with these two entities. The revenues generated from the services provided to the two spin-off companies in 2016 were approximately 2% of the total sales of the ISS Group. However, there are uncertainties about the scope of services and the associated revenues that ISS will retain as well as the timing of the scope reduction. ISS will continue to work in partnership with all parties to retain as many of the services as possible. ISS’s services to Hewlett Packard Enterprise are not affected and currently run until the end of 2018. In 2016, these services generated revenue of approximately 1.5% of ISS Group revenue. ISS expects no material impact on 2017 revenues and the financial outlook for 2017 remains unchanged.


News Article | November 25, 2016
Site: news.europawire.eu

Søborg, Denmark, 25-Nov-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — ISS, a global leading facility services provider, has agreed to buy EVANTEC GmbH from the private equity company Palero Invest. The acquisition is done through ISS’ German subsidiary ISS Facility Services Holding GmbH. “This acquisition significantly strengthens our position in the important German facility management market. For ISS in Germany, the acquisition is another important step in further expanding competences within technical and building services.” “In 2014, ISS Germany won a large Integrated Facility Services contract with Vattenfall, and the energy sector is a very important pillar of our business in Germany. We are very much looking forward to working with our new EVANTEC colleagues. With the contributions of our new colleagues, our German team will gain further extensive expertise and experience within critical environments in the energy, infrastructure, and technology sectors.” Annual expected revenue of EVANTEC is DKK 352 million (EUR 47 million). EVANTEC currently has 800 employees and was founded in 1982 as a subsidiary of E.ON Facility Management. EVANTEC has since expanded its own business field of technical and building service, infrastructure and nuclear services. EVANTEC complements the existing experience of ISS within the nuclear sector in Europe. E.ON Facility Management remains the largest customer of EVANTEC. Among other places, EVANTEC has sites in Brokdorf, Unterweser, Hannover, and Regensburg. The headquarters are in Munich. In 2015, EVANTEC was sold by E.ON Facility Management to the private equity company Palero Invest. Existing EVANTEC customers and employees will transfer to ISS. The buyer and seller have agreed to keep the purchase price confidential. The closing of the transaction is subject to the approval of the German antitrust authority (Federal Cartel Office) and other specific closing conditions in the purchase agreement. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017. For media enquiries Kenth Kærhøg, Head of Group Communications, +45 38 17 62 05 For investor enquiries Nicholas Ward, Head of Group Investor Relations, +45 38 17 62 51 Martin Kjær Hansen, Senior Investor Relations Manager, +45 38 17 64 31 About ISS The ISS Group was founded in Copenhagen in 1901 and has grown to become one of the world’s leading facility services companies. ISS offers a wide range of services such as: Cleaning, Catering, Security, Property and Support Services as well as Facility Management. Global revenue amounted to DKK 79.5 billion in 2015 and ISS has more than 500,000 employees and activities in more than 75 countries across Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America and Pacific, serving thousands of both public and private sector customers.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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The ISS 24/7 Annual Focus Group is where industry experts come together to discuss the Proactive Operations methodology inclusive of the ACDA Principle™, review power tips for both operations and technology, conduct deep dives on ISS 24/7’s unified solution, talk about emerging industry technology, and how operations can “eliminate the building” to create happy memories for guests. "Our purpose is to help elevate each of our clients to become one of the world’s greatest properties and maintain that status year after year. To accomplish this, we need to understand how the ISS 24/7 platform can help them achieve their primary goal of enhancing the guest experience. How do we do that? We developed a unified solution to cover all bases of an operation via awareness, communication, documentation, and analysis (ACDA). How do we ensure it gets the job done today, tomorrow, and beyond? That’s where our annual Focus Group comes in. When it comes to the development and enhancement of our software, our Clients' ability to provide the best guest experience using the ISS 24/7 platform as their primary tool dictates everything we do. To clearly understand how to achieve this, we organize and host a Focus Group of our Clients - many of whom are the best operators in the world. Working with this elite group ensures our programming roadmap is laser focused and tailored to their needs, and every participant gains greater insight that they can start applying immediately.” – Scott Meyers, Vice President of Sales, ISS 24/7 Once the 2017 Focus Group concluded, ISS 24/7 reviewed the feedback received from over 100 attendees. Ashley Alba, Assistant Security Director for Swire Properties, Inc., provided one of the many testimonials during the event: “ISS 24/7 is beneficial to our property as a whole! We have a multi-use facility that incorporates retail, hotel, residential and commercial buildings. ISS 24/7 has allowed us to communicate amongst the different departments involved in all daily activities, as well as special events because we have the capability to use mobile devices that track incidents, checklists, pre & post event details and more while using in real time. ISS 24/7 keeps all staff members up to date at all times, which really makes a difference during critical events, whether it is security related to maintenance related items. The analytics & reports are also extremely critical in my operation, and ISS 24/7 has provided simple, user-friendly options on how to auto-receive these reports. The product is customizable to every property and extremely user-friendly. ISS 24/7’s staff is incredibly helpful and have always made us feel like the #1 priority when it comes to needing assistance. Overall, 5 stars!!” The event included a number of intuitive topics, power tips, innovative products undergoing R&D, and guest speakers inclusive of: Marlon Gonzalez, SMG-Minnesota; David Gilster, AT&T Performing Arts Center; Scott Lasker, Buffalo Bills; Alex Hernandez, United Center; Anthony Mozzicato, Miami Dolphins; Brandie Remmer, Atlanta Falcons; Brian Weber, City of Orlando Venues; Chad Ludkey, Bridgestone Arena; Dave Felsen, Kansas City Chiefs; Irv Sikorski, University of Notre DameJeff Gillies, Washington Redskins; Joe Venne & Kevin Marroquin, Macerich; John Cline, Baltimore Ravens; Julia Chiarelli, Air Canada Centre; Julian Sakti & Analisa Robles, San Francisco 49ers; Maria Sapienza, Chicago Cubs; Omar Jufko, Cleveland Indians; Paul Turner, AT&T Stadium/Dallas Cowboys; Ryan LoScalzo, Washington Nationals; Spencer Serafin, San Francisco Giants; Stephen Freeman, University of Texas; Yolanda Lovato, Pepsi Center Until next year’s Focus Group, ISS 24/7 would like to thank its clients and colleagues for continuing to help ISS 24/7 develop software for the world’s greatest properties. ISS 24/7, the nation’s leader in incident management and CMMS software for sports and public entertainment venues, provides innovative technology to increase efficiency and effectiveness of venue operations. ISS 24/7 offers software for incident management, maintenance management, text communication, and lost & found. ISS 24/7 software is implemented in 67% of the NHL, 60% of the NBA, 77% of the MLB, 78% of the NFL, 62 NCAA schools, 100% of the International Speedway Corporation (ISC) tracks, and 87% of the tracks where NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races are held. Many large music festivals, air shows, and major events (Super Bowl LI, World Series, Kentucky Derby, Pan American Games) operated in North America utilize the ISS 24/7 software as well. ISS 24/7’s software is also used in Canada and Europe with marquee venues such as the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, and the O2 Arena and Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Readers interested in learning more about the client list and unified solution, visit http://www.ISS247.com.


Piacentini R.,Catholic University Medical School | Civitelli L.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Ripoli C.,Catholic University Medical School | Marcocci M.E.,University of Rome La Sapienza | And 6 more authors.
Neurobiology of Aging | Year: 2011

Epidemiological and experimental findings suggest that chronic infection with Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) may be a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD), but the molecular mechanisms underlying this association have not been fully identified. We investigated the effects of HSV-1 on excitability and intracellular calcium signaling in rat cortical neurons and the impact of these effects on amyloid precursor protein (APP) processing and the production of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ). Membrane depolarization triggering firing rate increases was observed shortly after neurons were challenged with HSV-1 and was still evident 12 hours postinfection. These effects depended on persistent sodium current activation and potassium current inhibition. The virally induced hyperexcitability triggered intracellular Ca 2+ signals that significantly increased intraneuronal Ca 2+ levels. It also enhanced activity- and Ca 2+-dependent APP phosphorylation and intracellular accumulation of Aβ42. These findings indicate that HSV-1 causes functional changes in cortical neurons that promote APP processing and Aβ production, and they are compatible with the co-factorial role for HSV-1 in the pathogenesis of AD suggested by previous findings. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.


O'Laughlin B.,ISS
Journal of Agrarian Change | Year: 2013

In the colonial vision of Southern Africa, rural people were seen as both underemployed and self-sustaining even while processes of commodification dependent on the exploitation of their labour were producing spatially and racially marked inequalities of wealth and consumption and related patterns of health and affliction. Affliction sometimes reflected denial of access to formal health provisioning, but it was also produced by the conditions of labour, including capital's largely successful struggle to externalize responsibility for the reproduction of its workers. This paper discusses various moments in the making of affliction in the region: the development of endemic tuberculosis, the resurgence of malaria, famine-related paralysis and HIV/AIDS. These cases illustrate how affliction has been shaped by the weight of long-term structural relations of class in the organization of labour and by the contingent outcomes of immediate political struggles. They suggest that efforts to improve health in Southern Africa today must address persistent structural patterns that underlie the causes of the incidence of disease; these are also relevant to questions of land reform. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


O'laughlin B.,ISS
Journal of Agrarian Change | Year: 2016

To establish the significance of Henry Bernstein's theoretical work on the dynamics of agrarian class struggles in Africa, this paper discusses two important political debates in which he has been both observer and participant, and that have oriented much of the subsequent Marxist work done in Africa on agrarian change. The first was the heated discussion begun over 40 years ago around Nyerere's ‘African socialism’ and the failures of the ujamaa policy of villagization. The second is the still unsettled debate around programmes of redistributive land reform in South Africa. Bernstein's distinction between the peasantry and petty commodity production allowed him to apply Lenin's theory of peasant differentiation to new contexts, and to locate African class struggles within the contradictions between capital and labour. He thus disposed of two competing visions: the harmonic peasant community and the maximizing entrepreneurial peasant hindered by the absence of markets. Yet, this paper argues, his focus on class formation within the peasantry can also limit our understanding of class alliances in the politics of anti-capitalist struggles in Africa. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd


Borras Jr. S.M.,International Institute of Social Studies ISS | Franco J.C.,Transnational Institute TNI | Gomez S.,FAO Regional Office | Kay C.,ISS | Spoor M.,ISS
Journal of Peasant Studies | Year: 2012

Land grabbing has gained momentum in Latin America and the Caribbean during the past decade. The phenomenon has taken different forms and character as compared to processes that occur in other regions of the world, especially Africa. It puts into question some of the assumptions in the emerging literature on land grabbing, suggesting these are too food-centered/too food crisis-centered, too land-centred, too centred on new global food regime players - China, South Korea, Gulf States and India - and too centred on Africa. There are four key mechanisms through which land grabbing in Latin American and the Caribbean has been carried out: food security initiatives, energy/fuel security ventures, other climate change mitigation strategies, and recent demands for resources from newer hubs of global capital. The hallmark of land grabbing in the region is its intra-regional character: the key investors are (Trans-)Latin American companies, often in alliance with international capital and the central state. Initial evidence suggests that recent land investments have consolidated the earlier trend away from (re)distributive land policies in most countries in the region, and are likely to result in widespread reconcentration of land and capital. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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