The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-17T01:19:19Z Juwai.com Launches New Retirement Channel to Help Chinese Spend Their Golden Years Overseas 2019-01-17T01:19:19Z juwai-com-launches-new-retirement-channel-to-help-chinese-spend-their-golden-years-overseas-2 Juwai.com, the No. 1 Chinese international property platform that reaches 3.1 million Chinese consumers per month, has launched a new Retirement and Lifestyle Channel on its website, dedicated to giving its Chinese users information and real estate listings related to retirement living and property buying abroad.   The new channel is the last element of Juwai.com’s fourth-quarter 2018 new product push. In total, Juwai.com has launched five new channels focused around buyer intentions in just two months: commercial property, emigration, education, investment, and retirement plus lifestyle. The retirement channel can be found at: https://lifestyle.juwai.com   Juwai.com CEO and Director Carrie Law said:   “The four top reasons Chinese retire overseas are affordability, medical care, family, and lifestyle. They can find real estate and daily expenses to be more affordable. They can access more advanced health care. They can be near children and grandchildren who are already living internationally. And they can enjoy themselves by choosing a place that has the weather, environmental quality, and lifestyle they desire.   “With this new channel, they have at their fingertip homes in all the world’s best places to retire. Developers shouldn’t miss this opportunity to introduce their projects to Chinese consumers based on targeted demographics and lifestyle   “Some recent content on the retirement channel includes an analysis of the world-rankings-leading Dutch pension system, a listing for a 5-bedroom oceanfront mansion in the California city of Newport Beach, an analysis of the pros and cons of retiring in Thailand, news about the 17th Shanghai Overseas Investment and Immigration Fair, news about a Canadian proposal to curtail birthright citizenship, and tips on outfitting a new home in Australia.   “Within 11 years, there will be 340 million Chinese aged 60 or above. That’s more than the present population of the entire United States. The potential audience for this channel is even larger than just those who are already at retirement age. We know that most people begin planning and investing for retirement in their 40s and 50s.   Most Popular Countries for Chinese Retiring Overseas “The countries that are most popular for Chinese retirees are the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Most older Chinese want to live near their children and grandchildren, and these are the countries with the largest Chinese immigrant populations.   “Malaysia has the My Second Home program that gives foreign retirees renewable, 10-year visas if they can meet relatively modest financial requirements. They need to have liquid assets of about US$85,000 and have a monthly income of about $2,500. Malaysia offers a high quality of life at a low expense, quality health care and easy access back to China.   “Thailand has a one-year renewable visa for retirees over 50 years of age. It requires that you have only about US$25,000 in liquid assets. Thailand is close to China and within several years should be connected by a fast rail link that will make traveling back and forth much more convenient. Thai cities like Chiang Mai are already popular with Chinese retirees.   “The Philippines offers a retirement visa for people as young as 35 and in exchange for nothing more than depositing US$20,000 in an approved Philippine bank. The cost of living is very low at less than US$1,500 per month. In Manila the standard of health care is high.   "With the fast launch of these new channels, our Digital Team proved themselves the best in the industry. These five new channels went from conception to implementation in only two months. That helps our users. It helps our advertisers reach the right users in the most cost-effective way.   "With these new channels we hope to limit the number of clicks that separate users from the information and listings they are looking for. That should improve their experience. It should also lead to even better results for our customers in the form of awareness, enquiries, and transactions. We're keeping the search box and also giving consumers other ways of finding what they need.” Schneider Electric Partners with Nozomi Networks to Secure and Protect Critical Infrastructure 2019-01-17T01:15:12Z schneider-electric-partners-with-nozomi-networks-to-secure-and-protect-critical-infrastructure Schneider Electric Partners with Nozomi Networks to Secure and Protect Critical Infrastructure   ·         Advanced anomaly detection and monitoring capabilities ensure safe, resilient industrial operations amid escalating cyber threats ·         Keeps customers on a secure path toward digital transformation ·         Improves customer access to better, faster cybersecurity expertise and proven solutions SYDNEY, Australia. – January 17, 2018 – Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has signed a global partnership agreement with Nozomi Networks, the leader in industrial cybersecurity and operational visibility. Under the terms of the agreement, Schneider Electric will collaborate with Nozomi to provide customers in the industrial manufacturing and critical infrastructure segments advanced anomaly detection, vulnerability assessment and other cybersecurity solutions and services, helping them to control, prevent and mitigate risks to their operations and business performance. “The industry-wide transformation taking place today enables our customers to improve their business performance in ways they never imagined, but it requires them to expand connectivity across their operations, so they can extract, contextualise and apply new levels of rich data,” said Nathalie Marcotte, senior vice president, Industry Services and Cybersecurity, Schneider Electric. “However, extending connectivity also extends the attack surface for would-be cyber criminals. Therefore, cybersecurity can no longer be an afterthought. There’s too much at stake, financially and operationally. By adding Nozomi Networks to our family of partners, we strengthen our ability to help customers understand and eliminate risks and threats to their operations and assets, while reducing potential impact on their business success.” Combining Industry-Leading Cybersecurity Services and Solutions The partnership enables Schneider Electric to respond more aggressively to immediate demand for effective, operational technology cybersecurity services, solutions and expertise in oil and gas, power, building automation and other industrial sectors. Schneider Electric will offer Nozomi Networks’ advanced solutions for industrial control system cyber resiliency and real-time operational visibility to customers worldwide. Schneider Electric will combine its EcoStruxure IIoT process automation and industrial control solutions with Nozomi’s SCADAguardian platform for real-time operations visibility, including: ·         Advanced ICS Cybersecurity Solutions: The bundled solution will deliver the deep network visibility and OT cybersecurity industry operators require in one, comprehensive and highly scalable solution. Nozomi Networks SCADAguardian solution provides accurate asset discovery, superior threat detection and flexible and scalable deployment options to Schneider Electric customers. ·         Nozomi Networks Certified Consultants: Schneider Electric consultants around the world will continue to be trained as certified Nozomi Networks engineers, scaling to support clients throughout their cybersecurity solution implementation, and providing expert OT threat hunting and forensic analysis. ·         SCADAguardian Live in Schneider Electric Sites: Schneider Electric customers can experience Nozomi Networks’ real-time operational visibility and cybersecurity solutions via live threat scenarios running in Schneider Electric sites around the world. EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. EcoStruxure delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability and connectivity for customers. EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at Every Level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics and Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in 480,000+ sites, with the support of 20,000+ system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services. “Years of multi-industry experience discerning the complexities of industrial control system networks, continuous innovation and expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning have made Nozomi Networks SCADAguardian the most comprehensive, scalable and mature product in its category,” said Edgard Capdevielle, chief executive officer, Nozomi Networks. “Our partnership with Schneider Electric accelerates our joint efforts to further protect global infrastructure while helping to improve the safety, efficiency, reliability and profitability of the world’s most critical operations.” The partnership strengthens Schneider Electric’s commitment to a defense-in-depth approach that prevents and minimises cyberattacks and creates a multi-layered, multi-technology strategy to safeguard critical systems. “The digital enterprise requires a holistic security approach that not only provides safeguards, but continually assesses, manages and monitors business and operating systems, which Nozomi Networks’ solutions do seamlessly,” Marcotte said. “Addressing cybersecurity head on can’t be limited to a single company, segment or region. That is why we are committed to being open, transparent and collaborative when it comes to helping global industry prevent and respond to cyberattacks. As this partnership shows, we will continue to collaborate with industry leaders who have the technology, expertise and unique skills required to secure and protect our customers’ people, production and profits.” For more information about Schneider Electric's cybersecurity services, please visit schneider-electric.com/cybersecurity.     About Nozomi Networks   Nozomi Networks is the leader of industrial cybersecurity, delivering the best solution for real-time visibility to manage cyber risk and improve resilience for industrial operations. With one solution, customers gain advanced cybersecurity, improved operational reliability and easy IT/OT integration. Innovating the use of artificial intelligence, the company helps the largest industrial facilities around the world See and Secure™ their critical industrial control networks. Today Nozomi Networks supports over a quarter of a million devices in sectors such as critical infrastructure, energy, manufacturing, mining, transportation and utilities, making it possible to tackle escalating cyber risks to operational networks (OT). www.nozominetworks.com   About Schneider Electric Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment. www.schneider-electric.com Blood cancer patient needs could go unmet as incidence rates rise 2019-01-17T00:02:15Z blood-cancer-patient-needs-could-go-unmet-as-incidence-rates-rise Currently 12,800 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma every year1. The latest analysis shows that by 2025, this number will increase to around 17,000 people2. "That’s close to 50 Australians projected to be newly diagnosed, every day, by 2025 – or two people every hour,” Leukaemia Foundation National CEO Bill Petch said. Mr Petch said while the continued increase in diagnosis rates was concerning, the good news was improved treatments and care was increasing the survival rates of people living with blood cancers. However, this combination was placing even greater demand on the Leukaemia Foundation's services, as more and more Australians living with blood cancer sought information and support. “The demand on all of our services, which include emotional and practical support and the provision of vital, disease specific information and education, will only continue to grow and be put under pressure,” Mr Petch said. Demand for the Leukaemia Foundation's patient accommodation service, which provides a homeaway- from-home at no cost to regional Australians forced to relocate to capital cities closer to treatment facilities, has already reached an all-time high. In 2017/2018 demand for the service peaked. The Leukaemia Foundation provided 56,000 nights of accommodation – a 2800-night increase on the previous year, and more than 4000 nights higher than the 2015/2016 period. The Leukaemia Foundation is calling for Australians to throw their support behind this year’s 2019 World’s Greatest Shave as it prepares to meet the growing demand for its services. “These services are critical to Australian families who really need our support and will be even more critical in the future,” Mr Petch said. Without funds raised through campaigns like World’s Greatest Shave, people living with blood cancer may be unable to access the support they need,” Mr Petch said. "The Leukaemia Foundation simply won't be able to meet the increased needs of those needing help, without financial support." “We invite all Australians to get involved with World’s Greatest Shave to help the Leukaemia Foundation continue to build our services to cater for future demand while we continue to fund vital research into a cure.” Sign up today at www.worldsgreatestshave.com or phone 1800 500 068 today. ExtraHop Turns Security Analysts into Threat Experts with Reveal(x) Winter 2019 2019-01-16T23:50:32Z extrahop-turns-security-analysts-into-threat-experts-with-reveal-x-winter-2019 SEATTLE – January 16, 2019 – ExtraHop, provider of enterprise cyber analytics from the inside out, today announced new capabilities designed to help Security Operations Center (SOC) and Network Operations Center (NOC) teams identify and safeguard critical assets, rapidly detect late-stage and insider threats, and transform security analysts into threat experts with streamlined investigation workflows. Demand for business agility and uptime have accelerated the rapid modernisation of IT, which is now highly dynamic and distributed - from the data centre, to cloud infrastructure and SaaS, to remote sites and device edges. These changes introduce complexity and expand the attack surface, contributing to high rates of false positives and obscuring true threats. Analysts constantly waste time, through no fault of their own, working to validate the constant flow of alerts to determine if investigation is warranted. The Winter 2019 release of ExtraHop® Reveal(x)™ improves SOC and NOC analyst productivity through contextual discovery of the enterprise attack surface, full-spectrum detection, and one-click guided investigation for incident response. Advanced detections incorporate device and user context to identify known and unknown threats using an array of machine learning, rule-based, and custom techniques. Detections incorporate suggested next steps and are made actionable through clear evidence, enabling front-line analysts to validate, close, or escalate prioritised events with confidence. Senior analysts get timely detail on users and devices to support rogue device detection, insider threat investigations, threat hunting, and forensics. Significant features of the Winter 2019 release include: User-to-Device Mapping: Easy correlation between users and devices allows analysts to investigate quickly, expediting validation without the need to cross-reference with other tools. OS Auto-discovery: Operating system (OS) auto-discovery confirms and compares the OS each device is using with known behaviours of those systems to identify spoofing. Enhanced Role Classification: Expanded role auto-classification uses behaviour to automatically infer more device types (e.g., mobile device, DHCP server, domain controller or DNS server), and then maintains groupings to keep analysts focused on what matters most. Dynamic Device Grouping: Sophisticated device grouping permits users to define complex rules for extensive attributes and behavior to better prioritise monitoring, detection, and triage. Advanced Rules Engine: The advanced rules engine immediately detects known threats, policy violations, and risk-based detections. Guided Investigation Workflows: One-click guided investigations link each detection to the right next steps, as well as the most relevant device's transaction and behavior details, for instant validation of threats and faster MTTR. Expanded Integrations: ExtraHop now integrates with ServiceNow CMDB, QRadar SIEM, and Palo Alto Networks firewalls. “Forcing analysts to switch between tools or manually pull together disparate data for an investigation increases cognitive load, delay, and the chance of missing a critical piece of evidence,” said Jesse Rothstein, CTO and Co-Founder, ExtraHop. “Our focus in this release is to bring authoritative data about every device's communications, OS, users, and network behavior into a contextual workflow that guides analysts to the right answer immediately.” With ExtraHop, security and IT teams can detect threats up to 95 percent faster, reduce resolution time by nearly 60 percent, and decrease unplanned downtime by as much as 86 percent. The innovative ExtraHop approach has been recognised by numerous organisations including Credit Suisse, JMP Securities and leading independent analyst firms including Enterprise Management Associates About ExtraHop ExtraHop provides enterprise cyber analytics that deliver security and performance from the inside out. Our breakthrough approach analyses all network interactions in real time and applies advanced machine learning to help you investigate threats, ensure the delivery of critical applications, and protect your investment in the cloud. With this approach, we help the world’s leading enterprises including Credit Suisse, Hasbro, Caesars Entertainment, and British Airways rise above the noise of alerts, organisational silos, and runaway technology with complete visibility, real-time detection, and guided investigation. To experience the power of ExtraHop, explore our interactive online demo: https://www.extrahop.com/demo or connect with us on LinkedIn(http://www.linkedin.com/company/extrahop-networks) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ExtraHop). © 2019 ExtraHop Networks, Inc. Reveal(x) and ExtraHop are registered trademarks or marks of ExtraHop Networks, Inc. ExtraHop Blows Past the US $100 Million Milestone Fueled by 10x Growth in Security 2019-01-16T23:47:33Z extrahop-blows-past-the-us-100-million-milestone-fueled-by-10x-growth-in-security Seattle - 16 January 2019 - ExtraHop, provider of enterprise cyber analytics from the inside out, today announced that it far surpassed US $100 million in bookings – a key industry milestone – in 2018, bolstered by 10x growth in cybersecurity in the second half of the year. The company continued to dominate major verticals including retail, healthcare, and financial services, where ExtraHop closed its largest ever multi-million dollar deal. More than 20 customers across industry verticals invested over a million dollars with ExtraHop in 2018, confirming the importance of its enterprise-class capabilities for hybrid and cloud environments. 2018 was a breakout year for ExtraHop. The company made significant investments in security, both in terms of go-to-market capabilities and technology innovation. ExtraHop launched its purpose-built security product, Reveal(x), in January and followed that with Reveal(x) for Azure in September. It also announced major integrations with companies including Microsoft Azure, ServiceNow, and Splunk Phantom. The company expanded its global headcount to more than 400 employees and now protects over five million devices across more than 800 enterprise customers worldwide. ExtraHop also received numerous industry accolades in 2018. In November, Credit Suisse announced ExtraHop as a member of its inaugural Disruptive Technology Recognition Program (https://www.extrahop.com/company/press-releases/extrahop-recognized-in-inaugural-credit-suisse-recognition-program), which recognises companies that are driving IT innovation with new, visionary, and disruptive approaches to technology. JMP Securities put ExtraHop on its 2018 Super 70 List (https://www.extrahop.com/company/press-releases/extrahop-named-to-the-2018-jmp-securities-super-70-list) as one of the most strategically positioned private companies in the cybersecurity industry. ExtraHop was also the recipient of the Fortress Cyber Security Award, the AI Breakthrough Award, and was named by leading independent analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates as the Value Leader to Watch in its Radar Report for Network-based Security Analytics (https://www.extrahop.com/resources/analyst-reports/ema-network-based-security-analytics-market-takes-off). Most recently, ExtraHop was named an SC Media Industry Innovator (https://www.extrahop.com/company/press-releases/sc-media-names-extrahop-2018-security-industry-innovator) for enterprise network traffic analysis. “The cybersecurity market is experiencing a transformational shift – one that requires an inside out approach to protecting the enterprise with high-fidelity threat detection and investigation,” said Arif Kareem, CEO, ExtraHop. “ExtraHop is at the forefront of this change, delivering enterprise cyber analytics powered by advanced machine learning. Our bold move of doubling down on cybersecurity has accelerated our growth and the numerous industry recognitions we received in 2018 affirm our leadership place in the market.” ExtraHop is exhibiting in Booth 1427 at RSA, which will be held March 4-8 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. About ExtraHop ExtraHop provides enterprise cyber analytics that deliver security and performance from the inside out. Our breakthrough approach analyses all network interactions in real time and applies advanced machine learning to help you investigate threats, ensure the delivery of critical applications, and protect your investment in the cloud. With this approach, we help the world’s leading enterprises including Credit Suisse, Hasbro, Caesars Entertainment, and British Airways rise above the noise of alerts, organisational silos, and runaway technology with complete visibility, real-time detection, and guided investigation. To experience the power of ExtraHop, explore our interactive online demo (https://www.extrahop.com/demo) or connect with us on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/company/extrahop-networks) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ExtraHop. © 2019 ExtraHop Networks, Inc., Reveal(x), and ExtraHop are registered trademarks or marks of ExtraHop Networks, Inc. Avaya Announces Enhancements to its Avaya Desktop Experience 2019-01-16T23:26:45Z avaya-announces-enhancements-to-its-avaya-desktop-experience SANTA CLARA, Calif. – January 15, 2019 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE:AVYA) today announced enhancements to its Avaya Desktop Experience portfolio of smart business devices, including a new line of professional-grade communication headsets, expanded Broadsoft UC feature support, enhancements to its Essential Experience J100 Series, and the availability of Device Enrollment Service 2.0. The new portfolio of L100 series professional grade headsets initially includes five corded headsets, with cordless headsets available in the near future. These headsets enable unique AcousticEdge™ technology to provide the maximum audio experience while protecting employees from long-term headset usage issues. These headsets are engineered to work particularly for Contact Center agents, with an innovative, quick disconnect option and supervisor listen-in capabilities. See these headsets in action here. Building on the November 2018 expansion of its Open SIP smart devices portfolio, Avaya has significantly increased the ability of the Essential Experience J100 Series of smart business desktop devices to support Broadsoft UC features, enabling UCaaS service providers to add Avaya Open SIP to their UCaaS offerings on a broad scale. Additionally, Avaya introduced a new full color, high resolution Essential Experience J100 Expansion Module that can be attached to Essential Experience J169 or J179 IP Phones to provide an expanded display. This module can be used for administration and reception positions to view the status of lines being monitored and supports Avaya SIP, H.323, and Open SIP architectures. Avaya also announced that the Essential Experience J179 now supports Bluetooth connectivity. Also introduced is a new 2.0 version of Avaya’s Device Enrollment Service (DES), which facilitates zero-touch provisioning for smart desktop device installation. New capabilities include support of the G14 languages, re-enrollment support, notification and data export enhancements, and security enhancements. Avaya’s DES has been specifically designed to reduce deployment cost and help large service providers scale their cloud business faster. "Avaya continues to make significant strides in revolutionizing the desktop space and advancing the Open SIP market,” said Ard Verboon, General Manager of the Devices portfolio, Avaya. “With the availability of support for Broadsoft advanced features combined with the large breadth of the Avaya Desktop Experience portfolio, Avaya is now a one-stop shop for any smart device that a company may need, and UCaaS providers can now look to Avaya to meet their smart devices needs–from the professional desktop, to campus mobility, to personal and room conferencing, to headsets–as well as industry vertical solutions.” Additional Resources · On January 17th at 10:00am PST, join Alaa Saayed, Frost & Sullivan ICT Industry Director & Fellow and Karen Hong, Avaya Senior Product Manager, Devices as they discuss the Open SIP devices market, ecosystem, and opportunities for UCaaS Service Providers in 2019. · See the Essential Experience J100 series portfolio in action. · Download more information about Avaya’s Open SIP portfolio. About Avaya Businesses are built on the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are built by Avaya (NYSE: AVYA). For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organizations around the globe to win – by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise or a hybrid of both. To grow your business, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next. We’re the technology company you trust to help you deliver Experiences that Matter. Visit us at www.avaya.com. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This document contains certain “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the U.S. federal and state securities laws. 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The factors are discussed in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 10 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may cause its actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to the Company’s filings with the SEC that are available atwww.sec.gov. The Company cautions you that the list of important factors included in the Company’s SEC filings may not contain all of the material factors that are important to you. In addition, considering these risks and uncertainties, the matters referred to in the forward-looking statements contained in this report may not in fact occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. Source: Avaya Newsroom Capify secures $135 million credit facility from Goldman Sachs 2019-01-16T22:54:21Z press-release-capify-secures-135-million-credit-facility-from-goldman-sachs Alternative SME finance provider Capify secures $135 million credit facility from Goldman Sachs  Investment expands Capify’s financing capacity to meet increasing customer demand and grow its SME lending business Capify, a leading Australian alternative SME finance provider has secured a $135 million credit facility from Goldman Sachs Private Capital (“Goldman Sachs”) to support its future growth plans and provide working capital to thousands of Australian SMEs over the coming years. The Sydney-based fintech company will use the new facility to accelerate the growth of its lending business to Australia SMEs through its business loan and merchant cash advance (MCA) products.  Capify has been active in Australia since 2008, executing over 7,500 transactions for Australian SMEs seeking business financing and most recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary.  “This is a landmark achievement for Capify and we are very pleased that we have secured this financing with Goldman Sachs, one of the premiere capital providers in the world.” said David Goldin, Founder and CEO of Capify. “This new multi-year credit facility allows us to deliver on our own growth plans, whilst providing much needed access to capital for Australian SMEs to help them to grow, to boost the economy and to create jobs.” “The credit facility validates our company as a leader in the marketplace and underlines the strength of our business model to provide simple, affordable and smart financial options to Australian SMEs.” Pankaj Soni, Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Private Capital, said: “Capify is one of the leading SME finance providers in Australia. We have been impressed with the management team, business model and innovative finance solutions for SMEs. We look forward to supporting their growth in the years ahead.” “We are extremely excited about our future relationship with Goldman Sachs,” added John DeBree, Managing Director - Australia at Capify. “The credit facility will enable us to continue on our growth trajectory while offering even more attractive and innovative solutions to thousands of small businesses in need of capital.”  ENDS   About Capify   Capify provides flexible financing solutions to SMEs seeking working capital to sustain or grow their business. The company places a high focus on transparency and provides businesses with fast, personalised small business loans and merchant cash advances.  Capify has been operating in the Australia  market for over 10 years and also has a sister company, Capify UK, which provides similar services in the United Kingdom to British SMEs for over 10 years. The company has over 120 employees across both its offices. For more details visit: http://www.capify.com.au. About Goldman Sachs Private Capital  Goldman Sachs Private Capital is Goldman Sachs' investment platform dedicated to providing long term capital to growth and middle-market companies throughout the US, Europe and Israel. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world. Capify Media Contact: Kelly Fitzgerald on 0434 277 955 or kfitzgerald@capify.com.au Goldman Sachs Media Contact: Joseph Stein on +44 0207 774 4080 or email joseph.stein@gs.com Avaya A.I.Connect Ecosystem Expands with New Partners and Offers 2019-01-16T22:48:42Z avaya-a-i-connect-ecosystem-expands-with-new-partners-and-offers Santa Clara, Calif. – January 16, 2019 – Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA) today announced further expansion of its unique A.I.Connect ecosystem with new partners and partner offers, including an increased focus on incorporating new Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities into its Unified Communications (UC) solutions. Knowmail and over.ai are the newly designated A.I.Connect partners with solutions aligned to Avaya’s overall UC and collaboration strategies. They join the broader Avaya ecosystem of companies collaborating on the use of AI and machine learning technologies for Unified Communications and Contact Center, including Verint, with whom Avaya recently expanded its partnership inclusive of additional AI-powered and Cloud solutions. Avaya’s vision for AI in Unified Communications includes strengthening workforce productivity in four key ways: Effortless Prioritization – enabling employees to deal with massive amounts of content such as email, IM, messages, and calls by intelligently prioritizing and responding to the most pressing items first. Smart Communications – leveraging presence to enable “best choice first” and anticipating optimal channels for communications with peers and workgroups Streamlined Interactions – offering timely suggestions and voice activation of communication services, simplifying manual or point-and-click interfaces required by many different communications channel choices today. Optimized Decisions – Providing personalized visibility to complete, relevant data sets that is all too often lost from view or difficult to find. “Avaya’s deep expertise in creating communications and collaboration experiences for enterprise workers leverages AI capabilities for natural language understanding and personal assistants. With the addition of new AI solutions from companies like Knowmail, over.ai and others, our A.I.Connect initiative continues to expand the ecosystem helping to provide optimal AI capabilities for strengthening workforce engagement across omnichannel communications,” said Eric Rossman, Avaya Vice President, Alliances and Partnerships. “Avaya continues to aggressively position AI as a critical element of both the UC and Contact Center strategies offered to their clients,” said Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst at ZK Research. “Building off the long-standing success of their DevConnect Program, Avaya’s A.I.Connect initiative allows them to capitalize upon the expertise of their ecosystem for a wide range of use cases, helping enterprises establish early leadership positions through the application of analytical and predictive capabilities enabled by AI and Machine Learning capabilities.” Founded in 2014 with the mission to liberate employees from the agony of information overload, Knowmail supports effortless prioritization by providing a highly secure, personalized AI email productivity capability to Avaya’s Unified Communications clients, offering the user a choice of visual, voice, or mixed experiences. “We’re excited to be part of Avaya’s A.I.Connect ecosystem, and to bring the power of personalized communications to the Avaya customer base,” said Haim Senior, CEO of Knowmail. “Through our relationship, Knowmail and Avaya are capable of delivering a wholly new productivity experience, offering email prioritization by urgency, along with predicted next-best-actions to increase focus, quickly get things done, save time, and stay organized, all within the Avaya Vantage desktop smart phone. This allows professionals more focus and flexibility in their workday, completing urgent tasks even before they can boot and login to their computer in the morning.” over.ai is an AI-enabled voice platform that tackles complex tasks by embracing natural language processing technology and allowing end users to engage naturally, to create a fundamental shift in human-computer interactions. Evolving from point-and-click to listen-and-enable interactions, over.ai will bring voice-enabled AI that streamlines communications tasks on Avaya platforms through listening, understanding and learning from its own environment in real-time. “Enabling organizations to enhance their user experience across every channel will have an enormous impact on productivity and communication,” said Noam Fine, over.ai CEO. “We’re excited to be able to link over.ai’s Voice AI Cognitive Services with Avaya solutions and make this a reality.” In addition, Avaya continues to deepen its overall AI and Cloud strategy for the contact center with an expanded resale agreement with existing A.I.Connect partner Verint. Through this broader arrangement, Avaya customers are now able to obtain powerful AI-enabled solutions that deliver actionable insights across text and speech channels, plus key knowledge management, feedback and online community capabilities directly through Avaya and authorized Avaya channel partners. About A.I. Connect A.I. Connect is a consortium of companies dedicated to supporting and promoting the interoperability and value of artificial intelligence and machine learning within enterprise communications. Established by Avaya in 2017, the initiative creates a community of technology firms who can collaborate on creating the broadest set of technology options of AI capabilities for Avaya customers worldwide to deliver more engaging experiences to their own employees and end customers. More information on A.I.Connect can be found at www.avaya.com/aiconnect. Technology firms interested in joining the A.I.Connect ecosystem can request consideration through aiconnect@avaya.com. About Avaya Businesses are built on the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are built by Avaya (NYSE:AVYA). For over one hundred years, we’ve enabled organizations around the globe to win – by creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees. Avaya builds open, converged and innovative solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration – in the cloud, on-premise or a hybrid of both. To grow your business, we’re committed to innovation, partnership, and a relentless focus on what’s next. We’re the technology company you trust to help you deliver Experiences that Matter. Visit us at www.avaya.com. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This document contains certain “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the U.S. federal and state securities laws. These statements may be identified by the use of forward looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," “our vision,” "plan," "potential," "preliminary," "predict," "should," "will," or “would” or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology and include, but are not limited to, expected feature releases, statements about future products, expected cash savings and statements about growth, exchange listing and improved operational metrics. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control. The factors are discussed in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 10 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may cause its actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to the Company’s filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. The Company cautions you that the list of important factors included in the Company’s SEC filings may not contain all of the material factors that are important to you. In addition, in light of these risks and uncertainties, the matters referred to in the forward-looking statements contained in this report may not in fact occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. Source: Avaya Newsroom ### GIRIKON EXTENDS SALESFORCE CONSULTING SERVICES TO AUSTRALIA 2019-01-16T14:01:33Z girikon-extends-salesforce-consulting-services-to-australia Girikon LLC, is an IT consulting and development Company with over 170+ staff members based out of Phoenix, Arizona with a development centre in Noida, India. On 7th January 2019, Girikon LLC, Founder, Director Delivery and Services, Alankar Anibha announced their new office in Melbourne, Australia. Girikon will now provide consulting services to clients in Australia and New Zealand. “We had several successful years operating in the USA and over the past 24 months we have been receiving strong enquiries from the Australian Salesforce and Information Technology community. The founders made the decision in early 2017 to search for a Managing Director and location for our new office in Australia. Girikon’s vision is simply to enable our clients and partners to maximize their business success through our people, our disciplined approach and our technical experience and knowledge”, Alankar explained. Girikon is a Salesforce Silver Consulting Partner, HIPAA compliant, ISO 9001 certified & ISO 27001 certified. Girikon supports its customers on multiple technology platforms and now Girikon’s physical presence in US and Australia, will allow it to quickly respond to customer’s requirements with a view to effectively delivering a quality product and service anywhere in the world. Alankar Anibha, continued with a warm welcome to Yiannis Loupis the newly appointed Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand. “Yiannis has many years of experience in business management and delivering complex programs in multiple industries including Information Technology and Education. His exceptional skills and experience in operations and personnel management, commercial acumen, strategic execution, business modelling, stakeholder and vendor management is only a handful of skills in his kitbag. Welcome to the Girikon Family, Yiannis” Girikon’s new office in Melbourne Australia will service clients in Australia and New Zealand. Girikon plans to extend its global footprint with an office in UK by 2020 Newly appointed Managing Director, Yiannis Loupis commented on his appointment and recently visited Girikon offices in India and USA. “I have not met a more dedicated, focused and professional team in my career. I was taken back by the team’s welcome and warm embrace into the Girikon family. All the way from employees to the owners there is a real sense of pride and ownership in the work, projects and growth achieved to date and a real excitement about the future of Girikon” “I can’t wait for our prospective clients in Australia and New Zealand to experience this level of professionalism, dedication and focus!” Girikon takes pride in its team of experienced and certified Salesforce Consultants including Architects, Developers, Business Analysts and Administrators. Girikon’s strength lies in Salesforce implementation, customization, development, integration and support. Girikon Australia can be contacted toll free on +61 1300 332 888 and can be found at Level 1 & 2 161 Collins Street Melbourne. Girikon is headquartered at Phoenix, USA 15433 N Tatum Blvd #105, Phoenix, AZ 85032, USA and can be contacted at +1 480-382-1320. You can also visit www.girikon.com for further details on their services and management team. Creso Pharma Targets Multi-Billion Dollar Pet Industry -- CFN Media 2019-01-16T12:03:09Z creso-pharma-targets-multi-billion-dollar-pet-industry-cfn-media SEATTLE, WA, Jan 16, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- CFN Media Group ("CFN Media"), the leading agency and financial media network dedicated to the North American cannabis industry, announces publication of an article discussing Creso Pharma Inc. (ASX: CPH) and why it's well positioned to capitalize on the rapid growth in the pet CBD market.Global consumers spend billions of dollars on their pets each year, according to GfK, with two-thirds of sales taking place in the United States and Europe. In the U.S. alone, the American Pet Products Association reckons that consumers spent more than $72 billion on their pets in 2018, including about $30 billion on food, $15 billion on supplies and over-the-counter medicine, and $20 billion on veterinary care.Cannabidiol, or CBD products, have become especially popular as an over-the-counter medicine, and an alternative to prescription medication for pets. While studies in humans have dominated the headlines, an overwhelming number of reports from veterinarians and pet owners have shown that CBD promotes well-being, balances behavior, and reduces tiredness and fatigue. It's a natural way to help keep pets well-adjusted and ensure their comfort in old age.First Mover AdvantageThere are many companies that have developed CBD products for pets, but many of them have experienced problems. In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to several manufacturers regarding product labeling and promises. The same agency sent warning letters to other human-focused CBD product manufacturers, saying that some of their products didn't contain as much CBD as promised on the label.Creso Pharma's anibidiol(R) is the first Swiss complementary feed for companion animals that contains natural full spectrum hemp oil with CBD. The company's two products, anibidiol(R) 2.5 and anibidiol(R) 8, are already generating revenue across the European Union. With the company's focus on Swiss quality, the products have already started to generate a strong reputation across Europe that could translate into sales in other markets down the road.In addition to CBD, anibidiol(R) contains vitamins niacin and B6, fatty acids Omega 3, 6, and 9, terpenes, flavonoids, and other herbal active ingredients. The product is THC-free (non-detectable) with no reported side-effects, which means that consumers don't have to worry about harmful or unintended side-effects.Click here to receive an investor presentation and a going public alert https://promo.cfnmedia.com/cresopharmaExpansion Beyond AnimalsCreso Animal Health is just one of its five businesses focusing on different areas of the cannabis industry, which include therapeutics, nutraceuticals, topicals, and lifestyle products. By bringing pharmaceutical rigor to the cannabis industry, the company aims to manufacture the highest-quality products for both humans and animals through its R&D base in Switzerland and cultivation facilities in Canada and Colombia.The company's Mernova Medicinal Inc. subsidiary is a 24,000 sq. ft. purpose-built facility in Canada with initial sales in the country starting next quarter. In 2019, the company plans to build out a GMP compliant, pharmaceutical-grade edible production facility to prepare for the country's upcoming legalization of edible products. Its other cultivation facilities are located in Colombia and Israel - where it's pursuing a joint venture.Along with its cannabis production footprint, the company has developed a wide range of delivery systems for cannabinoids. The company's focus is on buccal and topical products, which are designed to significantly improve bioavailability and absorption compared to orally-consumed products which need to go through the stomach and are largely destroyed in the passage. Several products have already been launched throughout Switzerland, Europe, and New Zealand.Click here to receive an investor presentation and a going public alert https://promo.cfnmedia.com/cresopharmaLooking AheadCreso Pharma Inc. (ASX: CPH) represents a unique opportunity to invest across a broad range of cannabinoid delivery methods and end markets. With its CBD-based animal health products, the company has developed an early edge in Europe that it could exploit to capitalize on the $70+ billion global animal health market. The company's potential is further underscored by its diverse human product lines spanning key European countries.For more information, visit the company's website. https://www.cresopharma.com/for-investors/Please follow this link to read the full article: https://www.cannabisfn.com/?p=2182833&preview=trueAbout CFN MediaCFN Media (CannabisFN) is the leading agency and financial media network dedicated to the global cannabis industry, helps companies operating in the space attract investors, capital, and publicity. 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Please follow the link below to view our full disclosure outlining our compensation: http://www.cannabisfn.com/legal-disclaimer/Frank Lane206-369-7050flane@cannabisfn.com  Australian Country Party Announces its National Expansion as the First, Truly Democratic, Grass Roots Political Party in Australia 2019-01-16T08:43:49Z australian-country-party-announces-its-national-expansion-as-the-first-truly-democratic-grass-roots-political-party-in-australia MEDIA RELEASE 15 January 2019 Australian Country Party Announces its National Expansion as the First, Truly Democratic, Grass Roots Political Party in Australia New Federal Chairman of the Australian Country Party, Glenn O’Rourke, today announced the official commencement of the National Expansion of the Australian Country Party.   “The Australian Country Party is a grass roots up party that listens to people and allows members and supporters direct input into the election of candidates and leadership and will represent all Australian’s equally and fairly.” Glenn said.   The Party is neither left nor right, nor do we segregate Australians into different groups, we all have equal value and we all have valuable voices. Our candidates and MP’s will be focused on engaging with, listening to and representing their individual electorates and contribute to broad policies, through local consultation, that firstly relate to their electorates and then the greater region, State or Territory and Country.   Our candidates and MP’s will operate together as a cohesive collective in their electorates or councils like people have come to expect independents to.   Glenn went on to outline, “We are committed to providing a structure, economies of scale and the benefits of a registered party, along the lines of an alliance of Independent candidates and MP’s. Our catch phrase and philosophy will be ‘People before Party, Policies before Politics’.”   Other Major Political Parties No Longer Represent the People    “The factional and power base control of the current major and most minor parties in Australia and the recent need for minor party leaders to place their names or images on their parties, has only entrenched a career politician environment, party first and electoral cycle approach to the political system in Australia.   This long-term situation has created a severe disconnect of Australia’s voters and has seen a significant disengagement from politics in the country and a belief that people have no vehicle to discuss, nor impact the effect of legislation on their world. People feel that there is nothing they can do to change things, to make Australia the lucky country it once was again.” Glenn Said.   Glenn Stated “People are sick of the opposition of policies, just because the other political party came up with them. Policies that support international interests before Australia’s and Australian People’s interests are also unacceptable. People want a political party to hear their cries and propose and amend legislation in the interests of Australia and its people first.”   Australian Country Party to Break the Back of the Flawed Two-Party System and Provide A True Third Party Alternative for Australia   The Australian Country Party stands with Australians giving a new, broadly inclusive option to vote for. A grass roots founded and solid alternative party to the Major Parties and the plethora of single interest or ego driven minor parties.    Australian Country Party will be registering in every State and Territory and working towards achieving a national membership of at least 100,000 members in the next few years.   In contrast to most other political parties, Australian Country Party members and the broader community will play an active role in broad policy development, party direction, candidate endorsement and political leadership selection. Additionally, Australian people will also be involved in candidate preselection, through USA style primaries in their local electorates.   Sitting MP’s Will Join the Australian Country Party    “As the expansion momentum of the Australian Country Party picks up, we expect a growing number of sitting MP’s, Federal, State and Local to join the Party, as they have realised that they are not able to represent their electorates as they planned to do when they entered politics. The needs of their electorate are silenced and they have to toe party lines or lose preselection, even if it goes against their own and their electorates needs and wants.” Glenn explained and then went on to say.   “Additionally, the Independents sitting in Parliaments and local councils around the country, will realise they do not have to reinvent themselves within their community as a candidate but gain all the added advantages of a national political party that supports and encourages them to represent their electorate’s people first, without a party dictated voting direction.”   Call for Quality Candidates of Australia to Nominate for Australian Country Party    Quality Candidates are now being sought Australia-wide as candidates for Federal, State and Territory and Local Councils, that are committed to the need to build the support of their electorate. Candidates that understand that it is a passionate long-term commitment, to listen to and represent their people.   You can nominate online at www.australiancountryparty.org.au/join   Support our National Expansion:   ·         Nominate for Local Council, State and Territory and Federal Electorates NOW. ·         Sign up for our newsletter now, to be kept up to date on developments. ·         Consider joining the Party to play a part in this exciting adventure for the future of Australia. For Media Contact: Glenn O’Rourke 0405 111 228 / glenn.orourke@countryparty.org.auWebsite: www.australiancountryparty.org.au  Social Media: @auscountryparty Buy Theragun Muscle Therapy Device Exclusively Available at Fitbod 2019-01-16T06:21:18Z buy-theragun-muscle-therapy-device-exclusively-available-at-fitbod Fitbod, a credible online resource of stability equipment, is offering Theragun Muscle Therapy Device that provides muscle recovery, activation, and pain relief. 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From balls to bolsters, bands to blocks, and straps to socks, you’ll find diverse brands, namely Axius, Hyperwear, RumbleRoller, PowerReels, ensuring you avail top-quality products at great prices. Gartner Says Asia Pacific PC Shipments Declined 4.6 Percent in Q4 2018 2019-01-16T05:51:44Z gartner-says-asia-pacific-pc-shipments-declined-4-6-percent-in-q4-2018 Worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 4.3 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2017, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. For the year, 2018 PC shipments surpassed 259.4 million units, a 1.3 percent decline from 2017. Gartner analysts said there were signs for optimism in 2018, but the industry was impacted by two key trends. “Just when demand in the PC market started seeing positive results, a shortage of CPUs (central processing units) created supply chain issues. After two quarters of growth in 2Q18 and 3Q18, PC shipments declined in the fourth quarter,” said Mikako Kitagawa, senior principal analyst at Gartner. “The impact from the CPU shortage affected vendors’ ability to fulfill demand created by business PC upgrades. We expect this demand will be pushed forward into 2019 if CPU availability improves.” “Political and economic uncertainties in some countries dampened PC demand,” Ms. Kitagawa said. “There was even uncertainty in the U.S. — where the overall economy has been strong — among vulnerable buyer groups, such as small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Consumer demand remained weak in the holiday season. Holiday sales are no longer a major factor driving consumer demand for PCs.” The top 3 vendors boosted their share of the global PC market as Lenovo, HP Inc. and Dell accounted for 63 percent of PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2018, up from 59 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 (see Table 1). Lenovo surpassed HP Inc. to move into the No. 1 position in the global PC market in the fourth quarter of 2018. A major factor for Lenovo’s share gain was credited to a joint venture with Fujitsu formed in May 2018. Lenovo also had a strong quarter in the U.S. The company has recorded three consecutive quarters of double-digit year-over-year shipment growth, despite the stagnant overall market. Table 1. Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q18 (Thousands of Units) Company 4Q18 Shipments 4Q18 Market Share (%) 4Q17 Shipments 4Q17 Market Share (%) 4Q18-4Q17 Growth (%) Lenovo 16,628 24.2 15,697 21.9 5.9 HP Inc. 15,380 22.4 16,092 22.4 -4.4 Dell 10,915 15.9 10,763 15.0 1.4 Apple 4,920 7.2 5,112 7.1 -3.8 ASUS 4,211 6.1 4,716 6.6 -10.7 Acer Group 3,861 5.6 4,726 6.6 -18.3 Others 12,710 18.5 14,590 20.3 -12.9 Total 68,626 100.0 71,696 100.0 -4.3 Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads (see “Market Definitions and Methodology: PCs, Ultramobiles and Mobile Phones”). All data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into channels. Numbers may not add up to totals shown due to rounding. *Lenovo’s results include Fujitsu units starting in 2Q18 to reflect the joint venture that closed in May 2018. Source: Gartner (January 2019) The fourth quarter of 2018 was a challenging one for HP Inc. The company experienced a shipment decline after four consecutive quarters of growth. HP Inc.’s shipments declined in most key regions, except Asia/Pacific and Japan. Dell registered positive growth as the company outperformed in EMEA and Japan, but it experienced a decline in Asia/Pacific and Latin America. In the U.S., PC shipments totaled 14.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 4.5 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2017 (see Table 2). Four of the top six vendors experienced a decline in U.S. PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2018. Lenovo’s growth was well above the U.S. average while Dell’s shipments increased slightly compared with a year ago. The overall decline in the U.S. was attributed to weak consumer demand despite holiday season sales as well as SMBs. “The fourth quarter is typically a buying season for small office/home office (SOHO) and small business buyers in the U.S. as they want to use up the untouched budget before the tax year ends,” said Ms. Kitagawa. “Our early indicator showed that SOHO and small business buyers held off on some new PC purchases due to uncertainties around the political and economic conditions.” Table 2. Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q18 (Thousands of Units) Company 4Q18 Shipments 4Q18 Market Share (%) 4Q17 Shipments 4Q17 Market Share (%) 4Q18-4Q17 Growth (%) HP Inc. 4,738 33.4 5,130 34.6 -7.6 Dell 3,645 25.7 3,613 24.3 0.9 Lenovo 2,150 15.2 1,743 11.7 23.4 Apple 1,762 12.4 1,800 12.1 -2.1 Microsoft 472 3.3 542 3.7 -12.9 Acer Group 458 3.2 587 4.0 -21.9 Others 953 6.7 1,430 9.6 -33.3 Total 14,178 100.0 14,843 100.0 -4.5 Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. All data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into channels. Source: Gartner (January 2019) PC shipments in EMEA totaled 20.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 3.8 percent decline year over year. There were some positive signs, such as in Western Europe’s demand for desktops and ultramobiles that fueled SMB shipments, while the government sector also benefited from further Windows 10 renewals. Demand in Russia continued to recover, and some parts of Eastern Europe, such as the Czech Republic and Hungary. However, demand was not strong enough to offset declining shipments to consumers. The Asia/Pacific PC market totaled 24.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 4.6 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2017. Due to uncertainties of the U.S.-China trade relations, and the volatile equity market, there was cautionary demand, especially among consumers and the SMB segment. In the fourth quarter of 2018, PC shipments in China declined 2.5 percent year over year, but shipments grew 5.6 percent sequentially. Seventh Consecutive Year of Worldwide PC Shipment Decline For the year, worldwide PC shipments totaled 259.4 million units in 2018, a 1.3 percent decrease from 2017 (see Table 3). This was the seventh consecutive year of global PC shipment decline, but it was less steep compared with the past three years. “The majority of the PC shipment decline in 2018 was due to weak consumer PC shipments. Consumer shipments accounted for approximately 40 percent of PC shipments in 2018 compared with representing 49 percent of shipments in 2014,” Kitagawa said. “The market stabilization in 2018 was attributed to consistent business PC growth, driven by Windows 10 upgrade.” Table 3. Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2018 (Thousands of Units) Company 2018 Shipments 2018 Market Share (%) 2017 Shipments 2017 Market Share (%) 2018-2017 Growth (%) Lenovo 58,467 22.5 54,669 20.8 6.9 HP Inc. 56,332 21.7 55,179 21.0 2.1 Dell 41,911 16.2 39,793 15.1 5.3 Apple 18,016 6.9 18,963 7.2 -5.0 Acer Group 15,729 6.1 17,087 6.5 -7.9 ASUS 15,537 6.0 17,952 6.8 -13.5 Others 53,393 20.6 59,034 22.5 -9.6 Total 259,385 100.0 262,676 100.0 -1.3 Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. All data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into channels. Source: Gartner (January 2019) These results are preliminary. Final statistics will be available soon to clients of Gartner’s PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program. This program offers a comprehensive and timely picture of the worldwide PC market, allowing product planning, distribution, marketing and sales organizations to keep abreast of key issues and their future implications around the globe. InterSystems IRIS Data Platform™ Now Certified on AWS Marketplace 2019-01-16T04:52:16Z intersystems-iris-data-platformtm-now-certified-on-aws-marketplace SYDNEY, Aust., January 16, 2019 – InterSystems, a global leader in information technology platforms for health, business, and government applications, today announced the availability of the InterSystems IRIS Data Platform™ in the Amazon Web Services Marketplace. AWS Marketplace availability will allow developers and customers to instantly access and use InterSystems IRIS with “one-click” provisioning. InterSystems IRIS Data Platform is available as a free Community edition, as well as a “Bring Your Own License” option. InterSystems IRIS™ is now available on the three largest cloud providers, building upon recent deployments in the Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure marketplaces. The company has made it easy for developers to try InterSystems IRIS via various “Quick Start” modules, including accelerating development through the use of the multi-model architecture, development on InterSystems IRIS with Java and .NET, optimising SQL performance, and exploring Big Data analytics including the data platform’s built-in Apache Spark Connector. AWS Marketplace provides InterSystems customers with the opportunity to purchase, migrate and immediately begin using InterSystems IRIS, while AWS manages all billing and payments and provides seamless product support. By accelerating access to InterSystems IRIS through the Amazon Cloud, organisations can quickly deploy the unified data platform in a highly available and efficient cloud environment, and rapidly create and deploy innovative applications. “Our AWS Marketplace certification marks our third major marketplace certification within the last six months,” said Carlos Nogueira, general manager for data platforms at InterSystems. “Today’s organisations must have the flexibility to choose how to deploy their applications to stay ahead of market demands. InterSystems is committed to a cloud-first approach that gives our partners and customers the ability to rapidly develop data-driven applications that save and improve lives, enhance customer experiences, and drive operational efficiency at all levels of an enterprise.” Access the InterSystems IRIS Data Platform on the AWS Marketplace here. About InterSystems InterSystems is the information engine that powers some of the world’s most important applications. In healthcare, finance, government, and other sectors where lives and livelihoods are at stake, InterSystems has been a strategic technology provider since 1978. InterSystems is a privately held company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), with offices worldwide, and its software products are used daily by millions of people in more than 80 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.intersystems.com/. Rockingham Montessori School Provides Unique Opportunities for Children Age 1 to 18 2019-01-16T04:00:07Z rockingham-montessori-school-provides-unique-opportunities-for-children-age-1-to-18 Tony Gillespie, adolescent program deputy principal at Rockingham Montessori School OSHC, announced that the independent school Perth has programs for infants and toddlers to high school alternative pathways. Operated by Our Place OSHC & Pre-Kindly, tours can be scheduled and a limited number of scholarships may be available. The Rockingham school’s learning environment provides options for before school, after school and holiday care during in-school and out-of-school hours. Programs and activities are designed for multiple age levels to stimulate the imagination and encourage learning. During the OSHC Program of extracurricular activities and the school’s Holiday Program, youngsters are invited to play, explore and experiment in areas encompassing sports, art, dance and science. One of the best schools Rockingham, activities may also include other options to accommodate children’s areas of interest. The Infant and Toddler Program operates one day per week for children age 1-3 and playgroups are available three days each week. The Children’s House classes for youngsters age 3-6 include a variety of activities from language and math to arts, technology and culture, along with practical living skills. When they’re ready, children can transition to full-day sessions. For children ages 6-12, the independent school Perth offers the Primary Program that encompasses subjects ranging from biology, science, geography and math to language, technology, language, history, arts and physical education. An Upper Primary program is available for youngsters age 9-12. An adolescent Program is offered for youngsters ages 12-18 years. Students can choose post school pathways that include commerce and law, vocational studies, teaching, obtain an internship, attend university, or transition directly into the work force. Rockingham Montessori School understands there’s more than one route to success and provides high school alternative pathways with passion-based learning to prepare students for real-world experiences. Chemistry by Correspondence and cooking classes are offered. The Rockingham Montessori School offers a wide variety of learning and enrichment opportunities for children at all ages and stages of development. Fees include all meals and snacks appropriate to the session in which a child is enrolled, along with any planned excursions. Accommodations can be made for food allergies and religious requirements. Each class is taught by highly-qualified education professionals. About Rockingham Montessori School Rockingham Montessori School is an independent school near the ocean in Rockingham, Western Australia. We are committed to Montessori philosophy and practice, providing Montessori education experiences for children from 12 months to 18 years of age. Media Contact Rockingham Montessori School Phone: (08) 9528 2118 Email – Primary School: reception@rms.wa.edu.au Website: www.rms.wa.edu.au