Daily Archives: October 24, 2019

Media Advisory: Bombardier to Report Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results on October 31, 2019

MONTREAL, Oct. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) will publish its financial results for the third quarter of 2019 on Thursday, October 31, 2019 and hold a live webcast/conference call to review the results starting at 8 a.m. Eastern Time (EDT).

Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer; John Di Bert, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and Patrick Ghoche, Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations, will hold a conference call intended for investors and financial analysts to review the company’s financial results.

DATE: Thursday, October 31, 2019
TIME: 8:00 a.m., Eastern Time (ET)

A live webcast of the call and relevant financial charts will be available at www.bombardier.com

Stakeholders wishing to listen to the presentation and question and answer period by telephone may dial one of the following conference call numbers:

In English: +1 514 394 9320 or
+1 866 240 8954 (toll-free in North America)
+800 6578 9868 (overseas calls)
In French: +1 514 394 9316 or
(with translation)  +1 888 791 1368 (toll-free in North America)
+800 6578 9868 (overseas calls)

The replay of this call will be available on Bombardier’s website shortly after the end of the webcast.

For Information
Jessica McDonald Patrick Ghoche
Advisor, Media Relations Vice President, Corporate Strategy
and Public Affairs and Investor Relations
Bombardier Inc. Bombardier Inc.
+1 514 861 9481 +1 514 861 5727

Virgin Pulse Accelerates Global Innovation; Delivers Immersive and Adaptive Wellbeing Experiences to Engage Members Around the World

Company Deepens Global Wellbeing Offering with Coaching, Enhanced HRA and Rewards, Integrated EAP, Expanded Currency and Fulfilment Options;
Announces Virgin Pulse GO, a Turnkey Global Event

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Oct. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Virgin Pulse, the leading global provider of health and wellbeing software, services and solutions, today announced that it has significantly expanded and enhanced its global capabilities to support members in more than 190 countries.

Recent advances underscoring Virgin Pulse’s global leadership include the company’s strategic partnership with Workplace Options, the world’s largest integrated employee support and work-life services provider. Through this partnership, Virgin Pulse members can engage in wellness and lifestyle improvement coaching, including weight management, nutrition, tobacco cessation, physical activity, and stress management, in local languages in every country Virgin Pulse serves. Clients will also have access to an integrated, multilingual Employee Assistance Program (EAP), allowing them to further localize the wellbeing experience for their global employees. The Virgin Pulse and Workplace Options partnership, the first of its kind in the employee wellbeing market, ensures that members around the world have 24/7 access to the digital tools and human support they need to build healthy habits and lifestyles.

“Virgin Pulse is driving this globalization to help organizations all over the world engage their populations in health and wellbeing, every day,” said David Osborne, CEO of Virgin Pulse. “We have members in nearly every country in the world. Our ability to engage them in their language and in culturally relevant ways, is the key to helping them build and sustain healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic conditions. At Virgin Pulse, we have been intentional in designing a health and wellbeing platform and experience that is purpose-built to engage people. In fact, we are proud to report that today, nearly seventy percent of our members engage with the Virgin Pulse platform at least 21 days every month. That level of engagement is life changing for our members and game changing for our industry.”

  • Enhanced Country-Specific Experiences
    In addition to its global partnership with Workplace Options, Virgin Pulse has launched several global innovations including a Global Health Risk Assessment (HRA) with NCQA-certified content, and Virgin Pulse JourneysTM, a globally relevant behavior change framework that encourages members to build healthier habits, one small step at a time. The company has enhanced its global rewards structure, adding support for additional currencies and the ability for clients to launch country-specific stores with locally relevant merchandise. Expanded fulfillment options are also available through Virgin Pulse’s partnerships with OC Tanner and Tango gift cards. These enhancements, together with in-region support and platform availability in 20 languages, make it easy for Virgin Pulse clients to tailor wellbeing experiences to specific regions, populations and cultures.
  • Global Content, Language Expansion and Partners
    As part it its recent content expansion, Virgin Pulse introduced new topics globally, including diversity and sustainability, for clients looking to increase literacy in broader workplace wellbeing areas. This content is available to all clients, out-of-the-box, in 20 languages. To further customize the wellbeing experience for specific populations, clients have the ability to author regional and country-specific content, daily cards and habits. They can also easily integrate content from their local partners as well as Virgin Pulse’s partners. As Virgin Pulse continues to grow its global partner ecosystem, clients will have the ability to integrate programs and solutions from a range of wellbeing providers including Kaia Health, Lifespeak, Allen Carr, GymPass, and more.Bolstering its ongoing commitment to global innovation, Virgin Pulse continues to invest heavily in language support. With the recent additions of Thai and Dutch, the Virgin Pulse platform is now available in 20 languages, with Arabic planned for 2020.
  • Virgin Pulse GO
    For global organizations, particularly those looking for a solution that can be rolled out quickly, Virgin Pulse has recently announced Virgin Pulse GO. This new, turnkey solution is designed to help organizations around the world build cultures of health in the workplace by offering employees a holistic, personalized wellbeing experience that supports physical, mental, financial and social wellbeing.Also available in 20 languages, Virgin Pulse GO is a biannual event that includes a pre- and post-event health assessment, a 9-week intra-company challenge, as well as the ability to launch individual, peer-to-peer challenges and healthy habit challenges. Digital coaching across 30 topics, including smoking cessation and financial wellbeing, is also available through Virgin Pulse JourneysTM.  An ideal entry point for companies looking to jump-start wellbeing within their organizations, Virgin Pulse GO provides a seamless path to Virgin Pulse’s broader health, wellbeing and continuous engagement offerings.

    Virgin Pulse GO will launch in May 2020. For additional information, please visit Virgin Pulse GO

  • Global Data Security and Privacy
    Virgin Pulse continues to set the standard and lead the wellbeing market in ensuring the data privacy and security of its members around the world. While many companies claim to be GDPR-ready, Virgin Pulse is committed to maintaining full compliance with all aspects of EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and has recently become the only wellbeing provider to earn APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system and the APEC Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) certification.

About Virgin Pulse
Virgin Pulse is the world’s largest, most comprehensive digital health, wellbeing and engagement company. Founded as part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, the company is focused on engaging users every day in building and sustaining healthy lifestyles and driving measurable outcomes for employees, employers and health plans. Virgin Pulse is fusing high-tech with high-touch to deliver the industry’s only integrated digital platform with benefits navigation, claims analysis and live coaching to support clients and members across the entire health, wellbeing and benefits lifecycle — from screening and assessment to activation, behavior change and the adoption of sustainable, healthy habits to condition management support and closing gaps in care. To learn more, visit Virgin Pulse and follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Beroni Group to Launch its Advanced US FDA-Approved Virus Diagnostic Kit to Help Combat Global Outbreaks of Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya and West Nile Viruses

NEW YORK and SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In April 2019, Beroni Group Limited (“Beroni” or the “Company”) (NSX: BTG; OTCQX: BNIGF) signed an exclusive license agreement with Columbia University whereby Columbia University grants to Beroni and its affiliates, an exclusive license to distribute the patented CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR assay on a worldwide basis. The CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR assay is an effective means to detect four viruses – Zika (ZIKV), Dengue (DENV), Chikungunya (CHIKV), and West Nile (WNV) – that may be present in areas where arboviruses are endemic. It was developed by Professor W. Ian Lipkin of Columbia University who is internationally recognized as an authority on the use of molecular methods for pathogen discovery and was the first to use purely molecular methods to identify an infectious agent and a pioneer in the use of high throughput sequencing in pathogen discovery.

Advantages of CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR Assay

This assay method has advantages over traditional methods of serological viral detection methods based primarily on ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays) technology which contains several inherent limitations i.e.

  • Due to antibody cross-reactivity, each kit is usually only capable of separating a single virus. In the case of ZIKV, it is impossible to differentiate it from DENV, CHIKV and WNV viruses;
  • ELISA methods are only suitable during the acute infection period (usually 5-10 days after infection), thus cannot be used for early detection, whilst RT-PCR methods can immediately detect viral DNA;
  • ELISA assays are prone to false positives outside of the test period; and
  • ELISA experimental procedure can be cumbersome.

In comparison with other RT-PCT products, the CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR assay has the following advantages:

  • It can detect and differentiate four viruses – ZIKV, DENGV, CHIKV, WNV – without interference. The four viruses share some clinical signs and can be misdiagnosed in areas where they are common.
  • It uses rRT-PCR technology which can detect the viruses within 3 to 4 hours.
  • It can be used for early detection and differentiation of Zika virus, without considering incubation period and moreover, it can remain effective even after the acute period, where viral titer is highest. This is especially important for Zika virus, as the virus remains in semen much longer than blood, and thus can still be sexually transmitted.
  • With its ability to detect and differentiate between 4 separate viruses, the volume of sample needed for testing is significantly reduced leading to reduction in cost and time needed for testing. In addition, it is optimized for diagnostic testing with a high degree of automation and ability for high throughput processing.
  • It is effective at all stages of infection.

“The CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR assay is probably the most advanced diagnostic tool in the market with the ability to detect the four viruses in almost real time mode. The closest product using similar methodology can only detect and differentiate 3 separate viruses which is however listed only for research purposes, whilst the CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR assay is approved by the US FDA for emergency use. It is effective, efficient, accurate and simple to use.” said Jacky Zhang, CEO of Beroni Group Limited.

A Growing Global Health Burden

Due to climate change which provides the optimum environment for proliferation of mosquitoes, the incidence and scale of mosquito-borne diseases have been rising dramatically over the past 60 years. ZIKV has caused large outbreaks in the Pacific region and the Americas since 2013 and is the cause of the Guillain-Barre syndrome and, when infecting pregnant women, causes birth defects such as microcephaly. Outbreaks of WNV in the U.S. have caused illness in tens of thousands of people, including about 20,000 cases of neurological disease, and more than 1,800 deaths through 2015. DENV causes 50-100 million cases of disease and tens of thousands of deaths annually worldwide. It is most prevalent in South East Asia. The first CHIKV outbreak in the Americas began in late 2013 in the Caribbean and quickly spread to South, Central and North American countries, causing more than 2 million cases by mid-2016.

No effective therapies or FDA-licensed vaccines exist for these human infections. With the growing outbreaks and global spread of these viruses, the need for an effective method of detection has come to the forefront of emergency disease management and monitoring.

Commencement of Production

The potential users of the diagnostic kit are government organizations and NGOs which will be mobilized in the event of potential disease outbreaks for testing and quarantine management of infected patients; customs authorities for testing passengers returning from areas of infection, as these are the entry points of potentially infected people; and academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and CDCs for research and monitoring purposes.

Beroni is pleased to announce that it has now commenced production of the CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR assay. It will approach those countries which have experienced major outbreaks of the four viruses in recent years to promote its usage for early detection and control of the disease outbreaks. Interested parties are welcome to contact the Company for more information and for request of product samples.

About Beroni Group Limited

Beroni Group is an international biotechnological company listed on the National Stock Exchange of Australia and on the OTC markets in the USA. It currently has four core businesses – cell therapies, developing new anti-cancer drugs, e-commerce platform for pharmaceutical and healthcare products, and detection & diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Beroni Group’s overall strategic goal is to become a world’s leading enterprise in the biotechnology, life sciences and environmental science industries.

For further information, please contact us:

Phone: +61 2 8051 3055
Email: enquiry@beronigroup.com
Website: www.beronigroup.com

Nasdaq Increases Options Market Accessibility with Nasdaq Smart Options

Nasdaq launches Smart Options to enable wider adoption of options data

NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) today announced the launch of Nasdaq Smart Options, a service that allows for easier access to essential options market data. Nasdaq Smart Options provides a more manageable and less resource-intensive data feed from the U.S. options markets in real time, drawing the essential data from the standard Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA) data feed.

The Nasdaq Smart Options feed supports the National Best Bid and Offer (NBBO) and Last Sale trade messages, as well as administrative messages for all listed options. Individual exchange BBO data is excluded, which significantly reduces bandwidth cost and contributes to savings of more than 80% of the cost of connecting to the full OPRA data feed. This curated data package more closely aligns with the needs and cost parameters of the advisory community and the investing public. This means more investors can leverage options data to gain insights and make better-informed decisions.

The launch of Nasdaq Smart Options follows in Nasdaq’s tradition of innovation and using data to help make markets more transparent and accessible.

“The options markets is vitally important to the financial ecosystem, but many users have not been equipped to handle the massive volume of messages from those markets,” said Oliver Albers, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Partnerships with Nasdaq’s Global Information Services. “Nasdaq Smart Options provides a manageable feed to provide easier access to this important information and gain valuable market insights.”

“As a data provider, it’s important that we supply our clients with the information they actually need, and in ways that they can use most effectively.  Nasdaq Smart Options enables us to reduce excessive ‘noise’ in our options quotes, with a far more concise display of information, making it easier to see what is really happening in the options market. We provide our clients with a greatly improved user experience,” said Christian Amott, CTO of QuoteMedia, a leading provider of market data feeds, applications, and dynamic financial web content solutions. “The 80% reduction in bandwidth results in significant time and cost savings, making the options market much more accessible to our clientele and to the investing public in general.”

Nasdaq Smart Options is available to U.S. registered broker dealers, advisors, and members of the public. For more information, please visit https://www.nasdaq.com/solutions/nasdaq-smart-options.

About Nasdaq
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a global technology company serving the capital markets and other industries. Our diverse offering of data, analytics, software and services enables clients to optimize and execute their business vision with confidence. To learn more about the company, technology solutions and career opportunities, visit us on LinkedIn, on Twitter @Nasdaq, or at www.nasdaq.com.

Nasdaq Media Contact
Matthew Sheahan
(212) 231-5945


Seaborn Networks and Anova Financial Networks Partner to Provide the Fastest Path to Trade Between Chicago, USA and São Paulo, Brazil

Seaborn and Anova to offer ultra-low latency solution for the financial vertical between the trading exchanges of Chicago CME and B3 Exchange in São Paulo

Seaborn and Anova

Seaborn and Anova to offer the fastest ULL path for Chicago – NY/NJ – São Paulo

BOSTON, Oct. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Seaborn Networks, a leading developer-owner-operator of transoceanic subsea fiber optic cable systems (Seaborn), and Anova Financial Networks, an international carrier and market data provider (Anova), announced today the formation of a strategic alliance to provide the first ultra-low latency (ULL) fiber connection between the financial centers of São Paulo, Brazil and Chicago, USA.

Seaborn and Anova will offer multiple ULL tiers for potential customers via Seaborn’s fully operational, direct POP to POP 72Tbps submarine cable system (Seabras-1) between São Paulo, Brazil and NY/NJ USA, and Anova’s ultra-low latency microwave network connection between the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to all five sites in the New Jersey Equity Triangle, including BATS, NASDAQ, the New York Stock Exchange and Cboe Global Markets, Inc.

This partnership will enable ULL trading routes specifically for the financial vertical between the trading exchanges of Chicago and São Paulo. The two networks will interconnect in Carteret, New Jersey, enabling a single market leading latency connection for those interested in either bandwidth or market data.

Customers will have the ability to contract either through Seaborn or Anova to receive the full benefit of this combined São Paulo, Brazil to Chicago, USA ultra-low latency route.

This strategic alliance offers a number of benefits to customers, including:

  • Consolidated capacity contracts and billing with industry-leading SLAs
  • The newest network architecture with 100Gbps coherent technology on an end-to-end solution from New Jersey to São Paulo
  • Proprietary market leading ultra-low latency solutions for financial institutions
  • A direct relationship with the operators who built and operate the submarine cable and microwave routes for their respective systems, providing higher quality of service and improved information access
  • A route to and from South America that avoids the hurricane-prone areas of Florida, the Caribbean and Bermuda, with 100% of the Brazilian terrestrial network buried and protected with latency-matched diverse terrestrial routes in Brazil, ensuring maximum performance, security and reliability
  • Reduced delivery times of all on-net and off-net services allowing Seaborn to provide the industry’s fastest turn up of services for our customers
  • Anova’s hardware-accelerated FPGA platform delivers normalized CME or B3 data with sub-microsecond overhead
  • Seaborn’s Independently owned and operated 24×7 primary NOC and back-up NOC

“We are very pleased to be able to partner with Anova to offer this blazing fast Chicago-NY/NJ- São Paulo ULL path,” said Larry Schwartz, Seaborn’s Chairman & CEO. “This is a unique opportunity for the global financial industry to achieve the lowest latencies among the leading exchanges in North and South America.”

“Our collaboration with Seaborn is a continuation of our mission to optimize the transport between the financial liquidity centers,” said Michael Persico, CEO and Founder of Anova Financial Networks. “In addition to providing traditional bandwidth, this new network further showcases Anova’s ability to globally deliver the fastest price and trade updates for the most vital instruments at the CME – something that is critical to market participants around the world and across a myriad of strategies.”

About Seaborn Networks
Seaborn Networks is a leading developer-owner-operator of transoceanic submarine fiber optic cable systems, including Seabras-1 between São Paulo and New York. Seabras-1 is the only direct POP to POP system between Sao Paulo and NY/NJ, offering the lowest latency route between B3 and the trading exchanges in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.seabornnetworks.com and follow Seaborn on LinkedIn.

Media Contact:
Kate Wilson, Head of Marketing, Media

About Anova Financial Networks
Anova Financial Networks is the only global carrier that offers wireless and fiber connectivity, as well as market data distribution across all asset classes. Anova’s innovative proprietary technologies and client-centric approach enable the company to deliver secure and reliable solutions for banks, trading firms and exchanges worldwide. For more information about Anova Financial Networks, visit www.anovanetworks.com and follow Anova on LinkedIn and Twitter @AnovaNetworks.

Media Contact:
Jaymie Scotto & Associates (JSA)
+1 866.695.3629 ext. 12

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Sinch AB (publ): Sinch completes acquisition of TWW

Stockholm, Sweden – Sinch AB (publ) – XSTO: SINCH

Sinch AB (publ), a global leader in cloud communications for mobile customer engagement, today announces that the acquisition of TWW do Brasil S.A. has been completed. Closing of the transaction follows the announcement on October 10, 2019, that Sinch had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TWW.

Founded in 1996, TWW is the 3rd largest mobile messaging provider for businesses in Brazil. The company serves more than 3,000 businesses, both large and small, including many of Brazil’s leading enterprises in the banking, retail and education sectors. Messaging volumes are continuously increasing and in 2018, TWW delivered 3.4 billion messages on behalf of its customers.

“I am very pleased that we have now completed the acquisition of TWW which gives us local presence and strong customer relationships in the fifth most populous country in the world. We also strengthen our Global Tier 1 Connectivity Network, making us even better equipped to serve the many large, multi-national companies who look to Sinch for superior delivery quality and end-to-end connectivity without middlemen”, comments Oscar Werner, CEO of Sinch.

The press release from October 10, and an accompanying slide deck, is available at investors.sinch.com.

For further information, please contact

Thomas Heath
Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Investor Relations
Sinch AB (publ)
Mobile:            +46-722-45 50 55
E-mail:            thomas.heath@sinch.com

About Sinch

Sinch brings businesses and people closer with tools enabling personal engagement. Its leading cloud communications platform lets businesses reach every mobile phone on the planet, in seconds or less, through mobile messaging, voice and video. Sinch is a trusted software provider to mobile operators, and its platform powers business-critical communications for many of the world’s largest companies. Sinch has been profitable and fast-growing since its foundation in 2008. It is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and has local presence in more than 30 countries. Shares are traded at NASDAQ Stockholm: XSTO:SINCH. Visit us at sinch.com.

This information was submitted for publication, through the contact person set out above, at 13:00 CEST on October 24, 2019.


Vietnam endorses ASEAN-Russia cooperation: Ambassador

MoscowVietnam always welcomes and supports the intensification of ASEAN-Russia cooperative relations, and appreciates Russia’s important role in maintaining regional peace and stability, said Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh on October 23.

He made the statement while attending a conference themed ASEAN-Russia relations: Vietnam’s role, held by the Vietnamese Embassy in collaboration with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University)’s ASEAN Centre.

Highlighting sound ASEAN-Russia relations, the Vietnamese diplomat said the two nations have enjoyed robust political ties, with delegation exchanges at all levels being maintained.

Regarding the security field, they are working together to fight traditional and non-traditional threats such as terrorism and transnational crimes, as well as settling issues related to marine security and freedom of navigation and aviation.

Both sides also support the implementation of the Declaration on Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct of Parties in the waters, he added, affirming respect of international laws and principles and prevention of protectionism and unilateral acts are a solid foundation for the ASEAN-Russia strategic partnership in the field of politics-security.

Touching on economic-trade collaboration, Ambassador Manh believed that both sides need to make further efforts to develop potential in the field.

Anton Golubev, a representative from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spoke highly of Vietnam-Russia ties, noting the Southeast Asian country is playing a prominent role in promoting relations between ASEAN and Russia.

Grigory Lokshin from the Institute for Far Eastern Studies’ Centre for Vietnam and ASEAN Studies, said he supported Russia’s attempts to expand cooperation with ASEAN member states, especially in energy.

He stated that Vietnam-Russia cooperation in oil and gas has brought benefits to both nations.

As the East Sea issue develops in a more complicated manner, he called for relevant sides to obey international regulations, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982), and settle conflicts by peaceful means.

Director of the MGIMO University’s ASEAN Centre Victor Sumski told Vietnam News Agency correspondents that mutual trust is the highlight of the ASEAN-Russia strategic partnership, and both sides should enhance trade cooperation via breakthrough economic projects.

Experts at the conference also discussed challenges to cooperation across economy and trade, investment, education and culture between Vietnam and Russia, hoping competent agencies of both sides will work to remove bottlenecks so bilateral cooperation can develop in line with traditional relations formed over the past seven decades.

Scholars described the conference as an important event as it marked one year since ASEAN and Russia set up their strategic partnership, and in the context that ASEAN member states and Russia share many mutual benefits and face emerging challenges that need coordination for effective resolution./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency