Daily Archives: September 28, 2016

DDB Middle East & Africa Named Network of the Year at the 2016 African Cristal Festival

NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — DDB earned 20 Cristal Awards at this year’s African Cristal Festival, including one Grand Prix, six Gold, eight Silver and five Bronze Awards at the African Cristal Festival award ceremony, which took place on September 23rd, 2016 at the Pullman La Palmeraie, Marrakesh, Morocco. The DDB Network in the region also took home an additional 38 Shortlists.

Glen Lomas, Executive Officer Africa said: “Our network is as diverse as it is expansive across Africa, but we have a ‘highest common denominator’ – award-winning creativity. This Network of the Year award was only achieved because every single DDB office in every single market values creativity and humanity and each has contributed in some way to our regional success.”

TNA DDB Egypt won one Grand Prix, one in Film for Fresh Get Fresh, as well as two Gold, one for Fresh Get Fresh and for National Bank of Egypt Barrels and Nails, both in the film category. TNA DDB Egypt also received two Silver and two Bronze awards.

DDB South Africa earned four Gold awards. One for Honda Friends and Followers in Press, one for South Africa National Blood Services Sit Down to Save Lives in Promo & Direct and two in Media for Clorox Instaglad. DDB South Africa also took home five Silver and two Bronze awards. DDB South Africa ranked third in the overall Agency of the Year ranking.

For their first participation in the African Cristal Festival, Tribal DDB Casablanca took home one Silver for Mondelez Crunchy Tonik in Digital & Mobile while RAPP Morocco earned one Bronze for CIH Bank Pre-Roll, also in the Digital & Mobile category.

Press Contact:
Melanie Vignon, Regional Operations Director
Email: melanie.vignon@ddb.fr
Phone: +33 1 53 32 61 33

About DDB
DDB Worldwide (www.ddb.com) is one of the world’s largest and most influential advertising and marketing networks. DDB has been named Agency of the Year numerous times by the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and the industry’s leading advertising publications and awards shows. The Gunn Report has listed DDB as one of the Top 3 Global Networks for 12 of the last 15 years. The agency’s clients include Volkswagen, McDonald’s, Unilever, Mars, Johnson & Johnson, and Exxon Mobil, among others.

Founded in 1949, DDB is part of the Omnicom Group (NYSE) and consists of more than 200 offices in over 90 countries with its flagship office in New York, NY.

Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

Applications Open For 2017-2018 TRACE Scholar Program; Peter A. Allard School Of Law At UBC Joins Participating Schools Georgetown Law, University Of Washington And King’s College, Cambridge

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — TRACE International, the globally renowned anti-bribery business association, invites applications for its prestigious TRACE Scholar Program. The program fully funds students from developing countries to pursue an LLM focused on advancing commercial transparency and raising anti-bribery compliance standards. Fellowship recipients spend an academic year at one of four universities, followed by a paid summer internship at TRACE headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.

This year, TRACE is pleased to welcome the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia as its newest participating institution. The Allard School of Law is internationally recognized for promoting human rights and anti-corruption efforts around the world and administers the Allard Prize for International Integrity. The Allard Prize, first awarded in 2013, recognizes exceptional courage and leadership in combatting corruption and protecting human rights and is one of the world’s largest prizes dedicated to these issues. Professor Catherine Dauvergne, Dean of the law school notes that “The Allard School of Law is thrilled that TRACE is supporting research students working in these areas. This is a wonderful fit for our law school, and for the Allard Prize initiative more broadly.”

Returning law schools taking part in this cycle of the TRACE Scholar Program are: Georgetown University; University of Washington School of Law; and King’s College, Cambridge University. “We are delighted to continue partnering with TRACE in the fourth year of the TRACE Scholar Program,” said Professor Anita Ramasastry of the University of Washington School of Law. “The program has awarded scholarships to outstanding lawyers from around the world who have used the knowledge gained in their graduate studies and their TRACE internship to advance anti-corruption efforts in their home countries.”

The TRACE Scholar program includes full tuition, lodging and travel. Each student will spend one academic year at their chosen institution studying governance and economic development, business ethics and the rule of law. TRACE Scholars undertake to use this scholarship to improve transparency and reduce corruption in their country or region.

Previous TRACE scholarships have been awarded to LLM students from India, Ecuador, Brazil, Kenya, Uganda and Ukraine. “Taking part in the TRACE Scholarship and internship program increased my practical understanding of anti-corruption law and policy, and equipped me with skills and ideas essential to further promote commercial transparency,” said Orest Stasyuk, Ukrainian attorney and 2015-2016 TRACE Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law. “The knowledge and skills I gained will reinforce my practice and directly benefit my community.”

Applicants should apply directly to their first choice university. Application details and instructions can be found athttp://www.traceinternational.org/about-trace/initiatives/. General queries can be e-mailed to TRACE at info@TRACEinternational.org

TRACE International and TRACE Incorporated are two distinct entities with a common mission to advance commercial transparency worldwide by supporting the compliance efforts of multinational companies and their third party intermediaries. TRACE International is a non-profit business association that pools resources to provide members with anti-bribery compliance support while TRACE Incorporated offers both members and non-members customizable risk-based due diligence, anti-bribery training and advisory services. Working alongside one another, TRACE International and TRACE Incorporated offer an end-to-end, cost-effective and innovative solution for anti-bribery and third party compliance. For more information, visit www.TRACEinternational.org.

XCMG Completes Landmark Installation Project on Tibet’s Mila Mountain at Altitudes of Over 5,400 Meters

NYINGCHI, China, Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG recently installed a heavy electric shovel on the remote Mila Mountain in Tibet using its large tonnage mobile cranes at altitudes of over 5,400 meters. Achieved in collaboration with a local copper mining company, this is the first time such a large tonnage, high altitude hoisting has been completed.

Speaking after the successful completion of the operation, Shan Zenghai, deputy general manager of Xuzhou Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd., said, “It’s a big challenge for large tonnage mobile crane to travel so far and accomplish tasks at altitude, as it requires the products to have a reliable power system, strong starting and heat balance performance and high level of reliability for operating up or down the hills.”

XCMG’s QAY300A all-terrain crane that was deployed to Tibet can flexibly adjust between three- and four- axel loads in order to adapt to various construction sites, while the all-new G generation XCT100 truck crane — used for the first time in Tibet — is supported by the revolutionary rear axel hydraulic controlled self-steer and low-speed, high-torque power transmission system technologies to offer swift and powerful functions as well as best operation experience.

“We were confident that the high quality XCMG products could achieve great results,” commented Tang Zhengwei, an XCMG technician who worked in Tibet. “The cranes were the first in the industry to adopt integrated brake management technology alongside matching super lift self-removable and balanced weight self-removable functions, wireless remote control and more to ensure smart, efficient and user-friendly operations.”

The highly adaptable QAY300A and XCT100’s grand debuts on the “roof of the world” won high praise from the client for their reliable, stable performance and excellent human-computer interaction technologies.

“Every piece of large tonnage equipment from XCMG goes through thousands of tests and inspections to guarantee the quality,” said Tan Fuming, head of quality of Xuzhou Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd. “Our team of professional technicians also provides comprehensive training for clients, which shows our advantages in innovation, quality and customer service in the global market.”

About XCMG

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 73 years. It currently ranks ninth in the world’s construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 176 countries and regions around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.xcmg.com, or follow XCMG Group on Facebook, Twitter,
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Medicines360 and Population Services International Announce New Partnership to Expand Access to Hormonal IUDs to Women in Africa

New Partnership to Tackle Disparities in Women’s Contraception in Africa

SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Medicines360, a global nonprofit pharmaceutical company, and Population Services International (PSI), a leading global health organization working in reproductive health, announced today an agreement to expand access to Medicines360’s hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg. Under this agreement, the partners will first expand access to the women of Madagascar, with registration and introduction in additional countries to follow.

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Access to contraceptive methods is a significant challenge in many African countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 28 percent of women of reproductive age in Africa use modern contraceptive methods. The WHO also states that increasing access to voluntary contraception has significant health, economic and social benefits for families and communities. Increased access to voluntary contraception improves women’s opportunities for education, employment and full participation in society.1

“The need for affordable and effective contraceptive options for women remains high, particularly in Africa,” said Sally Stephens, senior vice president of Corporate Development for Medicines360. “Our partnership with PSI demonstrates our commitment to expanding access to quality medicines to women in developing countries by providing hormonal IUDs, a form of long acting reversible contraception, where they have not been accessible due to high cost and lack of distribution.”

As part of the agreement, Medicines360 will bring to market the first affordable hormonal IUD in Madagascar. There, PSI will work with trained health care providers to introduce this progestin-containing IUD, making an additional contraceptive choice available to women.

“The ability to plan if and when to have children is important to the health and social empowerment of individual women, as well as to the economic well-being of families and societies,” said Jennifer Pope, director of Family Planning & Reproductive Health for PSI. “Our partnership with Medicines360 will help us empower more women to make the best choices to meet their family planning needs.”

The initial country introductions under this partnership are supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options (EECO) Project and the Support for International Family Planning Organizations Project (SIFPO2). SIFPO2, led by PSI, is designed to strengthen family planning programs and other health services worldwide, with a focus on strengthening private sector channels and networks. The EECO project, led by international nonprofit WomanCare Global and implemented in partnership with PSI and others, is designed to support the research, development and introduction of technologies and approaches that better meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls worldwide. The introduction of this hormonal IUD will support PSI and WomanCare Global to deliver on a joint family planning commitment to increase the usage of voluntary long-acting, reversible contraceptives by 2020.

About Medicines360

Medicines360, located in San Francisco, California, is a nonprofit global women’s health pharmaceutical company with a mission to expand access to quality medicines for all women regardless of their socioeconomic status, insurance coverage or geographic location. Medicines360 is committed to working with healthcare providers, advocacy groups and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help women around the world have greater access to the medicines they need. For more information, visit www.medicines360.org.

About Population Services International

Population Services International (PSI) is a leading global health organization working in reproductive health, HIV, child survival, non-communicable diseases and sanitation. Partnering with the public sector and harnessing the power of markets, PSI helps people in the developing world lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire. PSI finds innovative and cost-effective solutions to some of the most challenging health issues in the developing world. PSI’s focus areas include family planning, HIV/AIDS treatment and awareness, gender-based violence, maternal health, and water and sanitation. PSI maintains franchises that provide affordable health care products and services, as well as empowering communities and families through health education. PSI runs programs in 60 countries across the world and operates franchise networks in 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. PSI also focuses on children’s wellbeing and health. PSI estimates that in 2015 alone, they added more than 44 million years of healthy life. For more information, visit www.psi.org.

1 World Health Organization: Family Planning/Contraception Fact Sheet


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Supermicro® Introduces NVIDIA® Pascal™ GPU-enabled Server Solutions Featuring Tesla® P100 GPUs at GTC Europe 2016

New 1U SuperServer with 4 Tesla P100 SXM2 accelerators and NVIDIA NVLink™ for Machine Learning applications and 4U SuperServer supporting up to 10 Tesla P100 PCI-e cards with a Supermicro optimized single-root complex design

AMSTERDAM, Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in compute, storage, networking technologies and green computing today is introducing several new SuperServer solutions optimized for NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 accelerators with the new Pascal GPU architecture at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) Europe 2016, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, September 28-29 in booth #G1.

Supermicro’s SuperServer 1028GQ-TXR(T) is a 1U server optimized to support four of the new NVIDIA Tesla P100 SXM2 accelerators for modern high bandwidth, low latency HPC clusters incorporating the latest NVIDIA NVLink™ GPU interconnect technology with over 5x the bandwidth of PCI-E 3.0. This SuperServer provides the best high performance parallel computing solution in a 1U form-factor for up to 4 Tesla P100 SXM2 accelerators with no GPU preheating design, which ensures uncompromised performance and stability under the most demanding workloads with up to 85 TFLOPS FP16 of peak performance.

Supermicro also debuts the density optimized 4U SuperServer 4028GR-TR(T)2 system supporting up to 10 PCI-E Tesla P100 accelerators for up to 187 TFLOPS FP16 peak performance with GPU Direct RDMA support. Supermicro’s innovative and GPU optimized single root complex PCI-E design is proven to dramatically improve GPU peer-to-peer communication efficiency over QPI, with up to 21% higher QPI throughput and 60% lower latency compared to previous generation products. Both 1U and 4U SuperServers support dual Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4/v3 product families, up to 3TB DDR4-2400MHz memory, optional dual onboard 10GBase-T ports, and redundant Titanium level (96%) digital power supplies.

“Our high-performance computing solutions enable deep learning, engineering, and scientific fields to scale out their compute clusters to accelerate their most demanding workloads and achieve fastest time-to-results with maximum performance per watt, per square foot, and per dollar,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “With our latest innovations incorporating the new NVIDIA P100 processors in a performance and density optimized 1U and 4U architectures with NVLink, our customers can accelerate their applications and innovations to address the most complex real world problems.”

“Supermicro’s new high-density servers are optimized to fully leverage the new NVIDIA Tesla P100 accelerators to provide enterprise and HPC customers with an entirely new level of computing horsepower,” said Ian Buck, General Manager of the Accelerated Computing Group at NVIDIA. “The new SuperServers deliver superior energy-efficient performance for compute-intensive data analytics, deep learning and scientific applications while minimizing power consumption.”

With the convergence of Big Data Analytics, the latest GPU architectures, and improved Machine Learning algorithms, Deep Learning applications require processing power of multiple GPUs that must communicate efficiently and effectively to expand the GPU network. Supermicro’s single-root GPU system allows multiple GPUs to communicate efficiently to minimize latency and maximize throughput as measured by the NCCL P2PBandwidthTest.

In addition to the 4U supporting up to 10 Tesla P100s, Supermicro also offers the following SuperServers optimized for these new Pascal GPUs:

  • 1U 4 Pascal GPU Optimized SuperServer solution – SuperServer 1028GQ-TR generates massively parallel processing power for Machine Learning applications.
  • 2U 6 Pascal GPU Optimized SuperServer solution – SuperServer 2028GR-TRHT delivers the highest density massively parallel processing power for Machine Learning applications in 2U.
  • 1U Ultra SuperServers – Designed to deliver unrivaled performance, flexibility, scalability, and serviceability, Supermicro’s 1028U servers support the new Pascal GPU. Ideal for demanding Enterprise workloads, these server support Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 and v3 product families (160W/up to 22 Cores), up to 3TB of memory in 24 DIMMs, SATA3 with optional SAS3 and NVMe support for increased storage bandwidth, Ultra Riser options available which includes built-in 1G, 10GBase-T, 10G SFP+, 40G, and InfiniBand options, and Redundant Titanium Level (96%+) power supplies.
  • 2U Ultra SuperServers – Designed to deliver unrivaled performance, flexibility, scalability, and serviceability, Supermicro’s 2028U SuperServers support up to 4 Pascal GPUs. Ideal for demanding Enterprise workloads, these server support Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 and v3 product families (160W/up to 22 Cores), up to 3TB of memory in 24 DIMMs, SATA3 with optional SAS3 and NVMe support for increased storage bandwidth, Ultra Riser options available which includes built-in 1G, 10GBase-T, 10G SFP+, 40G, and InfiniBand options, and Redundant Titanium Level (96%+) power supplies.

Supermicro also offers the latest cost-effective Top-of-Rack switching technologies, whether traditional fully-featured models incorporating both hardware and software in a complete solution, or bare metal hardware capable of running third-party software configurable to specific customer needs in an Open Network Environment. Supermicro’s new SSH-C48Q is a 1U top-of-rack switch with 48 100Gbps QSFP+ ports. Meanwhile, Supermicro’s Server Management Software provides a multifunctional suite of tools that can perform health monitoring, power management and firmware maintenance to help customers deploy and maintain servers in data centers.

For more information on Supermicro’s complete range of high performance, high-efficiency Server, Storage and Networking solutions, please visit www.supermicro.com.

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About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)

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