Daily Archives: January 16, 2018

TradeStation International Ltd and Interactive Brokers UK Ltd Plan to Offer Global Trading Account

New “TradeStation Global” Account Combines Advanced Trading Analysis Technology with Global Market Reach

LONDON, Jan. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TradeStation International Ltd, the London-based, United Kingdom subsidiary of TradeStation Group, Inc., announced today it has teamed with Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited, an affiliate of the Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (IBKR), to offer a TradeStation Global platform and brokerage account with the ability to trade markets across the globe.

This new “TradeStation Global” product combines the award-winning* TradeStation trading analysis platform – including a wide range of TradeStation premium features such as the RadarScreen® market monitoring and ranking tool, a market depth tool and the fully customizable TradeStation Charting package – with Interactive Brokers’ multicurrency global account, execution, clearing and settlement capabilities and very low margin rates.

Qualified clients** will be able to access available market data from Interactive Brokers around the clock and to trade stocks, ETFs, futures (including, where available, Bitcoin futures), forex (major and minor currency pairs), CFDs and bonds, in over 100 markets across the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, United States and the Asia-Pacific region.

TradeStation Global clients will be able to fund their accounts in multiple currencies, as well as trade assets denominated in multiple currencies from a single account. Forex traders will be able to access combined liquidity from some of the world’s largest foreign exchange dealers and trade currencies at highly competitive rates.

“We are excited about the opportunities our clients will now have to trade global markets using the cutting-edge power of the TradeStation platform as connected to Interactive Brokers’ global execution capabilities,” said Rustam Lam, CEO of TradeStation International Ltd. “We believe this will be a great combination for eligible active traders and institutions looking to make the most of their trading ideas and opportunities on a global scale.”

To learn more about TradeStation Global or to open an account, call 00800 70 70 80 83, email TradeStationGlobal@Tradestation.com or visit www.tradestation-international.com/Global.

All of the brokerage accounts described in this announcement are introduced by TradeStation International Ltd (TIL) to Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited (IB UK) on a fully-disclosed basis. TIL will provide account holders with a subscription to the TradeStation platform for charting, research, analysis and the initiation of trade messages to IB UK’s (or its affiliates’) order placement systems, as well as technical support for the TradeStation platform and certain administrative services, but will be providing no brokerage account services. All proprietary information and intellectual property embodied in or relating to the TradeStation platform, as well as the TradeStation mark and other proprietary marks and names used, are owned by TradeStation Technologies, Inc., an affiliate of TIL.

* Awards related to the TradeStation platform include: (1) Stockbrokers.com, Best Platform Technology (2013- 2017), and “Best in Class” – Platform & Tools (2012-2017); and (2) Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine, Best Trading Systems – Stocks and Best Trading Systems – Futures (2006-2017), and Best Professional Platform (2004-2017).

** “TradeStation Global” accounts are not available to residents of the United States or Japan.

About TradeStation Group, Inc.
TradeStation Group, Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, offers the TradeStation analysis and trading platform to the active trader and certain institutional trader markets. The TradeStation platform offers electronic order execution and enables clients to design, test, optimize, monitor and automate their own custom equities, options and futures trading strategies. TradeStation Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Monex Group, Inc., one of the largest online financial services providers in Japan.

TradeStation International Ltd is a company authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the United Kingdom with passport rights in EEA to act as an introducing broker.

Media Contact:
TradeStation International Ltd
Rustam Lam
CEO, TradeStation International Ltd
+44 208 487 8863
RustamLam@tradestation.com

About Interactive Brokers Group, Inc.,
Interactive Brokers Group affiliates provide automated trade execution and custody of securities, commodities and foreign exchange around the clock on over 120 markets in numerous countries and currencies from a single IB Universal Account℠ to customers worldwide.  We service individual investors, hedge funds, proprietary trading groups, financial advisors and introducing brokers. Our four decades of focus on technology and automation has enabled us to equip our customers with a uniquely sophisticated platform to manage their investment portfolios at the lowest cost according to Barron’s Best Online Brokers review, March 20, 2017. We strive to provide our customers with advantageous execution prices and trading, risk and portfolio management tools, research facilities and investment products, all at low prices, positioning them to achieve superior returns on investments.

Aptima® HIV-1 Quant Dx Assay Awarded World Health Organization Prequalification

MARLBOROUGH, Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX) announced today that its CE-marked Aptima® HIV-1 Quant Dx assay has been awarded World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification for in vitro diagnostics.

The Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx assay, employing Hologic’s proprietary real-time transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) technology, is the first HIV-1 viral load assay with a dual claim for both diagnosis and treatment monitoring. The assay runs on Hologic’s Panther® system, a market-leading, integrated platform that fully automates testing, from sample to result. The system substantially reduces hands-on time for laboratories by providing random and continuous access with rapid turnaround time.

The WHO prequalification means that the Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx assay meets WHO standards of quality, safety, performance and reliability, and allows global health organizations to consider the Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx assay for public sector procurement in resource-limited countries.

“This milestone highlights Hologic’s commitment to, and progress toward, advancing the fight against HIV in highly affected regions of the world,” said Tom West, President, Diagnostic Solutions Division at Hologic. “Access to advanced HIV testing platforms is crucial to managing care and mitigating the spread of the disease in low- and middle- income countries.”

There are 36.7 million people living with HIV globally, with East and Southern Africa bearing the largest number of infected individuals – 19.4 million. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 64% of all new HIV infections.1,2

“Hologic has an impressive legacy in the virology space that started two decades ago with the development of nucleic acid tests to screen the blood supply, and qualitative assays for HIV and HCV in the early 2000’s,” said West. “We leveraged this expertise to develop an innovative and fully automated HIV viral load assay on our Panther instrument that is well suited for laboratories in resource-limited settings. Hologic looks forward to joining the battle to reduce the burden of this global epidemic.”

About the Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx Assay

The Hologic Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx assay is designed to meet today’s demands for HIV diagnosis and treatment monitoring. The new assay uses a dual target approach against highly conserved regions in the HIV-1 genome, a sophisticated primer design, and redundancy of oligonucleotides for protection against mutations, thereby helping ensure accurate detection and quantitation of HIV-1. The assay is designed to deliver both sensitivity and precision across a broad set of HIV-1 groups and subtypes. Laboratories can now have greater confidence in assay performance, despite drug selection pressures and growing genetic diversity.

About Hologic

Hologic, Inc. is an innovative medical technology company primarily focused on improving women’s health and well-being through early detection and treatment. For more information on Hologic, visit www.hologic.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties, including statements about the use of Hologic’s diagnostic products. There can be no assurance these products will achieve the benefits described herein or that such benefits will be replicated in any particular manner with respect to an individual patient. The actual effect of the use of the products can only be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the particular circumstances and patient in question. In addition, there can be no assurance that these products will be commercially successful or achieve any expected level of sales. Hologic expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements presented herein to reflect any change in expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.

Hologic, The Science of Sure, Aptima and Panther are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

Investor Contact:
Michael Watts
+1 858.410.8588
michael.watts@hologic.com

Media Contact:
Jane Mazur
+1 508.263.8764 (direct)
+1 585.355.5978 (mobile)
jane.mazur@hologic.com

References

1 https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/statistics.html
2 https://www.avert.org/professionals/hiv-around-world/sub-saharan-africa/overview

CSA Global and Whittle Consulting announce partnership agreement

LONDON and CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — CSA Global and Whittle Consulting are pleased to announce a partnership agreement to collaborate efforts to offer Integrated Strategic Planning services in and around the United Kingdom, Europe, and West Africa.

This builds on the existing strong relationship the companies have developed over many years working alongside each other on development projects and mining operations.

Managing Director, Jeff Elliott stated, “Our aim with formalising a partnership agreement is to provide greater integration and better analysis of the data inputs and assumptions that go into the optimisation of a mining project or operation, and use our combined capabilities and experience, along with that of our clients, to achieve superior technical and economic outcomes.”

Gerald Whittle, CEO of Whittle Consulting welcomed the partnership agreement: “With a shared vision for creating value for our clients, we are delighted to further our cooperation with CSA Global. Whittle Consulting’s structure and capability will enable us to operate efficiently in these regions and their technical skills will add to the accuracy, depth and relevance of the optimisation analysis.”

CSA Global Director for Europe and Africa, Galen White, added, “Our teams are excited to collaborate with Whittle Consulting and apply our extensive experience across geology, geometallurgy, mining and strategic planning to assist our clients to realise their growth potential.”

Whittle Consulting’s approach to Integrated Strategic Planning involves applying Activity Based Costing and Theory of Constraints to build a complete Enterprise Optimisation model of a mining business, from ore body, through mining and processing, to the market and financial model.

About CSA Global
CSA Global is a mining, geological, technology, and management consulting company providing strategic services and advice to companies to the international mining industry. CSA Global services mining clients worldwide from its offices in Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Canada. For more information: http://www.csaglobal.com/

Media Enquiries:
Magda Fimmano |  Marketing and Communications Manager |  CSA Global Pty Ltd
E: magda.fimmano@csaglobal.com
M: +61 (0) 406 383 203

Bra Willie contributed towards youth development

The late Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile contributed towards youth development and nurtured young talent, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

He mentored numerous younger poets, many of whom have become household names today. He always encouraged the youth to hone their skills to empower themselves, Deputy President Ramaphosa said.

He was delivering the eulogy at the Special Official Funeral of Kgositsile, which took place on Tuesday at Marks Park Sport Club in Emmerentia, Johannesburg.

The renowned professor, who was a veteran activist and a giant of the liberation struggle, passed away in Johannesburg on 3 January after a short illness.

As the National Poet Laureate, he devoted his time to teaching, imparting skills and knowledge through workshops and public reading, as well as performing poetry across different platforms locally and internationally.

In paying tribute to him, we must spare no effort in raising our youth � black and white � to grow up to support his vision of pan-Africanism and international solidarity with Africans in the diaspora, Deputy President Ramaphosa said.

He further called for the revival of the people’s cultural journal, Rixaka, to honour Kgositsile.

Paying tribute to the poet, the Deputy President said he was among the pantheon of writers who used their pen to fight against the injustices of apartheid.

His involvement in the struggle was driven by a genuine desire to fight human injustice as epitomised by apartheid.

Bra Willie was a humble character, who never dwelled on his own achievements and contribution to the attainment of freedom and democracy, he said.

Kgositsile spent a significant number of his exile years in the United States, where he established himself as a poet and political activist while furthering his studies.

His passing should be a salient reminder of the important role that poets, writers and other artists play in our society.

We must do more to sustain the legacy of this icon so that future generations know who Keorapetse Kgositsile was, Deputy President Ramaphosa said.

He said Kgositsile was continuously seized in ensuring that government addresses the challenges that faced our nation such as poverty, unemployment and inequality.

His words are engrained in our hearts and minds. He will continue serving as a guiding light as we move forward to implement the dreams he had for our people, Deputy President Ramaphosa said.

Kgositsile is survived by his wife, Baby Dorcas Kgositsile, three sisters and several children as well as grandchildren.

In a letter to her husband, Baby described him as a great father, a man who had a big heart and loved his friends.

Your love for your children was immense. I will never forget your last hours on this earth. I held on to your right arm and I read to you, Baby said in a letter that was read by actress Gail Mabalane.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the life of Kgositsile should be honoured by placing education and the arts at the centre of the country’s efforts to transform the nation to a democratic, equal and just society.

We can honour him by repudiating intellectual laziness and ethical leadership. He was a man of hope and dreams. We can honour him by renewing our hopes. We can choose to be hopeful.

We can honour him by having an appreciation for his work, Premier Makhura said.

Struggle veteran Barbara Masekela told mourners that Kgositsile was a dedicated artist, teacher and a freedom fighter, whose contribution to the liberation struggle is yet to be appreciated in full.

He regarded his creativity as a legitimate calling. He embraced all people of the world He was a principled and well informed cadre, she said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Nigeria Army Releases 244 Boko Haram Suspects

Nigeria’s army has released 244 Boko Haram suspects who have denounced their membership in the deadly extremist group.

Nigerian army operation commander Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas said Tuesday that those released Monday included 118 adult males, 56 women, 19 teens and 51 children. He said they were freed after they were screened and denounced the Nigeria-based insurgency.

The public release at the Maiduguri military barracks was done to mark Nigeria’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people during its eight-year insurgency. Nigeria has arrested thousands of suspected Boko Haram members in recent years. Human rights groups warn many detainees are arbitrarily arrested.

Nigeria’s government established a de-radicalization program in 2016 that offers amnesty for those who repudiated the group.

Source: Voice of America