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PRA Named International Clinical Research Company of the Year

RALEIGH, N.C., May 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PRA Health Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAH) is pleased to announce it was recognized by PharmaTimes as the International Clinical Research Company of the Year. This is the fifth year in a row that PRA has received this award.

“This award celebrates excellence in the clinical research industry and we are honored to once again be recognized by our peers,” said Colin Shannon, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This award is possible thanks to the incredibly talented PRA team members we have working around the world who are deeply committed to their work in bringing new and life-saving therapies to the patients who need them.”

PRA also swept the Clinical Research Associate and Clinical Trial Administrator categories capturing a total of 11 awards. These awards follow PRA’s recognition earlier this month in the PharmaTimes Americas competition where PRA also received 11 awards, including Company of the Year.

The PharmaTimes, International Clinical Researcher of the Year competition is designed to challenge, recognize, and reward the talent and passion of industry and academic researchers. Comprised of three stages, the competition offers professionals in the clinical research industry an opportunity to benchmark their skills against their peers in a learning environment and have them judged by an independent executive steering group of industry leaders.


PRA is one of the world’s leading global contract research organizations, by revenue, providing outsourced clinical development services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. PRA’s global clinical development platform includes More than 70 offices across North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, South Africa, Australia and the Middle East, and over 15,800 employees worldwide. Since 2000, PRA has participated in approximately 3,700 clinical trials worldwide. In addition, PRA has participated in the pivotal or supportive trials that led to U.S. Food and Drug Administration or international regulatory approval of more than 75 drugs. To learn more about PRA, please visit www.prahs.com.

Media Inquiries: Christine Rogers, Director, Public Relations, Corporate Communications rogerschristine@prahs.com

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Teledyne e2v awarded second phase of €42M contract to provide custom image sensors for ESA PLATO mission

CHELMSFORD, United Kingdom, May 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Teledyne e2v, a division of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY), with the second phase of a €42M ($47M) contract to produce high-end Charge Coupled Device (CCD) visible light image sensors for the PLATO (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) mission. PLATO is a planet hunting spacecraft that will seek out and research Earth like exoplanets around Sun like stars. About 100 Teledyne e2v large area CCDs will allow the mission to detect minute changes in the apparent brightness of stars, orbited by planets.PLATO_ExoPlanets

Teledyne e2v completed the first manufacturing phase of the contract, including the production of high end CCD wafers and the procurement and production of other key items. After a successful review of the first phase, Teledyne e2v has been authorised to start work on phase two of this prestigious contract. This includes manufacturing the wafers and the assembly, test and delivery of 114 CCDs. Together, they will form the biggest optical array ever to be launched into space (currently planned for 2026).

During its lifetime, PLATO will precisely measure the size, mass and age of planets, survey a large area of the sky and study the full diversity of thousands of stars and planetary systems across our galactic neighbourhood. To date, astronomers know of several thousand exoplanets orbiting distant stars. Many of them were discovered by the Kepler and CoRoT space missions, which were also equipped with Teledyne e2v’s CCD image sensors. PLATO is expected to discover many more exoplanets, which will then be further investigated and analysed by ground based telescopes, generating a huge amount of follow up activity by the astronomy community.

PLATO will be made up of 26 telescopes mounted on a single satellite platform. Each telescope will contain four 20Mpixel Teledyne e2v CCDs in both full-frame and frame-transfer variants, for a full satellite total of 2.12 Gpixels. This is over twice the equivalent number for GAIA, the largest camera currently in space. As with GAIA, all ofthe PLATO CCD image sensors will be designed and produced in Chelmsford, UK.

“Our reliable and high performance UK based technology remains at the very forefront of space imaging and the team are very proud to be providing ESA with a technology which enables this exciting PLATO mission to search for new planets. Our team is committed to providing new solutions to our customers and our next step is to offer the European space community a similar performance in infrared by leveraging the technology platform available through our sister company, Teledyne Imaging Sensors (California). This will provide customers with a single Teledyne one-stop-shop for X-ray, through visible, to far infrared wavelengths, for space and defense applications,” said Giuseppe Borghi, VP of Business Development at Teledyne e2v.

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Notes to Editors:
The view expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency.

About Teledyne e2v
Teledyne e2v’s unique approach involves listening to the market and application challenges of customers and partnering with them to provide innovative standard, semi-custom or fully-custom imaging solutions, bringing increased value to their systems. For more information www.teledyne-e2v.com

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Six Mekong nations call for accelerated action to eliminate malaria before 2030

Geneva, May 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The governments of Cambodia, China, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam have together called for accelerated action to eliminate malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) by 2030.

Signing a joint Ministerial Call for Action at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, the six countries pledged to strengthen how they track and report malaria cases, including drug-resistant forms, and to provide the best possible prevention, diagnosis and care for all people at risk.

“This signing is a historical landmark in the fight against malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion,” said Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Health and Sports of Myanmar and one of the driving forces behind the joint call. “The GMS is the epicentre for drug-resistant malaria, and country-owned and country-led efforts, along with time-bound targets, are required to defeat it.”

Ministers also outlined the malaria situation in each of their countries, showcasing some remarkable recent progress towards elimination of the disease.

“With years of effort, malaria has been in continued decline in our country,” reported Her Excellency Dr Cui Li, Vice Minister of the Chinese National Health Commission. “China developed a plan of action with the goal of eliminating malaria by 2020. In 2017, for the first time, no local cases were reported.

Amid concerns about drug-resistant forms of the disease emerging in the subregion, the country representatives stressed that eliminating malaria requires urgent and coordinated action, with support from national malaria programmes, funders and other partners.

“Australia has been a champion for malaria elimination in the indo-Pacific region,” said Renee Deschamps, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “Australia supported the establishment of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance, which has done a great deal to encourage leadership, including mapping out a roadmap to elimination by 2030.”

The Call for Action appeals to governments and international partners to ensure activities to eliminate malaria in the subregion are fully funded, including through increased domestic funding. It also urges improved cross-border collaboration through an independent oversight body, which the World Health Organization (WHO) will help coordinate.

Over the past 15 years, a massive international donor effort and substantial increases in domestic resources have driven greater access to malaria medicines, distribution of bed nets and better screening. These actions have halved the burden of the disease, averting over 80 million cases and over 100,000 deaths.

Building on this momentum, the heads of 23 governments have set themselves an ambitious goal: to eliminate malaria in Asia and the Pacific by 2030. They formed the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) to strengthen their malaria control and elimination efforts, protect hard-won national gains and, ultimately, to defeat the disease throughout the region.

“Emerging forms of drug-resistant malaria in the GMS must be a wake-up call that our progress is at risk,” urged Dr Benjamin Rolfe, CEO of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance Secretariat, based in Singapore. “They threaten a resurgence in malaria-related deaths, which would strain health care systems, cause serious economic impact and create a hazard for neighbouring countries.”

“China stands ready to work with the international community – to strengthen cooperation with countries through the One Belt One Road initiative to support elimination of malaria,” added Dr Cui.

The World Health Assembly is the highest decision-making body of WHO and is attended by government delegations from all 194 of the organization’s Member States.

Tim France
Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA)
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นครนิวยอร์ก, May 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — เนื่องจากความดึงดูดใจของเอเชียในฐานะตลาดลงทุนยังคงมีอยู่ และการแข่งขันอย่างต่อเนื่องของผู้ให้บริการในตลาดได้เพิ่มความโปร่งใสระหว่างฝ่ายซื้อและฝ่ายขาย โดยส่วนหนึ่งเกิดจากกฎระเบียบ MiFID II  จำนวนคนเข้าโหวตในการสำรวจโดยทีมวิจัย All-Asia ในปีนี้จึงเพิ่มขึ้น 17% และให้ผลลัพธ์ที่ลึกซึ้งและเป็นประวัติการณ์

ในปีที่สองติดต่อกัน Morgan Stanley คว้าอันดับหนึ่งในรายการจัดอันดับตามทีมประจำปีพิเศษของ Institutional Investor โดยนักวิเคราะห์ฝ่ายขาย ที่มี 34 ตำแหน่ง ในขณะที่ Citi ได้รับอันดับหนึ่งในรายการจัดอันดับโดยนักวิเคราะห์เฉพาะบุคคล ที่มี 43 ตำแหน่ง

หลังจากที่นำหน้าห่างกันถึงสามตำแหน่งในปีพ.ศ. 2560 การแข่งขันในปีนี้กลับแรงขึ้นมากๆ  ที่มี UBS ยืนอยู่ด้านหลัง Morgan Stanley ในตำแหน่งที่สอง และ Bank of America Merrill Lynch  อยู่ในตำแหน่งที่สี ห่างกันแค่ห้าคะแนนกับ Morgan Stanley  ซึ่งเป็นข้อชี้ให้เห็นว่า มีการแข่งขันเพิ่มมากขึ้นในการรักษารายได้ในสภาพแวดล้อมหลัง MiFID II

ในรายการผู้นำตามนักวิเคราะห์เฉพาะบุคคล Citi นำหน้าใน 43 ตำแหน่ง และ Morgan Stanley ตามหลัง อยู่ในอันดับที่สอง ใน 35 ตำแหน่ง  Bank of America Merrill Lynch และ UBS อยู่ในอันดับที่สาม ด้วยรายละ 34 ตำแหน่ง  ส่วน Credit Suisse ครองอันดับ 5 ด้วย 25 ตำแหน่ง และยังคงอยู่ใน 5 อันดับแรกของปีนี้

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Eritrea National Day

On behalf of the government and people of the United States, I wish the people of Eritrea a happy national day as you celebrate the 27th anniversary of your nation on May 24, 2018. We hope that our shared values may bring our two peoples closer together.

Source: U.S. State Department.

Full Committee Hearing Review of the FY 2019 State Department Budget Request

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Thank you, Senator Menendez, as well. You were gracious enough to allow me to read that statement. I will � I have prepared remarks. They have been submitted for the record. I will save a couple minutes here this morning. A couple of other items that I want to mention off the top, things that have happened recently that I think are important to our diplomatic efforts around the world that I want to share with you and explain to you. And then I want to spend a couple minutes � you asked, Senator Corker, about what I’ve tried to do in my first, now, three weeks or three and a half weeks, to get the team back on the field. And I’m happy to share both what we’ve done and what I have in the queue, and how I’m thinking about that problem set now that I’ve had a chance to get on board and see a little bit more of the challenge that’s in front of me.

First, you would have seen, in the last 48 hours, that we had two officers declared persona non grata in Venezuela. We have responded reciprocally by expelling two senior Venezuelan officials from the United States. We are deeply worried about what’s taking place as a result of the sham election that occurred on Sunday the 20th, or we’re � we’re doing all the right things. We have an American there that we desperately want to get back, Joshua Holt, and so know that we are engaged. We were disappointed that the Maduro regime kicked our folks out, although frankly not surprised. We’ve been trying to do the good work that diplomacy brings to a country like � that is occupied by the great people of Venezuela, and Maduro found that unacceptable.

Second, also in the last 48 hours there, we notified our workforce in China about a medical incident that took place there, in Guangzhou. We had an officer who suffered a medical incident that is consistent with what we had happen to American officers that were serving in Havana. We informed the Chinese government about that. They took � they said all the right things, and are � have demonstrated their willingness to help us identify the vector which led to this medical incident. We have medical teams heading there. We have all the appropriate folks heading to help all of the officers, American officers, serving there in China and doing the things we can to mitigate the risk that we have another incident like this there or, frankly, for that matter, anyplace else in the world.

And then thirdly, my first three and a half weeks we have taken steps to allow our team to go effectively conduct their jobs, to � to actual announcements. We allowed the team to hire family members, a very ready source of very capable officers to serve alongside our � my current colleagues. We think that will help our families a great deal. And then the hiring freeze itself was lifted.

Senator Menendez, you said some of the bureaus aren’t hiring. We still have a little bit of guidance that needs to be issued, but most of that is now out. We have end-strength goals. We have a plan for how we’ll do that in a thoughtful way so that resources are expanded appropriately. But know that it is now the case that where our demand signals we need additional talent, the State Department employees are empowered to bring those additional team members on board.

The third piece is I have spent a fair amount of my time personally and have big teams working to get America’s senior officials on board. There are still big gaps at the assistant secretary level, at the under secretary level. We are � where there were nominees, we’re pushing to make sure they move quickly. And where there weren’t, we’re working to develop nominees to come across so that we can in fact engage all over the world, sharing American ideals and values in the way that the State Department has done historically well. And I look forward to being the leader of the organization that’s back on the playing field leading America’s diplomacy abroad.

With that, Mr. Chairman, I’ll yield back.

Source: U.S. State Department.

The Shoot Down of Malaysia Airlines Flight M7

The United States has complete confidence in the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) as presented today by the Dutch Public Prosecutor: the missile launcher used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight M7 originated from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Brigade of the Russian Federation, stationed in Kursk.

Today’s announcement confirms and adds detail to what we have said from the earliest days of this tragedy: M7 was shot down by a Russian-made BUK surface-to-air missile fired from territory in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia and Russia-led forces.

We recall the UN Security Council’s demand that those responsible be held to account and that all States cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability. We call upon Russia, in particular, to respect and adhere to UN Security Council Resolution 2166 (2014). It is time for Russia to cease its lies and account for its role in the shoot down.

We remain confident in the ability of the Dutch criminal justice system to prosecute those responsible in a manner that is fair and just.

We again extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims and call for justice on behalf of the 298 innocent civilians who lost their lives on that day.

Source: U.S. State Department.