Daily Archives: July 18, 2018

Telecom Argentina’s landing station and backhaul are selected for ARBR submarine cable system between Argentina & Brazil

ARBR + Seabras-1 to provide most direct route between Buenos Aires & New York

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina and BOSTON, July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Telecom Argentina S.A. (“Telecom Argentina”) (BASE:TECO2) (NYSE:TEO), one of Argentina’s leading telecommunications companies, Grupo Werthein, a preeminent Argentine investment holding company with a track record of significant telecommunications holdings, and Seaborn Networks (“Seaborn”), a leading developer-owner-operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems, announced today that the ARBR submarine cable system between Argentina and Brazil (“ARBR”) will be landing in Telecom Argentina’s cable landing station in Las Toninas, Argentina.  In addition, Telecom Argentina shall provide ARBR with dark fiber on a backhaul route between Las Toninas and Buenos Aires, as well as point of presence (POP) space in Buenos Aires.

ARBR is a new fiber optic submarine cable system developed by Seaborn and co-owned by Seaborn’s Seabras Group together with The Werthein Group, a preeminent Argentine investment holding company with a track record of significant telecommunications holdings.  ARBR’s Brazil landing will be in Seaborn’s existing Seabras-1 cable landing station in Praia Grande, Brazil, thereby enabling direct onward connectivity to New York on the fully operational Seabras-1.

“The landing station, backhaul and POP to be provided by Telecom Argentina are perfect complements to our ARBR and Seabras-1 systems, enabling customers on ARBR to benefit from the most modern and direct route between Buenos Aires and New York,” said Larry Schwartz, Chairman & CEO of Seaborn Networks.

“ARBR represents an ideal combination of local ownership with an independent operator to open up Argentina’s telecommunications market to the world,” said Dario Werthein of Grupo Werthein.

Construction of the ARBR cable is scheduled to commence in 2018 and to be completed in 2019.

About Telecom Argentina
Telecom Argentina is one of the Argentina´s leading telecommunication companies that was born from the union of two large Argentine companies: Telecom and Cablevisión. This new company keeps transforming the digital experience of its customers by offering a secure, flexible and dynamic service, in different kind of devices, with fixed and mobile high-speed connections, through an integrated content platform. With a strategic plan focused on the deployment of state-of-the-art technology and unified systems, the Company is investing US$ 5,000 million between 2018 and 2020 to consolidate a better and more sustainable infrastructure. Through its commercial brands, Telecom Argentina offers fixed and mobile telephony, data transmission, pay television and Internet services for individuals, companies and governments throughout the country. Telecom also offers mobile service in Paraguay and pay television in Uruguay.

About Seaborn Networks
Seaborn Networks is a leading developer-owner-operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems, including Seabras-1 between São Paulo – New York, ARBR between São Paulo – Buenos Aires (RFS H1 2019) and SABR between Brazil – Cape Town, South Africa (RFS H1 2020). Seabras-1 is the only direct POP-to-POP network between São Paulo and New York. For more information, please visit www.seabornnetworks.com.

Kate Wilson, Media Manager
Seaborn Networks
E-mail: kate.wilson@seabornnetworks.com

About Grupo Werthein
Grupo Werthein is one of the largest business groups in Argentina, with investments in numerous industries such as Telecommunications, Insurance, Consumer Goods, Agro-Industry, Energy and Wine. For 107 years, Grupo Werthein have been building companies, contributing to Argentina’s development and working to build a better future.  For additional information, see www.grupowerthein.com.

Uganda National Airlines Company Limited Signs Firm Order for Four Bombardier CRJ900 Aircraft

  •          First operator of the new CRJ Series ATMOSPHÈRE cabin in Africa

MONTREAL, July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has signed a firm order for four new CRJ900 regional jets with Uganda National Airlines Company.

Based on the list price for the CRJ900 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$190 million.Uganda Airlines Signs Firm Order for Four Bombardier CRJ900

“We congratulate the Government of Uganda for the revival of its national flag carrier, and are thrilled that the new airline has selected Bombardier and the CRJ900 regional jets for its upcoming debut,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle-East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Recognized for its superior economics and efficiency, the CRJ Series aircraft have enabled airlines worldwide to serve communities with better connectivity, and we look forward to supporting the development of Uganda’s regional air travel with these CRJ900 regional jets.”

Uganda Airlines will operate the CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 seats, including 12 first class seats.

“We are delighted to have ordered the world’s leading regional jet, and we look forward to providing the most modern passenger experience in regional aviation to the people of Uganda and across Africa,” said Ephraim Bagenda, CEO, Uganda National Airlines. “As we were establishing Entebbe as a strong hub in East Africa and building more connectivity in Africa, we thoroughly reviewed our needs. With its proven track record in Africa and other regions of the world, we are confident that the CRJ900 aircraft will help us succeed.”

Today, 21 operators are flying 58 CRJ Series in Africa. Including the order announced today, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1957 CRJ Series regional jets.

About the ATMOSPHÈRE Cabin
The new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin sets new standards of passenger experience in the regional jet market segment. Key features of the new interior are comprised of larger passenger living space, wheel-first roller bag capability, more spacious lavatory, increased cabin connectivity options, all integrated in a contemporary design and material choices. In fact, the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin design allows passengers to carry and store an “oversized” roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins which minimizes the need to check bags at the counter or the gate. To learn more: DiscoverAtmosphere.com

About Bombardier
With over 69,500 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion US. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Taconic Biosciences and Cyagen Biosciences Announce Strategic Partnership

RENSSELAER, N.Y., July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences and Cyagen Biosciences, global leaders in the generation of custom genetically engineered rodent models and associated services, announced a strategic partnership.  Under the agreement terms, the two companies will combine resources to provide the global scientific community with access to premium custom model design and generation services backed by comprehensive capabilities and cutting-edge, fully-licensed technologies.

Custom animal models play a critical role in new drug discovery as biological systems that provide critical insight into the dynamic between a potential therapeutic and a living organism.

Combining over twenty years of experience, the industry’s most extensive model generation technology portfolio, and seamless integration to downstream premium custom breeding solutions, Taconic is recognized for creating complex genetically engineered mice and rats for biomedical research. Cyagen entered the industry in 2005 and has gained a strong following for providing model and vector generation services. Through the alliance, Cyagen customers gain access to expanded expertise, comprehensive program management, state-of-the art technologies, pricing flexibility, and faster project timelines through a single point of contact, ensuring the best solution for each unique project.

“Taconic will provide the best solution to every model generation customer through access to scientific experts who generate superior designs using state-of-the-art methods.  Through this alliance with Cyagen, Taconic can now offer customers the broadest range of options in the industry in line with market demand,” shared Dr. Robert Rosenthal, CEO of Taconic Biosciences.

“Cyagen Biosciences provides researchers with the highest quality animal models possible to ensure ground breaking discoveries.  Researchers are increasingly demanding higher quality animal model services at lower costs. Through this new alliance with Taconic, Cyagen will offer researchers even higher quality animal models, with new options available to minimize or eliminate quarantine and other added costs, while providing production capabilities that exceed previous standards and expectations,” commented Dr. Reza Rezaei, VP of Sales of Cyagen Biosciences.

To learn more about Taconic Biosciences’ products and services, please call 1-888-TACONIC (888-822-6642) in the US, +45 70 23 04 05 in Europe, or email info@taconic.com.

To learn more about Cyagen Biosciences, please call 800-921-8930 (from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. PST) or +1-408-969-0306 (Int’l) in the US, 800-793-45 or +32-28085797 (Int’l) in Europe, or email service@cyagen.com.

About Cyagen Biosciences, Inc.
Cyagen Biosciences is the world’s largest provider of custom-engineered mouse & rat models. Cyagen is world renowned for its quality, money back guarantee, and cost-effective prices. Headquartered in California, with locations in Germany, Japan, and China, Cyagen provides researchers from around the world with transgenic, knockout, knock-in, CRISPR, and ES-cell based models and also offers a comprehensive series of stem cell products for research use, including cell lines, media, and differentiation kits. From vector and strategy design to animal model creation, cryopreservation, and breeding, Cyagen offers complete outsourcing for all animal model needs.

About Taconic Biosciences, Inc.
Taconic Biosciences is a global leader in genetically engineered rodent models and services. Founded in 1952, Taconic provides the best animal model solutions so that customers can acquire, custom generate, breed, precondition, test, and distribute valuable research models worldwide. Taconic is a fully-licensed provider of rodent model generation services and has twenty years of model design experience, providing gene inactivation, gene mutation, replacement and humanization, transgene expression, RNAi, and gene editing via CRISPR/Cas9 technologies to ensure that the right tools are leveraged for each specific customer project.  Complimenting this expertise is Taconic’s unique capability of providing a seamless transition from model design to breeding and colony management, thus offering customers a complete solution.  Specialists in genetically engineered mouse and rat models, precision research mouse models, and integrated model design and breeding services, Taconic operates three service laboratories and six breeding facilities in the U.S. and Europe, maintains distributor relationships in Asia and has global shipping capabilities to provide animal models almost anywhere in the world.

Media Contact:
Kelly Owen Grover
Director of Marketing Communications
Taconic Biosciences
(518) 697-3824
kelly.grover@taconic.com

Compuware Acquires XaTester and Partners with Parasoft to Deliver Essential Automated Unit Testing to Mainframe DevOps Teams

Topaz Further Established as the Leading Solution for Continuously Improving Velocity, Quality and Efficiency of Enterprise Systems

  • Large enterprises must rigorously safeguard the quality of their mission-critical mainframe systems as digital demands drive them to develop and deploy mainframe code more quickly and frequently.
  • With the acquisition of XaTester, new enhancements, and partnership with Parasoft, Compuware Topaz for Total Test is the clear leader in the automated unit testing essential for Agile and DevOps on the mainframe.
  • With Topaz, developers at all skill levels can quickly and efficiently produce the highest-quality code for the mainframe—enabling enterprises to achieve the digital agility essential for success in fast-moving markets.

DETROIT, July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Compuware today announced a product acquisition, enhancements to Topaz for Total Test, and a partnership that together dramatically improve the ability of large enterprises to embrace Agile and DevOps on their mainframes through the broader use of simplified, automated unit testing—which is essential for fast, safe and efficient development and deployment of new digital deliverables.

To deliver on its vision of Topaz for Total Test as the de facto standard for automating mainframe unit testing across all major mainframe environments and programming languages, Compuware has:

  • Acquired XaTester from Xact Consulting A/S, enabling developers to quickly create unit tests for both batch and CICS-based programs written in COBOL, PL/I and Assembler. CICS is especially important as the transaction processing technology of choice for many of the world’s largest enterprises—especially financial institutions and insurance companies—due to its extremely high integrity, performance and scalability.
  • Enhanced Topaz for Total Test to provide automated unit testing for IMS batch and transactional applications. Testing for IMS is especially important given that contemporary developers often have little or no hands-on experience with IMS code. These enhancements complement Topaz for Total Test’s existing support for batch applications written in COBOL—as well as its integration with leading cross-platform DevOps tools such as Jenkins, SonarSource SonarQube and Compuware ISPW.
  • Partnered with Parasoft, a leading innovator in end-to-end test automation for software development. The first deliverable for the partnership is integration between Parasoft SOAtest and Topaz for Total Test. This integration enables developers working on mainframe applications to quickly and easily test API calls between mainframe and non-mainframe systems.

Topaz for Total Test fundamentally transforms mainframe development by giving developers the same type of unit testing capabilities on the mainframe they’ve become accustomed to on other platforms. Unit testing is a fundamental requirement for modern software development. It enables developers to find potential problems in their code as early as possible, to more quickly and frequently deliver incremental changes in software functionality, and to more granularly document code for the benefit of other developers.

The result for large enterprises is a unified DevOps toolchain that accelerates development across all platforms—including the mainframe—so they can more effectively compete in today’s rapidly-changing markets.

“XaTester and Topaz for Total Test are two great and complementary products for automating mainframe unit testing, which is essential to DevOps,” said Steen Brahe, Senior Product Manager, Compuware (formerly from Xact Consulting). “The unified tool will leverage the best from both products and fundamentally change how customers create, execute and automate unit and integration tests for mainframe applications.”

“The XaTester unit testing software has proven its value. I am pleased that Compuware will work to blend its capabilities with Topaz for Total Test as it will benefit all mainframe customers,” said Elvin Høyer, CEO at Xact Consulting.

“The new rules of the digital economy are putting pressure on our customers to achieve the utmost speed with the utmost quality,” said Luke Tuddenham, Vice President at CPT, a global IT consulting services firm with a significant testing practice. “With today’s announcements, Compuware has again demonstrated its leadership in innovative automated testing technologies for the mainframe that will help us help our clients to achieve this critical goal.”

Compuware Topaz, a comprehensive suite of solutions, provides DevOps professionals at all skill levels with a visually intuitive environment where they can effectively understand and work on any mainframe application—regardless of age, complexity or lack of documentation. This simplified, streamlined approach is especially important as responsibility for applications running on the platform shifts from IT professionals with decades of mainframe-specific experience to a new generation of DevOps artisans who are more familiar with mainstream technologies such as Java and C++.

“REST and SOAP APIs provide the backbone of today’s business-critical applications, especially when these services are used to access the power of the mainframe.” said Parasoft VP of Products, Mark Lambert. “Test automation at the API layer is essential to delivering high quality at the speed of Agile and the Parasoft SOAtest plugin for Topaz brings API test automation directly to the mainframe developer, helping ensure the delivery of reliable, scalable and secure services.”

Today’s announcement comes during the 15th consecutive quarter that Compuware has delivered significant innovations that help large enterprises mainstream the mainframe, so they can better leverage the platform’s unmatched performance, scalability, reliability, efficiency and security.

“Large enterprises increasingly recognize that digital innovation in the cloud must be paired with digital innovation on the mainframe,” said Chris O’Malley, CEO of Compuware. “Compuware’s passion and support for this mainframe-based digital innovation is unmatched—as we have once again demonstrated with this latest round of aggressive deliverables that enable Agile and DevOps best practices on the platform.”

Compuware Corporation
Compuware empowers the world’s largest companies to excel in the digital economy by fully leveraging their high-value mainframe investments. We do this by delivering highly innovative solutions that uniquely enable IT professionals with mainstream skills to manage mainframe applications, data, and platform operations. Learn more at compuware.com.

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Cryptomining Replaces Ransomware as Most Popular Cybercrime Malware

Analysis of vulnerability and threat trends shows cryptomining malware dominates threat landscape in the first half of 2018

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Skybox® Security, a global leader in cybersecurity management, announced today the release of its mid-year update to the Vulnerability and Threat Trends Report which analyzes vulnerabilities, exploits and threats in play. The report, compiled by the team of security analysts at the Skybox® Research Lab, aims to help organizations align their security strategy with the reality of the current threat landscape.Skybox Security Vulnerability and Threat Trends Report: 2018 Mid-Year Update

The mid-year update explores trends observed from January to June of 2018. One of the most significant findings is the replacement of ransomware as the cybercriminal tool of choice with cryptomining malware. In the last six months of 2017, ransomware accounted for 32 percent of attacks, while malicious cryptominers accounted for seven percent. By the first half of 2018, the figures had switched almost exactly: malicious cryptominers accounted for 32 percent of attacks while ransomware dropped to eight percent.

“In the last few years, ransomware reigned supreme as the shortcut money-maker for cybercriminals,” said Ron Davidson, Skybox CTO and vice president of R&D. “It doesn’t require data exfiltration, just encryption to hold the data hostage and a ransom note of how the victim can pay up. With cryptominers, the criminals can go straight to the source and mine cryptocurrency themselves. There’s no question of if they’ll be paid or not.”

Cryptomining uses the computational power of compromised assets to create new blocks in the blockchain of like Bitcoin and Monero. The malicious or unauthorized cryptomining approach indeed avoids several of the drawbacks of ransomware:

  • The victim doesn’t need to be notified of the attack in order to pay the ransom, so it can continue indefinitely in a stealth manner
  • Cryptocurrency can be mined over long-periods of time, rather than the cybercriminal receiving a single lump-sum ransom payment
  • There is no decision of payment on the part of the victim — the attack itself controls how much money will be generated.

“Ransomware received a lot of attention in years past, especially thanks to the likes of WannaCry, NotPetya and BadRabbit,” said Skybox Director of Threat Intelligence Marina Kidron and leader of the Research Lab behind the report. “To some extent, organizations took note and put effective precautions in place, ensuring they had reliable back-ups and even thwarting attackers with decryption programs. So cybercriminals found — in cryptomining— a path of lesser resistance. The recent uptick in value of cryptocurrencies also made this an incredibly profitable attack option.”

Other findings in the report appear to relate to this rise in cryptomining. Internet and mobile vulnerabilities made up nearly a third of all new vulnerabilities published in the first half of 2018. Google Android had by far the most vulnerabilities during that time period, exceeding the tally of the next five most vulnerable vendors combined. Android also logged 200 more vulnerabilities than it did in the second half of 2018. Malicious cryptomining has found an advantage in targeting the app store of the global market leader in mobile devices, with billions of potential targets worldwide.

Browser-based malware is also on the rise in the first half of 2018. “Out of all software today, web browsers are considered the most prone to malicious attacks,” said Kidron. “They constantly interact with websites and applications that cybercriminals have infected with malware like cryptominers and other threats via the web, which are notoriously difficult to detect. The cryptomining malware could be active as long as the web session is active, and ‘file-less’ cryptominers also can hide from conventional security tools as there’s no download or attachment to analyze.”

No matter the payload, attackers looking to exploit vulnerabilities have more resources than ever. Not only are dark web market places rich with attack tools and services, and criminal forums ripe with information, vulnerabilities themselves have skyrocketed. New vulnerabilities catalogued by MITRE’s National Vulnerability Database doubled in 2017 over the previous year, and 2018 looks to be on track to shatter even that record. The 2017 surge and continued elevated numbers is largely due to organizational improvements at MITRE and increased security research by vendors and third–parties, including vendor–sponsored bug bounty programs. But no matter the reason, organizations have to employ smarter and faster ways to find the signal in the noise and mitigate vulnerability risks before they’re used in an attack.

Skybox recommends establishing a threat–centric vulnerability management (TCVM) program to adapt to these changes in the threat landscape and those yet to come. The TCVM approach helps security practitioners focus on the small subset of vulnerabilities most likely to be used in an attack by incorporating vulnerability and threat intelligence with the context of their assets, network and security controls. This way, remediation is targeted at the greatest areas of risk while leveraging all response options — patching as well as network-based changes.

To read the full report on vulnerability and threat trends thus far in 2018, click here. To learn more about Skybox vulnerability management approach, download our e-book here.

About Skybox Research Lab 
The Skybox Research Lab is team of security analysts who daily scour data from dozens of security feeds and sources as well as investigate sites in the dark web. The Research Lab validates and enhances data through automated as well as manual analysis, with analysts adding their knowledge of attack trends, cyber events and TTPs of today’s attackers. Their ongoing investigations determine which vulnerabilities are being exploited in the wild and used in distributed crimeware such as ransomware, malware, exploit kits and other attacks exploiting client– and server–side vulnerabilities.

For more information on the methodology behind the Skybox Research Lab and to keep up with the latest vulnerability and threat intelligence, visit www.vulnerabilitycenter.com.

About Skybox Security

Skybox provides the industry’s broadest cybersecurity management platform to address security challenges within large, complex networks. By integrating with 120 networking and security technologies, the Skybox® Security Suite gives comprehensive attack surface visibility and the context needed for informed action. Our analytics, automation and intelligence improve the efficiency and performance of security operations in vulnerability and threat management and firewall and security policy management for the world’s largest organizations.

© 2018 Skybox Security, Inc. All rights reserved. Skybox Security and the Skybox Security logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Skybox Security, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Product specifications subject to change at any time without prior notice.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Skybox Security
Tawnya Lancaster
Director of Brand and Communications
408-205-1618 | Tawnya.lancaster@skyboxsecurity.com

OneChocolate for Skybox Security
United Kingdom: Daniel Couzens
+44 (0)20 7437 0227 | DanielC@onechocolatecomms.co.uk

Germany: Melanie Grasser
+49 (0)89 3888 920 10 | MelanieG@onechocolatecomms.de

France: Xavier Delhôme
+33 1 41 31 75 09 | xavier@onechocolate.fr

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Double Win for Jumio and Monzo at the UK Digital Awards 2018

FinTech duo recognised for exceptional user experience during the account onboarding process

LONDON, July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jumio and Monzo have been recognised for their outstanding user experience, taking home two Gold awards at the UK Digital Experience Awards 2018. The teams were awarded the prizes in the “Financial Services: Best User Experience” and “Best Online User Experience B2C – Best Digital Customer Journey” categories at the ceremony on Thursday, 12th July at Park Plaza Riverbank in London. Jumio and Monzo win two gold awards at UK Digital Awards 2018

Monzo and Jumio, who have worked together since May 2017, were recognised for providing an intuitive, easy-to-understand onboarding mobile experience to customers of the challenger bank. Jumio, a Palo Alto-based online identity verification provider, worked closely with Monzo, a London-based challenger bank, to craft a streamlined account onboarding experience via Monzo’s mobile app to help fulfill its core onboarding requirements:

  • Faster: Rapidly verify users within the mobile experience in minutes.
  • More Conversions: Significantly reduce abandonment during online account setup.
  • Global Coverage: Scale solution to accommodate Monzo’s hyper growth and scale across new and emerging geographies.
  • Compliance: Meet and exceed the compliance regulations, including AML, KYC, and GDPR.
  • Manual Reviews: Dramatically reduce the amount of manual reviews performed by Monzo staff.

The winners in each category were selected by a panel of independent judges made up of business professionals from across the UK. The awards are proud to be partnered with Usability 24/7 and Giant iTab, along with media partner the Customer Experience Magazine. This cutting-edge awards programme aims to recognise and reward innovative digital initiatives that develop and support the customer experience. The awards finals provide a valuable platform for sharing best practice and promoting continuous improvement, learning, and personal development.

“All too often, companies roll out identity verification solutions without carefully considering the user experience,” said Jumio’s CEO, Stephen Stuut. “We are absolutely delighted with these recent award wins because they reflect the huge strides we’ve made in improving the customer experience over the past 12 months. While I am extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished, I would also like to thank Monzo for the key role they played in streamlining and simplifying the onboarding process that has helped reduce abandonment rates and increase new customer conversions.”

Congratulating the finalists, Neil Skehel, CEO of Awards International, said: “We are truly inspired by the outstanding digital talent showcased once again at the UK Digital Experience Awards. This year we have seen many outstanding initiatives which are breaking the mould and creating a digital customer experience journey that is truly supportive and engaging. This amazing event was supported by our partners and judges and gave us the opportunity to acknowledge forward-thinking companies and celebrate with these incredible finalists.”

Visit: this link for the full list of awards winners.

About Jumio

When identity matters, trust Jumio. Jumio is the creator of Netverify® which enables businesses to increase customer conversions while providing a seamless customer experience and reducing fraud. By combining the three core pillars of ID Verification, Identity Verification and Document Verification, businesses now have a complete solution that allows them to establish the real-world identity of the consumer.

Leveraging advanced technology including augmented AI, biometric facial recognition, machine learning, and human review, Jumio helps organizations to meet regulatory compliance including KYC, AML and GDPR and definitively establish the digital identity of their customers. Jumio has verified more than 120 million identities issued by over 200 countries from real time web and mobile transactions. Jumio’s solutions are used by leading companies in the financial services, sharing economy, cryptocurrency, retail, travel and online gaming sectors. Based in Palo Alto, Jumio operates globally with offices in the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific and has been the recipient of numerous awards for innovation. For more information, please visit www.jumio.com.

About Monzo

At Monzo, we’re building a new kind of bank. One that lives on your smartphone and built for the way you live today. A bank that lives on your smartphone and built for the way you live today. By solving your problems, treating you fairly and being totally transparent, we believe we can make banking better. Since we started we’ve been busy building the best current account in the world. We now have more than 800,000 customers using our debit cards to manage their money and spend around the world. Learn more at www.monzo.com.

Media Contacts
U.S. Media Contact
Jackie Daane
10Fold Communications
Jumio@10fold.com
415-800-5369

Europe Media Contact
Zarina Banu
FleishmanHillard Fishburn
zarina.banu@fhflondon.co.uk
+44 (0) 7775 557578

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Williams Scotsman Receives Competition Bureau Clearance for ModSpace Acquisition

BALTIMORE, July 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WillScot Corporation (NASDAQ:WSC) (“Williams Scotsman”), a specialty rental services market leader providing innovative modular space and portable storage solutions across North America, today announced that, on July 16, 2018, the Canadian Competition Bureau issued a No Action Letter relating to Williams Scotsman’s proposed acquisition of Modular Space Corporation (“ModSpace”). WillScot has now obtained the regulatory approvals required to complete the acquisition and continues to progress towards closing in the third quarter of 2018.

About Williams Scotsman

Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, WillScot Corporation is the public holding company for the Williams Scotsman family of companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. WillScot Corporation trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol “WSC.” Williams Scotsman is a specialty rental services market leader providing innovative modular space and portable storage solutions across North America. Williams Scotsman is the modular space supplier of choice for the construction, education, health care, government, retail, commercial, transportation, security and energy sectors. With over half a century of innovative history, organic growth and strategic acquisitions, its branch network includes over 100 locations, its fleet comprises nearly 100,000 modular space and portable storage units, and its customer base has grown to approximately 35,000.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

Additional information about Williams Scotsman can be found on the Williams Scotsman investor relations website at https://investors.willscot.com.

Contact Information

Investor Inquiries:

Mark Barbalato
investors@willscot.com

Media Inquiries:

Scott Junk
scott.junk@willscot.com

Laos’ Human Rights Report Considered By UN Treaty-body

The Lao PDR’s delegation headed by Mr. Bounkeut Sangsomsack, Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office, Chairman of the National Steering Committee on Human Rights participated in the 123rd session of the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva on 11-12 July 2018 for the consideration of the Lao PDR’s initial report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which the country is a state party since 2009.

The Meeting was chaired by Mr. Yuval Shany, the Chairman of the UN Human Rights Committee, attended by the experts-members of the Committee and the Lao delegation. At the opening of the meeting, Mr. Bounkeut informed the committee of the efforts made by the Lao PDR in implementing the ICCPR, the guarantees of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Lao citizens in the Constitution, the transposition of obligations and commitments under human rights treaties into the domestic legal framework.

He said that over the past 43 years, the Lao PDR has recorded significant achievements in the implementation of the two national strategic tasks of safeguarding and developing the country, which enjoys political stability, sustained continuous economic growth. The Lao people live in peace and national independence. Their living conditions have gradually improved.

The head of the delegation also spoke of the thousands years-long history of the Lao nation and people, particularly the periods when the nation fell under foreign domination and colonization where the Lao people were deprived of basic human rights.

The establishment of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 1975 has opened up a new era for the Lao multi-ethnic people to be masters of their own country who have chosen a political system which is most suitable to the historical, social and cultural realities of the nation, as well as is best responsive to the will and aspirations of the Lao multi-ethnic people based on the right to self- determination. The Lao Government has pursued the policies of improving the people’s democracy, building of a rule of law, strengthening the judiciary and access to justice. The Lao PDR has adopted more than 120 laws and other legal documents and ratified 7 human rights treaties and 2 optional protocols out of the 9 core human rights treaties of the United Nations.

The dialogue between the Lao delegation and the Committee on the Lao PDR’s initial report was conducted in an opened, constructive and interactive manner, during which the Lao delegation responded to questions, provided information and clarification to the issues raised by the Committee. The topics of the dialogue included the implementation of the provisions of the Covenant in law and practice, the relationship between treaty and the laws of the Lao PDR, and other topics related to civil and political rights. Practical cases concerning the implementation of ICCPR were also discussed.

Addressing each question raised by the Committee, the Lao delegation took charge in responding in a clear, detail and responsible manner, by referring to the provisions of the Constitution, the provisions of the related laws and regulations of the Lao PDR, the policies, measures and efforts of the Lao government to promote and protect the civil and political rights as contained the Covenant.

The responses by the Lao delegation enabled the Human Rights Committee members and all those interested to have a better understanding of the reality of the realization of human rights in the Lao PDR, the just policies of the Lao government, as well as the legitimacy of the country’s political and governance system which is based on the Constitution, the UN Charter and international law.

The interactive dialogue also provided a good opportunity for the Lao delegates to exchange their lessons and experiences on the promotion and protection of human rights with the experts-members of the Committee.

Source: Lao News Agency