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    Natur, Europe's hi-tech healthy food and beverage company to disrupt the U.S. and European natural/organic juice and snack market

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Natur International Corp. (OTC: NTRU) (the “Company”) today announced the Company’s  name has been changed to Natur International Corp. following the consummation of Future Healthcare of America’s acquisition of Natur Holding B.V., a Netherlands-based company (“Natur”).   And effective Monday, January 7, the stock ticker symbol will become NTRU.

    Ellen Berkers, CEO of Natur, stated, “Natur is applying the latest in F&B and supply chain transparency technology to the vision of improving the quality of life through its offering of unique and premium products. Natur’s products are 100% natural, non-GMO, contain no additives or preservatives and have functional properties.”

    Natur focuses on the branded market segment in which consumers are increasingly moving towards healthier personalized and more artisanal alternatives while embracing the “snackification” trend that is evolving globally.

    Natur’s distribution channels include a wide range of retailers, foodservice partners, online subscription models, and direct to the consumer delivery services.

    ‘Nature For You’ is the inspiration for Natur’s stock ticker symbol NTRU.   True to nature and empowered by the forces of Nature.

    Natur strives to bring wholesome, natural products to market catering to the increasing demand by consumers to have “Naturalcious” (natural +delicious) food and beverage products. Natur achieves this by utilizing the most novel and efficient methods, when breeding the fruit, extracting with high nutrient yield and packaging the products to ensure the best possible freshness.  

    Natur is democratizing premium juices and snacks for all consumers to partake in healthier alternatives anytime, anyplace anywhere.  Please visit www.int.natur.eu. 

    *About Natur International Corp.*

    Natur is Europe's first hi-tech health food and beverage company with a mission to revolutionize natural juice and snack consumption, allowing consumers to afford a better quality of life through natural and functional nutrition.

    Natur shareholders range from one of the largest white label juice manufacturers to VC’s and technology entrepreneurs.

    Natur deploys novel, advanced and emerging hi-tech health methodologies developing and utilizing innovative technologies to ensure its juices remain stable and taste fresh and delicious, and are nutrient dense, with an extended shelf life which is longer than many competing products.  This approach uniquely delivers value to all retailers and customers.

    Natur will remain on the forefront of new all-natural products F&B arena by embracing personalized nutrition and envisions being the leader of the new integrated field of healthy nutrition enhancing one’s quality of life by utilizing the powers of nature.

    *Forward-Looking Statements*

    All statements in this release that are not based on historical fact are “forward-looking statements.” While management has based any forward-looking statements included in this release on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, as a result of various factors including those risks and uncertainties, some of which are described in the Risk Factors and in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations sections of our Annual Report on Form 10-K, which can be found on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. We urge you to consider those risks and uncertainties in evaluating our forward-looking statements. We caution readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, we disclaim any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

    *Media Relations Contact*

    Mr. Laurens Felderhof, Media Relations
    Natur International Corp.
    011.31.20.578.7700
    laurens@natur.eu
    www.int.natur.eu Reported by GlobeNewswire 1 hour ago.

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    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In a presentation to investors on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. PST at the 37th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, Editas Medicine, Inc. (Nasdaq: EDIT) President and CEO Katrine Bosley will discuss the Company’s plans to initiate patient screening and patient dosing for EDIT-101. Additionally, she will outline progress in the Company’s program for the treatment of sickle cell disease, including data that support opportunities to develop best-in-class, durable medicines for hemoglobinopathies. Ms. Bosley will also detail the Company’s progress on “EM22,” the Company’s long-range goals through the year 2022 and vision for advancing Editas Medicine as a leading genome editing company, including sharing details on advancements in its ocular and engineered cell medicine programs.EDIT-101 is an experimental CRISPR genome editing medicine being investigated for the treatment of Leber congenital amaurosis 10 (LCA10). It is set to be the first in vivo, or editing inside the body, CRISPR-based medicine administered to people anywhere in the world. In the Phase 1/2 clinical trial, Editas Medicine and Allergan plan to initiate patient screening mid-year and begin patient dosing in the second half of 2019, enrolling 10-20 patients in the U.S. and Europe.

    “At Editas Medicine, we are pioneering the possible by harnessing the power of genome editing, engineered cell therapy and AAV gene delivery to develop a pipeline of genomic medicines for people living with serious diseases,” said Bosley. “With our recent successes, including the FDA’s acceptance of our IND for EDIT-101, we are entering 2019 with strong momentum towards achieving our EM22 goals. We look forward to entering the clinic later this year, and we hope to transform the lives of people living with LCA10.”

    Ms. Bosley will also provide an update on the Company’s progress on EM22. By year-end 2022, Editas Medicine is driving to deliver medicines for people with serious diseases around the world by advancing at least three experimental medicines in early-stage clinical trials, at least two experimental medicines in or ready for late-stage clinical trials, a best-in-class platform and pipeline for developing genomic medicines, and building the company for the long term with a unique, “Inspiritas” culture. Recent achievements include:

    Continued Commitment to Ocular Disorders

    · The LCA10 program is on track to be the first in vivo CRISPR-based genome editing medicine with patient dosing expected in the second half of 2019.
    · The Company now has ocular programs in early research to treat Usher syndrome 2A (USH2A) and retinitis pigmentosa.           

    Important progress in engineered cell medicines

    · The Company made recent advances toward a durable medicine for sickle cell and beta-thalassemia. Editing at the HBG1/2 site is a differentiated approach for development of a human therapeutic for the treatment of sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia as compared to other medicines currently under development that edit at the BCL11A erythroid enhancer (BCL11Ae) site. Notably, editing HBG1/2 promoters upregulated fetal hemoglobin with superior repopulation of red blood cell precursors as compared to editing the BCL11Ae site. The red blood cell precursors from bone marrow edited at the BCL11Ae site had lower productive editing rates compared to other lineages and showed increased level of apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in erythroid culture compared to HBG1/2 promoter-edited cells. 
    · In the Company’s collaboration with Juno Therapeutics, Inc., a Celgene company, CRISPR-edited product candidates are advancing in both solid and liquid tumors.

    Advancing Organizational Excellence

    · The Company added key talent across hematology, oncology, ophthalmology, manufacturing, and ex vivo (editing outside the human body) research in 2018. This expertise is critical to the continued advancement of Editas Medicine’s pipeline and platform.

    *About EDIT-101*
    EDIT-101 is a CRISPR-based experimental medicine under investigation for the treatment of Leber congenital amaurosis 10 (LCA10). EDIT-101 is administered via a subretinal injection to reach and deliver the gene editing machinery directly to photoreceptor cells.

    *About Leber Congenital Amaurosis*
    Leber congenital amaurosis, or LCA, is a group of inherited retinal degenerative disorders caused by mutations in at least 18 different genes. It is the most common cause of inherited childhood blindness, with an incidence of two to three per 100,000 live births worldwide. Symptoms of LCA appear within the first years of life, resulting in significant vision loss and potentially blindness. The most common form of the disease, LCA10, is a monogenic disorder caused by mutations in the CEP290 gene and is the cause of disease in approximately 20‑30 percent of all LCA patients.

    *About The Editas Medicine-Allergan Alliance*
    In March 2017, Editas Medicine and Allergan Pharmaceuticals International Limited (Allergan) entered a strategic alliance and option agreement under which Allergan received exclusive access and the option to license up to five of Editas Medicine’s genome editing programs for ocular diseases, including EDIT-101. Under the terms of the agreement, Allergan is responsible for development and commercialization of optioned products, subject to Editas Medicine’s option to co-develop and share equally in the profits and losses of two optioned products in the United States. In August 2018, Allergan exercised its option to develop and commercialize EDIT-101 globally for the treatment of LCA10. Additionally, Editas Medicine exercised its option to co-develop and share equally in the profits and losses from EDIT-101 in the United States. Editas Medicine is also eligible to receive development and commercial milestones, as well as royalty payments on a per-program basis. The agreement covers a range of first-in-class ocular programs targeting serious, vision-threatening diseases based on Editas Medicine’s unparalleled CRISPR genome editing platform, including CRISPR/Cas9 and CRISPR/Cpf1 (also known as Cas12a). 

    *About*
    * Editas Medicine*
    As a leading genome editing company, Editas Medicine is focused on translating the power and potential of the CRISPR/Cas9 and CRISPR/Cpf1 (also known as Cas12a) genome editing systems into a robust pipeline of treatments for people living with serious diseases around the world. Editas Medicine aims to discover, develop, manufacture, and commercialize transformative, durable, precision genomic medicines for a broad class of diseases. For the latest information and scientific presentations, please visit www.editasmedicine.com. 

    *Forward-Looking Statements
    *This
    press release contains forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words ‘‘anticipate,’’ ‘‘believe,’’ ‘‘continue,’’ ‘‘could,’’ ‘‘estimate,’’ ‘‘expect,’’ ‘‘intend,’’ ‘‘may,’’ ‘‘plan,’’ ‘‘potential,’’ ‘‘predict,’’ ‘‘project,’’ ‘‘target,’’ ‘‘should,’’ ‘‘would,’’ and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words.  Forward-looking statements in this press release include statements regarding the clinical trial timeline of EDIT-101 and the Company’s EM22 goals. The Company may not actually achieve the plans, intentions, or expectations disclosed in these forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.  Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including: uncertainties inherent in the initiation and completion of preclinical studies and clinical trials and clinical development of the Company’s product candidates; availability and timing of results from preclinical studies and clinical trials; whether interim results from a clinical trial will be predictive of the final results of the trial or the results of future trials; expectations for regulatory approvals to conduct trials or to market products and availability of funding sufficient for the Company’s foreseeable and unforeseeable operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements.  These and other risks are described in greater detail under the caption “Risk Factors” included in the Company’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in other filings that the Company may make with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the future.  Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and the Company expressly disclaims any
    obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise.

    *Contacts:*
    *Media*
    Cristi Barnett
    (617) 401-0113
    cristi.barnett@editasmed.com 

    *Investors*
    Mark
    Mullikin
    (617) 401-9083
    mark.mullikin@editasmed.com  Reported by GlobeNewswire 1 hour ago.

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    DGAP-News: sterna biologicals GmbH & Co. KG / Key word(s): Miscellaneous

    07.01.2019 / 15:00
    The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
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    *STERNA BIOLOGICALS PREPARES FOR PHASE IIb CLINICAL PROGRAM WITH GATA-3 ANTAGONIST DRUG CANDIDATES SB010 IN ASTHMA AND SB012 IN ULCERATIVE COLITIS*

    · *Key preparatory steps to conduct phase IIb trials initiated, including CMC and regulatory activities in the EU and US*
    · *Devices for SB010 in asthma selected, oral formulation work for SB012 in ulcerative colitis (UC) started*

    *Marburg, Germany, January 07, 2019* - Sterna biologicals GmbH & Co. KG ("sterna"), an innovative clinical-stage immunology company developing novel treatments for chronic inflammatory diseases, today provided an update on its preparations for phase IIb clinical development of its GATA-3 antagonist drug candidates SB010 and SB012. Sterna's antisense-based technology offers a highly differentiated approach to comprehensive and specific Th2 pathway downregulation via GATA-3, the master transcription factor regulating Th2-driven inflammatory diseases, including asthma, eCOPD^[1], ulcerative colitis (UC), and atopic dermatitis. Sterna successfully completed Phase IIa trials with SB010 in asthma, as well as eCOPD, and with SB012 in UC and is now preparing for the initiation of Phase IIb trials with SB010 in asthma and SB012 in UC.

    Meetings planned with regulatory agencies in US and Europe.

    Sterna is planning to meet with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in H1 2019 to gain their input and advice on the design of the Phase IIb programs for SB010 in asthma and SB012 in UC. These programs are being designed with some of the world's leading experts in these therapeutic areas. Sterna plans to announce further details as these programs advance.

    Device bridging study completed with SB010

    To enable selection of the optimal nebulizers for late-stage development and commercialization of SB010 in respiratory indications, sterna successfully completed in vitro device evaluation studies. Based on the results of these studies, sterna selected two hand-held high efficiency nebulizer systems for their compatibility with SB010's formulation in terms of nebulization characteristics such as aerodynamic particle size distribution and delivered dose.

    Oral formulation prototype for SB012 started, final formulation for Phase II expected in H2 2019

    To enable late-stage development of SB012 and provide for a highly attractive commercial product profile, sterna entered into a development agreement with a leading oral formulation company. Under this agreement, sterna and its partner are currently developing an oral formulation prototype. This version will then undergo feasibility testing and optimization for use in clinical trials and final commercial product configuration.

    *Christian Pangratz, CEO and Managing Director of sterna, said: *"There is a lot of work that needs to be done to prepare a product candidate for later stage clinical testing, but we are very pleased with the rapid progress we have made so far. All the work today and going forward is building upon the very promising Phase IIa data readouts for SB010 and SB012. The solid safety data and strong efficacy signals are highly supportive of our differentiated approach to comprehensively and specifically downregulate the Th2 pathway via the inhibition of master transcription factor GATA-3. We are very excited to be in a position to advance our work to the next stage of clinical development, with the ultimate goal of bringing our novel therapies to patients who are in desperate need of well tolerated, more effective treatment options."* *

    Sterna currently has four drug candidates in its pipeline based on its unique scientific approach of GATA-3 downregulation.*ABOUT SB010 AND SB012*

    Sterna biologicals' drug candidate SB010 comes in a liquid inhaled formulation, while SB012 is formulated as an enema and in an orally available carrier system. All programs leverage sterna's proprietary and patent-protected active pharmaceutical ingredient hgd40, a DNAzyme and first-in-class GATA-3 antagonist.

    GATA-3 is the master transcription factor regulating Th2-driven inflammatory diseases such as ulcerative colitis, atopic dermatitis, eCOPD and asthma. By inhibiting GATA-3, the expression of downstream cytokines, interleukin IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13, which cause inflammation, is down regulated. In pre-clinical and clinical development, hgd40 was found to be well tolerated with first signs of efficacy. DNAzymes are single-stranded DNA molecules comprising a central catalytic domain flanked by two binding domains. The binding domains attach to a specific sequence of targeted mRNA, such as GATA-3 mRNA in the case of hgd40. After binding to the target, the catalytic domain then cleaves the mRNA, thereby inhibiting relevant downstream cytokine expression.*PHASE* *IIa* *RESULTS - ASTHMA*

    In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel group, multi-center phase IIa trial, SB010 led to a significant improvement in lung function in both early (immediate reaction post allergenic exposure, EAR) and late phase (3-8 hours post allergic exposure, LAR) asthmatic response. SB010 attenuated the decline in mean LAR under the FEV curve (AUC) by 34% (decline in median LAR AUC attenuated by 48%) compared to a 1% worsening in mean lung function in the placebo group (p=0.02). SB010 also attenuated the decline in mean EAR AUC by 11% (decline in median EAR AUC attenuated by 15%) compared to a 10% worsening in mean lung function in the placebo group (p=0.03). SB010 was safe and well tolerated. No serious treatment emergent adverse events occurred in either treatment group.*PHASE IIa RESULTS - ULCERATIVE COLITIS*

    The SECURE study was a prospective, multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that enrolled a total of 20 patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. SB012 was safe and well tolerated and led to marked clinical and endoscopic improvement in patients with active ulcerative colitis. At day 28, there was a statistically significant improvement in the Mayo Score in the SB012 group compared with the placebo group (p=0.04). Clinical remission, clinical response, mucosal healing rates and endoscopic response at days 28 and 56 were also assessed.*ABOUT STERNA BIOLOGICALS *

    Sterna biologicals GmbH & Co. KG is an innovative clinical-stage immunology company developing novel treatments for chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), atopic dermatitis, and ulcerative colitis. By targeting transcription factors that play a central role in regulating Th1- and Th2-driven inflammatory mechanisms, the Company's proprietary DNAzyme-based drug candidates can intervene with upstream inflammatory processes to address related diseases more effectively. Sterna currently has four programs in Phase 2 development.

    For more information, please visit www.sterna-biologicals.com.

     

    *CONTACT*

    Christian Pangratz
    Chief Executive Officer
    sterna biologicals GmbH & Co. KG
    Bismarckstrasse 7
    35037 Marburg

    c.pangratz@sterna-biologicals.com
    Tel.: +49 (0)6421.98 30 05 0

    For media inquiries:

    Anne Hennecke
    MC Services AG
    anne.hennecke@mc-services.eu
    Tel.: +49 (0)211.52 92 52 22

    ^[1] eCOPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with the presence of sputum eosinophilia.
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    07.01.2019 Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a service of EQS Group AG.
    The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

    The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements, Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases.
    Archive at www.dgap.de -------------------- Reported by EQS Group 1 hour ago.

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    HUHTAMÄKI OYJ STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 7.1.2019 AT 16:00 EET

    *Huhtamaki appoints Charles Héaulmé as President and CEO*

    The planned CEO succession takes place as Jukka Moisio steps down after a long and successful tenure and Charles Héaulmé (52) takes the lead as the new President and CEO of Huhtamaki. The transition will take place on April 26, 2019, following the Annual General Meeting.

    "I want to thank Jukka Moisio warmly for his outstanding achievement at the helm of the company for over a decade. He lifted Huhtamaki from a very difficult position into a solid profitable growth trajectory and to a leading global food packaging company. Under Jukka Moisio's lead the company has been able to create significant value for the shareholders," says Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Chairman of the Board.

    "I am thankful and proud of what we have achieved together with my colleagues during these years. This is a good moment to leave; the company is in a good shape and there are many great initiatives ongoing that will provide further growth opportunities," Jukka Moisio comments.

    Charles Héaulmé joins Huhtamaki from Tetra Pak, where his latest position has been Vice President Europe and Central Asia since 2015. Prior to this he has worked in various business and finance leadership roles in Tetra Pak in different geographies since 1999. He has also held financial controlling roles in Bosch Braking Systems Division 1994-1999 and served as a senior auditor in KPMG during 1990-1993.

    "Charles Héaulmé has an impressive record of leading businesses and people with the capability to bring new perspectives and teams together with great results. Huhtamaki's Board of Directors is confident, that he has the vision, global experience and deep understanding of the food packaging industry to steer Huhtamaki into the next era," says Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Chairman of the Board.

    "I am truly honored to be appointed to lead this great company into the future. Huhtamaki's development, particularly through the last ten years, has been impressive. I am committed to continuing this momentum to capture the significant opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to working together with our team to deliver exceptional value to our customers and shareholders," Charles Héaulmé said upon his appointment.

    For further information, please contact:
    Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Chairman of the Board, tel. +358 10 686 7118
    Leena Lie, SVP Marketing and Communications, tel. +358 10 686 7943

    HUHTAMÄKI OYJ
    Board of Directors

    Huhtamaki is a global specialist in packaging for food and drink. With our network of 78 manufacturing units and additional 24 sales only offices in altogether 34 countries, we're well placed to support our customers' growth wherever they operate. Mastering three distinctive packaging technologies, approximately 18,100 employees develop and make packaging that helps great products reach more people, more easily. In 2017 our net sales totaled EUR 3.0 billion. The Group has its head office in Espoo, Finland and the parent company Huhtamäki Oyj is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. Additional information is available at www.huhtamaki.com.

    *Attachments*

    · Charles Héaulmé CV_EN.pdf
    · Charles-Heaulme.jpg Reported by GlobeNewswire 1 hour ago.

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    Dublin, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Europe Farm Management Software and Services Market: Focus on Delivery Model (On-Cloud and On-Premise), Application (Precision Crop Farming, Livestock Monitoring, and Indoor Farming and Aquaculture), and Country - Analysis & Forecast, 2018-2023" report has been added to *ResearchAndMarkets.com's* offering.

    Europe Farm Management Software and Services Market Anticipated to Reach $1,204.5 Million by 2023Augmented demand for high-quality yields and changes in farming structures across Europe have promoted the development of innovative business models for farm management. The demand for agricultural output in Europe is expected to increase heavily. However, the acreage cultivated in the region will rise only marginally. Finding ways to cater to the ever-increasing demand for food from the limited farmlands requires solutions that would help improve the productivity of the farm.To address the escalating demand for food from the limited farmlands and labor, the established agriculture machinery developers and technology vendors are introducing innovative solutions to the farming arena. These solutions are focused on helping farmers close the supply-demand gap, by ensuring high yields, profitability, and protection of the environment. Use of such advanced solutions allows farmers to acquire an enormous amount of site-specific data that can be applied to improve decision-making.

    Farm management software and services assist in managing all the farm activities, so that the farm yields better results. Farm management software ensures the utilization of each acre of a farm to its maximum potential. This software also helps in ensuring that the application of fertilizer or crop protection chemicals and the irrigation of fields are effective and in precise quantities. Moreover, farm management software solutions also find applications in the management of livestock and aquaculture and in indoor farming control systems.The market for such solutions is expected to progress at a substantial rate due to the ever-growing affinity for more convenient cloud storage, which has been widely incorporated in the farm management software. Government bodies across the region have also realized the need and importance of these software and, thus, their initiatives to promote farming and agriculture further drive the growth of the market. The increasing farm size in most of the regions further promotes the growth of the farm management software and services market, as the need of software is more in larger farms where more data is generated, and its collection and analysis are more complicated.

    The concept of farm management software and services market revolves around the type of delivery model. Delivery model refers to the method by which a company provides its services to the customers. Farm management services can be provided with a server located on the farm premises or outside. If the server is located within the farm premises, it is termed as on-premise delivery, while if the server is not within the premises, it is termed as cloud-based delivery. On-premise delivery model was most commonly used in the early 2000s, but the rise of web and the easy access to data has made cloud-based delivery model more common.Farm management software and services have applications covering most of the farming types including precision crop farming, livestock monitoring and management, indoor farming, aquaculture, and others (forestry and orchids). Major applications include yield monitoring, crop scouting, weather monitoring and forecasting, herd management, indoor climate control, and fish tracking, among others.

    A dominant market share in the European nation is contributed by Germany, U.K., and France and is expected to continue during the forecast years. However, of late, there has been an increasing optimism regarding the Eastern European markets of Poland, Czech Republic, and Austria. The Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) has played a significant role in changing the scenario of the agricultural sector in Europe. Germany is expected to dominate the regional farm management software and services market in the year 2018. The leading companies in the farm management software and services market have their headquarters in European countries.These include Agrivi (U.K.), Datalogisk A/S (Denmark), Agrovision B.V. (Netherlands), and Abacus Agriculture (U.K.), among others.

    *Competitive Landscape*

    The competitive landscape for the farm management software and services market demonstrates an inclination toward companies adopting strategies such as product launch and development and partnerships and collaborations. The major established players in the market are focusing on product launches and developments to introduce new forms of innovations. Trimble Navigation, Iteris Inc., AgJunction, Ag Leader, The Climate Corporation, Hexagon Agriculture, Raven Industries, and Topcon Positioning Systems were the most prominent names that surfaced in 2017 in this regard. These companies launched various new products and brought new developments to their existing products to expand their share in the market.

    The need for more R&D and appropriate regulatory environment is a prerequisite for the sustained growth of this market. Various governments and private research institutes and regulatory bodies and associations are putting in substantial efforts to identify how farm management software can be important for required food production. The need for sophisticated farming techniques is necessary to fulfill the increasing demand for food. Farm management software not only makes farming more productive but also helps in attracting the youth toward farming and agriculture.

    *Key Topics Covered:**Executive Summary*

    *1 Market Dynamics*
    1.1 Drivers
    1.1.1 Convenience of Cloud Usage
    1.1.2 Government Initiatives to Improve Farming and Agriculture
    1.1.3 Cost-Effective Farming
    1.1.4 Increasing Farm Size
    1.2 Restraints
    1.2.1 Lack of Technical Knowledge among Farmers
    1.2.2 Risk of Security Breaches
    1.3 Opportunities
    1.3.1 Data Management with Big Data
    1.3.2 Increased Availability of Portable Devices
    1.3.3 Abundance of Arable Land

    *2 Competitive Landscape*
    2.1 Key Market Developments and Strategies
    2.1.1 New Product Launches and Development
    2.1.2 Partnerships, Collaborations, and Joint Ventures
    2.1.3 Mergers and Acquisitions
    2.1.4 Business Expansion and Contracts
    2.1.5 Others (Awards and Recognitions)
    2.2 Market Share Analysis

    *3 Industry Analysis*
    3.1 Industry Attractiveness
    3.2 Key Venture Capital Investments

    *4 Europe Farm Management Software and Services Market (by Delivery Model)*
    4.1 Assumptions and Limitations for Analysis and Forecast of the Europe Farm Management Software and Services Market
    4.2 Market Overview
    4.3 On-Cloud Delivery Model
    4.4 On-Premise Delivery Model

    *5 Europe Farm Management Software and Services Market (by Application)*
    5.1 Precision Crop Farming
    5.1.1 Yield Monitoring and Farm Mapping
    5.1.2 Crop Scouting
    5.1.3 Weather Tracking and Forecasting
    5.1.4 Irrigation Management
    5.1.5 Farm Economics
    5.1.6 Other Applications of Precision Crop Farming Application Area
    5.2 Livestock Monitoring and Management
    5.2.1 Milk Harvesting
    5.2.2 Animal Health Monitoring and Comfort
    5.2.3 Feeding Management
    5.2.4 Heat Stress and Fertility Monitoring
    5.2.5 Other Applications of Livestock Monitoring and Management Application Area
    5.3 Indoor Farming
    5.3.1 Climate Control Management
    5.3.2 Lighting Management
    5.3.3 Plant Development Monitoring
    5.3.4 Other Applications of Indoor Farming Application Area
    5.4 Aquaculture
    5.4.1 Feed Management
    5.4.2 Aquatic Species Tracking and Navigation
    5.4.3 Water Quality Management
    5.4.4 Other Applications of Aquaculture Application
    5.5 Others

    *6 Europe Farm Management Software and Services Market (by Country)*
    6.1.1 Germany
    6.1.2 The U.K
    6.1.3 France
    6.1.4 Italy
    6.1.5 The Netherlands
    6.1.6 Spain
    6.1.7 Russia
    6.1.8 Ukraine
    6.1.9 Poland
    6.1.10 Austria
    6.1.11 Czech Republic
    6.1.12 Rest-of-Europe

    *7 Company Profiles Overview*· 365FarmNet GmbH
    · AKVA Group ASA
    · Agrivi
    · Agroptima S.L.
    · DeLaval
    · Deere & Company
    · Fullwood Ltd.
    · GEA Group
    · Hexagon Agriculture
    · Infarm - Indoor Urban Farming Gmbh
    · Integrated Information Systems S.A.
    · Lely S.a.r.l
    · Lettus Grow Ltd.
    · MotorLeaf Inc.
    · Topcon Positioning Systems
    · Trimble Inc.For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/8vzzjz/europe_farm?w=12

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    Dublin, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Towers and Poles Report Ed 7 2019" report has been added to *ResearchAndMarkets.com's* offering.Over 450,000 HV lattice towers & monopoles and 63 million utility poles were sold in 2018 for electricity transmission and distribution, telephone lines and street lighting. This report analyses the geographical distribution of the tower and pole fleet, utility services carried, materials - wood/steel/concrete/composite, the principal vendors, with coverage of many other industry and market issues.

    *The installed base of towers and poles in the base year 2018 is analysed by:*

    · Towers & Monopoles - by country
    · Utility poles - by country and utility (electricity distribution, telephone, street lighting)
    · Utility poles - by country and material (wood, concrete, steel/aluminium, composite)
    · Sales of Towers and Poles from 2018 forecast to 2025, in units and $ value by country.*Report Highlights*· National market commentary for Utility Poles- Market commentary on installed bases and demand for utility poles in selected countries, with information on numbers and type of pole.
    · The March of the Monopoles - a growing trend from lattice transmission towers to monopoles is analysed with country reviews.
    · 1.35 million Utility Poles analysed by country, material and ownership.
    · Street Lighting - 348,000 street and parking lights in a vigorous market driven by the conversion to high-efficiency LEDs, urbanisation and passive safety.
    · Materials are changing - wood remains popular, but a growing market for steel, concrete and composite poles is analysed.
    · Passive safety regulation is having a significant impact on some markets - analysis of countries, legislation, the technologies and types of passive safety pole, road segments affected.
    · Composite Poles industry, market development and production technology, with profiles of the main producers.
    · The smart city and Street Lighting - efficiency, LEDs and the pole market.
    · Parking is an urban priority and escalating population density puts pressure on demand for space. A small market for lighting poles to date but growing.
    · Long term demand cycle for Towers - The long term demand cycle is charted for new additions and replacements since 1900 and forecast to 2050.
    · Types of Lattice Tower - Lattice towers are designed for different functions and stresses and there is wide variation in cost - suspension towers, tension towers, angle suspension towers, dead end towers.
    · Pole materials and service life - Real versus perceived service lie and utility practices.
    · The Margin Stack - The value chain is a continuous process of adding value, cost and margin to a product. Each part which is outsourced to an external supplier means less profit for the principal manufacturer - the missed profits stack up.
    · Joint use of Utility Poles - Joint use by different utilities is a significant factor in the pole market. The protocols for space allocation and standards are outlined.
    · ROW - Rights of Way - A significant cost which can be a serious obstacle in designing networks and specifying equipment. With increasing pressure on space and environmental constraints, ROWs are becoming more scarce and expensive. ROW is a significant driver in the trend to Monopoles.
    · Dangers & mitigation of damage to Towers and Poles by birds - this is not only an issue of animal welfare but also of protecting the security of supply.

    *Executive Summary:**PART 1 ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION TOWERS AND MONOPOLES *

    *Chapter 1 - INSTALLED BASE OF ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION TOWERS & MONOPOLES*

    The global installed base of transmission towers and monopoles is analysed in numbers of towers by region and country and forecast from 2016 to 2020.

    *Chapter 2 - ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION TOWERS MARKET*

    The global demand in $ value for towers and monopoles is analysed by region and country and forecast from 2016 to 2020.

    *Chapter 3 - LONG TERM DEMAND CYCLES FOR ELECTRICITY TOWERS AND MONOPOLES*

    The growth of transmission line networks is a fundamental driver of the markets for towers and poles, both in line length and voltage. Long-term demand is a function of the age of the towers and the expansion of the networks.

    *Chapter 4 - MONOPOLES vs. LATTICE TOWERS*

    The March of the Monopoles - long established in the US, EHV monopoles are breaking into new markets with innovative new designs, replacing lattice towers, especially in Europe. This trend is driven by pressure on rights-of-way, visual criticism of lattice towers and public fears of EMF dangers to children.

    *Chapter 5 - TYPES OF TOWER OR PYLONS*

    Lattice towers are designed for different functions and stresses and there is wide variation in cost; suspension towers, tension towers, angle suspension towers, dead-end towers, transposition towers. Tower installation is a dangerous and complex procedure and has an impact on costs.

    *Chapter 6 - ELEMENTS OF LATTICE TOWER DESIGN*

    Many designs of transmission tower exist and are used in different situations. Some of the basics are discussed here with diagrams of designs and the different elements of a tower.

    *Chapter 7 - SERVICE LIFE AND MAINTENANCE OF STEEL LATTICE TOWERS AND MONOPOLES*

    The service life of steel monopoles and lattice towers can be severely curtailed after a period of time without preventive treatment. Deterioration goes through three identifiable stages before the structure collapses, each with cost implications.

    *Chapter 8 - COMPETITIONS FOR TOWER DESIGN*

    Increasing public awareness of and resistance to lattice towers is leading to imaginative designs for new poles and towers.

    *Chapter 9 - MANUFACTURERS OF LATTICE TOWERS AND MONOPOLES*

    The production capacity of the 34 major producers of lattice towers and monopoles is tabulated with mark shares. The leading companies are profiled.

    *PART 2 ELECTRICITY, TELEPHONE & STREET LIGHTING POLES*

    *Chapter 10 - UTILITY POLES INSTALLED BASE BY COUNTRY AND UTILITY*

    The installed base of poles - electricity, telegraph and street lights - is analysed by country for 2016, with a split by voltage levels; MV sub-transmission, primary distribution and LV secondary distributionand reticulation. Street lights have been included for the first time.

    *Chapter 11 - INSTALLED BASE OF POLES BY COUNTRY AND MATERIAL*

    The installed base of utility poles is analysed by material - wood, steel, concrete, composite - and analysed by country.

    *Chapter 12 - GROWTH OF THE POLE POPULATION*

    The total installed base of poles is forecast from 2016 to 2020 by country.

    *Chapter 13 - DEMAND FOR POLES IN UNITS*

    Demand for utility poles in units is tabulated by region and country and forecast from 2016 to 2020.

    *Chapter 14 - DEMAND FOR POLES BY VALUE*

    Demand for utility poles in $ value is tabulated by region and country and forecast from 2016 to 2020

    *Chapter 15 - THE VALUE CHAIN - THE MARGIN STACK*

    The value chain is a continuous process of adding cost to a product. Depending on where you position it value changes, the end user's capex being some five times the cost of original materials. The value chain analysed with different mark-ups for each of the six stages.

    *Chapter 16 - NATIONAL MARKETS FOR ELECTRICITY AND TELEPHONE DISTRIBUTION POLES*

    The statistics for utility poles are not very systematic and are variable in extent from country to country With wide searching a large amount of data has been accumulated and the publisher has assembled and maintains an ever-increasing databank for this topic.

    *Chapter 17 - STREET LIGHTING*

    Street lighting is a hot topic, because of the developments of the smart city and the advent of energy-saving LEDs. With urban and transport development, street lighting is a growth sector. This has implications for the pole markets in the renewal of old poles and substitution with new materials such as composites.

    *Chapter 18 - PARKING*

    Parking light poles are a small segment of the street lighting stock. Parking is receiving attention from planners as cities expand and urban space becomes more crowded.

    *Chapter 19 - PASSIVE SAFETY*

    Passive safety has made strides in the last ten years and is now the subject of regulation in many advanced countries and attracting attention in some developing countries. It is an important driver for street lighting and for electricity and telephone poles built along roads.

    *Chapter 20 - THE SMART CITY AND SMART UTILITY AND STREET LIGHTING*

    The smart city concept is fast becoming a reality, with many now functioning around the world. City authorities are tapping into the opportunities created by better technology to make municipal services and operations faster, simpler, and more cost-efficient. The creation of a smart city involves the integration of many services, among them energy delivery including electricity and gas, water supply and lighting.

    *Chapter 21 - POLE MATERIALS AND SERVICE LIFE*

    The various materials used for poles - wood, steel, concrete and composite are discussed.

    *Chapter 22 - COMPOSITE POLES*

    Composites are analysed in a detailed section discussing this technology, applications, advantages and disadvantages, market status and manufacturers. Factors such as safety, pricing, the production processes of filament winding and pultrusion are outlined. The launch market in the United States is reviewed, with the increasing use of composite cross arms on wooden or concrete poles, and the beginning of a move from niche market status to wider take-up. Composites are gaining acceptance in the desert climates of the Middle East. After being spearheaded in Scandinavia, composites are being trialled in other European countries.

    *Chapter 23 - MANUFACTURERS OF COMPOSITE POLES AND HARDWARE*

    32 companies listed, with profiles of the majors.

    *Chapter 24 - TYPES OF POLES*

    The different types of pole are described, with their functions, characteristics and service lives.

    *Chapter 25 - POLE SPAN*

    The span between poles is a function of the weight of lines they bear and the density of population beneath them. The design of a network involves a trade-off between longer poles which are more expensive but need fewer accessories, or shorter poles which are cheaper but need more cross-arms and other equipment.

    *Chapter 26 - SPACE ALLOCATION ON JOINT USE UTILITY POLES*

    Utility poles are used by more than one line or service in many cases. Conventions exist for the allocation of space on the pole; for transmisson lines, sub-transmission lines, distribution lines and telephone lines

    *Chapter 27 - MANUFACTURERS OF WOOD, STEEL, ALUMINIUM AND CONCRETE POLES*

    39 companies listed, with profiles of the majors.

    *Chapter 28 - CIRCUITS, PHASES AND CONDUCTORS*

    The basics of circuits and phases are outlined. These have a vital effect on the design and mechanics for towers and poles as well as overhead lines.

    *Chapter 29 - RIGHTS OF WAY*

    ROW - Rights of Way are increasingly scarce and expensive. They are discussed with various alternative schemes outlined.

    *Chapter 30 - DANGER to AND FROM BIRDS*

    The danger from birds nesting on or colliding with lines and towers can cause not only harm to the birds but outages to the network. The extent of the problem is analysed, with mitigation and prevention methods outlined.

    *Competitive Landscape - 102 companies listed*

    Tower and Monopole vendors, production capacity and market shares. The top 34 manufacturers are listed with shares of production profiled:

    · FWT
    · Falcon
    · Jyoti Americas
    · Sabre Industries
    · Valmont
    · Locweld
    · Fabrimet
    · Comemsa
    · Formet
    · Sistemex
    · SAE Towers (KEC)
    · Brametal
    · Icomemsa
    · KEC
    · Jyoti
    · Kalpeteru
    · Bajaj Electrical Ltd
    · Transrail Lighting Limited
    · Skipper Ltd
    · Europoles
    · Mitas
    · Al-Babtain
    · Zamil
    · Al-Yamamah Steel Industry
    · Metro Smart International
    · Daji
    · Qingdao Wuxiao
    · Guangdong Disheng
    · Shandong Huan
    · Jiangsu Gushua
    · Shandong Qixing Iron Tower
    · Jiangsu Xiadu
    · Qingdao Megatro
    · Qingdao Baode
    · Qingdao Sinostra
    · Jelian
    · Qingdao Lutai
    · Jiangsu Rosheng
    · HEBAI Tang Yang
    · Jiangsu Hongguang

    *Utility Pole vendors - 36 wood/steel/concrete poles - 32 composite poles*

    · Valmont
    · Falcon
    · Europole
    · Mercur Induo Systemholztechnik GmbH
    · Brametal
    · Nanjing Daji Steel Tower
    · Qingdao Wuxiao
    · Guangdong Disheng
    · Shandong Huan
    · Jiangsu Gushua
    · Shandong Qixing Iron Tower
    · Jiangsu Xiadu
    · KEC
    · Bajaj Electrical
    · Kalpetaru Power Transmission Ltd
    · Al-Babtain
    · Al-Yamamah
    · Metro Smart International
    · SA
    · Shakespeare Composite Structures
    · Strongwell
    · RS Technologies
    · Powertru- sion
    · Duratel

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    · One Wall Street expert lays out three reasons why this overlooked-yet-outperforming area will continue to be a strong option for investors during 2019.

    If you were heavily invested in stocks in 2018, there's a very good chance you finished the year in the red.

    It didn't matter if you were focused on the US, Europe, or emerging markets — you probably lost money. The same went for assets often viewed as safe alternatives to equities, like Treasurys and high-quality bonds.

    No matter how you slice it, there was a frustrating lack of yield in the global marketplace last year. But, as the chart below shows, one surprising and often ignored area was the best option for investors.

    Cash has been relegated to also-ran status for so long that some people don't even view it as a standalone asset class. After all, during the bull market that's raged for most of the past decade, investors saw no need to pull money off the table just to simply sit on it.

    INTL FCStone macro strategist Vincent Deluard takes the polar opposite approach. Not only does he recognize cash as a full-fledged asset class — it's also his top pick for 2019. His reasons are threefold.

    First, Deluard notes that while a recent sell-off has left stock valuations looking attractive compared to the last few years, equities "remain extremely pricy by most metrics." He also points out that 1-month Libor — or the benchmark rate financial institutions use to lend money to one another — has spiked by 66% over the past year, enhancing the appeal of cash.

    Second, Deluard says cash is enticing because real rates have been rising and positive in much of the emerging world. Sure, they're still negative in places like Japan and Europe, but they've turned positive in the US, while countries like Turkey and Argentina have also implemented drastic hikes. 

    Third, Deluard points out that global yield curves are flattening.

    "Why take duration risk when you're not getting paid for it?" he asked in a recent client note. "Developed economies' curves flattened even further in 2018 and many emerging economies were forced to hike short-term rates to stop capital flight this summer."

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    ATLANTA, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Jan. 13, the opening day of NRF 2019, American Global Logistics Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Slangerup will lead a ‘Big Idea’ session titled “Why service and know-how still win the race to supply chain optimization.” The session begins at 11 AM ET on Stage 5 of the Expo Hall at Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center in New York City.

    “Technology, in all its forms, is critical to enabling supply chain visibility and improving efficiencies,” said Slangerup. “But, while technology is a great enabler, it can’t replace the benefits of working with experienced supply chain professionals who understand the complexities and urgency of managing an agile supply chain.”

    Closing the NRF week on Jan. 16, Slangerup will co-host a Supply Chain & Logistics Workshop with Stein Mart SVP Rick Schart and The Home Depot VP Colby Chiles titled “Navigating the transportation tightrope.” The session will be held at 1:30 PM ET at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square in the Westside Ballroom.

    Before joining American Global Logistics in 2017, Slangerup served as CEO of the Port of Long Beach, a primary U.S. gateway moving more than $180 billion a year in trans-Pacific trade. Earlier, he served as President of FedEx Canada.

    Headquartered in Atlanta with operations centers in Virginia and North Carolina, AGL is one of the fastest-growing and most respected international supply chain and logistics solutions companies in the world. AGL is a key player in the trans-Pacific trade lanes and is rapidly expanding its reach by ocean and air into the trans-Atlantic and Latin America lanes, serving customers throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. The company’s cloud-based technology solutions extend the visibility and global reach of its customers’ multi-modal transportation requirements.

    *About American Global Logistics
    *Founded in 2007, American Global Logistics is a specialized supply chain software and services company that provides end-to-end multi-modal transportation solutions, customs brokerage, compliance consultation, carrier allocation management, warehousing, distribution, and advanced purchase order management to select customers. Its proprietary cloud-based technology provides real-time shipment visibility and forecasting and an accountability-based customer service model allow customers to deliver a consistent experience to their end-users. AGL’s client base represents a broad range of industries including automotive, furniture, chemicals, raw materials, perishables and consumer goods, and represents some of the world’s largest importers and exporters. 

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    · *It's the latest incident in a spate of electrical fires onboard planes. *

    The battery of an e-cigarette ignited on an American Airlines flight shortly after landing at Chicago’s O’Hare airport on Friday, USA Today first reported.

    In a statement to Business Insider, an airline spokesperson said "flight attendants quickly extinguished the fire and the plane taxied to the gate," noting that employees are trained on fighting battery fires and that it would report the event to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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    Dublin, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "World TV & Video Services Markets - Terrestrial-Satellite-Cable-IPTV-OTT - Data & Forecasts up to 2022 (Report & Database)" report has been added to *ResearchAndMarkets.com's* offering.This half-yearly updated observatory on the TV & Video services market includes a database and a state-of-the-art report. It covers the evolution of 41 countries and 11 regions and sub-regions and proposes a worldwide market consolidation.

    The dataset provides historical data since 2014 and market forecasts up to 2022 on main audiovisual market indicators.

    The report presents the analyses of experts on the main market trends as well as the upcoming evolutions.

    *Dataset Scope *

    *Indicators by country*

    *Consumption indicators*

    · Video viewing time: live linear TV, time-shifted TV, online video
    · The top free-to-air channels' audience share

    *Access indicators*

    · General access indicators: TV households, FTA & pay-TV households
    · Households' television access mode on the main TV set: terrestrial, satellite, cable, IPTV
    · Digitisation levels: analogue/digital split for each access method
    · Pay-TV penetration: pay-TV/free-to-air only split
    · Customer numbers for the main pay-TV services
    · Customer numbers for the main OTT services

    *Revenue indicators*

    · GDP
    · Income from public financing/licensing fees
    · TV ad revenue
    · Pay-TV revenue
    · Revenue from OTT services: video advertising revenue (in-stream ad), DTR, Download to rent, EST, Electronic Sell-Through, SVoD - Subscription Video on Demand

    *Type of data*

    · Background data 2014-2016
    · Estimates as of the end of 2017
    · Forecasts for 2018-2022

    *Geographical coverage*

    · The global TV market is broken down into five main regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa-the Middle East.
    · Regional aggregate data include all countries in the region

    *Key Topics Covered:**1. Audiovisual Consumption*
    1.1. Linear TV still holding its own
    1.2. Top national channels continue to lose viewers

    *2. TV access technologies*
    2.1. A world split between terrestrial in the south and wireline in the north
    2.2. Cable begins to decline but is still the main purveyor of TV programming worldwide thanks to China
    2.3. Although in decline, terrestrial is starting to benefit from the development of OTT
    2.4. Satellite and IPTV enjoying the strongest growth
    2.5. Network digitisation nearing completion

    *3. TV revenue*
    3.1. US TV market still the biggest money-maker
    3.2. TV revenue rising overall
    3.3. Except in North America where the market is taking a turn
    3.4. First signs of fatigue for pay TV in some European markets
    3.5. Southern hemisphere and Asia driving global growth

    *4. OTT viewing*
    4.1. North America also number one in the OTT market
    4.2. OTT still growing
    4.3. OTT growth offsetting stagnating TV revenue

    *5. Market players*
    5.1. US players still on top
    5.2. A small handful of players dominate the OTT market
    5.3. Is the sector poised for further consolidation?

    *6. What to keep an eye on*

    *7. Annex - Methodology*
    7.1. Indicators, by country
    7.2. Definitions
    7.3. Pay TV market segmentation
    7.4. Sources

    *List of tables and figures*

    *1. Audiovisual Consumption*
    Linear TV screen time around the world in 2017
    Change in linear TV screen time around the world between 2014 and 2017
    Percentage of young adults' TV viewing time that is time-shifted
    Change in audience share for the top 5 national TV channels in Europe's biggest markets, 2010-2017

    *2. TV access technologies*
    Breakdown of TV households worldwide by access technology, in 2018
    Change in TV access technologies worldwide, 2014-2022
    Change in the percentage of terrestrial households worldwide, and growth rate, 2014-2022
    Change in the number of TV households worldwide, by access mode, between 2014 and 2018
    Digital transition timetable for terrestrial networks worldwide

    *3. TV revenue*
    Breakdown of TV revenue worldwide, in 2018
    Change in the breakdown of TV revenue by source, 2014-2022
    Evolution of regional TV revenue growth, 2014-2022
    Evolution of pay TV revenue in France, in Scandinavia and in the UK, 2014-2022
    Regional TV revenue growth between 2014 and 2022

    *4. OTT viewing*
    Breakdown of VoD revenue worldwide, in 2018
    OTT revenue growth between 2014 and 2022
    Growth of linear TV and OTT revenue between 2014 and 2022

    *5. Market players*
    World's top 20 TV/video companies in 2016, by revenue
    Top SVOD players' market share in 2017 in a selection of countries
    Subscriber growth for the top OTT players in the US between 2013 and 2017
    TV industry mega-mergers in the United States, 2015 to 2018

    For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/kx72k9/world_tv_and?w=12

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    Dublin, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "World TV & Video Markets - Database & Report - 1st Half 2018" report has been added to *ResearchAndMarkets.com's* offering.

    This half-yearly updated observatory on the TV & Video services market includes a database and a state-of-the-art report. It covers the evolution of 41 countries and 11 regions and sub-regions and proposes a worldwide market consolidation.

    The dataset provides historical data since 2014 and market forecasts up to 2022 on main audiovisual market indicators. The report presents the analyses of experts on the main market trends as well as the upcoming evolutions.

    *Dataset Scope*

    *Indicators by country*

    *Consumption indicators*

    · Video viewing time: live linear TV, time-shifted TV, online video
    · The top free-to-air channels' audience share

    *Access indicators*

    · General access indicators: TV households, FTA & pay-TV households
    · Households' television access mode on the main TV set: terrestrial, satellite, cable, IPTV
    · Digitisation levels: analogue/digital split for each access method
    · Pay-TV penetration: pay-TV/free-to-air only split
    · Customer numbers for the main pay-TV services
    · Customer numbers for the main OTT services

    *Revenue indicators*

    · GDP
    · Income from public financing/licensing fees
    · TV ad revenue
    · Pay-TV revenue
    · Revenue from OTT services: video advertising revenue (in-stream ad), DTR, Download to rent, EST, Electronic Sell-Through, SVoD - Subscription Video on Deman

    *Type of data*

    · Background data 2014-2016
    · Estimates as of the end of 2017
    · Forecasts for 2018-2022

    *Geographical coverage*

    · The global TV market is broken down into five main regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa-the Middle East.
    · Regional aggregate data include all countries in the region

    *Key Topics Covered:**1. Audiovisual Consumption*
    1.1. Linear TV still holding its own
    1.2. Top national channels continue to lose viewers

    *2. TV access technologies*
    2.1. A world split between terrestrial in the south and wireline in the north
    2.2. Cable begins to decline but is still the main purveyor of TV programming worldwide - thanks to China
    2.3. Although in decline, terrestrial is starting to benefit from the development of OTT
    2.4. Satellite and IPTV enjoying the strongest growth
    2.5. Network digitisation nearing completion

    *3. TV revenue*
    3.1. US TV market still the biggest money-maker
    3.2. TV revenue rising overall
    3.3. Except in North America where the market is taking a turn
    3.4. First signs of fatigue for pay TV in some European markets
    3.5. Southern hemisphere and Asia driving global growth

    *4. OTT viewing*
    4.1. North America also number one in the OTT market
    4.2. OTT still growing
    4.3. OTT growth offsetting stagnating TV revenue

    *5. Market players*
    5.1. US players still on top
    5.2. A small handful of players dominate the OTT market
    5.3. Is the sector poised for further consolidation?

    *6. What to keep an eye on*

    *7. Annex - Methodology*
    7.1. Indicators, by country
    7.2. Definitions
    7.3. Pay TV market segmentation
    7.4. Sources

    *Tables & Figures*

    *1. Audiovisual Consumption*
    Linear TV screen time around the world in 2017
    Change in linear TV screen time around the world between 2014 and 2017
    Percentage of young adults' TV viewing time that is time-shifted
    Change in audience share for the top 5 national TV channels in Europe's biggest markets, 2010-2017

    *2. TV access technologies*
    Breakdown of TV households worldwide by access technology, in 2018
    Change in TV access technologies worldwide, 2014-2022
    Change in the percentage of terrestrial households worldwide, and growth rate, 2014-2022
    Change in the number of TV households worldwide, by access mode, between 2014 and 2018
    Digital transition timetable for terrestrial networks worldwide

    *3. TV revenue*
    Breakdown of TV revenue worldwide, in 2018
    Change in the breakdown of TV revenue by source, 2014-2022
    Evolution of regional TV revenue growth, 2014-2022
    Evolution of pay TV revenue in France, in Scandinavia and in the UK, 2014-2022
    Regional TV revenue growth between 2014 and 2022

    *4. OTT viewing*
    Breakdown of VoD revenue worldwide, in 2018
    OTT revenue growth between 2014 and 2022
    Growth of linear TV and OTT revenue between 2014 and 2022

    *5. Market players*
    World's top 20 TV/video companies in 2016, by revenue
    Top SVOD players' market share in 2017 in a selection of countries
    Subscriber growth for the top OTT players in the US between 2013 and 2017
    TV industry mega-mergers in the United States, 2015 to 2018

    For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/2gscj4/world_tv_and?w=12

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    Related Topics: Televisions and Television Services Reported by GlobeNewswire 16 minutes ago.

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    Creates a Significant Global Technology Solutions Provider

    · Expands Offerings, Scale and Geographic Reach to Service Global Enterprise Clients· Increases AGC’s combined revenues by over $600 million· Adds approximately 3,000 global employees

    DALLAS and MUMBAI, India and SINGAPORE and PITTSBURGH, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --   Global solutions integrator AGC Networks Ltd (BSE/NSE: AGCNET) today announced that a newly-formed, wholly owned subsidiary has completed the previously-announced acquisition of Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ: BBOX), a leading digital solutions provider. The previously announced tender offer expired at the end of the day on Friday, January 4, at which time 9,126,005 shares of Black Box common stock (excluding shares tendered by guaranteed delivery) had been validly tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the tender offer, representing approximately 59.89% of the outstanding shares. As a result of the tender offer and the subsequent merger, which were completed today, Black Box Corporation will become a private company and, as of today, its shares of common stock will no longer be publicly traded. This will result in Black Box Corporation becoming a 100% subsidiary of AGC as a result of this process.

    The combination with Black Box will substantially increase AGC’s presence and offerings in North America. In addition, AGC will enhance its footprint in providing technologies and services throughout six continents. The acquisition will be significant for AGC, expected to add over $600 million in annual revenue and approximately 3,000 team members serving clients worldwide.

    “We are excited to have Black Box become part of the AGC family,” said Sanjeev Verma, Executive Director and CEO of AGC Networks and President and CEO of Black Box Corporation. “Black Box and its skilled teams and strong client relations with world-class enterprises and partners will allow us to better serve our global clients,” Verma continued. “In the immediate term, Black Box and its subsidiaries will continue to operate as is. The two companies working together will create a unique organization that has the scale to deliver world-wide technical solutions to the largest and most complex organizations.”

    Under the terms of the merger agreement, each share of Black Box common stock that was tendered in the offer and not validly withdrawn has been accepted for payment and will receive consideration of US$1.10 in cash, and each share of Black Box common stock that was not tendered in the offer (other than those as to which holders properly exercise dissenters’ rights and those owned at the commencement of the tender offer by AGC or its direct and indirect subsidiaries) has been canceled and converted into the right to receive the merger consideration of US$1.10 in cash. All such consideration is net to the holder of Black Box common stock without interest thereon. Payment for such shares will be made promptly, in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement and the tender offer, and will result in Black Box Corporation becoming a 100% subsidiary of AGC. The U.S. subsidiary of AGC Singapore is financing the merger through a combination of equity and debt. Pathlight Capital will serve as administrative agent for the senior credit facilities.

    *Strategic Rationale*

    The transaction brings together two global IT solutions providers that share a “client focus” approach and are committed to accelerating their clients’ business. AGC brings its strong presence in India, the Middle East and Pacific Rim to complement Black Box’s services focus in the Americas and Europe, while also enhancing the presence in other global markets. Both companies provide full managed services capabilities in Unified Communications and Collaboration, Cloud, Data Center and Edge Technologies. AGC adds its expertise in digital applications and cybersecurity to Black Box’s strong infrastructure and mobility background. The transaction will enhance their technology vendor partners’ reach in global markets, verticals and clients. The Black Box products business will continue to offer its full portfolio of products directly and through channel partners.

    *Former Black Box Stockholders*

    Former holders of Black Box common stock who did not tender their shares into the offer and whose shares are registered in their names will be mailed a transmittal form with instructions on how to exchange their Black Box stock certificates for the merger consideration. 

    Former Black Box stockholders who hold shares through a broker, bank or other institution should contact their broker, bank or other institution in which their shares were held for more information regarding receipt of the merger consideration.

    *About AGC Networks*

    AGC Networks is the client’s trusted global technology integrator to architect, deploy, manage and secure their IT environment through customized solutions and services that accelerate their business. AGC partners with the world’s best brands in Unified Communications, Data Center & Edge IT, Cyber Security (CYBER-i) and Digital Transformation & Applications. For more information, log on to www.agcnetworks.com.

    *About Black Box*

    Black Box is a leading digital solutions provider dedicated to helping customers design, build, manage and secure their IT infrastructure. Black Box delivers high-value products and services through its global presence and approximately 3,000 team members. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.

    *Forward-Looking Statements*

    All of the statements in this document, other than historical facts, are forward-looking statements and are based on a number of assumptions that could ultimately prove inaccurate. Forward-looking statements reflect the current analysis of existing information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. As a result, caution must be exercised in relying on forward-looking statements. Due to known and unknown risks, actual results may differ materially from expectations or projections. AGC and Black Box disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update or revise the forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

    Contact:

    Mike Carney
    Senior Vice President
    Phone: +1 214 258 1612
    Email: legal.us@agcnetworks.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 16 minutes ago.

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    UEI demonstrates low-power wake-on-voice remote control achieving superior voice accuracy while meeting lower power consumption requirements for battery-operated remote controls

    ENSCHEDE, The Netherlands and SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- *DSP Group, Inc.** (NASDAQ: DSPG)*, a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, along with *Universal Electronics Inc.* (UEI) (*NASDAQ: UEIC*), a worldwide leader in universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home, will demonstrate a low power, voice-activated, hands-free remote control concept at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019) in Las Vegas, Nevada (January 8-11, 2019) in the UEI booth 42325 in Sands Expo.

    The architecture of this new remote control concept centers around UEI’s UE878 multiprotocol RF SoC and DSP Group’s DBMD8 chipset with HDClear™ voice enhancement processing algorithms. The D8 offers a unique, low power, high performance DSP platform supporting wake word recognition and audio pre-processing algorithms including noise reduction and beam-forming, speeding design-to-deployment of voice-activated devices including remote controls. The UE878 multiprotocol RF SoC with native voice integration supports power and cost optimized designs for voice enabled remote control products.

    UEI is a pioneer in voice remote controls, with the largest footprint in the Pay-TV space worldwide. The company has been working on voice-related technologies for many years and has helped to deploy over 60 million voice-enabled remote controls to entertainment industry customers across North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2017, Universal Electronics was recognized by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) with a Technology & Engineering Achievement Emmy^® for its work relating to voice navigation technologies for discovering and interacting with TV content. Voice control is becoming one of the main pillars of UEI’s broad portfolio of control and sensing technologies ranging from push-to-talk, raise-to-talk, and now a hands-free remote control platform.

    “Consumers are migrating toward the voice user interface for every imaginable application,” said Menno Koopmans, Managing Director, EMEA at Universal Electronics, BV. After seeing a great uptake on push-to-talk voice control, the next evolution in handheld remote controls involves creating a low-power, hands-free option. “The remote control is a logical device to integrate hands-free voice recognition, as it is always available at arm’s length and a reasonable distance from TV speakers. With the help of DSP Group, we are working to optimize our solution to provide an ideal balance between voice accuracy and battery life.”

    “As the world’s leading remote-control manufacturer, UEI partners with top TV OEMs and prominent set-top box vendors to re-define user experience with a focus on innovation and forward-thinking,” said Ofer Elyakim, CEO, DSP Group. “We are delighted to play a role in UEI’s hands-free, low-power, wake-on-voice remote control, which will demonstrate that high accuracy and low power consumption can go hand in hand and provide and introduce a richer interaction in the living room.”

    *About DSP Group
    *DSP Group®, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG) is a global leader in wireless chipsets for a wide range of smart-enabled devices. The company was founded in 1987 on the principles of experience, insight and continuous advancement, consistently delivering next-generation solutions in the areas of voice, audio, video and data connectivity. Experts in voice processing, DSP Group invests heavily in innovation for the smart future, the result is leading-edge semiconductor technology that is enabling our customers to develop a new wave of products that bring enhanced user experiences through innovation like conversation technology. From mobile phones to VoIP and virtual assistants using cloud-based voice services, DSP Group is the answer to the growing demand for the ever-expanding collection of voice controlled smart devices. For more information, visit www.dspg.com. The DSP Group logo is a registered trademark and HDClear is a trademark of DSP Group. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

    *About Universal Electronics*

    Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ:UEIC) is the worldwide leader in universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home. For more information, please visit www.uei.com/about.All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

    The UEI logo is a registered trademark.

    *Safe Harbor Statement
    *This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words and expressions reflecting something other than historical fact are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the timely development, delivery and market acceptance of UEI’s low power hands free voice control product and associated service offerings, and other technologies identified in this release; the continued penetration and growth of the voice related products and consumer technologies identified in this release; and other factors described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The actual results that the Company achieves may differ materially from any forward-looking statement due to such risks and uncertainties. The Company undertakes no obligations to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

    *Press Contact*
    DSP Group: Tali Chen, Chief Marketing Officer, Tel: 669.286.9181, tali.chen@dspg.com
    UEI: Benny Canady, UEI Corporate Marketing and Public Relations, Tel: 714.918.9500, bcanady@uei.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 8 minutes ago.

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    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Levine Leichtman Capital Partners held a final closing on $2.5 billion of capital commitments for Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Fund VI, L.P., surpassing its targeted fund size of $2.2 billion and achieving its hard cap.  Fund VI has received support from institutional investors globally, including leading public and private pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations, insurance companies, funds-of-funds, wealth management platforms and family offices.  Fund VI has already closed four investments, including one add-on acquisition, totaling approximately $552 million of capital invested.  Levine Leichtman Capital Partners V, L.P., a 2013 vintage fund, consisted of $1.65 billion of capital commitments and acquired 11 portfolio companies. “We are very pleased by the support we have received from our longstanding and new limited partners,” said Lauren Leichtman, CEO of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.  She added, “Investors responded very favorably to our differentiated investment strategy and to our 35-year investment track record.  LLCP has generated consistent and attractive risk-adjusted returns across many economic cycles.”

    For more information, visit http://www.llcp.com.

    *About Levine Leichtman Capital Partners*

    LLCP is a Los Angeles, California based private investment firm that has managed approximately $10.2 billion of institutional capital since its inception. LLCP invests in middle market companies located in the United States and Europe. LLCP is currently making new investments through Levine Leichtman Capital Partners VI, L.P., LLCP Lower Middle Market Fund, L.P., Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Europe, L.P. and Levine Leichtman Strategic Capital, LLC. LLCP has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Charlotte, London, Stockholm and The Hague.

    Contact:
    David Wolmer
    310-275-5335 Reported by GlobeNewswire 8 minutes ago.

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    Dublin, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Consumer NAS and SMB NAS Market - Global Outlook and Forecast 2018-2023" report has been added to *ResearchAndMarkets.com's* offering.

    The global consumer and SMB NAS market size is expected to reach values of approximately $12 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of more than 9% 2018-2023.

    The global consumer and SMB NAS market is driven by the growing demand for efficient, reliable and affordable solutions to store the data. The introduction of enhancing systems that enable remote access to the file, secure storage to data, multimedia streaming, storing of video surveillance footages and more will propel the evolution of the global market.

    *Consumer and SMB NAS Market - Overview*

    Businesses were looking for safe and secure transfer of file-level data which led to the introduction of network attached storage (NAS) over two decades ago in the global market. The growing need for end-users to store huge amount of data at a reduced cost compared to cloud-based storage is propelling the growth of the consumer and SMB NAS market. These innovative services provide remote access to data storage through internet or LAN connectivity at home and help small-scale business to access information at marginal costs in the global market. The vendors are offering multiple features with modern appliances that simplify user interaction with these devices at an affordable cost with higher reliability and security.

    The launch of such storage solutions will augment the development of the global market. The network attached storage drive vendors are focusing on innovation to improve the capacity of HDD and increase the usage of solid state drive (SSDs) for accelerated performance in various appliances in the global market. The companies are offering these advanced products through retail channels with diskless systems at an affordable cost that ranges based on form factors i.e., 1-bay to 12-bay to gain a larger market share. Each bay in these systems will accommodate one HDD of up to 12 TB. The reduced cost of these drives is expected to enable vendors to offer affordable solutions for end-users in the consumer and SMB NAS market.

    The proliferation of internet connectivity is resulting in the use of various devices such as mobile phones, laptops, and desktop thereby, leading the growth of both personal and business data across end-user segments in the global market. The introduction of new devices that enable user-friendly storing, accessing, and sharing of files among end-users at an affordable cost will boost the demand for these appliances in the global market.

    *Consumer and SMB NAS Market - Dynamics*

    The continuous innovations towards internet of things (IoT) by home appliance manufactures and the adoption of smart home and home automation applications will augment the growth of the global consumer and SMB NAS market. The consumers are leveraging smartphones and voice assistant devices to remotely control smart appliances such as fridge, air condition, and washing machine, thermostat, bulbs, and security solutions in the global market.

    The leading vendors are integrating the smart appliances with network attached storage and controlling the operations of devices such as security cameras via remote access provided by the network attached storage appliances in the global market. The leading manufacturers are launching hybrid solutions that include the use of NAS for video surveillance storage and cloud-based storage for storing appliance operational data in the smart home environment. The integration of such devices will encourage vendors to introduce cost-effective solutions in the global consumer and SMB NAS market.

    The consumer and SMB NAS market by end-users is segmented into consumer, SOHO, SMBs, and SMEs. SMBs dominated the majority of the market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of around 12% during the forecast period. The increasing adoption of the medium and high-end system of 4-bay and 5-bay form factors is propelling the growth of this segment in the global market. The integration of multiple 10 GbE ports and introduction of 25 GbE and 50 GbE ports in the rackmount appliances will boost the adoption of these systems in the global market.

    The average costs of 4-bay rackmount diskless systems cost around $600 to $800, with the addition of two 10 TB hard drives at an overall CAPEX of around $1,400 in the global market. With the rising data storage requirements for businesses, high cost in use of cloud-based storage platforms, development of smart workplace, and increasing awareness towards availability of cheaper and efficient alternative to cloud storage will increase the adoption of these applications among SMBs in the global market.

    *Consumer and SMB NAS Market - By Form Factors*

    High capacity HDD ranging from 750 Gb to 12 TB to transform the global consumer and SMB NAS market.

    The form factor segment in the global consumer and SMB NAS market is classified into 1-Bay, 2-Bay, 4-Bay and 5-Bay, and 6-Bay to 12-Bay. 4-Bay and 5-Bay occupied the largest market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of approximately 8% during the forecast period. The introduction of 4-Bay and 5-Bay diskless systems equipped with up to 5 HDD of capacity ranging from 750 Gb to 12 TB for each HDD, can provide a total capacity of up to 60 TB, through five 12TB HDDs is propelling the growth of this segment in the global market.

    The extensive use of these form factors to store and share files such as video, photo, audio and others at home and small office environment by consumers, SOHO and SMB end-users will boost the demand for these products in the market. It is estimated that almost all 4-bay and 5-bay systems will be able to support SSD cache by 2020 in the market. The minimum DRAM capacity ideal for optimal performance of these drives is 2 GB, where there are also rackmount 4-bay appliances powered by 8 GB of DDR3 or DDR4 memory. The growing demand for these systems by professional small office users will result in the growth of this segment in the global consumer and SMB NAS market.

    *Consumer and SMB NAS Market - By Geography*

    Deployment of the new data center in Canada to propel the development of the global consumer and SMB NAS market.

    The global consumer and SMB NAS market by geography is divided into North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, and MEA. North America controlled almost half of the market share in 2017, growing at a CAGR of over 8% during the forecast period. The presence of multiple SMEs who are collocating spaces in the data center and are focusing procuring infrastructure within their budget to strengthen every aspect of their business operations will augment the growth of the market in North America.

    The US and Canada are the largest revenues generators in the North America consumer and SMB NAS market. The increasing investment in video analytics and installation of high-resolution cameras is propelling the demand for these applications in the North American market. The growing storage need for personal data, home automation, and video surveillance data by end-users in North America will boost the adoption of network attached storage in the market.

    *Key Countries Profiled*

    *The key countries profiled in the report are:*

    · US
    · UK
    · China
    · Japan

    *Key Vendor Analysis*

    The continuous innovations by vendors in the global consumer and SMB NAS market is resulting in a larger portfolio of systems available to end-users. The top players are offering solutions designed to meet requirements of consumers to share files, stream media, use remote access, and for data backup in the global market.

    The increasing focus on continuous innovation and variety of solutions targeting every storage need is intensifying the competition in the global consumer and SMB NAS market. The launch of products with the superior internal configuration such as latest processors and DRAM technology along with support for multiple virtual machines and SSD cache in NAS will help vendors gain a larger market share during the forecast period.

    *The major vendors in the global market are:*

    · Apple
    · Buffalo Technology
    · NETGEAR
    · QNAP Systems
    · Seagate
    · Synology
    · Western Digital Corporation

    *Other prominent vendors include:*· Asustor, Dell Technologies
    · D-Link
    · Drobo
    · FreeNAS
    · Infortrend Technology
    · Promise Technology
    · Toshiba
    · Thecus Technology
    · ZYXEL Communications

    For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/tncd84/global_consumer?w=12

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    Related Topics: Data Storage and Management Reported by GlobeNewswire 8 minutes ago.

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    Tel Aviv, Israel, Jan. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- *Elbit Imaging Ltd. (the “Company”) (TASE, NASDAQ: EMITF)* announced today, further to its press releases dated October 18, 2018, November 7, 2018, and December 4, 2018, regarding a term sheet between Elbit Plaza India Real Estate Holdings Limited (a subsidiary held by the Company (50%) and Plaza Centers N.V. (50%)) ("*EPI*") and a potential buyer for the sale of a 74.7 acre plot in Chennai, India for a total consideration of approximately Euro 13.2 million; that the closing date of the transaction did not take place yet (even though it was set to January 7, 2019). EPI is currently negotiating with the buyer and the Company will update regarding any new developments during the upcoming week.

    About Elbit Imaging Ltd.

    Elbit Imaging Ltd. operates in the following principal fields of business: (i) medical industries through our indirect holdings in Insightec Ltd. and Gamida Cell Ltd.; (ii) land in India which is designated for sale (and which was initially designated for residential projects); and (iii) land in Eastern Europe which is designated for sale (and which was initially designated for development of commercial centers).

    *For Further Information:*
    *Company Contact*
    *Ron Hadassi*
    CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Tel: +972-3-608-6048
    Fax: +972-3-608-6050
    ron@elbitimaging.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 8 minutes ago.

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    New trips to Europe, Hawaii and Africa offer 18-29-year olds the chance to check off distinct and exotic corners of the world with a group of fun, likeminded travelers

    BOSTON (PRWEB) January 07, 2019

    EF Ultimate Break (EFUB), a leader in immersive and social, millennial-tailored group travel experiences, announces a line-up of seven new and exciting itineraries coming in 2019 to its portfolio of Millennial and Gen Z hot spots.

    While some of these highly anticipated trips mark EF Ultimate Break’s first venture into popular destinations like Hawaii, Ibiza and Africa, other new trips throughout Europe grow EF Ultimate Break’s active portfolio of more adventurous, outdoor itineraries.

    From tracking gorillas in Uganda to hiking the Swiss Alps to wine tasting on sunset ferries in Lake Como, EF Ultimate Break is giving 18-29-year olds seven more reasons (at least!) to travel in 2019:

    Introducing Africa in 2019
    o African Adventure: Gorillas and Great Lakes - An ecological deep-dive into Uganda; travellers will see gorillas and other wildlife in their natural habitats while visiting four national parks. EF collaborates with World Animal Protection to ensure travel programs are consistent with animal welfare policies.
    ○ Highlights of Morocco – Just across the water from Spain, Morocco has a plethora of exotic influences from both European and African countries alike! Marrakesh may be an icon of a bygone era but make it your reality in 2019!
    ○ Spain, Portugal, and Morocco- Nail two continents in one trip! This vacation combines Europe with Africa, and Mediterranean beaches with bustling Saharan cities. Equal parts paella and couscous.

    No Passport? No problem. Hawaii Clocks in as EF Ultimate Break’s First Domestic Trip
    o Hawaii - Surf’s Up! – Big waves, night time manta ray snorkelling, volcano hiking and the unrivalled poke bowls aren’t just for honeymoons. Hawaii offers 18-29-year olds so much more!

    See Europe Your Way: More Tours. More Ways.
    ○ Ibiza, Barcelona, and Valencia – Discussions on the world’s best nightclubs and beaches begin and end with Ibiza and Valencia. This tour is anything but your mother’s Mediterranean!
    ○ Italian Lakes and Swiss Alps – An amazing tour inclusive of mountain hikes and vistas of Lakes Como and Lugano, two new destinations for EF Ultimate Break. Requisite chocolate, cheese and wine included on this active tour!
    ○ Ireland Adventure – Touring Ireland is always popular but touring Ireland by foot is a wish of many young travellers. On this new active itinerary, travellers will hike the Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway then kick up boots to live music and a Guinness at a cozy, local pub.

    Pick Your Destination. Book Your Departure. EF Ultimate Break Does the Rest!

    EF Ultimate Break experiences include flights, accommodations, airport transfers, meals, Insta-worthy experiences, a 24-7 tour director, and a social group environment to make lifelong connections. With only $150 down, travelers 18-29 years old can reserve a spot on one of EF Ultimate Break’s life changing tours. In addition, EF Ultimate Break offers interest-free payment options meaning Millennials and GenZers can book now and pay on a schedule leading up to departure —making travel in your twenties financially attainable.

    Visit http://www.efultimatebreak.com for more information and to see all available trips.

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    About EF Ultimate Break
    EF Ultimate Break is the best way to experience the world for anyone 18-29. With 65+ trips, everything from airfare and accommodations to interest-free payment plans and daily breakfasts are included. As a proud part of EF Education First, EF Ultimate Break draws on over 50 years of EF expertise to add amazing travel experiences to its growing tour portfolio. EF, the world leader in international education, has helped more than 15 million people learn a language, discover the world or earn an academic degree to date. EF is the first international education company to collaborate with World Animal Protection to ensure travel programs are wildlife friendly and avoid attractions inconsistent with animal welfare policies. Reported by PRWeb 5 minutes ago.

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