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    'Don’t buy from Muslims!' Toblerone's halal certification triggered a far right campaign to boycott Muslim-owned businesses - part of a wider strategy to suffocate Muslim life in Europe Reported by Haaretz 2 hours ago.

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    The controversy involving Huawei Technologies in Poland will not only exacerbate the ongoing crisis surrounding the Chinese telecoms giant’s global operations, but also threaten Beijing’s overtures towards Eastern and Central Europe, analysts have said. Chinese observers also warned that the escalating tensions over the arrest of a Huawei employee in Poland on spying charges could put further strains on China’s relations with Europe amid simmering tensions over trade and... Reported by S.China Morning Post 2 hours ago.

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    Tel Aviv, Israel, Jan. 14, 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, December 4, 2018, and January 7, 2019 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 (the "*Purchaser*") for the sale of a 74.7 acre plot in Chennai, India for a total consideration of approximately Euro 13.2 million, that EPI has granted the Purchaser until mid-February 2019, to complete the transaction. If the Purchaser defaults to do so, the Joint Development Agreement (JDA) and the Term Sheet between the parties shall be terminated, and accordingly, EPI will consider the different options available to it.

    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 Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 hours ago.

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    Dublin, Jan. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Polymer foam Market By Type, By End Users and By Geography - Global Driver, Restraints, Opportunities, Trends, and Forecast to 2023" report has been added to *'s* offering.The growing usage of polymer foam in construction and building applications is fostering the market growth of polymer foam. The companies are indulged in R&D activities to innovate and develop new products, which can open new paths of applications.

    *Key Market Insights*

    The increasing awareness across the globe, especially developed regions along with increasing demand from end user industries is accelarating the growth of polymer foam. On the other hand, growing economies and increasing per capita income along with technological innovations to bring down the prices are making polymer foam more affordable & efficient.

    The increased innovation and R&D is helping in expansion of polymer foam application areas providing additional growth opportunities to the market.

    Increasing demand for polymer foam from the automotive, packaging, and building and construction industries is driving the polymer foam market globally. Asia Pacific is dominating the market of polymer foam during the forecast period, followed by North America and Europe. Polymer foam is used in various applications. The growth of the end-user industries is likely to drive the growth of the polymer foam market during the forecast period.

    The companies working in the manufacturing of polymer foam are actively participating to increase their product ranges along with improvements in supply networks and thus enhancing their positions in the polymer foam market. Few of the prominent companies operating in the polymer foam market are BASF, LANXESS, Huntsman, DowDuPont and SABIC. Some of the major customers are FIAT, UFP Technologies, VINCI, Volkswagen Group, and Sika AG.*Key Topics Covered:**1 Executive Summary*
    1.1 Asia Pacific has the highest dominance in the polymer foam market
    1.2 By End user, Building and Construction dominates the market

    *2 Market Positioning*
    2.1 Industry Snapshot
    2.1.1 Industry Overview
    2.1.2 Key Trends
    2.2 Related Markets

    *3 Market Outlook*
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 Value Chain Analysis
    3.3 Market Segmentation

    *4 Market Characteristics*
    4.1 PESTLE Analysis
    4.2 Porter's Five Force Analysis
    4.3 Market Dynamics
    4.3.1 Drivers Growing automotive and packaging industry Increased demand from Asia Pacific
    4.3.2 Restraints Increasingly stringent regulations by regulatory bodies Fluctuations in raw material prices
    4.3.3 Opportunities Growing end-use industry manufacturers in Asia Pacific Large untapped market in developing and underdeveloped countries
    4.3.4 DRO - Impact Analysis
    4.4 Patent Analysis

    *5 Polymer Foam, By Type*
    5.1 Overview
    5.2 Polyurethane Foam
    5.3 Polystyrene Foam
    5.4 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Foam
    5.5 Phenolic Foam
    5.6 Polyolefin Foam
    5.7 Melamine Foam

    *6 Polymer Foam, By End Users*
    6.1 Overview
    6.2 Building & Construction
    6.3 Automotive
    6.4 Packaging
    6.5 Furniture & Bedding

    *7 Polymer Foam, By Geography*
    7.1 Overview
    7.2 Asia Pacific
    7.3 North America
    7.4 Europe
    7.5 Rest of the World

    *8 Competitive Landscape*
    8.1 Competitive Regional Exposure Analysis
    8.2 Market Developments
    8.2.1 Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
    8.2.2 Expansions
    8.2.3 Product launches

    *9 Vendor Profiles*
    9.1 BASF
    9.2 Huntsman
    9.3 Sabic
    9.4 DowDuPont
    9.5 Lanxess
    9.5.1 Overview

    *10 Customers Profile*
    10.1 Volkswagen Group
    10.2 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA)
    10.3 VINCI
    10.4 UFP Technology
    10.5 Sika AG

    *11 Companies to Watch for*
    11.1 BASF
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    Veterinary Equipment & Disposables Market: Critical Care Consumables Segment Dominated the Market

    Albany, New York, Jan. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Transparency Market Research (TMR) has published a new report titled, ‘Veterinary Equipment & Disposables Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2018–2026.’ According to the report, the global veterinary equipment & disposables market was valued at US$ 1,504.7 Mn in 2017 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 5.9% during forecast period from 2018 to 2026. The global market is anticipated to be driven by surge in companion animal population, rise in pet adoption, and increase in R&D expenditure on animal health. The veterinary equipment & disposables market in Asia Pacific is expected to expand at a high CAGR of 7.0% due to increase in livestock population and rise in awareness about pet ownership in the emerging countries such as India and China.

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    *Increase in Companion Animal Population Drives Market*

    The number of companion animals, including domestic pets, horses, and service animals, is increasing rapidly across the globe. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), households in the U.S. owned around 94.2 million cats in 2017 compared to 70 million in 2000. Similarly, dog population increased by 21.7 Mn between 2000 and 2017 to reach 89.7 million. Based on Animal Health Europe Survey (2017), Europe witnessed 9% increase in pet population between 2012 and 2016. Rise in pet adoption fuels the growth of the veterinary equipment and disposables market. For instance, the pet ownership in the U.S. has displayed an upward trend in the last two decades. Currently, 68% of all households i.e., 84.6 million homes, in the U.S. own a pet compared to 56% in 1988. Hence, pet ownership has increased by 12% in the U.S. since 1988. Increase in the number of pet owners is expected to drive demand for veterinary care services, which is likely to boost market growth in the next few years.

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    *Critical Care Consumables Segment Dominated the Market*

    In terms of product type, the global veterinary equipment & disposables market has been classified into anesthesia equipment, patient monitoring equipment, critical care consumables, temperature management equipment, rescue & resuscitation equipment, fluid management equipment, and research equipment. The critical care consumables segment is projected to account for leading share of the global market during the forecast period, owing to wide usage of veterinary disposables, especially in wound management, gastroenterology, fluid administration & therapy, and airway management. The anesthesia equipment segment includes anesthesia machines, vaporizers, ventilators, and gas delivery management systems. The segment is expected to witness strong growth in the next few years due to rise in awareness about the use of anesthesia in animals.

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    *Small Animals to be Most Lucrative Segment*

    Based on animal type, the global veterinary equipment & disposables market has been segmented into small animals and large animals. The small animals segment is projected to expand at a high CAGR during the forecast period, owing to surge in population of companion animals such as dogs and cats and increase in concerns about pet health among owners.

    *Asia Pacific Market to Witness Strong Growth and Create High Incremental Opportunity*

    In terms of region, the global veterinary equipment & disposables market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is projected to account for leading share of the global market during the forecast period, owing to high adoption of companion animals, increase in pet expenditure, and presence of large number of veterinary hospitals & clinics in the region. Europe is anticipated to account for a significant share of the global market between 2018 and 2026. Increase in number of veterinarians and rise in R&D expenditure on animal health are expected to fuel the growth of the market in the region during the forecast period. The market in Asia Pacific is likely to expand at a rapid pace in the next few years. This is attributed to increase in livestock population and rise in number of companion animals in countries such as Australia and Japan. Australia has 63% of pet ownership, which is one of the highest rates in the world. The veterinary equipment & disposables market in Latin America and Middle East & Africa is anticipated to expand at a steady pace from 2018 to 2026.

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    *Growth Strategies by Key Market Players*

    Key players profiled in this report are DRE Medical, Smiths Group plc, Vetland Medical Sales & Services LLC, Patterson Companies, Inc., Henry Schein, B. Braun Melsungen AG, Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd., Jorgensen Labs, Nonin Medical, Inc., and Midmark Corporation. Companies operating in the global veterinary equipment & disposables market focus on strategic collaborations, acquisition, and partnership strategies to expand product offering and strengthen market foothold.

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    *About TMR*

    Transparency Market Research (TMR) is a global market intelligence company providing business information reports and services. The company’s exclusive blend of quantitative forecasting and trend analysis provides forward-looking insight for thousands of decision makers. TMR’s experienced team of analysts, researchers, and consultants use proprietary data sources and various tools and techniques to gather and analyze information.

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    Dublin, Jan. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Fraud Detection and Prevention Market" report has been added to *'s* offering.

    The global fraud detection & prevention market will witness a CAGR of 12.4% during the forecast period 2018-2024.*Overview:*

    Globally, the fraud detection & prevention solutions and services are witnessing a healthy growth in recent years due to the increased use of transactional data surveillance, identity, and access applications, and growing cybersecurity concerns among the enterprises.

    The enterprises are increasing their spending on security technologies to reduce organizational security breaches, secure the perimeter, data security, content protection & controls, maintain privacy, IP, and APIs among other factors.

    Hence, the adoption of fraud detection & prevention has been rising in SMEs and large enterprises. Furthermore, the increasing adoption of digital technologies such as IoT, analytics, and mobility technologies is supporting the growth of fraud detection & prevention across various industry sectors.

    The enterprises are investing in security technologies for the protection of their organizational assets and customer data due to the rising concern among organizations for the security of their virtualized infrastructure and business information.

    The vendors are required to put in an effort to promote the benefits of the solutions as there is low awareness among the companies about the available solutions. In addition, there is a lack of industry standards, which is in the development phase.

    In the digitally connected world, the fraud detection & prevention market has reported a significant growth and is presenting ample opportunities for the industry players. The fraud detection & prevention solutions and services are used by organizations of all sizes (small, medium, and large) across various verticals such as manufacturing, telecom & IT, healthcare, government & public sectors, banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI), and others.

    *Market Analysis:*

    The growth in population, urbanization, globalization, technological advancements, and governmental measures are increasing the need for global security to deal with all kinds of physical information and technological breaches.

    Besides, the growth in data volumes for businesses and the need to keep the data secure for prospects are further giving an impetus to the growth of data security.

    *Market Segmentation Analysis:*

    The study covers and analyzes fraud detection & prevention market by components, by solutions, by services, by applications, by organization sizes, by deployment modes, by industry verticals, and regions. Bringing out the complete key insights of the industry, the report aims to provide an opportunity for players to understand the latest trends, current market scenario, government initiatives, and technologies related to the market. In addition, it helps the venture capitalists in understanding the companies better and make informed decisions.

    The regions coverage includes North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa. The revenue is generated mainly from North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. North America is leading the market followed by Europe with Asia Pacific emerging in fraud detection and prevention market.

    *Regions and Vendors Analysis:*

    The report contains an in-depth analysis of the vendor profiles, which includes financial health, business units, key business priorities, SWOT, strategy and views, and competitive landscape. The key and the prominent vendors covered in the report include SAP SE, IBM Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, SAS, and ACI Worldwide among various others.

    The vendors have been identified based on the portfolio, geographical presence, marketing & distribution channels, revenue generation, and significant investments in R&D.


    The report encompasses the study of different fraud detection and prevention solutions such as authentication, fraud analytics, governance, risk, and compliance (GRC), reporting and visualization; by services such as consulting services, managed services, support and maintenance services, and others; by applications money laundering, electronic payment, insurance claim, mobile payment, and others.

    The fraud detection and prevention market include a major delivery model that is used to deliver deception technology suites including on-premise and on-cloud models.

    The growth of fraud detection and prevention market is driven by the growing usage of internet among the population, increased usage of cloud-based technology by banking service companies, use of mobile-based applications along with cross-industry partnerships, and significant increase in venture capital investments.

    The evolution of technologies such as cloud computing, cognitive computing, and machine learning are paving the way for growth of fraud detection and prevention. Furthermore, the report provides details about the major challenges impacting the market growth.

    *Key Topics Covered:**1 Industry Outlook*
    1.1 Industry Overview
    1.2 Industry Trends
    1.3 PEST Analysis

    *2 Report Outline*
    2.1 Report Scope
    2.2 Report Summary
    2.3 Research Methodology
    2.4 Report Assumptions

    *3 Market Snapshot*
    3.1 Total Addressable Market (TAM)
    3.2 Segmented Addressable Market (SAM)
    3.3 Related Markets
    3.3.1 Artificial Intelligence
    3.3.2 Cognitive Analytics

    *4 Market Outlook*
    4.1 Overview
    4.2 Market Trends
    4.3 Market Definition
    4.4 Porter 5 (Five) Forces

    *5 Market Characteristics*
    5.1 Market Dynamics
    5.1.1 Drivers Increasing need for remote monitoring solutions Increased focus on core business to improve scalability Requirement of regulatory compliance and security
    5.1.2 Restraints Shifting of workloads Low awareness about the technology
    5.1.3 Opportunities Increasing investments in cybersecurity High adoption of third IT platforms Demand from emerging economies
    5.1.4 DRO - Impact Analysis
    5.2 Market Segmentation
    5.3 Key Stakeholders

    *6 Components*
    6.1 Overview
    6.2 Solutions
    6.3 Services

    *7 Solutions*
    7.1 Overview
    7.2 Authentication
    7.2.1 Market Size and Analysis
    7.2.2 Single-Factor Authentication (SFA)
    7.2.3 Market Size and Analysis
    7.2.4 Multi-Factor Authentication
    7.2.5 Market Size and Analysis
    7.3 Fraud Analytics
    7.4 Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Solutions
    7.5 Reporting and Visualization

    *8 Services*
    8.1 Overview
    8.2 Consulting Services
    8.3 Managed Services
    8.4 Support and Maintenance Services
    8.5 Others

    *9 Applications*
    9.1 Overview
    9.2 Money Laundering
    9.3 Electronic Payment
    9.4 Insurance Claim
    9.5 Mobile Payment
    9.6 Others*10 Deployment Modes*
    10.1 Overview
    10.2 On-premises
    10.3 On-cloud

    *11 End-users*
    11.1 Overview
    11.2 Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMES)
    11.3 Large Enterprises

    *12 Industry Verticals*
    12.1 Overview
    12.2 Banking Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI)
    12.3 IT and Telecom
    12.4 Healthcare
    12.5 Government & Public Sectors
    12.6 Others

    *13 Regions*
    13.1 Overview
    13.2 North America
    13.3 Europe
    13.4 APAC
    13.5 LAMEA

    *14 Vendor Profiles*
    14.1 SAP SE
    14.2 IBM Corporation
    14.3 Microsoft
    14.4 SAS Institute
    14.5 ACI Worldwide Inc.

    *15 Companies to Watch For*
    15.1 Coursera, Inc.
    15.2 Udacity, Inc.
    15.3 Feedzai Inc.
    15.4 Fair Isaac Corporation
    15.5 LexisNexis Group Inc.For more information about this report visit

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    Edison Investment Research Limited

    14-Jan-2019 / 14:19 GMT/BST

    London, UK, 14 January 2019

    *Edison issues initiation on De La Rue (DLAR)*

    De La Rue (DLAR) continues to pursue a strategy that is transitioning the company to a less capital-intensive operation with a more diverse customer base and revenue streams, incorporating more embedded technology and IP. Underlying progress is apparent although masked by the disposals and the recent loss of the UK passport contract. The strengthening of the balance sheet enables appropriate M&A to augment what we expect to be a resumption of organic sales growth from FY21. The current rating implies scepticism but this should improve as growth prospects are recognised. In the meantime, the healthy dividend yield provides support for investors.

    Our fair value DCF returns a value of 639p a share, a healthy 49% premium to the current share price. The implied P/E for FY20e of 13.9x is hardly demanding compared to the support services segment calendar 2019 P/E multiple of 14.8x. In our view, the current rating of 9.7x FY20 EPS with a yield of 5.8% does not reflect growth potential.

    Click here to view the full report.

    All reports published by Edison are available to download free of charge from its website

    *About Edison:* Edison is an investment research and advisory company, with offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and AsiaPac. The heart of Edison is our world-renowned equity research platform and deep multi-sector expertise. At Edison Investment Research, our research is widely read by international investors, advisers and stakeholders. Edison Advisors leverages our core research platform to provide differentiated services including investor relations and strategic consulting.

    Edison is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Edison is not an adviser or broker-dealer and does not provide investment advice. Edison's reports are not solicitations to buy or sell any securities.

    *For more information please contact Edison:*

    Andy Chambers, +44 (0)20 3681 2525

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    Mr. Yoshida significantly enhances the firm’s cross-border regulatory capabilities with his experience in both Japan and the United States

    TOKYO (PRWEB) January 14, 2019

    Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Daiske Yoshida has joined the firm’s Global Antitrust Law and Investigations + White Collar Defense practices as a partner in the Tokyo office. Mr. Yoshida brings to the firm more than 20 years of cross-border regulatory experience in both the United States and Japan across a wide range of sectors including the life sciences and electronics industries. He began his career in New York before relocating to Tokyo where he has practiced for the last 12 years.

    Mr. Yoshida’s practice focuses on cross-border litigation, arbitration, and investigations. Mr. Yoshida has led large-scale government and internal investigations in Japan, the U.S., and Europe involving antitrust, anti-corruption, securities law, corporate governance, and economic sanctions issues. He has also represented clients in U.S. federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and international arbitrations.

    “Daiske’s addition strengthens our ability to help our clients navigate the growing complexities of international litigation as well as broad experience with cartel and other investigations,” said Ken Siegel, Managing Partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office. “His background practicing in both the U.S. and Japan provides our clients with a valuable global perspective and they will benefit from his proven ability to counsel on cross-border matters.”

    Louise Stoupe, head of the Tokyo Litigation Department and co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Trial Practice Group, added: “Daiske’s deep experience in antitrust and investigations matters will be a tremendous asset for our clients not only in Japan, but globally as well. He has deservedly established a reputation in Tokyo as a market leader who has successfully represented many Japanese companies. I’m excited about the depth that Daiske adds to our growing Tokyo Litigation Department.”

    Mr. Yoshida is the latest partner to recently join Morrison & Foerster’s Global Antitrust Law practice. Lisa Phelan, who is based in Washington, D.C. and has a strong presence in Asia, came to the firm in July after 16 years as the Chief of the National Criminal Enforcement and Washington Criminal I Sections of the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Vishal Mehta, also located in Washington, D.C., joined the group in October, bringing a broad range of antitrust experience including M&A, investigations, litigation, compliance, counseling, and public affairs. Morrison & Foerster has also been expanding its Investigations + White Collar Defense practice over the last few months. Most recently, former prosecutor and industry-leading compliance executive Christine Wong joined the firm’s San Francisco office.

    “The commitment Morrison & Foerster has shown to continuing to build out its antitrust and investigations groups on a global scale and to growing its footprint in Japan makes it a perfect fit for my practice,” Mr. Yoshida said. “I am proud to join the top international law firm in Japan. I look forward to collaborating with the talented attorneys at MoFo and to working with our industry-leading, innovative clients.”


    Morrison & Foerster has the largest and most diverse practice of any international law firm in Japan, with approximately 120 attorneys in Tokyo (including 45 bengoshi admitted to practice in Japan). We were one of the first foreign law firms licensed in Japan, opening our offices in 1987. Today, we are the largest international law firm in Japan, and one of the six largest firms in Japan, foreign or domestic. Morrison & Foerster was selected as ‘Japan International Law Firm of the Year’ by the Chambers Asia Pacific Awards in 2018 —this is the 6th year in a row that we have received this prestigious honor. We were also recognized by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 in more Band 1 practice rankings and more "Star Individual" attorney rankings than any other international firm in Japan.


    Morrison & Foerster is a global firm with exceptional credentials. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, investment banks, Fortune 100, and technology and life sciences companies. The Financial Times has named the firm to its lists of most innovative law firms in Northern America and Asia every year that it has published its Innovative Lawyers Reports in those regions. In the past few years, Chambers USA has honored MoFo’s Privacy and Data Security, Bankruptcy, and IP teams with Firm of the Year awards, the Corporate/M&A team with a client service award, and the firm as a whole as Global USA Firm of the Year. Our lawyers are committed to achieving innovative and business-minded results for our clients, while preserving the differences that make us stronger. The firm also has a long history of commitment to the community through providing pro bono legal services, including litigating for civil rights and civil liberties, improving public education for poor children, advocating for veterans, promoting international human rights, winning asylum for the persecuted, and safeguarding the environment. Reported by PRWeb 1 hour ago.

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    ATLANTA, Jan. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --


    UPS (NYSE: UPS) is enabling its U.S. customers to sell their products globally with the same delivery speed as domestic shipments. Businesses that schedule a Saturday pick-up from the U.S. to 57 key international markets will have their shipments processed and shipped on Saturday and delivered as soon as Monday, one day faster than previous UPS time-in-transit. The destination countries are located across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, with more key markets to be added later this year.

    “One day makes a big difference when it comes to your international customers deciding to place an order,” said Nando Cesarone, President, UPS International. “We’re seeing significant opportunities for U.S. businesses, especially small-and medium sized online retailers, to export their quality products to high-growth international markets. By connecting e-tailers to our smart global logistics network, UPS helps them meet their customers’ expectations and compete with local country e-tailers.”

    The new Saturday export pick-up service will benefit U.S. businesses that want to ship exports six days per week or need a rush on weekend orders. It expands UPS’s existing portfolio of Saturday ground delivery and pick-up services for its U.S. customers, launched in 2017, which was one of the largest time-in-transit improvements in the company’s 110-year history.

    Exporting can benefit companies not only by opening doors to new customers and partners, but also by providing additional revenue diversification. Companies that export to multiple countries are also nearly 8.5 percent less likely^[1] to go out of business than companies that do not export.

    Furthermore, the U.S. Small Business Administration reports that out of 30 million American companies, less than 1 percent presently export; even then, a 58 percent majority export to only one country. With 95 percent of consumers located outside the U.S., there is a vast untapped market that is ripe for new entrants.

    UPS’s enhanced service also means a reduced chance of online shoppers abandoning shopping carts because a faster delivery enhances online competitiveness and builds the e-tailers’ brand internationally. E-tailers in the U.S. looking to go cross-border further benefit from fewer lost sales by choosing ship-from-store options and other UPS^® fulfillment solutions.

    When paired with the more than 28,000 UPS Access Point^® locations worldwide, which include independently owned and operated businesses that offer online shoppers a convenient and safe place to pick up shipments, this service expansion significantly enhances U.S. exporters’ ability to get packages to their customers where and when they want them delivered.

    Additionally, multiple industries with a global customer base ranging from automotive and high-tech to healthcare stand to benefit from this additional operating day. It enables them to add a sixth day to ship internationally providing an opportunity to turn inventory faster, utilize space more efficiently, and increase productivity.

    *About UPS*

    UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. UPS was awarded America’s Best Customer Service company for Shipping and Delivery services by Newsweek magazine; Fortune magazine’s Most Valuable Brand in Transportation; and top rankings on the JUST 100 list for social responsibility, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, among other prestigious rankings and awards. The company can be found on the web at or and its corporate blog can be found at The company’s sustainability eNewsletter, UPS Horizons, can be found at . To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

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    Esports Entertainment Group Inc (OTCWB:GMBL), a licensed online gambling company, announced Monday that it is forging an online wagering partnership with Epsilon eSports, an online e-sports gaming company. Founded in 2008, Epsilon is an e-sports organization headquartered in Belgium, with teams based across Europe and North America who compete in games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Gears Call of Duty and FIFA. Epsilon will be the first tier-1 esports organization to partner with Esports’ esports betting platform. READ: Esports Entertainment to introduce wagering for speedrunning “As our first Tier-1 esports team partnership, today marks a significant milestone for VIE and we look forward to great success together,” said Grant Johnson, Esports CEO in a statement. Epsilon is a leader in console esports, with multiple Call of Duty European championships, as well as a Smite World championship. Epsilon is a highly-international organization, with players and members from over 20 different nations. READ: Esports Entertainment believes gaming is turning lucrative and coming into its own Gregory Champagne, CEO of Epsilon eSports, is similarly bullish on the tie-up. “It is with great pride that today Epsilon partners with This is a whole different ball game, the first betting exchange platform where players challenge other players,” Champagne said in a statement. offers bet exchange style wagering on esports events in a licensed, regulated and secured platform. It is the first and most transparent esports bet exchange as a result of Esports Entertainment Group being a fully-reporting SEC issuer in the US.  Esports Entertainment Group Inc. is a licensed online gambling company with a focus on esports wagering and gaming for adults. Contact Ellen Kelleher at   Reported by Proactive Investors 1 hour ago.

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    Toyota’s flagship performance model will hit the road this summer

    Toyota pits ‘pure sports car’ against Porsche 718 Cayman after 17-year absence

    The new Toyota GR Supra – a model that returns after a 17-year break – is a sports car “in the purest form”, according to the Japanese manufacturer, with a singular focus on driver pleasure. 

    The fifth-generation Supra retains the front-engined, rear-wheel-drive, two-seat layout of previous versions. The Porsche 718 Cayman rival has been honed by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing performance division and was developed alongside the BMW Z4, with which it shares a 3.0-litre straight-six turbocharged engine, producing 335bhp and 362lb ft, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

    The BMW-developed inline six-cylinder used in the GR Supra features a twin-scroll turbocharger, with direct fuel injection and variable valve control. It has been tuned, says Toyota, to offer ‘segment-leading’ torque performance from very low revs. The maximum 362lb ft of torque is available between 1600-4500rpm. 

    That gives the GR Supra 52lb ft more torque than the 310lb ft the Porsche 718 Cayman S produces between 2100-4500rpm and, at a claimed 4.3sec, the Toyota is 0.3sec quicker from 0-62mph. The 335bhp developed by the GR Supra’s engine is 10bhp down on the 718 Cayman S. 

    The Supra offers Normal and Sport drive modes, launch control and a special ‘track’ setting that reduces the influence of the Vehicle Stability Control system. In Europe, it will be sold exclusively with an active differential. 

    The car is based around a ‘condensed extreme’ concept, the long bonnet and bubble roof reflecting the famed Toyota 2000GT of the 1960s and front and rear styling that nods to the fourth-generation Supra. It also features prominent curved rear wings, which Toyota claims approach the limits of what can be manufactured at high volume. 

    Toyota says the dimensions were set around achieving a “golden ratio” between the wheelbase length and the tread width of 1.55. The new Supra has a wheelbase of 2470mm – compared with 2570mm for the GT86 – with a tread width of 1594mm at the front and 1589mm at the rear. Overall width is 1854mm. 

    The Supra sits on double-joint MacPherson struts at the front and a five-link system at the rear. It has 19in alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres – slightly wider at the rear than the front – and four-pot Brembo brake calipers. 

    Toyota Gazoo Racing’s development team was key to refining the car’s handling, which was honed both on public roads and race tracks including the Nürburgring. Toyota says the Supra has higher structural integrity than the Lexus LFA supercar, a lower centre of gravity than the cheaper Toyota GT86 and 50:50 front/rear weight distribution. Achieving the latter involved pushing the engine as far back as possible beneath the bonnet.

    The car’s styling features a large central grille with air intakes and six-lens LED headlights, which lead into the long, low bonnet that, along with the double-bubble roof, has been designed to minimise drag. 

    Inside, Toyota says the Supra cockpit has been inspired by single-seater racing cars, with a low dashboard to maximise forward views and the main controls tightly grouped together. Reflecting its development alongside the Z4, the interior of the Supra makes extensive use of BMW switchgear. 

    There is a three-spoke leather-covered steering wheel, racing-influenced Alcantara-covered seats and an 8.8in digital driver instrument display, along with an 8.8in central multimedia display that can be operated via touchscreen or a rotary controller. The boot measures 290 litres, compared with 281 litres for the Z4. 

    The GR Supra will launch with two trim levels, called Active and Premium. Higher-spec Premium models gain black leather upholstery, a 12-speaker JBL sound system, a head-up display and a wireless smartphone charger. 


    Built alongside the Z4 in Graz, Austria, first deliveries of the GR Supra are due by late summer, with a limit of 900 cars in Europe in the first year, on an expected price tag of around £50,000.

    The first 90 European customers who pre-order will be offered a limited A90 Edition – reflecting the chassis code seen on the development car – that will come with a Storm Grey matt paint finish, black alloy wheels and a rear leather interior. 

    While the Supra will be a comparatively low-volume product, its importance to Toyota as a halo model is demonstrated by the fact that Akio Toyoda, the company’s president, tested the car on the Nürburgring before giving it his final approval.

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    Dublin, Jan. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Robotic Process Automation Market by Process - Global Market Size, Share, Development, Growth, and Demand Forecast, 2013-2023" report has been added to *'s* offering.

    Global robotic process automation market is expected to reach $8.69 billion by 2023

    Due to significant growth in technologies such as artificial intelligence and cognitive learning, the adoption of business automation technologies by enterprises has increased. This has led to rapid increase in demand for virtual workforce to eliminate repetitive human efforts, driving the market, globally.

    *Insights into market segments*

    On the basis of operation, the robotic process automation market is categorized into rule based and knowledge based; of the two, the rule based category held a larger revenue share in the market, valued at more than 59% in 2017. The rule based operation has gained significant interest from all sized enterprises, as it enables organizations to configure software robots that effectively automate various annual and highly repetitive tasks. It also helps organizations in saving a lot of time by completing an actual human task within a fraction of seconds.

    Based on enterprise size, the robotic process automation market is segmented into large enterprise, and small and medium enterprise (SME). Small and medium enterprises are expected to witness faster growth, with a CAGR of 37% during the forecast period, and surpass large enterprises by 2022 in terms of revenue. The high growth is expected due to significant interest shown by SMEs in process automation across the globe to enhance their operational efficiencies by automating their business applications.

    *Asia-Pacific to be the fastest growing market during the forecast period*

    Although, North America has been the largest robotic process automation market till now; however, during the forecast period, the market of this process is expected to witness the fastest growth in Asia-Pacific. The expected growth in the regional-level market can be attributed to factors such as advancement in new technologies, growing digitalization, growth in automation software industry, and increasing adoption of business process automation solutions by small and medium scale enterprises in the region.

    *Increase in demand for virtual workforce to push the market growth*

    Factors driving the growth of the global robotic process automation market include significant increase in ease of doing business through this process, surge in demand for virtual workforce to eliminate repetitive human tasks, decreasing cost of automation software and services, and increased adoption of new automation technologies for business transformation. With increasing demand for virtual workforce globally, particularly in technology and business process outsourcing services, robotic process automation with the help of voice recognition software or automated online assistance, can retrieve information and structure basic content that is required to answer customer queries or complaints in natural language.

    Apart from this, increasing adoption of automation software by enterprises is also driving the growth of the robotic process automation market. Rapid advancement in automated business process technologies has led to low cost and easy availability of automation software in the market. Such software has attracted the attention of small and medium enterprises, with limited budget for business automation transformation.

    *Robotic process automation market competitiveness*

    The intensity of rivalry in the global robotic process automation market is moderate.

    Some of the key players operating in the industry are Nice Systems Ltd., Pegasystems Inc., Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism PLC, Ipsoft, Inc., Celaton Ltd., Redwood Software, UiPath SRL, Verint System Inc., Xerox Corporation, and IBM Corporation.

    Most of the major vendors in the market are actively focused on enhancing their offerings to meet the ongoing demand for advanced business automation solutions. This includes software integrated with artificial intelligence and cognitive learning.

    *Key Topics Covered:*

    *Chapter 1. Research Background*
    1.1 Research Objectives
    1.2 Market Definition
    1.3 Research Scope
    1.4 Key Stakeholders

    *Chapter 2. Research Methodology*
    2.1 Secondary Research
    2.2 Primary Research
    2.3 Market Size Estimation
    2.4 Data Triangulation
    2.5 Assumptions for the Study

    *Chapter 3. Executive Summary*

    *Chapter 4. Introduction*
    4.1 Market Segmentation
    4.1.1 By Process Automated Solution Decision Support & Management Solution Interaction Solution
    4.1.2 By Operation Rule Based Knowledge Based
    4.1.3 By Offering Software Service Professional Training Implementation
    4.1.4 By Enterprise Size Large Small and Medium
    4.1.5 By Vertical Banking Financial services Insurance Telecom and IT Retail and consumer goods Manufacturing Healthcare and pharmaceutical Others
    4.2 Market Dynamics
    4.2.1 Trends Process-based business approach in organizations Advancements in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing
    4.2.2 Drivers Greater ease of doing business Surge in the demand for virtual workforce Decreasing cost of automation software and services Reduction in workforce cost Impact analysis of drivers on market forecast
    4.2.3 Restraints Constant change in automation technology landscape High risk of business failure Lack of technical workforce Impact analysis of restraints on market forecast
    4.2.4 Opportunities Adoption of robotic process automation in the healthcare industry Integration of artificial intelligence in robotic process automation

    *Chapter 5. Global Market Size and Forecast*
    5.1 By Process
    5.2 By Operation
    5.3 By Offering
    5.3.1 Robotic Process Automation Service Market, By Type
    5.4 By Enterprise Size
    5.5 By Vertical
    5.5.1 Telecom & IT Robotic Process Automation Market, by Offering
    5.5.2 Retail & Consumer Goods Robotic Process Automation Market, by Offering
    5.5.3 Manufacturing Robotic Process Automation Market, By Offering
    5.5.4 Financial Services Robotic Process Automation Market, By Offering
    5.5.5 Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Robotic Process Automation Market, by Offering
    5.5.6 Insurance Robotic Process Automation Market, by Offering
    5.5.7 Banking Robotic Process Automation Market, by Offering
    5.5.8 Others Robotic Process Automation Market, by Offering
    5.6 By Region

    *Chapter 6. North America Market Size and Forecast*

    *Chapter 7. Europe Market Size and Forecast*

    *Chapter 8. Asia-Pacific Market Size and Forecast*

    *Chapter 9. Middle East & Africa Market Size and Forecast*

    *Chapter 10. Latin America Market Size and Forecast*

    *Chapter 11. Competitive Landscape*
    11.1 Global Strategic Developments of Key Players
    11.1.1 Mergers and Acquisitions
    11.1.2 Product Launches
    11.1.3 Partnerships
    11.1.4 Geographic Expansions
    11.1.5 Facility Expansions
    11.1.6 Other Developments

    *Chapter 12. Company Profiles*
    12.1 NICE Ltd.
    12.2 Pegasystems Inc.
    12.3 Automation Anywhere Inc.
    12.4 Blue Prism Ltd.
    12.5 Celaton Ltd.
    12.6 Redwood Software Inc.
    12.7 IPsoft, Inc.
    12.8 UiPath
    12.9 Xerox Corporation
    12.10 International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation

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    The partnership equips machine operators and distributors with the latest turnkey cashless technology

    ATLANTA and MT. PROSPECT, Ill. (PRWEB) January 14, 2019

    Castles Technology International Corp., a globally recognized and industry-leading manufacturer of payment hardware solutions, and SUZOHAPP, the global market leader of software and hardware cash management solutions, announced today that both companies have entered into a multi-year partnership agreement, which includes the co-development and delivery of next-generation cashless terminals within unique sales channels throughout the global unattended marketplace.

    This strategic partnership enables SUZOHAPP to white label and resell Castles’ family of cashless payment hardware solutions, bundled with their services. The result is that each company’s unique business partners obtain cashless payment hardware solutions that are backed with highest levels of PCI and EMV compliance, lower their overhead costs, capture new revenue streams, and empower their end users with independence and flexibility.

    “Castles is quickly emerging as a formidable force in cashless technologies,” said Dr. Rory Herriman, CTO Software and Digital Systems for SUZOHAPP. “We saw this partnership as an opportunity to co-develop next generation cashless solutions with an innovative company and are thrilled to help further expand their market presence in the unattended and component space as forward-thinking collaborators.”

    The unceasing advancements in payment technology such as continued EMV migration, closed-loop/loyalty and mobile and smart device integrations, have rapidly transformed how customers interact and complete purchases from global brands. But fraudsters and cybercriminals are constantly seeking ways to disrupt these kinds of advances by exploiting vulnerabilities and security at the point-of-sale.

    “With over 85 years of combined experience, SUZOHAPP and Castles have made countless investments in the areas of research, product development and market surveillance of the potential dangers and liabilities that are weakening the payments industry,” said Winston Fong, CEO of North America (Castles Technology International Corp).

    With both companies integrating their existing payment technology and hardware platforms, Castles and SUZOHAPP stand ready to acquire substantial market share in kiosk, vending, micro market, gaming, amusement, transportation, banking and retail channels.


    About Castles Technology International Corp.

    With 25 years of marketplace experience, Castles Technology has established itself as a top global manufacturer of next-generation card acceptance hardware. Our goal is to create simple, smart and secure payment solutions that provide mobility and flexibility for a diverse range of SMBs in attended and unattended payment environments such as retail, vending, micro markets, restaurants, transportation, finance, lodging and hospitality. At Castles, we are out to prove that we are a reliable partner who can help businesses maximize their profits with our future-proof point-of-sale devices and best-in-class support offerings. We pride ourselves on crafting payment solutions that are ergonomic, remove burdensome costs and integrates with any SMB’s existing POS operation. US headquarters are in Atlanta, Ga. Global headquarters are in Taipei, Taiwan. Castles has 11 regional offices across Asia, Europe, North and South America.

    About SUZOHAPP

    SUZOHAPP is a technology company providing software and hardware for cash handling automation and self-service solutions to more than 25,000 customers throughout the world. SUZOHAPP’s technology enables automation for customers operating in a variety of end markets, including retail, transportation, gaming, banking, vending and amusement. SUZOHAPP’s solutions include cash deposit, recycling, processing and payment systems as well as a broad range of self-service component technologies. The brands of SCAN COIN, Comestero, CashComplete™ and Coinco are united under the SUZOHAPP Company. SUZOHAPP’s more than 1,100 employees operate in 19 countries and its dealer network covers more than 100 countries. More information is available at SUZOHAPP is owned by affiliates of ACON Investments, L.L.C., a Washington, D.C.- based international private equity investment firm that has responsibility for managing approximately $5.5 billion of capital. For more information, visit

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    First Patient Enrolled in DISRUPT CAD III, the U.S. FDA IDE Study for IVL in Severely Calcified Coronary Arteries

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shockwave Medical, Inc., a pioneer in the development and commercialization of Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) to treat complex calcified cardiovascular disease, has initiated its U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study – DISRUPT CAD III – for the use of IVL in heavily calcified coronary arteries. IVL is an innovative lesion preparation tool designed to fracture problematic calcium using sonic pressure waves in order to facilitate stent delivery, deployment and expansion.The co-principal investigators of the study are Drs. Dean Kereiakes, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, Medical Director of The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center and The Lindner Research Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and Professor of Clinical Medicine, The Ohio State University and Jonathan Hill, M.D., consultant cardiologist at King’s College Hospital in London. The first patient was enrolled last week by Richard A. Shlofmitz, M.D., FACC, Chairman, Department of Cardiology, St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York.   

    Coronary artery calcium physically impairs stent expansion and is perhaps the single most important predictor of early stent thrombosis and restenosis after stent procedures. Current calcium modification treatments, which can be difficult to perform, only address the burden of intimal calcium with varying degrees of success and result in an increased risk for adverse events since these techniques don’t differentiate between the calcific lesion and soft, normal intimal tissue.

    Coronary IVL is a novel investigational therapy designed to treat calcified artery blockages with sonic pressure waves historically used to treat patients with kidney stones. The technology seeks to minimize trauma within the artery by delivering pulsatile sonic pressure waves locally to fracture both intimal and medial calcium in the artery wall but pass through surrounding soft vascular tissue in a safe manner.

    “After previously using the peripheral IVL technology – Shockwave M^5 – to enable transfemoral access for TAVR as well as for mechanical cardiac support and hearing the enthusiasm from Europe about coronary IVL, we are very excited to investigate the clinical potential of the coronary technology in the United States,” said Dr. Kereiakes. “This therapy holds tremendous potential from a safety perspective for patients and an ease of use perspective for physicians – if coronary IVL is shown to be safe and effective, it could be a game changer for the way we treat calcified arteries today.”

    DISRUPT CAD III is a prospective, non-randomized, multicenter global IDE study to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the Shockwave Coronary IVL System with the Shockwave C^2 Coronary IVL Catheter in de novo, calcified, stenotic, coronary arteries prior to stenting. The study is expected to enroll approximately 392 patients at 50 global centers in the United States and Europe.

    The study will assess the freedom from major adverse cardiac events (MACE) within 30 days of the index procedure as the primary safety endpoint. The primary effectiveness endpoint is procedural success which, based on predicate studies, is defined as stent delivery with a residual stenosis of less than 50 percent and without in-hospital MACE. Enrolled study patients will be followed for two years.

    The study’s chairman is Gregg W. Stone, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, and the angiographic and OCT core labs are the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, also based in New York.   

    “Having treated nearly 100 patients with IVL since its European launch, the benefits for treating complex patients are evident. I am delighted to be a part of this important global trial to introduce my U.S. interventional colleagues to this novel technology. IVL is easy to use and has been a huge advancement for our management of calcified lesions,” said Dr. Hill. “I think U.S. interventionalists will recognize the simplicity and ease of use of the IVL system and will appreciate its ability to be rapidly deployed in any cath lab. I have no doubt that IVL is poised to become the key differentiating technology compared to other calcium modification tools.”

    Shockwave C^2 Coronary IVL catheters are commercially available for the treatment of de novo coronary artery disease in Europe and select other geographies; they are limited to investigational use in the United States. Shockwave M^5 Peripheral IVL catheters are commercially available for treatment of peripheral artery disease, including iliac arteries, in the United States, Europe and select other geographies.

    *About Intravascular Lithotripsy*
    We have adapted the use of lithotripsy to the cardiovascular field with the aim of creating what can become the safest, most effective means of addressing the growing challenge of cardiovascular calcification. Lithotripsy has been used to successfully treat kidney stones (deposits of hardened calcium) for over 30 years. By integrating lithotripsy into a device that resembles a standard balloon catheter, physicians can prepare, deliver and treat calcified lesions using a familiar form factor, without disruption to their standard procedural workflow. Our differentiated IVL System works by delivering shockwaves through the entire depth of the artery wall, modifying calcium in the medial layer of the artery, not just at the superficial most intimal layer.

    The IVL System includes a generator, connector cable and a family of IVL catheters designed to treat PAD and CAD. IVL cracks calcium through short bursts of sonic pressure waves, which are generated within the IVL catheter and travel through the vessel to crack calcium with an effective pressure of up to 50 atmospheres (“atm”) without harming the soft tissue. IVL catheters utilize multiple lithotripsy emitters that are integrated into a standard, semi-compliant balloon-catheter platform, which is advanced to the target lesion and the integrated balloon is inflated with fluid at a low pressure to make contact with the arterial wall. IVL is then activated through the generator with the touch of a button, creating a small bubble within the catheter balloon which rapidly expands and collapses. The rapid expansion and collapse of the bubble creates sonic pressure waves that travel through the vessel and crack the calcium, allowing the blood vessel to expand under low static pressure. To view an animation of the Intravascular Lithotripsy procedure visit

    *About Shockwave Medical, Inc. *
    We are a medical device company focused on developing and commercializing products intended to transform the way calcified cardiovascular disease is treated. We aim to establish a new standard of care for medical device treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease through our differentiated and proprietary local delivery of sonic pressure waves for the treatment of calcified plaque, which we refer to as ‘Intravascular Lithotripsy.’ For more information, visit

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    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, is pleased to announce promotions across its various Fund Groups.  John O’Neill (U.K.) and David Wolmer (U.S.) have been promoted to Senior Managing Director, and David Cowan (U.K.), Micah Levin (U.S.) and Matthew Rich (U.S.) have been promoted to Managing Director.Mr. O’Neill joined the London office of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners in 2015.  Since that time, he has been instrumental in leading and growing the London office. He has sourced several successful U.K. investments, including recent investments in GL Education, Law Business Research and Globe Business Media. Additionally, Mr. O’Neill is responsible for building out LLCP’s investment team in Europe.

    Mr. Wolmer joined Levine Leichtman Capital Partners in 2008 and is the firm’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. He has been integral in the execution of the firm’s private equity investments, realizations and financings across its global investment platform. He also assists LLCP’s investment professionals in connection with dispute resolution and corporate governance.  Additionally, he is responsible for fund structuring, risk management and regulatory compliance matters.

    “John and David have been valuable members of the Levine Leichtman Capital Partners team. They have contributed immeasurably not only to our investments, but also to the growth and evolution of our firm. We look forward to their continued successes and contributions to our firm,” said Lauren B. Leichtman, co-founder and CEO of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.

    Mr. Cowan joined the London office of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners in 2016.  He has led the firm in several successful U.K. and European investments, including the recent recapitalizations of Law Business Research, ZorgDomein and Squla.  Mr. Cowan will continue working closely with the management of LLCP portfolio companies headquartered in the U.K. and Europe, as well as leading deal execution of new investment opportunities in these markets.

    Mr. Levin joined the Los Angeles office of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners in 2017.  He has led the firm in several successful U.S. investments, including the recent recapitalizations of Best Lawyers and Jonathan Engineered Solutions.  As a senior member of the Firm’s Corporate Finance Group, Mr. Levin will continue working closely with the management of U.S. portfolio companies, as well as leading deal execution of new U.S. investment opportunities.

    Mr. Rich joined the Los Angeles office of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners in 2014.  He has led the firm in several successful U.S. investments, including the recent recapitalizations of Therapeutic Research Center, FlexXray, and Smith System.  As a senior member of the Firm’s Corporate Finance Group, Mr. Rich will continue working closely with the U.S. management of LLCP U.S. portfolio companies, as well as leading deal execution of new investment opportunities.

    “Each of these talented individuals has contributed meaningfully to LLCP’s success. These promotions illustrate the deep bench of investment talent our firm has developed.  We believe their contributions will continue to significantly benefit our investors and portfolio companies in the years to come,” said Lauren Leichtman, LLCP’s co-founder.

    Levine Leichtman also announced the promotions of Adam McKean to Director and Jarett Moyse to Associate Director.  Steven Korff was promoted to Senior Associate.  All three investment professionals work in the Los Angeles office. 

    LLCP recently announced the final closing of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Fund VI, L.P. at its hard cap of $2.5 billion.

    For more information, visit

    *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, U.K. 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.

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    Dublin, Jan. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Digital Signature Market by Solution - Global Market Size, Share, Development, Growth, and Demand Forecast, 2013-2023" report has been added to *'s* offering.

    Global digital signature market is expected to reach $3,410.8 million by 2023

    A significant growth in demand for these signatures is anticipated due to increasing use of them to reduce deception, growing government focus towards eliminating paperless work coupled with growing adoption of biometrics with this technology in various end use industries, across the globe.

    *Insights on Market Segments*

    Based on solution, digital signature market is categorized into hardware, software and services, of which services has been contributing the largest revenue share globally. However, software is expected to be the fastest growing category during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the increasing demand for accessibility of such signatures in connected devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops in different applications such as government, banking, financial services and insurance.

    On the basis of deployment type, digital signature market has been categorized into cloud-based and on-premises. Cloud-based has been the dominant category, as it reduces IT cost and ensures mobility.

    *North America has been the largest market for digital signatures*

    Digital signature market was led by North America, where it accounted for more than 40% of the global market size in 2017, majorly due to the technological advancement in digital technology and implementation of various legislations.

    In the U.S., some of the major legislations implemented for the digital signature technologies include Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), and Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN). These laws permit the use of these signatures in each state of the country. Similarly, in Canada, laws for electronic signature have been implemented through the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

    *Asia-Pacific will be the fastest growing market*

    The digital signature market will witness rapid growth in Asia-Pacific region, where it is expected to register a CAGR of 31.0% during the forecast period. The major factors driving the growth of the digital signature market in Asia-Pacific are improving BFSI sector and initiatives taken by various government associations for the elimination of paper use and enhancing the use of digital technology in countries such as China and India.

    The improving healthcare infrastructure in Asia-Pacific has increased the demand of signatures based on this technology in the region. Moreover, the increasing investment by digital signature software manufacturing companies has spurred the growth of the market. This is due to the low manufacturing cost and availability of skilled manpower in the developing countries such as China, India, Thailand.

    *Need to curb fraudulent activities in BFSI sector is a key growth driver of the market*

    The increasing acceptance of biometric component based on this technology in the BFSI sector is bolstering the growth of digital signature market. Use of this technology in biometric systems is one of the most secure methods for the identification and authentication procedures, due to its unique characteristics of the user's signature. Moreover, advancement in encryption-based security eliminates possibility of duplication. These innovative and advanced applications of the signatures based on this technology in BFSI sector are driving the growth of the digital signature market.

    Also, these technologies help in reducing the enormous amount of time involved in filling forms, such as banking forms, insurance forms, and legal and advisory forms. The one-time digitized scanned signature can be used several times in banking and insurance procedures. The tradition of using online forms for filing income tax returns, opening of saving and credit account in banks and buying insurance have increased the demand of digital technologies, including digital signatures.

    These signatures are helpful in eliminating frauds and thefts in many areas of security. By authentication of signatures of healthcare professionals, paper-based prescriptions can be digitally transferred from doctor to hospital's server, and then to patient's pharmacy, thus inhibiting a person's ability to manipulate or forge the doctor's prescription. Pharmacists have an online copy for the comparison of a patient's digitized prescriptions, for the better healthcare services.

    *Digital signature market competitiveness*

    The intensity of rivalry in the global digital signature market is moderate. Digital signature market players are focusing on product launch and partnerships to enhance the product security features and expand their consumer base across the globe.

    Some of the key players operating in the digital signature market are Adobe Systems Incorporated, Secured Signing Limited, SIGNiX Inc., Entrust Datacard Corporation, Ascertia, DocuSign Inc. and Gemalto NV.

    *Key Topics Covered:*

    *Chapter 1. Research Background*
    1.1 Research Objectives
    1.2 Market Definition
    1.3 Research Scope
    1.4 Key Stakeholders

    *Chapter 2. Research Methodology*
    2.1 Secondary Research
    2.2 Primary Research
    2.2.1 Breakdown of Primary Research Respondents By region By industry participant By company type
    2.3 Market Size Estimation
    2.4 Data Triangulation
    2.5 Assumptions for the Study

    *Chapter 3. Executive Summary*

    *Chapter 4. Introduction*
    4.1 Definition of Market Segments
    4.1.1 By Component Software Hardware Services Managed Professional
    4.1.2 By Deployment Mode Cloud On-premises
    4.1.3 By Application Government BFSI IT Healthcare & life sciences Retail Telecom Others
    4.1.4 By Enterprise Size Large Enterprises Small and Medium Enterprises
    4.1.5 By Class Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
    4.2 Market Dynamics
    4.2.1 Trends Increasing use of digital signatures in Healthcare Use of digital signatures in blockchain
    4.2.2 Drivers Increasing use of digital signatures to prevent deception Increasing adoption of digital signature-based biometrics in BFSI sector Government policies supporting market growth Impact analysis of drivers on market forecast
    4.2.3 Restraints High cost of digital signature solution Availability of conventional paper-based signature procedures Impact analysis of restraints on market forecast
    4.2.4 Opportunities Massive unexplored markets across the globe Growing e-business market Growing usage of digital signature to eliminate paper work
    4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    *Chapter 5. Government Regulations*
    5.1 U.S.
    5.2 Canada
    5.3 Europe
    5.4 U.A.E.
    5.5 Brazil
    5.6 China
    5.7 India
    5.8 Japan
    5.9 Australia

    *Chapter 6. Global Market Size and Forecast*
    6.1 By Component
    6.1.1 Services by Type
    6.2 By Deployment Mode
    6.3 By Application
    6.4 By Enterprise Size
    6.5 By Class
    6.6 By Region

    *Chapter 7. North America Market Size and Forecast*

    *Chapter 8. Europe Market Size and Forecast*

    *Chapter 9. Asia-Pacific Market Size and Forecast*

    *Chapter 10. LATAM Market Size and Forecast*

    *Chapter 11. MEA Market Size and Forecast*

    *Chapter 12. Competitive Landscape*
    12.1 Global Strategic Developments of Key Players
    12.1.1 Mergers and Acquisitions
    12.1.2 Product Launches
    12.1.3 Partnerships

    *Chapter 13. Company Profiles*· Adobe Systems Inc.
    · Secured Signing Limited
    · Gemalto N.V.
    · SIGNiX Inc.
    · Entrust Datacard Corporation
    · Ascertia
    · DocuSign Inc.
    · eSignLive

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    We now have conclusive proof that Europe is in an economic slump, and that two of its biggest economies are careering towards recession **

    · *There is now conclusive proof that Europe is in the midst of an economic slump.*
    · *Data released on Monday showed that industrial production throughout the whole of the eurozone dropped sharply, pointing to only a glacial pace of growth in the continent at the end of 2018.*
    · *Two of the continent's four biggest economies, representing a total GDP of more than $5.5 trillion, are on the brink of recession.*

    The global economy is fraught with problems at the start of 2019. President Donald Trump's trade war with China rumbles on; the US government shutdown is now the longest in history and is dragging on the country's economy; and in China, economic data points to a continuing slowdown for the world's second largest economy.

    As economists, investors, and policymakers focus intently on what's going on in the US and China, there's another major economic crisis brewing.

    This time, it's in Europe, where growth has slowed practically to a standstill, and two of the continent's four biggest economies, representing a total GDP of more than $5.5 trillion, are on the brink of, or already in, recession.

    Data released on Monday showed that industrial production throughout the whole of the eurozone slumped into the end of 2018, signalling that the single currency area's economy is still growing, but doing so at a glacial pace.

    Eurostat, the EU's statistical authority said on Monday that industrial production fell by 1.7% between October and November last year.

    "The numbers bode ill for GDP in Q4," Andrew Kenningham, the chief Europe economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients.

    "While the eurozone may have eked out a small increase in GDP in Q4, it has clearly shifted down a gear. And there is little reason to expect a sharp rebound in 2019."

    The chart below shows the sharp contraction in industry, the traditional driver of many major European economies:

    Away from the broad progress of the whole eurozone, things are even more dire. Both Germany, Europe's largest economy (GDP: $3.7 trillion), and Italy, Europe's 4th largest, and the eurozone's 3rd largest (GDP: $1.9 trillion) saw their economies slump into the end of 2018, while France is also in the doldrums.

    When official data about growth is released in March, both Germany and Italy will almost certainly have fallen into technical recessions, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

    *Germany's economic powerhouse struggles*

    Data last week showed that Germany, Europe's economic powerhouse and by far its largest economy, has likely fallen into a recession after the country's manufacturing sector reported a truly shocking end to 2018.

    In the month of November industrial production fell by 1.9%, while the year-on-year data showed a 4.6% drop, the worst annual performance since the financial crisis.

    *Read more:* Germany, the 4th-largest economy, probably just went into an unexpected recession

    "Germany likely was in recession in H2 2018 ... Yesterday's manufacturing data in Germany provided alarming evidence of a much more severe slowdown in the second half of last year than economists had initially expected," Claus Vistesen, the chief eurozone economist at research house Pantheon Macroeconomics said.

    Manufacturing is the big driver of the German economy, so when it falters, so too does Germany as a whole.

    The economy already shrank 0.1% in the third quarter of last year, and the data points to a second quarter of negative growth in 2018's final three months.

    Much of that slump is down to what's happening in the automotive industry, long the jewel in German manufacturing's crown. Greater competition in global markets, as well as newly introduced European Union greenhouse-gas emissions targets for automakers — the EU seeks to reduce emissions by 30% — have helped to trample on the auto sector in the country. BMW, for instance, saw third-quarter operating profits plunge 27%.

    *A third recession in a decade?*

    As Germany struggles, so too does Italy look to be on the cusp of a fresh recession, a third in just over a decade, as the systematic weaknesses in the country's economy continues unabated.

    While the budget crisis that gripped the country in the second half of 2018 seems to finally have a solution, the country's government is volatile and highly euroskeptic, and it is not impossible that it will go back on promises made to the EU during negotiations.

    Not only that, but the fundamentals of the Italian economy continue to struggle. Like Germany, Italy's manufacturing sector has bombed out in recent months, with both survey and official data showing a continued contraction in the sector at the end of 2018.

    *Read more:* Italy finally squeezed a budget through parliament, averting a head-on collision with the EU

    Andrew Harker, an associate director at IHS Markit, which compiles PMI, said last week that it was a "worrying end to the year for Italian manufacturers, with firms continuing to struggle to secure new business."

    "This is in marked contrast to the start of 2018, when the sector was experiencing strong growth. Moreover, with business confidence at a six-year low, there appears little sense of optimism that the current soft patch will come to an end in the near future," he added.

    Italian GDP, like Germany, also contracted 0.1% in the third quarter of the year, and the weakening manufacturing sector points to another quarter of contraction, and a second nation in a technical recession.

    *Other nations are nearing recessions, but aren't there yet*

    As Italy and Germany look to enter recessions, the rest of Europe is also struggling. In France, the eurozone's third largest economy, growth has stopped in its tracks as the continued protests of the "Gilets Jaune" subdue activity.

    The yellow vest protests are expected to halve the country's GDP growth by 0.2% from 0.4% in the fourth quarter, and retailers have lost more than €1 billion in revenues since the protests started in November. 

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    Dublin, Jan. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Poles for Street Lights & Parking Ed 1 2018" report has been added to *'s* offering.This report provides forecasts and analysis of an important segment of the pole market - Street Light and Parking Lot poles. They account for 21% of the 1.6 billion global population of poles. Light pole sales are growing fast, driven by the rise of the megacities in the developing world and Passive Safety regulations in the developed countries.

    *Report Scope*· Sales of street light poles in units and $ value are forecast from 2017 to 2025 by country and pole type (steel/aluminium, concrete, wood, composite), for new installations and replacements.
    · Replacements of concrete and wood poles with Passive Safety steel/aluminium poles are analysed.
    · Passive Safety is driving a switch from wood and concrete to steel, aluminium and composite poles in the street light segment of the market, but it is not applicable in parking lots.
    · Passive Safety is a significant driver of the street light pole market. The concept appeared about thirty years ago and is now accepted as essential for road safety in advanced countries. This report explains what it is and how it works.
    · Not all roads need Passive Safety devices. Passive Safety poles choices are based on road category, accident rates and speed limits. These categories determine the type of Passive Safety pole required.
    · Road segments and their requirement for Passive Safety are analysed.
    · Types of Passive Safety poles are described, with their applications.
    · In the developing world, the exponential expansion of megacities is creating a continuous demand for more street lights. Some of the Middle Eastern countries are leading in Passive Safety regulation, with increased cost per unit.
    · The Smart City concept is well established and many cities are introducing smart measures. Street lighting is an important element of the Smart City, including a switch from HPS lamps to LEDs, and CMS. Passive safety is an important ingredient and poles are being modernised.
    · Parking is receiving increased attention. Demand is growing and it uses a disproportionate amount of space in today's cities. The parking situation varies enormously around the world but it is becoming a 'hot' market in some countries.
    · On-street parking is covered with street lights, but off-street parking consists of parking 'garages' which have light fittings, and parking lots, which have light poles. The parking market is analysed together with the parking lot pole population and annual installations.
    · 56 manufacturers of poles of all materials feature in this report including; Valmont, Europole, Induo Systemholztechnik, Sabre Industries, Union Metal, Shakespeare, Strongwell, RS Technologies, Powertrusion, Duratel, Koppers Inc, Scanpole, Sapa, Jerol, Petrofisa, Structa, and others.

    *Report Summary:**Chapter 1 - STREET LIGHTING*

    Summary of the world's roads, stock of street lights by major countries and annual installations and replacements.


    Outline and discussion of the smart city concept and its implications for smart street lighting. Regional developments are dicussed and the major smart lighting manfacturers outlined.

    *Chapter 3 - PASSIVE SAFETY*

    Passive Safety is a fundamental driver of the market for street lightng poles in the advanced countries and is reaching out into other markets. The norms define different speed classes for different levels of safety for passengers, and categorise columns as high energy absorbing, low energy absorbing and non-energy absorbing elements. In addition to composite and aluminium poles, there are two types of frangible steel pole; the breakaway or slip-base pole, and the impact absorbing pole. Outlines of Passive Safety in the EU and the main using countries, the United States and others.

    *Chapter 4 - PARKING*

    Parking is a smaller segment of the market for lighting poles than street lights, amounting to 9% of it. Both on-street and off-street parking can be divided into two categories, regulated and/or paid-for parking and unregulated, free parking. The global markets are outlined and installed bases tabled with annual demand.

    *Chapter 5 - POLE MATERIALS*

    Aluminium/steel, concrete, wood and composite poles, applications with their advantages and disadvantages.


    139 tables with analysis of new installations and replacements of street light poles by material (steel/aluminium, concrete, wood and composite) from 2017 to 2025, in units and value.


    Profiels of 56 companies manufacturing poles of all materials; steel/aluminium, concrete, wood and composite, in all maor markets.

    *Key Topics Covered:**Executive Summary*

    *1. Street Lighting*

    · The world stock of street lights
    · Annual installations of street light poles

    *2. The Smart City And Smart Street Lighting*

    · The smart city concept
    · Smart street lighting
    · Light Emitting Diodes - LEDs
    · Central management system (CMS)
    · The street lighting market
    · Regional development of smart cities and public lighting
    · Smart street lighting manufacturers

    *3. Passive Safety*

    · Passive safety pole types
    · Safe materials
    · Frangible pole types
    · Breakaway and slip-base poles
    · Impact-absorbing poles
    · High energy absorbing (HE):
    · Low Energy absorbing (LE)
    · Non Energy absorbing (NE)
    · The origins of the passive safety concept
    · Passive Safety in the EU
    · EU National regulations
    · Norway
    · Finland
    · Sweden
    · Belgium
    · Netherlands
    · United Kingdom
    · Slovenia
    · United States

    *4. Parking*

    · United States
    · Europe
    · China
    · Japan
    · Global parking revenues
    · Lighting poles in the parking sector

    *5. Pole Materials*

    · Steel and Aluminium Poles
    · Concrete Poles
    · Composite Poles
    · Wooden Poles
    · Space allocation on joint use utility poles
    · Supply Space
    · Safety Zone Space
    · Communications Space

    *6. Annual Installations Of Light Poles*

    · Regional installations of street light poles in units
    · Regional installations of street light poles in $million
    · Steel/aluminium street light poles in units in Europe
    · Steel/aluminium street light poles in units in North America
    · Steel/aluminium street light poles in units in the CIS
    · Steel/aluminium street light poles in units in Middle East
    · Steel/aluminium street light poles in units in North Africa
    · Steel/aluminium street light poles in units in Sub-Saharan Africa
    · Steel/aluminium street light poles in units in Asia Pacific
    · Steel/aluminium street light poles in units in LAC
    · Wood street light poles in units in Europe
    · Wood street light poles in units in North America
    · Wood street light poles in units in the CIS
    · Wood street light poles in units in Middle East
    · Wood street light poles in units in North Africa
    · Wood poles in units in Sub-Saharan Africa
    · Wood street light poles in units in Asia Pacific
    · Wood street light poles in units in LAC
    · Concrete street light poles in units in Europe
    · Concrete street light poles in units in North America
    · Concrete street light poles in units in the CIS
    · Concrete street light poles in units in Middle East
    · Concrete street light poles in units in North Africa
    · Concrete street light poles in units in Sub-Saharan Africa
    · Concrete street light poles in units in Asia Pacific
    · Concrete street light poles in units in LAC
    · Composite street light poles in units in Europe
    · Composite light poles in units in North America
    · Composite street light poles in units in the CIS
    · Composite street light poles in units in Middle East
    · Composite street light poles in units in North Africa
    · Composite street light poles in units in Sub-Saharan Africa
    · Composite street light poles in units in Asia Pacific
    · Composite street light poles in units in LAC

    *7. Manufacturers Of Lighting, Parking And Distribution Poles*

    · North American manufacturers
    · Cross arms
    · European manufacturers
    · Germany
    · Finland
    · Netherlands
    · Sweden
    · Italy
    · United Kingdom
    · South America
    · Brazil
    · Africa
    · South Africa
    · Kenya
    · Asia Pacific
    · China
    · India
    · Malaysia
    · Australia
    · Middle East
    · Saudi Arabia
    · UAE
    · Turkey

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