What Brings Us Happiness? Panasonic Answered Through "Robotics for Well-Being" Webinar
▲ Panasonic's panel session with a theme of "Robotics for Well-Being" was held as a webinar due to the cancellation of SXSW 2020. (Image from Panasonic website) Due to COVID-19, the world's largest content festival, SXSW 2020, which was scheduled to be held in Austin, Texas, from March 13 to 22, has been canceled. However, as everything is being digitalized, on the morning of April 9, the "Robotics for Well-Being" Panel Session hosted by Panasonic was held as a webinar through the video conferencing service Zoom. The speakers of the session were Takeshi Ando, Head of the Panasonic Aug Lab, Ann Greenberg, CEO of Entertainment AI, and Harold E. Puthoff, CEO of EarthTech International. Each speaker commented on how technology can help business, science, and entertainment combine and create new solutions to make human's lives happier. They discussed how to understand reality and enrich experiences through "human-centered storytelling" and technical solutions. The session also presented how AI, robots, and human assist devices can bring happiness at the physical, emotional, and social levels. ▲ Takeshi Ando, Head of the Panasonic Aug Lab ▲ "Babypapa" for families with babies (Image from Panasonic website) Panasonic Aug Lab, which Takeshi Ando belongs to, is a division that researches ways to improve the quality of life using AI and technology. He introduced the works going on in this lab. First, Tomato Harvesting Robots and Delivery Robots that deliver goods while avoiding obstacles safely in hospitals, etc., were mentioned to explain that it is possible to improve productivity and efficiency through automation. Also, he showed a wheelchair for patients with cerebral palsy, which was conducted at Waseda University in 2010 by him. He said that it brought great happiness to patients and their families.Ando showed the graphs of GDP and life satisfaction in Japan and the US. In the graphs, GDP continues to rise, but life satisfaction remains the same or gets worse in both Japan and the US. So, "It is not just Japan's problem. It is a global problem. We need augmentation through automation with robots," he said. The word 'Augmentation' in the Panasonic Aug Lab is an effort to enrich life and add happiness. He also stated that well-being requires efforts in physical, emotional, and social levels.As a prototype that can bring well-being from all those aspects, Babypapa, was introduced. Babypapa is a robot developed for families with babies. It helps children who are alone to be bored, to observe facial expressions, take pictures of the most beautiful and precious moments, and improve social experiences. Ando explained that Babypapa makes it possible to share sincere and steady emotional sympathy without forcing communication. He also added that it is okay to use only one, but if three units are used, they can work together to create a better synergy effect."More than 700 ideas are coming out of the Panasonic Aug Lab, and about 20 projects are in progress. Panasonic strives not only for social well-being but also for individuals'. As COVID-19 isolated people and we are all in a physically and mentally debilitating state, it is time to develop new technologies using AI, 5G, and robots," said Takeshi Ando. ▲ Ann Greenberg, CEO of Entertainment AI ▲ Ann Nonymous™ advocates for a high tech-future as a virtual human. A pioneer of digital media who developed the democratization of media, Ann Greenberg first introduced her company, Entertainment AI (or Sceneplay Inc.). Entertainment AI is a smart content company that enables users to appear in content along with their friends and favorite creators and gets all participants paid through the automation of media creation. The automation could be done by using Smart Script, which is a tool that generates smart content. The smart content can be personalized according to the needs of users after micronizing the content and making every element cryptographically secure. Ann emphasized Hyper-personalization' and Human-centered Storytelling. Hyper-personalization can be realized through the smart content provided by Entertainment AI, and it changes depending on who the user is and what they want with any media such as live actions, animations, puppets, and even robots. And when it comes to Human-centered Storytelling, she explained that it corresponds to the ultimate goal of Entertainment AI and said: "We are all protagonists in the story of our lives, and anyone can be a creator." Ann introduced the prototype, Ann Nonymous, which is currently being studied at the company. She explained that Ann Nonymous is the world's first collaborative virtual human and influencer based on Entertainment AI's "Big Sister" platform. The Big Sister platform is contrary to the term "Big Brother," which originated in British novelist George Orwell's "1984." Moreover, she added that it advocates for a high tech-future with a human heart. "Technology will help overcome the limitations of social distance and communication caused by COVID-19. As the age of co-creation is approaching, it will be possible to create a society of more advanced technology by harmonizing robots and various creativity that humans can create," said Ann Greenberg. ▲ Harold E. Puthoff, CEO of EarthTech International ▲ To The Stars Academy (TTSA) is working on a lot of research to improve social well-being. (Image from TTSA website) Founder of EarthTech International and physicist of Stanford Research Institute, Harold E. Puthoff introduced himself as "a someone who always stands at the intersection of Biology, Physics, and Technology with passion for searching for solutions to impossible problems and opportunities where others see difficulties." Then, he cited the Casimir Effect, which is caused by the quantum-theoretic effect of vacuum, to explain that any new kind of energy source with potential will power micro-devices that assist humans in achieving harmony with nature and with each other, like Casimir force. Moreover, Puthoff explained Secure Communication as a technique that can be explained through quantum physics theory. The electromagnetic field that we are currently using in Wi-Fi or radio is affected by geophysical factors, plasma, water, etc., but as for Electromagnetic Potential of quantum physics, even electromagnetic shielding cannot be a barrier. He said that this new form of secure and private communication could provide stability in our lives.He then referred to the Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) developed by Stanford University as an example of the micro-devices mentioned above. This interface is a device that translates neuronal information into commands capable of controlling external software or hardware such as a computer or robotic arm. "Tapping, understanding, and manipulating brain waves and synaptic energy will enhance emotional, physical, and social human well-being," said Puthoff.Lastly, Puthoff introduced To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA). He co-founded TTSA with Tom DeLonge, and many scientists are working to create a more advanced society and open new paths at TTSA. It focuses on collecting and researching anomalous data to develop technologies. In particular, its entertainment division aims to tell people complex and challenging scientific theories and techniques with easy and fun stories.
Osang Healthcare Received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by USFDA For COVID-19 Test Kit
Osang Healthcare, a subsidiary of OsangJaiel, announced that it obtained emergency use authorization (EUA) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its COVID-19 test kit, GeneFinder™ COVID-19 Plus RealAMPKit. Osang Healthcare is a South Korean manufacturer and distributor of medical devices. As the excellence of Korean test kits became known, competition around the world is fierce to secure Korean test kits. Currently, more than 100 countries have imported Korean COVID-19 test kits. With this FDA's EUA approval of Osang Healthcare, it is expected that the proportion of test kits in exports will increase significantly. Osang Healthcare has begun negotiations to export to the US market in earnest through this EUA approval. Currently, specific discussions are underway for large-scale export contracts related to the supply of COVID-19 test kits to various channels in the United States. Recently, the company has signed large-scale export contracts with Brazil, Russia, Italy, Romania, Morocco, Argentina, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Besides, it is currently responding to export inquiries from over 70 countries around the world, and the produced quantity is shipped every week. The company stated, "We already have expanded the production capacity so that there is no problem in supplying test kits in preparation for additional large-scale orders from the United States, South America, Europe, and the Middle East."
POSTECH Developed Smart Contact Lens for Diabetes Monitoring and Diabetic Retinopathy Therapy
Diabetes is called an "immortal disease" as it is never completely removed with any treatment of modern medical science once it develops. But what if you could control the secretion of insulin just by wearing contact lenses? Recently, POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology) research team developed a wireless smart contact lens technology that can diagnose diabetes by wearing contact lenses and can even treat diabetic retinopathy by itself. The smart contact lens can diagnose and treat diabetes by controlling drug release with electrical signals. It is made of biocompatible polymers and incorporates biosensors, drug delivery systems, and data communication systems. The research team confirmed that the sugar concentration in tears analyzed by the smart contact lens in the diabetic rabbit model is consistent with the blood sugar analyzed by the conventional glucose meter and that the drug in the smart contact lens can be used to treat diabetic retinopathy. In recent years, by utilizing such smart contact lens-based technology, researches are being conducted to broaden the scope of use as an electronic drug system that can treat mental disorders by electrical stimulation. Mental disorders include depression and brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The research team expects that smart contact lenses for self-controlled treatment, along with real-time bio-analysis, will be developed and quickly applied to wearable healthcare-related industries. The findings were published in the world-wide journal, Science Advances.
AACR Led Global Cooperation to Resolve Questions About Relationship Between Cancer Patients and COVID-19
(Image from: AACR) Due to COVID-19, the American Cancer Society (AACR) decided to hold annual meetings online. AACR Virtual Annual Meeting 2020 takes place on two separate occasions, April 27-28 and June 22-24. On the first day, the 27th, there were mainly presentations on current or completed bio-clinical trials. On the 28th, the meeting was started with the plenary session on the subject of <COVID-19 and Cancer>, followed by symposiums and general meetings on new drugs and treatments under development. The virtual plenary session <COVID-19 and Cancer>, which was held at 9 AM EDT, consisted of 7 presentations. In each presentation, the status of COVID-19 and various statistics on cancer patients in major countries and cities around the world, such as Wuhan, Milan, Paris, Madrid, Naples, and New York, were revealed, and their views and opinions were also shared. The following are the six presentations presented after Prof. Li Zhang of Tongji Medical College in the first order, <The experience of treating patients with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic in China>. Marina Chiara Garassino, MD, from Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori in Milan, gave a presentation about <TERAVOLT: First results of a global collaboration to address the impact of COVID-19 in patients with thoracic malignancies>. TERAVOLT researched 200 patients with COVID-19 and thoracic cancers from 8 countries. As a feature of the findings, the mortality rate was 34.6%, and most of the deaths were due to COVID-19, not cancer. The most frequent complications were pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and she emphasized that many patients were not offered of ICU admissions mainly due to the shortages and institutional rules. “Tumor type and cancer therapy did not impact survival. Even at multivariate analysis, no factors were associated with risk of death. As the cancer diagnosis patients with thoracic malignancies are less likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit, they are at increased risk of prolonged hospitalization and mortality from COVID-19 infection,” Garassino stated. “Our study has several limitations such as short follow-up and selected population, but TERAVOLT will continue to collect data and to provide data in order to identify characteristics associated to a severe COVID-19 able to help societies to create guidelines tailored on individual risk.” Fabrice Barlesi, MD, PhD, from Gustave Roussy Cancer Campus Grand Paris gave a presentation with a theme of <Outcome of cancer patients infected with COVID-19, including toxicity of cancer treatments>. The research in this presentation was conducted on a total of 7,251 cancer patients managed by Gustave Roussy from March 14 to April 15. As of April 20, 95 (69.3%), 20 (14.6%), and 22 (16.1%) pts were discharged, had died, or were still hospitalized, respectively. Moreover, clinical deterioration occurred in 34 (24.8%) who were associated with hematological underlying disease, CRP at diagnosis of COVID19 or the use of cytotoxic chemotherapy. “Globally, the rate of the SARS-CoV-2 infection in our cancer patients’ population does not seem to be higher compared to the global population. We have not found evidence that COVID19 is more lethal or aggressive in cancer patients that underwent usual SARS-Cov-2 treatment,” Barlesi stated. “Special attention has to be given to frail patients with ECOG>1, hematological diseases, or advanced disease treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy within the last 3 months. We believe that adequate testing and protective measures will justify an optimal management of the cancer patients’ underlying tumor.” Carlos Gomez-Martin, MD, PhD, from University Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid, Spain, presented about <Adapting oncologic practice to COVID19 outbreak: From outpatient triage to risk assessment for specific treatment in Madrid, Spain>. From March 9 to April 19, a total of 287 cancer patients were screened, and approximately 26% were confirmed. Data on the first 63 patients were shared through the presentation. More than 80% of patients had metastatic diseases, and 40% had lung-related cancer. The mortality rate was about 25% (16), and lung-related cancer, neutropenia, and acute respiratory distress syndrome were the major risk factors. It was also noted that positive results such as 9 out of 15 patients survived as a result of using the Tocilizumab treatment. “For all patients admitted routine blood test and Chest Xr or CT of the lungs performed previously to been transferred to Ward. Specifics and separate wards for suspected, confirmed and negative coronavirus patients were prepared. Also, all chemo Treatments were reconsidered based on objectives, life expectancy, and type of therapy and clinical status of every patient,” stated Gomez-Martin. “COVID-19 treatment must be multidisciplinary and it should include specific antiviral therapy, supportive treatment, close monitoring of inflammatory parameters, and appropriate use of anticoagulants given the risk of thromboembolic complications in this disease.” Paolo A. Ascierto, MD, from the Istituto Nazionale Tumori IRCCS Fondazione Pascale in Naples, Italy, gave a presentation of <Experience in using oncology drugs in patients with COVID-19>. In the institution to which Ascierto belongs, only two out of 400 patients were confirmed as COVID-19, and all succeeded in receiving a negative test within 10 days using Tocilizumab therapy. Tocilizumab is an anti-IL-6 drug and is known to be effective in patients with cytokine release syndrome. It was also explained that the COVID-19 related acute respiratory stress syndrome is caused by excessive cytokine production. “To keep safe both patients and healthy workers is the most important rule. In our daily practice we adopted a specific policy about the conduct of our clinical managements of melanoma patients, in order to minimize the risk of any potential exposure. We are prioritizing patients, according to the kind of treatment and the stage of disease,” stated Ascierto. “In Italy we started on 19th of March a phase II study (NCT04317092) which enrolled 330 patients in 24 hours, with the ability of tocilizumab to reduce the one-month mortality rate as main endpoint. Besides, we are also conducting clinical study on another anti-IL-6 drug, Sarilumab.” Louis P. Voigt, MD, from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York gave a presentation about <Flattening the curve but widening disparities>. He first introduced the status of COVID-19 impact on New York State. As of April 22, when fatality was categorized as race/ethnicity, Hispanic (34%) and Black (28%) patients more than 60%. Out of 15,740, the total number of deaths, 14,018 had at least one comorbidity. Hypertension (9,028) was the highest, and the cancer was 1,154. “The proportion of Black and Hispanic was also high in non-hospitalized, non-fatal hospitalized cases, compared to White and Asians. Higher incidence of cancer, higher cancer-related mortality, higher incidence of COVID-19, and higher COVID-19 were related mortality in African American population. But we need to be more careful, because the reality is more complex. We need more time and data,” Voigt stated. “Pandemic create perfect conditions for suboptimal care or deviation from standard care with major impact on the most vulnerable patients. This is because healthcare systems become overwhelmed during pandemic, and decisions are sometimes driven by fear and emotions rather than evolving facts. The most vulnerable among us can fall out of the safety net if we do not pay attention. We need to create more robust safety net.” Last but not least, Hongbing Cai, MD, from Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University presented with a theme of <Patients with cancer appear more vulnerable to SARS-COV-2>. Zhongnan Hospital conducted a multi-center study including 105 cancer patients and 536 age-matched non-cancer patients confirmed with COVID-19. According to the study, COVID-19 patients with cancer had higher risks in all severe outcomes. Patients with hematological cancer, lung cancer, or with metastatic cancer (stage IV) had the highest frequency of severe events. In addition, patients who received surgery had higher risks of having severe events, while patients with only radiotherapy did not demonstrate significant differences in severe events when compared to patients without cancer. “These findings indicate that cancer patients appear more vulnerable to SARS-COV-2 outbreak. Since this is the first large cohort study on this topic, our report will provide the much-needed information that will benefit global cancer patients. As such, we believe it is extremely important that our study be disseminated widely to alert clinicians and patients,” stated Cai. “Self-protective isolation, strict in-hospital infection control, and appropriate online medical services are recommended. On top of that, individualized treatment plans need to be developed based on the tumor types and stages of patients by clinicians.”
Kazan Helicopters has certified the Ansat simulator according to international standards
Kazan Helicopters of the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has received positive qualification of Ansat helicopter training simulator's compatibility to international standards. The evaluation was carried out by the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky (TsAGI). The comprehensive Ansat simulator was tested for its compliancewith the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Evaluated characteristics included the layout and design of the cockpit, simulation of flight and engine dynamics, controlling on ground, helicopter systems, acoustic, visual and vibration effects and navigation. The assessment result was positive. "We consider the certification of the Ansat helicopter simulator according to ICAO standards as one of the important achievements of our company. Our Aviation Training Center is now waiting for the first intake of students to pass the simulator training in August 2020. The training will be organized to foreign customers: pilot training is included in the price of the helicopter in all export orders", pointed out Managing Director of Kazan Helicopters, Yuri Pustovgarov. The simulator model was developed on the basis of helicopter flight test data provided by the design bureau of the Kazan Helicopters. The cockpit and interior of the simulator are completely authentic. Instrumentation is replaced with simulator devices, but their appearance and functionality fully correspond to the originals. The Ansat simulator is equipped with a visualization system that provides full visibility from the pilot's seat. It can be used to reproduce two distinct areas: the city of Kazan along with the Kazan Helicopters flight test center, as well as the city of Sochi. A vibrating platform and audio system help to simulate the vibrational and acoustic effects of flight. Using the simulator,trained pilots will be able to maneuver the helicopter model in various conditions, including in dangerous and emergency situations. The comprehensive Ansat simulator was designed and produced as part of the investment project "Development Concept for for the Aviation Training Center of the Kazan Helicopter Plant of Russian Helicopters Holding Company". The KHP Aviation Training Center also has a comprehensive simulator for Mi-8MTV helicopter. The cabin of the simulator has been adapted to simulate training of pilots at night with night vision goggles. Besides, the simulator has a vibroacoustic unit whichimitates vibration and sounds of a helicopter depending on the flight mode and conditions. The Aviation Training Center of Kazan Helicopters was established in 1995. In more than 20 years it has trained almost 9,000 specialists. The center provides courses on retraining andprofessional development for pilots, engineers and technical specialists. Teachers constantly improve their skills and undergo practical training in the leading training centers in Russia and abroad, and have registered certificates of aircraft manufacturers. The KHP Aviation Training Center provides training for helicopters of Mi-8/17 and Ansat types. In the future it is planned to create a similar training program for Mi-38 helicopter.
Sim racers tackle the virtual “Green Hell” at round five
The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup prepares for the next season highlight this coming Saturday: At the fifth of ten rounds of the global esports championship run on the iRacing simulation platform on 4 July, around 40 drivers will fight for fractions of seconds and championship points on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. The almost 25-kilometre combination of the “Green Hell” and the 24-hour variant of the Grand Prix circuit is the longest racetrack on the current calendar of the virtual one-make race series. At the previous round in Le Mans, British sim racer Kevin Ellis Jr. from the Apex Racing squad was first across the line in the sprint race. The 30-minute main race went to the German Redline driver Maximilian Benecke at the wheel of his digital reproduction of the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The results, however, do not count towards the championship. The reason: Due to a technical error, the 15-minute sprint race was one lap too long. As a result, some competitors ran out of fuel or had to make a pitstop to refuel. Since the outcome of the sprint race determines the grid line-up for the main race, the simulation platform revoked all results. The prize money, however, will be paid out. A rerun of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Le Mans event will be held on 26 September. The current championship standings after round three at Donington still apply. Last year’s champion, Joshua Rogers (VRS Coanda Simsport) from Australia, leads the series with 161 points followed by Sebastian Job from the Red Bull Racing team (155 points) and Rogers’ teammate Tommy Østgaard from Norway with 135 points. At the Nürburgring, sim racers will contest the sprint race over two laps, followed by the main race over four laps. The event also includes a free practice, a qualifying session and a warm-up. Fans can watch the event live on the Porsche YouTube channel ( https://youtu.be/itnr3a5_TJw ) and Twitch ( https://www.twitch.tv/porsche ). Further information on the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup can be found on the Porsche Motorsport Hub, Porsche Newsroom and the Twitter account @PorscheRaces. The programme (4 July) 4:03 to 4:15pm: Qualifying 4:17 to 4:32pm: Sprint race 4:34 to 4:44pm: Warm-up 4:45 to 5:15pm: Main race (All times CEST) Upcoming races 18.07.2020 – Silverstone Circuit (Great Britain) 01.08.2020 – Road Atlanta (USA) 15.08.2020 – Brands Hatch Circuit (Great Britain) 29.08.2020 – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) 26.09.2020 – Circuit de la Sarthe (France) 10.10.2020 – Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Italy)
Rostec made the first civilian Mi-8AMT Arctic helicopter
Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) started serial production of Mi-8AMT Arctic helicopters for civilian customers. Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant made the first rotorcraft which is ready to start operation. Mi-8AMT helicopter in its Arctic version completed the flight-test program and the procedure of acceptance by an independent commission of the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya). The rotorcraft's main features include a unique system for heating transmission parts, designed by JSC «National helicopter center Мil&Kamov». The system provides for quick start of engines in extremely low temperatures, even if the helicopter is deployed without a hangar for a long time. The system for heating transmission parts is complemented by an improved system for thermal protection of the cargo cabin and special thermal insulation shutters in sliding doors and cockpit doors. Special cover protects the helicopter from low temperatures, high humidity and strong wind, if it is deployed without a hangar for a long time. The helicopter systems have teflon hose, which is resistant to freezing temperatures, instead of rubber hose. "New Mi-8AMT helicopter will be sought after by many Russian companies and government agencies implementing projects and tasks in the Arctic. The first rotorcraft is ready to start operation, and negotiations with several potential Russian customers are underway," stated Director General of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginsky. "The holding company is making every effort to provide operators with reliable and modern helicopters, which is irreplaceable when many important tasks related to work in the region are carried out." The helicopter is equipped with two additional fuel tanks, which allow it to fly long distances. This in very important for northern districts with low population density. The Arctic version of Mi-8AMT can fly up to 1,400 km. An emergency floatation system can also be installed on the helicopter to fly over a vast area of waters in the Arctic. "This helicopter is necessary for air medical services, maintenance of facilities of the fuel and energy complex, and for meeting the needs of polar expeditions. It may also help organize transportation in northern regions," emphasized Managing Director of Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant Leonid Belykh. When the helicopter was designed, great attention was given to ensuring that it is capable of flying over the Arctic terrain with few features, in the conditions of polar night, harsh weather, and when satellite and radio signals are lost. For that purpose the rotorcraft is equipped with a special navigation complex. The complex includes several navigation systems for locating the helicopter, a radar with horizontal and vertical sweep of information on the weather, a digital autopilot, and radio stations with a wide range of frequencies. The helicopter is capable of automated hovering, flying a planned hovering route, and landing. The navigation system considerably reduces the load on the crew, and ensures greater safety of the flight.
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Transliquid Technologies LLC Issues Voluntary Recall of Mystic Shield Protection Topical Solution Due to Presence of Undeclared Methanol for the state
SPRING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Transliquid Technologies LLC is voluntarily recalling all Mystic Shield Protection Topical Solution, manufactured by Mystic Intl S.A. de C.V in Mexico City, and packaged in an 8.45 ounce (250 ml) bottles, to the consumer level. The firm’s independent testing found the products contain undeclared methanol. Risk Statement: Substantial methanol exposure “could result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.” To date, Transliquid Technologies LLC has not received any reports of adverse events related to the product in question. The product is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer used to reduce bacteria that potentially cause disease when soap and water are not available and is packaged in an 8.45 ounce (250 ml) blue or green labeled bottle with a white or transparent cap and bears a green or blue label identifying Mystic Shield Protection. The product was distributed between May 21, 2020-June 30, 2020 to select wholesale and retail customers in California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Texas. Transliquid Technologies LLC has accounted for and prevented distribution of a substantial majority of the product at the consumer level and is arranging for its return. Transliquid Technologies LLC is notifying its distributors and customers by email and first-class U.S. Mail and is arranging for the return of all recalled products. Consumers, distributors, and retailers that have Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer, which is being recalled, should stop using and return to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Transliquid Technologies LLC at 281-377-5845 email@example.com on Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm CDT. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product. Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, or by fax. Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm Regular Mail or Fax: Download form www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178 This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Contacts Guillermo Berriochoa firstname.lastname@example.org
Assurant Appoints Former T-Mobile CFO J. Braxton Carter to Its Board of Directors
Brings Over 25 Years of Mobile Expertise to Board NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ), a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases, today announced the appointment of J. Braxton Carter, former executive vice president and chief financial officer for T-Mobile US, Inc., to its Board of Directors. He will serve on the Board’s Audit Committee. “We are excited to have Braxton join our Board,” said Assurant Board Chair Elaine Rosen. “We are continuously evolving our Board’s composition to further strengthen the breadth of expertise around key growth areas of our business.” “Mobile has been a critical success driver for us across the world, and Braxton’s years of industry experience, coupled with his financial expertise, will provide valuable perspective to our Board as we look to sustain and accelerate our growth in mobile,” said Assurant President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Colberg. Carter served as chief financial officer at T-Mobile, where he led the financial organization for nearly a decade, until his retirement on July 1, 2020. Previously, he was chief financial officer and vice chairman for MetroPCS, until its acquisition by T-Mobile in 2013. While at MetroPCS, he also served as vice president of Corporate Operations, before being promoted to CFO. Carter has also held senior finance leadership roles at PrimeCo Personal Communications (now Verizon Wireless) and Neostar Retail Group (now GameStop). He began his career in Audit for Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Carter previously served on the Board of Alumni for the Leeds School of Business of the University of Colorado and is a certified public accountant. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Colorado. About Assurant Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ) is a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases. Anticipating the evolving needs of consumers, Assurant partners with the world’s leading brands to develop innovative products and services and to deliver an enhanced customer experience. A Fortune 500 company with a presence in 21 countries, Assurant offers mobile device solutions; extended service contracts; vehicle protection services; pre-funded funeral insurance; renters insurance; lender-placed insurance products; and other specialty products. The Assurant Foundation strengthens communities by supporting charitable partners that help protect where people live and can thrive, connect with local resources, inspire inclusion and prepare leaders of the future. Learn more at assurant.com or on Twitter @AssurantNews. ### Contacts Media Contact: Linda Recupero Senior Vice President, Enterprise Communication 201.519.9773 email@example.com Investor Relations Contacts: Suzanne Shepherd Senior Vice President, Investor Relations 201.788.4324 firstname.lastname@example.org Sean Moshier Director, Investor Relations 914.204.2253 email@example.com
Helbiz Continues Global Expansion with Eyes on the United Kingdom
Helbiz is committed to investing in the growth of micro-mobility with its fleet of e-scooters and e-bikes in the UK Company drives hiring efforts across the country NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the United Kingdom changes its e-scooter regulations and begins trials this week, Helbiz, a global leader in micro-mobility, announced its commitment to entering the market and expanding its fleet operations. The company is dedicated to partnering with local cities and municipalities within the UK to provide safe, sustainable and affordable last-mile transportation options, while creating jobs within each market it operates. “In these unprecedented times when social distancing is key, micro-mobility solutions, such as e-scooters and e-bikes, offer an environmentally-friendly and socially conscious travel option,” said Salvatore Palella, founder and CEO of Helbiz. “The UK has always been an important market for Helbiz, and we’re excited for the opportunity to partner with cities across the market to help demonstrate the economic, environmental and social benefits of our micro-mobility fleets.” Helbiz has identified more than 20 cities across the UK where its fleet of e-scooter and e-bikes would seamlessly integrate into existing transportation infrastructures or offer an alternative travel option. To highlight its dedication to the UK, Helbiz plans to hire dozens of full-time employees, including highly-skilled workers such as engineers and mechanics, in each city it enters, while building community programmes that help foster talent and develop careers. The company has an established UK-based office and a regional manager that will execute the deployment of its fleet, manage the warehouses and lead the on-the-ground operations and recruitment efforts. Similar to all of its other markets, Helbiz will launch the Helbiz Apprenticeship Programme in the UK to provide its employees career pathway opportunities in the rapidly growing, high-demand mobility industry. The company will also offer the Helbiz Access Programme, providing unlimited free rides for up to 30 minutes for residents with an income at or below 200% of the poverty line. Additionally, Helbiz plans to launch community initiatives to engage with locals and help drive the awareness and adoption of micro-mobility solutions around the area. “As the market leader in Italy, we partnered with the Italian government’s COVID-19 Task Force last month to provide transportation guidance and support as the country gradually lifted its stay-at-home order,” continued Palella. “To ease travel burdens and limit public transportation use, we offered essential workers free rides in all the cities we operated in across Italy. Just as we were able to support Italy during the pandemic, we hope that we can offer our services, experience and support to the UK during these uncertain times.” Users can download the Helbiz app on iOS and Android to instantly geolocate, rent and unlock e-bikes directly from their phones with a tap and simply park them at bike racks or at available designated parking hubs when finished with their ride. For additional information, visit www.helbiz.com. ABOUT HELBIZ Helbiz is a global leader in micro-mobility services. Launched in 2017 and headquartered in New York City, the company operates e-scooters and e-bicycles in over 20 cities around the world including Rome, Washington DC, Milan, Madrid, Belgrade and Miami. Helbiz utilizes a customized, proprietary fleet management platform, artificial intelligence and environmental mapping to optimize operations and business sustainability. Contacts Media ContactSandy Choi sandy (at) agentofchange.com
Paul M. Bourassa Joins Altia-ABM as Vice President, North America
TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UK-based software group Altia-ABM has appointed Paul M. Bourassa as its new Vice President for North America, providing strategic advice on sales, long-term strategy and customer relations for Canada and the US. The appointment follows the announcement in June of Rob Sinclair’s appointment as CEO. Altia-ABM’s suite of products enable more effective and efficient investigations with significant time savings. The firm provides tools for the management of complex financial investigations, covert operations and the creation of digital case files. Altia-ABM technology is key to anti-money laundering and anti-corruption initiatives globally. Paul is a barrister and solicitor with a distinguished track record, notably as a Federal Crown Prosecutor with the Government of Canada and an Advisory Crown Counsel to the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Group within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He has also acted as a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in southern Africa, with a particular focus on combating money laundering and terrorist financing. Throughout his career Paul has conducted prosecutions and provided strategic legal advice in the areas of asset recovery, proceeds of crime, illegal drug supply and money laundering. In recent years he has also trained senior law enforcement officers and financial investigators in Canada and the Middle East. Mr. Bourassa said: “Altia-ABM’s tried and trusted products offer significant benefits to law enforcement professionals and businesses. By shifting the focus from labour-intensive, time-consuming tasks to rapid data capture and analytics, investigations become more accurate and targeted. This is a game changer in the detection of fraud and successful prosecution of criminals and I am looking forward to offering that specialist perspective to customers in North America.” Rob Sinclair, CEO of Altia-ABM said: “International expansion is a key part of our strategy over the next two years. With Paul at the helm in North America I’m confident that we are in a strong position to capitalise on our recent customer wins.” Altia-ABM has customers in 16 countries worldwide including federal and provincial governments, enforcement agencies, tax authorities, intelligence services, forensic accountants and commercial financial investigators. Note to Editors Altia-ABM is a global leader in the development of innovative software for all types of investigation. Police forces, national governments, and businesses trust Altia-ABM technology. Contacts Caroline Middleton Gordon Media House International +44 (0)775 9258844 firstname.lastname@example.org