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Hikma and Celltrion Healthcare sign exclusive licensing agreement for ustekinumab for the Middle East and North Africa region

London, England - Tuesday, 29. November 2022
Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (Hikma), the multinational pharmaceutical company, announces a new exclusive licensing agreements with Celltrion Healthcare Co., Ltd. for CT-P43 (ustekinumab). CT-P43 is a monoclonal antibody that is a proposed biosimilar to Janssen’s Stelara®.  

Under the terms of the agreement, Hikma will have exclusive rights to commercialise CT-P43 in all of its MENA markets and Celltrion Healthcare will develop, manufacture and supply CT-P43 to Hikma. CT-P43 is an important drug used in the treatment of autoimmune disesases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and the agreement will help equip doctors and patients with more treatment options across the region. This agreement also builds on Celltrion Healthcare and Hikma’s existing partnership in MENA, adding another immunology biosimilar to Hikma’s portfolio, a key focus of its strategy.

“We are excited to add CT-P43 to our portfolio, strengthening our offering of biosimilar and innovative biologic products.” said Mazen Darwazah, Hikma’s Executive Vice Chairman and President of MENA. “CT-P43 is the sixth immunology biologic we add to our portfolio in MENA. This new addition enables us to increase patients’ access to important specialty products, helping them in their treatment journey for these difficult diseases.”

About CT-P43

CT-P43 is a biosimilar to Janssen’s Stelara® which is a human monoclonal antibody that inhibits the bioactivity of human IL-12 and IL-23 by preventing shared p40 from binding to the IL-12Rβ1 receptor protein expressed on the surface of immune cells. IL-12 and IL-23 are involved in inflammatory and immune responses, such as natural killer cell activation and CD4+ T-cell differentiation and activation. IL-12 and IL-23 have been implicated as important contributors to the chronic inflammation that is a hallmark of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, among many other autoimmune diseases. Stelara® is currently approved for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in adults, alone or in combination with MTX, the treatment of patients 6 years or older with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (Ps) who are candidates for phototherapy or systemic therapy, the treatment of moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease (CD) in adults, and the treatment of moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC) in adults.

Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC     

Susan Ringdal

EVP, Strategic Planning and Global Affairs

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Mona Abdallah

Senior Director,MENA Communications,+962 6 5802900 

Illumination and Nintendo Announce Second Trailer and the Japanese voice cast for The Super Mario Bros. Movie

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illumination (HQ: Santa Monica, CA, USA; Founder and CEO: Chris Meledandri) and Nintendo Co., Ltd. (HQ: Kyoto, Minami-ku, Japan; Representative Director and President: Shuntaro Furukawa, “Nintendo” hereafter) today announced the second trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the new animated film based on the world of Super Mario Bros. during the Nintendo Direct which was streamed today.

In addition, the two companies announced the Japanese voice actors for the characters Mario, Princess Peach, Luigi, Bowser, and Toad.

Japanese voice cast


Mamoru Miyano

Princess Peach

Arisa Shida


Tasuku Hatanaka


Kenta Miyake


Tomokazu Seki

About The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the Super Mario Bros. animated film
The Super Mario Bros. animated film, produced by Chris Meledandri of Illumination and Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo, will be co-financed by Universal Pictures and Nintendo, and released worldwide by Universal Pictures.

Directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic (collaborators on Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies) from a screenplay by Matthew Fogel (Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru), the film stars Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.
About Illumination
Illumination, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films, including Despicable Me—the most successful animated franchise in cinematic history—as well as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and The Secret Life of Pets and Sing films. Illumination’s soon-to-be released The Super Mario Bros. Movie will join a studio library that includes two of the top 10 animated films of all time. Illumination’s iconic, beloved franchises—infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance—have grossed more than $8 billion worldwide. Illumination has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures. Illumination’s upcoming films in 2023 include The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Migration.
About Nintendo
Nintendo Co., Ltd., headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, has created franchises that have become household names worldwide, including Mario™, Donkey Kong™, The Legend of Zelda™, Metroid™, Pokémon™, Animal Crossing™, Pikmin™ and Splatoon™, through its integrated hardware and software products. Nintendo aims to deliver unique, intuitive entertainment experiences for everyone, manufacturing and marketing video game devices such as the Nintendo Switch™ family of systems, developing and operating applications for smart devices, and collaborating with partners on a range of other entertainment initiatives like visual content and theme parks. Nintendo has sold more than 5.4 billion video games and over 800 million hardware units globally. From the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System™ more than 30 years ago, through today and into the future, Nintendo’s continuing mission is to create unique entertainment that puts smiles on the faces of people all over the world.


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Truck Safety Matters – 2nd Multi Party Campaign in Abu Dhabi

Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
ITC Abu Dhabi, Al Masaood, Bridgestone, RoadSafetyUAE team up
2nd campaign in November follows 1st of July 2022
In both campaigns together:
150 truck drivers rewarded and educated
640 truck tyres checked
3% tyres under-inflated, 6% over-inflated
5% tyres damaged
8% valves not accessible
46% tyres need to be rotated
44% valve dust caps missing
One of the major subjects of UAE truck safety is tyre safety. Truck tyre debris is a common sight on UAE roads. This means danger to the trucks itself, but also to oncoming traffic.

For the 2nd time this year, Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) in Abu Dhabi, Al Masaood, Bridgestone and RoadSafetyUAE came together to improve the awareness for tyres among truck drivers and to express gratitude for the hard work of truck drivers. In the second week of November, the event which happened in the 2nd week of November is the second in a series of such events to be held by the campaign partners.

The aggregate total of both campaigns held at Abu Dhabi’s Mussafah truck weighing station saw a total of 640 truck tyres checked, with 3% showing dangerous levels of under-inflation and 6% of over-inflation. Even more dangerous, 5% of tyres were damaged and 8% of tyre valves were not even accessible. Tyre rotation (from front to back and left to right) can play an important role in extending the life time of a tyre and 46% of tyres need this kind of re-mounting. Valves are vital to keep tyres pressurized and valve caps are crucial to prevent valves to malfunction, hence the surveyed 44% of missing valve caps are unsatisfactory.

In addition to the tyre checks, more than 150 truck drivers have received goody-bags as appreciation and have been given tire safety awareness sessions about the importance of properly inflated tyres, the connection of tyre pressure to load, speed, increased outside temperature and the resulting inside tyre temperature, what kind of precaution drivers have to take to avoid the tyre blast and much more.

Salah Adib, General Manager, Al Masaood Tyres, Batteries and Accessories Division states: “Al Masaood is a leading player in Abu Dhabi’s automotive sector, and we have taken this initiative as a logical extension of our business to help address some of the day-to-day road safety challenges that drivers in the Emirate face. The quality and use of a tyre plays a significant role in fuel consumption and truck emissions due to its rolling resistance. The effectiveness and road handling of tyres, and therefore their safety, performance, ride comfort, and stability on loose or wet roads is influenced not only by their age and wear and tear, but also by inflation pressure. With the correct inflation pressure, tyres will work better, wear less and improve vehicle fuel consumption as result of a lower rolling resistance.”

Stefano Sanchini, Regional Managing Director, Bridgestone Middle East and Africa: " Maintaining regular tyre checks can improve safety and reduce vehicle downtime, while also improving vehicle performance. With our second tyre safety campaign, we consistently strive to increase fleet and mobility performance for our customers and partners while contributing to the safety of the transportation industry through actionable and data-driven insights. Regular inspections improve both safety and profitability, especially when it comes to off-road tyres and rims/wheels, which need to be maintained by operators before each shift. We believe that through such initiatives, the industry will be better able to educate drivers and technicians on the regulations governing truck tyre inspections. By doing so, we continue to encourage fleet owners, operators, and other industry personnel to promote safety in the industry."

Thomas Edelmann, Founder & Managing Director of RoadSafetyUAE adds: “Truck, truck tyres and truck drivers’ safety are obviously key components of UAE’s road safety. Hence, we are delighted with the commitment of ITC Abu Dhabi, Al Masaood and Bridgestone in this campaign series. It is vital to check truck tyres on a regular basis, to educate truck drivers and to show them our appreciation for their hard work.”

About Al Masaood TBA: 

The Al Masaood Tyres, Batteries & Accessories Division (TBA) is part of Al Masaood Group, a highly diversified group of companies and an icon in the UAE’s automotive industry. TBA is the authorised distributor of the complete Bridgestone and Trazano Tyre range for cars, trucks, industrial, agricultural and earth mover vehicles in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region.

Al Masaood TBA operates several Bridgestone FirstStop outlets across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region. FirstStop is Bridgestone’s Tyre and Auto-Care retail chain, that was first established in Europe in 1994. The Division is also the exclusive distributor of TotalEnergies branded lubricants in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region, and has an established a chain of "Rapid Oil Change" centres within its FirstStop outlets to offer services such as tyre change and brake replacement.

The Division was awarded the Gulf Cooperation Council Distributor of the Year by the Bridgestone Corporation on many occasions. Sales and distribution are achieved through an appointed dealer network which is supported by the division's own showrooms in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Mussafah. A centralised warehousing and logistics operation ensures that products are always available to the dealers.

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About Bridgestone in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa:

Bridgestone in Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa (Bridgestone EMIA) is the regional Strategic Business Unit of Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader in tyres and sustainable mobility solutions.

Headquartered in Zaventem (Belgium), Bridgestone EMIA employs more than 20,000 people and conducts business in 40 countries across the region.

Bridgestone offers a diverse portfolio of premium tyres, tyre technologies and advanced mobility solutions. The company’s vision is to provide social and customer value as a sustainable solutions company. The Bridgestone E8 Commitment is a broad, global corporate commitment that clearly defines the value the company is promising to deliver to society, our customers and future generations in eight focus areas; Energy, Ecology, Efficiency, Extension, Economy, Emotion, Ease and Empowerment. These provide a compass to guide strategic priorities, decision making and actions throughout every area of the business.

For more information about Bridgestone in EMIA, please visit and Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

About RoadSafetyUAE:

RoadSafetyUAE’s vision is to contribute to reducing the number of road traffic fatalities, injuries and accidents in the UAE. RoadSafetyUAE’s mission is to raise the awareness for proper conduct on our roads, in an engaging manner and on a broadly communicated and permanent basis. RoadSafetyUAE’s award-winning platform engages with the stakeholders traffic participants, governmental entities, the media, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) minded partners. ‘Tips & Tricks’ are the content backbone, provided for more than 60 topics of road safety, all specifically relevant to the UAE. More information can be found on

Thomas Edelmann, Founder and Managing Director, RoadSafetyUAE

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Hurricane Electric Brings Global Network to First Location in Nigeria With New Point of Presence at Rack Centre’s Lagos Data Center

LAGOS, Nigeria - Wednesday, 30. November 2022

Second location in West Africa will provide Internet Service Providers and other enterprises with additional cost-effective and high-speed connectivity options

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone, announced today that they have deployed a new Point of Presence (PoP) in Rack Centre’s Lagos data center. The new PoP is located at Plot 18 Jagal Close, Lagos (Ikeja), Nigeria.

Rack Centre’s Lagos data center is host to the leading IXP on the African continent, the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), and provides users with access to all five undersea cables (ACE, GLO1, Main One, SAT-3, WACS), and over 45 carriers and ISPs.

The data center is located in the largest metropolitan area on the continent, and a principal port of Nigeria, serving the petroleum, agriculture, mining, and tourism industries. Rack Centre offers 1,200 m2 of data center space, guaranteed 100% uptime, and 24x7x365 on-site support and security.

Referred to as Africa’s Silicon Valley, Lagos is the fastest growing city in Africa and home to more than 20 million people. It also houses one of Africa’s major financial centers, and is home to Jumia, the continent’s largest e-commerce company.

This PoP is Hurricane Electric’s first in Nigeria and second in West Africa and will provide enterprises in West Africa and the Atlantic coast of the continent with improved fault tolerance, load balancing and congestion management in the delivery of next-generation IP connectivity services.

"We are excited to expand our network into Nigeria to help meet the demand for increased connectivity," said Mike Leber, President of Hurricane Electric. "This new PoP is critical to meeting the connectivity needs of so many enterprises in Lagos and Nigeria, and we are excited to provide them with improved access to the global network.”

Customers of Rack Centre in and around Lagos now have a variety of new connectivity options and access to Hurricane Electric’s extensive IPv4 and IPv6 network through 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet) and GigE (1 Gigabit Ethernet) ports. Additionally, customers at the facility are able to exchange IP traffic with Hurricane Electric’s vast global network, which offers over 30,000 BGP sessions with over 10,000 different networks via more than 280 major exchange points and thousands of customer and private peering ports.

About Hurricane Electric

Hurricane Electric operates its own global IPv4 and IPv6 network and is considered the largest IPv6 backbone in the world. Within its global network, Hurricane Electric is connected to over 280 major exchange points and exchanges traffic directly with more than 10,000 different networks. Employing a resilient fiber-optic topology, Hurricane Electric has no less than five redundant 100G paths crossing North America, four separate 100G paths between the U.S. and Europe, and 100G rings in Europe and Asia. Hurricane also has a ring around Africa and a ring through Australia and New Zealand. Hurricane Electric offers IPv4 and IPv6 transit solutions over the same connection. Connection speeds available include 100GE (100 gigabits/second), 10GE, and gigabit ethernet. Additional information can be found at


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Schneider Electric champions digital technologies to bring sustainability and energy efficiency to region’s Energies and Chemicals industry at UAE-France Energy Days event

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, 29. November 2022 AETOSWire 

UAE-France Energy Days Spotlight French energy industry innovation to encourage cross-border energy business partnerships.
Schneider Electric is empowering the UAE’s industrial sector and recently joined forces with Arab Development Establishment to manufacture energy management solutions in the UAE, supporting the ‘Make it in the Emirates’ strategy.

Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and industrial automation, was the Digital and Sustainability partner of this year's UAE-France Energy Days, organized by Business France, from the 22nd to the 23rd of November at the Ruways Convention Center, in Abu Dhabi. The two-day forum brought together Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and its subsidiaries, as well as other major French energy industry players.

Hady Stephan, Schneider Electric’s Vice President of Energies and Chemicals for the Middle East, commented, “Schneider Electric is proud to be the Digital and Sustainability partner for UAE-France Business Energy Days 2022. Creating a digital path to a sustainability future for the region’s Energies and Chemical sector is our mission, and key events such as this allow us to be an integral part of the industrial and digital transformation of the UAE as we share our expertise and technologies that will help shape the energy transition and drastically reducing CO2 emissions through energy saving, electrification, and decarbonization”.

Stephan added, “Schneider Electric is committed to empowering the UAE’s industrial sector and recently joined forces with Arab Development Establishment to manufacture energy management solutions in the UAE, thus supporting the ‘Make it in the Emirates’ strategy. This is in line with ADNOC’s ongoing commitment to boost the In-Country Value (ICV) contribution to the UAE industry.”

Under the patronage of the French embassy in the UAE and ADNOC, this sixth edition of UAE-France Energy Days aims to highlight the advanced technologies and strong innovation capabilities of the French energy industry to support business collaboration in the field of Energies and Chemicals, Refining, Petrochemicals, Energy, Nuclear and new technologies such as hydrogen and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS), between UAE and French industrialists.

Energy transition: the backbone of the UAE-France bilateral collaboration

During Sheikh Mohamed’s visit to France last July, the two countries signed a strategic agreement to partner on energy projects and focus on enhanced energy security, affordability, decarbonization, and progressive climate action before Cop28, that will take place in November 2023 at Expo City.

Following the president’s visit, France energy giant TotalEnergies, present in the country for more than 80 years, signed a deal to expand the strategic alliance with ADNOC to ensure sustainable energy supply to the markets and contribute to global energy security through the supply of diesel from the UAE to France and prospects for a commercial carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project in the UAE.

To build on successful partnerships and unlock new collaborations opportunities, for 2 days, plenary sessions, themed presentations, and B2B business meetings between operational teams of ADNOC Group happened both in Abu Dhabi and ADNOC Recreation Center in Al Dhannah City, the refinery and petrochemical complex. These sessions aimed at helping ADNOC enhance operational efficiency and explore cleaner sources of energy to become a key enabler of the UAE’s economic growth and industrial diversification.


About Schneider Electric

Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On. Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency.

We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries.

We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values.

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Jamaica: the Socially Responsible Investment Solution

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Friday, 25. November 2022 AETOSWire Print 

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- As efforts intensify to attract international investors to Jamaica’s shores, the Jamaican Government has redoubled its efforts to attract more Local and Foreign Direct Investments.

The upcoming two-day ‘Invest Jamaica – the Nearshore Delivery Hub of the Caribbean’ conference, set to be held in Montego Bay on 29-30 November, will continue to position Jamaica as the next global ‘investment destination of choice’, and is part of a five-year development project, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to expand the country’s Global Services Sector (GSS).

The event will highlight various innovative, mutually beneficial, and sustainable sector-based investment opportunities to potential investors from all over the world, particularly in the areas of Agribusiness, Global Digital Services, Logistics/Special Economic Zones, Manufacturing, Finance and Tourism.

Global Business Paired with Local Sustainability

The continued improvement of Jamaica’s economy will encourage a new wave of collaborative and multi-faceted investment in Jamaica which uniquely prioritizes sustainable projects deemed to be in both the national and global interest.

To assist with this bridging of the evolving needs of international investors and the local social development needs in Jamaica itself, a variety of both public and private sector initiatives are being rolled out ‘on the ground’ in the country. These initiatives include the National Investment Policy, Global Services Sector Project and the Business Environment Reforms Agenda. Importantly, these initiatives will give Jamaicans new career development opportunities and further strengthen the local economy, whilst enabling high-value skills development and offering an unprecedented level of support to investors.

The Holistic and Ethical Choice

Specifically, for the Global Service Sector (GSS) Project, the skills training and apprenticeship programmes will develop the Jamaican population in higher value-added service capabilities such as Management and Leadership, IT Infrastructure, Communication, Digital Marketing, Software Development and Integration, Critical and Analytical thinking, and human-centred Interaction Design.

Impressively, under the Apprenticeship Programme, close to 3,000 Jamaicans will be trained by the end of the GSS project, while under the High School Immersion Programme, 20,000 local students will be trained in enhanced job readiness and specialized tracks, creating monumental benefits for both Jamaica and its investors.

This type of thought-leading holistic and ethical approach to global business is transforming perceptions of global investment, and Jamaica is leading the charge.

Choose Jamaica. Invest in Jamaica.

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The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO)’s mission is to drive economic development through growth in investment and export. JAMPRO is an Agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment, and Commerce. For more information on JAMPRO, please visit


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Jamaica Promotions Corporation
Marketing Communications
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ExaGrid Wins “Storage Company of the Year” and “Vendor Channel Program of the Year” at 13th Annual 2022 SDC Awards

(BUSINESS WIRE)--ExaGrid®, the industry’s only Tiered Backup Storage solution, today announced that the company was honored with two awards at the 13th annual SDC Awards ceremony, Angel Business Communications’ premier IT awards – the Storage, Digitalisation + Cloud Awards, held in London on November 24, 2022. ExaGrid won “Storage Company of the Year” and “Vendor Channel Program of the Year,” making it the third year in a row for each. These new award wins add to ExaGrid’s previous four wins this past fall, totaling six industry awards in 2022.

ExaGrid’s Reseller Partner Program won “Vendor Channel Program of the Year.” ExaGrid offers one of the best deal registration programs in the industry to drive high margins along with deal SPIFFs and meeting maker bonuses. In addition, ExaGrid offers an optional Solutions Architects certification at no charge to become an ExaGrid Certified Solutions Architect. ExaGrid works with resellers and distributors worldwide and has customer installations in over 80 countries. The ExaGrid programs are designed to be easy for partners, with full support from the ExaGrid sales team - resulting in a 75% competitive win rate. ExaGrid is known for having a Tiered Backup Storage system that is highly differentiated and provides its customers with stellar customer support from an assigned level 2 engineer, ensuring that partners’ customers receive class “A” support.

ExaGrid also won “Storage Company of the Year” for the third year in a row. In 2021, ExaGrid expanded its product line with greater scalability up to 2.7PB full backup to a single system. In 2022, ExaGrid announced its Cloud Tier for Disaster Recovery in AWS and Azure as well as 30X faster Veeam synthetic fulls, improvements to its Retention Time-Lock features for ransomware recovery, and many other new features. ExaGrid has advanced IT tools and calculators to further assist a customer in calculating the true cost of backup storage up front and over time. These tools show customers what their costs of backup storage will be - inclusive of backup rotation, backup retention, yearly data growth, and second site disaster recovery.

ExaGrid has had back-to-back record quarters in 2022 and has expanded its customer base to over 3,600 customers in over 80 countries. ExaGrid continues to be cash positive, EBITDA positive, and P&L positive quarter after quarter. ExaGrid is the only company that is completely dedicated to backup storage, with a goal to solve the issues commonly experienced with backup solutions while providing the best value to its customers, including the fastest backups, fastest restores, a fixed length backup window as data grows, comprehensive security including ransomware recovery and low cost up front and overtime.

“These two awards simply say it all. We apply 100% of our focus on serving our channel partners with our Tiered Backup Storage offering,” said Bill Andrews, President and CEO of ExaGrid. “Congratulations to all the 2022 winners! We are certainly in good company. Since these awards are voted on by the public, it means a great deal to us. We will continue to push the limits with our Tiered Backup Storage solution and expert-level support.”

ExaGrid continues to gain recognition for its Tiered Backup Storage appliances, winning six awards in 2022, which is the most for any backup storage provider in 2022, including:

SDC Awards – Storage Company of the Year
SDC Awards – Vendor Channel Program of the Year
Storage Awards – Enterprise Backup Hardware Vendor of the Year
Network Computing Awards – Bench Tested Product of the Year
Network Computing Awards – Company of the Year
Network Computing Awards – Storage Product of the Year
This is the 3rd year in a row that ExaGrid won more backup storage provider awards than any other vendor.

ExaGrid Tiered Backup Storage

ExaGrid provides Tiered Backup Storage with a front-end disk-cache Landing Zone, which writes data directly to disk for the fastest backups and restores directly from disk for the fastest restores and VM boots. The long-term retention data is tiered to a deduplicated data repository, the Retention Tier, to reduce the amount of retention storage and resulting cost. This two-tiered approach provides the fastest backup and restore performance with the lowest cost storage efficiency.

In addition, ExaGrid provides a scale-out architecture where appliances are simply added as data grows. Each appliance includes processor, memory, and network ports, so as data grows, all resources required are available to maintain a fixed-length backup window. This scale-out storage approach eliminates expensive forklift upgrades and allows for mixing appliances of different sizes and models in the same scale-out system, which eliminates product obsolescence while protecting IT investments up front and over time.

About ExaGrid

ExaGrid provides Tiered Backup Storage with a unique disk-cache Landing Zone, long-term retention repository, and scale-out architecture. ExaGrid’s Landing Zone provides for the fastest backups, restores, and instant VM recoveries. The retention repository offers the lowest cost for long-term retention. ExaGrid’s scale-out architecture includes full appliances and ensures a fixed-length backup window as data grows, eliminating expensive forklift upgrades and product obsolescence. ExaGrid offers the only two-tiered backup storage approach with a non-network-facing tier, delayed deletes, and immutable objects to recover from ransomware attacks.

ExaGrid has physical sales and pre-sales systems engineers in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Benelux, Brazil, Canada, Chile, CIS, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iberia, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Nordics, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and other regions.

Visit us at or connect with us on LinkedIn. See what our customers have to say about their own ExaGrid experiences and learn why they now spend significantly less time on backup in our customer success stories. Check out our 100+ Gartner Peer Insight Reviews. ExaGrid is proud of our +81 NPS score.

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ClearBank Selects ThetaRay AI Monitoring Tech to Accelerate Business Growth

UK banking fintech taps ThetaRay AML SaaS solution to protect its platform against known and unknown money-laundering crimes

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- ClearBank, the largest next-generation clearing and embedded banking platform in the UK, and ThetaRay, provider of AI-powered transaction monitoring technology, today announced they will collaborate in cloud-native anti-money laundering (AML) monitoring to protect ClearBank against financial crime with ThetaRay’s robust and industry-leading AI solution.

Through the agreement, ClearBank will transform its AML monitoring operations to a fully cloud-native program with ThetaRay’s SaaS SONAR AML solution. The cloud-native SONAR system will provide ClearBank the flexibility to scale and support faster and safer processing of increasing transaction volumes on its platform.

ClearBank is the first proven and fully regulated cloud-native clearing bank in the UK, operating with more than 200 financial institutions and fintech customers, 13 million accounts, and £3bn in balances.

“The ThetaRay AML system powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology will give us the edge that will enable us to win new financial partnerships and unlock the potential of our business model to bring positive and meaningful change for customers in the UK, Europe and beyond,” said Nigel Walder, Chief Operating Officer, ClearBank. “The ThetaRay risk-based analytical capabilities can detect hidden financial crime hidden within the data of transactions passing through complex financial networks, including known and unknown typologies.”

ClearBank selected ThetaRay as the best partner for its ability to deliver a SaaS solution with API-driven integration, scalability, and usability with an intuitive investigative tool for analysts for first-line analysis.

“We are honored to have a partner like ClearBank that is leading the banking innovation space by reducing costs and friction with cloud-native financial services. Our companies have great synergy, and we look forward to a long-term relationship to grow the financial industry,” said Mark Gazit, CEO of ThetaRay. “Our fully scalable SaaS solution empowers payment fintechs with operational benefits to achieve trusted global transactions without having to worry about the maintenance of additional infrastructure, while satisfying regulators, improving the customer experience, and quickly opening new revenue streams.”

ThetaRay’s award-winning SONAR solution is based on a proprietary form of AI, artificial intelligence intuition, that replaces human bias, giving the system the power to recognize anomalies and find unknowns outside of normal behavior, including completely new typologies. It enables fintechs and banks to implement a risk-based approach to effectively identify truly suspicious activity and create a full picture of customer identities, including across complex, cross-border transaction paths. This allows the rapid discovery of both known and unknown money laundering threats, and up to 99 percent reduction in false positives compared to rules-based solutions.

About ClearBank

ClearBank is a purpose-built clearing and embedded banking platform. Through its banking license and intelligent, robust technology solutions, ClearBank enables its partners to offer real-time payment and innovative banking services to their customers. ClearBank is authorized by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Financial Services Register number: 754568).

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About ThetaRay

ThetaRay's AI-powered SONAR transaction monitoring solution, based on “artificial intelligence intuition,” allows banks and fintechs to expand their business opportunities through safe and reliable cross-border payments. The groundbreaking solution also improves customer satisfaction, reduces compliance costs, and increases risk coverage. Financial organizations that rely on highly heterogeneous and complex ecosystems benefit greatly from ThetaRay's unmatchable low false positive and high detection rates.

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Abou Dhabi, Émirats arabes unis - mercredi, 23. novembre 2022

- Une cagnotte de 200 000 $ en espèces sera offerte et partagée par les lauréats du Prix Khalifa international pour l'apprentissage précoce -

Les membres du comité d'attribution du Prix Khalifa international pour l'apprentissage précoce (KIAEL) ont salué cette semaine l'appel lancé par la Déclaration de Tachkent adoptée par l'UNESCO pour assurer l'éducation de la petite enfance à mettre en évidence les thèmes du développement durable et du changement climatique parmi les principes directeurs fondamentaux en tant que moteurs de connaissances pour la transformation des systèmes de protection et d'éducation de la petite enfance (EPPE) dans le monde.

« Nous sommes ravis que les représentants des 150 pays qui ont participé à la récente Conférence mondiale sur la protection et l'éducation de la petite enfance en Ouzbékistan aient approuvé les principes directeurs de la Déclaration de Tachkent. Ils ont mis fortement l'accent sur le droit de chaque enfant à accéder aux services d'EPPE de qualité ; le développement du personnel de l'EPPE ; l'innovation pour transformer l'EPPE ; et l'approche pangouvernementale, multisectorielle et intégrée de l'EPPE, » a déclaré la participante à la conférence, Dr Nirmala Rao, professeur titulaire à la faculté d'éducation de l'Université de Hong Kong et Serena H C Yang, professeur en protection et éducation de la petite enfance.

Dr Rao est l'un des cinq membres du comité d'attribution du Prix Khalifa international pour l'apprentissage précoce.

Le KIAEL est composé de deux catégories ; Meilleures recherches et études et Meilleurs programmes et pratiques d'enseignement. La date limite pour déposer vos candidatures est le 28 février 2023. Les candidatures doivent être soumises via le système de candidature en ligne à l'adresse avant la date limite.

« Notre mission consiste à identifier et récompenser à la fois les recherches sur l'éducation et la protection de la petite enfance, qui visent à soutenir l'amélioration des programmes ou pratiques d'enseignement exemplaires démontrés. Ceci permet de renforcer la qualité et/ou l'apprentissage et le développement des jeunes enfants servis, » a souligné Dr Barnett, Fondateur codirecteur de l'Institut national pour l'Education Précoce et professeur en éducation, membre du Conseil des gouverneurs à l'Université Rutgers.

Pour sa part, le professeur de Développement et de l'Education des enfants, à l'Université d'Oxford Iram Siraj a dit : « Tous les programmes soumis pour examen par le comité d'attribution du KIAEL auraient fait l'objet d'une évaluation des résultats qui fournissent des preuves sur la mise en œuvre et des impacts potentiels ou documentés des pratiques et des effets de l'apprentissage précoce. »

Le comité d'attribution du KIAEL sélectionnera deux lauréats pour chaque catégorie du prix ; avec un prix en espèces de 50 000 de dollars pour chaque gagnant.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, 23. November 2022

- $200,000 of prize money awaits winners of the Khalifa International Award for Early Learning-

The Awarding Committee members of the Khalifa International Award for Early Learning (KIAEL) this week commended UNESCO’s Tashkent Declaration for Early Childhood Education’s call to highlight the themes of sustainability and climate change among the core guiding principles as knowledge drivers for the transformation of early childhood care and education (ECCE) systems globally.

“We are delighted that representatives of 150 countries who participated at the recent World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education in Uzbekistan endorsed the guiding principles of the Tashkent Declaration. They have placed strong emphases on the right of every child to access quality ECCE services; the development of the ECCE workforce; innovation to transform ECCE; and a whole-of-government, multi-sectoral and integrated approach to ECCE,” said conference attendee, Dr. Nirmala Rao, a Chair Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong and Serena H C Yang Professor in Early Childhood Development and Education.

Dr. Rao is one of five Awarding Committee members of the KIAEL.

The KIAEL has two categories; Best Research & Studies and Best Programmes & Teaching Practices. The deadline for applications is the 28th of February 2023. Applications need to be submitted through the online application system at before the deadline.

“Our mission is to identify and reward both research on early childhood education and care that supports improvements in practice and exemplary programmes or teaching practices demonstrated to improve quality and/or the learning and development of the young children served,” said Dr Barnett, founding Co-Director of the National Institute for Early Education and Board of Governors Professor of Education at Rutgers University.

All programs submitted for consideration by the KIAEL awarding committee would have been subject to an evaluation of implementation or outcomes that provide evidence of implementation and potential or documented impacts on practice in early learning and on early learning outcomes,” said Professor Iram Siraj, Professor of Child Development and Education, University of Oxford.

The KIAEL Awarding Committee will select two winners for each award with a cash prize of USD 50,000 for each winner.



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