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WILSONVILLE, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced the FLIR Black Hornet® Vehicle Reconnaissance System (VRS), featuring the Black Hornet 3 nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for global military, government agency, and first responder vehicle-mounted operations. The Black Hornet VRS is based on an adaption of the unique Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS), the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-unmanned aerial system (UAS). Black Hornet VRS enables the warfighter to maintain situational awareness, threat detection, and surveillance for battle damage assessment, pre-deployment and route and point reconnaissance, and targeting information without the need for warfighters to exit a vehicle.

The Black Hornet combines with the VRS to create a real-time situational awareness (RSTA) airborne system for warfighters protected inside a vehicle. The Black Hornet VRS includes a launch unit that holds multiple Black Hornet 3 UAVs and mounts to the exterior of any military vehicle, including armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, and light utility vehicles. Operators inside a vehicle can use an integrated battle management system or only a display to launch and fly the Black Hornet 3 on its mission. The complete system is easily integrated with modern battlefield management systems and is vehicle platform independent.

Since 2011, the Black Hornet PRS has been fielded by more than 30 nations and continues to represent the cutting-edge in combat nano-UAS space. The Black Hornet PRS enables small combat units, SWAT teams, and first responders with immediate intelligence, target-acquisition and reconnaissance capability. FLIR launched the Black Hornet 3, the latest version of the Black Hornet UAV, earlier this year, which offers improved speed and distance compared to previous versions.

“The Black Hornet Vehicle Reconnaissance System brings unique situational awareness and understanding to vehicle operators, and provides our warfighters improved safety on the battlefield,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR. “The Black Hornet 3-powered VRS is representative of the company’s new focus on delivering full-solution technology, and we look forward to playing a role in helping modernize our military customers.”

The Black Hornet VRS is sold directly through FLIR or FLIR vehicle original equipment manufacturing partners as part of an overall battle management or targeting system. It is available today to military, government agencies, and law enforcement customers. The Black Hornet VRS and Black Hornet 3 will be demonstrated at AUSA 2018 in Washington DC from October 8 – 10 in the FLIR booth #724. For more information about Black Hornet VRS, visit www.flir.com/blackhornet.

About FLIR Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, FLIR Systems is a world-leading maker of sensor systems that enhance perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve productivity, and protect the environment. Through its nearly 3,500 employees, FLIR's vision is to be "The World's Sixth Sense" by leveraging thermal imaging and adjacent technologies to provide innovative, intelligent solutions for security and surveillance, environmental and condition monitoring, outdoor recreation, machine vision, navigation, and advanced threat detection. For more information, please visit www.flir.com and follow @flir.

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Newly appointed local market leader, Gabriel Chahine, joins from Strategy&, team to be expanded and new Riyadh office opening.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- AlixPartners, the global consulting firm, today announced significant plans to expand its presence in the Gulf with the appointment of Gabriel Chahine to the role of local market leader. Gabriel joins AlixPartners with a remit to build the firm’s business across the region with an enhanced focus on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) where AlixPartners will shortly be opening an office in Riyadh. In his new role Gabriel will be responsible for delivering AlixPartners’ expertise to assist both private sector and governmental entities as they contend with their most critical and complex challenges, including urgent performance improvement, accelerated transformation, complex restructuring and risk mitigation.

Gabriel Chahine brings over 25 years of consulting experience gained at Accenture and latterly Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) where he has served in a number of leadership roles for the past 20 years. A specialist in helping businesses and their stakeholders manage high stakes complex transformations, Gabriel has experience across a wide range of consumer facing industries including telecoms, media, healthcare, consumer products and retail. In addition to his industry expertise he has also worked on numerous government sponsored projects including privatisations and creating corporate organisations from state run concerns. A fluent Arabic speaker he holds both a Batchelor’s and Master’s degree in engineering from McGill University, Canada and an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Commenting on his appointment Gabriel Chahine said: “I am excited to be joining AlixPartners at a key stage of the firm’s development in the Gulf region. Having worked in the market here for many years it is clear that in a crowded generalist consulting market, AlixPartners’ specialist focus on leading businesses through transformational situations is a real point of difference and something clients value highly. There is a significant opportunity to deploy these skills to assist both corporate and governmental entities accelerate their transformation processes as well as supporting new market entrants to make impact quickly. I am very much looking forward to working with Max Coqui as we deliver AlixPartners’ unique offering and recruit new senior talent into our existing Dubai and forthcoming Riyadh offices”.

Michael Baur, Regional Business Unit Leader EMEA at AlixPartners added: “We are delighted to welcome a leader of Gabriel’s calibre and in-market experience to AlixPartners. Our EMEA business continues to show excellent growth and we have ambitious plans for the Gulf region within it. The KSA in particular presents a significant opportunity and the opening of our office in Riyadh, which we anticipate concluding formally by the end of the month, greatly enhances our ability to assist our clients in that market. As local market leader Gabriel has a remit to grow our team and I look forward to welcoming more top talent for the benefit of our clients throughout the Gulf region over the coming months”.

About AlixPartners

AlixPartners is a results-driven global consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses successfully address their most complex and critical challenges. Our clients include companies, corporate boards, law firms, investment banks, private equity firms, and others. Founded in 1981, AlixPartners is headquartered in New York, and has offices in more than 20 cities around the world. For more information, visit www.alixpartners.com.

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“With CIMA, management accountants can better understand not only finances, but the key drivers of strategy and performance.”

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 September 2018, (AETOSWire): Knowledge is power, and more knowledge allows one to make better decisions. For Endre Szakacs, the desire to equip himself with relevant knowledge is what ultimately drove him to pursue his Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification via the C-suite programme.

 

“The most interesting part of my role is to really understand the key drivers of the company’s performance and to identify trends in the market. On a regular basis, these findings need to be reviewed and carefully considered in order to direct the regional strategy of the company,” says Endre from Dubai, where he functions in his role as Business Manager at Credit Agricole’s Corporate and Investment Bank.

 

“When I researched the CIMA qualification, I saw that it would help me a lot in this,” he adds.


Endre’s career has taken him to interesting places. He started his career at Credit Suisse in London in 2006, before joining Credit Agricole’s Corporate and Investment Bank in 2015 in Dubai. He first came across CIMA when he wanted something different to the accountancy qualifications that his colleagues and friends sat for.

 

After much research, he decided on CIMA because CIMA was not just about “numbers and accounting”, but its syllabus enables students to have a strategic insight into a company. “My friends work in various banking positions, from management, finance, COO, audit to product control. I discussed with them their experiences while also researching on it myself, and finally decided that I wanted to get my Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation,” he explains.

 

“In my work, I work with lots of information. The world today is all about data. With this data, we make decisions to drive the business. There are so many considerations to take into account, such as legal, risk, audit, front office and so on. CIMA allows me to even better understand the big picture,” Endre adds.

 

Endre was able to obtain his CIMA qualification within a short space of time because his experience allowed him to enter the C-suite programme. Under CIMA’s eligibility, the C-suite is open to executives such as CFOs and senior management personnel who have had 10 years’ of relevant work experience in finance functions. He received his CGMA designation almost immediately after passing his examination.

 

What impressed him most about the CIMA programme? “CIMA frames their topics and case study discussions very well. In our day-to-day jobs, these considerations are very real and relevant to us. The material speaks exactly about how these topics affect our decision-making every day, it’s about real life scenarios,” says Endre.

 

Throughout the programme, Endre also enjoyed the experience of mingling with professionals from different industries, which provided him with lots of value as a Business Manager. Mainly, he saw the different approaches that other finance professionals took to solve their problems, especially those from different industries.

 

“For example, the finance and banking professionals brought a more compliance-oriented perspective, while other professionals such as from oil and gas and transportation looked at problems from a more business-driven perspective. I met a lot of interesting people during the programme, and I hope we keep in touch,” he recalls.

 

Endre says that going back to studying required some adjustment for him, but it wasn’t a problem in the end. “It was like an extended university exam, though it has been a long time since my last university sitting!” he says with a laugh. “At the beginning, I felt it would be a huge challenge as I could only spend hours in the evenings and maybe half or one day during the weekends to study. I felt that I wouldn’t have enough time to cover all the topics before the exam, but I managed to revise all the required areas and topics.”

 

“The questions were very well-structured and straight to the point,” says Endre, adding that the mock papers helped him tremendously because the papers were from the previous years’ exams. “But some of the questions were also tricky – you needed to understand what it really was that they wanted. If you follow the mock papers, the exam shouldn’t be a problem.”

 

His biggest takeaway is the skills that he has gained during his CIMA time as well as his membership in CIMA, which he considers extremely valuable. “CIMA helps me in identifying new strategic ideas and opportunities, not only to gain more market share or increase profitability, but to streamline and rationalise internal processes and controls,” he says. “I am now a member of a global accountancy organisation that is well-known and recognised everywhere.”

 

Endre says that he would recommend the CIMA qualification to management accountants wanting to distinguish themselves for the future. “Management accounts have the ability to not only understand the finances, but to oversee the whole organisation. Today, computers and software can take care of the majority of the finance requirements without too much human touch. As a consequence, accountants need to understand not only finances, but the key drivers of strategy and performance.”

 

“I would certainly recommend this qualification for any management accountant looking to get their career to the next level!”

 

About The Association

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 667,000 members and students in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally.

 

About CIMA

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), founded in 1919, is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants, with members and students operating in 177 countries, working at the heart of business. CIMA members and students work in industry, commerce, and the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its qualification, professional experience requirements and continuing professional development to ensure it remains the employers’ choice when recruiting financially-trained business leaders.

 

About CGMA

CGMA is the most widely held management accounting designation in the world. It distinguishes more than 150,000 accounting and finance professionals who have advanced proficiency in finance, operations, strategy and management. In the U.S., the vast majority are also CPAs.  The CGMA designation is underpinned by extensive global research to maintain the highest relevance with employers and develop competencies most in demand. CGMAs qualify through rigorous education, exam and experience requirements. They must commit to lifelong education and adhere to a stringent code of ethical conduct. Businesses, governments and nonprofits around the world trust CGMAs to guide critical decisions that drive strong performance.

 

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Keep your skin hydrated to avoid serious skin problems

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 September 2018, (AETOSWire): Swimming pools are a big part of summer fun, particularly in the UAE, where scorching temperatures are an everyday phenomenon. While swimming is a good exercise and a great way to wade off the summer heat, water in the swimming pool can also bring trauma to your skin.

It has been noted that the body is made up of 70-90 percent water, and the skin, the largest and most visible organ possesses 64 percent water. However, most swimming pools contain chlorine, which at most times suck out the water levels from your body, leaving the skin pale and dry.

“Swimming in a chlorinated pool can have detrimental effects on skin, because the chlorine strips your skin of its natural oils. Some people may even experience rashes or irritation post a swim, as the body loses its water levels. As such it is imperative that you keep your body hydrated before and after a swim to avoid serious skin problems,” said Dr Evana Janbeh, Dermatologist of CosmeSurge.

To ensure that your skin continues looking gorgeous while you enjoy the sport, here are some quick tips on keeping your skin protected before and after swimming –

BEFORE SWIMMING

Rinse Before Getting in the Pool: Experts suggest that having a shower before a swim may actually help to protect against absorbing nasty pool chemicals. If your skin cells are fully hydrated before you enter the pool, they’ll absorb less chlorine.

Keep Sipping Water: One of the best ways to ensure that your body doesn’t lose out water after swimming is to keep sipping water while you enjoy your swim. The skin is like a sponge, there is only so much water it can take on. And as long as it is moisturised, it’s not going to absorb excess amounts of chlorine.

Use a Waterproof Sunscreen: Using a waterproof sunscreen will form a protective barrier on top of your skin, keeping the chlorine from drying it out excessively. It will also prevent sun damage (and premature aging if you are a regular swimmer.

 

AFTER SWIMMING

Moisturise Your Skin: Apply a good moisturising lotion, preferably something with antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, after showering.

Opt for H20 Infusion Solution: Keeping your skin hydrated after a swim is extremely essential, and while it can take several hours to simply get back to a normal level of hydration by drinking water, H20 Intravenous (IV) Infusion therapy delivers water directly to your bloodstream, where it can go straight to the organs that need it most — including your skin. The essential vitamin in this therapy helps your skin produce those oils, which prevents loss of water through the skin. Perfect to replenish the balance of water and nutrients in your body, H20 Infusion treatment delivers a concentrated boost and keeps the skin looking hydrated.

Pick a Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment or Micro Needling: Platelet-Rich Plasma, is an organic treatment which uses plasma taken from the patient’s own blood instead of chemicals injected into the body and helps improves the appearance of wrinkles, scars, sun damage and even dark circles under the eyes. In addition, Micro Needling is another process whereby a device with small needles is pushed or rolled over the face and neck area to create controlled punctures, to produce collagen and elastin, that pushes the skin into repair mode.

Apply a Post-Swim Mask. A hydrating mask is another way to give your skin a much-needed boost after a swim. It not only helps repair the skin, but also serves beneficial for the body with its deep moisturising properties.

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Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, September 29, 2018, (AETOSWire): The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) ranked twelfth among 103 UAE institutions with Scopus affiliations, with a total of 403 Scopus documents published by the AURAK faculty and researchers.

Scopus is the largest database of peer-reviewed literature, encompassing scientific journals, books, and conference publications. The extensive global scholarship indexed in Scopus includes research in science, arts and humanities, social sciences, medicine, and technology.  A high ranking in Scopus is understood by many to be one of the top indicators of excellence in research worldwide.

AURAK is a public non-profit, independent, coeducational institution of higher education, which provides an integrated North American-style education. It is accredited by the Ministry of Education in the UAE and offers twenty-two undergraduate and graduate programs across a wide range of disciplines. In September 2017 AURAK stood at the 24th position out of 98 institutions with Scopus affiliations in the UAE, with 249 Scopus publications. Within a period of one year there has been a 62 percent increase in Scopus publications with the 2018 ranking, with AURAK climbing the competitive ladder to the twelfth slot out of 103 institutions, and with the faculty publishing 403 Scopus documents. With its prodigious rate of quality publications, AURAK has risen higher in the rankings even with increased numbers of competitors in the field. 

The Provost, Professor Stephen Wilhite, observed that faculty engagement in research is fundamental the university’s achievement of its mission to exemplify the highest standards of teaching and research. “As accomplished researchers, faculty members model for their student’s active engagement in advancing knowledge in their discipline.

AURAK President, Professor Hassan Al Alkim, is elated with the hard work and progress of his faculty, “This type of results supports our claim that our faculty is not only certified, but is comprised of highly qualified professionals that are on the forefront of contemporary research and that our institution is indeed highly competitive among the leading Arabic institutions in the UAE.  Not only did our institution improve its status from last year, but it did so even in a broader, more competitive atmosphere. Our students are receiving a first-rate education from first-rate professors who are highly active in the academic world of research and on the cutting edge of innovative ideas.”

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- Andersen Global announces further growth in South America with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement with BKM Berkemeyer, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Paraguay. With two locations in the capital city of Asunción, the firm has a headcount of nearly 150 professionals, including ten Partners and over 60 lawyers.

Established in 1951, BKM Berkemeyer is led by Managing Partner Hugo Berkemeyer and provides legal solutions to both domestic and international clients. The firm delivers advice in all areas of law, including business and corporate, taxation, litigation, environment, employment and intellectual property, with a notable expertise in international transactions and business matters. BKM Berkemeyer also specializes in M&A’s, joint ventures, foreign investment, infrastructure, project finance and financial transactions, advising also on issues regarding telecommunications, water and energy projects.

Hugo commented, “Our focus at BKM Berkemeyer has been to provide flexible and efficient solutions for clients, and we pride ourselves on our ability to meet their needs and exceed expectations consistently. We are excited to collaborate with Andersen Global, because this will allow us to further employ global teamwork and collaboration to provide best-in-class quality and practical advice through the member firms and collaborating firms of Andersen Global.”

“Paraguay is an important market and BKM is one of the largest and oldest firms in the market. They provide us with a significant presence in an important market,” said Mark Vorsatz, Andersen Global Chairman and Andersen Tax LLC CEO.

Andersen Global is an international association of legally separate, independent member firms comprised of tax and legal professionals around the world. Established in 2013 by U.S. member firm Andersen Tax LLC, Andersen Global now has more than 3,500 professionals worldwide and a presence in over 114 locations through its member firms and collaborating firms.

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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has launched Taiwan’s first TD-LTE network on the 2.6GHz band using Airspan’s AirUnity, a multi-award-winning innovative all-wireless, plug-and-play, indoor small cell. Thanks to its integrated Backhaul and sophisticated AirSON algorithms AirUnity allows operators to improve data coverage and upload/download speeds on average by 300%. Thus revolutionizing deployment economics and breaking the barriers of traditional macro cell infrastructures.

APT has introduced a number of innovative packages since launching 4G services including unlimited voice and data plans, and the nation's first VoLTE offering that provides unmatched quality on 4G voice calls, voice over Wi-Fi. In addition, APT has eliminated roaming charges by offering free global calling.

“We are excited to announce our partnership with Airspan for the deployment of their industry leading AirUnity small cells, we are delighted with the transformational benefits that this product has already delivered throughout our network,” said CP Chen CTO, APT.

“Airspan over the past two years has proven its ability to innovate and dominate the small cell market. Our partnership with APT to revolutionize their network performance and the economics of deployment is an example of how we can extend our multi-award-winning solutions, like AirUnity to global markets.” said, Henrik Smith-Petersen, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Airspan Networks.

APT is committed to providing the best 4G experience in Taiwan and has been steadily improving its network connectivity and coverage. Deployment of AirUnity enables APT to provide a rapid cost-effective network across Taiwan’s shopping areas, night markets, and other high-density areas, resulting in greatly improved indoor coverage and capacity.

AirUnity addresses three key requirements for cost-effective, rapid small cell deployments:

  • Removes the need for permits, site rental, power and professional installations, thus enabling APT to deploy and operate at a fraction of traditional costs.
  • Reduces service-provision costs and shortens service actuation time to minutes after power-on via AirSON self-configuration and self-optimizing operations.
  • Directional High Gain MiMO Antennas and integrated backhaul technology deliver ~25dB better link budget than the typical Smartphone, and better SINR performance, offering advanced smartphone users the best possible experience.

AirUnity provides indoor coverage of approximately 300m2 and extends outdoor coverage up to 100m. Each unit off-loads edge users from the existing Macro RAN and improves overall RAN capacity.

Technology Innovation

APT and Airspan are delivering on the promised benefits of small cells through innovative design, advanced technology implementation, and intelligent operation principals. AirUnity uses the powerful Qualcomm FSM chipset and Airspan’s Zero-touch AirSON, which automatically configures wireless-backhaul and optimizes the system and network using advanced interference mitigation techniques to avoid previous high-density small cell interference issues and greatly reduce operational costs.

Airspan enables APT to provide an advanced, high-performance 4G network in Taiwan and most of all allows it to lay the foundation for future 5G services.

About Airspan Networks Inc.:

Airspan (OTC PINK: AIRO) is a leading 4G and 5G RAN solution provider, with over 1000 customers in over 100 countries. Airspan is regularly recognized as a leader and pioneer in LTE Access and innovative Backhaul solutions. Airspan has an expansive product portfolio, which includes indoor and outdoor small cells, and all-outdoor, compact Micro and Macro base stations, a variety of user devices and network optimization products. These connectivity solutions operate in bands from 400 MHz up to 6.4 GHz and 60-80GHz millimeter wave.

Airspan is not subject to the informational reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and, accordingly, does not file reports, financial statements, proxy statements, information statements or other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release may contain forward-looking statements. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

About APT

Asia Pacific Telecom Co., Ltd. provides telecommunication services to personal and business users primarily in Taiwan. Its services include broadband fixed line, broadband mobile communication, and broadband Internet services. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Taipei, Taiwan.

 

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