Windells Academy & Hillsboro Aero Academy Launch Aviation Program for High School Students

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Windells Academy, the famed action sports boarding school, and Hillsboro Aero Academy (HAA), the largest combined helicopter and airplane pilot training school in the US, have partnered to create the nation’s first high school boarding program in which students can earn their professional pilot certifications while at the same time working toward their high school diploma.  Students enrolling in the Windells Academy Aviation Program will have the potential to earn their licenses and ratings to become professional airplane or helicopter pilots and obtain a college degree in aviation through HAA’s unique partnerships. This new program will kick off with the Aviation Discovery Program, a seven-week course providing students with an introduction to multiple areas of aviation, starting June 18, 2018 and eventually evolving into a full program starting in September 2018.

The Windells Academy Aviation Program is the first program of its kind in the country, and unique because Windells Academy is an action sports boarding school that will provide a unique student life experience. Enrollment in the Aviation Program opens in January with a seven-week Aviation Discovery Program commencing in June 2018. Open to both international and domestic students between 14-18 years old, the program will offer students the potential to enter a career that is forecasted to grow exponentially for the next 20 years.

“Our students are driven and talented athletes with Olympic and X-Games prospects, but now we are able to offer our students the opportunity to train for a career in a blossoming industry,” stated Kevin English, President of Windells Academy. “We are truly pleased to be working with Windells on this project,” stated Jon Hay, CEO of Hillsboro Aero Academy, “the synergies are phenomenal— both organizations have a very clear focus on offering a personalized approach to coaching and training for every student,” he added.

Windells Academy, started in 1989, is a premier name globally as an action sports boarding school and Hillsboro Aero Academy has trained thousands of airplane and helicopter pilots since 1980—together they will bring a truly unique program to 14-18 year olds. “The beauty of this program,” continued English, who is a certificated pilot himself, “is that we will be able to train high school student to become airplane and helicopter pilots preparing them for a career that has tremendous growth prospects well into the future.”

About Windells Academy

Windells Academy is a world class action sports program for developing today’s most driven and talented student athletes. It caters to students focused on year-round training as well as academics. Credits accrued while attending Windells Academy are transferable in or out of any school, national or international.  Windells Academy students receive personalized coaching and academic support. Academy students have access to natural snow 12 months a year at Mt. Hood, around North America and the world.  The Academy sits on 28 acres of private campus; home to world renowned off hill training facilities.

About Hillsboro Aero Academy

Hillsboro Aero Academy is one of the largest helicopter and airplane flight training academies in the United States. With a fleet of over 90 aircraft, Hillsboro Aero Academy flies in excess of 70,000 flight hours per year from its three campuses in Oregon. During its 38 years in business, the company has trained thousands of pilots, and its graduates fly for operators worldwide. To learn more about Hillsboro Aero Academy, visit

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Miami Mold Specialists Acquires State of the Art Electrostatic Mold Removal Technologies

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Miami Mold Specialists, a leader and pioneer within the indoor environmental and mold remediation industries, has recently announced the addition of yet another innovative high tech service offering- a revolutionary 360 degree electrostatic mold removal and disinfectant system.

This new technology works by electrically charging a fine mist or spray of clean water and organic cleaner. The electrostatic mist creates a powerful “storm” of natural magnetic attraction between the sprayer nozzle and treatment area that is upwards of 75 times the force of gravity. After the mist is activated, the droplets reverse direction when passing a treatment area, moving upwards against gravity, covering  a full 360 degrees of a treatment area due to a naturally occurring phenomenon called electrostatic “wraparound”.

According to Miami Mold Specialists website, “We at Miami Mold Specialist are proud to present our new Electrostatic Disinfecting Technology which has proven to be the most effective method in sanitizing and cleaning mold contaminated surface content with top notch precision and efficiency. Our Electrostatic Sprayers use electrostatic technology that produces the highest spray transfer efficiency possible by disinfecting a full 360 degree target area. The numerous benefits of using electrostatics when applying liquid solutions are not limited to sanitizing, disinfecting, and odor control applications.”

Miami Mold Specialists utilizes this high tech electrostatic system in culmination with AirBiotics, an all natural, all purpose, eco-friendly cleaning product. Airbiotics is one of Miami Mold Specialists “go-to” mold removal products  that is used to help with restoring  normal fungal ecology levels in a home or building.

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Schneider Electric Unveils EcoStruxure ADMS 3.8 for Electric Utility Grid Optimization at DistribuTECH 2018

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced the latest advancements with EcoStruxure ADMS grid management suite. These advancements enable electric utilities to achieve reliable grid flexibility through optimization of distributed energy resources (DER) in addition to improved asset management with an automated EcoStruxure ArcFM geographic information system (GIS) integration workflow.

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure ADMS helps electric utilities integrate DER and increases customer adoption of DER while lowering the total cost of deployment, maintenance and upgrades of IT/OT solutions. This is made possible by:

  • Schneider Electric’s distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) offered as an embedded ADMS module or an independently deployable solution.
  • New GIS-ADMS integration providing two-way messaging with data validation and error reporting transforming a common business process into and automated data management workflow.
  • Grid automation devices, such as Easergy T300 supporting ADMS’ DERMS, to secure reliable power by optimizing power flows and monitoring power quality even when integrating intermittent distributed generation.

“Utilities are facing dynamic changes in the industry that require increased grid management efficiency and support for customer empowerment. By adopting EcoStruxure ADMS 3.8, utilities can increase power reliability while supporting the adoption of sustainable energy and reducing the total cost of ownership of grid modernization solutions,” said Jérome de Parscau, Senior Vice-President, Energy Digital Solutions, Schneider Electric.

Schneider Electric’s presence at DistribuTECH 2018 in San Antonio, Texas will showcase these latest EcoStruxure Grid advancements. Visit Schneider Electric at DistribuTECH at booth number 2809.

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Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of $26 billion US dollars (25 billion euros) in FY2016, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

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Schneider Electric to Design and Build Advanced Microgrid in Milford, Connecticut

ANDOVER, Mass., Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced an agreement to design and build a microgrid within critical buildings in the City of Milford, Connecticut. The technology will offer power resiliency during inclement weather, at a time when the US Department of Energy’s 2017 Grid Reliability Study includes microgrids as a way to provide necessary resilience.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Sandy offered municipalities a reminder of the importance of installing resilient power in critical facilities. This agreement will enable Schneider Electric to design and build a microgrid that performs on multiple levels. The microgrid will operate during grid outages, providing a resilient power supply to structures within the City of Milford that are crucial for public safety, health, and emergency response, as well as providing safe refuge during superstorms. In addition, the microgrid will provide the town hard dollar cost savings and more sustainable energy usage.

“More and more, we’re seeing the negative impacts of 500-year storms on entire regions. The unprecedented nature of these storms is causing municipalities to come to grips with the need to offer resilient power and a shelter, and microgrids that operate independently in the event of a grid outage are critical to reduce those impacts,” said Mark Feasel, Vice President, Utility Segment, Smart Grid & Microgrid, Schneider Electric. “This microgrid will offer Milford residents peace of mind, knowing that their schools, senior centers, and government buildings will be powered by a more resilient source of energy.”

In addition to providing the City of Milford with a resilient power supply, the microgrid will also offer Milford cost savings by reducing electricity consumption at four city buildings and heating fuel consumption at the Parsons Government Center, while allowing the city to use Virtual Net Metering Credits to reduce electricity costs at its other facilities. These reductions will help Milford achieve net savings on energy costs annually. With financing provided by a highly efficient Tax Exempt Lease Purchase (TELP), the city can take advantage of much lower cost of capital than a typical power purchase agreement, retaining more of its cost savings from the microgrid.

Schneider Electric’s new microgrid in Milford will power five critical facilities within the town, including a middle school, the senior center, River Park Elderly Apartments, the Parsons Government Center, and City Hall. The middle school, Parsons, and the senior center will be available as shelters for Milford residents when power outages occur.

The microgrid will be powered by a clean and efficient combined heat and power system, which generates electricity and heat more efficiently than traditional generation. The microgrid will be solar-ready, with infrastructure installed so that solar PV panels may be added in the future for additional cost savings and sustainability, and will use a battery energy storage system to reduce peak power consumption from the local energy grid. These solutions will combine to make Milford’s energy consumption more sustainable.

The City of Milford received a grant from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) to provide funding for design, engineering, and connecting the buildings with underground cables. The City of Milford will fund a generator that will supply heat and power, in addition to the battery energy storage system, while Schneider Electric will offer its microgrid design expertise and electrical equipment.

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Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of $26 billion US dollars (25 billion euros) in FY2016, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

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David Giroux Named Morningstar's 2017 U.S. Allocation/Alternatives Fund Manager Of The Year

BALTIMORE, Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —


  • David Giroux, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Capital Appreciation Fund (PRWCX), has been named by Morningstar as the 2017 U.S. Allocation/Alternatives Fund Manager of the Year.
  • Mr. Giroux was one of four nominees for the award.
  • Mr. Giroux has managed the T. Rowe Price Capital Appreciation Fund and related portfolios since July 1, 2006. The fund is closed to new investors, though current investors may continue to add to their accounts.
  • This is Mr. Giroux’s second win as Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year. He also won the award in 2012 (then for the Allocation category) and he was nominated in 2013, 2014, and 2015.


  • The fund’s investment objective is to seek long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in the common stocks of established U.S. companies believed to have above-average potential for capital growth.
  • Common stocks typically make up at least half of the fund’s total assets. The remaining assets are generally invested in convertible securities, corporate and government bonds, foreign securities, and futures and options.
  • The fund has a five-star Morningstar Overall Rating™ and for the 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods ended November 30, 2017.i It carries a Morningstar Analyst RatingTM of Gold.
  • The fund had a one-year annual total return in 2017 of 15.38%.
  • Under Mr. Giroux’s management, the fund has outperformed its Morningstar benchmark (Morningstar Allocation – 50-70% Equity) in the 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods through December 31, 2017. The fund’s average annual total returns were 15.38%, 9.59%, 12.59%, and 9.00% respectively, compared to 13.22%, 6.02%, 7.92% and 4.96% for the Morningstar benchmark.
  • Since Mr. Giroux’s tenure on the fund began on July 1, 2006, through December 31, 2017, the fund’s average annual total return has been 9.19%. This compares with 5.60% for the Morningstar Allocation Fund – 50-70% Equity.
  • The fund’s expense ratio is 0.70% and its assets totaled $29.3 billion as of December 31, 2017. Including institutional assets, Mr. Giroux manages a total of $45.2 billion as of September 30, 2017.
  • Current performance may be lower or higher than the quoted past performance, which cannot guarantee future results. Share price, principal value, and return will vary and you may have a gain or less when you sell your shares. For the most recent month-end performance, call 1-800-537-1936 or visit

Laura Pavlenko Lutton, Morningstar’s director of manager research, North America, from Morningstar’s press release:

  • “Strong healthcare picks such as Abbott Laboratories and UnitedHealth Group and a bias toward corporate bonds in the fixed-income sleeve contributed to the fund’s success in 2017. As valuations have trended higher, Giroux has maintained his disciplined, risk-aware approach. He has demonstrated keen asset-allocation skills, shifting the portfolio opportunistically.”

Eric Veiel, Head of U.S. Equity, T. Rowe Price:

  • “To win Morningstar’s Fund Manager of the Year is a rare and distinguishing event in the career of any portfolio manager. With his 2017 win added to his 2012 win, David steps into a unique and differentiated realm, an honor he richly deserves. T. Rowe Price is a firm built on delivering investment excellence to our clients to help them reach their financial goals. A global team of over 500 investors work every day in pursuit of that objective. David epitomizes our culture of collaboration-driven investment excellence and dedication to our clients, as do fellow 2017 T. Rowe Price nominees Larry Puglia and Henry Ellenbogen. We are grateful to Morningstar for this recognition, and for David’s win.”

Established in 1988, the Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year award recognizes portfolio managers who demonstrate excellent investment skill and the courage to differ from the consensus to benefit investors.  To qualify for the award, managers’ funds must have not only posted impressive returns for the year, but the managers also must have a record of delivering outstanding long-term risk-adjusted performance and of aligning their interests with shareholders’. Managers’ funds must currently have a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Gold or Silver. The Fund Manager of the Year award winners are chosen based on research and in-depth qualitative evaluation by Morningstar’s Manager Research Group. For more information about Morningstar Awards, visit  

Founded in 1937, Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. is a global investment management organization with $991 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2017.  The organization provides a broad array of mutual funds, subadvisory services, and separate account management for individual and institutional investors, retirement plans, and financial intermediaries.  The company also offers sophisticated investment planning and guidance tools.  T. Rowe Price’s disciplined, risk-aware investment approach focuses on diversification, style consistency, and fundamental research. For more information, visit or our Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Facebook sites.

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The Morningstar Analyst Rating is not a credit or risk rating.  It is a subjective evaluation performed by the manager research analysts of Morningstar.  Morningstar evaluates funds based on five key pillars, which are process, performance, people, parent, and price.  Analysts use this five-pillar evaluation to determine how they believe funds are likely to perform over the long term on a risk-adjusted basis.  They consider quantitative and qualitative factors in their research, and the weighting of each pillar may vary.  The Analyst Rating scale is Gold, Silver, Bronze, Neutral, or Negative.  A Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold, Silver, or Bronze reflects an analyst’s conviction in a fund’s prospects for outperformance.  Analyst Ratings are continuously monitored and reevaluated quarterly.

For more detailed information about the Morningstar Analyst Rating for funds, including its methodology, please click here.

The Morningstar Analyst Rating should not be used as the sole basis in evaluating a fund.  Morningstar Analyst Ratings involve unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Morningstar’s expectations not to occur or to differ significantly from what was expected.

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Morningstar’s Manager Research Group consists of various wholly owned subsidiaries of Morningstar, Inc., including, but not limited to, Morningstar Research Services LLC.  Analyst Ratings are subjective in nature and should not be used as the sole basis for investment decisions.  Analyst Ratings are based on Morningstar’s Manager Research Group’s current expectations about future events and therefore involve unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause such expectations not to occur or to differ significantly from what was expected.  Analyst Ratings are not guarantees nor should they be viewed as an assessment of a fund’s or the fund’s underlying securities’ creditworthiness. 

All funds are subject to market risk, including the possible loss of principal.  Because of the fund’s fixed income or cash position, it may not keep pace in a rapidly rising market. The value orientation carries the possibility that the market will not recognize a security’s intrinsic worth for an unexpectedly long time or that a stock judged to be undervalued may be appropriately priced. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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i Morningstar rated the Capital Appreciation Fund among 719, 719, 668 and 458 Allocation–50% to 70% Equity funds for the overall rating and the 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods (as applicable) ending 11/30/2017, respectively. The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or “star rating”, is calculated for funds with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product’s monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

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Kora's Maomao Hu Speaks At CryptoHQ Davos

NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Ahead of its Pre-Token Sale starting on Feb 5th, 2018, Maomao Hu, co-founder & COO of Kora, will be on The Future of Financial Services & Financial Inclusion panel at Thursday, January 25th at 1:00 p.m. alongside other thought leaders, including John Hensel of Securrency and Taynaah Reis of Moeda.

Kora, which just ended its $1 million private token placement in December, has announced that the company will be speaking at CryptoHQ, in Davos, Switzerland. Co-founders Dickson Nsofor and Maomao Hu will be on the panel at this event.

“CryptoHQ is a great opportunity for industry leaders to get together and explore the impact of blockchain technology on the global economy. At Kora we think that emerging markets specifically can benefit from blockchain technology, as it provides an opportunity to leapfrog into greater financial inclusion. We want to empower communities across these markets to do everything that you or I can with their money,” said Maomao Hu, Chief Operations Officer of Kora.

The event will feature over 40 top industry experts and influencers such as Brock Pierce of Block.One, Bill Tai of KiteVC, Rik Willard Global Blockchain, and Dinis Guarda of Lifesci.

CryptoHQ’s venue is located on the main promenade between Hotel Europe and the Belvedere Hotel. To learn more about attending this event, contact or the website at

About Maomao Hu

Maomao’s experiences have focused on the intersection between machines and people. In 2014, he founded the Artificial Intelligence practice at management consulting firm The Capital Markets Company. Later, he joined AI startup Neurensic to lead technical sales and implementation for their machine learning based compliance solution. Seeing the potential and impact of Blockchain, he moved from AI to co-found Kora.

About Kora 

Kora is an infrastructure for an inclusive financial system built on the blockchain. The Kora Network will provide Identity, Secure Storage, Money Transfer, & Marketplaces in a low cost, universal access platform accessible via SMS/USSD on feature phones, or with internet access via mobile app, enabled by blockchain technology. To learn about Kora and its upcoming token pre-sale, visit

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Crystal Rock Holdings, Inc. Announces Financial Results for its Fiscal Year Ended October 31, 2017

WATERTOWN, Conn., Jan. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Crystal Rock Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT:CRVP) announced its financial results for its fiscal year that ended October 31, 2017.  These results will be filed on Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.
Operating income was $1.9 million for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2017 compared to $3.5 million for the same period last year.  Net income in fiscal 2017 was $560 thousand compared to a net income of $1.2 million for fiscal year 2016.  On a per share basis, net income was $.03 per fully diluted share in fiscal 2017, compared to $.06 per fully diluted share in fiscal 2016. Gross profit as a percentage of sales rose to 54% in fiscal 2017 compared to 51% in fiscal 2016.  Gross profit dollars declined $1.3 million in fiscal 2017 going from $33.1 million in 2016 to $31.8 million in 2017 while sales declined $6.3 million from $65.3 million in fiscal 2016 to $59.1 million in fiscal 2017.  Much of the sales reduction was attributable to lower sales of non-water related products, which is consistent with the Company’s strategy to focus on higher-margin categories. “We increased volume for our core product category sales in water and machine rentals. We will continue to transform our customer base and product mix to focus on key customer targets, higher margin and dollar categories and the ongoing exploration of adjacent markets and services,“ stated Peter Baker, President and CEO, Crystal Rock Holdings. “With a challenging economic business climate that includes declining demographics and regulatory and competitive pressures within our operating footprint, we also recognize it’s critically important our back office is efficiently aligned with our front end experience to maintain profitability while delivering the highest levels of service to our customers.”ABOUT CRYSTAL ROCK HOLDINGS, INC.
Crystal Rock Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT:CRVP), operating through its subsidiary Crystal Rock LLC, markets and distributes water and coffee service, office supplies, refreshment beverages and other break room items to the commercial office and at home markets throughout the Northeast.  For over 100 years, the company has provided quality and high value service, and it’s the largest independent delivery provider of its kind in the United States. It bottles and distributes natural spring water under the Vermont Pure® brand, purified water with minerals added under the Crystal Rock® Waters label and it roasts and packages coffee under its Cool Beans® brand.  Launched in 2010, the Crystal Rock Office® brand features traditional office supplies, break room items, furniture and janitorial and sanitation products. The majority of its sales are derived from a route distribution system that delivers water in 3- to 5-gallon reusable, recyclable bottles, and coffee in fractional packs or pods. Crystal Rock believes “Little Things MatterTM” to the customer experience with high standards for delivering premium service excellence and results in customer productivity – at work or at home. Through technical innovation, a branded customer experience and a commitment to community and environment, Crystal Rock family values are integral to the relationships between employees and customers. More information is available at
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Request Network Announces a $30 Million Request Fund – Call for Projects

SINGAPORE, Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Request protocol aims to formalize financial flows on the blockchain by setting the standard for payments, invoicing, accounting, and auditing in cryptocurrencies so that crypto-enthusiasts can invoice, get paid, and get their salary exclusively in crypto.

Request’s ambition is to scale the Request Network Project in a decentralized way and build an efficient future together. For this to happen, here is a (non-exhaustive) project list. Each project can be developed either by the Request team or by anyone inside the Request Hub ecosystem. If developed by someone or a company from the ecosystem, Request Network will reward contributors with grants.

The Request Foundation is looking for passionate people and teams who are willing to join forces to build out Request more efficiently. There are many other projects Request Network could support, the list will be updated over time.

Request Network will allocate $30 million (in REQ & ETH) over the next five years to the Request Fund.

Amounts: $20k to $100k per project, paid out when pre-defined milestones are reached. Grants might increase for highly successful projects. These grants are intended to cover some of the costs involved so that anyone can build on top of Request.

Here is the first list of project ideas we would be keen to fund:

If your project in addition to one of these fields is also promoting financial inclusion or access to education, it will definitely be regarded as a bonus.

Application process

The Request ecosystem is targeting skilled teams and has high expectations for focus and quality.

In the application, you will be asked for the following information:

Additional details might be needed if there is some interest in the application.

There will be an application review by qualified community members, and a review by the foundation.

If your project qualifies, you can expect two responses within 21 days:

A. You are eligible for a grant (ETH and REQ vesting).

B. We need more information, which could result in point A at a later point in time.

You can join the Request Hub here and apply to the Request Fund here.

Grants will be distributed at the discretion of the Request Foundation. Conditions may change over time and based on our experience.

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PEX Europe: Moderne Prozesse bieten herausragenden geschäftlichen Nutzen

LONDON, January 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Investition in Prozesse und Technologien ist von entscheidender Bedeutung, um den zukünftigen Geschäftserfolg zu sichern. PEX Europe, die vom 16.-18. April 2018 in London stattfindet, will den Teilnehmern dabei helfen, diese Ziele in Einklang zu bringen.

Hauptprogrammpunkte PEX Europe:   

  • Graham Duff, Pilot der Royal Air Force (RAF) und ehemaliger Red Arrow, wird sie mit einem Vortrag darüber inspirieren, wie ihn seine Zeit bei den Red Arrows das unaufhörliche Streben nach Perfektion gelehrt hat.  Wenn Sie der Meinung sind, dass eigentlich immer Verbesserungsbedarf besteht, sollten Sie sich diesen Vortrag nicht entgehen lassen.
  • Howard Blackith, Programmleiter NHS Procurement Transformation beim britischen Gesundheitsministerium, wird das NHS Procurement Transformation-Programm beschreiben, das in 4 Jahren Einsparungen von 2,4 Mrd. £ bringen wird und an dem 1,4 Mio. Gesundheitsdienstleister beteiligt sind.
  • Hash Ladha, Chief Operating Officer bei Oasis, wird Best-Practice-Führungsmodelle darlegen, mit denen er sein Unternehmen in einer preisgekrönte Initiative verwandelt hat.

Die Teilnehmer des Jaguar Land Rover 2017 fanden das Event “extrem nützlich, um durch offene Diskussionen mit Branchenkollegen Einblicke in Trends und Veränderungen zu erhalten. Ein ‚Muss für Prozess-Profis.

Mehr als 60 Branchenkenner werden über ihre Erfahrung mit Designdenken, Prozessarchitektur, Änderungsmanagement, Kultur und Digitalisierung und ihre Erfolge berichten. Bei den Hauptprogrammpunkten können Sie sich von Vordenkern großer Organisationen inspirieren lassen, darunter NHS, LEGO, Swarovski, OASIS & Warehouse, Goldman Sachs, BP, Warner Bros. und viele mehr.

Joel De Figueiredo, Senior Conference Director bei PEX Europe, sagte: “Die Stärkung der europäischen Community für Process Excellence war eine absolute Freude. Eigentlich ist es egal, welcher Branche man angehört, denn wir sind alle aus dem gleichen Holz geschnitzt — Menschen. Wir bringen die Crème de la Crème zusammen, um bei einer viralen Konferenz über Strategie, Performance und Execution zu diskutieren, und ich kann es kaum erwarten, bis es wieder soweit ist.”

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Bei der Process Excellence Europe kommen führende Vertreter aus den Bereichen Transformation, Process Excellence, Lean Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement und vielen weiteren zusammen, um zu lernen, sich auszutauschen und disruptive Fragen zu stellen, damit Sie Ihr Unternehmen auf einen langfristigen Erfolgsweg bringen können.

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Dogs Take To The Streets In The World's First UN Animal Protest

NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The world’s first animal protest outside the headquarters of the United Nations took place in New York today.

The protest, which included 8 dogs of different breeds and sizes, was in support of Forever Against Animal Testing, a joint campaign by international beauty company The Body Shop and leading organization working to end animal experiments, Cruelty Free International. The dogs took to the streets with protest signs, bandanas and miniature banners in show of their support.

The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International were joined by influential pet photographer @TheDogist, who has previously supported the campaign in Canada and the US, and influential Instagram pet influencer @louboutinanyc.

The protest aimed to highlight the shocking fact that 80% of countries worldwide still have no laws banning cosmetic animal tests and encourage consumers to support the campaign by signing the global petition at

Once the petition reaches 8 million signatures, The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International will present it to the United Nations, calling for an international convention to ban animal testing on cosmetics to protect millions of animals around the world. Last week, the organizations met with UN officials to progress discussions on the topic.

Having gathered 4.1 million signatures in the last six months, the petition is now the biggest ever against animal testing in cosmetics. The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International are inviting all companies that are against cosmetic animal testing to pledge support for the campaign, and is supplying assets to help other companies and their employees get involved.

In September 2017, The Body Shop was acquired from L’Oreal by Natura, the Brazilian-listed multi-national cosmetics company, which is cruelty-free and a publicly-listed B Corp. Both Natura and The Body Shop’s new sister company, Aesop, have today officially backed the campaign.

Jessie Macneil-Brown, Head of Global Campaigns, The Body Shop, says: “At The Body Shop we believe passionately in animal welfare and that animals shouldn’t be used for cosmetic testing. We staged our animal protest with dogs, as they have been a powerful symbol for us throughout our Forever Against Animal Testing campaign, representing the relationship we have with animals and connecting with our cruelty-free supporters. This unique protest is symbolic of our huge ambition for ending cosmetic animal testing globally. We are now calling on every person, every company and every government to join our campaign, and help us finish what we started.”

Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International says: “Today’s protest sends a strong message to consumers and brands around the world that we need their support. We have made huge progress towards our goal of banning animal testing for cosmetics, but there is still work to be done. We want to see every company that is against animal testing pledge their support and encourage their customers to do the same.”

Elias Friedman, photographer at @TheDogist, said “I supported The Body Shop’s Forever Against Animal Testing campaign when it launched, and it’s great to be here at home in New York at the first ever pet protest at the United Nations. The protesting dogs represent all animals and remind us why animal testing in cosmetics should be banned once and for all.”

About the photos  
The photos were taken at 10am EST in New York, working with professional dog training and veterinary support. An excellent standard of care was provided for participating animals, and Rational Animal as well as Cruelty Free International consulted to ensure the stunt was structured in a way that causes no distress to the animals.

About The Body Shop
Founded in 1976 in Brighton, England, by Anita Roddick, The Body Shop is a global beauty brand. The Body Shop seeks to make a positive difference in the world by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, hair care and make-up produced ethically and sustainably. The Body Shop pioneered the philosophy that business can be a force for good and this ethos is still the brand’s driving force. The Body Shop has more than 3,000 stores in more than 60 countries.

About Cruelty Free International:
Cruelty Free International is the leading organisation working to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals. One of the world’s longest standing and most respected animal protection organisations, it is widely regarded as an authority on animal testing issues and called upon by governments, media, corporations and official bodies for advice and expert opinion.

Kristin Breen