Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Centra Hub to Promote Real Estate and Facilities Management (CAFM) Solutions at FM Expo 2018

The company plans to demonstrate key features and benefits of its solutions at the trade show.

Dubai, UAE, September 18, 2018: Centra Hub announced that it will be participating in FM Expo 2018, the region’s largest trade show for the facilities management (FM) industry, to be held from September 23-25, 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Center. The company will demonstrate the key features and benefits of its solutions at the niche event.

Centra Hub caters to a number of industry verticals, particularly the real estate and facilities management domains. Large scale development projects in UAE and the region are driving high growth levels in the FM industry. The company will showcase its Real Estate Management and Computer Aided Facility Management Systems (CAFM) to visitors at the event.

"Outsourcing non-key services is an important strategic decision for businesses allowing them to focus on their core competence. Moreover, large scale events such as Dubai Expo 2020 and others, are driving the need for facilities management in the UAE and the broader region. To ensure cost efficient services that meet customer objectives, the FM sector needs to deploy the latest cloud, mobile, analytics technologies and solutions to enhance customer experience. By participating in FM Expo 2018, we are targeting key business and technology decision-makers from this industry as well as existing and potential end-customers and channel partners,” says Nisith Naik, CEO of Centra Hub.

Professionals from diverse facilities management disciplines will gather for three days for sourcing new products and services, enhancing their professional knowledge and networking with peers. FM Expo will feature a conference, talks and workshops that will reveal trends and address issues within the sector. The event includes the Facilities Management Congress Middle East, CPD certified workshops, interactive seminars and industry report giveaways.

“We look forward to our participation at FM Expo this year. We plan to demonstrate the latest specialized solutions and engage with potential and existing end user customers to bring them up to date on new features and upgrades in our solutions. Through events such as FM Expo 2018, market focused vendors like Centra Hub, can reach the right mix of target audience including end-users and channel partners," Mr. Naik adds.

Centra REMS is a state-of-the-art management solution that empowers Real Estate Sales, Leasing, Computer-Aided Facilities Management and Owner’s Association Management. Centra’s modular architecture allows the customer the flexibility of deploying specific modules relevant to their organization’s needs. Centra’s holistic integration-ready architecture gives the customer the added benefit of deploying a unified solution across their organization.

Centra’s leading CAFM solution helps FM companies manage Real Estate Facilities with features packed within Centra’s CAFM system. The client can manage automated Planned-Preventive-Maintenance (PPM) of common area and in-suite assets in addition to serving breakdown or reactive maintenance requests through carefully governed SLAs ensuring highest satisfaction levels of customer service.

In the real estate domain, in addition to CAFM, Centra also offers solutions to manage real estate sales, leasing and owner’s association management. Centra also offers solutions such as Centra CRM, Centra HCM, and vertical specific solutions in business process management across various other industries as well.

Gates Foundation Report Says Demographic Trends Threaten Global Progress, Calls for Increased Focus on Health and Education in Poorest Countries

Bill and Melinda Gates say investing in young people could unlock productivity and innovation

SEATTLE, Sept. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/Knowledge Bylanes -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today launched its second annual Goalkeepers Data Report, pointing to demographic trends that could stall unprecedented progress in reducing global poverty. While 1 billion people have lifted themselves out of poverty over the past 20 years, rapid population growth in the poorest countries, particularly in Africa, puts future progress at risk. If current trends continue, the number of extremely poor people in the world could stop its two-decade decline—and could even rise.

Despite the sobering projections, Bill and Melinda Gates express optimism that today's growing youth populations could help drive progress. Investing in the health and education of young people in Africa could unlock productivity and innovation, leading to a "third wave" of poverty reduction, which follows the first wave in China and the second in India.

"The conclusion is clear: To continue improving the human condition, our task now is to help create opportunities in Africa's fastest-growing, poorest countries," Bill and Melinda Gates write in the introduction. "This means investing in young people. Specifically, it means investing in their health and education."

Goalkeepers: The Stories Behind the Data 2018 was co-authored and edited by Bill and Melinda Gates and produced in partnership with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Using new data projections, the report reveals that poverty within Africa is concentrating in just a handful of countries, which are among the fastest-growing in the world. By 2050, more than 40 percent of the extremely poor people in the world will live in just two countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.

In the past, large youth populations have helped drive economic growth and poverty reduction. The report makes the case for leaders to invest in the power and potential of youth to continue progress. Through essays by experts and journalists, the report examines promising approaches in health and education, highlighting ways that young people could help transform the continent. According to the report, investments in health and education, or "human capital," in sub-Saharan Africa could increase GDP in the region by more than 90 percent by 2050.

Each year, the report tracks 18 data points from the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, including child and maternal deaths, stunting, access to contraceptives, HIV, malaria, extreme poverty, financial inclusion, and sanitation. IHME projections provide three potential scenarios for indicators: better and worse scenarios based upon accelerating or reducing the rate of progress, and projections based upon current trends. This year's report examines four topics in greater depth:
The Family Planning chapter includes an essay by Alex Ezeh, a visiting fellow with the Center for Global Development. The essay focuses on the importance of empowering women so they can exercise their fundamental right to choose the number of children they will have, when they will have them, and with whom. Ezeh notes that according to data from the United Nations, Africa's population is projected to double in size by 2050 and could double again by 2100. If every woman in sub-Saharan Africa were empowered to have the number of children she wants, the projected population increase could be up to 30 percent smaller, from 4 billion to 2.8 billion. Most critically, this would enable more girls and women to expand their horizons, stay in school longer, have children later, earn more as adults, and invest more in their children. The chapter also explores how a novel family planning program in Kenya is providing young women with access to contraceptives.
The HIV chapter includes modeling by Imperial College London for what Zimbabwe's HIV epidemic might look like in 2050 and, thus, what the nation's overall future holds. Its large number of young people have the potential to drive economic growth, but only if they remain healthy. More than half of Zimbabweans are under 25 years old and reaching the age when they are most at risk for HIV infection. If Zimbabwe scales up currently available prevention tools over the next five years, it could see new infections among 15- to 29-year-olds drop by a third within a decade. The introduction of new prevention tools by 2030, including a highly efficacious vaccine, could further reduce new cases to approximately 400 per year. Together, these interventions could avert up to 364,000 new cases of HIV among young people.
The Education chapter includes an essay by Ashish Dhawan, chairman of the Central Square Foundation in India. Although more students in low- and lower-middle-income countries are enrolled in school today than ever before, many are not learning what they need to succeed. Unfortunately, the strategy for improving school outcomes is not as clear-cut as the strategy for improving school access. The chapter examines Vietnam's success in achieving system-wide improvements. Though the country's per capita GDP is only slightly higher than India's, Vietnam's 15-year-olds outperform students from wealthy countries like the United States and the United Kingdom on international tests.
The Agriculture chapter includes analysis by James Thurlow, a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, estimating that by doubling agricultural productivity, Ghana could cut poverty in half, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and drive economic growth. An essay by a local journalist follows the journey of a tomato from a field in rural Burkina Faso to a plate in Ghana, illustrating how many jobs it creates along the way.

Bill and Melinda Gates will produce the Goalkeepers Data Report every year through 2030, timing it to the annual gathering of world leaders in New York City for the UN General Assembly. The report is designed to highlight best practices and help hold the Gates Foundation, its partners, and leaders around the world accountable. It aims to document not just what is working, but where the world is falling short.

In conjunction with the report, Bill and Melinda Gates are once again co-hosting the Goalkeepers event in New York City during the UN General Assembly. On September 26, dynamic young leaders from government, business, technology, media, entertainment, and the nonprofit sector will discuss innovations and approaches to achieve the Global Goals. Participants include young leaders like David Sengeh, chief innovation officer for the government of Sierra Leone; Trisha Shetty, Indian lawyer, social activist, and founder of SheSays; King Kaka, Kenyan musician and activist; and Aranya Johar, Indian spoken word poet. Other speakers include Graça Machel, international advocate for women and children's rights and co-founder of the Graça Machel Trust; Richard Curtis, writer, campaigner, and Project Everyone co-founder; and Stephen Fry, actor, writer, and presenter. Performers include British singer songwriter Ed Sheeran and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Additional speakers will be announced soon.

Co-hosted by Bill and Melinda Gates, the Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards will be presented on September 25, the evening before the Goalkeepers daytime event. In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF, the awards will celebrate outstanding youth-focused work around the world that is directly linked to the 17 Global Goals. The four award categories include the Progress Award, Changemaker Award, Campaign Award, and Global Goalkeeper Award.

Commvault to showcase new, simplified portfolio of solutions at GITEX

September 18, 2018 - UAE – Commvault is a recognized leader in data backup and recovery, offering converged data management solutions that allow progressive enterprises to protect, manage, and utilize their data. Through a global ecosystem of trusted partners, Commvault brings together comprehensive solutions including storage infrastructure, service delivery orchestration and data governance.

At GITEX 2018, Commvault will discuss the findings of its recent IDC customer value survey; showing that customers can achieve faster, more reliable backup and restore operations, reduced downtime and increased productivity.

Commvault will also discuss its four new simplified product offerings for complete, scalable backup and recovery and modern data management solutions, as well as its broad partner program enhancements, which helps partners simplify, streamline and scale their offerings to customers.

Wael Mustafa, Area Vice President at Commvault, said: “At Commvault our ability to deliver value across the Middle East is founded on having the most robust and strategic channel-orientated ecosystem. We are continuing to develop, nurture and expand our partner networks in the region, offering an extensive range of industry-leading, simplified data management solutions to a broad range of local customers.”

Commvault provides integrated solutions for data storage to customers across a range of sectors in the Middle East region, including: Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality and Emirates Steel, as well as forging new partnerships with the likes of SETS in Lebanon.

Impact of new IMO regulations on Arabian Gulf’s oil export dynamics

APICORP report analyses the latest directive reducing the sulphur content of marine fuel oil, and considers its impact for shippers and Gulf producers of crude oil

· Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE with more complex and sophisticated refining capacity could benefit from higher exports of fuel oil and diesel

· Lower cost of higher sulphur content fuel oil will also reduce cost of power generation in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

· Iran and Iraq will find it harder to adapt to the new regulations

Dammam – Saudi Arabia, 18 September 2018: The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), the multilateral development bank focused on the energy sector, published its latest research report today, which this month analyses the impact on the Gulf’s oil dynamics of new fuel oil regulations for the shipping industry set by the International Maritime Organisation.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) – a specialised agency of the United Nations – decided in 2016 to introduce new rules aimed at reducing the cap on the sulphur content of marine fuel. Beginning 2020, ship-owners will have to comply with a new 0.5% cap on the amount of sulphur in marine fuel, compared with the existing limit of 3.5% that was enforced back in 2012. The immediate impact will be on consumers of High Sulphur Fuel Oil (HSFO), namely shippers, but also on refineries that produce large quantities of HSFO.

Ship-owners will face several options: continue to use non-compliant fuel oil and install scrubbers that clean out exhaust fumes including sulphur content, burn LNG or methanol, or use compliant fuels such as Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO) and marine gasoil. However, it is unclear which of these options will be the most cost effective, making it difficult for ship-owners to take a firm decision.

In the case of burning gas, the availability of these fuels is restricted to northern Europe, whilst LNG bunkering has not developed globally and the lack of infrastructure will restrict LNG-based power to ships moving on standard and short haul routes. Shippers considering a switch to LSFO will not only have to factor in the higher cost of the fuel, but supply restrictions in the short to medium term will create uncertainty around its availability in bunkering ports around the world.

Even in the event that the global market is able to produce sufficient quantities of the fuel, there is no guarantee that machinery on ships designed to run on high viscosity/HSFO can switch to low viscosity/LSFO. If they can’t, installing scrubbers in ships is another option; but the cost of retro-fitting the necessary equipment may be prohibitive, and is only a short term solution, as it may not be able to meet more stringent regulations that me be introduced in the future.

The shipping industry’s choice of option will directly impact the supply/demand dynamics of the Gulf’s oil industry, and the results will be varied. In 2017, demand for fuel oil averaged 7.5 million barrels per day (mb/d) of which 3.5mb/d was HSFO, used mainly in bunkering. Going forward, the IMO regulations will reduce demand for HSFO whilst demand for both LSFO and marine diesel will increase. Other things being equal, the differential between sour-sweet crudes, HSFO-LSFO and distillate-HSFO could widen. In the short term, the ability of the global refining industry to produce an estimated 8mb/d of compliant bunker fuel for the world’s ships by the IMO target of 2020 will be tested. Depending on assumptions about scrubber uptake, the resulting boost to demand for marine diesel alone is expected to be around 2.1-2.5mb/d.

In the likely scenario that there will be more reliance on LSFO and marine diesel, the downstream sector will create winners and losers, with simple refineries at most risk. Refineries that failed to invest in cokers and other residue destroying equipment needed to contain HSFO production will find it difficult to market the fuel. On the other hand, more complex refineries will benefit from higher margins. In the highly competitive refining market, this could pave the way for further closures. In particular, Saudi Arabia could benefit significantly if shippers choose to switch to LSFO or marine diesel, as it will be able to meet this demand and increase exports. On the other hand, if scrubbing is the preferred route, there is enough demand from the country’s power sector to absorb its existing HSFO production, and at a reduced cost.

Geared to producing more diesel, the GCC will be in a good position to adjust to the IMO rules, with ample opportunities for the likes of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to utilise excess HSFO in their respective power sectors. The GCC as a whole has embarked on many initiatives across the oil value chain that has helped them adapt to global developments. Some of these investments, such as additional refining capacity were built with an eye to supplying a growth in Asian demand for diesel driven by China. But the decision taken by the Chinese government to rebalance the economy and shift away from manufacturing and more towards consumer goods and services dampened the prospects for diesel exports. Luckily, the timely changes in IMO regulations have provided the GCC with an alternative market for diesel exports.

For Iraq and Iran, on the other hand, the picture is gloomy. Already struggling to meet domestic demand, the damage to Iraq’s Beiji refinery drastically reduced the country’s capacity. In addition, the refining sector as a whole is not as sophisticated as those in the GCC, and their ability to produce low sulphur fuel is questionable. Worse, with lower demand for HSFO, Iraq will struggle to get rid of the fuel, whilst the domestic power sector is not large enough to absorb higher quantities of HSFO, especially given that the majority of new power generation will be gas-fired plants.

As for Iran, whilst fuel oil consumption has been increasing in the region driven predominantly by Saudi Arabia, and demand in the region more generally has been relatively stable, only Iran is exhibiting a fall in fuel oil consumption, declining from 382kb/d in 2014 to 214kb/d in 2017. This means that it will struggle to find a market for its excess HFSO, a situation made worse by the re-imposition of US sanctions; whilst its refining sector is not sufficiently sophisticated to produce LFSO, nor is there sufficient demand from the power sector.

Mustafa Ansari, Senior Economist at APICORP, commented: “The IMO regulations will create winners and losers across the industry. Uncertainty around the availability of LSFO, HSFO prices and scrubbing technology makes it difficult for ship-owners to take a decision on what outlet to adopt for IMO compliance. What is more clear is that demand for HSFO is likely to decline, whilst demand for compliant fuels such as marine diesel and LSFO will increase. This means that refineries that have the means to reduce fuel oil production, or that are geared to producing middle-distillates such as those across the GCC will benefit from the additional demand. By contrast, countries without this capability, and with fewer alternative sources of demand, such as Iran and Iraq, will not be able to absorb excess supplies of fuel oil.”

باناسونيك تطلق سماعات أذن لاسلكية جديدة لتكون الرفيق الأمثل خلال ممارسة التمارين الرياضية

18اغسطس 2018

سماعات BTS35 تمتاز بملاءمتها التامة للأذنين ومقاومتها للماء والتعرّق ما يجعلها الخيار الأنسب للارتقاء بمستوى التمارين الرياضية

دبي :الامارات العربية المتحدة

أعلنت ’باناسونيك‘ عن إطلاق سماعات الأذن الرياضية اللاسلكية الجديدة وعالية الأداء في أسواق الشرق الأوسط، والتي تكفل تحفيز مستخدميها ومساعدتهم في الحفاظ على متابعة أهدافهم الخاصة بالحفاظ على لياقتهم البدنية. وتم تصميم BTS35 Bluetooth Wings للراغبين في الاستمتاع بالموسيقى حتى أثناء ممارسة التمارين الرياضية المكثفة، وتمتاز بغطاء مرن ثلاثي الأبعاد يتلاءم بروعة مع فتحتي الأذنين، فضلاً عن التصميم المقاوم للماء والعرق، وتقنية البلوتوث اللاسلكية التي تتيح للمستخدمين فرصة الاستماع للمقاطع الصوتية بكل وضوح ونقاء في أي وقت ومكان.

وتتوفر سماعات BTS35 بتشكيلة رائعة من الألوان الكلاسيكية المفضلة - الأزرق والأسود والأبيض - وتضمن أعلى مستويات الثبات في مكانها بغض النظر عن مدى قوة التمارين الرياضية. ويمكن تحقيق الثبات الآمن والمريح للسماعات بفضل آلية التثبيت السريعة وأغطيتها الرياضية المرنة ثلاثية الأبعاد التي يمكن طيّها بحرية. ويضفي التصميم الذكي للمنفذ الطويل قدراً أكبر من الثبات الآمن للسماعات.

وبهذه المناسبة، قال كونيهيرو تانيكورا، مدير عام شركة ’باناسونيك الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا للتسويق‘:"يظهر المقيمون في المنطقة اهتماماً متزايداً بالاستمتاع بنمط حياة أكثر صحة. وتعتقد ’باناسونيك‘ أن الصحة الجيدة مرتبطة بالقدرة على عيش حياة أرقى تجعل من العالم مكاناً أفضل، وهو ما يشكل توجهاً إيجابياً نسعى لدعمه. حيث تتلاءم سماعات BTS35 بروعة مع أنماط الحياة النشطة لسكان الشرق الأوسط ممن يودون الاستمتاع بالمقاطع الموسيقية المفضلة لتعزيز تمارينهم الرياضية".

كما تتألق سماعات BTS35 بتصميم هندسي هو الأفضل في فئته، مع تصنيف IPX5 خاص بهيكليتها المقاومة للماء والعرق. وبغض النظر عن ظروف المطر أو العرق، تكفل السماعات الحفاظ على نقاء الصوت ووضوحه أثناء التركيز على التمارين الرياضية.

وتثري سماعات BTS35 سجل ’باناسونيك‘ الحافل بالنجاحات في مجال الابتكار الصوتي عبر قدرتها على توفير صوت عالي الجودة للحصول على أقصى قدر ممكن من المتعة الموسيقية. وتمتاز السماعات بوحدات تشغيل قياس 9 ملم لتوفر صوت جهير قوي. ويستخدم كابل مسطح يتناسب بشكل مريح خلف الأذنين، مما يقلّل من ضوضاء اللمس بشكل كبير، ويقدم صوتاً ديناميكياً ورائعاً.

وتمتاز سماعات الأذنين بقدرتها على دعم خاصية الشحن السريع باستخدام كابل USB المرفق. ويكفي شحن البطارية مدة 15 دقيقة لتشغيل سماعات BTS35 مدة تصل حتى 70 دقيقة، دون توقف. وفي حال اكتمال شحنها، توفر السماعات وقت تشغيل يصل إلى 6 ساعات.

تجدر الإشارة إلى أن سعر سماعات الأذن BTS35 Bluetooth Wings يبلغ 249 درهم إماراتي، وهي متاحة الآن في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة ضمن صالات ’باناسونيك‘ والمتاجر الكبرى في الدولة.