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    World’s largest Space to Cloud Data company provides space-based data to one of Japan's largest companies

    SAN FRANCISCO and TOKYO, Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spire Global Inc, the world’s largest space to cloud analytics company, and ITOCHU Corporation, one of the largest trading companies in Japan and among the world's largest companies, today announced the two will partner in a reseller partnership agreement for Spire’s data package and exclusively on space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data specifically designed for improved global tracking of aircraft. ITOCHU will be representing Spire within the Japanese market and the rest of APAC.With approximately 110 bases in 62 countries, ITOCHU, one of the leading sogo shosha, is engaging in domestic trading, import/export, and overseas trading of various products such as textile, machinery, aerospace, aviation, metals, minerals, energy, chemicals, food, general products, realty, information and communications technology, and finance, as well as business investment in Japan and overseas. ITOCHU also has access to Spire AIS and weather products in support of their current business opportunities and to support their ongoing commitment to developing innovative solutions for global weather and maritime solutions.

    “We are proud of the strategic partnership between Spire and ITOCHU and what it means in terms of organically growing our offering,” said Naoya Osaki, Senior Officer, Plant Project, Marine & Aerospace Division, ITOCHU Corporation.

    Spire is committed to assisting ITOCHU Corporation in their ongoing effort to provide truly useful weather-driven data service anytime, anywhere. The two innovative companies are jointly committed to increasing both the speed and quality of ADS-B and forecast data, as both a resource and research tool in weather prediction, en route flight optimization, and transportation data analytics. 

    “Our exclusive agreement will ensure the continued growth and success of Spire and ITOCHU in the APAC region,” said William Fernandez, Aviation Business Executive at Spire Global.  “Our collaboration with ITOCHU and Spire’s AirSafe ADS-B tracking services will enhance aviation safety and Japan’s operations effectiveness.”

    Spire has become an industry standard in the commercial aerospace sector and operates one of the largest constellations of private nanosatellites and ground station network in the world. The company has also launched strategic partnerships across a myriad of verticals including deals with NASA, ESA and key players in the weather, maritime and aviation sectors.

    *About Spire Global Inc.*
    Spire Global Inc. is a space to cloud analytics company that utilizes proprietary satellite data and algorithms to provide the most advanced maritime, aviation, and weather tracking in the world. Spire’s data analytics is backed by a wholly owned and developed constellation of nanosatellites, global ground station network, and 24/7 operations that provide real-time global coverage of every point on Earth. To learn more, visit:

    *Media Contact:*
    James A. Pearson
    Spire Global Inc.
    646-522-4297 Reported by GlobeNewswire 17 hours ago.

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  • 12/10/18--10:06: Ship traffic, December 11
  • Ship traffic Due to arrive today SHIP FROM PORT Castor Leader Vancouver, Wash. RCH CMA CGM Elbe Los Angeles OAK CMA CGM G. Washington Los Angeles OAK Cosco Portugal Los Angeles OAK London Express Seattle OAK Mastonia Honolulu OAK NYK Demeter Los Angeles OAK Due to depart today SHIP TO PORT Arietta Port Unknown SFO Libra Leader Toyohashi, Japan BNC Maersk Algol Vostochnyy, Russia OAK Mahimahi Honolulu OAK MSC Julie Vancouver, B.C. OAK NYK Demeter Tokyo OAK Pacific Spike Port Unknow SCK Warnow Moon Gunsan, South Korea SFO Source: S.F. Marine Exchange Reported by SFGate 17 hours ago.

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    NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HC2 Holdings, Inc. (“HC2” or the “Company”) (NYSE: HCHC), a diversified holding company, announced today that it will participate in the 6th Annual ROTH New Industrials Corporate Access Day being held on December 11, 2018 at the Lotte New York Palace in New York City.HC2’s executive management team including Philip A. Falcone, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Michael J. Sena, Chief Financial Officer and Andrew G. Backman, Managing Director of Investor Relations and Public Relations will be participating at the conference.

    The Company will host investor meetings throughout the day. Attendance at the conference is by invitation only for clients of ROTH Capital Markets. Interested investors should contact your ROTH sales representative to secure a meeting time at
    (949) 720-5700 or e-mail: 

    *About HC2*

    HC2 Holdings, Inc. is a publicly traded (NYSE:HCHC) diversified holding company, which seeks opportunities to acquire and grow businesses that can generate long-term sustainable free cash flow and attractive returns in order to maximize value for all stakeholders. HC2 has a diverse array of operating subsidiaries across eight reportable segments, including Construction, Marine Services, Energy, Telecommunications, Life Sciences, Broadcasting, Insurance and Other. HC2's largest operating subsidiaries include DBM Global Inc., a family of companies providing fully integrated structural and steel construction services, and Global Marine Systems Limited, a leading provider of engineering and underwater services on submarine cables. Founded in 1994, HC2 is headquartered in New York, New York.  Learn more about HC2 and its portfolio companies at

    For information on HC2 Holdings, Inc., please contact Andrew G. Backman - Managing Director - Investor Relations & Public Relations - - 212-339-5836 Reported by GlobeNewswire 16 hours ago.

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    Honorees to be recognized at the AGENDA19 conference, bringing together 300+ senior technology leaders and business stakeholders to share best practices and explore new techniques

    Boston, Mass., Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IDG’s CIO and the CIO Executive Council are pleased to announce the 2019 Digital Edge 50 and Ones to Watch award winners [click to tweet]. The Digital Edge award honors 50 organizations for executing digital transformation initiatives with significant, measurable business impact. Winners are selected by a panel of executive peers who evaluate projects on complexity, scale, outcomes and innovation. Additionally, the Ones to Watch Awards recognize the rising stars in IT – those primed to become the leading C-level executives of the future. All winners will be honored at the AGENDA19 conference in March 2019.

    *Digital Edge 50 Awards*
    According to IDG’s 2018 Digital Business Survey, 89% of organizations have plans to adopt a digital-first business model; however, only 44% have fully implemented this approach. The Digital Edge 50 Awards highlight the organizations at the forefront of digital transformation. These top organizations have harnessed emerging technologies to accelerate business while fostering a culture of collaboration. Seventeen industries are represented this year and technologies involved include: artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, virtual reality/augmented reality, cloud, data analytics, and mobile/smart devices.

    “The Digital Edge 50 awards recognize the very best projects driving IT innovation,” said Anne McCrory, group vice president, customer experience and operations, events, and the Digital Edge and AGENDA19 conference chair. “While a digital first strategy is needed to transform business, unifying efforts to embrace the future is no easy task. Our 2019 honorees are leading by example, serving as key thought leaders in an increasingly competitive business environment.”

    *Ones to Watch Awards*
    In addition to the organizations being honored, 50 tech professionals have been named Ones to Watch award winners by CIO and the CIO Executive Council. The 2019 recipients have demonstrated a keen understanding of business goals, possessing the capabilities and character to be future leaders in the industry.

    “As CIOs become more involved in corporatewide decisions and objectives, reliance on qualified and talented people within their IT organizations to manage key projects is critical to overall business success,” noted Tim Scannell, director of strategic content at the CIO Executive Council. “We are pleased to acknowledge the success of those individuals who have the right mix of technology and management skills to maintain continuity, drive innovation and lead solutions teams with the Ones to Watch Awards. Congratulations to the 2019 recipients and we look forward to celebrating their future successes.”

    All honorees will be recognized at AGENDA19, IDG’s annual business leadership conference focused on digital innovation. The 2019 event will be held March 18 – 20 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The conference will bring together 300+ senior technology leaders and business stakeholders, and feature keynote sessions, winner case studies, workshops and technology breakout sessions. The Awards Ceremony and Gala Celebration honoring the recipients of the Digital Edge 50 and the Ones to Watch Awards will conclude the conference on March 20, 2019.

    Featured topics for AGENDA19 include: The Latest Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Data Strategies: Insights, IoT and New Business Models; RPA and Robotics in the Enterprise; Blockchain Use Cases; Overcoming Roadblocks to Digital Maturity; Cultivating the Next Generation of Talent; and Innovative Leadership in a High Velocity Environment.

    “AGENDA19 is the leadership conference for business and technology leaders focused on driving business forward in changing times,” said Adam Dennison, SVP & General Manager, IDG Events and CIO Executive Council, and Publisher, CIO. “Emerging technologies and new solutions play an important role within digital business transformation. We are thrilled to have premium vendor partners joining us to provide a robust overview of what is possible for businesses in the future.”

    *2019 Digital Edge 50 Award Winners*

    Allstate API Technology
    Arapahoe County, Colorado Cloud/Multi-Cloud-based Technologies and/or Services
    AXA XL AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing
    Bank of America AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing
    Bayer AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing
    City of Los Angeles AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing
    Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County Automation
    Commercial International Bank AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing
    Cornell University Customer Relationship Management
    Discover Financial Services AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing
    Evoqua Water Technologies Internet of Things (IoT)
    Ginnie Mae  Data Analytics/Data-as-a-Service
    Health Care Service Corporation Data Analytics/Data-as-a-Service
    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG Cloud/Multi-Cloud-based Technologies and/or Services
    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Security for the Digital Enterprise
    HP Inc. Automation
    Humana Cloud/Multi-Cloud-based Technologies and/or Services
    IBM CIO Cloud/Multi-Cloud-based Technologies and/or Services
    Jackson Health System Data Analytics/Data-as-a-Service
    Jefferson Health, Thomas Jefferson University Data Analytics/Data-as-a-Service
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Mobile/Smart Devices
    JK Cement Ltd. Cloud/Multi-Cloud-based Technologies and/or Services
    King County Information Technology Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Augmented Intelligence
    LiRo Applied Technologies Automation
    Massport Cloud-based Technologies and/or Services
    McGraw-Hill Education Data Analytics/Data-as-a-Service
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Mobile/Smart Devices
    Mercer AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing
    Merck 3D Technologies Automation
    Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Biometric Technology/ Mobile
    Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget partnered with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Cloud/Multi-Cloud-based Technologies and/or Services
    PayPal, Inc. Automation
    Penn Medicine - UPHS Data Analytics/Data-as-a-Service

    Power Design Inc. Mobile/Smart Devices
    PVH 3D Product Design and Development
    SimpleTire AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing
    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Cloud/Multi-Cloud-based Technologies and/or Services
    Startek/Aegis Automation
    Subaru of America Communications/Collaboration/Social
    Suffolk Construction Collaboration platform with VR/AR
    The Suddath Companies Cloud/Multi-Cloud-based Technologies and/or Services

    TIAA Automation
    TKC Holdings, Inc. Combination of Cloud and Mobile Technologies
    Total Quality Logistics AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing
    TVS Motor Company Limited AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing
    Universal Orlando Resort Facial Recognition
    Verizon Communications AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing
    WABCO AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Computing
    Werner Logistics Internet of Things (IoT)
    Whirlpool Corporation Internet of Things (IoT)

    *2019 Ones to Watch Award Winners*

    · David Abbott, VP, Technology Operations, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    · Katrina Agusti, VP Solutions Delivery, Carhartt
    · Kathy Alexion, Associate CIO, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
    · Jomel Angat, Product Owner, Integrated Technology Solutions, Fannie Mae
    · John Antoinetta, Senior Manager Digital Marketing IT, Altria Client Services
    · Raghbir Banwait, VP of Engineering, Dealer Products, CarGurus, Inc.
    · Vikram Baskaran, Managing Director IT Applications, ITS, Alaska Air Group
    · Annie Baymiller, Director, Global Information Services, Roofing and Insulation, Owens Corning
    · Bryan Bee, VP of Applications & Service Operations, EBSCO Industries Inc.
    · Blake Brannon, VP, Products, OneTrust
    · Jennifer Burger, Executive Director of Epic Applications, UC Davis Health
    · James Butler, Director of Instructional Technology, Tucson Unified School District
    · Diane Butler, Associate VP, Rice University
    · Brett Caldon, Senior Director, Software Innovations, Liberty Mutual Insurance
    · Scott Carter, Senior VP, Digital Innovation, TSYS
    · Jason H. Cherry, Director, IS Technology Services, Lexington Medical Center
    · Michael Cockrell, IT Specialist, Internal Revenue Service
    · Chris Cummings, Technology Director, Klein ISD
    · Dan Denenberg, Senior Director, Enterprise Information Services, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield/Service Benefit Plan Administrative Services Corporation
    · Michael Derry, VP, Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco
    · Tami Evanson, Senior VP, IT Emerging Businesses, Ascensus
    · Peter Fourie, Executive Director, Information Technology, Celgene Corporation
    · Joseph George, VP, Product Management, Global Recovery Services, Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS)
    · Carol Goh, Senior Director, Global Infrastructure Services – Network Services, Cisco IT, Cisco Systems Inc.
    · Matthew Hubbard, Senior Manager, Infrastructure Delivery, Whirlpool Corporation
    · Babu Kuttala, VP, Advance Analytics, ABB
    · Eric Loyd, Senior Director, Delivery Office, Vistra Energy
    · Alexander Maximenko, Director, Applications Development Services, Miratech
    · Vishal Morde, VP, Data Science, Barclays US
    · Anbu Ganapathi Muppidathi, Senior VP, Digital Systems & Technology, Cognizant
    · Mark Nadler, Director of Corporate Applications, TKC Holdings, Inc.
    · Joel Nichols, Head of Software and Automation, MilliporeSigma
    · Jaideep Oberoi, VP, BNY Mellon’s Pershing
    · Matt O’Dell, Director, Global Software Services, Allegion
    · Renee Orser, VP, Engineering, NS1
    · Drew Pawlak, Director, End User Computing & Collaboration, Alexion
    · Greg Petersen, Senior Director, Global Security Technology & Operations, Avanade, Inc.
    · Jaganath Ram Shankar, VP & Head, Platforms & Solutions, MindTree Ltd.
    · Vasu Sambasivam, Director, Enterprise Architecture and Emerging Technologies, Zions Bancorporation
    · Thomas Scarpati, Managing Director, TD Ameritrade
    · Kunal Sehgal, Executive Director, APAC, FS-ISAC
    · Alisa Sheyn, Director of Business Operations, Technology, Avid Technology
    · Matt Skinner, Senior VP, Corporate Applications, Technology & Process Group, PVH
    · Dave Slifka, VP, Infrastructure & Service Operations, EBSCO
    · Kelly Smith, IT Program Manager, Americas, Gates Corporation
    · Todd Soisson, IT VP, Business Experience, Tokio Marine North America Services
    · Mark Sparks, Director of Products, IT, Bayer
    · Ravi Vedala, Director, IT & Applications Engineering, Ascensus
    · Petra Volckaert, Head of IT Digital Transformation for Global Marketing & Commercial Excellence, Bayer Crop Science
    · Kristin Wisnewski, VP, CIO Design, IBM

    *AGENDA19 Sponsorship Opportunities*
    The AGENDA19 Conference is proud to have Dropbox as our ideas partner. Action partners include Atlassian and Omnivex. For more information on our various sponsorship opportunities, including the awards celebration, please visit or contact Adam Dennison, at

    *Event Information*
    To learn more about the conference and register to attend, visit You can also follow us at @CIOevents and @CIOEC, and use #MyAGENDA19.

    *About the Digital Edge 50 Awards*
    The Digital Edge 50 Award honors digital innovation. Through digital technologies such as mobile, analytics, AI, the Internet of Things and cloud, award winners see business results that indicate a true “digital edge.” Selected by a panel of industry experts and business and technology executives, winning applications are driving greater customer engagement, higher sales conversions and new products, as well as revenue and profit growth.

    *About the Ones to Watch Awards*
    The CIO Ones to Watch Awards honor rising stars in IT — senior staff destined to become the CIOs of the future — as identified and sponsored by the CIOs of today’s leading organizations. Each year nominees are judged on their job history, job scope and on-the-job accomplishments by a panel of CIOs – past CIO 100 Award winners and CIO Executive Council members.

    *About CIO
    *CIO focuses on attracting the highest concentration of enterprise CIOs and business technology executives with unparalleled peer insight and expertise on business strategy, innovation, and leadership. As organizations grow with digital transformation, CIO provides its readers with key insights on career development, including certifications, hiring practices and skills development. The award-winning CIO portfolio provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals. CIO is published by IDG Communications, Inc. Company information is available at

    Follow CIO on Twitter: @CIOonline 
    Follow CIO Events on Twitter: @CIOevents 
    Follow CIO on LinkedIn
    Like CIO on Facebook*About the CIO Executive Council
    *Believing in a members-first approach, CIO Executive Council, a division of IDG Communications, Inc., provides strategic leadership development for the transforming C-suite at the world’s most influential and evolving organizations. The CIO Executive Council offers each member a custom engagement experience that draws upon a wealth of programs and services, including: peer-to-peer interactions, a deep industry knowledge base, a range of professional development programs, and media/public relations opportunities that are tailored to an individual’s strengths and career goals. For more information on joining the CIO Executive Council, visit

    Follow CEC on Twitter: @CIOEC
    Follow CEC on LinkedIn
    Like CEC on Facebook*About IDG Communications, Inc.*
    IDG Communications connects the world of tech buyers with insights, intent and engagement. We are the world’s largest media, data and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. Our premium brands, including CIO®, Computerworld®, CSO®, PCWorld® and Macworld®, engage the most powerful audience of technology buyers providing essential guidance on the evolving technology landscape.

    Our global data intelligence platform activates purchasing intent, powering our clients’ success. IDG Marketing Services creates custom content with marketing impact across video, mobile, social and digital. We execute complex campaigns that fulfill marketers’ global ambitions seamlessly with consistency that delivers results and wins awards. IDG is the #1 tech media company in the world, per comScore.* Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at

    *Source: comScore Media Metrix, Desktop Unique Visitors, Worldwide, January 2017

    Follow IDG on Twitter: @IDGWorld
    Follow IDG on LinkedIn
    Like IDG on Facebook*###*CONTACT: Alex Kastrinelis
    Marketing Specialist
    IDG Communications, Inc.
    508.766.5478 Reported by GlobeNewswire 15 hours ago.

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    PEMBROKE, Bermuda, Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sompo International Holdings Ltd., a Bermuda-based specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, announced today that the company has expanded its cyber insurance capabilities with the introduction of a dedicated U.S. team focused on cyber offerings, an enhanced cyber and professional liability product, and an expanded suite of cyber risk management services.  This dedicated team of underwriters across the U.S. focused exclusively on marketing and underwriting Sompo International’s cyber product offerings complements the E&O and professional services products available through Sompo Pro, its professional liability insurance unit. Mr. Jeff Kulikowski, Senior Vice President, Cyber and E&O Underwriting, and Mr. Richard DePiero, Senior Vice President, U.S. Cyber Product Leader, will lead the practice.

    Sompo International’s dedicated cyber team can now offer a Premier Professional policy that provides companies of all sizes and industries access to a full range of professional liability and cyber coverage through a single flexible policy form. The product has also been enhanced to include coverage for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) violations, non-malicious systems failures, unintentional breaches of contract and IT vendor outages. Coverage can also be extended to include malicious and permanent disabling (i.e., bricking) of IT equipment and social engineering threats.  

    In addition, Sompo Premier Professional clients have complimentary access to an expanded set of risk management services provided by industry leading cyber security professionals to help assess their exposure to cyber risk, improve their network security and respond more effectively to data breaches and other network crises. Complimentary services available to Sompo International insureds include:

    · Comprehensive social engineering testing provided by Kivu, covering email spoofing and phishing campaigns;
    · Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO), offering general network management advice and emergency technical assistance offered by Crypsis;
    · Annual detailed security risk rating analysis, identifying information security strengths and weaknesses delivered by BitSight;
    · A critical vulnerabilities and exposures self-assessment survey tool from NetDiligence; and
    · An interactive guide to breach-focused incident response planning provided by NetDiligence.

    Clients can also access a full range of additional scan testing, tabletop exercises, security checkups and cyber threat assessment services at discounted rates from the company’s network of industry-leading cyber security experts.  
    Mr. Dan Wadley, Executive Vice President of Sompo Pro U.S., said: “For many years, our experience in the cyber market has been a critical differentiator for Sompo International. With the introduction of our dedicated cyber solutions practice in the U.S., we have strengthened our ability to deliver comprehensive insurance products and services to clients in the world’s largest cyber market.”

    Mr. DePiero commented, “Our expanded cyber capabilities will make it easier for companies to customize their coverage options and obtain the risk management advice, diagnostic tools and response assistance they need to protect their businesses against known and emerging cyber and network threats.”

    *About Sompo International *

    Sompo International Holdings Ltd. is a global specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, headquartered in Bermuda. Through its operating subsidiaries, Sompo International writes agriculture, professional lines, property, marine, energy, casualty and other specialty lines of insurance and catastrophe, property, casualty, professional lines, weather risk and specialty lines of reinsurance. Sompo International companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Sompo Holdings, Inc., whose core business encompasses one of the largest property and casualty insurance groups in the Japanese domestic market. We maintain excellent financial strength as evidenced by the ratings of A+ (Superior) from A.M. Best (XV size category) and A+ (Strong) from Standard and Poor’s on our principal operating subsidiaries. Sompo International’s headquarters are located at Waterloo House, 100 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke HM 08, Bermuda and its mailing address is Sompo International, Suite No. 784, No. 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda. For more information about Sompo International, please visit

    Investor Relations
    Phone: +1 441 278 0988
    Email: Reported by GlobeNewswire 15 hours ago.

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    AMARILLO, Texas, Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Producers Ag Insurance Group, Inc. (ProAg), a member of the Tokio Marine HCC group of companies, today announced that it has hired Scott Schaefers as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Innovation, Becky Piechowski as Senior Vice President of Operations and Benji Borner as Chief Information Officer.“We are very pleased to announce three new members of the ProAg family as we work to strengthen our organization, build agent relationships, better engage with our customers and lead with technology in the agriculture industry.  Each of these individuals brings extensive experience and expertise to ProAg and the roles they have been hired to perform.  Scott, Becky and Benji will enhance our already outstanding team and contribute to our continued success,” said Kendall Jones, ProAg’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

    With more than 20 years of marketing experience, Mr. Schaefers leads ProAg’s efforts to expand agent and policyholder relationships and maintain its position as a leading crop insurance provider in a changing and evolving agricultural marketplace.  His marketing experience includes seven years as Vice President of Strategic Marketing at The Travelers Companies, Inc. and more than ten years in positions of increasing responsibility at Deluxe Corporation, including roles in product management, new product development, eCommerce and strategic alliance marketing.  Mr. Schaefers also manages a 270-acre family homestead farm in Stearns County, Minnesota.  He has a B.S. in Business Administration from St. John’s University in Minnesota and an MBA in Marketing from Drake University in Iowa.

    With over 27 years of insurance industry experience, Ms. Piechowski manages ProAg’s initiatives to promote employee engagement and enhance customer experience.  Her experience includes various positions of increasing responsibility in claims adjusting, policy processing, and product line and operations management across Personal, Commercial and Agricultural lines of business.  Ms. Piechowski has held positions at State Farm, Travelers Insurance Company, CUNA Mutual Group, John Deere Financial and Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance.  She has a B.A. in Business Administration – Marketing from the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota.

    With more than 20 years of experience in information technology and innovation, Mr. Borner leads ProAg’s technology team as it explores new technology solutions for its agents and policyholders, advances its digital presence and drives positive customer experience.  His experience includes five years as Vice President of Customer Loyalty Technology and Information Technology Solutions at Aimia Inc. and more than fifteen years in positions of increasing responsibility at Aimia and Carlson Marketing.  Mr. Borner has a B.S. in Business Management from Saint Cloud University in Minnesota and an M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota.

    ProAg is a member of the Tokio Marine HCC group of companies and has a financial strength rating of “A++ (Superior)” from A.M. Best.  The company is positioned as a financially strong and well-capitalized crop insurer with over 90 years of experience in protecting the American farmer. ProAg writes multi-peril crop, crop hail, named peril crop and livestock insurance.  The company is headquartered in Amarillo, Texas with eight offices spread across the United States.  ProAg employs approximately 400 people supporting crop insurance operations in 41 states.  For more information about ProAg, please visit  ProAg is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

    Tokio Marine HCC is the marketing name used to describe the affiliated companies under the common ownership of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., a Delaware-incorporated insurance holding company.  Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Tokio Marine HCC is a leading specialty insurance group with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.  Tokio Marine HCC’s major domestic insurance companies have financial strength ratings of “AA- (Very Strong)” from S&P Global Ratings, “A++ (Superior)” from A.M. Best, and “AA- (Very Strong)” from Fitch Ratings; its major international insurance companies have financial strength ratings of “AA- (Very Strong)” from S&P Global Ratings.  Tokio Marine HCC is a member of the Tokio Marine Group, a premier global company founded in 1879 with a market capitalization of $34 billion as of December 31, 2017.  For more information about Tokio Marine HCC, please visit


    Richard Stinson, Communications & Media Manager
    605-255-5906 Reported by GlobeNewswire 15 hours ago.

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    KEMP, Texas, Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with over 40 years of experience spearheading the industrial lighting sector, announced the release of a seven-stage LED light tower that can be extended to 60 feet and retracted to 15 feet. This unit features six, 500-watt LED lamps providing 405,000 lumens of light and is equipped with auto retract and a complete hydraulic kit with sync’d controls.The LM-HA-SMWB-60-15-7S-KT-6X500LTL-SYNC LED light tower for outdoor sites draws on 3,000 watts and features six LED light heads, each with 48 Cree high-output LEDs producing 1,406 lumens of light for a total of 405,000 lumens. These LEDs are ideal replacements for hot-running 1,000-watt metal halide lamps. These LEDs are arranged in rows and paired with PMMA high purity optics with 98% light transmittance producing a 24˚ spot beam, with optional optics creating 10˚ spot, 38˚ narrow flood, 60˚ flood and 90˚ wide flood beam spreads.

    Larson Electronics’ durable IP67 rated light tower is made of square steel tubing and can withstand extreme environmental conditions and temperature changes of -40˚C to 80˚C. The unit can withstand winds up to 35mph, is waterproof and resists dust, dirt and humidity with housings made of die cast aluminum. The hydraulic telescoping boom is made of heat-treated aluminum with a powder-coated finish. Suitable applications include stadiums, outdoor sports fields, remote work sites, concerts and more.

    “This hydraulic light mast is best suited for temporary lighting and outdoor industrial work where conditions are dirty and rough because of its tough durable build,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics LLC. “The unit features a robust wind monitoring system that retracts the mast automatically when exposed to strong winds for safer operation.”

    *About Larson Electronics LLC: *Larson Electronics LLC is a manufacturer of industrial lighting equipment and accessories. The company offers an extensive catalog of industry-grade lighting and power distribution products for the following sectors: manufacturing, construction, food processing, oil and gas, military, marine and automobile. Customers can benefit from the company’s hands-on, customized approach to lighting solutions. Larson Electronics provides expedited service for quotes, customer support and shipments.

    *For further information, please contact:
    *Rob Bresnahan, President and CEO
    Toll-free: 1-888-351-2363
    Int’l: 214-616-6180
    Fax: 903-498-3364

    A photo accompanying this announcement is available at Reported by GlobeNewswire 14 hours ago.

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    *Tampa, FL/Lysaker, Norway – December 10, 2018 – *Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (NYSE: OSG) and American Shipping Company ASA (Oslo Stock Exchange: AMSC / OTCQX: ASCJF) today jointly announced that OSG has exercised options to extend its charter agreements with AMSC for nine vessels currently under charter from AMSC.  Charter agreements for five of the vessels were extended for additional three-year terms, commencing from December 2019 and ending in December 2022. The charter agreements for four vessels were extended for one-year terms commencing from December 2019 and ending in December 2020. OSG previously exercised its option to extend its charter agreement for the 10^th vessel that it leases from AMSC, extending that charter into 2025. As a result, all ten bareboat charter agreements with AMSC have now been extended for additional periods.

    OSG CEO, Sam Norton said “The decision date for extending our AMSC options has been a focal point for some time.  Our decision addresses the uncertainty associated with approaching contract maturities.  The extension of charter agreements on all of the vessels enables continuity of our existing operations.  At the same time, OSG retains continued flexibility afforded by the serial options remaining, a feature of our contracts which has always been appealing.”

    Mr. Norton added, “We are pleased that the contract extensions will allow us to continue our close working relationship with AMSC for many more years.”

    The charter agreements provide that each one-year option is only usable once, while the three- and five-year options are available indefinitely. The lease payments for the charters-in are fixed throughout the option periods, and the options are on a vessel-by-vessel basis and can be exercised individually.

    AMSC CEO, Pål Lothe Magnussen commented “OSG’s decision to extend the charters of all the vessels ensures the stability of AMSC’s cash flow going forward and maintains AMSC’s exposure to an improving Jones Act tanker market through the profit share arrangement. We look forward to continuing our long-standing cooperation with OSG:”

    *About Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.*

    Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (NYSE: OSG) is a publicly traded tanker company providing energy transportation services for crude oil and petroleum products in the U.S. Flag markets. OSG is a major operator of tankers and ATBs in the Jones Act industry. OSG’s 21-vessel U.S. Flag fleet consists of 5 conventional ATBs, two lightering ATBs, three shuttle tankers, nine MR tankers, and two non-Jones Act MR tankers that participate in the U.S. Maritime Security Program. In addition to the currently operating fleet, OSG has on order two additional non-Jones Act MR tankers and one Jones Act compliant barge which are scheduled for delivery in 2019 and 2020 respectively.  OSG is committed to setting high standards of excellence for its quality, safety and environmental programs. OSG is recognized as one of the world’s most customer-focused marine transportation companies and is headquartered in Tampa, FL. More information is available at

    *Investor Relations & Media Contact:*

    Susan Allan, Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.
    (813) 209-0620

    *About American Shipping Company ASA: *

    Established in 2005 and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, AMSC is a ship owning company with nine modern handy size product tankers and one modern handy size shuttle tanker on long term bareboat charter with Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG). OSG charters the vessels out on time charters to major oil companies in the U.S. coastwise Jones Act trade.  AMSC has a significant contract backlog as well as a profit sharing agreement with OSG which offers visibility with respect to future earnings and potential dividend capacity. The Company has an ambition to pay attractive dividends to its shareholders. Further information is available at

    *Company Contacts:*

    Pål Magnussen, Chief Executive Officer +47 24 13 00 04

    Morten Bakke, Chief Financial Officer +47 24 13 00 87

    This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.


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    IIDS selected as Prime Contractor for $50B SeaPort-NxG

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (PRWEB) December 10, 2018

    Integrated ID Solutions, Inc. (IIDS) has been selected as a Prime Contractor for the Next Generation SeaPort (SeaPort-NxG) Multiple Award Contract (MAC) by the Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command. The government estimates approximately $5B of services will be procured per year via orders issued under the SeaPort-NxG multiple award contracts. With a five-year base and five-year option ordering period, the MAC has a potential value of $50B.

    “We are humbled and honored by the confidence in our team to continue to provide innovative support for Navy and Marine Corps initiatives that this contract demonstrates,” said Amber Richards, President and CEO of IIDS. “We are committed to supporting the Warfighter by building on our strong track record for delivering trusted solutions when and where needed for mission success.”

    SeaPort is the electronic procurement tool by which all Navy and Marine Corps contracting offices can obtain services through competitive and efficient means. All work under the contract will fall under the engineering support services and program management support services categories. The Navy and Marine Corps can procure services for any of 23 functional areas including Engineering Support Services, Software Engineering, Research and Development, Program Management Support Services, Financial Analysis and Budget Support, Information System (IS) Development, Information Assurance (IA), and Information Technology (IT) Support.

    About Integrated ID Solutions, Inc.: Integrated ID Solutions, Inc. (IIDS) is a systems integrator providing consulting, subject matter expertise, and turnkey systems implementation to help government entities and global organizations take advantage of the latest wireless communications, automatic identification technology (AIT), and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. As an independent, experienced advisor, IIDS has full flexibility to recommend the best approach, the optimal technologies, and the most trusted partners to meet specific mission requirements. For more information, visit Reported by PRWeb 9 hours ago.

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    New EnduroSLC™ Product Line with 50K, 100K, 250K Endurance Addresses Long Life Industrial Applications

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Greenliant has introduced a new class of ultra-high endurance solid state drives (SSDs) that can reach up to 250,000 program/erase (P/E) cycles. These 1-bit-per-cell (SLC) SSDs are part of Greenliant’s new EnduroSLC™ product line, which offers various endurance specifications—50K, 100K and 250K P/E cycles—for demanding industrial applications.NANDrive™ SSDs, enabled by Greenliant’s EnduroSLC Technology, now provide embedded systems designers with more options when choosing data storage products for long life applications. Using advanced NAND flash management algorithms and hardware error correction code (ECC) capabilities, Greenliant can significantly increase the life of its high reliability NANDrive SSDs for customers requiring superior endurance and data retention for extended periods of time.

    High endurance NANDrive SSDs are well suited for write-intensive applications used in high temperature, high stress environments, such as aviation, rail transportation, marine equipment, seismic instrumentation, data loggers, base stations, industrial control and factory automation. Greenliant’s advanced NAND controllers optimize NAND flash use and extend the lifespan of aging NAND, achieving the longest device lifetime possible. All EnduroSLC-based products operate at industrial temperatures, between -40 and +85 degrees Celsius.

    “Greenliant’s EnduroSLC Technology takes NAND flash management to the next level, achieving ultra-high endurance capabilities unparalleled in the industry,” said Arthur Kroyan, vice president of business development and marketing, Greenliant. “With EnduroSLC-enabled SSDs, it is now possible to meet the most challenging data retention requirements for applications with write-intensive workloads.”

    Greenliant is sampling 50K, 100K and 250K endurance eMMC 5.1 NANDrive SSDs to customers on select product engagements. See the GLS85VM eMMC NANDrive portfolio at For more information about EnduroSLC products, contact a Greenliant channel partner,

    *About NANDrive™ Products*
    NANDrive manages all NAND flash complexities and allows embedded system designers to quickly integrate mass data storage solutions into their designs without having to make any firmware changes. Because NANDrive complies with PATA, SATA and eMMC interface protocols supported by all standard embedded operating systems, designers no longer face costly, time-consuming host software revalidation cycles. To further ease system integration and simplify inventory management, NANDrive solves the compatibility and obsolescence issues of pairing a NAND controller with new NAND flash devices. As an integrated multi-chip package solution, NANDrive eliminates the need for long qualification cycles when there is a change of NAND flash technology; customers need only qualify NANDrive as a mass storage subsystem.

    *About Greenliant*
    By leveraging more than 25 years of solid state storage design expertise, Greenliant is dedicated to developing durable, reliable and secure storage solutions for embedded systems and enterprise datacenters. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with product development centers in Santa Clara, Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and Hsinchu.

    Greenliant, the Greenliant logo, EnduroSLC and NANDrive are trademarks of Greenliant. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

    CONTACT: Media Contact:
    Tara Yingst
    Greenliant Systems
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    Maximo Flores, a Litchfield Park Marine, is among those missing after two planes collided near the coast of Japan, family members said.

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    The U.S. military ended a search on Tuesday for five Marines missing in the sea off Japan since two Marine Corps aircraft were involved in an accident during an air-to-air refueling exercise on Dec. 6. Reported by Reuters 4 hours ago.

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    Stock Exchange Notice
    Date: 11 December 2018

    *GC Rieber Shipping: Shearwater GeoServices awarded projects equivalent to 8 vessel months*

    GC Rieber Shipping ASA's 20% owned geoservices company Shearwater GeoServices
    ("Shearwater") has been awarded projects equivalent to 8 vessel months in the Arabian Sea.

    Eni Oman BV in partnership with Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production has awarded Shearwater a seismic survey in Block 52, offshore Oman. The survey, due to commence later this year, will be conducted by the Polar Empress and will take approximately 3 months to complete. The survey consists of 2,500 sqkm 3D, additional 800 km 2D acquisition and data processing.

    Further, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has awarded Shearwater a 3D broadband marine seismic acquisition contract for the planned 2018/2019 field season. The surveys will take 5 months to complete, covering approximately 2,000 sqkm, with the main streamer vessel mobilising in Q4 2018.

    Irene Waage Basili, CEO of Shearwater comments: "We are proud to win these awards which represent repeat business for Shearwater, and a further deepening of our client relationships. This will be the third consecutive year that Shearwater will work for ONGC, and second for Eni. Together with the recent expansion of our fleet and technology offerings, we welcome this strong backlog which occupies our legacy Shearwater fleet through the winter season and into Q2 2019".

    *For further information, please contact:*

    Einar Ytredal, CEO, GC Rieber Shipping, phone: +47 975 20 184

    Irene Waage Basili, CEO, Shearwater GeoServices, phone: +47 900 98 688

    *About GC Rieber Shipping:*
    GC Rieber Shipping's business within offshore/shipping includes ownership in specialized vessels, high quality marine ship management and project development within the segments subsea, ice/support and marine seismic.

    The group has a specialized competence in offshore operations in harsh environments as well as design, development and maritime operation of offshore vessels. GC Rieber Shipping currently operates 11 and has direct and indirect ownership in 23 advanced special purpose vessels for defined markets within the subsea, ice/support and marine seismic segments.

    The company has its headquarter and a ship management office in Bergen, and an additional ship management company in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Russia). The Company is listed on Oslo Børs with ticker RISH.

    Further information is available on the company's website

    This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5 -12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. Reported by GlobeNewswire 4 hours ago.

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    World-first Approval For Multiple Myeloma Drug APLIDIN(R) Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration approves APLIDIN (plitidepsin) for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma patients

    APLIDIN will continue to be made available to eligible patients via a Compassionate Access Program, pending reimbursement

    APLIDIN is a first-in-class anti-cancer agent approved to treat multiple myeloma, which has one of the lowest survival rates in cancer

    SINGAPORE, Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Australian multiple myeloma patients will have world-first access to a new first-in-class drug developed to treat the disease, following approval by Australian regulatory authorities.

    The drug, APLIDIN (plitidepsin) will be available to patients who have failed or are resistant to other therapies, after the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)  decision to approve APLIDIN before any other country.

    Leading Australian myeloma clinicians are welcoming the decision, saying APLIDIN will provide another valuable treatment option for patients.

    Alfred Hospital Head of the Malignant Haematology and Stem Cell Transplantation Service, Professor Andrew Spencer, said:  "APLIDIN provides a chance for some myeloma patients to extend their lives."

    "We now have another drug to offer patients who have relapsed after being treated with existing therapies."

    "This is important, because once patients become resistant to standard therapies, there have been very limited treatment options."

    And Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital haematologist, Professor Jeff Szer, who was the Australian principal investigator on the pivotal APLIDIN registration study, said APLIDIN had been shown to be effective and well tolerated.

    He commented: "More Australian myeloma patients were enrolled into the pivotal international trial of APLIDIN than anywhere else in the world.

    "These patients in the Phase 3 study known as ADMYRE have now paved the way for others to have access to a new and novel therapy."

    "This really means that some patients with advanced myeloma have the possibility of improved outcomes, when previous therapies have failed."

    Specialised Therapeutics will continue providing APLIDIN to eligible Australian patients at no cost via a Compassionate Access Program, prior to national reimbursement.

    Chief Executive Officer of Specialised Therapeutics Asia, Carlo Montagner, said Australian regulatory authorities should be commended for ensuring Australian myeloma patients have the first opportunity to access this cutting-edge therapy.

    He commented: "It is not often that Australian patients are the first in the world to access new medicines. In this case, the TGA is at the forefront, with decision-makers recognising the great need that exists in multiple myeloma. This disease remains incurable and patients eventually run out of treatment options."

    The company is pursuing opportunities to provide APLIDIN to myeloma patients across South East Asia.

    Specialised Therapeutics Asia has exclusive rights to market and distribute APLIDIN in Australia, Singapore and 12 other South East Asian countries under the terms of an exclusive arrangement with European partner, PharmaMar.

    APLIDIN was the first drug licensed by Specialised Therapeutics Asia for the broader SE Asian market.

    PharmaMar President, Jose Maria Fernandez Sousa-Faro, said: "This approval for an incurable disease, corroborates the work that the PharmaMar team has done over the years with APLIDIN^®. Patients and the medical community will now have a new therapeutic alternative with a new mechanism of action, that is different from the products currently in use."

    Managing Director of PharmaMar's Oncology Business Unit, Luis Mora, added: "The approval of APLIDIN^® is a very important step forward for the company. This increases PharmaMar's presence with a second drug on the Australian market and, together with our partners, we are initiating procedures for other markets, such as South America, Mexico, Canada, Asia and Israel."

    *About APLIDIN^® (plitidepsin)*

    Plitidepsin is an anticancer agent of marine origin, originally obtained from the ascidian Aplidium albicans. It specifically binds to the eEF1A2 and targets the non-canonical role of this protein, resulting in tumor cell death via apoptosis (programmed death). Plitidepsin is currently in clinical development for hematological cancers, including combination studies in relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, and a Phase II study in relapsed or refractory angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma.

    *About Multiple Myeloma in Australia*

    It is estimated that around 1800 Australians are diagnosed with MM every year and 1000 people die.[1] Fewer than 50% of patients survive five-years post diagnosis.[1]

    MM accounts for between 10 and 15% of all haematological  malignancies and is predominately a disease of the elderly, with median age at diagnosis 65-70 years.[2]

    This disease typically causes increased bone osteolysis resulting in pathological fractures, renal failure, hypercalcaemia, immune suppression, increased infection risk and bone marrow failure.[2]

    Despite significant developments in frontline, maintenance and supportive therapy options, MM remains incurable, with treatment refractory relapse eventually occurring in all patients. [3]

    *About Specialised Therapeutics Asia *

    Headquartered in Singapore, Specialised Therapeutics Asia Pte Ltd (ST Asia) is an international biopharmaceutical company established to provide innovative specialist therapies and technologies to patients throughout South East Asia, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. ST Asia's existing product portfolio spans oncology, haematology, neurology, urology and ophthalmology. Additional information can be found at

    *About PharmaMar*

    Headquartered in Madrid, PharmaMar is a world-leading biopharmaceutical company in the discovery and development of innovative marine-derived anticancer drugs. The company has an important pipeline of drug candidates and a robust R&D oncology program. PharmaMar develops and commercializes YONDELIS^® in Europe and has three other clinical stage programs under development for several types of solid and hematological cancers PM1183, plitidepsin, and PM60184. PharmaMar is a global biopharmaceutical company with subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and the United States. PharmaMar fully owns three other companies: GENOMICA, Spain's leading molecular diagnostics company; Sylentis, dedicated to researching therapeutic applications of gene silencing (RNAI); and two other chemical enterprises, Zelnova and Xylazel. To learn more about PharmaMar, please visit us at

    *Further Inquiries:*

    ST Asia Senior Manager Communications/Corporate Affairs Emma Power: *+65 3158 9940* or *+61 419 149 525 *


    *1. *Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2017. Cancer in Australia 2017. Cancer series no. 101. Cat. No. 100. Canberra: AIHW

    *2. *Palumbo A & Anderson K. Multiple Myeloma N Engl J Med 2011; 364: 1046-1060

    *3. *Ludwig H et al. Survival and years of life lost in different age cohorts of patients with multiple myeloma. J Clin Oncol. 2010 Mar 20; 28(9): 1599-605


    This document is a press release, not a prospectus. This document does not constitute or form part of an offering or invitation to sell or a solicitation to purchase, offer or subscribe shares of the company. Moreover, no reliance should be placed upon this document for any investment decision or contract and it does not constitute a recommendation of any type with regard to the shares of the company.

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    The future of the world’s coral reefs is uncertain, as the impact of global heating continues to escalate. However, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change, the response of the Great Barrier Reef to extreme temperatures in 2017 was markedly different to one year earlier, following two back-to-back bouts of coral bleaching. Remarkably, corals that bleached and survived 2016 were more resistant in 2017 to a recurrence of hot conditions.

    “Dead corals don’t bleach for a second time. The north lost millions of heat-sensitive corals in 2016, and most of the survivors were the tougher species. As a result of bleaching, the mix of species is changing very rapidly,” said lead author Prof Terry Hughes, Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE), headquartered at James Cook University.

    “We were astonished to find less bleaching in 2017, because the temperatures were even more extreme than the year before,” he said.

    The new research highlights the extent of damage, or “geographic footprint” of multiple coral bleaching events across the 2,300 km length of the world-heritage listed area.

    The back-to-back heatwaves bring the total number of mass bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef to four over the past two decades (in 1998, 2002, 2016 and 2017). The scientists found that only 7% of the Great Barrier Reef escaped bleaching entirely since 1998, and after the 2017 event, 61% of reefs have now been severely bleached at least once.

    “We found, using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) satellite-based coral bleaching tools, that corals in the north of the Great Barrier Reef were exposed to the most heat stress in 2016. A year later, the central region saw the most prolonged heating,” said co-author Dr Mark Eakin, from NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch program, in Maryland, USA.

    The southern third of the Great Barrier Reef was cooler in both years due to local weather conditions, and escaped with only minor bleaching.

    “It’s only a matter of time before we see another mass-bleaching event, triggered by the next marine heatwave, driven by global heating,” said co-author Dr Andrew Hoey of Coral CoE at James Cook University. “One of the worst possible scenarios is we’ll see these southern corals succumb to bleaching in the near future.”

    “The outcome in 2017 depended on the conditions experienced by the corals one year earlier. We called that ‘ecological memory,’ and show that these repeating events are now acting together in ways that we didn’t expect,” said Prof Hughes.

    “We’ve never seen back-to-back mass coral bleaching before on the Great Barrier Reef, in two consecutive summers. The combined footprint has killed close to half of the corals on two-thirds of the world’s largest reef system,” said Dr Hoey.

    “We need urgent global action on greenhouse emissions to save the world’s coral reefs. Australia should be – but regrettably isn’t – at the forefront of tackling global heating,” said Prof Hughes. Reported by Eurasia Review 3 hours ago.

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    Populations of indigenous people in southern Africa carry a gene that causes lighter skin, and scientists have now identified the rapid evolution of this gene in recent human history.

    The gene that causes lighter skin pigmentation, SLC24A5, was introduced from eastern African to southern African populations just 2,000 years ago. Strong positive selection caused this gene to rise in frequency among some KhoeSan populations.

    UC Davis anthropologist Brenna Henn and colleagues have shown that a gene for lighter skin spread rapidly among people in southern Africa in the last 2,000 years.

    This is a “rare example of intense, ongoing adaptation in recent human history and is the first known example of adaptive gene flow at a pigmentation locus in humans,” according to the paper published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Dec. 10.

    The findings are based on research by multiple scientists. The primary author, Meng Lin, conducted the research as a graduate student at Stony Brook University, working with anthropologist Brenna Henn, now of the University of California, Davis, Genome Center and Department of Anthropology. Lin is now a post-doctoral researcher in genetics at the University of Southern California.

    In previous work, the researchers looked at pigmentation variation in two KhoeSan populations from South Africa by performing a genome-wide association analysis in about 450 individuals. They followed up on the top associated gene, SLC24A5, by simulating population histories with and without positive selection. The DNA and pigmentation sampling took place in the Northern Cape of South Africa in the southern Kalahari Desert and Richtersveld regions.

    **Gene plays a role in lighter skin pigmentation**

    Individuals who carry two copies of the lighter pigmentation gene are 14 percent lighter-skinned than the population average, the researchers said. The gene SLC24A5 plays a key role in the genetic basis of light skin pigmentation.

    While light skin is often associated with European ancestry, even in South Africa, the present-day Khoekhoe and San did not experience enough recent migration to account for the frequency of the gene. Rather, strong positive selection during the past 2,000 years was the only way to explain the current distribution. The gene, which is also present in people from the Near East and eastern Africa, was probably initially brought into the region by only a small number of individuals.

    The actual source of the positive selection is not clear. The researchers theorize that a shift from consuming vitamin D-rich marine animals to consuming pasture animals, or a reduction in exposure to ultraviolent rays, might have changed skin pigmentation over time.

    “While the biological cause of the selective event merits further investigation, we have demonstrated an unusual rapid case of selection for lighter skin pigmentation based on a recently introduced allele less that 2,000 years ago, the first case of pigmentation adaptation from migration in humans,” the paper concludes. Reported by Eurasia Review 3 hours ago.

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    The star lot of the weekend was a recently discovered marine painting by Emile Gruppe (1896-1978), titled The Old Timer. The painting previewed at the October auction of the William H. Trayes Collection held October 21st at the North Shore Artists Association in Gloucester, Massachusetts and garnered a lot of attention from the Cape Ann audience.

    BEVERLY, Mass. (PRWEB) December 11, 2018

    The Kaminski Auctions Annual Thanksgiving sale is a favorite of the calendar year. Old friends, dealers, and clients that are home for the holiday pass through the auction gallery at the preview or attend the auction. There is a festive atmosphere and both days are always well-attended by families and guests seeking something fun to do after the Thanksgiving feast. This year was no different. With a packed gallery, it was exciting to see the spirited bidding from the floor throughout the auction.

    Paintings and jewelry were plentiful both days although Saturday kicked off with an unusual carved Vicenza stone fountain consisting of three parts, all intricately carved with a feline pedestal bottom, and stone pool with a mystical mask. This historic fountain was installed for Andrew Carnegie II in 1906 at his home in Manchester by the Sea, Massachusetts and sold to the audience for $11,500.

    The sale continued with an Andy Warhol (1928-1987), 'Campbell's Beef Consommé Soup' screen-print in colors on paper, selling for $20,000. The print was rubber stamp numbered 43/250, ink signed, and published by Factory Additions, and printed by The Salvatore Silkscreen Company. Originally from the Martin Lawrence Gallery New York and referenced in Andy Warhol Prints, 4th edition by Feldman/Schellmann, Figure 11.52. It was finally hammered down at $20,000, again to a floor bidder.

    The star lot of the weekend was a recently discovered marine painting by Emile Gruppe (1896-1978), titled The Old Timer. The painting previewed at the October auction of the William H. Trayes Collection held October 21st at the North Shore Artists Association in Gloucester, Massachusetts and garnered a lot of attention from the Cape Ann audience. The stunning oil on canvas of ships at a Gloucester dock in foggy conditions measured 50 inches by 40 inches and was dated 1977. The painting is thought to be one of the largest works completed by Gruppe. With over 6 phone lines and others on the floor bidding the oil on canvas rose to $34,000 and was purchased by a determined phone bidder.

    American art in the sale continued with a vivid still life of a shotgun and rabbit, oil on canvas by the artist A.F. Tait selling for $15,000 and an F.S. Cropsey, from a California collection of an autumn view on the lake, signed and dated 1887 selling for $12,000. A Howard Logan Hildebrandt, water scene with mother and child, in its original carved giltwood frame, from a Wenham, Massachusetts estate sold for $8,500.

    The sale continued with Russian and European artists taking the stage with a watercolor and gouache on board by the Russian artist Mstislav Dobuzhinsky (1875-1957), titled 'White Night, St. Petersburg', showing a view of St. Petersburg across the Neva River which brought $16,000. Russian art continued with strong prices as a Mikhail Marianovich Guermacheff (1868-1930), winter landscape, oil on canvas from a New York, New York collection brought $13,000, while a Leon Bakst (Russian, 1866-1924), 'Cleopatra - Costume Study', watercolor on paper, with The Fine Art Society, London, November 1960, label verso sold for $12,000.

    European highlights included an Edmond Francois Aman-Jean (French, 1858-1936). A portrait of a French noble woman marked Mademoiselle V.G., oil on canvas that exhibited at the Paris salon in 1908 brought $9,000, and a Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875), Barbizon landscape with pond sold for $8,000. From the German printmaker Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), 'The Doctor's Dream', an engraving on laid paper, circa 1515 brought $8,000 as well.

    An important Tiffany & Co. designed sterling trophy with a detailed horse-jumping motif, marked 'The International Challenge Trophy' and 'National Horse Show Association of America’ sold to the phones for $15,000. The trophy had been presented at the NHSA annual horse show held at Madison Square Garden starting in 1934. It is mounted on a mahogany base with sterling plaques engraved with the various winners from 1934 through 1957. The trophy also included a framed Cartier presentation scroll.

    Italian marble statues are a fixture on the Kaminski roster and once again two entries in the auction from a Rome, Italy estate brought significant interest. A 19th century (or earlier) carved Italian marble of ' Faun depicting Zeus Ammon (Amon) on a newer stand, measuring 22 ½ inches high achieved $10,000 while an 18th century or earlier Greek marble sculpture of a woman's head mounted on a stone stand sold for $6,000.

    Three entries by the famous contemporary glass blower Dale Chihuly achieved excellent results with a giant hand-blown glass macchia bowl, signed and dated 1987, displayed on a lighted Lucite revolving pedestal was hammered down for $10,000. Two additional lots which included a Dale Chihuly hand-blown red Persian sea form sculpture, signed and dated 1999 brought $5,000, while two smaller sea form bowls together with an original New York Botanical poster sold for $3750.

    Outstanding jewelry collections from Palm Beach and a Martha’s Vineyard estate pieces brought in the dealers and a large audience of woman and men buying for Christmas gifts. On offer were many highly desirable pieces including an eighteen-carat white gold diamond and ruby necklace, with seventy-eight straight baguette diamonds in groups of six, approximately G-I color, VS-SI, and one hundred and eighty-nine straight baguette rubies in groups of four, almost 19.0-carat troy weight which sold for $9,500. A stunning signed Buccellati 18-carat yellow and rose gold necklace with fifteen cabochon sapphires and approximately 58 grams troy weight sold for $8,000.

    Tiffany brought strong prices with a signed Tiffany & Co. 18 carat yellow and white gold necklace with thirty-three round rubies and thirty-three heart-shaped clusters of five round diamonds selling for $5,500. A ladies' eighteen carat white gold natural ruby ring, with a 2.68-carat center stone, and GIC report sold for $5750.

    Additionally, a signed David Webb, 18-carat yellow gold and platinum brooch with two cabochon emeralds, approximately 25.0-carat troy weight surrounded by seventeen cabochon rubies, and eighty-one round diamonds brought $5500.

    Other disparate items of interest that sold well included a Carlo Bugatti chair that was finally hammered down at $6,500 and an elephant folio titled 'A Natural History of British Birds' by William Hayes, 1775, with a dedication to the Duchess of Northumberland. The folio, comprised of thirty-six hand-colored engravings including two double-page engravings, rebound in fine leather with gilt titles. Housed in a presentation box along with original covers and a complete restoration detail inside the case it was finally hammered down at $5,000. The book had significant provenance which traced it through the Clark family of New Jersey and originally
    commissioned by George III for the Duchess of Northumberland.

    Kaminski Auctions’ schedule continues with their Annual New Year’s auction on December 29th and 30th at the auction gallery at 117 Elliott Street, RT. 62, Beverly, Massachusetts. For more information go to and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE. Reported by PRWeb 3 hours ago.

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