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Concentrix + Webhelp Passa a se Chamar Concentrix

Nova marca da empresa solidifica sua posição de organização global de tecnologia e serviços, impulsionando as marcas do futuro

NEWARK, Califórnia, April 23, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  A Concentrix Corporation (NASDAQ: CNXC), líder global de tecnologia e serviços que vem operando sob o nome comercial de Concentrix + Webhelp, anunciou hoje sua transição para o nome Concentrix e evolução contínua da sua marca.

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O nome Concentrix tem por base o conceito de círculos concêntricos, refletindo o foco da empresa em manter o seu pessoal e clientes sempre no centro, um conceito tão relevante hoje em dia quanto era quando o nome foi criado. A identidade visual recém-criada representa a tecnologia e as soluções transformadoras que a Concentrix oferece para impulsionar as marcas do futuro.

O novo nome reflete o seu compromisso contínuo de ter uma presença abrangente e local para seus clientes. Com uma ampla gama de soluções de IA generativa, recursos digitais e serviços de alto valor, a empresa acredita que nunca esteve tão bem posicionada para fornecer soluções totalmente integradas e completas para toda a empresa, em termos de velocidade e escala.
“Com esta nova marca, solidificamos nossa posição de empresa líder em tecnologia e serviços focada no ser humano, alimentada pela tecnologia e pela inteligência”, disse Chris Caldwell, Presidente e CEO da Concentrix. “Com a criação de experiências de marca revolucionárias, criação e dimensionamento de tecnologias seguras de IA e execução de operações digitais, reunimos soluções totalmente integradas que resolvem os desafios de negócios mais difíceis dos nossos clientes.”

Atualmente, mais de 2.000 clientes da Concentrix se beneficiam de uma presença robusta e bem equilibrada, apoiada pela consistência global, experiência no mercado local e um portfólio de recursos de classe mundial alinhados para projetar, criar e executar as soluções de ponta que a empresa oferece.

Para mais informação sobre a Concentrix, visite concentrix.com.

Quem somos: Experimente o poder da Concentrix
A Concentrix Corporation (NASDAQ: CNXC ) é líder global de tecnologia e serviço que capacita as melhores marcas do mundo de hoje em dia e do futuro. Somos focados no ser humano, movidos pela tecnologia e alimentados pela inteligência. Todos os dias nós projetamos, criamos e executamos soluções completas totalmente integradas em velocidade e escala em toda a empresa, ajudando mais de 2.000 clientes a resolver seus desafios de negócios mais difíceis. Com a criação de experiências de marca revolucionárias, criação e dimensionamento de tecnologias de IA seguras e execução de operações digitais que oferecem consistência global com um toque local, temos tudo o que precisamos. Tudo isso tem por base o compromisso de transformar a maneira como as empresas se conectam, interagem e crescem. Estamos focados em redefinir o que significa sucesso, oferecendo resultados inimagináveis em todas as principais verticais em mais de 70 mercados. Virtualmente em todos os lugares. Visite concentrix.com para obter mais informação.

Declarações de Previsão
Este comunicado contém “declarações de previsão” de acordo com a definição do termo estabelecido na Seção 27A da Lei de Valores Mobiliários (Securities Act) de 1933 e na Seção 21E da Lei de Mercados Mobiliários (Securities Exchange Act) de 1934. As declarações de previsão incluem, mas não estão limitadas a, declarações sobre a capacidade e posicionamento da empresa de entregar resultados empresariais e resolver desafios para os seus clientes, e declarações que incluem palavras como acreditar, esperar, pode, irá, fornecer, poderia e deveria e outras expressões semelhantes. Estas declarações de previsão são inerentemente incertas envolvem riscos e suposições substanciais que podem fazer com que os resultados reais sejam substancialmente diferentes dos resultados expressos ou implícitos em tais declarações. Os riscos e incertezas incluem, entre outras coisas, riscos relacionados à capacidade da empresa de executar com sucesso sua estratégia, condições competitivas no setor da empresa e outros fatores contidos no Relatório Anual da Empresa no Formulário 10-K do exercício fiscal encerrado em 30 de novembro de 2023 arquivado na Comissão de Valores Mobiliários e nos registros subsequentes da SEC. Não nos responsabilizamos por atualizar as declarações de previsão que somente têm validade a partir da data em que são feitas.

Copyright 2024 Concentrix Corporation
Todos os direitos reservados. Concentrix, Webhelp, Concentrix + Webhelp, os logotipos Concentrix e Webhelp, e todos os outros nomes e slogans de empresas, produtos e serviços da Concentrix são marcas comerciais ou marcas comerciais registradas da Concentrix Corporation e suas subsidiárias. Concentrix e o logotipo da Concentrix Reg. Pat. U.S. & Tm. Off. e jurisdições aplicáveis fora dos EUA. Outros nomes e marcas são de propriedade dos seus respectivos proprietários.

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Concentrix + Webhelp Passa a se Chamar Concentrix

Nova marca da empresa solidifica sua posição de organização global de tecnologia e serviços, impulsionando as marcas do futuro

NEWARK, Califórnia, April 23, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  A Concentrix Corporation (NASDAQ: CNXC), líder global de tecnologia e serviços que vem operando sob o nome comercial de Concentrix + Webhelp, anunciou hoje sua transição para o nome Concentrix e evolução contínua da sua marca.

Para um Snippet de Mídia deste comunicado, clique no link.

O nome Concentrix tem por base o conceito de círculos concêntricos, refletindo o foco da empresa em manter o seu pessoal e clientes sempre no centro, um conceito tão relevante hoje em dia quanto era quando o nome foi criado. A identidade visual recém-criada representa a tecnologia e as soluções transformadoras que a Concentrix oferece para impulsionar as marcas do futuro.

O novo nome reflete o seu compromisso contínuo de ter uma presença abrangente e local para seus clientes. Com uma ampla gama de soluções de IA generativa, recursos digitais e serviços de alto valor, a empresa acredita que nunca esteve tão bem posicionada para fornecer soluções totalmente integradas e completas para toda a empresa, em termos de velocidade e escala.
“Com esta nova marca, solidificamos nossa posição de empresa líder em tecnologia e serviços focada no ser humano, alimentada pela tecnologia e pela inteligência”, disse Chris Caldwell, Presidente e CEO da Concentrix. “Com a criação de experiências de marca revolucionárias, criação e dimensionamento de tecnologias seguras de IA e execução de operações digitais, reunimos soluções totalmente integradas que resolvem os desafios de negócios mais difíceis dos nossos clientes.”

Atualmente, mais de 2.000 clientes da Concentrix se beneficiam de uma presença robusta e bem equilibrada, apoiada pela consistência global, experiência no mercado local e um portfólio de recursos de classe mundial alinhados para projetar, criar e executar as soluções de ponta que a empresa oferece.

Para mais informação sobre a Concentrix, visite concentrix.com.

Quem somos: Experimente o poder da Concentrix
A Concentrix Corporation (NASDAQ: CNXC ) é líder global de tecnologia e serviço que capacita as melhores marcas do mundo de hoje em dia e do futuro. Somos focados no ser humano, movidos pela tecnologia e alimentados pela inteligência. Todos os dias nós projetamos, criamos e executamos soluções completas totalmente integradas em velocidade e escala em toda a empresa, ajudando mais de 2.000 clientes a resolver seus desafios de negócios mais difíceis. Com a criação de experiências de marca revolucionárias, criação e dimensionamento de tecnologias de IA seguras e execução de operações digitais que oferecem consistência global com um toque local, temos tudo o que precisamos. Tudo isso tem por base o compromisso de transformar a maneira como as empresas se conectam, interagem e crescem. Estamos focados em redefinir o que significa sucesso, oferecendo resultados inimagináveis em todas as principais verticais em mais de 70 mercados. Virtualmente em todos os lugares. Visite concentrix.com para obter mais informação.

Declarações de Previsão
Este comunicado contém “declarações de previsão” de acordo com a definição do termo estabelecido na Seção 27A da Lei de Valores Mobiliários (Securities Act) de 1933 e na Seção 21E da Lei de Mercados Mobiliários (Securities Exchange Act) de 1934. As declarações de previsão incluem, mas não estão limitadas a, declarações sobre a capacidade e posicionamento da empresa de entregar resultados empresariais e resolver desafios para os seus clientes, e declarações que incluem palavras como acreditar, esperar, pode, irá, fornecer, poderia e deveria e outras expressões semelhantes. Estas declarações de previsão são inerentemente incertas envolvem riscos e suposições substanciais que podem fazer com que os resultados reais sejam substancialmente diferentes dos resultados expressos ou implícitos em tais declarações. Os riscos e incertezas incluem, entre outras coisas, riscos relacionados à capacidade da empresa de executar com sucesso sua estratégia, condições competitivas no setor da empresa e outros fatores contidos no Relatório Anual da Empresa no Formulário 10-K do exercício fiscal encerrado em 30 de novembro de 2023 arquivado na Comissão de Valores Mobiliários e nos registros subsequentes da SEC. Não nos responsabilizamos por atualizar as declarações de previsão que somente têm validade a partir da data em que são feitas.

Copyright 2024 Concentrix Corporation
Todos os direitos reservados. Concentrix, Webhelp, Concentrix + Webhelp, os logotipos Concentrix e Webhelp, e todos os outros nomes e slogans de empresas, produtos e serviços da Concentrix são marcas comerciais ou marcas comerciais registradas da Concentrix Corporation e suas subsidiárias. Concentrix e o logotipo da Concentrix Reg. Pat. U.S. & Tm. Off. e jurisdições aplicáveis fora dos EUA. Outros nomes e marcas são de propriedade dos seus respectivos proprietários.

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Concentrix + Webhelp change de nom pour devenir Concentrix

La nouvelle identité de la société renforce sa position en tant qu’organisation mondiale spécialisée dans les technologies et les services, soutenant les marques du futur

NEWARK, Californie, 23 avr. 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Concentrix Corporation (NASDAQ : CNXC), l’un des plus leaders mondiaux en matière de technologies et de services, qui opérait jusqu’à présent sous le nom commercial de Concentrix + Webhelp, a annoncé aujourd’hui sa transition vers le nom, Concentrix et la poursuite de l’évolution de sa marque.

Une coupure de presse jointe au présent communiqué est disponible en cliquant sur ce lien.

Le nom Concentrix est basé sur le concept des cercles concentriques, reflétant la volonté de la société de toujours placer ses collaborateurs et ses clients au cœur de ses préoccupation, un principe qui est toujours aussi pertinent aujourd’hui qu’il l’était à l’époque où le nom a été créé. La nouvelle identité visuelle représente la technologie et les solutions transformatrices que Concentrix fournit pour soutenir les marques du futur.

Ce changement d’identité renforce l’engagement continu de la société à réunir un portefeuille complet et inégalé de compétences. Avec une gamme élargie de solutions d’IA générative, de capacités numériques et de services à forte valeur ajoutée, la société estime qu’elle n’a jamais été aussi bien positionnée pour fournir des solutions entièrement intégrées, à la vitesse et à l’échelle de l’ensemble de la société.
« Avec ce changement de nom, nous renforçons notre position en tant que société leader dans le domaine des technologies et des services centrés sur l’humain et alimentés par la technologie et l’intelligence », a déclaré Chris Caldwell, PDG de Concentrix. « Qu’il s’agisse de concevoir des expériences de marque qui changent la donne, de construire et d’étendre des technologies d’IA sécurisées, ou de gérer des opérations numériques, nous rassemblons des solutions entièrement intégrées qui résolvent les défis commerciaux les plus difficiles de nos clients. »

Aujourd’hui, les plus de 2 000 clients de Concentrix bénéficient d’une présence solide et équilibrée, soutenue par une cohérence mondiale, une expertise du marché local et un portefeuille de compétences de classe internationale alignées sur la conception, la construction et l’exploitation des solutions de pointe fournies par la société.

Pour en savoir plus sur Concentrix, veuillez consulter le site concentrix.com.

À propos de nous : Découvrez la puissance de Concentrix
Concentrix Corporation (NASDAQ : CNXC) est un leaders mondial en matière de technologies et de services qui contribue à l’essor des plus grandes marques du monde, tant aujourd’hui qu’à l’avenir. Nous sommes centrés sur l’humain et alimentés par la technologie et l’intelligence. Chaque jour, nous concevons, construisons et mettons en œuvre des solutions de bout en bout entièrement intégrées, à la vitesse et à l’échelle de l’ensemble de la société, aidant ainsi plus de 2 000 clients à relever leurs défis commerciaux les plus difficiles. Qu’il s’agisse de concevoir des expériences de marque qui changent la donne, de construire et d’étendre des technologies d’IA sécurisées ou de gérer des opérations numériques qui offrent une cohérence mondiale avec une touche locale, nous avons tout ce qu’il faut. Au cœur de tout ce que nous faisons se trouve un engagement à transformer la façon dont les sociétés se connectent, interagissent et se développent. Nous sommes là pour redéfinir ce que signifie la réussite, en obtenant des résultats sans précédent dans tous les grands secteurs verticaux et sur plus de 70 marchés. Nous sommes quasiment partout. Consultez le site concentrix.com pour en savoir plus.

Déclaration « Safe Harbor »
Le présent communiqué de presse contient des énoncés prospectifs au sens de l’article 27A de la loi sur les valeurs mobilières (Securities Act) de 1933 et de l’article 21E de la loi sur les bourses de valeurs (Securities Exchange Act) de 1934. Les énoncés prospectifs incluent, sans toutefois s’y limiter, des déclarations concernant les capacités et le positionnement de la société afin d’obtenir des résultats commerciaux et résoudre des défis pour ses clients, ainsi que des déclarations comprenant des termes tels que « croire », « s’attendre à », « pouvoir », « prévoir », « fournir », « pouvoir », « devoir », et d’autres expressions similaires. Ces énoncés prospectifs sont incertains par nature et impliquent des risques et des incertitudes substantiels qui pourraient entraîner une différence considérable entre les résultats réels et ceux exprimés ou sous-entendus dans ces énoncés. Les risques et incertitudes incluent, entre autres, les risques liés à la capacité de la société à exécuter avec succès sa stratégie, les conditions concurrentielles dans le secteur où opère la société et d’autres facteurs contenus dans le Rapport annuel de la société sur formulaire 10-K pour l’exercice clos au 30 novembre 2023 déposé auprès de la Securities and Exchange Commission (« SEC ») ainsi que les dépôts suivants auprès de la SEC. Nous n’assumons aucune obligation de mettre à jour les énoncés prospectifs, qui ne sont valables qu’à la date à laquelle ils sont formulés.

Copyright 2024 Concentrix Corporation
Tous droits réservés. Concentrix, Webhelp, Concentrix + Webhelp, les logos Concentrix et Webhelp, ainsi que tous les autres noms de société, produits et services et slogans Concentrix sont des marques commerciales déposées de Concentrix Corporation et de ses filiales. Concentrix et le logo Concentrix sont enregistrés au United States Patent and Trademark Office et dans les juridictions non américaines applicables. Les autres noms et marques constituent la propriété de leurs détenteurs respectifs.

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Hitachi Energy to invest additional $1.5 billion to ramp up global transformer production by 2027

Capacity expansion will increase speed to market to meet accelerating global demand, address long-term customer investments and create over 4,000 jobs — Investments span across Europe, the Americas, and Asia leveraging existing global footprint — Around $180 million in a new state-of-the-art transformer factory in Finland, a key location for clean technology development for renewables and industrial electrification

Zurich, April 23, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy today revealed investments of over $1.5 billion to ramp up its global transformer manufacturing capacity to keep pace with the growing demand and support the long-term plans and electrification efforts.

The investments will gradually expand the company’s global transformer capacity by 2027 and are in addition to the $3 billion already announced to progress on the electrification of the energy system driven by the energy transition.

“The demand for transformers and electrical equipment has grown at an unprecedented scale, and we are investing to address our customers’ mid- and long-term needs. We are developing our global footprint and capacity and progressing in digitalization and technology to deliver even more sustainable and reliable solutions,” said Bruno Melles, Managing Director of the Transformers Business at Hitachi Energy, during the company’s flagship customer event, Energy & Transformers Days in Rome, Italy.

Today, the company is also announcing an investment of around $180 million in a new state-of-the-art transformer factory in the Vaasa region, Finland. This top-notch 30,000-square-meter campus will be a testament to Hitachi Energy’s dedication to innovation, quality, and environmental stewardship.

The investments complement Hitachi Energy’s broader growth efforts, which include the recently announced larger than $30 million expansion in Bad Honnef, Germany. Leveraging the company’s global footprint, additional investments will follow in Europe, the Americas, and Asia to meet the growing demand for power and distribution transformers.

Hitachi Energy’s transformer facility expansions include the ongoing project in South Boston, Virginia, US, and other recently completed projects at Jefferson City, Missouri, US, and Dos Quebradas, Colombia. In addition, the company has inaugurated new cutting-edge factories in Chongqing, China, and Hanoi, Vietnam, together with a new transformer service center in Welshpool, Australia.

“Our global investments, including the new transformer campus in Finland, underline our commitment to co-create with our utility and industry customers and partners the path to accelerate the energy transition. By strategically leveraging our global footprint, technology, and the expertise of our teams, we are not only poised to meet the global demand for sustainable energy solutions but also to drive the innovation necessary for a carbon-neutral future,” Melles added.

Transformers play a key role across the power value chain, enabling efficient transmission and distribution of electricity. They are a key component for applications such as integrating renewables, grid interconnections, powering data centers and electrifying transportation, facilitating the decarbonization of energy systems.

Hitachi Energy is the world’s largest transformer manufacturer in terms of installed base, portfolio range, manufacturing capacity, and market coverage, with over 60 transformer factories and service centers across the world.

Growing the service and digital capabilities is part of the company’s efforts to help utilities and industries operate and maintain their electrical assets. Digitalization enables efficient operations across the whole value chain, enabling reliability-centered asset management programs to help our customers extend the transformers’ life cycle, support sustainability, and allow delayed investments in new equipment.

All the announced transformer investments include sustainable and innovative manufacturing technologies for operational efficiency while ensuring high standards for safety and quality. They are advancing the company’s efforts to become carbon-neutral by 2030 and aim to create positive economic and social impact in the local communities. Hitachi Energy employs over 17,000 people across the globe in its Transformer business and plans to increase its workforce by adding 4,000 new jobs to the industry.

About Hitachi Energy
Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. We integrate more than 150 GW of HVDC links into the power system, helping our customers enable more wind and solar. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ more than 40,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of over $10 billion USD.
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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society through the use of data and technology. We solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products. Hitachi operates under the business structure of “Digital Systems & Services” – supporting our customers’ digital transformation; “Green Energy & Mobility” – contributing to a decarbonized society through energy and railway systems, and “Connective Industries” – connecting products through digital technology to provide solutions in various industries. Driven by Digital, Green, and Innovation, we aim for growth through co-creation with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2022 (ended March 31, 2023) totaled 10,881.1 billion yen, with 696 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachi.com.

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Africa’s Tax Experts Unite in Nairobi for Landmark Symposium and Masterclass!

During the week of 27 to 31 May, the 9th Africa Tax Symposium and its companion Masterclass are set to make a triumphant return to Kenya. Taking place in Nairobi, the events will bring together some of the brightest minds in international taxation

AMSTERDAM, April 23, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The symposium, which takes place on 29 to 31 May, will explore the theme: “Trends in International Taxation – An African Perspective”. It offers a unique opportunity for tax professionals to engage in critical discussions about the issues shaping the future of African tax landscapes. With a focus on practical challenges, participants will delve into navigating domestic regulations, tax treaties and the complexities of tax in trade and investment.

“The Africa Tax Symposium is a powerful convening force”, says Belema R. Obuoforibo, Director of the IBFD Knowledge Centre, Executive Board Member, and Chair of the Centre for Studies in African Taxation (CSAT). “It fosters a dynamic exchange of ideas between policymakers, practitioners and academics, all united in shaping a stronger future for African taxation. This is a unique opportunity to build a truly global network of tax professionals and thought leaders, one that transcends borders and fuels innovation”.

Taking place two days prior to the Symposium, on 27 to 28 May, is the International Taxation and Transfer Pricing Masterclass, a must-attend event for African tax professionals looking to sharpen their skills. This intensive two-day course will cover the latest international tax developments and their impact on Africa. Key topics include global minimum tax implementation, cross-border payments and transfer pricing.

In addition to gaining valuable knowledge, attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow tax professionals and exchange insights with leading experts. Register before 26 April to secure a 10% early bird discount. Visit https://www.ibfd.org/events/ibfd-masterclass-selected-issues-international-taxation-and-transfer-pricing to secure your spot at this unparalleled event.

Don’t miss out on the chance to join the conversation, share your expertise and be part of the future of African taxation. Register today for the 9th Africa Tax Symposium and Masterclass, where knowledge, collaboration and innovation converge. Find out more and register at https://www.ibfd.org/events/9th-africa-tax-symposium.

Contact information: Phil Windus, Senior Marketing Coordinator: p.windus@ibfd.org.

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The International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) is a leading independent, non-profit organization specializing in tax research and education. With its high-quality research, training and information services, IBFD serves governments, international organizations, academia and the business sector in over 150 countries.

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EMGA secures US$ 15M financing for Banco Improsa in Costa Rica

LONDON, April 22, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Emerging Markets Global Advisory LLP (EMGA), in partnership with Banco Improsa, announces that it has secured a US$15 million line of credit from The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

EMGA’s Head of Investment Banking and Managing Director of EMGA, Sajeev Chakkalakal, stated: “In spite of a challenging global macroeconomic environment, we are pleased to once again facilitate Banco Improsa’s continued vision to supporting SMEs in Costa Rica and complete this financing solution.”

Commenting on the transaction, Felix Alpizar Lobo, General Manager of Banco Improsa, said: “This financing reaffirms our commitment to strengthening the SME segment in Costa Rica. Banco Improsa is proud to share JICA’s objective of contributing to the economic and social growth of developing countries.”

EMGA’s Managing Director Jeremy Dobson added: “Banco Improsa’s strong management and healthy financial position were key factors in helping the EMGA Investment Banking team secure this funding, and this JICA facility will further strengthen Banco Improsa’s ability to grow its core SME lending book.”

JICA

The Japan International Cooperation Agency is a governmental agency that provides most of the Official Development Assistance for the Government of Japan. It is chartered with assisting the economic and social growth of developing countries, and the promotion international cooperation.

EMERGING MARKETS GLOBAL ADVISORY LLP (EMGA)

EMGA, with offices in London and New York, assists financial institutions and corporations seeking new debt or equity capital. EMGA’s multi-national team combine the decades of experience necessary to complete transactions on behalf of their clients within the world’s emerging markets and frontier economies, including Costa Rica which remains a key market. With a proven track record in capital formation and strategic advisory throughout diverse economic cycles, EMGA continues expanding its geographic reach and service offering, solidifying its place in the market as one of the industries pre-eminent emerging markets focused niche investment banks.

BANCO IMPROSA

It is a commercial bank with more than 37 years of experience, whose relational business model and focus on niche markets specializes in providing financing solutions and services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), among others. Banco Improsa was one of the first private banks in Costa Rica to offer non-financial services to its clients and has a long-standing history of providing advice and support to SMEs. Banco Improsa’s key success factor is its commitment to high standards of agile and flexible service, which, together with the offer of customized financial solutions, has enabled it to achieve a solid position in these segments.

Banco Improsa is a subsidiary of Grupo Financiero Improsa (GFI).

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Concentrix + Webhelp Rebrands as Concentrix

Company’s rebranded identity solidifies its position as the global technology and services organization, powering the brands of the future

NEWARK, Calif., April 22, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Concentrix Corporation (NASDAQ: CNXC), a global technology and services leader that has been operating under the trade name of Concentrix + Webhelp, today announced its transition to the Concentrix name and continued evolution of its brand.

Concentrix + Webhelp rebrand as Concentrix: Concentrix + Webhelp today announced its transition to the Concentrix name and continued evolution of its brand.

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The Concentrix name is based on the concept of concentric circles, reflecting the company’s focus on keeping its people and clients always at the center, a concept that is still as relevant today as it was when the name was established. The newly designed visual identity represents the technology and transformative solutions that Concentrix delivers to power the brands of the future.

This rebrand reinforces the company’s continued commitment to bringing together a comprehensive and unmatched portfolio of capabilities. With an expanded breadth of generative AI solutions, digital capabilities, and high-value services, the company believes it has never been better positioned to deliver fully integrated, end-to-end solutions across the entire enterprise, at speed and scale.
“With this rebrand, we solidify our position as a leading technology and services company that is human-centered, tech-powered and intelligence-fueled,” said Chris Caldwell, President and CEO of Concentrix. “Whether it’s designing game-changing brand experiences, building and scaling secure AI technologies, or running digital operations, we bring together fully integrated solutions that solve our clients’ toughest business challenges.”

Today, Concentrix’ 2,000+ clients benefit from a robust, well-balanced footprint, backed by global consistency, local market expertise and a world-class portfolio of capabilities aligned to design, build, and run the cutting-edge solutions the company delivers.

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Revolutionary Scientists Honored for Advancements in Gene Therapy for Neuromuscular Diseases and RNA Discoveries: King Faisal Prize Laureates in Medicine, Professor Jerry Mendell, and in Science, Professor Howard Chang, Awarded

During its 46th session, King Faisal Prize Recognized Other Outstanding Figures in the Fields of Islamic Studies, and Service to Islam

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 22, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — During the 46th session of King Faisal Prize on April 22, exceptional accomplishments in the fields of gene therapy for neuromuscular diseases and groundbreaking RNA discoveries were acknowledged. Professor Jerry Mendell was awarded the Medicine Prize for his groundbreaking contributions to the screening, early diagnosis, and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, notably spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Professor Howard Chang received the Science Prize for unveiling the intrinsic role of long non-coding RNAs in gene regulation and function, a previously overlooked area of study.

Through innovative gene therapy approaches, Professor Mendell, the Director of Gene Therapy Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Curran Peters Chair in Pediatric Research, has revolutionized treatment strategies, offering hope to countless patients worldwide.

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), once considered a leading genetic cause of infant mortality, has seen a paradigm shift in treatment due to Professor Mendell’s pioneering efforts. By utilizing gene therapy to deliver crucial genes to affected cells, he has significantly improved outcomes for patients, leading in 2019 to the first-ever FDA-approved gene therapy treatment for pediatric SMA patients (Zolgensma®).

In addition to his work in SMA, Professor Mendell’s research has extended to Duchenne muscular dystrophy and limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, showcasing the versatility and efficacy of gene therapy in addressing a spectrum of neuromuscular conditions. Genetic mutations in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients hinder the production of dystrophin, a crucial protein for muscle health. While initial symptoms primarily affect skeletal muscles, DMD progresses to impact cardiac and respiratory functions. Gene therapy offers a solution by addressing this genetic anomaly, allowing the body to produce dystrophin and halt muscle degeneration. In June 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first treatment for pediatric DMD patients aged 4-5, utilizing a pioneering gene therapy co-developed by Professor Mendell and Professor Louise Rodino-Klapac, a former post-doctoral researcher in Mendell’s lab. This therapy involves a single injection, delivering a micro-dystrophin gene within an adeno-associated virus serotype (AAVrh74), facilitating the transfer of missing or corrected genes to cells.

He has played a significant role in clinical trials targeting different forms of Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD), characterized by muscle weakness affecting the shoulders, upper arms, hips, and upper legs. One study particularly concentrated on LGMD2B, demonstrating that a single injection of a gene therapy vector effectively restored damaged muscle fibers, mitigating degeneration, and improving muscle function.

Professor Mendell boasts a portfolio of more than 400 published papers, a testament to his prolific contributions to the field. In acknowledgment of his achievements, he was honored with election to the National Academy of Medicine in 2021. The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy bestowed upon him the prestigious Translational Science Award named in his honor. Furthermore, in 2017, Science Magazine recognized his groundbreaking work in SMA Gene Therapy with the esteemed Breakthrough Achievement Award. His accolades also include numerous other awards and invitations to deliver honorary lectures at esteemed institutions.

In his acceptance speech during the ceremony, Professor Mendell said, “The principles of the award that reflect King Faisal’s intent to relieve human suffering are consistent with my own views and lifetime achievements. I have done everything I could do to improve the quality and prolong life for patients afflicted with neuromuscular diseases.

On the frontier of molecular biology, Professor Howard Chang, a physician-scientist and Professor of Dermatology and Genetics, and Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research at Stanford University, has been awarded King Faisal Prize for Science in Biology. Professor Chang’s elucidation of the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in gene regulation has revolutionized our understanding of cellular processes and disease mechanisms.

Through innovative genome-wide methodologies, Professor Chang has uncovered the intricate interplay between lncRNAs and gene expression, shedding light on fundamental biological processes underlying development, cancer, and aging. Despite not encoding proteins, lncRNAs are crucial for controlling the timing and amount of protein production, impacting the overall function and behavior of cells.

Within each human cell, a remarkable feat of organization unfolds: 2 meters of DNA are tightly packed into a nucleus merely 10 microns in size. This dense packaging renders most of the DNA inaccessible, except for the active DNA elements crucial to the cell’s functioning and reading. Identifying these accessible elements unveils invaluable insights into the cellular “software.” His groundbreaking techniques lie in mapping chromatin—the substance constituting chromosomes, comprised of DNA and associated proteins governing genome structure and gene expression. This has provided unprecedented insights into the regulatory mechanisms governing gene expression, paving the way for novel therapeutic interventions and precision medicine approaches. One technique is the Assay of Transposase Accessible Chromatin, employing the Tn5 transposase enzyme to efficiently copy and paste DNA. This revolutionary technique has yielded a million-fold enhancement in sensitivity and a hundred-fold improvement in mapping speed for regulatory DNA—the epigenome—in human cells.

As the founder of the RNA Medicine Program at Stanford University, Professor Chang continues to spearhead efforts to translate RNA science into tangible clinical applications, furthering the promise of RNA-based therapeutics in treating a wide range of diseases. Prof. Chang’s honors include the NAS Award for Molecular Biology, Outstanding Investigator Award of the National Cancer Institute, Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, Judson Daland Prize of the American Philosophical Society, and the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise. His work was honored by the journal Cell as a Landmark paper over the last 40 years and by Science as “Insight of the decade”.

In his acceptance speech during the ceremony, Professor Chang said, “Our research asked a basic question: how do cells decide when and where to switch different genes on? How do these decisions get passed over time? Our studies led us to a new class of RNAs, called long noncoding RNAs, that help cells remember their cell fates. Our understanding of the gene switches led to an understanding of how inherited genetic differences cause disease, especially immune diseases. This understanding also helped to tackle mutations that arise in cancer.”

In addition to honoring advancements in medicine and science, King Faisal Prize also recognized exemplary contributions in Islamic Studies and Service to Islam.  Professor Wael Hallaq, among the top 500 scholars in Islamic Studies globally, was awarded the Islamic Studies prize for his groundbreaking contributions in guiding the development of Islamic legislation and challenging the narrative of closing of the gate of ijtihad – interpreting Islamic texts – gained prominence, reshaping accepted paradigms in the field.

The Japan Muslim Association and Mr. Mohammad El Sammak were honored for their exemplary leadership in serving Islam and humanity. The Japan Muslim Association is a pioneering Islamic organization for Japanese Muslims, renowned for its historic translation of the Holy Quran into Japanese, and its defense of Muslims’ affairs in Japan. And, Mr. Mohammad El Sammak, a pioneer in dialogue and bridge-building between different faiths, has made a lasting impact in interfaith dialogue over five decades. He was awarded for his effective contributions to conferences exploring Islam’s relationship with other beliefs and his leadership in institutions dedicated to tolerance and peace.

King Faisal Prize for Arabic Language & Literature for 2024 on the topic of “Non-Arab Institutions and their Endeavors to Promote Arabic” was withheld due to nominated works not elevating to the criteria of the prize.

Since 1979, King Faisal Prize in its 5 different categories has awarded 295 laureates who have made distinguished contributions to different sciences and causes. Each prize laureate is endowed with USD 200 thousand; a 24-carat gold medal weighing 200 grams, and a Certificate inscribed with the Laureate’s name and a summary of their work which qualified them for the prize.

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More regions to benefit from Real Madrid Foundation clinics


WINDHOEK: The agreement between the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service (MSYNS) and the Real Madrid Foundation (RMF) will this year benefit thousands of young Namibians from seven different regions through football clinics.



In 2023, the MSYNS, through the assistance of Cadilu Fishing, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the RMF to offer football coaching clinics in Namibia.



In the first edition of the agreement, four regions (Khomas, Erongo, Otjozondjupa and Kavango East) benefited from these coaching clinics that were aimed at empowering Namibian schoolchildren with critical values such as motivation, equality, respect, discipline, and teamwork, among others.



In a recent interview with Nampa, Erastus Haitengela, Executive Director in the MSYNS, said the coaching clinics will this year benefit more Namibians.



‘We are currently in Madrid on a site visit to the RMF, where we are looking at signing a permanent or long-term contract with the foundation. The new agreement would promote sport (football) and provide technical support and skill transfer on the setting up of sports clinics,’ he said.



He added that the Real Madrid team has already conducted these types of clinics in Rundu, Otjiwarongo, Walvis Bay and Windhoek but their goal is to expand it to other towns such as Mariental, Gobabis, Opuwo, and Keetmanshoop.



‘Our purpose of this important working visit is to firstly come and meet the senior management of the RMF and also to conduct physical site visits to permanent schools and high-performance centres in Madrid and Istanbul, Turkey and also to engage local coaches and management as to how we are going to work together to continue operating the clinic projects and also on how to set up the high-performance centres,’ Haitengela said.





Source: The Namibia Press Agency



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Zambezi horticulture association aims to boost crop output


WINDHOEK: The Zambezi Horticulture Producers Association (ZAHOPA) looks forward to establishing training facilities for farmers in Zambezi in order to develop programmes to expand the output of primary producing horticulture crops.



This was stated in an online presentation made by ZAHOPA executive chairperson Castrow Muunda at the 1st Spain-Namibia Climate Forum, which tackled climate change issues and solutions for both nations, on Monday.



The forum hosted from Windhoek by the Spanish Embassy provided a platform to various initiatives to take centre stage and present the various innovative ways they actively combat the effects of climate change in their respective environments.



Muunda explained that ZAHOPA was established in response to the decline in production of foods such as spinach, grapes and onions due to a lack of market access.



‘ZAHOPA established Zambezi’s first farmers market in 2021 in support of primary production output and in hopes of diversifying regional food trends,’ stated Muunda, adding that the region’s overreliance of certain crops leaves the soil in poor condition.



According to Muunda they have started training their farmers on soil analysis and how monocrop farming strips the soil of various nutrients.



‘We emphasised to our farmers that before they plant any type of crop they must take it for testing and based on the recommendations given after the testing, then they will know which seeds to plant,’ said Muunda.



Despite their efforts, ZAHOPA faces challenges such as funding constraints and the engagement of youth in agriculture, hindering their mandate for food sufficiency in the Zambezi Region. However, Muunda noted ongoing initiatives to establish mentorship programmes and forge partnerships with stakeholders to overcome these hurdles.



ZAHOPA’s endeavours underscore a concerted effort to promote sustainable agriculture practices and enhance food security in Zambezi, aligning with broader global efforts to combat climate change.





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Agriculture ministry recommends national drought declaration


RUNDU: The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform has recommended that government declare a drought emergency at national level.



The ministry made this recommendation in its crop prospects, food security and drought situation report after it carried out the crops and household food security monitoring assessment in the seven major northern communal crop producing regions from 12 February to 11 March 2024.



The main purpose of the assessment was to assess crop conditions and provide early warning reports on the expected crop harvests, geographic locations of agronomic anomalies, the effects of floods and or droughts and other significant events.



The ministry, through its Executive Director, Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata, said they found that the 2023/24 rainfall season started earlier compared to the previous season, with light to moderate showers recorded in October.



‘However, regions such as the Zambezi, Kavango East and West saw delayed rainfall, which affected the commencement of ploughing activities. In addition, severe dry spells with high temperatures also negatively affected crop development that further led to crops wilting,’ she said.



Nghituwamata said the dry spell has also negatively affected vegetation and water availability for livestock, with deteriorating conditions expected to worsen.



She further explained that preliminary crop estimates indicate a drastic reduction in the forecasted harvest, with all crops producing



regions in the communal areas expected below last season’s harvest.



The aggregated national cereal production (maize, millet, sorghum and wheat) is estimated at 72,150 Metric Tons (MT), which is 53 per cent lower than the last season’s harvest of 153,012 MT.



In addition, the commercial area is projected to record a harvest of 35,200 MT, indicating 68 per cent less than last season’s production of 111,000 MT, only contributing 49 per cent to the national cereal production.



The ED said the decline is primarily due to the devastating drought experienced in rain-fed areas, and the substantial reduction in numbers of farmers who have planted maize and wheat in the commercial area this season.



Household food security has generally weakened in many parts of the country, following a reduced agricultural production recorded in the 2022/2023 season.



‘Many households in the major communal crop-producing regions are indicated to have depleted their previous season’s food stock and the majority are currently dependent on the market and drought relief food,’ she stated.



Nghituwamata indicated that many parts of the country are in distress grazing, with fair to poor livestock body conditions, especially in the southern, western and eastern parts of the country.



The situation, she highlighted, is expected to worsen should the country continue to receive poor rainfall for the remainder of the season.





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Grandfather, 89, arrested for alleged rape of granddaughter


An 89-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping his 14-year-old granddaughter on different occasions at Oshikushomunkete village in the Oshikuku Constituency.

Namibian Police Force crime investigations coordinator for the Omusati Region, Deputy Commissioner Moses Simaho said the incidents which allegedly occurred on unknown dates between January and March this year, was only reported to the police on Tuesday.

‘It is alleged that the suspect raped the victim after inviting her to his house on different occasions,’ Simaho said.

He indicated that the matter was reported to police by the girl’s 44-year-old biological mother.

Police investigations into the matter continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency