Degreed Brings Upskilling Platform to Microsoft Teams

Degreed partners with Microsoft to deliver upskilling in the flow of work for Microsoft Teams users

PLEASANTON, Calif., Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Degreed, the workforce upskilling platform, is now available in the flow of work for Microsoft Teams users. The Degreed app for Microsoft Teams is now available in the Microsoft Teams app marketplace. The Degreed app for Microsoft Teams will enable workers to engage with personalized learning opportunities and develop their skills within the Microsoft Teams communication tool they use every day.

The move recognizes the importance of Teams to the daily work of many Degreed clients. Nearly 20% of Degreed clients opted into a pre-release pilot of the Degreed app for Microsoft Teams. Their early feedback on the experience was that it increased workforce engagement with learning content by making it more accessible in day-to-day work and kept skill development top-of-mind.

Key features available in the Degreed App for Microsoft Teams:

  • Assignments: Learners can access all of their past, upcoming, and overdue assignments.
  • Shared: Learners can view the learning items that others in their organization have shared, as well as share content with colleagues.
  • Saved: Learners can quickly review any saved learning items (including any saved from the Degreed Mobile App and the Degreed Web App) in the ‘Saved’ tab.
  • Pathways: Learners can access all of their Pathways (guided learning paths of content that track completion progress).
  • Plans: Learners can see all of their learning Plans (which are a collection of related Skills, Pathways, Groups, People, and learning content items).

“With 115 million users and 500,000 organizations relying on Microsoft Teams to collaborate and communicate, the Degreed app for Microsoft Teams will bring skill development to where learners are,” says Chris McCarthy, CEO of Degreed. “Increasingly, we are seeing Teams as a browser for work apps and we look forward to continuing to partner with Microsoft to bring learning to the forefront of work today.”

“Given the increasing importance of supporting employees to up level their skills and create new ways of hybrid working, we are pleased to see partners like Degreed bring their upskilling platform to Microsoft Teams,” said Daniel Canning, director, Microsoft Teams Platform. “The Degreed integration will allow professionals to quickly view, build and get status on their learning opportunities while in the collaboration tool they use every day. With the Degreed app for Microsoft Teams, we can address the new opportunities to make employee’s learning and upskilling path easier.”  

About Degreed

Degreed is the workforce upskilling platform for one in three Fortune 50 companies. We connect all your learning, talent development, and internal mobility opportunities to intelligence on the skills your business needs next. And we do it all in one simple, fluid, skill-building experience that’s powered by your people’s expertise and interests. So you can transform your workforce from within. Founded in 2012, Degreed is headquartered in Pleasanton, California, with additional offices in Salt Lake City, New York, London, Amsterdam, and Brisbane.

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Clinical experts establish first-ever global consensus for the appropriate use of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in peripheral vascular disease interventions

October 5, 2021

  • First global analysis of IVUS by interventional cardiology, interventional radiology, and vascular surgery experts in peripheral vascular disease (PVD) interventions
  • Consensus results shared at IVUS symposium by Smith Center of Outcomes Research during VIVA

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology and IVUS solutions, today announced that a worldwide committee of 40 cross-specialty medical experts achieved the first-ever consensus for the appropriate use of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in peripheral vascular disease (PVD) interventions. The new consensus and recommendations for use of IVUS aim to improve quality care in PVD and are based on evidence, expert practice standards, and clinical experience.

“The results of the cross-specialty expert consensus demonstrate strong support for the use of IVUS during peripheral interventions,” said Eric A. Secemsky, MD, Interventional Cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston USA. “Future efforts need to focus on improving IVUS implementation into clinical practice and streamlining procedural workflow to help improve our patient outcomes.”

As part of Philips’ peripheral vascular portfolio, IVUS provides the visualization and guidance essential for the optimal diagnosis and treatment of patients. Using a miniaturized ultrasound transducer mounted on the tip of a catheter, it captures real-time, high-resolution images inside the vessel. IVUS imaging enables physicians to formulate patient-specific treatment plans and confirm therapy results.

Today, healthcare providers’ use of IVUS in PVD interventions is not standardized and is therefore inconsistent. The new appropriate-use expert consensus may help establish global standards of care to adopt into guidelines and improve quality care in PVD.

To achieve consensus, the broad, multi-disciplinary, global experts used a rigorous methodology. They conducted a systematic and comprehensive review of key clinical IVUS scenarios and decision-making processes before voting as world experts in the field. The results were shared at a special symposium during Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) 2021 (Las Vegas, USA, 5-7 October). Through this method, experts established clinical consensus to identify optimal use of IVUS and potential gaps to set a standard across clinical specialties and drive positive outcomes for patients.

“We commend these global, cross-specialty experts, on their commitment to identifying the appropriate uses of IVUS to standardize procedures in order to improve outcomes for peripheral vascular patients worldwide,” said Chris Landon, Senior Vice President and General Manager Image Guided Therapy Devices at Philips. “This expert consensus sets a precedent on how patients are managed and supports Philips’ commitment to evidence-based medical guidelines as part of our pursuit of better patient outcomes, enhanced patient and staff experiences, and lower cost of care.”

Philips is the global leader in IVUS solutions which are part of the company’s comprehensive portfolio of systems, smart devices, software, and services for peripheral vascular disease with the objective of helping clinicians decide, guide, treat and confirm the right therapy for each patient during their procedure.

For further information, please contact:

Joost Maltha
Philips Global Press Office
Tel: +31 6 10 55 8116

Fabienne van der Feer
Philips Image Guided Therapy
Tel: + 31 622 698 001

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and well-being, and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2020 sales of EUR 17.3 billion and employs approximately 77,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at


Former German President Publishes English Version of His Memoir – “All the Way Up, All the Way Down”

President Christian Wulff, former German president – Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — President Christian Wulff, former German president, announced today the publication of the English version of his memoir, All the Way Up, All the Way Down. In the book, President Wulff, who is the youngest president in German history, candidly narrates his turbulent time in office from 2010 to his resignation in 2012.

He was accused of alleged corruption during his prior role as the premier of the State of Lower Saxony (in northwestern Germany). The media relentlessly and viciously attacked President Wulff’s personal life and his integrity; however, the former president would be vindicated – he was acquitted of all charges in February 2014.

President Christian Wulff, former German president – Courtesy photo

“My book triggered a debate about the role of the media, the judiciary and politics that continues to this day. I didn’t want to emotionalize, but rather to enable [readers] to form their own opinion after they have also read my experiences. The book was one of the best-selling political non-fiction books in 2014 [in Germany],” President Christian Wulff, Former German President, said.

The book is being published by Seale Gadsby Publishing, a publishing company based in Los Angeles, CA that specializes in publishing the memoirs of prominent international figures.

Pierre Williams, president of Seale Gadsby Publishing – Courtesy photo

“Being a disabled veteran and coming from a disadvantaged community, it was important to show others in the community that achieving success can be accomplished with hard work and timing. The opportunity to publish a former president of a first-world country’s memoir is an honor,” Pierre Williams, president of Seale Gadsby Publishing, said.

President Wulff’s story holds the press accountable for their scrutiny of public officials. His book is a reminder that politicians and other public figures are human beings with strengths, flaws, and vulnerabilities.

Pierre Williams, president of Seale Gadsby Publishing – Courtesy photo

“I am very interested to see how the audiences [outside of Germany] react. If the book inspires young people to become socially active despite temporary hurdles, I would be additionally pleased. Above all, in today’s Internet age, it is important to always form one’s own opinion and not hastily spread opinions unchecked,” President Wulff said.

All the Way Up, All the Way Down can be purchased on Amazon. For more information about Seale Gadsby Publishing, please visit Please email for interview requests.

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Modelo and UFC Bring the Gym Revitalization Initiative to Austin with Partner Rebuilding Together

Gym revitalization efforts empower the Fighting Spirit in the Austin, Texas community Modelo and UFC recognize The Void Martial Arts Gym for its community building efforts


Continuing their gym revitalization efforts, Modelo, the beer brewed for those with The Fighting Spirit™, along with long-standing partner UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization and leading nonprofit Rebuilding Together announce the completion of renovations to The Void Martial Arts located in the South Central neighborhood of Austin, Texas.

CHICAGO, Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Continuing their gym revitalization efforts, Modelo, the beer brewed for those with The Fighting Spirit™, along with long-standing partner UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization and leading nonprofit Rebuilding Together announce the completion of renovations to The Void Martial Arts located in the South Central neighborhood of Austin, Texas. Last month, Modelo and UFC launched a new initiative with Rebuilding Together to boost the Fighting Spirit and ultimately strengthen these communities by providing select gyms across the U.S. with renovations and repairs.

“Modelo has always strived to champion those with the Fighting Spirit,” said Rene Ramos, Vice President of Lifestyle and Experiential, Sponsorships for Constellation Brands. “We are excited to continue partnering with UFC and Rebuilding Together to uplift local gyms, like The Void, that share Modelo’s mission and commitment to creating more unified, resilient and prosperous communities.

Offering men and women instruction in Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Fitness Kickboxing, Yoga, Kung Fu and Tai Chi, The Void Martial Arts aims to create a better society one person at a time by implementing the virtues of martial arts disciplines. In addition to the physical training, athletes who train at The Void learn values like self-discipline, courtesy, respect, humility, kindness, patience, self-control and integrity which improve the Austin community as a whole.

“Our gym is designed to teach more than just fighting techniques,” said Bart Butler, Owner of The Void. “We enable people to be the best versions of themselves and much of that comes from the willpower, perseverance and courage that martial arts teaches. I am so grateful that Modelo, UFC and Rebuilding Together selected our gym to be a part of their revitalization efforts so I can give my athletes the top-notch training experience they deserve.”

Inspired by the Fighting Spirit his trainer and original owner of The Void imparted on him, Butler is passionate about helping both the athletes that train at his gym and the members of his community at large, addressing real needs. For example, he created free self-defense classes for women to develop confidence in their self-awareness and ability to defend themselves in threatening situations.

Hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Butler was forced to dip into his personal finances to keep the gym open for his athletes and the community he built. In need of new mats, drywall repairs, bathroom renovations and a complete overhaul of the HVAC system, Modelo, UFC and Rebuilding Together came together to make Butler’s dreams a reality.

“Given our shared passion for investing in communities, working alongside Modelo and UFC has been a great opportunity for us to make an even greater impact nationwide,” said Caroline Blakely, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “This initiative allows us to breathe fresh air into community spaces that play an important role in the health and overall well-being of its residents.”

This community-based initiative coincides with the extension of the ongoing partnership between Modelo and UFC that first established Modelo as the “Official Beer of the UFC” in 2018.

“Modelo has been a great partner to us, and we’re thrilled that the relationship between our two companies continues to evolve,” said Paul Asencio, UFC Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships. “We are excited about the work we are doing together to revamp gyms and inspire athletes across the nation and look forward to seeing the next generation of fighters come from these communities.”

The gym revitalization program is another proud step for Modelo in its ongoing commitment to support the Fighting Spirit in communities across the nation. Model has donated funds to help alleviate the education debt of military veterans, funded the provision of essential supplies, equipment and resources to protect healthcare workers throughout the pandemic, and supported COVID-19 relief programming and related small business loans.

About Modelo®
Born in 1925 in the small town of Tacuba, Mexico, Modelo has been bringing distinctive high-quality beer to people ever since, including Modelo Especial®, Modelo Negra®, Modelo Chelada Especial™, Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante™, Modelo Chelada Limón y Sal™ and Modelo Chelada Mango y Chile™. Modelo Especial is a golden, full-flavored Pilsner-style Lager with a clean, crisp finish whose original recipe was first brewed under the vision to create a ‘model’ beer. As the #1 imported beer in the U.S., Modelo Especial surpassed 150MM cases sold in 2021. The Modelo family of beers are exclusively brewed, imported and marketed for the U.S. by Constellations Brands.

About UFC®
UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 625 million fans and 166 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to approximately 900M TV households across more than 175 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 75 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include UFC FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC is owned by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit and follow UFC at, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok: @UFC.

About Rebuilding Together®
Rebuilding Together is the leading national nonprofit organization repairing the homes of people in need and revitalizing our communities. Through its national network of affiliates, Rebuilding Together works proactively and collaboratively with community leaders, long-term residents, funders and volunteers to foster dialogue and create safe, healthy communities across the country. Learn more and get involved at

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Kidoodle.TV® Collaborates with Pinna® to Offer Podcasts on their CTV and Mobile Apps

The Safe Streaming™ service is providing families with an audio-only solution as kids return to school


CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Parent Media Co. Inc. (“APMC“), the creator of the Safe Streaming™ service Kidoodle.TV®, and Pinna® are coming together to offer Kidoodle.TV’s first audio-only experience for kids and families to access via the Connected TV and mobile app. Officially launched on Sept. 9, 2021, some of Pinna’s most beloved podcasts are now available to Kidoodle.TV viewers in over 160 countries and territories. The audio-only option comes at a time when some parents are concerned about increased screen time as a result of pandemic lockdowns. The Kidoodle.TV team recognizes that there needs to be an alternative to screen-only content and is excited to offer quality podcasts within an uncompromised and safe ecosystem.

Pinna is the only on-demand audio entertainment service developed and curated exclusively for kids 3-12, with thousands of hours of podcasts, audiobooks and music. A selection of episodes from Pinna Original podcast titles available on Kidoodle.TV include: Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest; Don’t Break the Rules; 5 for 5 Trivia; Kyle’s Wild World; The Totally Unauthorized Minecraft Fan Show; Quentin and Alfies ABC Adventures.

“Adding the podcast experience to the Kidoodle.TV Safe Streaming™ service is a great example of how we are adding value not just as an AVOD streamer but as a solution and trusted destination for the families we serve globally,” said Brenda Bisner, Chief Content Officer for APMC’s Kidoodle.TV.

“Pinna is thrilled to be working with the safe streaming platform Kidoodle.TV to bring the first collection of kid-friendly podcasts, no-screens-required, to their audience. With a shared mission of bringing high-quality, entertaining content to kids in a safe environment, we’re excited to be collaborating with Kidoodle.TV to bring our award-winning Pinna Original podcasts to their platform – delivering an entertainment option that helps balance screen time with non-screen time activities for kids,” said Maggie McGuire, CEO of Pinna. “From improv-comedy, trivia-based audio games, and fantastical fairy tales to podcasts that tap into kids’ biggest passion points (aka – a Minecraft podcast!), there’s now an option to turn up the volume on screen-free fun on Kidoodle.TV whether kids are at home or on the go.”

Pinna and Kidoodle.TV both offer a safe opportunity for kids to enjoy the entertainment they love on a service that is free for all.

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About APMC and Kidoodle.TV®

Kidoodle.TV® is a family-focused Safe Streaming™ service committed to ensuring children have a safe alternative to stream their favorite TV shows and movies. Available in over 160 countries and territories on thousands of connected devices, Kidoodle.TV provides peace of mind with every show available on Kidoodle.TV strictly vetted by caring people committed to Safe and Free Streaming for Kids™. Kidoodle.TV is available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Fire TV, LG, Samsung, VIDAA-enabled Hisense TVs, Chromecast, Roku, Vizio SmartCast, Amazon, Jio, Xfinity X1, Connected TVs, HTML5 Web, and many other streaming media devices. Kidoodle.TV is owned and operated by A Parent Media Co. Inc., a family-based company. Kidoodle.TV is certified by the kidSAFE® Seal Program and is the proud recipient of the Mom’s Choice Award®, a Stevie® Award, platinum winner of the Best Mobile App Award, and Parents’ Picks Award – Best Elementary Products. Visit to learn more. *Content availability varies by location.


About Pinna:

Pinna, LLC is the creator of the first and only on-demand audio entertainment service developed and curated exclusively for kids. Pinna LLC is a stand-alone entity backed by Graham Holdings, Inc. With thousands of podcast episodes, audiobooks and songs, Pinna partners with respected children’s brands and produces original programming under the Pinna Originals brand. Pinna is available in the iOS, Amazon, and Android app stores both domestically and internationally and on the web at For more information, visit

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Delphix India มีพนักงานเพิ่มขึ้นถึง 100 คนภายในสองปี


BENGALURU, India, Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Delphix บริษัทข้อมูลชั้นนำในอุตสาหกรรมสำหรับ DevOps ได้ประกาศในวันนี้ว่ามีได้มีจำนวนพนักงานเพิ่มขึ้นถึง 100 คนในอินเดีย เพียงสองปีหลังจากเปิดตัวศูนย์วิจัยและพัฒนาที่ล้ำสมัยใน NCR บริษัทยังคงมีการจ้างงานอย่างต่อเนื่อง แม้ในช่วงการระบาดของโรค และขณะนี้มีตำแหน่งงานว่างมากกว่า 30 ตำแหน่ง ในระดับผู้อำนวยการและระดับอาวุโสในด้านวิศวกรรม การตลาด และไอที

“เราได้เปิดตัวศูนย์วิจัยและพัฒนาด้านวิศวกรรมที่อินเดียในปี 2019 เพื่อสนับสนุนนวัตกรรมและการเติบโต เราโชคดีที่มีผู้มีความสามารถระดับแนวหน้าของประเทศเข้าร่วมทีมของเรา” Jedidiah Yueh, CEO ของ Delphix กล่าว

พนักงาน Delphix ในอินเดียเป็นผู้บุกเบิกนวัตกรรมที่สำคัญของบริษัท รวมถึงโครงการด้านวิศวกรรมชั้นนำที่ผสานรวมกับ Oracle, SAP S/4HANA, Salesforce, SQL Server, Postgres, MongoDB เป็นต้น

“ต้นทุนทางปัญญาของทีมวิศวกรของเราในอินเดียนั้นไม่เป็นสองรองใคร ผมตื่นเต้นที่ได้สร้างแรงผลักดันและขยายธุรกิจของเราทั่วประเทศอย่างต่อเนื่อง” Vijay Anthony Sebastian กรรมการผู้จัดการในอินเดีย กล่าว

ทีมทรัพยากรบุคคลของบริษัทได้รับการเสนอชื่อให้เป็นผู้ชนะรางวัล Bronze Stevie® Award ในประเภท “ทีมทรัพยากรบุคคลแห่งปี” ในงาน Annual American Business Awards® ครั้งที่ 19 รางวัลนี้เป็นรางวัลเพื่อชื่นชมความพยายามของทีมในการนำบริษัทจาก “การประคองตัวให้รอดสู่ความสำเร็จ” ในช่วงการระบาดใหญ่

“เมื่อการแพร่ระบาดของโรคส่งผลกระทบต่อพนักงานของเราเกือบ 40% ในอินเดีย เราได้แบ่งปริมาณงานไปยังภูมิภาคอื่นๆ ขยายเวลาหยุดให้กับผู้ที่ได้รับผลกระทบ และได้จัดตั้งคณะทำงานหลักชั่วคราวขึ้น เพื่อช่วยเหลือและสนับสนุนพนักงานที่มีความเดือดร้อน นอกจากนี้เรายังได้กำหนดนโยบายที่ให้ความสำคัญกับการทำงานระยะไกล สำหรับพนักงานในอินเดียของเรา” Jason Binder รองประธานฝ่ายบุคลากรที่ Delphix กล่าว

เมื่อไม่นานมานี้ Delphix ได้ประกาศเพิ่มอัตราความหลากหลายของพนักงานโดยรวมจาก 29.5% ใน Q4FY21 เป็น 31.7% ใน Q1FY22 ซึ่งเพิ่มขึ้นกว่า 2% จากไตรมาสที่แล้ว โดยมีพนักงานเพศหญิงเกือบหนึ่งในสี่ของแรงงานทั้งหมด บริษัทยังพบว่ามีพนักงานผู้หญิงเพิ่มขึ้นจาก 22.8% ใน Q4FY21 เป็น 24.7% ใน Q1FY22 ซึ่งเพิ่มขึ้นเกือบ 2% จากไตรมาสที่แล้ว

เมื่อต้นปีนี้ บริษัทได้ประกาศอัตราการเติบโตประจำปีเพิ่มขึ้นมากกว่า 85% สำหรับปีงบประมาณที่สิ้นสุดในเดือนมกราคม 2021 เมื่อเทียบกับปีก่อนหน้า ส่งผลให้มีความสามารถในการสร้างผลกำไรแบบ non-GAAP ในปัจจุบันลูกค้าของ Delphix ประกอบด้วยบริษัทที่ติดอันดับ Fortune 100 จำนวน 24 บริษัท, ธนาคาร 7 แห่งจาก 10 อันดับแรกในอเมริกาเหนือ, บริษัทโทรคมนาคมชั้นนำ 5 แห่งจาก 10 อันดับแรกของโลก และผู้ให้บริการประกันภัยและประกันสุขภาพกว่า 60 ราย

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Delphix เป็นบริษัทข้อมูลชั้นนำในอุตสาหกรรมสำหรับ DevOps

ข้อมูลนั้นสำคัญอย่างยิ่งต่อการทดสอบการเปิดตัวแอปพลิเคชัน การปรับให้ทันสมัย​ การปรับใช้ระบบคลาวด์ และโปรแกรม AI/ML เราจัดเตรียมแพลตฟอร์มข้อมูล DevOps แบบอัตโนมัติสำหรับแอปพลิเคชันระดับองค์กรทั้งหมด Delphix จะปกปิดข้อมูลเพื่อความเป็นส่วนตัว รักษาความปลอดภัยข้อมูลจาก Ransomware และมอบข้อมูลเสมือนจริงที่มีประสิทธิภาพสำหรับ CI/CD

แพลตฟอร์มของเราประกอบด้วย DevOps API ที่จำเป็นสำหรับการจัดเตรียม รีเฟรช ย้อนดู ผสานรวม และควบคุมเวอร์ชันของข้อมูล บริษัทชั้นนำ เช่น Choice Hotels, J.B.Hunt และ Fannie Mae ใช้ Delphix เพื่อเร่งการเปลี่ยนแปลงทางดิจิทัล สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม โปรดไปที่ หรือติดตามเราได้ที่ LinkedInTwitter และ Facebook

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ผู้อำนวยการ กองบรรณาธิการและเนื้อหา Introducing the World’s First Programmable Currency – Makes Majority of Global Transactions PP2P With no Intermediaries

M’s “Smart TUV” – the world’s first fully functional Programmable Digital Currency – enables intermediaries to be replaced by zero cost direct PP2P transactions between counterparties – for Payrolls, Letters of Credit, Bond Issues, Derivatives Trades, and hundreds of other transaction types

Smart TUV – USD 1 000 000

Smart TUV – USD 1 000 000

ST PETER PORT, Guernsey and NEW YORK, Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Telephony Provider (“WM”) is introducing the world’s first programmable currency – the “Smart TUV”.

Smart TUVs are Group TUV Digital Currencies programmable by the Owner-Member – or jointly programmable by the Owner-Member and other Counterparties to a transaction.

Smart TUVs can be remotely programmed, monitored, and regulated via WM Accounts from any locations where the respective counterparties may be – including from Smart Phones or Pre-Smart Mobile Phones. They can all insert and regulate the Terms and Conditions for their transactions, including:

  • Redemption / Payment
  • Overall Terms and Conditions (attachment of an agreement)
  • Performance / Delivery / Shipment Requirements
  • Timings or Dates or Durations for Redemption or Payment – with or without intervals
  • Parties – single or multiple – who can Redeem / to whom Payment will be made
  • Revocable or Irrevocable Terms
  • Curated or Automatic Redemption
  • Penalty Clauses for Reductions in Value
  • Performance Clauses for Additions to Value
  • Redemption Currencies – single or multiple
  • Curated or Automatic Redemption
  • Establishers of the TUV – the WM Member who sets up and establishes the Smart TUV
  • Counterparties to the TUV – the WM members who have access to structure or finalize the Transaction Terms
  • Curators of the TUV the WM member who confirms Performance and authorizes Redemption / Payment

The creation and management of Smart TUVs are – although not possible for other entities – easily and rapidly managed by WM Members, due to the power of the Artificial Intelligence Complex Adaptive System powering the WM Global Clearing System. A brief overview of some of its characteristics is as follows:

  1. The Establishing Member creates the Smart TUV, attaches the relevant Terms and Conditions to it (usually the relevant Agreement for the Transaction) and then programs in the Redemption / Payment Terms and process (selectable by editable dropdown menus).
  2. The Establishing Member nominates the Counterparties to the Transaction, by inserting their WM ITAN Numbers and Registered Mobile Phone Numbers into the Transaction setup, and selects the Status of the Counterparties in the Transaction (i.e., Recipient, Joint Recipient, Curator/s, etc.) from editable dropdown menus. This regulates whether Counterparties have join sign-off / other powers in the Transaction or not.
  3. The WM System sends each Counterparty an email and TAN Text with a Transaction Code, which the Counterparties then use in their WM Accounts to access the draft Smart TUV to review all the Terms and Conditions and the Redemption / Payment Terms and process. They can then either Edit or Accept.
  4. Once all Parties have reviewed, edited, agreed to and accepted the Terms and Conditions and the Redemption / Payment Terms and process, they all click on the “Agree and Activate” selection of the same Smart TUV in their respective WM Accounts.
  5. The Smart TUV is then made live, and the Transaction can commence.
  6. The Terms and Conditions of the Agreement attached to the Smart TUV must then be carried out, and the Redemption / Payment Terms and process follows the agreed format. Progress of the Transaction and Redemptions are able to be followed in real-time from all Counterparties’ WM Accounts.
  7. Smart TUVs can be Irrevocable or Revocable (by agreement between the Counterparties) and the Curator/s among the Counterparties (if the Transaction requires one) can amend the Smart TUV – as programmed in during the creation – if Performance / Delivery Redemption / Shipment / other issues arise.
  8. The Smart TUV can be set to pay out in various currencies, in tranches, over time and to multiple parties.
  9. The Smart TUVs function worldwide, 24/7/365, and have all the same characteristics and advantages that already exist within all other WM TUV Digital Currencies.
  10. They are also zero-cost instruments to acquire.

Smart TUVs can use as their baseline instrument either a Standard TUV or a Secured TUV.

The Standard TUV is WM’s TUV Digital Currency that is 100% covered on a 1:1 basis by the currency and amount for which it is valid (held in a regulated bank account), has the same utility as both cash and digital currency, is instantly convertible among all World Reserve Currencies, and is a permanent hedge against currency depreciation and inflation.

The Secured TUV is WM’s Digital Currency with all the characteristics of the Standard TUV, which is additionally secured by physical gold to the total value of the TUV – providing a hedge against Fiat Currency deprecation or instability.

Smart TUVs can be structured to cater for all forms of Transaction Agreements and Redemption / Payout requirements in all – and in multiple – countries and currencies.

They provide a safe, reliable, instant, clear, and specific process that all Counterparties to a transaction can jointly agree on and constantly review, monitor, control and regulate in real-time.

Moreover, there is always certainty that the Stored Credit (“funds”) required for payment exists – because TUVs cannot be created until, and unless, the full amount for the value of the TUV is already in a regulated bank account.

The Smart TUV is already operational within the WM Platform. It will be released in Q2 2022 – along with the Secured TUV, to enable utilization of either Standard TUVs or Secured TUVs as its baseline instrument.

The Smart TUV completes the range of WM’s TUV Digital Currencies, in that it can use a Standard TUV or a Secured TUV as its baseline instrument, and then be programmed between all Counterparties to a transaction – automating and regulating Redemption / Payment by and to all Parties, globally, instantly, securely, 24/7/365, at zero cost.

Moreover, Smart TUVs can be utilized as substitutes for the widest possible range of transactions – from Payrolls, Letters of Credit, Hire-Purchase and Leasing, Escrow Accounts and the like – to Global Bond Issues, Global Settlements, Global Currency Swaps, and other Derivatives instruments, etc.

The combination of these three TUV Digital Currency types and the versatility of the Smart TUVs – combined with the other facilities within WM’s Global Clearing System – render redundant the majority of intermediary entities currently required for the majority of Transaction types worldwide.


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New York, NY, Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NEW YORK, NY – On Thursday, October 5th, the international non-profit Oceanic Global launched the Blue Standard (Blue) a first-of-its-kind cross-industry standard that empowers industries and businesses of all sizes to achieve measurable impact that protects our blue planet. Emissions, toxins, and plastics are all consequences of human-made industry that are devastating the Earth. And with 70% of the planet covered by the ocean (which regulates our climate, absorbs our carbon, and produces more than half of the oxygen we breathe) marine ecosystems are bearing the brunt of our actions. While there are several existing standards built on the notion of  “going green,” Oceanic Global’s is the first-of-its-kind that looks at the impacts of industry on the ocean and humanity’s interconnectivity to it, and empowers businesses of all sizes with actions that protect & restore the blue.

The Blue Standard was developed together with Oceanic Global’s Scientific Advisory Board and trained experts in both WELL and LEED building rating systems, as a timely response to the impending threat of Climate Change and the increasing demand for transparent industry action. According to a 2021 study by Deloitte surveying over 10,000 individuals in over 6 different countries, more than 58% of respondents wanted organizations to adopt more environmental practices, and 42% reported have changed consumption habits themselves because of their stance on the environment. In turn, Blue features two core offerings: a 3-star sustainability verification system for Business Operations and Product and Packing Seals that verify plastic-free consumer goods. An evolution of Oceanic Global’s long standing industry solutions program (formerly known as The Oceanic Standard), Blue has verified the sustainability achievements of 400+ across 26 counties to-date ranging from Bulleit distillery in Tennessee, House of Yes and Salesforce in New York, to the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, Citi Tower in Hong Kong, Habitas in Tulum, Mexico and all 19 Sandals Resorts International properties in the Caribbean. Leading sustainable brands including: Plaine Products, Raw Elements, Ball Aluminum Cups, are also amongst the inaugural brands set to be awarded with Blue’s new Product and Packaging Seals.

Recognizing the opportunity and potential for businesses to meet both business demand and environmental need, the Blue Standard has also created custom programs for industries including: hospitality, music, events, office spaces, professional sports, consumer packaged goods, and more. These specified offerings work together to further the environmental efforts within their respective fields while also establishing universal accountability and cohesive benchmarks for sustainable business leadership across industry. Oceanic Global believes that impact should be accessible and open-source, and so the Blue Standard additionally offers a suite of services including: free educational guides, step-by-step auditing and consultation, and buying deals with a network of 300+ vetted vendors, that make it both easy and cost-effective for businesses to transition away from single-use plastics and otherwise environmentally detrimental products and processes. In turn, due it’s comprehensive & solution-driven structure, the framework of the Blue Standard has been leveraged by international governments including those of: New York City, New York State, the United States, Barbados, Spain, and more, to help shape over 7 policies to-date.

“With businesses of all sizes increasingly adopting sustainable practices, we recognized both the need and the potential to create universal accountability for these efforts and for how they’re communicated to consumers. Our hope is that through empowering comprehensive commitments to sustainability and lasting systems change, The Blue Standard will work to create a new balance between industries and the natural world that sustains them.”  – Lea d’Auriol, Founder of Oceanic Global

“The health of our ocean is at a tipping point as is that of our collective well-being. Blue works to empower tangible action at all levels. We developed Blue to inspire the people and communities that make up businesses and industries to take continued action for our blue planet, and to maximize the positive impact we can all create in our immediate spheres and beyond.” – Cassia Patel, Program Director, Oceanic Global

Oceanic Global will celebrate the official launch of the Blue Standard via a free & open-to-the-public virtual event taking place on Thursday, October 7th live-streamed at both Noon EDT and Midnight EDT to accommodate varying time zones. The event will delve deeper into Blue’s offering and feature environmental and industry thought leaders alike including: John Warner (Senior Vice President, Chemistry & Distinguished Research Fellow at Zymergen Corporation), Sandra Noonan (Chief Sustainability Officer, Just Salad), and Eduardo Castillo (Co-Founder & Creative Director, HABITAS; DJ) and more. To learn more and register to attend visit



Founded in 2017 by Lea d’Auriol, Oceanic Global (OG) inspires us to care deeply for the ocean and provides solutions to protect it. The international non-profit sheds light on humanity’s essential relationship to the ocean and empowers individuals, communities, and industries to create positive change. Oceanic Global creates educational experiences, consults on sustainable operations, and engages local communities to generate measurable impact for our collective wellbeing. Oceanic Global has international hubs & volunteer bases in New York, London, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Tulum, and Hong Kong, and has additionally been the official non-profit and production partner to United Nations World Oceans Day since 2019. #CareDeeply |


Launched in 2021 as an evolution of Oceanic Global’s long standing industry solution program (formerly known as the Oceanic Standard) The Blue Standard (Blue) combats greenwashing, establishes universal accountability for sustainable business leadership, and empowers industries and businesses of all sizes to achieve measurable impact that protects our blue planet. Developed together with Oceanic Global’s Scientific Advisory Board and trained experts in both WELL and LEED building rating systems, Blue features two core offerings: a 3-star sustainability verification system for Business Operations and Product and Packing Seals that verify plastic-free consumer goods. The Blue Standard offers specialized programs and consultation for industries including: hospitality, music, events, office spaces, professional sports, consumer packaged goods, and more, as well as free educational resources, step-by-step auditing and consultation support, and buying deals with a network of over 300+ vetted vendors to help businesses eliminate single-use plastics and operate sustainably. Blue has verified the sustainability achievements of over 400+ businesses across 26 countries to date, as well as helped over 7 environmental policies worldwide.


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U.S. Polo Assn. Launches Fall 2021 Collection from the Colorado Rockies

Iconic, sport-inspired lifestyle brand takes inspiration from the colors of fall and its western locale

U.S. Polo Assn.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), has launched its iconic, sport-inspired Fall Collection for 2021. The brand’s global photoshoot took place in the stunning Rocky Mountains of Colorado, known for its cool, crisp air and spectacular landscape that’s perfect for this coming season.

On the horizon for U.S. Polo Assn. this fall is an all-American autumn filled with sustainable “denim on denim,” sunset golden oranges, brass accents and chevron prints. Images from the iconic photoshoot showcase bright open spaces, mountainous terrain and great style, like remixed plaids and flannels, rich fall colors inspired by nature and subtle western accents.

“Our authentic connection to the sport of polo drives our design decisions for every season, including this, our Fall 2021 Collection,” said J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global Licensing, which manages the global, multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. “As we transition to fall with style that is classic U.S. Polo Assn., our creative team was able to perfectly capture the inspiration of the season in this iconic photoshoot in the Colorado Rockies.”

U.S. Polo Assn.’s Fall 2021 Collection images showcase models in quaint log cabins and lounging by cozy fireplaces wearing utility prep style, known for its great comfort and practicality. The collection also brings crew neck sweaters, long-sleeve polo shirts and standard chinos, layered in style. On top, it’s quilted jackets, puffer vests with jersey hoods, contrast zippers, and lightweight quilting that are perfect for the fall chill.

“An emphasis for us when designing this season’s collection was utility clothing that offers comfort and versatility for everyday use,” added Brian Kaminer, SVP of Brand and Product Development for the U.S. Polo Assn. brand. “In addition, the Fall 2021 Collection brings sustainability to the forefront with all-weather, light and dark denim made from recycled water bottles and other apparel made with sustainable yarn and dyes and environmentally responsible practices.”

U.S. Polo Assn. is known worldwide for its authentic, sport-inspired looks that are elevated each season with high quality, sustainable fabrics, lush colors and seasonal comfort.

About U.S. Polo Assn. and USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL)

U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the nonprofit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the oldest sports governing bodies, having been founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through some 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores, department stores, sporting goods channels, independent retailers and e-commerce, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel for men, women and children, as well as accessories, footwear, travel and home goods in 190 countries worldwide. Recently ranked the fifth largest sports licensor in License Global magazine’s 2020 list of “Top 150 Global Licensors,” U.S. Polo Assn. is named alongside such iconic sports brands as the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. Visit

USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL) is the for-profit subsidiary of the USPA and its exclusive worldwide licensor. USPAGL manages the global, multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand and is the steward of the USPA’s intellectual properties, providing the sport with a long-term source of revenue. Through its subsidiary, Global Polo Entertainment (GPE), USPAGL also manages Global Polo TV the world’s leading production entity for global polo broadcasts and polo lifestyle content. Learn more at


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Periscope by McKinsey Named a Leader in 2021 IDC MarketScape for B2B Price Optimization and Management Applications

Customers get a comprehensive, customized pricing solution, including strategy, process, technology, change management, and training

NEW YORK and LONDON, Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — McKinsey & Company today announced that Periscope by McKinsey, a suite of marketing and sales analytics solutions that helps companies achieve sustainable revenue growth, has been named a leader in the 2021 IDC MarketScape: Worldwide B2B Price Optimization and Management Applications. IDC MarketScape is the IT industry’s premier vendor assessment tool, providing in-depth quantitative and qualitative technology market assessments.

Whether they are B2B manufacturers or distributors (in sectors ranging from automotive, materials, and chemicals to heavy equipment and machinery and medical devices), banks, or high-tech organizations, businesses need dynamic pricing approaches if they are to outperform their peers. Periscope by McKinsey, together with McKinsey’s end-to-end strategic consulting services, delivers a comprehensive pricing solution that includes strategy, process, technology, change management, and training, all fully customized to meet the goals of the clients. This empowers pricing decision makers to set optimal prices and get the most value out of every transaction.

Periscope by McKinsey was cited for the following strengths:

  • Comprehensive pricing services and technology – Periscope by McKinsey offers customers a premium end-to-end pricing solution to ensure a high success rate of the pricing strategy and adoption. Because of this, customers highly rated Periscope’s level of value delivered.
  • Ease of use – Customers highly rated Periscope for ease of use. In many cases, the interface was customized for their implementation making it uncluttered and easy for training purposes.
  • Implementation and customer service – Customers highly rated Periscope’s implementation experience and ongoing customer service. They liked that Periscope was proactive in many cases and addressed issues quickly.

“If your company makes, distributes, or sells a significant number of offerings, you should strongly consider a price optimization and management solution,” says Mark Thomason, research director for IDC’s Digital Business Models and Monetization program. “Today’s solutions can significantly automate your company’s revenue strategy from price setting to execution and enable salespeople and e-commerce to efficiently sell at the optimal price.”

“Realizing business impact is top of mind for our clients. That’s why we are bullish when it comes to consistently innovating our world-class portfolio of tech-enabled solutions to help our clients drive pricing transformations and create value quickly and sustainably,” said Tobias Wachinger, senior partner and global leader for Periscope, McKinsey & Company.

“Pricing is the most impactful, underutilized lever for growth,” said Stuart Schardin, partner and leader for Periscope, McKinsey & Company. “Getting the price right demonstrates that a company fully understands the value it delivers and enhances its ability to deliver that value going forward. Bringing science to the art of price setting through Periscope’s pricing solution enables clients to execute with precision and agility while improving their return on sales. When done well, companies can generate two to seven percentage points of sustained margin improvement.”

The 2021 IDC MarketScape for B2B Price Optimization and Management Applications report can be accessed here.

About IDC MarketScape:
IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

About Periscope® by McKinsey
Founded in 2007, and now a part of the McKinsey Marketing & Sales Practice, the Periscope® by McKinsey platform combines world-leading intellectual property, prescriptive analytics, and cloud-based tools with expert support and training. It’s a unique combination that drives revenue growth, both now and into the future. The platform offers a suite of Marketing & Sales solutions that accelerate and sustain commercial transformation for businesses. Periscope leverages its world-leading IP (largely from McKinsey but also other partners) and best-in-class technology to enable transparency into big data, create actionable insights and new ways of working that drive lasting performance improvement, and typically sustain a 2–7% increase in return on sales (ROS). With a truly global reach, the portfolio of solutions is comprised of: Insight Solutions, Marketing Solutions, Customer Experience Solutions, Category Solutions, Pricing Solutions, Performance Solutions, and Sales Solutions. These are complemented by ongoing client service and custom capability-building programs.

To learn more about how Periscope’s solutions and experts are helping businesses continually drive better performance, visit

About Marketing & Sales, McKinsey & Company
The mission of the McKinsey Marketing & Sales Practice is to help leaders of both consumer and business-to-business clients create Growth that Matters through meaningful transformations and marketing-driven profit. The practice helps its clients set their strategic direction, develop their marketing and sales capabilities, and connect their organization to realize the full potential of today’s omnichannel opportunities. Clients benefit from McKinsey’s experience in core areas of marketing such as branding, customer insights, marketing ROI, digital marketing, CLM pricing, and sales and channel management.

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