Cavium FastLinQ Ethernet Adopted by Major ODMs for Next-Generation Cloud and Telco Datacenters

Datacenter Servers from ASUS, GIGABYTE, Inventec, MiTAC, Wistron now leverage FastLinQ 10/25/40/50/100Gb Ethernet NICs

COMPUTEX, TAIPEI, Taiwan and SAN JOSE, Calif., – May 29, 2017 –Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, datacenter, cloud, wired and wireless networking, today announced adoption of its flagship FastLinQ family of 10/25/50/100Gbps Ethernet NICs at several Tier-1 OEMs and ODMs that deliver hyperscale cloud platforms to Tier-1 customers worldwide. This product family delivers a range of solutions from entry level LOM to high end converged NIC and is offered in a variety of form factors. The FastLinQ QL45000 adapters with Universal RDMA are the industry’s only NIC family that delivers the technology choice and investment protection with support for concurrent RoCE, RoCEv2 and iWARP. With several unique designs at more than a dozen top Tier-1 OEMs and ODMs, FastLinQ Ethernet technology from Cavium is purpose-built to deliver acceleration and offload for business-critical applications, artificial intelligence, Big Data, CDN, Machine Learning and hyperscale storage workloads in emerging cloud and telco datacenters.

Cavium is seeing significantly increased adoption at major OEMs and ODMs which is a testament to the performance, features and competitiveness of our FastLinQ family of NICs,” said Christopher Moezzi, Vice President of Marketing, Ethernet Adapter Group, Cavium. “Cavium has the widest and most compelling Ethernet NIC solutions from 10Gbps to 100Gbps in a wide range of form factors. We provide customers with innovative, high performance solutions, delivering flexibility in choice of RDMA and cost savings for next-generation Cloud, Web2.0, Storage and Telco datacenters.”

Purpose built for accelerating and simplifying datacenter networking, Cavium FastLinQ Ethernet technology delivers:

  • Broad Spectrum of Ethernet Connectivity Speeds – 10/25/40/50/100GbE to host the most demanding enterprise, telco and cloud applications and deliver scalability to drive business growth.
  • Enterprise Class Reliability and Flexibility – With millions of Ethernet ports shipped, and a flexible architecture that delivers faster time to market and adaption to new and emerging technologies, FastLinQ Ethernet NICs are amongst the top choices for enterprise datacenters.
  • Cloud-Ready – Industry’s only network adapter that delivers the ultimate choice and investment protection with concurrent support for RoCE, RoCEv2 and iWARP. Acceleration for Network Virtualization by offloading protocol processing for VxLAN, NVGRE, GRE and GENEVE enables customers to build and scale virtualized networks without impacting network performance.
  • Storage Acceleration – Full protocol concurrent offload for NVMe-oF™, iSER, iSCSI and FCoE delivers up to 5M IOPS while consuming the fewest server CPU cycles, leaving headroom for virtual applications and higher RoI on server investments with seamless upgrade paths of next gen storage connectivity.
  • Telco and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) – Leading small packet performance, 100Gbps Ethernet connectivity, and integration with DPDK and OpenStack, enables Telcos and NFV application vendors to seamlessly deploy, manage and accelerate the most demanding NFV workloads.

Industry’s Most Comprehensive Network Adapter portfolio – Cavium offers the broadest set of Ethernet networking adapters – FastLinQ® Standard Ethernet Adapters, Converged Networking Adapters and LiquidIO® Intelligent NICs that cover the entire spectrum of customer Ethernet connectivity and offload requirements. Cavium Ethernet adapters are trusted by customers worldwide.

Visit the Cavium suite #2412 at the Grand Hyatt hotel during COMPUTEX 2017, Taipei, Taiwan from May 30th – June 3rd to learn more!

Supporting Quotes

“NVMe Over Fabrics will radically change Storage and Networking paradigms in next generation datacenter and cloud architectures,” said Robert Chin, General Manager of ASUS Server Business Unit. “Close collaboration with Cavium on Ethernet RDMA Fabrics for scaling out NVMe enables us to expand our addressable market, with increased performance and offloads delivered by FastLinQ 25GbE NICs, particularly for hyperscale cloud customers.”

“GIGABYTE servers address the broad spectrum of needs of hyperscale datacenters across standard, Open Compute Platform (OCP) and rack scale form factors while delivering exceptional value, performance and scalability,” said Etay Lee, GM of GIGABYTE Technology’s Server Division. “The addition of Cavium FastLinQ 10GbE and 25GbE FastLinQ Ethernet NICs in OCP and Standard form factors will enable delivery on all of the tenets of open standards, while enabling key virtualization technologies like SR-IOV and full offloads for overlay networks using VxLAN, NVGRE and GENEVE.”

“Cavium FastLinQ Network Virtualization optimized 25GbE Ethernet adapters in OCP form factor enable open platforms, unleash innovation, and unlock performance for Telcos and Private, Hybrid and Public Clouds,” said Joseph Li, Director of Inventec Data Center Business. „Offering a comprehensive set of server and network virtualization features, this 10/25GbE OCP adapter enables open platforms to achieve higher performance, flexibility and agility, while leveraging open standards.”

“One of our key goals in selecting Cavium FastLinQ 10/25GbE technology as a leading Ethernet adapter is to enable high performance networking for our customers, irrespective of the server form factor that they have chosen,” said Simon Hwang, VP of MiTAC Computing Technology. “Cavium FastLinQ Ethernet adapters available in standard, mezzanine, LOM and OCP form factors deliver offloads for overlay networking to ensure that organizations can realize predictable performance and offload server CPU across a variety of demanding virtual applications and workloads.”

“We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Cavium,” said Peter Tung, Chief Operation Officer of Enterprise Business Group, Wistron. “With years of experience in server development and networking infrastructure, workload acceleration technology built into FastLinQ 25/100GbE technology enables our customers to maximize datacenter performance.”

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About Cavium

Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity and baseband processing. Cavium’s highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Datacenter and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware reference designs and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan. For more information, please visit: http://www.cavium.com

Show off your innovative media relations strategy

Your secret is out: You’re a brand architect who knows how to tell and sell a story.

Now, we’d like all the details. Tell us how you mastered the delicate balance of powerful storytelling, relationship building, reputation management and more to create an impressive media relations strategy across multiple channels. How did you analyze media trends to generate more clicks, more shares and more coverage?

The 2017 Media Relations Awards are here to celebrate your ability to remain calm in the face of a crisis, your willingness to think beyond the standard press release and your dedication to sharable storytelling. Gain recognition for the accomplishments that made a difference for your customers, your clients or your team.

This year’s 20 categories, including Brand Messaging or Position, Integrated Marketing Communications, Product or Service Launch, Press Event or Media Tour, and Social Media Campaign will allow you to share your expertise in a specific discipline. Three new categories, Crisis or Reputation Management, Native Advertising, and Social Influencer Program will celebrate your most innovative strategies and campaigns.

Don’t feel confined to one category; we encourage you to submit any campaign to as many categories as you’d like. Of course, don’t forget the Grand Prize category, which will validate you as a true expert.

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These awards are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your client.

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This year’s program is open to any work executed between Jan, 1, 2016, and Feb. 15, 2017, inclusive.

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  • Brand Messaging or Positioning

    We want to know how you propelled your organization’s reputation forward. How did you set your brand apart from its competitors and create buzz? Did you see an increased response from media outlets? Tell us about the intricacies for your brand campaign and how you got your story out to the world.

  • Cause Advocacy Campaign

    Tell us how you’re contributing to causes that matter and how you’re raising the public profile of issues you care about. Give us the details of your campaign strategy. Did you overcome a major challenge while trying to raise awareness? What tools did you use to get past it? Share your campaign and results.

  • Crowdsourcing Campaign

    Your campaign took a customer-first approach. How did your media relations campaign prove that the opinions of your audience were most important? How did you cultivate brand ambassadors from your loyal customer base? Tell us how their voices brought attention to your brand and boosted its reputation.

  • New! Crisis or Reputation Management

    You’re the Olivia Pope of crisis communications. You remained cool-headed under pressure and de-escalated a chaotic situation. How did you mitigate a potential media disaster to keep your organization’s reputation in good standing with the public? Tell us about the crisis and how you bounced back using journalists’ help.

  • Executive Visibility

    Your high-level executives are the face of your brand. How do you train them to personify and amplify your message? Which senior executives are you putting out there? We’re looking for campaigns that don’t merely “humanize” top-tier bosses. We want to see campaigns that bring to life unforgettable, genuine personalities—and tie them to the organization’s goals.

  • Global Media Relations

    Your message reached far and wide, and we want to know how you gained the momentum to take your brand international. How does your message cross geographical boundaries? How do you make your message relevant and interesting where you live and useful to those across the oceans? What was your story? Where did it travel?

  • Governmental or Public Affairs Media Relations

    How and why did you collaborate with journalists to meet governmental or public affairs goals? How did your relationship help you engage with your local community? Share how you developed this relationship and how it benefitted your organization. How did you educate the public about your group or its policy?

  • Innovation in Media Relations

    Are you tired of taking the same ineffective, repetitive route when it comes to your organization’s media relations strategy? How did you execute your vision for creating a new process, concept or slogan? What results did your idea bring that changed the way journalists or members of the public think about you or your product, service or cause? Show us.

  • Integrated Marketing Communications

    How did you put together a well-coordinated mix of promotional messages that reinforced your brand awareness to the media? Did you use content marketing and storytelling in your media-relations blitz? What were the results?

  • Media Relations Video

    How did your team or company master the art of video to reach a mass audience? How do you use images and real people to tell an array of stories? Did you keep them short and simple, or did you create long-form videos? Did your videos inspire action or use humor to educate? Show us, and tell us the story behind what’s on the screen.

  • New! Native Advertising

    Did you land coverage in a national publication that helped sell your product or services? How did you collaborate with an editorial team to create an under-the-radar advertorial? Tell us what publications you sought out and why you think your audiences are similar. Share the native ad and metrics to prove that it built brand awareness.

  • Product or Service Launch

    Tell us how your PR department or client impressed journalists with the launch of a product or service. Describe the tactics and strategy, and brag about how sweet the outcome proved to be.

  • Thought Leadership Campaign

    Your organization is staffed by experts with a wealth of industry knowledge. How did you make sure customers and competitors alike knew this? Did you place an op-ed in a local newspaper? Did a team member author a piece for a notable trade publication? Tell us how you used brand storytelling to prove your talent in a particular field and put forth your organization as an industry thought leader.

  • Pitch

    The key components of an impressive pitch are imagination, great writing and outstanding visuals. Did you write an email pitch with a perfect subject line, followed up with a narrative story hook so dramatic, yet concise, that journalists, bloggers and influencers fell over themselves trying to find out more? Did your online press release set a record for click-throughs and average time on your website? Did your multimedia press release get shared hundreds of times on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn? Brag about it.

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    Not only did you handle the chaos of a producing a live event, you thrived under the pressure and created an unforgettable experience. Tell us how you selected your guest list, promoted your event across multiple channels and encouraged social media engagement. Give us the inside story on how you pulled it all together, resulting in outstanding media coverage.

  • Stunt or Special Event

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  • Use of a Celebrity or Personality

    Tell us why you thought a celebrity or personality would be the best spokesperson for your brand. Did you hire a local figure, an A-lister or someone in between? How did media outlets respond? How does your product or service reinforce the credibility of your celebrity and vice versa? How did you turn that match into results?

  • New! Social Influencer Program

    The right social influencer can have as much power as a well-known media outlet. Tell us how you scouted the perfect group of influential social media stars to raise your brand’s profile among a certain demographic. Did you reach out to mommy bloggers? Beauty gurus? Instagram-famous Chihuahuas? What metrics determined the ideal influencer? How did you entice them into becoming brand loyalists and public ambassadors? What were the results?

  • Social Media Campaign

    We want to see evidence that you built a publicity campaign aimed at reporters, influencers and bloggers on your social media channel(s). Explain why you chose your channels, what you hoped to do, the results, lessons learned and the effect on your organization internally. We’re interested in hearing the whole story.

  • Grand Prize: Media Relations Campaign of the Year

    We’re seeking well-rounded and robust campaigns that delivered huge success. Share with us everything you did to reach the stars. Winners will be chosen in each of these categories:

    • Over $50,000
    • Under $50,000
    • Under $10,000

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On the entry form, be sure to include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your project. We ask that the synopsis be at least 1,000 words (max: 1,250 words) and include the following sub-headings (when applicable):

  • Goals
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  • Evaluation: success, results or ROI

Be sure to follow the guidelines laid out in the category descriptions, as the judges will look for those elements when they select the winners.

You will be able to upload up to five additional documents to your submission. We encourage you to include press releases, design concepts, videos, analytics, testimonials and anything else you feel will give us a better sense of your project. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.

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Are the awards open to organizations outside the United States?

Yes. Entries may be submitted by organization from around the world. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English.

May an organization or nominator enter more than one entry?

Yes. Enter as many categories as you like. One story, video, design, etc. may also be entered in multiple categories if it meets the criteria. Each entry and each category will require a separate entry fee.

Will you return my entry materials?

No.

Who judges the entries?

Our judges include the editorial staff of Ragan.com, PR Daily.com, and Health Care Communication News.

When and where will the winners be announced?

We try to announce a list of finalists six to eight weeks after the close of the program. The announcement of the winners comes about three to four weeks after the announcement of the finalists. Each of these announcements will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter, and on our social media platforms. Emails will be sent to all the entrants to notify them of these announcements.

Will there be an awards luncheon or live ceremony?

There is no live event associated with this program.

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If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please call Justine Figueroa at 312-960-4304 or email her at justinef@ragan.com.

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Golden Star Enters into Financing Facility

TORONTO, March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Golden Star Resources Ltd. (NYSE MKT: GSS; TSX: GSC; GSE: GSR) (“Golden Star” or the “Company”) announces that its subsidiary, Golden Star (Wassa) Limited (“GSWL”), has signed a commitment letter for a $25 million secured loan facility (the “Facility”) with Ecobank Ghana Limited (“Ecobank”).

GSWL has twelve months from the date of the commitment letter to drawdown the Facility, if it wishes to do so, and the Facility will be repayable within 60 months of initial drawdown. There are no early prepayment penalties. Interest on amounts drawn under the Facility would be payable monthly at three month LIBOR plus a spread of 8.0% payable in arrears.

The Company anticipates that any drawdowns from the Facility would be used for general working capital purposes.

Sam Coetzer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Star, commented:

“Arranging this financing facility is another building block in Golden Star’s transition into a low risk, mid-tier gold producer. We are continuing to strengthen the Company on all fronts and ensuring we have access to low cost capital in advance of any such need is part of this process.”

All monetary amounts refer to United States dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Company Profile

Golden Star is an established gold mining company that owns and operates the Wassa and Prestea mines situated on the prolific Ashanti Gold Belt in Ghana, West Africa. Listed on the NYSE MKT, the TSX, and the GSE, Golden Star is strategically focused on increasing operating margins and cash flow through the development of its two high grade, low cost underground mines both in conjunction with existing open pit operations. The Wassa Underground Gold Mine commenced commercial production in January 2017 and the Prestea Underground Gold Mine is expected to achieve commercial production in mid-2017. Gold production in 2017 is expected to be 255,000-280,000 ounces with cash operating costs of $780-860 per ounce.

Cautionary note regarding forward-looking information

Some statements contained in this news release are “forward looking information” within the meaning of Canadian securities laws and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Generally, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “believes” or variations of such words and phrases (including negative or grammatical variations) or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved” or the negative connotation thereof. . Forward looking statements and information include, but are not limited to, statements and information regarding: the use of drawdowns under the Facility; the timing of the commencement of commercial production at the Prestea Underground Gold Mine; 2017 production guidance; and the ability to transition into a high grade, low cost producer. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual facts to differ materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: risks related to international operations, including economic and political instability in foreign jurisdictions in which Golden Star operates; risks related to current global financial conditions; actual results of current exploration activities; environmental risks; future prices of gold; possible variations in mineral reserves, grade or recovery rates; mine development and operating risks; accidents, labor disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities and risks related to indebtedness and the service of such indebtedness. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those anticipated by management. Please refer to the discussion of these and other factors in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of financial conditions and results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2016. Additional and/or updated factors will be included in our annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2016 which will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The forecasts contained in this press release constitute management’s current estimates, as of the date of this press release, with respect to the matters covered thereby. We expect that these estimates will change as new information is received. While we may elect to update these estimates at any time, we do not undertake to update any estimate at any particular time or in response to any particular event.

SOURCE Golden Star Resources Ltd.

Prisoners in 2015

E. Ann Carson, Ph.D., Elizabeth Anderson, Bureau of Justice Statistics

December 29, 2016    NCJ 250229

Presents final counts of prisoners under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities at yearend 2015, including admissions, releases, noncitizen inmates, and inmates age 17 or younger. The report describes prisoner populations by jurisdiction, most serious offense, and demographic characteristics. Selected findings on prison capacity and prisoners held in private prisons, local jails, and the U.S. military and territories are also included. Findings are based on data from BJSs National Prisoner Statistics program, which collects data from state departments of correction and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Highlights:

  • The total number of prisoners held under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities on December 31, 2015 (1,526,800) decreased by 35,500 (down more than 2%) from yearend 2014.
  • The federal prison population decreased by 14,100 prisoners from 2014 to 2015 (down almost 7%), accounting for 40% of the total change in the U.S. prison population.
  • After increasing during the previous 2 years, the number of state and federal female prisoners decreased by 1% in 2015.
  • State and federal prisons held 1,476,800 persons sentenced to more than 1 year on December 31, 2015.
  • The imprisonment rate in the United States decreased 3%, from 471 prisoners per 100,000 U.S. residents of all ages in 2014 to 458 prisoners per 100,000 in 2015.

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Prisoners in 2015

E. Ann Carson, Ph.D., Elizabeth Anderson, Bureau of Justice Statistics

December 29, 2016    NCJ 250229

Presents final counts of prisoners under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities at yearend 2015, including admissions, releases, noncitizen inmates, and inmates age 17 or younger. The report describes prisoner populations by jurisdiction, most serious offense, and demographic characteristics. Selected findings on prison capacity and prisoners held in private prisons, local jails, and the U.S. military and territories are also included. Findings are based on data from BJSs National Prisoner Statistics program, which collects data from state departments of correction and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Highlights:

  • The total number of prisoners held under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities on December 31, 2015 (1,526,800) decreased by 35,500 (down more than 2%) from yearend 2014.
  • The federal prison population decreased by 14,100 prisoners from 2014 to 2015 (down almost 7%), accounting for 40% of the total change in the U.S. prison population.
  • After increasing during the previous 2 years, the number of state and federal female prisoners decreased by 1% in 2015.
  • State and federal prisons held 1,476,800 persons sentenced to more than 1 year on December 31, 2015.
  • The imprisonment rate in the United States decreased 3%, from 471 prisoners per 100,000 U.S. residents of all ages in 2014 to 458 prisoners per 100,000 in 2015.

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CannaGrow Holdings Announces the Sale of Seven Strain Lots For Grand Opening of New High-End Dispensary in Trinidad, Colorado

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO–(Marketwired – Mar 30, 2017) – CannaGrow Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: CGRW) As a Liaison and Consultant providing turnkey solutions to licensed growers, CannaGrow Holdings, Inc. announces Licensed Grower, Category One Botanicals, LLC, has completed the sale of seven (7) different strain lots for the grand opening of a High-End Recreational Dispensary located in Trinidad, Colorado.

Dr. John P. Janovec, COO, stated, „It was a natural fit from the first time we talked with the Executives of the Recreational Dispensary. They were looking to round out their inventory for a Grand Opening and Category One Botanicals had a wide variety of diverse genetic strains cured and ready for market. Blanca Mountain Green, Buffalo Diamond Kush, and Huerfano Red Bud, were among our proprietary strains included in the sale. We expect these and other proprietary strains to become some of our high-demand products throughout the Cannabis Industry in Colorado. In addition to our proprietary strains, Hemlock and White Widow – two strains already known on the market — were included in the transaction. Our combination of „name brand” and in-house private stock strains will give us an edge, and our planned breeding programs will lead to new genetic lines that will prove to be appealing to the Cannabis Community of Colorado. Relationship building is part of our equation for success. We look forward to furthering this relationship by providing a continuous supply of quality Cannabis grown in natural soil-based media and pure Colorado sunshine without the use of dangerous chemical fungicides or pesticides.”

Executives from the High-End Recreational Dispensary added, „Working with the Crew at the Colorado Buffalo Ranch Facility was an easy and seamless process. The facility is very impressive and Master Growers, Dr. John P. Janovec and Jason Wells, have the knowledge and experience in Plant Genetics that will certainly push their products into the spotlight within the Cannabis industry in Colorado. We look forward to building a long-term business relationship with Dr. John, Jason, and their Team at Category One Botanicals.”

Shareholders and interested parties are encouraged to visit the CannaGrow Holdings Blog for more information and updates from Colorado Buffalo Ranch Facility I at (http://www.cannagrowholdings.com).

CannaGrow Holdings, Inc., the Liaison and Representative for NuGro Industries, will continue in its capacity of providing oversight as the Facilities Manager, working with the State/County Agencies and Category One Botanicals, LLC, the Licensed Grower for the facilities. The completion of this project will now provide the company the basis to begin generating revenues from Licensed Growers subleasing the Turnkey facilities being built to the specifications of CannaGrow COO, Dr. John P. Janovec, and Consultant, Jason Wells.

About CannaGrow Holdings, Inc.:
CannaGrow Holdings, Inc. has entered the Medical/Recreational Cannabis Industry as a Lessor, Liaison, and Consultant to licensed Growers providing them with turnkey Growing Facilities in the State of Colorado. The Company intends to expand this business model within this industry as business opportunities evolve whereby providing for the highest return to its shareholders.

CannaGrow Holdings, Inc. does not and will not, until such time as Federal law allows, grow, harvest, distribute or sell marijuana or any substance that violate the laws of the United States of America.

CannaGrow Holdings, Inc. encourages the public to read the above information in conjunction with its year-end statement for December 31, 2015, and the quarterly statements filed in calendar year 2016, at: www.otcmarkets.com.

The information contained in this press release may include forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements usually contain the words „may,” „could,” „possibly,” „feel,” „estimate,” „anticipate,” „believe,” „expect,” or similar expressions that involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include the Company’s uncertain profitability, need for significant capital, uncertainty concerning market acceptance of its services, competition, limited service facilities, dependence on technological developments and protection of its intellectual property. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those discussed herein.

CannaGrow Holdings Announces the Sale of Seven Strain Lots For Grand Opening of New High-End Dispensary in Trinidad, Colorado

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO–(Marketwired – Mar 30, 2017) – CannaGrow Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: CGRW) As a Liaison and Consultant providing turnkey solutions to licensed growers, CannaGrow Holdings, Inc. announces Licensed Grower, Category One Botanicals, LLC, has completed the sale of seven (7) different strain lots for the grand opening of a High-End Recreational Dispensary located in Trinidad, Colorado.

Dr. John P. Janovec, COO, stated, „It was a natural fit from the first time we talked with the Executives of the Recreational Dispensary. They were looking to round out their inventory for a Grand Opening and Category One Botanicals had a wide variety of diverse genetic strains cured and ready for market. Blanca Mountain Green, Buffalo Diamond Kush, and Huerfano Red Bud, were among our proprietary strains included in the sale. We expect these and other proprietary strains to become some of our high-demand products throughout the Cannabis Industry in Colorado. In addition to our proprietary strains, Hemlock and White Widow – two strains already known on the market — were included in the transaction. Our combination of „name brand” and in-house private stock strains will give us an edge, and our planned breeding programs will lead to new genetic lines that will prove to be appealing to the Cannabis Community of Colorado. Relationship building is part of our equation for success. We look forward to furthering this relationship by providing a continuous supply of quality Cannabis grown in natural soil-based media and pure Colorado sunshine without the use of dangerous chemical fungicides or pesticides.”

Executives from the High-End Recreational Dispensary added, „Working with the Crew at the Colorado Buffalo Ranch Facility was an easy and seamless process. The facility is very impressive and Master Growers, Dr. John P. Janovec and Jason Wells, have the knowledge and experience in Plant Genetics that will certainly push their products into the spotlight within the Cannabis industry in Colorado. We look forward to building a long-term business relationship with Dr. John, Jason, and their Team at Category One Botanicals.”

Shareholders and interested parties are encouraged to visit the CannaGrow Holdings Blog for more information and updates from Colorado Buffalo Ranch Facility I at (http://www.cannagrowholdings.com).

CannaGrow Holdings, Inc., the Liaison and Representative for NuGro Industries, will continue in its capacity of providing oversight as the Facilities Manager, working with the State/County Agencies and Category One Botanicals, LLC, the Licensed Grower for the facilities. The completion of this project will now provide the company the basis to begin generating revenues from Licensed Growers subleasing the Turnkey facilities being built to the specifications of CannaGrow COO, Dr. John P. Janovec, and Consultant, Jason Wells.

About CannaGrow Holdings, Inc.:
CannaGrow Holdings, Inc. has entered the Medical/Recreational Cannabis Industry as a Lessor, Liaison, and Consultant to licensed Growers providing them with turnkey Growing Facilities in the State of Colorado. The Company intends to expand this business model within this industry as business opportunities evolve whereby providing for the highest return to its shareholders.

CannaGrow Holdings, Inc. does not and will not, until such time as Federal law allows, grow, harvest, distribute or sell marijuana or any substance that violate the laws of the United States of America.

CannaGrow Holdings, Inc. encourages the public to read the above information in conjunction with its year-end statement for December 31, 2015, and the quarterly statements filed in calendar year 2016, at: www.otcmarkets.com.

The information contained in this press release may include forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements usually contain the words „may,” „could,” „possibly,” „feel,” „estimate,” „anticipate,” „believe,” „expect,” or similar expressions that involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include the Company’s uncertain profitability, need for significant capital, uncertainty concerning market acceptance of its services, competition, limited service facilities, dependence on technological developments and protection of its intellectual property. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those discussed herein.

IEC calls on disruptive technology for universal energy access

Announcing the LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access, 22-23 May 2017, in Nairobi

Geneva, Switzerland, 2017-03-30 –The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is stepping up efforts to bring electrical energy to the 1,3 billion people who have no access to electricity, via a disruptive technology – low voltage direct current (LVDC). The IEC is hosting the inaugural LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access, in Nairobi, Kenya, on 22 and 23 May 2017, in partnership with the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).

LVDC Logo

LVDC Logo

“Combined with some form of energy storage, LVDC has the potential to bring millions of people out of the dark. The IEC is driving the development of LVDC, making this technology safe and broadly accessible. Holding this conference in Africa will provide a real understanding of electricity access needs to IEC experts and stakeholders. We invite participation of all those concerned with the Sustainable Developments Goals, especially Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” said Frans Vreeswijk, General Secretary & CEO of the IEC.

Energy, and especially electricity, is the golden thread that impacts the majority of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and furthermore, the development of every nation and economy. The work of the IEC directly impacts 12 of the 17 SDGs – it provides the technical foundation for the whole energy chain and all equipment that is driven by electricity.

The UN recognizes that electricity access helps to reduce poverty and hunger, improves educational opportunities and enables higher quality healthcare. In developing economies, LVDC helps governments and policy makers to rapidly improve the living conditions, livelihoods and leisure time of millions of citizens as they gain access to affordable and clean electricity. Against this backdrop, the LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders including policy makers, power utilities, equipment manufacturers, NGOs, technology gurus, industry experts, systems engineers, funding agencies and insurers.

“I urge all stakeholders to register and attend the conference which will be a thought leadership platform to effectively engage with policymakers and regulators. This event will help us to gain the technological and economic information needed to evolve LVDC standards and drive the technology’s commercialization,” said Charles Ongwae, Managing Director, Kenya Bureau of Standards.

The recent evolution of LVDC
LVDC is a disruptive technology that fundamentally changes and accelerates energy access. Over the last twenty years several mega-trends have created a groundswell of demand for LVDC. The need to mitigate the effects of climate change has seen a renewed focus on Energy Efficiency and sustainability, taking power generation increasingly towards renewable sources and away from fossil fuels. In addition, the cost of energy generation from solar photovoltaics (PV) has become more accessible, while LED lighting has made the conventional incandescent lamp a thing of the past.

Without realizing it, today we live in a “direct current” world, with most of our electronic devices already being able to use current that is produced by renewable sources directly, without conversion. As a result, LVDC is seeing a growth in uses like data centres, e-mobility and related infrastructure, urban homes and buildings for lighting and other applications, public distribution, DC micro-grids, and storage etc.

These trends challenge the traditional model of electricity distribution via alternating current (AC). Also, many of the technical issues that blocked the development of DC are no longer an obstacle. A diverse group of global experts in the IEC is currently preparing the technical foundation needed for the broad roll-out of LVDC.

Vimal Mahendru, Chair of the IEC Systems Committee (SyC) on LVDC, and IEC Ambassador said, “For areas where grid connection is too expensive, LVDC is the only economic way to provide electricity access to everyone: it is clean, safe and affordable. The applications for LVDC are wide, varied and apply in every country in the world. This conference is your opportunity to input your local needs and requirements; to hear about economic benefits linked to LVDC; and to contribute to the development of key performance and risk assessment indicators to allow regulators and systems administrators to benchmark LVDC solutions.”

About LVDC
In technical terms, direct current is constant and flows in one direction. In opposition, alternating current periodically reverses direction in a wave-like pattern. Currently, electricity is converted to AC to be converted back to DC for use by DC driven devices, sometimes multiple times. Using Renewable Energy as DC electricity is more efficient and generates less e-waste in the form of transformers and power adaptors.

Solar cells and other renewable power technologies produce DC power and batteries receive, store and deliver DC power. All electronics and battery driven devices use DC power, which today is often transformed from AC. Everything, from electric vehicles, renewable energy technology, kitchen appliances, lighting, transport, smart phones and tablets to systems with data and embedded electronics, such as the Internet of Things, smart homes and Smart Cities, runs on DC.

Standardization work for LVDC is perhaps one of the biggest societal impact initiatives undertaken by the IEC. It requires a concerted effort by all stakeholders. For further reading, please see the article in e-tech of June 2015 and also visit the SEG4 and Syc LVDC.

About the IEC
The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes globally relevant International Standards for all electric and electronic devices and systems. It brings together 170 countries, representing 99.1% of the world population and 99.2% of world electricity generation. More than 20 000 experts cooperate on the global IEC platform and many more in each member country. They ensure that products work everywhere safely and efficiently with each other. The IEC also supports all forms of conformity assessment and administers four Conformity Assessment Systems that certify that components, equipment and systems used in homes, offices, healthcare facilities, public spaces, transportation, manufacturing, explosive environments and during energy generation conform to them.

IEC work covers a vast range of technologies: power generation (including all renewable energy sources), transmission, distribution, Smart Grid & Smart Cities, batteries, home appliances, office and medical equipment, all public and private transportation, semiconductors, fibre optics, nanotechnology, multimedia, information technology, and more. It also addresses safety, EMC, performance and the environment.
www.iec.ch

Kenya Bureau of Standards
Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) is a statutory body established under the Standards Act (CAP 496) of the laws of Kenya. KEBS commenced its operations in July 1974. The KEBS Board of Directors is known as the National Standards Council (NSC). It is the policymaking body for supervising and controlling the administration and financial management of the Bureau. The Managing Director is the Chief Executive responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Bureau within the broad guidelines formulated by the NSC. Standards provide a common reference point for the assessment of the quality of goods and services. Standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. For business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimising waste and errors and increasing productivity. They help companies to access new markets, level the playing field for developing countries and facilitate free and fair global trade. For more information, please visit https://www.kebs.org

LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access
Hotel InterContinental Nairobi; 22 – 23 May 2017, Nairobi, Kenya
http://www.lvdcconference.com

Further Information
Gabriela Ehrlich
Tel: +41 22 919 02 78
Mob: +41 79 600 56 72
Email: geh@iec.ch
Skype: gabriela.ehrlich

TIM And Italtel Modernize Voice Over IP Services For Poste Italiane

Infrastructure upgraded using Network Functions Virtualization logic, enabling innovative services and functions

Milan, 30 March 2017 – TIM, Italy’s leading ICT company, and Italtel, a leading telecommunications company in Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), managed services and all-IP communication, have jointly designed and deployed – within a Raggruppamento Temporaneo di Imprese (temporary group of companies) in which TIM is the lead – an evolved Voice-over-IP (VoIP) infrastructure for Poste Italiane.

Italtel logo

Italtel logo

Poste Italiane is Italy’s largest company operating in postal delivery, logistics, financial and insurance services, and digital communication, with network capabilities across the country. The renovation project of Poste Italiane’s VoIP platform was launched with the objective of providing new and improved services for the company’s internal users – covering 13,000 post offices across Italy – while reducing infrastructure costs. Overall, Poste Italiane’s private network serves more than 50,000 users, who use various types of devices thanks to TIM’s broadband and ultra-broadband connections.

The adopted solution is based on the most recent technologies and advanced standards. It is completely virtualized according to the NFV model, bringing cloud computing logic to the telecommunication sector. The architecture is designed to allow the evolution of the platform with full continuity for Poste Italiane’s existing IT infrastructures – which are hosted in TIM’s data centers – and full VoIP integration with the service provider’s network.

The full compatibility of Italtel’s products with the existing infrastructure, the integration capabilities demonstrated by TIM and Italtel in dealing with the complexity of the existing network and the use of consolidated migration methodologies guaranteed the smooth transition to the final architecture, with minimal impact on network configuration and user experience for the active services.

The migration of more than 20,000 users in the post offices was completed within a few months, decreasing the space occupied in the centralized infrastructure in TIM data centers by 75% and significantly reducing its energy consumption.

The transformation involved a range of Italtel products and services, including the Italtel Multimedia Communication Suite (i-MCS) which supports software modularity, NFV and cloud, LTE and IMS functionalities. Italtel’s subscriber data management solution i-TDS, its Session Border Controller NetMatch-S and iNEM (Neutral Event Manager), a comprehensive management suite, were also used in the project.

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TIM Group is Italy’s leading ICT company, supporting the country’s “Digital Life”. TIM’s offer is built on top quality and maximum dissemination of convergent services and premium content relying upon innovative infrastructures, a vast choice of APPs and devices, tailored and modular solutions, both for retail and business. The three-year business plan 2017-2019 provides for approx. 11 bln. euros in investments in Italy, of which circa 5 bln. euros to accelerate UBB networks development. www.telecomitalia.com

Italtel designs and provides All IP communication solutions; Managed Services; IT System Integration Services; Network Integration and Migration activities. Italtel counts among its customers more than 40 of the world’s top TLC Operators and SPs. In Italy Italtel is also reference partner of Enterprises and Public Sector. Italtel is present in several countries including France, UK, Spain, Germany, Poland, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia. www.italtel.com

Contact:
TIM Press Office
+39 06 3688 2610
www.telecomitalia.com/media
Twitter: @TIMnewsroom

Laura Borlenghi
Tel.: +39024388 5275; +39 3357694240;
laura.borlenghi@italtel.com

China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Depends on Common Professional and Technical Standards: World Built Environment Forum

HONG KONG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–How should cities respond to the ‘new normal’ of geopolitical shifts and an economic environment of low growth, low inflation, low productivity, low oil prices and low interest rates?

How can cities become resilient and smart? How can innovations within the built environment drive productivity gains and spur growth?

These were just some of the globally significant challenges put to leaders this week during the Annual Summit of the World Built Environment Forum held in Shanghai, China*.

More than 700 participants from 20 countries and 73 cities participated in this high level platform convened by RICS, a global professional body working across land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

Discussions explored the challenges of geopolitical shifts, urban resilience and green infrastructure through the lens of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) economic development initiative. OBOR connects emerging centres of growth around the world through infrastructure, trade and investment.

Statistics provided by research institutions around the world, indicate that the initiative is expected to cover 70% of the world’s population, 75% of its energy resources and 55% of global GDP**.

Participants recognised that OBOR could potentially raise the prosperity of an estimated 4.4bn people living in the 65 nations along the Belt and Road routes. In order to achieve this potential, the summit heard that infrastructure projects had to be properly scoped, carefully planned and professionally implemented.

As an initiative with international reach, OBOR’s success required common professional and technical standards. Harmonisation of these standards would support market transparency and common approaches by professionals, globally, to deliver projects competently, consistently and ethically.

Ivy Yin, Executive Vice President, Shanghai Oriental Investment Supervision Co. Ltd called on industry and governments to “strengthen the connection between Chinese and international standards” to ensure a consistent set of definitions and benchmarks for projects spanning national borders.

Vincent Lo, Chairman of Shui On Group and the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council, emphasized the central importance of uniform standards and international recognition of professional qualifications to deliver OBOR projects as efficiently as possible.

“With technology, innovation and shared professional standards, we can build a sustainable future while achieving growth and integration,” Lo said.

A number of high profile speakers also supported the case for international benchmarks that support the economies of China, Asia more broadly and partners across the world.

“We need to build a state-of-the-art, environmental friendly pan-Asian infrastructure network that is based on national, bi-lateral and sub-regional projects.” Hongtao Zhang, Counsellor of the State Council in China.

Sir Danny Alexander, Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) echoed this by saying, “There are significant opportunities for both public and private capital in green infrastructure as drivers of better connectivity.”

In opening the two-day summit, former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dr. Zhu Min, set out the macroeconomic context for discussions. He alerted decision makers, industry leaders and investors to the urgency of finding and re-establishing financial stability in global markets. ‘Globalisation is at an inflection point. This is the beginning of a new global political era,’ he noted.

The Annual Summit offers a regular meeting place for the World Built Environment Forum to discuss some of the most pressing global challenges and identify solutions by engaging leaders across the built environment sector. Held in a different urban hub every year, the summit looks at the sector through a holistic lens, bringing together stakeholders from all aspects of the sector to explore common issues. The third Annual Summit will be held in London, United Kingdom in 2018. For more information, visit the new summit website at www.wbeflondon2018.com.

RICS wishes to thank all delegates, sponsors and partners for their generous support.

Notes to Editors:

* The Annual Summit was held on 27 and 28 March in Shanghai, China.

** Statistics provided by the T-20, the research forum of the Group of 20: http://www.t20china.org/displaynews.php?id=413523

About RICS

RICS is a global professional body. We promote and enforce the highest professional qualification and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve. Global Media Contacts

About the World Built Environment Forum

The World Built Environment Forum (WBEF) is a global network of professionals who create and manage the environments the world needs. It sets the standard for dialogue and cooperation that is vital for our sector. The Built Environment has become the focal point for the most pressing global issues: migration and urbanization; housing supply and affordability; infrastructure and resilience; technology and data; climate, carbon & resource scarcity, and ultimately responsible growth.