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Your inability cannot see my ability, punch-line of the fashion showcase by Nauman Arfeen at Fashion Pakistan Week – Spring Summer Edition 2018.

Karachi, March 12: Special children are precious and one of us! They can do wonders for our country as a nation. If only they are given a proper platform to exhibit their capabilities and talent.

This was the message in one of the showcase in the second and final day of the Fashion Pakistan Week (FPW) which displayed the creations of our nation’s noted fashion designer, Nauman Arfeen.

The gem of the day was the impressive walk of the special Olympians who walked for Nauman Arfeen, flaunting their medals and winning applause of the overwhelmed audience for these unsung heroes of Pakistan.

This brave display of courage and dedication stressed the need to give the required platform to the special Olympians at governmental level.

The show was made a big success due to the cooperation, leadership and dedication of Ronak Lakhani, chairperson Special Olympics Pakistan whose great role made it all possible and to highlight the achievements of our nation’s pride, the special child Olympians.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to athletes and Unified Sports partners in nearly 172 countries. Their headquarters in Karachi, Pakistan is chaired by Ms. Ronak Lakhani who is awarded with the Sitara-e-Imtiaz in recognition of her selfless services to differently-abled persons.

About Nauman Arfeen

Nauman Arfeen is a name famous for his fashion designing skills. He caters all genders and all ages. His exquisite, unique and intricate designs are not only recognized in Pakistan but also all across the globe. His turbans are traditionally hand wrapped and the crowning glory of his brand. A groom is incomplete without his sherwani. Women swear is blooming with time and his attires are to drool over. Even the kids are dressed to perfection by Nauman Arfeen.

Washington’s Road User Charge Goes Live

ISSY LES MOULINEAUX, France, March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — emovis, the mobility solution provider of the world’s leading highway management firm, Abertis, is thrilled to announce the start of the Washington Road User Charge (WARUC) Pilot Project.

For 12 months, 2,000 volunteers will participate in the pilot in order to experience the replacement of the gas tax by a pay-per-mile travelled charge. Drivers will simulate paying for the miles they drive rather than the gallons of fuel they buy. The results of this year-long trial will help shape the state’s future transportation funding policy.Piloting Road User Charge in the State of Washington

emovis is proud to take part in this initiative that seeks to explore new ways of providing sustainable transportation revenues to maintain critical road infrastructures in the US. This exciting project illustrates emovis’ long history of Road Usage Charge projects in the US, where the company is involved in Oregon’s RUC Pilot (wwww.myorego.org) as well as similar projects in Europe. emovis is committed to continuous innovation in conceiving smart road-based mobility solutions.

Cloud-based Mobility Solution
In addition to implementing a cloud-hosted back office solution, emovis provides On-Board Diagnostic (OBD-II) mileage recording devices and smartphone app technology, thanks to its partnership with Automatic®.

Automatic® is a San Francisco based leader in connecting every car on the road to the internet and empowering drivers with knowledge about themselves and their cars. Through this strategic partnership, emovis is leading the way in introducing a commercially available off-the-shelf consumer product and applying it to a road user charge solution.

The Challenge of Out of State Drivers
As with any state-based road charging program, out-of-state drivers pose a challenge in terms of compliance and revenue enforcement for state road authorities.

One of the key objectives of WARUC is precisely this—to test multi-jurisdictional charging by relying on the location-aware capabilities of the on-board mileage recording devices. The simulated charges applied to the participants’ trips differ depending on the location of each recorded mile travelled. All of this is achieved while adhering to strict privacy and data protection guidelines set out by the State.

About WARUC (www.waroadusagecharge.org)
Washington state is testing a Road Usage Charge (WARUC) where drivers simulate paying for miles driven rather than gallons of gas purchased. Various methods of mileage reporting will be tested during this trial.

This pilot is aimed at exploring new ways to fund the upkeep of roads as states are confronted with fast declining gas tax-based revenues.

In September 2017, following a competitive tender, emovis was selected to provide a turnkey RUC solution in support of the Washington State Transportation Commission’s RUC pilot project.

About emovis
emovis is focused on keeping roads moving through toll-based smart mobility solutions. With over 600 employees worldwide, the company operates some of the world’s largest free-flow tolling infrastructure in the UK, Ireland, U.S., and Canada.

In addition to being awarded the WA RUC project in 2017, emovis successfully launched UK’s second All Electronic Tolling near Liverpool (www.merseyflw.co.uk) last October. The company is 100% owned by Abertis (www.abertis.com), the international market leader in the management of toll roads, managing over 5,300 miles (8,600 kilometres) of high capacity and quality roads in 15 countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

www.emovis.com
Media Contact: Benoît ROSSI
communication@emovis.com

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2018 YPO EDGE Delivers Innovative and Transformative Global Idea Exchange

Business leaders from more than 130 countries focus on defying convention

SINGAPORE, March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — YPO, the premier global leadership organization of chief executives, hosted more than 2,800 business leaders from more than 130 countries at the 2018 YPO EDGE, its flagship event in Singapore this month. YPO business leaders gathered with world-renowned thought leaders and innovators to address key issues in business, politics, science, philanthropy and humanities.

Chief executives from different industries learned about unique groundbreaking approaches to challenges and opportunities in business and beyond from world leaders, philanthropists and business legends, including:

  • Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore
  • Orit Gadiesh, Chairman, Bain and Company
  • Victor Fung, Ph.D., Chairman, Fung Group; Honorary Chairman, Li and Fung LTD
  • Rahul Gandhi, MP, President of the Indian National Congress
  • Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Author and Activist
  • Yoshi Hori, President of GLOBIS University and Managing Partner of GLOBIS Capital Partners
  • Billie Jean King, Founder of Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and former World No.1 tennis player

“As one of Asia’s fastest-growing cities, Singapore is not only recognized as a world-class destination but admired around the world for its growth and evolution, making Singapore an ideal host city for the 2018 YPO EDGE, the world’s largest gathering of chief executives,” said Scott Mordell, CEO of YPO. “The YPO EDGE encouraged participants to alter their paradigms to deliver significant impact within the global community in the form of economic opportunity, sustainable environmental change and compassionate leadership.”

Other speakers, including Michael Fertik, CEO of Reputation.com; Mark McDonald, Co-Founder of Appster; Maura O’Neill, Ph.D., Faculty Director of UC Berkeley Executive Education and Former Chief Innovation Officer of USAID; and Pattie Sellers, Co-Founder of SellersEaston Media and Former Assistant Managing Editor of “Fortune,” inspired YPO leaders to take new risks as they shared their breakthroughs in reputation and brand management, humanitarian leadership, innovative technology and more.

“The 2018 EDGE is designed to challenge business leaders from around the world to defy convention, achieve the extraordinary and enrich their personal leadership,” said N.K. Tong, 2018 YPO EDGE Chair. “Now, 2,800 global business leaders will return to their home countries ready to make a difference and transform lives.”

The 2018 YPO EDGE marks the second time Singapore has hosted this signature YPO leadership gathering.

“The YPO Singapore chapter and its members were honored to welcome our peers from across the globe for the YPO EDGE,” said Terry O’Connor, 2018 Host City Chair. “As a regional hub, Singapore is the heart of the regional economy, and the EDGE was the perfect event to showcase the culture, diversity and areas of opportunity in Singapore and Southeast Asia to business leaders and young entrepreneurs.”

Past EDGE events have been held in Vancouver, Dubai, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Singapore, Barcelona, Miami, Sydney, Toronto, and other major cities. Speakers at previous YPO EDGE events include Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of the Virgin Group; Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company; Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate; and Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

The 2019 YPO EDGE is slated for Cape Town, South Africa.

About YPO
The premier leadership organization of chief executives in the world.

YPO is the global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow. YPO members harness the knowledge, influence and trust of the world’s most influential and innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family and community impact.

Today, YPO empowers more than 25,000 members in more than 130 countries, diversified among industries and types of businesses. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 16 million people and generate USD6 trillion in annual revenues.

Leadership. Learning. Lifelong. For more information, visit YPO.org.

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Linda Fisk
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iPic® Entertainment Announces Agreement to Partner With BAS Global Investments Company to Develop World-Class Luxurious iPic Theaters and Restaurant Locations in Saudi Arabia

BOCA RATON, Fla., March 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — iPic® Entertainment (“iPic” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:IPIC), America’s premier luxury restaurant-and-theater brand, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to develop its one-of-a-kind, world-class luxurious iPic® theater-and-restaurant locations throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. iPic® has formed a partnership with BAS Global Investments Company, a well-known Saudi group. This relationship reflects the Company’s strategy to pursue international asset-light licensed agreements.

This is a monumental time for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it is now allowing movie theaters to open for the first time in more than 35 years. With roughly two-thirds of the local population under 30 years of age, the country’s demographics play into iPic®’s strength as a social entertainment destination that is also an affordable luxury. Through this partnership, the Company believes there are significant expansion opportunities for the iPic® brand in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over time.

“We are thrilled to be working with BAS Global which we believe will be excellent local partners to lead growth of the iPic brand throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” says Hamid Hashemi, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of iPic® Entertainment. “We are excited to bring our first-class entertainment experience to the region and be a part of the country’s Saudi Vision 2030 Plan which focuses on job creation and transforming the economy toward more recreation and tourism spending.”

iPic® combines polished-casual restaurants and world-class luxury theater auditoriums with  gourmet, in-theater dining to create a one-of-a-kind experience.

iPic® currently operates three restaurant concepts – The Tuck Room, Tanzy, and City Perch – with one planned to be included at each location. The Tuck Room is a gastro lounge whose name means to eat with enthusiasm or pleasure and be hidden away comfortably; Tanzy is focused on garden-fresh Italian cuisines; and lastly, City Perch Kitchen offers seasonal American dining made from fresh, sustainable ingredients with shareable plates.

The new iPic® Theaters in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will enable guests to enjoy their movies in ultimate comfort and style with the option of iPic®’s signature Premium or Premium Plus seating. The locations will also feature iPic®’s patent pending viewing Pods and Chaise Lounge seating.

These visionary seating Pods — which encapsulate two reclining seats and a cubby in the corner to tuck away small items — feature revolutionary sound-absorbing technology, courtesy pillows and blankets. Expressly designed, they create an intimate space for viewers to enjoy their movie without inhibiting or diluting sound.

Guests will also be able to enjoy iPic®’s gourmet chef-driven dine-in-the-dark menu helmed by acclaimed three-time James Beard Award-winning Chef Sherry Yard from the comfort of their seats. Premium seat ticketholders may purchase their food and beverage selections direct from iPic® Express to carry into the theater and enjoy from their seats. Premium Plus ticket holders can summon iPic®’s ninja-like servers to deliver menu selections direct to their chairs via personal service-call buttons.

iPic® auditoriums seat 50 to 90 people in an intimate setting. All auditoriums will be equipped with 4K digital cinema technology and the viewing Pods. All seats can be reserved ahead of time on iPic®’s proprietary reservation system on iPic.com, or moviegoers can simply download the iPic® App to their iPhone or Android for a one-step transaction process.

Access iPic Membership Rewards®, iPic®’s exclusive membership program will further enhance the iPic® guest experience by empowering iPic® members to customize and build their brand experience via three levels of Access: — Silver, Gold, Platinum—and a secret status level members can reach by invitation only. Members will receive special members-only ticket pricing along with enhanced perks such as the ability to earn and redeem points on qualifying purchases, exclusive access to iPic® member events and the ability to purchase bulk iPic® ticket packages.

iPic® locations offer guests alternative content such as live shows and gaming competitions. Additionally, the Company will continue to leverage and expand its branded sponsorships that are largely focused on iPic® Life which is a 20-minute segment shown before the movies. Content includes showcasing luxury brands and products as well as new menu dishes for the theaters and restaurants. iPic® has sponsorships with luxury brands such as Burberry, Cartier, Lexus and more.

About iPic® Entertainment
Established in 2010 and headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, iPic® Entertainment is America’s premier luxury restaurant-and-theater brand. A pioneer of the dine-in theater concept, iPic® Entertainment’s mission is to provide visionary entertainment escapes, presenting high-quality, chef-driven culinary and mixology in architecturally unique destinations that include premium movie theaters and restaurants. iPic® Theaters offers guests two tiers of luxury leather seating, Premium Chaise lounge and Premium Plus pod or reclining seating options. iPic® Theaters currently operates 15 locations with 115 screens in Arizona, California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington and new locations planned for Florida, Georgia, Texas, California and Connecticut. For more information, visit www.iPic.com.

Investor Relations:
ICR
Melissa Calandruccio, CFA
iPicIR@icrinc.com
646-277-1273

Media Relations:                                                             
The Gab Group for iPic® Entertainment Corporate
Michelle Soudry                                                         
msoudry@thegabgroup.com                                            
561-750-3500                                                

Jonesworks
Stephanie Jones/Michelle Bower
ipic@jonesworks.com
212-839-0111

Cisco Disrupts Optical Transport with Innovative Modular Platforms

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The constant need for more bandwidth is driving innovation in networking platforms, providing more value through increased flexibility, scale and automation.

Network operators are rapidly adopting automation features using the Cisco® Network Convergence System (NCS) 1000 series, with more than 4 petabits per second (Pbps) of capacity already deployed globally across mission-critical applications. Automated capabilities for model-based provisioning and streaming telemetry have enabled zero-touch provisioning and enhanced network visibility for both routing and optical. This drives a much lower OpEx model by allowing current staff to operate and maintain larger networks.

Enhanced automation is key to redefining the optical network. Today Cisco introduced two new modular platforms to its NCS 1000 series to help providers maximize their fiber investment, while adding automation capabilities for the ROADM-based mesh topologies prevalent in metro and long-haul networks to support self-optimization, and ultimately self-healing capabilities.

What’s new:

  • Cisco NCS 1004
       –  A transponder platform that packs more than 100 Tbps of capacity into a single seven-foot rack
    –  Can transmit 4.8 Tbps within a 2RU platform, with a total fiber capacity of 76.8 Tbps
    –  Support for 600G interfaces
    –  Delivers secure optical transport with line rate encryption
    –  With flexible modulation, providers can now tune their capacity and distance requirements in 50G increments, enabling universal applications from metro to long-haul to subsea
  • Cisco NCS 1010
       –  By exploiting the full spectrum with this open line system, Cisco has developed a method to ease the operational complexities associated with increasing capacity, while simultaneously enabling the velocity of feature deployments across the entire optical network
    –  Features a full colorless, directionless and contentionless (CDC) ROADM with an enhanced modular operational model that can ease the complexities of deploying massive bandwidth
  • Industry Leading Automation and Telemetry
       –  Leverages Cisco Crosswork automation platform
    –  Automation across both routing and optical layers

“Providers are under increasing pressure to innovate and be competitive to support web-scale applications and cloud services. Cisco has created a competitive environment with the NCS 1000 series, and Windstream is taking advantage of those solutions,” said Buddy Bayer, senior vice president, Transport Engineering, Windstream. “This platform has features such as streaming telemetry in Cisco IOS XR, massive density, and a small footprint that delivers 600G support for metro, long haul, and submarine applications.”

“Customers like Windstream increasingly value the benefits of automation to help them do things faster and more efficiently, as they strive to meet demands for increasing capacity,” said Bill Gartner, vice president and general manager, Optical Systems and Optics, Cisco Service Provider Business. “With the new NCS platform, we are uniquely positioned with leading performance, density, programmability and automation across our optical and routing platforms to help service providers optimize their networks on multiple layers.”

Cisco is leading the disruption in the industry with our technology innovations in systems; silicon; software and security; and our unrivalled expertise in mass-scale networking, automation, optical, optics, cable access, video, and mobility. Together with our portfolio of professional services, we can enable service providers, media and web companies to reduce cost and complexity, help secure their networks, and grow revenue.

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