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Solidia Technologies Announces Possibility of Turning Concrete into a Carbon Sink for the Planet

In TED Talk at Countdown’s Global Launch Event, CEO Tom Schuler shares technology application for ready-mix

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -Friday 16 October 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Solidia Technologies® CEO Tom Schuler shared the possibility of turning Solidia Concrete into a carbon sink for the planet during his TED Talk at TED and Future Stewards’ Global Countdown Launch. Tom was invited to "The Countdown," a call to action on climate change, to explain how cement and concrete contribute to the global carbon challenge and the potential impact of new production technologies for Solidia Cement™ and Solidia Concrete™.

"To address global warming, innovation in both cement production and carbon utilization are absolutely essential," said Tom. "Our new technology for ready-mix concrete is currently being tested for infrastructure applications. And we have already pushed our research beyond that with a technology that enables concrete to become a carbon sink; that means we consume more carbon dioxide (CO2) than we emit during production."

Outlining the issue, he explained how concrete contributes to the global carbon challenge because it is made with cement. "For every ton of cement produced, about a ton of CO2 is released into the atmosphere. As a result, the cement industry is the second largest industrial emitter of CO2, responsible for about eight percent of global emissions."

By changing the chemistry of cement, Solidia both lowers emissions at the cement plant and consumes CO2 in the production of concrete. "Our cement reacts with CO2 instead of water. During curing, the chemical reaction with our cement breaks apart the CO2 molecules and captures the carbon to make limestone that glues the concrete together.”

For production of precast concrete that is cured in kilns, he explained: “When you combine the emissions reduction during cement production with CO2 consumption during curing, we reduce cement’s carbon footprint by up to 70%.”

Describing the different carbon delivery system developed for ready-mix, he added: "Since we can’t use CO2 gas at a construction site, we had to introduce it into our concrete in solid or liquid form. We are partnering with companies that are turning waste CO2 into a family of chemicals, like oxalic or even citric acid – the same one in orange juice. We use these acids to react with our cement and pack in as much as four times more carbon, resulting in carbon-negative concrete.”

Citing the potential impact, Tom explained: “That means that, in just a few hours, one kilometer of road could permanently consume the same amount of CO2 that nearly 100,000 trees absorb in one year. Thanks to chemistry and waste CO2, we have the potential to transform concrete – the second most utilized material on the planet – into a carbon sink for the planet.”

About Solidia Technologies®

Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia Technologies® is a cement and concrete technology company that makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building and construction materials. At scale each year, Solidia can eliminate at least 1.5 gigatonnes of CO₂, save three trillion liters of fresh water, reduce energy consumption equal to ~260 million barrels of oil, and eliminate 100 million tonnes of concrete landfill waste, while engaging industry in a rapid, globally scalable response to some of the greatest threats facing people and planet. Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, Air Liquide, Bill Joy and other private investors. Honors include: the 2020, 2019 and 2014 Global Cleantech 100; a 2020 and 2014 Best Place to Work in NJ; 2020, 2019 and 2018 BP Advancing Low Carbon accreditation; the 2019 Solar Impulse 1000 Efficient Solutions; 2017 ERA Grand Challenge (formerly CCEMC) finalist; 2016 Sustainia 100; 2015 NJBiz Business of the Year; 2014 CCEMC Grand Challenge finalist; 2013 R&D Top 100; 2013 Katerva Award finalist; and MIT’s Climate CoLab shortlist. Follow Solidia on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Activist Malala Yousafzai and American Football Coach Katie Sowers Among Others to Headline PMI® Virtual Experience Series

Join us for three opportunities to get inspired by world-renowned change-makers, converse with thought leaders, and gain new knowledge and perspective

PHILADELPHIA-Tuesday 20 October 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading association for the project management profession, is providing professionals around the world the opportunity to join three more groundbreaking Virtual Experience Series events on 20 October 2020, 12 November 2020, and 9 December 2020. Hosted by journalist, television host, and executive producer Tamron Hall, these online events connect attendees to hear unique perspectives and lessons-learned from inspiring thought leaders and experts.

 “By bringing these topics to light and providing them a global stage, we can embolden people to embrace change and lean in to new opportunities,” said Sunil Prashara, president and CEO at PMI. “Listening to the stories of others, like our Virtual Experience Series speakers, can help us gain invaluable insights to the world so we can be better in our everyday lives.”

October: A New World View: Our Global Impact

The 20 October event, hosted from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, focuses on the big picture and the impact project management has around the globe, with a special emphasis on youth and young change-makers.

Hear Pakistani education activist and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, speak about advancing female education and enabling women’s leadership globally.

Join activist and “Making Futures: Young Entrepreneurs in a Dynamic Africa” author Sangu Delle to hear lessons-learned from young entrepreneurs in this emerging economy during our October Book Club session, hosted by “Masters of Scale: Rapid Response” podcast host Bob Safian.

For emerging professionals or students in the project management field, follow our “Emerging Professionals” track to gain practical tips, such as how to create a powerful LinkedIn profile, and pick up advice from young project managers like Google’s Adam Fahrenkopf and Sport Club Internacional’s Marina Tranchitella, two of PMI’s Future 50 honorees.

November: Drawing a Map to the Future: A Deep Dive in Business Analysis

The 12 November 2020 event, hosted from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, is centered on how we can use data for innovation, not just analytics.

Get in the game with American Football Assistant Coach and game-changer Katie Sowers, in conversation with one of the world’s leading tennis strategists and coach to Novak Djokovic, Craig O’Shannessy, as they unpack how analytics and statistical trends leads to successful game planning.

Take a deep dive into human nature, and learn how to make better decisions with journalist-turned-international poker champion and “The Biggest Bluff” author Maria Konnikova, during our November Book Club session, also hosted by Bob Safian.

After hours, test your decision-making skills in one of our two live poker rooms—one for beginners to learn the game, and one for intermediate players to hone their skills. Master dealers will lead the tutorials.

December: Forging Our Path Forward

On 9 December 2020 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, immerse yourself in all things Olympics.

Get a look at planning for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in 2021 with Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games Executive Director at the International Olympic Committee.

Future 50 Honoree Laura Jones shares her experience as Director of Project Management for Special Olympics International.

Explore the iconic symbols and graphic imagery of the Olympic Games with “Olympic Games: The Design" author Markus Osterwalder, in conversation with Bob Safian.

Registration for PMI members is $99 for a single experience or $359 for the entire series. Registration for non-members is $149 for a single experience or $899 for the event series. Purchasing a series pass includes complimentary on-demand access to the PMI Talent and Technology Symposium, which took place in June, and select recorded sessions for attendees to peruse through January 2021. Each event is eligible for professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining PMI® certifications.

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CHRYSO se renforce au Maroc avec APTEX

PARIS-Lundi 19 Octobre 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Le groupe CHRYSO, l’un des leaders mondiaux de la chimie des matériaux de construction, annonce aujourd’hui la signature d’un accord portant sur une prise de participation majoritaire dans la société APTEX.

Ce communiqué de presse contient des éléments multimédias. Voir le communiqué complet ici :

Présente depuis plus de trente ans au Maroc, la marque CHRYSO bénéficie d’une solide réputation auprès des clients et l’entreprise a développé une très bonne connaissance des enjeux locaux du marché de la construction. Ses solutions d’adjuvantation se sont notamment distinguées sur les plus grands chantiers de ces dernières années.

APTEX, acteur local reconnu pour son expertise, opère depuis 2018 dans le domaine de la chimie de la construction. L’entreprise est dotée d’une unité de production et d’un laboratoire applicatif situés à Casablanca.

« Nous nous réjouissons de nous associer à une structure internationale offrant d’importants moyens de développements et d’une forte culture de l’innovation » a commenté Mohamed BENLYAMANI, fondateur d’APTEX.

L’entreprise commune CHRYSO - APTEX apportera à ses clients - cimentiers, industriels du BPE et de la préfabrication, applicateurs, entreprises de construction - une offre complète de solutions d’adjuvantation et produits décoratifs pour béton, d’additifs pour ciment, et de chapes fluides ainsi que des services dédiés.

Thierry Bernard, CEO de CHRYSO a déclaré : « Par cette prise de participation majoritaire, nous pérennisons notre relation de long terme avec nos clients marocains et renforçons notre ancrage local au Maroc. Nous accélèrerons ainsi le déploiement de nouvelles technologies et accompagnerons les industriels dans le développement de matériaux de construction performants et respectueux de l’environnement ».

CHRYSO poursuit sa stratégie de croissance dans des pays bénéficiant d’une forte dynamique du secteur de la construction et du marché du béton à forte valeur ajoutée.

L'opération reste soumise à l'approbation des autorités réglementaires compétentes. La réalisation définitive de cette transaction devrait intervenir au cours du 4ème trimestre 2020.

A propos du Groupe CHRYSO

Destinée aux cimentiers, aux industriels du béton prêt à l'emploi et de la préfabrication, ainsi qu'aux entreprises de construction, l'offre CHRYSO comprend des additifs pour ciment, des adjuvants pour béton et des solutions pour les systèmes de construction (solutions d'étanchéité, mortiers, etc.). Les solutions CHRYSO® se sont illustrées sur les chantiers les plus prestigieux dans le monde entier grâce à l'important réseau du groupe, constitué de 22 filiales étrangères et présent dans plus de 100 pays grâce à son vaste réseau de distributeurs et licenciés. Le groupe CHRYSO emploie plus de 1 300 personnes dans le monde. L'innovation, le service client, l’expertise et le savoir-faire technique sont les piliers du groupe CHRYSO.

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CHRYSO Strengthens Its Presence in Morocco with APTEX

PARIS-Monday 19 October 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The CHRYSO Group, one of the world leaders in construction chemicals, today announced the signing of an agreement to acquire a majority stake in APTEX.

Present for more than thirty years in Morocco, the CHRYSO brand enjoys a solid reputation with customers and the company has developed a very good knowledge of the construction market’s local challenges. Its proven admixtures solutions have been used on the largest construction sites in recent years.

APTEX, a local player recognized for its expertise, has been operating in the field of construction chemicals since 2018. The company has a production unit and an application laboratory located in Casablanca.
"We are delighted to partner with an international structure offering significant means of development and a strong culture of innovation" commented Mohamed BENLYAMANI, founder of APTEX.

The CHRYSO - APTEX joint venture will provide its customers - cement manufacturers, concrete and precast producers, applicators, construction companies - a complete range of admixture solutions and decorative products for concrete, cement additives, and liquid screeds as well as dedicated services.

Thierry Bernard, CEO of CHRYSO declared: “By acquiring a majority stake in APTEX, we sustain our long-term relationship with our Moroccan customers and strengthen our local roots in Morocco. We will thus accelerate the deployment of new technologies and support manufacturers in the development of high-performance, environmentally friendly building materials".

CHRYSO is pursuing its growth strategy in countries benefiting from strong momentum in the construction sector and the high value-added concrete market.

The transaction remains subject to the approval of the competent regulatory authorities. The transaction should be completed during the 4th quarter of 2020.

About the CHRYSO group

Aimed at cement manufacturers, ready-mix concrete and precast industrials, and construction companies, CHRYSO's offer includes cement additives, concrete admixtures and solutions for Construction Systems (waterproofing solutions, mortars, etc.). CHRYSO® solutions have won renown on the most prestigious construction sites throughout the world thanks to the group's extensive network, which includes 22 foreign subsidiaries and covers more than 100 countries through its wide network of distributors, licensees and agents. The CHRYSO group employs over 1,300 staff worldwide. Innovation, customer service, expertise and technical know-how are the CHRYSO Group's cornerstones.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Introduces D&O Liability and Professional Indemnity Policies in Dubai

BOSTON & DUBAI-Monday 19 October 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) today announced that it has finalized proprietary Directors & Officers (D&O) Liability and Professional Indemnity (PI) policy wordings for customers in the UAE and throughout the Middle East.

“Companies in the Middle East are increasingly concerned about management and professional liability exposures particularly in the challenging business environment created by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Aisling Malone, Head of Executive & Professional Lines, Middle East BHSI. “Our new policy forms enable customers and brokers to secure broad coverage that is backed by excellent financial strength and the deep claims expertise of BHSI.”

BHSI’s D&O Liability insurance is a clear and simply worded form. It is built expressly for the complex and evolving risks facing directors, officers and their companies. It can also be easily customized to include features that customers want in their D&O policy for specific business needs and exposures.

BHSI’s PI insurance has equally clear language, and is designed to provide broad civil liability coverage which can be tailored to suit individual needs.

BHSI can provide both D&O Liability and PI coverage to customers on a direct insurance basis in the Dubai International Financial Centre or on a reinsurance basis elsewhere in the Middle East. Coverage can be provided to both publicly listed and private companies, traditional professions as well as miscellaneous professions and financial institutions.

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (incorporated in Nebraska, USA) provides commercial property, casualty, healthcare professional liability, executive and professional lines, transactional liability, surety, marine, travel, programs, accident and health, medical stop loss, homeowners, and multinational insurance. The actual and final terms of coverage for all product lines may vary. In the Asia Middle East region, it underwrites on the paper of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, which holds financial strength ratings of A++ from AM Best and AA+ from Standard & Poor’s. Based in Boston, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Irvine, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, San Ramon, Seattle, Stevens Point, Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Cologne, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Macau, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Munich, Paris, Perth, Singapore, Sydney and Toronto.

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Raysut Maldives Cement JV Formed; Acquisition of LafargeHolcim Stake Completed

 75% takeover of cement terminal at Thilafushi Island to increase market presence in the Indian Ocean country

Muscat, Oman & Malé, Maldives-Sunday 18 October 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

Oman’s largest cement manufacturer, Raysut Cement Company (RCC), said it has closed the deal of acquiring 75 per cent of LafargeHolcim’s cement terminal at Thilafushi Island in Maldives, and a  new joint venture - Raysut Maldives Cement Pvt. Ltd. – has been formed.

The new entity with State Trading Organization (STO) of Maldives owning 25 per cent has  plans to expand the terminal’s capacity, currently 75,000 tons per annum, by more than 100 per cent in future to over 200,000 tons per annum.

This acquisition opens a corridor of trade between Oman and Maldives not only in the cement industry with Raysut Cement but also in other areas which will benefit both economies. Raysut cement are proud to have opened this new economic relationship.

“The Maldives acquisition will boost Raysut’ s profitability and production to full capacity, particularly of its plant in State of Salalah in Sultanate of Oman, Raysut Cement Company this year faced economic conditions, including the economic conditions that resulted from the global spread of Covid-19,” said Sheikh Ahmed Yousef Alawi Al Ibrahim, Chairman of RCC Group.

The terminal will be owned and operated by the RCC-STO joint venture.

The takeover of the terminal in the Indian Ocean country marks a new phase for the Muscat Stock Market listed Raysut since it will be adding a new geography to its strategic global investment plan.

“Our foray into Maldives will help drive self-sufficiency of cement in Maldives, which currently is predominantly an import market. Raysut is looking at adding local value in Maldives by installing production facilities to ensure there is at least 40% local content. This will also make the market more competitive from a price point which will have its positive impact on infrastructure development in the island nation,” said RCC GCEO, Mr. Joey Ghose.

“This is a milestone investment for Raysut since the cement major will be pitching into a market supplied currently by other players from South Asia. It is also a significant move reinforcing its strategy to diversify from only being a South Oman based player to grow into a global player in the cement industry. RCC in Maldives will be competing with cement players from India, Indonesia and Malaysia,” said Acting Deputy Group CEO, Mr. Salim Ahmed Alawi Al Ibrahim.

“The acquisition followed by the formation of the new JV will cement Raysut’ s position further as an emerging global cement player with significant overseas presence in markets of Middle East and East Africa, said RCC GCEO, Mr. Joey Ghose.

He said Maldives investment is in line with the corporate strategy of Raysut to expand its footprint globally and be a partner in developing countries where it will invest with established local partners.


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Huit concurrents restent en lice, alors que l'émission de la Fondation du Qatar continue de s'adapter à l’épidémie de COVID-19

Doha, Qatar-Dimanche 18 Octobre 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

Stars of Science, l’émission de la Fondation du Qatar, a pris des mesures face aux difficultés occasionnées par la COVID-19 pour poursuivre le tournage de la saison 12 afin d’assurer la sécurité des candidats, des membres du jury, des experts et de l'équipe de tournage.

Cette semaine - alors que les vols internationaux sont à l’arrêt - les membres du jury, le professeur Fouad Mrad et le professeur Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, ont été contraints de rejoindre le plateau par visioconférence. Ce changement inattendu a incité Yosouf Al-Salehi, directeur exécutif du Parc des Sciences et de la Technologie du Qatar (QSTP) et ancien membre du jury de l'émission, à se joindre au jury pour la sélection projets des candidats.

« Cette crise nous a démontré l'importance de l'investissement dans la science et la technologie. La direction du Parc des Sciences et de la Technologie du Qatar (QSTP) continue de consacrer les ressources nécessaires à la recherche de solutions qui viendront en aide à nos communautés pour lutter contre la pandémie », a déclaré M. Al-Salehi. « Stars of Science aide à promouvoir et préserver les talents de la région tout en démontrant la capacité du monde arabe à développer des technologies qui sont de plus en plus essentielles dans chaque secteur d’activité ».

En amont de l'épisode de prototypage diffusé cette semaine, les participants avaient quatre semaines pour produire un prototype entièrement fonctionnel de leur produit. La participante qatarie Eiman Al-Hamad a souligné qu'elle et les candidats ont fait preuve de persévérance en s'efforçant de finaliser leurs produits malgré les obstacles qui se dressaient sur leur chemin.

« L'innovation est une question d'adaptation, et nous avons démontré notre capacité à le faire », a déclaré Eiman Al-Hamad. « Être témoin des changements constants apportés à l’émission, comme la mise en place de l’intervention du jury à distance, est une expérience surréaliste, et c'est pourtant ce qui rend notre aventure dans Stars of Science encore plus mémorable ».

Abdulrahman Saleh Khamis, finaliste de la saison 11, a rejoint l'épisode en tant que co-animateur. Partageant son expérience en tant qu'ancien candidat, il a mis en avant l'importance de la phase de prototypage. Le parcours d'innovation de Khamis et son tapis de prière éducatif, Sajdah, s'est poursuivi après Stars of Science de par la sélection de son innovation au sein du programme technologique du centre d'incubation du QSTP, qui vise à encourager l'entrepreneuriat technologique local dans le pays.

Stars of Science est diffusé chaque semaine sur huit chaînes de la région et en ligne, jusqu'à l'épisode de la Grande Finale le 6 novembre 2020, lors de laquelle les quatre finalistes se disputeront une part d'un prix de 600 000 dollars pour démarrer leurs projets.

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À propos de Stars of Science

Stars of Science, la première émission du monde arabe dédiée à l’innovation, est une initiative de la Fondation du Qatar (QF) qui allie éducation et divertissement. L’émission offre aux innovateurs arabes la possibilité de développer des solutions technologiques qui bénéficient à leurs communautés, à leur santé ou leur mode de vie, et qui contribuent à préserver l'environnement.

Au cours d'un processus de douze semaines, les participants doivent prouver l'efficacité de leurs solutions au sein d’un espace d'innovation partagé, lors d’une course contre la montre et avec l'appui d'une équipe d'ingénieurs et de développeurs produits expérimentés. Un jury d'experts évalue et élimine les candidats chaque semaine lors des étapes de prototypage et de validation. Les quatre derniers finalistes en lice s’affronteront pour remporter une part de 600 000 dollars américains qui leur permettra de financer le lancement de leur projet. La part de chacun sera déterminée en fonction de la note attribuée par le jury et le vote en ligne du public.

Stars of Science sera diffusé tous les vendredis et samedis du 11 septembre 2020 au 6 novembre 2020. Pour le programme complet de diffusion de la Saison 12 de Stars of Science, veuillez visiter

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La Fondation du Qatar - Libérer le potentiel humain

La Fondation du Qatar (Qatar Foundation - QF) pour l'Éducation, la Science et le Développement Communautaire est une organisation privée à but non lucratif, qui soutient le Qatar dans sa transformation vers une économie diversifiée et durable. QF aspire à servir le peuple du Qatar et au-delà en offrant des programmes axés sur l’innovation dans les domaines de l'éducation, de la science et de la recherche et du développement communautaire.

Fondée en 1995 par Son Altesse Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, l’Émir père, et Son Altesse Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, qui partageaient une vision commune, celle d’offrir au Qatar une éducation de qualité. Aujourd’hui, le système éducatif de niveau international de QF offre des possibilités d'apprentissage en continu, dès l'âge de six mois et jusqu'au doctorat, ce qui permet aux diplômés de s'épanouir dans un environnement international et de contribuer au développement de la nation.

QF crée également un centre d'innovation multidisciplinaire au Qatar, où des chercheurs se penchent sur des défis locaux et mondiaux. En encourageant une culture d’apprentissage tout au long de la vie et en favorisant l'engagement social à travers des programmes qui incarnent la culture qatarie, QF s'engage à autonomiser la communauté locale et à contribuer à un monde meilleur pour tous.

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Eight contestants remain in the competition, as the Qatar Foundation TV show continues to adapt to COVID-19

Doha, Qatar-Sunday 18 October 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

Qatar Foundation’s Stars of Science has undertaken several measures to continue filming Season 12, overcoming the difficulties presented by COVID-19 while ensuring the safety of contestants, jury members, experts, and filming crew.

And in this week’s episode – as international flights ground to a halt – jury members Professor Fouad Mrad and Professor Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry were forced to join remotely through video call. This unexpected change prompted Yosouf Al-Salehi, Qatar Science & Technology Park’s (QSTP) Executive Director and a former member of the show’s jury, to return to Stars of Science, joining the jury members to help instill an additional level of scrutiny on the contestants’ work.

“This crisis showed us the importance of investment in science and technology. QSTP’s leadership continues to pour resources into finding solutions that will help our communities combat the pandemic,” Al-Salehi said. “Stars of Science drives the promotion and retention of innovative talent while demonstrating the Arab World’s capacity to develop technologies that are increasingly critical in every industry.”

Before this week’s engineering prototyping episode, contestants were given four weeks to produce a fully functional prototype of the envisioned final product. Qatari participant Eiman Al-Hamad noted that she and her peers showed perseverance as they raced to complete their prototypes despite the obstacles that lay in their paths.

“Innovation is all about adapting, and we have shown our ability to do so,” said Al-Hamad. “Witnessing the constant flow of changes to the show, such as the introduction of remote critiques, is a surreal experience, yet that’s what makes our Stars of Science journey even more memorable.”

Abdulrahman Saleh Khamis, a finalist on Season 11 last year, joined the episode as a co-host. He shared his experiences as a former contestant and shed light on the importance of the engineering phase. Khamis’ innovation journey with his Smart Educational Prayer Rug, Sajdah, continued after Stars of Science with the selection of his invention for the technology-focused program at the QSTP Incubation Center, which aims to foster local tech entrepreneurship in the country.

Stars of Science will air every week on eight channels across the region, until the Grand Final episode on November 6, 2020, where the remaining contestants will compete for a share of a $600,000 prize in seed funding.

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About Stars of Science

As the premier innovation show in the Arab world, Stars of Science – the edutainment TV initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF) – empowers Arab innovators to develop technological solutions for their communities, benefitting people’s health and lifestyles, and helping to preserve the environment.

Over a 12-week process, the contestants demonstrate the effectiveness of their solutions in a shared innovation space, competing against time with the support of a team of experienced engineers and product developers. An expert panel of jurors assess and eliminate projects every week across several prototyping and testing rounds, until only four finalists remain to compete for a share of $600,000 in seed funding. Jury deliberation and online voting from the public determine the rankings.

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Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, science and research, and community development.

QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.

QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.

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Bank of America Reports Third-Quarter 2020 Financial Results

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Wednesday 14 October 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bank of America reported its third-quarter 2020 financial results today. The news release, supplemental filing and investor presentation can be accessed in the following ways:

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Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan and Chief Financial Officer Paul Donofrio will discuss the financial results in a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET today. For a listen-only connection to the conference call, dial 1.877.200.4456 (U.S.) or 1.785.424.1732 (international), and the conference ID is 79795.

Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. Investors can also listen to a live audio webcast of the conference call and view the presentation slides by visiting the “Events and Presentations” section of the company’s Investor Relations website.

Replay information for Investor Conference Call:
Investors can access replays of the conference call by visiting the Investor Relations website or by calling 1.800.934.4850 (U.S.) or 1.402.220.1178 (international) from noon ET on October 14, through 11:59 p.m. ET on October 23.

Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 66 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 4,300 retail financial centers, including approximately 2,900 lending centers, 2,500 financial centers with a Consumer Investment Financial Solutions Advisor and approximately 2,300 business centers; approximately 17,000 ATMs; and award-winning digital banking with approximately 39 million active users, including approximately 31 million mobile users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and approximately 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

For more Bank of America news, including dividend announcements and other important information, visit the Bank of America newsroom and register for email news alerts.

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Investors May Contact:
Lee McEntire, Bank of America
Phone number: 1.980.388.6780

Jonathan Blum, Bank of America (Fixed Income)
Phone number: 1.212.449.3112

Reporters May Contact:
Jerry Dubrowski, Bank of America
Phone number: 1.646.855.1195 (office) or 1.508.843.5626 (mobile)

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Belgium Contracts 322 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) From Oshkosh Defense

OSHKOSH, Wis.-Wednesday 14 October 2020 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, announced today that the Belgium Ministry of Defence has awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract for 322 Oshkosh Defense Command and Liaison Vehicles (CLV) for the Belgium Defence Forces.

The Belgian CLV is the proven Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) platform from Oshkosh equipped with Belgian communication systems. The JLTV is currently used by the U.S. military.

“Oshkosh Defense is honored that Belgium has chosen to equip its armed forces with the Oshkosh CLV,” said John Bryant, Executive Vice President, Oshkosh Corporation, and President, Oshkosh Defense.

“The Oshkosh CLV offers Belgian soldiers the world’s most advanced light military vehicle, delivering next-generation levels of protection, off-road mobility, speed, transportability, and seamless operational and logistical interoperability with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies,” Bryant continued.

“The Belgian Defence opted for a worldwide competition in which “money for value” was the only criterion,” said Director Land Systems Colonel Filip De Varé. “The CLV will be integrated in the CaMo program, an international partnership between the French and Belgian land forces.”

Traditionally procured via foreign military sales, the Belgian procurement marks Oshkosh Defense’s first large direct commercial sale of a JLTV-based vehicle. Belgium joins the United States, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Montenegro in choosing this vehicle.

As a globally recognized leader in the design and production of military vehicle systems, Oshkosh Defense has the capacity to support both domestic and international customer demand.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense is a global leader in the design, production and sustainment of best-in-class military vehicles and mobility systems. As a pioneer of combat-ready vehicle solutions, Oshkosh develops and applies emerging technologies that advance troop safety and mission success. Setting the industry standard for sustaining fleet readiness, Oshkosh ensures every vehicle is supported worldwide throughout its entire life cycle.

Oshkosh Defense, LLC is an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE: OSK].

Learn more about Oshkosh Defense at

About Oshkosh Corporation

At Oshkosh (NYSE: OSK), we make innovative, mission-critical equipment to help everyday heroes’ advance communities around the world. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Oshkosh Corporation employs more than 15,000 team members worldwide, all united behind a common cause: to make a difference in people’s lives. Oshkosh products can be found in more than 150 countries under the brands of JLG®, Pierce®, Oshkosh® Defense, McNeilus®, IMT®, Frontline™, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh® Airport Products, CON-E-CO® and London™. For more information, visit

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that the Company believes to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital expenditures, debt levels and cash flows, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “should,” “project” or “plan” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guaranteeing of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

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Alexandra Hittle, Director, Global Marketing and Communications


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