GfK Joins World AI Show & Awards as a Gold Sponsor

DUBAI, May 18, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – World AI Show & Awards, is taking place on 25 – 26 May 2022 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai. Daniel Shearly, VP of Products at GfK is delivering a Tech Talk on 'Transforming businesses with Artificial Intelligence' highlighting how the changing space of AI has contributed to disruptions in businesses and how companies must derive value from predictive analytics.

Speaking of the partnership, Nacho San Martin, Managing Director – ME, GfK said, "We are excited to partner with World AI Show which aims to explore the prospects of innovations in the global AI landscape. GfK is a SaaS-powered data analytics and decision support company offering consulting services globally for the consumer products industry. The company has been leading Data and Science innovation since 1934 and at World AI Show we aim to engage with the industry leaders on transforming businesses with AI."

"Every day, brand, marketing and business leaders face data overload, market noise, disruption, misuse, and acceleration. Hence, it is vital in this day and age for companies to be data-driven if they want to grow revenue and profits. At GfK, we help companies to extract the right signals from the noise for confident decision-making," Daniel Shearly, VP of Products at GfK further added.

According to Mithun Shetty, CEO of Trescon, "We are excited to have GfK engage with the regional tech leaders at World AI Show. GfK is revolutionizing real-time access to critical knowledge. We are enthusiastic to learn more about how their solutions can drive the future of data and analytics at World AI Show." He further added, "The show will feature keynotes, panel discussions, tech talks, and more from major technology stakeholders from critical industries such as government think tanks, healthcare, banking, and finance, to name a few."

GfK. Growth from Knowledge.

For over 85 years, we have earned the trust of our clients around the world by supporting them in business-critical decision-making processes around consumers, markets, brands, and media. Our reliable data and insights, together with advanced AI capabilities, have revolutionized access to real-time, actionable recommendations that drive the marketing, sales, and organizational effectiveness of our clients and partners. That's how we promise and deliver Growth from Knowledge.

About World AI Show

World AI Show is a thought-leadership-driven, business-focused, global series of events that takes place in strategic locations across the world. The show is a one-of-a-kind gathering of pre-qualified CIOs, CEOs, CTOs, Heads of AI, Chief Digital Officers, Heads of Innovation, and International AI experts. Witness powerful keynotes, workshops, use-case presentations, product exhibitions, panel discussions, and tech talks to find solutions for issues and trends within the AI and RPA space.

About Trescon

Trescon is a global business events and consulting firm that provide a wide range of business services to a diversified client base that includes corporations, governments and individuals. Trescon is specialized in producing highly focused B2B events that connect businesses with opportunities through conferences, roadshows, expos, demand generation, investor connect and consulting services.

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Karthik A.
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Account Lead for GfK, Whitelabel Media

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Winerz Announces Platform Launch

Tallinn, Estonia, May 18, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Winerz, a play-to-earn [P2E] gaming platform that enables competitive 1v1 head-to-head games powered by a token economy, has announced the launch of its platform. Released in early 2021, Winerz currently supports FIFA. And it is working to incorporate the novel blockchain ecosystem as it seeks to strengthen its international growth.

As one of the P2E games, Winerz hopes to disrupt the current market. It is currently one of the few platforms to allow video game players to earn by playing games in the crypto market. Winerz is leveraging blockchain, the underlying technology of most crypto projects, to deliver a skill-based and wagering P2E model to any platform, game, and anywhere.

Blockchain will secure all transactions on the platform. Additionally, players will have the privilege of earning tokens while playing FIFA and other exciting games.

The Winerz Vision

Founded by Jacques Garois and Thomas Ferrière, Winerz is committed to introducing blockchain to any game, platform, and anywhere. Ranging from 1v1 battles to multi-player, competitive battle games and tournament-based games, Winerz can be adapted or integrated to any platform—mobile, desktop, and console. Furthermore, anyone can seamlessly connect to the Winerz API with a mobile phone or laptop anywhere.

For gamers, Winerz will allow them to compete with opponents to earn money. For publishers, the P2E gaming technology will allow them to turn any game into skill-based competitions, thus enabling them to monetize their games.

The integration of a token economy model into the P2E gaming industry by Winerz will enable convenient smart contract-based funds escrow geared towards supporting large-scale betting and tournaments. Winerz introduces a native token—$WNZ. This token will empower staking, payouts, betting, and NFT trades.

Current Achievements

Winerz raised over half a million in its 2021 seed round led by Bellone Holding and launched a beta version in the UK and Germany. This beta version had more than 30k members, €150k in total monthly bets, and over thirty thousand matches played monthly.

Winerz also raised $3 million to launch $WNZ.

Winerz is on course to implement the token economy after conducting a successful token launch on four different launchpads – Solrazr, Cropper Finance, Solster, Gamespad, and Bullperks. Additionally, $WNZ is listed on and Raydium exchanges and CoinMarketCap and CoinGecko, two leading crypto analytics websites.

Winerz has received support and backing from Big Brain Holdings and others.

Project Roadmap

Utilizing blockchain technology, Winerz has written a sustainable, ambitious, yet realistic project roadmap. Winerz, in the remaining quarters of 2022, will announce a few ambassadors, its NFT marketplace, and partnerships with brands. Additionally, an NFT collection that will unlock the tournament feature will be released. In addition, Winerz is working on adding more games to its platform.

About Winerz

Winerz is a blockchain-based P2E technology that enables skill-based wagering and competitive 1vs1 games. Built for every platform, every game, and for everyone, regardless of location, Winerz will allow gamers to earn money for playing video games. Winerz, through a series of innovative features, hopes to disrupt the blockchain gaming market, and its forthcoming partnerships with relevant brands will help achieve this.

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GBA’s Banking & Finance Working Group Announces Key Personnel Movement

Washington, D.C., May 18, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) is pleased to announce that their Banking & Finance Working Group Leader, Dr. Sindhu Bhaskar, has been elevated to the Board of Directors and Mr. Paul Dowding has been appointed to lead the Banking and Finance Working Group. GBA's commitment to supporting the banking and financial industry is evident by this move.

The Banking and Finance Working Group focuses on connecting, communicating and collaborating with members to develop blockchain solutions for the financial services industry. It will work on standards, education, analysis, and opportunities for GBA members, while providing outreach and training for the general public and government regulators, administrators and employees.

The B&F Working Group is developing banking and financial services standards that supplement the Blockchain Maturity Model (BMM) and cover a wide range of topics including:
– Capital Markets, Debt and Equity – Primary and Secondary Markets (Exchanges and OTC)
– Central Banking, Fractional Reserve Accounting, Commercial Lending, National Banks
– Credit & Debit Cards
– Exchange-Traded Derivatives
– Institutional Banking (Treasury Services, FX, Commercial Lending & Trade Services)
– OTC Derivatives
– Pension Funds, Insurance Companies, and Foundations
– Retail Banking (Accounts, Payments, Personal Lending)
– Structured Products

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Proofpoint Showcases Unique People-Centric Cybersecurity Innovation Across All Product Lines at Protect 2022 Conference

SINGAPORE, May 18, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Proofpoint, Inc., a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, announced today at its annual Protect 2022 conference a host of people-centric innovations across its entire product line, meeting customer demand for solutions that address the security and compliance needs of today's increasingly cloud-reliant, distributed workforce. These enhancements empower companies worldwide to stay ahead of a continually evolving threat landscape and better protect their most important asset – their people – from attacks and compliance risks related to email, cloud, data and collaboration tools.

"We are focused on developing security innovations that protect people – wherever they may work – and defend their data from today's most harmful risks. To stay ahead of the threat actors, we invest hundreds of millions annually into our products and rely on the most advanced AI/ML technologies to defend our customers," said Ashan Willy, Proofpoint's Chief Executive Officer. "Our unmatched AI-powered data intelligence and ongoing commitment to innovation are why 75% of the Fortune 100 trust Proofpoint as their cybersecurity partner."

Every day, Proofpoint analyzes an incredible data set of more than 2.6 billion email messages, 49 billion URLs, 1.9 billion attachments, 28.2 million cloud accounts and over 500 million events associated with potential data loss. This gives us and our customers unmatched visibility into the threat landscape.

"Driven by the accelerated adoption of work-from-anywhere practices, our Information Protection and Cloud Security Platform is now deployed to over 25 million users worldwide," continued Willy. "Over the past 12 months, we have become the most utilized insider threat solution in the market, and our DLP solution is trusted by some of the world's biggest brands. This speaks to our ability to solve the most complex information protection challenges faced by organizations today."

Proofpoint reinvests twenty percent of its annual revenue into R&D, one of the highest percentages in the industry. The following people-centric enhancements benefit from that research and address critical areas for organizations, including cloud application security, information protection across cloud, web, endpoint and email, insider threat, deep threat intelligence, compliance, email authentication, and employee security awareness.

Proofpoint Threat Protection Platform leverages over 26 different layers of detection to uncover sophisticated email fraud attacks, including BEC, account compromise, and ransomware. With Proofpoint's leadership in innovation, we migrated over 2.7 million enterprise seats to Proofpoint over the last year, and now protect over 200,000 small businesses with Proofpoint Essentials.

– Advanced Business Email Compromise Behavioral Analysis Defense Protection, Powered by New Supernova Behavioral Engine:Launched a year ago, Proofpoint's Supernova detection platform has delivered a 2x improvement in BEC detection with higher fidelity and lower false positives, stopping over 5 million BEC attack attempts per month. Starting in Q3, a new engine in Supernova will provide advanced behavioral analysis that identifies anomalous communication patterns for an organization's employees, improving detection efficacy for BEC, supplier risk, third-party account compromise, phishing, and ransomware threats. The new engine will be provided as a free detection stack upgrade to enterprises using Proofpoint email security.

– Secure Email Relay: Available now, Proofpoint Secure Email Relay provides centralized security control and visibility into application email, including 3rd party senders, as well as protects against data leaks and secures sensitive data by applying payload encryption and DLP to application email.

– Managed Email Security: Offers customers best-in-class services to complement their email security investment and drive a more sophisticated program that reduces operational overhead while improving risk posture and visibility.

– Cloud Threat Response Auto-Pull: Available since February 2022, the SaaS version of TRAP provides mail-centric Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (mSOAR), simplifying deployment and management of the automated removal of malicious and unwanted messages and compromised account remediation. Within 3 months of availability, over 600 enterprises have adopted Cloud Threat Response Auto-Pull.

Proofpoint Security Awareness Platform has over 35 million users and attracted over 2,500 new enterprise customers in the past year, with over 100 million annual simulated phishing tests sent.

– Micro-learning and Adaptive Learning Framework: Available now, our new framework provides flexibility to maximize allocated training time and improves user engagement with a more personalized learning experience that allows users to build on prior knowledge over time. The framework is built across 10 common security domains with progressive levels – delivering concise content that is not longer than 3 minutes and available in 41 languages.

– Email Warning Tags (EWT): This feature provides "in-the-moment" contextual nudges to alert users about uncertain email through embedded HMTL notifications on all devices; empowers users to report suspicious messages directly from the email warning tags, even from mobile devices.

– Cultural Assessment: Available in Q3 2022, this assessment enables CISOs and security leaders to benchmark their organization's security culture by evaluating their employees' attitudes to cybersecurity in the workplace. Insights from the cultural assessment can be used to optimize their organization's program and drive behavior change.

Proofpoint Information and Cloud Security Platform brings together unique context across content, behavior and threats for people-centric insights into and prevention of data loss and insider threats. Our solutions are trusted by customers as diverse as a top five automotive manufacturer, a global pharmaceutical company with 100,000 seats and a Fortune 500 fintech services firm with 62,000 seats; several of which were migrations from legacy DLP vendors.

– Intelligent Classification & Protection: Available now, our AI-powered classification offers increased visibility to sensitive data in cloud and on-premises repositories to accelerate DLP deployment. Includes custom-tailored dictionaries, automated policy recommendations and file labeling via the integration with Microsoft Information Protection.

– Data Privacy and Masking: Address data privacy and compliance needs by masking PII data in forensics information and controlling access to functionality and data in the console with role-based or other attribute-based policies, enabling safe and seamless collaboration between teams and business units.

– Cloud Risk Explorer (Beta): Available this quarter, our Cloud Risk Explorer simplifies cloud governance and compliance efforts with more dynamic prioritization and comprehensive discovery of cloud and web apps. This includes dynamic intelligence around sensitive data, user privileges and user behavior patterns in each cloud app on top of known vulnerabilities. In addition, Proofpoint CASB customers can discover shadow IT apps more easily than before by surfacing visibility into URLs accessed via their existing Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection and Browser Isolation products without the need for traditional firewall and web gateway log analysis.

– Data Security Reports: Available this quarter, these provide an executive overview of data security and risk, including the effectiveness of DLP policies, coverage across channels and historical trends. They also offer insights into data loss risk posed by users engaged in undesirable behaviors when handling sensitive data across various channels.

Proofpoint Intelligent Compliance Platform provides ML and AI innovation to quickly solve the most sophisticated regulatory compliance and corporate legal challenges, with over 45 petabytes of data under management – a 39% year-over-year growth.

– Flag Deduplication: Available this quarter, flag deduplication allows customers to significantly reduce the amount of content for review by avoiding original content that has already been flagged, such as replies and forwards. Using Proofpoint's ML engine, this has driven an 84% reduction in false positives during data supervisory, reporting, and review.

– Video Analysis: Available now, this feature leverages modern compliance architecture and machine learning to help customers analyze video imagery and transcribe audio to identify compliance violations.

– Proofpoint Capture for Text: Available in Q3 2022, Proofpoint will add Capture and Patrol for text messaging. Content exchanged in the texts are directly integrated to Proofpoint's machine learning engine to be scanned and evaluated against hundreds of regulatory and corporate compliance policies.

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About Proofpoint, Inc.

Proofpoint, Inc. is a leading cybersecurity and compliance company that protects organizations' greatest assets and biggest risks: their people. With an integrated suite of cloud-based solutions, Proofpoint helps companies around the world stop targeted threats, safeguard their data, and make their users more resilient against cyber attacks. Leading organizations of all sizes, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100, rely on Proofpoint for people-centric security and compliance solutions that mitigate their most critical risks across email, the cloud, social media, and the web. More information is available at

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Yew Lee Pacific Group Berhad Launches Prospectus for ACE Market IPO

KUALA LUMPUR, May 17, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Yew Lee Pacific Group Berhad (YLPG), an established manufacturer principally involved in the manufacturing of industrial brushes as well as the trading of machinery parts and industrial hardware, launched the Company's prospectus today for an initial public offering (IPO) leading to a listing on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.

MR. LEE YOKE WAH, Associate Director of Corporate Finance, M&A Securities; MR. GARY TING, Head of Corporate Finance; MS. ANG POH YEE, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director, YLPG; DATUK BILL TAN, Managing Director of Corporate Finance, M&A Securities; EN. MAHDZIR BIN OTHMAN, Independent Non-Executive Chairman, YLPG; MR. ANG LEE LEONG, Managing Director; MR. DANNY WONG, Deputy Head of Corporate Finance, M&A Securities; MR. KELVIN KHOO, Managing Director, Eco Asia Capital Advisory [L-R]

The Company's IPO involves the issue of 133.10 million new shares to be issued at RM0.28 sen per share and an offer for sale of 26.62 million existing shares by way of private placement to selected investors. The public issue shares will be made available for application in the following manner:

Public issue
– 26.62 million new shares made available for application to the Malaysian public
– 15.97 million new shares allocated for application by eligible directors and employees
– 23.96 million new shares by way of private placement to selected investors
– 66.55 million new shares by way of private placement to identified bumiputera investors approved by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

The IPO is expected to raise gross proceeds of RM37.27 million to be utilised in the following manner:

Utilisation of proceeds
– RM10.90 million for purchase of machinery and equipment
– RM7.30 million for construction of warehouse facility and office building
– RM1.80 million for renovation of office building
– RM8.90 million for repayment of bank borrowings
– RM4.57 million for working capital
– RM3.80 million for listing expenses

Managing Director of YLPG, Mr. Ang Lee Leong, said: "The launch of this Prospectus is an important milestone for us as it marks the fruits of our labour from when we first started operations in 2004. As an established producer of industrial brushes, we embarked on this IPO to raise funding for our growth plans and elevate our profile in the industry."

"To maintain sustainable growth and create long-term shareholder value, we have plans to expand manufacturing capacity and increase automation which the proceeds from the IPO enables us to implement. We are also constructing warehouse and office facilities as the current facilities are needed for the expansion of the Group's manufacturing activities and also to cater for future business growth."

YLPG produces industrial and technical brushes for various manufacturing industries including glove, industrial, electrical and electronic, industrial and commercial cleaning providers as well as glass and wood producers. For the financial year ended 31 December 2021 (FY2021), 76.8% of the Group's total revenue was mainly derived from Malaysia while the remaining 23.2% was derived from the overseas market primarily located in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Taiwan, representing approximately 7.0%, 5.8%, 3.3% and 5.8% respectively.

Deputy Head of Corporate Finance, M&A Securities Sdn Bhd, Mr. Danny Wong said: "The proceeds from the IPO will allow YLPG to increase its manufacturing capacity in order to support its expansion plans and capitalise on the post Covid demand recovery. As such, we are confident that Yew Lee's shares will be well received upon IPO."

M&A Securities is the Principal Adviser, Sponsor, Underwriter and Placement Agent for YLPG's IPO while Eco Asia Capital Advisory Sdn Bhd is the Financial Adviser.

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Vistar Holdings Hits Record High Annual Revenue Up by 32.8% Y-o-Y

HONG KONG, May 17, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Vistar Holdings Limited (the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"; Stock code: 8535.HK ), an established electrical and mechanical ("E&M") engineering services provider in Hong Kong, has achieved outstanding results for the year ended 31 March 2022. Its revenue was approximately HK$405.17 million, a year-on-year increase of approximately 32.8% reaching a historic high since the Company's listing on the GEM of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited in 2018.

Benefiting from the business growth, installation service projects contributed approximately HK$306.90 million to the Group's annual revenue. The five substantially-completed sizeable installation projects brought in a combined revenue of approximately HK$187.15 million.

For the year ended 31 March 2022, profit attributable to equity holders of the Company was approximately HK$20.78 million (for the year ended 31 March 2021: approximately HK$28.51 million). After excluding the listing expenses incurred during the reporting period in relation to the proposed transfer of listing of the Company's shares from GEM to the Main Board, the Group's operations recorded a normalised profit of approximately HK$33.06 million, an improvement of about 16.0% over the previous year.

The Board has resolved to declare a final dividend of HK0.50 cents per share for the year ended 31 March 2022. Together with the interim dividend of HK0.35 cents per share already paid, total dividend for the year was HK0.85 cents per share, maintaining a stable dividend payout ratio (for the year ended 31 March 2021: HK0.85 cents per share).

Mr Poon Ken Ching Keung, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vistar Holdings, said, "Although facing the ongoing pandemic, global supply shortage of resources, inflation and an unstable market environment, the Group has drawn on its leading engineering technology and extensive project management experience to provide E&M engineering services to the Three Runway System (3RS) developments at the Hong Kong International Airport surrounding supportive infrastructure facilities, Wong Chuk Hang MTR station expansions and Hong Kong Island east central business district redevelopment. During the year, we have achieved satisfactory performance. Revenue surged to a new high and normalised profit also recorded growth. Looking ahead, we believe that the policies of the Hong Kong Government will inject remarkable momentum into Hong Kong's economic recovery. In particular, the Lantau Vision and Northern Metropolis land development mega-projects are expected to significantly increase the demand for construction and related engineering services in the city. We will continue to improve the quality and efficiency of our output through standardisation, and actively strive to secure more projects in order to expand our business to the next level".

For the year ended 31 March 2022, the Group has commenced three sizeable projects with a combined initial contract amount of approximately HK$113.12 million. The Group has many other secured or identified business projects presenting promising yields.

The Group is confident that the proposed transfer of listing would provide greater access to capital, on top of profits reinvested over the years, to fund the entire expansion scheme that will firmly establish it as a leading E&M engineering company in the future.

In addition, the Group revised its dividend policy and undertakes to distribute dividend at a rate of no less than 30% of the annual consolidated net profit attributable to shareholders of the Group in any financial year.

About Vistar Holdings Limited
Vistar Holdings Limited is one of the leading E&M engineering service provider in Hong Kong, specialising in installation, alteration and addition works and maintenance of fire service systems. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Guardian Fire Engineers and Consultants, Limited, has been providing engineering services in Hong Kong since 1972. The Group's customers come from both the private and public sectors. The private sector mainly includes property developers, property owners and main contractors engaged by property developers, while the public sector mainly includes government departments such as Hong Kong Housing Authority and Hong Kong Electrical and Mechanical Services Department.

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Insights from Davos: Web3 Consolidation Underway, Meta Alliance Launch, Web3 Reserve System

LONDON, May 17, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – A consensus is emerging from multiple Davos insiders that the next wave of consolidation is about to hit the Crypto Markets as awareness of Web3 Applications continue to drive volume, growth and outlook. Despite the recent crypto market crash this month, M&A is again on the rise as the Volume of Deals increased 50X over the past year to $55 billion.

"Since Web3 is the precursor to Metaverse market, our team has come up with a way for communities to combat some of the inherent volatility via the creation of a Reserve System for hedging NFT and digital assets," stated Edward Musinski, Founder of the Web3 Reserve System which is backed by Metabook.

"We help NFT owners and large enterprises to scale their digital asset initiatives by building another layer of Hedged Trust, Meta Alliance and Telewellness," UK founder Edward Musinski proclaimed. "We have built a highly efficient hedging solution, backed by a pool of NFT and tokens and governed via the Metabook DAO."

The Reserve pool is key to the growth of value, when innovations are shared with the community, and driven by influencers, like in case (beta version).

The Metabook Reserve pool will be comprised of partners' tokens with such utility as health, by health data exchange Aimedis, or XR promo, by Arcona.

The shared creative power of community will drive the mass adoption of blockchain, Metaverse and web3 solutions of Metabook DAO partners.

Plato Partnership. Connecting Web3 Applications with the Metaverse

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Plato that is opening up the opportunity for some healthy community consolidation. Plato is an open intelligence repository and platform that unlocks the power of Vertical Search in a highly secure and scalable way. The platform is designed to provide an ultra-safe and secure environment to consume sector-specific real-time data intelligence while its interface allows used to seamlessly connect to web3 applications. We are pleased to make this announcement as a preview of what we are seeing in Davos this year.

About Metabook

Metabook by Meta Alliance is a B2B2C platform for mass adoption of web3 Innovation and the first decentralized MetaMarketing leadgen platform. For more information, visit

About Platoblockchain

Platoblockchain is the cross-chain Gateway to the world of Decentralized Gaming, Streaming, Metaverse experience. For more information, visit

Source: Plato Data Intelligence

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Kobe Steel to launch “Kobenable Steel”, Japan’s first low CO2 blast furnace steel

TOKYO, May 17, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Kobe Steel (KOBELCO) announces today that it will launch "Kobenable Steel" and become Japan's first* provider of low CO2 blast furnace steel products with significantly reduced CO2 emissions during the blast furnace ironmaking process. The Company plans to start selling the new products this fiscal year.

Kobenable Steel is based on the KOBELCO Group's CO2 Reduction Solution for Blast Furnace Ironmaking(1) announced on February 16, 2021. It utilizes a technology that can significantly reduce CO2 emissions from the blast furnace, which was demonstrated at the Company's Kakogawa Works by charging the blast furnace with a large amount of HBI(2), produced by the MIDREX(R) Process(3) in the engineering business.

Kobe Steel plans to launch Kobenable Steel in two product categories:
– Kobenable Premier – 100% reduction rate of CO2 emissions per ton(4)
– Kobenable Half – 50% reduction rate of CO2 emissions per ton(4)

Kobenable Steel is available for all types of the Company's steel products (steel sheet, steel plate, wire rod & bar products) manufactured at Kakogawa Works and the Kobe Wire Rod & Bar Plant.

Kobenable Steel maintains the same level of high quality as conventional products. Customers can continue to use blast furnace steel products that require high quality, such as special steel wire rods and ultra-high-tensile strength steel, which are the Company's strengths.

For commercialization, reduction rates of CO2 emissions are calculated using the mass balance methodology(5) in which CO2 reduction effects are allocated to specific steel products, in accordance with ISO 20915. The calculation method and results are certified by the DNV Business Assurance services UK Ltd., a third-party certification body in the UK. At the time of the sale of the products, Kobe Steel will provide the customer with a third-party certificate issued by DNV and a low-CO2 steel product certificate issued by the Company(6).

Kobe Steel will contribute to the realization of a green society by providing Kobenable Steel low CO2 blast furnace steel as a pioneer in the steel industry.

The Kobe Steel Group (KOBELCO Group) will continue to provide solutions to the needs of society, by making the best use of the talents of its employees and technologies, in order to realize a world in which people, now and in the future, can fulfill their hopes and dreams while enjoying safe, secure and prosperous lives.

*According to the Company's survey as of May 17, 2022.

(1) Press release announced on February 16, 2021
Kobelco Group's CO2 Reduction Solution for Blast Furnace Ironmaking
(2) Hot briquetted iron (HBI) is direct reduced iron (DRI) in a briquetted form. Since hot DRI is not suitable for long-distance transportation, it is pressed into a compact solid (briquette) upon being discharged from the reduction furnace
(3) The MIDREX(R) Process is the leading direct reduced iron (DRI) making process, which produces approximately 80% of the world's direct reduced iron with natural gas (approximately 60% of the world's direct reduced iron at large). The MIDREX Process uses natural gas as the reductant and pellets made of iron ore as the source of iron to make DRI through the reduction process in the shaft furnace. In comparison to the blast furnace method, the MIDREX Process can reduce CO2 emissions by 20 to 40%.
(4) Compared with the fiscal 2018 levels
(5) The mass balance methodology is a method to allocate specific characteristics to a certain portion of products according to the input amount of raw materials with the characteristics when there is a mix of raw materials with and with no such characteristics (e.g., low CO2) in the manufacturing process. This approach has been used for products such as recycled plastics, bioplastics, electricity generated from renewable energy sources, and certified food products like cocoa and palm oil, for which separation of product properties are difficult due to the characteristics of the manufacturing process or the supply chain. In the ironmaking process, it becomes possible to reduce the amount of coke used and thereby reduce CO2 emissions by replacing a portion of iron ore with HBI, a raw material for steel that has already been reduced. Kobe steel employs the mass balance methodology to allocate the reduction effects to specific products and add environmental value to them.
(6) The upper limit on sales volume is set by the certification body. Please ask us about the details of sales quantity.

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Deputy Directors from Kenyan Ministry of ICT and ICT Authority along with INTERPOL’s Director of Cybercrime to speak at CyFrica 2022

Africa, May 17, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – As the pursuit for a robust African cybersecurity landscape gathers momentum, Tradepass has taken the initiative to host the 4th edition CyFrica at The Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya on 28-29 June 2022.

To ensure the summit has the right guidance and attracts the right set of faculties, CyFrica 2022 now has Deputy Directors from the Ministry of ICT – Kenya and ICT Authority – Kenya, Timothy Were and Philip Irode respectively as part of its Advisory Board.

The summit aims to attract 1500+ pre-qualified cybersecurity experts (in-person & virtual) including the Heads of Information Security, Risk, Compliance, Forensics and Cyber Law from the leading public and private enterprises across Africa.

In an interview preceding the summit, Timothy Were (Deputy Director, Ministry of ICT – Kenya) stated his thoughts when asked about the reason behind majority of the African companies still not taking a major step to improve their cyber-defense, he expressed, "Ignorance, fear of exposure that could decrease customer and regulator confidence in the firms and not being alive to the fact that the ground is changing could be some of the reasons why firms are not improving their defense."

He also added, "I would like to welcome each and every one of you to the CyFrica 4th edition, Karibu Kenya."

Top renowned organizations like KnowBe4, Uniken, Gigamon, Plena Solutions Ltd., Wallix, Kaspersky, Acronis, IronTree and ManageEngine will be the face of the event as they will have their own exclusive exhibition booths to showcase their cutting-edge security solutions.

Fiona Konchellah (VP of Sales – Africa, Uniken) expressed her excitement for the summit, she said, "I'm thrilled to be a part of CyFrica 2022, alongside some of the top cybersecurity experts. I'm looking forward to discussions on Africa's rapidly growing cybersecurity market, as well as sharing and learning best practices to ensure a safer Africa."

She further added, "Now more than ever, it is crucial that we work together to identify and tackle cybersecurity threats in order to bring Africa's digitization initiatives and aspirations to fruition."

While talking about the state of Africa's cybersecurity, Anna Collard (SVP Content Strategy & Evangelist, KnowBe4) mentioned, "According to KnowBe4's African Cybersecurity Awareness survey released in early 2022, 54% of respondents did not know what a ransomware attack is and 34% have lost money because they fell victim to a scam. To ensure Africa's people benefit from the increasing digitisation public and private sectors need to do more to raise consumer awareness around cybersecurity and threats and build a security culture within their own organisations."

The summit will power two knowledge-packed days filled with insightful presentations on the most pressing industry topics, deep dive panel discussions with the leading thought leaders, live showcase of the best cybersecurity solutions and abundant networking opportunities.

The confirmed speakers for the summit include Timothy Were – Deputy Director, Ministry of ICT Kenya; Philip Irode – Deputy Director, ICT Authority, Kenya; Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola – Chair, African Union Cyber Security Expert Group (AUCSEG) Nigeria; Neil Walsh – Ambassador & Regional Representative to Eastern Africa, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Kenya; Cyrus Kamau – CIO, National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) Kenya; Bonface Asiligwa – CISO, KENTRADE Kenya; CRAIG JONES, Director of Cybercrime, INTERPOL; Laura Temesi – Head Cyber Partnerships and Communication, Standard Chartered Kenya; Ishaaq Jacobs – CISO, Sasol South Africa; Kabuthia Riunge – CISO, KCB Group PLC Kenya; Thelma Kganakga – CISO, Equity Bank Kenya; Amenyo Lotsu – CISO, ARB Apex Bank Ghana; Zechariah Akinpelu – CISO, Unity Bank Nigeria; Tim Theuri – Executive Head of Cybersecurity, M-Pesa Africa, Kenya; Cynthia K – Information Security Lead, GE Kenya; Stephen Obare – CIO, National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Kenya; George Ochola – Head Information Technology Security, National Bank of Kenya; Bernard Ambaka – CSO, Kenya Power; and Simion Rutto – Group Head of Forensics and Security Services, Britam Kenya.

Vijay Babber (Senior Channel Manager MEA, Gigamon) expressed his excitement for the summit, and whilst talking about the state of Africa's cybersecurity in a hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure he said, "Gigamon is excited to be participating in person in this year's Cyfrica event. We are seeing more and more companies' cloud migration strategies accelerating, with hybrid cloud becoming the de-facto standard. The need to protect and secure hybrid cloud networks from cyber-attacks has become mission critical. When deploying applications into the public cloud, the security model becomes more nuanced, bringing on-board many challenges. With Gigamons Deep Observability Pipeline we overcome many if not all these challenges by providing access to all the data that we broker to the security tools, any source any destination. Our team will be happy to discuss the challenges and how Gigamon can help. We look forward to meeting you during the event."

Organizer and CEO of Tradepass, Sudhir Jena expressed, "We feel extremely privileged to have Timothy Were and Philip Irode, the Deputy Directors from Kenyan Ministry of ICT and ICT Authority, as the Advisory Board Members for CyFrica 2022. Their involvement will not only aid us in expanding the participation for the summit but will also help in catering to many different sectors from the continent and foster the right collaborations for a better cyber landscape."

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Solve.Care Foundation CEO Pradeep Goel to Speak about Blockchain Technology in Healthcare at GBA’s Blockchain & Sustainable Economic Growth Conference

Washington, D.C., May 16, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Government Blockchain Association is proud to announce that Pradeep Goel, CEO of Solve.Care Foundation, will speak about blockchain technology in healthcare at the upcoming GBA Blockchain & Sustainable Economic Growth Conference ( on May 25-27, 2022 at Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

Pradeep Goel, CEO of Solve.Care Foundation

Mr. Goel is a healthcare executive with a relentless focus on improving healthcare administration, coordination, quality, and efficiency by using blockchain in healthcare today.

With 25 years of expertise in the health sector as a CEO, COO, CIO, and CTO in insurance, benefits administration, and public programs, Mr. Goel is the ideal individual to discuss the implementation of blockchain in healthcare today

Furthermore, Mr. Goel will describe how he stayed in Ukraine after the country's illegal occupation by Russia began and how he and his Solve.Care team created nine refugee shelters for displaced Ukrainians who had lost their homes due to Russia's invasion of their homeland.

His talk will be immensely informative for all those attending the conference, so don't miss out and register today. Don't pass up the chance to hear from one of the world's foremost blockchain healthcare experts.

Please register today and join us at the GBA Blockchain & Sustainable Economic Growth Conference to learn more about how blockchain technology is implemented globally in healthcare systems. You won't regret it!

The Government Blockchain Association is an industry association dedicated to the education and ethical adoption of blockchain-based solutions globally.

Solve.Care Foundation is a blockchain-powered platform that allows for a more cost-effective, coordinated, and patient-centric healthcare delivery. Its mission is to make access to quality healthcare a fundamental human right by leveraging the power of blockchain technology.

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