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IIBA Announces New Global Board Members

OAKVILLE, Ontario, June 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Annual General Meeting and Board Election of the International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) membership was held June 9, 2020. The theme of this year’s meeting was Together Towards Tomorrow with a focus on the role of the business analysis community in improving business results and working together to address business challenges at this next important stage of IIBA’s growth.

Members voted to adopt the following resolutions submitted for their approval:

  • To elect the slate of six candidates to fill six open positions on the Board of Directors.
  • To approve the reappointment of Grant Thornton as Auditor for fiscal year 2020.
  • To accept the Audited Financial Statements of IIBA for fiscal year 2019.

Joining the Board of Directors are newly elected members:

  • Cristina Paternoster, based in Italy, is a 25-year veteran of the business analysis, project management and business transformation field, and currently Engagement Manager and Energy & Utilities sector strategist in addition to being responsible for the Center of Excellence in Advanced Methodologies (BA, Agile & Design) of the European office of a global consulting practice.
  • Dr. Terry Roach, CEO, and founder of a software company in Australia and author of The CAPSICUM Framework for Strategically Aligned Business Architectures.
  • Matthew Leach, technology and business executive who began his career as a business analyst. Currently leading several consulting practices for a global systems integrator focused on project execution and business agility.

The Membership re-elected for their second term serving on the Board of Directors, the following returning members:

  • Barbara Carkenord, CBAP, co-founder of two successful US based training and consulting companies and author of Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis, first edition.
  • Heather Mylan-Mains, CBAP, Business Analyst Consultant and Past President of Central Iowa Chapter, Deputy VP Chapters IIBA and Volunteer VP Chapters, IIBA in the US.
  • David Polsky, fractional CIO working with manufacturing, logistics and marketing companies, and has over 25 years of experience with Fortune 1000 companies.

The Board also welcomes Alex Browning, former CFO of a $5 billion dollar retailer and educator at a Canadian University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies in the Bachelor of Commerce program, appointed effective April 29, 2020.

“The board is pleased to welcome our new directors. These directors bring to IIBA the right mix of new skills and continuity of existing Board members while expanding our international representation and deepening specific skills in customer experience and digital transformation,” said Keith Ellis, Board Chair. “Our membership is global and diverse, and I am delighted we have a similarly global and diverse board to represent our members.”

“The Board’s leadership in key areas such as digital transformation, governance, strategy, and engagement guides our response to market changes in these turbulent times, as we continue the path of expanding the digital experience we deliver, improving engagement for our members and stakeholders, and support our profession in delivering better business outcomes,” said Delvin Fletcher, President and CEO of IIBA.

At the meeting, Mr. Fletcher reported on IIBA’s 2019 performance including new digital experiences and the launch of specialized learning materials and certifications. Chief Marketing Officer, Jeff Roth, discussed enhancements IIBA has made to provide more agile and digitally enabled benefits for members to quickly access relevant content to advance their career development. Gail Cosman, Chief Administrative Financial Officer reviewed the Audited Financial Statement for fiscal year 2019 while also noting our high growth prior to COVID and financial stability in these trying times.

The voting results and the webcast of the Annual General Meeting are available on iiba.org/about-iiba/agm-information/

About International Institute of Business Analysis
International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) is a professional association dedicated to supporting business analysis professionals to deliver better business outcomes. IIBA connects almost 30,000 Members, over 100 Chapters, and more than 500 training, academic, and corporate partners around the world. As the global voice of the business analysis community, IIBA supports recognition of the profession, networking and community engagement, standards and resource development, and comprehensive certification programs. For more information visit iiba.org.

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Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Boost Community Prepares Immunization Professionals to Lead During the COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amid the evolving global challenges posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic, immunization professionals must now grapple with deploying routine immunization services in a daunting and ever-shifting landscape. In a recent survey of 800 immunization professionals conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) and other key partners, 64 percent of respondents reported significant disruptions to immunization in their country or community, with either zero or limited outreach activities taking place and fewer visits to vaccination posts. To strengthen immunization professionals’ ability to navigate the complex challenges of their work, Sabin launched the Boost Community (Boost), a global network dedicated to serving immunization professionals, supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Immunization professionals must be equipped with a mindset oriented toward problem-solving, steeped in professionalism and grounded in resilience. Boost supports this vision through trainings, peer-to-peer engagement and collaborative learning. Since the network launched in early 2020, its membership has swelled in number and diversity, attracting nearly 900 individual members from more than 100 countries.

For its first major training program, Boost has joined forces with The Geneva Learning Foundation and Adaptive Change Advisors to develop and teach a six-week digital Scholar Level 1 certification course in adaptive leadership for immunization. The course, which began on May 26 with more than 400 learners, draws on the Geneva Learning Foundation’s proven Scholar package of interventions used since 2016 by immunization teams in 95 countries and the ‘Adaptive Leadership’ approach developed at Harvard University.

The course will train immunization professionals to diagnose the system they are operating within; distinguish and define technical and adaptive problems; and lead consequential change within the immunizations systems they operate in today. During the era of COVID-19, these skills can protect human health by empowering immunization professionals to serve as key advocates for themselves and for routine immunization.

“Leveraging Boost to share this innovative leadership training course signals to the global health community that we want to invest in immunization professionals not just as workers, but as leaders who can drive progress in their communities,” said Dr. Bruce Gellin, Sabin’s president of global immunization. “The Sabin team looks forward to empowering immunization professionals in their critical, lifesaving work through this course and beyond.”

Adaptive leadership, the backbone of the course, is a set of strategies and techniques for mobilizing change in challenging and uncertain contexts. Isolation, burnout and limited resources are common challenges shared by immunization professionals. The era of COVID-19 introduces another layer of complexity; with reallocated program resources and decreased demand for routine immunization campaigns, immunization professionals must be nimble and develop new approaches to reach communities with critical, life-saving vaccines. Applicants to the course stressed the need for enhanced leadership and team-building skills during this time.

“As a frontline immunization worker in a developing country that is faced with challenges of no or inadequate access to essential primary care including immunization services; the adaptive leadership program on immunization especially in midst of COVID-19 pandemic crisis globally is very critical… and helpful,” noted Feisal Yarrow, a Boost member and sub-national Ministry of Health immunization professional from Kenya.

“The connections and learnings that the Boost community enables could transform the immunization landscape,” said Dr. Richard Mihigo, program area manager, immunization and vaccine development at the WHO Regional Office for Africa. “Immunization professionals who are better prepared to accelerate progress in their communities have the potential to reduce the numbers of unvaccinated or under-vaccinated people, and address longstanding disparities in immunization coverage.”

This new course is just one way that Boost fosters collaboration and learning among immunization professionals. The community also offers online events and discussion series, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boost is launching a special learning group for supervisors to receive guidance and support from Boost and its partners as they make difficult decisions for their teams or countries.

“The ability to forge connections between experts and implementers across the world is a major advantage of the Boost platform,” said Dr. Ranjana Kumar, senior specialist, Leadership Management and Coordination at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi). “There is great appetite for professional development and learning among this group. Gavi applauds Sabin for recognizing the essential role that immunization professionals play in shaping robust health systems, and for finding new ways to support them in their work.”

Boost will serve as a forum to generate knowledge, enable connection with peers and empower immunization professionals by acknowledging the critical role that they play in shaping human health across the globe. Through this work, Sabin hopes to spur positive ripple effects from improved immunization program performance to a world where all people, everywhere receive the vaccines they need to thrive.

Boost is open to all professionals and partners working in the immunization field, especially those involved with managing or implementing immunization programs at the national and sub-national levels. Register on the Boost website to join the community today.

About the Sabin Vaccine Institute

The Sabin Vaccine Institute is a leading advocate for expanding vaccine access and uptake globally, advancing vaccine research and development, and amplifying vaccine knowledge and innovation. Unlocking the potential of vaccines through partnership, Sabin has built a robust ecosystem of funders, innovators, implementers, practitioners, policy makers and public stakeholders to advance its vision of a future free from preventable diseases. As a non-profit with more than two decades of experience, Sabin is committed to finding solutions that last and extending the full benefits of vaccines to all people, regardless of who they are or where they live. At Sabin, we believe in the power of vaccines to change the world. For more information, visit www.sabin.org and follow us on Twitter, @SabinVaccine.

About Adaptive Change Advisors

Adaptive Change Advisors (ACA) is the premier mission-based Adaptive Leadership organization worldwide. ACA’s mission is to ‘democratize leadership’, putting leadership tools that drive change into the hands of anyone who seeks meaningful outcomes. ACA is especially committed to developing the leadership required to tackle pressing adaptive challenges of our times, such as promoting health access and equity, transitioning to a low-carbon economy, and strengthening democracy. ACA’s work has touched people in 140+ countries through a combination of in-person and online leadership experiences.

About the Geneva Learning Foundation

The Geneva Learning Foundation is a Swiss non-profit with the mission to develop trial, and scale up new ways to lead change to tackle the challenges that threaten our societies. Since 2016, the Foundation has developed an immunization programme using a package of purely-digital interventions to support health workers, from the health facility to the capital, to lead the transformation of knowledge into action, results, and impact. For more information, visit www.learning.foundation and follow us on Twitter @DigitalScholarX

Media Contact
Samia Kemal
Senior Associate, Communications
Sabin Vaccine Institute
+1 (202) 621-1691
press@sabin.org

WillScot Announces Completion of $650 Million Senior Secured Notes Offering

BALTIMORE, June 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WillScot Corporation (Nasdaq: WSC) (“WillScot”), a specialty rental services market leader providing innovative modular space and portable storage solutions across North America, today announced that its indirect subsidiary Picasso Finance Sub, Inc. (“Issuer”) completed its offering of $650 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.125% senior secured notes due 2025 (the “Notes”). The Notes were sold to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act.

WillScot intends to use the offering proceeds, together with funds drawn under WillScot’s fully committed $2.4 billion ABL credit facility, to be entered into at the closing of the Merger (as defined below), to repay all outstanding indebtedness under its existing ABL Facility and Mobile Mini, Inc.’s (“Mobile Mini”) existing ABL Facility, redeem all of Mobile Mini’s outstanding senior notes, and redeem all of Williams Scotsman International, Inc.’s (“WSII”) senior secured notes due 2022 (collectively, the “Refinancing Transactions”), in connection with WillScot’s pending merger with Mobile Mini (the “Merger” or the “Proposed Transaction”), and to pay fees and expenses related to the Refinancing Transactions and the Merger.

The Issuer, a wholly-owned subsidiary of WSII, was formed to issue notes to facilitate the Refinancing Transactions in connection with the Merger. The gross offering proceeds are being held in escrow and, subject to consummation of the Merger and the satisfaction of certain other conditions, will be released to complete the Refinancing Transactions and pay fees and expenses related to the Refinancing Transactions and the Merger. Upon the closing of the Merger, the Issuer will also merge with and into WSII, with WSII continuing as the surviving corporation, and WSII will assume the obligations of the Issuer under the Notes and the indenture governing the Notes. If the Merger is not completed by a specified date or certain other events occur, the Notes will be subject to a special mandatory redemption.

The Notes were offered in a private placement transaction to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes will not be registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.  This press release does not constitute an offer to sell any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The words “estimates,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “intends,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “shall,” “outlook” and variations of these words and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature. Certain of these forward-looking statements relate to the Proposed Transaction involving WillScot and Mobile Mini, including: expected scale; operating efficiency; stockholder, employee and customer benefits; key assumptions; timing of closing; the amount and timing of revenue and expense synergies; future financial benefits and operating results; and integration spend, which reflects management’s beliefs, expectations and objectives as of the date hereof. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside our control, which could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Although WillScot believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that any such forward-looking statement will materialize. Important factors that may affect actual results or outcomes include, among others, our ability to acquire and integrate new assets and operations; our ability to achieve planned synergies related to acquisitions; our ability to manage growth and execute our business plan; our estimates of the size of the markets for our products; the rate and degree of market acceptance of our products; the success of other competing modular space and portable storage solutions that exist or may become available; rising costs adversely affecting our profitability (including cost increases resulting from tariffs); potential litigation involving our company; general economic and market conditions impacting demand for our products and services; implementation of tax reform; our ability to implement and maintain an effective system of internal controls; and such other risks and uncertainties described in the periodic reports we file with the SEC from time to time (including our Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2019 and our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020), which are available through the SEC’s EDGAR system at www.sec.gov and on our website. Any forward-looking statement speaks only at the date on which it is made, and WillScot disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Important Information About the Proposed Transaction

In connection with the Proposed Transaction, WillScot filed a registration statement on Form S-4 (No. 333-237746), originally filed on April 17, 2020, which includes a prospectus of the Company and a joint proxy statement of the Company and Mobile Mini (the “joint proxy statement/prospectus”). The registration statement was declared effective by the SEC on May 5, 2020, and WillScot and Mobile Mini commenced mailing the joint proxy statement/prospectus on or about May 8, 2020. Each party will file other documents regarding the Proposed Transaction with the SEC. No offering of securities shall be made, except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY, IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT STOCKHOLDERS SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION REGARDING THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain these documents (if and when available) free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The documents filed by the Company with the SEC may also be obtained free of charge from the Company by requesting them by mail at WillScot Corporation, 901 S. Bond Street, Suite 600, Baltimore, Maryland 21231. The documents filed by Mobile Mini may also be obtained free of charge from Mobile Mini by requesting them by mail at Mobile Mini, Inc. 4646 E. Van Buren Street, Suite 400, Phoenix, Arizona 85008.

Participants in the Solicitation

WillScot, Mobile Mini, their respective directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees and certain of their respective significant stockholders may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the Proposed Transaction. Information about WillScot’s directors and executive officers is available in WillScot’s proxy statement, dated March 20, 2020, as supplemented by the supplement dated April 13, 2020, for the 2020 Annual Meeting and WillScot’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the SEC on March 2, 2020. Information about Mobile Mini’s directors and executive officers is available in Mobile Mini’s proxy statement, dated March 16, 2020 as supplemented by the supplement dated April 10, 2020, for its 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Mobile Mini’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the SEC on February 3, 2020. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holding or otherwise, will be contained in the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the Proposed Transaction when they become available. Investors should read the joint proxy statement/prospectus carefully when it becomes available before making any voting or investment decisions. You may obtain free copies of these documents from the SEC, WillScot or Mobile Mini as indicated above.

No Offer or Solicitation

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

About WillScot Corporation

Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, WillScot is the public holding company for the Williams Scotsman family of companies. WillScot trades on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol “WSC,” and is the specialty rental services market leader providing innovative modular space and portable storage solutions across North America. WillScot is the modular space supplier of choice for the construction, education, health care, government, retail, commercial, transportation, security and energy sectors. With over half a century of innovative history, organic growth and strategic acquisitions, WillScot serves a broad customer base from approximately 120 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, with a fleet of approximately 150,000 modular space and portable storage units.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

Additional information about WillScot can be found on its investor relations website: https://investors.willscot.com

Contact Information

Investor Inquiries:

Mark Barbalato
investors@willscot.com

Media Inquiries:

Scott Junk
scott.junk@willscot.com

Increase marketability of Aswara graduates – Nancy

 

KUALA LUMPUR The National Arts Culture and Heritage Academy (Aswara) must seriously look into the marketability of its graduates to ensure their competitiveness in the industry.

 

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said this could help brand the uniqueness of Aswara graduates in producing artworks which are comparable to international brands.

 

“Aswara plays a huge role in highlighting the importance of arts and culture in higher education and everyday lives. Therefore, the effort to produce excellent students with extraordinary talents and wow factor is something that we must consider together,” she said in conjunction with the appointment of three new Aswara board members today.

 

 

 

The new board members are the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) director-general Tan Sri Norliza Rofli, singer and vocal teacher Datuk Syafinaz Selamat and actor Zul Huzaimy Marzuki.

 

Nancy also hoped that the Aswara community could work hand-in-hand to explore opportunities to bring the academy to greater heights and ensure it is always relevant to the industry.

 

Meanwhile, she was confident that the collaboration between the new Aswara board members and the current administration could offer remarkable outcomes through their expertise, knowledge and experience.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

Make “Road To Oscar” a reality – Saifuddin

 

KUALA LUMPUR Films that revolve around the Malay world, culture and religions can bring the local film industry to greater heights including going to the Oscar, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

 

He said local film industry players through collaboration with the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) should formulate effective strategies and plans in order to achieve the goal.

 

“(Produce a film) a project that can export our culture and identity to the international level. Not necessarily for profit making. The aim is (to promote) patriotism.

 

 

 

 

“This can be a catalyst,” he said during his visit to FINAS in Petaling Jaya today.

 

Also present was FINAS Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri.

 

Saifuddin said in order to further develop the industry, assistance should also be given to industry players and production companies including those in the incubator and special categories.

 

 

Saifuddin said if other countries are able to achieve an Oscar nomination, local film industry players must dare to aim high, accept the challenge and realise it.

 

“The content (of the film) should be in line with the national creative policy, broadcasting ethics and government policies, and must as well be planned properly,” he added.

 

Earlier in his visit to the Broadcasting and Information Tun Abdul Razak Institute (IPPTAR), Saifuddin said creative industries players must be able to multitask and be versatile to steer the industry to greater heights.

 

He said there was a need to create individuals or groups that are not only expert in their fields, but could also make important decision for the advancement to the industry.

 

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

Man dies of suspected Leptospirosis, four others under treatment

 

KUALA TERENGGANU A 29-year-old man suspected to be suffering from Leptospirosis has died while four others are still being treated at Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital (HSNZ).

 

Terengganu health director Dr Nor Azimi Yunus said the man from Dungun was admitted to HSNZ at 5.30 pm on Sunday and died at 1.20 am yesterday while receiving treatment at HSNZ Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

 

“The other four patients aged between 30 and 32 are reported to be in stable condition.

 

 

 

“All of them (including the deceased) show symptoms similar to those of Leptospirosis disease such as fever, arthralgia, muscle pain (myalgia), diarrhoea and vomiting. However, the department is still awaiting confirmation from the laboratory test,” he said in a statement today.

 

Investigations revealed that all of them were believed to have engaged in recreational activities in Lubuk Sungai Kerawat, Jerantut in Pahang from June 1 to June 4 along with nine other individuals.

 

Dr Nor Azimi said the department was still conducting investigations and case detection for other individuals who had taken part in the activity.

 

 

He said Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by the pathogen Leptospira, which can be transmitted directly or indirectly from animals to humans. Leptospira bacteria can be found in the urine of infected animals such as rats, cats, cows, goats, horses and other animals.

 

“Among the signs and symptoms of infection include chills, headache, muscle aches, vomiting, jaundice (yellow disease), inflammation of the eyes, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, cough and rash on the skin.

 

“Humans can be infected if exposed or in direct contact with the urine of infected animals or consumed food or drinks contaminated with infected animal urine,” he said.

 

In this regard, he hopes people will be more aware of their home environment, food premises and recreation areas to be free of rats and other pests and ensure garbage and food waste removed efficiently.

 

“Avoid recreational activities in areas that are potentially contaminated such as picnics and swimming in ponds or rivers that are not well maintained.

 

“Avoid swimming or playing in stagnant water areas or slow-flowing rivers and drinking from rivers or ponds without boiling first,” he said.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

UMS student’s grit in taking exam on a tree won viewers’ hearts

Recently a video went viral on a University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) student, Veveonah Mosibin who climbed up a tree to gain internet access in order to take her online examination.

 

The video uploaded on June 12 on her YouTube platform, Veveonah M received over 150,000 views and received positive reactions and comments and was also shared by UMS.

 

In a recent video uploaded on June 14, Veveonah from Kampung Sapatalang in Pitas, Sabah, expressed her happiness with the support and motivation she received following the video.

 

 

 

“Today is one of the most historic days, in fact today I am very happy and excited for I have garnered 1,330 more subscribers.

 

“I really appreciate your support. Thank you for supporting my videos including my university for sharing my videos. I will try to reply the comments and generate more interesting videos,” she said.

 

Before this, Veveonah posted an 11-minute video entitled “24 hours on the tree challenge” featuring her climbing a tree in order to gain strong internet access to answer examination questions.

 

 

Initially, the basic science student had built a small hut for that purpose but the hut was damaged due to the weather several hours before the examination.

 

With a mosquito net, two mobile phones, a power bank, stationery, rice and drinks, Veveonah managed to answer two examination papers while on the tree.

 

The video also featured Veveonah’s anxious moments as she had to persevere with the presence of hornets while taking the examination and her decision to spend the night on the tree as the weather got darker.

 

Veveonah also posted some videos about her life in the village including how to build an underground well and peeling coconuts without using tools.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency