Zoom brings together in-office and remote employees with the launch of Intelligent Director for Zoom Rooms

AI-powered Intelligent Director enhances connection and optimizes the conference room experience for hybrid work, using multiple cameras to give every participant their own space in Zoom Meetings

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) announced the launch of the award-winning Intelligent Director for Zoom Rooms. For hybrid meetings with a Zoom Room, Intelligent Director uses AI and multiple cameras to provide the best image and angle of participants in the room so remote participants can see each person clearly, even in large conference rooms.

“As more people return to the office, it’s no longer enough to deliver the best remote worker experience; every business needs a solution to deliver the best hybrid meeting experience,” said Smita Hashim, chief product officer at Zoom. “Even with some employees in the office, oftentimes other team members are dispersed, so meeting equity and inclusion become more important than ever. Intelligent Director is the solution that can bring employees together, regardless of location, so they can truly connect face-to-face.”

Intelligent Director is specifically designed for medium- to larger-sized rooms and helps avoid the “bowling alley effect.” Intelligent Director can individually frame up to 16 participants in a Zoom Room using multiple cameras, choosing the best video stream via a Zoom-designed AI, and send that stream to the gallery view of the Zoom Meeting.

An evolution of Zoom’s Smart Gallery feature, which uses a single camera and AI to give each person in a small to medium-sized room their own space in a Zoom Meeting, Intelligent Director takes this same technology to the next level for larger conference rooms.

For bigger meeting spaces, it is easier to be hidden by others when only using a single camera, so Intelligent Director’s multi-camera configuration and use of video AI technology provide meeting equity to everyone in the room, selecting the best view of each individual, even if they move around or turn their heads. Remote participants can now have face-to-face conversations with each Zoom Rooms participant, allowing in-room participants to be seen and heard.

Intelligent Director is made possible through the support of Zoom’s hardware partner ecosystem. Manufacturers, including Apple, AVer, Dell, HP | Poly, Intel, Logitech, and Yealink have supported Zoom with the computer, controller, and camera solutions necessary to produce this major advancement.

About Zoom
Zoom is an all-in-one intelligent collaboration platform that makes connecting easier, more immersive, and more dynamic for businesses and individuals. Zoom technology puts people at the center, enabling meaningful connections, facilitating modern collaboration, and driving human innovation through solutions like team chat, phone, meetings, omnichannel cloud contact center, smart recordings, whiteboard, and more, in one offering. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Get more info at zoom.com.

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Medela Concludes Global Breastfeeding Symposium with Key Takeaways in Lactation Science to Inform Clinical Practice

Leading Breast Pump Brand Hosts Global Event to Advance Breastfeeding Research and Understand Current Hospital-Based Practices, Sharing Research Findings Free of Charge

Switzerland, Baar, June 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Medela, the brand trusted by millions of moms*, concluded its 16th Global Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium, focused on advancing lactation science to improve care. This three-part world tour was held in three locations, kicking off in Chicago, Illinois in April, followed by Beijing, China in May, and concluding in Munich, Germany in June. All three events welcomed more than 2,600 healthcare professionals in maternal and infant care to learn about the latest research findings and key insights from globally and regionally renowned experts in human milk and lactation. Delivering on Medela’s commitment of turning science into care, speaker presentations from the series will be available free of charge for virtual access through Medela University from next week.

“By bringing together top minds in lactation science from around the world, we are able to further our shared goal of improving maternal and infant health outcomes,” said Annette Brüls, CEO of  Medela worldwide. “We know that conducting the research is only half of a much larger picture, which is why our Global Symposium is committed to creating a dynamic learning opportunity to transfer this knowledge from the experts in science and research to the leaders in healthcare settings around the world. We are bridging the gap between research and practice, making it accessible, free of charge, to the people who use and need it, with the sole intention of nurturing health for generations.”

The global event featured presentations and discussions from experts, including:

PROF. LARS BODE (USA) | Lactation as a biological system: The dynamics of human milk composition

“Human milk and lactation do not stand in isolation; they are part of a dynamic biological system that is embedded in socioeconomic, cultural, behavioral, and environmental contexts,” explains Professor Bode, Ph.D., at the University of California San Diego. “As a scientist, it was exciting to participate in Medela’s Breastfeeding & Lactation Symposia because the events connect the science with the clinical application of human milk and lactation, which together is a major driver to advance the field with maximum impact on infant health and development.”

PROF. DONNA GEDDES (AU) | Lactation as a biological system: The importance of dose

“As we seek to understand how human milk composition impacts the health of our next generation, we often default to analyzing concentrations of milk components. Yet when we measure the dose the baby receives, a new world opens up with the promise of innovative ways to improve the health of our children,” says Professor Geddes from the University of Western Australia. “I appreciate the opportunity to share my scientific findings at this stellar conference, but I find the interaction with the participants invaluable, as they come from all disciplines essential to improving breastfeeding and breast milk delivery for all lactating women and their babies.”

DR. REBECCA HOBAN (CA) | Initiation of lactation: Prophylactic lactation support as standard of care for mothers of NICU infants

“Although we know that mother’s milk is literally lifesaving for preterm infants in the NICU, many mothers struggle to make enough milk for their babies, limiting their infant’s lifelong milk dose and it is my passion to optimize lactation for these vulnerable families,” shares Dr. Hoban, staff neonatologist and Director of Breastfeeding Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. “Medela’s Symposium brings new lactation evidence to clinician leaders who will translate the science to the bedside for families around the world. It’s a great way to ‘spread the word’ about the latest findings in breastfeeding research!”

PROF. DIANE SPATZ (USA) | A call to action: Improving human milk and breastfeeding outcomes by prioritizing effective initiation of lactation

“There is a critical window for the establishment of a milk supply and, we as advocates and clinicians have an obligation to families to teach them the science of human milk and the physiology of lactation,” explains Professor Diane Spatz, who also serves as chairperson for Medela’s Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board in the Americas. Prof. Spatz presented a call to action about the need for prioritizing effective initiation of lactation in order to improve exclusivity and duration of breastfeeding. Prof. Spatz is a Professor of Perinatal Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing sharing a joint appointment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Held as a hybrid event in Beijing on May 13-14, the China Symposium focused on providing a platform for like-minded breastfeeding professionals to share ideas, experiences and best practices. In partnership with the China Maternity and Child Health Association, the event marked a shared commitment to educating individuals on the benefits of human milk, while strengthening the collective efforts to foster a supportive environment for breastfeeding in China.

PROF. CAO YUN (CHINA) | The impact of human milk feeding on the outcomes of NICU premature infants based on clinical research in China

”As an experienced NICU physician, I have been promoting human milk feeding since I learned of its benefits for NICU infants. I am pleased to see so many obstetrics, pediatrics, and nursing experts gathered here. The promotion of breastfeeding cannot be achieved without the cooperation of various departments and multi-disciplinary teams.” says Prof. Cao Yun from Fudan University Children Hospital. “It is great that Medela organizes such an informative symposium that allows us to unite to promote breastfeeding in China.”

PROF. YU HONG (CHINA) Quality improvement study on breastfeeding in mother-infant-separation dyads after standardized interventions

“I was very excited to participate in this grand event organized by Medela and learned about global cutting-edge research,” says Prof. Yu Hong from Southeast University Zhongda Hospital. “I led a multiple-center quality improvement study in Jiangsu Province, and our objective is to support lactation and improve the dose of own mother’s milk feeding through the evidence-based interventions.”

PROF. FENG QI (CHINA) Clinical study on promoting breastfeeding of premature infants in China

“Breastfeeding is not only a mother’s business, but also depends on family and social support,” says Prof. Feng Qi from Peking University First Hospital. “At present, the government has issued documents to support breastfeeding, and we also have the consensus from professional groups. As more and more hospitals are paying increasing attention to breastfeeding, we need to proactively adopt best clinical practices to improve breastfeeding in the NICU.”

DR. YUKI TAKAHASHI (JAPAN) | Effect of epidural analgesia on infant sucking and opportunities for improvement to achieve the standard of care for infants

“Intrapartum interventions such as epidural analgesia or induction of labor can influence skin-to-skin contact and rooting/suckling behavior, not only right after, but up to two days after birth,” says Dr. Yuki Takahashi from Nagoya University Japan. “And the important thing is to prioritize breastfeeding support resources to provide behaviorally appropriate and individualized care during this critical period.”

On June 23-24, Medela hosted the European Edition of their world tour in Munich, Germany, and welcomed two internationally renowned British speakers who shared their insights for improving lactation support in the neonatal intensive care unit. On day two of the symposium the healthcare experts on-site took these findings into curated workshops with the goal of translating them into clinical practice.

PROF. NEENA MODI (UK) | Perspectives: Prioritizing own mother´s milk in the neonatal unit – need for standardized metrics that capture lactation and infant feeding

“Prioritizing the provision of own mother’s milk (OMM) is a crucial step in neonatal care and thorough, high-quality data on lactation and infant feeding are fundamental in assessing the success of OMM provision and understanding the extent to which infants leave the neonatal unit breastfeeding,” asserts Professor Neena Modi of the Imperial College London, who also serves as President-elect of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine. Prof. Modi underscored that by implementing standardized information recording in neonatal units, we can develop universally accepted quality indicators, improve care, and drive research for better breastfeeding outcomes.

DR. SARAH BATES (UK) | Spotlight: Improving survival & outcomes for preterm infants through optimizing early maternal breast milk – a national Quality Improvement toolkit from BAPM

“Optimizing own mother’s milk (OMM) is crucial for the long-term health of preterm infants,” explained Dr. Sarah Bates, Consultant Pediatrician and Neonatologist at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. In her talk Dr. Bates shed light on the innovative national toolkits created by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, demonstrating its utility in optimizing OMM for preterm infants from initiation of lactation to post-discharge. Her session, infused with success stories and insightful parental views, showcased how this initiative can positively reshape the health trajectories of preterm infants nationwide.

Turning science into care

Presentations from speakers will be available free of charge for virtual access through Medela University, an online professional education platform for lactation science offering continuing education units (CEUs).

In addition, Medela will host a series of educational webinars in the US and Europe to translate existing research findings into clinical practice and share important conclusions and expert recommendations. While the US webinars will focus primarily on disparities in breastfeeding and resources for clinicians to assess their own implicit bias and alter clinical practice to better support Black women who breastfeed, the European webinars will focus on improving lactation science and improving care in neonatal units.

Learn more about the Global Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium at medela.com/symposium.

Media resources, including language versions of the press releases and visual assets are available for download at medela.com/symposium-media.

About Medela

Through advancing research, observing natural behavior, and listening to our customers, Medela turns science into care while nurturing health for generations. Medela supports millions of moms, babies, patients, and healthcare professionals in more than 100 countries all over the world. As the healthcare choice for more than 6 million hospitals and homes across the globe, Medela provides leading research-based breast milk feeding and baby products, healthcare solutions for hospitals, and clinical education. Medela is dedicated to building better health outcomes, simplifying and improving life, and developing breakthroughs that help moms, babies and patients live their life to the fullest. For more information, visit www.medela.com.

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EMCO Industries Limited’s Board Meeting to Discuss Key Leadership Appointments and Corporate Governance Reconstitution

Karachi, EMCO Industries Limited is set to hold a crucial board meeting on July 4, 2023, in Lahore. The meeting aims to address significant matters, including the appointment of the Chairman, Managing Director, and Chief Executive Officer. The board members will also have the opportunity to discuss any other pertinent business, provided it receives approval from the Chairman.

The upcoming board meeting, the company has declared a “Closed Period” from June 27, 2023, to July 4, 2023.

Atlas Asset Management Limited Announces Interim Distribution for Multiple Funds

Karachi, Atlas Asset Management Limited (AAML) has informed unit holders of its various funds about an upcoming interim distribution decision. The Investment Committee (IC) of AAML, acting under the authority delegated by the Board of Directors, will convene a meeting on June 27, 2023, at 03:15 p.m. to discuss and approve the interim distribution, if any, for several funds managed by the company.

The funds under consideration for the interim distribution include the Atlas Money Market Fund (AMF), Atlas Sovereign Fund (ASF), Atlas Income Fund (AW), Atlas Stock Market Fund (ASMF), Atlas Islamic Money Market Fund (A.IMF), Atlas Islamic Income Fund (AIIF), Atlas Islamic Stock Fund (AISF), Atlas Islamic Fund of Funds (AIFOF), and Atlas Islamic Dedicated Stock Fund (AIDSF).

Unit holders whose names are listed in the Register of Unit holders as of June 26, 2023, will be eligible to receive the interim distribution.

EFU LIFE ASSURANCE LIMITED’s Director and Substantial Shareholder Discloses Purchase of Shares

Karachi, EFU LIFE ASSURANCE LIMITED has revealed that a significant transaction was executed by a Director, CEO, or Executive, along with their spouses and a substantial shareholder.

On June 26, 2023, EFU General Insurance Ltd., listed as a substantial shareholder, made a substantial purchase of 101,800 shares in EFU LIFE ASSURANCE LIMITED at a rate of 203.09 per share. The transaction was executed through the Central Depository Company (CDC) and the shares were traded in the “Ready” market.

Atlas Asset Management Limited Announces Daily Dividend Distribution for June 26, 2023, of 0.0562% for Atlas Liquid Fund (ALF)

Karachi, Atlas Asset Management Limited has revealed the details of the daily dividend distribution for June 26, 2023, for its Atlas Liquid Fund (ALF). As authorized by the Board of Directors, the management company and investment committee of ALF have approved a distribution of 0.2808 rupees per unit, which represents 0.0562% of the fund’s par value.

The entitlement will be distributed to the unit holders whose names appeared in the register of unit holders of the fund at the close of the business day on June 26, 2023.

Tractors Limited’s Top Officials and Spouses Disclose Major Bonus Share Transactions which took place on June 26, 2023

Karachi, several key figures associated with Millat Tractors Limited, including Directors, Executives, and their spouses, have executed substantial bonus share transactions. The details of these transactions, which took place on June 26, 2023, have been made public and are as follows:

1. Saad Iqbal, the Non-Executive Director, acquired 1,498,130 bonus shares with a rate of 0.00 per share in CDC form.

2. Nasar Us Samad Qureshi, the Independent Director, received 162 bonus shares at a rate of 0.00 per share in physical form.

3. Ambreen Waheed, also an Independent Director, obtained 1,201 bonus shares at a rate of 0.00 per share in CDC form.

4. Muhammad Faisal Azeem, an Executive of the company, was granted 1,672 bonus shares at a rate of 0.00 per share in CDC form.

5. Sohail Ahmed Nisar, another Executive, acquired 21,051 bonus shares at a rate of 0.00 per share in CDC form.

6. Shoaib Usman Banday, an Executive, received 2,333 bonus shares at a rate of 0.00 per share in physical form.

7. Shoaib Usman Banday (again), an Executive, also received 1,296 bonus shares at a rate of 0.00 per share in CDC form.

EFU Life Assurance Limited Withdraws Proposal to Increase Authorized Share Capital

Karachi, EFU Life Assurance Limited’s Board of Directors has taken a significant decision to withdraw the proposed resolution to increase the Company’s Authorized Share Capital. The resolution aimed to raise the capital from Rs. 1,500,000,000/- to Rs. 5,000,000,000/-.

However, despite this withdrawal, the company will continue with other agenda items as scheduled for the Extraordinary General Meeting (EOGM) on July 7, 2023. The two remaining items to be addressed during the meeting are the election of directors for a three-year term commencing from July 10, 2023, and the transmission of the Annual Report to shareholders.

Shareholders will receive the Annual Report through a QR-enabled code, along with the notice of the Annual General Meeting, and via a web link. Additionally, e-voting will be available to shareholders from July 3, 2023, until the deadline on July 6, 2023.

Millat Tractors Limited’s Director, CEO, and Executives, along with Their Spouses and Substantial Shareholders, Disclose Share Transactions

Karachi, Millat Tractors Limited, a listed company, has revealed share transactions executed by key personnel and their spouses, as well as substantial shareholders. The details of the transactions are as follows:

1. SIKANDAR MUSTAFA KHAN (Non-Executive Director) executed a bonus transaction on June 26, 2023, involving 5,709,301 shares at a rate of 0.00 in physical form (PHY).

2. CYMA KHAN, spouse of SIKANDAR MUSTAFA KHAN and also a Non-Executive Director, carried out a bonus transaction on the same date, involving 84,664 shares at a rate of 0.00 in physical form (PHY).

3. SOHAIL BASHIR RANA, an Executive Director, conducted a bonus transaction on June 26, 2023, involving 3,645,921 shares at a rate of 0.00 in physical form (PHY).

4. SOHAIL BASHIR RANA, the Executive Director, also executed another bonus transaction on the same date, involving 34,650 shares at a rate of 0.00 in Central Depository Company (CDC) form (NIA).

5. AYESHA SOHAIL, spouse of SOHAIL BASHIR RANA and an Executive Director, performed a bonus transaction on June 26, 2023, involving 449,319 shares at a rate of 0.00 in physical form (PHY).

6. AYESHA SOHAIL, spouse of SOHAIL BASHIR RANA and an Executive Director, executed another bonus transaction on the same date, involving 12,063 shares at a rate of 0.00 in Central Depository Company (CDC) form (NIA).

7. LAEEQ UD DIN ANSARI, a Non-Executive Director, carried out a bonus transaction on June 26, 2023, involving 4,368,740 shares at a rate of 0.00 in physical form (PHY).

8. LAEEQ UD DIN ANSARI, the Non-Executive Director, also executed another bonus transaction on the same date, involving 1,619,163 shares at a rate of 0.00 in Central Depository Company (CDC) form (NIA).

9. QAISER SALEEM, a Non-Executive Director, conducted a bonus transaction on June 26, 2023, involving 1,259,458 shares at a rate of 0.00 in physical form (PHY).

10. QAISER SALEEM, the Non-Executive Director, also executed another bonus transaction on the same date, involving 273,875 shares at a rate of 0.00 in Central Depository Company (CDC) form (NIA).

Millat Tractors Limited Allots 35.6 Million Bonus Securities to Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited

Karachi, Millat Tractors Limited has allotted an impressive 35,596,930 bonus securities to the Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited. The bonus securities have been credited into respective accounts in the Central Depository System on June 26, 2023, in accordance with the entitlement list.

This significant allocation has resulted in the increase of Millat Tractors Limited’s paid-up capital to 191,798,229 securities. Shareholders are urged to promptly verify their accounts and report any discrepancies, if found.

Pakistan Synthetics Limited Successfully Credits 50% Interim Bonus Securities to Shareholders’ Accounts and Dispatches Bonus Share Certificates

Karachi, Pakistan Synthetics Limited has fulfilled its commitment to shareholders by crediting the Bonus Securities for the 50% Interim Bonus issue, as approved by the Company’s Board of Directors on May 30, 2023. The process was completed by June 23, 2023, with the Central Depository System (CDS) of Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited successfully receiving and crediting the Bonus Securities into respective accounts and sub-accounts of the shareholders.

The company has taken a proactive step in ensuring their entitlement. On June 26, 2023.