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Valor Global CEO Nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year



Phoenix-based Entrepreneur Celebrated for Innovation and Growth in Information Technology.

Phoenix, AZ, May 22, 2019 --(PR.PRESS)-- Valor Global CEO, Simer S. Mayo, has been selected by peers as Finalist for the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) Mountain Desert Region. The annual award is in recognition to leaders who excel in innovation and personal commitment to business and community.

Simer is the true definition of the American Dream. Migrating to the United States at age 21, without any financial assistance, he began his tenured career as a technology consultant. Witnessing the need for a culture shift and innovation in technology and call center solutions, Simer founded Valor Global in 2004. Under his leadership, the company has grown exponentially with continued evolution and success, expanding both nationally and globally offering round the clock support for increased customer experience and satisfaction.

Simer has a personal dedication to giving back to employees and community, practicing his beliefs through conscious capitalism, volunteerism and the Dream Manager, a paid position at Valor Global to assist employees in making their dreams come true. From Simer Mayo: “I am honored to be nominated as a finalist for an award that celebrates innovation and mold-breakers. To be considered a peer with top industry leaders is beyond humbling. This honor is possible due to the work ethic of our global teams that have enabled us to become one of the fastest growing and leaders in our industry.”

The winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year will be announced June 20, 2019 in Denver, CO.

Valor Global is a leader in providing Call Center solutions to customers around the world. Headquartered in Arizona and offices in the Philippines and Costa Rica with 2,000+ global employees, Valor is the industry leader in Net Promoter Score (NPS), Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) and employee retention in Customer Care, Account Management, First party collections, and technical support. Valor delivers extraordinary cost effective, robust 24/7 onshore and offshore support models. Valor provides extraordinary experiences to enable its customers to align people, process and technology resulting in happy and timely outcomes. Valor infuses culture, innovation leveraging best in class technology, operational excellence using LEAN and Agile framework. Valor systems and data centers are hosted within SSAE 16 compliant data centers with operational processes designed to ensure security and compliance with ITIL and other industry security standards.

Price Edge Announces Breakthrough AI-Driven Price Optimization Solution



Using AI to automatically drive sales and profit online is something that many businesses dream of. Price Edge has now turned that dream into an all-in-one reality.

Stockholm, Sweden, May 22, 2019 --(PR.PRESS)-- Price Edge, a Price Optimization & Management (PO&M) software provider, announced today the release of their latest AI solution, PriceEdge™ Optimize, which applies artificial intelligence to optimize prices & revenues for eCommerce stores.

PriceEdge™ Optimize enables eCommerce stores to get optimal price suggestions and gain insight into their products' price elasticity, by understanding the purchase behaviour around each product in combination with competitors' pricing. This not only enables pricing teams to save time and effort, but it also empowers them to focus more on business strategy rather than pricing administration. The solution can additionally be implemented within hours, as all data is collected via a script that’s simply embedded in the webshop code.

With this addition, Price Edge now challenges the incumbents in end-to-end pricing solutions with a broad set of solutions designed to solve any price management and optimization needs.

“Today, eCommerce businesses must stay on top of rapidly changing market conditions and customer preferences,” said Rickard Glamsjö, CEO, Price Edge. “Prices must continuously adapt to the constantly changing market dynamics and unique differences of each business to deliver pricing recommendations that drive revenue and identify hidden profit. The addition of PriceEdge™ Optimize delivers on this vision.”

To learn more about Price Edge’s pricing technology and PriceEdge Optimize™, please visit:

About Price Edge
Established in 2014 in Sweden, Price Edge has developed the dream pricing software - a cloud-based price optimization & management software for enterprises, which gives them access to new pricing strategies and more flexibility than ever before. Price Edge’s vision is to become and stay the leading price optimization & management solution provider by offering a more flexible and easier to use product than all other options in the market.

PriceEdge™ is already working with many of the largest brands in the world and recently started to ramp up its global growth. They are a young, energetic team pursuing the vision of building a global SaaS company that will fundamentally change the way enterprises work with pricing in both B2B and B2C.

Kantar Launches Breakthrough Linked Data Offer



New Claritis(TM) Solution Links PRO and Clinical Data – Representing Major Advancement in Evidence Generation for Real World Research

New Orleans, LA, May 22, 2019 --(PR.PRESS)-- Kantar today unveiled Claritis(TM) Solution, a breakthrough approach to real world data analytics. Claritis links patient reported outcomes (PRO) data and clinical data. The innovative offering represents a major advancement in evidence generation for real world research, as Claritis supports a host of evidence generation scenarios, including: providing payer agencies with the required evidence to support reimbursement decisions, supporting regulatory bodies that require evidence of real-world safety and effectiveness, and generating critical information that's used by other healthcare stakeholders, including healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers.

"When presenting the value proposition of its product to various constituents, life sciences companies need highly-accurate and timely information from both the physician’s and patient’s perspective," said Jeremy Brody, Chief Strategy Officer, for the Health Division of Kantar. "Traditionally, acquiring the necessary data has required companies to design and conduct large primary research studies or conduct multiple studies using different secondary data sources. By utilizing Claritis linked data, companies don’t have to wait for the evidence they need. Claritis provides an opportunity to examine the clinical view alongside the patient’s unique perspective, delivering significant benefits in both insights and efficiencies. Claritis is a true game changer for building strategic value with our clients."

On May 21, at ISPOR 2019, Kantar will share more detail about data linking and Claritis in an informative presentation – "Linked Data Breakthrough Delivers Major Advancement for PRO and Clinical Research." Moderated by Kantar's Lulu K. Lee, PhD, Vice President, Health Outcomes Research, and Tom Haskell, Global Head of Innovation, Data and Analytics, Kantar will share its approach for linking PRO data with more traditional real-world data, including medical and prescription claims data, electronic health records (EHRs) and lab data.

Kantar's Claritis offers a HIPAA-certified approach for linking de-identified clinical data with de-identified survey data, highly accurate probabilistic matching, and linking software validated at error rates less than industry standards.

For more information, please visit

About Kantar: Kantar is the world’s leading data, insights and consulting company. We understand more about how people think, feel, shop, share, vote and view than anyone else. Combining our expertise in human understanding with advanced technologies, Kantar’s 30,000 people help the world’s leading organizations succeed and grow.

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" China Warns the Trump Administration Against Going Too Far "

By Stephen Lendman

Freelance News Reporter

Global News Aruba


Following the breakdown in US trade talks with China, its Foreign Minister Wang Yi reportedly told Pompeo by phone not to go “too far” in pushing China to go along with unacceptable Trump Administration demands on trade and other issues.

According to China’s Xinhau, Beijing remains willing to negotiate with Washington to resolve bilateral differences — provided US officials show good faith.

China will suspend talks if the Trump Administration maintains its toughness, including unacceptable sanctions, possible further ones, and actions against tech giant Huawei, blacklisting the company and its affiliates, shutting them out of the US market for national security reasons, to give corporate America a competitive edge.

Following its unacceptable action against Huawei, China cancelled the purchase of 3,247 metric tons of US pork, the largest cut in over a year, following other cuts earlier this year, according to the US Agriculture Department.

Since China instituted a 25% tariff on US soybeans, exports to the country are half their earlier peak amount.

China is the world’s largest consumer of soybeans, importing 88 million tons in 2018, according to the General Administration of Customs, the cut in purchases from the US hitting its agribusiness hard.

According to Iowa Soybean Association president Lindsey Greiner, “(i)f you asked me two weeks ago, I would have told you I was optimistic about a deal, but now I’ve just done a 180 and I’m not optimistic at all.”

Things have “gone from bad to worse. I had been optimistic but last week everything blew up. It’s not good for agriculture at all,” including for US producers of pork and other agricultural exports to China.

National Pork Producers Council president Jim Monroe said resolution of Sino/US trade differences is the top priority for pig farmers. Because of lost sales and lower prices, “(w)e continue to urge the administration to resolve trade disputes as quickly as possible,” he stressed, adding: The “China deal doesn’t look good at all…(A)fter (talks broke down), I don’t have one ounce of optimism left in me…There’s no hope of making any money” without resolution of bilateral differences.

The US tariff hike on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 – 25%, perhaps followed by the same duty on over $300 billion more US exports to the country amounts to a large tax increase on American consumers and companies.

According to the Tax Foundation’s chief economist Kyle Pomerleau, it’s one of the largest tax increases in the last 20 years.

Penn-Wharton Budget Model economist Kent Smetters estimates it’ll cost a US household earning $61,000 from $500 to $550 annually.

According to Oxford Economics,25% US tariffs on all Chinese goods would cost US households around $800 annually, the economy to lose about half a percent of GDP, around 360,000 fewer jobs created.

As of now, no further Sino/US talks are scheduled. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences official Tao Wenzhao said further ones are fruitless unless “the US finally wakes up,” realizing that unacceptable demands on Beijing won’t work.

International relations expert Jia Qingguo said “(t)he stand-off should last for a while because the US has refused to make even the slightest compromise – to a point that is somewhat unreasonable.”

Eleven rounds of Sino/US talks failed to get Beijing to bend to the Trump Administration's will. Nor will further talks as long as its demands remain unreasonable.

President of Huawei semiconductor affiliate HiSilicon He Tingbo said blacklisting the company won’t work. It’s “been preparing for the dark moment.” The action will make Huawei “even stronger,” adding:

“The US has completely abandoned commercial principles and disregarded law. Its barbaric behavior against Huawei by resorting to administrative power can be viewed as a declaration of war on China in the economic and technological fields.”

“It is time that the Chinese people throw away their illusions. Compromise will not lead to US goodwill…Any measure that can bite into the US and do no harm to China can be adopted.”

“The trade war launched by the US is becoming more and more like real war. At its core is the US resorts to unscrupulous means to suppress China while China is committed to crushing US arrogance.”

“The US has been telling its people that China would soon make compromises, and we must break such lies by making clear China will not sign any unequal deal.”

The People’s Daily, Beijing’s official newspaper, said “China (won’t accept) unreasonable (US) demands.”

“(T)he Chinese nation has embarked on a journey toward the great rejuvenation. Any attempt to force China to sign an unequal treaty is not only an extreme ignorance of the modern history of China, but also a great provocation against the Chinese people.”

President Xi Jinping earlier said China won’t sacrifice its principles and interests. Expecting it by the US would be a major strategic blunder, adding: Beijing won’t permit the US or any other nation to impede or undermine its economic, industrial or technological development. It’ll make no concessions on these core issues.

If Trump Administration hardliners remain unbending, trade talks may be doomed to fail.

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" Passing the Parcel: The European Union and Refugees in the Mediterranean "

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark

Signature News Reporter for Aruba

Global News Aruba

The modern UN Refugee Convention is now so flea-bitten it’s been put out to the garbage tip of history.  At least the enthusiastic fleas think so, given their conduct as political representatives across a range of parliaments keen on barbed wired borders and impenetrable defences.  Across Europe, the issue of refugees arriving by sea – in this case, the Mediterranean – has become a matter of games and deflection. Lacking any coherence whatsoever, the approach to certain, designated arrivals is to push them on to the next port in fits of cruel deflection, hoping that the next recipient will give in.  Such conduct demonstrates how states have adopted notions of penalisation and discrimination against the arrival who seeks sanctuary, positions severely in breach of international humanitarian law.

Australia remains the undisputed pioneer in this, at least in the last two decades. Incapable of establishing a decent environmental policy, hostage to the gunpoint of the mining lobby, and suspicious of enshrined rights, its backwater parliamentarians have been dazzling with other efforts: finding a suitably bestial policy to repel maritime arrivals, for instance.  Boats have been towed back to Indonesia, a country which many of its representatives grudgingly do business with.  People smugglers, the very same ones demonised as “scum” by Australian politicians, have been paid when and where necessary.  A veil of secrecy has been cast with suffocating effect across the operations of the Royal Australian Navy, and criminal provisions have been passed punishing any whistle-blower who dares disclose the nature of operations in the detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.

Countries hugging the Mediterranean are also attempting to make a dash up the premier league of refugee cruelty.  In January, Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini bellowed in disdain that rescue ships heading to Italy were provocations.

“No one will disembark in Italy.”

This has been accentuated by a change in funding policy.  The European Union has distanced itself from the anti-smuggling Operation Sophia, which ran for four years and involved the rescue of thousands of refugees with the use of EU vessels.  Any united front on the part of EU states has effectively collapsed.

Vessels are now being refused docking rights as a matter of course.  Sixty-two migrants on the German rescue ship Alan Kurdi found themselves being refused and moved on.  Having been rescued on April 3 near Libya, the vessel owned by the German non-governmental organisation Sea-Eye faced a rhetoric, and approach, long favoured in the isolated Australian capital of Canberra.  Those attempting to enter the ports of Malta and Italy were initially refused.  To permit them entry would be tantamount to encouraging human trafficking.

It took 10 days of torment before an agreement was struck: the individuals in question would be allowed to reach Valetta in Malta.  As with everything else, political representatives saw a chance to make hay.  Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat claimed a victory in ending the stand-off, scolding conservatives who believed in abortion.

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.  We are speaking about the same human life, and I can no longer take the hypocrisy in people who have these double standards.”

There was a twist, suggesting that the government could still be selective.  The crew of the Alan Kurdiwere refused entry, thereby revealing that Malta was happy to spare the refugee but punish the rescuer.

“We condemn,” a dissatisfied Sea-Eye chairman Gorden Isler claimed, “the abuse of state power and the illegal restriction of our crew members’ freedom, who risked their own health to save lives.”

Captain Werner Czerwinski has proceeded to head to Spain with the express purpose of finding a harbour.  The impediments on its movement have been costly, meaning that it will be unable to embark on its next mission to the central part of the Mediterranean.

A statement from the Maltese government revealed the parcelling scheme: four countries would be involved, divvying out the human misery.

“Through the coordination of the European Commission, with the cooperation of Malta, the migrants on board the NGO vessel Alan Kurdi will be redistributed among four EU states: Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg.”

Hardly a stellar outcome, and certainly an ad hoc outcome that bodes ill for any consistency.

“These negotiations,” went a joint statement from Sea-Eye with a host of other rescue organisations, “are illegitimate and unsustainable practices that violate international law, fundamental principles of human rights and disregard the dignity of the rescued.”

The law of the sea, international law more generally speaking, and human rights law, had been flouted in not permitting an immediate disembarkation “at the nearest place of safety.”

The entire system of responding to refugees has become a toxic spread.  Organisations dedicated to the venture of saving potential victims of drowning have been designated a problem as grave as the people they assist.  Those wishing to help are imperilled by the very process of assistance which should be protected by the right to asylum.  There are bureaucratic issues on which waters the refugees might be found in.  Drownings have been inevitable, showing that red tape can be a lethal affair.

In various perverse instances, the rescuers can themselves find themselves facing investigations for actually providing needed assistance.  Miguel Rodan, a Spanish firefighter who found himself helping distressed refugees in June 2017, was duly informed that he, along with his fellow rescuers, were being investigated by officials of the Italian government that they might have been responsible for “facilitating illegal immigration”.

The looming tragedy here is that more numbers are bound to find their way into the waters of the Mediterranean, given the rapid escalation of hostilities in a crippled Libya.  Assessments vary depending on which panicked account is consulted, but a figure of 800,000 migrants has been floated.  The assault on Tripoli by Khalifa Hafter has the potential, according to Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of the UN-recognised government, to become a “new Syria”, a “war of aggression that will spread its cancer through the Mediterranean, Italy and Europe.”  The language is crudely apt: refugees as a cancerous spread; Europe’s response, a chemotherapeutic, if inconsistent harsh counter.

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Maximum Pressure in the Strait of Hormuz: The US-Iran Standoff

Report by Dr Binoy Kampmark
Signature Journalist
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Hegemons are never going to sound too sensible when they lock horns or joust in spats of childish anger.  Power corrupts, not merely in terms of perspective but language, and making sense about the next move, the next statement, is bound to be challenging.  Otherwise justified behaviour can be read as provocative; retaliatory moves duly rattle and disturb.

The Iran-US standoff is finding a surge of increments, provocations and howlers.  Since the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) last year, Tehran has gnawed and scratched at the arrangements.  Threats to close the Strait of Hormuz as a retaliation for frustrating Iranian oil sales have been made.  President Hassan Rouhani last week made it clear that the Islamic republic would scale back on certain JCPOA commitments.  Limits on building up stockpiles of low-enriched uranium and heavy water would be abandoned.  A 60-day period has been stipulated in the hope that the E3 (Britain, France and Germany), China and Russia provide relief for the Iranian oil and banking sector.  More suspensions of compliance orders threaten to follow if the powers do not muck in.

Despite not being part of the JCPOA anymore, the Trump administration persists in sticking its oar in the matter.  In May 3, the State Department explicitly warned it would sanction individuals and entities involved in swapping permitted uranium (enriched or natural) with Iran.  Nor would excess heavy water limits be permitted.

With such moves to strangle Iran’s economic feelers, it is little wonder that Rouhani has called on “surgery” to be performed on the JCPOA, one far more effectual than “the painkiller pills of the last year”.  Such a process, he promised, was “for saving the deal, not destroying it.”

News this week that Saudi Arabian oil tankers had been sabotaged near the Strait of Hormuz had its effect, even if the Trump administration has yet to pin its colours to the claim that Iran is responsible.  Give it time, and not much at that.  As the Wall Street Journal put it,

“The assessment, while not conclusive, was the first suggestion by any nation that Iran was responsible for the attack”.

To reporters in the Oval Office, Trump was keen to make his usual remarks about happiness, or its absence, if things turned out to be darker than he thought.  “It’s going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens, I can tell you that.”  What, pressed reporters, did the president mean by a “bad problem”?  “You can figure it out for yourself.  They know what I mean by it.”

Brian Hook, the US State Department’s special envoy on Iran, has been doing the circuit in Europe with Washington’s allies, hoping to stir some action against the meddling mullahs in a campaign of “maximum pressure”.  “Everything we are doing,” Hook tried to reason with the Sunday Times, “is defensive.”  Secretary of State Mark Pompeo also journeyed to Brussels to stir the matter.  According to Hook,

“The secretary shared information and intelligence with allies and discussed the multiple plot vectors emerging from Iran.”

What a boon Iran is proving to be for the parched hawks, an endless well of threat, much of it imaginary, to draw upon in the hope of actual military engagement.

National Security Advisor John Bolton is making do with the situation, creating much mischief, turning the furniture and belongings of the entire diplomatic stable inside out like a brat in search of attention.  He blames Iran, naturally, for “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings”.  As is the manner with all chicken hawks, he craves the blood of others and is not shy pushing it.  The problem with this attitude is that having a playmate such as Iran is bound to get you, and your fellow playmates, hurt on the way.  The school mistress should intervene, but her sense, and sensibility, is yet to be found.

Washington is certainly keen to make it a bad problem, a habit it has fallen into during stretches of its violent and imperial history.  At Bolton’s instigation, an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers are being deployed to the Persian Gulf on the supposedly clear grounds that Iran and its proxies are readying themselves for a strike on US forces in the region, bringing to mind similar provocations sought to stoke a potential conflict.

The planning of Operation Prairie Fire was one such ignominious example, designed to provoke Muammar Qaddafi’s Libya into a military incident in 1986.  In what seemed to be a true overegging of the pudding, US Navy Task Force 60 involved three aircraft carriers operating in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast.  They were involved in exercises falling within that most stretched of terms: freedom-of-navigation.  Prairie Fire turned out to be a bellicose affair, with Task Force 60 put on essentially a wartime footing.  Military exercises were duly conducted to stir the beast; patrols along the coast were conducted.  The beast responded with some six surface-to-air missiles.  A Libyan patrol boat was duly obliterated with some satisfaction, along with two more naval vessels and a missile site in Sirte.

“We now consider all approaching Libyan forces,” claimed the White House note with some smugness, “to have hostile intent.”

US-Iran encounters in the Strait of Hormuz are also not new: the Iran-Iraq War, one which saw the US throw in its lot with Saddam Hussein’s invading armies against the Iranian Republic, featured a fair share of attacks on merchant shipping.  The importance of the Strait to shipping and international traffic is again coming into play.

Trump has remained inflexible and obstinate regarding Iran. (In his wheeler-dealer world, every crook with a silver lining must be matched by a Lucifer who will be given no quarter.)  In these calculations, the silver lining of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un shines far brighter than any the Islamic Republic of Iran might have.  But by any referee’s estimate of recent conduct by Trump and company, Washington must be seen as responsible for the most aggravating fouls.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark, is a Journalist & News Reporter of World Events for Global News Aruba. He is a Senior Lecturer at the worlds top 1 % best world's colleges RMIT University in Australia the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, teaching within the Bachelor of Social Science (Legal and Dispute Studies) program. He  holds a PhD in history from the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Masters degree in history and honors degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Queensland.  His field of expertise as an academic are: Institution of war, diplomacy, international relations, 20th century history, terrorism, and international law. DrBinoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge.
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