Meltwater joins forces with Microsoft to bring to market the next-generation, AI-powered communication insights solution built on Microsoft Azure

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meltwater, a leading global provider of media, social, and consumer intelligence, today announced the launch of a market-making collaboration with Microsoft. Microsoft has signed with Meltwater as a provider of media, social, and consumer intelligence on a global scale. In turn, Microsoft will work with Meltwater to deliver an integrated communications insights solution, harnessing the capabilities of Meltwater’s leading listening tools alongside Microsoft’s technology stack, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Teams. This solution will combine Microsoft’s advanced AI services with user-centric design to redefine the customer experience by turning data into dialogue, enabling better collaboration and quick action on business-critical news, market shifts, trends, and competitive intelligence. Meltwater also agreed to a multi-year commitment to make Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform for future Microsoft customer deployments.

In the era of AI, organizations need easy-to-use solutions that enable them to be more productive, more efficient, and more creative. Meltwater is taking its world-class data set and building on Microsoft’s industry-leading AI technologies to unlock data-driven insights and power better decision making. Together, they will develop a new generative AI-powered offering, with customer value at the center to solve critical customer challenges—faster.

The new solution will allow enterprise users of Copilot for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams who are Meltwater customers to engage conversationally with Meltwater’s global data set, providing easy access to real-time insights such as brand mentions, sentiment analysis, key issues, and competitive benchmarking. This means that the right insight is not just a simple request away, but also presented in an easy-to-action, accessible way that drives strategic decisions, integrated directly inside of Teams. This builds on Meltwater’s existing integration with Teams, which is already bringing value to more than 1500 Meltwater customers with seamless delivery of AI-powered alerts right into Teams.

“By harnessing the power of Microsoft’s technology stack and AI capabilities, we’re pushing the boundaries of our existing integration further, allowing users to interact with Meltwater’s analytics tools through intuitive dialogue, asking questions and receiving insights as if they were conversing with a data-savvy colleague. Our aim is to transform the way insights are accessed and actioned, embedding Meltwater’s deep listening capabilities into the daily rhythm of business communications,” added John Box, CEO of Meltwater.

With this collaboration, Meltwater becomes a global provider of Microsoft’s media, social and consumer intelligence needs, enabling the Microsoft Communications organization and its internal stakeholders to access real-time insights across teams and geographies. “Our goal is to reinvent Communications using AI. We wanted to work with a partner that could help us deliver deeper insights using Microsoft’s AI technology in the place where our teams get their work done with Copilot for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams. Meltwater’s leading technology and intuitive platform made them the best partner to help us build a solution that goes beyond hindsight reporting, delivering real time and AI-powered predictive insights.” said Steve Clayton, Vice President of Communications Strategy at Microsoft.

Meltwater will also be featured in the Azure Marketplace for all Microsoft customers to easily deploy Meltwater solutions, unlocking the power of the company’s deep data insights and coupled with the trusted Azure cloud platform. Meltwater will also participate in the Microsoft ISV Co-Sell Partner Program. “Meltwater is extremely excited to begin this powerful partnership with Microsoft, where the real winners will be our joint customers, who have access to market leading solutions run on the leading cloud platform,” said Doug Balut, SVP of Global Alliances and Partnerships at Meltwater.

For more info, please contact:
Kelly Costello
Corporate Communications Director

About Meltwater
Meltwater empowers companies with a suite of solutions that spans media, social, consumer and sales intelligence. By analyzing ~1 billion pieces of content each day and transforming them into vital insights, Meltwater unlocks the competitive edge to drive results. With 27,000 global customers, 50 offices across six continents and 2,300 employees, Meltwater is the industry partner of choice for global brands making an impact.
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Anaqua Launches AnaquaGov Providing Enhanced Security and Controls for Managing Highly Sensitive IP Data

New, secure U.S. environment launches with NIST SP 800-171 assessment in anticipation of future CMMC certification

BOSTON, Feb. 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anaqua, the leading provider of innovation and intellectual property (IP) management technology, today announced the launch of AnaquaGov™, providing U.S. defense contractors and all other clients handling U.S. CUI (Controlled Unclassified Information) with a specialized environment to manage their highly sensitive IP data.

In making the announcement, Anaqua confirmed that the AnaquaGov enclave fully meets NIST SP 800-171 compliance requirements—the strict standards set by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology for safeguarding sensitive information on federal contractors’ IT systems and networks. This follows a review and validation of AnaquaGov by Schellman & Company, LLC, a leading CMMC third-party assessment organization (C3PAO). For this offering, Anaqua operates the AQX® IP Management System in the AnaquaGov enclave.

The development marks a significant step forward in Anaqua’s objective for AnaquaGov to obtain Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)—the new standard designed to improve the cybersecurity readiness of businesses that work with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)—once the standard is finalized, and certifications are generally available.

Anaqua CEO Bob Romeo said: “At Anaqua, we pride ourselves on the security of our IP platform and the integrity of our data management, and we are delighted to have that further validated by Schellman. AnaquaGov represents another layer of security for our clients managing the most sensitive U.S. data and complements our ISO 27001, ISO 9001 and SOC 2 Type 2 certifications and global security programs. Through AnaquaGov, we now support client entities in managing their IP portfolios to the levels of security required by DoD. We are looking forward to CMMC certifications being available in the near future and we are ready.”

Anaqua CIO Erik Bailey further explained: “Many companies today that manage Controlled Unclassified Information—frequently under export control regulations—simply do not have access to a secure platform to perform their duties in a compliant manner. Through AQX hosted within the AnaquaGov enclave, we provide a comprehensive solution to entities that have, or suspect they have, CUI. These clients can carry out their responsibilities, securely, in an environment that has been independently assessed against stringent NIST controls and that is aligned with upcoming CMMC requirements.”

About Anaqua
Anaqua, Inc. is a premier provider of integrated intellectual property (IP) management technology solutions and services for corporations and law firms. Its IP management software solutions, AQX® and PATTSY WAVE®, both offer best practice workflows with big data analytics and tech-enabled services to create an intelligent environment designed to inform IP strategy, enable IP decision-making, and streamline IP operations, tailored to each segment’s need. Today, nearly half of the top 100 U.S. patent filers and global brands, as well as a growing number of law firms worldwide use Anaqua’s solutions. Over one million IP executives, attorneys, paralegals, administrators, and innovators use the platform for their IP management needs. The company’s global operations are headquartered in Boston, with offices across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia. For additional information, please visit, or on Anaqua’s LinkedIn.

Company Contact:
Amanda Glagolev
Director, Communications

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King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Holds Firm as Global and Regional Healthcare Leader

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre – Riyadh

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre – Riyadh

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) has once again secured its position for the second consecutive year as a global leader in healthcare and number one in the Middle East and Africa, ranking 20th globally among the leading healthcare institutions in the Brand Finance Global Top 250 Hospitals 2024 report. KFSH&RC continues to stand at the forefront both locally and regionally, underlining its commitment to delivering world-class patient-centric healthcare and medical innovation.

Leading the way, KFSH&RC is joined by King Saud Medical City, King Khalid University Hospital, National Guard Health Affairs, and King Fahd Medical City, all ranked among the top 100 globally. While King Fahd University Hospital and King Abdullah Medical City rank between 101 and 250. This assessment is based on insights from thousands of healthcare practitioners across over 30 countries.

The remarkable performance of KFSH&RC in this global ranking is a testament to the Kingdom’s healthcare transformation goals and the transformative impact of Vision 2030, reflected through the continuous improvement of healthcare services and the pursuit of technological advancements across the Kingdom for a healthier and thriving nation.

Brand Finance, founded in 1996, annually evaluates over 500 hospitals worldwide, utilizing more than 30 performance indicators encompassing healthcare, research centres, and education to support science-based strategic decision making.

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre stands among the global leaders in providing specialized healthcare, driving innovation, and serving as an advanced hub for medical research and education. Through strategic partnerships with prominent local, regional, and international institutions, the hospital is dedicated to advancing medical technologies and elevating the standards of healthcare worldwide.

About King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC):

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) stands as a leading healthcare institution in the Middle East, envisioned to be the optimal choice for every patient seeking specialized healthcare. The hospital boasts a rich history in the treatment of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, organ transplantation, neurosciences, and genetics.

In 2024, “Brand Finance” ranked King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre as the top academic medical centre in the Middle East and Africa, and among the top 20 globally. Additionally, in 2022, it was recognized as one of the leading global healthcare providers by Newsweek magazine.

As part of Saudi Vision 2030, a royal decree was issued on December 21, 2021, to transform the hospital into an independent, non-profit, government-owned entity, paving the way for a comprehensive transformation program aimed at achieving global leadership in healthcare through excellence and innovation.

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Mr. Essam Al-Zahrani, Acting Head of Media Affairs, 0555254429

Mr. Abdullah Al-Awn, Media Coordination Officer, 0556294232

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STX Group Announces Unique Financing Partnership With BioValue for Dutch Biomethane Plant

Amsterdam, Feb. 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — STX Group, a leading global firm in environmental commodities trading and climate finance, today announces the financing partnership with BioValue, a major Dutch biomethane producer, for the construction and development of the Groengas Cothen biomethane plant. The new plant adds at least 80GWh of renewable natural gas capacity per year. This strategic move is aligned with STX Group’s mission to promote the energy transition and underscores the redefinition of market dynamics aimed at boosting project development in the renewable energy space.

The financing by STX Group ensures BioValue access to key capital but also provides flexibility, avoiding potential constraints from fixed offtake prices. Collaborating with Nationaal Groenfonds as the junior financier, STX Group goes beyond traditional offtake agreements: unlike traditional banking institutions, this financing model provides BioValue with exposure to the developing biomethane market, contributing to their strategic goals and long-term success.

“This agreement marks a significant milestone in the biomethane sector and showcases our ability to pioneer novel financing solutions,” says Sead Keric, Managing Partner of Renewable Gas at STX Group.  “By combining BioValue’s operational expertise with our climate finance capabilities, we empower biomethane producers to focus on what they do best while addressing development challenges. In light of the developing nature of the biomethane market and the illiquid, less transparent markets, there is a pressing need for alternative financing solutions.”

“As a major biomethane actor running multiple plants in the Netherlands, we are determined to realize much-needed new capacity in line with Dutch biomethane targets and European Fit for 55 goals,” said Ids Schaap, Managing Director and Founder of BioValue. “Our commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and minimizing environmental impact aligns seamlessly with STX Group’s mission to drive sustainable practices in the renewable energy sector.”

The latest EBA report revealed European biomethane production rose by 20% in 2022 over the previous year. However, the EU dependency on natural gas imports went from 83% to 97%. Amidst the global push for sustainability, momentum is building in the biomethane sector, marked by surging industrial demand and capacity despite project development challenges.

The European Commission established a goal aiming to achieve 35 bcm of sustainable biomethane production by 2030, as an integral part of REPowerEU. “While we welcome the recent European Parliament’s recognition of biomethane contribution to the decarbonization of the transportation sector, establishing a fair and comprehensive legislative framework for accounting the role of renewable fuels would bring additional benefits to the market,” Keric commented.

About STX Group

STX Group is a leading global environmental commodity trader and climate solutions provider. For over 25 years, our teams continue to be at the forefront of the global transition towards a low-carbon economy. Leveraging our long-standing expertise in accurately pricing pollution and emissions, we help cultivate trust in market-based solutions to the decarbonized economy.

Our trading and corporate climate solutions offerings ensure capital flows to thousands of projects that make the world a greener place, while providing corporations with certified proof-points of their contributions to environmental progress.

Headquartered in Amsterdam with offices in 13 countries worldwide, our global team, inclusive of Vertis and Strive, comprises of over 500 employees of 60+ nationalities.

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About BioValue

BioValue is a pioneer in the Dutch biogas market with multiple biogas installations throughout the country. By producing sustainable green gas from organic waste, the use of fossil gas can be reduced which leads to a reduction in the CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

BioValue’s vision is to grow in impact by producing as much renewable energy as possible. Currently, the strategic focus is set on Bio-LNG production. BioValue is actively engaged in the development of the world’s largest bio-LNG installation located in the dynamic port of Amsterdam.

The company is expected to grow in the coming year to a projected production of more than 300.000 MWh of Green Gas and Bio-LNG per year.


Jaime Santisteban
STX Group

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Twenty community climate change reporters undergo mentorship

A total of 20 youth serving as climate reporters under the GoAdapt project have held a collaborative meeting with some selected media houses in Tamale.

They were drawn from four districts in the Northern Region namely Savelugu, Nanton, Tolon and Kumbungu, and would undergo coaching from experienced media practitioners on news gathering, writing skills, reporting techniques, radio presentation, and social media reporting, among others.

The initiative formed part of the GoAdapt Project, which is being implemented by a consortium of NGOs including Changing Lives in Innovative Partnerships (CLIP) as the lead implementer, YEFL-Ghana (Youth-focused organisation), and Ghana Venskab, a Danish organisation, with funding support from CISU.

The project seeks to support inclusive climate adaptation planning using the bottom-up approach and help create more awareness and build the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities to become more resilient to climate change.

Mr Nurudeen Ibrahim, Coordinator of GoAdapt Project
, addressing participants during the event to officially introduce the reporters to their mentors, said the media engagement was to ensure that climate reporters were empowered to execute their duties professionally.

He said: ‘Strong collaboration between the climate reporters and the media will strengthen their capacity to report effectively on issues of climate change and their impact in their various communities.’

He further said the climate reporters would be directly attached to some media organisations, so that they would be coached to be more skilled and competent in their reporting.

Mr Yaro Ismail Kataali, Manager, Might FM/TV, urged the reporters to prioritise continuous learning and research on issues of climate change and other community development challenges especially some of the best farming practices to help sustain the environment.

He advised them to build cordial working relations with communities to enable them to gather information needed for the smooth implementation of the project.

Mr Mohammed Hudu, a Climate Reporter for Tolon, commended YEFL-Ghana and the entire GoAdapt team for the initiative and pledged to leverage on the partnership to enhance his reporting skills.

Source: Ghana News Agency

One percent revenue of Atlantic Lithium to go into community development

Atlantic Lithium, an exploration and development company, has promised to channel one per cent of its mining revenue to develop the catchment communities in Mfantseman.

Mr Aaron Monver, the Head of Operations at the Atlantic Lithium, said the company prioritised the wellbeing of its working environment, hence the need to assist the people to improve their livelihoods remained high on its agenda.

To succeed in that regard, the company had planned to establish a community development fund to support development projects in the community.

Mr Monver said this in the ‘scoping report and draft terms of the reference’ for the proposed Ewoyaa lithium mining and processing project by Barari DV Ghana Limited at Ewoyaa in the Central Region.

The meeting, organised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was to allow Atlantic Lithium to interact with the communities on lithium mining as part of the environmental process to secure operational permits.

It was also to solicit views, feedback and recommendations f
rom the catchment communities on the proposed project for consensus building.

The Operation Manager entreated the people to embrace the new opportunities to be created through the project as the country believed in local participation and content.

Atlantic lithium, Mr Monver said, was focused on engaging in responsible mining to bring improvements to the locals and country as a whole.

He said stakeholders should collectively put in measures to support the project to achieve its objectives.

Lithium demand is forecast to grow exponentially in line with the adoption of electric vehicles to ensure energy storage to meet global climate change objectives.

Ghana has granted a lithium mining license to Atlantic Lithium Limited as the country positions itself to tap into the multibillion-dollar global industry.

The 15-year lease to Barari DV Ghana Limited, a unit of the Sydney-based company, enables it to start constructing a lithium mine at a 42.6-kilometre site at Ewoyaa in the country’s Central Region.

It co
mes after almost six years of exploration that has discovered high-grade lithium in commercial quantities as soon as the EPA and the Minerals Commission grant environmental permits to fully begin mining.

Source: Ghana News Agency