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Anglian Water Reduces Capital Carbon by 63% to Accelerate its Transformation with Appian

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UK water company uses the Appian Low-Code Platform to reduce its environmental impact and help achieve net-zero operational carbon emissions by 2030  

LONDON, Oct. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Appian (NASDAQ: APPN) today announced that Anglian Water is leading the way in its use of data and low-code to move towards its net-zero goals. The largest water and water recycling company in England and Wales by geographic area has achieved more than 63% capital carbon reduction and is on target to achieve net-zero operational carbon emission by 2030. Anglian Water uses the Totex Delivery Workflow (TDW), a cloud-based solution built on the Appian Low-Code Platform, to manage and monitor thousands of capital-intensive projects to reduce their environmental impact and create better value for customers.

Anglian Water first partnered with Appian in 2019 to gain more visibility into its investments and to better serve its more than seven million customers in the east of England. Totex Delivery Workflow (TDW), a custom cloud-based workflow application built on Appian, provides real-time and relevant data insights on projects, from smart metres installation and maintenance to pipelines and pumping stations. TDW ensures Anglian Water employees have access to the metrics they need to make accurate decisions without the lengthy delays that hampered its previous system.

Appian is also helping Anglian Water reach its 2030 net-zero carbon emission goal by empowering employees to make informed decisions based on real-time insights to create a more sustainable business. Through TDW and its Capital Carbon Programme to track energy utilisation, assets, and costs, Anglian Water has concluded that reduced carbon equals reduced cost. Better data and more project insights give Anglian Water the knowledge to iterate assets design through the investment and design phases to reduce capital carbon – the value of carbon intensity relating to materials and construction processes. Other features include:

Providing real-time data, metrics, KPIs, and reports for business intelligence.Enabling responsive and accurate decisions without the long delays in the previous system.Allowing users to access cloud-based information from any device, anywhere.

“We and the other English water companies have committed to being net-zero carbon for operational emissions by 2030,” said Richard Buckingham, Climate Change and Carbon Manager at Anglian Water. “We also have another target of reducing capital carbon by 65% by 2025 from our 2010 baseline, then to 70% by 2030.” 

“Anglian Water needed an intelligent workflow solution to provide real-time data to make sound, robust business decisions across investment projects in its network. But with their ambitious goals around sustainability and operational efficiency, time was of the essence,” said Steven Teasdale, Area VP for UK, Ireland, and the Middle East, Appian. “The Appian Low-Code Platform enables Anglian Water to create and expand on the TDW solution quickly and easily, help accelerate their data-driven decisions and see the immediate impact of their investments on their zero-carbon transformation journey.”

About Anglian Water

Anglian Water supplies drinking water to 4.3 million customers across the East of England and collects and treats used water from over 6 million people. Anglian operates within the largest geographical region of England and Wales.

Our ethos is ‘to bring environmental and social prosperity to the region we serve through our commitment to Love Every Drop. We’re constantly discovering new ways to keep ahead of a changing world, by planning for the future, and exploring new ideas to meet our customers’ individual needs today and tomorrow.

About Appian

Appian is the unified platform for change. We accelerate customers’ businesses by discovering, designing, and automating their most important processes. The Appian Low-Code Platform combines the key capabilities needed to get work done faster, Process Mining + Workflow + Automation, in a unified low-code platform. Appian is open, enterprise-grade and trusted by industry leaders. For more information, visit www.appian.com.

 

 

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Cheetah Mobile Announces Appointment of New Auditor

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BEIJING, Dec. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE: CMCM) (“Cheetah Mobile” or the “Company”), a leading internet company, today announced the appointment of Marcum Asia CPAs LLP (“Marcum Asia”) as its independent registered public accounting firm, effective December 2, 2022. On the same date, the Company dismissed Ernst & Young Hua Ming LLP (“EY”). The change of the Company’s independent auditor was made after a careful and thorough evaluation process and has been approved by Cheetah Mobile’s board of directors and the audit committee (the “Audit Committee”).

EY’s audit reports on the Company’s consolidated financial statements as of and for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 did not contain any adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion, nor were they qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles.

During the audit for fiscal years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 and the subsequent interim period through December 2, 2022, there were no (i) disagreements, as defined in Item 16F(a)(1)(iv) of Form 20-F and the related instructions, between the Company and EY on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of EY, would have caused EY to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreements in connection with its reports on the consolidated financial statements, or (ii) reportable events as defined in Item 16F(a)(1)(v) of Form 20-F other than:

a. the material weakness reported in our 2021 annual report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange of Commission (the “SEC”) on July 26, 2022, specifically, the material weakness identified as of December 31, 2021 was in the Company’s controls over the projected financial information used in the impairment assessment of an equity investment.

b. the material weakness reported in our 2020 annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on May 14, 2021, specifically, the material weakness identified as of December 31, 2020 was that the Company did not have a sufficient complement of resources in the tax department to perform the management review controls over income taxes.

The Audit Committee discussed the reportable events mentioned above with EY. EY is authorized to fully respond to the inquiries of Marcum Asia on the reportable events.

During the Company’s two most recent fiscal years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 and any subsequent interim period prior to the engagement of Marcum Asia on December 2, 2022, neither the Company nor anyone on its behalf has consulted with Marcum Asia on either (a) the application of accounting principles to a specified transaction, either completed or proposed, or the type of audit opinion that might be rendered on the Company’s consolidated financial statements, and neither a written report nor oral advice was provided to the Company by Marcum Asia that Marcum Asia concluded was an important factor considered by the Company in reaching a decision as to any accounting, auditing or financial reporting issue, or (b) any matter that was the subject of a disagreement, as that term is defined in Item 16F(a)(1)(iv) of Form 20-F (and the related instructions thereto) or a reportable event as set forth in Item 16F(a)(1)(v) of Form 20-F.

The Company is working closely with Marcum Asia and EY to ensure a seamless transition.

About Cheetah Mobile Inc.

Cheetah Mobile is a leading internet company. It has attracted hundreds of millions of monthly active users through an array of internet products such as Clean Master, Security Master and several casual games. The Company provides advertising services to advertisers worldwide as well as value-added services including the sale of premium membership and in-app virtual items to its users. Cheetah Mobile is also committed to leveraging its cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies to power its products and make the world smarter. It has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since May 2014.

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This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Cheetah’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this press release, and Cheetah does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

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Cheetah Mobile Inc.
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Sunbird Messaging Announces Beta App, Brings iMessage and Unified Messaging to Android Users

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Sunbird is a new messaging app that gives Android users a fully featured iMessage and the ability to unify the world’s most popular messaging apps in one app inbox.

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sunbird Messaging app has launched its closed beta community. The app is the first and only fully featured “iMessage for Android” app that only requires your Android phone. (No personal server, Apple device, or desktop software is required.)

 

We’ve solved 14 years of communications challenges associated with Android messaging…By inventing a new technology…

With Sunbird, there are no more green bubbles. Users get security (encryption), internet messaging, full-quality media, iMessage group chats, reactions/tap backs, live-typing, and read receipts, with plans to add new features regularly.

Android users can join the “early bird” list to be the first to receive an invitation to access the Sunbird beta user group. Sunbird will roll out invitations in phases to join the closed beta user group beginning in late 2022.

Sunbird offers an authentic unified messaging experience. The beta launch will include the ability to communicate securely with iMessage, SMS/MMS, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger—with more message app types added over the coming months.

“We’ve solved 14 years of communications challenges associated with Android messaging,” states Danny Mizrahi, CEO, and Founder of Sunbird Messaging. “By inventing new technology that gives Android users iMessage on Android, one can enjoy the most popular functions and features uniting the top messaging apps that people use every day. One inbox for all your messages.” Mizrahi adds.

The Sunbird messaging servers never store user or personal data, ensuring a safe, secure, and private messaging experience. All message types, except for traditional SMS, are end-to-end encrypted at all times. Two-factor authentication is fully supported.

Android users can join the early bird invitation list at sunbirdapp.com. The product development roadmap is also shared there, including timelines of future releases and updates to the app: Telegram, RCS, Instagram Direct Messaging, Slack, Signal, Discord, and many more.

“Another benefit to the Sunbird app is it helps to solve bullying issues that have historically come from the green and blue chat bubbles,” says Mizrahi. “A January 2022 WSJ article headline included …Teens Dread the Green Text Bubble. With the Sunbird app, we want to help end this issue among teens and adults,” Mizrahi adds.

About Sunbird Messaging

Founded in 2022, Sunbird Messaging is the first and only iMessage Android & web app that allows users to unify the world’s most popular messaging apps into one app inbox, including iMessage, SMS/MMS, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. (No desktop software/server is required, only an Android phone. ) More message app types, such as Telegram, Signal, RCS, Instagram Messenger, Slack, Line, and Discord, will be included in future updates. Sunbird Messaging servers never store user messages, ensuring safety, security, and privacy. Join the waitlist at Sunbirdapp.com. Follow @Sunbirdapp on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn, and @SunbirdMessaging on Facebook.

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New Driver Training Developed at Cincinnati Children’s Keeps Teens with ADHD Safer Behind the Wheel

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Integrated Desktop and Simulator Training Reduced Crash Risk by 40%

CINCINNATI, Dec. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Roadways can be a dangerous place for teen drivers, even more so for those diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This is because those with ADHD may have difficulty sustaining visual attention to the roadway, especially when distracted.

“This training improves attention, reduces crash risk, and has the potential to save lives.” — Jeff Epstein, PhD

Now, an ADHD driver’s training program developed at Cincinnati Children’s reports success at reducing the frequency of long, distracted glances away from the road that often occur among youth with ADHD. Details were published December 1, 2022, in The New England Journal of Medicine.

“This training improves teen drivers’ attention to the roadway, reduces crash risk and has the potential to save lives,” says the study’s principal investigator Jeff Epstein, PhD, a pediatric psychologist with the Division of Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s.

Trainees Had Fewer Crashes/Near-Crashes

The study details outcomes of the FOCAL+ training program, which expands upon a desktop-based software platform called FOcused Concentration and Attention Learning (FOCAL). This study enrolled 152 teen drivers with ADHD, aged 16-19, and split them into two groups. The 76 teens assigned to FOCAL+ participated in multiple training sessions that involved wearing special eye-tracking monitors that detect “long” glances (2 seconds or more) away from the roadway during simulated driving.

When long glances away from the road occurred while drivers were performing secondary tasks in the simulator (i.e., searching for a visual symbol on the driving console), an alarm sounded. The 76 teen drivers assigned to the control group learned about driver safety and then, like the FOCAL+ drivers, participated in multiple training sessions while wearing an eye tracker which required them to perform the same secondary task as the FOCAL+ group. However, control drivers did not get alerts when they glanced away from the road for too long.

One month after training, teens in the control group had 28.05 long glances during driving simulation per drive compared to just 16.52 long glances for the FOCAL+ group—a 41% difference. Six months later, both groups slightly improved at avoiding long glances, but those who received the FOCAL+ training maintained a 42% edge. The study also reports that non-trained drivers were more variable than trained ones in their lane position–a driving indicator related to crash risk.

To measure the impact of the training on real-world driving, drivers in both groups had an eye-tracking camera attached to the windshield in their vehicles for a year. Teens who received FOCAL+ training had fewer long-glances and crashes and near crashes than the control group. In fact, there were 40% fewer crashes and near crashes among the FOCAL+ trained group (3.4%) than the control group (5.6%). None of the crashes involved fatalities.

These findings suggest teens with ADHD were able to generalize trained skills to real-life settings, Epstein says. 

Next Steps

As a result of the success of the study, Cincinnati Children’s is now offering this training to teens with ADHD. The five-session program will cost $250. Those interested in participating can call 513-636-8107 or visit the website to see if they or their teen qualify.

“Our ultimate goal is to make this training available to all teen drivers with ADHD,” said Epstein. “The hope is to reduce teen driving injuries and fatalities and to provide parents with added comfort about their teen driver’s safety.”

Epstein notes that the sample of drivers in this study was limited to one geographic region and results may not be the same for drivers in other regions. But the results justify pursuing the programs further. The team plans to apply for grants to further investigate program efficacy. 

The program founders also are studying ways to expand the program to other ADHD care providers, and perhaps other driving instruction providers. 

The challenges ahead include scaling up the program and finding supporting sponsors. 

Video, sound and photos are available at link below. Please courtesy Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
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