Financial women’s empowerment vital in ensuring gender equality: President

President Dr. Arif Alvi has said the financial empowerment of women with equal access to education and health is vital in ensuring gender equality.He was addressing an event titled “Rising Women 2023- Voices of Pakistan” at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad o…

President Dr. Arif Alvi has said the financial empowerment of women with equal access to education and health is vital in ensuring gender equality.

He was addressing an event titled “Rising Women 2023- Voices of Pakistan” at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The President stressed the responsibility of everyone in maintaining gender equality and mentioned that several practices are contributing to discrimination against women which yield only despondency. He pointed out that Islam protects the rights of women.

He said digital inclusion of the women is the need of the hour and it could bring positive change in their lives. Dr Arif Alvi said Benazir Income Support Programme has been providing tremendous services to the deserving women.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PTCL Group Signs Iconic Pakistani Cricketers as Brand Ambassadors Ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Pakistan’s largest telecom services provider, PTCL Group (PTCL and Ufone 4G) has signed Pakistani cricket icons, Babar Azam, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah as brand ambassadors for the Group to celebrate the nation’s roaring passion for cricket and to rall…

Pakistan’s largest telecom services provider, PTCL Group (PTCL and Ufone 4G) has signed Pakistani cricket icons, Babar Azam, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah as brand ambassadors for the Group to celebrate the nation’s roaring passion for cricket and to rally support for the Pakistan Cricket Team during its ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 campaign.

World’s No. 01 batsman and Captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team, Babar Azam is Ufone 4G’s current brand ambassador, who is featuring in Ufone 4G’s brand new marketing campaign, ‘U Tou Babar Hai’, implying that both Ufone 4G and its customers are as talented and motivated, and worthy of glory in their respective fields as the World No. 01 ODI batsman. The campaign comes at an important juncture where the entire nation is in the grip of cricket fever ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, where Babar Azam will lead the men in green.

The campaign is primarily a tribute to Babar Azam’s unrelenting winning spirit and a call to every Pakistani to explore their inner ‘unstoppable’ Babar for ultimate success. The creative teams have masterfully crafted the TV Commercial (TVC) to capture Babar Azam’s formidable on-screen presence, matchless cricketing prowess, and his ‘unstoppable’ pursuit of excellence.

The enthralling anthem effectively disseminates the intended message that anyone can be successful like Babar through a razor-sharp focus, strong commitment and consistent effort towards their goals.

The TVC is an acoustic and visual treat that will captivate the audience and rally massive support for the Pakistani Cricket Team. ‘Dahar Le’ (Roar!) is an electrifying jingle that channels the nation’s passion and the players’ energy when it comes to facing opponents on the field. The campaign is poised to bolster the ‘Pakistani’ brand identity of Ufone 4G besides firmly imprinting Ufone 4G’s constant presence during the nation’s moments of joy, togetherness, and celebration.

Likewise, the two key members of Pakistan’s pace battery, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah have come aboard as the brand ambassadors of PTCL Flash Fiber. Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah are amongst the world’s fastest and most feared bowlers. Both players are at the top of their game for their speed and are loved by millions of Pakistanis.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Babar Azam Reveals Pakistan’s Advantage in India

Pakistan cricket team captain, Babar Azam, expressed satisfaction with his familiarity of players with Indian conditions in the World Cup 2023.Speaking to the media about preparations, Babar said that the Men in Green feel no pressure while playing in …

Pakistan cricket team captain, Babar Azam, expressed satisfaction with his familiarity of players with Indian conditions in the World Cup 2023.

Speaking to the media about preparations, Babar said that the Men in Green feel no pressure while playing in conditions they are not accustomed to.

The all-format captain remarked that pitches in India are similar to those in other Asian countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the UAE.

“The only difference is the smaller boundaries. The margin of error for the bowlers is quite minimal, leading to high-scoring encounters,” Babar said.

The Green Shirts played two warm-up matches against New Zealand and Australia in preparation for the marquee event and suffered defeats in both.

In the first warm-up against the Kiwis, the national team suffered a five-wicket defeat as they failed to defend a massive total of 345 runs on a flat wicket.

In their second match, the Babar Azam-led side failed to chase the target of 352 runs, facing a 14-run defeat at The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

The Men in Green will kick off their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands in the second encounter of the tournament on October 6.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Barrister Ambreen Abbasi Appointed Head of CCP’s Legal Department

Barrister Ambreen Abbasi has joined the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) as the head of the Legal Department.She brings a wealth of legal expertise to her new role. She is poised to actively pursue pending cases in the Competition Appellate Tri…

Barrister Ambreen Abbasi has joined the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) as the head of the Legal Department.

She brings a wealth of legal expertise to her new role. She is poised to actively pursue pending cases in the Competition Appellate Tribunal, Appeals in High Courts and Supreme Court. She is also committed to streamlining legal processes within the Commission.

Abbasi completed her LLB from Peshawar University, Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law, LLM from Edinburgh University, and Bar-at-Law from the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.

Before joining CCP, she was working as a Senior Legislative Advisor in a MP-1 position in the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of Pakistan. She worked in various prominent corporate law firms in Pakistan and the UK. She also worked as an Additional Attorney General for the KP Government.

She is committed to revamping the legal team in the Competition Commission focusing on creating a cohesive, dynamic, and highly skilled unit.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Army Chief Assures to Support Govt Efforts for Economic Recovery

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir Wednesday assured the unflinching resolve of the Pakistan Army to support the government’s endeavors for a sustainable path towards economic recovery.The army chief’s remarks came during the 6th meetin…

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir Wednesday assured the unflinching resolve of the Pakistan Army to support the government’s endeavors for a sustainable path towards economic recovery.

The army chief’s remarks came during the 6th meeting of the Apex Committee of Special Investment Facilitation Council (SFIC), according to a handout issued by the Press Information Department.

The meeting was chaired by the Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar and was attended by the Chief of Army Staff, members of the Federal Cabinet, Provincial Chief Ministers, and high-level government officials.

The ministries apprised the forum about the practical steps undertaken during the last month to improve the business and investment environment in the Country. The committee also reviewed major macroeconomic issues affecting the investment climate including inordinate delays in restructuring/ privatization of cash bleeding State Owned Enterprises (SOEs).

The committee also resolved with consensus on fast-tracking the privatization process and hence, in the larger interest of the country, reducing recurring losses to the national exchequer. The Committee expressed overall satisfaction regarding the ongoing negotiations with foreign and domestic investors for the timely realization of various investment prospects.

The prime minister appreciated the good work put forth by various ministries and departments and directed to continue with the ‘whole of the government’ approach to overcome the economic challenges being faced by Pakistan.

Source: Pro Pakistani

20% Customs Duty Applicable on Import of Washing Preparation: FBR

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) will collect a 20 percent customs duty on the import of washing preparation in bulk packing.In this regard, the Classification Committee Karachi has issued a new valuation advice for the said item. In the light of fac…

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) will collect a 20 percent customs duty on the import of washing preparation in bulk packing.

In this regard, the Classification Committee Karachi has issued a new valuation advice for the said item. In the light of factual position, lab reports, manufacturer’s certificate, and legal position as per PCT headings and Explanatory Notes, the Classification Committee is of the view that the subject goods washing preparation in bulk packing (10 kgs slab) are appropriately classified under Pakistan Customs Tariff (PCT) Heading 3401.1990, the ruling added.

The Collectorate of Customs Appraisement-East, Mughalpura Dryport, Lahore forwarded a reference for the determination of the classification of washing preparation in bulk packing.

Brief facts of the case as reported by the referring Collectorate are that the importer M/s SAM Trading Company imported a consignment declared contain, inter alia, washing preparation in bulk packing and filed GD for clearance thereof under PCT headings 3402.2000. On lab test, as per Lab Report, the goods have been reported to be ‘washing preparation based on Organic surface active agent, boater, sodium carbonate, and other additives.

It is in the form of translucent white rectangular bars’ which under Explanatory Notes were classifiable under PCT Code 3401.

The Collectorate assessed the subject goods under PCT heading 3401.2000. The importer contested the applied PCT heading, therefore, the Collectorate constituted two classification committees headed by Additional Collectors, who decided that the subject goods were classifiable under PCT Code 3401.2000.

Being aggrieved with the decision of the Collectorate and their committees, the importer raised the issue before the Federal Tax Ombudsman vide complaint and lastly vide Review Application The Collector of Customs, Lahore in response thereto vide letter concluded that the impugned goods were appropriately classifiable under PCT heading 3401.1990. The FTO directed the Collectorate to refer the matter to the Classification Committee Karachi for fair resolution of the matter.

Source: Pro Pakistani

eXp Realty Taps Real Estate Veteran Bryon Ellington To Revolutionize Agent-Driven Learning

Award-winning business development, operations leader to serve as Chief Learning Officer in this newly created role eXp Realty Taps Real Estate Veteran Bryon Ellington To Revolutionize Agent-Driven Learning BELLINGHAM, Wash., Oct. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eXp Realty®, “the most agent-centric real estate brokerage on the planet™” and the core subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, […]

Award-winning business development, operations leader to serve as Chief Learning Officer in this newly created role

eXp Realty Taps Real Estate Veteran Bryon Ellington To Revolutionize Agent-Driven Learning

Award-winning business development, operations leader to serve as Chief Learning Officer in this newly created role

BELLINGHAM, Wash., Oct. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eXp Realty®, “the most agent-centric real estate brokerage on the planet™” and the core subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI), today announced the appointment of Bryon Ellington as Chief Learning Officer, responsible for developing custom, agent-driven training and coaching.

Ellington, a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience in real estate and coaching, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to eXp Realty. He will focus on developing agent-driven training at every level, setting a new standard for success in the real estate industry.

“Bryon’s dedication to agent success aligns perfectly with our values, and he excels at driving growth and new revenue streams,” said Glenn Sanford, Founder and CEO of eXp Realty. “Under his leadership, eXp Realty will become the leading brokerage in training, with a focus on delivering the best education and resources to help our agents excel. Throughout his career, Bryon has helped numerous agents achieve incredible accolades, increase productivity metrics and grow their businesses.”

Ellington’s passion is helping entrepreneurs in the real estate space build businesses beyond their dreams. “I am excited to join the eXp Realty team and contribute to its mission of empowering agents to reach their full potential,” he said. “Whether you are a new agent or lead a massive team, with eXp you can continue to grow your business to exceed your goals.”

Ellington’s impressive tenure includes notable executive roles most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Development Officer at Century 21. He also held positions at Keller Williams, as Chief Product Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the KW Worldwide International Franchising division. Additionally, he served as Chief Learning Officer, where his achievements earned him the distinction of winning the Training magazine T125 Top Training Companies award for four consecutive years and induction into the Hall of Fame.

Earlier in his career, at Anywhere (Realogy), he successfully created and led the training and coaching divisions for all their franchise brands and company-owned operations.

About eXp World Holdings, Inc.
eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI) is the holding company for eXp Realty®, Virbela® and SUCCESS® Enterprises.

eXp Realty is the largest independent real estate company in the world with more than 89,000 agents in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, India, Mexico, Portugal, France, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Italy, Hong Kong, Colombia, Spain, Israel, Panama, Germany, Dominican Republic, Greece, New Zealand, Chile, Poland and Dubai and continues to scale internationally. As a publicly traded company, eXp World Holdings provides real estate professionals the unique opportunity to earn equity awards for production goals and contributions to overall company growth. eXp World Holdings and its businesses offer a full suite of brokerage and real estate tech solutions, including its innovative residential and commercial brokerage model, professional services, collaborative tools and personal development. The cloud-based brokerage is powered by Virbela, an immersive 3D platform that is deeply social and collaborative, enabling agents to be more connected and productive. SUCCESS® Enterprises, anchored by SUCCESS® magazine and its related media properties, was established in 1897 and is a leading personal and professional development brand and publication.

For more information, visit https://expworldholdings.com

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Zoomtopia 2023: One platform delivering limitless human connection

Zoom expands platform with breakthrough product, Zoom Docs, a modular AI-powered workspace for documentation, project and data management, and creating tables, wikis, tasks, and more. Debuts AI Companion in Zoom Whiteboard, and expands Meeting and Team Chat summarization capabilities to Zoom higher education and healthcare customers Enhances employee and customer experiences with new platform innovations […]

  • Zoom expands platform with breakthrough product, Zoom Docs, a modular AI-powered workspace for documentation, project and data management, and creating tables, wikis, tasks, and more.
  • Debuts AI Companion in Zoom Whiteboard, and expands Meeting and Team Chat summarization capabilities to Zoom higher education and healthcare customers
  • Enhances employee and customer experiences with new platform innovations and integrations, underpinned by powerful AI capabilities

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) kicked off Zoomtopia 2023, the company’s annual event, unveiling new platform innovations underpinned by powerful AI capabilities to help streamline the workday through effective communication and collaboration tools.

Zoom’s breakthrough product, Zoom Docs, is a next-gen way of collaborating, built from the ground up with AI at its core. Zoom Docs is a flexible, modular workspace that tightly integrates with Zoom and third-party apps, making it easy for teams and individuals to create, collaborate, manage projects, and stay organized. Zoom Docs includes traditional document capabilities, as well as wikis and drag-and-drop content blocks for tables, charts, and images. Zoom Docs users can also leverage its AI-powered functionality to populate docs with content from Zoom Meetings to inform and jumpstart creation, generate content with Zoom AI Companion, summarize content quickly, easily search documents, and more. Zoom Docs is scheduled to be generally available in 2024.

“As work continues to evolve and present new challenges, one thing will remain the same: effective collaboration and communication tools are crucial for businesses to succeed,” said Eric S. Yuan, founder and CEO of Zoom. “At Zoom, we’re grounded in doing what’s right and caring for our customers, and we understand that business leaders are faced with new obstacles every day — whether it’s navigating hybrid work, improving engagement and collaboration among customers and employees, deciding how to leverage generative AI to empower people, or reducing the complexity of their IT solutions. Our new innovations demonstrate Zoom’s commitment to evolving our platform in ways that empower limitless human connection and solve real business problems.”

Zoom AI Companion drives impact with intelligence
The recently announced Zoom AI Companion, the company’s generative AI digital assistant, debuted a new Whiteboard capability and is expanding to new industry customers with the introduction of Meeting and Team Chat summarization capabilities to Zoom higher education and healthcare customers. And, unlike other similar offerings that cost $30 or more per user per month, AI Companion is included at no additional cost for paid users on eligible accounts.*

Zoom AI Companion helps users catch up on already-in-progress meeting discussions, summarize long chat threads, compose emails in Zoom Mail, and so much more. Now, AI Companion can also help generate ideas on a digital whiteboard and organize them into categories, so teams can get to work faster.

For more information on AI Companion and all of its real-time capabilities in the Zoom platform visit the Zoom newsroom.

Enabling flexible collaboration on a modern platform
Zoom is purpose-built for hybrid, remote, and in-office work. Delivering an exceptional employee experience in the hybrid work era that supports employees across different work styles is critical for companies to succeed. Zoom unveiled the following platform innovations to enhance:

  • Employee engagement: Workvivo, acquired by Zoom earlier this year, is an employee engagement and communications solution that provides new ways to keep employees informed, engaged, and connected in today’s hybrid work model. Having a strong ongoing employee engagement strategy is crucial for today’s distributed workforces, which is why Workvivo users will be able to access Workvivo right in the Zoom desktop client in the coming weeks.
  • Hybrid work:
    • In addition to suggesting where people can sit to be close to key collaborators, Workspace Reservation will be adding a Wayfinding feature next year that provides a map to the reserved seat and allows users to review their path on their mobile device when they’re in an unfamiliar office location, making it easier to find their desk.
    • Huddles are virtual coworking spaces that bring employees together across in-office, hybrid, and remote teams. Now, Zoom has introduced presence indicators and location information with My Office View, so users know when the colleagues they collaborate closely with are in a virtual Huddle or in the physical office. My Office View in Huddles is scheduled to be available in 2024.
  • Collaboration: Zoom has streamlined the pre-meeting process with products like Calendar, Mail, Team Chat, and, most recently, Zoom Scheduler. Now, with the latest features available in Zoom Scheduler, users can incorporate single-use booking links to maintain control of their calendar, add customized booking page logos to offer a consistent brand experience, and add multiple account support so that users can check availability across multiple accounts like their work and personal calendars. Coming soon, users will be able to incorporate unique schedules of availability per host so users do not have to block calendars for different teams or regions, delegate support so that executive assistants or other support members can book for others and integrate Salesforce with Scheduler to seamlessly link meeting records from Zoom Scheduler in Salesforce automatically.

For more information on additional enhancements to Zoom Meetings, Zoom Rooms, and other Zoom One products, visit the Zoom newsroom.

Strengthening customer relationships
Zoom’s AI-powered customer experience (CX) solutions help ensure that customer-facing teams, no matter where they are located, have what they need in one place to support and engage customers.

Zoom’s latest innovations can help the following teams strengthen customer relationships:

  • Customer support agents and supervisors:
    • With AI Expert Assist, generative AI listens, adapts, and presents real-time outputs that help streamline contact center workflows. For agents, it leverages natural conversation language to provide contextual, real-time actions and auto-surface useful customer and knowledge base information. For supervisors, it provides actionable suggestions to help them reduce the cost of manual efforts and avoid missed improvement opportunities. The agent features will be available in late Q4 (end of year), and the supervisor features will be available in Q1.
    • Brands strive to meet customers on the channels they already use to allow for personalized connections, speedier resolutions, and increased long-term loyalty. To help facilitate this, Zoom Virtual Agent and Zoom Contact Center will integrate with two popular Meta digital messaging apps, WhatsApp and Messenger, in the coming months.
  • Event managers: Event managers will receive better support around event prep and live event execution with the help of generative AI in Zoom Events through AI-composed event email invitations and lobby chats (available in the coming months), and sessions (available next year).

To learn more about these and additional Zoom innovations built to enable better customer experiences, visit the Zoom newsroom.

Providing an open ecosystem that enables choice
Zoom is an open platform, supported by an ecosystem of key integrations, apps, and partners that offer customers the choice of third-party solutions that work seamlessly with Zoom to drive key business outcomes.

For more information on additional enhancements Zoom unveiled today to make it easier for people to develop and deploy seamless workflows through Zoom, visit the Zoom newsroom.

Tune In LIVE
For the second consecutive year, Zoomtopia is a two-day hybrid experience hosted on Zoom Events, featuring thought-provoking speakers and business leaders, and including many opportunities to network, collaborate, and learn. Tune in live on October 3–4 to catch all the excitement.

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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Pangea Leather Announces Antimicrobial Properties in Standard and Advanced Products

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI, Oct. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pangea, a global supplier of automotive leather, has announced that its standard and advanced products hold antimicrobial properties without the need for chemical additives commonly advertised to improve this performance. The tanned substrate rich in natural components and the leather coating layers act to inhibit the […]

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI, Oct. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pangea, a global supplier of automotive leather, has announced that its standard and advanced products hold antimicrobial properties without the need for chemical additives commonly advertised to improve this performance. The tanned substrate rich in natural components and the leather coating layers act to inhibit the biological functions of contaminating microbes tested, meaning they cannot grow or reproduce on such a surface.

Pangea, a tier-3 supplier to over 25 automotive brands, commissioned testing of its leathers to antimicrobial activity against three clinically relevant pathogens. The conclusion: these leathers have the ability to reduce living bacterial cells by 99.99%. Testing was performed by an ISO certified product test laboratory in North America and replicated in Europe for the PureTan formulated leather products in 2023 by another accredited lab.

Just about every surface that we touch—and even the ones that we don’t—are breeding grounds for potentially damaging and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew. Luckily, leather itself is an easy-to-clean surface material that works against microbial growth. Antibacterial products have been in high demand due to germ awareness resulting from the world pandemic. In fact, over 54% of car buyers are willing to pay more for antimicrobial coatings in their car interiors.

Consumers may wonder if they need to pay more for antimicrobial coatings, but Pangea leathers inherently carry antimicrobial characteristics, without coating additives. Advancements in leather manufacturing and testing applications have made it easier to keep seating surfaces as clean as can be. Antibacterial surface treatments may become CES highlights, but in the world of automotive seating materials, you can stick to natural resources and still be protected.

Pangea’s announcement is a significant development in the automotive industry, as it provides a natural solution to the growing demand for antimicrobial products. With Pangea’s standard and advanced products, car buyers can rest assured that they are getting a high-quality, safe, and clean product.

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