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International DJ Fatboy Slim hosts exclusive online gig for Autism Specialist


To tackle isolation and keep its customers connected during the coronavirus lockdown, a leading autism support provider in the North East of England has joined forces with superstar DJ Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, to host an exclusive virtual gig on its new activity portal.

Inspired Support, based in Newcastle with services across Tyne & Wear, is an independent organisation supporting people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and learning disabilities through bespoke educational activities in the digital, sport and creative industries.

Committed to keeping its support activities open to more than 100 hundred service users, Inspired Support has taken its operations online using Zoom to provide a safe, sociable learning environment to avoid difficult isolation at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fatboy Slim, English DJ, musician and record producer with global hits including ‘Praise You’ and ‘Weapon of Choice’, is a long-standing friend of Inspired Support. He helped them to celebrate the launch of the portal with a live ‘lockdown’ gig from his sea-side home in Brighton, followed by a Q&A session.

Dave Winship, director at Inspired Support, said: “As soon as we heard about the possibility of a Covid-19 lockdown we wanted to ensure all our customers could stay in touch and continue to access our services.

“Moving online presented some technical challenges initially, mainly around logistics and ensuring everyone had computer and internet access. To get the portal up and running is a fantastic achievement. It allows us to keep delivering vital learning and social activities online for as long as necessary.

“We understand these are challenging, uncertain times for everyone and being separated from friends and family is extremely difficult. That is why we are determined Inspired Support should always be there to help bring people together, beat loneliness and spread a little happiness.

“Getting Norman to join us on the portal was a blast! Some of the group taking part are developing skills in the creative and digital sectors, including music production. They couldn’t believe they were bantering with Fatboy Slim and watching him live in his spare room!”

Inspired Support offers four service environments designed to ensure that people who are on the autism spectrum or have learning difficulties can develop their talents, social and life skills to achieve success and future employment.

Norman Cook, Fatboy Slim, said: “We’ve had weeks of lockdown and I’ve only managed a couple of pub quizzes! Inspired Support has been way more creative with the time in creating this lovely little online community. It is inspiring to me and brings a sense of togetherness. I’m looking forward to doing it again soon.

Service user Mark Urwin took part in the session, he said: “Inspired Support is making me feel positive and motivated during lockdown because of the regular online sessions.

“The socialising is great and it feels like I’m still there and not stuck in isolation. They’re still giving me tasks to keep me focused and I’m able to continue developing my graphic design skills because they supplied me with an iMac, something not many support groups would do for their clients.

“Meeting Fat Boy Slim and taking part in the Q&A was great. Norman kindly answered my question about how music can influence our mental health, which was a great insight for me.”

Inspired Support was created in 2012 by directors Dave Winship and Richard Lamb. The organisation is designed to provide a holistic, person-centred approach to learning which enables people to thrive and achieve success independently. It runs training and an education courses for people aged 16 years upwards at it centres in Newcastle, Gateshead and Birtley.

Find out more at: https://www.inspiredsupport.co.uk/.

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Avenue51 Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise, International Trade


London, UK – April 21, 2020: Avenue51, the global eCommerce platform, was today honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, International Trade, for outstanding growth in overseas sales during the last three years – with sales growth of nearly 50%.

Avenue51 offers a unique opportunity for European brands to trade directly with consumers around the world via its cross-border technology platform built around three key features of:

• Share: Marketing & Social Media Share
• Shop: Online Retail & Payments
• Ship: Fulfilment & Storage

These services have been designed to work individually or together to provide an end-to-end solution. For retailers wanting a fast route to the Chinese consumer market, Avenue51 also provides online listing across a network of more than 50,000 online retailers used by shoppers in Mainland China.

Avenue51 co-founder, James Hardy, comments: “Winning the Queen’s Award is a great honour for us and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team. We have seen huge growth during the last three years including an increase in sales of 50% and launching our technology and services in the French and Nordic markets.”

“Now more than ever we believe our eCommerce platform is vital for European retailers looking to create or expand their eCommerce offering to reach some of the largest consumer markets in the world.”

Now in its 54th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are among the most prestigious business awards in the country and are awarded for outstanding achievement at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses.

About Avenue51
Avenue51’s complete global ecommerce platform enables more than 100 British and European consumer brands including Waitrose, Aspinal of London, ThisWorks and Optibac to generate and fulfil over £50 million of orders from shoppers and online retailers in Mainland China each year.

Our team is based in offices around the world including London, Birmingham, Beijing, Shanghai & Hangzhou are endlessly integrating our solution into the business models of the world’s most progressive brands.

For those brands simply seeking fast access to shoppers in Mainland China, Avenue51 offers the opportunity to list products within a network of more than 50,000 online retailers used by shoppers in Mainland China. This network includes a number of highly successful online stores operated by Avenue51 under license (Laposte and Royal Mail Tmall flagship stores) or directly (51bestuk, 51Taouk).

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Email Marcom Conference brings 48 International Leaders to London, Inbox Expo 2020 from emailexpert


The inaugural Inbox Expo marcom summit focused on the email channel comes to the London Science Gallery on March 18th 2020. Organised by emailexpert the email industry conference brings 48 leading international speakers and email experts for two days of keynote addresses, workshops, roundtable discussions and sessions on topics of interest to B2C and B2B email marketers.

G.B Heidarsson, the General Manager of SparkPost said “The professional level of presenters and participants and the variety of speakers’ influence and perspective are going to make this an absolute top tier event in the industry, worldwide.”

The size and scope of the conference unseen before in Europe. Talking from Chicago Christopher Marriott, President & Founder, Email Connect LLC said “It’s long overdue for an email conference of this magnitude to be held in London (and the whole of Europe, for that matter!). It’s a great idea, and it’s already generating a lot of talk around the world of email marketing.”

Inbox Expo 2020 theme focuses on accessibility and diversity. The tone set with the welcome address by Ricardas Montvila, of Mapp Digital speaking to diversity, asking the industry leaders in the room some burning questions. Followed by a primary keynote titled “Email for All” from author Paul Airey, widely recognised as lead advocate of accessibility in email.

The theme is reflected in the choice of venue, the art gallery at King’s College London booked for a 4 hour networking reception hosting business leaders at a private showing of the exhibition GENDERS. GENDERS: Shaping and Breaking the Binary presents a kaleidoscopic view of gender and its relationship with science, and factors such as class, culture, race, age and sexuality.

Keynote speaker Melanie Kinney, Marketing Manager, Mightier said when interviewed “I love that the theme is ‘celebrating diversity and accessibility’ which are two important and relevant topics in the industry right now. I’ve always found the email community itself to be very inclusive and it’s great to see the industry move in this direction on a whole.”

“Every delegate can expect a personalised and tailored experience. Inbox Expo London Edition will be the first time so many speakers – close to 50 in total — have come to the UK, flying in from across the globe to share their stories with our delegates. Our delegate to speaker ratio is about 2:1, a truly remarkable networking experience for those that want to up their email game and network,” said Andrew Bonar, founder of emailexpert.

Along with Inbox Expo host emailexpert, the event includes title sponsor Mapp, premier sponsor Pure 360 and additional sponsors including: ZOHO, Ongage, SparkPost, Pepipost, SendLane, Sensorpro, Taxi for Email, EmailOversight, MailMonitor, Striata, maillenium and email industries.

The extensive speaker line-up includes representatives from industry organisation, companies such as The AA, RAC, Women of Email, SEMRush, Zettasphere, Fidor Bank, Holistic Email Marketing, eFocus Marketing, Framer, Mightier, Osano and SparkPost.

To find out more visit https://london.inboxexpo.com or find us on Twitter @inboxexpo

ABOUT EMAILEXPERT
Emailexpert UK Ltd promotes smarter use of email and enables access to the tools, information and resources necessary for businesses to make better decisions in the email marketing channel. The UK-based company was incorporated in late 2019 with the support of Founder Partner Sponsors Pepipost and SparkPost.

About SparkPost
SparkPost is the world’s #1 email sender, trusted by customers like Zillow, The New York Times, Booking.com, Ebates and Zynga to dramatically increase email performance. SparkPost sends more than 37% of the world’s business to consumer email, more than 5 trillion messages a year. SparkPost’s unmatched data footprint and email analytics help leading enterprises break through the email noise to drive top-line results.

About Mapp
Marketers and data specialists should be able to focus on what will make a difference for their business, instead of spending all their time taming the technology behind it. With the insight-led customer engagement platform Mapp Cloud, they can focus on what really counts – and the exciting insights that come with it. Thanks to customer intelligence and marketing analytics, companies can easily and effectively gain data-driven customer insights across all channels in order to trigger highly personalized marketing activities. Customers benefit from AI-supported forecasting models that enable targeted and self-optimizing cross-channel campaigns. Automated messages are sent via the most suitable marketing channel, at the right time, with the optimal contact frequency. Thanks to advanced one-to-one personalization, the highest levels of engagement and long-term customer loyalty are achieved.

Mapp has global offices in eight countries. Mapp’s digital marketing platform helps more than 2,500 companies break away from the pack by uncovering missed opportunities, including Xerox, PepsiCo, LG, Qantas, Infinity, and Lloyds Banking Group.



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Students shortlisted for the Justis International Writing Competition 2020 with £2000 grand prize


For the third year in a row, a selection of international students have been shortlisted for the Justis International Law and Technology Writing Competition. The 30 student articles that made the shortlist have now been anonymously sent for judging by a selection of exceptional and well-respected professionals from the legal sector.

With entries from students at 98 universities in 30 countries around the world, this year’s shortlist demonstrates the truly global nature of the competition. We’re excited to announce shortlisted entries from India to Trinidad and Tobago, alongside entries from students at institutions in the US, UK, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Belarus, the Netherlands and Indonesia.

Dr Matthew Terrell, Head of Marketing at vLex Justis said: “Each year our team is impressed with the quality of the entries from students around the world, and this year we have had a difficult time choosing a shortlist from such a fantastic range of entries. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who entered and wish the students who have been shortlisted the best of luck in the next stage of the competition”.

The shortlisted entries are now with our panel of ten judges, which includes Robert Rinder and The Secret Barrister, who will determine the winner of the £2,000 grand prize and publication in the Legal Cheek Journal. Best in Category winners will each receive £250 and be published on the Justis and vLex blogs. All winners will be included in our newsletter, which reaches thousands of practitioners and law schools around the world.

The shortlist includes entries from students at a range of leading universities, including University College London, BPP University, Monash University, Dr. Ram Lohiya National Law University, Dalhousie University, McGill University, Cardiff University, City, University of London, University of Bologna, Kingston University London, Hugh Wooding Law School, Queen Mary University of London, University of Oxford, University of York, Macquarie University, University of Bristol, Dublin City University, American University, University of Sydney, University of St Andrews, Bocconi University, Maastricht University, Universitas Indonesia, London School of Economics, Oxford Brookes University, University of Warwick and Belarusian State University.

View the full shortlist:

Writing Competition 2020: Shortlisted entries

Meet our judging panel:

Writing Competition

About the Justis writing competition

The Justis writing competition started in 2017, and has since become an annual activity for many students around the world. Since its creation, the competition has awarded prizes to students from Harvard University, University of Auckland, The City Law School, University of London, the University of Oxford, and Trinity College Dublin.

For more information on the competition please contact
vLex Press, Justis, a vLex company
London, United Kingdom
+442072848080
press@vlex.com

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New appointment for attorney Sharon Nahari: Co-chairman of the Extradition and International Crimes


The Israeli Bar association has appointed attorney Sharon Nahari, as co-chairman of the Extradition and International Crimes Committee of the Bar. The new committee was founded as an initiative of Nahari, who proposed the idea to the Bar chairman, attorney Avi Himi.

Attorney Sharon Nahari specializes in extradition and international crimes. Nahari’s firm has branches in Europe, The Us, and even the far east. furthermore, the firm has established collaborations with law firms from all over the world. Attorney Sharon Nahari was appointed Israel’s representative of the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum (DELF). The organization unites extradition experts from all over the world. In a conference held by the organization this year, The forum discussed the cancellation of Interpol arrest warrants, Red Notice alerts, the connection between politics and international extradition, and other issues.

Increased Importance of Extradition Law
The foundation of an Extradition and International Crimes Committee is clear evidence of the growing importance of extradition law in Israel. As Israel tightens its international economic and diplomatic relationships with many countries all over the world, it’s only natural that these relationships also led to collaborations in the field of extradition and criminal law.

Extradition laws in Israel are based on international treaties which the State is a part of. There are few examples of this: the Convention on Organized Crime (The Palermo Convention), the UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Substances (The Vienna Convention), cyber-crimes, money laundering computer crimes, taxation, international crime and of course Interpol and more. Also, Israel has signed individual agreements with specific collaborations for fighting crime and extradition with various countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, Thailand, and others.

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A truly international audience came to Berlin to debate the future of medical travel


A truly international audience came to Berlin to debate the future of medical travel

The IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2019 , held in Berlin, Germany on December 1-3 2019, attracted delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and participants from throughout Europe and as far afield as Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, India, UAE, Mexico and USA. The Summit brought together key opinion leaders and senior executives involved in medical tourism and healthcare businesses across the world to discuss the future of this developing industry sector.

The Summit was co-hosted by TEMOS

The Summit addressed many of the issues that face the sector – the future of global healthcare, trends in healthcare and technology, destination development, and the patient experience. Sessions were dedicated to specific areas such as fertility travel, dental travel, and wellness tourism and important international patient markets including Russia and the CIS, and the Gulf. The closing highlight of the event, the Great Debate, conducted in Oxford Union style, considered whether “medical travel facilitators are an endangered species – arguments for and against.”

According to Keith Pollard, IMTJ Editor in Chief and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International:

“Without doubt, this year’s IMTJ Medical Travel Summit was the best so far. We welcomed back many regular attendees who view the Summit as the “must attend” event in their calendar. First timers were impressed by the quality of the content and the networking opportunities and will certainly be back for more next year.“

The event was made possible through the support of Medical Korea, Health Care Industries Cluster Berlin-Brandenburg Health Capital, Bagatin Clinic, Kvarner Health Croatia, Quironsalud, Sana Hospital Group, Gruppo San Donato, Curemart, Healthcare Markets International, European Patient Experience Innovation Congress, Malaysia Healthcare, Illes Balears, Western Union Business Solutions, Mayo Clinic Healthcare in partnership with Oxford University Clinic, Temos International, Clemenceau Medical Center, Health Tourism Albania, Thornbury Nursing Services, France Surgery, Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital, Costa Cálida – Región de Murcia, Helios International, Dünyagöz Hospitals Group, China Medical University Hospital.

For all media enquiries, including images of the Summit and interviews with Keith Pollard, please contact Sarah Ward: sarahward@imtj.com

About IMTJ

The International Medical Travel Journal provides insight into the medical travel and medical tourism sector. IMTJ was established in 2007 in response to the increasing interest in medical travel and medical tourism. It embraces many of the themes that challenge healthcare providers across the world – insurance, accreditation, marketing and promotion, quality, patient safety, levels of care and experience in treating international patients.

IMTJ is independent of the associations and special interest groups that have come aboard the medical tourism bandwagon. Our aim is to create a central focus for information, resources and opinion on medical travel for those involved in the industry, anywhere in the world.

The internationalisation of healthcare through medical travel is at the heart of IMTJ. Patients are becoming healthcare consumers and in many countries, patient choice is being extended to surgery and treatment provided by international hospitals and clinics. By sharing expertise, knowledge, and views about the health travel industry, IMTJ helps to ensure that patient expectations are met, and that the industry maintains a high reputation.

LaingBuisson

The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) is owned and managed by LaingBuisson International. The company also operates consumer facing portals for medical tourism – Treatment Abroad and Fertility Treatment Abroad.

LaingBuisson is a leading healthcare intelligence provider and has been serving clients for over 30 years with insights, data and analysis of market structures, policy and strategy across healthcare and social care. LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK Government Office for National Statistics and works globally with providers, commissioners, payors, manufacturers, investors, regulators and advisors. LaingBuisson helps clients to understand their markets, make informed decisions and deliver better outcomes through market intelligence, consulting and data solutions.

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Forced Conversion that Violates Human Rights Becomes an International Problem


On 19 November, Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) from Italy and Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) from Belgium hosted a seminar on human rights entitled “Intolerance and Discrimination Against New Religious Movements: An International Problem”.

This seminar, held in Seoul, South Korea, was devoted to the protection of the rights of religious minorities targeted by the majority groups, particularly in the context of anti-human rights situations such as the forced conversion that occurred in Korea.

Forced conversion, also known as “Deprogramming”, is a social issue that causes human rights violations by kidnapping and detaining the members of religious groups labeled as “cults” by their opponents in order to compel them to abandon their faith.

More than 80 participants including legal experts, journalists, and civil society representatives reviewed the current situation of forced conversion and discussed solutions to defend the freedom of faith and human rights that have become the norm of the international community.

Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director of CESNUR as well as an Italian sociologist, stressed that forced conversion is conducted through the mainstream by saying, “Korean deprogrammers are specialized pastors from the mainline churches, most of them Presbyterian.”

“The protests that commemorate the victims from forced conversion were mentioned in the 2019 U.S. State Department Report on Religious Freedom, including violations of religious freedom in the year 2018. However, there were new cases of deprogramming even after their death,” he criticized.

Regarding the multi-dimensional strategy to solve such phenomenon, Willy Fautré, Founder and Director of HRWF stated several suggestions; pointing at the responsibility of the leadership of the Presbyterian Church which tolerates, endorses, and maybe encourages such a practice; developing advocacy at the UN and in organs defending freedom of religion or belief; prosecuting those who encourage people to perpetrate an act of abduction and confinement.

In an open letter, signed by 15 international NGOs including CAP-LC and HRWF, to the South Korean President Moon Jae In on July 24th, it said, “South Korea may well be the last democratic country in the world where deprogramming is still tolerated” and asked the President to “investigate in-depth accusations of forcible deprogramming, put a stop to this obnoxious practice, and hold those responsible fully accountable.”

Meanwhile, South Korea was elected to serve the 5th term on the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 17th. South Korea’s mission to the UN said that it plans “to participate in the international efforts to respond to human rights crises around the world.” Participants urged the Korean government to respond to the issue of forced conversion which is still threatening the human rights of its people.

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APRIL International Care joins the Telehealth revolution


APRIL International Care joins the Telehealth revolution

APRIL International Care, the specialist providers of international health insurance solutions for individuals and companies, has announced the launch of a new TeleHEALTH service via their popular app. Through a partnership with Teladoc Health, policyholders can now request a phone consultation with a qualified medical practitioner via the APRIL Easy Claim app, whether it is for a simple consultation or to request a second medical opinion.

The new teleconsultation service means policyholders do not have to leave their home or workplace to “see” a doctor, with the consultation happening directly over the phone.

APRIL International Care is rolling out the service first to all new and renewing members in Singapore and Hong Kong, then in stages across Asia. It means busy policyholders will no longer have to queue in crowded clinics, but instead can opt for the comfort of a consultation from their home, work or while traveling outside of their country of residence.

Announcing the launch, Regional CEO of Asia, Romain Di Meglio said, “Our entry into the fast moving Telehealth arena gives all our private healthcare policyholders access to this innovative new service, irrespective of the level of cover or insurance policy module they hold. The new service can only be accessed via our App, and once downloaded, customers will be able to seek general medical advice, or a second medical opinion, in 12 different languages. This latest launch is another tangible example of our stated aim to adapt to the evolution of healthcare and go beyond the pure administrative provision of insurance. In health insurance, the important word is “health”. “

The Easy Claim app, launched in 2017 in Asia, is unique on the market as it gathers all insurance services in only one app, while most competitors require policyholders to install several apps. Indeed, members can also submit their medical claims, send pre-approval requests for medical treatment, access their insurance eCard but also search and locate medical practitioners, all from the same app.

Accessing and using the service has been made very simple. App users select the physician “call back” option, then add key details such as preferred language, time zone and either their symptoms or their medical question, which could be regarding something as straightforward as understanding how to take a medicine correctly. The user submits the request and shortly afterwards the physician calls the patient. The system is designed to ease the burden of everyday medical questions and illnesses, but is not designed to be used as a substitute for reporting medical emergencies. In addition, members can also request a second medical opinion from a licensed physician for more complex medical cases such as cancer, injuries requiring surgery, etc.

Romain DiMeglio ends, “We believe this new service has the potential to radically improve some of our policyholders’ lives. You can now have fast, simple and fully digital access to a qualified physician, something that can bring real peace of mind and reduce stress.”

APRIL International Care are specialists in designing and delivering flexible international health insurance solutions for individuals, families and companies.

April International Care HK is part of the April Group which was founded in France more than 30 years ago. It is an internationally known and respected insurance services group with operations in 31 different countries, looking after close to 6 million policyholders worldwide, consisting of some 86 different nationalities located in more than 120 countries.

April International Care HK are specialists in designing and delivering outstanding, flexible long-term international health insurance solutions for individuals and companies.

All APRIL International Care plans in Hong Kong come with complementary additional emergency assistance services provided by APRIL Assistance including emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, 24/7 telephone support, tele-medicine advice and dispatch of medicine or medical equipment to you when not locally available.

Both individual and group plans can also be offered to local nationals, with discounted community rates starting from 2 people. Full medical history disregarded is available to groups of 10 or more insured individuals (including spouses), making APRIL International one of the most competitive group providers in Asia.

APRIL Hong Kong Limited is an Insurance Agency registered with The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers. Registered Office: 9/F Chinachem Hollywood Centre
1-13 Hollywood Road
Central Hong Kong.
Registration Number: 01905417.

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