Zoom brings together in-office and remote employees with the launch of Intelligent Director for Zoom Rooms

AI-powered Intelligent Director enhances connection and optimizes the conference room experience for hybrid work, using multiple cameras to give every participant their own space in Zoom Meetings SAN JOSE, Calif., June 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) announced the launch of the award-winning Intelligent Director for Zoom Rooms. For […]

AI-powered Intelligent Director enhances connection and optimizes the conference room experience for hybrid work, using multiple cameras to give every participant their own space in Zoom Meetings

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) announced the launch of the award-winning Intelligent Director for Zoom Rooms. For hybrid meetings with a Zoom Room, Intelligent Director uses AI and multiple cameras to provide the best image and angle of participants in the room so remote participants can see each person clearly, even in large conference rooms.

“As more people return to the office, it’s no longer enough to deliver the best remote worker experience; every business needs a solution to deliver the best hybrid meeting experience,” said Smita Hashim, chief product officer at Zoom. “Even with some employees in the office, oftentimes other team members are dispersed, so meeting equity and inclusion become more important than ever. Intelligent Director is the solution that can bring employees together, regardless of location, so they can truly connect face-to-face.”

Intelligent Director is specifically designed for medium- to larger-sized rooms and helps avoid the “bowling alley effect.” Intelligent Director can individually frame up to 16 participants in a Zoom Room using multiple cameras, choosing the best video stream via a Zoom-designed AI, and send that stream to the gallery view of the Zoom Meeting.

An evolution of Zoom’s Smart Gallery feature, which uses a single camera and AI to give each person in a small to medium-sized room their own space in a Zoom Meeting, Intelligent Director takes this same technology to the next level for larger conference rooms.

For bigger meeting spaces, it is easier to be hidden by others when only using a single camera, so Intelligent Director’s multi-camera configuration and use of video AI technology provide meeting equity to everyone in the room, selecting the best view of each individual, even if they move around or turn their heads. Remote participants can now have face-to-face conversations with each Zoom Rooms participant, allowing in-room participants to be seen and heard.

Intelligent Director is made possible through the support of Zoom’s hardware partner ecosystem. Manufacturers, including Apple, AVer, Dell, HP | Poly, Intel, Logitech, and Yealink have supported Zoom with the computer, controller, and camera solutions necessary to produce this major advancement.

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Medela Concludes Global Breastfeeding Symposium with Key Takeaways in Lactation Science to Inform Clinical Practice

Leading Breast Pump Brand Hosts Global Event to Advance Breastfeeding Research and Understand Current Hospital-Based Practices, Sharing Research Findings Free of Charge Switzerland, Baar, June 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Medela, the brand trusted by millions of moms*, concluded its 16th Global Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium, focused on advancing lactation science to improve care. This three-part […]

Leading Breast Pump Brand Hosts Global Event to Advance Breastfeeding Research and Understand Current Hospital-Based Practices, Sharing Research Findings Free of Charge

Switzerland, Baar, June 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Medela, the brand trusted by millions of moms*, concluded its 16th Global Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium, focused on advancing lactation science to improve care. This three-part world tour was held in three locations, kicking off in Chicago, Illinois in April, followed by Beijing, China in May, and concluding in Munich, Germany in June. All three events welcomed more than 2,600 healthcare professionals in maternal and infant care to learn about the latest research findings and key insights from globally and regionally renowned experts in human milk and lactation. Delivering on Medela’s commitment of turning science into care, speaker presentations from the series will be available free of charge for virtual access through Medela University from next week.

“By bringing together top minds in lactation science from around the world, we are able to further our shared goal of improving maternal and infant health outcomes,” said Annette Brüls, CEO of  Medela worldwide. “We know that conducting the research is only half of a much larger picture, which is why our Global Symposium is committed to creating a dynamic learning opportunity to transfer this knowledge from the experts in science and research to the leaders in healthcare settings around the world. We are bridging the gap between research and practice, making it accessible, free of charge, to the people who use and need it, with the sole intention of nurturing health for generations.”

The global event featured presentations and discussions from experts, including:

PROF. LARS BODE (USA) | Lactation as a biological system: The dynamics of human milk composition

“Human milk and lactation do not stand in isolation; they are part of a dynamic biological system that is embedded in socioeconomic, cultural, behavioral, and environmental contexts,” explains Professor Bode, Ph.D., at the University of California San Diego. “As a scientist, it was exciting to participate in Medela’s Breastfeeding & Lactation Symposia because the events connect the science with the clinical application of human milk and lactation, which together is a major driver to advance the field with maximum impact on infant health and development.”

PROF. DONNA GEDDES (AU) | Lactation as a biological system: The importance of dose

“As we seek to understand how human milk composition impacts the health of our next generation, we often default to analyzing concentrations of milk components. Yet when we measure the dose the baby receives, a new world opens up with the promise of innovative ways to improve the health of our children,” says Professor Geddes from the University of Western Australia. “I appreciate the opportunity to share my scientific findings at this stellar conference, but I find the interaction with the participants invaluable, as they come from all disciplines essential to improving breastfeeding and breast milk delivery for all lactating women and their babies.”

DR. REBECCA HOBAN (CA) | Initiation of lactation: Prophylactic lactation support as standard of care for mothers of NICU infants

“Although we know that mother’s milk is literally lifesaving for preterm infants in the NICU, many mothers struggle to make enough milk for their babies, limiting their infant’s lifelong milk dose and it is my passion to optimize lactation for these vulnerable families,” shares Dr. Hoban, staff neonatologist and Director of Breastfeeding Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. “Medela’s Symposium brings new lactation evidence to clinician leaders who will translate the science to the bedside for families around the world. It’s a great way to ‘spread the word’ about the latest findings in breastfeeding research!”

PROF. DIANE SPATZ (USA) | A call to action: Improving human milk and breastfeeding outcomes by prioritizing effective initiation of lactation

“There is a critical window for the establishment of a milk supply and, we as advocates and clinicians have an obligation to families to teach them the science of human milk and the physiology of lactation,” explains Professor Diane Spatz, who also serves as chairperson for Medela’s Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board in the Americas. Prof. Spatz presented a call to action about the need for prioritizing effective initiation of lactation in order to improve exclusivity and duration of breastfeeding. Prof. Spatz is a Professor of Perinatal Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing sharing a joint appointment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Held as a hybrid event in Beijing on May 13-14, the China Symposium focused on providing a platform for like-minded breastfeeding professionals to share ideas, experiences and best practices. In partnership with the China Maternity and Child Health Association, the event marked a shared commitment to educating individuals on the benefits of human milk, while strengthening the collective efforts to foster a supportive environment for breastfeeding in China.

PROF. CAO YUN (CHINA) | The impact of human milk feeding on the outcomes of NICU premature infants based on clinical research in China

”As an experienced NICU physician, I have been promoting human milk feeding since I learned of its benefits for NICU infants. I am pleased to see so many obstetrics, pediatrics, and nursing experts gathered here. The promotion of breastfeeding cannot be achieved without the cooperation of various departments and multi-disciplinary teams.” says Prof. Cao Yun from Fudan University Children Hospital. “It is great that Medela organizes such an informative symposium that allows us to unite to promote breastfeeding in China.”

PROF. YU HONG (CHINA) Quality improvement study on breastfeeding in mother-infant-separation dyads after standardized interventions

“I was very excited to participate in this grand event organized by Medela and learned about global cutting-edge research,” says Prof. Yu Hong from Southeast University Zhongda Hospital. “I led a multiple-center quality improvement study in Jiangsu Province, and our objective is to support lactation and improve the dose of own mother’s milk feeding through the evidence-based interventions.”

PROF. FENG QI (CHINA) Clinical study on promoting breastfeeding of premature infants in China

“Breastfeeding is not only a mother’s business, but also depends on family and social support,” says Prof. Feng Qi from Peking University First Hospital. “At present, the government has issued documents to support breastfeeding, and we also have the consensus from professional groups. As more and more hospitals are paying increasing attention to breastfeeding, we need to proactively adopt best clinical practices to improve breastfeeding in the NICU.”

DR. YUKI TAKAHASHI (JAPAN) | Effect of epidural analgesia on infant sucking and opportunities for improvement to achieve the standard of care for infants

“Intrapartum interventions such as epidural analgesia or induction of labor can influence skin-to-skin contact and rooting/suckling behavior, not only right after, but up to two days after birth,” says Dr. Yuki Takahashi from Nagoya University Japan. “And the important thing is to prioritize breastfeeding support resources to provide behaviorally appropriate and individualized care during this critical period.”

On June 23-24, Medela hosted the European Edition of their world tour in Munich, Germany, and welcomed two internationally renowned British speakers who shared their insights for improving lactation support in the neonatal intensive care unit. On day two of the symposium the healthcare experts on-site took these findings into curated workshops with the goal of translating them into clinical practice.

PROF. NEENA MODI (UK) | Perspectives: Prioritizing own mother´s milk in the neonatal unit – need for standardized metrics that capture lactation and infant feeding

“Prioritizing the provision of own mother’s milk (OMM) is a crucial step in neonatal care and thorough, high-quality data on lactation and infant feeding are fundamental in assessing the success of OMM provision and understanding the extent to which infants leave the neonatal unit breastfeeding,” asserts Professor Neena Modi of the Imperial College London, who also serves as President-elect of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine. Prof. Modi underscored that by implementing standardized information recording in neonatal units, we can develop universally accepted quality indicators, improve care, and drive research for better breastfeeding outcomes.

DR. SARAH BATES (UK) | Spotlight: Improving survival & outcomes for preterm infants through optimizing early maternal breast milk – a national Quality Improvement toolkit from BAPM

“Optimizing own mother’s milk (OMM) is crucial for the long-term health of preterm infants,” explained Dr. Sarah Bates, Consultant Pediatrician and Neonatologist at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. In her talk Dr. Bates shed light on the innovative national toolkits created by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, demonstrating its utility in optimizing OMM for preterm infants from initiation of lactation to post-discharge. Her session, infused with success stories and insightful parental views, showcased how this initiative can positively reshape the health trajectories of preterm infants nationwide.

Turning science into care

Presentations from speakers will be available free of charge for virtual access through Medela University, an online professional education platform for lactation science offering continuing education units (CEUs).

In addition, Medela will host a series of educational webinars in the US and Europe to translate existing research findings into clinical practice and share important conclusions and expert recommendations. While the US webinars will focus primarily on disparities in breastfeeding and resources for clinicians to assess their own implicit bias and alter clinical practice to better support Black women who breastfeed, the European webinars will focus on improving lactation science and improving care in neonatal units.

Learn more about the Global Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium at medela.com/symposium.

Media resources, including language versions of the press releases and visual assets are available for download at medela.com/symposium-media.

About Medela

Through advancing research, observing natural behavior, and listening to our customers, Medela turns science into care while nurturing health for generations. Medela supports millions of moms, babies, patients, and healthcare professionals in more than 100 countries all over the world. As the healthcare choice for more than 6 million hospitals and homes across the globe, Medela provides leading research-based breast milk feeding and baby products, healthcare solutions for hospitals, and clinical education. Medela is dedicated to building better health outcomes, simplifying and improving life, and developing breakthroughs that help moms, babies and patients live their life to the fullest. For more information, visit www.medela.com.

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Zong 4G Announces Innovative Partnership with MCB Bank, Enhancing User Experience through Direct Integration

Zong 4G, Pakistan’s leading telecom operator, is proud to announce its strategic partnership with MCB Bank, one of the country’s most renowned financial institutions.This collaboration brings together the expertise of two industry leaders to offer cus…

Zong 4G, Pakistan’s leading telecom operator, is proud to announce its strategic partnership with MCB Bank, one of the country’s most renowned financial institutions.

This collaboration brings together the expertise of two industry leaders to offer customers an unmatched level of convenience and simplicity in managing their mobile services.

The focus of this partnership is the direct integration of Zong 4G’s bundles and recharge services into the user-friendly MCB App.

This integration empowers Zong users to conveniently access and manage their mobile service bundles directly from the MCB App, eliminating the need for multiple platforms and simplifying their mobile service experience.

By integrating Zong 4G’s services into the MCB App, customers will be able to effortlessly recharge their accounts, and activate new bundles, all within the familiar and secure environment of the MCB App.

This collaboration truly exemplifies Zong 4G’s commitment to delivering exceptional services and enhancing the overall customer experience.

Zong 4G’s official spokesperson talking about the partnership said: “We are thrilled to partner with MCB Bank to offer our valued customers a seamless and user-friendly experience in managing their Zong 4G services.

Through this integration, we aim to provide our users with a convenient, secure, and efficient platform to access and control their mobile bundles, further strengthening our commitment to delivering unmatched services in Pakistan.”

MCB Bank has long been recognized for its innovative banking solutions, and this collaboration marks a significant milestone in the bank’s digital transformation journey. The integration of Zong’s services into the MCB App further amplifies MCB Bank’s commitment to offering its customers a comprehensive range of services under one roof.

“At MCB Bank, we are constantly exploring opportunities to meet the evolving needs of our customers and to provide them with innovative solutions. This strategic partnership aligns with our mission to create a comprehensive and seamless digital ecosystem for our customers.

We are excited about the possibilities this collaboration brings and the positive impact it will have on our customers’ lives”, said Syed Jaffar Abbas Shirazi, Division Head Digital Channels and Branchless Banking, MCB Bank, at the signing ceremony held at MCB House, Lahore.

Zong 4G and MCB Bank’s partnership set a new benchmark in the industry, highlighting their commitment to harnessing technology to improve customer satisfaction and streamline processes.

This collaboration will undoubtedly revolutionize the way Zong 4G users interact with their mobile services, making it more convenient and accessible than ever before.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Over three million faithful in Arafat to perform Rukn-e-Azam of Hajj “Woquf-e-Arfat”

Around three million pilgrims from across the globe are converging at Mount Arafat, the Jabal ar-Rahmah on the second day of the pilgrimage to perform the major Hajj ritual.Radio Pakistan’s correspondent Javed Iqbal reports from Arafat that countless …

Around three million pilgrims from across the globe are converging at Mount Arafat, the Jabal ar-Rahmah on the second day of the pilgrimage to perform the major Hajj ritual.

Radio Pakistan’s correspondent Javed Iqbal reports from Arafat that countless pilgrims are making their way from Mina to the plains of Arafat, utilizing buses and trains as their mode of transportation.

Train tickets have been allocated to 63 percent of the pilgrims participating in the government scheme.

This elevated hill holds great historical significance as it served as the location where Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W) delivered his Farewell Sermon to the Muslims.

Standing on the expansive plains of Arafat, this significant granite hill serves as a remarkable symbol of that crucial moment in Islamic history.

Pilgrims devote the entire day at Arafat to supplicating to Allah, seeking forgiveness for their sins, and praying for personal strength in the future.

Pilgrims will make their way to Masjid Nimrah on the grounds of Arafat, where they will listen to the Arafat sermon amid continuous chanting of “Labbeika Allahumma Labbeik”.

After the sermon, Hajj pilgrims will spend the afternoon praying on the mountain.

Upon sunset, they will then head to Muzdalifah to spend night in open sky and collect pebbles for the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual.

After the stay at Muzdalifah, the noble pilgrims will perform the stoning of the devil on the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Telegram Finally Gets Stories Years After Other Apps

In a recent announcement, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov revealed that the messaging app will introduce Stories in early July.Durov acknowledged that users have been requesting this feature for years, with more than half of the feature requests received by …

In a recent announcement, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov revealed that the messaging app will introduce Stories in early July.

Durov acknowledged that users have been requesting this feature for years, with more than half of the feature requests received by Telegram relating to Stories. Initially hesitant due to the widespread availability of Stories on other platforms, the company ultimately decided to prioritize user feedback and incorporate the feature.

With the introduction of Stories on Telegram, users will have control over their story’s visibility. They can choose to share their Stories with everyone, their contacts, a select few individuals, or a customized list of close friends.

Stories will be conveniently located in an expandable section at the top of the chat list, allowing for easy access. Additionally, users will have the option to hide Stories from specific contacts by moving them to the “Hidden” list within their Contacts section, keeping their main screen clutter-free.

You can also include captions and links to enhance your storytelling experience. Additionally, users can tag other individuals in their Stories, facilitating easy interaction and engagement. The feature will also allow users to capture photos and videos simultaneously using both the front and rear cameras, akin to the BeReal-style concept.

Furthermore, users will have control over the duration of their Stories. They can choose to set an expiration time of 6, 12, 24, or 48 hours, after which the Story will no longer be visible.

Alternatively, there is an option to permanently showcase Stories on the user’s profile page, similar to Instagram’s Story highlights, enabling them to curate a collection of memorable moments for their audience to enjoy.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Talha reviews facilities at Pak Hajj Mission’s camp office Mina

Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Talha Mehmood, has directed ministry officials to wholeheartedly devote themselves to serving the pilgrims, prioritizing their needs and well-being.He issued the directives during his visit to the…

Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Talha Mehmood, has directed ministry officials to wholeheartedly devote themselves to serving the pilgrims, prioritizing their needs and well-being.

He issued the directives during his visit to the camp office of Pakistan Hajj Mission in Mina where he inspected the facilities provided for Pakistani pilgrims.

The Minister directed to help Pakistani pilgrims in distress, ensuring their well-being and support throughout the pilgrimage.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PM Shehbaz felicitates millions of Hujjaj for performing Hajj 1444 AH

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated millions of Hujjaj from Pakistan and the Muslim world for performing Hajj 1444 AH.In a tweet on Tuesday, on the occasion of Hajj, he prayed for development, peace and prosperity of Pakistan.Source: Radio…

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated millions of Hujjaj from Pakistan and the Muslim world for performing Hajj 1444 AH.

In a tweet on Tuesday, on the occasion of Hajj, he prayed for development, peace and prosperity of Pakistan.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Punjab to Restore Asia’s Largest Opium Factory

The Punjab government has decided to reopen the largest opium factory in Asia. The necessary preparations have been made, including applying for an arms license for the factory in Shadman.The Director General (DG) of Excise will oversee the restoratio…

The Punjab government has decided to reopen the largest opium factory in Asia. The necessary preparations have been made, including applying for an arms license for the factory in Shadman.

The Director General (DG) of Excise will oversee the restoration of the factory which has been closed for 13 years. An officer of the Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) rank will manage the administrative affairs.

Opium will be obtained from Narcotics Control Agencies in various provinces to ensure a steady supply. The first batch of 640 kg is expected to arrive soon. The opium produced by the factory will be classified as A-category and sold at a rate of Rs. 40,000 per kilogram. Pharmaceutical companies can purchase A-category opium at market rates, while B-category opium, which is harmful to human health, will be disposed of.

Once the staff and arms license is issued, the opium factory will resume operations in accordance with the requirements of the official opium alkaloid factory established under the Hudud Ordinance 1979 in Lahore. Interestingly, this factory was closed in 2012 by the Excise and Taxation Department Punjab without a clear reason.

The government has incurred significant expenses in maintaining this factory despite a consistent demand for medical-grade legal opium. However, bureaucratic corruption has hindered the factory’s profitability.

Source: Pro Pakistani