Casio to Release Compact G-SHOCK Offering Workout-Oriented Convenience

The First Square-Shaped Watch in the Sports-Driven G-SQUAD Line

TOKYO, June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced today the release of the GBD-200, a new addition to the sports-driven G-SQUAD line in the G-SHOCK family of shock-resistant watches. Inheriting the iconic square-shaped case design of the very first G-SHOCK, these compact new watches offer convenient functionality for workouts as well as everyday use.


The GBD-200 boasts a new, smaller profile design for the case, which is 2.0mm slimmer, 8.8mm shorter, and 3.4mm narrower compared to the predecessor GBD-100. To make the watch look even slimmer, the case, bezel and other parts are carefully designed to appear flat when viewed from the side. The band is made of soft urethane to provide outstanding ventilation and flexibility and ensure a snug fit on the wrist. Holes near the lugs that fasten the band to the case ensure breathability, helping to shed perspiration and give the watch a comfortable, airy fit that is great for exercise. The precision 5mm hole-spacing employed for the band allows for precise length adjustments, as well.

The GBD-200 also boasts outstanding functionality. Just pair with a smartphone via Bluetooth® to adjust distances captured by with the watch’s acceleration sensor using smartphone GPS. When the user adjusts this once, the watch will then measure distances with even higher degrees of accuracy,* even when not connected to a smartphone. The watch also measures running pace and comes with an Auto lap feature that automatically keeps track of times over a set distance. When used with the dedicated G-SHOCK MOVE app, the watch offers great support for daily workouts, allowing users to check life logs with data on step counts and calories burned, activity logs, and more, right on the  smartphone.

*In comparison with distance measurements made by preceding Casio models using the accelerometer alone. Depends on the accuracy of the smartphone’s GPS function as well.

GBD-200-1, GBD-200-2, GBD-200-9

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Laserfiche Recognized as a Strong Performer in Independent Analyst Report on Content Platform Providers

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Laserfiche — the leading SaaS provider of intelligent content management and business process automation — has been named a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Content Platforms, Q2 2021. Laserfiche was one of 14 vendors evaluated based on the strength of its strategy and current offering.

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Laserfiche earned the highest rating possible in the criteria of Packaged Applications, Developer Support, Content Generation Services and Execution Roadmap. According to the report, “[Laserfiche’s] roadmap and cloud-first product vision equip it to scale into larger enterprises, and its market approach continues to have a programmatic focus on key verticals.”  The report also states that, “Laserfiche offers strong support for packaged applications and solution templates and supports interchange of these templates via customer and partner communities.”

Laserfiche maintains a cloud-first approach to enterprise content management (ECM), focusing on delivering a flexible, extensible platform that integrates easily with enterprise applications. The company continues to provide industry-leading records management, electronic forms and business process automation capabilities including RPA and smart capture. Laserfiche’s strong customer focus also drives product innovation and deep engagement with its user community.

“Laserfiche continues to drive industry leadership in content-centric process automation,” said Thomas Phelps, Laserfiche CIO and senior vice president of corporate strategy. “We believe that Laserfiche’s cloud-first product vision and commitment to empowering customers in highly regulated industries are why we are positioned as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave: Content Platforms.”

The Forrester Wave: Content Platforms, Q2 2021 evaluates vendors against 25 criteria, grouped into three high-level categories: current offering, strategy and market presence. For more information, download the Forrester Wave: Content Platforms, Q2 2021 here.

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Laserfiche is the leading SaaS provider of intelligent content management and business process automation. Through powerful workflows, electronic forms, document management and analytics, the Laserfiche® platform accelerates how business gets done, enabling leaders to focus on growth across the enterprise.

Laserfiche pioneered the paperless office with enterprise content management. Today, Laserfiche’s cloud-first development approach incorporates innovations in machine learning and AI to enable organizations in more than 80 countries to transform into digital businesses. Customers in every industry—including government, education, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing—use Laserfiche to boost productivity, scale their business and deliver digital-first customer experiences.

Laserfiche employees in offices around the world are committed to the company’s vision of empowering customers and inspiring people to reimagine how technology can transform lives.

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Ethiopia, Italy Agree to Work Together on Issues of Mutual Interest

Addis Ababa (ENA)  june 15/2013 Ethiopian delegation led by Attorney General Gedion Timothewos delivered a message on Monday from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to the Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The message was handed over through Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister of Italy, Luigi Di Maio.

On the occasion, Gedion briefed the Minister on the current situation in Ethiopia, including the situation in the Tigray region.

The delegation touched upon the multidimensional efforts of the government of Ethiopia in rebuilding the region, apprehending criminals, enhancing the ongoing collaboration with regard to independent investigations being undertaken and the reform endeavor being underway.

The delegation also briefed the Italian side on the preparation for the upcoming sixth national elections, and issues related to the Ethiopia-Sudan border dispute, and the GERD negotiations under the auspices of the African Union.

The two sides have exchanged views on ways to enhance the longstanding and historic relationship between Ethiopia and Italy and agreed to work together on issues of mutual interest.

The Attorny General was accompanied by State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Redwan Hussein, and  Ethiopian Ambassador to Italy, Ambassador Demitu Hambisa,.


Source: Ethiopian News Agency.

Ethiopia’s Economy Projected to Grow at 8.7 % in FY 2021/22

June 15/2021 ( ENA )  Ethiopia’s economic growth is projected to be 8.7 percent during upcoming Ethiopian fiscal year (2021/22).

It is to be recalled that the Council of Ministers last week approved some 561.7 billion Birr budget and referred it to the House of Peoples Representatives for endorsement.

The new budget has an increase of 18 percent compared to the previous budget year.

The House, in its 15th regular session today has deliberated on the new draft budget.

On the occasion, Minister of Finance, Ahmed Shede briefed the house about the economic reform activities being undertaken in the country and the challenges the economy has been facing during the concluding budget year.

He told the House that Ethiopian economy has been facing several challenges including the outbreak of COVID-19, inflation, shortages of foreign currency as well as other man made and natural disasters.

Despite all the challenges, the economy has managed to grow by 6.1 percent and per capita income has reached to 10,080 birr.

Based on the existing indicators, the nation’s economy is also expected to register better performance in the upcoming fiscal year.

Accordingly, the overall economic growth is projected to be 8.7 percent and inflation is expected to fall to single digit, the Minister elaborated.

Indicating that improved system will be implemented to increase government revenue he said the price of imported goods will increase by 9.9 percent.

He assured that the necessary monitoring system will be implemented with a view to ensuring the proper spending of government’s expenditure for social and economic developments.

Ahmed said the budget will focus on roads, education, health and urban sectors development.

Out of the total 561.67 billion Birr budget for the year, 162 billion Birr is allocated for recurrent spending, 183.5 billion Birr for capital expenditure, 203.95 billion Birr for subsidy to regions, and 12 billion Birr for sustained development goals.

Some 369.1 billion Birr or 84.7 percent of the total budget is expected to come from domestic sources and the remaining 123.7 billion birr from foreign loans and grant.

After an extensive deliberation of the budget draft, the House referred it to the Revenue Budget and Finance Affairs Standing Committee for further scrutiny.


Source: Ethiopian News Agency.

Int’l Commission on Futures of Education to Finalize Report in Less than two Months

June 15/2021 ( ENA ) The International Commission on the Futures of Education, chaired by President Sahle-Work Zewde, will be finalizing its final report in less than two months.

According to office of the president, the Commission held a virtual meeting to discuss the content of the report in detail.

The Commission, comprised of renowned experts from all over the world, is preparing a report which is intended to spark and inspire a process of public debate, policy dialogue and collective action on the future of education.

The final report will be presented in November 2021 at the UNESCO General Conference.



Source: Ethiopian News Agency.

FM Demeke, Ethiopian Ambassadors Discuss about Sharing 1 Billion Seedlings with Neighbors

Addis Ababa June 15/2021 (ENA) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen held a virtual discussion today with Ethiopian Ambassadors stationed in neighboring countries on Ethiopia’s plan to share one billion seedlings to hosting nations.

According to a press release of  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the deputy prime minister underscored during the consultation that sharing Ethiopia’s experience which  gives protection to the environment and build a green economy with neighbors will promote peaceful relations in the region.

Besides ensuring the wellbeing of the environment in the region, the experience will further boost transboundary economic cooperation and cement ties with governments of the neighboring countries, the statement added.

The Ethiopian mission leaders have been given the responsibility to make sure that the seedlings to be planted in each country take into account the ecological and economic benefits of the countries, it was learned.

Mission leaders are also expected to create contacts with relevant bodies in the host nations, study their specific needs and set up action plans and monitoring mechanisms for the success of the project.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Agriculture; Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission; Ethiopian Airlines, and other agencies will work together to make the project successful, it was disclosed.

The launch of the Green Legacy program in neighboring countries is expected to be attended by senior government officials of the host nations, members of the Ethiopian Diaspora, and other stakeholders.

The ambassadors who attended the meeting said they have been working for the success of the plan by holding a series of discussions thus far with relevant agencies in each country.

Through the third round Green Legacy Initiative 6 billion tree seedlings, including 1 billion in neighboring  countries, are expected to be planed.



Source: Ethiopian News Agency.

Filling of GERD Will Go as Per Schedule: Minister Reaffirms

Addis Ababa June 15/2021 (ENA) Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister Sileshi Bekele has reiterated that the filling of the second round of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will go as per the schedule.

Following the Meeting of Eastern Nile Council of Ministers in Addis Ababa today, he said nothing will change with regard to the filling of the dam as it goes along with the construction in the coming rainy season.

“The second round filling will continue and it has nothing do with any other issue. The level    the construction of the dam reaches in the coming rainy season will dictate the filling,” he explained.

He further noted that “this is very clear to all the three riparian countries. Nothing will change from that and we will proceed accordingly.”

Sudan Water Resources and Irrigation Minister, Yasir Abbas Mohammed said on his part that “Sudan has right from the beginning supported the GERD because it is the right of Ethiopia to make use of water.”

Mohammed stated that this has been the position of Sudan for the last 10 years. “We supported Ethiopia to generate hydropower at the same time to consider the downstream countries,” the minister further elaborated.

South Sudan Water and Irrigation Minister, Manawa Peter Gatkuoth pointed out that African solution for African problem is the right procedure so as to find lasting agreement about  GERD in a sustainable manner.

“We are calling on Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia to solve the problem based on this procedure,” he underscored, further adding that the region needs stability as it is the most important thing at this time.

It is to be recalled that Ethiopia completed the first filling of the dam successfully in July 2020 without hurting the downstream countries.


Source: Ethiopian News Agency.