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Halldale Announces Future Virtual Conference Partnership with Modest Tree Virtual Event Platform, Distantly

Halldale, the publisher of Civil Aviation Training magazine and producer of WATS, AAETS, APATS and EATS global events, has selected Modest Tree’s full-scale digital event platform Distantly for their upcoming virtual events. 


Halldale, which operates in the B2B media and events space with a core focus on providing information on best practices in training and simulation technologies, hosts leading worldwide events for the aviation industry. As part of their expanding portfolio of virtual as well as live events, the Distantly virtual event software enables a global interactive platform to support the high demand for safety aviation training thought leadership.


Distantly was created by Halifax-based software development and digitalization solutions company Modest Tree as an all-in-one digital event experience and includes a virtual exhibition floor, live and on-demand presentations, B2B meetings, and networking tools. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with Halldale to help ensure the success of such important and exciting events,” states Modest Tree CEO Sam Sannandeji. 


“We are very proud that Halldale selected Distantly as their platform of choice, and to be a part of a portfolio of events that continues to make such a meaningful impact on the airline training community,” adds Jenna Tuck, Executive Vice President of Global Business Development at Modest Tree.


Use of Distantly will better enable Halldale to fulfill its core event mandate: to provide a community for airline training professionals and to facilitate discussion of the latest industry challenges and advancements. Using Distantly, Halldale will be able to offer access to presentations and private meeting spaces where attendees can connect and exchange information globally. With the added virtual event component, this important community can continue to make a global impact. 


Halldale Group’s CEO, Andy Smith, comments “We are delighted to team with Modest Tree to use their Distantly platform for our virtual events this year. Not only is Distantly completely secure, but it also offers easy meeting set up, enabling the virtual networking that the world aviation training community needs.”


To learn more about Distantly’s virtual event capabilities, visit, and make sure you head to for your ticket to this year’s event.


About Halldale:

Halldale Group’s products for the worldwide simulation and training industry combine Civil Aviation Training – CAT Magazine, Military Simulation & Training – MS&T Magazine, trade events APATS – Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium, EATS – European Airline Training Symposium, and WATS – World Aviation Training Summit, and online industry directory at this link.

About Modest Tree:

Modest Tree is an award-winning Canadian software company focused on providing data-driven digitalization solutions for Enterprise. Founded in 2011, we have worked with leading airlines, OEMs, and military clients to develop digital solutions that accelerate employee training, product sales and marketing, and secure virtual communications.

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Laura Bohnert


The Signature Collection by American Standard

American Standard, one of the most iconic international brands in sanitaryware, a division of the LIXIL Group, introduces their all-new Signature Collection.
Crafted as an embodiment of American Standard, the Signature Collection incorporates all of the brand’s signature design elements of Frame, Pillow and Line. The culmination of the Frame and Pillow forms the Superellipse, a geometric shape that is exclusive to this collection, revolving around the theme of soft minimalism. 

Signature Fittings – Created to be Nothing but the Best.
With smooth curved joints and seamless finishing, our Signature Bath and Shower Mixers do not compromise on design and functionality. Experience true engineering superiority.

Incorporating user-centric technologies and features into Signature Collection for the ultimate comfort experience, our basin faucets are crafted in low lead brass to ensure user safety and protection.

Hero Technologies: 

Made to improve comfort of use through optimal precision of water control.
Air-infused water provides a luxurious, massage-like shower experience while using less water.
A long-lasting coat of chrome finishing gives off shine that exudes design excellence.
Minimal lead content provides better health protection without compensating on aesthetics
Signature Wall Hung Toilet – Pure Simplicity of Form

Highlighting American Standard signature elements, the Wall Hung toilet in Signature Collection takes the form of Frame and Pillow. Featuring Double Vortex flushing technology with Hygiene Rim and CrystaSleek seat for a timeless design, we promise a lifestyle bathroom experience while keeping cleaning convenient!

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Heather H. Wilson Named as Chief Executive Officer at CLARA Analytics

CLARA Analytics (“CLARA”), the leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in the commercial insurance industry, today announced that Heather H. Wilson has been named as Chief Executive Officer. The CLARA Board of Directors selected Wilson based on her long track record of outstanding leadership in insurance and various global industries, including more than a decade of executive experience in data, analytics and artificial intelligence specifically. Wilson’s in-depth knowledge of CLARA’s space in combination with her exceptional professional relationships and strong business acumen will be key to CLARA’s ongoing success and future growth.

“Underwriting profitability and claims excellence remain a focus for all carriers. CLARA’s tools deliver insights and optimize performance through the company’s unique AI/ML models, leading to improved claim outcomes and underwriting results for our clients. CLARA’s product suite has already saved organizations millions of dollars as well as streamlined operations,” said Wilson. “When presented with this opportunity, it was clear CLARA is just getting started. I am excited to take the helm of CLARA at such a pivotal moment in the insurance industry with our differentiated products and continued investment in our platform.”

“Heather’s insurance domain knowledge as well as deep data science and AI expertise make her the absolute ideal fit for CLARA’s next stage of growth,” said Andy Pinkes, Independent Board Member and Interim CEO at CLARA. 

Wilson currently sits on Equifax’s Board of Directors, serving on the Audit Committee and Technology Committee. She is recognized as a world-class expert and pioneer in data, analytics and AI. Previously, Wilson was the Chief Data Officer of AIG, responsible for the firm’s enterprise data program and next-generation data infrastructure. While at AIG, she was named the Insurance Woman of the Year by the Insurance Technology Association for her data innovation work. Furthermore, she was appointed to the U.S. Treasury Financial Research Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C., in 2015 for her data program experience.

In addition, Wilson was Global Head of Innovation and Advanced Technology at Kaiser Permanente, responsible for overseeing the strategies and implementation of leading-edge, data-driven analytical programs. Outside of the insurance space, Wilson served as Chief Data Officer of Citigroup and Global Head of Decision Management, responsible for spearheading new analytical capabilities companywide. As Executive Vice President, Chief Data Scientist of L Brands, an American fashion retailer, Wilson led several transformational data-oriented initiatives.

Wilson has been a steady supporter of diversity. She launched the Kaiser Permanente Women in Technology group, focused on mentorship and retention for women in math, technology and science. She was an Executive Member of Citi4Women at Citigroup, leading predictive analytics around retention. At AIG, she launched Global Women in Technology and served as Executive Sponsor of Girls Who Code.

About CLARA Analytics

CLARA Analytics improves claims outcomes in commercial insurance with easy-to-use AI-based products. The company’s product suite applies image recognition, natural language processing, and other AI-based techniques to unlock insights from medical notes, bills and other documents surrounding a claim. CLARA’s predictive insight gives adjusters “AI superpowers” that help them reduce claim costs and optimize outcomes for the carrier, customer and claimant. CLARA’s customers include companies from the top 25 global insurance carriers to large third-party administrators and self-insured organizations. Founded in 2016, CLARA Analytics is headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley. For more information, visit, and follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter.


STOR2RRD v7.20 Is Released With Support For Veritas NetBackup, Dell EqualLogic and MacroSAN

Xorux s.r.o. launches STOR2RRD v7.20 – a new version of its popular performance monitoring solution for storage, SAN and LAN devices. The main enhancements are support for new storage systems.

Newly supported storages:

* Veritas NetBackup
* Dell EqualLogic
* MacroSAN

Fixes and improvements:

* HPE StoreOnce: Added logical transfer values for Catalyst datastores as displayed by StoreOnce Web UI for firmware v4.0+
* HPE MSA: support for 6th-generation models
* Dell EMC VMAX: Storage Group capacity tables: Capacity from Volumes, Allocated to Tiers
* Fujitsu Dorado/OceanStor: NFS/SMB statistics support on logical ethernet ports
* Dell EMC Isilon: quota configuration under storage – configuration – quota
* IBM Storwize / FlashSystem: new capacity prediction pool graph based on physical capacity data
* DataCore: optimized the storage agent’s data collecting to significantly reduce overhead, gaps in data on big DataCore storage devices should not happen
* Oracle ZFS: fixed capacity numbers that could be wrong under certain circumstances
* Brocade Network Advisor: SAN Topology schema graphs implemented on top of their data
* Alerting: support for response-time alerting in custom groups
* Alerting: added oversubsription TiB and % for storage Pools
* Reporter: Capacity CSV report implemented for Pools, historical data

STOR2RRD 7.20 Enterprise edition including all benefits was released on the June 1, 2021 for customers with an active support. Upgrade to STOR2RRD Enterprise and enjoy the benefits of our premium support:

* Unlimited number of Volumes, Pools or SAN ports in one Custom Group
* Proxy Agent feature
* Reporter feature: unlimited number of reports with automation options
* Ad hoc historical reporting including XLS/PDF/CSV output
* API for data export to 3rd party tools
* Unlimited number of configured alerts

XorMon ( is an unified application UI above of LPAR2RRD and STOR2RRD. It provides complete performance and mapping overview from the OS (VM) level across virtualization layers, SAN and storage. It has been updated to version 1.0.2-1.

Our Server, Database and Cloud Performance Monitoring Tool LPAR2RRD ( has been also updated to version 7.20.

Check out our STOR2RRD demo and XorMon demo sites for new features and storage systems: and
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IIM Nagpur and CIRT Pune Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Pune is renowned as the automobile and transport hub, as evidenced by the situation of a seminal institution such as the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) in the city. CIRT was established in 1967 on the joint initiative of the Ministry of Shipping & Transport & the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings, with a view to improve the efficiency and productivity of the transport sector. The Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIMN) is a designated Institution of National Importance that aims to be a leading management institution that shapes management systems, policy and governance through high-quality education, research and industry engagement.

A collaboration between IIMN and CIRT presents opportunities to build competencies and generate industry-oriented knowledge in transport management. To this end, IIM Nagpur signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CIRT in a hybrid ceremony on Thursday. The MoU was signed in presence of Hon’ble Shri Nitin Gadkari ji (Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways; and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) and Shri CP Gurnani (CEO & MD, Tech Mahindra and Chairman, IIMN Board of Governors), by Dr Bhimaraya Metri (Director, IIM Nagpur) and Capt. (Dr) Rajendra B. Saner Patil (Director, CIRT).

On this occasion, Dr Bhimaraya Metri (Director, IIM Nagpur) said, “Collaboration and cooperation between IIMN and CIRT will open up new doors for development of the automobile hub of the country, particularly in the transport sector. The coming together of these two institutions in a digital disruptive world will play a significant role in shaping the talent by adding new-generation skills and consequently act as catalyst for the growth of the region, as well as the entire state of Maharashtra.”

Shri Vaibhav Dange (Advisor, National Highways Authority of India, and Member, IIMN Board of Governors), said at the occasion, “This MoU paves way for top-notch research and consultancy engagements which will not only help realise the vision and mission of both the institutes, but also enrich the techno-managerial ecosystem of this region, and the state as a whole. This MoU unlocks the potential for collaborative growth in technical and managerial capabilities between Pune, an established automobile hub and Nagpur, the logistics hub and centre of the country.”

On the occasion, Capt. (Dr) Rajendra B Saner Patil, Director, CIRT said “This is a golden opportunity for IIM Nagpur and CIRT, Pune in achieving their endeavours. The collaboration of IIM Nagpur and CIRT, Pune will play a key role for the stakeholders in the Road Transport arena. The collaboration with IIM Nagpur for conducting short-term executive education programmes, long-term education programmes, research collaboration, and faculty development programmes is bound to result in building competency and generating industry[1]oriented knowledge in vehicle and transport engineering and transport management. The collaboration will also support in achieving the “Vision Zero” goal in road safety”.

Shri CP Gurnani (CEO & MD, Tech Mahindra and Chairman, IIMN Board of Governors), congratulated the signatories. He said, “I’m extremely thrilled about this partnership between IIM Nagpur and CIRT. Transportation and mobility is at the tip of disruption with new technology such as EV, autonomous driving, AI and ML. With these technological changes, our leaders of tomorrow will have to deal with very different ethical, sustainable and behavioral challenges. This is an opportunity to position ourselves to handle and shape the future of transportation and mobility, and ensure the very best practices are brought to the state and make it a model for the rest of the country.”

On this occasion Hon’ble Shri Nitin Gadkari ji, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises said “Signing of MoU by IIM Nagpur and CIRT, Pune ushers a new beginning in the area of Management and Vehicle Engineering.

While IIM Nagpur started its journey in 2015 and aims to create value-driven leaders, global managers, and entrepreneurs with strong conceptual foundations and analytical approach, CIRT established in 1967, a premier Institute in the Road Transport and Road Safety arena has been actively involved in creation of competent middle and top level managers of State Transport Undertakings (STUs) and Road Transport Officers from across the breadth and length of India.

The collaboration of both these renowned Institutes will now help to achieve the competency building of all the stakeholders from Road Transport and Industry. More significantly the collaboration of these two institutes will help the young managers and engineers in the very early stage of their careers for meeting various challenges. I congratulate both IIM Nagpur and CIRT, Pune for this historic milestone. I wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”

The MoU provides for research collaboration, executive training and other educational programmes for corporate and government professionals, as well as consultancy engagements between the two institutions.


ACD Systems Releases Impressive Video Software to Meet the Needs of our Increasingly Digital World

Today, ACD Systems International launches Luxea Video Editor, a brand new video editing tool that is set to revolutionize how you create, edit and publish videos.

With this new release, ACD Systems vastly improves its video editing offering. There’s a focus on features that simplify complicated editing processes, saving you time, and allowing you to focus on the output.

With Luxea, you can detach your viewing area to see your edits in greater scale, manage gaps between media with ease, and reduce your playback quality to review edits more quickly. You can take advantage of filters, effects, behaviors and transitions to communicate your vision. As well as this, Luxea offers you total control over your video editing and production at a price that blows away competition – just $29.99 per year. Visit for the details.

In a world where everyone is migrating to digital tools and services, companies and individuals are turning to video to create enriching experiences for others. Luxea is designed to take those videos to the next level.

“Whether you are a freelance creative, an educator, a YouTuber, a gamer, a business, or a marketer, Luxea lets you showcase your work, your products, and helps you provide an immersive story. With Luxea, you can make impressive videos and edits that will wow your audience.” – Frank Lin, COO

Top features:

* Record, edit, and produce videos up to 60 fps and up to 4K.
* Add images, videos, audio tracks and more.
* Add text, audio, transitions, audio effects, animations, behaviors, filters, overlays, captions, and a series of advanced effects – like Color Pass and Chroma Key.
* Create videos at preset resolutions for social media – and share from within the app.
* Record your screen with the included Luxea Video Recorder tool.
* Add dynamic content with downloadable Content Packs.
* Learn from a suite of tutorial videos.

ACD Systems is one of the largest independent digital image editing and management companies in the world. Founded in 1993, ACD Systems revolutionized the relationship between analog and digital information. The company’s products include ACDSee Ultimate, ACDSee Professional, ACDSee Home, ACDSee Photo Editor, ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac, and ACDSee Luxea Video Editor. ACD Systems’ customers include General Motors, Caterpillar, Boeing, NASA, CNN, and other leading organizations. Find more at .

For more information, contact:

Warren Recker
ACD Systems International Inc.