Daily Archives: February 13, 2018

Precision Aviation Group (PAG) named Bendix/King Repair Partner

ATLANTA, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry, is pleased to announce the company was formally selected as an authorized BendixKing repair, overhaul and OEM component distribution partner.

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“This new authorization, on such a successful product line, provides an excellent source of future growth for PAG and allows us to build on our comprehensive tip-to-tail MRO services for all of our fixed and rotor wing customers,” said David Mast, president and CEO of PAG. “Our more than 30 years of experience and localized worldwide support of the BendixKing product line was key to our selection as an MRO and distribution partner.”

PAG operates 8 FAA, EASA, CASA and Transport Canada approved repair stations globally, combining PAG’s MRO capability on over 35,000 products and 100,000 line item inventory enables them to provide just-in-time support to mission critical customers. As a BendixKing repair partner, PAG will provide AOG repair, overhaul and sales support -globally- for BendixKing’ s wide array of products include integrated flight decks; audio panels and accessories; displays; autopilots and indicators; navigation and communication equipment; and safety, terrain and radar systems.

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About Precision Aviation Group:
Precision Aviation Group (PAG) is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry. With nine locations and more than 260,000-square-feet of sales and service facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore, PAG uses its distinct business units and customer-focused business model to serve aviation customers through two business functions – Aviation Supply Chain, and its trademarked Inventory Supported Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (ISMRO®) services.
PAG provides MRO and Supply Chain Solutions for Fixed- and Rotary-wing aircraft through: Precision Heliparts – PHP (www.heliparts.com); Precision Aircraft Services – PAS (www.pas-pag.com); Precision Accessories & Instruments – PAI (www.precisionaccessories.com); Precision Heliparts Canada – PHP-C (www.heliparts.ca); Precision Accessories & Instruments Canada – PAI-C (www.precisionaccessories.ca); PHP-Instruments & Accessories – PHP-LA (www.heliparts.la); Precision Heliparts – Latin America (www.precisionaviationgroup.com/php-br); Precision Aero Technology – PAT (www.precisionaerotechnology.com); Precision Heliparts – Australia – PHP-AU (www.precisionheliparts.com.au); Precision Accessories & Instruments – Australia (PAI-AU) (www.precisionaccessories.com.au); Precision Heliparts Singapore (PHP-S); and Precision Aviation Controls, Inc. – PAC (www.precisionaviationcontrols.com). PAG subsidiaries have MRO capabilities on over 35,000 products, including accessories, avionics, engine components, hydraulics, instruments, NDT, starter/generators, and wheels/brakes (www.precisionaviationgroup.com). 

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The DigitalTown SmartWeb

Building a global consumer Internet that is Intuitive, Personalized and Secure

SEATTLE, Feb. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  DigitalTown, Inc. (OTC:DGTW), the leading provider of People-centric Solutions for Smart Cities, provided a condensed update on the status of the SmartWeb initiative and the start of Blockchain tokenization of the Company’s domain name portfolio.

In May 2017, DigitalTown launched an initiative called SmartWeb to make an Internet that is more intuitive, personalized and secure through the use of the new descriptive domain name extensions. Developed in cooperation with selected ICANN-accredited registries, each network of descriptive domain names is paired with an intuitive software platform that is connected through one single login that works across the entire network using a unified SmartWallet for managing shared services such as identity, preferences and payments. Each platform is designed to support Blockchain-based shared ownership and shared governance.

.CITY Network
The .CITY network is the flagship of DigitalTown. The company currently controls 13,742 development-grade .CITY domains that map to major population centers around the world. The DigitalTown City platform provides a web-based SmartSearch engine where residents and visitors search, connect, share and shop local. The web platform integrates with mobile applications for iOS and Android that can be branded in the identity of each city. Austin.city will be featured at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival starting March 9 in Austin, Texas.

.LAW Network launches as Got.Law
One of the first vertical initiatives of DigitalTown was the legal vertical. This was made possible through the acquisition of the assets of JustLegal in November 2017. DigitalTown controls 3,441 .LAW domains mapping to major population centers with legal economies, e.g. Denver.Law and is currently rolling out legal service provider discovery portals in cooperation with independent attorneys and local Bar associations under the umbrella brand Got.Law. By using the Got.Law platform consumers can schedule appointments, complete live video consults, and pay lawyers.

.MENU Network launches as Smart.Menu
DigitalTown has partnered with the .MENU registry to create Smart.Menu, a turn-key platform that equips any provider of prepared foods with the ability to create an interactive and searchable Smart.Menu portal, including the ability to search down to the ingredient level. Patrons can also use the platform to book tables and place online orders with participating restaurants. Smart.Menu currently maintains searchable menus for 1.6 million restaurants.

.BIBLE Network launches as Your.Bible
Developed in cooperation with the American Bible Society (ABS), the oldest and largest Bible society in the United States, DigitalTown’s Your.Bible software platform empowers ministry organizations to produce easy to use websites for content and transactions.  The platform was released in January and is being marketed by ABS.

.FASHION Network
Currently in the concept stage, the planned development seeks to connect local consumers with peer-to-peer fashion marketplaces where they can rent and purchase used and new fashion directly from local providers. DigitalTown controls 5,464 .FASHION domains that map to major population centers. The platform is expected to launch under the umbrella brand name My.Fashion.

.FIT Network
Currently in concept stage, the planned development seeks to connect local consumers with fitness professionals in their community for online scheduling and purchase of personal training services and fitness centers. As of February 2018, DigitalTown owns 5,699 .FIT domains, mapping to major population centers. The platform is expected to launch under the umbrella brand name Get.Fit.

.SHOP Network
Currently in development, Smart.Shop enables merchants to activate their own branded merchant portal using the .SHOP domain extension. Consumers are able to search for products across multiple online storefronts and place orders using their SmartWallet on a single login. The platform is currently in development in cooperation with the .SHOP registry, with a pilot operating in London.

.WEDDING Network
The planned development seeks to connect local consumers with local wedding planners, while providing direct booking with local hotels, catering and related services.  As of February 2018, DigitalTown owns 5,830 .WEDDING domains mapping to major population centers around the world, e.g. Bali.Wedding, as well as premium domains such as Destination.Wedding, Christian.Wedding, Catholic.Wedding and Budget.Wedding. The platform is expected to launch under the umbrella brand name Your.Wedding.

.WORK Network
DigitalTown is currently exploring a development partnership with a developer of Smart employment portals that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and social media tools to match candidates to local job opportunities.  As of February 2018, DigitalTown owns 13,713 .WORK domains mapping largely to population centers around the world. The platform is expected to launch under the umbrella brand name Get.Work.

.BAYERN, .BOSTON, .LONDON, .MIAMI, .NRW Networks
DigitalTown is working with region-specific registry operators to bring DigitalTown to regional markets, while leveraging their local domain extensions. As part of these strategic initiatives, DigitalTown owns portfolios across,.BAYERN (2000 domains), .BOSTON (16,978 domains), .LONDON (27,465 domains), .MIAMI (5,494 domains), and  .NRW (1000 domains).  Geographic domains held are mainly the most common first names and last names for the region and intended for use as branded permanent digital addresses for residents of these cities, powered by DigitalTown.

Rob Monster, CEO of DigitalTown commenting on the SmartWeb progress explained, “The new domain extension economy will benefit greatly from a unified architecture that both streamlines adoption by merchants and publishers, but also empowers consumers to engage with these services on a frictionless basis. We believe that domain investors have greatly undervalued the potential of the new domain extensions to improve people’s lives, while also empowering businesses to more effectively compete.  As with the .CITY portals, for cases where a single domain investor does not acquire a domain, we foresee potential for local vertically-focused Marketing Cooperatives that are jointly owned through Blockchain, Denver.Law, Seattle.Fit, Chicago.Menu, Bali.Wedding, Miami.Work, etc.”

DigitalTown’s domain portfolios were acquired on exceptionally favorable terms due to combination of the (1) the size of the portfolio acquisitions, (2) DigitalTown’s operating plan, and (3) strategic relationships with the registry operators. In December 2017, Minds and Machines (LSE:MMX), who operates a number of the most promising domain extensions, made a strategic investment in DigitalTown in order to accelerate market development of these domain networks as industry standards, e.g. LAW for the Legal profession.

For more information about DigitalTown, or to learn about pre-sale and partnership opportunities for the SmartWeb, visit on the web at DigitalTown.com or contact the company at info@digitaltown.com.

About DigitalTown
DigitalTown, Inc. (OTC :DGTW) empowers Smart Cities to succeed in the Digital Age. The company provides turn-key hosted solutions to power “Digital Towns”, which improve Quality of Life for residents and visitors through locally owned solutions for economic development, civic engagement and digital inclusion for cities around the world. For more information about the company, please visit www.digitaltown.com.

Safe Harbor Language: Any statements contained herein related to future events are forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act 1995. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. DigitalTown, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update any such statements to reflect actual events.

Media Contacts:

Rob Monster, CEO
+1-425-295-4564; rob@digitaltown.com

The DigitalTown SmartWeb

Building a global consumer Internet that is Intuitive, Personalized and Secure

SEATTLE, Feb. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  DigitalTown, Inc. (OTC:DGTW), the leading provider of People-centric Solutions for Smart Cities, provided a condensed update on the status of the SmartWeb initiative and the start of Blockchain tokenization of the Company’s domain name portfolio.

In May 2017, DigitalTown launched an initiative called SmartWeb to make an Internet that is more intuitive, personalized and secure through the use of the new descriptive domain name extensions. Developed in cooperation with selected ICANN-accredited registries, each network of descriptive domain names is paired with an intuitive software platform that is connected through one single login that works across the entire network using a unified SmartWallet for managing shared services such as identity, preferences and payments. Each platform is designed to support Blockchain-based shared ownership and shared governance.

.CITY Network
The .CITY network is the flagship of DigitalTown. The company currently controls 13,742 development-grade .CITY domains that map to major population centers around the world. The DigitalTown City platform provides a web-based SmartSearch engine where residents and visitors search, connect, share and shop local. The web platform integrates with mobile applications for iOS and Android that can be branded in the identity of each city. Austin.city will be featured at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival starting March 9 in Austin, Texas.

.LAW Network launches as Got.Law
One of the first vertical initiatives of DigitalTown was the legal vertical. This was made possible through the acquisition of the assets of JustLegal in November 2017. DigitalTown controls 3,441 .LAW domains mapping to major population centers with legal economies, e.g. Denver.Law and is currently rolling out legal service provider discovery portals in cooperation with independent attorneys and local Bar associations under the umbrella brand Got.Law. By using the Got.Law platform consumers can schedule appointments, complete live video consults, and pay lawyers.

.MENU Network launches as Smart.Menu
DigitalTown has partnered with the .MENU registry to create Smart.Menu, a turn-key platform that equips any provider of prepared foods with the ability to create an interactive and searchable Smart.Menu portal, including the ability to search down to the ingredient level. Patrons can also use the platform to book tables and place online orders with participating restaurants. Smart.Menu currently maintains searchable menus for 1.6 million restaurants.

.BIBLE Network launches as Your.Bible
Developed in cooperation with the American Bible Society (ABS), the oldest and largest Bible society in the United States, DigitalTown’s Your.Bible software platform empowers ministry organizations to produce easy to use websites for content and transactions.  The platform was released in January and is being marketed by ABS.

.FASHION Network
Currently in the concept stage, the planned development seeks to connect local consumers with peer-to-peer fashion marketplaces where they can rent and purchase used and new fashion directly from local providers. DigitalTown controls 5,464 .FASHION domains that map to major population centers. The platform is expected to launch under the umbrella brand name My.Fashion.

.FIT Network
Currently in concept stage, the planned development seeks to connect local consumers with fitness professionals in their community for online scheduling and purchase of personal training services and fitness centers. As of February 2018, DigitalTown owns 5,699 .FIT domains, mapping to major population centers. The platform is expected to launch under the umbrella brand name Get.Fit.

.SHOP Network
Currently in development, Smart.Shop enables merchants to activate their own branded merchant portal using the .SHOP domain extension. Consumers are able to search for products across multiple online storefronts and place orders using their SmartWallet on a single login. The platform is currently in development in cooperation with the .SHOP registry, with a pilot operating in London.

.WEDDING Network
The planned development seeks to connect local consumers with local wedding planners, while providing direct booking with local hotels, catering and related services.  As of February 2018, DigitalTown owns 5,830 .WEDDING domains mapping to major population centers around the world, e.g. Bali.Wedding, as well as premium domains such as Destination.Wedding, Christian.Wedding, Catholic.Wedding and Budget.Wedding. The platform is expected to launch under the umbrella brand name Your.Wedding.

.WORK Network
DigitalTown is currently exploring a development partnership with a developer of Smart employment portals that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and social media tools to match candidates to local job opportunities.  As of February 2018, DigitalTown owns 13,713 .WORK domains mapping largely to population centers around the world. The platform is expected to launch under the umbrella brand name Get.Work.

.BAYERN, .BOSTON, .LONDON, .MIAMI, .NRW Networks
DigitalTown is working with region-specific registry operators to bring DigitalTown to regional markets, while leveraging their local domain extensions. As part of these strategic initiatives, DigitalTown owns portfolios across,.BAYERN (2000 domains), .BOSTON (16,978 domains), .LONDON (27,465 domains), .MIAMI (5,494 domains), and  .NRW (1000 domains).  Geographic domains held are mainly the most common first names and last names for the region and intended for use as branded permanent digital addresses for residents of these cities, powered by DigitalTown.

Rob Monster, CEO of DigitalTown commenting on the SmartWeb progress explained, “The new domain extension economy will benefit greatly from a unified architecture that both streamlines adoption by merchants and publishers, but also empowers consumers to engage with these services on a frictionless basis. We believe that domain investors have greatly undervalued the potential of the new domain extensions to improve people’s lives, while also empowering businesses to more effectively compete.  As with the .CITY portals, for cases where a single domain investor does not acquire a domain, we foresee potential for local vertically-focused Marketing Cooperatives that are jointly owned through Blockchain, Denver.Law, Seattle.Fit, Chicago.Menu, Bali.Wedding, Miami.Work, etc.”

DigitalTown’s domain portfolios were acquired on exceptionally favorable terms due to combination of the (1) the size of the portfolio acquisitions, (2) DigitalTown’s operating plan, and (3) strategic relationships with the registry operators. In December 2017, Minds and Machines (LSE:MMX), who operates a number of the most promising domain extensions, made a strategic investment in DigitalTown in order to accelerate market development of these domain networks as industry standards, e.g. LAW for the Legal profession.

For more information about DigitalTown, or to learn about pre-sale and partnership opportunities for the SmartWeb, visit on the web at DigitalTown.com or contact the company at info@digitaltown.com.

About DigitalTown
DigitalTown, Inc. (OTC :DGTW) empowers Smart Cities to succeed in the Digital Age. The company provides turn-key hosted solutions to power “Digital Towns”, which improve Quality of Life for residents and visitors through locally owned solutions for economic development, civic engagement and digital inclusion for cities around the world. For more information about the company, please visit www.digitaltown.com.

Safe Harbor Language: Any statements contained herein related to future events are forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act 1995. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. DigitalTown, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update any such statements to reflect actual events.

Media Contacts:

Rob Monster, CEO
+1-425-295-4564; rob@digitaltown.com

World’s Leading Health Organizations Release Third Edition of Widely Used Resource on Family Planning

Global Handbook Gives Health-Care Providers Accurate and Practical Guidance for Counseling Clients

NEW DELHI, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Family planning is considered a development “best buy” and a life-saving intervention for millions of women and girls. Crucial to the success of family planning efforts worldwide is a well-educated and trained health workforce. In support of the global family planning workforce, a new edition of Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, commonly known as the Global Handbook, will be released on February 15 in New Delhi, India, at the 2018 Regional Consortium Meeting of the Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Initiative.

Written in plain terms and organized for quick review, the Global Handbook has served as the world’s standard reference on family planning methods and related topics since its first publication in 2006. To date, more than 500,000 copies have been distributed in 13 languages. This will be the third edition published jointly by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project. The Global Handbook is endorsed by more than 125 organizations worldwide, many of them members of the IBP Initiative.

“The Global Handbook confirms that all women, including adolescent girls and young women, can safely use almost any contraceptive method,” says Dr. Ian Askew, Director of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. “Providing most contraceptive methods is typically not complicated and can be done in a way that respects the dignity and autonomy of every client.”

The new edition includes information about available and new methods, including the LNG-IUD and implants, long-acting reversible methods; subcutaneous depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC), with the potential for self-injection; and the new progesterone-releasing vaginal ring for breastfeeding women. Other updates include:

  • New recommendations from WHO, including guidance on topics such as intimate partner violence, task sharing, and serving clients with disabilities.
  • A new section on how family planning providers should respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of their clients.
  • New job aids on whether to use the pregnancy checklist or a pregnancy test and on counseling women who want progestin-only injectables where HIV risk is high.

“With the information included in the Global Handbook and the right resources, providers can ensure that a client’s reproductive intentions, life situation, and preferences govern their family planning decisions,” said Ellen Starbird, Director of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health.

The third edition of the Global Handbook is available in English and will soon be translated into French and Spanish. All printed copies are distributed with a free copy of “Do You Know Your Family Planning Choices?,” a wall chart summarizing each contraceptive method, which providers can display for clients. A redesigned Global Handbook website, www.fphandbook.org, is also being launched today.

To download the Global Handbook or to order printed copies, please visit www.fphandbook.org.

About the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project
K4Health shares accurate, up-to-date knowledge and tools to strengthen family planning and reproductive health efforts worldwide. K4Health is supported by U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau for Global Health, under Cooperative Agreement #AID-OAA-A-13-00068 with the Johns Hopkins University. The project is led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in collaboration with FHI 360, IntraHealth International, and Management Sciences for Health.

Contact: Anne Kott (anne.kott@jhu.edu)
The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project

Les principaux organismes de santé du monde publient la troisième édition d’une ressource largement utilisée en matière de planification familiale

Un guide mondial à l’intention des prestataires de soins de santé fournissant des conseils précis et pratiques pour le conseil des clients

NEW DELHI, 13 février 2018 /PRNewswire/ — La planification familiale est considérée comme un « excellent choix » en matière de développement et une intervention vitale pour des millions de femmes et de filles. Pour que les efforts de planification familiale soient couronnés de succès dans le monde entier, il est essentiel de disposer d’un personnel de santé bien formé et bien éduqué. À l’appui des intervenants mondiaux de la planification familiale, une nouvelle édition de la Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers (Planification familiale : guide international pour les prestataires), communément appelé le guide international (Global Handbook), sera publié le 15 février à New Delhi, en Inde, lors de la réunion du Implementing Best Practices (IBP, consortium régional 2018 de l’initiative de mise en œuvre des meilleures pratiques).

Rédigé en termes clairs et organisé pour pouvoir être consulté rapidement, le guide international a servi de référence normative internationale sur les méthodes de planification familiale et les sujets connexes depuis sa première publication en 2006. À ce jour, plus de 500 000 exemplaires ont été distribués dans 13 langues. Ce sera la troisième édition publiée conjointement par la Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (école de santé publique Johns Hopkins Bloomberg) et l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), avec le soutien de l’Agence américaine pour le développement international (USAID) et son projet Knowledge for Health (K4Health). Le guide international est approuvé par plus de 125 organisations à travers le monde, dont beaucoup sont membres de l’initiative IBP.

« Le guide international confirme que toutes les femmes, y compris les filles et les jeunes femmes, peuvent utiliser pratiquement n’importe quelle méthode contraceptive », a déclaré le Dr Ian Askew, directeur du département de la santé et de la recherche génésique de l’OMS. « Fournir la plupart des méthodes contraceptives n’est généralement pas compliqué et peut être fait d’une manière qui respecte la dignité et l’autonomie de chaque client ».

La nouvelle édition comprend des informations sur les méthodes disponibles et nouvelles, dont le DIU-LNG et les implants, les méthodes réversibles à action prolongée ; l’acétate de médroxyprogestérone retard sous-cutané (AMPR-SC) avec possibilité d’auto-injection ; et le nouvel anneau vaginal libérant de la progestérone pour les femmes qui allaitent. D’autres mises à jour incluent :

  • De nouvelles recommandations de l’OMS, y compris des conseils sur des sujets tels que la violence conjugale, le partage des tâches et le service aux clients handicapés.
  • Une nouvelle section sur la façon dont les prestataires de planification familiale devraient respecter, protéger et satisfaire les droits de l’homme de leurs clients.
  • Une nouvelle aide au travail visant à savoir s’il faut utiliser la liste de vérification de la grossesse ou un test de grossesse ainsi qu’à conseiller les femmes qui veulent des injectables progestatifs lorsque le risque de VIH est élevé.

« Grâce aux informations incluses dans le guide international et les ressources adéquates, les prestataires peuvent s’assurer que les intentions de procréation, la situation de vie et les préférences du client gouvernent ses décisions en matière de planification familiale », a déclaré Ellen Starbird, la directrice du bureau de la population et de la santé génésique de l’USAID.

La troisième édition du guide international est disponible en anglais et sera bientôt traduite en français et en espagnol. Toutes les copies imprimées sont distribuées avec un exemplaire gratuit de « Do You Know Your Family Planning Choices? » (connaissez-vous vos choix en matière de planification familiale ?), un tableau mural résumant chaque méthode contraceptive pouvant être affiché par les fournisseurs pour les clients. Un nouveau site Web du guide international, www.fphandbook.org, a également été lancé aujourd’hui.

Pour télécharger le guide international ou pour commander des exemplaires imprimés, veuillez visiterwww.fphandbook.org.

À propos du projet Knowledge for Health (K4Health)
K4Health partage des connaissances et des outils précis et mis à jour pour renforcer les efforts de planification familiale et de santé génésique dans le monde entier. K4Health est soutenu par le bureau de la santé de la population et de la santé génésique de l’Agence américaine pour le développement international (USAID), le bureau pour la santé mondiale, en vertu de l’accord de coopération n° AID-OAA-A-13-00068 avec l’institution universitaire Johns Hopkins University. Le projet est dirigé par le Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (Centre Johns Hopkins pour les programmes de communication) en collaboration avec FHI 360, IntraHealth International et Management Sciences for Health.

Contact : Anne Kott (anne.kott@jhu.edu)
Le projet Knowledge for Health (K4Health)