Dale Ventures Acquires 20 Percent Stake in Train Booking Site Rail Online

We are very excited to have secured the backing of Dale Ventures to help support our company’s goal of promoting the increased use of sustainable forms of transport – James Dunne (CEO and Founder, Rail Online)

Dale Ventures acquires 20 percent stake in train booking site Rail Online

Dale Ventures acquires 20 percent stake in train booking site Rail Online

SYDNEY, July 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global venture capital firm Dale Ventures is excited to announce its latest investment in the Australian tech start-up company Metro 1 Travel and Technology Pty Ltd, the operator of a top-tier website www.rail.online that allows customers across the globe to book affordable, convenient rail travel with ease. Led by CEO Dale W. Wood, Dale Ventures recently invested AU$2,500,000 to acquire a 20 percent stake in the company.

At www.rail.online, customers in Europe, Australia, and throughout the world can search for terrific deals on train tickets, knowing they’ll find the best prices and knowledgeable customer service staff all in one place. Rail Online offers quick and simple refunds, giving travelers peace of mind when they book each and every time.

“The travel market has been waiting for a service like Rail Online since the advent of e-ticketing in the rail sector, and this desire is only bolstered by pent-up demand related to the pandemic,” Dale W. Wood said. “Digital ticketing is poised for major innovation, and James, Lachlan, and Kew are ahead of their time. I am thrilled to be able to support their venture as they move toward making cheap, climate-conscious rail travel a reality for millions.”

Rail.Online is more than just a booking site – it’s a travel companion and comparison platform that makes international adventures all the more achievable. From European rail passes to point-to-point tickets across the United Kingdom, planning a trip is a faster and more affordable experience when using Rail Online. With every search, customers can see all available options for a train ticket and compare prices, amenities, and experiences, as well as receive an easy-to-understand breakdown of when and how often their ticket can be used.

Founded by James Dunne, Lachlan McCallum, and Kew Muthalif, Rail Online has already caught the eye of industry leader SilverRail who signed a contract with the company in 2021. Cameron Jones, Chief Strategy Officer at SilverRail, said, “We’ve been impressed with the founding team that Rail Online has brought to the table. Our companies share a genuine passion for the sector, and we look forward to working with them as they grow.”

“We want to make it as easy and affordable as possible for people to compare, plan and book their next rail adventure,” James Dunne said. “SilverRail has helped us create a platform that offers a seamless booking experience with competitive prices and the ability to self-manage any changes or refunds. With the rapid advancement of digital ticketing in the rail sector, it’s time for a new player, and we’re it.”

The recent investment by Dale Ventures will allow Rail Online to expand further across Europe and into North America.

“We are very excited to have secured the backing of Dale Ventures to help support our company’s goal of promoting the increased use of sustainable forms of transport,” James Dunne said. “With a focus on brilliant technology and customer experience, our mission is to become the world’s most valued and frequently used travel app for rail and public transport.”

About Dale Ventures

Dale Ventures is a personal investment holding group founded by serial investor Dale W. Wood. The company partners with management teams to provide the significant strategic and analytic resources needed to build and grow remarkable companies. Dale Ventures has adopted a consultative approach that harnesses the power of innovative teams to generate groundbreaking ideas, tactics, and strategies that drive growth and build long-term value.

For more information about Dale Wood and his projects, please visit www.Dale.com and Facebook.com/DaleVentures.

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Verisk Names Elizabeth Mann Chief Financial Officer


Elizabeth Mann

JERSEY CITY, N.J., July 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK) today announced that Elizabeth Mann has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for Verisk, effective September 15, 2022.

As CFO, she will lead Verisk’s global finance organization which includes accounting and controllership, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, strategic sourcing and procurement, tax and treasury.

Lee Shavel, CEO of Verisk, said, “We’re excited to welcome Elizabeth to Verisk. Elizabeth’s global and multi-faceted finance experience coupled with her leadership make her the perfect candidate to lead Verisk’s dynamic finance team. Elizabeth will be a great partner in achieving our longer-term growth and return objectives and an invaluable resource for valued stakeholders who want to better understand Verisk’s financial and competitive strengths.”

An accomplished financial leader, Mann comes to Verisk from S&P Global, where she was chief financial officer for the Ratings and Mobility divisions, and prior to that senior vice president of capital management. She also held roles of increasing responsibility at Goldman Sachs, including managing director of the firmwide strategy group and the technology, media & telecom investment banking group. Before joining corporate America, Mann earned a doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, and she was Moore Instructor & National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Verisk occupies a unique position as a trusted partner to the industries it serves. I’m looking forward to working with Lee and the leadership team to expand on Verisk’s position and accelerate the company’s strong financial performance and strategy for growth,” Mann said.

The role of Verisk CFO was left vacant when Shavel became CEO in May. David Grover, Verisk’s controller and chief accounting officer, has been serving as interim CFO.

“We’re incredibly thankful to David for his leadership and support during this transition period,” Shavel said.

About Verisk
Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK) provides data-driven analytic insights and solutions for the insurance and energy industries. Through advanced data analytics, software, scientific research and deep industry knowledge, Verisk empowers customers to strengthen operating efficiency, improve underwriting and claims outcomes, combat fraud and make informed decisions about global issues, including climate change and extreme events as well as political and ESG topics. With offices in more than 30 countries, Verisk consistently earns certification by Great Place to Work and fosters an inclusive culture where all team members feel they belong. For more, visit Verisk.com and the Verisk Newsroom.


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i2 Group Extends Analytics Capabilities with Acquisition of Rosoka

OTTAWA, July 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — i2 Group (i2), a wholly owned subsidiary of N. Harris Computer Corporation (Harris), is extending its portfolio of solutions for intelligence analysis through the acquisition of Rosoka Software Inc (Rosoka).

This investment by Harris comes only six months since it acquired i2 and demonstrates their commitment to i2’s continued growth. The acquisition will strengthen i2’s capabilities in the delivery of its mission-critical software that supports homeland security, state and local law enforcement, and financial crime investigations.

The technology secured by the acquisition of Rosoka means that when it comes to data analysis, unstructured data is no longer a barrier. This capability, which is now available in the i2 portfolio, will allow data analysts and investigators to extract insights automatically from a variety of documents such as Microsoft® Word, PDFs, and web pages. It will allow a multitude of new unstructured data sources to be immediately exploited by i2’s global user base.

Jamie Caffrey, Executive Vice President of i2 Group, said: “Bringing the Rosoka solution into i2 is a game changer. It further enhances our products’ capabilities and will improve an analyst’s time to value by deriving insight from the mass of unstructured data they confront every day. Documents can now be directly imported into the i2 product they already use and be immediately ready for analysis.”

“Harris’ support of i2 extends beyond this acquisition and is backed by the significant investment in both our expert teams and the solutions we provide. We have recently released software updates across the entire product suite and this acquisition builds upon our mission to provide the most capable and trusted global intelligence analysis platform.”

Gregory Roberts, CEO and Founder of Rosoka, said: “We already have a splendid working relationship with Jamie and the i2 team and to join the Harris family is an amazing opportunity for Rosoka’s solutions to be adopted more widely. I look forward to working with i2 to provide even greater capabilities to data analysts and investigators globally.”

With an estimated 80% of all enterprise data being unstructured, Rosoka will be a force multiplier for the i2 product line. It will allow i2 users to consistently and repeatably analyze documents in over 200 languages to extract key relationships, geospatial locations, and the underlying sentiment in those associations.

As a key historic partner of i2, the Rosoka brand will become part of i2’s business. The unstructured document data capability is available immediately in the new i2 TextChart product line.

For further information, contact:

Jamie Caffrey
Executive Vice President, i2 Group
E: jamie.caffrey@i2group.com

About i2 Group

i2 Group is a world-leader in intelligence analysis software. They empower intelligence analysts and investigators to discover, create, and disseminate actionable intelligence to identify the perpetrators of criminal activity. Founded in Cambridge, UK in 1990, it has more than 30 years’ experience in helping its users to solve complex problems. Their products have been proven in countless real-world operations and are relied upon by 4,500+ users in more than 140 countries.

About Rosoka

Rosoka provides the power to unlock large volumes of information from any multilingual source, determines the relevance and relationship of the data, and delivers value specific results on any platform, application, or device from 230+ languages.

About N. Harris Computer Corporation (Harris)

Harris acquires software businesses, manages them using industry best practices, and builds them for the future. Through acquisitions, Harris has grown extensively from its roots in the utilities, local government, education, private and healthcare sectors to operate over 180 businesses globally across more than twenty industries. Harris is an operating group of Constellation Software Inc. (TSX: CSU), one of North America’s most active acquirers of software businesses.

Ministry of Education, Australia promote inclusive education practices

For the second episode of the Role Model docuseries, the TV, radio and newspaper teams from the Information Media Center of the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) travelled to Xieng Khuang to document the inspiring story of a public school teacher who is an inclusive learning champion.

This project is fully supported by the Australian Government through the BEQUAL programme. The objective of this second episode is to inspire and encourage teachers throughout the country to make lessons more inclusive for all children, no matter their ability or ethnicity. The docuseries is now available on the Teacher Development Videos YouTube channel and broadcasted on ESTV.

In line with MoES’ and the Government of Australia’s commitment to promoting inclusive education for all, it is dubbed in Lao sign language.

For more than 20 years, Ajan Viengkeo Douangprachan has been teaching in a public primary school in Xieng Khuang Province, a region with many children with disabilities, often non- or mis-diagnosed. In her school, there are seven students living with a mental or physical disability. Ajan Viengkeotruly believes that every child has a right to education. She adapts her teaching to ensure all students can fully participate, and feel welcome, in her class. She explains “every class group is different and during their career, teachers will encounter a wide diversity of learner abilities, backgrounds, and aspirations. Being a good teacher is about adapting your teaching style to meet these diverse needs. Disability is just one aspect of this.”

With the support of her principal and other teachers, she has developed several approaches to make sure children living with disabilities are supported to participate in school. “First, it is very important to connect with the parents of the student living with disabilities, to understand the story of the child, to ensure the child will come regularly to school. I alsodiscuss how the parents could support their child’s learning at home” Mrs Viengkeo told the team.

The classroom arrangement is also key. “In my class, I have been teaching to five different students living with disabilities. Depending on the case, I arrange my classroom differently. I sit astudent living with a physical disability or hearing impairment in the front so that it is easier for the child to move around or hear what I say. I can monitor more closely and see if the student has any difficulty. It is important that the student feels comfortable to learn.”

Teaching resources and activities need to be adapted to include all children. Ajan Viengkeo adds “I adapt my teaching according to the ability of the child. For example, the boy I teach this year has some hearing difficulties, so I use images to explain words. The new Grade 1 textbooks are very convenient in that sense as there are many illustrations. I give the boy special homework because he takes longer than other students and I want to be sure he progresses without being discouraged.”

The involvement of other students is important to strengthen inclusion. Every morning in her classroom introduction, Ajan Viengkeo encourages all children to help each other and play together even though they are different. “When I do a group activity, I pair the boy with disabilities with a stronger student who can support him. In the playground, I monitor that they play together and show respect. It has happened that I have heard students calling the boy with disabilities bad names, so I talked to the whole class at the end of the day about respect.”

When you see the smiles on the faces of Mrs Viengkeo’s Grade 1 students when they enter the classroom in the morning, you know those students will enjoy their day, and they will listen, participate, and learn no matter their abilities. It is clear to seehow a passionate and inclusive teacher can make a huge impact on the education and future of the new generation.

The story of Ajan Viengkeo can be watched on the ????????????????????????Teacher Development Videos You Tube Channel and on Education and Sports TV on Lao Sat Channel 8.

Source: Lao News Agency

China provides medical aid to Laos’ Ministry of Health

Minister of Health Bounfeng Phoummalaysith representing the Lao government on Monday received medical equipment from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This medical assistance package includes three buses with two mobile Covid testing and one for mobile treatment; medical equipment and medicines to support Covid-19 prevention and control efforts in the Lao PDR.

Chinese Ambassador to the Lao PDR Jiang Zaidong presented the aid package to the Lao minister in the presence of relevant officials of the two countries.

Source: Lao News Agency

China hosts World Youth Development Forum 2022 advocating actions for youth development

The World Youth Development Forum 2022 was launched on Thursday in Beijing through online and face-to-face platforms to promote discussions on global development issues and advocate actions for youth development.

In a video message, UN’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres noted that the forum is a critical opportunity to bring young people together to shape solutions to some of the most pressing global issues of the day.

“The theme of this conference reminds us that truly sustainable development means working not only for young people like you — but with you,” said the UN Secretary General.

He urged the leaders and officials joining the forum to heed youth’s calls for change, put their needs first across their policy and investment decisions, and urgently support their inclusion and engagement across all aspects of political, economic and social life.

Chinese President Xi Jinping stated in his congratulatory message to the meeting that the youth represent hope and are the architects of the future and China always regards young people as the driving force of social development, and encourages them to unleash their youthful vitality when participating in and promoting the building of a community with a shared future for humanity.

He urged young people across the world to advocate peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom.

Hosted by the All-China Youth Federation under the theme “For a Shared Future: Promoting Sustainable Development with Youth and for Youth”, the forum draws delegates from more than 100 countries around the world.

Over the next couple of days, the participants will focus their discussion on various topics including climate action and green development, employment and entrepreneurship, digital economy, inclusive and equitable quality education.

Source: Lao News Agency