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Personal Assistance Services of Colorado Provides Notice of Data Incident
LAKEWOOD, Colo., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Personal Assistance Services of Colorado LLC ("PASCO") is taking action after discovering that it became the target of a phishing email scam that compromised an employee's email account credentials.
Although there is no indication of actual or attempted misuse of client information, PASCO is notifying individuals whose records were or may have been subject to unauthorized access and providing these individuals with information and resources that can be used to better protect against the possibility of identity theft or fraud. The company is also informing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As an added precaution PASCO is providing affected individuals with complimentary identify theft monitoring services through Experian.
To better assist members who may have been affected by this event, they may call PASCO at (303) 233-3122 ext. 303, between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Thursday. Individuals familiar with this incident are available to provide information on how to protect their personal information.
On or about July 24, 2018, PASCO discovered suspicious emails sent to several employees. PASCO immediately commenced an investigation and discovered that the organization was the victim of an email phishing campaign beginning on or around the middle of July 2018. Credentials for the email account were changed to prevent further unauthorized access. Third party forensic investigators were retained to assist with determining the full nature and scope of the incident. The investigation determined August 13, 2018 that one employee email account was accessed without authorization on or around July 22, 2018. A review of the contents of the email account was conducted to identify what information may have been accessible and who may be affected. On or about August 26, 2018, it was determined that information related to certain individuals was included in emails that may have been viewed without authorization.
PASCO is mailing letters to clients that may have been impacted by this event. PASCO is also informing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about this incident. The information involved may have included the following: service billing codes, address, provider name, Medicaid number, and/or birthdate. There were no Social Security numbers, diagnosis, medical details, and financial account information exposed as a result of this incident.
Fraud Prevention Tips
PASCO encourages affected clients to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud by reviewing their account statements, credit reports, medical bills and explanations of benefits letters regularly for suspicious activity. Anyone with questions regarding how to best protect themselves from potential harm resulting from this incident, including how to receive a free copy of one's credit report, and place a fraud alert or security freeze on one's credit file, is encouraged to call PASCO at (303) 233-3122 ext. 303, between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Thursday.
PASCO provides home and community-based healthcare services including behavioral services and is certified by Medicaid and Medicare. PASCO services include care to children and adults with special needs and their families. Patients and clients primarily reside in the state of Colorado. For more information, visit the company's Web site at https://pascohh.com/.
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Among Nation's Highest-Rated Health Plans for Quality
BOSTON, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) once again has been named one of the highest-rated health plans in the country, according to the nation's expert on health plan quality.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded our Commercial HMO/POS plan and our Commercial PPO plan 4.5 out of 5,(1) putting us in the top 10 percent of commercial health plans in the country.
"We are committed to providing our 2.8 million members with quality, affordable health care and are proud that NCQA has recognized our performance once again," said Blue Cross Blue Shield President & CEO Andrew Dreyfus. "Our rating reflects the work of our dedicated associates and our strong collaboration with physicians and hospitals to ensure that our members receive the care they need."
Each year NCQA rates approximately 1,400 health plans for their:
- Effectiveness of wellness and prevention efforts, including immunizations and cancer screenings
- Successful management of chronic illness
- Access to high-quality primary and specialty care
- Excellence in member experience
Blue Cross also earned an "Excellent" accreditation rating from NCQA.
To see the full list of ratings, visit NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2018–2019.
(1) NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2018–2019
About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (bluecrossma.com) is a community-focused, tax-paying, not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Boston. We're the trusted health plan for more than 25,000 Massachusetts employers and are committed to working with others in a spirit of shared responsibility to make quality health care affordable. Consistent with our corporate promise to always put our 2.8 million members first, we're rated among the nation's best health plans for member satisfaction and quality. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes clinicians in key clinical areas. NCQA's Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA's website (www.ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers, and others make more informed health care choices.
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Care Beyond Compare: Kaiser Permanente Top-Rated by NCQA
OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- "I have a great care team around me. Kaiser Permanente has always been there for me."
Those are the words of Gregory Lee, a 45-year-old former Southern California television personality who nearly died after contracting West Nile virus in 2015. Those sentiments are also at the center of why Kaiser Permanente continues to be rated among the elite health organizations in the nation for treatment, disease prevention and consumer experience in the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2018-2019.
"They brought me back to life," said Lee, who developed hydrocephalus (a deadly swelling of the brain), was paralyzed and spent nearly 100 days in intensive care. His courageous attitude – coupled with the expert care he received from Kaiser Permanente infectious disease specialists, cardiologists, neurologists, physical therapy specialists and others – is why today, nearly three years later, he continues to improve and is looking forward to walking his bride-to-be down the aisle.
"Greg basically had to start from scratch and relearn how to eat, talk and walk," said his fiancée Gina Villasenor.
"Our entire team came together to surround Greg with all the specialty knowledge that was needed to get him through," said Quang M. Dao, MD, an internal medicine hospitalist at Kaiser Permanente Fontana (California) Medical Center. "All those specialists communicating with one another seamlessly depended on our integrated system of care."
This level of expert specialty care, compassion and personalized service is what has made Kaiser Permanente a leader in health care. NCQA's annual report, released today, rates more than 1,000 health plans, including Medicare, Medicaid and Private (commercial), on a 0-to-5 scale, with 5 being the best. Among their findings:
- Only 14 health plans in the country (approximately 1 percent) received a 5.0 rating this year, and Kaiser Permanente has 9 of the 14.
- Out of more than 1,000 plans rated in the NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2018-19, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States is the only health care entity in the nation to receive a 5.0, the highest score possible, for both its Medicare and commercial (Private) populations.
- Nationally, there are only 14 "5 out 5" ratings in NCQA's annual report, and Kaiser Permanente has 9 of them. Kaiser Permanente's other 5.0 plans include: Medicare plans in Colorado, Hawaii, Northern California, the Northwest and Southern California; and Medicaid plans in Virginia and Maryland.
- Kaiser Permanente has the highest rated commercial and Medicare plan (or is tied for the highest) in every geographic region it serves. Kaiser Permanente serves more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.
- For the third year in a row, Kaiser Permanente is the only health care organization in the country to have a health plan rate 5.0 for both its Medicare and commercial populations.
"While it is wonderful to be recognized as a leader in health care, the greatest measure of success is improving the lives of our more than 12 million members," said Patrick Courneya, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals.
"I am proud of these results as they shine a light on the work being done by our compassionate and highly skilled physicians, nurses and care teams," said Michael Kanter, MD, executive vice president and chief quality officer for The Permanente Federation, the national organization for the more than 21,000 physicians who provide care to Kaiser Permanente's members.
The NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Ratings are based on combined scores for health plans in the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set®, commonly called HEDIS; the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems®, or CAHPS; and NCQA Accreditation standards scores.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.
Contact: Marc T Brown
(510) 271-6328 (office)
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CAIR, CAIR-Oregon Welcome Federal Appeals Court Decision to Allow No-Fly List Claims to Proceed
WASHINGTON, Spet. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland reinstating Yonas Fikre's claims challenging the constitutionality of the government's no-fly list.
In reversing a lower court's decision to dismiss Fikre's claims, the Ninth Circuit found that, though the federal government has removed Fikre from the list, the federal government had "not repudiated the decision to add Fikre to the list and maintain him there for approximately five years."
[CAIR co-counseled this case with Oregon attorneys Brandon Mayfield and Thomas Nelson]
SEE: Muslim American Can Sue Over No Fly List Status:
Fikre's case was dismissed by a federal district court in large part because, after his lawsuit began, the federal government removed him from the no-fly list. But because the list's standards and procedures remain the same, the Ninth Circuit found that Fikre's challenge to the no-fly list could continue.
"[T]he government has not assured Fikre that he will not be banned from flying for the same reasons that prompted the government to add him to the list in the first place."
SEE NINTH CIRCUIT OPINION:
The Ninth Circuit emphasized that, were a federal court to ultimately agree with Fikre's constitutional challenge, the stigma of being on the no-fly list could be lifted: "Because acquaintances, business associates, and perhaps even family members are likely to persist in shunning or avoiding him despite his renewed ability to travel, it is plain that vindication in this action would have actual and palpable consequences for Fikre."
Fikre's lawsuit began in 2013 and challenged, not only his placement on the No-Fly List, but also his torture in the United Arab Emirates at the behest of the FBI.
In 2012, CAIR called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division to investigate Fikre's claims that he was beaten on the soles of his feet, kicked and punched, and held in stress positions while interrogators shouted questions similar to those posed to him by FBI agents and other American officials.
Video: CAIR Interview with Yonas Fikre
"This decision will give Yonas Fikre his day in court to challenge the government's ability to place innocent Americans--people who have not been charged, arrested, or convicted of a terrorism-related offense--on its no-fly list," said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.
"The 9th circuit authored a well-supported opinion upholding due process making it clear that saying 'I won't do it again, trust me' just isn't enough when one's very liberty and reputation is at stake.
"The governments no fly-list lacks due process, procedural safeguards, and is draconian and un-American. It is a government tool for targeting, profiling, and marginalizing immigrants, at risk minorities, and Muslims. Hurdles in the way of safeguards need to be implemented and Mr. Fikres injuries need to now be acknowledged and addressed," said co-counsel Brandon Mayfield, who argued the case before the Ninth Circuit.
"We applaud the 9th Circuit's decision this morning, Muslims deserve the ability to challenge the government's targeted and unconstitutional actions. We stand with Yonus Fikre who has had to endure both harassment and torture after being courageous in the face of the FBI's misbehavior. Presently, the FBI is back to similar tactics to recruit Muslim informants in Oregon, wherever their unconstitutional behavior takes them we will challenge them," said CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, email@example.com; CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Scorpion Voted Top Vendor by Neighborly Franchisees
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Franchisees at the Dwyer Group Reunion—who recently rebranded to "Neighborly"—named Scorpion their 2018 Vendor of the Year, for the second year in a row at their annual gathering this past week.
Each year, the award is given to the vendor that delivers the most value and best all-around experience to franchisees in the Neighborly (formerly Dwyer Group) family of companies, which includes brands like Mr. Rooter Plumbing, Five Star Painting, and Mr. Appliance.
"Winning an award like this is a humbling honor for everyone here at Scorpion," said Corey Quinn, Scorpion's Chief Marketing Officer. "More than anything, it's validation of all the hard work we do on behalf of our friends at Neighborly, and motivation for us to set the bar for this relationship even higher in 2019."
More than 3,300 global Neighborly franchise locations were asked to vote for the one vendor who most effectively delivered superior service in conjunction with superior results during the past year—when all the votes were counted, Scorpion was announced as the winner.
"To win an award like this for the second year in a row...it's just an amazing feeling," said Eric Tanner, Scorpion's VP of Franchise Marketing. "But more importantly, it's a testament to the trust of our clients and the commitment Scorpion makes to delivering unparalleled results for clients like Neighborly."
Echoing Tanner's comments, Scorpion CEO and Founder, Rustin Kretz said, "From day one, we've committed ourselves to making life easier for our clients by operating as a one-stop shop stocked with the best strategies and technologies in the franchise industry. This award is validation of that commitment, and our clients' faith in our capacity to deliver."
Since its inception in 2001, Scorpion has grown to become one of the largest players in the digital marketing industry. Serving more than 10,000 clients, Scorpion is committed to helping businesses win online by delivering more customers, more revenue, and more confidence for the future. Visit Scorpion.co or call 866.622.5648 for more information.
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SI-BONE Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SI-BONE, Inc. ("SI-BONE"), a medical device company that pioneered the minimally invasive surgical treatment of the sacroiliac joint with the iFuse Implant System®, today announced that it has publicly filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. SI-BONE has applied to list its common stock on The Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol "SIBN".
Morgan Stanley and BofA Merrill Lynch are acting as joint book-running managers. Canaccord Genuity LLC and JMP Securities LLC are acting as co-managers.
The proposed offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. When available, a copy of the preliminary prospectus may be obtained from Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10014 or email at email@example.com; or from BofA Merrill Lynch, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte NC 28255-0001, Attn: Prospectus Department, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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California solar solutions provider, Sun Light & Power, becomes 100% employee owned
BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- After more than 40 years in business, Sun Light & Power, California's premiere solar solutions provider, announced the implementation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) giving 100% ownership to the company's 80+ employees.
The transition supports the company's belief in its greatest differentiating assets, its people. Gary Gerber, the company's founder and President, said, "For 42 years, I have proudly owned the company. Now, it's time to transition ownership to the people who can contribute the most to its success, our employees. Our customers will also benefit greatly from this move because employee-owners are more committed than ever to their success."
Being 100% employee owned creates many benefits including attracting top talent, growing employee engagement and creating a long term perspective. Giving workers a voice in a company's governance will create a stronger, mindful company.
The benefits for customers are great, too. A company whose employees have a vested stake in the company's success understands the importance of delivering value to customers. Employee owners share in the wealth they help generate, and their effort to provide exceptional customer experiences impacts the company's bottom line.
"Employee Owned companies have a positive impact on employees, customers and their communities," said Sun Light & Power's COO, Troy Tyler. "We feel this move to be a democratically-governed company prepares us well for the future. The feedback from employee-owners and customers has been extremely positive."
About Sun Light & Power
For over 40 years, Sun Light & Power has delivered exceptional customer service by designing and building high quality solar thermal and solar power systems across California. Sun Light & Power's team of employee-owners serve a wide range of commercial, nonprofit, municipal and residential clients. Sun Light & Power is one of the first companies in the state to become incorporated as a Benefit Corporation (known as a B Corp). Sun Light & Power became 100% employee owned (ESOP) in 2018. For more information, visit www.SunLightandPower.com.
SOURCE Sun Light & Power
TransLink orders 2 Xcelsior CHARGE(TM) buses to further interoperable charging supported by CUTRIC
WINNIPEG, Sept. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - (TSX: NFI) New Flyer Industries Canada ULC ("New Flyer"), a Canadian subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. ("NFI"), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, today announced a new contract with the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority ("TransLink") for two forty-foot, zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ heavy-duty transit buses. The buses are part of the Pan-Canadian Electric-Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial, facilitated by the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium ("CUTRIC").
TransLink will deploy the electric buses and overhead electric charging stations compatible with the OppCharge protocol. The high-powered charging stations are being provided by ASEA Brown Boveri ("ABB") and Siemens Canada, and are compatible with all heavy-duty buses tested during the demonstration. CUTRIC was fundamental in bringing together funding partners, various manufacturers, utility providers, and Canadian research teams to purchase, test, and demonstrate the interoperability of electric buses and interoperable charging solutions across the three agencies.
"New Flyer has been a proud member of CUTRIC since 2016, and is committed to the success of the Pan-Canadian Electric-Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial," said Jennifer McNeill, Vice President, Sales and Marketing. "New Flyer has led North American efforts to develop industry standards for both on-route and depot charging of battery-electric buses, and has worked to ensure that transit agencies can make the most of major investments required for electric bus fleet development and operation."
CUTRIC is a member-based innovation consortium that partners stakeholders in industry, transit, and academia to develop the next-generation of low-carbon smart mobility technologies. Its mandate is to drive forward innovation in transportation across Canada, create jobs by doing so, and lead to significant greenhouse gas reductions. For more information, visit www.cutric-crituc.org.
TransLink is Metro Vancouver's regional transportation authority, connecting the region to enhance livability by providing a sustainable transit and transportation network for over 247 million trips per year.
The NFI Group has over 88 years of experience manufacturing buses in Canada and over 50 years experience manufacturing zero-emission buses. It actively advocates for industry interoperability, and this year, became the first licensee outside the Volvo Group to join OppCharge in North America. Earlier in 2018, it joined CharIN to support industry charging standards for all electric vehicles, became the first bus manufacturer in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, and celebrated the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium ("CUTRIC") launch of the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial – the world's first multi-manufacturer interoperability demonstration for fast-charge electric buses – of which New Flyer was a contributing member.
With nearly 6,000 team members, operating from 31 facilities across Canada and the United States, NFI is North America's largest bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under several brands: New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), MCI® (motor coaches), and NFI Parts™ (parts, support, and service). NFI buses incorporate the widest range of drive systems available including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, and zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell). For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, NFI posted revenues of US $2.4 billion. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information are available at www.nfigroup.com.
About New Flyer
New Flyer is North America's heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the most advanced product line under the Xcelsior® and Xcelsior CHARGE™ brands. New Flyer actively supports over 44,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI, and Orion) currently in service, of which 7,300 are powered by electric motors and battery propulsion and 1,600 are zero-emission. Further information is available at www.newflyer.com.
The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) supports projects that develop the next-generation of mobility and transportation technologies for Canadians. These advancements help grow Canada's low-carbon and "smart" technology ecosystem, leading to long term job growth and economic development. CUTRIC's vision is to make Canada a global leader in low-carbon smart mobility technologies across heavy-duty and light-duty platforms, including advanced transit, transportation, and integrated mobility applications; working to support the commercialization of technologies through industry-led collaborative research, development, demonstration, and integration (RDD&I) projects.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements relating to expected future events and financial and operating results of NFI Group that involve risks and uncertainties. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, investors cannot be assured that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements, and the differences may be material. Actual results may differ materially from management expectations as projected in such forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including market and general economic conditions and economic conditions of and funding availability for customers to purchase buses and to purchase parts or services, customers may not exercise options to purchase additional buses, the ability of customers to suspend or terminate contracts for convenience and the other risks and uncertainties discussed in the materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Due to the potential impact of these factors, the NFI Group disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law.
SOURCE New Flyer Industries Inc.
PUF Ventures and Liberty Leaf Holdings Execute MOU to Form Joint Venture to Explore Cannabis Cultivation in Greece
VANCOUVER, Sept. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - PUF Ventures Inc. ("PUF" or the "Company") (CSE: PUF) (Frankfurt: PU3) (OTCPK: PUFXF), an advanced Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations ("ACMPR") license applicant, and Liberty Leaf Holdings Ltd. (CSE: LIB) (OTCQB: LIBFF) (Frankfurt: HN3P), (together, "the Parties") a company in the business of acquiring partnership interests in up-and-coming and established companies in the medicinal and recreational cannabis sector, are pleased to announce the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") which outlines the basis whereby the Parties will undertake the formation of a joint venture partnership for the purposes of developing a medical cannabis project for the cultivation and sale of medical cannabis in Greece. The joint venture company is currently in discussions with potential local partners with suitable resources and expertise to participate in the development of a large-scale, medical cannabis commercial cultivation operation.
"I am impressed with the work accomplished by Derek and his team in the international cannabis markets," said Will Rascan, President and CEO of Liberty Leaf Holdings. "We are looking to leverage our respective capabilities, combined knowledge and experience to successfully develop a large-scale commercial medical cannabis project in Greece."
"Europe has been in our sights for quite some time and I am pleased to partner with Will and the Liberty Leaf team to pursue a cannabis project in Greece," said Derek Ivany, President and CEO of PUF Ventures. "PUF has developed a successful business model whereby we identify friendly cannabis jurisdictions, partner with local experts, engage governments and academia, and design and build large-scale, eco-friendly, commercial cannabis cultivation operations. We are pursuing large-scale greenhouse projects in Australia and in Canada, and we believe that we have assembled the team to successfully navigate challenging regulatory environments and build highly efficient, low cost cannabis production facilities in Greece. I look forward to working with Liberty Leaf and bringing the PUF brand and business model to the great country of Greece."
Cannabis has a long history in Greece with the earliest mention of use found in fifth century BC Greek texts. Today there is significant interest to invest in local cultivation projects due to a new legal framework for medicinal cannabis brought in by the Greek government in 2017.
With the Greek economy experiencing many recent years of financial crisis, both federal and state government bodies are motivated to aid investment projects that can boost the economy and bring local employment. Furthermore, the relatively low cost for real estate and labour combined with regions of fertile land and warm dry climates, similar to California, there is an opportunity to produce low cost, high quality cannabis on a large-scale commercial basis.
Greece is also a natural gateway to the European Union, which is home to more than 500 million people, a population that is significantly larger than the population of the United States and Canada—the two largest cannabis markets in the world today.
The Parties will provide additional updates on joint venture formation, structure and business development in due course.
About Liberty Leaf
Liberty Leaf Holdings Ltd. is a Canadian-based, public company whose focus is to build and support a diversified portfolio of cannabis-sector businesses, including cultivation, processing, value-added CBD/THC pet products and supply-chain products within this dynamic and fast-growing sector.
Liberty Leaf's late-stage ACMPR portfolio consists of a 60% interest in Just Kush and 100% of North Road Ventures. The company has launched its Signature Cannabis Retail division, an enterprise that is expected to roll out across Canada, bringing recreational cannabis to market for consumers. For further info on the Company please visit http://www.libleaf.com or email email@example.com.
About PUF Ventures Inc.
PUF Ventures Inc. is a growth oriented and diversified company focused on the international cannabis industry. It has ownership in several cannabis companies including AAA Heidelberg and Propagation Services Canada and is actively pursuing other opportunities within the cannabis industry. PUF has an option to purchase 100% of AAA Heidelberg Inc., an advanced applicant for an ACMPR license. For more information please visit: www.puf.ca.
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Dispose of unwanted pesticides and livestock medications; collections in Northern Saskatchewan October 1 - 5
MOOSE JAW, SK, Sept. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - If you are a farmer living in Northern Saskatchewan and you've got unwanted agricultural pesticides and outdate livestock medications at the back of a farm shed, Cleanfarms has important news for you. From October 1 to 5, Cleanfarms is running special, one-day collection events at 20 designated agriculture retail locations throughout the northern half of the province.
Cleanfarms will accept materials at no charge and dispose of them safely and responsibly. Each special collection event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Materials accepted in the Cleanfarms program include:
- old or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label), and
- livestock medications that are used in the rearing of animals in an agricultural context (identified with a DIN number, serial number or Pest Control Product number on the label.
The program will not accept:
- fertilizer, diluted solution, large quantities of unopened product, and treated seed
- needles/sharps, medicated feed, aerosol containers, premises disinfectants/sanitizers, veterinary clinic waste and medications, ear tags, and aerosols
- any other household hazardous waste.
The program is funded by the crop protection industry and the Canadian Animal Health Institute and operated by Cleanfarms. A non-profit environmental stewardship organization, Cleanfarms works collaboratively with industry members, agricultural organizations and associations, and the government to ensure that Canadian farmers have opportunities to manage agricultural waste responsibly. Last year, Cleanfarms collected 181,804 kg of unwanted pesticides and 2,804 kg of livestock and equine medications in southern Saskatchewan.
If you are unsure whether your product fits the scope of this collection, please call 877-622-4460 or email Cleanfarms at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collection will be scheduled again in southern Saskatchewan in the fall of 2020. Cleanfarms asks that farmers store unwanted pesticides and old livestock medications safely until Cleanfarms' collection comes back to your region.
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Prime Minister to lead Canadian delegation to United Nations General Assembly in New York
OTTAWA, Sept. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that he will travel to New York City, from September 24 to 26, 2018, to lead Canada's delegation to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
During the General Assembly, the Prime Minister will reiterate Canada's support of the UN. He will emphasize how countries need to come together more than ever to agree on goals and principles and face down shared challenges, in order to deliver economic growth that benefits everyone, fight climate change, and build a more peaceful and secure world. He will also underscore the importance of advancing gender equality, and creating more opportunities for women and girls to succeed, as Canada celebrates its first Gender Equality Week.
On the first day of the visit, the Prime Minister will take part in a panel discussion focused on how developed countries can facilitate long-term investment to support the Sustainable Development Goals.
That same day, Prime Minister Trudeau will deliver remarks at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit held in honour of the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth. During his remarks, he will emphasize Canada's enduring commitment to peace and stability, and the promotion of human rights, diversity, and inclusion.
In partnership with African leaders, the Prime Minister will bring together key private and public sector players to discuss how to create better economic opportunities and jobs for young people across Africa.
The Prime Minister, alongside Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr, will participate in an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations for a discussion on Canada's global outlook, economic growth, gender equality, and the importance of restoring confidence in our institutions.
Building on the momentum from the G7 Summit, Prime Minister Trudeau will join other leaders and key stakeholders in a discussion on girls' education. He will also convene a leaders' roundtable to discuss how to best take the historic commitment from Charlevoix that mobilized $3.8 billion in resources, and advance education for women and girls in fragile, conflict, and crisis situations.
Throughout the visit, Prime Minister Trudeau will work to mobilize ongoing international support of the central themes of Canada's 2018 G7 Presidency, particularly investing in economic growth that benefits everyone, and working together on climate change, oceans, and clean energy.
"Canada is strongly committed to the United Nations and the role it and its member states play to promote a more peaceful, equal, and stable world. We believe that we are stronger when we work together and focus on real, concrete solutions that benefit everyone. Canada will continue to promote and defend the international rules-based order as the best way to fight inequalities, create economic growth that benefits everyone, and leave a better, healthier planet for future generations."
—The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
- The Canadian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly will include:
- Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland
- Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau
- Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr
- Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie Mélanie Joly
- Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna
- Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen
- Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor
- Canada has been active at the United Nations since its creation in 1945, and played a key role in drafting the UN Charter, an international treaty that sets out basic principles of international relations.
- Today, Canada continues to support the UN by actively participating in the organization's activities and providing financial support.
- Canada is the fifth-largest donor to the UN system.
This document is also available at https://pm.gc.ca/
SOURCE Prime Minister's Office
Valmont Introduces New Technology Platform, Valmont Coatings Connector(TM), for Unprecedented Customer Service
OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a leading global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure development and irrigation equipment and services for agriculture, today announced the introduction of Valmont Coatings ConnectorTM. This first-to-market customer communication solution provides industrial coatings customers with real-time tracking insight into order status and progress, with the ability to easily schedule product pick-ups and deliveries.
Valmont Coatings ConnectorTM meets customers' need for current information, sending notifications via their preferred channel (text and/or email), as products move through each step of the coatings process. Additional features include a GPS-enabled facility locator and product fit calculator. It is available for all coatings applications, including galvanizing, coatings and anodizing services.
This technology, accessed through mobile phone, tablet and desktop platforms, further elevates the customer experience and will provide a new industry benchmark in customer service levels.
"We are dedicated to providing an unparalleled customer experience," said Rick Cornish, Group President of Valmont Coatings. "The Valmont Coatings ConnectorTM is a disruptive technology, is unique to the industry, and provides our customers with quick and accurate order status information."
Valmont Coatings customer, Bob Fuqua of Byweld, commented, "The Valmont Coatings ConnectorTM is very convenient to track our orders and get a more exact time of completion. I like how it allows us to know where the product is in the system, and when it will get back to the shop, so we can have shop space ready for completion of the product."
"The Valmont Coatings ConnectorTM was developed with one constant focus – to provide our customers real-time visibility of their product from any device, anywhere," said Stephen G. Kaniewski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Valmont Industries, Inc. "In line with our addressable market expansion goals outlined at our 2018 Investor Day, exceptional customer service is an essential part of our growth strategy. Valmont Coatings ConnectorTM is a revolutionary technology that differentiates our offering and further strengthens our leadership position."
Valmont Coatings ConnectorTM will be implemented across most North America and Australia Coatings locations by the end of 2018. Global implementation is expected to be completed in early 2019. To learn more, please visit Valmont Coatings Connector™.
About Valmont Industries, Inc.
Valmont is a global leader, designing and manufacturing engineered products that support global infrastructure development and agricultural productivity. Its products for infrastructure serve highway, transportation, wireless communication, electric transmission, and industrial construction and energy markets. Its irrigation equipment and services for large-scale agriculture improves farm productivity while conserving fresh water resources. In addition, Valmont provides coatings services that protect against corrosion and improve the service lives of steel and other metal products.
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Canada signs on to global initiative to protect marine wildlife
HALIFAX, Sept. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - Marine animals in Canada will soon be getting more protection as Canada has signed on to the Global Ghost Gear Initiative or GGGI. This initiative was founded in 2015 by World Animal Protection, an organization working to end the suffering of animals worldwide. The GGGI is an alliance of governments, NGOs, academics and fishing industry leaders that aims to reduce the amount of ghost gear (lost or abandoned fishing gear) in the oceans.
The announcement was made by the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, during the G7 meeting of Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministers in Halifax, Nova Scotia. World Animal Protection was invited to participate in the aligned Ocean Partnership Summit, on a panel covering sustainable fisheries and including reduction strategies for ghost gear.
Ghost gear is found in every sea and ocean on the planet, along all three of Canada's coast lines and is a major contributor to ocean plastics. A whopping 640,000 tons of ghost gear is left in our oceans each year. It traps, injures, mutilates and kills hundreds of thousands of whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, turtles and birds annually.
Signing on to the GGGI is an important next step in Canada's commitment to reduce ocean plastics. It means they will be addressing one of the deadliest forms of plastic debris for marine animals like whales and turtles.
World Animal Protection's Executive Director Josey Kitson says: "Canada's agreement to sign on to this initiative is a game changer. Our country has the longest total coastline in the world and Canada is sending a clear message that it is a leader in tackling ghost gear, protecting vulnerable species, improving the health of marine ecosystems, as well as safeguarding fishing industry livelihoods."
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard adds, "lost and abandoned fishing gear kills and injures marine life and has a significant damaging environmental impact. Not only does it negatively affect marine life and fish stocks globally, it also has a significant economic impact that is felt most acutely by the coastal communities and industries that depend on fisheries for their livelihoods. Our Government knows the time to act is now. We are proud to be a signatory to the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and we are committed to improving the health of marine ecosystems, safeguarding human health and livelihoods and protecting marine life from harm."
Among the outcomes of the previous G7 Leaders' Summit, held from June 8-9 in Charlevoix, Quebec, was the Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities and The Plastics Charter. With ghost gear accounting for an estimated 70% of ocean macro-plastic by weight, this commitment will go further in promoting sustainable oceans and fisheries, supporting coastal communities and tackling marine litter.
"Canada's commitment today also means that Canada will work alongside other key players in the GGGI to create solutions to reduce lost fishing gear and its harmful impacts on a global scale. It is a positive step knowing that our message has been heard and we look forward to working with Canada further on this," says Kitson.
Canadians from coast to coast can learn more about the impacts of ghost gear and how the members of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative are tackling it, at worldanimalprotection.ca.
About World Animal Protection:
World Animal Protection, formerly known as the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), is active in more than 50 countries. From our offices around the world, we work with businesses, governments, local partners and animal welfare organizations to find practical ways to prevent animal suffering worldwide. www.worldanimalprotection.ca
About the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI): Founded by World Animal Protection in 2015, the GGGI is the first initiative dedicated to tackling the problem of ghost fishing gear at a global scale. The GGGI's strength lies in the diversity of its 85 participants including the fishing industry, the private sector, academia, governments and NGOs. This cross-sectoral alliance works to improve the health of marine ecosystems, protect marine animals from harm and safeguard human health and livelihoods. www.ghostgear.org
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Swyft, Inc. and ZoomSystems Announce Expansion of Automated Retail Networks
SAN FRANCISCO, Sep. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Swyft, Inc. and ZoomSystems announce the installation of Best Buy Express and CVS Pharmacy automated retail stores in the new Salesforce Transit Center. Salesforce Transit Center, owned and operated by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), opened on August 11, 2018, and connects tens of thousands of residents, commuters, and visitors daily in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swyft, Inc. and ZoomSystems have plans to install additional automated retail stores featuring other major brand partners in the upcoming months.
"We're excited to have Swyft and ZoomSystems at Salesforce Transit Center for their first locations in San Francisco. It is will be a great travel retail concept that provides product accessibility to commuters and visitors," said Deborah Kravitz, President Pro Retail, Inc. manager of the pop up retail program at the center.
The Best Buy Express and CVS Pharmacy automated stores offer immediate gratification and convenience in on-the-go shopping environments. The automated stores provide commuters the same benefits as shopping in-store, with competitive pricing and detailed product information on the touch screens. The Best Buy Express ZoomShops feature headphones, speakers, phone chargers, travel gadgets and other popular products by brand names like Apple and Bose. Whilst CVS Swyft Stores will stock over-the-counter health products, first aid essentials, and popular personal care products.
"We're pleased to bring Best Buy, our long-standing partner, into the Salesforce Transit Center as the newest location partner in our network of over 65 airports and 525 malls nationwide," said ZoomSystems CEO, Elias Bizannes. "The Best Buy Express ZoomShops are an easy, convenient way for commuters to purchase the latest personal electronics and other products."
Swyft and ZoomSystems work with major global brands and retailers to deploy highly-scalable automated retail stores without disrupting their traditional retail channels. Swyft and ZoomSystems have identified the large North American mass public transit networks across the country like the New York City subway, Chicago 'L', Washington Metro, MBTA, BART, PATH and others as strategic location partners to expand smart automated and unattended retail solutions. Both companies expect this channel to grow dramatically as they introduce new unattended retail technology into the large food and beverage markets. In addition to mass transit partners, Swyft and ZoomSystems are expanding their network of location partners to include hospitals, transit centers, gyms, grocery stores and residential buildings.
Swyft, Inc. COO and President, Richard Hashim said, "Swyft is excited that we have placed CVS Swyft Stores into the Salesforce Transit Center. Swyft and the major brands we support with our smart automated and unattended retail technology can support most of the retail needs of regular commuters. We look forward to continuing to support all the retail initiatives at the mass transit agencies across the US."
Swyft, Inc. – a leader in the automated retail and retail automation industry – is a technology and services company that increases sales and profits and enhances customer experience for retailers, brands and independent operators using low-cost hardware and robotics, flexible cloud-based software and scalable operating partners.
For more information visit http://swyftstore.com/newsroom/press-releases/
ZoomSystems operates over 900 automated retail shops across North America and Europe for iconic retailers and brands such as Proactiv, Best Buy, Nespresso, Benefit Cosmetics, and UNIQLO. ZoomSystems' end-to-end hardware, software and services solutions complement existing omnichannel strategies by offering both satellite and in-store options that allow brands increase reach, reduce shrink and improve sales through a better customer experience.
For more information visit the ZoomSystems website at www.zoomsystems.com
About the Transbay Joint Powers Authority and the Salesforce Transit Center
The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) is a historic collaboration between Bay Area government and transportation agencies. The TJPA's eight-member Board of Directors is composed of representatives of the City and County of San Francisco, the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and Caltrans. The TJPA oversees the financing, design, development, construction, and operation of the Transbay Program, a visionary transportation program that has reached a pivotal milestone: the opening of the Salesforce Transit Center to the public in 2018. The new state-of-the-art Center enhances mobility for a growing city and region by connecting transportation services, and will ultimately connect Caltrain and California High-Speed Rail. The Center features a 5.4-acre rooftop park and botanical garden, programmed public space, more than 100,000 square feet of shopping and dining, pop-up retail, and world-class public art. Funding for the Transbay Program comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the State of California, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, the City and County of San Francisco, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, and AC Transit. A Naming Rights Agreement with salesforce.com provides partial funding for operation of the Center.
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ALNYLAM INVESTOR ALERT: Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Encourages Investors Who Suffered Losses Exceeding $50,000 Investing In Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. To Contact The Firm
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Menkes Breaks Ground on Waterfront Innovation Centre on Toronto Waterfront
Construction Start Marks Further Growth in the Emerging Waterfront Innovation Corridor
TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - Menkes Developments Ltd. ("Menkes"), in partnership with Alcion Ventures, today broke ground on the Waterfront Innovation Centre – a new landmark office building on the Toronto waterfront.
The groundbreaking marks the first construction milestone of a 400,000 square foot complex designed by world-renowned architects Sweeny & Co, which will be comprised of two buildings, with three distinct but interconnected components: The Exchange, The Hive, and The Nexus, a space that will serve as a public square and directly connect the two buildings.
Located in East Bayfront, adjacent to Canada's Sugar Beach, the Waterfront Innovation Centre anchors Toronto's surging innovation cluster on the eastern waterfront, representing the next evolution in workplace design that helps reinvent how today's workforce collaborates in the city's burgeoning creative and technology sectors.
Today's milestone represents another step in the revitalization of Toronto's Waterfront. The complex will not only drive economic development with the creation of nearly 3,000 jobs, but also help to shape East Bayfront into a beautiful new neighbourhood where people can live, work and play.
"This state-of-the-art office building will establish East Bayfront as the City's newest innovation corridor," said Peter Menkes, President of the Commercial / Industrial Division of Menkes. "We're proud to offer a building that is purpose-built to foster innovation and collaboration, and also meet the growing demand for more adaptable work spaces. We are so pleased to have WPP, a global leader in communications as the building's anchor tenant, and we're confident that this world-class complex will continue to attract a multitude of innovative, forward-thinking companies."
The project builds on design excellence of Menkes' recent notable office towers including another waterfront office building, One York Street in Toronto's South Core.
The Waterfront Innovation Centre will include: cutting-edge building automation controls, under-floor air distribution, direct/indirect LED lighting, a high-performance curtain-wall system, and occupancy/daylight sensors. Floor-to-ceiling glass will allow for maximum natural light penetration as well as spectacular views. The building will also generate power via a rooftop photovoltaic solar array.
The building has been conceived with the objective of achieving the highest standards in environmental sustainability by striving for LEED Gold (v4) certification. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") is an internationally-accepted rating system that recognizes excellence in the design, construction and operation of green buildings.
"The Waterfront Innovation Centre is the workplace of the future, supporting Waterfront Toronto's mandate to make Toronto's waterfront synonymous with innovation," said Helen Burstyn, Chair of the Board, Waterfront Toronto. "We're thrilled to celebrate this milestone occasion with Menkes, as it demonstrates how we're providing the enabling conditions and infrastructure to attract private sector development that catalyzes the business and job growth necessary to make our Toronto and Ontario more competitive on a global scale."
Expected occupancy is 2021.
Menkes Developments Ltd. is an award-winning, fully integrated real estate company involved in the construction, ownership and management of office, industrial, retail and residential properties. Founded in 1954, the company is one of the largest private developers in Canada, with a primary focus in the Greater Toronto Area. Menkes is known for its innovative, multi-disciplinary approach and particularly for its expertise in large-scale, mixed-use development. Past projects include the Empress Walk entertainment, shopping and residential complex in North York City Centre, and two landmark projects in Toronto's South Core district, 25 York (TELUS House) office tower and the two million square foot One York commercial retail complex. The company's latest project Sugar Wharf is a proposed waterfront community on an 11.5 acre site in downtown Toronto, which will be anchored by a new two-acre park. For more information about Menkes, please visit menkes.com and follow us @MenkesLife.
About Waterfront Toronto
The Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto created Waterfront Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto's waterfront. Public accessibility, design excellence, sustainable development, economic development and fiscal sustainability are the key drivers of waterfront revitalization. Toronto's new waterfront communities will use technology to enhance quality of life and create economic opportunity for the citizens of Toronto, helping to keep the city competitive with major urban centres around the world for business, jobs and talent.
Founded in 2005, Alcion Ventures is a real estate investment manager with extensive experience generating risk-adjusted returns for institutional investors through the active repositioning of assets across property types. Alcion's senior team have worked together for almost two decades resulting in a disciplined, thesis-driven investment strategy that leverages a deep network of relationships and targets seven major North American cities. Based in Boston, Alcion invests on behalf of major U.S. and international institutional investors including public and private pensions, endowment and foundations and high net worth individuals. For more information, please visit www.alcionventures.com.
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Cardiovalve Announces AHEAD US Study for Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement System
OR YEHUDA, Israel, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardiovalve announced today that it has commenced the AHEAD US multicenter study (U.S. Early Feasibility Study of High Surgical Risk Patients with Severe Mitral Regurgitation Treated with the Cardiovalve Transfemoral Mitral Valve System). AHEAD US trial recruitment will start in early Q4 2018. The primary endpoint of the study is the safety and feasibility of the Cardiovalve System in reducing mitral regurgitation, with evaluation 30 days and continuing for two years. A multicenter European study, AHEAD EU, also has initiated recruitment, starting in Switzerland with later expansion to Italy, France and Germany.
The AHEAD US study is being conducted in collaboration with the Clinical Trials Center and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF, New York), led by Dr. Ori Ben-Yehuda. "We are delighted to have received approval from regulatory agencies to commence the Early Feasibility Study for the Cardiovalve," Dr. Ben-Yehuda said. "The design of this valve and its delivery system shows significant promise in reducing the complexity of trans-catheter mitral valve replacement and enhancing the safety and outcomes of these procedures."
At the upcoming Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference (TCT 2018, September 21–25, San Diego), details of the first-in-man Cardiovalve procedure with the transfemoral mitral valve system will be presented by Cardiovalve Chief Medical Director, Prof. Francesco Maisano of the University Hospital Zurich.
"I am excited to share the experience of performing this novel procedure and its outcomes with my colleagues at the TCT meeting in San Diego," said Prof. Maisano. "The transfemoral approach to implantation was very straightforward, controlled and reassuring. I believe that ultimately, Cardiovalve will change how mitral valve replacement is practiced in the clinical setting."
Attendees of TCT 2018 are invited to the presentation, "Early TMVR Feasibility and Pivotal Trials," on Monday, September 24 in Room 1, Upper Level, from 8:57 a.m. – 10:34 a.m. In this presentation, physicians will learn more about the upcoming AHEAD US study and early clinical outcomes from the AHEAD EU study.
The flagship Cardiovalve system is a novel mitral valve designed for transfemoral/ transseptal use and intended to replace the mitral valve using a minimally invasive procedure, avoiding the need for transapical delivery with mini-thoracotomy access. The Cardiovalve system offers significant benefits, including a short profile for minimal protrusion to the left ventricle, minimizing interference in the cardiac blood flow (outflow tract obstruction) and increasing safety; a robust anchoring mechanism; and an enhanced sealing solution to prevent paravalvular leaks.
Mitral Valve Pioneers
Cardiovalve is pioneering the field of mitral valve replacement, an important treatment for mitral valve disease, and a common clinically significant valvular abnormality. The company's dedicated team of experts is working to bring a viable, clinically proven transfemoral alternative to open-heart surgery to market. Cardiovalve has partnered with some of the leading cardiologists in the world to transform this vision into a reality where mitral regurgitation treatments are efficient for physicians to perform, and patients have the option of quicker recovery and a more rapid return to a healthy life. Originally part of Valtech Cardio, which was acquired by Edwards Lifesciences in 2017, Cardiovalve operates under the leadership of Amir Gross, Valtech's co-founder and CEO. The company is evaluating the safety and performance of its system in clinical studies and will seek both EU and U.S. approvals.
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MiMedx Announces Nasdaq Listing Extension
MARIETTA, Ga., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MiMedx Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDXG), a leading developer and marketer of regenerative and therapeutic biologics, today announced that a Nasdaq Hearings Panel (the "Panel") has granted the Company's request for continued listing of the Company's common stock on The Nasdaq Capital Market pursuant to an extension through February 25, 2019, subject to the condition that MiMedx regain compliance with its SEC reporting obligations and Nasdaq listing rules by February 25, 2019 and provide the Panel with certain interim progress reports. If the Company does not regain compliance with its SEC reporting obligations and Nasdaq listing rules by February 25, 2019 or, based on the Company's interim progress reports, the Panel reconsiders the extension before then, Nasdaq will suspend trading in the Company's common stock.
As previously disclosed, the MiMedx Audit Committee is conducting an independent internal investigation into current and prior-period matters concerning sales and distribution practices and other matters. The Audit Committee is working diligently with its advisors to complete the investigation, and the Company is also working to prepare its financial statements for audit and regain compliance with its SEC reporting obligations and Nasdaq listing rules as soon as practicable.
MiMedx® is a leading biopharmaceutical company developing and marketing regenerative and therapeutic biologics utilizing human placental tissue allografts with patent-protected processes for multiple sectors of healthcare. "Innovations in Regenerative Medicine" is the framework behind the Company's mission to provide physicians products to help the body heal itself. The Company processes the human placental tissue utilizing its proprietary PURION® Process methodology, among other processes, to produce allografts by employing aseptic processing techniques in addition to terminal sterilization. MiMedx has supplied over 1.3 million allografts to date for application in the Wound Care, Burn, Surgical, Orthopedic, Spine, Sports Medicine, Ophthalmic and Dental sectors of healthcare. For additional information, please visit www.mimedx.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release includes forward-looking statements including statements regarding continued Nasdaq listing. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "believe," "expect," "may," "plan," "potential," "will," "would" and similar expressions and are based on management's current beliefs and expectations. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and the Company cautions investors against placing undue reliance on such statements.
Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, without limitation, uncertainties relating to the ability of the Company to cure any delinquencies in compliance with SEC reporting obligations and Nasdaq listing rules. There can be no assurance that the Company's plans to exercise diligent efforts to maintain the listing of its common stock on Nasdaq will be successful. For more detailed information on the risks and uncertainties that may apply to the Company's business and the ownership of Company common stock, please review the Risk Factors section of the Company's most recent annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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His Royal Highness The Earl Of Wessex Attends New Jaguar Land Rover North American Headquarters For Building Dedication Ceremony
MAHWAH, N.J., Sep. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, joined employees at Jaguar Land Rover North America today at the official building dedication ceremony of its new state-of-the-art North American Headquarters in Mahwah, New Jersey.
The Earl joined employees to unveil a special plaque and commemorate the official opening of the new headquarters. Prior to the dedication ceremony, HRH met with various employees who had served time in the United States Armed Forces, as well as employees who spearhead charity efforts within the community. The Earl also took a brief tour of the new 30,000 sq. ft. product research, training and development center.
"We are honored to have His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex join us for the official building dedication ceremony of our all new Jaguar Land Rover North American headquarters," said Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America. "Our new facility provides our employees a workplace that fosters teamwork, collaboration and efficiency, all which are essential to supporting the rapid growth of Jaguar Land Rover in North America."
Situated on a 12 acre campus, the new 144,000 sq. ft. facility represents an investment of over $30 million by Jaguar Land Rover. In addition to the new 30,000 sq. ft. product research, training and development center, the facility features a showroom with the latest Jaguar and Land Rover models, 47 electric vehicle chargers, 78 conference rooms and meeting spaces, 498 workstations and over 85 indoor and outdoor wireless access points to allow for a more collaborative workspace and open environment. In an effort to be more sustainable and source from local vendors, all catering in the building is provided by Dartcor Food Services, a local New Jersey farm-to-table food service vendor, all coffee is sourced from a New Jersey coffee roaster, and all paper products in the building are eco-friendly and recyclable.
Jaguar Land Rover North America has nearly 400 employees based in Mahwah, NJ and an additional 40 employees based in Mississauga, Canada. The company has a total of 232 retail facilities across North America.
About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the UK's largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world's leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world's premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.
We employ more than 43,000 people globally and support around 240,000 more through our dealerships, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centered in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, Austria and Slovakia.
At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2017 Jaguar Land Rover sold 621,109 vehicles in 130 countries, with more than 80 per cent of our vehicles being sold abroad.
Our innovation is continuous: we will spend more than £4 billion in the coming year on new product creation and capital expenditure.
From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer ultra-clean petrol and diesel engines.
Information about Jaguar North America products is available to consumers at www.jaguarusa.com
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Boardwalktech and PES University Announce Joint Blockchain Research
CUPERTINO, CA, Sept. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - (TSXV:BWLK) – Boardwalktech Software Corp. ("Boardwalktech"), a leading enterprise blockchain software company, is pleased to announced that PES University ("PES"), one of India's leading teaching and research universities located in Bangalore, has partnered with Boardwalktech to work with students from undergraduate, masters and PhD programs to conduct research in blockchain technology for enterprise processes and information management.
During the initial phase of this partnership program, the Boardwalktech R&D group, Boardwalk Labs, is teaching an undergraduate course on "Design of Blockchain Systems from Boardwalk" to a group of over 40 students focused on training and research on the Boardwalk Enterprise Blockchain information management platform. Boardwalk Labs vision is to conduct and support, through partnerships with universities like PES, pathbreaking fundamental blockchain research to leverage transaction chaining, alignment and inferences for strategic activities across the extended enterprise. Boardwalk Labs approach is to bring together a multidisciplinary thinking into the field of information management which includes academia.
"Boardwalktech is excited to tap into the creativity and energy of academic resources to continue moving the technology of the software industry forward," said Ravi Krishnan, CTO Boardwalk Labs. "Our goal is to inspire the industry to a higher standard of technological excellence and to ensure that ideas generated out of industry are given full academic treatment."
"We are excited to participate in core research in the Blockchain space and build on our foundation of academic and research excellence," said Ajoy Kumar COO, PES University. "Our research and PhD programs have been built over the years for academic-industry collaboration and our disciplines in Computer and Data Sciences, Security and Cryptography, Distributed Systems will contribute and be well served by this partnership."
About Boardwalktech Software Corp.
Founded in 2004, Boardwalktech has developed a patented digital ledger technology that allows for multi-party collaboration and verification on a trusted, shared, secure, and private information cloud. Our Boardwalk Enterprise Blockchain data management platform allows rapid blockchain application development on many platforms using any user interface, supporting "smart contract" business logic, integration with legacy systems and an easy method of connecting all participants (through Boardwalk virtual machines) enabling the exchange of secure and validated digital business information.
Boardwalktech is headquartered in Cupertino, California with offices in India and operations in North America. For more information on Boardwalktech, visit our website at www.boardwalktech.com.
PES University, located in Bangalore, India is one of the country's leading teaching and research universities. The University is committed to providing "education for the real world" that inspires students to realize their potential. Our students graduate with the ability to adapt to an intellectually and technologically changing environment. Over the years, we have accomplished this with the participative efforts of the management, staff, students and parents.
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