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The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Lorna E. Taylor, RN, MSN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Lorna E. Taylor is a Registered Nurse (RN) who is currently an Inpatient Care Manager at one of the leading managed care corporations in the United States. She is responsible for the day-to-day process of acute care bed-day management. With over 16 years of experience in nursing which collectively includes the specialty areas of organ transplantation and orthopedics in the Acute care setting; home health care; skilled nursing or long-term care; telephonic case management; telephonic nurse triage, US military treatment facilities and managed care commercial and Medicare. Lorna is also affiliated to Hartford Hospital, and the University of Connecticut Health Center. She has worked as a Clinical Data Analyst for the Senior Market Medicare Unit at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC. She was responsible for the day-to-day processes of data acquisition, data reconciliation and data management. Lorna was also responsibility for Collaborating with Medicare Part C leadership toward the Medicare Quality Improvement Process (QIP) and ensuring accuracy, consistency and completeness for Medicare Data Validation Audit (DVA) reports. Lorna E. Taylor holds a Master of Nursing Science (MSN) degree with a specialization in Nursing Informatics; Magna Cum Laude, from Walden University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from University of Hartford, an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Capital Community College and an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts (AA). She is currently pursuing her certification in Nursing Informatics and holds her certification in  Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Her professional affiliations include Walden University Alumni Association, University of Hartford Alumni Association, American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), Honor Society of Nursing: Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Connecticut Nurses Association (CTNA), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and American Nurses Association (ANA). Her professional interests expand to the methodology of project management, quality improvement, policy and regulation compliance and medical/nursing informatics. Learn more about Lorna E. Taylor here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4133736/info/ and read her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.


Working Closely with Casale in Sales Discussions to Ammonia Chemical Plants Debt Conversions Have Improved Company Balance Sheet SANTA ANA, CA / ACCESSWIRE / February 28, 2017 / QuantumSphere, Inc. (OTC PINK: QSIM), a developer and manufacturer of advanced catalyst materials designed to increase process efficiencies and production output in commercial-scale chemical plants, today issued a business and corporate update to its shareholders. QuantumSphere continues to operate its pilot manufacturing facility in Santa Ana, CA and although the sales process has taken longer than expected, the Company is still active with its partner, Casale, S.A., in pursuing an ammonia plant operator as a customer. The Company is optimistic that its ammonia FeNIX™ product can add significant value to ammonia plant operators and that an install at a live operating plant may occur in 2017. After 14 years of research and development, more than $35 million of invested capital and having worked closely with Casale for the past six years, QuantumSphere believes all of the hard work will result in commercialization; it's just a matter of when. 2016 was a milestone year for QuantumSphere, as it was issued a key ammonia patent in March 2016 and executed a 10-year commercialization agreement with Casale also in March 2016. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a key patent related to its advanced FeNIX nanocatalyst accelerator technology. The patent covers claims around the application of iron nanocatalysts, applied as a coating onto existing commercial ammonia catalysts, for increased catalytic activity and production efficiency in ammonia synthesis. As of today, QuantumSphere has 10 issued patents. The Company entered into a multi-year Commercialization Partnership Agreement with Swiss-based Casale S.A. (Casale), pursuant to which the parties agreed to the terms of commercialization of the Company's QSI-Nano iron catalysts for ammonia synthesis. Casale is restricted from entering into any agreement with any third party for any purpose relating to the use of nano-sized particle based catalysts in ammonia synthesis. Further, during the term, Casale has exclusive rights to commercially market, co-brand and sell the FeNIX product into the ammonia market globally, with the exception of China. The Company is now in the initial commercialization phase with its partner Casale in addressing the market opportunity within the $100 billion annual ammonia market. Per its commercialization agreement, Casale is responsible for the sales and marketing efforts of FeNIX to its existing and prospective customers. QuantumSphere is currently in sales discussions with multiple ammonia plant operators. A particular focus is on India due to their compelling need and the size of the market (India is the #2 world producer of ammonia after China). "QuantumSphere has generated considerable excitement in India this past year, where the increased output and energy savings that its FeNIX product can provide are particularly critical," says Bill Collins, Executive Vice President of GRMC, QSI's representative company in India. "QSI was a featured presenter at India's most prestigious fertilizer conference and has caught the attention of the "who's who" of the Indian chemical industry." The recent stock activity in QuantumSphere, which has witnessed a dramatic decline in price and significant increase in volume, is a result of debt converting to equity. While it caused a major drop in stock price, the debt conversions have improved the company's balance sheet. The Company may experience further conversions of debt to equity in the near future. Investors are encouraged to carefully review QuantumSphere's latest 10-Q filing for details. In this regard, the Company is exploring opportunities related to additional financings, licensing of its technology, and a possible sale of assets pursuant to an asset purchase agreement. The Company has had preliminary discussions with multiple parties that have expressed an interest in additional debt financing or acquiring company assets. QuantumSphere, Inc. (OTC PINK: QSIM), is a developer and manufacturer of advanced catalyst materials used in the production of industrial chemicals. The Company's lead product, FeNIX™, is a nanocatalyst used in the production of ammonia that integrates with existing commercial catalysts. It improves process efficiencies and production output, with real-world applications documented at up to 15% improvement. These efficiencies reduce energy consumption and deliver greater profits to chemical plant owners and operators. QSI's value proposition is applicable to hundreds of chemical plants globally, representing billions of dollars in annual output. The company is presently focused on the $100 billion per year ammonia market, (82% of which is used to make fertilizer for food production) and has partnered with Swiss-based Casale, a 95-year-old engineering firm whose technology is utilized in nearly 40% of the world's production of ammonia. QuantumSphere is also leveraging its intellectual property to develop catalysts for other key chemical markets, such as methanol and light olefins. The Company is based in Santa Ana, California and its common stock is quoted on the OTCQB under the ticker symbol QSIM. For more information, visit www.qsinano.com. All statements included or incorporated by reference in this News Release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are "forward-looking statements." Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning projected sales, costs, expenses and gross margins; our accounting estimates, assumptions and judgments; the prospective demand for our products; the projected growth in our industry; the competitive nature of and anticipated growth in our industry; and our prospective needs for, and the availability of, additional capital. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates, approximations and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by such words as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions and variations or negatives of these words. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, our actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, some of which are set forth in the "Risk Factors" section of our Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016 filed on October 13, 2016 and updated on our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended December 31, 2016 filed on February 21, 2017, which could cause our financial results, including our net income or loss or growth in net income or loss to differ materially from prior results, which in turn could, among other things, cause the price of our common stock to fluctuate substantially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this News Release. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason, except as otherwise required by law. Working Closely with Casale in Sales Discussions to Ammonia Chemical Plants Debt Conversions Have Improved Company Balance Sheet SANTA ANA, CA / ACCESSWIRE / February 28, 2017 / QuantumSphere, Inc. (OTC PINK: QSIM), a developer and manufacturer of advanced catalyst materials designed to increase process efficiencies and production output in commercial-scale chemical plants, today issued a business and corporate update to its shareholders. QuantumSphere continues to operate its pilot manufacturing facility in Santa Ana, CA and although the sales process has taken longer than expected, the Company is still active with its partner, Casale, S.A., in pursuing an ammonia plant operator as a customer. The Company is optimistic that its ammonia FeNIX™ product can add significant value to ammonia plant operators and that an install at a live operating plant may occur in 2017. After 14 years of research and development, more than $35 million of invested capital and having worked closely with Casale for the past six years, QuantumSphere believes all of the hard work will result in commercialization; it's just a matter of when. 2016 was a milestone year for QuantumSphere, as it was issued a key ammonia patent in March 2016 and executed a 10-year commercialization agreement with Casale also in March 2016. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a key patent related to its advanced FeNIX nanocatalyst accelerator technology. The patent covers claims around the application of iron nanocatalysts, applied as a coating onto existing commercial ammonia catalysts, for increased catalytic activity and production efficiency in ammonia synthesis. As of today, QuantumSphere has 10 issued patents. The Company entered into a multi-year Commercialization Partnership Agreement with Swiss-based Casale S.A. (Casale), pursuant to which the parties agreed to the terms of commercialization of the Company's QSI-Nano iron catalysts for ammonia synthesis. Casale is restricted from entering into any agreement with any third party for any purpose relating to the use of nano-sized particle based catalysts in ammonia synthesis. Further, during the term, Casale has exclusive rights to commercially market, co-brand and sell the FeNIX product into the ammonia market globally, with the exception of China. The Company is now in the initial commercialization phase with its partner Casale in addressing the market opportunity within the $100 billion annual ammonia market. Per its commercialization agreement, Casale is responsible for the sales and marketing efforts of FeNIX to its existing and prospective customers. QuantumSphere is currently in sales discussions with multiple ammonia plant operators. A particular focus is on India due to their compelling need and the size of the market (India is the #2 world producer of ammonia after China). "QuantumSphere has generated considerable excitement in India this past year, where the increased output and energy savings that its FeNIX product can provide are particularly critical," says Bill Collins, Executive Vice President of GRMC, QSI's representative company in India. "QSI was a featured presenter at India's most prestigious fertilizer conference and has caught the attention of the "who's who" of the Indian chemical industry." The recent stock activity in QuantumSphere, which has witnessed a dramatic decline in price and significant increase in volume, is a result of debt converting to equity. While it caused a major drop in stock price, the debt conversions have improved the company's balance sheet. The Company may experience further conversions of debt to equity in the near future. Investors are encouraged to carefully review QuantumSphere's latest 10-Q filing for details. In this regard, the Company is exploring opportunities related to additional financings, licensing of its technology, and a possible sale of assets pursuant to an asset purchase agreement. The Company has had preliminary discussions with multiple parties that have expressed an interest in additional debt financing or acquiring company assets. QuantumSphere, Inc. (OTC PINK: QSIM), is a developer and manufacturer of advanced catalyst materials used in the production of industrial chemicals. The Company's lead product, FeNIX™, is a nanocatalyst used in the production of ammonia that integrates with existing commercial catalysts. It improves process efficiencies and production output, with real-world applications documented at up to 15% improvement. These efficiencies reduce energy consumption and deliver greater profits to chemical plant owners and operators. QSI's value proposition is applicable to hundreds of chemical plants globally, representing billions of dollars in annual output. The company is presently focused on the $100 billion per year ammonia market, (82% of which is used to make fertilizer for food production) and has partnered with Swiss-based Casale, a 95-year-old engineering firm whose technology is utilized in nearly 40% of the world's production of ammonia. QuantumSphere is also leveraging its intellectual property to develop catalysts for other key chemical markets, such as methanol and light olefins. The Company is based in Santa Ana, California and its common stock is quoted on the OTCQB under the ticker symbol QSIM. For more information, visit www.qsinano.com. All statements included or incorporated by reference in this News Release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are "forward-looking statements." Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning projected sales, costs, expenses and gross margins; our accounting estimates, assumptions and judgments; the prospective demand for our products; the projected growth in our industry; the competitive nature of and anticipated growth in our industry; and our prospective needs for, and the availability of, additional capital. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates, approximations and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions made by us, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by such words as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions and variations or negatives of these words. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, our actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, some of which are set forth in the "Risk Factors" section of our Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016 filed on October 13, 2016 and updated on our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended December 31, 2016 filed on February 21, 2017, which could cause our financial results, including our net income or loss or growth in net income or loss to differ materially from prior results, which in turn could, among other things, cause the price of our common stock to fluctuate substantially. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this News Release. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason, except as otherwise required by law.


News Article | February 23, 2017
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SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KB Home (NYSE: KBH) today announced the grand opening of Lotus, its newest community in Orange County. Located in Santa Ana, Lotus’ central location is convenient to Interstate 405 and Highways 22 and 55 for easy commuting throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties. Lotus’ proximity to many of Orange County’s premier job centers and major regional points of interest will appeal to a variety of homebuyers. Santa Ana College is a mere ten minutes away, while UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Chapman University are all within a thirty-minute drive. Neighboring Little Saigon features a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Family fun days can be spent relaxing in “Surf City” at the Huntington Beach pier, chasing thrills at world renowned theme parks Disneyland® and Knott’s Berry Farm®, or catching a sporting event at Angels Stadium or the Honda Center. The 607-acre Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley is less than two miles away, and school-age children living at Lotus can enroll in the Garden Grove School District. Homebuyers at Lotus can choose between two unique three-story floor plans that feature up to four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and 1,905 total square feet. Featuring spacious great rooms, first floor bedrooms, a private gated park with a dog run, and BBQ area, homes at Lotus start in the high-$500,000s. Like all KB homes, those offered at Lotus will be built to ENERGY STAR® guidelines and include WaterSense® labeled faucets and fixtures, meaning they are designed to be more energy- and water-efficient than most other typical new and resale homes. The water- and energy-saving features built into every new KB home can help homeowners save on their monthly utility bills. As part of KB Home’s unique home buying experience, residents at Lotus will have the opportunity to work with one of KB Home’s design professionals at the KB Home Design Studio to personalize many aspects of their new home by selecting the lot, floor plan, and interior finishes to best fit their lifestyle and budget. KB Home’s Lotus is now open at 516 S Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana. The KB Home Design Studio is located at 3911 Portola Parkway in Irvine. Visit www.kbhome.com or call 888-KB-HOMES to learn more. KB Home (NYSE: KBH) is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilders in the United States and an industry leader in sustainability, building innovative and highly energy- and water-efficient new homes. Founded in 1957 and the first homebuilder listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the Company has built nearly 600,000 homes for families from coast to coast. Distinguished by its personalized homebuilding approach, KB Home lets each buyer choose their lot location, floor plan, décor choices, design features and other special touches that matter most to them. To learn more about KB Home, call 888-KB-HOMES, visit www.kbhome.com or connect on Facebook.com/KBHome or Twitter.com/KBHome.


News Article | February 23, 2017
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Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) announces the 6th annual Japan Week, which will take place in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal from March 8-10, 2017. The exhibit, open to the public, showcases Japan as the ultimate travel destination while celebrating a unique fusion of traditional and modern Japanese culture, with the country’s high-tech futuristic products, local delicacies, and more. For Japan Week 2017, JNTO will feature a traditional Japanese Zen Garden as the centerpiece of the event to help promote Japanese tourism. The garden, complete with boulders, white gravels, moss and trees, will be directed by famous Japanese landscape designers. The Japan Week Zen Garden will showcase a large garden reminiscent of the Zen Garden from the Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto. Through the garden, the designers aim to tell the story of Oyashima, a Japanese origin story about ‘8 big islands’ to engage the public. JNTO hopes the garden will provide a peaceful backdrop at Grand Central Terminal Station to busy New Yorkers. The designers will create stone waves in the garden twice per day, which visitors are invited to watch. The 2017 Japan Week will promote a range of Japanese products and services where visitors are able to receive free Japanese tourism materials and travel tips from experts to learn about destinations throughout Japan, as well as experience the arts, crafts, food, and technology of Japanese culture. Exhibitors will showcase both the traditional and modern sides of Japan. Furthermore, Japan Week will introduce the story of Chiune Sugihara, the visa of life. The Japan Week 2017 exhibitors include: JR EAST / East Japan Railway Company, Kubara Honke USA,Inc.(KAYANOYA), FUJIFILM NORTH AMERICA CORPORATION, ANA (All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.), JTB USA Inc., Gifu Prefectural Government, H.I.S. International Tours, Inc., Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Yamazaki USA Inc., ITO EN (North America) INC., Shiba Park Hotel Co., Ltd., Sugihara Route Promote Association, Tiger Corporation U.S.A., JAL Shopping Americas, Telecom Square USA, Inc., YAMASU, wuhao newyork Inc Tenugui Art, Amnet New York Travel, and IACE TRAVEL New York. Japan Week 2017 will also feature a Social Media Photo contest for the duration of the event. Attendees can participate by posting a photo at the event on their Instagram accounts with #JapanWeekNYC. Five winners will be selected and receive gift baskets of assorted products from some of the Japan Week exhibitors. Follow Japan Week on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/JapanWeekNY), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/JapanWeekNY), and Instagram (username@JapanWeekNY) for more details about the contest and join the conversation with #JapanWeekNYC. For more information about Japan Week’s exhibitors and activities, visit http://www.Japanweek.org. ABOUT JAPAN NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION (JNTO): As the official tourism board of Japan, JNTO is involved in a wide range of promotional activities encouraging international travelers to Japan. For more information on travel to Japan, go to http://www.us.jnto.go.jp.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, today announced that Scott Deeter, president and CEO of Ventria, has been elected to its Board of Directors. Deeter has served as Ventria's President and CEO and as a director since 2002. Ventria is the first company to commercialize recombinant proteins derived from a plant-based manufacturing system. “We are very pleased for Scott to join Iteris as an independent director,” said Tom Thomas, Chairman of the Board for Iteris. “Our entire board is impressed with Scott’s proven business acumen and insights into emerging markets for technology, as well as his broad understanding of the agriculture value chain. As a highly regarded entrepreneur, Scott will contribute substantial value to Iteris, drawing on his extensive background in pioneering and commercializing new technologies.” “Iteris ClearAg® delivers science-based insights to make agriculture more sustainable and productive,” said Deeter. “There is a profound need to optimize the use of farmland to generate food, fiber and fuel for billions of people now and in the future. ClearAg, which is used by growers, crop scientists, and field service personnel around the world, is uniquely positioned to address this critical challenge.” Prior to Ventria, Deeter served as President and CEO and as a director of CyberCrop, a supply chain software company connecting producers with their markets to optimize quality, logistics and efficiency. Previously, Mr. Deeter started and led a joint venture between Cargill and F. Hoffmann-La Roche that commercialized pharmaceutical intermediates and functional food ingredients. Earlier in his career he was a member of the Technology and Life Sciences Group of Salomon Brothers. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas (BSc-Economics); University of Chicago (MBA); and London School of Economics (MSc-Economics). Iteris is the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, turning big data into big breakthrough solutions. We collect, aggregate and analyze data on traffic, roads, weather, water, soil and crops to generate precise informatics that lead to safer transportation and smarter farming. Municipalities, government agencies, crop science companies, farmers and agronomists around the world use our solutions to make roads safer and travel more efficient, as well as farmlands more sustainable, healthy and productive. Visit www.iteris.com for more information. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 This release may contain forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof and are based upon our current expectations and the information available to us at this time. Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "intends," “outlooks,” “target,” "plans," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "can," and variations of these words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the impact and expected contribution of our new director. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Important factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, impact the new director will have on the company; our ability to be (and remain) competitive in new and existing market segments, and the impact of general economic, political and other conditions in the markets we address. Further information on Iteris, Inc., including additional risk factors that may affect our forward looking statements, is contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our Current Reports on Form 8-K, and our other SEC filings that are available through the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov).


News Article | February 23, 2017
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SANTA ANA, CA, February 23, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Youth mentoring nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire today announces the selection of local volunteer Jessica Romley as the 2017 California Big of the Year, an award presented jointly by the 15 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the state. She is recognized for going above and beyond in helping Little Sister Alejandra, 15, achieve academic and personal success while overcoming challenging situations at home. Romley, who has volunteered with the nonprofit since 2010, is one of two California winners advancing to the final round of the national competition. "Over the last seven years, Jessica has demonstrated how developing a one-to-one relationship with a child can make a life-changing difference," says Melissa Beck, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire. "We could not be more proud that her commitment to Alejandra is being honored by the state association. She is an incredible example of how our 3,300 volunteers are using mentoring to help our local youth achieve their full potential." A resident of Orange, Romley was selected earlier this year as the Big Sister of the Year for the Orange County and Inland Empire agency. After helping reunite the then-9-year-old with her father during the first year of their match, she continued to encourage Alejandra to pursue excellence in school and extracurricular activities. Thanks to Romley's support as a role model, Alejandra set high goals for her future and is now an Advanced Placement student, holds a leadership role on the colorguard team and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a teen mentor in the High School Bigs program. "Being a mentor to Alejandra has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life," Romley says. "I have always encouraged her to use her passions and strengths to become a better person and do good for others, but never realized how much I could learn from her along the way. She has taught me more about perseverance, positivity and strength than anyone else I've ever known." Winners of the national Big of the Year award will be announced in June at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters conference in San Diego. For more information about the Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one youth mentoring program, visit ocbigs.org. About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire Big Brothers Big Sisters believes that with the support of a caring mentor, every child has the ability to achieve his or her full potential. It is the nation's largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring organization, serving a quarter-million children annually. Based in Santa Ana, Calif., the Orange County agency was incorporated in 1958 and works as a local extension of the national effort to make professionally supported, one-to-one matches between mentors ("Bigs") and children ("Littles") facing adversity. Together with the Inland Empire agency, which opened its doors in 2013, the local organization annually serves more than 3,300 children through programs that improve the odds of youth performing better in school and avoiding violence and illegal activities. For more information visit ocbigs.org or follow Big Brothers Big Sisters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, has been invited to present at the JMP Securities Technology Conference being held February 27-28, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco at 600 Stockton Street. Iteris President and CEO Joe Bergera and CFO Andy Schmidt are scheduled to present on Monday, February 27, at 11:00 AM Pacific time, with one-on-one meetings held throughout the day. The presentation will be webcast live and available for replay via the investor relations section of the company’s website at www.iteris.com. For additional information or to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Iteris management, please contact your JMP representative, or Iteris’ investor relations firm, MKR Group, at ITI@mkr-group.com. Iteris is the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, turning big data into big breakthrough solutions. We collect, aggregate and analyze data on traffic, roads, weather, water, soil and crops to generate precise informatics that lead to safer transportation and smarter farming. Municipalities, government agencies, crop science companies, farmers and agronomists around the world use our solutions to make roads safer and travel more efficient, as well as farmlands more sustainable, healthy and productive. Visit www.iteris.com for more information.


News Article | February 27, 2017
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Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers stand to attention during a ceremony at the military base in Herat on July 3, 2016 (AFP Photo/AREF KARIMI) An air strike has killed an Afghan Taliban commander who twice oversaw the capture of a strategic northern city, officials said Monday, in a major blow to the insurgent group. Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund, the Taliban shadow governor in Kunduz province, was killed on Sunday when he was holding a meeting in the volatile Dasht-e-Archi district. "He was killed with five others in the house," said provincial governor Asadullah Amarkhil. The Taliban acknowledged the death of "the conquerer of Kunduz", saying he was killed in a "cowardly attack by US invaders". The US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Akhund had led the insurgents to mount several attacks in Kunduz since 2011. The Taliban seized the provincial capital Kunduz city for about two weeks in September 2015, in their biggest victory since they were toppled from national power by a US-led invasion in 2001. The militants briefly overran the city again in October last year before they were beaten back by NATO-backed Afghan forces.


SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, today released the First American Loan Application Defect Index for January 2017, which estimates the frequency of defects, fraudulence and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications. The Defect Index reflects estimated mortgage loan defect rates over time, by geography and by loan type. It’s available as an interactive tool that can be tailored to showcase trends by category, including amortization type, lien position, loan purpose, property and transaction types, as well as state and market comparisons of mortgage loan defect levels. “This month, the Loan Application Defect Index continued the upward trend that started in December 2016. The overall index increase is largely the result of waning refinance activity in the mortgage market,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American. “Defect, misrepresentation and fraud risk is significantly lower on refinance transactions, so the increased risk of misrepresentation and fraud is due to the increasing share of higher risk purchase transactions within the mortgage market." “While technology adoption has reduced risk for both purchase and refinance transactions, part of the overall decline in risk has been due to the recent dominance of refinance activity relative to purchase activity,” said Fleming. “As the mortgage market composition continues to shift toward purchase transactions in 2017, the risk of defect, fraud and misrepresentation will also increase. In real estate, location matters. In defect, misrepresentation and fraud risk, loan purpose matters.” The next release of the First American Loan Application Defect Index will be posted the week of March 27, 2017. The methodology statement for the First American Loan Application Defect Index is available at http://www.firstam.com/economics/defect-index. Opinions, estimates, forecasts and other views contained in this page are those of First American’s Chief Economist, do not necessarily represent the views of First American or its management, should not be construed as indicating First American’s business prospects or expected results, and are subject to change without notice. Although the First American Economics team attempts to provide reliable, useful information, it does not guarantee that the information is accurate, current or suitable for any particular purpose. © 2017 by First American. Information from this page may be used with proper attribution. First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a leading provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions that traces its heritage back to 1889. First American also provides title plant management services; title and other real property records and images; valuation products and services; home warranty products; property and casualty insurance; and banking, trust and investment advisory services. With revenues of $5.6 billion in 2016, the company offers its products and services directly and through its agents throughout the United States and abroad. In 2016, First American was recognized by Fortune® magazine as one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. More information about the company can be found at www.firstam.com.


News Article | February 23, 2017
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Newly released video shows a small plane piloted by Harrison Ford flying low over an airliner with 116 people aboard moments before he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a Southern California airport. Authorities have not said how much distance separated the two planes, but Ford's aircraft came close enough that its shadow distinctly passed over the jet last week at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. The 74-year-old actor was told to land his single-engine plane on Runway 20L, but he instead landed on a parallel taxiway on Feb. 13. The video released Tuesday shows the incident from different angles. In one, Ford's Aviat Husky plane is seen from behind as it descends toward the airfield where an American Airlines Boeing 737 is slowly taxiing. The sky beyond the airport is bright white and the flyover is barely visible. Another angle shows Ford's plane emerge from the right side of the frame, flying low over the airliner and casting its shadow across the fuselage of the bigger plane before landing on the taxiway a few seconds later. "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" Ford was heard saying on an air traffic control recording, according to NBC. No reason has been given for why Ford made the mistake, and his publicist has not replied to requests for comment. American Airlines Flight 1456, with 110 passengers and six crew members aboard, departed safely for Dallas a few minutes later. Ford collects vintage planes and has a long and good record as an aviator. But he has had several close calls and a serious accident in March 2015 when he was injured in his World War II-era trainer. It crashed on a Los Angeles golf course after engine failure. This story has been corrected to show that 116 people were aboard the airliner, not 110.

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