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WHEATON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Trust Senior Floating Rate Income Fund II (the “Fund”) (NYSE: FCT) has decreased its regularly scheduled monthly common share distribution to $0.0663 per share from $0.0675 per share. The distribution will be payable on May 15, 2017, to shareholders of record as of May 3, 2017. The ex-dividend date is expected to be May 1, 2017. The monthly distribution information for the Fund appears below. The majority, and possibly all, of this distribution will be paid out of net investment income earned by the Fund. A portion of this distribution may come from net short-term realized capital gains and/or return of capital. The final determination of the source and tax status of all 2017 distributions will be made after the end of 2017 and will be provided on Form 1099-DIV. The Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s primary investment objective is to seek a high level of current income. As a secondary objective, the Fund attempts to preserve capital. The Fund pursues these investment objectives by investing in senior secured floating-rate corporate loans. First Trust Advisors L.P., the Fund’s investment advisor, along with its affiliate, First Trust Portfolios L.P., are privately-held companies which provide a variety of investment services, including asset management and financial advisory services, with collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $104 billion as of March 31, 2017 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. Past performance is no assurance of future results. Investment return and market value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Principal Risk Factors: The Senior Loans in which the Fund invests are generally considered to be “high-yield securities”. High yield securities are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings. Lower-quality debt tends to be less liquid than higher-quality debt. The Fund’s portfolio is also subject to credit risk, interest rate risk, liquidity risk and prepayment risk. Interest rate risk is the risk that fixed-income securities will decline in value because of changes in market interest rates. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security will be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and that the value of a security may decline as a result. Credit risk may be heightened for the Fund because it invests in below investment grade securities. Liquidity risk is the risk that the fund may have difficulty disposing of senior loans if it seeks to repay debt, pay dividends or expenses, or take advantage of a new investment opportunity. Prepayment risk is the risk that, upon a prepayment, the actual outstanding debt on which the Fund derives interest income will be reduced. The Fund may not be able to reinvest the proceeds received on terms as favorable as the prepaid loan. Use of leverage can result in additional risk and cost, and can magnify the effect of any losses. The risks of investing in the Fund are spelled out in the shareholder reports and other regulatory filings. The Fund’s daily closing New York Stock Exchange price and net asset value per share as well as other information can be found at www.ftportfolios.com or by calling 1-800-988-5891.


News Article | April 25, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Neuroscientists have, for the first time, shown that gut bacteria "speak" to the brain to control food choices in animals. In a study publishing April 25 in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology, researchers identified two species of bacteria that have an impact on animal dietary decisions. The investigation was led by Carlos Ribeiro, and colleagues from the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal and Monash University, Australia. There's no question that nutrients and the microbiome, the community of bacteria that resides in the gut, impact health. For instance, diseases like obesity have been associated with the composition of the diet and the microbiome. However, the notion that microbes might also be able to control behavior seems a big conceptual leap. Yet that's what the new study shows. Experiments conducted using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, a model organism allowed the scientists to dissect the complex interaction of diet and microbes and its effect on food preference. The scientists initially showed that flies deprived of amino acids showed decreased fertility and increased preference for protein-rich food. Indeed, the team found that the removal of any single essential amino acid was sufficient to increase the flies' appetite for protein-rich food. Furthermore, the scientists tested the impact on food choices of five different species of bacteria that are naturally present in the guts of fruit flies in the wild. The results exceeded the scientists' expectations: two specific bacterial species could abolish the increased appetite for protein in flies that were fed food lacking essential amino acids. "With the right microbiome, fruit flies are able to face these unfavorable nutritional situations," says Santos. "In the fruit fly, there are five main bacterial species; in humans there are hundreds," adds co-author Patrícia Francisco. This highlights the importance of using simple animal models to gain insights into factors that may be crucial for human health. How could the bacteria act on the brain to alter appetite? "Our first hypothesis was that these bacteria might be providing the flies with the missing essential amino acids," Santos explains. However, the experiments did not support this hypothesis. Instead, the gut bacteria "seem to induce some metabolic change that acts directly on the brain and the body, which mimics a state of protein satiety," Santos says. In sum, this study shows not only that gut bacteria act on the brain to alter what animals want to eat, but also that they might do so by using a new, unknown mechanism. In your coverage please use this URL to provide access to the freely available article in PLOS Biology: https:/ Citation: Leitão-Gonçalves R, Carvalho-Santos Z, Francisco AP, Fioreze GT, Anjos M, Baltazar C, et al. (2017) Commensal bacteria and essential amino acids control food choice behavior and reproduction. PLoS Biol 15(4): e2000862. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2000862 Funding: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) (grant number postdoctoral fellowship SFRH/BPD/78947/2011). Received by RLG. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) (grant number PTDC/BIA-BCM/118684/2010). Received by CR. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; Human Frontier Science Program (grant number RGP0022/2012). Received by CR. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; EUROPEAN COMMISSION - MARIE CURIE ACTIONS (grant number FLiACT - Grant agreement no.: 289941). Received by CR. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; Ciência sem Fronteiras program of the CNPq (grant number 200207/2012-1). Received by GTF. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; Royal Society (grant number UF100158). Received by MDWP. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; BIAL Foundation (grant number 283/14). Received by CR. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; EMBO (grant number ALTF 1602-2011). Received by RLG. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (grant number BB/I011544/1). Received by MDWP. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; Champalimaud Foundation. Received by CR. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; Australian Research Council (grant number Australian Research Council Future Fellow - FT150100237). Received by MDWP. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) (grant number postdoctoral fellowship SFRH/BPD/76201/2011). Received by ZCS. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) (grant number postdoctoral fellowship SFRH/BPD/79325/2011 ). Received by PMI. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript; Kavli Foundation. Received by CR. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Competing Interests: I have read the journal's policy and the authors of this manuscript have the following competing interests. PMI has a commercial interest in the flyPAD open-source technology.


WHEATON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Trust Senior Floating Rate Income Fund II (the "Fund") (NYSE: FCT) has declared the Fund’s regularly scheduled monthly common share distribution in the amount of $0.0663 per share payable on June 15, 2017, to shareholders of record as of June 5, 2017. The ex-dividend date is expected to be June 1, 2017. The monthly distribution information for the Fund appears below. The majority, and possibly all, of this distribution will be paid out of net investment income earned by the Fund. A portion of this distribution may come from net short-term realized capital gains and/or return of capital. The final determination of the source and tax status of all 2017 distributions will be made after the end of 2017 and will be provided on Form 1099-DIV. The Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund's primary investment objective is to seek a high level of current income. As a secondary objective, the Fund attempts to preserve capital. The Fund pursues these investment objectives by investing in senior secured floating-rate corporate loans. First Trust Advisors L.P., the Fund's investment advisor, along with its affiliate, First Trust Portfolios L.P., are privately-held companies which provide a variety of investment services, including asset management and financial advisory services, with collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $105 billion as of April 30, 2017 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. Past performance is no assurance of future results. Investment return and market value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Principal Risk Factors: The Senior Loans in which the Fund invests are generally considered to be "high-yield securities". High yield securities are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings. Lower-quality debt tends to be less liquid than higher-quality debt. The Fund's portfolio is also subject to credit risk, interest rate risk, liquidity risk and prepayment risk. Interest rate risk is the risk that fixed-income securities will decline in value because of changes in market interest rates. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security will be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and that the value of a security may decline as a result. Credit risk may be heightened for the Fund because it invests in below investment grade securities. Liquidity risk is the risk that the fund may have difficulty disposing of senior loans if it seeks to repay debt, pay dividends or expenses, or take advantage of a new investment opportunity. Prepayment risk is the risk that, upon a prepayment, the actual outstanding debt on which the Fund derives interest income will be reduced. The Fund may not be able to reinvest the proceeds received on terms as favorable as the prepaid loan. Use of leverage can result in additional risk and cost, and can magnify the effect of any losses. The risks of investing in the Fund are spelled out in the shareholder reports and other regulatory filings. The Fund’s daily closing New York Stock Exchange price and net asset value per share as well as other information can be found at www.ftportfolios.com or by calling 1-800-988-5891.


Eagerly Anticipated Results Reveal the Companies Making Employee Engagement and Recognition Central to the Employee Experience SAN FRANCISCO, CA and TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - Jul 13, 2017) - Achievers, an industry leading provider of employee recognition and engagement solutions, today announced the winners of its Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America for 2017. The annual award -- now in its seventh year -- honors the top 50 employers in North America that make engagement, alignment and recognition central to the employee experience. Winners will be celebrated during an awards gala in New Orleans on Monday, September 11, 2017 before the opening of this year's Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) Conference. "The focus in the workplace has shifted from employer to employee," commented David Brennan, general manager of Achievers, which is a company of Blackhawk Network, a global leader in retail and incentive solutions. "This shift requires alignment between the values of the company and the values of the employee, while advancing a favorable employee experience. The companies receiving this award recognize the positive business impact of a respected employer brand and productive, engaged workforce. We're delighted to add each of them to this impressive roster of people-first organizations." Applicants were evaluated based on the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™: Communication, Leadership, Culture, Rewards and Recognition, Professional and Personal Growth, Accountability and Performance, Vision and Values and Corporate Social Responsibility. The winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of employee engagement academics, thought leaders and influencers from organizations including ERE, the Northern California Human Resource Association (NCHRA), HR.com, HRO Today, Talent Culture, Talent Board and the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Listed in alphabetical order, the 2017 Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America are: 1. Access Communications Co-operative Limited 2. Air Canada 3. Alliance Data 4. ArcelorMittal Dofasco 5. ARI 6. ATB Financial 7. Availity LLC 8. Bank of Montreal (BMO) Financial Group 9. Bill Gosling Outsourcing 10. Bluegreen Vacations 11. Bruce Power 12. C&A Industries, Inc. 13. Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited 14. Caesars Entertainment 15. CareFirst Inc. 16. Cartus Corporation 17. CIBC 18. CIBC Mellon 19. Coborn's, Inc. 20. Cox Automotive 21. Discover 22. ECi Software Solutions 23. Electronic Arts 24. ESS - Compass Group Canada 25. First Canadian Title (FCT) 26. Hagerty 27. Horizon, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of New Jersey 28. MD Financial Management 29. Medxcel Facilities Management 30. Meijer 31. Meridian Credit Union 32. Mission Health System 33. Moneris Solutions Corp 34. peopleCare Inc. 35. PraxAir 36. Protiviti 37. Reynolds American Inc. 38. Rogers Communications 39. Ryan LLC 40. Samsung Electronics Canada 41. Shop Direct 42. Smart & Final Stores 43. Tata Consultancy Services, United States 44. Tata Consultancy Services, Canada 45. TELUS International 46. Total Quality Logistics 47. TriMedx 48. Ultimate Software 49. Vision Critical 50. World Travel Holdings For more information about Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™, please visit http://www.achievers.com/engaged. Follow the conversation on Twitter at @Achievers or use #Achievers50. About Achievers The Achievers Employee Recognition and Rewards solution provides companies with a robust foundation for their employee engagement initiatives by enabling both social and rewards-based recognition. Designed for today's workplace, Achievers' innovative cloud-based platform can increase employee engagement and drive business success. It empowers employees to recognize and reward each other in real time and aligns employees with company values and goals. Delivering millions of recognitions annually, the Achievers platform inspires employee loyalty, engagement and performance. Visit us at www.achievers.com. Achievers is a subsidiary of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc., and is headquartered in Toronto and San Francisco. About Blackhawk Network Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. ( : HAWK) is a global financial technology company and a leader in connecting brands and people through branded value solutions. Blackhawk platforms and solutions enable the management of stored value products, promotions and incentive programs in retail, ecommerce, financial services and mobile wallets. Blackhawk's Hawk Commerce division offers technology solutions to businesses and direct to consumers. The Hawk Incentives division offers enterprise, SMB and reseller partners an array of platforms and branded value products to incent and reward consumers, employees and sales channels. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., Blackhawk operates in 26 countries. For more information, please visit blackhawknetwork.com, hawkcommerce.com, hawkincentives.com or our product websites giftcards.com, giftcardmall.com, cardpool.com, giftcardlab.com and omnicard.com.


FCT, a leading provider of title insurance, default solutions and other real-estate-related products, announced today that it will integrate appraisal delivery and review services with the eServices plug-in from ACI, a leading innovator in valuation technology for the mortgage industry. The eServices plug-in is a component within ACI’s Canadian Residential Appraisal Library (CRAL) and will streamline the overall appraisal delivery and review process by identifying whether or not appraisal reports meet the minimum requirements of FCT’s customized rule set prior to report delivery. The eServices plug-in will allow appraisers to review their reports for correctness, completeness and compliance using over 400 custom review rules prior to delivery to FCT. Because the quality control check is performed on the front-end, CRAL appraisers can expect improved appraisal quality and fewer revision requests overall. “Customer experience is the foundation of the appraisal business,” said Terri Austin, head of valuation solutions at FCT. “Putting interactive compliance solutions, like ACI eServices, directly in the hands of appraisers is just one example of how FCT is bringing value to the industry.” “We are thrilled to partner with FCT in advancing the Canadian appraisal market through technological innovation,” said George Opelka, senior vice president of ACI. “By combining rigorous review with fast and simple delivery, ACI eServices will give FCT appraisers a competitive edge and better overall experience.” Founded in 1991, the FCT group of companies is based in Oakville, Ontario, and has over 800 employees across the country. The group provides industry-leading title insurance, default solutions and other real-estate-related products and services to approximately 450 lenders, 43,000 legal professionals and 5,000 recovery professionals, as well as real estate agents, mortgage brokers and builders, nationwide. The Great Place to Work® Institute has named FCT one of Canada’s Top 50 Best Workplaces by for three consecutive years (2015, 2016, 2017) and certified FCT as a Great Place to Work. FCT’s parent company, First American Financial Corporation, was named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list in 2016 and again in 2017. For more information on FCT, please visit the company website at www.fct.ca. About ACI ACI specializes in creating innovative workflow solutions for real estate appraisers, appraisal management companies and financial institutions. Backed by analysis-driven tools and industry expertise, ACI’s cloud-based and enterprise software applications empower stakeholders with a streamlined approach to managing forms, rules and data, while operating with audit-ready transparency and compliance. Through visionary leadership and dedication to client service, ACI has served as a reliable and driving force in the valuation industry for nearly 40 years. Headquartered in Palm Coast, Florida, ACI is a part of First American Mortgage Solutions, a member of the First American (NYSE: FAF) family of companies. For more information, visit http://www.aciweb.com. 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 and again in 2017, First American was named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. More information about the company can be found at https://www.firstam.com. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/fb26fe3c-3878-4e18-800e-61796665a2f3


News Article | July 7, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Propertybid's cutting-edge technology platform, created to bring full transparency to the selling and buying of real estate, will now offer Certified Resale Home's innovative pre-listing home inspection service together with a transferable 18-month warranty on systems or items within the home that a home inspector may find difficult to assess. Real-Estate Agents that use the Propertybid platform to list their client’s home for sale will be able to provide a free home inspection to their client which comes with a $20,000 warranty that will benefit the buyer of the property. Propertybid.ca and Certified Resale Home are bringing greater transparency into the Canadian real estate market and changing the way real estate deals get done. “Because the inspection report is generated by a home inspector that we ‘source’ and there is a value added warranty, trust and credibility is immediate”, says Mark Page, Head of the service. “Adding Certified Resale Home as a value add to Propertybid.ca's platform aligns with our underlying motivation to bring to market a service that truly refines the customer experience and generates trust in the process”. The consumer WIN to this strategic offering is sellers fetching top dollar for their homes by creating a more welcoming and fair process that will attract more engaged, motivated and trusting buyers, who in turn, will enter the process with the confidence that they will not overpay, lose out to a slightly blind bid and know exactly what they are purchasing condition free. All this wrapped up with a $20,000 home owner warranty. “Our mission at Propertybid is to build transparency in the marketplace and provide the best mechanism for selling and buying property. Our service benefits Realtors, buyers and sellers. Our alignment with Certified Resale Home will provide the highest level of transparency and integrity to the home buying process,” says Stephen Moore, CEO of Propertybid. About Propertybid Propertybid is Canada's first self-serve online offer negotiation platform designed to manage single and multiple offer transactions for the real-estate marketplace. Propertybid was created by industry leaders with a focus on bringing automation, transparency and compliance to the real estate market. Propertybid's customer base includes real estate agents, developers, builders, pension funds and financial institutions. About FCT and its Certified Resale Home service Certified Resale Home services are provided by First Canadian Title Company Limited. Founded in 1991 and based in Oakville, Ontario, the FCT group of companies includes First Canadian Title Company Limited and provides industry-leading title insurance, default solutions and other real estate related services. Its customer base is comprised of more than 1,250 lenders 43,000 legal professionals and 5,000 recovery professionals, as well as real estate agents, mortgage brokers and builders nationwide.


Eagerly Anticipated Results Reveal the Companies Making Employee Engagement and Recognition Central to the Employee Experience SAN FRANCISCO, CA and TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2017) - Achievers, an industry leading provider of employee recognition and engagement solutions, today announced the winners of its Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America for 2017. The annual award -- now in its seventh year -- honors the top 50 employers in North America that make engagement, alignment and recognition central to the employee experience. Winners will be celebrated during an awards gala in New Orleans on Monday, September 11, 2017 before the opening of this year's Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) Conference. "The focus in the workplace has shifted from employer to employee," commented David Brennan, general manager of Achievers, which is a company of Blackhawk Network, a global leader in retail and incentive solutions. "This shift requires alignment between the values of the company and the values of the employee, while advancing a favorable employee experience. The companies receiving this award recognize the positive business impact of a respected employer brand and productive, engaged workforce. We're delighted to add each of them to this impressive roster of people-first organizations." Applicants were evaluated based on the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™: Communication, Leadership, Culture, Rewards and Recognition, Professional and Personal Growth, Accountability and Performance, Vision and Values and Corporate Social Responsibility. The winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of employee engagement academics, thought leaders and influencers from organizations including ERE, the Northern California Human Resource Association (NCHRA), HR.com, HRO Today, Talent Culture, Talent Board and the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Listed in alphabetical order, the 2017 Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America are: 1. Access Communications Co-operative Limited 2. Air Canada 3. Alliance Data 4. ArcelorMittal Dofasco 5. ARI 6. ATB Financial 7. Availity LLC 8. Bank of Montreal (BMO) Financial Group 9. Bill Gosling Outsourcing 10. Bluegreen Vacations 11. Bruce Power 12. C&A Industries, Inc. 13. Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited 14. Caesars Entertainment 15. CareFirst Inc. 16. Cartus Corporation 17. CIBC 18. CIBC Mellon 19. Coborn's, Inc. 20. Cox Automotive 21. Discover 22. ECi Software Solutions 23. Electronic Arts 24. ESS - Compass Group Canada 25. First Canadian Title (FCT) 26. Hagerty 27. Horizon, Blue Cross, Blue Shield of New Jersey 28. MD Financial Management 29. Medxcel Facilities Management 30. Meijer 31. Meridian Credit Union 32. Mission Health System 33. Moneris Solutions Corp 34. peopleCare Inc. 35. PraxAir 36. Protiviti 37. Reynolds American Inc. 38. Rogers Communications 39. Ryan LLC 40. Samsung Electronics Canada 41. Shop Direct 42. Smart & Final Stores 43. Tata Consulting Services 44. Tata Consulting Services Canada 45. Telus International 46. Total Quality Logistics 47. TriMedx 48. Ultimate Software 49. Vision Critical 50. World Travel Holdings For more information about Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™, please visit http://www.achievers.com/engaged. Follow the conversation on Twitter at @Achievers or use #Achievers50. About Achievers The Achievers Employee Recognition and Rewards solution provides companies with a robust foundation for their employee engagement initiatives by enabling both social and rewards-based recognition. Designed for today's workplace, Achievers' innovative cloud-based platform can increase employee engagement and drive business success. It empowers employees to recognize and reward each other in real time and aligns employees with company values and goals. Delivering millions of recognitions annually, the Achievers platform inspires employee loyalty, engagement and performance. Visit us at www.achievers.com. Achievers is a subsidiary of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc., and is headquartered in Toronto and San Francisco. About Blackhawk Network Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. ( : HAWK) is a global financial technology company and a leader in connecting brands and people through branded value solutions. Blackhawk platforms and solutions enable the management of stored value products, promotions and incentive programs in retail, ecommerce, financial services and mobile wallets. Blackhawk's Hawk Commerce division offers technology solutions to businesses and direct to consumers. The Hawk Incentives division offers enterprise, SMB and reseller partners an array of platforms and branded value products to incent and reward consumers, employees and sales channels. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., Blackhawk operates in 26 countries. For more information, please visit blackhawknetwork.com, hawkcommerce.com, hawkincentives.com or our product websites giftcards.com, giftcardmall.com, cardpool.com, giftcardlab.com and omnicard.com.


News Article | June 14, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

The MIT Portugal Program (MPP) is sending more than twenty Portuguese entrepreneurs to participate in this year´s edition of the "International Workshop on Innovating - IWI 2017." The event will take place from June 12th to 16th at the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, specifically at the famous Stata Center. During this intensive week, participants, including aspiring entrepreneurs, who are either planning to start or are in the process of starting their businesses, and young entrepreneurs, who have already companies, will be immersed in a residential, hands-on program planned at MIT. This workshop has been designed for participants to embrace innovation and entrepreneurship, and will be led by MIT and Portuguese faculty members, including Bruce Tidor (MIT), Christina Chase (MIT), Douglas Hart (MIT), João Bigotte (University of Coimbra), and Nuno Arantes-Oliveira (IST, University of Lisbon). The initiative is also supported by the MIT Portugal Program. Throughout the week, instructors and participants will jointly transform the classroom into a space for innovating and for combining theory and practice through interactive lectures, in-class exercises, hands-on out-of-classroom experience, and selected guest lectures. This edition of IWI has attracted participation of aspiring and young entrepreneurs from 8 different nations, representing more than twenty emerging companies and new start-ups. More than twenty of the participants are from Portugal and MPP, including current MPP students and alumni. MPP has been connected to the foundation of more than 25 start-ups, created by students, alumni, and faculty, a number that demonstrates the program´s continued effort to reinforce ties between academia and industry. Tiago Cunha Reis, MIT Portugal PhD alumni, is one of the founders of Mater Dynamics, a start-up dedicated to the development of sensors for monitoring the quality of food products, created by FCT-NOVA and MPP. He participated in last year´s edition of IWI, stating that "The International Workshop on Innovating provided a top-of-the-notch training towards innovation understanding and implantation, reshaping Mater Dynamics way to address and tackle our client problems." The "International Workshop on Innovating" is one of the many annual initiatives supported by the MIT Portugal Program to strengthen Portugal's innovation ecosystem and jumpstart new entrepreneurial initiatives by providing participants an understanding of innovation with the strategic purpose of solving real-world problems.


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: co.newswire.com

Leading Sporting Attire and Accessory Supplier will be the Official Vendor at the Tournament this Memorial Day Weekend Soccer and Rugby Imports, a soccer and rugby supplier based out of New York and Connecticut, has announced that they have partnered with the FC Transylvania Soccer Club. FC Transylvania, Inc. (FCT) is a Premier Level Soccer Club based in Mt. Kisco, New York. It was established in 2006 in an effort to provide soccer players from towns in Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield Counties the opportunity to compete at Premier, Division 1 and 2 levels. At FC Transylvania, their goal is not only to win but to help players develop self-confidence and positive character traits that will help them be successful in life. The 9th annual Transylvania Memorial Day Tournament will be held on Sat., May 27th and Sun., May 28th, 2017 at Onatru Farm Park located at 99 Elmwood Road, South Salem, NY 10590. The scheduling for the tournament goes as follows: “We are thrilled to be a big part in this year’s tournament,” said Jessica Rinaldi, Manager at Soccer and Rugby Imports. “We look forward to seeing everyone perform and wish everyone the best of luck.” To register for the event, please visit https://events.gotsport.com/forms/app/Default.aspx?EventID=58872. Soccer and Rugby Imports was established in 1993, beginning its first seven years in a small retail strip in Westport, Conn. Since the year 2000, the Avalos family took over the business and quickly began to outgrow its modest Westport location. In 2004, as the popularity of soccer in the area increased, as well as the reach of the business, the store moved to nearby Southport, Conn. Four more locations have opened in the subsequent years: Ridgefield, Conn., Greenwich, Conn., Madison, Conn., and Bronxville, N.Y. Soccer and Rugby Imports has been supplying Connecticut's soccer clubs and organizations across the country and abroad for the past 20 years. From cleats and practice gear from the retail shop to customized jerseys, shorts, warm-ups, and backpacks from the Team Sales department, thousands of people have been linked to Soccer and Rugby Imports. Soccer and Rugby Imports also carries exclusive gear. For more information, please visit http://www.soccerandrugby.com/ or call 1-800-726-8626.


WHEATON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Trust Senior Floating Rate Income Fund II (the "Fund") (NYSE: FCT) has declared the Fund’s regularly scheduled monthly common share distribution in the amount of $0.0663 per share payable on July 17, 2017, to shareholders of record as of July 6, 2017. The ex-dividend date is expected to be July 3, 2017. The monthly distribution information for the Fund appears below. The majority, and possibly all, of this distribution will be paid out of net investment income earned by the Fund. A portion of this distribution may come from net short-term realized capital gains and/or return of capital. The final determination of the source and tax status of all 2017 distributions will be made after the end of 2017 and will be provided on Form 1099-DIV. The Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund's primary investment objective is to seek a high level of current income. As a secondary objective, the Fund attempts to preserve capital. The Fund pursues these investment objectives by investing in senior secured floating-rate corporate loans. First Trust Advisors L.P., the Fund's investment advisor, along with its affiliate, First Trust Portfolios L.P., are privately-held companies which provide a variety of investment services, including asset management and financial advisory services, with collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $107 billion as of May 31, 2017 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. Past performance is no assurance of future results. Investment return and market value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Principal Risk Factors: The Senior Loans in which the Fund invests are generally considered to be "high-yield securities". High yield securities are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings. Lower-quality debt tends to be less liquid than higher-quality debt. The Fund's portfolio is also subject to credit risk, interest rate risk, liquidity risk and prepayment risk. Interest rate risk is the risk that fixed-income securities will decline in value because of changes in market interest rates. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security will be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and that the value of a security may decline as a result. Credit risk may be heightened for the Fund because it invests in below investment grade securities. Liquidity risk is the risk that the fund may have difficulty disposing of senior loans if it seeks to repay debt, pay dividends or expenses, or take advantage of a new investment opportunity. Prepayment risk is the risk that, upon a prepayment, the actual outstanding debt on which the Fund derives interest income will be reduced. The Fund may not be able to reinvest the proceeds received on terms as favorable as the prepaid loan. Use of leverage can result in additional risk and cost, and can magnify the effect of any losses. The risks of investing in the Fund are spelled out in the shareholder reports and other regulatory filings. The Fund’s daily closing New York Stock Exchange price and net asset value per share as well as other information can be found at www.ftportfolios.com or by calling 1-800-988-5891.

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