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News Article | April 25, 2017
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CHICAGO, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), a leading global medical technology company, today announced the introduction of the Monarch™ Airway Clearance System. Building on decades of leadership with The Vest® Airway Clearance System, the Monarch system...


WASHINGTON, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During Hillary Clinton's 2016 race for the White House, two journalists, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes were given special access inside her campaign operation, conducting more than one hundred interviews, for their new book "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign."  They will appear together at the National Press Club on Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the club's conference rooms to discuss their headline making book that is already number one on Amazon's bestseller list. Jonathan Allen is the head of community and content for Sidewire and a columnist for Roll Call newspaper and Amie Parnes is the Senior White House Correspondent for The Hill newspaper.  In 2014, Allen and Parnes co-authored the New York Times bestseller: "HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton."


News Article | April 27, 2017
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Nanjing, China, April 27, 2017 --( The Hague Rugby Club (HRC) in The Netherlands does not do things by halves. Founded in 1932 (making it one of the country’s oldest rugby clubs), and with the initial name of “Tackles”, HRC won the nation rugby championships 10 times between 1966 and 1985. Today, it boasts a membership of 500+ and a plush new clubhouse beside its pitch alongside Theo Mann Bouwmeesterlaan in New Wassenaar, a district (former township) in the town of Wassenaar that is the second most prosperous municipality in the Netherlands and home to many a multimillionaire. Hence, when the club was given considerable say in the selection process, HRC opted for the artificial grass version of a Rolls Royce; “Superb”, a new product from the world’s largest manufacturer of artificial turf, China-based CCGrass. CCGrass Superb has been found to satisfy the product test requirements of World Rugby Regulation 22, the Performance Specification for Rugby Turf (2015 Performance Specification) and the World Rugby Laws of the Game – Law 1 for use on Outdoor and Indoor venues. It almost goes without saying that in order to meet such stringent requirements, CCGrass Superb must indeed be just that. The manufacturer is confident in their offering of 12 to 15 years of warranty, while Superb also boasts an incredible resilience. Labosport is a leading technical institute dedicated to sporting surfaces and equipment. In use for over a decade, their Lisport product has been adopted by the industry as the most state-of-the-art means of realistically replicating wear simulation of sports fields after years of usage, in just days. The machine can simulate the wear patterns on artificial turf made by the compressive stress of both football studs (cleats) and more abrasive wear such as that caused by flat-soled trainers. Tests made at CCGrass’s 500 thousand square metre factory in Jiangsu’s Huai’an city on the company’s own Lisport machine, showed Superb artificial grass to have a wear resistance of some 250,000 Lisport cycles. It is often said that it is better to weep once than cry many times, an expression that is more than a good fit for the new CCGrass Superb product; the many years of potential use that outstrip virtually every competitor is more than justification for the investment. Nanjing, China, April 27, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Artificial turf comes in many forms. Just as with the bulk of today’s products in the modern world, there is a low-grade version that could be thought of as a “quick fix.” At the other end of the spectrum, there is the top end variant that offers a multitude of advantages over its inferior cousins, while also being capable of lasting for a very long period.The Hague Rugby Club (HRC) in The Netherlands does not do things by halves. Founded in 1932 (making it one of the country’s oldest rugby clubs), and with the initial name of “Tackles”, HRC won the nation rugby championships 10 times between 1966 and 1985. Today, it boasts a membership of 500+ and a plush new clubhouse beside its pitch alongside Theo Mann Bouwmeesterlaan in New Wassenaar, a district (former township) in the town of Wassenaar that is the second most prosperous municipality in the Netherlands and home to many a multimillionaire.Hence, when the club was given considerable say in the selection process, HRC opted for the artificial grass version of a Rolls Royce; “Superb”, a new product from the world’s largest manufacturer of artificial turf, China-based CCGrass.CCGrass Superb has been found to satisfy the product test requirements of World Rugby Regulation 22, the Performance Specification for Rugby Turf (2015 Performance Specification) and the World Rugby Laws of the Game – Law 1 for use on Outdoor and Indoor venues.It almost goes without saying that in order to meet such stringent requirements, CCGrass Superb must indeed be just that. The manufacturer is confident in their offering of 12 to 15 years of warranty, while Superb also boasts an incredible resilience.Labosport is a leading technical institute dedicated to sporting surfaces and equipment. In use for over a decade, their Lisport product has been adopted by the industry as the most state-of-the-art means of realistically replicating wear simulation of sports fields after years of usage, in just days. The machine can simulate the wear patterns on artificial turf made by the compressive stress of both football studs (cleats) and more abrasive wear such as that caused by flat-soled trainers. Tests made at CCGrass’s 500 thousand square metre factory in Jiangsu’s Huai’an city on the company’s own Lisport machine, showed Superb artificial grass to have a wear resistance of some 250,000 Lisport cycles.It is often said that it is better to weep once than cry many times, an expression that is more than a good fit for the new CCGrass Superb product; the many years of potential use that outstrip virtually every competitor is more than justification for the investment. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from CCGrass


News Article | April 17, 2017
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Potomac, MD — On April 7 of this year, a new District of Columbia law officially took effect, ending a ban on surrogacy arrangements that had stood for 25 years. The new law paves the way for safe and legal surrogacy in the District of Columbia, and empowers DC citizens to utilize this collaborative reproduction process to build their families without having to travel to states in which surrogacy has long been permitted. Critically, the law provides for the establishment of legally protected families — including requirements for any surrogacy agreement, independent legal representation, appropriate mental health and medical counseling and evaluation, and the process to establish parenthood for the resulting child — while ensuring legal protections for all parties involved. The District of Columbia can now serve as a model for other states looking to enact clear legislation for those seeking to build families through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) with the aid of a surrogate or a donor. (Surrogacy and related legal issues fall under state jurisdiction, and the legal permissibility of surrogacy vary widely from state to state.) Maryland surrogacy attorney and ARTParenting founder, Meryl B. Rosenberg, Esq., has advocated for new DC legislation on surrogacy for years. She recalls, “In 2013, a working group of attorneys began meeting together to change the DC law. As a starting point, I, along with a few other attorneys, drafted the bill based on best practices. We sent the draft as edited by the group to the Office of DC Councilman Tommy Wells, then chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, who had been working to change DC’s long-standing surrogacy ban since 2012.” Rosenberg explains that, in early 2013, DC Councilman David Catania formally proposed the surrogacy bill, beginning a several-years-long process of stakeholder review, a public hearing, discussions on what the legislation should ideally contain, modifications, re-drafting, markups, re-introductions of the evolving law, and ultimately at the end of 2016, unanimous Council approval of the newest Bill. “This process was crucial to crafting an effective law,” Rosenberg points out, noting that during the process the working group expanded to include not just surrogacy attorneys but the Family Equality Council, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM/SART), RESOLVE (The National Infertility Association), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and others. Finally, on April 7, 2017, Law Number L21-0255 — the Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2016 — became DC law, bringing to a close 25 years of surrogacy being illegal in the District of Columbia. Rosenberg summarizes, “As someone committed for over two decades to innovation and leadership in the field of reproductive law, and to furthering the education, development, and regulation of assisted reproduction, I’m enormously gratified by passing of the new law — which provides not only for legal surrogacy, but also for the enforceability of surrogacy contracts and the establishment of vitally important guidelines for all parties involved. This is a great day for all families in the District.” __________ Since 1993, ARTparenting has been assisting couples and singles build their families with a complete surrogacy program, as well as a range of legal services for third-party family-building. Facebook


San Diego, California headquartered Biocept Inc.'s stock finished Tuesday's session 2.63% lower at $1.48. A total volume of 1.09 million shares was traded, which was above their three months average volume of 999,840 shares. The Company's shares have surged 90.97% since the start of this year. The stock is trading 2.96% below its 200-day moving average. Additionally, shares of Biocept, which develops and commercializes proprietary circulating tumor cell and circulating tumor DNA assays utilizing a standard blood sample, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 37.40. BIOC complete research report is just a click away and free at: On Tuesday, shares in Palo Alto, California headquartered Varian Medical Systems Inc. recorded a trading volume of 452,186 shares. The stock ended the session 0.31% higher at $95.95. The Company's shares have advanced 8.54% in the last one month, 14.86% in the previous three months, and 20.69% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading 4.80% above its 50-day moving average and 13.22% above its 200-day moving average. Moreover, shares of Varian Medical Systems, which designs, manufactures, sells, and services medical devices and software products for treating cancer and other medical conditions worldwide, have an RSI of 65.26. On May 16th, 2017, research firm Goldman initiated a 'Neutral' rating on the Company's stock, with a target price of $92 per share. The complimentary report on VAR can be downloaded at: Chicago, Illinois headquartered Hill-Rom Holdings Inc.'s shares closed the day 0.32% lower at $75.25. The stock recorded a trading volume of 366,139 shares. The Company's shares have gained 4.48% in the last month, 16.22% over the previous three months, and 34.04% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading 4.55% and 21.01% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Additionally, shares of Hill-Rom, which operates as a medical technology company worldwide, have an RSI of 61.10. On May 01st, 2017, research firm Stifel reiterated its 'Buy' rating on the Company's stock with an increase of the target price from $70 a share to $84 a share. Sign up for your complimentary research report on HRC at: Shares in Franklin, Tennessee headquartered Tivity Health Inc. finished 0.15% lower at $32.55. The stock recorded a trading volume of 333,184 shares. The Company's shares have advanced 12.24% in the last one month, 19.23% in the previous three months, and 43.08% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 8.19% and 25.87%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Tivity Health, which together with its subsidiaries, provides network delivered solutions and population health management services to help people to enhance well-being and health, have an RSI of 57.95. 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MELVILLE, N.Y. & ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Verint® Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: VRNT) today announced that the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario, has been named the winner of its 2017 Engage Global Customer Awards Program in the “Improving Processes” category. Xerox Corporation also was recognized for its achievements with a “highly commendable” honor. The awards were announced at the Verint Engage™ Global Customer Conference taking place this week at the Universal Orlando Resort. The Regional Municipality of Waterloo provides police, water, recreation, planning, roads and social services to more than 500,000 people in southern Ontario, Canada. Using Verint Employee Engagement™ and Engagement Channels™ solutions, it has improved workflow, enhanced productivity and heightened citizen experiences. In fact, Chris Hobden, HRC systems analyst at the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, has leveraged Verint technology as the foundation for an automated workflow system that provides information according to time of day—whether during business hours or after hours and holidays. Hobden and team also have used online form features to develop new landing pages for the municipality’s contact center agents to leverage and further customized the user interface and how search functionality is optimized. With these advancements, staff can quickly access the information they need to engage efficiently with the citizens and increase efficiencies in answering calls, as well as decrease agent decision fatigue. This has resulted in both enhanced productivity and improved citizen experiences. Xerox Corporation leverages Verint Employee Engagement solutions to push the boundaries of traditional work processes by enabling customer self-help in the company’s service and support organization. As a result to implementing Verint Knowledge Management and Employee Desktop software, the organization has seen more satisfied customers, lower operational costs and better business outcomes. Barry Tisdale, manager of the Global Customer Connect Group at Xerox, has helped champion these results, drawing on a long track record of success in transforming service and support technologies and knowledge into world-class support tools. Tisdale and his colleagues have achieved these results by bringing the strategy, the talent and resources together to move from vision to execution. “Today, employees expect to be empowered to execute on customer engagement strategies. That means giving them the tools they need to get the job done and making it engaging in the process,” says Ryan Hollenbeck, senior vice president, global marketing and customer experience program executive sponsor. “We’re delighted to recognize the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and Xerox Corporation as award recipients in the ‘improving processes’ category of our annual Engage Customer Awards,” says Verint’s Ryan Hollenbeck, senior vice president, global marketing and customer experience program executive sponsor. “Both of these organizations have set new benchmarks in improving processes to support their employees and effectively serve their customers and citizens.” The Verint Engage Global Customer Conference is dedicated to exploring the drive toward customer engagement optimization; the critical roles that departments across the organization play in shaping the customer experience; the opportunities and challenges the industry holds; and key trends and best practices for achieving loyalty, business goals and competitive advantage. The event is designed for executives, directors, managers, team leads and administrators across a variety of functional areas, including account management, claims operations, compliance, contact centers and customer care, customer experience management, fraud prevention, IT and marketing to name a few. Click here to learn more. Verint® (Nasdaq: VRNT) is a global leader in Actionable Intelligence® solutions with a focus on customer engagement optimization, security intelligence, and fraud, risk and compliance. Today, more than 10,000 organizations in approximately 180 countries—including over 80 percent of the Fortune 100—count on intelligence from Verint solutions to make more informed, effective and timely decisions. Learn more about how we’re creating A Smarter World with Actionable Intelligence® at www.verint.com. 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News Article | May 26, 2017
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CHICAGO, May 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC) announced today that its board of directors declared a fiscal 2017 third quarter dividend of $0.18 per share payable on June 30, 2017, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 16, 2017....


News Article | May 25, 2017
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel released details on Thursday of a new R1.5-billion incentive for downstream steel manufacturers, which would be implemented from June 1. The incentive, officially named the ‘Downstream Steel Industry Competitiveness Fund’ is to be administered by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which will also provide the bulk of its funding. In fact, the Economic Development Department (EDD) will inject only R95-million of direct on-budget funding, spread over a three-year period, with R30-million available for the current fiscal year. However, Patel said the funding, while modest, would enable the IDC to offer discounts to its already favourable interest rates to qualifying beneficiaries. The IDC might also consider, on a case-by-case basis, including a grant element, should such funding be required to facilitate an investment. The fund would target steel-intensive downstream manufacturers and would not be open to integrated steel mills, component manufacturers that qualify for other incentives, or large multinational original-equipment manufacturers receiving support under sector-specific schemes, such as the Automotive Production and Development Programme. However, the fund would be open to applications from foundries and fabricators of pressure vessels, pipes and structural steel products. Parts and component manufacturers of steel-intensive products would also be eligible, along with valve and pump manufacturers, machining plants, and capital equipment producers, particularly in the rail and rolling stock subsector. “The fund will mainly target very small, small and medium enterprises, as defined in the National Small Business Amendment Bill. However, large enterprises up to a maximum annual turnover of R450-million will be considered, depending on developmental returns.” Should there be an oversubscription against the incentive, the EDD and IDC would prioritise support based on criteria such as job creation, transformation and black empowerment, and beneficiation. The incentive is being introduced amid moves to further protect South Africa’s upstream steel sector, which has faced an existential crisis in recent years as a result of a rise in cheap imports, mostly from Asia. Duties have already been increased on a range of primary steel products up to the 10% bound rate allowed for under South Africa’s World Trade Organisation commitments. Protection has also been instituted on some downstream steel products. In addition, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies recently signed off on a 12% safeguard duty on hot-rolled coil (HRC), which would be instituted in addition to the base tariff of 10% on HRC from July 1. Patel acknowledged that downstream industries in the metals and engineering sectors were under “serious pressure”, which had resulted in firm closures and the loss of 25 000 jobs in the last year. The fund was designed as a “timely intervention” to place the sector on sounder footing.


NGLCC's current partners in the sporting world include the Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Super Bowl's Business Connect program, U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), and the Professional Golfers Association (PGA).  More sporting leagues and individual teams are in discussion with NGLCC and its local affiliate chambers to expand inclusion of LGBT-owned businesses in their contracting and purchasing opportunities nationwide. The NBA is one of dozens of new partners joining the NGLCC in 2017.  For many this is due to recent changes to the HRC Corporate Equality Index—the national benchmark of corporate LGBT inclusion—making contracting/purchasing from LGBT-owned businesses, which are exclusively certified by NGLCC, a standalone scored criteria for a corporation wishing to earn or maintain a top score. In NGLCC's groundbreaking America's LGBT Economy Report, the $1.7 trillion and tens of thousands of jobs created by LGBT-owned businesses are spread across America, with powerful concentrations in the cities where many major sports teams and leagues are headquartered, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Orlando. "The LGBT business community is now able to be both out in the stands and in the production of everything that makes the NBA season happen—and that is a slam dunk for equality and business opportunity," said NGLCC Co-Founder and CEO Chance Mitchell. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. www.nglcc.org To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nglcc-scores-nba-partnership-vastly-expanding-lgbt-inclusion-in-sports-leagues-purchasing-from-lgbt-owned-businesses-300453728.html


News Article | May 12, 2017
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JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects imposition of safeguard duties on hot rolled coil (HRC) to come into effect on July 1, but says certain stakeholder processes still have to be completed before the decision is confirmed. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed earlier that he had signed off on an International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) determination that safeguard duties should be imposed. This followed an investigation, which confirmed a surge in imports and that the imports harmed the local steel industry. The Minister refused to be drawn on the proposed duty level, saying that he would do so only once Word Trade Organisation (WTO) processes had been finalised. In a statement issued along with first-quarter operational information, AMSA said Itac had notified the WTO of its decision to implement safeguards with effect from July 1, 2017, but said there were “certain processes to be completed before this is confirmed with all stakeholders”. AMSA has led the lobbying effort for addition protection, arguing that, in the context of steel oversupply, base protection of 10% is insufficient to stem the flow of cheap imports. CEO Wim de Klerk said safeguard duties would provide AMSA with sales volume benefits, as well as an ability to “consistently achieve the basket price”. As part of negotiations with government to secure further protection, AMSA agreed to move away from import parity pricing to a new flat-steel pricing methodology, which employs a weighted basket of domestic selling prices of several countries and is adjusted for the exchange rate. De Klerk said import levels during the first quarter had remained elevated at 275 000 t, but were below the 310 000 t recorded during the corresponding period last year. “Although having declined slightly from 2016 levels, imports are still high despite the 10% duties having been imposed.” AMSA said local steel demand had been subdued during the period, despite the implementation of import duties on certain steel products and the designation of South African steel for use in state infrastructure projects by the Department of Trade and Industry. The company’s local sales were 3.4% lower at 30 000 t, mainly as a result of weaker local demand for long products, the sales of which decreased by 27.7%. AMSA had also decided to institute a review of the long steel business in light of the price of scrap in relation to the raw material basket. Both local and export sales were expected to remain under pressure in the second quarter.

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