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News Article | May 10, 2017
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NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Select Income REIT (Nasdaq: SIR) today announced that it has priced an underwritten public offering of $350 million of 4.250% senior unsecured notes due May 15, 2024 (“Notes”). SIR expects to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay amounts outstanding under its revolving credit facility and for general business purposes. The settlement of this offering is expected to occur on May 15, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. The joint book-running managers for this offering were Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, UBS Securities LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, BBVA Securities Inc., Mizuho Securities USA LLC, PNC Capital Markets LLC, Regions Securities LLC and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. The joint lead managers for this offering were Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC. The co-managers for this offering were BB&T Capital Markets, a division of BB&T Securities, LLC, SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc., Fifth Third Securities, Inc. and FTN Financial Securities Corp. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that state or jurisdiction. Copies of the prospectus supplement relating to this offering and the related prospectus may be obtained by contacting the offices of: Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, Attention: Prospectus Department, telephone: (800) 294-1322 or by emailing dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com; RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Three World Financial Center, 200 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281, Attention: Debt Capital Markets, telephone: (866) 375-6829 or email: rbcnyfixedincomeprospectus@rbccm.com; UBS Securities LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, telephone: (888) 827-7275; and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Attention: WFS Customer Service, 608 2nd Avenue South, Suite 1000, Minneapolis, MN 55402, telephone: (800) 645-3751 or email: wfscustomerservice@wellsfargo.com. Select Income REIT is a real estate investment trust, or REIT, which owns properties that are primarily leased to single tenants. SIR is managed by the operating subsidiary of The RMR Group Inc. (Nasdaq: RMR), an alternative asset management company that is headquartered in Newton, MA. THIS PRESS RELEASE CONTAINS STATEMENTS THAT CONSTITUTE FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995 AND OTHER SECURITIES LAWS. ALSO, WHENEVER SIR USES WORDS SUCH AS “BELIEVE”, “EXPECT”, “ANTICIPATE”, “INTEND”, “PLAN”, “ESTIMATE”, “WILL”, “MAY” AND NEGATIVES OR DERIVATIVES OF THESE OR SIMILAR EXPRESSIONS, SIR IS MAKING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS. THESE FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE BASED UPON SIR’S PRESENT INTENT, BELIEFS OR EXPECTATIONS, BUT FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO OCCUR AND MAY NOT OCCUR. ACTUAL RESULTS MAY DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE CONTAINED IN OR IMPLIED BY SIR’S FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS AS A RESULT OF VARIOUS FACTORS. FOR EXAMPLE: FOR THESE REASONS, AMONG OTHERS, INVESTORS ARE CAUTIONED NOT TO PLACE UNDUE RELIANCE UPON FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS. A Maryland Real Estate Investment Trust with transferable shares of beneficial interest listed on the Nasdaq. No shareholder, Trustee or officer is personally liable for any act or obligation of the Trust.


News Article | May 17, 2017
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Award-winning Diplomático Rum has received six top distinctions and awards for their new-to-market expressions including a Gold and Silver Medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, high scores of 95 and 92 at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge, and two 94-point scores from Tastings International Review of Spirits. With Mantuano and Planas joining our flagship rum, Reserva Exclusiva, the new Tradition range is richer and offers different consumption modes for many occasions. “We are thrilled our new expressions are being well received by industry experts,” said Nino Curbelo, Diplomático’s Export Manager in North America. “The addition of Mantuano and Planas to our Tradition Range, along with our flagship rum, Reserva Exclusiva, illustrates our constant commitment to providing the highest quality rums for different consumption modes and occasions.” In January 2017, Diplomático announced the release of their new Tradition Range featuring two new-to-market expressions, Mantuano and Planas. Mantuano, 40% ABV, is an extraordinary blended rum aged for up to 8 years and superbly balanced with a taste profile ideal for mixing in cocktails like the Mary Pickford. Planas, 47% ABV, aged up to 6 years, is an elegant and rich blended white rum, with an intense sipping profile that can also be enjoyed in delicate cocktails such as a Hemingway Daiquiri. Mantuano was awarded the Gold Medal and Planas was awarded the Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Held on April, 20-23 at Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco, more than 2,100 spirits were judged, the largest in the competition's 17-year history. Diplomático and other top medal winners will be featured in the July 2017 issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine. Judges included industry luminaries Anthony Dias Blue, Tony Abou-Ganim, Charles Joly and David Wondrich. Diplomático’s new expressions also took home a high scores from the Ultimate Beverage Challenge. Mantuano received a 95 (Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation / Finalist / Great Value) and Planas a 92 (Excellent, Highly Recommended). The competition, now in its eighth year, is highly regarded in the United States as one of the most selective and well-run spirits competitions. Operated by award-winning journalist, author, educator and critic F. Paul Pacult, wine and spirits publishing industry veteran David Talbot, Spirit Journal managing editor Sue Woodley, Ultimate Beverage Challenge provides the industry and consumers with a clear and unassailable indication of beverage alcohol quality. Tastings.com, the International Review of Spirits gave the brand’s new releases scores of 94 points each. This medal-based competition awards based on a 100-point scale. Spirits are judged by Tastings.com's trained staff joined by top spirits professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. Diplomático Planas and Mantuano are available in key cities with a suggested retail price of (SRP $29), and (SRP $24) respectively. They are exclusively imported and distributed in the United States by Domaine Select Wine and Spirits. About Rum Diplomático (http://www.rondiplomatico.com) Rum Diplomático, a brand inspired by the character of Don Juan Nieto Melendez, is a super-premium rum hailing from Venezuela. Located at the foot of the Andes Mountains, the Diplomático Distillery (producing top-quality spirits since 1959) combines traditional methods with modern technology to produce the finest of rums. The production area boasts great conditions for sugar production including fertile lands, abundant water and favorable weather. Their team of award-winning Master Blenders work diligently to create unique and complex rums. The product range consists of the New Tradition Range: Planas (aged up to 6 years), Mantuano (aged up to 8 years) and Reserva Exclusiva (aged up to 12 years), and the Prestige Line: Single Vintage 2002 and Ambassador, both are aged 12 years and finished in sherry casks for one and two years respectively.


News Article | May 18, 2017
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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (Takeshi Kunibe, President & Group CEO; hereinafter, “SMFG”) and SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. (Yoshihiko Shimizu, President & CEO; hereinafter, “SMBC Nikko Securities”), together with NTT Communications Corporation (Tetsuya Shoji, President & CEO; hereinafter, “NTT Com”), have jointly developed an automated chat service utilizing artificial intelligence (hereinafter, “AI Chatbot”) with support from Accenture Japan Ltd (Atsushi Egawa, President & CEO; hereinafter, “Accenture”)(*1), and this service will become available as of May 25, 2017 at SMBC Nikko Securities’ Contact Center to enhance its LINE-based inquiry service. AI Chatbot is capable of understanding customer input on LINE Talk to a high degree of precision and then automatically and rapidly providing the most appropriate response. The SMBC Nikko Securities Contact Center began offering an operator-staffed chat service(*2) on its website in May 2016 and on LINE in September 2016, and the introduction of the AI Chatbot will allow for faster responses to customer inquiries. At some future point, AI Chatbot will become accessible during nighttime hours and holidays, time frames when the chat service has heretofore been unavailable. Once launched this month, AI Chatbot will provide guidance on ways to open accounts as well as on initial public offerings (IPO), NISA, My Number, and Direct Course, and the scope of this service will be steadily expanded to include such things as share price inquiries and investment trust selection. This service utilizes an NTT Com AI engine (the Communication Engine “COTOHA”; hereinafter, “COTOHA”)(*3) that can engage in “human-like dialogue.” COTOHA excels at understanding customer inquiries and providing natural responses by such means as automatically asking questions about missing information. COTOHA also studies the responses of operators in order to automatically upgrade its own response capabilities and comes equipped with an escalation function that redirects customers to an operator for answers to questions that could not be resolved via AI Chatbot. SMBC Nikko Securities believes that utilizing AI for some of its operator operations at the Contact Center will cut down on overtime and otherwise reform work styles to help employees achieve a good work-life balance. Efforts will be made to further improve quality and enhance the operator training system so that customers can easily make inquiries at any time. The companies of the SMFG Group will continue utilizing the latest digital technologies to address various usage scenarios and endeavoring to improve the level of service provided to customers.


TOKYO, May 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG) (President and Group Chief Executive Officer: Takeshi Kunibe) and SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. (President & CEO: Yoshihiko Shimizu) have assessed and verified the effectiveness of KIBIT1, an artificial intelligence (AI) engine independently developed by FRONTEO, Inc.2 (NASDAQ:FTEO) (TSE:2158) (Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board: Masahiro Morimoto), in analyzing data to improve customer satisfaction. Based on this result, SMBC Nikko Securities will adopt KIBIT*1 in its efforts to improve its customer services and to achieve company-wide work-style reform through the streamlining of business processes. SMBC Nikko Securities has extensively examined how it can use artificial intelligence in order to offer services beneficial to customers. In January 2017, the company started assessing the use of KIBIT in various fields. Through a proof of concept (POC) using actual data, its effectiveness was verified. More specifically, among responses of call center operators that were recorded in the record of inquiries from customers, those that resulted in improved customer satisfaction, which operators were not aware of or did not report, were identified with a high degree of accuracy. We are planning to start assessing the effectiveness of KIBIT in extracting and classifying complaints and dissatisfactions that operators fail to notice or that are hidden and difficult to identify superficially. Key features and advantages of KIBIT include that it only needs a small amount of data to learn and takes only a short time to make an assessment. The objective of our project is for KIBIT to learn tacit knowledge accumulated at SMBC Nikko Securities to identify and share issues and knowledge that should be learned and addressed in order for us to become a strong, powerful company that is immune to effects of the external environment. KIBIT can also quickly organize a vast amount of records and identify the information we need, which is highly likely to help improve employee productivity. It is therefore expected to contribute to our efforts for work-style reform. SMBC Nikko Securities will expand the use of KIBIT throughout the company in order to not only improve customer services but also to achieve the goals of work-style reform. FRONTEO will continue offering support to facilitate the full-scale adoption of KIBIT in business operations. All SMFG Group companies will make effective use of cutting-edge digital technology in various use settings in our continuing efforts to improve services we offer to customers. *1 KIBIT is an artificial intelligence engine originated in Japan. It was independently developed by FRONTEO by combining Landscaping, an AI-related technology, and behavior informatics. The name “KIBIT” was coined by combining “kibi,” a Japanese word meaning subtlety, and “bit,” the smallest unit of digital information, to mean artificial intelligence that understands human subtleties. It can reproduce the way humans make judgments and select information by understanding the meaning of a sentence within a text and learning human tacit knowledge and sensitivities. *2 FRONTEO is a data analysis company supporting big data and other information analysis using KIBIT, its independently developed artificial intelligence engine. The company was established in August 2003 as a company that supports eDiscovery (electronic evidence disclosure), a procedure for preserving, investigating and analyzing evidence materials for the purpose of using them in international litigation, and computer forensic investigations. Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers section and the NASDAQ. URL: http://www.fronteo.com/global/. Safe Harbor Statement This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the amount of data that FRONTEO expects to manage this year and the potential uses for FRONTEO's new service in intellectual property-related litigation, contain forward-looking statements. FRONTEO may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its reports filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual reports to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about FRONTEO's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: FRONTEO's goals and strategies; FRONTEO's expansion plans; the expected growth of the data center services market; expectations regarding demand for, and market acceptance of, FRONTEO's services; FRONTEO's expectations regarding keeping and strengthening its relationships with customers; FRONTEO's plans to invest in research and development to enhance its solution and service offerings; and general economic and business conditions in the regions where FRONTEO provides solutions and services. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in FRONTEO's reports filed with, or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. FRONTEO does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and FRONTEO undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.


Patent
Ishikawa Prefecture, Sigma Koki Co., Nikko Company and Tokyo Institute of Technology | Date: 2012-12-05

Electrodes (7, 8, 9), having curved sections in the shape of the outline thereof, are disposed in areas of a rectangular plate-shaped piezoelectric transducer element (1) in which the strain in the natural mode of vibration is large. The eletrodes (7, 8) which excite a bending vibration are disposed in areas in which the strain in the bending natural mode is at least a predetermined value, and the outline curved sections of the electrodes (7, 8) are shaped so as to follow along strain contours (3, 4), and the electrode (9) which excites a stretching vibration is disposed in an area in which the strain in the stretching natural mode is at least a predetermined value, thus providing a transducer for an ultrasonic motor which aims to reduce transducer loss (increasing vibration efficiency), and improve transducer durability and reliability.


Patent
Ishikawa Prefecture, Sigma Koki Co., Nikko Company and Tokyo Institute of Technology | Date: 2012-12-26

The present invention provides a piezoelectric actuator mechanism that is suited for automatic operation in the adjustment of a mirror holder in an optical system, or in the positioning of a movable table of a linear stage, that has a short entire length, and is capable of performing a compact and high-precision position/angle adjustment and positioning. The piezoelectric actuator mechanism comprises: a screw-driven feeding mechanism that is comprised of a feed screw 11 and a feed screw nut 14; a disc-shaped rotor 17 mounted on the rear-end face of the feed screw nut 14; an ultrasonic motor 18 having a piezoelectric vibrator 19 that comes in contact with the circumference face of the rotor 17; and a driven mounting portion that is pressed against the leading end of the feed screw 11 by spring force, and displaced and positioned by the feeding operation of the feed screw. The driven mounting portion can be made to be a mirror holder 1 to be used in an optical system, or a movable table 21 of a linear stage, for example.


Patent
Ishikawa Prefecture, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Nikko Company and Sigma Koki Co. | Date: 2011-01-26

A piezoelectric actuator mechanism including: a screw-driven feeding mechanism that has a feed screw (11) and a feed screw nut (14); a disc-shaped rotor (17) mounted on the rear-end face of the feed screw nut (14); an ultrasonic motor (18) having a piezoelectric vibrator (19) that comes in contact with the circumference face of the rotor (17); and a driven mounting portion that is pressed against the leading end of the feed screw 11 by spring force, and displaced and positioned by the feeding operation of the feed screw. The driven mounting portion can be made to be a mirror holder (1) for use in an optical system, or a movable table (21) of a linear stage.


Patent
Ishikawa Prefecture, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Nikko Company and Sigma Koki Co. | Date: 2011-01-26

Electrodes (7, 8, 9), having curved sections in the shape of the outline thereof, are disposed in areas of a rectangular plate-shaped piezoelectric transducer element (1) in which the strain in the natural mode of vibration is large. The eletrodes (7, 8) which excite a bending vibration are disposed in areas in which the strain in the bending natural mode is at least a predetermined value, and the outline curved sections of the electrodes (7, 8) are shaped so as to follow along strain contours (3, 4), and the electrode (9) which excites a stretching vibration is disposed in an area in which the strain in the stretching natural mode is at least a predetermined value, thus providing a transducer for an ultrasonic motor which aims to reduce transducer loss (increasing vibration efficiency), and improve transducer durability and reliability.


Patent
Ishikawa Prefectural Government, Nikko Company and Actree Corporation | Date: 2010-04-14

The present invention provides a thermoelectric conversion module, comprising plural first electrode films (11, 12, 13) formed apart from each other on the top surface of an insulating body (10), plural p- and n-type thermoelectric semiconductor element films (16, 19) and (17, 18) formed thereon, which are arranged apart from each other so that p- and n-type thermoelectric semiconductor element films alternate with each other, and second electrode films (20) connecting p-type thermoelectric semiconductor element film (19) and n-type thermoelectric semiconductor element film (18) over the gaps between the first electrode films; and a terminal electrode is connected to each of the p-and n-type thermoelectric semiconductor element film (16, 17) at the end; and a production method thereof. The thermoelectric conversion module of the present invention, which can be produced at a low cost using thermoelectric conversion elements having a thin-film structure, is excellent in thermal stability and chemical durability and enables to secure high thermoelectric conversion efficiency.


The present invention addresses the problem of increasing the lifetimes of an oscillatory wave motor and a sound generation device using the oscillatory wave motor as a drive source, and proposed the structure and mechanism for integrally increasing the lifetimes of the oscillatory wave motor and the sound generation device using the oscillatory wave motor as the drive source. To maintain the drive performance of a drive unit, the drive unit is provided with a core sheathing structure, with the result that the drive unit is prevented from breaking and being damaged, and even if the entire drive unit is worn down, an intrinsic drive unit member serving as a core portion keeps the same drive area, so an initial drive feature is maintained. The descending order of a wear resistance of the members is the drive unit core material, a moving unit, and a drive unit sheathing material. In the oscillatory wave motor including a second drive mechanism, when performing an original operation of the oscillatory wave motor, a driven area on the moving unit is relatively drifted at the same time.

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