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SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Heyou Media, a new media and content aggregator company founded by actor and filmmaker Tom Skerritt, announced today that the Seattle group has secured the option to produce the first book in the popular historical fiction saga “Widow Walk.” Developed and written by Gerard (Gar) LaSalle, “Widow Walk” is an award-winning story of a frontier family set in the tumultuous early days of the Pacific Northwest when American settlers, indigenous peoples, and American and British armies clashed for supremacy. Heyou Media describes “Widow Walk” as a “Game of Thrones-style saga based in the Pacific Northwest.” LaSalle’s work has also been compared to “The Last of the Mohicans” and “Cold Mountain.” Both books were made into feature movies. “Gar and ‘Widow Walk’ represent the high-caliber artists and stories rich in our region and help support a large part of Heyou Media’s mission,” said Skerritt, Heyou Media Founder and Chairman. “We are leveraging the emerging alternative media revolution to create a viable new media and visual entertainment content business to produce, aggregate, curate and distribute outstanding content from around the world. The Heyou Media movement is now stronger with Gar involved.” LaSalle selected Heyou Media because of Skerritt’s industry reputation and Heyou Media’s innovative business model. "I am thrilled to collaborate with Heyou Media, an experienced new media company that breaks the mold and cuts through the obstacles that so often encumber creative projects,” said LaSalle. “I chose to work with Tom and Heyou Media because they are blazing a path designed to showcase award-winning local artist partnerships and new media formats. It will be exciting to watch how Heyou Media will transform the evolution, look, and feel of future new media productions.” An Emmy Award actor, director and writer in the entertainment industry, Skerritt is recognized for his work in the award-winning films M*A*S*H, TURNING POINT, ALIEN, TOP GUN, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, STEEL MAGNOLIAS and CONTACT; innumerable television shows, such as the Emmy Award CBS series, PICKET FENCES; and Broadway productions. Skerritt founded The Film School in 2004 and the RED BADGE PROJECT, a storytelling program for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Gar LaSalle (www.garlasalle.com) is an award-winning author and filmmaker, a physician, a sculptor, and a creator who has been honored widely in the fine arts and medical communities for his leadership and creativity. “Widow Walk,” published in 2014, won multiple awards including the Eric Hoffer Award for Literature, the Indie Readers Award for Best Novel, and the San Francisco Book Festival Grand Jury Prize for General Fiction. Book III of the saga is slated for release in the Fall of 2017 by Seattle’s own Solipsis Publishing. Founded in 2016 by Tom Skerritt, Heyou Media, Inc. (www.heyoumedia.com) is an aggregator of new media visual entertainment content, including music, film, short-story video, web series, virtual reality and special interest videos. The company is focused on curating, creating and distributing web content from around the world. In addition to “Widow Walk,” Heyou Media is producing David Guterson’s “East of the Mountains,” Skerritt’s PTS-focused “What We Came to Be,” and a newly produced STROLLER GANGS web series. Heyou Media, Inc. is based in Seattle, Washington.


Keith David, Founder and Executive Director of Task Force Dagger Foundation said, "Task Force Dagger and Mission Essential share a passion for service and a commitment to our country and our service members. We're excited to have Mission Essential on the team and are looking forward to a long relationship that results in a better quality of life for our returning special operations troops and their families." Task Force Dagger (TFD) Foundation provides assistance to wounded, ill, or injured U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) members and their families. They respond to urgent needs, conduct Recreational Therapy Adaptive Events, and provide next-generation health solutions for issues facing our service members. TFD is a rally point to combat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), and environmental exposures. Their cohesive programs enable families to seize the moment and live life. Mission Essential, founded by U.S. Army SOF veteran and current Chairman Gregory K. Miller, is a most trusted partner to the Defense and Intelligence Communities, and a leading provider of language and cultural advisory services, intelligence analysis and operations support, ISR solutions and technology, and cyberspace superiority.  Mission Essential executes prime contracts with numerous Intelligence Community members, as well as with the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force; U.S. Central, European, and Africa Commands; and the State Department. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/task-force-dagger-foundation-and-mission-essential-partner-to-support-special-operations-service-members-and-their-families-300463728.html


News Article | May 10, 2017
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TORONTO, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Points (TSX:PTS) (Nasdaq:PCOM), the global leader in powering loyalty commerce, today announced that the Company will present at the following upcoming investor conferences: Live webcasts, as well as the replays, of both presentations will be available on the Company’s investor relations website at investor.points.com. About Points Points, publicly traded as Points International Ltd. (TSX:PTS) (Nasdaq:PCOM), is the global leader in providing loyalty eCommerce and technology solutions to the world's top brands to power innovative services that drive increased loyalty program revenue and member engagement. With a growing network of almost 60 global loyalty programs integrated into its unique Loyalty Commerce Platform, Points offers three core private or co-branded services: Loyalty Currency Retailing, which includes the Buy, Gift & Transfer services, retails loyalty points and miles directly to consumers; Points Travel, which helps loyalty programs increase program revenue from hotel and car bookings, providing more opportunities for members to earn and redeem loyalty rewards more quickly; and Platform Partners, a multi-channel service offering which provides developers transactional access to dozens of loyalty programs and their hundreds of millions of members via a package of APIs.  Points is headquartered in Toronto with offices in San Francisco and London. For more information, visit company.points.com, follow Points on Twitter (@PointsLoyalty) or read the Points blog. For Points’ financial information, visit investor.points.com.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TORONTO, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Points (TSX:PTS) (Nasdaq:PCOM), the global leader in powering loyalty commerce, today announced that the Company will present at the following upcoming investor conferences: Live webcasts, as well as the replays, of both presentations will be available on the Company’s investor relations website at investor.points.com. About Points Points, publicly traded as Points International Ltd. (TSX:PTS) (Nasdaq:PCOM), is the global leader in providing loyalty eCommerce and technology solutions to the world's top brands to power innovative services that drive increased loyalty program revenue and member engagement. With a growing network of almost 60 global loyalty programs integrated into its unique Loyalty Commerce Platform, Points offers three core private or co-branded services: Loyalty Currency Retailing, which includes the Buy, Gift & Transfer services, retails loyalty points and miles directly to consumers; Points Travel, which helps loyalty programs increase program revenue from hotel and car bookings, providing more opportunities for members to earn and redeem loyalty rewards more quickly; and Platform Partners, a multi-channel service offering which provides developers transactional access to dozens of loyalty programs and their hundreds of millions of members via a package of APIs.  Points is headquartered in Toronto with offices in San Francisco and London. For more information, visit company.points.com, follow Points on Twitter (@PointsLoyalty) or read the Points blog. For Points’ financial information, visit investor.points.com.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TORONTO, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Points (TSX:PTS) (Nasdaq:PCOM), the global leader in powering loyalty commerce, today announced that the Company will present at the following upcoming investor conferences: Live webcasts, as well as the replays, of both presentations will be available on the Company’s investor relations website at investor.points.com. About Points Points, publicly traded as Points International Ltd. (TSX:PTS) (Nasdaq:PCOM), is the global leader in providing loyalty eCommerce and technology solutions to the world's top brands to power innovative services that drive increased loyalty program revenue and member engagement. With a growing network of almost 60 global loyalty programs integrated into its unique Loyalty Commerce Platform, Points offers three core private or co-branded services: Loyalty Currency Retailing, which includes the Buy, Gift & Transfer services, retails loyalty points and miles directly to consumers; Points Travel, which helps loyalty programs increase program revenue from hotel and car bookings, providing more opportunities for members to earn and redeem loyalty rewards more quickly; and Platform Partners, a multi-channel service offering which provides developers transactional access to dozens of loyalty programs and their hundreds of millions of members via a package of APIs.  Points is headquartered in Toronto with offices in San Francisco and London. For more information, visit company.points.com, follow Points on Twitter (@PointsLoyalty) or read the Points blog. For Points’ financial information, visit investor.points.com.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TORONTO, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Points (TSX:PTS) (Nasdaq:PCOM), the global leader in powering loyalty commerce, today announced that the Company will present at the following upcoming investor conferences: Live webcasts, as well as the replays, of both presentations will be available on the Company’s investor relations website at investor.points.com. About Points Points, publicly traded as Points International Ltd. (TSX:PTS) (Nasdaq:PCOM), is the global leader in providing loyalty eCommerce and technology solutions to the world's top brands to power innovative services that drive increased loyalty program revenue and member engagement. With a growing network of almost 60 global loyalty programs integrated into its unique Loyalty Commerce Platform, Points offers three core private or co-branded services: Loyalty Currency Retailing, which includes the Buy, Gift & Transfer services, retails loyalty points and miles directly to consumers; Points Travel, which helps loyalty programs increase program revenue from hotel and car bookings, providing more opportunities for members to earn and redeem loyalty rewards more quickly; and Platform Partners, a multi-channel service offering which provides developers transactional access to dozens of loyalty programs and their hundreds of millions of members via a package of APIs.  Points is headquartered in Toronto with offices in San Francisco and London. For more information, visit company.points.com, follow Points on Twitter (@PointsLoyalty) or read the Points blog. For Points’ financial information, visit investor.points.com.


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As commerce evolves beyond the traditional storefront, so does the need for businesses to provide their customers with a seamless payment experience, regardless of where they check out. First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, today launched Clover Flex, a smart payment terminal designed to fit comfortably as a handheld device or on the countertop. The latest addition to the Clover family, Clover Flex harnesses the full power of the Clover platform. Clover Flex can accept PIN entry, NFC, mag stripe transactions, electronic gift cards, and can process EMV chip cards in less than three seconds. While Clover Flex is available for businesses of all sizes, its design makes it ideal for restaurant, retail, and service-based industries that want to take the checkout experience to the customer. Compact enough to be a handheld device, Clover Flex makes it easy to accept payments in-line, at the table, on the shop floor, or in the customer’s home. Business owners using Clover Flex can monitor sales remotely on their computer or mobile device through the Clover dashboard. All transactions are protected with the same security that businesses have come to expect from Clover. Clover Flex is the first PCI PTS 5.0 certified smart terminal available on the market. It can be used as a standalone device or seamlessly integrate with the broader family of Clover products for a connected commerce experience. Through this integration with the Clover platform, businesses can leverage the tools from the expanding network of Clover software partners. Clover Flex is designed for simple software integration, and is available to independent software vendors, value-added resellers, software developers, and system integrators through First Data’s recently-formed Integrated Solutions Group. “We have made significant investments in innovation at First Data over the past four years, especially with the Clover platform, where we strive to give businesses access to cutting-edge technology,” said Guy Chiarello, President, First Data. “We are thrilled to bring this latest innovation – Clover Flex – directly to the palms of our business clients’ hands.” Clover has a Net Promoter Score up to 25 points higher than that of a traditional payment terminal. Clover Flex was developed to offer a smart terminal to the mass market and further enhance the overall business owner experience. “Clover Flex represents the next step forward as we continue to expand our portfolio to meet the unique needs of business owners,” said Dan Charron, EVP, First Data Global Business Solutions. “Clover has made a significant impact to our business in terms of overall client satisfaction and retention. We are proud to bring this new device to the market to continue our mission to simplify commerce for business owners across the country.” First Data recently implemented a successful Clover Flex pilot during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Savannah, Georgia, a celebration that annually draws nearly half a million visitors from around the world. The festival’s food truck park was outfitted with Clover Flex devices, allowing the vendors to accept non-cash payments for the first time in the history of the festival. “Clover Flex was a huge help to us in terms of keeping our line moving quickly, and serving as many people as possible during the St. Patrick’s Day festival,” said Jack Jackson, owner of 6 Gear Dog House food truck. “It was easy to use, too!” To learn more about Clover, visit Clover.com. To keep up with the latest Clover news, visit the Clover blog at blog.clover.com. First Data (NYSE: FDC) is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in more than 100 countries around the world. The company’s 24,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,800 transactions per second and $2.2 trillion per year.


"Military personnel has always been among our most loyal XYIENCE consumers," says Thomas Oh, SVP of Marketing at Big Red, Inc., the makers of XYIENCE. "We are pleased and honored to give back to the members of our armed forces who have supported our brand and given so much to our country." "We at the Lone Survivor Foundation are extremely appreciative of XYIENCE's support," says Vanessa Forse, Director of Marketing at the Lone Survivor Foundation. "These donations help us continue our efforts to help America's wounded service members and their families' transition to post-military life." ABOUT LONE SURVIVOR FOUNDATION Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers and renews hope for wounded service members and their families, through health, wellness and therapeutic support. The Foundation provides support for wounded service members, their spouses, children, and care partners by empowering them with helpful techniques and tools addressing Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), Chronic Pain, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and Care Partner Stress. Lone Survivor Foundation is a Federal 501(c)3 non-profit. To learn more, visit www.lonesurvivorfoundation.org. ABOUT XYIENCE (pronounced zi-ence) Headquartered in Austin, Texas, XYIENCE is the original zero calorie energy beverage and is made with all natural flavors and colors. XYIENCE is available in eight exclusively zero calorie flavors: Cherry Lime, Mango Guava, Frostberry Blast, Blue Pomegranate, Cran Razz, Fruit Punch, Tangerine and Melon Mayhem. XYIENCE is marketed strictly to consumers ages 18 and over. Find more info about XYIENCE online at or at a retailer near you. Connect with XYIENCE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/xyience-energy-drink-honors-our-nations-military-heroes-by-supporting-the-lone-survivor-foundation-300454346.html


News Article | May 8, 2017
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Key financial results for the first quarter 2017 included: First quarter 2017 segment results versus the prior year first quarter included: *This earnings release includes non-GAAP financial measures.  Descriptions of why we believe these non-GAAP measures are useful and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included with this earnings release. "Our first quarter results were slightly ahead of our expectations and represented our fifth consecutive quarter of improving organic sales growth rates," said Regal Chairman and CEO Mark Gliebe.  "Strong growth in residential HVAC and most Asian end markets helped offset the lingering weakness in energy." "Our orders strengthened in the quarter, and we continue to expect positive organic sales growth in 2017.  We expect improved margins from both volume growth and our simplification efforts to more than offset the continued challenges from commodity inflation.  Given the progress that we made in the first quarter, we are revising our 2017 adjusted diluted earnings per share forecast to $4.55 to $4.95, an increase of $0.05," continued Mr. Gliebe. The Company forecasts 2017 GAAP diluted earnings per share of $4.40 to $4.80. Regal will hold a conference call to discuss the earnings release at 9:00 AM CDT (10:00 AM EDT) on May 9, 2017. Individuals who would like to participate by phone should dial 888-317-6003 and enter 3706406 when prompted. International callers should dial 1-412-317-6061 and enter 3706406 when prompted. To view the presentation during the call, please follow this link to Regal's Investors page: To listen to the live audio and view the presentation via the internet, please go to: A telephone replay of the call will be available through August 8, 2017, at 877-344-7529, conference ID 10105093. International callers should call 1-412-317-0088 using the same conference ID. A webcast replay will be available until August 8, 2017, and can be accessed at: Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC) is a leading manufacturer of electric motors, electrical motion controls, power generation and power transmission products serving markets throughout the world.  The company is comprised of three business segments: Commercial and Industrial Systems, Climate Solutions and Power Transmission Solutions.  Regal is headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin, and has manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.  For more information, visit CAUTIONARY STATEMENT The following is a cautionary statement made under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of historical facts, the statements contained in this release may be forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements represent our management's judgment regarding future events.  In many cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "should," "project" or "plan" or the negative of these terms or other similar words.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including: uncertainties regarding our ability to execute our restructuring plans within expected costs and timing; increases in our overall debt levels as a result of the acquisition of the Power Transmission Solutions business of Emerson Electric Co. ("PTS"), or otherwise and our ability to repay principal and interest on our outstanding debt; actions taken by our competitors and our ability to effectively compete in the increasingly competitive global electric motor, drives and controls, power generation and mechanical motion control industries; our ability to develop new products based on technological innovation and marketplace acceptance of new and existing products; fluctuations in commodity prices and raw material costs; our dependence on significant customers; issues and costs arising from the integration of acquired companies and businesses including PTS, and the timing and impact of purchase accounting adjustments; prolonged declines in oil and gas up stream capital spending; economic changes in global markets where we do business, such as reduced demand for the products we sell, currency exchange rates, inflation rates, interest rates, recession, government policies, including policy changes affecting taxation, trade, immigration and the like, and other external factors that we cannot control; product liability and other litigation, or claims by end users, government agencies or others that our products or our customers' applications failed to perform as anticipated, particularly in high volume applications or where such failures are alleged to be the cause of property or casualty claims; unanticipated liabilities of acquired businesses; unanticipated costs or expenses we may incur related to product warranty issues; our dependence on key suppliers and the potential effects of supply disruptions; infringement of our intellectual property by third parties, challenges to our intellectual property, and claims of infringement by us of third party technologies; effect on earnings of any significant impairment of goodwill or intangible assets; cyclical downturns affecting the global market for capital goods; and other risks and uncertainties including but not limited to those described in "Item 1A-Risk Factors" of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 1, 2017 and from time to time in our reports filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or to persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the applicable cautionary statements.  The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of their respective dates, and we undertake no obligation to update these statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. NON-GAAP MEASURES AND OTHER DEFINITIONS Unaudited (Dollars in Millions, Except per Share Data) We prepare financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). We also periodically disclose certain financial measures in our quarterly earnings releases, on investor conference calls, and in investor presentations and similar events that may be considered "non-GAAP" financial measures. This additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for our results of operations prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. In this earnings release, we disclose the following non-GAAP financial measures, and we reconcile these measures in the tables below to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures: adjusted diluted earnings per share (both historical and projected), adjusted income from operations, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, free cash flow, and free cash flow as a percentage of net income attributable to Regal Beloit Corporation. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful measures for providing investors with additional information regarding our results of operations and for helping investors understand and compare our operating results across accounting periods and compared to our peers. Our management primarily uses adjusted income from operations, adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margin to help us manage and evaluate our business and make operating decisions, while adjusted diluted earnings per share, free cash flow and free cash flow as a percentage of net income are primarily used to help us evaluate our business and forecast our future results. Accordingly, we believe disclosing and reconciling each of these measures helps investors evaluate our business in the same manner as management. In addition to these non-GAAP measures, we also use the term "organic sales" to refer to GAAP sales from existing operations excluding sales from acquired businesses recorded prior to the first anniversary of the acquisition less the amount of sales attributable to any divested businesses ("acquisition sales"), and the impact of foreign currency translation. The impact of foreign currency translation is determined by translating the respective period's sales (excluding acquisition sales) using the same currency exchange rates that were in effect during the prior year periods. We use the term "organic sales growth" to refer to the increase in our sales between periods that is attributable to organic sales. We use the term "acquisition growth" to refer to the increase in our sales between periods that is attributable to acquisition sales. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/regal-beloit-corporation-announces-first-quarter-2017-financial-results-300453432.html


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TORONTO, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Points (TSX:PTS) (Nasdaq:PCOM), the global leader in powering loyalty commerce, today announced that the Company will present at the following upcoming investor conferences: Live webcasts, as well as the replays, of both presentations will be available on the Company’s investor relations website at investor.points.com. About Points Points, publicly traded as Points International Ltd. (TSX:PTS) (Nasdaq:PCOM), is the global leader in providing loyalty eCommerce and technology solutions to the world's top brands to power innovative services that drive increased loyalty program revenue and member engagement. With a growing network of almost 60 global loyalty programs integrated into its unique Loyalty Commerce Platform, Points offers three core private or co-branded services: Loyalty Currency Retailing, which includes the Buy, Gift & Transfer services, retails loyalty points and miles directly to consumers; Points Travel, which helps loyalty programs increase program revenue from hotel and car bookings, providing more opportunities for members to earn and redeem loyalty rewards more quickly; and Platform Partners, a multi-channel service offering which provides developers transactional access to dozens of loyalty programs and their hundreds of millions of members via a package of APIs.  Points is headquartered in Toronto with offices in San Francisco and London. For more information, visit company.points.com, follow Points on Twitter (@PointsLoyalty) or read the Points blog. For Points’ financial information, visit investor.points.com.

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