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News Article | February 28, 2017
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BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--cippe 2017 (the 17th China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition) will kick off on March 20, 2017 at New China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. The event will gather around 2,000 exhibitors from 65 countries and regions, including 50 Fortune Global 500 companies and 18 international pavilions. As an annual event, cippe has successfully held 16 sessions, with an expanding size and an increasing number of international participants and high-quality exhibitors. This year, there will be 18 international pavilions from countries and regions including US, Germany, Canada, Scotland, UK, France, Denmark, Italy, Russia, Korea and the Netherlands. International exhibitors will include Exxon Mobil, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, GE, Rosneft, Gazprom, Transneft, TMK, Total, Cameron, ABB, Schneider, Siemens, Caterpillar, NOV, Honeywell, Rockwell, Tyco, SEG, MiltonRoy, 3M, E+H, API, MTU, PPG, KSB, Hempel, JOTUN, Raffles, DOW Chemical and SKF. As the world’s largest petroleum exhibition, cippe is well trusted by the industry players. Verband Deutscher Maschinen Und Anlagebau (VDMA), Europe’s largest industry association, has brought member enterprises to cippe for years. The organizer of the VDMA Pavilion remarked, “cippe not only provided an excellent platform to display Germany’s world-class technologies and expertise, but also created significant opportunities for enterprises to establish connections with each other and seek cooperation. This time, the VDMA Pavilion (Booth: W2310) consisting of 13 German enterprises will be the largest VDMA delegation to China.” The Scotland Pavilion, another loyal follower of cippe, will gather 14 enterprises at Booth: W2728 to display products and services covering underwater, petroleum training, environmental services and Carbon Capture & Storage, and demonstrate its advantages in underwater and asset integrity areas. This year, cippe will gather 20 enterprises from Alberta, Canada, 12 of which will exhibit in the Alberta, Canada Pavilion at Booth W1352. Visitors are welcomed to attend the Canadian Energy and Clean Technology Showcase Seminar on March 21 to learn more about Alberta and its innovative industries. Besides, cippe will invite professional buyer delegations to match exhibitors one by one and hold overseas sessions such as Middle East Session Forum, China-Ghana Petroleum & Petrochemical Equipment Enterprises Meeting, to promote cross-border cooperation. cippe will team up with Petroleum Association of Middle East (PAME) and Business Gateways International, LLC, (BGI) of Oman to launch the Middle East Session. BGI Oman will introduce its Joint Supplier Registration System (JSRS) to help Chinese petroleum companies enter the Oman market, while PAME will elaborate on the opportunities, challenges and strategies in the Middle Eastern market. Meanwhile, the China-Ghana Petroleum & Petrochemical Equipment Enterprises Meeting will be jointly organized by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, World Trade Centre Accra and Zhenwei Expo. A delegation of petroleum entrepreneurs from Ghana will bring dozens of programs for onsite negotiation. See you on March 20-22 at Beijing New China International Exhibition Center!


News Article | February 15, 2017
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NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES WIRE SERVICES OR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Strata Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SMP) ("Strata Minerals" or, the "Company") announces the restructuring of its affairs. Strata Minerals announces the following shareholder approved restructuring transactions as well as board and executive appointments: The Debt Settlement and Share Consolidation noted above, were approved by shareholders at the Strata Minerals' Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders held in Toronto, Ontario on Thursday, December 8, 2016 (the "Meeting"). The shareholders also approved the following: Furthermore, the Company is pleased to announce: On completion of the transactions outlined above, Strata Minerals will have approximately 10.5 million shares, 350,000 options and no other dilutive instruments outstanding. Strata Minerals is listed on the NEX board of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange"). The Debt Settlement, the Proposed Private Placement and the grant of options to directors and officers are subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval. Strata Minerals expects trading in the Company's shares to resume following TSX Venture Exchange approval of the transactions described above. As a result of the Debt Settlement and subject to the TSX Venture Exchange approval, Mr. Agro will acquire 1,720,000 and Peter Kozicz will acquire 1,020,000 post-consolidation common shares of the Company at a price of $0.05 per common share. For the purposes of this notice, the address of Messrs. Agro and Kozicz is 82 Richmond Street East, 1st Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1P1. Prior to the Debt Settlement, Mr. Agro owned 419,225 post-consolidation common shares of the Company (or approximately 17.2% of the issued and outstanding common shares) and Mr. Kozicz owned 194,545 post- consolidation common shares of the Company (or approximately 8% of the issued and outstanding common shares). The issuance of common shares in connection with the Debt Settlement will bring Mr. Agro's and Mr. Kozicz's respective holdings in the capital of the Company to approximately 28.9%, and 16.4% of the common shares expected to the issued and outstanding upon completion of the Debt Settlement. The common shares were acquired by Messrs. Agro and Kozicz for investment purposes, and depending on market and other conditions, each of them may from time to time in the future increase or decrease his ownership, control or direction over securities of the Company through market transactions, private agreements, or otherwise. As a result of the increase of Mr. Agro's shareholding in connection with the Debt Settlement to approximately 28.9% of the Company's outstanding common shares, Mr. Agro, as approved by a disinterested shareholders at the Meeting, has become a new Control Person of the Company. As Mr. Agro's shareholdings prior to the Debt Settlement exceeded 10%, of the then issued and outstanding common shares and Mr. Kozicz's proposed shareholdings after Debt Settlement will exceed 10% of the then issued and outstanding common shares, in satisfaction of the requirements of the National Instrument 62-104 - Take-Over Bids And Issuer Bids and National Instrument 62-103 - The Early Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues, Early Warning reports respecting the acquisitions of common shares by Mr. Agro and Mr. Kozicz will be filed upon the completion of the Debt Settlement under the Company's SEDAR Profile at www.sedar.com. The Debt Settlement with Short-Term Financiers excluding Mr. Mansfield constitutes a "related party transaction" as such term is defined by Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101"). The Company relies on exemption from valuation and minority approval requirements of MI 61-101. The Company relies on the exemption from valuation requirement pursuant to subsection 5.5(b) of MI 61-101, as the securities of the Company are not listed or quoted on enumerated stock exchanges, and the Company relies on the exemption from minority approval under subsection 5.7 (b) of MI 61-101, as the securities of Company are not listed or quoted on an enumerated exchange; neither consideration received, nor the fair value of the securities distributed exceeds $2,500,000; and Michael Mansfield, who represents at least two thirds of independent directors of the Company, voted in favour of the related party transaction. In connection with the Proposed Private Placement Hugh Agro, President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Company, plans to subscribe for 360,000 common shares of the Company. This issuance of common shares to Mr. Agro will considered to be a "related party transaction" as such term is defined under MI 61-101. The Company is relying on exemptions from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements provided under MI 61-101 on the basis that participation in the private placement by insiders will not exceed 25% of the fair market value of the Company's market capitalization. Mr. Agro is a Principal of Carbon Arc Capital Investments Inc., a private-equity backed investor in mining and metals. Prior to co-founding Carbon Arc, Mr. Agro served as Executive Vice President, Strategic Development with Kinross Gold Corporation. At Kinross, Mr. Agro was a member of the Executive Leadership Team and responsible for strategic and operational leadership of Kinross' growth initiatives including corporate development, global exploration and commercial activities in Russia. Previously, Mr. Agro held senior executive positions with Placer Dome, Senator Capital Partners and in investment banking with Deutsche Bank's Global Metals and Mining Group. Mr. Agro has served on the Board and Audit Committees of Victoria Gold Corp., Chantrell Ventures and Americas Silver Corp. Additionally, Mr. Agro has, in the past, served as a Director, Chairman and Interim CEO of Strata Minerals and currently serves as a Director of Fort Berens Estate Winery Ltd., an award-winning winery located in British Columbia, Canada. Mr. Agro holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen's University (1989) and MBA Finance from UBC & London Business School (1997). Carmelo Marrelli is the principal of Marrelli Support Services Inc., a firm that delivers accounting and regulatory compliance services to listed companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) and the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE), as well as non-listed companies. In addition, Carmelo is affiliated with both DSA Corporate Services Inc. ("DSA") and The Canadian Venture Building, Limited ("The Canadian Venture Building"). DSA is a firm providing corporate secretarial and regulatory filing services to the junior capital market in Canada and The Canadian Venture Building is a company offering short and long-term office rental solutions. Carmelo is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA, CGA) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a professional body that certifies corporate secretaries. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. Carmelo also acts as the chief financial officer to a number of issuers on the TSX, TSX-V and CSE, as well as non-listed companies and a director of select issuers. Mr. Mansfield is a Vice-President, investment advisor and portfolio manager at Echelon Wealth Partners. Mr. Mansfield has 20 years' experience as investment advisor specializing in the Canadian venture market working both on the private and public investors and companies. He has a track record of successfully taking public over a hundred of companies through the completion of qualifying transactions by Capital Pool Corporations and secondary financings. Mr. Mansfield graduated from the University of Calgary in 1989, articled with KPMG and obtained CA designation in 1993 and CFA designation in 1998. Mr. Birak is a geologist with over 37 years of experience in the minerals industry. He served as Senior Vice President of Exploration for Coeur Mining, Inc. from 2004 to October 2013. Previous to his time at Coeur, he served as Vice President of Exploration with AngloGold North America, Independence Mining Company, and Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting. Mr. Birak currently serves on the Board of Dolly Varden Silver Corp and Swift Resources Inc. In 2001, Mr. Birak was co-recipient of the 'Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year' award given by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Mr. Birak received his Master of Science in Geology from Bowling Green State University, in Ohio. He has authored and co-authored several professional publications on the geology and metallurgy of sediment-hosted and epithermal precious metal deposits and on the use of geostatistics in resource modeling and grade control. He is an active member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and is currently Chairperson of the Fund Raising Committee of the SEG Foundation and a member of the Budget and Investment committees of the society. He is a Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). Strata Minerals Inc. is a mineral exploration and development company. The Company holds a 51% interest in the Diamond Mountain phosphate project located in the State of Utah. The Company is currently assessing exploration and development plans for Diamond Mountain and evaluating other business development opportunities. Additional disclosure of the Company's financial statements, technical reports, material change reports, news releases and other information can be obtained on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release. This news release includes certain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations, which involve risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's business and the environment in which the business operates. Any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking, including those identified by the expressions "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect", "intend", and similar expressions to the extent they relate to the Company or its management. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but reflect the Company's current expectations regarding future results or events. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are the risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators including the following: (i) the Company's securities are currently suspended from trading and, despite the best efforts of the Company to remove the suspension, there can be no guarantee that trading will resume; (ii) if the trading is resumed, investment in the common shares of the Company is highly speculative given the Company's business and the present stage of development of the Company; (iii) there can be no guarantee of the Company's ability to capitalize on, or maintain, its current interest in Diamond Mountain Project; (iv) the directors and officers of the Company, or the persons in their capacity of acting directors and officers of the Company, will only devote a portion of their time to the business and affairs of the Company and some of them are or will be engaged in other projects or businesses such that conflicts of interest may arise from time to time; (v) there can be no assurances of the ability of the Company to finance its projects, or the Company's ability to find distributors and source off-take agreements; (vi) factors such as, but not limited to, changes in demand and prices for phosphate, changes in general economic conditions and conditions in the financial markets, litigation, legislative, environmental and other judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments as well as technological and operational difficulties encountered in connection with the Company's activities can affect any of the Company's forward-looking statements. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on the Company forward- looking statements. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward- looking information in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information, which only applies as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward- looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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Kids playing GoNoodle scored 23 percent better in reading skills; 13 percent improvement in normal weight (measured by BMI) among kids playing GoNoodle in Ft. Worth, TX FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwired - February 28, 2017) - The Center for Children's Health led by Cook Children's announced today the results from two studies on the impact of GoNoodle's online movement videos and games in greater Ft. Worth, Texas. One study shows students who play GoNoodle videos at school had 23 percent greater growth in reading knowledge and skills when compared to those that did not play GoNoodle. Another study shows an average 13 percent improvement in childhood normal weight (as measured by body mass index or BMI) during a three-year period for elementary-age students who attend schools at independent school districts using GoNoodle. "This is the most powerful evidence to date showing that classroom physical activity dramatically improves health and academic performance in students," said Larry Tubb, Senior Vice President for Cook Children's. For the past three years, Cook Children's has sponsored GoNoodle for elementary schools in greater Ft. Worth. Based on the health and academic impact of GoNoodle, and feedback from teachers about the value it brings to classrooms, Cook Children's has expanded its sponsorship of GoNoodle, making it available to more than 15,000 teachers and 300,000 students in public, private and charter schools across the six county region. Since 2009, parents have been providing their children's height and weight measurements to the Center for Children's Health as part of broader study of children's health issues in Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise counties. The data includes 8,287 children from age 2 to 14. In analyzing this data, children 6-12 years old on average showed a 13.2 percent improvement in normal weight, as measured by BMI and adjusted for natural changes based on child's age. Individual age cohort improvements ranged from 1.9 percent to 17.5 percent improvement during the three-year period between 2012-2015. This time period correlates with the same time periods of GoNoodle's use in 521 schools across the six county area in which 124,829 elementary students (43 percent of eligible elementary students between 2012-2015) played GoNoodle each month at school. During the 2014-15 school year, Ft. Worth area students earned 34.7 million minutes of physical activity on GoNoodle. "The number of elementary-aged children actively using GoNoodle is large enough, at 43 percent, for changes in their BMI to be reflected in the data about the entire population," said Larry Tubb, Senior Vice President for Cook Children's. "While there are other good community efforts towards improving childhood health, there are no other initiatives that achieve the reach, frequency of use, and measurable minutes provided by GoNoodle in our six county service area." During the 2015-16 school year, assessments from over 1,000 fourth and fifth grade students from 26 Fort Worth area schools were evaluated. The standardized assessments of reading knowledge and skills of students who used GoNoodle (treatment group) were compared to the reading knowledge and skills of students who did not use GoNoodle (control group). The pre and post state standardized assessments of reading skills were used as the independent measures of students' skills. Fourth and fifth grade classrooms that used GoNoodle at least twice per week throughout the 2015-2016 school year were included in the treatment group. The study was conducted by SEG Measurement, an independent research organization. "Students using GoNoodle showed significantly greater growth in reading scores on the state assessment," according to Scott Elliot, President of SEG Measurement. "Students using GoNoodle performed 23 percent better in reading than students who did not use GoNoodle. This study confirms and expands on prior studies that support the effectiveness of GoNoodle. Students perform better on standardized assessments and teachers report the product to be very effective in meeting their needs." "Short bursts of in-classroom physical activity with GoNoodle yield big results for schools. Across the country we are seeing that kids perform better academically, and they are growing up healthier," said Scott McQuigg, CEO & co-founder of GoNoodle. "These studies are strong evidence that getting students moving throughout the school day fuels kids' bodies and brains." More information on each of these studies can be found at www.centerforchildrenshealth.org. Cook Children's Health Care System embraces an inspiring Promise -- to improve the health of every child in our region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, we're proud of our long and rich tradition of serving our community. Our not-for-profit organization is comprised of eight companies, including our Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health Company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., and Health Foundation. With more than 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations throughout Texas, families can access our top-ranked specialty programs and network of services to meet the unique needs of their child. For nearly 100 years we've worked to improve the health of children from across our primary service area of Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. We combine the art of caring with leading technology and extraordinary collaboration to provide exceptional care for every child. This has earned Cook Children's a strong, far-reaching reputation with patients traveling from around the country and the globe to receive life-saving pediatric care. GoNoodle (launched in 2013), gets kids moving to be their smartest, strongest, bravest, silliest, bestest selves. Short, interactive movement videos and games make it awesomely simple and fun to incorporate movement into every part of the day with dancing, stretching, running and even mindfulness activities. At school, teachers use GoNoodle to keep students energized, engaged, and active inside the classroom. At home, GoNoodle turns screen time into active time, so families can have fun and get moving together. Currently, more than 12 million kids and over 600,000 teachers worldwide use GoNoodle each month. GoNoodle is used in 80% of U.S. public elementary schools in all 50 states and in schools around the world in 185 countries. Nearly 1.5 million families use GoNoodle at home either through the website or the recently released iOS app. Learn more at www.gonoodle.com. SEG Measurement is an independent provider of research and assessment development services. We believe that students have a right to an education grounded in research-proven solutions. SEG Measurement is located in New Hope, Pennsylvania, between New York City and Philadelphia. Learn more at www.segmeasurement.com.


Mariana Resources Limited ('Mariana' or 'the Company'), the TSX.V and AIM (MARL) listed exploration and development company with projects in Turkey, South America, and Côte d'Ivoire, is pleased to provide the following update on the maiden diamond drill program currently underway at its 100%-owned Ergama gold-copper project in Balikesir province, western Turkey (Figure 1). To date, three of the seven proposed drill holes (ERD-01 to ERD-03, for a total meterage of 1,522m) have been completed, with assays having now been received for the first two holes (Figures 2-4). Targets to be tested in this initial drill program include the northern margins of two porphyry gold-copper ("Au-Cu") targets (the Main Porphyry Target and Porphyry Target B), in addition to a high grade, vein / fault-hosted epithermal gold-silver target. The Ergama project licence covers an area of 2,168 Ha (21.6 km2), and is located 90km SE of Teck-Pilot Gold's Halilaga Au-Cu project in the highly mineralised Biga Peninsula, and 230 km west north west of Eldorado Gold's Kisladag gold mine (2016 production of 211,000 oz gold). "The first two holes of the initial scout drilling program at our 100% Ergama Project in Western Turkey are encouraging and indicate the presence of a mineralised gold-copper porphyry system. "The positive results from holes 1 and, particularly, 2 show strong stockworking on the margin in the phyllic zone with grades increasing at depth to the south and potentially closer to the main potassic zone.  This main zone appears to be further south and close to the centre of the 1km2 chargeability anomaly as shown in Figure 2.  Drill permitting is currently in process to allow testing of this main zone to the south as can be seen in Figure 3. "What is encouraging are the initial grades from our first two holes on the margin of the system are similar to reported resource grades for other projects in the area and we still have yet to test the main zone. "I look forward to updating the market with assays pending for hole 3 and the high grade gold silver vein targets currently being drilled, as well as further updates from Hot Maden and our portfolio in general." The drilling completed to date at Ergama appears to confirm our conceptual model of a porphyry-style gold-copper system underlying, and slightly offset from, an essentially barren quartz-alunite(+/-clay) "lithocap". Drill holes ERD-01 and ERD-02 are the first holes to test this model and, whilst initial results have been positive, both the observed hydrothermal alteration assemblages and general increase in Au-Cu grades towards the south are suggesting that the key potassic zone (and likely the most metal-rich part of the system) is located to the south of current drilling. Permitting of drill holes in this area is currently in progress, with drilling expected to be undertaken as soon as the permits are granted. Previous drilling at the Ergama project by Newmont in 2004 was restricted to a short (1,140m in 8 holes) Reverse Circulation (RC) drill program. This RC program focused on the low temperature chalcedonic silica "caps" found on topographic highs within the northern part of the Ergama project, and only returned low level gold values (note that these "caps" form part of the barren "lithocap"). Newmont's only "deep" drill hole (244m total depth) was drilled in unmineralised volcanic rocks lying between our Main Porphyry Target and Porphyry Target B, leaving Mariana's 2017 drill program to be the first to test the porphyry gold-copper concept. Note- due to the nature of the samples true widths cannot be determined. Mineralised intervals presented in Table 1 are drill intersection widths and may not represent true widths of mineralisation. Drill core obtained from the diamond drill program is dominantly HQ-sized core with the remainder being PQ-sized core. All drill core was photographed and quick logged prior to sampling. Standard sampling protocol involved the halving of all drill core and sampling over generally 2 m intervals, with one half of the core being placed in a sealed sample bag and dispatched to the analytical laboratory for analysis and the other half remaining on site in core trays. Samples were analysed at ALS Laboratories' facility in Izmir, western Turkey. All samples have been analysed for gold using a 30g Fire Assay with AAS finish, in addition to a 35 element ICP-AES analysis of an aqua regia digest.  Samples in which ICP analyses returned greater than the maximum detection limit for the elements Ag (10 ppm), Cu (10,000 ppm), Fe (15%), Pb (10,000 ppm), and Zn (10,000 ppm) are reanalysed using the AAS analytical technique, Standards and blanks were inserted in to the analytical sequence on the basis of one standard or blank for every 20 samples and one duplicate sample approximately every 50 samples. Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) No HSE incidents have been reported during the current diamond drill program. Table 2: Technical data relating to the completed diamond drill holes ERD-01 to ERD-03 and proposed drill holes ERD-04 to ERD-07. Datum is UTM ED50 35S. Qualified Person The technical and scientific information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved for release by Eric Roth, the Company's Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and for the purposes of AIM rules.  Mr Roth is the Company's Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director and holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geology from the University of Western Australia, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), and is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG).  Dr Roth has 25 years of experience in international minerals exploration and mining project evaluation. About Mariana Resources Mariana Resources Ltd is a TSX.V and AIM (MARL) quoted exploration and development company with an extensive portfolio of gold, silver, and copper projects in South America, Turkey, and Ivory Coast. Mariana's most advanced asset is the Hot Maden gold-copper project in northeast Turkey, which is a joint venture with Turkish partner Lidya Madencilik (30% Mariana and 70% Lidya) and which is rapidly advancing to development.  On January 17, 2017, Mariana released the results of a Preliminary Economic Study ("PEA") which demonstrated exceptional potential economics for the Hot Maden Project (after-tax NPV and IRR of USD 1.37B and 153%, respectively) based on a development scenario incorporating a 1Mtpa underground mining / processing operation and the production of two saleable concentrates (a copper-gold concentrate and a gold-pyrite concentrate). This PEA was based on the updated (July 25, 2016) mineral resource estimate of 3.43 Moz gold equivalent (Indicated Category) and 0.09 Moz gold equivalent (Inferred Category) (100% basis) in the Main Zone, as well as a maiden 351,000 Moz gold equivalent (Inferred Category) (100% basis) resource in the New Southern Discovery. Elsewhere in Turkey, Mariana holds a 100% interest in the Ergama gold-copper project. On October 7, 2016, Mariana announced the signing of a binding Term Sheet to acquire an indirect 80% interest in Ivory Coast-focused private exploration company Awalé Resources SARL ("Awalé").  Through the transaction Mariana will gain an immediate foothold in an established exploration portfolio with known gold mineralisation and artisanal gold workings, and which comprises i) 3 granted contiguous licenses (1,191 km2) in the Bondoukou area, and ii) 4 licenses under application (1,593 km2) in both the Bondoukou and Abengourou areas. The Boundoukou concessions lie along the southwestern extension of the Birimian Bole-Nangodi greenstone belt in adjacent Ghana, host to a number of high grade orogenic gold deposits. In southern Argentina, the Company's core gold-silver projects are Las Calandrias (100%), Sierra Blanca (100%), Los Cisnes (100%), and Bozal (100%). These projects are part of a 100,000+ Ha land package in the Deseado Massif epithermal gold-silver district in mining-friendly Santa Cruz Province. In Suriname, Mariana has a direct holding of 10.2% of the Nassau Gold project. The Nassau Gold Project is a 28,000 Ha exploration concession located approximately 125 km south east of the capital Paramaribo and immediately adjacent to Newmont Mining's 4.2Moz gold Merian project. In Peru and Chile, Mariana is focusing on acquiring new opportunities which complement its current portfolio. *Au Equivalence (AuEq) calculated using a 100 day moving average of $US1,215/ounce for Au and $US2.13/pound for Cu as of May 29, 2016. No adjustment has been made for metallurgical recovery or net smelter return as these remain uncertain at this time. Based on grades and contained metal for Au and Cu, it is assumed that both commodities have reasonable potential to be economically extractable. Safe Harbour This press release contains certain statements which may be deemed to be forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are made as at the date of this press release and include, without limitation, statements regarding discussions of future plans, the realization, cost, timing and extent of mineral resource estimates, estimated future exploration expenditures, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, success of exploration activities, permitting time lines, and requirements for additional capital.  The words "plans", "expects", "budget", "scheduled", "estimate", "forecasts", "intend", "anticipate", "believe", "may", "will", or similar expressions or variations of such words are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: the effects of general economic conditions; the price of gold, silver and copper; misjudgements in the course of preparing forward-looking statements; risks associated with international operations; the need for additional financing; risks inherent in exploration results; conclusions of economic evaluations; changes in project parameters; currency and commodity price fluctuations; title matters; environmental liability claims; unanticipated operational risks; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or in the completion of development or construction activities; political risk; and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company's annual financial statements for the most recently completed financial year which is available on the Company's website at www.marianaresources.com .  Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions and have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.  There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements.  Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 21, 2017) - Aton Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:AAN) ("Aton" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that a diamond drill program is underway at the Company's Hamama deposit ("Hamama"). The drill program will look to increase sulphide resources at Hamama West, one of three contiguous zones at Hamama, and will also test a new exploration target, the Western Carbonate Zone. Hamama is situated within Aton's Abu Marawat concession ("Abu Marawat" or the "Concession"), located in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. At Hamama West there is good potential to increase sulphide resources by targeting the western extension of the Main Zone ("MZ"), which strikes under the Western Boundary Fault ("WBF"). Earlier drilling by Aton proved that the MZ continued beneath the WBF and that it may increase at depth. Drill hole AHA-062 encountered three distinct zones of mineralization toward the upper contact of the MZ, including 8.37 metres containing 1.72 g/t Au & 29.3 g/t Ag (see Figure 2 and the news release dated September 26, 2016). In addition, there is excellent potential to increase sulphide resources on the eastern flank of the MZ at Hamama West, which has not been tested to depth. The Western Carbonate Zone, located approximately 400 metres west-south west of Hamama West (see Figure 1), has never been drilled before and represents an excellent opportunity for Aton to potentially expand the footprint of mineralization in the Hamama area. Carbonate in this area has been mapped as having a potential surface thickness of approximately 100 metres. The drill program has been planned to intersect the interpreted position of the potentially mineralized carbonate horizon target at depths of approximately 50 metres and 100 metres below surface. "The drill program has been designed to accomplish two things," said Rick Cavaney, Aton's Vice President, Exploration. "The first thing we want to accomplish is to increase sulphide resources at Hamama West. We believe that we can accomplish this by drilling some deeper holes on the eastern flank of the Main Zone and by testing the western extension of Main Zone, where it strikes under the Western Boundary Fault. The second thing we set out to accomplish is to increase the potential size of the mineralized footprint in the Hamama area and the Western Carbonate Zone represents an excellent opportunity to do just that." "We are excited to restart drilling at Hamama," said Mark Campbell, President and CEO of Aton. "We were very happy with the results from last year's drilling campaign, which contributed to a robust maiden resource estimate for Hamama West, and believe that this drill program will help us to outline additional gold resources." In addition to the diamond drilling program, Aton has completed a 240km2 WorldView-3 multispectral survey over the Hamama and Abu Marawat gold deposit areas. Further, Aton has been notified that Crone Geophysics and Exploration Ltd.'s equipment is in country. The Company expects the geophysical program to start within the next month. The geophysical program will consist of ground magnetic, ground EM and downhole EM geophysical surveys, with the primary goal of delineating new geophysical targets, and improving the geological understanding of the mineralized horizon at Hamama. A geophysical program will also be conducted over an 8-km long hydrothermally altered and mineralized zone between the Abu Marawat gold deposit and Miranda. The Hamama deposit ("Hamama") is located at the western end of the 40-km long gold trend at the Abu Marawat concession and is comprised of three zones, Hamama West, Hamama Central and Hamama East. The mineralized horizon at Hamama has a strike length of approximately 3-km and remains open to the west and the east. Mapping indicates that the horizon may extend another 1.8-kms to the east. Further exploration work will be conducted to confirm this. Other potentially mineralized horizons, separate from the main mineralized horizon, have also been mapped in the general Hamama area. Aton Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:AAN) is focused on its 100% owned Abu Marawat concession, located in Egypt's Arabian-Nubian Shield, approximately 200-km north of Centamin's Sukari gold mine. Aton has identified a 40-km long gold trend at Abu Marawat, anchored by the Hamama deposit in the west and the Abu Marawat deposit in the east. In addition to Hamama and Abu Marawat, the trend contains numerous gold exploration targets, including two historic gold mines. Abu Marawat is over 738km2 in size and is located in an area of excellent infrastructure, a four-lane highway, a 220kV power line and a water pipeline are in close proximity. The technical information contained in this News Release was prepared by Roderick Cavaney BSc, MSc (hons), MSc (Mining & Exploration Geology), FAusIMM, SEG, GSA, SME, Vice President, Exploration, of Aton Resources Inc. Mr. Cavaney is a qualified person (QP) under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. For further information regarding Aton Resources Inc., please visit us at www.atonresources.com. Some of the statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements. Since forward- looking statements address future events and conditions; by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 21, 2016) - Adventus Zinc Corporation ("Adventus Zinc" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company has closed a C$8,000,000 seed capital financing with a select group of strategic investors, including Resource Capital Funds, Greenstone Resources, Altius Resources Inc. ("Altius"), a subsidiary of Altius Minerals Corporation ("AMC") (TSX:ALS), John Tognetti, Equinox Funds, directors Mark Wellings and Sally Eyre and its CEO, Christian Kargl-Simard, through the issuance of 32,000,000 common shares of the Company ("Common Shares"). These strategic investors are well aligned in support of the Company and its ambitions for zinc exploration and the acquisition of significant zinc development projects. In addition, Adventus Zinc yesterday filed a preliminary prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Alberta and British ColumbiaΓÇï for a proposed C$3,000,000 initial public offering of Common Shares (the "IPO"), led by Haywood Securities Inc. (the "Agent"). The proceeds from the IPO and the seed capital financing are planned to be spent on work programs at the Company's Buchans Project in Newfoundland and the Rathkeale and Lismore Project in Ireland, as well as for general corporate purposes and working capital and for other purposes described in the preliminary prospectus. It is expected that post closing of the IPO, Adventus Zinc will have approximately C$9.8M in working capital. The IPO is expected to close on or about February 7, 2017. The preliminary prospectus contains important information relating to the Common Shares and the Company and is still subject to completion or amendment. Copies of the preliminary prospectus are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or from the Agent. There will not be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy the Common Shares until a receipt for the final prospectus has been issued. Adventus Zinc acquired from Altius and its subsidiaries an extensive portfolio of zinc exploration projects in Ireland and Eastern Canada, which Altius had been assembling over the past 4 years. Ireland hosts Europe's largest zinc mine and Adventus Zinc's lands comprise the second largest license portfolio in the country, including Rathkeale, which hosts the projected westward extension of structures related to Glencore's Pallas Green Project and Teck/Connemara's Stonepark Project. In Eastern Canada, the Company holds the land position surrounding the old Buchans mine located in Newfoundland, one of the highest grade polymetallic VMS mines in the world. In addition to advancing its exploration lands, Adventus Zinc intends to pursue the acquisition of advanced zinc projects. Adventus Zinc has created a database of zinc-related projects based on defined criteria, with the view of acquiring additional projects over the next 6-12 months. Altius and the co-founding strategic investors of Adventus Zinc will each contribute technical and financial expertise to this effort. Christian Kargl-Simard, President and CEO stated, "I am thrilled with the depth and level of support received in the $8,000,000 strategic seed financing round. Adventus Zinc has the right backers and people, and now is the perfect time to be positioning a new zinc vehicle in the markets. We have high aspirations of making Adventus Zinc the next mid-tier base metals company through exploration and corporate development activities." Adventus Zinc will be based in Toronto, and the Company plans to enter into an interim services agreement with Altius in January, 2017 for management and administrative support. The Company's management and board of directors consists of the following people: Christian Kargl-Simard is a professional engineer with over 13 years' experience in the mining industry, having worked both in technical and finance roles. Prior to joining Adventus Zinc, Christian worked for 6.5 years with Raymond James Ltd., an investment dealer, leaving as Senior Vice President, Investment Banking, and worked prior to that with Haywood Securities Inc. During his time with Raymond James Ltd. and Haywood Securities Inc., Christian was involved in financings raising more than $7 billion, and he assisted in completing over 35 M&A transactions with companies such as Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., AMC, Trevali Mining Corporation, Victoria Gold Corp., Coeur Mining, Inc., Atlantic Gold Corporation and Tahoe Resources Inc. Christian also worked for Dynatec Corporation in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta up to its sale to Sherritt International Corp. in 2007, both in metallurgical engineering and corporate development roles. Christian is an author or co-author of three published technical papers in the field of hydrometallurgy. His B.A.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering comes from the University of British Columbia. Ben Lewis joined AMC's executive team as Chief Financial Officer in 2006. Prior to joining AMC, Ben held roles with increasing levels of responsibility with both private and public companies. His most recent position was that of Corporate Controller for NYSE and TSX-listed CHC Helicopter Corporation. His responsibilities with AMC include overseeing its financial management and reporting as well as contributing valuation and structuring expertise to its project generation initiatives. Ben graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1991 and earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 1993. Brian Dalton co-founded AMC as a junior mining company in 1997 and has served as its CEO and as a director since then. AMC is now a leading global diversified mining royalty company with revenue from 14 producing mines and is a member of the TSX/S&P Global Mining Index. He has also previously served as a director of Rambler Metals and Mining plc, Aurora Energy Resources Inc. and Alderon Iron Ore Corp., all of which were spun out around AMC-generated projects. Brian has overseen completion of numerous project-level agreements with a wide array of senior to junior mining and exploration companies and has had key involvement with the raising of several hundred millions of dollars in capital for resource projects. Chad Wells has been the V.P. Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary at AMC since January 2005. He has played key and diverse roles related to its major royalty acquisitions, project generation deal structuring and management of its equities portfolio. Chad has cultivated strong relationships with a variety of retail, high net worth and institutional investors throughout North America. Prior to joining AMC, Chad worked with Vale Canada Limited at its Voisey's Bay mine following his graduation from Memorial University's Earth Science Program. Michael Haworth co-founded private equity fund Greenstone Resources LP in 2013 after a 16-year career in the mining sector, including Managing Director and Head of Mining and Metals Corporate Finance of JP Morgan in London. Since leaving in 2006, Michael founded and subsequently listed Zanaga Iron Ore Company Limited (AIM) and Ncondezi Coal Company Limited (now Ncondezi Energy Limited) (AIM). Together with Greenstone Resources LP's co-founder, Michael oversees all aspects of the management of the fund. Michael also serves as a director of Greenstone Management Ltd., the fund's general partner, and is senior partner of Greenstone Capital LLP, an investment advisor to the fund. Sally Eyre is a mining finance professional with extensive experience in global resource capital markets and mining operations. During 2011 to 2014 she served as President & CEO of Copper North Mining Corp., a mining exploration and development company, and prior to that she served as Senior Vice President, Operations at Endeavour Mining Corporation, responsible for a portfolio of exploration, development and production projects throughout West Africa. Dr. Eyre also served as President & CEO of Etruscan Resources Inc. (now Endeavour Mining Corp.), a gold company with producing assets in West Africa. She has served as Director of Business Development for Endeavour Financial Ltd. and has held executive positions with a number of other Canadian resource companies. She currently serves on the board of Japan Gold Corp. Dr. Eyre has a PhD in Economic Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London where her doctoral dissertation focused on Irish-type zinc deposits. Dr. Eyre is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and a former Director of the SEG Canada Foundation. Mark Wellings is a mining professional with over 25 years' international experience in both the mining industry and mining finance sector. He currently serves as Principal on INFOR Financial Group's investment banking team. He served for 18 years at GMP Securities L.P., including as Managing Director of Investment Banking. Mark has worked on some of the Canadian mining industry's largest transactions, both in equity financing and M&A. He has also worked in the mining industry directly with a variety of companies including Derry, Michener, Booth & Wahl Ltd., Arimco N.L., Inco Ltd. and Watts Griffis McOuat Limited, acquiring valuable hands-on experience in exploration, development and production. Mark has been the CEO and President of Eurotin Inc., a mineral exploration and development company, since December 2015 and an independent director of Gran Colombia Gold Corp. since January 22, 2016. The Company granted options to its CEO, independent directors and its Irish exploration team for a total of 2.25M shares exercisable at $0.25 per share expiring in 5 years, and vesting over a 3-year period. This news release contains forward-looking information. Forward looking information contained in this new release includes, but is not limited to, the intentions of Adventus Zinc to complete the IPO, the planned use of the proceeds of the IPO and the seed capital financing, the expected closing date of the IPO, its plans to pursue the acquisition and advancement of zinc projects, and the expected future contributions of Altius and strategic investors to Adventus Zinc. These statements are based on information currently available to Adventus Zinc and Adventus Zinc provides no assurance that actual results will meet management's expectations. In certain cases, forward-looking information may be identified by such terms as "anticipates", "believes", "could", "estimates", "expects", "may", "shall", "will", or "would". Forward-looking information contained in this news release is based on certain factors and assumptions regarding, among other things, the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals, the ability of Adventus Zinc to complete the IPO, and other similar matters. While Adventus Zinc considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. Although Adventus Zinc believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking information are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking information. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include, among other things, changes in market conditions, changes in the prices of commodities, unanticipated changes in key management personnel, general economic and political conditions, the risk that Adventus Zinc's IPO may not be completed, and the failure to receive applicable regulatory approvals, as well as the other risk factors described in Adventus Zinc's preliminary prospectus in respect of the IPO. Accordingly, actual events may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the forward-looking information in this news release. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking information in this news release. Adventus Zinc does not undertake to update any forward-looking information that may be made from time to time by Adventus Zinc or on its behalf, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. Adventus Zinc is a recently formed company focused on zinc exploration in Ireland and Eastern Canada, as well as pursing the acquisition of one of more major zinc projects currently held by the larger mining houses. Its major shareholders are some of the most respectable and savvy investors in the mining business, providing significant financial and technical support. The Company is based out of Toronto, Canada, and has applied for the listing of its common shares on the TSX Venture Exchange. No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved the contents of this press release. These securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any U.S. state securities law and may not be offered or sold in the United States except in compliance with the registration requirements of the said Act and applicable U.S. state securities laws or pursuant to an exemption therefrom.


News Article | September 28, 2016
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No statistical methods were used to predetermine sample size. The experiments were not randomized and the investigators were not blinded to allocation during experiments and outcome assessment. From the large collection of hybrid rice (n = 1,495) that had been sequenced and phenotyped, seventeen hybrid combinations were carefully selected to construct F populations, generating a total of 10,074 individual lines. The 17 combinations contained all major types of hybrid varieties in rice with a relatively high genetic diversity. The genomic DNA was extracted from the fresh leaf tissue of each F plant using the DNeasy Plant Mini Kit (Qiagen). The sequencing library was constructed with an insert size of 200–400 bp using TruePrep Tagment Enzyme (Tn5 transposase, Vazyme), which was then indexed with dual index primers (24 barcodes in one end and 16 barcodes in the other end for the paired-end reads) and amplified using TruePrep Amplify Enzyme39. The indexed DNA samples of 384 F lines with different barcodes were then mixed together in an equal molar concentration, followed with the purification by silica membrane column and the size-selection by agarose gel electrophoresis. Each mixture was loaded into one lane of the Illumina HiSeq2500 system. Overall, 10,074 individual lines was sequenced, generating 100-bp paired-end reads of ~1 terabase. Each F line had approximately 0.2× genome coverage. The paired-end reads of each F line were aligned against the reference genome sequence (IRGSP releases build 4.0 pseudomolecules of rice) individually using the package SMALT (version 0.5.7) with the parameters of ‘-i 700 -j 50 -m 50’. Only the reads mapped uniquely to the reference genome sequence were retained for SNP calling. Genotype calling was carried out in any chromosomal region covered by a given number of SNPs. The window size (the number of n consecutive SNPs in a window) was allowed to vary according to the marker density. For most F lines from indica–indica crosses, fifteen consecutive SNPs were used as a single window. We applied a sliding window approach to evaluate the raw calls of multiple SNPs and performed the genotype calling using a Bayesian-based algorithm14. The window slid along a chromosome at a step size of one SNP, until all the genotypes were called for the entire chromosome. The recombination map was constructed for each chromosome in 10,074 F lines. Detailed procedures in genotyping, recombination breakpoint determination and map construction were implemented in the pipeline SEG-Map with default parameters14. The F seeds from the 17 populations were germinated and planted in the experimental fields in Hangzhou, China (at N 30.32, E 120.12) in summer of 2014 from May to October. The phenotyping for this work involved a wide range of grain-yield traits in the field. All the F lines were grown in the consecutive farmland with well-distributed soil status in uniform condition with low use of fertilizers. Some hybrids and the restorer lines were also planted to estimate the yield advantage. Heading date was recorded daily as the number of days from sowing to the observation of first inflorescences that emerged above the flag leaf sheath. Plant height was measured from the soil surface to the apex of the tallest panicle. Tiller angle was measured between tiller and the ground level when panicles fully emerged. The yield-related traits, including panicle number, grain number per panicle, seed-setting rate and grain weight per 1,000 grains, were measured in the laboratory following harvest. Grain weight was initially obtained by weighing ~600 fully filled grains, which was then converted to a 1,000-grain weight value. The panicle number and the spikelets produced per panicle were counted manually. In each F population, QTL analysis of the yield traits was performed by the composite interval mapping (CIM) method implemented in the software Windows QTL Cartogapher (version 2.5)40 with the cross type of SF2, a window size of 10-cM and a step size of 2 cM. The LOD values were determined on the basis of likelihood ratio tests under a hypothesis allowing both additive and dominance effects. QTLs with LOD value higher than 3.5 were called, of which the physical location was retrieved from the peak location. The newly identified QTLs were uniformly named according to the major trait, chromosome and physical location (for example, GW3p6 represented a QTL for grain weight in the short arm of chromosome 3 within the genomic loci of 6–7 Mb). Integrating the ultra-dense genotype map of each F population and the haplotype map of their parental lines, the genotype calls were assigned at 1.7 million common SNPs for all the 10,074 F line. Principal component analysis of the SNPs was performed using the software EIGENSOFT (version 5.0.1)41, and the first two principal components were used in the analysis of the genetic structure of the 17 populations. Using the combined genotypic information, association analysis was conducted by the mixed model to correct for pedigree relatedness using EMMAX software package42. After filtering the SNPs with high missing data rate (20%) and low minor-allele frequency (2%), a total of 1,482,139 SNPs were used in final associations. The matrix of simple matching coefficients was used to build up the kinship matrix (10,074 × 10,074) for the correction. We defined a whole-genome significance threshold (1 × 10−6) according to permutation tests. Previously we constructed a genome map for 1,495 elite hybrid rice varieties and their inbred parental lines through whole-genome sequencing13. The whole-genome data of the parental lines of 1,063 hybrid rice varieties of type A and 254 of type B were re-analysed for scanning highly differentiated loci between the group of restorer lines and that of CMS lines. The differentiation statistics (F ) were computed in each 100-kb window across 12 rice chromosomes. For 1,495 elite hybrid rice varieties, we carried out GWAS for heading date, grain number, colouration, grain quality and disease-resistance traits in the previous publication13. The lead SNPs for Hd3a, ALK, Waxy, OsC1, Pi2/Pi9 and TAC1 from previous GWAS13, 43 were used to calculate their allele frequencies in the 1,063 pairs of restorer lines and CMS lines in type A. In order to identify allelic variation (especially SNPs and indels in coding regions) for the identified QTLs in the large populations, all the Illumina reads were mapped to the reference rice genome with BWA (version 0.7.1)44 using default parameters to generate the BAM files. For the mapped reads, PCR duplicates were removed by the ‘MarkDuplicates’ module in Picard package (version 1.119). To reduce miscalls caused by misalignment in highly polymorphic regions, we realigned the reads at the target loci with the ‘IndelRealigner’ function in the GenomeAnalysisTK (version 3.4.0)45. Taking all of the realigned BAM results together, the sequence variants of high quality were called using ‘UnifiedGenotyper’ in the GenomeAnalysisTK and filtered by the base depths (≥5 at least). Effects of the sequence variants were evaluated according to the gene models of Nipponbare in the RAP-DB (release 2) across the rice genome, with manual checks for the coding structures of the well-characterized genes in rice. The candidate genes from GWAS and linkage analysis were identified based on both the genetic mapping information and the allelic mutations observed from the sequence reads. Using the comprehensive dataset, the allelic variation and their combinations for the key genes (including Hd3a, TAC1, Ehd1, LAX1, Tms5 and OsSPL14) were examined across the 17 populations. After the QTLs were identified, allele effect was first assessed through a comparison of both homozygous genotypes. The average phenotypic measurements of heterozygous genotypes and homozygous genotypes were further calculated for the estimations of the index of dominance-effect/additive-effect (d/a) and the index of middle parent heterosis for each QTL. Two-tailed t-tests were used to evaluate the significance of the phenotypic contribution of the heterozygous genotypes versus the genotypes of male parents at the key loci, including Hd3a and TAC1. The measurements with a seed-setting rate <20% and grain yield per plant <5 g were excluded from the comparisons to avoid the influence of sterile traits. For the TAC1 gene underlying tiller angle, the planting number per unit area was modelled using the formula n = C/(cosα)2, where n is the plant number per mu (one fifteenth of a hectare), C was an empirical constant (given as 2,500 here for typical inbred indica lines) and α was the tiller angle measured between the tiller and the ground level. For modelling the genetic architecture of heading date, multiple linear regressions were performed to examine the effects of diverse allelic combinations in four major loci (Hd3a, Ghd7, Hd2 and Ehd1) using the ‘proc reg’ procedure in SAS. The late-flowering alleles of Hd3a and Ehd1 came from female parents and those of Ghd7 and Hd2 were from male parents. Before fitting the model, each marker was recorded. The value 0 was used for the allele from male parents, the value 1 was used for that from female parents and the value for heterozygous genotype depended on the dominance effect of each gene. In the modelling procedure, we only used the genotypic data at the four loci and the phenotypic data for heading date in one type-A population (Guanghui998 × Tianfeng), which resulted in the estimates for recoding, weighting and the intercept. The estimates from this training population were used for the prediction of heading date in the remaining eight populations. The value R was calculated from the correlation between the predicted values from modelling and the observed phenotypic data for heading date in eight populations.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Southeastern Grocers (SEG), home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, announces its largest-ever transformation of private label product, which will span approximately 3,000 items across all categories throughout each banner specific store throughout 2017. To date, Southeastern Grocers has tested more than 2,330 own brand items, which led to improved quality reformulations on more than 2,260 products, and over the next year, the roll-out across all stores will provide superior quality, greater value and differentiation to customers without increasing the price. Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “Not only are we transforming by investing in our stores and in lower prices, but we are also investing in the quality of our products. I am pleased to announce our largest-ever program of product development, with the launch of three new and refreshed Southeastern Grocers brands – SE Grocers Essentials, SE Grocers and Prestige. “By purchasing new Southeastern Grocers own brand items, customers will enjoy known brand quality at own brand price savings between 20% and 30% on their groceries… and if you don’t agree, then you can have the own brand product on us! We are committed to providing quality products to our customers!” Southeastern Grocers is also launching three new, exciting brands which will be appearing in store through the coming months. These new brands are: Southeastern Grocers has put its focus on improving the overall quality of the own brand products offered across the four grocery brands in the southeast, including the development of a test kitchen and sensory lab tasting facility at their Florida headquarters. The SEG Sensory Lab has been utilized to conduct both product development and consumer taste-testing trials throughout the year to capture valuable insights on its own brand product line. Some of the new and improved products to land on the shelf this month include: Southeastern Grocers understands customers are seeking fresh, healthy, affordable food, which has led to substantial enhancements across the entire own brand product line, including: For more information about the SE Grocers private label product line, go online to BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie. Southeastern Grocers, LLC, is the fifth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the U.S. and the second-largest conventional supermarket in the southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.frescoymas.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. and TREVOSE, Pa., Nov. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steiner Education Group, Inc. (SEG), a leading provider of massage and skin care education with 30 campuses across the country, and Hand and Stone Franchise Corp. (Hand & Stone), a fast growing spa franchise company with 300 locations nationwide, have announced an agreement to provide the opportunity for SEG students at participating SEG campuses to interview for a job with Hand & Stone franchises in their areas. “We are thrilled to be working with the SEG to develop this industry leading program that will help place their highly qualified graduates into Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spas. As a fast growing national concept, we have openings throughout the country that SEG can help us fill. Just as important, since their graduates receive the best hands-on and technical education available, we are certain they meet our high standards for massage therapists and skin care professionals who want to start a rewarding career with Hand & Stone,” said Todd Leff, President and CEO of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spas. The agreement provides that a Hand & Stone representative with hiring authority for spas in the area around a participating SEG campus will come to the campus to interview students for available massage therapy and skin care positions. Hand & Stone will also provide a limited amount of free continuing education courses and other benefits to SEG graduates at participating campuses. The agreement is anticipated to be effective for students who start school in 2017. “The demand for massage therapists and skin care professionals is very high, and SEG is focused on ensuring that our graduates have access to all of the best career opportunities.” said Jarrett Erasmous, Vice President of Steiner Education Group. “With this agreement, we expect to not only help Hand & Stone fill the many available positions created by their growth, but we will also increase the opportunities for our graduates to become part of this very exciting spa company. We are looking forward to growing this relationship to provide additional benefits to Hand & Stone and to SEG students and graduates.” ABOUT STEINER EDUCATION GROUP SEG offers massage therapy and skin care schools at 30 locations in 13 states, providing innovative and practical education designed to ensure that students graduate as experienced practitioners, ready to work. SEG is a division of Steiner Leisure Limited. Steiner Leisure Limited is a worldwide provider and innovator in the fields of beauty, wellness and education, dedicated to maintaining the highest quality standards and continually evolving to include and anticipate new developments within the industry. For more information on SEG, visit www.SteinerEd.com. ABOUT HAND & STONE Hand & Stone is a 300 unit massage and facial spa chain with a mission to bring massage and facial services to the masses. Launched in 2004 by a passionate physical therapist, John Marco and now led by franchise veteran Todd Leff, Hand & Stone now has locations in 28 states and Canada. For more information on Hand & Stone, visit www.handandstone.com.


News Article | February 23, 2017
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Společnost MetLife, Inc. (burzovní index NYSE: MET) dnes oznámila, že dosáhla svého cíle z roku 2015 stát se „uhlíkově neutrální“. Je první pojišťovací společnosti ve Spojených státech amerických, které se to podařilo. 1. Stát se do roku 2016 uhlíkově neutrální a tento stav udržet i do dalších let. Kterékoli z těchto výhledových prohlášení se může ukázat jako nesprávné. Může být ovlivněno nesprávným odhadem nebo známými i neznámými riziky a nejasnostmi. Mnohé z těchto faktorů budou mít význam pro stanovení skutečných budoucích výsledků společnosti MetLife, Inc., jejích poboček a dceřiných společnosti. Tato prohlášení jsou založena na aktuálních očekáváních a aktuálním ekonomickém prostředí. Zahrnují celou řadu rizik a nejasností, které lze obtížně předvídat. Tato prohlášení nejsou zárukou budoucích výsledků. Skutečné výsledky se mohou zcela lišit od těch, které jsou uvedené nebo popsané v těchto výhledových prohlášeních. Rizika, nejasnosti a další faktory, které mohou takové rozdíly způsobit, zahrnují rizika a další faktory uvedené v poslední výroční zprávě společnosti MetLife, Inc. na formuláři 10-K (dále jen „výroční zpráva“), kterou firma předkládá americké Komisi pro cenné papíry (dále jen „SEG“), čtvrtletních hlášeních na formuláři 10-Q , kterou společnost MetLife, Inc. předloží komisi SEC po datu předložení výroční zprávy. Poznámka týkající se výhledových prohlášení a rizikových faktorů a dalších hlášení, které společnost MetLife, Inc. předkládá komisi SEC. Společnost MetLife, Inc. nemá žádnou povinnost veřejně opravovat nebo aktualizovat jakákoli výhledová prohlášení, pokud společnost MetLife, Inc. V průběhu času zjistí, že taková prohlášení se jí pravděpodobně nepodaří naplnit. Prosím sledujte další zprávy společnosti MetLife, Inc., které se týkají souvisejících témat ve zprávách pro komisi SEC.

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