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News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign™ group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health care, hospice care, and assisted living companies, announced today that on May 1, 2017, a subsidiary of Cornerstone Healthcare, Inc., Ensign’s home health and hospice portfolio company, acquired Voto Home Health, a Medicare-certified home health agency servicing King County, Washington.    “We are excited to announce this strategic acquisition to our home health portfolio,” said Christopher Christensen, Ensign’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Seattle is the largest healthcare market in the Pacific Northwest and this acquisition is a key step in Cornerstone’s growth and development.” “The agency is our fourth in Washington and reflects our commitment to the State and its residents,” said Cornerstone’s President Daniel Walker. “We are driven by our mission to expand access to life-changing home health services and look forward to supporting and partnering with this strong local team to expand our services to the Seattle area.” Upon approval from the State of Washington, the agency will be known as Rainier Home Health and will serve patients in all areas of King County. With the acquisition, Cornerstone subsidiaries now operate twenty hospice operations, eighteen home health operations, and three home care operations in nine western states. Mr. Walker affirmed that Cornerstone is actively seeking additional opportunities to acquire both well-performing and struggling home health, hospice, and home care operations across the United States. Mr. Walker affirmed that he expects the operations to be accretive to earnings in 2017. The Ensign Group, Inc.'s independent operating subsidiaries provide a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and assisted living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, home health and hospice services, and other rehabilitative and healthcare services at 215 healthcare facilities, twenty hospice agencies, eighteen home health agencies and three home care businesses across fourteen states. More information about Ensign is available at http://www.ensigngroup.net.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign™ group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health care, hospice care, and assisted living companies, announced today that on May 1, 2017, a subsidiary of Cornerstone Healthcare, Inc., Ensign’s home health and hospice portfolio company, acquired Voto Home Health, a Medicare-certified home health agency servicing King County, Washington.    “We are excited to announce this strategic acquisition to our home health portfolio,” said Christopher Christensen, Ensign’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Seattle is the largest healthcare market in the Pacific Northwest and this acquisition is a key step in Cornerstone’s growth and development.” “The agency is our fourth in Washington and reflects our commitment to the State and its residents,” said Cornerstone’s President Daniel Walker. “We are driven by our mission to expand access to life-changing home health services and look forward to supporting and partnering with this strong local team to expand our services to the Seattle area.” Upon approval from the State of Washington, the agency will be known as Rainier Home Health and will serve patients in all areas of King County. With the acquisition, Cornerstone subsidiaries now operate twenty hospice operations, eighteen home health operations, and three home care operations in nine western states. Mr. Walker affirmed that Cornerstone is actively seeking additional opportunities to acquire both well-performing and struggling home health, hospice, and home care operations across the United States. Mr. Walker affirmed that he expects the operations to be accretive to earnings in 2017. The Ensign Group, Inc.'s independent operating subsidiaries provide a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and assisted living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, home health and hospice services, and other rehabilitative and healthcare services at 215 healthcare facilities, twenty hospice agencies, eighteen home health agencies and three home care businesses across fourteen states. More information about Ensign is available at http://www.ensigngroup.net.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign™ group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health care, hospice care, and assisted living companies, announced today that on May 1, 2017, a subsidiary of Cornerstone Healthcare, Inc., Ensign’s home health and hospice portfolio company, acquired Voto Home Health, a Medicare-certified home health agency servicing King County, Washington.    “We are excited to announce this strategic acquisition to our home health portfolio,” said Christopher Christensen, Ensign’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Seattle is the largest healthcare market in the Pacific Northwest and this acquisition is a key step in Cornerstone’s growth and development.” “The agency is our fourth in Washington and reflects our commitment to the State and its residents,” said Cornerstone’s President Daniel Walker. “We are driven by our mission to expand access to life-changing home health services and look forward to supporting and partnering with this strong local team to expand our services to the Seattle area.” Upon approval from the State of Washington, the agency will be known as Rainier Home Health and will serve patients in all areas of King County. With the acquisition, Cornerstone subsidiaries now operate twenty hospice operations, eighteen home health operations, and three home care operations in nine western states. Mr. Walker affirmed that Cornerstone is actively seeking additional opportunities to acquire both well-performing and struggling home health, hospice, and home care operations across the United States. Mr. Walker affirmed that he expects the operations to be accretive to earnings in 2017. The Ensign Group, Inc.'s independent operating subsidiaries provide a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and assisted living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, home health and hospice services, and other rehabilitative and healthcare services at 215 healthcare facilities, twenty hospice agencies, eighteen home health agencies and three home care businesses across fourteen states. More information about Ensign is available at http://www.ensigngroup.net.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign™ group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health care, hospice care, and assisted living companies, announced today that on May 1, 2017, a subsidiary of Cornerstone Healthcare, Inc., Ensign’s home health and hospice portfolio company, acquired Voto Home Health, a Medicare-certified home health agency servicing King County, Washington.    “We are excited to announce this strategic acquisition to our home health portfolio,” said Christopher Christensen, Ensign’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Seattle is the largest healthcare market in the Pacific Northwest and this acquisition is a key step in Cornerstone’s growth and development.” “The agency is our fourth in Washington and reflects our commitment to the State and its residents,” said Cornerstone’s President Daniel Walker. “We are driven by our mission to expand access to life-changing home health services and look forward to supporting and partnering with this strong local team to expand our services to the Seattle area.” Upon approval from the State of Washington, the agency will be known as Rainier Home Health and will serve patients in all areas of King County. With the acquisition, Cornerstone subsidiaries now operate twenty hospice operations, eighteen home health operations, and three home care operations in nine western states. Mr. Walker affirmed that Cornerstone is actively seeking additional opportunities to acquire both well-performing and struggling home health, hospice, and home care operations across the United States. Mr. Walker affirmed that he expects the operations to be accretive to earnings in 2017. The Ensign Group, Inc.'s independent operating subsidiaries provide a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and assisted living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, home health and hospice services, and other rehabilitative and healthcare services at 215 healthcare facilities, twenty hospice agencies, eighteen home health agencies and three home care businesses across fourteen states. More information about Ensign is available at http://www.ensigngroup.net.


This class action challenges the Washington State Patrol's (WSP) failure to give qualified veterans hiring and promotion preference as required by state law, RCW 41.04.010. The plaintiffs who represent the class are current and former troopers Christina Martin, Jason Longoria, Charles Arnold, John Sager, Darrel Nash, Erick Thomas, Darin Foster, and Luis Gonzalez. These troopers and the class are represented by Peter Romer-Friedman of Outten & Golden LLP, and R. Joseph Barton of Block & Leviton LLP, prominent class action employment lawyers based in Washington, D.C.; and the Law Office of Thomas G. Jarrard PLLC, and Crotty & Son Law Firm PLLC, Spokane-based firms that are owned and operated by veterans who focus their practices on assisting veterans and service members. Under the settlement, the State of Washington will pay $13 million dollars to compensate WSP employees and applicants who were denied veterans' preference in the hiring and promotion process. Out of the $13 million, current and former troopers will receive back pay and benefits for the time they were denied employment. Payments also will be made to veterans who applied but were not hired by WSP. Additionally, hiring and seniority dates will be corrected for numerous current and former troopers. Plaintiffs' expert estimates that correcting the seniority dates will increase the collective retirement benefits of current and former troopers by an estimated $2 million. Finally, the WSP has agreed to institute procedures to ensure that the veterans' preference is available at the time of promotion for troopers who are called to military service and return to the WSP. Tina Martin, a lead plaintiff, said, "I am excited about this settlement and I appreciate that the State has corrected this problem. I believe that in the future all veterans' preference points will be properly handled." Thomas G. Jarrard, plaintiffs' counsel and a retired U.S. Marine, said, "These men and women served their country with honor and distinction, so it was an honor for me to serve those veterans in this case." Matthew Z. Crotty, a veteran, said, "I appreciate the courage that Tina Martin showed in coming forward with this case and inspiring others to do the same. It is not easy to sue your current employer. But Tina Martin, Charles Arnold, Darrel Nash, Luis Gonzalez, Erick Thomas, Jason Longoria, John Sager, and Darin Foster banded together to do just that. Nearly 900 veterans will be better off because of it." Peter Romer-Friedman, counsel at Outten & Golden LLP, said, "We are excited to announce the largest settlement in the history of USERRA. Federal law prohibits workplace discrimination against veterans. We will not rest until all employers treat our veterans with the respect and dignity they deserve." R. Joseph Barton, a partner at Block & Leviton, said, "I am honored to have represented these veterans in their efforts in obtaining a favorable resolution of these claims on behalf of their fellow veterans. I commend Washington State for resolving these claims and correcting these issues." The case is Tina Martin v. State of Washington, Case No. 2014-02-000016-7, in the Superior Court of the State of Washington, Spokane County. For more information about the settlement, visit: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/outten--golden-llp-washington-state-troopers-who-served-in-military-win-15-million-historic-settlement-over-denial-of-veterans-preference-300453331.html


ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Federal Student Aid (FSA), a principal office within the U.S. Department of Education, plays a central role in postsecondary education as the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. FSA ensures that all eligible individuals may benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school. FSA currently manages over $150 billion per year in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Through this five year, single award IDIQ contract, Fila Group will provide FSA with a broad range of critical services including strategic planning, investment management, capital planning and investment control, enterprise architecture, data management, security architecture, and enterprise governance, among others. “We are thrilled to provide FSA with an integrated suite of strategic services that will not only support more informed decision-making, but will also support the wiser spending of taxpayer dollars over the next five years,” remarked Jonathan Keough, President of Fila Group. Founded in 2004, Fila Group provides expert advice and services in the areas of IT strategy & transformation, enterprise architecture planning & execution, capital planning and investment control, business process reengineering, and more. Fila Group customers include: Department of Education, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of the Interior, Department of Labor, US Forest Service, Federal Student Aid, General Services Administration, Department of Transportation, State of Minnesota, State of Virginia, State of Washington. Fila Group is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.filagroup.com.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.newscientist.com

MORE than 100 technology firms have signed a legal brief opposing President Trump’s immigration ban, arguing that it will harm the US economy. Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are among the 127 signatories on the letter, which has been filed to a US appeals court in support of a lawsuit brought by the State of Washington. The lawsuit challenges Trump’s executive order blocking nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. Last Friday, a federal judge put the order temporarily on hold. The tech firms argue that the executive order violates the US constitution and “is inflicting substantial harm on US companies”. They say that the ban will prevent them from hiring the best talent and that “American workers and the economy will suffer as a result”. Uber has also signed the brief. The taxi firm faced a mass boycott after it was accused of profiting from a taxi driver strike at New York’s JFK airport in protest at the ban. CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from Trump’s business council following the uproar. SpaceX and Tesla, owned by Elon Musk, were not originally signatories, but signed the brief after it was released. Musk has been criticised for continuing to advise Trump, but has argued that “engaging on critical issues will on balance serve the greater good”. This article appeared in print under the headline “Tech turns on Trump”


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

BONSALL, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 15, 2017) - MARIJUANA COMPANY OF AMERICA ("MCOA" or the "Company") ( : MCOA), an innovative cannabis and hemp marketing and distribution Company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent ("LOI") while performing due diligence to finalize a joint venture agreement with Bougainville Ventures, Inc. ("BV") for the purpose of housing tenant growers engaging in the cultivation, processing and commercial availability of legal marijuana in the State of Washington. Subject to the execution of a final definitive agreement, the terms of the LOI are that MCOA will invest up to $1 million in cash in a newly formed entity and receive 50% equity ownership and 50% share in net profits produced by the joint venture. Bougainville Ventures, Inc. will contribute its expertise in establishing facilities related to the production, processing and management for tenant growers utilizing an I-502 Tier 3 license, with leased property, established partnerships, licensing agreements and marketing relationships. Donald Steinberg, MCOA President and CEO said, "We are looking forward to getting seed in the ground and ramping up this partnership with Andy Jagpal and Bougainville Ventures. This partnership further strengthens our supply chain and enables MCOA to produce the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices." "We couldn't be happier than to have aligned ourselves with the outstanding team at MCOA," said Jagpal, President of Bougainville Ventures, Inc. "With the management expertise that the highly skilled professionals at MCOA bring, we have insured the certainty of expanding our Washington State Greenhouse Campuses while achieving our revenue and profitability goals." This joint venture project is solely for the purpose of cultivation, processing and commercial availability of legal marijuana within the State of Washington only and not beyond its borders. "As each new partnership is formed, synergistic benefits will develop organically," said Steinberg. "Our human, agricultural and technical resources will expand with the end result being the ability to cultivate superior products for the cannabis consumer in each state in accordance with their respective laws." With more than half of the United States now allowing for some form of legal medicinal or recreational cannabis use, there is an urgent need to establish cutting edge cultivation facilities and programs to service the continually growing demand for cannabis and CBD products. "Knowing how to manage the many individual cannabis markets effectively and simultaneously will be the key to success for MCOA's national rollout," said Steinberg. "By integrating and aggressively harnessing the collective resources of our companies, we are confident that we will be making a significant impact on sales and distribution in Washington State." ABOUT BOUGAINILLE VENTURES, INC. Bougainville Venture Inc. is in the core business of converting irrigated farmland that was traditionally used to grow marginally profitable feed crops, to greenhouse-equipped farmland used to grow luxury crops with a primary focus on marijuana. Bougainville is an agricultural services company that focuses on providing growers with state-of-the-art computer controlled greenhouses and processing facilities. Bougainville offers fully built out turnkey solutions to licensed I-502 tenant-growers and luxury crop growers who will lease the facilities for production and processing. Bougainville does not "touch the plant" and only provides growing infrastructure as a landlord for licensed marijuana growers in the state of Washington. Bougainville has a strong management team with relevant experience and education in place with a focus on build-out and occupancy of its planned greenhouses in Oroville, WA. Strategic plans to expand its land bank, greenhouse campus and I-502 tenant-grower clients are scheduled for expanding operations. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT This release contains forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations or beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements and the assumptions upon which they are based are reasonable, we can give no assurance or guarantee that such expectations and assumptions will prove to have been correct. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by the use of words like "may," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "intend," or "project" or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, as these statements are subject to numerous factors and uncertainties, including but not limited to: adverse economic conditions, competition, adverse federal, state and local government regulation, international governmental regulation, inadequate capital, inability to carry out research, development and commercialization plans, loss or retirement of key executives and other specific risks. To the extent that statements in this press release are not strictly historical, including statements as to revenue projections, business strategy, outlook, objectives, future milestones, plans, intentions, goals, future financial conditions, events conditioned on stockholder or other approval, or otherwise as to future events, such statements are forward-looking, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. For more information, please visit the Company's websites at:


News Article | March 3, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

To meet the 24-credit graduation requirement mandated by Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for High School graduation, Red Comet has added several new courses to its core curriculum. Many of these new courses are career-oriented and are designed to help students succeed in the workplace. These new courses help students explore various career paths so that they may make the right choices when it comes to college education. “Red Comet’s goal is to help students in Washington State meet all credit requirements so that they are college-ready”, said Ms. Ganeshan who is the President of Red Comet. Red Comet is a Fully Accredited (AdvancED) organization that has been offering online courses for credit since 1999. Students have over 175 courses to choose from. Many of these courses are also approved by the NCAA organization. In the State of Washington, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has approved the Red Comet program as a “Multi-District Online Provider,” “Online Course Provider,” and “Online School Program”. In a statewide survey, Red Comet received high ratings for student satisfaction. Students use the Red Comet online program for original credit, credit retrieval, and credit recovery.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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Red Comet has fully aligned its curriculum to Common Core standards. Red Comet incorporated several changes in its curriculum to meet the requirements of the Common Core standards. In addition, all of the core science curriculum was updated to fully meet the requirements of the Next Generation Science standards. “After several months of effort by our teams, we are proud to announce that our curriculum is fully aligned to Common Core standards”, said Ms. Ganeshan who is the President of Red Comet. Red Comet (http://www.redcomet.org) is a Fully Accredited (AdvancED) organization that has been offering online courses for credit since 1999. Students have over 175 courses to choose from. Many of these courses are also approved by the NCAA organization. In the State of Washington, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has approved the Red Comet program as a “Multi-District Online Provider,” “Online Course Provider,” and “Online School Program”. In a statewide survey, Red Comet received high ratings for student satisfaction. Students use the Red Comet online program for original credit, credit retrieval, and credit recovery.

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