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Visit One News Page for Veterans news from around the world, aggregated from leading sources including newswires, newspapers and broadcast media. Search millions of archived news headlines. This feed provides the Veterans news headlines.

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    Republican McCain crossed the aisle to work with Democrats. Reported by NJ.com 2 hours ago.

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    Installers, specifiers and suppliers of homebuilding and renovation materials can discover endless ways to “Trim Smarter” on the redesigned and expanded Versatex Building Products website at http://www.versatex.com.

    PITTSBURGH (PRWEB) August 28, 2018

    The Versatex new web site was recently rolled out under the “Trim Smarter” campaign banner.

    The site is designed to make life easier for industry professionals and maintenance-averse homeowners alike. Versatex spokesman Rick Kapres calls the new launch “a giant step in user experience, packed with easy-to-access information in a time-saving format.” The site showcases residential trim components that are engineered in the U.S.A. from Versatex cellular PVC, a premium material as workable as wood, but immune to rot, cracking and decay.

    “Five of the new features most worth checking out,” Mr. Kapres says, include:

    1. Effortless search filtering: A user-friendly Resources section lets users find what they want, on their own terms, fast. “You might start with a product category, a type of document or your professional interest, and go right to the moulding profile, technical bulletin or how-to video you want in just a couple of clicks,” says Mr. Kapres.

    2. Image-intensive design: Inspiration and specification both get stronger visual support. “Sometimes you need to show a client how beautiful an installation will look, and sometimes you just need a functional product shot. We’ve integrated photography and video with product information in ways that work harder across both situations.”

    3. Social media engagement: “Instagram feeds and Facebook posts are becoming the glue that holds the industry together,” says Mr. Kapres. “You can stay up-to-date by toggling among all those platforms on your own, but now you can see what’s happening in the worlds of Versatex through our continuously updated social-media ticker.”

    4. Customer-oriented product categories: By grouping products as users tend to think of them, rather than for marketing or manufacturing reasons, “We’ve made navigation a lot more logical.” Headings like “Trimboard,” “Sheet” or “T&G profiles” put plain English ahead of branding terminology.

    5. A “front door” for professionals: The main navigation bar features a prominent “For Pros” button with links to (for example) installation videos and events for contractors; an application form for potential stocking dealers; and CAD files and historic restoration features for architects.

    Versatex designers and developers spent more than a year talking, texting and testing with contractors, architects, dealers and homeowners before launching the updated site. As with most Versatex developments and innovations, an engaged community of industry veterans from across the company’s distribution footprint served as a sounding board and focus group throughout the project.

    About Versatex
    Weather-resistant, long-lasting VERSATEX trim materials and systems are manufactured by Versatex Building Products, LLC, of Pittsburgh, where state-of-the-art facilities produce cellular PVC extrusion products such as VERSATEX trimboards, sheet, T&G, moldings, prefabricated corners and one-piece column wraps; the innovative VERSATEX soffit system; dimensionally compatible VERSATEX Max nominal 2-by boards; and the Canvas Series, which pairs the beauty of wood with the durability of PVC. Details are posted at http://www.versatex.com. Reported by PRWeb 2 hours ago.

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    The New Library of Congress PSAs Are Now Available for Labor Day.

    FREDERICK, Md. (PRWEB) August 28, 2018

    The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) has issued new 60 second TV broadcast Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English and in Spanish that urge the public to record their memories of their deceased veteran and to submit photos, diaries or journals of their deceased veteran to the Veterans History Project.

    The PSA is hosted by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise. Mr. Sinise is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and has been closely associated with many veteran’s charity groups.

    “It’s the story of our lives,” says Mr. Sinise about the Veterans History Project.

    For more information visit the online press kit: 3roads.com/presskit/veterans-history-project/

    The PSAs are available to all broadcasting, print and social media organizations at no charge.

    To download the HD TV broadcast versions of the PSAs, please go to the following FTP site:
    FTP Server: ftp.3roads.com
    Username: mediapass@3roads.com
    Password: Pre$$Pa$$

    Please email info@3roads.com if you've downloaded the PSAs.

    Veterans History Project was created in 2000 by Congress as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. VHP's mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. VHP relies on volunteers to interview veterans to contribute to the permanent library collection by submitting audio and video interviews along with documentation. To learn more about the project and download the field kit visit http://www.loc.gov/vets Reported by PRWeb 2 hours ago.

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    Service officers with Chapter 6, Harrison DAV, will be available to help local area veterans on site at the Boone County Library in Harrison each Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Service officers will now be available to assist… Reported by Harrison Daily 2 hours ago.

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    MaidPro has taken fourth place on Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchises for Women List based on satisfaction from its female franchisees. The company was also the #1 franchise on the list’s Cleaning & Maintenance category.

    BOSTON (PRWEB) August 28, 2018

    MaidPro has taken fourth place on Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchises for Women List based on satisfaction from its female franchisees. The company was also the #1 franchise on the list’s Cleaning & Maintenance category.

    To compile the list, 240 franchise brands representing nearly 6,000 female franchise owners were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding these critical areas of their franchise systems: leadership, training and support, financial opportunity and work/life balance.

    Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Chapman, said this award is really special for MaidPro. “We are extremely proud of this award. Since we began franchising in 1991, we’ve recognized that female entrepreneurs make outstanding franchisees. We are grateful for the relationships we've built with some amazing women!"

    “The franchise industry provides many options to women seeking business ownership on a full- or part-time basis in multiple sectors,” says Michelle Rowan, President of Franchise Business Review. “The number of franchise opportunities can be overwhelming, so it’s critical to examine feedback from other female franchise owners on how well the franchise meets their expectations in terms of support, work/life balance, financial opportunity, and other key areas of business ownership.”

    MaidPro has also been named a Top Franchise for 2018, a Top Franchise Leader, and as a Top Franchise for Veterans this year by Franchise Business Review, an independent market research firm that specializes in benchmarking franchisee satisfaction.

    ABOUT MAIDPRO
    MaidPro is a Boston-based franchisor of house cleaning services with over 255 locations in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. The company, which began franchising in 1997, takes pride in its strong owner community, cutting-edge technology, and creative marketing. It has been honored with the Franchise Business Review’s Four-Star Rating and Franchise 50 awards every year from 2006 to 2018 for owner satisfaction. MaidPro was named one of the Top 50 Franchises for Minorities by USA Today’s Franchising Today. MaidPro is also a proud member of the International Franchise Association, Canadian Franchise Association, and the New England Franchise Association. The company can be found online at http://www.maidprofranchise.com. Reported by PRWeb 2 hours ago.

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    Advancing the Treatment of Tendon and Ligament Injuries for Warfighters and Sports Medicine Patients

    Herndon, Virginia, Aug. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that CIT GAP Funds has invested in Embody, a Norfolk, Virginia based medical device company developing collagen-based products for the treatment of tendon and ligament injuries. The 757 Angels led this investment in Embody’s convertible debt round, alongside CIT and individual investors.

    Over two million patients are affected by soft tissue injuries annually in the United States. Embody’s mission is to improve the standard of care for these traumatic and sports injury patients by providing products that promote faster healing and restore pre-injury performance. Embody has been funded with $12 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) based on the need to advance the treatment standards for warfighters and veterans.“Embody is creating a new standard of care for sports medicine patients by leveraging biomaterials and advanced manufacturing technologies to create products to accelerate rehabilitation,” said Jeff Conroy, CEO of Embody. “Thanks to the support of CIT and 757 Angels, we will launch our first product following FDA 510(k) clearance in 2019. 757 Angels is a major catalyst of entrepreneurship in the Hampton Roads region and has been critical to the success of Embody.”

    “Biotechnology, specifically the area of regenerative medicine, deserves a spotlight in 2018,” said Thomas Weithman, Managing Director of CIT GAP Funds and Chief Investment Officer at MACH37. “This industry is ripe with innovation that has the potential to significantly improve the lives of patients. We were drawn to the experience of the Embody team and their strong relationships with DARPA, the University of Virginia, Old Dominion University, Virginia’s CATALYST and 757 Angels. ”

    Together with partners, CIT GAP Funds is able to provide an expanded pool of investment opportunities and capital support services than might otherwise not be available to targeted companies. Co-investing in Embody with 757 Angels, who, like CIT aims to grow and diversify the economy by supporting promising new and early stage companies, paves the way for future collaboration and supports regionally-based innovation initiatives such as increased investment opportunities for Virginia-based entrepreneurs traditionally underrepresented in venture capital.

    Monique Sury Adams, Executive Director of 757 Angels, adds, “Virginia had one of the slowest growth rates in the country back in 2013, and our mission is to develop implementable initiatives that lead to a stronger and more supportive entrepreneurial environment. Working with CIT is a great opportunity to help more entrepreneurs build their business based on tried and true strategies and sound investments, and continue to grow business in the Hampton Roads area. 757 Angels is proud to add Embody to our list of investments!”

    CIT GAP Funds, a family of funds placing equity investments in Virginia-based technology, life science, and cleantech companies, has invested in over 200 high-potential, early-stage companies likely to achieve rapid growth and generate significant economic return. Since it’s 2005 formation, CIT GAP Funds has infused an additional $600M+ of private placements onto the balance sheets of portfolio companies. Funds have come from over 900 different investment sources, with 80 percent including out-of-state and blue-chip funding sources from across the U.S. For more information, please visit https://www.cit.org/.

     

    *About Embody
    *Embody LLC is a medical device company focused on the development of implantable medical devices to treat significant tendon and ligament injuries. With the support of DARPA and leveraging our expertise in biomaterials and advance manufacturing, we are engineering implantable devices that will significantly improve patient outcomes following tendon and ligament injury. More information is available at https://embodyparts.com/.

    *About 757 Angels
    *757 Angels seeks to provide risk adjusted returns for its members and investors and to catalyze the economy. 757 Angels is a select network of over 100 business and community leaders in the Hampton Roads region, who provide investment capital, strategic advice and mentoring to selected startup and early stage companies to help them achieve market leadership. 757 Angels seeks deal flow from the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information, visit https://www.757angelsgroup.com/.

    *About CIT GAP Funds
    *CIT GAP Funds makes seed-stage equity investments in Virginia-based technology, clean tech and life science companies with a high potential for achieving rapid growth and generating significant economic return for entrepreneurs, co-investors and the Commonwealth of Virginia. CIT GAP Funds' investments are overseen by the CIT GAP Funds Investment Advisory Board (IAB). This independent, third-party panel consists of leading regional entrepreneurs, angel and strategic investors, and venture capital firms such as New Enterprise Associates, Grotech Ventures, Valhalla Partners, Harbet Venture Partners HIG Ventures, Edison Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Intersouth Partners, SJF Ventures, Carilion Health Systems, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, and Alpha Natural Resources. For more information, please visit www.citgapfunds.org. 

    CONTACT: Kevin May
    Center for Innovative Technology
    703-689-3064
    kevin.may@cit.org

    Taylor Hadley
    LaunchTech
    978-877-2113
    taylor@golaunchtech.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 hours ago.

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    MIDWAY CITY, Calif., Aug. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Family Housing (AFH) – a nonprofit organization that provides housing and services to low-income and homeless families and individuals – has announced its first annual “Victories of Spirit” Charity Golf Classic tournament. Held at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine on Thursday, September 13, 2018, the event will benefit AFH housing and homelessness prevention initiatives for veterans, families and individuals.The full-day event kicks off at noon with a shotgun start. The $300 individual fee includes 18 holes of golf, complimentary valet parking and lunch, one entry into the Longest Drive Contest, 2 drink tickets and 2 raffle tickets. The day concludes with a dinner recognizing four AFH individuals or families who have triumphed over seemingly insurmountable odds.  

    The golf tournament is part of AFH’s ongoing commitment to serving the Southern California community and its mission to end homelessness. During the tournament, participants will meet other community-minded players and celebrate the inspiring stories of AFH families and the veterans who now live at Potter’s Lane, where AFH repurposed shipping containers to house formerly homeless veterans.

    “We are fervently committed to ending homelessness among veterans, and eventually homelessness, period,” said Milo Peinemann, AFH’s chief executive officer. “This event will allow us to support expanded homelessness initiatives for veterans, as well as families in their time of need.”

    "Pacific Premier Bank is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of this meaningful event,” said Steven R. Gardner, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Pacific Premier Bancorp, a state-chartered bank headquartered in Irvine and serving businesses and consumers throughout the United States. “We were the first sponsor to step up and our Title Sponsorship reflects our belief in this tournament and our longstanding, productive relationship with American Family Housing.”

    “We are very grateful to our sponsors and especially to Pacific Premier Bank for its support of the Victories of Spirit event,” said Gary Crisp, golf co-chair and president and owner of Crisp Imaging in Costa Mesa. “With Manny Montanez, my co-chair, I am delighted to have been asked to lead this event and couldn’t pass up this opportunity to become engaged in the mission of American Family Housing.”

    For more information about American Family Housing, visit www.afhusa.org. For more information about the golf tournament, contact Steven Forry at sforry@afhusa.org or at 714-897-3221 x117. With media inquiries, please call Leslie Licano at 949-733-8679 ext. 101 or email leslie@beyondfifteen.com.

    To donate or sponsor the event, visit www.charityvalet.com/afhgolf/index.asp.  For more information about the event, visit www.charityvalet.com/afhgolf/index.asp.

    *MEDIA CONTACT:* Leslie Licano, Beyond Fifteen Communications, Inc.
    leslie@beyondfifteen.com | 949-733-8679 x 101

    *ABOUT AMERICAN FAMILY HOUSING:* Founded in 1985, American Family Housing (AFH) is a nonprofit organization that provides a continuum of housing and services to vulnerable populations facing barriers to achieving housing stability. AFH provides services to 300 units that serve more than 1,300 unduplicated adults and children each year in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. AFH is committed to permanently ending the cycle of homelessness, helping low-income families and adults achieve a self-sustaining way of life. For more information, follow American Family Housing on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and Instagram, and visit www.afhusa.org.

    *About** Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc.:* Pacific Premier Bancorp is the holding company for Pacific Premier Bank, one of the largest banks headquartered in Southern California with approximately $8 billion in assets. Pacific Premier Bank is a business bank primarily focused on serving small and middle market businesses in the counties of Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, California as well as Clark County, Nevada. Through its 33 depository branches, Pacific Premier Bank offers a diverse range of lending products including commercial, commercial real estate, construction, and SBA loans, as well as specialty banking products for homeowners associations and franchise lending nationwide. For more information, follow Pacific Premier Bank on LinkedIn and visit www.ppbi.com.

    A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/baf8a6ab-e993-4ad8-a6bc-13b410c2f293

      Reported by GlobeNewswire 20 hours ago.

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    Donald Trump believed John McCain coverage was 'over the top' US President Donald Trump made a rare concession when he ordered the US flag on the White House to return to half-mast following John McCain's death.Mr Trump bowed to pressure from politicians and veterans groups after he returned... Reported by New Zealand Herald 18 hours ago.

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    A Halifax man convicted of strangling an off-duty police officer and using a compost bin to dispose of her body is receiving treatment in prison for post-traumatic stress disorder -- and it's being funded by Veterans Affairs Canada. Reported by CTV News 18 hours ago.

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    Google CEO Sundar Pichai was in San Diego this week to announce a partnership with the USO that includes enhanced job search features on Google search and an IT training initiative for transitioning military members and active duty spouses. Now, typing “jobs for veterans” in the Google search bar results in an additional search box for a “military occupation code,” which leads to local civilian job postings that match the skills and training of those military jobs. Pichai said at a Monday news conference that Google is in a unique position to offer tools to ease a post-military job search, and that military skills are often “lost in translation” when transferring them to a civilian job. Reported by SFGate 16 hours ago.

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    On August 1, 2018, the DOL's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) opened the filing season for the 2018 VETS-4212 report. The VETS-4212 report is an annual report Reported by Mondaq 3 hours ago.

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    By Dr Ashok Bhan*

    Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee famously announced in a 2003 public rally in Srinagar that issues could be resolved if guided by the principles of ‘insaniyat‘, ‘jamhooriyat‘, and ‘Kashmiriyat‘. This maxim, referred to as the ‘Vajpayee doctrine’, has been variously interpreted. One unmistakable, however, inference is that it was enthusiastically received by the people of J&K. The statements coming out of Kashmir, including from the separatists’ camp, mourning Vajpayee’s passing, is testimony to the high esteem in which he was held. His death brings to attention the need to revisit how both J&K and relations with Pakistan have been handled.

    Despite the Kargil misadventure and heightened violence in its aftermath, the Vajpayee government announced a unilateral “non-initiation of combat operations (NICO)” in 2000, which lasted 185 days, and initiated political dialogue through KC Pant. Militancy in the Valley at the time was largely driven by terrorists sent by Pakistan, some of whom were Afghan war veterans. As in the case of the 2018 ceasefire announced during the holy month of Ramzan, the 2000 NICO announcement did not yield the desired result.

    Despite this, India hosted General Musharraf at the Agra Summit in May 2001. The Srinagar assembly attack in October 2001, and parliament attack in December of the same year, whose origin was traced to Pakistan, did not deter Vajpayee from pursuing peace. India and Pakistan agreed to a ‘comprehensive ceasefire’ along the International Boundary (IB), Line of Control (LoC) and Siachen from 25 November 2003. This ceasefire brought to an end the unlimited miseries that border-dwellers were subjected to, and held for nearly five years.

    Vajpayee travelled to Islamabad in January 2004, and around the same time, the first meeting between the separatist leadership and then Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani took place in New Delhi. The point being made is that peace processes are non-linear, step-by-step, long-drawn exercises in a continuous sequence. They must include all key players and be consistent. The Vajpayee approach included all these elements, and this was the primary reason for its acclaim.

    There is however a caveat. All key players must be willing to talk. It is in this regard that the separatists have to do serious soul-searching. They must realise that spurning offers of talks will only prolong longstanding hardships. Similarly, maximalist positions like ”right to self-determination,” “azaadi” or “assimilation” with the Union will not permit any forward movement. Competing regional aspirations on both sides of the Pir Panjal must first be harmonised.

    Insaniyat is best explained as a meeting of hearts and minds, and this has to be achieved through both word and deed. The unpardonable error of painting everyone with the same brush has created a serious trust deficit. While the government must prioritise the restoration of peace by targeting terrorists and their overground support structures, it must simultaneously reach out to the people and take citizen-centric measures. A responsive governor’s administration and all-round development – such as special attention to harnessing the youth in sports, education, skills development, and employment in and outside J&K – can help in this regard.

    Successive governments have given primacy to jamhooriyat by consistently holding free and fair elections since 1996. This is demonstrated by assembly elections being held despite a large number of incidents of terrorist violence and killing of political activists in 1996 and 2002; inter-regional tension and violence after the 2008 Amarnath land row; and devastating floods in 2014. Periodic elections to the Indian parliament and the path-breaking panchayat elections in 2011, held after four decades with a voter turnout of over 80 per cent, supplemented this effort. The democratic deficit of the electoral variety was largely diminished as people voted in large numbers in the 2014 assembly elections, even from constituencies with a sizeable separatist following. Faith in Indian democracy was at its peak at this time.

    The intention of the governor’s administration to hold municipal elections in September-October and panchayat elections in October-December 2018 can help strengthen jamhooriyat. It will also help test the waters for future Lok Sabha and state assembly elections. The government will have to take all political parties into confidence to devise a well-informed strategy to ensure that these elections offset the dent in the democratic process caused by the poor turnout in the 2017 Lok Sabha by-election in Srinagar, and inability to hold the Anantnag PC by-poll. Any attempt to abuse the 2014 mandate will damage faith in jamhooriyat achieved through credible elections and respect for the popular mandate.

    Kashmiriyat has received a serious blow from Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. Among others, it led to Kashmiri Pandits being forced into exile. Killing and destruction are traditionally alien to Kashmiriyat. The influence of Sufi Islam was so strong that puritans were kept at the fringe of Kashmir’s religious and social life despite the introduction of Salafi thought over a century ago. Admittedly, however, the Salafi thought promoted by Jamiat-e-Ahle-Hadees has permanently dented Kashmir’s Sufi tradition. This cultural shift, with other causes, has encouraged radicalisation and added to the growing alienation. It is primarily for Kashmiris to decide how the Sufi traditions that promoted Kashmiriyat can once again take centre stage.

    The Vajpayee doctrine envisages the government pro-actively reaching out to all stakeholders. For this, maximalist stands on both sides have to pushed aside. Insaniyat could lead to a breakthrough by addressing popular sentiment. Strengthening jamhooriyat will require the state to build confidence among the people to exercise their franchise – every government action will be closely scrutinised for democratic due process. The onus to create atmospherics conducive for the return of Kashmiriyat lies exclusively with the people.

    The Vajpayee doctrine continues to be relevant, and deserves to be given a chance once again.

    **Dr Ashok Bhan* is Distinguished Fellow, IPCS; former Director General of Police, J&K; and former Member, National Security Advisory Board (NSAB), Government of India. Reported by Eurasia Review 14 hours ago.

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    Keynote and Panels to focus on Custody and Institutionalization

    SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB) August 29, 2018

    After two successful events, the CoinAlts Fund Symposium is excited to announce its third symposium will take place in San Francisco on September 20, 2018 at the St. Regis Hotel. Headlined by keynote speaker Tim Draper, founder of Draper Associates and the Draper Venture Network, additional speakers include crypto industry veterans as well as digital asset fund managers. The all-day conference will address legal and operational concerns germane to the digital asset industry, as well as emerging trends in operations and raising capital from institutional investors.

    “We are excited to present a program that will focus on the institutionalization of the digital asset space, specifically: what is happening with custody of digital assets,” said conference co-chair Bart Mallon of the law firm Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP. Lewis Chong of Harneys, another conference co-chair, echoed those sentiments noting that, “clients are keenly aware of the various ways that custody is emerging and evolving to meet investor desire for the safety of digital assets.”

    Sam McIngvale, the product lead at Coinbase Custody and a conference panelist, said, “custody has been a big issue for digital asset funds, we are excited to be part of the emerging solution set and to talk about the other trends we are seeing with this asset class.”

    Registration is now open on the CoinAlts Fund Symposium website – current early bird pricing for investment managers is $300 per person and $950 per person for service providers. Early bird pricing ends on August 31, 2018, after which the price will be $500 and $1,200 respectively.

    The Symposium together with Coinbase is also hosting a networking event exclusively for women in the digital asset community: Women in Crypto which will be held on September 19, 2018 at Rooftop, Hotel VIA.

    About the CoinAlts Fund Symposium

    The CoinAlts Fund Symposium was established by four firms with practices significantly devoted to fund managers in the cryptocurrency and digital asset space. Cohen & Company specializes in the investment industry and advises cryptocurrency funds on important tax, audit and operational matters. MG Stover & Co. is a full service fund administration firm built by former auditors and fund operators to deliver world class solutions to the global alternative investment industry. Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP is a premier boutique investment management law firm, providing top-tier, responsive and cost-effective legal solutions for cryptocurrency fund managers. Harneys is a leading international offshore law firm that acts for both issuers of digital assets and investment funds who invest in them. Members of our team are members of a number of the leading industry working groups in the BVI, Cayman Islands and the United States who are contributing to the thought leadership and industry insight in these areas. Reported by PRWeb 6 hours ago.

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    Current Round Led by Vertical Venture Partners, with participation from Grayhawk Capital, Blossom Street Ventures, and Tallwave Capital

    SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) August 29, 2018

    SOCi, Inc., the leader in social media and reputation management for multi-location brands, today announced it closed a Series B funding round of $10.5 million. Led by Vertical Venture Partners--with participation from Grayhawk Capital, Blossom Street Ventures, and Tallwave Capital--this latest round will help continue to fuel SOCi’s exponential growth over the next few years.

    A 2018 Inc. 5000 honoree (#60 on the list, with a three-year compounded 4,500%+ growth rate), SOCi has carved its place as a leading enterprise marketing technology platform enabling multi-location companies to succeed in local social media and reputation management. The company’s proprietary solutions are used by more than 250 clients--with a collective count of more than 50,000 business locations--to oversee, maintain and protect their brand at the national level, while simultaneously scaling presence across hundreds, sometimes thousands, of local pages on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Google My Business.

    “When we think about growing and scaling SOCi, our first priority is the success of our customers. The two areas we are investing heavily in to ensure that success are the product and technology development team, as well as our customer success team,” said Afif Khoury, SOCi CEO. “We will be doubling our resources across these teams as we continue to execute on our vision of delivering a complete set of strategic tools that a multi-location brand needs to reach and manage its local customers, while attracting and engaging new ones. Additionally, adding customer success veterans like David Marler to our leadership team. With this latest round of funding, we are cementing our position as a top enterprise marketing platform and THE solution for multi-location enterprises.”

    In a recent report conducted by the Local Search Association, it was found that nearly three-quarters of a brand’s engagement on Facebook, specifically, takes place on local business pages rather than the brand’s national page. This report, among other studies, emphasizes the growing importance for multi-location brands to maintain both a national and local brand presence across the top social and reputation management sites. A need that continues to grow based on data available from the most recent Economic Census, which shows that in 2012 more than half of all fast-food restaurants in the US were limited-service franchise restaurants, accounting for almost 70 percent of sales and 73 percent of employment within the entire category. This year, the Franchise Business Economic Outlook predicted franchise sector GDP will reach $451 billion (roughly 3% of US total GDP).

    Added Khoury: “As more people engage with brands on the top social and local review sites, the need for brands to have an enterprise tool that enables them to more efficiently and intelligently manage these opportunities at scale becomes that much more critical. While sites like Facebook have been prioritizing local pages to help businesses regain some of the reach and engagement lost from organic traffic, most companies don’t yet have a holistic management solution like ours to manage and maintain an engaged community at that brand-defining local level.”

    SOCi’s Series B funding follows Entrepreneur Magazine’s announcement of the company as one of the top suppliers for franchises in 2018, the magazine’s “first-ever ranking of the companies that help franchises thrive.” Compiled through franchisor surveys and supplier-specific scores, the rankings touch upon seven categories: accounting, banking/financing, legal services, marketing, merchant services, other technology services and public relations. First for social media and reputation management, SOCi was also seventh out of 15 companies listed in the marketing category.

    The announcement also comes on the heels of another quarter of strong growth for SOCi, in which the company saw double-digit revenue growth among other notable accolades.

    # # #

    About SOCi
    #60 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies in America, SOCi is the leading social media and reputation management platform built to address the complex needs of highly visible Multi-Location businesses. An award-winning leader in the industry, SOCi has pioneered more than a dozen unique marketing tools to help multi-location brands oversee, maintain, and protect their brand at the national level, while simultaneously scaling presence across hundreds, sometimes thousands, of local pages. For more information on how SOCi can fuel the success of your social media channels while protecting what matters most--your online reputation--visit http://www.meetsoci.com.

    About Vertical Venture Partners
    Vertical Venture Partners (VVP) is a venture capital firm focused on investments in companies that target vertical markets. Some vertical markets of interest include: Real Estate, Retail, Healthcare, Transportation, Insurance, Financial Services and Energy. Some technology areas of interest include: analytical applications, cloud applications, mobile, CRM, cyber-security and software infrastructure. Vertical Venture Partners will invest at any stage of a company's growth and can help companies accelerate their business. For more information, interested parties may visit http://www.vvp.vc.

    About Grayhawk Capital
    Grayhawk Capital is a premier venture capital firm that lends its Partners expertise and management excellence to outstanding early and growth stage companies. Along with experience managing ten separate venture funds, totaling more than $525 million with a collective 80+ years of experience, Grayhawk's team is well versed in their investment sectors, including: mobile computing, cloud/SaaS, security, enterprise and application software, business intelligence, healthcare IT, and Fintech. Grayhawk's investment philosophy has remained tried and true throughout the years. Their consistent focus has been to target serial entrepreneurs and exceptional management teams. They are acutely aware of dynamic, rapidly growing technology markets and innovative and disruptive products. Grayhawk Capital is passionate about identifying talent, developing leaders and scaling a business. To learn more about Grayhawk Capital, visit http://grayhawkcapital.us.

    About Blossom Street Ventures
    We focus on companies with $2mm+ of run-rate revenue and year over year growth of 50%+. We value founders that are cash efficient, scrappy, and pragmatic. We’ll invest anywhere in the US or Canada, especially in markets most venture capital firms overlook. We prefer leading $1mm to $5mm Series A or B rounds, but can also follow. We like plain-vanilla preferred stock in traditional growth rounds, inside rounds, recaps, and restructurings. We’re currently investing out of our 5th fund and our check is $1mm. We can commit to a deal in as little as 4 weeks. Our portfolio is diverse and includes HR software, app tech, parking, sales/marketing software, apps, greeting cards, dating, e-commerce, and healthcare software. We welcome cold emails so reach out any time to sammy(at)blossomstreetventures.com.

    About Tallwave Capital
    Tallwave Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on B2B software and technology companies. Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, Tallwave Capital invests in scrappy founders across the Southwest, Mountain West, and West Coast with a working product, market validation, and a big vision. Additional information about Tallwave Capital is available at: http://tallwavecapital.com. Reported by PRWeb 5 hours ago.

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    *Retains Recognized ICO Legal Expert as Advisor*

    LOS ANGELES, CA, Aug. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE - Geopulse Exploration, Inc. (OTC PINK: GPLS), DBA Cannco Brands & Development (“Geopulse”), a blockchain-based logistics, trade finance and consumer engagement platform for the cannabis sector, has retained key legal counsel necessary to move forward with its plan to launch an initial coin offering.  CannCo’s ICO is intended to both finance growth and development of the company and ecosystem, as well as provide the cryptoasset which will underpin its financial products and services for the cannabis sector.
    Mr. Josh Lawler of Zuber, Lawler and Del Duca leads the firm’s New Technology Group, with an emphasis on Blockchain (distributed ledger), artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, virtual/augmented reality, internet of things, cybersecurity, and related technologies.  In this capacity, Mr. Lawler counsels clients on securities and regulatory matters for ICO projects, as well as development, protection, licensing, commercial use, acquisition and disposition of all manner of intellectual property.
    “We’re fortunate to have found such a match in expertise for our business plan,” commented Marcus Laun, Geopulse CEO. “We expect Josh’s expertise to be invaluable to our finance and product development strategies and execution.”

    “Geopulse has an ambitious and realistic plan to deploy advanced technology to deliver services in great demand within the cannabis sector.” he concluded. “Mr. Lawler’s counsel on structuring our ICO to remain compliant with the rapidly changing legal landscape of blockchain and cryptoassets, will be critical in ensuring the ongoing health and success of our new technology initiatives.”
    About Geopulse, DBA Cannco Brands

    Geopulse Exploration, Inc. (OTC PINK: GPLS) develops a blockchain-powered logistics, financial services and promotion platform for the unbanked, early stage and explosive growth U.S. and Canadian cannabis sector. Management is comprised of tech and finance veterans with strong product management experience. Among its assets (or pending acquisitions) are THCFinder.com, 300,000 user geo-finder app for cannabis dispensaries and MMJ medical offices throughout the US; CannCoin, a native token underlying a distributed ledger logistics and financial services ecosystem for cannabis; revenue generating StonerDays.com, an online D2C lifestyle community with 700,000 followers. Cannco Brands intends to provide the commercial services such as transparent supply chain management, business banking and merchant processing, trade finance, direct-to-consumer engagement solutions.

    Safe Harbor Notice

    Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking statements" (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Geopulse Exploration, Inc. cautions that statements made in this news release constitute forward-looking statements and makes no guarantee of future performance. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and opinions of management at the time statements are made. These statements may address issues that involve significant risks, uncertainties, estimates and assumptions made by management. Actual results could differ materially from current projections or implied results. Geopulse Exploration, Inc. undertakes no obligation to revise these statements following the date of this news release.

    CONTACT: Marcus Laun
    CEO
    Corporate telephone: (323) 300-4550
    6600 Sunset Blvd., 2nd Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90028 Reported by GlobeNewswire 4 hours ago.

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    Customer Identity Management Expert Ramps Up its Data Science-Driven Analytics Strategy with Hiring of Veteran Big Data Executive

    OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. (PRWEB) August 29, 2018

    Consumer Identity Management expert Infutor today announced that it has selected big data and analytics veteran Asif Ahmed as its vice president of analytics. With a long history of insights-driven data and analytics development, Ahmed will bolster Infutor’s analytics strategy to deliver strategic and actionable consumer intelligence based on its industry leading consumer identities and profile insights.

    “I’m excited to welcome Asif to the Infutor team as he will play a critical role in enhancing our consumer identities, attributes and intelligence value proposition,” said Gary Walter, Infutor’s president and CEO. “Our marketing clients are looking for scalable, on-demand offerings that leverage first and third-party data to improve outbound targeting, inbound engagement and customer conversions. Asif has a proven track record of developing solutions that streamline arduous data science and analytics processes to efficiently deliver actionable insights.”

    As vice president of analytics, Ahmed will accelerate the development of solutions that leverage Infutor’s robust identity graph to provide marketers with automated first party data insights that can improve outbound reach, reduce lead acquisition costs and improve conversion rates. For marketers, these solutions will reduce data mining time, improve analytics and provide unique consumer data insights across a variety of target markets.

    Prior to Infutor, Ahmed was the Vice President of Product Management at Aginity Inc., an enterprise analytics management software provider, where he was responsible for driving the product strategy, development and product marketing for the company’s flagship Analytics Management Platform (AMP). Previously he was also vice president of product and operations for SmartMD, co-founder and CTO of Visibility and a consultant for both PwC and Accenture.

    Ahmed has deep expertise in bringing enterprise software solutions to market in multiple domains including E-Commerce, Digital Marketing, Data Warehousing, Big Data and Analytics. He holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

    About Infutor
    Infutor is the expert in data-driven consumer identity management. The company is solely focused on enabling brands to instantly gain access to the most complete and accurate information about consumers, exactly when they need it, to make informed marketing and risk mitigation decisions. Infutor’s mission is to deliver solutions that accurately identify consumers before, during and in-between engagements, giving brands a secure, privacy compliant foundation to improve inbound engagement and outbound omnichannel marketing reach, and to minimize losses due to fraud and non-payment. Led by information industry veterans, Infutor is a privately held company founded in 2003 with strategic investments from Norwest Venture Partners. Infutor is headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. For more information, visit http://www.infutor.com. Reported by PRWeb 4 hours ago.

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    Brian Krump, 28, a Colorado native and Air Force veteran, is finishing a summer internship at Google where he got to help develop a new search tool to help fellow veterans trying to re-enter the civilian workforce. Reported by Denver Post 4 hours ago.

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    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, Aug. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GTX Corp (OTCBB: GTXO), a pioneer in the field of wearable GPS human and asset tracking systems and wandering assistive Internet of Things (IoT) technology announced the signing of a bilateral distribution and collaboration agreement with Kiernan Group Holdings, Inc., an intelligence, law enforcement and national security consulting, training, and risk services firm providing tailored solutions to complex security challenges. Headquartered in Alexandria Virginia, Founder and CEO Dr. Kathleen Kiernan along with the KGH team bring earned experience across the public and private sectors, domestically and internationally.

    As part of the agreement GTX and KGH will resell, cross-promote and collaborate on projects that fit their mutual core competencies which not only make the world a better place but a safer one, including our Nations’ schools.

    “We are very excited about Kathleen joining our advisory board and formulating this partnership with KGH. We are hitting the ground running, beginning with a host of initiatives to introduce GTX solutions within select agencies and organizations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs,” commented Patrick Bertagna GTX Corp CEO.

    “We thrive in the process of discovering new suites of solutions and fielding capabilities to the marketspace which may not have been envisioned when the technology was initially developed. GTX Corp represents exactly that dynamic, it brings integrated solutions to those who need them the most, including our injured veterans and other vulnerable members of society. The convergence of technology expertise with practitioner knowledge is an unbeatable combination,” commented Kathleen Kiernan KGH CEO.

    As an IoT global provider of GPS, BLE, cellular and RFID, tracking and monitoring wearable and wandering assistive technology, GTX continues to work with its channels partners to open new markets and introduce new products, including a new GPS tracking solution for kids, pets and weapons, which are scheduled for launch this year.

    GTX Corp is a For-Profit with Purpose Company which owns and licenses more than 85 patents, is a U.S. military contractor, and takes particularly pride in the fact that many of its products are manufactured in the USA. GTX Corp has multiple consumer products in the market place, all available on its online store, Amazon and authorized resellers and distributors across the globe.

    *About KGH*
    KGH is a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), founded in 2009 by practitioners to help fellow practitioners, business leaders, and ordinary citizens navigate complex environments by providing education and technology solutions that work.

    From small businesses to the Fortune 500, organizational resilience in threatening situations depends on the extent to which its employees are prepared, confident and capable of reacting appropriately and effectively. KGH’s Preparedness Without Paranoia® approach fosters an educated, engaged, and resilient public and changes our mindset and behavior from victim to survivor. Preparedness Without Paranoia® is a mindful approach that prepares citizens for a range of active threats faced in public and social environments and instills the confidence they need to Prepare, Respond, and Recover effectively in these situations.
    *www.kiernan.co*
    *https://gotpreparedness.com/*

    *About GTX Corp *
    GTX Corp (GTXO) is a pioneer in smart, mobile and wearable GPS tracking and recovery location-based products, supported through a proprietary IoT enterprise monitoring platform. GTX offers a global end-to-end solution of hardware, software and connectivity. GTX Corp develops two-way GPS tracking technologies, which seamlessly integrate with consumer products and enterprise applications. GTX Corp utilizes the latest in miniaturized, low power consumption GPS, Cellular, RF and BLE technology, enabling subscribers to track in real time the whereabouts of people or high value assets through a complete end to end -- customizable transceiver module, wireless connectivity gateway, smart phone Apps, middleware, and IoT portal. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, GTX is known for its game-changing and award-winning patented GPS SmartSole® -- think Dr. Scholl’s meets LoJack, the world’s first invisible wearable technology tracking device created for those at risk of wandering due to Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism and traumatic brain injury. GTX Corp’s business model is built around technology innovation and holds over 85 patents, with many issued patents in the area of GPS tracking. The company has international distributors servicing customers in over 35 countries and is a U.S. Military Government contractor. Other customers include public health authorities and municipalities, emergency and law enforcement, NGOs, private companies, public and private senior care homes, and consumers.
    For more information, visit www.GTXCorp.com, Track My Workforce or www.GPSSmartSole.com*Social media* - #withyou   #smartsole   #connectedandprotected   #trackwhatyoulove

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    In the UK, GTX Corp operates from its London office. Please contact: Nelson Skip Riddle
    Email: NSRiddle@GTXCorp.com
    Tel: +44 7785 364100

    Disclaimer: GTX Corp does not warrant or represent that the unauthorized use of materials drawn from the content of this document will not infringe rights of third parties who are not owned or affiliated by GTX Corp. Further GTX Corp cannot be held responsible or liable for the unauthorized use of this document’s content by third parties unknown to the company.

    *Forward Looking Statements*
    This news release contains forward-looking statements. The terms and phrases “expects,” “would,” “will,” “believes,” and similar terms and phrases are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by GTX in light of its experience and its perception of current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that GTX believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause GTX’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Certain risk factors that may cause actual results to differ are set forth in GTX’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (which may be obtained on the SEC Website). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on GTX’s forward-looking statements. GTX has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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    The chief of psychiatry for Veterans Affairs says a program that is paying for the PTSD treatment of a convicted murderer from Halifax who never served in the military aims to help the rehabilitation of veterans by supporting their families. Reported by CBC.ca 3 hours ago.

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    The chief of psychiatry for Veterans Affairs says a program that is paying for the PTSD treatment of a convicted murderer from Halifax who never served in the military aims to help the rehabilitation of veterans by supporting their families. Reported by CBC.ca 3 hours ago.

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