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    The watchdog for Canadian veterans is taking the federal government to task for causing added frustration and stress to many injured veterans as they wait months longer than promised to find out if they qualify for disability benefits and other supports. Reported by 16 hours ago.

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Jim Gaffigan and Seth Meyers are headlining this year's Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their familiesJimmy Carr and Eric Church are also on the... Reported by New Zealand Herald 16 hours ago.

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    Stand Up For Heroes, which raises money for wounded veterans and their families, returns to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5 with comedians and musical performances. Springsteen and Stewart have made multiple appearances at the event over the years. Reported by 16 hours ago.

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR) today announced organizational changes, promoting three Company veterans to new and expanded roles, supporting the Company’s corporate structure and strategic goals. Cathy Lyttle has been named senior vice president and chief human resources officer.  Sonya Higginbotham has been named vice president of corporate communications and brand management.  Marcus Rogier has been named investor relations officer in addition to his role as the Company’s treasurer.   Lyttle will lead the strategic direction for the design, development and execution of Worthington’s human resources initiatives.  She will help advance the Company’s strong culture, deepening employee engagement with a focus on workforce development and recruitment. She joined Worthington in 1999 as vice president of corporate communications and added the role of investor relations officer in 2009.  Lyttle succeeds Terry Dyer who served as vice president of human resources for five years.

    As vice president of corporate communications and brand management, Higginbotham is charged with directing internal and external communications, brand strategy, marketing and the Company’s philanthropic activities.  She joined Worthington in 1997 and has served as director of corporate communications for the past 12 years.

    Rogier joined Worthington in 2002 and has served as treasurer since 2014, directing the Company’s money management strategies and banking relationships, real estate and enterprise risk management. He will now also lead investor relations for the Company.  

    *About Worthington Industries*
    Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2018 fiscal year net sales of $3.6 billion.  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor providing customers with wide ranging capabilities, products and services for a variety of markets including automotive, construction and agriculture; a global leader in manufacturing pressure cylinders for propane, refrigerant and industrial gasses and cryogenic applications, water well tanks for commercial and residential uses, CNG and LNG storage, transportation and alternative fuel tanks, oil & gas equipment, and consumer products for camping, grilling, hand torch solutions and helium balloon kits; and a manufacturer of operator cabs for heavy mobile industrial equipment; laser welded blanks for light weighting applications; automotive racking solutions; and through joint ventures, complete ceiling grid solutions; automotive tooling and stampings; and steel framing for commercial construction.  Worthington employs approximately 12,000 people and operates 84 facilities in 11 countries. 

    Founded in 1955, the Company operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the golden rule. Earning money for its shareholders is the first corporate goal. This philosophy serves as the basis for an unwavering commitment to the customer, supplier, and shareholder, and as the Company’s foundation for one of the strongest employee-employer partnerships in American industry.

    *Safe Harbor Statement*
    The Company wishes to take advantage of the Safe Harbor provisions included in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("the Act").  Statements by the company which are not historical information constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Act.  All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from those projected.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include risks described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    CNN's Jake Tapper announced on Twitter on Tuesday how he would be spending the advance for the movie version of his 2013 book "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor", and it's amazing. Reported by Mediaite 15 hours ago.

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    Announces Global Expansion Plans to Serve Growing Demand

    BOSTON, Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wasabi, the hot cloud storage company, today announces the closing of a Series B financing round totaling $68 million. Wasabi refrained from conventional venture capital, preferring instead to raise money from industry veterans and family offices. The investment is a testament to Wasabi’s progress in becoming a leading vendor of cheap, fast, and secure cloud storage. In just over a year, Wasabi has acquired more than 3,000 customers across a wide range of industries.

    “The Series B financing will allow Wasabi to expand internationally, continue to invest in our brand, and enable us to compete for the largest storage deals in the world. Our objective is to make Wasabi into one of the world’s most renowned cloud storage vendors,” explains David Friend, Co-founder & CEO of Wasabi. “Everyone needs to store data and storage is fundamental to everything that is going on with media and entertainment, surveillance, genomics, scientific research, social media, and IoT. We are cloud storage experts – our team has been doing it since 2005 when we founded Carbonite. Our investors recognize that Wasabi is a technical tour de force that gives us a sustainable advantage in a market that is doubling every two years. Fueled by our new funding from prominent entrepreneurs, financiers, and family offices, Wasabi will go global this year and cloud storage will become a utility like bandwidth or electricity - it will be cheap, fast and available everywhere. The round includes our first foreign investor, Forestay Capital, the tech fund of Swiss entrepreneur, Ernesto Bertarelli. The round also includes the investment arms of other family offices.”

    “We have a constant appetite for recognizing major market trends, and there’s no doubt that data is moving to the cloud. Wasabi’s groundbreaking technology and first-rate management team provide a great way to invest in the future of storage,” said Frederic Wohlwend, Managing Partner of Forestay Capital. “Through our group’s deep background in healthcare, we have seen the huge growth of data storage requirements first hand, including for medical images, genomic research and more. Wasabi has a compelling advantage and opportunity to become a global game changer and its base on the East Coast is also in line with our goal to invest capital in that region’s tech sector.”

    The market and demand for affordable data storage is accelerating and driving innovation. Analysts estimate that only 20% of enterprises have moved some of their data to the cloud. Adoption is increasing as customers realize that the cost of Wasabi cloud storage is far less than the cost of on-premises storage. Many of Wasabi’s early customers are enterprises who are first-time cloud adopters deploying public, hybrid or multi-cloud architectures. The company’s largest customers are in Media and Entertainment, Healthcare/Genomics research, Video Surveillance and Education - industries with massive file storage and rapid data retrieval requirements.

    Customer adoption has been rapid; Wasabi maintains a consistent growth rate of 5-10% per week with billions of objects currently stored. Growing global demand has resulted in nearly 20% of the company’s business coming from the EU. Wasabi will open its first European data center later this year. Their second data center, located near Portland, OR, is already supporting customers from Asia. Market demand is driving innovation from Wasabi; in the past six months alone, the company introduced the industry’s first cloud storage offering with unlimited free egress, introduced Wasabi Direct Connect, a high-speed, dedicated private connection directly to Wasabi, and they have benchmarked an ecosystem of over 100 partners currently integrating their solutions through Wasabi’s open API.

    According to analyst Sushrutha Sadashiva at Frost & Sullivan, a leading global market research and consultancy focused on innovation opportunities driven by disruptive technologies, mega trends, emerging markets and new business models, "Wasabi’s product design strategy that revolves around building its performance- and security-oriented cloud storage architecture with a competitive pricing model has set a benchmark among its peers, thereby disrupting the cloud storage framework that has been dominated by large companies, such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Their foresight in recognizing that the storage industry will eventually have a one-size-fits-all type of cloud storage allowed the company to develop an affordable storage solution which is capable of accommodating the exponential rise of data inflow in near future while meeting the needs of a wide range of customers."

    *About Wasabi*:

    Wasabi is the hot cloud storage company delivering low-cost, fast, and reliable cloud storage. Wasabi is 80% cheaper and 6x faster than Amazon S3, with 100% data immutability protection and no data egress fees. Created by Carbonite co-founders and cloud storage pioneers David Friend and Jeff Flowers, Wasabi is on a mission to commoditize the storage industry. Wasabi is a privately held company based in Boston, MA. Follow and connect with Wasabi on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and our blog.

    ©2018 Wasabi Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved. WASABI and the WASABI Logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Wasabi Technologies, Inc. and may not be used without permission of Wasabi Technologies, Inc. All other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s). The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. Wasabi shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. All rights reserved.* *

    *About Forestay Capital:*

    Founded in 2017, Forestay invests in the tech sector and is focused on earlier stage novel, revenue-generating technology companies, in Europe, the USA and Israel, that challenge established models and the status-quo, primarily through software and data. It is part of Waypoint Capital, chaired by Ernesto Bertarelli, which supports a broad portfolio of leading investment businesses. (* *

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    CONTACT: Lindsay Levitts
    Wasabi Technologies
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    Wimbledon Equipment Census 2018 - DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Wimbledon Equipment Census 2018" report has been added to's offering. Ever wondered which sporting brands are most popular at the Wimbledon Championships? The Wimbledon Equipment census tracks all information about players, nationality, racquets, shoes and clothing used during the Championships. This research records the equipment used by each of the 607 participants in the 2018 championships across all singles, doubles, juniors, veterans and Reported by Business Wire 16 hours ago.

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    RV Advisor, the nation’s most comprehensive and unbiased advice website for the booming RV industry launched today. Created by respected entrepreneur and RV guru Gigi Stetler, the site will serve as an “Angie’s List” for millions of RV owners providing tips and recommendations on RV purchases, ownership, travel and repair, as well as live help line for members.

    DAVIE, Fla. (PRWEB) September 12, 2018

    Respected entrepreneur and founder of the first and only female-owned RV company in the United States Gigi Stetler announced today the launch of RV Advisor, an innovative mobile-friendly platform designed to effectively connect millions of RV owners, dealers, and service centers nationally. Poised to become the "Angie's List" of the RV world, RV Advisor provides the much-needed guidance that is currently lacking in this booming industry.

    Created as an educational resource, RV Advisor is a completely independent and unbiased platform that, unlike other services, is not designed to drive sales to any particular RV company. Instead, the new service helps consumers navigate the network of more than 20,000 RV-related businesses across the United States by simplifying the decision-making process through customized matching, reviews, and recommendations.

    RV Advisor members receive special discounts at campsites, restaurants, amusement centers, and other vacation and travel-related businesses. In addition to receiving 10 percent off and next-day shipping on all RV parts ordered through the platform, members also enjoy national roadside assistance, live customer support, and even a personal concierge service providing expert advice on RV shopping, service, extended warranty programs, and more.

    A proud supporter of the veteran community, RV Advisor offers unlimited free membership for all veterans.

    “We are very excited to bring this new service to RV and outdoor enthusiasts nationally,” said Gigi Stetler, Founder of RV Advisor. “Despite experiencing significant growth in recent years, due, in large part, to millennials, the RV industry has lacked a truly independent informative and educational platform until today. RV Advisor offers a one-stop mobile-friendly solution with tools to plan your ideal adventure, match discounts and deals by trip route, find top-rated service providers, exciting events, trails, campgrounds, and much more.”

    Known for defying the odds at all turns, Stetler specifically chose to launch RV Advisor on September 12, as this was the exact date 10 years ago when she experienced a huge setback and almost lost her business. However, an unstoppable entrepreneur, Stetler was not only able to recover, but emerged stronger and more successful than ever.

    To learn more about RV Advisor and its member benefits, visit:

    About RV Advisor

    RV Advisor is America’s most comprehensive non-biased advisory platform that provides tips and know-how on purchasing, ownership, travel and repair in the form of valuable content and has 24/7 live help available for members. RV Advisor members receive discounts on RV parts, maintenance, repair and insurance, RV campsites, restaurants and amusement parks in addition to being connected to a large and tight-knit community of RV owners. RV Advisor members also gain access to reviews, reports and even trail maps to maximize their RV ownership experience. No matter where you are on the road of RV ownership – our team of experts is here to support you every step of the way! To learn more about RV Advisor membership options, visit: Reported by PRWeb 16 hours ago.

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    Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, the event will take place at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden Nov. 5. Tickets are available for purchase Sept. 13, at noon ET.

    NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Top comedians and musical artists will unite for the 12^th annual Stand Up for Heroes (SUFH) event at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Monday, November 5^th. Jimmy Carr, Eric Church, Jim Gaffigan, Seth Meyers, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and other surprise guests will take the stage to honor our nation’s post-9/11 impacted veterans and their families, and raise funds and awareness to support the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF).

    Stand Up for Heroes, one of New York’s most anticipated nights of hope, healing and laughter, is presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and the New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), and is brought to you by Veterans on Wall Street, supported by founding sponsor GFI Group Inc. the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

     Eleven years ago, Bob and Lee Woodruff partnered with New York Comedy Festival founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox to launch Stand Up for Heroes to recognize and honor the incredible resilience and continuing recovery of our nation’s wounded veterans and their families. To date, SUFH has raised more than $45 million to create long-lasting, positive outcomes for our nation’s injured veterans, service members and their families through the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

     “As Lee and I began our own journey of recovery from my injuries, we were inspired and committed to do something in return for those who risk so much and ask for so little,” said Bob Woodruff, ABC News correspondent and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “Stand Up for Heroes was our way to come together with our veterans and their families so that we could laugh, heal and share in the incredible stories that have defined this movement.” 

     “Stand Up for Heroes is an incredible example of the healing powers of music and laughter,” said Caroline Hirsch, founder of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway and a Bob Woodruff Foundation board member. “We are proud to commend our veterans, and are thrilled to present the event, which wouldn’t be possible without the time and dedication from all of the performers and supporters of the organization over the years.”

     For over a decade, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has been a change-maker in the veteran community for over a decade, forging partnerships and uniting leaders at the highest levels of government, military, business and philanthropy. Since its start, BWF has invested more than $55 million to find, fund and shape the most innovative programs supporting our heroes, touching the lives of veterans and their families across the country. In 2017, the foundation awarded $4.7 million in grants to nearly 50 programs.

    “Every year I look forward to spending time with our veterans and their families at Stand Up for Heroes – connectedness and community are essential to help them thrive after their time in uniform,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “This event is our chance to “stand together,” reminding our veterans that they are not alone in this journey.”

    Beyond the laughs, the audience at SUFH can look forward to inspiring moments and entertaining surprises while spending an evening recognizing the men and women who have served and protected our nation. The night is an opportunity for the Veterans and their families to truly enjoy themselves and stand proud during an evening of laughs, inspiration, and celebration. 

    Over the past 11 years, comedians and performers including Stephen Colbert, Jim Gaffigan, Ricky Gervais, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Ray Romano and Robin Williams have taken the stage to advocate for our extraordinary service members.

    Tickets for Stand Up for Heroes go on sale tomorrow at 12:00PM EST through, or For those unable to attend, an online auction offers a variety of high-end experiences and items for bid. Corporate sponsor packages and VIP benefit packages can be purchased by emailing

    Stand Up for Heroes kicks off the New York Comedy Festival which takes place at some of New York City’s most prestigious venues. Among those who will headline this year’s festival are Bill Burr, Jimmy Carr, David Cross, Desus & Mero, Dan Harmon’s Harmontown, Gabriel Iglesias, Jim Jefferies, Anthony Jeselnik, Jo Koy, Bert Kreischer, Marc Maron, Jason Mewes, Tracy Morgan, Conan O’Brien, Yvonne Orji, Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson’s Throwing Shade, and Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski. Additional performers and shows will be announced in the coming months. In addition to presenting the very best stand-up, the NYCF has celebrated comedy in all its forms by featuring a myriad of diverse programming that includes podcasts and radio broadcasts, conversations, panel discussions, improv and sketch comedy, film screenings and art installations.

    The NYCF is made possible by its partners: Citi, Sam Adams, iHeart Radio, NYC Media and Entertainment, New York Magazine, New York Post, Rolling Stone, SiriusXM, Variety and Vulture.

    Additional Stand Up for Heroes sponsors include: Ann G. & James B. Ritchey Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, HBO, Vehicles for Veterans, and The Walt Disney Company.

    Stand Up for Heroes launched in 2007 as the brainchild of Bob and Lee Woodruff and New York Comedy Festival founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, and is one of New York’s most anticipated nights of hope, healing and laughter, honoring our nation’s injured veterans and their families. Since its inception in 2007, SUFH has raised more than $45 million to create long-lasting, positive outcomes for our nation’s injured veterans, service members and their families.  Stand Up for Heroes continues to expand and grow due to its remarkable success. Beginning at Town Hall, the event moved to the Beacon Theater in 2010, and to the Theater at Madison Square Garden in 2013. Over the past 11 years, comedians and performers including Stephen Colbert, Jim Gaffigan, Ricky Gervais, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Ray Romano and Robin Williams have taken the stage to advocate for our extraordinary service members.

    Stand Up for Heroes is presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and the New York Comedy Festival (NYCF). 


    The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans. To date, BWF has invested more than $55 million to Find, Fund and Shape™ programs that have empowered impacted veterans, service members and their family members, across the nation. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter at @Stand4Heroes.


    Now in its fifteenth year, the New York Comedy Festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with TBS. The festival has featured the country's top comedians, including Judd Apatow, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Margaret Cho, Billy Crystal, Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Kathy Griffin, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Norm Macdonald, Bill Maher, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, and Wanda Sykes, to name a few. In 2007, the festival launched the “Stand Up for Heroes” event to benefit The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which has featured performances by Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, John Mulaney, Trevor, Noah, John Oliver, Conan O'Brien, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and Robin Williams, among others.  To date, the “Stand Up for Heroes” events have raised over $45 million.  For more information please visit the NYCF website, like the NYCF Facebook page, and follow the NYCF on Twitter, @NYComedyFest.


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    CONTACT: Kate Cook
    Bob Woodruff Foundation

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    New York Comedy Festival | 5W PR
    212.999.5585 Reported by GlobeNewswire 15 hours ago.

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    Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Jim Gaffigan and Seth Meyers are headlining this year’s Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured... Reported by 14 hours ago.

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    New leaders for Finance, Human Resources and Marketing to lead the company through new phase of growth.

    BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- K2, the leader in low-code process automation, today announced the hiring of three industry veterans to accelerate K2’s growth around the world. John Ederer is the company’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Amede Hungerford has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), while Nellie Thompson has been named Vice President of Human Resources.

    Ederer, Hungerford and Thompson are the latest executive appointments since Evan Ellis was named CEO earlier this year, and represent the company’s continued investments in scaling the leadership team as well as its unwavering commitment to continuing to lead the low-code process automation market.

    “The opportunity ahead for K2 to continue leading the charge in the digital process automation (DPA) space is massive, and we are fully committed to making every investment necessary to maintain that position,” said K2 CEO Evan Ellis. “K2’s success story continues to be driven by three key ingredients – great customers, great product and great people. I’m excited that John, Amede and Nellie have joined our K2 leadership team to shape the future of the business and our culture.”

    An experienced finance executive, Ederer has more than twenty years of corporate management and investment banking experience. Prior to K2, Ederer oversaw financial planning and analysis at MobileIron and has also held strategic finance and operational roles at leading enterprise software companies including TIBCO Software, SAP BusinessObjects, and Concur.

    “I’m very excited to join an established leader with so many great assets already in place,” said Ederer. “I’ve experienced first-hand the tremendous value that can be created by transitioning to a SaaS business model, and the ability to drive sustainable growth and profitability.”

    Hungerford joins K2 from Dell Boomi, where as their CMO he built a global marketing organization and digital demand generation capability that dramatically scaled their integration platform as a service (iPaaS) business over the past three years. Prior to Boomi, Hungerford was Vice President of Global Marketing at NetSuite and carries extensive expertise scaling high-growth SaaS businesses from $100 million to more than $750 million having held various marketing and sales leadership roles at companies including HP, Intuit and Sybase.

    “I’m beyond thrilled to join K2, the smartest and fastest low-code process automation platform on the market,” said Hungerford. “With its technology leadership and its already amazing customers, it is easy to see the massive opportunity ahead for K2, backed by this winning combination for market dominance. Having joined K2 from an industry-leading SaaS vendor, I’m looking forward to helping scale the marketing team to create highly-influential campaigns and programs that land K2’s story and unique value around the world.”

    Thompson joins K2 after 13 years at Avanade where she had a proven track record of success as a dynamic and accomplished HR leader and trusted advisor to many leaders there. Her most recent role was Global Head of Talent and Performance Management for Avanade’s 80 global locations and 29,000 professionals.

    “It’s an exciting time for K2, with material opportunities ahead, not just for the business but for the people that drive it,” said Thompson. “I’m excited to be part of such a talented team working towards creating an exceptional employee experience. I am proud to lead our efforts in helping our people realize their full potential, as well as to add new talent into the organization and strengthening an inclusive, innovative and fun culture.”

    ABOUT K2:  

    K2 is the leading low-code, cloud-based Digital Process Automation (DPA) platform for enterprises seeking to rapidly and intelligently create modern process applications, automate workflows and transform their business. With K2, thousands of organizations worldwide and 30% of the Fortune 500 have taken control of their business processes to increase visibility and improve operational efficiency. Discover what you can accomplish when you connect your people, processes and applications at

    CONTACT: Andy Tolton
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    New Report Spotlights Continuing Challenges Facing Women Veterans WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#VA--A new report by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) shows that some women veterans continue to face significant barriers accessing health care and other earned benefits. Reported by Business Wire 15 hours ago.

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    Luis Calderon Admitted as Fellow of Class 49

    OXNARD, Calif. (PRWEB) September 12, 2018

    Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC) Partnership Manager (Southern District), Luis Calderon, has become a fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, an advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders.

    Luis is among twenty four individuals selected for Class 49 who will participate in dynamic seminars during this 17-month program.

    "We are excited for Luis, and are proud of his desire to advance his skills,” said Andrew Rice, Vice President Production, Southern District. “Since he first started with us, Luis has always demonstrated a willingness to develop new capabilities, engage with our community and guide a team according to our company values. He has grown tremendously, and we are sure that by participating in this program he will gain important skills and a diverse perspective of the industry.”

    Fellows will study leadership theory, effective communication, motivation, critical and strategic thinking, change management, emotional intelligence and complex social and cultural issues.

    Seminars are delivered by four partner universities: Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State and UC Davis. Fellows will participate in 55 seminar days, including an eight-day national travel seminar and a 15-day international travel seminar.

    Class 49 fellows will be inaugurated into the program on October 11, 2018 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.

    Previous California Agricultural Leadership Program graduates include RAC’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Yissel Barajas and former employee Cesar Hernandez.

    To learn more about Reiter Affiliated Companies, please visit:

    About Reiter Affiliated Companies

    Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC) is the largest fresh multi-berry producer in the world, growing Driscoll’s proprietary varieties of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries year round in the United States, Baja California, Central Mexico, Portugal, Morocco and Peru.

    The Reiter family began farming in the San Francisco Bay Peninsula and by the turn of the century had migrated south into Watsonville and the Santa Clara Valley. By the late 1970’s, operations expanded into Southern California where the headquarters is today. The company values of Honesty, Fairness and Respect line the corridors of every office, guiding and leading business principles and decisions. Those decisions have resulted in the organization’s position as an industry leader, adopting health and wellness programs, opening primary health clinics and partnering with local organizations to improve the quality of life for the farmworker community. Reported by PRWeb 15 hours ago.

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    A man was allegedly spotted uprooting mini American flags in the Somerville Veterans Memorial Cemetery and then urinating on them, police in Massachusetts said. Reported by 12 hours ago.

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    Extends Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud Deployment Options for AI and Big Data Workloads

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlueData*^®*, provider of the leading container-based software platform for AI and Big Data workloads, today announced the general availability (GA) of its BlueData EPIC software on Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. This makes BlueData the only unified solution for Big-Data-as-a-Service and AI-as-a-Service with the flexibility to support all three major public cloud services as well as on-premises and hybrid cloud deployments.Public cloud services continue to be an increasingly popular option for many workloads in the enterprise – including applications for distributed analytics, data science, machine learning, and deep learning. But most enterprises today want the ability to deploy these applications quickly and easily regardless of the infrastructure, either on- or off-premises. They want self-service, elastic, automated, and secure environments for machine learning and analytics – whether the underlying compute and data storage is hosted in one public cloud or another, in their own data centers, or in a hybrid architecture.

    Leveraging the inherent infrastructure portability of Docker containers, BlueData is committed to supporting these multi-cloud and hybrid cloud options for Big Data and AI deployments. Last fall, BlueData introduced the initial directed availability of BlueData EPIC on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure – adding to its existing GA support for Amazon Web Services (AWS). And over this past year, BlueData has introduced additional new capabilities for AI, machine learning, and deep learning applications in multi-cloud and hybrid models.

    Now BlueData offers the same GA functionality for all three major public providers including AWS, Azure, and GCP. Customers can deploy BlueData EPIC standalone on any of these public cloud providers. Or they can use BlueData EPIC to provide a unified solution across multiple cloud providers (i.e. in support of a multi-cloud strategy) as well as on-premises infrastructure (i.e. for a hybrid cloud strategy).

    Some of the key benefits include to this approach include:

    · *Common self-service user interface:* Data science teams can have the same user experience to spin up on-demand environments for AI and Big Data workloads, regardless of the infrastructure.
    · *Common governance, security, and control:* Administrators and IT teams can ensure consistent authentication, access, and enterprise-grade security in a hybrid or multi-cloud deployment.
    · *In-place analytics with compute / storage separation: * Customers can tap into data wherever it’s stored (on-premises or cloud), resulting in less data duplication and reduced data transfer costs.
    · *Flexibility and infrastructure portability: *The same Docker application images can be used with any public cloud or on-premises, avoiding cloud lock-in and future-proofing the deployment.

    “Many of our customers have embarked on a multi-cloud or hybrid cloud strategy for their AI, ML, and analytics initiatives,” said Kumar Sreekanti, co-founder and CEO of BlueData. “Our mission is to help these enterprises accelerate their digital transformation journeys, while making the underlying infrastructure invisible with containerization and automation. Our initial customer deployments were on-premises, then we added AWS and hybrid capabilities – and now we’re excited to extend our multi-cloud support with general availability for Azure and GCP.”

    The BlueData EPIC platform provides extensive functionality for multi-cloud and hybrid deployments, including:

    · *Pre-built automation templates*: A new automation toolkit can be used for both on-premises and cloud deployments. BlueData EPIC also supports the native AWS, Azure, and GCP deployment tools.
    · *Higher utilization of cloud instances: *BlueData EPIC allows for denser packing of containers in each cloud instance, thereby increasing utilization and reducing costs for public cloud deployments.
    · *Multi-tenancy and isolation: *BlueData provides secure multi-tenancy and strict network isolation between tenants, without interfering with any cloud-specific networking constructs.
    · *Flexible cloud storage access: *With BlueData, containerized clusters can run jobs against cloud storage (e.g. Amazon S3, Azure Blog Storage, Azure Data Lake Storage, Google Cloud Storage).
    · *Hybrid data access*: BlueData provides the unique and differentiated ability to tap into on-premises storage (e.g. a Hadoop data lake) from compute clusters running in AWS, Azure, or GCP.

    You can see a demo in BlueData’s booth (# 1034) at the Strata Data Conference in New York City this week.  You can learn more about running stateful Big Data and AI applications on containers by joining the session “What’s the Hadoop-la about Kubernetes?” with BlueData’s vice president of products, Anant Chintamaneni*, *and director of solutions management, Nanda Vijaydev, at 2:05pm today Wednesday, September 12.

    Also at the Strata event in New York today, Cloudera announced the winners of the annual Data Impact Awards – for organizations achieving innovative data-driven results with machine learning and analytics. Joint BlueData-Cloudera customer Barclays won the award in the category of Modern Data Warehousing. Other BlueData-Cloudera customers were recently named award finalists: GM Financial (in the Enterprise Machine Learning category) and Seattle Children’s Hospital (in the Societal Impact category). All three customers were nominated by BlueData.

    *Supporting Resources*
    Blog post: A Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Playbook for AI and Big Data Workloads

    *About BlueData Software, Inc.*

    BlueData is transforming how enterprises deploy Big Data analytics and machine learning. The BlueData EPIC™ software platform uses Docker container technology to make it easier, faster, and more cost-effective for enterprises to innovate with Big Data and AI technologies – enabling Big-Data-as-a-Service either on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid architecture. With BlueData, they can spin up containerized environments within minutes, providing data scientists with on-demand access to the applications, data, and infrastructure they need. Based in Santa Clara, California, BlueData was founded by VMware veterans and its investors including Amplify Partners, Atlantic Bridge, Dell Technologies Capital, Ignition Partners, and Intel Capital. To learn more about BlueData, visit or follow @bluedata.

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    415.800.5385 Reported by GlobeNewswire 14 hours ago.

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    Bob Miller to Continue as Chairman of the Board

    BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Albertsons Companies announced today that Jim Donald, currently the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Albertsons Companies, effective immediately. Robert Miller, currently the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will continue as the Chairman of the Board.

    Miller and Donald are two of grocery retail’s preeminent leaders. Miller’s 57-year retail career began as a high school job in Southern California in the backroom of a neighborhood supermarket. He took on roles of increasing responsibility, culminating in his serving as Executive Vice President of Operations for Albertsons, Inc. Miller left Albertsons in 1991 and went on to serve as Chief Executive officer of Fred Meyer, Inc.; Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of Kroger; and Chief Executive Officer of Rite Aid. In 2006, Miller returned to lead Albertsons LLC as CEO following the divestiture of Albertson’s, Inc.’s assets.

    Donald’s 47-year retail career began as a trainee in Florida with Publix Supermarkets. He joined Albertsons in 1976, which culminated in his being appointed Vice President of Operations in Arizona. In 1991, he was recruited personally by Sam Walton to join Walmart to lead the development of their grocery business and Superstore concept. Donald subsequently left for Safeway in 1994 to be the Senior Vice President of their 130-store Eastern region, a position he held for two years.  His first Chief Executive Officer role was at Pathmark Stores from 1996 through 2002, followed by his most well-known appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer at Starbucks, where he notably led the company through record growth, including five straight years of 20%+ annual earnings increases. Post Starbucks, Donald served as Chief Executive Officer of two other companies, Haggen and Extended Stay America, Inc. Named one of the “Top 25 CEOs in the World” by The Best Practice Institute and one of Business Travel News’ “25 Most Influential Business Travel Executives” in 2013 for his leadership of Extended Stay America where he led its successful $565 million IPO, Donald joined Albertsons Companies in March 2018 as President and Chief Operating Officer.

    “Jim is an exceptional retailer. In the seven months since he joined Albertsons Companies, he’s flown tens of thousands of miles and met personally with thousands of employees in hundreds of our stores, distribution centers, manufacturing plants, and offices around the country,” Miller said. “His expertise in listening to front line employees and customers, facilitating employee engagement and generating sales is unmatched, and there is no better leader for Albertsons Companies at this state in our evolution.”

    “Albertsons Companies is uniquely positioned to operate in both a ‘four walls’ traditional environment and the ‘no walls’ world of technology,” Donald said. “We serve 34 million customers each week across our 2,300-plus stores and serve 5.5 million patients in our 1,700-plus pharmacies. That’s a significant food, health, and wellness footprint. We’re well positioned to serve the evolving needs of today’s customer, wherever and whenever they choose to shop with us. I am looking forward to leading this dynamic company as we focus on innovation and customer-centric retailing in all its forms.”

    About Albertsons CompaniesAlbertsons Companies, Inc. is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. Albertsons Cos. operates stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City. Albertsons Cos. is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2017 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the Company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

    Important Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.  Forward-looking statements contain information about future operating or financial performance. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations and assumptions about market conditions and its future operating performance which we believe to be reasonable at this time.  The words “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan” and similar expressions indicate forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions (including assumptions about general economic, market, industry and operational factors), known or unknown, which could cause the actual results to vary materially from those indicated or anticipated.  A further list and description of risks and uncertainties can be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 24, 2018 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and other documents that the Company may file or furnish with the SEC, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate only to the date they were made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made except as required by law or applicable regulation.


    · Jim Donald
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    CONTACT: Christine Wilcox
    Albertsons Companies
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  • 09/12/18--18:27: English Test: 2/10
  • Man for man, Virat Kohli’s India were a superior side than England. But, the 4-1 scoreline in England’s favour reflected that India did not capitalise on the crucial moments throughout the series. They ought to have won the first Test in Birmingham, eventually going down by 31 runs; They ought to have won the fourth Test in Southampton, but lost by 60 runs. And, on a fine batting surface at The Oval, they ought to have saved the game, if not won it. The result should have been 3-1 in India’s favour, if not 4-1. Without taking credit away from England, India lacked the depth in batting that England had, Sam Curran and Jos Buttler batting with the lower half was something that their corresponding India numbers Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik/ Rishabh Pant could not. There was over reliance on Virat Kohli that his failure in the final Test at The Oval for a first-ball duck in the second innings spelt a massive loss, barring a brilliant fightback by Pant and KL Rahul. *G Krishnan* looks back at the series that could have gone India’s way but did not.

    -*VIRAT KOHLI* – Batting: 8/10, Captaincy: 4/10-

    The regularity with which the Indian captain is able to shoulder the burden of his team's batting is amazing. The No. 1 Test batsman Kohli wiped out the demons of 2014 tour of England in which he collected 134 runs in 10 innings in only his first knock of the series, scoring 149, and eventually finishing with 593 at 59.30. While Kohli the batsman can make no mistake, it is his captaincy that needs fine tuning. Often, he has lost the plot, be it with bowling changes, finding the right playing 11 or in finishing off the opponents' innings after removing their top half cheaply.

    *M*: 5, *I*: 10, *NO*: 0, *R*: 593, *Hs*: 149, *Ave* 59.30, *100/50*: 2/3, *Cts*: 4

    -*MURALI VIJAY* – 0/10-

    The consistent Indian opener in the last couple of seasons just could not take his sub-continent form to England. He was a total disaster, done in by the moving ball. The England pacers studied his strength to leave anything outside the off-stump by bringing in the ball, forcing him to play at the deliveries. A pair in the second Test at Lord's, where England's Chris Woakes hit a fluent century, was reason enough to drop him for third Test and eventually be kept out of the squad for the last two Tests.

    *M*: 2, *I*: 4, *NO*: 0, *R*: 26, *Hs*: 20, *Ave*: 6.50, *100/50*: 0/0, *Cts*: 0

    -*SHIKHAR DHAWAN* – 1/10-

    Shikhar Dhawan, like Vijay, has only been a wreck in the series. Despite the umpteen chances given to him, the left-hander has not justified his selection. Yes, he is an authority on flat pitches. He had a chance to enhance his reputation in overseas conditions but came a cropper. Will be lucky to be retained for India's next Test assignment, at home against the West Indies.

    *M*: 4, *I*: 8, *NO*: 0, *R*: 162, *Hs*: 44, *Ave*: 20.25, *100/50*: 0/0, *Cts*: 2

    -*KL RAHUL* – 5/10-

    His attacking style bore fruits in the lost cause of The Oval Test, scoring an elusive century. Starting the series at No. 3 in Birmingham, Rahul was promoted to his customary role as opener and became a regular there. Also becoming regular were his failures to convert the starts and was consumed by pacers regularly. His slip catching was sensational after beginning with buttered fingers, taking a record 14 catches, including 7 in the Southampton Test.

    *M*: 5, *I*: 10, *NO*: 0, *R*: 299, *Hs*: 149, *Ave*: 29.90, *100/50*: 1/0, *Cts*: 14

    -*CHETESHWAR PUJARA* – 6/10-

    Surprisingly omitted for the first Test of the series, Pujara proved why he ought to have been in the 11 in the first place when he was rightfully reinstated from the second Test. A century in the fourth Test in the company of the tail after scoring a crucial 72 in the second innings of the third Test proved his worth of a typical Test batsman that India cannot afford to keep out. Yes, he has his shortcomings, but who doesn't?

    *M*: 4, *I*: 8, *NO*: 1, *R*: 278, *HS*: 132*, *Ave*: 39.71, *100/50*: 1/1

    -*AJINKYA RAHANE* – 3/10-

    He has been the rare Indian batsman to score Test centuries outside the sub-continent in the last few years. But, barring two knocks of fifty-plus including a fighting 51 in the fourth Test, Rahane fell to the moving ball to slip catches or had his weaknesses against spin exposed by Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. He had a better tour in England in 2014. One of the safest catchers at slip for spinners, Rahane was not at his usual best this rubber.

    *M*: 5, *I*: 10, *NO*: 0, *R*: 257, *HS*: 81, *Ave*: 25.70, *100/50*: 0/2, *Cts*: 4

    -*DINESH KARTHIK* – 0/10-

    The opportunity presented to Dinesh Karthik will not come again. In the absence of injured Wriddhiman Saha and with Rishabh Pant being an understudy, Karthik had the best chance to become India's No. 1 wicketkeeper in Tests. He gave his place to a certain MS Dhoni in his first stint a decade ago, and now seems to have given it to Pant. Karthik did not score, nor was his glovework anything to write home about.

    *M*: 2, *I*: 4, *NO*: 0, *R*: 21, *Hs*: 20, *Ave*: 5.25, *100/50*: 0/0, *Cts/St*: 5/0

    -*RISHABH PANT* – 5/10-

    No doubt, Pant is one for the future. He needs to shed his T20 instincts while playing red ball cricket. That he is capable of playing the waiting game was seen during his maiden Test century in the sixth innings of his Test career. Though unafraid to hit sixes, he showed he could defend as well. If only Pant showed a similar approach in Southampton, India may have won. His wicketkeeping needs to improve. It is another matter that he took 5 catches in his maiden innings behind the stumps. He has dropped some straight forward ones too.

    *M*: 3, *I*: 6, *NO*: 0, *R*: 162, *Hs*: 114, *Ave*: 27.00, *100/50*: 1/0,* Ct/St*: 15/0

    -*HANUMA VIHARI* – 5/10-

    Thrown into the deep sea in the crucial fifth Test when India's pride was at stake, Vihari realised the vast difference between playing for India 'A' and the senior Indian team. Without any practice game in England – all this while he was playing for India 'A' in England and in India (against SA 'A') – he began shakily against England pacers before finding his feet in and scoring 56 in his debut innings. Got a beauty from Ben Stokes to be out for zero in the second innings. Proved a handy bowler, filling the void of the fifth bowler, taking three wickets.

    *M*: 1, *I*: 2, *NO*: 0, *R*: 56, *HS*: 56, *Ave*: 28.00, *100/50*: 0/1, *W*: 3, *Ave*: 12.66, *Best*: 3/37

    -*HARDIK PANDYA* — 4/10-

    Contributed to the team in patches with both bat and ball. He was at his best in that spell before tea on Day 2 in Nottingham, taking his maiden five-wicket haul. More such performances were expected of him, just like the way he needed to score consistently like his 52* in the same Test. His inability to deliver at crucial junctures as the fifth bowler or the extra batsman, perhaps made the difference in the end result. Has a long way to go before being called a genuine all-rounder.

    *M*: 4, *I*: 8, *NO*: 1, *R*: 164, *Hs*: 52*, *Ave*: 23.42, *100/50*: 0/1, *W*: 10, *Ave*: 24.70, *Best*: 5/28, *5WI*: 1Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin and Murali Vijay


    He began the series with the promise of picking up wickets with his variations. But, that was not to be as even when his opposite number, Moeen Ali picked up wickets and bowl England to win in Southampton, turning the ball on a wearing pitch, Ashwin could not deliver in a similar fashion. Also had to battle hip strain but that cannot be the excuse for him not delivering as India's No. 1 spinner.

    *M*: 4, *I*: 8, *NO*: 2, *R*: 126, *Hs*: 33*, *Ave*: 21.00, *Cts*: 1, *W*: 11, *Ave*: 32.72, *Best*: 4/62, *5WI*: 0

    -*RAVINDRA JADEJA* – 6/10-

    Was utilised only in one match and his all-round performance proved that he should have been played right at the start of the series. But, at whose expense? Rightfully, he came in for the non-performing Ashwin in the final Test and took wickets (4 + 3) and scored an unbeaten 86 to keep India in the hunt. His utility was understood better in the English camp when their assistant coach Patrick Farbrace admitted that "the exceptional cricketer played just the last Test".

    *M*: 1, *I*: 2, *NO*: 1, *R*: 99, *HS*: 86*, *Ave*: 99.00, *100/50*: 0/1, *W*: 7, *Ave*: 36.85, *Best*: 4/79

    -*ISHANT SHARMA* – 7/10-

    The senior lanky pacer is finally living up to his status of the senior most bowler. He bowled his heart out, picked up wickets and did not complain about the workload. Troubled the England top-order including his bunny Alastair Cook and also mentored his fellow pacers well to pick up all 20 England wickets in three of the five Tests. Unlucky not to get more than one five-wicket haul, but the workload was shared between him, Bumrah and Shami.

    *M*: 5, *W*: 18, *Ave*: 24.27, *Best*: 5/51, *5WI*: 1

    -*MOHAMMED SHAMI* – 7/10-

    Bowled his heart out right through the series. Was unlucky on most occasions, repeatedly beating the outside edges of the top-order batsmen. Wiser with experience from the previous England tour and learning by observing England veterans James Anderson and Stuart Broad, Shami hit the right lengths to trouble the English batsmen. He is, perhaps, bowling at his best in this current phase.

    *M*: 5, *W*: 16, *Ave*: 38.87, *Best*: 4/57, *Cts*: 2

    -*JASPRIT BUMRAH* – 7/10-

    Playing only in his second Test series, he has become a potent weapon in India's bowling armoury. Even the legendary Alastair Cook acknowledged Bumrah's efforts when he said "he caused me a lot of heartache this series". Will do well to work on his No Ball that has cost him, and India, wicket one too many.

    *M*: 3, *W*: 14, *Ave*: 25.92, *Best*: 5/85, *5WI*: 1

    -*KULDEEP YADAV* – 0/10-

    His limited-overs exploits before the Tests led to discussions that he ought to have been playing Tests against England straightaway. But, when he did play in the second Test, he realised that there is a lot of difference between bowling short spells in limited-overs and lengthy ones in Tests. Had a forgettable Test and was rightly sent back to India to play for India 'A' and improve his first-class form.

    *M*: 1, *W*: 0, *Ave*: --, *Best*: 0/44, *5WI*: 0

    -*UMESH YADAV* – 1/10-

    Played in only the first Test and ought to have done better for a senior bowler with the reputation of being the fastest among Indians. Could not polish off the tail and let the opposition build on to their narrow first innings lead. Did not get to play any more in the series as Ishant, Shami and Bumrah were brilliant in their own ways.

    *M*: 1, *W*: 3, *Ave*: 25.33, *Best*: 2/20, *5WI*: 0

    -*RAVI SHASTRI* – 2/10-

    Confidence and playing with the aim to win has been Ravi Shastri's forte. It has been the case when he was a player and now, he is rubbing it on to Virat Kohli and Co. But, along with Kohli, he has not let the team settle down with a consistent playing 11, chopping and changing in the name of "best 11 as per the conditions", bringing in insecurity feeling among the players. Talks one thing– remember his "Pujara has been one of the pillars of this batting line-up" before the series began? -- and acts upon another – not pick the reliable Pujara for the first Test. His statement of "I can't see any other Indian team in the last 15-20 years" before the last Test received opposing reactions from former greats. It's high time Shastri and his coaching staff walked the talk.

    *Note*: Karun Nair, Shardul Thakur (both all 5 Tests) and Prithvi Shaw (last 2 Tests) were part of the squad but did not get to play a single game.

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    NEW YORK, NY and SHANGHAI, China, Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bison Capital Acquisition Corp. (“BCAC”, NASDAQ: BCAC) and Xynomic Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Xynomic”), a U.S.-China clinical stage innovative oncology drug development company, today jointly announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement. Upon completion of the merger, Xynomic will become a wholly-owned subsidiary and the operating business of BCAC, and BCAC will change its name to “Xynomic Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.”

    Xynomic, founded in 2016 by industry veterans and headquartered in the U.S. with operations in Raleigh, North Carolina and Shanghai, China, is principally engaged in the research, development and commercialization of innovative targeted cancer therapeutics in the U.S., Europe and China. Xynomic has in-licensed a clinical stage drug candidate from Pharmacyclics/AbbVie and a pre-clinical stage drug candidate from Boehringer Ingelheim and is collaborating with Janssen R&D, LLC in a clinical trial of a combination therapy. Xynomic focuses on orally delivered small molecule drugs. Xynomic builds and develops its oncology pipeline through both in-licensing from strategic partners and internal research and development efforts supported by its scientists with expertise in tyrosine kinase inhibition and epigenetic modification. The current investors of Xynomic include, among others, Northern Light Venture Capital, Prosperico Ventures and Hakim Unique.

    Dr. James J. Tong, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of BCAC, remarked, “We are truly excited about the merger with Xynomic. Our team reviewed many opportunities in a variety of industries, and determined that the transaction with Xynomic would provide the greatest value to our shareholders. Xynomic is developing promising oncology therapeutics to address unmet medical needs. We are impressed by the Xynomic management team’s track record in drug development and partnership building. We are very excited about the future prospects of the combined company.”

    Y. Mark Xu, Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Xynomic, stated, “We believe that merging with BCAC and becoming a Nasdaq-listed company will potentially provide us with access to more capital allowing Xynomic to develop and commercialize innovative oncology drugs faster, transform innovations into commercially viable drugs to meet significant unmet medical needs more efficiently, and better motivate our highly skilled and professional team.”*Transaction Details*

    Under the terms of the merger agreement, BCAC will re-domesticate from the British Virgin Islands to Delaware prior to the merger. At closing, Xynomic will merge with and into Bison Capital Merger Sub Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BCAC, with Xynomic continuing as the surviving company. At the effective time of the merger, existing common and preferred shareholders of Xynomic will receive shares of common stock of BCAC. The aggregate merger consideration will consist of (a) closing consideration of $350 million in BCAC shares, subject to certain adjustments as provided in the merger agreement, and (b) earnout consideration of an additional $100 million in BCAC shares, subject to Xynomic achieving certain milestones as set forth in the merger agreement.  Merger consideration will be payable entirely in common stock of BCAC at a value of $10.15 per share. Three percent of the initial BCAC shares payable to Xynomic shareholders in the merger and three percent of the earnout shares, when payable, will be held in escrow for a period of 18 months following the closing to serve as security for, and the exclusive source of payment of, BCAC’s indemnity rights under the merger agreement and any excess of the estimated closing merger consideration over the final closing merger consideration amount determined post-closing.

    The board of directors of BCAC at closing will consist of nine directors, one of which will be a current director of BCAC, three of which will be current directors of Xynomic, and two of which will be independent directors mutually agreed upon by BCAC and Xynomic, in addition to the current three independent directors of BCAC.  The executives of Xynomic are expected to remain as executives of the combined company.

    The closing conditions of the merger include, among others, the approval of the merger by BCAC’s existing shareholders, the approval of the continued listing of the combined entity on The Nasdaq Capital Market and BCAC having at least $7,500,001 of net tangible assets remaining at the closing.

    Upon and immediately following the consummation of the merger, assuming that there is no adjustment to the closing consideration and no exercise of redemption rights by BCAC’s public shareholders, it is anticipated that, without the earnout shares, the shareholders of Xynomic prior to the closing will collectively own approximately 80% of  outstanding common stock of the combined entity, and BCAC’s existing shareholders will retain approximately 20% ownership interest in the combined entity. 

    EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. is acting as financial advisor to BCAC, and Cassel Salpeter & Co., LLC is acting as financial advisor to the special committee of BCAC’s board. Hunter Taubman Fischer & Li LLC and Ogier are acting as legal counsels to BCAC. Sidley Austin LLP is acting as legal counsel to Xynomic.

    The description of the transaction contained herein is only a summary and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the definitive agreement relating to the transaction, a copy of which will be filed by BCAC with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) as an exhibit to a Current Report on Form 8-K.

    *About Xynomic*

    Xynomic is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing oncology therapeutics for improved cancer care. Incorporated in Delaware, Xynomic has operations in China and the United States. Xynomic’s executive team has extensive experience in developing innovative drugs globally. Xynomic’s mission is to develop and commercialize innovative oncology drugs to address unmet medical needs in solid tumor and hematological malignancies and to improve cancer patients’ life expectancy and treatment prognosis.

    *About BCAC*

    BCAC is a blank check company, also commonly referred to as a Special Purpose Acquisition Company, or SPAC, formed for the purpose of acquiring, engaging in a share exchange, share reconstruction and amalgamation, purchasing all or substantially all of the assets of, entering into contractual arrangements, or engaging in any other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. BCAC’s efforts to identify a target business have not been limited to a particular industry or geographic region. BCAC is sponsored by Bison Capital Holding Company Limited, an investment holding company that focuses on the healthcare, media and financial services sectors.

    *Additional Information about the Transaction and Where to Find it*

    The proposed transaction has been approved by the board of directors of both companies and the shareholders of Xynomic, and will be submitted to shareholders of BCAC for their approval. In connection with that approval, BCAC intends to file with the SEC a proxy statement containing information about the proposed transaction and the respective businesses of Xynomic and BCAC. BCAC will mail a definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents to its shareholders. BCAC shareholders are urged to read the preliminary proxy statement and any amendments thereto and the definitive proxy statement in connection with BCAC’s solicitation of proxies for the special meeting to be held to approve the proposed transaction, because these documents will contain important information about BCAC, Xynomic and the proposed transaction. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed to shareholders of BCAC as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed transaction. Shareholders will also be able to obtain a free copy of the proxy statement, as well as other filings containing information about BCAC, without charge, at the SEC’s website ( or by calling 1-800-SEC-0330.

    *Participants in the Solicitation*BCAC and its directors and executive officers and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from BCAC’s shareholders with respect to the proposed transaction. Information regarding BCAC’s directors and executive officers is available in its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, filed with the SEC on February 21, 2018. Additional information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation relating to the proposed transaction and a description of their direct and indirect interests will be contained in the proxy statement when it becomes available.

    Xynomic and its directors and executive officers may also be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of BCAC in connection with the proposed transaction. A list of the names of such directors and executive officers and information regarding their interests in the proposed transaction will be included in the proxy statement for the proposed transaction when available.


    This press release is not a proxy statement or a solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the proposed transaction. This press release shall also not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any states or jurisdictions in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No registered offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

    *Forward-Looking Statements*

    This press release and the exhibits hereto include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and within the meaning of Section 27a of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21e of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any actual results may differ from expectations, estimates and projections presented or implied and, consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “believes,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, BCAC’s expectations with respect to future performance, anticipated financial impacts of the proposed business combination, approval of the business combination transactions by security holders, the satisfaction of the closing conditions to such transactions and the timing of the completion of such transactions.

    Such forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance, but reflect the parties’ current beliefs, based on information currently available. Most of these factors are outside the parties’ control and are difficult to predict. A number of factors could cause actual events, performance or results to differ materially from the events, performance and results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such differences include, among other things: the possibility that the business combination does not close or that the closing may be delayed because conditions to the closing may not be satisfied, including the receipt of requisite shareholder and other approvals, the performances of BCAC and Xynomic, and the ability of BCAC or, after the closing of the transactions, the combined company, to continue to meet The Nasdaq Capital Market’s listing standards; the reaction of Xynomic’s licensors, collaborators, service providers or suppliers to the business combination; unexpected costs, liabilities or delays in the business combination transaction; the outcome of any legal proceedings related to the transaction; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the business combination transaction agreement; and general economic conditions.

    The foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors are contained in BCAC’s most recent filings with the SEC. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning BCAC and Xynomic, the business combination transactions described herein or other matters and attributable to BCAC, Xynomic, Xynomic’s shareholders or any person acting on behalf of any of them are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Neither BCAC, Xynomic, nor Xynomic’s shareholders undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in their expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.


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