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    Kymeta Appoints New Sales Executives in Move to Build Global Sales Force REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#cellularhybrid--Kymeta Corp. has announced the appointment of three SATCOM veterans with 75 years combined experience to lead global sales force. Reported by Business Wire 33 minutes ago.

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    Ottawa has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a four-year legal battle with disabled veterans who had launched a class-action lawsuit after some of their financial benefits were clawed back. Reported by CBC.ca 17 hours ago.

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    Ottawa has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a four-year legal battle with disabled veterans who had launched a class-action lawsuit after some of their financial benefits were clawed back. Reported by CBC.ca 18 hours ago.

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    Distilleries and Golfers-of-all-Abilities Mingle to Raise Money for Combat Wounded Veterans via the “Impact-A-Hero” Non-Profit Organization

    HOUSTON (PRWEB) September 13, 2018

    The Texas Whiskey Festival announced today that the upcoming Links & Drinks Golf Tournament – scheduled to take place Friday, October 5th at the Tour Eighteen Golf Course in Houston, will benefit the non-profit organization Impact a Hero, which provides support, opportunities and resources to wounded, post 9/11 combat veterans, their families and caregivers.

    The Links & Drinks Golf Tournament is specifically designed for weekend “athletes” and whiskey enthusiasts who like having fun and giving back at the same time. Sponsored by several of the best distilleries in Texas (who also support the Texas Whiskey Festival), this four-man “shamble” format gives teams a competitive opportunity to slash their scores by sampling the Texas distilleries strategically aligned along the course.

    Distilleries participating in the event so far include:· Garrison Brother Distilling
    · Balcones Distilling
    · Yellow Rose Distilling (In Houston)
    · Cotton Hollow Distilling
    · Devils River Whiskey
    · Andalusia Whiskey Co.
    · Black Feather Whiskey

    The Tour Eighteen Golf Course is a “greatest-hits” collaboration that recreates the most famous holes in American golf.    

    “Imagine yourself playing some of the best golf courses in America while sampling the finest Texas Whiskeys, all to benefit our veterans,” said Texas Whiskey Festival Co-founder Jake Clements.

    “Events like Links & Drinks go a long way to helping us make a difference in the lives of combat wounded veterans,” added Impact a Hero’s Executive Director Mike Nasche. “After navigating the outdoor replica course, participants can enjoy great food and music, and spend time with some of our nation’s veterans. We’re looking forward to a fun day on October 5th.”    

    To participate, and to support Impact a Hero, please visit Links and Drinks. Members of the media interested in participating are encouraged to contact media@txwhiskeyfest.com.

    Date: October 5, 2018
    Location: Tour Eighteen Golf Course, located at 3102 Farm-to-Market 1960 E, Humble, TX
    Registration: starts at 12 PM
    Shotgun Start: at 1:30 PM
    Reception: from end-of-play until 9 PM, featuring food, awards, dueling pianos, and of course, more whiskey.

    About the 2019 Texas Whiskey Festival (April 19th)
    The mission of the festival is simple: To help promote and enhance the brands of the many great distilleries throughout Texas. Along with promotion, we want to educate whiskey lovers about the many top-of-the-line whiskeys being produced in our great state - and we’re doing it all while having fun, drinking great whiskey, and building memorable experiences. As an organization, we know that Texas has some of the best distilleries and whiskeys in the world. The Texas Whiskey Festival is an opportunity to showcase that. For more information, please visit: https://txwhiskeyfest.com.

    About Impact A Hero
    Impact A Hero is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides immediate and ongoing support to our wounded and disabled post-9/11 combat veterans, their families, and caregivers. For more information about Impact A Hero, contact Laurel Goodroe at lgoodroe@impactahero.org Reported by PRWeb 19 hours ago.

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    AccentCare, Inc., a nationwide leader in post-acute healthcare, acquired Accolade HomeCare and Hospice, effective August 31, 2018, making its regional Texas Home Health operations the largest Texas-based post-acute care provider offering full-continuum home care in the state, including home health, hospice, and personal care services.

    DALLAS (PRWEB) September 13, 2018

    AccentCare, Inc., a nationwide leader in post-acute healthcare, acquired Accolade HomeCare and Hospice, effective August 31, 2018, making its regional Texas Home Health operations the largest Texas-based post-acute care provider offering full-continuum home care in the state including home health, hospice, and personal care services.

    Texas Home Health operations serve all 254 counties in Texas, and with Accolade, headquartered in Denton, Texas, adds service areas in contiguous counties in New Mexico and Oklahoma. In total, the acquisition brings 23 new office locations, 17 delivering home health services and six providing hospice care.

    “We are proud of the growth in our Texas-based operations,” said CEO Steve Rodgers, “and are particularly pleased to have Accolade join the AccentCare family, to significantly expand our service delivery for skilled home healthcare.”

    Accolade will maintain its brand and staff to continue serving more than 2,500 patients annually in the same service areas in which it currently operates.

    “I am excited for Accolade to join AccentCare, which carries such a strong and respectable reputation in Texas,” said Marcylle Combs, former President and owner of Accolade. “The two companies have common values and are equally committed to qualified and compassionate patient care.”

    AccentCare’s acquisition of Accolade is the company’s sixth purchase in Texas since 2017, when it acquired two personal care services companies, Padre Home Health in Corpus Christi, and Royalty Personal Assistance Service in Texas City, followed by Quality Care Services’ Medicaid attendant care segment, based in Beaumont, and later, Grace Visiting Nurses and Nurses Unlimited, home care companies, respectively based in Jacksonville and Odessa.

    About AccentCare
    AccentCare, Inc. is a nationwide leader in post-acute healthcare as well as specialized care management prior to acute episodes. Its wide variety of innovative services ranges from personal, non-medical care to skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, hospice, private duty, and care management. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, AccentCare has over 23,000 compassionate professionals in more than 190 locations across 14 states, serving over 17,000 physicians and 2,000 facilities, regionally branded as AccentCare, AccentCare of New York, Accolade, Alliance For Health, Doctors’ Choice, Guardian Home Health & Hospice, Nurses Unlimited, Sta-Home, and Texas Home Health.

    In addition, the company has over 30 regional strategic partnerships with insurance companies, physician groups, and major health systems, including joint ventures branded as AccentCare Asante Home Health, AccentCare UC San Diego Health at Home, AccentCare UCLA Health, and Texas Home Health Group, a home healthcare affiliation with Baylor Scott & White Health.

    AccentCare is committed to improving the quality of living for more than 97,000 individuals each year. Its approach to care, including proprietary RightPath disease-specific programs, consistently exceeds the industry in avoidance of unplanned re-hospitalizations, faster starts of care, and quality performance. Among its distinctions, AccentCare has a 4.3-star quality rating for legacy home health agencies, many of which have earned the HomeCare Elite distinction. All legacy hospice locations are CHAP-accredited, many with advanced designations from the We Honor Veterans program. Reported by PRWeb 19 hours ago.

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    PLEASANT HILL, CA, Sept. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Textmunication Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: TXHD), a cloud-based mobile SMS marketing platform provider, and Aspire Consulting Group LLC (“Aspire”), an IT Services consulting firm, have developed a Short Message Service (SMS) end-to-end solution for government agencies, universities and military bases. Aspire is minority-owned by Textmunication and offers IT Services consulting to commercial, federal and state agencies. The combined SMS package provides an integrated mobile offering for government agencies, universities and military bases to engage directly with members.

    Aspire and Textmunication were just awarded an SMS contract by Robins Air Force Base located near Warner Robins, Georgia. Aspire will provide the overall solution as part of its technology division utilizing the Textmunication SMS “Smart Automated Messaging” (SAM) platform. Aspire will open its network in the government sector and propose advanced communication solutions with Textmunication. Both companies have targeted several new government and educational mobile marketing opportunities with a focus on innovation, cost effectiveness and delivery.

    SMS mobile marketing is the most effective method to communicate directly with opted-in members in a nonintrusive, FCC compliant text-messaging medium. SMS marketing has a very high open rate, builds loyalty, customer engagement and helps generate new business. Textmunication and Aspire’s SMS solution will be built on the SAM platform and implemented by Aspire’s delivery team.

    "When we decided to partner with Aspire for government contracting opportunities, we envisioned a relationship where both sides could leverage our core capabilities", stated Wais Asefi, Chief Executive Officer of Textmunication. "This technology collaboration with Aspire provides SMS mobile marketing opportunities to the government and educational sectors providing an advanced communication platform with world-class delivery”.

    Text *TXHD *to short code *87365* to sign-up for news alerts and announcements via SMS.

    *About Textmunication Holdings, Inc.*

    Textmunication Holdings, Inc. (“TXHD”) is a leading mobile marketing solution provider helping thousands of clients across North America improve engagement, retention, and loyalty with their members. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Textmunication leverages its dynamic SMS software platform delivering robust APIs and integrated mobile marketing solutions in markets such as health and fitness, beauty salons, sporting events, hospitality, entertainment and digital marketing firms. The company’s new software platform named “Smart Automated Messaging” (SAM) - provides a powerful nonintrusive and valued-added engagement tool capable of delivering more than one billion SMS per month. CIOReview Magazine recognized Textmunication as one of the “Top 20 Most Promising Digital Marketing Solution Providers” in its annual 2018 edition.

    Textmunication offers cutting-edge technology with upcoming solutions such as Rich Communication Services (RCS). Textmunication was chosen as an early adopter of RCS by a​ leading mobile messaging provider which could create a paradigm shift in the text messaging world with rich images, videos, chat box features and multi-media in a single text. Textmunication is also a minority owner of Aspire Consulting Group LLC, a government consulting firm located in the Washington, D.C. area. To learn more about Textmunication, visit our website at www.textmunication.com 

    *About Aspire Consulting Group LLC*

    Aspire Consulting Group LLC, a Maryland-based IT Services firm with offices in Gaithersburg, Maryland and a West Coast presence in Pleasant Hill, California, specializes in innovative IT solutions for federal and state governments. Aspire delivers cutting-edge solutions with purpose, sound judgement, vision and investment value. We team with global leaders leveraging our core competencies in Cyber Security, Systems Integration, Cloud Migration, Software Development, Systems Lifecycle Management, Health IT and Business Process Reengineering.

    Aspire advances each customer's success by delivering truly unique and scalable best value solutions. Aspire is a verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs - Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE). Aspire is active with the Maryland Small Business Reserve (SBR) program and has great understanding of the Maryland government. Several System Integrators have chosen Aspire as strategic partners due to our flexible approach, competitive business model and ability to secure quality resources on mission-critical programs.

    Safe Harbor Provision:

    Except for the statements of historical fact contained herein, the information presented in this news release constitutes “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements in this press release as they reflect Textmunication Holdings’ current expectations with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks described in Textmunication Holdings’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this news release and any document referred to in this press release.

    CONTACT: Contact:
    Wais Asefi, CEO
    Textmunication Holdings, Inc.
    (800) 677-7003
    wais@textmunication.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 18 hours ago.

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    SG Blocks Partners with SOLDIER ON to Combat Veteran Homelessness BROOKLYN, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SG Blocks, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGBX), a leading designer, fabricator and innovator of container-based structures, has partnered with SOLDIER ON, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end veteran homelessness and provide veteran supportive services, using donated lands, for veterans in need across the United States. Subsequent to the closing of the partnership Soldier On has identified five sites for potential development in selected markets. SG Blocks’ newly-fo Reported by Business Wire 18 hours ago.

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    Running from mid-September to Oct. 1, the one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting, each piece focuses on an aspect of law enforcement and other public safety response to missing persons and mass casualty incidents: Urban Search and Rescue; Forensic Imaging in Missing Children Cases; Investigations focused on At-Risk Communities, Including Human Trafficking; And Mass Violence and Terrorism

    LAS VEGAS (PRWEB) September 13, 2018

    On Thursday, Biometrica Systems, Inc., a Las Vegas-based technology company that tracks crime and criminals, and the Washington, D.C.-area-based National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC), announced a collaborative series on different aspects of public safety, emergency response, and investigations with a focus on missing persons to commemorate Missing & Unidentified Persons Conference (MUPC) month, traditionally held each September.

    “According to NCIC (National Crime Information Center) data, 651,226 people were reported missing in 2017,” said Helen Connelly, the Washington Office Program Administrator at the NCJTC of Fox Valley Technical College. “While media attention often focuses on victims of stranger abductions and kidnappings, the truth is that only a small fraction of reported cases involve these circumstances. Many missing person reports involve individuals who wander off, run away, and are homeless or at-risk due to different stressors. They are aging populations, veterans and active service members, college-aged students, tribal and minority groups, and the nation’s adults and children with physical, mental and developmental disabilities, which make them more at risk for injury or harm.”

    “With the annual MUPC event skipping a year, in preparation for its big move to Las Vegas next September for its 12th edition, we and the NCJTC thought it was important to still focus attention on missing persons, public safety, and mass casualty events in some way this month,” said Biometrica CEO Wyly Wade.

    “From our perspective, this series by experts in the field made sense at several levels. First, we’re a Vegas-based company and it’s almost one year since the horrific events of Oct. 1, 2017. Two, this has been a landmark year for missing person legislation at the federal and state levels, and the recognition of a need for resources, including data, education, and the building of a larger, more networked response community. We’re hoping this series helps with that, as it ties directly into the heart of what our community is all about. At a personal level, as another Arizonan, I hope, somewhere, Sen. McCain is looking down and approving of what we’re trying to do. After all, he was very invested in this.”

    A little over six months ago, on Feb. 26, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, following bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate by Sens. John McCain and Heidi Heitkamp, and sponsored in the House by Congressman Andy Biggs, to expand the AMBER Alert child abduction-warning system to Native American reservations. The Act made clear they were eligible for Department of Justice grants that help assemble AMBER Alert systems for law enforcement agencies.

    Talking about its passage, Sen. McCain had stated, “In 2016, the Navajo community was devastated by the abduction and murder of 11-year old Ashlynne Mike. In that high profile case, authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert for Ashlynne until the day after family members reported her abduction. We must do more to ensure Native American tribes have the resources they need to quickly issue AMBER Alerts and give abduction victims the best possible chance to survive.”

    On April 13, President Trump signed the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act into law.

    Three other at-risk “missing” communities have received legislative focus this year. On March 28, Wisconsin became the first state to officially create a “Green Alert” system for when a veteran with a known physical or mental health condition went missing. The Corey Adams Searchlight Act was named for a Milwaukee Air Force Veteran who died last year after going missing for 18 days.

    On July 1, Virginia’s “Ashanti Alert,” officially known as the “Virginia Critically Missing Adult Alert Program,” went into effect. Named for 19-year-old Virginian, Ashanti Billie, who was found murdered in Charlotte, North Carolina, last year, the alert is to be used when an adult between the ages of 18-65 is missing, believed to have been abducted, and is determined to be in critical danger by law enforcement.

    And in Washington, another bipartisan legislative effort saw HB 2951 go into effect this summer. It requires the Washington State Patrol (WSP) to work with tribal law enforcement and the state Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs to conduct a study, by June 19, 2019, on how to increase state criminal justice resources for reporting and identifying missing Native American women in the state.

    “It’s very difficult for me to understand that there are barriers to prevent us from finding a 12-year-old girl,” said State Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, the bill’s sponsor, during a recent NCJTC event on Using Risk Mitigation Ecosystems in the Search for Missing Persons. “Hopefully, we can serve as a model and learn from other states so that we can do it across the nation. This is not a Washington only problem. This is a problem across the nation. It’s our job as legislators to be the voice of the people, and the people that I serve are also on the reservation.”

    Chris Boyer, the Executive Director and COO of NASAR, the National Association For Search And Rescue, which has co-sponsored the MUPC with the NCJTC since 2015, said the conference was the only national event that “provided experience-based education focused on response to homicides, suicides, and mass fatality events; searching and recovering missing and unidentified persons and unidentified remains; managing mass fatalities and family assistance centers; the return of personal effects and repatriation of remains; serving victims with special needs; and recognizing the critical role all first responders play in the search for the missing.”

    “This series,” Boyer added, “aims to distill some of that experience into four in-depth pieces to provide our community at large with a bird’s eye view of what goes into different parts of that response.”

    The four-part series, each by experts in different aspects of public safety, emergency response and investigations, will be featured from mid-September to Oct. 1 on Biometrica’s website (http://www.biometrica.com) and distributed to the law enforcement, intelligence, other first responder and criminal justice community across the NCJTC network. Here is a quick backgrounder on the series and featured experts:

    -- Chris Young on Urban Search and Rescue: In addition to his duties with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team and the Town of Danville, Mr. Young is the Chair of BASARC, the Bay Area Search and Rescue Council, Inc. and one the country’s preeminent authorities on Search and Rescue.

    -- Colin McNally on Forensic Imaging, Age-progression Renderings, and Facial Reconstruction and Cold Cases: Mr. McNally is Supervisor of the Forensic Imaging Unit at NCMEC, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

    -- NCJTC’s Derek VanLuchene and Nadia Eley, JD, on Missing Person Investigations, Human Trafficking and At-Risk Communities: Mr. VanLuchene is a Project Coordinator for the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program (AATTAP) with a focus on AATTAP's Child Abduction Response Team (CART) program (including in native communities). Mr. VanLuchene spent 18 years as a Montana Law Enforcement Officer working for both the Conrad Police Department and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation. Ms. Eley is the 2019 MUPC conference coordinator. She has been with the NCJTC 10 years, with a focus on coordinating training and technical assistance and special projects.

    -- Jeffrey Muller on the Investigation of Mass Casualty Incidents and Terrorism: Mr. Muller is the President of strategic security group MGI. He previously served 21 years as a Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI, where he co-founded the Bureau’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. He also developed and founded INTERPOL’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Directorate, and chaired the United Nations Critical Infrastructure Protection, Tourism Security and Cyber Security Working Group, comprised of 34 UN agencies.

    About NCJTC
    For more than 25 years, the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC.org) of Fox Valley Technical College (http://www.fvtc.edu), has served as a national leader offering training and technical assistance to professionals and organizations in the law enforcement and criminal justice fields. Many of their training programs are offered through grants and cooperative agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice.
    For more information:
    Nadia Eley (eley(at)fvtc.edu, 202-971-7205)
    Helen Connelly (connelly(at)fvtc.edu, 202-971-7206)

    About Biometrica
    Biometrica Systems, Inc. is a Nevada-based technology company that creates software and systems with the intention of minimizing criminality. We have the country’s largest private multi-jurisdictional, 100% law enforcement verified database of arrests, attached to near real-time Facial Recognition, and a range of other biometric-enabled tools — including private, encrypted information networks and incident management software.

    We work with and support the work of federal, state and local law enforcement, other first responders, criminal justice professionals (including nonprofits working in education, research and training), intelligence agencies, private investigators, process servers, and private sector security and surveillance teams. We are committed to doing our part in building better quality arrest and conviction data and more transparent access to that data.
    Private Investigator License # 1295 [Nevada PILB]
    For more information: media(at)biometrica.com Reported by PRWeb 18 hours ago.

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    The Toronto International Film Festival has played host to Hong Kong filmmakers of various stripes in recent years, from veterans such as Johnnie To Kei-fung to newcomers including Wong Chun. Simon Liu Pui-ngai, Hong Kong’s sole representative this year, is not quite like those who went before him. Liu’s latest film, Fallen Arches, made its bow last Sunday in Wavelengths, an experimental programme at the festival that seldom, if ever, features Hong Kong filmmakers. His 11-minute... Reported by S.China Morning Post 17 hours ago.

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    *“Dragon Skin”**: *The Amazing True Story of a Congressional Hearing, a Charlatan, and a Game-Changing Body Armor                                              

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA, Sept. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- Announced today, “Dragon Skin” Authors Joe Trippi, Patrick Hayes, and Jules Radcliff have engaged as their Literary and Broadcast Agent, Alan Morell of Creative Management Partners LLC in Beverly Hills CA for their Book to Film Option rights.  Mr. Trippi, (former FOX and current CNN Analyst) is a character featured in the Hugh Jackman upcoming fall film SONY release, “Front Runner”, the true story of Gary Hart and his presidential bid. 

    Said the Authors Joe Trippi, Patrick Hayes, and Jules Radcliff : “As first time Authors for our book to film, we went through a thorough investigative process for representation and unanimously selected Alan Morell of the Creative Management Partners in Beverly Hills to champion our true story narrative. We know there is a huge, international audience for this timely and shocking story, and more than a few reporters will be on pins and needles over fears their own roles will be revealed. The blogosphere is going to go wild.”

    Said Agent Alan Morell, Creative Management Partners: “My clients, Joe Trippi, Patrick Hayes, and Jules Radcliff have captured perfectly in Dragon Skin, the incredible true *Body Armor *story, inside the Washington DC beltway, whose scandal reached the very top political international levels; with Dragon Skin, insider glossary terms language known to very few. It’s going to be a very exciting Book and Book to Film.” 

    *ABOUT “DRAGON SKIN”: *

    This book tells two extraordinary, improbable, and intertwined true stories. One revolves around the consequences of the media’s love affair with narratives. The other recounts what happened when military families engaged in an amazing act of self-help, doing for their loved ones in combat what the political class in Washington, D.C. refused to do. The subject is the saga of Dragon Skin body armor, still the source of misunderstandings and controversy, and for the first time anywhere this book reveals that its media-acclaimed inventor, Murray Neal, was a charlatan, a fact ignored by the media and hidden by the House Armed Services Committee in one of the most controversial and highly-publicized episodes of the Iraq War.

    *OVERVIEW:*

    It was a scandal that threatened the presidential ambitions of Hillary Clinton and of an obscure Chicago pol by the name of Barack Obama ... until the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) put an end to it. Was Dragon Skin body armor the best personal protection in the world? Generals and visiting VIPs in the Iraq war zone were wearing it, the Secret Service bought Dragon Skin, as did other elite federal agencies. And yet, it was being denied to regular troops. 

    The media had gleefully flogged the story ever since Massachusetts senator John Kerry first lit the fuse on it in his challenge to the presidency of George Bush. The Army’s inexplicable resistance to making Dragon Skin available to the men and women doing the fighting and dying in the barbarity of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was an irresistible narrative, serving as a proxy for the political war at home on Bush, on the Iraq War, and on the Republican brand generally. When that narrative got around to blaming it on corruption, something utterly unexpected happened: The grass roots of the left joined with the grass roots of the right, unleashing a fury directed at politicians in both parties. Business-as-usual in Washington, D.C. was about to be upended.  

    The only challenge the Chairman of the HASC faced was in coming up with a way to put an end to what was by then known as the Army v. Dragon Skin controversy without revealing political dynamite that would make everyone look like fools. His staff did their job, and both Dragon Skin and its media-acclaimed inventor, Murray Neal—who had become a modern hero and symbol of hope for military families besieging the Congress for answers to why their loved ones in combat did not have Dragon Skin—were thoroughly discredited. The billion-dollar body armor cartel supplying the Army under monopoly contracts breathed a sigh of relief, as did Hillary Clinton, one of the big recipients of the political money they splashed around in Washington, D.C. 

    To this day the name Dragon Skin ignites controversy and misunderstandings. In recent focus groups with defense industry professionals both in and out of government, Dragon Skin was cited as an example of Pentagon resistance to anything new, especially if put forward by a small company unfamiliar with the Kabuki of military procurement. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

    This book, after leading off with the HASC hearing that left military families fuming, picks up with the extraordinary story of how those families turned the tide and took Dragon Skin right to the welcoming arms of the U.S. Army. 

    It was a rescue campaign designed, run, and managed by an unusual—and unusually well connected—team of insiders. The authors were three leading members of that team, and over the course of the effort it came to be supported by a never-before-seen network among the military families who are to be found all over the federal government, at all levels, who opened doors, shared insights, and prayed for the team’s success. The story tells of the involvement of such major figures as Barry Zorthian, described by Life Magazine as one of the most important figures of the Viet Nam era, and later, in his role with Radio Free Europe, one of the architects of the collapse of the Soviet Union. And of John Young, a pillar of the defense industry establishment, a man once in charge of major Pentagon programs and credited with developing some of the nation’s strongest weapons systems. All of them were motivated by their own roles as veterans, as members of military families themselves, or by a conviction affirmed early in the process that Dragon Skin was exactly as advertised: a supremely better armor technology that would save lives.  

    The task as initially seen by the team was to balance a visceral dislike of Murray Neal among many government defense officials against intriguing reports from some of the same individuals that Dragon Skin might be welcomed under the right circumstances. The foreseeable challenges involved surviving the assaults of the body armor cartel while overcoming the animus still simmering within the HASC. The unforeseen challenge turned out to be Murray Neal himself. 

    The media’s fawning and uncritical coverage of Murray Neal had not only turned him into an international celebrity but bestowed on him an unearned credibility and gravitas as a critic of the Army bureaucracy. The military families that first came to his rescue deferred to him even as he asked them for money, which they readily gave him. As the rescue campaign got underway, working with him proved to be like flying a 747 with a rattlesnake in the cockpit.    

    The book follows the team of insiders as the Dragon Skin rescue effort—fueled by a sense of urgency in the race to save lives—first took shape in a meeting that included well-known political operatives from both sides of the aisle. As the strategy unfolded against great odds, first in South Africa, then in the UK, and finally in the U.S., Murray Neal’s role and unexpected interference with the strategy also surfaces. Beginning with his odd circumstances in Fresno where he was surrounded by ne’er-do-wells, the story follows a rescue effort that is ultimately wildly successful externally, even as Neal’s behavior internally ranges from botching a simple assignment to install armor in a FedEx jet, to his explosive and disruptive confrontation with a former member of SEAL Team Six. That former SEAL was personally assisting the management team as the SEAL Command prepared to become the official sponsor of Dragon Skin in an Army test that would mark the success of the entire rescue campaign. 

    On the eve of that all-important test Murray Neal took off in the dead of night. The revelations that followed pulled back the curtain on what the HASC chairman had worked so hard to keep from the public’s eye. Murray Neal was a charlatan who had scammed the Army, the nation, and, unforgivably, those whose lives might have been saved by a better body armor.  

    *“DRAGON SKIN” **RELATED LINKS:*

    ABC:https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3198806&page=1

    CBS:https://www.cbsnews.com/news/army-privately-sold-armor-failed-tests/

    FOX:www.foxnews.com/story/2003/10/24/us-troops-in-iraq-have-limited-body-armor.html

    NBC:http://www.nbcnews.com/id/18771902/ns/nbc_nightly_news_with_brian_williams-nbc_news_investigates/t/are-us-soldiers-wearing-best-body-armor/#.WwyR3PZFzcs

    NBC:http://www.nbcnews.com/id/18790506/ns/us_news-military/t/army-dragon-skin-armor-failed-battery-tests/#.W05dXvZFzcs

    CNN:www.cnn.com/2005/US/06/22/body.armor.defects/

    NPR:https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5316448

    PBS Jim Lehrer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFhLttB16lw

    New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/07/politics/pentagon-study-links-fatalities-to-body-armor.html

    Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/w dyn/content/article/2006/05/19/AR2006051901606.html?noredirect=on

    Associated Press: www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4966.htm

    Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-louise-slaughter/a-story-ignored-body-armo_b_71524.html

    *ABOUT AGENT ALAN MORELL, CREATIVE MANAGEMENT PARTNERS: *

    Mr. Morell has 30 years of global experience managing over 2500 campaigns in the successful development and management of talent, literary, TV and film packaging, commercial rights, corporate consulting, media positioning, sponsorship of live events and intellectual property (IP) rights. Mr. Morell is one of the few in the sports, entertainment and the arts industry’s, who has represented and managed clients, that have won the prestigious awards: Grammy; Tony; Oscar; Emmy, ESPY, Victors and NY Times Best Selling Authors. 

    CONTACT: Contact Information:                                                                                                                  

     THE CREATIVE MANAGEMENT AGENCY

    Creative Management Partners LLC

    433 North Camden Drive, 6th Floor  

    Beverly Hills, Ca. 90210     

    508-292-7900 Reported by GlobeNewswire 17 hours ago.

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    One in seven older veterans are sent home from the hospital with doses of blood pressure medications so high they can leave them feeling dizzy and at risk for falls, a new study finds. Reported by Newsmax 16 hours ago.

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    Stuart Event Rentals has joined the Arena Group to provide a West Coast operations center to complement existing operations in the Midwest and East Coast.

    MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (PRWEB) September 13, 2018

    What happens when the best special event supplier in northern California joins forces with the top special event clearspan tent company in the United States?

    The answer is special event magic. Planners and producers now have a nationwide source for innovative products and services previously unavailable from a single source. The combined company will deliver to the West Coast all the latest structure technology, branding, and custom, engineered solutions along with more than 100,000 square feet of under-the-tent inventory.

    Arena Group CEO, Greg Lawless, and Stuart Event Rentals President, Michael Berman, announced on September 5, 2018, that Stuart Event Rentals has joined the Arena Group to provide a West Coast operations center to complement their existing operations in the Midwest and East Coast. Both local events and national projects will benefit from the country-wide inventory base, as well as increased access to trained and skilled labor. Michael Berman and Andrew Sutton will continue in their current roles at Stuart Event Rentals to further develop West Coast business and ensure continuity for current clients and staff.

    Arena CEO, Greg Lawless, commented: “Delivering to clients the best experience possible with quality products and five-star service will always be Arena’s focus. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction. Stuart will help us achieve this as a best-in-class product and solution provider on the West Coast. Michael and Andrew have grown up in this industry and understand the needs and expectations of its customers,” he added. “The Arena Group is looking forward to many years of business development and market growth through the leadership and contributions of these two well-known industry veterans.”

    Stuart President, Michael Berman, added, “In an industry strongly burdened by private equity ownership managing for short-term, bottom-line results, Arena/Stuart clients will benefit from a long-term investment in products, people, and innovative event services. We are very excited to provide both our clients and team members a home they can count on instead of worrying about who will own their equipment solutions provider when their event occurs.”

    Stuart Event Rentals, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been providing premium event rentals to corporate, social and non-profit events for generations. Spanning four continents, the Arena Group provides exceptional special event experiences to its client base through their large inventory of clearspan tenting, flooring, tables and chairs, kitchen equipment, and HVAC, as well as custom, in-house design and manufacturing capabilities and some of the most cutting edge and innovative under-the-tent product lines available. Reported by PRWeb 16 hours ago.

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    The company was awarded fourth place for small companies.

    RALEIGH, N.C. (PRWEB) September 13, 2018

    Device Magic today announced that it was awarded fourth place for small companies at the Triangle Business Journal Best Places to Work luncheon on Sept. 7. Device Magic had previously announced that the company was named one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal.

    "This prestigious award honors companies for creating policies and a work environment that employees value. These employers realize that a pleasant and employee-friendly work environment means higher productivity. Best Places to Work recognizes companies that keep their people top of mind," writes the Triangle Business Journal.

    "Device Magic has a unique company culture. The company encourages each employee to have a truly unique work experience tailored to their interest or talents. The foundation of the company is to have a fun but productive environment. For example, there's regularly a bit of cricket going on in the office, folks going out for coffee, but also collaborating in group settings, getting help from an owner, or other co-worker. It's a wonderful supportive team environment,” said Dusan Babich, CEO and co-founder of Device Magic.

    Device Magic is a mobile forms software and data collection app used by thousands of organizations worldwide every day. We make it easy for organizations to eliminate paperwork, improve data quality and increase efficiency by using mobile forms for data collection and delivery.

    Dusan Babich and Mike Welham, two veterans of the mobile technology space from South Africa, launched Device Magic in 2011. After forming a company that built developer tools for Nokia Symbian smartphones, Dusan and Mike saw an opportunity to build a mobile forms solution that would improve productivity and streamline data collection.

    The company was incorporated in Johannesburg, and then incubated in Dallas, Texas before opening its headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., in 2015.

    About Device Magic
    Device Magic is a mobile forms software and data collection app used by thousands of organizations worldwide every day. We make it easy for organizations to eliminate paperwork, improve data quality and increase efficiency by using mobile forms for data collection and delivery. Device Magic is a top rated iOS app for mobile data collection. Learn more at http://www.DeviceMagic.com. Reported by PRWeb 16 hours ago.

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    Spring Hope, NC, Sept. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry, announced today the company has safely secured its existing biomass, industrial hemp and kenaf in North Carolina through strategic partnerships with existing storage warehouses in preparation from the brunt of Hurricane Florence. While the Carolina coast expects winds reaching up to 80 miles per hour and torrential rain, Hemp, Inc. executives want to assure everyone that the storm’s possible effect to industrial hemp crops in North Carolina will definitely not affect other cultivation and manufacturing operations the company has created. With its footprint across the United States, Hemp, Inc.’s bottom line will remain intact thanks to the hundreds of thousands of pounds of hemp growing in Oregon on farms surrounding Hemp, Inc.’s new processing center, almost 3,000 miles away.“First and foremost, I want to take this opportunity tell fellow Carolinians and everyone else to be safe and use caution, especially those in the path of Hurricane Florence. Follow the advice of your local officials and comply any evacuation mandates. Safety first,” says Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin.  According to one news source, authorities have instituted a 24-hour curfew and evacuation procedures for Carolina Beach, which is less than 5 feet above sea level, and about 2 hours (or approximately 150 miles) from Hemp, Inc.’s industrial hemp processing facility.  With the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in the western hemisphere, Hemp, Inc. executives assure its shareholders that while this is a potentially devastating hurricane, it will not (in any way) affect their bottom line.

    The company has hundreds of thousands of pounds of hemp growing in Medford, Oregon (at their first local processing center) and hemp growing in Nevada, Colorado, Kentucky, and West Virginia, not to mention the millions of pounds of kenaf safely stored in warehouses in and around its Spring Hope, NC facility.  “It’s enough to easily last us over a year running the plant at full capacity,” said Perlowin.

    Whether it is luck or destiny, Hemp, Inc.’s business this year will barely (if at all) be hurt by Hurricane Florence, primarily because the vast majority of its hemp will be processed in Hemp, Inc.’s new processing facility in Medford, Oregon.  “As company policy, we always have well over a year’s supply of kenaf stored up just in case we have a bad year growing that crop.  This strategy is certainly paying off this year. Hemp, Inc. business will go on as usual,” according to Perlowin.

    (Please share this to spread the word... to alleviate anyone’s concerns.)

    Hemp, Inc. recently announced its agreement to enter into a majority ownership agreement with JNV Farms LLC for an Oregon hemp cultivation and processing company in Medford. As the majority owner of the hemp cultivation and processing company, Local Processing Center, Inc. (LPC), Hemp, Inc. will be able to create a pipeline of industrial hemp and hemp products in states, where legal, on the West Coast. The agreement establishes Hemp, Inc. as a bi-coastal hemp processing center in America with many more Hemp Local Processing Centers planned for other areas where hemp is being grown.

    “Our vision has always been focused on ensuring we have long term success,” said Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin. “To achieve the most value for shareholders that also aligns with our operational goals we are committed to offer the services and biomass needed to supply the booming hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) market.”

    Hemp, Inc. is also helping to build the industrial hemp infrastructure that was basically non-existent in America. And five years later, it’s still in its infancy as our nation, gradually, embraces industrial hemp as a new emerging multi-trillion dollar industrial agricultural green revolution. Our focus has been on building five hemp infrastructures, Divisions One through Five.

    Division One – The Industrial Hemp Infrastructure

    Division Two – The Hemp Extraction Infrastructure

    Division Three – The Hemp Farming Infrastructure

    Division Four – The Hemp Educational Infrastructure

    Division Five  – The Hemp Marketing Infrastructure

    Hemp, Inc.’s strategic hemp growing partner Veteran Village Kins Community Arizona, Inc. has a 500-acre Veteran Village Kins Community in Golden Valley, Arizona. The Veteran Village Kins Community is designed to grow hemp and produce cannabidiol (CBD) products to benefit veterans as well as generate revenue for Hemp, Inc., the Veteran Village, and individual veterans living in the community. Already a $100 million industry, the CBD market is expected to grow over 700% and balloon to $2.1 billion by 2020.

    For a more complete description on the Veteran Village Kins Community, read the following, modified, October 24, 2017 press release, Hemp, Inc. Announces Strategic Hemp Growing Partner "Veteran Village Kins Community Arizona, Inc." Completes Final Site Plan Blueprints, below:

    Hemp, Inc. has announced that its strategic growing partner, "Veteran Village Kins Community Arizona, Inc.," has completed its final site plan blueprints for its 500-acre site in Golden Valley, Arizona (20 miles north of Kingman, AZ and 90 minutes from Las Vegas, NV). The site plan was submitted to the Mohave County Building Department for final review. The Company is also in the final stages of completing the necessary infrastructure to support an off-grid, renewable, energy system. With the solar equipment in place, the site's solar power operation will be completed in the next days.

    As soon as the live streaming video cameras are up and operational, the world can actually see the way the Veteran Village Kins Community is designed and watch it being built. According to Perlowin, the basic framework or overall plan of the Veteran Village Kins Communities is to create a holistic healing and learning center that is designed to educate and heal veterans with PSTD, alcoholism, meth addiction, opioid addiction, and other psychological conditions while at the same time training them on the numerous aspects of being part of the emerging multi-billion dollar hemp industry. 

    We will also be building hemp-growing communities for other groups such as "Abused" Women & Children Village Kins Communities, the "Orphaned" Children Village Kins Communities, "Homeless" Village Kins Communities and the "Healers" Village Kins Communities (the healers are professionals who are knowledgeable in the modalities to treat these traumatized groups).  These particular communities are all synergistically aligned to work simultaneously supporting each other.

    For example, the "Healers" heal the traumatized veterans and women & children; the women support orphan children and orphan children want to see people living in homes and not homeless.  Thus, a portion of the hemp grown in each community goes to create and support another community, giving everybody a sense of giving back and helping others as they help themselves. This circles back to the healers who also work to heal the veterans and the other traumatized groups. This is the economic foundation on how the sale of the hemp products operates as a "quantum economic matrix" or an example of "symbiotic economics" which is more complex than this brief description allows.

    Dwight Jory, the Project Manager for the "Veteran Village Kins Community Arizona, Inc.," said, "We are very happy with the progress. Our Kins Community is really beginning to come together." In anticipation of planting to begin during the spring, 300 acres have been fenced, 16 overnight trailer park sites are under construction, and six 40x40-ft organic vegetable gardens have been planted and are currently producing food and kenaf, according to Jory. These organic gardens double as experimental growing modules using an entire array of different growing technologies to see which modalities grow the best in a desert environment. As for the 6 geodesic domes mentioned in an earlier press release, 1 is structurally complete with only the electrical and plumbing to be completed. The rest are on site awaiting final site plan approval.

    "We are now accepting volunteers who have expressed an interest in helping to build the first Kins Community for our veterans," said Jory. Those interested in making the first hemp growing CBD-producing "Veteran Village Kins Community" become a reality should contact Ms. Sandra Williams via email (swilliams@hempinc.com).

    One thousand trees, on 36 of the 500-acres, have also been planted, with an additional 1,000 trees on order. The "Veteran Village Kins Community" will include a 100,000-square foot GMP compliant, central processing plant, a state-of-the-art testing laboratory, and various health and wellness centers to support veterans who may have psychological, emotional or health issues.

    "As Hemp, Inc. positions itself on the forefront of America's industrial hemp revolution, we see our partnership with 'Veteran Village Kins Community Arizona, Inc.' being paramount in supporting the small family farm movement that we are confident will reshape the American landscape," said Perlowin. "As we work toward getting our eco-village up and running in Arizona, we are also aggressively scouting strategic locations in other states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Giving veterans and other Americans a place to learn new skills and take part in this multi-billion-dollar hemp CBD market is very exciting. It's a big part of our mission to give back.  Recently we have expanded our Kins Community concept internationally focusing, but not limited to, Israel, New Zealand, Canada, Africa, and Uruguay." 

    According to Perlowin, we hope to have 50 "master hemp growers" working on their first Veteran Village Kins Community in Arizona. To date, we have growers from Oregon, Colorado, California, Kentucky, North Carolina, Nevada and, Arizona who have expressed an interest in pursuing a joint venture with Hemp, Inc. to each grow industrial hemp on 5 of the 300 fenced acres in Arizona. Perlowin says he'll call this "The Great United American Hemp Project."  Any grower having an interest in pursuing a joint venture on 5 of the 300 fenced in acres in Arizona should contact Project Manager Dwight Jory. Or, anyone interested in attending the 2 - 7-day hands-on hempcrete house building should contact Dwight Jory as well. (Dates to be determined.)

    UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC EVENTS

    Across the globe, the hemp industry is rising to astronomical levels. In the wake of the hemp industry projected to grow 700% and hit $1.8 billion by 2020, there has been more education and networking within the industry. That means more events and conferences, thus, Hemp, Inc. has started compiling an ongoing list of upcoming hemp events around the world.  Check out the listing of international and domestic events here.

    ABOUT HEMP, INC.

    With a deep-rooted social and environmental mission at its core, Hemp, Inc. seeks to build a business constituency for the American small farmer, the American veteran, and other groups experiencing the ever-increasing disparity between tapering income and soaring expenses. As a leader in the industrial hemp industry with ownership of the largest commercial multi-purpose industrial hemp processing facility in North America, Hemp, Inc. believes there can be tangible benefits reaped from adhering to a corporate social responsibility plan.

    SOCIAL NETWORKS

    http://www.twitter.com/hempinc (Twitter)

    http://www.facebook.com/hempinc (Facebook)

    https://www.facebook.com/KingOfPot (Bruce Perlowin's Facebook Page)

    https://www.facebook.com/TheHempUniversity/ (The Hemp University's Facebook Page)

    SUBSCRIBE TO HEMP, INC.'S VIDEO UPDATES

    "Hemp, Inc. Presents" is capturing the historic, monumental re-creation of the hemp decorticator today as America begins to evolve into a cleaner, green, eco-friendly sustainable environment. What many see as the next American Industrial Revolution is actually the Industrial Hemp Revolution. Watch as Hemp, Inc., the No. 1 leader in the industrial hemp industry, engages its shareholders and the public through each step in bringing back the hemp decorticator as described in the "Freedom Leaf Magazine" article "The Return of the Hemp Decorticator" by Steve Bloom.

    "Hemp, Inc. Presents" is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by visiting www.hempinc.com. To subscribe to the "Hemp, Inc. Presents" YouTube channel, be sure to click the subscribe button.

    FORWARD-LOOKING DISCLAIMER AND DISCLOSURES

    This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements and information, as defined within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the Safe Harbor created by those sections. This material contains statements about expected future events and/or financial results that are forward-looking in nature and subject to risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements by definition involve risks, uncertainties.

    CONTACT: Hemp, Inc.
    855-436-7688
    ir@hempinc.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 15 hours ago.

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    Stana Katic’s ‘Absentia’ Renewed for Season 2 by Amazon The Stana Katic-led “Absentia” has been renewed for a second season by Amazon, the streamer announced Thursday. The sophomore installment is currently in production in Sofia, Bulgaria, and set to debut in 2019 on Prime Video.

    “Castle” alum Katic stars in and executive-produces “Absentia,” which centers on FBI agent Emily Byrne (Katic). In season one, Emily disappeared without a trace and was declared dead after hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers. Six years later, Emily was found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive, and with no memory of the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband had remarried and her son was being raised by another woman, she soon found herself implicated in a new series of murders.

    In Season Two, after tracking down and killing her abductor, Emily struggles for a tenuous new normal with son Flynn and ex-husband Nick. But her obsessive investigation into the questions that haunt her uncovers a serial killer and a spiraling conspiracy that threatens more than just her family.

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    New cast members joining season two include Matthew Le Nevez (“The Widow”) and Natasha Little (“The Night Manager”).

    Le Nevez will portray the character Cal Isaac, a rugged ex-Navy SEAL with a disarmingly upbeat disposition. Cal’s familiar with the demons that chase Emily (Katic) and proves to be a loyal and sympathetic counterpart to the series heroine. Little will portray the character of Special Agent Julianne Gunnarsen, an accomplished, enigmatic and beautiful FBI profiler with a chilly efficiency who joins the ranks of the Boston FBI field office after a deadly terrorist attack rocks the city.

    Patrick Heusinger returns for season two as Emily’s ex-husband and Special Agent Nick Durand.

    In addition to Katic, Heusinger, Le Nevez and Little, the cast includes Cara Theobold (“Downton Abbey”), Neil Jackson (“Sleepy Hollow”), Angel Bonanni (“False Flag”), Paul Freeman (“The Dogs of War”) and Patrick McAuley (“The Conjuring 2”).

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    “Absentia” was commissioned by Sony Pictures Television’s international networks, and is produced by Masha Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. Oded Ruskin (“False Flag”) directs and executive produces, alongside Katic, Julie Glucksman and Maria Feldman (“False Flag,” “Fauda”). Adam Sanderson and Kasia Adamik also direct.

    The series was created by Gaia Violo and Matt Cirulnick, and is based on a pilot script originally written by Violo.

    “‘Absentia’ really resonated with our Prime Video audience who were enthralled by the thrilling storyline and complicated characters,” said Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “Stana Katic is immensely talented and we look forward to her peeling away the layers of a twisted conspiracy that is deeper than her character ‘Emily’ could have ever imagined in Season Two.”

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    “From its inception on Sony’s international networks, ‘Absentia’ has been a hit with global audiences,” said Marie Jacobson, EVP, Programming & Production, Sony Pictures Television Networks. “We’re thrilled to push our story forward into Season Two and couldn’t ask for a better home than Amazon for our signature Sony Networks series.”

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    CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A variety of short films from across the globe will be highlighting the human condition on Saturday the 15th of September at the Tampa Bay Humanitarian Film Festival. Sponsored by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, along with United for Human Rights Florida Chapter, the Way to Happiness Association of Tampa Bay, the Florida Chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World and others, narrative and documentary shorts from as far afield as Egypt, Russia and Romania will be screened.More than 20 films will be screened.

    “These films cover a wide variety of topics,” said event organizer Lisa Mansell. “As examples, we are showing a film on fracking, another on a program that helps veterans with PTSD recover through working with wild mustangs and yet another on a group of children who learn and perform Shakespeare’s plays. The point is to show that there are people around the world who have a positive outlook on humanity.”

    The event begins with a reception at 4pm in the Scientology Information Center, 500 Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. Here, guests can pick up their complimentary festival badge and schedule. Screenings will be held at the humanitarian centers along North Fort Harrison Ave starting at 5pm. Refreshments will be served.

    The festival will be capped by the 8pm screening of a full-length feature film in the Osceola Courtyard, located at 201 N. Fort Harrison Ave.
             
    The Humanitarian program Centers, located along N. Fort Harrison Ave. between Cleveland and Drew Streets, house the social betterment and humanitarian programs supported by the Church of Scientology. Non-religious in nature, these non-profit organizations offer resources to help tackle global issues like drug abuse, human trafficking and psychiatric abuse to declining moral values.          

    “The Aims of Scientology are pretty simple,” said Ms. Mansell. “L. Ron Hubbard wrote that these are ‘A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights and where man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology.’ We hope that by showing these films, people are inspired to help their communities as well as foster an interest in film.”

    For more information about the festival, please call 727-467-6966.

    About the Church of ScientologyThe Scientology religion was founded by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed by Scientologists in Los Angeles in 1954. Today the religion spans the globe with more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups across 167 nations. Social responsibility is a logical extension of spiritual values, and since the founding of the Church of Scientology in 1954, Scientologists have been actively involved in service to their communities.

    Humanitarian and Social Betterment programs sponsored by Scientologists and like-minded groups include: United for Human Rights, The Way to Happiness Foundation, The Foundation for a Drug Free World, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights and Criminon. 

    Contact: Lisa Mansell
    (727) 467-6860

    A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/0c0e4f80-f4b8-4d6c-afd6-075d29b47f9e Reported by GlobeNewswire 14 hours ago.

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    Investment will support SaaS platform which monitors wastewater collection systems in real-time

    Colorado, Sept. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Israel – Colorado Innovation Fund (ICI Fund), has announced an investment in Israeli-based startup, Kando.  Kando has an innovative technology utilized by wastewater utilities to gain insight into collection system dynamics. The company monitors wastewater in real-time through a cloud-based software solution that tracks and monitors key wastewater quality parameters.

    Wastewater utilities have invested in both hardware and software that automate treatment processes, but technologies that provide real-time insight in the collection system are very few. The ICI Fund believes Kando will further enable automation of the wastewater utilities sector, and allow utilities to benefit from better analytical data, improved asset management, and more consistent wastewater reuse.

    The ICI Fund is joining other investors of Kando’s company in a series A round of financing. Kando will predominantly utilize the funds for product and business development as the company continues to improve its monitoring and big data analytics tools.

    The ICI Fund is a seed-stage venture capital fund investing in Israeli startups in the industries of water, energy, and transportation innovations. ICI Fund supports the growth of technology companies in partnership with Innosphere, Colorado’s leading technology incubator. ICI Fund collaborates with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) who provides grants for selected Israeli companies.

    Innosphere will help Kando establish a strong U.S. presence by connecting it with local talent, capital, and potential customers such as water and wastewater utilities.

    “We selected Kando out of hundreds of companies, not only because of the innovative technology and exceptional team led by their CEO Ari Goldfarb, but also due to the positive feedback we received from major utilities, Kando’s clients,” said Gili Elkin, ICI Fund General Partner. “Historic data combined with real-time information and advanced analytical algorithms is what makes Kando’s technology so groundbreaking. For the first time, this technology allows wastewater utilities to detect anomalies, optimize operations and increase the reuse of wastewater.”

    “With the support of ICI Fund and Innosphere, we’re confident Kando will rapidly scale in the US to become an industry leader,” said Kando founder and CEO, Ari Goldfarb. “I’m excited for our company to continue growing to help more wastewater utilities around the world solve their challenges.”

    Kando’s solution radically reduces costs for water utilities by providing a complete overview of their wastewater underground network. Kando’s Smart Units are strategically placed across a city or region, where the software monitors all data to create a dashboard of accurate, up-to-the-minute information.

    For more information about Israel – Colorado Innovation Fund, contact General Partner, Gili Elkin, at gili@ici.fund. For more information about Innosphere contact ICI Fund General Partner and Innosphere CEO, Mike Freeman, at mike@innosphere.org or (970) 818-7736.

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    *About the Israel–Colorado Innovation Fund:*

    Israel – Colorado Innovation Fund (ICI Fund) is a seed-stage venture capital fund investing in Israeli startups in the industries of water, energy, and transportation. ICI Fund has an agreement with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) according to which, startups that are selected for investment by ICI Fund are eligible to apply to the IIA grant. The ICI Fund supports portfolio companies with business development and helps them gain access the U.S. market through Innosphere, Colorado’s leading business incubator. https://www.ici.fund/

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    About Kando:*

    Since 2011, Kando has specialized in developing end-to-end wastewater smart management solutions that combine expert service from dedicated professionals with game-changing hardware and software. Kando’s goal is to drive innovation and efficiency in wastewater management, using next generation technologies and processes.

    The Kando team is made up of 20 industry veterans in the areas of environmental engineering, chemical engineering, process engineering, project management and software development. Kando’s top priority is to foster close, direct partnerships with customers, to increase quality and quantity of wastewater for reuse and reduce utilities’ operating and maintenance costs. www.kando.co.il

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    About Innosphere:*

    Innosphere accelerates the success of high-impact science and technology-based startup and scaleup companies in Colorado. Innosphere’s incubation program focus on ensuring companies are investor-ready, connecting entrepreneurs with experienced advisors, making introductions to corporate partners, exit planning, and accelerating top line revenue growth. Innosphere supports entrepreneurs in many industries, including but not limited to: bioscience; medical device; cleantech; energy; advanced materials; hardware; IoT; and enterprise software. Once accepted into the program, companies receive ongoing support to ensure they’re getting the know-how to raise the right kind of capital and developing all the resources to grow. Innosphere has been in operation for 20 years, has locations in Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver, and Castle Rock, and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a strong mission to create jobs and grow Colorado’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. www.innosphere.org

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    About Israel Innovation Authority:*

    Israel Innovation Authority is an independent and impartial public entity responsible for the country’s innovation policy and operates for the benefit of the Israeli innovation ecosystem and the Israeli economy as a whole. Its role is to nurture and develop Israeli innovation resources, while creating and strengthening the infrastructure and framework needed to support the entire knowledge industry. The Israel Innovation Authority creates cooperation with counterpart agencies to promote technological innovation in the Israeli industry and economy.

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    CONTACT: Gili Elkin, ICI Fund General Partner
    Israel – Colorado Innovation Fund (ICI Fund)
    gili@ici.fund Reported by GlobeNewswire 13 hours ago.

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    Self-driving delivery startup Nuro releases its voluntary safety report Nuro, the self-driving delivery startup founded by a pair of Google veterans, released its voluntary safety report on Thursday. Titled “Delivering Safety,” the 33-page document outlines the technology and procedures Nuro is using to safely deploy its fleet of autonomous delivery robots.

    Formed in 2016, Nuro has set itself apart from other companies that are working on self-driving technology by focusing on delivery rather than ride-hailing. The startup recently announced a pilot delivery service in Arizona in partnership with grocery giant Kroger. In its report, Nuro touts what it believes are its competitive advantages.

    "“We believe that self-driving delivery ... can be scaled sooner and more affordably, than self-driving passenger..." Reported by The Verge 11 hours ago.

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    Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Launches $2 Billion Fund to Combat Homelessness, Create Preschools Amazon chief Jeff Bezos announced Wednesday he and his wife MacKenzie have committed $2 billion to launching a fund to help homeless families and create preschools in lower-income neighborhoods.

    The investment will be split equally between financing existing organizations that combat homelessness and its new preschool initiative. The most important principle will “be genuine, intense customer obsession,” Bezos tweeted, where “the child will be the customer.” The “Day One Fund” takes its name from a favorite Bezos expression, with the 54-year-old exec always aiming to have a hungry, “day one” startup attitude.

    “The Day 1 Families fund will issue annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families,” Bezos said in his statement. “The vision statement comes from the inspiring Mary’s Place in Seattle: no child sleep behind.”

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    The announcement is the latest charitable donation from Bezos, after the Amazon co-founder has seen his net worth balloon to a staggering $150 billion in 2018. Last week he donated $10 million to a non-partisan group working to elect military veterans in the upcoming 2018 U.S. midterm election. Bezos also pledged $33 million for undocumented immigrants to attend college earlier this year.

    The “Day One Fund” also launches amid mounting criticism of Amazon and Bezos. The e-commerce giant has battled with its hometown of Seattle over taxes, and has been lambasted by Sen. Bernie Sanders for paying its facility workers substandard wages — a claim Amazon has pushed back against.

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    President, Claudia Merkle will become CEO on January 1, 2019 as Bradley Shuster transitions to Executive Chairman

    EMERYVILLE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NMI Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NMIH) today announced that Claudia Merkle, the company’s current President, will succeed Bradley Shuster as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2019.  Mr. Shuster, the company’s founder, Chairman and CEO will continue as Executive Chairman following the succession and remain engaged with the company, working closely with Ms. Merkle as CEO.  In his new role as Executive Chairman, Shuster will continue to lead the Board of Directors, oversee special projects and communications with key stakeholders, and collaborate with Merkle to define the company’s long-term goals and direct its strategy, operational plans and policies.As CEO, Merkle will be responsible for the company’s day-to-day management, financial performance and long-term growth strategy.  She will join the company’s Board of Directors upon her promotion, increasing its size to eight members effective January 1, 2019.

    “Claudia has been with National MI from the very beginning as one of our first employees,” said Shuster.  “She was instrumental in developing and leading our operations team and, more recently, has led the growth of our sales organization and established it as the model for the industry.  The Board and I have been working on this succession plan and a smooth transition of leadership for some time.  The success that National MI enjoyed over this last year is what the Board and I envisioned when we promoted Claudia to the role of President.  I look forward to continuing to partner with her as my successor.  I have the utmost confidence in Claudia and the entire executive team, and believe the future is bright for our employees, customers, and shareholders.”

    Merkle said, “I am honored to succeed Brad as CEO and to build upon such a strong foundation.  This is an exciting time at National MI, as we are leading the mortgage insurance industry with Rate GPS^SM, our granular pricing system, and with reinsurance structures that provide unique stability and loss protection across all market cycles.  I’m looking forward to working with our talented executive management team, Brad, and the rest of the Board of Directors to continue to deliver results for all of our stakeholders.”

    Shuster, 63, has served as CEO and Chairman of the Board since founding the company in April 2012.  Merkle, 59, joined National MI in May 2012 as Senior Vice President of Underwriting Fulfillment and Risk Operations, and was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief of Insurance Operations in 2013, Chief Operating Officer in 2016 and President in May 2018. 

    *About NMI Holdings, Inc.*

    NMI Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NMIH) is the parent company of National Mortgage Insurance Corporation (National MI), a U.S.-based, private mortgage insurance company enabling low down payment borrowers to realize home ownership while protecting lenders and investors against losses related to a borrower's default. To learn more, please visit www.nationalmi.com.

    *Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements*

    Certain statements contained in this press release or any other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of the Company in connection therewith may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (Securities Act), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act), and the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA).  The PSLRA provides a "safe harbor" for any forward-looking statements.  All statements other than statements of historical fact included in or incorporated by reference in this release are forward-looking statements, including any statements about our expectations, outlook, beliefs, plans, predictions, forecasts, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance.  These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as "anticipate,""believe,""can,""could,""may,""predict,""assume,""potential,""should,""will,""estimate,""plan,""project,""continuing,""ongoing,""expect,""intend" and similar words or phrases.  All forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve estimates, known and unknown risks, assumptions and uncertainties that may turn out to be inaccurate and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in them.  Many risks and uncertainties are inherent in our industry and markets.  Others are more specific to our business and operations.  Important factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated in such statements include, but are not limited to: changes in the business practices of the GSEs that may impact the use of private mortgage insurance as credit enhancement; our ability to remain an eligible mortgage insurer under the PMIERs, including the financial requirements, and other requirements of the GSEs, which they may change at any time; retention of our existing certificates of authority in each state and the District of Columbia (D.C.) and our ability to remain a mortgage insurer in good standing in each state and D.C.; our future profitability, liquidity and capital resources; actions of existing competitors, including governmental agencies like the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Veterans Administration (VA), and potential market entry by new competitors or consolidation of existing competitors; developments in the world's financial and capital markets and our access to such markets, including reinsurance; adoption of new or changes to existing laws and regulations that impact our business or financial condition directly or the mortgage insurance industry generally or their enforcement and implementation by regulators; changes to the GSEs' role in the secondary mortgage market or other changes that could affect the residential mortgage industry generally or mortgage insurance in particular; any pending  or future lawsuits, investigations or inquiries; changes in general economic, market and political conditions and policies, interest rates, inflation and investment results or other conditions that affect the housing market or the markets for home mortgages or mortgage insurance; our ability to successfully execute and implement our capital plans, including our ability to access the reinsurance market and to enter into, and receive approval of, reinsurance arrangements on terms and conditions that are acceptable to us, the GSEs and our regulators; our ability to implement our business strategy, including our ability to write mortgage insurance on high quality low down payment residential mortgage loans, implement successfully and on a timely basis, complex infrastructure, systems, procedures, and internal controls to support our business and regulatory and reporting requirements of the insurance industry; our ability to attract and retain a diverse customer base, including the largest mortgage originators; failure of risk management or pricing or investment strategies; emergence of unexpected claims and coverage issues, including claims exceeding our reserves or amounts we expected to experience; potential adverse impacts arising from natural disasters, including, with respect to the affected areas, a decline in new business, adverse effects on home prices, and an increase in notices of default on insured mortgages; the inability of our counter-parties, including third party reinsurers, to meet their obligations to us; our ability to utilize our net operating loss carryforwards, which could be limited or eliminated in various ways, including if we experience an ownership change as defined in Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code; failure to maintain, improve and continue to develop necessary information technology systems or the failure of technology providers to perform; ability to recruit, train and retain key personnel; and general economic downturns and volatility.  These risks and uncertainties also include, but are not limited to, those set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" detailed in Item 1A of Part I of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, as subsequently updated through other reports we file with the SEC.  All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.  We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement, which speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect new information, future events or circumstances that occur after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events except as required by law.

    *Investor Contact*
    John M. Swenson
    Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasury
    john.swenson@nationalmi.com
    (510) 788-8417

    *Press Contact*
    Mary McGarity
    Strategic Vantage Mortgage Public Relations
    (203) 260-5476
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