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

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    In letters to the heads of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration and Comerica Bank, Sen.  -More-  Reported by SmartBrief 6 hours ago.

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    Handcrafted, hard-to-find items, and vendors wanting to increase product exposure find a home on Albertsons Companies’ new Albertsons.com/Marketplace site

    Boise, Oct. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BOISE, ID., October 16, 2018 –  Albertsons Companies today announced that *Albertsons Digital Marketplace*  now offers over 40,000 specialty products to customers nationwide, like hard-to-find spices and condiments, specific flavors of coffee, unique health and beauty products, and other health and wellness items. The newly launched Albertsons.com/Marketplace site plans to offer more than 100,000 products by the end of the calendar year.

     

    “*Albertsons Digital Marketplace* helps customers discover exciting new products from innovative manufacturers that are then shipped directly to them, creating an infinite aisle,” said Narayan Iyengar, SVP Digital and eCommerce at Albertsons Cos. “This marketplace is just another example of how we are using digital technologies to reinforce and extend our core capabilities of offering exciting new products and a wide assortment. Our infinite aisle also helps a large number of specialty sellers like small businesses and budding entrepreneurs get exposure to our vast customer base.”

     

    Two of the key innovators behind the Marketplace are Karl Varsanyi, GVP of Digital Product Management, and Jon Fahrner, Head of Marketplace. Prior to joining Albertsons Companies, Varsanyi helped turn macys.com into the one of the largest ecommerce sites in the United States and an omnichannel retailing leader. Fahrner, who was part of Zappos.com’s founding team, saw the similarities between his past work and the vast product opportunities in food retail.

     

    Fahrner said, “Our digital team is focused on removing the limits on how people shop for food. Today, people are trying to squeeze the best out of each day in their busy lives. While some customers want an extended selection or unique specialty products, there are other customers who simply prefer to have bulky items like pet food shipped straight to their front doors. This is just the beginning. We are excited to continue to innovate new models to better fit people’s lives.”

     

    Eclectic and exciting merchandise differentiates the Marketplace. One artisan seller that is gaining exposure is Spicemode, which crafts simmer sauces and spice blends. The hand-made, all-natural products are inspired by homemade meals prepared by the founder’s mother as well as his years operating a food truck, the Curry Cruiser, in the City of Chicago. Spicemode has been available online and in select retail stores, yet the company was looking for even more exposure. The Marketplace now gives the product national scale.

     

    “We started this company on the premise that global flavors should be available to everyone,” said Amar Singh, Chief Flavor Officer of Spicemode. “Albertsons Digital Marketplace lets even more customers begin their flavor journey with small-batch cooking sauces and spices.”

     

    The Marketplace is powered by Mirakl and can be accessed at Albertsons.com/Marketplace.

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    *Media Contact:*

    Lynda Friesz-Martin

    Director of Integrated Communication, Albertsons Companies

    Lynda.Friesz-Martin@albertsons.com

     

    *About Albertsons Companies*

    Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate 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 Companies 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.

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    CONTACT: Lynda Friesz-Martin
    Albertsons Companies
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    Lynda.Friesz-Martin@albertsons.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 7 hours ago.

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    World-class Event Invites Athletes to Run for Charity and Help Change the Culture of Mental Health

    Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction announced today that it will participate as an official charity partner in the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon, March 24, 2019,- one of the four largest marathons in the U.S and one of the top 10 worldwide.

     

    As an official LA Marathon Charity Partner, Give an Hour is recruiting team members to run on behalf of its public health initiative, the Campaign to Change Direction. Team members will raise funds to support the Campaign and will have the opportunity to train and run together. They will receive team benefits, including a team shirt, training tips, group training runs and a chance to win a FitBit.

     

    Give an Hour currently consists of approximately 7,000 mental health professionals, providing free and confidential mental health care to those in need; to-date, the organization has donated over 265,000 hours of free care, valued at more than $26 million. In addition to providing free and confidential mental health care to those in need, Give an Hour leads the Campaign to Change Direction (changedirection.org), a public health effort with the goal to change the culture of mental health so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. Using a collective impact approach, the Campaign and its 600+ partners encourages everyone to pay attention to their emotional well-being and reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being.   

     

    “This is a wonderful opportunity to educate more people about our free mental health services and to share the Campaign to Change Direction’s mission to change the culture around mental health,” said Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour. “The Los Angeles Marathon has an impressive track record of amplifying important causes and raising significant funds! We are honored to be one of the organizations participating in 2019.”

     

    Last year, the Los Angeles Marathon’s cohort of official charity partners raised more than $3 million – just a portion of the nearly $50.5 million that has been raised since the founding of the event.

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    “Our charity partners bring a special component to the marathon by bringing their causes to the course.  It’s even more exciting when it’s a natural fit between the mission and the marathon.  Running for Give an Hour allows people the opportunity to experience the physical and mental benefits of running while also having a direct impact on their public health effort to change the culture of mental health in our country,” said Melissa Christian, Manager, Nonprofit & Community Partnerships, Conqur Endurance Group.  

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    To learn more about joining Give an Hour’s team for the Marathon, go to http://bit.ly/runtochangementalhealth.

     

    To learn more about Los Angeles Marathon’s charitable impact and to find out more about the race, you can visit: https://www.lamarathon.com/charities/run-for-charity/our-impact

     

    *ABOUT GIVE AN HOUR*

    Founded by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area- Give an Hour’s mission is to develop networks of skill-based volunteer professionals capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions prevalent within society. Since 2005, the nonprofit organization has provided free mental health services to U.S. service members, veterans, and their families.  In 2015, Give an Hour expanded efforts to address the mental health needs of other populations including at-risk teens, survivors of gun violence, victims of human trafficking and those affected by natural and man-made disasters. In addition, Give an Hour is now working internationally to provide information and services to address the needs of those who are in emotional pain around the world. Through the generosity, compassion, and expertise of Give an Hour’s skilled volunteers, we are able to increase the likelihood that those in need receive the support and care they deserve. Thus far, the U.S. network of nearly 7,000 licensed mental health professionals has provided more than 265,000 hours of care and support to those in need. Learn more at www.giveanhour.org and www.changedirection.org.

     

    *ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES MARATHON OFFICIAL CHARITY PROGRAM*

    We are committed to improving the community by offering nonprofits the opportunity to use our world-class event to increase awareness and raise funds for their causes through the Official Charity Program. Each organization’s mission is special and unique – just like our 25,000+ runners and our amazing 26.2 mile marathon course. This program is a chance for nonprofits to show the cities of the greater Los Angeles area who they are and what they stand for.

    CONTACT: Lauren Jenkins
    ScoutComms
    (202) 596-5669
    ljenkins@scoutcommsusa.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 6 hours ago.

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    A liberal veterans group is going after Gov. Rick Scott’s record on veterans and health care by targeting his iconic Navy hat.  Reported by FOXNews.com 5 hours ago.

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    MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harbert United States Real Estate Fund VI, L.P. (“HUSREF VI”) has purchased 5 Central, a 140-unit Class A multifamily asset located in the Minneapolis suburb of Osseo. Developed in 2015, the property was 97% occupied at closing. The sale was an off-market transaction.HUSREF VI formed a joint venture with Chicago based Magellan Investment Partners to purchase the property. New ownership will implement a light renovation program to upgrade unit interiors and common areas, including a clubhouse and outdoor courtyard refresh, and the addition of package lockers. The property will be managed by Pinnacle and maintain the 5 Central name.

    Located in one of the most desirable communities in the State of Minnesota, 5 Central is located at the center of downtown Osseo and 15 miles northwest of the Minneapolis central business district. The property benefits from its location within an educated community near large corporate employers and an excellent public school system. Located near the confluence of I-494 and I-94, 5 Central enjoys mobility across the entirety of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro.

    “We are very pleased to announce our second joint venture with Magellan Investment Properties and the successful closing of 5 Central,” HUSREF Managing Director Adam Krug said.  “As HUSREF’s second investment in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul market in the last year, we recognize the robust economic growth and deep talent pool that characterizes this market. 5 Central presents an exceptional opportunity to partner with a proven team to create value through hands on asset management and light capital infusion.”

    *About Magellan Investment Partners*

    Magellan Investment Partners (“MIP”) is the acquisition platform of Magellan Development Group. The principals of MIP are David Levin and Marc Swerdlow, multifamily industry veterans with each having over 25 years of commercial real estate investment experience. MIP’s portfolio consists of over 2,500 units totaling $390 million in acquisitions. MIP also has the benefit of the entire Magellan Development Group, a vertically integrated development firm. Magellan Development Group has developed 28 high-rise projects comprised of 9,611 residential units.

    **About Harbert United States Real Estate Fund VI, L.P.**

    Harbert United States Real Estate Fund VI, L.P. is an investment fund sponsored by Harbert Management Corporation (“HMC”) which closed to new investors in October, 2017. HMC, as a whole, has approximately $5.9 billion in regulatory assets under management as of September 30, 2018, allocated across a series of diverse and independent investment strategies. One of these investment strategies, United States Real Estate, has offices in Dallas, TX, San Francisco, CA, and Birmingham, AL (Headquarters). The group has extensive investment experience in the Southeast, Southwest, and Mid-Atlantic and is currently investing its sixth investment opportunity fund in the past 20 years.

    Contact: HMC Investor Relations
    Telephone: 205.987.5500
    E-mail: irelations@harbert.net 

    A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/68b98176-3db1-4c33-b633-c4dc2073d7c2 Reported by GlobeNewswire 5 hours ago.

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    Some say life begins at 40, and Gianluigi Buffon is one man who might just agree with that sentiment. Rather than retire, the Italian goalkeeper left Juventus and moved to Paris Saint-Germain as he attempts to win the Champions League before he hangs up his gloves. He’s backed Brazilian superstar Neymar and wonderkid Kylian Mbappe […] Reported by talkSPORT 4 hours ago.

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    Socotra’s open APIs and speed-to-market gives Life by Spot a reliable insurance core system

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Socotra, creator of the first cloud-native, productized insurance core platform, announced today that Life by Spot, a direct-to-consumer life insurance startup backed by Hamilton Re, has chosen Socotra to power its operations.

    “Just as ride sharing has upended car ownership, Life by Spot is upending traditional life insurance, creating an entirely new channel,” said Maria Miller, COO, Life by Spot. “Socotra is a platform that we use as a technology foundation, helping us to accelerate our go-to-market. With open APIs and intuitive design, we found Socotra to be the leading developer-friendly core system option.”

    Life by Spot offers on-the-spot coverage and instant approval with policies ranging from 1-day to 30-day terms and starting at just $7 for $50,000 of coverage. Purchasing a policy is streamlined to a few clear questions and takes a matter of minutes with simple signup and instant coverage.

    “We are excited about the innovative insurance products Life by Spot is creating. Their modern approach and agile development make them exactly the kind of company Socotra loves to empower,” said Dan Woods, CEO, Socotra. “In the past, companies like Life by Spot had to custom build their technology stacks from the ground up. Socotra is proud to say those days are over.”

    Socotra is the insurance industry’s first cloud-native backend with open configuration and APIs, empowering insurers to deploy powerful backend technology with their own engineering resources. With customers on three continents ranging from startups to Fortune 100 global businesses, Socotra enables carriers to achieve new levels of agility throughout the policy lifecycle (single or multi-line, life or P&C, commercial or retail). Socotra’s agility, flexibility, reliability, and modern design offers carriers lower costs, faster product releases, and easy integration with future technologies.

    Socotra recently announced they raised $5.5 million in a Series A funding round (bringing their  total funding to $12.8 million) with 8VC. In addition to the funding, 8VC founding partner, Joe Lonsdale, joined the Socotra board. The company is using the round to fund further product development and to accelerate sales.

    *About Life by Spot*
    Spot is an ambitious startup opening an entirely new channel of distribution and targeting a demographic which to date has been untouchable by traditional incumbents. On average, Americans under the age of 45 account for less than 5% of the total population with life insurance. Spot is the industry solution to today's complicated, confusing, and expensive process to acquire life insurance. Led by a team of life insurance veterans and experienced tech entrepreneurs, Spot will alleviate any worry, allowing policyholders to live, love and celebrate life to the fullest. www.lifebyspot.com

    *About Socotra*
    Socotra is the core technology platform of tomorrow’s digitally-transformed insurer. Only Socotra brings the staggering technology infrastructure advances of the last decade to the insurance industry. The result is a new, simplified, radically open, cloud-native core platform that supports underwriting, policy administration, claims, billing, reporting, and much more. Socotra delivers agility, reliability, and a clear path to the many InsurTech promises of today and tomorrow. Learn more at www.socotra.com.

    *Contact:*
    Joseph Eckert for Socotra
    media@socotra.com
    650-353-5713 Reported by GlobeNewswire 3 hours ago.

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    Ex-Apple engineers created an app to track basketball shots using AI, and it's already getting attention from Mark Cuban and the NBA (AAPL)· Apple recently highlighted an app that uses an iPhone and machine learning to understand whether a basketball shot went in the hoop or not. 
    · The company, Nex Team, was founded by former Apple employees and is based in San Jose, California.  
    · The app, HomeCourt, is backed by a range of basketball insiders, including Mark Cuban, Sam Hinkie, Jeremy Lin, and Steve Nash. 
    · The app can determine metrics like how high you jump or what the arc of the ball is using artificial intelligence and the iPhone's camera. 

    For HomeCourt co-founder David Lee, the idea for his startup came because he couldn't hit a shot. 

    He was making web apps for Apple when one night he was playing in a recreational basketball game, and his wife and two daughters dropped by to watch him play.

    "I couldn’t make a single shot in front of them," Lee told Business Insider. So, he wondered, "can I make my phone understand my game?"

    At first, he just wanted to write software that would automatically cut the footage into a highlight reel so that his family could see that he could actually make shots. But less than two years later, he was standing on stage with NBA legend Steve Nash at Apple's iPhone XS launch showing off his app. 

    It's a rapid rise for HomeCourt, a product out of a young San Jose startup called Nex Team founded by Apple, Facebook, and Google veterans that uses machine learning to understand what's happening on a basketball court.

    On Tuesday, the startup launched the feature that it revealed on stage at Apple, called Shot Science — the app can now track a number of different metrics that affect how accurate a shooter is, including how long it takes to release the ball, how high you jump, and the angle the ball is released at, using nothing but an iPhone and its camera. 

    It can also track how many shots you take during a session, and the percentage of them you make and where they were taken from. 

    "The problem we want to solve is how to use the phone to track shots, and we incrementally moved more and more to AI, because it gives us more precise results," Lee said. 

    The company has raised $4 million in seed funding, and counts a lot of basketball players and pros as investors, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, former 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie, NBA point guard Jeremy Lin, and Nash.

    *'You’re not making enough shots!'*

    The key to what HomeCourt does is a trendy machine learning technology called neural networks. 

    HomeCourt's advanced learning algorithms analyze lots of footage of basketball courts and sessions to understand where, say, the three-point line is, or if a shot went in or not.

    It has a headstart over competitors. It has already recorded over three million shots since launching the beta version of the app in Feburary, according to a person familiar with the startup. That data helps it improve its machine learning models. 

    But in the early days of the startup, the company had to collect data manually — often by filming themselves taking shots or collecting video from local teams. In fact, finding a nearby basketball court is a priority for the young startup's next office. "My team was complaining, 'you’re not making enough shots!'" Lee said, joking that he was a better rebounder than shooter.

    "We're the data," Homecourt cofounder Alex Wu, who leads marketing for the startup, said. "But the more people use our app, we see hoops from around the world, even backyard hoops, and different types of shots," which improve the company's image recognition models. 

    For example, when HomeCourt tested its app with Stanford, it had to improve its artificial intelligence models, because the college players were too good. 

    "When we started testing with Stanford — they were too good, they were too accurate, their balls were going in smooth and clean through the net, so our AI wouldn’t recognize that they had shot," Wu said.

    The app takes advantage of Apple's latest technology, called CoreML, that enables artificial intelligence models to run more efficiently and using less battery life on an iPhone's specialized processor — one of the reasons why Apple decided to highlight the young company at its biggest launch of the year. 

    "iPhone XS is the first iPhone that has the performance that we can actually ship" the real-time shot tracking feature, Lee said. "On the last generation, the delay is a couple seconds. The specific improvement in the hardware itself is dramatic."

    "And it operates at one-tenth of the battery life too, so it's a performance improvement, not just processing wise, but also usability wise," Wu said. 

    *Finding the next Steve Nash*

    These real-time metrics may help burgeoning young players review their practice sessions so they can improve more quickly. 

    "I would spend hours shooting by myself, just hoping I was refining the techniques to take me to the next level," said Nash at the feature's launch. 

    The way that the NBA is looking at HomeCourt and similar analytics is that they can streamline a system that's typically been paper and pencil based and labor intensive, according to a person with knowledge of how NBA front offices work. If teams can automate that data collection and even look at metrics that weren't tracked before, like launch angle, then pro players can improve the quality of their practice.

    So far, elite teams including the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Duke University have tested the HomeCourt app. 

    "I wish I had this when I was younger. Just imagine what happens when people have access to this technology when they're 13," Lee said. 

    But HomeCourt isn't just for players who want to go pro. The app also has a social component, where players can compete in shooting contests with other players around the world, even if they're in a completely different country.

    For example, currently, the top challengers on HomeCourt's leaderboards are in Europe, an area that's traditionally not a basketball hotspot. 

    And going forward, the young startup hopes it can continue to refine its models so it can capture and understand entire basketball games, not just practice.  

    "We're working on solving 1-on-1 first, then onto 2-on-2, 3-on-3," Wu said.

    "We're trying to capture more of your basketball life and be helpful in more places. So you can imagine us going into games," Lee said.

    *SEE ALSO: Duke's 285-pound top-ranked freshman is doing jumps that shouldn't be possible*

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    HSINCHU and WUHAN, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- JHL Biotech announced that the National Medical Products Administration of the PRC (NMPA) has approved JHL's Phase I and Phase III Clinical Trial Application for a proposed bevacizumab biosimilar, JHL1149, to treat several forms of cancer, including advanced non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), metastatic colorectal cancer, metastatic kidney cancer, advanced cervical cancer and recurrent ovarian cancer.

    Racho Jordanov, JHL Biotech, Co-Chairman and CEO stated, "We are very excited for our second biosimilar to be approved for clinical trials by the NMPA. This marks the second NMPA approval we have received in just four months and puts us another step closer to our vision of manufacturing biologics of the highest quality from China for the world."

    *About JHL Biotech
    *JHL Biotech, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company founded by a group of industry veterans with deep experience in biologics development and operations. With a mission to provide the world with affordable medicines of exceptional quality, the company is focused on research and development of new protein-based therapies and biosimilars and providing contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) services to global pharmaceutical clients. JHL Biotech is uniquely positioned to be a leading global supplier of high quality biologics because of its experienced leadership team, ongoing global clinical trials for its pipeline of biosimilar candidates, and two Asia-based world-class biologics manufacturing facilities built in accordance with United States, European Union, and ICH cGMP regulations and standards. JHL Biotech is backed by premier financial firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, Biomark Capital, Milestone Capital, Fidelity and the China Development Industrial Bank. For more information, please visit www.jhlbiotech.com.

    *Media Contact*:
    Amber Chen | Email: achen@jhlbiotech.com | Phone: +886 3-658-3899
    Lee Henely | Email: lhenely@jhlbiotech.com | Phone: +886 3-658-3899

    *Forward-Looking Statement 
    *This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are generally statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the words "expects,""anticipates,""believes,""intends,""estimates,""plans,""will,""outlook" and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current plans, estimates, assumptions and projections, and speak only as of the date they are made. JHL undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in light of new information or future events, except as otherwise required by law. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the control of either company. Actual results or outcomes may differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements.

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    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers are citing low TV ratings for a veterans fundraiser as proof he wasn't out to use his charity to boost his White House bid.Trump's lawyers argue in court papers filed this week that... Reported by New Zealand Herald 1 day ago.

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    For some intelligence veterans and foreign policy specialists, it’s a pattern that has become all too familiar — and troubling. Reported by Politico 22 hours ago.

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    Through its Divvy Product Suite Charity module, ARM Insight has helped bank customers donate more than $500,000 to the American Red Cross relief efforts in North Carolina and Florida following Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Divvy Charity allows participating bank customers to convert their credit and debit card loyalty rewards into donations.

    PORTLAND, Ore. (PRWEB) October 18, 2018

    ARM Insight, a leader in payments data solutions, recently passed a significant milestone on the way to earning an American Red Cross Platinum Award in 2018. Through its Divvy Product Suite Charity module, ARM Insight has already helped bank customers donate more than $500,000 to the American Red Cross relief efforts in North Carolina and Florida following Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

    The charity module of the Divvy Product Suite allows participating bank customers to convert their credit and debit card loyalty rewards into donations. Thousands of banks have chosen to offer Divvy Charity as a part of their loyalty rewards, and customers of those banks can choose to donate their points to the charity of their choice. Many of these customers have chosen to support the American Red Cross.

    “Through the generosity of corporate partners and individual donors, the American Red Cross is prepared before disaster strikes. Corporate donors, like ARM Insight, help secure a reliable funding base for disaster relief services that enables the Red Cross to respond immediately, meeting the needs of individuals and families affected by disaster, regardless of cost,” said David Schaeffer, Chief Development Officer of the Red Cross Cascades Region. “We appreciate innovative companies such as ARM Insight developing new tools that help us find new ways to raise funds.”

    Already a recipient of the American Red Cross Gold Award in 2017, ARM Insight also helped raise more than $500,000 to support relief efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes such as Harvey, Maria, and Nate.

    “ARM is pleased with the success of the Divvy Charity product and happy that we are converting loyalty points into meaningful donations to these charities,” said Jason Hills, Chief Revenue Officer at ARM Insight. “Our bank customers are not only able to help charities by donating their loyalty points, but bank customers that enroll in Divvy transact 46% more times per month than customers that do not.”

    Over 3,000 banks offer Divvy as a part of their debit or credit card loyalty solution. The product can be integrated into a bank’s existing loyalty suite through single sign-on, or it can be easily deployed as an email tool that requires no integration.

    Companies with loyalty points programs that are interested in empowering customers to transform their points into donations can learn more at http://www.arminsight.com.

    About ARM Insight
    ARM is a provider of payments-based business intelligence (BI) solutions for credit, debit, and prepaid card processors; investment companies; financial institutions; and retail corporations. ARM is a leader in transaction-based analytics, programs, and data solutions. ARM’s platform is able to transforms the billions of raw transaction data from legacy technologies into actionable information, which enables companies to make intelligent business decisions and automate manual operational tasks.

    Founded in 2010, ARM’s team of data scientists and payments industry veterans provide source data from billions of payments transactions to deliver timely, rich insights that help clients spot fraud and spending trends first.

    About American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at Red Cross Cascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades. Reported by PRWeb 22 hours ago.

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  • 10/18/18--20:11: What are the Invictus Games?
  • Five hundred wounded and ill veterans from 18 nations are descending on Sydney to compete at Prince Harry's Invictus Games. Reported by SBS 18 hours ago.

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    The Duke of Sussex has climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise the flag for his Invictus Games for wounded war veterans which starts in Sydney on Saturday. Reported by SBS 17 hours ago.

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    The Duke of Sussex has climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise the flag for his Invictus Games for wounded war veterans which starts in Sydney on Saturday. Reported by SBS 16 hours ago.

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    Visit Booth #3108 To Gain Insights on How SmartERP Helps Organizations Automate, Streamline and Simplify Business Processes

    PLEASANTON, Calif. (PRWEB) October 19, 2018

    Smart ERP Solutions, Inc. (SmartERP), an Oracle Platinum Partner, announced that it will be exhibiting and presenting at Oracle OpenWorld (#OOW18) in San Francisco, California from October 22-24, to discuss their unique solutions and services for Oracle Cloud, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS), inclusive of HCM Cloud, ERP Cloud, and CX Cloud. SmartERP will also be showcasing new and updated cloud solutions from their suite of product offerings, such as Smart Talent Procurement, Smart Onboarding, Smart E-Verify and their Smart-UX User Interface. Attendees that visit SmartERP’s booth #3108 (Moscone South) will automatically be entered to win an Amazon Echo.

    SmartERP has recently migrated their Smart Talent Procurement and Smart Onboarding solutions to Oracle Cloud. On Oracle Cloud, the solutions are easier to use, 100% mobile device ready, provide for faster provisioning, compliance, automatic on-demand scalability, utilizes world-class global security and now more easily integrates with all other Oracle Cloud applications.

    As an Oracle Platinum Partner and developer of solutions and services that enhance and support Oracle applications, the company is dedicated to delivering innovative and leading-edge solutions based on Oracle technology, including Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards applications as well as Oracle Cloud platform and application offerings. With proven experience in Oracle, SmartERP aims to help organizations gain insights on ways to enhance business processes through the utilization of the company’s technology and services combined with Oracle technology at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld Conference.

    SmartERP has Oracle Practices across multiple industries including Government, Education, Finance, Staffing, Technology, Manufacturing, Construction and many more. These industries are leveraging their expertise as well as software solutions for Oracle Cloud Applications, Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, and JD Edwards including Employee Onboarding/Offboarding, I-9/E-Verify, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Security, Compliance and Segregation of Duties.

    "As a unique organization in the Enterprise Business Applications space, providing software solutions as well as consulting services, SmartERP enables organizations to develop optimized business processes and a superior user experience enabling increased productivity, cost reductions and a maximized return on their investment,” said Doris Wong, CEO, Smart ERP Solutions. “Our Oracle solutions and services go beyond end users' expectations at an affordable cost and we’re excited to be showcasing our new and updated Powered-by-Oracle-Cloud solutions and services at OpenWorld.”

    Attendees can also attend SmartERP partner sessions at the Canon Information & Imaging Solutions, Inc. booth #3013 in Moscone South Exhibition Hall on Monday, 10/22 at 4:00PM (sessions are approximately 10 minutes). SmartERP will present AP Automation, Managing Financial Risks in applications, and the solutions available to assist with this process. On Thursday, 10/25 at 11AM in Moscone South, Room 156, SmartERP will present at the Governance, Risk, and Compliance (Special Interest Group).

    About Smart ERP Solutions
    Founded by Oracle/PeopleSoft veterans, Smart ERP Solutions® is a unique organization in the Enterprise Business Applications space providing innovative, cost-effective, and configurable solutions that efficiently extend the capabilities of ERP systems to meet specific business process needs. SmartERP enables clients to seamlessly integrate their people, processes, applications, and data, across an enterprise, enabling the organization to streamline its operations and support business growth.

    About OpenWorld
    Oracle OpenWorld is one of the most prominent technology and business conferences for Oracle partners and customers. It is the perfect place where the top-notch industry experts discuss how technology can be utilized to resolve today's complex business challenges.

    Trademarks
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    Collision repair shop will give $1,250 plus a $1,250 donation to charity for funniest audio, video or written joke. Participants get chance to perform at The Looney Bin Comedy Club in Staten Island.

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (PRWEB) October 19, 2018

    Barry's Auto Body, Staten Island's eco-friendly collision repair shop is hosting a competition to make people laugh. The competition is open to the general public. The person who submits the funniest video, audio or written joke will receive $1,250 plus a donation of $1,250 to their choice of one of these local charities:· STATEN ISLAND YMCA DRUG COUNSELING;
    · CARL’S HOUSE;
    · THE CARL V BINI MEMORIAL FUND;
    · MICHAEL'S CAUSE;
    · SUNRISE DAY CAMP;
    · SAINT JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL;
    · DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS;
    · MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION;
    · PEDIATRIC LYME DISEASE FOUNDATION (KIWANIS NEW YORK DISTRICT);

    There is no cost to participate. Everyone who participates will receive an opportunity to perform at The Looney Bin Comedy Club in Staten Island.

    The idea for the competition came after Barry's Auto Body released several humorous educational videos where Staten Island couple, Donna and Vito (played by Jennifer Remauro and George Passariello) found themselves in need of auto collision repair. No matter what type of repair was needed, someone would boldly state, "I Gotta Guy" to fix that. The guy was Barry Crupi, owner of Barry's Auto Body along with his sister, Michelle Crupi. The series was a hit which prompted the Crupi's to launch the, "Make Staten Island Laugh" competition.

    Said Barry Crupi, "People are normally anxious when it comes to auto collision repair. Since humor is the great equalizer, we decided to use comedy to help educate the public about the collision repair process. The "Make Staten Island Laugh" competition is our way of injecting humor into a stressful situation."

    Anyone wishing to offer a submission can do so by visiting Barry's Auto Body website. The competition ends on December 31, 2018 so submissions should be uploaded as soon as possible. Once the submission is uploaded to the website, the link should be shared with friends, family and on social media in order to garner comments. Although Barry's Auto Body will make the final determination on which submission is funniest, comments from the general public will be strongly considered.

    Rules governing the competition can be found on the submission page of the website.

    Those wishing to view the submissions may do so by visiting http://www.barrysautobody.com. Reported by PRWeb 11 hours ago.

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    Studies found high rates of birth defects among children and grandchildren of British veterans exposed to nuclear weapons tests in Australia in the 50s and 60s. Reported by Brisbane Times 10 hours ago.

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