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    FPSA and Food Safety Summit Announce Partnership for 2019 Process Expo *Trade Show to Offer Food Safety Education Sessions and Certification Courses as well as Focused Food Safety Networking*

    *MCLEAN, VA / ACCESSWIRE / October 23, 2018 /* PROCESS EXPO, the global food equipment and technology show,® has announced a renewed partnership with the Food Safety Summit, the largest conference & expo on food safety in North America. As part of this renewed agreement, the Food Safety Summit experts will develop a food safety track of educational sessions during PROCESS EXPO, October 8-11, 2019 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Sessions will focus on FSMA updates, HACCP training, listeria, traceability, environmental monitoring, food fraud, auditing, food allergen management, pest management, and other important issues for food and beverage processors, packaging professionals, and equipment manufacturers."The Food Safety Summit is a leading producer of education for food safety professionals and we are thrilled to be working with them again. Our attendees provided great feedback from the 2017 track of food safety courses and we look to the Summit to provide us with leading subject matter experts to help us educate our audience," said Jarrod McCarroll, Chairman of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and President of Weber, Inc. "Our attendees will have the opportunity to learn critical information on food safety as well as participate in a certification course on HACCP, Preventive Control for Human Food and Preventive Control for Animal Feed." Complete details and registration will be available on the PROCESS EXPO website in the coming months.

    "Food and beverage processors are required to understand new food safety regulations and through our strong relationships with leading industry experts we will develop a series of dynamic education programs for the 2019 PROCESS EXPO," said Scott Wolters, Director, Food Safety Summit. "Our goal is to provide presentations on specific food safety challenges, for attendees to learn about the latest breakthroughs and gain insight into potential solutions."

    The Food Safety Educational Track is sponsored by the Food Safety Summit, a solutions-based conference and expo designed to meet the educational and information needs of the entire food industry. The 2019 Food Safety Summit will be held Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL. For more information, visit www.foodsafetysummit.com.

    Produced by FPSA, PROCESS EXPO is the nation's largest trade show dedicated to bringing the latest technology and integrated solutions to all segments of the food and beverage processing and packaging industry. Processors gain a competitive advantage and increase their profits with the innovative technology on the show floor, where food processing and packaging experts demonstrate their machines and products. Both veterans and those new to food and beverage processing and packaging get training on food safety, trends, leadership, and more. The PROCESS EXPO show floor will offer equipment, machinery and demos for buyers in all the vertical industry sectors, including: bakery/snacks, beverage*, *dairy, meat/poultry/seafood, prepared foods, fruits/vegetables, confectionery/candy, co-packers, and pet foods. For more information about attending and exhibiting, visit http://www.myprocessexpo.com/.

    *The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) *FPSA is a trade association serving suppliers to the global food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. The Association's programs and services assist its members in marketing their products and services, and in improving their business practices. Programs and services to achieve these objectives include: PROCESS EXPO, electronic media marketing, education, research, and being the voice of its members in the public arena on issues such as food safety, sanitary design of equipment, and global trade. FPSA members are organized in vertical industry councils which focus on specific needs and concerns that are unique to each industry sector. FPSA councils currently represent the Bakery, Beverage, Dairy, Prepared Foods and sectors. For more information, visit www.fpsa.org.

    *For further information, Contact:
    *Amy Riemer, Media Relations Contact
    978-475-4441 (office) or 978-502-4895 (cell)
    amy@riemercommunications.com

    *SOURCE: *The Food Processing Suppliers Association
    View source version on accesswire.com:
    https://www.accesswire.com/525980/FPSA-and-Food-Safety-Summit-Announce-Partnership-for-2019-Process-Expo Reported by Accesswire 9 hours ago.

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    A group of former executives from Autodesk Inc and Flex Ltd has raised $179 million in venture capital for a manufacturing startup that aims to use a combination of robots and new software to remove much of the manual labor from manufacturing electronic devices. Reported by Reuters India 8 hours ago.

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    The survey also shows increased concern about the impact of CFIUS and trade disputes and that machine learning has become a bigger driver of M&A activity

    SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB) October 23, 2018

    Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, today announced the results of its semi-annual Tech M&A Leaders’ Survey, in which dealmakers delivered a mixed forecast for the future. Forty-three percent of survey respondents expect deal activity to continue to increase, 41% predict activity to stabilize, and only 16% anticipate a decline. This is a departure from the bullish findings seen in April 2018, when the last survey was conducted, which showed 66% of dealmakers expecting an increase in activity.

    “The market is still very strong, especially when you take into account that the tech industry is on track to finish near, if not over, the highest deal value we’ve seen since the dotcom crash,” said Eric McCrath, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate Department. “However, the volume of tech M&A activity over recent years has set the bar high, which partially explains why dealmakers are expecting a change in the deal cycle. There is also concern as to how the U.S. government’s policies on CFIUS and trade may impact deals.”

    A little more than half (54%) of the dealmakers who participated in the survey believe that CFIUS will be a deterrent to future deals, while the same number expect trade disputes to have a negative impact. When it comes to antitrust, far fewer respondents are seeing it as an issue that could hinder dealmaking, likely as a result of the completion of AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner in June 2018. Only 34% were still wary, which is a stark decline from the 50% who expressed concerns in April 2018.

    Additional key findings, takeaways and analysis from the Tech M&A Leaders’ Survey include:

    Buyers Are Hungry for Machine Learning

    There’s a strong appetite for machine learning among acquirers in the industry, with nearly two-thirds of respondents viewing the technology as more of a driver of M&A this year. When asked about specific applications that are propelling this activity, a vast majority of dealmakers (80%) cited security as either “very” or “extremely” important. Business analytics follows security as the next most important application that is driving activity, drawing in 62% of responses.

    A Rise in IPOs – With Strong Unicorn Debuts – Is Anticipated

    While only 12 enterprise tech companies have held a public debut in 2018 to-date, respondents are expecting to see this number rise. On average, respondents predict that 20 tech companies will be listed on NYSE and NASDAQ within the next 12 months.
    Additionally, 62% of respondents have faith that unicorns, companies with a valuation north of $1 billion, will be making particularly strong debuts, predicting that the average unicorn IPO will finish its first day of trading above its post-money valuation. In the previous Tech M&A Leaders’ Survey, only 48% of dealmakers made the same prediction.

    Industry Outsiders Are Here to Stay

    According to 451 Research’s M&A KnowledgeBase, in each of the last three years, strategic acquirers from outside the tech market have spent $40+ billion on tech M&A, the highest amount seen since the dotcom bubble. Respondents see this as a trend that is here to stay, with 68% predicting that the volume of deals involving non-tech companies buying technology businesses will be at an even higher level three years from now.

    Outlook on Cross-Border Dealmaking Remains Steady

    Predictions concerning cross-border dealmaking remain largely unchanged since the last Tech M&A Leaders’ Survey was conducted. Nearly the same ratio of respondents (42%) expect an increase in cross-border dealmaking and a similar number (35%) anticipate a decrease. In line with 2017, cross-border transactions so far this year have accounted for almost 40% of total tech deal value, according to 451 Research.

    ABOUT THE TECH M&A LEADERS’ SURVEY

    Now in its 14th edition, the M&A Leaders’ Survey from 451 Research and Morrison & Foerster drew 115 responses, primarily from investment bankers (40%) and C-level or M&A executives (38%), with the remaining responses coming from lawyers, VCs, PE professionals, and others in the M&A community. Roughly 85% of the responses were from dealmakers and advisers based in the United States, with Silicon Valley representing the largest single location.

    ABOUT MOFO

    We are Morrison & Foerster — a global firm of exceptional credentials. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, investment banks, Fortune 100, and technology and life sciences companies. The Financial Times has named the firm to its lists of most innovative law firms in Northern America and Asia every year that it has published its Innovative Lawyers Reports in those regions. In the past few years, Chambers USA has honored MoFo’s Privacy and Data Security, Bankruptcy, and IP teams with Firm of the Year awards, the Corporate/M&A team with a client service award, and the firm as a whole as Global USA Firm of the Year. Our lawyers are committed to achieving innovative and business-minded results for our clients, while preserving the differences that make us stronger. The firm also has a long history of commitment to the community through providing pro bono legal services, including litigating for civil rights and civil liberties, improving public education for poor children, advocating for veterans, promoting international human rights, winning asylum for the persecuted, and safeguarding the environment. Reported by PRWeb 8 hours ago.

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    SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- bioAffinity Technologies, a privately held biotech company, today announced that the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), which is affiliated with the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, will be a clinical collection site for the Company’s test validation trial of CyPath^® Lung, a non-invasive test for the early detection of lung cancer.Dr. Sheila A. Habib, director of the Pulmonary Lung Cancer Clinic at STVHCS’ Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, will supervise the study as the principal investigator. STVHCS will collect sputum samples from patients who have received a confirmed diagnosis of lung cancer, one of three cohorts in the bioAffinity study.

    “Studies show that lung and bronchus cancers represent 20 percent of all cancers among our veteran population,” Dr. Habib said. “We also know that lung cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages, and by the time our patients are symptomatic, treatment options are not as effective. A non-invasive, highly accurate and relatively low-cost assay like CyPath^® will change the paradigm for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer not just for veterans but for all patients.”

    CyPath^® Lung is a flow cytometric test that uses a proprietary molecule that binds to cancer cells and causes them to fluoresce in contrast to non-cancer cells. The validation study will confirm the differential characteristics between sputum samples collected from three participant cohorts, including patients with lung cancer, high-risk participants without lung cancer and healthy individuals with no or minimal smoking history who are cancer-free.

    “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Habib and the VA here in San Antonio to advance our CyPath^® diagnostic through our validation study,” bioAffinity President and Chief Executive Officer Maria Zannes said. “Our focus on lung cancer gives bioAffinity a special connection to veterans because we know they are at significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer than the general population.” 

    According to the Department of Defense’s Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), military personnel are more likely to develop lung cancer due to higher rates of smoking and increased exposure to environmental carcinogens during their service.

    bioAffinity expects CyPath^® Lung to enter the U.S. commercial market as a Laboratory Developed Test (LDT) to augment lung cancer screening by low dose computed tomography (LDCT) by first quarter 2019. Although it is the current standard for early screening, LDCT has a 96 percent false-positive rate, which requires follow-up procedures to confirm a lung cancer diagnosis. By significantly increasing diagnostic accuracy, CyPath^® Lung is expected to lead to improved patient survival, fewer unnecessary invasive procedures and lower medical costs.

    STVHCS joins six other clinical sites – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, Summit Medical Group in New Jersey, Radiology Associates of Albuquerque in New Mexico, Waterbury Pulmonary Associates in Connecticut, Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Tennessee, and Atlantic Health Systems in New Jersey – currently enrolling volunteers for the study. 

    *About bioAffinity Technologies, Inc.*

    bioAffinity Technologies, Inc. (www.bioaffinitytech.com) is a privately held company that develops proprietary in-vitro diagnostic tests and targeted cancer therapeutics using breakthrough technology that preferentially targets cancer cells. Research, optimization and commercialization of its platform technology are conducted in bioAffinity Technologies’ laboratories at the University of Texas San Antonio. The Company’s initial product is CyPath^® Lung, a diagnostic assay for the non-invasive detection of early-stage lung cancer.

    Contact:
    Maria Zannes
    505.400.9747 Reported by GlobeNewswire 8 hours ago.

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    BWF awards funding to organizations and programs that support positive outcomes for post-9/11 impacted veterans, service members and their families.

    New York, Oct. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) announced a total investment of $2.8 million awarded to 22 organizations with programs that serve post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families. These grantees address the Foundation’s key focus areas of education and employment, quality of life, and rehabilitation and recovery.

    “We’ve focused our investments on programs that meet the urgent and emerging needs of the military-veteran community,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, Executive Director at the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “We’re excited that this Fall’s grant recipients represent a balance of both programs new to BWF and also longstanding partners, with whom we effectively address our priorities for this year and beyond. These outcome-oriented programs all help ensure that the post-9/11 community will thrive after service.” 

    As part of our ongoing partnership with the NFL, the Fall portfolio includes programs that BWF supported through funding from the NFL Foundation. The NFL-BWF partnership supports healthy lifestyles and communities, and reflects our shared goal of ensuring meaningful support for veterans, service members, their families and their caregivers.

    The BWF education and employment grants include programs that help transitioning service members identify and obtain employment, and further their education. Besides seeking a range of programs, BWF also strives to serve a range of veterans. For this reason, the BWF Fall portfolio includes two programs focused on career opportunities for the most vulnerable veterans, those at risk of homelessness.

    The quality of life grants include an exciting group of best-in-class programs that focus on helping families to navigate resources more easily, addressing legal challenges, and supporting the needs of caregiving families, in addition to promoting healthy lifestyles and community interaction.

    The Fall portfolio includes three rehabilitation and recovery programs. These incredibly impressive programs draw from the nation’s best clinicians as they provide evidence-based clinical mental health care to veterans and their family members, train and supervise mental health clinicians across the country to treat PTSD with evidence-based clinical treatment, and train equine-assisted therapists in the first research-based equine-assisted therapy for veterans with PTSD. For a full and detailed list of Bob Woodruff Foundation’s 2018 Fall Grants recipients, visit here.

    To learn more about qualifying for a Bob Woodruff Foundation grant, please visit  https://bobwoodrufffoundation.org/grants/.

    * **About the Bob Woodruff Foundation*
    The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans. To date, BWF has invested more than $57 million to Find, Fund and Shape™ programs that have empowered impacted veterans, service members and their families. For more information, please visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at *@Stand4Heroes*.

    CONTACT: Kate Cook
    Bob Woodruff Foundation
    6467622286
    katherine.cook@bobwoodrufffoundation.org Reported by GlobeNewswire 7 hours ago.

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    San Francisco, Oct. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- San Francisco-based entrepreneur Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, has become one of the most active philanthropists and proponents of veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the nation. Over the last five years, Craig has been one of Swords to Plowshares’ most ardent supporters, with over $400,000 in donations, including his most recent grant of $160,000 from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to support our legal program’s efforts to assist underrepresented and vulnerable veterans.For underserved veterans, including women veterans and those with less than honorable discharges, Swords to Plowshares’ Legal Services department provides free consultation and attorney representation to help them remedy an unjust military discharge status and access their benefits, including healthcare, disability support, and homeless-prevention services. These critical VA benefits increase economic opportunity and long-term stability for veterans with service-connected disabilities.

    Beyond Craig’s generous financial support, he continues to provide his professional expertise as a member of Swords to Plowshares’ Advisory Board. Craig works with our communications team to amplify our voice online, thereby raising awareness of veterans’ needs and advancing our policy efforts at the local, state, and national levels.

     “We are excited to have the continued support of Craig Newmark and his philanthropic organization,” said Michael Blecker, executive director of Swords to Plowshares. “His guidance has improved our organization’s ability to use supportive technologies in conducting outreach to homeless and low-income veterans. His most recent donation, which funds an expansion of our legal program, will positively impact the lives of hundreds of veterans who are in need of our legal advocacy.”

    “Veterans and military families deserve recognition for their service year-round,” said Craig Newmark. “We have a duty to stand with these brave people, to offer a hand when they can’t catch a break and to lend our voices when theirs aren’t heard. Swords to Plowshares’ legal program does just that, and I’m proud to support its efforts to assist underrepresented and vulnerable veterans.”

    *About Swords to Plowshares*

    Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, rapid re-housing and eviction prevention services, employment and training, supportive housing, and legal benefits assistance for low-income, homeless and at-risk veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swords to Plowshares promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state and national entities. Learn more about the work of Swords to Plowshares, and ways in which you can help, by visiting our website at http://www.stp-sf.org.

    *About Craig Newmark Philanthropies*

    Craig Newmark Philanthropies was created by craigslist founder Craig Newmark to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement. The organization works to advance people and grassroots organizations that are getting stuff done in areas that include trustworthy journalism, voter protection, gender diversity in technology, and veterans and military families. For more information, please visit: https://craignewmarkphilanthropies.org/.

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    CONTACT: Kevin Miller
    Swords to Plowshares
    5596813879
    kcm74@humboldt.edu Reported by GlobeNewswire 7 hours ago.

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    Article appears in November 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient SafetyOAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. , Oct. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Anticoagulants, medications that keep the blood from clotting, are heavily prescribed and effective but have been identified as major contributors to adverse drug events (ADEs). Because many serious ADEs are thought to be preventable through improvements in care delivery, proper anticoagulants management is important during the continuum of care across the entire health care system, including during care transitions.

    A new article in the November 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety details the work of an IPRO-convened task force of The New York State Anticoagulation Coalition to develop a list of requisite data elements (RDEs) to adequately manage the anticoagulants of patients new to care from a previous setting.

    The article, “Defining Minimum Necessary Anticoagulation-Related Communication at Discharge: Consensus of the Care Transitions Task Force of the New York State Anticoagulation Coalition,” by Darren Triller, PharmD, president and CEO, WellScriptEd Consulting, Inc., Delmar, New York, and co-authors, outlines 15 RDEs on which the task force reached consensus for anticoagulation communication at discharge (the ACDC List):

    · Anticoagulant(s) currently used
    · Indication(s) for anticoagulation therapy
    · Documentation describing whether the patient is new to anticoagulation therapy or a previous user
    · If a patient is new to anticoagulation therapy, the start date of the anticoagulation
    · Documentation indicating whether treatment is intended to be acute (short term) or chronic (long term)
    · If any acute indications, the intended duration of therapy
    · Date, time, route, dose and strength of last two doses given
    · Date, time and magnitude of next dose due
    · Most recent assessment of renal function (within past 30 days, with date and results)
    · Documentation of the provision of patient education materials about the anticoagulant
    · Assessment of patient/caregiver understanding of their anticoagulant regimen
    · If transitioning to a non-institutionalized setting, expectations for who was responsible for ongoing anticoagulation management
    · If prescribed warfarin, the target International Normalized Ratio (INR) or INR range
    · If prescribed warfarin, a minimum of 2–3 consecutive INR lab results (with dates and results)
    · If prescribed warfarin, the date the next INR is due

    “Effective solutions to improve anticoagulation safety and effectiveness will be complex, but the ACDC List is an important contribution to improving anticoagulation management during one of the most vulnerable periods of patient care,” notes Nadine Shehab, PharmD, MPH, senior scientist, Medication Safety Program, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and co-authors, in an accompanying editorial. The authors recommend additional research to validate the ACDC and evaluate the impact of related interventions on patient outcomes.

    Also featured in the November 2018 issue:

    · “Incidence and Method of Suicide in Hospitals in the United States” (The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois)
    · “Characteristics of Reported Adverse Events During Moderate Procedural Sedation: An Update” (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston)
    · “Evaluating the Implementation of Project Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) in Five Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Hospitals” (Five VHA hospitals)
    · “Understanding Test Results Follow-up in the Ambulatory Setting: Analysis of Multiple Perspectives” (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston)
    · “Reducing Treatment Errors Through Point-of-Care Glucometer Configuration” (Two Veterans Affairs medical centers)

    For more information, visit The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety website.  

    *Note for editors*
    The article is “Defining Minimum Necessary Anticoagulation-Related Communication at Discharge: Consensus of the Care Transitions Task Force of the New York State Anticoagulation Coalition,” by Darren Triller, PharmD; Anne Myrka, BS Pharm, MAT; John Gassler, MD; Kelly Rudd, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, CACP; Patrick Meek, PharmD, MS; Peter Kouides, MD; Allison E. Burnett, PharmD, PhC, CACP; Alex C Spyropoulos, MD, FACP, FCCP, FRCPC; and Jack Ansell, MD, MACP. The article appears in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, volume 44, number 11 (November 2018), published by Elsevier.

    The editorial is “Anticoagulation Across Care Transitions: Identifying Minimum Data to Maximize Drug Safety,” by Nadine Shehab, PharmD, MPH; Jeffrey L. Greenwald, MD; and Daniel S. Budnitz, MD, MPH. The article appears in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, volume 44, number 11 (November 2018), published by Elsevier.

    *The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety*
    The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (JQPS) is a peer-reviewed journal providing health care professionals with innovative thinking, strategies and practices in improving quality and safety in health care. JQPS is the official journal of The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources, Inc. Original case studies, program or project reports, reports of new methodologies or the new application of methodologies, research studies, and commentaries on issues and practices are all considered.

    *Media Contact:       *
    Maureen Lyons
    Corporate Communications
    630-792-5171
    mlyons@jointcommission.org

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    (Corrects paragraph 4 to say McNamara is current Flex CEO rather than former Flex CEO) Reported by Reuters India 4 hours ago.

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    Canterbury veteran returns medal over NI Troubles probe BBC Local News: Kent -- Tom Lynch served during the Northern Ireland Troubles and says the government is not looking after veterans. Reported by BBC Local News 4 hours ago.

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    Disability advocate highlights importance of SSDI and Ticket to Work for returning to work during Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Belleville, Illinois, Oct. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As part of Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, Allsup Employment Services, a nationwide Employment Network, released a new infographic on returning to work after receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

     

    The infographic includes a variety of important information and describes the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Ticket to Work program that’s available to all beneficiaries. Participation in this SSA work incentive program has grown steadily in recent years, increasing 37% since 2015 as more SSDI recipients learn about the program and the services available for returning to work.

     

    Tens of thousands of individuals across the nation have been able to return to work with new or former employers with free assistance from SSA-approved Employment Networks (ENs) like Allsup Employment Services.

     

    “There has never been a better time to try returning to work if you are medically able,” said Paula Morgan, Return to Work Case Manager at Allsup Employment Services. “The Ticket to Work program is the best route for those who want to test their ability to work without jeopardizing their healthcare coverage and hard-earned benefits.”

     

    Allsup Employment Services found that individuals are five times more likely to respond to outreach about the program if they learn about it when first applying for SSDI benefits. With the unemployment rate for people with disabilities at 7.3%, there is still a long way to go to achieve parity with the 3.4% unemployment rate for those without disabilities.

     

    To assist individuals in returning to work, the Ticket to Work program offers features like a Trial Work Period, during which beneficiaries can test their ability to work and still qualify for disability benefits. Ticket to Work also provides an extended period of Medicare eligibility, expedited reinstatement of benefits should an individual’s medical condition worsen and warrant resumption of SSDI coverage, and incentives for impairment-related work expenses.

     

    The program also provides access to Employment Networks (ENs) like Allsup Employment Services, which is a subsidiary of Allsup.

     

    Allsup has helped more than 300,000 people to receive their SSDI benefits. The online tool empower by Allsup® combines an SSDI assessment for eligibility and Social Security disability application support, along with return to work guidance for those who may medically recover. Allsup has a 53% success rate at the application level, compared to the national average of 34%.

     

    Learn more about returning to work with SSDI, or how to apply for disability benefits at TrueHelp.com.

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    *ABOUT ALLSUP
    *Allsup and its subsidiaries provide nationwide Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, return to work, exchange plan and Medicare services for individuals, their employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Illinois, near St. Louis. Learn more at TrueHelp.com and @Allsup or download a free PDF of Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance: Getting It Right The First Time.

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    · Disability Employment Month Allsup 2018 Infographic

    CONTACT: Rebecca Ray
    Allsup
    (618) 236-5065
    r.ray@allsup.com

    Victoria Shockley
    Pinkston Group
    (919) 780-9727
    shockley@pinkstongroup.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 3 hours ago.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former Republican senator and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is telling North Dakota veterans to support Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Hagel is a former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska and twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran. He’s making campaign stops across North Dakota this week to help Heitkamp gain support from veterans, who may […] Reported by Seattle Times 2 hours ago.

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    Liberty University has landed in the top spot on Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 Online and Nontraditional Schools report.

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (PRWEB) October 23, 2018

    Liberty University has landed in the top spot on Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 Online and Nontraditional Schools report.

    Upholding its longstanding tradition of supporting the nation’s military, Liberty has been named among the top 10 Best for Vets schools every year since the first list in 2011. The rankings are based on data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, among other sources. Military Times evaluated institutions based on university culture, academic outcomes/quality, student support, academic policies, and cost and financial aid.

    Over the last year, more than 30,000 active military service members, veterans, and military spouses pursued degrees with Liberty from their military installations or homes around the world.

    “Long before military support was a best practice in higher education, Liberty has valued and supported our service members,” said Emily Foutz, director of Liberty’s Office of Military Affairs. “From assistance with setting up their military and veteran benefits to help before, during, and after a deployment, to participation in our military graduate recognition ceremonies, we have one goal — to do everything within our power to help our students achieve their goals. It is simply an honor to have the opportunity to serve this amazing group of men and women.”

    Liberty aims to meet the educational needs of service members, veterans, and their spouses, whether they are studying on campus or online. The Office of Military Affairs offers a variety of educational resources and special events for military students and their families. On campus, student veterans can visit the Veterans Center in the Montview Student Union, where they can connect with fellow veterans, including faculty, staff, and community residents, who serve as their mentors.

    Each year, Liberty recognizes its service members during Military Emphasis Week. (This year, it will be held Nov. 7-14 and will feature a Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. on Nov. 10. Visit Liberty.edu/MEW for the full schedule.)

    Liberty has built a reputation for going above and beyond for its military community. This summer, Military Times listed Liberty at No. 8 on its list of Top 50 Schools for Tuition Assistance. Liberty also ranked No. 7 among private institutions on the 2018-19 Military Friendly schools list. Last year, Liberty was officially designated a Purple Heart University.

    More than 30 percent of Liberty’s Class of 2018 had military ties. Many military graduates participate in Liberty’s Commencement exercises each May, which include a Military Graduate Recognition Ceremony. Some who are unable to attend Commencement on campus participate in graduation ceremonies held on their military bases, where university staff often join them in the celebration.

    “Our service members, veterans, and their families are a special group of people,” Foutz said. “We are truly honored to provide support and encouragement for them as they push toward their personal and professional goals, and in many cases while actively serving their country. Our reward is to see those proud faces marching across that platform and receiving their diplomas after much hard work and personal sacrifice.”

    Visit Liberty.edu/Military for information on tuition discounts, scholarships, and fee waivers, as well as resources and a community network for military students.

    (Liberty University is not affiliated with the Department of Defense or any military service.)

    Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the world’s premier Christian university, the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, and the largest university in Virginia. Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 acres in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty offers more than 600 unique programs of study from the certificate to the doctoral level. Over 300 programs are offered online. Utilizing its world-class infrastructure and Christian faculty, Liberty’s mission is to train Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world. Reported by PRWeb 20 hours ago.

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    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say one person was shot and wounded along the Boise River Greenbelt. The Boise Police Department said on Twitter that the shooting happened around 7 p.m. between Whitewater Park and Veterans Memorial Parkway. Police say the victim was taken to a hospital and that a suspect was arrested. Police say […] Reported by Seattle Times 20 hours ago.

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    AccentCare, Inc., a national post-acute healthcare leader, has been awarded the 2018 HomeCare Elite designation for thirty-four of its home health agency locations

    DALLAS (PRWEB) October 24, 2018

    AccentCare, Inc., a national post-acute healthcare leader, has been awarded the 2018 HomeCare Elite designation for thirty-four of its home health agency locations. This distinction acknowledges the best providers in the home care profession, recognized as the top 25 percent of agencies among the nearly 10,000 Medicare-certified agencies reviewed.

    “I am proud that so many of our home health offices are among the top performers in the nation,” said AccentCare CEO Steve Rodgers. “Earning this distinction is an honor that reflects our staff’s commitment to quality patient care.”

    The market-leading HomeCare Elite review by ABILITY Network and DecisionHealth performs a comprehensive analysis of all Medicare-certified home health agencies by evaluating their overall performance. It rates agencies based on quality outcomes, financial performance, process measure implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency.

    “Adherence to clinical program design,” said Dr. Greg Sheff, AccentCare’s Chief Medical Officer, “along with well trained, compassionate clinicians, is the key to our success.”

    ABILITY Network and Decision Health are independent and leading healthcare industry resources, providing a number of services including data analytics.

    About AccentCare, Inc.

    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, rehabilitation, hospice, and care management. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, AccentCare has over 23,000 compassionate professionals in more than 190 locations, collectively serving over 97,000 individuals across 14 states.

    AccentCare has over 30 strategic partnerships with insurance companies, physician groups and major health systems, including joint venture companies branded as AccentCare Asante Home Health, AccentCare UCLA Health, AccentCare UC San Diego Health at Home, and Texas Home Health Group.

    AccentCare leads 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 and all legacy hospice locations are CHAP-accredited, many with advanced designations from the We Honor Veterans program. The company’s approach to care, including proprietary RightPath disease-specific programs, leads the industry in avoidance of unplanned re-hospitalizations, faster starts of care, and quality performance.

    For more information visit: accentcare.com Reported by PRWeb 11 hours ago.

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    PHOENIX, Oct. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Uptick Newswire “Stock Day” podcast keeps investors up to date on the latest penny stock news by bringing transparency in the micro-cap side of the market. Today, Everett Jolly, CEO and host of Stock Day, focuses on the rapidly growing industrial hemp industry in the latest interview with Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp Inc.* *(OTC:HEMP), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry with bi-coastal processing centers which includes the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in the western hemisphere, located in North Carolina. 

    Success in this rapidly growing industry will be determined by know-how and speed. And that’s just what Bruce Perlowin is bringing through Hemp, Inc.  Jolly opened the interview with Perlowin’s daily, informative video posts on social media.  Perlowin posts daily video updates on the company’s progress on his personal Facebook page to keep his followers and investors informed about the company.

    “I put them up on Facebook, and what you don’t get is a press release of me telling you what we are doing. Instead, you get a video of me showing you what we’re doing. Quite frankly, I do it because I’m pretty impressed with what we are doing.”

    Perlowin also talked about their 85,000 square foot industrial hemp processing facility, on over 59 acres in Spring Hope, North Carolina.  It has been up and running for over a year and is shipping out biomass and kenaf by the semi-load, indicating that production and sales are full speed ahead.

    “We are focused on building the hemp infrastructure for ourselves and for the farmers. This is the first infrastructure (Division One), which is the largest industrial hemp processing facility in the western hemisphere. It is completed and has been running for over a year. Now, I’m focusing on the extraction and farming infrastructure (Division Two and Three).”

    Jolly asked Perlowin what kind of revenues does the company expect. Perlowin explained that the processing facility in North Carolina has been selling ground hemp and kenaf, regularly, to the oil and gas industry for over a year at $2.50 a pound. Quite impressive.

    “For hemp right now, it’s harvest time. You harvest it, you dry it for a week, you cure it for a week or two and then you package and sell it. In our case, we focus on making pre-rolls and hemp buds that are high in CBD. CBD is the fad and all the rage across America. People also starting smoking it about a year ago, not to get high, but to get healed.”

    Oregon is also a burgeoning state in the industrial hemp industry.  Jolly asked Perlowin about its Oregon-based processing facility, Local Processing Center Inc. (LPC).  In case you missed the announcement, Hemp, Inc. announced on Sept. 6th that it had entered into a majority ownership agreement with JNV Farms LLC for the Medford, Oregon-based LPC.

    “The joint venture with JNV Farms will focus on the Farming Infrastructure (Hemp, Inc.’s Division Three).”

    For a bit more background information on Hemp, Inc.’s Local Processing Center, it consists of 8 greenhouses that are about 3,000 square feet each.  The greenhouses are used for drying, at harvest time and sprouting new hemp plants in the spring. Since curing and storage need to be done in a controlled environment (for temperature and humidity), a steel building is used. According to Hemp, Inc. executives, this building is very effective and they are building another one which will be completed soon. The company expects it to be a “cookie-cutter” model that can be duplicated all over America through joint ventures.  Does anyone need more convincing that Hemp, Inc. is leading the way? Just wait to see what this will do to their bottom line. Not to mention, Perlowin said that in just 90 days, they built the 8 greenhouses and the 2 buildings that are already processing hundreds of thousands of pounds of hemp.

    They recently began processing the first two harvests which is more than 100,000 pounds of industrial hemp from the first two of many farms they have contracted with in that area. According to executives, Hemp, Inc. is currently creating strategic partnerships with farmers across Oregon to provide them with services including drying, curing, trimming, packaging and storing and selling their industrial hemp.

    Jolly then asked Perlowin about Hemp, Inc.’s project in Arizona with the 500-acre Veteran-Village “Kins” Community that will grow hemp and produce CBDs. Their 500-acre strategic growing partner, Veteran Village Kins Community, in Golden Valley, Arizona, is also 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.

    “That’s a giant project. The idea is that you grow 500 acres, then you transition, little by little, into a community. This community is for veterans. It’s to rehab the veterans, to teach them how to grow hemp, to teach them a new way of making money.”

    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. 

    According to Perlowin, one thousand trees, on 36 of the 500-acres, have also been planted, with an additional 1,000 trees on order and retaining ponds. 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. They are also growing kenaf. With well over $1 million dollars’ worth of heavy equipment working on site, the project is coming along fine.

    “We are growing kenaf, which is similar to hemp, because we can’t legally plant hemp yet. We’ll have live streaming video going up soon so people can watch this hemp growing veteran’s village industry emerge out of the desert. It’s very impressive.”

    Hemp, Inc. has been helping to build the industrial hemp infrastructure that was basically non-existent in America. It has six hemp infrastructures, Divisions One through Six (the 6th Division just launched):

    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
    Division Six - Accessories, Products and Services

    Division Six is the company’s newest division to be formed which focuses on the sale of hemp accessories such as the sale of extractors, storage bags, containers, fertilizer, soil amendments, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, balers, greenhouses, and greenhouse equipment; the drying, trimming, curing, storing and brokering for other farmers; and ultimately anything else a hemp farmer may need to be successful.

    If you want to hear more from the interview with Stock Day, listen here: https://upticknewswire.com/featured-interview-ceo-bruce-perlowin-of-hemp-inc-otcpink-hemp/

    *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.

    *Contact:*
    Bruce Perlowin
    Hemp, Inc.
    8174 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
    Suite #109-367
    Las Vegas, NV 89117
    Phone: (855) 436-7688
    Email: Info@hempinc.com

    *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. To clarify the issue of OTC placing a stop sign next to Hemp, Inc.’s stock trading symbol, that symbol indicates Hemp, Inc. does not report their financials. As a non-reporting pink sheet company, Hemp, Inc. is not required to report. The company does, however, choose to publicly report its quarterly and yearly financials on its website.  According to the company’s CEO, the OTC stop sign is a misrepresentation of that reporting fact. 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.

    *About Uptick Newswire and the “Stock Day” Podcast*

    Founded in 2013, Uptick Newswire is the fastest growing media outlet for Nano-Cap and Micro-Cap companies. It educates investors while simultaneously working with penny stock and OTC companies, providing transparency and clarification of under-valued, under-sold Micro-Cap stocks of the market. Uptick provides companies with customized solutions to their news distribution in both national and international media outlets. Uptick is the sole producer of its “Stock Day” Podcast, which is the number one radio show of its kind in America. The Uptick Network “Stock Day” Podcast is an extension of Uptick Newswire, which recently launched its Video Interview Studio located in Phoenix, Arizona.

    *Investors Hangout* is a proud sponsor of “Stock Day,” and Uptick Newswire encourages listeners to visit the company’s message board at https://investorshangout.com/

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    *Industry veterans partner on full-service design, branding, and marketing agency*LAKEWOOD, Colo., Oct. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STWC Holdings, Inc. (OTCPK: STWC) has entered into a joint venture with Michael Hornbeck, the founder of Soapoint Graphics LLC, to create a cannabis-focused branding and marketing services agency.

    The new agency, called HILIFE Creative, will begin consulting with clients in the legalized cannabis industry on all levels of brand development and exploration, protection strategy, audience analysis, core values, messaging and graphics. In addition, HILIFE Creative will provide industry-specific store design services.

    STWC entered into the joint venture with Michael Hornbeck, who founded his own custom design and print company in 2007. He has worked with legalized marijuana businesses since 2010. Also included on the team are David Van Eaton, who has agency experience with Integer; and Erin Phillips, president and chief executive officer of STWC, one of the nation’s leading cannabis business consulting firms based in Lakewood, Colo. STWC will control 51 percent of the joint venture, and Hornbeck will control the remainder.

    “We plan to make these great creative resources available to STWC clients moving forward,” said Phillips, “and we think the combination of so much expertise within the cannabis industry will maximize our clients’ effectiveness and efficiency.”

    STWC recently announced that it had established 14 new consulting contracts with potential for nearly $4 million in revenues.

    Management anticipates that HILIFE Creative will develop into an industry leading agency by leveraging its experience and reputation.

    “There is currently a significant demand for high-quality differentiations of brands and identities in this competitive and ever-changing marketplace,” Phillips said, “and we will tap into that demand.” 

    Hornbeck has won awards for his graphic design work in the cannabis/marijuana industry in recent years, and his branding activities have been applied to customers’ event planning, social media, websites, store interiors and more. Through his agency, he has provided cannabis-specific branding and marketing services to clients in five states.

    About STWC Holdings, Inc.
    Headquartered in Lakewood, Colo., STWC Holdings, Inc. (OTCPK: STWC) plans on becoming a complete ecosystem of entities and services that support the burgeoning cannabis industry. From capital, strategic partnership, and seed-to-sale consulting to design, marketing and advertising services, we intend to be highly diversified within the industry. We are a team of highly capable industry veterans that creates value for our partners by providing access to our comprehensive suite of assets. We develop made-to-order solutions to address the range of challenges that cannabis entrepreneurs and businesses face. ­­We believe in the value of cannabis, and we’re laying the foundation for its future. For more information: 303-736-2442.

    Media contact: Steve Caulk, srcaulk@proconnectpr.com, 303-410-4971

    STWC Holdings, Inc.
    Investors@strainwise.com
    303-736-2442 Reported by GlobeNewswire 10 hours ago.

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    American Legion Invites Veterans to Share VA Experiences at Massachusetts Town Hall Meeting NORTHAMPTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Legion, the nation’s largest and most influential veterans service organization, invites all Northampton area veterans and their family members to a town hall meeting to discuss their VA care. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2018, at American Legion Post 271 (Old Hadley Post),162 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035. The town hall event is one of about a dozen that the Legion will conduct around the United States this year. The Reported by Business Wire 10 hours ago.

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    The LOX Deliver Epic “F**k Donald Trump” Outbursts At TIDAL X Brooklyn Rap trio The LOX aren’t here for the head of state. The hip-hop veterans took center stage last night (October 23) at TIDAL X Brooklyn to explode on President Donald Trump. L-O-X pulled through Tuesday for the star-studded event and ripped Trump in front of a jam-packed crowd. In addition to going off on Trump, […]

    The post The LOX Deliver Epic “F**k Donald Trump” Outbursts At TIDAL X Brooklyn appeared first on SOHH.com. Reported by SOHH 10 hours ago.

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    PMQs: Bellingham and May on Northern Ireland veterans Theresa May says the present system is flawed" and not working for soldiers, police office, or victims. Reported by BBC News 9 hours ago.

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