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Nineteen Percent of Berkeley College Undergraduates and 95 Percent of Graduates Pursue Degrees Online; Read about Students and Student-Veterans Advancing their Careers
New York, NY, Nov. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- *Share the News:* @BerkeleyCollege @USDLA #NDLW #NewsBerkeley
As Berkeley College celebrates National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) November 5 to November 9, 2018, in accordance with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), it recognizes the growth in online learning Berkeley College has experienced over the past 20 years. During the fall 2018 semester, 45 percent of Berkeley College undergraduates are enrolled in at least one online class. Nineteen percent of Berkeley College undergraduates and 95 percent of the graduate students are earning their degrees online.
“As a pioneer in online teaching and learning, Berkeley College provides students with dynamic experiences and flexible options for pursuing higher education,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College.
NDLW highlights worldwide content that features distance-learning accomplishments from all sectors including pre-K-12, higher education, corporate, government/military and telehealth. As part of the celebration, Berkeley College is offering students a number of online-related activities that include the Online Film Club’s selection “Ready, Player One,” an Online Fall Art & Creativity Festival; an Online Scavenger Hunt; virtual community service opportunities; an online essay contest, and a Virtual Interview Day. The Online Book Club will feature a faculty panel discussion titled “Virtual Reality in Education.” The panelists will discuss the future of distance education as virtual reality technology becomes more mainstream.
“Berkeley College has come a long way in online teaching and learning,” said Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Berkeley College Online. “We have had many successes, including earning the USDLA continued Quality Standards certification status. Today Berkeley College offers more than 200 courses online, and our initiatives to improve the quality of our students’ experiences continue.”
For the past five years, 2014-2018, Berkeley College has been cited by U.S News & World Report for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.
In honor of 20 years of excellence online, Berkeley College Online® set out to make a difference, one month at a time, choosing community services efforts to benefit activities and organizations that characterized excellence in the services they offer for the benefit of others. Donations were collected for men, women, children, and pets. Efforts included food collections for the homeless, pet supplies for rescue animals, plastic caps to create buddy benches, Band-Aids for pediatric cancer patients, and toiletries and undergarments for disadvantaged individuals.
Year-round, Berkeley College Online® campus life experiences include online clubs, social media engagement, wellness and personal development programs, and workshops focusing on student success. All of the student support services such as Academic Advisement, Library, the Center for Academic Success, and Career Services are available to online students as well as to students on site. Berkeley College Online students are also invited to apply for the Berkeley College Honors Program.
To read about how two students are earning their Health Services Management degrees online click here and here. You can also read stories about the success of military and veteran students – click here.
To see additional Berkeley College Online Fast Facts, click here.
To see some of the activities in celebration of NDLW at Berkeley College, click here.
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,000 students – including more than 350 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.
Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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George Clooney is doing an awesome thing to raise money for veterans -- giving up one of his prized Harleys -- and it might also happen to make his wife happy ... in other words, it's a win-win for George! Homes For Our Troops, the…
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New York rapper Lloyd Banks is taking the shine off himself to share his respect for hip-hop’s greatest emcees. The Punchline King has saluted a couple rap game heavyweights. Over the past 24 hours, PLK jumped on Instagram to shout-out Big Apple veterans Rakim and MC Lyte. View this post on Instagram MC Lyte! The […]
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Rep. Seth Moulton (D) of Massachusetts thinks Congress needs more courage. That’s why he’s out stumping for candidates who, like him, have served in the military.
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ECOBOND® Paint LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead.
Arvada, CO, Nov. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In a recent article in Reuters, it was reported that “Privatizing U.S. military housing was supposed to protect service members’ families. Unfortunately, instead, some of their children are being poisoned by lead. A Reuters investigation unearths dangers in base homes, lapses in military oversight. After his son was poisoned, a decorated colonel pushed the Army to ensure other children were not harmed in military housing.”
The article continued to say that after Army Colonel J. Cale Brown’s son was diagnosed with lead poisoning, contractors ordered their home they rented to be tested for lead. The results: “At least 113 spots in the home had lead paint, including several peeling or crumbling patches, requiring $26,150 in lead abatement. “
Business Insider reported on August 24, 2018 that "Eight US senators are pushing for a federal review of the military's plans to protect children from exposure to lead, citing a Reuters report on lead poisoning in military housing. In an amendment filed this week to a defense funding bill, the senators, including senior members of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees, are asking the Government Accountability Office to examine the military's handling of lead poisoning risks nationwide. Most military family housing has been privatized and is operated by corporations in partnership with the branches of the armed services."
ECOBOND® Paint LLC is leading an initiative to increase awareness of this issue and help protect military families and children negatively impacted by the dangers of lead paint. Outreach efforts have been initiated with the leading private military housing management companies to offer banding together to solve the pressing problem of lead paint poisoning in military housing. These Protection Partners will be taking an active role in eradicating the danger of potential lead poisoning threats in military housing.
James M. Barthel, creator of ECOBOND® Lead Defender® commented, “We are highly concerned about this nationwide problem of lead paint in military housing. We are pleased to be at the forefront of the battle against lead poisoning with caring Protection Partners that are the leaders in real estate and property management for military housing. Our Lead Defender formula includes Bitrex®, a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact which creates an added safety barrier to further protect children from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest.” Barthel continued.
ECOBOND® is the premier provider of environmental products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead. The patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula is different than encapsulants and abatement because it is a lead-based paint treatment providing an easy and affordable solution to this devastating national health crisis. As reported in the Reuters story, abatement can be extremely expensive. According to the EPA, professional lead-based paint removal for the following three options costs about $8 to $15 per square foot or about $9,600 to $30,000 for a 1,200- to 2,000-sq. ft. house. ECOBOND® Lead Defender® comes in at .25/sq. ft or about $300-$500 for the same 1,200- to 2,000-sq. ft. house.
Barthel continued, “We want our U.S. Military, which exists to serve the American people, and to defend the Nation, to enjoy peace of mind from their family being negatively impacted by the dangers of lead paint in their military housing. This will be accomplished with our patented lead paint treatment, ECOBOND® Lead Defender®.”
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Isagenix International took the No. 8 spot on the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2018 Largest Phoenix-Area Corporate Philanthropists list based on its 2017 cash contributions to Arizona charities.
GILBERT, Ariz. (PRWEB) November 05, 2018
Isagenix International, a global health and wellness company providing nutrition and lifestyle solutions, took the No. 8 spot on the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2018 Largest Phoenix-Area Corporate Philanthropists list. The list ranked 29 companies based on their 2017 cash contributions to Arizona charities.
In 2017, Isagenix contributed $6.4 million in monetary and product donations to charitable and disaster-relief causes around the world, with $2.35 million in cash going to Arizona groups including Make-A-Wish®, Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine, and the Better Business Bureau Foundation. For example, Isagenix served as the sole corporate sponsor of the Better Business Bureau’s Ethical Athlete Scholarship. The company’s $50,000 investment supported recognition of male and female high school athletes in Arizona each month of the school year for doing the right thing. Isagenix is sponsoring the scholarship in 2018 as well.
The company’s volunteer efforts in 2017 included employees donating their time to groups such as Feed My Starving Children and United Food Bank, both in Mesa. The company also led Global Give Back Day, an initiative that encourages Isagenix customers, independent distributors, and employees to give back to their communities and the environment. Locally, Isagenix partnered with the city of Chandler Parks & Recreation to spend the day cleaning up Veterans Oasis Park. The company led Global Give Back Day again in 2018.
These philanthropic efforts are just a few examples of how Isagenix embodies its core value of contribution.
“We strive to make a lasting difference in people’s lives, from helping customers nourish their bodies and improve their health to partnering with nonprofits so they can have the greatest impact possible on the communities they serve,” said Isagenix Chief Executive Officer Travis Ogden. “Isagenix is honored to be recognized as one of the Largest Corporate Philanthropists, and we look forward to giving back to others for many years to come.”
As part of its commitment to philanthropy, Isagenix established the Isagenix Legacy Foundation in August 2018. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization seeks to create sustainable impact globally through volunteer efforts and charitable contributions focused on healthy nutrition for underserved children, wellness education for all, and aid for those affected by natural disasters. The Foundation raised $2.3 million during its first 24 hours of fundraising and is now accepting grant applications from U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits who further its mission. Applications are due Nov. 15, and the first grants will be awarded in January.
To learn more about Isagenix, visit its Newsroom, like the company on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram at @Isagenix.
About Isagenix International
Established in 2002, Isagenix provides systems for weight loss, energy, performance, healthy aging, and wealth creation. With nearly 600,000 customers worldwide and more than 100 life-changing products, packs, and systems globally, the company is committed to producing Solutions to Transform Lives™. Since its inception in 2002, Isagenix has generated $6 billion in cumulative global sales through a network of independent distributors in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and South Korea. Isagenix is a privately owned company with headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona. For more information, visit Isagenix.com. Reported by PRWeb 10 hours ago.
MB employees give kids new winter coats at MB Ice Arena
CHICAGO (PRWEB) November 05, 2018
On Wednesday, Nov. 7, MB employees will be at the MB Ice Arena –Chicago Blackhawks Community Rink distributing brand new coats to students from William H Brown STEM Magnet School, a local Chicago Public School whose student body is primarily low income. MB employees will help kids select, try on, and go home with a new coat.
This event is a result of MB and the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation’s partnership with Operation Warm, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing brand new winter coats to children in need.
“We are committed to making a difference in the communities where we live and work,” said Karen Perlman, MB’s Senior Vice President, and Head of Corporate Marketing. “We are proud to not only give the students a coat but also a fun experience and a chance to meet Tommy Hawk, enjoy a healthy snack and a Veterans Day activity.”
“Throughout the entire Chicago Blackhawks organization, there is an unconditional commitment to give back to the community,” said Tovah McCord, Chicago Blackhawks Foundation Director. “In fact, more than 90 percent of MB Ice Arena’s utilization is dedicated to the community, including educational programming with Chicago Public Schools, including William H Brown STEM Magnet School.”
More than one in four children in Chicago lives in families with incomes below the federal poverty line. Many of these children need to walk to school, even on freezing cold days. And unfortunately, many of them do not have warm winter clothing.
“MB’s support has created an amazing opportunity for Chicago children – not only are they given a brand new coat and a confidence boost that will last through the winter, they also get to experience the Blackhawks and MB Ice Arena in a special way,” Grace Sica, Operation Warm’s Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, says.
Media is welcome to attend but must RSVP to Lauren Holloway in advance.
MB Ice Arena – Chicago Blackhawks Community Rink
1801 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 – 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
About MB Financial
MB Financial Bank N.A. is a Chicago-based commercial bank with approximately $20 billion in assets and a more than one-hundred-year history of building deep and lasting relationships with middle-market companies and individuals. MB Financial Bank offers a full range of powerful financial solutions and the expertise and experience of bankers who are focused on their clients’ success. MB Financial Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI).
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About the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation
The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation envisions a healthier, smarter, more secure world for families in and around Chicago. As the official charity of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation is proud to bring hope to the communities that make our city so special and is committed to providing access to the programming and funding necessary for organizations to make a positive impact. Our goal is to grow the game we love while giving the people we serve a chance for something greater. Please visit chicagoblackhawks.com/foundation for more information.
About Operation Warm
Operation Warm is a national nonprofit that creates brand new, high-quality coats for children in need. Every child, regardless of their economic situation, deserves a brand new coat. We partner with compassionate individuals and organizations across North America to give a gift of warmth, confidence and hope to millions of children in need. Operation Warm believes a brand new coat is more than a coat, promoting self-esteem, school attendance and outdoor play.
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The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is once again challenging all Americans to support the Semper Fi Fund in its mission to provide urgently needed resources for combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Through Dec. 31, 2018, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will match all donations to Semper Fi Fund – up to a total of $10 million – through the Double Down for Veterans campaign.
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The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is once again challenging all Americans to support the Semper Fi Fund in its mission to provide urgently needed resources for combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Through Dec. 31, 2018, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will match all donations to Semper Fi Fund – up to a total of $10 million – through the Double Down for Veterans campaign.
“The successful transition for injured veterans back into civilian life is significantly enhanced by a supportive and loving family,” said businessman and Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran Bob Parsons. “The comprehensive programs provided by the Semper Fi Fund acknowledge this by providing much needed help not only for the injured veterans but also for their spouses, caregivers and kids.”
Parsons, a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, issued the challenge via a video address during his annual Marine Corps birthday tribute. In addition to supporting the Semper Fi Fund’s work with wounded veterans and their families, donations from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation have been critical to the development of a new pilot program for Vietnam Veterans - the LCpl Parsons Welcome Home Fund. Launched in July 2018, the program has expanded Semper Fi Fund’s mission to include care for catastrophically combat-injured veterans who served in Vietnam.
“Service men and women and their families make incredible sacrifices for our country every day, and they deserve our gratitude and unwavering support. It is why support for veterans is one of our Foundation’s areas of focus,” said businesswoman Renee Parsons. “The Double Down for Veterans matching challenge offers donors the chance to multiply their donation’s impact.”
Recognized by CharityWatch and Charity Navigator as one of the nation’s highest rated charities, Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for veterans during their time of recovery and transition back into civilian life. Since 2004, the Semper Fi Fund has provided more than $185 million in assistance to service members, with an unprecedented 24-to-72-hour turnaround for funds to be issued after a grant is approved.
“We are deeply grateful to Bob and Renee Parsons for their extraordinary partnership and support of our work,” said Semper Fi Fund President, CEO and Founder Karen Guenther. “It is because of our incredible donors that we are able to expand our mission and provide urgently needed resources to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.”
This year’s challenge marks the seventh consecutive year that The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has issued a matching grant to Semper Fi Fund, and if the full $10 million match is met, it will bring the Foundation’s cumulative giving to more than $51 million since 2012. GoDaddy will once again jump start the campaign with a $50,000 donation.
“We are honored to be a part of the Double Down for Veterans campaign,” said GoDaddy CEO Scott Wagner. “GoDaddy supports military veterans through programs such as Double Down, as well as hiring, development and retention programs to employ veterans throughout our organization.”
Donations to the Double Down for Veterans matching challenge can be made online at semperfifund.org/match. Follow @SemperFiFund via social media to keep up-to-date on the progress of the campaign and learn more about those benefitting from the work of the organization.
About the Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case Managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetimes. The Semper Fi Fund keeps its overhead extremely low in order to have the greatest impact on the lives of service members and veterans and has been awarded the highest ratings from watchdog groups: A+ from CharityWatch (one of only two veteran nonprofits to receive this rating last year), eight consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator (an achievement attained by only 3% of rated charities) and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. Learn more at semperfifund.org.
About the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers support to nonprofit organizations successfully working to empower, educate, nurture and nourish people during what is often the darkest time of their lives. Founded in 2012 by philanthropists and business leaders Bob and Renee Parsons to provide hope and life-changing assistance to the country’s most vulnerable populations, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers critical funding at critical times to those in need. The Foundation’s giving is driven by the core belief that all people – regardless of race, religion, roots, economic status, sexual orientation or gender identity – deserve access to quality healthcare, education and a safe place to call home. Follow @WeDealInHope on social media or visit TBRPF.org to learn more about partner organizations and the important work being done in the community.
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Here it is. See for yourself the terrifying “caravan” advancing through Mexico from Honduras, set to “invade” the US, bringing, according to President Trump and the reactionary media that support him, “rapists, killers, Arab terrorists, and diseases.”
This “caravan,” according to a report in the UK newspaper theIndependent, is actually an assemblage of several thousand desperately poor Hondurans whose country, besides being one of the poorest in Latin America, is beset by a dictatorial government installed by a US-backed military coup that ousted a popularly elected progressive president back in 2009. It is a society that is wracked by drug-related violence and gangs and military thugs, and that has never really recovered from having been commandeered as a base by the US for covert warfare against neighboring Sandinista-ruled Nicaragua.
The Independent says this supposedly threatening throng of refugees is actually composed of mostly young men and women traveling by foot with young children, many of them barefoot, or in rickety strollers — people who have banded together for protection as they travel northward towards the southern US border through countries like Guatemala and especially Mexico that are hostile towards them.
The very term “caravan” is being deliberately used to mislead. It’s early use was of course to describe travelers in the desert — a subtle suggestion that these desperate Latinos might be Arabs, a group that evokes irrational fear among some in the US ever since 9-11. But this is no caravan. There are no vehicles or pack animals. It’s just a mass of people trudging by foot to the US border to present themselves as refugees.
Thanks to the right-wing propaganda parroting the president, they will be met there at the crossing points not just by border agents, but by a massive military presence, which by the time they cross the remaining 900 miles they have yet to travel, could number as much as 15,000 US troops — the largest domestic military mobilization since perhaps the Civil War or the crushing of the Bonus March on Washington by disgruntled veterans of World War I when US troops were called into the Capital to fire on and break up the protest by veterans demanding a promised but unpaid bonus for their service overseas.
Trump, trying to rally his rabid, racist base, has called on those troops, who worryingly, are are backed up by gangs of armed right-wing militia groups and solo xenophobic and armed “defenders of the border,” to “fire on” any of the refugees who might decide to throw rocks at them. In this, the president is taking a page from Israeli Defense Force occupiers of the West Bank in Palestine, where heavily armed Israeli soldiers frequently shoot and kill even young Palestinians who dare to throw rocks at them to defend their families’ homes and land.
Let’s be clear: After what the US has done to Honduras (and Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua) over the years, it’s understandable that people there would be trying to get away from their own destroyed country. They are, most of them, probably appropriate candidates for refugee status in the US as they are simply fleeing violence, political repression and worse.
There was a wonderful photo someone posted on Facebook that puts this current group of refugees — a drop in the bucket of US immigration over the years — in perspective. Taken at the turn of the last century, over 120 years ago, it shows a boat, its deck swarming with hundreds of desperate refugees from Europe, arriving in New York harbor, with the caption:
That pretty much says it all.
This talk about a “dangerous caravan” of criminals preparing to “invade” the US is just a shameless political hustle by an amoral president desperate to hang onto control of a Congress currently run by a spineless and morally bankrupt Republican Party establishment.
The danger is that Trump’s and the right-wing media’s rhetoric is spinning out of control and that the arrival of thousands of refugees and the stationing of armed troops and private armed citizens could turn into a bloody slaughter of innocent people just trying to save their families from a slow death in their home country of Honduras.
As the author of the destruction of Honduras, the US owes these refugees much better than that.
This entire nation — a people who, with the notable exception of the Native Peoples from whom it was stolen through violence by immigrant hordes who came to these shores escaping similar privations in their home countries, are all descended from immigrants — should be ashamed of the moral cesspool it has become.
(For a great antidote to the depressing situation developing at the border, read what two former US Army Rangers, Rory Fanning and Spenser Rapone, are stying publicly to solders ordered deployed to the border to block the Honduran refugees, suggesting they refuse President Trump’s deployment order.) Reported by Eurasia Review 5 hours ago.
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*Company announcement* *no 2018-11 6 November 2018*
*Interim Management Statement covering the period year-to-date *
*Strong organic growth in wholesale of hearing aids exceeding market growth rate in value*
*Ongoing roll-out of new products by all hearing aid brands supporting growth in units and value*
*Maintaining outlook for EBIT of DKK 2.65-2.85 billion before restructuring costs of DKK 120 million*
· Year-to-date, the Group has seen satisfactory development with substantial organic growth as well as growth from acquisitions.
· Organic growth in Hearing Devices has been driven by strong performance by our wholesale business, which has delivered market share gains in value based on the continued success of Oticon Opn as well as strong traction in our Bernafon and Sonic brands. We continue to see increased sales of value-added products and accessories, such as our rechargeable solution and ConnectClip. To maintain our leading position we continue to invest heavily in R&D, and in order to support our unit growth, we have recently launched several new products across all brands, including custom products and product families in the Essential category, which are all based on our latest technology platform.
· Our retail business has continued to deliver low organic growth, and despite recent improvements in our US retail business, our overall retail activities are expected to deliver an organic growth rate for the full year in line with the low organic growth seen in the first half-year.
· In our cochlear implants (CI) business, we have continued the roll-out of our Neuro system by forming many new relationships with important clinics and thereby delivering significant growth in several key Neuro markets. In September, we published our Reliability Report 2018, showing excellent results for our Neuro Zti implant. We have seen a negative impact on sales from our decision to reduce our activity level in select CI markets with lower prices, and consequently our total Hearing Implants business activity is likely to generate lower growth in the second half-year than in the first half-year. Our bone anchored hearing systems (BAHS) business has delivered modest growth, slightly above the estimated market growth rate.
· Our Diagnostic Instruments business activity has continued its momentum from the first half-year and has delivered strong organic growth and market share gains. Growth has been broadly based across brands, product categories and geographies.
· Sennheiser Communications, our 50/50 joint venture with Sennheiser KG, has seen continued strong performance driven by high growth in the Gaming and Mobile segments and solid growth in the CC&O segment despite tough comparative figures.
· We maintain our expectation to generate substantial organic sales growth in 2018 with expected exchange rate effects of around -3%, including the impact of exchange rate hedging. We maintain our full-year outlook for an EBIT of DKK 2.65-2.85 billion before restructuring costs of DKK 120 million. We still expect to buy back shares worth DKK 1.5-2.0 billion with a gearing multiple of 1.5-2.0 measured as NIBD (net interest-bearing debt) relative to EBITDA.
“I’m pleased to see that we continue to deliver substantial organic growth in a highly competitive hearing healthcare market. We are meeting competition with innovation demonstrated by our significant expansion in recent months of our product portfolio across all hearing aid brands. Besides helping us deliver growth in sales and earnings, continued innovation also enables us to deliver on our promise to make a life‐changing difference to people living with hearing loss,” says Søren Nielsen, President & CEO of William Demant Holding.
We estimate that the global hearing aid market has year-to-date seen growth rates in line with our general expectation of 4-6% unit growth per year. Unit sales in the US increased by approx. 6% according to statistics from the Hearing Industries Association (HIA), with 7% growth in the commercial part of the US market and 2% growth in Veterans Affairs (VA). We estimate that unit growth in Europe has been 3-4% driven by France and Germany, whereas the UK, which is the region’s largest market in terms of volume, has seen a slightly negative unit growth rate of around 1% due to negative growth in the large public channel, NHS. Unit growth rates in both Japan and Australia have been solid, but on the decline in the third quarter.
We still estimate the growth rate in the global hearing aid wholesale market to be 2-4% in value, as we believe that the development in the average selling price (ASP) has been flat to slightly negative. Channel mix shifts and a competitive business environment continue to put pressure on the ASP, but we believe that this has – at least partly – been offset by positive mix shifts in terms of geography and products due to the fact that an increasing number of hearing instruments have become rechargeable and come with various accessories. ASPs on the hearing aid retail market vary significantly across markets because of differences in reimbursement schemes, market structures and customer preferences. However, we estimate that retail pricing in individual channels has remained relatively stable.
Our hearing aid wholesale business has delivered strong organic growth in value above the estimated market growth rate, so we have succeeded in building on the market share gains we have obtained since the launch of Oticon Opn in 2016. Year-to-date, the ASP has due to positive mix changes been the growth driver, with increasing sales to independent hearing care professionals, a higher Premium share in all our brands of the overall product mix and strong growth in North America. In addition, and as also stated in our Interim Report in August 2018, three factors materially impacted the mix between unit growth and ASP growth in the first half-year, but when adjusting for these, we have seen underlying growth in both units and the ASP. We have so far delivered positive unit growth in the second half-year. As was the case in the first half-year, continuously increasing sales of value-added products and accessories, such as our rechargeable solution and ConnectClip, have impacted our production costs.
We have seen strong momentum in North America with high organic growth rates in both Canada and the US. Growth in the US was driven by increasing sales to independent hearing care professionals, although we have seen increased competition in this part of the market into the second half-year. We have seen particularly strong sales to VA where we grew our unit market share to 20.6% in September 2018 compared to 13.8% in September 2017, corresponding to a growth rate of 49%. This is first and foremost a result of the introduction of new products in May 2018, including our rechargeable solution and ConnectClip with connectivity to Android or any other modern smartphone. At the beginning of November, we introduced our Oticon Opn custom styles, which have further strengthened our offering to the VA.
In Europe, we have seen solid organic growth led by France, Spain and Italy, whereas growth rates in Germany and the UK were impacted by the loss of sales to a large customer acquired by a competitor as well as negative growth in the NHS.
Outside our two largest regions, we saw strong organic growth in Asia led by China and Japan.
On the product side, Oticon Opn continued to be a key driver of our strong performance, as it remains a superior product in the marketplace with its winning combination of industry-leading audiology, dual-frequency radio and a flexible rechargeable solution. Our launch last year of the 2.4 GHz-enabled Bernafon Zerena and Sonic Enchant product families has also contributed to growth. In particular, the launch of Zerena has helped us increase Bernafon’s market share in the US.
In order to maintain our leading position in the current competitive landscape, we continue to invest heavily in R&D. We have recently launched several new products, including custom products, in all three hearing aid brands and at all price points. In addition, we have introduced our latest technology platform at two lower price points and in multiple styles across all three brands and also added HearingFitness, the world’s first hearing fitness app. With these new products, we widen the reach of our technology, help improve the quality of life for even more hearing-impaired people and support our volume growth.
Our retail business has delivered low organic growth and is expected to deliver an organic growth rate for the full year in line with the 1% organic growth seen in the first half-year, however with material differences between individual markets:
In North America, growth has been driven by acquisitions, as we continue to make bolt-on acquisitions in both the US and Canada, e.g. the acquisition in the first half of the year of the remaining shares of a store network, which was previously recognised as investments in associates. Naturally, these acquisitions have also added to growth in our distribution costs. Organic growth in the US has improved gradually into the second half of 2018, even though it is still below the market growth rate. We continue our journey to roll up and consolidate the significant number of acquired entities into one single operating unit. We are very focused on continuing to improve systems and processes, and effective lead generation and brand harmonisation remain key for driving growth and are therefore important parts of our ongoing efforts.
In Europe, our retail business in France under the Audika brand has delivered a very solid organic growth rate above the market growth rate. We also continue to make bolt-on acquisitions in France, adding to our presence in the market, and Poland continues to contribute positively to organic growth in the region.
In Australia, market growth has been negatively impacted by changed market conditions, with a higher share of free-to-client hearing aids resulting in ASP pressure. We have been able to partly compensate for this by improving our unit sales. However, we have seen low efficiency in our lead generation.
In our cochlear implants (CI) business, we have continued the roll-out of our Neuro system by forming many new relationships with important clinics and thereby delivering significant growth in several key Neuro markets. Furthermore, we have almost concluded the successful upgrade of existing Neuro One users to the unique Neuro 2 external sound processor in markets where we have obtained product approval. Based on evaluations of the upgrades, we expect to see a gradual positive sales uptake and also to free up some resources from the upgrade programme to commercial activities. In September, we published our Reliability Report 2018, showing excellent results for our Neuro Zti implant, which will contribute to further strengthening our clinical evidence base. We have seen a negative impact from our decision to reduce our activity level in select CI markets with lower prices, and consequently our total Hearing Implants business activity is likely to generate lower growth in the second half-year than in the first half-year where organic growth was 9%.
Our bone anchored hearing systems (BAHS) business has delivered modest growth, albeit above the estimated market growth rate. The Ponto 3 SuperPower offers the highest output ever by an abutment-level sound processor and is seen as the preferred solution in an increasing number of markets.
*Diagnostic Instruments *
In Diagnostic Instruments, we have continued the very positive momentum and delivered strong organic growth. The market for our solutions is healthy and has slightly exceeded our general estimate of 3-5% growth per year, but we nonetheless believe that we succeeded in gaining further market share. In terms of geographies, growth has been centred in North America, our largest region, and in Europe and the Pacific region, but all regions contributed positively to growth.
Sennheiser Communications, our 50/50 joint venture with Sennheiser KG, has seen continuously strong performance driven by high growth rates in the Gaming and Mobile Music segments and a solid growth rate in the Enterprise Solutions (CC&O) segment despite tough comparative figures.
As communicated in September, we and Sennheiser have decided to end our successful joint venture and let the business segments of Enterprise Solutions (CC&O) and Gaming headsets continue as an independent business as part of the William Demant Group and the business segment of Mobile Music headsets as part of the Sennheiser Consumer business. The separation is scheduled to take place on 1 January 2020. Until then, Sennheiser Communications will continue as before, while Sennheiser and William Demant prepare the separation in order to ensure a seamless and smooth transition for employees, customers, suppliers and partners.
We continue to execute on our strategic initiatives according to plan, and compared to the cost base for 2016, we maintain our expectation of annual cost savings of around DKK 200 million when the initiatives are fully implemented. Expected restructuring costs for 2018 remain unchanged at DKK 120 million.
The Company has year-to-date bought back shares worth a total of DKK 1,447 million. As of today, the Company’s holding of treasury shares corresponds to approx. 2.3% of the share capital.
*Outlook for 2018*
We maintain our expectation to generate substantial organic sales growth in 2018, with expected exchange rate effects of around -3%, including the impact of exchange rate hedging. We maintain our full-year outlook for an EBIT of DKK 2.65-2.85 billion before restructuring costs of DKK 120 million. We still expect to buy back shares worth DKK 1.5-2.0 billion with a gearing multiple of 1.5-2.0 measured as NIBD (net interest-bearing debt) relative to EBITDA.
Søren Nielsen, President & CEO
Phone +45 3917 7300
www.demant.com Other contacts:
René Schneider, CFO
Søren B. Andersson, VP IR
Mathias Holten Møller, IR Officer
Trine Kromann-Mikkelsen, VP Corporate Communication and Relations
· 2018-11 Interim Management Statement Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 hours ago.
San Francisco, Calif., Nov 6, 2018 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As San Francisco prepares to consider a ballot measure to boost taxes for services to aid the homeless, a U.N. investigator has classed the treatment of the homeless in San Francisco and the Bay Area as a human rights violation.
Leilani Farha, the United Nations special rapporteur on adequate housing, visited the Bay Area and spoke with about 50 homeless people in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland.
She said she “can’t help but be completely shocked” by the treatment of the homeless.
“Every single person, whether it was in passing or in a long conversation, said they just want to be treated like a human being,” said Farha, a lawyer who lives in Canada. “What does that say? That is bleak.”
“I’m sorry, California is a rich state, by any measures, the United States is a rich country, and to see these deplorable conditions that the government is allowing, by international human rights standards, it’s unacceptable. I’m guided by human rights law,” she said, according to the news site SFGate.
The last count of homeless people in San Francisco alone estimated 7,500 people, though some believe they number between 10,000 and 12,000.
The city now spends $300 million annually on homelessness. In August 2016 it launched a unified Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. The department has said its new counseling centers that aim to move people into permanent housing, known as Navigation Centers, have helped move over 1,500 very vulnerable people out of homelessness.
The median cost of a house in the city is $1.7 million, with an average salary for a tech worker $142,000, The Atlantic reports.
On Election Day 2018, San Francisco voters were set to decide on a ballot measure, Proposition C, which would fund homeless services by raising taxes on the largest companies to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in funding.
Due to complexities of San Francisco payroll tax, the ballot measure would mean higher taxes for bigger businesses with a high concentration of employees or revenue in San Francisco.
The measure has drawn opposition from several influential technology leaders, such as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, but has the support of Mark Beinoff, CEO of Salesforce. The two have argued about the proposition on Twitter, with Dorsey saying the proposition could cost his payment processing company Square $20 million in taxes in 2019.
San Francisco mayor London Breed is worried the tax will cause companies with headquarters in the city to move elsewhere and take jobs with them. While saying its supporters are “well-intentioned,” the predicted long-term impacts on the city made him decide to oppose the measure.
A September poll showed 56 percent of voters backing the measure, though support dropped almost 10 points when pollsters told respondents how much it would cost in taxes, according to The Atlantic.
Farha’s report from the U.N. General Assembly, dated Sept. 29, is titled “On Adequate Housing as a Component of the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living.”
It addresses the Bay Area homeless situation in one section.
“Attempting to discourage residents from remaining in informal settlements or encampments by denying access to water, sanitation and health services and other basic necessities, as has been witnessed by the Special Rapporteur in San Francisco and Oakland, California, United States of America, constitutes cruel and inhuman treatment and is a violation of multiple human rights, including the rights to life, housing, health and water and sanitation,” the report said.
“Such punitive policies must be prohibited in law and immediately ceased,” it added.
The report said that after the U.N. Human Rights Committee voiced concern, the U.S. government introduced funding initiatives for municipalities to rescind laws that “criminalize homelessness.” However, the report advocated “more robust measures.”
Among those Farha spoke with were people living in an encampment before city officials ordered them to move during a “tent sweep.”
Such actions have negative consequences for people suffering homelessness, Farha said.
“It’s damaging because they always have to move,” she told SFGate. “They’re treated like nonentities.”
While officials sometimes say their confiscated belongings are put in storage, “more often they’ll dump everyone’s possessions into one dumpster.”
Farha said that in other countries of the world, such as the global south, there is a struggle to legalize encampments.
“Here, the struggle is simply to be able to create an encampment. In the south, there’s sort of a blind eye that has turned. Once an informal settlement is created, it’s established. Whereas here, they can’t create them.”
Resident complaints about tent encampments, needles and human feces topped 22,000 in 2016, five times the number reported the previous year.
Some tourism leaders in the city have said the homeless population and hygiene problems are causing a significant slow-down in tourism.
A 2016 count from the Department of Housing and Urban Development found almost 550,000 people to be homeless on a single night in January 2016. About 65 percent were individuals, while 35 percent were homeless as a family. About 40,000 were veterans.
California had about 22 percent of the total homeless population in the U.S., followed by New York with 16 percent and Florida with 6 percent.
The U.N. report criticized laws in rich countries that prevent the construction of rudimentary shelters by the homeless and criminalizes them even for eating and sleeping. States must help implement the right to basic housing as soon as possible, it said.
States must ensure that discrimination, harassment or criminalization on the basis of housing status are prohibited, the report continued. Informal settlements’ rights must be protected, and there must be rigorous action against forced eviction. The report said the judicial system should hear “systemic claims” related to inadequate budget allocations, failure to comply with homelessness response timelines and goals, and inadequate community engagement or collaboration.
The report was critical of police and security forces’ treatment of residents of informal settlements. In one instance cited, Canadian authorities spread chicken manure and fish fertilizer on an encampment to enforce a prohibition on overnight shelters in parks. After residents protested, a court ruled this prohibition a violation of constitutional rights.
Those who resist forced eviction and claim their right to housing must be treated as “human rights defenders” by authorities and security forces, said the U.N. report. The international community “should respond accordingly when their rights are violated.”
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Monarch Dental Fort Smith joins Antioch for Youth & Family in the fight against hunger in Sebastian County
FORT SMITH, Ark. (PRWEB) November 06, 2018
The Monarch Dental® location in Fort Smith, Arkansas is joining forces with Charolette Tidwell and Antioch for Youth & Family to collect much-needed food items to be distributed at the food pantry to those in need. The Share a Smile Food Drive is already underway!
Currently, one in five Arkansans struggles to provide enough food for their family. And 25 percent of the children in this state have limited access to adequate food. Monarch Dental aims to make it easier for people to get the support they need, whether that means affordable dental and orthodontic care or necessary staples to stock their pantry. By turning the Fort
Smith office into a Share a Smile Food Drive drop-off point, Monarch Dental is making it easier than ever for area residents to make a positive impact on the lives of their neighbors across Sebastian County. In an effort to encourage even more people to participate in the food drive, Monarch Dental will be offer anyone who donates five or more non-perishable food items a choice of one of three different discount opportunities.· Free exam and X-rays (available to new patients)
· $100 off dental services
· $500 off braces
“All of us at Monarch Dental have strong connections to the communities we serve,” notes Dr. Richard Smith. “We believe that no one should be left hungry any time of the year, and we’re proud to stand together with Antioch for Yough and Family to gather much-needed food for our neighbors in need.”
Last year, the Fort Smith office hosted a food drive that resulted in 8,000 pounds of food donations. This year, the office aims to top that amount and challenged several other Monarch Dental offices across the state to beat this number, too.
“Thanks to the generous donations from great local partners like Monarch Dental, we’re continuing the fight against hunger in Western Arkansas, and putting nutritious food into the hands of those who don’t have enough to eat,” said Charlotte Tidwell, CEO of Antioch for Youth and Family.
To make a person smile this season and earn valuable discounts of dental and orthodontic treatments, bring five or more non-perishable food items to the Monarch Dental Fort Smith location (8700 S 36th Terrace). For more information on the discounts offered and a complete list of the most needed food items, visit our blog post for more info on the items needed.
About Monarch Dental
Monarch Dental provides general dentistry, children’s dentistry and specialty care services such as orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics and endodontics at 89 locations throughout Texas, Arkansas and Utah. Monarch Dental affiliated practices makes it easy and affordable for individuals and families to get the dental care they need with convenient locations, extended hours and same-day appointments. The Monarch Dental mission is to create healthier smiles by making dental visits easy and enjoyable. Learn more at http://www.monarchdental.com.
About Antioch for Youth & Family
Antioch for Youth and Family, an all-volunteer nonprofit effort, serves Western Arkansas with community solutions through persistence and partnerships. The Food Pantry provides over 800,000 meals in a community where one-in-five people are food insecure. Senior and Veterans Mobile Pantries deliver food to low income elderly, disabled and struggling families.
Whenever possible, fresh produce is provided at the pantry, to seniors and veterans, and to food insecure children as they leave their elementary schools. A seed-to-table farming initiative focuses on family nutrition.
Outreach efforts support and inspire at-risk children, deliver kindnesses to the frail and dying in low-income nursing facilities, and provide heartfelt family guidance and assistance.
Soon, a new location will offer a dedicated 10,000 square foot space where any individual or family in difficult straits can receive food assistance. Photo identification, social security cards for each member of the household and proof of residency is all that is required to receive food assistance. Learn more at http://www.antiochyouthfamily.org. Reported by PRWeb 14 hours ago.
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