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    The program, now open for enrollment, will expand access to wider audience of business professionals to provide data-centric offerings

    DALLAS (PRWEB) December 13, 2018

    The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU Cox) in Dallas, announced today that it is launching an online Master of Business Administration with Noodle Partners, the nation’s fastest-growing higher education provider. The SMU Board of Trustees voted at its December meeting to unanimously approve the new Online MBA, which will help equip graduates to handle unstructured problems via data analytics, team building and experiential learning.

    “Offering an Online MBA will help SMU Cox expand access to our one-of-a-kind institution; we are very excited to bring our data-centric ideology to a wider audience of business professionals,” Cox School of Business Dean Matthew Myers said. “It’s important to us to partner with the best tech providers to ultimately build an incredible program that matches our on-ground offerings. We are confident that Noodle Partners shares those goals and will help us achieve them.”

    “SMU Cox is a tremendously respected institution, both nationally and within the rich ecosystem of Texas schools,” Noodle Partners CEO John Katzman said. “We are excited to add this well-known business school to our growing list of university partners, especially considering our shared emphasis on the importance of data analysis in business.”

    The top-50 business school anticipates that the new online program will prepare students to strategically and thoughtfully leverage data for problem-solving across a wide range of functional areas. The SMU Cox Online MBA program officially launched today and will focus on three Foundational Pillars: Leadership, Analytics, and Experiential Learning.

    “Like all SMU Cox degree programs, the new Online MBA will focus on preparing students for the changing workforce and not just on providing skills to be job-ready today,” Associate Dean for Executive Education and Graduate Programs Shane Goodwin said.

    Unlike other online program providers, Noodle Partners does not take a share of student tuition or lock schools into long, multi-year contracts that can consume 70 percent of program resources for decades.

    “We have a different approach that does not cannibalize precious education resources,” said Katzman. “Instead, we work with our partners to design, build and launch programs that are unique to each school’s needs and let the schools capture the rewards of their innovations and investments.”

    For enrollment inquires please visit: https://onlinemba.smu.edu/ or email: cox.mbaonline@smu.edu

    About Noodle Partners
    Founded by a team of education and technology veterans, Noodle Partners creates innovative online and hybrid programs while improving traditional classroom models. Noodle Partners has the capability to work with universities on every aspect of building a certificate or degree program that they choose—marketing, student recruitment, enrollment, curriculum design, student engagement, support services, graduate placement, and alumni engagement—and provides a high level of fit and finish. For more information, visit noodle-partners.com or follow us on Twitter @Noodle_Partners or LinkedIn.

    About SMU Cox School of Business
    The SMU Cox School of Business, established in 1920, is committed to influencing the way the world conducts business via prolific research that provokes innovation, change and global thought leadership. Cox faculty members strive to connect ground-breaking research to the classroom as well as the marketplace. The Cox School of Business offers a full range of business education programs including BBA, Full-Time MBA, Professional MBA (part-time) and Master’s degree programs, as well as Executive Education. Consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools, SMU Cox maintains an active alumni network in more than 80 countries. SMU Cox is accredited by the AACSB.    

    Media Contacts:
    Alyssa Miller
    Noodle Partners
    alyssa(at)ammediaworks.com
    973-615-1292

    Anna Martinez
    SMU Cox School of Business
    annam(at)cox.smu.edu
    214-768-4474 Reported by PRWeb 10 hours ago.

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    More Hospitals and Health Networks Choosing Hospital IQ’s Platform to Improve Throughput, Procedural Volume and Operational Effectiveness

    NEWTON, Mass. (PRWEB) December 13, 2018

    Hospital IQ, the leading provider of predictive hospital operations software, today announced that the number of hospitals and health networks using its platform has more than tripled during 2018. The company’s momentum reflects the urgent need for healthcare executives to gain the operational clarity necessary to achieve superior financial and clinical operating performance without additional investments in capacity or staff. Hospital IQ also announced the addition of two industry veterans, Brian Graves, vice president, sales, and Bryan Dickerson, senior director, workforce solutions, to support the company’s continued, rapid growth.

    “Healthcare costs are soaring. Hospital leaders are under enormous pressure to reduce costs, grow revenue and still maintain the highest level of patient care,” said Rich Krueger, CEO, Hospital IQ. “Data and data science hold many of the answers, yet most institutions still rely on labor-intensive, error-prone analysis when using data to make decisions. The Hospital IQ platform delivers the foreknowledge that healthcare executives require to align capacity and labor to true demand days in advance, giving them the ability to optimize margins, throughput and utilization while still ensuring access to quality care.”

    Customer Acquisition Underscores Platform Strength
    During 2018, Hospital IQ saw a 250% increase in the number of hospitals across the U.S. deploying its solutions. This growth was seen across both academic and large health systems, regional hospitals, as well as across several market-leading electronic health record (EHR) platforms, such as Epic, Cerner and Allscripts.

    The Hospital IQ platform is a cloud-based solution that combines advanced analytics, machine learning and simulation technology to help executives gain insight around key operational areas. The core components of the Hospital IQ platform include:

    Hospital IQ for Census enables hospital leaders to anticipate and mitigate census-driven operational bottlenecks before they happen. The Census solution delivers scorecards, demand forecasts and outlier identification capabilities that enable emergency department and inpatient leadership to optimize patient throughput, labor and capacity across the hospital or entire health system.

    Customers using Hospital IQ Census have reported improvements, such as:·     15% decrease in length of stay
    ·     10% decrease in emergency department boarding time
    ·     50% decrease in patients leaving emergency department without being seen

    Hospital IQ for Perioperative applies hospital-specific policies, machine learning and optimization algorithms to perioperative data to accurately forecast OR usage and make recommendations that will improve block, OR and staff utilization, as well as grow volume. Leading hospitals and health networks have deployed the solution to improve productivity and grow volume without increasing costs.

    Customers using Hospital IQ for Perioperative reported improvements, such as:·     13% increase in OR utilization
    ·     4% increase in surgical volume

    Hospital IQ for Infusion automatically optimizes daily scheduling to maximize throughput, balance staff workload and reduce patient wait times. Customers deploying Hospital IQ for Infusion have seen a 15% decrease in patient wait times, improved staff satisfaction and increased case volume.

    Industry Veterans Bring Workforce Management Expertise
    To accelerate market momentum, Hospital IQ has appointed Brian Graves as vice president, sales, and Bryan Dickerson as senior director, workforce solutions. Graves brings more than 25 years of healthcare IT experience to Hospital IQ. He has held a variety of positions in the healthcare industry, including sales, marketing, business development and service delivery at leading organizations, such as MEDITECH, Pyxis, Picis, Kronos and Connance. Dickerson brings 30 years of healthcare workforce management experience, having previously worked for API Healthcare (now Virence).

    About Hospital IQ
    Hospital IQ provides an operations management software platform that gives hospitals and health systems the visibility and actionable insights they need to make informed, data-driven operational decisions that improve patient access, clinical outcomes and financial performance. Our cloud-based software platform combines advanced data analytics, machine learning and simulation technology with an easy-to-use, intuitive user interface to deliver optimized surgical resource alignment, patient flow, and scheduling capabilities. Leading institutions including Boston Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center Des Moines, and Miami Cancer Institute rely on Hospital IQ to help them make the right operational decisions the first time, every time. To learn more, visit http://www.hospiq.com Reported by PRWeb 10 hours ago.

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    National Nonprofit Honoring WWII Japanese American Veterans Expands Executive Team

    LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) December 13, 2018

    Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) today announced that Michelle V. Enriquez has been named Vice President of Operations and Brandon Masashige Leong has been named Vice President of Development for the national nonprofit organization.

    Both executives share a passion for GFBNEC’s mission of educating the public on the valor of Japanese American World War II veterans, having descended from Nisei veteran grandfathers.

    As Vice President of Operations, Enriquez will focus on GFBNEC’s daily operations, strategizing and implementing financial and operational processes that will enable the organization to grow. Collectively, Enriquez has been immersed in business operations and nonprofit management for more than 12 years and has worked with organizations across the country developing programs, managing volunteers, and guiding partnerships. Most recently, she worked with U.S. Special Forces Gold Star families to provide support services to bereaved children and young adults. An honors graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Enriquez lives in Torrance with her husband and two daughters.

    As Vice President of Development, Leong will create and execute a comprehensive development plan for GFBNEC as it expands and raises its national profile. Leong joins GFBNEC from Keiro, where he was director of programs and strategic partnerships. Previously, he served as the program director for the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center. An Eagle Scout, Leong has been an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America for several years. He currently serves on the board of directors of Kizuna, a Little Tokyo-based organization focused on involving the next generation in the Japanese American community. A graduate of the University of La Verne, Leong lives in Hacienda Heights, Calif.

    “The stories of Japanese American WWII veterans hold great value, teaching lessons of courage, integrity, patriotism and equality,” Enriquez said, noting that her maternal grandfather, Fred Ineo Kosaka, served with the Military Intelligence Service and later attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. “It is a privilege to join an organization that is driving change through education.”

    Leong, whose grandfather Bob Tadashi Fujihiro also served during WWII, noted that working with GFBNEC is in part a tribute to Nisei veterans of all units and conflicts. "I am honored to have the opportunity to share the important legacy of our veterans,” Leong said. “Their heroism is such an important part of our community's story."

    Dr. Mitchell T. Maki, GFBNEC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, welcomed Enriquez and Leong as integral to the organization’s future plans. “Bringing both Michelle Enriquez and Brandon Leong onto our staff in leadership positions is an exciting move for GFBNEC. Michelle and Brandon are talented and experienced professionals who will help connect our story with new communities and generations across our nation.”

    About Go For Broke National Education Center
    Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that educates the public on the valor of Japanese American veterans of World War II and their contributions to democracy. Our goal is to inspire new generations to embody the Nisei veterans’ core values of courage, sacrifice, equality, humility and patriotism. Founded in 1989, GFBNEC maintains the Go For Broke Monument and the interactive “GFBNEC’s Defining Courage Exhibition” in downtown Los Angeles, as well as extensive oral histories and archives, education and training programs, and other initiatives. For more information, please visit http://www.goforbroke.org.

    Media Contact:
    Pauline Yoshihashi
    Strategic Communications
    For GFBNEC
    323/683-8191 Direct
    pyoshihashi(at)earthlink.net Reported by PRWeb 10 hours ago.

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    “Bellevue University’s partnership with OnlineDegree.com demonstrates our commitment to every person who is looking to build a brighter future through education, as well as our willingness to disrupt traditional education...” James Nekuda, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships.

    BELLEVUE, Neb. (PRWEB) December 13, 2018

    In its ongoing pursuit of preparing students for lifelong career success while making college affordable, Bellevue University has partnered with OnlineDegree.com to lower the total cost of education and remove known impediments for adults to access higher education. The partnership allows prospective Bellevue University students to complete general education courses at OnlineDegree.com, tuition-free and completely self-paced. This will enable anyone across the country to take initial steps toward their degree, and potentially save thousands of dollars in the process.

    OnlineDegree.com is a rapidly growing education platform where students can receive units toward their college degree completely, free. Working adults are able take various online general education courses without the normal applications, admission exams, or tuition that would be commonplace with traditional institutions. Created by startup veterans and leading academics to help more people go back to school, OnlineDegree.com prepares adults for higher education and works with participating accredited universities to award transfer credit for successful completion of the courses. The approach provides working adults the opportunity to pursue higher education without experiencing conflict with their job or schedule, and lowers the overall cost of education.

    “Working adults typically have personal obligations and cost concerns that prevent them from taking the first step with college,” says Grant Aldrich, Founder of OnlineDegree.com. “By solving those known issues, we’re making the dream of a college degree a reality for everyone.”

    More than 50 years after its founding, Bellevue University has grown and established itself as one of the worldwide leaders in adult education, enrolling nearly 10,000 students in 2018. Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Bellevue University was one of the first accredited institutions to offer online degree programs in 1996, and the first to offer a Master of Business Administration degree online. With over 70 degrees to choose from in high- growth career fields, as well as certificates for career advancement, the University allows busy adults to complete a degree on their own schedule, and in less time.

    “Bellevue University’s partnership with OnlineDegree.com demonstrates our commitment to every person who is looking to build a brighter future through education, as well as our willingness to disrupt traditional education to ensure that our students continue to thrive,” said James Nekuda, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships. “This partnership is a natural extension of our demonstrated excellence at meeting the needs of adult learners.”

    “Even though demand to improve employability and learn modern skill sets is at an all-time high, adults have instead chosen higher education alternatives in greater numbers,” says Aldrich. “Our solution uniquely fits the needs of today’s working adults, and will make the choice of attending college that much easier.”

    For more information, students can visit https://www.onlinedegree.com/how-it-works/ or visit the announcement and details at the Bellevue website at http://www.bellevue.edu/

    About Bellevue University
    Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 50,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military-friendly and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    About OnlineDegree.com
    On a mission to make higher education more affordable and accessible for everyone, OnlineDegree.com is a team of startup veterans and leading academics who believe everyone should have the ability to go to college. Through its free platform, students can explore different courses and subjects on their own schedule, be better prepared for college-level coursework, and could receive college credits toward their degree at participating universities throughout the United States. Working adults now have a bridge to start their path back to school regardless of their finances or busy schedules. https://www.onlinedegree.com/about-us/. Reported by PRWeb 10 hours ago.

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    Work-Bench, an early stage enterprise startup venture capital firm based in New York City announced its $47 million Fund II today. It follows their initial $10 million fund. Work-Bench is itself like a venture capital investment startup. A scrappy operation run by just five enterprise industry veterans, it defies convention in a number of ways […] Reported by TechCrunch 9 hours ago.

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    Mayor Hancock hails new partnership as an ‘economic catalyst’ that provides long-term rent stability for low- to middle-income tenants at 300-unit complex in one of nation’s fastest-growing markets

    New York, NY, Dec. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Community Development Trust (“CDT”), which provides long-term debt and equity capital for the creation and preservation of affordable housing, today announced a new $25 million joint venture with Rocky Mountain Communities (“RMC”) to recapitalize the 300-unit Garden Court Apartments in northeast Denver near Aurora.

    The CDT-RMC partnership will extend affordable rent policies at Garden Court – one of Denver’s largest housing developments, serving low- and middle-income wage earners across 15 three- and four-story buildings – through 2033 as part of a new 15-year regulatory agreement with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA).

    Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock touted the CDT-RMC investment and alliance with CHFA as an “economic catalyst” that aligns with the strategic aims outlined in the city’s Housing and Inclusive Denver five-year housing plan, which recommends implementing a suite of policies and actions from 2018 through 2023 to promote more affordable housing options.

    “On behalf of the people of Denver, I want to thank the Community Development Trust, Rocky Mountain Communities and CHFA for helping to ensure that these affordable homes remain affordable for the people who proudly call Garden Court their home,” Mayor Hancock said.

    “Affordable housing remains a primary challenge to our residents’ achieving the level of equity they should expect and deserve, and we’ve made great progress delivering on housing Denver families can afford. But we must do more,” Hancock said. “The commitment of CDT, RMC and CHFA to the preservation of diverse housing options that are accessible and affordable to all Denver residents exemplifies the type of unified effort we all hope to replicate moving forward in the Mile High City.”

    As the city’s housing analysis noted, the Denver market “lacks rental units that are affordable and available to low-income households. Cost burdens are widespread, affecting 36 percent of Denver residents, and renters at a rate more than twice as high as owners. Across all income levels, these higher costs are disproportionately affecting extremely and very low-income households.”

    Built in 1972, Garden Court Apartments was purchased out of foreclosure by RMC from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) in 1996. The property’s current rent-affordability protections were set to expire in December 2023. Garden Court is a mixed-income community with 75 units at market rate and 225 units serving moderate-, low- and very low-income residents who have few housing options of comparable quality and virtually none in terms of affordability in the rapidly gentrifying Denver area.

    Garden Court is within one of the nation’s fastest-growing markets for development and near job centers such as the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Fitzsimons Innovation Community of bioscience companies, Children’s Hospital and a new Veterans Affairs Hospital. Developers recently broke ground on an $87 million, 253-apartment project with market-rate rents. The site also is close to public transportation, the four major interstates connecting the Denver metro area (I-225, I-270, I-25, I-70) and the 14-mile, multiuse Sand Creek Greenway. Several grocery stores and retail shopping options are less than 1 mile from the property, and the surrounding 6-mile radius includes several schools, including elementary through university-level institutions.

    RMC’s partnership with CDT not only ensures rents will remain stable moving forward, but it will also fund $3.6 million in planned apartment and property improvements, including upgrades and repairs to plumbing, mechanicals, kitchens and bathrooms. Another highlight is that CDT and RMC have earmarked $50,000 to turn an old swimming pool that was no longer in use into a new soccer field for children, satisfying requests from many Garden Court families.

    “The CDT-RMC joint venture provides peace of mind for Garden Court residents who want to live, work and raise families here with the comfort of knowing that they will be able to afford to stay in the community,” said RMC President and CEO Richard Taft.

    CDT, based in New York City, is a rare combination of both a federally certified community development financial institution (CDFI) and a real estate investment trust, more commonly known as a REIT. While CDT does make loans, as a REIT it can also take partial ownership stakes in properties in exchange for cash that can be used for renovations to preserve properties and maintain their status as affordable.

    The investment with CDT allows RMC to continue managing and maintaining the Garden Court complex, as well as to continue providing on-site services such as day care for preschool children, before- and after-school student activities and a community gardening program for senior citizens. The Garden Court investment is CDT’s second in Colorado, after CDT’s partnership in 2016 with Volunteers of America and the Colorado Springs Housing Authority to recapitalize Summit Apartments, a 256-unit mixed income property in Colorado Springs. RMC operates only within the state of Colorado, with the majority of its holdings in the Denver area.

    “CDT’s investment with RMC – our first in Denver – is part of our larger commitment to ensuring long-term access to quality, safe and affordable housing throughout the country,” said Brian Dowling, Chief Investment Officer at CDT.

    “We share RMC’s vision that hardworking families in Colorado should have the opportunity to feel connected to a community and enjoy a sense of pride in place,” Dowling said. “Our joint venture with RMC serves as a model of how a national mission-driven institutional investor can partner with a large nonprofit organization to help address the nation’s critical shortage of affordable housing.”

    *About CDT
    *The Community Development Trust (“CDT”) is a real estate investment trust that provides capital for the preservation and creation of affordable housing and charter school facilities. Working with local, regional and national partners, CDT makes long-term equity investments and originates and acquires long-term mortgages. In its 20 years, CDT has invested over $1.5 billion in debt and equity capital in properties in 44 states and regions – helping to preserve and create over 45,000 units of affordable housing that are home to more than 110,000 low-income households. CDT is a private real estate investment trust (REIT), a certified community development financial institution (CDFI), an approved Fannie Mae affordable housing lender and a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY). As a CDFI and private REIT with a social impact mission, CDT operates as a double-bottom-line organization by utilizing creative financial solutions to provide debt and equity capital to underserved real estate markets, all while seeking attractive returns for shareholders.

     

    *About Rocky Mountain Communities
    *Rocky Mountain Communities (“RMC”) builds brighter futures by investing in resident-focused aff­ordable housing and services, empowering individuals and families to thrive. Currently, RMC owns 1,132 affordable housing units for underserved populations statewide and manages an additional 500 units. Since its founding in 1992, RMC has responded to the need for housing and program services for more than 10,000 families.

     

    *Attachments*

    · Richard Taft, President and CEO of Rocky Mountain Communities
    · Brian Dowling, Chief Investmen Officer at Community Development Trust

    CONTACT: Mike Nowlin
    The Community Development Trust
    989-450-0855
    nowlin@gudmarketing.com

    Kara Washburn
    Rocky Mountain Communities
    720-305-9811
    kwashburn@rmcommunities.org Reported by GlobeNewswire 9 hours ago.

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    Burgled Veterans' Forge metalwork project helped by grant BBC Local News: Dorset -- Burglars stole machinery and tools that were being used to build a beacon for Armistice Day. Reported by BBC Local News 9 hours ago.

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    IDGlobal Corp. Issues Corporate Update *WHEATON, IL / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2018 / *The Board of Directors of IDGlobal Corp., a Colorado corporation (OTC PINK: IDGC) ("IDGC"), is today pleased to provide a corporate update regarding its present and future operations.

    Mr. DuFort stated, "My interest is and always has been to fully-develop IDGlobal to its maximum potential for the benefit of its shareholders. IDGC has weathered some tough times, but current management decided to change the Company's business model in late 2018 by focusing on the integration of established companies into a public company. This along with new highly experienced executives coming aboard, and the highly talented operational management already in place, we believe this will be a very effective formula for the future in any industry. Currently, the company has developed a comprehensive plan of operations that will best serve our shareholders and others having business with IDGC and its' respective subsidiaries."

    IDGC and its subsidiaries and direct coventurers, respectively and collectively seek safe-harbor in accordance with the provisions of the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995 for certain forward-looking statements made by any of them in this announcement, as the same are defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. A forward-looking statement is defined as a statement that cannot sustain itself as merely a historical fact. A forward-looking statement predicts, projects, or uses future events as expectations or possibilities. These statements can often be misleading, as they can be mistaken for factual statements, while the issuers are, in fact, speculating. Title 15 Section 78u-5 of the United States Code defines a forward-looking statement as including overly optimistic views as to a company's future economic performance, such as revenues or income, plans for future operations, or use of a report written by an outside reviewer. Certain terms or phrases indicate the use by an issuer of forward-looking statements, such as any tense from present to future or similar inflection of words comparable to "believe,'' "estimate,'' "anticipate,'' "plan,'' "predict,'' "may,'' "hope,'' "can,'' "will,'' "should,'' "expect,'' "intend,'' "is designed to,'' "with the intent,'' "potential,'' the negative of these words or such other variations thereon or comparable terminology, may indicate forward-looking statements; however, the absence of these terms or phrases does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking.

    *IDGC's Plan of Operations.*

    IDGC is an emerging growth company under the JOBS Act of 2012 and, as a diversified holding company, will focus on emerging and middle market international investment opportunities. IDGC is evaluating the acquisition of interests, joint ventures, and licensing agreements with qualified companies and personnel within the Real Estate, medical marijuana, consumer products development and distribution industries

    IDGC's Board of Directors has established a plan of operations that includes IDGC's current, active, and ongoing business operations, together with the operations of certain existing joint ventures along with pending acquisitions. This plan of operations also includes the commerce of real estate, retail and distribution operations, for various consumer products in the CBD arena. The company is accomplishing this by aggressively bringing new talent on or in association with IDGC's joint-ventures along with Monochrome Corp.

    IDGC's current operations include the conduct of existing respective operations through its totally-held subsidiary, Watershed Enterprises, Inc, Watershed Staffing, Inc., and Monochrome Corp. ("Monochrome") The updated www.idglobalcorp.com website is almost completed, a more detailed corporate update will be disseminated next week and projected revenues for 2019 are north of $5 million US.

    *About Watershed Enterprises*

    Team Watershed has been servicing Chicago area for over 20 years. We specialize in insurance adjusted roofing, ensuring that our clients receive the most value for each individual insurance claim in addition to providing home improvement services.

    All national local building codes are met and exceeded on each project. We do not do roof-overs. We believe that a structure is designed for a particular load and exceeding that design load may damage the structure or cause architectural deformation.

    We are a fully licensed, bonded and insured as a home improvement contractor and roofer.

    Our motto is ''The Job is the Boss,'' and we do everything possible to ensure that the job is done in the most excellent way possible. Team Watershed does not compromise when it comes to doing a complete and excellent job. We strive to provide our customers with the best customer service, highest quality, and providing the best value.

    *Watershed Staffing*

    The Staffing solutions and services segment will come in a variety of forms to meet specific client needs, from short assignments to full-time hires. Here are the definitions of the basic types of staffing services, as well as the occupational categories typically served by staffing firms:

    **Placement* brings together job seekers and potential employers for the purpose of establishing permanent employment relationship.

    **Temporary staffing *hires its own employees and assigns them to support or supplement a client's workforce in situations involving employee absences, temporary skill shortages, seasonal workloads, and special projects. Temporary jobs can also lead to permanent placements.

    **Temporary-to-Hire* employee works for a client during a trial period during which both the employee and the client consider establishing a permanent employment relationship.

    **Long-Term Staffing *supplies employees to work on long-term assignments. Employees are recruited, screened, and assigned by the agency.

    The Company by combining the strengths and talents of Watershed Enterprises and Staffing along with our many joint venture partners in the real estate industry nationwide foresees unlimited opportunities in the development, cost reduction, increased sales potential and marketing resulting in long-term operational and financial stability. The combined companies are currently negotiating and look to participate in various FEMA projects in the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico. These projects historically last 5-7 years, thus exploiting our expertise in development, construction, and staffing.

    *About Monochrome.*

    Monochrome is unique and current in today's marketplace. Monochrome's business model incorporates two high-growth markets to create an exciting multi-channel business opportunity within IDGC's distribution network. This includes traditional brick-and-mortar channels as well as by Monochrome's utilization of e-commerce technologies and emerging pipelines to capitalize on the new developments in today's CBD market. Monochrome will leverage its relationship with Watershed Enterprises and Staffing's existing relationships with residential, commercial and industrial property owners as well as the local, state, and federal government agencies nationwide.

    Monochrome's Board of Directors know that the CBD market is driven by health concerns and expanding product awareness. By combining the two under a single business model, Monochrome can expect to meet market demand by distributing a multitude of products. IDGC has targeted its own industry operational expert and their finalizing contract. The company has also attracted partners for a multitude of products in the hemp and CBD channels that will expand as Monochrome's product distribution increases. Monochrome's Board of Directors estimate that by the company's utilization of traditional and contemporary delivery methods (through its partners, such as beverage and food distributors), will best serve its development. Monochrome's use of non-traditional distribution and delivery channels (such as brokers who will drive business in health care, universities, and health awareness markets) would be equally impressive.

    *About TGS and Squad Leaders.*

    Ben Thompson, TGS' CEO, is a Marine and specializes as an integrator in technology solutions systems. Throughout his various tours as in the Marine Corp, he has implemented humanitarian group-up construction projects. Now a civilian, he continues his work by hiring members of our nation's military community. TGS is an SBA-Certified Veteran Owned Small Business that actually operates as a full-service enterprise IT Solution and construction management consulting provider. TGS focuses on Health IT, testing services, and global construction management services company. TGS has capabilities ranging from integration services to advisory systems to IT strategy services. TGS, through Mr. Thompson, established Squad Leaders (www.squadleaders.org), and IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit, which is dedicated to successfully transitioning American veterans from military life back into their communities by providing high-quality career and personal mentoring, engaging community programs, and energizing social activities.

    *Contact Information:*

    Sebastien C. DuFort, CEO
    IDGlobal Corporation
    Website: www.teamwatershed.com
    Email: idglobalinfo@gmail.com
    Phone: 630-532-3625

    *SOURCE: *IDGlobal Corp.
    View source version on accesswire.com:
    https://www.accesswire.com/530496/IDGlobal-Corp-Issues-Corporate-Update Reported by Accesswire 7 hours ago.

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    Appalachian Mountain Brewery Announces Corporate Name Change and Entry into Hemp and CBD Markets *NORTH MIAMI, FL / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2018 / *Appalachian Mountain Brewery (OTC PINK: HOPS) (''AMB'') today announced a corporate name change to Between Dandelions, Inc. (hereafter ''BD'' or ''Company'') following the recent sale of all beer assets to Craft Brew Alliance. Following months of evaluation, research, development and guidance from the Strategic Advisory Board, management is excited to announce it has received final approval by the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission to cultivate and process Hemp and hemp-derived CBD products in North Carolina. The company will be heading in a new direction to pursue the Hemp and hemp-derived CBD markets effective immediately with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill now fully legalizing Hemp and hemp-derived CBD so it is no longer a gray area marketplace.

    Sean Spiegelman, BD CEO, stated, ''Four years ago we began the navigation of leveraging a key strategic partnership in a booming market to expedite our corporate growth. We see the same opportunity today in the Hemp and hemp-derived CBD markets, and we expect to announce a similar strategic partnership with a leading vertically integrated Hemp and hemp-derived CBD operation soon. It is an exciting time for the Company as we leverage our prior success into a new direction which we believe provides greater potential for long-term shareholder value.''

    The final 2018 Farm Bill has passed both the Senate and House and is expected to be signed by President Trump shortly. The final bill legalized hemp cultivation and will be a catalyst for explosive growth in a nascent industry that some forecast could top $20 billion by 2022.

    The lion's share of the roughly $800 million U.S. hemp market today is for products that include the non-psychoactive compound CBD, cannabidiol. Products infused with CBD are used for a wide range of medical conditions, ranging from epilepsy and multiple sclerosis to arthritis and chronic pain. Laws involving CBD products differ in each state.

    But of interest to public cannabis companies is the bill's implications for the U.S. market for cannabidiol, a "non-psychoactive" chemical found in hemp and marijuana. The legislation has been cited by numerous public cannabis companies as the catalyst to formally enter the American CBD market, according to Cowen analyst Vivien Azer.

    "This new [bill] version creates far more certainty around the legality of the commercial sale of hemp-derived products (with less than 0.3 percent THC, namely CBD), and codifies the legality of interstate commerce," Azer wrote Tuesday.

    The long-awaited bill has removed industrial hemp from the federal government's list of controlled substances, making it a lawful agricultural commodity. The hemp legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., earlier this year also allows states to become the primary regulators of hemp cultivation, enables researchers to apply for federal grants and makes the crop eligible for crop insurance.

    "This will open the floodgates for this industry to grow very rapidly and scale on a national level," said Bethany Gomez, director of research for Brightfield Group, a cannabis market researcher based in Chicago.

    As part of the Company's new direction, some of the immediate initiatives management will be considering will include but not limited to: the board approval of a one-time special cash dividend of the majority of the net-after tax proceeds following the recent sale of all beer assets, corporate reorganization to include a completed a name change with FINRA, evaluate a potential change in the trading symbol, perform a corporate share restructuring to reflect the future new direction, potential auditing of the company financials, uplist to the OTC Markets QB or QX platform and continue the expansion of its Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) with key thought and business leaders.

    *About Between Dandelions, Inc.*

    BD is a Florida publicly traded, social-purpose driven lifestyle and branding company which is currently developing a line of high-end proprietary Hemp and hemp-derived CBD products to be grown and processed in North Carolina by United States Military Veterans and extracted and tested in North Carolina as well. The company's Hemp and hemp-derived CBD products are expected to be distributed in North Carolina in the beginning of 2019 and expand up and down the east coast thereafter. BD's line of products will be aimed at supporting alternatives to opiates and focus on giving back to our country's veterans thru multiple programs like OVAAT and Backpacks for Life. BD will initially operate thru an e-commerce platform that will facilitate both retail and wholesale business as well as be a vertically integrated Hemp and hemp-derived CBD company. BD and its partners will perform cultivation, manufacturing, processing, testing, sales, marketing and distribution of Hemp and hemp-derived CBD products. The company will continue to investigate opportunities to work with other socially-minded businesses that are looking to bring their brands to market and give back to our country's veterans. For more info: www.ovaat.org and www.backsforlife.org

    *FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS*

    This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of Between Dandelions, Inc. (BD, hereafter) and its subsidiary companies, which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "estimates,""believes,""anticipates,""intends,""expects" and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are or will be described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based on BD's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on BD. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting BD will be those anticipated by BD. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond the control of the Company) or other assumptions that may cause actual actions taken or results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. BD undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. **These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

    *Contact: *

    sean@betweendandelions.com

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    Morrison & Foerster and Ethisphere release Crisis Management Benchmarking Report, which includes best practices and insights for business leaders seeking to address shortcomings in their companies’ crisis preparedness

    WASHINGTON (PRWEB) December 13, 2018

    Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to present the inaugural global Crisis Management Benchmarking Report, which was conducted in partnership with the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

    The report includes the results of a global survey of nearly 250 senior executives in ethics, compliance, legal, communications, and risk functions, from both public and private companies and non-profits across the world. The survey, which was conducted online, included questions about crisis management plans, the roles involved in the development of these plans, how companies prepare their teams, and the ways that companies use outside counsel for crisis management and preparedness. The data from this survey was combined with interviews from large, multinational companies with sophisticated legal, ethics, and compliance programs, as well as from Morrison & Foerster’s partners that have practices in various domains of corporate crisis management, in order to identify best practices for plan development, maintenance, and implementation.

    To view the Crisis Management Benchmarking Report, visit: https://www.mofo.com/special-content/crisis-management-benchmarking-report/.

    Some key findings from the survey about crisis management plans (CMPs) include:· Organizational confidence in CMPs appears to be low, with nearly two out of three senior executives being only somewhat (56%) or minimally confident (10%) in their plans;
    · Cyber breaches continue to be the event most covered by CMPs, with 67% of companies including it in their plans; workplace violence and harassment followed as a close second, with 57% of companies including this event in their plans;
    · In addition to cyber breaches and workplace violence and harassment, companies are planning for a range of other incidents, including intellectual property theft and litigation, terrorism, events relating to a government investigation, environmental damage, bribery and corruption allegations, and product recalls; and
    · Outside counsel are being used for more than just general strategy and planning; approximately two out of five companies surveyed also use outside counsel for advance planning with communications firms (41%), which is a critically important element of a CMP.

    “This report gives business leaders insights into current trends involving crisis management response around the world and highlights best practices for crisis planning,” said John Carlin, Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Risk and Crisis Management practice group and Co-Head of the National Security practice group. “Having a well-designed crisis management plan is a critical aspect of being prepared. But too often, as this survey shows, executives lack confidence in their plan and don’t know whether it could be relied upon in an actual crisis. That is why it is so important that organizations practice how they would respond to different scenarios and test whether their plan is workable.”

    Interviews with Morrison & Foerster attorneys and senior compliance and ethics professionals helped inform key recommendations covered in the report that will raise organizational confidence in crisis management plans. Examples include:

    · CMPs should be well documented, practiced, quick to implement, and reviewed often; they should also include a plan for implementation if standard system access is not available;
    · Senior-level stakeholders, including boards of directors, need be involved in the process and should conduct annual reviews of their CMPs;
    · Companies should prepare across functions and not in silos; the best and most prepared companies have a crisis management team comprised of cross-functional leaders, all of whom must have good working relationships and regular communication;
    · A CMP should be general, flexible, and adaptable; your plan should be able to cover incidents of all types, from cyber breach to natural disasters, leadership crisis (for example, the death of a CEO) to a dawn raid by government regulators; and
    · Organizations should benchmark their plans annually, having formal, documented crisis management teams, and running drills on key risks areas at least annually.

    David Newman, Of Counsel in Morrison & Foerster’s National Security and Global Risk & Crisis Management practices, previously served in the White House Counsel’s Office and on the National Security Council staff, where he helped coordinate the response to crises ranging from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 and international terrorism incidents. He highlighted the importance of ensuring that the response plan reflects input from all relevant components of an organization and is tested with the actual participants who would be called upon to use it through tabletop exercises and other drills. “Don’t prepare in silos. Consider not just preparation within workstreams but true cross-functional planning; part of the purpose of a good tabletop exercise is to give people the experience of working through challenging scenarios and elements of the response. To be able to go fast and also be effective, you have to have practiced.”

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    15 former Facebook employees now working in the wild world of crypto and blockchain (FB)· *Facebook is working on a secretive blockchain project, but many Facebook employees are jumping ship to work on their own blockchain and crypto projects.*
    · *The Facebook veterans are bringing high-level tech experience and discipline to a crypto sector famous for chaos and turmoil.*
    · *Business Insider spoke to industry insiders to track down 15 alumni from the social network now working in the space, and interviewed many of them.*

    Facebook turned heads earlier this year when it announced that it was diving into blockchain. 

    The social media giant has yet to specify what its blockchain plans entail, but it is currently trying to hire crypto experts and build a team — a recruiting effort that news site Cheddar recently reported has proven more challenging than expected. 

    The irony is that many of the big players in the crypto world once worked at Facebook. Dozens of Facebook alumni have left the company in recent years to join the blockchain boom. 

    The engineering and management experience earned while working on a major tech product like Facebook's 2-billion member social network — along with the financial windfall many employees received in the 2012 IPO — have left the Facebook veterans well-positioned to build a new crop of crypto and blockchain startups. 

    The former Facebook employees — and other tech workers from established companies — will have to apply their skills not only to professionalize the sector but to convince naysayers that the volatile market, currently suffering from a sharp drop in cryptocurrency prices, is not just a flash in the pan.

    Business Insider spoke to people throughout blockchain ecosystem to track down some of the key Facebook alumni who made the jump to work in crypto, and asked what this shift could mean for the industry.

    So, in no particular order, here are fifteen former Facebook employees now trying their luck in the wild world of crypto and blockchain:

    *SEE ALSO: Months after killing its drone project, Facebook is testing experimental hardware at a new facility in the New Mexico desert*

    -1. David Park, a Facebook product guru brought in to manage Refereum's operations.-

    Until January 2018, David Park led the product team for Facebook's Mobile App Install Ads business.

    He had been dabbling in the blockchain space and making investments since the end of 2013, but it was only then that he decided to jump into it full time — joining Refereum as its COO later that year. (By the end of his time at Facebook he was "thinking about crypto 24/7," he admitted.) 

    Refereum is a startup that uses cryptocurrency to provide reward tokens to users of other apps and services to encourage growth; it has worked with triple-A game Battlefield, as well as a variety of blockchain projects.

    "It was super exciting to think about jumping into this industry early on and being a player early on," he said, citing the example of how Facebook accelerated the "career trajectories" of early employees — saying he viewed similar potential for people working in blockchain.

    He's also a founder of Orca, a syndicate of current or former Facebook employees who invest in crypto projects.-2. Veteran finance exec and initial blockchain skeptic Kahina Van Dyke.-

    Unlike many of the Facebook employees who transitioned into crypto, Kahina Van Dyke's background isn't in tech but in finance.

    She's a veteran of Citibank and MasterCard, and joined Facebook at the start of 2016 to serve as global director of financial service and payments.

    She held that role for more than two years — until June 2018 — when she moved to Ripple, one of the biggest companies in the blockchain ecosystem, focused on enterprise payments. She now works as the firm's SVP of business and corporate development.

    Van Dyke was, she admits, initially "vocally resistant" to the concept of bitcoin, but started getting more interested in 2016, when the hype around blockchain (as distinct from bitcoin) first started taking off.-3. Cryptocurrency index fund pioneer Hunter Horsley.-

    Bitwise Asset Management launched the first cryptocurrency index fund back in 2017 — and at its helm is Hunter Horsley.

    Horsley, the chief exec, cofounder the firm in November 2016 after leaving Facebook, where he was a product manager focusing on video monetization, and a product manager at Instagram before that.

    Horsley was also named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 finance list in 2018.
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    The Productivity Commission has recommended sweeping changes to Australia's system of supporting military veterans, saying the current structure is not working. Reported by SBS 4 hours ago.

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    Over 40 small production winemakers showcase 150+ wines at the festival’s 7th anniversary in Solvang as the town celebrates its 107th anniversary; ‘Original Garagiste*’ seminar series continues with Central Coast winemaking legend Ken Brown; Sonoma Garagiste Festival: Northern Exposure dates announced

    PASO ROBLES, Calif. (PRWEB) December 13, 2018

    The Garagiste Wine Festival, which was named America’s Best Wine Festival by USA Today, returns February 8th – 10th to Solvang, which was named One of America’s 10 Best Small Historic Towns by USA Today. Tickets are now on sale.

    This marks the seventh year that the Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure has showcased the wines of some of California’s best small production winemakers in one of California’s most charming small towns, which is celebrating its 107th anniversary this year. Solvang is in the heart of the renowned Santa Ynez Valley wine country, just north of picturesque Santa Barbara, California.

    “America’s best wine festival meets one of America’s best historic small towns for the seventh year in a row…what could make for a better wine country weekend?” said Garagiste Festival Co-founder Doug Minnick. “There is a special place in our hearts for Solvang, and for the amazing small production winemakers who pour at this venue. Solvang, and the beautiful Veteran’s Memorial Hall, lend such a charming and intimate setting for attendees to chat and taste with the winemakers and owners who will be pouring their hard-to-find wines. We love the diversity of the wines poured here, with multiple micro-climates, grape varieties and innovative blends represented.”

    Over 40 winemakers from Santa Barbara County and across California converge at Solvang’s Mission-style Veterans’ Memorial Hall to pour over 150 wines over three days of events which include the continuation of the festival’s ‘Original Garagiste’ seminars, moderated by Garagiste Festival Co-founder and KRUSH radio host, Stewart McLennan, and, this year, featuring Central Coast winemaking legend Ken Brown of Ken Brown Wines.

    “We are proud to lead off our main event with a one-on-one discussion and tasting with Ken Brown – a true original ‘garagiste’ many years before micro-production winemaking became a movement," said McLennan. “Ken was one of the first to recognize the cool climate potential of this region back in the 70s and to craft delicious wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay right here in Santa Barbara. We are looking forward to an informative and inspiring conversation as we taste some of his delicious wines.”

    Brown, whose Ken Brown Wines focuses on very small lots of Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills, is recognized as one of Santa Barbara County's pioneering winemakers and innovators. Not only was he among the first vintners to realize the tremendous promise for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Santa Barbara County, but he was also the first winemaker to introduce the Syrah grape, as well as Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, to the region. He was founding winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery and spent 20-years at Byron Vineyard and Winery which later sold to the Robert Mondavi family. In this seminar, attendees will learn how he helped shape the Santa Barbara wine scene and why he ultimately returned to small-lot winemaking.

    The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure 2019 kicks off on Friday, February 8th from 6:30-9:00pm with the very popular "No Repeats, Rare & Reserve," where attendees can get up close and personal with the winemakers as they share limited Club Only, Library and Pre-Release bottles and Barrel samples, and enjoy a BBQ buffet from local favorite Tim's BBQ. On Saturday, the seminar with Ken Brown, “Original Garagistes: A Deep Dive & Tasting,” runs from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and includes a Wine Country boxed lunch (VIP/Weekend pass ticket holders only). The day continues with the main event, the Grand Tasting, from 2-5pm showcasing over 40 winemakers pouring 150+ wines and 20+ unique varieties. All tickets include unlimited tastes, complimentary cheese and charcuterie and a souvenir Stolzle crystal wine glass - plus a Silent Auction full of enticing wine packages which benefits The Garagiste Scholarship at Cal Poly. On Sunday, Garagiste Passport Day returns, offering discounts and special offers to festival attendees at area wineries.

    The festival also announced that it will return to Sonoma California for its 2nd Annual Sonoma Garagiste Festival the weekend of April 13, 2019. Said Minnick: “We are very excited to return to Northern California in April. The reception we received last year was fantastic and we already have an exciting group of No Cal micro-production wineries signed up. Stay tuned!”

    Dubbed “tasting nirvana”, ‘strange and wondrous’, and “one not to miss” by the LA Times, the Garagiste Festival is renowned for its renegade spirit, passionate winemakers, handcrafted wines and rules-breaking, ‘no snobs allowed’ ethos. Launched in Paso Robles in 2011, the festival features the wines of commercial garagiste* winemakers who make under 1500 cases at festivals across California, including Solvang, Sonoma, Los Angeles and Paso Robles. Over 350 different wineries have poured over 3,000 wines for over 10,000 wine lovers at Garagiste Festivals since inception and the festival has raised over $125K in support of The Garagiste Scholarship at Cal Poly.

    For full Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure 2019 schedule details, go to http://californiagaragistes.com/2019-syv-fest/

    Tickets are very limited and Garagiste Festivals always sell out. To buy tickets, go to: https://bit.ly/2Bcs0ck. For breaking festival news and special discounts, sign-up for our free newsletter, The Dirt at http://garagistefestival.com/sign-up/ or follow us on Twitter (@GaragisteFest) or Facebook.

    Among the over 40 winemakers already scheduled to pour are:
    Ascension Cellars, Bodega de Edgar, Bolshoi Family Wines*, Cloak & Dagger Wines, Copia Vineyards, Cordon Wines, Cutruzzola Vineyards, D. Volk Wines, Dascomb Cellars, Hoi Polloi Winery, Kaleidos Winery, Kimsey Vineyards*, Lepiane Wines, Metrick Wines, Montemar Winery, RF Fine Wines*, Ryan Cochrane Wines, Sycamore Ranch, Temperance Cellars*, Tercero Wines and Westerly Wines.*

    *First time pouring at the Solvang Festival.

    Sponsors include:
    AEB, California Winery Advisor, City of Santa Ynez Valley, Digital Dogma, Distinctive Glassware, ETS Laboratories, Farm Credit West, Glenn Burdette, G3 Enterprises, Hamlet Inn, The Hanover Insurance Group, House of Copper, Laffort U.S.A., mWEBB Communications, Wine Industry Insight, Wine Reach App, WiVi Central Coast Conference & Tradeshow.

    For sponsorship info, email info(at)garagistefestival.com.

    About The Garagiste Wine Festival
    The Garagiste Wine Festival (http://www.garagistefestival.com), named the ‘Best Wine Festival in the US in 2018 in USA Today’s 10Best Readers Choice Awards, is the first and only wine festival dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized American artisan ‘garagiste’ producers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot production wines in the world. Founded by fellow garagistes Stewart McLennan and Douglas Minnick, the Garagiste Festivals are committed to discovering the best and most innovative limited-production winemakers and promoting and showcasing them to a broad audience of discerning wine consumers. In addition to its flagship annual festival in Paso Robles, CA, the Garagiste Festival line-up includes Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure, featuring Santa Ynez Valley garagistes; the Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure, in Los Angeles; the Garagiste Festival, Northern Exposure, in Sonoma; winemaker dinners, a newsletter, garagiste profiles and more.

    In addition to being named the US’ Best Wine Festival, the Garagiste Festival was named one of the ‘Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations’ in the world by ABC News, * “one of the premier wine events of the year,” by the LA Times and “Best Festival” by Sunset Magazine’s ‘Best of the West.’ The festivals are produced by Garagiste Events, a non-profit dedicated to furthering the education of future winemakers and those training for employment within the wine industry. Proceeds from the festivals support the Garagiste Festival Scholarship fund of the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo Wine and Viticulture Department.

    *Garagistes (garage-east) is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their "garages" (anything considered not a chateau), who refused to follow the “rules,” and is now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world. The Garagiste Festivals were the first to shine a light on the American garagiste winemaker in 2011.

    Media Contacts:
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    The oversight failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs resulted in short-staffing and millions in overtime charged to taxpayers.

     
     
     
     
     
     
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    OTTAWA, Dec. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Support Our Troops, the official charitable cause of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), is proud to announce its partnership with Accora Village, a thriving rental community in Ottawa’s west end. Accora Village is the perfect housing option for National Defence Headquarters (Carling) employees due to its unique understanding of the lifestyle and requirements of the CAF community, flexible leasing arrangements, programs, and services."Accora Village is a strong and dedicated ally of the Canadian Armed Forces community," said Commodore Sean N. Cantelon, CEO, Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services. “The unique offering that Accora Village has created for CAF members, family members and Veterans will help ease some of the challenges of frequent relocations. Their community provides access to plenty of restaurants, retail shops and beautiful greenspace that supports an active and healthy lifestyle.”

    Accora Village is a strong community advocate and sponsor of a number of CAF events such as the Army Run, Navy Bike Ride and Soldier On golf tournament. Accora Village, in partnership with Support Our Troops, is eager to see how it can continue to support Canadian Armed Forces members and their community.

    “At Accora Village, supporting our military members, families, and Veterans is an important part of the values that make our community unique and special. With over 7,000 residents, many having served as military members or Veterans, Accora Village is committed to sponsoring events that support our troops and our community," said Dan Greenberg, President and owner of Accora Village. “We will continue to work with Support Our Troops to ensure our thriving partnership benefits the CAF community and their unique requirements.”

    As part of this formal partnership, Accora Village is now offering serving CAF members and  Veterans special offers on various housing options, fitness facilities and programs.

    *Quick Facts*

    Accora Village is a thriving rental community in the west end of Ottawa with easy access to NDHQ Carling Campus. The community is 150 acres of tree-lined streets, ideal for young professionals, families and downsizers interested in an active and healthy lifestyle.

    Accora Village has a unique understanding of the lifestyle and requirements of members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

    Support Our Troops is an official qualified donee of Her Majesty in right of Canada for the Canadian Armed Forces community; managed and operated by Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services. It was established to meet the unique needs and special challenges faced by members of the Canadian Armed Forces community as a result of military service.

    *Associated Links*

    Accora Village
    Support Our Troops
    CAFconnection

    *Contacts*

    Julie Leblanc
    Senior Manager, Corporate Communications & Stakeholder Relations
    Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services
    Phone: 613-996-4620
    Email: leblanc.julie@cfmws.com

    Marketing and Communications, Manager
    James Kenny
    Accora Village
    Phone : 613-612-7488
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    Startup founders are skeptical about the future of cryptocurrency, but that hasn't stopped them from investing in it anyway· Cryptocurrency had reached 35 million users as of September 2018, reflective of the trend of people becoming increasingly familiar with blockchain technology and digital currencies like bitcoin, ethereum, and tether.
    · Although individuals are investing more in the technology, it's not burgeoning as much on the business and industry level.
    · A recent survey of hundreds of startup founders found that while 40 percent of them personally own cryptocurrency, only 13 percent saw cryptocurrency or blockchain tech becoming a dominant technology in their industry in the future.
    · These findings come as the price of cryptocurrencies, especially bitcoin, is plunging. The cryptocurrency market has been in a major downslide for the last few months.

    Cryptocurrency may be seen as the money of the future, but tech startup founders are skeptical whether the decentralized technology will majorly transform their industries in the near future.

    A survey of more than 500 founders at technology startups found that while 40 percent of the founders own cryptocurrency themselves, only 13 percent think that bitcoin, and blockchain technology, will become "dominant technologies" in their businesses in the future.

    According to the findings from investment firm First Round, an estimated 57% of founders responded that cryptocurrency would play a purely "experimental" role in their industries and that only "a minority" of companies will have integrated it into their businesses in the next five years.

    *Read more:* From HODL to the moon: All the cryptocurrency slang you need to know to sound like a bitcoin expert

    This interest and use of crypto assets at an individual level — rather than at the business or industry level — is a trend reflected in the crypto market as a whole. A research study out of the University of Cambridge found in September that a majority of crypto users are individuals.

    The same study also concluded that the number of people participating in this digital, decentralized economy had doubled in the past year, and has reached an all-time high of 35 million users.

    But despite the uptick in numbers, the price cryptocurrency has been in a continuous downward spiral this year. Bitcoin peaked at a price of $19,500 in January, but its value was wavering around $3,300 on Thursday. Just in the last week, the crypto market lost $14 billion in valuation.

    *SEE ALSO: Facebook veterans are changing the world of blockchain and crypto startups: Here are 15 ex-Facebook employees who went crypto*

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    The co-founder of $725 million cloud startup Mesosphere is stepping aside as CEO to make way for a Symantec veteran· *Mesosphere, most recently valued at $725 million in a funding round this year, is getting a new CEO.*
    · *Founder Florian Leibert is stepping aside to make way for Mike Fey, most recently COO of Symantec.*
    · *Leibert had previously announced his intention to find his own replacement.*
    · *Fey sees a lot of opportunity in bringing Mesosphere's software to larger customers, to help them manage their server and cloud infrastructure. *
    · *Fey says he was first intrigued by Mesosphere's all-star roster of investors, which include Khosla Ventures, Microsoft, Andreessen Horowitz, T. Rowe Price, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.*

    Earlier this year, cloud startup Mesosphere raised $125 million, bringing its total funding to just shy of $250 million. That deal valued Mesosphere at $725 million, according to Bloomberg, up from $600 million in 2016. 

    Now, Mesosphere co-founder Florian Leibert is following through on his previously-announced intention to step aside as CEO, to take a new role focused on strategy and working with customers. Replacing him will be Mike Fey, most recently president and COO of Symantec, in a move that the company says will help it achieve the next stage of growth by going after larger customers. 

    "I realized this was one of the few things that could impact the future in a meaningful way," Fey told Business Insider in an interview on Thursday. 

    Mesosphere once famously turned down an acquisition offer from Microsoft, after which some pundits started to theorize that the company was doomed. But Fey says that Mesosphere is growing fast, and it's his intention to keep on building momentum as an independent company. 

    "I didn't come here to sell it short," Fey says. "I came here to build something special." 

    What first attracted him to Mesosphere, Fey says, is its all-star roster of investors, including T. Rowe Price, Andreessen Horowitz, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Khosla Ventures, and even Koch Industries, who have sunk just shy of $250 million into the company in total. 

    "That led me to take it very seriously," Fey says.

    With his interest piqued, Fey first met with Leibert in October, and ultimately decided that it was the logical next move for him. Leibert, for his part, was excited to hand off the reins after 5 years as chief exec, and spend more time working with customers and thinking about what's next for the company. 

    *What's next for Mesosphere*

    Last year, the company said it was on a $50 million annualized run rate, a measure of how much revenue it expects to book over the next 12-month period. While Mesosphere declines to share new numbers today, Leibert has said that its revenue triples every year. 

    *Read more: *This startup famously turned down an acquisition offer from Microsoft — now it's a $50 million business

    Mesosphere's flagship product is DC/OS, or the Data Center Operating System. The general principle behind DC/OS is that it should be as easy for IT pros to manage the software on their servers as it is to download an iPhone app. It's especially popular for running Kubernetes, a Google-born technology for managing cloud infrastructure.

    Fey sees big value in bringing this to ever-larger customers, who need an easy way to first bring their software to the cloud, and then to snap on additional technologies like Kubernetes, artificial intelligence, or smart device management. 

    Tactically, Fey wants to take the positive experiences of Mesosphere's smaller customers, and "repeat it at the highest levels." He highlights new customer GE Transportation, which is using DC/OS to manage applications across its own data centers, as well as mega-clouds like those offered by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

    Leibert says that the time is right, too: With Microsoft buying GitHub for $7.5 billion, IBM snapping up Red Hat for $34 billion, and VMware acquiring red-hot Kubernetes startup Heptio, there's going to be a lot of interest in open source software. That's good for Mesosphere, Leibert says, because there's no easier way for customers to get started using open source software than to install and manage it via DC/OS.

    "You need to be able to put all of these technologies together," says Leibert. 

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    54% Increase in Revenue compared to the same Period in the Prior Year

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    TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canada House Wellness Group Inc. (CSE: CHV) (“*Canada House*” or the “*Company*”) is pleased to report its financial results for the three months ending October 31, 2018. All amounts are stated in thousands of Canadian dollars.Financial Highlights:

    · Cash position was $4,259 compared to $8,953 as at April 30, 2018 and $5,844 as at July 31, 2018. During the quarter ended October 31, 2018, the Company spent $1,489 on production-related capabilities, including the remaining $577 licensing fee to Medicine Man Technologies for an exclusive licensing agreement for deployment of its intellectual property and product lines (Three a Light ®, Success Nutrients ®, General Intellectual Property) into the Canadian marketplace.
    · During the quarter ended October 31, 2018, the Company secured $1,540 of new financing from the exercise of warrants and a private placement and incurred net interest and financing charges of $148.
    · Working capital was $3,355 compared to $6,670 as at April 30, 2018 and $4,492 as of July 31, 2018.
    · Of the $8,624 of convertible debentures issued in December 2017, only $3,342 remained outstanding as of October 31, 2018. As of December 12, 2018, $1,120 remain outstanding and the conversion feature of the debentures has increased from $0.19/share to $0.40/share.
    · Revenue for the three months ending October 31, 2018 was $1,240, an increase of $436 or 54% compared to $804 in the prior year and $9 better than the previous quarter ending July 31, 2018.
    · EBITDAS ^(1) for the three months ending October 31, 2018 was a deficit of ($1,124) compared to ($700) during the same period in the prior year. EBITDAS for the three months ending October 31, 2018 included $326 of one-time payments related to the transition and restructuring activities of the senior management team and Board of Directors and higher than normal expenses related to audit and legal fees.
    · Loss and Comprehensive loss for the year was ($3,007) for the three months ending October 31, 2018 compared to ($1,261) for the same period in the prior year

    (1)   “EBITDAS” is comprised of Loss and Comprehensive Loss for the Year plus Depreciation and amortization plus Interest, Taxes, Impairment and Stock Based Compensation. EBITDAS is considered by the Company to be a useful measure of cash-flow from operations.

    “This is the second consecutive quarter revenue has increased by over 50% compared to the same periods in the prior years, further substantiating our medical cannabis clinic model” says Chris Churchill-Smith, CEO. “During the quarter ending October 31, 2018, we also completed our first sale of seeds to a Licensed Producer, thereby diversifying our revenue stream and we also initiated new efforts with third party patient-detailing companies to grow our patient base. As revenue increases, we are matching our growth in production facilities with known demand from our clinic and retail channels to drive profitability on a go-forward basis.” concludes Mr. Churchill-Smith.

    Business Highlights for the Quarter:

    · After five years of serving veterans as Marijuana for Trauma, rebranded its clinic division as Canada House Clinics
    · Awarded a dispensary license in Edmonton, Alberta
    · Announced the closing of the first tranche of financing for $1 million under its $25 million facility with Alumina
    · Provided an update on the construction work at its production facility, noting that it continues to make good progress and expects to begin production by the end of the first calendar quarter of 2019
    · To address the shortage of quality genetics as the adult-use recreational market became legal on October 17, 2018, launched its new website, www.abbamedixgenetics.com to support seed sales to Licensed Producers
    · Held its Annual Shareholder Meeting on October 30, 2018

    *Canada House Wellness Group Inc.*

    Canada House is the parent company of Marijuana for Trauma Inc., Knalysis Technologies and Abba Medix Corp. The Company's goal is to become a marketplace leader through strategic partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions to create a fully integrated cannabis therapy company. For more information please visit http://www.canadahouse.ca. or www.sedar.com

    *For further information, please contact:*

    Boom Capital Markets
    Steve Low
    647-620-5101
    steve@boomcapitalmarkets.com

    Canada House Wellness Group Inc.
    Chris Churchill-Smith
    CEO
    514-313-0102
    chris.smith@canadahouse.ca

    *Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Information.  *This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements that relate to, among other things, the Company’s clinic, production and technology businesses, its future plans, the Company’s markets, objectives, goals, strategies, intentions, beliefs, expectations and estimates, and can generally be identified by the use of words such as “may”, “will”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “likely”, “possible”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “plan”, “objective” and “continue” (or the negative thereof) and words and expressions of similar import. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Certain material factors or assumptions are applied in making forward-looking statements, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Material assumptions used to develop forward-looking information in this news release include, among other things, the regulations related to cannabis use under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations and the act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, passed by the Canadian Federal government, making cannabis legal for recreational use by October 17, 2018; Company liquidity and capital resources, including the availability of additional capital resources to fund its activities; level of competition; the ability to adapt products and services to the changing market; the ability to attract and retain key executives; and the ability to execute strategic plans. Additional information about material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations and about material factors or assumptions applied in making forward-looking statements may be found in the Company’s most recent annual and interim Management’s Discussion and Analysis under “Risk and Uncertainties” as well as in other public disclosure documents filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the forward-looking statements contained in this document, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.”

    Neither the CSE nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the CSE) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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    Jewellery World Asia: Setting The Stage for Asia's Finest Jewellery Show, 1-3 November 2019 in Singapore Organised by Montgomery Asia, the show brings the jewellery world's best-kept secrets to the Lion City
    SINGAPORE, Dec. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Rare diamonds, precious gemstones, and one-of-a-kind jewellery akin to works of art -- these are the carefully selected, exquisite pieces that will be shown at the inaugural Jewellery World Asia (JWA). This is the first regional show to bring only the world's creme de la creme jewellery boutiques, designers, and dealers -- handpicked by industry veterans and insiders -- to one magnificent experience.

    JWA will see 80 international fine jewellers including precious gemstones, diamonds, fine pearls and antique jewellery dealers descend onto Marina Bay Sands from 1-3 November 2019, preceded by a VVIP and Media Preview on 31 October. Created in response to market demand for a highly curated fine jewellery show with a strong personal touch, fair organisers Montgomery Asia, will ensure an unforgettable lifestyle experience at JWA with a custom-designed, contemporary exhibition space that is set to entice the most discerning global collectors. Specially curated features include an invite-only jewellery fashion show, a gourmet restaurant, champagne bar, whisky lounge and more.

    "The launch of Jewellery World Asia comes at a time of tremendous growth for the industry in Asia and we are delighted to partner with the world's leading fine jewellery boutiques and dealers to showcase the very best they have to offer. 2019 promises to be an exciting year for Montgomery Asia with JWA being held at the same time and venue as our new regional high-end contemporary art show, ART SG." says Christopher McCuin, Managing Director, Montgomery Asia. "We will continually create the best and most exclusive experiences for international collectors as we expand our portfolio of world class lifestyle events."

    Commenting on the launch of JWA, Lim Kam Su, President of the Diamond Exchange of Singapore, adds, "Asia Pacific enjoys the fastest regional growth rate in the world for exquisite diamonds and fine jewellery and we anticipate that the format and calibre of JWA will be appreciated by both global dealers and collectors alike."

    Andrew Phua, Director, Exhibitions & Conferences, Singapore Tourism Board, says, "We are pleased that JWA has decided to launch in Singapore in November 2019. The anchoring of this event in Singapore is testament to our reputation as a leading business events destination where event planners can draw on our ecosystem of opportunities, networks and ideas to launch new events for the Asia Pacific region. Singapore's strategic location, coupled with a supportive pro-business environment, continue to bring together people and ideas from East and West. With complementary events such as ART SG taking place in the same week as JWA, international and Asian jewellery designers, traders and collectors will have valuable platforms to meet, network and seize the wealth of business opportunities and possibilities in the region. We look forward to welcoming JWA to Singapore, an event that will strengthen Singapore's position as a leading regional jewellery and gem hub."

    Exhibitors at JWA will be individually selected based on the superior quality and design of their goods and reputation in the global industry, ensuring that both trade buyers and collectors can buy with confidence at the show. JWA is an event experience curated by the industry for the industry, supported by Diamond Exchange of Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board.

    *About Jewellery World Asia*

    Jewellery World Asia (JWA) is a new, highly curated fine jewellery show for the Asia Pacific market. The inaugural event will take place in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands from 1 to 3 November 2019, preceded by a VVIP and Media Preview on 31 October. For more information and updates, please visit www.jewelleryworldasia.com.

    *About Montgomery Group*

    Founded in 1895, Montgomery is a global events company with a difference. We have over 100 years of experience under our belt, but we've kept our entrepreneurial spirit. We don't shy away from innovation, and we relish a challenge - wherever in the world it may take us. Our international expertise and resources mean we deliver first-class results, no matter the vision and location. Seeking new opportunities and delivering quality exhibitions and shows is what Montgomery does best.

    Lifestyle shows include Art Central Hong Kong, Art SG (Singapore), India Art Fair, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, Sydney Contemporary and Taipei Dangdai (Taiwan), all of which sit within the portfolio of Angus Montgomery Arts, a sister company of Montgomery Asia.

    Established in 2016, Montgomery Asia is a fully-owned subsidiary of Montgomery Group.  It focuses on the growing Asian market, bringing the group's flagship events as well as developing new trade shows that meet the needs of the fast-growing region.

    *For media enquiries, please contact: *

    Karen Lim
    Marketing Manager, Montgomery Asia
    E: Karen.Lim@montgomeryasia.com
    T: +65 9388 4024

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