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

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    Military veterans make up about 7 percent of Intel Corp.’s U.S. workforce, and if national data is any guide, anywhere from 11 percent to 20 percent of them may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Claudia Weber, a U.S. Navy veteran who currently works as an information technology talent manager at Intel in Hillsboro, created the U.S. Veteran’s Resilience Program to support colleagues who are dealing with PTSD. Weber started with an 18-person pilot, which has grown beyond veterans to… Reported by bizjournals 29 minutes ago.

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    Mako Medical once again set a new record by topping the Fast 50 for the third year in a row.

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (PRWEB) December 25, 2018

    Business Journal recognized the fastest growing private companies in the region. The Research Triangle is a highly competitive market for Life Science and Technology companies. The Triangle is also home to many investment funds and incubators for start-ups. This competitive environment makes it hard to stand out when so many companies are performing well. The Fast 50 winners were selected and ranked based on a formula that counts revenue and profitability in the preceding three years. The numbers are crunched and analyzed by PricewaterhouseCoopers. "Beyond bolstering the top-line performance and a nose for profitability, this list of companies represents the dynamic economic fabric of the Triangle," says Jason Christie, publisher of the TBJ. "We have a mixture of private firms that have made this list for years, and we have companies m​aking this list for the first time. Collectively, they reflect the best of the best."

    History was made again -- when it was announced that Mako Medical had won the top spot for the 3rd year in a row. A feat that has never happened anywhere in the country before. This is the second time Mako Medical has broken the record by being ranked #1 -- making them the only company in America to achieve this in the history of the awards. Mako Medical Laboratories has experienced explosive growth in the last few years and has quickly become a national favorite for over 50,000 medical providers around the country. Last year, Mako Medical became the first company ever to win Life Science Awards two years in a row. That same year, Mako Medical was also ranked as a Best Place to Work and announced a massive expansion with a new testing facility.

    When asked about how Mako was achieving such growth Chad Price, President of Mako Medical answered with one word, "impact." Chad went on to explain that the entire purpose behind the creation of Mako Medical was to create funding for local nonprofits/charities, to employ military veterans, and to support Christan missionaries around the world. "It is why we do what we do. Some companies are focused on shareholder value. Others are focused on returns for their investors. We are focused on making an impact in others peoples' lives. The more we grow, the more people we can help. The more revenue we have -- the more funding we have to work with," says Chad. Today, Mako Medical supports over 472 different charities around the country, employs hundreds of military veterans, and supports over 80 Christian missionaries from Syria to Nigeria.

    Mako Medical Laboratories is an award-winning laboratory with operations in over 12 states. Mako utilizes automation and robotics to complete some of the most difficult and rare diagnostic tests. Mako is known for its extensive community service, supporting over 400 local nonprofits and charities, hiring hundreds of military veterans and supporting over 80 international missionaries.

    Josh Arant
    ​jarant@makomedical.com Reported by PRWeb 2 days ago.

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    Veterans and families braved the cold to pay their respects for the heroes who have taken their own lives. Reported by Daily Record 2 days ago.

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    Family continue effort to find D-Day veterans stolen bag and photos as police close case Stanley's family are appealing for anyone who might be able to help reunite Stanley with his photos Reported by Surrey Mirror 1 day ago.

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    A new type of job event aimed at showcasing veterans will be piloted at the University at Buffalo this February. Patriotic Hearts, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting military vets and their families, decided to try a new kind of program after watching the mutual frustration of traditional job fairs, said Patrick Mellody, a Buffalonian who is organizing the event. Employers on Campus will be held at noon on Feb. 20 and feature around 10 companies who will stand up and give brief synopses… Reported by bizjournals 1 day ago.

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    The FTC and the Department of Veterans Affairs recently signed an updated Memorandum of Agreement to continue their ongoing joint efforts to stop fraudulent Reported by Mondaq 1 day ago.

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    CEO and President Lon T. Dolber has been formally recognized by the NHL’s New York Islanders as a Hometown Hero, a program that celebrates people who make a difference in their local communities.

    HOLBROOK, N.Y. (PRWEB) December 26, 2018

    American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (AP) CEO and President Lon T. Dolber has been formally recognized by the NHL’s New York Islanders as a Hometown Hero, a program presented by New York Community Bank and the NYCB Family of Banks that celebrates people who make a difference in their local communities.

    “While I, personally, reserve the term ‘hero’ for those courageous members of our society—police, firefighters, military servicemen and women—I would instead consider myself a good citizen,” Dolber states with humility. “I am extremely honored to be included among the program’s previous Hometown Heroes who believe, as do I, that giving back to the community is a responsibility each of us should make time in our lives to be engaged in. When I first started in business, my father said, ‘You must lead with a servant’s heart.’ I firmly believe that companies have an obligation to be socially responsible and to share that mission with their employees and their clients; leading by example often has the benefit of creating a trickle-down effect.”

    Rather than focusing on the privately-held, independent broker/dealer that services financial advisors across the country, which Dolber established in 2001, he instead lent focus to an organization near and dear to his heart—The Center for Discovery (TCFD), an internationally-recognized research and innovation center that provides programs for nearly 1,200 people annually who have complex disabilities. During the New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins matchup, which took place on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Dolber was presented with a custom jersey emblazoned with the words “Hometown Hero” and the number 18 by former New York Islanders player Clark Gillies (Drafted 1974, Left Wing, No. 9), who is also deeply committed to social responsibility through The Clark Gillies Foundation, a non-profit corporation developed to help children who are physically, developmentally and/or financially challenged. AP staff members and guests of TCFD were present to witness the official Hometown Hero presentation and show support for Dolber and the firm’s steadfast commitment to corporate social responsibility.

    Accompanying Dolber throughout the evening’s events was actor and TCFD board member Aidan Quinn, who was on hand to celebrate Dolber’s recognition and to promote awareness of the TCFD mission. During the pre-game show that aired on MSG+, Dolber and Quinn were interviewed by New York Islanders host and reporter Shannon Hogan, during which they shared their personal experiences with the organization as a means of further illustrating its cause. During the Hometown Hero event, a slideshow and short video highlighting TCFD aired on the Jumbotron for the sold-out game’s attendees to view.

    Since 2010, Dolber has served as the organizational force behind the partnership with TCFD and World T.E.A.M. (WT), a non-profit organization that brings adaptive and able-bodied athletes together by empowering individuals through inclusive athletic events, and for which he serves as the vice chairman. On an annual basis, AP, TCFD and WT present the Adventure Team Challenge for TCFD residents, in which groups partake in a series of athletic, recreational and outdoor experiences to provide a sense of achievement and teamwork for those with significant physical and behavioral disabilities. Each year, a number of AP employees, affiliated investment professionals, friends and others volunteer to serve as team members and assist TCFD staff in providing essential logistical support to these events.

    Recently, AP has entered into a five-year funding commitment -- made possible through the AP Foundation -- to develop and operate The American Portfolios Assistive Technology Lab, which is housed within TCFD’s Technology Hub and Incubator (THINC). The dedicated laboratory will spawn the development of new products, technologies and assistive devices that are intended to expand opportunities for individuals with a range of disabilities and complex conditions to experience and interact with nature and the outdoors, including sport, athletic and recreational activities.

    In addition to his work with TCFD and WT, Dolber and AP support the following organizations: Virtual Enterprises International, Inc. (VEI), a non-profit organization that offers in-school experiential learning programs for high school students to form entrepreneurial, start-up businesses within a live global simulated setting; Thame Sherpa Heritage Fund, which supports community efforts in the Thame Valley, Nepal, focusing on short- and long-term earthquake recovery; The Butterfly Effect Project, a free program that empowers young girls by giving them the tools to assist in achieving emotionally-stable and self-confident futures; and Honor Flight Long Island, a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's war veterans for their sacrifices by flying them to Washington, D.C., to visit their war memorials.

    About American Portfolios

    Headquartered in Holbrook, N.Y., American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (APFS) is a full-service, independent broker/dealer and member firm of FINRA and SIPC, offering a complete range of financial services, including personal financial and retirement planning, securities trading, mutual funds, access to investment research, long-term care planning, insurance products and tax-free investing. Fee-based asset management is offered through its sister subsidiary, American Portfolios Advisors, Inc., (APA), an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Both entities, along with technology entity American Portfolios Advisory Solutions, LLC, collectively reside under the legal entity American Portfolios Holdings, Inc. (APH). Full-service securities brokerage is available through a clearing firm relationship with Pershing, LLC, a BNY Mellon firm, the securities of which are held on a fully disclosed basis. The company currently serves 832 independent investment professionals located in 382 branch locations throughout the nation. It was named Broker-Dealer of the Year* (Division III) by Investment Advisor magazine in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as one of the top 10 Best Companies to Work for in the state of New York for 2016, 2017 and 2018 by the New York State Society for Human Resources Management (NYS-SHRM) and the Best Companies Group (BCG).

    *Based on a poll of registered representatives conducted by Investment Advisor magazine. Broker/dealers rated highest by their representatives are awarded “Broker/Dealer (B/D) of the Year.”

    About The Center for Discovery

    The Center for Discovery (TCFD) is a leading provider of health care and education services for more than 1,200 children and adults with complex conditions, medical frailties and Autism Spectrum Disorders, located 90 miles northwest of New York City. Named a Center of Excellence in 2016, TCFD has long been a leader in developing new models of care for individuals with complex conditions. On 1,500 acres of land in Sullivan County, TCFD houses school campuses, residences, medical and research facilities, organic and biodynamic farmland, and leased private businesses. Deeply focused on an individual’s personal potential and possibilities, rather than a disability, TCFD strives to create better care and unique and challenging opportunities for the most vulnerable populations. For more information about TCFD, please visit https://thecenterfordiscovery.org/. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.

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    Mako Medical partners with new rideshare programs that focuses solely on children and patients-- GoKart Kids and GoKart Transportation.

    ATLANTA (PRWEB) December 26, 2018

    ​Mako Medical Laboratories announced a partnership with GoKart Kids and GoKart transportation today. GoKart Kids and GoKart Transportation is a transportation service similar to Uber and Lyft but focuses only on children and patients. This service caters to those that need special attention and works just like the other ride sharing programs. The app can be downloaded from the itunes store and allows parents or patients to book and track rides for their loved ones.

    GoKart Kids and GoKart transportation has been featured on Fox, ABC, NBC, CNN, and in several magazines around the country. It fills the void by providing safe, reliable transportation for busy moms and dads or for patients that need a ride for a follow-up appointment or when no one is available to take them. Unlike other ride sharing programs--GoKart Kids and GoKart transportation hires off duty police officers, EMS workers, and Fireman. Each vehicle is thoroughly inspected, and every driver is thoroughly back ground checked and fingerprinted. In addition to the thorough inspections--GoKart Kids and GoKart Transportation provides insurance on every ride. An industry first!

    "We are excited about this new partnership. This service fills a huge void in the health-care market. Most medical practices still have a 20% no show rate because patients still struggle to find reliable transportation. The fact GoKart Kids and GoKart Transportation focuses on children made our team feel very comfortable partnering with them. We wanted a more through inspection of the vehicles that our families and patients would be traveling in, we also wanted drivers that were more thoroughly vetted, and wanted insurance on each ride.

    The other national ride-share programs don't offer that", says Chad Price President of Mako Medical. Mako Medical has also started offering the service to its employees as a company benefit. "We have lots of busy moms and dads--this allows them to coordinate transportation to daycare, after school events for their kids, and sporting events without ever having to leave the office", says Price.

    Mako Medical is an award winning laboratory and is ranked as one of the fastest growing health care companies in America. Mako focuses on laboratory and diagnostics services and has operations in 10 states. Mako is known for its extensive community service, hiring military veterans, and supporting Christian Missionaries around the world.
    Chad Price Cprice@makomedical.com Reported by PRWeb 22 hours ago.

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    2018 NFL season featured the young and the old Out with the old? Not so fast: several veterans had specular NFL seasons in 2018. Reported by FOX Sports 20 hours ago.

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    From costumed pets to alcohol-free parade zones, Shreveport-Bossier offers a variety of kid-friendly Carnival experiences in Northwest Louisiana. The 2019 Carnival season begins on Saturday, Jan. 5 and continues through Fat Tuesday, Mar. 5.

    SHREVEPORT, La. (PRWEB) December 26, 2018

    Parents in search of a family-friendly Mardi Gras experience should consider attending Carnival festivities in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, just a 2.5-hour drive east of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Throughout Carnival season, which begins on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 and ends on Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Shreveport-Bossier offers a variety of kid-friendly Mardi Gras experiences including parades especially for children, a pet parade, and alcohol-free “family zones” along the major parade routes. For complete details of the upcoming Carnival season in Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.ShreveportMardiGras.com.    

    The three largest Mardi Gras parades held annually in Shreveport-Bossier all offer alcohol-free viewing areas along the parade route. For the Krewe of Centaur Parade XXVIII, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, and the Krewe of Gemini Parade XXX, 4 p.m., Saturday, March 2, an alcohol-free family zone has been designated in and around Veterans Park on Clyde Fant Parkway. Visitors wishing to view the parades in the family zone may begin arriving as early as 7 a.m. on parade day and should plan to arrive before 3:30 p.m., when roads will close along the route. The boundaries of the family zone are clearly marked with signage beginning at the intersection of Clyde Fant Parkway and Stoner Avenue in Shreveport and stretching north towards downtown Shreveport. The Krewe of Highland Parade XXIV, 2 p.m., Sunday, March 3, offers an alcohol-free viewing area along the east side of the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana. The physical location of the family viewing area stretches north from 1911 Centenary Boulevard – the main entrance to the Centenary College of Louisiana campus – to the intersection of Centenary Boulevard and E. Wilkinson Street. The Krewe of Highland Parade begins and ends in daylight, making it an especially popular parade for families.

    On Sunday, Feb. 24, the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade, a huge parade of costumed pets that has drawn crowds of more than 10,000 spectators, will be held at 2000 Reeves Marine Drive in Bossier City. Pet registration begins at noon, pet contests begin at 1 p.m., and the costumed pet parade typically marches at 3 p.m.

    On Fat Tuesday, March 5, the Krewe de Les Femmes Mystique will present the annual Fat Tuesday Children’s Parade at Pierre Bossier Mall in Bossier City. This parade is completely alcohol-free and designed especially for children, with a variety of non-traditional floats, marching units, clowns, and more. The Fat Tuesday Children’s Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at Pierre Bossier Mall, 2950 E. Texas Street in Bossier City.    

    For assistance planning a visit to Shreveport-Bossier during Mardi Gras season, contact the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau at 1-800-551-8262 or http://www.Shreveport-Bossier.org. For complete information on Mardi Gras celebrations in Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.ShreveportMardiGras.com and download the 2019 edition of The Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras, a pocket-sized guide to North Louisiana’s largest Carnival season celebrations. Reported by PRWeb 16 hours ago.

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    The contributions of an outstanding technician, educator, and local chapter dedicated to the highest standards of electronics excellence will be recognized during the ETA® International annual awards banquet at Education Forum in Las Vegas on March 7, 2019. Those deserving recognition for their dedication and enthusiasm for the electronics industry and their willingness to volunteer at a moment’s notice to represent their association will be honored during the special ceremony.

    GREENCASTLE, Ind. (PRWEB) December 27, 2018

    ETA International peer awards pay respect to industry professionals who promote the education and execution of the arts and sciences of electronics technology. ETA is the only professional trade association dedicated to the support of electronics technicians in the education and advancement of trained and certified electronics technicians.

    Industry peers and colleagues will gather at ETA’s annual Awards Banquet during Education Forum on March 7th in Las Vegas, NV to celebrate those individuals deserving recognition for their dedication and enthusiasm for the electronics industry and their willingness to volunteer at a moment’s notice to represent their trade association.

    Technician of the Year – This distinguished award is given in honor of the late Norris R. Browne, president of the National Electronic Association (NEA) and a service business owner. For outstanding service to fellow electronics technicians, the 2018 ETA Technician of the Year award is presented to Jason Eduardo Sandavol, PVI1, SWI, Ohio Power Solutions.

    Nominated by ETA Renewable Energy Chairman Jay Warmke, PVI1, SWI, Blue Rock Station, Warmke said, “Eduardo is a living example of all the positive benefits the ETA technician programs hopes to achieve.”

    After studying various careers, Sandavol found he was interested in solar energy. After completing the hands-on training and examination process, he interned at Blue Rock Station, a sustainable living center in Ohio, to get a more complete vision of green energy and career options in sustainable living.

    During his internship, he attended a conference where he met with most of the solar installation companies operating in the state. Warmke said Sandavol impressed those company leaders with his enthusiasm, personable nature, and knowledge. The day he finished his internship, he was hired by Dovetail Solar and Wind as a Photovoltaic Installer. For the past two years, he has worked for Ohio Power Solutions, installing hundreds of systems and emerging as one of the most experienced and respected solar installers in the state. He has also obtained his Small Wind Installer certification from ETA. His next goal is to work towards getting his electricians license and hopes to open his own solar installation company.

    “Eduardo believes that solar energy is a big part of cultural change that needs to happen to save the planet and he will be the first to testify that the ETA International certification process has literally changed his life,” Warmke said.

    Sandavol currently serves on ETA's Renewable Energy Committee, providing valued field experience and insights into the development of current and future programs.

    Educator of the Year – This prestigious award is named in honor of Wallace “Wally” Medeiros, PhD, CETma, a US Veteran, communications professional and instructor at Honolulu Community College and the U.S. military. For outstanding devotion in educating those pursuing careers in electronics and related fields, this award goes to John Young, CETsr, Veterans Assembled electronics, (Maryland).

    Students nominating Young gave the following reason why he deserves this award (paraphrased):
    “John is one of the finest instructors in the military, private and public sectors. His ability to teach and make electronics understandable is commendable. While dealing with several students at different phases of the course, he manages to make himself available to all by sharing his experience and knowledge in a professional and courteous manner. Those Veterans who came into his program with little to no knowledge of electronics are fortunate to have had such a great instructor. John Young makes Veterans Assembled Electronics a great place to learn.”

    Chapter of the Year - For active involvement in the world of electronics, this award recognizes registered student and local chapters that support a continuance of dedication to both the association and the electronics field itself. Congratulations to Veterans Assembled electronics (VAe), Chapter #210, and its sponsor Robert Berlin, CETsr, in Orlando, FL. The 2018 ETA Chapter of the Year, VAe Chapter #210, has been a great training partner with ETA and has done everything possible to ensure its Veteran students have every possible opportunity to transition into successful civilian electronics careers.

    ETA sincerely thanks all those deserving recognition for their dedication and enthusiasm for electronics and electronics-related technologies and their willingness to share their expertise to improve their association and industry vocations.

    About the Education Forum - ETA International is proud to host hands-on training through outside vendors in popular technology areas related to ETA certification during Education Forum, co-located with the International Wireless Communications Expo, March 4-8, 2019, in Las Vegas, NV. ETA's partners, the industry’s most respected trainers, will provide in-depth hands-on training in 11 key areas of expertise. Following each training class, ETA will provide opportunities to test for ETA certification. Find out more at http://www.eta-i.org/education_forum.html

    About ETA - Since 1978, ETA has delivered over 200,000 certification examinations successfully. Widely recognized and frequently used in worker job selection, hiring processes, pay increases, and advancements, ETA certifications are often required as companies bid on contracts. ETA’s certifications are personal and travel with the individual, regardless of employment or status change and measure competencies of persons, not products or vendors. All ETA certifications are accredited through the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC) and align with the ISO-17024 standard. For more information, visit http://www.eta-i.org

    Download this press release at – http://www.eta-i.org/pr/ETA_Commemorates_the_2018_Award_Winners.pdf Reported by PRWeb 8 hours ago.

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    FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Airlines’ 130,000 team members are proud to support the communities where they and their customers live, work, and play. In 2018, American donated more than $35 million in cash and travel value across the globe, with an emphasis in its hub cities: Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The company also raised nearly $10 million for its strategic partners through fundraising efforts and the generosity of its customers.“Our team members have hearts of service and American is proud to support their generosity as they continually give back to their communities,” said Ron DeFeo, Senior Vice President of Global Engagement for American. “While American is in the business of connecting the world, we believe equally in connecting at the ground level in the communities where we do business.”

    *Volunteering **in the Community*
    American has a rich history of volunteerism, and team members annually donate their time and talents to a variety of efforts through Do Crew, the airline’s volunteer program. Team members earn AAdvantage^® miles through American’s Flights for 50 program. With 50 hours of volunteer work, team members are awarded 25,000 miles to allocate to their charity of choice.  

    “I’m proud to say that American fosters a culture of service,” said CLT-based Flight Attendant Sharon Johnston. “I first began volunteering with Do Crew about 10 years ago with Puppies in Flight, a partnership between American and Assistance Dogs International. Since then, I’ve helped transport more than 300 four-legged heroes to individuals in need — veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, children with autism and individuals with physical disabilities, among others. From puppy number one, I wondered why I hadn’t started sooner. I consider myself fortunate to have spent 40 years with a company that supports so many worthy causes and provides me the opportunity to pay it forward.”

    *Disaster relief *
    When disaster strikes, Team American steps up. In 2018, team members organized relief packing events in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Phoenix. These events brought 27,000 hygiene comfort kits; 150,000 pounds of food; 1,000 pillows and blankets; 24,000 duvets; 38,000 pajamas and 11,000 mattress pads to those in critical need in the wake of Hurricanes Florence and Matthew as well as the California wildfires. American is proud to be a $1 million member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and is committed to supporting those impacted by natural disasters.

    Team Tulsa has organized American Red Cross blood drives since 1954. ‌​​​‌‌​‌‌‌‌‌‌‌​‌​​‌Each year, they host five week-long events, collecting 400 to 500 units of blood. This puts the Tulsa blood drive among the top 20 blood drives in the nation. It’s also the longest-running blood drive in the state of Oklahoma and among the longest running nationally.

    *Keeping it Local*
    ‍​​‌‌‌​‌​‌​‌​​​‌​​​‌​‍American supports organizations that matter most to our team members. To support this work, and ensure the greatest impact and reach, Regional Councils provide oversight at the local level. These teams operate in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tulsa and Washington, D.C.  

    *Fundraising events*  
    In 2018, American raised more than $5 million through three major fundraising events: American Airlines Celebrity Ski, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; American Airlines Charity Golf, benefiting Answer ALS; and American Airlines Sky Ball, benefiting the Airpower Foundation, a nationwide organization dedicated to supporting members of the military and their families.

    *International giving  *
    American expanded its global presence for Community Relations through several key community initiatives in Mexico, including building an indoor playground for a children’s hospital and an outdoor playground for an elementary school south of Mexico City, as well as rebuilding 19 emergency homes for families affected by earthquakes.

    *Military and Veterans Initiatives *
    The Medal of Honor Foundation honors U.S. military heroes. American supports the Foundation and provides U.S. Medal of Honor recipients with access to elite amenities when they fly. American is the official airline of National Medal of Honor Day and, each March, transports Medal of Honor recipients and their loved ones from New York City to Washington, D.C. American also partnered with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to support its Character Development Program, which provides teachers and students curriculum that explores the important concepts of courage, commitment, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity and citizenship and how these values can be exemplified in daily life.

    As the official airline partner of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express program, American transported more than 650 Gold Star families (1,722 individuals) from 80 cities worldwide this month via more than 100 chartered and commercial flights. American’s 12 charter flights, all crewed by volunteer flight attendants and pilots, arrived at Orlando International Airport (MCO) from every corner of the country. During their five-day trip, families not only visited Walt Disney World, they also experienced inspirational programs that provided them critical peer-to-peer support.

    Learn more about American Airlines community giving at aa.com/letgoodtakeflight.

    *About American Airlines Group*
    American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the *one*world^® alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

    A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/8e7489d5-ef5d-485a-93d9-6c71475e3497.Global Engagement 
    817-967-1577
    mediarelations@aa.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 7 minutes ago.

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    A first-of-its-kind museum celebrating all veterans, with the aim of exploring their individual lives before, during and after they served, opens to the public in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday. (Oct. 26)

     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Henry County Heritage Park Veterans Museum gets mobile trailer to bring military history to schools, senior centers, nursing homes Reported by ajc.com 56 minutes ago.

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    Dulles, Virginia, Dec. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Freedom Alliance, an organization supporting our nation’s military families and wounded service members, awarded $1.6 million in college scholarships to 398 students in 2018. Each of the students is the son or daughter of a military hero who lost his life or was severely injured in military service.  

    “We must never forget those who give themselves for the defense of our nation,” said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon. “Freedom Alliance scholarships accomplish two goals,” he explained, “they help with the cost of a college education, but more important, each scholarship is a reminder of a fellow American who made an extraordinary sacrifice.”

    The total of 398 students who received scholarships is a 22 percent increase over 2017 when 327 students received scholarships from Freedom Alliance. Overall, Freedom Alliance has provided $14 million in scholarships to the children of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have been killed or permanently disabled in a combat mission or training accident.  

    There are an estimated 7,000 children who have lost a parent in Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Those under age 26 may be eligible for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship if they choose to attend college. To reach as many qualifying students as possible, Freedom Alliance continues to accept applications. Students interested in applying can find additional details online at www.FAScholarship.com/. This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students once per academic year and is renewable for a total of four terms.

    “The holiday season,” said Kilgannon, “is a difficult time for the families of the fallen and it’s important that we recognize that sacrifice. A Freedom Alliance Scholarship is a reminder to Gold Star students that their parent’s sacrifice will never be forgotten by a grateful nation.”

    *About Freedom Alliance*

    Freedom Alliance is a charitable organization which supports wounded troops and military families. Freedom Alliance has awarded more than $14 million in college scholarships to the children of military heroes killed or disabled in military service and spent millions more helping injured veterans and military families with recreational therapy, Marriage Retreats, care packages, mortgage-free homes, all-terrain wheel chairs and much more. You can learn more at www.FreedomAlliance.org.

    Interested media should contact Kendra Cummings of Vistra Communications at 813.961.4700 ext. 206 or by email at Kendra@ConsultVistra.com.

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    CONTACT: Kendra Cummings
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    8133213312
    Kendra@ConsultVistra.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 38 minutes ago.

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    Award-winning upscale one-acre wedding venue announces popular wedding dates for 2019 and also celebrates recently engaged couples with second annual “Share the Love” Facebook contest.

    LAS VEGAS (PRWEB) December 27, 2018

    The elegant Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, one of the most famous and top-reviewed wedding venues in the world, wraps up 2018 and the busy engagement season with the announcement of the most popular wedding dates for the new year. As couples shared surprise marriage proposal posts on Instagram and Facebook and showed off sparkly diamond engagement rings, Chapel of the Flowers also kicked-off their second annual “Share the Love” contest on Christmas Eve. The contest will award one lucky couple with $1,000 towards their wedding.

    First, Chapel of the Flowers’ Best Wedding Dates for 2019:· 1/9/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 1/19/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 2/2/19 (Groundhog Day)
    · 2/14/19 (Valentine’s Day)
    · 2/15/19 (Valentine’s Weekend)
    · 2/16/19 (Valentine’s Weekend)
    · 2/17/19 (Valentine’s Weekend)
    · 3/3/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 3/17/19 (St. Patrick’s Day)
    · 3/20/19 (First day of Spring)
    · 4/19/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 5/5/19 (Cinco de Mayo)
    · 5/19/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 6/19/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 6/21/19 (Sumer Solstice)
    · 7/7/19 (Lucky Day)
    · 7/19/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 8/18/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 8/19/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 9/1/19 (Palindrome Day)
    · 9/10/19 (True Palindrome Day)
    · 9/19/19 (Palindrome Day)
    · 9/23/19 (First day of Fall)
    · 10/9/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 10/19/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 11/11/19 (Veterans Day)
    · 11/19/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 12/19/19 (Easy to Remember)
    · 12/21/19 (Winter Solstice)

    Many of the dates listed are easy to remember, such as 2/2 or 8/18, while others like 3/17 and 7/7 are considered lucky days to wed. 9/10/19 is the true palindrome date for 2019. (9102019 when the numbers are set side-by-side.) Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday, making 2/15, 2/16 and 2/17 romantic weekend dates, with bonus points as President’s Day on February 18 is also a holiday for many teachers, government and bank employees in the United States.

    While the couple is deciding on the perfect wedding date in 2019, they should visit Chapel of the Flowers’ Facebook page to share their love story or marriage proposal story. The couple will simply add their story as directed on the Chapel of the Flowers’ business page, share with friends and family and ask for “likes” and the couple with the most “likes” by 3:00 pm PST on 1/25/19 will win a $1,000 gift certificate towards their wedding at Chapel of the Flowers. An extra vote can be earned when the couple follows @littlechapel on Instagram. Complete contest details and rules can be found at littlechapel.com.

    Chapel of the Flowers has over 1,956 reviews on TripAdvisor, with over 1,600 users rating Chapel of the Flowers "excellent," more than any other wedding chapel in Las Vegas. The venue also is listed in the top 10 places to see in Las Vegas, has won numerous awards and has been voted by local residents as the best place to get married or renew wedding vows.

    Interested couples are invited to inquire about ceremony dates, wedding packages and reception options by contacting Chapel of the Flowers at 702-735-4331 (toll-free at 1-800-843-2410) or via email at info@littlechapel.com. The luxurious Magnolia and chic La Capella chapels each provide brides and grooms with a five-star boutique resort wedding experience, while the beautifully traditional Victorian and the state-of-the-art, rustic-chic Glass Gardens offer couples uniquely classic ceremony locations. Additionally, Chapel of the Flowers offers beautiful outdoor venues, offsite ceremonies at state parks and at unique historical sites. Planners also oversee bookings for ceremonies and receptions at the gorgeous Tropicana LV Resort, known for lush gardens and waterfalls, upscale restaurants and ballrooms, a truly spectacular location for couples who desire a wedding at a famous Las Vegas hotel property.

    Chapel of the Flowers, located at 1717 Las Vegas Boulevard near the SLS and Stratosphere hotels, has been celebrating love for nearly 60 years. The stunning indoor and outdoor chapels seat between 20 and 88 guests.

    About Chapel of the Flowers 
    Founded in 1960, Chapel of the Flowers is Las Vegas' highest rated and largest full-service wedding venue, providing traditional, modern and elegant Las Vegas weddings on the world-famous Strip. Nearly an acre of cobblestone-accented grounds and vibrant backdrops are designed to capture every picture-perfect moment of a Las Vegas wedding. Professional wedding planners ensure that every aspect of the wedding day is personal, easy and stress-free. Chapel of the Flowers' impeccable customer service assures the couple that all details of the wedding, including the ceremony, flowers, award-winning photography and reception venues will result in cherished memories for a lifetime. Chapel of the Flowers is honored to be one of the preferred venues in Las Vegas, the wedding capital of the world.

    Media Contact 
    Nicole Robertson 
    Director of Operations, Chapel of the Flowers 
    email: nicoler (at) littlechapel.com Reported by PRWeb 23 minutes ago.

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    JHL Biotech Announces First Patient Randomized in the Phase III Study of JHL1101 to Treat Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma HSINCHU and WUHAN, Dec. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- JHL Biotech announced today that the first patient at Beijing Cancer Hospital has been successfully randomized in the Phase III study of JHL1101 to treat diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).

    The Phase III study is a multinational, randomized, double-blind, positive-controlled, parallel group clinical study.  It compares the efficacy and safety of JHL1101 in combination with CHOP (J-CHOP) versus rituximab in combination with CHOP (R-CHOP) in patients with previously untreated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. CHOP is the standard chemotherapy treatment for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The study is being conducted in Europe, China, and other parts of Asia.

    JHL1101, a biosimilar product to rituximab which is a monoclonal antibody targeting CD20, is being developed by JHL Biotech for the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

    After completion of similarity assessment in quality attributes and preclinical, a pharmacokinetic (PK) study is being conducted in RA patients in Europe.  Earlier this year, the Chinese regulatory authority approved the clinical trial application of the Phase III study.

    "Rituximab is an important biologic for the treatment of lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, it is very expensive for patients and healthcare payers. JHL1101 would provide an affordable treatment for these patients," said Mr. Racho Jordanov, CEO, JHL Biotech. "This is a significant milestone for JHL, and a step forward in our goal to become a global leader in developing, manufacturing, and commercializing biologics."

    In addition to JHL1101, JHL has several other biosimilars currently in or expected to be in clinical trials. These include:

    · Bevacizumab biosimilar, JHL1149, used for the treatment of several cancers, the most common of which are metastatic colorectal cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, and ovarian cancer, as well as cervical cancer, renal cell carcinoma, and glioblastoma. Pharmacokinetics study in Europe has been conducted. Received clinical trial approval for Phase III in China in 2018.
    · Dornase alfa biosimilar, JHL1922, to manage symptoms of cystic fibrosis. Pharmacokinetics study in Europe has been conducted. Expected Phase III trial in Europe in 2019.
    · Trastuzumab biosimilar, JHL1188, to treat breast cancer. Expected pharmacokinetics study in Australia in 2019.

    *Media Contact*:
    Lee Henely: lhenely@jhlbiotech.com  phone: +886-966-309-680
    Amber Chen: achen@jhlbiotech.com phone: +886 3-658-3899

    *About JHL Biotech
    *JHL Biotech, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical startup founded by a group of industry veterans with deep experience in pharmaceutical development and operations. JHL is backed by premier financial firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, Biomark Capital, Milestone Capital, Fidelity, and the China Development Industrial Bank. JHL Biotech's mission is to provide the world with low-cost medicines of exceptional quality. JHL is focused on research and development of new protein-based therapies and biosimilars. JHL has two world-class facilities built in accordance with United States, European Union, and ICH cGMP regulations and standards. For more information, please visit www.jhlbiotech.com.

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

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    Here are the hedge-fund managers to watch in 2019 as the industry battles poor performance· Hedge-fund managers struggled through 2018 as market volatility and fee pressure cut into returns and profits.
    · The funds to watch in 2019 are a mix of well-known veterans, up-and-coming startups, and star traders ready to set out on their own.

    Through the first half of 2018, hedge funds were getting along pretty well. The year did not finish on the same note.

    The third quarter was the first three-month stretch in which fund closures outpaced launches in more than a year, and market volatility in October and November wiped out many managers' marginal gains for the year.

    We talked to top hedge-fund consultants, recruiters, lawyers, and investors for their picks about the managers they'll be watching next year.

    They include well-known names like Point72 Asset Management's Steven Cohen and AQR Capital Management's Cliff Asness in addition to lesser-known managers who are distinguishing themselves with unique strategies.

    Here they are.

    -Point72 Asset Management-

    Cohen was back to managing outside investor money this year after a two-year ban he received in a government crackdown on insider trading that focused on his old hedge-fund firm, SAC Capital.

    Cohen, known for winning just about any trade he makes, was not immune to the performance struggles that afflicted others in his industry, reportedly finishing flat for the year through November. His firm currently manages about $13 billion, including Cohen's personal fortune.

    His multistrategy firm, with subunits running different styles of funds, will still be a big-time draw for both investors and analysts, said Jason Schulman, a partner at recruiting firm Long Ridge Partners. Investors at single-manager firms are starting to sour on the reliance of a single strategy or manager to produce returns, Schulman said, pushing them from funds mimicking Julian Robertson's Tiger Management to platforms like Cohen's.

    "Money and investment professionals will flow to larger and more stable platforms," Schulman said. His firm is starting to get people to return their calls that had ignored them "for six, 12, even 18 months."

    Point72 is ready to grow. The manager's new New York office in Hudson Yards is set to open in early 2019 and is 20% bigger than the combined space at its two Manhattan offices, both on Madison Avenue.-Voleon Capital Management-

    The biggest fund founded with machine-learning techniques as the firm's core strategy is, asset-wise, nowhere close to threatening the biggest old-school stock pickers.

    But this new type of fund — which is attracting "gamers, hackers, and people who have never played in the space before," according to Protégé Partners Chief Investment Officer Michael Weinberg — is pushing quants and old-school traders alike to reevaluate how they are getting and using data.

    The biggest fund in the space is $2 billion Voleon Capital Management, which was founded in 2007 by Michael Kharitonov, who has a Ph.D. in computer science, and Jon McAuliffe, who has a Ph.D. in statistics. Instead of "having humans look at individual events within the marketplace," the firm's algorithms look at "persistent effects across large swaths of data," the firm's website reads.

    And performance has reportedly been solid, posting annualized returns of roughly 10% since the fund first started trading in 2008 through 2017, despite losing money the first two years.-Kirkoswald Capital Partners-

    Greg Coffey is beating the United Kingdom to the punch with his own Brexit, as the former star trader at GLG Partners is moving his trading desk for his hedge fund, Kirkoswald Capital Partners, to New York at the beginning of 2019.

    The Australian fund manager retired in 2012 at the age of 41 to spend time with his family before launching Kirkoswald this year. The trader, who was once named the "Wizard of Oz" because of his trading success and Australian heritage, is reportedly concerned with London's role as a financial powerhouse post-Brexit. His concerns echo those of Brexit critics as well as other hedge-fund managers including Citadel's Ken Griffin, who in November said, "London's days as the epicenter of financial markets, for the time being, are now in its past."

    Coffey has been confident in his abilities to raise outside capital and generate solid returns, reportedly telling investors in October that he managed about $500 million and expected it to double by the end of 2018. Another investor presentation said the firm has the capacity to manage $2 billion. Through the end of October, Coffey's flagship macro fund was reportedly up 6.2% the first six months of the year.
    See the rest of the story at Business Insider Reported by Business Insider 6 hours ago.

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    NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS NEWS RELEASE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY ANY OF THE SECURITIES IN THE UNITED STATES.· Offer valued at C$11.00 per Aphria share
    · Significant and compelling 45.5% premium to Aphria’s closing price on December 24, 2018
    · C$300 million concurrent financing in Green Growth at C$7.00 per share
    · Creates the only large-scale operator to bridge U.S. and Canadian markets; no other Canadian LP operates at scale in both markets

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xanthic Biopharma Inc. doing business as Green Growth Brands Ltd. (“Green Growth”) (CSE: GGB) announced today that it currently intends to make an offer (the “Offer”) to purchase all of the issued and outstanding common shares (the “Aphria Shares”) of Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company”) (TSX: APHA and* *NYSE: APHA) which it does not already own.

    The Offer will provide Aphria shareholders with 1.5714 common shares of Green Growth (the “Green Growth Shares”) for each Aphria Share and represents premiums of 45.5% over Aphria’s closing price on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) on December 24, 2018 and 46.0% over Aphria’s volume weighted average price on the TSX for the last 10 trading days ended December 24, 2018.  The Offer values Aphria at approximately C$2.8 billion (US$2.1 billion) based on a valuation of C$7.00 per share for Green Growth Shares. 

    “We believe our offer will create value for both Aphria and Green Growth shareholders.  We are confident that the significant premium we are offering and the opportunity to participate in the growth of a stronger, combined company are so compelling that we are taking our offer directly to Aphria’s shareholders.  Together, we can unleash synergies between our teams, assets and geographies, forming a combined enterprise that will accelerate our collective growth strategies in Canada, the U. S. and overseas,” said Peter Horvath, CEO of Green Growth.

    Green Growth expects to complete a concurrent brokered financing of C$300 million, at a price per share of C$7.00, to both illustrate confidence in the value of the consideration under the Offer and to fund the business growth of the combined entity. Green Growth expects that certain of its existing shareholders will commit to backstop the C$300 million financing concurrently with the execution of a business combination agreement with Aphria or the take up of shares under the anticipated Offer.   

    Prior to announcing its intention to take the Offer directly to shareholders, Green Growth engaged Aphria’s board to attempt to negotiate a friendly business combination that included, among other things, a very short exclusivity period to allow both parties to seriously consider the combination; a full go-shop provision in favor of Aphria; and the preservation of Aphria’s management and commitment to board representation at the combined company.  Aphria’s shareholders should be aware that Green Growth offered that upon a friendly business combination with support from Aphria’s board, Green Growth would invest C$50 million in equity at an Aphria per share value of C$11.00.

    *Why a Combined Green Growth and Aphria is Better for Shareholders*

    Combining Aphria with Green Growth is the fastest way to create significant value for shareholders of both companies. The combined entity:

    *Creates an Unparalleled North American Player with Canadian and U.S. Operations.* Aphria has a large footprint in Canada and supply agreements with all provinces and the Yukon Territory and strong strategic partnerships establishing wholesale supply agreements.  Green Growth operates vertically integrated cannabis operations including cultivation, manufacturing and retail assets in Nevada, including recently being awarded seven retail cannabis dispensary licenses.  Together, the pro forma company will have a strong foundation, extensive retail relationships and infrastructure to capture significant future growth as international markets evolve.

    *Increases Scale, Footprint, and Creates the Preeminent U.S. Consolidator.* The combined company will be the largest U.S. operator by market capitalization and the only North American cannabis operator.

    *Combines Aphria’s Cultivation and Production Capacity with Green Growth’s Retail Strength.*  The combined company will marry Aphria’s low-cost cultivation and near-term production capacity with Green Growth’s vast retail know-how to capture market share while maintaining lean margins.  Aphria’s current cash cost per gram is C$1.30 and is expected to further decrease to C$0.95 per gram with projected annual capacity of over 250,000 kg by early 2019 (Aphria  Q1 2019 Investor Presentation dated October 11, 2018). Green Growth’s strong management team has a proven track record of delivering at the retail level and is already operating a best-in-class dispensary in Las Vegas.

    *Poised to Benefit from Transformational Cannabis-Related Regulatory Changes in the World’s Largest Cannabis Market.* Green Growth will soon be rolling out a consumer-focused line of CBD products, initially focused on topicals and balms, and is well-positioned to benefit from further pro-cannabis U.S. regulation in the near-to-medium term. 

    *Unites Best-in-Class Management Teams: Aphria’s Pharmaceutical and Greenhouse Operational Experience and Green Growth’s Proven Retail Expertise.* Aphria’s team is comprised of veterans in the greenhouse industry and proven operators of large pharmaceutical companies.  Green Growth’s CEO held senior positions at a number of well-known retailers including Designer Shoe Warehouse Inc. and L Brands Inc. (Victoria’s Secret).  Additionally, Green Growth’s largest shareholder, the Schottenstein family, has deep relationships in the retail sector.

    *Benefits to Aphria Shareholders *

    While Aphria shareholders may be discouraged by recent events and having seen their investment significantly impacted, they should be aware of the immediate benefits of the Offer and reasons to tender:

    · Significant and immediate 45.5% premium to market price.
    · Meaningful ownership position in a combined entity that is poised for further growth.
    · Potential for further downward share price impact if the Offer is not accepted.

    Green Growth believes it already has support for the Offer from Aphria shareholders holding approximately 10% of the outstanding Aphria Shares.  Green Growth has additionally acquired a meaningful toehold position in Aphria.

    It is expected that following the Offering Green Growth will continue to be listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol GGB.

    Questions? Need more help? Aphria shareholders should contact Kingsdale Advisors, the information agent and depositary for the Offer, at 1-866-851-3214 (North American Toll-Free Number) or +1-416-867-2272 (Outside North America) or via email at contactus@kingsdaleadvisors.com.

    *Intention to Make an Offer*

    Full details of the Offer are expected to be set out in the formal Offer and take-over bid circular which is expected to be mailed to Aphria shareholders, a copy of which is expected to be available at www.sedar.com under Aphria’s profile.  Green Growth expects to formally commence the Offer and mail the Offer and take-over bid circular to Aphria shareholders over the coming weeks.

    *Readers are cautioned that Green Growth may determine not to make the Offer if (i) Aphria implements or attempts to implement defensive tactics in relation to the Offer, (ii) Green Growth uncovers or its contemplated funding sources uncover or otherwise identify information suggesting that the business, affairs, prospects or assets of Aphria have been impaired or uncovers or otherwise identifies other undisclosed material adverse information concerning Aphria or (iii) Aphria determines to engage with Green Growth to negotiate the terms of a combination transaction and Aphria and Green Growth determine to undertake that transaction utilizing a structure other than a take-over bid such as a plan of arrangement.  Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the Offer will be made or that the final terms of the Offer will be as set out in this news release. ***In addition, the contemplated consummation of a concurrent brokered financing of C$300 million, at a price per share of C$7.00, and the contemplated backstop commitment in that regard, are subject to a variety of contingencies and conditions, including satisfactory completion of customary due diligence as to both Aphria and Green Growth, agreement on mutually agreeable definitive documentation, and other customary undertakings and conditions. No binding commitment of any kind has yet been made in this regard, and readers should not assume any such commitment will be made unless and until reflected in a binding instrument agreed by the contemplated funding sources, which cannot and should not be assumed or assured.**

    The Offer will be undertaken in accordance with National Instrument 62-104 – Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids and will be subject to a number of customary conditions, including: (i) there being deposited under the Offer, and not withdrawn, at least 66 2/3% of the outstanding Aphria Shares (calculated on a fully diluted basis), excluding Aphria Shares held by Green Growth; (ii) receipt of all governmental, regulatory, stock exchange and third party approvals that Green Growth considers necessary or desirable in connection with the Offer; (iii) there being no legal prohibition against Green Growth making the Offer or taking up and paying for the Aphria Shares; (iv) Aphria not having adopted or implemented a shareholder rights plan, disposed of any assets, incurred any material debts, implemented any changes in its capital structure or otherwise implemented or attempted to implement a defensive tactic; (v) no material adverse change having occurred in the business, affairs, prospects or assets of Aphria; (v) Green Growth not becoming aware of Aphria having made any untrue statement of a material fact or omitting to state a material fact that is required to be made to any securities regulatory authority; (vi) approval by the shareholders of Green Growth in accordance with the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange; and (vii) the statutory minimum condition that 50% of the Aphria Shares having been tendered to the Offer, excluding Aphria Shares held by or over which control is exercised by Green Growth (which cannot be waived).  If the Offer proceeds, Green Growth expects to call during the first quarter of 2019 a meeting of its shareholders to consider a resolution to approve the issuance of the Green Growth Shares in connection with the Offer. *Green Growth expects the Offer, when made, will remain open for an acceptance period of at least 105 days from the date of mailing its take-over bid circular.  It is within the power of the Board of Directors of Aphria to significantly shorten this minimum bid period, allowing shareholders to receive the benefits of Green Growth’s offer in only 35 days.  Shareholders of the Company are encouraged to contact Aphria and to urge management and the Board to allow Green Growth’s takeover bid to proceed in the minimum time frame allowed.*

    *Advisors *

    Green Growth Brands has retained Canaccord Genuity as its financial advisor, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP as its legal advisor, and Kingsdale Advisors as its strategic shareholder and communications advisor and depositary.

    *About Green Growth Brands
    *Green Growth brands expects to dominate the cannabis and CBD market with a portfolio of emotion-driven brands that people love.  Led by renowned retailer Peter Horvath, the GGB team is full of retail renegades with decades of experience building successful brands.  Join the movement at GreenGrowthBrands.com.

    *Media Contact:*
    Ian Robertson 
    Executive Vice President, Communication Strategy 
    Kingsdale Advisors 
    Direct: 416-867-2333 
    Cell: 647-621-2646 
    Email: irobertson@kingsdaleadvisors.com

    *Cautionary Statement in Forward-Looking Information [NTD: Subject to ongoing review]*

    This press release contains certain statements and information which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws.  Wherever possible, forward-looking information can be identified by the expressions "seeks", "expects", "believes", "estimates", "will", “plans”, “may”, “believes”, “anticipates,” "target" and similar expressions (or the negative of such expressions).  The forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but reflect the current expectations of Green Growth regarding future results or events and are based on information currently available to it.  The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release include, but are not limited to, (i) the Offer, the terms of the Offer and the anticipated timing of commencement of the Offer, (ii) the benefit of the Offer to both Green Growth and the Company, including the creation of wealth and value and the synergies that may be created by the Offer, (iii) the C$300 financing, its timing and terms, (iv) expectations regarding the ownership, management, operation and size of Green Growth following completion of the Offer, (v) the future strategy and plans of Green Growth, including following the Offering, and (vi) the cannabis industry and regulatory environment.  Certain material factors and assumptions were applied in providing this forward-looking information.  All material assumptions used in making forward-looking statements are based on Green Growth’s knowledge of its business and the business of Aphria, and, in some cases, information supplied by third parties, including the public disclosure made by the Company. Certain material factors or assumptions include, but are not limited to, (i) the current business conditions and expectations of future business conditions and trends affecting Green Growth and Aphria, including the US and Canadian economy, the cannabis industry in Canada, the US and elsewhere, and capital markets, and (ii) that there have been no material changes in the business, affairs, capital, prospects or assets of the Company, except as publicly disclosed by the Company before the date hereof. All forward-looking statements in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements.  Green Growth believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions; however, Green Growth can give no assurance that the actual results or developments will be realized by certain specified dates or at all.  These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to vary materially from current expectations.  In addition to risks noted elsewhere in this news release, material risks include, but are not limited to, (i) the risk that the Offer will not be commenced or that the conditions to the Offer will not be met, or met on a timely basis, or that the transaction will not be consummated for any other reason, (ii) changes in general economic conditions in Canada, the United States and elsewhere, (iii) changes in operating conditions (including changes in the regulatory environment) affecting the cannabis industry, (iv) fluctuations in currency and interest rates, availability materials and personnel, and (v) Green Growth’s ability to successfully integrate the operations of Green Growth and Aphria following completion of the Offer, including ability to retain key Aphria personnel and renegotiate certain contracts to obtain economies of scale or other synergies.  Readers, therefore, should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking information.  Further,  forward-looking information speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made.  Green Growth undertakes no obligation to publicly update any such statement or to reflect new information or the occurrence of future events or circumstances except as required by securities laws.  These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release. Cautionary Statement Respecting the Proposed Offer

    GREEN GROWTH HAS NOT YET COMMENCED THE OFFER NOTED ABOVE.  UPON COMMENCEMENT OF THE OFFER, GREEN GROWTH WILL DELIVER THE TAKE-OVER BID CIRCULAR TO HOLDERS OF THE SHARES IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE CANADIAN SECURITIES LAWS AND WILL FILE A TAKE-OVER BID CIRCULAR WITH THE SECURITIES COMMISSIONS IN EACH OF THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES OF CANADA.  THE TAKE-OVER BID CIRCULAR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE OFFER AND SHOULD BE READ IN ITS ENTIRETY BY APHRIA’S SHAREHOLDERS.  AFTER THE OFFER IS COMMENCED, APHRIA’S SHAREHOLDERS WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN, AT NO CHARGE, A COPY OF THE TAKE-OVER BID CIRCULAR AND VARIOUS ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS UNDER APHRIA’S PROFILE ON THE SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT ANALYSIS AND RETRIEVAL (SEDAR) AT WWW.SEDAR.COM.  THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR FORM PART OF ANY OFFER TO BUY OR INVITATION TO SELL, OTHERWISE ACQUIRE, OR SUBSCRIBE FOR ANY SECURITY.  THE OFFER WILL ONLY BE MADE PURSUANT TO A FORMAL OFFER AND TAKE-OVER BID CIRCULAR.  THE OFFER WILL NOT BE MADE IN, NOR WILL DEPOSITS OF SECURITIES BE ACCEPTED FROM A PERSON IN, ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE MAKING OR ACCEPTANCE THEREOF WOULD NOT BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION.  HOWEVER, GREEN GROWTH MAY, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, TAKE SUCH ACTION AS IT DEEMS NECESSARY TO EXTEND THE OFFER IN ANY SUCH JURISDICTION*.  *

    *United States:*

    Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  Securities will not be offered, nor will deposits of securities be accepted from a person, in any State of the United States in which the offering of securities, or acceptance thereof, would not be in compliance with the laws of such jurisdiction.

    Neither the SEC nor any securities commission of any State of the United States has (a) approved or disapproved of the Offer, (b) passed upon the merits or fairness of the Offer, or (c) passed upon the adequacy or accuracy of the disclosure in this document. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense in the United States. Reported by GlobeNewswire 10 hours ago.

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    BALTIMORE, Dec. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Maryland Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, led by Samuel Hahn, MD, offers the full scope of facial plastic surgery, ENT, and medical spa treatments, specializing in rhinoplasty, facelifts, neck lifts, brow lifts and blepharoplasty. Dr. Han performs all procedures and treatments himself to ensure he is deeply involved with his patients’ care at every step of their treatment.Dr. Hahn is a fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon and member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). He is board-certified through the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Hahn has received numerous awards for his medical research. He has authored peer-reviewed papers and contributed content to books that focus on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

    “I try to use a holistic approach in treating my patients,” said Dr. Hahn. “I want to deliver the best care that is specifically tailored to each person. I enjoy getting to know my patients, and in the process, help them look and feel their best.”

    After completing his undergraduate work in biomedical engineering with high honors at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Hahn completed his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, as well as a post-graduate internship and residency with a specialty in otolaryngology before completing a fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Dr. Hahn contributes his expertise in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to the Face-to-Face program of the AAFPRS. Through the program, he offers pro-bono facial plastic surgery for survivors of domestic abuse and veterans who are wounded in combat.

    The Maryland Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is located at 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza I, Suite 102 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Call today 410-226-4090 to schedule your consultation.

    *About Maryland Center for Facial Plastic Surgery*
    Maryland Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is Baltimore’s premier plastic surgery center, welcoming patients from Baltimore, Towson, Columbia, Hunt Valley, and the surrounding communities. Led by board-certified surgeon, Dr. Samuel Hahn, we provide cutting-edge reconstructive and cosmetic surgical procedures as well as a range of MedSpa treatments. Reported by GlobeNewswire 9 hours ago.

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