SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The independent local journalism produced by McClatchy’s 30 newsrooms across the country is now easier to access online with a new subscription tool developed in a collaboration with Google. Subscribe with Google offers a frictionless way to purchase a subscription to any and all of McClatchy’s 30 local news sites. Subscribe with Google was announced last month and McClatchy began rolling it out today.

“We’re grateful to work with Google as an early development partner and excited to see how our collaboration will help McClatchy’s brand of independent local journalism reach a wider audience,” said Craig Forman, president and CEO of McClatchy. “The importance of local news is gaining wider recognition and we know first-hand the deep impact it can have in changing lives, improving communities and strengthening our democracy.”

“One of our primary motivations for building Subscribe with Google has been to contribute to the sustainability of local journalism. So we’re thrilled to have McClatchy–whose newsrooms play such an important civic role in communities across the United States–as our first launch partner,” said Jim Albrecht, Project Management Director, Subscribe with Google.

Subscribe With Google simplifies the subscription process. This is how it works: when a Google user hits a paywall on any McClatchy news site, a subscription box will offer the option to subscribe directly with the local publisher, or with Google. When a user selects to pay with Google, access to premier local news content is merely a click away. Subscribe with Google also allows a user to access McClatchy’s digital news content across platforms and highlights content in search, “…when you search for a news topic for which your subscribed publication has relevant results, we’ll showcase these so they’re easy for you to see and access—without disrupting search ranking for the rest of the page,” according to Google.

Separately, McClatchy announced a campaign to boost awareness of the important role local journalism plays in society. McClatchy announced that it will begin using the hashtag #ReadLocal on its social media platforms to highlight the work of local reporters producing independent journalism.

“The independent reporting produced by our dedicated and passionate journalists on the ground has significant impact on communities and individuals,” said Craig Forman. “Everyday, our reporters in 30 markets around the country bravely speak truth to power, expose abuse, corruption and injustice and hold leaders and public officials accountable. It is this work that changes laws and makes our democracy stronger. In honor of our indefatigable and tenacious journalists, we invite you to add #ReadLocal to your social media posts to highlight the great local journalism that you discover. And, we also invite you to subscribe. Your support of this vital public service will ensure the future of local journalism.”

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LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ASCAP, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, hosted its 35th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on Monday, April 23, recognizing four impressive songwriting talents with a 2018 ASCAP Pop Music Songwriter of the Year award, each for their individual achievement in crafting some of the most popular songs of 2017. Steve Mac won for “Shape of You” (Ed Sheeran), “Strip That Down” (Liam Payne ft. Quavo), “Rockabye” (Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul) and “What About Us” (P!nk); Max Martin, receiving the award for an unprecedented 11th time, for “Side To Side” (Ariana Grande), “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” (Justin Timberlake), “Send My Love” (Adele) and “Just Like Fire” (P!nk); Starrah for “Now or Never” (Halsey), “Fake Love” (Drake), “What Lovers Do” (Maroon 5 ft. SZA) and “Havana” (Camila Cabello); and Drew Taggart for “1-800-273-8255” (Logic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid) in addition to three hits by his band, The Chainsmokers: “Something Just Like This” (ft. Coldplay), “Closer” (ft. Halsey) and “Paris.”  ASCAP President and award-winning songwriter Paul Williams presented the awards.

The event took place at the historic Beverly Hilton Hotel in front of a packed audience of songwriters, composers, producers and music industry executives. A special spotlight was on ASCAP Founders Award winner Desmond Child, who has written indelible hits over five decades like “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and, more recently in 2015, “Beautiful Now” by Zedd. Rock icons Alice Cooper and Paul Stanley of KISS helped pay tribute to Child. Cooper delivered a hard-hitting performance of their hit, “Poison,” while Stanley bestowed the award onstage to Child, who was also honored with a medley of his hits by singer Justin Benlolo. The ASCAP Founders Award is presented to ASCAP songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators, and adds Child to the ranks of such past recipients as Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley (KISS), Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Smokey Robinson, Carly Simon, Patti Smith, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Tom Waits, Diane Warren, Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

Song of the Year went to “Shape of You,” co-written by Steve Mac, Kandi Burrus and Tameka Harris. Top Streamed Song went to “Despacito,” co-written by ASCAP members Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd and Daddy Yankee. Songwriters Madison Emiko Love and Tony Scalzo, with guitarist Joe Khajadourian of the Futuristics, also performed their winning song, “Bad Things.”

ASCAP also presented special honors to two multi-platinum songwriters, each with their own brand of chart-topping achievements: Lana Del Rey received the ASCAP Global Impact Award and Portugal.The Man received the ASCAP Vanguard Award.

Lana Del Rey is a multi-platinum, three-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, known for her stylized, cinematic music with references to 1950s and 1960s Americana. Del Rey’s fifth studio album, Lust For Life, was released on July 21st and debuted atop the Billboard 200 last summer. It became her second to reach #1 in the US while also reaching the top ten in almost every other country it charted in. She was honored by indie rock favorite Father John Misty, who presented the award and performed Del Rey’s “Ride.” The ASCAP Global Impact Award recognizes the enduring worldwide popularity of ASCAP members and their music.

Fresh off two killer performances at Coachella, Portugal. The Man received ASCAP’s highly regarded Vanguard Award in recognition of  their impact on the future of American music. After ASCAP Vice-President, Membership, Pop/Rock Marc Emert-Hutner lauded their 10-year history as a band, their “persistence” and “creative bravery,” the band delivered a euphoric version of their Grammy-winning 2017 breakout hit, “Feel It Still.” The Vanguard Award has previously gone to artists including Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Beastie Boys, Beck, Björk, Sara Bareilles, Diplo, fun., Jack Johnson, The Killers, Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Strokes, St. Vincent and Walk the Moon.

Publisher of the Year went to Universal Music Publishing Group for their role in 22 hits of 2017 including “Shape Of You” (Ed Sheeran), “That’s What I Like” (Bruno Mars) and “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” (Justin Timberlake). UMPG Chairman and Chief Executive officer Jody Gerson accepted the award from ASCAP Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Matthews.

BMG took Independent Publisher of the Year in recognition of seven hits over the past year including “Let Me Love You” (DJ Snake and Justin Bieber), “Despacito” (Justin Bieber) and “I’m The One” (DJ Khaled, Quavo, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne). BMG U.S. President Zach Katz accepted the award from ASCAP’s Matthews.

Photos, video and a complete list of winners can be found on the ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 650,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at, on Twitter @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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PORTLAND, Indiana, April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Technologia bezpieczeństwa pojazdów poczyniła w ostatnich latach ogromne postępy, pomagając kierowcom pojazdów i maszyn mobilnych rozwiązywać problemy spowodowane martwymi strefami zarówno na drogach, jak i poza nimi. Systemy bezpieczeństwa pojazdów w dużym stopniu zostały uznane w pojazdach użytkowych za konieczność, dzięki czemu ratują niezliczone ludzkie życia.

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Jednak wraz z adaptacją technologii bezpieczeństwa pojazdów niektóre z bardziej tradycyjnych urządzeń takich jak głośny sygnał “bip bip” w dźwiękowych sygnalizatorach cofania zostały zastąpione ukierunkowanym “białym” szumem, który można usłyszeć tylko  w strefie zagrożenia, aby obniżyć zanieczyszczenie hałasem.

Pionier tej technologii, firma Brigade Electronics, założona w 1976 roku przez Chrisa Hansona-Abbotta MBE, która pomogła spopularyzować technologię bezpieczeństwa pojazdów na całym świecie, niestrudzenie pracuje nad ciągłym rozwojem technologii w celu dalszej poprawy bezpieczeństwa pojazdów.  

Jednym z celów Brigade jest zmniejszenie przeciążenia kierowcy oraz rozproszenia jego uwagi w pojeździe poprzez stworzenie zintegrowanych technologii, które działają razem i wzajemnie się uzupełniają bez potrzeby stosowania w pojeździe dodatkowych monitorów lub oddzielnych brzęczyków.

Eryk Biskupski w Brigade Electronics Polska powiedział:

“Badania pokazały, że pracownicy sektora transportowego cierpią na ponadprzeciętny poziom stresu, dlatego tak ważne jest, aby technologia pomagała kierowcom i poprawiała bezpieczeństwo pojazdów bez dodatkowego utrudniania im pracy”.

Jeden z produktów Brigade, systemy kamer monitoringu Backeye®360, został stworzony w celu rozwiązania problemów spowodowanych przez martwe strefy bez konieczności sprawdzania w licznych lusterkach. Eryk kontynuuje:

“Lusterka i kamery z jednym podglądem pomagają dostrzec martwe strefy, ale badania pokazują, że w czasie, jaki zajmuje sprawdzenie czterech lusterek, ocena, a potem reakcja na zagrożenie, nawet przy prędkościach rzędu zaledwie 5 km/h, pojazd może przejechać aż 10 m. Backeye®360 rozwiązuje problem przez zapewnienie pełnego podglądu 360º otoczenia w jednym obrazie”.

Produkty, które współpracują ze sobą, są również ważne dla poprawy bezpieczeństwa. Eryk dodał:

“Prowadzono badania nad zagrożeniami związanymi z rozproszeniem uwagi kierowcy w pojeździe, dlatego opracowujemy produkty, mające na celu rozwiązanie tego problemu. Na przykład, jeśli zainstalowany jest system firmy Brigade Backeye®360, a operator pojazdu chce dodać ultradźwiękowy system wykrywania przeszkód firmy Brigade, ostatnią rzeczą, jakiej potrzebuje kierowca to dodatkowe podglądy i brzęczyki do oceny. Nasze produkty wzajemnie się uzupełniają, dzięki czemu można je bezproblemowo zintegrować bez potrzeby komplikowania pracy kierowcy”.  

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PORTLAND, Indiana, April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Technologie om voertuigveiligheid te verbeteren, is in recente jaren met sprongen vooruit gegaan en helpt bestuurders van voertuigen en grote  machines – zowel on road als off road – met problemen veroorzaakt door dode hoeken. Voertuig veiligheidssystemen zijn alom geaccepteerd als noodzakelijk hulpmiddel voor bedrijfsvoertuigen en sparen talloze levens.

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Dergelijke technologie wordt echter aldoor aangepast en bepaalde traditionele apparaten, zoals achteruitrij-alarmen met luide piepsignalen, zijn vervangen door directionele White Sound-alarmen die alleen in de gevarenzone zijn te horen en geluidshinder beperken.

De pionier van deze technologie is Brigade Electronics, in 1976 opgericht door Chris Hanson-Abbott MBE. Het bedrijf onderzoekt constant nieuwe technologieën om voertuigveiligheid te verbeteren.

Een van de doelen van Brigade is vermindering van de overkill aan informatie die bestuurders moeten verwerken en minder afleiding in het voertuig. Het bedrijf realiseert dit door middel van geïntegreerde technologieën die samenwerken en elkaar aanvullen – zonder extra monitoren of aparte zoemers.

Huib Slijkhuis van Brigade Electronics zegt:

“Onderzoek heeft uitgewezen dat arbeiders in de transportsector stressniveaus boven het gemiddelde ervaren. Het is daarom heel belangrijk dat technologie bestuurders helpt en de voertuigveiligheid verbetert zonder hun werk nog moeilijker te maken.”

Een van de producten van Brigade, het Backeye®360 camera-/monitorsysteem, werd ontwikkeld als antwoord op issues veroorzaakt door dode hoeken – zonder dat bestuurders talrijke spiegels hoeven controleren. Huib vervolgt:

“Met spiegels en camera’s die slechts één beeld weergeven, kunnen bestuurders weliswaar in dode hoeken kijken, maar uit onderzoek blijkt dat in de tijd waarin een bestuurder naar vier spiegels kijkt, de situatie beoordeelt en dan op eventuele gevaren reageert, het voertuig wel 10 meter af kan leggen, zelfs als dit maar 5 km per uur rijdt. Backeye®360 lost dit probleem op met een allesomvattend 360° beeld van het voertuig en de omgeving in één enkele weergave.”

Maar ook producten die samenwerken spelen een belangrijke rol in de verbetering van veiligheid. Huib voegt daaraan toe:

“Er is onderzoek uitgevoerd naar de gevaren van afleiding in de cabine en wij ontwikkelen producten om deze kwestie aan te pakken. Als een wagenparkbeheerder die het Backeye®360-systeem van Brigade heeft geïnstalleerd later bijvoorbeeld een Brigade ultrasoon detectiesysteem wil installeren, is het laatste wat zijn bestuurders willen extra schermen en geluidssignalen om te controleren. Onze producten vullen elkaar aan, zodat ze naadloos kunnen worden geïntegreerd zonder afbreuk te doen aan de bestuurderservaring.”

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PORTLAND, Indiana, April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

La technologie de sécurité des véhicules a fait d’énormes progrès ces dernières années, en aidant à résoudre les problèmes causés par les angles morts, pour les conducteurs de véhicules et d’engins mobiles, sur et hors route. Les systèmes de sécurité des véhicules sont désormais largement considérés comme une nécessité sur les véhicules commerciaux, sauvant ainsi d’innombrables vies.

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Toutefois, parallèlement à l’adaptation de la technologie de sécurité sur les véhicules, certains dispositifs plus traditionnels, tels que le bip sonore des alarmes de recul tonales, ont été remplacés par un « bruit blanc » directionnel, qui ne peut être entendu que dans la zone de danger, afin de minimiser la pollution sonore.

Brigade Electronics effectue sans relâche des travaux de recherche sur les technologies destinées à améliorer davantage la sécurité des véhicules.  

L’un des objectifs de Brigade vise à réduire l’excès d’information chez le conducteur, ainsi que les distractions à bord du véhicule, en créant des technologies intégrées qui se complètent mutuellement, sans exiger de moniteurs supplémentaires ou de buzzers indépendants.

Guillaume Amigues de Brigade Electronics a déclaré :

« La recherche a démontré que les travailleurs du secteur des transports souffrent de niveaux de stress plus élevés que la moyenne. Il est donc important que la technologie aide les conducteurs et améliore la sécurité des véhicules, sans pour autant rendre leur travail plus difficile. »

« Les rétroviseurs et les caméras à vision unique aident indéniablement à voir dans les angles morts, mais la recherche a également indiqué que dans l’intervalle de temps requis pour regarder dans quatre rétroviseurs, évaluer les dangers et réagir en conséquence, même à des vitesses de 5 km/h, un véhicule peut parcourir jusqu’à 10 mètres. Le système Backeye®360 résout ce problème en offrant une seule vue à 360 degrés des alentours. »

Les produits qui travaillent en collaboration avec d’autres ont également un rôle important à jouer au niveau de l’amélioration de la sécurité. 

Guillaume a ajouté :

« Des recherches ont été effectuées sur les dangers des distractions à bord des véhicules pour les conducteurs, et nous développons donc des produits pour y remédier. Nos produits se complètent mutuellement, pour permettre une intégration harmonieuse, sans complications pour le conducteur.”  

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SHENZHEN, China, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On 20 April 2018 (Beijing Time), “SF Airlines Global Competition for livery Design Schemes for its Boeing 747 Freighter” was officially kicked off. Its sponsor SF Airlines Co., Ltd. will grant a cash award of 100,000 US dollars to solicit creative ideas from creative and design talents around the world for brand new livery of its 747-400ER Freighter, expecting to improve its corporate image and brand influence.

SF Airlines Co., Ltd., organizer of the competition, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SF Holdings, China’s well-known comprehensive logistics service provider. Headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, SF Airlines is committed to providing safe and efficient air freight services for SF Express. It operates over 40 freighters and its service network has been extended to nearly 50 cities and areas in and out of China.

By the end of 2017, SF Airlines had a successful auction on a well-known online auction platform in China for two Boeing 747-400ER freighters, marking a milestone in breakthrough of its fleet construction. “SF Airlines Global Competition for livery Design Schemes for its Boeing 747 Cargo freighters” is tailored for designing the livery of two big freighters. In 2018, the art works of creative talents will fly into the sky together with SF Airlines’ Boeing 747 freighter, and SF services will also fly into the world along with SF’s self-owned Boeing 747 freighter with brand new livery.

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HANNOVER, 24. April 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei und Groupe PSA präsentierten heute einen DS 7 CROSSBACK, das erste vernetzte Fahrzeug, das aus ihrer im November 2017 angekündigten Partnerschaft für alle Fahrzeuge des Konzerns hervorgegangen ist. Der während der HANNOVER MESSE 2018 vorgestellte DS 7 Crossback ist das erste Fahrzeug, das die Connected Vehicle Modular Platform (CVMP) der Groupe PSA nutzt. Er ist mit der OceanConnect IoT-Plattform von Huawei und den von ihnen unterstützten Cloud Services ausgestattet und ermöglicht den Kunden Zugang zu neuen vernetzten Services.

Die Groupe PSA hat ihre Connected Vehicle Modular Platform (CVMP) für ihre vernetzten Fahrzeuge auf Basis der Huawei OceanConnect IoT-Plattform entwickelt, die weltweit über Cloud-Services, die von Huawei unterstützt werden, eingesetzt wird. DS 7 CROSSBACK wurde diesen Monat in China eingeführt und ist das erste Fahrzeug, das vom CVMP profitiert. Kunden können über einen Bildschirm im Armaturenbrett des Fahrzeugs auf neue Dienste wie z. B. vernetzte Navigation, NLU-Spracherkennung (Verstehen natürlicher Sprache) und ein angeschlossenes Serviceportal zugreifen. Der Wartungsstatus des Fahrzeugs sowie zurückgelegte Strecken und Fahrstile sind ebenfalls über das Smartphone des Kunden abrufbar.

Für Privatkunden und Fuhrparkmanager werden regelmäßig neue Services hinzugefügt. Dazu gehören unter anderem Infotainment-Dienste, Software-Aktualisierungen und Navigationskarten per Fernzugriff, persönliche Assistenzlösungen, Fahrzeugdiagnose und Wartungsfunktionen ebenfalls per Fernzugriff sowie Dienste speziell für Mietwagenfirmen, Flottenmanager und Carsharing-Betreiber.

Huaweis OceanConnect IoT-Plattform unterstützt Huaweis Connected Car Solution. Diese Lösung hilft bei der Entwicklung von vernetzten Fahrzeugen, Smart Homes und Smart Cities und ermöglicht den Benutzern den Zugang zu einer Reihe von Diensten, die das tägliche Leben erleichtern sollen. Alle digitalen Interaktionen zwischen Auto und Cloud sind sicher: Die Kunden- und Fahrzeugdaten werden verschlüsselt und ihre Integrität, Authentizität und Vertraulichkeit sind gewährleistet. 

Huawei hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, eine offene und flexible, vernetzte Infrastrukturplattform für Fahrzeuge zu schaffen, die den Lebenszyklus von Autos verwalten kann und physische Fahrzeugressourcen sicher, zuverlässig und effizient mit der Cloud verbindet, um neue digitale Funktionen für Fahrer und Unternehmen zu ermöglichen. Die von Huawei unterstützten Cloud-Services sollen in allen Fahrzeugen der Groupe PSA in allen Regionen zum Einsatz kommen, in denen diese Fahrzeuge vermarktet werden.

Jean Leflour, SVP Connected Vehicle & Services Architecture Strategy, Groupe PSA: „Durch den Einsatz der neuen Plattform, die das Fahrzeug mit dem Internet der Dinge (IoT) verbindet, bereichert die Groupe PSA ihr Serviceangebot und erleichtert die Mobilität für alle ihre Kunden. Huawei ist bekannt für seine Innovationskraft und wir freuen uns, heute das erste greifbare Ergebnis unserer Partnerschaft zu präsentieren und unseren Kunden durch das CVMP eine ganz neue Mobilitätserfahrung zu ermöglichen. DS 7 CROSSBACK ist das erste Fahrzeug, das von diesem gemeinsamen Projekt profitiert, das schließlich auf alle Konzernfahrzeuge ausgeweitet werden wird.” 

Leon He, Leiter des Business Unit Automotive der Huawei Enterprise Business Group, meinte dazu: „Der Schlüssel zu einer erfolgreichen digitalen Transformation von Fahrzeugherstellern ist der Aufbau einer digitalen Cloud-Plattform. Diese Plattform bietet Fahrzeugherstellern, Ökosystem-Entwicklern und Partnern für Branchenanwendungen die Möglichkeit, gemeinsam weltweit Produkte und Dienstleistungen für Fahrzeuge zu verkaufen und personalisierte Mobilitätsdienste für Fahrzeugeigentümer und -nutzer anzubieten.”

Die HANNOVER MESSE 2018 findet vom 23. bis 27. April auf dem Messegelände Hannover statt. Der Stand von Huawei, D18, befindet sich in Halle 6. Weitere Informationen über die Produkte und Lösungen von Huawei, die auf der HANNOVER MESSE 2018 vorgestellt werden, finden Sie unter

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TÓQUIO, 20 de abril de 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Os “Universal Street Games” introduzidos pela Toyota Motor Corporation é a primeira competição desse tipo no mundo. Os “Universal Street Games” está levando as ruas para o palco internacional numa caçada mundial pelos melhores músicos, dançarinos e atletas de rua do mundo.


Após duas rodadas de votação da competição, os nove finalistas (três de cada categoria) e mais três votantes ganharão a viagem de suas vidas pelos Estados Unidos para os “Universal Street Games” nos X Games Minneapolis 2018, Minnesota.

A primeira rodada da competição, que pediu inscrições e votos em todo o mundo, se encerra em 30 de abril de 2018.

Após a segunda rodada, com início em 1o de maio, os 10 principais intérpretes de cada categoria estarão competindo para serem escolhidos como um dos nove finalistas que partem para uma viagem pelos EUA para mostrar seu desempenho e decidir qual é o no 1 dos artistas de rua no estágio final dos “Universal Street Games”.

De 15 a 21 de julho, esses finalistas viajarão pelos EUA para se inspirarem e aperfeiçoarem seu desempenho final enquanto criam uma apresentação por todos os nove deles como integração de música, dança e esportes. Finalmente, todos os esforços que despenderem serão destacados no estágio final.

Toda a viagem é filmada profissionalmente e carregada diariamente no site da Web de “Universal Street Games” durante a viagem.

Os “Universal Street Games” são uma competição de quatro meses durante os quais os artistas e atletas registram, carregam e votam nas entradas pelas mídias sociais e pelo site na Web de “Universal Street Games” ou aplicativo.

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GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life and student nutrition to nearly 400 school districts throughout the U.S., today announces the five student semi-finalists in the 2018 Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge. This year, elementary school students from Sodexo-served school districts across the United States accepted the challenge to create healthy Asian-Inspired recipes that children or adults will enjoy. Beginning today, the general public is invited to view student video submissions and vote for the winning recipe on Anyone can vote beginning Monday, April 23Midnight ET Sunday, April 29 at

Out of nearly 2,600 entries from students across the country, these five Sodexo Future Chefs competed to become 2018’s Top 5 national semi-finalists:

  • Emmie Picchi, Crystal Lake District 47 (Illinois) [Recipe: Crunchy Wonton Cups]
  • Wyatt Stone, Northeast School Corporation (Indiana) [Recipe: Chicken Tikka Burritos]
  • Erica Sato, Newton PS (Massachusetts) [Recipe: Veggie Power Chirashi Sushi]
  • Julissa Rocha, Lawton PS (Oklahoma) [Recipe: Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap & Tofu Caprese Skewers]
  • Evan Morgan, Lincoln County SD (Oregon) [Recipe: Thai Watermelon Salad]

Now in its eighth year, the Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge encourages healthy eating habits by actively involving students in good nutrition.  Sodexo is renowned for its work in advancing childhood nutrition, health and well-being and understands that engaging youth in the creation of nutritious meals is one of the best ways to improve health, fuel minds and improve academic outcomes.

Students participating in the program represent more than 1,300 Sodexo-served elementary schools in 256 school districts and 30 states. A panel of judges reviewed the recipes and evaluated them based on the originality, healthy attributes, ease of preparation, kid-friendliness and plate presentation. Programs like the Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge are part of Sodexo’s commitment to health, well-being and support for the school districts and communities in which it serves and operates.

Sodexo is committed to taking measurable sustainable actions that ensure a brighter future in the areas of health and wellness, environmental stewardship and community development. The Future Chefs program is one of the many ways Sodexo shares its health and well-being expertise with the clients, customers and communities it serves. Another example is Sodexo’s use of research-based principles recommended in the Smarter Lunchroom Movement – developed by the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs – to equip primary and secondary school lunchrooms with tools to improve the eating behaviors of children.

About Sodexo North America

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life of 15 million customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily.  The company employs 133,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $30 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.  To learn more about Sodexo, visit and connect with us on Facebook and @SodexoUSA on Twitter.

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NING-PO, Čína, 24. dubna 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Společnost Risen Energy Co., Ltd., přední výrobce čínských fotovoltaických panelů, nedávno oznámila, že byla přední evropskou výzkumnou agenturou EuPD Research jmenována jednou z nejvýznamnějších světových značek fotovoltaických modulů v roce 2018. Toto jmenování demonstruje, že se společnost Risen Energy stala jedním z nejvýznamnějších dodavatelů fotovoltaických modulů na celém světě, daleko před svými konkurenty.

Výzkumná agentura EuPD Research, celosvětově známá pro poskytování předních informací o trhu v oblasti udržitelného podnikání, se stala barometrem globálního fotovoltaického průmyslu. Společnost EuPD Research na základě rozsáhlého a hloubkového výzkumu výrobců fotovoltaických panelů a koncových uživatelů na celém světě vyhodnocovala řadu značek fotovoltaických modulů z celého světa, mezi nimiž společnost Risen Energy vynikla pro své vysoce kvalitní moduly a globální spokojenost zákazníků.

Společnost Risen Energy přisuzuje vysokou kvalitu svých modulů přísné kontrole každého detailu v celém výrobním procesu, kromě neustálé inovace v oblasti pokročilých technologií, což je základní prvek konkurenceschopnosti firmy, který jí pomohl vytvořit stopu na mezinárodních trzích.

Se silnou kompetencí v oblasti technologického výzkumu a vývoje, stejně jako v provozní oblasti, společnost Risen Energy dosahovala na mezinárodních solárních trzích v posledních letech neustále vynikajících výsledků. Je třeba poznamenat, že společnost se dle Zprávy o triatlonové konkurenceschopnosti fotovoltaických podniků z roku 2017, kterou vydal přední poskytovatel informací společnost PHOTON Consulting, řadí mezi nejvýznamnější solární podniky v celosvětovém měřítku z hlediska financování.

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TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — 2018 Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum being held in conjunction with Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum has proven itself to be the representative tradeshow in Asia-Pacific region. Organised by UBM Taiwan, the triple show aims to showcase innovative, eco-friendly and sustainable products and technologies, catering to the demand of expansion in the fields of agriculture, aquaculture and livestock. The 2nd edition of Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum will take place at Taipei World Trade Center from July 26-28.

Ms. Sabine Liu, General Manager of UBM Taiwan stated, “According to the UN, farmers have to produce 70% more food by 2050 to feed the global population. To increase food productivity and global competitiveness in the food market, today many governments have implemented facility upgrade subsidies to encourage and optimise food production. A new chapter in the Asia-Pacific agriculture industry has begun.”

To take advantage of the global trend, intelligent agriculture, biogas power and animal medicines and vaccines are being featured in this year’s Expo. Taiwan has overwhelming advantages in the IT and bio-technology sectors and has the potential to become the hub of smart agriculture technologies and applications that are used to boost food supply. In addition, the world veterinary healthcare market was valued at USD20 billion in 2017. The rising awareness of animal healthcare in rural areas of the Asia-Pacific region is believed to be able to bring promising profits to the market in future due to the booming perception of food safety. UBM Taiwan expects to achieve more than 80 onsite business match-making programmes and generate about USD27 million worth of transactions.

Moreover, the  biogas facility pavilion is another spotlight of the tradeshow. The establishment of biogas power plants saves husbandry farmers in Taiwan about USD7,000 to USD20,000 on utility costs each year while receiving feed-in tariffs from the power company. By showcasing the biogas equipment and technology, UBM Taiwan would also like to promote investment in biomass and biogas energy beyond the Taiwanese farming community and create wider commercial possibilities and expand the swine business in the Asia-Pacific region. The topical conference “Circular Economy: Biogas Reuse and Production” hosted by Taiwan’s leading technology R&D institution, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Biogas Power Office, will make its debut at the show.

The 2nd edition of the Expo will double in space and is expected to see 60% growth in matchmaking revenue. The Expo is being supported by 25 international associations and 18 professional media bodies, and will be serving the exhibitors and buyers with new market trends and business opportunities. Visitor online registration and buyer accommodation subsidy program are open now. For more exhibition information and details, please refer to the official website or contact Ms. Sophia Lu (TEL: +886-2-2738-3898; FAX: +886-2-2738-4886; Email:

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PEKING, 24. dubna 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Na podporu čínské národní Iniciativy pásu a cesty (BRI) oznámila Pekingská univerzita na svém ceremoniálu v pátek 20. dubna 2018 otevření nového Institutu Pásu a cesty (Belt and Road Institute). Institut bude veden špičkovou univerzitní školou Guanghua School of Management.

Pro vyjádření široké podpory institutu se zahajovacího ceremoniálu zúčastnil ZHENG Jianbang, místopředseda Národního výboru Čínské lidové politické konzultační konference; ZHAO Ai, ředitel Úřadu pro všeobecné záležitosti řídicí skupiny pro Iniciativu pásu a cesty; WANG Dinghua, ředitel odboru vzdělávání učitelů ministerstva školství; klíčoví administrátoři Pekingské univerzity a představitelé vlád a ředitelé společností z celého světa.

Iniciativa BRI byla představena v roce 2013 jako způsob řízení hospodářského rozvoje v zemích, které obklopují staré čínské obchodní trasy hedvábné stezky, včetně zemí Asie, severní a východní Afriky a Evropy. Během zahajovacího ceremoniálu Institutu Pásu a cesty WANG Bo, viceprezident Pekingské univerzity, ocenil rostoucí mezinárodní roli Číny jako kontextu pro vytvoření Institutu: „Čínský rozvoj vstoupil od reformy a otevření země před čtyřiceti lety do nové fáze. Čína je v podstatě spojená se zbytkem světa.”

Institut poskytne vzdělávací příležitosti budoucím předním představitelům zemí iniciativy BRI, bude provádět výzkumy spojené s projekty BRI a bude sloužit jako platforma pro mezilidskou výměnu. Dosažení těchto cílů bude zahrnovat interdisciplinární koordinaci globálně uznávaných obchodních odborníků školy managementu Ghuanghua Pekingské univerzity a akademických zdrojů ostatních fakult Pekingské univerzity, které jsou na světové úrovni.

Při představení budoucích plánů pro nábor studentů LIU Qiao, děkan školy Guanghua Pekingské univerzity, uvedl: „V roce 2018 začneme přijímat ambiciózní a talentované jedince se silnými vůdčími schopnostmi a globálními představami ze zemí BRI”. Příchozí studenti se zpočátku mohou hlásit na bakalářský program školy Guanghua Pekingské univerzity, mezinárodní programy MBA a EMBA a globální manažerské vzdělávací programy bez získaného titulu. V následujících letech budou přidávány další programy.

Škola managementu Guanghua začala hledat partnery na podporu poslání institutu. Finanční podpora poskytovaná partnery umožní institutu vybudovat své učební osnovy a poskytnout plná stipendia pro studenty přijaté do jeho programu. Společnosti nebo jednotlivci, kteří mají zájem o spolupráci s Institutem Pásu a cesty, mohou kontaktovat školu Guanghua Pekingské univerzity, aby se seznámili s příležitostmi. Studenti, kteří mají zájem o přihlášení na některý z programů institutu, mohou zaslat e-mail na adresu

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TOKYO, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Kenji Yasukawa, Ph.D., “Astellas” ) today announced that it submitted on March 23, 2018, a new drug application (NDA) for marketing approval of gilteritinib (generic name) in Japan for the treatment of adult patients with FLT3 mutation-positive (FLT3mut+) relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Astellas also submitted a NDA for approval of gilteritinib in the same patient population to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 29, 2018 (U.S. time) following the submission in Japan. The applications for marketing approval for gilteritinib are based on data from the ongoing pivotal Phase 3 ADMIRAL study investigating gilteritinib in adult patients with FLT3mut+ relapsed or refractory AML.

AML is a cancer that impacts the blood and bone marrow, and its incidence increases with age. In Japan, approximately 5,500 patients are diagnosed with AML each year1. Gilteritinib is an investigational compound that has demonstrated inhibitory activity against both internal tandem duplication (ITD) and tyrosine kinase domain (TKD), FLT3 mutations that are seen in approximately one-third of patients with AML.

In October 2015, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) announced the selection of gilteritinib as one of the first products designated for SAKIGAKE2.




SAKIGAKE: SAKIGAKE designation system can shorten the review period with the following 3 approaches: 1) Prioritized Consultation, 2) Substantial Pre-application Consultation and 3) Prioritized Review.

And also, the system will help promote the development with the following 2 approaches: 4) Review Partner System (to be conducted by the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency) and 5) Substantial Post-Marketing Safety Measures.

About Gilteritinib
Astellas is currently investigating gilteritinib in various FLT3 mutation-positive AML patient populations through several Phase 3 trials. Visit to learn more about ongoing gilteritinib clinical trials.

Gilteritinib was discovered through a research collaboration with Kotobuki Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., and Astellas has exclusive global rights to develop, manufacture and potentially commercialize gilteritinib. Gilteritinib has been granted Orphan Drug  and Fast Track designation by the U.S. FDA, Orphan Drug Designation by the European Commission, and SAKIGAKE Designation and Orphan Drug Designation by the Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

About the ADMIRAL Study
The Phase 3 ADMIRAL trial is an open-label, multicenter, randomized study of gilteritinib versus salvage chemotherapy in adult patients with FLT3 mutations who are refractory to or have relapsed after first-line AML therapy. The co-primary endpoints of the trial are OS (Overall Survival) and CR (complete remission) / CRh (CR with partial hematological recovery) rate and the study is still ongoing. The study enrolled 371 patients with FLT3 mutations present in bone marrow or whole blood, as determined by central lab. Subjects have been randomized in a 2:1 ratio to receive gilteritinib (120 mg) or salvage chemotherapy.

About Astellas
Astellas Pharma Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan, is a company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. We focus on Urology, Oncology, Immunology, Nephrology and Neuroscience as prioritized therapeutic areas while advancing new therapeutic areas and discovery research leveraging new technologies/modalities. We are also creating new value by combining internal capabilities and external expertise in the medical/healthcare business. Astellas is on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients. For more information, please visit our website at

Cautionary Notes
In this press release, statements made with respect to current plans, estimates, strategies and beliefs and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements about the future performance of Astellas. These statements are based on management’s current assumptions and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: (i) changes in general economic conditions and in laws and regulations, relating to pharmaceutical markets, (ii) currency exchange rate fluctuations, (iii) delays in new product launches, (iv) the inability of Astellas to market existing and new products effectively, (v) the inability of Astellas to continue to effectively research and develop products accepted by customers in highly competitive markets, and (vi) infringements of Astellas’ intellectual property rights by third parties.

Information about pharmaceutical products (including products currently in development) which is included in this press release is not intended to constitute an advertisement or medical advice.

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DES MOINES, Iowa, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Kemin Industries, a global ingredient company that uses science to touch 3.8 billion people every day with its products and services, announced today the launch of a new Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health division, AquaKulture.

The AquaKulture division will direct the expertise of Kemin in inspired molecular solutions and consumer insights toward aquatic species and aqua feed. Kemin will use its 50-plus years of experience, expertise and innovation to apply its pioneering animal nutrition and health products and solutions to the aquaculture industry.

“Nearly half of the human food consumption of animal protein is in the form of fish and/or shrimp. With the focus on ‘sustainable production,’ producers are quickly moving from using wild-caught to farmed fish,” said G.S. Ramesh, Group President, Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health. “With this shift, the industry is expected to grow rapidly. For these reasons and a variety of others, we decided to make AquaKulture its own division within Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health.”

Kemin AquaKulture will offer a variety of products and solutions to help customers prevent microbial spoilage, strengthen oxidative control, boost lipid nutrition, promote better health in aqua species by enhancing immunity and ensure water quality to optimize growth. This portfolio of programs will help aqua feed companies, aqua farms and fish meal producers to raise the healthiest aqua species with better growth, uniformity and economic returns.

“Over the years, several Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health teams have successfully ventured into the aquaculture market. We’re excited to now launch a complete AquaKulture division that will provide even greater resources to strengthen the quality of aqua feed and feed ingredients and improve the health and survival of aqua species. We look forward to serving those in the aquaculture industry,” said Ramesh.

The AquaKulture brand will debut April 24 at the World Aqua Culture Symposium in Taipei, Taiwan.

About Kemin Industries

Kemin Industries ( is a global ingredient manufacturer with a focus on improving the quality of life for over 3.8 billion people each day with more than 500 specialty ingredients made for the human and animal health, pet food, nutraceutical, food technology, crop technologies and textile industries.

For over half a century, Kemin has been dedicated to using applied science to address industry challenges and offers product solutions to customers in more than 120 countries. Kemin provides ingredients to feed a growing population with its commitment to the quality, safety and efficacy of food, feed and health-related products.

Established in 1961, Kemin is a privately-held, family-owned and operated company with more than 2,500 employees globally and operations in 90 countries, including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

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SHANGHAI, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Yum China Holdings, Inc. (the “Company” or “Yum China“) (NYSE: YUMC) was awarded the Best Community Program Award at the 10th annual Global CSR Summit for its One Yuan Donation program, one of Yum China’s signature CSR initiatives designed to enrich the health and wellbeing of children living in impoverished regions across China. Every year, the Global CSR Awards evaluates and honors leading and innovative CSR initiatives led by companies operating around the world.

“We are honored to be the recipient of the Best Community Program Award at this year’s Global CSR Summit and Awards,” said Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China. “Using our scale and network to give back to the communities in which we operate is core to our commitment to building a sustainable and socially relevant business. The One Yuan Donation program shows that through donating even a single yuan, collectively, we can have a powerful and tangible impact on the lives of children living in impoverished communities in China.”

Founded in partnership with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) in 2008, the One Yuan Donation program has become one of the largest public donation campaigns in China. It was also one of the first CSR programs in China to demonstrate that anyone can make an impact on society. Every year, the program runs in all KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and East Dawning restaurants across China for up to 3 weeks, encouraging customers and employees to donate a single yuan to enrich the diets of children in impoverished regions.

Since its inception, the initiative has raised over RMB 170 million, provided more than 37.4 million nutritious meals, and helped to deliver “Love Kitchen” equipment to 860 schools across China, benefiting more than 547,000 students from 10 provinces including Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Hubei, Guangxi, Hunan, Fujian, Hebei, Xinjiang and Heilongjiang. The program increasingly provides nutritional education to ensure children have a better understanding of the value of a nutritious diet and the benefits that it has on overall health and well-being.

About Yum China Holdings, Inc.

Yum China Holdings, Inc. is a licensee of Yum! Brands in mainland China. It has exclusive rights in mainland China to KFC, China’s leading quick-service restaurant brand, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining restaurant brand in China, and Taco Bell, a Mexican-inspired quick-service restaurant brand. Yum China also owns the Little Sheep and East Dawning concepts outright.

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SONOMA, Califórnia, 23 de abril de 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Sob o céu azul do ensolarado circuito do Autódromo de Sonoma, a Universidade Brigham Young de Provo, Utah, ganhou o maior prêmio em sua categoria na competição 12a Ecomaratona Américas da Shell, registrando 844,08 quilômetros por litro com seu veículo protótipo de combustão interna “BYU SMV” ultraeficiente energeticamente. Entre as 98 equipes de estudantes, a metade alimentou seus veículos com fontes de energia renováveis.

Mais de 1.200 estudantes da Argentina, Brasil, Canadá, Colômbia, Equador, Guatemala, México, Peru, Porto Rico e Estados Unidos participaram do evento de 2018. Eles receberam o apoio de milhares de visitantes que lotaram o Autódromo de Sonoma para desfrutar as diversas atividades focadas no futuro da energia e da mobilidade. Entre os visitantes estavam quase 600 estudantes de muitas escolas públicas de distritos comunitários locais da Califórnia.

O festival “Make the Future California” com a Ecomaratona Américas da Shell reuniu autoridades governamentais, empresas, empreendedores, estudantes e comunidades locais para fins de colaboração e conversação sobre os desafios globais da energia. Onze parceiras estratégicas globais e locais ajudaram a Shell a organizar o evento crescentemente popular, com muitos prêmios, que acrescentou novos elementos para visitantes em 2018. As parceiras do festival e parceiras técnicas da Shell, muitas das quais usaram ativamente o evento como uma base de recrutamento, incluíram as empresas Agility, Altair, Delta, Honda, HP, Linde, O’Reilly, Autódromo de Sonoma, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Toyota e United Airlines.

Os competidores trabalharam diligentemente de quinta-feira a domingo para ajustar seus veículos feitos sob medida. Os estudantes tiveram de passar por inspeções técnicas rigorosas antes de testar seus veículos na pista do Autódromo de Sonoma, para assegurar que estavam prontos para a competição. Para fazer uma apresentação bem-sucedida, o carro de cada equipe teve de fazer sete voltas, em uma distância total aproximada de 10,3 quilômetros, em 25 minutos, no icônico Autódromo de Sonoma.

Final Regional do Campeonato Mundial de Pilotos

Retornando às Américas pelo terceiro ano, o Campeonato Mundial de Pilotos é uma competição entre as melhores equipes do “UrbanConcept Americas” (conceito urbano das Américas), que ganharam o direito de competir em 22 de abril (domingo) na Final Regional do Campeonato Mundial. As três melhores finalistas da competição regional das Américas garantiram a chance de enfrentar as equipes vencedoras da Ásia e da Europa, de 5 a 8 de julho de 2018, em Londres.

Primeiro lugar – Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team Alpha, Academia Saint Thomas

Segundo lugar – Sask Eco UC, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Terceiro lugar – Mater Dei Supermileage, Mater Dei High School

Essas equipes irão se preparar agora para competir pelo título da Grande Final do Campeonato Mundial de Pilotos e ganhar a oportunidade exclusiva de viver uma experiência única ao visitar a casa da Scuderia Ferrari na Itália.

O gerente geral da Ecomaratona da Shell Norman Koch declarou: “O Campeonato Mundial de Pilotos demanda o melhor em inovação de veículos e tecnologia automotiva para ampliar as fronteiras da eficiência energética. Uma grande dose de habilidade e uma estratégia sólida para manejar o veículo e administrar a eficiência de consumo de energia são necessárias para ajudar a equipe ganhadora cruzar a linha de chegada em primeiro lugar. Nós presenciamos ação e entusiasmo surpreendentes hoje e cumprimento todas as equipes.

Equipes ganhadoras da Ecomaratona Américas da Shell de 2018

As equipes dos estudantes competiram em duas classes de veículos no evento. Na classe Protótipo, os estudantes usam veículos futurísticos, aerodinâmicos. Na classe UrbanConcept (conceito urbano), eles se focam em veículos mais adequados para estradas, com o objetivo de atender as necessidades dos motoristas na vida real. A competição foi dividida em três categorias de energia:

  • Combustão interna: gasolina, diesel e etanol;
  • Célula de combustível de hidrogênio;
  • Bateria elétrica.

Os vencedores das Américas em cada classe, com base em classe de veículo e categoria de energia, foram os seguintes:

  • Protótipo com combustão interna:BYU SMV” da Universidade Brigham Young, 844,08 km/l;
  • Protótipo com bateria elétrica patrocinado pela Honda:Duke Electric Vehicles” da Universidade Duke, 367,9 m/kWh;
  • Protótipo com célula de combustível de hidrogênio patrocinado pela Linde:Duke Electric Vehicles H2” da Universidade Duke, 383,1 m/m3;
  • UrbanConcept com combustão interna:Mater Dei Supermileage” da Mater Dei High School, 357,67 km/l;
  • UrbanConcept com bateria elétrica patrocinado pela Honda:Experimental Vehicle Team Alpha” da Academia Saint Thomas, 63,2 m/kWh;
  • UrbanConcept com célula de combustível de hidrogênio patrocinado pela Linde:CNS Performance Engineering” da Cicero North Syracuse High School, 38,2 m/m3.

As equipes também ganharam prêmios por seus trabalhos fora da pista nas seguintes categorias:

  • Estipêndio de Segurança de Viagem: Alden-Conger High School;
  • Prêmio ao Estreante em Hidrogênio Mais Inovador patrocinado pela Linde: Warren Tech Central High School;
  • Prêmio Comunicações patrocinado pela Edelman: Universidade de Ottowa;
  • Prêmio Projeto de Veículo UrbanConcept: Universidade Técnica de Louisiana;
  • Prêmio Projeto de Veículo Protótipo: Colégio San Antonio;
  • Inovação Técnica patrocinada pelo Instituto de Pesquisa Southwest: Universidade Duke;
  • Prêmio Segurança: Universidade James Madison;
  • Prêmio Perseverança e Espírito do Evento: Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.

Para saber mais, por favor, visite o website do Make the Future California.

Sobre o “Make the Future Festivals”

O Make the Future Festivals é uma plataforma global da Shell para conversação, colaboração e inovação em torno dos desafios energéticos do mundo. Com eventos realizados em diversos países, eles objetivam proporcionar uma oportunidade a diversos grupos de interesse, como estudantes, empreendedores, empresas, governos e o público, para experimentar, testar e contribuir com ideias brilhantes sobre energia.

Sobre a Ecomaratona da Shell

A Ecomaratona da Shell é um programa global criado para oferecer aos estudantes oportunidades práticas para desenvolver ideias, tecnologias, conhecimentos e habilidades dentro de uma arena de competição.

Realizada atualmente na Ásia, nas Américas e na Europa e composta por duas competições fundamentais, o Desafio de Milhagem da Ecomaratona da Shell (Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge) e o Campeonato Mundial de Pilotos (Drivers’ World Championship), ela faz com que estudantes de países de suas respectivas regiões usem suas habilidades inovadoras de resolver problemas para projetar e construir seus próprios carros. Observando todos os aspectos de projeto e tecnologia, os estudantes competem para provar que suas ideias brilhantes irão produzir o veículo mais eficiente energeticamente quando testado na pista de corrida.

A Ecomaratona da Shell começou em 1939 em um laboratório de pesquisa da Shell nos Estados Unidos, como uma aposta amigável entre cientistas, para ver quem poderia obter a maior quilometragem por litro de seu veículo. Em 1985, na França, nasceu a Ecomaratona da Shell como a conhecemos hoje. Em abril de 2007, o evento Ecomaratona Américas da Shell foi lançado nos Estados Unidos e, em 2010, a Ecomaratona Ásia da Shell inaugural foi realizada na Malásia, até 2013. Em 2018, as competições “Desafio de Milhagem da Ecomaratona da Shell” e “Campeonato Mundial de Pilotos” foram realizadas em Cingapura, na Califórnia e em Londres. A Grande Final do Campeonato Mundial de Pilotos foi realizada em Londres.

Sobre a Shell Oil Company

A Shell Oil Company é afiliada da Royal Dutch Shell plc, grupo global de empresas de energia e petroquímica com operações em mais de 70 países. Nos EUA, a Shell opera em todos os 50 estados e emprega mais de 20.000 pessoas, que trabalham para enfrentar os desafios do novo futuro da energia. A Shell Oil Company é uma grande produtora de petróleo e gás nas águas profundas do Golfo do México, uma reconhecida pioneira em tecnologia de exploração e produção de petróleo e gás e uma das principais produtoras de petróleo e gás natural, comerciante de gasolina e gás natural e fabricante de produtos petroquímicos dos Estados Unidos.

Sobre o Autódromo de Sonoma

O Autódromo de Sonoma (Sonoma Raceway), localizado no Vale de Sonoma, é um importante destino de esportes motorizados no Norte da Califórnia, com pista de corrida de classe mundial, pista para corrida de arrancada (drag strip) e centro de kart. Sua programação anual de corridas é encabeçada pela Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series e Verizon IndyCar® Series. Além disso, o Autódromo de Sonoma ostenta um parque industrial de esportes motorizados, que serve como casa para mais de 70 empresas, incluindo o Centro de Pilotagem de Desempenho Simraceway. O Autódromo de Sonoma é uma subsidiária totalmente controlada da Speedway Motorsports, Inc., importante marqueteira e promotora de entretenimento de esportes motorizados nos Estados Unidos.

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As empresas nas quais a Royal Dutch Shell plc tem investimentos diretos e indiretos são entidades jurídicas separadas. Neste comunicado à imprensa, os nomes “Shell”, “Shell group” e “Royal Dutch Shell” são usados, algumas vezes, por conveniência, onde referências são feitas à Royal Dutch Shell plc e suas subsidiárias em geral. Da mesma forma, as palavras “nós”, “nos” e “nosso/a” também são usadas para se referir à Royal Dutch Shell plc e suas subsidiárias em geral ou às pessoas que trabalham para elas. Esses termos também são usados onde nenhum propósito útil é servido para identificar entidade ou entidades particulares. “Subsidiárias”, subsidiárias da Shell” e “empresas da Shell”, como usadas neste comunicado à imprensa, se referem a entidades sobre as quais a Royal Dutch Shell plc tem controle direto ou indireto. Entidades ou organizações não incorporadas, sobre as quais a Shell tem controle conjunto, são geralmente referidas como “joint ventures” e “joint operations”, respectivamente. Entidades sobre as quais a Shell exerce influência significativa, mas que não controla, nem controla em conjunto, são referidas como “associadas”. A expressão “participação da Shell” é usada por conveniência, para indicar a participação acionária direta e/ou indireta detida pela Shell em uma entidade ou organização conjunta não incorporada, após a exclusão de toda a participação de terceiros.

Este comunicado à imprensa contém declarações prospectivas [dentro do significado da Lei da Reforma de Contencioso de Valores Mobiliários Privados (Private Securities Litigation Reform Act) de 1995], relativas à condição financeira, resultados de operações e negócios da Royal Dutch Shell. Todas as declarações outras que as declarações de fatos históricos são ou podem ser consideradas declarações prospectivas. Declarações prospectivas são declarações relativas a expectativas futuras, que se baseiam nas expectativas e suposições atuais da administração, e envolvem riscos e incertezas conhecidos e desconhecidos, que podem fazer com que os resultados, desempenho ou eventos reais difiram substancialmente daqueles expressos ou implícitos, nessas declarações. Declarações prospectivas incluem, entre outras coisas, declarações relativas à potencial exposição da Royal Dutch Shell a riscos de mercado e declarações que expressam as expectativas, convicções, estimativas, previsões, projeções e suposições da administração. Essas declarações prospectivas são identificadas pelo uso de termos e frases tais como “objetiva”, “ambiciona”, “antevê”, “acredita”, “poderia”, “estima”, “espera”, “metas”, “pretende”, “pode”, “objetivos”, “perspectiva”, “planeja”, “provavelmente”, “projeta”, “riscos”, “programa”, “busca”, “deveria”, “alvo”, “irá” e termos e frases similares. Existem diversos fatores que podem afetar as futuras operações da Royal Dutch Shell e podem fazer com que esses resultados difiram substancialmente daqueles expressos nas declarações prospectivas incluídas neste comunicado à imprensa, incluindo (sem limitação):  (a) flutuações dos preços do petróleo cru e do gás natural; (b) mudanças na demanda por produtos da Shell; (c) flutuações do câmbio; (d) resultados de perfuração e produção; (e) estimativas de reservas; (f) perda de participação de mercado e concorrência no setor; (g) riscos ambientais e físicos; (h) riscos associados à identificação de aquisições potenciais de propriedades e alvos e à negociação e conclusão bem-sucedidas de tais transações; (i) risco de fazer negócios em países em desenvolvimento e países sujeitos a sanções internacionais; (j) desenvolvimentos legislativos, fiscais e regulamentares, incluindo medidas regulamentares referentes à mudança climática; (k) condições econômicas e financeiras do mercado em vários países e regiões; (l) riscos políticos, incluindo riscos de expropriação e renegociação dos termos de contratos com entidades governamentais, atrasos ou avanços na aprovação de projetos e atrasos no reembolso de custos compartilhados; e (m) mudanças nas condições de comercialização. Nenhuma garantia pode ser dada de que futuros pagamentos de dividendos irão igualar ou exceder pagamentos de dividendos anteriores. Todas as declarações prospectivas contidas neste comunicado à imprensa são expressamente qualificadas em sua totalidade pelas declarações de advertência contidas ou referidas nesta seção. Os leitores não devem colocar confiança indevida em declarações prospectivas. Outros fatores de risco que podem afetar futuros resultados estão descritos no formulário 20-F da Royal Dutch Shell para o ano encerrado em 31 de dezembro de 2017 (disponível em e Esses fatores de risco também qualificam expressamente todas as declarações prospectivas contidas neste comunicado à imprensa e devem ser consideradas pelo leitor. Cada declaração prospectiva só é válida na data deste comunicado à imprensa, de 23 de abril de 2018. Nem a Royal Dutch Shell plc, nem qualquer de suas subsidiárias, assumem qualquer obrigação de atualizar publicamente ou revisar qualquer declaração prospectiva, como resultado de novas informações, eventos futuros ou outras informações. À vista desses riscos, os resultados podem diferir substancialmente daqueles declarados, implícitos ou inferidos das declarações prospectivas contidas neste comunicado à imprensa.

Usamos certos termos, como recursos, neste comunicado à imprensa que a Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (SEC – Securities and Exchange Commission) dos Estados Unidos nos proíbe estritamente de incluir em nossos arquivos na SEC. Os investidores nos EUA são encorajados a considerar rigorosamente a divulgação em nosso formulário 20-F, arquivo número 1-32575, disponível no website da SEC em

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HANNOVER, Alemanha, 23 de abril de 2018 /PRNewswire/ — A Huawei e o Groupe PSA apresentaram hoje um DS 7 CROSSBACK, o primeiro veículo conectado, resultado da parceria entre as empresas, anunciada em novembro de 2017, que inclui todos os veículos conectados do Grupo. Estreando na Europa, no estande da Huawei, durante a HANNOVER MESSE 2018, o DS 7 Crossback é o primeiro veículo a usar a Plataforma Modular de Veículo Conectado (CVMP) do Groupe PSA, além de estar equipado com a plataforma OceanConnect IoT da Huawei e ter serviços de nuvem operados pela Huawei, oferecendo aos clientes acesso a novos serviços conectados.

Utilizando a plataforma OceanConnect IoT da Huawei, o Groupe PSA construiu sua Plataforma Modular de Veículo Conectado (CVMP) para seus veículos conectados, que foi implantada globalmente, usando serviços de nuvem operados pela Huawei. O DS 7 CROSSBACK, lançado este mês na China, é o primeiro veículo a se beneficiar da CVMP. Os clientes podem acessar novos serviços, como navegação conectada, reconhecimento de voz em linguagem natural e um portal de serviços conectado por meio da tela do painel do veículo. O status de manutenção do veículo, o histórico de viagens e os estilos de direção também são podem ser acessados a partir do smartphone do cliente.

Novos serviços para clientes particulares e gerentes de frota serão acrescentados regularmente a esses recursos. Dentre eles, serviços de infoentretenimento, atualizações remotas de software e mapeamento de navegação, assistente pessoal, funções remotas de diagnóstico e manutenção do veículo, além de serviços úteis para empresas de aluguel de veículos, gerentes de frotas e operadoras de compartilhamento de veículos.

A plataforma OceanConnect IoT da Huawei apoia a solução Connected Car da Huawei, que ajuda a desenvolver carros conectados, casas e cidades inteligentes, concedendo aos usuários acesso a inúmeros serviços projetados para facilitar a rotina diária. Todas as interações digitais entre o carro e a nuvem são seguras. As informações do cliente e do carro são criptografadas, e sua integridade, autenticidade e confidencialidade são garantidas.

A Huawei tem o compromisso de criar uma plataforma aberta e flexível de infraestrutura para carros conectados, que possa ser redimensionada para gerenciar o ciclo de vida de carros, conectando os ativos de carros físicos à nuvem de maneira segura, confiável e eficiente, a fim de oferecer novos recursos digitais aos motoristas e às empresas. Os serviços de nuvem operados pela Huawei serão usados em todos os veículos conectados do Groupe PSA, em todas as regiões onde esses veículos forem comercializados.

Jean Leflour, vice-presidente sênior de estratégias de arquitetura de serviços e veículos conectados do Groupe PSA, afirmou: “Ao implantar sua nova plataforma conectando os veículos à Internet das Coisas (IoT), o Groupe PSA enriquece sua oferta de serviços e facilita a mobilidade de todos os clientes. Com a Huawei, bem-conhecida pela sua capacidade de inovação, temos o prazer de apresentar hoje o primeiro resultado tangível da nossa parceria, proporcionando aos clientes novas experiências permitidas pela CVMP. O DS 7 CROSSBACK é o primeiro veículo a se beneficiar deste projeto em conjunto, que será implantado em todos os veículos do grupo”.

Leon He, chefe da unidade de negócios automotivos do Huawei Enterprise Business Group, comentou: “A chave para a transformação digital bem-sucedida dos fabricantes de automóveis é construir plataformas de nuvem digital. Nessas plataformas, os fabricantes de carro, os desenvolvedores de ecossistemas e os parceiros de aplicativos do setor estão reunidos para vender em conjunto produtos e serviços para veículos no mundo todo e fornecer serviços de viagem personalizados para os proprietários e os usuários de carros”.

A HANNOVER MESSE 2018 acontecerá de 23 a 27 de abril, no Centro de Exposições de Hannover, na Alemanha. O estande da Huawei é o D18, no corredor 6. Para obter mais informações sobre os produtos e soluções da Huawei que estarão em destaque na HANNOVER MESSE 2018, visite o site

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WASHINGTON, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Spokesperson for the Saudi-led Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Al Maliki, issued a statement stressing that the Coalition is following with interest claims that have been circulating in some media outlets that a wedding tent in the area of Bani Qais in the Hajjah province was targeted.

Colonel Turki Al Maliki stated that the joint leadership of the Coalition is reviewing the post-action procedures for all executed operations, particularly in the place and time of the incident, and upon the completion of the comprehensive review and operational audit the preliminary results will be announced.

Colonel Al Maliki stressed the Coalition’s assiduous efforts to enforce and implement the rules of engagement in accordance with rules and provisions of international humanitarian law, particularly the important assumption that every person in Yemen is a civilian until proven otherwise.

The Spokesperson also emphasized the Coalition’s commitment, morally and legally, to the protection of civilians and civilian sites. The Coalition continues to take all the precautionary and preventative measures, ensuring that all operations utilize the most accurate and up-to-date targeting methods, which include creating a specific list of military targets and locations to achieve operational objectives.

The Coalition has a no strike-list that includes more than 40 thousand civilian locations which are updated continuously based upon information provided by the UN, NGOs and other stakeholders.

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WASHINGTON, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Iranian backed Houthi militias in Yemen are holding hostage 19 ships, carrying over 200 thousand tons of petroleum byproducts in the anchoring zone outside of the port of Hodeida, which is under the militia’s control. Some of these ships have now been detained for over 26 days, and are prevented from going into the port, despite the port being free of any other ships. The Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO) center in Saudi Arabia has reached out to the United Nations OCHA office in Riyadh and the UNVIM offices in Djibouti to express their concern over the tactics used by the Houthi militias, which are exacerbating the suffering of the people of Yemen. This move hinders relief efforts, prevents aid from properly reaching the Yemeni people, and grows the black market for goods while enabling the Houthi militias to benefit and extend the war further. There is a strong fear that the Iranian backed Houthi militias intend to destroy these ships, which would create an environmental disaster in the Red Sea in addition to depriving the Yemeni people of intended aid. The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, which is responsible for issuing the permits that allow ships to dock, works in coordination with UNVIM regularly to allow aid shipments to get to the Yemeni people in a timely and efficient manner. The coalition has provided all 19 ships with permits to dock in the port of Hodeida.

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LOS GATOS, Calif., April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced the pricing of an offering of $1.9 billion aggregate principal amount of 5.875% senior notes due 2028 (the “Notes”). The offering of the Notes was upsized from an originally announced aggregate principal amount of $1.5 billion. The Notes are being offered to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and outside the United States to non-U.S. persons pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. The sale of the Notes is expected to close on April 26, 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Interest on the Notes will be payable in cash semi-annually in arrears, beginning on November 15, 2018.

The Notes will mature on November 15, 2028, unless earlier repurchased or redeemed. Holders may require Netflix to repurchase their Notes upon the occurrence of certain change of control events at a purchase price equal to 101% of the principal amount thereof plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any.

Netflix may redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount thereof plus a “make-whole” premium and accrued and unpaid interest, if any.

Netflix intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, which may include content acquisitions, production and development, capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential acquisitions and strategic transactions.

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Austrian market leader Cineplexx, part of Constantin Film-Holding Group Austria, and RealD announced today the renewal of their long-term partnership to include RealD 3D equipment, 3D glasses and Ultimate Screens for all Cineplexx territories. These territories currently include Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo & Greece.

Cineplexx continues to use 3D equipment and glasses provided by RealD in all of their cinemas to offer the premium 3D cinema experience. In addition Cineplexx will be the first cinema operator in its region to install as many as ten Ultimate Screens, exclusively developed by RealD, in their premium sites. Cineplexx is operating nearly 50 sites and more than 300 screens currently. New sites to be opened soon are a second cinema in Tirana/Albania and Novi Sad/Serbia as well as one in Tulln/Austria.

Christian Langhammer, CEO/Owner of Cineplexx: “Cineplexx is proud to continue our successful relationship with RealD in all our territories for many years. It has always been our goal to create the best possible 3D experience for our consumers and we can’t think of a better partner than RealD to present 3D movies with the best quality in our cinemas. The Ultimate Screen adds significantly to the consumer experience in 2D and 3D. Movies like AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR,  the upcoming SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY or family entertainment like Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2 or JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM are made to be seen in 3D and even more on an Ultimate Screen.” “Adding the Ultimate Screen installations once again demonstrates our belief in technological innovation : to maintain our market leadership, to constantly improve our customer’s experience and compete successfully with entertainment choices outside the cinema channel.”

Roger Harris, Managing Director RealD (Europe/Middle East/Africa/Russia): “RealD is very happy to extend our long-term deal with Cineplexx for six more years. Cineplexx has always been at the forefront of investing in technical innovation as demonstrated by the installment of ten Ultimate Screens. It is our common goal to offer the finest 3D experience to the consumer and together we will continue to enhance not only our technical improvements such as Ultimate Screen, but will also identify common marketing opportunities with Cineplexx to strengthen the 3D markets in all territories even further.”

About RealD

Globally recognized as the world’s visual technology leader, RealD pioneered digital 3D cinema and today has the world’s largest 3D cinema platform. RealD’s dominant market share is comprised of a network of theatres that include nearly 30,000 installed screens with a backlog of 3,000 additional contracted installations in 72 countries with over 1,200 exhibition partners. RealD is the world’s preeminent 3D brand, with well over 2 billion people having experienced a movie in RealD 3D.


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Elzer & Associates

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Lighthouse Bank (OTC-QB: LGHT), a top-rated locally owned and operated community bank, today released unaudited financial results for the quarter-ended March 31, 2018. Net income was $1.0 million, an increase of 95% over the prior quarter-ended December 31, 2017, and 46% over the same quarter in 2017. Total assets grew to a record $269 million, an increase of $34 million, or 14%, from the quarter-ended March 31, 2017.

These results represent the Bank’s 35th successive quarter of profitable operations. Highlights for the first quarter results include: Loans increased by $52 million, or 30% year-over-year, and deposits increased $30.2 million, or 15%, compared to the quarter-ended March 31, 2017. In addition to increased loan yields, year-over-year profitability has benefitted by a reduction in the Bank’s effective tax rate.         

For the quarter-ended March 31, 2018, total shareholders’ equity increased by $1.2 million to $36 million. Year-over-year, shareholders’ equity increased $4 million, or 12%. In January, 2018 the Bank paid a $0.09 per share quarterly cash dividend to shareholders. Since January 2015, the Bank has paid $3,021,473 in cash dividends to shareholders.

Chief Executive Officer Lane Lawson commented, “We are extremely pleased with the Bank’s first quarter performance, which represents the Banks best quarterly earnings report in our ten year history. Our exceptional results continue to be driven by the dedication and efforts of our Board, Management and entire team of banking professionals.”

In late 2017, Lighthouse Bank celebrated its 10th Anniversary and the opening of a second full-service branch location in Silicon Valley.  Since opening, the Bank has established itself as a consistent elite performer, earning consecutive top rankings based on a variety of categories including asset quality, capital adequacy, return on average assets, return on average equity and operational efficiency.

Recognition and Awards Received:

  • Three consecutive-years ranking in “Nation’s Top Ten Healthiest Banks”, by
  • S&P Global Market Intelligence ranking as “Nation’s 11th Best-Performing Community Bank” for 2017, of 4,383 banks of asset size under $1 billion.
  • Financial Management Consulting’s “Sixth Highest Performing Bank” out of 159 California banks, based on overall performance.
  • 23-consecutive quarters possessing “Five-Star Superior, the top rating by Bauer Financial.
  • Seven consecutive-year achievement of “Super Premier Performing Bank, the highest designation given by Findley Reports, Inc.

Annual Meeting Notice:
Lighthouse Bank’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Thursday, May 17th at 5:00 pm at the Bank’s Santa Cruz Office at 2020 North Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Selected Financial Data (unaudited)












Balance Sheet

Total assets

$   268,978,242


$  7,914,700


$   235,010,557

$  33,967,685


Gross loans








Allowance for loan losses








Non interest-bearing deposits








Total deposits








Shareholders’ equity








Income Statement

Interest income

$       3,576,233

$     3,269,765

$      306,468


$       2,719,094

$        857,139


Interest expense








Net interest income








Provision for loan losses







Net interest income after provision for loan losses








Non-interest income








Non-interest expense








Net income before taxes








Income tax expense








Net income

$       1,038,383

$        533,233

$      505,150


$           709,125

$        329,258


Earnings per share (basic)

$                 0.40

$               0.21

$            0.19


$                 0.29

$               0.11


Book value per share

$               13.76

$            13.45

$            0.31


$               12.97

$               0.80



Net interest margin *




Equity capital-to-total assets




Return on Average Assets *




Return on Average Equity *




Allowance for Loan Losses-to-Total Loans




Non-Performing Assets-to-Total Assets




Efficiency Ratio *




* Average for period

Lighthouse Bank is a highly rated locally owned and operated full-service commercial bank with offices in Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley. The Bank’s Santa Cruz office and headquarters are located at 2020 North Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz, CA. The Bank’s Silicon Valley office is located at 19240 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA. The Bank offers a full array of banking products and services to businesses, professionals, individuals, developers and commercial property owners. The Bank is dedicated to providing exceptional personalized service and access to decision makers who are close at hand.  Lighthouse Bank’s unique worldwide ATM fee waiver program and complimentary business courier service expand the Bank’s geographical reach throughout Santa Cruz County and the Silicon Valley.

Lighthouse Bank’s stock (LGHT) is actively traded via the Bank’s market makers and online and full-service brokerage providers. More information on the Bank and historical financial performance may be obtained through the Bank’s website at or by calling 831-600-4000.

Member FDIC / Equal Housing Lender / SBA Preferred Lender

The attached release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Such risks and uncertainties may include but are not necessarily limited to fluctuation in interest rates, inflation, government regulations and general economic conditions, and competition within the business areas in which the Bank is conducting its operations, including the real estate market in California and other factors beyond the Bank’s control.  Such risks and uncertainties could cause results for subsequent interim periods or for the entire year to differ materially from those indicated.  Readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s view only as of the date hereof.  The Bank undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.  

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NINGBO, Chine, 24 avril 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Risen Energy Co., le principal producteur chinois de modules photovoltaïques, a récemment annoncé qu’il a été nommé l’une des meilleures marques de modules PV au monde en 2018 par le cabinet de recherche européen de premier plan, EuPD Research. Cette désignation démontre que Risen Energy est devenu l’un des premiers fournisseurs mondiaux de modules photovoltaïques au monde, en devançant largement ses concurrents.

Le cabinet EuPD Research, bien connu dans le monde entier pour les informations commerciales de précision qu’il apporte au secteur des entreprises durables, est devenu le baromètre de l’industrie photovoltaïque mondiale. En s’appuyant sur son étude exhaustive et approfondie des entreprises spécialisées en produits photovoltaïques et des utilisateurs finaux à l’échelle planétaire, EuPD Research a classé les marques de modules PV du monde entier, parmi lesquelles Risen Energy se distingue par la très grande qualité de ses modules et la satisfaction générale de ses clients.

Risen Energy attribue la très grande qualité de ses modules au contrôle strict qu’elle exerce sur chaque détail tout au long du processus de fabrication, et qui s’ajoute à son innovation continue dans les technologies de pointe, élément fondamental de la compétitivité de l’entreprise, qui l’a aidée à marquer sa présence sur les marchés internationaux. 

Dotée de fortes capacités de recherche et de développement technologiques et de grandes compétences d’exploitation, Risen Energy n’a eu de cesse d’obtenir d’excellents résultats sur les marchés internationaux de produits photovoltaïques au cours des années écoulées. Soulignons que l’entreprise vient de se classer parmi les meilleures entreprises PV du globe en termes de financement dans le Triathlon Competitiveness Report of PV Enterprises Worldwide 2017 (rapport sur la compétitivité du « triathlon » des entreprises PV à l’échelle mondiale), publié par le grand fournisseur d’informations PHOTON Consulting.

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SEOUL, South Korea and LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — CJ 4DPLEX, the world’s leading 4D cinema company, and Cineworld Group plc have expanded their partnership to bring the immersive 4DX technology to theatres across the U.S. and EMEA regions. As a result of this agreement, there will be 145 total 4DX auditoriums across Cineworld Group’s worldwide footprint, adding 79 Regal Entertainment locations in the U.S and 20 Cineworld Cinemas and Cinema City theatres across Europe and the Middle East.

This marks a major expansion of 4DX – the fastest-growing premium cinema format, featuring motion seats and environmental effects that add to the moviegoing experience. It also significantly builds on the relationship between its creator, CJ 4DPLEX, and Cineworld, which combined with Cinema City International in 2014, and completed its acquisition of Regal Entertainment earlier this year. Cinema City was the start of the relationship between the two companies when, in 2012, the exhibitor opened the group’s first 4DX in Israel and has constantly developed since.

There are currently six Regal 4DX locations in the U.S. Today’s news expands the rollout plan from 15 to 79 additional Regal theatres across the country. Already confirmed markets in the partnership include Atlanta, Chicago, Jacksonville, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Houston, Irvine, Nashville, Miami and San Diego. The new deal will bring the total of 4DX locations set to be opened in the coming years to 85.

Across Cineworld Cinemas and Cinema City-branded theatres, there are currently 40 4DX locations: 16 in the UK, six in Poland, five in Romania, four in Israel, three each in Hungary and the Czech Republic, two in Bulgaria and one in Slovakia. In addition to this, 20 more 4DX sites will be expanded across the EMEA regions to complete 60 remarkable 4DX locations.

“The success we have seen so far in this partnership has been outstanding and we expect our moviegoers will continue to seek out the newest titles in 4DX. Being at the edge of cinema exhibition is always a goal and working with CJ 4DPLEX is one of the ways we can deliver future-thinking cinema experiences to our audience members,” said Mooky Greidinger, CEO of the Cineworld Group.

4DX – which incorporates features effects such as motion, vibration, rain, wind, bubbles, lightning, scent and more into popular movies to bring fans into the action – recently became the fastest premium cinema format to hit the 500 location milestone (link to release).  Since debuting in 2009, more than 480 Hollywood titles have been screened utilizing the popular, immersive technology.

“Cineworld continues to be an excellent partner and by further adopting 4DX at even more locations in the U.S., it shows that the company has a commitment to bringing its patrons the most advanced cinema experience possible,” said Byung Hwan Choi, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX.

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Cineworld Group was founded in 1995 with its roots going back to 1930 through the combination with Cinema City in 2014. In December 2017, Cineworld acquired US cinema chain Regal Entertainment Group. Following completion of the deal in February 2018, the enlarged Group became the second largest cinema chain in the world, with 9,538 screens across the US and Europe. Cineworld is operating cinemas today in ten countries:  the US, the UK, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Israel, Hungary, Czech, Bulgaria and Slovakia, covering a market of approximately 500 million people. The acquisition of Regal provides Cineworld with a major presence in the US cinema market, the largest box office market in the world. Cineworld’s primary brands are Regal (in the US), Cineworld and Picturehouse (in the UK & Ireland), Cinema City (throughout Europe) and Yes Planet (throughout Israel). 

We believe that the size, reach and quality of Cineworld’s theatre circuit provides its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience. We are committed to being ‘The Best Place to Watch a Movie!’ More information can be found at

About CJ 4DPLEX:
CJ 4DPLEX is the world’s first 4D cinema company, headquartered in Seoul with international offices in Los Angeles and Beijing. The company created 4DX, the first and leading 4D cinema technology for feature films, providing moviegoers with an immersive cinematic experience that utilizes all five senses, allowing the audience to connect with movies through motion, vibration, water, wind, snow, lightning, scents, and other special effects that enhance the visuals on-screen. CJ 4DPLEX brings 4DX auditoriums to exhibition partners along with 4DX codes for both major Hollywood blockbusters and local titles. Each auditorium incorporates motion-based seating synchronized with more than 20 different effects and optimized by a team of skilled editors, maximizing the feeling of immersion within the movie, beyond the limits of audio and video. Since 2009, more than 520 Hollywood and local titles have been screened in 4DX. As of April 2018, more than 61,000 4DX seats operate in 500 auditoriums spanning 58 countries. CJ 4DPLEX was named a Most Innovative Company of 2017 in Live Events by Fast Company. The company was awarded the Silver Edison Awards in the Media and Visual Communications-Entertainment category in 2015 and 2018. For more information, please visit

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NEW YORK, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — When compared with nondrinkers, men and women who had one or more alcoholic drinks per day had an overabundance of oral bacteria linked to gum disease, some cancers, and heart disease. By contrast, drinkers had fewer bacteria known to check the growth of other, harmful germs. These are the main findings of a study published in the journal Microbiome online April 23 and led by NYU School of Medicine researchers.

“Our study offers clear evidence that drinking is bad for maintaining a healthy balance of microbes in the mouth and could help explain why drinking, like smoking, leads to bacterial changes already tied to cancer and chronic disease,” says study senior investigator and epidemiologist Jiyoung Ahn, PhD.

According to Ahn, associate director of population sciences at NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, her team’s study offers evidence that rebalancing some of the 700 types of bacteria in the mouth, or oral microbiome, could potentially reverse or prevent some health problems tied to drinking. Ahn says roughly 10 percent of American adults are estimated to be heavy drinkers, which experts define as consumption of one or more drinks per day for women, and two or more drinks per day for men.

Doctoral student and study first author Xiaozhou Fan, MS, says previous studies have examined alcohol consumption and its broad links to disease and some changes in the microbiome, but the new report is the first to directly compare drinking levels and their effects on all oral bacteria. Previous work at NYU Langone and elsewhere has tied the risk for head and neck cancers, and for gastrointestinal cancers, to microbial changes in the mouth.

Specifically, drinkers had more of the potentially harmful Bacteroidales, Actinomyces, and Neisseria species, and fewer Lactobacillales, bacteria commonly used in probiotic food supplements meant to prevent sickness.

The study involved 1,044, mostly white participants between the ages of 55 and 87. All came from two ongoing, national cancer trials, and all were healthy when they enrolled in either study and provided mouthwash samples of their oral microbiome, along with detailed information about their alcohol consumption. Laboratory testing was then used to genetically sort and quantify the oral bacteria among the 270 nondrinkers, 614 moderate drinkers, and 160 heavy drinkers. Results were plotted on graphs to determine which bacteria in drinkers stood out — and grew more or less — than in nondrinkers.

Researchers note that while their study was large enough to capture differences between bacteria among drinkers and nondrinkers, more people would be needed to assess any microbiome differences among those who consumed only wine, beer, or liquor. Some 101 wine-only drinkers were involved in the latest study, in addition to 39 who drank only beer and 26 who drank only liquor.

Ahn, an associate professor at NYU Langone in the Department of Population Health, says her team’s next steps are to work out the biological mechanisms behind alcohol’s effects on the oral microbiome. And she emphasized that her work is still a long way from determining if blocking or promoting any particular changes in the microbiome would lead to healthy bacteria levels similar to those found in nondrinkers.

Possible explanations for drinking-related microbiome imbalances, Ahn says, could be that acids in alcoholic beverages make the oral environment hostile for certain bacteria to grow. Another reason, she says, could be the buildup of harmful byproducts from alcohol’s breakdown, including chemicals called acetaldehydes, which along with the harmful toxins in the mouth from tobacco smoke, are produced by certain bacteria, such as Neisseria.

Funding support for the study, which took four years to complete, was provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI) grants R01 CA159036, U01 CA182370, R01 CA164964, R03 CA159414, P30 CA016087, and R21 CA183887.

Besides Ahn and Fan, other NYU Langone scientists involved in this research were Brandilyn Peters, PhD; Jing Wu, PhD; Liying Yang, MD; Zhiheng Pei, MD; and Richard Hayes, DDS, PhD. Additional research support was provided by Eric Jacobs, PhD, and Susan Gapstur, PhD, at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta; Mark Purdue, PhD, at the NCI in Bethesda, Md.; and Alexander Alekseyenko at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

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INDIANAPOLIS, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) and Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ: INCY) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Arthritis Advisory Committee recommended approval of the 2-mg dose of baricitinib, a once-daily oral medication for the treatment of moderately-to-severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for adult patients who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to methotrexate. While the Advisory Committee unanimously supported the efficacy of the 4-mg dose of baricitinib, it did not recommend approval of the 4-mg dose of baricitinib for the proposed indication based on the adequacy of the safety and benefit-risk profiles.

“We are confident that baricitinib, if approved, can help people in the U.S. manage the challenges of living with RA,” said Christi Shaw, president of Lilly Bio-Medicines. “While we are disappointed with the Advisory Committee’s assessment of the data for the 4-mg dose, we are confident in the positive benefit-risk profile of both the 2-mg and the 4-mg doses. We look forward to continuing our work with the FDA on our New Drug Application (NDA) and are hopeful that baricitinib will receive approval in the coming months.”

Baricitinib 2-mg and 4-mg doses are approved in more than 40 countries, including the member states of the European Union and Japan.

For both doses, the Advisory Committee voted to support the assessment that baricitinib’s data provide substantial evidence of efficacy. For the 2-mg dose, the Advisory Committee voted in favor of the assessment that baricitinib’s safety data adequately support its approval. For the 4-mg dose, the Advisory Committee voted against the assessment that baricitinib’s safety data was adequate to support its approval based on the proposed indication.

The Advisory Committee’s recommendation was based on baricitinib’s global development program, which included four completed Phase 3 studies. In total, 3,492 patients, who represented a range of treatment experiences, received baricitinib in the global RA development program. The Phase 3 studies evaluated baricitinib’s treatment impact related to RA signs and symptoms, physical function, joint damage progression and other patient-reported outcomes. The Phase 3 program also evaluated recognized risks for RA patients, including serious infection, malignancy, major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE), venous thromboembolism (VTE), and gastrointestinal perforations, along with key laboratory changes. The safety profile of baricitinib is based on 7,860 patient-years of exposure.

“Despite advances in the management of RA over the last 20 years, which include early treatment, optimized use of traditional therapies for rheumatic disease and the advent of newer medications such as biologics, many patients are still struggling to meet treatment targets, and live with debilitating pain, fatigue and other symptoms of RA,” said Peter Taylor, MA, PhD, professor, University of Oxford, an expert who attended the Advisory Committee Meeting. “Baricitinib could be a promising option for RA patients in the U.S. who are not achieving adequate disease control with currently available treatments.”

The FDA is not required to follow the Advisory Committee’s recommendation, but will consider it during its review of the NDA for baricitinib.

About Baricitinib Baricitinib is a once-daily oral JAK inhibitor currently in clinical studies for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. There are four known JAK enzymes: JAK1, JAK2, JAK3 and TYK2. JAK-dependent cytokines have been implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, suggesting that JAK inhibitors may be useful for the treatment of a broad range of inflammatory conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis.

In December 2009, Lilly and Incyte announced an exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement for the development and commercialization of baricitinib and certain follow-on compounds for patients with inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Baricitinib was submitted for regulatory review seeking marketing approval for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in the U.S., the European Union and Japan in 2016. Baricitinib was approved in the EU in February 2017 and in Japan in July 2017. In April 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Complete Response Letter on the New Drug Application for baricitinib. To date, baricitinib has been approved in more than 40 countries and remains under review in several other markets.

About Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation and progressive destruction of joints.1,2 More than 23 million people worldwide suffer from RA.3 Approximately three times as many women as men have the disease. Current treatment of RA includes the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, oral conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARDs), such as methotrexate – the current standard of care – and injectable, biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) that target selected mediators implicated in the pathogenesis of RA.4 Despite current treatment options, many patients do not reach their therapeutic goals or sustained remission.5,6 There remains an important need to provide additional treatments to improve overall patient care.

About Baricitinib Phase 3 Trials Lilly and Incyte conducted four successful pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials of baricitinib in patients with moderately-to-severely active rheumatoid arthritis to support regulatory submission in most countries. Two of the four studies included pre-specified comparisons to approved DMARDs: one to methotrexate (RA-BEGIN) and one to adalimumab (RA-BEAM). An additional Phase 3 study concluded and is under review to support registration in China. The clinical trial program includes a wide range of patients, including those who are methotrexate-naïve, inadequate responders to methotrexate, inadequate responders to conventional synthetic disease modifying antirheumatic drugs, or inadequate responders to bDMARDs, including TNF inhibitors. Patients completing any of the Phase 3 studies were able to enroll in a long-term extension study. For additional information on this clinical trial program, please visit

About Incyte Incyte Corporation is a Wilmington, Delaware-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of proprietary therapeutics. For additional information on Incyte, please visit the Company’s web site at

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About Eli Lilly and Company Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more about Lilly, please visit us at and P-LLY

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) about baricitinib as a potential treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and reflects Lilly’s and Incyte’s current beliefs. However, as with any pharmaceutical product, there are substantial risks and uncertainties in the process of development and commercialization. Among other things, there can be no guarantee that baricitinib will receive regulatory approval or be commercially successful. For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, see Lilly’s and Incyte’s most recent respective Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, Lilly and Incyte undertake no duty to update forward-looking statements to reflect events after the date of this release.


1 American College of Rheumatology, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Accessed April 23, 2018. 2 Hand Clinics, Advances in the Medical Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Accessed April 23, 2018. 3 WHO Global Burden of Disease Report, (table 7, page 32) 2004, Accessed April 23, 2018. 4 Arthritis Foundation, Medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Accessed April 23, 2018. 5 Rheumatoid arthritis, Lancet, Accessed April 23, 2018. 6 Sustained Rheumatoid Arthritis Remission is Uncommon in Clinical Practice, Arthritis Research & Therapy, Accessed April 23, 2018.

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CABO SAN LUCAS, México, 23 de abril de 2018 /PRNewswire/ — El famoso Restaurante del Resort ubicado en el corazón de El Médano de Cabo San Lucas es ya conocido por sus extraordinarios eventos, reconocidos por reunir a los mejores chefs de la industria para crear sinergias culinarias impresionantes.

En esta ocasión, un total de 30 participantes, entre los que se incluyen Restaurantes como El Tapanco, Flora’s Field Kitchen, Breathless, Los 3 Gallos, La Taquiza, Sancho’s y Metate, se reúnen para competir por el premio al mejor taco de Los Cabos, en donde el público participará como uno de los jueces dando su voto a su taco favorito.

Personalidades como Guillermo Tellez, Edna Alanís y Gabriel Moro, serán los jueces que también calificarán la conceptos como sabor, originalidad, balance y técnica en cada uno de los tacos mostrados, que en conjunto con el voto del público, resultará en el afortunado ganador.

Los asistentes tendrán acceso a tacos ilimitados y bebidas de patrocinadores como Patrón, Tequila código 1530, The Wine Co., Maestro Dobel, etc. mientras grupos de música en vivo como amenizarán el evento a la luz de la luna frente al icónico arco de Cabo San Lucas.

El evento se llevará a cabo el próximo 28 de Abril, a partir de las 7 de la tarde en el  multipremiado hotel Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa.

Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa
Con una ubicación incomparable en la mejor playa de Cabo San Lucas, Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa se encuentra ubicado a tan sólo unos minutos de todo tipo de actividades turísticas y de entretenimiento que ofrece el destino. Casa Dorada ofrece servicio exclusivo a aquellos huéspedes que buscan excelente calidad, ubicación y actividades para toda la familia. Apuntando al famoso arco de Cabo San Lucas, el hotel se encuentra a sólo 30 minutos del Aeropuerto Internacional de Los Cabos. Las 150 espaciosas suites se abren a la más deslumbrante vista al mar de Los Cabos, mientras que los interiores luminosos y contemporáneos garantizan comodidad y satisfacción.

Blanca Bastida
Questro Resorts
Cabo San Lucas, BCS
Phone: (624) 16 57743 

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LUXEMBURGO, 23 de abril de 2018 /PRNewswire/ — International Automotive Components Group S.A. (“IAC”), empresa del sector automovilístico y de la movilidad que es un líder global en las soluciones para interiores de autos livianas y con nuevos materiales, se complace en anunciar el cierre de su nueva transacción de financiamiento mediante la emisión de $215 millones en pagarés de segundo gravamen, con vencimiento en abril de 2023, a fondos gestionados por Gamut Capital Management, L.P. (“Gamut”).

Los fondos recaudados junto con efectivo en caja se utilizaron para rescatar los pagarés garantizados sénior por $300 millones a 9,125 % de interés de IAC, con vencimiento el 1 de junio de 2018. Con esta transacción, Gamut también adquirió una participación accionaria minoritaria en la empresa.

El financiamiento fortalece el balance general de IAC y proporciona la flexibilidad financiera para seguir la estrategia de inversión de IAC con vistas a mejorar su base de activos y emprender proyectos de clientes.

Perella Weinberg Partners LP ejerció de asesor financiero de IAC, mientras que Jones Day ejerció de asesor jurídico. Jefferies Group, LLC ejerció de asesor financiero de Gamut, y Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP ejerció de asesor jurídico.

Acerca de IAC Group

Con sede corporativa en Luxemburgo, International Automotive Components (IAC) es un proveedor global líder de componentes y sistemas automovilísticos, entre ellos tableros de instrumentos, sistemas de consola, paneles de puerta, tapizados interiores y sistemas de techo, destinados a los fabricantes de automóviles de todo el mundo. Se estima que las ventas de la empresa en 2017 ascendieron a $4,4 mil millones. IAC Group opera más de 50 plantas de fabricación en 16 países. En total, la empresa tiene más de 60 sedes en 19 países, entre ellas 19 centros comerciales, técnicos y de diseño, y emplea a más de 22.000 personas a escala mundial. Para más información, visite

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Gamut Capital Management, L.P. es una empresa de inversiones privadas con sede en Nueva York que gestiona $1,0 mil millones en activos y se centra en las empresas medianas. Gamut fue fundado en 2015 por Stan Parker y Jordan Zaken, quienes en conjunto poseen más de 35 años de experiencia en inversiones de capital privado en una amplia gama de industrias, en un amplio espectro de estructuras de capital privado tradicionales y no tradicionales, y a lo largo de ciclos económicos. La alta gerencia de Gamut ha ejecutado inversiones en más de 30 empresas de Norteamérica y Europa. Para conocer más, por favor visite

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LONDEN, 24 april 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Huobi, de tweede grootste beurs voor cryptovaluta ter wereld op basis van de dagelijks verhandelde volumes, heeft op 17 april 2018 een officiële ontmoeting georganiseerd in Londen. De deelnemers aan het evenement waren deskundigen uit de sector, cryptovalutahandelaren, vertegenwoordigers van het Elite Members-programma van Huobi, verschillende mediaorganisaties en een selectie van projecten.

Vanaf de 42e verdieping van het Leadenhall-gebouw in de City in Londen, één van de hoogste gebouwen in de stad, konden de gasten genieten van het fantastische uitzicht op de Tower of London en de Theems. De ontmoeting op deze grote hoogte herinnerde de aanwezigen op een gepaste manier aan de hoge sferen die Huobi heeft bereikt in de wereld van de cryptovaluta. Het handelsplatform van Huobi wist in de 24 uur voor het evenement te zorgen voor de clearing van een verhandeld volume van meer dan 1 miljard dollar, met gebruikers in meer dan 130 landen wereldwijd.

Een deskundigenpanel sloot de ochtendzitting af met een levendige discussie over nieuwe voorschriften en de toekomst van ICO’s. Een van de panelleden stelde dat bijna 50% van de ICO-projecten op dit moment werden verhandeld tegen prijzen die lager waren dan hun oorspronkelijke notering. Alhoewel dit in zekere mate een weerspiegeling kan zijn van de algemene neergang van de markt, suggereerde datzelfde panellid dat de regelgevingsmaatregelen van de SEC binnenkort “intelligent” institutioneel geld in deze ruimte zullen toelaten, wat een verdere prijscorrectie van de cryptovaluta zal teweegbrengen en voor meer liquiditeit zal zorgen in projecten met een solidere technologie en betere groeivooruitzichten voor de reële economie.

Huobi had een selectie van vier projecten uitgenodigd om zich voor te stellen tijdens de ontmoeting, waaronder Elastos, Penta, Linkeye en BitCapital Vendor. David Ritter, algemeen directeur van Penta, hield een van de meest bezielde toespraken van de dag. Vanuit hun bezorgdheid dat veel projecten in de cryptowereld meer gecentraliseerd werden om schaalbaarheidsproblemen op te lossen, lanceerden de heer Ritter en zijn medeoprichter, Dr. Steve Melnikoff, Penta als een openbaar blockchainplatform dat voor schaalbaarheid zorgt en terzelfdertijd de decentralisatie behoudt. De heer Ritter stelde het unieke consensusalgoritme -Dynamic Stake Consensus (DSC)- van Penta voor aan het publiek. Hij noemde het “het meest democratische en eerlijkste consensusalgoritme in de blockchainwereld.” En om een voorbeeld te geven van de soorten problemen die de blockchaintechnologie kan oplossen in de reële wereld, vertelde de heer Ritter het publiek over enkele van de succesvolle projecten van Pent. In de zaal werden met mobiele telefoons foto’s gemaakt van Blockchain Rice van Penta, een blockchain betreffende voedselzekerheid waarmee consumenten een QR-code op een zak rijst kunnen scannen en de hele toeleveringsketen kunnen zien, van het rijstveld tot het verkooppunt. Opmerkelijk is dat Penta zijn PNT-token nog op geen enkele beurs heeft genoteerd. Een aantal leden van het publiek vroegen zich dan ook af of de aanwezigheid van Penta in de Huobi-ontmoeting uitstekend getimed was.

Londen is een belangrijke stopplaats op de wereldtour van Huobi, een knipoog naar de meest actieve verhandelingsplaats in Europa. Huobi levert inspanningen om zijn activiteiten uit te breiden naar nieuwe markten en meer investeerders en handelaren naar zijn platform te lokken; tegelijkertijd doet Huobi een poging om van zijn handelsplatform een regulier platform te maken. De bij de ontmoeting aanwezige handelaren die op goed nieuws hoopten na een paar slechte maanden troffen er optimistische marktprognoses aan.

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WASHINGTON, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Jim Bridenstine officially took office as the 13th administrator of NASA Monday after he was given the oath of office by Vice President Mike Pence at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.

“It is a great privilege for me to be here today, to be able to usher in on behalf of the President of the United States what we believe is a new chapter of renewed American leadership in space with the swearing-in of the newest Administrator of NASA, Jim Bridenstine,” said Vice President Pence. “Under Space Policy Directive 1, we will send American astronauts back to the Moon, and after that we will establish the capacity, with international and commercial partners, to send Americans to Mars. And NASA will lead the way.”

In his new role at NASA, Bridenstine takes over an agency critical to the nation’s economy, security and technological preeminence.

“NASA represents the best of the United States of America,” said Bridenstine. “We lead, we discover, we pioneer, and we inspire. I look forward to our journey together.”

As part of the swearing-in ceremony, Vice President Pence and Administrator Bridenstine spoke live with NASA astronauts Scott Tingle, Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, who currently are living and working 250 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station. The astronauts offered congratulations and shared stories of their experiences on the orbiting laboratory. 

Following the ceremony, which was attended by Bridenstine’s family, employees and media, the Vice President and new administrator held a meeting with senior agency leadership at headquarters and NASA’s centers via video teleconference.

“The appropriations bill that is now law renews focus on human spaceflight activities and expands our commercial and international partnerships. It also continues our pursuit of cutting-edge science and aeronautics breakthroughs,” Bridenstine told agency leadership.

Bridenstine was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 19, to serve as the agency’s administrator. Prior to this position, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives for the state of Oklahoma, where he held positions on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Bridenstine also is a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and the former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium.

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ORLANDO, Fla., April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — National Golf Day comes around just once every year, so you know Orlando’s premier golf-entertainment destination will be celebrating in a big way!

On Wednesday, April 25, from 9 a.m.2 p.m., Drive Shack  (NYSE: DS) – a three-story, indoor/outdoor all-weather golf-entertainment complex pairing the most advanced golf games and technology with outstanding food and drinks – is inviting hackers and scratch golfers alike to enjoy their first full hour of BayPlay for FREE*. That’s in addition to its always-complimentary Free Play Game Lounge, featuring classic games like shuffleboard, skee-ball and Pac-Man. (*Walk-in guests only; no purchase necessary.)

“Our official opening day on National Golf Day is the perfect time to drop by our new flagship location in Orlando and try out our cutting-edge game play with free BayPlay,” said Sarah Watterson, CEO of Drive Shack Inc. “And while you’re having fun playing ShackJack or Monster Hunt, or perhaps testing your skills on a real course like Teton Pines or Linfield National, don’t miss the great food and drinks served up from our full-service restaurant and bar.”

BayPlay is where the fun happens, no matter your drive. Each of Drive Shack’s 90 weatherproof hitting bays is fully equipped with everything you can imagine to create a memorable experience with friends. Check out your swing, track your scores, compete with other bays on Drive Shack’s interactive games and even watch your favorite shows on-demand with three flat-screen TVs. Relax in the plush, custom seating and test out the complimentary custom Drive Shack golf clubs while you hit unlimited golf balls and enjoy full-service on-call food and drinks from the restaurant and bar.

Drive Shack’s signature technology includes proprietary games like Shackjack, where guests can aim at playing cards that appear over each hole while trying to build a hand of 21 without busting. Or save the Drive Shack Princess by destroying all of the monsters on the range during a rousing game of Monster Hunt. Guests can also take on real courses – like Teton Pines and Linfield National – as if they’re actually there, using Drive Shack’s virtual technology.

An outdoor lounge and three fully equipped meeting and event rooms are also available to host parties up to 1,000. A team of over 400 “shackers” and service staff ensures a fun and memorable experience for all.

Orlando is now home to the very first Drive Shack. Additional locations are expected to open in Raleigh, N.C., Richmond, Va., West Palm Beach, Fla., Marietta, Ga., and New Orleans, La.

Located at 7285 Corner Drive in Lake Nona’s vibrant Sports and Performance District, Drive Shack Orlando is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, visit

Drive Shack: Play On.

About Drive Shack
Drive Shack Orlando is a subsidiary of Drive Shack Inc., a publicly traded owner and operator of golf-related leisure and entertainment businesses. Drive Shack is developing venues across the country that are reimagining the traditional concept of a golf course through blended, industry-leading technology, design and service that creates a golf-entertainment experience for every skill level and interest. Unlike traditional driving ranges, Drive Shack’s complexes will feature technologically enhanced, signature golf-based games using complimentary TaylorMade clubs and are designed for players of all skill levels. Each venue will have full-service food and beverage areas as well as private event space that can accommodate groups from 10 up to 1,000 in size. Drive Shack Inc. also owns American Golf, one of the largest owners and operators of golf properties nationwide.

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SAN DIEGO, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The three member Associations of Sandicor® MLS have agreed to a final settlement of all lawsuits resulting in a resolution to realign their MLS memberships to service the best interests of their respective association members. Sandicor® MLS is comprised of North San Diego County Association of REALTORS® (NSDCAR), Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (PSAR), and Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® (GSDAR).

The settlement was drafted and reviewed by attorneys representing each respective Association Of REALTORS®, Sandicor® and CRMLS. All parties involved support the details of the settlement. With this resolution, NSDCAR and PSAR will join California Regional MLS (CRMLS), and GSDAR will obtain its MLS through an entity separate but owned by GSDAR, named San Diego Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (SDMLS). The name Sandicor®, as a distinct brand in the San Diego marketplace, will cease to exist. Each Association has acted with the intention of providing its membership with the most valuable MLS products and customer service.

To ensure all members receive open access to as much information as possible, all three Associations have agreed to share data across both MLSs, maintaining the same county wide coverage there is currently. MLS Subscribers will continue accessing MLS data and have the same level of access and user experience through Paragon, the software platform San Diego-area MLS users have been using for over three years. All members will continue to have the same look and feel that Sandicor® members have grown accustomed to, with no disruption of service.

In addition to keeping the Paragon system in place for all agents in San Diego County, users will have access to all listings and sold data for the entire county as well. This resolution provides each Association with their desired MLS outcome. It is anticipated to take at least 6 months for the new shared Paragon system to be built. The new system will have the same design and functionality of the current system.

Jan Farley, President of PSAR, commented, “I’m pleased with the settlement. By becoming members of CRMLS, PSAR members will retain seamless access to the MLS system that they are already accustomed to. In addition, PSAR members will have a multitude of industry-relevant products and services available to them to assist in meeting their business needs.”

GSDAR President Steve Fraioli stated, “GSDAR is pleased to see that a settlement has been reached by all parties without any affect to the REALTORS® in San Diego County. GSDAR is looking forward to working with CRMLS, and we are excited about the opportunity to give our members the best MLS to serve their business needs.”

“Reaching a settlement that is beneficial to all San Diego County REALTORS is a victory. I am confident that this resolution is in the best interest of NSDCAR members,” said Carol Farrar, President of NSDCAR.

About California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS)
California Regional MLS is the nation’s largest and most recognized subscriber-based MLS, dedicated to servicing over 86,000 real estate professionals from 35 Associations, 3 Boards of REALTORS® and 1 MLS. CRMLS is the industry powerhouse and thrives on providing the most relevant products and services to its subscribers. For more information on CRMLS visit

About The Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (PSAR)
The Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (PSAR), a 2,600-member trade group for San Diego-area REALTORS®, offers educational training, advocacy and other services and resources to its REALTOR® members. Founded in 1928, PSAR has played a significant role in shaping the history, growth and development of greater San Diego County. The Association maintains a leadership role in the industry, empowering REALTORS® by leveraging our collective strength so they may serve homebuyers and sellers and the greater community. PSAR offices are located in Chula Vista and El Cajon. For more information, visit

About The North San Diego County Association of REALTORS® (NSDCAR)
The North San Diego County Association of REALTORS® (NSDCAR), a 7,000-member trade group for San Diego-area REALTORS®, offers San Diego County REALTORS® access to MLS services, along with educational training, advocacy and other services and resources. NSDCAR is the largest trade association in San Diego’s North County Region. Service centers are located in Vista, Carmel Valley, Carlsbad, Escondido and Fallbrook. NSDCAR was founded in 1994 when several small boards of REALTORS® joined forces to better serve REALTORS® and real estate consumers in the rapidly growing areas of North San Diego County. For more information on NSDCAR, visit

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NEW YORK, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Pomerantz LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors of Gridsum Holding Inc. (“Gridsum” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:  GSUM).   Such investors are advised to contact Robert S. Willoughby at or 888-476-6529, ext. 9980.

The investigation concerns whether Gridsum and certain of its officers and/or directors have engaged in securities fraud or other unlawful business practices. 

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On April 23, 2018, Gridsum issued a press release announcing that its “audit report for the Company’s financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2016 should no longer be relied upon.”  According to the press release, Gridsum’s auditor identified certain issues in conducting its audit of Gridsum’s financial results for the year ended December 31, 2017.  Those issues related to “certain revenue recognition, cash flow, cost, expense items, and their underlying documentation which [the auditor] had previously raised” with Gridsum.  On this news, Gridum’s American depositary receipt price fell $1.17, or 16.05%, to close at $6.12 on April 23, 2018.

The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Florida, and Los Angeles, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See

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MEXICO CITY, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Grupo LALA, S.A.B. de C.V., Mexican Company focused on healthy and nutritious foods, (“LALA”) (BMV: LALA), today reported results for the first quarter 2018. The following information has been presented based on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and in nominal terms.

Quarter Highlights

  • Total revenues grew 23.5%, to 18,276 million pesos, while EBITDA increased 17.8% ending in 2,033 million pesos
  • Comparable sales and EBITDA increased 2.8% and 4.2% respectively, against a strong base in 2017
  • Operations in Brazil behaved in line with our plans, while gaining market share in key categories

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Message from Management:
Scot Rank, Grupo LALA’s CEO, commented:
“I’m pleased to announce that the integration of Vigor in Brazil is on track. Vigor is gaining market share in key categories, and improving operating margin. We expect both trends to continue throughout 2018. In this quarter, we initiated the reconfiguration of our business in the U.S. to prepare it for profitable growth. Finally, although 1Q sales growth in Mexico and Central America were impacted by calendar effects, EBITDA margin in the region increased 40 basis points to 13%, demonstrating the strength of the business fundamentals in this region.”

Please click on the following link for a PDF file containing the full text of the press release: GRUPO LALA REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2018 RESULTS
Please click on the following link for a PDF file containing the full text of the press release in Spanish: GRUPO LALA REPORTA RESULTADOS DEL PRIMER TRIMESTRE 20178

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at 11:00am EST / 10:00am CST
Led by: Scot Rank (CEO), Alberto Arellano (CFO) and Mariana Rojo (IRO)
Webcast: Grupo LALA Presentation

To participate, please dial-in ten minutes ahead of the scheduled time.
Mexico: 01 800 522 0034
United States: +1 877 705 6003 (Toll-free)
International: +1 201 493 6725

To access the replay service (2 days), please dial:
United States: +1 844 512 2921 (Toll-free)
International: +1 412 317 6671
PIN #: 13678434

For more information:
Mariana Rojo and Estefanía Vázquez 
Tel: +52 55 9177 5900 

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced an exclusive international recording agreement with Kris Wu, one of Asia’s biggest stars and an artist whose creative success spans music, film and television.

Under the agreement, future music from the multi-talented phenomenon will be released internationally, excluding Japan and Korea, through a partnership of Universal Music China, Interscope Geffen A&M in the U.S. and Island Records in the U.K., as well as UMG’s operations in more than 60 countries, delivering impactful worldwide campaigns across digital platforms, physical releases, audio-visual titles and select live events.

The 27-year-old music producer, singer song-writer and actor was born in Guangzhou, China, and in October became the only Chinese artist to reach No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Chart with the smash success of the single “Deserve,” featuring Travis Scott. Along with gaining significant airplay on American radio, “Deserve” has racked up more than a billion streams to date. Noting its “sensual, harmonizing vocals,” Billboard hailed “Deserve” as a “trap-laden banger built to be played in clubs around the world.”

Over the past few years, Wu has steadily amassed an international following thanks to a series of viral hits that he produced and wrote, including “July,” “B.M.”, “6,” and “Juice,” a song featured in XxX: Return of Xander Cage, a 2017 movie that co-starred Wu as a member of Vin Diesel’s super-agent team.

In addition to XxX: Return of Xander Cage, Wu has starred in films including Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017). In addition, Wu represents leading global brands including Mercedes-Benz’s Smart Cars, which introduced the “Kris Wu Edition” in China; American Express Hong Kong’s I.T. Cashback Card; and he serves as a brand ambassador for BVLGARI. In addition, Wu is a global brand ambassador at Burberry, the first non-British person chosen to represent the luxury brand. He’s also a McDonald’s brand ambassador and the first Chinese brand ambassador for BEATS.

In making the announcement, Sir Lucian Grainge, UMG’s Chairman and CEO, said, “Kris is an incredibly talented recording artist, songwriter, actor and entrepreneur. I’m thrilled that Kris is joining the UMG family and honored that we will have the opportunity to build upon his remarkably successful career.”

Kris Wu said, “It’s my pleasure to be part of this collaboration with Universal Music Group. I’m enjoying the time to share creative and vision of my music. As a singer-songwriter and producer, the album I’m working on now is elaborately produced and rounded by me and I will keep working to deliver more beautiful works to all my audiences around the world.”

Sunny Chang, Chairman and CEO of UMG’s Greater China operations, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Kris and our sister companies to launch new global hit songs from Kris, who is a genuine musical talent. As one of the industry’s top producers and singer-songwriters, Kris has global ambitions and he’s fluent in Mandarin, English and Korean, allowing him to uniquely overcome any language barrier. As China grows into one of the world’s biggest music markets, Universal Music China will continue to develop Kris Wu as well as the very best Chinese talent and position its artists for success both in the local market and across the globe.”

John Janick, Chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, said: “Kris is an incredible talent.  There are literally and figuratively no boundaries when it comes to his musical and cultural reach.  We are looking forward to working alongside Kris and his team to bring his vision to global scale.”

Darcus Beese, President of Island Records, said, “Kris is a fantastic talent who represents the incredible opportunity of the modern music business – one without borders, where hit songs can come from anywhere in the world and seamlessly translate into great success whether in Asia, North America or the U.K. We’re thrilled to work with Kris and excited about everything that he has in store for fans.”

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