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Hydropothecary signs letter of intent to supply Québec market

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  • Hydropothecary signs LOI with Société des alcools du Québec for supply of cannabis.
  • Hydropothecary will supply 20,000 kg of cannabis for the first year of the adult-use recreational cannabis.
  • The LOI covers the full range of the Company’s products and brands.

GATINEAU, Québec, Feb. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Hydropothecary Corporation (“Hydropothecary” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:THCX) is pleased to announce that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), for the supply of cannabis for the Quebec market. Final terms are subject to the negotiation and execution of a definitive supply agreement.

Hydropothecary will supply 20,000 kg of cannabis products in the first year of adult-use recreational cannabis. The LOI covers the full range of the Company’s products and brands, from H2 and Time of Day (flower) to Elixir (sub-lingual oil spray) to Decarb (powder).

“This supply arrangement is an important step for Hydropothecary. We are honoured by the opportunity to supply cannabis in our home province and we want Quebecers to know that we are committed to providing safe and high-quality products for the adult-use recreational market,” said Sebastien St-Louis, CEO and co-founder.

“Excited as we are about this significant breakthrough in the adult-use recreational market, we will continue to serve the Canadian medical market and the thousands of Canadians who count on us for their cannabis products,” added Mr. St. Louis.

The Company is on track to complete previously announced facility expansions increasing annual production capacity to 108,000 kg of dried cannabis, making the Company one of Canada’s largest producers. 

About The Hydropothecary Corporation

The Hydropothecary Corporation is an authorized licensed producer and distributor of medical cannabis licensed by Health Canada under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (Canada). Hydropothecary creates award-winning innovative, easy to use and easy to understand products. Hydropothecary is rapidly increasing its production capacity in the lead-up to recreational adult-use cannabis. Expansion plans will result in a total of 1.3 million sq. ft. of production space, producing 108,000 kg of dried cannabis per year, making Hydropothecary one of the largest producers in the country. Hydropothecary is the among the lowest cost producers in the industry. The first licensed producer in Québec, Hydropothecary is headquartered in the Québec.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking formation which involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events to differ materially from current expectations. Examples of such forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, statements about the successful negotiation of the supply agreement with the SAQ, the revenue estimates in connection with such supply agreement and the ability of the Company to produce the proposed cannabis amounts. These statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those implied by such statements. A more complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties facing the Company appears in the Company’s Annual Information Form and continuous disclosure filings, which are available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation, except to the extent required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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

Investor Relations:

Jennifer Smith
Manager of Financial Reporting and Investor Relations
1-866-438-THCX (8429)
invest@THCX.com
www.THCX.com

Media Relations:

Shawn Lyons
Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications
shawn.lyons@thehydropothecary.com
819-576-3637

Director:

Adam Miron,
819-639-5498

Fraser Institute News Release: New government risks BC’s strong fiscal position if upcoming budget ramps up spending

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — British Columbia currently enjoys one of the strongest fiscal positions in Canada because of modest spending growth over the last decade or so—compared to greater spending increases pursued in other provinces, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The new government in B.C. is expected to table its first full budget next week.

“Early indications point to the new government abandoning the prudent choices of the past that have led, in part, to the relatively strong fiscal position B.C. enjoys today,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Will B.C.’s New NDP Government Abandon Past Spending Discipline?

The study finds that over a 15-year period starting in 2001/02, successive provincial governments in B.C. increased spending, on average, 3.5 per cent annually. That was the lowest level of spending growth during that time period of any province. The range of annual increases outside B.C. was between 4.1 per cent (Quebec) and 6.0 per cent (Alberta).

The study also calculated what the state of B.C.’s finances would have been had they spent like other provinces. For instance, had B.C. increased spending at the same rate as Alberta, the province would have only balanced its budget twice since 2001/02 instead of nine times, and last year’s $2.7 billion surplus would have been a $5.6 billion deficit.

In fact, B.C. is the only province to have tabled four consecutive balanced budgets from 2013/14 to last year.

But the new government signalled with its fall fiscal update last year it may be moving away from prudent spending. In fact, the September update called for program spending to increase by 6.6 per cent in 2017/18—nearly double the average annual increase since 2002/03 (3.5 per cent). Crucially, that increased spending didn’t include big-ticket spending commitments that were promised in the 2015 election campaign, such as subsidized daycare.

“It’s no accident that B.C.’s finances are currently in better shape than other provinces—it’s the result of relatively sound management of government spending over the long-term,” Lammam said.

“In this upcoming budget, we’ll see whether the new government will abandon the prudent spending decisions of the past or keep B.C.’s enviable fiscal position intact.”

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Charles Lammam, Director, Fiscal Studies
Fraser Institute

To arrange media interviews or for more information, please contact:
Bryn Weese, Media Relations Specialist, Fraser Institute
(604) 688-0221 ext. 589
bryn.weese@fraserinstitute.org

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The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and ties to a global network of think-tanks in 87 countries. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Canadians, their families and future generations by studying, measuring and broadly communicating the effects of government policies, entrepreneurship and choice on their well-being. To protect the Institute’s independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit www.fraserinstitute.org

Norwest Equity Partners Announces Acquisition of Twin Cities-Based Customer Experience (CX) Leader Avtex

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MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Norwest Equity Partners (“NEP”), a leading middle market investment firm founded in 1961, has made a significant investment in Avtex (the “Company”), a customer experience (CX) focused consulting and technology company that provides design, implementation, and ongoing support of solutions in the CX ecosystem, including contact center and CRM solutions. The transaction closed on February 8, 2018; financial terms were not disclosed.

Avtex is a full-service consultancy focused on helping customers build lasting relationships with their customers. From strategy and technology selection to management and measurement, Avtex offers end-to-end services that support customers’ CX goals. NEP’s investment is a significant milestone that will help Avtex add incremental product and service offerings, invest in RD and innovation, and position the Company for strategic add-on acquisitions. Led by a strong and cohesive management team, Avtex has established a differentiated go-to-market offering, an entrenched customer base, and deep relationships with its primary technology vendors.

Todd Solow, NEP Partner, stated, “Customer experience technology is a growing need being driven through shifting customer expectations. Avtex has an attractive business model and offers unique and differentiated customer experience solutions that help the Company win new customers, expand its reach within existing customers, and strengthen value to OEMs. We look forward to working together with George Demou and his team to leverage their existing growth momentum to further build and grow Avtex for the future.”

NEP has recently significantly grown its reach within the tech-enabled business services industry with deep experience, relationships and investments within the sector. Current portfolio investments, along with Avtex, include Marco (technology-focused products and services), Bailiwick (IT solutions for Fortune 100 and 500 companies), Welocalize (translation and localization solutions), and Focal Point Data Risk (data risk management services).

In addition to leveraging NEP’s business services platform, Avtex will work closely with Kevin Torgerson, an NEP Operating Partner with more than 20 years of business services and technology strategy, marketing and growth experience. “Avtex has significantly grown over the last several years, and our investment partnership with them is going to focus on a continuation and acceleration of growth in areas that provide Avtex customers increasing value. Customer experiences are the result of a complex combination of tools, processes and strategy, and Avtex has developed a leading edge way to effectively coordinate all of these components. The Company is in a great position for continued success, and the right team is in place to help lead the way,” Torgerson shared.

George Demou, Avtex President CEO, stated, “Avtex has been on a steady growth trajectory and created extraordinary value for our clients with an ‘end to end’ approach to CX Technologies and Services. The partnership with NEP provides us a strong partner to realize our future opportunities and extend what we are doing to more clients nationally.”

Investing locally is also a key tenet of NEP’s investment approach. With a strong local portfolio built over the years, NEP is excited to add Avtex to its family of Twin Cities-based companies, including Marco, Bailiwick, Apothecary Products, Bix Produce, eyebobs, Gopher Resource, and Minnesota Rubber Plastics. Representative former local investments include Life Time Fitness, Shock Doctor, Wealth Enhancement Group, Data Contact Management, Norwesco, Select Comfort, and Lindstrom Metric. 

Lincoln International advised Avtex on the transaction; Winston Strawn LLP provided legal services for NEP; Varagon served as senior lender. Prior to this transaction, Avtex was a portfolio company of LaSalle Capital.

Avtex is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota and employs more than 230 people. More information can be found on www.avtex.com and www.nep.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Heather Goodwin
Vice President, Marketing
Norwest Equity Partners

612.215.1676
hgoodwin@nep.com
www.nep.com 

Unacast Raises $17.5 Million to Expand its Location Data Products across New Industries and into the European Market

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NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Unacast, the leading contextual and transparent location data platform, today announced that is has raised $17.5 million in a new funding round, exceeding its initial goals. The round was led by Transatlantic fund White Star Capital, and joined by strategic investor Telia, a leading European telco, and co-led by existing investors Open Ocean Capital and Investinor, the Norwegian government-backed investment company, both increasing their commitments.

Founded in Oslo, Norway and now headquartered in New York City, Unacast is on a mission to understand human movement and behavior in the real world, empowering companies across a wide range of industries to better understand how people move, act and behave while maintaining and protecting user privacy. With clients in marketing technology, research and analytics, finance, governments, and city planning, Unacast will continue to expand the use of its human movement and behavior data throughout 2018, engaging across more verticals than any other company in the location data intelligence space and expanding into the European market.

The funding will be instrumental in company expansion and in educating businesses on how the use of high-quality, transparent location data can arm them with the information they need to make better decisions and build the next generation of products and services. Unacast data can be applied across a wide range of industries and use cases. Most recently, Unacast partnered with TVadSync, creators of a TV Audience Platform, to help them connect the dots between TV, digital and offline through opportunities like linking brand TV spots and online video interaction to audience location visit propensity and understanding the location behaviors of TV audiences. Other use cases across industries range from retargeting and attribution for marketing technology providers to foot traffic trends that inform market predictions and population behavior insights for research reports.

“When we input Unacast’s data into our neural networks, we saw a significant increase in model accuracy —giving marketers even more powerful deep learning solutions and helping advertisers to drive better returns on their media investment,” said Jeremy Fain, CEO and founder of Cognitiv, “Unacast data enabled improvements in algorithms that led to an increase in accuracy and a decrease in wasted impressions. We look forward to our continued partnership with Unacast as its data helps us describe the intricacies of daily human behavior more completely.”

Unacast will be expanding its global presence while maintaining the Nordic values of quality and transparency that have always been at the heart of its business, product development and working culture. The latest round of funding will be dedicated to continually improving the company’s overall data quality, ensuring that Unacast is representing real-world behavior data as accurately and transparently as possible. The company plans to invest heavily in product and innovation in 2018, while continuing to make strategic hires to strengthen its leading position.

“The location and human behavior data space is still nascent, but Unacast has proven that it is one of the most trusted names in the market,” said Christian Hernandez Gallardo, managing partner at White Star Capital and former head of international partnerships for Facebook, “Location is a complex data set to interpret and understand, and as the segment grows and businesses require not just data, but the context to extract value from it, they will have a greater need of partners that can support them. Both the industry and Unacast have grown substantially in a relatively short time, and we believe Unacast is primed to extend its leadership position throughout.”

“By investing and forming a partnership between Unacast and Division X, Telia’s unit for emerging businesses and innovation hub, we can combine our datasets and offer real-time and richer insights to support a wider range of customer needs,” said Brendan Ives, Head of Division X at Telia Company, “Over time, as more industries get connected we foresee the need for data orchestration, so that companies can share and trade data in a secure and trustworthy way, and provide more seamless and personalised experiences to their end users.”

“Unacast has built the leading global location platform,” says investment director Jon Øyvind Eriksen of Investinor. “The company is well position to capture a substantial part of real-world data market, which is estimated to be worth $5 billion USD by 2020, according to market analysts.”

“Trust, both to data partners and clients, is crucial to what we do as a company,” said Thomas Walle, CEO and co-founder of Unacast. “Our goal is to understand how people move about the real world, and present the best possible contextualized data so that businesses can build better products and make better decisions. That is not a trivial task, but this new funding will allow us to accelerate our investment in innovation and quality products for our partners, clients and the ecosystem.”

How it Works
Unacast is a transparent source of high-quality location data. Through its network of location data partners, Unacast’s advanced filtering algorithms ensure all data that ends up in the Real World Graph© is true visits, meaning the company knows both the device and the context of visits. This data is coupled with other location signals to provide the full picture of a user’s behavior in the real world while maintaining and respecting user privacy —enabling Unacast to extract a deeper understanding of the data within seconds and pass that knowledge onto its clients, including Amobee, Blis, SITO Mobile, Cognitiv, Qualia, TVadSync and others who use the data to make greater products and better decisions.

Over the past 18 months, Unacast has grown alongside the nascent real-world location data industry. Client adoption has accelerated, and more than 100 location based partners now share their data directly with Unacast. Meanwhile, the company has quadrupled in staff size, growing to 40 employees across the U.S. and Norway while maintaining a strong Nordic working culture. This emphasis on people and culture has garnered the company multiple awards, most recently winning the 2017 Tech Culture Award from CNET. Founders Thomas Walle and Kjartan Slette were also part of the founding team behind TIDAL, the music-streaming service company acquired by Jay-Z.

About Unacast
Unacast is the leading transparent, contextualized location data platform. We aim to empower companies and individuals by providing the most accurate understanding of human activity in the real world. Unacast empowers the next generation of data-driven industries with unique and highly accurate data sets and insights, built on a foundation of double-deterministic™ location data from our proprietary Real World Graph®.

Unacast, founded in Oslo, Norway and now headquartered in NYC, was founded by Thomas Walle and Kjartan Slette, who were also part of the founding team behind TIDAL, the music streaming company acquired by Jay-Z. Unacast has garnered multiple awards for its platform, campaigns and for its company culture, including Best New Company at the Nordic Startup Awards. Inc. Magazine has called Unacast “The Startup That Just Might Threaten Google.”

About White Star Capital
White Star Capital is an early-stage Venture Capital firm that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs building ambitious, data-driven businesses. Based out of London, New York, Montreal, Paris and Tokyo our international presence, perspective and people enable us to partner closely with our Founders to help them scale internationally from Series A onwards. Find out more about how we venture beyond at www.whitestarvc.com.

About Investinor
Investinor is an evergreen multi-stage venture capital investment company funded by the Norwegian government. Investinor always syndicates its investments with other investors, and aims to be a gateway to Norway for international venture capital investors. Investinor is the largest venture capital investor in Norway, and manages NOK 4.2 billion (MUSD 540). More info at www.investinor.no/en/

About OpenOcean Capital
OpenOcean backs relentless entrepreneurs to build global winners. We like companies founded in deep technological breakthrough; with large user-bases; that disrupt existing markets; handle large amounts of data; crack serious technical challenges and sell their products to other businesses. We see ‘delicious’ software is the core of enduring businesses: software that is not simply easy to use, but easy to love, that delivers better products and faster scaling.

OpenOcean is a team of entrepreneurs, developers, and executives with the experience of building billion dollar companies, including MySQL, coupled with hunger and determination to continue learning.

About Telia Company
We’re Telia Company, the New Generation Telco. Our 21,000 talented colleagues serve millions of customers every day in one of the world’s most connected regions. With a strong connectivity base, we’re the hub in the digital ecosystem, empowering people, companies and societies to stay in touch with everything that matters 24/7/365 – on their terms. Headquartered in Stockholm, the heart of innovation and technology, we’re set to change the industry and bring the world even closer for our customers. Read more at www.teliacompany.com.

Contact:
Kendall Allen
WIT Strategy for Unacast
kallen@witstrategy.com 

8 terrific alternatives to cranking out a press release | Articles | Home

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Press releases. Just the term itself can spark debate among PR pros.

Are they dead or alive? Why do we still need them? Can’t we move on from
press releases? Isn’t there a better way to achieve our PR goals?

Press releases are still useful, but they might not always be the best fit.

Here are eight alternatives:

1. Send only a pitch.

A client might come to you with a news item. Though you may see its value
to a few selected publications, it might be best to advise the client that
it doesn’t warrant a press release.

Instead, write a pitch and send it to reporters who might want the story.
You can target it more precisely and achieve better results.

2. Pitch the idea as a contributed article.

Maybe the story is more of an opinion or a take on an industry trend. In
that case, why not craft a contributed article abstract that can be pitched
to industry publications? They’re often looking for pieces to fill their
pages.

[RELATED: Sharpen your skill set and integrate new best practices to revive tired PR strategies.]

Once it’s published, you can post it on your site and on social media and
share it with your email subscribers or in your newsletter, getting even
more bang for the buck.

3. Offer an exclusive.

If you’ve built a relationship with a reporter you feel would do the story
justice, you can offer the story as an exclusive.

Here’s an example: I once worked with an entrepreneur who had a unique
invention, but he didn’t have a lot of money for marketing and PR.

Instead, we worked with an Associated Press reporter from our local bureau
who loved getting an exclusive. Once he wrote a story, it would go to all the AP bureaus. (AP has more than 200 bureaus in 100
countries.)

This achieved our PR goals—and then some. Each time we had an announcement,
we would contact him first. The story would go international, no press
release required.

4. Try video.

Videos are all the rage and are increasing in popularity. Over 500 million
people are watching video on Facebook every day.

So why not try making a quick video piece to get the story out? It can be
shared on your site, on social media and even in your newsletter or as an
email blast to your subscribers.

5. Self-publish.

There are cases when you’ve pitched a story, only to hear crickets. In
those situations, self-publishing can save the day. Write a blog post, and
share it on social media. It gets the news out.

Platforms such as Medium and LinkedIn also enable you to self-publish
articles.

6. Share it in your newsletter.

Perhaps the news might make a good story for your newsletter. That way,
everyone who subscribes to your email list will see it and, with luck,
share it. You can repurpose contributed articles here, too. (See No. 2.)

7. Create an infographic.

Infographics showcase statistics and offer a vivid alternative to a
traditional press release.

Don’t have an internal art department? Use a tool such as Canva or Venngage to create one.

8. Use an image.

Maybe a compelling image could say a thousand words. In that case, allow it
to tell the story.

Research has found that when people hear information, they are likely to
remember only 10 percent of that information three days later. If a
relevant image is paired with that same information, people retained 65
percent of the information three days later.

There you have eight alternatives to consider the next time you’re faced
with creating a press release. Maybe one, or a combination, of these would
better suit your purpose.

A version of
this article originally appeared on
Muck Rack,

a service that enables you to find journalists to pitch, build media
lists, get press alerts and create coverage reports with social media
data.

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Press Release: Indianapolis Colts Name Frank Reich Team’s New Head Coach

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts today officially named Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich as the team’s new head coach. Reich has 26 years of NFL experience as both a player (1985-98) and coach (2006-17), most recently helping lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl LII title last week.

Reich, who signed his contract earlier today, rejoins the Colts after spending six years on the team’s coaching staff from 2006-11. The Colts will introduce Reich in Indianapolis on Tuesday. More details will follow.

“We are extremely excited to announce Frank Reich as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts,” said Colts owner CEO Jim Irsay. “Frank has all the ingredients of a successful head coach: intelligence, innovation, character, organizational and leadership skills, and a commanding presence. He also has a stellar reputation, and his myriad of life experiences and the people he has worked with make him the perfect fit for us and our fans. I feel extremely fortunate and could not be more excited for Colts Nation and the future of our franchise.”

“We are excited to have Frank Reich as our new head coach,” said Colts general manager Chris Ballard. “Frank is a leader of men who will demand excellence from our players on and off the field. I look forward to working with Frank to deliver a championship-caliber team to the city of Indianapolis.”

Philadelphia Eagles (2016-17). Reich spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator of the Eagles and was instrumental in the team’s Super Bowl LII championship last Sunday. He assisted with the development of quarterback Carson Wentz, whom the team selected in the first round (second overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Eagles started the 2017 season in dominant fashion under the direction of Reich and his offense. Wentz started the first 13 games of the season and led the team to an 11-2 record and was in the running for NFL MVP after completing 265-of-440 passes for 3,296 yards with 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions for a 101.9 passer rating. Philadelphia would face extreme adversity in a Week 14 contest vs. the Los Angeles Rams as Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third quarter.

Thrust into the spotlight for Wentz, who was leading the NFL in touchdown passes at the time of his injury, was veteran quarterback Nick Foles. Foles would start the final three contests of the regular season and guided the Eagles to a 2-1 record and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

In postseason play, Foles led Philadelphia to underdog wins over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional round, Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII for the team’s first-ever Super Bowl championship. Foles completed 77-of-106 passes for 971 yards with six touchdowns and only one interception for a 115.7 passer rating in the playoffs. He was named Super Bowl MVP after completing 28-of-43 passes for 373 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 106.1 passer rating. Foles also caught a one-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for and catch a touchdown in a Super Bowl.

The Eagles boasted one of the NFL’s best offenses in 2017. Philadelphia ranked in the top-10 in numerous categories, including yards per game (365.8 – seventh), rushing yards per game (132.2 – third), interception rate (1.60 – sixth), first downs per game (21.1 – fourth), third down percentage (41.74 – eight), fourth down percentage (65.38 – third), red zone percentage (65.45 – first), goal to go percentage (83.33 – third), average time of possession (32:41 – first) and points per game (28.6 – third). Philadelphia had four offensive players selected to the Pro Bowl (guard Brandon Brooks, tight end Zach Ertz, tackle Lane Johnson and Wentz). Ertz finished in the top-five in the league in receptions (tied-third), receiving yards (third), receiving touchdowns (tied-second) and first down receptions (third) among tight ends.

In 2016, Reich helped then-rookie Wentz make the transition from FCS-level North Dakota State to the pros. Wentz started all 16 games and completed 379-of-607 passes for 3,782 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a 79.3 passer rating. He set a franchise and NFL rookie record for completions. Wentz also established Eagles rookie records in pass attempts, passing yards, completion percentage (62.4 percent), passing touchdowns and passer rating. He attempted 134 consecutive passes without an interception, marking the third-longest streak to begin a career in NFL history. Wentz registered the fourth-most passing yards in Eagles single-season history and NFL rookie history. Three Philadelphia offensive players were selected to the Pro Bowl (center Jason Kelce, tackle Jason Peters and running back Darren Sproles).

San Diego Chargers (2013-15). Prior to Philadelphia, Reich spent three seasons with the San Diego Chargers, serving the last two seasons as offensive coordinator. Reich worked closely with quarterback Philip Rivers in San Diego. Under the direction of Reich, Rivers hit the 4,000-yard passing plateau in three-straight seasons for a total of 13,556 yards, marking the third-most passing yards by an NFL quarterback during that time frame. Also during that span, Rivers threw 92 touchdowns, the fourth-highest total in the NFL, while compiling the third-most completions in the league (1,194) and recording the second-highest completion percentage (67.3).

During Reich’s two seasons as San Diego’s offensive coordinator, the Chargers ranked third in completions (822), fourth in completion percentage (66.2) and fifth in the NFL in net passing yards (8,869).

Arizona Cardinals (2012). Before his tenure in San Diego, Reich coached wide receivers for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012, where he worked with wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Fitzgerald caught 71 passes for 798 yards and four touchdowns en route to his seventh career Pro Bowl selection.

Indianapolis Colts (2006-11). Reich spent the first six seasons of his coaching career with the Colts as wide receivers coach (2011), quarterbacks coach (2009-10), offensive assistant (2008) and coaching intern (2006-07). In Indianapolis, he was a member of teams that earned five playoff appearances, four AFC South Division titles, two AFC Championships, two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl title.

In 2011, Reich led a wide receivers group that worked without future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who missed the entire season due to injury. Despite playing with three different starting quarterbacks, Reich’s two top wideouts, Pro Bowler Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon, were just one of two wide receiver duos in the NFL to each record 70-plus receptions and 900-plus receiving yards.

From 2009-10, Reich was the position coach for Manning. Under Reich’s guidance, he completed 843-of-1,250 passes for 9,200 yards with 66 touchdowns and 33 interceptions for a 95.6 passer rating. Manning was named to Pro Bowls in both seasons. In 2009, Reich’s first season as quarterbacks coach, Manning was named NFL MVP after completing 393-of-571 passes for 4,500 yards with 33 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for a 99.9 passer rating. His 68.8 completion percentage was the best of his 18-year NFL career.

Reich began his NFL coaching career in 2006 as a coaching intern with the Colts. After two seasons in that role, he was promoted to offensive assistant in 2008.

Playing career (1985-98). Reich enjoyed a 14-year playing career with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and Detroit Lions after being selected by the Bills in the third round (57th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. Including postseason play, he played in 129 career games (22 starts) and completed 575-of-1,036 passes for 6,858 yards and 47 touchdowns.

He spent the first 10 years of his NFL career with the Bills, where he served as a backup to Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. During his time in Buffalo, Reich was a part of Bills teams that went to four-straight Super Bowls from 1990-1993, appeared in five AFC Championships and captured five division titles.

While Reich was rarely pressed into action during his nine years backing up Kelly, the former signal caller was called upon in the 1992 playoffs after Kelly sprained his right knee in the regular season finale and was forced to sit out the first two rounds. Despite having only attempted one pass in a postseason game prior to the 1992 season, Reich made his first postseason start in the 1992 Wild Card round and engineered the greatest comeback in NFL history. With the Bills trailing the Houston Oilers by 32 points early in the third quarter, Reich orchestrated five second-half touchdown drives, four of which were capped by touchdown passes, and led a game-winning field goal drive in overtime to defeat Houston 41-38. Reich started the next week in a Divisional Round win at Pittsburgh, and the Bills went on to make an appearance in Super Bowl XXVII.

Personal info. A native of Freeport, NY, Reich attended Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, Pa. He played collegiately at the University of Maryland from 1981-84 where he backed up Boomer Esiason before earning the starting job as a senior in 1984. As a senior, Reich rallied the Terrapins from a 31-0 deficit to defeat the Miami Hurricanes, 42-40. At the time, Maryland’s victory over Miami marked the greatest comeback win in college football history and is now only second to Michigan State’s 2006 35-point comeback over Northwestern.

Reich graduated from Maryland in 1984 with a business degree and earned Academic All-ACC honors as a senior.

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Tropical Cyclone Gita, Press Release No.1

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(PRESS SECRETARIAT); The National Disaster Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, met today to discuss the status and effects of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita – a Category 1 Cyclone currently affecting Samoa.

Reports submitted to the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) have detailed that the extent of damages caused by TC Gita are from flooding and strong winds.

As of 2pm this afternoon, the fifth Special Weather Bulletin issued by the Samoa Meteorological Services indicated that the TC category 2 warning (which was previously enforced for the Northern areas) was cancelled while the TC category 1 warning remains in force for all of Samoa.

Updates from Response Agencies received by the NEOC include:

• The restoration of electricity to Apia Urban areas including Toomatagi, Vaivase, Faatoia, Moataa, Vaitele, Toamua, Puipaa, Faleula, Aleisa to part of Ululoloa, Siusega and Tuanaimato.

•The Land Transport Authority continues to provide updates to NEOC as well as updating the general public through their Facebook page. They have been working to clear roads for major arterial routes and responding to calls as they have come in through emergency lines.

•Updates from the Samoa Tourism Authority for Savaii indicate medium damages to beach fales with major issues being no electricity, phone communication and no water supply in some areas; For Upolu in the town area – Sheraton guests have been evacuated to Sheraton Mulifanua, Tanoa and Hotel Insel Fehmarn.

•Evacuation shelters – are located at the National University of Samoa (Vaivase), Latter Day Saints (Vaitoloa) and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) at Lalovaea. They are fully operational, taking in 244 people that have contacted NEOC for assistance. Also assisting to shelter evacuees from TC Gita is the residence of Vaasilifiti Moelagi Jackson. Food items for Evacuation shelters have been distributed – provided by the Government of Samoa.

•There have been no reports of any casualties as a result of Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Response Agencies have been working together with the NEOC to facilitate all calls from the public and dispatching support where help is needed.

Please call 997 or 911 for emergency assistance.

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with Disaster Management Office – Samoa

SEMAFO: Early Warning News Release

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MONTREAL, Feb. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SEMAFO Inc. (TSX:SMF) (OMX:SMF) reports that it has subscribed to 33,333,333 common shares of Savary Gold Corp. (TSXV:SCA) (“Savary”) at a price of $0.06 per common share for an aggregate subscription price of approximately $2,000,000 pursuant to a private placement financing of common shares of Savary previously announced by Savary on January 29, 2018 (the “Financing”).

Prior to completion of the Financing, SEMAFO did not hold any shares or convertible securities of Savary.  Following closing of the transaction, SEMAFO holds a total of 33,333,333 common shares of Savary, approximately 15.5% of Savary’s issued and outstanding common shares on a non-diluted basis.

SEMAFO acquired the common shares described in this press release for investment purposes and in accordance with applicable securities laws.

Pursuant to the subscription agreement between Savary and SEMAFO, SEMAFO shall have the right to appoint one director to Savary’s Board of directors or to instruct Savary to insert in its next proxy circular a SEMAFO nominee for election at Savary’s next shareholder meeting. SEMAFO shall keep this right as long as it continues to hold no less than 10% of Savary issued and outstanding shares on a non-diluted basis.

The closing of the private placement of common shares remains subject to final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.  The common shares issues are subject to a four-month and one-day hold period in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws, from the date of closing. 

A copy of the early warning report to be filed by SEMAFO in connection with the Private Placement described above will be available on SEDAR under Savary’s profile.

About SEMAFO

SEMAFO is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and exploration activities in West Africa.  The Corporation operates the Mana Mine in Burkina Faso, which includes the high-grade satellite deposit of Siou, and is targeting production start-up of the Boungou Mine in the third quarter of 2018. SEMAFO’s strategic focus is to maximize shareholder value by effectively managing its existing assets as well as pursuing organic and strategic growth opportunities.

The information in this release is subject to the disclosure requirements of SEMAFO under the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. This information was publicly communicated on February 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.

For more information, contact

SEMAFO
John Jentz
Vice-President, Corporate Development Investor Relations
Email: John.Jentz@semafo.com

Ruth Hanna                                                                          
Analyst, Investor Relations                                 
Email: Ruth.Hanna@semafo.com 

Tel. local overseas: +1 (514) 744 4408
North America Toll-Free: 1 (888) 744 4408
Website: www.semafo.com

Dunkin’ Donuts Will Eliminate Styrofoam Cups By 2020, According To A Press Release

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America may run on Dunkin’, but Dunkin’, among many other brands, has been running on some pretty unsustainable packaging. Thankfully, if all goes according to plan this won’t be the case in the foreseeable future.

Dunkin’ Donuts has announced plans to eliminate styrofoam cups, beginning spring of this year, with use completely ceasing by 2020, according to a press release on Feb. 8. The recognizable polystyrene coffee cups currently used by most locations in the US to serve hot beverages will be replaced with double-walled paperboard cups available in four sizes, paired with a re-closable lid. Paperboard cups are already used by most of the store’s international locations.

According to Dunkin’ Donuts’ press release, the decision is reportedly part of a company-wide shift to more environmentally-mindful business practices; including a goal of having 80 percent of its packaging certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s standard of renewable packaging. Other future objectives include complete elimination of artificial dyes from products, building energy-efficient storefronts, and an eventual partnership with the Rainforest Alliance to source coffee beans.

This is not the company’s first attempt to forgo the foam. According to the Dunkin’ Donuts’ 2012 Corporate and Social Responsibility report, aspirations to find a renewable alternative to the iconic foam cup had hoped to be revealed within three years of the report’s release. Unforeseen barriers regarding customers’ reception to new lids may have delayed the process, suggested an email a Dunkin’ Donuts spokesperson sent to HuffPost.

Dunkin’ Donuts also shared in their press release what the new cups will look like.

Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts has been spent more than a decade seeking new, more environmentally-conscious ways to sell its products, according to the press release. Beginning in 2005, the company has used a coffee cup carrier composed exclusively of recycled materials. In 2009 they further incorporated recycled paper materials into items like napkins and the iconic Box O’ Joe, and in the last four years alone the company has made strides in terms of reducing the amount of waste produced. Most notably, by the end of this coming summer Dunkin’ will have completely transitioned from an older version of cold beverage lids to those made with recyclable polypropylene.

It is a well-established fact that plastic products make up a significant amount of the waste found in landfills. This proportion is thought to be as high as 30 percent of all waste that ends up in the areas.  But, styrofoam also poses a significant risk to the country’s waterways. According to a 2009 report by environmental advocacy group Clean Water Action, polystyrene was found to be the most prevalent form of beach debris littered along forty three sites in Orange County. It photodegrades, meaning it breaks down through exposure to light, but never fully disappears (as opposed to biodegradation, in which living organisms consume excess material in the environment). When this occurs in marine environments, the minuscule pieces of plastic material can be mistaken as food by animals, resulting in injury and death.

Plus, it’s not exclusively animals consuming it.

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, as well as the National Toxicology Program, recent research suggests the material could be carcinogenic (cancer-causing). The USDA advises against heating foam containers —  like, you know, with scalding hot coffee — as chemicals in plastic to be absorbed by whatever food product it is holding. It is for this reason a number of areas around the country, including Washington, DC and many of its surrounding suburbs, have banned the material, according to the Baltimore Sun.

With other fast food companies making similar changes (McDonald’s announced last month an effort to switch to entirely sustainable packaging by 2025), it will be interesting to see whether these changes result in observable progress when it comes to pollution over the next few decades. Dunkin’ Donuts is making a step in the right direction —  hopefully their loyal customer base will be on board with it, too.

Amgen is probed by Danish regulator after employee posts press release on LinkedIn

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nyone who likes to post information about drugs on social media might want to read this: The Danish Medicines Agency is investigating whether an Amgen (AMGN) employee in Denmark violated advertising laws by sharing and liking a U.S. press release about the Kyprolis medication on LinkedIn. If the law was broken, the company may have to pay a penalty and the employee could face up to four months in jail.

An agency spokesman declined to provide further details, but explained that advertising prescription medicines to the general public is prohibited. Under Danish law, the general public is defined as anyone who is not a doctor, dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist, nurse, midwife, bioanalyst, clinical dietitian, radiographer, or student in one of these fields.

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