Companies news of 2009-10-05 (page 12)

  • Hottest Mobile Business Apps Depend On Predictive Text Software Says WordLogic CEO Frank...
  • Jamba Juice Launches Fall 'Feel Good Moments' Campaign and SweepstakesBananaman(TM) Offers...
  • Vonage Goes Mobile: First of New Calling Applications Now Available-Vonage Mobile Provides...
  • Los Angeles Hotels & Destinations for a Star-Studded Getaway
  • Marriott's Top Hotel Deals Offer Luxury Travel Experiences for Less
  • Simplify Hotel Reservations with Marriott QuickGroup
  • Forbes Energy Services Announces Closing of Private Placement of $20 Million of First...
  • Live Nation Announces Gigantic Fall Sale - 2 Tickets For the Price of 1 on More Than 350...
  • Global Lottery Corporation's Board of Directors Announces it Will File Its 15C211...
  • California American Water Nears Completion of its Storage Tank Project in RosemontNew tank...
  • California American Water Salutes Its Larkfield Staff During National Customer Service...
  • Superior Energy Services, Inc. to Present at the Johnson Rice Energy Conference
  • Texas Wyoming Drilling, Inc. Enters Into Agreement With Legacy Rock Company
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    Hottest Mobile Business Apps Depend On Predictive Text Software Says WordLogic CEO Frank Evanshen

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Imagine that within just a few years the hottest apps in the mobile phone market will be for business -- specifically vertical apps for information intensive industries.

    That is the vision of Frank Evanshen, CEO of WordLogic Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: WLGC), a developer of multiplatform predictive text software that has mobile search applications. Mr. Evanshen forecasts that the mobile Internet will become the primary Internet destination for businesses who will demand, just as a means to stay competitive, instant access to such vital information as industry-specific research, records, legal information and more, at speeds that meet or exceed the Internet as we know it today.

    "This area of predictive text software could well be the key to a fast-access Mobile web that will improve the productivity of text entry tasks anywhere and at any time," explains Mr. Evanshen. "Such speed, compared to today's frustratingly slow mobile net will be a competitive game-changer."

    WordLogic is in the initial stages of building industry specific vertical applications. Mr. Evanshen noted that WordLogic is now in "contact with a private company that is well funded and technically competent to accomplish these goals. We are presently working on a joint venture agreement."

    Vancouver, BC-based WordLogic (wordlogic.com) is the developer of patent-protected predictive text software widely used in Internet-based search applications. WordLogic is developing advanced methods of text and information entry into personal computing devices ranging from small handheld Mobile devices to Tablet and Desktop computers. WordLogic has several patents granted on its current products with several new applications now under consideration.

    WordLogic Company information: Head office: 650 West Georgia Street, STE 2400, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Telephone: 1-866-WORDLOGIC. Frank Evanshen, CEO, WordLogic Corporation 1+604.257.3660, fevanshen@wordlogic.com, Roger Sichel, Director of Business Development, 1+914.273.9691, rsichel@wordlogic.com. Media Relations: Aaron Biller, Biller Communications, 1+212.663.4862, abiller@BillerPR.com.

    Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties. See WordLogic's filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission which identify specific factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

    WordLogic Corporation

    CONTACT: Aaron Biller, Biller Communications, +1-212-663-4862,
    abiller@BillerPR.com

    Web Site: http://www.wordlogic.com/




    Jamba Juice Launches Fall 'Feel Good Moments' Campaign and SweepstakesBananaman(TM) Offers NYC MTA Riders a Free Ride as 30 Million 'Feel Good Bucks' Hit the Streets

    EMERYVILLE, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a continued effort to help people feel good about their choices both inside and outside its stores, Jamba Juice announced today the launch of its Fall 'Feel Good Moments' campaign and sweepstakes, a three-month promotion centered around making people feel good. The campaign, which is comprised of three parts including 'Feel Good Bucks', 'Feel Good Moment Sweepstakes' and unexpected public 'Feel Good Events', embraces the excitement customers have for Jamba Juice products and blends up another way to keep them feeling good.

    The 30 million Jamba Juice 'Feel Good Bucks'--vouchers worth anywhere from $1 towards a Jamba purchase to $10,000 in cash--will be circulated through various channels including street teams, direct mail, brand partners and online. Bringing an element of surprise to Jamba Juice customers, the individual value of the Feel Good Buck will be revealed by a Jamba team member when entered at a Jamba register. All bucks are worth at least one dollar toward your Jamba purchase including the new Grab 'n Go wraps, salads, sandwiches, California Flatbreads and Fruit Tea Infusions. Some 'Feel Good Bucks' will have a Jamba gift card value worth between $5-$25; others with cash prizes ranging from $50 up to the whirling $10,000 grand prize.

    Coinciding with the 'Feel Good Bucks', Jamba Juice will encourage customers to win their ultimate 'Feel Good Moment' by filling out a sweepstakes form--located on the back of their buck and in-store--and submitting it at their local Jamba Juice. Whether it's a trip to an exotic destination, supporting their favorite cause or paying off a student loan--Jamba will fulfill any wish up to $10,000 and within the legal limits. Three lucky winners will be randomly selected and announced throughout the campaign.

    "Jamba's mission revolves around promoting healthy, active fun and engaging our customers in exciting and unique ways," said James D. White, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jamba, Inc. "The Feel Good Moments campaign gives us over 30 million opportunities to engage customers through multiple channels and in a variety of memorable, positive and lighthearted ways. Our smoothies and food have always made people feel good, now Jamba is blending up a new way to make people feel good."

    In addition to the sweepstakes, the Jamba Juice Jambassador, Bananaman, will be making surprise appearances across the country in high traffic areas including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago--making people feel good outside of the stores. Bananaman will participate in a series of stunts and activities, bringing unexpected Feel Good boosts into people's everyday routine. Bananaman's first appearance will take place tomorrow, October 6, outside MTA NYC Transit Subway Stations including Grand Central Station and Times Square-42nd Street as he passes out Pre-ValuedMetroCards and Jamba 'Feel Good Bucks' to busy New Yorkers.

    Jamba's Feel Good Moments Campaign will run in participating stores until January 4, 2010. To download a Feel Good Buck and for more information, please visit http://www.jamba.com/. To follow Jamba's Feel Good Moments campaign and find out where Bananaman will be next, become a Facebook fan at: http://www.facebook.com/jambajuice

    About Jamba, Inc.

    Jamba, Inc. is a holding company and through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Jamba Juice Company, owns and franchises JAMBA JUICE® stores. Founded in 1990, Jamba Juice is a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you food and beverage offerings, including great tasting fruit smoothies, juices, teas, hot oatmeal made with organic, steel cut oats, and baked goods. As of July 14,2009 JAMBA JUICE had 735 locations consisting of 490 company- owned and operated stores and 245 franchise stores. For the nearest location or a complete menu, visit the JAMBA JUICE website at http://www.jamba.com/ or call 1-866-4R-FRUIT.

    Jamba, Inc.

    CONTACT: Marci Coulson, marci@neighboragency.com, or Katy Saeger,
    katy@neighboragency.com, both of Neighbor Agency, +1-323-932-4102, for Jamba,
    Inc.

    Web Site: http://www.jamba.com/




    Vonage Goes Mobile: First of New Calling Applications Now Available-Vonage Mobile Provides International Calling at Low Rates through Wi-Fi and Cellular Networks-

    HOLMDEL, N.J., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today Vonage launched Vonage Mobile, its first mobile calling application for smartphones. Vonage Mobile is a free downloadable application (app) that provides seamless, low-cost international calling while on Wi-Fi or cellular networks*. Once downloaded, the service saves customers more than 50% on calls to dozens of countries versus the rates charged by wireless carriers while providing far more convenience than calling cards. Vonage Mobile will be available for download on the iPhone®, BlackBerry® and iPod touch® at http://www.vonage.com/ and the iTunes App Store later today.

    With Vonage Mobile you can call around the world from home, a Wi-Fi hotspot, or while traveling around the country. Vonage Mobile is easy to use. There are no access numbers or new phone numbers to give to friends and family. Simply enter an international number or select a contact from the existing contacts on your iPhone or Blackberry and hit send. Vonage does the rest.

    This app will give customers exceptional per-minute rates to any country they want to dial. In the fourth quarter 2009, we will enhance the app to include the popular Vonage World plan that was introduced for home service in August. This enhancement extends the ability to make unlimited calls to over 60 countries for one flat monthly fee to mobile users, giving customers the choice to pick the plan that fits them best.

    "Our new mobile app is an important step in establishing Vonage as a software technology company that enables high-quality voice and messaging across any device in any location, providing great value over any broadband network," said Marc Lefar, CEO of Vonage.

    Vonage Mobile beats the competition on value, convenience and ease-of-use -- Rates are better than traditional wireless and landline carrier rates -- Lets you make calls while on Wi-Fi or cellular networks, providing full mobility -- Uses your existing contact list - just click and dial - no extra steps -- Utilizes your existing cell phone number so the people you call will recognize who is calling -- Real-time balance updates and the ability to automatically replenish funds in your account -- No more trips to the store to buy calling cards, no 800 numbers or access codes, and no connection charges

    "When developing Vonage Mobile, we focused on creating a more convenient alternative for customers who use calling cards or Wi-Fi only applications," said Mike Tempora, Senior Vice President of Product Management for Vonage. "Vonage Mobile is easy to get and use, and gives customers the best possible calling experience from a trusted provider."

    To follow Vonage on Twitter, please visit http://www.twitter.com/vonage_voice. To become a fan on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/vonage.

    *iPhone allows calls on both cellular and Wi-Fi networks. BlackBerry allows calls over cellular networks. iPod touch allows calls over Wi-Fi networks. Service subject to minimum monthly usage fee, taxes and certain other fees. Forfeiture rules apply. See Terms of Service for details. There are important 911 limitations when using Vonage for Mobile service. See vonagemobile.com/tos for details.

    About Vonage

    Vonage is a software technology company that enables high-quality voice and messaging services across multiple devices and locations over broadband networks. Our award winning technology serves approximately 2.5 million subscribers. We provide feature-rich, affordable communication solutions that offer flexibility, portability and ease-of-use.

    Our Vonage World plan offers free unlimited calling to landline phones in all cities and locations in more than 60 countries with popular features like call waiting, call forwarding and voicemail -- for one low, flat monthly rate.

    Vonage's service is sold on the web and through national retailers including Best Buy and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and is available to customers in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information about Vonage's products and services, please visit http://www.vonage.com/.

    Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey. Vonage® is a registered trademark of Vonage Marketing Inc., a subsidiary of Vonage Holdings Corp.

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    Vonage

    CONTACT: Michael Zema of Vonage, +1-732-528-2677,
    michael.zema@vonage.com; or Elissa Ehrlich of Bite Communications for Vonage,
    +1-212-857-9397, elissa.ehrlich@bitepr.com

    Web Site: http://www.vonage.com/




    Los Angeles Hotels & Destinations for a Star-Studded Getaway

    BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- With Hollywood's biggest awards shows growing nearer by the day, Los Angeles hotels are gearing up for celebrity sightings and the biggest parties of the year. And for fans of the Hollywood elite, there's no better city to explore than L.A.; which is why Marriott International, Inc. , one of the world's leading lodging companies, has created a mini-guide to the city's best spots for celebrity sightings, chic shopping and world-class dining.

    For guests who want to walk in their favorite celebrity's footsteps, they'll find a host of sophisticated, stylish -- and affordable -- Los Angeles hotels near some of the city's hottest spots, including:

    -- The Sunset Strip. Between Crescent Heights and Doheny Drive are 1-1/2 miles of nightclubs, boutiques and restaurants that are frequented by the Hollywood set, including the Roxy, Il Sole and Whisky A Go Go. -- Carbon Beach. Just a short drive from many Los Angeles hotels, this pristine beach stretches from Carbon Canyon Road to the Malibu Pier -- and is an excellent place for guests to practice their surfing skills as they keep watch for their favorite celebrities. -- Grauman's Chinese Theatre. For those interested in catching a glimpse of the action on the red carpet, this world-famous theater is the site of movie premieres throughout the year. -- Fred Segal. At the corner of Melrose Avenue and Crescent Heights Blvd., guests will find themselves face-to-face with the latest looks -- and possibly celebrities and the paparazzi who follow them. Featuring boutiques filled with clothing, sunglasses, beauty products, lingerie and home decor, even if there are no celebrities in sight, the shopping offers a uniquely Hollywood experience. -- The Ivy Restaurant. Just a few blocks from the Beverly Center, the Ivy is open for lunch, dinner and drinks. And although it has been a Hollywood institution for decades, it's still one of the city's top spots to see and be seen.

    For additional information about Marriott's Los Angeles hotels near Hollywood, Malibu and Beverly Hills, as well as vacation packages and VIP perks, visit http://www.marriott.com/city/los-angeles-hotels.

    MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in 66 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

    CONTACT: Jeff Gold (301) 380-4213 jeff.gold@marriott.com

    Marriott International, Inc.

    CONTACT: Jeff Gold, +1-301-380-4213, jeff.gold@marriott.com

    Web Site: http://www.marriott.com/city/los-angeles-hotels




    Marriott's Top Hotel Deals Offer Luxury Travel Experiences for Less

    BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- This fall, Marriott International, Inc. , one of the world's leading lodging companies, is offering guests the opportunity to take advantage of special, luxury hotel deals in destinations around the globe. From the U.S. and Mexico to Costa Rica and the Caribbean, Marriott's current top travel specials provide travelers with a variety of money-saving vacation options.

    The company's current top hotel deals include: Daily Resort Credit package -- Overnight accommodations at a JW Marriott, Marriott or Renaissance Resort -- Up to $100 daily resort credit, which may be used for golf, spa services, dining, etc. -- Available through Jan. 31, 2010 Experience Mexico package At Marriott and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts -- 25 percent discount off leisure rate -- Two complimentary margaritas -- Chips/salsa/guacamole -- Upgrades where available, based on hotels -- Recipe souvenir (from Mexican chefs) At Courtyard and Fairfield Inn by Marriott -- 25 percent discount off leisure rate -- Two complimentary margaritas -- Chips/salsa -- Recipe souvenir (from Mexican chefs)

    The Experience Mexico travel specials are available weekends only through Nov. 30, 2009.

    In addition to these hotel deals, Marriott also provides exclusive Marriott Rewards® Member travel specials, ongoing deals and seasonal offerings that can help make fall and holiday travel more affordable for families and business travelers. For more information, visit http://www.marriott.com/specials/default.mi.

    MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in 66 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

    CONTACT: Jeff Gold (301) 380-4213 jeff.gold@marriott.com

    Marriott International, Inc.

    CONTACT: Jeff Gold, +1-301-380-4213, jeff.gold@marriott.com

    Web Site: http://www.marriott.com/specials/default.mi




    Simplify Hotel Reservations with Marriott QuickGroup

    BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As businesses and families head into the busy fourth quarter, Marriott International, Inc. -- one of the world's leading lodging companies -- is reminding travel planners that QuickGroup, the company's hotel reservations tool designed specifically for group travel, can help simplify booking blocks of rooms at thousands of hotels worldwide.

    Through QuickGroup, travel planners can make hotel reservations for wedding guests, holiday celebrations and corporate events online in minutes.

    Some highlights of the tool include: -- Simple online booking for 10-25 rooms -- Ability to search for accommodations at more than 3,000 hotels worldwide -- Real-time pricing, instant confirmation reservation links and a simple contract -- Additional meeting/event space and amenities, such as catering & audio-visual equipment, may be requested using the hotel reservations tool -- Planners may create a Custom Web Page for their group

    In addition, organizers have the opportunity to sign up for Marriott Rewards during the reservation process and receive up to 50,000 points for the group's hotel reservations. Marriott Rewards members may redeem points for accommodations, frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, brand-name merchandise and more.

    To block rooms for an upcoming event or to learn more about Marriott's hotels and services, visit Marriott.com.

    MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in 66 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

    CONTACT: Jeff Gold (301) 380-4213 jeff.gold@marriott.com

    Marriott International, Inc.

    CONTACT: Jeff Gold, +1-301-380-4213, jeff.gold@marriott.com

    Web Site: http://www.marriott.com/default.mi




    Forbes Energy Services Announces Closing of Private Placement of $20 Million of First Priority Notes

    ALICE, Texas, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB) (the "Company") announced today that on October 2, 2009 the Company and its domestic subsidiaries completed the sale by the Company's subsidiaries, Forbes Energy Services LLC and Forbes Energy Capital Inc., of $20 million aggregate principal amount of first lien floating rate notes to Goldman, Sachs & Co. in a private placement in reliance on an exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Company used the net proceeds from this issuance to repay outstanding indebtedness under and terminate its existing revolving credit facility.

    About the Company

    Forbes Energy Services Ltd. is an independent oilfield services contractor that provides a broad range of drilling-related and production-related services to oil and natural gas companies, primarily onshore in Texas, Mississippi and Mexico.

    Contacts: Forbes Energy Services Ltd. L. Melvin Cooper, SVP & CFO 361-664-0549 DRG&E Ken Dennard, Managing Partner Ben Burnham, AVP 713-529-6600

    Forbes Energy Services Ltd.

    CONTACT: L. Melvin Cooper, SVP & CFO of Forbes Energy Services Ltd.,
    +1-361-664-0549; or Ken Dennard, Managing Partner, Ben Burnham, AVP, both of
    DRG&E, +1-713-529-6600, for Forbes Energy Services Ltd.




    Live Nation Announces Gigantic Fall Sale - 2 Tickets For the Price of 1 on More Than 350 Club Shows and 200,000 Tickets, This Wednesday Only at LiveNation.comARTISTS INCLUDE HANSON, COLBIE CAILLAT, TREY SONGZ, MARIO, THE BRAVERY, THE USED AND MANY MORE

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Live Nation announced today a 2-for-1 club concert ticket deal on 200,000 tickets to over 350 concerts in 29 of its club venues across the country. Available only at LiveNation.com this Wednesday, fans will get two tickets for the price of one, a 50% savings, to see any of a wide variety of artists across genres including Hanson, Colbie Caillat, Trey Songz, Mario, The Bravery, The Used and Moby, and many others.

    The 24 hour only 2-for-1 super sale begins this Wednesday, October 7th at 12:01a.m. only at http://www.livenation.com/.

    This 2-for-1 concert ticket experience is only available at Live Nation clubs in the U.S. including House of Blues and The Fillmore venues. Artists include but aren't limited to:

    -- Blues Traveler -- Colbie Caillat -- Dethklok -- Hanson -- Jewel -- Jonny Lang -- Less Than Jake -- LMFAO -- Mario -- Matisyahu -- Misfits -- Moby -- Ozomatli -- Paramore -- Pitbull -- Regina Spektor -- Rusted Root -- Saosin -- Sean Kingston -- Shinedown -- The Bravery -- The Sounds -- The Used -- Train -- Trey Songz -- Widespread Panic

    Promotion will execute via a 50% discount off the total price and fees of tickets in multiples of two. Lawn, general admission or reserved tickets subject to availability at participating venues and select shows. Parking and shipping fees may apply. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.

    ABOUT LIVE NATION:

    Live Nation's mission is to maximize the live concert experience. Our core business is producing, marketing and selling live concerts for artists via our global concert pipe. Live Nation is the largest producer of live concerts in the world, annually producing over 22,000 concerts for 1,600 artists in 33 countries. During 2008, the company sold over 50 million concert tickets concert tickets and drove over 70 million unique visitors to LiveNation.com. Live Nation is transforming the concert business by expanding its concert platform into ticketing and building the industry's first artist-to-fan vertically integrated concert platform. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol LYV. For additional information about the company, please visit http://www.livenation.com/investors.

    Live Nation

    CONTACT: Rachel Carr of Dan Klores Communications, +1-212-981-5253,
    rachel_carr@dkcnews.com, for Live Nation; or John Vlautin of Live Nation,
    +1-310-867-7127, johnvlautin@livenation.com

    Web Site: http://www.livenation.com/




    Global Lottery Corporation's Board of Directors Announces it Will File Its 15C211 Declaration as Well as Become Fully Reporting.

    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Global Lottery Corporation (Pink Sheets: GTTC) announces the Board of Directors has decided that the time has come to become a fully reporting Company to allow full disclosure to our current and future shareholders. Global Lottery Corporation with its announced $40 million debt cum equity financing, announced September 24th and its 40% dividend announced September 30th of this year make fully reporting status mandatory.

    About Global Lottery Corporation

    Global Lottery Corporation manufactures a complete line of Lottery Terminals for sale or Joint Venture with Licensed Operators or Governments. Jim Walters, President of Global Lottery Corporation and former President of International Lottery and Totalizater Systems, is one of the foremost pioneers in the Lottery and Pari-mutuel Industries who designed and engineered our new age systems. An earlier version has been in operation in 21 countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and France for over 20 years under various brand names. One of Mr. Walters first major customers was The Hong Kong Jockey Club who purchased over $90 million worth of terminals that are still in use today.

    DISCLAIMER: Certain information included herein is forward looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements about the company's anticipated operating results and financial resources. Such forward-looking information involves important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect actual results and cause them to differ materially from expectations expressed herein and in other company reports, filings, statements and presentations. If one or more of the assumptions underlying our forward-looking statements proves incorrect, then the Company's actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this report. Therefore, we caution you not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. This statement is provided as permitted by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

    PR Contact: Wakabayashi Fund LLC Mr. Jeff Stone (Tele 1.914.613.3002) North American, Correspondent IR Contact: World Stock Exchange Mr Bret Reis (Tele. 1.480.505.0525) Scottsdale, AZ info@globallotterycorporation.com http://www.globallotterycorporation.com/

    Global Lottery Corporation

    CONTACT: Mr. Jeff Stone of Wakabayashi Fund LLC, +1-914-613-3002, or
    Investors, Mr Bret Reis, World Stock Exchange, +1-480-505-0525, both for
    Global Lottery Corporation, info@globallotterycorporation.com

    Web Site: http://www.globallotterycorporation.com/




    California American Water Nears Completion of its Storage Tank Project in RosemontNew tank will help meet peak demand and fire protection

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- California American Water and its contractors are in the final stages of constructing an $8.6 million storage tank, well, treatment and booster station along the Jackson Highway in Rosemont.

    Once completed, residents there will benefit from the significant increase in water storage capacity this project will bring, which will be critical in maintaining supply during peak demand and ensuring adequate fire flow protection.

    "It's been a large, comprehensive project to improve water quality, storage and pressure," said Andy Soule, California American Water's Northern Division General Manager. "Rosemont customers will see real benefits when the project is completed. We appreciate the patience and understanding they have shown while work has progressed on this project."

    Completed are the project's new well site and main storage tank along with all of its supporting piping and pumps. The steel storage tank will hold in excess of 1.8 million gallons of water and works in conjunction with the filter plant to treat and process water from the new well. The project also comes equipped with a booster pumping station rated at 3000 gallons per minute and a stand-by generator.

    Currently under construction are the chemical and treatment facilities and the project's more than 900-foot transmission main, which is expected to take about two additional months to construct. After this is finished, California American Water will improve the site with new landscaping around the project site in accordance with local regulations and community standards.

    California American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water , provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 600,000 people.

    Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting http://www.amwater.com/.

    California American Water

    CONTACT: Evan Jacobs, +1-707-495-6135, evan.jacobs@amwater.com, for
    California American Water

    Web Site: http://www.californiaamwater.com/




    California American Water Salutes Its Larkfield Staff During National Customer Service WeekCustomers give glowing reviews to local employees

    SANTA ROSA, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Customer Service Week begins October 5; it is designed to encourage businesses to evaluate their customer relations and recognize employees in their ranks who serve as model ambassadors between their company and the public they serve.

    In Larkfield, it is the customers of California American Water who are recognizing the water company's employees.

    Longtime Larkfield resident Jean Wood recently partook in the company's WaterSmart Home Survey program and said California American Water employee Jason Cheek's visit not only resulted in her saving money but she also discovered just how simple and easy water conservation can be.

    "I found the survey to be very enlightening," Wood said. "Jason was courteous, professional and very knowledgeable. He walked me through each area of my house and property and after a thorough examination he explained to me how I could easily reduce my water usage with virtually no impact on my day-to-day routine. I would recommend all Larkfield residents sign up for this survey."

    Woods is one of many Larkfield customers that have spoken positively about the program and its implementation.

    In Larkfield, water conservation is a top priority for California American Water. Water rationing, new rate structures and state conservation mandates have left many customers in the area apprehensive and inquisitive about what they can do to reduce their water use.

    Jason Cheeks, California American Water's field operator and former Division-1 football player, serves as the point person for the company's WaterSmart Home Survey program. The home water survey is a unique program that enables customers to have a California American Water representative come to their home and conduct a comprehensive inspection of their water pipes, outside irrigation and other water-related areas of the property for potential water savings - all for free.

    Jason has visited up to three homes per day in Larkfield in response to the strong customer enrollment in the program, providing him a chance to directly assist customers in their collective mission to reduce the community's water use.

    "Our customers want to do their part to conserve," Jason said. "And this water audit empowers that goodwill with the guidance and expertise we provide. I am really proud to serve such dedicated and responsible citizens and it has been my privilege to assist them in this important endeavor. The occasional baked goods I get from customers don't hurt either."

    Through his good work, Jason helped form a working bond between the company and its customers that will make possible sustainable water conservation in Larkfield well into the future. Jason has displayed the type of professionalism that Customer Service Week seeks to exemplify and serves as a time-tested reminder that a company's success depends on the quality of service it provides to its customers, which, in turn, ultimately depends on the quality of its employees.

    California American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water , is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 600,000 people.

    Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting http://www.amwater.com/.

    California American Water

    CONTACT: Evan Jacobs of American Water, +1-916-568-4252,
    Evan.jacobs@amwater.com

    Web Site: http://www.californiaamwater.com/
    http://www.amwater.com/




    Superior Energy Services, Inc. to Present at the Johnson Rice Energy Conference

    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Superior Energy Services, Inc. today announced that Terence Hall, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Johnson Rice Energy Conference to be held in New Orleans on October 6-8, 2009.

    Superior Energy's presentation will be webcast live on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the audio webcast and view accompanying presentation materials, visit the Investor Relations section of Superior Energy's website at http://www.superiorenergy.com/. A replay will be archived on the site shortly after the presentation concludes.

    Superior Energy Services, Inc. serves the drilling and production needs of oil and gas companies worldwide through its brand name rental tools and its integrated well intervention services and tools, supported by an engineering staff who plan and design solutions for customers. Offshore projects are delivered by the Company's fleet of modern marine assets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Rosenstein, VP of Investor Relations, 504-362-4321 Ben Burnham, AVP, DRG&E, 713-529-6600

    Superior Energy Services, Inc.

    CONTACT: Greg Rosenstein, VP of Investor Relations, of Superior Energy
    Services, Inc., +1-504-362-4321; or Ben Burnham, AVP of DRG&E,
    +1-713-529-6600, for Superior Energy Services, Inc.

    Web Site: http://www.superiorenergy.com/




    Texas Wyoming Drilling, Inc. Enters Into Agreement With Legacy Rock Company

    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Texas Wyoming Drilling, Inc. (Pink Sheets: TWDL) a publicly traded company on Pink Sheets, has announced that it has entered into a joint venture agreement with Legacy Rock Company, a Nevada based corporation, to mine and distribute Calcium Carbonate from properties owned by Legacy Rock Company. TWDL will be in charge of operations and profits will be divided on an equal basis, after TWDL recovers its costs. The properties are currently estimated to contain millions of tons of Calcium Carbonate, with approximately 100,000 tons already stockpiled and ready for immediate distribution.

    Calcium Carbonate is a common compound known as limestone. This compound has many uses in medicine, industry and agriculture.

    In agriculture, as an Alkali, it is used for neutralizing soil which is too acidic to harbor crops. The compound can be ground to powder and used like any fertilizer, effectively conditioning the soil.

    In medicine, it can be used as a source of calcium to treat deficiency, and it can also be prescribed as a very effective treatment for problems with stomach acid. The most common products made from Calcium Carbonate are "Tums" and "Maalox." The compound can also be used as a base material for tablets, or phosphate binder.

    The building industry has great need for Calcium Carbonate. Some of the most popular construction materials such as Marble and Limestone are originally formed from it. It is also used as a filler for certain building materials, including paint and cement.

    Environmentally, it has been proven that it can counter the acid in streams from acid rain.

    The most known use of Calcium Carbonate, is of course in classroom chalk. The market and usage of Calcium Carbonate worldwide is vast.

    TWDL.PK ALSO HAS GOLD AND PRECIOUS METAL MINING CLAIMS IN NEVADA THAT ARE IN THE DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES. THE CALCIUM CARBONATE MINING VENTURE WILL COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY TO INCLUDE MINING, SALES AND MARKETING.

    For additional information, please visit our web site at http://www.m3mining.com/

    Texas Wyoming Drilling, Inc.

    CONTACT: Alfred Roensch, public relations of Texas Wyoming Drilling,
    Inc., +1-707-226-1445, Fax, +1-415-479-3716

    Web Site: http://www.m3mining.com/




    CARFAX Names Zimmerman Advertising Agency of Record

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Zimmerman Advertising announces that, after six successful months of working with CARFAX on a project basis, it has been named the vehicle history information company's Agency of Record. Zimmerman, the nation's leading retail expert and brand builder, will now be responsible for all media planning and buying as well as creative.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090316/FL83593LOGO-c)

    In December 2008 Zimmerman began work on the first new campaign for CARFAX - "Show Me the CARFAX." The campaign resulted in unprecedented growth in consumer awareness, making the CARFAX brand more valuable to dealer customers.

    "Our relationship with Zimmerman has been all about synergy from the start," said communications director for CARFAX Larry Gamache. "They really understand the core of our business and our commitment to helping both buyers and sellers of used cars. Their work to date has furthered our ongoing growth in the marketplace and we look forward to working with Zimmerman."

    "We are thrilled that we have been able to bring measurable success to CARFAX in a relatively short time; however, anyone that works with this agency knows that we are never content to rest on our successes," said Founder and CEO of Zimmerman Jordan Zimmerman. "As their Agency of Record we plan to continue to create progressive work that both raises awareness and drives behavior. We are dedicated to the common vision we share with CARFAX. Expect to see more great things coming from this important brand," Zimmerman concluded.

    CARFAX considered some top agencies across the country in their original search. In the end, Zimmerman won the business because of its Brandtailing(TM) methodology and proven retail experience. The "Show Me the CARFAX" television campaign will continue at least through the end of 2009.

    About CARFAX

    Millions of consumers and thousands of used car dealers rely on the most trusted provider of vehicle history information, CARFAX, each year. Using the unique 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) found on vehicle dashboards and title documents, CARFAX instantly generates a detailed Vehicle History Report on any used car or light truck. CARFAX Vehicle History Reports(TM) provide information that can impact a consumer's decision about a used car or truck. CARFAX Vehicle History Reports are available free at reputable used car dealers or may be purchased at http://www.carfax.com/. CARFAX is a wholly-owned subsidiary of R.L. Polk & Co.

    About Zimmerman Advertising

    Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Zimmerman Advertising, an Omnicom Group(TM) company, is the country's leading national retail brand builder, and the 14th largest advertising agency in the United States according to Adweek, with more than 1,100 full-time associates and offices throughout the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. For information on the agency, visit http://www.zadv.com/. To learn more about Jordan Zimmerman, his business philosophies and opinions, visit his blogspot: http://www.yousleepwhenyoudie.com/.

    About Omnicom Group

    Omnicom Group is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090316/FL83593LOGO-c Zimmerman Advertising

    CONTACT: Shamin Abas, Shamin Abas Public Relations, +1-561-366-1226, or
    Leah Knepper, Zimmerman Advertising, +1-954-644-4041; Chris Basso, CARFAX,
    +1-703-517-1076

    Web Site: http://www.zadv.com/




    FFI Announces Earnings Guidance for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2010

    INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fortune Industries, Inc. (NYSE Amex: FFI) announced today revenue and earnings guidance for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.

    Fortune Industries, Inc. (the "Company") anticipates revenues for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2010 of $62 to $66 million, and earnings of $0.08 per diluted share. "We're very happy that the Company reported earnings of $0.03 per share fully diluted for our fiscal year ended June 30, 2009," stated John Fisbeck, CEO. "In doing so, we achieved our goal of being profitable for the year. In the previous fiscal year when we were a consolidated conglomerate, we generated substantial losses in the months of July and August 2008. Assuming the Company is profitable, these losses will drop off the 12-month trailing income statement when the Company reports its first quarter earnings on or before November 16, 2009. At that point, the Company will have a P/E ratio and will have more clarity on the 12-month trailing financial information. The economy is still very weak, and our guidance of $0.08 per share fully diluted is based on a flat, stable economy going forward. Any positive or negative fluctuations in the economy could affect the Company' expected earnings."

    The Company received a going concern qualification from its independent auditors in its 10-K filed on December 15, 2008, and was unable to have it removed from its 10-K for its new fiscal year end of June 30, 2009, despite having a profitable year.

    About Fortune Industries, Inc.

    Fortune Industries, Inc. is focused as a professional employer organization (PEO) to small and medium sized businesses in 48 states, including human resource consulting & management, employee assessment, training, and benefits administration.

    Fortune Industries is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and is publicly traded on the NYSE Amex Exchange under the symbol FFI. Additional information about Fortune Industries, Inc. can be found at http://www.ffi.net/.

    This press release and other statements by Fortune Industries, Inc. may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "believe," "expect," "estimate," "potential," or future/conditional verbs such as "will," "should," and "could" or the negative of those terms or other variations of them or by comparable terminology. The absence of such terms, however, does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking. Any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences, include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties that are discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" within the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2009. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward- looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers should carefully review the risk factors disclosed within the Company's Form 10-K and other documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Fortune Industries, Inc.

    CONTACT: Fortune Industries, Inc., Carrie Hill, General Counsel,
    +1-317-532-1374

    Web Site: http://www.ffi.net/




    Tower and Jazz Semiconductor Announce Fourth Annual Conference Focused on Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuits, Applications & TechnologyConference Includes Keynote by iSuppli Director, Len Jelinek, and Technical Presentations From Global Semiconductor Industry Leaders

    MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel, and NEWPORT BEACH, California, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tower Semiconductor, Ltd. , and its U.S. subsidiary, Jazz Semiconductor today announced the fourth annual technology conference at its Newport Beach facility on November 5, 2009. This year's Jazz and Tower conference (JaTc) is focused on the central theme of "Stimulus for Success: Specialty Solutions Enable Customer Innovation." The one-day event will include key invited speakers as well as contributed talks, vendor exhibits, and a reception hosted by Tower and Jazz. All participants will have an opportunity to meet with leaders from academia and top executives and technical professionals in the semiconductor industry. To register, please visit: http://www.jazzsemi.com/news_events/registration_jatc-09.shtml.

    JaTc will open with a presentation by Russell Ellwanger, Tower CEO and Jazz Chairman of the Board of Directors, who will present the key milestones of Tower and Jazz's merger and the past year's accomplishments as well as discuss the future strategic initiatives of the combined global company. Subsequently, a keynote will be presented by Len Jelinek, iSuppli's Director and Chief Analyst of Semiconductor Manufacturing who will provide an industry outlook. Next, Tower and Jazz will provide a technology and design enablement services update and offer window tours of its 200mm manufacturing facility.

    "I am delighted to share the company's milestones during the past year since the merger was completed and to show how we have become one company, twice as strong," said Russell Ellwanger, Tower CEO and Jazz Chairman of the Board of Directors. "The integration of Tower and Jazz has provided many benefits including fully complementary technical offerings and roadmaps, increased capacity, a larger and more diversified customer base, substantial cost reduction through the elimination of duplicate contextual functions, and the realization of supply chain synergies; all of which have put us in a strong financial position. We are the fastest growing foundry over the previous three years and we foresee this for 2009 as well. The completion of our integration has put us in the position of global specialty foundry leader and we are optimistic to sustain profitable growth for the next years to come. We invite all to attend and share the excitement that we, and many of our customers, have already experienced."

    The afternoon sessions will center around the Analog-Intensive Mixed-Signal Circuits, Applications, and Technology (AIMS-CAT) seminar bringing together invited speakers to discuss the latest technical advances in areas such as emerging millimeter applications, integrated power management platforms, non-volatile memory (NVM), current trends in imaging technology, and design flow for RF SiGe applications, among others. The AIMS-CAT seminar will feature several technical presentations from the following industry leading companies and universities: Agilent Technologies, Cadence Design Systems, Menara Networks, Pacific MicroCHIP Corp., Panavision Imaging, Triune Systems, University of California, San Diego, and University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

    "Having attended the conference at Jazz last year, I was able to see first hand this unique venue for leading analog and mixed-signal chip companies to share the latest advances in the design and manufacture of semiconductor components. This year, I am pleased to be invited as a keynote speaker and look forward to providing an industry outlook to an impressive targeted group of semiconductor company executives and engineers," said Len Jelinek, Director and Chief Analyst of Semiconductor Manufacturing, iSuppli.

    Conference attendees can also experience the latest from tool and IP providers, design companies, and post wafer service companies. JaTc gold sponsors include: Agilent, ARM, Cadence, GDSI, GSA, Simucad, SVTC, and Toppan. Silver sponsors include: Chronicle Technology, FlipChip, Helic, Kaben, Novocell, Pacific MicroCHIP Corp., Photonics, Quik-Pak and Tanner EDA. For more information or online registration, please visit http://www.jazzsemi.com/news_events/registration_jatc-09.shtml.

    About Tower Semiconductor, Ltd. and Jazz Semiconductor, Inc.

    Tower Semiconductor Ltd. , the global specialty foundry leader and its fully owned subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor, a Tower Group Company is a leader in Analog-Intensive Mixed-Signal (AIMS) foundry solutions. Tower and Jazz manufacture integrated circuits with geometries ranging from 1.0 to 0.13-micron and provide industry leading design enablement tools to allow complex designs to be achieved quickly and more accurately. Tower and Jazz offer a broad range of process technologies including Digital, Mixed-Signal and RFCMOS, HV CMOS, BCD, Non-Volatile Memory (NVM), Embedded NVM, MEMS, and CMOS Image Sensors. To provide world-class customer service, Tower and Jazz maintain two fabrication facilities in Israel and one in the U.S. with additional capacity available through manufacturing partnerships in China. For more information, please visit http://www.towersemi.com/ and http://www.jazzsemi.com/.

    Safe Harbor Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary from those projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. A complete discussion of risks and uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements included in this press release or which may otherwise affect Tower's and Jazz's business is included under the heading "Risk Factors" in Tower's most recent filings on Forms 20-F, F-3, F-4 and 6-K, as were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and the Israel Securities Authority and Jazz's most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, as were filed with the SEC. Tower and Jazz do not intend to update, and expressly disclaim any obligation to update, the information contained in this release.

    Company Contact: Melinda Jarrell +1-949-435-8181 melinda.jarrell@jazzsemi.com Media Contact: Lauri Julian +1-949-715-3049 lauri.julian@jazzsemi.com Investor Relations Contact: Levi Noit +972-4-604-7066 noitle@towersemi.com

    Tower Semiconductor Ltd

    CONTACT: Company Contact: Melinda Jarrell, +1-949-435-8181,
    melinda.jarrell@jazzsemi.com; Media Contact: Lauri Julian, +1-949-715-3049,
    lauri.julian@jazzsemi.com; Investor Relations Contact: Levi Noit,
    +972-4-604-7066, noitle@towersemi.com




    Magic Software's Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Release Scheduled for November 4, 2009

    OR YEHUDA, Israel, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. , a provider of application platform, and business and process integration solutions, announced today that it will report its Third Quarter 2009 financial results on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 before the market opens.

    About Magic Software

    Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. is a provider of multiple-mode application platform solutions - including Full Client, Rich Internet Applications (RIA), mobile or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) modes - and business and process integration solutions. Magic Software has offices in 10 countries and a presence in over 50, as well as a global network of ISV's, system integrators, value-added distributors and resellers, and consulting and OEM partners. The company's award-winning code-free solutions give partners and customers the power to leverage existing IT resources, enhance business agility and focus on core business priorities. Magic Software's technological approach, product roadmap and corporate strategy are recognized by leading industry analysts. Magic Software has partnerships with global IT leaders including SAP AG, Salesforce.com, IBM and Oracle. For more information about Magic Software and its products and services, visit http://www.magicsoftware.com/.

    Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary significantly based upon a number of factors including, but not limited to, risks in product and technology development, market acceptance of new products and continuing product conditions, both here and abroad, release and sales of new products by strategic resellers and customers, and other risk factors detailed in the Company's most recent annual report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Contact: Hadas Gazit-Kaiser, CFO Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. Tel. +972 (0)3 538 9284 hadasg@magicsoftware.com

    Magic Software Enterprises Ltd.

    CONTACT: Hadas Gazit-Kaiser, CFO of Magic Software Enterprises Ltd.,
    +972(0)3-538-9284, hadasg@magicsoftware.com

    Web Site: http://www.magicsoftware.com/




    Its Celebration Time at Camp Jungle Book

    CANNES, France, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- It was celebration time at camp Jungle Book as DQ Entertainment and Partners launched the 1st full Episode of The Jungle Book here today. DQE along with ZDF and ZDF-Enterprises, NBC Universal, TF1, ABC Australia , MoonScoop, BBC and Disney screened the 1st full 11' episode of Jungle Book ' The Wild Black Bees' at Hotel Martinez in the august presence of many industry & media Stalwarts. The gala screening received tremendous applause from the audience as they watched the adrenal filled adventures of Mowgli & his jungle friends.

    Based on Rudyard Kipling's classic story, The Jungle Book series comes to life for the first time in 3D CGI 52 x 11 minute television series and a 60 minutes television feature in Hi-definition CGI animation. A stereoscopic feature film is expected to follow soon as the team at DQE is working on the technology for stereoscopic production for the second season. This will enable High definition viewing for the viewers with the option to view the 3D stereoscopic version with special viewing glasses.

    The series will narrate the stories of the man-cub, Mowgli, raised in the Indian jungles where his only companions are animals. The series is filled with drama, excitement and adventure mixed with comedy as it unfolds Mowgli's escapades especially from his enemy Sher Khan, the royal Tiger with the help of Baloo the wise bear, Bagheera - the Black Panther and (sometimes!) the mighty Kaa - The rock python.

    Mowgli's adventures open out in the lush tropical forest of Seeonee amidst splendid Indian royal forts, temples, waterfalls and the Waingunga river. Throughout the series other characters from the Kipling stories also add flavour to the drama, comedy and action bringing out excellent animation and quality story telling.

    Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman & CEO of DQ Entertainment Plc commented: We are ecstatic with the response to the first episode that was screened at Cannes, MIPCOM to a very select audience of broadcasters, partners and media. We are grateful to the support by ZDF group and all our partners without whom we could not have achieved so much on the jungle book series.

    To checkout the Jungle Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5pDCplIPp4

    About DQE:

    DQE is a leading animation, gaming and entertainment production and global distribution group engaged in production, co-production and original IP development with a workforce of 2,788 and a global client - partner base of over 90 producers, distributors, broadcasters and licensors including Walt Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc., Electronic Arts, Marvel Comics, American Greetings, NBC-Universal, BBC Group, M6/ France TV/ TF-1 Broadcasting groups from France, ZDF Germany and many more world-wide.

    DQ Entertainment Group has produced/co-produced and distributed brands such as Iron Man - the first 3D animated TV series, Twisted Whiskers, Mikido, Casper, Pinky & Perky, second season of Large Family, third season of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and is now producing properties like Little Prince and Little Nicolas. DQE has a library of over 350 hours of international programs for distribution.

    DQE is also developing and producing 'The Jungle Book', the 100% home grown global production as a 52 episode animated series and a 60 minute TV feature. The other major co-production partners are ZDF Enterprises and ZDF Broadcasting - Germany, TF1 Group, France and Moonscoop, France. DQE is also developing and producing Lassie which will be a 26 x 22 minute CGI animated series, Toomai-The Elephant Boy which is a live action TV series as well as Indian IPs which are on production like Feluda, and Omkar.

    DQE's production facilities are based in Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Manila and it has international sales offices in Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo.

    Media Contact: DQ Entertainment Limited Sumedha Saraogi +91-40-2355-3726/27 or sumedha@dqentertainment.com

    DQ Entertainment International

    CONTACT: Media Contact: DQ Entertainment Limited, Sumedha Saraogi,
    +91-40-2355-3726/27 or sumedha@dqentertainment.com




    National Technical Systems Selects Allen & Caron for Investor Relations, Corporate Communications

    CALABASAS, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- National Technical Systems, Inc. , (NTS), a leading provider of engineering and testing services to the defense, aerospace, telecommunications, automotive and high technology markets, announced today that it has selected Allen & Caron Inc as its agency for investor relations and corporate communications. With offices in Irvine, CA, New York City and London, Allen & Caron will help National Technical Systems develop an effective outreach program to increase visibility in the investment community and business/financial media.

    National Technical Systems Chief Executive Officer William C. McGinnis commented: "This is an important time in our Company history, as we evolve from a testing company to an integrated engineering and testing service organization. We selected Allen & Caron because of their experience and well-established reputation for helping companies develop and implement meaningful communications with investment community professionals and the media. As we execute on our strategy to expand and transform the Company, Allen & Caron will lead our efforts to effectively communicate our progress to all our constituencies, which will be key to increasing the trading of our shares and our valuation."

    Allen & Caron President and Chief Operating Officer Rene Caron said: "NTS has an impressive customer list and over the years it has built a world class reputation for providing its customers with innovative and high quality services. Today, led by a new generation of executive management, NTS is aggressively expanding its business and focused on delivering a broad range of process and product compliance services, technical resources, design engineering services and program management support. We look forward to working closely with NTS management and helping them communicate with an increasing audience of influential investors and the media as the Company implements its new strategy for growth and expansion."

    About National Technical Systems

    National Technical Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of engineering and testing services to the defense, aerospace, telecommunications, automotive and high technology markets. Through a world-wide network of resources, NTS provides full life-cycle product integrity support, offering world class design engineering, compliance, testing, certification, quality registration and program management. For additional information about NTS, visit our website at http://www.ntscorp.com/ or call 800-270-2516.

    About Allen & Caron

    Allen & Caron is a full-service corporate, investor and marketing communications agency serving the needs of public companies. The Allen & Caron international client base includes emerging growth companies in a range of industry segments. The firm has offices in Irvine, California; New York City and London; maintains representation in Paris; and has an affiliate relationship with a leading investor relations firm in Italy, with offices in Milan and Rome.

    Contact: Allen & Caron National Technical Systems, Inc. Investor Information: General Information: Jill Bertotti Aaron Cohen, Vice Chairman Jill@allencaron.com aaron.cohen@ntscorp.com Media Information: Financial Information: Len Hall Raffy Lorentzian, Sr. Vice President, CFO Len@allencaron.com raffy.lorentzian@ntscorp.com (949) 474-4300 (818) 591-0776

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091001/NTSLOGO
    http://photoarchive.ap.org/
    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com National Technical Systems, Inc.

    CONTACT: Investors, Jill Bertotti, Jill@allencaron.com, or Media, Len
    Hall, +1-949-474-4300, Len@allencaron.com, both of Allen & Caron, for National
    Technical Systems Inc.; or General Information, Aaron Cohen, Vice Chairman,
    aaron.cohen@ntscorp.com, or Financial Information, Raffy Lorentzian, Sr. Vice
    President, CFO, +1-818-591-0776, raffy.lorentzian@ntscorp.com, both of
    National Technical Systems, Inc.

    Web Site: http://www.ntscorp.com/




    Gold Fields Announces Mineral Resources of 271 Million Ounces and Mineral Reserves of 81 Million Ounces for F2010

    JOHANNESBURG, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) (JSE, NYSE, NASDAQ Dubai: GFI) today published its detailed Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve information for the 12-month period ended 30 June 2009.

    Attributable gold Mineral Resources, including 2PGE, copper converted to gold equivalent and Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) gold, increased to 271.1 million ounces at 30 June 2009, compared to 250.6 million ounces for the year ended 30 June 2008.

    Attributable gold Mineral Reserves, including copper converted to gold equivalent, amounted to 81.1 million ounces at 30 June 2009, compared to 82.8 million ounces for the year ended 30 June 2008. All numbers are net of 12 months' depletion.

    Nick Holland, Chief Executive Officer of Gold Fields said:

    "We are pleased to again report a robust Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve position which provides Gold Fields' shareholders with unique long-term optionality without any hedge liabilities, and places Gold Fields amongst the leaders in the industry. These Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves are the foundation on which the Gold Fields value proposition is based and were calculated using robust gold prices."

    Managed Mineral Resources, including 2PGE, copper converted to gold-equivalent and Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) gold ounces totals 282.4 million ounces, which is an 8% per cent increase on the 262.1 million ounces reported for the year ended 30 June 2008.

    Managed Mineral Reserves, including copper converted to gold-equivalent ounces, totals 85.7 million ounces, which equates to the 87.6 million ounces reported for the year ended 30 June 2008. All numbers are net of 12 months' depletion. Guided by our commitment to Corporate Governance, the principles of consistency in reporting among our operating mines and compliance with public and internal regulatory codes of practice, are paramount. The Mineral Resource Management processes utilized by the Group continue to improve through enhanced Competent Persons reporting. Gold Fields' Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve Statement has been audited by leading independent global mining consultancies and is 2007 SAMREC and Industry Guide 7 (SEC) compliant, and aligned to the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

    Mineral Resources were calculated using a gold price of R285,000/kg in South Africa; A$1,250/oz in Australia; and US$1,000/oz in West Africa and South America. Mineral Reserves were calculated using a gold price of R230,000/kg in South Africa; A$1,000/oz in Australia; and US$800/oz in West Africa and South America, as per SEC guidelines.

    This year Gold Fields employed an enhanced mechanism for the technical reporting of its Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve information, which uses the Technical Short Form Reporting format for Exploration, Operations and Group consolidation.

    Nick Holland added:

    "To ensure that the higher gold prices anticipated into the future translates into margin expansion, we have maintained our pay-limits/cut-off grades in South Africa at R195,000/kg and the cut-off grades in Ghana and Peru at US$650/oz and in Australia at A$850/oz."

    "Fundamental to the Gold Fields value proposition is the optimal exploitation of our orebodies. To this end, development, which will create greater flexibility and reduce volatility in the operating performance of especially our South African mines, has been elevated as a key strategy, second in importance only to safety. We are aiming, over the next two years, to build up to 24 months of developed Ore Reserve at all of our long-life shafts in South Africa. We have allocated an additional R500 million towards development for F2010, and we are in the process of mechanizing all flat-end development at our long-life shafts. At present approximately 50% of all flat-end development is mechanized, with a target of achieving 100% by the end of this calendar year. In addition to the advantage of improved flexibility, mechanisation has incremental safety and productivity benefits."

    "Six of our nine mines now have a Mineral Reserve of 5 million ounces or greater and six of our nine mines now have a life of mine in excess of 10 years."

    "We are particularly pleased with the progress at South Deep where 14.5 million ounces of the total Mineral Reserve of 29.5 million ounces have now been designed and scheduled in detail. South Deep is ahead of schedule to achieve its short-term production target of 300koz for F2010, and on track to achieve its medium term target of producing at a run rate of between 750koz and 800koz by the end of 2014. We now have much greater confidence in the South Deep orebody and mine plan."

    "Despite the removal of 1.8 million ounces of Mineral Reserves (0.7 Moz in F2009 and 1.1 Moz in F2008) contained in pillars and remnants at Driefontein and Kloof, both of these mines still rank among the premier orebodies in the world with Driefontein reporting a 52.8 million ounce Mineral Resource and an 18.2 million ounce Mineral Reserve, and Kloof a 79.0 million ounce Mineral Resource and 10.5 million ounce Mineral Reserve. Beatrix has a 17.6 million ounce Mineral Resource and a 6.4 million ounce Mineral Reserve."

    "Also in South Africa we have now proven up the Uranium Mineral Resource at our Driefontein, Kloof and South Deep properties and we are in the process of doing a feasibility study which will be completed early in 2010."

    "During the past year we have considerably increased our efforts at improving the Mineral Reserve position of our international portfolio, which is expected to grow further during F2010. Damang now has a nine year Mineral Reserve life with significant upside, some of which will be realised through and aggressive exploration programme during F2010. St Ives now has a five year Mineral Reserve life with the potential to double that from the new Athena camp where ongoing exploration continues to add further to the reserve position. Cerro Corona has a five million ounce Mineral Reserve, with potential for growth through resource conversion. Tarkwa now has a Mineral Reserve life of approximately 15 years at a production rate of between 750koz and 800koz per annum."

    "The Group's robust and resilient Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve base places us in a strong position to leverage our existing global footprint, crystallize value from our extensive uranium Mineral Resource, and to realize an expansion in safe production through our regionalized growth strategy."

    The complete Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve Statement for Gold Fields as well as a presentation and webcast on the subject is available at http://www.goldfields.co.za/

    About Gold Fields

    Gold Fields is one of the world's largest unhedged producers of gold with attributable production of 3.6 million ounces* per annum from nine operating mines in South Africa, Ghana, Australia and Peru. Gold Fields also has an extensive growth pipeline with both greenfields and near mine exploration projects at various stages of development. Gold Fields has total attributable Mineral Reserves of 81 million ounces and Mineral Resources of 271 million ounces. Gold Fields is listed on JSE Limited (primary listing), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX), the Euronext in Brussels (NYX) and the Swiss Exchange (SWX). For more information please visit the Gold Fields website at http://www.goldfields.co.za/.

    *Based on the annualised run rate for the fourth quarter of F2009

    Gold Fields Limited

    CONTACT: Media and Investor Enquiries: Willie Jacobsz, Tel:
    +508-839-1188, Mobile: +857-241-7127, email: Willie.Jacobsz@gfexpl.com; Nikki
    Catrakilis-Wagner, Tel: +27-11-562-9706, Mobile +27-(0)83-309-6720, email:
    Nikki.Catrakilis-Wagner@goldfields.co.za. Media Enquiries: Julian Gwillim,
    Tel: +27-11-562-9774, Mobile: +27-(0)82-452-4389, email:
    Julian.Gwillim@goldfields.co.za




    SPAWAR Awards Elbit Systems of America an IDIQ Contract for DMR 100W Power Amplifiers

    FORT WORTH, Texas, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. announced award of an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-priced contract, to provide 100W power amplifiers (PA) for the Digital Modular Radio (DMR) program. The contract has a potential value of up to $11.4M over a five-year period.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080408/300488 )

    The DMR is a compact, multichannel standard software-defined radio that provides several radio communications waveforms and multilevel information security for voice and data communications. Digital modular radios operate aboard the Navy's surface and subsurface vessels, fixed sites and other DoD communication platforms using frequencies ranging from 2MHz to 2GHz

    SPAWAR is awarding the 100W DMR PA contract on behalf of its organizational partner, the Navy's Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence Systems. Elbit Systems of America will perform the work on this program at its facilities in Tallahassee, Florida and the contract is expected to be completed in September of 2014.

    "This order reflects our continued and growing relationship with the US Navy and we are grateful for the trust they continue to place in our Power Amplifier product family" said Elbit Systems of America President and CEO Raanan Horowitz. "Our product development team works hard to anticipate and accommodate the state of the art radio systems our partners are introducing. With our new developments in miniaturization and customized communications solutions, we stand ready to meet our warfighter's future communication needs."

    About Elbit Systems of America, LLC

    Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products and system solutions focusing on the commercial aviation, defense, homeland security, and medical instrumentation markets. With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States. Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. , a global electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications.

    About Elbit Systems

    Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of defense-related programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms and developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications. For additional information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems.com/.

    Trademarks

    Elbit Systems of America and other trademarks, service marks and logos are registered or unregistered marks of Elbit Systems of America companies in the United States and in foreign countries. Copyright (c) 2009 Elbit Systems of America. All rights reserved.

    Forward Looking Statement

    This press release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) regarding Elbit Systems Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries (collectively the Company), to the extent such statements do not relate to historical or current fact. Forward Looking Statements are based on management's expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual future results, performance and trends may differ materially from these forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation: scope and length of customer contracts; governmental regulations and approvals; changes in governmental budgeting priorities; general market, political and economic conditions in the countries in which the Company operates or sells, including Israel and the United States among others; differences in anticipated and actual program performance, including the ability to perform under long-term fixed-price contracts; and the outcome of legal and/or regulatory proceedings. The factors listed above are not all-inclusive, and further information is contained in Elbit Systems Ltd.'s latest annual report on Form 20-F, which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.

    Contact: Lynn Peugh, +1-817-234-6696, lynn.peugh@elbitsystems-us.com

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    CONTACT: Contact: Lynn Peugh, +1-817-234-6696,
    lynn.peugh@elbitsystems-us.com




    Trapeze Networks Announces Trapeze Medical, Bringing Medical-Grade Mobility to Healthcare MarketAmbitious International Program Targets Solutions, Channel and Customers

    PLEASANTON, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Trapeze Networks, a Belden Brand , today announced an ambitious program, "Trapeze Medical," with the goal of extending the company's leadership in the international Wireless LAN healthcare market. Trapeze Medical is focused on three strategies: It will increase the number of Medical-Grade Mobility(TM) solutions available to the hospitals, clinics and residential care facilities, help Trapeze Networks' cadre of channel partners become more effective deploying mobile healthcare solutions, and work with its global base of existing medical customers to ensure the company has a complete understanding of the ever-changing mobile healthcare market requirements for ubiquitous, highly-reliable wireless networking.

    "Healthcare, specifically the medical component of healthcare has been an early and enthusiastic wireless networking adopter," said Bart Tillmans, vice president of worldwide marketing at Trapeze Networks. "The development of Trapeze NonStop Wireless Networking and Medical-Grade Mobility is completely aligned with the medical market's demanding requirements for mobility and compliance. We are best positioned to lead the market with the most reliable products and solutions delivered by extremely competent channel partners."

    NonStop Wireless Networking Solutions for Healthcare

    Today, Trapeze Networks is making Healthcare Configuration Guides freely available on its website. The first two configuration guides address guest access and location services and are immediately available here. Tillmans said, "Trapeze Networks has invested significant time and talent to create guides for Trapeze Networks' solutions that have been tested and functionally certified for the use with Trapeze Networks equipment in hospitals, clinics and residential care facilities."

    Effective Channel Partners Ensure Successful Deployments

    Trapeze Networks' commitment to customer satisfaction means Trapeze Networks will work with select channel partners to ensure they are properly prepared to help customers successfully plan and deploy their wireless network.

    In addition to helping its channel partners be successful, Trapeze Networks is taking an important step to ensure its own sales force is properly prepared to work with healthcare prospects and customers. The Trapeze enterprise US sales team is now strengthened by Belden's sales force and led by Mark Gemberling, the former national sales manager for GE Healthcare systems and wireless.

    Trapeze Medical Customer Advisory Council Convenes for Worldwide Summit

    The final element of today's announcement is the creation of the Trapeze Medical Customer Advisory Council. The council currently includes members from North America and Europe and has already convened for a customer summit at Trapeze Networks' headquarters in California. The charter of the council is to ensure that Trapeze Networks is hearing, in detail and at length, the evolving requirements of the healthcare market.

    About Trapeze Networks

    Trapeze Networks, a Belden Brand, is a leader in enterprise wireless LAN equipment and management software. Trapeze Networks was the first company to introduce NonStop Wireless Networking that delivers unmatched reliability to the enterprise wireless LAN and its solutions are optimized for companies requiring mobility and high bandwidth such as healthcare, education and hospitality. Trapeze delivers Smart Mobile(TM), providing scalable wireless LANs for applications such as voice over Wi-Fi, location services, and indoor/outdoor connectivity.

    Trapeze Networks

    CONTACT: Brian D. Johnson of Trapeze Networks, +1-925-337-8911,
    bjohnson@trapezenetworks.com

    Web Site: http://www.trapezenetworks.com/




    Cord Blood America Continues to Reduce Debt; Three Notes Retired

    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cord Blood America, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CBAI), the umbilical cord blood stem cell preservation company (http://www.cordblood-america.com/) focused on bringing the life saving potential of stem cells, a biological insurance policy, to families nationwide and internationally, said today that it has retired three more significant debts with originally issued principal amounts of $212,959, $250,000 and $285,000.

    On October 2, the Company announced retirement of a $160,000 note.

    The $212,959 and $250,000 notes were signed in 2007 with CorCell, Inc., which became Cord Blood America's operating unit, CorCell Companies, Inc., and were purchased by JMJ Financial. The $285,000 note was originally signed in August 2006 with Strategic Working Capital and subsequently purchased by JMJ Financial. All three notes were retired by September 30, 2009.

    "A major effort has been made this year to reduce debt and strengthen our balance sheet for our future and our shareholders' future. We are proud of these accomplishments," said Matthew Schissler, co-founder and CEO.

    About Cord Blood America

    Cord Blood America (BULLETIN BOARD: CBAI) is the parent company of CorCell, which facilitates umbilical cord blood stem cell preservation for expectant parents and their children. Its mission is to be the most respected stem cell preservation company in the industry. Collected through a safe and non-invasive process, cord blood stem cells offer a powerful and potentially life-saving resource for treating a growing number of ailments, including cancer, leukemia, blood, and immune disorders. To find out more about Cord Blood America, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: CBAI) , visit our website at http://www.corcell.com/. For investor information, visit http://www.cordblood-america.com/.

    CONTACT: Paul Knopick E & E Communications 949/707-5365 pknopick@eandecommunications.com

    Cord Blood America, Inc.

    CONTACT: Paul Knopick of E & E Communications, +1-949-707-5365,
    pknopick@eandecommunications.com, for Cord Blood America, Inc.

    Web Site: http://www.cordblood-america.com/
    http://www.corcell.com/




    Ambitech Adds AVEVA Laser Model Interface to its Project Suite

    HOUSTON, October 5 /PRNewswire/ -- AVEVA Group plc (LSE:AVV), the leading provider of plant design and engineering lifecycle solutions, today announced that Ambitech has added AVEVA Laser Model Interface to its project execution portfolio. AVEVA Laser Model Interface combines the power of AVEVA PDMS and AVEVA Outfitting design environments with advanced third-party laser modeling systems to bring massive benefits to plant engineering and operation companies.

    Ambitech is a diversified, single-source provider of engineering, design, procurement, and project and construction management services. They are also a long-time PDMS user and project execution technology pioneer. Designed into the very heart of AVEVA's PDMS and Outfitting applications, Laser Model Interface will allow Ambitech to fuse state-of-the-art, data-centric 3D design with high-definition scanning of the real world.

    "We expect to see immediate benefits through the integration of point cloud data into the AVEVA PDMS 3D modeling environment thereby eliminating wasteful and error-prone intermediate remodelling," said Anthony Fumarolo of Ambitech.

    The AVEVA Laser Model Interface can help reduce the number of steps for utilizing as-built data in conjunction with PDMS. Its benefits include:

    - Reduced risk: hazardous locations can be surveyed safely and quickly

    and site risks are minimized. Commercial risk is lessened and the most

    demanding brownfield projects and marine conversions can be tackled

    with maximum confidence in the as-built model.

    - Improved project speed: site survey times can typically be halved.

    Integration with PDMS eliminates intermediate remodeling, allowing

    Overall design time to be reduced by up to 10 percent.

    - Enhanced quality: accurate, high definition surveying allows "right

    first time" design and less rework.

    - Decreased cost and downtime: accurate design means less onsite

    fabrication, lower installation cost and less down time.

    "While computing technology has transformed the design and engineering of new plant and equipment, retrofits and upgrades of existing plants has remained a challenge due to the lack of availability of as-built plant data" said Derek Middlemas, Group Operations Director, AVEVA. "Through embracing modern approaches to capturing as-built data and integrating with design and asset management solutions, AVEVA as-built data tools such as AVEVA Laser Model Interface allow for significant increases in productivity over existing workflows. Companies such as Ambitech can see the benefits of using these modern workflows to tackle traditional problems".

    About Ambitech

    Ambitech - a diversified, single-source provider of engineering, design, procurement, and project and construction management services - provides high-quality, high-value service to the global process and heavy manufacturing industries. For over 25 years, we have attracted and retained some of the most talented, creative, and gifted engineers, designers, procurement specialists, and project and construction managers in the industry...each expert in their field and in their industry and each dedicated to our client's success.

    About AVEVA Group Plc

    AVEVA is trusted around the world to deliver engineering IT solutions with strategic value to leading companies in the plant and marine industries. For further information please visit http://www.aveva.com or http://www.aveva.com/ednotes

    (c) AVEVA Solutions Ltd and its subsidiaries 2009. All product names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective holders.

    Media Contacts: Jennifer Lozier Head of Marketing for AVEVA Americas AVEVA Inc. Tel: +1-(832)-204-5597 Jennifer.Lozier@aveva.com

    AVEVA Inc

    Media Contacts: Jennifer Lozier, Head of Marketing for AVEVA Americas, AVEVA Inc., Tel: +1-(832)-204-5597, Jennifer.Lozier@aveva.com




    Hercules Offshore Announces Private Placement of Senior Secured Notes

    HOUSTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hercules Offshore, Inc. today announced its intention, subject to market conditions, to offer up to $300 million principal amount of senior secured notes due 2017 through a private placement. Hercules Offshore intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay a portion of the indebtedness outstanding under its term loan facility.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050601/DAW092LOGO)

    This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any of the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state. The securities to be offered have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 (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 registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. The securities will be offered inside the United States only to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act and to persons outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act.

    This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give Hercules Offshore's current expectations or forecasts of future events based on management's beliefs and assumptions using currently available information and expectations as of the date hereof, are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, including those contained in Hercules Offshore's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that our expectations will prove correct. Forward-looking statements in this press release relate to, among other things, the closing of the private placement and the use of proceeds therefrom. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecast in such statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and, other than as required by law, Hercules Offshore undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050601/DAW092LOGO
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    photodesk@prnewswire.com Hercules Offshore, Inc.

    CONTACT: Stephen M. Butz, Vice President Finance and Treasurer,
    +1-713-350-8315, or Craig M. Muirhead, Assistant Treasurer, +1-713-350-8346,
    both of Hercules Offshore, Inc.

    Web Site: http://www.herculesoffshore.com/




    Elbit Systems of America Presents: ETC Mark IV Rugged Tactical Vehicle Computer

    FORT WORTH, Texas, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. unveils, at the 2009 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, its newest tactical computer, the ETC Mark IV, designed to deliver powerful computer capabilities within cramped vehicle conditions.

    Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080408/300488

    The ETC Mark IV features a brilliant daylight-readable 10.4" touch-screen display, built-In keyboard, Windows XP or Linux operating system capability, ergonomic design, Intel(R) Dual Core 1.66MHz processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, flash memory for rugged use, two radio modems, 1GBps LAN interface and many enabling interfaces that allow the unit to replace multiple legacy systems with one computer. The computer is designed for comfortable use as well as ease of operation, and twelve programmable function keys make it an ideal platform for custom applications. The ETC Mark IV is the newest in a series of tactical vehicle computer systems produced by Elbit Systems, more than 13,000 of which are in use by various military and coalition forces around the world.

    The ETC Mark IV will be available with embedded military SAASM or commercial GPS as well as two radio interfaces and options for other interfaces such as FBCB2, CAN Bus, 1553 Bus or other customized user interface requirements.

    "We are very excited to introduce this new vehicle computer solution at AUSA," said Jim English, vice president C4I Solutions, Elbit Systems of America. "We believe the new ETC Mark IV is a refreshingly versatile and space-saving computer solution that makes sense for both new vehicle platforms and retrofit programs. It is our third entry into the tactical vehicle computer market, following the Tacter(R) MVP with its remote 10.4" display and the Tacter-31D, our dismountable Core 2 Duo tablet computer."

    The ETC Mark IV continues the long line of Tacter(R) battlefield computers produced by Elbit Systems of America and will join it's predecessors on the front lines in service to the war fighter. Elbit Systems of America offers a complete line of soldier data systems, including handheld solutions, wearable computers, vehicle computers and command station systems.

    About Elbit Systems of America, LLC

    Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products and system solutions focusing on the commercial aviation, defense, homeland security, and medical instrumentation markets. With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States. Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. , a global electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications.

    About Elbit Systems

    Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of defense-related programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms and developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications. For additional information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems.com/.

    Trademarks

    Elbit Systems of America and other trademarks, service marks and logos are registered or unregistered marks of Elbit Systems of America companies in the United States and in foreign countries. Copyright (c) 2009 Elbit Systems of America. All rights reserved.

    Forward Looking Statement

    This press release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) regarding Elbit Systems Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries (collectively the Company), to the extent such statements do not relate to historical or current fact. Forward Looking Statements are based on management's expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual future results, performance and trends may differ materially from these forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation: scope and length of customer contracts; governmental regulations and approvals; changes in governmental budgeting priorities; general market, political and economic conditions in the countries in which the Company operates or sells, including Israel and the United States among others; differences in anticipated and actual program performance, including the ability to perform under long-term fixed-price contracts; and the outcome of legal and/or regulatory proceedings. The factors listed above are not all-inclusive, and further information is contained in Elbit Systems Ltd.'s latest annual report on Form 20-F, which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.

    Contact: Lynn Peugh, +1-817-234-6696, lynn.peugh@elbitsystems-us.com

    Elbit Systems of America

    CONTACT: Contact: Lynn Peugh, +1-817-234-6696,
    lynn.peugh@elbitsystems-us.com




    Delhaize Group and BI-LO Agree on Non-Binding Offer for Food Lion To Acquire Certain BI-LO Assets

    BRUSSELS, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delhaize Group (Euronext Brussels: DELB - NYSE: DEG), the Belgian international food retailer, announced today that it has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent with BI-LO, LLC to acquire a substantial majority of BI-LO's assets, including associated inventory, for a purchase price of USD 425 million in cash. This announcement was made in the context of BI-LO's bankruptcy proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina.

    BI-LO is a food retailer that currently operates 214 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia and employs approximately 15,500 people. The company is headquartered in Mauldin, S.C. On March 23, 2009, BI-LO and certain of its affiliates filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina. The included BI-LO assets are estimated to have realized over USD 2 billion in sales in 2008.

    Rick Anicetti, Executive Vice President of Delhaize Group and President and CEO of Food Lion, LLC, said: "We at Food Lion, LLC have great admiration for the associates and stores at BI-LO. We believe our markets and service philosophy are complementary and we look forward to continuing our discussions with BI-LO."

    The non-binding offer is subject to the satisfactory completion of the customary steps for such an acquisition including certain Bankruptcy Court approvals. Delhaize Group and BI-LO intend to close the transaction shortly after obtaining the entry of a final non-appealable sale order of the bankruptcy court pursuant to Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, authorizing the transfer of the purchased assets to Food Lion. It is the intent of Delhaize Group to integrate the included BI-LO assets in the network of its wholly owned subsidiary Food Lion, LLC. Food Lion, LLC is a food retailer that has more than 1,300 stores in 11 U.S. states and has more than 74,000 associates.

    Delhaize Group

    Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in six countries on three continents. At the end of the second quarter of 2009, Delhaize Group's sales network consisted of 2,684 stores. In 2008, Delhaize Group posted EUR 19 billion (USD 28 billion) in revenues and EUR 467 million (USD 687 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of 2008, Delhaize Group employed approximately 141,000 people. Delhaize Group's stock is listed on Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

    This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com/. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

    cautionary note regarding forward looking statements

    Statements that are included or incorporated by reference in this press release and other written and oral statements made from time to time by Delhaize Group and its representatives, other than statements of historical fact, which address activities, events and developments that Delhaize Group expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, without limitation, statements about strategic options, future strategies and the anticipated benefits of these strategies, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified as statements that include phrases such as "guidance", "outlook", "projected", "believe", "target", "predict", "estimate", "forecast", "strategy", "may", "goal", "expect", "anticipate", "intend", "plan", "foresee", "likely", "will", "should" or other similar words or phrases. Although such statements are based on current information, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those projected depending upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, changes in the general economy or the markets of Delhaize Group, in consumer spending, in inflation or currency exchange rates or in legislation or regulation; competitive factors; adverse determination with respect to claims; inability to timely develop, remodel, integrate or convert stores; and supply or quality control problems with vendors. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements are described in Delhaize Group's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings made by Delhaize Group with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which risk factors are incorporated herein by reference. Delhaize Group disclaims any obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.

    Delhaize Group

    CONTACT: Geert Verellen, +32-2-412-83-62, or Barbera Hoppenbrouwers
    (media), +32-2-412-86-69, or Christy Phillips-Brown (U.S. media),
    +1-704-633-8250 (ext. 2221), or Amy Shue (U.S. investors), +1-704-633-8250
    (ext. 2529), all for Delhaize Group

    Web Site: http://www.delhaizegroup.com/
    http://www.foodlion.com/




    Toshiba America Business Solutions Revolutionizes Online Experience With Autonomy InterwovenWorld Leader in High Technology Products Delivers Dynamic and Engaging Online Experience to Dealers and Customers

    CAMBRIDGE, England, SAN FRANCISCO and IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autonomy Corporation plc , a global leader in infrastructure software for the enterprise, today announced that Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS), an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, has implemented its Web Content Management solution to create a compelling online experience for dealers and customers on http://www.copiers.toshiba.com/. TABS uses Autonomy Interwoven's easy-to-use solution to rapidly deliver dynamic content to its websites, including video, images, blogs, social media tools and online surveys. Autonomy Interwoven's TeamSite is the only content management solution that allows TABS to create, deliver, optimize and analyze its online content through one user-friendly interface.

    "Our websites showcase our innovative products, services and support solutions to dealers and customers around the world," said Mark Mathews, president and COO, TABS. "Autonomy Interwoven's TeamSite has enabled us to more quickly deliver relevant content for effectively engaging with our dealers and customers online. This ultimately results in even greater customer service, communications, and overall business success."

    TABS manages product planning, marketing, sales, service support and distribution of copiers, facsimiles, multifunction printing products, network controllers and toner products throughout the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

    Autonomy Interwoven TeamSite provides TABS with advanced multi-site management and content contribution capabilities. Powerful drag-and-drop assembly allows for efficient page management as well as intuitive, point-and-click page editing. In addition, the Autonomy solution provides page templates, out-of-the-box site functionality, and point-and-click navigation management, as well as tools to easily customize website layout, navigation, content, and functionality to meet the company's evolving needs. TeamSite also allows content updates to be made on one template and then extend to content on other company sites. This significantly improves employee productivity and website quality and consistency of content.

    "TABS is a great example of how a leading international company is embracing our Meaning Based Marketing technology to strengthen its brand and grow its business," said Rafiq Mohammadi, CEO of Autonomy Interwoven. "We are pleased that TeamSite is helping http://www.copiers.toshiba.com/ to deliver a compelling online experience for its customers. We look forward to partnering with Toshiba Corporation to transform their online presence on a company-wide scale and extending Autonomy's meaning based marketing capabilities to the other Toshiba's web properties worldwide."

    Please visit http://www.autonomy.com/interwoven for more information on the web solutions.

    To see the new re-designed TABS Web site, visit http://www.copiers.toshiba.com/. About TABS

    Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. (TABS) manages product planning, marketing, sales, service support and distribution of copiers, facsimiles, multifunction printing products, network controllers, and toner products throughout the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS has five divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division; the Toner Products Division; the Document Solutions Engineering Division; the International Division; and TOPAC U.S.A., Inc., dba Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS), a wholly-owned subsidiary corporation of TABS, that operates a network of wholly-owned office equipment dealers throughout the United States.

    Named the most favored manufacturer ten times by the Business Technology Association (BTA), Toshiba's entire product line, customer support and marketing distribution policies are markers for the industry. Among the many other awards garnered in recent years, Toshiba was named the "Manufacturer of the Year" eight times by Marketing Research Consultants (MRC), and has twice been named to the CIO 100 for being among the top 100 "bold" (2008) and "agile" (2004) companies in the world.

    TABS is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest electronics/electrical equipment company and the world's 91st largest company in terms of sales. Ranked by Fortune magazine as the eighth Most Admired Electronics Company in the World, Toshiba Corporation is a world leader in high technology products with more than 300 major subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Fiscal year revenue in 2007 was approximately $76.6 billion.

    For more information on Toshiba copiers, facsimiles, multifunction printing products, network controllers or toner products, or for a dealer in your area, call (800)-GO-TOSHIBA or visit the TABS Web site at http://www.copiers.toshiba.com/.

    About Autonomy Interwoven

    Autonomy Interwoven, the leader in web content management, leverages its unique meaning-based technology to deliver the most comprehensive suite of marketing optimization and customer interaction solutions. Our flagship products, TeamSite and Optimost, enable marketers to increase results by automatically delivering the right combination of content and offers by understanding the intentions and profile of each customer. This Meaning Based Marketing approach produces the most engaging, timely and profitable customer experiences regardless of whether people interact with your organization by phone, Web, email, chat, or social networks. Unlike legacy approaches that analyze historical trends, Autonomy Interwoven does not require tagging, enabling marketing and IT people to work on higher value activities.

    Autonomy Interwoven powers the world's leading corporate websites, media and ecommerce sites with 9 of the top 10 global brands relying on Autonomy Interwoven to maximize their marketing and customer interactions. Autonomy's customer base is comprised of more than 20,000 organizations, including Adidas, Allstate, the American Medical Association, AT&T, Avaya, Bank of America, BT, Channel 4, Delta Air Lines, Discovery Communications, FedEx, Ford, Konica Minolta, Lenovo, McAfee, Qantas Airways, Schneider Electric, Shutterfly, Tesco and Virgin Mobile. Please visit http://www.autonomy.com/interwoven to learn more.

    Autonomy and the Autonomy logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autonomy Corporation plc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Autonomy Editorial Contacts: TABS Contact: Winifred Shum Sara Sloan Autonomy (US) PainePR +1 408 771 6668 + 1 949 809 6856 wshum@autonomy.com ssloan@painepr.com Edward Bridges Financial Dynamics (UK) +44 207 831 3113 edward.bridges@fd.com David Vindel The Red Consultancy (UK) +44 207 025 6529 david.vindel@redconsultancy.com

    Autonomy Corporation plc

    CONTACT: Winifred Shum of Autonomy Corporation plc (US),
    +1-408-771-6668, wshum@autonomy.com; or Edward Bridges of Financial Dynamics
    (UK), +44 207 831 3113, edward.bridges@fd.com; or David Vindel of The Red
    Consultancy (UK), +44 207 025 6529, david.vindel@redconsultancy.com, both for
    Autonomy Corporation plc; or Sara Sloan of PainePR, +1-949-809-6856,
    ssloan@painepr.com, for TABS

    Web Site: http://www.autonomy.com/interwoven
    http://www.copiers.toshiba.com/




    Verizon Business Wins Metro Ethernet Forum European Service Innovation AwardAccolade Recognizes Leadership, Coverage and Market Success

    BERLIN, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Business is the winner of the Metro Ethernet Forum's 2009 European Carrier Ethernet Service Provider of the Year Award for Service Innovation. Verizon Business won on the strength of the company's industry-leading Ethernet portfolio, its robust European geographic coverage and innovative service offers.

    The MEF Service Provider of the Year Awards recognize excellence and leadership in the development, marketing and delivery of carrier Ethernet business services. The Service Innovation Award is granted to the service provider that, in the opinion of the judges, has introduced the most innovative offering to the European market, with demonstrable market success across an extensive geography.

    Verizon Business' award recognizes, among other areas, the ongoing increase in geographic availability of the company's Ethernet services including Verizon Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Ethernet Private Line (EPL). In addition, Verizon Business has significantly expanded its Ethernet Access network capabilities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as part of an ongoing global network expansion program, and also launched support for 10-gigabit Ethernet speeds in London and Paris with its Storage Private Line product -- a variation on the company's Ethernet Private Line product.

    The company has enhanced its off-net Ethernet capabilities by continuing to expand partnerships with third-party carriers to support its global customers. Verizon Business has now established partnerships with more than 100 carriers, with multiple certified third-party carrier options available in each country.

    In addition, the company has introduced a new provisioning architecture, which helps speed the delivery of new services to customers. Verizon Business' continual development of new Ethernet products ensures a broad Ethernet product portfolio to fit specific customer needs.

    Verizon Business accepted its 2009 European Service Innovation Award on Sept. 22 at the 4th Annual Carrier Ethernet World Congress conference event in Berlin. The award is the latest in a string of accolades for the company's Ethernet portfolio. Verizon Business received the MEF's 2008 European Service Provider of the Year award, and Verizon was named the MEF's 2008 Best in Business Provider for North America -- both of which give testament to the company's growing leadership in the global Ethernet space.

    Mike Volgende, Verizon director of global Ethernet services, said: "This award is important to us because it recognizes our ongoing commitment to innovation and the investments we are making in international markets including Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Our multinational customers are increasingly choosing Ethernet as the solution for their global networking requirements. Ethernet enables business applications to be quickly and simply delivered and managed across a wide area network, and is therefore a great solution for companies wanting to enhance application availability across global office locations. We're delighted to be recognized by the Metro Ethernet Forum as the European Service Innovator of the Year, and look forward to maintaining our leadership position over the coming years."

    In commenting on the awards, Nan Chen, president of the MEF, stated: "Congratulations to Verizon Business for winning the MEF's European service innovation award. This is true testament to how important Carrier Ethernet service offerings have become to the world's leading service providers, and the ongoing strengths of the company's solutions."

    Verizon's award-winning portfolio of Ethernet services includes: -- Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) in the U.S., six Asia-Pacific countries and 16 European countries (with plans to expand coverage to Canada and additional countries in Asia and Europe this year). -- Ethernet Private Line (EPL) in the U.S. and 20 European countries, with metro, national and international connections to and from the U.S. -- Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) in the U.S. (with plans to expand coverage to Europe and Asia-Pacific this year). -- Ethernet Access to Private IP in the U.S., 21 European countries, 13 Asia-Pacific countries, nine Latin American countries and Canada. -- Ethernet Access to the public Internet in the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Canada.

    The Metro Ethernet Forum's award winners were selected by a judging panel chosen from key industry analysts covering this sector in Europe. Submitted entries are evaluated anonymously, and the names of the winning providers are not revealed to the MEF until the judging process has been completed.

    About Verizon Business

    Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications , is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with one of the world's most connected IP networks to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees - enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment. Many of the world's largest businesses and governments - including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions - rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at http://www.verizonbusiness.com/.

    Verizon Business

    CONTACT: Clare Ward, +44(0)118-905-3501,
    clare.ward@uk.verizonbusiness.com, or Maria Montengro, +1-703-886-6063,
    maria.montenegro@verizon.com, both of Verizon

    Web Site: http://www.verizonbusiness.com/

    Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/094251.html




    Accor Services Gains Leadership of the Meal Voucher Market in the Czech Republic With the Acquisition of Local Operator Exit Group

    PARIS, October 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As part of its growth strategy, Accor Services has acquired Exit Group, the fourth largest provider of meal vouchers in the Czech Republic. With a strong position among small and mid-sized businesses, Exit Group reported an issue volume of EUR77 million in 2008.

    Thanks to their synergistic geographic coverage and customer bases, Accor Services Czech Republic and Exit Group will combine to make Accor Services a market leader in this high potential region. The Czech meal voucher market is estimated at around EUR600 million for 1.2 million users. Exit Group's products will quickly be re-branded with the Ticket Restaurant name.

    Accor Services now offers two product families in the Czech Republic: - Benefits for employees and constituents: Ticket Restaurant, Ticket and Card Benefits, Benefity Cafe (Employee Benefits) - Ticket Services (Government Benefits). - Rewards and incentives: Ticket Compliments.

    With this acquisition, Accor Services has widened its share of the meal voucher market and will also gain access to Exit Group's 165,000 end users for its value-added products and services.

    The transaction was finalized at a price of EUR15 million. Accor Services Czech Republic's post-acquisition issue volume is estimated at EUR250 million.

    "This acquisition fits in with Accor Services' global growth strategy, which combines organic growth and targeted acquisitions to quickly enhance our positions in countries with high growth potential," explains Serge Ragozin, Chief Executive Officer of Accor Services.

    Accor Services, the world leader in prepaid service cards and vouchers, designs and develops innovative products and services that enhance individual well-being and organizational performance for companies and public institutions. Through its secure, prepaid solutions, Accor Services makes life easier for employees, constituents and consumers, in alignment with the social benefit commitments, economic policy goals and marketing strategies of its customers. Its portfolio focuses on three types of service: employee and public benefits, rewards and loyalty, and business expense management. Today, 32 million people benefiting from Accor Services products in 40 countries.

    http://www.accorservices.com/

    Accor, a major global group and the European leader in hotels, as well as the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 150,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in two core businesses:

    - Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, all seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6 brands, representing 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenotre. - Services, with 32 million people in 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in employee and constituent benefits, rewards and incentives, and expense management.

    Accor

    CONTACT: Accor Services Press Contact: Monique Denoix, Image7, Tel:
    +33(0)1-53-70-74-57, mdenoix@image7.fr; Investor Contacts: Eliane
    Rouyer-Chevalier, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Financial
    Communications, Tel: +33(0)1-45-38-86-26; Solene Zammito, Deputy Director,
    Investor Relations, Tel: +33(0)1-45-38-86-33

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